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->''The shambler tree is the answer to the question: can a tree walk? The answer is: yes it can, but only if it becomes an animal.''
-->-- '''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'''

Sometimes, an organism will have both [[FantasticFlora characteristics of a plant]] (for example, ability to photosynthesize, has leaves, flowers and other plant parts) and characteristics of an animal (The ability to move around at will and it resembles a familiar creature). Scientists don't know how to classify it. We like to call it a Planimal. (Please note that mushrooms are ''fungi'', not plants - mushroom-animal hybrids don't belong here.)

See also ManEatingPlant for carnivorous plants that may or may not show animal traits and PlantPerson, SisterTrope for sentient humanoid cases, and PlantAliens, the science fiction counterpart.
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!! Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* The goldfish plants from ''Manga/HoozukiNoReitetsu''. Unlike most examples, they do not have the ability to propulse themselves. They are literally chubby goldfish wiggling around atop a thick, leafy stem. They can also grow up to three meters in height and are apparently edible.
* The little pig inside of Zygaena from ''TowerOfGod'' has a flower that blooms on its back. It grows [[GrowsOnTrees jewels]].
* Greenpeace Crolis from ''DominionTankPolice'', a genetically engineered prototype for a new race of humanity meant to replace the current one, who can not only survive in the poisonous environment of near-future Earth but help cleanse it. Has green skin due to her cells being a combination of plant and animal in order to photosynthesize.
* Part IV of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has a cat whose Stand (a sort of psychic extension of the self) revived it as a ''plant'', after its untimely death. The 'cat-plant' is a plant, no doubt about that, but it also has eyes and a mouth, and acts exactly like it used to in its former kitty-cat life. Of course, the ''best'' part is probably that it can use air, of all things, to potentially ''blow your freaking head off.''
* The main character of ''Dogtato-kun'' is a dog-potato hybrid. There's also a hedgehog mixed with a sweet potato named "Hedgetato".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Biollante from ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante''. Also part human ghost.
* ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'': After drinking a potion from the science lab, a Gremlin turns into a Gremlin/Vegetable hybrid.
* ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'', (which had nothing to do with the original ''Troll''), features goblins (not Trolls) which turn people into edible plantmen because they are vegetarians.
* Apes and wolves made out of plants played an important role in ''Film/LadyInTheWater''.
* In ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', Poison Ivy tries to create creatures like this so plants can finally fight back against humans. She even shows a first example of her creations to Mr. Freeze.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* A major theme throughout Una Woodruff's ''Amarant: The Flora and Fauna of Atlantis''; most of the "fauna" are actually motile seed- or pollen-carrying stages of plants.
* The Ents from the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' which are "Tree Shepherds": essentially trees that [[BreadEggsMilkSquick walk, talk, think and kill orcs]].
* The vinhogs from ''Iron Council'' are giant swine with grapevines growing out of their backs. They're herded for wine.
* ''The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide'' reveals that the large-rooted mangrove-lookalike gnarltrees of Dagobah has a stage in its life-cycle in which the root part became the mobile, [[ManEatingPlant predatory]] [[GiantSpider knobby white spider]], which is still a plant, [[NonIndicativeName not a spider]] (but is still knobby and white), but does vaguely resemble one (or at least, more than it resembles a tree)
* The "Groveback" creatures of Darwin IV, from Creator/WayneBarlowe's ''Literature/{{Expedition}}'' (later made into ''Film/AlienPlanet'').
* The titular triffids from DayOfTheTriffids and carnivorous plants which are worryingly intelligent and move using their lower branches like crutches. They are implied to be the work of Soviet scientists in the Cold War
* As it turns out in ''[[Literature/SpeakerForTheDead Speaker For The Dead]]'', [[spoiler: every native animal on Lusitania]] is one of these, and they undergo metamorphosis, turning from plant to animal.
* In ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', 200 million years from now, garden worms store photosynthetic algae inside long fern-like appendages on their backs. They emerge from damp caverns to bask in sunlight, letting their algae generate sugars.
* In the HumanxCommonwealth Verse, furcots (from ''Midworld'' and ''Mid-Flinx'') are huge, green, bear-like hexapods that live as BondCreatures with humans. They emerge from seeds and gain nourishment by photosynthesis.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''{{Tremors}} the Series'' is the Trope Namer. The Planimal was a plant/root/thing, but also has a circulation system. It was a mixture of DNA from; the Pitcher Plant, Venus Fly Trap and some sort of lizard.
* A few pop up in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Zhaan is a PlantPerson but has a lot of animal traits; one food her people cultivate is explicitly partly like a plant and animal.
* The "Dangerous Beauty" challenge on ''Series/{{Face Off}}'' required contestants to blend an exotic animal and plant of their choice.

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[[folder: Mythology and Folklore ]]

* The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary. [[spoiler:It's actually just a cotton bush]].

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* The Manual of the Planes for ''DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5E describes an optional "Elemental Plane of Wood", complete with [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/MotP/Wood_Element_Leopard.jpg animals (and other creatures) made out of wood, sticks and leaves]].
* '[[TabletopGame.YuGiOh Yu-gi-Oh!]] features a variety of different planimals from Ent creatures to walking plants.
* The Orks of ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame are a genetically engineered SuperSoldier race created from a combination of vertebrate, fungus and algae DNA.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey II is a plant, but has vocal chords and apparently, a full digestive system in its stalk. Kind of [[JustifiedTrope justified]] seeing as how it's from space.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''SuperMarioBros'': Piranha Plants, Dino Piranha, etc.
* ''{{Pikmin}}'' is full of these: Not just the Pikmin themselves, but things like the Creeping Chrysanthemum, the Candypop buds and even Pellet Posies have animal traits to them.
* Bulbasaur's family from ''{{Pokemon}}'' is both animal and plant simultaneously. As are a number of other Grass types that resemble animals such as the other Grass starters, Pansage, Leafeon, Deerling, Sawsbuck pictured above, and others.
* ''{{Spore}}'' allows you to make anything. Surely you can make a Planimal?
* The Japanese casual browser game ''Vegemon Farm'' has hundreds of Planimal type creatures.
* ''Sim Earth'' let you raise carnivorous plants to sentience and create a civilisation, even high-tech space-faring plant life.
* ''SuperScribblenauts'' allows you to add "wooden" to anything.
** You can also use "plant" as an adjective for anything and create [[ManEatingPlant carnivorous plants]] and [[WhenTreesAttack treants]].
* [[ManEatingPlant Spore plants]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', one of which became sentient.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The Kikwis of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' look like a mix between a flowering plant, a beaver and a Kiwi.
** The Koroks from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' are vaguely person-shaped wooden figures with leaf masks. Apparently they used to be the much more human-like Kokiri from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** The Deku Scrubs from ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask'' are small wooden humanoid creatures that live just under the surface of the ground and will either sell you something or spit deku nuts at you.
** The Deku Baba which appears in the 3D games is a carnivorous plant similar to the Piranha Plant from the ''Mario'' series.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' has Baromett plants, which grow sheep. Probably inspired by the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary mentioned under 'Mythology'.
* Most of the martian wildlife in the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' spinoff ''{{Martian Dreams}}'' are ambulatory, sapient plants, while the animal kingdom consist solely of subterranean worms. Even the civilised martians were some variation of gourd. Humorously, they refer to the visiting humans as "worms", not as an insult, simply because it's the closest thing they can recognise us as.
* Lashers from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are flowers that walk around on tentacle-like vines and whip enemies with a pair of thorny vines that serve as their "arms".
* Ochu and Malboro from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' are mobile, toothy plants; the Malboro even breathes like an animal, by inhaling and exhaling through its mouth.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfGrimrock's'' Herders aren't technically planimals, since they're sentient (or at least aggressive and mobile) mushrooms, but it's close enough.
* The Mother series has a number of these.
** ''Mother'' has Woodahs and Big Woodahs (both being trees).
** ''Videogame/EarthBound'' has two kinds of Mobile Sprouts, Demonic Petunias, and two kinds of Hostile Oak.
** ''Mother 3'' has two kinds of Beanlings, Cactus Wolves, Yammonsters (regular, Baked and Grated), Pigtunias, Tiny Forests, two kinds of Trees, and [[FairyBattle Walking Bushies]].
* The Falcon Elm from ''{{VideoGame/CreaVures}}'', which is a giant bird rooted in the ground like a tree, with several bough-like wings.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' gives us the fern hound a leafy dog that grow as companions to the ''[[PlantPerson silvari]]''
* [[ActionBomb Creepers]] in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' are actually some type of leafy plant monster.
** Mooshrooms are funganimals (half-cow, half-mushroom).
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' has the Ivy monsters, [[ManEatingPlant man-eating plants]] that have a vaguely humanoid shape. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary material]] states that they are created by using [[TheVirus the T-Virus]] to combine both plant and animal DNA.
* The development blog for ''VideoGame/TheFloorIsJelly'' describes the [[http://thefloorisjelly.tumblr.com/post/27060959329/meet-catflower catflower]] as an "unfortunate species" as it [[CatsHateWater hates rain]] but yet needs to reside in a climate where it constantly rains to survive.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'', there are a couple of plant-animal hybrid enemies. [[spoiler:The insectoid BigBad ultimately becomes one too, merging with the [[WorldTree Dreamstalk]] to become a colossal wasp/flower hybrid. [[EldritchAbomination One of divine power that can entangle and drain the entire world of life.]]]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''{{Webcomic/Annyseed}}'' bumps into a rather assertive and agitated talking plant, whilst wandering through Hazels herb garden.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the MadScientist Blasto creates [[MixAndMatchMan hybrids out of multiple biological samples]], using plant DNA to fill in the gaps.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''{{Spliced}}'' has the Swineapple; it's part pig, part pineapple.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has Dr. Bushroot, who turned himself into a half-plant, half-duck in a failed experiment.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Krypto the Superdog}}'' had Krypto and the Bathound facing off against a half-dog/half-plant villain named Dogwood who tried to bring the trees to life so they could rebel against humanity. Strangely it's not mentioned if he's associated with Poison Ivy, one of Batman's foes and a PlantPerson.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', entitled "Destructive Nature", featured Dr. Viper creating a bunch of "Plantimals" to try and turn Megakat City into swampland.
* In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', it's revealed that one of the inhabitants of the Everfree Forest are Timberwolves. Wolves made of actual timber.
** They return in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E10SpikeAtYourService "Spike At Your Service"]] and are part of the set up for the episode's conflict... as well as the resolution. They're also shown to be some sort of spirit, animating piles of scrap wood and fallen branches.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion "Apple Family Reunion"]] there were literal fruit bats, herbivore bats that fly in a flock resembling a rainbow and inhabit fruit trees.
* [[DisneyChannel Disney Junior's]] ''WesternAnimation/TheOctonauts'' brings us "Vegimals," a group of semi-anthropomorphic vegetables, with a turnip called "Tunip" as their leader. They communicate using cheeping and trilling noises and can whip up a mean "fish biscuit" (not made of actual fish, but tastes fishy.)

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Scientists have discovered a sea slug which eats certain algae and [[CannibalismSuperpower absorbs the chloroplasts]], allowing it to perform photosynthesis.
** Several types of Cnidarians (jellyfish & corals) host symbiotic algae that provide them with sugar via photosynthesis in exchange for protection.
* Certain algae have been known to make their way into salamander eggs so they can feed on the embryo. Instead, the algae can become part of the salamander, giving the salamander algae in its DNA.
* While they are not ''true'' Planimals, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylliidae diverse]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Leaf-tailed_Gecko number]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafy_seadragon of]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papuan_Frogmouth animals]] use camouflage to resemble vegetation. Likewise, many plants, especially orchids, mimic animals, mostly their insect pollinators.
* Behold, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euglena Euglena]]. It's a single celled organism that photosynthesises like an alga, but swims around like a protozoan. Before the kingdom Protista was created and it was realised organisms could be something other than an animal or a plant, botanists and zoologists used to fight over this little thing to determine whose field of study it belongs to. Even now Euglena is usually found in the first chapters of both zoology and botany books.
* "Planimal" cells are a common way to teach basic cell biology to middle-school students, by including features (like cell walls and chloroplasts) exclusive to plants and other features (like lysosomes) exclusive to animals in the same illustration. It simplifies matters and provides a decent teaching tool.
* Sloths may also count, as they have a symbiotic relationship with moss, which grows in their fur. The moss gains mobility (albeit not that much), while its green color gives the host camouflage.

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