Aquatic Mook

Your basic Mook, now for aquatic environments. Either they will be equipped with scuba gear (masks and air tanks), become more fish-like, etc. You'll definitely encounter them Down the Drain or even in Bubblegloop Swamp. This most commonly occurs with the Mascot Mook.

If it is an underwater level, then the hero is also given swimming skills so they can face these mooks as if they were in land; the difficulty in this case is that the jumping on head option is usually taken away, making it impossible to avoid Collision Damage (and forcing you to just avoid these guys) unless some other weapon is given. The other option (when on land) is that these guys jump in and out of water where they are unapproachable because of the hero's Super Drowning Skills, so you have to hit them while they are out of it (if they can be damaged, that is). Some games (like Super Mario Bros.) may have the same enemy show up in both roles, others will have different ones for the two environments.

Compare Gas Mask Mooks; a Sub-Trope of Faceless Goons.


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Action Adventure
  • The Ecco the Dolphin series is packed with hordes of these, given that a lot of it takes place under the ocean.

  • The arcade version of Contra has two of these that jump out of the water at the beginning of the game, and nowhere else.

Beat'em Up

First Person Shooter

  • Jazz Jackrabbit 2 has turtles on lifebuoys. Though they only appear in one level and there's about three of them.
  • There's an underwater version of the Mettaur, which has scuba gear and stuff.
  • In Metroid: Fusion, the X seem to be able to combine the forms of Space Pirates and some species of carnivorous fish to make Mer-Pirates.
  • Yoshi's Island features a Shy Guy with an inner tube as well as Shy Guys dressed as pirates.

Real Time Strategy
  • Warcraft III: The expansion introduces the Naga, a race of Snake Men, the result of magic-addicted night elves spending a few millenia underwater. They're not only capable of moving in water, they can also hide there.

Role Playing Game

Shoot'em Up
  • Raiden and Raiden Fighters series: Even though the player is relatively safe from "Sniper Tanks" over the ocean, they have to contend with their "Sniper Gunboat" aquatic counterparts.
  • The first boss in Time Crisis 2 is accompanied by aquatic ninjas.

Tower Defense
  • Mini Robot Wars has the land-based stealth unit called the Mole. In the New Game+, it gets the ability to swim on the water surface!
    "Ocean doesn't save you from Mole anymore; for it can swim now!"
    • And then you get even worse news later- the Giant also gets the ability to travel Amphibiously.
  • Snorkel Zombies, Ducky Tube Zombies, and Dolphin Rider Zombies in Plants vs. Zombies.
  • Pretty much every Zombie from Big Wave Beach in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is this, starting out from the water and eventually making it to the shore (with the exception of the Fisherman who always stays on the water).

Turn Based Strategy
  • XCOM Terror From The Deep replaces the first game's aliens with a variety of aquatic aliens and altered Earth species. Most of them are also able to fight on land.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes has teammates with the "Amphibious" trait. This allows them to be played on water lanes, which are inaccessible to teammates without the trait. Plant classes specializing in Amphibious teammates are Guardian and Smarty, and Zombie classes specializing in them are Beastly and Sneaky.

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Anime and Manga

  • One Animorphs story starts when the Yeerks bioengineer gills onto their Hork-Bajir troops. It fails horribly, and the poor guys end up choking on air.

Alternative Title(s): Underwater Minion