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[[caption-width-right:350:''"You cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! MELTING! Oh, what a world!"'']]

->'''Hectan:''' ''You've KIIIILLLLEEEEEDD MEEEEEEE'' ''[melts]''\\
'''Zelda:''' Good!
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon]]''

Maybe you ran out of time to fix the killer poison. [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Maybe you're made of paint or something]]. Maybe someone froze you and then heated you up really fast. Or, maybe you opened [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk the Ark of the Covenant]]. Maybe you fell into [[LethalLavaLand lava]] or acid or something else that makes people melt. Point is, you're about to learn how a snowman feels in the spring.

I'm Melting is when a character or other life form, for one reason or another, has a literal meltdown. It might look like:

* '''Collapsing into lumpy goo:'''. Probably one of the best and nastiest looking meltdowns one can find, it basically occurs when the subject slowly turns to goo all over, flesh falling and dripping from their body onto the floor. It doesn't usually leave a viscous puddle either, so much as a pile of soggy dough. This method was popularized by ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', and was cause for [[NightmareFuel many a nightmare among kids at the time]].
* '''From the ground up'''. The most classic example, in which only the part of the subject that touches the ground actually turns to liquid. Of course, this means that, sequentially, every part of the body will touch the ground, often giving the illusion of sinking into a shallow puddle. (The easiest way to stage this effect in live-action settings is to do exactly that, lowering the actor on a hidden trap door, often with their clothing gathering on the ground for added effect. See ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' or any of several ''Franchise/StarTrek'' episodes.) Oddly, the victim will never be considered dead until their head has melted, which will be alive and speaking until the end despite their heart and lungs melting beforehand.
* '''Soda pop'''. This one was quite popular with Disney cartoons in the early to mid 90s. In short, this one is very similar to ''From the ground up'', except with the added effect of being very, VERY fizzy. Bubbles tend to actually rise off of the subject and pop in mid-air. Imagine an alka-seltzer sitting in a puddle of water, and you've got the idea here. Sometimes this will leave a nice clean puddle, but other times, the subject may completely dissolve into a shrinking pile of fizz.
* '''Bones'''. One of the rarest types of meltdown, this is when [[StrippedToTheBone everything but the skeleton]] is reduced to a puddle of Pepto-Bismol. TruthInTelevision, since bones, especially human bones, are very difficult to completely destroy. Cremated remains are mainly bits of bone -- everything else evaporates. Another NightmareFuel method of melting someone.
* '''Vaporization'''. This is regarded as melting, but looks like it didn't just stop with turning the victim to a liquid. In fact, often, the liquid isn't even seen. It's as if they skipped a step, steaming and sublimating from the ground up.

This is a common fate of enemies weak to [[KillItWithWater water]], [[WeakenedByTheLight sunlight]], salt, certain poisons/acids, and of course, [[GreyGoo deconstructive nanobots]].

Note that this can be a subtrope of NoBodyLeftBehind and EverythingFades, although it can lead to EmptyPilesOfClothing in works where ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing. It can also be played for comedic effect, with the victim restored to normal in the next scene. A subtrope of this is LustfulMelt.

Due to the fact in fiction people often say this when they are melting (often as a StockShoutOut to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''), this could be considered an example of CaptainObvious.



* Several football players begin to suffer a meltdown thanks to the heat, until Boomer Esasion passes them all bottles of Pepsi. As they chug, the melting is not just stopped, but ''reversed''. Hm... Does that mean that [[FridgeBrilliance Pepsi really does bring your ancestors]] [[BiteTheWaxTadpole back from the dead?]]
** The same principle was used in a Sierra Mist commercial with a man whose legs fuse to the ground as he walks toward a vending machine, getting shorter and shorter as he leaves a denim-textured trail of goo behind him. He gets his drink in time to chug himself back to normal only moments before he would have been unable to reach the machine, then he just has to pour out a single drop to restore his poor puddle of a dog.
* A commercial for Energizer batteries featured [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West herself]] attempting to destroy the Energizer Bunny by setting him on fire with her broom. She ends up setting off a sprinkler system that melts her.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', due to the action of [[PerfectPoison APTX]] (discussed in depth in ArtMajorBiology), victims eventually melt -- even for our survivors (to them APTX became a FountainOfYouth), they did feel their bones melting, and ''smoke'' came out from their bodies.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has a particularly gruesome case in the last chapter. [[spoiler:Lucy's psychic powers slowly damage her body on a molecular level and during the finale she uses them to such a great extent that parts of her slowly start to liquefy. In her [[RedemptionEqualsDeath moment of redemption]], she uses all the power she has to save Kouta and his friends which literally causes her skin and flesh to melt.]] First, the arms and legs fall off and during the death scene she is only a melting skull and torso and asks to be covered by a jacket so the others (and the readers) don't have to see her like that during her final minutes. To add to the heartbreak, [[spoiler:she uses her one vector to give a gun to Kouta as she begs him to [[MercyKill end her suffering]].]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** ''End of Evangelion'' has everyone getting hugged by a hallucination of their most loved person and then promptly collapsing into primordial soup. Anti-AT field: quick, painless and 100% effective.
** Episode 20 has a similar thing happening to Shinji: he immersed into his berserking Eva so much his body melted into LCL and they had to figure out how to rebuild it and bind his soul in it. Same thing happened to his mother [[TheWoobie while he was watching]], by the way.
* Happens twice in ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'': the first time to [[spoiler:Lisker when Guyver II's damaged control medal is smashed,]] and again later in the series when [[spoiler:Sho as Guyver I has his control medal torn out by Enzyme.]] Temporarily subverted in that the second occurrence doesn't immediately result in melting, but [[spoiler:Guyot psychically causing Enzyme's body to burst apart when the berserking Guyver I tackled him behind reduce both Enzyme and Sho to a rapidly-disintegrating mound of bioflesh and bones.]]
* Amayo Jingorou from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' can turn his body into semi-liquid ooze by covering himself with salt. This is why he's absolutely terrified of the sea, since the salt water dissolves his body completely. [[spoiler:This is exactly how he meets his end.]]
* This is what happens to all the witches in ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness'' whenever their "eject" button is pressed or they run out of "death suppressant" pills.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Happens to the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon when Yugi fuses a Zombie to it.
* One of the manga based on ''Videogame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' briefly saw series antagonist Ganon return, only to rapidly melt away after being impaled with the Magical Sword.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It would appear that this was the ultimate fate of Dr. Light. Although he was first turned into a [[KarmicDeath candle]] by ComicBook/TheSpectre.
* Would you believe that wholesome ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' published not one, but ''two'' stories featuring this trope?
** The original ''Life With Archie'' series (1958-1991) featured longer, more "adventure" oriented stories than the typical Archie titles, including one with [[http://the-isb.blogspot.com/2006/01/life-in-riverdale-surprisingly.html a mysterious Satanic box that melts people's faces off]].
** From 1972 to 1974, Archie published a ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' spinoff, ''Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as Told By Sabrina''. It had the odd combination of [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics284.html straight-up horror stories]] with art in the familiar Archie house style and Sabrina acting as HorrorHost. One story, in particular, stands out, featuring a boy who teases a stutterer at school. The kindly teacher happens to be a witch, and gives him an enchanted book that ''melts his face off'', and possibly kills him!
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': In "The Pit" arc, corrupt SJS chief Herman Roth tries to flee the sector after Dredd exposes him, only to be killed by his mob contacts by getting dunked in a barrel full of bio-acid. His flesh has been melted off his bones when the Judges find what's left of him.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* This happens to ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' once when he has hoped to merely thaw out of a block of ice.
* Also in [[http://www.zeno.org/Literatur/M/Busch,+Wilhelm/Bildergeschichten/Bilderpossen/Der+Eispeter a strip]] by 19th century German artist Creator/WilhelmBusch. Boy Peter leaves the house on a very cold winter day [[AnAesop despite being told not to]] for ice skating, where he promptly freezes in the cold. Fortunately, the hunter finds him and brings him home; but in the oven heat, this trope happens, and all the dolorous parents can do is wipe up the liquid and store it in a jar, [[BlackComedy which they keep in the larder.]]
* The classic Wicked Witch melting is parodied in ''Brevity''.
-->'''Wicked Witch of the West:''' I'm melting! MELTING!!! And on the good rug too...
* In one early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' story-line, Dilbert is sent to Accounting. In Dilbert's company, Accounting is a horrific nightmare realm whose employees are literal trolls and their superior is an evil witch (or wizard -- gender doesn't really matter in Accounting). Dilbert transforms him into a troll just from breathing the air, and he is promptly put to work erasing budgets for various departments. Then he is given the budget of the Accounting department itself...
-->'''Head of Accounting:''' Help me! I'm melting! Aaaagh!
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** One of Calvin's {{Imagine Spot}}s involves it being so hot outside that he melts, leaving only his clothes behind. His melted remains then evaporate and then rain, restoring him to solid form, and a now naked Calvin runs off. The strip ends with Calvin's mother picking up his clothes off the sidewalk while muttering [[OhNoNotAgain "Not again!"]]
** In another ImagineSpot, Calvin imagines drinking so much water that he becomes 90% water and melts.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Days Of Future Smurfed", Empath in one of his jumps into the future sees Smurfette melting back into a lump of clay after Papa Smurf's spell that turns her into a real Smurf eventually fails.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** Late in the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Freddy, Daphne, and Velma are tied up, as wax voodoo dolls of themselves are tossed dangerously close to a fire (Oh, and btw, the supernatural stuff is for real this time.) The actual character's faces visually start to melt before Scooby runs in and pulls the voodoo dolls away from the fire.
** In the sequel to the above, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'' Shaggy runs into a real witch, or the ghost of her, and tries this. [[AvertedTrope She just glared at Shaggy.]]
* In a scene near the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', a number of [[NominalImportance anonymous]] Cybertronian robots are shown dissolving in a pit of molten metal inside Unicron's "belly", in order to set up a BigDamnHeroes moment when Daniel and the Autobots come to rescue the ones [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality we actually care about]]. Their demise is accompanied by the usual splashing, struggling, then turning cherry red and sinking out of sight.
* Happens to Rasputin in Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' when the heroine smashes the artifact he gained his power from. It's been foreshadowed several times that he's technically a zombie, and the relic is the only thing keeping him alive, so it was pretty obvious this would happen.
* Glim in ''WesternAnimation/MuneGuardianOfTheMoon'' is a girl made of wax, so naturally, she's quite frightened of heat because she doesn't want to melt. [[spoiler:She later performs a HeroicSacrifice by keeping the fires of the Sun lit, saving the Sun but melting in the process. Luckily, [[DisneyDeath she gets resculpted and brought back.]]]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}, for a scene where Dorothy accidentally splashes the Wicked Witch of the West, who does not react well to water.
* Subverted in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', in that melting into goo was actually Ethan's ''[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway power]]''.
* This happened partially in ''[[Film/DaftPunksElectroma Electroma]]'', where two robots, wishing to be human, have [[UncannyValley masks that looked like human faces]]. Unfortunately [[GlamourFailure the masks melted in the sun.]]
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMeltingMan'' tells the unfortunate tale of an astronaut who is slowly, painfully, experiencing this effect.
%%* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
%%** Seen in ''Film/XMen1'', after [[spoiler:Senator Kelly]] befriends Storm.
%%** Iceman in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' by [[spoiler:''three'' Sentinels in the climax.]]
* Happens to some unfortunate Nazis in the climax of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk:'' "Whatever happens, '''KEEP YOUR EYES SHUT!'''"
* The ghostly trio of ''Film/{{Casper}}'' are melted away when exposed to sunlight. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is merely a ruse.]]
* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', Gremlins melt into puddles of green goo (leaving only a skeleton behind) when exposed to sunlight. Somehow, you get the same effect when you get them wet then electrocute them, too.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' didn't show it often, but did bring it to disturbing levels with the Dip. [[spoiler:When Judge Doom, the BigBad, is revealed to be a Toon, he [[HoistByHisOwnPetard meets his end by his own concoction]], and his death is very much a ShoutOut to the Wicked Witch's death in ''The Wizard of Oz'']].
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': [[spoiler:The T-1000]] after he is shot in the gut with a grenade by the T-800. He falls into a vat of molten steel, where he shrieks [[spoiler:(and [[ShapeShifterSwanSong transforms into his victims]])]] as he melts away.
* ''Film/{{Volcano}}'': [[spoiler:Stan when he jumps into the lava to save the subway motorman, and in the process, has his entire body melted into the lava]]. Probably wasn't meant to be as funny as it turned out.
* ComicBook/TheJoker subverted this trope (what else?) in ''Film/{{Batman}}'', when Vicki Vale throws a pitcher of water at him in order to distract him. After impersonating [[Film/TheWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch]] and crying "I'm melting!" for a few seconds, he then shouts "Boo!" at Vicki, just before Batman [[SuperWindowJump smashes through the skylight]] in probably the iconic BigDamnHeroes moment of the film.
* ''Film/CubeZero'': A particularly disgusting example happens when a character who appears in the opening minutes gets completely sprayed with some sort of odorless tissue-eating acid. He initially thinks that it's water, thirstily gulping it down before noticing that his skin turns waxy and starts to flake off.
* Happens to an unlucky guy in the ''Film/TheFlyII'' when the angry man-fly hybrid monster attacks him.
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', one of Clarence Boddicker's goons gets soaked in industrial waste. He starts slowly melting (while still alive!), while shambling around in pain. Clarence eventually hits him with his car, at which point he's so melted that his body literally explodes into goo on impact. Being Clarence, he seems more upset over the mild inconvenience the goon goo had on driving than the death of his lackey, the jerk.
* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaiderTheCradleOfLife'', the main villain gets thrown into a pit of black acid-like liquid. He spends a few dozen seconds thrashing around while his skin and muscle slowly melt off him.
* The climax of ''The Devil's Rain'' shows the satanic cult melting due to the eponymous occurrence.
* Happens to Franchise/{{Godzilla}} at the end of ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' as he's dying of a literal nuclear meltdown. His body temperature has reached the critical 12,000 degrees which causes the flesh to start melting off of his bones. One close-up shot even shows his own ''dorsal fins'' melting away.
* Several of the vampire deaths in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney'', as the staked vampires' partially-fleshed skeletons remain intact while a nasty black fluid flows out of them, forming a puddle on the ground.
* The eponymous {{Monster Clown}}s from ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' melt down one of their victims.
* ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'':
** In the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Guyver}}'', [[spoiler:after Sean has the unit literally pulled out from his head by Lisker]].
** Also in the more successful sequel, ''Film/GuyverDarkHero''. Once the villainous Guyver Zoanoid is mortally wounded in battle, [[spoiler:Sean pulls out the unit from his head.]] It melts down to a skeleton, which was only briefly seen before Guyver finished him off [[ChestBlaster in his signature style]].
* When Jason has to switch bodies in ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', former one graphically rots away.
* In ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'', "evil" scientist Edmond Delhurst suffers a meltdown death after he accidentally infects himself with a mixture of dog cancer cells and the titular growth hormone. He promptly turns into a gloppy puddle of cancerous goo.
-->'''Neil Hamilton:''' Edmond? God, you look awful!
* This is what happens to anyone who is consumed by ''Film/TheBlob1988'', shown in graphic detail. Usually the first thing to melt is their [[EyeScream eyes]].
* The ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, of all things. Koopa briefly mentions early in the film that all life started out as primeval slime, vaguely foreshadowing the film's climax, where Mario and Luigi turn the De-evolutionizing De-vo guns on him until he turns back into primeval slime himself. Interestingly, there was a deleted clip from early in the film in which the De-vo chamber operator himself was De-evolved into slime. If you watch the film closely, you'll notice a green puddle during the De-vo chamber fight.
* In the "Overtoke" segment from ''Film/CampfireTales1991'', an oddly destructive weed causes its users to break apart and ultimately melt into a green puddle after prolonged use.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', [[spoiler:the spokesman vampire toward the end of the film has this fate, with his impaled body dripping off of his bones until he is a very emaciated corpse on the stake he was impaled with.]]
* When Zack in ''Film/TheCurse'' tries to get his mother out of their house that's collapsing due to fallen meteor's influence, he finds out that she has mutated to the point that her entire body breaks apart and melts into a puddle of black goo.
* In ''Film/StreetTrash'', a long-expired alcoholic drink called "Tenafly Viper" causes those who drink it to slowly and grotesquely melt into multicolored sludge. The most famous scene involves a hobo slowly melting into the toilet bowl he's sitting on, his arm breaking off at the wrist when he tries to grab the flush handle to pull himself out. He's quickly reduced to a groaning, half-melted head bobbing around in the bowl.
* The 1993 BodyHorror film ''Film/BodyMelt'' involves an experimental diet pill created to make the perfect human, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]], causing various horrifying mutations including growing tentacles, exploding body parts, and of course the titular melting bodies.
* Taken to CrossesTheLineTwice levels in ''Film/PlanetTerror'', when a would-be rapist's ''[[GroinAttack genitals]]'' melt off.
* When General Kala is laser-blasted in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' and falls prone on a flight of stairs, a flood of black liquid dribbles down the steps from her visibly-collapsing costume.
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': The Grandmaster uses a weapon looking like a rod topped by a sphere to execute people who displeased him, as he demonstrates with his "cousin" next to Thor. This results in the victim melting into a blue goo, to Thor's horror. Then the Grandmaster complains that he got some on his shoes.

* In the world of ''Literature/LoneWolf'', many an [[TheUndead Undead]] (above the standard skeletons or zombies) dissolves into foul-smelling goo upon destruction. Notably the case for [[MookLieutenant Vordaks]] or [[HumanShifting Helghasts]] among the servants of the [[EvilOverlord Darklords]], or for the [[DemonicSpiders mutated boss undead]] of [[OurLichesAreDifferent Deathlord Ixiataaga]] from Book 17.

* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the inspiration for the {{Trope Namer|s}}. After the Wicked Witch of the West steals one of the Silver Slippers from Dorothy, the girl becomes so enraged, she dumps a bucket of water all over the witch, who then melts before Dorothy's eyes. Note that it's not nearly instantaneous: the witch has enough time for a dialogue in which she asks the stupid question "did you not know water could destroy me?" Even ([[BlackAndWhiteMorality Espec]][[AlwaysChaoticEvil ially]]) as a child, it's obvious to the reader that had she known, Dorothy would have done it weeks ago.
** Worth noting is that the book provides a surprisingly legitimate reason for this: The witch magically kept herself alive for so long that her body had essentially mummified and dried to a dust that, due to this same magic, held intact right where it all belonged "like brown sugar", until Dorothy introduced a solvent to it. In the film though, water simply causes her to evaporate into steam, presumably because "it's Oz".
* In Hans Christian Andersen's original version of ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid'', mer-people dissolve into sea foam when they die. This is the fate that threatens the title character if she can't win the prince's love. [[spoiler:In the end it does happen, but [[DiedHappilyEverAfter her spirit lives on]].]]
* ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'' has wizards that reacted the same way to soapy water with a little lemon juice in it. (They [[UnexplainedRecovery recover somehow]], but it does put them out of commission for awhile.) Later on, Telemain develops a spell that replicates the effect. It's more portable than buckets and can be used multiple times in rapid succession without having to reload (again unlike a bucket), but it doesn't last quite as long as an actual bucketful of soapy lemon water (possibly because the puddle is pure wizard, without the melting agent mixed in). Averted by a friendly witch who was splashed at the same time as the wizards in one book. The princess who soaked them figured the witch would be safe (if wet) because she kept a very tidy and clean home, and there's no way someone that good at house-cleaning would have any problems with soap and water.
* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov short story "Rain, Rain, Go Away", a family of nosy neighbors nonetheless makes friends with a new family that moved in. They noted that the new family seems to be deathly afraid of rain, but writes it off as everyone having their own special quirks. They invite the new family to a carnival, where everyone has a good time until they see storm clouds. The new family is desperate to get home, up to and including crying when they hear radio reports that the rain is going to strike soon. When they finally get home, they only make it halfway:
-->'''Mother:''' Honestly! You'd think they were... ''[rain suddenly starts at the family proceeds to melt]'' ... made of sugar and afraid they would melt?
* A messy version happens to [[spoiler:Messalla]] when he is [[spoiler:caught in a pod with a laser of golden light]] in ''Mockingjay'', the final book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy.
* In Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'', [[spoiler:Wilbur Whateley's non-human heritage is revealed when his furry, scaly, tentacled, nine-foot corpse dissolves into paste, leaving nothing behind but some discoloration to the floor.]]
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': This is how [=DomDaniel=] ends in the climax of ''Flyte'', by melting down in a puddle of slime.
* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheTamuli'', people are terrified of the Shining Ones for their ability to inflict an extremely nasty fate with a touch: their victims' flesh sloughs off their bones as they ''rot alive''. The Shining Ones are [[BlessedWithSuck equally horrified]] by it.
* Not shown, but it's mentioned in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' that Unseen University's sports instructor, Evans the Striped, died by spontaneous evaporation. Ridcully's a bit put out that one of UU's wizards would die in such an unimpressive fashion.
* In Creator/PeterStraub's ''Floating Dragon'', the nerve agent DRG-16 is accidentally released from a Department of Defense chemical plant, and causes a number of people to meet this fate.
* In ''Literature/HallowMass'' [[spoiler:Chester Sawyer's]] body dissolves into slime upon his death.
* In Bujold's ''Literature/Diplomatic Immunity'' we find that the Star Creche has a bioweapon that melts people.
* In Michael Reaves' ''The Burning Realm'', the Deathlings are human victims of a supernatural disease inflicted by a vengeful Cthon. They become more and more sensitive to sensations, and more vulnerable to injury, until they're incapacitated by their condition, go into convulsions, and literally ''disintegrate'' into melting flesh and cracked bone.
* In ''[[Literature/DanShambleZombiePI Death Warmed Over]]'', several zombies and other unfortunate Unnaturals get reduced to goo by an [[FantasticRacism anti-Unnatural]] racist's plot to annihilate their kind.
* The villains of Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Histories]]'' book ''Thomas'' have poisoned weapons that doom their victims to melting into piles of steaming sludge at the slightest prick.
* In the Franchise/{{Goosebumps}} book ''Attack of the Mutant'', the protagonist defeats the titular supervillain by getting him to melt ''himself''. (The Masked Mutant is a shapeshifter who can turn into any solid at will and change back again. The protagonist tricks the Mutant into turning into a wave of sulfuric acid- [[ExactWords which is a liquid, meaning he can't change back.]])
* This is part of the drawback of Kent's power in ''Literature/HeroWorship''. Over the course of the day, he becomes more and more liquid until he's a puddle on the ground. When he sleeps, he reforms into whatever shape the liquid settles in. To look human, he sleeps in a mold.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** An entire episode revolves around an assassin erasing clones from existence by using a powerful acid in his blood.
** Alien hybrids most often dissolve into green goo when killed.
* Vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' melt into horrible bloody goo when they get staked.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]" has the villain Kane, a [[AnIcePerson low-temperature lifeform]], commit suicide by exposing himself to strong sunlight, causing him to melt. Probably one of the most gruesome sequences in the history of the show (you see his face drip off his skull), and astonishing when you think it got broadcast in an early-evening family show.
* This is what {{Wi|ckedWitch}}tchblade in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' says after being destroyed by the Shogun Megazord, except this trope is averted, as instead of melting, she topples over and explodes while saying:
-->'''Witchblade:''' Oh no, I'm falling... falling... what a world...!
* In the ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' episode based on "Attack of the Mutant", said mutant's supervillain power was his ability to turn into anything, with one exception: If he turns into a liquid, he can't turn back. The KidHero defeats him by telling him he should [[WhatAnIdiot try turning into acid.]] This is depicted as the villain evaporating away while his costume (and mask) crumple up flat, into a steamy pile of clothes.
* In the Halloween special of ''Phil of the Future'', the evil cyborg Debbie melted into black goo after overheating when the students disobeyed her orders.
* In the [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E01Pilot pilot episode]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the WomanInWhite and her children dissolve into a puddle of water before bursting into flame.
* The {{Tokusatsu}} show ''Uchu kara no messeji: Ginga taisen'' (better known as ''San Ku Kaï'' in Europe or ''Sankuokai'' in Latin America) features one villain of the week with water-based powers who melts into foam when killed, which then takes fire. (It stands out because most other villains [[DefeatEqualsExplosion would rather explode]].)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In "The Dark Age", an old friend of Giles has been killed by a demon they used to summon up, who then inhabits his body. When things get rough for the demon he leaves the body, which promptly dissolves into a puddle of greenish goo.
* BigBad Commander Black turns into green foamy goo at the end of ''Series/UltramanLeo''.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Course: Oblivion", the crew of ''Voyager'' discover that they are biomimetic copies of themselves when The Doctor injects B'Elanna Torres's dead body with a dichromate catalyst, which instantly causes it to revert into a blob of "silver blood" from the earlier "Demon" episode. Later on, the biomimetic ''Voyager'' itself disintegrates into formless particles when force fields holding the dissolving ship together fail.
* The various ''Franchise/UltraSeries''' have their monsters killed off in this manner:
** In ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', Banila is killed by Aboras's Acidic Foam spraying him.
** ''Series/UltraSeven'':
*** Gabura melts into Yellow Slim after the Alien Shadow's Ship is destroyed.
*** Dally is reduced into Bubbles by a one-time only attack from Ultra Seven.
*** Dancan dies in the "Soda Pop" style after Seven hits him with the Emerium Ray.
** ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'':
*** Alien Nackle goes out like this when he dies after being dropped on his head by Jack.
*** Sasahiller is reduced into foam by Jack's Specium Ray.
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', this is the result of Radcliffe's failed Inhuman experiment.

* The album ''Death Valley High'' by Music/ZombinaAndTheSkeletones is a concept album that tells the story of a troubled young girl who slaughters her classmates in the song "Janie's Got a Dissolvo Ray".
* The Christmas song "Frosty the Snowman" mentions having fun before he melts away. In the animation based on the song, he melts in the greenhouse where he takes a little girl to keep her warm. TearJerker.

* Occurs in Creator/JerseyJackPinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz'' with the Wicked Witch, of course.

* In ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' episode "The Childe Harold Rewarde," Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty reduce Seagoon to liquid in a steam-bath and trap him in a bottle. They then threaten to ''drink'' him as part of an extortion scheme. Because this is ''The Goon Show,'' Seagoon begged the audience for help from within his bottle.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The spell "Infallible Servant" from the book ''Exemplar of Evil'' can turn a creature into a foul sludge if slain or captured, making it impossible to interrogate or resurrect. Note that this spell is mostly cast on ''willing subjects''.

* In ''Theatre/TheSnowMaiden'' [[spoiler:that's how the title character meets her end.]]
* Subverted in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', in which [[spoiler:Elphaba is indeed splashed with water by Dorothy, only to be revealed to have faked her own death using a trapdoor in order for her and Fiyero (who Elphaba cast a spell on so he wouldn't be executed, turning him into The Scarecrow) to leave Oz together. A heartbroken Glinda, though, still thinks her best friend is dead.]]
* In the stage adaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ursula dies in this manner after Ariel destroys her nautilus shell.

* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', it is implied that Zaktan may have done something like this to a Toa of Plasma, since the only sign of him left was an orange puddle, although it's still ambiguous as to what actually happened in that room. [[spoiler:Tahu also partly melts Nektann using his heat powers in self-defense, but manages to avoid killing him.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Characters in the ''VideoGame/ArmyMen'' games who are attacked with a flamethrower will flatten out into a puddle and fade away. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because all the characters are plastic toy soldiers, which will melt in high temperatures.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Like-likes will slowly melt into a puddle before burning away.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' features an enemy made of ice completely resistant to everything but fire magic, which reduces it to a shrinking puddle.
** In some older 2.5 betas of ''VideoGame/ZeldaClassic'', there is some unused sprites of Wizzrobes, depicting them as melting into a pile of clothes, and reappearing elsewhere. Since there is no way to place these sprites in a Wizzrobe's animation (they just flicker with their normal sprites), this never took off.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda: Wand of Gamelon]]'', quoted above.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'' has several enemies and even allies that appear to be made of paint. Water, which is your main weapon in the game, will cause these paint beings to melt into a puddle of paint.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'':
** Shoot tinbots with the plasma beam in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', and they will sink into bright puddles.
** Crocomire in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' can fall into a pit of lava/acid/coca-cola, which will cause its flesh to graphically melt off, until only a skeleton remains.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}: No Regret'' the LNR-81 "Liquefier" Catalytic Cartridge rifle fires projectiles with explosive warheads intended to disperse a catalytic chemical that breaks down molecular bonds especially in organic matter. Living things that get hit vaporize into a ghostly outline before collapsing to the ground into a puddle of base matter.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games, plasma weapons have a special effects death where the victim dissolves into a puddle of green slime. In ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', this is accompanied by a wet, slurpy sort of sound -- lasers, which burn the target to ashes, have a crisp, crackling, burning sort of noise. The ''Fallout 3'' versions are considerably different from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', though plasma still reduces its victim to goo. Or rather, it melts the flesh off the bones, which promptly collapse into the resultant puddle for a stereotypical 'Bones' version. Lasers just cut victims in half (or thirds depending). Fallout 3's lasers actually act more like Fallout 2's pulse rifles in that regard, incidentally. This also happens to the player character upon activating Project Purity at the end of the game, unless the ''Broken Steel'' {{expansion pack}} is installed.
** Since there are too many of them to leave intact corpses without excessive performance drag, the Marked Men in the final battle of ''Lonesome Road'' all undergo plasma melting after death.
* Almost all the enemies in ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies'' will do this upon death. The effect interestingly begins with the enemy's body glowing a bright green light before falling into a body-shaped stain on the floor.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'':
** In Sierra's ''Space Quest'' being hit by a drop of acid has it "sear its way to your feet" (through your head), but the VGA remake dissolves Roger the protagonist top-down, into a puddle of goo and a really stupid-looking head in a protective helmet. The VGA remake also features the trope name spoken in a sound clip when this happens.
** In ''Space Quest II'', Roger can fall into a death trap of green acid. [[HollywoodAcid Contrary to type]], it kills him gradually, complete with descriptive text!
** In ''Space Quest III'' (and an easter egg in ''Space Quest IV''), going unprotected on a volcanic world causes Roger to melt into a puddle. Roger can also (rather easily) fall into the lava, and the HaveANiceDeath picture was accompanied with a half-melted, mostly skeletal Roger trying to get out of the goo.
** In ''Space Quest IV'', being caught by a slime monster causes Roger to fall straight into it, with a suitable shot of his half-skeletal form trying to claw his way back out.
** Nobody melts in ''Space Quest V''. We thought we'd mention that for the novelty value. The Pukoids seem half-melted, though.
** In ''Space Quest VI'', Roger can fall into a pool of acid, with a suitable scene of flailing around and bobbing to the surface with his flesh melted off before a ground-up sizzling into oblivion.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', this is the final fate of [[spoiler:those captured by the collectors, and not rescued in time; or a random colonist if you save everyone...well, everyone else, that is]].
* In ''VideoGame/DukeNukem: Time to Kill'', enemies you kill melt into puddles of blood regardless of the method used to kill them.
* In Website/FunOrb's ''Miner Disturbance'', the trope name can be your epitaph in case of death by lava.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatII'', one of Shang Tsung's {{F|inishingMove}}atalties causes his opponent's flesh to melt off of their skin as he takes their soul. There's also knocking an opponent into the Deadpool.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', one of Smoke's Fatalities has him fill his opponent's body with corrosive smoke, causing their flesh to melt off of their bones.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', one of Reptile's Fatalities has him spit a puddle of acid at the opponent's feet, causing their body to slowly dissolve until only an arm is left.
* The Particle Beam in ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' disintegrates enemies. Alma also does it to several FEAR and Delta soldiers.
* Memorably, [[BlackComedy hilariously/disturbingly]], and [[GoodBadBugs unintentionally]] occurred in the early releases of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' v.2010. Due to a mistake in the materials files, if a dwarf got wet in hot weather, all of their body fat would melt off and they'd bleed to death.
* There exist a couple of Franchise/{{Pokemon}} (especially [[BlobMonster blobby or water-based ones]]) that can learn a move called Acid Armor, which is sort of invoking this trope. Contrary to the trope's outcome, though, it doesn't kill the Pokémon, it just raises its defense a lot.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': In one death scene in the cocoon chamber, a spray of acid hits Lance's face, resulting in his entire face and head melting (except for the eyeballs) along with his entire body, which melts away into nothingness at all.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [[spoiler:when Demon Bride Elaine sprays GhostPirate Guybrush with root beer, he dissolves into a skeleton, before he thankfully rematerializes back into the Crossroads Center]].
* Enemies in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' melt after death. The Novistador's acid attacks inflict grisly melting on Leon's [[FacialHorror face]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'' series, one of Bubsy's death animations has him melting into a puddle.
* This also happens to dead enemies in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Black/Sigma''.
* Supplemental material for the ''Franchise/ArTonelico'' series indicates that this happens to Pureblooded Reyvateils when they die--their bodies are created from biofluid, and only retain that shape for as long as the Reyvateil lives. (This doesn't happen to Halfblooded Reyvateils because they're functionally humans with Reyvateil powers.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gruntz}}'', this is how Gruntz die (if not blown up, crushed falling into hazards, or exploded) - they turn into a pile of goo that can be later sucked up to reuse for creation of another grunt. Also said word for word as one of their death quotes.
* ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' has this as a representation of a Mii responding to their absolute least favorite food ever.
* The death screen for the Scions in ''[[Videogame/BattleZone1998 Battlezone II: Combat Commander]]'' has a hand desperately trying to reach out from a pool of biometal as it melts. The ISDF on the other hand features LudicrousGibs as a soldier is ripped apart from weapons fire whilst simultaneously melting from said weapons fire. Presumably, the ESRB [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath saw neither judging]] by the [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids game's rating]].
* Parodied at the end of the first level of ''LEGO Marvel Superheroes'', when Sandman is hit with water, making him vulnerable for the exact opposite reason of this trope.
-->'''Sandman:''' I'm melting! MELTING! No wait, I mean, I'm solidifying! SOLIDIFYING! Oh, what a world...
* Is present in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' in a most nightmarish way possible. Killing [[spoiler:Undyne]] causes her to melt. In Neutral Route, [[spoiler:[[https://youtu.be/tpR_mvYUI8U?t=5m31s her sprite wavers while piano version of "Ruins" plays in the background]], and then she melts while screaming that she can't die yet]]. In Genocide [[spoiler:attempting to kill Monster Kid causes her to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice herself]]. Than her sprite begins wavering again, but now she decides that she cannot die yet and [[DyingMomentOfAwesome becomes one of two Genocide bosses]] [[ThatOneBoss that actually can do something to stop you]]. In the end, she melts, but this time [[GoOutWithASmile she's smiling]], because she is sure that someone will stop you]].
* [[PoisonousPerson F.A.N.G.]]'s EstablishingCharacterMoment in the story mode of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' has him chase a female scientist and kill her this way. Her melting isn't shown onscreen as the scene cuts to black, but all that's left of her afterwards is a puddle of purple goo, with F.A.N.G. nastily licking some of it.
* In one of the ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' missions, Tomba the walking snowman melts when you have to melt the ice that another character is frozen in. You get awarded a bonus for making it cold again so that he freezes again.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Seen in ''Webcomic/MetroidThirdDerivative'' when a Pirate challenged Samus. Unfortunately, he was standing in a high concentration of phazon at the time. Samus delivered a spin on the Trope name, in response to this.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' When Molly's ''steam-powered'' robot snowman (unsurprisingly) melts, Jean quotes the Wicked Witch: "What a world! What a world!"
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', K'seliss the "[[LizardFolk lizard-ogre]]" gets [[{{Squick}} dissolved bit by bit]] by a horrifying undead abomination. And ''still'' manages to [[TakingYouWithMe take the damn thing down with him]] with [[DyingMomentOfAwesome all four limbs and his tail gone]].
* Professor Corwin's Apsinthion Device does a this to coeds in ''Tales of Gnosis College''. They '''love''' it.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNoob'', the {{ZERG|Rush}} team encounters a [[KillerRabbit "cute little squirrel"]] in a high level forest. [[http://thenoobcomic.com/comic/148/ It doesn't end well]].
* In ''Webcomic/CheshireCrossing'', '''all''' witches are vulnerable to this in Oz. This not only explains why the Wicked Witch of the West had buckets of water all over the place (in case the Good Witches came calling), but also allows her to ambush and incapacitate an invading [[spoiler:Mary Poppins]].
* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' subverts this. Bill thinks Ilene's {{Snowlem}} character will melt in the summer, but instead snow creatures in this game just lose lots of defense points.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', the creature [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/waxwork.htm Waxwork]] can do this [[BodyHorror to your skin]] and then absorb the melted flesh into itself.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Mixed with KillItWithWater, when it's revealed in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content-menu/stories/312 Call the Thunder: Chapter 5 - Idiots 'R Us]], that:
--> [Hijacker] was "The big Meanie” who had once chased [the Three Little Witches] with a bucket of water wanting to see who’d melt.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', when several of Poison Ivy's "children" (and seemingly herself) come in contact with weed killer.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has a lot of fun with this:
** Honker dispatches a pair of giant slugs with the salt packet from his french fries.
** In "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E55SlimeOkayYoureOkay Slime Okay, You're Okay]]", one of Bushroot's failed experiments in creating companionship for himself results in "Intelligence, Indigestion, Insanity, and In a Puddle" -- and almost kills Gosalyn when she gets exposed to it. (She still hates the cure: plain soap and water.)
** Splatter Phoenix, a villainess who could turn any painting into a PortalPicture, attempts to kill the heroes in this manner by dousing the picture they were trapped in with turpentine. Too bad for her that that particular picture was ''penciled'' as well as painted. However, '''she herself''' was just painted, making her demise a case of DeathByIrony.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'':
** When Johnny accidentally hoses down a candy-themed supervillain in a striped costume.
** In a much later episode, a frost giant swallows him while he's having extremely spicy food as last meal. The next moment, Johnny is drowning in a large puddle.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', when Goofy introduces a monster made of toxic waste to a whiff of fresh air. The monster's puddle actually swirls into nothing, with a hilarious toilet flushing sound effect.
* This is what happens when the Warners get really, really, '''really bored''' in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', at least twice. Once when a snowman removed the "anti-melting gene" from Eustace, and again when courage overcomes his personality issues in the last episode, which causes the anthropomorphic personification of his self depreciation (that looks like a SadistTeacher) to dissolve in a black puddle.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' sees Dodgers and the Cadet do this to a vampire after getting him to eat garlic.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', when Inque comes in contact with water. And later, when her protégé tries to become like her. Oh, he survives. [[AndIMustScream Unfortunately]].
** Worth noting is that Inque is not permanently incapacitated by water, it's just a major inconvenience. However, her form makes her dependent on mutagen, and when someone slips something nasty into it later on, she completely dissolves and evaporates. Although she is never seen again in the series after this, Batman ''still'' doesn't trust that she is gone for good.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** When the boys try to cool off in a freezer. They get kicked out as one large block of ice, which quickly melts in the sun... taking the boys with it.
** Another episode had Jimmy melt down into a puddle because Ed removes his "outer lines" (in other words, he pulled off of the ink outlines like they were wires and left the colored part to melt away). The show later has Sarah confront Ed about it, holding Jimmy in a lemonade pitcher. [[spoiler:Turns out it was just their imagination and never happened...or did it?]]
--->'''Sarah:''' WAIT TILL I TELL MOM WHAT YOU DID TO JIMMY! ''[holds up pitcher]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' Don't spill me!
* Arthur himself on ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', but it was only a DreamSequence of D.W.'s.
* This happens a lot on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** When Drakken sent clones of Kim and Bonnie to attack Kim, Kim was able to melt the clones by spraying soda water at them.
** Kim and Ron held an army of zombie snowmen at bay by melting them with a flamethrower and packets of hot-sauce.
** [[spoiler:[[TheMole Eric]]]] met his defeat when Rufus bit him in the ankle, causing his syntho-gel to leak.
** Shortly after Kim and Ron got together, Ron had a recurring nightmare that, after their first dance, Kim turned into a syntho-drone and melted.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Animated Series'', quick clones tend to melt after a while.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'':
** June once does this (using a magnifying glass against the sun) to both her and Henry in an episode.
** "And [[WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow Meltman]] with the power to... uh... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin melt."]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' episode with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos vs. Naomi Campbell, in which Rebecca is sprayed with stomach acid, reducing her to a puddle of mush.
* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': When Richard P. Fungus destroyed the old camera that somehow allowed the ghost of his deceased Grandfather to exist, said ghost started disappearing and shouted that he was melting. Fungus (correctly) pointed out his Grandfather was shrinking instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Brother from the Same Planet" has Bart's infamous ImagineSpot of Homer's face graphically melting, arguably one of the most frightening moments of the series.
-->'''Homer:''' Now how 'bout a hug?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** This happens to Roberto when he eats a piece of Hermes' skin, thanks to years of LaBarbara's extremely spicy cooking.
** The Horrible Gelatinous Blob and his son Brett melt into green gooey puddles whenever they come into contact with salt. Luckily for them, this is only temporary and they re-solidify after a while.
* An Abominable Snowman follows WesternAnimation/BugsBunny to Palm Springs -- he sits in a lounge chair, sweating heavily, occasionally muttering "Gosh, it's hot!" before melting completely into a puddle of water -- seems he really ''was'' a snowman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Smurfs Of The Round Table", Morgan le Fey steals Excalibur, uses it to turn King Arthur and his men to wax, and then casts a spell on the sun to make it burn hotter so that King Arthur and everything in Camelot will melt away. Fortunately, the melting process takes time, which gives the Smurfs enough time to get Excalibur back from the evil sorceress and to restore everyone in Camelot to normal.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In "Ecto Cooler", Billy recites a poem claiming that looking at Sperg's mother would cause your face to melt. Surely enough, Principal Goodvibes looks at her and his face promptly melts.
-->'''Goodvibes:''' Could someone get me a tissue?
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Double Dipper", Dipper uses a magic copy machine to make multiple clones of himself. Since the clones are all technically made out of paper and ink, they melt when exposed to liquids. Dipper #2/Tyrone met this fate when he drank a soda without thinking.
** The cursed wax figures from "Headhunters" were defeated by melting in the sun.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Quagmire's Baby", Stewie creates less-than-intelligent clones of himself and Brian to act as assistants, only for them to become unstable when their bodies literally fall apart and collapse into fleshy gooey puddles.
* He was already basically made of acid, but Meltdown from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' collapses into a puddle when exposed to a malfunctioning "genetic modifier". The episode's last shot was of his face appearing in the liquid, but nothing came of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/PiratesOfDarkWater'' had one-off villainess, Cray. [[spoiler:She was a skilled alchemist obsessed with regaining her lost youth. After blackmailing Ren to obtain a sample of Darkwater, Cray creates a potion to restores her lost beauty. Towards the end of the episode, the nefarious liquid starts to consume her from the inside and she is reduced to an inky black puddle.]]
* Happens occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In "Rre-Hibernation Week", [=SpongeBob=] melts into yellow goo when Sandy takes him on one dangerous exercise regimen too many.
--->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' This squirrel's trying to kill me! Any more of these stunts and I'll be reduced to a puddle.
** In "Chocolate with Nuts", [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick melt when [[RunningGag the crazed fish that has been chasing them throughout the episode [[spoiler: asks to buy all their chocolate]].
** In "Moving Bubble Bass", this happens to [[{{Jerkass}} Bubble Bass]] when Patrick intimidates him for making [=SpongeBob=] move his junk, leaving his EyeGlasses floating in midair until they drop into the puddle.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Gastropods. Small, harmless creatures (on land anyways), some with shells. Most of their body is held together with water, so when a little salt is applied they simply burst.
* [[http://www.nature.com/cdd/journal/v8/n2/full/4400821a.html Baculoviruses]] cause their insect victims to gradually melt into a slimy goo. Ironically, they're actually potentially beneficial to humans.
->''What a world, what a world...''