If there's a body of water that needs to be crossed, some lily pads are useful in traversing it. A Sub-Trope of Theme Park Landscape and Improvised Platform. Closely related to Leaf Boat. See also Tree Vessel.
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- Poppy Doll And Butterfly Bartholomew: In "Poppy Doll and Angry Lilypad", Poppy Doll is in danger that she will have to stay in the middle of a lake. She fell into the water and was too heavy to Butterfly Bartholomew to carry her as usual. However, the Sun starts shining and the lily-pads are forced to bloom. Their blooms make for a comfortable bridge which the Popply Doll can cross.
Films — Live-Action
- BIONICLE: Ga-Koro is made out of this.
- Sonic Adventure: Chaos 4 is fought in a lake of water. Sonic needs to stand on lily pads to wait out the boss.
- Crash Bandicoot (1996): The two river-based levels both contain lily pad platforms amongst the obstacles. They sink almost immediately, serving as temporary platforms.
- In Ōkami, you can make your own by drawing on water with your celestial brush. While you can swim on lava, lily pads won't last on it.
- A common sight in Golden Sun games.
- Plants vs. Zombies: Lily pads are used for levels that have the swimming pool. Useful to place other plants on.
- Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time: Lily pad returns in the Big Wave Beach levels, and can be placed on any tile beyond the tide line. This protects your plants from being swept away by the tide, although a select few plants can hover above the water and hence do not require Lily Pad's assistance. Using plant food on him will create more Lily Pads adjacent to him.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Link can put on the Deku mask and walk on lily pads. He can't do this in normal mode or his other forms.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Super Mario Sunshine has the infamous lily pad ride as one of its secret stages. Mario has to navigate an acidic stream using a series of lily pads that slowy disintegrate.
- The lily pads actually return in both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, which even features a Sunshine themed level in the latter.
- At one point in the Great Boggly Tree from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario has to lead the Punies across a small body of water by walking on black-and-white lilypads.
- A variation appears in Paper Mario: Sticker Star in Loop Loop River, where Mario rides giant fallen leaves on a circular poisonous river.
- Plum Park, from Paper Mario: Color Splash, features such lilypads.
- In the original Rayman, the titular character can gain the ability to plant these.
- Rayman 2 also features giant lily pads in several levels.
- Rune Factory 3 gives you a magic seed you can use to instantly create a hovering lily pad that you can ride. This is one of two ways you can cross water in the game.
- Illusion of Gaia features a town that has areas that can only be accessed by standing on lily pads.
- The third teaser trailer for Alice: Madness Returns has Alice waking up on a lily pad and seeing the wonderful garden. She then hops on top of them and approaches the Caterpillar. Afterwards, all hell breaks loose.
- Minecraft has lily pads spawn in the water of swamp biomes. They can be easily used as platforms — standing on a lily pad is no different from standing on on a regular solid block — and this can be exploited when making farms. Crops need to be close to standing water to grow, making it necessary to run water-filled channels though any farm you might set up, which can be a bother when you have to constantly jump into and climb out of them when crossing your farm. However, paving over said channels with lily pads allows you to irrigate your crops while acting like the water-filled depressions aren't even there.
- The Smurfs (1994): In the Swamp level.
- You use giant lily pads to move between platforms in Marlon's water-type gym in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- Epic Battle Fantasy 4 only allows you to do this after finding the appropriate pair of boots (the others allow you to walk on lava and clouds). Of course you only obtain one pair of boots so a later cutscene shows only Annie doing this while the rest of the party struggles to cross the water the old fashioned way and discussing if half a boot will work the same.
- The video game adaptation of Star Trek: Generations features this on a mission on planet Bersus V; the player even has to grow new pads to cross a large chunk of a lake. The mission is played as Data, an android who canonically weighs just a little more than the average human his height, but even so, the pads appear to be particularly sturdy.
- In Miitopia , as you might expect from location named "Lotus Lake", the path Miis walk on in said lake is made of giant lilypads. There are even entire inns that can be found on these.
- The Flower Fields level in Kirby's Epic Yarn features some lilypads that can be used as platforms.
- The Koppai crew and the Pikmins can ride giant lilypads in the Twilight River from Pikmin 3. Justified, since all of them are really puny.
- Jade plays guitar and somehow summons giant lily pads. It sort of makes sense, given that the lily pads lead to a frog temple.
- Waaaaaaaay later, one of the Openbound flash games has a segment taking place on more giant lily pads, apparently taken out of someone's memory.
- The Victoria is a genus of water-lilies with very large leaves. The leaves of the Victoria amazonica can reach up to 3 meters [9.8 feet] in diameter and can support the weight of a full grown adult◊ (so long as the weight is distributed properly).