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Clingy Aquatic Life

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Hey, I think you've got something on your... never mind...

"I'm wet, I'm cold, there's a fish on my head, and clearly I'm not gonna be able to do this on my own."
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

A character that ends up in a body of water may not emerge alone. Often, they'll come out with animals or plants attached to them. It may be grabbing on to them, draped over them, or even in their mouth! The types of creatures vary too — they can be anything from starfish to octopuses to crabs, and even seaweed or other plants!

It's more often than not Played for Laughs, and just how the creatures got there are left to the viewer's imagination.

May overlap with Clam Trap and Piranha Problem. Supertrope to Instant Leech: Just Fall in Water!. Compare Sea Hurtchin.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has its protagonists fall into the ocean naked and emerge covered with starfish and molluscs. It is implied that Panty finds the sensation arousing.

    Comic Books 
  • Tintin:
    • In "The Red Sea Sharks", Captain Haddock falls off the raft and comes up spitting out a fish. He falls off again later, coming up wearing a jellyfish as a hat, allowing Tintin to make a pun on the raft of the medusa.
    • In "Red Rackham's Treasure", the Thompsons are pinched by crabs when they make landfall at an unknown island.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Fantastic Voyage, when miniaturized Raquel Welch goes swimming in a vein, intruder-destroying Seeker White Blood Cells attack and plaster themselves all over her. When she makes it back to the ship, the other crew members frantically pull the sticky BlobMonsters off her before they can kill her.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), after being told to head west to get to San Francisco, Sonic returns to Tom's car with a fish, a starfish and some seaweed stuck to his head, having hit the Pacific Ocean.

    Video Games 
  • The Overwatch supplemental web comic Binary starts with Bastion rising out of the sea with a starfish stuck to the side of its head, another starfish attached to its chest, and a large octopus sitting on its shoulder.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: The zombies that arise from the bottom of the pool are covered in some sort of seaweed.
  • MouseHunt's 2017 Halloween theme has Sickly Green Glowing Ghost Ships featuring Calamity Carl the sailor as a green-glowing-eyed ghost with a starfish stuck to his face.

    Web Comics 
  • This xkcd strip features Napoléon Bonaparte escaping from St. Helena and swimming back to Europe with an octopus clinging to his hat.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: In "Return to Omashu", the purple pentapus was seen in a bucket filled with water and inside a sewer when the gang used it to enter Omashu. They are known to be clingy unless it was stroked in the head and leaves behind spots which they used to explain a fake disease, pentapox.
    • In "The Swamp", when the gang fell into the Foggy Swamp, Sokka emerged with an elbow leech on his... elbow. It got a Call-Back in The Legend of Korra when Toph (ironically, "The Swamp" was Toph's first early appearance prior to her actual introduction) pulls off an elbow leech that Korra failed to notice.
  • On Futurama, Leela falls into a mutagenic lake. At first it appears that she has an octopus for a head, but it turns out to be a real octopus atop her head. An octopus that used to be a little girl named Virginia.
  • Steven Universe: In one episode, the Crystal Gems just barely get away from a flooding underwater temple. When they get out, we see a fish in Amethyst's mouth, an octopus on Garnet's head, and seaweed on Pearl's face. A couple seconds later, Garnet points out that Pearl also has a lobster on her butt.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "PPOV (Pony Point of View)", the boat capsizes off-screen and Rarity, Applejack, and Pinkie all come out of the ocean covered in seaweed. When Rarity cleans up later, she even finds a crab hiding in her mane. Making it especially silly, it's eventually revealed the water where they sank was only a few feet deep.
  • DuckTales (2017): In "The Depths of Cousin Fethry", when Launchpad comes back from his adventure with Oceanika, he is covered in seaweed and has an octopus and a starfish latched onto his back and a moray wrapped around his arm.


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