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You'd think Indiana Jones would have seen that trap coming.

"He... slimed me!"
Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters (1984)

People getting covered in gunge (also known as slime). A variant involves a large cake and comedies: it is inevitable in such shows that someone will end up with their face in the cake. If the cake is big enough (as many wedding cakes are), they'll do a full-body dive into it.

Often a result of a Food Fight, Powder Gag, or Bucket Booby-Trap. Edible gunge can lead to I Taste Delicious if the person covered in gunge tries to eat his way out.

A trope of the Saturday Morning Kids’ Show genre or anything else aimed at kids. This trope is also popular in a number of programs aimed at adults. The game show use of gunge was particularly ubiquitous during the late 80s and early 90s, but it seems to have died down now as health and safety and general dignity take increasing hold.

Britain started all this in the 1960s with Not OnlyBut Also and the festival of anarchy that was Tiswas. Slightly later on, America got into it as well thanks to the Canadians with the sketch show You Can't Do That on Television, and it became a hallmark of the network Nickelodeon. In general, American game shows tended to use slime as an obstacle or even reward, while the British, with their typical mastery of villainy, treated it more as a sort of ritual punishment with various elaborate and spectacular gungings being dealt out to celebrities or the general public courtesy of The BBC.

A character partial to Filthy Fun is likely to end up like this, with The Pig-Pen being someone seen covered in gunge far more often than not. May result from Slipping into Stink or a Garbage Hideout. When it's blood that somebody is covered with, it's Blood-Splattered Innocents; if they did it intentionally and like it, it's Blood Is the New Black. If it's mud they're covered in, it's... well... Covered in Mud. An Older Than Television version is Pie in the Face. If a character is covered from head-to-toe in projectiles rather than filth, they're a Human Pincushion.

Often an essential ingredient in a good Humiliation Conga.

Not to be confused with something being Covered in Grunge.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Blue Exorcist:
    • In episode 8, a ghoul splatters the students with what seems to be its body fluids.
    • Also the running gag with Suguro, Miwa and Shima in The Movie.
  • In the sci-fi hentai Alien from the Darkness, the crew of a derelict ship are all found dead, with the women stripped naked and covered from head to toe in a thick, green, gooey substance. This is later revealed to be a byproduct of the titular alien's (nearly always fatal) mating technique.
  • A rare funny moment happens to, of all people, The Major in episode 14 of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. She gets surprised by an android, who grabs her and punches her clean out of a window. An android herself, she isn't really hurt. However... she ends up in the middle of a heap of wet, smelly trash. She doesn't find it funny at all.
  • A constant running gag in KonoSuba:
    • Some worthy moments include anything involving giant toads...
    • In the 2nd opening, our four main heroes come across giant worm monsters to which they are promptly eaten and slimily regurgitated or defecated back out...

    Comic Books 
  • Groo the Wanderer loves cheese dip. So, when he acquired a magical wish, his choice was a mountain of the stuff... unfortunately for everybody within several hundred feet.
  • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck: Subverted for laughs when Sam Steele is thrown into a puddle of extremely thick mud by an annoyed Scrooge. Upon rising to his feet again, all the mud simply slides off him and leaves him spotless — as he explains immediately afterwards, a superintendent of the North-Western Mounted Police does not get... "muddy".
  • In Lori Lovecraft: Repression, Lori has to do 120 takes of a scene in which she is doused in syrup at the orders of a director who is a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Max and Moritz: The protagonists break into a bakery, fall into a trough of dough and emerge completely covered in dough.
    All enveloped now in dough,
    See them, monuments of woe.
  • My Little Pony Generations: Not shown but, in Issue 3, Fluttershy is trying to showcase creatures known as shriek-yowls who get disturbed by the rude remarks Sliverstream and Oculus are making. This causes them to cover the class in what Fluttershy calls "projectile defense" offscreen, which apparently took awhile to clean off the class.
  • Spider-Men: Peter's webs are rendered pretty realistically, so that when he web-yanks Mysterio by the face, it's covered in gooey little driblets of web.
  • Superman:
    • In a "Countdown" tie-in, Supergirl battles Equus, a mutant monster whose powers include shooting spurts of some kind of fire-resistant, gluey, green goo. During the fight, Supergirl's head and hair end up completely covered in disgusting, green globs.
      Supergirl: What about this gunk your goon sprayed on me?
      Government Agent: It'll degrade in thirty-six hours. Till then, it's a bad hair day.
    • Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom: Supergirl manages to kill an alien giant squid which is trying to eat her. Unfortunately, she falls because they were fighting in midair. Fortunately, Kara manages land on top of the dead calamari, and its soft body cushions the impact. Unfortunately, said soft body explodes, drenching Supergirl with disgusting, yellow goo.
  • All-New Wolverine: While exploring the remains of the Facility base where she was bred for Daken, she finds a figure inside a tank floating in some kind of gunk.

    Fan Works 
  • Examples of The Calvinverse:
  • One of the stipulation matches featured in A Ring Of Their Own is called "Slime Time", where the winner gets to dump a bucket of "slime" (in reality, pancake batter with green food coloring) over the loser's head.
  • In A Family Thing, during a battle with a ghost bee, Danny and Sam end up getting coated in ecto-honey. When Jack tries to clean them up with the Ghost Weasel, he ends up sucking them up too.
  • In the Doctor Who fanfic "Adric's Game", Adric, having been humiliated by Tegan and Nyssa, decides to get his own back on the pair, which he does by having them sit under a pipe and "showering" them with things such as custard and baked beans.
  • In Betrayal George and Harry charm the door to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes so it opens for everyone but Ron, Hermione and Percy. When Hermione casts an unlocking spell they get covered with green goop and feathers.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Sweet Surprise when she accidentally falls into sewage during the Aerial Canyon Chase.
  • This happens to Ash in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines when his newly evolved Goodra wins the battle in the Fuchsia Gym and quickly grabs him into a hug to celebrate his victory.
  • In Dungeon Keeper Ami, one of the warlocks prefers imagining Cathy's blood-splattered body being covered in "sweet syrup instead".
  • Kara of Rokyn: It happens to Superman when he gets dunked by Lex Luthor in a tank full of a gluey purple gunk which used to be the Parasite's body.
  • In The Lorelei Chronicles, Lorelei douses the twelfth Doctor in chocolate sauce in an attempt to help him ease up and stop overworking himself. She expects it to work because his past incarnations always laughed at her pranks, but this is TWELVE we're talking about.
  • Destiny Quest: On multiple occasions Kushina has done this with the sudden summoning of cake batter in a battle.
  • The Bolt Chronicles:
    • Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino end up covered in the title pastry after a massive food fight in "The Cakes."
    • The end of "The Supermarket" sees the three pets caked in squashed bananas, tomatoes, eclairs, and pies after Bolt's ill-fated rush to the store exit while pushing a shopping cart.
  • Lincoln's Memories: In "Bath Time", baby Lincoln and preschooler Lynn end up taking a bath together because the former rubbed blended pumpkin all over himself, and the latter got covered in custard after failing to do a trick with it.
  • It happens in Shazam! fanfic Here There Be Monsters when the Squad of Justice makes it to Venus and Bulletman gets ambushed by a giant frog. Bulletman gets rid of the monstrous amphibian, but not before its tongue drips viscous slobber all over his face.
  • Harriett Potter pulls this twice on the Weasley Twins in The Rigel Black Chronicles, both times as revenge for their PR efforts on behalf of "Rigel Black".
    • The first time, after they make everyone think Rigel's "a puddle of goo", she exposes them to a mixture of potions that causes them to ooze pink slime from every pore.
    • The second time, she catches them in a secret passage and covers them in "just" desserts. For extra-cold revenge, she then turns up eating an icecream.
  • Wash gets it in the Firefly fic One of Those Days. Everyone is irritable, headachy and nauseated because a problem with the filters has the CO₂ levels elevated. At one point, Wash is hanging down in the air recycling system algae tanks trying to fix something and the slimy stuff spews all over him. He throws up from the smell but it’s on Jayne’s boots and not his clothes. Zoe directs him to the passenger area shower so he won’t stink up their bunk and has to have a go at washing his sticky hair later.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic The Long Eventide Rainbow Dash starts a Food Fight during a luncheon with the highest-ranking members of the shady and potentially dangerous Umbral Society, the results of which include mashed potatoes in manes, feta cheese in feathers, Twilight trying to dislodge cucumber slices from her horn and Rainbow herself wearing the contents of a blueberry pie.
  • In Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse, whilst fighting off an attack by a group of fishmen pirates, Nabiki finds herself confronted by a hagfish-featured fishman named Harglefleck. Who proceeds to emulate his bestial counterpart by dousing her from head to toe in thick, glutinous, jelly-like mucus. To the evident disgust of his own crewmates.
  • A Certain Droll Hivemind: A magician uses Blood Magic to summon a giant bird construct made of gold and blood. Touma punches it with his Anti-Magic right hand, and it explodes, covering everyone except Touma in blood. Misaka-11111 is not happy.
    Misaka-10901: It is a good thing she purchased new clothes today. Her current set is ruined. Blood does not come out of clothing easily. This is the first time the Network has experienced being covered in blood that is not your own. Or at least the blood of another Network member. It is less painful this way. We definitely prefer to be covered in blood which belongs to someone else.
    Misaka-11111: It is in my shoes. It is dripping down the side of my legs. It is like being caught out in the rain or being splashed by a bus, but even worse. Today is a bad day.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Hercules, after cutting his way out of the Hydra, Hercules is covered with the monster's green blood.
  • In The Lion King (1994), Zazu is almost swallowed by Scar, then spat out all covered in saliva.
  • In Monsters University, the Oozma Kappas are pranked by the other fraternities. They cover them in different pastel colored slime, glitter, flowers, and stuffed animals. The resulting picture looks like they are cutesy trolls from a little girl's cartoon.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: This happens to Ralph quite a bit, especially in Sugar Rush (candy gunge, yes, but still). It's usually chocolate to boot, and he doesn't like chocolate.
  • In Toy Story 4, Giggle McDimples gets swallowed by Dragon the cat, then spat out all covered in saliva.
  • In Turning Red, Mei goes through a narrow alley and comes out covered in vines and gunk.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Carrie has a Played for Drama version when Carrie is covered in pig's blood.
  • Ghostbusters franchise:
    • When Stay Puft explodes, everyone within a few city blocks gets covered in melted marshmallow. Everyone except Venkman, that is.
    • In Ghostbusters II, after being hosed with the "good vibrations" pink slime, Janos asks, "Vy am I dripping viss goo?"
    • Ghostbusters (2016): Erin Gilbert finds herself an unwilling slime magnet, getting a face full of it twice within a half-hour.
  • In The Great Race, due to a Prisoner Of Zenda-like case of assumed identity, all of the main characters end up in a bakery throwing pies at each other. Throughout, the Great Leslie remains completely immaculate until the Action Girl feminist, blinded by the pie on her face, is spinning around with a pie in her hand and Leslie ducks a little too late.
  • In Blazing Saddles, the big fight scene at the end spills out of its set into another soundstage, then spreads into the studio commissary and escalates into a food fight. Hedley tries to evade it by ducking into a restroom, then emerges a second later with a faceful of pie.
  • Dude, Where's My Car?: At the films climax the Super Hot Giant Alien picks up Tommy and swallows him whole. After she's been defeated, Tommy is revealed to have survived his stay in her stomach and he's coated from head to toe in a slimy substance.
  • In the film version of Godspell, Robin (as the Rich Man in "Lazarus and the Rich Man") is sent to Hades and tormented by demons who present her with scrummy looking strawberry-and-cream pies — which they then drizzle ketchup on. And then pie her with.
  • The Lost Boys of Hook are fond of this — Peter, when he first tries to fly, lands in a vat of gunge; some of their weapons are designed to leave pirates covered too; and there's a Food Fight.
  • In Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, cute Bridge Bunny Holly Little gets alien bug-goo splashed across her, prior to a giant penile-claw erupting from the ground between her splayed legs and almost being devoured by a ginormous Vagina Dentata with delusions of grandeur.
  • Men in Black: The troopers at the beginning, J after getting puked on by the squidbaby, K after blasting his way out of Edgar's stomach, and finally both of them after L pops Edgar like a zit with J's weapon. In every occasion the gungee has to spit out some gunge before they can talk about how gross the experience was.
  • In Singin' in the Rain, grunge-covered stuntman Don Lockwood meets the Friendly Corporate Executive.
  • In The Incredible Shrinking Woman, the increasingly tiny housewife Pat falls into a garbage disposal. It gets worse when the maid, who is oblivious to the situation because she's listening to a radio very loudly, starts scraping off the plates into the disposal.
  • Machete Kills. Our hero escapes several Action Girls who attack him in a hospital by putting several blood bags in a microwave oven. Given their Stripperiffic outfits, they don't have much shielding them, and are suitably grossed out.
  • The protagonist of Run Fatboy Run gets a giant blister on his foot, his friend Gordon reluctantly agrees to pop it, and you know how the rest of this story goes...
    "That was the second most disgusting fluid I've ever had in my eye."
  • A Running Gag on the Back to the Future films is Biff Tannen or one of his ancestors falling head first into a truck full of manure.
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    • In the First Contact montage the Kortan Dahuk, the first alien race to meet humanity, look reluctant to shake hands. Presumably this is because they are unfamiliar with the gesture, because later aliens do it without hesitation, apparently having been briefed on human customs. The final group of aliens are eager to shake hands...and the human ambassador grimaces as he realises his hand in covered in sticky fluid.
    • Weaponised by the Pearls during their attack.
    • After Translation by Volume doesn't work, Laureline loses her temper and tried roaring for intimidation instead. The female Boullan-Bathor responds with a longer and louder roar which leaves Laureline covered in spit.
  • In Diamonds on Wheels, Ashley and one of his goons are covered in a slippery white foam after Bobby sprays them with a fire extinguisher during the fight in the warehouse.
  • Thor: Ragnarok. Skurge is chatting up a couple of hot Asgardian chicks when Thor activates the Bifrost just as he's about to be eaten by a dragon. In doing so the dragon is decapitated as its head is transported to Asgard along with Thor. Skurge and the two women get covered in dragon innards gunk. When we next see Skurge, he's using a mop.
  • The Greasy Strangler
  • The Pirate Movie seems headed for a pie fight when during the climactic fight a chef wheels out a covered cart. A pirate exclaims, "Oh no, not a pie fight!" and the chef lifts the cover and announces that the fight will be with pizza pies. Mass pizza combat ensues.
  • Director J. Lee Thompson made two movies back-to-back with star Shirley Maclaine, What a Way to Go! and John Goldfarb, Please Come Home, which end with Shirley’s character getting drenched in crude oil.
  • In the Vietnamese movie Cyclo (1995), the protagonist is supposed to carry out an assassination, but gets high on the drugs he was supposed to take just before the hit and covers himself in blue paint. The woman in charge of his criminal gang is going to have him killed, but decides to spare his life because her mentally-disabled son (who had just died) would also cover himself in paint.
  • Kaamelott: Premier Volet: At the beginning, Bounty Hunter Alzagar leads a Boarding Party on a boat, looking for and finding Venec who, as it happens, was hiding in a barrel of dates preserved in syrup and is thus covered with the stuff.
  • The Meg. Morris has a helicopter depth-charge what he thinks is the Megalodon (actually a whale) even after the shredded carcass has been blown to the ocean surface. The pilot reluctantly drops another bomb on it, which throws up a huge column of water, and when the camera cuts to him again, he's covered head to toe in liquified whale blubber.
  • The World Is Not Enough has dancing girls covered in oil during the Design Student's Orgasm opening credits.

    Game Shows 
  • The earliest use of gunge on an American game show was likely The Cheap Show, where a contestant's husband would be on the receiving end of a bucket of slime or a Pie in the Face if she got the question wrong, or if her opponent got it right.
  • Nickelodeon's Double Dare was the Trope Codifier for gungy game shows in the US with their branded green slime "Gak." Then it became Super Sloppy Double Dare and the show never looked back. Double Dare 2000 introduced "Goooze".
  • Other Nickelodeon game shows from the same era that followed suit:
    • Finders Keepers, to an extent - mainly if the Pastry Shop was one of the rooms in the house, or if they hid the clue or object in a bucket of slime; otherwise contestants merely got sprayed with or fell into water at most.
    • Think Fast.
    • What Would You Do? - Various challenges given to studio audience members, usually involving giant pies. Also hosted by Marc "OCD" Summers.
    • Wild and Crazy Kids - featured random teams of kids competing in various games, many of which involved gunge of some sort, especially toward the end of the series.
  • Non-Nick shows from the same time period:
    • Fun House (1988), arguably the most successful, both in the US and the UK. Whole lot of fun, Prizes to be won. While gunge is chucked about liberally.
    • The most blatant Double Dare ripoff, Slime Time, and its sister show Treasure Mall.
    • The first version of Pictionary. The Bonus Round that made it to air involved kids simply getting wet in the "Water Works", although clips of the pilot shown on the commercials showed them playing a game with pies.
    • Hanna-Barbera produced one called Skedaddle, basically a "hot potato"-style game played in an Absurdly-Spacious Sewer. This was the standard penalty for wrong answers, throwing the object out of bounds, running out of time, etc.
  • Current Nickelodeon game shows that continue the tradition:
    • Figure It Out: Any panelist who triggered the "Secret Slime Action" got to see why that weird pipe was hanging ominously over his or her head. In the current revival, the slime from the Secret Slime Action can come from anywhere, and clues are often delivered by spraying massive amounts of some kind of related liquid into the panelists' faces. The contestant can get slimed as well if a panelist guesses the "Word of Honor", the word in the puzzle most critical to guessing the player's secret.
    • BrainSurge: Either lose at any point and get sent down the "Brain Drain", a slide filled with "earwax" foam, or win the game and the Bonus Round and be subjected to the standard Nick green slime treatment.
    • Web Heads: At the end of the show, the winning contestant is sprayed with slime while riding a mechanical surfboard.
  • Crackerjack!. In the later era, hosted by Stu Francis, the original finale game of "Double or Drop" was dropped in favour of a new game called "Take A Chance". Here the two celebrities would compete against Stu for extra points for the child contestant by picking a "Joker" colour. Two slats above two booths would appear stating the points available and what the tank above them contained, "The Points to be won, or the penalties to pay". The celeb would sit in one and Stu in the other. One of the assistants would ask a question and the winner received the points for their child contestant. The loser received the contents of the tank above. The ladies (not always) usually got away with it but the male celebrities were always gunged along with Francis, who copped it every week.
  • Noel's House Party, a UK Saturday evening entertainment show from the 90s, is probably the biggest example of this for shows aimed at adults (as much as you could describe it as 'grown-up' at all). Gunge was a staple of the programme, and it featured throughout its lifetime:
    • Gunge Tank: Simply, a clear booth with a seat and a reservoir of gunge on the top. In its first form, on a precursor to House Party called Noel Edmonds' Saturday Roadshow, a member of the audience would play a word game, with Noel and the celebrity of the week assisting them. The answers to separate clues would combine loosely to form a larger phrase, and the contestant would have to bet on how many of these phrases they could get in 90 seconds - if they failed to reach their number, the gunge was released.
      • The gunge tank was carried over into Noel's House Party, where it would be used to deal justice to a member of the public who had been nominated by their friends for some grudge between them. Later on in the show's life, its use changed to gunging celebrities, who would be put against each other in a phone vote each week to decide who had to go inside. Two foam pumps were also added at the bottom of the tank, which would fill the booth with colored foam around the victim while they were gunged from above.
      • The third style of tank was more conveyor-like, with the victim being carried on a chair through a set of carwash-style brushes to the center before they were covered by the main tank.
      • Finally, the tank was replaced by the Trip Around the Great House, a ghost-train-like ride around the manor-themed studio. The riders (usually a celebrity and an unfortunate audience member) were covered in foam and various other mess at every turn before finally ending up behind the large fireplace, where the main flood of gunge would be spewed from the ceiling.
    • Number Cruncher: This was another gunge booth, disguised as a phone box, that would be left on a random street corner each week. Watchers would be shown a picture of where the box was located and then, if they recognized its location, race the country to be the first one inside. Once they had got in, unknown at first to them (although everyone must have realized after the first couple of weeks) the tank would then lock them inside and the only way to escape was to play the game. Four numbers would be shown to the contestant via an LCD screen on the tank's phone, after which they had 45 seconds to put them in order by process of trial and error to find the combination to unlock the door and get out before the gunge tank started up. Each button press on the phone would add to the prize money, leading some people to frantically dial in 9s for as long as they dared before attempting to then escape.
      • Later shows turned this into a versus game, with twin booths and two contenders trying to find the combination and gunge the other first.
    • Panel Beaters: As if the final iteration of the gunge tank just wasn't severe enough, this game put a team of three celebrities against a panel of three people with unusual occupations, and if they failed to guess their jobs after interrogating them, the celebrity team's entire desk was dragged backwards into a large alcove in the studio wall where they were covered in a positively ludicrous amount of foam and gunge. (If they succeeded, the panel got it instead.)
  • Tiswas: There's an interesting example vis buckets of water. One time, the band Rainbow were in the cage (along with some other people). One of them- Tarrant still refuses to say who- lit up a joint live on national TV. Tarrant threw a bucket of water over him (and the spliff) pretty much immediately.
    • The cage itself is an example of beautiful simplicity: It served no purpose except to house the unfortunates condemned to it, who themselves had no role beyond being drenched at regular intervals.
    • The same show gave us The Phantom Flan-Flinger! (*musical sting*), a 'mysterious' masked and caped figure who would leap out of the shadows at random moments and hurl cream pies at presenters, the audience, the cameramen etc...
  • Run the Risk was created in the UK as a sequel of sorts to Double Dare, with the physical challenges usually involving a large knee-deep moat of the stuff. The final part of the show, as the last part of a race where you'd already be quite slippery from other obstacles, was to attempt to climb an inflatable ramp out of the moat while having even more of the stuff poured down on you from the ceiling - naturally this was completely bloody impossible.
  • Get Your Own Back is a show that had kids compete to dunk an authority figure into the "Gunk Dunk", an enormous vat of gunge. One of the most memorable episodes started off as usual only for one of the contestants to reveal their real target... the show's host.
    • The finale and main attraction of the show went through a number of different forms with games tied to them. In the first series, the 'winning' team (child with the most points and their nominated adult) were both seated poised above a cauldron-like container of watery slime, and had to race to be the first to answer five questions correctly to dunk the other one in. However, if the child ever went in first, they made sure the adult always got it in the end because of the rule that "all children must be accompanied by a grown-up". Hooray.
    • The second form had a Halloween-style setting, with the adult of the team still poised above the vat but the child now standing inside a gunge booth to the side. In this game, the adult's objective was still to answer five questions correctly and light five pumpkin lights next to them, but they would instantly lose if they ever answered with a word that began with a certain letter announced at the beginning of the game. The questions were usually deliberately set to lead them into doing this (if the letter was B, for example, a question might be "What is the opposite of 'forwards'?" - the adult avoided this one by answering "Reverse"). If they made a mistake or ran out of time, they were plunged into the vat - if they managed to get five correct within the time then their nominator was gunged instead. The rule above still applied, though, even if it made rather less sense in context.
    • The third series used a much lighter 'fairground' setup, and the child's danger of being gunged was removed entirely (it was replaced very briefly by the Forfeit Furnace, in which the host would 'burn' a forfeit that the child had taken with them if they were on the losing team - thankfully this was dropped very quickly after complaints from viewers, though the host reassured in an interview that no possessions were really destroyed). Instead, the losing adult had to answer three multiple choice questions, where answering wrongly would allow their nominator to pull a lever and cover them in one of three colors of gunge. All this was naturally irrelevant, because in the end they always got to send them into the vat below anyway. Again.
    • After this, the next few series seemed to settle on a reasonably standard ritualistic format for the Gunk Dunk, an industrial/futuristic set with a chair mounted on a ramp leading down and towards the vat of gunge. The adult was still asked three questions, but this time answering wrongly would, after a rabid call of "Crank 'em up!" from the audience (shown in the page quote), raise them one notch away from the vat ensuring that they would be thrown into it more violently when they were inevitably dunked. For a while, the danger to the child of the team was also reintroduced, with a choice of two levers before the big moment - one of the identical levers would award them an extra prize, the other would release the tank of gunge above their own head.
    • The last series of the show completely changed the style of the end game, with both teams now taking part, each adult seated on a ramp, and the kids answering questions to slide them up a level - the one who reached the fifth notch first was then thrown in. The team that had accumulated the most points during the game being given a slight head start, but it didn't really shake the feeling that it made the rest of the games slightly pointless.
  • Live And Kicking had the inevitable Saturday Morning Kids’ Show gunge tank built into its set in its last series in about 2000. Members of the studio audience were selected as victims, often apparently as a complete surprise to them. The game played varied throughout the series' unusually long lifetime:
    • The Kid Gets It: A kid from the audience, usually nominated in secret by a friend, would be called down to sit inside the booth, and had to pick one of the celebrity guests on the show that week to attempt the challenge. The chosen player would have to speak for one minute about themselves (often with prompting from the hosts) without saying a certain "trigger word" that had been shown to everyone else via the low-tech medium of a bit of paper waved around at the audience beforehand. Naturally they always said the forbidden word in the end and the Kid very much Got It.
    • The second variant was also called The Kid Gets It, but completely changed the idea to a courtroom-type setup where one contestant would plead the case for gunging one of their friends to a panel of celebrity judges (common crimes included borrowing stuff and not giving it back, or being obsessed with a band the other one couldn't stand). If successful, the friend would be led into the tank and gunged - if not, the nominator would be gunged instead for "wasting the court's time".
    • Next, the game changed into The Leakiest Sink, a fairly poor take-off of The Weakest Link, where two players would have to take turns sitting inside the booth while a celebrity guest pulled one of six plugs apparently attached to it somehow. One of these plugs would start up the gunge tank, so the danger increased as the game went on and the chance of picking the 'right' (wrong?) one got higher.
    • Stop the Snot was the last variant, where the show added a whopping great model nose to the front of the tank. This was similar to the very first game, except a celebrity was quizzed for a minute with the rule that they could never say "Yes" or "No", with results that should be obvious by now should they ever do so.
  • The fondly-remembered Canadian game show Uh Oh!, which is played with teams of two. There were a few mini-games chosen by a wheel. The titular Uh Oh! space challenged the player who landed on it with a question. If the player got it right, the team got points, but getting it wrong results in slime being dumped... on their partner.
    • During the final round, there was a category called "Double Uh Oh!" which (as you can guess) resulted in double points, or double sliming.
    • And then, there was the premium option of "Uh Oh! Deluxe", which was the same. Except it was worth more points, or your partner got metallic coloured gunge dropped on them.
    • Not even the audience was safe in this show. The Punisher would dunk a kid in a kiddie pool, or spray the audience with a water gun during the opening, some games had the contestants tossing slime-filled water balloons at some kind of target or bucket (held by audience members)
    • And the last-place team always got slimed at the end of the show.
  • Hangar 17 was a children's magazine-type show that had a couple of sections of this - the first was a talent/variety show section where three acts were judged by a panel of kids while seated underneath giant prop ice cream cones - only the highest scorer was let off. The second section was called Teacher on the Hotseat, where a teacher nominated by some of the audience had to sit inside a futuristic cockpit-like booth and answer three questions on the subject they taught, only being told if they had got the answers right (and therefore escaped) at the end. Only one teacher ever escaped the gunging, which was fairly vicious even by British standards, with the stuff being sprayed from all sides of the device before they were finished off with a torrent from above - when this happened, they let him out and put the girl who had nominated him in instead.
    • There was something similar in the Italian show "Disney Club", where the last segment was the aptly-titled "Teacher torture". If that episode's teacher wasn't able to answer the question... well, do the math.
  • Eyespy, a UK show from the 80s, featured gunge cubicles as part of its final obstacle course round. After answering a question correctly to be allowed to start, contestants would have to find pieces of a code by picking from a row of ten cubicles, only finding out if they had picked one of the four safe ones once they had shut themselves inside.
  • Clockwise was another children's show where the contestants risked their cleanliness - it often featured games in which one member of a team would have to save the other. Two memorable examples were the "steady hand" game where one team member would have to guide a loop along a twisted wire, with the addition that the buzzer was also wired up to a gunge tank with their team-mate inside, and a similar one where the teams had to shoot six targets with catapult-like contraptions before time expired. The final round was called the Tunnel of Time, where the winning team would ride a roller coaster car-like thing through a tunnel, having to answer questions while being covered by various devices throughout.
  • Pump It Up, another UK game show, used gunge as its entire scoring system - winning any of the games before the final would allow a team to turn off one of the "gunge zones" on the giant inflatable obstacle course at the end. If a zone wasn't turned off when a team reached it, a load of gunge would be spewed down on to them from the ceiling, making progress difficult at best, and if it happened to be on an uphill ramp, hilariously impossible.
  • The British loved this, didn't they? Twister was a game show in 2001 that wasn't often messy, but occasionally had games that involved contestants being fastened in place under huge industrial hoppers and being covered in ridiculous amounts of gunge throughout. One of them was set up so that their team-mates had to avoid hitting "triggers" on the floor - the resultant carnage can be viewed here.
  • Beginning in Season 3, Wipeout began using more gunge in its obstacles, the most prominent examples in the qualification course being the "paint sprayer" Sucker Punch (which added exactly that to its usual content of boxing gloves on sticks), and one that is usually a kitchen-based setting but has a different theme every time in season 4.
  • On the Israeli game show Crime and Punishment, participants who made it to the final stage (after beating two others, so it was one finalist per episode) had to sit on a chair above a huge tank of slime while connected to a polygraph. They were told to answer five embarrassing questions truthfully: if they did, they’d get all the money they’d earned (usually around 2,000 NIS); if they failed, they’d fall into the slime and get nothing.
  • Dick & Dom in da Bungalow lived for gunge; all the contestants tended to get mushy peas, tomatoes, rice pudding, and other substances including the sinister Dirty Norris thrown over them during the show, and then the loser would have to sit under a gunge tank for good measure. Possibly the only show to buy custard powder by the tonne.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! gets celebrities to stick their faces into tanks of slime, get it poured over them or swim in it. Oh, and often there's worms and insects. All this to win food for themselves and their competitors.
  • Canadian kids' show Zoink'd!, is pretty much what The Gong Show would be like if it were judged by kids, and pressing their button dropped something on the performers, which progressed up to gunge of course.
  • Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck had this in the form of the "Double Whammy", where, in addition to losing all your current winnings, you also got covered in whatever related to the Whammy animation shown.
  • @Midnight: After having featured a clip from a Korean drama involving kimchi being thrown at a character in the opening round, the winner also got kimchi thrown at them.
  • BOOM!: Cutting a wrong wire on the Time Bomb associated with your question will result in the bomb "detonating" and spraying you and the audience with gunge.
  • Brazilian show Passa ou Repassa had many contests revolving around soiling yourself (crawling through gunge-covered tunnels, filling a cup atop your head with falling liquid, carrying milkshakes on the head) or your teammate (making gunge "spaghetti" atop his\her head). The signature contest is even a Pie in the Face Speed Round, where often people would take the opportunity to dirty up the opponent's face and\or hair as much as possible.
  • MTV (sister channel of Nickelodeon) even got a hold of this trope with its game shows Trashed and Kidnapped. On Trashed, after two rounds of teams attempting to save their possessions from being destroyed, the third round put one player from each team up for "trashing", which involved gungeing about 50 percent of the time. Kidnapped took this round and made an entire show out of it, seeing three friends attempting to rescue a fourth from repeated tortures, most of which were gungey.
    • MTV's first ever game show, Remote Control, had a mid show "Snack Break". This would entail the contestant holding bowls over their heads as snack food got dumped on them. Typically it would be chips, cheese puffs or other loose food; on at least one occasion, Twinkies — still in the wrapper!— dropped on them.
  • British pirate-themed kids gameshow, Swashbuckle has something called "slop" which is bright green and contains bits of plastic seaweed. The antagonist characters who the team are playing against have to Walk the Plank into a vat of the stuff if the team wins and get repeatedly doused in it in slapstick scenes between rounds.
  • Fort Boyard: An unavoidable fate for the contestants facing several challenges is to end up covered in disgusting stuff, such as the mud wrestling, the spiderweb, the tomato sauce fabric or the "Willymix". Though they are at least given the opportunity to clean up before the next challenge, and not stay that way for the rest of the game.

  • Animal Inn: Val and Andy, the dog she rescues from a tar basin, in the start of book 9.
  • Bruce Coville's Book of... Monsters II: George Pinkerton ends up absolutely soaked in blood, swamp water, and guts after successfully killing the giant, mutated leech that had been menacing a swamp.
  • Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Fool's Guild goes in for whitewash-down-the-trousers humour. The depiction in-story makes it clear that the late Terry Pratchett very much did not. By the novel Making Money, the Guild has raised the slosh scene (see Theatre below) to the level of Martial Arts and Crafts.
  • The Dresden Files: Short story "It's My Birthday, Too!" starts with Harry Dresden and his apprentice Molly arriving home covered from head to shoes in purple pus so malodorous that Harry's pets ran away upon smelling it. When Molly asks if their clothes could be salvaged, Harry just throws his (indestructible) longcoat into the fireplace to burn the sludge off, and tells her he tried bringing his clothes to a laundry after his previous fight with a slime golem, but the next day the laundry's owner set it on fire and attempted Insurance Fraud.
  • At the climax of Daniel Pinkwater's Young Adult Novel, the Wild Dada Ducks are suddenly and overwhelmingly assaulted in the Himmler High lunchroom by Kevin Shapiro and his band of Fanatical Praetorians with one thousand portions of extra soggy Grape-Nuts.
    They were thrown at us, poured over our heads, stuffed down our pants, and mushed into our hair... When we left the lunchroom we squished as we walked, and left a sloppy trail of cereal.
  • The heroine of the Romance Novel Dating Her Boss by Liz Fielding attempts to reconnect with a childhood friend, now an up-and-coming TV personality. She's delighted to be invited onto the pilot of his new gameshow — and distinctly less delighted when she doesn't win, and gets covered from head to toe in green goo.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Our Miss Brooks: In "Vitamin E-4", a conman named Professor Anderson tricks Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin into working for in the manufacture and promotion of the titular "vitamin". Unbenowngst to the three, Professor Anderson is really a conman who modus operandi includes tricking well-educated teachers to win over the general public. The episode ends with Brooks, Boynton and Conklin manufacturing the vitamin according to the recorded directions of Anderson. It doesn't go so well; Mr. Conklin ends up having the ingredients of the titular "vitamin" thrown, poured or falling over him. Incidentally, the main ingredient of Vitamin E-4 is chicken fat!
  • 30 Rock
    • This was subverted in one episode where Liz Lemon's old classmates planned to "Carrie" her at their school reunion. They were convinced not to by Jack Donaghy. Then double subverted after it's revealed Jack isn't the classmate they mistook him to be, causing them to try it on Liz again. It misses, but she's naturally pissed at the attempt and decides to quit trying to make amends with them.
    • Another episode features Jenna attending the Kids' Choice Awards, where Best Actress winner Helen Mirren (or at least someone playing her) gets slimed at the podium. She chuckles "Ohh, you got me!"
  • In The Adrian Mole Diaries, the adult Adrian is invited onto what he thinks is a straightforward chat show to talk about his cookery book. As he begins talking about Cooking With Offal, a tank overhead opens and deluges him with unexpected, and humiliating, gunge.
  • All That, being a Nickelodeon comedy, embraced this repeatedly, but particularly memorable was a combined lampshade/ double subversion: A baker has sent the cast a roomful of cream pies, far more than they could possibly eat, in appreciation of the show. Several cast members ask pointedly what to do with the excess pies, when their Butt-Monkey stage manager walks in. Someone decides to bring the extra pies to the zoo for the zebras. Stage manager calls them on it, and one explains that the baker had also sent over a large cake explicitly for throwing at him.
  • Aliens in the Family: Heather's boyfriend comes over to pick her up for a date, but he gets Swallowed Whole by her step-brother's alien pet. Fortunately, they're able to extract the boy from the creatures stomach and when they do he's coated in green slime.
  • Angel did this a few times, covering several characters in demon slime. And Angel's car keys in one ep.
    Cordy to Doyle: Do you think that tentacle spew comes out with dry cleaning?
  • In the Bad Education episode "Trailblazer", Inchez, Harrison and Indigo get covered in chicken satay after Hoburn uses her shoe to take down Mitchell and Blessing's drone takeaway delivery service. Indigo unfortunately turns out to have a nut allergy, meaning that the "splashback" results in her having to be rushed to hospital.
  • During one Big Fat Quiz of the 90's, after a question regarding this trope's use on Noel's House Party, Jimmy Carr reveals he's rented the gunge tank, and is planning on sliming the losers. Richard Ayoade (who was most likely to lose) promptly threatened to kill Jimmy in his sleep. In the end, Jimmy was the one who got gunged instead.
  • In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Vengeance Formulation", Sheldon gets back at Barry Kripke (who had sabotaged his interview with Science Friday by pumping helium into the room) by rigging his office to dump foam on him when he enters. Only one problem, the university's president and board of directors were also there with him, and Sheldon also included a recording announcing his responsibility for the prank.
  • Bones: In "The Body In The Bag", the Victim of the Week has died in the shower with hot water pouring on her for days, making some of the evidence wash down the drain. Hodgins unclogs it and it all comes out in a big jet, which ends up leaving Booth, Brennan and Cam covered up in the gore-covered water.
    Brennan: Okay, we're covered in flesh and bone fragments. Scrape it all off into evidence bags. Be careful not to swallow.
  • In an episode of Cheers, the gang get into a Food Fight, and as we're going to actually get to see Norm's wife Vera — who has remained unseen throughout the show — she gets hit in the face with a bowl of mashed potatoes!
  • CSI: Miami: In "Identity," a female victim is found covered head-to-toe in a clear, sticky slime that Eric says he's never seen anything like before. Turns out, she had been crushed, swallowed, and regurgitated by a 10-foot long boa constrictor.
  • The Day of the Triffids. The bodies of those killed by the Man Eating Plants are covered in triffid venom.
  • Dick & Dom in da Bungalow lived for gunge; all the contestants tended to get mushy peas, tomatoes, rice pudding, and other substances including the sinister Dirty Norris thrown over them during the show, and then the loser would have to sit under a gunge tank for good measure. Possibly the only show to buy custard powder by the tonne.
  • In Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, in the course of doing the job, usually gets filthy by the end of it. Sometimes the filth is wet. Are the fangirls pleased by this? Yes they are.
  • Doctor Who:
    • A lethal version occurs in "The Happiness Patrol", where Evil Chef the Kandy Man executes "killjoys" by deluging them in scalding strawberry fondant. (He has other flavours, but strawberry is the only one shown.)
    • Happens a lot in general to people fighting the Slitheen or Slitheen-Blathereen. One splash of vinegar and pop.
    • "The Sontaran Stratagem": The Sontarans' clone-template, which eventually becomes an evil duplicate of Martha Jones, is in a pool full of green goo.
    • On Amy Pond's first outing with the Doctor, she winds up in this state when the Star Whale, on the verge of swallowing them, is forced to vomit. Or, as the Doctor puts it: "Nothing broken, there's no sign of concussion... and yes, you are covered in sick."
  • The Fawlty Towers episode "The Hotel Inspectors" has Basil taking revenge on a man who he believed to have been a hotel inspector throughout the episode by hitting him with custard pies while Manuel pours cream into his briefcase.
  • In the Frasier episode "Are You Being Served?" Niles is in the restroom when Martin's Hot&Foamy shaving lather heater explodes. He comes out covered from head to toe and says "I'm all right, just a little hot. And foamy."
  • Two episodes of Girl Meets World have Riley and Maya venting their frustrations with each other by having paint fights. The fights start with simple brush strokes and end with a whole tub of paint being dumped on one of them.
  • In an episode of Hannah Montana after representing Lily in teen court (and proving to everyone's satisfaction that she was to blame for Lily's current predicament), Miley gets "served" some justice, and ends up covered in pasta and sauce.
  • Happy Endings: In "The Marry Prankster", Max dumps slime on Penny twice during his prank revenge-the first was on purpose, the second time she gets slime that was meant for Dave.
  • In latter seasons of Hell's Kitchen, during the Blind Taste Test, each chef that tastes stuff also has a counterpart from their own team placed across from them. If they get an ingredient wrong, then their teammate is doused in something, getting progressively worse if they miss more ingredients. They get one free miss, but the dousing begins after the second missed ingredient, up to a total of four.
  • Happens all the time in Horrible Histories, as in the Stupid Death of Richard the Raker. The gunge is usually meant to be poo.
  • iCarly: Nevel, with tapenade that resembles good ol' Nickelodeon green slime.
  • I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! is mostly made of opportunities to do this to celebrities.
  • The InBESTigators: At one point, Maudie's attempts to fix a printer leave her covered in ink; she ultimately decides to wait for Ezra.
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon had an Audience Game called Models and Buckets, a parody of NBC's game show Deal or No Deal where contestants pick buckets to have dumped over their head. Only one contained money, with the rest containing various foodstuffs or items such as packing peanuts.
  • The Legend of Dick and Dom: Whenever the leads can be made to fall into the mud or fight in a tub of custard, they are.
  • Jim Cramer of Mad Money throws banana cream pies at company CEOs.
  • This tended to happen to people a lot on Maid Marian and Her Merry Men.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "The Glitch", a vandal known as 'the Bucket Man' is attacking cars in a village and dumping paint mixed with glue over them. The murder pours paint over his last intended victim to try and make it look like the work of 'the Bucket Man'. Ironically, his intended victim was actually the real Bucket Man.
  • In the Modern Family episode "Snip", Claire goes to Luke's school to drop off his science project, which he'd left at home. Unbeknownst to her, he'd rigged his locker to shoot yogurt in order to get back at a classmate who'd been breaking into it. She manages both to embarrass Luke and ruin her shirt.
  • In a Monty Python sketch at an Army Recruiting office, an applicant (Eric Idle) protests that he hasn't gotten any funny lines - the recruiting officer (Graham Chapman) offers to start a new sketch to let him be funny - where the officer becomes a fast-talking music hall burlesque comic who gets all the funny lines again. The sketch further degenerates into a circus setting where the officer is a clown, dumping water on Idle, dropping a large fish down his trousers, upending a bucket of whitewash on him, and shoving a pie into his face, all the time telling him "It's your laugh, mate, not mine!"
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In "War of the Colossal Beast", Joel's demonstration of his Between-Meal Mortar, a cannon that fires snack cakes, goes awry when a "live" Twinkie bounces back. Despite Joel's attempt at Jumping on a Grenade, it explodes and leaves him, Crow, and Servo covered in creme filling.
    Crow: They say you never hear the snack that gets ya.
  • In Planet Ajay's "Beat Badjay" segments, a contestant has to ask Badjay (the show's Big Bad) several questions. If Badjay gets three questions right, the contestant is dropped into a pool of gunge; on the other hand, if Badjay gets three questions wrong, he gets dropped into the gunge. There's also the "Under Pressure" segments, where if a contestant pulls the right chain he or she gets covered in curry.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Red Dwarf: "His head burst..." Lister got sick with a mutated form of some illness which made his head giant... and it burst. He was relieved and felt much better, but his poor crew mate saw that happen and got Covered in Gunge.
  • This became something of a running joke in The Sarah Jane Adventures with Clyde always seeming to get Raxacoricofalapatorian gunge all over him. Or any other kind of gunge, actually.
  • Several Stick Stickly bumpers had his lower half dipped in whatever concoction the viewers requested.
  • The "Helping Hands" game on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (player A is the straight player; player B (Ryan) has his arms behind his back and player C (Colin) substitutes his own arms for Player B) would often ends with Ryan covered in whatever foodstuffs were being used as props, usually as a result of Colin's blind attempts to feed him. A special mention for whoever decided to give them champagne.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place has Alex get covered in chocolate.
  • In Word Whiz Or Slime Pit, contestants who don't do well enough in Dr. Slime's vocabulary problems by the end of rounds 3, 4, and 5 will be covered in slime and, according to the narrative of the show, forced to work with him as his minions.
  • The X-Files: In "Squeeze", Tooms is a monster who produces some kind of yellow slime, which Scully thinks is bile. Mulder actually regretted that his favourite investigative method is Fingertip Drug Analysis. Scully gets slimed a bit when Tooms attacks her.
  • You Can't Do That on Television had the Running Gag of dousing kids with green slime whenever they said "I don't know" (check the picture). Other colors of slime were used occasionally, for example a blue sliming once when they "ran out" of green slime. One episode that had been "taken over" by the Russians features red slimings for saying "free."
  • Young Sheldon: In "A Free Scratcher and Feminine Wiles", Dr. Lee booby trapped her office so that anyone trying to hack into her computer (in this case, Sheldon) gets their face shot with blue powder.

  • The woman on the cover of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream & Other Delights was clad in a whipped cream "dress" and what appeared to be absolutely nothing else. For the "Re-whipped" version of the album, the girl on the cover is wearing a whipped cream "bikini".
  • Similarly, the model on the cover of the Ohio Players' album Honey is clad in only honey while suggestively feeding herself the same confection.
  • Comedian Pat Cooper is covered with spaghetti sauce and noodles on the cover of his Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights. It's only one of the myriad lampoons of, and homages to, the Whipped Cream album.
  • This happens to Avril Lavigne in the video for "He Wasn't"
  • Jessie J does this to herself in the video for "Who's Laughing Now"
  • The music video for singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan's song "Knots" starts with her singing cheerfully in a white dress, playing a white ukulele against a white background. Then a hand comes in and sprays paint on her dress. Then more paint gets sprayed on her. Then more. By two minutes into the song her dress is completely multi-coloured — and then they start spraying paint in her face. Because they could only do it in one take, they couldn't stop, and she admitted that while making the video was great fun, it wasn't easy singing while completely blinded with paint.
  • Happens to two Adams from the music world;
    • Adam Levine of Maroon 5 in their video for "Love Somebody".
    • Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace in their video for "Break"
  • Happens to Charli XCX in the video for "Break the Rules", courtesy of a Sadist Teacher played by Rose McGowan. It's presented as a Shout-Out to Carrie, but the pink goo thankfully isn't animal blood, and she and everyone else find it fun.
  • Avicii has The Days, involving gungesploitation....

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the Book of Malachi from The Bible, God threatens to smear dung in the faces of the priests who don't take the command to be impartial to the Law to heart.

  • The backglass for Comet shows several of the rollercoaster riders Covered In Gunge, such as an old woman getting a facefull of ice cream and a man being plastered by the flowing hair of the woman ahead of him.

  • In The Fallen Gods, Tuatha gets covered in oil when her spell's failure sets off the Wild Magic table.
  • Spring starts episode 5 of Sequinox covered in Scorpie goo, before getting it washed off by Summer's special attack. She considers both equally bad.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Happened to Chris Jericho on the July 15, 2020 edition of AEW Dynamite. After having defeated Orange Cassidy two weeks earlier at the second night of Fyter Fest 2020, he and the Inner Circle went into the ring, and Jericho proceeded to cut a promo on Cassidy, telling the audience that Cassidy wouldn't get a rematch and that his career was dead. Cue Cassidy coming into the arena, listening to a little more of Jericho's remarks, not saying a word, and then slowly raising his fist into a thumbs-down gesture. Followed by the Inner Circle being drenched in orange juice dropped from the rafters. To add further humiliation, Jericho received a towel from ringside to wipe himself off, not finding out until several seconds later that it was an Orange Cassidy towel.


  • In U.S. sports (most commonly baseball and football), it is a common custom to drench the coach or a key player of a team with whatever is in the cooler after a win, most commonly Gatorade (leading to the ritual being known as a "Gatorade shower").
    • The New Orleans Saints' head coach got the Nickelodeon slime treatment in a similar fashion after winning an NFL playoff game being simulcast by the channel.
  • A related tradition in Major League Baseball is to give a shaving (or whipped-)cream pie-in-the-face to someone who made a walk-off hit while they are being interviewed after the game.

  • Traditional British pantomimes often feature a slosh scene at the end of the first act, in which two or more comic relief characters start a completely innocent activity such as baking a cake or putting up wallpaper, and inevitably end up covered in whatever messy stuff they're using.
  • U.S.L.E.S. pantomimes, while done on shoestring budgets, still include slosh scenes, although water, talcum powder and shaving foam tend to be substituted for gunge, being both cheap and easy to clean up. Often leads to characters lampshading the inevitable mess with lines like, "Better put down this handy tarpaulin just to be on the safe side!"
  • Martin McDonagh is fond of getting messy: he's got raw eggs to the head in The Cripple Of Inishmaan, bone chips/dust in A Skull in Connemara, torture with hot oil in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Gorn that drenches the innocent and not-so-innocent alike in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. It's like he does it just to torment the stage management team!

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    Video Games 
  • A powerup like this will appear in Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers.
  • An item called Sticky Juice in Water Warfare will fill your water gun up with, well, sticky juice, which will temporarily cover an enemy in yellow goo that slows them down (and changes your water's splashing animation and sound effects to huge, gloppy splats). The instruction manual calls this Status Effect "soaked," but we know better.
  • This is your entire means of combat in the Platform Game SPRay: Spirited Prince Ray.
  • In the PS3 game ''Folklore there are certain enemies, such as Impets, that can immobilize the player this way.
  • Can you say Portal 2? Three varieties of colored gel involved in numerous puzzles... Unless a player is really careful, they're bound to get covered in the stuff at some point.
    • Which is something of a worry given this recorded announcement:
      Cave Johnson: Oh, in case you get covered in that repulsion gel, here's some advice the lab boys gave me: do not get covered in the repulsion gel. We haven't entirely nailed down what element it is yet, but I'll tell you this: it's a lively one, and it does not like the human skeleton. Don't worry. It's actually safe enough. And it washes off.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game follows up from the original films...and this time Venkman does get that second helping. But you and him get even; he coaches you in catching Slimer. From here out, you're discouraged from getting coated, as it's usually a charging ghost, toxic Black Slime, or giant marshmallows being hurled by Stay Puft. All of them hurt. The game does give you an Achievement for getting slimed. It's kind of a rite of passage for that job, one assumes.
  • Tomb Raider (2013): Lara spends a lot of time covered in mud, blood (much of it her own) and general filth.
  • In Word Rescue and Math Rescue, this trope was used in lieu of dispatching enemy Gruzzles with violent weaponry. The player character would simply point at the Gruzzle and Benny Bookworm/Butterfly would instantly drop a bucket of pink slime on them. Math Rescue justified this trope by explaining the slime was stink mud, and the Gruzzles slimed by it would teleport to their spaceships to take baths and not return.
  • All the characters in Splatoon are armed with ink-based weaponry. Splattering is a core part of the gameplay. You can actually tell how damaged someone is just by looking at how much of their body is covered in your (team's) ink. Just don't stare too long.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Sunshine: Mario can get completely covered in the various types/colors of sludge he needs to clean up if you slide around in it long enough. A simple spin jump or diving in some water will remove it immediately.
    • Mario Party 10: In Paintball Battle, any players that get hit by a paintball will get covered in paint that matches the color of the paintball that hit them.
  • The Pokémon Goodra is said to enjoy giving their trainer big hugs despite being covered in thick slime.
  • Iva from Battlerite has a Jet Pack that leaks oil, resulting in this trope for any enemies below. She can then follow up with an explosion from her Rocket X-67 or Flame Thrower to light the oil.
  • This is the entire motto of the Boomer in the Left 4 Dead games. If it vomits on or explodes near a survivor, s/he'll be a semi-blind zombie magnet until it wears off. Jars of refined bile in Left 4 Dead 2 flip the tables for the survivors, who can cover the infected themselves in gunge, although it's not as alluring as the natural bile on a survivor's skin and worker infected don't react to it.
  • Super Smash Bros. has this as a gameplay mechanic for Inkling. Several of their moves can temporarily coat their opponents in ink, which acts as a Damage-Increasing Debuff.
  • One of the puzzles in ZZZZ on the ZX Spectrum requires the player to fall (or climb) into a barrel of sludge, so they can gain access to the bathroom upstairs. All this taking place on board a bus; ZZZZ, as its name implies, runs on dream logic.
  • In the 8-bit video game How to Be a Complete Bastard, the player is required to sabotage a yuppies' party. Several of the yuppies are disposed of by throwing paint, oil or similar over them, at which point they disappear.
  • In the following Game & Watch games and Gallery remakes, these instances result in misses.
    • Manhole: Letting pedestrians fall in sewers. The original game has generic people while the update has Yoshi trying to save Toad, Donkey Kong Jr. and Mario from this fate.
    • Oil Panic: Throwing oil onto customers in the original and Donkey Kong Jr. or Luigi in the remake.
    • Mario's Cement Factory: Letting the mixers overflow. In the original, the excess cement will fall on one of the truck drivers and pin him against the ground. In the modern version, an overflowing basin will dump cookie dough on Yoshi or Toad.
    • In the updated version of Rain Shower, Mario must protect his friends from Bowser's paint balloons. Any character who gets hit will be covered in paint for the rest of the game. Subverted with Yoshi who eats the balloons.
  • Downplayed in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, since you don't actually see your character covered in it, but many events feature slime as a nod to this trope's use in game shows, either as an inconvenience that slows you down, or a dangerous trap that eliminates players who fall in it.
  • Game & Watch: Results in a miss in the following games.
    • Letting pedestrians fall in an open sewer in Manhole.
    • Throwing oil onto customers in Oil Panic.
    • In Mario's Cement Factory, letting one of the mixers overflow and drop cement on one of the truck drivers.
  • In Red Dead Redemption II, Arthur Morgan (and in the epilogue, John Marston) can get caked in mud, blood and other some such gunk during strenuous activities, usually pitched gunfights, and thus walk about without a care in the world. Surprisingly for this trope, many NPCs will refuse to give the player the time of day if they're in such a state, and a blood-covered Arthur/John is not only going to cause a panic but local lawkeepers will become hostile to them. the player is usually encouraged to make frequent use of baths dotted around the game world. Finally, if Arthur makes the mistake of returning to his gang's current camp while caked in filth, Miss Grimshaw will make damn sure he washes his face at least.

    Web Animation 

  • This is a Running Gag in Dominic Deegan, though it hasn't been seen as much as of late. Whenever Dejah, a living Slime, uses his "Slime Geyser" teleport spell, one of the teleported always, always, gets covered in slime. It's always, always Luna (and she always, always has an exasperated look on her face when it happens). Well, almost always...
  • A minor antagonist in Ennui GO! is Chocly the Sweetboy, a monster that started out as a Christmas mascot but went horribly bad. It leaves kids it encounters slathered with fudge.
  • Girl Genius:
    • In the "Personal Trainer" side-story, thanks to a clank creation of Aghata, Zeetha ends up (according to Krosp) thrown out "into the pig sty, the duck pond, the beehives, a vat of oatmeal, and down the main chimney." Not too surprisingly, the very-much-covered in gunge (and bees) Zeetha is really mad at her student afterward.
    • Gil ends up covered in green gunk after cutting his way out of a giant carnivorous plant.
  • In Jupiter-Men, Quintin can inflict this on others thanks to his slime powers. While getting a gun pointed at him by a gang member, Quintin tries to stick his hands up to get the mugger to wait, only to accidentally fling slime at the man's gun. This slime is so thick that it stops the bullet as mugger tries to pull the trigger, saving Quintin's life.
  • Lloyd and Radic from Murphy's Law get covered in Giant Spider innards.

    Web Original 
  • Industrial Zone at FurAffinity is a fictional game show series featuring this in vast quantities. Experience the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing whether you're reading porn or not.
  • Whateley Universe: In "Boston Brawl" Phase (the prissy rich kid) ends up dumped in the Boston sewers. 'Slimed' doesn't begin to describe it. It takes a lot of work to get her cleaned up enough that she can ride home with everyone else.
  • There are lots of Internet gameshows using this as a prize or forfeit.
  • In Worm, Chapter 1.1, the three bullies dump juice and soda all over Taylor when they find her hiding in a bathroom stall.


    Web Videos 
  • The Slow Mo Guys love this, especially since one of their favorite subjects to film is paint. 9 times of 10, it's Dan who ends up covered, although Gavin is not immune to getting splattered. One episode of The Super Slow Show was the duo getting blasted with eight paint cannons.

    Western Animation 
  • Subverted in an episode of Arthur where the characters begin pulling mean pranks on Francine after she insults one of them. One of their teachers, who's working as a fortune teller at a fair, tells them that she can rig things so that Francine will get covered in goop from a box trap during a visit to her. They eagerly agree but when Francine laments during her fortune-telling session how she regrets her insult and feels saddened that everyone has been doing nothing but mocking her, they feel guilt and decide not to activate the trap. The subversion is doubled down on when they leave and the teacher activates the trap, revealing that the box actually didn't contain any goop but confetti instead.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In the first episode, Sokka is instantly established as the local Butt-Monkey when he gets covered in flying bison snot.
      • Which closely resembles good ol' green slime (it is a Nickelodeon program, after all).
    • Tunnel boring machines often mix the excavated soil with water to ease removal. No prizes for guessing where two thirds of Ozai's Angels and three-fourths of the Gaang end up at the end of "The Drill".
    • ...Neither of which compare to what was waiting for Aang and Zuko in the Temple of Doom in "The Firebending Masters".
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: In "Living Legend", the Avengers (and much of the surrounding area) are left in this state after they manage to defeat the Blob Monster Doughboy.
    Thor: Victory... is ours.
    Wasp: Hooray.
  • In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn bakes a gigantic cream pie for the Joker... and lies in it waiting for him.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Tucker was a victim when ghost hunters attacked him when he was dressing up as a ghost. We earn this gem:
      Tucker: [covered in ectoplasm] I'm not gonna grow a third arm, am I?
    • And a few seconds before we get this one:
      Sam: In retrospect, maybe dressing like a ghost in a parking lot full of ghost hunters wasn't a great idea.
  • Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory wound up repeatedly covered in mud, pies, whipped cream, etc. while competing against Dee Dee on a game show. Somehow his Nerd Glasses always remained clear so he could register his displeasure.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum characters are prone to this, but especially Fanboy.
    • He has been sneezed on, covered with Frosty Freezy Freeze, gotten a Pie in the Face several times, been assaulted with eggs, had the school cafeteria food all over him and once his costume got so dirty it actually came to life.
    • The episode "Slime Day" is all about the eponymous duo trying to get covered in slime by saying the secret phrase before the day is over, but they're too stupid to figure out what the secret phrase is.
  • In the Generator Rex episode "Breach", when Rex started destroying everything around him to cause Breach to create portals so that he could try to escape, all while Breach is throwing out the junk into different parts of the world, a portal appeared right over some Evo scorpions that Six and Bobo were fighting, dropping some junk and squishing the bugs. What came next was white goop (ice cream) covering both Six and Bobo. Bobo comments, "I'm not complaining."
  • More or less the entire idea behind the Discovery Kids show Grossology.
  • Kaeloo: In the episode "Let's Play Market Vendors", Quack Quack blows bubbles out of yogurt. When he makes a particularly large one, it pops and Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat are covered in yogurt.
  • Metalocalypse — already upset at believing he's not getting the respect his bandmates get, Toki is slimed while getting a kids-choice award, turning him dark and angry, especially toward kids.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • In "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie gets covered in soppy dough after getting sprayed with bathwater and then dumping a bag of flour on herself to amuse a pair of baby twins.
    • In "Make New Friends and Keep Discord", Discord's guest at the Grand Galloping Gala is the Smooze, a Blob Monster. Pretty much everyone in the episode gets covered in the resulting goo at some point. Several ponies also get messy when Discord smashes a watermelon.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In the episode "The Old Switcheroo'', Tigger and Roo get covered in mud and bubblegum while playing together.
  • Robot Chicken had this as the end of the first season and opening of the second, in a Shout-Out to You Can't Do That on Television. (Same set, same trigger words.)
  • The Simpsons: In "Brother from the Same Planet", Homer tries to make it up to Bart (for forgetting to pick him up after soccer practice) by offering him a hot-fudge sundae, but he accidentally spills it over his head.
  • Steven Universe:
    • One off-screen mission in "Tiger Millionaire" ends with Amethyst getting Steven covered in goo from a "blood polyp". Steven being Steven, he's not particularly bothered, until it crystalizes, leaving him stuck in one place for hours.
    • A typical side effect of destroying Plug Robonoids is they spray goop everywhere afterward. The first time this happens in "Marble Madness", Amethyst, who is covered head to toe in the stuff, gleefully chases after Pearl to give her a "goop hug". Then she gives Garnet one too.
  • Happens quite frequently in Thomas & Friends as a result of the many accidents on Sodor. Percy and Thomas are the most frequent victims of this.
  • In the Vampirina episode "April Ghoul's Day", the first prank that Vee plays on Poppy and Bridget is to dump a bucket of slime on them.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: In "A Super Recipe," the wombats are making cornbread. The wombats all stick their hands into the honey jar used for the cornbread and get covered in honey.
  • Almost every episode of World of Quest features the Prince being covered in something. Usually three or more times.

Alternative Title(s): Covered In Slime


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