Dragon Quest I was one of the most influential video games of its time, and is partly responsible for forming the Eastern RPG as we know it. But one rather minor monster made a peculiar mark on gaming: The Slime.
While the Blob Monster was a staple of tabletop RPGs before Dragon Quest, Akira Toriyama's addition of a waterdrop-shaped form and an adorable smiley face made a particularly strong impression. The slime ended up becoming a Mascot Mook for the franchise, and naturally, like many of the tropes Dragon Quest introduced, a cute, low level blob became an Eastern RPG cliche in itself.
Unlike the standard amorphous Blob Monster, a Cute Slime has a rounded form, like a drop of water on a car's hood (or maybe a gumdrop). They're also more likely to bounce or roll around than ooze. One assumes they have a much higher surface tension or thicker membrane than your typical Ooze (more like the classic Gelatinous Cube of Dungeons & Dragons fame, but not as rigidly shaped). You might also note they have a strong tendency to be colored blue, at least the first or most numerous version is. Variations may come in a variety of colors (pink/red and green being fairly common).
The Cute Slime Mook is almost always a common, weak, low-level mook, but like the ones in Dragon Quest, may come in stronger or gimmicky variants. Common variants of slimes include different colors, slimes that are harder to defeat but offer greater rewards, or even expies of the Heal Slime. Like their inspiration, they always have cute, smiling faces, or at the very least, Black Bead Eyes. These slime-lookalikes are often mascot mooks for their respective series in themselves.
- The first episode of Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation has Neptune and Nepgear get overwhelmed by a horde of Dogoos, who playfully initiate Tickle Torture to them without doing any actual damage, though the end result of the two covered in slime looked very... suggestive. They're generally portrayed as playful, but only become a nuisance in large numbers.
- The protagonists of Koro-Sensei Quest! are so useless that the cute slime mooks farm them for experience.
- Sui from Campfire Cooking In Another World With My Absurd Skill is a small blue slime with Black Bead Eyes who's very young and behaves like a Cheerful Child. He starts out as the typical weak slime, but quickly shows intelligence and skills beyond the slime norm.
- I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level obviously has them, and shaped like their Dragon Quest counterparts. Slimes with a pale coloring are evil, while the ones with darker hues are good, and apparently they have souls as well; two of the main cast were borne out of a merger of them.
- KonoSuba: Comically subverted with Hans the Deadly Poison Slime. Having seen only his human disguise, Kazuma assumes that he's the Dragon Quest kind of slime and will thus be a pushover, but he turns out to be closer to the Dungeons & Dragons mold - a giant, nigh-indestructible Blob Monster that spreads decay in its path and destroys anything it touches.
- Rimiru from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is roughly the size of a watermelon, and is adored for his super cute slime form. He ends up making quite a lot of allies — especially women who enjoy holding him close to their breasts — by making friends through diplomacy. His "Predator" ability also proves to be extremely powerful, allowing him to take on the magical properties of anyone and anything he absorbs. Knowing how to use this to bring peace and to resolve conflicts is the main goal of the series.
- The jellies in The School Nurse Files are semi-translucent blobs, only visible to certain people. They are the ghosts of dead people or the feelings and desires of living people. Some of them are dangerous.
- The Slimes in Dragon Quest are the Trope Maker. First conceptualized in the first installments of the game in the The '80s, they became popular enough to become the Mascot Mook of the series, and many examples on this page take direct inspiration from their cute blue forms.
- The Punis in Atelier, which have prominent Blush Stickers and come in a variety of different colors. There are also faux punis and even pint-sized mini punis which appear to have pacifiers in their mouths. They were curiously absent from the Dusk trilogy, but made a return in the Mysterious trilogy with a new, taller shape.
- The Dogoos in Neptunia are a much more direct parody, given the nature of the games. Much like the original Dragon Quest slimes, they come in metal and even jellyfish-like heal variants. The difference? They have adorable puppy dog ears and snouts.
- The titular Puyo of Puyo Puyo played the typical RPG slime role in the original Madou Monogatari games, but became a core gameplay element when the series became a puzzle game. There are many different types of Puyo with different effects, but the basic idea is to stack and match colored puyos while sending garbage puyo to hinder your opponents.
- Elona has the Putits, cute white blobs with two beady black eyes. They are one of the weakest monsters in the game, and also come in a slightly stronger red variant. Eating their flesh grants charisma, and they are also explosive breeders, so they're a popular choice for ranches. Interestingly, Putits exist alongside more traditional western faceless blob monsters.
- Ragnarok Online has the Porings, a weak Mascot Mook which are pink and have catlike mouths along with bubbles coming out of its... head?
- MapleStory has its own slimes that are green, have starry eyes, catlike mouths, and long antennae.
- Slime Rancher is all about raising a variety of cute, smiling slimes.
- Jells resemble a humanoid blob monster in most Monster Rancher games, but were given a cuter makeover in Monster Rancher 3 with a more gumdrop-shaped body and black, beady eyes. According to the in-game lore, this is actually the monster's original form, but became more humanoid over the years after being exposed to humans, as 3 is a prequel to the other games.
- Slime from Dot Kareshi is one of many shoutouts to Dragon Quest and Eastern RPGs in general, although this being an otome game, he takes the form of a cute human boy.
- Goopy Le Grande, one of the first bosses of Cuphead has a design that directly references the Slimes - he's a blue ball with a pointy tip and a smiling face. He's also relatively easy, being one of the game's Starter Villains.
- One of the many JRPG parodies in the Penultimate Fantasy Airship in Kingdom of Loathing, the Irritating Series of Random Encounters enemy appears as a large group of what appear to be exact copies of the slimes from Dragon Quest.
- Gooey from Kirby highly resembles Akira Toriyama's slimes, right down to the googly eyes and red smiley face, but with the addition of a long tongue.
- Pokémon has multiple Blob Monster mons, but Ditto most closely resembles the ones in Dragon Quest. A Voluntary Shapeshifter, it's shown in the anime and The Merch that it always keeps its beady eyes and goofy smile no matter what it transforms into.
- The protagonist of the action platformer Slime-San is one of these, and even leaves trails of goo wherever he goes.
- The Jellies, the slime equivalent in Miitopia are mostly pretty cute, being small and rather weak enemies. They tend to either have smiling mouths or eyes, but usually not both.
- Chuchus in The Legend of Zelda are usually ugly blob monsters, but they were given a somewhat cuter makeover for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. They come in many different colors, some with different abilities. The Buzz Blobs from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes definitely count, and as their name suggests, they'll electrocute you if you try to attack them with your sword, with Link's Awakening and Tri Force Heroes featuring giant versions as minibosses that attack with lightning.
- The series almost beat Dragon Quest to the punch. The Zols and Gels of The Legend of Zelda I and the Bits and Bots of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link certainly had the shape and bounciness down pat, but just missed the cuteness that really, *ahem*, solidified the trope. Like the Chuchus, the Zols and Gels were given a cuter makeover for Link's Awakening, the Oracle games and the Four Swords games.
- AdventureQuest Worlds features Slimes like virtually all games by Artix Entertainment. However unlike its sister games the, the chibi artstyle makes the AQW slimes noticeably cuter, being a blob with a cute cartoony eyeball looking out.
- The Enchanted Cave features various colors of weak blob monsters with cute googly eyes.
- Puzzle & Dragons has low level and adorable slime monsters for each element that can also evolve into bigger forms while retaining their cuteness.
- Moldsmal is one of the first enemies you'll run into in Undertale, and looks like a relatively harmless jello mold. It's also very easy to befriend.
- The cubical Slimes in Minecraft can potentially be one of the first enemies you run into if you spawn in or near a swamp, and will often be in one of the smaller, easier to manage sizes. The smallest slimes are in fact completely harmless and be kept as 'pets' if you lure it all the way back to your base and give it a name tag.
- Slimes in Stardew Valley are round and have cute, simplistic faces. Green Slimes are some of the weakest enemies in the game, but there are other colors of Slimes that are stronger.
- SCP-999 of SCP Foundation fame follows this trope with flying colors.
- Lime the Slime from Monsters Can Be Heroes Too. Upon meeting her, Coal is so charmed that she forgets she was supposed to kill a slime and brings her back instead.