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Not-so-dandelions.

Monica: But they're alive, right?
Aaron: Depends on your definition of alive. They have more in common with broccoli than they do with you. Or me.
Monica: I hate broccoli. Let's kill 'em.
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Need an army of disposable Mooks but can't be bothered to pay them or build them? Maybe you can give your Green Thumb a workout and grow your own — all you need is some soil, some sunlight, and a little Applied Phlebotinum, and a bumper crop of minions awaits.

Like their technological brethren, the Mecha-Mooks, Plant Mooks have the advantage of providing an army of cannon fodder for the heroes without incurring the wrath of the Moral Guardians. Their strength and durability can also be justified by their plant nature — an individual sapling might be a pushover, but a giant walking tree will be more than a handful for most heroes. And it's not hard to give the Plant Mooks additional hero-stopping powers, such as vines to tie them up or sticky sap to trap them.

Unlike a Plant Person, a Plant Mook is seldom a protagonist or viewpoint character. After all, What Measure Is a Mook? In almost all cases, the Plant Mook's main purpose is to throw themselves at the heroes and get mowed down like grass.

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A subtrope of Plant Person, Plant Aliens, Artificial Human, and Fantastic Flora. Also see Mushroom Man, When Trees Attack, Man-Eating Plant, and Garden of Evil.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Digimon Adventure: Puppetmon, the Dark Master who rules over Spiral Mountain's forested areas, often makes use of large numbers of plant-based Digimon such as Woodmon and RedVegiemon — roughly humanoid tree stumps and hopping fruit with tentacles, respectively — as low-level henchmen.
  • Dragon Ball Z: The saibamen are used by Saiyans as sparring partners and low-level infantry. Six are unleashed on Earth by Nappa, who plants their seeds in the ground. They are defeated by the Z Fighters, but manage to take at least one with them.
  • Sailor Moon: The first film deals with a plant monster named Kisenian. She created several plant mooks that were a big trouble for the Sailor Senshi since they just kept growing from the soil and thus were very hard to defeat.

    Comic Books 
  • Astro City: In one story, the villainous group Pyramid was growing an army of plant-soldiers inside a secret creche in Burma, only to be stopped by the Point Man. Another story refers to plant-based Artificial Humans created with technology from the Garden Gnome.
  • Batman: Poison Ivy often grows her own army of mooks. It's also a particularly handy way to get around her disdain for men.
  • In Nextwave, the Beyond Corporation's "Human Resources" are genetically-modified kelp, grown in gardens, and driven by software. Their level of sentience is left ambiguous.

    Films — Animated 
  • Despicable Me: Although it's never stated in the movies themselves, Gru's minions were originally supposed to be genetically modified kernels of corn. They've later been retconned into a preexisting race of yellow corn-like things.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Maleficent: The Sentries who resemble tall, wooden soldiers with demonic faces, and ride on huge boars.
  • Return of the Killer Tomatoes! has the Tomato Transformation device, which turns tomatoes into people.

    Videogames 
  • In Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars and its sequel Dota 2, Malfurion, Nature's Prophet, can turn trees into an army of small treants. They are most often used as cannon fodder to soak up the attacks of towers, which makes him one of the most efficient heroes for destroying buildings.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A variation occurs where you can get special seeds which, when planted, produces a pet-like minion.

    Western Animation 
  • Darkwing Duck: Bushroot tends to use plants as Mooks because he's a plant duck himself.
  • Ewoks: The page illustration are of the Fftssfft from "To Save Deej". Known as "dandelion warriors", they are a semi-sapient botanical species characterized by sharp yellow quills.
  • The Herculoids: When a glowing meteor lands on their home world, the titular creatures find themselves battling common, harmless flora suddenly gone monstrous, aggressive and hostile.
  • Josie And The Pussy Cats: [Doctor Greenthumb sought to create an army of plant-creatures in the episode "A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger." His Evil Plan never made it out of beta.
  • Loonatics Unleashed: The Apocazons can custom-grow plants to meet any need. Some of these extend kudzu-like tendrils to ensnare adversaries, while others can jettison toxic thorns. One variety even manages to bring down the Loonatics aircraft.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: The Pottsylvanian spies Boris and Natasha attempt to subjugate the United States by introducing the Pottsylvania Creeper to American soil. The creeper can withstand any abuse meant to kill or disable it, and it soon launches a missile made of its own tendrils that spreads thousands of its seeds across the nation. Oh, and the creeper also eats people.
  • Steven Universe: Steven, like his mother before him, has control over plants that allows him to create mobile creatures from them. Steven discovered this in the episode "Watermelon Steven", when he accidentally grows a bunch of watermelons seeds into watermelon people that look like him. Unfortunately, they're only sentient enough to see people as threats, regardless of Steven's orders, at least until one of them sacrifices itself to stop the fighting. Steven convinces the Steven-Melons to leave Beach City, and we find out what became of them in the season 3 premiere "Super Watermelon Island".
  • SWAT Kats: In the episode "Destructive Nature", Dr. Viper takes over an entire skyscraper using mutant plant creatures which he refers to as Plantimals. His mushroom monster assistant in the episode "Katastrophe" may also count.

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