The Slime (スライム, Slime) is a common enemy in the Dragon Quest series, also serving as the series mascot.
In the Dragon Quest games, Slimes are often the first monster that players come across. They are typically the weakest monster, and can be taken down with ease, as they lack any real offensive abilities. Other variations of Slime exist, such as She-Slime (which, despite its name, is not necessarily female) and the elusive Metal Slime. In later games, such as Dragon Quest IX, there are special Slimes that—though often unassuming—can merge with or stack onto other Slimes, creating a new type of Slime, such as a King Slime or a Slime Stack.
As the series progressed, Slimes grew popular among fans, becoming an icon of the franchise and even starring in spin-off titles such as Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime. Certain games include Slimes as companions with their own personality and dialogue. In localized titles, they often use slime-related puns or phrases: for example, "gooman" instead of "human", "slime" instead of "time", "acrooze" instead of "accrue", or simply saying "slurp" or "goo" as a verbal tic.
Slime was considered as the Dragon Quest representative for DLC; however, in the end, the team dropped them in favor of Hero at director Masahiro Sakurai's request because of Slime's limited moveset potential.
The Hero's reveal trailer features Slime all throughout.
As a background character
Multiple Slimes appear on the Dragon Quest stage, Yggdrasil's Altar. This also includes a Liquid Metal Slime, which are rare like in their respective games.
As a moveset element
Slime appears in one of Hero's taunts, and three Slimes also appear in one of the Hero's victory poses. Solo, the Hero from Dragon Quest IV, has a Slime-themed earring on his left ear (which turns into a Metal Slime in his orange alternate costume).
As a costume
Slime appears as a paid DLC Mii Costume in the form of a hat. Uniquely, it wobbles and jiggles when in motion.
Various Slimes appear as spirits on the special DLC-exclusive Spirit Board. The standard Slime can be enhanced to King Slime at level 99.