Terrible idea for a proctologist. Travel is often via submarine and scuba variants. Lighting is rarely a problem. Often has a time limit parameter , where either the person the characters go inside has a very short amount of time left to live, or the shrinking is temporary and the characters must accomplish their mission and get out before they kill the person by returning to normal size while inside of them.
There will be at least one scene of just barely squeezing through some sphincter or valve as it closes. These items tend to make handy platforms for any body explorers lacking a submarine, since shrunken characters usually suffer instant death upon contact with stomach acid either that or they are completely immune.
For some reason, visibility is almost never an issue in these adventures, even though the inside of your body would be pitch black, unless fictional humans all have an ambient light organ somewhere in their torso. See also Incredible Shrinking Man. If there are normal-size invaders inside a giant's body , then you have been Swallowed Whole. Curiously, giant bodies tend to be filled with large open spaces for movement and even extended travel within , even if one was swallowed.
Named for the granddaddy of them all, a movie co-starring Raquel Welch , which also spawned its own Animated Adaptation. An episode with this plot will usually contain some kind of direct homage to or parody of said film — a favourite being the infamous Clothing Damage scene. Bizarrely, the titles of such episodes surprisingly often reference Journey to the Center of the Earth instead, with the person's name or a noun that describes them in place of "the Earth".
Not to be confused with the funkarific song by Lakeside. Or Coolio's hit sampling it. If somebody's body just happens to be the Adventure Town this week, you're probably just flying in a Womb Level. In Dragon Ball Z , during the fight versus Buu, Goku and Vegeta fused together as "Vegetto" get absorbed by Buu, and end up travelling through the villain's body so they can rescue their allies.
Galaxy Angel has an episode where the team needs to enter Volcott's body because of some strange thing that make him change his body into several crazy stuff. Mint got haywire and it turns even crazier, which in the end result in Volcott turning into a baby. Due to some extremely trippy Applied Phlebotinum , the final battle of the IL arc of Get Backers takes place inside the opponent's body. Thus, hitting Makubex who was in there with them In episode 10 of the Sgt.
Frog anime, Keroro's mouth becomes infested with microscopic, cavity-causing aliens, and a good chunk of the rest of the cast including a robot duplicate of the sergeant mentally controlled by Keroro shrinks down and enters his mouth to fight them off.
Turns out there's a devil-winged chick inside there. In the end, it happens to Natsumi. In the Kyouran Kazoku Nikki episode "The Correct Way to Nurse", Kyouka turns the family, sans Yuuka, into a microscopic virus-fighting squad and takes them inside Ouka's body to remove an artifact that they tried to use to cure his cold.
This causes Parappa and his friends to get absorbed into his body and get rid of the virus in order to turn him back to normal. The Joseph Lai Mock Buster pseudoanime Space Transformers is about a mecha and its young pilots entering the body of a woman Time Bokan series Yattodetman does this in episode 37 where heroes and villains fight in the brain of a support character. The Osomatsu-san episode "We Caught A Cold" has each brother trade off taking care of the other five when they're all sick; when Jyushimatsu is the well one, he divides into a million microscopic clones of himself, which all invade the bodies of his brothers to fight the infections inside them.
It works, but as a side effect, they all end up acting like Jyushimatsu themselves. Done in an episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Wonder Beat Scramble is a whole series about this. Aliens seek the Secret of All Life by invading human bodies, and the heroes battle them using the titular ship Wonder Beat. Discussed but ultimately averted in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.
Takiya suggests that Tohru could do this to cure Kobayashi's fever in chapter Tohru shoots down the idea, saying that Kobayashi's body wouldn't be able to handle it. Comic Books DC Comics: There was a comic, probably from DC's silver age, in which The Atom Ray Palmer had to enter the body of a patient to fight an infection.
Given his powers, it would be somewhat surprising to learn that this is the only time that happened. Then Superman had to get himself shrunk and go in after him when the observers on the outside figured out that the microscopic creatures he was trying to get rid of were actually themselves fighting the infection rather than causing it.
They lose their powers for some reason and are imprisoned by a race of tiny aliens. It was done again, as a Mythology Gag , in Heroes Reborn. In Action Comics , the Silver Age Supergirl , when she was affected by three Red Kryptonite meteors, got shrunk to microscopic size, which she used to her advantage to take care of some infectious viruses that were inside Dick Malverne's adoptive father.
In The Simpsons comic, Mr. Burns has become ill from suppressing his need to burp for decades. To undo the blockage that built up in his system, Burns' scientists plan to drop a shrunken submersible into his body.
Though the pod can be remote controlled, they still need a pilot in case of an emergency. Since even 'an anthropod will do' Homer is selected. In Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog 33, Sonic must shrink down and enter Rotor's body to fight off robotic germs. In a later issue of ROM Space Knight , Rom and Starshine reduce themselves by the use of Ant-Man's technology to submicroscopic size so they can enter the body of an ant and find a way to defeat a semi-mystical plague. Volume 4 featured a variation similar to Futurama's: Later they have a straight example, going into April's sister's body to fight off "alien cancer".
In ABC Comics' Tom Strong , Tom and his gorilla sidekick Solomon have to shrink themselves to enter the body of the malfunctioning robot butler Pneuman which is more complex than it sounds because Pneuman had originally been a Steampunk robot in the 's and had been upgraded continuously right into the 21st century, so his innards contained everything from gears to vacuum tubes to atomic reactors to nanites.
The Annual issue of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye opens with a group of Autobots led Rodimus entering Ultra Magnus to destroy a colony of lethal nanocons. An issue of Wolverine and the X-Men had members of the X-Men shrink down and enter the body of Kitty Pryde to eliminate a Brood egg that had entered her system.
Please note, that this is immediately after Hank just finished teaching a biology class on mutant genetics that took place in Toad's body with the same process. Frankenbeans so that they could cure him of a virus. Films — Live-Action Fantastic Voyage , obviously. The scientist who perfected the technology in the USSR is wounded after defecting and has a bloodclot that can't be operated on externally, so a team goes in on mini-submarine.
They only have an hour because the only man who knows how to solve the time-limit problem is the comatose patient. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! Towards the end of the film, Godzilla has killed all three of the Guardian Monsters, and the future looks bleak for Japan.
The Humans decide to launch a submarine to attack Godzilla with a missile which can drill through things, but Godzilla eats the submarine. The Captain has a Heroic Blue Screen of Death , but gets encouraged by the spirit of his daughter to adapt his plan.
He fires the missile at Godzilla's throat from the inside, and escapes through the massive wound. Godzilla tries to fire his Atomic Breath, but it escapes through his throat instead, making the beast explode. The Movie Innerspace , but its less, "lets enter the body to find a problem", and more "lets find the tool that can allow me to exit before I run out of air. Also, in a metaphysical fashion, when a shrunken version of Gameau goes inside the head of a larger version of himself, to examine the effects that sugar has on the brain.
In A Wind in the Door , Meg Murry and several other characters shrink to microscopic size to enter Charles Wallace's mitochondria and save him from the rebellious farandolae destroying him from the inside.
In the fifth novel in the Young Wizards series, Wizard's Dilemma, Nita and Kit travel into the body of Nita's mother, though they do so in a metaphysical manner rather than by shrinking themselves, with her body's metaphysical representation taking on the appearance of New York City.
In "The Journey", several members of the team chase some really tiny aliens inside Marco's body with the help of a convenient shrink ray. This is made more complicated by the fact that Marco can shapeshift, and everyone is nearly crushed to death when he turns into a cockroach. Show Within a Show version: Besides the film novelization that he wrote which is in itself notable for being a movie tie-in that's still in print over forty years after the movie was in theaters , Isaac Asimov wrote a Spiritual Sequel novel in the s called Fantastic Voyage II: In Journey to the West and by extension most adaptations thereof , Sun Wukong shrinks himself and enters Princess Iron Fan's body by hiding in her soup.
In the first The Paper Magician book, Ceony winds up shrunk down and traveling through Thane's disembodied heart. As she travels, she phases back and forth between his physical heart and his metaphorical heart desires, fears, etc.
The story "The Space Cow" inverts this; a normal-sized veterinarian enters a gigantic alien organism to attempt to diagnose its apparent illness. The animal is perfectly healthy, it's just lethargic because its young are ready to leave its stomach and begin independent living. Joked with in the opening scene of the Community episode Conventions of Space and Time, when Troy explains to Britta that them dating might cause Abed to relapse into another meltdown, and have to resort to this trope to bring him back.
Abed already knew, but didn't say anything because he liked the donuts that Britta brought to their apartment. A Spacetime Odyssey , Neil shrinks the Ship of the Imagination down to cellular level to fly into a brown bear's bloodstream, eventually traveling to the ovaries where he can explain how genetic mutations gave rise to polar bears.
They fail, but clone-Leela's dissolving corpse imbues the Doctor with immunity. In the Twelfth Doctor episode "Into the Dalek", the Doctor, along with Clara Oswald and some human soldiers enter the outer-shell of a malfunctioning Dalek called Rusty.
Farscape has an episode featuring a Budong, an animal so big that an entire colony of people could live in its corpse collecting the minerals produced in the stomach, with the obvious problems of gastric juices and other treats still in common.
Another live-action example is an episode of Homeboys In Outer Space. The premier episode of the series adaptation of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids did this accidentally when the family's fully submersible just in case minivan wound up inside Grandpa.
They did some impromptu cholesterol removal with the laser windshield de-icer, prompting the mother to ask " Why aren't we richer? Smith find a severely malfunctioning robot who has become a giant due to his problem.
The two have to physically enter the robot's body to fix him. However, the major complication is that they know that the second they are successful, the robot's body would start shrinking to normal size and they would have only seconds to escape before they are crushed.
Naturally, the pair escape just in time before it was too late. The snarky subtitles referred to it as "Like Fantastic Voyage. Or Die Hard in an Android ". This is probably the strangest one ever, especially the antibodies singing a song with Howard while he's trying to convince them he's their friend.