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A tiny creature wrapped in slime
A useful little parasite
I'll take your food and drink your wine
I'll ask for more and you'll oblige.

Not a tapeworm. No, not quite.
'Twould be ironic! This is why:
In tapeworms I as well reside.
Now the question: What am I?

Hint 1:

I'm real. I'm not a creature from a fantasy movie or story.

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  • $\begingroup$ "On tapeworms I as well reside. " Just to clarify, this is saying that it is something that lives on a tapeworm right? $\endgroup$ – Digital Chris Nov 18 '14 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ @DigitalChris Yeah. I changed the wording to "In" instead of "On" so it will make more sense. $\endgroup$ – LCIII Nov 18 '14 at 14:17
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    $\begingroup$ OK, because except for the tapeworm line, I was going to say "a baby" ;). $\endgroup$ – Digital Chris Nov 18 '14 at 14:18
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    $\begingroup$ @LcIII please change your title. This is the most vague riddle title I have ever seen. $\endgroup$ – yuritsuki Nov 18 '14 at 16:11
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    $\begingroup$ Please remember that answers need to explain why they are correct, not just answer the question. Answers that don't explain why they are correct are of very low quality. $\endgroup$ – Aza Nov 18 '14 at 16:57
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A stomach? Tapeworms (I assume) have some sort of this, it will receive whatever you give it, it is certainly slimy, although not necessarily tiny.

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    $\begingroup$ And when it asks (grumbles) for more, you'll oblige. Good job. $\endgroup$ – LCIII Nov 18 '14 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ Your stomach is a "loathsome little parasite"? Try having it removed.... $\endgroup$ – Digital Chris Nov 18 '14 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ I see this answer is accepted, but it's wrong because it ignores a facet of tapeworm anatomy. I'm being vague because I'm trying not to give the answer away, but a quick Google for tapeworm anatomy will reveal the flaw in the answer. $\endgroup$ – John Rennie Nov 18 '14 at 18:48
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    $\begingroup$ Stomach is neither a creature nor a parasite. $\endgroup$ – Qwerky Nov 19 '14 at 15:04
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    $\begingroup$ Stomachs are not always tiny. Stomachs are not a creature. Stomachs are not a parasite. Stomachs are not inside a tapeworm. "However, there is no digestive tract; the worm absorbs the host's digested food through its cuticle, or outer covering." infoplease.com/encyclopedia/science/… $\endgroup$ – Thien Nov 19 '14 at 15:34
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Is it a:

baby \ fetus \ embryo?

They could be unwanted if you are too young.

because:

A tiny creature wrapped in slime

fetuses are wrapped in a placenta

A useful little parasite

babies grow up to be useful people)

I'll take your food and drink your wine

fetuses will take anything ingested by the mother

I'll ask for more and you'll oblige.

the mother cannot deny a fetus from absorbing nutrients from the umbilical cord

Not a tapeworm. No, not quite. 'Twould be ironic! This is why: In tapeworms I as well reside.

tapeworms can lay eggs which contain tapeworm embryo

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    $\begingroup$ Except babies don't reside in tapeworms. $\endgroup$ – Digital Chris Nov 18 '14 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ Baby tapeworms! $\endgroup$ – Aura Nov 18 '14 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ Mind blown. o__x $\endgroup$ – Digital Chris Nov 18 '14 at 14:26
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Is it a

worm?

The first stanza fits, and the second stanza:

"In tapeworms I as well reside" could be wordplay since

"worm" is found in tapeworms, and a worm is "not quite" a tapeworm.

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    $\begingroup$ If you spoiler the first part, you may as well spoiler the later part too. $\endgroup$ – Schism Nov 19 '14 at 17:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Schism good point, edited. $\endgroup$ – Digital Chris Nov 19 '14 at 18:06
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You might be a:

Cell

I'll take your food and drink your wine I'll ask for more and you'll oblige.

All cells need nourishment

On tapeworms I as well reside.

Tapeworms are covered in cells as well

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite. Way to think outside the box. $\endgroup$ – LCIII Nov 18 '14 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ This was my guess, too. $\endgroup$ – Kevin - Reinstate Monica Nov 18 '14 at 22:16
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You are a:

Protozoa

This is a gut flora which seems to fit all the clues quite comfortably.

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  • $\begingroup$ I had to Google what that was. It is not that thing. $\endgroup$ – LCIII Nov 18 '14 at 14:20
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Are you a:

Leech

Leeches are slimy and they can certainly attach themselves to anything.

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    $\begingroup$ Nope! I am so relieved you didn't figure this out in 2 minutes like last time. $\endgroup$ – LCIII Nov 18 '14 at 14:08
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You are a:

A brain

In my case it is tiny and slimy, and yet very useful. In a way I am my own one, so it can be thought of as a creature. In the case of most people, when their one wants something, they will get it. And I suppose tapeworms have one inside them.

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You are a:

Larva

be definition , larvae of a tapeworm are themselves parasites.

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