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13th Jun '17 9:17:18 AM Medinoc
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler, with one of the in-series justifications/handwaves being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. [[note]]Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure was respectful as all get out]].[[/note]] Carlos Ramirez is notable in using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler, with one of the in-series justifications/handwaves being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. [[note]]Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron ''[[CrossMeltingAura rusted iron]] in their presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure was respectful as all get out]].[[/note]] Carlos Ramirez is notable in using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.
25th Apr '17 12:38:56 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' exaggerates this trope while still [[PlayedForLaughs playing it for laughs]]. Vampires in this setting are bothered by ''any'' fair-sized body of water, running or not. As with all vampire weaknesses, [[{{Dhampyr}} half-vampire]] Youko Shiragami's reaction is lessened: she can cross the ocean or swim in a pool, but doing so freaks her out[[note]]The RunningGag being that she makes cute nervious little noises ("Uwow, uwow...") while doing so[[/note]]. Her full-blooded father Genjirou, however, can't even manage that; in one story he tried to cross the ocean to [[OverprotectiveDad keep Youko from messing around with boys]], but ended up crashing down after a few meters...while saying "Uwow, uwow..."

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' exaggerates this trope while still [[PlayedForLaughs playing it for laughs]]. Vampires in this setting are bothered by ''any'' fair-sized body of water, running or not. As with all vampire weaknesses, [[{{Dhampyr}} half-vampire]] Youko Shiragami's reaction is lessened: she can cross the ocean or swim in a pool, but doing so freaks her out[[note]]The out.[[note]]The RunningGag being that she makes cute nervious little noises ("Uwow, uwow...") while doing so[[/note]]. so.[[/note]] Her full-blooded father Genjirou, however, can't even manage that; in one story he tried to cross the ocean to [[OverprotectiveDad keep Youko from messing around with boys]], but ended up crashing down after a few meters...while saying "Uwow, uwow..."
22nd Apr '17 4:22:16 PM Generality
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/handwaves being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure
Was respectful as all get out]].) Carlos Ramirez is noted as using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.[[/note]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With sprinkler, with one of the in-series justifications/handwaves being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron [[note]]Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure
Was
[[SarcasmFailure was respectful as all get out]].) [[/note]] Carlos Ramirez is noted as notable in using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.[[/note]]
22nd Apr '17 4:18:21 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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22nd Apr '17 4:16:42 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s justifications/handwaves being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure
22nd Apr '17 4:14:30 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence​'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence​'' presence'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFailure
22nd Apr '17 4:12:58 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence​'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFaliure was respectful as all get out]].) Carlos Ramirez is noted as using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.[[/note]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence​'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFaliure was [[SarcasmFailure
Was
respectful as all get out]].) Carlos Ramirez is noted as using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.[[/note]]
22nd Apr '17 4:06:59 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', water is one of the most powerful magical anti-agents, and running water can cancel out spells easily. In one book, a villain is able to completely disable Harry from spellcasting by suspending him under a sprinkler.[[note]]With one of the in-series justifications/{{hand wave}}s being the weaker, or less skilled, you are, the more water affects you. (Iron is a similar weakness for The Fae; there have been a few that have ''rusted iron in their presence​'' -- Harry not only didn't attack them, but [[SarcasmFaliure was respectful as all get out]].) Carlos Ramirez is noted as using 'water magic' as the basis for his offensive spells.[[/note]]
11th Mar '17 1:17:53 AM jormis29
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* Mayfair's ''Chill''. If a barghest is tracking another creature that passes over running water, the barghest cannot cross the running water until 24 hours after its prey does.

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* Mayfair's ''Chill''.''TabletopGame/{{Chill}}''. If a barghest is tracking another creature that passes over running water, the barghest cannot cross the running water until 24 hours after its prey does.



* Chaosium's supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters''. The Daughter of Kali can only cross running water at night.

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* Chaosium's Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters''. The Daughter of Kali can only cross running water at night.
15th Jan '17 7:49:14 AM Generality
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Folktales are inconsistent on which creatures this works best, but it's generally best against [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]], and [[WizardsAndWitches witches and wizards]]. For almost anything else, it's still worth a try. But beware of bridges: depending on the tale, they might be able to cross these or not.

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Folktales are inconsistent regarding on which creatures this works best, works, but it's generally best against [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]], and [[WizardsAndWitches witches and wizards]]. For almost anything else, it's still worth a try. But beware of bridges: depending on the tale, they might be able to cross these or not.
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