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10th Aug '16 7:34:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/LandOfTheDead'': Subverted. Initially Pittsburg is one of the last human cities defended from the zombie hordes because it's protected by rivers on two sides, which zombies are afraid to cross. Eventually an intelligent zombie named Big Daddy dares to take the plunge and leads the rest across the river by [[WalkDontSwim walking on the bottom]].
9th Aug '16 4:06:06 PM JohnChurchill
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* The Sunney Towne Wraiths in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony novelette Fanfiction/IGuessItDoesntMatterAnyMore are disrupted by running water, inconveniencing them even if they try to cross by riding in a truck over a bridge, and making it almost impossible for them to cross under their own power.
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28th Jul '16 2:32:17 PM Unsung
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** In particular, ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' shows that a zombie can cross the river Ankh because it's so muddy and polluted it no longer counts as water (and so sluggish it barely counts as running).

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** In particular, ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' shows that a zombie can cross the river Ankh because it's so muddy and polluted it no longer counts as water (and so sluggish it barely counts as running). Although admittedly ''anyone'' can [[WalkOnWater cross the Ankh]], since it [[GrimyWater practically counts as a solid]].
*** At least [[HeatWave in summer]].
30th May '16 8:46:48 PM Doug86
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* In one of AndreNorton's ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels, a woman revealed to her brother what he had gotten into by showing him he could no longer cross running water.

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* In one of AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels, a woman revealed to her brother what he had gotten into by showing him he could no longer cross running water.
15th Mar '16 11:42:48 AM WanderingBrowser
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* Thoroughly averted in both the Old and New versions of the ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness''. The New World version, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', at one point [[YourVampiresSuck mentions how screwed vampires would be in the modern age if that were true]], as every First World city has rivers worth of water flowing under every street and house.
12th Mar '16 5:05:43 PM Ciara25
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* Meta case: the frequency of vampire myths in local folklore drops and thins out as you travel further west in Europe. In fact the majority of European vampire stories, geographically speaking, are to be found in the land lying between two major rivers; the Danube in the west and the Dnieper in the east (which covers Transylvania of myth and folklore, among other places). Famously, there is only a twenty mile gap in central Europe between the Danube to the south and east and the Rhine-Rhone system to the north and west. Effectively, these two major river systems cut Europe in two, leaving only a very small gap in between them for vampires to safely pass. France and Spain have some vampire myths but are more of a "werewolf economy". To cross to the British Isles involves crossing running water with a vengeance - the English Channel. Britain has next to no vampire myths. Ireland, another running water sea away, has fewer.

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* Meta case: the frequency of vampire myths in local folklore drops and thins out as you travel further west in Europe. In fact the majority of European vampire stories, geographically speaking, are to be found in the land lying between two major rivers; the Danube in the west and the Dnieper in the east (which covers Transylvania of myth and folklore, among other places). Famously, there is only a twenty mile gap in central Europe between the Danube to the south and east and the Rhine-Rhone system to the north and west. Effectively, these two major river systems cut Europe in two, leaving only a very small gap in between them for vampires to safely pass. France and Spain have some vampire myths but are more of a "werewolf economy". To cross to the British Isles involves crossing running water with a vengeance - the English Channel. Britain has next to no vampire myths. Ireland, another running water sea away, has even fewer.
12th Mar '16 5:03:05 PM Ciara25
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* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy, the Dead and most Free Magic creatures can't cross running water (unless it's bridged with boxes of grave dirt), and at least some of them are harmed by rain.

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* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy, the Dead and most Free Magic creatures can't cross running water (unless it's bridged with boxes of grave dirt), and the books follow the logical conclusion that they can't pass ''under'' it either, so at least one city protects part of its districts by ringing them with aqueducts. At least some of them the Dead are also harmed by rain.
4th Feb '16 5:11:20 AM StFan
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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard at one point shows his considerable power as a vampire by crossing the sea (on a private jet), while drinking wine, in daylight. Seras, meanwhile, has to ride in the cargo hold in a locked coffin.
** There's also a later plot point about the need to get Alucard on to an enemy emplacement on a stolen ship, as hampered by the fact that most means of approach would result in him being shot down and dumped in the ocean, rendering him powerless. [[spoiler: They solve the problem by opting for a plane [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_SR-71_Blackbird too fast and high]] for it to be detected and shot down before it's directly above the ship. This, however, was AllAccordingToPlan: since the plane gets shot down and the ships destroyed, Alucard is left [[DeusExitMachina stuck in the middle of the ocean]] while Millenium attacks London.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
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Alucard at one point shows his considerable power as a vampire by crossing the sea (on a private jet), while drinking wine, in daylight. Seras, meanwhile, has to ride in the cargo hold in a locked coffin.
** There's also a later plot point about the need to get Alucard on to an enemy emplacement on a stolen ship, as hampered by the fact that most means of approach would result in him being shot down and dumped in the ocean, rendering him powerless. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They solve the problem by opting for a plane [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_SR-71_Blackbird too fast and high]] for it to be detected and shot down before it's directly above the ship. This, however, was AllAccordingToPlan: since the plane gets shot down and the ships destroyed, Alucard is left [[DeusExitMachina stuck in the middle of the ocean]] while Millenium attacks London.]]



* Hazuki has this weakness in ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase'', though the only time it really becomes a problem is when she almost drowns in a hotel swimming pool with a whirlpool feature.

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* Hazuki has this weakness in ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase'', ''Manga/TsukuyomiMoonPhase'', though the only time it really becomes a problem is when she almost drowns in a hotel swimming pool with a whirlpool feature.



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* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', TropeCodifier for so many vampire traits, explicitly could not cross running water except "at the slack or flood of the tide". He could also only sleep upon the soil of his homeland of Transylvania, but [[LoopholeAbuse he got around that]]; apparently the soil in question doesn't have to be attached to the ''rest'' of Transylvania...

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* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'': Dracula, TropeCodifier for so many vampire traits, explicitly could not cross running water except "at the slack or flood of the tide". He could also only sleep upon the soil of his homeland of Transylvania, but [[LoopholeAbuse he got around that]]; apparently the soil in question doesn't have to be attached to the ''rest'' of Transylvania...



* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', rain and rivers can deter [[TheWildHunt Darkhounds]], but not for long if they have your scent.

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', rain ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
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and rivers can deter [[TheWildHunt Darkhounds]], but not for long if they have your scent.



* In the original ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow Legend of Sleepy Hollow]]'', the Headless Horseman always vanishes while crossing a certain bridge. When Ichabod is chased by the spirit, he makes for the bridge in the hope that it cannot follow. [[spoiler: It does; it's implied this is because it was actually his rival Brom in disguise]].
** Other variations have the Horseman not pursuing Ichabod over the bridge but instead throws his pumpkin head at him.
* According to WordOfGod, this belief is the reason Literature/HarryPotter's adoptive relatives took him to a shack in the middle of the sea in order to escape the letters he was receiving. Unfortunately for them, there is no such rule in this setting. (Either that, or Hagrid didn't need spells to reach the hut; being so big and strong, he could probably just row there by himself.)

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* In the original ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow Legend of Sleepy Hollow]]'', the Headless Horseman always vanishes while crossing a certain bridge. When Ichabod is chased by the spirit, he makes for the bridge in the hope that it cannot follow. [[spoiler: It does; it's implied this is because it was actually his rival Brom in disguise]].
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disguise]]. Other variations have the Horseman not pursuing Ichabod over the bridge but instead throws his pumpkin head at him.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': According to WordOfGod, this belief is the reason Literature/HarryPotter's Harry Potter's adoptive relatives took him to a shack in the middle of the sea in order to escape the letters he was receiving. Unfortunately for them, there is no such rule in this setting. (Either that, or Hagrid didn't need spells to reach the hut; being so big and strong, he could probably just row there by himself.)



* In one of AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' novels, a woman revealed to her brother what he had gotten into by showing him he could no longer cross running water.

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* In one of AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels, a woman revealed to her brother what he had gotten into by showing him he could no longer cross running water.



* At one point in the ''{{Malloreon}}'', the main characters are chased by a horde of flesh-eating creatures called [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier raveners]], which only flee when they reach the seaside, not daring to approach the open sea.

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* At one point in the ''{{Malloreon}}'', ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', the main characters are chased by a horde of flesh-eating creatures called [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier raveners]], which only flee when they reach the seaside, not daring to approach the open sea.



* ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'' addressed this matter by saying that vampires don't cross running water because they're territorial and streams often serve as natural boundaries for hunting territory.

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* ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'' addressed addresses this matter by saying that vampires don't cross running water because they're territorial and streams often serve as natural boundaries for hunting territory.



* '''Darke Magyk''' in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' and its creatures don't cross saltwater - especially flowing or tide-influenced one - well.

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* '''Darke Magyk''' in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' and its creatures don't cross saltwater - -- especially flowing or tide-influenced one - -- well.



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* Mocked in ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'', where {{Idiot Hero}}es Gauvain and Yvain believe that ordinary wolves cannot cross a stream of running water. The druid Merlin is prompt to call them on their idiocy.



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--> '''Sorceress:''' Did I hear something about running water?
--> '''Igor:''' Fear not, mistress, you will not have to cross it.
--> '''Sorceress:''' Cross it? I want to bathe in it!

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--> '''Sorceress:''' -->'''Sorceress:''' Did I hear something about running water?
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water?\\
'''Igor:''' Fear not, mistress, you will not have to cross it.
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it.\\
'''Sorceress:''' Cross it? I want to bathe in it!



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* This, as a weakness of vampires, was a plot point in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' ep "No One Comes to Lupusville", which dealt with a feud between a clan of werewolves and another of vampires.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'':
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This, as a weakness of vampires, was is a plot point in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' ep episode "No One Comes to Lupusville", which dealt with a feud between a clan of werewolves and another of vampires.
12th Jan '16 6:34:21 AM erforce
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* ''{{Castlevania}}'':

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10th Jan '16 9:16:10 AM sgamer82
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* Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor features this, when Quentyn is being pursued by the Unselighe Fey, who he remembers are unable to cross running water. [[spoiler: He learns quickly how little that means when the Fey have the power to instantly dam up the stream.]]

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* Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' features this, when Quentyn is being pursued by the Unselighe Fey, who he remembers are unable to cross running water. [[spoiler: He learns quickly how little that means when the Fey have the power to instantly dam up the stream.]]]]
* While fleeing a pack of vampires in ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'', Hayaka jumps onto a moving coal train. When that train crosses a bridge over a river, every vampire except for the leader is thrown off the train as if slamming into an invisible wall. For the leader, she blows up one of the coal cars while he's standing on it.
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