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8th Mar '17 9:34:56 AM nombretomado
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* In ''[[MatthewReilly Seven Deadly Wonders]]'', there was a BoobyTrap version of this involving a cage. Turns out, you have to go into the cage to get past the trap.

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* In ''[[MatthewReilly ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly Seven Deadly Wonders]]'', there was a BoobyTrap version of this involving a cage. Turns out, you have to go into the cage to get past the trap.
22nd Jan '17 9:45:57 AM Crino37
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Compare other [[DeathTrap death traps]] and CementShoes.

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Compare other [[DeathTrap death traps]] and CementShoes.
CementShoes. May overlap with WaterTorture.
15th Dec '16 8:42:26 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''
** A pregnant woman named Yone is locked into a "water prison" outside the local daimyo's castle. [[spoiler:Another woman named Kichou, TheMistress to the cruel daimyo that had Yone imprisoned, is also put in there for helping the peasants behind the lord's back ''and'' because said Lord is already pissed off due to rumors that [[YourCheatingHeart she has been sleeping with other men]] (she ''is'' in love with one of the protagonist, but they haven't had sex.)]]
** What's worse is that this ''did'' happen in RealLife. Having a local mom-to-be locked in one of these is what sparked [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimabara_rebellion the infamous Shimabara rebellion]]... ''which is exactly what the protagonists are attempting to prevent''. [[spoiler:Natsuki, however, manages to make the guards surrender and rescue both victims in time.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Done by a murderer in one episode. In this case, sitting the AssholeVictim in a ''very'' deep bathtub, then leaving the faucet slowly running till the water reaches a point where the victim ended up drowning due to being BoundAndGagged. And done in such a way that filling the tub will take ''hours''. [[AndIMustScream Aaaaaaaaargh!]]
** Another one was used in the past. [[spoiler:More exactly, the jealous magician Motoyasu Tsukumo ''killed his own disciple'' Yashiro Kinoshita via transforming the water tank he was performing in into one of these, then leaving Yashiro to drown ''[[FatalMethodActing in public]]''. Everyone thought it was an unfortunate accident since the trick was already ''very'' dangerous... but Yashiro's younger sister Mako didn't buy it. And 20 years later, she killed Tsukumo himself.]]
* In episode 25 of ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', Sakurako Yukihira finds herself [[BoundAndGagged tied and cleave gagged]] in a cardboard box with a cinderblock. The one who did this to her, a killer who found her snooping around for clues on the case she and Class Qu are working on, put the box on a raft, punctured a hole in it, and shoved it away from land in the middle of a lake. Inside the box, water slowly fills up with Sakurako inside and right about to drown, but the Class Q kids find her in time and manage to rescue her.



* Featured as a scenario in ''Manga/GambleFish'', where the gamblers are chained inside a tank filling with water, with the winners being freed while the loser drowns.
* In ''Goku Midnight Eye'', the title character turns being in this situation into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he is trapped in a hallway section that has been sealed off and is being filled with water. Using his cybernetic eye, he doesn't just open a door to either escape or drain the area, but he waits for a sufficient amount of water to fill in while closing and opening certain other doors on the floor, while the villains in the control room wonder what he is doing. Suddenly, Goku opens one door of his section and the water is rushed out towards the control room. The villains realize to their horror that he is directing the water and in effect turning the death trap into a ''weapon'' heading right for them!
* Lunlun from ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' finds herself in a standard one in Germany [[spoiler:after blowing the cover of a gang that falsifies famous paintings]], and later in an airtight bank vault in Sicilia [[spoiler:when trying to both stop a robbery ''and'' retrieve a TragicKeepsake]].
* In ''Manga/KareKano'', [[spoiler: Reiji Arima]] was subjected to this as a child when [[spoiler: his mother tries to drown him and herself when she went insane. Fortunately, he saves himself by kicking her in the face.]]
* A bounty hunter in ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'' anime traps Laharl and his vassal Etna in a drowning pit. This is somewhat a variation of the point of a drowning pit, for Laharl and Etna are demons and can breathe and talk underwater. The danger was supposed to be from [[SharkPool a sea creature in the water]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the Alabasta arc, the saga's BigBad, Sir Crocodile, left four of the six current Straw Hats (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp), their HonoraryTrueCompanion Vivi, and their InspectorJavert Smoker to die in one of these; the Straw Hats and Smoker were locked in a cage and Vivi was being attacked by giant alligators while trying to save them, all while the room was starting to flood. Thankfully, they were saved by the last two Straw Hats, Sanji and Chopper.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the Alabasta arc, the saga's BigBad, Sir Crocodile, left four of the six current Straw Hats (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp), their HonoraryTrueCompanion Vivi, and their InspectorJavert Smoker to die in one of these; the Straw Hats and Smoker were locked in a cage and Vivi was being attacked by giant alligators while trying to save them, all while the room was starting to flood. Thankfully, they were saved by the last two Straw Hats, Sanji and Chopper.



* A bounty hunter in ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'' anime traps Laharl and his vassal Etna in a drowning pit. This is somewhat a variation of the point of a drowning pit, for Laharl and Etna are demons and can breathe and talk underwater. The danger was supposed to be from [[SharkPool a sea creature in the water]].
* Done by a murderer in one episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. In this case, sitting the AssholeVictim in a ''very'' deep bathtub, then leaving the faucet slowly running till the water reaches a point where the victim ended up drowning due to being BoundAndGagged. And done in such a way that filling the tub will take ''hours''. [[AndIMustScream Aaaaaaaaargh!]]
** Another one was used in the past. [[spoiler:More exactly, the jealous magician Motoyasu Tsukumo ''killed his own disciple'' Yashiro Kinoshita via transforming the water tank he was performing in into one of these, then leaving Yashiro to drown ''[[FatalMethodActing in public]]''. Everyone thought it was an unfortunate accident since the trick was already ''very'' dangerous... but Yashiro's younger sister Mako didn't buy it. And 20 years later, she killed Tsukumo himself.]]
* In ''Goku Midnight Eye'', the title character turns being in this situation into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he is trapped in a hallway section that has been sealed off and is being filled with water. Using his cybernetic eye, he doesn't just open a door to either escape or drain the area, but he waits for a sufficient amount of water to fill in while closing and opening certain other doors on the floor, while the villains in the control room wonder what he is doing. Suddenly, Goku opens one door of his section and the water is rushed out towards the control room. The villains realize to their horror that he is directing the water and in effect turning the death trap into a ''weapon'' heading right for them!
* Lunlun from ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' finds herself in a standard one in Germany [[spoiler:after blowing the cover of a gang that falsifies famous paintings]], and later in an airtight bank vault in Sicilia [[spoiler:when trying to both stop a robbery ''and'' retrieve a TragicKeepsake]].
* In episode 25 of ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', Sakurako Yukihira finds herself [[BoundAndGagged tied and cleave gagged]] in a cardboard box with a cinderblock. The one who did this to her, a killer who found her snooping around for clues on the case she and Class Qu are working on, put the box on a raft, punctured a hole in it, and shoved it away from land in the middle of a lake. Inside the box, water slowly fills up with Sakurako inside and right about to drown, but the Class Q kids find her in time and manage to rescue her.
* Featured as a scenario in ''Manga/GambleFish'', where the gamblers are chained inside a tank filling with water, with the winners being freed while the loser drowns.
* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''
** A pregnant woman named Yone is locked into a "water prison" outside the local daimyo's castle. [[spoiler:Another woman named Kichou, TheMistress to the cruel daimyo that had Yone imprisoned, is also put in there for helping the peasants behind the lord's back ''and'' because said Lord is already pissed off due to rumors that [[YourCheatingHeart she has been sleeping with other men]] (she ''is'' in love with one of the protagonist, but they haven't had sex.)]]
** What's worse is that this ''did'' happen in RealLife. Having a local mom-to-be locked in one of these is what sparked [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimabara_rebellion the infamous Shimabara rebellion]]... ''which is exactly what the protagonists are attempting to prevent''. [[spoiler:Natsuki, however, manages to make the guards surrender and rescue both victims in time.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Divine pushed Yusei and Mikage into a pit, covered it with a metal grate, and started filling it with water. Tetsu Ushio found and freed them in time.



* In ''Manga/KareKano'', [[spoiler: Reiji Arima]] was subjected to this as a child when [[spoiler: his mother tries to drown him and herself when she went insane. Fortunately, he saves himself by kicking her in the face.]]

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* In ''Manga/KareKano'', [[spoiler: Reiji Arima]] was subjected to this as a child when [[spoiler: his mother tries to drown him ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Divine pushed Yusei and herself when she went insane. Fortunately, he saves himself by kicking her Mikage into a pit, covered it with a metal grate, and started filling it with water. Tetsu Ushio found and freed them in the face.]]time.



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Be A Clown", after knocking out Batman, The Joker puts him in a straitjacket and in a glass tank that is slowly filling with water. Jordan, a young boy who had been hanging out with Joker and unaware of his true nature, attacks the glass with an ax and cracks it before Joker snatches it away and chases him. Batman then attacks the crack until the tank ruptures, freeing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** One episode had Ulrich (with a broken/very badly hurt arm) and Sissi sealed in an elevator filling with water, thanks to XANA. Luckily, the others are able to win the day and hit the reset button just as the two fall unconscious.
** And then used again when XANA traps Odd in a more typical drowning pit -- with a grate on top -- so that a fake Odd can get to Lyoko and kill the others. Yumi is able to save him at the last second.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': The Griffins lock themselves in a panic room then accidentally fire off a flare. Which activates the sprinklers and slowly fills the room with water.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': The Griffins lock themselves in a panic room then accidentally fire off a flare. Which activates the sprinklers and slowly fills the room with water.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** One episode had Ulrich (with a broken/very badly hurt arm) and Sissi sealed in an elevator filling with water, thanks to XANA. Luckily, the others are able to win the day and hit the reset button just as the two fall unconscious.
** And then used again when XANA traps Odd in a more typical drowning pit -- with a grate on top -- so that a fake Odd can get to Lyoko and kill the others. Yumi is able to save him at the last second.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Be A Clown", after knocking out Batman, The Joker puts him in a straitjacket and in a glass tank that is slowly filling with water. Jordan, a young boy who had been hanging out with Joker and unaware of his true nature, attacks the glass with an ax and cracks it before Joker snatches it away and chases him. Batman then attacks the crack until the tank ruptures, freeing him.
15th Dec '16 4:49:29 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/AlexRider'': In ''Scorpia'', TheDragon Nile knocks Alex unconscious and locks him in a cellar that is filling with water as a result of one of Venice's storm surges.
11th Dec '16 9:15:13 PM harostar
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* In ''Franchise/FatalFrame[=:Maiden of Black Water=]'', the ritual central to the story involved sealing a VirginSacrifice into a box....and then drowning her by throwing it into a sacred lake to purify the water.
20th Nov '16 11:35:29 AM CrypticMirror
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* ''Film/TheReturnOfTheMusketeers'': Four of the Duke of Beaufort's supporters are chained to benches in a pit of water up to their neck and forced to operate a pump that will keep the water at that level as long as all four never stop pumping. This is treated as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
19th Nov '16 5:45:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'', Luke and Mara end up in the secret cavern beneath the fortress called the Hand of Thrawn. There's an underground lake a mere wall away. While the two of them stare at the cavern's secret, floating asleep or not yet alive in a [[PeopleJars Spaarti cylinder]], the cavern's droid defenders open fire. It quickly becomes obvious that the only way out of this is to nick the wall separating the cavern from the underground lake, which they do, but the water comes in at such a high pressure that the way they came in from gets blocked, and the air gets harder to breathe as the water takes up more and more space. [[NowOrNeverKiss Luke asks Mara to marry him]].
* In ''KingdomKeepers'', Maleficent enchants the ''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks The Many Adventures of]]'' ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' ride in an attempt to drown [[TheChick Willia]] and [[TheBigGuy Charlene]].

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* In ''[[HandOfThrawn ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'', Luke and Mara end up in the secret cavern beneath the fortress called the Hand of Thrawn. There's an underground lake a mere wall away. While the two of them stare at the cavern's secret, floating asleep or not yet alive in a [[PeopleJars Spaarti cylinder]], the cavern's droid defenders open fire. It quickly becomes obvious that the only way out of this is to nick the wall separating the cavern from the underground lake, which they do, but the water comes in at such a high pressure that the way they came in from gets blocked, and the air gets harder to breathe as the water takes up more and more space. [[NowOrNeverKiss Luke asks Mara to marry him]].
* In ''KingdomKeepers'', ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'', Maleficent enchants the ''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks The Many Adventures of]]'' ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' ride in an attempt to drown [[TheChick Willia]] and [[TheBigGuy Charlene]].
14th Nov '16 1:41:55 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', the sleeping quarters of the Kingsman candidates are flooded with water right to the brim to observe their survival skills.
29th Oct '16 7:40:28 PM ultimomant
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* Saori and [[spoiler: Gemini Kanon]] from ''SaintSeiya'' were locked in pits like these. Saori was in hers by Poseidon after rejecting his WeCanRuleTogether offer, [[spoiler: Kanon was locked in his' by Saga after a huge disagreement. And it was through the pit that Kanon reached for Poseidon's realm, summoned him and then became ManBehindTheMan. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, Saga]]!]]

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* Saori and [[spoiler: Gemini Kanon]] from ''SaintSeiya'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' were locked in pits like these. Saori was in hers by Poseidon after rejecting his WeCanRuleTogether offer, [[spoiler: Kanon was locked in his' by Saga after a huge disagreement. And it was through the pit that Kanon reached for Poseidon's realm, summoned him and then became ManBehindTheMan. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, Saga]]!]]



* ''The Drowning Pool'' starring PaulNewman builds up to this. The hero tries find a way for him and a woman who is trapped in a locked room (actually a large swimming pool) to escape, by clogging the drain at the bottom, then setting off the sprinklers so they can reach the windows at the top of the room, only to discover as they rise to the ceiling, that the windows are sealed shut, and he can't get the rag out of the drain. The villains come to investigate the captives who have been locked up all night, open the door, and are basically swept away by thousands of gallons of water.

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* ''The Drowning Pool'' starring PaulNewman Creator/PaulNewman builds up to this. The hero tries find a way for him and a woman who is trapped in a locked room (actually a large swimming pool) to escape, by clogging the drain at the bottom, then setting off the sprinklers so they can reach the windows at the top of the room, only to discover as they rise to the ceiling, that the windows are sealed shut, and he can't get the rag out of the drain. The villains come to investigate the captives who have been locked up all night, open the door, and are basically swept away by thousands of gallons of water.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', much is made of the ruthlessness of Tywin Lannister and his slaughter of House Reyne of Castamere is often mentioned, although never entirely explained. Then ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'' came out an revealed that Tywin essentially used this trope. After having defeated the main Reyne army, the household fled into [[ElaborateUndergroundBase a series of underground mines]] that would cost Tywin an absurd number of soldiers if he tried to storm it, hoping they could convince Tywin to negotiate. Instead Tywin sealed the mines and divert a nearby river into them, turning the entire thing into a drowning pit.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', much is made of the ruthlessness of Tywin Lannister and his slaughter of House Reyne of Castamere is often mentioned, although never entirely explained. Then ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'' came out an and revealed that Tywin essentially used this trope. After having defeated the main Reyne army, the household fled into [[ElaborateUndergroundBase a series of underground mines]] that would cost Tywin an absurd number of soldiers if he tried to storm it, hoping they could convince Tywin to negotiate. Instead Tywin sealed the mines and divert a nearby river into them, turning the entire thing into a drowning pit.


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* In ''VideoGame/BlueGuardianMargaret'', at one point, Margaret is captured and wakes up [[ShamefulStrip naked]] and tied up in a glass tank filling with water while the villains watch and taunt her as she struggles. She passes out from lack of air, only to wake up in a cell, still naked. She must then break out and sneak through the base to recover her clothes and weapons. However, if she gets caught again, she'll be put in the tank again, this time until she drowns for real.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Be A Clown", after knocking out Batman, The Joker puts him in a straitjacket and in a glass tank that is slowly filling with water. Jordan, a young boy who had been hanging out with Joker and unaware of his true nature, attacks the glass with an ax and cracks it before Joker snatches it away and chases him. Batman then attacks the crack until the tank ruptures, freeing him.
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* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' has one in the form of an old temple haunted by vengeful water spirits. It's left ambiguous if it's an enchantment or a result of his trauma-induced fear of drowning, but even [[SuperNotDrowningSkills Percy]] can't breathe the water.
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