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1st Feb '17 2:16:15 PM Overfiend
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* Flint Marko, Marvel Comics' Sandman, has the ability to convert his body to sand, granting him vast superhuman strength, durability and shape-changing abilities, making him one of the most feared and dangerous career criminals in the Marvel Universe. But douse him with a sufficient amount of water, and he dissipates into nothing, or at the very least, an ineffectual wimp.

* By all rights, Max Dillon, the villain Electro, by virtue of his vast control of electricity, should have taken over a country or at least killed a superhero or two in the course of his long tenure. But he's invariably handed his ass, often by foes he should have defeated handily, just because water makes Electro its bitch.
23rd Jan '17 12:36:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' series - the Dark cannot (as a rule) cross running water. While this doesn't generally kill them, it can be used to trap them as SealedEvilInACan.

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* Creator/AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' ''Literature/WitchWorld'' series - the Dark cannot (as a rule) cross running water. While this doesn't generally kill them, it can be used to trap them as SealedEvilInACan.



* In the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', wizards can be (temporarily) melted by splashing them with water, mixed with soap and lemon juice. The discovery was completely by accident, and nobody's completely sure why it works, but it takes all three elements to do the job; in a later story, Prince Mendanbar forgets the lemon, which just results in wet, soapy wizards, until Cimorene reminds him.

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* In the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', wizards can be (temporarily) melted by splashing them with water, mixed with soap and lemon juice. The discovery was completely by accident, and nobody's completely sure why it works, but it takes all three elements to do the job; in a later story, Prince Mendanbar forgets the lemon, which just results in wet, soapy wizards, until Cimorene reminds him.



* In Vixen 03 by CliveCussler, the airborne QD/Quick Death bacterium kills any living thing it touches in fifteen minutes or less, can encyst itself in the absence of hosts to survive in the soil for (theoretically) up to three centuries, and is capable of [[NoSell no-selling]] methods of protection up to and including airtight hazmat suits and methods of disinfection up to and including nuclear blasts. For this reason, it's theorized that if released somewhere on the mainland it could render entire continents uninhabitable for hundreds of years. Fortunately, however, it dies instantly when immersed in water.

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* In Vixen 03 by CliveCussler, Creator/CliveCussler, the airborne QD/Quick Death bacterium kills any living thing it touches in fifteen minutes or less, can encyst itself in the absence of hosts to survive in the soil for (theoretically) up to three centuries, and is capable of [[NoSell no-selling]] methods of protection up to and including airtight hazmat suits and methods of disinfection up to and including nuclear blasts. For this reason, it's theorized that if released somewhere on the mainland it could render entire continents uninhabitable for hundreds of years. Fortunately, however, it dies instantly when immersed in water.
22nd Jan '17 3:00:46 PM Luppercus
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* ''Series/TheSmurfs'' has the child-friendly version of the trope in episode The Littlest Witch: witches do not die with water but lost their powers for a year, so they never bath. The evil witch teacher in the episode (who looks a lot like the one in the Wizard of Oz) suffers this at the end.

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* ''Series/TheSmurfs'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' has the child-friendly version of the trope in episode The Littlest Witch: witches do not die with water but lost their powers for a year, so they never bath. The evil witch teacher in the episode (who looks a lot like the one in the Wizard of Oz) suffers this at the end.
22nd Jan '17 2:59:51 PM Luppercus
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''Series/TheSmurfs'' has the child-friendly version of the trope in episode The Littlest Witch: witches do not die with water but lost their powers for a year, so they never bath. The evil witch teacher in the episode (who looks a lot like the one in the Wizard of Oz) suffers this at the end.

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* ''Series/TheSmurfs'' has the child-friendly version of the trope in episode The Littlest Witch: witches do not die with water but lost their powers for a year, so they never bath. The evil witch teacher in the episode (who looks a lot like the one in the Wizard of Oz) suffers this at the end.
22nd Jan '17 2:59:37 PM Luppercus
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* In TheSmurfs episode ''The Littlest Witch'' witches are said to loose their magical powers for a year if expose to water.

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* In TheSmurfs ''Series/TheSmurfs'' has the child-friendly version of the trope in episode ''The The Littlest Witch'' Witch: witches are said to loose do not die with water but lost their magical powers for a year if expose to water.year, so they never bath. The evil witch teacher in the episode (who looks a lot like the one in the Wizard of Oz) suffers this at the end.
18th Jan '17 7:05:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The flesh of the cthonians, worm-like CosmicHorrorStory monstrosities introduced to the CthulhuMythos by Creator/BrianLumley, disintegrates on contact with water.

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* The flesh of the cthonians, worm-like CosmicHorrorStory monstrosities introduced to the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos by Creator/BrianLumley, disintegrates on contact with water.
4th Jan '17 2:30:19 PM captainspycrab
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* In Vixen 03 by CliveCussler, the airborne QD/Quick Death bacterium kills any living thing it touches in fifteen minutes or less, can encyst itself in the absence of hosts to survive in the soil for (theoretically) up to three centuries, and is capable of [[NoSell no-selling]] methods of protection up to and including airtight hazmat suits and methods of disinfection up to and including nuclear blasts. For this reason, it's theorized that if released somewhere on the mainland it could render entire continents uninhabitable for hundreds of years. Fortunately, however, it dies instantly when immersed in water.
20th Nov '16 1:12:21 PM StFan
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Woe betide someone with this weakness who goes up against a character fond of MakingASplash. Frequently a WeaksauceWeakness, may be counteracted with a KryptoniteProofSuit--usually made out of lead. Could be prevented if [[NoWaterProofingInTheFuture waterproofing existed]]. Can lead to an understandable case of KryptoniteIsEverywhere, because, well...''it's water''.

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Woe betide someone with this weakness who goes up against a character fond of MakingASplash. Frequently a WeaksauceWeakness, may be counteracted with a KryptoniteProofSuit--usually KryptoniteProofSuit -- usually made out of lead. Could be prevented if [[NoWaterProofingInTheFuture waterproofing existed]]. Can lead to an understandable case of KryptoniteIsEverywhere, because, well...''it's water''.



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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Sir Crocodile is made of sand that can freely disperse and reform when struck. When wet however, the sand clumps together so his face can be punched in. Furthermore, ''any'' devil fruit user can be defeated if they can be ''submerged'' in sea water (a problem for a {{pirate}}-themed adventure on a planet with even ''more'' water than the Earth), especially if they are so nasty they don't have friends inclined to help them.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** ''Any'' devil fruit user can be defeated if they can be ''submerged'' in sea water (a problem for a {{pirate}}-themed adventure on a planet with even ''more'' water than the Earth), especially if they are so nasty they don't have friends inclined to help them.
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Sir Crocodile is made of sand that can freely disperse and reform when struck. When wet however, the sand clumps together so his face can be punched in. Furthermore, ''any'' devil fruit user can be defeated if they can be ''submerged'' in sea water (a problem for a {{pirate}}-themed adventure on a planet with even ''more'' water than the Earth), especially if they are so nasty they don't have friends inclined to help them.



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* In one ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' story, a portal is opened to an alternate dimension populated with MechanicalLifeforms. They prove hostile and nigh impossible to defeat, until scientists reveal their dimension is "completely dry" -- spraying them with a firehose causes instant and lethal rusting.
* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'' comics, Piffany's favorite weapon against the undead is her trusty [=H2Oly=] Sacred Soaker. She also managed to kill a giant demon with a lake full of holy water.
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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': While water itself isn't deadly to Stitch, he can't swim and is too heavy to remain buoyant even in salt water. Naturally, he winds up on ''the most isolated chain of islands in the world''. [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries The series]] shows that Stitch's greatest fear is, in fact, deep water.
** That's not all. Several of his "cousin" experiments could also be nullified through water, although they also needed water to be released from their capsule.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'':
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While water itself isn't deadly to Stitch, he can't swim and is too heavy to remain buoyant even in salt water. Naturally, he winds up on ''the most isolated chain of islands in the world''. [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries The series]] shows that Stitch's greatest fear is, in fact, deep water.
** That's not all. Several of his "cousin" experiments could can also be nullified through water, although they also needed need water to be released from their capsule.



* The T-Rex breed of Sharptooth from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' are unable to swim due to their tiny arms. [[spoiler: This allowed the heroes to kill the original Sharptooth, drowning him in a lake.]]

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* The T-Rex breed of Sharptooth from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' are unable to swim due to their tiny arms. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This allowed the heroes to kill the original Sharptooth, drowning him in a lake.]]



** Parodied in a ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode: "Who would have thought a small amount of ''liquid'' could ever fall on meeeeee...!" Leela turns herself into a witch a bit later, and meets the same fate almost immediately... due to a [[ToiletHumour backed-up toilet]].



* In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', the creature is doused with molten lead, but manages to get out of the foundry; immediately thereafter, he is sprayed with water from a sprinkler system. The resulting thermal shock causes it to explode.
* In ''Film/TankGirl'', [[spoiler: the Big Bad CEO of Water & Power has himself turned into a cyborg with a saw-bladed arm and a holographically-projected face. This makes him nearly indestructible ... until Rebecca dumps water on him and shorts out his circuits.]]
** That technically didn't kill him, just temporarily incapacitate him. [[spoiler:It was her stabbing him with the same dehydration tool he'd use to kill two or three others (on-screen at least) in the movie that did him in.]] So... [[InvertedTrope Kill him without water?]]

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* In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', ''Film/Alien3'', the creature is doused with molten lead, but manages to get out of the foundry; immediately thereafter, he is sprayed with water from a sprinkler system. The resulting thermal shock causes it to explode.
* In ''Film/TankGirl'', [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Big Bad CEO of Water & Power has himself turned into a cyborg with a saw-bladed arm and a holographically-projected face. This makes him nearly indestructible ...indestructible... until Rebecca dumps water on him and shorts out his circuits.]]
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]] That technically didn't kill him, just temporarily incapacitate him. [[spoiler:It was her stabbing him with the same dehydration tool he'd use to kill two or three others (on-screen at least) in the movie that did him in.]] So... [[InvertedTrope Kill him without water?]]



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* In one ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' story, a portal is opened to an alternate dimension populated with MechanicalLifeforms. They prove hostile and nigh impossible to defeat, until scientists reveal their dimension is "completely dry" - spraying them with a firehose causes instant and lethal rusting.
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* In one ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' story, a portal is opened to an alternate dimension populated with MechanicalLifeforms. They prove hostile and nigh impossible to defeat, until scientists reveal their dimension is "completely dry" - spraying them with a firehose causes instant and lethal rusting.
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* In ''WitchGirlsAdventures'', this is the biggest downside to having Hag's Syndrome. You can cover up the green hair and skin and red eyes with makeup and the like, but there's not much you can do about your tendency to melt when exposed to water, except avoid it.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' allows you to do damage to undead by throwing bottles of holy water at them.
** In addition, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] can be killed by completely submersing them in running water for three rounds (about eighteen seconds)... [[OhCrap unless the creature was naturally aquatic before becoming a vampire, granting it immunity to that particular weakness.]]

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* In ''WitchGirlsAdventures'', ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'', this is the biggest downside to having Hag's Syndrome. You can cover up the green hair and skin and red eyes with makeup and the like, but there's not much you can do about your tendency to melt when exposed to water, except avoid it.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' allows you to do damage to undead by throwing bottles of holy water at them.
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''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] Vampires]] can be killed by completely submersing them in running water for three rounds (about eighteen seconds)... [[OhCrap unless the creature was naturally aquatic before becoming a vampire, granting it immunity to that particular weakness.]]



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* The [[CatsAreMean hovercat]] from ''Machinima/WaterHuman'' seems unstoppable, until the protagonist uses his [[MakingASplash water powers]] on it. Then it panics and flees. Because [[DontExplainTheJoke cats hate water]].
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* The [[CatsAreMean hovercat]] from ''Machinima/WaterHuman'' seems unstoppable, until the protagonist uses his [[MakingASplash water powers]] on it. Then it panics and flees. Because [[DontExplainTheJoke cats hate water]].



* In the ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' comics, Piffany's favorite weapon against the undead is her trusty [=H2Oly=] Sacred Soaker. She also managed to kill a giant demon with a lake full of holy water.



* Referenced in the "Everything Wrong With" series on ''WebOriginal/CinemaSins''. Whenever this trope pops up in a movie, it's sinned as "X has the same weakness as the Aliens from ''Film/{{Signs}}''." This includes the review of ''Signs'' itself.



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* Referenced in the "Everything Wrong With" series on ''WebVideo/CinemaSins''. Whenever this trope pops up in a movie, it's sinned as "X has the same weakness as the Aliens from ''Film/{{Signs}}''." This includes the review of ''Signs'' itself.
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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz' is parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode: "Who would have thought a small amount of ''liquid'' could ever fall on meeeeee...!" Leela turns herself into a witch a bit later, and meets the same fate almost immediately... due to a [[ToiletHumour backed-up toilet]].



* Bathing in hot springs has been a popular activity worldwide for thousands of years. However, there are some places where it absolutely can't be done safely. Yellowstone National Park is a well known example: the high altitude means that water boils at a higher temperature than it does at sea level, so many of the hot springs are so hot that they can literally cook a human in minutes.
** Water actually boils at lower temperatures at altitude, due to the decrease in atmospheric pressure. Though water at 70ºC can kill quickly anyway.

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* Bathing in hot springs has been a popular activity worldwide for thousands of years. However, there are some places where it absolutely can't be done safely. Yellowstone National Park is a well known example: the high altitude means that water boils at a higher temperature than it does at sea level, so many of the hot springs are so hot that they can literally cook a human in minutes.
** Water actually boils at lower temperatures at altitude, due to the decrease in atmospheric pressure. Though water at 70ºC can kill quickly anyway.
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13th Nov '16 1:09:22 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of JusticeLeagueUnlimited, young villain Downpour tries this... [[EpicFail on]] [[TooDumbToLive Aquaman]].

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* In an episode of JusticeLeagueUnlimited, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', young villain Downpour tries this... [[EpicFail on]] [[TooDumbToLive Aquaman]].
23rd Oct '16 9:35:03 PM ThenWhyNot
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** Water actually boils at lower temperatures at altitude, due to the decrease in atmospheric pressure. Though water at 70ºC can kill quickly anyway.
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