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29th Jun '16 10:35:45 AM REV6Pilot
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* While we're far from making this a DiscreditedTrope, we're beginning to avert it now thanks to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7is6r6zXFDc superhydrophobic]] sprays and materials that can make any surface become incredibly resistant to any liquids be it water or mustard. The applications ranging from the mundane to the amazing are pretty much limitless. Clothes that always stay dry and never become dirty, metal that never rusts, electronics that are unaffected by submersion in water and so much more. The spray works by creating a contact angle on material around 160-170°[[note]]180° being the impossible "perfect angle"[[/note]]. To put that into perspective water resistant materials such as wax or Teflon have a contact angle of 90-95°. This makes the surface extremely difficult for liquids to settle on causing them to literally glide off with next to no resistance.

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* While we're far from making this a DiscreditedTrope, we're beginning to avert it now thanks to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7is6r6zXFDc superhydrophobic]] sprays and materials that can make any surface become incredibly resistant to any liquids be it water or mustard. The applications ranging from the mundane to the amazing are pretty much limitless. Clothes that always stay dry and never become dirty, metal that never rusts, electronics that are unaffected by submersion in water and so much more. The spray works by creating a contact angle on material around 160-170°[[note]]180° being the impossible "perfect angle"[[/note]]. To put that into perspective water resistant materials such as wax or Teflon have a contact angle of 90-95°. This makes the surface extremely difficult for liquids to settle on causing them to literally on, so they glide off with next to no resistance.
9th May '16 3:22:23 PM margdean56
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* There is an ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' fic where Rommie decides to take a bath and short circuits. Lampshaded in that Harper did design her to be water proof... except that the component he used for a certain part of her anatomy was only water ''resistant''.

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* There is an ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' fic where Rommie decides to take a bath and short circuits. Lampshaded in that Harper did design her to be water proof...waterproof... except that the component he used for a certain part of her anatomy was only water ''resistant''.



* Averted in ''Literature/DarkLife''. The underwater houses are specifically built so that being deflated and filled with water will do minimal damage (since that's ever-present danger on, you know, ''the botton of the sea'').
* The Tin Woodsman from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' rusting himself with his own tears. Worked instantly. Tin isn't prone to rust, but tin cans are (because they're actually made out of steel).
* Included as a detail in the first ''Series/RedDwarf'' novel to explain why the radiation leak that kills the crew in both the TV series and books wasn't detected; an officer knocks a coffee on his keyboard and assumes the warning beeps about the leak on his terminal pertain to his spillage.

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* Averted in ''Literature/DarkLife''. The underwater houses are specifically built so that being deflated and filled with water will do minimal damage (since that's ever-present danger on, you know, ''the botton bottom of the sea'').
* The Tin Woodsman Woodman from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' rusting himself with his own tears. Worked instantly. Tin isn't prone to rust, but tin cans are (because they're actually made out of steel).
* Included as a detail in the first ''Series/RedDwarf'' novel to explain why the radiation leak that kills the crew in both the TV series and books wasn't detected; an officer knocks a coffee on onto his keyboard and assumes the warning beeps about the leak on his terminal pertain to his spillage.
9th May '16 3:17:10 PM margdean56
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It is also worth noting the tendency of abandoned spacecraft and high technology that have sprung a leak, drizzling a never ending stream of water on our characters' heads. This is much more likely to do damage in real life. Imagine all that black mold...

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It is also worth noting the tendency of abandoned spacecraft and high technology that have sprung to spring a leak, drizzling a never ending never-ending stream of water on our characters' heads. This is much more likely to do damage in real life. Imagine all that black mold...
24th Apr '16 4:18:24 AM Angantyr
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* In vaguely sci-fi-ish [[NextSundayAD five minutes in the future]] 80's film ''Computer Love'', a personal computer attains sentience after wine is spilled on its keyboard, and plays matchmaker for its owner and LoveInterest.[[note]]This doesn't work with vodka.[[/note]]

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* In vaguely sci-fi-ish [[NextSundayAD five minutes in the future]] 80's film ''Computer Love'', ''Electric Dreams'', a personal computer attains sentience after wine is spilled on its keyboard, and plays matchmaker for its owner and LoveInterest.[[note]]This doesn't work with vodka.[[/note]]
8th Apr '16 6:27:50 PM Goldfritha
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* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00030.html the titular character throws a pitcher of ice water onto the controls for a force field prison he's (momentarily) trapped in, shorting it out.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00030.html com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0030/ the titular character throws a pitcher of ice water onto the controls for a force field prison he's (momentarily) trapped in, shorting it out.]]]] He derides them not for that but for not using an old-fashioned door with a lock.
18th Mar '16 2:05:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', it is revealed that the terminators have a problem similar to the cyborgs of ''Ghost in the Shell'', described above. They are entirely waterproof and can function perfectly well underwater, but what they can't do is ''float''.

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* In ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', it is revealed that the terminators have a problem similar to the cyborgs of ''Ghost in the Shell'', described above. They are entirely waterproof and can function perfectly well underwater, but what they can't do is ''float''.
30th Jan '16 8:19:40 AM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', evil genius Mechaniklize invades Agrabah with an army of giant mechanical scorpions. Genie manages to stop them by turn into a rain cloud and rusting them. At the climax, however, Mechaniklize invokes ItOnlyWorksOnce as he rust-proofs his army.
-->'''Genie''': ''(As a storm cloud)'' Ah, nuts.



* Subverted in ''WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''. The title character spends an episode attempting to get out of showering in gym class, only to find when left with no other option that he ''is'' waterproof after all.

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* Subverted in ''WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''.''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''. The title character spends an episode attempting to get out of showering in gym class, only to find when left with no other option that he ''is'' waterproof after all.



* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E2Armstrong Armstrong]]" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water.
19th Sep '15 10:37:10 AM billybobfred
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* In [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/archive/030310.html this]] ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' strip, Greg is understandably upset with Tony...

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* In [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/archive/030310.html com/comic.php?comic=title-894 this]] ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' strip, Greg is understandably upset with Tony...



* Zeke gets a little wet and a little berserk in this [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20050617 Ctrl+Alt+Del]] story arc from a few years ago. Ethan makes a [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20110401 half-baked attempt to prevent it]] while working on Zeke's new outer shell in the current arc.

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* Zeke gets a little wet and a little berserk in this [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20050617 Ctrl+Alt+Del]] this]] ''WebComic/CtrlAltDel'' story arc from a few years ago.arc. Ethan makes a [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20110401 half-baked attempt to prevent it]] while working on Zeke's new outer shell in the current arc.a few years later.
17th Sep '15 11:47:36 AM R1ck
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* Brought up on the flight of Apollo 13, where the chill in the dead command module caused major condensation all over the controls, as depicted in [[Film/{{Apollo13}} the movie]]. There was worry that there might be a short-out from the water condensation, as the insulation and waterproofing were not tested against this level of condensation (as ''also'' depicted in the movie). [[AvertedTrope Thankfully, the waterproofing turned out to be enough, and there was no short-out]]. [[RuleOfThree As also depicted in the movie]].

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* Brought up on the flight of Apollo 13, where the chill in the dead command module caused major condensation all over the controls, as depicted in [[Film/{{Apollo13}} the movie]]. controls. There was worry that there might be a short-out from the water condensation, as the insulation and waterproofing were not tested against this level of condensation (as ''also'' depicted in the movie).condensation. [[AvertedTrope Thankfully, the waterproofing turned out to be enough, and there was no short-out]]. [[RuleOfThree As also All this was depicted in [[Film/{{Apollo13}} the movie]].
16th Jul '15 7:49:58 AM bassforte123
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* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the protagonist, an armed scout robot, will die if submerged in water too long. [[spoiler:In fact, getting the [[MultipleEndings best ending]] requires saving another robot from this.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the protagonist, an armed scout robot, will die if submerged in water too long. It's handled a little better than most examples as rather than instantly short-circuiting, instead his internal compartments get slowly flooded with water until he can't operate anymore. [[spoiler:In fact, getting the [[MultipleEndings best ending]] requires saving another robot from this.]]
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