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16th Jan '17 4:15:06 AM Vir
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* In [[TransformersFilmSeries the 2007 Transformers movie]], Ironhide complains that Sam's dog peeing on his foot will cause it to rust. This from the robot that had survived ''atmospheric reentry'' a couple hours before. And landed ''in a swimming pool.'' Granted, urine is generally more salty than water, but he ''survived re-entry intact''. However, given that he is a crotchety old bot, he was likely just looking for an excuse to kill the dog.

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* In [[TransformersFilmSeries the 2007 Transformers movie]], ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', Ironhide complains that Sam's dog peeing on his foot will cause it to rust. This from the robot that had survived ''atmospheric reentry'' a couple hours before. And landed ''in a swimming pool.'' Granted, urine is generally more salty than water, but he ''survived re-entry intact''. However, given that he is a crotchety old bot, he was likely just looking for an excuse to kill the dog.



** Apparently in ROTF, [[spoiler: the Constructicons are waterproof to the point where they can resurrect and operate on Megatron at the bottom of the Laurentian Abyss. Megatron himself appears little worse for wear for his stay there besides a bit of rust. Although Megatron ''was'' dead, which would account for the rust aside from water (i.e. he was a "rusting" mechanical corpse).]]
*** [[spoiler: Plus, not long before he was submerged in the ocean Megatron also spent decades frozen solid, first buried in the arctic regions and then chemically frozen at the Hoover Dam. The fact that Megatron only just rusting a little after all that is a testament to a Cybertronian's resilence.]]

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** Apparently in ROTF, ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]'', [[spoiler: the Constructicons are waterproof to the point where they can resurrect and operate on Megatron at the bottom of the Laurentian Abyss. Megatron himself appears little worse for wear for his stay there besides a bit of rust. Although Megatron ''was'' dead, which would account for the rust aside from water (i.e. he was a "rusting" mechanical corpse).]]
*** [[spoiler: Plus, not long before he was submerged in the ocean Megatron also spent decades frozen solid, first buried in the arctic regions and then chemically frozen at the Hoover Dam. The fact that Megatron was only just rusting a little after all that is a testament to a Cybertronian's resilence.]]
16th Jan '17 4:08:42 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank2016'', Clank mentions that he is waterproof, but Chairman Drek's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Victor von Ion is not. Clank defeats him by rusting him with a cloud generated by the Thundersmack.
11th Jan '17 5:37:43 PM MiddleEighth
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*Averted, though it isn't exactly the future, in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Some robotic tentacles grab Paul and try to tear him apart. [[NighInvulnerable (It doesn't work.)]] When George asks John why [[MakingASplash he doesn't rust them into uselessness]], John notes that he can't affect them, since he can feel that they're rustproof.
31st Dec '16 8:16:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Sweetie Bot tends to go a bit wonky when she takes a bath. In her words, "[[AC:The water makes me feel funny.]]"

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* In ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Sweetie Bot tends to go a bit wonky when she takes a bath. In her words, "[[AC:The water makes me feel funny.]]"



* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' played with the trope in one ep. by having the BigBad's robot standing knee-deep in water, having the BigBad say it's waterproof... only for the eponymous radical squadron to shoot a hole in its leg through which the water floods in, short-circuiting the whole thing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'':
** This trope was
played with the trope in one ep. episode by having the BigBad's robot standing knee-deep in water, having the BigBad say it's waterproof... only for the eponymous radical squadron to shoot a hole in its leg through which the water floods in, short-circuiting the whole thing.
26th Sep '16 10:38:09 PM Sark0TAG
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* Averted to great lengths in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}, since the majority of the game takes place in an UnderwaterBase. To the point that computers and speakers work perfectly both in and out of deep-sea environments.

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* Averted to great lengths in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}, ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'', since the majority of the game takes place in an UnderwaterBase. To the point that computers and speakers work perfectly both in and out of deep-sea environments.
26th Sep '16 10:37:39 PM Sark0TAG
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* Averted to great lengths in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}, since the majority of the game takes place in an UnderwaterBase. To the point that computers and speakers work perfectly both in and out of deep-sea environments.
13th Aug '16 4:10:45 PM htuttle
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* Basically the premise of the second ''{{X-COM}}'' game, ''Terror From The Deep'': the weapons developed during decades of fighting against armies of aliens on land and air, are completely useless underwater, and researches have to restart from scratch if you want to have something better than lame spearguns. The element elerium, a prime power source also becomes inert when submerged in saltwater, making salvaging it from crashed alien ships that much harder.
** If you read some of the descriptions, you will find out that they don't entirely start from scratch. The gauss guns are using the same technology as plasma guns from the first game (i.e. generating focused magnetic fields). They just use human-made materials (those gauss weapons are ''plutonium''-powered). Also, inert elerium is still useful as a radiation shield. It's not explained why X-Com can't use lasers and plasma for ground-based missions, though.

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* Basically the premise of the second ''{{X-COM}}'' ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'' game, ''Terror From The Deep'': ''[[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep Terror from the Deep]]'': the weapons developed during decades of fighting against armies of aliens on land and air, are completely useless underwater, and researches have to restart from scratch if you want to have something better than lame spearguns. The element elerium, a prime power source also becomes inert when submerged in saltwater, making salvaging it from crashed alien ships that much harder.
** If you read some of the descriptions, you will find out that they don't entirely start from scratch. The gauss guns are using the same technology as plasma guns from the first game (i.e. generating focused magnetic fields). They just use human-made materials (those gauss weapons are ''plutonium''-powered). \\\
Also, inert elerium is still useful as a radiation shield. It's not explained [[HandWave unclear]] why X-Com X-COM can't use lasers and plasma ordnance (from [[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense previous]] campaign) for ground-based missions, though.
6th Aug '16 1:54:37 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'', at one point in the '90s she confronts Cyber-CAT (a woman wearing PoweredArmor, whose prototype suit sports a few exposed cables) and, as a PreAssKickingOneLiner, asks her whether her armor insulates against shocks--then knocks her into the ocean. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] immediately, in that yes, she ''is'' insulated, and it's light enough to swim in, but it buys Catwoman enough time to escape before she returns to the surface unharmed.
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.
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