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3rd May '18 6:00:31 AM bakadude
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* A frequently used plot device in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': when in doubt, just kick the evil robots into a pool of water and be done with it.
22nd Apr '18 8:41:42 PM BattleMaster
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* Subverted in most ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games. Standing in water is a fantastic idea, because your heat sinks work better when water-cooled, allowing you to ignore your heat gauge. Since heat is the primary limiting factor for energy weapons, can we say BeamSpam?
** Continuing the subversion, the ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' expansion pack for ''Mechwarrior 2'' had a mission that happened entirely underwater, as well as one in deep space.
** Except that it wouldn't work too well in real life since most missiles don't work underwater, and that stuff attenuates lasers far more quickly than air (just now quickly varies, blue-frequency lasers would be much less affected than red-frequency ones).
*** This was partially covered in game, with missiles and ballistic weapons not working underwater. Missiles were replaced with specialised torpedo launchers for the one mission. Energy weapons, both lasers and particle cannons, still worked fine, however.

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* Subverted in most ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games. Standing in water is a fantastic idea, because your heat sinks work better when water-cooled, allowing you to ignore your heat gauge. Since heat is the primary limiting factor for energy weapons, can we say BeamSpam?
this means BeamSpam.
** Continuing the subversion, the ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' expansion pack for ''Mechwarrior 2'' had a mission that happened entirely underwater, as well as one in deep space.
** Except that it wouldn't work too well in real life since most missiles don't work underwater, and that stuff attenuates lasers far more quickly than air (just now quickly varies, blue-frequency lasers would be much less affected than red-frequency ones).
*** This was partially covered in game,
with missiles and ballistic a unique mech variant loaded with energy weapons not working underwater. Missiles were replaced with specialised and torpedo launchers for the one mission. Energy weapons, both lasers and particle cannons, still worked fine, however.launchers.
17th Apr '18 7:45:53 AM Killerweinerdog
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* It recently emerged that in the 1960's, the British Royal Air Force very nearly precipitated a major international incident due to [[SpotOfTea a thermos of tea and a sweet marshmallow biscuit]]. A Vulcan bomber, then part of our first-line nuclear strike force, was patrolling above West Germany with standing instructions to Await Further Orders. (ie, In The Event Of War, Turn Left And Aim At Leningrad). Crew comforts for a long boring flight included the aforesaid tea, and a pack of Tunnock's Marshmallow Biscuits. For those unfamiliar with this confectionery, it consists of fluffy "Italian Meringue" and jam on a biscuit base, rolled in chocolate. Unfortunately, at high altitudes in semi-pressurised cabins, this biscuit had a tendency to depressurise and, basically, explode. Bored aircrews were in the habit of laying bets on how long they would take to pop once removed from the foil wrapper. This practice came to en end when the navigator/bomb aimer unwrapped one, dunked it in tea, and stood it on the top of the instrument console. The inevitable small explosion drove fragments of biscuit and soggy cake ''into'' the Vulcan's crucial onboard electronics and started the count-down procedure to dropping a bomb. Which could have landed deep inside East Germany. While British military policy is to always deny the presence of nuclear weapons in any unit anywhere, this was a Vulcan bomber. The delivery system for nukes. On "standing patrol" over the most sensitive border in the world. not long after the Cuban thing. The crew managed to abort the countdown and make an emergency landing. But just for a moment there...

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* It recently emerged that in the 1960's, the British Royal Air Force very nearly precipitated a major international incident due to [[SpotOfTea a thermos of tea and a sweet marshmallow biscuit]]. A Vulcan bomber, then part of our first-line nuclear strike force, was patrolling above West Germany with standing instructions to Await Further Orders. (ie, In The Event Of War, Turn Left And Aim At Leningrad). Crew comforts for a long boring flight included the aforesaid tea, and a pack of Tunnock's Marshmallow Biscuits. For those unfamiliar with this confectionery, it consists of fluffy "Italian Meringue" and jam on a biscuit base, rolled in chocolate. Unfortunately, at high altitudes in semi-pressurised cabins, this biscuit had a tendency to depressurise and, basically, explode. Bored aircrews were in the habit of laying bets on how long they would take to pop once removed from the foil wrapper. This practice came to en end when the navigator/bomb aimer unwrapped one, dunked it in tea, and stood it on the top of the instrument console. The inevitable small explosion drove fragments of biscuit and soggy cake ''into'' the Vulcan's crucial onboard electronics and started the count-down procedure to dropping a bomb. Which could have landed deep inside East Germany. While British military policy is to always deny the presence of nuclear weapons in any unit anywhere, this was a Vulcan bomber. The delivery system for nukes. On "standing patrol" over the most sensitive border in the world. not long after the Cuban thing. The crew managed to abort the countdown and make an emergency landing. But just for a moment there... there, World War III was almost started by a [[ForWantOfANail biscuit.]]
4th Nov '17 7:07:02 AM dclark
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*** SG-1 is actually able to exploit this aversion to their (mild) advantage. There's a swarm of replicators, but they only have to destroy one of them- only one replicator is made from futuristic space-metal, and if they can kill it the others will just rust away. If it gets away, though...
3rd Nov '17 12:49:24 PM Jake
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** On a related note, the F-117 stealth fighter had some issues of its own with water; flying through heavy enough rain could throw up enough of a cloud of water vapour to compromise its minimal radar cross-section.
26th Jul '17 8:15:00 AM MarcusImpudite
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'', the main character's [[{{Robosexual}} robot wife]] short circuits and breaks after getting wet. [[FridgeLogic Which only begs the question as to why he would have her wash dishes if she wasn't water proof.]]

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'', the main character's [[{{Robosexual}} robot wife]] short circuits and breaks after getting wet. [[FridgeLogic Which only begs the question as to why he would have her wash dishes if she wasn't water proof.]]]] [[SexBot Also, considering what Cherry is supposed to be purpose built for]], not making her waterproof makes no damn sense.
26th Jul '17 4:17:24 AM MagiMecha
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* In the various ''Franchise/SuperRobotWars'' games, water doesn't harm you, but they will give you some penalties for walking in it unprepared. [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Mobile Suits]] are hit with this the worst as not only are they hit with the moving penalties that one gets with this, but shooting someone with beam weaponry only deals the minimum damage (being ''10'')
4th Jul '17 4:27:22 PM HeroGal2347
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* Subverted in an episode of Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The episode "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E36RobotRobbers Robot Robbers]]," the cast tried to defeat the robots using the same method, only for BunglingInventor Gyro to inform them [[ALessonLearnedTooWell he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models]].

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* Subverted in an episode of Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''. The episode "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E36RobotRobbers Robot Robbers]]," the cast tried to defeat the robots using the same method, only for BunglingInventor Gyro to inform them [[ALessonLearnedTooWell he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models]].
2nd Jul '17 10:34:08 AM nombretomado
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* In one stage of ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'', two cops fight off a horde of alien robots by spraying them with water, first from squirtguns, then from the hose on a firetruck. The alien spaceships are also vulnerable to water, apparently- they ''explode'' when sprayed with water.

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* In one stage of ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'', ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'', two cops fight off a horde of alien robots by spraying them with water, first from squirtguns, then from the hose on a firetruck. The alien spaceships are also vulnerable to water, apparently- they ''explode'' when sprayed with water.
27th Jun '17 3:39:11 AM Vir
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** Again when Homer drives an electric car in the ocean ''"Relax it's an electric car"''. It comes out clean but then bursts into a cloud of smoke, they still manage to drive it back to the car-dealership.

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** Again when Homer drives an electric car in the ocean ''"Relax it's an electric car"''. It comes out clean but then bursts into a cloud of smoke, they still manage to drive it back to the car-dealership.car dealership.



* Done ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome epically]]'' for the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. The apparent destruction of [[spoiler:the Glorft mothership]] occurred when [[spoiler:Coop accidentally teleported his soda onto the mothership's computer, and it tipped over, setting off a chain reaction that blew up half the ship, and caused them to be ''sucked into another dimension''.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', evil genius Mechaniklies invades Agrabah with an army of giant mechanical scorpions. Genie manages to stop them by turning into a rain cloud and rusting them. At the climax, however, Mechaniklies invokes ItOnlyWorksOnce as he rust-proofs his army.

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* Done ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epically]]'' for the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. The apparent destruction of [[spoiler:the Glorft mothership]] occurred when [[spoiler:Coop accidentally teleported his soda onto the mothership's computer, and it tipped over, setting off a chain reaction that blew up half the ship, and caused them to be ''sucked into another dimension''.]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', evil genius Mechaniklies invades Agrabah with an army of giant mechanical scorpions. Genie manages to stop them by turning into a rain cloud and rusting them. At the climax, however, Mechaniklies invokes ItOnlyWorksOnce as he rust-proofs rustproofs his army.



* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an episde of ''ComicBook/RichieRich''; after one of [[MadScientist Prof. Keenbean's]] devices succumbed to being splashed with water, he invented a machine to punish himself for not waterproofing it.

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episde episode of ''ComicBook/RichieRich''; after one of [[MadScientist Prof. Keenbean's]] devices succumbed to being splashed with water, he invented a machine to punish himself for not waterproofing it.



* However in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' this is averted with the Kriegstafflebots, who were designed for water travel and exploration, equipped with underwater propellers and durability at high pressure.
* This was actually subverted in an episode of Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The episode "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E36RobotRobbers Robot Robbers]]," the cast tried to defeat the robots using the same method, only for BunglingInventor Gyro to inform them [[ALessonLearnedTooWell he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models]].
* In the original ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, in order to avoid outcries against such a "violent" show, the majority of the turtles' enemies were robots (foot soldiers, mousers.) As a result, nearly every episode featured at least 6 robots exploding after getting wet, and in one episode they threatened a robot and said they would get it wet.

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* However in ** In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' this is averted with the Kriegstafflebots, who were designed for water travel and exploration, equipped with underwater propellers and durability at high pressure.
* This was actually subverted Subverted in an episode of Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The episode "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E36RobotRobbers Robot Robbers]]," the cast tried to defeat the robots using the same method, only for BunglingInventor Gyro to inform them [[ALessonLearnedTooWell he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models]].
* In the original ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon, in order to avoid outcries against such a "violent" show, the majority of the turtles' enemies were robots (foot (Foot soldiers, mousers.Mousers.) As a result, nearly every episode featured at least 6 robots exploding after getting wet, and in one episode they threatened a robot and said they would get it wet.



** The title song subverts it; she isn't waterproof when a watertower explodes... but she merely rusts over and her electronics are fine.

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** The title song subverts it; she isn't waterproof when a watertower water tower explodes... but she merely rusts over and her electronics are fine.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Bender can swim, but rusts immediately when exposed to chlorine gas.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Bender can swim, swim but rusts immediately when exposed to chlorine gas.



-->'''Leela''': (referencing how deep they are being pulled under water) Five thousand feet!\\

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-->'''Leela''': (referencing how deep they are being pulled under water) underwater) Five thousand feet!\\



* Played absurdly straight in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', where a suitless [[Comicbook/BlueBeetle Jaime Reyes]] shorts out the console of his prison by ''spitting on it''.

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* Played absurdly straight in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', where a suitless [[Comicbook/BlueBeetle [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Jaime Reyes]] shorts out the console of his prison by ''spitting on it''.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus's'' swamp episode, the Portashrinker shorted out when it got wet, leaving the class trapped at insect-size.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus's'' swamp episode, the Portashrinker shorted out when it got wet, leaving the class trapped at insect-size.insect size.



* Partially averted in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''; we have the robot cat Tom, when trying to place his hand in a fishbowl we see sparks fly but no permanent effects, and he tries a second time after donning a rubber glove with no problems. Later in the episode he ends up falling into a sewer, violently shorts out, but comes out at the end repaired and no worse for wear.

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* Partially averted in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''; we have the robot cat Tom, when trying to place his hand in a fishbowl we see sparks fly but no permanent effects, and he tries a second time after donning a rubber glove with no problems. Later in the episode episode, he ends up falling into a sewer, violently shorts out, out but comes out at the end repaired and no worse for wear.
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