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13th May '16 11:22:39 AM Pichu-kun
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* Episode 3 of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' The newest member of the ream, Ryugazaki Rei, reveals that he can't actually swim. He chooses to reveal this by belly-flopping into the pool and nearly drowning so Nagisa and Haruka have to rescue him.

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* Episode In episode 3 of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' The the newest member of the ream, team, Ryugazaki Rei, reveals that he can't actually swim. He chooses to reveal this by belly-flopping into the pool and nearly drowning so Nagisa and Haruka have to rescue him. Rei eventually learns how to swim.



** Misty's Psyduck doesn't know how to swim despite being a Water type. A few attempts have been made, but it ends in failure every time. He seems happier with an inner tube, though.
** Even more fail on Psyduck's part given that real ducks ''naturally float''.
** ...you'd think that maybe not it's so bad if you consider that a Psyduck, despite the name, is probably more of a platypus than a duck (no wings, doesn't learn a single "bird-related" move, can interbreed with mammals and assorted aquatic creatures rather than birds.) The problem is that platypi ''also'' naturally float, anyway, to the point of requiring constant swimming to stay submerged. Otherwise, they just bob right back up to the surface. This means Misty's Psyduck has even ''fewer'' excuses for its incompetence in the water than before.

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** Misty's Psyduck doesn't know how to swim despite being a Water type. A few attempts have been made, but it ends in failure every time. He seems happier with an inner tube, though.
** Even more fail on Psyduck's part given that real ducks ''naturally float''.
** ...you'd
though. You'd think that maybe not it's so bad if you consider that a Psyduck, despite the name, is probably more of a platypus than a duck (no wings, doesn't learn a single "bird-related" move, can interbreed with mammals and assorted aquatic creatures rather than birds.) The problem is that platypi ''also'' naturally float, ''naturally float'', anyway, to the point of requiring constant swimming to stay submerged. Otherwise, they just bob right back up to the surface. This means Misty's Psyduck has even ''fewer'' excuses for its incompetence in the water than before.



** ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' did this in reverse. This was mostly because the early comics was done with RuleOfFunny in full effect and a lot of the game canon wasn't put in until later on.

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** * ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' did this in reverse. This was mostly because the early comics was done with RuleOfFunny in full effect and a lot of the game canon wasn't put in until later on.


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* Leafie from ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' was a caged hen for most of her life, so she can't swim. This is noted several times by other characters. This causes problems as her son [[InterspeciesAdoption is a duck]], who has a natural affinity for water. Leafie nearly drowned trying to "save" Greenie when he was a baby. The other duckings mock Greenie for having a mother who can't swim.
22nd Apr '16 5:13:08 AM MajinAkuma
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** Fishmen, Mermain and Mermaids who ate Devil Fruits won't be able to move when they are in the sea, but they won't drown. There are special bubbles that allow you to move in water as long you are inside the bubbles. Known Fishmen with Devil Fruit abilities are Van der Decken IX. and [[spoiler:Captain Jack, one of Kaido's top 3 subordinates]].
5th Apr '16 5:42:06 PM anza_sb
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of [[spoiler:Koro-sensei]]'s greatest weakness. [[spoiler:His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his highly absorbant body. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.]]

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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of [[spoiler:Koro-sensei]]'s greatest weakness. [[spoiler:His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his being highly absorbant body.absorbent. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.]]
5th Apr '16 12:51:18 AM anza_sb
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of Koro-sensei's greatest weakness. His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his highly absorbant body. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.

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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of Koro-sensei's [[spoiler:Koro-sensei]]'s greatest weakness. His [[spoiler:His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his highly absorbant body. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.]]
5th Apr '16 12:50:12 AM anza_sb
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of [[spoiler:Koro-sensei]]'s greatest weakness. [[spoiler:His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his highly absorbant body. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.]]

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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of [[spoiler:Koro-sensei]]'s Koro-sensei's greatest weakness. [[spoiler:His His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his highly absorbant body. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.]]
5th Apr '16 12:45:05 AM anza_sb
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* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': This is one of [[spoiler:Koro-sensei]]'s greatest weakness. [[spoiler:His body will bloat and become immovable when he's underwater due to his highly absorbant body. Ironic, for a creature that looks like and often compared to an octopus.]]
20th Feb '16 7:16:17 AM rafi
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* Episode 2 of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' saw a DwindlingParty scenario deep underground (it's the afterlife, so DeathIsCheap and PlayedForLaughs). Right before the commercial break, the group is down to four members. Fujimaki predicts newcomer Otonashi will be the next to die. Right after the break, the group find themselves in the aftermath of a water trap. Guess who's floating like a dead goldfish?
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s Osaka is able to swim just fine, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBgkK2JaRpQ&feature=channel she just can't float]].
* And for that matter, so can Gaossmon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', according to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]]. Finding one passed out in a puddle is apparently a common sight.
* Nobita Nobi from ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' can drown in ''puddles''. He is hopeless at swimming despite being taught once how to swim and was once provided with an imagination pill to make him think that he was in a swimming pool.
* Episode 3 of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' The newest member of the ream, Ryugazaki Rei, reveals that he can't actually swim. He chooses to reveal this by belly-flopping into the pool and nearly drowning so Nagisa and Haruka have to rescue him.
* Ledo does this in ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' when he first tries out one of the Earthling's [[AMechByAnyOtherName yunboroid]]. While his own mecha can indeed maneuver underwater fairly well, the primitive controls on the Earth yunboroid isn't intuitive to him, so he flails around a bit before sinking. Justified however, because he was born and grew up in space, so there was no need for him to learn swimming skills.
* ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion'': Seine can't swim. Even in a kid's pool with water-wings, she sinks like a rock. She also fights the people of the sea. The irony.
* Gentoku Ryuubi from ''Manga/IkkiTousen''. Usually played for laughs since she's a {{Dojikko}} as well. It's played more seriously in when [[spoiler:she jumps into a huge pond to rescue a drowning Koumei while fully knowing the risks. They survive, but barely.]]



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Akane Tendō panics and cannot swim even when her life really does depend on it. Even wearing a ''flotation device'', she manages to sink like a rock. Even when the water is only knee-deep. Until she was explicitly told otherwise near the end of the manga, she honestly believed you were ''supposed to breathe while underwater''. Discovering that you have to hold your breath was nothing short of an epiphany for her.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] [[KickTheDog in a very nasty way]] when, during the final arc of the manga, the villains kidnap her and ''deliberately'' drown poor Akane in a [[TransformationRay Jusenkyo spring]], creating the [[CloningBlues Spring of Drowned Akane]]. Fortunately, her experience with drowning is so extensive, she survived the ordeal. But it was still [[ContinuityNod a surprisingly cruel reference]] to a character flaw that was always treated for comedy.
* Gentoku Ryuubi from ''Manga/IkkiTousen''. Usually played for laughs since she's a {{Dojikko}} as well. It's played more seriously in when [[spoiler:she jumps into a huge pond to rescue a drowning Koumei while fully knowing the risks. They survive, but barely.]]

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Akane Tendō panics and cannot swim even when her life really does depend on it. Even wearing a ''flotation device'', she manages to sink like a rock. Even when
Masuzu in ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}'' nearly drowns in episode 5 after climbing slowly into the water is only knee-deep. Until swimming pool upon hearing rumors from other girls that she was explicitly told otherwise near the end of the manga, she honestly believed you were ''supposed deliberately not swimming to breathe while underwater''. Discovering that you have draw attention to hold your breath was nothing short of an epiphany for her.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] [[KickTheDog in a very nasty way]] when, during the final arc of the manga, the villains kidnap her and ''deliberately'' drown poor Akane in a [[TransformationRay Jusenkyo spring]], creating the [[CloningBlues Spring of Drowned Akane]]. Fortunately, her experience with drowning is so extensive, she survived the ordeal. But it was still [[ContinuityNod a surprisingly cruel reference]] to a character flaw that was always treated for comedy.
* Gentoku Ryuubi
herself from ''Manga/IkkiTousen''. Usually played for laughs since she's a {{Dojikko}} as well. It's played more seriously in the guys. Eita is forced to perform [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable CPR]] on her when [[spoiler:she jumps into a huge pond to rescue a drowning Koumei while fully knowing he sees the risks. They survive, but barely.]]swim teacher giving CPR to another student at the time, causing the other students to {{Squee}} at the "kiss" he's giving her.



* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s Osaka is able to swim just fine, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBgkK2JaRpQ&feature=channel she just can't float]].
* Most Vampires in LightNovel/VampireHunterD cannot swim at all, and being submerged paralyzes them. And even D - a {{Dhampir}}e of extraordinary caliber - can drown if he's in deep enough water to keep him immobile.
* In ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', Suguha[=/=]Leafa, in spite of being the most athletically gifted player in reality, can't swim, so during a trip to the pool with other players, Asuna volunteers to teach her to swim. While she gets a hang of it in the real world, she needs help from the others to get to an underwater dungeon in Alfheim Online.
* In an episode of ''SchoolRumble'' Tenma (on behalf of her friends) challenges Nara and his buddies in a swimming competition. Since she knows she cannot swim herself, she expects that any of her friends will be able to win the competition (and the viewer may be led to believe that either Mikoto or Akira have better chances, at that). However, no sooner than they all dive, Tenma looks aside and sees... ''her three friends sinking behind her.''

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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'''s Osaka is able to swim just fine, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBgkK2JaRpQ&feature=channel she just can't float]].
* Most Vampires in LightNovel/VampireHunterD
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Akane Tendō panics and
cannot swim at all, and being submerged paralyzes them. And even D - when her life really does depend on it. Even wearing a {{Dhampir}}e of extraordinary caliber - can drown if he's in deep enough ''flotation device'', she manages to sink like a rock. Even when the water to keep him immobile.
* In ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', Suguha[=/=]Leafa, in spite of being
is only knee-deep. Until she was explicitly told otherwise near the most athletically gifted player end of the manga, she honestly believed you were ''supposed to breathe while underwater''. Discovering that you have to hold your breath was nothing short of an epiphany for her.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] [[KickTheDog
in reality, can't swim, so a very nasty way]] when, during a trip to the pool final arc of the manga, the villains kidnap her and ''deliberately'' drown poor Akane in a [[TransformationRay Jusenkyo spring]], creating the [[CloningBlues Spring of Drowned Akane]]. Fortunately, her experience with other players, Asuna volunteers to teach her to swim. While drowning is so extensive, she gets a hang of it in survived the real world, she needs help from the others ordeal. But it was still [[ContinuityNod a surprisingly cruel reference]] to get to an underwater dungeon in Alfheim Online.
a character flaw that was always treated for comedy.
* In an episode of ''SchoolRumble'' ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' Tenma (on behalf of her friends) challenges Nara and his buddies in a swimming competition. Since she knows she cannot swim herself, she expects that any of her friends will be able to win the competition (and the viewer may be led to believe that either Mikoto or Akira have better chances, at that). However, no sooner than they all dive, Tenma looks aside and sees... ''her three friends sinking behind her.''



* Yoichi in Manga/AsuNoYoichi jumps into the ocean to save a boy who fell in during episode 10. Unfortunately for him, he grew up on a mountain, so never needed to learn how to swim, and ends up having to get saved by Kagome, who everyone thought couldn't swim due to never participating in swim class.

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* Yoichi In ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', Suguha[=/=]Leafa, in Manga/AsuNoYoichi jumps into spite of being the ocean to save a boy who fell most athletically gifted player in reality, can't swim, so during episode 10. Unfortunately for him, he grew up on a mountain, so never needed trip to learn how the pool with other players, Asuna volunteers to swim, and ends up having teach her to swim. While she gets a hang of it in the real world, she needs help from the others to get saved by Kagome, who everyone thought couldn't to an underwater dungeon in Alfheim Online.
* Most Vampires in ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' cannot
swim due at all, and being submerged paralyzes them. And even D - a {{Dhampir}}e of extraordinary caliber - can drown if he's in deep enough water to never participating in swim class.keep him immobile.



* ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion'': Seine can't swim. Even in a kid's pool with water-wings, she sinks like a rock. She also fights the people of the sea. The irony.
* Masuzu in ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}'' nearly drowns in episode 5 after climbing slowly into the swimming pool upon hearing rumors from other girls that she was deliberately not swimming to draw attention to herself from the guys. Eita is forced to perform [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable CPR]] on her when he sees the swim teacher giving CPR to another student at the time, causing the other students to {{Squee}} at the "kiss" he's giving her.
* Episode 2 of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' saw a DwindlingParty scenario deep underground (it's the afterlife, so DeathIsCheap and PlayedForLaughs). Right before the commercial break, the group is down to four members. Fujimaki predicts newcomer Otonashi will be the next to die. Right after the break, the group find themselves in the aftermath of a water trap. Guess who's floating like a dead goldfish?
* Episode 3 of ''Anime/{{Free}}'' The newest member of the ream, Ryugazaki Rei, reveals that he can't actually swim. He chooses to reveal this by belly-flopping into the pool and nearly drowning so Nagisa and Haruka have to rescue him.
* Ledo does this in ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' when he first tries out one of the Earthling's [[AMechByAnyOtherName yunboroid]]. While his own mecha can indeed maneuver underwater fairly well, the primitive controls on the Earth yunboroid isn't intuitive to him, so he flails around a bit before sinking. Justified however, because he was born and grew up in space, so there was no need for him to learn swimming skills.
* Nobita Nobi from ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' can drown in ''puddles''.
* And for that matter, so can Gaossmon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', according to [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]]. Finding one passed out in a puddle is apparently a common sight.
14th Jan '16 2:50:26 PM Morgenthaler
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The most common solution is to have no water, at least nothing more than ankle deep. But since our world is full of the stuff another very popular solution is to declare that the lead character of this game, no matter how athletic, trained and/or super-powered they may be, is just that: [[IncrediblyLamePun Lead]]. They cannot swim at all, not even enough to [[HollywoodDrowning thrash around]] a bit. They just sink like a stone or are helplessly swept away by strong currents and are gone forever. It gives a new meaning to HazardousWater.

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The most common solution is to have no water, at least nothing more than ankle deep. But since our world is full of the stuff another very popular solution is to declare that the lead character of this game, no matter how athletic, trained and/or super-powered they may be, is just that: [[IncrediblyLamePun Lead]].Lead. They cannot swim at all, not even enough to [[HollywoodDrowning thrash around]] a bit. They just sink like a stone or are helplessly swept away by strong currents and are gone forever. It gives a new meaning to HazardousWater.
7th Dec '15 5:14:57 PM eroock
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Compare InsurmountableWaistHeightFence.

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Compare InsurmountableWaistHeightFence.
CannotCrossRunningWater and WalkOnWater.
21st Nov '15 5:14:03 PM MJC
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** Even before he ate the Devil Fruit, Luffy couldn't swim and was given the nickname "Anchor" by Shanks' crew.

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** Even before he ate the Devil Fruit, Luffy couldn't swim and was given the nickname "Anchor" by Shanks' crew.crew, so he'd have SuperDrowningSkills regardless.
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