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12th Sep '17 8:40:25 AM CosmicFerret
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A common variant is the ability to only ''run'' across water (frequently by SuperSpeed characters such as TheFlash), which is just as cool, and somewhat more scientifically plausible -- high speed is what enables thrown rocks to skip across water and jet-ski boats to (no pun intended) run; in these cases, losing speed or coming to a stop will result in the character sinking, requiring them to swim. Characters with flight might achieve a similar effect by hovering just about the surface, and those characters who like MakingASplash might use water powers instead.

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A common variant is the ability to only ''run'' across water (frequently by SuperSpeed characters such as TheFlash), Franchise/TheFlash), which is just as cool, and somewhat more scientifically plausible -- high speed is what enables thrown rocks to skip across water and jet-ski boats to (no pun intended) run; in these cases, losing speed or coming to a stop will result in the character sinking, requiring them to swim. Characters with flight might achieve a similar effect by hovering just about the surface, and those characters who like MakingASplash might use water powers instead.



* In ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'', TheFlash {{Expy}} Bullet's [[SuperHeroOrigin origin story]] has him being hit with [[SuperSerum Energy X]] while in-flight and crash-landing in Vietnam during the [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar war]]. The energy makes him a {{Speedster}}, so he is able to run away from bullets but has trouble [[RequiredSecondaryPowers stopping himself]] before hitting the ocean and ends up running all the way to the US. He can't do that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation in the game]], though.

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'', TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash {{Expy}} Bullet's [[SuperHeroOrigin origin story]] has him being hit with [[SuperSerum Energy X]] while in-flight and crash-landing in Vietnam during the [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar war]]. The energy makes him a {{Speedster}}, so he is able to run away from bullets but has trouble [[RequiredSecondaryPowers stopping himself]] before hitting the ocean and ends up running all the way to the US. He can't do that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation in the game]], though.



* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' uses running on water in a SunkenCity level. Entering BulletTime will allow TheFlash to cross water in between platforms. His ArchEnemy, Zoom, can do the same thing, leading to an on-foot HighSpeedBattle ''while still running on water''.

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* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' uses running on water in a SunkenCity level. Entering BulletTime will allow TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash to cross water in between platforms. His ArchEnemy, Zoom, can do the same thing, leading to an on-foot HighSpeedBattle ''while still running on water''.
25th Aug '17 6:30:58 AM StFan
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** At the beginning of the Paramount War, Admiral Aokiji freezes the ocean to prevent the Whiteboard Pirates from getting their ships closer to the Navy Headquarters. This allows the pirates to just walk across the ice.

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** Admiral Aokiji rides his bike across water, but he's AnIcePerson so he's actually freezing a path across the ocean. At the beginning of the Paramount War, Admiral Aokiji freezes the ocean to prevent the Whiteboard Pirates from getting their ships closer to the Navy Headquarters. This allows the pirates to just walk across the ice.



* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'' the lily pads actually glide to Queen Tara's feet so she has places to step over the water.

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* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' the lily pads actually glide to Queen Tara's feet so she has places to step over the water.



* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' has a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic]] variant where the resurrected Murphy walks through shallow water during his showdown with the film's villain, [[HeroKiller Boddicker]]. (The entire movie is full of religious symbolism, since the premise is more or less "Jesus of Nazareth in rundown, futuristic Detroit, only with guns".)

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* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' has a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic]] variant where the resurrected Murphy walks through shallow water during his showdown with the film's villain, [[HeroKiller Boddicker]]. (The entire movie is full of religious symbolism, since the premise is more or less "Jesus of Nazareth in rundown, futuristic Detroit, only with guns".)guns.")



* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series by Diane Duane, a fairly simple spell will allow a wizard to walk on water, although one has to be careful to maintain the {{masquerade}} and not let the {{muggles}} notice. Given a reasonably logical explanation -- the spell redistributes the caster's weight to a large enough area around the feet that the surface tension of the water will support it.
** Lightly deconstructed when Nita and Kit use the spell on the open sea. Making water hold their weight doesn't make it ''still'', and keeping their balance on the waves over a long trek leaves some seldom-used leg muscles very sore the next day.

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* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series by Diane Duane, a fairly simple spell will allow a wizard to walk on water, although one has to be careful to maintain the {{masquerade}} and not let the {{muggles}} notice. Given a reasonably logical explanation -- the spell redistributes the caster's weight to a large enough area around the feet that the surface tension of the water will support it.
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it. Lightly deconstructed when Nita and Kit use the spell on the open sea. Making water hold their weight doesn't make it ''still'', and keeping their balance on the waves over a long trek leaves some seldom-used leg muscles very sore the next day.



* [[{{Belgariad}} Polgara]] of the works of David Eddings manages it, in order to make a point. Her adversary, Chabat, has a much harder time of it when trying to copy her. Still, the characters in question [[AWizardDidIt are sorceresses...]]

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* [[{{Belgariad}} Polgara]] ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': Polgara of the works of David Eddings manages it, in order to make a point. Her adversary, Chabat, has a much harder time of it when trying to copy her. Still, the characters in question [[AWizardDidIt are sorceresses...]]



* [[spoiler:Saber]] can do so in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', because of the blessing of the [[spoiler:[[KingArthur Lady of the Lake]]]]. It never comes up in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', however. Then, in ''Hollow Ataraxia'', it turns out that despite being able to walk over water, ''she can't actually swim'', and freaks out in a public pool. It is hilarious.
** [[spoiler:Saber's]] ability to do this is possibly a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic extension]] of her [[spoiler:[[JeanneDArchetype martyrhood]] for Britain as King Arthur.]]

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* [[spoiler:Saber]] can do so in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', because of the blessing of the [[spoiler:[[KingArthur [[spoiler:[[Myth/KingArthur Lady of the Lake]]]]. It never comes up in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', however. Then, in ''Hollow Ataraxia'', it turns out that despite being able to walk over water, ''she can't actually swim'', and freaks out in a public pool. It is hilarious.
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hilarious. [[spoiler:Saber's]] ability to do this is possibly a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic extension]] of her [[spoiler:[[JeanneDArchetype martyrhood]] for Britain as King Arthur.]]



* From ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', the Titan Hyperion does this. [[MakingASplash Percy]] copies him and they have a swordfight on water. Percy could probably do this all the time, but since he can breathe underwater and swim super fast there's no real need.

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* From ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', the Titan Hyperion does this. [[MakingASplash Percy]] copies him and they have a swordfight on water. Percy could probably do this all the time, but since he can breathe underwater and swim super fast super-fast there's no real need.



* Most seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (and, by default, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'') where the Rangers' powers revolve around the elements have the liquid-controlling Blue Ranger able to stand/walk/run on water. A rare few seasons with ninjas may do it too, but if a season has both elements ''and'' ninjas, it will never be a generic ninja ability.

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* * ''Franchise/PowerRangers''/''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
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Most seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (and, by default, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'') where the Rangers' powers revolve around the elements have the liquid-controlling Blue Ranger able to stand/walk/run on water. water.
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A rare few seasons with ninjas may do it too, but if a season has both elements ''and'' ninjas, it will never be a generic ninja ability.



* ''Series/{{Exit 57}}'' has the song, "My Wife Dumped Me for a Guy Named Jesus":

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* ''Series/{{Exit 57}}'' ''Series/Exit57'' has the song, "My Wife Dumped Me for a Guy Named Jesus":



* [[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} Buddha]] did it before that.

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* [[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddha]] did it before that.



** Also the ring of water-walking and a water-walking spell starting 2nd edition.
** The Body Equilibrium psionic power allowed this already in the 1st edition.

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** Also the ring of water-walking and a water-walking spell starting 2nd 2[[superscript:nd]] edition.
** The Body Equilibrium psionic power allowed this already in the 1st edition.1[[superscript:st]] edition.
** The 3.5[[superscript:th]] edition spell "Balancing Lorecall" allows one to "balance" on liquids and semi-solid (like mud or snow) if the character has enough ranks in the Balance skill. However, the difficulty of the check increases every round, so the subject is going to sink sooner or later.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Brook. One of the few upsides to being a walking skeleton is being light enough to run on water.
** Aokiji rides his bike across water, but he's AnIcePerson so he's actually freezing a path across the ocean.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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''Manga/OnePiece'': Brook. One of the few upsides to being a walking skeleton is being light enough to run on water.
** Aokiji rides his bike across water, but he's AnIcePerson so he's actually freezing a path across the ocean.
water.



* In David Farland's ''Literature/TheRunelords'' series, there is at one point a story told about a messenger who used magic to become a [[SuperSpeed speedster]] and run across a sea in order to deliver a warning. And then promptly died of old age, in a clear reference to the run of Marathon.

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* In David Farland's ''Literature/TheRunelords'' series, there is at one point a story told about a messenger who used uses magic to become a [[SuperSpeed speedster]] and run across a sea in order to deliver a warning. And then promptly died dies of old age, in a clear reference to the run of Marathon.



* ''Series/MythBusters'' thoroughly disproved this trope... or at least, one version of it. Their version involved supposed techniques for ninjas to make a quick getaway by scampering across the enemy stronghold's moat, fitting in perfectly with the WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic definition of this trope. They finally resort to cheating, by adding enough corn starch to make the entire thing a non-Newtonian fluid which briefly becomes a solid when pressure is applied to it; run fast enough and you can "walk" on "water", but the moment you stop you're going to sink.
** ''Series/TimeWarp'' replicates this trick for their show.
** ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' did it even earlier.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'' ''Series/MythBusters'':
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thoroughly disproved this trope... or at least, one version of it. Their version involved involves supposed techniques for ninjas to make a quick getaway by scampering across the enemy stronghold's moat, fitting in perfectly with the WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic definition of this trope. They finally resort to cheating, by adding enough corn starch to make the entire thing a non-Newtonian fluid which briefly becomes a solid when pressure is applied to it; run fast enough and you can "walk" on "water", but the moment you stop you're going to sink.
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sink. ''Series/TimeWarp'' replicates this trick for their show.
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show. ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' did it even earlier.



** They did another myth about riding a motorcycle on water - this time confirmed (for three hundred feet, anyway. Which is still pretty awesome).

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** They did another myth about riding a motorcycle on water - -- this time confirmed (for three hundred feet, anyway. Which is still pretty awesome).



* An basic trick in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}''.

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* %%* An basic trick in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}''.



* This naturally had to be executed at some point in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Queen Bebe", in which she received red hypersonic speed sneakers.

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* This naturally had has to be executed at some point in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Queen Bebe", in which she received receives red hypersonic speed sneakers.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Ulrich's Super Sprint. Though not that often; there is that one time Ulrich was training in the Ice Sector, which has lots of not-deadly virtual water. Combined with DoppelgangerAttack in that he uses Triplicate at the time, and all three clones are running in unison. For obvious reasons, does '''not''' work on [[BottomlessPits the Digital Sea]]!

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Ulrich's Super Sprint. Though not that often; there is that one time Ulrich was is training in the Ice Sector, which has lots of not-deadly virtual water. Combined with DoppelgangerAttack in that he uses Triplicate at the time, and all three clones are running in unison. For obvious reasons, does '''not''' work on [[BottomlessPits the Digital Sea]]!
5th Jul '17 7:48:42 AM Ulysses21
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* ''Series/AmericanGods'': Mexican Jesus does this to save one of his believers from drowning, while one of the White Jesuses sits cross-legged on Easter's swimming pool in "Come To Jesus". He tries to put his glass down on the surface and it of course sinks to the bottom.
1st Jun '17 8:29:46 AM Temmere
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* In the martial arts film ''The Jade Raksha'', the title character (played by Creator/ChengPeiPei) runs across some water.
27th May '17 2:13:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'', TheFlash {{Expy}} Bullet's [[SuperHeroOrigin origin story]] has him being hit with [[SuperSerum Energy X]] while in-flight and crash-landing in Vietnam during the [[VietnamWar war]]. The energy makes him a {{Speedster}}, so he is able to run away from bullets but has trouble [[RequiredSecondaryPowers stopping himself]] before hitting the ocean and ends up running all the way to the US. He can't do that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation in the game]], though.

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* In ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'', TheFlash {{Expy}} Bullet's [[SuperHeroOrigin origin story]] has him being hit with [[SuperSerum Energy X]] while in-flight and crash-landing in Vietnam during the [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar war]]. The energy makes him a {{Speedster}}, so he is able to run away from bullets but has trouble [[RequiredSecondaryPowers stopping himself]] before hitting the ocean and ends up running all the way to the US. He can't do that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation in the game]], though.
24th May '17 10:44:27 AM rjd1922
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** In ''VideoGame/WarioLand The Shake Dimension'', Wario can run over water when sent dashing out of a certain machine. But of course, he sinks if he turns around while running across said water.

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** In ''VideoGame/WarioLand The Shake Dimension'', ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt'', Wario can run over water when sent dashing out of a certain machine. But of course, he sinks if he turns around while running across said water.
25th Apr '17 6:57:36 AM ScorpiusOB1
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*In one story of ComicBook/ZipiYZape the twins trick one friend to attempt to walk on water as them saying that "you need to have the foot as flat as possible". It ends as expected and he calls his father for help [[spoiler: he plunges into the river and finds Zipi and Zape are both using stilts]]
23rd Apr '17 9:26:44 AM nombretomado
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** An underground lake is magically transformed into a dancing stage for the MagicalGirl and her DarkMagicalGirl rival to have a SwanLake themed dance-off. (ItMakesSenseInContext.) [[FailureKnight Fakir]] also uses it to fight crows, but when the battle turns in his favor, Kraehe causes the water beneath him to no longer magically hold his weight, which nearly causes him to drown.

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** An underground lake is magically transformed into a dancing stage for the MagicalGirl and her DarkMagicalGirl rival to have a SwanLake ''Theatre/SwanLake'' themed dance-off. (ItMakesSenseInContext.) [[FailureKnight Fakir]] also uses it to fight crows, but when the battle turns in his favor, Kraehe causes the water beneath him to no longer magically hold his weight, which nearly causes him to drown.
18th Apr '17 9:49:04 AM isolato
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* British midgit submarine crews in WWII were fond of the trick of "parking" their submarine within half an inch of the surface and standing upon the hull to wave at passers by. It appeared they were standing on water.

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* British midgit midget submarine crews in WWII were fond of the trick of "parking" their submarine within half an inch of the surface and standing upon the hull to wave at passers by. It appeared they were standing on water.
13th Apr '17 6:03:14 PM cybertoy0
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** Played with by Admiral Aokiji; He ''bikes'' across the ocean to get where he needs to go, but as he's an IcePerson, he's just freezing the water to walk on.
** Brook the living skeleton can ''run'' across the water because he's so light. But if he can't maintain his speed, he'll start to sink.

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** Played with by At the beginning of the Paramount War, Admiral Aokiji; He ''bikes'' across Aokiji freezes the ocean to get where he needs prevent the Whiteboard Pirates from getting their ships closer to go, but as he's an IcePerson, he's the Navy Headquarters. This allows the pirates to just freezing the water to walk on.
** Brook the living skeleton can ''run''
across the water because he's so light. But if he can't maintain his speed, he'll start to sink.ice.
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