Created By: CaveCat on November 12, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on December 29, 2012
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Water Geyser Volley

A character gets thrust into the air from very high water pressure

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This is a Comedy trope that can be seen very often in Western Animation. A character comes across a geyser and becomes innately curious about it as he looks directly into it, when the geyser suddenly erupts in a torrent of water that thrusts the character up into the air. This sometimes results in the victim bouncing around on the top of the spray.

This is not Truth in Television, because a person will just get thrown back a few feet from such high water pressure.

This is often a mechanic in video games (usually of the Platformer genre), and the geysers end up being moving and/or slippery platforms.

Can go hand-in-hand with: Making a Splash

Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples


Examples

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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
  • This trope is taken Up to Eleven in One Piece during the Jaya Arc: The quickest way to reach the White Sea and the Sky Island is to use the Knock Up Stream, a colossal water jet which can propel ships into the sky (though in most cases they're turned into wrecks). To top it off, is later revealed that the "land" on Skypiea was actually half of the Jaya Island propelled in the sky by a really gigantic Knock Up Stream.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • In The Goonies, this happens to Troy while he is in the bathroom and Mikey and the others were fooling around with the water pipes. However, this would also count as an example of Special Effects Failure, due to the fact that while Troy is thrust up into the air by the water from the toilet, you can clearly see the platform that he is sitting on that makes the stunt work.
  • John McClane is shot out of a sewer pipe 10 feet into the air in Die Hard 3.
  • In The Lion King, the hyenas put Zazu into "the birdie boiler", which rockets him, apparently, straight to Mufasa.
  • Subverted with the 1939 The Three Stooges short "Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise" in that this trope happens with oil instead of water. While cleaning out the water pump belonging to a kindly old lady, oil spurts out from the pipe. Curly sits on the pipe to plug it up - only to be propelled into the air by the oil geyser a few seconds later. This gag was reused in a later short with Joe Besser ("Oil's Well That Ends Well") stopping up the oil gush instead. As footage from the former short was used here, careful observation will reveal that it's Curly on the oil geyser and not Joe.
  • A clip used in The Hollywood Clowns showed a guy being sent skyward by a suddenly broken fire hydrant.
  • Sid is sent airborne after sitting on a geyser in Ice Age.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Hogfather: This happens to Archchancellor Ridcully when he tries out the bathroom built by B.S. Johnson. Bonus points for him remarking afterwards "Ye gods, I feel so clean."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • The Mythbusters did test lifting a car with fire hoses once.
  • On Fraggle Rock, Wembley uncovers a spring of sweet water, and when he opens it up further the rush of water sends him up in the air.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Uru uses this.
  • The Camisade attack in Final Fantasy X, where the character is propelled into the air by a torrent of water before bodyslamming the enemy from a great height. Used by Mindy, one of the secret Aeons.
  • Fairly common in The Legend of Zelda series. Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and Skyward Sword all feature Down the Drain levels where waterspouts from pipes are used as lifts.
  • Your party in Earthbound may heal using geysers found in the Lost Underworld. They shoot Ness and friends up into the air when used.
  • In the Pokémon Dream World, one of the minigames you can play is to juggle Pikachu, Meowth, Buizel, and Piplup via Wailord's water spouts, trying to keep them from falling into the ocean.
  • Borderlands 2 had a bunch of geysers you could use to that effect. There's even an achievement for landing on top of a pig motel sign that's close to a geyser.
  • Super Solvers: Treasure Mountain! had you riding geysers to ascend to higher levels.
  • Geysers appear in Pikmin as a means of propulsion to higher, otherwise-unreachable terrain, as well as in the underground caverns of Pikmin 2, where they are used to return to the surface.
  • Happens in Golden Sun. One puzzle requires you to push a column on one geyser so the other one will propel you high enough.
  • In World of Warcraft, in the Pandaren starting area, there is a quest that involves gaining the trust of a water spirit by playing with him. This involves intentionally running onto torrents of water so that they fling you into the air.
  • In Ōkami, Amaterau's power to redirect water into small streams must often be used on fountains to make them rise into temporary watery pillars.
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles: In Hydrocity Zone, several underwater tunnels end with high-pressure water jets, blasting you into the air. At the very end, another water jet spontaneously forms beneath you, blasting you into the next level.
  • In the Taz-Mania game for the Sega Genesis, geysers were common in the first Badlands level. Their tops could be used as platforms, but touching their sides resulted in instant death.
  • In King's Bounty Legends, the Water Geyser spell will summon huge pillars of water from under each enemy, propelling them in the air and damaging them as the fall down.
  • Guild Wars 2 has special areas only accessible through abusing this, though it can be very difficult to do so.
  • In World 4-2 of Super Mario Bros. 2, whales shoot out water that can launch you in the air (and hurt you in the process). You can also use the water as platforms.
  • The Geyser attack in the Dragon Quest Monsters games throws the target monster into the air, making it unable to act for one turn. It has a chance of taking damage when it lands.
  • In Persona 4: Arena, Kick Chick Chie's Galactic Punt causes a geyser to launch the opponent into the air, and Chie delivers a kick that launches them to Absurd Altitude as they fall down.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • In the opening for Dog City, Ace Hart jumps onto a nearby fire hydrant that shoots up into the air from the immense water pressure in order to escape from Bugsy Vile and his goons.
  • A claymation short that was used after the second act of the Mr. Bogus episode "Bogus To The Rescue" had Bogus turn on the faucet on the bathroom sink, only for a huge torrent of water to shoot out directly from the faucet knob, propelling Bogus into the air.
  • This also happens to Larry the Cucumber in the first VeggieTales sing-along video "A Very Silly Sing-Along", when attempting to fix the kitchen faucet.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Tweet Tweet Tweety" had Sylvester chasing after Tweety into the geyser Old Faithful, which is slated to go off at 12 noon. Sylvester changes the clock to 11:30 before going into the geyser, but Tweety switches it to 12:00, which causes Sylvester to get thrust into the air on a torrent of water.
    • At the end of the Bugs Bunny short "Oily Hare", an oil tycoon and his flunky that had been chasing after Bugs throughout the cartoon both get thrust up into the air on a carrot geyser that had been caused by a ludicrous amount of dynamite that had been shoved into Bugs's rabbit hole, in an attempt to get him out.
  • In the Donald Duck cartoon "Good Scouts", Donald falls into Old Reliable Geyser just as it starts to erupt. His nephews try to plug up the geyser with rocks, but they just get sent up to hit him. Finally they throw a boulder big enough to plug it... for a moment.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons Mr. Burns tries to use a high-pressure water hose on some protestors but just gets batted around himself.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
  • The Jetlev company makes a jetpack that uses water pressure to make people fly.
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Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • November 14, 2012
    tustin2121
    This is often a mechanic in video games (usually of the Platformer genre), and the geysers end up being moving and/or slippery platforms.

    (I can see the examples but can't remember specifics. I'm fairly certain Zelda has done this before. The Lion King platform game may have as well. I want to say Scribblenauts, even, has had a couple puzzles with one of these geysers.)
  • November 14, 2012
    DracMonster
    Geyser Launch would be clearer.

    Or maybe Old Facefull. Do we have one for where character looks into a "stopped" hose or water pipe and at that exact moment the water gushes out? You may actually have a pair of tropes here.
  • November 14, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Garden Hose Squirt Surprise already covers the character looking into a hose or a pipe before getting soaked with a torrent of water.
  • November 14, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    I was thinking Geyser Jump when I scrolled past. Geyser Launch would work too.

    Uru uses this.
  • November 16, 2012
    KingZeal
    Even Water Thrusters would be better.
  • November 16, 2012
    CaveCat
    Does anyone know if this trope was ever tested out by the Mythbusters? I never saw much Mythbusters so I don't know.
  • November 16, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    John Mc Clane is shot out of a sewer pipe 10 feet into the air in Die Hard 3.
  • November 16, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
  • November 16, 2012
    surgoshan
    • In The Lion King, the hyenas put Zazu into "the birdie boiler", which rockets him, apparently, straight to Mufasa.
  • November 17, 2012
    Astaroth
    • The Camisade attack in Final Fantasy X, where the character is propelled into the air by a torrent of water before bodyslamming the enemy from a great height. Used by Mindy, one of the secret Aeons.
  • November 17, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^^Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm leaving the title as it is, because not every one of these examples include geysers, you know. Besides, I feel that Water Thrust describes this trope a lot better.
  • November 18, 2012
    Arivne
    This sometimes results in the victim bouncing around on the top of the spray.

    A related (?) trope: a whale spouts, a person on top of it is thrust upward by the spray and the above situation occurs.
  • November 18, 2012
    CaveCat
    I'll ask again, was this trope ever tested out by the Mythbusters?
  • November 20, 2012
    GKaiser
    Would Mario achieving short-term propulsion through the FLUDD in Super Mario Sunshine count here?
  • November 21, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^I don't know. I never played Super Mario Sunshine.
  • November 21, 2012
    Generality
    Fairly common in The Legend Of Zelda series. Ocarina Of Time, Majoras Mask and Skyward Sword all feature Down The Drain levels where waterspouts from pipes are used as lifts.
  • November 21, 2012
    DoctorOddity
    Geyser Surpriser
  • November 23, 2012
    CaveCat
    Changed the title to Water Geyser Volley. Let's see how that works now.
  • November 28, 2012
    Flee
    Your party in Earthbound may heal using geysers found in the Lost Underworld. They shoot Ness and friends up into the air when used.
  • November 28, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    In the Pokemon Dream World, one of the minigames you can play is to juggle Pikachu, Meowth, Buizel, and Piplup via Wailord's water spouts, trying to keep them from falling into the ocean.
  • November 29, 2012
    Skoinks
    Borderlands 2 had a bunch of geysers you could use to that effect. There's even an achievement for landing on top of a pig motel sign that's close to a geyser.
  • November 29, 2012
    jbrecken
    The Mythbusters did test lifting a car with fire hoses once.

    In Real Life, the Jetlev company makes a jetpack that uses water pressure to make people fly.
  • November 30, 2012
    ChunkyDaddy
    Comics XKCD did {this http://xkcd.com/1038/} comic
  • November 30, 2012
    Prfnoff
    Super Solvers: Treasure Mountain! had you riding geysers to ascend to higher levels.
  • December 3, 2012
    ToxicInfinity
    Geysers appear in Pikmin as a means of propulsion to higher, otherwise-unreachable terrain, as well as in the underground caverns of Pikmin 2, where they are used to return to the surface.
  • December 3, 2012
    TonyG
    In the Donald Duck cartoon "Good Scouts", Donald falls into Old Reliable Geyser just as it starts to erupt. His nephews try to plug up the geyser with rocks, but they just get sent up to hit him. Finally they throw a boulder big enough to plug it... for a moment.
  • December 3, 2012
    MaxWest
    Subverted with the 1939 The Three Stooges short "Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise" in that this trope happens with oil instead of water. While cleaning out the water pump belonging to a kindly old lady, oil spurts out from the pipe. Curly sits on the pipe to plug it up - only to be propelled into the air by the oil geyser a few seconds later. This gag was reused in a later short with Joe Besser ("Oil's Well That Ends Well") stopping up the oil gush instead. As footage from the former short was used here, careful observation will reveal that it's Curly on the oil geyser and not Joe.
  • December 3, 2012
    Prfnoff
    I just noticed that the description is about fire hydrants, but many of the examples aren't.
  • December 11, 2012
    Chabal2
    Happens in Golden Sun. One puzzle requires you to push a column on one geyser so the other one will propel you high enough.
  • December 12, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    Video Game:

    • In World Of Warcraft, in the Pandaren starting area, there is a quest that involves gaining the trust of a water spirit by playing with him. This involves intentionally running onto torrents of water so that they fling you into the air.
  • December 12, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    I know this has been done in at least one silent movie; a clip from it used in The Hollywood Clowns showed a guy being sent skyward by a suddenly broken fire hydrant.
  • December 12, 2012
    Karalora
    Hogfather: This happens to Archchancellor Ridcully when he tries out the bathroom built by B.S. Johnson. Bonus points for him remarking afterwards "Ye gods, I feel so clean."
  • December 12, 2012
    TonyG
    • On Fraggle Rock, Wembley uncovers a spring of sweet water, and when he opens it up further the rush of water sends him up in the air.
    • Sid is sent airborne after sitting on a geyser in Ice Age.
  • December 13, 2012
    hevendor717
    In Okami, Amaterau's power to redirect water into small streams must often be used on fountains to make them rise into temporary watery pillars.
  • December 15, 2012
    Onitatsu
    In Kings Bounty Legends, the Water Geyser spell will summon huge pillars of water from under each enemy, propelling them in the air and damaging them as the fall down.
  • December 16, 2012
    Onitatsu
    This trope is taken Up To Eleven in One Piece during the Jaya Arc: The quickest way to reach the White Sea and the Sky Island is to use the Knock Up Stream, a colossal water jet which can propel ships into the sky (though in most cases they're turned into wrecks). To top it off, is later revealed that the "land" on Skypiea was actually half of the Jaya Island propelled in the sky by a really gigantic Knock Up Stream.
  • December 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of The Simpsons Mr. Burns tries to use a high-pressure water hose on some protestors but just gets batted around himself.
  • December 20, 2012
    0blivionmobile
    For video games:
    • Guild Wars 2 has special areas only accessible through abusing this, though it can be very difficult to do so.
  • December 23, 2012
    King9999
    • In World 4-2 of Super Mario Bros 2, whales shoot out water that can launch you in the air (and hurt you in the process). You can also use the water as platforms.
  • December 23, 2012
    McKathlin
    • The Geyser attack in the Dragon Quest Monsters games throws the target monster into the air, making it unable to act for one turn. It has a chance of taking damage when it lands.
  • December 28, 2012
    Someoneman
    In Persona 4 Arena, Kick Chick Chie's Galactic Punt causes a geyser to launch the opponent into the air, and Chie delivers a kick that launches them to Absurd Altitude as they fall down.

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