Created By: SuperhalMarch 30, 2011 Last Edited By: XFlloJune 12, 2013

The Schwarzenegger Swim

Diving into water to avoid an explosion.

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There's a noted tendency for those of an Action Hero persuasion to somehow always end up diving into water to avoid an explosion. There's just something cool about Out Running The Fireball by the skin of your teeth as you enter the water for safety.

Examples

Film
  • In True Lies, Arnold dives underwater to avoid getting burned by a gas explosion. In Eraser, he dives underwater to avoid a gas explosion.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • March 30, 2011
    ElementX
    Better description?
  • March 30, 2011
    KZN02
    Swim underwater to avoid explosion?
  • March 30, 2011
    Kaoy
    '...skin of your teeth...'*fixed it*
  • March 30, 2011
    Ryusui
    Better name.

    Explosion Escape Dive?
  • March 30, 2011
    Ekuran
  • March 30, 2011
    KZN02
    I do believe Mythbusters tested this one, and the result was plausible.
  • March 31, 2011
    NESBoy
    Tal'Set does this at the end of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
  • March 31, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • March 31, 2011
    chihuahua0
    ^ This title.
  • March 31, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Note that if the explosion originates under water, being submerged will give you internal bleeding at best and instant chunky salsa at worst.
  • March 31, 2011
    Deboss
    Out Dive The Fireball if you want to clone off of Out Run The Fireball.
  • June 11, 2013
    InTheMirror
    This will be related to High Dive Escape and No Escape But Down.
  • June 11, 2013
    Generality
    The Mythbusters called it Dive To Survive, but that might be too vague a title for this.
  • June 11, 2013
    thecookieprince
    I like Dive To Survive as a title.

    Sort of twistedly appears in the movie Film/Daybreakers, where a vampire crashes his car, flies through the front window into the sunlight, bursts up in flames, lands in the water - and discovers the cure for vampirism. BTW, how about a cure for vampirism/zombieism trope? Couldn't find one.
  • June 11, 2013
    foxley
    Realted to High Dive Escape.

    And please add a laconic description to this YKTTW.
  • June 12, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • This occurs in Die Hard With A Vengeance when John McClane and Zeus Carver jump into the water as a bomb in the tanker they're on explodes.
  • June 12, 2013
    XFllo
    This probably needs a new sponsor. Anyone willing to take it?
  • June 12, 2013
    foxley
    Adding support to Dive To Survive.

    At the end of Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond dives off Carver's ship and underwater just before the ship explodes.
  • June 12, 2013
    peccantis
    Dive To Survive is catchy but too vague.
  • June 12, 2013
    XFllo
    I also wonder whether this is common enough to be tropeworthy. We have High Dive Escape and Stuff Blowing Up. Two tropes combined are not necessarily a new trope. Though if we collect enough examples, then it's probably a "thing".
  • June 12, 2013
    foxley
    High Dive Escape has to be a plunge off a high place into water. This trope (whatever it ends up being called) can be just diving off a pier or boat.

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