Created By: Superhal on March 30, 2011 Last Edited By: Morgenthaler on July 13, 2016

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:

Films—Animated
  • Done accidentally on The Incredibles. Dash is using his Super Speed to run on water as he's being chased by two mooks on hovercrafts. When they corner him in a cave, he stops running and falls into the water, just as the mooks crash together in a fiery explosion.

Films—Live-Action
  • In The Expendables 3, Stonebanks drops a smart bomb on the team; they collectively dive into the water to evade the blast. Then Stonebanks snipes Caesar in the back and neck from his chopper as they climb back out.
  • In True Lies, Arnold dives underwater to avoid getting burned by a gas explosion. In Eraser, he dives underwater to avoid a gas explosion.
  • In Rambo: First Blood Part II, the titular character dives into a lake in the Vietnam jungle, to avoid a massive explosion brought on by a bomb-like object dropped by a helicopter.

Literature
  • In the alarmist reconstruction of what might have happened if World War Three had broken out in the 1980's, the war inevitably becomes a limited nuclear exchange. The Soviet Union, in a spirit of socialist brotherhood and sympathy for the low aesthetic standards enjoyed by the workers of Great Britain, performs a large-scale urban redevelopment of Birmingham, England. The author notes that people pleasure-boating twenty miles away from Ground Zero had the presence of mind to abandon ship and dive overboard, to seek to escape the blast-wave and backdraft from the fireball washing over them. Schwarzenegger Swimming taken Up to Eleven there.

Live-Action TV
  • MythBusters: They tested the "Dive to Survive" trope. It was ruled plausible but dependent on what type of explosive is being used. It worked well against a Hollywood-style gasoline fireball, but the ANFO broke every single blast disk.

Real Life:
  • Naval personnel are usually taught that if they dive from a sinking ship they are to sweep the water with their arms as they resurface in order to clear away burning oil or debris.
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • 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.
  • June 19, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Support Dive To Survive.
  • June 19, 2016
    TonyG
    Done accidentally on The Incredibles. Dash is using his Super Speed to run on water as he's being chased by two mooks on hovercrafts. When they corner him in a cave, he stops running and falls into the water, just as the mooks crash together in a fiery explosion.
  • June 19, 2016
    AgProv
    Literature
    • In the alarmist reconstruction of what might have happened if World War Three had broken out in the 1980's, the war inevitably becomes a limited nuclear exchange. The Soviet Union, in a spirit of socialist brotherhood and sympathy for the low aesthetic standards enjoyed by the workers of Great Britain, performs a large-scale urban redevelopment of Birmingham, England. The author notes that people pleasure-boating twenty miles away from Ground Zero had the presence of mind to abandon ship and dive overboard, to seek to escape the blast-wave and backdraft from the fireball washing over them. Schwarzenegger Swimming taken Up To Eleven there.
  • June 19, 2016
    StarSword
    Film:
    • In The Expendables 3, Stonebanks drops a smart bomb on the team; they collectively dive into the water to evade the blast. Then Stonebanks snipes Caesar in the back and neck from his chopper as they climb back out.

    Real Life:
    • Closely related: Naval personnel are usually taught that if they dive from a sinking ship they are to sweep the water with their arms as they resurface in order to clear away burning oil or debris.
  • June 19, 2016
    DoctorCooper
    Bump.
  • June 19, 2016
    SquirrelGuy
    In Rambo II, the titular character dives into a lake in the Vietnam jungle, to avoid a massive explosion brought on by a bomb-like object dropped by a helicopter.
  • June 20, 2016
    DAN004
    Don't like Dive To Survive. It doesn't mention explosions.
  • July 11, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Since it seems the OP has forgotten about this one, I'll take up sponsorship.

    Updated to here.
  • July 11, 2016
    Antigone3
    Dive Under The Explosion?

    And I checked: the Myth Busters ruled it plausible but dependent on what type of explosive is being used. (It worked well against a Hollywood-style gasoline fireball, but the ANFO broke every single blast disk.)
  • July 11, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ I like that title
  • July 13, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    ^^ That title works well enough.

    Also added the Mythbusters example.
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