Created By: MetaFour on August 29, 2010 Last Edited By: MetaFour on August 30, 2010

Walk, Don't Swim

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Or maybe just Walk Underwater.

A character is too dense to have any buoyancy, so they deal with bodies of water by walking across the bottom rather than swimming. Actually being able to breathe underwater is optional.

Often happens in videogames, where this saves the programmers from having to code for swimming behavior, while averting Super Drowning Skills. Just make the character move slower and jump higher and voila! underwater physics.

Compare with Water Is Air.
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  • August 29, 2010
  • August 29, 2010
    Ikaros did this in Sora No Otoshimono
  • August 29, 2010
    • Golems in the Discworld, being automata, can do this. When Boxed Crook Moist von Lipwick is assigned one as his parole officer in Going Postal, he realises that even fleeing to a different continent would not help him, as it would be able to walk any body of water eventually. (In addition, said parole officer previously spent several decades at the bottom of a well manning a pump, and another golem spent several thousand years at the bottom of the ocean before it was recovered, but neither of them did much walking in that time)
  • August 29, 2010
    • Subject Delta in Bioshock 2 is permanently fused to his armored Big Daddy diving suit and therefore can walk on the sea floor indefinitely, but is far too heavy to swim.
  • August 30, 2010
    • Larry Niven and Steven Barnes' novel Dream Park. When the party escapes pursuing zombies by taking a small boat, the zombies walk into the water after them. The players forget that zombies don't need to breathe, and the zombies walk along the bottom and eventually grab one of the party members and drag her underwater.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Paranoia adventure Vapors Don't Shoot Back. When the PCs fight Black-U-BRD-5 aboard his pirate ship in the reservoir, it's possible for his robots to be knocked overboard. If they're still operational they can walk along the bottom and climb up a shaft back onto the deck.
    • Basic Dungeons And Dragons adventure CM2 Death's Ride. During the siege of Gollim, a force of undead walk across the bottom of the nearby river and make a surprise attack on the town.
  • August 30, 2010
    In Marvel, this is Juggernaut's default way of crossing water
  • August 30, 2010
    In Superman The Animated Series, Metallo is seen doing this after apparently sinking to his doom.
  • August 30, 2010
    Mario in Super Mario 64 when he has the metal suit power up. Also Link in Legend Of Zelda when wearing certain boots.
  • August 30, 2010
    Samus in Metroid Prime until she gets the Gravity Suit. In the sequel she also gets jets allowing her to make a very high jump underwater only.
  • August 30, 2010
    In The Secret Of Monkey Island, Guybrush is tossed in the sea tied to an idol, and is able to walk around at the bottom. He can also do this in Tales Of Monkey Island.