Created By: QuakPenguin on January 2, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 4, 2016

Old Faithful

A geyser that erupts right on (plot convenient) schedule.

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Happened in older animated films. A character visits a national park and comes along a sign that says something along the lines: "Ol' Reliable - Erupts each day at 16.00". He checks his clock and sees it's exactly 15.59 and 59 seconds when he suddenly gets lifted in the air by a water fountain. Sometimes the geyser can be set up as a trap for the same effect.


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  • January 2, 2012
    This happened in a Looney Tunes cartoon starring Sylvester And Tweety.
  • January 2, 2012
    • Homaged in an episode of Phineas And Ferb -- surprisingly, the geyser does not play a significant role in the story.
  • January 2, 2012
    • Mosquito Falls in Fox Trot has a geyser that erupts every day, right on 2 in the morning.
  • January 3, 2012
    • The Donald Duck Cartoon Good Scouts ended with Donald on the fountain running on a bolder and chased by a bear.
  • January 3, 2012
    A somewhat obscure parody film, Lobster Man From Mars has the lobster finished by a geyser at the last second.
  • January 3, 2012
    I couldn't find any tropes where a charactar rides a fountain, but I have seen it often that someone is riding one on a geyser, a firehose, a broken hydrant, the fountain of a whale and other things.
  • January 4, 2012
    In Ice Age, Sid sits on a geyser as Manny and Diego count down to when the geyser erupts and sends Sid flying, with Manny commenting "Sure is faithful".
  • January 11, 2012
    The Bean Scouts and Squirrel Scouts visit one in the Camp Lazlo episode "Squirrel Seats". Raj ends up sitting in it to prevent it from erupting as part of a Zany Scheme to stop Lazlo getting back on the bus.
  • January 14, 2012
    The Looney Tunes cartoon Tweet Tweet Tweety: Tweety hides in a geyser that will erupt at 12:00 and a clock at the sign reads 11:55. Sylvester pulls the hand back to 11:30 and goes after him. Tweety comes out of a different hole near the sign an pulls the hands of the clock at 12 and the geyser lifts Sylvester in the air.
  • January 27, 2012
    ^I already mentioned that.
  • July 4, 2012
    The Tex Avery short "Big Heel-Watha" featured a geyser
  • July 4, 2012
    In the Humphrey The Bear cartoon "In the Bag", Humphrey has to clean all the liter in the park to get his dinner, so he just throws it all in a hole. Unfortunately, that hole is the geyser Old Fateful, and Humphrey tries to stop it before it gives him away.
  • I remember this old cartoon...I think it was a Herman Ising one, since I watched a ton of them as a child. It was about this family going on vacation in one of those old cars that always needed water poured down their engines. The two kids are sent to get said water at a geyser park, but playfully sneak off to our local Old Reliable.
  • August 3, 2016
    • One Piece: the Jaya Arc talks about Knock-Out Stream, a gigantic upward flow of water that comes from an undersea geyser. As told by Montblanc Cricket, his ancestor Noland used to ride the geyser on his ship to find the lands on the sky, Skypiea, and its signature Golden Belfry. So the Straw Hats wants to go to Skypiea to see the land on the sky and check out said legend... and the next Knock-Out Stream is conveniently on the next morning.
  • August 4, 2016
    • One Pink Panther cartoon is "Pink Of The Litter" in which Pink is sentenced to clean up the debris in Litterburg. At one point, Pink drives a tip truck full of trash to Old Reliable, and dumps the refuse in the hole. The geyser erupts as Pink is driving away, negating all his work.