Created By: Elkian on November 23, 2011 Last Edited By: Hareoic on December 10, 2013

Fully Submerged Snorkeling

A fully submerged snorkel allows a character to breathe underwater.

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A variant of Artistic License, where a character is shown swimming with a snorkel....with the top completely submerged underwater, making it impossible to breathe through.
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  • January 30, 2012
    Hareoic
    I was actually considering making this before I found it here. I've got a little bit to add at least: Usually appears in video games. Said the snorkel is usually accompanied by a diving mask to hold it upright. And they'll never have an oxygen tank. One possible variation is that the character has a snorkel in their inventory, but isn't shown using it. A specific variant of Super Not Drowning Skills. Counts as an Acceptable Break from Reality. Examples:
  • January 30, 2012
    Tiiba
    Nu Pogodi has the wolf diving with a submerged snorkel. When it comes out of the water, a small bird perches on it (standing on the edge of the tube, not sitting), and he starts suffocating.

    I saw this at an age of maybe 8, and the only reason I didn't think "what the hell?" is that I didn't know English back then.
  • January 30, 2012
    Wackd
    Wouldn't it be "Artistic Lisence - Snorkles"?
  • January 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    This is very specific, so the name should be as well.

    Fully Submerged Snorkel?
  • January 30, 2012
    Stratadrake
    "Does not work that way" is one of the banned snowclone families. We're not interested in whether or not a trope is "good" or "bad" compared to reality.

    Scuba Snorkel?
  • January 30, 2012
    Bisected8
    The snorkel item in Dizzy games allows him to breath under water.
  • January 30, 2012
    Cider
    Yeah and that makes no sense. "Does Not Work That Way" is not a synonym for "bad", all it means is that something does not work that way, why are tropers so touchy about this kind of thing, it is not even on the linked page? We know Tropes Are Not Bad, we also know that snorkels don't work fully submerged.

    Kirby for example, only uses a snorkel in the games where all his powers come with a hat or suit. It is only their as a visual short hand that he is in water, he's always had Super Not Drowning Skills.
  • January 30, 2012
    Stratadrake
    It's because in practice, "X does not work that way" has been used for Complaining About Artistic License You Dont Like. The same thing happened to Did Not Do The Research and its subtropes.
  • January 30, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Scuba Snorkel seems good.
  • January 30, 2012
    nman
    I thought people just blow the water out when they resurface and then breathe through it, not that they use them while submerged?
  • January 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ SCUBA gear actually includes snorkels. It's just they are to be used when the oxygen tank is not needed. So that's not an indicative name.
  • January 30, 2012
    Hadashi
    Snorkels don't preclude you from diving deeper, they are really just to make things easier by giving you a 'blowhole' that lets you breath without fully surfacing.
  • January 30, 2012
    Generality
    Scribblenauts. The snorkel functions identically to the SCUBA gear and a number of other aquatic tools.
  • January 30, 2012
    yogyog
    New Zealand Story and the two Creatures games both had this kind of snorkel appear when you went underwater.

    I don't see a problem with the name - it seems perfectly descriptive. If there are other things listed on this site that don't work in completely different way, then that doesn't effect how a snorkel doesn't work.

  • January 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^ Really? That kind of changes this.
  • January 30, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    The Snorks fairly lived on this trope. Their snorkels were built into their heads. I think they were used for propulsion and noisemaking, but for breathing they'd be next to useless.
  • February 17, 2012
    LeeM
    • In the Courage The Cowardly Dog episode "King Ramses' Curse" Eustace is seen snorkeling while submerged inside the house, during the Curse of Flooding. (Also begs the question of where he got the snorkel and how he got hold of it in time, but I guess that's covered by Rule Of Funny.)
  • May 10, 2012
    Nulono
    When underwater, the player character in Katamari Damacy wears a snorkel.
  • April 12, 2013
    Spark9
    "Underwater Snorkel"?

    I was just thinking of YKTT Wing this but it's already there.
  • April 12, 2013
    KZN02
    Often done to create an Aquatic Mook.
  • April 13, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
  • April 13, 2013
    Chernoskill
    In the 1988 videogame New Zealand Story, the player can use diving goggles with attached snorkel to stay underwater without his oxygen meter decreasing.
  • December 10, 2013
    TriggerLoaded
    Bump!

    I prefer Scuba Snorkel myself.

    And certainly, one can dive deep with a snorkel. This is for those instances where using a snorkel seems to provide the ability to breathe underwater.

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