Created By: goto124 on June 27, 2012 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on October 6, 2015
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Floating Waterfall Island

Islands that float and have waterfalls continually coming off them.

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Magical lands abound in the world of fiction, especially fantasy. What better way to depict the magic of the place than to show floating islands? Why not throw in waterfalls flowing off the islands, to enhance the magical look?

Not to be confused with Rock of Limitless Water, which are (usually small) rocks that create water, a fact that is usually explicitly stated. They also tend to be important to the plot. By contrast, Floating Waterfall Islands are usually there purely to look good.

Comic Books
  • In DC comic book Wonder Woman, Themyscira is a set of floating islands with waterfalls.

Film
  • A similar feature occurs in Avatar. The floating islands have waterfalls constantly flowing from out of them, despite not having a source for such water.
  • In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, the core city is elevated above a volcanic flow, its waters endlessly spilling over into the similarly inexhaustible magma (and creating a huge cloud of steam as a result).

Video Games
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the town of Skyloft has a magic island spring that floats just above and supplies the river with an infinite amount of water.
  • The entire world map in Golden Sun.
  • In LevynLight, the magical city Fontis Sapienta is made up of several such islands floating over a giant lake.
  • There are a number of floating islands in Nagrand in World of Warcraft that have waterfalls continually coming off them.
  • In Guild Wars, Nightfall had some in the Vabbi region.
  • Xenoblade: Several of the islands that float above the Eryth Sea have never-ending waterfalls. You can also find areas like this at the outer edges of the Bionis.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • June 27, 2012
    goto124
    Most of the examples come from the Rock Of Limitless Water page. And then again, Rock Of Limitless Water itself just came out of YKTTW...
  • June 27, 2012
    animeg3282
    Is there one of Castle In The Sky aka Laputa? There's a floating island, and I remember waterfalls...
  • June 27, 2012
    goto124
    Laputa floats by means of advanced technology aka sci-fi way. This trope is pretty much almost always for magically floating islands. I'm not sure how flexible this trope should be.

    Are you sure there are waterfalls? The image in the Other Wiki shows none. Also, I'm unclear as to whether or not the islands must have waterfalls flowing off the islands. Are there enough examples with those waterfalls?
  • June 27, 2012
    animeg3282
    That's why I asked. I might have just dreamed the waterfalls.
  • June 27, 2012
    Bisected8
    The entire world map in Golden Sun. In the second game it's revealed that this is actually causing the world to slowly erode, without the presence of alchemy to tell the laws of physics to get stuffed.
  • June 27, 2012
    Shnakepup
    • There are waterfalls coming off of the magical city of Zeal, a floating landmass in Chrono Trigger.
  • June 27, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^^I don't remember any waterfalls coming off of Laputa. If it had any waterfalls on the island, they were self-containted.

    Also, I think World Of Warcraft is mislabeled as Western Animation when it should be MMO

    • Guild Wars Nightfall had some in the Vabbi region.
  • June 27, 2012
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Xenoblade: Several of the islands that float above the Eryth Sea have never-ending waterfalls. You can also find areas like this at the outter edges of the Bionis since it's literally the edge of their world. Meaning, you can watch the water run off, into the abyss!
  • June 30, 2012
    goto124
    Examples added.

    Also, I need help with how much this trope encompasses. Should we have a trope to cover all floating landmasses, or only those that have waterfalls? Must the waterfalls fall off the edge of the floating landmass, or can the waterfall be contained within the floating island?
  • June 30, 2012
    TonyG
    We have Floating Continent, and it already mentions waterfalls in the description.
  • June 30, 2012
    Boston
    The islands on the Magic the Gathering plane of [i]Kamigawa[/i] float and are surrounded by waterfalls.
  • June 30, 2012
    henke37
    How about clouds with rainbow falls? It kinda fits.
  • August 18, 2012
    DarkerShining
    The second Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games has the floating island where Fogbound Lake is located.
  • August 19, 2012
    Koveras
    • If you look at the floating Cocoon from Oerba in Final Fantasy XIII, you will see what must be massive streams of water running down from the bottom of its outer shell.
  • August 19, 2012
    morenohijazo
    The Discworld has this at its edge, if I remember well.
  • August 19, 2012
    MrRuano
    Some of the Skylands in Skylanders Spyros Adventure has this. Of particular note is the main hub, where you have to go on a ship with a Gillman and drive off the island in a waterfall.
  • August 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Common interpretations of the "flat earth" belief tend to depict all the oceans ultimately spilling off the edge of the world, as if the Earth itself was one large floating island.
  • August 19, 2012
    morenohijazo
    ^ Yeah, the Discworld example I posted would be this.
  • August 19, 2012
    LeeM
    ^That of course refers to the entire discworld; the Rimfall drains all of the seas that border the edge of the world. Terry Pratchett HandWaves the issue of why the seas don't just dry up with the words "Arrangements are made".

    • Not a floating island, but the interior art for Yes's Close to the Edge shows a flat-topped plateau containing a lake drained by waterfalls.
  • August 20, 2012
    SneakySquirrel
    Angel Island from Sonic The Hedgehog.
  • August 20, 2012
    ccoa

    Assuming the artist will agree to it, this image scaled down and possibly cropped would make a nice page image.

    Is there a reason this needs split from Floating Continent, though?
  • August 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • August 20, 2012
    captainsandwich
    You might want to mention how the water in Skyward Sword then proceeds to fall off sky loft.
  • August 20, 2012
    captainsandwich
    how is this for the pic [1]?
  • August 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ The waterfall is too far off to the side.
  • August 21, 2012
    captainsandwich
    we can crop it.
  • August 21, 2012
    polarbear2217
    Change "continually" to "continuously". "Continually" means in a regular pattern with breaks. "Continously" means an consistant unbroken event.
  • October 6, 2015
    morenohijazo
    This is Waterfall Into The Abyss, isn't it?
  • October 6, 2015
    eroock
    ^ Agreed. We could still use elements of the trope description above to spice up Waterfall Into The Abyss.
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