Created By: VioletOrange on April 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Gamermaster on August 3, 2016

Waterfall Training

Someone uses a waterfall for training

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Do you know how you can make a training epic ? Simple, make your hero train with/in a waterfall. This has three advantages :

  • Waterfall are cool landscapes, and are not very difficult to animate or draw
  • They provide energy or motion, allowing moving target for the training
  • They justify Shirtless Scene

Of course, most of these example are cover by the Rule of Cool. See also Meditating Under a Waterfall, for the non training example, and Waterfall Shower, for a more mundane use of waterfalls.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

  • Guts from Berserk use waterfall to improve his swordsmanship : he releases in the top of the waterfall huge trunk which he slices at the bottom.
  • Naruto must stop the waterfalls to complete one of his training.
    • Hinata also trains with waterfall. The training consisted of hitting each water drop with thin chakra wire.
  • In Saint Seiya, Shiryu use a waterfall to understand his power.
  • Several people (martial artists mostly) do this in the Pokémon universe.
  • In Kamen no Maid Guy, Kogarashi puts Naeko through a kendo Training from Hell, which includes training under a waterfall.
  • During a flashback in Mahou Sensei Negima!, Takahata Takamichi is shown splitting a waterfall with his punch.
  • Parodied in Yaiba. Miyamoto Musashi tells to the young hero to "gaze the waterfall until he sees it still", in a sort of Zen-like training. After a while Yaiba asks: "Hey, grandpa! When does this waterfall stops anyway?". Later, Musashi himself admit that "stopping a waterfall" is impossible.
  • Occurs in a late episode of F-Zero Falcon Densetsu (or GP Legend for all of you stateside). Ryu/Rick, seeking advice and guidance before his final battle with Black Shadow and Dark Millions, visits his on-again, off-again mentor figure of sorts, Samurai Goroh. Ryu/Rick is seen in a dogi, meditating under a waterfall (this may also double as an Actor Allusion, as Ryu/Rick is now heavily reminiscent of another Ryu voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa).
  • There was a One-Shot Character from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX who was shown to hone his skills by grabbing cards as they went over a waterfall.
Films

  • In Best of the Best, the South Korean Taekwondo team is shown standing under a waterfall during their training.

Video Games

  • Ryu's ending from Street Fighter II shows him repeatedly shoryukening a waterfall as part of his training.
  • Gold Lightan's ending from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars shows the same thing, except as a Humongous Mecha, he shoryukens the entire waterfall, rocks and everything.

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Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • April 24, 2011
    Chabal2
    See also Meditating Under A Waterfall.

    Several people (martial artists mostly) do this in the Pokemon universe.
  • April 24, 2011
    Rolf
    naruto also had that white eyed lady with crush on naruto train at waterfall. The training consited of hitting each waterdrop with thin carka (forgot name) wire.
  • April 25, 2011
    Koveras
  • April 25, 2011
    LarryD
    In a flashback, Takahata Takamichi is shown splitting a waterfall with his punch.
  • April 27, 2011
    VioletOrange
    Concerning the index, I want to put it only in instant trope add water, but it seems that this an anime trope as well. Add "Waterfall Shower, for a more mundane use of waterfalls. ". Maybe a waterfall index would be useful ?
  • May 10, 2011
    VioletOrange
    Bump. Needs more example and I think the description is too laconic
  • May 11, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Parodied in Yaiba. Miyamoto Musashi tells to the young hero to "gaze the waterfall untill he sees it still", in a sort of Zen-like training. After a while Yaiba asks: "Hey, grandpa! When does this waterfall stops anyway?". Later, Musashi himself admit that "stopping a waterfall" is impossible.
  • May 11, 2011
    Arivne
    The Best of the Best film example in Meditating Under A Waterfall is also this trope, as the team is in training.
  • May 16, 2011
    X2X
    Occurs in a late episode of F-Zero Falcon Densetsu (or GP Legend for all of you stateside). Ryu/Rick, seeking advice and guidance before his final battle with Black Shadow and Dark Millions, visits his on-again, off-again mentor figure of sorts, Samurai Goroh. Ryu/Rick is seen in a dogi, meditating under a waterfall (this may also double as an Actor Allusion, as Ryu/Rick is now heavily reminiscent of another Ryu voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa).
  • May 16, 2011
    FalconPain
    Ryu's ending from Street Fighter II shows him repeatedly shoryukening a waterfall as part of his training.

    Gold Lightan's ending from Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars shows the same thing, except as a Humongous Mecha, he shoryukens the entire waterfall, rocks and everything.
  • May 18, 2011
    X2X
    Um... F-Zero Falcon Densetsu is an anime.
  • May 19, 2011
    VioletOrange
    Sorry, the name made me think of a videogame, so...
  • February 15, 2016
    eroock
    I find this one funny. So YKTTW Bump.
  • February 15, 2016
    NateTheGreat
    Not sure if it's in the book, but the most recent The Count Of Monte Christo movie features something similar. In the prison cell is a persistant drip between two rocks. Our antihero trains by flashing his hand in the space between drips. Supposedly training the body for speed is also training his mind for the same.
  • February 15, 2016
    DAN004
    I believe the legend of "the carp that swims up a waterfall and becomes a dragon" is related here.
  • February 15, 2016
    Prime32
    I'm not sure calling Meditating Under A Waterfall "the non training example" is accurate. More like a Sub Trope.
  • February 16, 2016
    Gamermaster
  • August 3, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump
  • August 3, 2016
    MoyashiRaita
    In the live-action film The Forbidden Kingdom, the main character Jason does this, standing under a waterfall practicing his forms during a training montage of learning Kung-Fu.
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