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[[caption-width-right:330: Her will, [[SilkHidingSteel like iron]]. Her braids, like steel.]]

A character who strengthens mind and body by sitting under a waterfall.

TruthInTelevision: It's a well-known Asian ascetic practice (known in UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogi misogi]]), at least for those ascetics who live around waterfalls.

Compare WatchingTheSunset, contrast WaterfallShower.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has Gengoro do this in a standing variety, as a way to strengthen his will and prepare himself to [[spoiler:killing Tango, the tiger he raised since kittenhodd]] during the Final Test.
* The [[AccidentalPervert kendo]] [[KendoTeamCaptain captain]] in ''Anime/MaiHime'' does the entire "sitting under waterfall" thing to [[ThinkUnsexyThoughts "cleanse his spirit of lustful thoughts"]].
* Subverted, lampshaded ''and'' used straight in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. Mugen is doing a TrainingMontage before facing a fearsome swordsman, and towards the end, he approaches the waterfall, commenting, "Meditating under a waterfall..."; then, after staring at it for a few seconds, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he just goes "Screw that" and walks away.]] Later, however, while Mugen is in the fight, the Buddhist priest (who was once a swordsman, and who trained the guy Mugen is fighting, before he fell to a darker path), is seen meditating under that same waterfall, running his Prayer Beads as he prays for Mugen's victory.
* Kyohei from ''Manga/TheWallflower'' tried it once when he suspected he was in love with Sunako. As it turned out, he got distracted by his hunger and ended up craving fried prawn.
* [[OneSteveLimit Yuri and Yuri]] do this in episode 3 of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', while training for their competition.
* Parodied in ''Manga/OnePiece'' when Luffy and Usopp stand under a bath's fountain to mimic this. Zoro is also seen doing it in a filler episode.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash and Pikachu are shown doing this in the seventh opening for the anime.
** Otoshi and his Marowak apparently do this too. Mind you, Marowak is a ground-type and therefore [[ElementalRockPaperScissors weak]] [[JustForFun/MadeOfWin to water.]]
* Ryoma in the ''Anime/PowerStone'' anime. While telling his fortune, Rouge assumes this means he has a fascination with laundry.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'':
** Motoko Aoyama does this, but one time, she gets bothered by [[PaintingTheMedium some arrow graphics with her name on them]] and [[CameraAbuse slices the fourth wall]], transitioning into the next scene.
** Keitaro also does this later in the manga although [[ButtMonkey he gets hit by a falling log.]]
* Happens in ''Manga/InuYasha'', when Miroku visits the family shrine after his curse is wounded and threatens his life.
* Nabeshin, Pedro, and Pedro's son from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' do this during their TrainingMontage before they set out to rescue Pedro's wife from [[TheMan That Man]].
* Parodied in ''Manga/HappyMania'': Shigeta is pictured meditating under a waterfall... about men as usual.
* The second ending sequence in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' has Soften and Heppokomaru doing this, but Heppokomaru can't manage it.
%%* Fala does this in an episode of ''Anime/GoLion''.
* From ''Franchise/LupinIII'', we have the ever-training Goemon Ishikawa XIII. He meditates in waterfalls, as well as cloudy mountain peaks, hot springs, and secluded canyons. Sometimes he does more than one at the same time! In ''Anime/GoemonIshikawasSprayOfBlood'' he not only contemplates his loss under an especially large and power waterfall, but fights hard against the battering it gives him to help strengthen him.
* One chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' opens with Koyuki and Dororo leaving to do this. The meditation causes Dororo to {{Flashback}} briefly to [[spoiler: a revealing conversation with his teacher, Jirara]].
* Seiji Date from ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' does this twice--and his [[AnimeHair hair]] doesn't move an inch. There would have been a 3rd, but meditating in a cave ''[[CaveBehindTheFalls behind]]'' the waterfall doesn't count.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' episode 14. Konoe Tsurugi and Taro stand under a waterfall and concentrate while she's training him.
* On ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'' both Nakahito and his brother do this.
* Tenchi does this in one chapter of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga.
* During his training to become a Bronze Saint, ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s Shiryu didn't just ''meditate'' under the waterfall --he learned to kick it hard enough to ''reverse the water's flow''.
** In the first season of ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', Shiryu, after losing all his senses, spent all of his time meditating under the waterfall, while training his son Ryuhou through Cosmo. Ryuhou himself is briefly shown doing it at the end of the second season's third episode.
* Despite not really happening, Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' [[ImagineSpot thought]] that it was part of Kyo's TrainingFromHell that happened before the series start.
* In an episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon S'', Makoto goes to train in a Buddhist temple led by a famous BareFistedMonk named Kakuzuin. At some point she catches him training like this and attempts to imitate him, but she can barely withstand few seconds under the icy water. Then Kakuzuin gets out... and sneezes, as he only managed to do it due to being ''very'' focused.
* ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'': Sanae tries this so she can change her behavior and eventually be around Ika without trying to [[TheGlomp glomp]] her and such, and not be knocked away.
* In ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'', a competitor for the Chojin Crown does this, but is reported to have been knocked out by a lump of driftwood midway through.
* In ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'', Tomoki and Astraea attempt to do this, but eventually Astraea says the water is too cold and passes out.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga, ''Wild and Horned Hermit'', poor Reimu is forced to meditate under a waterfall by Kasen as part of her training to become a more disciplined {{Miko}}.
* In ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'', chapter 52, Musashi attempts to meditate to remove the fear of dying to someone he lost to. The instructor lampshades that ancient people have done it to remove their fears, but then subverts it when stating it won't do any good. Musashi almost drowns as a result.
-->"By the time you rise out of the falls... you shall become fully aware... that it's not going to do any good."
* Tsurezure of ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' does this in chapter 23 in an attempt to [[spoiler: become a person worthy of being Haru's boyfriend.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' when Tohru and Kanna do this to learn how to bend spoons. A log falls on Tohru, [[NighInvulnerable but being a dragon]], it just bounces off of head.
* Ray and the White Tigers [[http://s58.photobucket.com/user/Moonlight_Meika/media/Beyblade/WhiteTigerX6.jpg.html are shown doing this]] in ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''.
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/{{Fist of the North Star}}'' does this as part of his childhood training, leading to an incident where he is saved by Toki from a falling log.
** Kōryū also does this after giving up the successorship of Hokuto Shinken to Ryūken.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}'', in which our [[IncrediblyLamePun titular]] heroine attempted to have a moment like this... but then raptors came, stole her bikini, and she spent the rest of the glorious issue killing Velociraptors, naked.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Chapter 25 of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', A.J and his Sandslash show this to Jeanette Fisher, explaining that they do it [[FightOffTheKryptonite to build up resistance against Water-type attacks.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BestOfTheBest'', the South Korean Taekwondo team is shown standing under a waterfall during their training.

* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', when Glod and Cliff have Buddy's harp fixed, they tell the cunning artificer that the harp is of such quality that the original maker spent a week under a waterfall in a buffalo hide meditating before even pickup up his tools. The artificer replies that for what they're paying him he'll have a quick sit in the shower wearing a shammy leather.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Anthony Bourdain does this in an episode of ''Series/NoReservations''. The behind the scenes episode showed that it was a really awkward shot.
* Done in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' by K-Ryotaro -- which, given Kintaro's predisposition towards martial arts, should come off as no surprise.
* This was part of a detour challenge in ''[[Series/TheAmazingRace The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business]]'' (Season 18).
* [[TheLancer Ryunosuke]] spontaneously does this under a fountain at the end of the second episode of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', with all the LargeHam he's famous for.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Mizuho in the artwork of "Asceticism of the Six Samurai". She's training to become the Hand of the Six Samurai after mourning for Shinai's death.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Among the many Planar Touchstones described in the ''Planar Handbook'', there is Mimshan's Curtain, a waterfall located in the Outlands (the TrueNeutral plane). This was the meditation spot for the legendary monk Mimshan, and anyone wanting to gain the benefits of the Touchstone has to meditate under the waterfall for 24 hours.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' Versions, the Cianwood Gym Leader, Chuck, meditates under an artificial waterfall in his Gym. In fact, he's ''so'' deep in meditation that you can't rouse him to have a battle, despite him being the ''first trainer you see'' in the Gym. You have to battle through the Gym to reach the shutoff valve for the waterfall to snap him out of his meditation.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2'', one of the versions of "Meditate" is this.
* In Ippatsuman's ending in ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars]]'', he realizes how strong the various street fighters are without armor or mecha, and strives to improve himself so he doesn't have to rely on them. Cut to him meditating under a waterfall as Polymar, Viewtiful Joe and Tekkaman wonder if they should be doing the same thing.
* In ''Videogame/ShirenTheWanderer'', Pekeji claims to have done this when he has reached his maximum potential.
* The end of the FriendlyLocalChinatown section boss in ''Videogame/MadWorld'' is found MeditatingUnderAWaterfall, the AnnouncerChatter inform us it's the first time in ages he's had a shower..
* In ''Videogame/{{EarthBound}}'', Ness has to meditate under a waterfall for three real-world minutes in order to open up the secret passage to the game's next dungeon.
* Asura before the final battle with [[spoiler:Chakravitran]] in ''Videogame/AsurasWrath''.
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFury Special'', Andy takes one of these in his ending.
* Mai tells NESTS Kyo to invoke the trope in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII''.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Maya Fey in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' at one point sought a waterfall for her spirit-medium training. There are no nearby waterfalls, however, so she is forced to do it in the shower. Unfortunately, Phoenix didn't pay the water bill for his office. The basis of the plot of the last case of the third installment is Maya, Pearl and Phoenix heading to a temple so that Maya can undergo an especially cold variation. It got worse in the manga, where Marvin Grossberg suggested they drain a water tower and ended up flooding the city. Yeah, he got sued for it.
* During Taketo's route of ''VisualNovel/ClassTripCrush'', an incident during the group's visit to a temple in Kyoto results in the guys being made to sit under a waterfall and reflect upon themselves. The protagonist feels bad about it since she was partly responsible, but Taketo and Yasuto, the jocks of the group, seem to enjoy it.
* In ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'', the Himuro Shrine's grounds include a waterfall. If the heir to the Shrine and local SexyPriest Asagi is the chosen boyfriend, one of the most poignant scenes in his route has him doing this [[spoiler: and then collapsing due to his terrible mental and emotional state, much to the PlayerCharacter's worry.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade's'' Cardboard Tube Samurai does a bit of waterfall meditation in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/07/15/ this strip]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' does it before engaging possessed-blind-demon archers. He does this to heighten mental focus on his sense of hearing, so he could fight the blind archers on their level. He had already determined they were blind, and that this was the best method to triumph.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Garnet's Universe", Garnet, Hopper, and Hoppy do this as part of a TrainingMontage. Ringo, on the other hand, takes a WaterfallShower.