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->'''Dr. Drakken''': First, you will be sealed inside a reinforced, titanium box. Next, you will be dropped into this bottomless chasm. Then, the chasm will be filled with water. ''Then'', man-eating sharks and a giant squid will then be released into the water!
->'''Shego''': Huh? Wait -- if the chasm is "bottomless," how can you fill it with water?
->'''Dr. Drakken''': IT'S '''''VERY VERY DEEP''''', ALL RIGHT?!?
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

Slightly less perilous than a LavaPit or SharkPool but menacing none the less, the victim is LockedInARoom that is slowly filling with water. Could be accidental -- like being sealed in a room with a busted water pipe -- or an insane individual with a penchant for drama could have locked them there as cheap entertainment. Either way, the BigDamnHeroes better bash the glass wall or shut off the water before it's too late.

Another variant involves the villain placing the hero inside some kind of non-buoyant container, a steel drum, vehicle, etc, and then tossing that into a large body of water. If the vehicle is a car, it's TrappedInASinkingCar.
Compare other [[DeathTrap death traps]] and CementShoes. May overlap with WaterTorture. See RisingWaterRisingTension for situations where the MacGuffin has to be secured from a place slowly drowning in water.

Not to be confused with the band Music/DrowningPool.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''
** A pregnant woman named Yone is locked into a "water prison" outside the local daimyo's castle. [[spoiler:Another woman named Kichou, TheMistress to the cruel daimyo that had Yone imprisoned, is also put in there for helping the peasants behind the lord's back ''and'' because said Lord is already pissed off due to rumors that [[YourCheatingHeart she has been sleeping with other men]] (she ''is'' in love with one of the protagonists, but they haven't had sex.)]]
** What's worse is that this ''did'' happen in RealLife. Having a local mom-to-be locked in one of these is what sparked [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimabara_rebellion the infamous Shimabara rebellion]]... ''which is exactly what the protagonists are attempting to prevent''. [[spoiler:Natsuki, however, manages to make the guards surrender and rescue both victims in time.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Done by a murderer in one episode. In this case, sitting the AssholeVictim in a ''very'' deep bathtub, then leaving the faucet slowly running till the water reaches a point where the victim ended up drowning due to being BoundAndGagged. And done in such a way that filling the tub will take ''hours''. [[AndIMustScream Aaaaaaaaargh!]]
** Another one was used in the past. [[spoiler:More exactly, the jealous magician Motoyasu Tsukumo ''killed his own disciple'' Yashiro Kinoshita via transforming the water tank he was performing in into one of these, then leaving Yashiro to drown ''[[FatalMethodActing in public]]''. Everyone thought it was an unfortunate accident since the trick was already ''very'' dangerous... but Yashiro's younger sister Mako didn't buy it. And 20 years later, she killed Tsukumo himself.]]
* In episode 25 of ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', Sakurako Yukihira finds herself [[BoundAndGagged tied and cleave gagged]] in a cardboard box with a cinderblock. The one who did this to her, a killer who found her snooping around for clues on the case she and Class Qu are working on, put the box on a raft, punctured a hole in it, and shoved it away from land in the middle of a lake. Inside the box, water slowly fills up with Sakurako inside and right about to drown, but the Class Q kids find her in time and manage to rescue her.
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' when Fuko and Domon are dropped into a vast empty pit. Domon jokingly says that there's no way it's going to fill up with water, and that the mystery button on the wall obviously will let them out. Of course, he pushes the button and it fills up with water.
* Featured as a scenario in ''Manga/GambleFish'', where the gamblers are chained inside a tank filling with water, with the winners being freed while the loser drowns.
* In ''Manga/GokuMidnightEye'', the title character turns being in this situation into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he is trapped in a hallway section that has been sealed off and is being filled with water. Using his cybernetic eye, he doesn't just open a door to either escape or drain the area, but he waits for a sufficient amount of water to fill in while closing and opening certain other doors on the floor, while the villains in the control room wonder what he is doing. Suddenly, Goku opens one door of his section and the water is rushed out towards the control room. The villains realize to their horror that he is directing the water and in effect turning the death trap into a ''weapon'' heading right for them!
* Lunlun from ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' finds herself in a standard one in Germany [[spoiler:after blowing the cover of a gang that falsifies famous paintings]], and later in an airtight bank vault in Sicilia [[spoiler:when trying to both stop a robbery ''and'' retrieve a TragicKeepsake]].
* In ''Manga/KareKano'', [[spoiler: Reiji Arima]] was subjected to this as a child when [[spoiler: his mother tries to drown him and herself when she went insane. Fortunately, he saves himself by kicking her in the face.]]
* A bounty hunter in ''Anime/MakaiSenkiDisgaea'' anime traps Laharl and his vassal Etna in a drowning pit. This is somewhat a variation of the point of a drowning pit, for Laharl and Etna are demons and can breathe and talk underwater. The danger was supposed to be from [[SharkPool a sea creature in the water]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the Alabasta arc, the saga's BigBad, Sir Crocodile, left four of the six current Straw Hats (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp), their HonoraryTrueCompanion Vivi, and their InspectorJavert Smoker to die in one of these; the Straw Hats and Smoker were locked in a cage and Vivi was being attacked by giant alligators while trying to save them, all while the room was starting to flood. Thankfully, they were saved by the last two Straw Hats, Sanji and Chopper.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': A nice inversion: when Ash is trapped in an airtight van, he uses Squirtle to flood it until the water pressure ''rips the doors off''. How is Squirtle holding that much water? [[RuleOfCool Don't ask.]]
** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has the "[[spoiler:un]]make-your-own" variant with a cable car.
* Saori and [[spoiler: Gemini Kanon]] from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' were locked in pits like these. Saori was in hers by Poseidon after rejecting his WeCanRuleTogether offer, [[spoiler: Kanon was locked in his' by Saga after a huge disagreement. And it was through the pit that Kanon reached for Poseidon's realm, summoned him and then became ManBehindTheMan. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, Saga]]!]]
* In Season Three of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', during Judai's Disclosure Duel with Professor Saito, [[EvilTeacher Professor Cobra]] traps his friend Asuka in a death trap like this and threatens to let her drown if Judai wins the duel. Unfortunately, [[SadisticChoice losing might put the entire]] ''[[SadisticChoice school]]'' [[SadisticChoice in a lethal situation.]] [[spoiler:Fortunately, while Judai isn't able to TakeAThirdOption here (other than stalling against Saito, who eventually tries to [[TakingYouWithMe Take Him With Him]]), Jim manages to find and rescue Asuka in time, letting Judai win by protecting himself from the damage from Saito's kamikaze strike.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Divine pushed Yusei and Mikage into a pit, covered it with a metal grate, and started filling it with water. Tetsu Ushio found and freed them in time.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Done to ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ''ComicBook/XMen'', with the added cruelty of the victim being severely claustrophobic. This would normally have been a stroke of twisted genius, but considering it was Arcade who did it, it was more likely just dumb luck. (This trap was later adapted for one of Storm's missions in an X-Men/Spider-Man video game where Arcade was the villain.)
* Proteus tied ComicBook/TheCreeper to the grating of a storm drain that would soon be completely filled with water.
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:Catwoman is first trapped in a centrifuge by the Joker. Just as she's about to escape it, the centrifuge gets filled with water, turning the trap into this. She escapes that too]].
* Naturally, Franchise/{{Batman}} has escaped a number of these traps. One of the best is created by the Riddler in "The Primal Riddle"; Batman is caught between drowning and electrocution, and the solution he comes up with is so nerve-wracking that it only works because his soul happens to be outside his body at the time, leaving him emotionally deadened (and thus immune to fear).
* During Creator/PaulDini's run on ''Detective Comics'', ComicBook/TheJoker shoots ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} in the throat so she can't recite her spells, and seals her in a water tank while strapping Batman into an ElectricTorture device. Batman manages to break free of his bonds and free Zatanna from the tank. Zatanna had healed her wound by writing the words "Laeh Em" ("Heal Me" spelled backwards) on the lid of the water tank [[BloodMagic with her own blood]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'': Snipes accidentally causes one of these when his claustrophobia kicks in while they're trapped in a toy box going through an aqueduct pipe. He tries to peck his way out of the box, but this only ends up flooding the toy box. Luckily, they get out of the aqueduct pipe and get the lid of the toy box open before anyone drowns.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAgeTheMeltdown'': Ellie is trapped under a pile of boulders just as the valley begins to flood. The valley itself is a larger example; one of the vultures describes it as a bowl that will fill with water when the ice dam breaks.
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'': Disney's direct-to-video animated film has a variant in which the room, a dungeon in Mont-Saint-Michel, is naturally filled with water by the rising tide. [[spoiler: Mickey gets locked in there and almost drowns.]]
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Madame Medusa forces a little girl named Penny into an underground cavern so she can go get some jewels stashed in there, which fills with water as the tide comes in. Apparently Madame Medusa couldn't be bothered to figure out when low tide is, or figures it'll act as a motivator or something.
* In ''Disney/PeterPan'', Captain Hook ties up Tiger Lily inside a cave in Skull Rock, threatening to let her drown on the rising tide if she doesn't divulge the location of Peter's hideout.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePlagueDogs'' has a variant in the beginning in which one of the two dogs is dipped in a pool and timed to see how long he can swim before starting to drown, as some kind of experiment. It doesn't fill up with water but there's no way for the dog to escape.
* Combined with LockedInAFreezer in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''; when Tundratown mobster Mr. Big "ices" someone, he [[LiteralMetaphor actually has them thrown into a tank of ice water]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheCell'': This is the modus operandi of the serial killer. (Hence why it's the page image.)
* ''Film/TheShadow'': The Shadow tracks Farley Claymore down in a pressure testing tank at Mari-Tech labs, only to discover that he's thrown his lot in with Shiwan. Farley then starts filling the tank with water, shoots the Shadow, and locks him in the tank.
* ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'':
** ''Film/SawIII'': There's a really disgusting version of this trope involving [[spoiler:liquified rotting pig corpses]].
** ''Film/SawV'': Strahm has a locked, watertight box placed on his head that fills with water and will eventually drown him. He only escapes by giving himself an emergency tracheotomy with a ball-point pen.
* In ''Francis the Talking Mule'', several people are chained to the walls of a dungeon that is being filled with water.
* ''The Drowning Pool'' starring Creator/PaulNewman builds up to this. The hero tries find a way for him and a woman who is trapped in a locked room (actually a large swimming pool) to escape, by clogging the drain at the bottom, then setting off the sprinklers so they can reach the windows at the top of the room, only to discover as they rise to the ceiling, that the windows are sealed shut, and he can't get the rag out of the drain. The villains come to investigate the captives who have been locked up all night, open the door, and are basically swept away by thousands of gallons of water.
* ''Film/ResidentEvil'': One of the many ways in which the [[AIIsACrapshoot insane AI]] kills off the Umbrella employees.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. Jack Burton and Wang Chi are trapped in an elevator that starts rapidly filling up with water. They escape when the bottom of the elevator opens up.
* ''Film/{{Bullshot}}''. The hero and the DamselInDistress have their feet sealed in giant concrete eggcups, then not only water but also a giant octopus are sent in to finish them off.
* ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'' has a natural one in which the hero's wife and their son are trapped in a cave that is filling with rainwater.
* ''Film/DrNo''. Dr. No decides to execute Honey Rider by cuffing her to the inclined side of a pool with water pouring in from a large pipe. Film/JamesBond finds her and releases her.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}''. The heroes are trapped in a bathroom which is slowly filling up with water, but [[spoiler:they use it to wipe out the villains who are chasing them.]]
* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' (1978). Lex Luthor hangs a fragment of a kryptonite meteorite around Superman's neck to weaken him and dumps him in a pool to drown. Luckily [[BumblingSidekick Otis]] accidentally sent the second missile to a location Miss Teschmacher cares about, leading her to rescue Supes.
* Trailers for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' shows this happening to a school bus with Clark Kent on it. He saves the bus, but it looks like his SuperStrength [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer just freaks people out]] -- which is what his father's afraid of.
* ''Film/{{P2}}'': Security guard/stalker floods an elevator with a fire hose (and throws in a dead body, to be sure) to force the lead female out.
* In ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', the hero tries to dive back down to the cabins of the sinking ship filled with water. His air doesn't get him far and he has to turn back, [[spoiler:leaving his family to drown]].
* The sinking ''[[{{Film/Titanic 1997}} Titanic]]'' becomes this after the collision, especially for the occupants of the lower decks.
* In ''Film/StrangeBrew'', Bob and the girl get locked in a beer tank by the villain. Bob saves them by drinking all the beer.
* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', the surviving female astronaut finds herself caught in a landing capsule submerged in a lake and rapidly filling with water.
* In ''Film/{{Salt}}'', the heroine's husband dies by being drowned in a tank. {{Tearjerker}}.
* In ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' New York is flooded by a monster tsunami. At one point we see Sam talking to his parents on the library phone while the room quickly fills with ice-cold water. He gets out before the room is completely filled up.
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', when the submarine takes water, one section turns into a drowning pit and the crew has to dive under to fix the leaks.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', the sleeping quarters of the Kingsman candidates are flooded with water right to the brim to observe their survival skills.
* ''Film/TheReturnOfTheMusketeers'': Four of the Duke of Beaufort's supporters are chained to benches in a pit of water up to their neck and forced to operate a pump that will keep the water at that level as long as all four never stop pumping. This is treated as a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* In ''Film/TenThousandBC'', a Sabertooth Tiger is pinned under a log at the bottom of a pit that is filling with water due to rain. D'leh frees it, which pays off when [[AndroclesLion it saves him later]].
* In ''Film/SanAndreas'', Blake, the daughter of the protagonist, is locked in a room where the water level rises (due to a tsunami). Her father must rescue her.

* The LemonyNarrator of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' alludes to being trapped in an ''Italian restaurant'' that is slowly filling up with water.
* The short story "Charlie Rabbit" by Creator/GarthNix finds two little boys in a war zone trapped in a bomb shelter with a broken water main.
* In ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]'', Luke and Mara end up in the secret cavern beneath the fortress called the Hand of Thrawn. There's an underground lake a mere wall away. While the two of them stare at the cavern's secret, floating asleep or not yet alive in a [[PeopleJars Spaarti cylinder]], the cavern's droid defenders open fire. It quickly becomes obvious that the only way out of this is to nick the wall separating the cavern from the underground lake, which they do, but the water comes in at such a high pressure that the way they came in from gets blocked, and the air gets harder to breathe as the water takes up more and more space. [[NowOrNeverKiss Luke asks Mara to marry him]].
* In ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'', Maleficent enchants the ''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks The Many Adventures of]]'' ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' ride in an attempt to drown [[TheChick Willia]] and [[TheBigGuy Charlene]].
* In ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly Seven Deadly Wonders]]'', there was a BoobyTrap version of this involving a cage. Turns out, you have to go into the cage to get past the trap.
* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', one of the Emperor's deathtraps is a complex maze filled with water by the rising tide. It's your choice whether you're dashed to pieces against the rock walls or drowned; it's all in how you stand.
* In ''Literature/TheCulture'' novel ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'', Horza starts out in one of these, except it's connected to the building's toilet system and thus slowly filling with substances rather less pleasant than water (the locals being ''really'' unhappy with him). Being the novel's protagonist, he's rescued just before he drowns.
* In one of the later books in the ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', Darren is called to do a series of tests for the leaders of the vampire world. One of these challenges is to find his way out of a maze that is slowly filling with water. While he has a boulder tied to him.
* Erik turns his DeathTrap for [[MurderTheHypotenuse Raoul]] and the Persian into this in the climax of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. Christine saves them by taking his ScarpiaUltimatum.
* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'': One of the obstacles in the Dreamstone is a room that fills with water. After the gate to the next room is unlocked, then the water rapidly recedes. Here's the catch: as the water goes down, it freezes -- if you're not in a boat, you get trapped as a HumanPopsicle.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' has one in the form of an old temple haunted by vengeful water spirits. It's left ambiguous if it's an enchantment or a result of his trauma-induced fear of drowning, but even [[SuperNotDrowningSkills Percy]] can't breathe the water.
* In the AlternateHistory novel ''K is for Killing'' by Daniel Easterman, the 1940's United States is ruled by a fascist government, including concentration camps and the Federal Bureau of Internal Security headed by J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover has a woman locked in a dark chamber which slowly fills with water, and is told her daughter is in another similar chamber (she's not). The woman gives Hoover the information he needs, and is then left to drown.
* In the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Rune Returns", the hero, Black Torrent, actually ''suggests'' to the villain that he attempt to drown him and the other heroes in this manner. It's actually a BatmanGambit, however, because Torrent knows that the room in question was designed to bury the heroes in ''sand.'' Filling it with water allowed them to float up to the door and escape.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', much is made of the ruthlessness of Tywin Lannister and his slaughter of House Reyne of Castamere is often mentioned, although never entirely explained. Then ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'' came out and revealed that Tywin essentially used this trope. After having defeated the main Reyne army, the household fled into [[ElaborateUndergroundBase a series of underground mines]] that would cost Tywin an absurd number of soldiers if he tried to storm it, hoping they could convince Tywin to negotiate. Instead Tywin sealed the mines and divert a nearby river into them, turning the entire thing into a drowning pit.
-->Ser Reynard sent word to Ser Tywin above, offering terms. But Tywin Lannister did not honor Ser Reynard's offer with a reply. Instead he commanded that the mines be sealed. With pick and axe and torch, his own miners brought down tons of stone and soil, burying the great gates to the mines until there was no way in and no way out. Once that was done, he turned his attention to the small, swift stream that fed the crystalline blue pool beside the castle from which Castamere took its name. It took less than a day to dam the stream and only two to divert it to the nearest mine entrance. The earth and stone that sealed the mine had no gaps large enough to let a squirrel pass, let alone a man... but the water found its way down. Ser Raynard had taken more than three hundred men, women, and children into the mines, it is said. Not a one emerged. A few of the guards assigned to the smallest and most distant of the mine entrances reported hearing faint screams and shouts coming from beneath the earth one night, but by daybreak the stones had gone silent once again.
* ''Literature/AlexRider'': In ''Scorpia'', TheDragon Nile knocks Alex unconscious and locks him in a cellar that is filling with water as a result of one of Venice's storm surges.
* ''Literature/TheHistories'' of Herodotus: To avenge her brother, Queen Nitocris of Egypt [[NastyParty invites his killers to a banquet]] in an underground hall, then locks the doors and has the room filled up with water through a hidden duct.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* It happened in the Ernie and Bert skit on ''Series/SesameStreet'' with Ernie carrying a glass of water. Ernie told Bert that the kitchen faucet is broken and Ernie wanted to carry the water out before their whole home gets flooded and they did.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS1E2TheHauntedLighthouse The Haunted Lighthouse]]", a variation occurs when ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's evil cousin and a friend lock him into a cave as the tide is coming in.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' had a flashback of a serial killer's childhood. He passed by a well a woman had fallen into, and instead of getting help, he ''spat'' on her. Realizing he wouldn't help led to her crossing the DespairEventHorizon. He then watched happily as she gave up and drowned.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' The Villain buries a bus full of kids as part of a ransom plot, but a freak storm causes it to start filling with mud.
** In another episode, Jimmy and Alex are kidnapped by one of Walker's enemies and thrown into one of these. Adding insult to injury, the water is ice cold, putting them at risk for hypothermia as well.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': In the second-season episode "Vault", Ray and Fraser are locked in a bank vault which is slowly filling with water from its broken sprinkler system. In a twist, ''Fraser'' broke the sprinkler -- he knows the bank robbers are drilling through the door, and he figures the water will distract them once they manage to get into the vault. Of course, that means they have to worry about drowning if the robbers don't break in fast enough...
* ''Series/GetSmart''
** Smart and another person find themselves trapped in such a situation, but escape when Smart actually finds the room's plug (which is literally a regular size bathtub plug) and manages to drain the room.
** He and Agent 99 find themselves in a flooding phone booth deathtrap -- as they're posing as a married couple, 99 uses her diamond ring to cut the glass open. The booth ended up recycled in a later episode in the underground lair of Dr. Yes, Smart in it again.
* Ace finds herself in such a predicament during the cliffhanger ending of one episode in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Battlefield".
* Happened on ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' in the basement of the apartment building. The danger in this case was not drowning, but the water getting deep enough to hit the fuse box and electrocute everyone.
* In ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Vaughn is trapped in a room rapidly filling with water that occured as a side effect of something Sydney did earlier in the episode. He eventually [[spoiler:escapes by swimming to the ceiling of the room and unscrewing a hatch in the ceiling with a ''screwdriver he just happened to have'']]. This same trope is then subverted with the same miniplot as it turns out that [[spoiler:though Vaughn didn't drown, he ''did'' get poisoned by the nuclear quality of the water.]]
* Charlie on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is [[spoiler:killed this way in season three.]] As are [[spoiler:Sun and Jin in season six.]]
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', there's a Warlock who kills people by making them face their worst fear. Since Prue is terrified of drowning, she gets locked into her shower with the water level rising.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': One of many perils that the Gravedigger inflicts on Booth.
* One of the characters on ''{{K-Ville}}'' was an ex-con who had this happen to him in his cell during Hurricane Katrina.
* Virtually every Submarine movie ever. Well, except for ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''.
* An episode of ''Series/JonathanCreek'' features a bathtub that tips downward, dropping its unfortunate occupants into a water tank beneath before tipping back up to seal off their escape.
* ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'' has a storyline where a criminal lawyer is placed on trial, then loses his job despite being acquitted. [[TraumaCongaLine His entire world crumbles]], falling out with [[BigBad George Freeman]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Bob Trimbole]], his wife leaves him, and he sees no choice but to go to the police involved in the corruption for help, knowing they will probably kill him. His wife won't even let him talk to his kids when he is awaiting his fate. Then he's taken out on a rented boat, where the officers reveal a stove, [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat him]] despite his pleas to be shot instead, tie him to the stove, then throw him overboard, [[PoliceBrutality the police laughing all the while]], especially at him praying for forgiveness.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode [[Recap/TheXFilesS02E11ExcelsisDei "Excelsis Dei"]], Mulder and the VictimOfTheWeek are trapped in bathroom that is swiftly filled up with water.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Cabin Pressure", Harm along with the ship’s sergeant-at-arms and an enlisted sailor accused of murder are trapped below deck on a ship that ran aground. The DirtyCop left Harm and the sailor to drown when getting rescued, claiming that they were already dead; but in this show TheHero never dies…
* In the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "The Jack Is High", a RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[ArmedBlag rob an armored car]], then make their escape in an unusual getaway vehicle -- a gasoline tanker. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong Well, for one thing, the gas starts to leak into the compartment where some of the crooks are hiding. [[spoiler:They repair the leak, but it reopens at the climax of the episode, killing two of the men.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' pulls a ziggzagged version of this in its [[EmpathicEnvironment usual]] [[InterfaceScrew fashion]]. The pit is a visual metaphor for [[TheCorrupter Parado]] drowning in his fear as he is hunted down by [[BigBad Cronus]] in #39.
** [[spoiler: Parado's [[AlasPoorVillain end]] in the same episode is signified with an imaginery of him being pushed into the pit to drown]].
** [[spoiler: His revival in #40 continues this impression with [[GoodIsNotSoft Emu]] diving into the pit to rescue him]].
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode ''Heathridge Manor'' featured a disturbed young man who would place women in a well, fill it up with water so that they drowned, and then attempt to resuscitate them. If he could revive them, they were subjected to further horrors and finally killed.
* Featured as a scenario in the game show ''Series/DasshutsuGameDERO'', in which contestants have to solve a puzzle in a flooding chamber.
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Gold Job", the team creates a fake drowning pit as part of TheCon.
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'':
** In the ''Baywatch: Hawaii'' episode "Good Man in a Storm", Sean and Jenna escape a hurricane and find shelter in a military bunker, only to be trapped as water floods the room. Jenna performs an ActionDressRip to help stem the flood. Her strapless dress consequently becomes a conveniently eye-catching SexySoakedShirt.
** In "The Armored Car", Eddie and Shauni are trapped in the back of the titular car as it falls into the bay. For worse, Eddie is pinned down to the back of the car by a huge box that fell on him when he saved a little girl who was inside the car.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''; Jack and Allison were trapped in an experimental submarine which was rapidly filling with water. They combined this trope with AltarTheSpeed, as they decided that, if Henry's idea to transport them off the sub didn't work, they wanted to get married before they drowned.
* Twice in ''Series/MacGyver1985'', crooks trap Mac in a flooding vessel in an attempt to kill him: a submarine in "Deep Cover" and a fishing boat in "Pirates". In each case he [[MacGyvering jury-rigs a different means of escape]].
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Death Defying Feats", Phryne is performing the 'The Miraculous Mermaid": a version of Houdini's water trap escape. The killer sabotages the act leaving Phryne trapped in a glass tank filled with water.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'': In "Alex", Rick Malverne kidnaps Alex Danvers and imprisons her in a cell rigged to fill with water in four hours in order to force Kara and Maggie Sawyer to break his father out of jail.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': The hidden psychopath attempts to dispose of Cat this way in "Cured".
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': In "The Knife", a bad guy injects Roxton with a paralyzing poison, then leaves him at the beach at low tide. The man later sadistically explains that the poison wears off eventually, but not fast enough before the tide will come in, all the while [[AndIMustScream Roxton is still conscious]]. Marguerite eventually rescues him just as his head is underwater.

[[folder: Music]]
* The Creator/{{Hipgnosis}} cover for the Strawbs' ''[[http://www.hipgnosiscovers.com/strawbs.html Deadlines]]'' album features a phone booth turned into a drowning pit. (Yes, just like one of the ''Series/GetSmart'' examples above.)

[[folder: Video Games]]
* One of the treasures in ''VideoGame/WarioLand: The Shake Dimension'' says this (a message in a bottle) about a ''bottle factory'' filling up with water.
* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland DS'' does this with lava.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': This is used sometimes. Water is used to make you lose air, usually this trap will be in a level where oxygen is limited. When it's not, and sometimes when it is, you get lava. Oh, and you run out of air in lava, too. Can't breathe lava.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' has this trope in the final but not very final area of the game, just before the final but not really final boss, in a level called "Toxic Tower", in which the Kongs get transformed into a bouncy snake in order to bounce away from the ever rising toxic waste going all the way up till the finish. Nice.
* ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter: New Blood'' has the surgeons trapped in this. The way to escape? Solve a toy lock. Seriously.
* In the flash game, ''Fancy Pants'', you find an orb that grants you a wall clinging power-up... if you can make it to the top of a pit before rising black goop does.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' does it after Link eventually [[spoiler:rescues Aryll]].
* ''VideoGame/OnimushaWarlords'' has at least one example of this kind of trap. In a Sengoku-era castle, about 400 years prior to indoor plumbing. On the third floor. [[FridgeLogic Don't think about it too hard]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'', one of the bathrooms contains a surprisingly deadly sink. Namely, it won't turn off once you turn it on, and won't drain, eventually causing the room to fill up with water. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the only way to get to the final room in the game. The door is on the ceiling, and you need to swim up there to open it.]]
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Behind the [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dwarven Atom Smasher]], a DrowningPit is probably the second most common trap players start designing. Can be combined with LavaPit for further obsidian-producing lulz. It is also possible, by capturing and relocating dangerous aquatic creatures, to turn a DrowningPit into a SharkPool, possibly with Lethal LegendaryCarp if the player so desires. However, actually getting that done is a challenge in its own while not substantially increasing the lethality of the trap, making it something of a [[DifficultButAwesome Difficult But Awe]][[AwesomeButImpractical some But Impractical]] option.
** Aquifers -- layers that spawn water indefinitely, which ensures both access to clean water and "[[TotalPartyKill fun]]" if plumbing is not planned perfectly.
-->'''[[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=113237.msg3449028#msg3449028 Player 1]]''': The aquifer giveth and the aquifer taketh away.
-->'''Player 2''': First you hate aquifers, then you learn to love them, then you learn to install drainage for your dining hall as a matter of principle.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': Favored method of the [[BigBad Origami Killer]], who leaves his victims to drown in rainwater (hence the title). [[spoiler:It connects to something in his past.]]
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Opposing Force'' combines this with the LavaPit in the form of a room trap early in the game. As you try to cross the room, a fuse shorts out, blows open a tank of biowaste then proceeds to disintegrate the floor bit-by-bit. After you climb up to the catwalk, you notice G-Man staring at you from the control room... the electrified waste is still rising... it's almost to your feet... then he opens the nearby maintenance door at the last second. The base game also had a loooong swim with great ease of getting lost and running out of air. With leeches (underwater GoddamnedBats) everywhere.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'': The Labyrinth Zone Act 3 boss.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'': Happens during a flashback.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'': [[PressXToDie Don't flush the toilet]], or it will flood the room and drown you.
* ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Final Fight 2's]]'' continue screen depicts your bound character (either Haggar, Maki or Carlos) trapped in one of these.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' begins in a early 20th Century 3rd class cabin. The window is ruptured and water floods in. You have to find a way to escape.
* You have to invoke this in the old computer game ''The Crimson Crown''. After the Vampyr has you and your companion Sabrina thrown into a pit to rot, [[MoonLogicPuzzle you whistle to summon an owl you had befriended earlier, who leaves a tree branch and a beehive with you. Inside of the pit with you is a constantly draining water source; you use the beehive to plug the hole, causing the pit to fill up with water, and then hold onto the tree branch to eventually climb your way to the top of the pit and escape.]]
* ''VideoGame/HectorBadgeOfCarnage'' episode 3 starts with Hector and Lambert trapped in a septic tank that is rapidly filling up with sewage. Hector can stop the sewage and drain the tank as long as he is running on a treadmill. Being Hector, he considers drowning in sewage the lesser evil.
* Early in ''VideoGame/StarTropics'', there is a hidden bonus room from which a similar bonus room can be discovered in the same way. Greedy players who try to access a third bonus room instead find a Room of Watery Death; upon entering it, Mike [[SuperDrowningSkills drowns instantly]].
* The [[VideoGame/GodOfWarIII third]] ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries God of War]]'' game has you [[EscortMission escorting]] [[MacGuffinGirl Pandora]] late in the game. She ends up getting stuck in one of these somewhere down the line, forcing Kratos to come to the rescue before she dies.
* In ''VideoGame/BlueGuardianMargaret'', at one point, Margaret is captured and wakes up [[ShamefulStrip naked]] and tied up in a glass tank filling with water while the villains watch and taunt her as she struggles. She passes out from lack of air, only to wake up in a cell, still naked. She must then break out and sneak through the base to recover her clothes and weapons. However, if she gets caught again, she'll be put in the tank again, this time until she drowns for real.
* In ''VideoGame/NatikaAndSandysSinkingAndRescuingOperations'', every stage takes place in one of these, as the main objective is to use Natika to release Sandy from a chain that keeps her stuck underwater before she drowns. This is made more difficult by the fact that there are [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]] constantly out to nibble at them.
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFrameVMaidenOfBlackWater'', the ritual central to the story involved sealing a VirginSacrifice into a box....and then drowning her by throwing it into a sacred lake to purify the water.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Be A Clown", after knocking out Batman, The Joker puts him in a straitjacket and in a glass tank that is slowly filling with water. Jordan, a young boy who had been hanging out with Joker and unaware of his true nature, attacks the glass with an ax and cracks it before Joker snatches it away and chases him. Batman then attacks the crack until the tank ruptures, freeing him.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
** One episode had Ulrich (with a broken/very badly hurt arm) and Sissi sealed in an elevator filling with water, thanks to XANA. Luckily, the others are able to win the day and hit the {{reset button}} just as the two fall unconscious.
** And then used again when XANA traps Odd in a more typical drowning pit -- with a grate on top -- so that a fake Odd can get to Lyoko and kill the others. Yumi is able to save him at the last second.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': The Griffins lock themselves in a panic room then accidentally fire off a flare. Which activates the sprinklers and slowly fills the room with water.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' as noted above. Almost crossing over into ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.
* Doubly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' when a group of humans and apes are trapped in an uncovered pit. Jane's father comments that they can simply float up to the top. Jane corrects him by saying it would work for the humans, but the [[ShownTheirWork apes are not buoyant and would still drown]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** This happens to Bart and Groundskeeper Willie, and it's made even worse by the fact that there are fans (or something with spinning blades) overhead that could chop them up.
** Parodied in "Simpson Tide".
-->'''Barney''': "It's filling up with a clear, non-alcoholic liquid!"
-->'''Homer''': "You mean water?"
-->'''Barney''': "Yeah, that's the stuff."
** A variant in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish". Bart is kicked into a crate my Mr. Burns, which falls off the boat and into the ocean; the crate slowly fills with water while Grampa ventures down into the sea to save him.