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[[caption-width-right:300:Think that's breaking the laws of physics? You should see the sport they play in there.]]

-> ''"Aren't you surprised by how we got water to blatantly ignore gravity? ''[[{{Beat}} (pause)]]'' What?!?! You think it is easy altering the laws of physics, like gravity?!?!? How 'bout ''you'' try?!?"''
-->-- '''A Random [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Toad]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshading this trope]] in VideoGame/SuperMario63'''

Water works in a pretty simple way. Water flows wherever gravity takes it, and water takes the shape of its container. Or Does It? Floating Water is the strange fictional occurrence in which water decides to defy gravity, and sometimes make a plethora of shapes.

There can be any number of explanations that can be made by the people using this trope, but it really all boils down to the RuleOfCool. Remember however, it can still be in a glass container of some sort, just expect it to be crystal clear and barely noticeable.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Goku from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' exercises himself when he is in a hospital bed by concentrating his will on the water in a glass, moving the water out of the glass while it remains in the same shape as the glass. Naturally, when someone entered the room, he became distracted and the water fell on his head.
* Happens in ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea''. During a performance by a [[MakingASplash water]] and [[MindOverMatter psychic]] Pokémon show, giant spheres of water are levitated, with Pokémon and people jumping into them and swimming around.
** Speaking of ''Pokémon'', [[OlympusMons Manaphy]] is living water.
* The ''Noiseman'' anime short has this.
* Juvia from ''Manga/FairyTail'', being a water mage, makes regular use of this with her spherical 'Water Lock' spell. [[ElementalShapeshifter She can also liquify herself]], so to a certain extent she ''is'' floating water.
** In the Grand Magic Games arc Lucy and Juvia go up against women in other guilds inside one of these.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* During Creator/DCComics' CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}'', the SpaceOpera hero ComicBook/AdamStrange was visited by a Thanagarian delegation who vocally admired the "water sculpture" in the hero's house as it made various shapes in the air above the "fountain" it filled. Then they tried to kill him. Turns out the "water sculpture" was actually a trained alien "watchdog" made of liquid and the fountain was its equivalent to a doghouse. (It also turns out that Thanagarians take a long time to drown, since their lungs are larger than those of a human.)
* Aqueduct (a.k.a. Water Wizard), a villain in the MarvelUniverse, has the psychokinetic ability to control and shape all forms of liquid (including oil) for virtually any effect, such as rainstorms, floods, tidal waves, water slides, and mobile animated water creatures.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* During the Ego Trip in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', John causes a fifty-foot stretch of river to rise up and stream over his head so the others can cross without struggle. Everyone is ''mightily'' impressed--except the Hunter, naturally.
* ''FanFic/TangledUpInBlues'': Seafoam demonstrates her telekinesis by "dividing the water in the fountain into cubes that float through the air."


[[folder: Film ]]

* In the climatic battle of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Dumbledore momentarily nabs Voldermort inside a sphere of water and levitates it into the air in a spell reminiscent of the water cage that looked like a sheet of glass he uses for the same purpose in the book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.
* The Red Matter in the new ''Film/StarTrek'' movie. Justified in they ''had'' to have it suspended in a vacuum, because if it touched any other kind of matter at all it would turn into a black hole.
* The Mon Calamari opera/dance/thing in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* Justified in the movie ''Film/{{Antz}}''. Water really does that at that scale.
* The water tentacle from ''Film/TheAbyss''.
* Creator/RichardKelly is ''obsessed'' with this image. Watch any movie he directed, from ''Film/DonnieDarko'' to ''Film/SouthlandTales'' to ''Film/TheBox.''
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', [[spoiler: TheHeavy Admiral Zhao]] is killed in a curb stomp battle when three unnamed waterbenders simply trap him in a ball of water and suspend him until he drowns.
* Played for literal {{tearjerker}} effect in ''Film/{{Gravity}}''. We realise the heroine is crying when her tears start floating in bubbles through the microgravity of the Soyuz capsule.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'': Water creeps up walls and drips ''up'' off leaves near the Fountain of Youth.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], or at least HandWaved, in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/TheIntegralTrees'' and ''Literature/TheSmokeRing'': "Ponds" in the setting are spheres of water floating in midair, due to the near-complete lack of gravity.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', the title character moves and suspends water multiple times throughout the series.
* Also justified in one of Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/DominicFlandry'' novels, although the zero-g environment was artificial in this case.
* In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', when one of the Krullian hydrophobes falls onto a pond, his innate revulsion for water manifests magically and pushes it away from his body, leaving him suspended over a trough in the liquid's surface.
* In the Literature/{{Spellsinger}} series, the river Sloomaz-ayor-le-Weentli is a "double" river, in which one river flows at ground level and another underground, with an air-filled space between them (AWizardDidIt).
* In [[Literature/StoriesOfNypre Waters of Aqnis]] there is a chapter dedicated to a crazy captain telling his crazy story. Included in said story is an entire ocean of floating water, hovering just above the usual one.
* In Literature/TheBible, God separated the waters of the Red Sea, opening up a dry path on the seabed for the Israelites to pass on.
** Less impressively, but still something, the waters of the Jordan, ''twice''[[note]]once in Joshua 3 and once in 2 Kings 2[[/note]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a planet made entirely out of water, the reason for that being it was held together by a massive force field generator at its core. The people living on the planet meanwhile believed their gods had given it to them as a gift (note: they lived underwater in buildings).
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Smith and Jones," the gravity-transport beam the Judoon use to transport the hospital from the earth to the moon causes water to condense out of the air around the hospital and fall upward, creating the illusion that it's "raining backward."
* Cleo from ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' has the power to manipulate the form of water and mould it into a different shape. She can mystically create more water to form a "branch" from a small cup


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The ForgottenRealms setting in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' had a spell called "Laeral's Aqueous Column," which created a column of water that was 10 feet high per caster level and 10 feet wide.
** 1st Edition D&D had a lot of Bible-derived cleric spells, including ''Part Water'' and ''Raise/Lower Water''.


[[folder: Toys ]]

* [[MakingASplash Toa of Water]] in ''Toy/{{Bionicle}}'' are able to manipulate water. Particularly skilled ones are able to keep it suspended in mid air for extended periods of time, or mold it into unusual shapes such as a hand.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Centaur Man's level in ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' has a room where reverse gravity water is moving up and down on the ceiling. To get across without the Jet Adaptor, you have to time your jumps to have the gravity-reducing water increase your jump distance.
* Fan-made ''VideoGame/SuperMario63'' has water that can cling onto walls. They even lampshaded it in one particular level.
* The second and third game of ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' had floating tubes and spheres of water.
* The computer game ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'' has water bubbles suspended in air.
* Blitzball matches in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' take place in floating water spheres. See the picture above. Absolutely no attempt is made to explain how they do it.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'' had floating bodies of water floating in air that you had to swim through. Later, VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 re-used the same idea, adding games characteristic gravity tricks.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' has the Loopdeeloop and Loopdeeswoop Galaxies, which are Manta Ray race tracks made of floating water. The latter even has the water go uphill and in a vertical loop!
** [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 The sequel]] has some interesting 2D platforming involving water passageways above, below, and next to platforms with gravity pointing any which way.
* Floating bodies of water are sometimes seen in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' games. In particular, ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' has a couple of blatant examples. In the first level of the Dynablade sub-game, an optional room has a perfectly rectangular space of water. The water-themed planet in Milky Way Wishes has other oddly-shaped bodies of water, with arbitrarily-placed pockets of air.
* Through use of the sponge block, it is possible to produce this effect in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''.
** To a lesser extent, it can be done with signs and several other similar items. They allow you to pass through, but block the water.
* All the water in ''VideoGame/RivenTheSequelToMyst'' is like this. The [[HandWave explanation]] is that the water contains a heat-avoiding bacteria that makes people sick when they drink it. Boiling it kills the bacteria and makes it ordinary water.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd famously lost his cool while playing ''VideoGame/SuperPitfall'' as the result of this trope.
* The forest level in ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' had numerous examples.
* A single-course setpiece obstacle in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'': moving circles of water mixed in with the platforms. Yes, you can swim in them, and you can fall out of them to your death.
* The very first ''{{VideoGame/Turok}}'' game (the good one) had vertical columns of water that you had to ascend and jump out of at the top to scale a dungeon.
* Ditto one part of ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' set in [[EldritchLocation Oneiros]].
* ''VideoGame/MarioParty 7'' has a mini-game where the four players are placed in a giant floating bubble of water, and must punch the others out of the bubble. (And yes, despite what logic might otherwise dictate, being punched out the top of the bubble counts as a knockout.)
* In the trailer for ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'', a Big Sister uses telekinesis to make a big shield of water, for no reason other than to look awesome.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgB7mgdjUhA This]] is a water rift from...well, ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}''.
* One of the outdoor levels in ''VideoGame/SecretAgent'' has a block of water just floating in mid-air ([[SuperDrowningSkills that kills you instantly on touch]].) There's no explanation for this. Apparently it's a level designer's error.
* ''VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams'' has a stage with floating bodies of water: the appropriately named Splash Garden.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]'':
** Rainy Clouds, which makes sense as clouds are filled with water.
** The Secret Exit route in Cat Beach is based around this particular gimmick. One false move and Luigi plummets to his death.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', the capital of Malkuth is called Grand Chokmah, the Floating Capital, because most of it extends out over the surface of the nearby ocean. In addition to being filled with truly awe-inspiring fountains and waterfalls, the bar that you can enter has globes of floating water on display, suspended in midair as decor. Since Malkuth is the country known for its practitioners of [[MagicAIsMagicA fonic artes]], it's safe to say AWizardDidIt to show off.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'''s water can act strange, notably in Naga levels where two water areas are uninterrupted by land yet are at different height leves, connected by a ramp of water. Sometimes it's disguised by putting waterfalls over the ramp, sometimes not.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'': Can be accomplished with bubble blocks, which are impenetrable by liquids but otherwise intangible, allowing water (or honey, or lava) to be effectively suspended in mid-air and dived into from the sides or bottom.


[[folder: Web Comics]]

* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'''s take on blitzball is drownball, which Fighter handily wins by being the only player alive at the end (thanks to his brain not needing that much oxygen in the first place).


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-791 SCP-791]] is an inexplicably orb-shaped mass of water.
* [[http://trollscience.com/troll/view/25 This]] troll science cartoon.
* Several "hydrokinetic" characters in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' commonly manipulate water in this fashion.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* This is the main principle of [[MakingASplash Waterbending]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Katara calls it "streaming the water."
* Aqualad of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' can do this too; he actually prefers to do this while he's ''in'' the water.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode "Space Madness", Captain Hoark is in the bath and Space Cadet Stimpy turns off the gravity in order to calm him down. Cue this trope with the bath water taking the same rectangular shape as the bathtub.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision: In zero gravity, water will form floating spheres. These [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=487fnnjAgZM NASA]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTqLQO3L4Ko videos]] shows a number of visually cool experiments involving them.
** And played for laughs in the ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' manga: in an {{omake}} [[{{Yonkoma}} four-panel strip]], Hachi sees a blob of floating hot coffee. Being cute, he sticks a straw in it and slurps it. HilarityEnsues.
** Demonstrated in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' album in space. (With whisky instead of water, but the same principle applies.)
** And in the novel ''Simon Black in Space'' by Ivan Southall when one of the characters attempts to create a bath in zero gravity, and almost drowns in the process.
* Another way water does this in real life is in water droplets. When watched in a high speed camera it's revealed that the drop will float on the surface of the water as a perfect sphere for a fraction of a milisecond before bursting, launching a smaller sphere into the air which does the same thing until it gets too small to support itself.
* Also, water is somewhat diamagnetic, so a sufficiently strong magnet can be used to float water. (This effect has been used to levitate not just water, but also live frogs and mice.)
* Technically, ice sculptures are this trope. Nobody specified ''liquid'' water, after all...
** By the same criteria, icebergs and clouds.
* Some decorative "dancing water" fountains simulate this effect, using continuous streams of water so smooth that they don't appear to be moving.
* Siphons can make liquids flow upwards using negative pressure.
* Due to urban air turbulence, it sometimes rains ''up'' around the Empire State Building's observation deck.
* With the magic of speaker pulses and video frame rates set in time with each other, someone has actually filmed a stream of still floating droplets, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=_PkgQQqpH2M in this video]].