Meditating Under a Waterfall
A character who strengthens mind and body by sitting under a waterfall.
Truth in Television
: It's a well-known Asian ascetic practice, at least for those ascetics who live around waterfalls.
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Anime & Manga
- Subverted in an issue of Cavewoman, in which our 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.
- In Best Of The Best, the South Korean Taekwondo team is shown standing under a waterfall during their training.
- In the Discworld novel Soul Music 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.
Live Action TV
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: 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.
- In 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.
- Maya Fey in Ace Attorney 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.
- In Monster Rancher 2, one of the versions of "Meditate" is this.
- In Ippatsuman's ending in 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 Shiren the Wanderer, Pekeji claims to have done this when he has reached his maximum potential.
- The end of the Friendly Local Chinatown section boss in MadWorld is found Meditating Under a Waterfall, the Announcer Chatter inform us it's the first time in ages he's had a shower..
- In 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 Chakravitran in Asura's Wrath.
- In Fatal Fury Special, Andy takes one of these in his ending.
- During Taketo's route of Class Trip Crush, 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.
- Samurai Jack does it, before engaging possessed blind demon archers (he's trying to discern how he can effectively avoid the archers, because anytime he moves, he will be heard and shot at).