Water Guns and Balloons
The Weapon of Choice
for the Bratty Half-Pint
. Water Balloons may be used alongside slingshots
The contents will not always be water— it could be jelly, ink, or something more... foul
. Either that or some jerk will bring out the hose.
Expect college science geeks and/or medical students with too much time on their hands to build a water balloon slingshot out of lab materials, or some other ridiculous contraption.
Wet T-shirts and swim suits may lead to Sexy Soaked Shirt
Anime and Manga
- Cowboy Bebop: Ed uses water guns filled with "stinky gas" in "Mushroom Samba".
- The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya: Haruhi subconsciously modified model guns into firing pressurized water balls with unimaginably explosive firepower. Dual squirt guns turned dual mini water-grenade launchers/pistols.
- 'Yotsuba&!, Jumbo, and Yanda held a water balloon fight inside the house. When Yotsuba was supposed to be housesitting'' no less. And she even started it by ambushing Yanda with her water pistol.
- In Black Crayons, they serve as the ideal weapons whenever Annabelle decides to team up with Ironhide against Sam, Wheelie, or the Twins.
- In the Star Wars fic ''It's a Jedi Thing, You Wouldn't Understand", Han and Luke are both annoyed about having to go to a diplomatic dinner with Leia. And they're acting worse than Leia's toddler twins. She catches them at the hotel in the midst of a water gun fight. When she interrupts them, Luke already emptied his on Han's head, and Han had his pointed at Luke's crotch, going for the 'wet his pants' look.
- Done in The Lost Boys, using squirt guns filled with holy water against vampires. Unusually effective.
- Played for Wayans-style comedy in Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
- From Dusk Till Dawn also has holy water guns, treated somewhat like Holy Hand Grenades.
- Attack the Block has this with "probs and mayhem," 2 nine-year-olds, using a water pistol full of petrol and a firecracker to burn an alien to death.
- The finale of Carry On Regardless was this. There were no water pistols and balloons but they were armed with garden hoses.
- Used in the final battle in Recess: School's Out, along with silly string, no less!
- In Flubber, Dr. Brainerd shows up at the Big Bad's house with a water pistol that he says he uses to lower the temperature of the flubber storage tank. In actual fact, the pistol is filled with a liquid flubber solution.
- In Lesbian Vampire Killers, the protagonists use water balloons made from condoms filled with holy water as weapons against the lesbian vampires.
- In Weird Science, Lisa threatens Gary's parents into letting their son attend a Wild Teen Party with a realistic-looking water gun, as she eventually reveals to Gary after she pulls it off.
- In the Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii," the Tenth Doctor uses a water gun against the lead Pyrovile.
- When Ross is trying to convince himself his student-girlfriend isn't too immature for him in Friends, he arrives at the dorm to find she's having a water-balloon fight. After they split up, he thinks "She handled that really maturely. Was this a mistake?" and then she drops a balloon on him from the window...
- In "The One Where Joey Moves Out", Rachel finds one of her bras in the guys' apartment and asks what the hell it's doing there. Joey explains that he and Chandler were having a water-balloon fight with some junior high kids and they used the bra to fling their balloons off the roof.
- MythBusters: one myth they tested was a combination of a water gun and a Static Stun Gun.
- Stargate SG-1:
- The West Wing: after noting that Josh is the kind of guy who has to be hit over the head to notice that a girl is interested in him, Amy tosses a water balloon at him from the balcony of her office as he's leaving the building, that almost hit him in the head.
- One episode of Boy Meets World had Cory trying to earn enough money to buy a high-end squirt gun in time for an upcoming water war. After his dad helps him finish his job so he doesn't miss the fun, Cory ends up trading the new gun for two smaller ones, which he and his dad then gleefully turn on the rest of the family.
- On "And the Window of Opportunity", the second-season finale of 2 Broke Girls, Caroline and Max augment their verbal fight with the water-cleaning guns they're using.
- Used in multiple sketches of The Whitest Kids U' Know. The Water Balloon sketch is about a man selling water ballons in the old west and Booger Blasters is an advertisement for a variation of squirt guns that uses boogers. Both Booger Blasters and the Nerf Nuke sketch also mentions another product from the same in-universe company: the Cum Bomb.
- The prank that pushes the girls over the limit during "Prank Week" in Zoey 101.
- CSI NY featured an adult version called Water Gun Wars, based on the real life Streetwars game. Players try to 'kill' each other with water guns or balloons to become the last one standing in the game and win a cash prize. But one player got angry at the guy who knocked him out of the game and thought he'd pull a scare with a blank gun. He didn't know that blanks can be as dangerous as bullets at close range.
- In the video for Madonna's "What It Feels Like For A Girl", Madonna's character uses a realistic-looking water pistol on a couple of cops as she's going out on a violent joy ride with an elderly passenger.
- Regular feature on Calvin and Hobbes. An Escalating War usually follows, with the local weapons-of-mass-destruction equivalent being the garden hose, or on one occasion a filled kiddy pool. In the Print Bonus story of The Lazy Sunday Book, Spaceman Spiff's Zorcher and Demise-O Bomb are in Calvin's reality a water pistol and water balloon, and only succeed in making their respective targets, Susie and Calvin's mom, wet and angry, though the grounded Calvin is still plotting a new watery prank in the last panel: a Bucket Booby-Trap.
- Appears in some Garfield strips.
- At least once in FoxTrot, Jason and Marcus were firing squirt guns filled with fruit punch. When they stopped to refill, they were swarmed by flies.
- "The Squirt Gun Wars" episode of Counter Monkey has Spoony recounting how a Shadowrun campaign became taken over by this trope after the players came up with a specific Game Breaking cocktail of poisons.
- Loserz once had a story arc about this.
- Ozy and Millie indulge in a few of these. Both involve Millie, a favoured target of the artist, and More Dakka.
- Housepets! had an entire story arc based on a water balloon war, "The Great Water Balloon War", between the titular creatures that was used to parody military and wartime tropes, starting here.
- Sam Starfall and Helix from Freefall have from time to time engaged in water balloon wars, often to the annoyance of Florence when she gets hit by a stray shot.
How can a species consider itself advanced if it's willing to travel between the stars and not bring water balloons?
- The Simpsons:
- One episode culminates to an all-water balloon Patton parody.
- Bart used two water guns filled with ketchup and mustard to threaten Mr. Burns when he went on a date with Marge's mother. Burns tests Bart's willingness to go through with it, which costs him.
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: one episode involving the tree house has the Eds using water balloons. Another has them selling turkey basters as water squirters. Also Eddy's El Mundo Stinkbomb.
- Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Kick and Gunthar fight Kick's older brother, Brad, for their hangout. Kick uses water balloons and Brad uses mudballs.
- Inspector Gadget has one of these equipped. For some reason.
- It's more like a miniature fire hose, and he's able to put out a fire with it quite handily. So that's probably the reason — putting out fires.
- Johnny Bravo episode "Balloon Buffoon" has Johnny and his friends trying to defend against youngsters armed with water balloons, which is treated by Johnny as a military campaign.
- Bob's Burgers: when the kids go trick-or-treating on the rich families' island, they're warned about "Hell Hunt", where the local teens on bicycles terrorize the younger kids with, among other things, water balloons filled with pee. On seeing them Gene cries out "It's Helen Hunt!!!"
- Buster and Babs' story arc in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation begins with Buster going after a sunbathing Babs with a squirt pistol loaded with ice water. She retaliates with her own, resulting in an Escalating War of water balloons, kiddy pools, Babs opening the floodgates on a dam, Buster setting off a volcano with high explosives to create a tidal wave...
- Taken Up to Eleven in the Invader Zim episode "The Wettening". When Dib discovers that Zim is harmed by water, he uses his super-scientist father's lab to engineer more and more advanced water weapons. Once Zim discovers that he can waterproof himself with glue, he retaliates with a satellite-mounted balloon filled with all the water on earth.
- Streetwars, a tournament where adults try to 'assassinate' each other with water guns and balloons. Become the last one standing and win a cash prize.