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* This was parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Homer intentionally pours his drink over the safety control panel at the nuclear power plant specifically to destroy it and get a new one shipped out to him. In the flash-forward "Lisa's Wedding" episode, life-like androids on several occasions short themselves out with their own tears whenever they cry.

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* This was parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Bart on the Road",
Homer intentionally pours his drink over the safety control panel at the nuclear power plant specifically to destroy it and get a new one shipped out to him. him.
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In the flash-forward "Lisa's Wedding" episode, life-like androids on several occasions short themselves out with their own tears whenever they cry.


* It's never actually mentioned in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' what happens if you try to fire a water-logged Plasma Cannon, although circumstantial evidence would seem to advise against it.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
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It's never actually mentioned in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' what happens if you try to fire a water-logged Plasma Cannon, plasma cannon, although circumstantial evidence would seem to advise against it.it. Firing a plasma cannon underwater makes it explode, but for slightly different reasons.
** Maxim 32 of ''[[BigBookOfWar The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries]]'' is "Anything is amphibious if you can get it back out of the water."
--->'''Murtaugh:''' That maxim usually results in a recovery team deciding their materiel is not amphibious.


* In the various ''Franchise/SuperRobotWars'' games, water doesn't harm you, but they will give you some penalties for walking in it unprepared. [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Mobile Suits]] are hit with this the worst as not only are they hit with the moving penalties that one gets with this, but shooting someone with beam weaponry only deals the minimum damage (being ''10'')

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* In the various ''Franchise/SuperRobotWars'' ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games, water doesn't harm you, but they will give you some penalties for walking in it unprepared. [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Mobile Suits]] are hit with this the worst as not only are they hit with the moving penalties that one gets with this, but shooting someone with beam weaponry only deals the minimum damage (being ''10'')


->''"Damn dogg why as a robot I got to be so [[LampshadeHanging predictably susceptible]] to liquid like this. It ain't cool!!!"''

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->''"Damn dogg why as a robot I got to be so [[LampshadeHanging predictably susceptible]] susceptible to liquid like this. It ain't cool!!!"''


* Done ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epically]]'' for the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. The apparent destruction of [[spoiler:the Glorft mothership]] occurred when [[spoiler:Coop accidentally teleported his soda onto the mothership's computer, and it tipped over, setting off a chain reaction that blew up half the ship, and caused them to be ''sucked into another dimension''.]]

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* Done ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epically]]'' for in the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. The apparent destruction of [[spoiler:the Glorft mothership]] occurred when [[spoiler:Coop accidentally teleported his soda onto the mothership's computer, and it tipped over, setting off a chain reaction that blew up half the ship, and caused them to be ''sucked into another dimension''.]]


* The prototype of the M247 Sergeant York self-propelled anti-aircraft gun suffered a case of EpicFail thanks to this. When demonstrated in front of a group of high ranking officers and Congressmen [[DisastrousDemonstration the system malfunctioned and ''started aiming its guns at the [=VIPs=]'']]. After this was fixed the prototype that was supposed to win a $6.97 billion dollar contract spent the next few hours [[ATeamFiring hitting the ground in front of it rather than the remote controlled helicopter it was supposed to hit]]. In a subsequent test, the targeting radar seemed [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny much more interested in the ventilation fan on a nearby building]] than the target drones (which were deliberately made much more radar-reflective than a real aircraft). A manager from Ford, the manufacturer, blamed it on the fact that it had been washed the evening before, messing up the electronics. A critical report wondered [[DeadpanSnarker if it ever rains in Europe, the intended area of deployment]].

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* The prototype of the M247 Sergeant York self-propelled anti-aircraft gun suffered a case of EpicFail thanks to this. When demonstrated in front of a group of high ranking officers and Congressmen [[DisastrousDemonstration the system malfunctioned malfunctioned]] and ''started ''[[OhCrap started aiming its guns at the [=VIPs=]'']].[=VIPs=]]]''. After this was fixed the prototype that was supposed to win a $6.97 billion dollar contract spent the next few hours [[ATeamFiring hitting the ground in front of it rather than the remote controlled helicopter it was supposed to hit]]. In a subsequent test, the targeting radar seemed [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny much more interested in the ventilation fan on a nearby building]] than the target drones (which were deliberately made much more radar-reflective than a real aircraft). A manager from Ford, the manufacturer, blamed it on the fact that it had been washed the evening before, messing up the electronics. A critical report wondered [[DeadpanSnarker if it ever rains in Europe, the intended area of deployment]].


* The prototype of the M247 Sergeant York self-propelled anti-aircraft gun suffered a case of EpicFail thanks to this. When demonstrated in front of a group of high ranking officers and Congressmen the system malfunctioned and ''started aiming its guns at the [=VIPs=]''. After this was fixed the prototype that was supposed to win a $6.97 billion dollar contract spent the next few hours [[ATeamFiring hitting the ground in front of it rather than the remote controlled helicopter it was supposed to hit]]. In a subsequent test, the targeting radar seemed [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny much more interested in the ventilation fan on a nearby building]] than the target drones (which were deliberately made much more radar-reflective than a real aircraft). A manager from Ford, the manufacturer, blamed it on the fact that it had been washed the evening before, messing up the electronics. A critical report wondered [[DeadpanSnarker if it ever rains in Europe, the intended area of deployment]].

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* The prototype of the M247 Sergeant York self-propelled anti-aircraft gun suffered a case of EpicFail thanks to this. When demonstrated in front of a group of high ranking officers and Congressmen [[DisastrousDemonstration the system malfunctioned and ''started aiming its guns at the [=VIPs=]''.[=VIPs=]'']]. After this was fixed the prototype that was supposed to win a $6.97 billion dollar contract spent the next few hours [[ATeamFiring hitting the ground in front of it rather than the remote controlled helicopter it was supposed to hit]]. In a subsequent test, the targeting radar seemed [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny much more interested in the ventilation fan on a nearby building]] than the target drones (which were deliberately made much more radar-reflective than a real aircraft). A manager from Ford, the manufacturer, blamed it on the fact that it had been washed the evening before, messing up the electronics. A critical report wondered [[DeadpanSnarker if it ever rains in Europe, the intended area of deployment]].

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* A frequently used plot device in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': when in doubt, just kick the evil robots into a pool of water and be done with it.


* Subverted in most ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games. Standing in water is a fantastic idea, because your heat sinks work better when water-cooled, allowing you to ignore your heat gauge. Since heat is the primary limiting factor for energy weapons, can we say BeamSpam?
** Continuing the subversion, the ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' expansion pack for ''Mechwarrior 2'' had a mission that happened entirely underwater, as well as one in deep space.
** Except that it wouldn't work too well in real life since most missiles don't work underwater, and that stuff attenuates lasers far more quickly than air (just now quickly varies, blue-frequency lasers would be much less affected than red-frequency ones).
*** This was partially covered in game, with missiles and ballistic weapons not working underwater. Missiles were replaced with specialised torpedo launchers for the one mission. Energy weapons, both lasers and particle cannons, still worked fine, however.

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* Subverted in most ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games. Standing in water is a fantastic idea, because your heat sinks work better when water-cooled, allowing you to ignore your heat gauge. Since heat is the primary limiting factor for energy weapons, can we say BeamSpam?
this means BeamSpam.
** Continuing the subversion, the ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' expansion pack for ''Mechwarrior 2'' had a mission that happened entirely underwater, as well as one in deep space.
** Except that it wouldn't work too well in real life since most missiles don't work underwater, and that stuff attenuates lasers far more quickly than air (just now quickly varies, blue-frequency lasers would be much less affected than red-frequency ones).
*** This was partially covered in game,
with missiles and ballistic a unique mech variant loaded with energy weapons not working underwater. Missiles were replaced with specialised and torpedo launchers for the one mission. Energy weapons, both lasers and particle cannons, still worked fine, however.launchers.


* It recently emerged that in the 1960's, the British Royal Air Force very nearly precipitated a major international incident due to [[SpotOfTea a thermos of tea and a sweet marshmallow biscuit]]. A Vulcan bomber, then part of our first-line nuclear strike force, was patrolling above West Germany with standing instructions to Await Further Orders. (ie, In The Event Of War, Turn Left And Aim At Leningrad). Crew comforts for a long boring flight included the aforesaid tea, and a pack of Tunnock's Marshmallow Biscuits. For those unfamiliar with this confectionery, it consists of fluffy "Italian Meringue" and jam on a biscuit base, rolled in chocolate. Unfortunately, at high altitudes in semi-pressurised cabins, this biscuit had a tendency to depressurise and, basically, explode. Bored aircrews were in the habit of laying bets on how long they would take to pop once removed from the foil wrapper. This practice came to en end when the navigator/bomb aimer unwrapped one, dunked it in tea, and stood it on the top of the instrument console. The inevitable small explosion drove fragments of biscuit and soggy cake ''into'' the Vulcan's crucial onboard electronics and started the count-down procedure to dropping a bomb. Which could have landed deep inside East Germany. While British military policy is to always deny the presence of nuclear weapons in any unit anywhere, this was a Vulcan bomber. The delivery system for nukes. On "standing patrol" over the most sensitive border in the world. not long after the Cuban thing. The crew managed to abort the countdown and make an emergency landing. But just for a moment there...

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* It recently emerged that in the 1960's, the British Royal Air Force very nearly precipitated a major international incident due to [[SpotOfTea a thermos of tea and a sweet marshmallow biscuit]]. A Vulcan bomber, then part of our first-line nuclear strike force, was patrolling above West Germany with standing instructions to Await Further Orders. (ie, In The Event Of War, Turn Left And Aim At Leningrad). Crew comforts for a long boring flight included the aforesaid tea, and a pack of Tunnock's Marshmallow Biscuits. For those unfamiliar with this confectionery, it consists of fluffy "Italian Meringue" and jam on a biscuit base, rolled in chocolate. Unfortunately, at high altitudes in semi-pressurised cabins, this biscuit had a tendency to depressurise and, basically, explode. Bored aircrews were in the habit of laying bets on how long they would take to pop once removed from the foil wrapper. This practice came to en end when the navigator/bomb aimer unwrapped one, dunked it in tea, and stood it on the top of the instrument console. The inevitable small explosion drove fragments of biscuit and soggy cake ''into'' the Vulcan's crucial onboard electronics and started the count-down procedure to dropping a bomb. Which could have landed deep inside East Germany. While British military policy is to always deny the presence of nuclear weapons in any unit anywhere, this was a Vulcan bomber. The delivery system for nukes. On "standing patrol" over the most sensitive border in the world. not long after the Cuban thing. The crew managed to abort the countdown and make an emergency landing. But just for a moment there... there, World War III was almost started by a [[ForWantOfANail biscuit.]]

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*** SG-1 is actually able to exploit this aversion to their (mild) advantage. There's a swarm of replicators, but they only have to destroy one of them- only one replicator is made from futuristic space-metal, and if they can kill it the others will just rust away. If it gets away, though...

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** On a related note, the F-117 stealth fighter had some issues of its own with water; flying through heavy enough rain could throw up enough of a cloud of water vapour to compromise its minimal radar cross-section.


* In the movie ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'', the main character's [[{{Robosexual}} robot wife]] short circuits and breaks after getting wet. [[FridgeLogic Which only begs the question as to why he would have her wash dishes if she wasn't water proof.]]

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* In the movie ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'', the main character's [[{{Robosexual}} robot wife]] short circuits and breaks after getting wet. [[FridgeLogic Which only begs the question as to why he would have her wash dishes if she wasn't water proof.]]]] [[SexBot Also, considering what Cherry is supposed to be purpose built for]], not making her waterproof makes no damn sense.

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* In the various ''Franchise/SuperRobotWars'' games, water doesn't harm you, but they will give you some penalties for walking in it unprepared. [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Mobile Suits]] are hit with this the worst as not only are they hit with the moving penalties that one gets with this, but shooting someone with beam weaponry only deals the minimum damage (being ''10'')


* Subverted in an episode of Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. The episode "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E36RobotRobbers Robot Robbers]]," the cast tried to defeat the robots using the same method, only for BunglingInventor Gyro to inform them [[ALessonLearnedTooWell he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models]].

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* Subverted in an episode of Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''. The episode "Armstrong" involved a robot going on a berserk rampage, and only being stopped by being soaked in water. In "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E36RobotRobbers Robot Robbers]]," the cast tried to defeat the robots using the same method, only for BunglingInventor Gyro to inform them [[ALessonLearnedTooWell he had learned from his mistake and waterproofed the new models]].

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