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This is an example of RealityIsUnrealistic: the major problem is not the pressure, which only becomes a problem as you go really deep (most people are swimming just a few inches below the water, hardly low enough to crush your lungs), but that the width of the reed (or snorkel) needs to get wider the longer the tube is[[note]]Imagine drinking a drink from a glass through a ''really'' long straw - you'd need to suck several times just to get the drink to your mouth - air through a reed would be the same deal.[[/note]]. Otherwise you are just rebreathing the same air over and over, which will kill you after long enough. Unless you breathe out into the water -- and if you're trying to hide underwater, that defeats the purpose by highlighting your position with bubbles. Hmm... maybe you could do it with ''two'' reeds.

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This is an example of RealityIsUnrealistic: the major problem is not the pressure, which only becomes a problem as you go really deep (most people are swimming just a few inches below the water, hardly low enough to crush your lungs), but that the width of the reed (or snorkel) needs to get wider the longer the tube is[[note]]Imagine drinking a drink from a glass through a ''really'' long straw - -- you'd need to suck several times just to get the drink to your mouth - -- air through a reed would be the same deal.[[/note]]. Otherwise you are just rebreathing the same air over and over, which will kill you after long enough. Unless you breathe out into the water -- and if you're trying to hide underwater, that defeats the purpose by highlighting your position with bubbles. Hmm... maybe you could do it with ''two'' reeds.reeds.



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* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Ralph breaths through a candy reed while hiding from the cops in a pool of chocolate. It [[ShoutOut makes]] the [[StarWars Darth Vader]] breathing [[VaderBreath sound.]]

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* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Ralph breaths through a candy reed while hiding from the cops in a pool of chocolate. It [[ShoutOut makes]] the [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] breathing [[VaderBreath sound.]]



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-->'''Elf''': How do you know these reeds are hollow?\\
'''Kevyn''': Reeds are ''always'' hollow.\\
(Either Kevyn is referring to some kind of botanical rule - which seems unlikely, since he's a professor of subspace physics and not xenobiology - or he's directly referencing this trope.)

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-->'''Elf''': -->'''Elf:''' How do you know these reeds are hollow?\\
'''Kevyn''': '''Kevyn:''' Reeds are ''always'' hollow.\\
(Either ''[either Kevyn is referring to some kind of botanical rule - which seems unlikely, since he's a professor of subspace physics and not xenobiology - -- or he's directly referencing this trope.)trope]''



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* Orochimaru does it to listen to Team 7 in the Forest of Death in ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}''; significantly, [[SandIsWater he isn't underwater.]]

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* Orochimaru does it to listen to Team 7 in the Forest of Death in ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}''; ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; significantly, [[SandIsWater he isn't underwater.]]






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* Robin Hood, in...well, ''Disney/RobinHood'', specifically the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon one with the {{Funny Animal}}s.

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* Robin Hood, in...well, ''Disney/RobinHood'', specifically the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon one with the {{Funny Animal}}s.






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* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' "Sweet C", Carl angers a bunch of bees and hides in his pool before rising a reed, which the bees enter and tear him apart from the inside.



* In the WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog short "Don't Give Up the Sheep", the wolf tries this in order to sneak underwater through a pond, past the sheepdog, to get the sheep. The sheepdog drops a stick of dynamite down the reed.
* The same "drop a stick of dynamite down the reed" gag is used in yet another WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short, "WesternAnimation/MouseAndGarden", when Sylvester and another cat named Sam are fighting over a mouse. Sam tries to sneak past using a pipe as a Reed Snorkel, but Sylvester has a stick of dynamite. The gag is extended a little bit when Sam twice spits the dynamite out, only for Sylvester to twice throw it back in before it goes boom.

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* In the WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog ''WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog'' short "Don't Give Up the Sheep", the wolf tries this in order to sneak underwater through a pond, past the sheepdog, to get the sheep. The sheepdog drops a stick of dynamite down the reed.
* The same "drop a stick of dynamite down the reed" gag is used in yet another WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, "WesternAnimation/MouseAndGarden", when Sylvester and another cat named Sam are fighting over a mouse. Sam tries to sneak past using a pipe as a Reed Snorkel, but Sylvester has a stick of dynamite. The gag is extended a little bit when Sam twice spits the dynamite out, only for Sylvester to twice throw it back in before it goes boom.






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* Robin Hood, in...well, ''Disney/RobinHood'', specifically the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon one with the PettingZooPeople.

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* Robin Hood, in...well, ''Disney/RobinHood'', specifically the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon one with the PettingZooPeople.{{Funny Animal}}s.



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* In ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}'' #40, Tomahawk uses this trick to sabotage a canoe race to allow Dan Hunter to win.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen use these in Cindy's swimming pool while on the run from a cop in "Who Framed Jimmy Neutron".


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* Also done in ''Manga/DragonBall'' by Ninja Murasaki during a game of hide-and-seek. Goku finds him and pours hot tea down the reed.

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* Also done in ''Manga/DragonBall'' by Ninja Murasaki during a game of hide-and-seek.hide-and-seek, which is the ImageSource above. Goku finds him and pours hot tea down the reed.


* Orochimaru does it to listen to Team 7 in the Forest of Death in ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}''; significantly, he isn't underwater.

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* Orochimaru does it to listen to Team 7 in the Forest of Death in ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}''; significantly, [[SandIsWater he isn't underwater.]]



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* In ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'', Cure Marine is trapped inside a water-based Desertarian and quickly panics. Chypre and Coffret come to her rescue and shove a reed inside so Marine can breathe.



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* Used in several Creator/JohnWayne films, such as ''Rio Lobo'' and ''Back to Bataan''.



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* ''Anime/BatmanNinja'': A flotilla of reed snorkels appears around the Joker's ship in the lake as the Bat clan seemingly surrounds it. The Joker's samurai open up with muskets, only to reveal the snorkels are a feint and connected to {{Ninja Log}}s floating the surface.


Plucking a hollow reed and using it to breathe while underwater.

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Plucking a hollow reed and using it to breathe while underwater.
underwater. Often but not exclusively employed by {{Ninja}}s in fiction.


* The same "drop a stick of dynamite down the reed" gag is used in "WesternAnimation/MouseAndGarden", when Sylvester and another cat named Sam are fighting over a mouse. Sam tries to sneak past using a pipe as a Reed Snorkel, but Sylvester has a stick of dynamite. The gag is extended a little bit when Sam twice spits the dynamite out, only for Sylvester to twice throw it back in before it goes boom.

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* The same "drop a stick of dynamite down the reed" gag is used in yet another WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short, "WesternAnimation/MouseAndGarden", when Sylvester and another cat named Sam are fighting over a mouse. Sam tries to sneak past using a pipe as a Reed Snorkel, but Sylvester has a stick of dynamite. The gag is extended a little bit when Sam twice spits the dynamite out, only for Sylvester to twice throw it back in before it goes boom.


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* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Brady#Brady.27s_Leap Brady's Leap]]". Sam Brady hid underwater breathing through a reed stem while escaping from Indians.

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* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Brady#Brady.27s_Leap Brady's Leap]]". Sam Brady hid underwater breathing through a reed stem while escaping from Indians.

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* Sylvester tries this with a lead pipe to "save" Tweety, who is stranded by high tide, in one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short. HilarityEnsues when a seagull decides to roost on the pipe.

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* Sylvester tries this with a lead pipe to "save" Tweety, who is stranded by high tide, in one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short. HilarityEnsues when a seagull decides to roost on the pipe.




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* The same "drop a stick of dynamite down the reed" gag is used in "WesternAnimation/MouseAndGarden", when Sylvester and another cat named Sam are fighting over a mouse. Sam tries to sneak past using a pipe as a Reed Snorkel, but Sylvester has a stick of dynamite. The gag is extended a little bit when Sam twice spits the dynamite out, only for Sylvester to twice throw it back in before it goes boom.


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* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Brady#Brady.27s_Leap Brady's Leap]]". Sam Brady hid underwater breathing through a reed stem while escaping from Indians.

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* In ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', one of DIO's Stand-using assassins hides underground while having his Stand pretend to be a genie. When Polnareff and Avdol find out, they try to flush him out by dropping dirt, rocks, ants, and a spider into the reed. When Cameo endues this, the two men [[ToiletHumor urinate into the tube]], at which point Cameo pops up and begs for mercy.

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