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* ''Film/BeyondTheBlackRainbow'' contains a sinister example. After ingesting LSD, Barry immerses himself in a pool of black liquid, experiences awe-inspiring and terrifying visions, and emerges from the liquid a new, evil man.



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* ''Film/ItChapterTwo'': The first thing the Losers do after [[spoiler:killing IT for good]] is going to the quarry and jumping into the river below, to clean themselves literally and spiritually.

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* ''Film/JusticeLeague'': [[spoiler: Superman's resurrection via Motherbox involves immersing him in water.]]

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* ''Film/JusticeLeague'': ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'': [[spoiler: Superman's resurrection via Motherbox involves immersing him in water.]]

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->''"Young I was, and vain, but the sea washed my follies and my vanities away. That man drowned, nephew. His lungs filled with seawater, and the fish ate the scales off his eyes. When I rose again, I saw clearly."''
-->-- '''Aeron Greyjoy''', ''Literature/AFeastForCrows''


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsResistance'': In the penultimate episode of season 1, Yeager shoves Kaz into the ocean to cover his escape, getting captured in the meanwhile. Losing the last authority figure in his life completes Kaz's arc of learning to stand on his own, and by the time he gets out, he's ready to lead the others in taking back the Colossus.


* PlayedForLaughs in ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'' when the escaped convicts Pete and Delmar stumble onto a group baptism in a river and jump at the chance to start over with a clean slate... which mostly means doing exactly what they were before. They're also a bit confused to hear that it doesn't actually do anything for their criminal records.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'' ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' when the escaped convicts Pete and Delmar stumble onto a group baptism in a river and jump at the chance to start over with a clean slate... which mostly means doing exactly what they were before. They're also a bit confused to hear that it doesn't actually do anything for their criminal records.


* Subverted in ''Film/TheGodfather'': While Michael Corleone is standing as godfather to his nephew Michael Rizzi, he's got his soldiers performing a coordinated hit against the heads of the rival Five Families. While his nephew is being sincerely baptized by the Church, Michael is being baptized symbolically in the blood of his family's enemies as a Mafia don.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheGodfather'': While Michael Corleone is standing as godfather to his nephew Michael Rizzi, he's got his soldiers performing a coordinated hit against the heads of the rival Five Families. While his nephew is being sincerely baptized by the Church, Michael is being baptized symbolically in the blood of his family's enemies as a Mafia don.



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* Subverted in ''Film/TheGodfather'': While Michael Corleone is standing as godfather to his nephew Michael Rizzi, he's got his soldiers performing a coordinated hit against the heads of the rival Five Families. While his nephew is being sincerely baptized by the Church, Michael is being baptized symbolically in the blood of his family's enemies as a Mafia don.


* ''[[Franchise/StarWars]]: Literature/FromACertainPointOfView'' implies that [[Film/ANewHope Luke being attacked by the Dianoga]] was meant to be this, forcing him to face near-certain death with only his friends to help him, with the Dianoga only doing the Force's will.

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* ''[[Franchise/StarWars]]: ''Franchise/StarWars: Literature/FromACertainPointOfView'' implies that [[Film/ANewHope Luke being attacked by the Dianoga]] was meant to be this, forcing him to face near-certain death with only his friends to help him, with the Dianoga only doing the Force's will.



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* ''[[Franchise/StarWars]]: Literature/FromACertainPointOfView'' implies that [[Film/ANewHope Luke being attacked by the Dianoga]] was meant to be this, forcing him to face near-certain death with only his friends to help him, with the Dianoga only doing the Force's will.


* Pentecostal preacher Sonny Dewey from ''Film/TheApostle1997'' flees Texas after cracking the head of his wife's lover with a bat. While a fugitive in Louisiana, Dewey takes a new identity as "the Apostle E.F." during a self-baptism in a local river.
* ''{{Film/Dogma}}'': Bethany, having just learned that [[spoiler: she is the descendant of Jesus Christ]], takes of running in a blind panic, falling in a creek and flailing about helplessly in the water as she [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter screams at the heavens demanding to know why she has to carry this burden.]] The Metatron soon arrives to calm her down, [[spoiler: agree with her that it is horribly unfair to her, just as it was for Jesus to learn he was the son of the Almighty,]] and convincing her to continue her [[MissionFromGod mission]].



* ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' ends with Dr. Stone unsteadily walking out of a lake: a literal return to life on Earth after a grueling trial to escape death on a space mission gone wrong.
* ''Film/JusticeLeague'': [[spoiler: Superman's resurrection via Motherbox involves immersing him in water.]]



* Pentecostal preacher Sonny Dewey from ''Film/TheApostle1997'' flees Texas after cracking the head of his wife's lover with a bat. While a fugitive in Louisiana, Dewey takes a new identity as "the Apostle E.F." during a self-baptism in a local river.
* ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' ends with Dr. Stone unsteadily walking out of a lake: a literal return to life on Earth after a grueling trial to escape death on a space mission gone wrong.
* ''Film/JusticeLeague'': [[spoiler: Superman's resurrection via Motherbox involves immersing him in water.]]

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* Pentecostal preacher Sonny Dewey from ''Film/TheApostle1997'' flees Texas after cracking the head of his wife's lover with a bat. While a fugitive in Louisiana, Dewey takes a new identity as "the Apostle E.F." during a self-baptism in a local river.
* ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' ends with Dr. Stone unsteadily walking out of a lake: a literal return to life on Earth after a grueling trial to escape death on a space mission gone wrong.
* ''Film/JusticeLeague'': [[spoiler: Superman's resurrection via Motherbox involves immersing him in water.]]


* At the foot of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'''s Mount Purgatory, Dante bathes himself in the water of Lethe, the Greek river believed to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erase memories]], to wash away the grime of Hell. Without that stain, Dante can start to ascend towards the heavens.

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At the foot of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'''s Mount Purgatory, Dante bathes himself in the water of Lethe, the Greek river believed to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erase memories]], to wash away the grime of Hell. Without that stain, Dante can start to ascend towards the heavens.heavens.
** At the peak of Mount Purgatory, Dante is again bathed in the water of Lethe, apparently not having fully let go of his memory of evil. After this, Dante is bathed in the waters of Eunoe to prepare himself to enter Heaven, but ''Purgatorio'' has to skip over this event to fit into the poem's rigid structure.

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* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "The Innocence Of A Smurf", Empath goes through a baptism in the Pool of Souls as a young Smurf to be initiated as a member of the Smurfs, with Tapper acting in the role of John the Baptist. The annual ritual of swimming across the Pool of Souls during Redemption Day to test one's innocence results in Empath dying in that story's particular instance for taking the life of a Psyche during a training fight, only to be resurrected as the spirits of the Pool judge him worthy of a second chance at life.

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