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Someone or something causes the ocean to part to create a walkway

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Proposed By:
Eddy1215 on Nov 7th 2017 at 12:59:50 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Apr 26th 2018 at 2:56:56 PM
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It's not known why it attracts such attention. It could be the phenomenon of water actually standing still in the air, being able to get an up close view of sea creatures within their home environment without getting wet, or perhaps just the thrill of being able to walk along the seabed. Whatever the case, ever since Moses, the concept of the ocean being parted has intrigued all forms of fiction.

Usually, the means by which this deed is accomplished varies. Most of the time, it's the cause of a magical spell or someone who can control water. Other times, it can be done by a machine that can manipulate gravity.Even more amazing, it can be a natural event that occurs every millennium or so.

Of course, the biggest risk is that whatever caused the parting to end, resulting in the sea collapsing and returning to its normal state...while there are still people in space between the parted waves!


Feedback: 15 replies

Nov 7th 2017 at 2:01:13 PM

Did anyone except the Old Testament God actually do this, though?

Nov 7th 2017 at 7:03:28 PM

Sengoku Basara's Hideyoshi did this during his confrontation with Motochika. He didn't need magic powers or the power of God. Just one fist and the power of his badassery!

Nov 8th 2017 at 3:17:53 AM

  • In the beginning of Moana, when Moana is still a toddler, the Ocean plays with her, opening up where she walks. It happens again in the finale, when Moana figures out Te Ka's true identity, and asks the ocean to let her walk to Te Ka and return the Heart of Te Fiti to her.

Nov 8th 2017 at 3:19:03 AM

^^^ Yes, it happens quite a lot in media, often as a Shout Out to the Old Testament.

Nov 8th 2017 at 4:19:08 AM

Happens in Bruce Almighty, where Jim Carrey parts his soup (so it's more of a parody). Also definitely happens in one cartoon of MAD-contributor Don Martin, but I'd have to look up where exactly.

Nov 8th 2017 at 7:15:38 AM

One The Far Side strip had Moses as a kid, parting a glass of milk.

Nov 8th 2017 at 7:52:53 AM

Darkwing Duck had an episode where someone else (I wanna say Negaduck) got The Liquidator's powers and used them to part the bay around St. Canard and walk across the dry land. The Liquidator admits that he hadn't thought of doing that before.

Nov 8th 2017 at 9:37:36 AM

Nov 8th 2017 at 2:10:28 PM


  • The Ten Commandments has the biblical depiction of Moses parting the waters of the Jordan to led the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt.

Nov 8th 2017 at 9:30:46 PM

  • The 1990s animated adaptation of Journey To The West, had Zhu Bajie using his rake to spread the surface of the water out into two walls of wave so that he could flush Sha Wujing out of the water.

Nov 9th 2017 at 1:32:23 AM

Tabletop Games

  • Advanced Dungeons And Dragons. "Part Water" is a cleric spell that causes a body of water to part and form a trough. It was inspired by the Biblical story of Moses.

Nov 9th 2017 at 3:44:58 PM

Does it count if the sea isn't held open, just torn briefly open by a powerful shockwave? One Piece probably has a few examples of that.

  • Touhou: Sanae does this in her spell card Sea Opening "The Day the Sea Split" (or on higher difficulties, Sea Opening "Moses Miracle"), as part of her theme of recreating famous miracles. However, the "sea" in this case is just a mass of blue energy that's conjured as part of the attack.

Nov 9th 2017 at 4:57:42 PM

I think something like this happens in Super Mario Sunshine, but I don't remember,

Nov 10th 2017 at 11:49:34 AM

Apr 26th 2018 at 2:56:56 PM

  • In Avatar The Last Airbender episode "The Serpent's Pass", Katara uses her waterbending power to split the water and then build an air bubble around the group in which they pass through a strait.