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"There is nothing softer and weaker than water,
And yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things.
For this reason there is no substitute for it."
Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching, Ch. 78

For this Sub-Trope of Elemental Powers, you attack with the stuff that makes up 60% of your body mass, covers 70% of the Earth's surface, and falls from the sky on a regular basis: water. Just plain old reliable water. It may not scream "explosive devastation" like fire and lightning do, but you can't trump water's versatility and availability. Flood 'em, drown 'em, frost 'em, steam 'em, wash 'em, whatever. And no, we don't use that water to heal someone, that's for the White Mage. Use it to kill someone! (Although in many cases, water is used as a healing element.)

Many philosophers, like Lao Tzu above, wax poetic far beyond Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness about how nothing in the world is weaker and more malleable than water, and yet water wears away the hard and strong. Water extinguishes fire, smothers air, and erodes earth. The mountain stands tall and proud, but the sea will eventually grind it to sand. Water always, always, always wins.


Combined with the other elements, water has additional effects: fire can boil or steam, earth can create mudslides, and air can create mists, dew, or storms.

A water controller's biggest weakness is that they usually must be in the vicinity of water to be effective. Not a problem in a modern city if they can affect underground plumbing, but if it's not raining and they're nowhere near a source of water, they might be screwed. It's very rarely addressed that they could just sap the water directly from a person's body, killing or weakening them instantly, but this could be an issue of dramatic license since that would result in some very short and uninteresting fight scenes.

There are also beings like Marvel Comics' Hydro-Man and Darkwing Duck's Liquidator, who are sentient masses of water. Beating them can be tough as bullets and fists can simply punch through them to no effect while energy weapons' beams can be scattered through the substance. Furthermore, they usually change their shape at will, pass through anything that is not watertight and hit with concentrated blasts of their own mass. However, there are ways of defeating them: you can freeze or boil them, you can evaporate them, you can make them lose cohesion by hitting them with electricity to induce electrolysis,note  or you can contaminate their bodies with a solidifying material, like cement or bake mix, to immobilize them.


Water is also required for Super Drowning Skills and Hazardous Water.

In most cases, this power beats Playing with Fire. A Sub-Trope of sorts is An Ice Person; both can be very dangerous indeed, if the two are combined. See Kill It with Water for cases where this is super effective; Soft Water may still be in effect — you just drown 'em. On the other hand, Heal It with Water is for cases when water is presented as a force of healing. Often, Water Is Blue. May also appear as part of Fire, Water, Wind.

If you came here looking for Splash Damage tropes, you might want to go to Splash Damage Abuse, and to Shockwave Stomp for situations where the stomp isn't purely decorative.

May overlap with Elemental Shapeshifter.

In a Four-Temperament Ensemble, such a character is normally Phlegmatic (except in the case of a Power Stereotype Flip). When it overlaps with Four-Element Ensemble, the bearer is normally female.

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    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, the Guling Supermen have different elemental-themed powers, with Sad S. having water powers that manifest themselves through her weaponizing her crying.

    Comic Books 
  • Aquaman himself doesn't have any abilities that influence water itself, per se, but his wife, Mera, could control it to the point of a Green Lantern Ring, as could the destructive denizen of Sub Diego, the Eel. There's also his little buddy Aqualad, currently Tempest, whose magic powers grant him elemental control over water.
    • The Tangent Comics version of Aquaman was a Diabolical Mastermind turned sentient ocean, as well.
    • In the Filmation cartoon, Aquaman did have the ability to gather seawater into a hard ball and hurl it at his underwater foes. It could knock them off their seahorses. Aquaman, when equipped with the Hand of the Waterbearer, had some fairly high-level hydrokinesis abilities.
    • Modern Age newcomer Aqualad; Kaldur'ahm has hydrokinetic capacities controlled and directed through his water bearers, though to a less refined degree than Mera.
    • New 52 Ocean Master has a helmet that allows him control over water.
    • Also in New 52 continuum Aquaman has recently ascertained a fabled Relic of an "Old Monarch" which wields the power of the storm itself, including controlling water.
  • Bill Willingham's Elementals had Fathom, who could shoot, control, turn into, or breathe water (and the vampires of that 'Verse were the water-killed variety too). The newer but unrelated Top Cow Fathom is part of a whole race with similar powers.
  • Fathom: A common power of all Elite Blue/assorted other factions and the Black, the ability to control water and transform into water. Aspen raises the level using her unique biological traits/heritage, intellect, and personal outlook to maximize her abilities beyond all known limits. If Aspen wants to move all the oceans and alter the weather simultaneously, it happens!
  • Firestorm (DC Comics): Mashenka Medviedenko aka Rusalka is a Russian metahuman whose control over water extends even to bodily fluids. Her moniker is a reference to the Ruasalka, a creature of Slavic myth that is often associated with water.
  • Global Guardians: Sujatmi Sunowaparti is an Indonesian woman whose metagene was activated while she was working at a factory that became a battle site for two warring factions. She gained the ability to transform her body into water and control water in vast amounts.
  • Plenty of Marvel Universe villains:
    • Morris Bench aka Hydro-Man (who is basically made of water in a similar way to Sandman with sand and usually uses his powers to produce flash floods). Hydro-Man is one of the harder rogues Spidey has to deal with since his liquid composition makes him insanely versatile and Nigh-Invulnerable (unless you can freeze or electrocute him). Spider-Man once had to get Hydro-Man into a wide enough space so he couldn’t reform himself.
    • Water Wizard/Aqueduct (who can control liquid in any form). Despite his big-league powers, Water Wizard is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who was once spared a gruesome death when his Volkswagen's tire blew out and later surrendered to the police because he was afraid of a vigilante targeting losers like him.
  • New Wave, a villainess in The DCU who can transform her body into any form of water, including steam and acid rain.
  • Hydroman, a Golden Age superhero from Eastern Color Publishing, was the fits superhero with ability to transform his body into water. He was revived in Project Superpowers, using the nickname Hydro.
  • Robin Series: Monsoon II nearly drowned Tim when she used her abilities to suddenly move several pools worth of water into a Bludhaven alleyway, he'd have died if he hadn't been accompanied by magic using allies at the time.
  • Storm of course as a part of her iconic Weather Manipulation she can control rain doing everything from playfully getting her lover T'challa soaked to kicking Pyro's ass with a monsoon to the point where he can barely stand.
  • Namor from Ultimate Fantastic Four displayed water controlling abilities. In the main 616 universe Namor summons a tsunami to sink New York but he is stopped by 1940s Human Torch, Wakanda isn't so lucky in Avengers vs. X-Men as the Phoenix Force powered-Namor drowns most Wankadans with a massive wave.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Holding Poseidon's trident enables the villain Queen Clea to manipulate the ocean.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Solo of Neptunia can control water though a focus, which he generally uses as a water whip.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): "The Witch and the Warrior" features a fight between New Wave, Tsunami and Cascade, three superpowered individuals with the ability to control water. They flood a fair portion of Manhattan and nearly drown some of their respective allies. Another fight from the same issue features Rusalka, a Russian metahuman whose control over water extends to bodily fluids.

    Fan Works 
  • Rise of the Galeforces gives us David Squall/Splashdown. It helps to remember that he is essentially an Expy of Aquaman.
  • Take a Stand: Regina Lowell got the power to create water and control it from the Purple Sky incident in The Broken Mirror.
  • Utopia Unmade: Cure Marine has mild control over water, being able to sense it underground. She's also able to directly control it and drown people in it, as Kumojacky found out the hard way.
  • In With Strings Attached, John gains complete control over water, thanks to the magical Kansael that embedded itself in his chest. Being an Actual Pacifist, he doesn't do much more than play with it (though he did some pretty heavy-duty undead ass-kicking in the Plains of Death), but in several places, it's implied that he could be incredibly scary if he did some of the things the Kansael suggested to him. He seems to have some degree of control over the weather as well.

    Films — Animation 
  • King Triton from The Little Mermaid (1989) can lift himself out of the water with a wave and hold that position channeling and funneling the water.
  • In the fourth Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, one of Xiao Shen Long's powers, the Gushing Faucet, has him creating a huge dragon out of water.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Abyss: The underwater aliens had the ability to control water, from a harmless water tentacle to making continent destroying tidal waves all over the planet.
  • The Mermaids from Aquamarine can manipulate water.
  • In Carrie, Norma Watson (P.J. Soles) is killed when a fire hose, controlled by the title character, hits her in the face, breaking her neck with the pressure.
  • DC Extended Universe: Arthur Curry aka Aquaman can stop water with his trident. Mera (his Love Interest) magically weaponizes water in all manner of ways and as seen when she creates air bubbles, sucks water out of bodies or impales Atlantean soldiers with wine stalactites. They demonstrate these powers in Justice League and Aquaman.
  • Harry Potter:
  • In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark's lab features a waterjet cutting machine.
  • The Mighty One: The warrior Hsiang Kuei, whose Red Baron title is the Water Knight, proves that he lives up to his name when he chugs a mouthful of wine and spits it into the faces of three mooks, resulting in all three getting their facial skin shredded off. Somehow.
  • Controlling sand apparently isn't enough for Imhotep in The Mummy Returns as he makes a giant wave to attack Rick and others when they are trying to chase him down.
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings features a Chinese inspired dragon as the Great Protector, which fittingly uses water based powers instead of the usual more common fire. She draws water from a lake as she is fighting.

  • Water is the totem (and weapon) of Translucent of the Apprentice Adept series.
  • The Fantasy trilogy Chronicles of the Raven has a wonderful example where three-dimensional mages open a gate to a dimension made entirely of water and use it to flood a whole valley of invaders.
  • Watercrafters in Codex Alera may be better known for being healers and Empaths, but they can also drown you on dry land if you piss them off. They can also control water, though not to the same dramatic effect as earthcrafters or firecrafters with their respective elements. They also look much younger than they really are, as a side effect of their healing prowess, and specialist watercrafters known as "witchmen" also use their talents to keep powerful ocean beasts from detecting their ships as they pass over.
  • In the Dresden Files, Warden Carlos Ramirez is one of the few water mages who takes advantage of water's ability to dissolve and erode. His shielding spell turns a hail of bullets into lead powder (and turns a ghoul that tries to force its way through into ghoul-ade) and his primary offense is a blast of disintegrating green light.
  • The Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey has several Water Masters/mages, the main ones being Peter Scott (The Serpent's Shadow), Lord Peter Almsley (Unnatural Issue and The Serpent's Shadow), Marina Roeswood (The Gates of Sleep) and Mari Prothero (Home from the Sea).
  • Waterworkers of The Empirium Trilogy are people who can manipulate water.
  • In Grimm Tales, Zane Grimm is a powerful user of water magic. Many of his water spells focus on concussive force, and when used at close range, can end a fight in a hurry.
  • The Aguamenti Spell from Harry Potter is a great and useful spell for making a splash, though if used incorrectly it can be quite hazardous as Seamus Finnigan shows when he accidentally shot a powerful stream that knocked Professor Flitwick away, ending with him having to write lines in detention. Dumbledore uses it to give Voldermort a thrashing during their climactic fight in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it doesn't work on Fiendfyre however just evaporating in the air.
  • Both Melusine and her son Maelstrom in The New Humans.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy Jackson is born with this ability, being the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea (who is presented in a much more favorable light in the books than the myths, but then, so are most people). Even throughout the other instalments of The Camp Half-Blood Series he stands out in this regard.
  • The genius loci Rivers from Rivers of London can control the flow of their respective watercourses, sometimes causing floods when they're angry or upset.
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has the twins learn this Magic in the third book from Gilgamesh and it is the first element that they both learn together. Excalibur also gets upgraded to the sword of Ice/Water.
  • Renegades has Tsunami, one of the OG Renegades, who can both create and control water in large quantities.
  • Shadow Grail has Adalaide Lake, a water witch and a close friend of the protagonist
  • In Shadow Ops, hydromancers can control water. They can also either heat up or cool down water, allowing them to generate ice or steam as needed, which makes them useful as medics for burn victims, or as breachers for knocking down doors or walls.
  • The Silerian Trilogy: The waterlords, whose magic lets them control this, with the most powerful of them able to make an entire river fold back on itself and starve a city dry.
  • In the Star Trek Novel Verse, the aquatic Alonis do not possess opposable digits. In order to build a civilization, they instead use their limited but effective telekinetic control over water. They essentially "shape" the water into "tools". The exact limit on the ability has not been determined (yet) but, possibly, it depends on the individual.
  • Stories of Nypre has mages of the four main elements. The water mages tend to use water in combat.
  • Mia Rinaldi from Vampire Academy, is a water magic user who manages to temporarily incapacitate a Strigoi by drowning him.
  • There was a short Sci-Fi story where a worker at a salvage yard used a portable Water Jet Cutter to dismember his attacker.
  • Water Lily, aka Jane Doe, in Wild Cards is able to control water in lethal ways. She once sucks out the water out of a person.
  • Sergey Lukyanenko and Nick Perumov's Wrong Time for Dragons has the Water Clan, one of the four Elemental clans in the Middle World, whose mages are very adept at using water magic in a deadly manner. In their first appearance, they ambush and kill several experienced Air mages during their Hour of Power (each Element has a time of day when it's the strongest). Two are killed when the Water mages begin to manipulate the water in the Air mages' bodies, and one is killed by a water whip, which slices him in half. They can also create water golems that cannot be stopped by conventional means (steel weapons simply pass through the water, while rusting and crumbling). It's not a surprise that the Water Clan is the most powerful at the time the story takes place. They also use it for peaceful means, especially in their capital city of Hundred Fields, which is full of beautiful fountains, canals, and water mirrors.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Charmed (1998): In the backstory of, Patty Halliwell (the protagonists' mother) was drowned decades earlier by a water demon. The demon itself appears as a Monster of the Week in the second season; aside from controlling water, it can transform fully into water and jump inside people, animating corpses or (as in Patty's case) drowning its victims on dry land. It is defeated when Patty's former whitelighter Sam lets it drown him while holding a set of jumper cables, electrocuting them both.
  • Doctor Who: In "The Waters of Mars", a flood of water-controlling parasites from the planet Mars infect the water supply of a human base. In a rare example, they can take over a human's body, making them akin to zombies.
    "Water is patient... water just waits. Wears down the cliff tops, the mountains. The whole of the world. Water always wins."
  • Aisha from Fate: The Winx Saga is a pretty powerful Water Fairy and she is able to both control and generate significant amounts of water (although, ironically, she has a harder time in manipulating the minimal amounts of it, as seen in the third episode).
  • H₂O: Just Add Water:
  • In Heroes, Tracy gains this power after coming Back from the Dead during the Volume 4 finale.
  • Kamen Rider has had a few water users in its history, including Kiva's Basshaa Form, Abyss, and OOO ShaUTa Combo, Wizard Water Style, Zero-One Biting Shark, and Blades.
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Ivar, with his Barbed Trident ("water around me!")
  • Nowhere Boys: Andy and Jesse.
  • Super Sentai has featured a few heroes who can manipulate water — chiefly the Blue Rangers of each team. Examples include the Gingaman, Hurricangers, Magirangers, Shinkengers, and Goseigers. Driven home by Milestone Celebration installment Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, where GokaiBlue uses a finishing move referencing said Blues against a Monster of the Week.
  • A Monster of the Week in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger / Power Rangers S.P.D. turned out to be using this power to cut through things like steel and stone. And opponents; you will feel it even through a Ranger suit, in the same episode where we find a Ranger can causally lift and toss a car, proving just how strong those suits are. Water could be fired with that kind of razor precision. And it turns out it's Truth in Television. Water jet cutters really are a thing. Mind you, abrasives of some sort are often mixed in, but not always.
  • Not common in the Ultra Series but it shows up here and there:
    • Ultraman Gaia: While Ultraman Agul doesn't have any obviously water-based powers, his life energy is drawn from the sea itself, so he can be considered an example.
    • Ultraman R/B's Ultraman Blu uses water-based abilities by default, in contrast to his brother's fire-based ones. He can switch powers with Ultraman Rosso though if needed.
    • A number of kaiju as well.
      • Seamons and Seagorath from Return of Ultraman are a mated pair of Sea Monsters who can use their combined powers to summon tsunamis and cause massive rainstorms.
      • The Gilas Brothers of Ultraman Leo possess many of the same powers as Seamons and Seagorath above, which Alien Magma uses to devastate coastal cities and even sink an entire island.
      • Mizunoeryu from Ultraman Gaia is the Dragon God of Water, thus possesses a wide range of water-based powers, including Weather Manipulation, create shields or orbs of water, and change the consistency and color of water.
      • Maga-Jappa from Ultraman Orb is the King Demon Beast of Water. Resembling a seahorse mixed with an octopus, it fouls up bodies of water with its presence, rendering them unbearably smelly, and is able to shoot jets of polluted water from its snout.

DJ the S' "Disciple of the Water" is a compilation remix of Water-based themes from video games.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Various deities and spirits in Aboriginal Australian Myths (fitting, as most of the continent is arid so some water is appreciated):
    • In the Gunwinggu sphere Ngalyod is the Lord of the Ocean and the Yawkyawk the various sea gods which can control the waves and weather.
    • The Wandjina from the "Wandjina-Wungurr" cultural complex in Kimberley bring in the rains. Wungurr is the Life Force, represented by water.
    • Similarly, Yurlungur is a serpent deity associated with water in Yolngu lore.
    • The Gamilaraay have Birrangulu, a goddess that brings in floods. The Garriya is a water snake monster; the famous Bunyip is associated with water in modern times, but traditionally its just a term for any dark spirit.
    • Wagyl is the Noongar Fertility God, bringing in the rains.
    • Ironically the Yuin, the Australian Aboriginal culture that were the best navigators and fishermen, don't seem to have sea deities.
  • The Bible:
    • Jesus takes this Up to Eleven. Not only can he control the entire ocean and all its storms, he can also walk on water or turn it into wine.
    • Moses split the Red Sea to allow his people safe passage out of Egypt.
  • Flood myths are pretty common. Gilgamesh goes to find the survivors of the Flood, who has been granted immortality.
  • In Greek Mythology, Poseidon is the hot-tempered god of the sea. Incidentally, he's also a god of earthquakes. So he doesn't just kill you with water.
  • Many other gods, obviously, both of the sea and freshwater bodies. Examples include Oceanus (also from Classical Mythology), Mannan Mac Lir, Njörðr, Sobek, and Atabey as well as the many kinds of nymphs and fairies and the like.
  • Eastern dragons are frequently Nature Spirits attuned to water.

  • Chel/Summer from Sequinox can summon large waves thanks to her beach theme, usually in the form of her Misirlou Beach Blast attack. In the monster world from the Gemini Arc, Winter's ice powers are replaced by murky seawater.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Aberrant, Splash is a well-respected member of Team Tomorrow with the ability to control water and transform her body into water. And the powers are available to player characters.
  • In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, one can specialize in Water-based magic, which allows both for the control of water and ice.
  • The Aquos attribute in Bakugan is that series' water element.
  • A few Dungeons & Dragons monsters and prestige classes get in on this, particularly water elementals, water-based Elemental Savants, and Wavekeepers. There's also a species of aberration in the Pathfinder setting that's damaged by saltwater.
  • Exalted: Water elementals, deities associated with water and Water Aspect Dragon-Bloods can do this a bit, and their equivalents, the Water Ryuujin from the shard Burn Legend, do this virtually all the time, to the extent of getting damage and clash bonuses when near a full bathtub, fire sprinkler, or other sources of water.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Multiple:
  • Nobilis: take Water, Floods, Rivers, Streams, Oceans or anything along those lines as your Estate, then buy the rest of your Familia some floaties.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Kineticists with the water element, which also crosses over with An Ice Person. Their abilities start at blasting enemies with high-pressure bolts of water and upgrade into manipulating mist and fog, general hydrokinesis, walking on water, and creating Deflector Shields out of water or ice, with the element's ultimate wild talent summoning a Giant Wall of Watery Doom.
    • Some class archetypes also revolve around controlling water, including the Water Elementalist (Wizard), Sea Singer (Bard), and Ocean Druid (Druid).
  • Rifts features an optional (and somewhat underwhelming) Psychic Character class called the Soaker, a character with hydrokinetic powers.

  • The Water Element in BIONICLE. One example of use is Gali, a Toa of Water, who has literally killed the realm of Karzahni with a massive flood attack after evacuating all the traumatized Matoran.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Spirit Hunter: NG, the Urashima Woman's cause of death was drowning, and so as a spirit she's gained some control over water. She can make her victims feel like they're drowning even without water present, she can control the water in Akira's pipes when she haunts his apartment, and Seiji theorizes that she can teleport herself to any location that has water, such as bathrooms, lakes, sewers, etc.

    Web Animation 
  • Dreamscape:
    • Anjren can shoot blasts of water by creating clouds of various sizes.
    • Jenna can create a ball of water by combining a ball of ice and a ball of lava.
  • DSBT InsaniT:
    • Given what she is the goddess of, Waterfall Girl has this trope in the bag. She can even drop a waterfall on you.
    • Tide can create water spouts and such.
    • While not involving water directly, Corla can create spikes of coral.
  • Calamity of No Evil can control water with the aid of Tlaloc's magical tuning fork. Her real name, Chalchiutlique, is that of an Aztec goddess of water.
  • Water-Human. He can attack people with masses of water, apparently has a propensity for sitting in water for no reason, and may very well be an Elemental Embodiment, actually (his skin is revealed to actually be blue in the final episode).

  • In Agents of the Realm, Jordan's element is Water.
  • In Air Ride Adventures, Blue Kirby can use Teal Dolphin's Sea to make water appear out of thin air. He creates hydrogen atoms to do it.
  • In Beyond the Canopy, Cascadian foot soldiers are trained in this. Which is odd, because they live in a desert. They carry water — with explosive fish inside — on their shoulders to shape into weapons.
  • Seaweed's power set in Gloomverse.
  • In Pacificators, Larima is an Elite-ranked Pacificator of water (the rank Elite is the highest possible). She's so good at her power of water, she's also An Ice Person. note  The renegade Tiamat is one as well.
  • Panthera: Onca Aquae, Jaguar of Water.
  • Phantomarine: Cheth is the god of Death and of Water, and has the ability to manipulate water in all forms.
  • Sleepless Domain's protagonist Undine Wells has this power as Alchemical Water. She's a member of Team Alchemical, a Magical Girl group with powers based on the four classical elements (plus Tessa, their leader, as Aether).
  • In Suihira, Wahida seems to have developed water multiplying powers after her talk with Akia.
  • Wayward Sons: Saiden. He can control its state of matter too, allowing him to form his weapon of choice, a trident, out of ice. He can even move a fleet of ships around, though he runs the risk of passing out from exhaustion when he does so.

    Web Original 
  • In Elemental, the element of water goes to Nachtis, symbolized by internal shifting and change, just like his element.
  • Strangely, only Sabella in Trinton Chronicles has any water-based powers. She also has one ability that she tends to mix with her hydroblasts to make them especially deadly. Aside from her liquid control, she also has the added gift of freezing water.
  • Whateley Universe examples: Riptide, the girlfriend of protagonist Chaka, and Aquamaster of the West Coast League.
  • In Worm, Leviathan has this ability on a terrifying scale, capable of causing tsunamis and sinking islands.

    Web Videos 
  • In Noob, water elementalists are healing-oriented, but their token non-healing spells fit the trope. The one among the protagonists has been shown using the classic water jet and having some control over bodies of water in the comic. The Coconut Superpowers-laden web series that demotes the former to light particles had her mention the possibility of generating an ice shield.

    Real Life 
  • Water cannons, although they're primarily used to push people.
    • There are also the so-called "Disrupters" (not to be confused with the energy weapons from Star Trek), which fire water at extremely high speeds. Bomb defusing robots are equipped with these to short out the trigger mechanism of a bomb. Thanks to water creating no heat on impact, it normally doesn't trigger the explosive to go off.
    • Hey, it works for the archerfish.
  • Water pressure cutters, going as high as 50,000PSI to cut through thin sheets of things like titanium with pure dihydrogen monoxide. For thicknesses up to eight inches, an abrasive component is added, but it's still mostly water. High-pressure water (or other liquids) can also have a nasty effect on human flesh. This is particularly a problem for submarines and machinery that involved liquids at high pressure (engine fuel injection systems can be nasty in this respect), where a leak can cause serious injuries. And when they need to take the paint off roads, they use sandblasting: high-pressure water and sand.
  • As solvents go, water is pretty strong — lots of stuff dissolves in it. We don't notice because we're mostly made of stuff dissolved in water.
  • Given enough time, water can (and eventually will) do more damage to the landscape than any nuclear weapon ever created.
  • In the Tomorrow Land part of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, a fountain uses a high-pressure stream of water (ascending over 250 feet into the air uncovered) to lift a one-ton ball off its base, allowing an average six-year-old child to spin it with ease.
  • For a long time, the Netherlands' main form of defense was breaching one of their dykes near where the enemy was and watching them drown.
  • Sonoluminescence is the result of using ultrasonics to make water explode. Admittedly, the explosions are very tiny, but pistol shrimp use the effect to stun and sometimes kill small fish.
  • Look at natural disasters like floods and tsunamis. Water probably causes more damage overall than fire.
    • In hurricanes, it isn't the wind that kills people most of the time. It's the storm surge and the flash flooding. And afterward, the infrastructure is messed up because of the flooding, leading to more deaths as vital services are cut off.
    • Being capable of surpassing the more common normal floods Jökulhlaup (literally, glacier run) are a terror. They happen either when a gradual buildup of a subglacial lake (normally connected to geothermal areas underneath a glacier), or more massively and dramatically a subglacial volcanic eruption, leads to a massive flood rushing from underneath the glacier. These are often accompanied by dangerous gasses, so not only would you have to get to a safe distance from the potentially biblical scale flood, but also get to high enough ground not to suffocate or succumb to poisonous gas. Then after the waters have receded, everything is covered in a thick layer of glacial mud, with enormous icebergs left in the flood's wake, which will then proceed to turn their surroundings into quicksand. Oh, and the volcanic eruption that caused the massive flood in the first place? Probably still going strong, showering you with fine ash, where each and every grain is essentially a terribly sharp shard of black glass, sanding your eyes, skin and mucosal membranes with a fierceness putting a sandstorm to shame.
  • This video shows a group of orcas working together to make a wave to knock a seal off its ice floe and into the water. It Can Think taken to truly scary levels.
  • At a bit of a stretch, the phenomenon known variously as "hydraulic shock" and "water hammer" is what makes depth charges and other underwater explosives so effective. This was the effect Barnes Wallace was attempting to harness with his "Bouncing Bombs", as seen in The Dambusters.
  • Surprisingly, we humans can control water in a more realistic sense. Swimming, spitting and absorbing water through our skin may not seem very unique compared to some animals. But when trained properly we are able to swim entire seas and master aquatic sports like Surfing.


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Alternative Title(s): Hydrokinesis


Waterbending Demonstration and Duel

Katara teaches Avatar Aang the basics of waterbending / a duel between Katara and Master Pakku

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