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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 element, 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 SOL. 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.

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).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Archangel Gabriel's dominion in A Certain Magical Index is water, first shown when it accidentally falls down from heaven due to an accidental spellcasting. Later on, we are introduced to Acqua of the Back of God's Right Seat, who is aligned to Archangel Gabriel and thus the most powerful water magician in the series.
  • Air Gear has Om the Water Queen and Orca, both of whom use water in the form of bubbles.
  • The Hayagami of Yorunami from Arata: The Legend uses water as its primary power.
  • In BattleAngelAlita, one of the enemies Alita fights uses a molecule-thin stream of water fired at supersonic speeds. It cuts through steel with shocking ease.
  • Berserk: Kelpies can manipulate water making missiles, beams of water and even water shields. Ironically they're one of the less threatening monsters in Berserk.
    • Schierke can summon the Lady of the Deep Water who washes monsters attacking Enoch village, Schierke also uses the Lady to wash away the some of the horrific monstrosities in Casca's mind.
  • Noelle Silva from Black Clover uses water magic.
  • According to the video games, Bleach's Jushiro Ukitake's Zanpakutou is water-based (the only power it was ever shown using in the actual series is absorbing and redirecting energy attacks). Whether it is actually water-based is unknown, but its release command ("All waves, rise now and become my shield! Lightning, strike now and become my blade!") and translated name ("Law of the Twin Fish") strongly suggests that it is. His former lieutenant Kaien Shiba's Zanpakuto, Nejibana, is 100% water-based.
    • There were some Bount twins in the anime arc that used water-based dolls. In a twist that one expects to happen more, they usually created masses of water around the target's head to drown them instead of, say, sweep them away with a torrent. And just to make things as difficult as possible for Ichigo and the others, it was raining when the twins attacked, neutralizing the Elemental Baggage and taking the threat level Up to Eleven.
    • In the Fake Karukura Town arc, Lieutenant Hisagi fought against a Fracción, Findorr Carias, that used high-pressure water to attack.
    • Also, the Third Espada, Tier Harribel, when she uses Resurrección.
    • Tenjirō Kirinji can control the water from his hot spring. It drains reiatsu and is scalding hot.
  • In Brave10, Rokuro is the Brave of Water. However, his use of water is quite uncommon, as he mixes it with shouts to create sonic waves that incapacitate his enemies.
  • The Watery from Cardcaptor Sakura. There's another card called The Rain (though the main threat presented by it is that it was making The Wood grow out of control. It could still chase you around and drench you, though).
    • As well, the antagonist of the first movie utilizes water-based powers.
  • Arqua from the Other World Tournament in Dragon Ball Z has a "Flooding Technique" where he turns the area into a giant cube of water where he has the advantage, using it to briefly give Goku an aquatic beatdown before he is knocked out of the water.
    • Goku has been shown using his telekinesis to move water when testing his abilities but hasn't used it in combat.
  • Juvia Lockser from Fairy Tail has water powers as an Element Four member. She can turn her body into water and prevent physical attacks and initially had rain surrounding her constantly, which she can heat up and scald you when she gets angry.
    • Erza and Mirajane are also able to manipulate water. Lucy too when she summons Aquarius and Yukino when she summons her Pisces.
    • Come the Tartaros arc, Lucy is forced to break Aquarius' key to summon the Celestial Spirit King, resulting in her being unable to summon her. As compensation, Lucy is granted Aquarius' water magic.
    • Torafuzar can use his Curse to summon an ocean's worth of Grimy Water.
  • In Flame of Recca, Mikagami Tokiya uses a water sword, which he can form whenever there's a water source. His water-based power works well against Recca's flame powers, but during the rematch, Recca amplified his flame powers so that the water boiled to steam, nullifying the effect. Note that the water around the sword is finite (meaning he needs another water source to "recharge"), while Recca's flame is infinite.
    • It should be noted that he can make his sword even stronger simply by absorbing more water. Hell, before one early battle, he absorbs all the water from an entire Olympic-sized swimming pool, for crying out loud.
    • Also, once, when his sword had its water removed or something, he used his own blood to reactivate it.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's first episode introduced (and promptly killed) Isaac MacDougall, the Freezing Alchemist. Don't let his title fool you, though. The Freezer uses water for everything, from ice-based weaponry to high-pressure cutting tools, and can kill you by either flash freezing or boiling all the water in your body. His last-ditch technique is using his own blood as a weapon. This is a guy who definitely knows how to Kill It with Water.
    • The 2003 anime goes one step further, introducing a version of Sloth who is made of water. And she demonstrated how deadly her powers could be.
  • Goblin Slayer weaponizes a portal scroll in this fashion against an Ogre early on in Volume 1. By linking its exit point to the bottom of the sea, he essentially turns it into a water jet cutter that slices the ogre apart. And to add insult to further injury, he was originally going to use it to clear out the goblin nest.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: With Haruhi subconsciously blurring the line between reality and her movie, one of the devastating abilities Mikuru's toy guns take on is firing terrifically-powerful blasts of water without recoil.
  • Eisen in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de has water-based powers.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Kirby can become Water Kirby, who can blast water out of his mouth. Water Kirby went on to become an ability in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby Star Allies.
  • The final Jewel Seeds in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha created giant waterspouts that Fate and Arf tried to fight off.
  • Umi Ryuuzaki of Magic Knight Rayearth uses mostly water magic, although her ultimate one is ice.
  • One-half of Fate Averruncus' abilities in Mahou Sensei Negima!.
    • Also the stated elemental abilities of the newly appeared Sextum.
  • In Naruto, several ninja are capable of using water-based jutsus, with experts only needing their own spiritual energy to produce a lake's worth of water out of thin air; the Hidden Mist Village, in particular, is renowned for producing shinobi who specialize in water techniques (such as Zabuza Momochi and Kisame Hoshigaki), but other villages have also produced Water Release masters, most notably the Hidden Leaf's Second Hokage. Water chakra can also be combined with Wind to create Ice, Fire to create acidic Mist, Lightning to make Storm (a quasi-Light attack), and Earth to make Wood. Special mention goes to Suigetsu Hozuki, who can apply his power to turn his body into water in all sorts of creative ways; it's a special ability of his clan.
  • Lala Lu's power with water in Now and Then, Here and There may not be offensive per se, but she certainly uses it that way.
  • Shizuku from Omamori Himari. Seeing as how her family of mizuchi was worshiped as water gods before their extermination and their traditional depictions, it makes sense.
  • One Piece:
    • The Superpower Lottery that the Devil Fruits provide can give literally any power you can think of EXCEPT this; the price for eating a Devil Fruit is acquiring Super Drowning Skills for the rest of your life. You won't be able to so much as wade knee-deep in the water without losing your strength, so there's no chance of directly manipulating it. And in a world where the vast majority of the planet's surface is water (hundreds of islands and only one continent, which is essentially an equator), that can be dangerous. Of course, this only applies to water in its natural liquid form; Devil Fruits that allow the manipulation of ice or snow do exist.
      • The closest thing we've seen to manipulating water via Devil Fruit is in One Piece: Strong World, where Shiki's fruit lets him levitate anything he touches. He showed that this extends to water when he entrapped Luffy in a ball of water to incapacitate him.
    • Perhaps to make up for this, we have the Fishmen, who have the ability to manipulate water the old fashion way - by hand. It is the principle of Fishman Karate: by controlling all the water around them, as well in the atmosphere and even in the bodies of living things. Arlong could fling water with the force of a bullet or "shotgun blast" as Sanji attests, while his archerfish underling Chew could spit water with the power of a cannon or the speed of a machine gun. Standing above both of them is the whale shark Jinbe, whose mastery of Fishman Karate lets him manipulate water like cloth, manually throwing waves or lances of water that can blast through battleships at his opponents. It has been revealed that humans can learn how to use Fishman Karate, but just how much power they can gain is unknown as of yet.
      • Merfolk have their own version of Fishman Karate called Merman Combat, although its full abilities have yet to be shown in the series.
    • Nami using her Clima-Tact can create water via artificial clouds, at one point she takes Nami takes a shower using a Personal Raincloud. She can also make fogs using water vapor.
    • Whitebeard uses his quake powers to trigger two giant tidal waves.
    • From the second movie, Honey Queen ate a Logia Devil Fruit that lets her turn into an unspecified pink liquid, and she always takes her clothes off when doing so.
    • Big Mom uses her Soul Devil Fruit to turn a massive wave into a Soul Jar that nearly sinks the crew.
  • Morino Mizuki from Popcorn Avatar, the incarnation of the Water Deva Varna, gives her avatar and close friend Sanae water-based abilities.
  • Hajime, the Leafe Knight of Water, from Prétear; and it's just water — the reason he doesn't have powers over ice is because these are handled by his buddy, Mannen.
  • In the "Big Trouble in Nekonron, China" Ranma ½ movie, Ranma was able to punch the water spurts coming from the geysers around them in order to create steaming hot water projectiles that could hit his opponent, no matter what his defenses. Earlier on, Cologne was able to blast seawater at Ranma in the shape of a great white shark. This, after effortlessly whirling her staff while underwater to create a massive waterspout.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury and Michiru Kaiou/Sailor Neptune, though Mercury occasionally dabbles in ice to differentiate the two, while Neptune's powers are stated to be Sea-based rather than plain water. Villainess Berthier is another example, she can cast water spells (To match Mercury's) and in the manga is stated than even when killed, her spells can't be stopped.
    • Anime-only villainess Thetis could control water, making huge columns of it that have enough pressure to break metal.
    • One of the Daimons, Dovlin, also had this ability, being created after a Daimon seed entered some pool water. She can also make water become hard to trap people.
  • From Saint Seiya, the Sea Mariners Baian. The Rising Billows, his strongest attack, was a powerful rising tidal wave capable of sending the enemy from the depths of the seas all the way to its surface.
    • Naturally Poseidon, as God of the Sea, controls all of the oceans in the world to its will and rain, causing widespread flooding.
  • One of the enemies that Taikoubou faced in Senkaiden Soul Hunter has a paopei (magic artifact) that controls water. She used it to summon a megatsunami in the desert, create a sticky water dome, and waterspouts. And oh, yes, she did use it to try drowning Taikoubou by creating a permanent, inescapable water bubble just large enough to engulf his head.
    • Another used it more epically. Fugen Shinjin (a deliberate expy of Kaworu Nagisa) controls atoms with his paopei. He warns his enemies before blasting them. He used light water mist as the first warning, sharp ice formations as his last warning, and when it didn't work, he used the hydrogen atoms to create deuterium and tritium and initiate a nuclear fusion reaction instantly. Cue Stuff Blowing Up.
  • Mio Mizumori from Ten Yori Mo, Hoshi Yori Mo.
  • Mew Lettuce of Tokyo Mew Mew can control water and breathe underwater. She doesn't use the latter ability much, however.
  • In Umi Monogatari, Marin's power is to control water.
  • Wagaya No Oinari Sama has Kou, a miko whose impressive hydrokinetic powers are a result of a water dragon god ("Mizuchi"} sealed within her body.
  • In the manga/anime X1999, Dragon of Earth Yuto Kigai is a water master, able to summon floods and hurl water bolts.
    • In The Movie, he lacks this power, and Shogo Asagi has this ability who can even cut with water.
  • The Water Orb of Suijin grants you this power. Also, Rain the Water Demon. She can easily give lessons on how to Kill It with Water.
  • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Karen becomes Cure Aqua. Guess what she uses to fight. Go on, guess.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    • Misawa's second deck uses Water Dragon as one of his ace monsters, a monster made by two Hydrogeddon's and one Oxygeddon whose presence alone depowers FIRE monsters.
    • Anacis (Admiral), a Villain of the Week, used a WATER deck.
    • Princess Rose uses the Frog archetype, composed purely of WATER monsters.
    • Amon Garam (Adrian Gecko) used the Cloudian archetype in his first deck, most of which are WATER monsters.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:
    • Shark uses a Shark deck, a deck comprised of WATER Fish-Type monsters and he has access to several powerful WATER Xyz Monsters. He proudly claims to be the best WATER duelist.
    • Rio, Shark's twin sister, uses an Ice deck, which is full of ice birds and has access to ice lady Xyz Monsters. All of her monsters are WATER monsters.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
    • Sawatari's second deck is a WATER deck focusing on Mobius the Frost Monarch and Mobius the Mega Monarch.
    • Ayu uses an Aquaactress deck, a deck full of WATER Aqua-Type monsters resembling fishes and it contains Aquarium Spell Cards.
    • Teppei uses a deck focusing on The Legendary Fisherman, an infamous WATER monster.
  • Mitarai "Seaman" Kiyoshi of Yu Yu Hakusho has the ability to animate water to attack people by mixing his blood in it.
  • Patie/Penny from Zatch Bell!, Stalker with a Crush for Zatch at first quickly becomes infuriated when Zatch doesn't remember her. And unlike the usual circumstances, Zatch's powers are the ones that are completely useless in their fight, Penny using her water powers to absorb his lightning and deflect it back.
  • My Hero Academia has a few characters with water-based Quirks. Backdraft, Waterhose, Waterhose's son Kota, and an unnamed villain from the USJ arc all possessed varying levels of water manipulation. Interestingly, the Unnamed Villain seems to be the most powerful, having cleaved a ship in half with a single blow, as compared to Backdraft - who's mostly restricted to a support role - and Kota, who's barely able to generate a light splash. That being said, we've only seen a few images of Waterhose in flashback, during which time they were able to gouge out Muscular's eye.

    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Wave, a villainess in The DCU who can transform her body into any form of water, including steam and acid rain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wonder Woman: Holding Poseidon's trident enables the villain Queen Clea to manipulate the ocean.

    Fan Works 
  • In Keepers of the Elements, Bridgette has this as a power, along with ice.
  • 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.
  • Rise of the Galeforces gives us David Squall/Splashdown. It helps to remember that he is essentially an Expy of Aquaman.
  • Naida of Fly or Fall is the Fairy of Water.
  • Cure Marine in Utopia Unmade 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.
  • Hayden and Kai from Riding The Waves.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Misty, like other Water Heart bloodliners, can use Water-type Pokémon moves. Water Heart bloodliners can also swim very well, breathe underwater, and withstand inhuman pressures. To top it all off, they can communicate with Water Pokémon and even control their minds.
  • Pokémon: Nova and Antica: Marina, Gym Leader of Morwenna City, uses all Water types.
  • In Raindancer, Izuku's Quirk, "Liquid Body", allows him to produce, manipulate, and become water at will.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • 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 accidentally shot a powerful stream that knocked Professor Flitwick away, causing him to write lines as 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.
    • Aguamenti does raise the question if Wizards and Witches can ever technically die of thirst if a spell like this exists. Though J.K states conjured items from thin air tend not to last long so it can be assumed that the water conjured from the charm is not a permanent solution of thirst.
  • Water is the totem (and weapon) of Translucent of the Apprentice Adept series.
  • 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.
  • There was a short Sci-Fi story where a worker at a salvage yard used a portable Water Jet Cutter to dismember his attacker.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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 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.
  • The Quest of the Unaligned features the shamais, who in addition to literal power over water also possess the power to influence minds "like water wearing down a rock" and are noted for being extremely hidebound and traditionalist, much like water follows the channels it has worn for itself.
  • Shadow Grail has Adalaide Lake, a water witch and a close friend of the protagonist
  • Stories of Nypre has mages of the four main elements. The water mages tend to use water in combat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mia Rinaldi from Vampire Academy, is a water magic user who manages to temporarily incapacitate a Strigoi by drowning him.
  • Both Melusine and her son Maelstrom in The New Humans.
  • 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.
  • Renegades has Tsunami, one of the OG Renegades, who can both create and control water in large quantities.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the backstory of Charmed, 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."
  • 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, and Wizard Water Style.
  • The main character in the Merlin (1998) series.
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Ivar ("water around me!")
  • 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 
  • Jesus from The Bible 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.
  • 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 
  • Magic: The Gathering has Jokulhaups, one of the earliest Reset Button (i.e. kill everything!) cards of the game. But why does it use mountain mana? Because Jokulhaups are the result of melting a glacier, which would require a lot of red mana.
    • A student mage in the Kamigawa novels tries to explain the strength of water by talking about the strength of a tsunami breaking apart a ship.
    • See Real Life Jökulhlaup below.
  • 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.
  • Rifts features an optional (and somewhat underwhelming) Psychic Character class called the Soaker, a character with hydrokinetic powers.
  • In Anima: Beyond Fantasy, one can specialize in Water-based magic, which allows both for the control of water and ice.
  • Exalted: 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.
  • Nobilis: take Water, Floods, Rivers, Streams, Oceans or anything along those lines as your Estate, then buy the rest of your Familia some floaties.
  • 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.
  • 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).

  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Ōkami has Nuregami, a snake goddess who gives you the Waterspout Brush.
  • Many Youkai in Onmyōji, especially those who live underwater. Special mentions go to Ame-onna who either shoots water at enemies or summons a rain that lowers the enemies' speed as she cries, and Aragawa-no-aruji who shoots water missiles similar to Ame-onna above or creates a whirlpool that deals great damage to one of the enemies.
  • Sougetsu Kazama of Samurai Shodown.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, the Blue Moon has both this and wind as its elements. Because of the combo, the attack spells resemble something like a tornado made of water. Drachma can learn this magic more quickly than the other party members, but it doesn't wholly matter because he has the weakest magic in the game and makes up for it with raw attack power.
  • The Undertow Vigor from Bioshock Infinite, while it causes painful-looking suction cups and barnacles to appear on Booker's arms, allows the player to repel enemies with jets of high-pressure water or pull them towards you. It's especially useful since Columbia is a Floating Continent you can (and will) use Undertow to punt enemies off the edge with water jets. It's also useful against projectiles allowing for Catch and Return.
  • Rikuo/Aulbath in Darkstalkers.
  • Tytti Noorbuck, herald of Water Elemental Lord, in Super Robot Wars.
  • Kira Daidouji in Arcana Heart has the default Arcana of Water.
  • Metal Gear Ray can shoot a high-pressure stream of water from it's "mouth", and it's a devastating attack that even looks like a laser.
  • Water-type Pokémon, with attacks like Water Gun, Surf, and Hydro Pump. In keeping with the frequent sub-trope of water-based attackers also being able to use ice-based attacks, almost all Water-type Pokémon can also learn Ice-type attacks like Ice Beam and Blizzard.
    • Water-type specialty Trainers include Misty, Wallace, Juan, Crasher Wake, Cress, Marlon, Siebold, Lana, and Nessa.
    • One of the available starters for any generation of Pokémon games is always a Water-type. They are generally very useful in the in-game due to their resilient and powerful nature (excluding Greninja, who instead focuses on abusing its speed and offensive power), the good coverage of Water attacks, and the expansive movepool they usually have to abuse their huge offensive stats. There is a reason picking the water starter is commonly considered the easy mode.
    • Somewhat played straight (by name) yet subverted.
    MAGIKARP used Splash!
    But nothing happened!
  • Mercury Adepts in Golden Sun are both this and the White Mage version in one handy package. Most of their later moves seem to involve encasing their opponents in ice. Mia is a classical White Magician Girl and Piers is a much more offensive version. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn includes Mia's son, Rief, as a Staff Dude and Alex's son, Amiti, as a Magic Knight. Mia's daughter also makes an appearance and is stated to share her family's element.
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, to round out their roster of Palette Swap ninjas, added the water-manipulating Rain. (He was purple.) Later installments expanded upon his water-controlling abilities, and he made a reappearance in the Mortal Kombat 9 as DLC. In the Mortal Kombat X comic Rain shows he can manipulate the clouds as well.
  • Robot Masters Wave Man and Aqua Man from the Mega Man series. Toad Man summons a screen-filling acid rain attack. Pump Man creates a shield out of globes of water and can throw them out. Oddly enough, Splash Woman doesn't fit this, as her weapon is the armor-piercing Laser Trident.
    • Stardroid Neptune yields the Salt Water weapon, allowing Mega Man to short out and corrode robots with globs of ionized saline solution.
    • Also, Bubble Man in II.
    • From the Mega Man X series, we have Bubble Crab from X2, Rainy Turtloid from X6, and Splash Warfly from X7. Launch Octopus and Jet Stingray also utilize whirlpools to suck X (and Zero for the latter) in.
  • Mario uses the Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device in Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Cagnazzo the Drowned King of Final Fantasy IV. When he gathers water for his Tsunami attack, he can absorb ice attacks (but zap him with a Thunder spell and he won't be able to use it). In the DS version, Tsunami has a chance of killing your party members instantly, regardless of HP. Oh, and you can get said Tsunami as an Augment move after beating the boss.
    • In later installments, player characters can learn various Water spells, from the high-pressure Aqua Rake to the Tsunami and Clean Sweep spells; Summoners can even call Leviathan and other summoned monsters to deliver such water-elemental attacks.
  • Frog of Chrono Trigger. Being a, well, frog, Spekkio gave him Water magic.
    • Ice is not considered its own element in the game, and so all ice attacks do water damage (which means that Marle, who is the healer/ice user of the team, is given a water element).
    • The blue innate in Chrono Cross encompasses both water and ice, similar to Chrono Trigger. Any character can equip blue Elements to use in battle. Irenes, a mermaid, is the only character who uses water in her special attacks.
  • One of the more powerful attacks for the flamethrower in Makai Kingdom is a torrent of water that also pushes the victim a long distance.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • One of the summons from the first game is Dumbo, who flies around and sprays water from his trunk.
    • The Musical Assassin Demyx, from Kingdom Hearts II. "Dance, water, dance!"
    • Aqua, as well, though she's a subtle example. Unlike Terra and Ventus, her only spell that actually fits her name is her initial shotlock; instead, she's cross-trained in Blizzard and Fire spells, gaining advanced versions of both that only she can use. And what do you get when you mix the two?
    • Water is finally treated as its own element in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, though it can only be inflicted by Water-Dream Eater links. The "Balloon" line of spells are commonly mistaken to be Water as well due to confusion stemming from the bonus it gives to Dream Eaters (it adds Water resistance) but a quick glance at a Dream Eater's movelist that can use Balloon suggests it is neutral instead.
  • Lots of dams get destroyed over the course of the Command & Conquer: Generals campaigns. Half the time, you're the one doing it, half the time, you... umm... get wet.
  • Carlo Belfrond, Psychiccer of Water from Psychic Force 2 and second-in-command of the Psychiccer of Ice, Keith.
  • The Chrono Cryo soldiers cleanse with water. By freezing their enemies to death.
  • The Bubble Bobble games have water-filled bubbles that can be used to rinse down enemies. It can also stun the protagonists while they're being pulled with the current.
  • Frost Mages in World of Warcraft have the ability to summon water elementals (not ice, for some reason) to fight by their side for a little while. Shamans also use water to restore their mana and help them heal. The graphic of their final healing spell, Riptide, looks pretty much like you just dumped a bucket of water on the target.
    • Probably related to the fact that they were the Summon Magic of Alliance Mages in Warcraft III and of Conjurers in Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Ice elementals are also extremely rare, being the result of conflict between the elemental lords of air and water.
      • Also, a few select NPCs are also able to cast Waterbolts, Tsunamis, or water geysers that hurl the opponent into the air.
  • Chaos of the Sonic the Hedgehog games is more or less a water elemental, ranging from a humanoid to a gigantic Tentacle Monster.
  • The spitball in Backyard Baseball is more this than an actual spitball.
  • Tyurru, the young wizard from Ninety-Nine Nights, who drowns people in bubbles.
  • Water is the element of the Shadow Hearts characters Margarete (first game), Anastasia (Covenant), and Mao (From The New World). This applies more to their physical attacks than their magic, due to the second two games using Powers as Programs.
  • Kraken from Heroes of Newerth uses this trope: his abilities include tsunami-powered running, summoning whirlpools, and actually making a splash, with which he delivers splash damage to everyone around his target.
  • Bubble Kirby from the Kirby series and later Water Kirby.
    • Also, there's the Water Galboros mid-boss, who only appears so far in Return to Dream Land, as well as the Water Galbo enemies.
  • Captain Murasa of the Touhou games uses water for some of her spellcards, fitting her sailor theme. There's also resident kappa Nitori Kawashiro, with the power to control water.
    • There's also Patchouli Knowledge, who has it as one of the 7 elements she uses, and Suwako Moriya, who has a few water-based attacks (mainly in the fighting games, which is why the term spellcard is not used - she has a water-based spellcard in her first appearance, though.)
  • From Dust allows the player to pull water from the sea, lakes, rivers or even puddles, morph it into a ball, and hurl it about. Whether you're using it to install a water feature, combat a forest fire, or flood a village is up to you, however...
  • The Legend of Zelda games:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has Morpha, the boss of the Water Temple. Morpha is a giant amoeba that can create tentacles with the water it resides in. These tentacles are capable of striking and even grabbing and throwing Link. Though Navi does mention that the "water" Morpha inhabits is not normal water.
    • In Hyrule Warriors, water-elemental weapons include Link's Great Fairy, Impa's Giant Blade, Lana's Spear, Ruto's Zora Scale, Tetra's Cutlass, King Daphnes's Sail, and Marin's Bell.
  • Hipopo from the Taito Platform Game Liquid Kids.
  • In Lineage 2 the Hydro Screw and Hydro Blast skills, used by a summon and Spell Singer class, respectively.
  • Water is one of the staple elements in the Tales Series. Two of its most commonly seen spells are Splash, which dumps a torrent of water on the target, and Tidal Wave, which either drenches the entire battlefield with Exactly What It Says on the Tin or summons a swirling vortex that hits most of, if not all of the battlefield depending on the game.
    • Tales of Legendia deserves specific mention - the game does indeed make a differentiation between "Water" and "Ice" like a lot of them, but in the Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors, a player will notice that there is actually no "light" element, and that Water spells are actually effective against Curse-aligned enemies, and that similarly, Curse is strong against Sea enemies. Since in the context of the game, the sea is holy, this means that traditional light spells like Brilliant Lance, Ray, and Judgment are considered "Sea"...but this also means that traditional water spells like Spread, Aqua Laser, Maelstrom, and Tidal Wave are technically holy spells.
  • Before its end, City of Heroes introduced a Water Blast ranged set. Most of the abilities inflicted a combination of Smashing and Cold (essentially ice) damage, but the final powers in the set were steam-themed and inflicted Fire damage. They also threw in a "Tidal Power" gimmick that would be increased by certain moves and depleted by others to increase their secondary effects.
  • In A Witch's Tale, Aquell's doll ability is to cast a powerful Supra spell.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, Azura has water-based powers, which she uses in some points. Also, the Avatar's dragon form is associated with water. The Avatar gets it from their father, Anankos, the mad king of Valla and the Big Bad in Revelation.
  • In the first Shantae game, the octopus-like boss of the Dribble Fountain had the ability to flood the area with water.
  • In Stella Glow, the Water Witch Lisette can attack with torrents of water.
  • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, Cornelia’s Megahax is a sweeping tidal wave called “Digital Sea.” It’s one of the strongest offensive spells in the game, and can only be cast once per battle.
  • Alani from Battleborn uses water to either attack or heal.
  • Both Erik and Captain Kidd in the World Heroes series are respectively a Viking and a pirate, and as such they're associated with water. This is reflected in their projectiles: Erik uses a tidal wave, Kidd throws watery Ghost Ships and sharks.
  • There are a handful of Water spells in Final Fantasy Tactics A2, spread widely across the various classes, most of which have unique side effects. For instance, the Viking class learns Tsunami as one of its only spells (the rest being the Thunder family); Tsunami floods a very large area, damaging both health and MP, but can only be cast if the Viking is standing in water.
  • The Persona 2 duology are the only games in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise to feature Water magic (the Aqua line of spells) while keeping the traditional Bufu line (ice) as a separate element. Eikichi, in particular, specializes in this, but several other characters also have similar skills.
  • Argagarg from Fantasy Strike manipulates water to "attack" his opponent. "Attack" is in quotation marks because unlike most examples, the water does no damage at all except for his poisoned projectile. However, it still can make the opponent flinch or push them away to keep them from hurting Argagarg while the aforementioned poison chips away at their health.
  • In EarthBound, the Demonic Petunia of the Deep Darkness can spray a huge blast of water that does heavy damage to all party members. Oddly enough, this attack is identical in all but Flavor Text to PSI Fire γ or Jeff's flamethrower. ("Petunia" is also a localization-induced misnomer, as it's actually a Rafflesia.)
  • In the Earth and Sky series, one of the new supersuits introduced in the final chapter has a water-themed powerset.
  • Mike Shadow: I Paid for It!: Water attacks. Lv.1 is a tidal wave. Lv.2 is a huge spinning typhoon of water that turns into a larger tidal wave. Lv.3 has Mike surf on what is the largest tidal wave that swamps the machine.

    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 
  • Water-Human. He can attack people with masses of water, apparently has a prospensity 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • In Agents of the Realm, Jordan's element is Water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Suihira, Wahida seems to have developed water multiplying powers after her talk with Akia.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe examples: Riptide, the girlfriend of protagonist Chaka, and Aquamaster of the West Coast League.
  • 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.
  • In Elemental, the element of water goes to Nachtis, symbolized by internal shifting and change, just like his element.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Waterbenders in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra tend both toward this and the White Mage version. Water can be used for healing along with manipulation of chi flow, but in its attack forms, it's used as a malleable weapon (wall-of-water ram, razor-whip, ensnaring tendrils, etc.). Waterbending also involves solidifying shapes as ice, and certain waterbenders can leech water from surrounding plants, manipulate plants through the water inside them, and physically manipulate other beings through their blood. Extremely exceptional waterbenders such as Amon/Noatak can use bloodbending to take away others' bending abilities.
    • Ming-Hua from Korra deserves special mention, as she has the fine control to manipulate water without any arms. Indeed, being able to have water for arms makes her far more versatile and dangerous with the element than most.
      • Like the other bending styles Waterbending is based on a martial art, in this case T'ai chi ch'uan a style that features slow movements and elegant forms that evoke the feel of flowing water.
  • Gi of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
  • Darkwing Duck gives us the villain Liquidator.
  • The Scauldron from Dragons: Riders of Berk is a species of aquatic dragon that spits super-heated water at its prey.
  • The Fairly OddParents has H2Olga.
  • Fluid Man from The Impossibles segment from Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles
  • The water demon Bai Tza from Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • Zan of The Wonder Twins from Superfriends. "Shape of...a monsoon!"
    • Downpour, the character based on him from Justice League Unlimited, actually makes it look badass by, among other things, attempting to drown Max Lord, sweeping a few dozen lava monsters off an oil rig, and turning himself into a tsunami. And then he tries to drown Aquaman.
      Aquaman: King of the Seas, remember?
    • Speaking of Aquaman, in his own animated series, he could toss high-pressure concussive water balls, a power which has since been adapted into several animated, live-action, and comics versions of the character.
  • Aquamaria of Static Shock, who takes on the living water being form. She actually does well against Static (he's prone to shorts) until he realizes, hey, electrolysis!
  • Lapis Lazuli from Steven Universe is able to manipulate water and create copies of her opponents. In one of the most dramatic shows of this power onscreen, she controls the entire ocean at the same time and shapes it into a huge tower.
  • Aqualad in the animated series Teen Titans has these sorts of powers, which don't seem to work while he's UNDER water for some reason.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, Omi is the Xiaolin Dragon of Water when he's not An Ice Person. Orb of Tornami also gives this.
  • Aqualad in Young Justice has the power to not only telekinetically control water, but turn it into weapons like a sword or hammer.
    • It's later shown that this is the standard for Atlantean magic and that the powers Aqualad wields are actually a far more simple version. Atlanteans with fuller training have demonstrated making different shapes out of water, like manta rays as shields, octopi to make use of combat tentacles, and even an eel, to electrocute enemies. Though it's no longer her exclusive ability, Mera is definitely a lot more powerful than the others by a few orders of magnitude.
  • Subverted in Winx Club: while Aisha comes from an ocean-based realm, and seems connected to water, her powers come from plasma, which appears in the show to be shiny, pink clay. This is very evident in the 4th season when, twice, the girls had to stop a housefire and Aisha could not use her powers to douse it. Her Sophix seems to give her this power, though.
    • Played straight in the spinoff World of Winx where Aisha DOES have water-based powers.
  • Irma Lair of W.I.T.C.H. is this for the Guardians. She can control water, as well as create it seemingly from nowhere.
  • In Ben 10: Ultimate Alien the Orishans have this as their main ability. Both Bivalvan and Water Hazard display the ability to breathe underwater and shoot out pressurized water blasts. Water Hazard takes this even further by being able to manipulate the density of his water blasts and being able to manipulate and absorb the moisture in the air.
    • Aggregor, after absorbing Bivalvan also displayed this ability though he mostly used it to create a bubble shield capable of withstanding missiles.
    • The reboot introduces Overflow, who is capable of most of what Water Hazard can do and can even redirect streams of water thrown his way.
      • Kevin's take on Overflow, dubbed Undertow, is capable of similar hydrokinetic abilities, though his water looks like it came right out of a swamp.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: In practice, Tad Mulholland can come off as a water elemental. He manipulates water and can even create certain figures of water to fight.

    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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