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Water geysers appear in fiction in two common forms:

The first is a Comedy trope that can be seen very often in Western Animation. A character comes across a geyser and becomes innately curious about it as he looks directly into it, when the geyser suddenly erupts in a torrent of water that thrusts the character up into the air. This sometimes results in the victim bouncing around on the top of the spray.

This is not Truth in Television, because a person will just get thrown back a few feet from such high water pressure. And be cooked by the superheated water.

The second form comes as a mechanic in video games (usually of the Platformer genre), and the geysers end up being moving and/or slippery platforms. Sometimes something else (such a stone slab) on a water geyser is shot upwards, acting as a platform. This type of lift sometimes happens with lava geysers as well. Exploiting water geysers outside video games is fairly rare.

Can go hand-in-hand with Making a Splash. Sister Trope to Blown Upward by a Blowhole.


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    Anime And Manga 
  • One Piece: The quickest way to reach the White Sea and the Sky Island is to use the Knock Up Stream, a colossal water jet which can propel ships into the sky (though in most cases they're turned into wrecks). To top it off, is later revealed that the "land" on Skypiea was actually half of the Jaya Island propelled into the sky by a really gigantic Knock Up Stream.
  • In GO-GO Tamagotchi! episode 9b, Wagassiertchi falls into a hole and is brought back up again by a geyser of brown liquid that gushes out of it. Kuchipatchi tastes the liquid and finds out it's chocolate, leading to the creation of a chocolate hot spring in Patchi Forest.
  • Yaiba, during the fight against Fuuma Kotaro in the caverns of Mount Tsurugi, Yaiba finally manages to turn the tables against his insidious opponent by using the Water orb to summon a massive water jet from the ground, knocking them both out of the caverns and into the sky. Yaiba survives thanks to his pet Vulture Shonosuke, Kotaro avoids a Disney Villain Death by turning into a falcon man.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 5 episode 21, Big M. ends up stuck in a room that floods over, creating a geyser of water with him on it. Him chained to a toilet becomes the inspiration for a statue.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 5, Wolnie has Wolffy dig a hole in the ground to find a new source of water for their fountain. When Wolffy finally strikes water, he gets pushed back up to the surface and is held in mid-air by the resulting geyser.
  • Tickety Toc: In "Bake a Cake Time", while trying to take a bath in the town fountain that McCoggins is fixing, Tootero ends up being blasted by a water geyser that comes out of the fountain.

    Films — Animated 
  • Sid is sent airborne after sitting on a geyser in Ice Age.
  • The Lion King (1994): The hyenas put Zazu into "the birdie boiler", which rockets him, apparently, straight to Mufasa.
  • Happens to Chicken Joe on Surf's Up when he stands on top of a whale's blowhole.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • John McClane is shot out of a sewer pipe 10 feet into the air in Die Hard with a Vengeance.
  • In The Goonies, this happens to Troy while he is in the bathroom, and Mikey and the others were fooling around with the water pipes. However, this would also count as a Special Effect Failure, because while Troy is thrust up into the air by the water from the toilet, you can clearly see the platform on which he is sitting that makes the stunt work.
  • A clip used in The Hollywood Clowns showed a guy being sent skyward by a suddenly broken fire hydrant.
  • Subverted with the 1939 The Three Stooges short "Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise" in that this trope happens with oil instead of water. While the Stooges are cleaning out the water pump belonging to a kindly old lady, oil spurts out from the pipe. Curly sits on the pipe to plug it up – but is propelled into the air by the oil geyser a few seconds later. This gag was reused in a later short, "Oil's Well That Ends Well", in which Joe Besser stops up the oil gush instead. As footage from the former short was used here, careful observation will reveal that it's Curly on the oil geyser and not Joe.

  • Hogfather: This happens to Archchancellor Ridcully when he tries out the bathroom built by B.S. Johnson. Bonus points for Ridcully remarking afterward, "Ye gods, I feel so clean."
  • In Our Dumb World by The Onion, one of the marks on the map of America reads "Man sitting on Old Faithful awaiting the ride of his life."

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Mythbusters did test lifting a car with fire hoses once.

    Puppet Shows 
  • On Fraggle Rock, Wembley uncovers a spring of fizzy water, and when he opens it up further, the rush of water sends him up in the air.

    Video Games 
  • Water geysers make appearance in Antonblast in Cinnamon Springs level and are used for players to travel upwards. Some geysers are initially blocked by destructible objects.
  • The Geyser attack of Alani from Battleborn which launches enemies into the air.
  • Bayonetta has geysers and fountains that you can use as platforms, but jumping straight into them knocks you back. You have to activate Witch Time to allow you to briefly walk on them.
  • Borderlands 2 had a bunch of geysers you could use to that effect. There's even an achievement for landing on top of a pig motel sign that's close to a geyser.
  • Fountain in Captain Silver produces so strong water currents that the protagonist can stand on them.
  • The Fungus Bogs biome in Deep Rock Galactic features steam geysers. They are usually more of natural hazard due to the fall damage they cause to the distracted miners.
  • Your party in EarthBound (1994) may heal using geysers found in the Lost Underworld. They shoot Ness and friends up into the air when used.
  • The Geyser attack in the Dragon Quest Monsters games throws the target monster into the air, making it unable to act for one turn. It has a chance of taking damage when it lands.
  • This is the basis for the Camisade attack in Final Fantasy X, where the character is propelled into the air by a torrent of water before bodyslamming the enemy from a great height. Used by Cindy of the Magus Sisters, one of the secret Aeons.
  • Golden Sun: This happens repeatedly. One puzzle requires you to push a column on one geyser so the other one will propel you high enough.
  • Guild Wars 2 has special areas only accessible through abusing this, though it can be very difficult to do so.
  • Pyramids in Jump Bug have a water geyser on them that activates when being above it. This shoots the car out of the pyramid.
  • In King's Bounty Legends, the Water Geyser spell will summon huge pillars of water from under each enemy, propelling them in the air and damaging them as the fall down.
  • Fairly common in The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Mario Party 8: Played with. The minigame Lean, Mean Ravine has two teams of players use motorboats to race across a mildly-flooded mountainous ravine with geysers that, instead of making them rise, knock them aside considerably. The key is to avoid these geysers and instead use the boosting ramps to gain speed and reach the goal first. The losing team is trapped upward by a geyser during the celebration of the winning team, however.
  • In Ōkami, Amaterau's power to redirect water into small streams must often be used on fountains to make them rise into temporary watery pillars.
  • In Persona 4: Arena, Kick Chick Chie's Galactic Punt causes a geyser to launch the opponent into the air, and Chie delivers a kick that launches them to Absurd Altitude as they fall down.
  • Pikmin: Geysers appear as a means of propulsion to higher, otherwise-unreachable terrain, as well as in the underground caverns of Pikmin 2, where they are used to return to the surface.
  • In the Pokémon Dream World, one of the minigames you can play is to juggle Pikachu, Meowth, Buizel, and Piplup via Wailord's water spouts, trying to keep them from falling into the ocean.
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles: In Hydrocity Zone, several underwater tunnels end with high-pressure water jets, blasting you into the air. At the very end, another water jet spontaneously forms beneath you, blasting you into the next level.
  • Spirit of the North: Occasionally the player character (a fox) has to make use of water geysers to reach a platform.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Bros. 2: In World 4-2, whales shoot out water that can launch you in the air (and hurt you in the process). You can also use the water as platforms.
    • Super Mario Sunshine: This trope is the entire basis for F.L.U.D.D., especially with the Rocket Nozzle (whose purpose is to catapult Mario upward) and the Turbo Nozzle (which unleashes a torrent of water that increases Mario's speed tremendously).
  • Super Solvers: Treasure Mountain! had you riding geysers to ascend to higher levels.
  • In the Taz-Mania game for the Sega Genesis, geysers were common in the first Badlands level. Their tops could be used as platforms, but touching their sides resulted in instant death.
  • In Wizards & Warriors II, Kuros has to use Waterspout magic in a forest to retrieve an item required for him to face the second boss.
  • In World of Warcraft, in the Pandaren starting area, there is a quest that involves gaining the trust of a water spirit by playing with him. This involves intentionally running onto torrents of water so that they fling you into the air.
  • The first special stage in Yoshi's Woolly World centers around Yoshi standing on water geysers over Bottomless Pits.


    Western Animation 
  • In the season 2 and 3 opening for Dog City, Ace Hart jumps onto a newly drawn fire hydrant that shoots up into the air from the immense water pressure in order to escape from Bugsy Vile and his goons.
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • Bogus ends up getting thrust up into the air on a torrent of water from a sprinkler in the second act of the episode "Good Sport Bogus" when attempting to get a drink of water from said sprinkler.
    • A claymation short that was used after the second act of the episode "Bogus To The Rescue" had Bogus turn on the faucet on the bathroom sink, only for a huge torrent of water to shoot out directly from the bottom of the faucet, propelling Bogus into the air.
    • This happens again to Bogus near the end of the first act of the episode "Waterboy Bogus", after getting blasted into the air, thanks to a blast of water from the orca's blowhole.
    • Another claymation short had this happen to Bogus again, after he spits directly into the drain of the bathroom sink.
  • This also happens to Larry the Cucumber in the first VeggieTales sing-along video "A Very Silly Sing-Along", when attempting to fix the kitchen faucet.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Tweet Tweet Tweety" had Sylvester chasing after Tweety into the geyser Old Faithful, which is slated to go off at 12 noon. Sylvester changes the clock to 11:30 before going into the geyser, but Tweety switches it to 12:00, which causes Sylvester to get thrust into the air on a torrent of water.
    • At the end of the Bugs Bunny short "Oily Hare", an oil tycoon and his flunky who had been chasing after Bugs throughout the cartoon both get thrust up into the air on a carrot geyser that had been caused by a ludicrous amount of dynamite that had been shoved into Bugs's rabbit hole, in an attempt to get him out.
    • In "Frigid Hare", the villain is carried away bouncing on top of a whale's spout.
  • In the Donald Duck cartoon "Good Scouts", Donald falls into Old Faithful Geyser just as it starts to erupt. His nephews try to plug up the geyser with rocks, but they just get sent up to hit him. Finally they throw a boulder big enough to plug it... for a moment.
  • Seen on the Goofy short "Olympic Champ". The Goof's attempt at the hammer throw results in him drilling himself into the ground, hurdles tangled on the hammer. An oil gusher lifts him up into the air, the hurdles falling to form a derrick.
  • In Big Heel-Watha, Screwy Squirrel pranks the title hunter by planting a drinking fountain on a geyser.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "The Land Before Swine", the Pines family escape an underground cavern by riding a geyser. "BROS BEFORE DINOS!"
  • In the Wacky Races episode "Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock", this happens to Penelope Pitstop after Dick Dastardly and Muttley lure her onto a geyser by repainting the ground. Happens to Dastardly at the race's conclusion.
  • Downplayed in Star vs. the Forces of Evil. King River is launched by the geyser Old Youthful, but all his hair is scalded off leaving him looking like a blushing newborn.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "The Gungan General": Downplayed. When Jar Jar and the troopers are chasing the pirates who stole the ransom payment one of the pirates goes over a geyser as it erupts and his speeder get knocked by the stream causing him to crash.
  • In one Yogi Bear cartoon, Yogi is taken hostage by a couple of gangsters and forced to be their getaway driver. In his panic, Yogi inadvertently drives the car onto a geyser. While Yogi manages to bail out, the two gangsters are left trapped on top of the geyser.
    Gangster: Turn that thing off!

    Real Life 
  • The Jetlev company makes a jetpack that uses water pressure to make people fly.


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Water Kirby

The Water ability made its debut in episode 97 of the Kirby anime, and his primary method of attack is spewing a geyser from his mouth, as demonstrated here. It eventually made its way into the games starting with Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

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