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It's all fun and games until the water's yellow.
The Weapon of Choice for the Bratty Half-Pint and Youngsters. Water Balloons may be used alongside slingshots.

The contents will not always be water — it could be jelly, ink, or something more... foul. Either that or some jerk will bring out the hose.

Expect college science geeks and/or medical students with too much time on their hands to build a water balloon slingshot out of lab materials, or some other ridiculous contraption. They might also fill their water guns with liquid chemicals.

Wet T-shirts and swim suits may lead to Sexy Soaked Shirt.

Compare Bubble Gun. For the winter equivalent, see Snowball Fight.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cowboy Bebop: Ed uses water guns filled with "stinky gas" in "Mushroom Samba".
  • The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya: Haruhi subconsciously modified model guns into firing pressurized water balls with unimaginably explosive firepower. Dual squirt guns turned dual mini water-grenade launchers/pistols.
  • Yotsuba&!: Yotsuba, Jumbo, and Yanda held a water balloon fight inside the house. When Yotsuba was supposed to be housesitting no less. And she even started it by ambushing Yanda with her water pistol.

    Comic Strips 
  • Regular feature on Calvin and Hobbes. An Escalating War usually follows, with the local weapons-of-mass-destruction equivalent being the garden hose, or on one occasion a filled kiddy pool. In the Print Bonus story of The Lazy Sunday Book, Spaceman Spiff's Zorcher and Demise-O Bomb are in Calvin's reality a water pistol and water balloon, and only succeed in making their respective targets, Susie and Calvin's mom, wet and angry, though the grounded Calvin is still plotting a new watery prank in the last panel: a Bucket Booby-Trap.
  • Appears in some Garfield strips.
  • FoxTrot: Water guns are the Weapon of Choice for Jason whenever he's tormenting his siblings in warmer weather. In one strip, he and Marcus were firing squirt guns filled with fruit punch at each other; when they stopped to refill, they were swarmed by flies.

    Fan Works 
  • In Black Crayons, they serve as the ideal weapons whenever Annabelle decides to team up with Ironhide against Sam, Wheelie, or the Twins.
  • In the Star Wars fic ''It's a Jedi Thing, You Wouldn't Understand", Han and Luke are both annoyed about having to go to a diplomatic dinner with Leia. And they're acting worse than Leia's toddler twins. She catches them at the hotel in the midst of a water gun fight. When she interrupts them, Luke already emptied his on Han's head, and Han had his pointed at Luke's crotch, going for the "wet his pants" look.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii", the Tenth Doctor uses a water gun against the lead Pyrovile.
    • At the end of The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Amy is carrying a squirt gun to hit annoying Christmas carolers when she opens the door and sees the Doctor. She squirts him because he's been away for two years.
  • When Ross is trying to convince himself his student-girlfriend isn't too immature for him in Friends, he arrives at the dorm to find she's having a water-balloon fight. After they split up, he thinks "She handled that really maturely. Was this a mistake?" and then she drops a balloon on him from the window...
    • In "The One Where Joey Moves Out", Rachel finds one of her bras in the guys' apartment and asks what the hell it's doing there. Joey explains that he and Chandler were having a water-balloon fight with some junior high kids and they used the bra to fling their balloons off the roof.
  • MythBusters: one myth they tested was a combination of a water gun and a Static Stun Gun.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • The episode "Bane" has Teal'c befriend a young girl who carries a Super Soaker around. After she helps save him, he gives her a "superior model"...which she immediately uses to shoot Daniel Jackson. The good doctor remarks that maybe they shouldn't have loaded it. Teal'c answers if they hadn't, she would be unable to defend herself, before he pulls out an even bigger water gun to chase after her.
    • Played for Drama in "The Devil You Know". When Apophis interrogates O'Neill using a Fantastic Drug, O'Neill hallucinates that he's talking to his dead son Charlie. Charlie comes up behind Jack with a water pistol a friend gave him, but Jack gets angry at Charlie because he has a "no guns" rule.
      Charlie: You have a gun.
      Jack: That's different.
  • The West Wing: after noting that Josh is the kind of guy who has to be hit over the head to notice that a girl is interested in him, Amy tosses a water balloon at him from the balcony of her office as he's leaving the building, that almost hit him in the head.
  • One episode of Boy Meets World had Cory trying to earn enough money to buy a high-end squirt gun in time for an upcoming water war. After his dad helps him finish his job so he doesn't miss the fun, Cory ends up trading the new gun for two smaller ones, which he and his dad then gleefully turn on the rest of the family.
  • On "And the Window of Opportunity", the second-season finale of 2 Broke Girls, Caroline and Max augment their verbal fight with the water-cleaning guns they're using.
  • Used in multiple sketches of The Whitest Kids U' Know. The Water Balloon sketch is about a man selling water balloons in the old west and Booger Blasters is an advertisement for a variation of squirt guns that uses boogers. Both Booger Blasters and the Nerf Nuke sketch also mentions another product from the same in-universe company: the Cum Bomb.
  • The prank that pushes the girls over the limit during "Prank Week" in Zoey 101.
  • CSI: NY featured an adult version called Water Gun Wars, based on the real life Streetwars game. Players try to 'kill' each other with water guns or balloons to become the last one standing in the game and win a cash prize. But one player got angry at the guy who knocked him out of the game and thought he'd pull a scare with a blank gun. He didn't know that blanks can be as dangerous as bullets at close range.
  • The Mickey Mouse Club: One of the gong gags at the end of the theme song has Donald Duck being squirted with water pistols by two of his nephews, sending him on one of his trademark temper tantrums.

  • In the video for Madonna's "What It Feels Like For A Girl", Madonna's character uses a realistic-looking water pistol on a couple of cops as she's going out on a violent joy ride with an elderly passenger.
  • In the video for OK Go's "The One Moment", lead singer Damian Kulash gets hit on the head with two large water balloons, while rows of smaller water balloons pop in synchronized order behind him, in super-slow motion.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • GURPS High Tech has rules for using a Super Soaker. GURPS being GURPS, it mentions loading it with paint to blind enemies wearing faceplate helmets, or with holy water.

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    Web Original 
  • "The Squirt Gun Wars" episode of Counter Monkey has Spoony recounting how a Shadowrun campaign became taken over by this trope after the players came up with a specific Game Breaking cocktail of poisons.

    Web Comics 
  • Housepets! had an entire story arc based on a water balloon war, "The Great Water Balloon War", between the titular creatures that was used to parody military and wartime tropes, starting here.
  • Loserz once had a story arc about this.
  • Ozy and Millie indulge in a few of these. Both involve Millie, a favoured target of the artist, and More Dakka.
  • Sam Starfall and Helix from Freefall have from time to time engaged in water balloon wars, often to the annoyance of Florence when she gets hit by a stray shot.
    Sam: How can a species consider itself advanced if it's willing to travel between the stars and not bring water balloons?

    Western Animation 
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • When the kids go trick-or-treating on the rich families' island in "Full Bars", they're warned about "Hell Hunt", where the local teens on bicycles terrorize the younger kids with, among other things, water balloons filled with pee.
    • The season 5 finale "The Oeder Games" has Mr. Fischoeder baiting his tenants into a water balloon fight with the prospect of the winner not only being exempt from the rent hike, but getting a rent cut.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: one episode involving the tree house has the Eds using water balloons. Another has them selling turkey basters as water squirters. Also Eddy's El Mundo Stink Bomb.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, Timmy, Chester, and AJ use these on Tootie when she tries to come over. At the end, Tootie uses one on Timmy.
  • Inspector Gadget has one of these equipped. For some reason.
    • It's more like a miniature fire hose, and he's able to put out a fire with it quite handily. So that's probably the reason — putting out fires.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in the Invader Zim episode "The Wettening". When Dib discovers that Zim is harmed by water, he uses his super-scientist father's lab to engineer more and more advanced water weapons. Once Zim discovers that he can waterproof himself with glue, he retaliates with a satellite-mounted balloon filled with all the water on earth.
  • Johnny Bravo episode "Balloon Buffoon" has Johnny and his friends trying to defend against youngsters armed with water balloons, which is treated by Johnny as a military campaign.
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Kick and Gunthar fight Kick's older brother, Brad, for their hangout. Kick uses water balloons and Brad uses mudballs.
  • Phineas and Ferb has Phineas, Ferb, and their friends using these to weaken and disintegrate a giant gelatin monster who came to life thanks to Doofenshmirtz's latest invention. The song accompanying the scene summarizes it as such:
    "Come on, kids! Let's squirt that gelatin monster!
  • Recess: School's Out: During the final battle, the student body pummels Benedict's Mooks with water balloons and silly string.
    • "Bart the General" culminates to an all-water balloon Patton parody.
    • In "Lady Bouvier's Lover", Bart used two water guns filled with ketchup and mustard to threaten Mr. Burns when he went on a date with Marge's mother. Burns tests Bart's willingness to go through with it, which costs him.
  • Buster and Babs' story arc in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation begins with Buster going after a sunbathing Babs with a squirt pistol loaded with ice water. She retaliates with her own, resulting in an Escalating War of water balloons, kiddy pools, Babs opening the floodgates on a dam, Buster setting off a volcano with high explosives to create a tidal wave...
  • The Simpsons:
  • This skit from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! takes this trope to extreme measures. Here, Wubbzy and Widget are playing "water-fight" by using water balloons, with each one seen getting bigger and bigger. Hilarity ensues and they later on begin using hoses, and a gigantic water-hose/water balloon combination, which eventually leads to the whole town ending up underwater.
    Widget: [underwater] That wasn't supposed to happen!

    Real Life 
  • Streetwars, a tournament where adults try to 'assassinate' each other with water guns and balloons. Become the last one standing and win a cash prize.
  • Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee had a routine at conventions where they would go at each other with ever-larger water pistols.
  • The Super Soaker CPS 2000, is a Super Prototype water-gun released in 1996 and was the first Constant Pressure System (CPS) water gun ever made but is to this day the most powerful water gun ever sold in stores. It released a quart of water in one second in a consistent stream that went up to 53 feet. It was so powerful it hurt kids and due to multiple complaints by parents the later CPS models were made less powerful. Due to its rarity it sells on eBay for $100s of dollars and specialized home-brew water guns are specifically designed to be compared against the CPS 2000 to determine if they can beat it.


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Splatoon 2 - Splattershot

Splatoon 2's most basic weapon, the Splattershot, is a water gun designed to shoot ink.

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