History Literature / Xanth

11th Feb '17 10:41:26 PM Chariset
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** Spot-on-the-wall talents are magical abilities so minimal as to be useless. One character actually gets the ability to make a spot on the wall -- and then realizes that a whole bunch of little spots together are ''pixels''.


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* SpeciesSurname: Most non-humans. Tend to be {{Alliterative Name}}s as well (e.g. Che Centaur, Glory Goblin).
24th Jan '17 3:46:38 AM CockroachCharlie
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** It should be noted that [[spoiler:Bink's plot armor is actually justified in universe!]]
16th Dec '16 4:43:38 PM Scorpion451
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* SemanticSuperpower: All of the magical talents are based on someone doing some Rules Lawyering. At one point Ivy uses her magic talent of enhancement to enhance the empty space between molecules in a solid wall, ''making a hole in it''. After that Ivy's power really should allow her to do anything at all... but like all unambiguously good and kind Piers Anthony-written females, [[DumbIsGood she's not quite bright enough to come up with those uses on her own]].

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* SemanticSuperpower: All Many of the best magical talents are based on someone doing some Rules Lawyering. allow for quite a bit of {{rules lawyer}}ing. At one point Ivy uses her magic talent of enhancement to enhance the empty space between molecules in a solid wall, ''making a hole in it''. After that Ivy's power really should allow her to do anything it''.
** a bit of ancient Xanthian lore recounted
at all... but like all unambiguously good one point reveals the reason why this isn't even more rampant. [[CataclysmBackstory An ancient war devastated Xanth and kind Piers Anthony-written females, [[DumbIsGood she's not quite bright enough created the elemental regions]] after a pair of rivals pushed this trope to come up its LogicalExtreme: one with those uses the talent to amplify his voice created [[WordsCanBreakMyBones literal curse words]] and founded the curse fiends, while the other gamed the talent of [[MakingASplash shaping water]] into full blown WeatherManipulation and ElementalPowers. In the end the curse fiends were victorious, and placed a curse on her own]].talent expansion, limiting them to ''only'' ExactWords manipulation.


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** Averted with Dolph- while his talent includes the ability to become a more attractive version of himself (or anything else he can think of), that doesn't help the fact that he's filed under {{Adorkable}} on a good day.
16th Dec '16 3:54:13 PM Scorpion451
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* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: No matter how obscure or specialized a main character's talent is, you can bet they'll get a chance to use it to save the day- justified in that many of the tales begin with someone getting an [[CapitalLettersAreMagic Answer to their Question]] from Humphrey, who enables them to discover their own answer by sending them on a quest [[PlotTailoredtotheParty they are perfect for.]]

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* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: No matter how obscure or specialized a main character's talent is, you can bet they'll get a chance to use it to save the day- justified in that many of the tales begin with someone getting an [[CapitalLettersAreMagic Answer to their Question]] from Humphrey, who enables them gets rid of the annoying morons-er, ''enables the querent to discover their own answer answer'' by sending them on a quest [[PlotTailoredtotheParty they are perfect for.]]
9th Dec '16 6:18:59 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Werebeasts of various kinds exist in Xanth, usually born from a human mother and a non-human father (the other way around results in a straight hybrid), who can go from human to animal or vice-versa at will. Known examples include a were-horse in ''Night Mare'' and a were-dragon in ''The Dastard''.
28th Nov '16 4:58:24 PM Freezer
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* Esk Ogre has to deal with disadvantages gained from his half-human parents: He has occasional bouts of ill-tempered stupidity (his half-ogre dad) and empty-headed vapidity (his half-nymph mother).

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* ** Esk Ogre has to deal with disadvantages gained from his half-human parents: He has occasional bouts of ill-tempered stupidity (his half-ogre dad) and empty-headed vapidity (his half-nymph mother).
28th Nov '16 4:57:38 PM Freezer
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** [[spoiler:Bink]]'s talent is immunity to harm by magic, including indirect harm[[note]]an ogre throwing rocks, an illusion hiding a pit, or the death of a companion or loved one, which would injure him emotionally[[/note]]. As there is ''very'' little in Xanth that is ''not'' in some way magical, the talent becomes "[[AchillesHeel he can only be harmed by completely mundane things]]". Thus, it ''further'' protects him by disguising its own existence, making is seem he avoids harm through [[WindsOfDestinyChange clumsiness, luck, or freak accidents]], so that [[NighInvulnerability this weak point in his magic will not harm him]], which would [[LoopholeAbuse technically be harm by (a failure of) magic!]]. The price of this is that it constantly makes him the ButtMonkey of any situation- humilliation does not count as injury, as he has a humble and resilient personality. Minor scrapes and bruises apparently do not count, either.

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** [[spoiler:Bink]]'s talent is immunity to harm by magic, including indirect harm[[note]]an ogre throwing rocks, an illusion hiding a pit, or the death of a companion or loved one, which would injure him emotionally[[/note]]. As there is ''very'' little in Xanth that is ''not'' in some way magical, the talent becomes "[[AchillesHeel he can only be harmed by completely mundane things]]". Thus, it ''further'' protects him by disguising its own existence, making is seem he avoids harm through [[WindsOfDestinyChange clumsiness, luck, or freak accidents]], so that [[NighInvulnerability this weak point in his magic will not harm him]], which would [[LoopholeAbuse technically be harm by (a failure of) magic!]]. The price of this is that it constantly makes him the ButtMonkey of any situation- humilliation humiliation does not count as injury, as he has a humble and resilient personality. Minor scrapes and bruises apparently do not count, either.



* Esk Ogre has to deal with disadvantages gained from his half-human parents: He has occasional bouts of ill-tempered stupidity (his half-ogre dad) and empty-headed vapidity (his half-nymph mother).



* LovePotion: Mostly subverted. If you drink from a "love" spring, you will be compelled to [[strike:mate with]] summon the stork with with the next compatible mate you see. That wouldn't be too bad in itself, except that ''next compatible mate'' means "whatever creature happens to be in front of you". Centaurs, for example, were the result of the first explorers of Xanth leading their horses to drink, the magic of the spring made it work. More traditional love potions, which cause love instead of lust, also exist, but are less common.

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* LovePotion: Mostly subverted. If you drink from a "love" spring, you will be compelled to [[strike:mate with]] summon ''summon the stork stork'' with with the next compatible mate you see. That wouldn't be too bad in itself, except that ''next compatible mate'' means "whatever creature happens to be in front of you". Centaurs, for example, were the result of the first explorers of Xanth leading their horses to drink, the magic of the spring made it work. More traditional love potions, which cause love instead of lust, also exist, but are less common.



** Lacuna is permitted to ret-con her own life, provided she can do it before the statue of limitations runs out (that's not a typo, by the way).

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** Lacuna is permitted to ret-con retcon her own life, provided she can do it before the statue of limitations runs out (that's not a typo, by the way).



* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The early books depicted a Xanth that was a DeathWorld outside of the 'safe' areas, and a humanity that was doomed to descend into mindless hybrid animals without periodic invasions of the genodical or looting and raping varieties. Of course, this was no match for [[spoiler:Bink's talent.]] When an EldritchAbomination and [[spoiler:sending him outside of Xanth, where theoretically his talent shouldn't have been able to send all those DeusExMachina to protect him]] couldn't pose a challenge either, it's no wonder Anthony gave up the pretense that there was some possiblility characters could lose [[spoiler:as the ripple effect of Binks' effect on Xanth spread.]]
* RewritingReality: Com-Pewter's schtick is that anything he types becomes real.

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* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The early books depicted a Xanth that was a DeathWorld outside of the 'safe' areas, and a humanity that was doomed to descend into mindless hybrid animals without periodic invasions of the genodical genocidal or looting and raping varieties. Of course, this was no match for [[spoiler:Bink's talent.]] When an EldritchAbomination and [[spoiler:sending him outside of Xanth, where theoretically his talent shouldn't have been able to send all those DeusExMachina to protect him]] couldn't pose a challenge either, it's no wonder Anthony gave up the pretense that there was some possiblility possibility characters could lose [[spoiler:as the ripple effect of Binks' Bink's effect on Xanth spread.]]
* RewritingReality: Com-Pewter's schtick shtick is that anything he types becomes real.
28th Nov '16 4:42:03 PM Freezer
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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[HybridVigor their non-human]] parents' powers plus a magic talent. One example is Esk Ogre (ogre/human father, nymph/human mother). Along with his magic talent of "the protest"[[note]]When he shouts "NO" at someone, with purpose, they are magically compelled to immediately stop whatever they are doing on the spot.[[/note]], he can summon ogre-level strength when angry enough.

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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[HybridVigor [[AllGenesAreCoDominant their non-human]] non-human parents' powers abilities]] plus a magic talent. One example is Esk Ogre (ogre/human father, nymph/human mother). Along with his magic talent of "the protest"[[note]]When he shouts "NO" at someone, with purpose, they are magically compelled to immediately stop whatever they are doing on the spot.[[/note]], he can summon ogre-level strength when angry enough. The winged centaurs share the magical ability make things - including themselves - temporarily lighter, allowing their massive centaur bodies to take flight. This is despite all the Winged Centaurs thus far having differnt origins[[note]]The first we see had a centaur mother and hippogriff father, her eventual mate had a centaur father and winged horse mother, they had a son together, and the rest so far have been humans voluntarily transformed by Magician Trent, to make a go of a winged centaur species[[/note]]
28th Nov '16 4:24:53 PM Freezer
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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[HybridVigor their non-human]] parents' powers plus a magic talent. One example is Esk Ogre (ogre/human father, nymph/human mother). Along with his magic talent of "the protest"[[note]]When he shouts "NO" at someone, with purpose, they are magically compelled to immediately stop whatever they are doing on the spot.[[/note]], he can summon ogre-level strength when angry enough.
28th Nov '16 11:13:04 AM Gitman
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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Originally, magicians were rare enough that the Council had to accept the Evil Magician as King: they didn't have a ''choice'' [[spoiler:not when Bink's talent was determined to remain a secret]]. Time-travel confirms that there tended to be two or three magicians at most at any given time, and they often kept the competition for the crown down by eliminating the competition. However, after Bink's meeting with the demon [=XaNTH=], it ensured that [[spoiler:all of Bink's descendants would have magician-level talents.]] Since then, other magicians have come out of the woodwork [[spoiler:like a centaur whose talent would likely never have been noticed if it wasn't needed to rescue Bink]] and people involved with the family like Irene have gained power-ups. Quite a lot of people that are not acknowledged as magicians in the later books have talents that in previous eras would have qualified them not just as magicians, but as the most dangerous and powerful type of magician, those who could control the magic of other people and artifacts, multiplying their power [[spoiler:like the creator of the Deathstone and Bink.]]

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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Originally, magicians were rare enough that the Council had to accept the Evil Magician as King: they didn't have a ''choice'' [[spoiler:not when Bink's talent was determined to remain a secret]]. Time-travel confirms that there tended to be two or three magicians at most at any given time, and they often kept the competition for the crown down by eliminating the competition. However, after Bink's meeting with the demon [=XaNTH=], it ensured that [[spoiler:all of Bink's descendants would have magician-level talents.]] Since then, other magicians have come out of the woodwork [[spoiler:like a centaur whose talent would likely never have been noticed if it wasn't needed to rescue Bink]] Trent]] and people involved with the family like Irene have gained power-ups. Quite a lot of people that are not acknowledged as magicians in the later books have talents that in previous eras would have qualified them not just as magicians, but as the most dangerous and powerful type of magician, those who could control the magic of other people and artifacts, multiplying their power [[spoiler:like the creator of the Deathstone and Bink.]]
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