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4th Apr '17 10:17:40 PM ShadictheHedgehog
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** Similarly, ''Amonkhet'' has the Prowling Serpopard, a "Cat Snake" which looks and sounds like something out of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', but is an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpopard actual Egyptian mythological animal]].
24th Mar '17 2:52:23 AM CleverPun
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** Also referenced (if not by name) in [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409814 Just the Wind]].
10th Mar '17 8:57:13 AM GigaGuess
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** The introduction of the ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' block leaves us with [[spoiler:Avacyn and most of her army of angels becoming corrupted and launching an inquisition to "purify" the world through wreaking havoc and burning and killing the humans they were supposed to protect and serve]].

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** The introduction of the ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' block leaves us with [[spoiler:Avacyn and most of her army of angels becoming corrupted and launching an inquisition to "purify" the world through wreaking havoc and burning and killing the humans they were supposed to protect and serve]].serve. It only gets [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=414305 worse]] in Eldritch Moon]].
6th Mar '17 7:50:21 AM KingNilbog
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*** [[{{Steampunk}} Kaladesh]] has no ''human'' vampires, but does contain vampiric or "gifted" Aetherborn, who are capable of siphoning life out of others to prolong their own [[WeAreAsMayflies brief]] existence.
6th Mar '17 7:42:25 AM KingNilbog
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** Memnarch also counts as a relatively rare villainous example.
3rd Mar '17 2:30:13 AM harharhar
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* CosmicHorrorStory: ''Shadows Over Innistrad'', in contrast to GothicHorror setting of the first ''Innistrad''. In ''Shadows'', we have cultists summoning EldritchAbomination, which eventually [[spoiler:is sealed because it, Emrakul, chooses to seal itself without being defeated]].
28th Feb '17 9:31:55 AM ZenBlade
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* OrganicTechnology: Phyrexia. They invoke this trope, subvert it, divert it, avert it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and ask it out for dinner. Their entire purpose is to blur the line between 'organic' and 'technology' to the point of irrelevance. [[TheVirus In the most]] nightmarish ways possible.

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* OrganicTechnology: Phyrexia. They invoke this trope, subvert it, divert it, avert it, deconstruct it, reconstruct it, and ask it out for dinner. Their entire purpose is to blur the line between 'organic' and 'technology' to the point of irrelevance. [[TheVirus In the most]] nightmarish ways possible. Even more strongly pronounced in New Phyrexia, when the faction got an artistic revamp that made it much more ambiguous where the organic ended and the technology began, which is shown by their use of colored artifacts.



* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Very, very common, especially in later blocks.

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Magic at first used dwarves that were the same as the rest, but they realized that this just meant that they occupied the same space as the already-popular goblins, both being small, mono-red creatures. For this reason, dwarves didn't show up in Magic for a very long time until the Kaladesh block, where they were completely reimagined as mono-white creatures, save the the occasional red-white card, with a strong tie to craftsmanship and vehicles.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Very, very common, especially in later blocks. Part of this is due to the fact that a race on one plane doesn't necessarily have to follow the same rules as the same race on a different plane. It's actually a plot point in the first Zendikar block that a vampire from a different plane isn't recognized as such due to being different from the local vampires.



*** [[DeathWorld Zendikar]]'s vampires have a very strong 'venomous' motif and had fang-like protrusions from most of their joints.

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*** [[DeathWorld Zendikar]]'s vampires have a very strong 'venomous' motif and had fang-like protrusions from most of their joints. [[spoiler:They're also the product of a disease created by the extra-dimensional Eldrazi as a way to make a slave caste.]]



* VampiresAreSexGods: Innistrad's vampires play closest to the trope, being gorgeous, aristocratic and generous with fanservice suiting all tastes. Which is not to say they aren't monsters, nor are they reluctant to use their personal charm to attract victims. Interestingly, Sorin Markov, vampire planeswalker from Innistrad, has been neither shown as nor implied to be involved with anyone, despite (because of?) his six thousand years plane-hopping.

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* VampiresAreSexGods: Innistrad's vampires play closest to the trope, being gorgeous, aristocratic and generous with fanservice suiting all tastes. Which is not to say they aren't monsters, nor are they reluctant to use their personal charm to attract victims. Interestingly, Sorin Markov, vampire planeswalker from Innistrad, has been neither shown as nor implied to be involved with anyone, despite (because of?) his six thousand years plane-hopping. There's a very vague reference to "hedonism" in one of the earliest pieces describing him, but that's it.
22nd Feb '17 9:43:43 PM WindyDelcarlo
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*** [[PlayingWithFire Chandra Nalaar]]: Set fire to her village in a fit of rage after learning of her ArrangedMarriage, and ran and hid. [[spoiler:A local KnightTemplar organization noticed, and not believing the villager's claims that the destruction was caused by a single child, rounded up the villagers and sealed them into the burning huts, punishment for harboring pyromancers. Chandra returns just in time to hear her family dying, and is quickly subdued by the soldiers. Just as they are about to behead her,]] her Spark ignites at the last possible second.

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*** [[PlayingWithFire Chandra Nalaar]]: Set Chandra's family is a smuggler of aether on Kaladesh, and during Chandra's first job as a smuggler, she's caught. Instead of allowing herself be captured, she obliterates a Consul factory, forcing the Nalaars to flee. [[spoiler:While Chandra is away from the village they take residence in, Consul forces arrive looking for her. They set fire to the village, killing her village in a fit of rage after learning of father, blaming it on Chandra's pyromancy and taking her ArrangedMarriage, and ran and hid. [[spoiler:A local KnightTemplar organization noticed, and not believing the villager's claims that the destruction was caused by a single child, rounded up the villagers and sealed them into the burning huts, punishment for harboring pyromancers. Chandra returns just in time to hear her family dying, and is quickly subdued by the soldiers.custody. Just as they are about to behead her,]] her Spark ignites at the last possible second.
1st Feb '17 1:13:06 PM Morgenthaler
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** The Eldrazi, who are so ancient they predate the whole "colored mana" deal, and destroy your opponents just by moving in their general direction. [[http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/396 This preview]] of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth]] has the unique distinction of [[InterfaceScrew destroying the web page it appears on]], and the flavor text of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193398 Eldrazi Monument]] reads: "Gods don't die. [[CthulhuMythos They merely slumber]]."

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** The Eldrazi, who are so ancient they predate the whole "colored mana" deal, and destroy your opponents just by moving in their general direction. [[http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/396 This preview]] of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193632 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth]] has the unique distinction of [[InterfaceScrew destroying the web page it appears on]], and the flavor text of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=193398 Eldrazi Monument]] reads: "Gods don't die. [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos They merely slumber]]."
24th Jan '17 3:32:38 PM GigaGuess
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** Likewise the Shadows Over Innistrad block. [[spoiler: Sure, the Gatewatch managed to seal away Emrakul, but at the cost of any protection the plane had with the unmaking of Avacyn, 2/3 of the lesser angels destroyed or fallen, leaving Sigarda as the only Angelic defender truly on the side of humanity. And Emrakul's sealing? Aided by Emrakul herself, leading one to wonder whether it was really a win at all...]]

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** Likewise the Shadows Over Innistrad block. [[spoiler: Sure, the Gatewatch managed to seal away Emrakul, but at the cost of any protection the plane had with the unmaking of Avacyn, 2/3 of the lesser angels destroyed or fallen, leaving Sigarda as the only Angelic defender truly on the side of humanity.humanity...or what's left of them, too, after Emrakul's corruption mutated a large portion into nightmarish beasts. And Emrakul's sealing? Aided by Emrakul herself, leading one to wonder whether it was really a win at all...]]
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