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12th Jul '17 5:45:09 AM jormis29
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* Palladium Books's {{Beyond the Supernatural}} features Nega-Psychics, skeptics so firmly convinced that psychic abilities, magic, and the paranormal do not exist that their own (ironically) inherent psychic abilities subconsciously negate magic and psionics around them. This, of course, leads to some...interesting times when the party includes other psychics or arcanists. At least one group would always trick the nega-psychic character into running an errand before casting a spell, or force them to stand far away from the other characters so their abilities wouldn't cancel out.

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* Palladium Books's {{Beyond the Supernatural}} ''TabletopGame/BeyondTheSupernatural'' features Nega-Psychics, skeptics so firmly convinced that psychic abilities, magic, and the paranormal do not exist that their own (ironically) inherent psychic abilities subconsciously negate magic and psionics around them. This, of course, leads to some...interesting times when the party includes other psychics or arcanists. At least one group would always trick the nega-psychic character into running an errand before casting a spell, or force them to stand far away from the other characters so their abilities wouldn't cancel out.
12th May '17 12:15:26 PM AthenaBlue
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-->'''Alyssa''': "You have to believe in something!"
-->'''Elvis''': "No, I don't."

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-->'''Alyssa''': "You You have to believe in something!"
-->'''Elvis''': "No,
something!\\
'''Elvis''': No,
I don't."



* ''Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''
** Han Solo was this ("I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful "Force" controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls ''my'' destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.")
** Earns a big CallBack in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' when Han shows how much his views have changed:

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* ''Star Wars ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''
** *** Han Solo was this ("I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful "Force" controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls ''my'' destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.")
** *** Earns a big CallBack in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' when Han shows how much his views have changed:



** As was Admiral Motti. ("Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion didn't help you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or give you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' [[Film/TheHiddenFortress hidden fortr]]--" <choke> )
** [[JustifiedTrope To be fair,]] since the Jedi were almost extinct and most people didn't see Vader's or the emperor's abilities directly, Han probably had good reason to be skeptical of the claims of an old mystic like Obi-Wan. He may have rethought his position after seeing what Luke does to Threepio in ''Return of the Jedi''.\\

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** *** As was Admiral Motti. ("Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion didn't help you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or give you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' [[Film/TheHiddenFortress hidden fortr]]--" <choke> )
** [[JustifiedTrope To be fair,]] since the Jedi were almost extinct and most people didn't see Vader's Vader or the emperor's Emperor's abilities directly, Han probably had good reason to be skeptical of the claims of an old mystic like Obi-Wan. He may have rethought his position after seeing what Luke does to Threepio in ''Return of the Jedi''.''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.\\



Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.

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Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is (it is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.excuse.



--> '''Kate:''' "Scully's the skeptic. ({{Beat}}.) Mulder's the one who wants to believe. Scully's the skeptic."
--> '''Detective:''' "...Scully's the chick, right?"

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--> '''Kate:''' "Scully's -->'''Kate:''' Scully's the skeptic. ({{Beat}}.) Mulder's the one who wants to believe. Scully's the skeptic."
--> '''Detective:''' "...
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'''Detective:''' ...
Scully's the chick, right?"right?



** Charles Dickens, in "The Unquiet Dead", who was sure that the genuine medium was a con-artist.



** Charles Dickens, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], who was sure that the genuine medium was a con artist.



-->'''Hurley:''' Locke. He [[spoiler:moved the island]].
-->'''Jack:''' No, he didn't.
-->'''Hurley:''' Oh, really? Because [[spoiler:one minute it was there, and the next it was gone]], so unless we like, overlooked it, dude, that's exactly what he did. But if you've got another explanation man, I'd love to hear it.

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-->'''Hurley:''' Locke. He [[spoiler:moved the island]].
-->'''Jack:'''
island]].\\
'''Jack:'''
No, he didn't.
-->'''Hurley:'''
didn't.\\
'''Hurley:'''
Oh, really? Because [[spoiler:one minute it was there, and the next it was gone]], so unless we like, overlooked it, dude, that's exactly what he did. But if you've got another explanation man, I'd love to hear it.



-->'''Nick''' (to Connor): This is just a hoax. Forget it.
-->''(later)''
-->'''Claudia''': You'd be doing me a great favour if you could just confirm that this is all nonsense, Professor.
-->'''Nick''': I can't dismiss the evidence out of hand.
-->'''Claudia''': ...Surely you're not giving this whole monster story any credibility, Professor?
-->'''Nick''': I'm just trying to keep an open mind.
-->'''Claudia''': People always say that as though it's such a good thing.

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-->'''Nick''' (to Connor): This is just a hoax. Forget it.
-->''(later)''
-->'''Claudia''':
it.\\
''(later)''\\
'''Claudia''':
You'd be doing me a great favour if you could just confirm that this is all nonsense, Professor.
-->'''Nick''':
Professor.\\
'''Nick''':
I can't dismiss the evidence out of hand.
-->'''Claudia''': ...
hand.\\
'''Claudia''': ...
Surely you're not giving this whole monster story any credibility, Professor?
-->'''Nick''':
Professor?\\
'''Nick''':
I'm just trying to keep an open mind.
-->'''Claudia''':
mind.\\
'''Claudia''':
People always say that as though it's such a good thing.



* [[TropeNamers Agent Scully]] of ''Series/TheXFiles'', as stated above. An extreme example of the character drawing on an overinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is commonly interpreted as, "The simplest theory which explains all of the data is usually the best" (This is because the simplest explanation presupposes least and is usually easiest to test). She tends to take it to the point of believing "The simplest explanation ''must'' always be the best, even if it doesn't explain all the data," which is itself illogical. Sometimes, she deems any naturalistic explanation the "simplest" no matter how contrived it gets. This quality may be seen in other examples of the character type as well. Prone to ArbitrarySkepticism. Also noteworthy is that Scully did, over the course of the series, [[GivingUpOnLogic become more and more inclined to believe in whatever theory Mulder came up with]], eventually becoming the Agent Mulder to Dogget's Agent Scully. Even before then Mulder and Scully would occasionally flip roles in conversation, and for whole episodes when the subject was related to Scully's spirituality. It's also implied that Scully was right more often than not. The show just doesn't bother showing all the times she and Mulder drove out into the middle of nowhere to investigate a hoax or a case of swamp gas. Furthermore, while Mulder was almost always right that the supernatural was involved, to keep the audience guessing, he was usually wrong as many times as he was right on what exactly the nature was. He would often go out assuming one supernatural explanation, and come to several while there, before finally discovering the correct one. Scully's consistent objections to Mulder make a lot more sense when you realize that half the time, she's right that it's not what he says, so taking whatever steps he suggests would be somewhere from useless to actually setting them back.

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* [[TropeNamers Agent Dana Scully]] of ''Series/TheXFiles'', as stated above. An extreme example of the character drawing on an overinterpretation of Occam's Razor, which is commonly interpreted as, "The simplest theory which explains all of the data is usually the best" (This is because the simplest explanation presupposes least and is usually easiest to test). She tends to take it to the point of believing "The simplest explanation ''must'' always be the best, even if it doesn't explain all the data," which is itself illogical. Sometimes, she deems any naturalistic explanation the "simplest" no matter how contrived it gets. This quality may be seen in other examples of the character type as well. Prone to ArbitrarySkepticism. Also noteworthy is that Scully did, over the course of the series, [[GivingUpOnLogic become more and more inclined to believe in whatever theory Mulder came up with]], eventually becoming the Agent Mulder to Dogget's Agent Scully. Even before then Mulder and Scully would occasionally flip roles in conversation, and for whole episodes when the subject was related to Scully's spirituality. It's also implied that Scully was right more often than not. The show just doesn't bother showing all the times she and Mulder drove out into the middle of nowhere to investigate a hoax or a case of swamp gas. Furthermore, while Mulder was almost always right that the supernatural was involved, to keep the audience guessing, he was usually wrong as many times as he was right on what exactly the nature was. He would often go out assuming one supernatural explanation, and come to several while there, before finally discovering the correct one. Scully's consistent objections to Mulder make a lot more sense when you realize that half the time, she's right that it's not what he says, so taking whatever steps he suggests would be somewhere from useless to actually setting them back.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS6E11Voices "Voices"]], Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi is adamant that it's impossible to retain individuality after death, and as such there is no way Master Yoda could have been communicating with the ghost of long-dead Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.


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8th May '17 9:55:06 PM ultimomant
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Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a
pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.

to:

Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a
a pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.
6th May '17 3:49:34 AM Tropetastic1995
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* Seto Kaiba in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He's a Scully to such a degree that ''traveling back in time and meeting his own ancestor'' doesn't convince him that the supernatural exists. Less so in the [[Manga/YuGiOh original]], where he still scoffs at the supernatural but overall just doesn't seem interested in it.

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* Seto Kaiba in the dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He's a Scully to such a degree that ''traveling back in time and meeting his own ancestor'' doesn't convince him that the supernatural exists. Less so A vision of his ancestor and an ancient Pharaoh dueling? Obviously a hallucination. A group of lifelike monsters smashing up the town? Obviously a bunch of faulty holograms. Magically being able to read ancient Egyptian text that his most advanced computers struggle to translate? Obviously, it's simply because he is meant to wield the god cards. An opponent who can see into the future and destiny using a Milennium Item? His response amounts to ScrewDestiny. Only during the final episode of the anime (in a scene exclusive to the anime) does he admit that there might be ''some'' truth about all this mystical junk, but when teased about it by Joey he quickly (and half-jokingly) falls back to saying it's all smoke and mirrors. It's ''mostly'' a Dub-induced example; in the Japanese anime and the [[Manga/YuGiOh original]], where original manga]], he still scoffs at the supernatural but overall just doesn't seem interested in it.it. At any rate, he fully grows out of it by ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' (Dub included) where he desperately tries to pull Atem back from the afterlife by completing the Millenium Puzzle once more.
6th May '17 3:39:47 AM Tropetastic1995
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Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''.

to:

Of course, now that the Prequel Trilogy has been released, these two characters have retroactively fallen even deeper into this trope: the original films implied that the heyday of the Jedi happened long ago and that even then the Jedi were somewhat rare, but the prequels [[FridgeLogic haphazardly retconned this]] by showing that the Jedi were all over the place just ''twenty years earlier''. Han could still get a
pass, since he is only in his late twenties during ''A New Hope'' and so may have simply never seen a Jedi in his childhood ( is is a ''big'' galaxy, after all). Admiral Motti, being a seasoned military officer who was probably active in the waning days of the Republic, has no such excuses though.
1st May '17 9:12:20 AM gb00393
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** Maester Luwin, as a man of science, plays the Scully to Osha and Old Nan's AgentMulder by dismissing Bran's wolf dreams and Osha's accounts of the White Walkers by explaining that he studied magic and his attitude is that it was all either made up or went away long ago, something the audience knows is no longer true.

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** Maester Luwin, as a man of science, plays the Scully to Osha and Old Nan's AgentMulder by dismissing Bran's wolf dreams and Osha's accounts of the White Walkers and magic returning to the world by explaining that he studied magic when he was younger and attempted to practice it unsuccessfully, and his attitude now is that it was all either made up or at best went away long ago, something the audience knows is no longer true.
29th Apr '17 3:57:56 PM bificommander
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* For a unit that's specifically meant to combat supernatural threats, the ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' team in the first game seems to be staffed by a lot of Scullies. In fact, everyone except the player character keeps trying to find natural causes for everything that happens. And the player character is a HeroicMime who can't point them to the StringyHairedGhostGirl he saw earlier (or right now [[RightBehindYou standing behind them]]).
23rd Mar '17 8:16:27 AM gb00393
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** Ned Stark is shown to be skeptical of Will's claims about White Walkers.
6th Mar '17 12:47:04 AM Doug86
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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'', the entire Imperium was supposed be this, according to atheistic Imperial Truth and Emperor's design. Too bad the real gods took issue with the stance.

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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the entire Imperium was supposed be this, according to atheistic Imperial Truth and Emperor's design. Too bad the real gods took issue with the stance.
19th Feb '17 6:45:21 PM sgamer82
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* ''Podcast/TheBlackTapes:''
** Doctor Richard Strand always provides a logical explanation for the contents of the Black Tapes and anything else that appears supernatural within the show, even when he's not able to provide proof aside from a hand-wave explanation or, as Alex notes, leaves too much room for coincidence. Despite that, he always delivers his explanations with a confident that, to Alex, borders on condescension.
** While Alex often better fits the Mulder role than the Scully, being quicker to believe in the paranormal side, she makes a point of being the skeptic when conducting interviews without Strand present. She'll often ask the logical questions for the sake of being thorough.
* Nic Silver, who hosts ''The Black Tapes''' sister show, ''Podcast/{{TANIS}}'', maintains a high level of skepticism regarding conspiracy theories and the supernatural, even as his own investigations become actively dangerous due to the conspiracies and having direct encounters with the supernatural. In ''The Black Tapes'', he serves as Alex's producer and as something of a middle ground between her and Strand.
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