History Main / ArbitrarySkepticism

28th Apr '16 5:36:41 PM ultimomant
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** Hawkgirl's case is because in ancient times, her people worshipped EldrichAbominations that they got rid of with the discoveyr of Nth-Metal. Her struggle in accepting faith and in higher powers is do to this past and she does try and understand.

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** Hawkgirl's case is because in ancient times, her people worshipped EldrichAbominations worshiped EldritchAbominations that they got rid of with the discoveyr of Nth-Metal. Her struggle in accepting faith and in higher powers is do to this past and she does try and understand.
16th Apr '16 6:29:13 AM Ramidel
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
** Subverted in the episode "Revenant", when Terry tells Bruce about a so-called "ghost" his classmates believe to be haunting his high school. Terry expects Bruce to reject the notion out of hand because there's no such thing as ghosts. Bruce then turns to Terry and explains [[SeenItAll he's]] ''[[SeenItAll met]]'' [[SeenItAll ghosts, wizards, witch-boys, zombies, immortals and demons]]... but he doesn't believe it in this case, because it sounds "too high school". Turns out, he was right. It wasn't a ghost, it was StalkerWithACrush, Willie Watt, who had psychic powers.
** Played straight in "Earth mover". Terry ends up tackling an earth golem which seems to be stalking a friend of his, which Bruce is skeptical about since the analysis of said dirt doesn't show anything abnormal about it. To his credit, Bruce is quick to temper his own skepticism, pointing out that said earth golem, if it is indeed real, is likely to show up again.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
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''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Subverted in the episode "Revenant", when Terry tells Bruce about a so-called "ghost" his classmates believe to be haunting his high school. Terry expects Bruce to reject the notion out of hand because there's no such thing as ghosts. Bruce then turns to Terry and explains [[SeenItAll he's]] ''[[SeenItAll met]]'' [[SeenItAll ghosts, wizards, witch-boys, zombies, immortals and demons]]... but he doesn't believe it in this case, because it sounds "too high school". Turns out, he was right. It wasn't a ghost, it was StalkerWithACrush, Willie Watt, who had psychic powers.
** Played straight in "Earth mover". Terry ends up tackling an earth golem which seems to be stalking a friend of his, which Bruce is skeptical about since the analysis of said dirt doesn't show anything abnormal about it. To his credit, Bruce is quick to temper his own skepticism, pointing out that said earth golem, if it is indeed real, is likely to show up again.
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15th Apr '16 4:59:08 PM Doug86
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* This permits ''FanFic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad'' (A crossover of '''two''' crossovers -- ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' and ''FanFic/DarkTitans'') to get started as a case of LetsYouAndHimFight. In TRTC, the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crew is abducted by aliens, then escape into the (not-so) gentle clutches of ''[[VideoGame/{{X-COM}} X-COM: UFO Defense]]'', joining them in a GrimDark war against aliens and suffering severe cases of PTSD in the process. In DT, the Ranma crew befriend the Comicbook/TeenTitans and become part of TheDCU. Several years later, Ryoga and several of the Titans are transported to the TRTC universe. Bad enough they're spandex-clad metahumans, or that the aliens' latest gimmick seems to be creating fake "metahumans" whom X-Com has responded to with a MutantDraftBoard, but as TRTC already has a Ryoga(with severe combat fatigue), he's more than ready to kill his alternate on sight rather than inquire as to the strangeness. {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s armed with SupernaturalMartialArts versus ThouShaltNotKill superheroes is a ForegoneConclusion - the only surprise is that X-Com didn't ''kill'' any of the Titans.ç

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* This permits ''FanFic/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad'' (A crossover of '''two''' crossovers -- ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' and ''FanFic/DarkTitans'') to get started as a case of LetsYouAndHimFight. In TRTC, the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' crew is abducted by aliens, then escape into the (not-so) gentle clutches of ''[[VideoGame/{{X-COM}} X-COM: UFO Defense]]'', joining them in a GrimDark war against aliens and suffering severe cases of PTSD in the process. In DT, the Ranma crew befriend the Comicbook/TeenTitans and become part of TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCU. Several years later, Ryoga and several of the Titans are transported to the TRTC universe. Bad enough they're spandex-clad metahumans, or that the aliens' latest gimmick seems to be creating fake "metahumans" whom X-Com has responded to with a MutantDraftBoard, but as TRTC already has a Ryoga(with severe combat fatigue), he's more than ready to kill his alternate on sight rather than inquire as to the strangeness. {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s armed with SupernaturalMartialArts versus ThouShaltNotKill superheroes is a ForegoneConclusion - the only surprise is that X-Com didn't ''kill'' any of the Titans.ç
10th Apr '16 8:32:30 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Kaworu isn't human but an [[{{EldritchAbominatioin}} Angel]]. Still, when Shinji states that he owes his PsychicPowers to daemon training, Kaworu replies that's ridiculous because there's not such a thing like daemons.

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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Kaworu isn't human but an [[{{EldritchAbominatioin}} [[{{EldritchAbomination}} Angel]]. Still, when Shinji states that he owes his PsychicPowers to daemon training, Kaworu replies that's ridiculous because there's not such a thing like daemons.
6th Apr '16 5:23:27 PM ultimomant
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* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl}}''[=/=]''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' crossover episode, Barry is amazed at seeing Kara fly, pointing out that ''he'''s supposed to be the impossible one. Thing is, he's already seen so many different metahumans with powers, including those that could fly (e.g. Firestorm), that his surprise seems a little strange.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl}}''[=/=]''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}''[=/=]''Series/TheFlash2014'' crossover episode, Barry is amazed at seeing Kara fly, pointing out that ''he'''s supposed to be the impossible one. Thing is, he's already seen so many different metahumans with powers, including those that could fly (e.g. Firestorm), that his surprise seems a little strange. Kara herself finds it hard to believe Barry is from another dimension, commenting that him being from another planet like she is would make more sense.
6th Apr '16 1:15:41 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* In the failed ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot, Comicbook/TheAtom says that the idea of a villain controlling the weather is physically impossible. This is despite the fact that he's saying this to [[Comicbook/TheFlash a man who can run at superhuman speeds]] and [[Comicbook/GreenLantern another man who has a ring that can conjure up anything he can imagine]], or that he himself can shrink down to subatomic levels.

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* In the failed ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Film/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot, Comicbook/TheAtom says that the idea of a villain controlling the weather is physically impossible. This is despite the fact that he's saying this to [[Comicbook/TheFlash a man who can run at superhuman speeds]] and [[Comicbook/GreenLantern another man who has a ring that can conjure up anything he can imagine]], or that he himself can shrink down to subatomic levels.
5th Apr '16 3:10:45 PM ChronoLegion
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* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl}}''[=/=]''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' crossover episode, Barry is amazed at seeing Kara fly, pointing out that ''he'''s supposed to be the impossible one. Thing is, he's already seen so many different metahumans with powers, including those that could fly (e.g. Firestorm), that his surprise seems a little strange.
5th Apr '16 4:18:54 AM Vir
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* In ''Videogame/DiabloIII'', Leah's skepticism of her Uncle Deckard's "crazy stories" (expressed while in the middle of a siege against the risen dead) is spoofed in this ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/21 strip]].

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* In ''Videogame/DiabloIII'', ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', Leah's skepticism of her Uncle Deckard's "crazy stories" (expressed while in the middle of a siege against the risen dead) is spoofed in this ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/21 strip]].



* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Barbas mocks the Dragonborn for the fact that despite living in a world filled with magic, JerkassGods, PettingZooPeople and now ''Dragons'', why are they honestly questioning that a ''dog'' just walked up and spoke to them?

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Barbas mocks the Dragonborn for the fact that despite living in a world filled with magic, JerkassGods, PettingZooPeople and now ''Dragons'', ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]'', why are they honestly questioning that a ''dog'' just walked up and spoke to them?



* This can actually be used as a ''buff'' in ''Videogame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', through the "There Must be a Rational Explanation" skill. Gives you some pretty nifty magic resistance in exchange for not being able to cast spells, but why would you cast spells if they don't exist?

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* This can actually be used as a ''buff'' in ''Videogame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', through the "There Must be a Rational Explanation" skill. Gives you some pretty nifty magic resistance in exchange for not being able to cast spells, but why would you cast spells if they don't exist?
4th Apr '16 10:07:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': With all the weird stuff that is happening in Portland (from man-like beasts to [[WitchSpecies Hexenbiest]] magic to ancient Mesoamerican rituals), you'd think the main character would stop being surprised by all things Wesen-related. And yet, an ancient stick that appears to grant people a HealingFactor is instantly suspect.
29th Mar '16 9:04:57 AM ObsidianFire
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* It shows up in the Film/{{Thor}} / Series/BeingHumanUK crossover, ''FanFic/{{Housemates}}''. Nina, when informed that [[CuteGhostGirl the lovely young woman she's befriended is a ghost]], and one of her roommates is a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire vampire]], her kneejerk reaction is to insist that there are no such things. [[GenreSavvy Then she remembers that she's in a room with superheroes, two of them aliens.]] And one of those aliens is a ''sorcerer''.

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* It shows up in the Film/{{Thor}} / Series/BeingHumanUK crossover, ''FanFic/{{Housemates}}''. Nina, when informed that [[CuteGhostGirl the lovely young woman she's befriended is a ghost]], and one of her roommates is a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire vampire]], her kneejerk reaction is to insist that there are no such things. [[GenreSavvy Then she remembers that she's in a room with superheroes, two of them aliens.]] aliens. And one of those aliens is a ''sorcerer''.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Despite making a career out of hunting supernatural menaces and retaining enough experience and GenreSavvy to fill an aircraft carrier, Sam and Dean Winchester almost inevitably have an argument over whether or not the MonsterOfTheWeek could be the real thing or not. Most of this is justified, because presumably the brothers get a lot of dud cases where it's nothing supernatural at all. We never see those cases because an episode consisting of Sam and Dean rolling into town, poking around for a while, concluding "Oh, some guy just got spooked by a barking dog," and rolling out again would be really boring. It's therefore always a legitimate question whether there's actually anything weird going on. Another arbitrary element of this is that the role of the [[AgentScully hard-line skeptic]] switches every time between Sam and Dean.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Despite making a career out of hunting supernatural menaces and retaining enough experience and GenreSavvy to fill an aircraft carrier, Sam and Dean Winchester almost inevitably have an argument over whether or not the MonsterOfTheWeek could be the real thing or not. Most of this is justified, because presumably the brothers get a lot of dud cases where it's nothing supernatural at all. We never see those cases because an episode consisting of Sam and Dean rolling into town, poking around for a while, concluding "Oh, some guy just got spooked by a barking dog," and rolling out again would be really boring. It's therefore always a legitimate question whether there's actually anything weird going on. Another arbitrary element of this is that the role of the [[AgentScully hard-line skeptic]] switches every time between Sam and Dean.



* Lars in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is very skeptical of some of Ronaldo's weird theories, such as the existence of ghosts and poltergeists, despite being friends (for lack of a better word) with a boy who can summon magical shields and shape-shift, even when 'ghostly' activities begin to occur. (A lot of other people also are doubtful of Ronaldo's theories, but mostly because they're over complicated conspiracies for events which everyone ''knows'' [[WrongGenreSavvy just come from the Gems]].)

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* Lars in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is very skeptical of some of Ronaldo's weird theories, such as the existence of ghosts and poltergeists, despite being friends (for lack of a better word) with a boy who can summon magical shields and shape-shift, even when 'ghostly' activities begin to occur. (A lot of other people also are doubtful of Ronaldo's theories, but mostly because they're over complicated conspiracies for events which everyone ''knows'' [[WrongGenreSavvy just come from the Gems]].Gems.)



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