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20th Jun '16 1:54:04 AM Doug86
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** The StarTrekExpandedUniverse has "the Beings" in Peter David's ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' series, who gained power from worship and fear, and inverted when it turned out the most powerful among them was so because he gained power from peoples' belief in ''themselves''. In the novel ''Gods Above'', the only way for the crew to defeat them is to be truly fearless.

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** The StarTrekExpandedUniverse Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse has "the Beings" in Peter David's ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' series, who gained power from worship and fear, and inverted when it turned out the most powerful among them was so because he gained power from peoples' belief in ''themselves''. In the novel ''Gods Above'', the only way for the crew to defeat them is to be truly fearless.
11th Jun '16 10:58:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** Dresden, being the FirstPersonSmartass he is, goes on to ''mock'' this trope during the climax of the fourth book, ''Summer Knight'', by charging into a Fae battle screaming '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "I don't believe in faeries!!"]]''' It doesn't kill any Fae any better, but certainly is good for the adrenaline.

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** Dresden, being the FirstPersonSmartass he is, goes on to ''mock'' this trope during the climax of the fourth book, ''Summer Knight'', by charging into a Fae battle screaming '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "I '''"I don't believe in faeries!!"]]''' faeries!!"''' It doesn't kill any Fae any better, but certainly is good for the adrenaline.



** EBA's [[spoiler:crushes an alien invasion.]] Bonus points for featuring the cast actually clapping their hands because they believe. "[[CrowningMusicofAwesome I WAS BOOOOOOOOOOORN IN A CROSSFIAH HURRICAAAAAAAAAAAAANE]]"

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** EBA's [[spoiler:crushes an alien invasion.]] Bonus points for featuring the cast actually clapping their hands because they believe. "[[CrowningMusicofAwesome I "I WAS BOOOOOOOOOOORN IN A CROSSFIAH HURRICAAAAAAAAAAAAANE]]"HURRICAAAAAAAAAAAAANE"
11th Jun '16 10:57:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series novel "For the Love of Evil," [[spoiler:Jehovah --- the Jewish God]] says the number of believers in an Office determine the strength of the Office. Therefore, Satan's Office is extremely powerful because many people believe in Hell, but the powers of other deities wax and wane with the number of their believers.

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* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series novel "For the Love of Evil," [[spoiler:Jehovah --- the Jewish God]] says the number of believers in an Office determine the strength of the Office. Therefore, Satan's Office is extremely powerful because many people believe in Hell, but the powers of other deities wax and wane with the number of their believers.



* Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''BookOfSwords'' series had this as a plot development. The gods, including such familiar names as the war god Mars and Vulcan the smith, are bored. To entertain themselves, they play a game with humanity: 12 highly powerful magic swords are created, and spread throughout the lands purely to incite wars amongst the various nations. The plan backfires when, thanks to the highly visible power of the various swords, mankind's belief in the gods wane and is replaced by belief in the swords. Consequently, the gods rapidly weaken and die.

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* Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''BookOfSwords'' ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series had this as a plot development. The gods, including such familiar names as the war god Mars and Vulcan the smith, are bored. To entertain themselves, they play a game with humanity: 12 highly powerful magic swords are created, and spread throughout the lands purely to incite wars amongst the various nations. The plan backfires when, thanks to the highly visible power of the various swords, mankind's belief in the gods wane and is replaced by belief in the swords. Consequently, the gods rapidly weaken and die.
7th Jun '16 7:33:33 AM lavendermintrose
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* This was bound to show up in ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'', the show with a [[HaremGenre harem]] of gods. It's very heartwarming, though. Yui is worried about two of their friends, and Apollon tells her to just believe in him. "For centuries, us gods have relied on the belief given to us by humans. Your belief becomes our strength!"
3rd Jun '16 2:07:14 AM Akaihiryuu
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* FinalFantasyXIV: Similar to the Final Fantasy 9 situation above, this is what the Primals are. At times in the story, Primal versions of completely fictional characters are summoned. And certain people can actually turn themselves into Primals, or manifest Primal abilities, whether the beings they are "summoning" ever existed or not.

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* FinalFantasyXIV: Similar to the Final Fantasy 9 situation above, this is what the Primals are. At times first it's believed that the Primals are creatures of aether that are summoned (each beast tribe has its own Primal). But later, a bunch of moogles summon a fictional character from one of their stories, and everyone notices that it behaves just like a Primal. Still later, a character turns herself into a figure from the past who united humans and dragons, and everyone once again notices that it behaves just like a Primal. Much later in the story, Primal versions of completely fictional characters you meet Hraesvalgyr (a dragon who lived then), and the character shows him her summon, and he reveals that ALL primals are summoned. And certain people can actually turn themselves into Primals, or manifest Primal abilities, whether this: belief and faith given aetheric form by basically making a wish near a bunch of crystals. Primals will always be exactly what the beings they are "summoning" ever existed or not.summoner believes them to be.
31st May '16 1:36:31 PM sorako
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the point of Battler's game with the witch Beatrice is that, should he accept her existence and the existence of magic, magic will exist in retrospect as the cause of the murders that drive the whole mystery. Since he refuses to accept her existence, though, Beatrice must prove her existence with [[LockedRoomMystery new unsolvable murders.]]
** This is also poor [[spoiler:Hanyuu]]'s dilemma in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', as lack of faith by the residents is the cause of [[spoiler:her]] weakened powers.


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* ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'':
** This is poor [[spoiler:Hanyuu]]'s dilemma in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', as lack of faith by the residents is the cause of her weakened powers.
** In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the point of Battler's game with the witch Beatrice is that, should he accept her existence and the existence of magic, magic will exist in retrospect as the cause of the murders that drive the whole mystery. Since he refuses to accept her existence, though, Beatrice must prove her existence with [[LockedRoomMystery new unsolvable murders.]]
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29th May '16 8:13:23 PM MeleKalikimaka
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'': Peter Dickinson defeats Ommadon by denying the existence of magic. [[ScienceDestroysMagic Science, on the other hand...]]
29th May '16 8:12:59 PM MeleKalikimaka
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'': Peter Dickinson defeats Ommadon by denying the existence of magic. [[ScienceDestroysMagic Science, on the other hand...]]
22nd May '16 3:04:48 PM ultimomant
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** [[spoiler:Aureolus Izzard]]'s incredible [[RealityWarper powers]] are limited by what he thinks his limits are; if he loses confidence in his power and stops believing in its effectiveness, reality obliges.

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** [[spoiler:Aureolus Izzard]]'s Aureolus Izzard's incredible [[RealityWarper powers]] are limited by what he thinks his limits are; if he loses confidence in his power and stops believing in its effectiveness, reality obliges.



** A mysterious entity seems to be the legendary figure St Germain. It is eventually revealed that St Germain never actually existed in this universe, but this entity was manifested to play the part due to a lot of people believing in his story.



* In the August 1966 issue of ''TheFlash'', Barry Allen starts to fade away from existence once a villain unleashes a ray that causes everyone to not believe he exists. Everyone except a little orphan girl he had helped before forgets that he really exists until he and the orphan girl start a massive letter writing campaign to force people to remember The Flash.

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* In the August 1966 issue of ''TheFlash'', ''Franchise/TheFlash'', Barry Allen starts to fade away from existence once a villain unleashes a ray that causes everyone to not believe he exists. Everyone except a little orphan girl he had helped before forgets that he really exists until he and the orphan girl start a massive letter writing campaign to force people to remember The Flash.
20th May '16 2:26:52 PM Akaihiryuu
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* FinalFantasyXIV: Similar to the FF9 situation above, this is what the Primals are. It goes beyond that though, at times in the story, Primal versions of completely fictional characters are summoned. And certain people can actually turn themselves into Primals, or manifest Primal abilities, whether the beings they are "summoning" ever existed or not.

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* FinalFantasyXIV: Similar to the FF9 Final Fantasy 9 situation above, this is what the Primals are. It goes beyond that though, at At times in the story, Primal versions of completely fictional characters are summoned. And certain people can actually turn themselves into Primals, or manifest Primal abilities, whether the beings they are "summoning" ever existed or not.
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