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25th Sep '16 12:00:54 PM shokoshu
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** The inverse also works: The scientist in the team doesn't believe in any of this and thus makes a fine AntiMagic weapon.
22nd Sep '16 3:04:09 AM BigKlingy
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** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' deconstructs this in the aptly-named Massacre Route. How do you [[DeaderThanDead permanently kill]] a god powered by this? [[spoiler: ''Kill everyone who believes in it.'']]
19th Sep '16 7:09:40 PM PaulA
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* In the ''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.

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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series novel "For the Love of Evil," ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', [[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.
16th Sep '16 3:46:33 PM Franzi1011
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* In ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers (or Pardon Me But Your Teeth are in My Neck)'', a cross fails to work on a Jewish vampire. In the mock documentary at the end of the film, an expert on vampires notes that the effectiveness of the religious symbol depends not on the human wielding it, but the vampire itself. Crosses work on Christians, Stars of Davids work on Jews - but the expert warns that using a Star of David on an Arab vampire will only make it angry.

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* In ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers (or Pardon Me But Your Teeth are in My Neck)'', a cross fails to work on a the Jewish vampire.vampire Shagal. In the mock documentary at the end of the film, an expert on vampires notes that the effectiveness of the religious symbol depends not on the human wielding it, but the vampire itself. Crosses work on Christians, Stars of Davids work on Jews - but the expert warns that using a Star of David on an Arab vampire will only make it angry.
10th Sep '16 10:06:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': A computer technician is dumbfounded by a computer error that simply does not make sense, as he's already checked everything several times. He then starts to wonder if things only work because we ''believe'' they do, and conversely, if things stop working if we ''stop'' believing in them. Reality proceeds to fall apart as he begins to question the laws of nature, such as gravity.
10th Sep '16 10:05:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[GodOfEvil The Red Death]] from ''Baltimore'' is an evil version of this trope. His offspring, the vampires, were once the dominant species on Earth, but as mankind found other gods to worship the Red Death and vampires lost their power until they eventually went dormant. That is, until the carnage of World War I reawakened them.
* In ''Crimson'', it's the vampire's religious background that counts, as one man learns when the vampire he's trying to ward off takes his cross away and beats him with it, remarking "My name is Steinman, [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage schmuck]]! Why would this work on me?"

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* [[GodOfEvil The Red Death]] from ''Baltimore'' ''ComicBook/{{Baltimore}}'' is an evil version of this trope. His offspring, the vampires, were once the dominant species on Earth, but as mankind found other gods to worship the Red Death and vampires lost their power until they eventually went dormant. That is, until the carnage of World War I reawakened them.
* In ''Crimson'', ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'', it's the vampire's religious background that counts, as one man learns when the vampire he's trying to ward off takes his cross away and beats him with it, remarking "My name is Steinman, [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage schmuck]]! Why would this work on me?"
22nd Aug '16 2:23:26 PM TheSinful
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** Because most wizards believe themselves incapable of using magic without a wand, their innate magic actually gets weaker when they don't have one.
22nd Aug '16 1:13:52 AM TheSinful
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* Harry notes in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/1/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' that a fair bit of magic's actions are because people think it should act that way. For example, there reason spells travel slower underwater despite having no substance is that magic users think "I'm slower underwater so spells must be too". This gives Harry an advantage when fighting an assassin underwater as he knows his spells should travel the same speed in water or in air but his opponent doesn't so Harry's spells travel much faster[[note]]However that's only enough to make the fight a stalemate until a third group attacks and the assassin decides to call it quits[[/note]].
7th Aug '16 6:41:23 PM nombretomado
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* Toyed with in ''DeadLikeMe''. The recently deceased will cross-over with the gateways to the next world taking a form that appeals to them. In the pilot, a little girl sees a huge spectral carnival; in a later episode, the soul of an old yet feisty man of [[strike:indeterminate UK]] clearly Irish origin leaps from the precipice of [[strike:a chalk cliff]] the Cliffs of Dover.

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* Toyed with in ''DeadLikeMe''.''Series/DeadLikeMe''. The recently deceased will cross-over with the gateways to the next world taking a form that appeals to them. In the pilot, a little girl sees a huge spectral carnival; in a later episode, the soul of an old yet feisty man of [[strike:indeterminate UK]] clearly Irish origin leaps from the precipice of [[strike:a chalk cliff]] the Cliffs of Dover.
28th Jul '16 3:31:25 AM erforce
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* Parodied in the first film of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' - Imhotep's soon-to-be [[SycophanticServant servant]] tries to fend him off with a cross and a murmured Lord's Prayer, which is utterly useless. He then runs through a keychain of similar holy symbols and their matching incantations, none of which have any effect until he yanks out a Star of David and starts babbling in Hebrew - which the undead priest recognizes as "the language of the slaves," which makes Beni useful to him as a translator. Discussion of the actual use of Hebrew slaves in ancient Egypt and the language they spoke at time is reserved for [[HollywoodHistory other places]]...

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* Parodied in the [[Film/TheMummy1999 first film film]] of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' - Imhotep's soon-to-be [[SycophanticServant servant]] tries to fend him off with a cross and a murmured Lord's Prayer, which is utterly useless. He then runs through a keychain of similar holy symbols and their matching incantations, none of which have any effect until he yanks out a Star of David and starts babbling in Hebrew - which the undead priest recognizes as "the language of the slaves," which makes Beni useful to him as a translator. Discussion of the actual use of Hebrew slaves in ancient Egypt and the language they spoke at time is reserved for [[HollywoodHistory other places]]...
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