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18th Jul '16 8:43:47 PM TheSinful
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* It's eventually revealed in ''[[https://www.grandt.com/XanderZone/stories/read.php?story=TheZeppoInMind.html The Zeppo in Mind]]'' that the reason Xander took up residence in Faith's mind was because he viewed them having sex as the two of them becoming one. Combined with the unusually active Hellmouth and right at the moment of climax, Faith is sharing space in her own body.
14th Jul '16 12:22:06 PM Nightsky
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* In ''Literature/ShadowPolice'', Occult London is made up of what London believes about itself. The intensity and nature of Londoners' beliefs is purposefully manipulated in the series.
12th Jul '16 5:20:21 PM Gamermaster
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* Inverted in ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''. Back when Kobayashi and Tooru first met, Tooru had been impaled by a holy sword that would break the mind of any mortal that touched it. Being from Earth, Kobayashi had never even heard of, much less believed in whatever god it belonged to, so she was able to remove the sword without being hurt. The fact that she was drunk out of her mind at the time probably helped.
8th Jul '16 4:05:50 PM intastiel
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* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/ChoiceOfGames Choice of the Vampire]]'' is only repelled by crosses and hallowed ground if they believe they will be -- or, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane perhaps]], if they ''don't'' believe they ''won't'' be.

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* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/ChoiceOfGames Choice of the Vampire]]'' is only repelled by crosses and hallowed ground if they believe they will be -- or, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane perhaps]], if they ''don't'' believe [[FightOffTheKryptonite believe]] they ''won't'' be.
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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