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22nd Jan '17 3:22:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* One episode of ''WireInTheBlood'' dealt with this trope. The murderer of the story was thought by some people to be using magic. Tony Hill, however, knew that it was all in the victims' heads and when the murderer was finally caught, she thought Tony was a powerful wizard because he'd been able to see through her "invisibility".
* Nickelodeon's ''Kids Choice Awards 2008'' has a character called the Rocktopus (a rock and roll octopus who wears shades) and during the end where Jack Black and Orlando Bloom are doing the final slime stunt - there's no slime coming out at first because the machine ''requires someone with 8 arms to operate it'', and the Rocktopus happens to be the one that fits that - the only problem is that he needs encouragement from the audience - so the audience give him encouragement by shouting... "Slime! Slime! Slime! Slime! Slime! Slime!"

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* One episode of ''WireInTheBlood'' ''Series/WireInTheBlood'' dealt with this trope. The murderer of the story was thought by some people to be using magic. Tony Hill, however, knew that it was all in the victims' heads and when the murderer was finally caught, she thought Tony was a powerful wizard because he'd been able to see through her "invisibility".
* Nickelodeon's Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''Kids Choice Awards 2008'' has a character called the Rocktopus (a rock and roll octopus who wears shades) and during the end where Jack Black and Orlando Bloom are doing the final slime stunt - there's no slime coming out at first because the machine ''requires someone with 8 arms to operate it'', and the Rocktopus happens to be the one that fits that - the only problem is that he needs encouragement from the audience - so the audience give him encouragement by shouting... "Slime! Slime! Slime! Slime! Slime! Slime!"



* ''{{Garfield}}'': Jon Arbuckle reads a newspaper story about a man who thought he could fly if he put on a superhero cape and jumped from the top of a skyscraper - but then [[DownerEnding the paramedics peeled his corpse off the street with a spatula]]. Cue Garfield running past Jon, also wearing a cape, headed for the edge of the table, claiming that the dead man obviously didn't have enough faith. [[FridgeLogic (Of course, it's much easier to have faith if you don't have nearly as far to fall.)]]

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* ''{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Jon Arbuckle reads a newspaper story about a man who thought he could fly if he put on a superhero cape and jumped from the top of a skyscraper - but then [[DownerEnding the paramedics peeled his corpse off the street with a spatula]]. Cue Garfield running past Jon, also wearing a cape, headed for the edge of the table, claiming that the dead man obviously didn't have enough faith. [[FridgeLogic (Of course, it's much easier to have faith if you don't have nearly as far to fall.)]]
8th Jan '17 8:24:41 AM gtking123
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* There are many, many things that are true because they are widely believed or felt to be true, or because people have widely accepted certain conventions. If the consensus or conventions changed, the statements would no longer be true. The example of money is above. Further examples: The correct adjectival term in Standard American English in 2016 for things related to France is French. The Nobel Prize is highly prestigious. Tickets to the NBA Finals are widely desired by many people. Aardvark comes before zoology in alphabetical order in Standard American English.

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* There are many, many things that are true because they are widely believed or felt to be true, or because people have widely accepted certain conventions. If the consensus or conventions changed, the statements would no longer be true. The example of money is above. Further examples: The correct adjectival term in Standard American English in 2016 for things related to France is French. The Nobel Prize is highly prestigious. Tickets to the NBA Finals are widely desired by many people. Aardvark comes before zoology in alphabetical order in Standard American English. English.
* Fiction works like this too. Break the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief and a lot of the magic drains away.
29th Dec '16 3:58:56 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', there are two different kinds of MadScientist. The first are Gadgeteers, who operate based on the laws of reality, obey them, and just have a strong enough understanding of sane science that they can leap years ahead of everyone else. The second are Devisers, who simply ''believe'' strongly enough in their inventions that, somehow, those inventions work. A particularly strong Gadgeteer is a threat. A particularly strong ''Deviser'' is one shade away from a full-fledged ''RealityWarper''.

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* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there are two different kinds of MadScientist. The first are Gadgeteers, who operate based on the laws of reality, obey them, and just have a strong enough understanding of sane science that they can leap years ahead of everyone else. The second are Devisers, who simply ''believe'' strongly enough in their inventions that, somehow, those inventions work. A particularly strong Gadgeteer is a threat. A particularly strong ''Deviser'' is one shade away from a full-fledged ''RealityWarper''.
29th Dec '16 12:25:40 PM DavidDelony
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* When claims of psychic powers are scientifically investigated, many psychics will blame "negative energy" from skeptics when their tests invariably fail.
24th Dec '16 11:33:03 AM nombretomado
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* The science-magic dichotomy in ''[[{{Arcanum}} Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magic Obscura]]'' is partially based on this; an extremely science-oriented character is immune to magic because s/he does not believe such foolishness could have any tangible effect.

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* The science-magic dichotomy in ''[[{{Arcanum}} Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magic Obscura]]'' ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' is partially based on this; an extremely science-oriented character is immune to magic because s/he does not believe such foolishness could have any tangible effect.
18th Dec '16 6:03:38 PM M84
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* In ''Videogame/{{Tyranny}}'', the oldest Fatebinder theorizes that this is what turns people into Archons. [[spoiler:She knew Graven Ashe before he became an Archon, and he didn't have the power to keep his men from dying. But he was a great leader who could inspire confidence and bolster his troops morale, and they would in turn fight harder than they would despite the odds against them. As his legend grew with his victory, more and more people believed in Graven Ashe's powers until his leadership literally turned into the Aegis.]] This may be why the two oldest Archons, Tunon and the Voices of Nerat, [[HumanoidAbomination barely seem human anymore.]]
18th Dec '16 5:58:20 PM M84
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* FinalFantasyXIV: Similar to the Final Fantasy 9 situation above, this is what the Primals are. At 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, you meet Hraesvalgyr (a dragon who lived then), and the character shows him her summon, and he reveals that ALL primals are this: belief and faith given aetheric form by basically making a wish near a bunch of crystals. Primals will always be exactly what the summoner believes them to be.

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* FinalFantasyXIV: Similar to the Final Fantasy 9 situation above, this is what the Primals are. At 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, you meet Hraesvalgyr (a dragon who lived then), and the character shows him her summon, and he reveals that ALL primals are this: belief and faith given aetheric form by basically making a wish near a bunch of crystals. Primals will always be exactly what the summoner believes them to be. Another character takes advantage of this to turn ''himself'' and his allies into Primals who are based on a HistoricalHeroUpgrade of people in the past.
14th Dec '16 11:39:43 PM EricW
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* In ''Fanfic/TheGreatDisneyAdventure'', part of the magic of the kingdom is believing in something enough will let it work. This also proves to be Kelsey's final challenge the first time she came there.
14th Dec '16 6:27:18 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DavidEddings's ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' and ''Tamuli'' series, gods' powers are derived from their worshippers' belief. The Elene God is thus very powerful; the Younger Styric Gods have less individual power but together are considered comparable to the Elene God. Meanwhile, the Elder Styric Gods were severely weakened as a result of being forgotten to the point that all but one ([[spoiler:Azash, who found new believers in the Zemochs]]) were bound and sealed away. The Tamul gods, who are worshipped only superficially, end up manifesting as simple, childlike deities. Then there are the Forgotten Ones--gods without worshippers who are reduced to shapeless wisps with barely even a voice. Someone actually tries to depower a goddess by ordering the slaughter of her worshippers ([[spoiler:Zalasta, after he's been outed as a [[TheMole Mole]]]]), so the other Styric Gods each chip in some of their belief until the crisis is averted.

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* In Creator/DavidEddings's ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Tamuli'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' series, gods' powers are derived from their worshippers' belief. The Elene God is thus very powerful; the Younger Styric Gods have less individual power but together are considered comparable to the Elene God. Meanwhile, the Elder Styric Gods were severely weakened as a result of being forgotten to the point that all but one ([[spoiler:Azash, who found new believers in the Zemochs]]) were bound and sealed away. The Tamul gods, who are worshipped only superficially, end up manifesting as simple, childlike deities. Then there are the Forgotten Ones--gods without worshippers who are reduced to shapeless wisps with barely even a voice. Someone actually tries to depower a goddess by ordering the slaughter of her worshippers ([[spoiler:Zalasta, after he's been outed as a [[TheMole Mole]]]]), so the other Styric Gods each chip in some of their belief until the crisis is averted.
14th Dec '16 3:30:50 PM Doug86
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* In the {{Nasuverse}}, the Gods of old were willed into existence ''because'' people believed they exist. This also explains their downfall, as the number of believers declined... or because their believers think they all died in some massive slugfest (like Ragnarök). Other examples from Nasu include the summoned spirits of dead heroes, who become stronger if their legend is better known, and a weapon designed by the Catholic church for defeating a reincarnating vampire by shoving their belief that reincarnation doesn't exist forcibly down his throat. Or through his liver. Whatever works.

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* In the {{Nasuverse}}, Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, the Gods of old were willed into existence ''because'' people believed they exist. This also explains their downfall, as the number of believers declined... or because their believers think they all died in some massive slugfest (like Ragnarök). Other examples from Nasu include the summoned spirits of dead heroes, who become stronger if their legend is better known, and a weapon designed by the Catholic church for defeating a reincarnating vampire by shoving their belief that reincarnation doesn't exist forcibly down his throat. Or through his liver. Whatever works.
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