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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]]...
26th Jul '16 4:47:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' never outright tells us, but heavily implies that fan belief and human memory keeps fiction alive and has a cast of [[MediumAwareness self-aware]] fictional characters. The examples include things like characters, who [[TheScrappy fans would rather forget]], being DeaderThanDead, or a DangerouslyGenreSavvy character telling his son to fight for his love/happiness, beacause then ''someone'' will believe and even if he fails or even dies he will be remembered and so live and get new chances.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' never outright tells us, but heavily implies that fan belief and human memory keeps fiction alive and has a cast of [[MediumAwareness self-aware]] fictional characters. The examples include things like characters, who [[TheScrappy fans would rather forget]], being DeaderThanDead, or a DangerouslyGenreSavvy avvy character telling his son to fight for his love/happiness, beacause then ''someone'' will believe and even if he fails or even dies he will be remembered and so live and get new chances.
25th Jul '16 7:01:53 PM jamespolk
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* In the JimCarrey vehicle ''Film/OnceBitten'', The Countess shrugs off the religious symbol ("Put down the cross, Robin. It only works in movies. Besides, I'm an atheist.") Then Mark shows up with a torch, and the Countess recoils, declaring, "Fire, on the other hand..."

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* In the JimCarrey Creator/JimCarrey vehicle ''Film/OnceBitten'', The Countess shrugs off the religious symbol ("Put down the cross, Robin. It only works in movies. Besides, I'm an atheist.") Then Mark shows up with a torch, and the Countess recoils, declaring, "Fire, on the other hand...""
* ''Film/{{Ordet}}'': Johannes had a mental breakdown in which he believes he is Jesus. He reappears after going wandering, back in possession of his wits, but still acting as if he is on a MissionFromGod. He tells everyone that if any of them actually truly believes in God and asks God to resurrect Inger, He will. Finally Mikkel and Inger's little daughter takes Johannes's hand and asks him to bring her mother back. And Johannes does.



* Creator/AndreiTarkovsky is fond of this one: ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (not ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}''), ''[[Film/{{Solaris1972}} Solaris]]'' (not ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]'').

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* Creator/AndreiTarkovsky is fond of this one: ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (not ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}''), ''Film/{{Stalker}}'', ''[[Film/{{Solaris1972}} Solaris]]'' (not ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]'').(1972}
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.
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