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18th Feb '17 9:59:44 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.

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* Inverted in ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''. ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. Back when Kobayashi and Tooru Tohru first met, Tooru Tohru 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.
12th Feb '17 7:05:31 PM Prometheus117
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** This is essentially the only hope of ''anything'' that's not a Daemon surviving for any length of time in the [[EldritchLocation Warp]]. Since the Warp is literally a place powered by strong emotions, the only way to avoid being torn apart by its energies or the Daemons inhabiting it is to believe, without an absolute shadow of a doubt, that you ''can'' survive a place where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou. The trick is the fact you need to ''keep'' believing this or else the protection goes away. It helps if you're also an extremely powerful [[PsychicPowers psyker]] too, which gives you a better way of controlling your surroundings.
11th Feb '17 7:23:22 AM ironballs16
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** Exploited several times in the video game ''PlanescapeTorment''; for example, the player at one point unlocks a memory of a previous incarnation who had just debated a man into the conclusion that he did not exist, which caused him to vanish.

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** Exploited several times in the video game ''PlanescapeTorment''; for example, the player at one point unlocks a memory of a previous incarnation who had just debated a man into the conclusion that he did not exist, [[PuffOfLogic which caused him to vanish.vanish]].
8th Feb '17 11:05:04 PM Montanto
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' Peaseblossom, a pixie, claims [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/11272012/ it's all nonsense]], but then she's trying to convince a human she didn't just break TheMasquerade.
1st Feb '17 10:33:32 PM Adeon
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*** The machine spirits seen in some advanced Imperial technologies, like Land Raider tanks, Titans, and some of the [[Literature/HorusHeresy older]] Legio Cybernetica robots, are described as complex computer systems, akin to an artificial intelligence (although they get around the Imperium's AI ban by [[LoopholeAbuse not being fully sentient]], and/or [[OrganicTechnology not being entirely mechanical]]). In simpler cases, it's hard to say if the machine has a literal spirit, or if that's just the Mechanicus' way of handwaving quirks that could be attributed to probability, like a gun jamming slightly more often than others of its type.

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*** The machine spirits seen in some advanced Imperial technologies, like Land Raider tanks, Titans, and some of the [[Literature/HorusHeresy older]] Legio Cybernetica robots, are described as complex computer systems, akin to an artificial intelligence (although they get around the Imperium's AI ban by [[LoopholeAbuse not being fully sentient]], and/or [[OrganicTechnology not being entirely mechanical]]). In simpler cases, it's hard to say if the machine has a literal spirit, or if that's just the Mechanicus' way of handwaving quirks that could be attributed to probability, manufacturing variations, like a gun jamming slightly more often than others of its type.
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.
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