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17th Oct '17 1:39:53 PM XadhoomXado
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** Even "reality" itself is an illusion conjured by "Gaia". A Reality Marble manifests when a person with a radically different internal reality (i.e. someone with a ''very'' distorted sense of self) believes in his/her own reality so strongly that it ''temporarily overpowers the will of the Earth''.
3rd Oct '17 2:43:14 PM dsneybuf
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* Creator/MischiefTheatre's ''Peter Pan Goes Wrong'' plays with this. [[spoiler:When the time comes for Tinker Bell to drink the poisoned medicine, the actress experiences an unscripted electrocution. Even though it doesn't look like she'll wake up, Tootles' actress attempts to pick up the script where Peter's actor left off, overcoming her own stage fright. As everyone either onstage and in the audience loudly claps, and chants, "I believe in fairies!", Tinker Bell surprisingly regains consciousness.]]

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* Creator/MischiefTheatre's ''Peter Pan Goes Wrong'' plays with this. [[spoiler:When the time comes for Tinker Bell to drink the poisoned medicine, the actress experiences an unscripted electrocution. Even though it doesn't look like she'll wake up, Tootles' actress attempts to pick up the script where Peter's actor left off, overcoming her own stage fright. As everyone either onstage and or in the audience loudly claps, and chants, joins her in clapping while chanting, "I believe in fairies!", Tinker Bell the noise surprisingly regains helps Tinker Bell regain consciousness.]]
3rd Oct '17 2:41:45 PM dsneybuf
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* Creator/MischiefTheatre's ''Peter Pan Goes Wrong'' plays with this. [[spoiler:When the time comes for Tinker Bell to drink the poisoned medicine, the actress experiences an unscripted electrocution. Even though it doesn't look like she'll wake up, Tootles' actress attempts to pick up the script where Peter's actor left off, overcoming her own stage fright. As everyone either onstage and in the audience loudly claps, and chants, "I believe in fairies!", Tinker Bell surprisingly regains consciousness.]]
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23rd Sep '17 10:57:22 AM WaterBlap
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* {{Discussed}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "If the rights to your favorite character haven't entered the public domain, it's because you didn't believe hard enough."
20th Sep '17 12:17:00 AM dsneybuf
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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' spoofs this in a ''Weekend Update'' segment, in which Creator/TinaFey and Creator/AmyPoehler receive a serenade from the little people who live under the desk. When the woman falls to the ground, the man declares that she has become seriously injured. He implores the reporters and viewers to help her, by chanting, "I believe in magic! I believe in love!" The little man then attempts to lead everyone in a series of gestures, which become progressively naughtier. Fey and Poehler become so disgusted with his motions, that they push him off the desk.
17th Sep '17 11:07:53 AM Malitia
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* For her own surprise this is how future evil [[spoiler:Gwenpool]] worked in ''ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'', in her own timeline this would not be the case, but in the past her power or even existence depended on her past self ''wanting'' to be her.
14th Sep '17 8:18:50 PM kikiandlala
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** It should be noted that disbelief in the supernatural generally doesn't protect against it in King's works. For example, in ''Literature/It'', the eponymous [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shape-shifting]] monster devours victims regardless of whether or not they believe in the supernatural, but strong enough belief in supernatural things (like, the fact that silver bullets can be used against It when It takes the form of a werewolf) allows the protagonists to fight back. Also, in the short story ''1408'', the hotel manager urges Mike Enslin, a writer of books that chronicle his sojourns in supposedly haunted locales, not to stay in room 1408 specifically because he ''doesn't'' believe in the supernatural, and things will go worse for him because of it.

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** It should be noted that disbelief in the supernatural generally doesn't protect against it in King's works. For example, in ''Literature/It'', ''Literature/{{It}}'', the eponymous [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shape-shifting]] monster devours victims regardless of whether or not they believe in the supernatural, but strong enough belief in supernatural things (like, the fact that silver bullets can be used against It when It takes the form of a werewolf) allows the protagonists to fight back. Also, in the short story ''1408'', the hotel manager urges Mike Enslin, a writer of books that chronicle his sojourns in supposedly haunted locales, not to stay in room 1408 specifically because he ''doesn't'' believe in the supernatural, and things will go worse for him because of it.it.
** This is a recurring theme for King, it shows up in ''Literature/NeedfulThings'', the Sheriff is able to assault the demonic Gaunt with a bunch of sleight of hand tricks made into real sorcery by simply willing himself to believe it'll work. Conversely in ''Literature/TheStand'', sociology professor Glen Bateman understands the nature of Flagg's powers and is so focused on believing that Flagg's magic only works if one believes in it, that Flagg really couldn't cast anything on Bateman and had to order a lackey to shoot him. A little later against a rebellious cultist, Flagg is able to roast him alive with magic because of the man's fear and belief.
13th Sep '17 4:56:00 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', the main character Illya, can fly because she was a fan of [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]] before becoming one and believes that all Magical Girls have to be able to fly. Miyu, on the other hand, can't imagine herself flying and thus can't fly.



* In the 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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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). In any case, when the Gods withdrew from the world, Magic stopped being the defining essence of reality, to be replaced with the laws of physics (this is why [[TheMagicGoesAway magic has been slowly declining in power]] in the Nasuverse as time goes on). 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 ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', the main character Illya can fly because she was a fan of [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]] before becoming one and believes that all Magical Girls have to be able to fly. Miyu, on the other hand, can't imagine herself flying and thus can't fly.
11th Sep '17 10:16:50 PM Deathhacker
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** Several Ecclesiarchal artifacts (usually the bones or personal effects of a dead saint) can bestow this upon it's bearer provided that the bearer is faithful enough. Whether this is a direct result of the bearer's beliefs or if it's just some hidden piece of tech that the bearer is unaware of varies depending on the author. Unsurprisingly, the Adepta Sororitas are deeply tied to the Ecclesiarchy, which sometimes accounts for the "miracles" that happen. In one case the belief was strong enough that it rendered anything within the artifact's range of influence to be ''completely immune to plasma and fusion guns''.
11th Sep '17 10:13:28 PM Deathhacker
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** Daemons, on the other hand, require this to enter realspace, as otherwise they're stuck as formless masses in the Warp (although there is the rare time they find a powerful but weak-willed psyker to possess). However, once they enter realspace, they no longer need further belief to keep them going (and sometimes will happily murder those who just summoned them). This is why the Imperium and the Inquisition bans any knowledge on daemonic matter even ones that would theoretically help in a daemonic invasion; the mere knowledge that Daemons exist can sometimes be enough to bring them into realspace.
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