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21st Apr '18 3:28:54 PM nighttrainfm
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* Invoked back and forth in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; the original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as an alien wizard, with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs. ''Mystic Force'', naturally, is full-on magic, while ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' involve SupernaturalMartialArts that could just as well be magic but are never called such.

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* Invoked back and forth in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; the ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
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original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as [[WizardsFromOuterSpace an alien wizard, wizard]], with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs. ''Mystic Force'', naturally, is full-on magic, while ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' involve SupernaturalMartialArts that could just as well be magic but are never called such.such.
** Moreover, while some teams have powers outside their suits, becoming an actual ''Ranger'' apparently involves tapping into [[MetaOrigin the Morphing Grid]], whether you use magic or science to do so.
21st Apr '18 3:21:57 PM nighttrainfm
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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''Series/IronFist'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways}}''.''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.
21st Apr '18 3:20:59 PM nighttrainfm
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* Invoked back and forth in ''Series/PowerRangers''; the original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as an alien wizard, with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs and ''Mystic Force'' are the guardians foretold in an ancient prophecy.

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* Invoked back and forth in ''Series/PowerRangers''; ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; the original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as an alien wizard, with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs and dinosaurs. ''Mystic Force'' Force'', naturally, is full-on magic, while ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' involve SupernaturalMartialArts that could just as well be magic but are the guardians foretold in an ancient prophecy.never called such.
21st Apr '18 3:19:05 PM nighttrainfm
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* Played with in an issue of ComicBook/IronMan from Creator/KieronGillen's run. Malekith of TheFairFolk (part of Thor's RoguesGallery) refers to one of the Mandarin's rings as magic. When the ring protests that it is ''science'', Malekith ignores this.

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* Played with in an issue of ComicBook/IronMan ''ComicBook/IronMan'' from Creator/KieronGillen's run. Malekith of TheFairFolk (part (one of Thor's RoguesGallery) usual enemies) refers to one of the Mandarin's rings as magic. When the ring protests that it is ''science'', Malekith ignores this.
21st Apr '18 3:18:12 PM nighttrainfm
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* Played with in an issue of ComicBook/IronMan from Creator/KieronGillen's run. Malekith of TheFairFolk (part of Thor's RoguesGallery) refers to one of the Mandarin's rings as magic. When the ring protests that it is ''science'', Malekith ignores this.
-->"''Insufficiently'' advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."
9th Apr '18 3:54:53 PM AFP
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* CargoCult

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* CargoCultA CargoCult is what happens when a relatively primitive culture comes into contact with some technology they don't have the basis to understand, such as happened with some Pacific Islanders witnessing UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Examples included tribes observing Allied transport planes, but not really grasping why these planes had suddenly started showing up. Some tribesmen would later try to create their own landing strips in hopes of one of these planes appearing to drop off cargo.



* Played as a joke with anyone who works with electronics. A lot of times, when electronics are overloaded to the point of catastrophic failure, they burn and release smoke. This smoke is referred to as "magic smoke" and the reason why electronics stop working is "once the magic smoke leaves, it doesn't come back." A similar joke exists among engineers; ask them how a certain part of an engine works, and they'll answer "It runs on FM," which you will eventually come to learn means ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fucking Magic.]]''

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* Played as a joke with anyone who works with electronics. A lot of times, when electronics are overloaded to the point of catastrophic failure, they burn and release smoke. This smoke is referred to as "magic smoke" and the reason why electronics stop working is "once the magic smoke leaves, it doesn't come back." A similar joke exists among engineers; ask them how a certain part of an engine works, and they'll answer "It runs on FM," which you will eventually come to learn means ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fucking Magic.]]'']]'' See also the BlackBox, when you know for a fact something runs on technology, and how to operate it, but you have no idea ''how'' it works.
6th Apr '18 5:19:31 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' uses this to describe their technology. The title includes the word "magic", and everyone there in the anime is running on {{Magitek}}.

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' uses this to describe their technology. The title includes the word "magic", and everyone there in the anime is running on {{Magitek}}.
26th Mar '18 4:43:24 PM Kotomikun
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the people of Lior view alchemy as being a type of miracle. The only alchemists who can perform alchemy without an alchemy circle are the ones who have performed Human Transmutation and gone inside the Gate of Truth. That fake Cornello guy was able to transmute without a circle because he had a Philosopher's Stone. All alchemists, except a ''very few'' handful need circles to transmute.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the people of Lior view alchemy as being a type of miracle. The only alchemists miracle, but others [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic treat it as a science]]; they're both right, in some respects. Although it [[AlchemyIsMagic behaves like magic]], it does seem to be part of the physical makeup of their universe, and obeys strict laws like EquivalentExchange. Human Transmutation is where things get more mystical, as it's universally treated as [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]], and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique for good reason]]--anyone who can attempts it ends up dead, dismembered, or worse. Surviving it allows you to [[WrongContextMagic perform alchemy without an alchemy circle are circle]] which, in their world, makes about as much sense as surfing the ones who have performed Human Transmutation and gone inside the Gate of Truth. That fake Cornello guy was able to transmute internet without a circle because he had computer. The protagonists and a Philosopher's Stone. All alchemists, except a ''very few'' handful need circles to transmute.of others have this ability, and it baffles everyone they meet.
14th Mar '18 3:01:15 PM DesertDragon
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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''Series/IronFist'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's a high-tech device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with the user's neural pathways to--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''Series/IronFist'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's a high-tech an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with the user's neural pathways to--oh with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.
7th Mar '18 7:56:17 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** Invoked constantly by a secondary character in the final arc of ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl (Volume 5)]]'', Invoked constantly by a secondary character in the final arc:

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** Invoked constantly by a secondary character in the final arc of ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl (Volume 5)]]'', Invoked constantly by a secondary character in the final arc:5)]]'':
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