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18th Jul '17 9:05:59 PM rmctagg09
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* Invoked by Victor in ''Fanfic/InTheEyeOfTheBeholder, who explains to Lydia that the reason why she has to pay to enchant clothing in the Velvet Room, despite he and Igor having no use for it besides the novelty factor, is because of the symbolic exchange of something of value in order to get something else of equal value.
15th Jul '17 1:41:57 AM jormis29
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** The legend of the Philosopher's Stone says it enables an alchemist to perform any type of alchemy without cost (including human transmutation). [[spoiler:The Elrics learn that even the Stone has its own form of Equivalent Exchange: to make one, someone has to sacrifice a hell of a lot of people first. A massive human transmutation collects the souls of those sacrificed to make it and turns the stone into a massive portable power supply -- one which lets its user create matter from the massive energy stored inside it, even if the energy seems to come from nothing.]]

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** The legend of the Philosopher's Stone PhilosophersStone says it enables an alchemist to perform any type of alchemy without cost (including human transmutation). [[spoiler:The Elrics learn that even the Stone has its own form of Equivalent Exchange: to make one, someone has to sacrifice a hell of a lot of people first. A massive human transmutation collects the souls of those sacrificed to make it and turns the stone into a massive portable power supply -- one which lets its user create matter from the massive energy stored inside it, even if the energy seems to come from nothing.]]
30th Jun '17 10:18:11 PM Lionheart0
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Compare this trope to BalancingDeathsBooks and MutualDisadvantage. The tropes known as CallItKarma and TheGoldenRule attempt to apply this law of physics into ethics and morality.

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Compare this trope to BalancingDeathsBooks BalancingDeathsBooks, ConditionalPowers, and MutualDisadvantage. The tropes known as CallItKarma and TheGoldenRule attempt to apply this law of physics into ethics and morality.
22nd May '17 3:07:07 PM theknack101
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** The adherence to this trope makes [[{{Filler}} filler episodes]] more obvious as they tend to avert it, such as an alchemist turning a small woodcarving tool into a full sized sword.

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** The adherence to this trope makes [[{{Filler}} filler episodes]] more obvious as they tend to avert it, such as an alchemist turning a small woodcarving tool into a full sized sword. Although, said sword quickly breaks when struck by a real metal blade.
6th Apr '17 7:15:23 PM nombretomado
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* Whenever the Nameless One from ''PlanescapeTorment'' [[spoiler:dies and comes back, someone else somewhere on the Great Wheel dies as a result, becoming a tormented shadow whose only desire is to hunt down the Nameless One and kill him again]].

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* Whenever the Nameless One from ''PlanescapeTorment'' ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' [[spoiler:dies and comes back, someone else somewhere on the Great Wheel dies as a result, becoming a tormented shadow whose only desire is to hunt down the Nameless One and kill him again]].
19th Mar '17 2:45:27 PM mlsmithca
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* ''PhantasyStarIII'' allows you to visit a "technique distribution" shop to alter the potency of a magic-wielding character's techniques. With the use of a square-shaped grid, at the expense of one, another can be strengthened. In practice, thanks to {{Useless Useful Spell}}s, you'll usually end up maxing out Gires and utterly bottoming out Rever or Anti, since those had a high probability of failing anyway.

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* ''PhantasyStarIII'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'' allows you to visit a "technique distribution" shop to alter the potency of a magic-wielding character's techniques. With the use of a square-shaped grid, at the expense of one, another can be strengthened. In practice, thanks to {{Useless Useful Spell}}s, you'll usually end up maxing out Gires and utterly bottoming out Rever or Anti, since those had a high probability of failing anyway.
9th Mar '17 9:27:16 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou''. If you want to use magic properly, you need to sacrifice an aspect of your being, like ability to dream, age, or memory; no wonder why magic practitioners are declining.

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* ''Manga/HibikiNoMahou''.''Manga/HibikisMagic''. If you want to use magic properly, you need to sacrifice an aspect of your being, like ability to dream, age, or memory; no wonder why magic practitioners are declining.
9th Mar '17 12:41:56 PM hszmv1
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** In Law Enforcement, this is called Fruit of the Poisoned Tree. If you obtained good evidence by illegal means (breaking into the accused's house found a key to a bus station locker (and after getting a warrant to search said locker) with the murder weapon, still covered in the victim's blood) then not only is the evidence illegal and can't be used in the case (the key), but evidence resulting from that evidence (the knife, the blood on the knife, the DNA comparison of the blood to the victim, ect). If you did not obtain the evidence legally, you can't use it. A crooked cop, even one who was totally correct, will always let the bad guy go..
7th Feb '17 2:35:57 PM AsherTye
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* One of the primary rules for magic in Simon Hawke's ''Literature/TheWizardOf4thStreet'' series, and all but spelled out by Merlin himself in the prequel novel The Wizard of Camelot. You can't get something for nothing with magic, as even the simplest spell requires life energy to fuel. This is the source of conflict for the series as while the heroes use Thaumaturgy and draw on their own life essences for power, the antagonists the Dark Ones use Necromancy and forcibly steal life energy from others for their magic. Also, when Merlin "creates" a feast for an impoverished English family who's hosting him, he states that the raw materials for the food were actually drawn from the surrounding area, ie: there was a pig nearby to provide ham, a stag for the venison, wild fruits for the pies, etc.
28th Jan '17 7:50:49 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/{{Rules}}'': Ryuk made a promise to Light that he would kill him should he ever become "boring" -- i.e. face death/imprisonment or give up being Kira. [[spoiler:Once it becomes clear that the latter is inevitable as Light's CharacterDevelopment becomes more prevalent in the sequel, Elijah/L makes a deal with Ryuk and offers Misa's life in exchange for Light's. Not only does Misa have the collective lifespan of another Shinigami, she also lived past her natural lifespan and thus shouldn't be alive anyway]].
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