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31st Dec '17 9:43:30 PM Prometheus117
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** Zaraki is the only captain with absolutely no magical ability whatsoever. Although he's not the only captain who doesn't use it, others (such as Komamura) do have some small level of ability, even if the ability is only poor. Zaraki, however, has zero ability for it.

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** Zaraki is the only captain with absolutely no magical ability whatsoever. Although he's not the only captain who doesn't use it, others (such as Komamura) do have some small level of ability, even if the ability is only poor. Zaraki, however, has zero ability for it. [[TheBrute Not like he really cares though]]; if anything, it just makes [[BloodKnight the fights funner]].
25th Nov '17 2:07:11 PM Donquill
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* in ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'', Jakkai and Earth Demons can only learn a couple of spells.
15th Nov '17 4:59:19 PM Delphina
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* Astyr Kaedermos of ''Webcomic/{{Sombulus}}'' frequently fumbles his transmutation spells, but rolls with the results anyway [[http://sombulus.com/comic/52]].
12th Nov '17 9:38:15 PM Donquill
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30th Oct '17 5:59:24 PM ginger_girl18
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* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': Akko is one of these, not even able to fly a broom. This initially seems like a combo of her being both of {{muggle}} heritage and just not taking her studies seriously, but even when she rectifies the latter, she still struggles. Then it's revealed that it's because [[spoiler:her magic was unintentionally taken by her idol, Shiny Chariot, while attending the magic show that inspired her to become a witch in the first place. This also reveals that Diana was also once this, as she attended the same show.]]
21st Oct '17 9:32:33 PM Momochi
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* Udonna's apprentice, Clare, from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' starts out as IneptMage and remains so for the duration of the series; but a major crisis turns her into a HowDoIShotWeb case, and she ends up competent when all is said and done.
* Aunt Clara and Esmerelda, both from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.
* In the first seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow always messed up her spells, with unfortunate results. She got better. She continued to have her inept moments in later seasons, such as when she accidentally gave the entire Scooby gang amnesia in season six. After that, she rarely screwed up spells.
* Eureka from ''Series/EureekasCastle'' had her off-moments.
* Merlin in the French series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. He once tries to cast a spell to make plants grow, and ends up giving Arthur and Léodagan brightly glowing eyes. He tries to explain it via NotThatKindOfMage, as he's a druid: supposedly all his nature-aligned powers take a sharp dive when there's a roof over his head, i.e. in his laboratory. However, his talent as a druid is dubious as well: he can't even read the Druidic language.
* Lisa from ''Series/WeirdScience'', in that her own powers constantly play the JerkassGenie to her. Usually she can make anything happen with a snap of her fingers, but if it's something important, it'll typically turn out sooner or later it's GoneHorriblyWrong.
* Mannitol from ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'': his incantations tend to backfire horribly, for example, turning a friend into a [[BrainInAJar disembodied head]]; impressive, given that at one point non-mages successfully cast a spell.
* Marnie Stonebrook from ''Series/TrueBlood'' doesn't have a clue on her spells. But, whenever she gets possessed by the ghost of the witch, Antonia Gavilán, she becomes one of the most powerful villains in the show.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': the title character. Also Dreama, a minor character from season 4.
* Max Russo in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' regularly has his spells go awry although there is no doubt he can work magic; he's just inept, especially in contrast to his older brother Justin, a hard worker, and older sister Alex, a slacker but naturally gifted.
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The 2nd edition ''Tome of Magic'' introduces the Wild Mage. Although able to master "wild magic" spells otherwise forbidden to other wizards, the level of power of their magic is variable, and they run the risk of causing a "wild surge" -- a totally random effect -- with every casting. Wild Mages aren't actually inept (unless that's how you play one). Just ''crazy''. Consider their signature spell: "Nahal's Reckless Dweomer"; a spell that the mage casts in order to attempt to shape it into any other spell he knows without having the spell memorized. Wild Surges can be extremely deadly if you're lucky; casting Magic Missile has an equal chance of making your opponent (and everything in ten feet of it) explode messily as it does the chance of summoning harmless squirrels. The thing that really drives them toward possibly being inept mages was that whenever they cast a spell, not only do they have a chance of a Wild Surge, they also have a variable applied to their caster level, which can cause them to cast it at either a higher or lower level than they actually are. If they cast it at a level that is below the spell's minimum caster level, the casting fails completely. For example, Fireball has a minimum caster level of 5, so if they roll a result of 4th level, the spell fizzles.
** Supplements for the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' D&D setting on the wizard-ruled nation of Glantri include rules for playing underage wizards, whose spells are prone to malfunctions that [=DMs=] are encouraged to [[PlayedForLaughs play for laughs]].
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18th Oct '17 1:30:47 PM Arachnos
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** A straighter example is Sunburst, Starlight Glimmer's childhood friend. His magic is not '''abysmal''' for an average unicorn, but it is for someone whose talent is supposedly magic. Turns out his talent is '''learning about''' magic, not casting it, making him a walking encyclopedia of the magical arts that cannot actually cast anything but the most basic spells.
18th Oct '17 1:15:17 PM Arachnos
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The 2nd edition ''Tome of Magic'' introduces the Wild Mage. Although able to master "wild magic" spells otherwise forbidden to other wizards, the level of power of their magic is variable, and they run the risk of causing a "wild surge" -- a totally random effect -- with every casting. Wild Mages aren't actually inept (unless that's how you play one). Just ''crazy''. Consider their signature spell: "Nahal's Reckless Dweomer"; a spell that the mage casts in order to attempt to shape it into any other spell he knows without having the spell memorized. Wild Surges can be extremely deadly if you're lucky; casting Magic Missile has an equal chance of making your opponent (and everything in ten feet of it) explode messily as it does the chance of summoning harmless squirrels. The thing that really drives them toward possibly being inept mages was that whenever they cast a spell, not only do they have a chance of a Wild Surge, they also have a variable applied to their caster level, which can cause them to cast it at either a higher or lower level than they actually are. If they cast it at a level that is below the spell's minimum caster level, the casting fails completely. For example, Fireball has a minimum caster level of 5, so if they roll a result of 4th level, the spell fizzles.
** Supplements for the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' D&D setting on the wizard-ruled nation of Glantri include rules for playing underage wizards, whose spells are prone to malfunctions that [=DMs=] are encouraged to [[PlayedForLaughs play for laughs]].

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The 2nd edition ''Tome of Magic'' introduces
Udonna's apprentice, Clare, from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' starts out as IneptMage and remains so for the Wild Mage. Although able to master "wild magic" spells otherwise forbidden to other wizards, duration of the level of power of their magic is variable, series; but a major crisis turns her into a HowDoIShotWeb case, and they run she ends up competent when all is said and done.
* Aunt Clara and Esmerelda, both from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.
* In
the risk first seasons of causing a "wild surge" -- a totally random effect -- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow always messed up her spells, with every casting. Wild Mages aren't actually unfortunate results. She got better. She continued to have her inept (unless that's how you play one). Just ''crazy''. Consider their signature spell: "Nahal's Reckless Dweomer"; moments in later seasons, such as when she accidentally gave the entire Scooby gang amnesia in season six. After that, she rarely screwed up spells.
* Eureka from ''Series/EureekasCastle'' had her off-moments.
* Merlin in the French series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. He once tries to cast
a spell to make plants grow, and ends up giving Arthur and Léodagan brightly glowing eyes. He tries to explain it via NotThatKindOfMage, as he's a druid: supposedly all his nature-aligned powers take a sharp dive when there's a roof over his head, i.e. in his laboratory. However, his talent as a druid is dubious as well: he can't even read the Druidic language.
* Lisa from ''Series/WeirdScience'', in
that her own powers constantly play the mage casts in order JerkassGenie to attempt her. Usually she can make anything happen with a snap of her fingers, but if it's something important, it'll typically turn out sooner or later it's GoneHorriblyWrong.
* Mannitol from ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'': his incantations tend
to shape it backfire horribly, for example, turning a friend into any other spell he knows without having the spell memorized. Wild Surges can be extremely deadly if you're lucky; casting Magic Missile has an equal chance of making your opponent (and everything in ten feet of it) explode messily as it does the chance of summoning harmless squirrels. The thing a [[BrainInAJar disembodied head]]; impressive, given that really drives them toward possibly being inept mages was that at one point non-mages successfully cast a spell.
* Marnie Stonebrook from ''Series/TrueBlood'' doesn't have a clue on her spells. But,
whenever they cast a spell, not only do they have a chance of a Wild Surge, they also have a variable applied to their caster level, which can cause them to cast it at either a higher or lower level than they actually are. If they cast it at a level that is below she gets possessed by the spell's minimum caster level, ghost of the casting fails completely. For example, Fireball witch, Antonia Gavilán, she becomes one of the most powerful villains in the show.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': the title character. Also Dreama, a minor character from season 4.
* Max Russo in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' regularly
has a minimum caster level of 5, so if they roll a result of 4th level, the spell fizzles.
** Supplements for the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' D&D setting on the wizard-ruled nation of Glantri include rules for playing underage wizards, whose
his spells are prone go awry although there is no doubt he can work magic; he's just inept, especially in contrast to malfunctions that [=DMs=] are encouraged to [[PlayedForLaughs play for laughs]].his older brother Justin, a hard worker, and older sister Alex, a slacker but naturally gifted.


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* Music/AllaPugacheva has a song (in Russian) about a wizard who didn't pay attention in school and ended up as one of those. From the examples given, it seems that their attempts to cast pretty much any kind of magic result in the spontaneous creation of malformed animals.
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18th Oct '17 12:59:38 PM Arachnos
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* Schmendrick, from ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', who is ''so'' inept that his teacher Nikos decided it meant that he had some kind of incredible potential, and made him immortal so that he could live long enough to sort it out. Turns out Nikos was [[spoiler:absolutely right]].

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* Schmendrick, from ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', who is ''so'' inept that his teacher Nikos decided it meant that he had some kind of incredible potential, and made him immortal so that he could live long enough to sort it out. Turns out Nikos was [[spoiler:absolutely right]].right, as Shmendrick is actually UnskilledButStrong - he has immensely powerful magic but zero way to control it, making him more of a conduit for powerful WildMagic than an actual wizard. At some point in the future, he learns to control his magic and becomes a [[TheArchmage truly great wizard]].]]
16th Oct '17 1:42:01 AM Psychadelico
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** Rincewind is a borderline case. By all rights he is a proper wizard: he can see octarine, see Death (he does not seem to have the proper wizard [and witch] ability to know their death when it nears, but that probably has more to do with all the stuff he's been involved in messing up his timeline so much that even ''Death'' does not know when Rincewind will die), detect magic, and act as a magical lightning rod just like all other wizards. Thing is, he can't actually cast any spells, because during his short time at Unseen University he read one of the eight spells that created the universe, which made itself at home in his head and ruined his chances of ever learning any other spells. He actually does say it (along with the other seven) at the end of the second book, but apparently his ineptitude for magic was permanent.

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** Rincewind is a borderline case. By all rights he is a proper wizard: he can see octarine, see Death (he does not seem to have the proper wizard [and witch] ability to know their death when it nears, but that probably has more to do with all the stuff he's been involved in messing up his timeline so much that even ''Death'' does not know when Rincewind will die), detect magic, and act as a magical lightning rod just like all other wizards. Thing is, he can't actually cast any spells, because during his short time at Unseen University he read one of the eight spells that created the universe, which made itself at home in his head and ruined his chances of ever learning any other spells. He actually does say it (along with the other seven) at the end of the second book, [[VancianMagic freeing him of them]], but apparently his ineptitude for magic was permanent.permanent. In at least one of the books, it's noted that, when Rincewind finally dies, the average spell-casting ability of the human race will actually ''increase'', very slightly.
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