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14th May '16 5:55:37 AM MsChibi
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* The eponymous character of ''Manga/AkazukinChaCha'' is this. For example, she'll summon a spider when she means to produce a cloud. (This is because the words for "spider" and "cloud" are similar.)
13th May '16 6:08:32 AM arnie
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* 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.
5th May '16 1:23:37 AM ZombieAladdin
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* The Black Bulls division in ''Manga/BlackClover'' are full of these types, each of them inept in different ways. Asta, the protagonist, can use magic only through his sword and cannot use magic in any other way. Noelle has incredible potential for magic, but her spells always veer in unexpected directions and more often than not hit her allies instead. Gauche is too obsessed with protecting his sister to be of any use in combat when she's not involved. Luck is too bloodthirsty and reckless to know how to use his magic for anything ''but'' combat or get along with anyone else. Averted with their captain, Yami, who is scary competent and likes recruiting misfits in hopes that they'll one day become as strong as he is.
2nd May '16 8:50:11 AM Goldfritha
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This differs from HowDoIShotWeb in that the Inept Mage understands the theory, but can't make it work in practice. Also, HowDoIShotWeb is usually temporary while the Inept Mage usually remains inept. Quite often, though, an Inept Mage will have moments of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass when things he tries ''finally'' go off without a hitch, in spectacular fashion, in a critical moment, reminding characters and audience both why they're there.

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This differs from HowDoIShotWeb in that the Inept Mage understands the theory, but can't make it work in practice. Also, HowDoIShotWeb is usually temporary while the Inept Mage usually remains inept. Quite often, though, an Inept Mage will have moments of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass when things he tries ''finally'' go off without a hitch, in spectacular fashion, in a critical moment, reminding characters and audience both why they're there.
there. (As a consequence, it can be an excellent ObfuscatingStupidity mask. Be wary of all characters whose spells always work when really needed.)
29th Apr '16 10:43:50 AM ultimomant
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** An obscure [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] character, Yellow Peri (real name Loretta York), often tried to assist Superman with her magical powers. While she was powerful, Superman [[StopHelpingMe tried to get her to retire because her ineptitude caused more harm than good]].

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** An obscure [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] character, Yellow Peri (real name Loretta York), often tried to assist Superman with her magical powers. While she was powerful, Superman [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance tried to get her to retire because her ineptitude caused more harm than good]].
1st Mar '16 8:00:25 AM valar55
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* Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is explicitly stated as being more powerfull than Belldandy, yet ranked lower because she has little control over it. This is contrasted against the [[ThreeFacesOfEve youngest sister, Skuld,]] who can barely muster any magic. Skuld's best spell is to basically print words across people's faces, something that can be achieved with a common sharpie. Otherwise Skuld is pretty hopeless with magic, displaying neither of her sisters' raw power.

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* Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is explicitly stated as being more powerfull powerful than Belldandy, yet ranked lower because she has little control over it. This is contrasted against the [[ThreeFacesOfEve youngest sister, Skuld,]] who can barely muster any magic. Skuld's best spell is to basically print words across people's faces, something that can be achieved with a common sharpie. Otherwise Skuld is pretty hopeless with magic, displaying neither of her sisters' raw power.
20th Feb '16 5:58:50 PM Eddy1215
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "A Knight for a Day", Rabbit becomes one of these in Piglet's fantasy. When he tries to enchant Piglet's spell to make it indestructible, for example, he turns ''himself'' into a frog.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "A Knight for a Day", Rabbit becomes one of these in Piglet's fantasy. When he tries to enchant Piglet's spell shield to make it indestructible, for example, he turns ''himself'' into a frog.
28th Jan '16 9:21:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mr. Magorium's magic went all wonky [[spoiler:near the end of his life]] in the film version of ''MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''

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* Mr. Magorium's magic went all wonky [[spoiler:near the end of his life]] in the film version of ''MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''
13th Jan '16 5:22:56 PM Piando
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* The weakest Imps in the ''DragonQuest'' series, and especially ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime,'' are really terrible at magic. They continually attempt to use the [[StuffBlowingUp Bang]] spell, only to blow ''themselves'' up. Standing still while an Imp tries to attack you will cause his magic to explode in his face. Running will cause him to chase you, trip, and ''explode'', damaging everything in the area around it, meaning you, other enemies, and itself. This is all they can do.

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* The weakest Imps in the ''DragonQuest'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series, and especially ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime,'' are really terrible at magic. They continually attempt to use the [[StuffBlowingUp Bang]] spell, only to blow ''themselves'' up. Standing still while an Imp tries to attack you will cause his magic to explode in his face. Running will cause him to chase you, trip, and ''explode'', damaging everything in the area around it, meaning you, other enemies, and itself. This is all they can do.



* Two in ''{{Unsounded}}''. One of the Red Berry Boys, Bette, casts spells by reading them directly out of a book with no understanding of the underlying principles, and Duane finds it trivial to seize control of his pymary. [[spoiler: Duane's daughter Mikaila]] also makes a number of dangerous mistakes, although the fact that she's doing it at all at [[ChildMage her age]] shows she has an aptitude for it.

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* Two in ''{{Unsounded}}''.''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}''. One of the Red Berry Boys, Bette, casts spells by reading them directly out of a book with no understanding of the underlying principles, and Duane finds it trivial to seize control of his pymary. [[spoiler: Duane's daughter Mikaila]] also makes a number of dangerous mistakes, although the fact that she's doing it at all at [[ChildMage her age]] shows she has an aptitude for it.



* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/6/15/ Jim Darkmagic]], at least in his comic appearance. In the actual podcasts where he made his debut, Jim tends to be about as competent as the rest of the party, somewhat surprising considering that his player, Mike Krahulik, has never played ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' before in his life.



* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/6/15/ Jim Darkmagic]], at least in his comic appearance. In the actual podcasts where he made his debut, Jim tends to be about as competent as the rest of the party, somewhat surprising considering that his player, Mike Krahulik, has never played ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' before in his life.
11th Jan '16 8:11:44 AM dsneybuf
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* In ''Theatre/TheWiz'', Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, seems prone to MagicMisfire. Her Magic Slate gives six inaccurate guesses about Dorothy's name, and she also needs to wave her wand multiple times in order to leave Munchkinland.

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* In ''Theatre/TheWiz'', Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, seems prone to MagicMisfire. Her Magic Slate gives six inaccurate guesses about Dorothy's name, and she also needs to wave her wand multiple times in order to leave Munchkinland.Munchkinland (In the play, she laments having to take the bus due to how unreliable her teleportation spells seem).
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