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8th Sep '17 2:53:14 AM VVK
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* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in the early issues of ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'', which gets him in trouble with someone he owed money too and tried to get out of the deal by turning spoons into gold. But it turns out his magic does work, but is slow acting.

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* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in the early issues of ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'', which gets him in trouble with someone he owed money too and tried to get out of the deal by turning spoons into gold. But it turns out his magic does work, but is slow acting. Which, okay, is still pretty inept.
27th Aug '17 1:12:48 PM nombretomado
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* Marie from ''Franchise/{{Atelier}} Marie'' is an Inept Alchemist. While she has a lot of passion for the art, her [[TheDitz absentmindedness]] often leads her to put in the wrong ingredient, screwing up the formula. Because of this, she has the lowest GPA out of anyone in her school.

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* Marie from ''Franchise/{{Atelier}} Marie'' ''VideoGame/AtelierMarieTheAlchemistOfSalburg'' is an Inept Alchemist. While she has a lot of passion for the art, her [[TheDitz absentmindedness]] often leads her to put in the wrong ingredient, screwing up the formula. Because of this, she has the lowest GPA out of anyone in her school.



** The ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' series also gives us Jess from ''VideoGame/{{Mana Khemia|AlchemistsOfAlRevis}}''. She's a competent alchemist most of the time, but she likes to experiment, and her experiments like to explode. [[EpicFail Even with completely stable ingredients]]. This may be for the best since her idea of "medicine" terrifies the cast.

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** The ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series also gives us Jess from ''VideoGame/{{Mana Khemia|AlchemistsOfAlRevis}}''. She's a competent alchemist most of the time, but she likes to experiment, and her experiments like to explode. [[EpicFail Even with completely stable ingredients]]. This may be for the best since her idea of "medicine" terrifies the cast.
14th Aug '17 9:10:54 AM Rytex
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* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films feature Seamus Finnigan. Where the books usually had Ron or Neville be the one whose magic backfired, Seamus became the victim of a RunningGag where whatever it was he was casting magic on [[MadeOfExplodium had a tendency to explode]] (including, memorably, a feather). It's even lampshaded in ''Goblet of Fire'', where he's chatting with Ron about how it always happens. It is then ''weaponized'' by Professor [=McGonagall=] in ''Deathly Hallows Part 2'', where he and Neville are the ones who destroy the bridge into Hogwarts.
12th Aug '17 11:12:09 AM Jeduthun
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* In Creator/JamesThurber's ''Literature/The13Clocks'', the Golux explains that both his parent fell under this trope.

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* In Creator/JamesThurber's ''Literature/The13Clocks'', the Golux explains that both his parent fell under this trope. His mother was a witch who tried to turn people into fish but only got mermaids; his father was a wizard who cast his spells upon himself when he was drunk. It's an open question how much the Golux keeps up the family tradition.
5th Aug '17 12:36:26 AM legendaryweredragon
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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 shield to make it indestructible, for example, he turns ''himself'' into a frog.
-->'''Rabbit-frog:''' ''What is going on with these spells?!''\\

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' episode "A Knight for a Day", Rabbit becomes one of these in Piglet's fantasy. When Whenever he tries to enchant Piglet's shield to make it indestructible, for example, cast a spell he turns ''himself'' only succeeds in turning himself into a frog.
-->'''Rabbit-frog:'''
random animals.
-->'''Rabbit-tortoise:'''
''What is going on wrong with these spells?!''\\
24th Jun '17 6:22:43 PM zarpaulus
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* Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/DarknessSeries'' has one wannabe magician who attempts to cover up his squad's tracks with a spell of his own design and ends up making them glow.
20th Jun '17 5:25:39 AM TheKaizerreich
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** Negi's father is an interesting case in that he is considered one of the most powerful mages of all times, but he just needed to bring spark notes into battle to remember how to do his spells.

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** Negi's father is an interesting case in that he is considered one of the most powerful mages of all times, times (reputed as the "Thousand Mage", because he supposedly knew a thousand spells... and supposedly had a thousand women), but he just needed to bring spark notes into battle to remember how to do his spells. Out of his head, he really only knew six spells.
8th Jun '17 7:10:32 PM elemt
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* ''Podcast/DNDIsForNerds'' has one player and his wizard Krifpum Pumkrif, who failed to become a court mage because he was deliberately taught a selection of useless and goofy spells as a joke. He eventually resorts to just trying to punch people, taking Improved Unarmed Strike at level-up. Compounding this is his relationship with his cat {{Familiar}}, which progressed from being useless to disobedient to an active pest, to attacking him in alley and nearly mauling him to death.
31st May '17 8:33:49 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' series does a good job of [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructing]] this, though Rand's ineptitude is really more a case of HowDoIShotWeb. Rand has no one to teach him to channel for four books, and he's the most powerful channeler ever. He learns bits and pieces by luck and maybe past-life memory, but when things go wrong he's apt to accidentally pull down half a mountain or set a forest aflame.

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* The ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series does a good job of [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructing]] this, though Rand's ineptitude is really more a case of HowDoIShotWeb. Rand has no one to teach him to channel for four books, and he's the most powerful channeler ever. He learns bits and pieces by luck and maybe past-life memory, but when things go wrong he's apt to accidentally pull down half a mountain or set a forest aflame.
8th May '17 3:20:32 PM Derkhan
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* ''Both'' wizards in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies''. Rest is still an apprentice (and TheKlutz at that), who actually forgets how to use his magic in situations when it might come in handy. Veres is skilled and usually an excellent wizard, but during the book he's spending nearly all of his magic on healing himself from the beating he takes at the start of the novel, making him faint after performing even the most basic spells. Once he heals completely, though...

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* ''Both'' wizards in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies''. Rest in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' is still an apprentice (and TheKlutz at that), who actually forgets how to use his magic in situations when it might come in handy. Veres is skilled handy and usually an excellent wizard, but during the book he's spending nearly all of his magic on healing himself from the beating is so insecure about it when he takes at the start of the novel, making him faint after performing even the most basic spells. Once he heals completely, though...''does'' use it, that it comes out to forceful and everything goes heads over bucket.
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