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* Early in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi Springfield himself appears to be one of these, until it is revealed that [[spoiler:the target of his spells has an [[AntiMagic anti-magical aura]] that cancels out or messes up any spell used on her]].

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
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Early in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', on, Negi Springfield himself appears to be one of these, until it is revealed that [[spoiler:the target of his spells has an [[AntiMagic anti-magical aura]] that cancels out or messes up any spell used on her]].



* ''[[Anime/RuneSoldierLouie Rune Soldier Louie's]]'' eponymous character [[BookDumb is too lazy to study]], because [[GoodOldFisticuffs he'd rather use his fists.]] So Louie only knows how to use simple magic and can even get ''those'' spells wrong since he often gets the incantations mixed up, or simply forgets how the spells themselves work. Which is where [[{{Meganekko}} Ila]] [[TheSmartGuy usually comes in.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the abundantly competent white-magic user Shilfiel tries her hand at black magic to balance out her repetoire and be more useful in combat. She's so woefully incompetent at this (her spell creates a [[spoiler:magic carrot]]) that Zelgadis later asks her to cast the spell for him, relying on her inability to make it harmful, since he wants to use it to snap a teammate out of their trance.
** Subverted in the second season, when [[spoiler:she uses the Dragon Slave against Phibrizzo, and later says she learned it to be more like Lina so she could travel with Gourry]] proving that she has no inherent weakness in offensive magic, is just unpracticed at it.

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* ''[[Anime/RuneSoldierLouie Rune Soldier Louie's]]'' ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'''s eponymous character [[BookDumb is too lazy to study]], because [[GoodOldFisticuffs he'd rather use his fists.]] So Louie only knows how to use simple magic and can even get ''those'' spells wrong since he often gets the incantations mixed up, or simply forgets how the spells themselves work. Which is where [[{{Meganekko}} Ila]] [[TheSmartGuy usually comes in.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the abundantly competent white-magic user Shilfiel tries her hand at black magic to balance out her repetoire and be more useful in combat. She's so woefully incompetent at this (her spell creates a [[spoiler:magic carrot]]) that Zelgadis later asks her to cast the spell for him, relying on her inability to make it harmful, since he wants to use it to snap a teammate out of their trance.
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trance. Subverted in the second season, when [[spoiler:she uses the Dragon Slave against Phibrizzo, and later says she learned it to be more like Lina so she could travel with Gourry]] proving that she has no inherent weakness in offensive magic, is just unpracticed at it.



* 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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* DonaldDuck 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.



* Schmendrick The Magician in ''WesternAnimation/{{The Last Unicorn}}'' bumbles around ineptly for most of the film. Even when his magic does the thing he wants it to, he wasn't controlling it directly, instead instructing the magic to "do as it will".

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* Schmendrick The Magician in ''WesternAnimation/{{The Last Unicorn}}'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' bumbles around ineptly for most of the film. Even when his magic does the thing he wants it to, he wasn't controlling it directly, instead instructing the magic to "do as it will".



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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) [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.



** In ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'', Cutwell is a wizard who can do magic, knows the theory, but can't even manage a basic fire spell (he burns his fingers when he tries).

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** In ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'', ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', Cutwell is a wizard who can do magic, knows the theory, but can't even manage a basic fire spell (he burns his fingers when he tries).



** Ditto his {{Expy}}, Zifnab, in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' by the same authors. For that matter, Alfred too, through a case of BecomingTheMask of his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* Geraden, from the ''[[Literature/TheMirrorOfHerDreams Mordant's Need]]'' duology.
* Wodehed from the ''WelkinWeasels'' series never has his spells work out the way he wants them to. In one memorable instance, he gave a boar holding the group captive some magical wine that would turn whoever drank it into a frog. Because the wineskin the wine was in was made from leather, the wineskin turned into a frog instead. It ''is'', however, subverted in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the third book, where [[spoiler:HE SUMMONS A KRAKEN.]]
* A short story, set during King Arthur's childhood, has a character who ''appeared'' to be a severely inept mage; during his final exam to earn a mentor wizard, he attempted to make a rock turn into a pig -- it floated in the air, turned invisible, and then when he tried to undo the spells, it became a (visible) dragon. [[spoiler:Subverted when he turned out to be a chaos magician -- that dragon was vital to taking out a Saxon invasion a moment later. His magic never does what he ''wants'', but it always does what ''needs'' to be done.]]
* Jon-Tom Meriweather of Creator/AlanDeanFoster[='=]s ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' series. He can produce magical effects via [[MagicMusic music]], but the lyrics have to be ridiculously specific, and are likely to produce unwanted effects; when he conjures up a ship with the song "Sloop John B." and names himself first mate, he spends the entire voyage feeling badly drunk.

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** * Ditto his {{Expy}}, Zifnab, in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' by the same authors. For that matter, Alfred too, through a case of BecomingTheMask of his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* %%* Geraden, from the ''[[Literature/TheMirrorOfHerDreams Mordant's Need]]'' duology.
* Wodehed from the ''WelkinWeasels'' ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'' series never has his spells work out the way he wants them to. In one memorable instance, he gave a boar holding the group captive some magical wine that would turn whoever drank it into a frog. Because the wineskin the wine was in was made from leather, the wineskin turned into a frog instead. It ''is'', however, subverted in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the third book, where [[spoiler:HE SUMMONS A KRAKEN.]]
* A short story, set during King Arthur's Myth/KingArthur's childhood, has a character who ''appeared'' to be a severely inept mage; during his final exam to earn a mentor wizard, he attempted to make a rock turn into a pig -- it floated in the air, turned invisible, and then when he tried to undo the spells, it became a (visible) dragon. [[spoiler:Subverted when he turned out to be a chaos magician -- that dragon was vital to taking out a Saxon invasion a moment later. His magic never does what he ''wants'', but it always does what ''needs'' to be done.]]
* Jon-Tom Meriweather of Creator/AlanDeanFoster[='=]s ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' series. He series:
** Jon-Tom Meriweather
can produce magical effects via [[MagicMusic music]], but the lyrics have to be ridiculously specific, and are likely to produce unwanted effects; when he conjures up a ship with the song "Sloop John B." and names himself first mate, he spends the entire voyage feeling badly drunk.



* When [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] gets an apprentice, she alternates between terrifying and being an adorable example of this trope. Once, she ''literally'' glowed with praise. Her potion-making adventures have involved her getting her clothes covered in acid and the potion then exploding, which Harry then had to remove and give her CPR right as his girlfriend lets herself in. (She gets better after finishing her training.)

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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When [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] Dresden gets an apprentice, she alternates between terrifying and being an adorable example of this trope. Once, she ''literally'' glowed with praise. Her potion-making adventures have involved her getting her clothes covered in acid and the potion then exploding, which Harry then had to remove and give her CPR right as his girlfriend lets herself in. (She gets better after finishing her training.)



** Harry sometimes notes that he lacks the finesse and knowledge of most members of the White Council, only making up for it through brute force, stubbornness, and cheating.
*** Harry tried to fly once. In some combination of this and not knowing how to fly to begin with, [[NoodleIncident it didn't go so well]].
*** Harry's track-record with potions isn't very good either, as they've done things like [[GoneHorriblyRight make him so unnoticeable he can't warn someone there's a werewolf approaching]].
* The poem ''Der Zauberlehrling'' (''The SorcerersApprentice'') by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe.

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** Harry sometimes notes that he lacks the finesse and knowledge of most members of the White Council, only making up for it through brute force, stubbornness, and cheating.
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cheating. Harry tried to fly once. In once; in some combination of this and not knowing how to fly to begin with, [[NoodleIncident it didn't go so well]].
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well]]. Harry's track-record with potions isn't very good either, as they've done things like [[GoneHorriblyRight make him so unnoticeable he can't warn someone there's a werewolf approaching]].
* %%* The poem ''Der Zauberlehrling'' (''The SorcerersApprentice'') by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe.



* Martin starts as this in ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Off to Be the Wizard]]'' after discovering the [[RewritingReality file]] and fleeing to Medieval England. Figuring that he can pass himself off as a "genuine" wizard while simultaneously scaring away charlatans, he puts on his [[HarryPotter Draco Malfoy]] costume, teleports to the White Cliffs of Dover in the 12th century, and travels to the nearest town. Arriving there, he walks into the tavern and suggests free food and lodging in exchange for "real" magic. As proof of his powers, he produces a plastic bag, which the locals find fascinating. The tavern keeper has the local wizard Phillip summoned to meet Martin. Martin, naturally assuming Phillip to be a charlatan, produces more plastic (by teleporting to his parents' house in the present and taking two rolls of heavy-duty plastic wrap from their kitchen). Finally, he challenges Phillip to a WizardDuel, using the Android app he wrote to levitate several feet off the ground (a very shaky and uncomfortable affair). In response, Phillip effortlessly flies off into the air, creates a cool light show, and then blasts the helplessly floating Martin into the nearby forest. It turns out Martin isn't the first to discover the file and end up in Medieval England. He gets better after becoming Phillip's apprentice.

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* Martin starts as this in ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} ''[[Literature/Magic20 Off to Be the Wizard]]'' after discovering the [[RewritingReality file]] and fleeing to Medieval England. Figuring that he can pass himself off as a "genuine" wizard while simultaneously scaring away charlatans, he puts on his [[HarryPotter Draco Malfoy]] costume, teleports to the White Cliffs of Dover in the 12th century, and travels to the nearest town. Arriving there, he walks into the tavern and suggests free food and lodging in exchange for "real" magic. As proof of his powers, he produces a plastic bag, which the locals find fascinating. The tavern keeper has the local wizard Phillip summoned to meet Martin. Martin, naturally assuming Phillip to be a charlatan, produces more plastic (by teleporting to his parents' house in the present and taking two rolls of heavy-duty plastic wrap from their kitchen). Finally, he challenges Phillip to a WizardDuel, using the Android app he wrote to levitate several feet off the ground (a very shaky and uncomfortable affair). In response, Phillip effortlessly flies off into the air, creates a cool light show, and then blasts the helplessly floating Martin into the nearby forest. It turns out Martin isn't the first to discover the file and end up in Medieval England. He gets better after becoming Phillip's apprentice.



* ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'': Mildred Hubble. Though it's worth noting that -- while abysmal in the classroom -- she does prove quite good at thinking on her feet with using magic in tight situations.



* Mildred Huble from ''TheWorstWitch''.
* 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.

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* Mildred Huble from ''TheWorstWitch''.
* In the first seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow always messed up her spells, with unfortunate results. She got better.
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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.



* Merlin in the French series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. He once tried to cast a spell to make plants grow, and ended 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 language.

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* Merlin in the French series ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. He once tried tries to cast a spell to make plants grow, and ended ends up giving Arthur and Léodagan brightly glowing eyes.
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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.



* The ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' 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 did they have a chance of a Wild Surge, they also had a variable applied to their caster level, which could cause them to cast it at either a higher or lower level than they actually were. If they cast it at a level that was below the spell's minimum caster level, the casting failed completely. For example, Fireball had a minimum caster level of 5, so if they rolled a result of 4th level, the spell fizzled.
** The class also appears in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2]]'', this time with a set list of results, but an incredibly variable one. They can [[GenderBender change a random target's gender]], [[DropTheCow summon a cow right above their target's head]], [[MagicMisfire accidentally target themselves with the spell]]... At least in this case you get the benefit of SaveScumming.
* 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'':
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The ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' 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 "Nahal's Reckless Dweomer; 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 did do they have a chance of a Wild Surge, they also had have a variable applied to their caster level, which could can cause them to cast it at either a higher or lower level than they actually were. are. If they cast it at a level that was is below the spell's minimum caster level, the casting failed fails completely. For example, Fireball had has a minimum caster level of 5, so if they rolled roll a result of 4th level, the spell fizzled.
fizzles.
** The class also appears in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2]]'', this time with a set list of results, but an incredibly variable one. They can [[GenderBender change a random target's gender]], [[DropTheCow summon a cow right above their target's head]], [[MagicMisfire accidentally target themselves with the spell]]... At least in this case you get the benefit of SaveScumming.
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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]].



* The Wild Mage class also appears in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2]]'', this time with a set list of results, but an incredibly variable one. They can [[GenderBender change a random target's gender]], [[DropTheCow summon a cow right above their target's head]], [[MagicMisfire accidentally target themselves with the spell]]... At least in this case you get the benefit of SaveScumming.



* Viki from the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series fits roundly. She is quite competent, and can even be used in the player's parties in many games. It just so happens her area of expertise is teleportation magic, and when she's tired/been drinking/sneezes, she tends to wind up in strange places. Or times. She is one of the few characters to be featured in every game in the main series, despite the fact that it covers a period spanning centuries. She was even in one game ''twice''.
** Oddly enough, she appears to be getting more and more powerful as the games go on. In the first games she had a random chance of accidentally harming her party with her spells, by the fifth she has a random chance to ''[[GameBreaker cast multiple spells in a row at no additional cost]]''

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* Viki from the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series fits roundly. She is quite competent, and can even be used in the player's parties in many games. It just so happens her area of expertise is teleportation magic, and when she's tired/been drinking/sneezes, she tends to wind up in strange places. Or times. She is one of the few characters to be featured in every game in the main series, despite the fact that it covers a period spanning centuries. She was even in one game ''twice''.
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''twice''. Oddly enough, she appears to be getting more and more powerful as the games go on. In the first games she had a random chance of accidentally harming her party with her spells, by the fifth she has a random chance to ''[[GameBreaker cast multiple spells in a row at no additional cost]]''



* Jowan from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Between the generally inherent power of Mages and his dabbling in BloodMagic he ''should'' be very, ''very'' powerful. Alas, he's much weaker than almost every other Mage in the game, and only turned to BloodMagic out of desperation.
** It becomes a tragic plot point through the series: magical prowess varies widely from being barely able to light a candle with magic to the [[GameBreaker freakishly enormous raw power]] displayed by playable mages, but since powerful mages once lorded over the whole continent and enslaved the Muggles, society in general and templars tasked to watch over the mages in particular tend to assume that every mage is a powerhouse capable of slaughtering a village with a thought and as a result treat them all with extreme distrust and use increasingly oppressive methods to keep them in check. Many inept mages (or simply competent mages who aren't good at fighting) suffering from said oppression but lacking the firepower to actively fight back eventually turn to blood magic to even the field, get possessed as a result, which in turn increases the distrust and prejudice toward mages even more. To add insult to injury, it's made abundantly clear as the story progress (especially to players who select a Mage as their PC) that the circles and templars cannot really contain the really powerful mages: characters like Wynne, Vivienne, Morrigan, a mage Warden/Hawke/Inquisitor can come and go as their please and often ignore the harsh rules imposed on their peers, meaning the harsh treatments supposed to contain dangerous mages are mainly used against those who [[SelfFulfillingProphecy wouldn't even become a threat to society had they not been driven to the brink by the aforementioned rules and mistreatment]]

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* Jowan from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Between the generally inherent power of Mages and his dabbling in BloodMagic he ''should'' be very, ''very'' powerful. Alas, he's much weaker than almost every other Mage in the game, and only turned to BloodMagic out of desperation.
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desperation. It becomes a tragic plot point through the series: magical prowess varies widely from being barely able to light a candle with magic to the [[GameBreaker freakishly enormous raw power]] displayed by playable mages, but since powerful mages once lorded over the whole continent and enslaved the Muggles, society in general and templars tasked to watch over the mages in particular tend to assume that every mage is a powerhouse capable of slaughtering a village with a thought and as a result treat them all with extreme distrust and use increasingly oppressive methods to keep them in check. Many inept mages (or simply competent mages who aren't good at fighting) suffering from said oppression but lacking the firepower to actively fight back eventually turn to blood magic to even the field, get possessed as a result, which in turn increases the distrust and prejudice toward mages even more. To add insult to injury, it's made abundantly clear as the story progress (especially to players who select a Mage as their PC) that the circles and templars cannot really contain the really powerful mages: characters like Wynne, Vivienne, Morrigan, a mage Warden/Hawke/Inquisitor can come and go as their please and often ignore the harsh rules imposed on their peers, meaning the harsh treatments supposed to contain dangerous mages are mainly used against those who [[SelfFulfillingProphecy wouldn't even become a threat to society had they not been driven to the brink by the aforementioned rules and mistreatment]]



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* Gwynn from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' very rarely gets a spell completely right. She enchants some monkeys to attack someone who's annoying her, without considering that, when someone else annoys her, the monkeys will change targets. Or she tries getting a demon to leave Riff alone, but ends up making it possess her instead. Or she tries getting her and Zoe's hair to grow back, but, thanks to the spell relying on a JerkassGenie, it makes them turn into fully-furred [[StarWars wookie]]-like creatures. Basically anything she tries other than [[{{Psychokinesis}} moving things with her mind]] or [[PowerGlows making pretty lights]] isn't going to work as planned.
** It seems to be the rituals that give her trouble. If she has to blast something with lightning or force, she has no problems at all, and can be [[LetsGetDangerous downright]] ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes dangerous]]'' when she's pushed.

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* Fumblemore in the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'', particularly ''Machinima/ShadowOfIsraphel''. His main speciality is [[StuffBlowingUp blowing things up]]. And [[MagicMisfire not always on purpose]]. He is surprisingly dangerous to the enemy, but apparently he blows things up so often that LetsPlay/LewisBrindley and LetsPlay/SimonLane are able to blame him for a series of creeper explosions.
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* Gwynn from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' very rarely gets a spell completely right. She enchants some monkeys to attack someone who's annoying her, without considering that, when someone else annoys her, the monkeys will change targets. Or she tries getting a demon to leave Riff alone, but ends up making it possess her instead. Or she tries getting her and Zoe's hair to grow back, but, thanks to the spell relying on a JerkassGenie, it makes them turn into fully-furred [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars wookie]]-like creatures. Basically anything she tries other than [[{{Psychokinesis}} moving things with her mind]] or [[PowerGlows making pretty lights]] isn't going to work as planned.
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planned. It seems to be the rituals that give her trouble. If she has to blast something with lightning or force, she has no problems at all, and can be [[LetsGetDangerous downright]] ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes dangerous]]'' when she's pushed.



* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': Charlotte comes from a family of Wiccans and her spells have remarkable power... when she can actually remember the proper incantations for them. Which accounts [[MagicMisfire for only half the time]], especially when she's nervous, [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/gotten_way_out_of_hand or under pressure.]] So she often [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/bring_the_lightning_1 resorts to simply making one up]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/bring_the_lightning_2 and hoping for the best.]]

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* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': ''Webcomic/VampireCheerleaders'': Charlotte comes from a family of Wiccans and her spells have remarkable power... when she can actually remember the proper incantations for them. Which accounts [[MagicMisfire for only half the time]], especially when she's nervous, [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/gotten_way_out_of_hand or under pressure.]] So she often [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/bring_the_lightning_1 resorts to simply making one up]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/bring_the_lightning_2 and hoping for the best.]]



* Leaving chaos in their wake is something of a hallmark of the "three little witches" -- Abracadabra, Palantir, and Clover -- from the eponymous story set in the ''WhateleyUniverse''. May well yet turn out to be a case of HowDoIShotWeb, though; they ''are'' only kids (younger than the regular students at Whateley, even) at this point, after all.

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* Leaving chaos in their wake is something of a hallmark of the "three little witches" -- Abracadabra, Palantir, and Clover -- from the eponymous story set in the ''WhateleyUniverse''.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. May well yet turn out to be a case of HowDoIShotWeb, though; they ''are'' only kids (younger than the regular students at Whateley, even) at this point, after all.



* Fumblemore in the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries'', particularly ''Machinima/ShadowOfIsraphel''. His main speciality is [[StuffBlowingUp blowing things up]]. And [[MagicMisfire not always on purpose]]. He is surprisingly dangerous to the enemy, but apparently he blows things up so often that LetsPlay/LewisBrindley and LetsPlay/SimonLane are able to blame him for a series of creeper explosions.



* Uncle Oswidge from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''. It's eventually revealed that his incompetence is because he's not actually a qualified mage; he was actually a cook at magic school.
* "Presto" from the ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' animated cartoon.

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* Uncle Oswidge from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''. It's eventually revealed that his incompetence is because he's not actually a qualified mage; he was actually a cook at magic school.
* %%* "Presto" from the ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' animated cartoon.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'' Elspeth spells don't always work right, and it takes her three to four times to get it right. She sometimes misinterpret the instructions on the Great Book of Magic.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'' Elspeth ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'', Elspeth's spells don't always work right, and it takes her three to four times to get it right. She sometimes misinterpret the instructions on the Great Book of Magic.



* Orko, from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however. His home dimension, where he's actually a master mage with exceptional abilities, has completely different rules of magic to Eternia. His magic only functioned on Eternia due to a special medallion (original series) or wand (2002 series) which was lost soon after he arrived on Eternia when he saved Prince Adam's life. As a result of the incompatibility between his native magic and Eternia's magic rules, he comes across as an IneptMage to Eternians.

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* Orko, from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], {{Justified|Trope}}, however. His home dimension, where he's actually a master mage with exceptional abilities, has completely different rules of magic to Eternia. His magic only functioned functions on Eternia due to a special medallion (original series) or wand (2002 series) which was is lost soon after he arrived on Eternia when he saved Prince Adam's life. As a result of the incompatibility between his native magic and Eternia's magic rules, he comes across as an IneptMage to Eternians.



-->'''Rabbit-frog:''' ''What is going on with these spells?!''
-->'''King Pooh:''' Oh, don't feel badly. [[{{Pun}} I can't spell very well either]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'', the episode "Wizards, Warriors, and a Word from our Sponsors" has Dot take the part of a sorceress in one of the games. The extent of her magical prowess amounts to pointing at something, exclaiming "abraca-whatchama-dabra-callit," and hoping for a favorable result.

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-->'''Rabbit-frog:''' ''What is going on with these spells?!''
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'''King
Pooh:''' Oh, don't feel badly. [[{{Pun}} I can't spell very well either]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', the episode "Wizards, Warriors, and a Word from our Sponsors" has Dot take the part of a sorceress in one of the games. The extent of her magical prowess amounts to pointing at something, exclaiming "abraca-whatchama-dabra-callit," and hoping for a favorable result.



* The Eggplant Wizard from CaptainNTheGameMaster.

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* %%* The Eggplant Wizard from CaptainNTheGameMaster.''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.
5th Feb '17 3:12:38 PM Sabrewing
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* The High Aldwin in ''Film/{{Willow}}'' is the only mage in Willow's Nelwyn hometown, and a big deal is made when he has to choose an apprentice each year. However, he resorts to superstitious trickery when he "consults the bones", instead supplying his own judgment on the matter, and a bird he materializes from an apple flies back to the village instead of leading the quest as he intended.
-->'''High Aldwin:''' ... Ignore the bird. Follow the river!
6th Jan '17 9:11:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Supplements for the {{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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* Supplements for the {{Mystara}} ''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]].
28th Dec '16 6:58:38 PM Vir
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-->-- '''Beastmaster''', ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'' [[StopPokingMe (Annoyed)]]

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-->-- '''Beastmaster''', ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III]]'' [[StopPokingMe (Annoyed)]]
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** Gilderoy Lockhart may count: [[CripplingOverspecialization The only thing he seems to be good at]] is memory charms, though it's never revealed whether he's naturally inept at everything else or if he just decided at some point that he could get by on that and his natural charisma alone. (And he very nearly did.)
*** Pottermore confirms that it is the latter, explaining that he was initially a very promising (but self-entitled) student who was sorted into Ravenclaw due to his brilliance, but years of neglect rendered his skills at magic beyond memory charms faulty beyond repair.

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** Gilderoy Lockhart may count: [[CripplingOverspecialization The only thing he seems to be good at]] is memory charms, though it's never revealed whether he's naturally inept at everything else or if charms. He was initially a very promising (but self-entitled) student who was sorted into Ravenclaw due to his brilliance, but he just decided at some point that he could get by on that and his natural charisma alone. (And he very nearly did.)
*** Pottermore confirms that it is the latter, explaining that he was initially a very promising (but self-entitled) student who was sorted into Ravenclaw due to his brilliance, but years
) Years of neglect rendered his skills at magic beyond besides memory charms faulty beyond repair.repair, leaving him barely competent enough to be considered a wizard in adulthood.
15th Nov '16 11:44:33 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* The Eggplant Wizard from CaptainNTheGameMaster.
29th Aug '16 5:13:13 AM SSJMagus
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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is this. So inept, in fact, she was shipped off to Earth before she caused any more natural disasters from her inability to gauge what she's capable of actually pulling off with that wand. She can usually manage spells that are ''meant'' to be destructive pretty easily, but anything else is bound to go awry, and once or twice her wand has even ''gone off accidentally''.

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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is this. So inept, in fact, she was shipped off to Earth before she caused any more natural disasters from her inability to gauge what she's capable of actually pulling off with that wand. She can usually manage spells that are ''meant'' to be destructive pretty easily, but anything else is bound to go awry, and once or twice her wand has even ''gone off accidentally''. For example, when she creates rainbows purely for show, they tend to be ''on fire'' and the fire will easily spread to things that shouldn't be flammable, like stone and metal.
20th Aug '16 5:18:38 PM nombretomado
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* Fizban the Fabulous in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' books, although [[GodWasMyCoPilot he's more than he appears]].

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* Fizban the Fabulous in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, although [[GodWasMyCoPilot he's more than he appears]].
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*** Harry's track-record with potions isn't very good either, as they've done things like [[GoneHorriblyRight make him so unnoticeable he can't warn someone there's a werewolf approaching]].
8th Aug '16 1:17:01 PM Sharlee
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** Some of the novice witches from the Tiffany Aching subseries have difficulty working magic, although in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'' that's mostly because Annagramma won't stop criticizing them.
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