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23rd May '18 1:26:16 PM Gamermaster
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** Shouta's low level spells are accompanied by pictograms that resemble computer icons, in keeping with the fact that magic was the in-universe source for at least one programming language. The one time he uses a stronger sleep spell during a WizardDuel, the rune has the kanji for "sleeping" in the center.

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** Shouta's low level spells are accompanied by pictograms that resemble computer icons, in keeping with the fact that magic was the in-universe source for at least one programming language. The one time he uses a stronger sleep spell during a WizardDuel, the rune circle has the kanji for "sleeping" in the center.
23rd May '18 1:26:01 PM Gamermaster
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** Shouta's spells are accompanied by pictograms that resemble computer icons, in keeping with the fact that magic was the in-universe source for at least one programming language.

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** Shouta's low level spells are accompanied by pictograms that resemble computer icons, in keeping with the fact that magic was the in-universe source for at least one programming language.language. The one time he uses a stronger sleep spell during a WizardDuel, the rune has the kanji for "sleeping" in the center.
23rd May '18 11:47:04 AM Gamermaster
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* Magic circles occasionally appear when Tohru uses her dragon magic in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. The anime standardized it so that it happens every time she uses a spell (with the circle appearing either in front of her face or hand, depending on whether or not it's self-targeting). Interestingly, none of the other dragons have even been shown to uses them since they always cast magic off screen.

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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'':
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Magic circles occasionally appear when Tohru uses her dragon magic in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. magic . The anime standardized it so that it happens every time she uses a spell (with the circle appearing either in front of her face or hand, depending on whether or not it's self-targeting). Interestingly, none of self-targeting).
** Shouta's spells are accompanied by pictograms that resemble computer icons, in keeping with
the other dragons have even been shown to uses them since they always cast fact that magic off screen.was the in-universe source for at least one programming language.
31st Mar '18 8:47:25 AM Kikurukina
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* ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'' uses this heavily with everyone having a signature hand circle and larger magic circle. There are even magic circles for whenever characters combine their magic for a powerful spell.
29th Mar '18 9:22:35 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''StarOcean'' games, this is an actual science, referred to as Symbology (or Heraldry, or Runology, depending on the game). The distance from the rune to the caster affects the strength of the spell, so most casters tattoo the symbols on their bodies. The [[VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime third game]] deals with three children who were [[{{Tykebomb}} experimented on]] to have the runes inscribed in their chromosomes, giving them access to various abilities which should allow them to transcend their dimension. The other three games have characters with genetic runes as a trait of their species. Although one character doesn't take advantage of it.

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* In the ''StarOcean'' ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' games, this is an actual science, referred to as Symbology (or Heraldry, or Runology, depending on the game). The distance from the rune to the caster affects the strength of the spell, so most casters tattoo the symbols on their bodies. The [[VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime third game]] deals with three children who were [[{{Tykebomb}} experimented on]] to have the runes inscribed in their chromosomes, giving them access to various abilities which should allow them to transcend their dimension. The other three games have characters with genetic runes as a trait of their species. Although one character doesn't take advantage of it.
29th Mar '18 6:56:58 AM BunnyStar
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* [[BigBad Dr. Facilier]] from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' flashes voodoo symbols when using his magic. The animators avoided using [[TheScottishTrope actual voodoo symbols]] used to summon the loa.
* The assorted ancient robots in Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', when activated, have little light-up runes and glyphs and such.



* [[BigBad Dr. Facilier]] from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' flashes voodoo symbols when using his magic. The animators avoided using [[TheScottishTrope actual voodoo symbols]] used to summon the loa.
* The assorted ancient robots in Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', when activated, have little light-up runes and glyphs and such.
12th Mar '18 7:27:29 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': They appear with pretty much every spell Drake uses. This also makes his attack patterns flashy and easily telegraphed, but he is confident enough in his own abilities that he doesn't see it as an issue.
6th Mar '18 6:02:32 PM SpocktorWho
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* Notably averted in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', in which the frequently used runic circles are always drawn laboriously by hand. (Sam and Dean would carry around a sheet or something with a demon-trap painted on it, but it'd be easy enough to tear a sheet open.)

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Notably averted in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', in which with devil's traps and other warding, as the frequently used runic circles are always drawn laboriously by hand.hand (although spray paint does speed things up). (Sam and Dean would carry around a sheet or something with a demon-trap painted on it, but it'd be easy enough to tear a sheet open.))
** Castiel helps Sam and Dean hide from angels in season five by placing his hands on their chests and instantly carving Enochian warding into their ribs. Dean later gets an x-ray to find that his ribs are now covered in elaborate symbols.
7th Feb '18 10:04:06 PM __Vano
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Many works get around the time limitation and amplify the coolness factor by having special effects do the work. As soon as the mage [[CallingYourAttacks calls out the attack]], any required circles, designs and written magical incantations appear glowing in the air. Sometimes the spellcaster actually draws them in midair; at other times, these designs are prepared by the mage beforehand and manifest from some sort of device, or whatever force the mage contracts or serves does it for them. But this is mostly speculation on our part, as it's rarely, if ever, shown how it's actually done.

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Many works get around the time limitation and amplify the coolness factor by having special effects do the work. As soon as the mage [[CallingYourAttacks calls out the attack]], any required circles, designs and written magical incantations appear glowing [[PowerGlows glowing]] in the air. Sometimes the spellcaster actually draws them in midair; at other times, these designs are prepared by the mage beforehand and manifest from some sort of device, or whatever force the mage contracts or serves does it for them. But this is mostly speculation on our part, as it's rarely, if ever, shown how it's actually done.
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