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6th Jul '17 2:04:11 AM Medinoc
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' had a "liar potion" with ingredients not unlike those used in the Smurfette formula from the comics. [[MythologyGag Fittingly]], it's Smurfette who ends up sprayed with it.
4th Jun '17 9:56:57 PM pvsage
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** Further subverted in "Slice of Life". When Doctor Hooves' "flameless fireworks" are introduced, the Doctor says he doesn't know what would cause them to ignite. When Muffins/Derpy takes them to a wedding as a substitute for flowers, they're ignited by the newlyweds' [[ThePowerOfLove love]], which in Equestria is a close sibling of the series' titular magic.
14th May '17 9:04:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Trigun}}'', when [[HugeSchoolgirl Milly]] is asked why the cross [[BadassPreacher Wolfwood]] carried is so heavy, he explains it's because "it's so full of mercy". [[spoiler: Subverted; it's actually full of MoreDakka than you can shake a boomstick at.]]

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* In ''{{Trigun}}'', ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', when [[HugeSchoolgirl Milly]] is asked why the cross [[BadassPreacher Wolfwood]] carried is so heavy, he explains it's because "it's so full of mercy". [[spoiler: Subverted; it's actually full of MoreDakka than you can shake a boomstick at.]]
27th Apr '17 8:33:40 PM Discar
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* The Shardblades in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' are made out of ideas. For example, one Shard is noted to be made out of the idea of honor, while another is made from the idea of lying. This is why the human {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es have consistently failed to duplicate the things.
18th Apr '17 5:38:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'', the secret to Strawberry Shortcake's cider is "warm wishes."

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* In ''StrawberryShortcake's ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'', the secret to Strawberry Shortcake's cider is "warm wishes."
5th Apr '17 11:13:07 PM PaulA
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* In ''Pyramid Power'', a novel by EricFlint and Dave Freer, insubstantial things are typically used to bind things. For example, Loki is bound with iron chains that were transmuted from the intestines of his beloved son. It isn't that he's bound by iron chains that he is unable to escape, but the fact that he is bound by the link between father and son, which is contained within those chains. For him and his lover, the chains are unbreakable. For anyone unrelated to them, however, they're just strong iron chains that, with sufficient skill and knowledge, can be broken. More than once, gods are bluffed into believing that they have been immobilized, being told that they've been held in a spell reinforced with various insubstantial ingredients, the least immaterial being "the dust from an old king's tomb". Even Loki is occasionally impressed by this subterfuge, as the idea of making up stuff like that never really occurred to him.

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* In ''Pyramid Power'', ''Literature/PyramidPower'', a novel by EricFlint Creator/EricFlint and Dave Freer, Creator/DaveFreer, insubstantial things are typically used to bind things. For example, Loki is bound with iron chains that were transmuted from the intestines of his beloved son. It isn't that he's bound by iron chains that he is unable to escape, but the fact that he is bound by the link between father and son, which is contained within those chains. For him and his lover, the chains are unbreakable. For anyone unrelated to them, however, they're just strong iron chains that, with sufficient skill and knowledge, can be broken. More than once, gods are bluffed into believing that they have been immobilized, being told that they've been held in a spell reinforced with various insubstantial ingredients, the least immaterial being "the dust from an old king's tomb". Even Loki is occasionally impressed by this subterfuge, as the idea of making up stuff like that never really occurred to him.
6th Mar '17 8:29:42 PM Goldfritha
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* IN ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/06/29 Marigold is distressed that Phoebe, despite her directions, did not have]] [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows gates of rainbows]] on her sand castle.

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* IN ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', [[http://www.''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'',
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gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/06/29 Marigold is distressed that Phoebe, despite her directions, did not have]] [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows gates of rainbows]] on her sand castle.castle.
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/09/24 Her own furniture is made of dreams -- and particle board, since the store ran out of dreams]].
6th Mar '17 1:17:34 AM LinTaylor
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* A variation is found in in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. A lot of the potions have ingredients that are meant to ''invoke'' these sorts of things; for example, in one book he plays energetic potion into his cauldron as an ingredient for a vigor potion, and boring elevator music for a "stealth" potion[[note]]More appropriately, a potion that renders the drinker an UnusuallyUninterestingSight[[/note]]. Played straighter when Dresden folds sunshine into a handkerchief for later use, and played totally straight in that he has to be ''totally happy'' in order to collect that sunshine. A later book explains that he's been unable to pull it off since [[spoiler:the love of his life was turned into a vampire and left him]].
** He also has a few others, like a jar full of mouse scampers for use as potion ingredients.

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* A variation is found in in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. A lot of the potions have ingredients that are meant to ''invoke'' these sorts of things; for example, in one book he plays energetic potion into his cauldron as an ingredient for a vigor potion, and boring elevator music for a "stealth" potion[[note]]More appropriately, a potion that renders the drinker an UnusuallyUninterestingSight[[/note]].things. Played straighter when Dresden folds sunshine into a handkerchief for later use, and played totally straight in that he has to be ''totally happy'' in order to collect that sunshine. A later book explains that he's been unable to pull it off since [[spoiler:the love of his life was turned into a vampire and left him]].
** He also has a few others, like a jar full of mouse scampers for use as potion ingredients. In early books he says that potions need an ingredient for each of the five senses; as such, the hearing ingredient is usually appropriate music (energetic music for a vigor potion, boring elevator music for a stealth potion).
6th Mar '17 1:14:49 AM LinTaylor
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* A variation is found in in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. A lot of the potions have ingredients that are meant to ''invoke'' these sorts of things. Played straighter when Dresden folds sunshine into a handkerchief for later use, and played totally straight in that he has to be ''totally happy'' in order to collect that sunshine. A later book explains that he's been unable to pull it off since [[spoiler:the love of his life was turned into a vampire and left him]].

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* A variation is found in in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. A lot of the potions have ingredients that are meant to ''invoke'' these sorts of things.things; for example, in one book he plays energetic potion into his cauldron as an ingredient for a vigor potion, and boring elevator music for a "stealth" potion[[note]]More appropriately, a potion that renders the drinker an UnusuallyUninterestingSight[[/note]]. Played straighter when Dresden folds sunshine into a handkerchief for later use, and played totally straight in that he has to be ''totally happy'' in order to collect that sunshine. A later book explains that he's been unable to pull it off since [[spoiler:the love of his life was turned into a vampire and left him]].
5th Mar '17 4:54:52 PM Goldfritha
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* IN ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/06/29 Marigold is distressed that Phoebe, despite her directions, did not have]] [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows gates of rainbows]] on her sand castle.
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