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27th Apr '16 1:34:10 PM ultimomant
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*** In fact, this gets used so much that SG1 gets WrongGenreSavvy about it. In ''The Road Not Taken'', Carter is running experiments on the device that put her and Mitchell out of phase previously. She is transported to an alternate universe and it takes about two weeks for her to figure out how to get back. Meanwhile, her teammates assume the device malfunctioned and she's stuck out of phase so they take turns "keeping her company", ie, talking to an empty room.

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*** In fact, this gets used so much that SG1 SG-1 gets WrongGenreSavvy about it. In ''The Road Not Taken'', Carter is running experiments on the device that put her and Mitchell out of phase previously. She is transported to an alternate universe and it takes about two weeks for her to figure out how to get back. Meanwhile, her teammates assume the device malfunctioned and she's stuck out of phase so they take turns "keeping her company", ie, talking to an empty room.
19th Apr '16 12:25:10 PM erforce
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** In ''Fanfic/WhipAndWing'', a supporting character, a unicorn named Silver Trowel, has an enchanted necklace that allows the wearer to pass through walls and avoid injury. It helps save himself and IndianaJones from a few tight spots. [[spoiler: Much more problematic when Trowel pulls a FaceHeelTurn, and Indiana can't catch him. Indy finally kills him by grabbing the necklace, pushing Trowel into a wall, and removing it. This forces Trowel to materialize with his upper body inside the stone, and he suffocates to death]].

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** In ''Fanfic/WhipAndWing'', a supporting character, a unicorn named Silver Trowel, has an enchanted necklace that allows the wearer to pass through walls and avoid injury. It helps save himself and IndianaJones Franchise/IndianaJones from a few tight spots. [[spoiler: Much more problematic when Trowel pulls a FaceHeelTurn, and Indiana can't catch him. Indy finally kills him by grabbing the necklace, pushing Trowel into a wall, and removing it. This forces Trowel to materialize with his upper body inside the stone, and he suffocates to death]].
2nd Apr '16 10:24:44 AM Tron80
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** In Fanfic/WhipAndWing, a supporting character, a unicorn named Silver Trowel, has an enchanted necklace that allows the wearer to pass through walls and avoid injury. It helps save himself and IndianaJones from a few tight spots. [[spoiler: Much more problematic when Trowel pulls a FaceHeelTurn, and Indiana can't catch him. Indy finally kills him by grabbing the necklace, pushing Trowel into a wall, and removing it. This forces Trowel to materialize with his upper body inside the stone, and he suffocates to death]].

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** In Fanfic/WhipAndWing, ''Fanfic/WhipAndWing'', a supporting character, a unicorn named Silver Trowel, has an enchanted necklace that allows the wearer to pass through walls and avoid injury. It helps save himself and IndianaJones from a few tight spots. [[spoiler: Much more problematic when Trowel pulls a FaceHeelTurn, and Indiana can't catch him. Indy finally kills him by grabbing the necklace, pushing Trowel into a wall, and removing it. This forces Trowel to materialize with his upper body inside the stone, and he suffocates to death]].




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* In ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'', this is one of the powers of [[AntiHero Sophia "Shadow Stalker"]]. In addition, [[TheHero Taylor]] can use her power to turn everyone wearing her especial Masks intangible.
1st Apr '16 2:15:04 AM WhosAsking
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* One episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' had an escaped convict who had this as a power, as well as the ability to reduce anything he passed through to ash. It's demonstrated with some {{Technobabble}} that it's electricity-based and doesn't work against insulating materials, and he's eventually done in when he tries to phase through a speeding car and gets fatally smacked by the windshield.

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* One episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' had an escaped convict who had this as a power, as well as the ability to reduce anything he passed through to ash. It's demonstrated with some {{Technobabble}} that it's electricity-based and doesn't work against insulating materials, and he's eventually done in when he tries to phase through a speeding car and gets fatally smacked by the glass windshield.
16th Jan '16 10:25:05 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie traps Pumpkin Cake under a wastebasket, but because Pumpkin's magic had just blossomed, she crawls right through it.
9th Jan '16 8:01:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** This also shows up in ''Series/TheFlash2014''. It's something Barry has to learn and only uses once on the show. The Reverse Flash, however, uses it ''a lot'', including using it to erase hard drives and kill people rather horrifically, then dispose of their bodies. Again, falling through the floor is never even brought up.

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** * This also shows up in ''Series/TheFlash2014''. It's something Barry has to learn and only uses once on the show. The Reverse Flash, however, uses it ''a lot'', including using it to erase hard drives and kill people rather horrifically, then dispose of their bodies. Again, falling through the floor is never even brought up.



* {{Marillion}} ''The Invisible Man''. Despite the title, the lyric describes an ''intangible'' man.

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* {{Marillion}} Music/{{Marillion}} ''The Invisible Man''. Despite the title, the lyric describes an ''intangible'' man.
7th Jan '16 8:03:56 PM Pastykake
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A truly Intangible Man would slingshot off the Earth at an extreme velocity at the moment of intangibility (the Earth orbits the sun at 18.5 miles per second, and the sun orbits the galactic center at 134 miles per second, and Earth-level gravity only affects objects with mass which intangible objects do not have ''by definition''). If you decide to ignore that, then you'll have to explain how the Intangible Man can stay put on the Earth's surface when the planet's own gravity should be constantly drawing him towards the core. How they can generate enough friction and mass to remain on the Earth and move around, let alone grip things if the writer is feeling charitable, is also likely to be ignored (occasionally these problems are avoided by also giving the character the ability to [[{{Flight}} fly]]). [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Again, don't ask why]].

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A truly Intangible Man intangible person would slingshot off the Earth at an extreme velocity at the moment of intangibility (the Earth orbits the sun Sun at 18.5 miles per second, and the sun Sun orbits the galactic center at 134 miles per second, and Earth-level gravity only affects objects with mass mass, which intangible objects do not have ''by definition''). If you decide to ignore that, then you'll have to explain how the Intangible Man intangible person can stay put on the Earth's surface when the planet's own gravity should be constantly drawing him towards the core. How they he or she can generate enough friction and mass to remain on the Earth and move around, let alone grip things if the writer is feeling charitable, is also likely to be ignored (occasionally these problems are avoided by also giving the character the ability to [[{{Flight}} fly]]). [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Again, don't ask why]].
1st Jan '16 11:34:17 PM RocketPuncher
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Mykene War Beast]]'' Dante, which appeared in the "Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness" movie, had that ability. When Kouji fought it, Mazinger's weapons went through its body harmlessly.
18th Dec '15 12:26:07 PM WhosAsking
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* Sorcerers in DavidEddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' have this as a potential ability, and Belgarath uses this to finish his duel with [[spoiler:Zedar the Apostate]]: phasing them both into solid rock, going deep underground, then letting him go, stuck there while he returned. He specifically noted this to be a FateWorseThanDeath for the following reasons: (1) The victim was himself a sorcerer (thus gifted with eternal life) so couldn't die of natural causes, (2) No other sorcerer could match the particular signature of Belgarath's sorcery so couldn't match the spell to pull him out, and (3) Belgarath himself did this to make him pay for several millennia of evil so felt no inclination to undo it himself.

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* Sorcerers Relg the Ulgo in DavidEddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' have has this as a special ability, and he uses this to rescue Silk (to the [[{{Claustrophobia}} claustrophobe's]] horror). Any sorcerer also has this as a potential ability, and Belgarath uses this to finish his duel with [[spoiler:Zedar the Apostate]]: phasing them both into solid rock, going deep underground, then letting him go, stuck there while he returned. He specifically noted this to be a FateWorseThanDeath for the following reasons: (1) The victim was himself a sorcerer (thus gifted with eternal life) so couldn't die of natural causes, (2) No other sorcerer could match the particular signature of Belgarath's sorcery so couldn't match the spell to pull him out, and (3) Belgarath himself did this to make him pay for several millennia of evil so felt no inclination to undo it himself.
19th Nov '15 11:44:41 PM Xelloss08
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* In the Literature/{{Boojumverse}}, certain eldritch creatures such as Cheshires and Bandersnatches are capable of shifting out of phase with this dimension, becoming invisible and intangible to physical beings.
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