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23rd Nov '17 5:45:52 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheMoon'': Doa’s magic is referred to as “thaumatics”.
13th Jun '17 4:24:41 AM Hjortron18
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* In the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse, WordOfGod says there is no magic, just new and strange kinds of science. Yeah, even with ''Film/DoctorStrange.'' A lot of fans roll their eyes at that.

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* In the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse, WordOfGod says there is no magic, just new and strange kinds of science. Yeah, even with ''Film/DoctorStrange.''Film/DoctorStrange2016.'' A lot of fans roll their eyes at that.
5th Jun '17 4:56:14 PM Freezer
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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' has Earthpower, an ambient quasi-mystical energy of The Land, which some humans can channel to devastating effect. Though the series also has magic (via the Wild Magic of white gold [platinum]). Comparably, Earthpower is fire, wild magic is an atom bomb.
17th May '17 6:50:20 PM Fuyumoto
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Biotics. It's basically telekinesis and kinetic energy bolts by another name - extremely detailed justifications, but in the end, its still lift spells. All of the advanced technology in the setting works off the same principles.



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Biotics. It's basically telekinesis and kinetic energy bolts by another name - extremely detailed justifications, but in the end, its still lift spells. All of the advanced technology in the setting works off the same principles.
17th May '17 6:49:32 PM Fuyumoto
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* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'': Rune-Keepers and Lore-Masters, to get around the fact that there are canonically only five wizards in all of Middle-Earth.[[note]] Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, Alatar and Pallando.[[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'': Rune-Keepers and Lore-Masters, to get around the fact that there are canonically only five wizards in all of Middle-Earth.[[note]] Gandalf, [[note]]Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, Alatar and Pallando.[[/note]][[/note]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': [[UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} Onmyōdō]], which is already considered Magic by Any Other Name in RealLife.
4th Apr '17 5:58:05 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': when [[TheReliableOne Sam]] asks [[ThePhilosopherKing Galadriel]] if she's about to use magic, she admits that she's not sure what he means by that term--hobbits use it to describe things that elves do naturally, but also the [[BlackMagic sort of things]] that [[BigBad Sauron]] does, though in her mind they are completely different.
4th Apr '17 5:51:56 PM JoeMerl
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* In the Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse, WordOfGod says there is no magic, just new and strange kinds of science. Yeah, even with ''Film/DoctorStrange.'' A lot of fans roll their eyes at that.
25th Sep '16 7:56:25 AM ZaklogtheGreat
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* ''Literature/HallowMass'' No one uses "magic" or casts "spells". Instead, the cultists and the antiquities staff enact various "formulas".
17th Sep '16 8:58:18 AM lavendermintrose
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* The Clans in ''Anime/{{K}}'' never refer to their powers as magic. The Slate is an "energy source". Their powers aren't from any standard, they don't all operate the same way, and they're quite easy to lose control of, but "magic" is never used. It's possible that they're trying to avoid the dreamy, inspiring connotations of "magic", since their powers are something frightening, with intense [[SuperpowerMeltdown potential for disaster]]. The Green Clan's more versatile powers (incl. walking through walls) are frequently called a "manipulation ability", a particularly standout example of this.
15th Sep '16 7:17:42 PM psionycx
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', humans are absolutely militant about this. No matter how scientifically-inexplicable something is, or if that something can outright change the laws of physics at will, it is ''still'' not "magic". Referring to it as such will provoke an immediate negative response and denial. {{Technobabble}}, even if it is completely unsupported by evidence, will invariably be accepted as an explanation before "magic" will.

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', humans are absolutely militant about this. No matter how scientifically-inexplicable something is, or if that something can outright change the laws of physics at will, it is ''still'' not "magic". Referring to it as such will provoke an immediate negative response and denial. {{Technobabble}}, even if it is completely unsupported by evidence, will invariably be accepted as an explanation before "magic" will. Things which would be considered "supernatural" in real life such as PsychicPowers or RealityWarper[=s=] are still regarded as scientific in nature, even though Federation science cannot explain them. Which is why talking about the limitless power of "thought" is acceptable, but using the m-word will get you an earful of [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Atheism]].
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