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14th Mar '17 1:41:23 PM secretfan14
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' subverts this to the extreme in the episode ''Last Tap Dance in Springfield''. In it, Lisa is part of a Shirley Temple {{Expy}}'s tapdancing class, but is [[DoJikko extremely clumsy]]. Professor Frink offers to help out by putting the motors from a sound-activated dancing toy in her shoes. At the recital, she does dance well, but the tremendous applause causes her to do things like WallRun and even outdance her teacher. After the recital:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' subverts this to the extreme in the episode ''Last Tap Dance in Springfield''. In it, Lisa is part of a Shirley Temple {{Expy}}'s tapdancing class, but is [[DoJikko [[TheKlutz extremely clumsy]]. Professor Frink offers to help out by putting the motors from a sound-activated dancing toy in her shoes. At the recital, she does dance well, but the tremendous applause causes her to do things like WallRun and even outdance her teacher. After the recital:
7th Mar '17 8:44:55 AM DoubleU
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* The TropeNamer is ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' and, of course, its magic crow feather which was claimed that it could make Dumbo fly. Naturally, during the climax, Dumbo discovers that he was able to fly even without the feather.

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* The TropeNamer is ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', and, of course, its magic crow feather which was claimed that it could make Dumbo fly. Naturally, during the climax, Dumbo discovers that he was able to fly even without the feather.
5th Mar '17 9:21:51 AM nombretomado
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* The Molecule Man in MarvelComics fits the super-power version; he was originally said to be able to control molecules with a wand, but was later said to have the power innately. Which fits his character, as Molecule Man's one weakness is he is a high school drop out with the power to rearrange atoms on the sub-atomic level. He has absolutely no clue as to how his powers work, because he doesn't know any of the science behind it. He also has major self-confidence issues and a variety of neuroses. He used to see a therapist. And this is [[RealityWarper one of the most powerful humans in the universe]], folks...

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* The Molecule Man in MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics fits the super-power version; he was originally said to be able to control molecules with a wand, but was later said to have the power innately. Which fits his character, as Molecule Man's one weakness is he is a high school drop out with the power to rearrange atoms on the sub-atomic level. He has absolutely no clue as to how his powers work, because he doesn't know any of the science behind it. He also has major self-confidence issues and a variety of neuroses. He used to see a therapist. And this is [[RealityWarper one of the most powerful humans in the universe]], folks...
2nd Feb '17 10:29:17 AM FF32
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* Raj from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' CannotTalkToWomen unless he's been drinking. It's eventually revealed that this isn't due to inebriation but for this trope, as he was able to flirt pretty well with Creator/SummerGlau until he learned he was drinking ''non-alcoholic'' beer.
10th Jan '17 5:22:00 PM TheBigBopper
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Supertrope to PlacebotinumEffect, and of course this ''is'' the PlaceboEffect. It's also a neat way to subvert the AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome. May or may not be a character's CharmPoint. Somewhat of a DeadHorseTrope in newer works (a common subversion is that the character throws away her 'feather,' only to discover that she needed it all along).

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Supertrope to PlacebotinumEffect, and of course this ''is'' the PlaceboEffect. It's also a neat way to subvert the AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome. May or may not be a character's CharmPoint. Somewhat of a DeadHorseTrope in newer works (a common subversion is that the character throws away her 'feather,' only to discover that she needed it all along).
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17th Dec '16 6:09:48 PM cartoonfan945
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* ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' did this in "Lucky Charm", where Emily Elizabeth had a lucky stone to help her skate, but losing her confidence after losing it and feels like she can't accomplish anything. Her friends, Charley and Vaz decided to help her by making another lucky stone and pretend that they "found it". They revealed to Emily that it wasn't her real stone, but tell her that she doesn't need a luck charm.


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* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas and Friends]]'' did this with [[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS17E14PercysLuckyDay Percy's Lucky Day]], where Stephen gives Percy his lucky horse. The twist is that Percy accidentally left the shoe at the castle, and Stephen told him that he did all the things after he left without any help from the horseshoe.
16th Dec '16 5:12:15 AM Silverblade2
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* Unsurprisingly for the series, ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has an example in "Samurai".

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* %%* Unsurprisingly for the series, ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has an example in "Samurai".
14th Dec '16 8:08:08 PM Chabal2
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* Played straight in the novel ''Literature/{{Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince}}'', wherein Harry tricks Ron Weasley into thinking that he (Harry) has just poured some "Felix Felicis" luck potion into Ron's drink to improve his Quidditch game (which had been suffering due to an extreme case of nerves). Hermione saw Harry do it, and warned Ron not to drink it, as it would be cheating to use a potion in a Quiddich game. Ron drinks it anyway, and his game improves hugely. Then, when Hermione confronts Harry again afterward (once Griffindor has won with over 200 points), Harry shows both of them that he hadn't poured a drop--in fact, the bottle was still sealed. Ron mocks Hermione, who tries to compliment Ron/backpedal, but fails.

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* Played straight in the novel ''Literature/{{Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince}}'', wherein Harry tricks Ron Weasley into thinking that he (Harry) has just poured some "Felix Felicis" luck potion into Ron's drink to improve his Quidditch game (which had been suffering due to an extreme case of nerves). Hermione saw Harry do it, and warned Ron not to drink it, as it would be cheating to use a potion in a Quiddich game. Ron drinks it anyway, and his game improves hugely. Then, when Hermione confronts Harry again afterward (once Griffindor Gryffindor has won with over 200 points), Harry shows both of them that he hadn't poured a drop--in fact, the bottle was still sealed. Ron mocks Hermione, Hermione for saying it was the reason he played well, who tries to compliment Ron/backpedal, but fails. This leaves them even more pissed off with each other than before, to Harry's chagrin (he was counting on Ron's victory snapping him out of his touchy mood and [[ObliviousToLove friends with Hermione again]], instead it gets him Lavender as a ClingyJealousGirl|friend).
9th Dec '16 5:18:56 PM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', when Luffy, [[SuperDrowningSkills a Devil Fruit user]], [[ItMakesSenseInContext has to win a surfing competition against an octopus]], Boss gives him what he describes as Dugong Surfing Elixir that would enable Luffy to surf with the best of them. In actual fact, it was Boss's fermented seaweed juice. ''[[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum It still works.]]''
3rd Dec '16 9:17:33 PM Kid
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* In the ''[[Literature/TheBerenstainBears Berenstain Bears]] book "The Bad Dream", Sister goes to see a movie called "The Magic Toeshoes". It's about a girl who has trouble with ballet dancing, and is given "magic" ballet slippers by her ballet teacher, which improve her dancing. On the night of the big ballet, she accidentally leaves her slippers on the bus. Her teacher tells her that the slippers were just ordinary shoes, and that the skill was in her all along, so she performs the ballet successfully without the "magic" slippers.

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* In the ''[[Literature/TheBerenstainBears Berenstain Bears]] Bears]]'' book "The Bad Dream", Sister goes to see a movie called "The Magic Toeshoes". It's about a girl who has trouble with ballet dancing, and is given "magic" ballet slippers by her ballet teacher, which improve her dancing. On the night of the big ballet, she accidentally leaves her slippers on the bus. Her teacher tells her that the slippers were just ordinary shoes, and that the skill was in her all along, so she performs the ballet successfully without the "magic" slippers.
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