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6th Jun '17 11:36:00 AM UglyPanda
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* A unique version was used in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' when XR's BlackSheep brother XL attacked him and stole a component from him called an AFD, which was believed to be the most important part of XR. Naturally, XR felt that without it, he was useless. In the end, however, it was revealed that the AFD was merely an Air Freshening Device and that what XR had in him that made him great was not in a robotic sense.

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* A unique version was used in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' when XR's BlackSheep brother XL attacked him and stole a component from him called an AFD, which was believed to be the most important part of XR.only difference between them he could find in their schematics. Naturally, XR felt that without it, he was useless. In the end, however, it was revealed that the AFD was merely an Air Freshening Device and that what XR had in him that made him great was not in a robotic sense.
4th Jun '17 4:31:09 AM hyphz
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* Played with in ''Mahou Gyoushonin Roma''; a boy buys a ticket from Roma that, if given to a girl, will make her fall in love with him. After passing it to her, Roma reveals he didn't need it because she was in love with him anyway. But how did Roma - who is just a trader - know that? Because that same girl also bought a ticket and gave it to him in the past, and ''that's why he was in love with her''! Also, the tickets absolutely do work, so the two are now unnecessarily magically bound to each other for life.
27th May '17 5:43:47 PM Chaosenvoy
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* In ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'', Lammy is clumsy and hopeless until she gets her guitar, at which point she's confident, brilliant and unstoppable. Fortunately for her, in the first stage of the game she ends up DreamingTheTruth about how her guitar is in her mind (like how Chop Chop Master Onion's destroyed casino still exists in his mind), giving her full control over her magic feather abilities so long as she [[TriggerPhrase hears the word "casino"]].

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* In ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'', Lammy is clumsy and hopeless until she gets her guitar, at which point she's confident, brilliant and unstoppable. Fortunately for her, in the first stage of the game she ends up DreamingTheTruth about how her guitar is in her mind (like how Chop Chop Master Onion's destroyed casino still exists in his mind), giving her full control over her magic feather abilities so long as she [[TriggerPhrase hears the word "casino"]]. Later on even this trigger word is no longer needed as she gains more confidence.
25th May '17 2:21:43 PM WillBGood
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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Gil isn't convinced that his super-awesome perpetually-inflammed hat gives him any divine authority whatsoever; it's literally a dunce cap on fire. The rest of the crowd treat it like he's wearing a giant king's crown on fire. Except one guy, who gets filed for promotion by Gil for having common sense. Basically, the hat makes him think less of himself (why is everyone willing to bow down and worship a [[spoiler:prince]] who wears a jester's crown -- OH WAIT.), but almost all the non-regular cast are awed by it.

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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Gil isn't convinced that his super-awesome perpetually-inflammed perpetually-flaming hat (made for him by the Jagermonsters, who are ''[[SeriousBusiness very]]'' invested in {{Nice Hat}}s) gives him any divine authority whatsoever; it's literally a dunce cap on fire. whatsoever. The rest of the crowd treat it like he's wearing a giant king's crown on fire.fire (which it sort of is). Except one guy, who gets filed for promotion by Gil for having common sense. Basically, the hat makes him think less of himself (why is everyone willing to bow down and worship a [[spoiler:prince]] who wears a jester's crown -- OH WAIT.), but almost all the non-regular cast are awed by it.
25th May '17 2:07:30 PM WillBGood
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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 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 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).

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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 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 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).{{Clingy Jealous Girl}}friend).
6th May '17 4:48:30 AM ReikoKazama
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[[caption-width-right:350:Satan, you [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastard]]!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Satan, you [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastard]]!]]
MagnificentBastard!]]



* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[spoiler: Meidou Zangetsuha]]. Able to [[MasterSwordsman master]] any sword with a single swing or even without touching the blade, Sesshoumaru is finally stumped by [[spoiler: [[HealingShiv Tenseiga]]'s [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Meidou Zangetsuha]] which requires a [[ThePowerOfLove compassionate heart]] to [[PowerAtAPrice master]] instead of skill.]] Upon mastering it, he learns he's actually [[spoiler: [[MagicFeather not allowed to keep it which sets up the revelation]] that he's [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong possessed a sword of his very own all along,]] sleeping within his very soul waiting for the day when he was strong enough and compassionate enough to [[TakeALevelInBadass manifest]] it,]] a revelation that helps [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] why he had such skill with a blade to begin with.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[spoiler: Meidou Zangetsuha]]. Able to [[MasterSwordsman master]] any sword with a single swing or even without touching the blade, Sesshoumaru is finally stumped by [[spoiler: [[HealingShiv Tenseiga]]'s [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Meidou Zangetsuha]] which requires a [[ThePowerOfLove compassionate heart]] to [[PowerAtAPrice master]] instead of skill.]] Upon mastering it, he learns he's actually [[spoiler: [[MagicFeather not [[spoiler:not allowed to keep it which sets up the revelation]] revelation that he's [[ItWasWithYouAllAlong possessed a sword of his very own all along,]] sleeping within his very soul waiting for the day when he was strong enough and compassionate enough to [[TakeALevelInBadass manifest]] it,]] a revelation that helps [[FridgeBrilliance explain]] why he had such skill with a blade to begin with.



* DependingOnTheWriter Johnny and Jesse Quick. They recite a formula that describes a 4 dimensional construct while trying to picture said construct in order to trigger their super speed. Turns out its just a crutch to access the Speed Force.

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* DependingOnTheWriter Johnny and Jesse Quick. They recite a formula that describes a 4 dimensional construct while trying to picture said construct in order to trigger their super speed. Turns out its it's just a crutch to access the Speed Force.



* A dark variant in ''FanFic/NoAntidote'', Bulbasaur doesn't realize its too late that his trainer has been [[spoiler: brain-dead]] and their successes were due to him and the other pokemon alone. [[DespairEventHorizon Bulbasaur doesn't take it well.]]

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* A dark variant in ''FanFic/NoAntidote'', Bulbasaur doesn't realize its until it's too late that his trainer has been [[spoiler: brain-dead]] and their successes were due to him and the other pokemon Pokemon alone. [[DespairEventHorizon Bulbasaur doesn't take it well.]]



* happens in the film ''Uchenik Lekarya''(The Doctor's Apprentice) and the Bulgarian fairytale it was based on.The hero pretends to be deaf and mute in order to get hired as a servant by a doctor who refuses to take on pupils.(he wants to become a doctor to heal the mother of the girl he loves).He is forced to speak when his master is about to make a medical mistake that could kill the King's bride [[spoiler: (who happens to be the hero's beloved)]]. The furious doctor demands that the King executes his servant. The hero offers a duel instead: The doctor may give him any poison he wants.If he survives,he can give the doctor a poison of his own. Having somehow survived ,the hero comes to the palace the next day and pours a cup of something for the doctor, who drinks it and promptly dies.[[spoiler: The cup contained pure water, since the young man didn't want his teacher to die.The doctor died because he thought it was a poison he couldn't identify and because he couldn't bear the thought of someone besting him. The poison(his own hatred and jealosy)was inside him all along.]]

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* happens Happens in the film ''Uchenik Lekarya''(The Lekarya'' (The Doctor's Apprentice) and the Bulgarian fairytale it was based on.on. The hero pretends to be deaf and mute in order to get hired as a servant by a doctor who refuses to take on pupils.pupils (he wants to become a doctor to heal the mother of the girl he loves).loves). He is forced to speak when his master is about to make a medical mistake that could kill the King's bride [[spoiler: (who happens to be the hero's beloved)]]. The furious doctor demands that the King executes execute his servant. The hero offers a duel instead: The the doctor may give him any poison he wants.wants. If he survives,he survives, he can give the doctor a poison of his own. Having somehow survived ,the survived, the hero comes to the palace the next day and pours a cup of something for the doctor, who drinks it and promptly dies.dies. [[spoiler: The cup contained pure water, since the young man didn't want his teacher to die.die. The doctor died because he thought it was a poison he couldn't identify and because he couldn't bear the thought of someone besting him. The poison(his poison (his own hatred and jealosy)was jealousy) was inside him all along.]]



* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''The Blob That Ate Everything'', Zackie thought that his reality altering powers came from a magical typewriter, only to find when he couldn't get the typewriter to work was actually within himself.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''The Blob That Ate Everything'', Zackie thought that his reality altering powers came from a magical typewriter, only to find when he couldn't get the typewriter to work was they were actually within himself.



* The Lenses used by the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' are usually your average AppliedPhlebotinum, but for the more advanced characters (Kimball Kinnison and his children, among others) they become little more than a MagicFeather.

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* The Lenses used by the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' are usually your average AppliedPhlebotinum, but for the more advanced characters (Kimball Kinnison and his children, among others) they become little more than a MagicFeather.Magic Feather.



-->"I cannot escape the thought that the power manifested in both Claws is drawn from myself.. I reject and fear (this thought) because I desire so fervently that it be true; and I feel that if there were the least echo of truth in it, I would detect it within myself. ''I do not.''"

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-->"I cannot escape the thought that the power manifested in both Claws is drawn from myself.. myself... I reject and fear (this thought) [this thought] because I desire so fervently that it be true; and I feel that if there were the least echo of truth in it, I would detect it within myself. ''I do not.''"



* In "Bravehat" from ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh The Book of Pooh]]'', the titular NiceHat is one of these. When Piglet ends up discovering and wearing a stylish black hat, he ends up scaring off some bees that are bothering Pooh while flailing about because hat is covering his eyes. Pooh declares to be a "bravehat" and afterwards, Piglet commit some brave acts while wearing it, including sleeping without his nightlight. In the end, he goes into the Scary Woods to rescue Eeyore, only for the hat to snag on a branch just as he's entering without him noticing. When he returns with Eeyore, he at first faints about discovering he left the hat behind, but then everyone realizes it was really Piglet who was brave.

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* In "Bravehat" from ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh The Book of Pooh]]'', the titular NiceHat is one of these. When Piglet ends up discovering and wearing a stylish black hat, he ends up scaring off some bees that are bothering Pooh while flailing about because hat is covering his eyes. Pooh declares to be a "bravehat" and afterwards, Piglet commit commits some brave acts while wearing it, including sleeping without his nightlight. In the end, he goes into the Scary Woods to rescue Eeyore, only for the hat to snag on a branch just as he's entering without him noticing. When he returns with Eeyore, he at first faints about discovering he left the hat behind, but then everyone realizes it was really Piglet who was brave.
1st May '17 5:59:33 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', each expedition member is given a black box with the instruction to immediately evacuate should the light bulb on it turn red. The biologist later learns that it doesn't actually measure anything; it's just intended to make them feel safer.
30th Apr '17 3:22:22 PM DarthNANAME
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''. In one page, Liquid explains to Berthold that Psycho Mantis needs his mask in order to control his PowerIncontinence (if he wears the mask, he can read minds voluntarily. If the mask is removed, then the thoughts of every human within ten miles force their way into his head). Liquid comments that he doesn't know if the mask itself is magic, or if it's just a placebo that Mantis is dependent on to control his powers.
29th Apr '17 8:47:13 PM ultimomant
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* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', when the mind-controlling villain Alluro acquires an amulet in a box that is supposed to ramp up powers. He then proceeds to easily mesmerize all the heroes except for Snarf, who manages to get the box away from him, and then defeat him, even using the powers of the [[EmpathicWeapon Sword of Omens]], which had previously only activated for its proper wielder. At the end, naturally, Snarf realizes he never bothered to open the box to see what the amulet looked like, and when does ''does'' open it, it's revealed that the amulet inside has been broken for some time. Probably a good thing nobody told the bad guy.

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* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'', when the mind-controlling villain Alluro acquires an amulet in a box that is supposed to ramp up powers. He then proceeds to easily mesmerize all the heroes except for Snarf, who manages to get the box away from him, and then defeat him, even using the powers of the [[EmpathicWeapon Sword of Omens]], which had previously only activated for its proper wielder. At the end, naturally, Snarf realizes he never bothered to open the box to see what the amulet looked like, and when he does ''does'' open it, it's revealed that the amulet inside has been broken for some time. Probably a good thing nobody told the bad guy.



* Used several times in episodes of the children's animation ''DragonTales''.

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* Used several times in episodes of the children's animation ''DragonTales''.''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''.



* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': [[LovableCoward Sorrowful]] the Dragon (in the episode ''The Laughing Dragon'') is given a necklace of roses that She-ra tells him will give him courage. He then proceeds to open a can of whoopass on the Horde. When he finds out that the flowers weren't really magical, he faints.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': [[LovableCoward Sorrowful]] the Dragon (in the episode ''The Laughing Dragon'') is given a necklace of roses that She-ra She-Ra tells him will give him courage. He then proceeds to open a can of whoopass on the Horde. When he finds out that the flowers weren't really magical, he faints.
29th Apr '17 10:29:50 AM jamespolk
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* In the Creator/HaroldLloyd film, ''Grandma's Boy'' (No, not [[GrandmasBoy that one.]]) his grandmother gives him an artifact of great power (complete with a flashback of his grandfather using it to become a OneManArmy during the Civil War). Using the artifact, he single handedly captures the big scary guy who had been terrorizing the town. Then his grandmother reveals that it was actually the handle off her umbrella.

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* In the Creator/HaroldLloyd film, ''Grandma's Boy'' ''Film/GrandmasBoy1922'' (No, not [[GrandmasBoy [[Film/GrandmasBoy2006 that one.]]) his grandmother gives him an artifact of great power (complete with a flashback of his grandfather using it to become a OneManArmy during the Civil War). Using the artifact, he single handedly captures the big scary guy who had been terrorizing the town. Then his grandmother reveals that it was actually the handle off her umbrella.
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