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2nd Jun '16 2:33:20 PM margdean56
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** Also subverted in ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', the novel that made Turtledove famous. Time travelers go back to change UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar in the Confederacy's favor by arming them with [=AK-47s=]. The guns are never treated as magic, simply as weapons of amazing quality whose appearance makes no sense (as a Confederate gunsmith points out, the guns simply appear out of nowhere, without any precursor models, which would still be vastly superior to anything currently available). Within a couple of years, the Confederates are producing their own copies (and the last chapter says that the United States has developed similar weapons). The same thing is true of the [=MREs=] and instant coffee the time travelers had. Dessicated foods are nothing new, just the idea of preparing coffee and whole meals that way.

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** Also subverted in ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', the novel that made Turtledove famous. Time travelers go back to change UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar in the Confederacy's favor by arming them with [=AK-47s=]. The guns are never treated as magic, simply as weapons of amazing quality whose appearance makes no sense (as a Confederate gunsmith points out, the guns simply appear out of nowhere, without any precursor models, which would still be vastly superior to anything currently available). Within a couple of years, the Confederates are producing their own copies (and the last chapter says that the United States has developed similar weapons). The same thing is true of the [=MREs=] and instant coffee the time travelers had. Dessicated Desiccated foods are nothing new, just the idea of preparing coffee and whole meals that way.
29th Apr '16 12:49:24 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh!'' and all its sequels use this in every "Shadow Duel" (Yami no game) where the monsters/cards are not merely holograms anymore but are in fact real and fully able to cause damage to the opponent. Even after countless previous encounters with taking real damage from these games, TheProtagonist always ends up surprised in their subsequent duels.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh!'' and all its sequels use this in every "Shadow Duel" (Yami no game) where the monsters/cards are not merely holograms anymore but are in fact real and fully able to cause damage to the opponent. Even after countless previous encounters In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'', Kaiba's VR tech when combined with taking real damage from these games, TheProtagonist always ends up surprised in their subsequent duels.his own brainwaves is so advanced that it can transcend dimensions, including breaking into the afterlife.
14th Feb '16 3:44:07 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': The Inchoroi are a race of intergalactic spacefarers who landed in a fantasy world of magic. They use "Tekne" to travel the stars, create OrganicTechnology and even modify themselves so that they can use the natives' sorcery.
25th Jan '16 10:55:09 PM JMQwilleran
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* Though ''FinalFantasyVI'' is the trope namer for {{Magitek}}, Magitek in the game actually allows characters to use magic similarly to the AMP technology in ''Final Fantasy XIII''. For example, wearing Magitek Armor grants the wearer access to a variety of useful spells, such as elemental beams and curative magic.
18th Jan '16 9:35:07 AM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has Kryptonian [[PowerCrystal crystal]] technology that can create [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], [[SoulJar hold spirits]], [[DemonicPossession possess bodies]], [[PowersAsPrograms bestow superpowers]] on mere mortals, and can [[{{Magitek}} enhance real magic]]. Not to mention all the usual applications of an [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien uber-advanced race]], like TimeTravel and [[TransportersAndTeleporters teleportation]].

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has Kryptonian [[PowerCrystal crystal]] technology that can create [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], [[SoulJar hold spirits]], [[DemonicPossession possess bodies]], [[PowersAsPrograms bestow superpowers]] on mere mortals, and can [[{{Magitek}} enhance real magic]]. Not to mention all the usual applications of an [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien uber-advanced race]], like TimeTravel and [[TransportersAndTeleporters [[{{Teleportation}} teleportation]].
30th Dec '15 12:19:16 AM Anddrix
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* Not quite as deeply involved, but SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor said the page quote in ''Film/SupermanReturns'', referring to kryptonian crystals, although their abilities are in a more realistic range.

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* Not quite as deeply involved, but SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor said the page quote in ''Film/SupermanReturns'', referring to kryptonian crystals, although their abilities are in a more realistic range.
19th Dec '15 8:25:11 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''TheShipWho Won'', a RolePlayingGame-obsessed space ship crew find a planet where magic seems to actually work. Then they discover there's a powerful weather control system built into the planet that can be operated through gestures and "magic words", which the inhabitants have just about broken through their overuse of it as a weapon and source of cheap magic tricks.

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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''TheShipWho ''Literature/TheShipWho Won'', a RolePlayingGame-obsessed space ship crew find a planet where magic seems to actually work. Then they discover there's a powerful weather control system built into the planet that can be operated through gestures and "magic words", which the inhabitants have just about broken through their overuse of it as a weapon and source of cheap magic tricks.
4th Dec '15 12:32:13 PM Nohbody
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* ''Franchise/BioShock'''s plasmid abilities are rife with this trope. Examples include the ability to shoot FireIceLightning, or [[BeeBeeGun killer bees]] from your hands.

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* ''Franchise/BioShock'''s ''VideoGame/BioShock'''s plasmid abilities are rife with this trope. Examples include the ability to shoot FireIceLightning, or [[BeeBeeGun killer bees]] from your hands.
20th Nov '15 11:19:00 PM Jeff-R
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** Magic fire. It can be lit and extinguished at will, and able to burn brighter than any ordinary fire (light bulbs). Even old technology can seem like magic to those who came before.

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** Magic fire. It can be lit and extinguished at will, and able to burn brighter than any ordinary fire (light bulbs). bulbs and cigarette lighters). Even old technology can seem like magic to those who came before.before.
** Crystal ball. (computer simulations that predict the outcomes of certain events)
** [[http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/11/13/invisibility-cloak-now-reality-scientists-say.html Invisibility Cloak]]. hiding an object from view is apparently very possible using materials that bend light.
** [[http://jqi.umd.edu/news/first-teleportation-between-distant-atoms teleportation]]. Scientists have transfered information from one atom to another. Not all that impressive on the surface but it paves the way for future advances.
14th Nov '15 11:41:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Manga/{{Mai-HiME}}'' contains this, while ''Manga/MaiOtome'' takes it one step further: the titular Otomes are basically {{Magical Girl}}s who gain their powers from {{nanomachines}}.

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* ''Manga/{{Mai-HiME}}'' ''Manga/MaiHime'' contains this, while ''Manga/MaiOtome'' takes it one step further: the titular Otomes are basically {{Magical Girl}}s who gain their powers from {{nanomachines}}.
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