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24th Apr '16 3:14:24 PM eroock
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* Causing YourHeadASplode in [[http://www.loadingartist.com/comic/magic-trick/ this]] strip from ''Webcomic/LoadingArtist''.
21st Apr '16 8:39:01 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', one of the random encounter is an IneptMage trying to cast a spell for flying. He was successful, except he didn't think of a way to get back down safely, so he just fall from the sky to his death.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', one ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': At lower skill levels, it is possible to fail when casting spells. The result is the magical "whoosh" of the random encounter is an IneptMage trying spell being cast, but no effect taking place. A pop-up message will then appear alerting you that you've failed to cast a spell for flying. He was successful, except he didn't think of a way to get back down safely, so he just fall from the sky to his death.spell.
1st Apr '16 2:28:29 PM eroock
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9th Mar '16 2:13:26 PM Hossmeister
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* This happens all the time to [[IneptMage Questor Thews]] in Series/TerryBrooks' [[MagicKingdomOfLandover Landover]] books.

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* This happens all the time to [[IneptMage Questor Thews]] in Series/TerryBrooks' Creator/TerryBrooks' [[MagicKingdomOfLandover Landover]] books.
9th Mar '16 2:08:03 PM Hossmeister
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* This happens all the time to [[IneptMage Questor Thews]] in TerryBrooks' [[MagicKingdomOfLandover Landover]] books.

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* This happens all the time to [[IneptMage Questor Thews]] in TerryBrooks' Series/TerryBrooks' [[MagicKingdomOfLandover Landover]] books.
25th Feb '16 9:36:40 PM NoxSky12599
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Ron Weasley has neither the raw determination of Harry or the bookish scholarliness of Hermione, and so can seem to lag behind the other two in magical power or skill, but nothing was worse for him than when his wand was broken. Offensive spells tended to rebound on the caster--i.e. him. This, however, turned out to be a good thing when Gilderoy Lockhart stole Ron's wand and tried to erase Harry and Ron's memories with it. (You can guess what happened.)

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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Ron Weasley has neither the raw determination of Harry or the bookish scholarliness of Hermione, and so can seem to lag behind the other two in magical power or skill, but nothing was worse for him than when his wand was broken. Offensive spells tended to rebound on the caster--i.e. him. This, however, turned out to be a good thing when Gilderoy Lockhart stole Ron's wand and tried to erase Harry and Ron's memories with it. (You can guess what happened.))
** This is also apparently a very serious risk when experimenting with creating new spells. Luna Lovegood's mother was killed in an explosion caused by a spell she was researching.
22nd Jan '16 2:39:16 PM intastiel
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* Invoked in ''Literature/TheOrderOfTheStick'' when a character with absolutely no magical training [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1020.html activates]] a harmless scroll so ineptly it explodes, [[spoiler:quite deliberately, because he needed a weapon]].
20th Nov '15 11:59:26 AM MiinU
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* Same goes for Yuuma from ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''.

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* Same goes for Yuuma from ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''.*''Manga/GirlsBravo'': Lisa is a self-taught mage, having used a tome she found in a hidden laboratory to study dark magic. So the lack of proper instruction, plus the fact that [[CuteAndPsycho she's crazy]], means she has a tendency to botch her spells every now and then. But her magic is impressive when she manages to get it right.



* Mana on ''Anime/YuGiOh'' -- [[BlackMagicianGirl she got better]].
* Chacha in ''Anime/AkazukinChacha''.
17th Nov '15 1:16:13 PM wootzits
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* ''Anime§CardCaptorSakura'': This is how Kinomoto Sakura's adventure starts off. Without even knowing that she could, she activates the Windy card by trying to pronounce its name and the resulting wind causes the rest of the Clow cards to scatter, leaving her with only Windy.

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* ''Anime§CardCaptorSakura'': ''Anime/CardCaptorSakura'': This is how Kinomoto Sakura's adventure starts off. Without even knowing that she could, she activates the Windy card by trying to pronounce its name and the resulting wind causes the rest of the Clow cards to scatter, leaving her with only Windy.Windy.
* Spells going wrong and being played for comedy occur so often in ''{{Franchise/Jewelpet}}'' that it'd need its own page. In the first season, almost every spell that protagonist Ruby tries to cast ends in an explosion that sends everyone flying, for example.
16th Nov '15 2:56:45 PM Raincoat
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* ''{{TabletopGame/GURPS}}'' uses a similar system to Warhammer. The effects range from nothing happening all the way up to a malevolent entity of near absolute power being called into existence with the sole intention of making your life difficult. Alternate critical tables offer anything from [[CosmicPlaything funny]] to [[EldritchAbomination summoning things that are even worse]].

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* ''{{TabletopGame/GURPS}}'' uses a similar system to Warhammer. The effects range from nothing happening "nothing," "illusory effect," "wrong target," "opposite of intended effect" all the way up to a "summon malevolent entity of near absolute power being called into existence with the sole intention of making your life difficult. demon". Alternate critical tables offer anything from [[CosmicPlaything funny]] to [[EldritchAbomination summoning things that are even worse]].worse]].
** The chance of critically failing a cast is affected by the mage's skill with that spell. Some very powerful spells (eg, Great Wish) can only be learned up to level 15, which means there's ''always'' a good chance of backfire. And that's in addition to the enormous energy cost, of course
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