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14th May '18 12:07:41 PM Jake
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* In Jack Campbell's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'', Desjani (and a increasing number of [[HeroWorship fanatics]]) believe that Geary is [[TheChosenOne blessed]] by the spirits of their ancestors. On the one hand, Geary never shows any knowledge or insight beyond his impressive tactical skills; on the other, [[ForWantOfANail if not]] for a lot of small events [[note]]the fleet noticing his cryo-pod drift through space, the fleet being in that exact location to begin with, Geary being alone in his pod (allowing it to sustain him longer than usual), the fleet picking him up a few months before said pod was set to expire...[[/note]] happening in ''just'' the right way, Geary would have perished in cryostasis- and, with him, the titular lost fleet ''and'' the entire Alliance government.

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* In Jack Campbell's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'', Desjani (and a increasing number of [[HeroWorship fanatics]]) believe that Geary is [[TheChosenOne blessed]] by the spirits of their ancestors. On the one hand, Geary never shows any knowledge or insight beyond his impressive tactical skills; on the other, [[ForWantOfANail if not]] for a lot of small events [[note]]the fleet noticing his cryo-pod drift through space, the fleet being in that exact location to begin with, Geary being alone in his pod (allowing it to sustain him longer than usual), the fleet picking him up a few months before said pod was set to expire...[[/note]] even the ambiguity in the regulations that lets him actually take command![[/note]] happening in ''just'' the right way, Geary would have perished in cryostasis- and, with him, the titular lost fleet ''and'' the entire Alliance government.


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** On another occasion, Geary [[OutOfCharacterMoment uncharacteristically lingers indecisively]], taking several days longer than he normally would to decide on the fleet's next destination. Rather than putting the fleet at risk, this ends up causing them to escape a trap that they otherwise would have walked right into and been annihilated by. This is the point where even Geary, [[StopWorshippingMe who is both exasperated and creeped out by the outright messianic level of hero worship he's receiving from some quarters,]] is starting to think something supernatural might be going on.
23rd Apr '18 10:19:21 AM Daelf
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* ''Film/IRobot'': Sentient robot Sonny has a constantly recurring "dream" of sorts, in which he sees a man on a hill in front of a crowd of robots, there to free them from slavery. Since robots can't have dreams, Spooner infers that Dr. Lanning programmed a video in Sonny as a clue prior to his murder. This assumption is seemingly proven correct, but than [[spoiler:during the epilogue, Spooner directs Sonny to the hill in his "dream"; when Sonny gets there, he finds himself looking down on the exiled NS-5 robots, in exactly the same way as the man in his dream]]. A coincidence? Or [[DreamingOfThingsToCome something more]]?

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* ''Film/IRobot'': Sentient robot Sonny has a constantly recurring "dream" of sorts, in which he sees a man on a hill in front of a crowd of robots, there to free them from slavery. Since robots can't have dreams, Spooner infers that Dr. Lanning programmed a video in Sonny as a clue prior to his murder. This assumption is seemingly proven correct, but than then [[spoiler:during the epilogue, Spooner directs Sonny to the hill in his "dream"; when Sonny gets there, he finds himself looking down on the exiled NS-5 robots, in exactly the same way as the man in his dream]]. A coincidence? Or [[DreamingOfThingsToCome something more]]?
21st Apr '18 9:58:04 AM LarryMullen
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* In ''Fanfic/ANightInTheSculptureGarden'', Molly Hooper finds her encounter with Irene Adler so bizarre that she's not sure whether it was real or she imagined the whole thing.
30th Mar '18 3:48:46 AM foxley
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* In ''Film/CurseOfTheCrimsonAltar'', just before [[spoiler:Morley]] perishes falling through the roof of the burning Craxted Lodge, and image of Lavinia Morley appears laughing above him. It vanishes as he falls, leaving the three characters who saw it wondering if it was real.
27th Mar '18 7:30:32 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/EdgeOfDarkness'': Are Craven's regular conversations with the ghost of his murdered daughter real, hallucinations, or conscious daydreams? And is [[spoiler:the Earth itself preparing to intentionally wipe out humanity]]?
24th Mar '18 10:44:35 PM Andooks
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* ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Two examples in Zachry's story, the only one to feature any fantastical/supernatural elements:
** When Zachry meets the demonic Old Georgie, is it a supernatural encounter, or a common-or-garden hallucination? The film never explains or comments on it either way.
** The Abbess has a trance and makes three statements, all of which come to pass. Were they actual prophecy, or merely open-ended enough that Zachry would eventually be able to apply them to ''something'', given enough time?
18th Mar '18 7:07:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ThanosRising'': It's made deliberately vague whether Thanos is insane or not and whether his visions of Death are real. No one except him can see her so others just see him talking to empty air or corpses. According to his father's scanners, there's nothing to prove that someone is really talking to him. However, Death is a CosmicEntity with powers far beyond any mortal, so that wouldn't really be a surprise. [[spoiler:At the end, Thanos ignores her.]]
7th Mar '18 4:53:12 AM jormis29
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* ''The Good Witch'', a series of made-for-TV movies on The Hallmark Channel, centers around an attractive woman (Catherine Bell) who relocates to a small town, moves into an abandoned house reputed to be haunted, and opens up a shop full of new-age/occult items, prompting the locals to suspect that she may be a witch. She never does anything overtly supernatural, but it's never confirmed that she isn't a witch either...

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* ''The Good Witch'', a series of made-for-TV movies on The Hallmark Channel, centers around an attractive woman (Catherine Bell) (Creator/CatherineBell) who relocates to a small town, moves into an abandoned house reputed to be haunted, and opens up a shop full of new-age/occult items, prompting the locals to suspect that she may be a witch. She never does anything overtly supernatural, but it's never confirmed that she isn't a witch either...
1st Mar '18 6:56:31 PM number9robotic
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** [[ReligiousRobot Zenyatta]] travels by [[LevitatingLotusPosition levitating in the lotus position]] and sends out energy-based orbs of destruction, harmony (which slowly heals allies through [[RousingSpeech bolstering resolve and peace]]), and discord (which debuffs enemies by bringing out their darkest fears), and is capable of [[GoldenSuperMode reaching a state of]] [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers tranquil transcendence]] that rapidly heals surrounding allies. A few things are plausible through technology (ArtificialGravity is shown to exist in Overwatch's world), but others are completely out of left field.
28th Feb '18 6:55:32 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Magic users in the comic fall into two categories: "dreaming", where they have limited spells and won't naturally get new ones,
and "Awakened", where they PersonalityPowers spells as long as they keep using magic ({{Muggles}} being "sleeping"). Gregg's "Anime Style Martial Arts" blurs the line a bit though. He could be dreaming and using his unique martial arts to access more abilities than a dreaming person could normally, or he could have awakened and started gaining more spells.

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** Magic users in the comic fall into two categories: "dreaming", where they have limited spells and won't naturally get new ones,
ones, and "Awakened", where they PersonalityPowers spells as long as they keep using magic ({{Muggles}} being "sleeping"). Gregg's "Anime Style Martial Arts" blurs the line a bit though. He could be dreaming and using his unique martial arts to access more abilities than a dreaming person could normally, or he could have awakened and started gaining more spells.
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