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23rd Feb '17 3:50:04 PM Arkhia
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* ''The Sanctuary Telepath'', Janine's encounters with the supernatural. Did John and James really speak to her or was it her damaged brain's attempt to function after the loss of the [[PsychicLink psychic links]]? Did she remember the ''actual'' afterlife or was it just an illusion? She even admits her own UnreliableNarrator status, but chooses to believe in it anyway, because the other alternative feels unbearable... which again can be the product of her revived status or just good old human nature.
18th Feb '17 9:43:33 PM A.P.D.
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* ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan''
** This comic run introduces a character named Ezekiel that claims that Peter's powers aren't a mutation caused by an [[ILoveNuclearPower irradiated spider bite]] but are in fact "totemic" powers carried by the spider which it felt compelled to pass on after being hit by the lethal radiation beam. It was written in a way letting it be totally ambiguous if either this version or his classic origin is the real one, and even suggesting that both might be true to some extent.
** When the original Mysterio came BackFromTheDead, he appeared to have supernatural abilities, supposedly gained in Hell. Given that he was already a MasterOfIllusion, it's impossible to be sure how real these powers were, and in the post-''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' timeline they haven't come up.

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* ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan''
** This comic run
''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan'' introduces a character named Ezekiel that claims that Peter's powers aren't a mutation caused by an [[ILoveNuclearPower irradiated spider bite]] but are in fact "totemic" powers carried by the spider which it felt compelled to pass on after being hit by the lethal radiation beam. It was written in a way letting it be totally ambiguous if either this version or his classic origin is the real one, and even suggesting that both might be true to some extent.
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extent. When Spider-Man asks an ally of Ezekiel which explanation is true, he simply responds that one explanation didn't necessarily contradict the other.
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When the original Mysterio came BackFromTheDead, he appeared to have supernatural abilities, supposedly gained in Hell. Given that he was already a MasterOfIllusion, it's impossible to be sure how real these powers were, and in the post-''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' timeline they haven't come up.
17th Feb '17 10:12:28 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' has Mikitaka Hazekura, who claims to be an alien with VoluntaryShapeshifting powers and a weakness to loud-noises like sirens, but when Josuke meets his mother she says he's just an ordinary boy who's obsessed with aliens. The series deliberately avoids revealing if he's really an alien or just a very eccentric human being whose abilities come from a [[FightingSpirit Stand]] (which is Mundane by ''[=JoJo=]'' standards).

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' has Mikitaka Hazekura, who claims to be an alien with VoluntaryShapeshifting powers and a weakness to loud-noises like sirens, but when Josuke meets his mother she says he's just an ordinary boy who's obsessed with aliens. The series deliberately avoids revealing if he's really an alien or just a very eccentric human being whose abilities come from a [[FightingSpirit Stand]] (which is Mundane by ''[=JoJo=]'' standards).
16th Feb '17 6:45:21 PM FF32
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* It's unclear [[MindScrew how much is real and how much imaginary]] in ''RuleOfRose'', but a pretty standard interpretation is that all the supernatural events are in the protagonist's badly muddled head, and it was AllJustADream, albeit of real events.

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* It's unclear [[MindScrew how much is real and how much imaginary]] in ''RuleOfRose'', ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'', but a pretty standard interpretation is that all the supernatural events are in the protagonist's badly muddled head, and it was AllJustADream, albeit of real events.
15th Feb '17 5:30:04 AM PixelKnight
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' loves this trope as a cornerstone of its setting, especially when the Adeptus Mechanicus come into play. Is that ancient relic so powerful because it was created with long-lost technology of astounding power, or is it truly blessed by the Emperor to protect his children? Do the Necrons invoke some strange techno-sorcery in their weapons and vehicles, or is their understanding of the material world so absolute that we can't even begin to understand how they work? Are the Legion of the Damned mystical undead, or just regular marines suffering from some ungodly mixture of the Black Rage and Nurgle Rot? The answer is very, very rarely made clear in any given case. This is made worse because it has to be on a case-by-case basis since magic and super-tech both exist in the setting, and some tech (especially that used by Orks) is explicitly a mix of real mechanical systems and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' loves this trope as a cornerstone of its setting, especially when the Adeptus Mechanicus come into play. Is that ancient relic so powerful because it was created with long-lost technology of astounding power, or is it truly blessed by the Emperor to protect his children? Do the Necrons invoke some strange techno-sorcery in their weapons and vehicles, or is their understanding of the material world so absolute that we can't even begin to understand how they work? Are the Legion of the Damned mystical undead, or just regular marines suffering from some ungodly mixture of the Black Rage and Nurgle Rot? Did the Techpriest's chanting and ritual application of holy oils appease the machine spirit of the Land Raider, or does the Land Raider just have a voice-activated diagnostic program installed? The answer is very, very rarely made clear in any given case. This is made worse because it has to be on a case-by-case basis since magic and super-tech both exist in the setting, and some tech (especially that used by Orks) is explicitly a mix of real mechanical systems and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve.
14th Feb '17 9:30:13 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Osha warns that the old gods cannot help the Starks in the south because the weirwoods there were all cut down, and as it happens no Stark who goes south has a good time.
** Was the red comet in "The North Remembers" an omen or just a coincidence?
** Beric Dondarrion's flaming sword breaks during a trial by combat. Did the fire weaken the steel, or did his god judge against him?
** Stannis performs a magic ritual cursing his rival kings. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy all die from various means, but it may just be coincidence. Furthermore, Stannis is killed by Brienne, but then the ritual was only meant to curse them, not protect himself.
8th Feb '17 2:31:20 PM amysteriousravioli
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* ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad'' has quite a few things that Arthur interprets as magical that may or may not be. [[spoiler: It's implied that most are magical, but never truly confirmed. Even when Arthur tries to prove he summoned the zombies, Charlotte nullifies the results by forcing antidote onto him.]]
27th Jan '17 7:19:29 AM Alvin
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** Mr. Kopechne (the first one played by Tiger) was a prisoner who claimed to be a werewolf, and while his 'lycanthropy' is not taken seriously, his return as a victim of demonic possession is far more disturbing.

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** Mr. Kopechne (the first one played by Tiger) Tigar) was a prisoner who claimed to be a werewolf, and while his 'lycanthropy' is not taken seriously, his return as a victim of demonic possession is far more disturbing.
26th Jan '17 2:49:48 PM BobSaget9
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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Did the TV remote that helped Peggy change the channel to convince Hank to be on Luane's Manger Babies show, contain batteries, [[DivineIntervention or didn't it]]?

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Did the TV remote that helped Peggy change the channel to convince Hank to be on Luane's Manger Babies show, show contain batteries, batteries [[DivineIntervention or didn't it]]?not]]?
18th Jan '17 7:55:49 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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** [[HilariousInHindsight Clearly it's]] [[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} John's arm.]]
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