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26th Aug '16 11:05:12 AM bookwormgal
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* In the ''Film/{{Casper}}''/''Film/HocusPocus'' {{crossover}} story, ''FanFic/MagicAndMayhem'', [[Film/CasperMeetsWendy Wendy]] says her mother didn't have any magic like her sisters did. They made her a MagicWand so she wouldn't feel left out.
** [[spoiler:[[OriginalCharacter Lila Chandler]]]] was also a normal person born into a family of witches and warlocks.
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8th Aug '16 2:59:12 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Jedi Grandmaster Satele Shan's son Theron is not Force-sensitive. Virtually all Sith Purebloods are Force-sensitive because those who are not are traditionally slain as infants.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Jedi Grandmaster Satele Shan's son Theron is not Force-sensitive. Virtually all Sith Purebloods are Force-sensitive because those who are not are traditionally slain as infants.infants, though the Inquisitor meets an exception working as a diplomat in Voss, stating that in her case her parents managed to work something out for her.
20th Jul '16 7:11:54 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Film/UpUpAndAway''; a 2000 Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie; centered around normal teenager born from a family of superheroes and his struggles with the fact that he may never develop any powers of his own. [[spoiler:He also doesn't have his family's [[WeaksauceWeakness weakness to aluminum foil]].]] At the end, his best friend suggests that he become a [[BadassNormal superhero without powers]].

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* ''Film/UpUpAndAway''; a 2000 Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie; centered around normal teenager born from a family of superheroes superheroes, including a AnnoyingYoungerSibling ''with heat vision'', and his struggles with the fact that he may never develop any powers of his own. [[spoiler:He also On the plus side, he doesn't have his family's their [[WeaksauceWeakness weakness to aluminum foil]].]] foil]]. He spends a large amount of time pretending he had super strength, [[spoiler:which ends up saving them from a villain who found out their weakness but assume it would work on the son as well]]. At the end, his best friend suggests that he become a [[BadassNormal superhero without powers]].
20th Jul '16 7:02:21 PM thatother1dude
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This trope is somewhat NewerThanTheyThink, since magic-users traditionally learned/sold their soul for their powers, meaning no one expect's a mage's child to be anything but a regular human.

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This trope is somewhat NewerThanTheyThink, since magic-users traditionally learned/sold their soul for their powers, meaning no one expect's expected a mage's child to be anything but a regular human.
20th Jul '16 6:58:14 PM thatother1dude
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This trope is somewhat NewerThanTheyThink, since magic-users traditionally learned/sold their soul for their powers, meaning that a child born of a mage would normally be human.

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This trope is somewhat NewerThanTheyThink, since magic-users traditionally learned/sold their soul for their powers, meaning that no one expect's a mage's child born of a mage would normally to be anything but a regular human.
19th Jul '16 9:20:57 AM MCanter89
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[[SuperpowerfulGenetics Children of superparents get superpowers]]... [[AvertedTrope except when they don't]].

If you're a protagonist, this is no problem, you'll usually become a BadassNormal or at least an UnfazedEveryman. But if you're a MauveShirt... you'll probably become this.

This trope is a character who's in on TheMasquerade, and was born into their world. Unfortunately for him, he's normal. No, not BadassNormal, [[{{muggle}} totally, completely and 100% normal]]. He's just as ineffectual in adventuring as any other {{muggle}}, maybe even more, which is why he usually has some grunt-work position in the world of the masquerade, such as a janitor, secretary, or TheIgor. He may be [[ButtMonkey nice-if-pathetic]] or mean-spirited, but whatever the case, his [[GreenEyedMonster bitterness and regret]] over not being [[IJustWantToBeSpecial a super]] is a major character trait.

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[[SuperpowerfulGenetics Children of superparents get superpowers]]... superpowers]]… [[AvertedTrope except when they don't]].

If you're a protagonist, this is no problem, you'll usually become a BadassNormal or at least an UnfazedEveryman. But if you're a MauveShirt... MauveShirt… you'll probably become this.

This trope is a character who's in on TheMasquerade, and was born into their world. Unfortunately for him, he's normal. No, not BadassNormal, BadassNormal; [[{{muggle}} totally, completely completely, and 100% normal]]. He's just as ineffectual in adventuring as any other {{muggle}}, maybe even more, which is why he usually has some grunt-work position in the world of the masquerade, such as a janitor, secretary, or TheIgor. He may be [[ButtMonkey nice-if-pathetic]] or mean-spirited, but whatever the case, his [[GreenEyedMonster bitterness and regret]] over not being [[IJustWantToBeSpecial a super]] is a major character trait.



* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' Tyler Marlocke is the son of two of the world's strongest superheroes, but doesn't have any sort of powers himself. Of course, he's obviously going to develop them ''any day now,'' so his parents still enroll him in the titular SuperheroSchool, advising the instructors to put him in lots of difficult and/or dangerous situations to help bring his abilities to the surface. Fortunately, the staff are a bit more GenreSavvy, and arrange for him to have private lessons with [[TheCowl the Revenant]], a Franchise/{{Batman}} {{Expy}}, in the hopes of him becoming a BadassNormal.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{PS238}},'' Tyler Marlocke is the son of two of the world's strongest superheroes, but doesn't have any sort of powers himself. Of course, he's obviously going to develop them ''any day now,'' so his parents still enroll him in the titular SuperheroSchool, advising the instructors to put him in lots of difficult and/or dangerous situations to help bring his abilities to the surface. Fortunately, the staff are a bit more GenreSavvy, and arrange for him to have private lessons with [[TheCowl the Revenant]], a Franchise/{{Batman}} {{Expy}}, {{expy}}, in the hopes of him becoming a BadassNormal.



** There was Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} and Crystal's child, Luna, who was an Inhuman rather than a mutant. Apparently the mutant gene and the Inhuman genetics canceled each other out and Luna was effectively a normal human until her crazy father exposed her to a rather high amount of Terrigen Mist to empower her -- this was ''[[AbusiveParents extremely]]'' risky since Terrigen Mist exposure can have unpleasant effects on anyone who isn't a pure Inhuman (and many who ''are'' still end up BlessedWithSuck as a result).

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** There was Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} and Crystal's child, Luna, who was an Inhuman rather than a mutant. Apparently the mutant gene and the Inhuman genetics canceled each other out and Luna was effectively a normal human until her crazy father exposed her to a rather high amount of Terrigen Mist to empower her -- this her--this was ''[[AbusiveParents extremely]]'' risky since Terrigen Mist exposure can have unpleasant effects on anyone who isn't a pure Inhuman (and many who ''are'' still end up BlessedWithSuck as a result).



* Known as Squibs in ''Literature/HarryPotter.'' However, unlike Muggle-born wizards who are 100% wizards, Squibs aren't ''quite'' 100% Muggle. They seem to share a strange affinity to cats, and Argus Filch works at Hogwarts, which Muggles evidently see as an old ruin with a sign warning of danger.[[note]]This is something Hermione points out in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire.]]''[[/note]] So squibs seem to have ''some'' inherent magical affinity even if they aren't wizards at all.

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* Known as Squibs in ''Literature/HarryPotter.'' ''Literature/HarryPotter''. However, unlike Muggle-born wizards who are 100% wizards, Squibs aren't ''quite'' 100% Muggle. They seem to share a strange affinity to cats, and Argus Filch works at Hogwarts, which Muggles evidently see as an old ruin with a sign warning of danger.[[note]]This is something Hermione points out in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire.]]''[[/note]] Fire]]''.[[/note]] So squibs seem to have ''some'' inherent magical affinity even if they aren't wizards at all.



** Also Mrs. Figg, who's much more friendly, [[CrazyCatLady if still batty and weird]]. Her job was to keep an eye on Harry.

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** Also Mrs. Figg, [[spoiler:Mrs. Figg]], who's much more friendly, [[CrazyCatLady if still batty and weird]]. Her [[spoiler:Her job was to keep an eye on Harry.]]



* In ''World Weavers'', Thea is the seventh child of two seventh children...and she doesn't have any of the normal magics. (She gets a cool power later, but it's ''not'' magic.) At one point, it says that children around the country send her mail -- when she's just days old -- about how powerful she is... sucks to be her.

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* In ''World Weavers'', Thea is the seventh child of two seventh children...and she doesn't have any of the normal magics. (She gets a cool power later, but it's ''not'' magic.) At one point, it says that children around the country send her mail -- when she's just days old -- about old--about how powerful she is... is… sucks to be her.



* The fundamental problem of Tavi, an UnSorcerer in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. He lives in a world where ''every'' human has access to elemental spirits known as "furies" that give them various powers. Tavi, however, is the only human who ''doesn't'' have these abilities, and they cause him extensive problems, forcing him to [[GuileHero think and adapt]] rather than use magic. To give you some idea of how much of a handicap this is, Tavi effectively can't even ''turn on the lights'' on his own. Eventually, he learns the cause of his condition: [[spoiler: his biological mother stunted his growth to hide his true age and thus his true lineage, and as a result he did not gain access to his furies at the same age as other humans. Once he does, however, things change.]]
* In ''Once a Witch'', Tamsin was born to witches but has no powers. [[spoiler: Subverted because it turns out her power is that she can take others' powers and stop them from using it against them. Double subverted in the sequel ''Always a Witch'' because she loses her powers.]]

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* The fundamental problem of Tavi, an UnSorcerer in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. He lives in a world where ''every'' human has access to elemental spirits known as "furies" that give them various powers. Tavi, however, is the only human who ''doesn't'' have these abilities, and they cause him extensive problems, forcing him to [[GuileHero think and adapt]] rather than use magic. To give you some idea of how much of a handicap this is, Tavi effectively can't even ''turn on the lights'' on his own. Eventually, he learns the cause of his condition: [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his biological mother stunted his growth to hide his true age and thus his true lineage, and as a result result, he did not gain access to his furies at the same age as other humans. Once he does, however, things change.]]
* In ''Once a Witch'', Tamsin was born to witches but has no powers. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted because it turns out her power is that she can take others' powers and stop them from using it against them. Double subverted in the sequel ''Always a Witch'' because she loses her powers.]]



* This is the norm for the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] in the ''[[Literature/NightWatch Watch]]'' books by SergeyLukyanenko. It's extremely rare for a child of two Others to be an Other (about the same chances as an Other being born to Muggle parents), which is why many Other couples avoid having children, so as not to have to watch them grow old and die. The exceptions are the vampires and the werewolves, who usually turn their children at a young age. Kostya Saushkin is notable as being a vampire who [[IHateYouVampireDad resents his father for turning him]]. One of the novels has a story arc dealing with a plot by [[spoiler:Geser and Olga]] to turn their Muggle son into an Other. Anton and Svetlana are exceptions in that they were foreseen to have a child who was an extremely-powerful Other (Svetlana is already a very powerful Light sorceress; [[spoiler:Anton reaches Svetlana's level thanks to the Fuaran text]]).
* Bink, protagonist of ''A Spell for Chameleon'', the first book in the Literature/{{Xanth}} series, is thought to be this when he shows no magic talent in a land where everyone must have a magic talent by law; he is set to be exiled. [[spoiler: Subverted - it turns out that he did have a magic talent all along, and a Magician-caliber one at that: he cannot be harmed by magic. And in Xanth, most of everything is magic.]]

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* This is the norm for the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] in the ''[[Literature/NightWatch Watch]]'' books by SergeyLukyanenko. It's extremely rare for a child of two Others to be an Other (about the same chances as an Other being born to Muggle parents), which is why many Other couples avoid having children, so as not to have to watch them grow old and die. The exceptions are the vampires and the werewolves, who usually turn their children at a young age. Kostya Saushkin is notable as being a vampire who [[IHateYouVampireDad resents his father for turning him]]. One of the novels has a story arc dealing with a plot by [[spoiler:Geser and Olga]] to turn their Muggle son into an Other. Anton and Svetlana are exceptions in that they were foreseen to have a child who was an extremely-powerful extremely powerful Other (Svetlana is already a very powerful Light sorceress; [[spoiler:Anton reaches Svetlana's level thanks to the Fuaran text]]).
* Bink, protagonist of ''A Spell for Chameleon'', the first book in the Literature/{{Xanth}} series, is thought to be this when he shows no magic talent in a land where everyone must have a magic talent by law; he is set to be exiled. [[spoiler: Subverted - it turns out that he did have a magic talent all along, and a Magician-caliber one at that: he cannot be harmed by magic. And in Xanth, most of everything is magic.]]



* Carrie Vaughn's book ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'' features Celia West, the daughter of two famous superheroes, who has no superpowers at all. This is also brought up at the end when [[spoiler: Celia and Arthur Mentis, a telepath, have a baby and Celia is wondering if the baby will have powers or not and hopes it does not.]]
* This is something very common in the world of ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant''. Most of the main character, Stephanie/Valkyrie's family are normal humans despite (unknowingly) being descendants of a powerful line of mages. This trope also comes to its ultimate conclusion in the third book, ''The Faceless Ones'', where [[spoiler: The BigBad is revealed to be a farmer who was the only Muggle in a family of mages, and grew to resent all mages for looking down on him.]]

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* Carrie Vaughn's book ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'' features Celia West, the daughter of two famous superheroes, who has no superpowers at all. This is also brought up at the end when [[spoiler: Celia [[spoiler:Celia and Arthur Mentis, a telepath, have a baby and Celia is wondering if the baby will have powers or not and hopes it does not.]]
* This is something very common in the world of ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant''. Most of the main character, Stephanie/Valkyrie's family are normal humans despite (unknowingly) being descendants of a powerful line of mages. This trope also comes to its ultimate conclusion in the third book, ''The Faceless Ones'', where [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:the BigBad is revealed to be a farmer who was the only Muggle in a family of mages, and grew to resent all mages for looking down on him.]]



* [[spoiler:Gaithim]] of ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' is this, and was abused, denigrated, and locked away for it. However, he was also extremely intelligent, and ended up learning how to turn himself ''into'' a mage, something believed to be as impossible in that world as in ours. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the process he used turned him into a hoshek, an AxCrazy but very powerful mage of pure {{dark|IsEvil}}ess]].]]

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* [[spoiler:Gaithim]] of ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'' is this, and was abused, denigrated, and locked away for it. However, he was also extremely intelligent, and ended up learning how to turn himself ''into'' a mage, something believed to be as impossible in that world as in ours. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the process he used turned him into a hoshek, an AxCrazy but very powerful mage of pure {{dark|IsEvil}}ess]].{{dark|IsEvil}}ess.]]



* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Unlike their Greek cousins the Roman half-bloods may actually live to adult hood in the safety of New Rome and even have kids. While they're still descendant from the gods these kids and those that come after are not guaranteed to have any powers.

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* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Unlike their Greek cousins the Roman half-bloods may actually live to adult hood in the safety of New Rome and even have kids. While they're still descendant descended from the gods these kids and those that come after are not guaranteed to have any powers.



** Inverted by Tara: she's a witch from a family of pure [[{{Muggle}} muggles]] who despise for her practice of magics (and for being a female, in the case of her [[AbusiveParents father]] and brother).

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** Inverted by Tara: she's a witch from a family of pure [[{{Muggle}} muggles]] {{Muggle}}s who despise for her practice of magics (and for being a female, in the case of her [[AbusiveParents father]] and brother).



** This doesn't mean that Theron is in any way less of a BadAss than his mom... or his dad (Jace Malcolm, the Supreme Commander of the Republic forces).

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** This doesn't mean that Theron is in any way less of a BadAss {{badass}} than his mom... mom… or his dad (Jace Malcolm, the Supreme Commander of the Republic forces).



* On ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'', Tim the Witch-Smeller was one of these -- worse, he was apparently unique, so he grew up [[FreudianExcuse mocked and tormented by his empowered peers]]. The result -- a psychopathic hunter with a [[FantasticRacism grudge against witches]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'', Tim the Witch-Smeller was one of these -- worse, these--worse, he was apparently unique, so he grew up [[FreudianExcuse mocked and tormented by his empowered peers]]. The result -- a result--a psychopathic hunter with a [[FantasticRacism grudge against witches]].
6th Jun '16 5:26:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:Florian Greenheart]] in ''OverlordII'' [[spoiler:was the only Elf who couldn't use magic]]. The disaster that sparked FantasticRacism against all magical beings was triggered by his first attempt to fix this, [[spoiler:and the magic hating Glorious Empire he founded is his second attempt.]]

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* [[spoiler:Florian Greenheart]] in ''OverlordII'' ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' [[spoiler:was the only Elf who couldn't use magic]]. The disaster that sparked FantasticRacism against all magical beings was triggered by his first attempt to fix this, [[spoiler:and the magic hating Glorious Empire he founded is his second attempt.]]
28th May '16 7:32:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Takamichi T. Takahata of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' was born unable to cast spells, but, as a member of [[BadassCrew Ala Rubra]], is still one of the most powerful fighters of the magic world, in part because he can use the powerful [[YinYangBomb kanka technique]].

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* Takamichi T. Takahata of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' was born unable to cast spells, but, as a member of [[BadassCrew Ala Rubra]], is still one of the most powerful fighters of the magic world, in part because he can use the powerful [[YinYangBomb kanka technique]].
25th Mar '16 6:53:25 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Although he states he can't really complain considering what he ''does'' have access to, [[spoiler:Tedd]] is one of these. Although in the setting, nearly everyone is born without magical ability and has to earn it or be empowered by an immortal, some people - like [[spoiler:Tedd]] - are "magically impaired", and can never get their own spells.
** Later subverted in the aforementioned case; [[spoiler: While Tedd can't gain spells normally, he has an instinctive ability to see magic and understand spells, and it's implied that might not be the full extent of his abilities.]]

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Although Tedd Verres was born to two people with extraordinary magical ability, but is "magically impaired". Not only does he states not have native power, he can't really complain considering what cannot be empowered like most people can be. He generally compensates by building MagiTech devices that use ambient magical energy. Later comics have suggested [[spoiler:that while Tedd may not have access to standard magic, he ''does'' have access to, [[spoiler:Tedd]] is one native powers of these. Although in the setting, nearly everyone is born without magical ability and has to earn it or be empowered by an immortal, some people - like [[spoiler:Tedd]] - are "magically impaired", and can never get their own spells.
** Later subverted in the aforementioned case; [[spoiler: While
other, much rarer kind. The precise nature of these abilities hasn't been explored, but Tedd can't gain spells normally, he has an instinctive demonstrated the ability to see "see" magic and understand spells, can instantly tell how a person's magic works by looking at it. He also once de-enchanted himself, and it's implied that might even he's not be the full extent of his abilities.sure how he did that.]]
9th Mar '16 9:46:26 AM Hossmeister
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* In ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'', the dragon powers "skipped" Jake's mother's generation. Her father, son, and daughter can all transform into dragons, but she can't.

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* In ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', the dragon powers "skipped" Jake's mother's generation. Her father, son, and daughter can all transform into dragons, but she can't.
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