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23rd Dec '15 6:15:37 PM WillKeaton
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* 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]]as 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.'' 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]]as 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.
10th Dec '15 12:07:38 AM RainbowPhoenix
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** Carver Hawke from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', one of Hawke's two siblings who become mutually exclusive early on depending on player class. He only lives past the opening if Hawke is a mage, in which case both his elder sibling and his twin sister were born with magic. This meant the family had to move frequently to avoid the Templars and father had to spend more time with his siblings to teach them to control their powers. His resulting insecurities are a big part of his story arc. Depending on your choices, he may even end up joining [[KnightTemplar Kirkwall's Templar Order]] out of a mix of resentment and a desire to be "more than just your brother." [[spoiler:The tragic irony is that Malcolm Hawke wanted all of his children to be one of these.]]
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** Carver Hawke from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', one of Hawke's two siblings who become mutually exclusive early on depending on player class. He only lives past the opening if Hawke is a mage, in which case both his elder sibling and his twin sister were born with magic. This meant the family had to move frequently to avoid the Templars and father had to spend more time with his siblings to teach them to control their powers. His resulting insecurities are a big part of his story arc. Depending on your choices, he may even end up joining [[KnightTemplar Kirkwall's Templar Order]] out of a mix of resentment and a desire to be "more than just your brother." [[spoiler:The tragic irony is that Carver is what Malcolm Hawke [[WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe wanted all of his children to be one of these.be]].]]
28th Oct '15 1:38:26 PM Kakai
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* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', it turns out that [[spoiler:37th Dolan's parents]] were both witches, but he didn't inherit the powers, driving him to FaceHeelTurn as he craves magic.
26th Oct '15 12:11:14 PM Kakai
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* Ida, main character of ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'', has grown up convinced that she doesn't have any magic, despite her parents being some of the most influential members of MagicSociety. Even they couldn't believe it and, confident that she's simply hiding it to spite them, spend a good year testing her and putting her through various trial to make her reveal her gift. It turns out that she's actually an eponymour shaman, but magical wards around her family house made ghosts unable to come to her.
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* Ida, main character of ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'', has grown up convinced that she doesn't have any magic, despite her parents being some of the most influential members of MagicSociety.MagicalSociety. Even they couldn't believe it and, confident that she's simply hiding it to spite them, spend a good year testing her and putting her through various trial to make her reveal her gift. It turns out that she's actually an eponymour shaman, but magical wards around her family house made ghosts unable to come to her.
26th Oct '15 12:09:52 PM Kakai
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* Ida, main character of ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'', has grown up convinced that she doesn't have any magic, despite her parents being some of the most influential members of MagicSociety. Even they couldn't believe it and, confident that she's simply hiding it to spite them, spend a good year testing her and putting her through various trial to make her reveal her gift. It turns out that she's actually an eponymour shaman, but magical wards around her family house made ghosts unable to come to her.
13th Sep '15 7:35:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Very common in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' series (there was a major magic disruption a few thousand years ago). Commonly called "skips"; whether Rowling's later use of a similar term is accidental is unknown. * In ''TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' it's mentioned that magic generally skips a generation; Merlin's grandfather, Tuatha, was a wizard, but his father only had powers when he wielded magical items and made a DealWithTheDevil. In the SequelSeries, ''TheGreatTreeOfAvalon,'' Merlin's own son was powerless but his grandson has magic. As another odd quirk, non-magical generations still benefit from [[WizardsLiveLonger centuries-long life spans]].
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* Very common in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series (there was a major magic disruption a few thousand years ago). Commonly called "skips"; whether Rowling's later use of a similar term is accidental is unknown. * In ''TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin,'' it's mentioned that magic generally skips a generation; Merlin's grandfather, Tuatha, was a wizard, but his father only had powers when he wielded magical items and made a DealWithTheDevil. In the SequelSeries, ''TheGreatTreeOfAvalon,'' Merlin's own son was powerless but his grandson has magic. As another odd quirk, non-magical generations still benefit from [[WizardsLiveLonger centuries-long life spans]].
9th Sep '15 7:24:17 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' Supernatural expansion, Joe is this in the [=MacDuff=] family. Only he and his mother are not witches. However this is not possible if both parents are supernatural creatures. ** In ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', supernatural sims who can breed will produce normal sim offspring, making this trope the norm. The exceptions are aliens, who have a set of genetics that will hybridize with normal sim genes, and plant-sims who use the "pollinate" option to asexually produce plant-sim toddlers (plant-sims that "woo-hoo" will have normal sim offspring).
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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'' ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' Supernatural expansion, Joe is this in the [=MacDuff=] family. Only he and his mother are not witches. However this is not possible if both parents are supernatural creatures. ** In ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', supernatural sims who can breed will produce normal sim offspring, making this trope the norm. The exceptions are aliens, who have a set of genetics that will hybridize with normal sim genes, and plant-sims who use the "pollinate" option to asexually produce plant-sim toddlers (plant-sims that "woo-hoo" will have normal sim offspring).

* The Dark Knight in ''HarryPotterComics'' is a squib and can't use wands or magic on his own. But he's highly practiced as a magical artificer, welding magic into everyday objects, including his own battle armor (kevlar-lined full plate) that makes him highly resistant to bullets, swords, AND magic attacks.
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* The Dark Knight in ''HarryPotterComics'' ''Webcomic/HarryPotterComics'' is a squib and can't use wands or magic on his own. But he's highly practiced as a magical artificer, welding magic into everyday objects, including his own battle armor (kevlar-lined full plate) that makes him highly resistant to bullets, swords, AND magic attacks.

* AtomicLaundromat owner David is actually an aversion. He may be the son of an alien empress and Earth's greatest super hero and the only one of his siblings without powers, but he firmly believes that one doesn't need powers to make a difference in the world so he's not the least bit bitter about it. Nor is he pathetic. If anything, he's frustrated that most people seem to expect him to be bitter or pathetic.
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* AtomicLaundromat ''Webcomic/AtomicLaundromat'' owner David is actually an aversion. He may be the son of an alien empress and Earth's greatest super hero and the only one of his siblings without powers, but he firmly believes that one doesn't need powers to make a difference in the world so he's not the least bit bitter about it. Nor is he pathetic. If anything, he's frustrated that most people seem to expect him to be bitter or pathetic.
4th Sep '15 7:40:38 PM universalperson
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* Izuku Midorikawa, the main character of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', has no superpowers in a world where [[EveryoneIsASuper 80% of all humans have some kind of power known as a "Quirk"]]. In fact, both of his parents have Quirks, albeit minor ones. The plot kicks off when Izuku meets someone who can give his Quirk to him.
4th Sep '15 12:18:46 PM PlasmaTalon
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** Subverted with Will. He never shows any signs of super strength or flight growing up until they show up during his fight with Warren Peace.

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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 from the gods these kids and those that come after are not guaranteed to have any powers.
17th Aug '15 10:36:39 AM Chabal2
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* ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'': Angua (a werewolf) reveals that she had two siblings unable to change form. Her brother Wolfgang (ANaziByAnyOtherName) killed one, the other running off to become a prize-winning shepherd dog.
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