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31st May '18 11:43:43 AM intastiel
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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' runs very strictly on an RPGMechanicsVerse where people are "units" that are "popped" into existence, fully formed, at their Side's behest. However, it's impossible to pop a Caster intentionally; instead, when popping Warlords, there is a small chance that a Caster will be created instead.
26th May '18 3:28:49 PM rjd1922
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* This is true in ''StarWars:'' Force-sensitive children can be born to {{Muggle}} parents. The reverse is also true, though it seems to have at least some hereditary component. Theron Shan, the protagonist of one ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' book, is one such case, being a muggle despite being the son of the Jedi Grandmaster herself and a descendant of Revan.

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* This is true in ''StarWars:'' ''Franchise/StarWars:'' Force-sensitive children can be born to {{Muggle}} parents. The reverse is also true, though it seems to have at least some hereditary component. Theron Shan, the protagonist of one ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' book, is one such case, being a muggle despite being the son of the Jedi Grandmaster herself and a descendant of Revan.
12th Apr '18 5:04:25 PM ChronoLegion
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* This is true in ''StarWars:'' Force-sensitive children can be born to {{Muggle}} parents. The reverse is also true, though it seems to have at least some hereditary component. Theron Shan, the protagonist of one ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' book, is one such case, being a muggle despite being the son of the Jedi Grandmaster herself.

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* This is true in ''StarWars:'' Force-sensitive children can be born to {{Muggle}} parents. The reverse is also true, though it seems to have at least some hereditary component. Theron Shan, the protagonist of one ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]'' book, is one such case, being a muggle despite being the son of the Jedi Grandmaster herself.herself and a descendant of Revan.
26th Feb '18 2:31:50 PM margdean56
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* ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' Many practitioners inherit their gifts, but some of them gain them this way.[[spoiler: Harry tells Michael that Molly is this so that he doesn't have to reveal that Charity was a practitioner - it's not his secret to tell.]]
* This is how Talents are handed out in ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' you are just randomly born with powers (admittedly people whose parent's had a Talent are more likely to get one, but like the X-men Talents mostly come from random members of the population born with one).

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* ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' Many practitioners inherit their gifts, but some of them gain them this way.[[spoiler: Harry tells Michael that Molly is this so that he doesn't have to reveal that Charity was a practitioner - it's practitioner--it's not his secret to tell.]]
* This is how Talents are handed out in ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' you ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}''--you are just randomly born with powers (admittedly people whose parent's parents had a Talent are more likely to get one, but like the X-men X-men, Talents mostly come from random members of the population born with one).



* Belonging to the Others is random in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch Watch]]'' universe. Children of Others are almost always [[MuggleBornOfMages regular humans]]. Ensuring the birth of a Light Other from a carefully chosen couple of Light Others is a generations-long plot run by the Night Watch. The only exceptions are vampires and werewolves, who can turn regular humans into vampires and werewolves, respectively. However, vampires and werewolves are the considered to be the lowest of Others (the Light ones despise them for hunting on humans, while the Dark ones treat them as CannonFodder).

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* Belonging to the Others is random in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch Watch]]'' universe. Children of Others are almost always [[MuggleBornOfMages regular humans]]. Ensuring the birth of a Light Other from a carefully chosen couple of Light Others is a generations-long plot run by the Night Watch. The only exceptions are vampires and werewolves, who can turn regular humans into vampires and werewolves, respectively. However, vampires and werewolves are the considered to be the lowest of Others (the Light ones despise them for hunting preying on humans, while the Dark ones treat them as CannonFodder).



* Magic runs at random for humans in Valentin Ivashchenko's settings, although the benevolent kingdom / empire tends to accumulate mages in the nobility. In ''Warrior and Mage'', the crown prince being a mage is noted as exceptional.
* Magic runs at random in Igor' Dravin's ''Alien / Xenos'' (''Чужак'') series, which can take a turn for the worse should an unsuspecting child in an overly religious area suddenly demonstrates necromantic abilities.
* Vadim Panov's ''Literature/SecretCity'': this trope distinguishes humans from other species. Humans can be born as regular mages or [[TechnicalPacifist Healers]], and the amount of mages is increasing because of the millenia-long exposure to the Secret City's magic.

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* Magic runs occurs at random for humans in Valentin Ivashchenko's settings, although the benevolent kingdom / empire tends to accumulate mages in the nobility. In ''Warrior and Mage'', the crown prince being a mage is noted as exceptional.
* Magic runs at random in Igor' Dravin's ''Alien / Xenos'' (''Чужак'') series, which can take a turn for the worse should an unsuspecting child in an overly religious area suddenly demonstrates demonstrate necromantic abilities.
* Vadim Panov's ''Literature/SecretCity'': this trope distinguishes humans from other species. Humans can be born as regular mages or [[TechnicalPacifist Healers]], and the amount number of mages is increasing because of the millenia-long millennia-long exposure to the Secret City's magic.



** ''Way Home'': this trope is in effect for the human factions in the setting, including the protagonists kidnapped from earth - Oleg becomes an Earth mage, while Yaroslav [[YinYangBomb combines multiple theoretically mutually exclusive magic systems]].

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** ''Way Home'': this trope is in effect for the human factions in the setting, including the protagonists kidnapped from earth - Oleg earth--Oleg becomes an Earth mage, while Yaroslav [[YinYangBomb combines multiple theoretically mutually exclusive magic systems]].



* In ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' and its sequels,the vast majority of superhumans are randomly gifted through the unpredictable survival mechanism of the Breakthrough. There are no publicly known exceptions. Children of breakthroughs are slightly more likely than the average person to also experience a breakthrough.

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* In ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' and its sequels,the sequels, the vast majority of superhumans are randomly gifted through the unpredictable survival mechanism of the Breakthrough. There are no publicly known exceptions. Children of breakthroughs are slightly more likely than the average person to also experience a breakthrough.



* The fundamental unpredictability of magic being an important theme of the series, this holds true for Literature/{{Shannara}}. People can, seemingly get the gift out of nowhere for an inborn magical power of some kind (for instance, fortune-telling). Some magic is hereditary like the Wishsong, but even that will skip generations sometimes before emerging a hundred years down the bloodline.

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* The fundamental unpredictability of magic being an important theme of the series, this holds true for Literature/{{Shannara}}. People can, can seemingly get the gift out of nowhere for an inborn magical power of some kind (for instance, fortune-telling). Some magic is hereditary like the Wishsong, but even that will skip generations sometimes before emerging a hundred years down the bloodline.
17th Feb '18 5:34:31 PM EdwardGil
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* In the ''manga'' Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery, of the ''VideoGame/Touhou'' series; a young bookseller tells the main franchise characters that she just suddenly gained {{Omniglot}} powers one day. The two just nod and say yeah, that happens.

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* In the ''manga'' Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery, of the ''VideoGame/Touhou'' ''{{Videogame/Touhou}}'' series; a young bookseller tells the main franchise characters that she just suddenly gained {{Omniglot}} powers one day. The two just nod and say yeah, that happens.
17th Feb '18 5:34:10 PM EdwardGil
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* In the ''manga'' Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery, of the ''VideoGame/Touhou'' series; a young bookseller tells the main franchise characters that she just suddenly gained {{Omniglot}} powers one day. The two just nod and say yeah, that happens.
17th Feb '18 5:28:28 PM Carliro
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* The Planeswalker Spark in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. No one knows why the Spark manifests in certain people across the Multiverse. It's not hereditary either.

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* The Planeswalker Spark in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. No one knows why the Spark manifests in certain people across the Multiverse. It's not hereditary either.
either. Some planeswalker characters also have inexplicable magic powers they were born with, like the mind mage Jace Beleren or the pyromancer Chandra Nalaar.
4th Jan '18 6:19:47 PM nombretomado
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Characters who are Randomly Gifted have developed MagicAndPowers pretty much out of the blue. Specifically, even the children of {{Muggles}} have a chance of randomly developing powers without the need for ''any'' kind of SuperpowerfulGenetics or [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers other power granting trope]] having to come into play. Usually this is a setting-wide feature, allowing anyone anywhere to spontaneously develop abilities, and as such it can be used as a form of time delayed MassSuperEmpoweringEvent.

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Characters who are Randomly Gifted have developed MagicAndPowers pretty much out of the blue. Specifically, even the children of {{Muggles}} have a chance of randomly developing powers without the need for ''any'' kind of SuperpowerfulGenetics or [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers [[JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers other power granting trope]] having to come into play. Usually this is a setting-wide feature, allowing anyone anywhere to spontaneously develop abilities, and as such it can be used as a form of time delayed MassSuperEmpoweringEvent.
25th Dec '17 8:40:22 PM baschapp
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* ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' Many practitioners inherit their gifts, but some of them gain them this way.[[spoiler: Harry tells Michael that Molly is this so that he doesn't have to reveal that Charity was a practitioner - it's not his secret to tell.]]
14th Dec '17 5:21:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Elantris}}'', the Shaod strikes nearly at random, potentially affecting anyone within a certain range of the city who is of the local Aonic nationality. By the time of the book, though, this gift has become a curse.

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* In ''{{Elantris}}'', ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', the Shaod strikes nearly at random, potentially affecting anyone within a certain range of the city who is of the local Aonic nationality. By the time of the book, though, this gift has become a curse.
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