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21st May '16 8:41:57 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' RPG adventure ''Hot Rods of the Gods''. If a Ghostbusters fires his proton pack at Meera at the same time as Meera shoots at him with the red devolvo ray, it will reverse the polarity. The devolvo beam will affect Meera and the Ghostbuster will evolve into a superior being with increased intelligence and [[MyBrainIsBig a large head]].

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' RPG adventure ''Hot Rods of the Gods''. If a Ghostbusters fires his proton pack at Meera at the same time as Meera shoots at him with the red devolvo ray, it will reverse the polarity. The devolvo beam will affect Meera and the Ghostbuster will evolve into a superior being with increased intelligence and [[MyBrainIsBig a large head]].



* In ''FreedomForce vs. the Third Reich'', Sky King gets his jetpack to work and saves the day after Bullet tells him to reverse the polarity on his neutrino pack (in other words the battery is in backwards). Bullet is from the future and knew this from reading the Sky King comic books written after Sky King got his jetpack to work, but causality sucks anyway.

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* In ''FreedomForce ''VideoGame/FreedomForce vs. the Third Reich'', Sky King gets his jetpack to work and saves the day after Bullet tells him to reverse the polarity on his neutrino pack (in other words the battery is in backwards). Bullet is from the future and knew this from reading the Sky King comic books written after Sky King got his jetpack to work, but causality sucks anyway.
21st May '16 4:03:34 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', the Ghostbusters defeat Gozer by crossing the energy streams from their proton packs. This, we are informed, will "reverse the particle flow through the gate." Naturally it works.

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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', the Ghostbusters defeat Gozer by crossing the energy streams from their proton packs. This, we are informed, will "reverse the particle flow through the gate." Naturally it works.



* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' adventure ''Hot Rods of the Gods''. If a Ghostbusters fires his proton pack at Meera at the same time as Meera shoots at him with the red devolvo ray, it will reverse the polarity. The devolvo beam will affect Meera and the Ghostbuster will evolve into a superior being with increased intelligence and [[MyBrainIsBig a large head]].

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' RPG adventure ''Hot Rods of the Gods''. If a Ghostbusters fires his proton pack at Meera at the same time as Meera shoots at him with the red devolvo ray, it will reverse the polarity. The devolvo beam will affect Meera and the Ghostbuster will evolve into a superior being with increased intelligence and [[MyBrainIsBig a large head]].



* [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100926.html Done]] in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', to shut down the Void. Complete with references to both ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', and a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade.]]

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* [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20100926.html Done]] in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', to shut down the Void. Complete with references to both ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', and a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade.]]



* It also happened in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' all the time, and probably plenty of other cartoons where people tinker with electronics.
** A particularly memorable from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' occurs when some ghosts get their hands on a proton pack -- the standard Ghostbuster weapon -- and try exacting some revenge. With the Ghostbusters busy elsewhere, it falls to the Ghostbusters' secretary Janine to corral the ghosts. She does this by using tools at hand and no formal technical training whatsoever to reverse a second proton pack's polarity so it will neutralize the ghost's weapon. Then, with a small twist of a screwdriver, she re-reverses the polarity and uses the pack to capture the disarmed ghosts.
** In another episode where the Ghostbusters are trapped in an old movie studio and about to be blasted with their own packs, Ray reverses the PKE Meter to ''send'' signals to ghosts. It causes ghosts of the studio's hero characters to appear and save the day.

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* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''
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It also happened in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' all the time, and probably plenty of other cartoons where people tinker with electronics.
** *** A particularly memorable from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' occurs when some ghosts get their hands on a proton pack -- the standard Ghostbuster weapon -- and try exacting some revenge. With the Ghostbusters busy elsewhere, it falls to the Ghostbusters' secretary Janine to corral the ghosts. She does this by using tools at hand and no formal technical training whatsoever to reverse a second proton pack's polarity so it will neutralize the ghost's weapon. Then, with a small twist of a screwdriver, she re-reverses the polarity and uses the pack to capture the disarmed ghosts.
** *** In another episode where the Ghostbusters are trapped in an old movie studio and about to be blasted with their own packs, Ray reverses the PKE Meter to ''send'' signals to ghosts. It causes ghosts of the studio's hero characters to appear and save the day.
18th May '16 3:09:16 PM nombretomado
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* The ''CSINewYork'' Season 1 finale had someone actually "reverse the polarity".

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* The ''CSINewYork'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' Season 1 finale had someone actually "reverse the polarity".
5th May '16 8:47:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** ** In the episode "Opposites Attract", the [[RoBeast magnet-themed]] ''monster'' did this trick to sabotage the Rangers' weapons. He could also cause a "polarity switch" for individual people and Angel Grove as a whole. What this actually meant apparently involved a ScreenShake and some storm effects.

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** ** In the episode "Opposites Attract", the [[RoBeast magnet-themed]] ''monster'' did this trick to sabotage the Rangers' weapons. He could also cause a "polarity switch" for individual people and Angel Grove as a whole. What this actually meant apparently involved a ScreenShake and some storm effects.
5th May '16 8:47:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Opposites Attract", the [[RoBeast magnet-themed]] ''monster'' did this trick to sabotage the Rangers' weapons. He could also cause a "polarity switch" for individual people and Angel Grove as a whole. What this actually meant apparently involved a ScreenShake and some storm effects.
** In a later episode of "Mighty Morphin'", Zordon commands Billy to reverse the polarity of a ''cloud''. To make it rain. And it works.

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* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
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** In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Opposites Attract", the [[RoBeast magnet-themed]] ''monster'' did this trick to sabotage the Rangers' weapons. He could also cause a "polarity switch" for individual people and Angel Grove as a whole. What this actually meant apparently involved a ScreenShake and some storm effects.
** In a later episode of "Mighty Morphin'", episode, Zordon commands Billy to reverse the polarity of a ''cloud''. To make it rain. And it works.
5th May '16 8:45:52 AM Morgenthaler
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** For reference, he reverses the polarity on his ''radio''. Yes, that's right, he detonates torpedoes by reversing the polarity of his radio. This is less bizarre than it seems; WWII-era missiles required radio contact for manual guidance, and this could be easily disrupted by radio interference. In one famous incident, the British were able to cause Italian missiles to crash using interference from ''electric shavers''.
*** This is also why you (used to, haven't seen one lately) see signs near some road construction areas telling you to turn off your car radio. It's because they were blasting, and they didn't want to take a chance on your radio setting off a remote-controlled charge prematurely. ''Probably'' overkill, but at least theoretically possible. Presumably they now use better systems that are less prone to interference.
20th Apr '16 8:00:04 AM Medinoc
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Of course, you can "reverse the polarity" in real life—just put the battery in the other way round. Doesn't quite have the same effect, though. Most simple powered toy vehicles, electric toothbrushes and other devices that rely on a spinning electric motor will simply ''run backwards'' while more complex electronics with a DC power supply may even break or fry the device in question. This is why most "complex" devices nowadays are equipped with diodes, which keep the current from flowing backwards if the polarity is reversed, preventing damage to the main circuitry. Still, DontTryThisAtHome, kids!

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Of course, you can "reverse the polarity" in real life—just put the battery in the other way round. Doesn't quite have the same effect, though. Most simple powered toy vehicles, electric toothbrushes and other devices that rely on a spinning electric motor will simply ''run backwards'' while more complex electronics with a DC power supply may even break or fry the device in question. This is why most "complex" devices nowadays are equipped with diodes, which keep the current from flowing backwards if the polarity is reversed, preventing damage to the main circuitry. Still, DontTryThisAtHome, kids!
kids! Don't even bother trying it with Mains power either: Alternating current means the polarity is ''already'' being reversed, 100 or 120 times a second depending on country. You'll notice that it doesn't make your hairdryer or vacuum cleaner go backwards.
8th Apr '16 7:43:47 AM JackG
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* Strangely enough used in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', which normally takes the trouble to get its tech right. Apparently this is all you need to do to turn a speaker into a microphone. TruthInTelevision: both speakers and microphones are transducers that work with sound waves, and made with similar components. But of course the quality won't be great.

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* Strangely enough used in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', which normally takes the trouble to get its tech right. Apparently this is all you need to do to turn a speaker into a microphone. TruthInTelevision: both While any speaker can in fact be used as a crude microphone (Yamaha NS-10 speakers are often reversed into kick drum microphones in recording circles), all you have to do is plug them into a recording device. No "polarity reversing" is necessary, which is good, because speakers and microphones are transducers that work alternating-current devices with sound waves, and made with similar components. But of course the quality won't be great.no fixed polarity.
28th Mar '16 4:36:42 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In episode 17 of the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, Kohran puzzles over how to make Iris's ''kohbu'' properly handle her vast spirit energies, and comes up with an idea that, among other things, reverses the flow of her spirit energy through the regulator crystal.

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* In episode 17 of the ''SakuraTaisen'' TV series, ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Kohran puzzles over how to make Iris's ''kohbu'' properly handle her vast spirit energies, and comes up with an idea that, among other things, reverses the flow of her spirit energy through the regulator crystal.
27th Mar '16 11:10:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* A musical example is in Bob Carlton's -- sorry, Creator/WilliamShakespeare's -- ''Return to the ForbiddenPlanet''. Before the show starts, the 'crew' or ensemble members walk out and instruct the audience in standard safety procedures for their flight (air masks will deploy from ceiling, use of cell phones will cause the ship to explode, etc.) and end with teaching the audience how to Reverse Polarity themselves -- only for an emergency situation, which is [[TemptingFate highly unlikely, nigh impossible]] -- by putting their hands on their heads and twisting their torsos and heads to and fro. In Act II, of course, polarity needs to be reversed ("[[StrawVulcan But it's not logical]]!" "[[TheMcCoy Damn your logic! I've got lives to save]]!") and the audience has to help.

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* A musical example is in Bob Carlton's -- sorry, Creator/WilliamShakespeare's -- ''Return to the ForbiddenPlanet''.''Theatre/ReturnToTheForbiddenPlanet''. Before the show starts, the 'crew' or ensemble members walk out and instruct the audience in standard safety procedures for their flight (air masks will deploy from ceiling, use of cell phones will cause the ship to explode, etc.) and end with teaching the audience how to Reverse Polarity themselves -- only for an emergency situation, which is [[TemptingFate highly unlikely, nigh impossible]] -- by putting their hands on their heads and twisting their torsos and heads to and fro. In Act II, of course, polarity needs to be reversed ("[[StrawVulcan But it's not logical]]!" "[[TheMcCoy Damn your logic! I've got lives to save]]!") and the audience has to help.
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