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21st Sep '16 11:09:35 AM jakobitis
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* Loki in Kieran Gillen's run on ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' does this to give the previously invincible Serpent a weakness. This backfires later on Loki when said weakness (a girl the Serpent once cared for) turns out to be alive... and angry.
31st Jul '16 1:36:43 PM nombretomado
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* One of the Infinity Gems from ''Franchise/MarvelComics'' is the Gem of Reality that allows the user to fulfill wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws. Occasionally stated to be the most 'powerful' of the Gems if wielded without the other Gems to keep its reality-altering powers from accidentally surging out of control.
* In ''DCComics'', John Ostrander's run on ''SuicideSquad'' briefly featured a character called "The Writer" who had the ability to control reality by writing on his laptop. However, now he was part of "the continuity" the other Writers could control him. He was soon killed due to writer's block. Canonically, the character was Creator/GrantMorrison, who wrote himself into continuity in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan.''

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* One of the Infinity Gems from ''Franchise/MarvelComics'' the Franchise/MarvelUniverse is the Gem of Reality that allows the user to fulfill wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws. Occasionally stated to be the most 'powerful' of the Gems if wielded without the other Gems to keep its reality-altering powers from accidentally surging out of control.
* In ''DCComics'', Creator/DCComics, John Ostrander's run on ''SuicideSquad'' ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad'' briefly featured a character called "The Writer" who had the ability to control reality by writing on his laptop. However, now he was part of "the continuity" the other Writers could control him. He was soon killed due to writer's block. Canonically, the character was Creator/GrantMorrison, who wrote himself into continuity in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan.''
31st Jul '16 1:04:58 PM frogpatrol
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[[caption-width-right:228:[-"There! Now he's trapped in a book I wrote -- a crummy world of plot holes and spelling errors!"-] ]]

Writers are used to the power of stories to evoke feelings and create new worlds: in some stories this is explicitly possible, as a form of magic.

Rewriting Reality is a form of magic where the [[HermeticMagic invocation]] is writing -- or in more recent tales, typing. Usually it is one specific object that the writing works with, such as a RealityWritingBook, a typewriter, a sketchpad or a PC. It is sometimes based in mythology where a creator god "writes" the "Story" of history. The device might come from a mysterious deal, a magic spell, a technical device gone strangely wrong, editing the TomesOfProphecyAndFate, or it could just be, y'know, there.

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[[caption-width-right:228:[-"There! Now he's trapped in a book I wrote -- a crummy world of plot holes and spelling errors!"-] ]]

Writers are used to the power of stories to evoke feelings and create new worlds: in some stories this is explicitly possible, as a form of magic.

Rewriting Reality
worlds. '''Rewriting Reality''' is a form of magic where the [[HermeticMagic invocation]] is writing -- writing, or in more recent tales, typing.typing, is literally magic. Usually it is one specific object that the writing works with, such as a RealityWritingBook, a typewriter, a sketchpad or a PC. It is sometimes based in mythology where a creator god "writes" the "Story" of history. The device might come from a mysterious deal, a magic spell, a technical device gone strangely wrong, editing the TomesOfProphecyAndFate, or it could just be, y'know, there.
31st Jul '16 2:27:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''DresdenCodak'' possesses a writer who has the power to alter reality by writing it. However, he has a [[http://www.dresdencodak.com/cartoons/dc_030.htm few rules]] about it.

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* ''DresdenCodak'' ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' possesses a writer who has the power to alter reality by writing it. However, he has a [[http://www.dresdencodak.com/cartoons/dc_030.htm few rules]] about it.
15th Jul '16 4:27:17 PM Discar
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* [[spoiler:[[OutsideContextVillain Featherine]]]] from VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry uses this to great effect, at one point ''stopping time and hacking into the story's script itself'' to defeat an opponent. Not wanting to bother with a fight scene, [[spoiler:she]] starts at the end of the battle, writes about the opponents brutal death, and decides to care about the ''how'' later. The results are...[[CurbStompBattle interesting]].

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* [[spoiler:[[OutsideContextVillain [[spoiler:[[OutsideContextProblem Featherine]]]] from VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry uses this to great effect, at one point ''stopping time and hacking into the story's script itself'' to defeat an opponent. Not wanting to bother with a fight scene, [[spoiler:she]] starts at the end of the battle, writes about the opponents brutal death, and decides to care about the ''how'' later. The results are...[[CurbStompBattle interesting]].
8th Jun '16 4:49:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* [[Webcomic/BasicInstructions Scott Meyer]]'s ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Magic 2.0]]'' books are a tongue-in-cheek take on the idea that the whole of reality as we know it is nothing more than a complex computer program. Martin Banks is a hacker (who dislikes the term) who accidentally finds a strange file on a corporate server. He very quickly discovers that, by editing the file, he is literally RewritingReality. He learns how to teleport (by changing the geospatial coordinates in his entry in the file), time travel (by changing the time entry for himself in the file; but only to the past), and increase his bank account balance (which quickly earns him a visit from the US Treasury on suspicion of bank fraud). He writes an Android app for his phone to be able to do certain things without editing the file directly, including allowing his phone to be constantly charged by updating the phone's entry in the file to the same charge level every 10 seconds. The app also allows him to teleport, always stays connected no matter where (or when) he is by editing the phone's transmission area. When cornered by Treasury agents, he opts to flee to Medieval England, figuring he can pass himself off as a wizard. Once there, he finds out that he's not the first to find the file and end up in that time period. All the other "wizards" are guys just like him (in fact, many got pinched for updating their bank accounts), who live in the 12th century England as wizards, using an open-source shell to, basically, write commands and macros that respond to certain gestures and words (since many Englishmen in that time period know at least some Latin, the wizards are forced to use a bastardized form of Esperanto). Another thing Martin learns is that nothing the wizards do in the past appears to have any effect on the future (a wizard named Jimmy begins to call himself Merlin and has the king rename London to "Camelot" among other things). It's later revealed that there are many other "communes" of time travelers throughout the world and history. The largest one is {{Atlantis}}, a LadyLand built and ruled by sorceresses (since most other time periods [[BurnTheWitch are not kind to female magic users]]). Medieval England is the second largest.

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* [[Webcomic/BasicInstructions Scott Meyer]]'s ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Magic 2.0]]'' books are a tongue-in-cheek take on the idea that the whole of reality as we know it is nothing more than a complex computer program. Martin Banks is a hacker (who dislikes the term) who accidentally finds a strange file on a corporate server. He very quickly discovers that, by editing the file, he is literally RewritingReality. He learns how to teleport (by changing the geospatial coordinates in his entry in the file), time travel (by changing the time entry for himself in the file; but only to the past), and increase his bank account balance (which quickly earns him a visit from the US Treasury on suspicion of bank fraud). He writes an Android app for his phone to be able to do certain things without editing the file directly, including allowing his phone to be constantly charged by updating the phone's entry in the file to the same charge level every 10 seconds. The app also allows him to teleport, always stays connected no matter where (or when) he is by editing the phone's transmission area. When cornered by Treasury agents, he opts to flee to Medieval England, figuring he can pass himself off as a wizard. Once there, he finds out that he's not the first to find the file and end up in that time period. All the other "wizards" are guys just like him (in fact, many got pinched for updating their bank accounts), who live in the 12th century England as wizards, using an open-source shell to, basically, write commands and macros that respond to certain gestures and words (since many Englishmen in that time period know at least some Latin, the wizards are forced to use a bastardized form of Esperanto). Another thing Martin learns is that nothing the wizards do in the past appears to have any effect on the future (a wizard named Jimmy begins to call himself Merlin and has the king rename London to "Camelot" among other things). It's later revealed that there are many other "communes" of time travelers throughout the world and history. The largest one is {{Atlantis}}, a LadyLand built and ruled by sorceresses (since most other time periods [[BurnTheWitch are not kind to female magic users]]). Medieval England is the second largest.largest, with Ancient China and ArabianNightsDays tied for the third place.
7th Jun '16 11:30:46 PM Aiguille
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* The action in ''AlanWake'' starts picking up when the titular author starts finding pages from a book he can't remember writing and the pages start coming true. [[spoiler:Turns out the lake with the cabin Alan was vacationing in has the power to make works of art made there come true; he suffered a week's worth of amnesia while writing the pages under the influence of an EldritchAbomination. Said abomination was trying to get Alan to free it, but he realized what was happening and wrote his escape into his manuscript.]]

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The action in ''AlanWake'' starts picking up when the titular author starts finding pages from a book he can't remember writing and the pages start coming true. [[spoiler:Turns out the lake with the cabin Alan was vacationing in has the power to make works of art made there come true; he suffered a week's worth of amnesia while writing the pages under the influence of an EldritchAbomination. Said abomination was trying to get Alan to free it, but he realized what was happening and wrote his escape into his manuscript.]]]]
** This is an {{Implied}} power of ''Alan Wake's'' FakeBand [[Music/PoetsOfTheFall Old Gods of Asgard]], as their songs always presciently advise the hero on how to defeat the EldritchAbomination with note-perfect timing. Their "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," goes into detail about how their contemporary, the Poet Tom, {{Invoked}} these powers to resurrect his Muse, but the Abomination who granted them {{Exploited}} this in turn, to incarnate itself in her body.
28th Apr '16 8:06:44 AM molokai198
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* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'': Darkstalker transferred all of his animus power into a scroll to prevent the power from [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity making him go insane]]. As a result, his scroll has this ability.
12th Apr '16 4:37:28 AM darksoul4242
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* Rohan Kishibe from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a [[FightingSpirit stand]], Heaven's Door, that can turn people into human books and rewrite them. While he usually uses it to manipulate memories and control a person's actions, it has also, to shown the ability to control what happens to them.

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* Rohan Kishibe from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a [[FightingSpirit stand]], Heaven's Door, that can turn people into human books and rewrite them. While he usually uses it to manipulate memories and control a person's actions, it has also, to also shown the ability to control what happens to them.
5th Apr '16 5:29:11 PM DragonLizardProductions
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* The Narrator in ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheSkullKing'' tends to do this every so often, ether to simply things or to prevent the world at large from blindly following the title character simply because he can talk to the Narrator.
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