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23rd Sep '17 11:42:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Within Rick Cook's ''WizBiz'' novels, the protagonist finds a way to employ his programming skills to store and retrieve complex spells using [[JustForPun counting daemons]].

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* Within Rick Cook's ''WizBiz'' ''Literature/WizBiz'' novels, the protagonist finds a way to employ his programming skills to store and retrieve complex spells using [[JustForPun counting daemons]].
19th Jul '17 11:51:01 AM rmctagg09
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': spellcasting consists of precise verbal instructions in the LanguageOfMagic, although Duane is one of a rare group of "tacit casters" born with the ability to cast without speaking out loud. Although it lets him cast spells quickly and covertly, he clarifies that he still has to ''think'' the exact same words he would otherwise be speaking -- an important restriction, since magic works in very literal terms and tends to kill casters who are careless in their spellwork.

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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': In''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', spellcasting consists of precise verbal instructions in the LanguageOfMagic, although Duane is one of a rare group of "tacit casters" born with the ability to cast without speaking out loud. Although it lets him cast spells quickly and covertly, he clarifies that he still has to ''think'' the exact same words he would otherwise be speaking -- an important restriction, since magic works in very literal terms and tends to kill casters who are careless in their spellwork.
18th Jul '17 2:11:27 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', spellcasting generally involves a verbal component. The rare ability to create magic without this verbal component is known as tacit casting. Duane is capable of tacit casting, and is apparently an unusually quick caster.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': spellcasting generally involves a consists of precise verbal component. The instructions in the LanguageOfMagic, although Duane is one of a rare group of "tacit casters" born with the ability to create magic cast without this verbal component is known as tacit casting. Duane is capable of tacit casting, speaking out loud. Although it lets him cast spells quickly and is apparently covertly, he clarifies that he still has to ''think'' the exact same words he would otherwise be speaking -- an unusually quick caster.
important restriction, since magic works in very literal terms and tends to kill casters who are careless in their spellwork.
30th May '17 1:46:18 PM rmctagg09
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* Haku, one of the earliest villains from ''{{Naruto}}'' manages to make signs with only one hand, an unheard of skill that proves useful in his fight against Sasuke. [[spoiler:Just to emphasize how unique this is, the next character to perform this feat is the Fourth Hokage's Edo Tensei zombie--and even then, only after getting his other arm blown off.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'':
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Haku, one of the earliest villains from ''{{Naruto}}'' villains, manages to make signs with only one hand, an unheard of skill that proves useful in his fight against Sasuke. [[spoiler:Just to emphasize how unique this is, the next character to perform this feat is the Fourth Hokage's Edo Tensei zombie--and even then, only after getting his other arm blown off.]]
30th May '17 11:52:11 AM Liangnui
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* Haku, one of the earliest villains from ''{{Naruto}}'' manages to make signs with only one hand, an unheard of skill that proves useful in his fight against Sasuke. Just to emphasize how unique this is, no character since has been seen performing that feat.

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* Haku, one of the earliest villains from ''{{Naruto}}'' manages to make signs with only one hand, an unheard of skill that proves useful in his fight against Sasuke. Just [[spoiler:Just to emphasize how unique this is, no the next character since has been seen performing that feat.to perform this feat is the Fourth Hokage's Edo Tensei zombie--and even then, only after getting his other arm blown off.]]


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** The Rasengan is also almost unique among ninjutsu for requiring ''no'' hand seals to form, which was a major component of the Fourth Hokage's SpeedBlitz combat style.
17th Apr '17 12:44:06 PM intastiel
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* In ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'', a skilled mage can forego the usual incantations and hand gestures, but this makes spells considerably harder to cast. They can also invert this by casting a spell as a lengthy, convoluted {{Ritual|Magic}} for extra power and precision.
13th Apr '17 10:03:31 AM I_love_dragons
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** The complete Rite of [=AshkEnte=] (which summons Death into a circle) is ludicrously long and convoluted, so they almost always skip most of it. It turns out to be a comedic InvertedTrope: anyone with magic ability can perform the complete rite in five minutes with two bits of wood and a fresh egg. Since wizards are inveterate showoffs to a man they find this fact extremely distasteful, and unless pressed for time will add in lots of pointless chanting and dribbly candles to make themselves feel better.

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** The complete Rite of [=AshkEnte=] (which summons Death into a circle) is ludicrously long and convoluted, so they almost always skip most of it. It turns out to be a comedic InvertedTrope: anyone with magic ability can perform the complete rite in five minutes with two three bits of wood and a fresh egg.4 cc of mouse blood. Since wizards are inveterate showoffs to a man they find this fact extremely distasteful, and unless pressed for time will add in lots of pointless chanting and dribbly candles to make themselves feel better.
18th Feb '17 11:28:42 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', bending powers are typically accompanied by large, flashy martial-arts-like movements. The more powerful the bender, the less movement they need to gain the effect. Members of the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Fire Nation royal family]] are sometimes seen to shoot jets of flame from their palms or mouth with little or no movement required, and King Bumi can perform impressive feats of Earthbending just by ''wiggling his nose or chin''.
** And there's an assassin who can firebend with his mind. As did an opponent in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', bending powers are typically accompanied by large, flashy martial-arts-like movements. The more powerful the bender, the less movement they need to gain the effect. Members of the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Fire Nation royal family]] are sometimes seen to shoot jets of flame from their palms or mouth with little or no movement required, and King Bumi can perform impressive feats of Earthbending just by ''wiggling his nose or chin''.
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chin''. We later see an assassin who can firebend with his mind.mind, no movement required. As did an opponent in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. [[spoiler:Amon, the first villain in ''Legend of Korra'', is capable of [[ForbiddenTechnique bloodbending]] without any movement at all, as was his father Yakone.]]
16th Jan '17 5:44:42 PM rmctagg09
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This ability is generally the product of either years of experience, a rare talent, resourcefulness, being a BadassAbnormal, having learned the magical arts under very unusual circumstances, or being in posession of rare equipment that can assist spellcasting. In any case, expect the caster's opponent to call him out for cheating. Sometimes, however, this advantage carries a price or [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique drawbacks inherent in the method]], such as making the spell weaker than it would be with proper SpellConstruction, carrying higher risks, or substituting the cost of opportunity for something else such as rare reagents or [[CastFromHitPoints the user's own life force]].

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This ability is generally the product of either years of experience, a rare talent, resourcefulness, being a BadassAbnormal, having learned the magical arts under very unusual circumstances, or being in posession possession of rare equipment that can assist spellcasting. In any case, expect the caster's opponent to call him out for cheating. Sometimes, however, this advantage carries a price or [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique drawbacks inherent in the method]], such as making the spell weaker than it would be with proper SpellConstruction, carrying higher risks, or substituting the cost of opportunity for something else such as rare reagents or [[CastFromHitPoints the user's own life force]].



Note that if casting spells without any prerequisite is ''normal'' in-universe, it does not count as this trope. However, the normal requirements do not have to be completely foregone, merely reduced. Also, this is a ''{{fantasy}}'' trope. A subtrope of ThoughtControlledPower when ''no'' SpellConstruction is required.

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Note that if casting spells without any prerequisite is ''normal'' in-universe, it does not count as this trope. However, the normal requirements do not have to be completely foregone, merely reduced. Also, this is a ''{{fantasy}}'' trope. A subtrope of ThoughtControlledPower when ''no'' SpellConstruction is required. LimitedUseMagicalDevice is a subtrope for when it's done through an item.
24th Dec '16 1:14:44 PM LordInsane
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** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'s'' psychic magic loses non-expensive material components and put things askew by ''exchanging'' verbal and somatic components for other, less externally visible, components (emotion -- can't be affected by non-harmless emotion or fear effects, meaning they literally can be scared into being unable to cast some spells -- and thought -- requires building up a mental image, which means it is requires more concentration unless they take a moment to center themselves first). The practical effect is that it looks like this to someone [[WrongContextMagic unfamiliar]] with psychic magic, but if you ''are'' familiar it is just as complicated as an arcane spellcaster with the Eschew Materials feat[[note]]don't have to use material components costing 1 gp or less[[/note]] -- just more difficult to shut down indefinitely without resorting to anti-magic effects.
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