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20th May '17 10:02:36 AM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Ultima}}'' series, and ''{{Ultima VII}}'' in particular, is the undisputed video game king of this trope. You can find a complete list of spells, along with some very colourful descriptions, [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-The-Black-Gate/Update%2014/ here (part I)]] and [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-Part-2-Serpent-Isle/Update%2055/ here (part II)]]. Some highlights include Ignite, which lights any flammable object, Awaken, which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, False Coin, which allows you to be a huge JerkAss to merchants, and Fireworks, which is [[UselessSuperpowers bloody useless (pretty, though)]].

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* The ''{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series, and ''{{Ultima ''VideoGame/{{Ultima VII}}'' in particular, is the undisputed video game king of this trope. You can find a complete list of spells, along with some very colourful descriptions, [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-The-Black-Gate/Update%2014/ here (part I)]] and [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-Part-2-Serpent-Isle/Update%2055/ here (part II)]]. Some highlights include Ignite, which lights any flammable object, Awaken, which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, False Coin, which allows you to be a huge JerkAss to merchants, and Fireworks, which is [[UselessSuperpowers bloody useless (pretty, though)]].
20th May '17 4:30:56 AM EDP
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' magic can be used as this, even if sometimes it can verge into laziness by using magic for something they could do by themselves. Faragonda once even warned her fairy students against using magic for something such as scrambled eggs-with Griffin (a witch) suggesting instead to [[PowerPerversionPotential brainwashing someone to do it]].
20th May '17 4:25:00 AM EDP
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* Loads and loads of spells into ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' can be used as this. The most notable instance are magic brooms, that can both fly at enormous speed and be used to clean (in fact that's the basic definition). Even Gluhen Des Herzen, that looks like a broom-shaped rocket but is actually a vacuum cleaner (much to Urd and Peorth's protests when they find out).
9th May '17 8:47:42 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', spells which fall under the Alteration attribute are almost entirely this - Levitation (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' only), opening locks, increasing the amount of weight you can carry, etc. The teleportation spells (again, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' only) offered by the school of Mysticism also have some extremely utilitarian uses. (Zapping out of danger, allowing you to move while over-encumbered, etc.)

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', spells which fall under the Alteration attribute are almost entirely this - Levitation (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' only), opening locks, increasing the amount of weight you can carry, night eye and light spells, water walking and breathing, etc. The teleportation spells (again, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' ''Morrowind'' only) offered by the school of Mysticism also have some extremely utilitarian uses. (Zapping out of danger, allowing you to move while over-encumbered, etc.)
28th Apr '17 3:09:09 PM Discar
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* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': It's a RunningGag that a lot of magic is actually pretty boring. On career day the most famous magician who came to the school was a magical foot doctor, one episode sees the students being taught a spell to drive a nail into wood perfectly, and Nate Silver has published a number of spells for accurate polls and approval ratings.
24th Mar '17 11:55:49 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', spells which fall under the Alteration attribute are almost entirely this - Levitation (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' only), opening locks, increasing the amount of weight you can carry, etc. The teleportation spells (again, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' only) offered by the school of Mysticism also have some extremely utilitarian uses. (Zapping out of danger, allowing you to move while over-encumbered, etc.)
19th Jan '17 5:28:14 AM Steinman76
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* Very common in the ''Literature/OneRoseTrilogy''. Roughly 25% of the population of the nation of Adara have magical powers of some kind (usually one power apiece), and those powers are an everyday part of life. Yes, there are people who can throw fire and lightning around, but they actually get ''less'' respect than those who can perform truly "useful" magics, like healing, farspeaking, controlling winds (a true boon for sailors), and baking bread that will never go bad. Adara's ruler in the first two books got the job at least partly because she can magically detect lies.
10th Jan '17 12:30:23 PM LordInsane
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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' added more spells like Quimby's Enchanting Gourmet (Unseen Servant improved so that it cooks on its own) and Nchaser's Glowing Globe (controlled permanent glow-lamp). It also has historic examples in Netheril and Imaskar -- Netheril relied on the mythallar, a kind of orb which allowed the use of quasimagical items (quasimagical items being items who acted as magical within a mythallar's mile-radius field, but not outside, the upside being that they were ''much'' less draining to make for an arcanist) to make it practical within its famous flying cities, while Imaskar's focus on dimensional magic resulted in the elite mages of that society using portals and space-time trickery for some relatively mundane applications (like fresh water and recycling air by means of inverted {{No Flow Portal}}s to the Elemental Planes of Water and Air).

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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' added more spells like Quimby's Enchanting Gourmet (Unseen Servant improved so that it cooks on its own) and Nchaser's Glowing Globe (controlled permanent glow-lamp). It also has historic examples in Netheril and Imaskar -- Netheril relied on a combination of ''every'' Netherese having some minor non-combat magic (called 'cantras') along with the mythallar, a kind of orb which allowed the use of quasimagical items (quasimagical items being items who acted as magical within a mythallar's mile-radius field, but not outside, the upside being that they were ''much'' less draining to make for an arcanist) to make it practical within its famous flying cities, while Imaskar's focus on dimensional magic resulted in the elite mages of that society using portals and space-time trickery for some relatively mundane applications (like fresh water and recycling air by means of inverted {{No Flow Portal}}s to the Elemental Planes of Water and Air).
15th Dec '16 1:30:48 AM AgProv
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** In one of the Tiffany Aching series, there is an advisory warning of a witch who tries to use household spells to enchant brooms and mops and buckets to do the dogsbody stuff for her, so she doesn't have to. As with the Disney film this is parodying, the tale does not end well: she loses not only the soles of her shoes but also several toes to over-enthusiastic cleaning from rogue magic that doesn't know when to stop.
24th Nov '16 9:28:56 AM Generality
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* In the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, any scene in the wizarding world will feature utility magic in the background for such tasks as sweeping or cooking. This is taken to eleven in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', in which Queenie cooks an entire meal using only magic.
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