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16th Nov '17 6:07:01 PM MarqFJA
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* Rin Tohsaka from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is said, [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], to be this. However Fate, being the [[NightmareFuel series it is]], does not get to go too far into this; the ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' [=OVAs=], [[HilarityEnsues however...]]
** This can apply to most magi ''in general''. Most traditional magi outright turn their noses up at modern technology and prefer to use magical means of doing things (even if the 'mundane' method is easier and simpler). [[LightNovel/FateZero Kitsurugi]] [[MageKiller Emiya]] utilizes this to his advantage when hunting magi. And in the same series/novel, Tokiomi Tohsaka is using what is effectively a magic fax machine, causing Kirei Kotomine to wonder why can't he just use, you know, ''an actual fax machine'', among other modern appliances, seeing as the magical equivalent seems much less efficient. Waver Velvet seems to at least have a clue about modern tech, as he knew how to work Iri's phone when she didn't. [[spoiler: Later he comes to really love video games in memory of Iskander, so he probably is proficient.]]
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28th Aug '17 9:22:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Brad, from ''TheClassMenagerie'', is an EXTREME Techbane (and being a bit of a Luddite does not help matters), one crossover storyline ended up with him completely wiping out a company's network just by ''ending up in the server room''. In fact, the only machine he could handle without it breaking is a coffee-maker ([[MustHaveCaffeine which he can't live without anyway]]).

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* Brad, from ''TheClassMenagerie'', ''Webcomic/TheClassMenagerie'', is an EXTREME Techbane (and being a bit of a Luddite does not help matters), one crossover storyline ended up with him completely wiping out a company's network just by ''ending up in the server room''. In fact, the only machine he could handle without it breaking is a coffee-maker ([[MustHaveCaffeine which he can't live without anyway]]).
24th Aug '17 10:58:00 AM CosmicFerret
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* While not a computer, Jon's father from the ''{{Garfield}}'' comics has never seen a faucet head before in his life, having used pumps. As a result, he's assured he can figure out how to work it, but rips off the faucet by mistake, although he chalks it up to the faucet being faulty and poor. That same arc also showed he carries a rooster in a bag when he travels rather than an alarm clock.

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* While not a computer, Jon's father from the ''{{Garfield}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comics has never seen a faucet head before in his life, having used pumps. As a result, he's assured he can figure out how to work it, but rips off the faucet by mistake, although he chalks it up to the faucet being faulty and poor. That same arc also showed he carries a rooster in a bag when he travels rather than an alarm clock.
16th Jul '17 11:12:04 AM randomtroper89
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* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' shorts out any advanced technology (almost anything past the '50s) because he's a wizard. (Magic makes microscopic improbabilities more probable -- and electronics are particularly vulnerable to small current surges.) This occurs to all wizards, but he interacts with {{Muggles}} more often than most. This forces him to drive an old-school VW Bug, use an old-style stove and icebox in his home, and go completely without central heating, air conditioning, or hot water.
** It also proves problematic in his more mundane PrivateDetective activities because he has to be extremely careful around anything completely modern, like a computer or USB hard-drive, since all information stored therein is often completely wiped. His friends won't let him with 20 feet of a computer (for good reason!), and he avoids hospitals as much as possible for fear of accidentally shorting out someone's life support, one of the reasons he calls upon Butters for OpenHeartDentistry.

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* * ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' shorts out any advanced technology (almost anything past the '50s) because he's a wizard. (Magic makes microscopic improbabilities more probable -- and electronics are particularly vulnerable to small current surges.) This occurs to all wizards, but he interacts with {{Muggles}} more often than most. This forces him to drive an old-school VW Bug, use an old-style stove and icebox in his home, and go completely without central heating, air conditioning, or hot water.
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water. It also proves problematic in his more mundane PrivateDetective activities because he has to be extremely careful around anything completely modern, like a computer or USB hard-drive, since all information stored therein is often completely wiped. His friends won't let him with 20 feet of a computer (for good reason!), and he avoids hospitals as much as possible for fear of accidentally shorting out someone's life support, one of the reasons he calls upon Butters for OpenHeartDentistry. He does find a few ways to suppress his Walking Techbane status, but so far they've all been imperfect and temporary solutions.
** From ''Literature/FoolMoon'' on Harry makes use of a directed form (''Hexus''), essentially simply ramping up this tendency to short out anything electrical. He makes the point multiple times that it's possibly the easiest thing in the world for a wizard to do, since it happens all the time anyway. ''Hexus'' manages to make machines ''spectacularly'' self-destruct, too. When he tries to do it as mildly as he possibly can, he winds up getting way more of the effect when he wanted. When a wizard who can ruin gadgetry just by being around it whether he wants to or not ''tries'' to mess with your motor, your security system, or your computer, it's less "glitches" and more "KABOOM."



** From ''Literature/FoolMoon'' on Harry makes use of a directed form (''Hexus''), essentially simply ramping up this tendency to short out anything electrical. He makes the point multiple times that it's possibly the easiest thing in the world for a wizard to do, since it happens all the time anyway.
*** ''Hexus'' manages to make machines ''spectacularly'' self-destruct, too. When he tries to do it as mildly as he possibly can, he winds up getting way more of the effect when he wanted. When a wizard who can ruin gadgetry just by being around it whether he wants to or not ''tries'' to mess with your motor, your security system, or your computer, it's less "glitches" and more "KABOOM."
** He does find a few ways to suppress his Walking Techbane status, but so far they've all been imperfect and temporary solutions.
** ''Literature/GhostStory'' mentions that in the past wizards had vastly different effects such as their presence souring milk and things like that -- and that in the future, it will likely be something different again.
** ''Literature/ColdDays'' tells us that one such effect was the wizards' appearance being altered. When magic was as bad for your skin as it is for your computer today, you get the "ugly, warty witch/warlock" stereotype.
*** Harry also finds that magical supernatural entities [[spoiler:such as the Fae]] do NOT suffer from WalkingTechbane. He theorizes it's because humans are innately conflicted, with emotions constantly churning around inside them and affecting their magical output, while other magical entities don't have that problem. This is supported by the times in the series when tech breaks down more often around Harry when he's upset. But then you have [[spoiler:Molly]], who becomes the Winter Lady, and as a result is able to use things like cell phones without incident, which disturbs Harry considerably and raises the question of how much the Techbane aversion is attributed to personality and how much to the type of power being used.

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** From ''Literature/FoolMoon'' on Harry makes use of a directed form (''Hexus''), essentially simply ramping up this tendency to short out anything electrical. He makes the point multiple times that it's possibly the easiest thing in the world for a wizard to do, since it happens all the time anyway.
*** ''Hexus'' manages to make machines ''spectacularly'' self-destruct, too. When he tries to do it as mildly as he possibly can, he winds up getting way more of the effect when he wanted. When a wizard who can ruin gadgetry just by being around it whether he wants to or not ''tries'' to mess with your motor, your security system, or your computer, it's less "glitches" and more "KABOOM."
** He does find a few ways to suppress his Walking Techbane status, but so far they've all been imperfect and temporary solutions.
** ''Literature/GhostStory'' mentions that in the past wizards had vastly different effects such as their presence souring milk and things like that -- and that in the future, it will likely be something different again.
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again. ''Literature/ColdDays'' tells us that one such effect was the wizards' appearance being altered. When magic was as bad for your skin as it is for your computer today, you get the "ugly, warty witch/warlock" stereotype.
*** ** Harry also finds that magical supernatural entities [[spoiler:such as the Fae]] do NOT suffer from WalkingTechbane. He theorizes it's because humans are innately conflicted, with emotions constantly churning around inside them and affecting their magical output, while other magical entities don't have that problem. This is supported by the times in the series when tech breaks down more often around Harry when he's upset. But then you have [[spoiler:Molly]], who becomes the Winter Lady, and as a result is able to use things like cell phones without incident, which disturbs Harry considerably and raises the question of how much the Techbane aversion is attributed to personality and how much to the type of power being used.
8th Jul '17 5:50:42 PM nombretomado
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* Physicist Wolfgang Pauli, one of the fathers of modern chemistry, frequently saw experiments explode or fail whenever he came near them. On one occasion, an experiment in a university failed, and the scientists figured it couldn't be Pauli, he was nowhere around, he was on his way to Zurich. Except, as it turned out, he ''was'' in town... waiting for a train connection. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect elaborates]]. Someone humorously dubbed it the "Second Pauli Exclusion Principle": Wolfgang Pauli and a functioning device can't occupy the same room.

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* Physicist Wolfgang Pauli, one of the fathers of modern chemistry, frequently saw experiments explode or fail whenever he came near them. On one occasion, an experiment in a university failed, and the scientists figured it couldn't be Pauli, he was nowhere around, he was on his way to Zurich. Except, as it turned out, he ''was'' in town... waiting for a train connection. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect elaborates]]. Someone humorously dubbed it the "Second Pauli Exclusion Principle": Wolfgang Pauli and a functioning device can't occupy the same room.
10th Jun '17 1:17:36 PM nombretomado
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* Overload of the WhateleyUniverse is an Energizer with a powerful electromagnetic field. That he can't control. The special [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] laptops are ruggedized to prevent damage from Energizers, but he was able to accidentally wreck his roommate's Whateley laptop a couple times a week. Most of the school calls him 'Glitch' instead of his preferred codename.

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* Overload of the WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse is an Energizer with a powerful electromagnetic field. That he can't control. The special [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] laptops are ruggedized to prevent damage from Energizers, but he was able to accidentally wreck his roommate's Whateley laptop a couple times a week. Most of the school calls him 'Glitch' instead of his preferred codename.
3rd May '17 1:50:10 AM Kvaseren
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* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'': A lot of Lucas's customers are the Roger Fox variety of this. Particulary [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20030530 this guy.]]

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* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'': A lot of Lucas's customers are the Roger Fox variety of this. Particulary [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20030530 [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/compensation/ this guy.]]
1st May '17 1:15:42 PM justanid
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* [[http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/experiments.html Experiments]] by [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Princeton's]] Engineering Anomoly Research (PEAR) found that some machines were affected by operator-specific anomalies, with more fragile technology being more susceptible to human interference in general.
1st May '17 12:54:58 PM justanid
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SubTrope of TheJinx.
17th Apr '17 3:53:44 AM Ezekiel-Baskerville
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* Cyan/Cayenne from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is terrified of (though fascinated by) machinery, though the first time you meet him he jumps into a suit of Magitek armor and (eventually) pilots it without too much problem; at one point has a great deal of difficulty ''stepping on a simple pressure switch''.

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* Cyan/Cayenne from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is terrified of (though fascinated by) machinery, though the first time you meet him he jumps into a suit of Magitek armor and (eventually) [[CrowningMomentofFunny (eventually)]] pilots it without too much problem; at one point has a great deal of difficulty ''stepping on a simple pressure switch''.
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