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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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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''.
13th Apr '17 6:51:29 PM nombretomado
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* SlenderMan + electronic recording devices = [[HellIsThatNoise horrendous audio distortion]], bizarre visual glitches, and tapes and files getting irreparably corrupted. In some series, this extends to people who have spent too much time around him- for instance, in ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', footage of the exact same places from a few feet away is ''much'' more distorted when it comes from Tim's camera instead of Jay's.

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* SlenderMan [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] + electronic recording devices = [[HellIsThatNoise horrendous audio distortion]], bizarre visual glitches, and tapes and files getting irreparably corrupted. In some series, this extends to people who have spent too much time around him- for instance, in ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', footage of the exact same places from a few feet away is ''much'' more distorted when it comes from Tim's camera instead of Jay's.
10th Apr '17 5:52:47 PM nombretomado
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* Magic and technology simply don't mix, as mentioned several times in SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' novels. Anton, the protagonist of most of the novels, constantly has to replace mini-disc players due to them frying every time he casts a moderately-powerful spell. Other than that, he is pretty good with computers, his former position being an IT tech support guy.

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* Magic and technology simply don't mix, as mentioned several times in SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' novels. Anton, the protagonist of most of the novels, constantly has to replace mini-disc players due to them frying every time he casts a moderately-powerful spell. Other than that, he is pretty good with computers, his former position being an IT tech support guy.
9th Apr '17 9:25:45 AM nombretomado
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* In RogerZelazny's ''Changeling'', the main character was SwitchedAtBirth, and was originally from a magical world. Naturally, he short-circuits any technology he's around, leading his adoptive father, a scientist and inventor, to joke he has a "poltergeist". Later, when battling a technology expert, he is able to use the effect intentionally.

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* In RogerZelazny's Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Changeling'', the main character was SwitchedAtBirth, and was originally from a magical world. Naturally, he short-circuits any technology he's around, leading his adoptive father, a scientist and inventor, to joke he has a "poltergeist". Later, when battling a technology expert, he is able to use the effect intentionally.
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