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18th Aug '16 8:54:37 PM PaulA
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* MilesVorkosigan in ''Komarr'' is given the position of a Barrayaran Imperial Auditor, which means he is above the law and can issue orders to anyone about anything with the Emperor's personal authority, subject to review only by the Emperor himself. At one point he uses this power to bypass paternal consent on a routine medical treatment for his love interest's son. Lampshaded by his comment "Just like swatting flies with a laser cannon. The aim's a bit tricky, but it sure takes care of the flies."
** Ekaterin's own point of view regarding this scene:

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* MilesVorkosigan in ''Komarr'' is given ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** In ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'', Miles Vorkosigan holds
the position of a Barrayaran Imperial Auditor, which means he is above the law and can issue orders to anyone about anything with the Emperor's personal authority, subject to review only by the Emperor himself. At one point he uses this power to bypass paternal consent on a routine medical treatment for his love interest's son. Lampshaded by his comment "Just like swatting flies with a laser cannon. The aim's a bit tricky, but it sure takes care of the flies."
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" Ekaterin's own point of view regarding this scene:



*** Miles also gets one in ''Memory''. He and Simon Illyan aren't having much luck fishing, so Miles messes with his SonicStunner's cartridge so that when he discards it into the water, it creates an explosion of fish.

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*** ** Miles also gets one in ''Memory''.''Literature/{{Memory}}''. He and Simon Illyan aren't having much luck fishing, so Miles messes with his SonicStunner's cartridge so that when he discards it into the water, it creates an explosion of fish.
17th Aug '16 9:52:41 PM DanaO
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** On the other hand, several mages in the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series use their powers for such things as making sure dinner doesn't burn or the butter churn gets ''completely'' clean. And in the ''Five Hundred Kingdoms'' series, explicitly magical creatures can serve any function they are willing to do, presumably because magic is easier for them.

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** On the other hand, several mages in the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series use their powers for such things as making sure dinner doesn't burn or the butter churn gets ''completely'' clean. And in the ''Five Hundred Kingdoms'' series, explicitly magical creatures can serve any function they are willing to do, presumably because magic is easier for them. Also from that, unlike Witches/Hedge Wizards (who are supposed to have minimal magic and usually hoard what they can get) and Fairy Godmothers/Warding Wizards (who are supposed to have vast amounts of magic, but need to conserve it when "offstage" as the Tradition forgets they exist when they aren't actively part of a storyline), Sorcerers/esses are ''supposed'' to live in highly magical surroundings; when they make magic a part of their daily lives the Tradition actively subsidizes them and increases their available power. (This isn't usually resented, as the latter under normal circumstances get the most dangerous roles for magic users the Tradition can find for them.)
8th Aug '16 12:37:47 AM GaidinBDJ
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** The Marauder's Map, which has the power to see through various shapeshifts and even Harry's Invisibility Cloak (which can literally hide the wearer from ''Death itself'') has been passed down for 20-30 years and used to pull pranks and sneak out of school.
16th Jul '16 9:13:02 AM Malady
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* Lila Black does this quite a lot in Quantum Gravity. Once she lit a cigarette with the pilot light for her flamethrower. Another time had her turning her hand into a touchscreen... in order to play naughts and crosses.

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* Lila Black does this quite a lot in Quantum Gravity.''Literature/QuantumGravity''. Once she lit a cigarette with the pilot light for her flamethrower. Another time had her turning her hand into a touchscreen... in order to play naughts and crosses.
11th Jul '16 10:03:03 PM FF32
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* In ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'', Al discovers a PortalToThePast in his diner's pantry. He uses it to travel back to when meat was much cheaper and then sell it in the present.
1st Jul '16 8:26:42 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' magicians often summon demons for mundane tasks such as redecorating their homes or working as manservants. Despite the lack of risk they often resent this as much or more than their more dangerous jobs. There's glory to be found in battle, less so in wallpapering.

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* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' magicians often summon demons for mundane tasks such as redecorating their homes or working as manservants. Despite the lack of risk they often resent this as much or more than their more dangerous jobs. There's glory to be found in battle, less so in wallpapering.
30th Jun '16 7:08:21 PM PaulA
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* In KevinJAnderson's Dan Shamble novel ''Unnatural Acts'', a succubus whose life-leeching touch causes plants to shrivel gets fired from a brothel for accidentally draining a human client so he winds up in the hospital. She finds a new job with a company that makes dried flower arrangements, where her TouchOfDeath for flowers triples their productivity.

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* In KevinJAnderson's Dan Shamble Creator/KevinJAnderson's Literature/DanShambleZombiePI novel ''Unnatural Acts'', a succubus whose life-leeching touch causes plants to shrivel gets fired from a brothel for accidentally draining a human client so he winds up in the hospital. She finds a new job with a company that makes dried flower arrangements, where her TouchOfDeath for flowers triples their productivity.
14th Jun '16 4:39:00 PM Beacon80
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** At another point, Belgarion gives the Orb, the most powerful artifact in existence, to his toddler son to play with. He's called out on this.
11th Jun '16 4:01:53 PM nombretomado
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* [[SwordOfTruth Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander]], Wizard of the First Order, AKA the Wind of Death, has been known to use his exceptional and frightening mastery over magic to cook dinner just a little faster.

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* [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander]], Wizard of the First Order, AKA the Wind of Death, has been known to use his exceptional and frightening mastery over magic to cook dinner just a little faster.
10th Jun '16 6:24:12 AM Chabal2
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** On a similar note, Susan, Death's granddaughter, has inherited The Grim Reaper's many talents, among them the ability to exist outside of time. She uses this talent to grade papers (largely due to her suffering a heavy case of IJustWantToBeNormal). Her classes take quite interesting, Disc-travelling unscheduled field trips during her lessons. However, her CompellingVoice, while able to help her skip on teaching when her grandfather needs her, cannot be used to get her a raise.

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** On a similar note, Susan, Death's granddaughter, has inherited The Grim Reaper's many talents, among them the ability to exist outside of time. She uses this talent to grade papers (largely due to her suffering a heavy case of IJustWantToBeNormal). Her classes take quite interesting, Disc-travelling unscheduled field trips during her lessons. However, her CompellingVoice, while able to help her skip on teaching when her grandfather needs her, cannot be used to get her a raise.raise from the headmistress. She was also very good at certain sports such as lacrosse and hockey. Just seeing Susan moving with [[SinisterScythe a long angled stick]] and a calculating expression makes goalies reconsider their life choices.



** In ''Equal Rites'', Esk disguises her wizard staff as a broom, occasionally using it to sweep up. When Mustrum Ridcully was summoned to UU to become its Archchancellor, he had to retrieve his own staff from the garden, where it was serving as the support-pole of a scarecrow.

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** In ''Equal Rites'', Esk disguises her wizard staff as a broom, occasionally using it to sweep up. When Mustrum Ridcully was summoned to UU to become its Archchancellor, he had to retrieve his own staff from the garden, where it was serving as the support-pole of a scarecrow. He's known to use magic for trick shots in pool involving time travel.
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