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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.
10th May '16 11:44:02 PM PaulA
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* Peter Reidinger of Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Pegasus]]'' books discovers he has powers after becoming a [[DisabilitySuperpower quadriplegic]] at age [[PubertySuperpower thirteen]]; as a result he uses his "Talent" for ''everything,'' including hiding the fact that he's doing it by puppeting his own inert body, which leads to some UncannyValley moments (as well as him ''literally'' levitating with enthusiasm early on when he forgets where his feet are in relation to the ground...)

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* Peter Reidinger of Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive ''[[Literature/ToRidePegasus Pegasus]]'' books discovers he has powers after becoming a [[DisabilitySuperpower quadriplegic]] at age [[PubertySuperpower thirteen]]; as a result he uses his "Talent" for ''everything,'' including hiding the fact that he's doing it by puppeting his own inert body, which leads to some UncannyValley moments (as well as him ''literally'' levitating with enthusiasm early on when he forgets where his feet are in relation to the ground...)
6th May '16 12:23:32 AM PaulA
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** In the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, all dragons can teleport. Green dragons (the lowest-ranking) are sometimes used to deliver messages or carry passengers. Since dragon riders are an elite class, they only do this when it's important (or when they want to impress a girlfriend, etc).

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** * In the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, all dragons can teleport. Green dragons (the lowest-ranking) are sometimes used to deliver messages or carry passengers. Since dragon riders are an elite class, they only do this when it's important (or when they want to impress a girlfriend, etc).
3rd Apr '16 7:23:17 PM Pryun
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* In ''Literature/DeathMarchingToTheParallelWorldRhapsody'', Satou (ab)uses holy swords as cooking knives and to mine materials from a dungeon to create his own treasure room.
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