Created By: RedneckRocker on May 12, 2013 Last Edited By: RedneckRocker on May 14, 2013

Seussical Magic

Magic spells that rhyme, and do so all of the time

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As the title says, magic users who are also poets. Rather than speaking obscure or ancient magic words, the spellcasters speak a brief bit of poetry.

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  • May 12, 2013
    JonnyB
    The Trope Maker would probably be the three witches in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
  • May 12, 2013
    NateTheGreat
  • May 12, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Bad Trope Namer, sorry. Dr. Seuss is known for many things and I don't think 'rhyming incantations' is one of them.

  • May 12, 2013
    DunDun
    I tried to think up rhyming titles, but none were clear or concise. Rhyme Magic seems the clearest I can think up. If this "magicians who are also poets," then would the trope that means "warriors who are also poets" be a valid snowclone? Magician Poet, Magical Poet, or Scaldic Magicians ("the original WP" going to Odin and Norse scalds).
  • May 12, 2013
    Generality
    In The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, magic mirrors (which function like telephones) are activated with the couplet, "Mirror mirror on the wall, I would like to make a call." When they try this on a slightly older but more universally applicable model to locate a stolen magic sword, it stuffily informs them that they are supposed to specify the subject in the verse, forcing one character to eventually quip, "Mirror mirror on a hook, where's the sword the wizards took?" The mirror isn't pleased by this, but complies.
  • May 12, 2013
    StarSword
  • May 12, 2013
    CompletelyDifferent
    I like Rhymes Are Magical myself. That also fits for universes where spells don't always involve rhymes, but sometimes do.

    And into her own reflection she stared/ Yearning for one whose reflection she shared/ And solemnly sweared not to be scared/ At the prospect of being doubly mared
  • May 12, 2013
    McKathlin
    Literature
    • In the first Harry Potter book, Ron tries a rhyming spell on his rat familiar:
      Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid fat rat yellow.
      • It doesn't work; his brothers taught him the spell as a joke. Virtually all spells in the series use Dog Latin, not rhyming.

    [If anyone knows how to continue at a bullet point's tab depth after a quote, I'd rather that were done here than the sub-bullet. It looks like I'm arguing with myself.]
  • May 12, 2013
    Stratadrake
    There's ... no official markup for that. The closest we have is the :: markup, but that's intended for definition lists so if you want to use it for general indenting you can't have any other colons in the same line.

    E.g:
    • * List item
      --> Quote
    :: Indent
  • May 12, 2013
    McKathlin
    Thanks. Then it cleans up to this:

    Literature
    • In the first Harry Potter book, Ron tries a rhyming spell on his rat familiar:
      Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid fat rat yellow.
    It doesn't work; his brothers taught him the spell as a joke. Virtually all spells in the series use Dog Latin, not rhyming.
  • May 13, 2013
    Arivne
    Literature
    • The Harold Shea series. The title character can use magic by creating and speaking a poem that describes the desired result. Exact Words is in effect - if the wording is improper the spell can backfire.
    • Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series. The Blue Adept can use magic by speaking in rhyme, but needs to come up with a new rhyme each time. If he re-uses a rhyme it has a reduced effect.
  • May 13, 2013
    polarbear2217
    Lampshaded in the Season 3 finale of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic "Magical Mystery Cure". Twilight Sparkle is confused because Starswirl the Bearded unfinished spell "doesn't even rhyme."

    In the Goosebumps television episode "Bad Hare Day", Tim has to make the spells rhyme for them to work.
  • May 14, 2013
    JonnyB
    The magic mirror in Snow White And The Seven Dwarves is envoked this way and responds in kind.
  • May 14, 2013
    Superbender13
    The sisters of Charmed need to find rhymes to use their magic.
  • May 14, 2013
    GKaiser
    The incantation to transform on Power Rangers Mystic Force is "Magical Source, Mystic Force!" However subverted by their other phone-based spells, which are welsh instead of english rhymes.

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