->''"One day the magic will come back, all of it. Everyone will be just like they were. The shadows will part and the skies will open wide. When he rises, everyone will see."''
-->-- '''Sandal Feddic''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''

[[HereThereWereDragons The past was an exciting time to live in]]: Magic was real, mythological creatures roamed the Earth, and humans lived side by side with [[FiveRaces elves, dwarves, hobbits and the rest]]. Such a shame that it didn't last and we're stuck with plain, old boring mundane life.

But wait, reports are coming in that something strange is happening all over the planet: Mysterious creatures thought only to exist in storybooks have been sighted in isolated areas and their numbers are increasing with each passing day. Some humans are starting to exhibit fantastical powers that science can't explain. Strange, yet familiar humanoid beings have been seen going about their daily lives in the middle of human cities.

What's going on? Why, the exact opposite of TheMagicGoesAway. Maybe it completely disappeared at one point or maybe it didn't exist at all. Regardless of the past situation, however, magic is back and, as a result, can often pave the way for an UrbanFantasy setting.

Sometimes technological prowess will directly lead to MagicFromTechnology. This can be accompanied at times by TheDragonsComeBack, but is not required on either end.

This trope seems to be about evenly split between ending and beginnings. As such '''there may be unmarked spoilers. The presence of names on this list may in and of themselves constitute spoilers.'''

See also NothingIsTheSameAnymore.


[[folder: Anime/Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the appearance of the fifth God Hand, Femto, and his rebirth as Griffith caused a chain reaction that slowly drew the supernatural world into the human world. [[spoiler:The final and permanent change occurs during the climax of the battle with Emperor Ganishka when the two worlds suddenly become one. Cue astonished reactions from two lumberjacks as they then witness a herd of unicorns stampeding away from a hydra.]]
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' combines this with a {{Just Before The|End}} CosyCatastrophe setting. It's the twilight of humanity, and as cities slowly shrink, roads gradually fall into disrepair, and the human population dwindles, magical creatures and mystical phenomena are quietly coming back to the world -- in a gradual and completely non-threatening way, of course, as befits the atmosphere of this work.
* By the end of ''Manga/GaRei'', humans live alongside all manners of undead spirits. The main characters simply shrug when faced with this new reality, saying that "humanity can and will learn to live in this new world".
* A major plot point in ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod''. The day human beings stopped dying and giving birth is also the day people's wishes started coming true, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor for good and bad]], and it seems most of the supernatural happenings in the series are the result of said wishes.
* In ''ComicBook/JaxEpochAndTheQuickenForbidden'', tt's more of a justified trope. After Jax came back from the inter-dimensional portal, somehow the magic starts leaking into her world, causing magical things to happen like a dragon flying through the city of New York.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The upside of TheRapture in ''ComicBook/ThereforeRepent''.
* A Return of Magic was foretold by Ancient Gina in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger''.

[[folder: Fan Works]]

* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has the present being the end result of this happening. The GoldenAge (the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales G2 Series]]) of Pony civilization had magic fade out and into legend. All three tribes didn't even know the others existed. However, Patch rediscovered [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Paradise Estate]] and ended up triggering this. Unfortunately, this all resulted in a Class 2 Apocalypse and while the magic stayed, civilization collapsed.
* The ''Fanfic/OversaturatedWorld'' has this happen in the Equestria Girls universe. [[spoiler:Sort of. Human magic had always existed, it was just hidden behind a powerful PerceptionFilter up until Sunset changed things.]]
* The start of ''Fanfic/{{Fledglings}}''' story proper is caused by Pleo's hatching, the first legendary born in centuries if not millennia, though no other legendaries have been seen as of yet.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', the Maesters discover that, indeed, this is happening.

[[folder: Films (Animation)]]

* The 1977 animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' has humanity being wiped out in a nuclear war. Over time, mystical races such as faeries and gnomes awaken from their long slumber and return to the world bringing magic along with them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': The Asgardians once visited Earth, and taught Humans language and culture. After the war with Jotunheim they withdrew, and memories of them faded into myths and legend. And then ''Film/{{Thor}}'' happened...
* Part of the plot of the Sequel Trilogy of ''Film/StarWars'' involves this happening, as made evident by the first movie's title - ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. After over thirty years of force users being practically extinct thanks to Order 66 and the overthrowing of the Empire, there's a sudden massive reawakening in the Force. Problem is, the Jedi [[TheDarkSide aren't all that came back]]...
* Invoked alongside TheMagicGoesAway in ''Film/BagdadCafe'' (aka ''Out Of Rosenheim''). When Jasmin is forced to return to Germany, her magic show goes away, and Bagdad becomes a wasteland once again. When she returns, the magic show returns - as does human spirit in the area.

* The main plot of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''.
* In Simon Hawke's ''The Wizard Of 4th Street'' novels, magic was once a driving force in the world, based around those descended from [[OurElvesAreBetter a long-lived magical race]]. But some went [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mad with power]] and had to be [[SealedEvilInACan locked away]]. Cut to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: after Merlin comes BackFromTheDead and those of [[WitchSpecies magical bloodlines]] are found and trained as new wizards, the world becomes a better place, and [[{{Magitek}} magic-powered technology]] replaces the old polluting resource-hogs of today. But it still has its problems, especially when some of the [[TheFairFolk more troublesome immortals]] are revived by the sudden increase in magic.
* ''Winter of Magic's Return'' and its sequel by Pamela Service are YA novels about a reawakened Merlin in an AfterTheEnd setting where magic is starting to replace technology again.
* Implied in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''. Mixed with FeudalFuture, AfterTheEnd, {{Magitek}} / MagicPoweredPseudoscience, and {{Magick}}.
* Something rather like this is the undercurrent of the third book in C. S. Lewis' so-called Space Trilogy, ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength''. By the end of the story, major elements from Celtic -and to a lesser extent, Greek- mythology are running around parts of 20th-Century England; per Lewisian reckoning, these are benevolent, quasi-divine entities aligned with Heaven and mistaken for deities by pagans in times past. The overall effect is similar to what one would expect of the reincarnation of King Arthur, which it sorta is.
* At the beginning of ''Literature/{{Monster}}'' by A Lee Martinez, magic is slowly declining as humans lose their ability to comprehend it. However, when [[BigBad Lotus]] is killed, the CosmicKeystone she was feeding off is free to balance the universe again, allowing magic to return: not only do magicians become more powerful than ever before, but {{Muggles}} become capable of witnessing magic without any form of WeirdnessCensor.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', magic is considered a folk tale by most of the people of Westeros, and no provable sorcery has been practiced in years. Then, at the end of the first book, [[spoiler:Daenerys uses the principles of blood magic to hatch fossilized dragon eggs]], and with the return of [[spoiler:[[TheDragonsComeBack the dragons]]]] comes a boost in the general level of magic, which is especially noticeable for pyromancers and red priests.
** This also comes in conjunction with another set of myths that prove themselves less than fantastical: the [[HumanoidAbomination Others and the Children of the Forest]] come back (if they ever really left, that is). And, they have always been linked with the more magical tales. This is not portrayed as a particularly good thing. In fact, the whole magical package is outright stated to be a double-edged knife (see [[InTheBlood the effects]] it's possibly had on [[TheMadnessPlace the Targaryens]] as an example). Magic may be morally neutral in itself, but it's not going to make life ''easier'' by coming back.
** Also deconstructed because the author goes into detail about how that people can't handle magic being back. It's causing major political upheavals (the assassination of [[spoiler:Renly Baratheon]] via shadow demon, for one), as well as social ones (the return of dragons is leading to increased religious fundamentalism among followers of the Red God). Those who receive visions sometimes go insane or become alcoholics. Daenerys is struggling to control her dragons. Bran Stark commits heinous acts with his powers but [[ObliviouslyEvil doesn't understand what he's doing or why it's wrong]] because he's just a child. And most concerning, the Night's Watch is completely unprepared for dealing with [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]] and [[ZombieApocalypse their wight army]].
* Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': Ten years before the start of the story, the god-like power of the Elantrians disappeared, rendering their glowering city a slime-covered ruin and the Elantrians themselves as tortured wretches trapped halfway between life and death. At the end, Raoden discovers the problem ([[spoiler:the entire city of Elantris was actually a magic amplifier using GeometricMagic based on the shape of the country; when a massive earthquake created a huge chasm and ''changed'' the shape of the country, the shape of the city produced an entirely different effect]]) and fixed it. Although there were multiple other magic systems on the planet that still worked fine during this time.
** This is one of the things explored in the ten-book epic fantasy series ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. According to Sanderson, this is partly as a [[TheMagicGoesAway reaction to so many epic fantasies he read in his youth being about the inevitable loss of magic and wonder]]. In ''Stormlight'', the world is rapidly becoming a lot more fantastical, new races are discovered, and wonderment will increase.
* The knowledge of magic is ''slowly'' coming back in the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series. It only took several false starts, almost apocalypses, and one actual apocalypse.
* Pretty much the point of ''Literature/TheAgeOfMisrule''.
* The conclusion of ''[[TheDarkswordTrilogy Legacy Of The Darksword]]''.
* ''[[Literature/{{Swordspoint}} The Fall of the Kings]]'': The previous two books in the series had no magic, though some of the related short stories had minor fantasy elements (like the appearance of [[spoiler:St. Vier's ghost]] in "The Death of the Duke"). Then in ''The Fall of the Kings'', it's revealed that in the setting's distant past, before the monarchy was overthrown, the country was ruled by a series of kings and their wizard lovers, though the existence of real magic has been covered up by InternalRetcon. One of the main characters is a descendant of the ancient kings (and heavily implied to be the Rightful Heir), and the other is a scholar obsessed with the wizards (who successfully performs magic before the end of the book). Different from most examples in that this does not lead to a worldwide renaissance of magic; [[spoiler:it might have, except the scholar gets murdered the first time he does magic in public.]]
* Common in the DungeonPunk genre. A good example is the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' stories, which take place in an AlternateHistory where a chance scientific breakthrough lead to the codification of magic around 1300, the practice of which inevitably spread to every corner of the world.
* Although magic is still around in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', it is a pale shadow of what it once was, and comes with so many disadvantages that it can never be [[FunctionalMagic functional]]. The plot of ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' is about the old wild magic of the Sourcerers coming back, and ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt why wizards gave it up in the first place]]''.
* The ''ConnorGrey'' series has this as a backstory. Faerieland suffered some sort of calamity, so all TheFairFolk had to settle on Earth. Now they're coexisting uneasily with humans, and much magic is being done.
* In Ben Aaronovitch's novel ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is disgusted but not totally shocked to learn that the Home Office projections were wrong and that the magic has indeed been coming back since about the mid-sixties.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, as it progresses, a number of magical Talents that were lost start reappearing. Even some abilities that never existed like Healing stilling have been discovered. This is only a partial example, because magic never went away entirely.
* In ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'', magic appears due to the arrival of some kind of CosmicBeing, which seeds people with magical power, lets it grow as they use it, and harvests it when they die.
* This is happening slowly in the ''Literature/KateDaniels'' universe. Tech is slowly losing to magic, which drives as a major driver for social and cultural change.
* In ''Literature/TheStand'', after a virus wipes out most of humanity, supernatural events start occurring with increasing frequency: [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone everyone starts having psychic dreams]], [[BigBad Randall Flagg]] goes from a vaguely mystical vagrant to a full-fledged HumanoidAbomination, and at least a few divine miracles occur. Magic and civilization are treated as opposing forces in the book; early, uncivilized peoples experienced magic more often, and, now that civilization's crumbling, magic is on the rebound.
* In S. M. Stirling's ''{{Emberverse}}'' series it's a result of the Change that wipes out all tech above a medieval level. In the first trilogy, set during the first decade after the Change it's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane somewhat dubious]] but becomes quite explicit in later books set a quarter century after the Change. [[spoiler:After Rudi acquires the Sword of the Lady it seems to takes another leap forward.]]
* In Tim Lebbon's ''Dusk'' and ''Dawn'', magic is coming back. In the Noreela world that Dusk and Dawn are set on, magic is a natural force and semi-sentient. The problem is that evil wizards have been constantly tapping into it and trying to conquer the world. They end up tapping out magic, until centuries later magic finally feels that the world is ready for its return and it sends out an avatar to revive magic around the world. Unfortunately this triggers a race between those who would safeguard the magic, those who would use it for corrupt ends and those who would it destroy its return (the ones who would destroy it have other supernatural means of doing things). Without magic, Noreela is a shadow of itself and is settling into a slow death spiral.
* ''Literature/QuantumGravity'''s humans believe this happened. [[FiveRaces The other races]] insist that they could and were sneaking into the human world to generally make mischief, it's just that they weren't being obvious about it before. It's a little difficult to tell which is true, since anyone who says such a thing just admitted they like messing with people.
* Inverted in ''The Empire of the East'' trilogy by Fred Saberhagen, and, by extension, in his ''BooksOfSwords'' and ''Books of Lost Swords'' series, in which [[TheMagicComesBack Technology Comes Back]]. All three series are set in the far future of earth, after the United States, as a last resort to avoid the destruction of the world in an imminent (as in the missiles were being launched at that moment) nuclear war, activated a device designed to alter the laws of physics within the vicinity of the planet earth so as to make nuclear fissions so unlikely as to make the chain reactions which power nuclear bombs impossible. [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked a little too well]], as changing the laws of nature also caused almost all advanced technology to cease functioning, causing the collapse of technological civilization, and also unleashed the powers of magic, causing the rise of a civilization based on magic. At the end of the ''Empire'' trilogy, however, the Great Change was partially reversed, allowing advanced technology to function once again. The magic, however, does not go away.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'', the world itself was always deeply magical and this never changed, but actual wizards had vanished centuries ago, leaving behind mysterious riddles. They return during the course of the trilogy [[spoiler:and the most powerful, Ghisteslwchlohm, never went anywhere- he just hid his true identity to impersonate [[GodGuise the High One]]]].
* ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' uses a particularly dark variant of this with CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, the Laundry code name for when the stars are right. [[spoiler:During CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, magic - which works through computation and the focus of belief - should become much more easy to perform. Unfortunately, this means that the summoning of [[EldritchAbomination gribbly horrors from beyond space time]] should not only become easier, in many cases, in may be ''accidental''.]]
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', which takes place in 2070, strange magical events have started occurring on Earth and people have begun to have strange powers.
* Creator/VladimirVasilyev's novel ''The Treasure of the Kapitana'' explores a world 800 years AfterTheEnd of our civilization. It's the new Middle Ages, with the VestigialEmpire of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Albion]] formally still in control of much of the world. However, in the now-shallow waters of the Euxine (Black) Sea, a different kind of sailing is prevalent. Large, WoodenShipsAndIronMen-type ships can no longer sail lest they get stuck on underwater sand banks. Small sail-powered ships are used instead with people known as shtarkhs taking the place of maritime pilots to navigate the treacherous waters. Instead of knowledge of the waters, the shtarkhs are able to commune with the forces of nature through their companions, mysterious large cats known as cassats. They use this ability to manipulate winds and waters to safely guide a vessel. The Euxine Sea is also the only place where the local version of the FlyingDutchman can be seen. The end of the novel claims that, thanks to the actions of the main characters, magic has been released from its container, where it was placed long ago. In fact, it's claimed that the catastrophe that destroyed the old world is the direct result of magic being removed (screwing up the natural order), and that the cassats came to this world in order to correct this.
* This is a common theme of the works of ''Creator/HPLovecraft'', particularly the Cthulhu Mythos.
-->'''The Necronomicon:''' Nor is it to be thought that man is either the oldest or the last of earth's masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be... Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again.
* ''Mana from Heaven'' by Creator/RogerZelazny is a kind of epilogue to [[Creator/LarryNiven Larry Niven's]] ''[[Literature/TheMagicGoesAway The Warlock's Era]]'' shared universe. While most stories in the series deal with [[TheMagicGoesAway disappearance of magic]] due to the exhaustion of {{mana}} in the times of {{Atlantis}}, ''Mana from Heaven'' is about few present-day magicians who learned to live in a magic-barren world and use its resources sparingly, allowing them to replenish. Then meteor showers started to bring more mana to Earth, promising to eventually raise its amount back to Atlantean levels.
* In the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'', the psionically gifted humans have been losing their abilities at younger and younger ages, but after some meddling kids blow the lid off their FalseUtopia and the iron-fisted rule of the Ol-Zhaan priests and the repressive aspects of society are dismantled, things start vastly improving in that area.
* While the Literature/TortallUniverse has magic, it used to be filled with with magical creatures called Immortals -- things like dragons, unicorns, centaurs, and more unconventional creatures like spidrens and storm-wings. Because many of these creatures were so dangerous, human mages locked them away in another realm for hundreds of years...but then they came back.
* ''Literature/{{Manifestation}}'': The central premise of the plot is the return of magical powers to modern times.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* Heavily implied in ''{{Series/Merlin}}''. The series makes frequent mentions to the Great Purge, the wiping out of most of the Old Religion and all but one of the dragons. The magic-users of that time clearly weren't very good, as the {{High Priestess}}es, the best of the best, were taken down by {{Muggle}} knights. As the series goes on, a lot of magic that Merlin and other mages use is described as "ancient", and powerful magic-users become more common.
* In the series ''Series/OnceUponATime'', our world is stated to be "the one without magic." And in the first season, when the town was under a curse, magic was in very short supply. The curse gets broken, however, and the magic comes roaring back with a vengeance. Unfortunately, magic not only has horrible price tags attached, it is ''also'' stated to be something akin to drugs; highly addictive and highly corrupting. And making matters even worse? The two most powerful mages in town are [[BadSamaritan Rumplestitskin]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] (Snow White's stepmother).
* Like with its source material, ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' most people believe that magic is long gone from the world. Aside from the White Walkers and dragon eggs, there is not much of a hint of the supernatural. Then when the dragons hatch, more and more signs of magic begin appearing. The warlock Pyat Pree even tells Daenerys "When your dragons were born, our magic was born again."
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the angels are again walking the earth after having been missing for 20000 years because of the events leading up to the Apocalypse.
* While magic wasn't completely gone in ''[[Series/TheLibrarians2014 The Librarians]]'', as indicated by the [[Film/TheLibrarian three preceding TV films]], the events of the pilot bring back a lot of it. Apparently, it was trapped in the Excalibur. Putting the sword back into the stone released it into the world and killed the sword. This explains the sudden appearance of so many magical artifacts. The season 1 finale shows several parallel worlds, where more magic was released, resulting in a CrapsackWorld (Stone's world has wars all over the world, Cassandra's world is dominated by dragons, and Ezekiel's has a ZombieApocalypse).

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''{{Rifts}}'' [[TheMagicGoesAway magic had lain dormant]] ever since an experiment performed by the ancient [[{{Atlantis}} Atlanteans]] nearly depleted the Earth's {{Ley Line}}s. Then, at the end of the 21st Century, an apocalyptic [[strike:war]] accident causes the simultaneous deaths of billions of humans. The sudden flood of magical energy caused by so many deaths floods the ley lines, causing a magical chain reaction that raised the Earth's magical higher than it had ever been before, and opened up [[TitleDrop Rifts]] from all corners of the multiverse.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' campaign setting, magic returns after centuries of dormancy, which causes elves and dwarves to be born of human parents as well as causing others to change into orcs and trolls.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' campaign setting, magic returns when a [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil Legion In A Can]] is released, leading to such things as walking dead, [[{{Steampunk}} mad scientists]], and all sorts of inhuman monsters.
* When the dimension Alara from the ''MagicTheGathering'' multiverse was broken into five pieces, each piece could only access three of the five forms of magic, with no two pieces accessing the same three forms of magic. Much of the story deals with the five shards of Alara coming together, and the huge problems the reemergence of unknown forms of magic and the mindsets behind its practitioners are causing it.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' campaign setting ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'', the level of supernatural activity on Earth is directly linked to the amount of dark matter in the universe, which is likened to a tide pool. The rising tide of dark matter, however, is not a good thing. Not only are many supernatural beings extremely dangerous, but previous risings of the tide have resulted in mass extinction events, as noted in the [[MayanDoomsday Mayan calendar]].
** This idea was later copied for ''[[TabletopGame/D20Modern Urban Arcana]]'', a ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' campaign setting. Here, the tide is actually the Shadow Plane and the supernatural forces are the monsters of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. There's no Apocalypse looming ahead, though.
* In the ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'' setting, the Trinity nuclear bomb tests and Oppenheimer's famous words, "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds" ([[BeamMeUpScotty which he didn't actually say]]) completes an ancient ritual and returns magic to the world, which humanity promptly fuses with technology to produce all kinds of strange ramifications. (Although, InUniverse, "returns" is an assumption; there's no proof Earth used to have magic and then [[TheMagicGoesAway it went away]], although there's enough circumstantial evidence that most people believe it.)
* The first campaign arc for the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting, and the corresponding novels, involve the restoration of divine magic to Krynn.
* Happened in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' according to one story of Emperor's creation. Back in the stone age, humans had warp users called shamans, but as they were preyed on by daemons, they eventually merged their souls into one being for protection, effectively ending human involvement in warpcraft... until shortly before the beginning of Age of Strife, over twenty thousand years later, it begun to manifest again as psykers started to be born. This is noted as being one of the things leading to downfall of the old human civillization, so Not A Good Thing.

[[folder: Video Game]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' by the last Signature Story Arc released, PandorasBox. The arc reveals that Marcus Cole and Stefan Richter, after they drank from the Well of Furies, discovered Pandora's Box and opened it. Doing so released all the creativity of mankind that had been stored up over the past thousand years, ushering in the new age of superpowers that would follow. The catch is--the magic never ''really'' went away in the first place. Everywhere in the backstory of City of Heroes, in every century, you'll find superpowered people influencing history. What opening Pandora's Box did was make the presence of superpowered beings even stronger than before.
* Bringing magic back is your goal in ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor''. [[spoiler:It has already started to return before you get involved, as evidenced by Dalboz's journal entries and your working spellbook, but you still need to reunite the [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]] to complete the process.]]
* Part of the BackStory for ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. Gear Technology and their subsequent rampage brings about both armageddon and the reintroduction of FunctionalMagic to society.
** The opposite, really - the discovery of magic (a technology sourced from the discovery of an "unlimited energy equation") spurred the creation of many kinds of technology to utilize it. One of these technologies was the creation of Gears, living creatures altered or created by magic to be living weapons. It was the Gears going rogue which brought about the near-extinction of the human race.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' begins with a narration stating how the War of the Magi devastated the world and brought about the end of magic... but in truth, the magic wasn't gone, it was merely sealed away. Now a power hungry Empire has rediscovered it and is using it as a weapon of conquest. [[spoiler:It doesn't last long, however. In the end, upon the destruction of the Three Goddesses of Magic, TheMagicGoesAway again, this time permanently]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'', the Demon Mother Echidna explains to the Hero how [[AllMythsAreTrue all manner]] of [[CrossoverCosmology supernatural creatures]] roamed freely across the primitive Earth... until "the Hebrew God" conquered them and cast them down into darkness to rule alone. Of course, humans are incapable of using magic, only so-called "demons" can, and so the rule of God went unopposed for millennia. AfterTheEnd of our world, TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture due to nuclear annihilation, Gaia's children have returned and brought magic back with them, and they're not going to give up so easily this time.
* ''VideoGame/LionheartLegacyOfTheCrusader'' is all about this trope. About ten thousand years ago a spell was cast to eliminate all magic and fantastic beasts. Then during the crusades of Richard the Lionhearted a counterspell was cast (somehow, no magic remember?) after the execution of 3000 arab prisoners, releasing all manner of nasties into the world.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' revolves around a deliberate attempt to bring back the magic, with the first game following those who think magic is too dangerous to restore, and the second following those who think it must be brought back. [[spoiler:The heroes of the second game are right. Magic was a basic part of nature, and without its influence rising tides are slowly submerging the land. In addition, magic [[MagiTek was the foundation of most of the technology in the setting]], and without it, technology stagnated--as one character observes, no extant civilization has built or could build anything as impressive as the ancient ruins you spend most of the series trekking through.]]
** The [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn third installment of the series]] takes place a generation later, and while the peoples of Weyard are diversifying, rediscovering, and rebuilding, things like warfare and superweapons are also being (re-)developed all over again, with a strong hint that [[GrayAndGrayMorality the faction against Alchemy's return had a point]].
* The goal of the BigBad in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' could be considered this, in that he plans to re-join the worlds of Stark (world of science, i.e. our Earth) and Arcadia (medieval world of magic), which have been split up for millennia due to the dangers of mixing science and magic. In the beginning of the game, strange, magical things start happening to the people of Stark. Also, the fact that all advanced technology failed in-between ''The Longest Journey'' and ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' implies that it was an unwitting product of magic seeping into Stark.
* The starting point of the plot in the little known ''Spellcraft - Aspects of Valor''.
* Darkly used in ''VideoGame/NieR''. [[spoiler:The magic introduced into the world via Caim, Angelus and the Mother Grotesquerie crossing over from the ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' universe literally ''causes TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt''. The result is the incurable White Chlorination Syndrome and [[ZombieApocalypse The Legion]]. By the time the game actually starts, humanity as we know it is ''entirely extinct.'']]
* The page quote from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is from a world where FunctionalMagic is widely acknowledged (and feared for various reasons up to BewareTheSuperman and DemonicPossession) and seems quite out of context, except that the person in question can do things other [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]] can't, as Dwarves are the only known race in the setting that can't produce mages. There are also hints that the history of his people (and of humans and elves as well) is incorrect on some level, leading to much WildMassGuessing about what Sandal means.
** Throughout the series we see more and more mystical elements coming back. Dragons were thought to be extinct, yet they reappeared at the beginning of the current age, giving it its name. Old magical arts like shapeshifting or Arcane Warriors can be rediscovered by the Wardens. If the PlayerCharacter let Morrigan go through with her ritual [[spoiler:one of the Old Gods is reborn free from the taint.]]
** The Trespasser DLC of ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' reveals what the above quote is in reference to. [[spoiler: Solas, AKA [[TheTrickster The Dread Wolf Fen'harel]] plans to bring down the Veil separating the Fade from the real world in order to bring back the golden age of the Elves and restore their immortality... at the cost of killing every other race.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' reveals that a small portion of ordinary humans (the protagonist Serah included) has suddenly gained magical powers in the aftermath of the Fall, when the majority of them migrated down to Gran Pulse. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', magic was restricted to the [[BlessedWithSuck l'Cie]] servants of fal'Cie, and while Serah in particular ''was'' a l'Cie once, it is implied she has lost whatever meager powers she had upon de-crystallizing and gained them again the natural way, so to speak.
** The Datalog also confirms that by Noel's time (700 AF), everyone has magic [[spoiler:(considering that there's only a tiny amount of people around by then, it's not that surprising)]].
* The world of Tyria in ''Franchise/GuildWars'' fluctuates between states of low and high magic. Between the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', magic became so common that now almost everyone in the world has some kind of innate magical abilities, though they're not necessarily trained. Unfortunately, it attracted the attention of the [[EldritchAbomination Elder Dragons]], which awaken to consume magic in Tyria (along with most of its inhabitants) and reduce it to a low-magic state. They are the main antagonists of ''Guild Wars 2''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series gives us [[NonindicativeName Sanctuary]], a world created by renegade angels and demons fleeing the Eternal Conflict, the universe-spanning war between Heaven and Hell. The renegades' offspring, called nephalem, had the potential to be more powerful than their angelic and demonic sires. To prevent this, the leader of the angels attuned a powerful artifact, the Worldstone, to drain away the nephalems' power. Fast forward a few thousand years, the nephalems' descendants, humanity, live with recurring sieges by demonic forces from Hell and blatant disregard from Heaven, until a demon lord manages to corrupt the Worldstone with the intent of converting the whole of Sanctuary into another part of Hell. An archangel, the only of his kind to come to humanity's aid, shatters the Worldstone at the end of the conflict to prevent the same. Because of this, years later the powers of the nephalem begin to return, just in time for [[VideoGame/DiabloIII the next attack from Hell...]]
* ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'': As part of the backstory, when the dragons left the Forgotten Realms, the magic went with them. Over the next thousand years it began slowly disappearing from the world, meaning things like the magic portals everyone used to get around stopped working. Then the Sorceress kidnaps a clutch of dragon-eggs, causing Spyro to go after them. As more and more eggs hatch, magic starts returning.

* The basis of ''Webcomic/CodeNameHunter''. In a subversion, there are places where the magic was never sealed away, such as [[LandDownUnder Australia]]. It later turns out that magic was ''only'' sealed away in England, and then because one king had the church make a seal for it, which was destroyed in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Everywhere else it just went underground.
* Fantasy races are rediscovered in ''Webcomic/CornerAlley13''.
* In ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'', Fiona's native universe is equivalent to our own and starts out largely non-magical, with most people not believing such a thing exists. According to one of TheMenInBlack it once was very real and still is to a degree, but it is now tucked away. It is possible for portals from the magical Supernormal Step universe to connect to it and even grab things, but it has been stated that magic cannot survive there for long. However, when Fiona and her companions finally return home from the Supernormal universe via a newly made portal, it causes wild and uncontrolled magic far more potent than anything in the Supernormal universe to start flooding into her world, causing RealityIsOutToLunch and putting existence itself at stake.
* ''Webcomic/{{Yosh}}'' had in its backstory the world suddenly regaining a large amount of magic and people changing into semihuman forms when the first of 5 seals keeping magic away from the world is broken. When the second seal is broken, more magic returns, magical creatures reapear, and a sunken island rises - into the sky.
* In ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'', magic was provided by the spirits, who were imprisoned 700 years ago. They seem to be coming back. [[spoiler:The catch: it is [[TheReveal revealed]] that they are the bad guys.]]
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': The human world is in the early stages of this (though it never went completely away, it was much rarer and low-profile before); especially noticeable in the Magi-Net arc, which deals with the resurgence of magically-empowered humans rediscovering sorcery, and the Subfusc arc, where we see throngs of supernatural beings returning to Earth.
* While not the main premise of ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'', it becomes a major part of the story relatively quickly.

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* The ramifications of this is an ongoing theme in ''Literature/TheDescendants'', where the return of Western style magic (Eastern magic seems to have survived) is allowing monsters from Faerie to cross over and people with [[WitchSpecies natural powers]] to manifest. Interestingly, magic seems to have died from disuse rather than being sealed away.
* In ''TheWanderersLibrary'' story "[[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-last-magician-of-moscow The Last Magician of Moscow]]", this is implied to happen to Russian magic by the end of the story.
* In ''[[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15682692/ Changelings]]'' by Kythra on [=FurAffinity=], magic and electricity alternate dominance on Earth in multi-millennial cycles. The last magic cycle ended around the fall of Rome, and in 2012 began to return. The first signs being people turning into PettingZooPeople or other mythical beasts, followed closely by mages, and then the [[PhysicalGod Immortals]] from previous cycles awakened.

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* This was the premise of the 1980's animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}.''
* Making the people of Earth believe in magic again is part of the mission the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has in season 4.
* While it took quite a while to be addressed in the show itself, WordOfGod says that ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' [[EarthAllAlong takes place on our Earth]], after [[NoodleIncident some nuclear disaster]] wiped out humanity and magic slowly returned to the world of Ooo. This trope is played rather disturbingly as it's implied that it was both the war ''and'' the magic coming back that destroyed everything else- the magic released caused all sorts of bizarre, nonsensical warped monstrosities that eventually evolved into Ooo's inhabitants.
** The episode "Jake the Dog" was based around [[spoiler:an alternate timeline created when the Lich [[RetGone was never created]], which resulted in a lesser disaster where humanity survived but lost most technology and the magic never returned. [[SealedEvilInACan For a while, at least]].]]
** One of the first signs of magic's return? An ancient golden crown, which whispers secrets of ice-and-snow into anyone who wears it, slowly transforming them...
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' a rogue planet's passing cracked the moon in half, destroyed civilization and somehow led to functional magic. Though a time-traveling episode showed magic working in TheEighties, so it may be more of a case of rediscovering magic after the cataclysm.
* PlayedForLaughs in an ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode, where a mysterious terrorist attacks power plants, laboratories and such. It turns out that said terrorist is an obsessive ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' fan who thinks that by resetting Earth to the middle ages, he will cause an age of magic.
* At the end of Book 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra decides to leave the spirit portals open, allowing the human and spirit worlds to relatively freely intermingle, like they did before Wan closed the portals ten thousand years ago. One side effect was non-benders all over the world spontaneously manifesting the near-extinct art of [[BlowYouAway Airbending]].