'''Basic Trope''': Mages discover how magic works by using TheScientificMethod
* '''Straight''': The wizard Bob studies the nature of magic by re-casting simple spells, with subtle variations in the casting each time, and recording the results.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Bob is a better scientist than the {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s who call themselves scientists.
** Magic can be reduced to [[FormulaicMagic a set of equations]]. Anyone (including a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "soul-less]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots machine"]]) [[PowersAsPrograms who can write these equations can do magic.]]
* '''Downplayed''': Magic is so easy to analyze and reproduce that it's barely arcane.
* '''Justified''': Magic, like physics, follows [[MagicAIsMagicA strict rules]] that inherently lend themselves to scientific study.
* '''Inverted''':
** MagicVersusScience
** Technology has reached the point where [[ClarkesThirdLaw it looks like magic to most people]].
** The people in the setting are a CargoCult, and their "magic artifacts" are things the viewer would consider perfectly mundane gadgets.
* '''Subverted''': Bob attempts to study magic, but discovers ScienceCannotComprehendPhlebotinum.
* '''Double Subverted''': It turns out that Bob has to discard many assumptions of modern science in order to account for magic, but TheScientificMethod still works as he rebuilds science from the ground up.
* '''Parodied''': Bob, in a HighFantasy setting, wears a labcoat and has a {{Magitek}} laboratory that looks exactly like a modern one.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alchemy has been developed into a science, but other forms of magic remain entirely impenetrable.
* '''Averted''':
** WildMagic is in full force, and getting enough control over it to even ''attempt'' experimentation is impossible.
** Magic probably could be studied, but the scientific method hasn't been developed.
* '''Enforced''': The author wants to show how much effort he went into [[MagicAIsMagicA defining the laws of magic]] in his work.
* '''Lampshaded''': "So, a wizard is basically just a scientist with fancier clothes."
* '''Invoked''': A ruler funds the construction of a magical laboratory to make his empire more powerful.
* '''Exploited''': Gods put traps in the cosmo rules so that specific not practical uses of magic will kill the agent using them. No scientific experimentation for you, mortal.
* '''Defied''': Gods, or some cosmic design actively prevent any scientific method, eventually modifying magic rules on the spot.
* '''Discussed''': "Magic has to obey certain laws; it's inevitable somebody will figure them out."
* '''Conversed''': "What was wrong with magic being mysterious? Why did they have to try to ''explain'' it?"
* '''Deconstructed''': Magic is reduced to being [[MundaneFantastic just another branch of science]], no more exciting than physics or biology.
* '''Reconstructed''': Magic is transformed into being another branch of science, [[ScienceHero just as exciting as]] physics and biology.
* '''Played For Laughs''': In Bob's universe, most spells come with a textbook. Sometimes a ''revised'' textbook, as for the "Lighting Arrow 2.01" (globular edition, battery not included. Not retrocompatible with 1.0 wands).
* '''Played For Drama''': Bob is studying magic via TheScientificMethod, but it blows up in his face killing/injuring him or a [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone loved one]]
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