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[[caption-width-right:300:"[[HollywoodStyle Hollywood]] thinks that computers run on black magic and hackers are wizards."]]
-> ''[[ThisIsSpinalTap "Quite exciting, this computer magic."]]''

Computers on TV often bear only superficial resemblance to their real life counterparts. In fact, they are often just a [[ArthurCClarke 21st-century substitute for magic]]. A [[TechnoWizard Computer Wizard]] ''is'' a literal wizard. Evoking arcane words with their keyboard, they cast spells into the infinite (and physically real) realms of {{Cyberspace}}.

For computers which are ''literally'' magical see {{Magitek}}. See also ClarkesThirdLaw. If a computer is shoddy, and not magical in any way (except maybe magically ''terrible''), it's TheAllegedComputer.
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!!Tropes:
[[index]]
* AIIsACrapshoot
* TheAlternet
* BeepingComputers
* BillionsOfButtons
* ContagiousAI
* ComputerEqualsMonitor
* ComputerEqualsTapedrive
* ComputerVirus
* TheComputerIsYourFriend
* CoolCodeOfSource
* TheCracker
* DeusEstMachina
* DestructionEqualsOffSwitch
* DuelingHackers
* EnhanceButton
* EverythingIsOnline
* EverythingSensor
* ExactProgressBar
* {{Expositron 9000}}
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation
* FacialRecognitionSoftware
* GooglingTheNewAcquaintance
* HackYourEnemy
* HackedByAPirate
* HackerCave
* {{Hackette}}
* HackingMinigame
* HaveYouTriedRebooting
* HighlyVisiblePassword
* HollywoodEncryption
* HollywoodHacking
* HollywoodWebCam
* HolographicTerminal
* InsideAComputerSystem
* InstantAIJustAddWater
* TheInternet
* ItsASmallNetAfterAll
* LogicBomb
* MagicFloppyDisk
* MasterComputer
* MatrixRainingCode
* MurderDotCom
* OmniscientDatabase
* OnlineAlias
* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture
* PasswordSlotMachine
* PiecemealFundsTransfer
* PlayfulHacker
* PlugNPlayTechnology
* RapidFireTyping
* ScreensAreCameras
* SinisterSurveillance
* SlowLoadingInternetImage
* ThingOMeter
* ViewerFriendlyInterface
* WetwareBody
* ZeroesAndOnes
[[/index]]
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