Playing With: A Wizard Did It
Basic Trope: Any Hand Wave for a seemingly impossible event, not just those involving magic.
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- Straight: A sudden and unexplained explosion blows a hole in the wall of the villains' hideout. The Lancer asks how it happened, The Hero says, "I don't know," and then a wizard shows up and points out that he caused the explosion.
- A group of wizards assist the heroes multiple times, but are not seen until after the Big Bad is defeated, when the heroes wonder what caused all those lucky "accidents".
- A wizard is responsible for the entire premise.
- The wizard saw the heroes in a dilemma, and decided to help out.
- All the wizards in the land run an organization devoted to helping good triumph over evil. When they see heroes in need (via a crystal ball or something similar) they send someone to help the heroes in secret.
- Inverted: Instead of magic or fake science, the strange event is explained with real, logical science.
- Subverted: The heroes thank a wizard for something they think he did, but he didn't do it. (e.g. "Thanks, wizard." "I haven't helped you yet. I just got here.")
- Double Subverted: But, in reality, the wizard was lying because he wanted to help out in secret.
- The wizard thinks he did it, but the heroes know it was their own doing.
- The wizard thinks he did it, but later discovers that his wand is fake; the real cause of whatever happened is never explained.
- A wizard (equipped with his trusty wand and spellbook) is shown alongside the heroes. Even when the heroes get in trouble, and the wizard could cast a spell to get them out of it, he doesn't.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Nothing scientifically impossible occurs.
- No attempt is made to explain the impossibilities.
- Enforced: The producer likes wizards, so he orders the writers to include one somewhere.
- Lampshaded: "Why is everything explained by 'A Wizard Did It'? Surely the wizard didn't do all of those deeds."
- Invoked: The hero tracks down a wizard and asks for his help.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: The wizard is forbidden from helping, since This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself.
- Discussed: "What do you think the odds are that a wizard's gonna just show up and magically save the day?"
- Conversed: "So there was a wizard secretly helping the heroes? What a cop-out!"
- Implied: The lucky "accident" that caused the Big Bad's defeat is never explained. However, at the very end, a wizard is seen standing alone in a field, and winks at the audience.
- Deconstructed: Because wizards help out so much, people start becoming dependent on them to solve everything. As a result, the wizards decide to pull out and leave the Muggles on their own.
- Reconstructed: Without the wizards always bailing them out, the Muggles regain their usual competence. The wizards still help out, but only in extreme circumstances.
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