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Playing With: A Wizard Did It
Basic Trope: Any Hand Wave for a seemingly impossible event, not just those involving magic.
  • 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.
  • Exaggerated:
    • 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.
  • Downplayed:
    • "Hey, what's that light in the sky? It's too bright to be a star." "A wizard did it, honey."
    • There is something genuinely nonsensical in the story, but it's the work of a wizard who's talented in that particular field, ie, something time-related from a Time Wizard.
  • Justified:
    • 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: The wizard was lying because he wanted to help out in secret.
  • Parodied:
    • 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: ???
  • Averted:
    • 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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