Playing With / Sufficiently Analyzed Magic

Basic Trope: Mages discover how magic works by using The Scientific Method.
  • 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:
  • Downplayed: Magic is so easy to analyze and reproduce that it's barely arcane.
  • Justified: Magic, like physics, follows strict rules that inherently lend themselves to scientific study.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob attempts to study magic, but discovers Science Cannot Comprehend Phlebotinum.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out that Bob has to discard many assumptions of modern science in order to account for magic, but The Scientific Method still works as he rebuilds science from the ground up.
  • Parodied: Bob, in a High Fantasy 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:
    • Wild Magic 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 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 just another branch of science, no more exciting than physics or biology.
  • Reconstructed: Magic is transformed into being another branch of science, 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 The Scientific Method, but it blows up in his face killing/injuring him or a loved one

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