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luckykaa
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10:23:03 AM Apr 30th 2013
Shaggy Dog Story redirects here.

Is a shaggy dog story not better described by this trope in the other wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaggy_God_story ?
Whitecroc
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01:56:01 PM Apr 26th 2013
Does this trope apply when a franchise or series de-emphasizes magic by simply not bringing it up again, or is that a different trope? I'm thinking of Mass Effect, which used mystical elements in the first game and then pretended they didn't exist in each subsequent instalment, aside from the odd piece of Lampshading.
JesseMB27
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05:54:35 PM Mar 6th 2013
Would it be appropriate to create a religion section? More specifically using the tale of "Bel and the Dragon" found in both the Catholic and Orthodox Canons of the Bible. And for that matter, even including efforts where the Catholic Church made efforts to refute and disprove things like witchcraft and superstitions (while also making note that it had also done some cases of hijacked by Jesus).

IanK
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03:35:21 PM Sep 13th 2011
I'm far from completely sure myself, but would people say Lost Girl falls under this trope? As a very brief precis, the main premise there is that the central character's one of the "Fae", an evolutionary offshoot of everyday humanity that encompasses lots of variants and include a whole bunch of traditional supernatural stereotypes. Werewolves, succubi, will-o-the-wisps, etc...

On the one hand it's thought-to-be-supernatural types being ascribed entirely to evolution, which would fit the trope, but on the other hand in-verse they were never supernatural which makes that fit dubious.

If not this trope, any thoughts on what that would fall under?
RandomChaos
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05:45:27 AM Apr 10th 2011
So what if the Work is and allways will be Both?
76.100.226.160
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10:41:33 AM Oct 8th 2010
I'd love to add Wanted (the movie) to this trope, to me it was a horrible example of taking a Superhero story (which I'm considering Fantasy) and trying to make it more "realistic" for the movie but instead IMO they came up with a plot even more unbelievable and ridiculous than just adapting the comic plot would have been. Any one else agree with me on this one? There may be a better trope for this, so that's why I'm bringing it up in discussion first.
joeyjojo
12:19:16 AM Dec 18th 2010
edited by joeyjojo
Well I'm not sure that Wanted counts. The film is in a different continuity, so it would be more of a case of Low Low Fantasy. Also while the superhero bits were removed from the story he still had his absurd bullet bending powers and took his orders from a sewing machine so it isn't really fantasy or science fiction just poorly explained.
joeyjojo
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09:51:14 AM Apr 19th 2010
edited by joeyjojo
With the examples of LOST and Heroes (maybe Condemned i'll never play it), It was more than there was Weird Shit going on that was explained later on rather than anything explicit Magical being Re Coned. In both cases the Magical explanations were fan theories and never take as cannon in show.
SomeGuy
12:40:01 PM Apr 19th 2010
I'm inclined to agree. You can't do in the wizard if the wizard was never actually around in the first place. As a general rule weird stuff is assumed to be science fiction unless a character specifically invokes magic as a logical explanation.
94.9.139.139
03:29:22 PM May 28th 2010
Lost is...complicated. It's both fantasy and sci-fi. That's all I have to say on the matter.
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