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* In the horror novel ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', a town is afflicted with a force that causes people's beliefs and obsessions to become real. A small boy is able to defeat the Evil Dwarf that lurks in his room after the lights go out by ceasing to believe in it; he finds that it's a lot less plausible when it appears in clearly visible physical form that it was as a vague possibility lurking in the dark. The manifestations that successfully do in the people who feared them tend to fade away afterward unless they've been witnessed by somebody else and a new belief created. The horrifically deformed revenant Badmouth Ben manages to survive for quite a while after taking his revenge on his murderer because he finds a NightmareFetishist who wants him to stick around. The manifestation of Danny Keough's terrors tries to get someone else to believe in her, but nobody else can because Danny's fears were so personal and idiosyncratic that nobody else can understand what she is, let alone believe that she exists.

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* In the horror novel ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', a town is afflicted with a force that causes people's beliefs and obsessions to become real. A small boy is able to defeat the Evil Dwarf that lurks in his room after the lights go out by ceasing to believe in it; he finds that it's a lot less plausible when it appears in clearly visible physical form that than it was as a vague possibility lurking in the dark. The manifestations that successfully do in the people who feared them tend to fade away afterward unless they've been witnessed by somebody else and a new belief created. The horrifically deformed revenant Badmouth Ben manages to survive for quite a while after taking his revenge on his murderer because he finds a NightmareFetishist who wants him to stick around. The manifestation of Danny Keough's terrors tries to get someone else to believe in her, but nobody else can because Danny's fears were so personal and idiosyncratic that nobody else can understand what she is, let alone believe that she exists.


* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{IT}}'', the eponymous shapeshifting monster takes the form of a werewolf, making it vulnerable to silver simply because the child heroes of the book firmly believe that werewolves ''have'' to be vulnerable to silver. Also, believing that his inhaler was full of poison allowed a protagonist to harm It with the contents.

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* In Creator/StephenKing's the horror novel ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', a town is afflicted with a force that causes people's beliefs and obsessions to become real. A small boy is able to defeat the Evil Dwarf that lurks in his room after the lights go out by ceasing to believe in it; he finds that it's a lot less plausible when it appears in clearly visible physical form that it was as a vague possibility lurking in the dark. The manifestations that successfully do in the people who feared them tend to fade away afterward unless they've been witnessed by somebody else and a new belief created. The horrifically deformed revenant Badmouth Ben manages to survive for quite a while after taking his revenge on his murderer because he finds a NightmareFetishist who wants him to stick around. The manifestation of Danny Keough's terrors tries to get someone else to believe in her, but nobody else can because Danny's fears were so personal and idiosyncratic that nobody else can understand what she is, let alone believe that she exists.
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''Literature/{{IT}}'', the eponymous shapeshifting monster takes the form of a werewolf, making it vulnerable to silver simply because the child heroes of the book firmly believe that werewolves ''have'' to be vulnerable to silver. Also, believing that his inhaler was full of poison allowed a protagonist to harm It with the contents.

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** The tale ''[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/theology-of-a-snake Theology of a Snake]]'' features a dark deconstruction of this trope. The Ambassador could make the King of Alagadda divine by convincing the people of Alagadda to belive in the stories he told of the King's divinity. Unfortunately, this also meant that the Ambassador could manipulate the King however he wanted, simply by telling stories. The King lost interest in resurrecting his wife (the reason he wanted to be a god) because a god needs to wife, and he even [[ThePowerOfBlood killed his son]] because a god needs no heir. This ultimately became the King's doom, as the Ambassador had told story that the God-King's journey to immortality would end when he hang from the highest tower, and placed on his spiked throne, leaving the Ambassador to be his herald to the people. And that's the story of the Hanged King.


* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' fic ''[[http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/exalted/535011-glorious-solar-saber-fiction?_=1433129311611 Glorious Solar Saber]]'', a Sidereal invokes this trope while teaching. He closes a student's eyes, telling her that he's going to throw her a spear. The student obediently reaches out, catching the weapon -- and realizes that it was conjured by her own Essence. She expected to grasp a solid weapon, and her soul obliged.


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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' fic ''[[http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/exalted/535011-glorious-solar-saber-fiction?_=1433129311611 Glorious Solar Saber]]'', a Sidereal invokes this trope while teaching. He closes a student's eyes, telling her that he's going to throw her a spear. The student obediently reaches out, catching the weapon -- and realizes that it was conjured by her own Essence. She expected to grasp a solid weapon, and her soul obliged.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7866134/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Weasley-Seer Harry Potter and the Weasley Seer]]'' Ron's predictions come true because other people believe that they will.


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* ''FanFic/DarkHorseAFiveScoreTaleFromTheDresdenFiles'' has a rather terrifying version of this discussed by [[Literature/DresdenFiles Dresden]] and Nemo. Nemo [[ExplainExplainOhCrap starts to ask Harry if it was possible]] to will into existence copies of Excalibur, as an example, by getting a whole lot of people to believe that the sword some joe schmoe crafted is the real thing. Harry tells him it's astronomically difficult but the theory is sound. Nemo then tells Harry that there are hundreds of millions of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pony fans]] out there, so what if they all started to believe in the [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul Elements of Harmony?]]


* The part where the trope crosses over with IAmSpartacus is the principle behind Goku's Genki-dama/Spirit Bomb in ''Manga/DragonBall'': he draws energy from the Earth, including its people, to power it up. Addressed straight in [[spoiler:his final battle with Buu, when Mr. Satan/Hercule asks the (remaining) people on Earth to lend their energies to him for this specific purpose.]]

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* The part where the trope crosses over with IAmSpartacus is the principle behind Goku's Genki-dama/Spirit Bomb in ''Manga/DragonBall'': ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': he draws energy from the Earth, including its people, to power it up. Addressed straight in [[spoiler:his final battle with Buu, when Mr. Satan/Hercule asks the (remaining) people on Earth to lend their energies to him for this specific purpose.]]


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* In ''Manga/TheLastSaiyuki'', the ability to extend the Nyoibo and bring monsters into existence depend on whether or not a person's Mou is open, basically, whether or not they believe the impossible can happen.


Not to be confused with YourMindMakesItReal, which has more to do with characters getting physically hurt with the Power of Imagination (though the two tropes do sometimes intertwine). For those who don't even ''need'' to clap, see RealityWarper. A {{Tulpa}} is a creature that derives its existence from this force. Compare with WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. See also AllMythsAreTrue, PsychoactivePowers, PuffOfLogic, & TheTreacheryOfImages. Has nothing to do with FingerTenting. [[note]]Previously
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Not to be confused with YourMindMakesItReal, which has more to do with characters getting physically hurt with the Power of Imagination (though the two tropes do sometimes intertwine). For those who don't even ''need'' to clap, see RealityWarper. A {{Tulpa}} is a creature that derives its existence from this force. Compare with WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. See also AllMythsAreTrue, PsychoactivePowers, PuffOfLogic, & TheTreacheryOfImages. Has nothing to do with FingerTenting. [[note]]Previously
[[note]]Previously named ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive.[[/note]]


Not to be confused with YourMindMakesItReal, which has more to do with characters getting physically hurt with the Power of Imagination (though the two tropes do sometimes intertwine). For those who don't even ''need'' to clap, see RealityWarper. A {{Tulpa}} is a creature that derives its existence from this force. Compare with WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. See also AllMythsAreTrue, PsychoactivePowers, PuffOfLogic, & TheTreacheryOfImages. Has nothing to do with ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive.

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Not to be confused with YourMindMakesItReal, which has more to do with characters getting physically hurt with the Power of Imagination (though the two tropes do sometimes intertwine). For those who don't even ''need'' to clap, see RealityWarper. A {{Tulpa}} is a creature that derives its existence from this force. Compare with WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. See also AllMythsAreTrue, PsychoactivePowers, PuffOfLogic, & TheTreacheryOfImages. Has nothing to do with ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive.
FingerTenting. [[note]]Previously
named ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive.[[/note]]


* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Jake's Hope powers allow him to make things real by believing in them.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Jake's Hope powers allow him to make things real by believing in them. In one case this results in the creation of {{Tulpa}} made of a LivingMemory.


* "The Law of Attraction" and "Universal Magnetism" and "Like Attracts Like" are concepts explored in at least two books, ''The Science of Getting Rich'' by Wallace Wattles and ''Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting'' by Lynn Grabhorn, as well as at least two films: ''Literature/TheSecret'' by Rhonda Byrne (also a book) and ''What the Bleep'' by J.Z. Knight. Both films feature followers of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment in Washington State, which also teaches this concept.

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* "The Law of Attraction" and "Universal Magnetism" and "Like Attracts Like" are concepts explored in at least two books, ''The Science of Getting Rich'' by Wallace Wattles and ''Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting'' by Lynn Grabhorn, as well as at least two films: ''Literature/TheSecret'' by Rhonda Byrne (also a book) book, based closely on Wattles' original text) and ''What the Bleep'' Bleep Do We Know'' by J.Z. Knight. Both films feature followers of J.Z. Knight's Ramtha's School of Enlightenment in Washington State, which also teaches this concept.



* Norman Vincent Peale's ''The Power of Positive Thinking'' is all about this.



* This is a common feature of New Age beliefs in general. In Wicca and some other Neo-Pagan religions, a variant is taught: you can perform magic(k) by visualizing the desired results and focusing your will upon them, but doubts in the efficacy of the technique will rob you of the necessary focus and prevent it from working.

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** A children's tale from the Red Scare '50s has a teacher in Russia convincing her students that God doesn't exist by having them close their eyes to pray for candy. She quietly goes around putting candies on each desk. When the children go "Aw, ''you'' put that there," she says "Exactly. ''God doesn't give you things. People do.''" (Jews see right through this one, because the principle of ''tikkun olam'' (world healing) means that kindness and love are God acting ''through'' us.)
* This is a common feature of New Age beliefs in general. general: visualization of mental images can be powerful enough to manifest desired outcomes. "Decrees and affirmations" are not just declarations of faith but recitations of things you ''want'' to have happen, ''as if they were already true.'' A cancer patient might decree, "I am free of cancer and perfectly healthy." In Wicca and some other Neo-Pagan religions, a variant is taught: you can perform magic(k) by visualizing the desired results and focusing your will upon them, but doubts in the efficacy of the technique will rob you of the necessary focus and prevent it from working.



* Generally invoked by psychics, fortune-tellers and such chalartans when they fail to perform during controlled experiments. Many of them would argue that the general atmosphere of skepticism around them is suppressing their powers.

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* Generally invoked by phony mediums, psychics, fortune-tellers and such chalartans charlatans when they fail to perform during controlled experiments. Many of them would argue that the general atmosphere of skepticism around them is suppressing their powers. (In Modern Spiritualism, disbelief or skepticism won't stop real spirits from communicating, although they may get a little snarky.)

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** On the play's opening night, Nina Boucicault as Peter cried out ''"Clap your hands!"'' and [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the applause was so immediate and overwhelming that she burst into tears.]]


* A rare inversion with a short story ("Obstinate Uncle Otis") about an obstinate Vermonter (and as such, the most obstinate man in the world) whose power of disbelief was legendary, to the point where he could almost convince others that their eyes were tricking them. And then [[LightningCanDoAnything he got struck by lightning]], and got a dose of [[YourMindMakesItReal Your Mind Makes It Reality]]. The statue in the town square to the man he hated? Gone after he commented about how "No one would build a statue to a nincompoop like that!" The barn that was obstructing a nice view? Also gone when he commented how "No barn there, boy! Nothing but th' view - finest view in Vermont." His nephew realizes the danger this poses (e.g. his hatred of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, his recent disbelief in stars, etc.). It comes back to bite the elderly man on the ass, though, as he got a bit of EasyAmnesia and believed himself to be a traveling salesman with a different name. "Humph - ain't no such person as Otis Morks."

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* A rare inversion with a the short story ("Obstinate "Obstinate Uncle Otis") Otis" by the great horror writer [[http://scottnicolay.com/stories-from-the-borderland-4-4-the-believers-aka-do-you-believe-in-ghosts-by-robert-arthur-jr/ Robert A. Arthur, Jr.]] - it's in ''Ghosts and More Ghosts'' - about an obstinate Vermonter (and as such, the most obstinate man in the world) whose power of disbelief was legendary, to the point where he could almost convince others that their eyes were tricking them. And then [[LightningCanDoAnything he got struck by lightning]], and got a dose of [[YourMindMakesItReal Your Mind Makes It Reality]]. The statue in the town square to the man he hated? Gone after he commented about how "No one would build a statue to a nincompoop like that!" The barn that was obstructing a nice view? Also gone when he commented how "No barn there, boy! Nothing but th' view - finest view in Vermont." His nephew realizes the danger this poses (e.g. his hatred of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, his recent disbelief in stars, etc.). It comes back to bite the elderly man on the ass, though, as he got a bit of EasyAmnesia and believed himself to be a traveling salesman with a different name. "Humph - ain't no such person as Otis Morks."

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* In ''Series/GoodOmens'', when London is surrounded by a ring of hellfire along the M25, Crowley decides to drive right through it. [[spoiler:Hastur is burned to ash almost instantly]], but Crowley just keeps on driving, and the car manages to survive without melting to burst out of the wall of fire on the other side. Crowley just keeps telling the car that it can handle it. God's voiceover explains that, unlike every other demon, Crowley has developed an imagination over the 6000 years of living on Earth. So, as long as he's convinced that neither his body nor the car have been burned to a crisp by the hellfire, that is indeed what's happening. Plus, [[spoiler:he's hurrying to save the world and, most importantly, his best friend, the angel Aziraphale]].

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': The inhabitants of the Shamrock Lands (faeries and leprechauns) are susceptible to this, and as an added weakness cannot be seen by those who do not believe in them even if the other humans around are their friends and are interacting with them. They are incredibly depressed when they realize how few children can see them when they venture into the outside world in ''ComicBook/SensationComics''.


** Things and places may gain a magic, life or attitude of their own due to belief and people's dedication to them -- like [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant a historical artifact of great value (even when it's not the real one)]], [[Discworld/{{Maskerade}} the opera]], or a [[Discwolrd/RaisingSteam steam engine]].

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** Things and places may gain a magic, life or attitude of their own due to belief and people's dedication to them -- like [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant a historical artifact of great value (even when it's not the real one)]], [[Discworld/{{Maskerade}} the opera]], or a [[Discwolrd/RaisingSteam [[Discworld/RaisingSteam steam engine]].

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