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** Sybill Trelawney, on a good day. She actually ''can'' produce full and true prophesies, but only when in a trance that she cannot remember, and so far as we know it only happened to her twice in her life. Most of the time she relies on tarot cards, crystal balls, and omens, and her readings of them are always wrong and treated as a joke. Except that, in fact, fans have noticed that these tend to be accurate foreshadowing and it's her ''interpretation'' that's completely off...[[TheCassandra except the one tragic time she was completely correct, was taking it seriously, and was ignored because of her awful track record and drinking.]]

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** Sybill Trelawney, on a good day. She actually ''can'' produce full and true prophesies, but only when in a trance that she cannot remember, and so far as we know it only happened to her twice in her life. Most of the time she relies on tarot cards, crystal balls, and omens, and her readings of them are always wrong and treated as a joke. Except that, in fact, fans have noticed that these tend to be accurate foreshadowing and it's her ''interpretation'' that's completely off...[[TheCassandra except the one tragic time she was completely correct, was taking it seriously, and was trying to warn others.]] She was ignored because of her [[CryingWolf awful track record record]] [[DrowningMySorrows and drinking.]]


** Sybill Trelawney, on a good day. She actually ''can'' produce full and true prophesies, but only when in a trance that she cannot remember, and it only happened to her twice all in her life. For most of the time she relies on tarot cards, crystal balls, and omens, and her readings of them are always wrong and treated as a joke. Except that, in fact, fans have noticed that these tend to be accurate foreshadowing and it's her ''interpretation'' that's completely off...

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** Sybill Trelawney, on a good day. She actually ''can'' produce full and true prophesies, but only when in a trance that she cannot remember, and so far as we know it only happened to her twice all in her life. For most Most of the time she relies on tarot cards, crystal balls, and omens, and her readings of them are always wrong and treated as a joke. Except that, in fact, fans have noticed that these tend to be accurate foreshadowing and it's her ''interpretation'' that's completely off...[[TheCassandra except the one tragic time she was completely correct, was taking it seriously, and was ignored because of her awful track record and drinking.]]


** Sybill Trelawney, on a good day. She actually ''can'' See into the future, but only when in a trance that she cannot remember, and it only happened to her twice all in her life. For most of the time she uses tarot cards and crystal balls, which are depicted as not working. (Though some fans have noted that they ''do'' foreshadow things uncannily often...)

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** Sybill Trelawney, on a good day. She actually ''can'' See into the future, produce full and true prophesies, but only when in a trance that she cannot remember, and it only happened to her twice all in her life. For most of the time she uses relies on tarot cards and cards, crystal balls, which and omens, and her readings of them are depicted always wrong and treated as not working. (Though some a joke. Except that, in fact, fans have noted noticed that they ''do'' foreshadow things uncannily often...)these tend to be accurate foreshadowing and it's her ''interpretation'' that's completely off...


* ''Literature/DirkGently''. In the BackStory, he pretended to be a psychic but everything he predicted came true. [[RealityEnsues He was so accurate he was branded as a fake, because psychics are never that accurate, and has to be smuggled out of town.]] He's at it again at the start of the second novel, deliberately making up nonsense. And when they ''continue'' to come true, he takes to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens standing on his roof yelling "Stop it!" at the sky]]. He desperately ''wants'' to be a fraud; it's so much simpler.

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* ''Literature/DirkGently''. In the BackStory, he pretended to be a psychic but everything he predicted came true. [[RealityEnsues He was so accurate he was branded as a fake, because psychics are never that accurate, accurate,]] and has had to be smuggled out of town.]] town. He's at it again at the start of the second novel, deliberately making up nonsense. And when they ''continue'' to come true, he takes to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens standing on his roof yelling "Stop it!" at the sky]]. He desperately ''wants'' to be a fraud; it's so much simpler.


* ''Literature/DirkGently''. In the BackStory, he pretended to be a psychic but everything he predicted came true. He does it again at the start of the second novel, and when they ''continue'' to come true, he takes to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens standing on his roof yelling "Stop it!" at the sky]]. He desperately ''wants'' to be a fraud; it's so much simpler.

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* ''Literature/DirkGently''. In the BackStory, he pretended to be a psychic but everything he predicted came true. [[RealityEnsues He does was so accurate he was branded as a fake, because psychics are never that accurate, and has to be smuggled out of town.]] He's at it again at the start of the second novel, and deliberately making up nonsense. And when they ''continue'' to come true, he takes to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens standing on his roof yelling "Stop it!" at the sky]]. He desperately ''wants'' to be a fraud; it's so much simpler.

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* ''WebComic/MierukoChan'': In Chapter 6 Miko encounters Mitsue Takeda, a fortune teller and psychic known as the "Godmother of Downtown". Mitsue at first seems like an old fraud who's just looking to make money, but she does have enough genuine psychic ability to see the presence haunting Miko and tries to help.
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* The "Medium?" legacy in ''VideoGame/CultistSimulator'' starts off as a PhonyPsychic with a very profitable routine, until the dead notice and take offense. This results in the Medium babbling like a lunatic in one of their readings and getting fired, and leads to them gaining the ability to genuinely read the memories of the dead... [[EatsBrainsForMemories by eating their flesh]].

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* The "Medium?" legacy in ''VideoGame/CultistSimulator'' starts off as a PhonyPsychic with a very profitable routine, until the dead notice and take offense. This results in the Medium babbling like a lunatic in one of their readings and getting fired, and leads to them gaining after which they gain the ability to genuinely read the memories of the dead... [[EatsBrainsForMemories [[EatBrainForMemories by eating their flesh]].

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* The "Medium?" legacy in ''VideoGame/CultistSimulator'' starts off as a PhonyPsychic with a very profitable routine, until the dead notice and take offense. This results in the Medium babbling like a lunatic in one of their readings and getting fired, and leads to them gaining the ability to genuinely read the memories of the dead... [[EatsBrainsForMemories by eating their flesh]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' has a character who claims he used to have the gift, but lost it and let someone who knew future goings-on be his informant to keep up the charade. He later seemingly uses his talents to find the school's missing lobster mascot, focusing his powers whenever he reaches a potential crossroads. However, careful watching shows that most of his choices on where to go are in fact also common sense picks if thought about, such as the lobster being under the wet dock instead of the dry dock, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane calling to question whether or not it was precognition or just his subconscious picking up the details]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' has a character who claims he used to have the gift, but lost it and let someone who knew future goings-on be his informant to keep up the charade. He later seemingly uses his talents to find the school's missing lobster mascot, focusing his powers whenever he reaches a potential crossroads. However, careful watching shows that most of his choices on where to go are in fact also common sense picks if thought about, such as the lobster being under the wet dock instead of the dry dock, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane calling to question whether or not it was precognition or just his subconscious picking up the details]].


* On ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' Phoebe is a witch who can get visions of the past or future. In one episode, she's a juror in the trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-wife, since he was able to lead police to her body--which he claims to have known through a magical vision. Phoebe, in an odd case of ArbitrarySkepticism, assumes this is malarkey until ''she'' has a vision of the actual murder, realizes the guy is innocent and has to convince the other jurors that no, the suspect really is psychic.

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* On ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}},'' Phoebe is a witch who can get visions of the past or future. In one episode, she's a juror in the trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-wife, since he was able to lead police to her body--which he claims to have known through a magical vision. Phoebe, in an odd case of ArbitrarySkepticism, assumes this is malarkey until ''she'' has a vision of the actual murder, realizes the guy is innocent and has to convince the other jurors that no, the suspect really is psychic.


* In ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'', Mayura's dad is a man hired to exorcise things. ''He'' thinks he's just ripping off a bunch of superstitious people, but he does turn out to have genuine ESP, he's just completely ignorant of this.

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* In ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'', Mayura's dad is a man hired to exorcise things. ''He'' thinks he's just ripping off a bunch of superstitious people, but he does turn out to have genuine ESP, he's just completely ignorant of this.this until the first time he meets Loki and gets a glimpse of his true form.


* In ''[[RepairmanJack The Haunted Air]]'', PhonyPsychic Lyle Kenton has a run-in with a genuine ghost, and ends up developing real powers of foresight and acquiring a genuine spirit-guide in [[spoiler: his brother Charlie]].

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* In ''[[RepairmanJack ''[[Literature/RepairmanJack The Haunted Air]]'', PhonyPsychic Lyle Kenton has a run-in with a genuine ghost, and ends up developing real powers of foresight and acquiring a genuine spirit-guide in [[spoiler: his brother Charlie]].


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' has a character who claims he used to have the gift, but lost it and let someone who knew future goings-on be his informant to keep up the charade. He later seemingly uses his talents to find the school's missing lobster mascot, focusing his powers whenever he reaches a potential crossroads. However, careful watching shows that most of his choices on where to go are in fact also common sense picks if thought about, such as the lobster being his under the wet dock instead of the dry dock, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane calling to question whether or not it was precognition or just his subconscious picking up the details]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' has a character who claims he used to have the gift, but lost it and let someone who knew future goings-on be his informant to keep up the charade. He later seemingly uses his talents to find the school's missing lobster mascot, focusing his powers whenever he reaches a potential crossroads. However, careful watching shows that most of his choices on where to go are in fact also common sense picks if thought about, such as the lobster being his under the wet dock instead of the dry dock, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane calling to question whether or not it was precognition or just his subconscious picking up the details]].



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