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* Subverted by Misaki Shokuhou in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. She frequently uses a remote control to control people's minds; however, the mind control power comes from her own body/mind, the remote control is only there because she likes the idea of using it that way.

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* Subverted Invoked by Misaki Shokuhou in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. She frequently uses a remote control to control people's minds; however, the mind control power comes from her own body/mind, the remote control is only there because she likes the idea of using it that way.


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A form of MagicFromTechnology whereby a TV remote control works on reality itself. Somehow, the remote imbues its wielder with bonafide RealityWarper abilities, such as being able to [[TimeMaster control time]] with the [[TimeStandsStill pause]], fast-forward, and rewind buttons, take away people's voices with mute, or even change the entire environment by "channel-hopping". Although, callous users may find out that RealityWarpingIsNotAToy.

SisterTrope to RewritingReality. See also HandyRemoteControl, which is far more mundane.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Subverted by Misaki Shokuhou in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. She frequently uses a remote control to control people's minds; however, the mind control power comes from her own body/mind, the remote control is only there because she likes the idea of using it that way.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Subverted in one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' daily, where Calvin turns off the TV with the remote and then, inspired, points it at his father and clicks.
-->'''Calvin:''' ''[when his dad remains in place]'' Rats.
* One ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'' comic strip has Jimbo teasing Pasquale by pretending to be affected by the TV remote.
-->'''Jimbo''' ''[walking into the room]'': Hey, Pasquale, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo what would happen if I pointed the remote control at myself and pressed "rewind"?]]
-->[press]
-->'''Jimbo''' ''[walking backwards out of the room]'': "Rewind" pressed and myself at control remote the pointed I if happen would what, Pasquale, hey?
-->'''Pasquale''': [[IWantMyMommy MOMMM!!!]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Click}}'' features Adam Sandler finding a universal remote at Bed, Bath, and Beyond that allows him to pause and fast-forward time, among other settings. The problem emerges when it turns out that it saves his preferences and starts acting on its own, causing him to miss out on a lot.
* ''Film/EpicMovie'' has a parody of the "Click" remote, which the characters use to win the battle of Narnia.
* In ''Film/FunnyGames'', the TV remote is used to literally rewind the film so that Paul [[DiabolusExMachina can stop the protagonists]] from foiling his scheme.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' short story "Click" is about a boy who comes across an advertisement for a "Universal Remote Control" sold by TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday that works on reality itself. He quickly starts to abuse it for various petty reasons, like cheating on a school exam, which eventually alienates him from his best friend. At the end, [[spoiler:he accidentally makes the world vanish when he presses the "OFF" button in frustration, only to find that the batteries have run out]]. This story was also adapted into an episode of the ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' tv series.
* In the Creator/PaulJennings story "Spaghetti Pig-Out", a boy gets a remote that looks like a green chocolate bar that can control not only the VCR but people, flies, and cats.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' has an episode called "Spaghetti Pig-Out" based on the Paul Jennings story that features the remote that can control real life, although it lacks the "looking like green chocolate" attribute that it has in the book.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The late 1990s Finnish electronic song "Freestyler", from Bomfunk MC, has a music video revolving around a teenager traveling the subway who realizes that his [=MP3=] player has powers over reality and can pause, rewind, or fast-forward people around him. At the end, this proves ineffective on the two band members themselves, and after pressing the player in frustration [[ResetButtonEnding the entire video rewinds back to the opening]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Josh Wilder's play ''Leftovers'' features a [[Series/TheCosbyShow Theo Huxtable]] (''not'' Bill Cosby; don't call him that!) who manipulates reality with a remote control.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.firstchristianwpb.org/god-can-i-have-pleaseeee-have-the-remote-control/ This article]] from [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches First Christian Church]] reflects about this theme and even mentioning ''Film/{{Click}}'' and ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' as references.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "The Remote!", Bowser Junior gets a remote control in his Happy Meal. This remote has the ability to [[TimeStandsStill pause time]], [[GratuitousSpanish change people's language from English to Spanish]], [[FastForwardGag fast-forward time]], mute people, [[RewindGag rewind time]], and even [[TakeThat age-restrict the episode]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkPantherAndPals'': In "Remotely Pink", the Pink Panther buys a universal remote after his normal TV remote breaks. It doesn't work on the TV, but it ''does'' allow him to control everything else around him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Control Freak is a supervillain in possession of a reality warping remote. He can use said remote to make inanimate objects come to life, or to beam himself [[TrappedInTVLand into TV land]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' short "The Terror of Tiny Toon", Marge takes the batteries from the TV remote to stop Bart and Lisa watching an Itchy and Scratchy Halloween special, and Bart replaces them with a [[AppliedPhlebotinum piece of plutonium]] he finds in Homer's toolbox. Afterwards, the remote starts displaying reality-warping properties including messing with Lisa's skin color with the Color buttons, [[TrappedInTVLand sending Bart and Lisa into the cartoon]] when Enter is accidentally pushed, and reversing time with its Rewind button.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': In the episode "Universal Remote", Coop builds the eponymous item, which is simply a normal TV remote control, but the villain of the week hears about it and mistakenly thinks the object has destructive power and wants to take it for himself.
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