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* A lot of urban fantasy focuses on the TrueCompanions, such as ''Buffy'' and ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''; ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' focus on families. The characterization is often a much-loved feature about this sort of show, as the {{Masquerade}} tends to force the few who are in the know about the world's magical secrets in together. Perhaps your story could explore working relationships that are magically influenced, such as a hospital or veterinary practice for magical beings, a secret post office for magical messages, a special branch of the army for those with PsychicPowers or a sanitarium for werewolves? Or perhaps you can play with this expectation... the group is [[TeethClenchedTeamwork not made up of True Companions]], or even [[EnemyMine enemies forced to work together to survive]].

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* A lot of urban fantasy focuses on the TrueCompanions, such as ''Buffy'' and ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''; ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' focus on families. The characterization is often a much-loved feature about this sort of show, as the {{Masquerade}} tends to force the few who are in the know about the world's magical secrets in together. Perhaps your story could explore working relationships that are magically influenced, such as a hospital or veterinary practice for magical beings, a secret post office for magical messages, a special branch of the army for those with PsychicPowers or a sanitarium for werewolves? Or perhaps you can play with this expectation... the group is [[TeethClenchedTeamwork not made up of True Companions]], or even [[EnemyMine enemies forced to work together to survive]].



* Later series of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' seemed to suffer from PowerIncontinence and introduced [[CreatorsPet a character]] with the power of "[[ImaginationBasedSuperpower projection]]" which basically meant "[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands do anything]]". More and more magic was being thrown at the script without additional characterization and non-formula plot.

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* Later series of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' seemed to suffer from PowerIncontinence and introduced [[CreatorsPet a character]] with the power of "[[ImaginationBasedSuperpower projection]]" which basically meant "[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands do anything]]". More and more magic was being thrown at the script without additional characterization and non-formula plot.


* Almost any of the classic MagicalGirl series fits this as well. Especially ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'', and the Creator/StudioPerriot magical girls of the 1980s.

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* Almost any of the classic MagicalGirl series fits this as well. Especially ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'', and the Creator/StudioPerriot Creator/StudioPierrot magical girls of the 1980s.


* Almost any of the classic MagicalGirl series fits this as well. Especially ''Franchise/Sailor Moon'', ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'', and the Creator/StudioPerriot magical girls of the 1980s.

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* Almost any of the classic MagicalGirl series fits this as well. Especially ''Franchise/Sailor Moon'', ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'', and the Creator/StudioPerriot magical girls of the 1980s.



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* Almost any of the classic MagicalGirl series fits this as well. Especially ''Franchise/Sailor Moon'', ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'', and the Creator/StudioPerriot magical girls of the 1980s.


* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', urban fantasy with a '30s hard-boiled detective FilmNoir twist.

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* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', urban fantasy with a '30s hard-boiled detective FilmNoir twist. Also its sequel, ''Film/WitchHunt''.


* ''RepairmanJack''

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* ''RepairmanJack''''Literature/RepairmanJack''


* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''

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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' is famous for its complicated storyline, melodramatic tone, and three-dimensional characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is a simplistic yet entertaining mixture of action-adventure, modern fantasy, and slapstick comedy.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is hailed as one of the best Western animation series of the new millennium. If you want to do an urban fantasy story set in a [[QuirkyTown Quirky]] TownWithADarkSecret, no better example exists.



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is hailed as one of the best Western animation series of the new millennium. If you want to do an urban fantasy story set in a [[QuirkyTown Quirky]] TownWithADarkSecret, no better example exists.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is hailed as one of the best Western animation series of the new millennium. If you want to do an urban fantasy story set in a [[QuirkyTown Quirky]] TownWithADarkSecret, no better example exists.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''


* The works of ''[[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Narita]]'' ''[[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Ryohgo]]'' are great examples of Urban Fantasy where only few fantasy elements are involved in the main stories. ''Baccano!'' mixes 1920s Prohibition Era with Italian mafia and immortality-via-alchemy, while one of the main cast of ''Durarara!!'' hails from Celtic mythology.

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* The works of ''[[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Narita]]'' ''[[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Ryohgo]]'' [[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Narita]] [[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Ryohgo]] are great examples of Urban Fantasy where only few fantasy elements are involved in the main stories. ''Baccano!'' mixes 1920s Prohibition Era with Italian mafia and immortality-via-alchemy, while one of the main cast of ''Durarara!!'' hails from Celtic mythology.



* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. It's almost entirely set in the real modern world, and features plenty of monsters and magic from the Greek myths blended seamlessly with the 21st-century. It is basically the living embodiment of the Urban Fantasy.


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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. It's almost entirely set in the real modern world, and features plenty of monsters and magic from the Greek myths blended seamlessly with the 21st-century. It is basically the living embodiment of the Urban Fantasy.

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* WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries is a great example of mixing this genre with teen romance.
* WesternAnimation/GravityFalls is hailed as one of the best Western animation series of the new millennium. If you want to do an urban fantasy story set in a [[QuirkyTown Quirky]] TownWithADarkSecret, no better example exists.

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* WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' is a great example of mixing this genre with teen romance.
* WesternAnimation/GravityFalls ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is hailed as one of the best Western animation series of the new millennium. If you want to do an urban fantasy story set in a [[QuirkyTown Quirky]] TownWithADarkSecret, no better example exists.



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* WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries is a great example of mixing this genre with teen romance.
* WesternAnimation/GravityFalls is hailed as one of the best Western animation series of the new millennium. If you want to do an urban fantasy story set in a [[QuirkyTown Quirky]] TownWithADarkSecret, no better example exists.


* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''The entire ''{{Franchise/Nasuverse}}''.
* The works of ''[[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Narita]]'' ''[[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} Ryohgo]]'' are great examples of Urban Fantasy where only few fantasy elements are involved in the main stories. ''Baccano!'' mixes 1920s Prohibition Era with Italian mafia and immortality-via-alchemy, while one of the main cast of ''Durarara!!'' hails from Celtic mythology.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''
* The shortlived Creator/MarvelComics series ''Nightside'', with [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/nsothers.htm The Others]], several races of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different monsters]] living the {{Masquerade}} and organized like [[TheMafia crime families]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' is a DC Comics series about exorcist and OccultDetective [[BlueCollarWarlock John Constantine]] set in Thatcher's Britain, which takes heavy ideological and aesthetic inspiration from the British punk movement; it does a great job of blending spooky traditional occultism with 20th century politics, [[PostModernMagic technology]] and sensibilities.




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* The entire ''{{Franchise/Nasuverse}}''.



* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', urban fantasy with a '30s hard-boiled detective FilmNoir twist
* The ''Wizard of 4th Street'' series, set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but with a strong retro feel and {{Magitek}} replacing high-tech



* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''



* The ''Wizard of 4th Street'' series, set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but with a strong retro feel and {{Magitek}} replacing high-tech.



* The shortlived Creator/MarvelComics series ''Nightside'', with [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/nsothers.htm The Others]], several races of [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different monsters]] living the {{Masquerade}} and organized like [[TheMafia crime families]].
* ''Series/{{Being|Human UK}} [[Series/BeingHumanUS Human]]'', both versions of which revolve around supernatural monsters trying to [[IJustWantToBeNormal reclaim their old human lives]]. Magic exists in both settings, but aside from the curses the protagonists are afflicted with it is very much in the background. The UK version notably has a suburban setting.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', which tell the stories of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent High School Students]] with the ability to summon a ''[[FightingSpirit Persona]],'' which allows them to use magic.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' does a very good job of mixing creepy paranormal and supernatural myth with off-the-wall comedy and MadScience



* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is a great example of Urban Fantasy where only few fantasy elements are involved in the main story. One of the main cast hails from Celtic mythology.



* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' is a DC Comics series about exorcist and OccultDetective [[BlueCollarWarlock John Constantine]] set in Thatcher's Britain, which takes heavy ideological and aesthetic inspiration from the British punk movement; it does a great job of blending spooky traditional occultism with 20th century politics, [[PostModernMagic technology]] and sensibilities.




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* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', urban fantasy with a '30s hard-boiled detective FilmNoir twist.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' does a very good job of mixing creepy paranormal and supernatural myth with off-the-wall comedy and MadScience.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', one of the seminal works in the genre.
* ''Series/{{Being|Human UK}} [[Series/BeingHumanUS Human]]'', both versions of which revolve around supernatural monsters trying to [[IJustWantToBeNormal reclaim their old human lives]]. Magic exists in both settings, but aside from the curses the protagonists are afflicted with it is very much in the background. The UK version notably has a suburban setting.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', which tell the stories of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent High School Students]] with the ability to summon a ''[[FightingSpirit Persona]],'' which allows them to use magic.

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* Try mixing fantasy elements with aspects of urban culture. EmmaBull was the first to combine elves with rock bands and now we have the ElvishPresley trope. How about having different werewolf clans opening salons for different hairstyles? Or telepaths having their own mental social network, with a "close friends" feature whose deeper thoughts and memories they can access? Would ghosts have fashion trends for possessing people, complete with a continually-changing "hot or not" list? Are there fancy designer wands for witches and wizards? What about [[TheFairFolk fairies]] who run night clubs that allow their guests to fly while dancing via pixie dust (you could even write that as a metaphor for party drugs, if you so wish)?



* The ''Ambergris'' books by Jeff [=VanderMeer=]. Not set in a slightly altered real world, but to an entirely original fantasy world developed enough to have motor vehicles and telephones.

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* The ''Ambergris'' ''Literature/{{Ambergris}}'' books by Jeff [=VanderMeer=]. Not set in a slightly altered real world, but to an entirely original fantasy world developed enough to have motor vehicles and telephones.



* Charles [=DeLint=]'s ''Newford'' books

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* [[Creator/CharlesDeLint Charles [=DeLint=]'s de Lint]]'s ''Newford'' books



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'',''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', which tell the stories of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent High School Students]] with the ability to summon a ''[[FightingSpirit Persona]],'' which allows them to use magic.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'',''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', which tell the stories of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent High School Students]] with the ability to summon a ''[[FightingSpirit Persona]],'' which allows them to use magic.


* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', which tell the stories of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent High School Student's]] with the ability to summon a ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification Persona]],'' which allows them to use magic.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' 3}}'',''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', 5}}'', which tell the stories of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent High School Student's]] Students]] with the ability to summon a ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification ''[[FightingSpirit Persona]],'' which allows them to use magic.


** For more extensive thoughts on this, we highly recommend checking out episodes [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/podpress_trac/web/25/0/Writing_Excuses_Episode14.mp3 14]] and [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/podpress_trac/web/26/0/Writing_Excuses_Episode15.mp3 15]] of the ''WritingExcuses'' podcast, which discuss in depth the use of magic as a plot device.

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** For more extensive thoughts on this, we highly recommend checking out episodes [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/podpress_trac/web/25/0/Writing_Excuses_Episode14.mp3 14]] and [[http://www.writingexcuses.com/podpress_trac/web/26/0/Writing_Excuses_Episode15.mp3 15]] of the ''WritingExcuses'' ''Podcast/WritingExcuses'' podcast, which discuss in depth the use of magic as a plot device.

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