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A tool, weapon, or object that all members of a certain group (usually Differently Powered Individuals) possess. Often a Transformation Trinket.

Most stock costumes includes some, which are themselves generally examples of Truth in Television. Particularly:

  • Scrubs, stethoscopes and clipboards for doctors
  • Guns and badges for police officers
  • Cellphones, PDAs or Bluetooth headsets for businessmen



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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars: Lightsabers, for Jedi, and red ones specifically for Sith
  • Ghostbusters: Proton Packs and ghost traps.

  • In The Dresden Files, the silver, anti-magic sword and unstainable grey cloak of the Wardens is this.
    • Played with - focii help focus a wizard's magic in large part because they believe it will. However, there are also items imbued with power. Harry's are the staff and wand and duster (and gun).
    • Wizards robes are both a symbol of office and because magic interferes with electronics, including heaters.
  • In the Sword of Truth it's the ... Sword of Truth. For the Seeker of Truth.
    • At the palace of the prophets, the Rada'Han is this for wizards.
    • Confessors' dresses.
    • Higher-rank wizards wear simpler clothes.
    • Defenders of the Lord Rahl wear special weapons with his crest.
    • War Wizards' gear is this.
    • The rings in the lips of the female slaves of the Imperial Order.
    • Darken Rahl's curved knife.
    • The Mord-Sith Agiel. Various colors of leather outfits, too.
  • The Aes Sedai rings in The Wheel of Time series.
  • In The Powder Mage Trilogy, Privileged, the setting's most prominent type of magic users, wear special gloves without which they cannot cast their spells.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Pokéballs, which are used to catch the titular pokemon and the Pokédex, which is a digital pokemon encyclopedia from Pokémon
  • Keyblades in Kingdom Hearts.
  • Player Pins for Players in The World Ends with You
  • The Belmonts from Castlevania almost always have the same set of secondary weapons: throwing knives, throwing axes, cross, holy water, and stopwatch. Even moreso, all Belmonts wield the whip Vampire Killer. Allies will wield all sorts of weapons though.
  • Pickaxes and crafting tables in Minecraft, given what the game is all about: mining and crafting.

    Western Animation 
  • The Guardians and their keytools in ReBoot.
  • The communicators designed by Robin and Cyborg in Teen Titans, which actually serve as a plot point.
  • The Assault Weapon Systems in Centurions.
  • Masks in BIONICLE.


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