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Basic Trope: The ability to use magic is In the Blood of a certain species.

  • Straight: The Nilthmaks are a species that can use magic. Other species in the work cannot.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: All species can use magic, but for the Nilthmaks, it's instinctive; all others have to learn it.
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  • Justified: In the setting, different gods created different species and the Nilthmaks were created by god of magic.
  • Inverted: The Nilthmaks are the only species unable to use magic.
  • Subverted: A human is shown using a magic spell.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The "human" was a Nilthmak in disguise.
    • The "magic spell" was faked.
  • Parodied: Any non-Nilthmak attempting to use magic is arrested.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The Nilthmaks can use magic, but there are rules.
    • Everyone can be taught ordinary wizardry, but only Nilthmaks can use their own sort of magic? which is actually inherited.
  • Averted:
    • The magic in the setting can be used by all species.
    • There is no magic.
  • Enforced: "Let's make this species special!"
  • Lampshaded: "Why can't anyone else use our magic? It's unfair."
  • Invoked: The Nilthmaks decide to keep their magic to themselves.
  • Exploited: The human heroes Alice and Bob recruit a Nilthmak as a teammate.
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  • Defied: The Nilthmaks share their magic with the other species.
  • Discussed: "No, magic isn't in our blood! Anyone can use it if they know how."
  • Conversed: "So heroes' entire problem was that only Nilthmak could use magic - and they were the bad guys."
  • Implied: It's never alluded to, but over the course of the story, the only people shown using magic are Nilthmak.

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