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So here's some natter I wrote for Avatar: The Last Airbender that was (rightly) pulled off the main page:
Whether or not it belongs here, I do think it's demonstrable as an unspoken rule of bending in the show in the show and worth discussing. Is there a more appropriate place to post it? (Discussion pages are acceptable, with the purpose of refining the theory.)
I could see both here and a forum thread on the work.
For the record, the reason why I removed it is because the "seems to imply" makes it look like speculation.
They're really two separate things.
The "psychic bending" (Combustion Man and the psychic bloodbenders) are treated more a special ability unrelated to sheer power. The Avatar in the Avatar state, WAY stronger than Amon or Combustion Man, couldn't do that. Some people can simply do that, some people can't.
The other bit about Toph's stomps isn't so much an unwritten rule but more "stronger people can do things more easily" which is a basic tenet of superpowers in general. To a powerful earthbender like Toph, creating more force takes less effort. I don't think that part really needs to be mentioned.
Pulled this from the Discworld example:
Pterry's always been pretty clear that Narrative Causality does not necessarily over-rule the requirement that things make sense (because the conflict between the two is funnier than Narrative just trumping everything else), and the Shapeshifter Baggage question actually predates Narrative Causality by nine books. (The inconsistancy is Witches Abroad, where it is easy.)
From the Code Geass section is this, "That's actually unlikely either way. As shown in season two when a certain person meets the end, it's shown an order cannot be followed if it's physically impossible - like, well, dying," referring to Shirley's death in season 2. He was responding to a post about Suzaku's "Live" command and immortality and how Shirley's death proves that Suzaku won't live forever.
However I thought the command not to die given to Shirley didn't work merely because Lelouch had already used his geass on her once (to make her forget his identity as Zero). Also it cannot be argued that Lelouch got a new geass as he specifically stated he could not geass Villeta Nu as he had done so once before (the beginning of season 1).
Under normal circumstances this would be true, but Orange used reverse-geass on her, thus cancelling the original order. Essentially it was like she was never geassed in the first place.
I was always annoyed in Pokémon Red/Blue that the Silph Scope was described as letting you see hidden things, but when you got to that gym where the walls were invisible, it did nothing... but it's a device which can see frigging ghosts.
The quote I found from the game was, "Make the invisible plain to see!". I would imagine one explanation for this would be that the walls weren't truly invisible. Instead it might have been really clear glass or mirrors, as you can't really tell from the top-down view we got.
I really think we should rename this to Magic X Is Magic X. Since "A" is also a word in English, it can be confusing. I myself couldn't figure out what the heck the trope might be just from the name. Plus, X for "put something here" is pretty standard.
"A" is a word in English but there's no difficulty parsing it. It's impossible to mistake for a defining article in this context.
The title is a reference to Aristotle's way of putting the law of identity, "A is A".
Removed this from the Harry Potter example:
Complaining, and a lot of natter.
Here's a lot more natter for ya. The Harry Potter entry has been restructured a bit, so hopefully people will stop arguing and only list what's actually relevant.
Is it me, or are the examples for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic oddly formatted?
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