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10th Jul '16 5:31:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''The Book of Three'', the first volume of the PrydainChronicles, [[SupportingLeader Prince Gwydion]] is [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one who can defeat]] [[TheDragon the Horned King]] because he's the only one who knows his real name, which is [[spoiler:never revealed]].

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* In ''The Book of Three'', the first volume of the PrydainChronicles, Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain, [[SupportingLeader Prince Gwydion]] is [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one who can defeat]] [[TheDragon the Horned King]] because he's the only one who knows his real name, which is [[spoiler:never revealed]].
25th Jun '16 3:18:06 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In the ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' trilogy, knowing someone's true name gives power over them - they can be controlled when their true name is used. The Kantri (dragons), for example, have long names like Khordeshkhistriakhor, but they use a diminutive of their true name for everyday use (for example, that dragon is known as Akhor), and share the true one only with their lover and possibly best friends.



* In the ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' trilogy, knowing someone's true name gives power over them - they can be controlled when their true name is used. The Kantri (dragons), for example, have long names like Khordeshkhistriakhor, but they use a diminutive of their true name for everyday use (for example, that dragon is known as Akhor), and share the true one only with their lover and possibly best friends.
13th Jun '16 6:33:45 PM KillerClowns
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Contrast SpeakOfTheDevil, where saying a name summons the named entity, but doesn't confer any power or control over it -- in fact, speaking said name may actually [[TheScottishTrope give that entity power over YOU!]]

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Contrast SpeakOfTheDevil, where saying a name summons the named entity, but doesn't confer any power or control over it -- in fact, speaking said name may actually [[TheScottishTrope give that entity power over YOU!]]
YOU]]! Likewise, the true name of an EldritchAbomination or similarly twisting being may prove to be [[BrownNote extremely dangerous to mortal minds]].
6th Jun '16 11:46:34 PM Kadorhal
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* Invoked in ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' - Hans Davis [[spoiler: is not the real name of Solid Snake.]] However, [[spoiler: Snake was manipulated into believing that this is]] his true name in order to be put under Neoteny's control.



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'', the reason Alice saddles Solid Snake with a JekyllAndHyde evil personality that he occasionally switches into is because her MindControl PsychicPowers only work on those who have a true name, and Snake (in this continuity) is [[NoNameGiven completely nameless]], other than his {{codename}}. She used a combination of {{Gaslighting}} and drugging to render him suggestible enough to plant a secondary personality - which ''did'' have a true name - in his mind, and then attempted to engineer a SplitPersonalityTakeover, after which he would be helpless and she would be able to control him completely. If she hadn't been forced to unveil her plan to Snake and then got herself HoistByHerOwnPetard, she was on track to pulling it off.

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'', the reason Alice saddles Solid Snake with a JekyllAndHyde evil personality that he occasionally switches into is because her MindControl PsychicPowers only work on those who have a true name, and Snake (in this continuity) is [[NoNameGiven completely nameless]], other than his {{codename}}. She used a combination of {{Gaslighting}} and drugging to render him suggestible enough to plant a secondary personality - which ''did'' have a true name name, Hans Davis - in his mind, and then attempted to engineer a SplitPersonalityTakeover, after which he would be helpless and she would be able to control him completely. If she hadn't been forced to unveil her plan to Snake and then got herself HoistByHerOwnPetard, she was on track to pulling it off.
5th Jun '16 7:02:41 PM intastiel
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* Integral to [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] in ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': Names and Masks are what raise them from being inchoate spirits of Void, and the fewer names they have, the closer they are to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s of primal black fire. {{Invoked|Trope}} when Allison faces a powerful unbound demon and hurriedly [[http://killsixbilliondemons.com/comic/wielder-of-names-2-34/ forces]] a Name on it that forces it back to the lowest rank.
23rd May '16 8:49:41 PM LadyNorbert
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** Except that US SSNs are expressly NOT unique to a person. They are recycled after awhile. Thus, while a number will be unique to a ''living'' person at any time, it's entirely possible that your SSN was once held by a person long-dead. After all, there's only 1 billion possible SSN combinations ; in a country of 300+ million alive right now (and 10+ million new births/immigrants each year), reuse is inevitable (and there have been well publicized cases of confusion). Not to mention that you ''can'' get your SSN changed under certain circumstances.

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** Except that US SSNs [=SSNs=] are expressly NOT unique to a person. They are recycled after awhile.a period of time. Thus, while a number will be unique to a ''living'' person at any time, it's entirely possible that your SSN was once held by a person long-dead. After all, there's only 1 billion possible SSN combinations ; in a country of 300+ million alive right now (and 10+ million new births/immigrants each year), reuse is inevitable (and there have been well publicized cases of confusion). Not to mention that you ''can'' get your SSN changed under certain circumstances.
23rd May '16 8:47:22 PM LadyNorbert
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* The [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series examines this trope with regards to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' mythos. It's gradually explained that Lydia being the only mortal to know the ghoul's name means that he willingly gave himself into her control, and this is significant to an extremely old and barely-remembered [[TheProphecy prophecy]].
18th May '16 2:10:58 AM PaulA
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* The Yn shamans from Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'' use name magic. The protagonist uses this to talk one down from a rage, pointing out that she doesn't actually know the true name of the person she's angry with and her curse is likely to go awry.

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* The Yn shamans from Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'' ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'' use name magic. The protagonist uses this to talk one down from a rage, pointing out that she doesn't actually know the true name of the person she's angry with and her curse is likely to go awry.
16th Apr '16 6:09:28 AM narm00
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** The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness version, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', has something similar with several of the Traditions - the Order of Hermes mages each have a 'True Name', which is an Enochian phrase that describes them. They conceal it in a Shadow Name, and many higher-powered mages have found ways of inserting traps into the Shadow Name that would harm enemies trying to determine their True Name. Knowing a Hermetic's True Name has a similar effect as in the new game. The technomantic Virtual Adepts have something similar with their Internet handles - but someone who goes by the name pronounced 'Coyote' could well be C0y0t3, (oy0t3, or any other [[LeetLingo 1337]] variant... good luck figuring out which would be their True Name...

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** The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness version, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', has something similar with several of the Traditions - the Order of Hermes mages each have a 'True Name', which is an Enochian phrase that describes them. They conceal it in a Shadow Name, and many higher-powered mages have found ways of inserting traps into the Shadow Name that would harm enemies trying to determine their True Name. Knowing a Hermetic's True Name has a similar effect as in the new game. The technomantic Virtual Adepts have something similar with their Internet handles - but someone who goes by the name pronounced 'Coyote' could well be C0y0t3, [=C0y0t3=], (oy0t3, or any other [[LeetLingo 1337]] variant... good luck figuring out which would be their True Name...
8th Apr '16 9:21:12 AM GlassRain
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* {{Golem}}s in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' are brought to life by a character saying their true name out loud. After Zadok realizes that [[spoiler:"Teddy Weddy" is a nickname, he uses "Theodore" to resurrect him as a golem]].
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