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7th Jan '18 2:03:17 PM Jubileus57
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', the key to send Neksdor Kingdom's resident JackassGenie back into its bottle is reciting his name over and over. Luckily for him, [[ButThouMust the player ''has'' to let him go before he is fully sucked into it no matter what]].
9th Dec '17 4:41:01 PM Vir
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* In the Nintendo 64 Game, ''VideoGame/AidynChronicles: The First Mage'', [[spoiler: A massive portion of the quest is for the main character to learn his true name and thus gain the power to defeat the Big Bad]]

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* In the Nintendo 64 Game, UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 game ''VideoGame/AidynChronicles: The First Mage'', [[spoiler: A massive portion of the quest is for the main character to learn his true name and thus gain the power to defeat the Big Bad]]BigBad.]]
5th Dec '17 12:22:45 PM Xtifr
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* In the short story ''[[http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/09/equoid Equoid]]'', of ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'', the narrator comments on how "Bob Howard" is just a pseudonym he's calling himself in the reports; because he would never do something as daft as write his true name on paper and "give extradimensional identity thieves the keys to our souls."

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* In the short story novella ''[[http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/09/equoid Equoid]]'', of ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'', ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'', the narrator comments on how "Bob Howard" is just a pseudonym he's calling himself in the reports; because he would never do something as daft as write his true name on paper and "give extradimensional identity thieves the keys to our souls."
7th Nov '17 5:17:15 PM LavonPapillon1
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* In ''Fanfic/TheCrystalCourt'', magical names are a recurring motif in the story, the various characters going by simple names when addressed casually but are referred to by their full, mystical name when one attempts to control them (though circumstances may vary).
** '''Steven''': Steven Motorcycle Vidalia Wild-growth Universe
** '''Rose''': The Rose Whose Beauty Enraptures Even As Her Thorns Pierce
** '''Pearl''': Knight of the Roses
** '''Ruby: Warrior Who Charges Headfirst Into The Blizzard
** '''Sapphire''': Seeker and Keeper of the Spark of Truth
** '''Garnet''': So The One Who Forged Herself Of Love
31st Oct '17 11:21:32 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/FateLongNight'', Brandon gets Nymeria to retreat by revealing her name, as this means he knows her powers and weaknesses.
9th Oct '17 3:31:45 AM Arivne
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* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' supplement ''Fantasy Hero Companion''. All six types of demon (Demon Lord, Fire Demon, Amorphous Horror, Deceiver, Hordling and Hell Hound) had to obey anyone who knew their true name.

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* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' supplement ''Fantasy Hero Companion''. All six types of demon (Demon Lord, Fire Demon, Amorphous Horror, Deceiver, Hordling and Hell Hound) had have to obey anyone who knew knows their true name.
9th Oct '17 3:29:54 AM Arivne
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* The supplement book ''Mythic Egypt'', written for both Rolemaster and the Hero System, naturally discussed true names. For purposes of magic in that setting, many spells meant to affected others required knowledge of their true name first (though there was also a spell to discover that by observing somebody directly which naturally didn't have that prerequisite) or otherwise simply wouldn't work, and one of the supernatural races of the setting had the explicit weakness that all of them shared the ''same'' true name...that had gotten out long ago.

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* The supplement book ''Mythic Egypt'', written for both Rolemaster and the Hero System, naturally discussed true names. For purposes of magic in that setting, many spells meant to affected affect others required knowledge of their true name first (though there was also a spell to discover that by observing somebody directly which naturally didn't have that prerequisite) or otherwise simply wouldn't work, and one of the supernatural races of the setting had the explicit weakness that all of them shared the ''same'' true name...that had gotten out long ago.
6th Sep '17 8:37:40 AM PaladinPhoenix
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is Downplayed when regarding [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. Shouting a dragon's name using the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] does not place it under your control, but the dragon will treat it as a challenge and will usually seek out whoever made the shout, due to a combination of curiosity and [[HonorBeforeReason honor]]. This is also true for [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]], who has the soul of a dragon, as the [[OldMaster Greybeards]] summon him/her to High Hrothgar by [[NotSoDifferent calling out]] the ''Dragonborn's'' name using the Thu'um.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is Downplayed when regarding [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]. Shouting a dragon's name using the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] does not place it under your control, but the dragon will treat it as a challenge and will usually seek out whoever made the shout, due to a combination of curiosity and [[HonorBeforeReason honor]]. This is also true for [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]], who has the soul of a dragon, as the [[OldMaster Greybeards]] summon him/her to High Hrothgar by [[NotSoDifferent calling out]] the ''Dragonborn's'' name using the Thu'um. Just like the dragons, though, [[TakeYourTime you're not actually under any obligation to answer their call.]]
6th Sep '17 8:24:54 AM PaladinPhoenix
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** Harry also notes that while there is danger in providing your true name to someone, the constantly changing nature of humans means that the true name will only work for a short time, whereas demons, the fey, and other magical creatures are unchanging and risk a lot in having their true names known.
4th Sep '17 8:47:28 AM VVK
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** 2nd edition AD&D said that knowing a lich's true name conferred power over it.

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** 2nd Edition
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2nd edition AD&D said that knowing a lich's true name conferred power over it.it.
*** ''Planewalker's Handbook'' for the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting included some spells that could be used to harm or control a creature if its true name was known.
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