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23rd Sep '16 10:37:33 AM NoSpoilerz
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* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' features a specter that specializes in [[DittoFighter copying]] and ''[[GrandTheftMe stealing]]'' his opponents' bodies. The copying presents no issues, but when he steals Mario's body, the plumber and his new ally are unable to do any harm to each other until Mario learns and speaks his real name, [[spoiler:Doopliss]], to weaken the spell.

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* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' features a specter that specializes in [[DittoFighter copying]] and ''[[GrandTheftMe stealing]]'' his opponents' bodies. The copying presents no issues, but when he steals Mario's body, the plumber and his new ally two are unable to do any harm to each other until Mario learns and speaks his real name, [[spoiler:Doopliss]], to weaken the spell.
23rd Sep '16 10:35:07 AM NoSpoilerz
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* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' features a specter that specializes in [[DittoFighter copying]] and ''[[GrandTheftMe stealing]]'' his opponents' bodies. The copying presents no issues, but when he steals Mario's body, the two of them are unable to do any harm to each other until Mario learns and speaks his real name, [[spoiler:Doopliss]], to weaken the spell.

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* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' features a specter that specializes in [[DittoFighter copying]] and ''[[GrandTheftMe stealing]]'' his opponents' bodies. The copying presents no issues, but when he steals Mario's body, the two of them plumber and his new ally are unable to do any harm to each other until Mario learns and speaks his real name, [[spoiler:Doopliss]], to weaken the spell.
18th Sep '16 8:37:39 PM TheCuza
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* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, as revealed in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'', any kind of contact with spirits such as channelling or the Divination Séance requires the spirit medium to know the deceased's true full name as well as what their face looks like.
17th Sep '16 8:46:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Methraton is able to overpower Lucifer because he knows the Prince of Darkness' true name, then imprisons him in another dimension.
9th Sep '16 8:57:27 PM Discar
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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.

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* Integral to [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] in ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': Integral to [[OurDemonsAreDifferent devils]]. 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.rank.
-->'''Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire''': Wait... ''that's'' my name? Seriously? [-oh my goooooood-]
9th Sep '16 9:46:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** Being GenreSavvy, whenever they went at war the Romans used the name of the enemy to curse them and ''bribe away their gods''. [[TheRomanEmpire They could easily see evidence that it worked]].
25th Aug '16 6:37:03 AM StFan
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* In Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/BlackCompany'' series, saying "I name your name, ______" with the person's True Name will strip them of their supernatural powers. Guessing wrong about which ancient wizard you're naming can be hazardous to your health...
** This is also why the most powerful sorcerers in the setting are universally {{Evil Sorcerer}}s. Any magic-user not willing to suppress his true name by [[KillEmAll any means necessary]] will not remain a magic-user for long.
** The only good wizard of sufficient power in the series is able to do so because, as the result of some peculiarities at the time of his birth, he has no true name, only a nickname.
* The ''Literature/WizBiz''/''Wizardry'' series by Rick Cook; this also semi-averts people not realizing the best protection, as the hero is [[TrappedInAnotherWorld from another world]] and after a near-brush with revealing his true name, ''only'' goes by two different convenient nicknames. Other wizards also go by a nickname, or only a portion of their name, for the same reason.
** This comes in particularly handy when a bad guy sics an [[OurDemonsAreDifferent ultra-powerful demon]] onto the hero; said demon is dangerous because it can hunt and kill anyone whose name has ever been spoken in that world. This would be a perfect plan except for the "from another world" thing.

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* In Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/BlackCompany'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series, saying "I name your name, ______" with the person's True Name will strip them of their supernatural powers. Guessing wrong about which ancient wizard you're naming can be hazardous to your health...
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health... This is also why the most powerful sorcerers in the setting are universally {{Evil Sorcerer}}s. Any magic-user not willing to suppress his true name by [[KillEmAll any means necessary]] will not remain a magic-user for long.
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long. The only good wizard of sufficient power in the series is able to do so because, as the result of some peculiarities at the time of his birth, he has no true name, only a nickname.
* The ''Literature/WizBiz''/''Wizardry'' series by Rick Cook; this also semi-averts people not realizing the best protection, as the hero is [[TrappedInAnotherWorld from another world]] and after a near-brush with revealing his true name, ''only'' goes by two different convenient nicknames. Other wizards also go by a nickname, or only a portion of their name, for the same reason.
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reason. This comes in particularly handy when a bad guy sics an [[OurDemonsAreDifferent ultra-powerful demon]] onto the hero; said demon is dangerous because it can hunt and kill anyone whose name has ever been spoken in that world. This would be a perfect plan except for the "from another world" thing.
24th Aug '16 6:51:01 PM PaulA
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** In ''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'' books, saying the lesser name of one of the gods causes an island to come up out of the sea and break your enemy's ship in half. "What happens if you say his big name?" [[spoiler: It causes a tsunami... even if you're miles from the sea.]] Unsurprisingly, he's known by his nickname, the Earth Shaker. His wife's names also have dramatic effects.

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** In ''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'' books, ''Literature/DrownedAmmet'', saying the lesser name of one of the gods causes an island to come up out of the sea and break your enemy's ship in half. "What happens if you say his big name?" [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It causes a tsunami... even if you're miles from the sea.]] Unsurprisingly, he's known by his nickname, the Earth Shaker. His wife's names also have dramatic effects.
21st Aug '16 6:19:56 AM Arivne
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** 3rd Edition supplement ''Magic in the Shadows''. If a free spirit's true name was spoken [[RuleOfThree three times in succession]], the spirit [[SpeakOfTheDevil had to appear before the speaker]].

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** 3rd Edition supplement ''Magic in the Shadows''. If a free spirit's true name was is spoken [[RuleOfThree three times in succession]], the spirit [[SpeakOfTheDevil had has to appear before the speaker]].
26th Jul '16 10:07:34 PM PaulA
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-->-- '''Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin''', ''The Rule of Names''

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-->-- '''Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin''', ''The ''[[{{Literature/Earthsea}} The Rule of Names''
Names]]''



* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy Earthsea]]'' series is probably the TropeCodifier. Each person is given his or her true name (which is a word in the language of dragons) by a Wizard. People keep their true names secret, and have other names for common use. A woman who lost her true name was rendered semi-catatonic. It is implied by the books that one can't be given an unpronounceable true name.
** In one of her short story precursors to the series, "The Rule of Names", two supposed wizards get into a battle that involves lots of shapeshifting. The wizard Blackbeard invokes this when his opponent turns into a dragon, naming him and forcing him into his true form. Turns out [[spoiler: the opponent's true form ''is'' the dragon. Blackbeard is promptly eaten.]]

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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy Earthsea]]'' ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series is probably the TropeCodifier. Each person is given his or her true name (which is a word in the language of dragons) by a Wizard. People keep their true names secret, and have other names for common use. A woman who lost her true name was rendered semi-catatonic. It is implied by the books that one can't be given an unpronounceable true name.
** In one of her short story precursors to the series, "The Rule of Names", two supposed wizards get into a battle that involves lots of shapeshifting. The wizard Blackbeard invokes this when his opponent turns into a dragon, naming him and forcing him into his true form. Turns out [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the opponent's true form ''is'' the dragon. Blackbeard is promptly eaten.]]
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