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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]].
5th Apr '16 7:41:48 PM Goldfritha
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* Likewise in ''Literature/WhuppityStoorie'', where the green gentlewoman explicitly says it's their law that she can't take the child if the woman knows her name.
20th Mar '16 1:34:31 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' anyone who knows a troll's true name can give them an order the troll must obey. Therefore willingly giving up one's name to another is the sign of ultimate trust.

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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' anyone who knows a troll's true name can give them an order the troll must obey. Therefore Therefore, willingly giving up one's name to another is the sign of ultimate trust.trust.
* Prince Gwydion defeats the evil Horned King in ''The Book of Three,'' the first book of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', by confronting him with his true name. The book never reveals what this name is, even though Eilonwy asks; Gwydion says it will have to remain a secret.
-->'''Gwydion:''' But I assure it was not half so pretty as your own.
11th Mar '16 8:53:14 AM erforce
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* At the climax of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', when Splinter confronts the Shredder;

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* At the climax of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'', when Splinter confronts the Shredder;
9th Feb '16 5:29:07 AM Alia_of
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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' anyone who knows a troll's true name can give them an order the troll must obey. Therefore willingly giving up one's name to another is the sign of ultimate trust.
26th Jan '16 10:11:37 PM CritterKeeper
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** In "The Wedding of River Song", The Doctor claims to have whispered his name into River Song's ear. She later insists that he was lying by citing RuleNumberOne: The Doctor Lies. However, she herself is a liar by her own admission.

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** In "The Wedding of River Song", The Doctor claims to have whispered his name into River Song's ear. She later insists that he was lying by citing RuleNumberOne: The Doctor Lies. However, [[spoiler:he really whispered "Look into my eyes"; doing so revealed to her that she herself is would be killing a liar by her own admission. fake Doctor, not him.]]
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