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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.]]
26th Jan '16 4:49:48 PM crazyboutcute
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* In ''Manga/TheCaseStudyOfVanitas'', a vampire's true name is linked to their destiny and is as important as life itself. Corrupting the name will send the vampire on an AxCrazy rampage for blood when ordinarily, the urge to drink it is controlled quite easily.
25th Jan '16 12:35:41 PM Sharlee
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* On a similar note to the nameless ''Hellblazer'' menace above, the first BigBad from ''ComicBook/TheElementals'' obtained power by draining it from the collective might of demonkind, using their True Names to restrain the demons from fighting back. Furious at this affront and pressed too far, the demons used LoopholeAbuse in an attempt to assassinate the BigBad: they copied the strange mortal practice known as "mating", produced an offspring, and ''refrained from giving it a name'' so that it could attack him without being subjugated.
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* On a similar note to the nameless ''Hellblazer'' menace above, the first BigBad from ''ComicBook/TheElementals'' ''ComicBook/{{Elementals}}'' obtained power by draining it from the collective might of demonkind, using their True Names to restrain the demons from fighting back. Furious at this affront and pressed too far, the demons used LoopholeAbuse in an attempt to assassinate the BigBad: they copied the strange mortal practice known as "mating", produced an offspring, and ''refrained from giving it a name'' so that it could attack him without being subjugated.
25th Jan '16 12:26:45 PM Sharlee
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* On a similar note to the nameless ''Hellblazer'' menace above, the first BigBad from ''ComicBook/TheElementals'' obtained power by draining it from the collective might of demonkind, using their True Names to restrain the demons from fighting back. Furious at this affront and pressed too far, the demons used LoopholeAbuse in an attempt to assassinate the BigBad: they copied the strange mortal practice known as "mating", produced an offspring, and ''refrained from giving it a name'' so that it could attack him without being subjugated.
13th Jan '16 12:29:07 PM JBK405
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* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/BlackMagick'', during a hostage situation Detective Rowan Black realized that she was not dealing with a lone crazy person when the hostage-taken revealed that he knew her 'truename'.
4th Jan '16 11:35:10 AM narm00
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* Creator/DianeDuane's ''YoungWizards'' series has the wizardly Speech as the LanguageOfMagic. Knowing someone's true name does ''not'' let you control them, but it is needed to perform some types of spells on them. Wizards must "sign" spells with their name in the Speech, which comprise not only spoken names but personality and sense of identity. And writing the name of something differently in the Speech changes the thing so named, so they must be treated with extra care.
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* Creator/DianeDuane's ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series has the wizardly Speech as the LanguageOfMagic. Knowing someone's true name does ''not'' let you control them, but it is needed to perform some types of spells on them. Wizards must "sign" spells with their name in the Speech, which comprise not only spoken names but personality and sense of identity. And writing the name of something differently in the Speech changes the thing so named, so they must be treated with extra care.

** In Wizards at War" it is revealed that The One's (God"s) true name cannot be known to anyone in existence. There is so much power contained within the name itself that it could rewrite reality if misused. Because of this, one of the PowersThatBe is given the name "Guardian od the Divided Name".
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** In Wizards "Wizards at War" it is revealed that The One's (God"s) (God's) true name cannot be known to anyone in existence. There is so much power contained within the name itself that it could rewrite reality if misused. Because of this, one of the PowersThatBe is given the name "Guardian od of the Divided Name".

** 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, (oy0t3, or any other [[LeetLingo 1337]] variant..variant... good luck figuring out which would be their True Name...
28th Dec '15 5:00:45 PM Anddrix
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* Comicbook/DoctorDoom pulls this off in Mark Waid's ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' arc "Unthinkable". In an earlier arc, Doom put aside his feud with Reed Richards to assist Sue in the birth of her daughter. In return, he claimed the right to name the child, whom he called Valeria, and placed her under his royal protection (he also implied that he enjoyed the idea that Reed owed his daughter's life to Doom). During "Unthinkable", he used that name connection to channel dark magic through Valeria to attack the Fantastic Four. Many fans disapproved of this story as it ran counter with the classic [[IGaveMyWord "Doom's Word is his Bond"]] attitude, and subsequent writers seem to have pretty much ignored this incident, having Valeria genuinely love her "Uncle Doom", and Doom genuinely return her affection.
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* Comicbook/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom pulls this off in Mark Waid's ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' arc "Unthinkable". In an earlier arc, Doom put aside his feud with Reed Richards to assist Sue in the birth of her daughter. In return, he claimed the right to name the child, whom he called Valeria, and placed her under his royal protection (he also implied that he enjoyed the idea that Reed owed his daughter's life to Doom). During "Unthinkable", he used that name connection to channel dark magic through Valeria to attack the Fantastic Four. Many fans disapproved of this story as it ran counter with the classic [[IGaveMyWord "Doom's Word is his Bond"]] attitude, and subsequent writers seem to have pretty much ignored this incident, having Valeria genuinely love her "Uncle Doom", and Doom genuinely return her affection.
27th Dec '15 8:12:32 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''PropositionPlayer'', Bill the Angel of the Lord claims that a whole slew of terrifying first-testament things will happen if his True Name was uttered, so he sticks with a simple nickname. It's never made explicit whether it's true or he's just bragging, though either is equally plausible.
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* In ''PropositionPlayer'', ''ComicBook/PropositionPlayer'', Bill the Angel of the Lord claims that a whole slew of terrifying first-testament things will happen if his True Name was uttered, so he sticks with a simple nickname. It's never made explicit whether it's true or he's just bragging, though either is equally plausible.

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* In ''PropositionPlayer'', Bill one issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', the Angel of League battles with the Lord claims Elite. During the battle, Manitou Raven reveals that a whole slew of terrifying first-testament things will happen if his True Name was uttered, so he sticks with a simple nickname. It's never made explicit whether it's knows Hat's true or he's just bragging, though either is equally plausible.name - Rampotatek - and thus Hat's powers won't work on him.
27th Dec '15 7:48:41 PM aidreamer
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** In the chapter "The End: Part 1", [[spoiler:Sparklelord requires this name as a payment for his services, for reasons unknown. The Doctor agrees, revealing his name to be Patrick.]]
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** In the chapter "The End: Part 1", [[spoiler:Sparklelord requires this name as a payment for his services, for reasons unknown. presumably as part of his vengeance against the Doctor. The Doctor agrees, revealing his name to be Patrick.Patrick, and the ghost wizard is freed.]]
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