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28th Jun '17 4:13:48 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Manga/CodeGeassOzTheReflection'', Clara Lanfranc has the Geass power to [[PeoplePuppets control a person's body]] if she looks them in the eye and says their true name. [[spoiler:When she tries it against protagonist Oldrin Zevon, she gets shot dead; it turns out Oldrin's twin brother Orpheus got wise to Clara's power and [[TwinSwitch traded]] [[DisguisedInDrag places]] with her.]]
20th Jun '17 8:24:48 PM SSJMagus
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** There was also the belief that if you destroy all records of someone's name, their '[[OurSoulsAreDifferent Ka]]' would no longer exist. This has been attempted on unpopular pharaohs (like Akhenaten by everyone, and Hatshepsut by her successor and stepson).

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** There was also the belief that if you destroy all records of someone's name, their '[[OurSoulsAreDifferent Ka]]' would no longer exist. This has been attempted on unpopular pharaohs (like Akhenaten by everyone, and Hatshepsut by either her successor and stepson).stepson Thutmose III or his own son and successor Amenhotep II[[note]]The latter is now considered more likely by Egyptologists; most evidence indicates that Hatshepsut and Thutmose ruled jointly on good terms until her death. It wasn't until long afterward (when Thutmose was himself quite elderly and his son as co-regent effectively already ruled the kingdom) that Hatshepsut's monuments began to be defaced, and the current theory is that Amenhotep did this in an attempt to claim them as his own creations. Though given that Amenhotep II did not allow records to be kept of his wives' identities, he might also have been trying to erase the precedent of a female pharaoh.[[/note]]).
2nd Jun '17 11:09:17 AM JackG
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** Averted in "The Name of the Doctor", which appears to be setting this trope up as TheReveal. Turns out we never discover the Doctor's real name and he states that it was never important; the name he ''chose'' was The Doctor. [[MeaningfulName "The name you choose, it's like a promise you make."]]
23rd May '17 6:29:28 PM indigoazure
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* Creator/CarolBerg's ''Literature/RaiKirah'' series: For Ezzarians their own names are true names, not to be shared lightly, and sharing them is an act of connection and trust. This is because Ezzarian culture is centered around their war with demons, and a demon knowing one's name is dangerous. Someone's name is also needed to help them magically, including for examination. This also means that being required to share one's name in slavery is a major violation.
19th May '17 2:30:14 AM Toren
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* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': Be very careful to whom you reveal your full name, as a scrying spell allows the user to see the whereabouts of the target, wherever it is, as long as he is aware of the full name
30th Apr '17 3:33:42 PM Xtifr
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* In Creator/ElizabethBear's Promethean Age series, names have power, as is demonstrated in the [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]] of ''Blood & Iron''; Elaine [[spoiler: gives her true name--and her soul--away, thus rendering herself [[{{immortality}} immortal]] and therefore capable as taking over as the ''Queen of the Faeries''.]] She occasionally still answers to the name, though; magic is magic, but you still need a way of getting someone's attention across a crowded room.

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* In Creator/ElizabethBear's Promethean Age Literature/ThePrometheanAge series, names have power, as is demonstrated in the [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]] of ''Blood & and Iron''; Elaine [[spoiler: gives her true name--and her soul--away, thus rendering herself [[{{immortality}} immortal]] and therefore capable as taking over as the ''Queen of the Faeries''.]] She occasionally still answers to the name, though; magic is magic, but you still need a way of getting someone's attention across a crowded room.
29th Apr '17 8:00:07 PM Xtifr
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* In Elizabeth Bear's Promethean Age series, names have power, as is demonstrated in the [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]] of ''Blood & Iron''; Elaine [[spoiler: gives her true name -- and her soul -- away, thus rendering herself [[{{immortality}} immortal]] and therefore capable as taking over as the ''Queen of the Faeries''.]] She occasionally still answers to the name, though; magic is magic, but you still need a way of getting someone's attention across a crowded room.

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* In Elizabeth Bear's Creator/ElizabethBear's Promethean Age series, names have power, as is demonstrated in the [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]] of ''Blood & Iron''; Elaine [[spoiler: gives her true name -- and name--and her soul -- away, soul--away, thus rendering herself [[{{immortality}} immortal]] and therefore capable as taking over as the ''Queen of the Faeries''.]] She occasionally still answers to the name, though; magic is magic, but you still need a way of getting someone's attention across a crowded room.
29th Apr '17 12:21:19 PM AthenaBlue
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* In the ''Literature/{{SPQR}}'' novel ''The Tribune's Curse'', the eponymous tribune has discovered the secret name of the city of Rome (see Mythology below) and used it amongst many other such names to publicly call down a curse against a political enemy. This is one of many reasons the EveryoneIsASuspect in his murder. [[spoiler: Or rather his apparent murder. He faked his death in order to escape punishment for his act of forbidden, sacrilegious magic.]]

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* In the ''Literature/{{SPQR}}'' novel ''The Tribune's Curse'', the eponymous tribune has discovered the secret name of the city of Rome (see Mythology below) and used it amongst many other such names to publicly call down a curse against a political enemy. This is one of many reasons the EveryoneIsASuspect in his murder. [[spoiler: Or [[spoiler:Or rather his apparent murder. He faked his death in order to escape punishment for his act of forbidden, sacrilegious magic.]]



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** In the classic serial "Silver Nemesis," Lady Peinforte claims to know the Doctor's true name.

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** In the classic serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis "Silver Nemesis," Nemesis"]], Lady Peinforte claims to know the Doctor's true name.



** [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]]: According to Clara, "The Doctor" ''is'' his true name, because it's the name he chose for himself that describes who he is and what he does. [[spoiler: The Time Lords seem to agree because, despite remaining in their pocket universe, they send him an extra regeneration cycle when she points this out.]]

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** [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]]: According to Clara, "The Doctor" ''is'' his true name, because it's the name he chose for himself that describes who he is and what he does. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Time Lords seem to agree because, agree, because despite remaining in their pocket universe, they send him an extra regeneration cycle when she points this out.]]



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* "True Names" are a heavy theme in ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}''. First, Becka gains the respect of a sea monster by telling it her name. After that monster tells her there is power in names, Becka is then able to summon her full power by saying the real name of the Shadowchild within her.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. According to a house rule, the pit fiend can be forced to serve any mortal who speaks his true name. Incidentally, his true name is definitely not Richard, Francis, Leslie, Winkypoop the Slippery Monkey, or Walter. [[spoiler:It's Grinnorarcen.]]
* No doubt will be a huge theme in ''Webcomic/{{Namesake}}'' especially since one of the characters has "sold their name."

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* "True Names" {{Golem}}s in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' are a heavy theme in ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}''. First, Becka gains the respect of a sea monster brought to life by telling it her name. After that monster tells her there is power in names, Becka is then able to summon her full power by a character saying the real name of the Shadowchild within her.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. According to a house rule, the pit fiend can be forced to serve any mortal who speaks his true name. Incidentally, his
their true name out loud. After Zadok realizes that [[spoiler:"Teddy Weddy" is definitely not Richard, Francis, Leslie, Winkypoop the Slippery Monkey, or Walter. [[spoiler:It's Grinnorarcen.]]
* No doubt will be
a huge theme in ''Webcomic/{{Namesake}}'' especially since one of the characters has "sold their name."nickname, he uses "Theodore" to resurrect him as a golem]].



* Webcomic/ElfBlood's sympathetic magic works best with these. The knowledge of a true name drove the entire Sister, Sister arc.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-11-24 Satan sneers at Criminy's claim to the book because he doesn't even known its true name.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' a mage can have a link to a person by knowing their true names. Amical convinces his seedlings to take on code names and uses his knowledge of their true names as leverage to get them on his side. Even the audience only knows 2 of the 5 seedling's true names.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the demon Kozoaku gains power whenever somebody says his true name properly. Gwen points out that in that case, maybe people shouldn't be ''shouting it from every street corner''. [[spoiler: So the gods magically changed his true name to TheUnpronounceable K'Z'K.]]
* The magic in ''Webcomic/{{Whither}}'' is either [[AnIcePerson cold-themed]] or [[RewritingReality word-based]], so names hold a lot of power, especially if you want to do stuff to someone in particular.



* {{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]].
* ''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 second-lowest 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-]
** There is also power in understanding the secret names of [[{{God}} YISUN]], especially YISUN's truest name: [[spoiler: I]].

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* {{Golem}}s in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' are brought to life by ''Webcomic/ElfBlood'''s sympathetic magic works best with these. The knowledge of a character saying their true name out loud. After Zadok realizes that [[spoiler:"Teddy Weddy" drove the entire Sister, Sister arc.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. According to a house rule, the pit fiend can be forced to serve any mortal who speaks his true name. Incidentally, his true name
is a nickname, he uses "Theodore" to resurrect him as a golem]].
definitely not Richard, Francis, Leslie, Winkypoop the Slippery Monkey, or Walter. [[spoiler:It's Grinnorarcen.]]
* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'':
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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 second-lowest rank.
-->'''Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire''': Esquire:''' Wait... ''that's'' my name? Seriously? [-oh my goooooood-]
** There is also power in understanding the secret names of [[{{God}} YISUN]], especially YISUN's truest name: [[spoiler: I]].I ]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' a mage can have a link to a person by knowing their true names. Amical convinces his seedlings to take on code names and uses his knowledge of their true names as leverage to get them on his side. Even the audience only knows 2 of the 5 seedling's true names.
* No doubt will be a huge theme in ''Webcomic/{{Namesake}}'' especially since one of the characters has "sold their name."



* "True Names" are a heavy theme in ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}''. First, Becka gains the respect of a sea monster by telling it her name. After that monster tells her there is power in names, Becka is then able to summon her full power by saying the real name of the Shadowchild within her.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-11-24 Satan sneers at Criminy's claim to the book because he doesn't even known its true name.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the demon Kozoaku gains power whenever somebody says his true name properly. Gwen points out that in that case, maybe people shouldn't be ''shouting it from every street corner''. [[spoiler: So the gods magically changed his true name to TheUnpronounceable K'Z'K.]]
* The magic in ''Webcomic/{{Whither}}'' is either [[AnIcePerson cold-themed]] or [[RewritingReality word-based]], so names hold a lot of power, especially if you want to do stuff to someone in particular.



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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-992 SCP-992 ("Gaia's Emissary")]]. SCP-992 has the mystical ability to know the true names of things, including living things such as human beings (both living and dead) and plants. He is able to create non-living things he has named, including unusual weather and the Aurora Australis.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-992 SCP-992 ("Gaia's Emissary")]]. SCP-992 has the mystical ability to know the true names of things, including living things such as human beings (both living and dead) and plants. He is able to create non-living things he has named, including unusual weather and the Aurora Australis.
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-992 SCP-992 ("Gaia's Emissary")]]. SCP-992 has the mystical ability to know the true names of things, including living things such as human beings (both living and dead) and plants. He is able to create non-living things he has named, including unusual weather and the Aurora Australis.



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** For the record, Charmcaster's real name is [[spoiler: "Hope".]]

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** For the record, Charmcaster's real name is [[spoiler: "Hope".]][[spoiler:"Hope"]].



* In ''The Mask/Ace Ventura'' crossover episode "The Aceman Cometh," Ace finds out that the Mask and Stanley Ipkiss are the same person. Stanley had called Ace to track down his pet Jack Russell terrier Milo (whom Pretorius had dognapped), but Stanley secretly changed into the Mask as he doubts Ace's sanity. It's when Milo (whose body had been transferred into that of a professor) returns to the Mask joyfully that Ace puts two and two together.

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* In ''The Mask/Ace Ventura'' crossover episode "The Aceman Cometh," Cometh", Ace finds out that the Mask and Stanley Ipkiss are the same person. Stanley had called Ace to track down his pet Jack Russell terrier Milo (whom Pretorius had dognapped), but Stanley secretly changed into the Mask as he doubts Ace's sanity. It's when Milo (whose body had been transferred into that of a professor) returns to the Mask joyfully that Ace puts two and two together.
23rd Apr '17 3:07:03 PM nombretomado
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21st Apr '17 6:54:12 AM Shishkahuben
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* In the lore of ''VideoGame/RuneScape,'' this is why generic demons are referred to only by their rank, while particularly powerful ones are named. While the average foot soldier, such as lesser demons, stand a good chance of being controlled if their name is known, others, such as K'ril Tsutsaroth lead entire armies, and openly use their true names as a sign of confidence in their abilities.
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