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6th Jan '16 6:03:13 PM SteveMB
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* Zatanna in WesternAnimation/YoungJustice. She casts spells by saying words backwards. So if she wants to cast fire she says 'iref.'

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* Zatanna in WesternAnimation/YoungJustice. She casts spells by saying words backwards. So if she wants to cast fire she says 'iref.'erif.'
6th Nov '15 6:01:49 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'', wizards use incantations, but back it up with potent props (sometimes stripped down to a small stick and 3cc of mouse blood if they're summoning Death). Witches tend to dispense with this. When Magrat Garlick had to open a locked door with magic, she spoke to it, got into its mind, and got it to remember when it was part of a green, growing, living, tree. The planks of the door then erupted into growth and opened a gap. Granny Weatherwax approved of the technique, but said if it had been her, she's have gone into the rocks around it and prodded their memories of when they were all runny and liquid in a volcano.

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', wizards use incantations, but back it up with potent props (sometimes stripped down to a small stick and 3cc of mouse blood if they're summoning Death). Witches tend to dispense with this. When Magrat Garlick had to open a locked door with magic, she spoke to it, got into its mind, and got it to remember when it was part of a green, growing, living, tree. The planks of the door then erupted into growth and opened a gap. Granny Weatherwax approved of the technique, but said if it had been her, she's have gone into the rocks around it and prodded their memories of when they were all runny and liquid in a volcano.



* Mocked in the 40k Universe by Dan Abnett via his novel [[{{Ravenor}} Ravenor Returns]]. At the climax, the titular Inquisitor is forced to cooperate with his nemesis, the heretic Zygmund Molotch, to banish an incredibly powerful Daemon using sorcery.

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* Mocked in the 40k Universe by Dan Abnett via his novel [[{{Ravenor}} [[Literature/{{Ravenor}} Ravenor Returns]]. At the climax, the titular Inquisitor is forced to cooperate with his nemesis, the heretic Zygmund Molotch, to banish an incredibly powerful Daemon using sorcery.
11th Oct '15 5:42:59 PM nombretomado
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* In PiersAnthony's Literature/ApprenticeAdept series, all Stiles's spells have to be in rhyming verse. Slightly complicated by the fact that each incantation only works once, ever.

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* In PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's Literature/ApprenticeAdept series, all Stiles's spells have to be in rhyming verse. Slightly complicated by the fact that each incantation only works once, ever.
17th Sep '15 12:13:30 PM NemoSpecific
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* In the Nasuverse, arias spoken by magi are actually forms of self-hypnosis to improve their magecraft; the actual words hold no power. Only two examples are shown where the actual words are magical. First, in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', there's someone who learned a language that allows him to change reality by describing the world differently than it is. Second, there's Caster in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who uses the language of the Age of Gods, which is apparently such that the words themselves can are fully-formed spells. Both languages are impossible for modern humans to learn.

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* In the Nasuverse, arias spoken by magi are actually forms of self-hypnosis to improve their magecraft; the actual words hold no power. Only two examples are shown where the actual words are magical. First, in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', there's someone who learned a language that allows him to change reality by describing the world differently than it is. Second, there's Caster in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who uses the language of the Age of Gods, which is apparently such that the words themselves can are fully-formed spells. Both languages are impossible for modern humans to learn.
18th Jul '15 4:43:14 PM superkeijikun
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* Magic in ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' relies on incantations to activate. Simple spells such as Ame's Fireball attack need only [[CallingYourAttacks the spell's name]] to be used, while more powerful spells such as the Devil Drive require longer incantations.
23rd Jun '15 12:09:50 PM StFan
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* ''ShamanicPrincess'' reserves its longest incantations for transformations.
-->Tiara: "Powerful subjects, show me the source of your powers. Fulfill your contract with Tiara! Bring forth the powers of the ancient scriptures and place them upon the name of Tiara. Fulfill your contract! Geil Eldo Samath!"

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* ''ShamanicPrincess'' ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' reserves its longest incantations for transformations.
-->Tiara: "Powerful -->'''Tiara:''' Powerful subjects, show me the source of your powers. Fulfill your contract with Tiara! Bring forth the powers of the ancient scriptures and place them upon the name of Tiara. Fulfill your contract! Geil Eldo Samath!"Samath!



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20th Jun '15 6:35:49 PM nombretomado
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* In the KateDaniels series by Ilona Andrews, words of power are acquired by mages having a contest of wills against the words when first encountered. Success means you acquire the word, failure means you die. These words are extremely powerful, and almost impossible to resist, until Kate encounters a bad guy whose native tongue is the ancient tongue from which the words are taken...

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* In the KateDaniels ''Literature/KateDaniels'' series by Ilona Andrews, words of power are acquired by mages having a contest of wills against the words when first encountered. Success means you acquire the word, failure means you die. These words are extremely powerful, and almost impossible to resist, until Kate encounters a bad guy whose native tongue is the ancient tongue from which the words are taken...
18th Jun '15 6:12:48 PM wootzits
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-->-- Incantation of the Dragon Slave from ''{{Slayers}}''

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-->-- Incantation of the Dragon Slave from ''{{Slayers}}''
''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''



* Magic in ''{{Slayers}}'' requires an incantation of at least the name. Whether the full incantation of a spell is required seems to be based on whatever flows better in the show, but powerful spells NEED the incantation (Lina's big three spells are never cast without incantation, except when she used Dragon Slave to comically abuse Gourry.)

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* Magic in ''{{Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' requires an incantation of at least the name. Whether the full incantation of a spell is required seems to be based on whatever flows better in the show, but powerful spells NEED the incantation (Lina's big three spells are never cast without incantation, except when she used Dragon Slave to comically abuse Gourry.)



* In ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'', all spells require incantations, which are actually composed of random names of runes from the various runic alphabets, especially the Elder Futhark.

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* In ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'', ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', all spells require incantations, which are actually composed of random names of runes from the various runic alphabets, especially the Elder Futhark.
13th Jun '15 7:29:57 AM StFan
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* ''MahouTsukaiTai'' uses funky gibberish as incantations that are strangely [[EarWorm Ear wormy...]]

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* ''MahouTsukaiTai'' ''Anime/MagicUsersClub'' uses funky gibberish as incantations that are strangely [[EarWorm Ear wormy...]]
21st Apr '15 6:02:29 AM jormis29
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* In the 1998 ''Film/{{Merlin}}'' series, this sort of magic is used by the lowest class of wizards, Voice Wizards, or wizards by incantation. Stronger wizards use [[MagicalGesture gestures]], or perform magic simply by thought.

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* In the 1998 ''Film/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series, this sort of magic is used by the lowest class of wizards, Voice Wizards, or wizards by incantation. Stronger wizards use [[MagicalGesture gestures]], or perform magic simply by thought.
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