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30th Mar '16 11:08:14 AM rffrfflo
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** The latin expression "lupus in fabula" literally means "the wolf in the conversation" and is the exact equivalent of the english "speak of the devil". You should be careful when talking of the wolf, as it might appear.
28th Mar '16 7:25:44 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''PowerRangers'': "Say my name and I appear. Why have you summoned Quagmire here?" Quagmire is an ''enemy'' of the villain.

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* ''PowerRangers'': ''Franchise/PowerRangers'': "Say my name and I appear. Why have you summoned Quagmire here?" Quagmire is an ''enemy'' of the villain.
28th Mar '16 5:23:40 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''PowerRangers'': "Say my name and I appear. Why have you summoned Quagmire here?"

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* ''PowerRangers'': "Say my name and I appear. Why have you summoned Quagmire here?"here?" Quagmire is an ''enemy'' of the villain.
27th Mar '16 8:44:29 AM bwburke94
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The name comes from the old saying: "Speak of the Devil, and he will appear."



* A once-popular internet meme says this of JustForFun/CandleJack, who kidnaps whoever [[KilledMidSentence spea]]
* icycalm of Insomnia.ac keeps track on reactions of his articles in a forum topic made for this purpose, and sometimes rants about who he feels has misintrepreted whatever he said. Some people say that he may also show up whenever he's mentioned and end up in a flamewar about it, but he doesn't seem to bother doing that much these days. He later made a thread about his potential impostors.
* As stated on [[BearsAreBadNews this page]], people of old didn't dare say "bear", fearing that it would summon one.

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* A once-popular internet meme says this of JustForFun/CandleJack, who kidnaps whoever [[KilledMidSentence spea]]
speaks of him. It's a DiscreditedMeme nowadays - don't use it.
* icycalm The user "icycalm" of Insomnia.ac keeps track on reactions of his articles in a forum topic made for this purpose, and sometimes rants about who he feels has misintrepreted whatever he said. Some people say that he may also show up whenever he's mentioned and end up in a flamewar about it, but he doesn't seem to bother doing that much these days. He later made a thread about his potential impostors.
* As stated on [[BearsAreBadNews this page]], the BearsAreBadNews page, people of old didn't dare say "bear", fearing that it would summon one.



* In the AI field, there's a crank who goes by Mantifax (replace the As with Es) whose obsessive self-promotion efforts include appearing on any site that mentions him.

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* In the AI field, there's a crank who goes by Mantifax (replace the As with Es) whose obsessive self-promotion efforts include appearing on any site that mentions him.



* Website/DeviantART's mention system can summon certain users if you bring them up in a comment or deviation.

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* Website/DeviantART's Website/DeviantArt's mention system can summon certain users if you bring them up in a comment or deviation.
26th Mar '16 6:50:38 AM JackG
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* In Season 4 of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Harold Finch doesn't want to say the name Samaritan, for fear the all-seeing ArtificialIntelligence will [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou pick up the word on some microphone]] and zero in on their position. Finch is being ProperlyParanoid as Samaritan was specifically designed to do this.
19th Mar '16 5:40:54 AM Hossmeister
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23rd Feb '16 12:40:35 AM TPPR10
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** The specific origin of the idea was in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Deities And Demigods,'' where saying "Hastur" (even once) had a 25% chance of summoning a flock of nightgaunts. If you defeated the nightgaunts, there was another 25% chance Hastur himself would appear.

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** The specific origin of the idea was in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplement ''Deities And Demigods,'' where saying "Hastur" (even once) had a 25% chance of summoning a flock of nightgaunts. byakhees. If you defeated the nightgaunts, byakhees, there was another 25% chance Hastur himself would appear.
21st Jan '16 10:32:40 PM MyFinalEdits
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** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' had a slightly odd variation where on some evil planes, divination spells alerted the target and they would soon come to find you. Now, bear in mind you usually need to know some name or other means to identify the target of a divination spell.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' had ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
*** There's
a slightly odd variation where on some evil planes, divination spells alerted alert the target and they would soon come to find you. Now, bear in mind you usually need to know some name or other means to identify the target of a divination spell.
21st Jan '16 8:01:43 PM WanderingBrowser
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*** Also, revering the Lady of Pain will result in you either being Mazed or Flayed, depending on her whim. Because of this, even though nobody knows her actual name, they don't even like to use her ''title'', instead using respectful nicknames like "Her Bladed Serenity".



** The ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' fan-made PrestigeClass called the Folkloric Warlock gains the ability to do this at a high level.



* The Lady of Pain from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Simply saying her name once doesn't attract her attention, but repeated mentions or worship (which she forbids) will. Many people simply call her "The Lady" to avoid summoning her by mistake.

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* The Lady of Pain from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Simply saying her name once doesn't attract her attention, but repeated mentions or worship (which she forbids) will. Many people simply call her "The Lady" to avoid summoning her by mistake. This is inherited from her tabletop game incarnation above.
12th Jan '16 6:11:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Runescape}}'', saying [[spoiler: Zaros]]'s name (how fun, the fact he ''exists'' is a spoiler) gives him power. He's weakened that much - in fact, most [=NPCs=] (and other Gods) refer to him as "The Nameless God".

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* In ''{{Runescape}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', saying [[spoiler: Zaros]]'s name (how fun, the fact he ''exists'' is a spoiler) gives him power. He's weakened that much - in fact, most [=NPCs=] (and other Gods) refer to him as "The Nameless God".
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