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12th Feb '17 11:25:43 AM Madrugada
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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is responding to his brother's antipathy for his agent:
-->Well, a barracuda is what you want in an agent, Niles. ... I must admit she's rather hard to get a hold of these days.
-->Oh really? I thought one just drew a pentagram on the floor and chanted "I summon thee" three times.
11th Feb '17 7:37:08 PM Sharlee
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* In ''VideoGame/BarrowHill: The Dark Path'', other characters who say Baibin's name aloud are usually attacked by her soon afterward. The ones in-the-know about the local legends believe this trope applies, and are usually frightened and horror-struck when they realize they've said her name.

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* In ''VideoGame/BarrowHill: The Dark Path'', other characters who say Baibin's name aloud are usually tend to be attacked by her soon afterward. The ones in-the-know about the local legends believe this trope applies, and are usually frightened and horror-struck when they realize they've said her name.
11th Feb '17 7:36:18 PM Sharlee
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* In ''VideoGame/BarrowHill: The Dark Path'', other characters who say Baibin's name aloud are usually attacked by her soon afterward. The ones in-the-know about the local legends believe this trope applies, and are usually frightened and horror-struck when they realize they've said her name.
11th Feb '17 9:49:30 AM NervousShark
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* Said verbatim by Sayaka in the second episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' when a mention of the rather shady Homura cues her arrival. Becomes HarsherInHindsight after [[spoiler:the events of the third movie]].



* A heroic version, ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger occasionally waits to show up until someone says the word "stranger". This is less of a summoning issue, and due more to the fact that he has a sense of dramatic timing. This has, needless to say, been lampshaded and parodied.
-->'''Zatanna''': Stranger things have happened.
-->'''Phantom Stranger''': Did someone just use a sentence involving the word ''stranger''?



* A more down-to-earth version of this is used for humor and to get around a real-world problem in [[GIJoe the G.I. Joe comics]]. Hasbro created a character named Ghostrider, who is a stealth pilot. Nobody noticed that there was already a character in Marvel Comics with [[Comicbook/GhostRider almost the exact same name]] before the figure went into production. Larry Hama worked around the issue by writing the character as being so stealthy that even his own teammates ''could never remember his codename''.



* In the Pokémon fanfic ''Fanfic/TheMiraculousAdventureOfTessaAndLunala'', Kiawe sings a song about his hope for his love to appear to him. Immediately after, [[spoiler: Lydia shows up]].



* In the ''Film/VForVendetta'' film, [[spoiler: Lewis Prothero]] is listening to a recording in which he talks about V (specifically about how he wishes he could fight him man to man) only for a MirrorScare to reveal V standing there. Just for clarification, there is nothing magical in this case, and it is just a coincidence (or possibly the ever-theatrical V was waiting for the perfect moment,) but [[OhCrap the look on the man's face suggests it might as well have been this trope.]]
* Lampshaded in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'':
-->'''John Daggett:''' ''[storms into his apartment]'' How the hell did Miranda Tate get the inside track on the Wayne board?! I mean, has she been meeting with him, has she been sleeping with him?!
-->'''Philip Stryver:''' Not that we know of.
-->'''John Daggett:''' Oh, clearly, you don't know much of anything, do you?! Where's Bane?
-->'''Philip Stryver:''' [stammers] Well we told him it was urgent.
-->'''John Daggett:''' Oh, where is that masked-
-->'''Bane:''' Speak of the devil.... [[LampshadeHanging and he shall appear!]]
-->'''John Daggett:''' What the hell is going on?!
-->'''Bane:''' The plan is proceeding as expected.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': After the epic instance of the SayMyName trope, [[spoiler: the ''Vengeance'', now crewed solely by Khan, hurtles past The ''Enterprise'' towards the ground, reminding everyone, especially Spock, that Khan still lives]].



* Parodied in the ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries'', where there is a Librarian general called "She who cannot be named", but they are being literal; it isn't unwise to say her name, but nobody except Al's BadassGrandpa can actually pronounce it.



** Yet another Literature/{{Discworld}} example, especially in the early books such as ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', was never mentioning the true name of The Lady, the Goddess Who Must Not Be Named, which is [[spoiler:Lady Luck]]. An inversion, since she's the only goddess who only comes when ''not'' called and flees when mentioned. The Discworld Companion adds that the Gamblers' Guild once tried worshipping her, and the result was that the building exploded. Not so surprising, since it is later established that Gamblers' Guild is always right across the street from the Alchemists' Guild...
** Inverted with the Auditors, which are [[PuffOfLogic instantly destroyed]] if they refer to ''themselves'' in the first-person singular.

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** Yet another Literature/{{Discworld}} example, especially in the early books such as ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', was never mentioning the true name of The Lady, the Goddess Who Must Not Be Named, which is [[spoiler:Lady Luck]]. An inversion, since she's the only goddess who only comes when ''not'' called and flees when mentioned. The Discworld Companion adds that the Gamblers' Guild once tried worshipping worshiping her, and the result was that the building exploded. Not so surprising, since it is later established that Gamblers' Guild is always right across the street from the Alchemists' Guild...
** Inverted with the Auditors, which are [[PuffOfLogic instantly destroyed]] if they refer to ''themselves'' in the first-person singular.
Guild...



** The words "Sauron" or "Mordor" are often avoided, but it's never made clear what, if anything, the consequences of using them are. Sauron was known by that name in Númenor (as the Númenóreans knew him from the Elves) and the Mouth of Sauron was a Black Númenórean, so he might have been using the name out of habit. Also, the taboo about not mentioning Sauron's name seems to be mainly a Gondorian thing ("He whom we do not name" or "the Nameless Evil")



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has taken to a variation of this trope as of late with nearly every episode River Song appears in. Formula is this, 1) the Doctor runs off to do something dangerous. 2) After he's gone for a while, River mentions that if anything happens to him, she'll kill him. [beat] "He's right behind me isn't he?" 3) Cut to Doctor doing/saying something clever right behind her.



* Mentioned once on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''.
-->Jerome: I mean it, I am going no where near Rufus ever again. (Phone goes off) Oh, speak of the devil. Literally, I'm surprised my phone didn't burst into flames...
-->Alfie: What's he say?
-->Jerome: ...It's not repeatable.



** ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
*** "Shadows in the Glass" sees Karen and Foggy argue whether or not to tell Matt about getting attacked outside Mrs. Cardenas' apartment building. Unfortunately, Matt walks in mid-conversation, and has heard everything because of his super-hearing.
--->'''Foggy Nelson:''' OK, let's say we keep Matt in the dark. How long do you think...''[[[RightBehindMe Matt suddenly opens the door and walks in]]]''...[[AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption I should grow my hair? Matt, what's your take on that? Mullet? Full pony?]]
*** Invoked in the episode "Speak of the Devil," where Nelson & Murdock's conversation at Josie's over Wilson Fisk is followed by Fisk appearing on the TV at a newsconference. Karen invokes the phrase.



** Another example of this which was legitimite is the DemonLord Fraz-Urb'luu, who is notorious for using a unique talent to use the names of other Demon Lords to trick them into thinking they have been summoned. His usual strategy is to do this, and then teleport away right before the victim appears, assuring that the angry demon will take out his anger on whoever Fraz-Urb'luu had been fighting. (This strategy naturally has made Fraz-Urb'luu universally hated among other Demon Lords.)

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** Another example of this which was legitimite legitimate is the DemonLord Fraz-Urb'luu, who is notorious for using a unique talent to use the names of other Demon Lords to trick them into thinking they have been summoned. His usual strategy is to do this, and then teleport away right before the victim appears, assuring that the angry demon will take out his anger on whoever Fraz-Urb'luu had been fighting. (This strategy naturally has made Fraz-Urb'luu universally hated among other Demon Lords.)



* In the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series, all the LetsPlays show that whenever the player loses track of one of the animatronics, then have a tendency to start wondering where they went. The reason they can't find them is because they're right outside the door.



* ''Website/GaiaOnline'' [=NPCs=] sometimes comment their own fanthreads during events. One wonders what they make of all the dirty-minded fans.



* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' people who usually play free roam with their friends, have probably encountered a cougar. Because of that it's common to hear someone mention a cougar (example: 'Did I just hear a cougar?') and see or hear their demise. It gets better when you are in areas of the map where cougars never should/usually spawn, and you hear someone mentioning it. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', [[spoiler: Ellie mentions near the end of Chapter 10 that you luckily won't have to go through the Medical Bay, where the Necromorphs are coming from. Immediately after she says this, the computer voice indicates there is an obstruction ahead, and shuts down at where else but the Medical Bay.]]
* [[EvilBrit Liquid Snake]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is a variation: His real name isn't stated not due to fear of him being summoned, but rather because the SAS and the US Government had highly classified his real name to the extent that not even someone within the highest rank of the command pyramid is allowed to know it, as mentioned by Roy Campbell.[[spoiler: In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' it is revealed to be Eli]].



* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110223 This]] ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' comic averts it. Not ''subverts'', but ''averts''. This is a trope-heavy world with GenreSavvy people (as a survival trait), and the named individual is a genuine {{Hero}}.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had this hapening with Para Ventura -- she walked in after [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2008-03-30 mentions]] she [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2008-04-04 fits]] ''twice'' in the first 9 pages from her introduction. Just so readers didn't think that her legendary status among the robots is overblown or that nothing wacky will happen around her.



* It is [[WildMassGuessing theorised]] that SlenderMan might have these properties; other theories state that you can only see him if you know about him. [[OhCrap So if you've read this example...]]
* ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie'':
** "I like trains". *hit by a train*
** "Pianos!" *PianoDrop* "Whose idea was this?!"



* Google has a tool that lets you track ''the entire Web'' for instances of a certain phrase, such as your name. Knowing this does not make it any less creepy when one of its users suddenly materializes in your forum discussion of them.
* Twitter codifies this, providing you a whole new tab for when your @username appears in someone else's tweet.
* The Chinese warlord [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Cao Cao]] (3rd century AD) was so well known for his rapid marches, the Chinese term for this trope since the time was "Speak of Cao Cao, and Cao Cao will appear." (And this was ''way'' before he could Google it. Impressive.)

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* Google has a tool that lets you track ''the entire Web'' for instances of a certain phrase, such as your name. Knowing this does not make it any less creepy when one of its users suddenly materializes in your forum discussion of them.
* Twitter codifies this, providing you a whole new tab for when your @username appears in someone else's tweet.
* The Chinese warlord [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Cao Cao]] (3rd century AD) was so well known for his rapid marches, the Chinese term for this trope since the time was "Speak of Cao Cao, and Cao Cao will appear." (And this was ''way'' before he could Google it. Impressive.)



* Fans of Music/JohnLennon respect Music/YokoOno's wishes and only refer to Mark David Chapman, the man who killed him, as "a lone assassin", as she does not wish for Chapman's name to become infamous like John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald, and wants him to become as obscure as the assassins of UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield or UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley (can you name them off the top of your head?).
* As ironic as it may be in view of the trope name, some versions of Judaism and a number of straight-laced Christian denominations censor God's name, even when the name's used in an innocuous manner. This stems from a Jewish belief that if you write down God's name and it is later erased/damaged, you have committed a kind of blasphemy.
7th Feb '17 1:37:52 PM Masterweaver
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* In the Pokémon fanfic ''Fanfic/TheMiraculousAdventureOfTessaAndLunala'', Kiawe sings a song about his hope for his love to appear to him. Immediately after, [[spoiler: Lydia shows up]].



* In the Pokémon fanfic ''Fanfic/TheMiraculousAdventureOfTessaAndLunala'', Kiawe sings a song about his hope for his love to appear to him. Immediately after, [[spoiler: Lydia shows up]].

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* In the Pokémon fanfic ''Fanfic/TheMiraculousAdventureOfTessaAndLunala'', Kiawe sings a song about his hope for his love to appear to him. Immediately after, [[spoiler: Lydia shows up]].
6th Feb '17 4:21:59 PM TheBlueLatios
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* In the Pokémon fanfic ''Fanfic/TheMiraculousAdventureOfTessaAndLunala'', Kiawe sings a song about his hope for his love to appear to him. Immediately after, [[spoiler: Lydia shows up]].
21st Jan '17 11:45:03 AM KhymChanur
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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2521 SCP-2521]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation will not only appear if you say it's name, it will appear if you say anything describing it or about it. And not only if you say it out loud, but if you use words at all in any way. As a result the entire article on it must be done in pictograms, and even the database must label it "●●|●●●●●|●●|●" instead of "2521" to avoid having it be summoned at the location of the database computer.
2nd Jan '17 10:01:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Fans of Music/JohnLennon respect Music/YokoOno's wishes and only refer to Mark David Chapman, the man who killed him, as "a lone assassin", as she does not wish for Chapman's name to become infamous like John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald, and wants him to become as obscure as the assassins of JamesGarfield or WilliamMcKinley (can you name them off the top of your head?).

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* Fans of Music/JohnLennon respect Music/YokoOno's wishes and only refer to Mark David Chapman, the man who killed him, as "a lone assassin", as she does not wish for Chapman's name to become infamous like John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald, and wants him to become as obscure as the assassins of JamesGarfield UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield or WilliamMcKinley UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley (can you name them off the top of your head?).
6th Dec '16 8:30:15 AM dmcreif
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** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': "Shadows in the Glass" sees Karen and Foggy argue whether or not to tell Matt about getting attacked outside Mrs. Cardenas' apartment building. Unfortunately, Matt walks in mid-conversation, and has heard everything because of his super-hearing.
-->'''Foggy Nelson:''' OK, let's say we keep Matt in the dark. How long do you think...''[[[RightBehindMe Matt suddenly opens the door and walks in]]]''...[[AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption I should grow my hair? Matt, what's your take on that? Mullet? Full pony?]]

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** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': "Shadows ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
***"Shadows
in the Glass" sees Karen and Foggy argue whether or not to tell Matt about getting attacked outside Mrs. Cardenas' apartment building. Unfortunately, Matt walks in mid-conversation, and has heard everything because of his super-hearing.
-->'''Foggy --->'''Foggy Nelson:''' OK, let's say we keep Matt in the dark. How long do you think...''[[[RightBehindMe Matt suddenly opens the door and walks in]]]''...[[AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption I should grow my hair? Matt, what's your take on that? Mullet? Full pony?]]pony?]]
***Invoked in the episode "Speak of the Devil," where Nelson & Murdock's conversation at Josie's over Wilson Fisk is followed by Fisk appearing on the TV at a newsconference. Karen invokes the phrase.
5th Dec '16 6:34:18 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', Zenobia fears it, even though it's a man being spoken of.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Zenobia fears it, even though it's a man being spoken of.
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