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19th Aug '16 8:32:20 PM isoycrazy
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** Similar to the knights, Mab herself is mindful to not speak the Names of any being of Power, particularly Fallen Angels and Archangels. She only says their titles. ArchangelMichael is "Prince of the Host." ArchangelRaphael is "The Demon Binder." ArchangelGabriel is "The Trumpeter." ArchangelUriel is "The Watchman."

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** Similar to the knights, Mab herself is mindful to not speak the Names of any being of Power, particularly Fallen Angels and Archangels. She only says their titles. ArchangelMichael is "Prince of the Host." ArchangelRaphael is "The Demon Binder." ArchangelGabriel is "The Trumpeter." ArchangelUriel is "The Watchman.""
** Mab, Titania, and their mothers, Mother Winter and Mother Summer[[note:These two, it should be noted, are comparable to Uriel in power[[/note]], each are hesitant to speak of [[spoiler:Nemesis for fear it might come for them and infect them]]. They simply call it the Adversary.
19th Aug '16 10:42:59 AM Luigifan
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If attempting to talk to someone not in the know, this can easily lead to PoorCommunicationKills. There also remains the possibility of someone slipping up (especially when surprised or caught off-guard), or someone not in the know saying it. If you have another enemy you want to deal with perhaps you can trick him into saying the name.

Another variation is that the villain's name must be said multiple times to summon him. In these cases, saying the name once is safe, so you probably don't need to worry about summoning him accidentally, or being tricked into doing so (unless you have no idea what's going on and just come across a piece of paper saying "[[SchmuckBait Say Hastur 3 times]].") ([[LiteralMinded Okay. "Hastur three times."]]) Instead the villain is essentially SealedEvilInACan, and he'll be summoned either by someone who has no idea what's going on, or by someone who got his [[DeathByGenreSavviness tropes mixed up]] and thinks he'll be able to control the villain this way, or bargain with him. [[EvilIsNotAToy Expect this guy to die horribly.]] Also expect this villain not to disappear.

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If attempting to talk to someone not in the know, this can easily lead to PoorCommunicationKills. There also remains the possibility of someone slipping up (especially when surprised or caught off-guard), or someone not in the know saying it. If you have another enemy you want to deal with with, perhaps you can trick him into saying the name.

Another variation is that the villain's name must be said multiple times to summon him. In these cases, saying the name once is safe, so you probably don't need to worry about summoning him accidentally, or being tricked into doing so (unless you have no idea what's going on and just come across a piece of paper saying "[[SchmuckBait Say Hastur 3 times]].") ([[LiteralMinded Okay. "Hastur three times."]]) Instead Instead, the villain is essentially SealedEvilInACan, and he'll be summoned either by someone who has no idea what's going on, or by someone who got his [[DeathByGenreSavviness tropes mixed up]] and thinks he'll be able to control the villain this way, or [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with him.him]]. [[EvilIsNotAToy Expect this guy to die horribly.]] Also expect this villain not to disappear.



* The Rail Tracer in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' is something of a [[spoiler:''triple'']] subversion. At first, it's pretty obvious that it's a relatively harmless UrbanLegend delivered by two {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s and a chirpy train conductor that had the misfortune of coinciding with a train hijack. Then episode 6 rolls along and shows the aforementioned hijackers getting picked off by this...''[[UltimateEvil thing]]'', proving that it just might be RealAfterAll. And then comes the WhamEpisode (Let's just say that [[spoiler:it's a ''really'' bad idea to give the aforementioned chirpy train conductor/part-time PsychoForHire a reason for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge]])...
* A downplaying and running gag on ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'': Ursula always knows when someone calls her an "old lady" no matter where they are in the world and immediately, and loudly, takes exception. She won't know ''where'' you are, much less be teleported there, but she will be pretty P.O.'ed when she meets up with you. This was once used to determine if the [[TerribleTrio Alpha Gang]] was in the area.

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* The Rail Tracer in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' is something of a [[spoiler:''triple'']] subversion. At first, it's pretty obvious that it's a relatively harmless UrbanLegend delivered by two {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s and a chirpy train conductor that had the misfortune of coinciding with a train hijack. Then episode 6 rolls along and shows the aforementioned hijackers getting picked off by this... ''[[UltimateEvil thing]]'', proving that it just might be RealAfterAll. And then comes the WhamEpisode (Let's (let's just say that [[spoiler:it's a ''really'' bad idea to give the aforementioned chirpy train conductor/part-time PsychoForHire a reason for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge]])...
* A downplaying and running gag downplayed version serves as a RunningGag on ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'': Ursula always knows when someone calls her an "old lady" no matter where they are in the world and immediately, and loudly, takes exception. She won't know ''where'' you are, much less be teleported there, but she will be pretty P.O.'ed when she meets up with you. This was once used to determine if the [[TerribleTrio Alpha Gang]] was in the area.



** There is one instance of summoning the title character by saying his preferred name (Morpheus). The character Rose Walker is given a piece of paper by her protector, Gilbert, and told that she must read the word aloud if she finds herself in grave danger; she reads it when another character attempts to rape and murder her, causing Dream to appear in the room and come to her rescue. It's not made clear why this works, however; it may be [[spoiler: because Gilbert is actually a resident of Dream's kingdom, who has wandered off to do his own thing in the waking world, and is utilizing his own connection to Dream on her behalf. It is equally possible that it worked because Rose herself is the granddaughter of Dream's younger sibling Desire, and thus a blood relative of the Endless.]]
** Glob warns Brute not to say the name "Morpheus", because that could give him immediate entry to their sanctuary. Otherwise, Morpheus needs to take the long way around. Again we have dream creatures involved, so it is hard to say what would happen if a mortal said it under normal circumstances.

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** There is one instance of summoning the title character by saying his preferred name (Morpheus). The character Rose Walker is given a piece of paper by her protector, Gilbert, and told that she must read the word aloud if she finds herself in grave danger; she reads it when another character attempts to rape and murder her, causing Dream to appear in the room and come to her rescue. It's not made clear why this works, however; it may be [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because Gilbert is actually a resident of Dream's kingdom, who has wandered off to do his own thing in the waking world, and is utilizing his own connection to Dream on her behalf. It is equally possible that it worked because Rose herself is the granddaughter of Dream's younger sibling Desire, and thus a blood relative of the Endless.]]
** Glob warns Brute not to say the name "Morpheus", because that could give him immediate entry to their sanctuary. Otherwise, Morpheus needs to take the long way around. Again Again, we have dream creatures involved, so it is hard to say what would happen if a mortal said it under normal circumstances.



** In the spinoff series ''Lucifer'', the eponymous protagonist threatens the queen of the Japanese afterlife [[spoiler: who has been using the souls of living dreamers to punish the ignoble dead, which is apparently seen as "poaching" with Dream as the gamekeeper]] with calling on the Dream King by merely saying his name. Since we know Lucifer doesn't lie but [[spoiler: Morpheus died, and Daniel is now King of the Dreaming]] we know that it's probably true, but not how it works, since Dream claims to no longer be [[spoiler: Daniel Hall]].

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** In the spinoff series ''Lucifer'', the eponymous protagonist threatens the queen of the Japanese afterlife [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who has been using the souls of living dreamers to punish the ignoble dead, which is apparently seen as "poaching" with Dream as the gamekeeper]] with calling on the Dream King by merely saying his name. Since we know Lucifer doesn't lie but [[spoiler: Morpheus [[spoiler:Morpheus died, and Daniel is now King of the Dreaming]] Dreaming]], we know that it's probably true, but not how it works, since Dream claims to no longer be [[spoiler: Daniel [[spoiler:Daniel Hall]].
9th Aug '16 4:13:30 PM nombretomado
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* Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelon, appears in ''TheDementedCartoonMovie'' every time someone says "kamikaze watermelon."

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* Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelon, appears in ''TheDementedCartoonMovie'' ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' every time someone says "kamikaze watermelon."
5th Aug '16 4:29:21 PM KhymChanur
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** Another Literature/{{Discworld}} example is Igor (any Igor). When the master calls him, Igor will appear directly behind to answer. Makes no difference if Igor was in the basement or on the roof at the time, somehow he will also be out of sight behind his master when the master calls. Just part of the Igor service package.

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** Another Literature/{{Discworld}} example is Igor [[TheIgor Igor]] (any Igor). When the master calls him, Igor will appear directly behind to answer. Makes no difference if Igor was in the basement or on the roof at the time, somehow he will also be out of sight behind his master when the master calls. Just part of the Igor service package.
22nd Jul '16 4:59:19 AM Morgenthaler
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21st Jul '16 6:15:03 PM anza_sb
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21st Jul '16 5:34:29 PM anza_sb
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[[OlderThanFeudalism Older than Feudalism]], the core trope is that [[BeCarefulWhatYouSay saying the name of the person]] summons him. Rarely is he [[InconvenientSummons summoned surprised and vulnerable]]; be assured that saying the name of this guy is a bad thing. Though probably just for you; he'll usually disappear afterward. [[note]] The question of why everyone in the world often knows this name, despite the taboo against it, is rarely addressed.[[/note]]

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[[OlderThanFeudalism Older {{Older than Feudalism]], Feudalism}}, the core trope is that [[BeCarefulWhatYouSay saying the name of the person]] summons him. Rarely is he [[InconvenientSummons summoned surprised and vulnerable]]; be assured that saying the name of this guy is a bad thing. Though probably just for you; he'll usually disappear afterward. [[note]] The question of why everyone in the world often knows this name, despite the taboo against it, is rarely addressed.[[/note]]
8th Jul '16 6:15:25 AM isoycrazy
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* Mentioning the [[spoiler:skinwalker/naagloshii]] in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]]'' is a very bad idea, since it grows stronger with fear and infamy. So Harry [[TheNicknamer renames it]] "Shagnasty," which lacks the same intimidation factor. Also, only a mortal can summon an immortal being, since only mortals have freedom of choice. Unless you use the entity's True Name, the summoning does NOT grant any power over the individual, and the individual ''will'' remember you summoned it. Of course, Harry being Harry does this with several high ranking Fae, providing him with very interesting times in later novels.

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* Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
** Wizards, despite being human, can invoke this. If a person knows a wizard's True Name, they can try to gain control over the person. However, if the Wizard has a stronger will and power, they can reverse the binding and bind the would-be summoner.
** In ''Storm Front'' an evil Wizard summons his demon slave by screaming its Name. [[spoiler:Harry, having perfectly heard the Name, then uses his own magic to free the demon from its enslavement without binding it to his own will]].
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Mentioning the [[spoiler:skinwalker/naagloshii]] in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Turn Coat]]'' ''Turn Coat'' is a very bad idea, since it grows stronger with fear and infamy. So Harry [[TheNicknamer renames it]] "Shagnasty," which lacks the same intimidation factor. Also, only a mortal can summon an immortal being, since only mortals
** In ''Changes''
*** It is revealed the Winter Knight, and presumably Summer Knight,
have freedom of choice. Unless you use the entity's True Name, the summoning does NOT grant any this direct power over the individual, Queens of their respective courts. The Winter Knight is deep inside enemy territory protected only by the Erlking's respect for SacredHospitality, and he refers to Queen Mab by her name. The Erlking notes if the individual ''will'' remember you Knight speaks Mab's name a third time in their conversation, it will cause her to be summoned it. Of course, Harry to his domain. The Knight then only refers to her as "my queen."
*** Later, when speaking of the Erlking, Harry's Fairy Godmother, the Leanansidhe calls the Erlking, "The Hunter" to not summon him.
** Similar to the knights, Mab herself is mindful to not speak the Names of any
being Harry does this with several high ranking Fae, providing him with very interesting times in later novels.of Power, particularly Fallen Angels and Archangels. She only says their titles. ArchangelMichael is "Prince of the Host." ArchangelRaphael is "The Demon Binder." ArchangelGabriel is "The Trumpeter." ArchangelUriel is "The Watchman."
4th Jul '16 3:17:22 PM jedidarrick
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--->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.

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--->Jerome: -->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: -->Alfie: What's he say?
--->Jerome: ...-->Jerome: ...It's not repeatable.



--->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.

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--->Well, -->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 -->Oh really? I thought one just drew a pentagram on the floor and chanted "I summon thee" three times.
27th Jun '16 9:47:33 AM AdamIsI
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* {{Satan}} is the TropeNamer. Depending on how strict their adherence to the 3rd Commandment is, some people refrain from saying God's name as well, though that's less out of fear of summoning Him (seeing as He's already omnipresent) and more because to do otherwise is seen as blasphemous.

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[[folder:Mythology]]
[[folder:Mythology &Religion]]
* {{Satan}} is the TropeNamer. Depending on how strict their adherence to the 3rd Commandment (reformed enumeration) is, some people refrain from saying God's name as well, though that's less out of fear of summoning Him (seeing as He's already omnipresent) and more because to do otherwise is seen as blasphemous.
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