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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman''

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* ''ComicBook/TheSandman''''ComicBook/TheSandman'':



* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'', it was revealed that perennial ComicBook/{{X-Men}} villain Spiral is aware (or alerted) whenever anyone anywhere mentions her. She used this to track Wolverine and Mystique, the latter of whom could not spit out the warning in time.
** Wolverine actually is dismissive of this at first, pointing out that it's a common word, spoken hundreds, if not thousands, of times per day, so how would Spiral know? Cue her showing up, telling him it's all about context and tone of voice to indicate to her whether someone is referring to her or not.
* AxCrazy {{Superman}} {{Expy}} [[ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} The Plutonian]] achieves this with a combination of superhuman [[SuperSenses hearing]] and [[SuperSpeed speed]].
-->'''Plutonian''': They can't call me a "monster" in earshot [[IResembleThatRemark and not expect retribution.]]

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* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'', it was is revealed that perennial ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen villain Spiral is aware (or alerted) whenever anyone anywhere mentions her. She used uses this to track Wolverine and Mystique, the latter of whom could not spit out the warning in time.
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time. Wolverine actually is dismissive of this at first, pointing out that it's a common word, spoken hundreds, if not thousands, of times per day, so how would Spiral know? Cue her showing up, telling him it's all about context and tone of voice to indicate to her whether someone is referring to her or not.
* AxCrazy {{Superman}} Superman {{Expy}} [[ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} The Plutonian]] achieves this with a combination of superhuman [[SuperSenses hearing]] and [[SuperSpeed speed]].
-->'''Plutonian''': -->'''Plutonian:''' They can't call me a "monster" in earshot [[IResembleThatRemark and not expect retribution.]]



* Lampooned in ''NewspaperComic/TheFarSide'' in one cartoon, where Satan walks into a room in Hell where a bunch of guys are sitting, and one of them mutters to another, "Speak of the devil..."
* A rather extreme example is the Disir, a undead army that has menaced [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. When an Asgardian named Hakon, thinking them to be a myth, mentions their name he is ''instantly'' torn to pieces by invisible blades.

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* Lampooned in ''NewspaperComic/TheFarSide'' in one cartoon, where Satan walks into a room in Hell where a bunch of guys are sitting, and one of them mutters to another, "Speak of the devil..."
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''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'': A rather extreme example is the Disir, a undead army that has menaced [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]].Thor. When an Asgardian named Hakon, thinking them to be a myth, mentions their name he is ''instantly'' torn to pieces by invisible blades.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Lampooned in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' in one cartoon, where Satan walks into a room in Hell where a bunch of guys are sitting, and one of them mutters to another, "Speak of the devil..."
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is summoned by saying his name [[RuleOfThree 3 times]].
** He's also sent back whence he came by saying his name three times.
** The full rhymes (from [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} the cartoon]], at least), though rarely used, go:
---> ''Even though I should be wary''
---> ''Still I conjure something scary''
---> ''Ghostly hauntings I turn loose,''
---> ''Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!''
:::for bringing him into our world, and:
---> ''Knowing that I should be wary''
---> ''Still I venture someplace scary''
---> ''Ghostly hauntings now turn loose''
---> ''Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!''
:::when Lydia wants to enter the Neitherworld.:
** ''Series/{{Community}}'' used this for a [[http://youtu.be/19FMU3M7Jtk stealth gag]] that [[BrickJoke ran over the course of three years.]] Watch behind Annie at the end of the clip.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'': Betelgeuse is summoned by saying his name [[RuleOfThree 3 times]].
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three times]]. He's also sent back whence he came by saying his name three times.
** The full rhymes (from [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} the cartoon]], at least), though rarely used, go:
---> ''Even though I should be wary''
---> ''Still I conjure something scary''
---> ''Ghostly hauntings I turn loose,''
---> ''Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!''
:::for bringing him into our world, and:
---> ''Knowing that I should be wary''
---> ''Still I venture someplace scary''
---> ''Ghostly hauntings now turn loose''
---> ''Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!''
:::when Lydia wants to enter the Neitherworld.:
** ''Series/{{Community}}'' used this for a [[http://youtu.be/19FMU3M7Jtk stealth gag]] that [[BrickJoke ran over the course of three years.]] Watch behind Annie at the end of the clip.
times.



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'':



* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', [[MagnificentBastard Cao Cao]] had a tendency to show up whenever his name was being mentioned - so the saying goes, "Speak of Cao Cao, and Cao Cao is at the gates." Ironically, at one point, this was happening to the man himself - everytime he [[TemptingFate tempted fate]] by mentioning some character on the opposing side, that man would shortly show up.

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* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', [[MagnificentBastard Cao Cao]] had a tendency to show up whenever his name was being mentioned - -- so the saying goes, "Speak of Cao Cao, and Cao Cao is at the gates." Ironically, at one point, this was happening to the man himself - -- everytime he [[TemptingFate tempted fate]] by mentioning some character on the opposing side, that man would shortly show up.



* Literature/TheDresdenFiles:

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* Literature/TheDresdenFiles:''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':



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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The immortal sketch "[[InadvertentEntranceCue I didn't expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition!]]" "''NOBODY'' expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
** Which turns into a new joke in the final scene of the episode, where the Inquisition somehow knows that someone said the words, but they're across town, so they have to rush to catch a bus to get to the person in question and say their lines before the episode ends.

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The immortal sketch "[[InadvertentEntranceCue I didn't expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition!]]" "''NOBODY'' expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
**
Inquisition!" Which turns into a new joke in the final scene of the episode, where the Inquisition somehow knows that someone said the words, but they're across town, so they have to rush to catch a bus to get to the person in question and say their lines before the episode ends.



--> '''Alton''': All right, which one of you at home said "Nutritional Anthropologist"?
--> '''Deb Duchon, Nutritional Anthropologist''': That guy, there... naugahyde chair, green pants.
--> '''Alton''': Yeah, well, (through megaphone) thanks a lot, Mr. Talks-to-his-television!

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--> '''Alton''': -->'''Alton:''' All right, which one of you at home said "Nutritional Anthropologist"?
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Anthropologist"?\\
'''Deb Duchon, Nutritional Anthropologist''': Anthropologist:''' That guy, there... naugahyde chair, green pants.
--> '''Alton''':
pants.\\
'''Alton:'''
Yeah, well, (through megaphone) thanks a lot, Mr. Talks-to-his-television!



-->'''Johnny:''' Who am I?! <Tackle>

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-->'''Johnny:''' Who am I?! <Tackle>''[tackle]''



* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
** Mentioning any term for explosions or bombs and [[MadBomber Crazy Harry]] will appear, detonation plunger in hand and BOOM! Kermit once had the misfortune of causing this ''three times in a row'' on the BenVereen episode.
** In one episode the [[ButtMonkey Newcaster]] reports that the temple of an ancient Egyptian crocodile god named Rezal-evad-gib (the name of which he actually said twice for emphasis) had been discovered, and that said god would "wreak a terrible vengeance" upon anyone entering the tomb or even saying his name aloud. Well, [[DeadlineNews you can probably guess what happened.]] He gets an excuse ''that'' time, but in the ''very next scene'', where Beauregard tries to warn [[SpecialGuest Lynda Carter]] that they've discovered a dangerous word, but can't remember the hard-to-pronounce name, the Newscaster runs in [[TooDumbToLive and says it]] ''[[TooDumbToLive again]]''.
* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "13.1", Claudia and Fargo hide from attacking robots in an artifact crate, and the artifact starts to activate. Fargo starts to ask if the artifact is what he thinks it is. Claudia stops him, as things will get ugly if he says its name.

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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
** Mentioning any term for explosions or bombs and [[MadBomber Crazy Harry]] will appear, detonation plunger in hand and BOOM! Kermit once had the misfortune of causing this ''three times in a row'' on the BenVereen episode.
** In one episode the [[ButtMonkey Newcaster]] reports that the temple of an ancient Egyptian crocodile god named Rezal-evad-gib (the name of which he actually said twice for emphasis) had been discovered, and that said god would "wreak a terrible vengeance" upon anyone entering the tomb or even saying his name aloud. Well, [[DeadlineNews you can probably guess what happened.]] He gets an excuse ''that'' time, but in the ''very next scene'', where Beauregard tries to warn [[SpecialGuest Lynda Carter]] that they've discovered a dangerous word, but can't remember the hard-to-pronounce name, the Newscaster runs in [[TooDumbToLive and says it]] ''[[TooDumbToLive again]]''.
* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' ''Series/Warehouse13'' episode "13.1", Claudia and Fargo hide from attacking robots in an artifact crate, and the artifact starts to activate. Fargo starts to ask if the artifact is what he thinks it is. Claudia stops him, as things will get ugly if he says its name.



* ''Series/{{ArrestedDevelopment}}'' pulls this as something of a BrickJoke. The word ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is said three times in the show, and on the third utterance he walks through the background.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017''

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* ''Series/{{ArrestedDevelopment}}'' ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' pulls this as something of a BrickJoke. The word ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is said three times in the show, and on the third utterance he walks through the background.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017''''Series/{{Community}}'' also used ''Beetlejuice'' for a [[http://youtu.be/19FMU3M7Jtk stealth gag]] that [[BrickJoke ran over the course of three years.]] Watch behind Annie at the end of the clip.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':



--> If you die, tell 'em that you played my game
--> I hope your bullet holes become mouths that say my name,
--> cuz I'm the-*GUNSHOT*

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--> If -->''If you die, tell 'em that you played my game
-->
game\\
I hope your bullet holes become mouths that say my name,
-->
name,\\
cuz I'm the-*GUNSHOT*the''--*GUNSHOT*



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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation:''
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2056 SCP-2056 ("Tsiatko")]]. SCP-2056 is a humanoid creature. According to Native American elders speaking their name is dangerous, as it knows when someone is talking about it and hunts them down.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2521 SCP-2521]] is some sort of HumanoidAbomination the Foundation cannot quite contain properly. It can go through walls, and practically teleport, but the ''real'' danger about it is that it apparently covets any sort of verbalized (as in said or written) information on itself, and will steal it away the moment it's made. It might be a document. It might be a recording. It might be ''the person who spoke it'', if they said it out loud. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou And it might just take this page at some point]].

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[[folder:Other Sites]]
[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation:''
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2056 SCP-2056 ("Tsiatko")]]. SCP-2056 is a humanoid creature. According to Native American elders speaking their name is dangerous, as it knows when someone is talking about it
Mentioning Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} in Ohio Valley Wrestling likely resulted in him showing up and hunts them down.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2521 SCP-2521]] is some sort of HumanoidAbomination
{{squash| match}}ing you, especially if you mentioned him while in the Foundation cannot quite contain properly. It can go through walls, and practically teleport, but the ''real'' danger about it is that it apparently covets any sort of verbalized (as in said or written) information on itself, and will steal it away the moment it's made. It might be a document. It might be a recording. It might be ''the person who spoke it'', if they said it out loud. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou And it might just take this page at some point]].ring.



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Mentioning Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} in Ohio Valley Wrestling likely resulted in him showing up and {{squash| match}}ing you, especially if you mentioned him while in the ring.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
**
Mentioning Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} in Ohio Valley Wrestling likely resulted in him showing up any term for explosions or bombs and {{squash| match}}ing you, especially if [[MadBomber Crazy Harry]] will appear, detonation plunger in hand and BOOM! Kermit once has the misfortune of causing this ''three times in a row'' on the Creator/BenVereen episode.
** In one episode the [[ButtMonkey Newcaster]] reports that the temple of an ancient Egyptian crocodile god named Rezal-evad-gib (the name of which he actually says twice for emphasis) has been discovered, and that said god would "wreak a terrible vengeance" upon anyone entering the tomb or even saying his name aloud. Well, [[DeadlineNews
you mentioned him while can probably guess what happens.]] He gets an excuse ''that'' time, but in the ring.''very next scene'', where Beauregard tries to warn [[SpecialGuest Lynda Carter]] that they've discovered a dangerous word, but can't remember the hard-to-pronounce name, the Newscaster runs in [[TooDumbToLive and says it]] ''[[TooDumbToLive again]]''.



** Also in the 3.X Deities and Demigods Handbook it states that Deities are generally aware if anyone says their name, anywhere or any of their common titles. This generally won't summon the deity to you but that does make it hard to mount an assault on the gods...This is why a few of TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novels got "Psst! No names!" scenes from avatars and other canny characters.

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** Also in the 3.X Deities and Demigods Handbook it states that Deities are generally aware if anyone says their name, anywhere or any of their common titles. This generally won't summon the deity to you but that does make it hard to mount an assault on the gods... This is why a few of TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novels got "Psst! No names!" scenes from avatars and other canny characters.



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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelon, appears in ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' every time someone says "kamikaze watermelon."
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* In ''ChasingTheSunset'', speaking the name of the evil wizard Malvenicus causes lightning and a crack of [''Kra-ka-tow!''] thunder. Just like that. Malvenicus [''kra-ka-tow!''], as it turns out, is not all that evil; he just put an enchantment on his own name back when he was younger because he thought it would be funny.

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* In ''ChasingTheSunset'', ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'', speaking the name of the evil wizard Malvenicus causes lightning and a crack of [''Kra-ka-tow!''] thunder. Just like that. Malvenicus [''kra-ka-tow!''], as it turns out, is not all that evil; he just put an enchantment on his own name back when he was younger because he thought it would be funny.



* Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelon, appears in ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' every time someone says "kamikaze watermelon."

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* Fooby, the Kamikaze Watermelon, appears in ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' every time ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2056 SCP-2056 ("Tsiatko")]]. SCP-2056 is a humanoid creature. According to Native American elders speaking their name is dangerous, as it knows when
someone says "kamikaze watermelon."is talking about it and hunts them down.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2521 SCP-2521]] is some sort of HumanoidAbomination the Foundation cannot quite contain properly. It can go through walls, and practically teleport, but the ''real'' danger about it is that it apparently covets any sort of verbalized (as in said or written) information on itself, and will steal it away the moment it's made. It might be a document. It might be a recording. It might be ''the person who spoke it'', if they said it out loud. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou And it might just take this page at some point]]. 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.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic appeared when the Maven of the Eventide said Nostalgia three times like he was Film/{{Beetlejuice}} during WebVideo/VampireReviews. The two ask loudly how she even did that.
* The TV Tropes podcast ''On The Tropes'' Episode #61 has a discussion on this trope, that ultimately becomes an example of the trope itself.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic appeared when the Maven of the Eventide said Nostalgia three times like he was Film/{{Beetlejuice}} during WebVideo/VampireReviews.''WebVideo/VampireReviews''. The two ask loudly how she even did that.
* The TV Tropes podcast ''On The the Tropes'' Episode #61 has a discussion on this trope, that ultimately becomes an example of the trope itself.



* [[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.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had the villain JustForFun/CandleJack who would appear randomly and kidnap whoever said his name. JustForFun/CandleJack himself says, "[[SchmuckBait Not a very bright group, are you?]]" The series also spoofed this in a CreditsGag: "Interesting Fact: If you spin around while saying '[[GagWords Huggbees]]' three times real quick, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Salinger Pierre Salinger]] will appear. Only he'll have... a beard!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'': The full rhymes (from the cartoon, at least), though rarely used, go:
-->''Even though I should be wary\\
Still I conjure something scary\\
Ghostly hauntings I turn loose,\\
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!\\\
:: for bringing him into our world, and[=:=]
-->''Knowing that I should be wary\\
Still I venture someplace scary\\
Ghostly hauntings now turn loose\\
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!''
::when Lydia wants to enter the Neitherworld.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had has the villain JustForFun/CandleJack who would appear randomly and kidnap whoever said his name. JustForFun/CandleJack himself says, "[[SchmuckBait Not a very bright group, are you?]]" The series also spoofed this in a CreditsGag: "Interesting Fact: If you spin around while saying '[[GagWords Huggbees]]' three times real quick, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Salinger Pierre Salinger]] will appear. Only he'll have... a beard!"
2nd Jul '17 11:03:49 AM nombretomado
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* WWF/E wrestler TheUndertaker does a very JustForFun/CandleJack-ish variation of this. Basically, if his name is brought up in an offensive way while he's around (or even if he isn't), a gong will sound, and the lights will go off. Then he will appear behind the offender and usually chokeslam or Tombstone Piledrive them to the mat. Sometimes, Taker's name doesn't even need to be spoken -- as heel manager Paul Heyman learned at the end of a Smackdown match, just telling someone that "[[TemptingFate there's not a man alive who's going to stand in my way]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KfOIr1HGtc can be enough to bring the Deadman's wrath down on you]].

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* WWF/E wrestler TheUndertaker Wrestling/TheUndertaker does a very JustForFun/CandleJack-ish variation of this. Basically, if his name is brought up in an offensive way while he's around (or even if he isn't), a gong will sound, and the lights will go off. Then he will appear behind the offender and usually chokeslam or Tombstone Piledrive them to the mat. Sometimes, Taker's name doesn't even need to be spoken -- as heel manager Paul Heyman learned at the end of a Smackdown match, just telling someone that "[[TemptingFate there's not a man alive who's going to stand in my way]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KfOIr1HGtc can be enough to bring the Deadman's wrath down on you]].
28th Jun '17 12:59:10 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', it's revealed that providing one knows the [[IKnowYourTrueName true name]] of a Dragon, if you invoke it via [[LanguageOfMagic the Thu'um]] it will hear you and may cause the Dragon to immediately fly to your location out of curiosity as it can be considered a challenge. It is not however guaranteed, as invoking the dragon's name gives you no power over it. The Greybeards summon the Dragonborn to High Hrothgar for training in a similar manner, calling forth the Dovahkiin so loudly the whole of Skyrim trembles. Notably, [[BatmanGambit it works on you]] the same way it does on dragons.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
**
In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the series' lore, the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] religion is heavily based around Nirn's [[WeirdMoon two moons]], Masser and Secunda. The moons even dictate which of 17 different sub-species a Khajiit cub will grow up to be, depending on which phases of the moons it was born under. However, the Khajiit recognize "dark spirits" known as "dro-m'Athra," who are represented by the ''inverse'' phases of the moons. The Khajiit refuse to speak of them.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'',
it's revealed that providing one knows the [[IKnowYourTrueName true name]] of a Dragon, if you invoke it via [[LanguageOfMagic the Thu'um]] it will hear you and may cause the Dragon to immediately fly to your location out of curiosity as it can be considered a challenge. It is not however guaranteed, as invoking the dragon's name gives you no power over it. The Greybeards summon the Dragonborn to High Hrothgar for training in a similar manner, calling forth the Dovahkiin so loudly the whole of Skyrim trembles. Notably, [[BatmanGambit it works on you]] the same way it does on dragons.
20th Jun '17 6:49:53 AM dmcreif
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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:''Series/TheDefenders2017''
** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Said verbatim by Karen when Wilson Fisk appears on television while she, Matt, and Foggy are talking about him.
31st May '17 6:16:33 PM nombretomado
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* Neil on ''TheYoungOnes'' once summoned the demon Futumsch to Neil's shared flat by saying his name, which was due to him wondering what Mike was talking about. Not that any of the guys ever noticed Futumsch was there, mind. (Futumsch complains about his name being an obstacle to being summoned.)

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* Neil on ''TheYoungOnes'' ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' once summoned the demon Futumsch to Neil's shared flat by saying his name, which was due to him wondering what Mike was talking about. Not that any of the guys ever noticed Futumsch was there, mind. (Futumsch complains about his name being an obstacle to being summoned.)
31st May '17 6:09:59 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''YoungWizards'' series, speaking any of the Lone Power's nicknames has the danger of drawing Its attention. Even ''thinking'' its true name is ''guaranteed'' to get Its attention unless something is keeping It distracted.

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* In the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, speaking any of the Lone Power's nicknames has the danger of drawing Its attention. Even ''thinking'' its true name is ''guaranteed'' to get Its attention unless something is keeping It distracted.
24th May '17 7:10:38 PM PhantomRider
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** 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.

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** 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 one of the books, Harry's BadassBoast at the end is to give his ''full'' name, and warn: "Conjure by it at your own risk." Of course, that's just in narration. He takes seriously the damage the right enemy could do if he really ''did'' go around putting his full name out there.)
24th May '17 7:28:04 AM bweb
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** Wolverine actually is dismissive of this at first, pointing out that it's a common word, spoken hundreds, if not thousands, of times per day, so how would Spiral know? Cue her showing up, telling him it's all about context and tone of voice to indicate to her whether someone is referring to her or not.
12th May '17 10:08:26 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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This makes talking about the villain problematic, as he has to be referred to as "The Enemy" or [[Franchise/HarryPotter "He Who Must Not Be Named" or " You Know Who"]], or just by a nickname, as with {{Satan}}, who may be called "Old Nick" or "Mister Scratch" (or LouisCypher). Sometimes these nicknames are conspicuously positive, just in case they're listening anyway, as with TheFairFolk, because you do ''not'' want to face down a pissed-off faerie. If referring to him by any name summons him, then you're screwed.

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This makes talking about the villain problematic, as he has to be referred to as "The Enemy" or [[Franchise/HarryPotter "He Who Must Not Be Named" or " You "You Know Who"]], or just by a nickname, as with {{Satan}}, who may be called "Old Nick" or "Mister Scratch" (or LouisCypher). Sometimes these nicknames are conspicuously positive, just in case they're listening anyway, as with TheFairFolk, because you do ''not'' want to face down a pissed-off faerie. If referring to him by any name summons him, then you're screwed.



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 (perhaps through IKnowYourTrueName)), or [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with him]]. [[EvilIsNotAToy Expect this guy to die horribly.]] Also expect this villain not to disappear.

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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 ([[ExactWords 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 (perhaps through IKnowYourTrueName)), or [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with him]]. [[EvilIsNotAToy Expect this guy to die horribly.]] Also expect this villain not to disappear.
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** The Queens of the respective fey courts courts and many other beings may be summoned this way though generally the summoner must have a degree of power which they can use to call such entities up, otherwise they just fade into the background noise. A good example comes from ''Changes'' Harry 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 Knight speaks Mab's name a third time in their conversation, it will cause her to be summoned to his domain. The Knight then only refers to her as "my queen."

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** The Queens of the respective fey courts courts and many other beings may be summoned this way though generally the summoner must have a degree of power which they can use to call such entities up, otherwise they just fade into the background noise. A good example comes from ''Changes'' Harry 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 Knight Harry speaks Mab's her name a third time in their conversation, it will cause her to be summoned to his domain. The Knight Harry then only refers to her as "my queen."
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