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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".
31st Dec '15 6:30:19 PM DarkGidora
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Ambrose Bierce created Hastur and his work referenced Carcosa. Chambers included them as a Shout Out in The King in Yellow.
* In Robert W. Chamber's ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', "Hastur" was originally a mysterious name, most likely a location, with only vague connections to the titular King. When AugustDerleth absorbed Hastur into the greater CthulhuMythos, he started using it as the actual name of The King in Yellow, and [[AdaptationDecay re-appropriated]] [[IHaveManyNames non-synonymous titles]] such as "Him Who Must Not Be Named," (likely another euphemistic name for Azathoth) and "The High Priest Not To Be Described" (a minion of Nyarlathotep who might actually be Nyarlathotep) as sobriquets. This spawned the idea in the ExpandedUniverse that referring to him in by name was a very bad idea.
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* "Hastur" was the name of a benign god in a Creator/AmbroseBierce short story. In Robert W. Chamber's ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', Robert W. Chambers adopted "Hastur" was originally as a mysterious name, most likely a location, with only vague connections to the titular King.King. Creator/HPLovecraft namedropped Hastur and the Yellow Sign (from Chambers's work) as nebulously connected in ''The Whisperer in Darkness''. When AugustDerleth absorbed Hastur into the greater CthulhuMythos, he started using it as the actual name of The King in Yellow, and [[AdaptationDecay re-appropriated]] [[IHaveManyNames non-synonymous titles]] such as "Him Who Must Not Be Named," (likely another euphemistic name for Azathoth) and "The High Priest Not To Be Described" (a minion of Nyarlathotep who might actually be Nyarlathotep) as sobriquets. This spawned the idea in the ExpandedUniverse that referring to him in by name was a very bad idea.
23rd Dec '15 9:52:24 AM Toadofsteel
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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.
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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.
21st Dec '15 7:26:31 AM MrNickelodeon
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[[folder:Theme Parks]] * In the former ''Theatre/GhostbustersSpooktacular'' show at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]], Louis Tully specifically tells Walter Peck not to say Gozer's name, which he ignores and does multiple times, causing the villain to eventually appear. [[/folder]]
16th Dec '15 3:10:02 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', speaking the name of King Kyros, a powerful winter spirit, summons him to you. Unfortunately, Peter Pan forgets this little fact whilst he's showing off a gem that he boastfully admits to ''stealing'' from Kyros' home.
1st Dec '15 7:53:55 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* According to [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18545_the-horrifying-true-story-st.-patricks-day.html this]] Cracked video, if you say Saint Patrick three times on his feast day he will appear and offer spiritual guidance. If you let slip that you're celebrating it as a secular holiday you only vaguely understand, he will just yell at you.
5th Nov '15 9:52:37 AM nombretomado
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* A rather extreme example is the Disir, a undead army that has menaced {{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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* A rather extreme example is the Disir, a undead army that has menaced {{Thor}}.[[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.
1st Nov '15 7:46:39 PM GoldenSandslash
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Bill Cipher refers to Xanthar as "The Being Whose Name Must Never Be Said", but then realizes that it is a special enough occasion to warrant saying the name.
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