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17th Feb '17 6:10:11 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Ginkaku and Kinkaku have a ninja tool that causes people's souls to get absorbed if they say the word they said most in life. Unlike the ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' example above, remaining silent for too long also results in one getting absorbed. [[spoiler:Ginkaku ends up having his own tool turned against him]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Ginkaku and Kinkaku have a ninja tool that causes people's souls to get absorbed if they say the word they said most in life. Unlike the ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' example above, remaining silent for too long also results in one getting absorbed. [[spoiler:Ginkaku ends up having his own tool turned against him]].him.]]



* On ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', all the fish swim away whenever Pinocchio mentions Monstro the Whale.

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* On In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', all the fish swim away whenever Pinocchio mentions Monstro the Whale.



* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''The Magician's Nephew'', the witch Jadis speaks the Deplorable Word, a magical incantation "which, if spoken with the proper ceremonies, would destroy all living things except the one who spoke it." Unlike conventional examples of this trope, this word actually ''was'' used to kill everyone on her planet. Scholars had been aware of the Deplorable Word for centuries, but Jadis was the only person on her world ever evil enough to actually use it. And that's saying something, considering how ruthlessly ambitious, corrupt, and prone to wholesale slaughter the royal family of Charn was.

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* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''The Magician's Nephew'', ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', the witch Jadis speaks the Deplorable Word, a magical incantation "which, if spoken with the proper ceremonies, would destroy all living things except the one who spoke it." Unlike conventional examples of this trope, this word actually ''was'' used to kill everyone on her planet. Scholars had been aware of the Deplorable Word for centuries, but Jadis was the only person on her world ever evil enough to actually use it. And that's saying something, considering how ruthlessly ambitious, corrupt, and prone to wholesale slaughter the royal family of Charn was.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'', one of the original twenty Clans was subject to a Trial of Annihilation ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) and all mention of it was removed from official records. Bringing up the Clan in any way (even to ask if it ever existed) is a BerserkButton for other Clanners. The most notable example is Clan Wolverine, which the Clans refer to as the Not-named-Clan. The exact reason for their annihilation are scarce(ilKhan Kerensky needed a scapegoat to cement his rule), the Clans removed all traces of their existences from Clan Space. When the invading Clans discovered a man who's DNA matches that to a member of Clan Wolverine, they killed him, and hunted rest of his family to eliminate their trace from existence.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'', one of the original twenty Clans was subject to a Trial of Annihilation ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) and all mention of it was removed from official records. Bringing up the Clan in any way (even to ask if it ever existed) is a BerserkButton for other Clanners. The most notable example is Clan Wolverine, which the Clans refer to as the Not-named-Clan. The exact reason for their annihilation are scarce(ilKhan scarce (ilKhan Kerensky needed a scapegoat to cement his rule), the Clans removed all traces of their existences from Clan Space. When the invading Clans discovered a man who's DNA matches that to a member of Clan Wolverine, they killed him, and hunted rest of his family to eliminate their trace from existence.



* Alluded to in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. A message written in the blood of a deceased soldier of TheEvilArmy mentions several ways of speaking of or depicting the Watchers that are not to be done.

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* Alluded to in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. A message written in the blood of a deceased soldier of TheEvilArmy [[ArmiesAreEvil the evil army]] mentions several ways of speaking of or depicting the Watchers that are not to be done.



* In both ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' games though most notably in the second game's expansion, there's a reason why the incarnation of evil opposing the Twelve Gods is called "The Nameless One" through all the series, even by [[spoiler: Tharkath, who's at his service.]]

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* In both ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' games though most notably in the second game's expansion, there's a reason why the incarnation of evil opposing the Twelve Gods is called "The Nameless One" through all the series, even by [[spoiler: Tharkath, who's at his service.]]service]].



* The Scandal That Shall Not Be Named, as it's only ever euphemistically referred to around here, if at all, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and for good reason]], has had this effect on ThisVeryWiki. It even got to the point where the very mention of its ''name'' caused an ExampleSectionectomy.[[note]]Specifically, {{Scandalgate}} became restricted to InUniverseExamplesOnly when an EditWar over a certain example there [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot turned up some serious]] TropeDecay.[[/note]]

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* The Scandal That Shall Not Be Named, as it's only ever euphemistically referred to around here, if at all, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and for good reason]], has had this effect on ThisVeryWiki.[[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]]. It even got to the point where the very mention of its ''name'' caused an ExampleSectionectomy.[[note]]Specifically, {{Scandalgate}} became restricted to InUniverseExamplesOnly when an EditWar over a certain example there [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot turned up some serious]] TropeDecay.[[/note]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' uses the actual Scottish Trope in "[[OutDamnedSpot Out Darned Spotlight]]". Whenever someone said "Macbeth", something bad would happen, like lead actor Nick falling off his skateboard and breaking his leg the day of the recital of ''Macbeth [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]]''!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' uses the actual Scottish Trope in "[[OutDamnedSpot Out Darned Spotlight]]". Whenever someone said "Macbeth", something bad would happen, like lead actor Nick falling off his skateboard and breaking his leg the day of the recital of ''Macbeth [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]]''!



* During [[HistoryOfTheColdWar the division of East and West Germany]], the East German government used very specific phrasing whenever speaking of its Western counterpart. The most common was "the government in Bonn", due to a belief that by referring to it as a "German government" of any sort would undermine their position that it was an illegitimate government.

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* During [[HistoryOfTheColdWar [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar the division of East and West Germany]], the East German government used very specific phrasing whenever speaking of its Western counterpart. The most common was "the government in Bonn", due to a belief that by referring to it as a "German government" of any sort would undermine their position that it was an illegitimate government.



* Swedish military training during the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] taught defense against ''the enemy'', which just happens to use Soviet Union materiel and organization.

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* Swedish military training during the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] UsefulNotes/ColdWar taught defense against ''the enemy'', which just happens to use Soviet Union materiel and organization.
16th Feb '17 12:18:15 PM bomberman121890
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The title of a certain play by Shakespeare, for example. [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]], so called because thespians believe that just saying the word "Macbeth" in anything but in-character rehearsals is bad luck and will ruin the play or even {{curse}} the troupe/theater. The explanations behind this vary, but if you dare say it inside a theater cast and crew will inevitably slap your mouth shut and give you days if not ''years'' of dirty looks if something bad ''does'' happen.

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The title of a certain play by Shakespeare, for example. [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]], so called because thespians believe that just saying the word "Macbeth" [[spoiler:"Macbeth"]] in anything but in-character rehearsals is bad luck and will ruin the play or even {{curse}} the troupe/theater. The explanations behind this vary, but if you dare say it inside a theater cast and crew will inevitably slap your mouth shut and give you days if not ''years'' of dirty looks if something bad ''does'' happen.
22nd Jan '17 7:48:48 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Near the end of the book ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Harry yells [[spoiler: "I don't believe in faeries!"]] as a battle cry during [[spoiler: the war between the faerie courts of Summer and Winter]] figuring, "What the hell."

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** Near the end of the book ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Harry yells [[spoiler: "I don't believe in faeries!"]] as a battle cry during [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the war between the faerie courts of Summer and Winter]] figuring, "What the hell."



** In ''Literature/ColdDays,'' Harry learns that [[spoiler: the Black Council may actually be an infectious Outsider called Nemesis. However, speaking its name risks drawings its attention, so even Mother Summer and Mother Winter (fairies several orders of magnitude beyond Harry's power, even ''with''the Winter Mantle) call it "the Adversary" instead]].

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** In ''Literature/ColdDays,'' Harry learns that [[spoiler: the Black Council may actually be an infectious Outsider called Nemesis. However, speaking its name risks drawings its attention, so even Mother Summer and Mother Winter (fairies several orders of magnitude beyond Harry's power, even ''with''the ''with'' the Winter Mantle) call it "the Adversary" instead]].
21st Jan '17 6:24:46 PM Hemma
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* Swedish military training during the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] taught defense against ''the enemy'', which just happens to use Soviet Union materiel and organization.
27th Dec '16 5:39:38 AM AnotherGuy
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* In the original ''Film/TheProducers1968'', Bloom wishes him good luck and Max nearly kills himself, saying theatre people say "Break a leg". Bloom does so - and Max nearly breaks a leg.
10th Dec '16 11:11:01 AM dmcreif
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* In the first part of season 1 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'', [[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson Fisk]]'s name is treated as taboo.
** His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.
** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," John Healy, a hitman in Fisk's employ, gives up Fisk's name to Matt Murdock. Healy then immediately impales his head on a fence spike so that Fisk won't go after everyone he ever cared about.
** When Vladimir tries to refer to Fisk by name, Wesley interrupts "We don't say his name." Anatoly is more accepting of Fisk's anonymity
** In "World on Fire," Piotr, a Russian grunt picked up by the police, tells Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman about Fisk, and says that he'll tell them everything he knows for a plea deal. Unfortunately for Piotr, Blake and Hoffman work for Fisk. After briefly debating which one will do the deed, Blake suddenly punches Hoffman, who screams "[[PoliceBrutalityGambit He's going for my gun!]]", and then draws his pistol on Piotr.
-->'''Det. Christian Blake:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You really shouldn't have said his name]]. ''[shoots Piotr]''

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* In ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**Throughout all of
the first part Netflix shows, [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the alien invasion of season 1 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'', [[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson Fisk]]'s Manhattan]] is only ever referred to as "The Incident". As said by the realtor showing Matt and Foggy their new office space in "Into the Ring," the generic name sounds so much better than "death and destruction raining from the sky nearly wiping Hell's Kitchen off the map".
**[[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson]] [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Fisk]]. Saying his
name is treated as taboo.worthy of a death sentence.
***His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.

** His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.
** In
***In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," John Healy, a hitman in Fisk's employ, gives up Fisk's name to Matt Murdock. Healy then immediately impales his head on a fence spike so that Fisk won't go after everyone he ever cared about.
** When ***When Vladimir tries to refer to Fisk by name, Wesley interrupts "We don't say his name." name," but an agitated Vladimir eventually just says Fisk's name anyways. Anatoly is more accepting of Fisk's anonymity
** In
anonymity, much to Vladimir's chagrin, and Vladimir speculates that Fisk doesn't like his name being said because it would betray that he's just an ordinary person.
***In
"World on Fire," Piotr, a Russian grunt one of Vladimir's lackeys, is picked up by the police, police. Facing a potential 30 year sentence, he tells Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman about Fisk, and says that he'll tell them everything he knows about the man for a plea deal. Unfortunately for Piotr, [[DirtyCop Blake and Hoffman work for Fisk.Fisk]], and they decide to kill him. After briefly debating which one will do the deed, Blake suddenly punches Hoffman, who screams "[[PoliceBrutalityGambit He's going for my gun!]]", and then draws his pistol on Piotr.
-->'''Det. Christian Blake:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You really shouldn't have said his name]]. ''[shoots Piotr]'' name...]] ''[[[BoomHeadshot shoots Piotr in the head]]]''
1st Dec '16 3:30:34 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* If two factions each refer to something by a different name, using either name is often tantamount to "picking a side," which can and will start a FlameWar. For example, regarding UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, should you refer to "Stroke City" in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland as ''Derry'' or ''Londonderry''? And should you refer to UsefulNotes/ThatSoutheastAsianCountry as ''Burma'' or ''Myanmar''?

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* If two factions each refer to something by a different name, using either name is often tantamount to "picking a side," which can and will start a FlameWar. For example, should you refer to UsefulNotes/ThatSoutheastAsianCountry as ''Burma'' or ''Myanmar''? And regarding UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, should you refer to "Stroke City" in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland as ''Derry'' or ''Londonderry''? And should you refer to UsefulNotes/ThatSoutheastAsianCountry as ''Burma'' or ''Myanmar''?
18th Nov '16 9:40:18 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''
** "Did you say "mattress" to Mr. Lambert? Great, someone fetch the tea chest. *Ahem* "And did those feet, in ancient times..."
** Mind you, saying the word "ma--", er, "dog kennels" to Mr. Lambert (who works in a bed store) causes very ''immediate'' bad things to happen.

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''
** "Did
''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': When buying a bed from Mr. Lambert, you cannot say "mattress" to Mr. Lambert? Great, someone fetch the tea chest. *Ahem* "And did those feet, in ancient times..."
** Mind you, saying
the word "ma--", er, "mattress". You must say that you want to see the "dog kennels" kennels"[[note]]Yes, pet's department, second floor[[/note]]. If you do say "mattress", he'll promptly stand up and put a paper bag over his head and respond to Mr. Lambert (who works nothing, and the only way to snap him out of it is to stand in a bed store) causes very ''immediate'' bad things to happen.tea chest and sing Elgar's "Jerusalem" a capella. It's nothing he can help you understand, but apart from that, he's perfectly all right.
18th Nov '16 9:36:47 AM dmcreif
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* In the first part of season 1 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'', [[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson Fisk]]'s name is treated as taboo.
**His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.
**In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," John Healy, a hitman in Fisk's employ, gives up Fisk's name to Matt Murdock. Healy then immediately impales his head on a fence spike so that Fisk won't go after everyone he ever cared about.
**When Vladimir tries to refer to Fisk by name, Wesley interrupts "We don't say his name." Anatoly is more accepting of Fisk's anonymity
**In "World on Fire," Piotr, a Russian grunt picked up by the police, tells Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman about Fisk, and says that he'll tell them everything he knows for a plea deal. Unfortunately for Piotr, Blake and Hoffman work for Fisk. After briefly debating which one will do the deed, Blake suddenly punches Hoffman, who screams "[[PoliceBrutalityGambit He's going for my gun!]]", and then draws his pistol on Piotr.
-->'''Det. Christian Blake:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You really shouldn't have said his name]]. ''[shoots Piotr]''
10th Oct '16 12:53:29 PM Vir
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** In the "Big Problem", saying Vicky's *parrot dies* name would do this in one of the show's trademark {{Overused Running Gag}}s.
** Later, in part 1 of the ''Wishology'' movie, when someone says "Timmy Turner", it alerts the [[spoiler:Eliminators]] to his presence. However, this is just because they have excellent hearing.

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** In the "Big "The Big Problem", saying Vicky's *parrot dies* name would do this in one of the show's trademark {{Overused Running Gag}}s.
** Later, in part 1 of the ''Wishology'' movie, when someone says "Timmy Turner", it alerts the [[spoiler:Eliminators]] Eliminators to his presence. However, this is just because they have excellent hearing.
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