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2nd Aug '16 5:26:03 PM WillBGood
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* The ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' strip in ''Dragon'' magazine #72 (April 1983) is about jesters. The middle of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 the page]] has a jester killing a monster with bad puns. The next panel shows the danger of unintended side effects.

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* The ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' strip in ''Dragon'' magazine #72 (April 1983) is about jesters. The middle of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 the page]] has a jester killing a monster with bad puns. The next panel shows the danger of unintended side effects.collateral damage.
21st Apr '16 6:35:41 AM Gravidef
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* Jasper, the annoying and quite evil critic found in [[WhiteDwarfStarlet Gloria van Gouten's]] mind in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', fires bolts of energy at you (from a pair of giant pens on his hovering theatre box, no less) that, upon impact, turn into cruel, critical words like "Awful!" It's a bit of FridgeBrilliance: since Jasper is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Gloria's own destructive self-criticism, it makes sense that his words would be able to cause physical harm to the mindscape.

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* Jasper, the annoying and quite evil critic found in [[WhiteDwarfStarlet Gloria van Gouten's]] mind in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', fires bolts of energy at you (from a pair of giant pens on his hovering theatre box, no less) that, upon impact, turn into cruel, critical words like "Awful!" It's a bit of FridgeBrilliance: since Jasper is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Gloria's own destructive self-criticism, it makes sense that his words would be able to cause physical harm to the her mindscape.
21st Apr '16 6:34:29 AM Gravidef
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* An issue of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' comic book had a plant-like alien race that, after copying nearby Earthlings, proceed to drone endlessly on and on about inane subjects until their victims quite literally die of boredom. Leela eventually figures out that the plants have to be defeated at their own game, and has ''Fry'' babble about his own trivial interests until the aliens themselves wither away.



* The Deplorable Word in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' is one of the most dangerous weapons in existence--the instant it is spoken, all life in a world, except that of the speaker, is instantly and irreversibly decimated. It's not known whether or not this was limited to Charn (Jadis's home world); thankfully, no one in the series ever tries it again.
** BigGood Aslan uses an inverted example--his singing ''creates'' Narnia.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Shakespeare Code": A group of witches who specialize in WordPower (words are sort of the formula for certain effects, which is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not at all like magic spells being a real thing because that would be silly]]) are destroyed by William Shakespeare crafting a sonnet to banish them back to their prison. At the end, he finds himself at a lost to what would rhyme with "cuss" and still work with the other Words of Power he sewed together. Martha provides him with "[[Literature/HarryPotter Expelliarmus!]]" The Doctor reacts to the destruction by shouting, "Good old [[Creator/JKRowling JK]]!"

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Shakespeare Code": A group of witches who specialize in WordPower (words are sort of the formula for certain effects, which is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not at all like magic spells being a real thing because that would be silly]]) are destroyed by William Shakespeare crafting a sonnet to banish them back to their prison. At the end, he finds himself at a lost to what would rhyme with "cuss" "harm us" and still work with the other Words of Power he sewed together. Martha provides him with "[[Literature/HarryPotter Expelliarmus!]]" The Doctor reacts to the destruction by shouting, "Good old [[Creator/JKRowling JK]]!"JK]]!"
* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' called "Need to Know" featured a phrase that encapsulated the whole meaning of existence in a few words. Anyone who hears the phrase goes completely insane.



* One of Scott's moves in ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorldTheGame'' is to have Knives create a giant "LOVE" that hits all enemies on screen, a reference to a HarshWordImpact scene in one of the books.

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* One of Scott's moves in ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorldTheGame'' ''Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game'' is to have Knives create a giant "LOVE" that hits all enemies on screen, a reference to a HarshWordImpact scene in one of the books.


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* Jasper, the annoying and quite evil critic found in [[WhiteDwarfStarlet Gloria van Gouten's]] mind in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', fires bolts of energy at you (from a pair of giant pens on his hovering theatre box, no less) that, upon impact, turn into cruel, critical words like "Awful!" It's a bit of FridgeBrilliance: since Jasper is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Gloria's own destructive self-criticism, it makes sense that his words would be able to cause physical harm to the mindscape.
12th Apr '16 4:43:27 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Dragon Shouts all have unique effects: projecting a wave of force, breathing fire, freezing enemies, making oneself intangible, revealing the life essences of every living thing in the area, etc. Every dragon shout can be used in some way as a weapon or fighting technique; the lore explicitly states that when two dragons fight, it's literally a contest of words.
3rd Mar '16 1:01:01 AM MoonByte
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** One of the bosses, [[spoiler: Flowey]] also attacks you by literally throwing words at you. [[spoiler: Subverted when you ask for help and they turn into healing items.]]
29th Feb '16 8:04:24 AM StFan
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--->Do not let me detain you.\\
No great rush!
** Also, witch Petulia Gristle has the secret of pig-boring. She can slaughter a pig humanely by talking to it in such a low, monotone, voice about such tediously trivial things that it loses the will to live. She weaponises this skill in ''Literature/TheShepherdsCrown'' by applying it to Elves.

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--->Do --->"Do not let me detain you.\\
No
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"No
great rush!
rush!"
** Also, witch Petulia Gristle has the secret of pig-boring. She can slaughter a pig humanely by talking to it in such a low, monotone, voice about such tediously trivial things that it loses the will to live. She weaponises this skill in ''Literature/TheShepherdsCrown'' ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'' by applying it to Elves.
3rd Feb '16 3:16:07 PM StFan
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-->-- '''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-05-20 20 May, 2003]]

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-->-- '''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-05-20 20 May, 2003]]






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** Same goes with ''{{Manga/Doraemon}}'', with one of the gadgets that can harden a WrittenSoundEffect. In the anime, it creates literal voice blocks.

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** * Same goes with in ''{{Manga/Doraemon}}'', with one of the gadgets that can harden a WrittenSoundEffect. In the anime, it creates literal voice blocks.

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* There is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio Drama where Donna defeats a blob monster with nothing but pure indignation.
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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Ni! Turned around on the knights, later. [[spoiler:They are drained of their will by the word "it".]] Oddly enough, the knight says it at the top of the scene with no harm done, but then hits himself with it for damage during the fadeout.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut]],'' Cartman has a chip placed inside him that shocks him with electricity every time he swears. When he's hit with electricity in the final battle, the V-chip "malfunctions", giving him the ability to shock other people when he uses profanity. Which he immediately uses against Saddam Hussein. (Hilariously, the words "Barbra Streisand" are the cherry-on-top.)

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\n[[AC:{{Film}}]]\n* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Ni! Turned around on The ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' strip in ''Dragon'' magazine #72 (April 1983) is about jesters. The middle of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 the knights, later. [[spoiler:They are drained of their will by the word "it".]] Oddly enough, the knight says it at the top of the scene page]] has a jester killing a monster with no harm done, but then hits himself with it for damage during bad puns. The next panel shows the fadeout.
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut]],'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', Cartman has a chip placed inside him that shocks him with electricity every time he swears. When he's hit with electricity in the final battle, the V-chip "malfunctions", giving him the ability to shock other people when he uses profanity. Which he immediately uses against Saddam Hussein. (Hilariously, the words "Barbra Streisand" are the cherry-on-top.))
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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Ni! Turned around on the knights, later. [[spoiler:They are drained of their will by the word "it".]] Oddly enough, the knight says it at the top of the scene with no harm done, but then hits himself with it for damage during the fade-out.




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* ''BoredOfTheRings''
-->Goddam looked mournful. "I know how it is," he said. "I was in the war. Pinned down in a deadly hail of Jap fire..."
-->Spam gagged, and his arm went limp.

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* ''BoredOfTheRings''
-->Goddam
''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'':
-->''Goddam
looked mournful. "I know how it is," he said. "I was in the war. Pinned down in a deadly hail of Jap fire..."
-->Spam
"\\
Spam
gagged, and his arm went limp.''



** There's the recalcitrant witness who was given too much truth serum and ended up telling ''[[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.]]'' They had to evacuate the courtroom and seal him up inside. When Arthur and company find him later, he's no longer a danger - apparently, there's less truth in the universe than most people would believe - but he ultimately dies of laughter after realizing he's talking to ''the'' Arthur Dent, who is apparently [[CosmicPlaything the victim of the universe's funniest practical joke.]]
* The late Alderman Foodbotham, one-time Lord Mayor of Bradford in the ''PeterSimple'' newspaper columns, has many legends told of him. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3610930/End-column.html One such]] relates how he delivered a speech that literally annihilated his opponent -- "at least to the extent that he disappeared from view and all that was ever seen of him again was a single trouser button picked up months later on Cleckheaton Moor."
* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Lord Vetinari, a product of the Assassins' Guild School where every graduate is expected to demonstrate lethal proficiency in at least one weapon, uses language to deadly effect.
-->Do not let me detain you.
-->No great rush!

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** There's the recalcitrant witness who was given too much truth serum and ended up telling ''[[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.]]'' They had to evacuate the courtroom and seal him up inside. When Arthur and company find him later, he's no longer a danger - -- apparently, there's less truth in the universe than most people would believe - -- but he ultimately dies of laughter after realizing he's talking to ''the'' Arthur Dent, who is apparently [[CosmicPlaything the victim of the universe's funniest practical joke.]]
* The late Alderman Foodbotham, one-time Lord Mayor of Bradford in the ''PeterSimple'' ''Literature/PeterSimple'' newspaper columns, has many legends told of him. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3610930/End-column.html One such]] relates how he delivered a speech that literally annihilated his opponent -- "at least to the extent that he disappeared from view and all that was ever seen of him again was a single trouser button picked up months later on Cleckheaton Moor."
* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Lord Vetinari, a product of the Assassins' Guild School where every graduate is expected to demonstrate lethal proficiency in at least one weapon, uses language to deadly effect.
-->Do --->Do not let me detain you.
-->No
you.\\
No
great rush!




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* On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', guest star Avery Schreiber plays a gladiator who engages in a duel with Sweetums. The weapon of choice: insults.



* There is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio Drama where Donna defeats a blob monster with nothing but pure indignation.

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* There is On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', guest star Avery Schreiber plays a ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio Drama where Donna defeats gladiator who engages in a blob monster duel with nothing but pure indignation.

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Sweetums. The weapon of choice: insults.
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** The unusual example of hurting yourself by speaking the' supplement "Book of Vile Darkness" also contains "dark speech" - a language so vile, it is almost impossible to actually communicate with it; with proper preparation you can tie it into magical effects but trying to just straight utter the words would make your mouth bleed.
** In the "Book of Vile Darkness" was a quiver that created arrows for you every time you lied.
** This trope played straight: The 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons supplement "Tome of Magic" contains rulesets for 'truespeak' magics. Truenamers use the "Language of the universe" to reshape reality in ever-increasingly powerful ways.
** In the Fourth Edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', bards have an at-will "spell" called Vicious Mockery, which inflicts damage and status effects. Some bard players will use insult generators every time they use this attack.

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** The unusual example of hurting yourself by speaking the' supplement "Book of Vile Darkness" also contains "dark speech" - -- a language so vile, it is almost impossible to actually communicate with it; with proper preparation you can tie it into magical effects but trying to just straight utter the words would make your mouth bleed.
** In the "Book of Vile Darkness" was is a quiver that created creates arrows for you every time you lied.
lies.
** This trope played straight: The 3rd edition Dungeons ''Dungeons & Dragons Dragons'' supplement "Tome of Magic" contains rulesets for 'truespeak' "truespeak" magics. Truenamers use the "Language of the universe" to reshape reality in ever-increasingly powerful ways.
** In the Fourth Edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''D&D'', bards have an at-will "spell" called Vicious Mockery, which inflicts damage and status effects. Some bard players will use insult generators every time they use this attack.



* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''
** ''VampireTheRequiem'' features the Spina [[PrestigeClass bloodline]], a line of courtly and refined duelists and knights. One power of their bloodline Discipline, Courtoise, allows them to insult their target so badly they take damage.

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* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''
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** ''VampireTheRequiem'' ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' features the Spina [[PrestigeClass bloodline]], a line of courtly and refined duelists and knights. One power of their bloodline Discipline, Courtoise, allows them to insult their target so badly they take damage.




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* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', particularly clever counterpoints apparently have the ability to hit opposing attorneys like a gale-force wind, throwing them back, making them flinch, shattering their glasses, and, in one particularly devastating case, tearing all the hair off a person's head, leaving him mostly bald.



* In [[VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsbattleforBikiniBottom SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom]], The [[Main/MirrorBoss SpongeBot SteelPants]] boss literally sends the words "Kah-RAH-tae" at [=SpongeBob=] after three of its lights are destroyed.

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* In [[VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsbattleforBikiniBottom SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom]], ''VideoGame/SpongeBobSquarePantsBattleForBikiniBottom'', The [[Main/MirrorBoss SpongeBot SteelPants]] boss literally sends the words "Kah-RAH-tae" at [=SpongeBob=] after three of its lights are destroyed.



* One of the heroes in ''[[VideoGame/DragonSoul DragonSoul]]'' is the Electroyeti, whose creative swearing attacks his enemies as bursts of electricity. In quest cutscenes, he uses a lot of grawlixes. His victory pose has his hand in the air with the middle finger a little bit higher, but subtly enough not to be too offensive.

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* One of the heroes in ''[[VideoGame/DragonSoul DragonSoul]]'' ''VideoGame/DragonSoul'' is the Electroyeti, whose creative swearing attacks his enemies as bursts of electricity. In quest cutscenes, he uses a lot of grawlixes. His victory pose has his hand in the air with the middle finger a little bit higher, but subtly enough not to be too offensive.

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* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', particularly clever counterpoints apparently have the ability to hit opposing attorneys like a gale-force wind, throwing them back, making them flinch, shattering their glasses, and, in one particularly devastating case, tearing all the hair off a person's head, leaving him mostly bald.
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* The ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' strip in ''Dragon'' magazine #72 (April 1983) was about jesters. The middle of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 this page]] has a jester killing a monster with bad puns. The next panel shows the danger of unintended side effects.
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' had bad puns being just as lethal against Astos.

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* The ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' strip in ''Dragon'' magazine #72 (April 1983) was about jesters. The middle of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 this page]] has a jester killing a monster with bad puns. The next panel shows the danger of unintended side effects.
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater''
''EightBitTheater'' had bad puns being just as lethal against Astos.



* ''DragonTails'': Corlis typically makes a cutting remark, witty retort or sarcasm in whatever events that's happened, but his attempt to use his jokes as this in [[http://www.dragon-tails.com/comics/archive.php?date=010511 this strip]] resulted in a failure, as robots simply removed their speech recognition modules.
* ComicStrip/NonSequitur: [[http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2004/02/16 Weapon-grade FACTS.]] Bomb squad went in to catch a [[http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/1992/05/01 weapons-grade speech]].
* ''WebComic/SoapOnARope'': The Centaurian homeworld was wiped out by Festus with SOS that was done in song.

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* ''DragonTails'': ''Webcomic/DragonTails'': Corlis typically makes a cutting remark, witty retort or sarcasm in whatever events that's happened, but his attempt to use his jokes as this in [[http://www.dragon-tails.com/comics/archive.php?date=010511 this strip]] resulted in a failure, as robots simply removed their speech recognition modules.
* ComicStrip/NonSequitur: ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2004/02/16 Weapon-grade FACTS.]] Bomb squad went in to catch a [[http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/1992/05/01 weapons-grade speech]].
* ''WebComic/SoapOnARope'': ''Webcomic/SoapOnARope'': The Centaurian homeworld was wiped out by Festus with SOS that was done in song.


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31st Jan '16 9:46:22 PM Prfnoff
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* The magic system in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudras'' is set up so that you can actually create spells with words ("FIRE" becomes a fireball, "HEAL" becomes a healing spell, etc.). However, if you create a spell with a word that isn't in the game's magic dictionary, you'll instead attack your enemy with the word you created.

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* The magic system in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudras'' ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' is set up so that you can actually create spells with words ("FIRE" becomes a fireball, "HEAL" becomes a healing spell, etc.). However, if you create a spell with a word that isn't in the game's magic dictionary, you'll instead attack your enemy with the word you created.
31st Jan '16 9:45:54 PM Prfnoff
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* Similarly to the above, after Mettaton's news report in ''VideoGame/Undertale'', he says that not only is [[MadeOfExplodium everything you can report on a bomb]], but even his WORDS are bombs! They also use a very ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''-esque "BOM" when they explode.

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* Similarly to the above, In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', after Mettaton's news report in ''VideoGame/Undertale'', report, he says that not only is [[MadeOfExplodium everything you can report on a bomb]], but even his WORDS are bombs! They also use a very ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''-esque "BOM" when they explode.
18th Jan '16 3:15:22 PM LummoxJR
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* One of the heroes in ''[[VideoGame/DragonSoul DragonSoul]]'' is the Electroyeti, whose creative swearing attacks his enemies as bursts of electricity. In quest cutscenes, he uses a lot of grawlixes. His victory pose has his hand in the air with the middle finger a little bit higher, but subtly enough not to be too offensive.
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