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7th Sep '17 10:48:20 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' Many Thu'um shouts are capable of harming foes, with things like sending them flying through the air, freezing them with cold, or summoning a storm to fry them with lightning. The Greybeards, an order of monks who have mastered this ability, have only one [[spoiler:human]] member who can still speak in a normal tone of voice without ''accidentally killing people by uttering a single word''. The big shock is that the Thu'um is the language of the dragons, and the game itself calls a fight between two dragons a 'deadly verbal debate'. According to in-game lore, Draconic is magical by virtue of being a perfectly logical language (with each word representing a single concept and only that, no room for ambiguity), which in turn makes the word equivalent to the concept it represents.
** For the record: [[MemeticMutation "FUS RO DAH!"]] translates into "Force Balance Push".

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' Many Thu'um shouts ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Nirn's [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]
are capable the [[DragonsAreDivine divine children]] of harming foes, with things like sending the [[TopGod chief deity]] of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines Pantheon]], Akataosh, the Dragon God of Time. (They also may be fragments of his actual being, and serve of a role similar to being [[DragonsAreDemonic very destructive]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]].) They inherently speak a LanguageOfMagic which gives them flying through the air, freezing them with cold, or summoning a storm to fry them with lightning. The Greybeards, an order of monks who have mastered this ability, have only one [[spoiler:human]] member who can still small scale [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] powers. Essentially, they "make real" whatever they speak in this language. For example, when a normal tone of voice without ''accidentally killing people by uttering a single word''. The big shock Dragon is that "breathing" fire, they're technically commanding fire to come into existence, and battles between dragons are essentially [[WordsCanBreakMyBones very loud debates]].
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the Thu'um is ancient past, the dragons and their [[ReligionOfEvil Dragon Cults]] took over much of Skyrim. Seeking a way to defeat the Dragons and their Cults, the ancient ProudWarriorRace [[HornyVikings Nords]] prayed to the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Divines]] for aid. Their prayers were answered and they were taught how to use the language of the dragons, and Dragons themselves, which they called the game itself calls a fight between two Thu'um (or the "Voice"). Led by the Tongues, masters of the Thu'um, the ancient Nord armies vanquished the dragons and their Cults, then forged an Empire that covered nearly all of north Tamriel. A succession crisis would eventually tear it apart, and then the use of the Thu'um as a 'deadly verbal debate'. According weapon of war dropped dramatically after their [[ShockingDefeatLegacy defeat at the Battle of Red Mountain]], following which one of those Tongues (Jurgen Windcaller) [[HeelFaithTurn founded the "Way of the Voice" to in-game lore, Draconic use the Thu'um only honor the gods]].
** In modern times, the Greybeards continue to follow Windcaller's "Way of the Voice." They live in a monastery known as High Hrothgar near the top of the [[TheTower Throat of the World]], the tallest mountain in Tamriel. So powerful
is magical their Thu'um that they are usually sworn to silence in order to not [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroy everything around]] them simply by virtue ''talking''. Even their faintest whispers are known to shake the mountain on which they live. They Greybeards accept anyone who wishes to learn the Thu'um and follow the Way of the Voice. It is explained that [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower anyone can learn to use Thu'um]], but it takes a great deal of training, mostly to learn the true ''meaning'' of the words in the shout. Anyone can try speaking it, but you need to put your ''soul'' into it for magic to happen.
*** How powerful are the Greybeards' voices? When they called Wulfharth, the [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] [[SemiDivine demigod]] champion/[[{{Avatar}} possible avatar]] of [[TopGod Shor]], to High Hrothgar, they blasted him to dust just to show him [[spoiler:what it will be like when he gets betrayed by [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]]]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is the first game in the series in which the Thu'um is seen in action. The PlayerCharacter is a legendary Dragonborn (or Dovahkiin), a rare mortal blessed by Akatosh with the immortal Aedric soul of a dragon. Akatosh creates those who are Dragonborn to be the [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predators]] of the Dragons,
being capable of ending their ResurrectiveImmortality by [[YourSoulIsMine absorbing their souls]] and using those souls to increase their mastery of the Thu'um. After being revealed as a perfectly logical language (with each word representing Dragonborn, he/she will be summoned by the Greybeards to High Hrothgar for training. When they call for the Dragonborn, ''all of Skyrim'' can hear it.
** Others in ''Skyrim'' are revealed to be able to use the Thu'um as well. Ulfric Stormcloak, [[RebelLeader leader of the Stormcloak rebellion]], studied with the Greybeards and used the Thu'um to win his duel with High King Torygg, kickstarting the Skyrim {{Civil War}}. Additionally, many of the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Draugr]] EliteMooks (the ones with the words "death," "over," or "lord" somewhere in their names) were the leaders of the ancient Dragon Cults and can use the Thu'um as well. Miraak, [[spoiler:the ''first'' Dragonborn and BigBad of the ''Dragonborn'' DLC]] as well as the BonusBoss Ebony Warrior can also use the Thu'um.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'' introduces Daedric Titans, dragons who have been corrupted by [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]]. While stated to be only a "crude imitation" of the "true" Thu'um, Titans possess the ability to speak a spell of flaming essence-drain that can debilitate an opponent with
a single concept and only that, no room for ambiguity), which in turn makes the word equivalent to the concept it represents.
** For the record: [[MemeticMutation "FUS RO DAH!"]] translates into "Force Balance Push".
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8th Jul '17 6:49:24 PM nombretomado
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** Taken to its LogicalExtreme with Ptah (described by TheOtherWiki as "the creator god par excellence") who ''spoke the world into existence''. Everything that is, he created just by saying it.

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** Taken to its LogicalExtreme with Ptah (described by TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki as "the creator god par excellence") who ''spoke the world into existence''. Everything that is, he created just by saying it.
20th May '17 10:06:42 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Ultima}}'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'', spell systems use [[http://uo.stratics.com/content/basics/words.shtml a series of these]], fragments of a LanguageOfMagic that are each imbued with a different power according to their meaning. Spells are made by combining them with material reagents.

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* In ''{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'', spell systems use [[http://uo.stratics.com/content/basics/words.shtml a series of these]], fragments of a LanguageOfMagic that are each imbued with a different power according to their meaning. Spells are made by combining them with material reagents.
20th Apr '17 11:20:16 PM ClatoLawa
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* ''Fanfic/HopToIt'' has an akuma named Femme Defamation who can attack people with insults that manifest as giant rocks, but which won't affect anyone who can't understand them. It gives Jack an advantage because of her limited grasp of French - until she happens to give away that she's an English-speaker, which Femme Defamation has no problem adapting to.
-->'''Femme Defamation''': You have such funny sayings in your language. One of my favorites is — how does it go again? — Ah, yes. ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.’ How quaint. Well, let me tell you, girl. I can make words hurt a lot, you mangy, plebeian, insignificant, hideous chipmunk-cheeked freak! (''As she talks, rocks appear around her, which are then propelled at Jack, who gets knocked unconscious.'')
17th Apr '17 7:10:38 AM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' LooseCanon spinoff Dark World Drabbles, it's revealed after the defeat of Future!Discord and [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse]], Diamond Tiara (who had been half of Discord's first set of CoDragons along with her mother) [[HeelFaceTurn is reformed]] and becomes Fluttercruel's RedeemingReplacement as Element of Cruelty. While her predecessor got the ability to create weapons from her body, Diamond's PersonalityPowers with the Elements cause opponents to feel like they've been cut when she insults them, the deeper her insult cuts them the more painful the 'cut'. She theorizes she may be able to ''actually'' cut if she hits hard enough, but this isn't confirmed.

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* The Loverica Bugster from ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' is from a DatingSim, and as a result is immune to physical attacks...but being shotdown hurts. ''A lot''. When [[spoiler:Nico]] insults him and tells him he's not her type, she gets several critical hits and sends him flying.
9th Apr '17 10:04:16 AM Kartoonkid95
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** In the short ''Yankee Dood It'', the word "Jehoshaphat" has the power to turn elves into mice, and Sylvester the cat tries to make his master repeat the word so he can make lunch out of an elf. The word "Rumplestiltskin" is used to change him back.
23rd Jan '17 1:51:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the LeftBehind book ''Glorious Appearing'', Jesus comes to Earth and [[CurbStompBattle kills all of the bad-guys]] just by proclaiming who He is and reciting Bible verses that cause them to explode in [[{{Gorn}} horribly graphic manners]]. {{Anvilicious}} much?

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* In the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind book ''Glorious Appearing'', Jesus comes to Earth and [[CurbStompBattle kills all of the bad-guys]] just by proclaiming who He is and reciting Bible verses that cause them to explode in [[{{Gorn}} horribly graphic manners]]. {{Anvilicious}} much?
22nd Jan '17 7:44:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* Quantum linguistics in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ExpandedUniverse, used by the [[CthulhuMythos Great Old Ones]]. Remarkably similar to the magic of the Carrionites in "The Shakespeare Code," below.

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* Quantum linguistics in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ExpandedUniverse, ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'', used by the [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Great Old Ones]]. Remarkably similar to the magic of the Carrionites in "The Shakespeare Code," below.
20th Jan '17 8:10:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Variation in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', overlapping with NumerologicalMotif: the number between seven and nine is associated with powerful magic, and wizards generally avoid referring to it directly. In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', one chapter has the characters in the temple of [[EldritchAbomination Bel-Shamharoth]], a [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] {{Expy}}, where ''no one'' can refer to said number for fear of waking him.

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* Variation in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', overlapping with NumerologicalMotif: the number between seven and nine is associated with powerful magic, and wizards generally avoid referring to it directly. In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', one chapter has the characters in the temple of [[EldritchAbomination Bel-Shamharoth]], a [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] {{Expy}}, where ''no one'' can refer to said number for fear of waking him.
17th Jan '17 6:27:30 AM Gideoncrawle
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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': The Knights Who Say Ni, keepers of the sacred words "Ni", "Peng", and "Neee-Wom", which appear to cause unbearable agony (or at least mild discomfort) to those who hear them.

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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' has The Knights Who Say Ni, "Ni", keepers of the sacred words "Ni", "Peng", and "Neee-Wom", which appear to cause unbearable agony (or at least mild discomfort) to those who hear them.them. The Knights themselves suffer similar effects when anyone says the word, "[[WeaksauceWeakness it]]".
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