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11th Jun '16 7:24:38 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', the museum/art gallery has a "statue" which is actually a wizard who was petrified just before he could start cursing some enemy. A player can potentially restore him, whereupon he [[NoOntologicalInertia completes his tirade]]. The resultant profanities are so utterly vile ''they kill you instantly''. Doing this is one of the ways the player can enhance Morte's Taunt special attack.

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* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', the museum/art gallery has a "statue" which is actually a wizard who was petrified just before he could start cursing some enemy. A player can potentially restore him, whereupon he [[NoOntologicalInertia completes his tirade]]. The resultant profanities are so utterly vile ''they kill you instantly''. (In this game, [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap more an inconvenience than anything else]].) Doing this is one of the ways the player can enhance Morte's Taunt special attack.
6th Jun '16 5:08:33 AM ChronoLegion
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** [[MagicFromTechnology Technomages]] claim they can also make anyone do certain things just by speaking certain words. The trilogy of novels about them, though, implies that it's all bullshit.

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** [[MagicFromTechnology Technomages]] claim they can also make anyone do certain things just by speaking certain words. The trilogy of novels about them, though, implies that it's all bullshit. There's a reason the Vorlons refer to them as "fabulists". While they are powerful in their own way ([[spoiler:especially those who have managed to unlock the most basic spells and know how to work in harmony with the tech]]), they tend to rely more on theatrics and misdirection, like a typical stage magician.
1st May '16 7:24:57 PM Qube
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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 member skilled enough to speak in a normal tone of voice with enough restraint to avoid ''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.

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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 skilled enough to who can still speak in a normal tone of voice with enough restraint to avoid 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.
4th Mar '16 7:03:14 AM phantomreader42
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A subtrope of LanguageOfMagic. Compare to IKnowYourTrueName (which was split from this). Contrast and compare MagicalIncantation. Compare to BrownNote, which includes sounds, images and larger written works that have powerful negative effects on the audience. See also RitualMagic. HarshWordImpact is a metafictional version. Also compare SpeakOfTheDevil and TheScottishTrope. If the words themselves have no inheirent power, but a character is still harmed by them, that's VerbalWeakness.

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A subtrope of LanguageOfMagic. Compare to IKnowYourTrueName (which was split from this). Contrast and compare MagicalIncantation. Compare to BrownNote, which includes sounds, images and larger written works that have powerful negative effects on the audience. Contrast MakeMeWannaShout, where it's the act of speaking that causes the damage, and the words shouted are secondary if they're even intelligible. See also RitualMagic. HarshWordImpact is a metafictional version. Also compare SpeakOfTheDevil and TheScottishTrope. If the words themselves have no inheirent power, but a character is still harmed by them, that's VerbalWeakness.
21st Jan '16 10:06:03 AM Willbyr
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* [[spoiler:Yuu]] from ''Anime/KoreWaZombieDesuKa'' is so powerful that she [[CuteMute never speaks]] because her very words can [[RealityWarper affect reality]]. She can even kill someone just by speaking the word "die". The only defense against her words is to [[DisabilityImmunity be unable to hear them]].

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* [[spoiler:Yuu]] from ''Anime/KoreWaZombieDesuKa'' ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is so powerful that she [[CuteMute never speaks]] because her very words can [[RealityWarper affect reality]]. She can even kill someone just by speaking the word "die". The only defense against her words is to [[DisabilityImmunity be unable to hear them]].
1st Dec '15 3:47:16 PM Adept
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* The Lotis and Maram Words from Yuu Watase's manga ''{{Alice 19th}}''.

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* %%* The Lotis and Maram Words from Yuu Watase's manga ''{{Alice ''Manga/{{Alice 19th}}''.



* In ''YuYuHakusho'', one psychic has the ability to create a territory in which no one can say a taboo word. Anyone who does has their soul ripped out.

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* In ''YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', one psychic has the ability to create a territory in which no one can say a taboo word. Anyone who does has their soul ripped out.
29th Nov '15 7:31:24 AM Prfnoff
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* ''MedakaBox'': This seems to be the concept behind the "styles"; by utilizing wordplay, puns, metonymies, and other ways of manipulating words, the users can potentially manipulate or damage anyone. This includes the InvincibleVillain Ihiko

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* ''MedakaBox'': ''Manga/MedakaBox'': This seems to be the concept behind the "styles"; by utilizing wordplay, puns, metonymies, and other ways of manipulating words, the users can potentially manipulate or damage anyone. This includes the InvincibleVillain Ihiko
17th Nov '15 6:45:56 PM Woggs123
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** A quest in Sunless Sea [[UpToEleven takes it further]] and mixes it with IKnowYourTrueName. Namely, finding your own "Burning Name" which will [[ChainOfDeals send you on a very long]] and *ahem* [[MindScrew reality-challenged]] quest to go to a rather exotic locale. Performing the ritual involves speaking your Name (which burns you. ''horribly.'') and having every single member of your crew constantly singing a song that protects you from the AlienGeometries stopping you from just [[InsistentTerminology zailing]] there.
14th Nov '15 11:20:15 PM NaraNumas
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* Scratch Apoo from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this as his devil fruit power, his body is a musical instrument and his words can become reality, combined with Japan having a huge amount of onomatopoeia, and you have a frighteningly effective fighter.

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* Scratch Apoo from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this as his devil fruit power, his body is a musical instrument and his words can become reality, combined with Japan Japanese having a huge amount of onomatopoeia, and you have a frighteningly effective fighter.
14th Nov '15 11:17:21 PM NaraNumas
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* Scratch Apoo from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this as his devil fruit power, his body is a musical instrument and his words can become reality, combined with Japan having a huge amount of onomatopoeia, and you have a frighteningly effective fighter.
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