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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]]".
3rd Jan '17 2:32:12 PM margdean56
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Other defining features: words of power tend to be comparatively short utterances - short phrases at most - that one can fire and forget rather quickly instead of a [[MagicalIncantation longer incantation]]. Offensive-leaning words frequently hit for massive damage and may be a justification for CallingYourAttacks and {{Invocation}}.

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Other defining features: words of power tend to be comparatively short utterances - -- short phrases at most - -- that one can fire and forget rather quickly instead of a [[MagicalIncantation longer incantation]]. Offensive-leaning words frequently hit for massive damage and may be a justification for CallingYourAttacks and {{Invocation}}.



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.

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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 inherent power, but a character is still harmed by them, that's VerbalWeakness.
15th Dec '16 12:37:41 AM PaulA
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** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad[=/=]Mallorean'' series, it's explained that the word is nothing more than a release for the will, hence the magic is the ''Will and the Word''.
** In ''Literature/TheElenium[=/=]Tamuli'', the magic turns out to be nothing more than a prayer to the gods for assistance, which takes the form of magic. The Church Knights, given special dispensation to take on non-church tutors in mystical arts are the primary users. This leads to the hilarious revelation later that they probably didn't have to go outside their own religion. Normally, the prayer must be spoken in the god's chosen language, but Sparhawk, by virtue of having more direct contact with several deities, usually uses more direct methods to get the results he wants. This is to the point that when he starts reciting a formal prayer in the fifth book, his patron takes time out to question his sanity.

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** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad[=/=]Mallorean'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad''/''Literature/TheMalloreon'' series, it's explained that the word is nothing more than a release for the will, hence the magic is the ''Will and the Word''.
** In ''Literature/TheElenium[=/=]Tamuli'', ''Literature/TheElenium''/''Literature/TheTamuli'', the magic turns out to be nothing more than a prayer to the gods for assistance, which takes the form of magic. The Church Knights, given special dispensation to take on non-church tutors in mystical arts are the primary users. This leads to the hilarious revelation later that they probably didn't have to go outside their own religion. Normally, the prayer must be spoken in the god's chosen language, but Sparhawk, by virtue of having more direct contact with several deities, usually uses more direct methods to get the results he wants. This is to the point that when he starts reciting a formal prayer in the fifth book, his patron takes time out to question his sanity.
13th Dec '16 7:20:35 PM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidEddings ''TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', where the Books of Deiwos and Daeva are the source of the good guys' and the bad guys' magic respectively. Fun fact: the words themselves are Proto-Indo-European.
** In his ''Literature/TheBelgariad[=/=]Mallorean'' series, it's explained that the word is nothing more than a release for the will, hence the magic is the ''Will and the Word''.
*** In Literature/TheElenium[=/=]Tamuli, the magic turns out to be nothing more than a prayer to the gods for assistance, which takes the form of magic. The Church Knights, given special dispensation to take on non-church tutors in mystical arts are the primary users. This leads to the hilarious revelation later that they probably didn't have to go outside their own religion.
*** Normally, the prayer must be spoken in the god's chosen language, but Sparhawk, by virtue of having more direct contact with several deities, usually uses more direct methods to get the results he wants. This is to the point that when he starts reciting a formal prayer in the fifth book, his patron takes time out to question his sanity.

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* Creator/DavidEddings ''TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'', Creator/DavidEddings:
** ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'',
where the Books of Deiwos and Daeva are the source of the good guys' and the bad guys' magic respectively. Fun fact: the words themselves are Proto-Indo-European.
** In his ''Literature/TheBelgariad[=/=]Mallorean'' series, it's explained that the word is nothing more than a release for the will, hence the magic is the ''Will and the Word''.
*** ** In Literature/TheElenium[=/=]Tamuli, ''Literature/TheElenium[=/=]Tamuli'', the magic turns out to be nothing more than a prayer to the gods for assistance, which takes the form of magic. The Church Knights, given special dispensation to take on non-church tutors in mystical arts are the primary users. This leads to the hilarious revelation later that they probably didn't have to go outside their own religion.
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religion. Normally, the prayer must be spoken in the god's chosen language, but Sparhawk, by virtue of having more direct contact with several deities, usually uses more direct methods to get the results he wants. This is to the point that when he starts reciting a formal prayer in the fifth book, his patron takes time out to question his sanity.
26th Nov '16 3:53:06 PM nombretomado
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* Jadis (the future White Witch) in ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia The Magicians Nephew]]'' knows the Deplorable Word, the word which ends all life in a world - and spoke it to end the world of Charn where she ruled. Luckily for us, it doesn't work in this world.

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* Jadis (the future White Witch) in ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia The Magicians Nephew]]'' ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' knows the Deplorable Word, the word which ends all life in a world - and spoke it to end the world of Charn where she ruled. Luckily for us, it doesn't work in this world.
12th Nov '16 6:51:38 AM SebastianGray
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'', the Chaos ritual Word of Pain involves the Chaos Magister speaking the name of his dark god. The power of this forbidden name is so great that everyone within earshot, whether they are enemies or fellow worshipers, is stricken with pain.
1st Nov '16 12:06:55 AM Arachnos
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* Sagume Kishin in ''[[VideoGame/TouhouProject Touhou 15: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom]]'' is an interesting case: the ''opposite'' of what she says always comes true, reality itself making sure that everything that comes out of her mouth is a lie. This makes her a RealityWarper, but it also means she speaks little and very carefully.
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