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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]]".
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.
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