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[[caption-width-right:250:''[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20071014 What's New? with Phil and Dixie]]'' ]]

->'''Jeeve Ceeta:''' I've been in the military for twenty five years, Ennesby. There's nothing you can teach me about nasty messages.\\
(''later'')\\
'''Captain Tagon:''' I see you've just been exposed to Ennesby's [[TropeNamer weapons-grade vocabulary]].\\
'''Jevee Ceeta:''' My stomach is in my throat right now. [[BrainBleach It's trying to spit acid on the parts of my brain that remember reading his message.]]
-->-- '''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-05-20 20 May, 2003]]

There's talking, insults, fighting words... and then there's weapons-grade vocabulary.

There's a saying that sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, with a weapons-grade vocabulary, words actually can physically hurt people. The words do not have to be spoken aloud, but can be read as the example provided by the [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Trope Namer]] shows. Hurtful knowledge, like a long-held secret, can apply as long as the recipient is physically hurt by the literal spoken or written words. Words delivering harm via magic, or through [[MakeMeWannaShout sheer volume]], do not apply.

If the damage is done by magic, it's WordsCanBreakMyBones. If it's convincing another character or monster to hurt/kill themselves it's TalkingTheMonsterToDeath. Compare with BrownNote which is merely sound or image, not content. If it's a visual metaphor for the words hurting people (usually psychologically), then it's closer to HarshWordImpact.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'': Arale's boisterous greetings create a WrittenSoundEffect that can knock people over.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* There was an issue of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' where Apollo and Midnighter were trying to stop the deaths caused by a killer word: anyone who heard it would kill themselves, but not before whispering the word to someone else, repeating the process.
* Creator/GrantMorrison has pretty much built his career on comics involving "words that kill" (''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'') and "words that are things rather than describe things" (''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''). One ''letter'' from the "invisible alphabet" can make some people throw up. (The letter tripleyou.)

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''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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[[folder: 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 gagged, and his arm went limp.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
** Vogon poetry, which makes the listeners seriously ill or worse. It is advised to take some other option than that.
** 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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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The "Funniest Joke in the World" sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpjk_MaCGM People died by hearing a JOKE.]]
* On ''TheMuppetShow'', guest star Avery Schreiber plays a gladiator who engages in a duel with Sweetums. The weapon of choice: insults.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Shakespeare Code": A group of witches 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]]!"
* There is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio Drama where Donna defeats a blob monster with nothing but pure indignation.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' expansion ''Toon Tales'' (in the Way-Out West section) includes an optional rule for Punslingers, whose puns actually do damage.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' card "Cutting Remark".
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** DragonMagazine #291 gives us the feat "Scathing Wit" which insults your opponent. If you win an intimidate check against him, he suffers penalties.
** 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the "Blistering Invective" spell, with which your rants can actually ''set people on fire!''
* You can do this in ''{{Exalted}}''.
* ''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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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', Peach's [[spoiler:actually Birdo's]] voice is stolen and replaced with Cackletta's [[StuffBlowingUp explosive vocabulary.]] The characters keep having to scurry out of harms way whenever she speaks. Then she attempts a full paragraph, and blows out every window in the palace.
* There is a Megaphone weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'', where the attack is nonsense phrases such as "SHAVING IS BORING" coming out of your spaceship.
* The Megaphone from ''Parodius'' lives on as Tita Nium's DLC weapon in ''[[VideoGame/{{Otomedius}} Otomedius Excellent]]''
* There's several sound-based attacks in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series, varying in type between MakeMeWannaShout, BrownNote and this trope. An example of this type is 'Snarl', a dark-type attack that seemingly involves the pokémon ranting and shouting at the target for a while, inflicting damage and lowering their attack-power.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' made Phoenix Wright playable, along with the possibility of [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu knocking out universe-shattering entities]] with ''cross-examination''!
* Mediators in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' usually [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talk the monster to death]] or manipulate their stats with speech skills, but they can also equip dictionaries which they read from; reading from them (somehow) hurts enemies. The in-game animation shows them simply opening the book to inflict pain, so it could be a case of literally weapons-grade words.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' (and other games in the series), "[[YouFightLikeACow insult swordfighting]]" involves providing snappy comebacks to your opponent's insults in order to win duels.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' features insult arm-wrestling, and reveals that the paradigm has also been applied to loads of other competitive games and activities, such as darts.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 1}}'', enemies can "attack" with Threatening Words and Swear Words, both of which decrease someone's Fight stat. Your party can get some words of their own to "attack" with, but they do nothing.
* Kliff Undersn's taunt in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' creates physical letters, which bounce across the screen and inflict some damage. Knockouts with this in tournament play have become a particularly humiliating form of CherryTapping.
* 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.
* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', all of the Queen's attacks are just phrases berating the Batter. They hurt quite a bit.
* In the original ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' adventure game, Yuna could insult her opponent to cause damage as an alternative to physical attacks; enemies could generally attack her the same way. In the second game, this was changed from directly damaging HP to a significant debuff, which would gradually taper off but could turn the tide of a fight while it lasted.
* In ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'', the boss of the junkyard is a goth with this as one of his attacks; the letters actually home in on Juliet and deal damage on impact.
* 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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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-05-20 This]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' was the TropeNamer.
** [[ByTheBookCop Major Murtaugh]] can dispel glad feelings [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-08-23 very quickly]] when needed.
** It has also been revealed that [[MsFanservice Dr. Bunnigus]] has an [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-01-27 "in case of emergencies" vocabulary,]] although its use was largely averted.
* 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.
-->'''Black Mage:''' Astos? Mo' like your ''ass'' is ''toast''.
* ''{{Vexxarr}}'': [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=071906 Weapons grade pleading?]]
* ''{{Spacetrawler}}'': One guest comic depicts a "Grwfl-grwfl" joke so hilarious that it [[YourHeadASplode causes its hearer's head to explode]]. An entire [[PlanetOfHats joke-obsessed species]] is listening via radio, eagerly anticipating the funniest joke ever--and they're completely wiped out in seconds. (Fortunately for the rest of the galaxy, the punchline relies on terminology that died with that species, so it has no effect on anyone else.)
* ''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.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': When [[http://nonadventures.com/2012/03/24/while-my-guitar-gently-weaponizes/ massed guitars]] tried to destroy the city using song, it didn't work. Then those guitars decided to use some experimental songs from Pete (a garage band); it resulted in a BigNo from Wonderella and sidekick.
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