->''"Winter, spring, summer or fall'' \\
''All you have to do is call'' \\
''And I'll be there'' \\
''You've got a friend"''
-->--From "You've Got a Friend", written by '''Music/CaroleKing'''

A character is in over his/her head or had wandered into danger somehow. But as soon as he/she shouts the name of a love interest, friend, relative, bodyguard, ally, whatever, the character so summoned shows up to save the day.

Similar to JustWhistle, and a more benign cousin of SpeakOfTheDevil. Compare SayMyName.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* This is the first thing that happens in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', and continues on through the series. Anyone calling upon the titular Hayate summons him instantly.
* Yuuno and Fate's BigDamnHeroes moment in the first episode of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' was preceded by Nanoha mentally shouting out their names.
* Anime/{{FLCL}}:"''I'm'' the one who's here! ''I'm'' the one who's gonna save you! CONTE!" The robot appears immediately and Naota "steps into the cockpit" so to speak so they can save the day together.
* In episode 5 of the ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'' anime, Yuki miraculously pops up in the doorway when Shuichi screams for Yuki to help him.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a more direct version of this in the form the [[BattleCouple pactio partnership]] involves the mage having to yell the partner's name to call them immediately to the scene. Naturally, it backfires horribly at least once when Negi summons Asuna [[NakedPeopleAreFunny while she's taking a shower.]] While her crush is standing right next to him...
** And for a non pactio version, as soon as Chisame yells for help against [[spoiler:the cloth eating octopus monster]] Negi instantly appears and beats it to a pulp.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Kamina summons Simon in a rather suggestive way during the hot springs episode.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Tamahome makes a promise to Miaka that he'll always be there for her, and they become so close that Tamahome is able to hear Miaka calling for him when she needs him.
* Amusingly subverted in the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime. Seeing that Kasuga is determined to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against [[BigBad Oda Nobunaga]] in spite of his [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan efforts to dissuade her]], Sarutobi Sasuke gives Kasuga what seems to be a whistle and tells her to blow it if she's in trouble. When that inevitably happens, the "whistle" [[spoiler:turns into a ''rocket-powered glider'']]. Kasuga later admits that she thought the whistle would somehow summon Sasuke to her rescue, and he replies that that would obviously be impossible. "But, hey, I'm here now!"
* Subverted in ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' by Sawawa Hiyorimi, Hiro's older sister, who will frequently sense Hiro in danger, only to ignore it and continue eating a parfait.
* Happened once in ''Anime/RahXephon''. When Ayato was trying to get to TERRA HQ on foot, he yelled out the Xephon's name and it immediately left its water tank, flying to him on its own.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', if someone who knows Godou personally is in danger and calls his name, he can instantly teleport to their location, even if they are in the Netherworld. He can only do this once a day.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', when Araragi is being choked by [[spoiler:Black Hanekawa]], he calls out to [[spoiler:Shinobu, who has been hiding in his shadow: she bites Hanekawa and drains her stress.]]
[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Two words: "Franchise/{{Superman}}, help!"Justified, considering Superman's super hearing.
* An issue of ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' set after Captain America's death had the titular God of Thunder visiting Cap's memorial and remembering a promise the Comicbook/TheAvengers had made on his hammer - if one called, they would come no matter the distance. Thor's hammer had the power to pass between worlds. Thor was able to have a DeadPersonConversation with Cap by shouting "Avengers Assemble!"
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' story arc "The Doll's House", Gilbert tells Rose to read the name "Morpheus" aloud if she's ever in any trouble. Sure enough, [[spoiler:when the serial killer Fun Land tries to rape her, she says it and Morpheus earns a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]]
* The Golden Age portrayal of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] was something like this. He was portrayed more as a distinct character, rather than as Billy Batson in an adult body.
[[folder: Fan Fic ]]
* Possibly a use of this trope in the dreaded badfic FanFic/LegolasByLaura:
-->Gandalf said"I wish Frodo and Merry and Pippen and Sam was here"and then a sword came out of nowhere and said"some wished us here"and then Gandalf turned and said"Frodo baggins why you doing here".
* On the absolute ''opposite'' end of the fanfic merit scale, this is eventually what tends to happen whenever [[Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K Apocalypse Rei]] senses that her GodEmperor is in danger.
[[folder: Film ]]
* In Creator/PeterJackson's ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'', when Treebeard (carrying Merry and Pippin) learns that [[spoiler:part of Fangorn forest has been felled for firewood by Saruman's orcs]], he summons the other Ents, ''who arrive almost immediately'' - despite the fact that we've seen how huge Fangorn forest is, and Treebeard is now a very long way from where we last saw the Ents, and the Ents usually take hours or days to make important decisions anyway.
* [=MacLeod=] calls Ramirez this way in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'', [[DeathIsCheap despite him being dead since the first film]].
* Subverted in ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'', when Uncle Birdie tells the kids that if they're ever in trouble, they can call on him. When they need his help, he's passed-out drunk. At least he's finished fixing that skiff.
* The ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a couple. The [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen second film]] has Sam (and his dad) calling out for Bumblebee, who then [[DynamicEntry busts in]] and starts slagging Mini-Decepticons like nobody's business. Later in the same film, Sam calling 'bee again signals our silent yellow hero to start kicking Rampage's tailpipe. The [[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon third film]]'s trailer has Sam invoking this to call "Optimus!" to the field, upon which Prime flies in and starts carving through Decepticons.
[[folder: Literature ]]
* The Ranyhyn in ''Thomas Covenant'', magic horses who always show up when called, even if they're weeks away, thanks to convenient psychic powers.
** Nom the sandgorgon.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', names are used in summoning. Giving your full name can give other people/beings control over you.
* Sort of used in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, where a dragon who gives another one of its teeth can simply concentrate and--[[ItOnlyWorksOnce once]]--the dragon will appear very rapidly to aid the caller.
* Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}. Appears whenever he's called, not always when it's convenient for him. Often he appears in his dressing gown.
* Used by Elspeth in Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles. When she thinks that she is drowning, Elspeth calls out Marumanís name in despair. Due to an ancient prophecy, this then unintentionally summons a shipfish (dolphin) who is able to save her. She later invokes this when needing to quickly get from Herder Isle to the west coast.
* Variant in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'': help comes for Harry not only because he said Dumbledore's name but because he did so in a way that demonstrates loyalty to Dumbledore.
* In ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle The King's Buccaneer]]'', Pug gives Nicholas a charm that will summon him if his name is called. He uses it once early on when things are bad, and then Pug pulls a DeusExitMachina for the rest of the story until the last minute, while being pursued by a ship full of zombies led by a superpowerful necromancer, [[ChekhovsBoomerang Nicholas calls Pug again]]. Pug [[spoiler:arrives [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome on the back of a dragon]] and promptly obliterates the enemy]].
* A book called ''The Marshal'', no relation to the TV show, featured an apparent ghost who, as the cover blurbs put it, seemed to be summoned by the cries of innocent people threatened by murderers in late-20th-century California. He wore late-'''''19'''''th-century clothing and carried an [[HandCannon unusually long-barreled Colt Peacemaker]] ... later identified as having once belonged to USMarshal Wyatt Earp.
-->He hears the victims' screams, and he is there. The bullet-spitting image of Wyatt Earp! But Wyatt Earp is dead ... isn't he? (Front cover blurb)
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight", [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia dreams]] that a [[HalfHumanHybrid demigod]] called on his PhysicalGod father for protection. Alas, the protection finds YouAreTooLate and can only [[{{Revenge}} avenge]] him.
-->''then lifting his head toward the ceiling and the skies beyond, he cried out a name in an awful voice. A dagger in an ebon hand cut short his cry, and the golden head rolled on the ivory breast.\\
As if in answer to that desperate cry, there was a rolling thunder as of celestial chariot-wheels, and a figure stood before the slayers, as if materialized out of empty air. The form was of a man, but no mortal man ever wore such an aspect of inhuman beauty.''
** In "Literature/TheFrostGiantsDaughter," the title character, Atali, is saved from Conan when she shouts "Ymir! Oh, my father, save me!"
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Tom Bombadil taught Frodo and his friends a song they could sing if they were ever in trouble and needed his help. It only works if they sing it while on Tom's property, however.
--->''Ho! Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo!\\
By water, wood and hill, by the reed and willow,\\
By fire, sun and moon, harken now and hear us!\\
Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us!''
** The Melbourne House text adventure adaptation includes a beginner's version where the song works anywhere; using it on the first move allows almost the entire game to be [[DungeonBypass Dungeon Bypassed]].
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, 'names' are a rather complex subject. However, your given name is still a part of you, so it can be used in a summoning spell. Though, as far as summonings go, it's less "I command you to come hither!" and more "Hey, we need you here, could you please make your way over at the earliest convenience?"
* Eldest Whistler cheers up her brother near the end of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' by telling him he can always call on her and their sisters.
--> "Chin up. Eyes front. Show no fear. You're a Whistler - and [[Heartwarming/ABrothersPrice your family will always be there if you need us]]."
* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'' graduates of Brakesbills have a cocademon trapped in their back that they can summon to fight for them by saying a secret word.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', saying a practitioner's name creates a connection between the speaker and the named that can be seen with AuraVision, allowing them to find one another. It's described as being ''intensely'' irritating.
* In the ''Literature/SpiralArm'' series, Tina Zhi is capable of instantly teleporting to Domino Tight's side if he speaks her name twice. While Domino does take advantage of his to call on her for help, it also overlaps a bit with SpeakOfTheDevil because Tina is an extremely amoral and dangerous person; Domino makes certain to warn his allies that they should never speak Tina's name in his presence.
* Since his magical communication acorns work over continent-wide distances, Quick Ben from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is prepared to be called on by Kalam should the assassin be in trouble no matter how far they are apart. In ''Literature/TheBonehunters'' [[spoiler: it doesn't work out, because Shadowthrone intervenes]].
[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', sometime-ally Hordriss could be summoned to aid the dungeoneer by having him say his calling name, "Malefact", three times. Other characters had calling names too.
* Leo and other whitelighters of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' can hear their charges anywhere as long as they are not in the Underworld.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'': "I summon '''THE DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!!'''"
* The song "Call On Me" from ''Music/SafeAsMilk'' by Music/CaptainBeefheart.
[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]
* 3.5 D&D has Truenaming - which, near the high levels, gives a feat called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Say My Name And I Am There"]]. By giving a True-nickname, the character can be summoned by their comrades; the character is aware of who is summoning them, what the general situation is, and can choose whether or not to be teleported.
[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Characters in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series will either shout out ''[[TitleDrop "Persona!"]]'' when summoning the titular magical beings, or they'll shout out the persona's name (typically when about to land a critical hit or exploiting an elemental weakness), which can be hilarious when the persona is named something ''very'' non-threatening (''"PIXIE!"'')
** Back in the original ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', the game begins with the main character encountering, in order, the Law Hero, Chaos Hero and Heroine in his dreams. He is specifically told to call their names in order to summon them (which was how the game worked its character-naming into the story). In the case of Heroine, doing so broke up a ritual to drain her powers.
* [[VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan OOOOUUUUEEEENNNNDAAAAAANNNN!!!]]
** [[VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents HEEEEEEAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLP!]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} "TASUKETE EIRIIIN!"]]
** Let's elaborate: The 8th ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game, ''Imperishable Night'', has two {{Final Boss}}es: [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses The princess of the moon]] [[{{Ojou}} Kaguya]] and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Eirin. Choosing to fight Eirin gives you a normal ending, while beating Kaguya leads to the '''[[MultipleEndings good]]''' [[MultipleEndings ending]] and resolves the plot in the best way possible. Despite this, the fight against Eirin is the harder of the two. This coupled with the somewhat spoiled personality of Kaguya has lead to a popular {{fanon}} [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation depiction]] of the princess as a pampered {{hikikomori}} in frequent need of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d4yK8MQNHc&fmt=18 Eirin's assistance to get out of tight spots]]. This is usually coupled with a cry of "Help me, Eirin!" as the GratuitousJapanese above indicated. Ironically, in game, it is Kaguya that came to Eirin's aid after the latter was defeated by the heroines.
* Although chronologically inaccurate, in ''Shadow Hearts: From the New World'', Johnny gets an ability called "Phone Call" where he pulls out a cellphone (it's in 1929, where did he get that thing?) and shouts "Lenny!" into it, and sure enough, Lenny comes rushing in and clobbers the enemy using a power he got from the previous game.
* In the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, it is implied Summoners must do this when they Summon various monsters to attack. Such as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' when you learn to summon several monsters, they say something like "You have proven your strength. When you need my help, call my name."
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', Link is told by the four giants to "Call us." Of course, the poor kid has to do quite a bit of legwork before he can successfully do so.
* The "Path of Glouphrie" quest in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' ends with the PlayerCharacter stuck in a DeathTrap. As you start to collapse from the poison gas, you cry out mentally for help. Lo and behold, the telepathic gnome Hazelmere from earlier in the quest hears you and teleports in to rescue you just in time.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] learns this from the dragon Odahviing near the end of the main quest, and in the Dawnguard DLC you learn another, [[spoiler: Durnehviir.]]
[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In one chapter of ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', Mike manages to spring to Lucy's rescue when she's being assaulted.
[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' enigmoids and unigmoids are summoned with "Yo Ye" ( meaning "I Summon") followed by the beings name.
[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo "Scooby-Doo, where are you?!"]] Always yelled out by Shaggy. Scooby enters the scene a second later.
* No matter what straits Popeye might be in, whenever the beleaguered Olive Oyl calls "Help! Popeye!" he immediately manages to bust out and come to her aid.