->''"Tasogare yori mo kuraki mono,\\
Chi no nagare yori akaki mono,\\
Toki no nagare ni umoreshi,\\
Idainaru nanji no na ni oite,\\
Ware koko ni yami ni chikawan,\\
Warera ga mae ni tachi fusagarishi,\\
Subete no orokanaru mono ni,\\
Ware to nanji ga chikara mote,\\
Hitoshiku horobi o ataen koto o!\\
-->-- Incantation of the Dragon Slave from the Japanese version of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''

The most obvious way of getting the world to do what you want is by simply commanding it. After all, it works on people. However, telling rocks to get out of the way doesn't work very well. Clearly, [[FantasticScience we need to find]] the right words, magical words which force the rock to do as it's told. Such is the reasoning that has led to spells being associated with speech across the world.

The nature of the words varies from plain English, through dodgy rhymes and ancient languages, to unpronounceable by human tongue. The more normal the words, the more stringent the [[SpellConstruction other constraints]] on casting the spell will be. Making the rock move by shouting "Move!" will usually require rare talent or considerable preparation; making it moving by saying "Fthagnchmthesgf fprnjklmpt [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner fhqwhgads]]" merely requires extreme verbal dexterity.

When the LanguageOfMagic isn't human, it's usually explained as either [[FunctionalMagic theurgy]] - angels and demons insist on being addressed in [[BlackSpeech their native tongue]] - or [[IKnowYourTrueName true names]].

The GreatBigBookOfEverything or SpellBook may contain incantations.

Specific examples of magic incantations include ByThePowerOfGreyskull, {{Invocation}}, and many instance of CallingYourAttacks. Compare and contrast WordsCanBreakMyBones which is the usually shorter "words of power". Not to be confused with {{Invocation}} when this is done just for show. Compare WordsDoNotMakeTheMagic for when the incantation itself is either irrelevant or else useless without the magical muscle to go with it. Compare IKnowYourTrueName; for another way words can control sticks, stones, and bones.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' uses incantations, in the anime they are sped up and backwards Microsoft SQL scripts.
** In the books, they're simply SQL.
* In the Nasuverse, arias spoken by magi are actually forms of self-hypnosis to improve their magecraft; the actual words hold no power. Only two examples are shown where the actual words are magical. First, in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', there's someone who learned a language that allows him to change reality by describing the world differently than it is. Second, there's Caster in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who uses the language of the Age of Gods, which is apparently such that the words themselves are fully-formed spells. Both languages are impossible for modern humans to learn.
** High-level magi can also shorten their incantations, most notably with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notarikon Notarikon]]. The most extreme is [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Cornelius Alba]], who can incant eight lines in under two seconds and create a thousand-degree flame.
* Magic in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' requires an incantation of at least the name. Whether the full incantation of a spell is required seems to be based on whatever flows better in the show, but powerful spells NEED the incantation (Lina's big three spells are never cast without incantation, except when she used Dragon Slave to comically abuse Gourry.)
-->''Darkness beyond twilight, crimson beyond blood that flows, Buried in the stream of time is where your power grows. I pledge myself to conquer all the foes who stand Before the mighty gift bestowed in my unworthy hand. Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess! [[CallingYourAttacks DRAGON SLAVE!]]''
** The official explanation is that the Chaos Words (in-universe term for the incantation) are needed for the full power of a spell, but the spell-caster can skip the incantation to get the spell off faster if they're familiar enough with it.
** In Slayers:The Motion Picture, the incantation is different.
-->''Heed me now, thou who is darker than dusk, Heed that which is more red than blood, In the name of that which has been buried in the bottomless abyss of time eternal, I summon thee, Master of the ultimate darkness, Have no pity on the fools who stand in our way, Infuse me with power; let your strength become mine to wipe them from the face of this earth to deliver unto them the ultimate doom! DRAGON SLAVE!''
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' does this in Latin, Ancient Greek, Sanskrit, and so forth, requiring at least an activation key word/phrase before each spell, then the incantation itself. Its possible to use magic without one for speed/surprise, but the spell will be less effective. Also notable is that the spell after being spoken can be held for approximately 20 sec, giving the wizard a greater ability for surprise. Unincanted, delayed, and fully incanted spells can themselves be stacked atop others of their own kind, and eachother as well, leaving little limitation to the wizard besides their {{Mana}} pool and skill.
** Incantation length is, to some extent, a central part of the series' mechanics. Because spells cannot be cast with incomplete incantations unless the caster is reasonably powerful or has studied specifically to do so or both, mages often [[SwordAndSorcerer pair up with frontline fighters]] so that the opponent's fighters can't attack and interrupt the mage's spell. Incantation length was also a deciding factor during Negi's fight with Chao; Chao attempted to cast a very powerful spell, but its incantation was too long, and Negi was able to fire off a powerful spell of his own before she was able to finish.
* While most spells in ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' don't acquire this, StatusBuff types like the ones that Caro use, and some high-level magic such as pretty much everything that [[PersonOfMassDestruction Hayate]] casts and the [[ShockAndAwe Thunder Fall]] spell Fate used to activate the last [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seeds]], require chants of varying length. It also depends on the caster; while Nanoha never uses an incantation for [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]], the Book of Darkness does.
** This is a very strange case for Nanoha. Even the title references her need to use an incantation (Magical Lyrical) which is summarily dropped after the 2nd episode and for some reason never brought up again though it remains part of the title for all seasons. Very odd.
* Spells in ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' are cast using an incantation that's essentially a rhyme describing the intended effects.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'': All of the witch apprentices have a specific set of magic words they have to speak before giving a command (e.g. Doremi's is "Pirika Pirilala Poporina Peperuto"). In the 4Kids dub, however, the girls chant a rhyme describing what they want to happen.
* Kidō spells in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' have incantations that sound like mistranslated metal lyrics; powerful Shinigami can skip the incantation and just [[CallingYourAttacks recite the spell's name and number]], though this drastically weakens them.
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' has these. More adept magic users can abbreviate the incantations to cast spells rapid-fire: makes for a funny CurbStompBattle in the first episode.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' reserves its longest incantations for transformations.
-->'''Tiara:''' Powerful subjects, show me the source of your powers. Fulfill your contract with Tiara! Bring forth the powers of the ancient scriptures and place them upon the name of Tiara. Fulfill your contract! Geil Eldo Samath!
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the ALO Arc, where players using magic have to recite a string of commands in a language that sounds vaguely Norse. They do have the benefit of visual cues for timing, in something close to English script. Top players, like Leafa, by-heart their spells and learn their meaning.
* ''Bible Black'': Heikas, heikas. Estai, bebroi. Zazas, zazas. Natasatana zazas...
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' has her card sealing incantations together with her magical baton.
* ''Anime/MagicUsersClub'' uses funky gibberish as incantations that are strangely [[EarWorm Ear wormy...]]
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', all spells require incantations, which are actually composed of random names of runes from the various runic alphabets, especially the Elder Futhark.
* ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' has "Magity", which is enough for simpler spells. For transformations and larger spells, something longer is required:
--> "Realm, Realm, the light that fills the Magical World, as a sign of protecting the foreign world, grant me power!"
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'': "PIPIRU PIRU PIRU PIPIRU PII!" It resurrects people that the title character bludgeoned to death. She chants it often. [[BloodyHilarious Do the math.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' some spells like ''Urano Metria'' and ''Fairy Glitter'' need long incantations.
* In the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise, characters uses individual summon chants when summoning powerful monsters, starting from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' (even prior in dubs of previous series). The summon chants adds a little bit of dialogue during the summoning sequence and describes the character of the duelist and/or the monster. The incantations are not necessary at all, but summoning monsters without the chants makes the sequences rather dull.

[[folder: Fanfic]]
* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': They are used in-place of manipulating magic through gestures:
** When [[spoiler:Abott Duval]] talks of Ami's complex spells, in ''[[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/dungeon-keeper-ami-sailor-moon-dungeon-keeper-story-only-thread.30066/page-7#post-6355819 A Short Break]]'':
the proper incantations for simplifying the arcane gestures. That convergence of three lines over there, for example, looks as if it could be summarised by a properly pronounced Sul rune."\\
"Well, I don't actually have any formal training in spell creation," Ami admitted. When the abbot raised his eyebrows, she clasped her hands in front of herself. His teacher-like demeanour made her feel somewhat inadequate. "I can place some of the more common syllables, but I have never had the time to actually study how warlocks put chants and incantations together. For me, it's much easier to manipulate the magic directly using the dungeon heart. It is a fascinating subject though," she hurried to reassure him.
** A [[SummoningRitual long spell to summon things]], which involves one of these:
--> Ami had both of her hands raised high over her head as she struggled to pronounce the unfamiliar syllables of the spell. A clean circle of ground had expanded in front of her, pushing a ring-shaped wave of clogging blood outward as it grew in diameter. The magical circle's perimeter burst into icy flame, and thirteen evenly-spaced flickering runes appeared in the burning curtain.\\
Ami's voice reached a crescendo as she refused to let herself be distracted by the plight of her comrades. In response, lines of fire pulsed and drew a pentagram in the centre of the summoning circle. Suddenly, the entire room coloured with the bright orange tones of an active furnace when a tornado of flame exploded from the ground, sending large chunks of the summoning circle flying.

[[folder: Film]]

* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', spoken incantation is part of spellcasting. Lothar and Durotan both exploit this at different points of the story to stop Khadgar from using magic by clasping a hand over his mouth.
* In ''Film/AbsolutelyAnything'', Neil is omnipotent, however in order to actually use his power he has to state exactly what he wants to happen, and then wave his hand.

[[folder: LARP ]]

* In Fantasy LARP systems, particularly those based off of NERO, the success of a spell depends both on correctly reciting the incantation (along the lines of "I call upon Mystic Force to cast Fireball!") and hitting your target with a spell packet.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Literature/HarryPotter spells are mostly [[strike:in Latin]] [[CanisLatinicus Latin]]''[[CanisLatinicus -ish]]''.
* Magic in the ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series works by the user speaking the language of dragons; since it is [[LanguageOfTruth impossible to lie in said language]], the universe will change to make what is said true.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's Literature/ApprenticeAdept series, all Stiles's spells have to be in rhyming verse. Slightly complicated by the fact that each incantation only works once, ever.
* Magic from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' must be cast by speaking your intentions in the ancient LanguageOfMagic. It used to be merely a matter of willpower, but the elder race realized that leaving magic up to [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny your concentration]] tended [[GoneHorriblyRight not to go well]], so they fixed it.
* In Hugh Cook's ''Chronicles of a Age of Darkness'', the wizards use a non-human language, in which every single verb is irregular.
* In the ''Literature/KateDaniels'' series by Ilona Andrews, words of power are acquired by mages having a contest of wills against the words when first encountered. Success means you acquire the word, failure means you die. These words are extremely powerful, and almost impossible to resist, until Kate encounters a bad guy whose native tongue is the ancient tongue from which the words are taken...
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'', the incantations require an ''exotic'' language. The narrator explains this as similarity: you can not expect anything but ordinary results from using ordinary language. He has not master much of language, but he whips together an incantion in PigLatin.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has many interesting examples. Each wizard can attach a meaning to a particular word. However, if they attach a meaning/spell to a word that they use often (e.g. fire) it could be messy. Thus, wizards generally use a language that they are not intimately familiar with, or they use a bastardized version of a language.
** Rituals, a type of spell that can be done by non-wizards by calling on another entity, do seem to require a specific form of words.
* ThePhilosophicalStrangler by Eric Flint plays this for laughs; the Rosy finger takes so long to cast that the fight is already over when it's done.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by Creator/DavidEddings, sorcery functions through "the Will and the Word". They concentrate on what they want to happen, and speak. What they actually say doesn't matter much, although Garion once gets told off for using "Push" to move a rock -- because wizards lose respect if they going around telling things to "push" or "flop" instead of sounding impressively mystical.
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'', ReligionIsMagic and mages cast spells by asking well-disposed gods for assistance through carefully worded prayer in the god's preferred language. A rare few, like Sparhawk and Sephrenia, have close enough relationships with the gods to bypass the process -- effectively direct-dialing the deity instead of submitting a form letter.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "The Phoenix on the Sword", Thoth-amon uses this.
-->''he whispered dark names and grisly incantations forgotten the world over save in the grim hinterlands of dark Stygia, where monstrous shapes move in the dusk of the tombs.''
* Magic users in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' sometimes use incantations and sometimes don't - exactly why is never made clear, though as a professional philologist Tolkien certainly had respect for the power of language. Some individuals, such as certain elves and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]], uses songs instead.
* How spells are cast in ''Literature/TheWitchesOfBailiwick''. They usually take the form of a little rhyming poem about 3-5 lines long, although more powerful ones can be ''really'' long.
* ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight'': Necessary to use a Bonded's Awakenings. The knight must say the command's name followed by the Bonded's name to activate the spell.
* There's a scene in Creator/LordByron's ''Manfred'' where a disembodied voice speaks a detailed [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/manfred-excerpt-incantation/ Incantation]] over the protagonist. It is essentially cursing him with all his own wrongdoing.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', wizards use incantations, but back it up with potent props (sometimes stripped down to a small stick and 3cc of mouse blood if they're summoning Death). Witches tend to dispense with this. When Magrat Garlick had to open a locked door with magic, she spoke to it, got into its mind, and got it to remember when it was part of a green, growing, living, tree. The planks of the door then erupted into growth and opened a gap. Granny Weatherwax approved of the technique, but said if it had been her, she's have gone into the rocks around it and prodded their memories of when they were all runny and liquid in a volcano.
* Casting spells in ''Literature/ToughMagic'' apparently involves chanting a verse or so's worth of syllables, which thankfully, considering how often spells are cast, are simply implied, not written out.
* Mocked in the 40k Universe by Dan Abnett via his novel [[Literature/{{Ravenor}} Ravenor Returns]]. At the climax, the titular Inquisitor is forced to cooperate with his nemesis, the heretic Zygmund Molotch, to banish an incredibly powerful Daemon using sorcery.
-->''"Is there not some incantation?" Ravenor asked as he and Molotch stood beside the waiting craft. "Incantation?" Molotch laughed. "I don’t, I’m happy to say, know much about these things. I assumed there would be some words to speak, some ritual." Molotch giggled. "What a strange notion your kind has of mine, Gideon. You picture us all, sheltered away on our covens, mumbling arcane phrases from decrepit tomes for the adulation of our masters." "I’m sorry," said Ravenor. "I assumed—" "Actually, there is," said Molotch, holding out a shred of parchment, "and I want you to say it."''
* In ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'', any rhyme can have the magical power to make what it describes come true. The quality of the verse can make a difference: a well-phrased, well-loved old song packs a lot more power than a slapdash off-the-cuff couplet, for example.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* [[Series/TrueBlood "Lo lo, Bromios. Lo lo, Dendrites. Lo lo, Eleutherios. Lo lo, Enorches."]]
* [[Series/DoctorWho "Wons sa etihw saw eceelf reh, bmal elttil a dah yram!"]]
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Latin and Enochian appear to be the languages of choice for the banishment of both angels and demons.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series, this sort of magic is used by the lowest class of wizards, Voice Wizards, or wizards by incantation. Stronger wizards use [[MagicalGesture gestures]], or perform magic simply by thought.
* All witches and demons in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' can cast magic as long as their words rhyme or is in some form of poem like a haiku.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', these are used for summoning the Pah-Wraiths.
* The eponymous main character from the British children's series ''Catweazle'' uses a lot of these. "Salmay, Dalmay, Adonay" and "Shempamporash" are probably the most common ones. He also often calls upon spirits and gods from various mythologies.
* [[BigBad Rita Repulsa]] used a few good ones in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (being an EvilSorceress and all). One good example was in “Happy Birthday Zach” when she used this spell to summon the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Knasty Knight]]:
--->"Moon of ivory, stars of old, candlelight that’s spun of gold,\\
Sky of fire, wind of fright, bring to me a Knasty Knight!
* From ''Series/SesameStreet'', the bumbling StageMagician, the Amazing Mumford, has one whenever he performs a trick: "[[CatchPhrase A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches!]]"
* In the ''Series/EmeraldCity'' episode [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E2PrisonOfTheAbject "Prison of the Abject"]], Glinda makes much fuss over West's "tongue" prior to East's funeral in the chapel - she seems to believe that West's drug habit will interfere with her ability to "sing her [East] to rest." The ceremony itself consists of much indecipherable chanting on the part of both Glinda and West, as well as some [[MagicDance gyrating and thrashing]] from West before she [[spoiler:sucks the spells out of East's corpse and ingests them]].

[[folder: Pinball ]]

* Parodied by Creator/{{Capcom}}'s ''Pinball/PinballMagic'', which has this incantation on the playfield:
--->"Hocus Pocus preparatus,\\
Play this pinball apparatus!"


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' battles there are arcane languages that must be used to cast spells.
* Early editions of ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' had actual short rhymed incantations with every spell for the ''players'' of spellcasting characters, with a literal "if you don't say it, your character doesn't cast it" approach. This was gradually phased out later.
* "Verbal components" to most spells in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons", prior to 4th edition. Unless it's 3rd edition, and you have the Silent Spell feat.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', Og casts a spell on the blackened Rawkins to cure him of his ill humor, while chanting in rhyme.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'':
** All manner of spell casters will ''sometimes'' call out an incantation (such as '''"Aurora, exhale bloody air! Dark Holy!"''') The catch is that the incantations appear at random. You can generally pick out a player's favorite class because they'll have certain incantations burned into their memory, due to using the spell enough to see it frequently.
** Sadly, this was removed entirely from the remake.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' and [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria its]] [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume sequels]] are full of these when big magic is performed by a spell-casting character or even some of the bosses. Bloodbane's rendition of Gravity Blessing is an incantation of pure horror. Celestial Star, quoted in the quotes section, is the most well-known because it delivers the most hits in the first game.
* In the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'', spells seem to require this. The more powerful the spell, the longer the verbal incantation is, in most cases. However, the incantation can vary between different casters, implying that this is more to help the caster focus than to actually shape the spell.
** Can be subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' by using [[SuperMode Overlimit]], which will make the caster drop the usual incantation for a short phrase instead, greatly increasing the speed at which the spell is used. Most memorable is Rita, who'll literally just say "BlahBlahBlah" followed by the spell name.
* The Power of Words in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' is an insanely powerful, face-meltingly rare ability that essentially lets the user play with reality using only magic and self-created incantations. There's only one person who's ever mastered it in the realm of Ancardia (that would be [[spoiler:Nessiah]]), and the hell that said person went through to master it ought to be enough to discourage anybody else from trying. The general-use magic system in Ancardia, Tactics Cards, was set up by the Power of Words but can be used by any character via {{Invocation}}.
* ''VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble'': The seven Formulas you learn to use.

[[folder: Web Comic ]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the verbal component of casting any spell is simply saying the ''name'' of the spell, as per the D&D rulebooks. For metamagic feats, the feat's name is appended to the spell's. For spells with a long casting time, the name is repeated over and over.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Gwynn's spells sometimes require her to speak a LanguageOfMagic that's written in bizarre letters no one outside the strip has any clue how to pronounce. The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' {{Expy}} wizards, however, use CanisLatinicus.
* Magic in ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' relies on incantations to activate. Simple spells such as Ame's Fireball attack need only [[CallingYourAttacks the spell's name]] to be used, while more powerful spells such as the Devil Drive require longer incantations.
* The Art in ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' is described as "lying to the face of God", and appropriately some wielders of it use incantations to perform magic.
-->'''Cio:''' [[PaperMaster My paper soldiers form a wall, five paces thick and twice as tall.]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Finnish magic requires reciting spells. Said spells are some of the few pieces of dialog not subject to TranslationConvention.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there seem to be a number of ancient (read: dead before humans used sticks) languages that work for magical incantations, as well as more modern (human) languages. Fey has used the language of the Sidhe.
* Most magical actions in ''WebVideo/LastLife'' require spells to work, consisting of short Latin (or at least [[CanisLatinicus Latin-sounding]]) phrases. For optimal effect, spells are often repeated several times.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' has "Mystic treasure at the center, lift the veil that I may enter" used to enter the hidden city of San Lorenzo. Puss mixes up "Mystic" with "Magic" because he's an outsider, but when the mage that made the incantation in the first place makes the same mistake, it's an indication he's not quite what he seems.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', spell incantations were in Latin, unless the caster was one of Oberon's Children.
** or from a different magical tradition like the Jewish/Kabbalahist in 'Golem' or the Emir in 'Grief'. They used incantations in Hebrew and English but the Emir's incantation referenced Egyptian deities. Also, a caster of significant power could use one-word incantations, like the Archmage with the Eye of Odin, Phoenix Gate, and Grimorum Arcanorum all adding to his power.
** WordOfGod is that certain languages, such as Latin and Hebrew, are simply better for this sort of thing than modern English (at least if you're a mortal wizard- Children of Oberon don't seem bound by language and just say what they want to happen, usually in rhyme).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** Raven uses many of these. One of the more memorable ones is:
--->''The gem was born of evil's fire.\\
The gem shall be his portal.\\
He comes to claim, he comes to sire\\
The end of all things mortal!''
** Raven's usual magical chant is "''Azarath Metrion Zinthos!''" In addition to sounding downright cool, the phrase has significant meaning: "Azarath" is her home dimension, "Metrion" is her real name, and "Zinthos" was the name of a pet raven she had as a child. ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Yes, seriously.)]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'', the power of the magical staves are called upon using [[MagicalIncantation Magical Incantations]] in the form of poems.
* Zatanna in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice.'' She casts spells by saying words backwards. So if she wants to cast fire she says 'erif.'
* The kids in ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' use two of these in conjunction with a magical dragon scale to [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] between Earth and Dragon Land.