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* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', one of Jodie's characteristics is that whenever she mentions some kind of mishap happening, [[TemptingFate it usually happens right after she mentions it]]. In a few cases, this mishap has been the series' main villain Wolffy appearing after she mentions him.

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* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', one of Jodie's Jonie's characteristics is that whenever she mentions some kind of mishap happening, [[TemptingFate it usually happens right after she mentions it]]. In a few cases, this mishap has been the series' main villain Wolffy appearing after she mentions him.

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* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'', one of Jodie's characteristics is that whenever she mentions some kind of mishap happening, [[TemptingFate it usually happens right after she mentions it]]. In a few cases, this mishap has been the series' main villain Wolffy appearing after she mentions him.
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* ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'': In an attempt to bluff a horde of enemies, Johannes pretends to invoke the EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep to strike them dead, and is [[OhCrap horrified beyond words]] when Nyarlathotep hears and obliges. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} with TheReveal that Nyarlathotep has been [[GodInHumanForm traveling with him incognito]] since the beginning.]]


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* ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'': In an attempt to bluff a horde of enemies, Johannes pretends to invoke the EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep to strike them dead, and is [[OhCrap horrified beyond words]] when Nyarlathotep hears and obliges. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} with TheReveal that Nyarlathotep has been [[GodInHumanForm traveling with him incognito]] since the beginning.]]

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* ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'': In an attempt to bluff a horde of enemies, Johannes pretends to invoke the EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep to strike them dead, and is [[OhCrap horrified beyond words]] when Nyarlathotep hears and obliges. [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} with TheReveal that Nyarlathotep has been [[GodInHumanForm traveling with him incognito]] since the beginning.]]


* ''WebVideo/ThomasSanders'': Mention anxiety or something that could ''cause'' anxiety, and Virgil will appear. Whether he wants to or not. (And [[PunchClockVillain he usually doesn't]].)

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* ''WebVideo/ThomasSanders'': Mention In ''WebVideo/SandersSides'', mention anxiety or something that could ''cause'' anxiety, and Virgil Virgil, Thomas' personification of his anxiety, will appear. Whether he wants to or not. (And [[PunchClockVillain he usually doesn't]].)

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* ''Fanfic/ADiplomaticVisit'': Variant in chapter 13, when Spike wonders if Discord is responsible for Twilight’s old potions turning into the creature living in the refrigerator, behind the mayonnaise, next to the ketchup and to the left of the coleslaw. A letter from him, not necessarily denying it, promptly pops into Spike’s claws.


* The Bloody Mary version is weaponized in Seanan [=McGuire=]'s short story "[[http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2010/04/short-story-dying-with-her-cheer-pants-on-by-seanan-mcguire/ Dying With Her Cheer Pants On]]".

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* The Bloody Mary version is weaponized in Seanan [=McGuire=]'s short story "[[http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2010/04/short-story-dying-with-her-cheer-pants-on-by-seanan-mcguire/ "[[https://www.apex-magazine.com/dying-with-her-cheer-pants-on/ Dying With Her Cheer Pants On]]".


* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Daggett ends up the victim of this in his own penthouse as he rants to Stryver about Bane. -->'''Daggett:''' Ah, clearly you don’t know much of anything, do you?! Where is Bane?\\
-->'''Stryver:''' Well, we told him it was urgent.\\
-->'''Daggett:''' Oh, where is the masked…?\\
''[suddenly Bane appears behind them]''

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Daggett ends up the victim of this in his own penthouse as he rants to Stryver about Bane.
-->'''Daggett:''' Ah, clearly you don’t know much of anything, do you?! Where is Bane?\\
Bane?
-->'''Stryver:''' Well, we told him it was urgent.\\
urgent.
-->'''Daggett:''' Oh, where is the masked…?\\
''[suddenly
masked…?
-->''[suddenly
Bane appears behind them]''


If knowing someone's true name instead gives ''you'' power over ''him'', that's IKnowYourTrueName. If summoning him is a good thing, see CallOnMe. See also InadvertentEntranceCue. When this is done for humor rather than being a supernatural ability, it's RightBehindMe. Related to the SneezeCut. When this is invoked for a murder, a TroubleMagnetGambit is very likely the method used.

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If knowing someone's true name instead gives ''you'' power over ''him'', that's IKnowYourTrueName. If summoning him is a good thing, see CallOnMe. See also InadvertentEntranceCue. When this is done for humor rather than being a supernatural ability, it's RightBehindMe. Related to the SneezeCut. When this is invoked for a murder, a TroubleMagnetGambit is very likely the method used.
used. Works using this trope will often discuss ThePowerOfLanguage.


** This was so prevalent when it came to wolves in Sweden that the most common euphemism ("varg", meaning killer or strangler) became the ''proper'' name. The actual ''phrase'' 'Speak of the devil' has a counterpart that uses trolls ("When you speak about the trolls, they'll stand in the porch").

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** This was so prevalent when it came to wolves in Sweden that the most common euphemism ("varg", meaning killer or strangler) became the ''proper'' name.name -- starting the process ''again'' (the only thing that saved "varg" was that wolves ''became extinct in Sweden''[[note]]the modern Swedish wolf population is descended from wolves that wandered in from neighbouring countries, possibly supplemented by a few wolves that survived in the very fringes of Sweden[[/note]], making the fear fall out of favour before a single euphemism became the new dominant one). The actual ''phrase'' 'Speak of the devil' has a counterpart that uses trolls ("When you speak about the trolls, they'll stand in the porch").


Compare AndHereHeComesNow. Compare and contrast TemptingFate, which refers to more general invited misfortune and can just as easily be a ContrivedCoincidence in-universe.

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Compare Note that the phrase "Speak of the devil and he shall appear" is often used for a more mundane situation: people are talking about some guy, and that guy suddenly shows up, usually having heard the things said about him. That trope is AndHereHeComesNow. Compare and contrast TemptingFate, which refers to more general invited misfortune and can just as easily be a ContrivedCoincidence in-universe.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'''s strip from [[http://wondermark.com/1k62/ 19 September 2014]] features a lady complaining about sea lions to her husband, only for one to show up and pursue the couple with a string of outwardly polite questions about what problem they have with sea lions. This gave rise to the term "sealioning" to describe that sort of harassment.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Daggett ends up the victim of this in his own penthouse as he rants to Stryver about Bane. -->'''Daggett:''' Ah, clearly you don’t know much of anything, do you?! Where is Bane?\\
-->'''Stryver:''' Well, we told him it was urgent.\\
-->'''Daggett:''' Oh, where is the masked…?\\
''[suddenly Bane appears behind them]''
-->'''Bane:''' Speak of the devil...and he shall appear!


* New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern announced that she would not use the name of the of Christchurch shooter to avoid giving him any publicity.

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* New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Jacinda Ardern announced that she would not use the name of the of Christchurch shooter to avoid giving him any publicity.

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* New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern announced that she would not use the name of the of Christchurch shooter to avoid giving him any publicity.

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