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Basic Trope: When a villain's name is spoken, the villain appears.

  • Straight: When Bob accidentally says Emperor Evulz's name, Evulz appears.
  • Exaggerated: Bob doesn't even finish saying Evulz's name and he still appears.
  • Downplayed:
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  • Justified: Evulz so powerful he can go by his True Name. None are mighty enough to bind him with it, and as the name is as much a part of him as his hands, to say his name is inherently to invoke him.
  • Inverted:
    • Whenever Bob says Evulz's name, the villain disappears.
    • Bob says the name of Alice, a good deity. She appears.
  • Subverted: Bob says Evulz's name. Nothing happens.
  • Double Subverted: Evulz does appear, he just takes his time doing it.
  • Parodied: When Bob says Evulz's name, he appears dressed in whatever he was wearing. He also carries whatever he was carrying before. This results in Evulz frequently being pulled out in the middle of eating lunch or brushing his teeth.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Evulz appears after his name is mentioned, sometimes he doesn't appear.
  • Averted: Evulz's doesn't appear after his name is spoken.
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  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: Evulz: "Did someone call my name?"
  • Invoked: Evulz waits until he hears his name, then appears to make himself seem more intimidating.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice, who secretly hates Bob, tricks him into say Evulz's name.
    • Bob prepares an ambush, then says Evulz's name to draw him into it.
  • Defied: Bob gets around summoning Evulz by saying euphemisms that replace Evulz's name.
  • Discussed:
    • "Everytime Evulz's name is mentioned on this show, he appears? Why does that happen?"
    • Evulz is meeting his henchmen, when he suddenly disappears from the shot. The henchmen shrug and say "Someone must have said his name again."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Evulz uses his ability to appear whenever he is mentioned as a form of Sinister Surveillance, making it nearly impossible to discuss how to defeat him.

Back to Speak of the Devil... But do NOT mention... him.. or he will appear.

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