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Jun 20th 2018 at 5:32:21 PM •••

It feels like there should be a sub-trope to this one. One where no one says a character's name not because it has any literal power, but solely because Ruleof Drama says NOT using their name makes referencing them more impacting.

Jul 11th 2015 at 4:42:45 AM •••

The following was deleted because it doesn't involve anyone saying the Shy Guy's name, which is specifically required for this trope.

  • The "Shy Guy" in the SCP Foundation knows when someone sees his face in a video feed or photograph, and no power on earth can stop him from reaching and (DATA EXPUNGED) the viewer. One person was targeted because four pixels of a landscape photo showed his face; another was ten kilometres deep in an ocean trench. Uncommonly for this trope, the Shy Guy is otherwise completely passive, and is only distressed by being seen. When the Shy Guy was pitted against 682, the result was a battle that left both combatants in terrible condition and was so traumatizing to the Shy Guy that it hides its own face whenever it sees 682 to avoid fighting it again.

Edited by Arivne
Nov 21st 2011 at 6:33:07 AM •••

All right, just so an edit war doesn't keep going, what is the problem with exemplifying the in-universe power of saying the name of the Candle guy from Freakazoid?

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