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The ability to perform a certain action or gain control over the target's (including inanimate objects in some cases) life or actions by speaking their name or phrases. Specific words or phrases may act like commands. A sub-power of Magic.

Also Called

  • Incantation
  • Rite


By using names or phrases to manipulate a person or the universe itself, their words provides them with control over who and what they desire to manipulate. The user can even casts spells or other powers by speaking names or phrases. Having many uses and diverse origins, different forms of the power may have limitations while another may not.



  • The user must know the name of the subject that he wishes to affect; otherwise he has no power over the user
  • Names used must be true names (even if the person is known or referred to by another name).
  • Beings from other universes or timelines are somewhat protected from this power
  • Low-lever users are limited on how many subjects they can control, mainly one at a time.
  • Disabling one's ability to speak can neutralize the spell, as they cannot speak out the person's name.

Known Users

  • Kido users (Bleach)
  • Chi Wizards (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Mages (Fairy Tail)
  • Wizards (Harry Potter)
  • The Charmed' Ones (Charmed)
  • Light Yagami (Death Note); via Shinigami's Death Note
  • Amane (Her Majesty's Dog)
  • Wizard/Sorceror/Any magical class (Dungeons and Dragons); through Power Word spells.
  • Carrionites (Doctor Who)
  • William Shakespeare (Doctor Who)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Dr. Strange (Marvel)
  • Preacher Jesse Custer (Vertigo); uses the word of god to command anyone and everyone with whatever he says.
  • Ben and Sarah Ravencroft (Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost)
  • Elphaba (Wicked)
  • Magicians (Bartimaeus) hide their true names from the world
  • The Warlock (Warlock films) wishes to end the world by speaking God's name backwards
  • Arcanists and Faen (The Kingkiller Chronicle); can bend matter and people to their will by discovering their true Names and then speaking them.
  • Galbatorix (Inheritance Cycle)
  • Margaret Isobel Thoreaux (Smallville)


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