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"Fear names. Names have power in identity. Others can use names as weapons. Names are a hook that can be used to track you... Remain nameless, and you shall be safe.I am The Nameless One."
Only I know your true purpose in this world, Lombax. Only I know your true name!—Emperor Tachyon, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
The Doctor: …I know who you really are.The Doctor: 'Course I do. No idea how you can be here, but there's only one being in the universe that hates me as much as you do.
The Dream Lord: 'Course you don't.
—Doctor Who, "Amy's Choice"
Rose:I know your true name, Baba Yaga. Do you wish me to shout it now, so that all of the animals of the forest, all the birds of the air, every passing nixie and boggart will know it too? Your name will be as common as crab-grass. Would you like that, Baba Yaga?Rose: Perhaps. Do you wish to find out how loudly I can shout?
Baba Yaga: You're lying. You do not know my name.
—Books of Magic, "Land of Summer's Twilight"
Names, capital N, have power. If you know something's name, you automatically have a conduit with which you can reach out and touch it, a way to home in on it with magic. Sometimes this can be a really bad idea. Speak the Name of a big, bad, spiritual entity and you might be able to touch it, sure--but it can touch you right back, and the big boys tend to do it a lot harder than any mortal.—Harry Dresden, Small Favor
The name is the thing, and the true name is the true thing.