The spell is based on baiting Agents of Ma'at with promises of truth that conquered the universe. Additionally, it requires the caster to make certain gestures and capture the "truth roach" immediately after it has been baited and left the affected person's body.
Vi veri universum vivus vici. (casting)
John Constantine used this spell during the Legends' escape on the run from Time Bureau in the times of Richard Nixon. He had to manually make the Agent of Na'at leave Nixon, as well as the Legends who were also attacked by the lies-eating bug.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Behind the scenes
- The incantation used by John actually means "By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe". It is a modern Latin phrase, originating in the diary of English occultist Aleister Crowley (first published in 1952). Since in the Latin alphabet, U can be considered equivalent to V, the phrase can be abbreviated V.V.V.V.V.
- In the DC Comics limited series "V for Vendetta" the initialism "V.V.V.V.V." appears embossed in an arch of V's hideout the "Shadow Gallery" — the character of V explains that these stand for the phrase Vi veri veniversum vivus vici (sic), attributing the phrase to "a German gentleman named Dr. John Faust". That in itself is a reference to Robert Nye's novel "Faust", where the words are used as Faust's motto (1980).