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Harpie Siren: Okay, this seems to be a comic book Naming Convention. A lot of superheroes given names are alliterative, the first name and the last name begin with the same consonant. Peter Parker, Wally West, Scott Summers, Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Clark Kent (Not quite, but they’re pronounced the same) Those are the only one I can come up with off the top of my head, there’s more than that right? As for names, I’m thinking Alliterative Name, short, sweet, and to the point, but I know there are more examples than that.

Ununnilium: Oh, definitely. Bruce Banner, Wade Wilson, Warren Worthington, et cetera. This was a favorite of Stan Lee's, since he often had trouble remembering the characters' names, and the alliteration worked as a mnemonic device.

Harpie Siren: Could somebody please expand on this entry? If it's possible?

Ununnilium: I don't think random alliterative names fit the entry - it's specifically about superheroes with alliterative secret identities.

Harpie Siren: Does Vicky Vale really belong? I realize that she's a comic book character, but to reliterate what Ununnilium it's specifically about superheroes with alliterative secret identities.

Looney Toons: We do have Superman's shopping list of (mostly non-super) LL names... Surely we can begrudge Batman his one alliterative girlfriend?

Harpie Siren: Well, I think that that's a special case, does Batman have hordes of people with the initals "VV" drawn to him?

Looney Toons: No, but he's had a couple of love interests with alliterative names, like Silver St. Cloud.

Ununnilium: If the characters are the supporting cast of a superhero, that fits too, IMHO.

Looney Toons: U, it's "Sargent", as in "Sargent Shriver" (or Sargento cheese), not "sergeant" as in the rank.

Harpie Siren: Or if the characters intentionally have an alliterative name to refference the convention... the Bite Me, Fanboy example counts, Timmy Turner of Fairly OddParents woulden't, though he does get to be to be Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder ... which remindes me ... Doesn't Radioactive Man from The Simpsons have an alliterative name?

Ununnilium: Oops, I read it backwards. Sorry.

xwingace:I've expanded slightly on the Heroes example, adding Gabriel Gray and a little bit of discussion. Would that bit of discussion be appropriate there or does it really belong elsewhere?

Tabby: I'd consider it appropriate for the page, but then again it's almost exactly what I was coming to the entry to add. ;)

New From YKTTW for the cartoon character lump.

And yet, this didn't prevent the television adaptation from giving him the name "David Bruce Banner", thus destroying the trope. Evidently this was because they thought "Bruce" sounded too homosexual. Yeah.

I just wanted to enshrine the irony of an I Am Not Making This Up link in an example that's just not true. See Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #62.

Tricksterson: Aww, too bad because I always wondered what Bruce Lee and Bruce Jenner would have thought of that.

Tricksterson: Does it count if it's a different letter but same sound, like a soft "g" or "c" followed by a "j" or "s"? Examples: George Johnson, Cyd Sherman (in the latter case an actual character, from The Guild).