History IAmNotShazam / VideoGames

23rd Feb '17 10:02:18 PM RacattackForce
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** The fact that the games allow you to name Link anything you want means that, if you like, you CAN make "Zelda" the main character. In fact Zelda is the second most common thing for players to name Link (after, well, Link). This is partly Nintendo's fault, as they gave players a reason to do it -- one of the biggest open secrets in the NES era was that using ZELDA as your name in the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' unlocks the [[NewGamePlus second quest]] early. And in most games since, naming him Zelda unlocks some other EasterEgg.
** The Skull Kid's name is not [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora]].
*** For that matter, neither is the mask itself, which is only ever called Majora's ''Mask'' by the narrative. {{Fanon}} has it that Majora is the name of an evil entity who was sealed within the mask using a method similar to the Song of Healing, but this is never confirmed in-universe.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' is not Lara Croft's name; it's her vocation. The [[strike: first]] second game in the series was titled ''Tomb Raider II: Starring Lara Croft'', but this is still occasionally an issue. Later games (and the movie) used the title ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider''.
** The XBLA/PSN game eschews "''Tomb Raider''" altogether, and is called ''Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light''.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' is named after [[AntagonistTitle the parasitic aliens]] that appear throughout the series. The main character is Samus Aran, the person sent to kill them.
** To make matters worse, several games in the series have [[ArtifactTitle very little to do with the Metroid species]]. ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' had almost no Metroids in it, and the story revolved around its natural enemy, the X Parasite. In that case, the heroine was ''part Metroid'' due to being given Metroid DNA in the game's intro to save her from an X Parasite infection, so at least it came the closest to escaping the trope. ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' featured no Metroids at all, except in the demo version bundled with the launch editions of the DS.
** This was apparently retconned to change "Metroid" into a Chozo word meaning "great warrior", and used to describe Samus as well as the species. And also making Samus part-Metroid early in ''Fusion'', as mentioned above.

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** The fact that the games allow you to name Link anything you want means that, if you like, you CAN make "Zelda" the main character. In fact fact, Zelda is the second most common thing for players to name Link (after, well, Link). This is partly Nintendo's fault, as they gave players a reason to do it -- That said, one of the biggest open secrets in the NES era was gaming community is that using ZELDA as your name in the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' unlocks the [[NewGamePlus second quest]] early. And in most games since, naming him Zelda unlocks some other EasterEgg.
early.
** The Skull Kid's name is not [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora]]. \n [[ADogNamedDog It's just Skull Kid]].
*** For that matter, neither is the mask itself, which is only ever called Majora's ''Mask'' by the narrative. {{Fanon}} has it that Majora is the name of an evil entity who was sealed within the mask using a method similar to the Song of Healing, but this Healing. This is never confirmed in-universe.
in the games, but instead the manga adaptation.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' is not Lara Croft's name; it's her vocation. The [[strike: first]] second game in the series was titled ''Tomb Raider II: Starring Lara Croft'', but this is still occasionally an issue. Later games (and the movie) The films used the title ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider''.
** The XBLA/PSN
Raider'' to avoid this, and one game eschews "''Tomb Raider''" altogether, and is called ''Lara doesn't even use the "Tomb Raider" title (''Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light''.
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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' is named after [[AntagonistTitle the parasitic aliens]] that appear throughout the series. The main character is Samus Aran, whose goal in the person sent [[VideoGame/Metroid1 first]] [[VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus two]] games was to kill them.
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exterminate the species. To make matters worse, compound the issue even further, outside those two games ([[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission and the GBA remake of the original]]), several games in the series have [[ArtifactTitle very little to do with the Metroid species]]. species, if they even appear at all. There have been two attempts to "solve" this artifact title issue, however. ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' had almost no Metroids opened with Samus Aran in it, and a life-threatening situation where the story revolved around its natural enemy, the X Parasite. In that case, the heroine was ''part Metroid'' due to being given Metroid DNA in the game's intro to only way doctors could save her from an X Parasite infection, so at least it came life was to make her part-Metroid. Meanwhile, the closest to escaping the trope. ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' featured no Metroids at all, except in the demo version bundled with the launch editions of the DS.
** This was apparently retconned to change "Metroid" into
''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' sub-series ([[NonLinearSequel which takes place between Metroid I and II]]) have it be a Chozo word meaning "great warrior", and it is used to describe Samus [[InterspeciesAdoption Samus]] as well as the species. And also making Samus part-Metroid early in ''Fusion'', as mentioned above.species they created.
12th Feb '17 10:20:22 PM TheBigBopper
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* VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk: A ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''-style HackAndSlash game based on the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', this one's original Japanese title is ベルセルク無双 ''Beruseruku Musou'' (literally ''Berserk Unrivalled''), ''"Musou"'' being in the title of every game in the ''Warriors'' game series. For some reason the English localizers gave the game the nonsensical and ungrammatical title ''Berserk and the Band of the Hawk'', which makes it sound as if "Berserk" is the name of the protagonist because it follows the common CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase title format. The protagonist's name is actually Guts, and he is the person who is described as "berserk" because he fights like TheBerserker. ''Guts and the Band of the Hawk'', or simply ''Berserk: The Band of the Hawk'' would have made more sense.

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* VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk: A ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''-style HackAndSlash game based on the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', this one's original Japanese title is ベルセルク無双 ''Beruseruku Musou'' (literally ''Berserk Unrivalled''), ''"Musou"'' being in the title of every game in the ''Warriors'' game series. For some reason the English localizers gave the game the nonsensical and ungrammatical title ''Berserk and the Band of the Hawk'', which makes it sound as if "Berserk" is the name of the protagonist because it follows resembles the common CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase title format.format, nevermind that berserk is an adjective, not a noun. The protagonist's name is actually Guts, and he is the person who is described as "berserk" because he fights like TheBerserker. ''Guts and the Band of the Hawk'', or simply ''Berserk: The Band of the Hawk'' would have made more sense.
12th Feb '17 10:17:41 PM TheBigBopper
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* VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk: A ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''-style HackAndSlash game based on the manga ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', this one's original Japanese title is ベルセルク無双 ''Beruseruku Musou'' (literally ''Berserk Unrivalled''), ''"Musou"'' being in the title of every game in the ''Warriors'' game series. For some reason the English localizers gave the game the nonsensical and ungrammatical title ''Berserk and the Band of the Hawk'', which makes it sound as if "Berserk" is the name of the protagonist because it follows the common CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase title format. The protagonist's name is actually Guts, and he is the person who is described as "berserk" because he fights like TheBerserker. ''Guts and the Band of the Hawk'', or simply ''Berserk: The Band of the Hawk'' would have made more sense.
19th Nov '16 4:24:59 AM Silverblade2
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* In general, any game with a less obvious title that doesn't include the main character's name runs the risk of this. Of course, there are plenty of games that ''do'' have the main character's name in the title, so the confusion is understandable.
4th Nov '16 5:06:38 PM OldBen
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has an unusual example with [=McCree's=] ultimate ability. Oficially, its name is "Deadeye", but thanks to [[MemeticMutation memetic]] voice line played whenever he uses it, it's hard to find someone not calling it "High Noon".
26th Oct '16 7:33:41 AM TurtleTropes
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** Spoofed in a parody request on ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' for Wii Virtual Console: "[[MemeticMutation y can't metroid crawl?]]"

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** Spoofed in A Miiverse user posted a parody request on post of ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' for on Wii U Virtual Console: Console, and it would later become a meme: "[[MemeticMutation y can't metroid crawl?]]"
21st Oct '16 4:39:47 AM CactusFace
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* The bald super-assassin is called Agent 47. ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' is his profession. In ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]'' however he is occasionally referred to as "The Hitman" by several people as a nickname of sorts.

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* The bald super-assassin is called Agent 47. ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' is his profession. In ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]'' however he is occasionally referred to as "The Hitman" by several people as a nickname of sorts. This is justified, since they can not know what his name is.
20th Oct '16 8:01:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The main character of ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' is not named Kid Icarus; it's Pit. This made its way into at least one adaptation, ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'', although ''Captain N'' really [[TheyJustDidntCare wasn't trying very hard]].

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* The main character of ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' is not named Kid Icarus; it's Pit. This made its way into at least one adaptation, ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'', although ''Captain N'' really [[TheyJustDidntCare wasn't trying very hard]].hard.
15th Jul '16 9:57:26 AM DocProfessor
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* Referenced in VideoGame/Persona4's The Golden remake. While discussing Halloween costumes, Kanji and Naoto briefly discuss Kanji's Frankenstein costume. When Naoto explains that Frankenstein was the scientist, not the creature, Kanji muses that maybe the scientist really IS the monster of the story. Naoto is impressed that Kanji of all people suggested the theory.
7th Jun '16 1:24:53 AM Saurubiker
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* A rather unique example comes from Metal combat: Falcon's revenge. The title makes it seem like Falcon is the villain, while it is actually the name of your own mech from the first game, ''VideoGame/BattleClash'' .
* When ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was first released, some players thought that the title refer to the newest model of the titular mecha (which is actually called Metal Gear Rex).

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* A rather unique example comes from Metal combat: The title of ''Metal Combat: Falcon's revenge. The title Revenge'', makes it seem like Falcon is the villain, while it is when it's actually the name of your the player's own mech from the first game, ''VideoGame/BattleClash'' .
* When ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was first released, some players mistakenly thought that the title refer to the newest model of the titular mecha (which is actually called Metal Gear Rex).REX).
** Likewise, one Japanese print preview of ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' from ''MSX Magazine'' refers to the newest model of the Metal Gear in that game as the "Metal Gear 2". The actual Metal Gear in that game is called Metal Gear D, although this name is only mentioned in the ending sequence. While there is a proper "Metal Gear 2" in the series, it only appears in the western-exclusive NES sequel ''VideoGame/SnakesRevenge'' (and is presumably the reason why Metal Gear D is named differently).
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