History IAmNotShazam / VideoGames

3rd Oct '17 7:15:17 PM Steam_Lord
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* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is not the name of an organization that the playable characters are in. Rather, the Skullgirl is a HumanoidAbomination that serves as the main antagonist. Part of the confusion is probably because the game's original roster is entirely female.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is not the name of an organization that the playable characters are in. Rather, the Skullgirl is a HumanoidAbomination that serves as the main antagonist. Part of the confusion is probably because the game's original roster is entirely female. Also, the plurality is misleading because only one shows up outside of the backstory and endings.
7th Sep '17 3:05:01 PM SonicManiac
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** Despite the title, and what both comic adaptations claimed, there wasn't a team called Chaotix in Knuckles' Chaotix. The name is just a reference to the game's chaotic gameplay; the player characters aren't part of an officially team. Three of the characters from this game eventually went on to form the Chaotix Detective Agency (aka Team Chaotix), but this happened later, which means that contrary to popular belief, Knuckles and Mighty were never members of the team.

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** Despite the title, and what both comic adaptations claimed, there wasn't a team called Chaotix in Knuckles' Chaotix. The name is just a reference to the game's chaotic gameplay; the player characters aren't part of an officially named team. Three of the characters from this the game eventually went on to form the Chaotix Detective Agency (aka Team Chaotix), but this happened later, which means that contrary to popular fan belief, Knuckles and Mighty were never members of the team.
7th Sep '17 3:03:42 PM SonicManiac
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** Despite the title, and what both comic adaptations claimed, there wasn't a team called Chaotix in Knuckles' Chaotix. The name is just a reference to the game's chaotic gameplay; the player characters aren't part of an officially team. Three of the characters from this game eventually went on to form the Chaotix Detective Agency (aka Team Chaotix), but this happened later, which means that contrary to popular belief, Knuckles and Mighty were never members of the team.
21st Aug '17 2:20:26 PM SonSon
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* A lot of people in Poland refer to the red-suited protagonist of Nintendo's platformers as one "Mario Bros."


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** A lot of people in Poland refer to the red-suited protagonist of Nintendo's platformers as one "Mario Bros." This is also true for Spanish-speaking contries and Brazil (where offenders will always pronounce it like "bross").
18th Jun '17 4:51:58 PM nombretomado
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* Not about a person, making it a close one between this and CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, but Alpha Centauri in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the name of the sun. (It isn't something the designers came up with; it exists in real life as a binary star system; see ThatOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Centauri for details]]) The planet's name is Chiron (aka Planet).

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* Not about a person, making it a close one between this and CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, but Alpha Centauri in ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the name of the sun. (It isn't something the designers came up with; it exists in real life as a binary star system; see ThatOtherWiki Wiki/ThatOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Centauri for details]]) The planet's name is Chiron (aka Planet).
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".
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