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7th Apr '17 3:23:59 PM Divra
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Contrast the inversion, ADogNamedDog, where a character is named after their species instead of vice versa.

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Contrast the inversion, ADogNamedDog, where a character is named after their species instead of vice versa.
versa, and LastOfHisKind, when there were more in the past.
7th Feb '17 5:49:19 PM Gargomon251
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** Toad(s), though they used to be called Little Toadies.

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** Toad(s), though they used to be called Little Toadies.Mushroom Retainers
7th Feb '17 5:48:20 PM Gargomon251
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** [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi]] is a species of dinosaur most often referred to as "Yoshis" in all games with others of his kind, with the exception of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', in which they were "Yo'sters."

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** [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi]] is a species of dinosaur most often referred to as "Yoshis" in all games with others of his kind, with the exception of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', in which they were "Yo'sters."kind.
4th Feb '17 10:27:24 AM SteelEdge
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* Taken UpToEleven in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, where every demon (which includes gods, angels, fairies. and other supernatural beings) is one of many of the same demon. It's possible to encounter half a dozen Rangda and Barong, fight Vishnu with another Vishnu, and dissuade Oberon from joining your party because another Oberon is already in the party. Conversations with NPC demons suggest that they are the same demons from the myths, but no explanation is given.
29th Jan '17 8:22:56 PM Loekman3
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* ''AgeOfMythology'' allows players to raise armies of mythological creatures, that even have fairly correct [[AltumVidetur Latin]] scientific names (all HalfHumanHybrid are ''Homo x'' - Minotaur: ''Homo taurus'' - others take their known genus - Nemean Lion: ''Leo biaxomus'', Pegasus: ''Equus pegasus'', Phoenix: ''Aquila inferna'' - and when no real life animal exists, a Latin word becomes the genus: - Chimera: ''Draco chimera'', Medusa: ''Gorgon chrysaorus'').

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* ''AgeOfMythology'' ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' allows players to raise armies of mythological creatures, that even have fairly correct [[AltumVidetur Latin]] scientific names (all HalfHumanHybrid are ''Homo x'' - Minotaur: ''Homo taurus'' - others take their known genus - Nemean Lion: ''Leo biaxomus'', Pegasus: ''Equus pegasus'', Phoenix: ''Aquila inferna'' - and when no real life animal exists, a Latin word becomes the genus: - Chimera: ''Draco chimera'', Medusa: ''Gorgon chrysaorus'').
21st Dec '16 10:36:33 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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* Tigger from Winnie The Pooh is a good example of this trope. When Pooh asks what he is on meeting him, he says he is "The One and Only Tigger".

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* Tigger from Winnie The Pooh Franchise/WinnieThePooh is a good example of this trope. When Pooh asks what he is on meeting him, he says he is "The One and Only Tigger".



* Frankenstein - There are dozens of different kinds of {{Golem}}s and [[BackFromTheDead reanimated humans]], but FrankensteinsMonster has become a catch-all.

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* Frankenstein Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} - There are dozens of different kinds of {{Golem}}s and [[BackFromTheDead reanimated humans]], but FrankensteinsMonster has become a catch-all.



* "Dracula" has been occasionally used as a synonym for "vampire" since Bram Stoker's work was published, usually in a playful context.
** For example, in Desmond Dekker's 1964 humorous song "Dracula", he warns the listener "Do not fall in love for that girl, she is a Dracula."
* Empusa was originally a daughter of Hecate with flaming hair who seduced men before drinking their blood and eating them. She was eventually demoted in mythology to a class of spirits called empuse, who served Hecate by guarding roads against unwanted travelers. Later, they were ''further'' demoted to a kind of hobgoblin that bothers Greek farmers in the form of various animals.
** Empusa's other parent, Mormo, was similarly a single spirit who bit bad children that was generalized in to the Mormolyceion.



* Krampus is a single, one-of-a-kind creature in Germanic mythology, but an entire race in Hungarian folklore, with at least 4 named individuals.
* Lamia was a queen of Libya who became a child eating demon in Greek mythology. Over time she came to be generalized into a broad category of succubi, vampires, and other monsters called ''lamiae''. It also became a name for witches and harlots.
** "Lamia" or "Lamiae" in the NeoClassical sense are usually described as: a) demonwomen who change into snakes, b) demonsnakes that change into women or c) strange half-woman half-snake demon things.



* [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] - Another unique creature naming an entire species. The original was the result of [[MakesSenseInContext an affair between Minos' wife in a sex-bot shaped like a cow and a magical bull from out of the ocean]]. Granted, this one does make some sense at least: "Minotaur" means bull of Minos, and in some versions the original Minotaur's proper name was Asterion, which would kind of make "Minotaur" even more of a descriptive, species-like name in the first place.
* Inverted in ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'': Creator/{{Sophocles}}, who was familiar with the many unique monsters in Greek mythology, treats "The Sphinx" as a unique monster. But in Egyptian mythology, sphinxes are a species with many members.



*** The original shows up in the last book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''

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*** The original shows up in the last book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.



* [[ALoadOfBull Minotaur]] - Another unique creature naming an entire species. The original was the result of [[MakesSenseInContext an affair between Minos' wife in a sex-bot shaped like a cow and a magical bull from out of the ocean]]. Granted, this one does make some sense at least: "Minotaur" means bull of Minos, and in some versions the original Minotaur's proper name was Asterion, which would kind of make "Minotaur" even more of a descriptive, species-like name in the first place.
* Inverted in ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'': Creator/{{Sophocles}}, who was familiar with the many unique monsters in Greek mythology, treats "The Sphinx" as a unique monster. But in Egyptian mythology, sphinxes are a species with many members.



* Lamia was a queen of Libya who became a child eating demon in Greek mythology. Over time she came to be generalized into a broad category of succubi, vampires, and other monsters called ''lamiae''. It also became a name for witches and harlots.
** "Lamia" or "Lamiae" in the NeoClassical sense are usually described as: a) demonwomen who change into snakes, b) demonsnakes that change into women or c) strange half-woman half-snake demon things.
* Empusa was originally a daughter of Hecate with flaming hair who seduced men before drinking their blood and eating them. She was eventually demoted in mythology to a class of spirits called empuse, who served Hecate by guarding roads against unwanted travelers. Later, they were ''further'' demoted to a kind of hobgoblin that bothers Greek farmers in the form of various animals.
** Empusa's other parent, Mormo, was similarly a single spirit who bit bad children that was generalized in to the Mormolyceion.
* ''AgeOfMythology'' allows players to raise armies of mythological creatures, that even have fairly correct [[AltumVidetur Latin]] scientific names (all HalfHumanHybrid are ''Homo x'' - Minotaur: ''Homo taurus'' - others take their known genus - Nemean Lion: ''Leo biaxomus'', Pegasus: ''Equus pegasus'', Phoenix: ''Aquila inferna'' - and when no real life animal exists, a Latin word becomes the genus: - Chimera: ''Draco chimera'', Medusa: ''Gorgon chrysaorus'').
* Krampus is a single, one-of-a-kind creature in Germanic mythology, but an entire race in Hungarian folklore, with at least 4 named individuals.
* "Dracula" has been occasionally used as a synonym for "vampire" since Bram Stoker's work was published, usually in a playful context.
** For example, in Desmond Dekker's 1964 humorous song "Dracula", he warns the listener "Do not fall in love for that girl, she is a Dracula."



* Heartland Pro Wrestling's Shark Boy, who became popular in various IWA promotions, OVW, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and more eventually found himself a [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Shark Girl]]. In Wrestling/{{TNA}} it was eventually revealed there was a whole family of Shark Boys and Shark Girls. More Shark Girls have shown up in SHINE and another Shark Boy popped up in IWRG and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}.[[/folder]]

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* Heartland Pro Wrestling's Shark Boy, who became popular in various IWA promotions, OVW, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and more eventually found himself a [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Shark Girl]]. In Wrestling/{{TNA}} it was eventually revealed there was a whole family of Shark Boys and Shark Girls. More Shark Girls have shown up in SHINE and another Shark Boy popped up in IWRG and Wrestling/{{CMLL}}.Wrestling/{{CMLL}}.
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* Meta-example: 1st Edition ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' included six varieties of demons in its ''Monster Manual'', each one designated as "Type 1", "Type 2", etc. These type designations were also accompanied by the parenthetical names of infamous members of their type, such as "Balor" or "Vrock". When later editions abandoned the "Type __" naming system, the game's writers simply re-named each of the six varieties after these examples, so the "Type 1 demon" became the "vrock", etc.



* Meta-example: 1st Edition ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' included six varieties of demons in its ''Monster Manual'', each one designated as "Type 1", "Type 2", etc. These type designations were also accompanied by the parenthetical names of infamous members of their type, such as "Balor" or "Vrock". When later editions abandoned the "Type __" naming system, the game's writers simply re-named each of the six varieties after these examples, so the "Type 1 demon" became the "vrock", etc.



* ''AgeOfMythology'' allows players to raise armies of mythological creatures, that even have fairly correct [[AltumVidetur Latin]] scientific names (all HalfHumanHybrid are ''Homo x'' - Minotaur: ''Homo taurus'' - others take their known genus - Nemean Lion: ''Leo biaxomus'', Pegasus: ''Equus pegasus'', Phoenix: ''Aquila inferna'' - and when no real life animal exists, a Latin word becomes the genus: - Chimera: ''Draco chimera'', Medusa: ''Gorgon chrysaorus'').



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has several straight examples from Greek mythology: multiple pegasi, mulitple minotaurs and (implied) multiple chimaeras. But there's also an inverted example: in Aztec mythology, the ahuizotl was an entire species, but in ''MLP'', Ahuizotl is the name of one individual villain.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has several straight examples from Greek mythology: multiple pegasi, mulitple minotaurs and (implied) multiple chimaeras. But there's also an inverted example: in Aztec mythology, the ahuizotl was an entire species, but in ''MLP'', Ahuizotl is the name of one individual villain.
16th Nov '16 12:21:16 PM BrendanRizzo
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** This trope can be readily observed today in a similar vein; the popularity of Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has led to common/orange clownfish (''Amphiprion ocellaris/percula'') and regal tangs (''Paracanthurus hepatus'') being consistently referred to as "Nemo fish" and "Dory fish" respectively.

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** This trope can be readily observed today in a similar vein; the popularity of Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has led to common/orange clownfish (''Amphiprion ocellaris/percula'') and regal tangs (''Paracanthurus hepatus'') being consistently referred to as "Nemo fish" and "Dory fish" respectively. [[FandomBerserkButton This tends to drive aquarium-keepers up a wall.]]
21st Jun '16 1:50:01 PM gigarex
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MSome mythological creatures are more famous than others, but a few are so famous that their entire ''species'' has been named after them in the popular consciousness, in a kind of mythological malapropism -- or, alternatively, a singular creature proposed as a unique aberration is adopted by other stories as if it were a species.

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MSome Some mythological creatures are more famous than others, but a few are so famous that their entire ''species'' has been named after them in the popular consciousness, in a kind of mythological malapropism -- or, alternatively, a singular creature proposed as a unique aberration is adopted by other stories as if it were a species.
20th Jun '16 9:34:46 PM Adept
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** This trope can be readily observed today in a similar vein; the popularity of Pixar's ''FindingNemo'' has led to common/orange clownfish (''Amphiprion ocellaris/percula'') and regal tangs (''Paracanthurus hepatus'') being consistently referred to as "Nemo fish" and "Dory fish" respectively.

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** This trope can be readily observed today in a similar vein; the popularity of Pixar's ''FindingNemo'' ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has led to common/orange clownfish (''Amphiprion ocellaris/percula'') and regal tangs (''Paracanthurus hepatus'') being consistently referred to as "Nemo fish" and "Dory fish" respectively.
20th Jun '16 4:20:33 PM DaibhidC
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Some mythological creatures are more famous than others, but a few are so famous that their entire ''species'' has been named after them in the popular consciousness, in a kind of mythological malapropism -- or, alternatively, a singular creature proposed as a unique aberration is adopted by other stories as if it were a species.

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Some MSome mythological creatures are more famous than others, but a few are so famous that their entire ''species'' has been named after them in the popular consciousness, in a kind of mythological malapropism -- or, alternatively, a singular creature proposed as a unique aberration is adopted by other stories as if it were a species.



* Sometimes in the Moomentroll stories, one isn't sure if the word used to refer to a particular creature is its personal name or the name of its species. This is often academic if that is the only example we meet.

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* Sometimes in the Moomentroll ''Literature/TheMoomins'' stories, one isn't sure if the word used to refer to a particular creature is its personal name or the name of its species. This is often academic if that is the only example we meet. The most obvious example is the Hemulen - later stories establish there are definitely other Hemulens, such as the Park Keeper, and it's not even clear if "the" Hemulen is even always the same one. (There are almost certainly at least two Fillyjonks referred to as "the" Fillyjonk in different books.)
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