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19th Nov '17 6:31:10 AM Psyclone
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* [[AffablyEvil The]] [[BatmanGambit Illusive]] [[SmugSnake Man]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. He derives his name from a vitriolic response from an Alliance official to an anti-alien manifesto he wrote anonymously ("survivalist rhetoric written by an illusive man"). The version of Illusive he uses means deceptive. It also sounds like Elusive, which might be the point, or not.

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* [[AffablyEvil The]] [[BatmanGambit Illusive]] [[SmugSnake Man]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. He derives his name from a vitriolic response from an Alliance official to an his anti-alien manifesto he wrote anonymously ("survivalist rhetoric written by an illusive man"). The version of Illusive he uses means deceptive. It also sounds like Elusive, which might be the point, or not.
12th Nov '17 12:19:49 AM Cheapsunglasses
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover King George III of England]] was nicknamed "Farmer George" by the English newspapers due to his passion for agriculture (he even wrote a few pamphlets on the subject using a pseudonym, though no one was fooled). He didn't seem to mind, and the joke was never meant to be malicious. The papers changed their tone after George IV's disastrous reign: the nickname became a way of complimenting George III's frugality in comparison to his son's ridiculous extravagance.
9th Nov '17 11:42:25 AM lillolillo
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade''. A reporter asks Kara if she is some kind of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. Later she chooses to call herself Supergirl, but she gave no indication she got her name from that random reporter.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade''.''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade''. A reporter asks Kara if she is some kind of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. Later she chooses to call herself Supergirl, but she gave no indication she got her name from that random reporter.
29th Oct '17 6:56:40 PM JoeMerl
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* Izuku Midoriya of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' spent his life being insulted with the nickname "Deku" (an AlternateCharacterReading of his name) by [[FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch childhood friend-turned-bully]] [[StuffBlowingUp Bakugo]]. Bakugo meant "Deku" to mean "weakling," but [[GravityMaster Ochako]], Izuku's crush, interpreted it with another meaning, "[[Determinator never gives up]]." This causes Izuku to not only like it, but even adopt "Deku" as his Hero Name.

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* Izuku Midoriya of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' spent his life being insulted with the nickname "Deku" (an AlternateCharacterReading of his name) by [[FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch childhood friend-turned-bully]] [[StuffBlowingUp Bakugo]]. Bakugo meant "Deku" to mean "weakling," but [[GravityMaster Ochako]], Izuku's crush, interpreted it with another meaning, "[[Determinator "[[{{Determinator}} never gives up]]." This causes Izuku to not only like it, but even adopt "Deku" as his Hero Name.
29th Oct '17 6:55:51 PM JoeMerl
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* Izuku Midoriya of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' spent his life being insulted with the nickname Deku by childhood "friend" and bully Bakugo. Bakugo meant "Deku" with the meaning of being unable to achieve anything, so obviously Midoriya disliked it until he met Ochako Uraraka. Uraraka interpreted the name differently, taking it to mean not giving up. This causes Midoriya to not only like it, but when given the opportunity even adopt "Deku" as his Hero Name.

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* Izuku Midoriya of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' spent his life being insulted with the nickname Deku "Deku" (an AlternateCharacterReading of his name) by [[FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch childhood "friend" and bully Bakugo. friend-turned-bully]] [[StuffBlowingUp Bakugo]]. Bakugo meant "Deku" with the meaning of being unable to achieve anything, so obviously Midoriya disliked it until he met Ochako Uraraka. Uraraka mean "weakling," but [[GravityMaster Ochako]], Izuku's crush, interpreted the name differently, taking it to mean not giving up. with another meaning, "[[Determinator never gives up]]." This causes Midoriya Izuku to not only like it, but when given the opportunity even adopt "Deku" as his Hero Name.
22nd Oct '17 5:45:38 AM Aquila89
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--->'''Tyrion''': Let me give you some advice, bastard: never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.

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--->'''Tyrion''': Let me them see that their words can cut you, and you'll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you some advice, bastard: never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear a name, take it, make it like armor, and it can never be used to your own. Then they can't hurt you.you with it anymore.
18th Oct '17 11:41:51 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series:
** The Renrijra Krin, a quasi-legal nationalist faction of [[CatFolk Khajiit]] introduced in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. The name translates as something like 'Mercenary's Grin', 'Laugh of the Landless' or 'Smiling Scum', and was first applied to them by their enemies, but it amused them enough for them to make it their own.
** The Stormcloak faction in ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' was derisively referred as such for following Ulfric Stormcloak's beliefs. They took that name in pride.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series:
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Mannimarco, known as "the King of Worms", is a legendary [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][=/=]{{Necromancer}} who makes several appearances in the series. The term was originally meant as an insult by his ArchEnemy, Galerion, but was adopted by Mannimarco with pride. (As a result of the [[TimeCrash Warp in the West]], he [[BroadStrokes sort of]] ascends to godhood, and is known as the "God of Worms".)
** The Renrijra Krin, a quasi-legal nationalist faction of [[CatFolk Khajiit]] introduced in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''.''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''. The name translates as something like 'Mercenary's Grin', 'Laugh of the Landless' or 'Smiling Scum', and was first applied to them by their enemies, but it amused them enough for them to make it their own.
** The [[LaResistance Stormcloak faction faction]] in ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' was derisively referred to as such for following [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak's Stormcloak]]'s beliefs. They took that name in pride.
14th Oct '17 7:14:07 PM Exusia
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* The "Trixie" in [[Creator/TrixieMattel]] was an insulting nickname given to her by her stepfather early in life. She later took that and made it a part of her drag identity.
5th Oct '17 11:36:36 PM merotoker
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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' generally avoids using "Batman" directly as a name, instead suggesting [[IHaveManyNames he has multiple names]] given by the press, from the bat, to the Gotham Bat to The Bat-Man. This is rather appropiate, as in this setting Batman is not so much of an individual but a myth, an urban legend.
** By ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' most of the names of the heroes are taken from the Lex Corp metahuman files seen in ''[=BvS=]''.

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** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' generally avoids using "Batman" directly as a name, instead suggesting [[IHaveManyNames he has multiple names]] given by the press, from the bat, to the Gotham Bat to The Bat-Man. This is rather appropiate, appropriate, as in this setting Batman is not so much of an individual but a myth, an urban legend.
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legend. By ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' most of the names of the heroes are taken from the Lex Corp metahuman files seen in ''[=BvS=]''.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the Slytherians compose "Weasley Is Our King" thanking Ron for his terrible goalkeeping skills helping tHem win a match. Later the Gryffindors' use the song themselves after Ron's first successful turn as Keeper, much the same way the Americans adopted "Yankee Doodle," Though the Gryffindors changed the lyrics to praise Ron and his Quidditch skills rather than keeping the insulting ones.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the Slytherians compose "Weasley Is Our King" thanking Ron for his terrible goalkeeping skills helping tHem them win a match. Later the Gryffindors' use the song themselves after Ron's first successful turn as Keeper, much the same way the Americans adopted "Yankee Doodle," Though though the Gryffindors changed the lyrics to praise Ron and his Quidditch skills rather than keeping the insulting ones.






* [[Series/WonderWoman Wonder Woman TV Series]]: At the pilot:

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* [[Series/WonderWoman Wonder Woman TV Series]]: At From the pilot:



--> '''Princess Diana:''' ''I will may you proud of me... and of Wonder Woman.''

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--> '''Princess Diana:''' ''I will may make you proud of me... and of Wonder Woman.''



** The Trespasser DLC in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' reveals that [[spoiler:Solas's true name actually ''is'' Solas. Fen'Harel was an insult used by his enemies, and he took up the name as a [[StealthPun badge of pride]].]]

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** The Trespasser DLC in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' reveals that [[spoiler:Solas's true name actually ''is'' Solas. Fen'Harel was an insult used by his enemies, and he took up the name as a [[StealthPun badge of pride]].]]pride]]]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename Kids Next Door}}'', the tradition of numerical codenames dates back to the KND's original founder, Numbuh [[MyHeroZero 0]], when his brother told him he had zero chance of standing up to [[GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Codename Kids Next Door}}'', ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the tradition of numerical codenames dates back to the KND's original founder, Numbuh [[MyHeroZero 0]], when his brother told him he had zero chance of standing up to [[GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather]].



* When ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th Edition was newly announced, a number of angry gamers weren't just satisfied with expressing their unhappiness and spent a lot of time [[{{Troll}} spreading unfounded rumors]] on the WizardsOfTheCoast boards. Other posters went out of their way to correct them and one frustrated rumormonger angrily denounced his being 'oppressed' by what he called the '4e Avengers'. Within a week, dozens of posters had that name in their sig with SuperHero names like '4e Batman'.

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* When ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th Edition was newly announced, a number of angry gamers weren't just satisfied with expressing their unhappiness and spent a lot of time [[{{Troll}} spreading unfounded rumors]] on the WizardsOfTheCoast Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast boards. Other posters went out of their way to correct them and one frustrated rumormonger angrily denounced his being 'oppressed' by what he called the '4e Avengers'. Within a week, dozens of posters had that name in their sig with SuperHero names like '4e Batman'.



* Chicago is well known as "The Windy City." The nickname was around before the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (See the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_name_%22Windy_City%22 article]] at [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]), but it was pushed into popular culture when it was used as an insult by the ''New York Sun'' editors to refer to the hot air being created by Chicago politicians as they tried to get the World's Fair to come to Chicago. The name stuck.

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* Chicago UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} is well known as "The Windy City." The nickname was around before the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (See the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_name_%22Windy_City%22 article]] at [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]), but it was pushed into popular culture when it was used as an insult by the ''New York Sun'' editors to refer to the hot air being created by Chicago politicians as they tried to get the World's Fair to come to Chicago. The name stuck.



* The "Crocoduck" was originally a Photoshopped MixAndMatchCritter used by creationists Kirk Cameron (of ''Series/GrowingPains'' fame) and Ray Comfort to mock the theory of evolution. Since then, prominent atheists like PZ Myers and UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins have taken to wearing ties with crocoducks on them. Also, several fossilized animals with both crocodile and duck-like features have been found, earning them the nickname "crocoduck."

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* The "Crocoduck" was originally a Photoshopped MixAndMatchCritter [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]] used by creationists Kirk Cameron (of ''Series/GrowingPains'' fame) and Ray Comfort to mock the theory of evolution. Since then, prominent atheists like PZ Myers and UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins have taken to wearing ties with crocoducks on them. Also, several fossilized animals with both crocodile and duck-like features have been found, earning them the nickname "crocoduck."



* TheEdwardianEra show the birth of a new art movement in painting, characterized by "wild brush work and strident colors". Art critic Louis Vauxcelles nicknamed them "les Fauves" (French: "the wild beasts"), intending it as an insult. He accidentally baptized the nameless movement as "Fauvism", when the press started using it as a formal name. Several of the artists he was insulting, such as Henri Matisse and Georges Braque started using the name in reference to themselves and went on to become household names.

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* TheEdwardianEra show featured the birth of a new art movement in painting, characterized by "wild brush work and strident colors". Art critic Louis Vauxcelles nicknamed them "les Fauves" (French: "the wild beasts"), intending it as an insult. He accidentally baptized the nameless movement as "Fauvism", when the press started using it as a formal name. Several of the artists he was insulting, such as Henri Matisse and Georges Braque started using the name in reference to themselves and went on to become household names.
3rd Oct '17 12:03:25 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* The online term "Social Justice Warrior", or "SJW", was created as a ironic pejorative term for people who often spoke negatively about sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or anything of that ilk to a tiresome extent. It was initially used to describe [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad overly-PC]] Website/{{Tumblr}}ites who had just found out what "cultural appropriation" meant and applied the term rather broadly, before expanding to become a general invective that could be yelled at anyone. Eventually, it was adopted as a self-descriptive term by geeky online folks with strong opinions about inclusivity and social equality, leading to a fad for replacing "warrior" with other ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classes, and eventually [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzSuMiUIIAIclHG.jpg:large these buttons]] being sold at conventions. Its use as a pejorative does seem to have seen a resurgence as of late, as some of the aforementioned people took it increasingly far.

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* The online term "Social Justice Warrior", or "SJW", was created as a ironic pejorative term for people who often spoke negatively about sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or anything of that ilk to a tiresome extent. It was initially used to describe [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad overly-PC]] Website/{{Tumblr}}ites who had just found out what "cultural appropriation" meant and applied the term rather broadly, before expanding to become a general invective that could be yelled at anyone.anyone - possibly by people who didn't quite grasp that calling your opponents warriors for justice is basically calling them superheroes. Eventually, it was adopted as a self-descriptive term by geeky online folks with strong opinions about inclusivity and social equality, leading to a fad for replacing "warrior" with other ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classes, and eventually [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzSuMiUIIAIclHG.jpg:large these buttons]] being sold at conventions. Its use as a pejorative does seem to have seen a resurgence as of late, as some of the aforementioned people took it increasingly far.
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