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22nd Apr '17 5:04:45 PM intastiel
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* ''TabletopGame/{{MagicTheGathering}}: The Planeswalker Sarkhan Vol is an interesting example. On the [[TheMultiverse plane]] Tarkir, "Sar-khan" is a word that mean "Great-Khan," "Sky-Khan," "Khan-Of-Khans," basically ruler of the world. It was given to Vol sarcastically by his own Khan as an insult, but Vol took the name for himself anyway, even when traveling to other worlds, and eventually started to think of himself by that name alone. Though it does cause a few misunderstandings when he returns to Tarkir for the first time in years.
-->'''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Ugin]]''': "Sarkhan"? They bow to you?
-->'''Sarkhan Vol''': No, [[BadassBoast but I bow to no one]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{MagicTheGathering}}: ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': The Planeswalker Sarkhan Vol is an interesting example. On the [[TheMultiverse plane]] Tarkir, "Sar-khan" is a word that mean "Great-Khan," "Sky-Khan," "Khan-Of-Khans," basically ruler of the world. It was given to Vol sarcastically by his own Khan as an insult, but Vol took the name for himself anyway, even when traveling to other worlds, and eventually started to think of himself by that name alone. Though it does cause a few misunderstandings when he returns to Tarkir for the first time in years.
-->'''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Ugin]]''': "Sarkhan"? They bow to you?
-->'''Sarkhan
you?\\
'''Sarkhan
Vol''': No, [[BadassBoast but I bow to no one]].
20th Apr '17 4:48:48 AM gb00393
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** Davos was knighted for his services smuggling food (onions among it) and was disparagingly called "the Onion Knight" by some. His response was to put an onion on his personal arms.

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** Davos was knighted for his services smuggling food (onions among it) and was disparagingly called "the Onion Knight" by some. His other nobles, who disliked him for being lowborn. Davos doesn't mind this at all and his response was to put an onion on his personal arms.
16th Apr '17 3:45:46 PM Qrow
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* ''TabletopGame/{{MagicTheGathering}}: The Planeswalker Sarkhan Vol is an interesting example. On the [[TheMultiverse plane]] Tarkir, "Sar-khan" is a word that mean "Great-Khan," "Sky-Khan," "Khan-Of-Khans," basically ruler of the world. It was given to Vol sarcastically by his own Khan as an insult, but Vol took the name for himself anyway, even when traveling to other worlds, and eventually started to think of himself by that name alone. Though it does cause a few misunderstandings when he returns to Tarkir for the first time in years.
-->'''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent Ugin]]''': "Sarkhan"? They bow to you?
-->'''Sarkhan Vol''': No, [[BadassBoast but I bow to no one]].
1st Apr '17 3:39:47 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning "Sealioning"]] is a bit of internet slang inspired by [[http://wondermark.com/1k62/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' comic, meaning harassing one's unwilling debate opponents with incessant demands for evidence for their claims. It was coined by opponents of the Gamergate movement to satirize what they saw as Gamergate's favorite tactic. Gamergate has since proudly adopted the sealion as one of its mascots.

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* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning "Sealioning"]] is a bit of internet slang inspired by [[http://wondermark.com/1k62/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' comic, meaning harassing one's unwilling debate opponents with disingenuous and incessant demands for evidence for their claims. It was coined by opponents of the Gamergate movement to satirize what they saw as Gamergate's favorite tactic. Gamergate has since proudly adopted the sealion as one of its mascots.
28th Mar '17 2:33:51 PM intastiel
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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' has Bad Penny, who got her name when a superhero called her that. Completely coincidental, in fact, that her real name is Penny. E-Claire also counts, as her name came from her Internet handle. Of the main characters, only Reviled chose his own name.
** No he didn't. Penny called him that in the heat of battle, constructing it from his real name (Ray Viles) but he answered to it in the moment and afterwards declared that he liked it, thanking her for naming him.

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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' has ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'':
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Bad Penny, who got Penny adopted her name when a superhero called her that. Completely coincidental, in fact, that her real name is Penny. E-Claire also counts, as her name came from her Internet handle. Of the main characters, only Reviled chose his own name.
Penny.
** No he didn't. Penny called him that calls Ray Viles "Reviled" in the heat of battle, constructing it from his real name (Ray Viles) but battle; afterwards, he answered to it in the moment and afterwards declared decides that he liked it, thanking her for naming him.likes is and adopts it as his name.
24th Mar '17 6:39:22 PM Malady
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* ''ComicBook/{{Bane}}'': Bane got his name after a warden called him one after he killed while still a child, in prison:
--> "He is a bane to everything holy!"
14th Mar '17 5:28:32 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Szeth-son-son-Vallano is a pacifist bound by his word to obey anyone who holds his oathstone. Since he is also a deadly martial artist wielding magics that haven't been seen for centuries, he is inevitably used to kill. Of course he ''hates'' killing, and cries as he does. In the prologue of [[Literature/TheWayOfKings the first book]], he actually does apologize before attacking.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': When Szeth-son-son-Vallano is a pacifist bound by was sent to assassinate the Alethi King Gavilar, his word Parshendi masters made him wear white; they believe that if you are going to obey anyone assassinate someone, you at least owe him the courtesy to let him see you coming. Szeth soon becomes known as "the Assassin in White," and when he gets a new monster who holds his oathstone. Since uses him for even worse slaughters, he is also a deadly martial artist wielding magics ordered to wear white so that haven't been seen for centuries, he is inevitably used to kill. Of course he ''hates'' killing, and cries people properly identify him as he does. In the prologue of [[Literature/TheWayOfKings the first book]], he actually does apologize before attacking.
one who killed Gavilar.
14th Mar '17 5:25:37 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Szeth-son-son-Vallano is a pacifist bound by his word to obey anyone who holds his oathstone. Since he is also a deadly martial artist wielding magics that haven't been seen for centuries, he is inevitably used to kill. Of course he ''hates'' killing, and cries as he does. In the prologue of [[Literature/TheWayOfKings the first book]], he actually does apologize before attacking.
12th Mar '17 5:41:58 AM secretfan14
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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}'' when the six girls of Icebreaker Squad in all receive scornful call signs that are either disparaging or ironic comments on their characters: "Hammer", (the vacillating leader), "Quetzalcoatl" (TheNeidermeyer) "Whiskey" (the HardDrinkingPartyGirl), "Bubblegum" (as in: [[{{Dojikko}} can't walk and chew it at the same time]]), "Loser" (self-explanatory), and "Kid" (TheIngenue). It does NOT help them bond as a team, and their attempts to "make these names their own" just makes it worse.

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}'' when the six girls of Icebreaker Squad in all receive scornful call signs that are either disparaging or ironic comments on their characters: "Hammer", (the vacillating leader), "Quetzalcoatl" (TheNeidermeyer) "Whiskey" (the HardDrinkingPartyGirl), "Bubblegum" (as in: [[{{Dojikko}} [[TheKlutz can't walk and chew it at the same time]]), "Loser" (self-explanatory), and "Kid" (TheIngenue). It does NOT help them bond as a team, and their attempts to "make these names their own" just makes it worse.
8th Mar '17 7:20:48 PM merotoker
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* Played straight in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' with Patrick Colasour. He survives getting his ass kicked by the Gundams enough that he earns the nickname "Colasour The Indestructible". He seems oblivious they're disparaging him.
** [[ColonelBadass Kati Mannequin]] tries to explain it to him once; apparently, he doesn't know what "disparage" means.

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* Played straight in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' with Patrick Colasour. He survives getting his ass kicked by the Gundams enough that he earns the nickname "Colasour The Indestructible". He seems oblivious they're disparaging him.
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him. [[ColonelBadass Kati Mannequin]] tries to explain it to him once; apparently, he doesn't know what "disparage" means.



* Jeremiah Gottwald of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' lands the nickname Orange in association with the scandal to which he was linked by Zero. Eventually he takes it as a symbol of loyalty [[spoiler: once he learns of Zero's identity and motives.]]

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* Jeremiah Gottwald of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' lands the nickname Orange in association with the scandal to which he was linked by Zero. Eventually he takes it as a symbol of loyalty [[spoiler: once he learns of Zero's identity and motives.]]motives]].



* In Creator/DCComics, ComicBook/BoosterGold got his strange name when he flubbed his own intended name, "Gold Star", along with his college football nickname "Booster", when asked by UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.
** He also gave Doomsday his name in ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' when, after Franchise/{{Superman}} caught an airborne Booster, he mentioned that "It was like Doomsday is here!" When Superman confronts him, he says "What did you call him? Oh, yeah: '''''Doomsday'''''."

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* In Creator/DCComics, ComicBook/BoosterGold got his strange name when he flubbed his own intended name, "Gold Star", along with his college football nickname "Booster", when asked by UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.
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UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. He also gave Doomsday his name in ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' when, after Franchise/{{Superman}} caught an airborne Booster, he mentioned that "It was like Doomsday is here!" When Superman confronts him, he says "What did you call him? Oh, yeah: '''''Doomsday'''''."



* Modern age ComicBook/PlasticMan got his name from flubbing "[[RubberMan Elastic Man]]", also when asked by a reporter.
** This is actually a retcon; when the character was created, "plastic" meant the same as "elastic", before plastic was so well-known and widely used as the material.
** There is a song by The Fall called, "How I wrote Elastic man"; In one verse it says "How I wrote elastic man" and ends with "How I wrote Plastic man" Coincidence?
* In at least one version of his origin, Franchise/{{Batman}} villain, Jonathan Crane was called nasty names, one of them being "Scarecrow".

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* Modern age ComicBook/PlasticMan got his name from flubbing "[[RubberMan Elastic Man]]", also when asked by a reporter.
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reporter. This is actually a retcon; when the character was created, "plastic" meant the same as "elastic", before plastic was so well-known and widely used as the material.
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material. There is a song by The Fall called, "How I wrote Elastic man"; In in one verse it says "How I wrote elastic man" and ends with "How I wrote Plastic man" Coincidence?
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
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In at least one version of his origin, Franchise/{{Batman}} villain, Jonathan Crane was called nasty names, one of them being "Scarecrow".



* The ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'' ContinuityReboot attempt had the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk and ComicBook/IronMan do this to each other when their origins were mashed up into a single storyline. (Tony used the H-word when he first saw the mutated Banner, and the Hulk liked the sound of it; the other side was just applied HulkSpeak.)
** Similarly, when Betty Ross first saw the Gamma-transformed Emil Blonsky, she described him as "some kind of... abomination!" Guess what his supervillain name became...

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* The ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'' ContinuityReboot attempt had the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk and ComicBook/IronMan do this to each other when their origins were mashed up into a single storyline. (Tony used the H-word when he first saw the mutated Banner, and the Hulk liked the sound of it; the other side was just applied HulkSpeak.)
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) Similarly, when Betty Ross ComicBook/BettyRoss first saw the Gamma-transformed Emil Blonsky, she described him as "some kind of... abomination!" Guess what his supervillain name became...



* CorruptCorporateExecutive [[ComicBook/{{Bamse}} Krösus Sork]] ("Croesus Vole") apparently adopted "Krösus" as his given name based on an ironic derogatory nickname in school (as TheUnFavourite, he never had any money). AFAIK, we have never seen his real name - but an earlier version of him was called "Sigge", so [[WildMassGuessing presumably]] he was Sigmund Sork or something.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive [[ComicBook/{{Bamse}} Krösus Sork]] ("Croesus Vole") apparently adopted "Krösus" as his given name based on an ironic derogatory nickname in school (as TheUnFavourite, TheUnfavourite, he never had any money). AFAIK, we have never seen his real name - but an earlier version of him was called "Sigge", so [[WildMassGuessing presumably]] he was Sigmund Sork or something.



* ComicBook/CaptainMarVell made his debut when he stopped a killer robot sent by his own superiors in the Kree army that was sent to KillAllHumans. During the battle the robot kept addressing him by his rank and name "Captain Mar-Vell". Bystanders misheard and assumed that Mar-Vell was a new superhero named "Captain Marvel". Mar-Vell decided to go along with it.
** Used again with his ComicBook/UltimateMarvel incarnation, Marh-Vell. When interrogating him, Carol Danvers hears his name as "Marvel", and thinks he's a new superhero (and a Native America to boot). In fairness, with his armour, he does look like a superhero.
* According to ''The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix'', Comicbook/XMen [[Characters/XMenVillains enemy]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Sinister]] got his name from the curses of his dying wife. Appropriately enough for a guy who became a supervillain in the 1800s, you don't get more gothic than that.
* Stretched to the breaking point for [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Impossible Man]]. The Thing, amazed by [[GreatGazoo the new alien's metamorphic powers and glib attitude, says the alien is "impossible", as in exasperating.]] The narration automatically claims it as a moniker, calling the alien the Impossible Man.

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* ComicBook/CaptainMarVell made his debut when he stopped a killer robot sent by his own superiors in the Kree army that was sent to KillAllHumans. During the battle the robot kept addressing him by his rank and name "Captain Mar-Vell". Bystanders misheard and assumed that Mar-Vell was a new superhero named "Captain Marvel". Mar-Vell decided to go along with it.
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it. Used again with his ComicBook/UltimateMarvel incarnation, Marh-Vell. When interrogating him, Carol Danvers hears his name as "Marvel", and thinks he's a new superhero (and a Native America to boot). In fairness, with his armour, he does look like a superhero.
* According to ''The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix'', Comicbook/XMen [[Characters/XMenVillains [[Characters/XMenRoguesGallery enemy]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Sinister]] got his name from the curses of his dying wife. Appropriately enough for a guy who became a supervillain in the 1800s, you don't get more gothic than that.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''
** The Thing got the idea for his codename when Sue had called him such after he first transformed.
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Stretched to the breaking point for [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Impossible Man]].Man. The Thing, amazed by [[GreatGazoo the new alien's metamorphic powers and glib attitude, says the alien is "impossible", as in exasperating.]] The narration automatically claims it as a moniker, calling the alien the Impossible Man.



* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] first got his nickname, ''Big Red Cheese'', from his ArchEnemy Dr. Sivana, but it was quickly adopted by both his friends and his fanbase.

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* [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] first got his nickname, ''Big Red Cheese'', from his ArchEnemy Dr. Sivana, but it was quickly adopted by both his friends and his fanbase.



* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] gained his name when a reporter interviewing him noted Central City's mysterious new hero "sure caught that guy in a flash...what did you say your name was?" Barry responds, "you just said it--the Flash!" It helps that Barry also idolized the GoldenAge Flash, Jay Garrick.
* The Thing of the ComicBook/FantasticFour got the idea for his codename when Sue had called him such after he first transformed.

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* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] gained his name when a reporter interviewing him noted Central City's mysterious new hero "sure caught that guy in a flash...what did you say your name was?" Barry responds, "you just said it--the Flash!" It helps that Barry also idolized the GoldenAge UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}} Flash, Jay Garrick.
* The Thing of the ComicBook/FantasticFour got the idea for his codename when Sue had called him such after he first transformed.
Garrick.



* In ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', a student on the news says "It was like some kind of... Hulk!" Also, [[spoiler:when Blonsky is forcing Sterns to give him Hulk powers, Sterns warns him that the combination of the SuperSerum and Gamma Radiation might result in "An ''Abomination''". Both of these are straight out of the comics.]]

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* In ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', a student on the news says "It was like some kind of... Hulk!" Also, [[spoiler:when Blonsky is forcing Sterns to give him Hulk powers, Sterns warns him that the combination of the SuperSerum and Gamma Radiation might result in "An ''Abomination''". Both of these are straight out of the comics.]]comics]].



** Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. [[NonIndicativeName Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron]], but later grows to like and use the name himself.
*** In the novelization, he mentions the Music/BlackSabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.

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** Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. [[NonIndicativeName Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron]], but later grows to like and use the name himself.
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himself. In the novelization, he mentions the Music/BlackSabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.



** [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] is also named by the press, as is Comicbook/DoctorOctopus in the sequel.

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** [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] is also named by the press, as is Comicbook/DoctorOctopus in [[Film/SpiderMan2 the sequel.sequel]].



* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': Time-travelling Cpl. Joe Bauers is re-named Not Sure by the bar code machine as he tries to explain that he doesn't understand how it's supposed to work.
** That's [[spoiler:President]] Not Sure to you, private!

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* ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'': Time-travelling Cpl. Joe Bauers is re-named Not Sure by the bar code machine as he tries to explain that he doesn't understand how it's supposed to work.
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work. That's [[spoiler:President]] Not Sure to you, private!



** By ''Film/JusticeLeague'' most of the names of the heroes are taken from the Lex Corp metahuman files seen in BVS.

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** By ''Film/JusticeLeague'' ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' most of the names of the heroes are taken from the Lex Corp metahuman files seen in BVS.''[=BvS=]''.



* Midas Mulligan in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
* Stereth Tarkrim (it means "rice thief") in the Ivory trilogy by Doris Egan.

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* %%* Midas Mulligan in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
* %%* Stereth Tarkrim (it means "rice thief") in the Ivory trilogy by Doris Egan.



* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', it's a joke among veterans that new recruits are "fish," since their flailing around is more reminiscent of a landed fish than a ''legionnaire''. The legion Tavi was assigned to happened to have an outsized regiment of [[BlowYouAway Knights Aeris]]: namely, ones who were powerful enough to qualify but so short on practice that they couldn't fly (which is the entire ''point'' of Knights Aeris). Tavi dubbed them "Knights Pisces." It stuck. Then [[YouShallNotPass the battle of the Elinarch]] rolled around, when Tavi stopped the enemy army from sneaking across the river by having butchers and the like dump buckets of blood and offal in the river to attract sharks. Next time we see the Knights, [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks they've chosen a certain fish as their new insignia]]. They keep the name for the rest of the series.

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* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', it's a joke among veterans that new recruits are "fish," since their flailing around is more reminiscent of a landed fish than a ''legionnaire''. The legion Tavi was assigned to happened to have an outsized regiment of [[BlowYouAway Knights Aeris]]: namely, ones who were powerful enough to qualify but so short on practice that they couldn't fly (which is the entire ''point'' of Knights Aeris). Tavi dubbed them "Knights Pisces." It stuck. Then [[YouShallNotPass the battle of the Elinarch]] rolled around, when Tavi stopped the enemy army from sneaking across the river by having butchers and the like dump buckets of blood and offal in the river to attract sharks. Next time we see the Knights, [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks [[ThreateningShark they've chosen a certain fish as their new insignia]]. They keep the name for the rest of the series.



* To go with several other sibling mispronunciations, Beezus, who got her name when RamonaQuimby couldn't pronounce Beatrice.

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* To go with several other sibling mispronunciations, Beezus, who got her name when RamonaQuimby Literature/RamonaQuimby couldn't pronounce Beatrice.



** The talking coyotes in the series (MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext, I fear), refer to Brianna as ''Swift Girl''. The coyotes hate Brianna and have tried to kill her a multitude of times. Which makes her take all the more pride in the nickname.

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** The talking coyotes in the series (MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext, I fear), (MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext), refer to Brianna as ''Swift Girl''. The coyotes hate Brianna and have tried to kill her a multitude of times. Which makes her take all the more pride in the nickname.



* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' has Bad Penny, who got her name when a superhero called her that. Completely coincidental, in fact, that her real name is Penny. E-Claire also counts, as her name came from her internet handle. Of the main characters, only Reviled chose his own name.

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* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' has Bad Penny, who got her name when a superhero called her that. Completely coincidental, in fact, that her real name is Penny. E-Claire also counts, as her name came from her internet Internet handle. Of the main characters, only Reviled chose his own name.



* In ''Literature/TheCulture'' novel ''Literature/{{Excession}}'' the Affront is a xenophobic ProudWarriorRace who were so named when they ''ate'' a delegation from an Involved civilisation, since they were an affront to civilised species. They [[InsultBackfire adopted the name enthusiastically]].

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* In ''Literature/TheCulture'' novel ''Literature/{{Excession}}'' the Affront is a xenophobic ProudWarriorRace {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} who were so named when they ''ate'' a delegation from an Involved civilisation, since they were an affront to civilised species. They [[InsultBackfire adopted the name enthusiastically]].



* This is briefly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in one episode of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', as Henry says to his assistant 'just call me Henry Potter' because he's a workplace wizard. He regrets this almost instantly, saying he'd dislike it immensely if people called him that. In another scene, Charmonique calls him Henry Potter to Eliza, saying that it spread like wildfire that morning.

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* This is briefly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] {{inverted|Trope}} in one episode of ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', as Henry says to his assistant 'just call me Henry Potter' because he's a workplace wizard. He regrets this almost instantly, saying he'd dislike it immensely if people called him that. In another scene, Charmonique calls him Henry Potter to Eliza, saying that it spread like wildfire that morning.



** {{Inverted}} in "Kissed By Fire" when Jaime specifically rejects his sobriquet in his delirium:

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** {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} in "Kissed By Fire" when Jaime specifically rejects his sobriquet in his delirium:



** {{Discussed}} by the "High Sparrow", who's aware the name is generally derogatory but takes it in stride, noting there are far worse burdens to bear.

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** {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} by the "High Sparrow", who's aware the name is generally derogatory but takes it in stride, noting there are far worse burdens to bear.



* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Radio DJ Gordon Sims initially wanted his StageName to be Venus Rising, but due to a slip-up when he first came on the air, he was introduced as Venus Flytrap, and the name stuck.

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* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Radio DJ Gordon Sims initially wanted his StageName {{Stage Name|s}} to be Venus Rising, but due to a slip-up when he first came on the air, he was introduced as Venus Flytrap, and the name stuck.



* This is also a RealLife example. Seattle-based sketch show ''Series/AlmostLive'' had aerospace-engineer-turned-comedian Bill Nye as a cast member. He kept correcting host Ross Shafer's pronunciation of "gigawatt." Shafer's reply was "Who do you think you are, BillNyeTheScienceGuy?" Needless to say the name stuck, and the rest is history.
* Subverted on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard knew that the other astronauts would give him a nickname; he planned to influence their decision by having his phone ring during a videoconference: the ringtone would be Elton John's song "Rocket Man". Unforturnatley, his mother butted in and asked him if he wanted some Froot Loops for breakfast, and the other astronauts called him "Froot Loops" from then on.

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* This is also a RealLife example. Seattle-based sketch show ''Series/AlmostLive'' had aerospace-engineer-turned-comedian Bill Nye as a cast member. He kept correcting host Ross Shafer's pronunciation of "gigawatt." Shafer's reply was "Who do you think you are, BillNyeTheScienceGuy?" Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy?" Needless to say the name stuck, and the rest is history.
* Subverted on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard knew that the other astronauts would give him a nickname; he planned to influence their decision by having his phone ring during a videoconference: the ringtone would be Elton John's song "Rocket Man". Unforturnatley, Unfortunately, his mother butted in and asked him if he wanted some Froot Loops for breakfast, and the other astronauts called him "Froot Loops" from then on.



* In ''Series/Daredevil2015'', the titular character is called "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen" by the newspapers, until he apprehends [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] at the end of the first season.
** In Season 2, The Punisher is similarly nicknamed by the papers. By the last episode, he also has appropriated his logo from the picture on the newspaper headline proclaiming [[spoiler:[[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated his death]]]]

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* In ''Series/Daredevil2015'', the ''Series/Daredevil2015''
** The
titular character is called "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen" by the newspapers, until he apprehends [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] at the end of the first season.
** In Season 2, The Punisher is similarly nicknamed by the papers. By the last episode, he also has appropriated his logo from the picture on the newspaper headline proclaiming [[spoiler:[[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated his death]]]]death]]]].



* When Stan Ridgway played a friend some music he and Mark Moreland were working on for a film soundtrack, he jokingly compared the layered production to PhilSpector's "Wall Of Sound". Because of how unnerving the music was, said friend quipped that it was more like a "Music/WallOfVoodoo".

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* When Stan Ridgway played a friend some music he and Mark Moreland were working on for a film soundtrack, he jokingly compared the layered production to PhilSpector's Creator/PhilSpector's "Wall Of Sound". Because of how unnerving the music was, said friend quipped that it was more like a "Music/WallOfVoodoo".



* According to Josh Homme, "When we were making a record in 1992, under the band Kyuss, our producer Chris Goss, he would joke and say 'You guys are like the queens of the stone age.'" And after Kyuss folded, Homme [[QueensOfTheStoneAge made good use of that joke]].

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* According to Josh Homme, "When we were making a record in 1992, under the band Kyuss, our producer Chris Goss, he would joke and say 'You guys are like the queens of the stone age.'" And after Kyuss folded, Homme [[QueensOfTheStoneAge [[Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge made good use of that joke]].



* Tully Blanchard, the Anderson Brothers and Wrestling/RicFlair were thrown together at the last minute to fill up the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA's tv time. The segment was well received and compared to the Four Horsemen in the Bible, so the fans began calling them ''TheFourHorsemen'' of Wrestling, which the group then adopted themselves. Being a carbon copy, Wrestling/{{Evolution}} tried to invoke the same thing but it was only in story, the fans didn't jump on the name that time.

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* Tully Blanchard, the Anderson Brothers and Wrestling/RicFlair were thrown together at the last minute to fill up the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA's tv time. The segment was well received and compared to [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse the Four Horsemen in the Bible, Bible]], so the fans began calling them ''TheFourHorsemen'' ''Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen'' of Wrestling, which the group then adopted themselves. Being a carbon copy, Wrestling/{{Evolution}} tried to invoke the same thing but it was only in story, story; the fans didn't jump on the name that time.



* MixedMartialArts nicknames sometimes are these:

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* MixedMartialArts UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts nicknames sometimes are these:



* The English-language localizations of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' games introduced the name "Eggman" for Dr. Robotnik this way; in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', it was an insult used against him by the heroes, but in all later games he used it himself.
** [[DubNameChange That's actually because his name in Japan]] ''[[DubNameChange is]]'' [[DubNameChange Eggman]]; early games, realizing that wasn't the imposing name of a robot-themed supervillain, named him Dr. Robotnik and kept Eggman as an insult. Later games stated "Robotnik" was his family name and Eggman being the nick-name he normally uses. His full name is Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. And, with other members of the Robotnik family being introduced, both "Robotnik" and "Eggman" are now canon in English and Japanese.

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* The English-language localizations of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games introduced the name "Eggman" for Dr. Robotnik this way; in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', it was an insult used against him by the heroes, but in all later games he used it himself.
**
himself. [[DubNameChange That's actually because his name in Japan]] ''[[DubNameChange is]]'' [[DubNameChange Eggman]]; early games, realizing that wasn't the imposing name of a robot-themed supervillain, named him Dr. Robotnik and kept Eggman as an insult. Later games stated "Robotnik" was his family name and Eggman being the nick-name he normally uses. His full name is Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. And, with other members of the Robotnik family being introduced, both "Robotnik" and "Eggman" are now canon in English and Japanese.



** Partial example: when Tali [[spoiler:gets tried for treason]] during her loyalty mission, [[spoiler:the Admiralty Board legally has her ship name changed to "vas Normandy," believing that being associated with a human ship (and having a human captain represent her instead of a quarian) would hurt her chances of avoiding exile. Whether it works, backfires, or [[TakeAThirdOption leads in an unexpected direction]] is up to the player.]] Later on, if you earn Tali's loyalty, she lets the name stick.

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** Partial example: when Tali [[spoiler:gets tried for treason]] during her loyalty mission, [[spoiler:the Admiralty Board legally has her ship name changed to "vas Normandy," believing that being associated with a human ship (and having a human captain represent her instead of a quarian) would hurt her chances of avoiding exile. Whether it works, backfires, or [[TakeAThirdOption leads in an unexpected direction]] is up to the player.]] player]]. Later on, if you earn Tali's loyalty, she lets the name stick.



** The first example ever used in Mass Effect? Your helmsman, Jeff 'Joker' Moreau. He got the nickname in flight school for his habit of never smiling (he suffers from osteoporosis, which probably didn't help). He adopted the nickname after graduating, and now everyone apart from EDI (until the latter end of Mass Effect 3) and Dr Chakwas (who knows him well enough/is professional enough to stick to his real first name) uses the nickname when talking to or about him. One would think a 'morose' joke would have been too intelligent, given he becomes a wonderful barrel of snark and incidental humour.

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** The first example ever used in Mass Effect? ''Mass Effect''? Your helmsman, Jeff 'Joker' Moreau. He got the nickname in flight school for his habit of never smiling (he suffers from osteoporosis, which probably didn't help). He adopted the nickname after graduating, and now everyone apart from EDI (until the latter end of Mass Effect 3) and Dr Chakwas (who knows him well enough/is professional enough to stick to his real first name) uses the nickname when talking to or about him. One would think a 'morose' joke would have been too intelligent, given he becomes a wonderful barrel of snark and incidental humour.



* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Yelizaveta 'Bounce' Volkova]] of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version four. She picked up the nickname after somebody shared the sentiment that they'd 'Seen bouncier rocks'.

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* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Yelizaveta 'Bounce' Volkova]] of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version four. She picked up the nickname after somebody shared the sentiment that they'd 'Seen bouncier rocks'.



* {{Parodied}} in {{Website/CollegeHumor}}'s "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5758387/we-are-douchebags We Are Douchebags]]."

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* {{Parodied}} {{Parodied|Trope}} in {{Website/CollegeHumor}}'s "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5758387/we-are-douchebags We Are Douchebags]]."



* WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} ended up with a case of this. After the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9884-The-Slaughtering-Grounds-Developer-Meltdown "epic meltdown of the Slaughtering Grounds developer"]], Jim started calling himself Jim [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] Sterling, Son, which was an insult thrown at him in the developer's review of his review. ("I don't need to fix that because I'm Jim fucking Sterling, son!") He's since made it into a CatchPhrase, and changed his {{Twitter}} name to "[=JimFnSterlingSon=]".

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* WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} ended up with a case of this. After the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9884-The-Slaughtering-Grounds-Developer-Meltdown "epic meltdown of the Slaughtering Grounds developer"]], Jim started calling himself Jim [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] Sterling, Son, which was an insult thrown at him in the developer's review of his review. ("I don't need to fix that because I'm Jim fucking Sterling, son!") He's since made it into a CatchPhrase, and changed his {{Twitter}} Website/{{Twitter}} name to "[=JimFnSterlingSon=]".



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Harleen Quinzel]] is jokingly addressed as Harley Quinn before becoming a villain.
** ComicBook/TheCreeper gets the idea for his nickname from being called "creep", which he finds catchy but a little lacking.
** Before that he tried for "[[BuffySpeak Yellow-skinned Wacky Man]]!", before switching.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
**
[[StevenUlyssesPerhero Harleen Quinzel]] is jokingly addressed as Harley Quinn before becoming a villain.
** ComicBook/TheCreeper gets the idea for his nickname from being called "creep", which he finds catchy but a little lacking.
**
lacking. Before that he tried for "[[BuffySpeak Yellow-skinned Wacky Man]]!", before switching.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', a [[CloneDegeneration degraded Superman clone]] gets his name when ComicBook/LexLuthor's henchwoman describes him as being "Bizarro!"
** ComicBook/LoisLane also names Superman in The Animated Series. After discussing the new hero at the Daily Planet, Lois sums up with "A regular superman," referring to him metaphorically as being the embodiment of the Nietzschen ideal. Perry quickly agrees that this is what they should call him. Clark, who is in the room, is surprised at first, but likes the name by the time everyone leaves.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', a [[CloneDegeneration degraded Superman clone]] gets his name when ComicBook/LexLuthor's henchwoman describes him as being "Bizarro!"
''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
** As seen in other adaptations, ComicBook/LoisLane also names Superman in The Animated Series.here. After discussing the new hero at the Daily Planet, Lois sums up with "A regular superman," referring to him metaphorically as being the embodiment of the Nietzschen ideal. Perry quickly agrees that this is what they should call him. Clark, who is in the room, is surprised at first, but likes the name by the time everyone leaves.leaves.
** A [[CloneDegeneration degraded Superman clone]] gets his name when ComicBook/LexLuthor's henchwoman describes him as being "Bizarro!"



** Meek, submissive Otto Octavius is bullied by his boss Norman Osborn, who adds insult to injury by calling him "Doctor Octopus", a name Otto considers demeaning. One radioactive Freak accident later, he is demanding to be called the same, after delivering a ranting smackdown to both his boss and Spider-Man.
*** Likewise Doc Ock's team, the "Sinister Six," is named by ''The Daily Bugle.''
** "[[IHaveManyNames I have been called many names]] in my life. My favorite is Tombstone..."
*** "Big Man" may or may not be one of them.

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** Meek, submissive Otto Octavius is bullied by his boss Norman Osborn, who adds insult to injury by calling him "Doctor Octopus", a name Otto considers demeaning. One radioactive Freak accident later, he is demanding to be called the same, after delivering a ranting smackdown to both his boss and Spider-Man.
***
Spider-Man. Likewise Doc Ock's team, the "Sinister Six," is named by ''The Daily Bugle.''
** "[[IHaveManyNames I have been called many names]] in my life. My favorite is Tombstone..."
***
" "Big Man" may or may not be one of them.



* Robin from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' took his alias from a nickname his mother gave him, which he initially resented.
** If you're wondering, UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicbooks}} origin of the name was Dick paying tribute to RobinHood. Hence the green outfit, shirt lacing, and so forth.

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* Robin from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' took his alias from a nickname his mother gave him, which he initially resented.
**
resented. If you're wondering, UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicbooks}} origin of the name was Dick paying tribute to RobinHood.Myth/RobinHood. Hence the green outfit, shirt lacing, and so forth.



* The {{Bratz}} get their name from Kirstee and Kaycee in ''Bratz: Rock Angelz''.

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* The {{Bratz}} Franchise/{{Bratz}} get their name from Kirstee and Kaycee in ''Bratz: Rock Angelz''.



* As mentioned above, in terms of minorities and such, it's called reclaiming; it's why a good handful of gay men will call themselves "faggots", lesbians use "dykes," both of the above call themselves "queer", transgender women call themselves "trannies" (though the term is falling out of favor as of late), black people reserve NWordPrivileges, et cetera et cetera.
** In particular The N-word, which was (and still is) used as a racial slur against Black people, is now used by many [[NWordPrivileges within the Black community themselves]]. However, there are also plenty of Black people who strongly oppose the use of the word due to its extremely negative original (and sometimes current) meaning. For slurs in general, there is ongoing debate as to whether they can truly be robbed of negative power or not.

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* As mentioned above, in terms of minorities and such, it's called reclaiming; it's why a good handful of gay men will call themselves "faggots", lesbians use "dykes," both of the above call themselves "queer", transgender women call themselves "trannies" (though the term is falling out of favor as of late), black people reserve NWordPrivileges, et cetera et cetera.
**
cetera. In particular The N-word, which was (and still is) used as a racial slur against Black people, is now used by many [[NWordPrivileges within the Black community themselves]]. However, there are also plenty of Black people who strongly oppose the use of the word due to its extremely negative original (and sometimes current) meaning. For slurs in general, there is ongoing debate as to whether they can truly be robbed of negative power or not.



---> To foreigners, a Yankee is an American. To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner. To Northerners, a Yankee is a Northeasterner. To Northeasterners, a Yankee is a New Englander. To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter. And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.

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---> --> To foreigners, a Yankee is an American. To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner. To Northerners, a Yankee is a Northeasterner. To Northeasterners, a Yankee is a New Englander. To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter. And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.



* The reason why members of the Website/SomethingAwful forums are collectively referred to as "goons" by themselves and other internet denizens.

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* The reason why members of the Website/SomethingAwful forums are collectively referred to as "goons" by themselves and other internet Internet denizens.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rats_of_Tobruk Rats of Tobruk]], the Allied defenders of the besieged UsefulNotes/WW2 garrison who proudly took their name from Nazi propaganda. Likewise the Scrap Iron Flotilla that supplied them. Rats are intelligent, resourcful and endlessly hardy animals that will take a place over and never be removed. It was fate.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rats_of_Tobruk Rats of Tobruk]], the Allied defenders of the besieged UsefulNotes/WW2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII garrison who proudly took their name from Nazi propaganda. Likewise the Scrap Iron Flotilla that supplied them. Rats are intelligent, resourcful resourceful and endlessly hardy animals that will take a place over and never be removed. It was fate.



* Creator/RushLimbaugh was once called "The Most Dangerous Man in America". Rush now calls himself that.
** Similarly, he and his fans refer to his fanbase as "Dittoheads", which was originally to disparage them as [[YesMan yes-men]].

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* Creator/RushLimbaugh Radio/RushLimbaugh was once called "The Most Dangerous Man in America". Rush now calls himself that.
**
that. Similarly, he and his fans refer to his fanbase as "Dittoheads", which was originally to disparage them as [[YesMan yes-men]].



* "Film/{{Stilyagi}}" was the insult in [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the Soviet Union]] for youth who rebelled by dressing in wild styles and listening to RockAndRoll. They later used this name as a point of pride.

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* "Film/{{Stilyagi}}" was the insult in [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the Soviet Union]] for youth who rebelled by dressing in wild styles and listening to RockAndRoll. They later used this name as a point of pride.



* During TheGildedAge, [[PoliticalCartoon political cartoonist]] Thomas Nast started to caricature the Republican Party as an elephant -- for being bloated but unstoppable (in Nast's day, the GOP ran everything that wasn't the South or New York City) -- and popularized the use of the donkey to represent the Democratic Party (UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson had been called a "jackass" in the 1830s, and as the Democrats were seen as being rather obstinate in the late 19th century, the symbol was extremely fitting). The Republicans and Democrats adopted the animals as mascots, and use them to this day.

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* During TheGildedAge, [[PoliticalCartoon political cartoonist]] {{political cartoon|s}}ist Thomas Nast started to caricature the Republican Party as an elephant -- for being bloated but unstoppable (in Nast's day, the GOP ran everything that wasn't the South or New York City) -- and popularized the use of the donkey to represent the Democratic Party (UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson had been called a "jackass" in the 1830s, and as the Democrats were seen as being rather obstinate in the late 19th century, the symbol was extremely fitting). The Republicans and Democrats adopted the animals as mascots, and use them to this day.



* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew, once called opponents of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar "an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals". After this, some of them started wearing "Effete Snobs for Peace" buttons.

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* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew, once called opponents of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar "an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals". After this, some of them started wearing "Effete Snobs for Peace" buttons.



* EnvironmentalNarrativeGames have frequently been derisively referred to by their detractors as "walking simulators", although some have since come to use that term neutrally as a purely descriptive term for the genre.

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* EnvironmentalNarrativeGames {{Environmental Narrative Game}}s have frequently been derisively referred to by their detractors as "walking simulators", although some have since come to use that term neutrally as a purely descriptive term for the genre.



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