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17th Feb '17 3:24:59 AM MagBas
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[[AC: Note:]] This is not about any game that lets you name the characters. Only cases in which you can name the characters in Game A, and the character's official name is shown in Game B. For characters who are later named in adaptations such as books and movies, see NamedByTheAdaptation.

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[[AC: Note:]] This is not about any game that lets you name the characters. Only cases in which you can name the characters in Game A, and the character's official name is shown in Game B. For characters who are B, The Movie, or The Book version released later named in adaptations such as books and movies, see NamedByTheAdaptation.should be added here.
14th Jan '17 6:48:28 PM nombretomado
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* Each of the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' games past the first have a canon name for their hero (with Maxim's name established in the first game). You can still change Maxim, Wain, and Eldin's names, except in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' where Maxim's name is used during voice acting.

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* Each of the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' games past the first have a canon name for their hero (with Maxim's name established in the first game). You can still change Maxim, Wain, and Eldin's names, except in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' where Maxim's name is used during voice acting.
31st Dec '16 7:25:31 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FossilFighters,'' the hero has no default name--and indeed, you can change his name as often as you like! However, the official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter," probably after the series' Japanese name (''Fossil Hunters'').

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* In ''FossilFighters,'' ''VideoGame/FossilFighters,'' the hero has no default name--and indeed, you can change his name as often as you like! However, the official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter," probably after the series' Japanese name (''Fossil Hunters'').
21st Nov '16 6:33:50 AM ashlay
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** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'''s manga adaptation names the protagonist Souji Seta. The [[VideoGame/Persona4Arena fighting game sequel]] and [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime adaptation]], on the other hand, name him Yu Narukami. The latter name was finally canonized with the release of ''Persona4DancingAllNight''.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'''s manga adaptation names the protagonist Souji Seta. The [[VideoGame/Persona4Arena fighting game sequel]] and [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime adaptation]], on the other hand, name him Yu Narukami. The latter name was finally canonized with the release of ''Persona4DancingAllNight''.''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''.
** Downplayed in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', where the main character has [[HelloInsertNameHere no static given name]], but always has the official ''nom de guerre'' in "The Phantom". As with most Atlus games, in Japanese promotional material the creators enter the name "主人 公" ("Protagonist"). In English promotional material, Atlus reps also joked everyone should name the Protagonist "Xander", after his English voice actor Creator/XanderMobus.
14th Oct '16 6:14:58 AM pinkdalek
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*** The prequel/{{Revision}} to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', gives the Warrior's name as 'Wol', although the player can still rename him (and is encouraged to do so via the social mechanics).
27th Sep '16 4:11:59 PM Kadorhal
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** The reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the [=MSX2=] ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games had little to do with maintaining the character's mystique and more to do with the fact that he was meant to be an avatar for the player. When Snake's character was fleshed out in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he was given the name of "David".
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', the player is asked to input their name and details for Raiden's dog tags. Most appearances of them in non-interactive media (official videos, strategy guides, the zoomable Demo Theatre version in ''Document of Metal Gear Solid 2'', etc) use Creator/HideoKojima's details instead.

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** The reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the [=MSX2=] ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games had little to do with maintaining the character's mystique and more to do with the fact that he was meant to be an avatar for the player. When Snake's character was fleshed out in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he was given the name of "David".
"David", allowing for ThemeNaming with both Meryl (CanonImmigrant from ''VideoGame/{{Policenauts}}'', where Meryl was partnered with a guy named Dave) and with Otacon ([[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Hal and Dave]]).
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', the player is asked to input their name and details for Raiden's dog tags. Most appearances of them in non-interactive media (official videos, strategy guides, the zoomable Demo Theatre version in ''Document of Metal Gear Solid 2'', etc) use Creator/HideoKojima's details instead.



* Pretty much every ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' game that allows the player to create the PC gives them at least an official gender (and species where applicable). The Exile from ''KOTOR 2'' is female, [[spoiler:Revan]] from ''KOTOR 1'' is male, Jaden Korr from ''Jedi Academy'' is a male human, and so on. The {{AFGNCAAP}} hero of ''X-Wing'' is revealed in a novella included with the Limited Edition to be Keyan Farlander, a human male from Agamar, who the ExpandedUniverse reveals was later trained as a Jedi by Luke Skywalker and became a Jedi Master in his own right. The one from ''TIE Fighter'' is Maarek Stele, and he pops up very sporadically in other ExpandedUniverse material. Averted in ''XWingAlliance'', where the hero has a name (Ace Azzameen) from the start, and although it's possible for the player to change it at the beginning, there's little point as his family relations with the other Azzameens is a big part of the plot.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' generally uses the name of the hero's [[spoiler:original identity, Revan]] to refer to him, leading to a LateArrivalSpoiler situation in later games. The Exile's name is later stated to be Meetra Surik in ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', the book prequel to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Oddly enough though, [[spoiler:Revan]] never has his birth name revealed; as shown by a flashback in [[ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic a prequel comic]] he changed his name to [[spoiler:Revan]] upon [[spoiler:deciding to leave the Jedi Order to fight the Mandalorians]].

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* Pretty much every ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' game that allows the player to create the PC gives them at least an official gender (and species where applicable). The Exile from ''KOTOR 2'' is female, [[spoiler:Revan]] from ''KOTOR 1'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is male, Jaden Korr from ''Jedi Academy'' ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy'' is likewise a male human, the Exile from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is female, and so on. The {{AFGNCAAP}} hero FeaturelessProtagonist of ''X-Wing'' ''VideoGame/XWing'' is revealed in a novella included with the Limited Edition to be Keyan Farlander, a human male from Agamar, who the ExpandedUniverse reveals was later trained as a Jedi by Luke Skywalker and became a Jedi Master in his own right. The one from ''TIE Fighter'' ''VideoGame/TIEFighter'' is Maarek Stele, and he pops up very sporadically in other ExpandedUniverse material. Averted in ''XWingAlliance'', ''VideoGame/XWingAlliance'', where the hero has a name (Ace Azzameen) from the start, and although it's possible for the player to change it at the beginning, there's little point as his family relations with the other Azzameens is a big part of the plot.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' ''Knights of the Old Republic'' generally uses the name of the hero's [[spoiler:original identity, Revan]] to refer to him, leading to a LateArrivalSpoiler situation in later games. The Exile's name is later stated to be Meetra Surik in ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', the book prequel to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Oddly enough though, [[spoiler:Revan]] never has his birth name revealed; as shown by a flashback in [[ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic a prequel comic]] he changed his name to [[spoiler:Revan]] upon [[spoiler:deciding to leave the Jedi Order to fight the Mandalorians]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you get to name Fallen Child. [[spoiler: Turns out you named the first child who fell into the Underground, not your character. Your character's real name is Frisk. Additionally, the first fallen human is commonly referred to by fans as "Chara" due to the text 'the true name' appearing when one uses that name.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you get to name Fallen Child. [[spoiler: Turns out [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that you actually named the first ''first'' child who fell into the Underground, not your character. Your character's real name is Frisk. Additionally, the first fallen human is commonly referred to by fans as "Chara" due to the text 'the true name' appearing when one uses that name.]]
7th Sep '16 7:45:30 AM pinkdalek
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* The reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the [=MSX2=] ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games had little to do with maintaining the character's mystique and more to do with the fact that he was meant to be an avatar for the player. When Snake's character was fleshed out in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he was given the name of "David".
** Big Boss's name in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' is revealed to be John, or at least Jack. Although this may be a codename/nickname, since he says he's John Doe, which is an anonymous name in the US.

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reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the [=MSX2=] ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games had little to do with maintaining the character's mystique and more to do with the fact that he was meant to be an avatar for the player. When Snake's character was fleshed out in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he was given the name of "David".
** Big Boss's **At the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', the player is asked to input their name and details for Raiden's dog tags. Most appearances of them in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' is revealed to be John, or at least Jack. Although this may be a codename/nickname, since he says he's John Doe, which is an anonymous name in non-interactive media (official videos, strategy guides, the US.zoomable Demo Theatre version in ''Document of Metal Gear Solid 2'', etc) use Creator/HideoKojima's details instead.
7th Aug '16 10:43:02 AM SonicGamer07
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' allowed the player to name all four characters. The official manga serialization gave them the names Muuchi, Doug, J. Bowie, and Melfi. Then the DS remake gave them four different names, Luneth, Arc, Refia and Ingus. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' simply calls the hero representing the game "The Onion Knight", though his first alternate costume in ''Duodecim'' is called "Luneth" as a ShoutOut.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' allowed the player to name all four characters. The official manga serialization gave them the names Muuchi, Doug, J. Bowie, and Melfi. Then the DS remake gave them four different names, Luneth, Arc, Refia and Ingus. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' simply calls the hero representing the game "The Onion Knight", though his first alternate costume in ''Duodecim'' is called "Luneth" as a ShoutOut. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'' uses the DS remake names.
4th Aug '16 5:19:08 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels, Master Chief was given the name John-[[YouAreNumberSix 117]], and Cortana calls him by this name in the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels, Master Chief was given the name John-[[YouAreNumberSix 117]], and characters close to him occasionally call him such in the later games, with Cortana calls first calling him by this name "John" in the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''.
29th Jun '16 7:46:57 AM 32_Footsteps
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** The player characters of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'', as well as the companion in the former, can all be renamed, but they each have canon names. ''Colosseum'' features Wes and Rui (Leo and Mirei in Japan), and ''Gale of Darkness'' features Michael (Ryuto in Japan).
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