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9th Aug '17 9:32:51 AM tropower
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* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'''s protagonist can be named in the first game, but Creator/{{Capcom}} uses the default name (Geo Stelar) for the second and third.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'''s protagonist can be named in the first game, but Creator/{{Capcom}} uses the default name (Geo Stelar) (Subaru Hoshikawa in Japan; Geo Stelar in North America) for the second and third.
17th Jul '17 5:59:48 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The Executor from the original ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' protoss campaign is revealed in ''Brood War'' to have been named Artanis. From this, {{Fanon}} likes to neatly speculate that the Executor from ''Brood War'' is Selendis and that the Magistrate from the original terran campaign is Matt Horner (both of these characters show up in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''). That leaves the UED Commander from ''Brood War'' and both zerg Cerebrates. While they all still remain nameless, it's generally assumed that the first Cerebrate is one of those killed by Zeratul in the original protoss campaign, and that the second one was probably killed by Kerrigan (or simply died off without an Overmind to sustain it) some time after ''Brood War'' - that Cerebrate might in fact have been the last of its kind. The UED Commander was probably killed anonymously at some point in the ''Brood War'' zerg campaign, along with the rest of the UED forces.

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* The Executor from the original ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' protoss Protoss campaign is revealed in ''Brood War'' to have been named Artanis. From this, {{Fanon}} likes to neatly speculate that the Executor from ''Brood War'' is Selendis and that the Magistrate from the original terran campaign is Matt Horner (both of these characters show up in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''). That leaves the UED Commander from ''Brood War'' and both zerg Cerebrates. While they all still remain nameless, it's generally assumed that the first Cerebrate is one of those killed by Zeratul in the original protoss campaign, and that the second one was probably killed by Kerrigan (or simply died off without an Overmind to sustain it) some time after ''Brood War'' - that Cerebrate might in fact have been the last of its kind. The UED Commander was probably killed anonymously at some point in the ''Brood War'' zerg campaign, along with the rest of the UED forces.



* The ''VideoGame/TwinBee'' series originally starred a lineage of nameless pilots assigned to drive the titular ship and [=WinBee=], starting with Dr. Cinammon's sons from the first game. When ''Deta na!! [=TwinBee=]'' got a radio drama titled ''[=TwinBee=] Paradise'', their pilots were named Light and Pastel. Eventually Konami released a family tree of the series' characters for the ''[=TwinBee=] Deluxe Pack'' collection for the [=PlayStation=] and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, which not only retroactively named all the pilots of the older games, but also retconned some of the history established up to that point (for example, Dr. Cinnamon's unseen sons, Annamon and Donnamon, were changed into being non-related sibling disciples).

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* The ''VideoGame/TwinBee'' series originally starred a lineage of nameless pilots assigned to drive the titular ship and [=WinBee=], starting with Dr. Cinammon's sons from the first game. When ''Deta na!! [=TwinBee=]'' got a radio drama titled ''[=TwinBee=] Paradise'', their pilots were named Light and Pastel. Eventually Konami Creator/{{Konami}} released a family tree of the series' characters for the ''[=TwinBee=] Deluxe Pack'' collection for the [=PlayStation=] and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, which not only retroactively named all the pilots of the older games, but also retconned some of the history established up to that point (for example, Dr. Cinnamon's unseen sons, Annamon and Donnamon, were changed into being non-related sibling disciples).


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* In ''VideoGame/OrcsMustDie'' and its sequel, the War Mage and his ArchEnemy-[[HeelFaceTurn turned-reluctant-ally]], the Sorceress, are only referred to by their titles. With the release of ''VideoGame/OrcsMustDieUnchained'', the War Mage was given the name Maximillian, and the Sorceress was called Gabriella.
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26th Jun '17 7:19:35 PM nombretomado
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** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', the male hero is Solo and the female hero is Sofia, according to the instruction booklet for the Japan-only Playstation remake (or so TheOtherWiki says), and confirmed by cameos in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' remake.

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** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', the male hero is Solo and the female hero is Sofia, according to the instruction booklet for the Japan-only Playstation remake (or so TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki says), and confirmed by cameos in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' remake.
17th Jun '17 10:05:51 PM DragonRanger
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** While you still get to decide the names, in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the player characters are named Touya and Touko (Japanese) and Hilbert and Hilda (international) on the Battle Subway, though their pre-release names were Blair and Whitlea (referencing the game titles). In the sequels the new protagonists are Rosa and Nate (a pun on 'Resonate' when said together, though this is usually missed because the [[DoubleStandard male name tends to go first i.e. Nate and Rosa]])

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** While you still get to decide the names, in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the player characters are named Touya and Touko (Japanese) and Hilbert and Hilda (international) on the Battle Subway, though their pre-release names were Blair and Whitlea (referencing the game titles). titles).
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In ''VideoGames/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' the sequels the new protagonists are Rosa and Nate (a pun on 'Resonate' when said together, though this is usually missed because the [[DoubleStandard male name tends to go first i.e. Nate and Rosa]])



** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' are the first games in some time to actually name the protagonists Sun and Moon after their games, though some sources have instead used the names Elio and Selene. Unused internal game data has them labeled Kai and Lana.



** It is worth noting that in the most popular manga adaptation, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', the 'game name' method was retained. For example, the manga counterparts of the aforementioned Brendan and May are Ruby and Sapphire; Lucas, Barry, and Dawn are Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum; Hilbert and Hilda are Black and White; and Calem and Serena are X and Y in Japanese[[note]]even though that clashes with the names of Trevor, Tierno and Shauna due to the AerithAndBob trope[[/note]] or Xavier and Yvonne in some translations. The adaption to ''VideoGames/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' plays with this naming convention by naming Rosa and Nate "Whi-Too" and "Lack-Two", respectively[[note]]although in the latter's case "Black 2" is a codename due to being an international police officer like Looker within the continuity of the manga[[/note]].


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** It is worth noting that the most popular manga adaptation, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', retains the pattern of naming the protagonists after the game versions. For example, the manga counterparts of the aforementioned Brendan and May are Ruby and Sapphire; Lucas, Barry, and Dawn are Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum; Hilbert and Hilda are Black and White; Nate and Rosa are Lack-Two and Whi-Two;[[note]]Although in the former's case "Black 2" is a codename due to being an international police officer like Looker within the continuity of the manga.[[/note]] and Calem and Serena are X and Y.[[note]]Even though that clashes with the names of Trevor, Tierno and Shauna due to the AerithAndBob trope.[[/note]] A few translations, such as the English one, take minor liberties in order to make the names plausible while still referencing the game titles; with X and Y becoming Xavier and Yvonne (though still carrying the ''nick''names X and Y) and Lack-Two and Whi-Two becoming Blake and Whitley.[[note]]Though, again, Blake retains "Black no. 2" as a police codename.[[/note]]
7th Jun '17 11:18:43 PM Kadorhal
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* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' is named whatever you want to call them (with voiced characters getting around that by only calling them "Captain"), but in canon the name of the protagonist is Gran for male and Djeeta for female.



* Thanks to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' , we ''finally'' have names for the [[LegacyCharacter Sub-Zero Bros.]]: the elder one (the brother that killed Scorpion, then was killed by Scorpion after the first game, and descended into the Netherrealm to become Noob Saibot) is Bi-Han, while his younger brother (the one who took his place from ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 MK2]]'' onward) is Kuai Liang. The same game reveals that fellow (former) [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] member Smoke is a man hailing from Prague named Tomas Vrbada. This (and Cyrax's [[AmbiguouslyBrown ethnicity]]) lends credibility to the theory that the Lin Kuei is not entirely made up of Chinese warriors.

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* Thanks to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' , ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', we ''finally'' have names for the [[LegacyCharacter Sub-Zero Bros.]]: the elder one (the brother that killed Scorpion, then was killed by Scorpion after the first game, and descended into the Netherrealm to become Noob Saibot) is Bi-Han, while his younger brother (the one who took his place from ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 MK2]]'' onward) is Kuai Liang. The same game reveals that fellow (former) [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] member Smoke is a man hailing from Prague named Tomas Vrbada. This (and Cyrax's [[AmbiguouslyBrown ethnicity]]) lends credibility to the theory that the Lin Kuei is not entirely made up of Chinese warriors.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "Doomguy"]] is officially called Flynn "Fly" Taggart in the [[{{Literature/Doom}} book]] [[AdaptationDistillation series]]. However, [[WordOfGod John Romero]] maintains that this does not apply to the games, and that Doomguy is unnamed by design because he's meant to represent the player.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "Doomguy"]] is officially called Flynn "Fly" Taggart in the [[{{Literature/Doom}} book]] [[AdaptationDistillation series]].series]], and "Stan [[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D Blazkowicz]]" in the mobile RPG. However, [[WordOfGod John Romero]] maintains that this does not apply to the games, and that Doomguy is unnamed by design because he's meant to represent the player.
7th Jun '17 9:58:33 PM Kadorhal
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** Your Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is canonically named Reflet in japanese, Robin in english, and Daraen in some european languages, further cemented by his/her appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' ''Awakening'' also establishes the canon name of ''New Mystery of the Emblem's'' Avatar as Kris. Note how all of these names are [[GenderBlenderName gender-neutral]] and how ''Super Smash Bros'' has the option for both male and female Robin, leaving the canon ''gender'' of each ambiguous (though the male is set as the default).

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** Your Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is canonically named Reflet in japanese, Japanese, Robin in english, English, and Daraen in some european European languages, further cemented by his/her appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for [=WiiU/3DS=]''. ''Awakening'' also establishes the canon name of ''New Mystery of the Emblem's'' Avatar as Kris. Note how all of these names are [[GenderBlenderName gender-neutral]] and how ''Super Smash Bros'' Bros.'' has the option for both male and female Robin, leaving the canon ''gender'' of each ambiguous (though the male is set as the default).
3rd Jun '17 6:09:17 PM joonas4561
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** Your Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is canonically named Reflet in Japan, Robin in America, and Daraen in Europe, further cemented by his/her appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' ''Awakening'' also establishes the canon name of ''New Mystery of the Emblem's'' Avatar as Kris. Note how all of these names are [[GenderBlenderName gender-neutral]] and how ''Super Smash Bros'' has the option for both male and female Robin, leaving the canon ''gender'' of each ambiguous (though the male is set as the default).

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** Your Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is canonically named Reflet in Japan, japanese, Robin in America, english, and Daraen in Europe, some european languages, further cemented by his/her appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' ''Awakening'' also establishes the canon name of ''New Mystery of the Emblem's'' Avatar as Kris. Note how all of these names are [[GenderBlenderName gender-neutral]] and how ''Super Smash Bros'' has the option for both male and female Robin, leaving the canon ''gender'' of each ambiguous (though the male is set as the default).
1st Jun '17 7:55:59 PM Kadorhal
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** For ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'', which used live-action video instead of animated cutscenes, the main character (same as from the first two games) was given the name Christopher Blair. You still got to pick your callsign, which later games (and the novels, and the movie...) would establish as "Maverick".
** ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' and ''II'' had a command line CheatCode that allowed you to select any mission you wanted. This skipped you past continuity bits like choosing a name; in these circumstances your character was known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "BLUEHAIR"]]. Speed it up a little and...

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** For ''VideoGame/WingCommander ''Wing Commander III'', which used live-action video instead of animated cutscenes, the main character (same as from the first two games) was given the name Christopher Blair. You still got to pick your callsign, which later games (and the novels, and the movie...) would establish as "Maverick".
** ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' ''Wing Commander I'' and ''II'' had a command line CheatCode that allowed you to select any mission you wanted. This skipped you past continuity bits like choosing a name; in these circumstances your character was known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "BLUEHAIR"]]. Speed it up a little and...



* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** 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", 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]]).

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
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** The reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the [=MSX2=] ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''Metal Gear'' 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", 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]]).
19th May '17 3:00:06 PM TheFarmboy
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** The ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife A Wonderful Life]]'' protagonist is also named "Mark".

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** The ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife A Wonderful Life]]'' protagonist is also named "Mark". And your child's name is Andy.
10th May '17 7:28:48 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In a somewhat straighter example, the main character of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf'' wasn't even given a set ''gender'', much less a name. The female version of the character appears in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', however, with the name Tamaki Uchida, and in ''P1'' she talks openly about the events of ''If'', establishing herself as the canon hero of that game.
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