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18th Jan '16 11:20:47 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Green Arrow assigns code names to the other heroes when he teams up with them. While the others are their eventual superhero names like "Impulse", "Cyborg", and "Aquaman", he calls Clark Kent "Boyscout". Similar to Wolverine above, Clark thinks this practice is bizarre. Clark eventually starts calling himself "The Blur" because he protects his secret identity by staying in the shadows and moving at super speed so he cannot only be seen by the public as a blur. He only starts calling himself "Superman" in the final episodes.
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Green Arrow assigns code names to the other heroes when he teams up with them. While the others most are their eventual superhero names like "Impulse", "Cyborg", and "Aquaman", he calls Clark Kent "Boyscout". Similar to Wolverine above, Clark thinks this practice is bizarre. Clark eventually starts calling himself "The Blur" because he protects his secret identity by staying in the shadows and moving at super speed so he cannot can only be seen by the public as a blur. He only starts calling himself "Superman" in the final episodes.
15th Jan '16 9:10:52 PM nombretomado
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* Shows up in ''TheStand'', where Harold Lauder picks up the codename 'Nighthawk' or 'Hawk' during the clean-up of Boulder after the plague.
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* Shows up in ''TheStand'', ''Literature/TheStand'', where Harold Lauder picks up the codename 'Nighthawk' or 'Hawk' during the clean-up of Boulder after the plague.
29th Nov '15 10:15:05 PM darksoul4242
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* In the French and certain European ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' dubs, the members of the Ginyu Force announce what kind of "forces" they each represent instead of their names. Only Ginyu and Jeice get to be called by their actual names (although Ginyu is consistently pronounced as the French "Jineu") near the end of their saga, [[DubInducedPlotHole when suddenly everyone stars knowing what they're called]]. These supposed code names are:
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* In the French and certain European ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' dubs, the members of the Ginyu Force announce what kind of "forces" they each represent instead of their names. Only Ginyu and Jeice get to be called by their actual names (although Ginyu is consistently pronounced as the French "Jineu") near the end of their saga, [[DubInducedPlotHole when suddenly everyone stars starts knowing what they're called]]. These supposed code names are:
27th Nov '15 9:14:16 AM 4444jdm
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* ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer'' has very big conventions of this for every rival you face in every installment in the series. These code names, Battle Decision Names, are based on ''every different factor'' and it varies on situation. A few rivals have parts of their real names attached to BAD names, but their full real names are never revealed until you check their profiles.
15th Nov '15 12:43:10 PM nombretomado
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* The [[FourIsDeath four Warlords]] from ''RoninWarriors'' were given code names by [[BigBad Talpa]] that correspond with their armors. This is subverted in the [[DubNameChange dub]].
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* The [[FourIsDeath four Warlords]] from ''RoninWarriors'' ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' were given code names by [[BigBad Talpa]] that correspond with their armors. This is subverted in the [[DubNameChange dub]].
10th Nov '15 10:40:40 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': Each of the gang bosses bestow a codename upon you : Gecko for the Zaibatsu, Jumbo for the Loonies, Kosai for the Yakuza, Rooster (Tough Guy in some translations) for the Rednecks, Grasshopper for the Krishnas, THC-303 for the SRS and Comrade for the Russians.
1st Nov '15 11:32:15 AM nombretomado
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* {{Quiller}}, the protagonist of the spy novels by Adam Hall. We never find out what his real name is, and he is always referred to by his cover name on missions.
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* {{Quiller}}, Literature/{{Quiller}}, the protagonist of the spy novels by Adam Hall. We never find out what his real name is, and he is always referred to by his cover name on missions.
30th Oct '15 9:59:52 AM molotov
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* Quite obviously a TruthInTelevision--most common in fighter pilots--though rarely are real military callsigns as cool as those found in fiction. This is because real codenames are usually meant to have no obvious meaning to outside observers, or are meant to be in-jokes that only those in the loop will get, and/or a constant reminder to keep a fighter pilot humble by reminding him of his foibles. You will find plenty of guys named things like "Frog" and "Sobs", but not many named "Maverick" or "Deadeye". Trying to get yourself a "cool" codename is a wonderful way to make sure you get saddled with an ESPECIALLY shitty one. Trufax, though, a crappy nickname means you're starting to fit in with the unit.
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* Quite obviously a TruthInTelevision--most common in fighter pilots--though rarely are real military callsigns as cool as those found in fiction. This is because real codenames are usually meant to have no obvious meaning to outside observers, or are meant to be in-jokes that only those in the loop will get, and/or a constant reminder to keep a fighter pilot humble by reminding him of his foibles. You will find plenty of guys named things like "Frog" and "Frog", "Sobs", "Pony", "Stickyfingers", "Worms", "Tex", "Bubba", and so on, but not many named "Maverick" or "Deadeye". Trying to get yourself a "cool" codename is a wonderful way to make sure you get saddled with an ESPECIALLY shitty one. Trufax, though, a crappy nickname means you're starting to fit in with the unit.
29th Oct '15 11:31:10 PM Rotpar
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* During World War II, the German military had a bad habit of using code names for projects or systems which were superficially cryptic but actually revealed the nature of the concept they were supposed to disguise. Specialists at Bletchley Park determined that a device referred to in intelligence reports as "Wotan" was in fact a single-beam navigation system; "Wotan" is, of course, the name of a one-eyed god in Anglo-Saxon mythology. English-speakers might know Wotan better by his Norse name, "Odin". There was also "Operation Sea Lion", the plan for an invasion by sea of Britain, a nation often symbolized by a lion. Yeah, good thinking on that one. Most infamously there was "Operation Barbarossa". Emperor Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire was known for - after a series of smaller wars against everyone - leading the largest military contingent of the Third Crusade to the Holy Land with the intent to 'finish those darned Moslems off once and for all'. Hitler thought he was the best thing since sliced bread and the conceptual-ideological enemy of Nazism and Fascism was Socialism. 'Barbarossa = Hitler', 'Moslems = Socialists', and 'Operation Barbarossa = German-Soviet War' weren't exactly the hardest conclusion to draw even discounting the way a complete copy of the operational plans fell into the hands of the NKVD (precursor-agency to the KGB). ** Their opposition, meanwhile, tended towards meaningless names. Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk, was named [[LineOfSightName because it was planned in a dynamo room]]. Some of the later-war operations literally used a rotating list; a mission would come up, the name from the top of the list would be assigned to it automatically, and after enough time it would be put back in. Hence things like "Operation Mincemeat".
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* During World War II, the In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: ** The German military had a bad habit of using code names for projects or systems which were superficially cryptic but actually revealed the nature of the concept they were supposed to disguise. Specialists at Bletchley Park determined that a device referred to in intelligence reports as "Wotan" was in fact a single-beam navigation system; "Wotan" is, of course, the name of a one-eyed god in Anglo-Saxon mythology. English-speakers might know Wotan better by his Norse name, "Odin". There was also "Operation Sea Lion", the plan for an invasion by sea of Britain, a nation often symbolized by a lion. Yeah, good thinking on that one. Most infamously there was "Operation Barbarossa". Emperor Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire was known for - after a series of smaller wars against everyone - leading the largest military contingent of the Third Crusade to the Holy Land with the intent to 'finish those darned Moslems off once and for all'. Hitler thought he was the best thing since sliced bread and the conceptual-ideological enemy of Nazism and Fascism was Socialism. 'Barbarossa = Hitler', 'Moslems = Socialists', and 'Operation Barbarossa = German-Soviet War' weren't exactly the hardest conclusion to draw even discounting the way a complete copy of the operational plans fell into the hands of the NKVD (precursor-agency to the KGB). ** Their opposition, meanwhile, The Allies tended towards meaningless names. Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk, was named [[LineOfSightName because it was planned in a dynamo room]]. Some of the later-war operations literally used a rotating list; a mission would come up, the name from the top of the list would be assigned to it automatically, and after enough time it would be put back in. Hence things like "Operation Mincemeat".
29th Oct '15 9:56:54 PM JamaicanCastle
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** Their opposition, meanwhile, tended towards meaningless names. Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk, was named [[LineOfSightName because it was planned in a dynamo room]]. Some of the later-war operations literally used a rotating list; a mission would come up, the name from the top of the list would be assigned to it automatically, and after enough time it would be put back in. Hence things like "Operation Mincemeat".
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