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26th Apr '16 4:08:06 PM Mullon
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* In the ''[[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice: Gods Among Us]]'' tie-in comic, Green Arrow is being picked on by Harley Quinn for the name of his lair, the Arrowcave. Harley then asks him why didn't he just call it "The Quiver" (a case for holding arrows).

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* In the ''[[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice: Gods Among Us]]'' tie-in comic, ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', Green Arrow is being picked on by Harley Quinn for the name of his lair, the Arrowcave. Harley then asks him why didn't he just call it "The Quiver" (a case for holding arrows).
17th Apr '16 6:28:09 AM aye_amber
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* Dr. Evil of ''Film/AustinPowers'' has a habit of naming his doomsday devices/plans after cultural references or things not discussed in polite company. In the second film, he calls his plan the Music/AlanParsonsProject, the moon-attached death-ray the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]] and his doomsday device in Goldmember is dubbed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preparation_H Preparation H]]. [[MetaGuy Scott]] always points out or laughs at said naming conventions, but is always ignored.

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* Dr. Evil of ''Film/AustinPowers'' has a habit of naming his doomsday devices/plans after cultural references or things not discussed in polite company. In the second film, he calls his plan the Music/AlanParsonsProject, Music/TheAlanParsonsProject, the moon-attached death-ray the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]] and his doomsday device in Goldmember is dubbed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preparation_H Preparation H]]. [[MetaGuy Scott]] always points out or laughs at said naming conventions, but is always ignored.
11th Apr '16 10:07:57 AM Hanz
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* Dr. Evil of ''Film/AustinPowers'' has a habit of naming his doomsday devices/plans after cultural references or things not discussed in polite company. In the second film, he calls his plan the Music/AlanParsonsProject, the moon-attached death-ray the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star]] and his doomsday device in Goldmember is dubbed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preparation_H Preparation H]]. [[MetaGuy Scott]] always points out or laughs at said naming conventions, but is always ignored.
2nd Apr '16 6:04:17 AM Nina-chan
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** This even extends to his own [[UpToEleven freaking boss theme]], which is literally just 'ASGORE'.
29th Mar '16 9:09:39 AM lady_peaseblossom
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** Then again, this seems to be a staple of his species, as a lot of the recently-conquered planets that belong to the Irken Empire are given names that are more like descriptions, such as Callnowia for a phone-operated ordering service planet or Foodcourtia for... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]].
24th Mar '16 2:24:19 PM Vir
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** Also from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the '''O'''rganization '''W'''ithout a '''C'''ool '''A'''cronym, which may be slightly better off than the '''L'''eauge '''O'''f '''V'''illainous '''E'''vildoers '''M'''aniacallly '''U'''nited '''F'''or '''F'''rightening '''I'''nvestments in '''N'''aughtiness (also named by Doofenschmirtz).

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** Also from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the '''O'''rganization '''W'''ithout a '''C'''ool '''A'''cronym, which may be slightly better off than the '''L'''eauge '''O'''f '''V'''illainous '''E'''vildoers '''M'''aniacallly '''U'''nited '''F'''or '''F'''rightening '''I'''nvestments in '''N'''aughtiness (also named by Doofenschmirtz).Doofenshmirtz).
24th Mar '16 12:07:27 PM StFan
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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Pantyhosetaro had the misfortune of being named by [[DirtyOldMan Happosai]] due to his village's tradition of letting the person who helps deliver the child name them, and Happosai just happened to be nearby and (in a rare moment of altruism) decided to help his mother when she went into labor. He hates his name and seeks to defeat Happosai so he can get a new one, since Happosai refuses to change it otherwise.
** His suggestion on what to change his name to? Awesometaro.

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Pantyhosetaro Pantyhose Tarō had the misfortune of being named by [[DirtyOldMan Happosai]] Happōsai]] due to his village's tradition of letting the person who helps deliver the child name them, and Happosai Happōsai just happened to be nearby and (in a rare moment of altruism) decided to help his mother when she went into labor. He hates his name and seeks to defeat Happosai Happōsai so he can get a new one, since Happosai the old pervert refuses to change it otherwise.
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otherwise. His suggestion on what to change his name to? Awesometaro."Awesome Tarō".



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* Creator/PattonOswalt has a bit about a kid who wrote a movie which featured a horse named "Michael Tanner." He then, being Patton, says it's like having a sword, "crafted from pure, hot steel from the bowels of hell, and bonded with the soul of an ancient warlord, and its name is Gary Blevins!"
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* In ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', most of Flint's inventions have pretty straightforward names, even if they don't exactly roll off the tongue (Hair Un-balder, anyone?). However, his latest invention has the unwieldy title of "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" or [[FunWithAcronyms FLDSMDFR]] for short.

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* In ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', most of Flint's inventions have pretty straightforward names, even if they don't exactly roll off the tongue (Hair Un-balder, anyone?). However, his latest invention has the unwieldy title of "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" or [[FunWithAcronyms FLDSMDFR]] for short.



* Subverted then played straight in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc:'' When a co-worker catches Mike yelling at Sulley, Mike plays it off as rehearsing for the company musical, improbably named "Put That Thing Back Where it Came from, or So Help Me...." Later played straight when it's revealed that they actually did put on the musical.

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* Subverted then played straight in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc:'' ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': When a co-worker catches Mike yelling at Sulley, Mike plays it off as rehearsing for the company musical, improbably named "Put That Thing Back Where it Came from, or So Help Me...." Later played straight when it's revealed that they actually did put on the musical.



--> '''Jack:''' I once sailed with a geezer what lost both his arms and part of his eye.
--> '''Gibbs:''' What did you call him?
--> '''Jack:''' ...Larry.

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--> '''Jack:''' -->'''Jack:''' I once sailed with a geezer what lost both his arms and part of his eye.
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eye.\\
'''Gibbs:''' What did you call him?
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him?\\
'''Jack:''' ...Larry.









* In ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', the Elder is responsible for giving all dinosaur babies names, and his clerk makes it official. Unfortunately, the clerk writes down whatever the Elder says during the ceremony. Baby Sinclair's original given name was "Augh! Augh! I'm Dying, You Idiot!" when the Elder suffered a fatal heart attack. It made it very difficult for the family to play the Name Game.

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* In ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', the Elder is responsible for giving all dinosaur babies names, and his clerk makes it official. Unfortunately, the clerk writes down whatever the Elder says during the ceremony. Baby Sinclair's original given name was "Augh! Augh! I'm Dying, You Idiot!" when the Elder suffered a fatal heart attack. It made makes it very difficult for the family to play the Name Game.



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* Creator/PattonOswalt has a bit about a kid who wrote a movie which featured a horse named "Michael Tanner." He then, being Patton, says it's like having a sword, "crafted from pure, hot steel from the bowels of hell, and bonded with the soul of an ancient warlord, and its name is Gary Blevins!"
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22nd Mar '16 11:51:32 PM Mithiwithi
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** ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' also features the Bottomley family, whose matriarch, out of a confused sense of upward social mobility, named her sons Duke, Earl, Squire, and King.
17th Mar '16 8:14:40 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10359113/8/Tempest-of-the-Fae Tempest of the Fae]]'' the Hogwarts Sorting Hat, aka Hathfojd, complains about its name to Luna.
-->'''Sorting Hat:''' Never let Godric name ''anything''. He was a great wizard but by god the names he came up with. Did you know he spent several years calling Fawkes Redspark? I'd avoid calling him that by the way, it's still a bit of a sore spot.
8th Mar '16 10:55:18 AM DarkStorm
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', it's mentioned that Handsome Jack, CorruptCorporateExecutive and BigBad, is one of these. All of the weapons that the Hyperion Corporation makes are named after ''business terms'' (his justification being that he wants them to sound like "smart weapons for smart sons of bitches") Thus, while these guns tend to be quite good statistically, they suffer from having terrible names; shotguns like "Projectile Diversification," for example. Nisha, the Sheriff of Lynchwood also mentions that, if it wasn't for her suggestions, Jack would have named Lynchwood "[[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment New New Haven]]".

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', it's mentioned that Handsome Jack, CorruptCorporateExecutive and BigBad, is one of these. All of the weapons that the Hyperion Corporation makes are named after ''business terms'' (his justification being that he wants them to sound like "smart weapons for smart sons of bitches") Thus, while these guns tend to be quite good statistically, they suffer from having terrible names; shotguns like "Projectile Diversification," for example. He named a female horse "Butt Stallion", and Nisha, the Sheriff of Lynchwood also mentions that, if it wasn't for her suggestions, Jack would have named Lynchwood "[[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment New New Haven]]".
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