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30th May '17 6:32:17 PM nombretomado
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* Averted rather reasonably on ''TheWestWing'' when Josh asks Donna for information on an Indonesian official named Rahmadi Sumahidjo Bambang. She immediately asks if he can spell the name; he replies "not correctly, no."

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* Averted rather reasonably on ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' when Josh asks Donna for information on an Indonesian official named Rahmadi Sumahidjo Bambang. She immediately asks if he can spell the name; he replies "not correctly, no."
25th Feb '17 8:02:08 PM somebob
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* Averted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E5RememberMe''. Data, being very thorough, goes through every possible spelling variation of Dr Dalen Quaice's name.
18th Oct '16 3:05:51 AM Gareth23
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* Barbara has perhaps the most impressive example of this on ''Series/Gotham''. She's attacked by a terrifying assassin, only ever hears his name, never sees it written, and writes Jim Gordon a note saying she's leaving him. Partly because she's so traumatised by "Zsasz".

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* Barbara has perhaps the most impressive example of this on ''Series/Gotham''.''Series/{{Gotham}}''. She's attacked by a terrifying assassin, only ever hears his name, never sees it written, and writes Jim Gordon a note saying she's leaving him. Partly because she's so traumatised by "Zsasz".
18th Oct '16 3:03:32 AM Gareth23
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* Barbara has perhaps the most impressive example of this on ''Series/Gotham''. She's attacked by a terrifying assassin, only ever hears his name, never sees it written, and writes Jim Gordon a note saying she's leaving him. Partly because she's so traumatised by "Zsasz".
4th Sep '16 11:31:20 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in Creator/LMMontgomery's ''AnneOfGreenGables'' series. Anne often introduces herself as "Anne Shirley. Anne--spelled with an E", to ward off those who would misspell it.

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* Averted in Creator/LMMontgomery's ''AnneOfGreenGables'' ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series. Anne often introduces herself as "Anne Shirley. Anne--spelled with an E", to ward off those who would misspell it.
19th Aug '16 1:54:39 AM Tre
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* In the "Creator/SciFiChannel original movie" ''Scream of the Banshee,'' two characters watch a video clip of a man who mutters something that sounds like "bean see." One of them jokes that it might be Spanish for "beans, yes" but the other promptly types it into a search engine and - in about two seconds - informs him that it's Gaelic for "banshee." The problem with this is that the "see" part of that Gaelic term is spelled "sidhe", and "bean sidhe" is in any case pronounced "banshee". There's no way she could have Googled it that quickly (if at all) if she didn't already know that.

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* In the "Creator/SciFiChannel Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie original movie" movie]] ''Scream of the Banshee,'' two characters watch a video clip of a man who mutters something that sounds like "bean see." One of them jokes that it might be Spanish for "beans, yes" but the other promptly types it into a search engine and - in about two seconds - informs him that it's Gaelic for "banshee." The problem with this is that the "see" part of that Gaelic term is spelled "sidhe", and "bean sidhe" is in any case pronounced "banshee". There's no way she could have Googled it that quickly (if at all) if she didn't already know that.
5th Jun '16 10:25:05 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' Ianto (manning the computer) is instructed by Gwen to search for a person called "Clement [=McDonald=]", but with the note to try both Mc/Mac spellings as she only heard the name spoken, not written down.

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
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In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' Earth]]'', Ianto (manning the computer) is instructed by Gwen to search for a person called "Clement [=McDonald=]", but with the note to try both Mc/Mac spellings as she only heard the name spoken, not written down.
13th May '16 5:35:19 AM Divra
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* In ''Literature/BigendBooks'', a minor character averts this when giving his name to the police.

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* In ''Literature/BigendBooks'', a minor character averts this when giving his name to the police.police with the air of a man who is tired of questions.
8th Mar '16 2:51:47 AM bwburke94
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* ''TheLoneGunmen'' had a character named Yves Adele Harlow, which the Gunmen discovered was an alias, because it's an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Lee Harvey Oswald. Her name was never spelled out until they made the connection, despite there being at ''least'' four different ways to spell the names involved. For one thing, 'Yves' is usually a men's name, and is pronounced exactly like the women's name 'Eve'.
* On the same note, ''Series/TheXFiles'', constantly. The trope is further highlighted by the deliberately odd names possessed by apparently everyone in the X-Files universe. (The cast of new characters in the movie, for instance: Alvin Kurtzweil; Ben Bronschweig; Jana Cassidy; Darius Michaud; Conrad Strughold.)

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* ''TheLoneGunmen'' ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'' had a character named going by the alias Yves Adele Harlow, which the Gunmen discovered was an alias, because it's an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Lee Harvey Oswald. Her name was never spelled out until they the Gunmen made the connection, despite there being at ''least'' four different ways to spell the names involved. For one thing, 'Yves' is usually a men's name, and is pronounced exactly like the women's name 'Eve'.
* On the same note, ''Series/TheXFiles'', constantly. The trope is further highlighted by the deliberately odd names possessed by apparently everyone in the X-Files universe. (The cast of new characters in the movie, [[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture first movie]], for instance: Alvin Kurtzweil; Ben Bronschweig; Jana Cassidy; Darius Michaud; Conrad Strughold.)



* Nobody in the recent series ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' ever mistook Darien Fawkes for a Darian Fox. (Though to be fair, they are occasionally pronounced slightly differently, depending on the speaker's accent)
** Or Darrien, Darian, Darrian, or Derrien.

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* Nobody in the recent series ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' ever mistook Darien Fawkes for a Darian Fox. (Though to be fair, they Fawkes and Fox are occasionally pronounced slightly differently, depending on the speaker's accent)
** Or Darrien, Darian, Darrian, or Derrien.
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** Used in another episode, where someone misspelled Natalie's last name on a package containing a [[spoiler:voodoo doll]] (this time, with an A instead of a second E). Again a ChekhovsGun, when Natalie notices that the same mistake is made [[spoiler:by her paramedic, who turns out to be the murderer.]]

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** Used in another episode, where someone misspelled Natalie's last name on a package containing a [[spoiler:voodoo [[spoiler:a voodoo doll]] (this time, with an A instead of a second E). Again a ChekhovsGun, when Natalie notices that the same mistake is made [[spoiler:by her paramedic, who turns out to be the murderer.]]



* In ''{{Greek}}'', Lizzi points out that her name is spelled "With two Zeta Beta Z's!"...but neglects to mention the actual potential for misspelling, the final 'i' instead of the more common 'ie' or 'y'.

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* In ''{{Greek}}'', Lizzi points out that her name is spelled "With two Zeta Beta Z's!"... but neglects to mention the actual potential for misspelling, the final 'i' instead of the more common 'ie' or 'y'.



* Averted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. When Buffy realises that recurring villain Ethan Rayne is in town again, Riley phones the Initiative and asks for a search on hotel registrations matching his name. "Ethan Rayne, R-A-Y-N-E." (Probably intentional: the entire sequence is about contrasting Riley's down-to-Earth soldier demeanour with Buffy's supernatural methods.)

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* Averted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. When Buffy realises realizes that recurring villain Ethan Rayne is in town again, Riley phones the Initiative and asks for a search on hotel registrations matching his name. "Ethan Rayne, R-A-Y-N-E." (Probably intentional: the entire sequence is about contrasting Riley's down-to-Earth soldier demeanour demeanor with Buffy's supernatural methods.)



* A bizarre version on ''Series/GameOfThrones''; Daenerys is told her scouts have discovered a city called 'Qarth', and when she meets its envoys she mispronounces it 'Kwarth' (as if it were spelled Qu- instead of Q-) and gets corrected. This is [[FandomNod a common misspelling among fans]], but makes very little sense for a woman who's only ever heard the name spoken aloud -- how does she even know it ''has'' a Q?

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* A bizarre version on ''Series/GameOfThrones''; Daenerys is told her scouts have discovered a city called 'Qarth', and when she meets its envoys she mispronounces it 'Kwarth' (as if it were spelled Qu- instead of Q-) and gets corrected. This is [[FandomNod a common misspelling among fans]], but makes very little sense for a woman who's only ever heard the name spoken aloud -- how does she even know and never seen it ''has'' a Q?written down.



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* George Stobbart of ''BrokenSword'' is fond of introducing himself as "[[BondJamesBond Stobbart - George Stobbart]]. That's two b's, and two t's". This tends to just confuse people, as while there [[JediTruth technically]] ''are'' two t's, they're separate.

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* George Stobbart of ''BrokenSword'' is fond of introducing himself as "[[BondJamesBond Stobbart - George Stobbart]]. That's two b's, and two t's". This tends to just confuse people, as while there [[JediTruth technically]] ''are'' two t's, they're separate.non-consecutive.
15th Jan '16 10:27:35 AM Anddrix
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* Averted on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. When Hurley takes his census, he confirms the spelling of Ethan's last name (Rom, not Rahm or Rohm) before writing it down. Of course, this is [[ViewersAreMorons so the audience can figure out]] that "Ethan Rom" is an anagram of "Other Man."

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* Averted on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. When Hurley takes his census, he confirms the spelling of Ethan's last name (Rom, not Rahm or Rohm) before writing it down. Of course, this is [[ViewersAreMorons so the audience can figure out]] out that "Ethan Rom" is an anagram of "Other Man."
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