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10th Dec '17 3:51:33 PM nombretomado
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* DonQuixote (original title: ''The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha ("El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"'' in the original Spanish)). OlderThanSteam.

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* DonQuixote Literature/DonQuixote (original title: ''The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha ("El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha"'' in the original Spanish)). OlderThanSteam.
22nd Oct '17 4:37:54 PM Vilui
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* What's the strip about the mountain-dwelling moonshiner with the large wife and baby named Tater? ''ComicStrip/SnuffySmith'', of course. Except its actual full title for decades was ''Barney Google & Snuffy Smith''. Initially it was just ''Barney Google'', and it was about Barney, a horse racer. Once he met the Smith clan in the 30's, they became incredibly popular, Snuffy even being added to the title, until Barney was completely written out. Eventually he was dropped from the title, but not until years had passed wherein he didn't even appear. His name was usually written in tiny font above Snuffy's name.

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* What's the strip about the mountain-dwelling moonshiner with the large wife and baby named Tater? ''ComicStrip/SnuffySmith'', of course. Except its actual full title for decades was ''Barney Google & Snuffy Smith''. Initially it was just ''Barney Google'', and it was about Barney, a horse racer. Once he met the Smith clan in the 30's, 30s, they became incredibly popular, Snuffy even being added to the title, until Barney was completely written out. Eventually he was dropped from the title, but not until years had passed wherein he didn't even appear. His name was usually written in tiny font above Snuffy's name.



* By the 80's, the title character of ''Moon Mullins'' had become a supporting character in his own strip. Much of the action was focused on the couple who owned the boarding house he lived in, "Lord" and "Lady" Plushbottom.

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* By the 80's, 80s, the title character of ''Moon Mullins'' had become a supporting character in his own strip. Much of the action was focused on the couple who owned the boarding house he lived in, "Lord" and "Lady" Plushbottom.
7th Sep '17 8:35:55 AM HumanTorch2
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* UK crime series ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' features Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, Causton CID as the chief protagonist of every episode and apparent point of the whole show, causing some people to just call the show "Barnaby."

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* UK crime series ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' features Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, Causton CID (and later, his cousin John) as the chief protagonist of every episode and apparent point of the whole show, causing some people to just call the show "Barnaby."
7th Jul '17 11:46:49 PM foxley
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* The actor Creator/SylvesterMcCoy (born Percy Kent-Smith) got his stage name this way. Some of his earlier work was as a sidekick/warm-up man to the stand-up comedian-cum-performance artist Ken Campbell, as a fictional character called "Sylveste [=McCoy=]". To further the joke, his character was credited in the playbill as "Sylveste [=McCoy=] as Sylveste [=McCoy=]". One reviewer didn't get the joke and used it in the review as if it was his real name, so he went with it and used it as his stage name from then on (though adding an "r" to the end - no, those weren't typos earlier).

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* The actor Creator/SylvesterMcCoy (born Percy Kent-Smith) got his stage name this way. Some of his earlier work was as a sidekick/warm-up man to the stand-up comedian-cum-performance artist Ken Campbell, as a fictional character called "Sylveste [=McCoy=]". To further the joke, his character was credited in the playbill as "Sylveste [=McCoy=] as Sylveste [=McCoy=]". One reviewer didn't get the joke and used it in the review as if it was his real name, so he went with it and used it as his stage name from then on (though adding an "r" to the end - no, those weren't typos earlier).earlier. [=McCoy=] added the 'r' so the the name would not have 13 letters).
23rd Jun '17 12:25:41 PM Gosicrystal
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* Late night talk shows are often known by the name of the current host. For instance, for many years ''Series/TheTonightShow'' was referred to more often as "Johnny Carson". People are more likely to say, "John Smith is on ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Letterman]]'' tonight" than "John Smith is on ''Late Show'' tonight."
** Granted, it could be argued that since the show titles are often appended with "with David Letterman" or "with Jay Leno" that they're still valid shortenings. Then again, people tend to omit/forget ''that'' part when referring to the show's title (e.g. "The Late Show" and not "The Late Show with David Letterman,") making this a possible case of AccidentallyAccurate.

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* Late night talk shows are often known by the name of the current host. For instance, for many years ''Series/TheTonightShow'' was referred to more often as "Johnny Carson". People are more likely to say, "John Smith is on ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Letterman]]'' tonight" than "John Smith is on ''Late Show'' tonight."
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" Granted, it could be argued that since the show titles are often appended with "with David Letterman" or "with Jay Leno" that they're still valid shortenings. Then again, people tend to omit/forget ''that'' part when referring to the show's title (e.g. "The Late Show" and not "The Late Show with David Letterman,") making this a possible case of AccidentallyAccurate.Letterman").
7th Jun '17 12:52:11 PM Phediuk
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* Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. Several adaptations have actually been called "Scrooge".
27th Mar '17 7:48:59 AM LaptopGuy
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* Hannibal Lecter from ''Literature/RedDragon'' and ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. The two books that followed were named after him.

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* Hannibal Lecter from ''Literature/RedDragon'' and ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''; the latter does tend to avert this thanks to the iconic film adaptation. The two books that followed were named after him.
7th Mar '17 2:37:14 PM arimothereindeer
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* In Japan, the rowdy alley cat Nyarome is a rather famous and iconic anime character. Somewhat forgotten, though, is his original source, ''Manga/MoretsuAtaro.''
8th Feb '17 2:08:24 PM Kadorhal
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* This happened early on with Franchise/{{Superman}}. ''Action Comics'' was at first supposed to feature a variety of characters but Superman quickly [[IncrediblyLamePun took off]] and interviewing newstand owners revealed that kids were asking, not for Action Comics, but for "that comic book with Superman in it." Eventually, the title shifted to some variation of "Action Comics starring Superman" or "Superman in Action Comics." (Has shifted back and forth over the decades.) Of course, he has additional titles in his own name.

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* This happened early on with Franchise/{{Superman}}. ''Action Comics'' was at first supposed to feature a variety of characters but Superman quickly [[IncrediblyLamePun took off]] and interviewing newstand owners revealed that kids were asking, not for Action Comics, but for "that comic book with Superman in it." Eventually, the title shifted to some variation of "Action Comics starring Superman" or "Superman in Action Comics.Comics " (Has (this has shifted back and forth over the decades.) decades). Of course, he has additional titles in his own name.



* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' is primarily known as the comic with ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' in it, and has spawned a sister comic titled as such. ("Judge Dredd Megazine", that is, not "The Comic With Judge Dredd In It".)
* ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]]'' has been headlining ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' since 1974.
** And like Judge Dredd, now has a Megazine in his own name.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' is primarily known as the comic with ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' in it, and has spawned a sister comic titled as such. such ("Judge Dredd Megazine", Magazine", that is, not "The Comic With Judge Dredd In It".)
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* ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]]'' has been headlining ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' since 1974.
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1974. And like Judge Dredd, now has a Megazine magazine in his own name.
6th Feb '17 6:25:53 PM SwampAdder
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes. Undoubtedly, nearly everyone has heard the character name, but only a significant minority could list the titles of any of the stories he appears in, with ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' being the most likely candidate.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes. Undoubtedly, nearly everyone has heard the character name, but only a significant minority could list the titles of any of the stories he appears in, with ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' being the most likely candidate.exception.
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