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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.
6th Feb '17 6:25:12 PM SwampAdder
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* Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. Several adaptations have actually been called "Scrooge".



* Long John Silver from ''Literature/TreasureIsland''.
19th Dec '16 12:04:52 AM ADrago
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* ''Franchise/TombRaider'''s Lara Croft is about halfway there. The Tomb Raider name is still well-known, but the character has become very recognizable to people who don't play games, which is probably why the movies were called ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''.
** The 2nd and 3rd games are also named ''Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft'' and ''Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft'' respectively.

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* ''Franchise/TombRaider'''s Lara Croft is about halfway there. The Tomb Raider name is still well-known, but the character has become very recognizable to people who don't play games, which is probably why the movies were called ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''.
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''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''. The 2nd and 3rd games are also named ''Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft'' and ''Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft'' respectively.



* At this point, Captain Falcon is treated more as ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' character (no thanks to him being treated as a MemeticBadass by the fandom) than a ''VideoGame/FZero'' character, with few people knowing anything about the latter series, let alone having played any of the titles.
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