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17th Jan '17 7:13:47 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Little John. Depending on the particular interpretation of the Myth/RobinHood legend, he could be more than 185 cm (6 feet) tall and weigh over 90kg (200 pounds) - in an era when many men would have been around 160 cm (5 feet 3 inches) and weighed perhaps 55 kg (125 pounds). Lucky for Robin that Little John was one of the good guys...

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* Possibly the UrExample, Little John. John, Myth/RobinHood's best friend and NumberTwo. The nickname is little more than an inverse of his actual name (that is, John Little). Depending on the particular interpretation of the Myth/RobinHood legend, he could be more than 185 cm (6 feet) tall and weigh over 90kg (200 pounds) - in an era when many men would have been around 160 cm (5 feet 3 inches) and weighed perhaps 55 kg (125 pounds). Lucky for Robin that Little John was one of the good guys...
15th Jan '17 11:08:39 AM LordGro
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-->''Thord [...] was called the Short. He was a most powerful build of a man and strong.''

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-->''Thord [...] -->''[H]e was called Thord the Short. He Short; yet he was a most powerful build the tallest of a man men and strong.moreover he was thickset and very powerful.''
6th Jan '17 7:04:56 AM SeptimusHeap
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[-[[caption-width-right:300:[[FreudWasRight Unless...]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:300:[[FreudWasRight Unless...]]]]-][-[[caption-width-right:300:Unless...]]-]
3rd Dec '16 7:03:23 PM JoeMerl
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-->'''[[DrillSeargantNasty Lt. Maj. Goose]]:''' ''[[LiteralMinded Your hair's not curly! What's your real name?!]]''

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-->'''[[DrillSeargantNasty -->'''[[DrillSergeantNasty Lt. Maj. Goose]]:''' ''[[LiteralMinded Your hair's not curly! What's your real name?!]]''
3rd Dec '16 7:02:28 PM JoeMerl
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-->'''[[DrillSargeantNasty Lt. Maj. Goose]]:''' ''[[LiteralMinded Your hair's not curly! What's your real name?!]]''

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-->'''[[DrillSargeantNasty -->'''[[DrillSeargantNasty Lt. Maj. Goose]]:''' ''[[LiteralMinded Your hair's not curly! What's your real name?!]]''
3rd Dec '16 7:02:02 PM JoeMerl
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* The ring name of [[Wrestling/{{Chyna}} Joan “Chyna” Laurer]] is a reference to ‘fine china’, which is delicate and fragile…something the former bodybuilder was decidedly not.

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* The ring name of [[Wrestling/{{Chyna}} Joan “Chyna” Laurer]] is a reference to ‘fine ‘fine china’, which is delicate and fragile…something the former bodybuilder was decidedly not.



* Curly on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. He had black hair in a bowl cut -- like Moe, not Curly.

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* Curly [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Curly]] on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. He had black hair in a bowl cut -- like Moe, not Curly.Curly.
-->'''[[DrillSargeantNasty Lt. Maj. Goose]]:''' ''[[LiteralMinded Your hair's not curly! What's your real name?!]]''
-->'''Curly:''' ...[[EmbarrassingFirstName Thaddeus]].



-->''Irony: He ain't all that handsome''

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-->''Irony: He ain't all that handsome'' handsome.''
22nd Nov '16 2:00:15 PM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheFaroeIslanders'': Thrand's nephew Thord is called Thord the Short, but actually he is exceptionally big and strong.
-->''Thord [...] was called the Short. He was a most powerful build of a man and strong.''
18th Nov '16 8:28:03 PM merotoker
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** Fleet Admiral Sengoku "The Buddha" is an {{chessmaster}} tactical genius, who is not especially nice. However, he ''does'' [[spoiler:turn into a giant statue of Buddha]].

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** Fleet Admiral Sengoku "The Buddha" is an {{chessmaster}} [[TheChessmaster tactical genius, genius]], who is not especially nice. However, he ''does'' [[spoiler:turn into a giant statue of Buddha]].



* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has two examples of this if you take the successor's codenames as nicknames. [[SociopathicHero Mello]] is violent and short-tempered, while [[EmotionlessBoy Near]] is stoic and autistic. This was an accident as Near's and Mello's names were mistakenly switched by the editor. The codenames were originally [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Names]]

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has two examples of this if you take the successor's codenames as nicknames. [[SociopathicHero Mello]] is violent and short-tempered, while [[EmotionlessBoy Near]] is stoic and autistic. This was an accident as Near's and Mello's names were mistakenly switched by the editor. The codenames were originally [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Names]]Names]].



* Kroesus from ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' got this nickname as a joke as he never had money. He eventually became the richest man (actually, vole) in town, making the IronicNickname fitting.

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* Kroesus from ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' got this nickname as a joke as he never had money. He eventually became the richest man (actually, vole) in town, making the IronicNickname Ironic Nickname fitting.



* [[ImprobableAimingSkills Sharpshooter]] Maximilian "Twitch" Williams in ''{{Spawn}}'' got his nickname during his academy days "because he doesn't, ever".

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* [[ImprobableAimingSkills Sharpshooter]] Maximilian "Twitch" Williams in ''{{Spawn}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' got his nickname during his academy days "because he doesn't, ever".



* Honest John in ''Film/{{Pinocchio}}'' is a con man, and predictably, not at all honest.

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* Honest John in ''Film/{{Pinocchio}}'' ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is a con man, and predictably, not at all honest.honest.
* TheRustler Alameda Slim from Disney's ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' isn't exactly, and Lucky Jack is a jackrabbit who lost his foot, which are believed to bring good luck.



* In ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', GySgt. Hartman gives Pvt. Brown, a black recruit, the nickname "Private Snowball."

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* In ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', GySgt.Gunnery Sgt. Hartman gives Pvt. Brown, a black recruit, the nickname "Private Snowball."



* Little John. Depending on the particular interpretation of the RobinHood legend, he could be more than 185 cm (6 feet) tall and weigh over 90kg (200 pounds) - in an era when many men would have been around 160 cm (5 feet 3 inches) and weighed perhaps 55 kg (125 pounds). Lucky for Robin that Little John was one of the good guys...

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* Little John. Depending on the particular interpretation of the RobinHood Myth/RobinHood legend, he could be more than 185 cm (6 feet) tall and weigh over 90kg (200 pounds) - in an era when many men would have been around 160 cm (5 feet 3 inches) and weighed perhaps 55 kg (125 pounds). Lucky for Robin that Little John was one of the good guys...



* In C.S. Lewis' ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'', the [[FunWithAcronyms National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments]] is not NICE at all.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's novel ''[[Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast Beauty]]'', the titular character's real name is Honor, but as a child made the comment that "I'd rather be Beauty," and the nickname stuck. Ironic in that while her two elder sisters are extraordinarily beautiful, Beauty herself is extremely plain, awkward, and gangly. [[SheIsAllGrownUp She fits her nickname better later on, however.]]

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* In C.S. Lewis' Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength'', the [[FunWithAcronyms National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments]] is not NICE at all.
* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's novel ''[[Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast Beauty]]'', ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'', the titular character's real name is Honor, but as a child made the comment that "I'd rather be Beauty," and the nickname stuck. Ironic in that while her two elder sisters are extraordinarily beautiful, Beauty herself is extremely plain, awkward, and gangly. [[SheIsAllGrownUp She fits her nickname better later on, however.]]



* {{Ironic Nickname}}s are practically mandatory in the [[Literature/CHERUBSeries Brigands MC]].

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* {{Ironic Nickname}}s Ironic Nicknames are practically mandatory in the [[Literature/CHERUBSeries Brigands MC]].



* Leslie Thomas' detective [[Literature/TheLastDetective Dangerous Davies]] is so named because he's considered harmless by most local villains.
** In one story, Dangerous investigates the background of a very short man called Lofty. This turns out to be a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], because the little guy had stolen the identity of the real Lofty who was a six foot two beanpole.
* Fat Charlie from Literature/AnansiBoys isn't fat at all. (Though this one ''became'' an IronicNickname; it was a straightforward one to begin with, as he was fat as a boy and got saddled with the nickname even after he lost weight because it came from his father Anansi.)

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* Leslie Thomas' detective [[Literature/TheLastDetective [[Series/TheLastDetective Dangerous Davies]] is so named because he's considered harmless by most local villains.
** In one story, Dangerous investigates the background of a very short man called Lofty. This turns out to be a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], {{subver|tedTrope}}sion, because the little guy had stolen the identity of the real Lofty who was a six foot two beanpole.
* Fat Charlie from Literature/AnansiBoys isn't fat at all. (Though this one ''became'' an IronicNickname; Ironic Nickname; it was a straightforward one to begin with, as he was fat as a boy and got saddled with the nickname even after he lost weight because it came from his father Anansi.)



* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' featured Little Chino, a huge man who actually [[spoiler: survives Dexter's murder attempts. Twice. During one of them, he rips through enough tape to subdue a normal man, and the last time he's taken by Dexter you see none of him except for parts of his face, due to Dexter never making the same mistake twice.]]

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' featured Little Chino, a huge man who actually [[spoiler: survives Dexter's murder attempts. Twice. During one of them, he rips through enough tape to subdue a normal man, and the last time he's taken by Dexter you see none of him except for parts of his face, due to Dexter never making the same mistake twice.]]twice]].



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', a "Tiny" comes in and sits at the bar near Cliff, who, upon learning of his nickname, points out the concept behind it. "Tiny" tells him, "You're Smart!" Cliff takes it as a compliment, until "Tiny" points out that that's ''his'' IronicNickname for ''him''.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', a "Tiny" comes in and sits at the bar near Cliff, who, upon learning of his nickname, points out the concept behind it. "Tiny" tells him, "You're Smart!" Cliff takes it as a compliment, until "Tiny" points out that that's ''his'' IronicNickname Ironic Nickname for ''him''.



* On ''TopGear'', James May's "Captain Slow" nickname is now rather ironic since he's had the opportunity to take two different Bugatti Veyrons (record-setting fastest production cars) to their top speeds.

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* On ''TopGear'', ''Series/TopGear'', James May's "Captain Slow" nickname is now rather ironic since he's had the opportunity to take two different Bugatti Veyrons (record-setting fastest production cars) to their top speeds.



* Series/{{Monk}} had a character named Fat Tony, a gangster who Sharona gets a crush on. He was a fat as a kid and grew up incredibly fit but he's still called "Fat."

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* Series/{{Monk}} ''Series/{{Monk}}'' had a character named Fat Tony, a gangster who Sharona gets a crush on. He was a fat as a kid and grew up incredibly fit but he's still called "Fat."



* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder's nickname at the FBI is "Spooky". Doesn't seem that ironic until you learn that his work on with the supernatural isn't how he got the nickname. Before the X-Files, he was an amazing profiler for the Violent Crimes Section, so amazing it was spooky.

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* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder's nickname at the FBI is "Spooky". Doesn't seem that ironic until you learn that his work on with the supernatural isn't how he got the nickname. Before the X-Files, he was an amazing profiler for the Violent Crimes Section, so amazing it was spooky.



* In TheBible, JesusChrist nicknames his apostle Simon "Peter" ("the rock") and apostles James and John "Boanerges" ("sons of thunder"). Peter was somewhat flighty, and James and John got their mother to ask Jesus for a favor, instead of asking him themselves, making it this trope-[[CharacterDevelopment at first]].

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* In TheBible, JesusChrist Literature/TheBible, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} nicknames his apostle Simon "Peter" ("the rock") and apostles James and John "Boanerges" ("sons of thunder"). Peter was somewhat flighty, and James and John got their mother to ask Jesus for a favor, instead of asking him themselves, making it this trope-[[CharacterDevelopment at first]].



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Luigi means "famous hero". Hero? Most definitely. Famous? [[DudeWheresMyRespect Not a chance]].
** Mouser from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''? It's an evil mouse that throws nightmare bombs. Look up however what 'mouser' actually means... a cat trained to catch mice.
* A fireman is a rescue worker trained to extinguish fire. Fire Man from the first ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'' game on the other hand, is a robot who starts fires.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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Luigi means "famous hero". Hero? Most definitely. Famous? [[DudeWheresMyRespect Not a chance]].
** Mouser from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''? It's ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' is an evil mouse that throws nightmare bombs. Look up however what 'mouser' actually means... a cat trained to catch mice.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan''
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A fireman is a rescue worker trained to extinguish fire. Fire Man from the first ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'' game on the other hand, is a robot who starts fires.



* Meredith Hemmings of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 is occasionally referred to as "Merry". [[EmoTeen She isn't]].

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* Meredith Hemmings of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 is occasionally referred to as "Merry". [[EmoTeen She isn't]].



** {{Lampshaded}} right at their introduction, when Aang makes the easy mistake of mixing them up.

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** {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d right at their introduction, when Aang makes the easy mistake of mixing them up.



* In the Creator/HannaBarbera series ''TopCat'', the dimmest member of TC's gang is named Brain. The Latin American Spanish dub managed to make it more hilarious by renaming him "''Demostenes''", after the Greek philosopher.
* The three Erics in the ''WaysideSchool'' series all have different nicknames... specifically, unflattering nicknames that invariably describe the ''other two''.
** In most of those cases, it was because the kids believe that, because a nickname describes the other two Erics, [[InsaneTrollLogic it]] ''[[InsaneTrollLogic must]]'' [[InsaneTrollLogic describe the third.]]

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* In the Creator/HannaBarbera series ''TopCat'', ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'', the dimmest member of TC's gang is named Brain. The Latin American Spanish dub managed to make it more hilarious by renaming him "''Demostenes''", after the Greek philosopher.
* The three Erics in the ''WaysideSchool'' series ''WesternAnimation/{{Wayside}}'' all have different nicknames... specifically, unflattering nicknames that invariably describe the ''other two''.
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two''. In most of those cases, it was because the kids believe that, because a nickname describes the other two Erics, [[InsaneTrollLogic it]] ''[[InsaneTrollLogic must]]'' [[InsaneTrollLogic describe the third.]]



* TheRustler Alameda Slim from Disney's ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' isn't exactly, and Lucky Jack is a jackrabbit who lost his foot, which are believed to bring good luck.



* ''TransformersGenerationOne'' has the inveterate braggart Sky Lynx, whom Springer calls "Commander Modesty."

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* ''TransformersGenerationOne'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' has the inveterate braggart Sky Lynx, whom Springer calls "Commander Modesty."



* ''TheSimpsons'' gives us Handsome Pete, who looks like a deranged, miniature version of Krusty the Klown. As the ''Simpsons'' episode guide says:

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* ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' gives us Handsome Pete, who looks like a deranged, miniature version of Krusty the Klown. As the ''Simpsons'' episode guide says:



* Tiny Ron, a seven-foot-tall actor who's had a number of bit Hollywood roles (probably most notably Maihar'du in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').
** In ''Series/PoliceSquad'', he's so tall, his head won't even fit in the camera frame.
* 1970s NBA player Nate "Tiny" Archibald was 6'1"--not tiny in the general population, but small compared to most NBA players.

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* Tiny Ron, a seven-foot-tall actor who's had a number of bit Hollywood roles (probably most notably Maihar'du in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').
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''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''). In ''Series/PoliceSquad'', he's so tall, his head won't even fit in the camera frame.
* UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation
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1970s NBA player Nate "Tiny" Archibald was 6'1"--not tiny in the general population, but small compared to most NBA players.



* Snooker player Steve "Interesting" Davis was nicknamed so by ''PrivateEye'' because he was seen as a dull public speaker.

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* Snooker player Steve "Interesting" Davis was nicknamed so by ''PrivateEye'' ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' because he was seen as a dull public speaker.
15th Nov '16 11:49:43 PM Morgenthaler
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** Early on in the series, Luffy makes the off-handed discovery that the Grand Line is sometimes referred to as "Paradise". Considering that every other scrap of information given about the ocean around that time was is that it's a DeathWorld of the highest order, and that it lives up to that reputation later, when the story actually gets there, it seems like an example of this. However, several hundred chapters later, the nickname is brought up again as its origin is revealed: it was given by pirates who have explored the New World, another stretch of ocean that's basically the Grand Line's {{Badass}} big brother. Even more physics-defying madness and ''far'' more dangerous pirates that makes the Grand Line look like, well, paradise by comparison.

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** Early on in the series, Luffy makes the off-handed discovery that the Grand Line is sometimes referred to as "Paradise". Considering that every other scrap of information given about the ocean around that time was is that it's a DeathWorld of the highest order, and that it lives up to that reputation later, when the story actually gets there, it seems like an example of this. However, several hundred chapters later, the nickname is brought up again as its origin is revealed: it was given by pirates who have explored the New World, another stretch of ocean that's basically the Grand Line's {{Badass}} badass big brother. Even more physics-defying madness and ''far'' more dangerous pirates that makes the Grand Line look like, well, paradise by comparison.
11th Oct '16 1:17:14 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': There's a forest cleric whose known as "The Sterile Tree".

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': There's a forest cleric whose known as "The Sterile Tree". Eric discusses this with his advocate; given how many different kinds of life live on, in and under them; trees are definitely not sterile.
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