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1st Dec '17 8:32:28 PM FRizer
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When additions or alterations to names signify stronger versions of said beings, that's TieredByName. If the name is explicitly a description, it's a NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom. If it's just the initials that are meaningful, you have a SignificantMonogram.

Compare NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, PropheticNames, StevenUlyssesPerhero, TheyCallHimSword. Contrast with NonindicativeName. Also compare/contrast with IronicName. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about names indicating power and villainy and heavily overlaps with this trope, and PunnyName, which many of these names fall into as well. See also MeaningfulRename, for when the name is changed to something significant after the fact. Can also be related to DeadGuyJunior if the naming is intended to symbolize a deceased in-universe character's legacy in some way.

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When additions or alterations to names signify stronger versions of said beings, that's TieredByName. If the name is explicitly a description, it's a NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom. If it's just the initials that are meaningful, you have a SignificantMonogram.

Compare NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, PropheticNames, StevenUlyssesPerhero, TheyCallHimSword. Contrast with NonindicativeName. Also compare/contrast with IronicName. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about names indicating power and villainy and heavily overlaps with this trope, and PunnyName, which many of these names fall into as well. See also MeaningfulRename, for when the name is changed to something significant after the fact. Can also be related to DeadGuyJunior if the naming is intended to symbolize a deceased in-universe character's legacy in some way.



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* ADogNamedDog: An animal character gets the very animal's species name as their first name.
* ALizardNamedLiz: an animal character (or a humanoid character with an AnimalMotif) is given a name based on the animal's attribute.
* MeaningfulRename: Someone renames themselves/someone else/something into a name with meaning.
* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The name is a full description.
* PropheticNames: If the name's meaning isn't immediately relevant, it will be.
* SignificantAnagram: When you scramble the letters of their name, it can turn into something meaningful.
* SignificantMonogram: The name's initials refer to something meaningful.
* SpeciesSurname: An animal character gets the animal name as their last name.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: A person is named after their abilities/powers/occupations.

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14th Nov '17 5:33:46 AM dmeagher13
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* In 2003, astronomers discovered an object in the outer solar system that was larger than Pluto. This, a long with the discovery of other similar objects in that same era, kicked off a 3 year long debate among astronomers about whether ought to remain classified as a planet. This culminated in Pluto being demoted from it's status as a planet, and the object in question being named Eris, the Greek goddess of discord, due to all of the arguments it caused.
2nd Sep '17 11:08:23 PM MadCormorant
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* There's a sort of poetic justice in the U.S. Supreme Court case striking down laws prohibiting interracial marriage being titled ''Loving'' v. Virginia.

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* There's a sort of poetic justice in the U.S. Supreme Court case striking down laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the country being titled ''Loving'' v. Virginia.
2nd Sep '17 11:08:07 PM MadCormorant
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* There's a sort of poetic justice in the U.S. Supreme Court case striking down laws prohibiting interracial marriage being titled ''Loving'' v. Virginia.
26th Aug '17 8:42:19 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* It's weirdly poetic and funny that the guy responsible for the biggest {{Ponzi}} scheme of all time is named Bernie ''Madoff''.
21st Aug '17 12:57:12 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Art/MarriageALaMode'':
** The old Earl of ''Squander''field has done exactly that with his family fortune. Even before he dies, his son and daughter-in-law are living up to the family name with chronic financial irresponsibility; the Viscount gambles and spends money on women, while the Viscountess buys a wide assortment of truly ugly ornaments.
** The lawyer drawing up the paperwork for the marriage who has a long-term affair with the bride is seen in ''The Marriage Settlement'' whispering into her ear, his words evidently having a powerful enough effect to attract and keep her attention until their deaths. Silvertongue by name, silver tongue by nature.
** The French barber-surgeon whom the Viscount visits in ''The Inspection'' is identified on the documents next to the mechanical contraptions he has invented as Monsieur de la Pillule, which approximately translates as "Mr. Pill". Aptly, he is treating the Viscount and one or both of the ladies for syphilis with mercury pills (the standard treatment for the disease in the 18th century).
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6th Aug '17 5:06:24 PM ectostar
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->'''Alexandria:''' This "Odious" -- he bad man?\\
'''Roy:''' Oh yeah.

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->'''Alexandria:''' ->'''Alexandria''': This "Odious" -- he bad man?\\
'''Roy:''' '''Roy''': Oh yeah.
1st Aug '17 12:55:19 PM Prometheus117
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*** Pridak: not to sharks, but a [[{{Pride}} prideful]] warlord [[SatanicArchetype who was damned for letting it consume him]]
12th Jul '17 7:49:24 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ''{{Garfield}}'': In a very early strip, Odie had an "accident" inside the house and is punished by Lyman. Garfield snarks that they should have called him "Spot" instead. ([[MythologyGag That was going to be the name of Odie]], but it was changed due to there being a dog called that in the comic strip ''Boner's Ark''.)

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In a very early strip, Odie had an "accident" inside the house and is punished by Lyman. Garfield snarks that they should have called him "Spot" instead. ([[MythologyGag That was going to be the name of Odie]], but it was changed due to there being a dog called that in the comic strip ''Boner's Ark''.)


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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' has Bung, an almost perpetually drunk court jester who is named for a wine cask's stopper.
25th May '17 11:26:48 PM Az_Tech341
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* In some cultures, it's common for names to change to reflect achievements or personality. In cultures were names are fixed, they are often considered to be prophetic in some way.
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