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19th Jan '18 8:12:18 AM comicwriter
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* The Infinity Gems were initially known as the Soul Gems in all their early appearances. They wouldn't get their more familiar name until the ''Comicbook/{{Thanos}} Quest'' limited series, where Thanos decided that "Infinity" was a more fitting name since only one of the gems actually had anything to do with souls.

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* The Infinity Gems were initially known as the Soul Gems in all their early appearances. They wouldn't get their more familiar name until the ''Comicbook/{{Thanos}} Quest'' limited series, where Thanos decided that "Infinity" was a more fitting name since only one of the gems actually had anything to do with souls.
19th Jan '18 8:11:50 AM comicwriter
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* The Infinity Gems were initially known as the Soul Gems in all their early appearances. They wouldn't get their more familiar name until the ''Comicbook/{{Thanos}} Quest'' limited series, where Thanos decided that "Infinity" was a more fitting name since only one of the gems actually had anything to do with souls.
19th Jan '18 8:09:06 AM Derkhan
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** Many characters choose to abandon their old names with their old lives, particularly among [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits The Malazan Army]].

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** Many characters choose to abandon their old names with their old lives, particularly among [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits The lives. Among [[BadassArmy the Malazan Army]].Army]], this is actually a requierement, and the soldiers' new names are usually chosen by their drill sergeant based on their personality (Tarr, Bottle, Truth), a quirk (Blend, Limp), as a joke (Kindly, who is not), or an event (Braven Tooth, who broke one off in a bar fight).


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** Smiles was nicknamed thus by her squad's drill sergeant ''because'' she never does so and instead tries to kill everyone with her stare.
3rd Jan '18 2:17:30 PM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, many characters choose to abandon their old names with their old lives, particularly among [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits The Malazan Army]].

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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, many ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
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characters choose to abandon their old names with their old lives, particularly among [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits The Malazan Army]].Army]].
** Subverted with Fiddler. In ''Literature/HouseOfChains'', he renames himself Strings in order to sign up with the Malazan military again. Nobody who's ever even heard of him buys it, so he eventually goes back to Fiddler.
** In ''Litearture/MidnightTides'', Silchas Ruin gives Scabandari the name "Bloodeye" while the latter boasts about how no one can oppose them in this new world. Silchas explains how that's due to the blood that now stains Scabandari's vision, implying there's more to it than just the battle they just fought, and Scabandari certainly has left a trail of blood and devastation behind. He is not too pleased with his new name, but nonetheless proceeds to [[InTheBack knife Silchas in the back]], leading many readers to suspect that Silchas knew of the coming betrayal.
12th Dec '17 4:48:17 PM TheOtherR.A.B
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* In Kelley Armstrong’s ’’Literature/IndustrialMagic’’, Hans chose his name because he felt ‘John’ wasn’t an appropriate name for a vampire.
11th Dec '17 12:14:01 PM Eievie
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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Earthsea}}:

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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Earthsea}}:Literature/{{Earthsea}} has many examples, as the power of a name is a prominent theme in the books.


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--->'''Ged:''' You must make a choice. Either you must leave me, lock the door, go up to your altars and give me to your Masters; then go to the Priestess Kossil and make your peace with her--and that is the end of the story--or, you must unlock the door, and go out of it, with me. Leave the Tombs, leave Atuan, and come with me oversea. And that is the beginning of the story. You must be Arha, or you must be Tenar. You cannot be both.
7th Dec '17 10:58:37 PM ultimomant
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* Abram becomes Abraham ("Father of many nations") in Literature/TheBible, and his wife Sarai becomes Sarah ("princess"). Jacob takes the name Israel ("struggles with God") after wrestling with the angel. Hosea becomes Joshua by adding a letter from God's name (the "yod") to his name. Also in the Bible, Jesus renames Simon to Peter, in Aramaic "Kephas" (Rock). (There are a lot of other renamings that qualify more as SomeCallMeTim--e.g. Greek- and Latin-speakers couldn't pronounce the "sh" sound, so Saul of Tarsus--"Sha'ul" in Hebrew--was known as "Paul" to the wider world.)

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* ''Literature/TheBible'':
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Abram becomes Abraham ("Father of many nations") in Literature/TheBible, and his wife Sarai becomes Sarah ("princess"). Jacob takes the name Israel ("struggles with God") after wrestling with the angel. Hosea becomes Joshua by adding a letter from God's name (the "yod") to his name. Also in the Bible, Jesus renames Simon to Peter, in Aramaic "Kephas" (Rock). (There are a lot of other renamings that qualify more as SomeCallMeTim--e.g. Greek- and Latin-speakers couldn't pronounce the "sh" sound, so Saul of Tarsus--"Sha'ul" in Hebrew--was known as "Paul" to the wider world.)



* In Jewish tradition Moses was originally named Tuvia by his birth parents, while Pharaoh's daughter called him Moses. {{God}}, however, would only call him by the latter name in order to honor her for taking Moses in.

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* ** In Jewish tradition Moses was originally named Tuvia by his birth parents, while Pharaoh's daughter called him Moses. {{God}}, however, would only call him by the latter name in order to honor her for taking Moses in.



* God's name changes frequently throughout TheBible, although God never remarks upon this or specifies why. Tradition holds that each name has a slightly different meaning.

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* ** God's name changes frequently throughout TheBible, The Bible, although God never remarks upon this or specifies why. Tradition holds that each name has a slightly different meaning.meaning.
* ''Myth/CelticMythology'': Queen Medb really wanted King Conchobar dead. A {{Druid}} told her that her son Maine would eventually kill Conchobar. She had seven sons, but none of them were named Maine, so she renamed all of them, just to be sure. Fedlimid became Maine Athramail ("like his father"), Cairbre became Maine Máthramail ("like his mother"), Eochaid became Maine Andoe ("the swift") and was also known as Cich-Maine Andoe or Cichmuine, Fergus became Maine Taí ("the silent"), Cet became Maine Mórgor ("of great duty"), Sin became Maine Mílscothach ("honey-speech"), and Dáire became Maine Móepirt ("beyond description"). [[ProphecyTwist Maine Andoe ended up killing a completely different Conchobar]].
21st Nov '17 10:41:43 PM PaulA
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* Done by an entire ''species'' in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Original Sin'', after losing an extremely unpleasant war with [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the Earth Empire]]. The two Hith met in the course of the book are named "Homeless Forsaken Betrayed And Alone" and "Powerless Friendless And Scattered Through Space".

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* Done by an entire ''species'' in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Original Sin'', ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresOriginalSin Original Sin]]'', after losing an extremely unpleasant war with [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the Earth Empire]]. The two Hith met in the course of the book are named "Homeless Forsaken Betrayed And Alone" and "Powerless Friendless And Scattered Through Space".
21st Nov '17 11:57:48 AM Pichu-kun
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* [[SpiderMan Harry Lyman]] used to be Harry Osborn, son of the original Green Goblin, and at one time the Goblin himself. He now works for Peter Parker as a VP, using his mother's maiden name. As Harry explains to the Human Torch:

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* [[SpiderMan [[Franchise/SpiderMan Harry Lyman]] used to be Harry Osborn, son of the original Green Goblin, and at one time the Goblin himself. He now works for Peter Parker as a VP, using his mother's maiden name. As Harry explains to the Human Torch:



* After the incident that triggered Marvel's first Civil War event, Speedball took the new mantle of Penance, for the 612 people who had died

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* After the incident that triggered Marvel's first Civil War event, Speedball took the new mantle of Penance, for the 612 people who had dieddied.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novel ''A Clan In Need'', Barley and Violet's brothers Hoot and Jumper are now [=BloodClan=] members called Snake and Ice. They deny their original names and deny being their brothers.
3rd Nov '17 7:35:00 PM DustSnitch
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** Nightmare Moon fits this fairly well, as [[BadassPrincess Princess]] [[LargeHam Luna]] was known by this name after becoming a FallenAngel. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Assuming they're actually the same individual]]; one of [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the tie-in comics]] portrayed it as full-on DemonicPossession, although their canon status is uncertain.

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** Nightmare Moon fits this fairly well, as [[BadassPrincess Princess]] Princess [[LargeHam Luna]] was known by this name after becoming a FallenAngel. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Assuming they're actually the same individual]]; one of [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the tie-in comics]] portrayed it as full-on DemonicPossession, although their canon status is uncertain.
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