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8th Feb '16 2:21:29 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Not A Subversion. "partially subverted" is likely downplayed or averted. It's not ever "partially subverted"
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' with a Sassy Demon named The Dark Adonis Vyers, er... Mid-Boss, dubbed such by Laharl because he deems him unimportant. His name even shows up as that on his text boxes. [[spoiler: He's still important to the plot in the long run.]] * Subverted in ''Videogame/Disgaea2''. Adell's mother is only referred to as "Mom", but is given full body-art and voiceovers like the rest of the main cast. She is also the one responsible for summoning the Overlord so that Adell can kick his ass. ** As it turns out, she ''does'' have a name: [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Mom]].
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* Subverted Parodied in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' with a Sassy Demon named The Dark Adonis Vyers, er... Mid-Boss, dubbed such by Laharl because he deems him unimportant. His name even shows up as that on his text boxes. [[spoiler: He's still important to the plot in the long run.]] * Subverted Averted ''and'' parodied in ''Videogame/Disgaea2''. Adell's mother is only referred to as "Mom", but is given full body-art and voiceovers like the rest of the main cast. She is also the one responsible for summoning the Overlord so that Adell can kick his ass. ** ass. As it turns out, she ''does'' have a name: [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Mom]].

* Subverted in ''ThatThingYouDo'': the bass player in the Wonders is a plot-important character who remained unnamed through the movie, eventually listed in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue as [[MeaningfulName "T. B. Player"]].
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* Subverted Averted in ''ThatThingYouDo'': the bass player in the Wonders is a plot-important character who remained unnamed through the movie, eventually listed in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue as [[MeaningfulName "T. B. Player"]].

* DavidDrake likes to subvert this and made extensive use of {{Tuckerization}} in one of his Literature/{{RCN}} books for this purpose (as well as to salute his friends). He explained this in the acknowledgments to the book and noted he was using the ''names'' but not the ''personalities'' and this was, in many cases, "a Good Thing" -- because [[DontExplainTheJoke (he didn't spell this part out)]] some of the people he named after his friends were total wastes of skin.
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* DavidDrake likes to subvert avert this and made extensive use of {{Tuckerization}} in one of his Literature/{{RCN}} books for this purpose (as well as to salute his friends). He explained this in the acknowledgments to the book and noted he was using the ''names'' but not the ''personalities'' and this was, in many cases, "a Good Thing" -- because [[DontExplainTheJoke (he didn't spell this part out)]] some of the people he named after his friends were total wastes of skin.

* Subverted in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheLangoliers'', where in the first chapter, protagonist Brian Engle meets a stewardess who introduces herserf as Melanie Trevor. At this point, a GenreSavvy reader starts foreshadowing a RomanceArc, but after just a couple of lines, the book explicitly states that Engle never saw Melanie Trevor again.
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* Subverted in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheLangoliers'', where in the first chapter, protagonist Brian Engle meets a stewardess who introduces herserf as Melanie Trevor. At this point, a GenreSavvy reader starts to see foreshadowing for a RomanceArc, but after just a couple of lines, the book explicitly states that Engle never saw Melanie Trevor again.

* Subverted in ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', in most of the series several extras receive names. Played straight with the Strigoi of 'Blood Promise''. Those not named tend to play no importance in the overall plot. Those few that receive names are all involved with Dimitri's new existence as a Strigoi.
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* Subverted Zigzagged in ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', in most of the series several extras receive names. Played straight with the In Strigoi of 'Blood Promise''. Those Promise'', those not named tend to play no importance in the overall plot. Those few that receive names are all involved with Dimitri's new existence as a Strigoi.Strigoi. *''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Averted on two occasions: ** Kasile posts two guards outside her castle to prevent Eric from entering at night. Neither one is named and yet they do their job with minimal effort. ** Two of Nunnal's labratory assistants are named and yet they have as much importance as the ones who remain unnamed. ** A group of adventures contain Grendel when he goes on a rampage but the author never names them. [[MediumAwareness The adventurers pick up on this and it's why they refuse to identify themselves.]]

** LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html this]], where the GenreSavvy Elan explains that not having a name means you're just a RedShirt whose sole purpose is to say "[[YouShallNotPass I'll hold them off]]!" and then get killed. As if to demonstrate, two {{red shirt}}s manage to survive a battle by revealing that they ''do'' have names, with one surviving a near-fatal injury by revealing his first name, and stating that he is saving his last name just in case he gets injured again. [[spoiler: This particular ChekhovsGun is later subverted. He attempts to {{invoke|dTrope}} NominalImportance by shouting his last name, but only gets to "Daigo Da-" before being hit in the face with a door.]] ** Subverted in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0539.html this]] episode, where [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]] kills a random gnome for no particular reason (other than that he could). When his companions are horrified by this, he says the gnome was unimportant and "probably didn't even have a name"...even though the gnome had told the group his name 7 panels earlier. ** He did it even earlier to the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0021.html Chimera]] as it was cursing the Order. Haley even complained about Belkar killing it mid-speech, pointing out that since it had a name it was probably meant to be a recurring adversary. ** Subverted several times in the prequel ''Start of Darkness'': when Ekdysdioksosiirwo, Viridian Lord of-- is killed ''because'' he gives his name, and the two main characters survive by giving shorter aliases, and when the named characters [[spoiler: Aliyara, Ridiziak and Eriaxnikol, Right-eye's wife and sons]] are killed, and their unnamed [[spoiler: daughter/sister]] survives. Also? The three main characters are called Right-Eye, Redcloak and Xykon. None of those are their real names.
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** LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html this]], where the GenreSavvy Elan explains that not having a name means you're just a RedShirt whose sole purpose is to say "[[YouShallNotPass I'll hold them off]]!" and then get killed. As if to demonstrate, two {{red shirt}}s manage to survive a battle by revealing that they ''do'' have names, with one surviving a near-fatal severe injury by revealing his first name, and stating that he is saving his last name just in case he gets injured again. [[spoiler: This particular ChekhovsGun is later subverted. He attempts to {{invoke|dTrope}} NominalImportance by shouting his last name, but only gets to "Daigo Da-" before being hit in the face with a door.]] ** Subverted Invoked in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0539.html this]] episode, where [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar]] kills a random gnome for no particular reason (other than that he could). When his companions are horrified by this, he says the gnome was unimportant and "probably didn't even have a name"...even though the gnome had told the group his name 7 panels earlier. ** He Parodied by Belkar in the arc arc when he did it even earlier to the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0021.html Chimera]] as it was cursing the Order. Haley even complained about Belkar killing it mid-speech, pointing out that since it had a name it was probably meant to be a recurring adversary. ** Subverted Played with several times in the prequel ''Start of Darkness'': when Ekdysdioksosiirwo, Viridian Lord of-- is killed ''because'' he gives his name, name (it's too long!), and the two main characters survive by giving shorter aliases, and when the named characters [[spoiler: Aliyara, Ridiziak and Eriaxnikol, Right-eye's wife and sons]] are killed, and their unnamed [[spoiler: daughter/sister]] survives. Also? The three main characters are called Right-Eye, Redcloak and Xykon. None of those are their real names.

* In ''FriskyDingo'' the Xtacles were all FacelessMooks that always wore their helmets, although a couple were named. In the first episode the SpinOff ''{{Xtacles}}'' a bunch of said soldiers take off their helmets and are given independent names. [[spoiler: It's then partially subverted when a bunch of them die anyway]].
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* In ''FriskyDingo'' the Xtacles were all FacelessMooks that always wore their helmets, although a couple were named. In the first episode the SpinOff ''{{Xtacles}}'' a bunch of said soldiers take off their helmets and are given independent names. [[spoiler: It's then partially subverted downplayed when a bunch of them die anyway]].
23rd Jan '16 9:42:54 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in StephenKing's ''Literature/TheLangoliers'', where in the first chapter, protagonist Brian Engle meets a stewardess who introduces herserf as Melanie Trevor. At this point, a GenreSavvy reader starts foreshadowing a RomanceArc, but after just a couple of lines, the book explicitly states that Engle never saw Melanie Trevor again.
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* Subverted in StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheLangoliers'', where in the first chapter, protagonist Brian Engle meets a stewardess who introduces herserf as Melanie Trevor. At this point, a GenreSavvy reader starts foreshadowing a RomanceArc, but after just a couple of lines, the book explicitly states that Engle never saw Melanie Trevor again.
12th Jan '16 5:32:04 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight in ''RuneScape''. If you see a named NPC, then, even if they aren't plot important, they'll have some humorous interactions available or something. Unlike say, "Ardougne Guard" which you can attack, pickpocket or examine and that's it.
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* Played straight in ''RuneScape''.''VideoGame/RuneScape''. If you see a named NPC, then, even if they aren't plot important, they'll have some humorous interactions available or something. Unlike say, "Ardougne Guard" which you can attack, pickpocket or examine and that's it.
6th Jan '16 9:39:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[SoulSeries Soul Calibur 3]]'''s "Chronicles of the Sword" mode, a lot of EliteMooks on the field are named, but all that comes of the names is a strength boost. Regular soldiers just go by the name of their banner.
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* In ''[[SoulSeries ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur 3]]'''s "Chronicles of the Sword" mode, a lot of EliteMooks on the field are named, but all that comes of the names is a strength boost. Regular soldiers just go by the name of their banner.
26th Dec '15 8:36:32 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Simoun}}'' averts the voiceover corollary in its first episode, which is narrated by a nameless RedShirt pilot who dies (playing the main trope straight) in the episode's climax.
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* ''{{Simoun}}'' ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' averts the voiceover corollary in its first episode, which is narrated by a nameless RedShirt pilot who dies (playing the main trope straight) in the episode's climax.
25th Dec '15 11:38:57 PM Doug86
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* In the PC game ''{{Pathologic}}'', all of the main characters and important side characters are given names, while minor characters are named [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep by their description]]. In addition, when you talk to any of the characters, an icon with a black-and-white photo appears in the corner of the screen. With storyline characters, it's a person resembling the model. With random people, [[LampshadeHanging it's a creepy ragdoll]].
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* In the PC game ''{{Pathologic}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'', all of the main characters and important side characters are given names, while minor characters are named [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep by their description]]. In addition, when you talk to any of the characters, an icon with a black-and-white photo appears in the corner of the screen. With storyline characters, it's a person resembling the model. With random people, [[LampshadeHanging it's a creepy ragdoll]].
31st Oct '15 8:30:39 AM Nazetrime
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[[folder:Simulation Game]] * ''VideoGame/HometownStory'' gives names to all villagers in the ledger recording the town population, but only the ones that you need to befriend to progress in the game will actually display theirs when you speak to them, along with a CharacterPortrait. [[/folder]]
14th Oct '15 10:28:54 AM Absoltheharbinger
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** It's easy to figure out that Ms. Toriumi, your homeroom teacher in [[spoiler:is actually Maya, the Hermit Social Link]] by virtue of the fact that she's the only teacher apart from Mr Edogawa with a character portrait. This is remedied in ''Persona 3 Portable'', when most significant NPCs (including the other teachers) got character portaits as well. Interestingly, Mr edogawa was never important to the plot or social link system ... in ''Persona 3''. In ''Persona 4'', however, he [[spoiler: gives exposition on the legend of Izanagi and Izanami, helping set up one of the sparse hints as to who's ''really'' pulling the strings]].
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** It's easy to figure out that Ms. Toriumi, your homeroom teacher in [[spoiler:is actually Maya, the Hermit Social Link]] by virtue of the fact that she's the only teacher apart from Mr Edogawa with a character portrait. This is remedied in ''Persona 3 Portable'', when most significant NPCs (including the other teachers) got character portaits as well. well. *** Interestingly, Mr edogawa Edogawa was never important to the plot or social link system ... in ''Persona 3''. In ''Persona 4'', however, he [[spoiler: gives exposition on the legend of Izanagi and Izanami, helping set up one of the sparse hints as to who's ''really'' pulling the strings]].
14th Oct '15 10:27:18 AM Absoltheharbinger
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** It's easy to figure out that Ms. Toriumi, your homeroom teacher in [[spoiler:is actually Maya, the Hermit Social Link]] by virtue of the fact that she's the only female teacher with a character portrait.
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** It's easy to figure out that Ms. Toriumi, your homeroom teacher in [[spoiler:is actually Maya, the Hermit Social Link]] by virtue of the fact that she's the only female teacher apart from Mr Edogawa with a character portrait.portrait. This is remedied in ''Persona 3 Portable'', when most significant NPCs (including the other teachers) got character portaits as well. Interestingly, Mr edogawa was never important to the plot or social link system ... in ''Persona 3''. In ''Persona 4'', however, he [[spoiler: gives exposition on the legend of Izanagi and Izanami, helping set up one of the sparse hints as to who's ''really'' pulling the strings]].
4th Oct '15 4:44:10 PM nombretomado
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** ''Series/DoctorWho'' writer and ''Series/BeingHuman'' creator Toby Whitehouse has said in a ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' interview that he always gives the {{Red Shirt}}s and minor characters names, simply because it looks better on the actors' [=CVs=].
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** ''Series/DoctorWho'' writer and ''Series/BeingHuman'' ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' creator Toby Whitehouse has said in a ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' interview that he always gives the {{Red Shirt}}s and minor characters names, simply because it looks better on the actors' [=CVs=].
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