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6th May '16 5:59:28 AM aye_amber
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* 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. As it turns out, she ''does'' have a name: [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Mom]].

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* Averted ''and'' parodied in ''Videogame/Disgaea2''. ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories.'' 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]].
30th Apr '16 1:00:56 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Count Olaf's henchmen in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are usually referred to with descriptive terms like "the white-faced women" and "the bald man"(they sometimes use pseudonyms derived from [[SignificantAnagram anagrams of "Count Olaf"]], though). However, at the time the hook-handed man gets some CharacterDevelopment and a backstory in Book the Eleventh, we learn that his name is Fernald.

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* Count Olaf's henchmen in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are usually referred to with descriptive terms like "the white-faced women" and "the bald man"(they sometimes use pseudonyms derived from [[SignificantAnagram anagrams of "Count Olaf"]], though). However, at the time the hook-handed man gets some CharacterDevelopment and a backstory in Book the Eleventh, we learn that his name is Fernald.
27th Mar '16 6:35:07 AM SaiyamanMS
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* An odd variation in the official English translation of the ''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''[[MarketBasedTitle Case Closed]]'' manga, where if a character has a DubNameChange, then you can expect them to be important.
12th Mar '16 2:06:04 AM GrammarNavi
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* Classically averted in the opera ''{{Tosca}}'' with the executioner Roberti. Not only is Roberti a very minor character (he appears in only two scenes), he doesn't sing, not even in chorus.

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* Classically averted in the opera ''{{Tosca}}'' ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'' with the executioner Roberti. Not only is Roberti a very minor character (he appears in only two scenes), he doesn't sing, not even in chorus.
10th Mar '16 3:29:06 PM Subbak
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* In ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawlStoneSoup'', all the enemies with names are unique and generally much more dangerous than anything you can encounter in the level you're on. Fighting them one-on-one (or running away) is recommended. The exception is Pandemonium lords: four are regular uniques, but since Pandemonium is infinite the game will generate lords with random names and stats as well. Killing uniques is one way to get points in tournaments.
29th Feb '16 4:26:45 AM wrestlingdog909
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** Jack Sprat lampshades this in [[Literature/NurseryCrimes The Fourth Bear]], when he yells at a woman who is clearly there to be an ObStructiveBureaucrat with no backstory. The woman is horrified, and Jack makes one up for her.

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** * Jack Sprat lampshades this in [[Literature/NurseryCrimes [[Literature/NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]], when he yells at a woman who is clearly there to be an ObStructiveBureaucrat ObstructiveBureaucrat with no backstory. The woman is horrified, and Jack makes one up for her.
28th Feb '16 3:56:56 PM wrestlingdog909
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** Jack Sprat lampshades this in [[Literature/NurseryCrimes The Fourth Bear]], when he yells at a woman who is clearly there to be an ObStructiveBureaucrat with no backstory. The woman is horrified, and Jack makes one up for her.
19th Feb '16 9:50:49 PM Gamermaster
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** Parodied by Belkar in the arc arc when he did it 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.

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** Parodied by Belkar in the arc first arc when he did it 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.
8th Feb '16 2:21:29 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* 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.
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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.
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