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17th May '17 6:44:05 PM nombretomado
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* This is averted in ''{{Urinetown}}'' the musical, where every single member character has a name, even though only 10 of the names are actually spoken (the rest are [[AllThereInTheManual only written in the program]]).

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* This is averted in ''{{Urinetown}}'' ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' the musical, where every single member character has a name, even though only 10 of the names are actually spoken (the rest are [[AllThereInTheManual only written in the program]]).
15th May '17 10:26:51 PM darkabomination
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* Many of the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' games, particularly, ''Ark of Naptishtim'', ''Origin'', and most remakes, avert this. Every character gets their own name regardless of their importance to the story. In some games, every character gets a character portrait as well.

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* Many of the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' games, particularly, ''Ark of Naptishtim'', Napishtim'', ''Origin'', and most remakes, remakes in particular, avert this. Every character gets their own name regardless of their importance to the story. In some games, every character gets a character portrait as well.well.
* The ''Franchise/KisekiSeries'' by the same developer does everything it can to avert this. While not all of the over 300 or so NPC characters in the Sky trilogy alone have portraits, the vast majority have names, backstories, and relationships to other characters. Played straight however, with voiced characters. You can tell for example that Josette is more than just a one-off antagonist as she has battle cries, something her brothers notably lack. In their case, they show up later as well, but Josette can be recruited into your party. Or that this Kloe character isn't just a support NPC, she has casting animations and lines, the most spoken lines out of any character, as it so happens.



** When a {{Mook}} has a non-generic name accompained by a fancy name tag, they're an unique monster (usually fought as a sidequest miniboss), and that means they're going to give you [[BossInMookClothing one hell of a fight]]. Battles against these kinds of enemies have their own theme, fittingly titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4vCEHpv6Hg "You Will Know Our Names"]].

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** When a {{Mook}} has a non-generic name accompained accompanied by a fancy name tag, they're an a unique monster (usually fought as a sidequest miniboss), and that means they're going to give you [[BossInMookClothing one hell of a fight]]. Battles against these kinds of enemies have their own theme, fittingly titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4vCEHpv6Hg "You Will Know Our Names"]].
15th May '17 1:45:17 AM AgProv
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* In ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12321109/16/Gap-Year-Adventures Gap Year Adventures]]'', six year old Bekki Smith-Rhodes acquires two kittens of a ''unique'' pedigree. Her mother is not greatly happy with the new pets. But Bekki is shrewd enough to realise that giving her cats names ''very quickly'', and getting her mother to accept the names, is a good insurance policy to ensure parental acceptance of the new status quo. Named animals, she reasons, will be harder to dispose of.
2nd May '17 6:41:14 PM nombretomado
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* Somewhat inverted in ''TransformersAnimated,'' where Starscream's clones are only ever called "Starscream clones". They're important characters, and they have names in the expanded universe, but it's cheaper to pay someone to voice "Starscream, Starscream clone, and Starscream clone" than it is to pay them to voice "Starscream, Ramjet, and Sunstorm".

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* Somewhat inverted in ''TransformersAnimated,'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated,'' where Starscream's clones are only ever called "Starscream clones". They're important characters, and they have names in the expanded universe, but it's cheaper to pay someone to voice "Starscream, Starscream clone, and Starscream clone" than it is to pay them to voice "Starscream, Ramjet, and Sunstorm".
22nd Apr '17 1:34:55 PM nombretomado
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* This makes collecting the [[OneHundredAndEight 108 Stars]] in the {{Suikoden}} series a bit easier: Does the character have a portrait and a name? Congratulations, you've probably either met one of the villains or a star (or [[DefeatMeansFriendship both]]). For the rare non-villainous characters who ''aren't'' stars Stars of Destiny? Don't worry, the game will generally clarify things pretty soon by [[PlotlineDeath killing them]].

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* This makes collecting the [[OneHundredAndEight 108 Stars]] in the {{Suikoden}} ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series a bit easier: Does the character have a portrait and a name? Congratulations, you've probably either met one of the villains or a star (or [[DefeatMeansFriendship both]]). For the rare non-villainous characters who ''aren't'' stars Stars of Destiny? Don't worry, the game will generally clarify things pretty soon by [[PlotlineDeath killing them]].
13th Apr '17 6:27:06 AM erforce
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* The original ScoobyDoo series was famous for this to the point that the real person behind the MonsterOfTheWeek could easily be identified through the ''Scooby-Doo Rule:'' The first new character of the week to be introduced by full name was the guy in the rubber suit at the end. Later series are aware of this and try to muddle the rule's usefulness either by introducing too many characters at once to be able to pinpoint one in particular or by going [[MurderOnTheOrientExpress Agatha Christie]] on the viewer and having ''everyone'' be in on the plot.

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* The original ScoobyDoo series was famous for this to the point that the real person behind the MonsterOfTheWeek could easily be identified through the ''Scooby-Doo Rule:'' The first new character of the week to be introduced by full name was the guy in the rubber suit at the end. Later series are aware of this and try to muddle the rule's usefulness either by introducing too many characters at once to be able to pinpoint one in particular or by going [[MurderOnTheOrientExpress [[Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress Agatha Christie]] on the viewer and having ''everyone'' be in on the plot.
30th Mar '17 10:18:32 AM nighttrainfm
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--> '''Nigel Powers''': ''Have you any idea how many anonymous henchmen I've killed? Look at you! You don't even have a name tag! You've got no chance. Why don't you just fall down?''\\

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--> '''Nigel Powers''': ''Have you any idea how many anonymous henchmen I've killed? Look killed over the years? And look at you! You don't you, you haven't even have got a name tag! You've got no chance. Why don't you just fall down?''\\
26th Mar '17 4:01:07 PM Sabrewing
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* ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' has the recurring traveler Boken, who is both named and has unique overworld sprites. He is entirely superfluous to the plot. In a straight example, ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'' has a battle versus some Pegasus Knights, one of whom is named Jaro and likewise has unique sprites. He defects to the Shining Force midway into the encounter.
19th Mar '17 2:39:34 PM nombretomado
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* An odd variation appears in ''Enemy 585'' (by {{Nitrome}}). The only "named" character is Enemy 585, who was just another {{mook}} in a platformer than finished before the real game started (which was to rescue Enemy 585 after he was trapped in the boss' castle after the "game").

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* An odd variation appears in ''Enemy 585'' (by {{Nitrome}}).{{Creator/Nitrome}}). The only "named" character is Enemy 585, who was just another {{mook}} in a platformer than finished before the real game started (which was to rescue Enemy 585 after he was trapped in the boss' castle after the "game").
23rd Feb '17 8:53:29 PM Darkfire545
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* Mostly played straight in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', where pretty much everyone who has a character portrait will have a prominent role in the lore at the very least. Averted with one member of the Belinsk band, Vande, who doesn't seem any more important than the rest of the musicians.

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* Mostly played straight in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', where pretty much everyone who has a character portrait will have a prominent role in the lore at the very least. Averted with one member of the Belinsk band, Vande, who doesn't seem any gets a portrait despite being no more important than the rest of the musicians. musicians story-wise.
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