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29th Mar '18 9:23:59 PM nombretomado
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* All three ''StarOcean'' games do something similar; while some [=NPCs=] will have names, some will have just a title, while others will have both a title and a name.

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* All three ''StarOcean'' ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' games do something similar; while some [=NPCs=] will have names, some will have just a title, while others will have both a title and a name.
19th Mar '18 12:49:08 PM Darkfire545
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* Completely averted in ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', in which every single enemy, no matter how unimportant, gets a name. It really drills in the fact that the goons you're fighting are genuine people and are dead and gone once you beat them. In addition, practically every Joy Mutant has a name as well.

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* Completely averted in ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', in which every single enemy, no matter how unimportant, gets a name. It makes it much more difficult to tell who's a recruitable party member as well, since every single character has a unique design. This really drills in the fact that the goons you're fighting are genuine people and are dead and gone once you beat them. In addition, practically every Joy Mutant has a name as well.
17th Mar '18 11:14:14 PM nombretomado
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* All the ''WildARMs'' games give names to every single NPC; some even let you change their names!
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}''. Many of the NPC's give fetch quests. ''All'' of these NPC's are {{Shout Out}}s to the heroes of the first four ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' games, and all of them are identified with e.g. "Serious-Looking Drifter" rather than their actual names.

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* All the ''WildARMs'' ''VideoGame/WildArms'' games give names to every single NPC; some even let you change their names!
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}''. Many of the NPC's give fetch quests. ''All'' of these NPC's are {{Shout Out}}s to the heroes of the first four ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' ''VideoGame/WildArms'' games, and all of them are identified with e.g. "Serious-Looking Drifter" rather than their actual names.
16th Mar '18 4:56:02 PM RedScharlach
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'''Guy:''' I'm not? Then what's my last name? ... Nobody knows! Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name! Because I'm gonna die five minutes in!

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'''Guy:''' I'm not? Then what's my last name? ... Nobody knows! Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name! Because I'm gonna die five minutes in!



* As mentioned above, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' character portraits: with a note to the strange case of the Element shop owner in Termina who has a portrait and name but no real significance. In addition, Leena's portraited brother Una isn't important to the plot. On the flip side, [[GoldfishPoopGang Solt and Peppor]], who ''are'' reasonably significant (certainly moreso than Lisa or Una), inexplicably lack portraits.

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* As mentioned above, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' character portraits: with a note to the strange case of the Element shop owner in Termina who has a portrait and name but no real significance. In addition, Leena's portraited brother Una isn't important to the plot. On the flip side, [[GoldfishPoopGang Solt and Peppor]], who ''are'' reasonably significant (certainly moreso more so than Lisa or Una), inexplicably lack portraits.



* Averted to some extent in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': The best example is with temporary party members - many people you can get in your party only for about ten minutes in one of the {{backstory}}/tutorial quests have tons of unique dialogue, their own battlecries/snarky lines they say when killing things, and in some cases well-developed backstories and personalities, making it impossible for you to tell who is in line for a PlotlineDeath. Of particular note are the other trainee Grey Wardens - there really is nothing that will give away the fact that Daveth and Ser Jory are [[spoiler:{{sacrificial lamb}}s]] while Alistair can be around for the entire rest of the game. Also Jowan, who you can very briefly have in your party, comes with not only his own battlecry, but several, many of which are funny. He's also one of the most three dimensional characters in the game. You can have him in your party for ten minutes, tops. There was an AbortedArc in which he could join you, so that's probably why.

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* Averted to some extent in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': The best example is with temporary party members - many people you can get in your party only for about ten minutes in one of the {{backstory}}/tutorial quests have tons of unique dialogue, their own battlecries/snarky lines they say when killing things, and in some cases well-developed backstories and personalities, making it impossible for you to tell who is in line for a PlotlineDeath. Of particular note are the other trainee Grey Wardens - there really is nothing that will give away the fact that Daveth and Ser Jory are [[spoiler:{{sacrificial lamb}}s]] while Alistair can be around for the entire rest of the game. Also Jowan, who you can very briefly have in your party, comes with not only his own battlecry, but several, many of which are funny. He's also one of the most three dimensional three-dimensional characters in the game. You can have him in your party for ten minutes, tops. There was an AbortedArc in which he could join you, so that's probably why.



** [[spoiler: Down right {{Deconstructed}} during the final act. The BigBad reveals that this world is a world where everything ''everything'' is governed by classification, esspecially people so that his daughter can live a life exactly the way she wants: full of adventure. The titles are the actual basis and programming for the character, with everyone just going along with what they are expected to do. This includes your team, from "Hero" Rosalyn who valiantly opposes everything bad and injustice, to "Eccentric Scientist" Kisling, who reserches ghosts and collects toe nail clippings. Everyone except Ari, who lacks a title and is such a [[HopeBringer deviant]], someone who can force everyone out of their programming. And indeed, once we find this out, the team begins to break free of their descriptions. You can actually see the {{Foreshadowing}}, because the game has a wierd obsession with classifications.]]

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** [[spoiler: Down right {{Deconstructed}} during the final act. The BigBad reveals that this world is a world where everything ''everything'' is governed by classification, esspecially especially people so that his daughter can live a life exactly the way she wants: full of adventure. The titles are the actual basis and programming for the character, with everyone just going along with what they are expected to do. This includes your team, from "Hero" Rosalyn who valiantly opposes everything bad and injustice, to "Eccentric Scientist" Kisling, who reserches researches ghosts and collects toe nail clippings. Everyone except Ari, who lacks a title and is such a [[HopeBringer deviant]], someone who can force everyone out of their programming. And indeed, once we find this out, the team begins to break free of their descriptions. You can actually see the {{Foreshadowing}}, because the game has a wierd weird obsession with classifications.]]



* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', if anyone has a name, s/he will get involved in a plot in someway or another. If anyone has full name, watch that character, because without exception, they will have a supernatural power. Of note is that we never learn the narrator's name--"Kyon" is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname just a nickname that everyone uses]].

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* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', if anyone has a name, s/he will get involved in a plot in someway or another. If anyone has a full name, watch that character, because without exception, they will have a supernatural power. Of note is that Notably, we never learn the narrator's name--"Kyon" is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname just a nickname that everyone uses]].



* In ''Literature/{{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.

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12321109/16/Gap-Year-Adventures Gap Year Adventures,]]'' six year old 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.



** There're a handful of ''Doctor Who'' characters who actually have names but they're never mentioned in the story itself for various reasons (short screen time, situation means it never comes up, etc.). They're named in the credits though.

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** There're There are a handful of ''Doctor Who'' characters who actually have names but they're never mentioned in the story itself for various reasons (short screen time, situation means it never comes up, etc.). They're named in the credits though.
15th Mar '18 5:03:09 PM Sammettik
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** When a {{Mook}} has a non-generic name accompanied by a fancy name tag, they're 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."]]

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** When a {{Mook}} has a non-generic name accompanied by a fancy name tag, they're 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."]]"
17th Feb '18 11:01:52 PM Darth_Marth
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''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':

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17th Feb '18 11:01:41 PM Darth_Marth
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* Played straight in many ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, where the people with unique names and character designs usually have a good chance of being one of the sages you need to rescue/assist later in the story. It's most noticeable in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', where literally every uniquely named/designed character you meet in your travels turns out to be a sage in the second half of the game.

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Played straight in many ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' Zelda games, where the people with unique names and character designs usually have a good chance of being one of the sages you need to rescue/assist later in the story. It's most noticeable in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', where literally every uniquely named/designed character you meet in your travels turns out to be a sage in the second half of the game.
** Notably inverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', where most [=NPCs=], even trivial ones, have actual names. The ones that ''do'' have generic names like "Traveler" are the ones you need to look out for, because they're Yiga clan members in disguise.
7th Feb '18 9:23:51 PM KibaDoku
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'', [[spoiler:the rude chef, the homophobe, and the bully were never actually given names. Not that Germany and Japan would have cared to learn them.]]
31st Jan '18 6:57:28 AM FF32
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** Also lampshaded in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1111.html this strip]], where the vampire [[spoiler:Durkon]] refers to one of his undead underlings as "the other one". She naturally takes umbrage to it:
-->'''Vampire:''' Hey, I have a name, you know.\\
'''[[spoiler:Durkon:]]''' Do you though? ''Do you?''\\
'''Vampire:''' ''(looking forlorn)'' ...No.
21st Jan '18 2:15:55 PM A.P.D.
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* ''ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'': In issue #9, the eponymous [[MediumAwareness medium aware]] protagonist demands the previously-unnamed Officer Gray to tell her her name to promote her from being an extra, additionally claiming that "by the laws of the narrative that drives our existence in this fictional world... we will meet again." They eventually do.
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