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17th Nov '17 3:16:18 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''SpyroTheDragon'' series: Every NPC and collectable has a name but the enemies, at least usually, don't seem to. Justifiable in at least the first game, as they were actually made out of gems.

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* ''SpyroTheDragon'' ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' series: Every NPC and collectable has a name but the enemies, at least usually, don't seem to. Justifiable in at least the first game, as they were actually made out of gems.
25th Oct '17 5:49:03 PM WillKeaton
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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 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.]]

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** LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0472.html this]], 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 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.]]



** The page image is taken from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0703.html this strip]], in which Hobgoblin Cleric #2 complains about Jirix being made Prime Minister of Gobbotopia. He could have got the job if his mother had given him a name less generic than 'Hobgoblin Cleric #2'.

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** The page image is taken from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0703.html this strip]], strip,]] in which Hobgoblin Cleric #2 complains about Jirix being made Prime Minister of Gobbotopia. He could have got the job if his mother had given him a name less generic than 'Hobgoblin Cleric #2'.
25th Oct '17 5:47:08 PM WillKeaton
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** Jenner's henchman [[spoiler: who has a HeelFaceTurn at the last minute]] is named Sullivan, although it's only visible in the credits. This is the name of director Creator/DonBluth's business partner in making the film.

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** Jenner's henchman [[spoiler: who has a HeelFaceTurn at the last minute]] is named Sullivan, although it's only visible in the credits. This is was the name of director Creator/DonBluth's business partner in when making the film.
25th Oct '17 5:46:18 PM WillKeaton
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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"]].Names."]]



* 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]]'', 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.
25th Oct '17 4:02:13 PM WillKeaton
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* ''VideoGame/FableII'' and ''VideoGame/FableIII'' do this with every random villager you meet. Every non or semi important/useful villager is given atleast a first name and a title depicting either their job(shop owners) or their role, housewife, villager etc.

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* ''VideoGame/FableII'' and ''VideoGame/FableIII'' do this with every random villager you meet. Every non or semi important/useful villager is given atleast at least a first name and a title depicting either their job(shop owners) or their role, housewife, villager etc.
15th Sep '17 1:43:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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"]].
* Played for laughs in ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'':

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* Averted in ''ThatThingYouDo'': ''Film/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"]].
* Played for laughs in ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'':''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'':



* In ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'', the gaming group meets Random Peasant Here to Advance the Plot. When [[TheRoleplayer Daphne]] asks him his name, it's revealed that the GM hadn't bothered to give him one. He has to quickly do so.[[note]]It's Willam.[[/note]]

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* In ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'', ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'', the gaming group meets Random Peasant Here to Advance the Plot. When [[TheRoleplayer Daphne]] asks him his name, it's revealed that the GM hadn't bothered to give him one. He has to quickly do so.[[note]]It's Willam.[[/note]]
30th Aug '17 9:01:26 AM TheKaizerreich
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** Conversely, if the character in question does have a name but is still rather unimportant, the portrait will most likely be missing instead.
25th Aug '17 7:50:59 PM luiz4200
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** The only canon characters to be referenced by their names are Stan, Ford, Fiddleford and Bill.

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** The only canon characters to be referenced by their names are Stan, Ford, Fiddleford Fiddleford, Tate and Bill.
17th Aug '17 9:08:11 PM NineballCirno
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* Averted in the Hobopolis clan dungeon in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' - all hobos have [[ProceduralContent randomly generated names]], and as most of them have one or more nicknames in addition to a first and last name, there are millions of possible combinations. This does result in occasionally fighting [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]].

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* Averted in the Hobopolis clan dungeon in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' - all hobos have [[ProceduralContent [[ProceduralGeneration randomly generated names]], and as most of them have one or more nicknames in addition to a first and last name, there are millions of possible combinations. This does result in occasionally fighting [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]].



* Somewhat averted in the ''Literature/MillenniumTrilogy''. Many of the minor characters have names and descriptions, and even some background. At one point in the third book, Larsson devotes two pages to profiling a hospital orderly whose only role in the plot is that Blomkvist bribes him to smuggle in a cellphone for Salander.

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* Somewhat averted in the ''Literature/MillenniumTrilogy''.''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy''. Many of the minor characters have names and descriptions, and even some background. At one point in the third book, Larsson devotes two pages to profiling a hospital orderly whose only role in the plot is that Blomkvist bribes him to smuggle in a cellphone for Salander.
15th Aug '17 5:45:27 AM Malady
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* Something similar happens in ''{{Elona}}'': any NPC related to a quest which is identical across all games will have the exact same name in all games. Shopkeepers, NPC adventures and townsfolk will have randomly selected names which vary from game to game.

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* Something similar happens in ''{{Elona}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Elona}}'': any NPC related to a quest which is identical across all games will have the exact same name in all games. Shopkeepers, NPC adventures and townsfolk will have randomly selected names which vary from game to game.
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