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17th Aug '16 8:18:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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.

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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.



* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': "Don't you get it? I'm a nameless henchman! [[GenreSavvy It means that once I say three lines, I'll be killed off!"]]

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* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': "Don't you get it? I'm a nameless henchman! [[GenreSavvy It means that once I say three lines, I'll be killed off!"]]off!"
1st Aug '16 11:07:41 AM 24601is2460done
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*To date, the only person in ''AshAndCinders'' to survive an encounter has been Gabrien's wife and the Forest Queen. And they at least had some sort of title.
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1st Jul '16 11:10:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}''.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
25th Jun '16 10:00:18 PM nombretomado
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* As in most [=RPGs=], ''BaldursGate II'' has lots of unimportant characters without names, but provides something of a LampshadeHanging when the following dialogue option pops up: "You are just a nameless observer. Of what use can you be to me?"

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* As in most [=RPGs=], ''BaldursGate II'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' has lots of unimportant characters without names, but provides something of a LampshadeHanging when the following dialogue option pops up: "You are just a nameless observer. Of what use can you be to me?"
15th Jun '16 6:52:46 PM gophergiggles
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidTheTwinSnakes'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' with the [[FacelessMooks mask-wearing]] Genome Army and the Gurlokovich Mercenaries. Every single one of them carries a dog tag that reveals their name and can be obtained by holding them up at gunpoint, but the names are never mentioned in-game and have no actual impact on the plot or gameplay outside of being [[OneHundredPercentCompletion something to collect for completion]]. The one straight example is Johnny Sasaki, the ComicRelief ButtMonkey guard who is featured in the first two games, has a relative in the third, and plays a major role and gets the girl in the fourth.
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13th Jun '16 9:56:58 PM Kid
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* ''Webcomic/DarthsandDroids'' does this with Anakin, the GM clearly not having named this minor NPC. This is an inversion since Anakin will become the central character as time goes on.

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* ''Webcomic/DarthsandDroids'' ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' does this with Anakin, the GM clearly not having named this minor NPC. This is an inversion since Anakin will become the central character as time goes on.
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.
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