History Main / OneMarioLimit

19th Feb '18 2:40:06 AM Cryoclaste
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*** Some of these names were unpopular, considered exotic or even unheard of before Shakespeare, though. "Shylock" seems to be completely made up, "Iago" was the Spanish form of a common enough name (James/Jacob). On the other hand, some names became popularized by Shakespeare -- for instance Cordelia, Imogen (Shakespeare's misspelling of "Innogen"), Horatio, Portia, Jessica (misspelling of "Iscah" from Literature/TheBible), and Miranda (invented for "The Tempest"). There is also another Ophelia, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis' character in ''TradingPlaces''; "Ophelia" also seems to be a 16th century poetic invention, though not by Shakespeare, but by Jacopo Sannazzaro. "Rosalind" got a big boost from being used by Shakespeare and Spenser.

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*** Some of these names were unpopular, considered exotic or even unheard of before Shakespeare, though. "Shylock" seems to be completely made up, "Iago" was the Spanish form of a common enough name (James/Jacob). On the other hand, some names became popularized by Shakespeare -- for instance Cordelia, Imogen (Shakespeare's misspelling of "Innogen"), Horatio, Portia, Jessica (misspelling of "Iscah" from Literature/TheBible), and Miranda (invented for "The Tempest"). There is also another Ophelia, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis' character in ''TradingPlaces''; ''Film/TradingPlaces''; "Ophelia" also seems to be a 16th century poetic invention, though not by Shakespeare, but by Jacopo Sannazzaro. "Rosalind" got a big boost from being used by Shakespeare and Spenser.
17th Feb '18 3:10:06 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''Series/KingOfTheHill'': Good luck to anyone who decides to give their characters the surnames "Boomhauer", "Gribble", "Redcorn" and "Dauterive". As far as first names go, the only ones that would count would be "Luanne", "Minh" and "Cotton"--and maybe Kahn's unique spelling of his first name, which is usually spelled "Khan".

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* ''Series/KingOfTheHill'': Good luck to anyone who decides to give their characters the surnames "Boomhauer", "Gribble", "Redcorn" and "Dauterive". As far as first names go, the only ones that would count would be "Luanne", "Minh" "Luanne" and "Cotton"--and maybe Kahn's unique spelling of his first name, which is usually spelled "Khan"."Cotton".
16th Feb '18 8:42:45 PM thatother1dude
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* "Anais", a French name meaning "gracious", since 2011 has been associated with [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Gumball]]'s extremely intelligent four-year-old sister, of whom was named after the creator's sister.

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* "Anais", a French name meaning "gracious", since 2011 has been associated in English-speaking circles with [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Gumball]]'s extremely intelligent four-year-old sister, of whom was named after the creator's sister.
16th Feb '18 10:11:11 AM KagSwirby
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* As of 2013, [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty "Morty"]], definitely qualifies.

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* As of 2013, [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty "Morty"]], "Morty"]] definitely qualifies.
16th Feb '18 10:10:45 AM KagSwirby
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* "Anais", a French name meaning "gracious", since 2011 has been associated with [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball Gumball]]'s extremely intelligent four-year-old sister, of whom was named after the creator's sister.
14th Feb '18 10:12:56 PM thecarolinabull01
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The TropeNamer is, of course, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]. Outside of the ''Mario'' series, you would be hard-pressed to find a single video game use of the name that isn't a ShoutOut or a licensed game using the name of a real person/character from another medium. Luigi isn't that common either.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' features Mario Auditore, but lampshades the fact with his introduction -- "Don't you recognize me? [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 It's-a me, Mario!]]"
** As does ''{{VideoGame/Just Cause 3}}'' when it introduces its character Mario Frigo. They try to be subtle about it; the line reading goes out of its way ''not'' to sound like the OG Mario's catchphrase.
--> '''Mario:''' Rico? Is that you?
--> '''Rico:''' Si, it's me. [short pause] Mario?
** Looking up just "Mario" on Wiki/TheOtherWiki goes to the article for ''the'' Mario. Even his brother shares this distinction.
** And now, Masashi Kishimoto, author of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', has the audacity to name his one-shot manga about the Mafia ''Mario''. He seems to be aware of the connection to the plumber but doesn't care, as in that issue's Author's Notes, he jokes about making a sequel called ''Luigi''.
** Mario's popularity is enough to have other RealLife Marios reference him through a "Super Mario" nickname. There's the NFL wide receiver Mario Manningham, Mario Lemieux of NHL fame (who, interestingly, got his own game on the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis of all platforms, leading to some confusion about a Mario hockey game on a Sega system), footballers Mario Balotelli, Mario Gómez and Mario Suárez (only the former is Italian, though), former Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti and Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. To be fair, both Mario and Luigi[[note]]The Italian equivalent of "Louis".[[/note]] are ''very'' common names in Italy as well as ''the entire Europe'', the plumbers' fame having never really influenced their diffusion in any way.
** Even Princess Peach gets this to a degree. "Peach" is an uncommon girl's name that's probably not gonna be used for another videogame character. It's still a fairly common surname that... won't show up in games that much either (again thanks to the [[DamselInDistress character]]).
** From the same series, we have the cosmic princess "Rosalina" from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', but because the name is one of the several variants of "Rosalie/Rosalind", this is not a big loss.
** "Yoshi" is not a rare Japanese name, but people outside Japan will probably think of Mario's green dinosaur sidekick before anything else (this does not include names that start with "Yoshi" though, like "Yoshimaru" or "Yoshida" -- or "Yoshimitsu" which is always going to be associated with Namco's [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} ninja/samurai]] [[VideoGame/SoulSeries character]]).[[note]]In Japanese however, the dinosaur's name is written as "Yosshi".[[/note]] Also, just like Mario and Luigi, Yoshi will have his article brought up by Wiki/TheOtherWiki if "Yoshi" is searched, regardless of disambiguations.
** "Bowser" itself is not an actual name, but it is a surname (not a common one, but also not that obscure either), however, both instances are likely to be avoided in fiction to avoid comparisons with [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser King Koopa himself]].
*** A case of this trope's occasional effects in RealLife was shown when Nintendo of America hired former [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]] employee Doug Bowser, which caused jokes to pop up left and right among fans and the company alike because of that surname. His Twitter handle, for example, is @thetruebowser.
** "Pauline", Mario's original Main/DamselInDistress from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', didn't stand out that much and only occasionally appeared [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong94 here]] and [[VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong there]], so her name didn't fall victim, but after ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' released and brought her back to prominence the name began to be primarily tied to the character.
* Although the name had existed long before video games (let alone the franchise), [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] will probably never be a prominent character in a video game ever again. For that matter, neither will Link -- sorry, guys named Lincoln.
* There are no other video game characters called Franchise/{{Kirby}}[[note]]except for minor {{NPC}}s from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', the latter of which uses a Pokémon that resembles the pink sphere and is highly associated with stars, but they get away with it exactly for being minor [=NPCs=][[/note]]. The only other relatively notable fictional characters who share the same name are ''Series/KirbyBuckets'', a vacuum cleaner from WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster[[note]]He was simply named for the "Kirby" brand of vacuum cleaners.[[/note]] and a [[ComicStrip/RipKirby private detective]], but the latter two predate the pink puffball and none of them really reach the same level of popularity.
** And in real life, Kirby shares name recognition with Creator/JackKirby. And yes, jokes have been made, which is natural when two recognizable figures share the same name.
* [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] is also not going to be used by any other character in a video game, much less in fiction, or even real life. While there are doubts on whether the name is real or not, it is a pretty simple name that sounds a lot like a variant of "Seamus" or "Samuel", so it wouldn't have been surprising if a writer had came up with if the character never existed.
* Thanks to Franchise/{{Halo}}, if you ever play a game where naval ranks are present, you're not likely to ever see anyone with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer ever again.
** It's an odd rank for the protagonist of an FPS game to have anyway. Given what FPS player characters normally do, the voice on the radio giving them orders is far more likely to be an E-9 (actually, even that's a little far down on the org chart for an E-9) than the PC is.
* Believe it or not, [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]] was a rare given name meaning "from the headland" (as well as an anagram for the SNES console; ''[=EarthBound=]'' is funny like that). After ''[=EarthBound=]'' was released, though, it has become even rarer due to this character, even if [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros he debuted in Smash Bros. for most]].
* ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassins's Creed II]]'' probably made the name "Ezio" unlikely to be used for a videogame character ever again.
* The name "Lara" is going to remain forever associated with the protagonist of ''Franchise/TombRaider''. And the surname "Croft" even more so.
* In the Japanese version of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fire Emblem Fates]], the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar's]] butler goes by the name "Joker". However, this was changed in the localized version, possibly due to the name "Joker" being heavily associated with Batman's arch-nemesis in the US.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' killed the chances of another video game character called "Niko" existing.
* Both Franchise/JakAndDaxter have names that are unlikely to be reused for other characters, even though they're just variants of Jack and Dexter, respectively.
* CodeName example: people are more likely to associate the word "Ocelot" with Revolver Ocelot from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series than with the animal his name is based on ([[SeldomSeenSpecies probably because they might not know what an Ocelot is]]).
* How many characters with the surname Edgeworth do you know out there aside from the cravat-wearing prosecutor from the Franchise/AceAttorney series?
* Sonic, a word referring to sound or sound waves, now refers to the eponymous blue hedgehog in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'', or the same video game series itself. Seriously, searching "sonic" with almost any word always brings up Sonic the Hedgehog. Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman (unless it's a Beatles reference)[[note]]though mentioned before Dr. Robotnik's Japanese name was revealed[[/note]] may have suffered this trope too. Averted with the other characters, such as Shadow.
** Since Sonic Drive In, a fast food restaurant, exists, "sonic" refers to that in conversations between people who barely know the blue hedgehog. [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001/117/185/6fc.png This has been joked]] [[https://cdn-media.threadless.com/submissions/592391-fd7ab830b994c998ed3493d084e1838a.jpg about with]] [[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/126946188/ Sonic fans.]]
* "Peppy" is that grey rabbit guy that tells you to DoABarrelRoll in ''VideoGame/StarFox''.
* Geralt from ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' series. Had he been just a Geral'''d''' instead, he probably wouldn't be in this page, which shows how a single letter swap can do wonders for recognition (even if the name is not pronounced the same as Gerald).
* Without question, the most famous fictional character named Heihachi is Heihachi Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. The same can essentially be said for his son Kazuya.
* Aloy from ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' didn't need much to own her name for the rest of eternity.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** In a strange example, the name "Ryu" is overused to the point that there's a [[AProtagonistIsRyu whole trope]] about it. However, it is clear that the ''Street Fighter'' SeriesMascot is the most popular bearer of the name and perhaps the only prevalent one in global pop culture. Asking anyone on the street about the name "Ryu" will probably result in a bunch of Hadouken[=/=]Shoryuken references.
** "Cammy" is that British soldier chick who is known for her ass.
** Guile is an actual English word that means "cunning". However, those who are unfamiliar with the English lexicon will probably think of the American soldier.
* After the release and acclaim of ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs'', you won't be seeing another video game character named "Ellie" anytime soon. The other characters (including the actual protagonist, Joel) likely avert this since they have incredibly common (and bland) names. The only other famous Ellie anywhere in pop culture is Music/EllieGoulding.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The name Cid tends to be highly associated with the series, as every entry having a character with that name is a series tradition. The most popular of them is probably Cid Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. The character CID from ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' is a parody of the tradition. Despite this, one ''Final Fantasy'' title - ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' - did contain two characters named Cid (Dr. Cidolfus Demen Bunansa, the game's "official" Cid, and the more comic-relief orientated Al-Cid Margrace). Some speculated this may have been due to a desire to have a heroic Cid character due to Dr. Cid being an antagonist, just in case this wasn't well-received. (It was, and villainous Cids continue to appear occasionally.)
** An early name for the character who became Ardyn in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' was "General Safay Roth", a name that is such an obvious reference to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Sephiroth - only one of the most famous and popular villains in ''the entire medium of gaming'' - that it gives the impression of being a development injoke.
*** Even official names are an issue. The Fiend from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is officially named Sephriot, with much the same pronunciation, though it doesn't actually appear in the game itself. (The other members of the Warring Triad being Sophia the Goddess and Zurvan the Demon). When the Trio appeared in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' and these names appeared for the first time, most assumed it was reference to the FFVII villain.
** In regards to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Tifa Lockhart is the only Tifa that exists in fiction.
* Negative example: you'd need to have balls of steel to name a character [[VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} Bubsy]] nowadays.
* The name "Shaundi" won't be seeing much use outside of the ''Videogame/SaintsRow'' series. The only other character who might qualify as a One Mario Limit would be Kinzie.
* Ho-Oh is the Japanese name for the mythical bird known in China as the Fenghuang, but since the former is so closely linked with the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in the Anglophone world, most localizations will use the latter name even if the work is Japanese in origin (e.g. the equivalent ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fenghuang Fenghuang]], which was originally Ho-o in Japan and is part of a series of cards that reference Japanese mythology).
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* "Charlie" and "Brown" can definitely be used individually, but not together unless it's for [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a bald boy with a yellow shirt with a black stripe]]. An obscure Batman villain known as Kite Man is named "Chuck Brown" and is a deliberate parody of Charlie Brown. Similarly, characters named "Linus," "Lucy", "Marcie" or "Marcy," have become much less common ever since Charles Schulz's comic strip debuted.

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* ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}:
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"Charlie" and "Brown" can definitely be used individually, but not together unless it's for [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a bald boy with a yellow shirt with a black stripe]]. stripe. An obscure Batman villain known as Kite Man is named "Chuck Brown" and is a deliberate parody of Charlie Brown. Brown.
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Similarly, characters named "Linus," "Lucy", "Marcie" (or "Marcy") or "Marcy," "Schroeder" have become much less common ever since Charles Schulz's comic strip debuted.debuted.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. Either a fat cat, or the good old [[UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield 20th president of the USA]].
** This has been lampshaded by ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', with Kahn flaunting his ImmigrantPatriotism by pointing out the existence of President Garfield.
** Because of this trope, nowadays [[Creator/DCComics Beast Boy/Changeling]], whose real name is Garfield Logan, either [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname goes by his alter-ego]] with Garfield as an EmbarrassingFirstName or just has it shortened to "Gar".
** Also a businessman portrayed by Creator/DannyDeVito in ''Film/OtherPeoplesMoney''.
** Parodied in WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked, where Swaim keeps mixing up Garfield the Cat and President Garfield...[[AchievementsInIgnorance before somehow managing to invite President Garfield the Cat to a teleconference.]]



[[folder:Video Games]]
* The TropeNamer is, of course, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]. Outside of the ''Mario'' series, you would be hard-pressed to find a single video game use of the name that isn't a ShoutOut or a licensed game using the name of a real person/character from another medium. Luigi isn't that common either.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' features Mario Auditore, but lampshades the fact with his introduction -- "Don't you recognize me? [[VideoGame/SuperMario64 It's-a me, Mario!]]"
** As does ''{{VideoGame/Just Cause 3}}'' when it introduces its character Mario Frigo. They try to be subtle about it; the line reading goes out of its way ''not'' to sound like the OG Mario's catchphrase.
--> '''Mario:''' Rico? Is that you?
--> '''Rico:''' Si, it's me. [short pause] Mario?
** Looking up just "Mario" on Wiki/TheOtherWiki goes to the article for ''the'' Mario. Even his brother shares this distinction.
** And now, Masashi Kishimoto, author of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', has the audacity to name his one-shot manga about the Mafia ''Mario''. He seems to be aware of the connection to the plumber but doesn't care, as in that issue's Author's Notes, he jokes about making a sequel called ''Luigi''.
** Mario's popularity is enough to have other RealLife Marios reference him through a "Super Mario" nickname. There's the NFL wide receiver Mario Manningham, Mario Lemieux of NHL fame (who, interestingly, got his own game on the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis of all platforms, leading to some confusion about a Mario hockey game on a Sega system), footballers Mario Balotelli, Mario Gómez and Mario Suárez (only the former is Italian, though), former Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti and Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. To be fair, both Mario and Luigi[[note]]The Italian equivalent of "Louis".[[/note]] are ''very'' common names in Italy as well as ''the entire Europe'', the plumbers' fame having never really influenced their diffusion in any way.
** Even Princess Peach gets this to a degree. "Peach" is an uncommon girl's name that's probably not gonna be used for another videogame character. It's still a fairly common surname that... won't show up in games that much either (again thanks to the [[DamselInDistress character]]).
** From the same series, we have the cosmic princess "Rosalina" from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', but because the name is one of the several variants of "Rosalie/Rosalind", this is not a big loss.
** "Yoshi" is not a rare Japanese name, but people outside Japan will probably think of Mario's green dinosaur sidekick before anything else (this does not include names that start with "Yoshi" though, like "Yoshimaru" or "Yoshida" -- or "Yoshimitsu" which is always going to be associated with Namco's [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} ninja/samurai]] [[VideoGame/SoulSeries character]]).[[note]]In Japanese however, the dinosaur's name is written as "Yosshi".[[/note]] Also, just like Mario and Luigi, Yoshi will have his article brought up by Wiki/TheOtherWiki if "Yoshi" is searched, regardless of disambiguations.
** "Bowser" itself is not an actual name, but it is a surname (not a common one, but also not that obscure either), however, both instances are likely to be avoided in fiction to avoid comparisons with [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser King Koopa himself]].
*** A case of this trope's occasional effects in RealLife was shown when Nintendo of America hired former [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]] employee Doug Bowser, which caused jokes to pop up left and right among fans and the company alike because of that surname. His Twitter handle, for example, is @thetruebowser.
** "Pauline", Mario's original Main/DamselInDistress from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', didn't stand out that much and only occasionally appeared [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong94 here]] and [[VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong there]], so her name didn't fall victim, but after ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' released and brought her back to prominence the name began to be primarily tied to the character.
* Although the name had existed long before video games (let alone the franchise), [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] will probably never be a prominent character in a video game ever again. For that matter, neither will Link -- sorry, guys named Lincoln.
* There are no other video game characters called Franchise/{{Kirby}}[[note]]except for minor {{NPC}}s from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', the latter of which uses a Pokémon that resembles the pink sphere and is highly associated with stars, but they get away with it exactly for being minor [=NPCs=][[/note]]. The only other relatively notable fictional characters who share the same name are ''Series/KirbyBuckets'', a vacuum cleaner from WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster[[note]]He was simply named for the "Kirby" brand of vacuum cleaners.[[/note]] and a [[ComicStrip/RipKirby private detective]], but the latter two predate the pink puffball and none of them really reach the same level of popularity.
** And in real life, Kirby shares name recognition with Creator/JackKirby. And yes, jokes have been made, which is natural when two recognizable figures share the same name.
* [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] is also not going to be used by any other character in a video game, much less in fiction, or even real life. While there are doubts on whether the name is real or not, it is a pretty simple name that sounds a lot like a variant of "Seamus" or "Samuel", so it wouldn't have been surprising if a writer had came up with if the character never existed.
* Thanks to Franchise/{{Halo}}, if you ever play a game where naval ranks are present, you're not likely to ever see anyone with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer ever again.
** It's an odd rank for the protagonist of an FPS game to have anyway. Given what FPS player characters normally do, the voice on the radio giving them orders is far more likely to be an E-9 (actually, even that's a little far down on the org chart for an E-9) than the PC is.
* Believe it or not, [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]] was a rare given name meaning "from the headland" (as well as an anagram for the SNES console; ''[=EarthBound=]'' is funny like that). After ''[=EarthBound=]'' was released, though, it has become even rarer due to this character, even if [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros he debuted in Smash Bros. for most]].
* ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassins's Creed II]]'' probably made the name "Ezio" unlikely to be used for a videogame character ever again.
* The name "Lara" is going to remain forever associated with the protagonist of ''Franchise/TombRaider''. And the surname "Croft" even more so.
* In the Japanese version of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fire Emblem Fates]], the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar's]] butler goes by the name "Joker". However, this was changed in the localized version, possibly due to the name "Joker" being heavily associated with Batman's arch-nemesis in the US.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' killed the chances of another video game character called "Niko" existing.
* Both Franchise/JakAndDaxter have names that are unlikely to be reused for other characters, even though they're just variants of Jack and Dexter, respectively.
* CodeName example: people are more likely to associate the word "Ocelot" with Revolver Ocelot from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series than with the animal his name is based on ([[SeldomSeenSpecies probably because they might not know what an Ocelot is]]).
* How many characters with the surname Edgeworth do you know out there aside from the cravat-wearing prosecutor from the Franchise/AceAttorney series?
* Sonic, a word referring to sound or sound waves, now refers to the eponymous blue hedgehog in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'', or the same video game series itself. Seriously, searching "sonic" with almost any word always brings up Sonic the Hedgehog. Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman (unless it's a Beatles reference)[[note]]though mentioned before Dr. Robotnik's Japanese name was revealed[[/note]] may have suffered this trope too. Averted with the other characters, such as Shadow.
** Since Sonic Drive In, a fast food restaurant, exists, "sonic" refers to that in conversations between people who barely know the blue hedgehog. [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/001/117/185/6fc.png This has been joked]] [[https://cdn-media.threadless.com/submissions/592391-fd7ab830b994c998ed3493d084e1838a.jpg about with]] [[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/126946188/ Sonic fans.]]
* "Peppy" is that grey rabbit guy that tells you to DoABarrelRoll in ''VideoGame/StarFox''.
* Geralt from ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' series. Had he been just a Geral'''d''' instead, he probably wouldn't be in this page, which shows how a single letter swap can do wonders for recognition (even if the name is not pronounced the same as Gerald).
* Without question, the most famous fictional character named Heihachi is Heihachi Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. The same can essentially be said for his son Kazuya.
* Aloy from ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' didn't need much to own her name for the rest of eternity.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** In a strange example, the name "Ryu" is overused to the point that there's a [[AProtagonistIsRyu whole trope]] about it. However, it is clear that the ''Street Fighter'' SeriesMascot is the most popular bearer of the name and perhaps the only prevalent one in global pop culture. Asking anyone on the street about the name "Ryu" will probably result in a bunch of Hadouken[=/=]Shoryuken references.
** "Cammy" is that British soldier chick who is known for her ass.
** Guile is an actual English word that means "cunning". However, those who are unfamiliar with the English lexicon will probably think of the American soldier.
* After the release and acclaim of ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs'', you won't be seeing another video game character named "Ellie" anytime soon. The other characters (including the actual protagonist, Joel) likely avert this since they have incredibly common (and bland) names. The only other famous Ellie anywhere in pop culture is Music/EllieGoulding.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The name Cid tends to be highly associated with the series, as every entry having a character with that name is a series tradition. The most popular of them is probably Cid Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. The character CID from ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' is a parody of the tradition. Despite this, one ''Final Fantasy'' title - ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' - did contain two characters named Cid (Dr. Cidolfus Demen Bunansa, the game's "official" Cid, and the more comic-relief orientated Al-Cid Margrace). Some speculated this may have been due to a desire to have a heroic Cid character due to Dr. Cid being an antagonist, just in case this wasn't well-received. (It was, and villainous Cids continue to appear occasionally.)
** An early name for the character who became Ardyn in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' was "General Safay Roth", a name that is such an obvious reference to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Sephiroth - only one of the most famous and popular villains in ''the entire medium of gaming'' - that it gives the impression of being a development injoke.
*** Even official names are an issue. The Fiend from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is officially named Sephriot, with much the same pronunciation, though it doesn't actually appear in the game itself. (The other members of the Warring Triad being Sophia the Goddess and Zurvan the Demon). When the Trio appeared in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' and these names appeared for the first time, most assumed it was reference to the FFVII villain.
** In regards to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Tifa Lockhart is the only Tifa that exists in fiction.
* Negative example: you'd need to have balls of steel to name a character [[VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} Bubsy]] nowadays.
* The name "Shaundi" won't be seeing much use outside of the ''Videogame/SaintsRow'' series. The only other character who might qualify as a One Mario Limit would be Kinzie.
* Ho-Oh is the Japanese name for the mythical bird known in China as the Fenghuang, but since the former is so closely linked with the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in the Anglophone world, most localizations will use the latter name even if the work is Japanese in origin (e.g. the equivalent ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' card [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Fenghuang Fenghuang]], which was originally Ho-o in Japan and is part of a series of cards that reference Japanese mythology).
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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. Either a fat cat, or the good old [[UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield 20th president of the USA]].
** This has been lampshaded by ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', with Kahn flaunting his ImmigrantPatriotism by pointing out the existence of President Garfield.
** Because of this trope, nowadays [[Creator/DCComics Beast Boy/Changeling]], whose real name is Garfield Logan, either [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname goes by his alter-ego]] with Garfield as an EmbarrassingFirstName or just has it shortened to "Gar".
** Also a businessman portrayed by Creator/DannyDeVito in ''Film/OtherPeoplesMoney''.
** Parodied in WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked, where Swaim keeps mixing up Garfield the Cat and President Garfield...[[AchievementsInIgnorance before somehow managing to invite President Garfield the Cat to a teleconference.]]
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* ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'':
** "Murray" is a common last name, but shortening it to "Murr" is something that only James "Murr" Murray can do.
** Using "Q" as a nickname is also a bit iffy thanks to Brian "Q" Quinn.
** Sal Vulcano seems to hold the OML on "Sal" since his Twitter page is one of the first things to pop up on Google upon typing in the name "Sal".
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* ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'':
** "Murray" is a common last name, but shortening it to "Murr" is something that only James "Murr" Murray can do.
** Using "Q" as a nickname is also a bit iffy thanks to Brian "Q" Quinn.
** Sal Vulcano seems to hold the OML on "Sal" since his Twitter page is one of the first things to pop up on Google upon typing in the name "Sal".



* As of 2013, [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty "Morty"]], definitely.

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* As of 2013, [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty "Morty"]], definitely.definitely qualifies.



* Depending on your age, the name "Dexter" brings to mind either [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory a short, bespectacled boy genius]] or [[Series/{{Dexter}} a serial killer who pays evil unto evil]].

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* Depending on your age, age and tastes in entertainment, the name "Dexter" brings to mind either [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory a short, bespectacled boy genius]] or [[Series/{{Dexter}} a serial killer who pays evil unto evil]].evil]].
** While visiting the former Dexter's laboratory, you may want to leave the names "Dee Dee" and "Mandark" at the door before entering.
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* Both ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' are sufficiently iconic that you almost never see characters in either children's picture books or animated shows with these names anymore (aside from the Franklin in ''Peanuts''), despite them both still being fairly popular male names. Averted, however, with ''Literature/LittleBear''. Despite the extreme popularity of the series, the name is apparently considered generic enough that to this day it's still used for any of a number of other young bear characters, such as [[http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bears-Baby-Brother-Watch/dp/1402772297/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1363492737&sr=8-6&keywords=little+bear%27s+baby+brother this one here]].
** Most of the character's names in ''Arthur'' are tied exclusively to the show. So don't expect to hear the names D.W., Muffy, Prunella, Sue Ellen (both names are fine separately), or Ratburn anywhere else. Arthur himself is a subversion, as he is far from being the only well-known bearer of his name. That said, the above still holds true in that you still don't generally see characters in this type of franchise these days that are named Arthur, ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' being a notable exception.

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* Both ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' are sufficiently iconic that you almost never see characters in either children's picture books or animated shows with these names anymore (aside from the Franklin in ''Peanuts''), ''Peanuts'', who predates the turtle), despite them both still being fairly popular male names. Averted, however, with ''Literature/LittleBear''. Despite the extreme popularity of the series, the name is apparently considered generic enough that to this day it's still used for any of a number of other young bear characters, such as [[http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bears-Baby-Brother-Watch/dp/1402772297/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1363492737&sr=8-6&keywords=little+bear%27s+baby+brother this one here]].
** Most of the character's names in ''Arthur'' are tied exclusively to the show. So don't expect to hear the names D.W., Muffy, Prunella, Prunella or Sue Ellen (both names are fine separately), or Ratburn separately) anywhere else. Arthur himself is a subversion, as he is far from being the only well-known bearer of his name. That said, the above still holds true in that you still don't generally see characters in this type of franchise these days that are named Arthur, ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' being a notable exception.
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* ''Series/KingOfTheHill'': Good luck to anyone who decides to give their characters the surnames "Boomhauer", "Gribble", "Redcorn" and "Dauterive". As far as first names go, the only ones that would count would be "Luanne", "Minh" and "Cotton"--and maybe Kahn's unique spelling of his first name, which is usually spelled "Khan".
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