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22nd Jan '18 5:20:19 PM john_e
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* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' had Count Jim Moriarty, Jim Spriggs and Little Jim as regular or semi-regular characters. In 'The Starlings' there's another: Bluebottle gives his full name as Jim 'Bluebottle' Tigernuts.
12th Jan '18 7:47:08 AM CaptainTedium
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* There were three unrelated ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' shorts that featured a character named Max.
** The drummer of the titular insect rock band in "The Feelers".
** The title protagonist of "Max's Special Problem" and its sequel "Max and the Pigeon Incident".
** The leader of the group of alien dogs Kate is acquainted with in "Planet Kate".
10th Jan '18 11:37:53 PM JoeMerl
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* This trope is the reason for some {{squick}} within the ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' fandom. Midge was reintroduced and she falls for a new character named Ryan. The problem is Midge was previously seen [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} in the toyline]] with a ''son'' named "Ryan". This made some fans grossed out because it seemed like maybe they were [[ParentalIncest the same character]] with Ryan's backstory being revamped. However, they're too different in design to be the same Ryan.

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* This trope is the reason for some {{squick}} within the ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' fandom. Midge was reintroduced and she falls for a new character named Ryan. The problem is Midge was previously seen [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} in the toyline]] with a ''son'' named "Ryan"."Ryan" (with her husband, Alan). This made some fans grossed out because it seemed like maybe they were [[ParentalIncest the same character]] with Ryan's backstory being revamped. However, they're too different in design to be the same Ryan.
10th Jan '18 11:17:28 PM JoeMerl
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** Token's father is named "Steve" while Butters' father is named "Stephen." Jimmy's dad was originally also "Stephen," [[SuddenNameChange but is now]] "Ryan."

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** Token's father is named "Steve" while Butters' father is named "Stephen." parents are Stephen and Linda; Token's parents are Steve and Linda. Jimmy's dad was originally also "Stephen," [[SuddenNameChange but is now]] "Ryan."



** The names of "Rebecca" and "Kelly" have been used as stock names for various female characters, although the original two were one-shot love interests of Kyle and Kenny.
** Sharon Marsh and Sheila Broflovski were both originally named Carol, as was Linda Stotch. Due to it being a placeholder name for the moms, some fans have taken to referring to Kenny's unnamed mother by it as well.

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** The names of "Rebecca" and "Kelly" have been used as stock names for various female characters, although the original two were one-shot love interests of Kyle and Kenny.Kenny, respectively.
** Sharon Marsh and Sheila Broflovski were both originally named Carol, as was Linda Stotch. Due to Because of this, {{Fanon}} now uses it being a placeholder name for the moms, some fans have taken to referring to Kenny's unnamed mother by it as well.mom, who has never been named in canon.



** The title character has a CountryCousin named Arnie who's basically a boring, creepy BizarroUniverse version of him. Obviously the name is part of the joke.

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** The title character has a CountryCousin named Arnie who's basically a boring, creepy BizarroUniverse version of him. [[note]]Fun fact: "Arnie" started as an OffModel drawing of Arnold that the crew decided to make into a new character.[[/note]] Obviously the name is part of the joke.
29th Dec '17 12:16:30 AM Vilui
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* Similarly, the cast of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is comprised of historical figures, so we get have Philip Hamilton and Philip Schuyler; James Madison and James Reynolds; George Washington, King George III, and George Eacker; as well as John Laurens and John Adams (although the latter doesn't actually appear in the musical).

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* Similarly, the cast of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' is comprised composed of historical figures, so we get have Philip Hamilton and Philip Schuyler; James Madison and James Reynolds; George Washington, King George III, and George Eacker; as well as John Laurens and John Adams (although the latter doesn't actually appear in the musical).
19th Dec '17 7:37:25 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': There are two minor characters named Steve: the first was one of a pair of two teenagers that showed up in the early seasons, the second was a snow-baby created by the Rugrats in its eponymous episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': There are two minor characters named Steve: the first was one of a pair of two teenagers that showed up in the early seasons, the second was a snow-baby created by the Rugrats in its eponymous episode.episode in the final season.
19th Dec '17 7:36:17 PM KagSwirby
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** They also have two Williams: the floating eyeball with unholy powers and the young boy who more commonly goes by [[Main/OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Billy]].
11th Dec '17 2:02:59 AM BreadBull
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' manages to avoid this even though they have a ThemeNaming where most of the cast has a four-letter name that starts with L, however Lana and Lola share much more similar names than the others (Lisa, Lynn, Lucy, Lori, etc.).
5th Dec '17 8:02:35 AM WaterBlap
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** An ironic self-depreciation occurs in the preface to the print version of book 4, "Don't Split the Party". It features a helpful diagram of the comic's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters enormous cast]] and the tangled web of different kinds of relationships between the characters; one of them is "Names Confusingly Similar", connecting [[TheBrute Thog]] with [[NorseMythology Thor]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Durkon]] with [[PosthumousCharacter Dorukan]], and [[DeityOfHumanOrigin the Dark One]] with [[MinionWithAnFInEvil the Creature in the Dark]].

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** An ironic self-depreciation occurs in the preface to the print version of book 4, "Don't Split the Party". It features a helpful diagram of the comic's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters enormous cast]] and the tangled web of different kinds of relationships between the characters; one of them is "Names Confusingly Similar", connecting [[TheBrute Thog]] with [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Durkon]] with [[PosthumousCharacter Dorukan]], and [[DeityOfHumanOrigin the Dark One]] with [[MinionWithAnFInEvil the Creature in the Dark]].
15th Nov '17 8:32:22 PM merotoker
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* ''{{Peanuts}}'': The girl named Patty who was a regular character starting from the very first strip but eventually stopped appearing is a different character from Peppermint Patty, who was introduced years later but is much better remembered.

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* ''{{Peanuts}}'': ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': The girl named Patty who was a regular character starting from the very first strip but eventually stopped appearing is a different character from Peppermint Patty, who was introduced years later but is much better remembered.



** PlayedWith in Bill Willingam's comic ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', where both Snow Whites were [[CompositeCharacter merged into a single character]].

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** PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in Bill Willingam's comic ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', where both Snow Whites were [[CompositeCharacter merged into a single character]].



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Fanfic [[Fanfic/CrucibleMassEffect Crucible]] is quite realistic in the sense that many characters share the same name due to pure coincidence or just DeadGuyJunior trope.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Fanfic [[Fanfic/CrucibleMassEffect Crucible]] Fanfic/{{Crucible|MassEffect}} is quite realistic in the sense that many characters share the same name due to pure coincidence or just DeadGuyJunior trope.



* The names Rae and Raye sound the same in the DeathNote fanfic [[Fanfic/SecondChances Second Chances]], much to Raye Penber's displeasure. L originally invokes this trope by calling Raye [[OneLetterName R]]. Later in the story [[spoiler:after CharacterDevelopment causes L to stop [[{{Dehumanization}} dehumanizing]] his team members so much, he switches back to using Raye. As the relationship between Rae and L complicates further, though, L begins using Raye's full name, "like he has to remind himself he's not talking to ''his'' Rae."]]

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* The names Rae and Raye sound the same in the DeathNote fanfic [[Fanfic/SecondChances Second Chances]], much to Raye Penber's displeasure. L originally invokes this trope by calling Raye [[OneLetterName R]]. Later in the story [[spoiler:after CharacterDevelopment causes L to stop [[{{Dehumanization}} dehumanizing]] {{dehumaniz|ation}}ing his team members so much, he switches back to using Raye. As the relationship between Rae and L complicates further, though, L begins using Raye's full name, "like he has to remind himself he's not talking to ''his'' Rae."]]



** Then there is [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia]], one of the main characters, and [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Lydia]], the ghost associated with Freakshow. [[spoiler: The former was named after the latter because Cathy knew her before she became a ghost and named her daughter after her]].

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** Then there is [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia]], one of the main characters, and [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Lydia]], the ghost associated with Freakshow. [[spoiler: The former was named after the latter because Cathy knew her before she became a ghost and named her daughter after her]].her.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}},'' the title character's mother is named Li, which also happens to be her {{Love Interest}}'s surname.

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* In ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'', Morton mentions that [[BigBad the Kangaroo]] has sent [[VillainousVultures Vlad]] after Horton. Horton inquires as to whether he means Vlad the Vulture, or Vlad the bunny who gives out cookies. (It's the vulture.)
** For that matter, Horton and Morton are a {{Subversion}} right there.
** On a meta level, this might explain why the young kangaroo is named [[MommasBoy Rudy]] instead of the more-cliché Joey--they already had a [[{{Tritagonist}} JoJo]].
* The Creator/RalphBakshi version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' felt that the names Sauron and Saruman were too similar, and so Saruman was renamed to "Aruman". Although they still called him Saruman half the time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}},'' the title character's mother is named Li, which also happens to be her {{Love Interest}}'s surname. LoveInterests' surname.
* Averted in ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'': after her romance with John Smith, Pocahontas begins a new relationship with John Rolfe. {{Justified|Trope}} since these characters are [[RealityIsUnrealistic all based on historical people]] (even if the John Smith part is [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie probably just a legend]]).



* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's classic ''Film/ShadowOfADoubt'' stars Joseph Cotten as an FauxAffablyEvil SerialKiller named Charlie, and Teresa Wright as his adoring niece, also named Charlie.

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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's classic ''Film/ShadowOfADoubt'' stars Joseph Cotten as an a FauxAffablyEvil SerialKiller named Charlie, and Teresa Wright as his adoring niece, also named Charlie.



* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' had William Turner (Bootstrap Bill) and his son William Turner (Will). [[spoiler:(And HIS son, William Turner the 3rd)]] {{Justified|Trope}} since it a common real life naming convention for fathers and sons. It's also used for a throwaway joke.
** ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'' [[RetCon retcons]] the name of Will and Elizabeth's son from William Turner III to Henry Turner, presumably to avoid problems with this trope now that he's a major character.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' had William Turner (Bootstrap Bill) and his son William Turner (Will). [[spoiler:(And HIS son, William Turner the 3rd)]] {{Justified|Trope}} since it a common real life naming convention for fathers and sons. It's also used for a throwaway joke.
** ''Dead
joke. ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales Dead Men Tell No Tales'' [[RetCon retcons]] Tales]]'' {{retcon}}s the name of Will and Elizabeth's son from William Turner III to Henry Turner, presumably to avoid problems with this trope now that he's a major character.



* In ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'', Morton mentions that [[BigBad the Kangaroo]] has sent [[VillainousVultures Vlad]] after Horton. Horton inquires as to whether he means Vlad the Vulture, or Vlad the bunny who gives out cookies. (It's the vulture.)
** For that matter, Horton and Morton are a {{Subversion}} right there.
** On a meta level, this might explain why the young kangaroo is named [[MommasBoy Rudy]] instead of the more-cliché Joey--they already had a [[{{Tritagonist}} JoJo]].



* The movie ''Film/PiratesOfSiliconValley'', about the early days of Microsoft and Apple, had three characters who were really named Steve--Jobs, Wozniak, and Ballmer. Risk of confusion was removed by using Ballmer's last name and Wozniak's nickname of 'Woz'.
* The animated Creator/RalphBakshi version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' felt that the names Sauron and Saruman were too similar, and so Saruman was renamed to "Aruman". Although they still called him Saruman half the time.

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* The movie ''Film/PiratesOfSiliconValley'', about the early days of Microsoft and Apple, had three characters who were really named Steve--Jobs, Wozniak, and Ballmer. Risk of confusion was removed by using Ballmer's last name and Wozniak's nickname of 'Woz'.
* The animated Creator/RalphBakshi version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' felt that the names Sauron and Saruman were too similar, and so Saruman was renamed to "Aruman". Although they still called him Saruman half the time.
'Woz'.



* Subverted in ''Film/LettersToJuliet'' when [[spoiler:two Patricias get confused as she thinks there is only one.]]
** To clarify the above point, Sophie gets mistaken when [[spoiler: Charlie introduces her to Patricia, recognizing the name of his ex-girlfriend. It turns out that this Patricia at the wedding was his cousin.]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/LettersToJuliet'' when [[spoiler:two Patricias get confused as she thinks there is only one.]]
one]].
** To clarify the above point, Sophie gets mistaken when [[spoiler: Charlie introduces her to Patricia, recognizing the name of his ex-girlfriend. It turns out that this Patricia at the wedding was his cousin.]]cousin]].



* ''Out On A Limb'', starring MatthewBroderick, has a pair of brothers both named Jim. "We were named after different people though. I'm named after our Dad, and he was named after our Grandpa."
* Played VERY straight in the 2006 film ''Film/InsideMan'' starring DenzelWashington and Clive Owen. The main plot of the movie involves a bank heist, led by Owen's character. To confuse the police, victims and any potential witnesses, the members of the heist crew call each other differing variants of "Steve": Stevie, Steve-Oh, etc. The rather amazing thing is how smoothly they work despite this.

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* ''Out On A Limb'', starring MatthewBroderick, Creator/MatthewBroderick, has a pair of brothers both named Jim. "We were named after different people though. I'm named after our Dad, and he was named after our Grandpa."
* Played VERY straight in the 2006 film ''Film/InsideMan'' starring DenzelWashington Creator/DenzelWashington and Clive Owen.Creator/CliveOwen. The main plot of the movie involves a bank heist, led by Owen's character. To confuse the police, victims and any potential witnesses, the members of the heist crew call each other differing variants of "Steve": Stevie, Steve-Oh, etc. The rather amazing thing is how smoothly they work despite this.



** The Scottish [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Dr. Moira [=MacTaggert=]]] and the American [[Film/XMenFirstClass Agent Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].

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** The Scottish [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Dr. Moira [=MacTaggert=]]] MacTaggert]] and the American [[Film/XMenFirstClass Agent Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].MacTaggert]].



* Averted in the sequel to ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': after her romance with John Smith, Pocahontas begins a new relationship with John Rolfe. {{Justified|Trope}} since these characters are [[RealityIsUnrealistic all based on historical people]] (even if the John Smith part is [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie probably just a legend]]).



* Averted in {{Film/The Passenger}} where David Locke, the protagonist, shares his name with David Robertson, the man whose identity he assumed.

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* Averted in {{Film/The Passenger}} ''Film/ThePassenger'' where David Locke, the protagonist, shares his name with David Robertson, the man whose identity he assumed.



* From about 1995 to 2008 Nocturnal Rites had both Nils Norberg and Nils Eriksson in their line up. Norberg used to sign his autograph as "Nils2".

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* From about 1995 to 2008 Nocturnal Rites had both Nils Norberg and Nils Eriksson in their line up. Norberg used to sign his autograph as "Nils2"."[=Nils2=]".



* Devo has both Robert Mothersbaugh and Robert Casale. They are generally referred to as Bob1 and Bob2. Interestingly, both had brothers in the band--Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale respectively.

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* Devo has both Robert Mothersbaugh and Robert Casale. They are generally referred to as Bob1 [=Bob1=] and Bob2.[=Bob2=]. Interestingly, both had brothers in the band--Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale respectively.



* Two out of the three [[{{Music/BeastieBoys}} Beastie Boys]] are named Adam. They're usually referred to by their full names or stage names anyway--Adam Yauch is MCA while Adam Horovitz is Ad Rock.

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* Two out of the three [[{{Music/BeastieBoys}} Beastie Boys]] Music/BeastieBoys are named Adam. They're usually referred to by their full names or stage names anyway--Adam Yauch is MCA while Adam Horovitz is Ad Rock.



* [[{{Music/DavidBowie}} David Bowie]]'s real name is David Jones, but assumed the surname of Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of [[{{Music/TheMonkees}} The Monkees]].

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* [[{{Music/DavidBowie}} David Bowie]]'s Music/DavidBowie's real name is David Jones, but assumed the surname of Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of [[{{Music/TheMonkees}} The Monkees]].Music/TheMonkees.



* There are two rappers with remarkably similar stage names: Music/AesopRock and [[Music/AsapRocky A$AP Rocky]]. Even Wiki/TheOtherWiki clarifies they aren't to be confused with each other.

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* There are two rappers with remarkably similar stage names: Music/AesopRock and [[Music/AsapRocky A$AP Rocky]]. Even Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] clarifies they aren't to be confused with each other.



* Main/KPop girl group Music/GFriend has two Eunbis, Jung Eunbi (who goes by Eunha) and Hwang Eunbi (who goes by [=SinB=])

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* Main/KPop [[KoreanPopMusic KPop]] girl group Music/GFriend has two Eunbis, Jung Eunbi (who goes by Eunha) and Hwang Eunbi (who goes by [=SinB=])



* [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] on the whole is bad about this. There were at least four Elaines, three of which were associated with Lancelot: Elaine of Benoic (his mother), Elaine of Astolat (the Lady of Shalott), and Elain of Carbonek (the mother of Galahad). The last was one of Arthur's interchangeable third half-sisters, and to make matters more confusing, T.H. White combined Astolat and Carbenok in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing''. Yet another Elaine was Percival's mother-in-law. There were also three Guineveres, two of which were half-sisters/twins known as the "True Guinevere" and the "False Guinevere." The True Guinevere was Arthur's wife, although the false one switched places with her on at least one occasion. Partly this is because the French re-tellings adapted the original Old Welsh names of the sisters Gwenhwyfar and Gwenhwyfach in such a manner that they became identical, although given that these names mean "Gwenhwy the Greater" and "Gwenhwy the Lesser", respectively, it's not really much better.

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* [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] on the whole is bad about this. There were at least four Elaines, three of which were associated with Lancelot: Elaine of Benoic (his mother), Elaine of Astolat (the Lady of Shalott), and Elain of Carbonek (the mother of Galahad). The last was one of Arthur's interchangeable third half-sisters, and to make matters more confusing, T.H. White combined Astolat and Carbenok in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing''. Yet another Elaine was Percival's mother-in-law. There were also three Guineveres, two of which were half-sisters/twins known as the "True Guinevere" and the "False Guinevere." The True Guinevere was Arthur's wife, although the false one switched places with her on at least one occasion. Partly this is because the French re-tellings adapted the original Old Welsh names of the sisters Gwenhwyfar and Gwenhwyfach in such a manner that they became identical, although given that these names mean "Gwenhwy the Greater" and "Gwenhwy the Lesser", respectively, it's not really much better.



* In Myth/GreekMythology

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* In Myth/GreekMythology[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]]:



* Averted with RobinHood. We have both Little John and Prince John, and Will Stuteley and Will Scarlet.

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* Averted with RobinHood.Myth/RobinHood. We have both Little John and Prince John, and Will Stuteley and Will Scarlet.



* {{Averted}} in ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'', by [[StarterVillain Brian]] and [[AttackAnimal his pet spider Bryan]].

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* {{Averted}} {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'', by [[StarterVillain Brian]] and [[AttackAnimal his pet spider Bryan]].



* Wrestling/{{WCW}} had a good number of Scotts at one point ([[Wrestling/ScottHall Hall]], [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Steiner]], Norton, Riggs, Armstrong, Putski, Dickinson [a referee], Hudson [a TV announcer]), and then it was revealed that Wrestling/{{Raven}} was also a Scott when his [[{{Kayfabe}} mother]] showed up for a storyline[[note]]his real name is Scott Levy[[/note]]. In addition, [[{{PowerStable}} Raven's Flock]] included Riggs and Sick Boy (real name Scott Vick). The [=nWo=] had Hall, Norton, and Steiner all in the group, and when it splintered into the Wolfpac and Hollywood factions, all three Scotts were in [=nWo=] Hollywood. Scott Steiner was widely referred to on a FullNameBasis during this time, since he was a) not the only Scott and b) not the only Steiner (see below).

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* Wrestling/{{WCW}} had a good number of Scotts at one point ([[Wrestling/ScottHall Hall]], [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Steiner]], Norton, Riggs, Armstrong, Putski, Dickinson [a referee], Hudson [a TV announcer]), and then it was revealed that Wrestling/{{Raven}} was also a Scott when his [[{{Kayfabe}} mother]] showed up for a storyline[[note]]his real name is Scott Levy[[/note]]. In addition, [[{{PowerStable}} [[PowerStable Raven's Flock]] included Riggs and Sick Boy (real name Scott Vick). The [=nWo=] had Hall, Norton, and Steiner all in the group, and when it splintered into the Wolfpac and Hollywood factions, all three Scotts were in [=nWo=] Hollywood. Scott Steiner was widely referred to on a FullNameBasis during this time, since he was a) not the only Scott and b) not the only Steiner (see below).



* Wrestling/{{ECW}} had THREE Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW Heavyweight Champions/ECW World Heavyweight Champions]] with the real first name of Terry (Wrestling/TerryFunk, [[Wrestling/{{Sabu}} Sabu [Terry Brunk]]] and [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhino [Terry Gerin.]]]) There were also two Jameses ([[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka [James Reiher]]] and [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman [Jim Fullington]]]), two Johns or similar names (Johnny Hot Body [Johnny Weiss] and Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck [Jonathan Watson]), two Scotts ([[Wrestling/{{Raven}} Raven [Scott Levy]]] and [[Wrestling/BamBamBigelow Bam Bam Bigelow [Scott Charles Bigelow]]]), and two Peters ([[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz [Peter Senerchia]]] and Justin Credible [Petey Polaco]).
* Starting in February 1999, WWE has had at different times [[Characters/WWEDivas several women on its roster]] with "Mary" or related names in their real names, including [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie Marie [=McMahon=]]], Ivory (Lisa Mary Moretti), [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler Stacy Marie Keibler]], [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon)]], [[Wrestling/AshleyMassaro Ashley Marie Massaro]], [[Wrestling/EveTorres Eve Marie Torres]], Dawn Marie (Dawnmarie Psaltis), Amy Marie Weber, Savannah (Angela Marie Fong) and Wrestling/MariaKanellis.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] to all hell and back by Ken Kennedy. He started wrestling under his real name Wrestling/KenAnderson. Then when he joined the WWE he changed his name to Ken Kennedy to avoid comparison to the fictional Anderson WrestlingFamily. Then it was revealed in-story that his name is Kennedy because he's the bastard son of [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=]]]. Then it was revealed that he was making that up. Then he got fired and is now performing in TNA as Ken Anderson.

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* Wrestling/{{ECW}} had THREE Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW Heavyweight Champions/ECW World Heavyweight Champions]] with the real first name of Terry (Wrestling/TerryFunk, [[Wrestling/{{Sabu}} Sabu [Terry Brunk]]] and [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhino [Terry Gerin.]]]) There were also two Jameses ([[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka [James Reiher]]] and [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman [Jim Fullington]]]), two Johns or similar names (Johnny Hot Body [Johnny Weiss] and Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck [[Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck Mikey Whipwreck [Jonathan Watson]), Watson]]]), two Scotts ([[Wrestling/{{Raven}} Raven [Scott Levy]]] and [[Wrestling/BamBamBigelow Bam Bam Bigelow [Scott Charles Bigelow]]]), and two Peters ([[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz [Peter Senerchia]]] and Justin Credible [Petey Polaco]).
* Starting in February 1999, WWE has had at different times [[Characters/WWEDivas several women on its roster]] with "Mary" or related names in their real names, including [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie Marie [=McMahon=]]], McMahon]], Ivory (Lisa Mary Moretti), [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler Stacy Marie Keibler]], [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon)]], [[Wrestling/AshleyMassaro Ashley Marie Massaro]], [[Wrestling/EveTorres Eve Marie Torres]], [[Wrestling/DawnMarie Dawn Marie (Dawnmarie Psaltis), Psaltis)]], Amy Marie Weber, Savannah (Angela Marie Fong) and Wrestling/MariaKanellis.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] to all hell and back by Ken Kennedy. He started wrestling under his real name Wrestling/KenAnderson. Then when he joined the WWE he changed his name to Ken Kennedy to avoid comparison to the fictional Anderson WrestlingFamily. Then it was revealed in-story that his name is Kennedy because he's the bastard son of [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=]]].McMahon]]. Then it was revealed that he was making that up. Then he got fired and is now performing in TNA as Ken Anderson.



* Currently being averted in WWE by Wrestling/LukeHarper and [[Wrestling/BulletClub Luke Gallows]]. It remains to be seen if either man will get a name change; as of April 2016, Harper is injured, while Gallows (a.k.a. Impostor Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Festus, DOC) is best-known in WWE under that name.

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* Currently being averted in WWE by Wrestling/LukeHarper and [[Wrestling/BulletClub [[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Luke Gallows]]. It remains to be seen if either man will get a name change; as of April 2016, Harper is injured, while Gallows (a.k.a. Impostor Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Festus, DOC) is best-known in WWE under that name.



* Averted with Ring of Honor, who had two Adams (3x champ Adam Cole and midcarder Adam Page), and three Jays (Jay Lethal, Jay Briscoe, and Jay White).
** Played straight when both Adam Cole and Adam Page joined Wrestling/BulletClub and Page changed his name to Hangman Page following a gimmick change where he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin started stringing up opponents with a noose]]

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* Averted with Ring of Honor, Wrestling/RingOfHonor, who had two Adams (3x champ Adam Cole and midcarder Adam Page), and three Jays (Jay Lethal, Jay Briscoe, and Jay White).
** Played straight when both Adam Cole and Adam Page joined the Wrestling/BulletClub and Page changed his name to Hangman Page following a gimmick change where he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin started stringing up opponents with a noose]]



* Similarly, the cast of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' ic comprised of historical figures, so we get have Philip Hamilton and Philip Schuyler; James Madison and James Reynolds; George Washington, King George III, and George Eacker; as well as John Laurens and John Adams (although the latter doesn't actually appear in the musical).

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* Similarly, the cast of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' ic is comprised of historical figures, so we get have Philip Hamilton and Philip Schuyler; James Madison and James Reynolds; George Washington, King George III, and George Eacker; as well as John Laurens and John Adams (although the latter doesn't actually appear in the musical).



* Noticably averted in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' where most of the names are [[PardonMyKlingon made up words]]. Several locations are named after [[AllMythsAreTrue legendary beings]], examples being Mata Nui, Artakha, and Karzahni, the latter having a [[PlantAliens sentient plant]] named after him.

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* Noticably Noticeably averted in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' where most of the names are [[PardonMyKlingon made up words]]. Several locations are named after [[AllMythsAreTrue legendary beings]], examples being Mata Nui, Artakha, and Karzahni, the latter having a [[PlantAliens sentient plant]] named after him.



* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' falls into this sometimes. In [[Film/{{Transformers}} the live-action films]], a character named "Brawl" is erroneously referred to as "Devastator". This is fine and dandy, but he is called "Brawl" in his toys and licensed media. Then, ''Revenge of the Fallen'' introduces the Constructicons, a bunch of Transformers that combine to create a colossal Decepticon... by the name of "Devastator". In ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', one of the Mini-Cons is named Thunderblast, which just so happens to be the name of a Decepticon in the same series. In addition, several characters tend to have similar-sounding names, i.e. Soundwave and Shockwave, Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal, Ravage and Rampage, etc.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' falls into this sometimes. In [[Film/{{Transformers}} [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries the live-action films]], a character named "Brawl" is erroneously referred to as "Devastator". This is fine and dandy, but he is called "Brawl" in his toys and licensed media. Then, ''Revenge of the Fallen'' introduces the Constructicons, a bunch of Transformers that combine to create a colossal Decepticon... by the name of "Devastator". In ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', one of the Mini-Cons is named Thunderblast, which just so happens to be the name of a Decepticon in the same series. In addition, several characters tend to have similar-sounding names, i.e. Soundwave and Shockwave, Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal, Ravage and Rampage, etc.



* Averted in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', where the Ushiromiya family's human butler Genji's family name ("Ronoue") is pronounced almost exactly the same as the name of Beatrice's demon butler ("Ronove"). [[spoiler:This is implied to be because Ronove is one of Yasu's many [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]], and [[AmbiguousGender he/she]] based Ronove off of Genji. To further reinforce this, a flashback in the [=EP8=] manga reveals that young Genji looked very much like Ronove.]]

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* Averted in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', where the Ushiromiya family's human butler Genji's family name ("Ronoue") is pronounced almost exactly the same as the name of Beatrice's demon butler ("Ronove"). [[spoiler:This is implied to be because Ronove is one of Yasu's many [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]], {{Imaginary Friend}}s, and [[AmbiguousGender he/she]] based Ronove off of Genji. To further reinforce this, a flashback in the [=EP8=] manga reveals that young Genji looked very much like Ronove.]]



** Interestingly, the author also used this exact name confusion thing in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''. It's even the same name: [[spoiler: Shiki. Again, they're spelled differently in kanji and in fact both of them are different from both of the spellings in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Furthermore, this Shiki has three personalities.]]

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** Interestingly, the author also used this exact name confusion thing in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''. It's even the same name: [[spoiler: Shiki. Again, they're spelled differently in kanji and in fact both of them are different from both of the spellings in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Furthermore, this Shiki has three personalities.]]personalities]].



** Because of this series' penchant for [[PunnyName Punny Names]], occasionally the same pun will be used for two different characters: Horace '''Knightley''' and '''Knightle''' (knight), '''Patricia''' Roland and '''Paht''' Rohl (patrol), Shelly '''de Killer''', '''Kira''' and Lady '''Kee'ra''' (killer). Once again, none of these sets of characters appear in the same game.

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** Because of this series' penchant for [[PunnyName Punny Names]], {{Punny Name}}s, occasionally the same pun will be used for two different characters: Horace '''Knightley''' and '''Knightle''' (knight), '''Patricia''' Roland and '''Paht''' Rohl (patrol), Shelly '''de Killer''', '''Kira''' and Lady '''Kee'ra''' (killer). Once again, none of these sets of characters appear in the same game.



* {{Averted}} in ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', with Junker chief Benson Cunningham and Junker Harry Benson. [[spoiler:This becomes a plot point when Gillian discovers evidence that someone named "Benson" may have been [[ReplicantSnatching snatched]].]]

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* {{Averted}} {{Averted|Trope}} in ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', with Junker chief Benson Cunningham and Junker Harry Benson. [[spoiler:This becomes a plot point when Gillian discovers evidence that someone named "Benson" may have been [[ReplicantSnatching snatched]].]]



* Averted with WebAnimation/SlushInvaders, whose [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast]] consists of two Brians.

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* Averted with WebAnimation/SlushInvaders, ''WebAnimation/SlushInvaders'', whose [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast]] consists of two Brians.



** Also, Immortals pick their names when they are reborn, and it's usually mythology based. Apparently, the hissy fits when two Zeuses meet is histerical.

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** Also, Immortals pick their names when they are reborn, and it's usually mythology based. Apparently, the hissy fits when two Zeuses meet is histerical.hysterical.



* Parodied in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. When the main cast (with [[KingdomHearts Riku]]) went into hiding, there was a supporting fill in cast, with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]]. Darth Maul just referred to her as "girl Rikku".

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. When the main cast (with [[KingdomHearts [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Riku]]) went into hiding, there was a supporting fill in cast, with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]]. Darth Maul just referred to her as "girl Rikku".



*** Played straight later with [[spoiler: the post-Scratch Guardians presumably having the same names as the pre-Scratch Kids, and Rose and Dave's iterations have the same "titles" as their guardians in the Beta Session, meaning there are 2 Mom Lalondes and 2 Bro Striders. Also, a third set of Dersite Agents was introduced, which means there are three separate characters running around, all named Jack Noir.]]
*** Of course, accounting for the Jack Noir that [[spoiler:killed Calliope, there are actually ''four''.]]

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*** Played straight later with [[spoiler: the post-Scratch Guardians presumably having the same names as the pre-Scratch Kids, and Rose and Dave's iterations have the same "titles" as their guardians in the Beta Session, meaning there are 2 Mom Lalondes and 2 Bro Striders. Also, a third set of Dersite Agents was introduced, which means there are three separate characters running around, all named Jack Noir.]]
Noir]].
*** Of course, accounting for the Jack Noir that [[spoiler:killed Calliope, there are actually ''four''.]]''four'']].



* Machinima/RedVsBlue has two Franks (Franklin Delano Donut and Frank DuFresne), but like the rest of the cast, both are always referred to by their nicknames Donut and Doc respectively. There's also [[spoiler:three Leonard Churches (Doctor Leonard Church, Alpha, and Epsilon) and three Allisons (the original, the original Agent Texas, and the Epsilon-created Agent Texas). None of the three Allisons co-existed (and the original is barely even referenced), and the Churches are generally called "the Director"/"Director Church"/"Doctor Church", Church/Alpha, and Church/Epsilon]]. Still, it gets confusing when it comes to fan theories. "And then [[spoiler:Church]] did this." "Wait, do you mean [[spoiler:Alpha-Church]] or [[spoiler:Epsilon-Church]]?"

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* Machinima/RedVsBlue ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has two Franks (Franklin Delano Donut and Frank DuFresne), [=DuFresne=]), but like the rest of the cast, both are always referred to by their nicknames Donut and Doc respectively. There's also [[spoiler:three Leonard Churches (Doctor Leonard Church, Alpha, and Epsilon) and three Allisons (the original, the original Agent Texas, and the Epsilon-created Agent Texas). None of the three Allisons co-existed (and the original is barely even referenced), and the Churches are generally called "the Director"/"Director Church"/"Doctor Church", Church/Alpha, and Church/Epsilon]]. Still, it gets confusing when it comes to fan theories. "And then [[spoiler:Church]] did this." "Wait, do you mean [[spoiler:Alpha-Church]] or [[spoiler:Epsilon-Church]]?"



* ''TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' [[spoiler: has the adventuring party recruit Daggerface, a dwarf driven insane by torture. They are very confused when they later learn they are being pursued by a bounty hunter named... Daggerface. The hunter turns out to be a warforged (magicpunk robot) whose face is literally a sextet of protruding blades.]]

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* ''TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' [[spoiler: has the adventuring party recruit Daggerface, a dwarf driven insane by torture. They are very confused when they later learn they are being pursued by a bounty hunter named... Daggerface. The hunter turns out to be a warforged (magicpunk robot) whose face is literally a sextet of protruding blades.]]blades]].



* Averted and [[LampshadeHanging lanpshaded]] on ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'', with the three Dans. There's Dan Floyd, the narrator, Other Dan, who helps with editing and behind the scenes work, and Dan #3, the new artist. [[HilarityEnsues Confusion starts almost immediately]].

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* Averted and [[LampshadeHanging lanpshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'', with the three Dans. There's Dan Floyd, the narrator, Other Dan, who helps with editing and behind the scenes work, and Dan #3, the new artist. [[HilarityEnsues Confusion starts almost immediately]].



** And two Janices: [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] niece Janice and Janice Rio from down the street.

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** And two Janices: [[TheNarrator [[{{Narrator}} Cecil's]] niece Janice and Janice Rio from down the street.



-->'''John Stewart''': I am John. This is my friend [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]] and, er--

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-->'''John Stewart''': I am John. This is my friend [[ComicBook/WonderWoman [[Franchise/WonderWoman Diana]] and, er--



** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and played with in "The Principal and the Pauper": Just as Springfield is starting to celebrate Skinner's twentieth anniversary as principal, the actual Sgt. Seymour Skinner (voiced by MartinSheen) appears, and the principal confesses that his real name is Armin Tamzarian, and when Sgt. Skinner went MIA, his mother mistook Armin for her real son, but he didn't have the heart to tell her otherwise. Agnes is furious at Sgt. Skinner's backtalk when he comes home drunk late at night, while MommasBoy Armin was too sissified to ever sass Agnes.

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** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} and played with in "The Principal and the Pauper": Just as Springfield is starting to celebrate Skinner's twentieth anniversary as principal, the actual Sgt. Seymour Skinner (voiced by MartinSheen) Creator/MartinSheen) appears, and the principal confesses that his real name is Armin Tamzarian, and when Sgt. Skinner went MIA, his mother mistook Armin for her real son, but he didn't have the heart to tell her otherwise. Agnes is furious at Sgt. Skinner's backtalk when he comes home drunk late at night, while MommasBoy Armin was too sissified to ever sass Agnes.



** There are two characters named "Ace": The DCAU's version of Ace the Bat-Hound, and the "Ace" member of the Royal Flush Gang (a mute android in ''Beyond''). The two rarely get confused.

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** There are two characters named "Ace": The DCAU's DCAnimatedUniverse's version of Ace the Bat-Hound, and the "Ace" member of the Royal Flush Gang (a mute android in ''Beyond''). The two rarely get confused.



** As is revealed in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', [[spoiler:Batman was probably the closest thing to a friend the Ace of the first Royal Flush Gang had. She was an underaged girl with massive BlessedWithSuck RealityWarper powers that died of a PowerIncontinence-induced aneurism, and Batman [[StayWithMeUntilIDie stayed with her until she died]] so she wouldn't have to die alone or hurt anyone else.]] The dog was presumably named after her.

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** As is revealed in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', [[spoiler:Batman was probably the closest thing to a friend the Ace of the first Royal Flush Gang had. She was an underaged girl with massive BlessedWithSuck RealityWarper powers that died of a PowerIncontinence-induced aneurism, and Batman [[StayWithMeUntilIDie stayed with her until she died]] so she wouldn't have to die alone or hurt anyone else.]] else]]. The dog was presumably named after her.



** This is played for laughs in the episode "The Lizard Whisperer", where the boys are looking for a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant chameleon]] named Steve. They find other Steves and even arrive at a Steve Convention. Note the creators are [[WordOfGod on record]] [[OneOfUs as TVTropes readers]].

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** This is played for laughs in the episode "The Lizard Whisperer", where the boys are looking for a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant chameleon]] named Steve. They find other Steves and even arrive at a Steve Convention. Note the creators are [[WordOfGod on record]] [[OneOfUs as TVTropes readers]].



** SpongeBob and Squidward once encountered a band of Vikings all named Olaf, except for their leader (Gordon), curiously enough.

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** SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward once encountered a band of Vikings all named Olaf, except for their leader (Gordon), (Gordan), curiously enough.



** Outright avoided in the German dub. ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is so popular in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Germany]], they decided to name a background character Thaddeus in honor of Squidward's German name, Thaddäus. In return the German dub named Thaddeus "Fischward" to avoid confusion.

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** Outright avoided in the German dub. ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' The show is so popular in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Germany]], {{German|sLoveDavidHasselhoff}}y, they decided to name a background character Thaddeus in honor of Squidward's German name, Thaddäus. In return the German dub named Thaddeus "Fischward" to avoid confusion.



** On a semi-related note, The Dai Li's Government Conspiracy was upheld by placing several women who called themselves "Joo Dee" to watch over suspicious citizens. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in this case because they were all brainwashed into the identity anyway.

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** On a semi-related note, The Dai Li's Government Conspiracy was upheld by placing several women who called themselves "Joo Dee" to watch over suspicious citizens. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} in this case because they were all brainwashed into the identity anyway.



** Also, Elmer[[note]][[Creator/ButchHartman the creator]]'s real name[[/note]], Timmy's friend with the boil, shares his name with an elf featured in ''Film/AFairlyOddChristmas''.

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** Also, Elmer[[note]][[Creator/ButchHartman the creator]]'s real name[[/note]], Elmer, Timmy's friend with the boil, shares his name with an elf featured in ''Film/AFairlyOddChristmas''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:Stanley and Stanford Pines. Stanley even takes Stanford's name for a while, when the real Stanford was trapped between dimensions, but prefers people call him "Stan". [[BrickJoke It's stated that their father was not very creative]]. When the real Stanford is introduced, he asks that Dipper and Mabel call him "Ford" to prevent confusion.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:Stanley and Stanford Pines. Stanley even takes Stanford's name for a while, when the real Stanford was trapped between dimensions, but prefers people call him "Stan". [[BrickJoke It's stated that their father was not very creative]]. When the real Stanford is introduced, he asks that Dipper and Mabel call him "Ford" to prevent confusion.]]confusion]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' introduced a German character named Otto in the "Schnitzelbank" song as there was already a German character with the name Otto, Dr. Scractchansniff.
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