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7th Apr '16 7:09:48 PM WillKeaton
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* In the Franchise/{{Halo}} series, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] vehicles are known only by their UNSC designations, which are ethereal or supernatural beings -- Ghost scout vehicles, Wraith tanks, Phantom and Spirit dropships, Banshee fliers, Seraph starfighters, Shadow troop transports, and Vampire support fighters. Mobile assault platforms are named after non-mythical insects with ties to mythology instead -- Locust light assault platform and Scarab ultra heavy assault platform.

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* In the Franchise/{{Halo}} ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] vehicles are known only by their UNSC designations, which are ethereal or supernatural beings -- Ghost scout vehicles, Wraith tanks, Phantom and Spirit dropships, Banshee fliers, Seraph starfighters, Shadow troop transports, and Vampire support fighters. Mobile assault platforms are named after non-mythical insects with ties to mythology instead -- Locust light assault platform and Scarab ultra heavy assault platform.
7th Apr '16 7:09:26 PM WillKeaton
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* The Terrans in [[Videogame/FreeSpace FreeSpace 2]] used Egyptian- and demonic-themed reporting names, respectively, for Vasudan and Shivan themed spacecraft, in contrast to the Greco-Roman names they gave to their own ship classes. The Vasudans, who admired Ancient Egypt, adopted the reporting names when they merged their government with the Terrans. The [[StarfishAliens Shivans]] are too [[OmnicidalManiac belligerent]] and use some kind of [[StarfishLanguage communication method]] that prevents them from being asked for their opinion of GTVA reporting names.

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* The Terrans in [[Videogame/FreeSpace ''[[Videogame/FreeSpace FreeSpace 2]] 2]]'' used Egyptian- and demonic-themed reporting names, respectively, for Vasudan and Shivan themed spacecraft, in contrast to the Greco-Roman names they gave to their own ship classes. The Vasudans, who admired Ancient Egypt, adopted the reporting names when they merged their government with the Terrans. The [[StarfishAliens Shivans]] are too [[OmnicidalManiac belligerent]] and use some kind of [[StarfishLanguage communication method]] that prevents them from being asked for their opinion of GTVA reporting names.



* Videogame/AceOnline has them too:

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* Videogame/AceOnline ''Videogame/AceOnline'' has them too:
7th Apr '16 7:08:16 PM WillKeaton
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''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', particularly the ComicBook/XWingSeries, is unsurprisingly full of this. Really big, impressive ships, like ''Executor''-class Star Dreadnoughts, got no nicknames, but ships that were encountered more frequently tended to attract short names that could be shouted by surprised pilots when they came out of hyperspace. Some of the more recurring names:

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''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', The ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], particularly the ComicBook/XWingSeries, is unsurprisingly full of this. Really big, impressive ships, like ''Executor''-class Star Dreadnoughts, got no nicknames, but ships that were encountered more frequently tended to attract short names that could be shouted by surprised pilots when they came out of hyperspace. Some of the more recurring names:
7th Apr '16 7:07:37 PM WillKeaton
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** Clyde is the name assigned to the vat-grown humans and fills the role of the chaingun zombies. Fly doesn't get the reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_and_clyde Clyde Barrow]], and he asks why they don't call the clones [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]] or [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph and Norton]].

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** Clyde is the name assigned to the vat-grown humans and fills the role of the chaingun zombies. Fly doesn't get the reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_and_clyde Clyde Barrow]], Barrow,]] and he asks why they don't call the clones [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]] or [[Series/TheHoneymooners Ralph and Norton]].
30th Mar '16 2:49:18 PM SSJMagus
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A similar system was used for Japanese aircraft during WorldWarII. "Zeke" referred to the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Reisen fighter more commonly known as the "Zero". (Although when a new version, the [=A6M3=], was issued, the Allies, unaware that it was a new iteration of the Zero, gave it initially the reporting name "Hap." However, [[ExecutiveMeddling General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold wasn't too thrilled with the name]], and it was changed in ''extremely'' short order to "Hamp.") The naming scheme was a mostly simple one, with fighters being given male names (Zeke, Oscar, Rufe), bombers/recon planes given female names (Betty, Dinah), trainers being named after kinds of trees (Maple, Ash), and a rocket-powered kamikaze guided bomb being quite appropriately referred to as "Baka" [[note]]"Idiot" in Japanese language[[/note]]. In case anyone's wondering about the choice of names here, the officer who selected most of these codenames, Captain Frank T. [=McCoy=], was from the DeepSouth and chose the names he was most familiar with.

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A similar system was used for Japanese aircraft during WorldWarII. "Zeke" referred to the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Reisen fighter more commonly known as the "Zero". [[note]]Unlike most Japanese aircraft, the [=A6M=] series had a Japanese military designation ("Type 0 Carrier Fighter", due to entering service in Imperial Year 2600 or 1940) that was known to the US military. As a result, it ended up with the well-known nickname of "Zero" (incidentally, it had the same nickname among Japanese pilots) and as a result its reporting name was rarely used.[[/note]] (Although when a new version, the [=A6M3=], was issued, the Allies, unaware that it was a new iteration of the Zero, gave it initially the reporting name "Hap." However, [[ExecutiveMeddling General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold wasn't too thrilled with the name]], and it was changed in ''extremely'' short order to "Hamp.") The naming scheme was a mostly simple one, with fighters being given male names (Zeke, Oscar, Rufe), bombers/recon planes given female names (Betty, Dinah), trainers being named after kinds of trees (Maple, Ash), and a rocket-powered kamikaze guided bomb being quite appropriately referred to as "Baka" [[note]]"Idiot" in Japanese language[[/note]]. In case anyone's wondering about the choice of names here, the officer who selected most of these codenames, Captain Frank T. [=McCoy=], was from the DeepSouth and chose the names he was most familiar with.



* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', the Zeon refer to the titular HumongousMecha and its carrier as "White Devil" and "Trojan Horse" respectively before learning their true names from Cozun Graham. Oddly, the Guncannon and Guntank apparently don't get reporting names and are simply refered to as "The Red One" and "You Call That A Mobile Suit?". The Core Fighters are referred to as "Mosquitoes" more than once, but this may simply be an insult. On the other side, the Zeon MS, especially the Zakus are often referred to as "Cyclops" by the Feddies due to their [[CyberCyclops distinctive optic sensors]], but this may just be a colloquialism, as the Zakus, at least had been known since before the start of the war. [[LightningBruiser Doms]] are also refered to as "Skirts" at first due to their distinctive armor.

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', the Zeon refer to the titular HumongousMecha and its carrier as "White Devil" and "Trojan Horse" respectively before learning their true names from Cozun Graham. Oddly, the Guncannon and Guntank apparently don't get reporting names and are simply refered to as "The Red One" and "You Call That A Mobile Suit?". The Core Fighters are referred to as "Mosquitoes" more than once, but this may simply be an insult. On the other side, the Zeon MS, especially the Zakus are often referred to as "Cyclops" by the Feddies due to their [[CyberCyclops distinctive optic sensors]], but this may just be a colloquialism, as the Zakus, at least had been known since before the start of the war. And up until episode 19 (near the halfway point of the anime and the 11th month of the One Year War) that Zeon ''had'' any operational mobile suits that weren't Zakus. [[LightningBruiser Doms]] are also refered to as "Skirts" at first due to their distinctive armor.
16th Jan '16 5:55:11 PM BattleMaster
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* The early [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] used by the Clans in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' usually have two names: The more famous names used by the Inner Sphere they're invading (such as the Thor and Mad Cat), and the 'Mech's true clan designation (Summoner and Timber Wolf respectively). Which ones are used by any individual fan are a matter of preference. Later Clan mechs have only one name, as the Clanners maintain contact with the Inner Sphere and share some data. Then the Clans themselves would go on to use this trope themselves, when a secret cabal of Clan scientists attacked the Clans, using a design that the Clans themselves were unfamiliar with. They dubbed the new mech [[MeaningfulName Pariah]].

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* The early [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] used by the Clans in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' usually have two names: The more famous names used by the Inner Sphere they're invading (such as the Thor and Mad Cat), and the 'Mech's true clan designation (Summoner and Timber Wolf respectively). Which ones are used by any individual fan are a matter of preference. Later Clan mechs have only one name, as the Clanners maintain contact with the Inner Sphere and share some data. Then the Clans themselves would go on to use this trope themselves, when a secret cabal of Clan scientists attacked the Clans, using a design that the Clans themselves were unfamiliar with. They dubbed The Clans code named the new mech [[MeaningfulName Pariah]]."[[MeaningfulName Pariah]]".
16th Jan '16 5:54:11 PM BattleMaster
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* The early [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] used by the Clans in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' usually have two names: The more famous names used by the Inner Sphere they're invading (such as the Thor and Mad Cat), and the 'Mech's true clan designation (Summoner and Timber Wolf respectively). Which ones are used by any individual fan are a matter of preference. Later Clan mechs have only one name, as the Clanners maintain contact with the Inner Sphere and share some data.

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* The early [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] used by the Clans in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' usually have two names: The more famous names used by the Inner Sphere they're invading (such as the Thor and Mad Cat), and the 'Mech's true clan designation (Summoner and Timber Wolf respectively). Which ones are used by any individual fan are a matter of preference. Later Clan mechs have only one name, as the Clanners maintain contact with the Inner Sphere and share some data. Then the Clans themselves would go on to use this trope themselves, when a secret cabal of Clan scientists attacked the Clans, using a design that the Clans themselves were unfamiliar with. They dubbed the new mech [[MeaningfulName Pariah]].
12th Dec '15 8:46:09 PM nombretomado
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''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', particularly the XWingSeries, is unsurprisingly full of this. Really big, impressive ships, like ''Executor''-class Star Dreadnoughts, got no nicknames, but ships that were encountered more frequently tended to attract short names that could be shouted by surprised pilots when they came out of hyperspace. Some of the more recurring names:

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''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', particularly the XWingSeries, ComicBook/XWingSeries, is unsurprisingly full of this. Really big, impressive ships, like ''Executor''-class Star Dreadnoughts, got no nicknames, but ships that were encountered more frequently tended to attract short names that could be shouted by surprised pilots when they came out of hyperspace. Some of the more recurring names:
14th Oct '15 2:18:31 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', the Zeon refer to the titular HumongousMecha & its carrier as "White Devil" & "Trojan Horse" respectively before learning their true names from Cozun Graham. Oddly, the Guncannon & Guntank apparently don't get reporting names & are simply refered to as "The Red One" & "You Call That A Mobile Suit?". The Core Fighters are referred to as "Mosquitoes" more than once, but this may simply be an insult. On the other side, the Zeon MS, especially the Zakus are often referred to as "Cyclops" by the Feddies due to their [[CyberCyclops distinctive optic sensors]], but this may just be a colloquialism, as the Zakus, at least had been known since before the start of the war. [[LightningBruiser Doms]] are also refered to as "Skirts" at first due to their distinctive armor.

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', the Zeon refer to the titular HumongousMecha & and its carrier as "White Devil" & and "Trojan Horse" respectively before learning their true names from Cozun Graham. Oddly, the Guncannon & and Guntank apparently don't get reporting names & and are simply refered to as "The Red One" & and "You Call That A Mobile Suit?". The Core Fighters are referred to as "Mosquitoes" more than once, but this may simply be an insult. On the other side, the Zeon MS, especially the Zakus are often referred to as "Cyclops" by the Feddies due to their [[CyberCyclops distinctive optic sensors]], but this may just be a colloquialism, as the Zakus, at least had been known since before the start of the war. [[LightningBruiser Doms]] are also refered to as "Skirts" at first due to their distinctive armor.



* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' the various Balmar mechs are all simply given reporting names by humans based on what they look like. The six-legged ones are called "Bugs", the ones with wings are called "Birds", etc. The various humanoid types are called "[[{{Mooks}} Soldiers]]", "[[EliteMooks Knights]]" & "[[GiantMook Fatmen]]". They are also asigned a numerical designation based on the order they were first encountered in. The Bugs, being recon units are therefore designated AGX[[note]]Derived from "Aerogater", the Federation's nickname for the Balmar[[/note]]-01; the heroic Cybaster has an official-unofficial AGX model number because the EFA initially mistook it for a Balmar machine. The funny thing is that their real names are also Earth words, only this time in [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Ancient]] [[SpaceJews Hebrew]]...

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' the various Balmar mechs are all simply given reporting names by humans based on what they look like. The six-legged ones are called "Bugs", the ones with wings are called "Birds", etc. The various humanoid types are called "[[{{Mooks}} Soldiers]]", "[[EliteMooks Knights]]" & Knights]]", and "[[GiantMook Fatmen]]". They are also asigned a numerical designation based on the order they were first encountered in. The Bugs, being recon units are therefore designated AGX[[note]]Derived from "Aerogater", the Federation's nickname for the Balmar[[/note]]-01; the heroic Cybaster has an official-unofficial AGX model number because the EFA initially mistook it for a Balmar machine. The funny thing is that their real names are also Earth words, only this time in [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Ancient]] [[SpaceJews Hebrew]]...
30th Sep '15 9:16:38 PM jormis29
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* "Steel Yard" - The Duga-3 over-the-horizon early warning radar, including one example based in the later Zone of Alienation at Chernobyl, Ukraine. That one was known as the "Russian Woodpecker" by the ham radio community during its 1976-1989 operating life, due to the sheer annoyance factor of the thing broadcasting at 10 Hz and interfering with a ''lot'' of other traffic.

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* "Steel Yard" - The Duga-3 over-the-horizon early warning radar, including one example based in the later Zone of Alienation at Chernobyl, UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}, Ukraine. That one was known as the "Russian Woodpecker" by the ham radio community during its 1976-1989 operating life, due to the sheer annoyance factor of the thing broadcasting at 10 Hz and interfering with a ''lot'' of other traffic.
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