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6th Sep '16 2:59:54 AM SilentHunterUK
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Older works may refer to these by letters i.e. T-class for the "Tango", D-class for "Deltas" etc.
6th Sep '16 2:51:56 AM SilentHunterUK
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During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Western reporting names were one of the main ways to refer to Soviet and Chinese military technology, for the reasons of language differences and because the actual designations (except for most aircraft), especially in the missile field, weren't generally known. Western military technology tends to get public names, often with help from the PR department (the companies make more sales if the item has a catchy name). The Soviet and Chinese technology was (is) secret and sometimes they didn't admit it even existed, never mind the name. Of course, some super secret ("Black") projects in the USA and other nations are given "reporting names" by other nations and the press when their rumored existence is guessed at.

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During the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Western reporting names were one of the main ways to refer to Soviet and Soviet, Chinese and North Korean military technology, for the reasons of language differences and because the actual designations (except for most aircraft), especially in the missile field, weren't generally known. Western military technology tends to get public names, often with help from the PR department (the companies make more sales if the item has a catchy name). The Soviet and Chinese technology was (is) secret and sometimes they didn't admit it even existed, never mind the name. Of course, some super secret ("Black") projects in the USA and other nations are given "reporting names" by other nations and the press when their rumored existence is guessed at.


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North Korean missiles were named after the places where they were first seen (Nodong is not the actual name for the missile, being called Hwaseong or "Mars" by the DPRK); but US designations seem to have moved to a numbering system beginning with KN.
30th Aug '16 1:22:34 PM REV6Pilot
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16th Aug '16 4:55:01 PM LinTaylor
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** The M9E used by the good guys is named "Gernsback" for author Hugo Gernsback, as an in-universe LampshadeHanging on the fact that HumongousMecha are still regarded as "science fiction weapons" even by the people who operate them.
9th Aug '16 11:30:49 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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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.
** It's worth noting that all of the Covenant species' "names" are ''also'' UNSC designations. "Brute" is a lot faster and easier to say than "Jiralhanae". Grunt is obvious, Jackal is a behavioral thing, and Elites refer to their role. Drones are obvious, Hunters are a role, and Brutes are behavioral. The Flood, the Forerunners, and the Prophets are exceptions, being names translated by advanced human AI.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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[[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. fighters, Goblin MiniMecha, etc. Mobile assault platforms are named after non-mythical insects with ties to mythology instead -- Locust light assault platform platforms and Scarab ultra heavy assault platform.
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** It's worth noting that all of the Covenant species' "names" are ''also'' UNSC designations. "Brute" designations ("Brute" is a lot faster and easier to say than "Jiralhanae". Grunt is obvious, Jackal is a behavioral thing, and "Jiralhanae"); Grunts are CannonFodder, Jackals are thieving scavengers, Elites refer to their role. are badass, Drones are obvious, InsectoidAliens, Hunters are a role, relentless, and Brutes are behavioral. are, well, brutes. The Flood, the Forerunners, and the Prophets are exceptions, being names an exception, as the name was translated by advanced human AI.AI.
** Almost all the names of alien weapons are also UNSC designations based on what they do; Needler, Covenant Carbine, Plasma Pistol, etc.
** Subverted with the Forerunners and the Flood; both are direct translations of the original Forerunner names.
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.
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