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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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Okay... not sure what was up with this, but you can't use ampersands that way.
* 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.
20th Sep '15 11:19:01 AM MagBas
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unfortunate implications need citations
The Russians generally feel a bit insulted by many of these names, many of which are a bit derogatory. Who, for example, would want to fly a "Fishpot" (the Su-9), a "Fishbed" ([=MiG-21=]), a "Farmer" ([=MiG-19=]) or, for that matter, a "Flogger" ([=MiG-23=]/27)? The ultimate prize has to go to the [=MiG-15=], which has UnfortunateImplications (It's 'fagot'. A name for a bassoon.). Some, however, are liked by their crews- the aforementioned "Bear" and "Fulcrum", for example.
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The Russians generally feel a bit insulted by many of these names, many of which are a bit derogatory. Who, for example, would want to fly a "Fishpot" (the Su-9), a "Fishbed" ([=MiG-21=]), a "Farmer" ([=MiG-19=]) or, for that matter, a "Flogger" ([=MiG-23=]/27)? The ultimate prize has to go to the [=MiG-15=], which has UnfortunateImplications [=MiG-15=] (It's 'fagot'. A name for a bassoon.). Some, however, are liked by their crews- the aforementioned "Bear" and "Fulcrum", for example.
7th Sep '15 11:10:10 AM nombretomado
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* "Skips" ([[NewJediOrder Vong ]] coralskippers)
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* "Skips" ([[NewJediOrder ([[Literature/NewJediOrder Vong ]] coralskippers)
5th Sep '15 8:14:00 PM nombretomado
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* In the second book of the ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', a section is devoted to an Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) version of the Il-76 "Candid" transport plane, called the Il-76C or "Cooker". Just before the war kicks off in the Central Region of NATO (i.e. WestGermany), one has to make an emergency landing at a Polish airport. The Polish ground crew nick the operating manuals and pass them to {{NATO}}. As the crew don't wish to feel the wrath of their superiors for losing the documents, they don't report the theft and NATO is able to render the "Cooker" ineffective.
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* In the second book of the ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', a section is devoted to an Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) version of the Il-76 "Candid" transport plane, called the Il-76C or "Cooker". Just before the war kicks off in the Central Region of NATO (i.e. WestGermany), one has to make an emergency landing at a Polish airport. The Polish ground crew nick the operating manuals and pass them to {{NATO}}.UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}. As the crew don't wish to feel the wrath of their superiors for losing the documents, they don't report the theft and NATO is able to render the "Cooker" ineffective.
1st Aug '15 5:07:38 PM nombretomado
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* In ''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 refered 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. ** The Human Reform League in {{Gundam 00}} uses reporting names for the Gundams in the first season. The [[TransformingMecha figter/variable mobile suit Kyrios]] is dubbed 'Wings'[[note]]"Shuttlecock" in the original Japanese[[/note]] while the heavily armed and armoured Virtue is called 'Giant.' ** In ''GundamWing'', the Alliance and OZ simply assigns each of the five Gundams a number -- Wing is 01 (Zero-One), Deathscythe is 02, etc. Of course, these names all match up perfectly with the show's NumericalThemeNaming. ** In ''GundamSEED'', everyone on both sides knows the official names of all mobile suit and ship types. The one exception is the Archangel: despite knowing it was being built, [=ZAFT=] didn't know its name. They simply call it "The Legged Ship" through most of, if not all of, the series. ** ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' follows the same pattern, however Phantom Pain refers to Impulse (whose data they specifically didn't have out of the 4 original Gundams) as some variation of "Combining guy" and the Savior (which wasn't intoduced until much later) as "Newcomer." Zaft meanwhile refers to the Girty Lue (an illegal unregistered Earth ship) as "Bogey-1", and calls the new model Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice by the names of the original units.
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* In ''MobileSuitGundam'', ''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 refered 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. ** The Human Reform League in {{Gundam 00}} ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' uses reporting names for the Gundams in the first season. The [[TransformingMecha figter/variable mobile suit Kyrios]] is dubbed 'Wings'[[note]]"Shuttlecock" in the original Japanese[[/note]] while the heavily armed and armoured Virtue is called 'Giant.' ** In ''GundamWing'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', the Alliance and OZ simply assigns each of the five Gundams a number -- Wing is 01 (Zero-One), Deathscythe is 02, etc. Of course, these names all match up perfectly with the show's NumericalThemeNaming. ** In ''GundamSEED'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', everyone on both sides knows the official names of all mobile suit and ship types. The one exception is the Archangel: despite knowing it was being built, [=ZAFT=] didn't know its name. They simply call it "The Legged Ship" through most of, if not all of, the series. ** ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' follows the same pattern, however Phantom Pain refers to Impulse (whose data they specifically didn't have out of the 4 original Gundams) as some variation of "Combining guy" and the Savior (which wasn't intoduced until much later) as "Newcomer." Zaft meanwhile refers to the Girty Lue (an illegal unregistered Earth ship) as "Bogey-1", and calls the new model Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice by the names of the original units.
29th Jul '15 3:24:21 PM PomRania
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correcting grammar
** ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' follows the same pattern, however Phantom Pain refers to Impulse (who's data they specifically didn't have out of the 4 original Gundams) as some variation of "Combining guy" and the Savior (which wasn't intoduced until much later) as "Newcomer." Zaft meanwhile refers to the Girty Lue (an illegal unregistered Earth ship) as "Bogey-1", and calls the new model Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice by the names of the original units.
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** ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' follows the same pattern, however Phantom Pain refers to Impulse (who's (whose data they specifically didn't have out of the 4 original Gundams) as some variation of "Combining guy" and the Savior (which wasn't intoduced until much later) as "Newcomer." Zaft meanwhile refers to the Girty Lue (an illegal unregistered Earth ship) as "Bogey-1", and calls the new model Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice by the names of the original units.
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