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27th Apr '17 11:46:54 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The female Crystal Gems are named for their Gem, and then we have the [[OddNameOut titular character]], who's also a Crystal Gem. His full name, Steven Quartz Universe, is [[AwesomeMcCoolName considerably less ordinary]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The female Crystal Gems are named for their Gem, [[HeartDrive Gem]], and then we the creators seem to have the [[OddNameOut titular character]], who's also a Crystal Gem. His gone out of their way to use ones that are actual names: [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]], [[BigFun Amethyst]], [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Garnet]], [[spoiler:[[HotBlooded Ruby]] and [[TheStoic Sapphire]]]]. The main character, meanwhile, is [[AllLovingHero Steven]]. Though less ordinary is his full name, Steven Quartz Universe, is [[AwesomeMcCoolName considerably less ordinary]].Steven Quartz Universe]].
** PlayedForLaughs in one episode, when he's shocked, shocked! to learn that his father was actually born Greg ''[=DeMayo=],'' having changed it as an adult. Steven grumbles that that's a much cooler name than plain old "Universe."
11th Apr '17 11:47:12 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'': Mitt's full name is Alhammitt Alhammittson, which is the single most common man's name in the earldom of Holand, where he comes from. Mitt is [[spoiler:secretly descended from [[RoyalBlood the last king of Dalemark]], ends up [[RightfulKingReturns becoming king himself]] under the regnal name "Amil the Great", and as the cherry on top is ''{{immortal|ity}}''.]]

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* ''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'': Mitt's full name is Alhammitt Alhammittson, Alhammittsson, which is the single most common man's name in all of South Dalemark, and especially the earldom of Holand, where he comes from. Mitt is [[spoiler:secretly descended from [[RoyalBlood the last king of Dalemark]], ends up [[RightfulKingReturns becoming king himself]] under the regnal name "Amil the Great", and as the cherry on top is ''{{immortal|ity}}''.]]
5th Apr '17 2:19:12 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' gives us Nora, certified badass and Huntress-in-training. (Although her surname, Valkyrie, ''is'' cool.)
** For that matter, Ruby itself isn't a particularly uncommon name either (though that is subject to regional variation).
30th Mar '17 11:03:54 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', a civil war between royal sisters was caused by the fact that the [[ExoticExtendedMarriage eldest sisters' husband]] was infertile, and the youngest demanded that therefore their own children be heirs to the throne. In contemporary operas, the heartwrenching aria of the infertile husband, who bemoans his sad fate and begs for a divorce as to not cause any more fighting is sung by the best contralto singers available. The name of that tragic historical figure? ''Michael''. (It sticks out especially as other characters have much more exotic names.)
* ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'': Sookie starts giggling when her vampire love interest introduces himself as Bill.
* A trademark of sorts with many of Creator/StephenKing's books. All sorts of unique and fantastical characters and nary a "Jack Stone" or "Jack Steele" or any other "'John' Derivative + Hard Object" name to be found. Even the demonic antagonist of ''Literature/TheStand'' is named the very ordinary-sounding Randall Flagg. That's right; the Antichrist {{Expy}} is named ''Randy''.
* [[Literature/EndersGame The Ender sequels]] feature a one-of-a-kind life form, an artificial intelligence with a soul. The ansible network and all computers linked to it function as her nervous system. She thinks at thousands of times the rate of human thought. The name she gave herself: Jane.
* Literature/JamesBond: Creator/IanFleming chose the name of his hero (named after an ornithologist) because it sounded so unexciting, although since then he's given the name an allure of its own. It also contrasts with the often outlandish names of the villains and peripheral characters.



* ''Literature/JaneWishing'' by Toni Tobias contrasts "plain Jane"'s everyday reality (illustrated - by Creator/TrinaSchartHyman -- in black and white) with her dreams and desires (in color). Jane wishes her name were something like Amanda or Melissa, or "at least Elizabeth".
* Literature/HarryPotter. In fact, Harry is one of the very few characters in his series to have a completely ordinary name, the other being [[TomTheDarkLord Tom Riddle]] (who really, really hates the name, as it's a constant reminder of his Muggle father). (Most of the characters with normal first names have weird last names.)
** Lampshaded, because the wizarding world has slightly more archaic and eccentric naming style.
* The {{Literature/Nightside}}'s own John Taylor. In-universe, he's made it into a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the legendary founder of Time City is named John Smith. Residents usually use the [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Latin translation]] in order to make it [[AltumVidetur sound more impressive.]] [[spoiler: The man himself claims that people ought to be impressed by his name anyway due to the etymology.]]
* The main character of the Eternal Sky trilogy is a warrior, grandson of the ruler of the Qernysk Empire, and the main challenger to his uncle Qori Buqa for rule of said empire. His name is Temur, which is as widespread a name as "John" in his culture. His magical ''horse'' is named Dumpling.

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* ''Literature/JaneWishing'' In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', a civil war between royal sisters was caused by Toni Tobias contrasts "plain Jane"'s everyday reality (illustrated - by Creator/TrinaSchartHyman -- in black the fact that the [[ExoticExtendedMarriage eldest sisters' husband]] was infertile, and white) with her dreams and desires (in color). Jane wishes her name were something like Amanda or Melissa, or "at least Elizabeth".
* Literature/HarryPotter.
the youngest demanded that therefore their own children be heirs to the throne. In fact, Harry is one contemporary operas, the heartwrenching aria of the very few infertile husband, who bemoans his sad fate and begs for a divorce as to not cause any more fighting is sung by the best contralto singers available. The name of that tragic historical figure? ''Michael''. (It sticks out especially as other characters in his series to have a completely ordinary name, the other being [[TomTheDarkLord Tom Riddle]] (who really, really hates the name, as it's a constant reminder of his Muggle father). (Most of the characters with normal first names have weird last much more exotic names.)
** Lampshaded, because the wizarding world has slightly more archaic and eccentric naming style.
* The {{Literature/Nightside}}'s own John Taylor. In-universe, he's made it into a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the legendary founder of Time City is named John Smith. Residents usually use the [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Latin translation]] in order to make it [[AltumVidetur sound more impressive.]] [[spoiler: The man himself claims that people ought to be impressed by his name anyway due to the etymology.]]
* The main character of the Eternal Sky trilogy is a warrior, grandson of the ruler of the Qernysk Empire, and the main challenger to his uncle Qori Buqa for rule of said empire. His
''Literature/TheDalemarkQuartet'': Mitt's full name is Temur, Alhammitt Alhammittson, which is as widespread a the single most common man's name in the earldom of Holand, where he comes from. Mitt is [[spoiler:secretly descended from [[RoyalBlood the last king of Dalemark]], ends up [[RightfulKingReturns becoming king himself]] under the regnal name "Amil the Great", and as "John" in his culture. His magical ''horse'' the cherry on top is named Dumpling.''{{immortal|ity}}''.]]



*** When Harry meets Hades, Lord of the Underworld, the old god invokes this idea with how a name could seem special because it is not in a language known to everyone these days. In this case, Cerberus derives from the word for "Spotted." So, Cerberus, guardian of the underworld, is, in truth, named "Spot."

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*** When Harry meets Hades, Lord of the Underworld, the old god invokes this idea with how a name could seem special because it is not in a language known to everyone these days. In this case, Cerberus derives from the word for "Spotted." So, Cerberus, guardian of the underworld, is, in truth, named "Spot.""Spot".
* [[Literature/EndersGame The Ender sequels]] feature a one-of-a-kind life form, an artificial intelligence with a soul. The ansible network and all computers linked to it function as her nervous system. She thinks at thousands of times the rate of human thought. The name she gave herself: Jane.
* The main character of the ''Eternal Sky'' trilogy is a warrior, grandson of the ruler of the Qernysk Empire, and the main challenger to his uncle Qori Buqa for rule of said empire. His name is Temur, which is as widespread a name as "John" in his culture. His magical ''horse'' is named Dumpling.
* Literature/HarryPotter. In fact, Harry is one of the very few characters in his series to have a completely ordinary name, the other being [[TomTheDarkLord Tom Riddle]] (who really, really hates the name, as it's a constant reminder of his Muggle father). (Most of the characters with normal first names have weird last names.)
** Lampshaded, because the wizarding world has slightly more archaic and eccentric naming style.
* Literature/JamesBond: Creator/IanFleming chose the name of his hero (named after an ornithologist) because it sounded so unexciting, although since then he's given the name an allure of its own. It also contrasts with the often outlandish names of the villains and peripheral characters.
* ''Literature/JaneWishing'' by Toni Tobias contrasts "plain Jane"'s everyday reality (illustrated - by Creator/TrinaSchartHyman -- in black and white) with her dreams and desires (in color). Jane wishes her name were something like Amanda or Melissa, or "at least Elizabeth".
* A trademark of sorts with many of Creator/StephenKing's books. All sorts of unique and fantastical characters and nary a "Jack Stone" or "Jack Steele" or any other "'John' Derivative + Hard Object" name to be found. Even the demonic antagonist of ''Literature/TheStand'' is named the very ordinary-sounding Randall Flagg. That's right; the Antichrist {{Expy}} is named ''Randy''.
* The ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'''s own John Taylor. In-universe, he's made it into a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'': Sookie starts giggling when her vampire love interest introduces himself as Bill.
* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the legendary founder of Time City is named John Smith. Residents usually use the [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Latin translation]] in order to make it [[AltumVidetur sound more impressive.]] [[spoiler: The man himself claims that people ought to be impressed by his name anyway due to the etymology.]]
30th Mar '17 4:49:05 AM Rhodes7
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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'': Has a Japanese admiral named Tanaka, which is effectively the Japanese equivalent of calling him "John Smith" or "Mr. Jones".
21st Mar '17 6:49:54 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Nightside}}'s own John Taylor. In-universe, he's made it into a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].

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* The {{Nightside}}'s {{Literature/Nightside}}'s own John Taylor. In-universe, he's made it into a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
16th Mar '17 9:40:05 PM spiderfreak1011
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* In ''VideoGame/Mother3'', Lucas is a pretty normal name for a kid living in Tazmily, especially when compared to the names of the people who live there like "Flint, Hinawa, Lighter, Fuel, Wess, Duster, etc.". Lucas is one of only Two People in the world who can use PK Love, [[spoiler: and use that power to pull the 7 needles trapping the Dark Dragon under the Nowhere Islands.]]
27th Jan '17 9:48:01 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': The most powerful witch in history, in whose memory the Luna Nova academy was founded, is named.... Jennifer.
3rd Jan '17 1:13:25 AM Chabal2
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* Literature/HarryPotter. In fact, Harry is one of the very few characters in his series to have a completely ordinary name, the other being [[TomTheDarkLord Tom Riddle]]. (Most of the characters with normal first names have weird last names.)

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* Literature/HarryPotter. In fact, Harry is one of the very few characters in his series to have a completely ordinary name, the other being [[TomTheDarkLord Tom Riddle]].Riddle]] (who really, really hates the name, as it's a constant reminder of his Muggle father). (Most of the characters with normal first names have weird last names.)
9th Oct '16 2:09:07 PM StarTropes
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* Henry Jones Jr is the rather ordinary name of the man better known as Film/IndianaJones.
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