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27th Nov '16 1:06:43 PM igordebraga
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* Creator/MichaelKeaton (''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''Film/{{Batman}}'', etc.) was born Michael Douglas. "Keaton" is his mother's maiden name and tribute to Diane Keaton and Creator/BusterKeaton. He needed a stage name because ''the'' Creator/MichaelDouglas (''Series/TheStreetsOfSanFrancisco'', ''Film/FatalAttraction'', ''Film/WallStreet'', etc.) had established a prior claim.

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* Creator/MichaelKeaton (''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''Film/{{Batman}}'', etc.) was born Michael John Douglas. "Keaton" is his mother's maiden name and tribute to Diane Keaton and Creator/BusterKeaton. He needed a stage name because ''the'' Creator/MichaelDouglas (''Series/TheStreetsOfSanFrancisco'', ''Film/FatalAttraction'', ''Film/WallStreet'', etc.) had established a prior claim.



* Music/GunsNRoses: William Rose Bailey = W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson = Slash, Michael Andrew "Duff" [=McKagan=], Jeffrey Dean Isbell = Izzy Stradlin', Darren Arthur "Dizzy" Reed. (in AerithAndBob style, the drummers and Stradlin's replacement Gilby Clarke went at most with a contraction on their name) The only ones of the current band are Axl, Dizzy, Ronald Jay Blumenthal = Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (though he's also simply referred to as "Bumblefoot") and Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba.
** The funny thing is that one of the bands William Bailey was in before GNR was called A.X.L. That band broke up and William Bailey used the name for himself.

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* Music/GunsNRoses: William Rose Bailey = W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson = Slash, Michael Andrew "Duff" [=McKagan=], Jeffrey Dean Isbell = Izzy Stradlin', Darren Arthur "Dizzy" Reed. (in AerithAndBob style, the drummers and Stradlin's replacement Gilby Clarke went at most with a contraction on their name) The In the years before Slash and Duff returned, only ones of a fewalso fit the current band are Axl, Dizzy, trope, such as Ronald Jay Blumenthal = Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (though he's also simply referred to as "Bumblefoot") and Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba.
** The funny thing is that one of the bands William Bailey (born William Bruce Rose, Jr., before his mom remarried) was in before GNR was called A.X.L. That band broke up and William Bailey used the name for himself.


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* Apollo Smile (who was a dancer/musician and then got roles in voice acting and as a "live action [[MagicalGirl Anime Girl]]) was born Paula Anne Scharf, before legally changing to her stage name in 1991. Someone misheard her saying "Hi, I'm Paula" and went on a diatribe about the Myth/ClassicalMythology name, she took "Apollo". Then a producer felt she needed a surname to complete the AwesomeMcCoolName, and so her oft-complimented smile it was.
20th Nov '16 10:45:36 PM luisedgarf
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** Maria Hiromi Hayakawa Salas ([[Franchise/MonsterHigh Draculaura]]) only goes as ''Hiromi Hayakawa'', causing many fans to think she is a native Japanese voice actress (She's a Japanese-Mexican born in Japan, but raised in Mexico)

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** Maria Hiromi Hayakawa Salas ([[Franchise/MonsterHigh Draculaura]]) only goes as ''Hiromi Hayakawa'', causing many fans to think she is a native Japanese voice actress (She's a Japanese-Mexican born in Japan, but raised in Mexico)Mexico). Recently she goes with the name of ''Hiromi'' exclusively, especially when working outside of the voice acting industry.
14th Nov '16 3:08:50 PM sydhighwind
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** The Tooru Niimura thing is a bit of a joke that international fans took seriously. Tooru Niimura is the name of a famous Japanese pornography director, and Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several of his written works as a joke.

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** The Tooru Niimura Niimura/Nishimura thing is a bit of a joke that international fans [[LostInTranslation took seriously.seriously]]. Tooru Niimura is the name of a famous Japanese pornography director, and Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several of his written works as a joke. Nishimura is a mistranslation of Niimura. No one knows for certain what Kyo's birth name is, especially since he is a SelfProclaimedLiar.
14th Nov '16 3:06:32 PM sydhighwind
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* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Creator/{{Kyo}}, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."

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* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Creator/{{Kyo}}, Music/{{Kyo}}, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."
14th Nov '16 3:05:45 PM sydhighwind
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* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Kyo, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."

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* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Kyo, Creator/{{Kyo}}, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."
14th Nov '16 3:04:38 PM sydhighwind
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* Armenian pop star Music/{{Sirusho}}'s real name is Siranush Harutyunyan.



* Laurence Tureaudís birth name didnít really suit a tough guy, so he became Mr. T.

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* Laurence Tureaudís Tureaud’s birth name didnít really suit a tough guy, so he became Mr. T.


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* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Kyo, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."
** The Tooru Niimura thing is a bit of a joke that international fans took seriously. Tooru Niimura is the name of a famous Japanese pornography director, and Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several of his written works as a joke.
12th Nov '16 5:13:38 PM nombretomado
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* JohnWayne's birth name was Marion Michael Morrison, although as it turns out he was called "Duke" (which was the name of a dog) long before he became "John Wayne".

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* JohnWayne's Creator/JohnWayne's birth name was Marion Michael Morrison, although as it turns out he was called "Duke" (which was the name of a dog) long before he became "John Wayne".
11th Nov '16 12:48:40 PM TropesForever
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** James Percy Patrick Kent-Smith took the stage name "Sylveste [=McCoy=]" while touring with Ken Campbell, and later added an R to the first name. According to one account, it was originally a joke ''about'' stage names -- "Sylveste [=McCoy=] is only my stage name, of course, my real name is... Sylvest''er'' [=McCoy=]" -- that he decided to run with after a theatre critic failed to get it and thought Sylvester [=McCoy=] actually was his real name.
** Jon Pertwee's real name is Jean Roland Devon de Perthuis. (French and Austrian descent.) People in his family use Pertwee as a phonetic spelling. He also went by the anglicised John, before a playbill misspelt his name.
** It also extends to companions too. LallaWard's real first name is Sarah.
** Creator/BilliePiper's real name is Leian Piper, but chose the stage name "Billie" for her music career. When she thankfully switched to acting (her acting is vastly superior to her singing) she then changed it again to Billie Piper.

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** James Percy Patrick Kent-Smith took the stage name "Sylveste [=McCoy=]" "[[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy Sylveste McCoy]]" while touring with Ken Campbell, and later added an R to the first name. According to one account, it was originally a joke ''about'' stage names -- "Sylveste [=McCoy=] is only my stage name, of course, my real name is... Sylvest''er'' [=McCoy=]" -- that he decided to run with after a theatre critic failed to get it and thought Sylvester [=McCoy=] actually was his real name.
** Jon Pertwee's real name is Jean Roland Devon de Perthuis. (French Perthuis (he's of French and Austrian descent.) descent). People in his family use Pertwee as a phonetic spelling. He also went by the anglicised John, before a playbill misspelt his name.
** It also extends to companions too. LallaWard's Creator/LallaWard's real first name is Sarah.
** Creator/BilliePiper's real name is Leian Piper, but chose the stage name "Billie" for her music career. When she thankfully switched to acting (her acting is vastly superior to her singing) she then changed it again to Billie Piper.
4th Nov '16 1:04:10 AM DrOO7
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* In the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Blue Bamboo",, the detectives are investigating the murder of a nightclub owner and sifting through the singers he was planning to meet with that day. They have to go back over the entire list when they realize that nearly all of the names given are examples of this trope.
4th Sep '16 1:12:39 PM nombretomado
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* One of the child actresses who played ''Main/AnneOfGreenGables'' in the 1930s, Dawn Evelyeen Paris, adopted her character's name (Anne Shirley) as her stage moniker; previously she was billed as "Dawn O'Day."

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* One of the child actresses who played ''Main/AnneOfGreenGables'' ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' in the 1930s, Dawn Evelyeen Paris, adopted her character's name (Anne Shirley) as her stage moniker; previously she was billed as "Dawn O'Day."
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