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28th Jul '16 4:42:51 PM FastFuriousFan
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** Also, for some reason, Dexter's cat Mr. Chubbskins is renamed Mr. Chubbikins after [[OriginStory "The Chip."]]
11th Jul '16 4:19:26 PM thatother1dude
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* Happens several times in Literature/TheBible [[MeaningfulRename after a significant event]]. After forming a covenant with God, Abram and Sarai become Abraham and Sarah. Jacob is renamed "Israel" after wrestling with an angel (but, unlike the case of his grandparents, the text continues referring to him as "Jacob" nevertheless).
** In the New Testament, the Book of Acts mentions "Saul, who was also called Paul" right in the middle of a not-especially-remarkable episode in Saul's missionary journeys. The narrative then completely abandons the name Saul, and the apostle is exclusively called Paul for the rest of the book.

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* Happens several times in Literature/TheBible [[MeaningfulRename after a significant event]]. After forming a covenant with God, Abram and Sarai become Abraham and Sarah. Jacob is renamed "Israel" after wrestling with an angel (but, unlike the case of his grandparents, the text continues referring to him as "Jacob" nevertheless).
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In the New Testament, Testament of ''Literature/TheBible'', the Book of Acts mentions "Saul, who was also called Paul" right in the middle of a not-especially-remarkable episode in Saul's missionary journeys. The narrative then completely abandons the name Saul, and the apostle is exclusively called Paul for the rest of the book.
5th Jul '16 10:04:22 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the earliest ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts Tom was a NearlyNormalAnimal cat named "Jasper" while Jerry was unnamed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'':
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In the earliest ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts Tom was a NearlyNormalAnimal cat named "Jasper" while Jerry was unnamed.unnamed.
** The little grey mouse that accompanies Jerry has been called both "Nibbles" and "Tuffy" over the years.
5th Jul '16 12:44:38 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s Band of the Hawk has recently suffered from this. Recent chapters have inexplicably renamed the group to the Band of the Falcon.
30th Jun '16 9:07:32 PM Pichu-kun
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* Chapter 3 of ''Literature/PinkiePieAndTheRockinPonypaloozaParty'' mentions Sweetie Drops, while one of the bonus activity pages lists Bon Bon. These are two formerly [[AdaptationNameChange separate]] official names of one pony, though she doesn't appear in the book herself.

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* Chapter 3 of ''Literature/PinkiePieAndTheRockinPonypaloozaParty'' mentions Sweetie Drops, while one of the bonus activity pages lists Bon Bon. These are two formerly [[AdaptationNameChange separate]] official names of one pony, though she doesn't appear in the book herself. The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic cartoon]] later established that [[spoiler:"Sweetie Drops" is her real name but her code name is "Bon Bon". Everypony knows her by the latter name]].



* One of Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s sisters had her name changed from Kelly to Chelsea in 2010.

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* One of Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s sisters had her name changed from Kelly "Kelly" to Chelsea "Chelsea" in 2010.



* Appa's species in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was originally referred to as being "Flying Bisons" instead of "Sky Bison".
30th Jun '16 9:04:19 PM Pichu-kun
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* Appa's species in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender" was originally referred to as being "Flying Bisons" instead of "Sky Bison".

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* Appa's species in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender" ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was originally referred to as being "Flying Bisons" instead of "Sky Bison".
30th Jun '16 9:00:51 PM Pichu-kun
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** The protagonist Jimmy (based off the player character in Pokemon Gold/Silver) had also previously been referred to as "Yoshi", while Marina (based off the female player character in Crystal) was referred to as "Dani". Meanwhile, these days in the English game continuity, the character that Jimmy was based off of is known as "Ethan" while Marina's is "Kris".

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** The protagonist Jimmy (based off the player character in Pokemon Gold/Silver) ''Pokemon Gold/Silver'') had also previously been referred to as "Yoshi", while Marina (based off the female player character in Crystal) ''Crystal'') was referred to as "Dani". Meanwhile, these days in the English game continuity, the character that Jimmy was based off of is known as "Ethan" while Marina's is "Kris".



** Similarly, Wheeljack and Mirage from [[TransformersDarkoftheMoon ''Dark of the Moon'']] are both referred in-film as "Que" and "Dino", respectively.

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** Similarly, Wheeljack and Mirage from [[TransformersDarkoftheMoon ''Dark ''[[TransformersDarkoftheMoon Dark of the Moon'']] Moon]]'' are both referred in-film as "Que" and "Dino", respectively.



* Brother Bear from ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' used to be known as "Small Bear" before his younger sister, Sister was born.

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* Brother Bear from ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' used to be known as "Small Bear" before his younger sister, Sister Sister, was born.



* The third book of the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' has cave people who go unnamed. In the fourth one, written [[SequelGap twenty-two years later]], the cave people are called "trogs" as if that's been their name all along. This is the least of a host of SeriesContinuityErrors.

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* The third book of the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' has cave people who go unnamed. In the fourth one, written [[SequelGap twenty-two years later]], the cave people are called "trogs" as if that's been their name all along. This is the least of a host of SeriesContinuityErrors.{{Series Continuity Error}}s.
26th Jun '16 3:06:03 PM Pichu-kun
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* Several ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' species changed names early on:
** Acara was originally called "Tigren'".
** Bruce started out as just an image of the celebrity Bruce Forsyth named "Bruce Forsyth". The name was shortened to "Bruce" due to legal issues and eventually they were redesigned into penguins.
** Buzz started out as a winged eye named "Fleye".
** Gelert was originally known as "Polypup".
** Jubjub was originally "Jibjib".
** Kacheek was originally "Badeek".
** Kau started out being named "Macy Gray". Similar to Bruce, they were humanoid and based off a real celebrity.
** Kyrii started out as the fuzzy and ball-like "Fuzio".
** Mynci started out as a human named "Mellish", based on a friend of the creators.
** Quiggle was originally named "Frogstomp".
25th Jun '16 1:07:08 PM Pichu-kun
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* When ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' starting to be released worldwide, the NTSC site of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword/"Fire Emblem"]]'' refer to [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Celice]] (the accepted name at the time) as Serlis. While it is likely to avoid confusion with [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Celica]], he was called that in the Nintendo Power article (in the same article, they called Sigurd "Zigludo.") In VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening, he's now called Seliph.

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* When ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' starting to be released worldwide, the NTSC site of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword/"Fire Emblem"]]'' refer to [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Celice]] (the accepted name at the time) as Serlis. While it is likely to avoid confusion with [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Celica]], he was called that in the Nintendo Power article (in the same article, they called Sigurd "Zigludo.") In VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', he's now called Seliph.



* Doctor Eggman, the BigBad of the ''Franchise/SonictheHedgehog'' series games is always referred as "Doctor Robotnik" in the US version of earlier games. However, later games changed this so he is now always referred as "Eggman." Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' when Classic Tails refers to Classic Eggman as Robotnik and he comments how no one calls him that anymore.

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* Doctor Eggman, the BigBad of the ''Franchise/SonictheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series games is always referred as "Doctor Robotnik" in the US version of earlier games. However, later games changed this so he is now always referred as "Eggman." Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' when Classic Tails refers to Classic Eggman as Robotnik and he comments how no one calls him that anymore. The official consensus is that "Robotnik" is his name and "Eggman" is a nickname.



** Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s own mascot character, Mario, was originally called the "Jumpman" in the instructions for the arcade version of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', although this was never meant to be a finalized name. The game's designer, Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, was considering naming him "Mr. Video" for awhile until Nintendo of America suggested to call him "Mario" after Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segale and the name was officially used in ''DonkeyKongJunior''.

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** Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s own mascot character, Mario, was originally called the "Jumpman" in the instructions for the arcade version of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', although this was never meant to be a finalized name. The game's designer, Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, was considering naming him "Mr. Video" for awhile until Nintendo of America suggested to call him "Mario" after Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segale and the name was officially used in ''DonkeyKongJunior''.''Donkey Kong Junior''.
25th Jun '16 12:57:20 PM Pichu-kun
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** A minor villain from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' whose first name appears to be Fred alternates between the surnames "Fisbowski" and "Pacer."

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** A minor villain from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' ''Cars 2'' whose first name appears to be Fred alternates between the surnames "Fisbowski" and "Pacer."


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* In some comics printed on ''Disney Adventures'' around ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'''s release, the red-haired girl with glasses who mocks Lilo was called Jenny. She was later named Mertle in [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch the TV series]].
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