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30th Mar '17 4:51:33 PM tropesinreadiness
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* Tom Turner in Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror''. When he's mentioned again in the StealthSequel, [[spoiler:Literature/MasterOfTheWorld]], he's inexplicably ''John'' Turner.
29th Mar '17 11:10:47 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'', the title characters' four children [[NoNameGiven were not given names]] when they were introduced at the end of the movie. The official comics gave them the names "Scamp", "Fluffy", "Ruffy" and "Scooter". Fluffy and Ruffy were both female and named for an old girlfriend of Tramp's. [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Fluffy generally took after her mother's personality and was never interested in Scamp's mischief while Ruffy was much more of a tomboy]]. Scooter, the last one to be named, was male and had a shy, sensitive personality. In the 2001 sequel, ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure'', Scamp retained his name while [[GenderFlip Scooter became female]] and he and his sisters were named "Annette", "Collette", and "Danielle".
24th Mar '17 10:35:29 AM Pichu-kun
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** Harvey himself was originally introduced as "Harvey Kent". They changed his name so there'd be no confusion with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that other fellow.]]

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** ** Harvey himself was originally introduced as "Harvey Kent". They changed his name so there'd be no confusion with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that other fellow.]]



* An interesting case is [[TheSimpsons]], where several minor characters have used different names on-screen than have been used in various off-screen canon.

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* An interesting case is [[TheSimpsons]], ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where several minor characters have used different names on-screen than have been used in various off-screen canon.



** In his first appearance, the real name of Fat Tony was stated to be William Williams, but in subsequent appearances it was changed to Anthony D'Amico.



* In his first appearance, the real name of Fat Tony from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was stated to be William Williams, but in subsequent appearances it was changed to Anthony D'Amico.
24th Mar '17 10:30:46 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Archie's mother was originally named "Mary" however in the 80s or 90s (before ''Literature/HarryPotter'') was renamed "Hermoine".
* The original ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} had her alias written as two words, "Bat-Girl". Her name was Elizabeth 'Betty' Kane but Post-Crisis the spelling was changed to "Bette".

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
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Archie's mother was originally named "Mary" however in the 80s or 90s (before ''Literature/HarryPotter'') was renamed "Hermoine".
** Josie changed surnames during the {{retool}} from ''She's Josie'' to ''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats'' Her surname was "[=McCoy=]" initially but was changed to "Jones".
* The original ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} had her alias written as two words, "Bat-Girl"."Bat-Girl" (instead of "Batgirl"). Her name was Elizabeth 'Betty' Kane but Post-Crisis the spelling was changed to "Bette".



* The original ''ComicBook/BlackCanary'', Dinah Drake-Lance, was later referred to as ''Diana Drake'' by some writers (Chuck Dixon in particular), presumably to differentiate her from her daughter.

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* The original ''ComicBook/BlackCanary'', Dinah Drake-Lance, was later referred to as ''Diana Drake'' by some writers (Chuck Dixon in particular), presumably to differentiate her from her daughter.daughter Dinah Lance.



* Josie from ''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats'' changed surnames during the {{retool}} from ''She's Josie'' to ''Josie and the Pussycats''. Her surname was "[=McCoy=]" initially but was changed to "Jones" later.



* Harvey Dent's wife is generally known as Gilda, but was renamed "Grace" in a 1989 ''Secret Origins'' story and the name carried over to her animated counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. All later comic appearances switched her name back to Gilda.
** [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey]] himself was originally introduced as "Harvey Kent". They changed his name so there'd be no confusion with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that other fellow.]]

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* ComicBook/TwoFace:
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Harvey Dent's wife is generally known as Gilda, but was renamed "Grace" in a 1989 ''Secret Origins'' story and the name carried over to her animated counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. All later comic appearances switched her name back to Gilda.
** [[ComicBook/TwoFace Harvey]] ** Harvey himself was originally introduced as "Harvey Kent". They changed his name so there'd be no confusion with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} that other fellow.]]



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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' combines this with a GenderFlip. Simba's and Nala's cub at the end of the movie is unnamed, though staff members called him "Fluffy". A series of books made him into "Kopa". The direct-to-video sequel ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' made the cub into a female named "Kiara", though [[WhatCouldHaveBeen early in development]] she had a twin brother which could have explained the cub from the original. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' reuses Kiara but she also has a younger brother named "Kion", who is an {{expy}} of Kopa.

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' combines this with a GenderFlip. Simba's and Nala's cub at the end of the movie is unnamed, though staff members called him "Fluffy". A series of books released shortly after the film was released made him into "Kopa". The direct-to-video sequel ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' made the cub into a female named "Kiara", though [[WhatCouldHaveBeen early in development]] she had a twin brother which could have explained the cub from the original. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' reuses Kiara but she also has a younger brother named "Kion", who is an {{expy}} of Kopa.



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** 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 ''[[Film/TransformersDarkoftheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'' are both referred in-film as "Que" and "Dino", respectively.
24th Mar '17 9:36:16 AM Pichu-kun
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* For most of ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' a characters name was thought to be "Rika" by fans. It wasn't until near the end translations changed it to its correct "Reiko".

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* For most of ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' a characters name was thought to be "Rika" by fans. It wasn't until near the end that fan translations changed it to its correct "Reiko".


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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Archie's mother was originally named "Mary" however in the 80s or 90s (before ''Literature/HarryPotter'') was renamed "Hermoine".
18th Mar '17 7:30:11 PM nombretomado
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* Several ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' species changed names early on:

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* Several ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' species changed names early on:
7th Mar '17 5:34:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the MarxBrothers' radio show ''Beagle, Shyster and Beagle'' Waldorf T. Beagle's name was changed to Waldorf T. Flywheel (and the show renamed ''Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel'') because a real lawyer named Beagle threatened to sue. InUniverse it was explained that Flywheel had gotten divorced and went back to his original name.

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* In the MarxBrothers' Creator/MarxBrothers' radio show ''Beagle, Shyster and Beagle'' Waldorf T. Beagle's name was changed to Waldorf T. Flywheel (and the show renamed ''Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel'') because a real lawyer named Beagle threatened to sue. InUniverse it was explained that Flywheel had gotten divorced and went back to his original name.
5th Mar '17 10:53:48 AM nombretomado
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** The Blaze-to-Spade change could've been because of MarvelComics having a well-known Comicbook/GhostRider by the name Johnny Blaze.

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** The Blaze-to-Spade change could've been because of MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics having a well-known Comicbook/GhostRider by the name Johnny Blaze.
2nd Mar '17 12:38:44 PM louisXVI
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* An interesting case is [[TheSimpsons]], where several minor characters have used different names on-screen than have been used in various off-screen canon.
**Homer's mother's name was supposed to be "Penelope Olsen" according to the ''Simpsons Family Albulm," but in her first on-screen appearance (where her real name was never explicitly stated) is was mentioned that Penelope Olsen was one of her many pseudonyms. In subsequent episodes she was always "Mona Simpson."
** Snake was apparently called "Jailbird" in scripts before characters started calling him by the name "Snake" in episodes. This has been lampshaded many times in subsequent episodes, including his home mailbox reading "Snake, aka Jailbird" or a flashback of his previous life as a successful archeologist where he refers to himself as "Professor Jailbird."
25th Feb '17 6:07:43 AM Vir
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** The character "Coco Pommel" had her name changed to "Miss Pommel" in 2015 starting with the merchandise. The first toy released for her was under the name Coco Pommel, but due to legal reasons and the Coco Chanel company, the toys from the 2016 Explore Equestria lineup had her name changed to Miss Pommel. She was also called Miss Pommel for the 2016 My Little Pony McDonalds Happy Meal promotion. Starting in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E10TheSaddleRowReview the episode "The Saddle Row Review"]] she is called Miss Pommel in the show.

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** The character "Coco Pommel" had her name changed to "Miss Pommel" in 2015 starting with the merchandise. The first toy released for her was under the name Coco Pommel, but due to legal reasons and the Coco Chanel company, the toys from the 2016 Explore Equestria lineup had her name changed to Miss Pommel. She was also called Miss Pommel for the 2016 My ''My Little Pony McDonalds Pony'' [=McDonalds=] Happy Meal promotion. Starting in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E10TheSaddleRowReview the episode "The Saddle Row Review"]] she is called Miss Pommel in the show.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''. In several early episodes (e.g. "The Deadly Dish") Lex Luthor's henchman was named Blinky. In the first Season 3 episode "Luthor's Lethal Laser" the henchman's name was changed to Kinky, with no explanation.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''. In several early episodes (e.g. "The Deadly Dish") Lex Luthor's henchman was named Blinky. In the first Season season 3 episode "Luthor's Lethal Laser" the henchman's name was changed to Kinky, with no explanation.



* From Polly to Frankie in ''WesternAnimation/PollyAndTheZhuZhuPets''.
* In his first appearance, the real name of Fat Tony from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was stated to be [[RedundantName William Williams]], but in subsequent appearances it was changed to Anthony D'Amico.

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* From When ''Polly and the Zhu Zhu Pets'' was renamed to ''WesternAnimation/TheZhuZhus'', the main character's name was changed from Polly to Frankie in ''WesternAnimation/PollyAndTheZhuZhuPets''.
Frankie.
* In his first appearance, the real name of Fat Tony from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was stated to be [[RedundantName William Williams]], Williams, but in subsequent appearances it was changed to Anthony D'Amico.
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