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24th Jun '17 9:09:07 AM Pichu-kun
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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 [[[[Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures 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 (non-littermate) 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 [[[[Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures [[Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures 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 (non-littermate) brother named "Kion", who is an {{expy}} of Kopa.
24th Jun '17 9:08:06 AM Pichu-kun
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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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* ''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 [[[[Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures series of books 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 (non-littermate) brother named "Kion", who is an {{expy}} of Kopa.
20th Jun '17 11:04:49 AM JoeMerl
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* In the Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse and related cartoons, the rarely-seen mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie was originally named "Dumbella." Since then she's mostly called "Della," though Carl Banks called her "Thelma." (Her relationship to [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Donald]] has also switched from cousin to twin sister.)
9th Jun '17 2:13:54 PM Abelhawk
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* Between ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' and its expansion pack "The Frozen Throne" a year later, Furion Stormrage had his name expanded to Malfurion with no explanation. Other units gained different names as well; Owlbears were renamed Wildkin, while Ballistae, Catapults, Steam Tanks and Gyrocopters became Glaive Throwers, Demolishers, Siege Engines and Flying Machines respectively, with completely new models and attacks. Why exactly is never mentioned though there is a chance that the Steam Tank and Gyrocopter were changed to distance them from the machines of the same name from ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy''.

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* Between ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' and its expansion pack "The Frozen Throne" a year later, Furion Stormrage had his name expanded to Malfurion with no explanation. Other units gained different names as well; Owlbears were renamed Wildkin, while Ballistae, Catapults, Steam Tanks and Gyrocopters became Glaive Throwers, Demolishers, Siege Engines and Flying Machines respectively, with completely new models and attacks. Why exactly is never mentioned though there is a chance that the The Steam Tank Tank, Ballista and Gyrocopter were changed to distance them from the machines of the same name from ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy''.''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'', and units like Owlbears and the Boots of Elvenkind (changed to Boots of Quel'thalas) were copyrighted by Wizards of the Coast, and thus had to be changed to avoid litigation.
30th May '17 5:20:06 AM Rorosilky5
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* 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. The official consensus is that "Robotnik" is his name and "Eggman" is a nickname.

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* Doctor Eggman, the BigBad of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series of 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 to as "Eggman." Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' when [[spoiler:when Classic Tails refers to Classic Eggman as Robotnik and he comments how no one calls him that anymore. anymore.]] The official consensus is that "Robotnik" is his real name and "Eggman" is a nickname.
25th May '17 1:28:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SwallowsAndAmazons'', the little sister of the Walkers is known as "Vicky" the entire first book. The sequels promptly change her name to "Bridget". The explanation given in-story is that baby Bridget looked like "Queen Victoria in old age" and was jokingly nicknamed "Vicky", but the resemblance and the nickname ceased when she grew older. (In real life, author Arthur Ransome was basing several of the characters on real children, and Bridget was the name of their younger sister--when she got old enough to comment on the first book, she disliked the fact that her name had been changed, and Ransome fixed things up for her.)

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* In ''SwallowsAndAmazons'', ''Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons'', the little sister of the Walkers is known as "Vicky" the entire first book. The sequels promptly change her name to "Bridget". The explanation given in-story is that baby Bridget looked like "Queen Victoria in old age" and was jokingly nicknamed "Vicky", but the resemblance and the nickname ceased when she grew older. (In real life, author Arthur Ransome was basing several of the characters on real children, and Bridget was the name of their younger sister--when she got old enough to comment on the first book, she disliked the fact that her name had been changed, and Ransome fixed things up for her.)
12th May '17 6:08:44 AM VoxAquila
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** [[Website/FiveMinuteDotNet Kirk]]: What mistake? It was a sentence: "James are Kirk." Which I are.
8th May '17 4:05:37 PM smalltime
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** He was explicitly called The Devil in the pilot "No Smoking".
17th Apr '17 5:06:19 AM CaptainTedium
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* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' has a different name in every episode, almost all of which refer to the fact that he doesn't wear pants (Lance Sackless, Ben Pantsed, C.D. Hiney, etc.).



* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' changed Ballistic's name to Eagle Eye because of a law forbidding children's shows from using characters with firearm-themed names.



* The Red Guy from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' has a different name in every episode, almost all of which refer to the fact that he doesn't wear pants (Lance Sackless, Ben Pantsed, C.D. Hiney, etc.).
9th Apr '17 5:07:18 PM louisXVI
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** 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."

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** Homer's mother's name was supposed to be "Penelope Olsen" according to the ''Simpsons Family Albulm," Album," but in her first on-screen appearance (where her real name was never explicitly stated) is it was mentioned that Penelope Olsen was one of her many pseudonyms. In subsequent episodes she was always "Mona Simpson."
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