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18th Jun '16 6:52:50 PM merotoker
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In 1993, Warner Bros. Records legally prevented the musician Music/{{Prince}} Rogers Nelson from recording under his legal first name "[[OneNameOnly Prince]]". As part of a TakeThat, he changed his name to an unpronounceable, and then-untypeable [[LuckyCharmsTitle "love symbol"]], which resembles a mix of the symbols for male and female. [[labelnote:O(+>]] is an ASCII art approximation of this symbol, and Warner Bros. was forced to supply the print media with a new font containing the symbol.[[/labelnote]] In response, the phrase "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" was [[MemeticMutation coined by]] a public that had no idea what else to call him, and quickly became a very popular target for parody. Seven years later, his contract with that recording company expired and he went back to being known as simply Prince, making him [[ShapedLikeItself the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince]], if you're being technical.

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In 1993, Warner Bros. Records legally prevented the musician Music/{{Prince}} Rogers Nelson from recording under his legal first name "[[OneNameOnly "[[OnlyOneName Prince]]". As part of a TakeThat, he changed his name to an unpronounceable, and then-untypeable [[LuckyCharmsTitle "love symbol"]], which resembles a mix of the symbols for male and female. [[labelnote:O(+>]] is an ASCII art approximation of this symbol, and Warner Bros. was forced to supply the print media with a new font containing the symbol.[[/labelnote]] In response, the phrase "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" was [[MemeticMutation coined by]] a public that had no idea what else to call him, and quickly became a very popular target for parody. Seven years later, his contract with that recording company expired and he went back to being known as simply Prince, making him [[ShapedLikeItself the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince]], if you're being technical.



* The Superbuddies - Formerly Known As [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League America]].

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* The Superbuddies - Formerly Known As [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League America]].



* ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' had a ''Cinderella'' parody with TAFKAP as the Prince Charming. His name was announced as holding a cardboard sign with the symbol up and the sound effect of the first electronic riff plus 'uhn' in Prince's "Kiss". They started off calling him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince And Now Represented By This Symbol" (holds sign up with riff playing) but skipped straight to holding up the sign with the riff.

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* ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' had a ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}''
** A
''Cinderella'' parody with TAFKAP as the Prince Charming. His name was announced as holding a cardboard sign with the symbol up and the sound effect of the first electronic riff plus 'uhn' in Prince's "Kiss". They started off calling him "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince And Now Represented By This Symbol" (holds sign up with riff playing) but skipped straight to holding up the sign with the riff.



* ''Series/MADTv'' parodied this along with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' in a sketch called, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately enough]], "The Artist Formerly Known as The Prince of Egypt".

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* ''Series/MADTv'' ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' parodied this along with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' in a sketch called, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately enough]], "The Artist Formerly Known as The Prince of Egypt".



* Wrestling/{{WCW}}, near the end, had The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukaea, which was former island boy Prince Iaukea now doing a parody Music/{{Prince}} gimmick.
** An angle that was dropped once the ''real'' Prince dropped the unpronounceable symbol shortly after the gimmick started. This led to a mock press conference to announce that "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukaea" was changing his name to "The Artist." For the record, no one really cared about Iaukea, real name Mike Haynor and no relation to Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea, during either gimmick.

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* Wrestling/{{WCW}}, near the end, had The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukaea, which was former island boy Prince Iaukea now doing a parody Music/{{Prince}} gimmick.
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gimmick. An angle that was dropped once the ''real'' Prince dropped the unpronounceable symbol shortly after the gimmick started. This led to a mock press conference to announce that "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukaea" was changing his name to "The Artist." For the record, no one really cared about Iaukea, real name Mike Haynor and no relation to Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea, during either gimmick.



* In ''MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music'', a song about people refused entrance to the US refers to Yusuf Islam as "the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens".

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* In ''MitchBenn's ''Music/MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music'', a song about people refused entrance to the US refers to Yusuf Islam as "the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens".



* Used twice by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; one of the puppies in the ''101 Dalmatians'' parody is called "The Puppy Formerly Known as Prince", while "Lisa's Wedding" shows a list of arrested celebrities that includes "The Artist formerly known as [[http://z.about.com/d/altreligion/1/0/h/S/2/stafkap.jpg *unpronounceable symbol*]]" and "The Artist formerly known as Creator/BuddyHackett." One of the flashback episodes (possibly "Lisa's First Word") is set during a time when "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was currently known as Prince."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck tries to become a celebrity and changes his name to the "Duck Formerly Known as Donald."
** And Mickey ended the episode by calling himself "The Mouse Currently Known As Mickey".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfterFairyTalesForEveryChild'', Mother Goose's decision to fly the coop leaves all the nursery rhyme characters in a muddle, and Humpty Dumpty starts referring to himself as "the egg formerly known as Dumpty."

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* Used twice by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; one of the puppies in the ''101 Dalmatians'' parody is called "The Puppy Formerly Known as Prince", while "Lisa's Wedding" shows a list of arrested celebrities that includes "The Artist formerly known as [[http://z.about.com/d/altreligion/1/0/h/S/2/stafkap.jpg *unpronounceable symbol*]]" and "The Artist formerly known as Creator/BuddyHackett." One of the flashback episodes (possibly "Lisa's First Word") ("Lisa's Sax") is set during a time when "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was currently known as Prince."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck tries to become a celebrity and changes his name to the "Duck Formerly Known as Donald."
** And
" Mickey ended the episode by calling himself "The Mouse Currently Known As Mickey".
* ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfterFairyTalesForEveryChild''
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfterFairyTalesForEveryChild'', episode, Mother Goose's decision to fly the coop leaves all the nursery rhyme characters in a muddle, and Humpty Dumpty starts referring to himself as "the egg formerly known as Dumpty."



* "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" from ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]''.

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* "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" from ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]''.''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries''.



* The artist formerly known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Music/{{Prince}}" is obviously the TropeNamer.

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* The artist formerly known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Music/{{Prince}}" is obviously the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



* Since Creator/{{Microsoft}} was blocked from using the name "Metro" for its Windows 8 UI system, some now call it [[http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/08/11/0051250/you-cant-bypass-the-ui-formerly-known-as-metro-on-windows-8 the UI Formerly Known As Metro]].

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* Since Creator/{{Microsoft}} UsefulNotes/{{Microsoft|Windows}} was blocked from using the name "Metro" for its Windows 8 UI system, some now call it [[http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/08/11/0051250/you-cant-bypass-the-ui-formerly-known-as-metro-on-windows-8 the UI Formerly Known As Metro]].
28th Apr '16 10:15:43 PM TheLastLevel999
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** Speaking of ''Whose Line'', Colin Mochrie used this gag as the "top story" on Weird Newscasters, where Prince changed his name ''again'' after changing long-distance providers.
--> '''Colin:''' Therefore Prince, [[ShapedLikeItself the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince]], will now be the artist who formerly phoned with Sprint.

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** Speaking of ''Whose Line'', Colin Mochrie used this gag as the "top story" on Weird Newscasters, where Prince changed his name ''again'' after changing long-distance providers.
Newscasters.
--> '''Colin:''' Therefore Rock star Prince has changed his name once again. After changing long-distance carriers, Prince, [[ShapedLikeItself the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince]], will now be the artist who formerly phoned with Sprint.
26th Apr '16 6:47:22 PM bassmedic87
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** After Prince's death in 2016, some twisted individuals on the web began referring to him as "[[TooSoon The Artist Formerly Known As Alive]]."
12th Feb '16 6:09:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''AnInconvenientTruth'', a slowly-melting glacier park is referred to as 'The Park Formerly Known as Glacier.'

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* In ''AnInconvenientTruth'', ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth'', a slowly-melting glacier park is referred to as 'The Park Formerly Known as Glacier.'
7th Jan '16 3:14:15 AM erforce
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* In a promotional spot for ''GoodBurger'', Keenan and Kel talked about how they're becoming big stars and that they'd like to known as "The artists formerly known as Keenan And Kel". Kel then shows their symbol: a white card with a black circle on it. Keenan takes a look and says "It's upside down." They then try to correct it.

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* In a promotional spot for ''GoodBurger'', ''Film/GoodBurger'', Keenan and Kel talked about how they're becoming big stars and that they'd like to known as "The artists formerly known as Keenan And Kel". Kel then shows their symbol: a white card with a black circle on it. Keenan takes a look and says "It's upside down." They then try to correct it.
14th Dec '15 5:36:53 AM LondonKdS
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* Creator/AlanMoore is credited as "The Original Writer" on the 2010s Marvel reprint collections of his ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'' run, due to his generally strained relationship with Marvel, and retrospective belief that he shouldn't morally have used the character because the original creator Mick Anglo had been cheated out of his rights.
13th Nov '15 12:54:17 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"As you know, the entertainer once known as Music/{{Prince}} has decided to be known only by this symbol, which combines the symbol of man and woman. [[DudeLooksLikeALady I guess he's just as confused as we are.]]"''

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->''"As you know, the entertainer once known as Music/{{Prince}} has decided to be known only by this symbol, which combines the symbol of man and woman. [[DudeLooksLikeALady I guess he's just as confused as we are.]]"''"''
13th Nov '15 12:52:26 AM bwburke94
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* Music/{{Prince}} is obviously the TropeNamer.

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* Music/{{Prince}} The artist formerly known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Music/{{Prince}}" is obviously the TropeNamer.
18th Sep '15 9:25:10 AM Prfnoff
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-->'''Homestar Runner:''' Hey, the girlfriend formerly known as Marzipan. I think you missed a little bit when you were shaving. Right there, about the sideburns area.
-->'''Marzipan:''' More like [[NoAccountingForTaste the former girlfriend]] known as Marzipan.
-->'''Homestar Runner:''' Sounds like a plan!

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-->'''Homestar Runner:''' Hey, the girlfriend formerly known as Marzipan. I think you missed a little bit when you were shaving. Right there, about the sideburns area.
-->'''Marzipan:'''
area.\\
'''Marzipan:'''
More like [[NoAccountingForTaste the former girlfriend]] known as Marzipan.
-->'''Homestar
Marzipan.\\
'''Homestar
Runner:''' Sounds like a plan!



* An episode of ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' has the titular critic wonder why King Koopa from ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' isn't simply called "Bowser," or at least "The Artist Formerly Known as Bowser", cutting to a Koopa-fied Prince symbol.

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* An episode of ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' has the titular critic wonder why King Koopa from ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' isn't simply called "Bowser," or at least "The Artist Formerly Known as Bowser", cutting to a Koopa-fied Prince symbol.



* Used twice by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; one of the puppies in the ''101 Dalmatians'' parody is called "The Puppy Formerly Known as Prince", while "Lisa's Wedding" shows a list of arrested celebrities that includes "The Artist formerly known as [[http://z.about.com/d/altreligion/1/0/h/S/2/stafkap.jpg *unpronounceable symbol*]]" and "The Artist formerly known as Buddy Hackett."
** There's also one of the flashback episodes (possibly "Lisa's First Word"), set during a time when "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was currently known as Prince."

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* Used twice by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; one of the puppies in the ''101 Dalmatians'' parody is called "The Puppy Formerly Known as Prince", while "Lisa's Wedding" shows a list of arrested celebrities that includes "The Artist formerly known as [[http://z.about.com/d/altreligion/1/0/h/S/2/stafkap.jpg *unpronounceable symbol*]]" and "The Artist formerly known as Buddy Hackett."
** There's also one
Creator/BuddyHackett." One of the flashback episodes (possibly "Lisa's First Word"), Word") is set during a time when "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was currently known as Prince."
9th Sep '15 12:41:06 AM KingClark
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', due to UnfortunateImplications towards the mentally challenged, the pegasus formerly known as Derpy [[OrwellianRetcon had her name edited out of]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyfriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup the episode where it was spoken]], and on merchandise it was substituted with a muffin icon, [[http://puppydoctor.tumblr.com/post/62335367517/baconmane-iskyart-muffin-picture-is-best as seen here]]. For her reappearance in "Rainbow Falls", she was simply referred to as "Rainbow's Replacement", and when she was given lines in "Slice of Life", she was credited as "Muffins".
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