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23rd Sep '16 4:13:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Most of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' cast are named after sunken WorldWarII battleships and carriers (poor Asuka gets the dubious distinction of having ''both'' of her last names be associated with a terrible fate); is it any surprise that the place is a DysfunctionJunction?

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* Most of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' cast are named after sunken WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleships and carriers (poor Asuka gets the dubious distinction of having ''both'' of her last names be associated with a terrible fate); is it any surprise that the place is a DysfunctionJunction?



*** The first ship, the ''Olympic'', collided with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS ''Hawke'' eight months before the Titanic sank. During her lifetime, people on the ''Olympic'' actually were fine, it was the four ships that the ''Olympic'' hit that were in trouble. At least one of the collisions was on purpose, though; [[RammingAlwaysWorks she sank a German U-Boat]] during WorldWarI.

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*** The first ship, the ''Olympic'', collided with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS ''Hawke'' eight months before the Titanic sank. During her lifetime, people on the ''Olympic'' actually were fine, it was the four ships that the ''Olympic'' hit that were in trouble. At least one of the collisions was on purpose, though; [[RammingAlwaysWorks she sank a German U-Boat]] during WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.



*** There's a story going around that third ship in the ''Olympic''-class was supposed to be named the ''Gigantic''[[note]]To those that don't know Myth/GreekMythology that well; the Gigantes were the next generation of gods who were supposed to overthrow Zeus and the Olympians but were soundly trashed with a bit of help from Heracles[[/note]]. However, after the sinking of the ship that (supposedly) even God Himself couldn't sink, the White Star Line reconsidered and named it the ''Britannic''. During WorldWarI, it did service as a hospital ship. It sank in 1916 when it hit a mine off the coast of Greece. This story is false (The ''Britannic'' was always supposed to be the ''Britannic'', but "''Gigantic''" was a meme of the shipbuilders for names of new White Star Line Ships), but interesting anyway.

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*** There's a story going around that third ship in the ''Olympic''-class was supposed to be named the ''Gigantic''[[note]]To those that don't know Myth/GreekMythology that well; the Gigantes were the next generation of gods who were supposed to overthrow Zeus and the Olympians but were soundly trashed with a bit of help from Heracles[[/note]]. However, after the sinking of the ship that (supposedly) even God Himself couldn't sink, the White Star Line reconsidered and named it the ''Britannic''. During WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, it did service as a hospital ship. It sank in 1916 when it hit a mine off the coast of Greece. This story is false (The ''Britannic'' was always supposed to be the ''Britannic'', but "''Gigantic''" was a meme of the shipbuilders for names of new White Star Line Ships), but interesting anyway.



*** Almost as bad were the ''Kidd''-class destroyers, informally nicknamed the "Dead Admiral class". All four were named for USN admirals killed in action during WorldWarII, and two of them were killed in the same battle. Less odd when you consider that ''all'' USN destroyers are [[ThemeNaming named after]] [[DueToTheDead fallen military personnel]], but perhaps slightly moreso when you consider the Kidd destroyers were designed as AntiAir platforms, and two of four ships are named for Admirals who died in air attacks…[[note]]The idea probably was that, if those admirals had more anti-air available at the time of their deaths, they may have lived. A little {{Irony}} and {{Revenge}} is also no bad thing.[[/note]]

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*** Almost as bad were the ''Kidd''-class destroyers, informally nicknamed the "Dead Admiral class". All four were named for USN admirals killed in action during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and two of them were killed in the same battle. Less odd when you consider that ''all'' USN destroyers are [[ThemeNaming named after]] [[DueToTheDead fallen military personnel]], but perhaps slightly moreso when you consider the Kidd destroyers were designed as AntiAir platforms, and two of four ships are named for Admirals who died in air attacks…[[note]]The idea probably was that, if those admirals had more anti-air available at the time of their deaths, they may have lived. A little {{Irony}} and {{Revenge}} is also no bad thing.[[/note]]



** The pocket battleship ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was named after a German admiral killed in the South Atlantic during a battle in the first year of WorldWarOne in which the cruiser squadron he commanded was annihilated. (The flagship of the victorious British fleet: the battlecruiser HMS ''Invincible''). It came to grief in the battle of the River Plate in the South Atlantic in the first year of WorldWarII.

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** The pocket battleship ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was named after a German admiral killed in the South Atlantic during a battle in the first year of WorldWarOne in which the cruiser squadron he commanded was annihilated. (The flagship of the victorious British fleet: the battlecruiser HMS ''Invincible''). It came to grief in the battle of the River Plate in the South Atlantic in the first year of WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



** The current flagship of the Italian Navy is the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavour_(550) Cavour]]'', named after Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, one of the fathers of Italian unity. A good name… Except the only other Italian warship with the same namesake was the RN ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_battleship_Conte_di_Cavour Conte di Cavour]]'', which, after a calm career in WorldWarI and one as glorified royal yacht between the war, was ''sank by airplanes while in harbour, '''twice''' ''. With the first sinking [[OlderThanTheyThink inspiring the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor]] (both done by carrier-launched torpedo planes in harbours deemed too shallow for air-launched torpedoes). And, [[TemptingFate to tempt fate even more]], the modern ''Cavour'' is a ''carrier''.

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** The current flagship of the Italian Navy is the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavour_(550) Cavour]]'', named after Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, one of the fathers of Italian unity. A good name… Except the only other Italian warship with the same namesake was the RN ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_battleship_Conte_di_Cavour Conte di Cavour]]'', which, after a calm career in WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and one as glorified royal yacht between the war, was ''sank by airplanes while in harbour, '''twice''' ''. With the first sinking [[OlderThanTheyThink inspiring the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor]] (both done by carrier-launched torpedo planes in harbours deemed too shallow for air-launched torpedoes). And, [[TemptingFate to tempt fate even more]], the modern ''Cavour'' is a ''carrier''.
6th Aug '16 7:13:06 PM mirisu92
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** Not to mention that Pluto's features, newly mapped by the **New Horizons** flyby in 2015, are now being named for entities and place-names in Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

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** Not to mention that Pluto's features, newly mapped by the **New Horizons** ''New Horizons'' flyby in 2015, are now being named for entities and place-names in Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
6th Aug '16 7:12:35 PM mirisu92
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** Not to mention that Pluto's features, newly mapped by the **New Horizons** flyby in 2015, are now being named for entities and place-names in Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
28th Jul '16 11:08:38 AM gewunomox
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* In a similar vein, more than a few critics noted the appropriateness of an Creator/AliceCooper B-movie being entitled ''Monster Dog''.

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* In a similar vein, more than a few critics noted the appropriateness of an Creator/AliceCooper Music/AliceCooper B-movie being entitled ''Monster Dog''.
19th Jul '16 8:36:17 AM TheTurboTornado
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** Actually, it's even worse. "Forlorn Hope" is a military term coming from the Dutch "Verloren Hoop", "lost heap", referring to the first wave sent into attack who are pretty much doomed to die. Basically, it's "Camp WeHaveReserves".

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** Actually, it's even worse. "Forlorn Hope" is a military term coming from the Dutch "Verloren Hoop", "lost heap", hope", referring to the first wave sent into attack who are pretty much doomed to die. Basically, it's "Camp WeHaveReserves".
5th Jul '16 11:21:24 AM NOYB
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*** Also, since ''Babylon'' is the name of the diplomatic project, it becomes a lot simpler to see why the Babylon stations had so many problems. We're outright told that ''Babylon''s 1 through 3 were destroyed by terrorist attacks, and 4 was [[spoiler: commandeered by Sinclair to battle the Shadows a thousand years ago]]. 1-3 were destroyed because there were people who were determined to prevent organised diplomacy happening for some reason. In any case, it's rather like the swamp castle in Monty Python's ''Search For The Holy Grail''. The station is seen as a neccesity, so they're gonna keep building stations, and the stations are named after the project.

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*** Also, since ''Babylon'' is the name of the diplomatic project, it becomes a lot simpler to see why the Babylon stations had so many problems. We're outright told that ''Babylon''s 1 through 3 were destroyed by terrorist attacks, and 4 was [[spoiler: commandeered by Sinclair to battle the Shadows a thousand years ago]]. 1-3 were destroyed because there were people who were determined to prevent organised diplomacy happening for some reason. In any case, it's rather like the swamp castle in Monty Python's ''Search For The Holy Grail''. The station is seen as a neccesity, necessity, so they're gonna keep building stations, and the stations are named after the project.



* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', one supervillain is mentioned to have gotten his powers from a project called "Dark Force." It is immediately lampshaded by Coulson, who snarks that "nothing bad ever happens when you're working with something called 'dark force'."

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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', one supervillain is mentioned to have gotten his powers from a project called "Dark Force." manipulating "Darkforce". It is immediately lampshaded by Coulson, who snarks that "nothing bad ever happens when you're working with something called 'dark force'.'Darkforce'."
26th Jun '16 1:06:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ShortPacked!, Mr. and Mrs. Bean (no, not [[MrBean that one]]) are fundamentalist christians, and are homophobic. This is much to the disappointment of their lesbian daughter Leslie. Near the end of the comic's run, Leslie's fiancee Robin calls then out on this, naming their daughter Leslie Bean. Apparently, it's a family name.

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* In ShortPacked!, Webcomic/ShortPacked!, Mr. and Mrs. Bean (no, not [[MrBean that one]]) are fundamentalist christians, and are homophobic. This is much to the disappointment of their lesbian daughter Leslie. Near the end of the comic's run, Leslie's fiancee Robin calls then out on this, naming their daughter Leslie Bean. Apparently, it's a family name.
6th Jun '16 6:04:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster movie]] ''[[http://www.thefilmcatalogue.com/catalog/FilmDetail.php?id=9424 Titanic 2]]'' features a shipping magnate not only building a second ''Titanic'' [[TemptingFate but also setting its maiden voyage on the 100th anniversary of the original disaster and having it traverse]] ''[[TemptingFate the exact same route of the original]]'' (though in the opposite direction). Somehow, things go even ''worse'' than in the original voyage: the ship is slammed by an iceberg ''carried by a tsunami'' and later is hit by a ''second'' "mega tsunami". It ends with the female lead as the sole survivor. And this is played ''100% straight''.

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* TheAsylum Creator/TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster movie]] ''[[http://www.thefilmcatalogue.com/catalog/FilmDetail.php?id=9424 Titanic 2]]'' features a shipping magnate not only building a second ''Titanic'' [[TemptingFate but also setting its maiden voyage on the 100th anniversary of the original disaster and having it traverse]] ''[[TemptingFate the exact same route of the original]]'' (though in the opposite direction). Somehow, things go even ''worse'' than in the original voyage: the ship is slammed by an iceberg ''carried by a tsunami'' and later is hit by a ''second'' "mega tsunami". It ends with the female lead as the sole survivor. And this is played ''100% straight''.
29th May '16 8:16:16 PM billybobfred
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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s Kingdom of Zeal named their generator the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon Mammon]] Machine. The original Japanese name was only-slightly-less-ominous "majinki", or "Demon God Device". [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], the planet-eating EldritchAbomination the generator was getting its energy from ended up destroying Zeal first.

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s Kingdom of Zeal named their generator the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon Mammon]] Machine. The original Japanese name was the only-slightly-less-ominous "majinki", or "Demon God Device". [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], the planet-eating EldritchAbomination the generator was getting its energy from ended up destroying Zeal first.
29th May '16 8:15:38 PM billybobfred
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* The [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Kingdom of Zeal]] named their [[spoiler:evil-entity-]]energy-sucking machine the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon Mammon]] Machine. Three guesses what happened to them, and the first two don't count.
** In the original Japanese, the machine was named "majinki", roughly translated as "Demon God Device".

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* The [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s Kingdom of Zeal]] Zeal named their [[spoiler:evil-entity-]]energy-sucking machine generator the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon Mammon]] Machine. Three guesses what happened to them, and the first two don't count.
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The original Japanese, the machine Japanese name was named only-slightly-less-ominous "majinki", roughly translated as or "Demon God Device".Device". [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], the planet-eating EldritchAbomination the generator was getting its energy from ended up destroying Zeal first.
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