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5th Jun '18 10:08:55 AM ChronoLegion
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** In a very similar vein, Adolf was a somewhat common name in the German-speaking world up until it fell out of popularity for [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler some strange reason]] in the thirties/forties.

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** In a very similar vein, Adolf was a somewhat common name in the German-speaking world up until it fell out of popularity for [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler some strange reason]] in the thirties/forties. Which is why Adolf Dassler's shoe company is named after his diminutive (Adi) rather than his full name.
5th Jun '18 9:48:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series gives us the ''Invincible'', a ship name with the highest turnover rate of all. Most see the name as an affront to the ancestors and the living stars. Despite this, the fleet bureaucracy refuses to retire the name and gives it to a new ship as soon as they learn that the previous one has been destroyed.

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* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series gives us the ''Invincible'', a ship name with the highest turnover rate of all. Most see the name as an affront to the ancestors and the living stars. Despite this, the fleet bureaucracy refuses to retire the name and gives it to a new ship as soon as they learn that the previous one has been destroyed. The bureaucrats are really pissed off after learning that the officers of the fleet have chosen to name a captured [[spoiler:alien]] battleship ''Invincible''. [[spoiler:As expected, it gets destroyed in the last novel of the first spin-off series.]]
5th Jun '18 9:37:32 AM ChronoLegion
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' when Barry suggests asking criminal suspect Hannibal Bates's grandmother if she expected someone named "Hannibal" to grow up to be anything other than a criminal.

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' when Barry suggests asking criminal suspect Hannibal Bates's grandmother if she expected someone named "Hannibal" to grow up to be anything other than a criminal. Or, alternatively, as a general who ultimately lost.
14th May '18 11:48:32 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* An {{urban legend|s}} claims that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is named for the Ukrainian word for "wormwood", which figures into [[https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Rev%208.10-11 a passage from the Book of Revelation]][[note]]Revelation 8:10-11 -- "The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter."[[/note]]about a star called Wormwood falling to Earth and poisoning the world's waters. This one actually gained a lot of traction among Biblical prophecy enthusiasts in TheEighties, who claimed that the Chernobyl meltdown was a fulfillment of that prophecy (as St. John would've had no reference point for a nuclear explosion, he would've recognized it as a star) and that the end times were imminent. [[SubvertedTrope The truth is that]] Chernobyl was named not for the wormwood plant (whose Ukrainian name is ''polyn''), but for [[http://jimmyakin.com/2004/12/checking_suspic.html mugwort, a relative of wormwood]] (and of course, meltdowns don't result in Hiroshima-style nuclear explosions).
29th Apr '18 4:24:30 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', humans are [[TooDumbToLive looking for fame and treasures in a legendary vault on a planet named]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Pandora]]. Never mind that even before hearing this name [[CrapsackWorld most people wouldn't want to spend five minutes on it]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', humans are [[TooDumbToLive looking for fame and treasures in a legendary vault on a planet named]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pandora]]. Never mind that even before hearing this name [[CrapsackWorld most people wouldn't want to spend five minutes on it]].
29th Apr '18 4:13:54 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gives us Professor Remus Lupin [[spoiler:who is a werewolf -- "Remus" being a mythical child raised by wolves (brother to Romulus, founder of Rome), and "Lupin" as described above. In addition, out of the two Roman brothers, guess which one died (killed by his twin, even) when you have to be alive to found a city. He appears aware of this, as he uses "Romulus" as a pseudonym for a radio broadcast late in the series.]] Creator/JKRowling seems very fond of {{meaningful name}}s.
** There's also a [[strike:minor]] werewolf character named Fenrir Greyback. ''Fenrir'' is the wolf-shaped son of Loki in Norse mythology, and ''Greyback'' is obvious. On the other hand, Fenrir ''likes'' being a werewolf, so it's not impossible he chose the name deliberately.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gives us ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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Professor Remus Lupin [[spoiler:who is [[spoiler:is a werewolf -- "Remus" being a mythical child raised by wolves (brother to Romulus, founder of Rome), and "Lupin" as described above. In addition, out of the two Roman brothers, guess which one died (killed by his twin, even) when you have to be alive to found a city. He appears aware of this, as he uses "Romulus" as a pseudonym for a radio broadcast late in the series.]] Creator/JKRowling seems very fond of {{meaningful name}}s.
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** There's also a [[strike:minor]] werewolf character named Fenrir Greyback. ''Fenrir'' is the wolf-shaped son of Loki in Norse mythology, and ''Greyback'' is obvious. On the other hand, Fenrir ''likes'' ''[[TranshumanTreachery likes]]'' being a werewolf, so it's not impossible he chose the name deliberately.
29th Apr '18 4:12:10 PM thatother1dude
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** Balon Greyjoy named his little son after a famous Stark king in a form of WorthyOpponent, VillainRespect (from an Iron Islands' perspective). Um... Theon was doomed to live between stools even before he became a Stark hostage, wasn't he?

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** Balon Greyjoy named his little son after a famous Stark king in a form of WorthyOpponent, VillainRespect (from an Iron Islands' perspective). Um... Theon was doomed to live between stools even before he became a Stark hostage, wasn't he?
29th Apr '18 3:57:40 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Website/SFDebris'' has a running gag about the naming of ships Icarus that highlights this trope.
** Due to the lack of colons in their titles, Chuck thought ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were respectively rebelling against and the enemy of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. But given [[FranchiseKiller the fate of the franchise]] not long afterwards, he finds them appropriate.

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* ''Website/SFDebris'' has ''Website/SFDebris'':
** There's
a running gag about the naming of ships Icarus that highlights this trope.
** Due to the lack of colons in their titles, posters lacking a colon in the title, Chuck thought ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were respectively rebelling against and the enemy of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. But given [[FranchiseKiller the fate of the franchise]] not long afterwards, he finds them appropriate.
29th Apr '18 3:50:12 PM thatother1dude
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** The ponies seem to have near clairvoyance when it comes to naming their children, when you [[FridgeBrilliance consider]] their names came ''before'' their personalities and special talents surfaced yet often fit them perfectly. Rainbow Dash is a fast flyer, Fluttershy is a poor flyer and a ShrinkingViolet, Scootaloo is an expert scooter rider, Shining Armor specializes in [[BarrierWarrior barrier spells]], the list could fill this page.

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** The ponies seem to have near clairvoyance when it comes to naming their children, when you [[FridgeBrilliance consider]] consider their names came ''before'' their personalities and special talents surfaced yet often fit them perfectly. Rainbow Dash is a fast flyer, Fluttershy is a poor flyer and a ShrinkingViolet, Scootaloo is an expert scooter rider, Shining Armor specializes in [[BarrierWarrior barrier spells]], the list could fill this page.
29th Apr '18 3:46:28 PM thatother1dude
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* The giant tower superweapon in ''Creator/OsamuTezuka's Anime/{{Metropolis}}'' is named "Ziggurat", after towers said to be built by the Babylonians to show off their power, the most famous being ''the tower of Babel'' Of course, it ends up toppling. What makes this especially ridiculous is that this is acknowledged ''in the actual movie''.

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* The giant tower superweapon in ''Creator/OsamuTezuka's Anime/{{Metropolis}}'' is named "Ziggurat", after towers said to be built by the Babylonians to show off their power, the most famous being ''the tower of Babel'' Babel''. Of course, it ends up toppling. What makes this especially ridiculous is that this is acknowledged ''in the actual movie''.
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