History MeaningfulName / LiveActionTV

15th Feb '17 1:19:30 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In-universe, bastard children with noble blood have special surnames determined by region (Snow, Sand, Rivers, etc) so anyone meeting Jon Snow or Ellaria Sand already know something about their parentage, place of origin, and that they are of noble blood. Bastard children born to common folk have no surnames at all.
** The family names Lannister and Stark are thinly veiled references to the War of the Roses, a civil war in England fought between the houses of Lancaster and York.
** "Stark" has several meanings, including "rigid," "bare," "harsh," and "strong," all of which apply to the Stark family and the land they rule.
** "Tully" derives from the Irish word for flood, an appropriate choice for the overlords of the Riverlands.
** Janos Slynt turns out to be two-faced, like the Roman god Janus.
** Lancel Lannister has an affair with the queen, reminiscent of the Arthurian Lancelot.
** Brandon Stark, whose name derives from the Welsh word for raven, spends most of his time dreaming of a three-eyed raven.
12th Jan '17 12:30:01 PM JoeMerl
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** "Faith" as in her faith in people, which she keeps losing.

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** "Faith" "Faith," as in WordOfGod notes, is an IronicName, because she keeps losing her faith in people, which she keeps losing.everyone before [[SixthRangerTraitor betraying them herself]].
* TragicOneShotCharacter Cassie recalls the mythological Cassandra: both have prophetic powers, with an emphasis on bad things that they can't prevent.



** "Prue" is short for "Prudence," and she is, generally, the responsible one among her sisters.



** River herself is named after [[TheOphelia Ophelia's river]], and Shepherd Book's name is, well, [[Literature/TheBible pretty obvious.]]

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** River herself is named after [[TheOphelia Ophelia's river]], and Shepherd Book's name is, well, [[Literature/TheBible pretty obvious.]]obvious]].
7th Jan '17 10:52:25 AM nombretomado
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* ''LazyTown'': The only two of 9 recurring characters this doesn't apply to in some form are Stephanie and Ziggy. They are not total exceptions though, as in the Icelandic language versions that pre-dated [=LazyTown=], Stephanie was named Solla Stirða (Solla Stiff), while Ziggy was Siggi Sæti (Siggi Sweet).

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* ''LazyTown'': ''Series/LazyTown'': The only two of 9 recurring characters this doesn't apply to in some form are Stephanie and Ziggy. They are not total exceptions though, as in the Icelandic language versions that pre-dated [=LazyTown=], Stephanie was named Solla Stirða (Solla Stiff), while Ziggy was Siggi Sæti (Siggi Sweet).
5th Jan '17 5:11:58 PM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'': Duncan [=MacLeod=], whose first name translates to "dark skinned warrior". Duncan specifically refers to the legend of the 'oldest Immortal' as the equivalent of 'Adam and Eve'. Naturally, Methos goes by 'Adam Pierson' as his idea of a joke.

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* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'': Duncan [=MacLeod=], whose Series'':
** The main character of the series (who may well be one of the greatest swordsmen in history) has the
first name of Duncan, which translates to "dark skinned warrior". Duncan specifically refers to warrior".
** Methos,
the legend of oldest known Immortal, has a fondness for using the 'oldest Immortal' name "Adam" in his various aliases as the equivalent of 'Adam and Eve'. Naturally, Methos a joke. He currently goes by 'Adam Pierson' as his idea of a joke.the name Adam Pierson, and has used names like Dr. Benjamin Adams in the past.
13th Dec '16 8:55:22 PM Discar
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Skye:
*** Her legal name is revealed to be MarySue, a FandomNod to the viewers who felt she received an unreasonable amount of CharacterShilling during the series.
*** Her birth name, [[spoiler:[[FloralThemeNaming Daisy]], is fitting for someone with earthquake producing powers.]]
** Leo Fitz:
*** A character named Leo who apparently [[EmbarrassingFirstName doesn't like to be called by his first name]] and reluctantly fulfills all the criteria of a CowardlyLion archetype? You don't say.
*** "Fitz" as a prefix to a surname used to indicate an illegitimate son, often of a man of high status; Fitz several times mentions that [[DisappearedDad his mother raised him alone]]. This may be {{Foreshadowing}} something, or it could be that the writers based his family history on the name's meaning as an in-joke.
** Jemma Simmons: "Jemma" echoes "Gemini", the star sign symbolised by twins, as she's one-half of TheDividual, along with Fitz (whose own first name, Leo, is also that of an astrological sign).
** Robbie Reyes: Played with; while his name isn't particularly meaningful, the fact that he doesn't have his brother's name is an oblique reference.
--->'''Lucy:''' You're Eli's nephew. I've seen your picture. You're Gabriel, right? Like the archangel?\\
'''Robbie:''' No. ''[eyes glow]'' [[DemonicPossession I'm the other one]].
25th Nov '16 10:30:44 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': The cringeworthy Icarus Base. Borders on insulting if ViewersAreMorons.
** What, ''Poseidon Adventure'' base, or ''Towering Inferno'' base were already taken? Or was it just a case of "Unsubtle allusion to hubris and haste that will end badly" base was too much of a mouthful to say?
** JustifiedTrope in they were trying to 'fly higher than ever' in the sense of dialing the ninth chevron. Makes you wonder about the symbolism involved such that flying into suns stops them from dying... ([[WildMassGuessing Then again isn't that a Greek myth? Maybe the Ancients had something to do with that?]]) ([[UpToEleven The terms for Destiny and Death are historically linked... to bad it was cancelled, maybe that was their plan all along!!!]])
** This was particularly jarring after a total of fifteen seasons from ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' which were much more GenreSavvy and avoided tempting fate in such a glaring and obvious manner. For some fans, this was one of the first signs that SGU wasn't going to be the same ''Stargate'' they already knew and loved. After all, SG-1 had already addressed the fact that viewers are '''not''' morons in their lampshade-hanging 200th episode, so this sudden shift into ViewersAreMorons territory was even more insulting.

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* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': The cringeworthy Icarus Base. Borders on insulting if ViewersAreMorons.
** What, ''Poseidon Adventure'' base, or ''Towering Inferno'' base were already taken? Or was it just
Base, where, naturally, a case of "Unsubtle allusion to hubris and haste that will end badly" base was too much of a mouthful to say?
** JustifiedTrope in they were trying to 'fly higher than ever' in the sense of dialing the ninth chevron. Makes you wonder about the symbolism involved such that flying into suns stops them from dying... ([[WildMassGuessing Then again isn't that a Greek myth? Maybe the Ancients had something to do with that?]]) ([[UpToEleven The terms for Destiny and Death are historically linked... to bad it was cancelled, maybe that was their plan all along!!!]])
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huge disaster happens. This was particularly jarring after a total of fifteen seasons from ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' which were much more GenreSavvy and avoided tempting fate in such a glaring and obvious manner. For some fans, The novelization mitigated this was one of by including a scene with the first signs that SGU wasn't going to be ever GenreSavvy O'Neill getting furious over the same ''Stargate'' they already knew name and loved. After all, SG-1 had already addressed the fact that viewers are '''not''' morons in their lampshade-hanging 200th episode, so this sudden shift into ViewersAreMorons territory was even more insulting.planning to give whatever wise-guy came up with it a serious dressing down.
6th Nov '16 10:18:35 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BarneyMiller'': The witty writers had a bit of fun with this. The LovableBorderlinePedophile director of the Rainbow House children's home, which housed a disproportionate number of child prostitutes, was named [[ItsAWonderfulLife Gower]]. A man who was desperate for a seat on the space shuttle's first commercial flights was named [[SpaceCadet Corbett]]. Recurring character Frank ''Luger'' liked to talk about the olden days when cops used a lot more gunplay to subdue malefactors.

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* ''Series/BarneyMiller'': The witty writers had a bit of fun with this. The LovableBorderlinePedophile director of the Rainbow House children's home, which housed a disproportionate number of child prostitutes, was named [[ItsAWonderfulLife [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Gower]]. A man who was desperate for a seat on the space shuttle's first commercial flights was named [[SpaceCadet Corbett]]. Recurring character Frank ''Luger'' liked to talk about the olden days when cops used a lot more gunplay to subdue malefactors.
10th Oct '16 11:32:36 AM Divra
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* ''Series/{{QI}}'': In one episode, Creator/StephenFry mentions "nominative determinism," the social theory that if your name is meaningful its meaning will reflect in your career choice. David Mitchell: "That's why you run that caff."

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* ''Series/{{QI}}'': In one episode, Creator/StephenFry mentions "nominative determinism," the social theory that if your name is meaningful its meaning will reflect in your career choice. David Mitchell: "That's why you run that caff.[[GreasySpoon caff]] ."
25th Sep '16 4:43:00 AM Divra
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** Vir is latin for either "man" or "hero". Either word is appropriate to describe Vir Cotto, and in a wide variety of ways. Vir is an EverymanHero frequently pushed into things beyond his control, and in many ways his character arc describes his "becoming a man", stepping out of the shadows of others and becoming his own. As for heroics... whether it's [[DidYouJHustFlipOffCthlhu giving an eldritch abomination the finger]], saving war refugees or just providing the right people with a boot up the arse, Vir provides. Often with a fair bit of stuttering and panic, but that doesn't keep him from doing what's right.

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** Vir is latin for either "man" or "hero". Either word is appropriate to describe Vir Cotto, and in a wide variety of ways. Vir is an EverymanHero [[TheEveryman everyman]] frequently pushed into things beyond his control, and in many ways his character arc describes his "becoming a man", stepping out of the shadows of others and becoming his own. As for heroics... whether it's [[DidYouJHustFlipOffCthlhu [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu giving an eldritch abomination the finger]], saving war refugees or just providing the right people with a boot up the arse, Vir provides. Often with a fair bit of stuttering and panic, but that doesn't keep him from doing what's right.
25th Sep '16 4:39:58 AM Divra
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** Vir is latin for either "man" or "hero". Either word is appropriate to describe Vir Cotto, and in a wide variety of ways. Vir is an EverymanHero frequently pushed into things beyond his control, and in many ways his character arc describes his "becoming a man", stepping out of the shadows of others and becoming his own. As for heroics... whether it's [[DidYouJHustFlipOffCthlhu giving an eldritch abomination the finger]], saving war refugees or just providing the right people with a boot up the arse, Vir provides. Often with a fair bit of stuttering and panic, but that doesn't keep him from doing what's right.
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