History MeaningfulName / Theatre

27th Jun '16 8:52:27 PM PaulA
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* Common in Sheridan's comedies of manners:
** ''Theatre/TheRivals'' has examples such as Sir Anthony Absolute, who expects absolute obedience from his son, and Mrs. Malaprop (from "malapropos", meaning "inappropriate").
** In ''Theatre/TheSchoolForScandal'', Charles and Joseph Surface have been misjudged by their appearance, Lady Sneerwell is a malicious scandalmonger, Mrs Candour pretends to be friends with those that she spreads rumours about, and so on.
30th May '16 12:23:47 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's ''{{Faust}} II'', there are three strongmen (sent by Mephistopheles, so probably demons) named Raufebold ("ruffian"; he's a young BloodKnight), Habebald ("will have soon"; medium-aged, he wants to make booty in the war more than fight) and Haltefest ("hold tight"; he's old and prefers to keep what he has). And the sutler woman Eilebeute ("hurry for the booty"). Then again, [[AllInTheManual their names aren't used in the dialogue]].

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* In Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's ''{{Faust}} II'', there are three strongmen (sent by Mephistopheles, so probably demons) named Raufebold ("ruffian"; he's a young BloodKnight), Habebald ("will have soon"; medium-aged, he wants to make booty in the war more than fight) and Haltefest ("hold tight"; he's old and prefers to keep what he has). And the sutler woman Eilebeute ("hurry for the booty"). Then again, [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual their names aren't used in the dialogue]].
29th Apr '16 6:35:13 PM jamespolk
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* ''Theatre/InAbrahamsBosom'': The man who has ambitions of raising up the black race is named "[[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham]]". Played for bitter irony when Abe names his son "Douglass" after Frederick Douglass, and hopes for him to be a leader of men as well, only for Douglass to turn out lazy and shiftless.
12th Sep '15 3:43:57 PM Prfnoff
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* Rosa delle Rose ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo''. The Italian meaning of her name is "rose of roses"; Estelle Hohengarten, after looking over her, tells her, "You're a twig off the old rose-bush."

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* Rosa delle Rose in ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo''. The Italian meaning of her name is "rose of roses"; Estelle Hohengarten, after looking over her, tells her, "You're a twig off the old rose-bush."
1st Aug '15 8:53:59 AM Prfnoff
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* Rosa delle Rose ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo''. The Italian meaning of her name is "rose of roses"; Estelle Hohengarten, after looking over her, tells her, "You're a twig off the old rose-bush."
29th Dec '14 9:51:27 AM nombretomado
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* In DorothyLSayers's ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Flavius tells Helena that he named his youngest daughter Anastasia, after the Christian belief that in the resurrection there would be no marriages -- and therefore no political divorces.

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* In DorothyLSayers's Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Flavius tells Helena that he named his youngest daughter Anastasia, after the Christian belief that in the resurrection there would be no marriages -- and therefore no political divorces.
24th Nov '14 4:52:23 AM Patachou
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* In ''RomeoAndJuliet'' two of the characters names reflected their personalities. Benvolio was a kind and benevolent character while Mercutio had a mercurial and fiery nature.

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* In ''RomeoAndJuliet'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' two of the characters names reflected their personalities. Benvolio was a kind and benevolent character while Mercutio had a mercurial and fiery nature.



** Tybalt shares the name of the prince of cats in the ReynardTheFox stories, and Mercutio mocks him for this throughout the story. Like most cats, Tybalt is rather pissy and aggressive, and like this specific other Tybalt he's also argumentative but easily outwitted.

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** Tybalt shares the name of the prince of cats in the ReynardTheFox ''Literature/ReynardTheFox'' stories, and Mercutio mocks him for this throughout the story. Like most cats, Tybalt is rather pissy and aggressive, and like this specific other Tybalt he's also argumentative but easily outwitted.



* Know latin? ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' has everyone's role in their name if you know latin. The clever slave, the braggert, the old man, the hero, the love interest, dominating mother? Pseudolus, MilesGloriosus, Senex, Hero, Philia, Domina.
* Prior Walter, the main character of ''AngelsInAmerica'':

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* Know latin? ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' has everyone's role in their name if you know latin. The clever slave, the braggert, the old man, the hero, the love interest, dominating mother? Pseudolus, MilesGloriosus, Senex, Hero, Philia, Domina.
* Prior Walter, the main character of ''AngelsInAmerica'':''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'':



* The principal in ''ZombieProm'' is named Miss Strict.
* Willy Loman of ''DeathOfASalesman'' is very much the "low man" on the totem pole of life.
* A character in Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Phantom of the Opera'' is surnamed 'Piangi' (tears).
* WaitingForGodot: Not sure about Vladimir and Pozzo, but Estragon is French for "parsley"--as in a garnish without substance that makes things look nice. Lucky, on the other hand, is decidedly not lucky.

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* The principal in ''ZombieProm'' ''Theatre/ZombieProm'' is named Miss Strict.
* Willy Loman of ''DeathOfASalesman'' ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is very much the "low man" on the totem pole of life.
* A character in Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Phantom of the Opera'' ''Theatre/PhantomOfTheOpera'' is surnamed 'Piangi' (tears).
* WaitingForGodot: Literature/WaitingForGodot: Not sure about Vladimir and Pozzo, but Estragon is French for "parsley"--as in a garnish without substance that makes things look nice. Lucky, on the other hand, is decidedly not lucky.



* In JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's ''{{Faust}} II'', there are three strongmen (sent by Mephistopheles, so probably demons) named Raufebold ("ruffian"; he's a young BloodKnight), Habebald ("will have soon"; medium-aged, he wants to make booty in the war more than fight) and Haltefest ("hold tight"; he's old and prefers to keep what he has). And the sutler woman Eilebeute ("hurry for the booty"). Then again, [[AllInTheManual their names aren't used in the dialogue]].

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* In JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's ''{{Faust}} II'', there are three strongmen (sent by Mephistopheles, so probably demons) named Raufebold ("ruffian"; he's a young BloodKnight), Habebald ("will have soon"; medium-aged, he wants to make booty in the war more than fight) and Haltefest ("hold tight"; he's old and prefers to keep what he has). And the sutler woman Eilebeute ("hurry for the booty"). Then again, [[AllInTheManual their names aren't used in the dialogue]].
23rd Oct '14 3:51:55 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Iago is a derivative of Jacob which means 'supplanter', which makes sense given his entire mission is to usurp Othello.
2nd Oct '14 8:35:21 PM Ironthread
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** This also makes this Trope OlderThanSteam, though it likely dates back even further

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** This also makes this Trope OlderThanSteam, though it likely dates back even furtherfurther.
2nd Oct '14 8:29:20 PM Ironthread
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* In "The Somonyng of Everyman" ("The summoning of Everyman"), every character has a Meaningful Name - Death, Everyman, and Good Deeds, to name a few.
** This also makes this Trope OlderThanSteam, though it likely dates back even further
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