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18th Jun '17 4:52:07 PM nombretomado
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* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' is like this. Super Macho Man, Bear Hugger, Mr. Sandman, Narcis Prince, Masked Muscle, Disco Kid... One caused by an attempt to dance around copyrights: in the Wii ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', Piston Honda had his last name changed to "Hondo". A ''hondo'' is the main chamber of a Buddhist temple, and according to ThatOtherWiki is an archaic name for Honshu, the main island of Japan, which Piston Hondo's hometown of Tokyo is located on. Now recall that all foreign boxers in ''Punch-Out!!'' are CaptainEthnic....

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* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' is like this. Super Macho Man, Bear Hugger, Mr. Sandman, Narcis Prince, Masked Muscle, Disco Kid... One caused by an attempt to dance around copyrights: in the Wii ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', Piston Honda had his last name changed to "Hondo". A ''hondo'' is the main chamber of a Buddhist temple, and according to ThatOtherWiki Wiki/ThatOtherWiki is an archaic name for Honshu, the main island of Japan, which Piston Hondo's hometown of Tokyo is located on. Now recall that all foreign boxers in ''Punch-Out!!'' are CaptainEthnic....
27th May '17 2:28:33 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Some are obvious, such as Midna of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', who's obviously associated with darkness and shadow ([[DarkIsNotEvil but is a protagonist]]).

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** Some are obvious, such as Midna of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', who's obviously associated with darkness and shadow ([[DarkIsNotEvil but is a protagonist]]).



** There's also Termina of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a world that will be ''terminated'' in three days without Link's intervention.

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** There's also Termina of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a world that will be ''terminated'' named after the word referring to the public places where people come and go in three days without Link's intervention.the midst of travels (''terminals''). This fits Termina's touristic nature, as it hosts the Carnival of Time once a year.



** The biggest one of them all combines with BilingualBonus. Luigi in Japanese [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (which would be spelled "Ruiji" there)]] means "similar to, imitation of." He just can't escape his brother, can he? In English, it's reversed. His name means "famous hero". While that [[EnsembleDarkhorse is true in real life]], only the "hero" part is true in the games.

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** The biggest one of them all combines with BilingualBonus. Luigi in Japanese [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (which would be spelled "Ruiji" there)]] means "similar to, imitation of." He just can't escape happens to have born as a PaletteSwap to Mario. In Italian, his brother, can he? In English, it's reversed. His name means "famous hero". While that [[EnsembleDarkhorse is true in real life]], only the "hero" part is true in the games.



** Daisy, the princess of [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Sarasaland]], has... wait for it... FlowerMotifs, complete with flower-rimmed jewelry.

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** Daisy, the princess of [[VideoGame/SuperMarioLand Sarasaland]], has... wait for it... has FlowerMotifs, complete with flower-rimmed jewelry.



* Lemon Browning of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance''. "Browning" simply alludes to a connection with the character Excellen Browning from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', but Lemon? [[spoiler:It's a term used to refer to faulty used cars. Turns out Lemon's a cyborg built from the corpse of an AlternateUniverse Excellen, who was killed in a shuttle accident. Ultimately, her parents rejected her for not being a good enough ReplacementGoldfish]]. Whether this was intentional or not is still up for debate, though.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'':
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Lemon Browning of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance''.Browning. "Browning" simply alludes to a connection with the character Excellen Browning from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', but Lemon? [[spoiler:It's a term used to refer to faulty used cars. Turns out Lemon's a cyborg built from the corpse of an AlternateUniverse Excellen, who was killed in a shuttle accident. Ultimately, her parents rejected her for not being a good enough ReplacementGoldfish]]. Whether this was intentional or not is still up for debate, though.



* Subverted with SHODAN from ''VideoGame/SystemShock''. "shodan" is the name of the lowest "dan" rank in Japanese martial arts, and SHODAN sees herself as superior to all forms of organic life, especially human beings, which means that she's at the very top. This status is better represented by her [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]]: '''S'''entient '''H'''yper '''O'''ptimized '''D'''ata '''A'''ccess '''N'''etwork.
** In both games, she's [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_shock_2#Plot everyone you interact with]], including the final boss.]]
** In game it's pronounced "Show-Dan," [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]'s pronunciation is due to accent.

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* Subverted with SHODAN from ''VideoGame/SystemShock''. "shodan" is the name of the lowest "dan" rank in Japanese martial arts, and SHODAN sees herself as superior to all forms of organic life, especially human beings, which means that she's at the very top. This status is better represented by her [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]]: '''S'''entient '''H'''yper '''O'''ptimized '''D'''ata '''A'''ccess '''N'''etwork.
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'''N'''etwork. In both games, she's [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_shock_2#Plot everyone you interact with]], including the final boss.]]
** In game
]] In-game it's pronounced "Show-Dan," [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]'s pronunciation is due to accent.



** Presea ''Combat''ir is definitely handy to have on your side in a fight. Then, the Sage siblings are very smart, and their names before the DubNameChange were Refill (for the healer: refills your health) and Genius. (Turning them into Raine and Genis in English is [[GratuitousEnglish generally regarded]] as a [[{{Woolseyism}} good move]].) Finally, Regal Bryant's names both mean [[spoiler:"noble"]].
*** "Presea Combatir" [[GratuitousEnglish Gratuitous Spanish]] literally translates as "combat medal".

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** Presea ''Combat''ir is definitely handy to have on your side in a fight. Then, the Sage siblings are very smart, and their names before the DubNameChange were Refill (for the healer: refills your health) and Genius. (Turning them into Raine and Genis in English is [[GratuitousEnglish generally regarded]] as a [[{{Woolseyism}} good move]].) Finally, Regal Bryant's names both mean [[spoiler:"noble"]].
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[[spoiler:"noble"]]. "Presea Combatir" [[GratuitousEnglish Gratuitous Spanish]] literally translates as "combat medal".



* [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua's]] family name is "Kiryuu". Which, considering what Neku [[spoiler:(Joshua, Day 2) suspects, (Joshua, Day 3) comes to believe, (Joshua, Day 7) comes to believe is not true, then finally (Beat, Day 7, after beating the Composer) comes to find out really did happen after all]], is quite appropriate. If you still don't get it, [[spoiler:swap out the "r" for an "l", then say it]]. And as for his first name... [[spoiler:"Joshua" is derived from the same name that "Jesus" comes from. His Japanese name, Yoshiya, is pretty similar to the name "Jesus" is derived from: Yeshu'a. Joshua is The Composer in human form, whose powers are somewhat godlike. And his [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic crucifixion poses]]; an example of which has helped inspire the FanNickname of one of his attacks: Jesus Beams.]]
** On top of which, his surname is written with the kanji for "paulownia tree" and "life." [[spoiler: Given that the paulownia tree has associations with the phoenix of death and rebirth, that not only adds to the Jesus symbolism but also alludes to the fact that, as the Composer, he has the power to re-form Soul and bring it back to life.]] Dude has ''layers''.

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* [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua's]] family name is "Kiryuu". Which, considering what Neku [[spoiler:(Joshua, Day 2) suspects, (Joshua, Day 3) comes to believe, (Joshua, Day 7) comes to believe is not true, then finally (Beat, Day 7, after beating the Composer) comes to find out really did happen after all]], is quite appropriate. If you still don't get it, [[spoiler:swap out the "r" for an "l", then say it]]. And as for his first name... [[spoiler:"Joshua" is derived from the same name that "Jesus" comes from. His Japanese name, Yoshiya, is pretty similar to the name "Jesus" is derived from: Yeshu'a. Joshua is The Composer in human form, whose powers are somewhat godlike. And his [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic crucifixion poses]]; an example of which has helped inspire the FanNickname of one of his attacks: Jesus Beams.]]
** On top of which,
]] And his surname is written with the kanji for "paulownia tree" and "life." [[spoiler: Given that the paulownia tree has associations with the phoenix of death and rebirth, that not only adds to the Jesus symbolism but also alludes to the fact that, as the Composer, he has the power to re-form Soul and bring it back to life.]] Dude has ''layers''.



*** It's worth noting that Greymane was meaningfully named in his original appearance as well -however, at the time, the name merely referred to the fact that he was old and had a big grey BadassBeard.



*** Lots of elemental bosses have names which are puns on their elements, and some dragons have names [[ThemeNaming related to their flights' domains and powers]].
** Arthas like (King) Arthur, both whose lives were forever changed when they found a mythical sword, and both became king.
*** And then there's Uther Lightbringer, Arthas' mentor, and Uther Pendragon, Arthur's father/mentor.

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*** Lots of elemental bosses have names which are puns on their elements, and some dragons have names [[ThemeNaming related to their flights' domains and powers]].
** Arthas like (King) Arthur, both whose lives were forever changed when they found a mythical sword, and both became king.
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king. And then there's Uther Lightbringer, Arthas' mentor, and Uther Pendragon, Arthur's father/mentor.
27th May '17 4:05:05 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Takahisa Kandori of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' aspires to nothing short of [[AGodAmI godhood]] [[spoiler: only to find it's LonelyAtTheTop]]. His surname can be translated as "god-taker", or more fancifully, "usurper of gods".
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', there is Ryoji Mochizuki, whose family name is written with characters meaning "aspire to/expect/desire" and "moon." Shuji Ikutsuki's family name can be read roughly as "toward the moon." Both of these names are [[{{Lunacy}} very relevant to the plot]]. Shinjiro Aragaki's surname is written with characters meaning [[JerkassFacade "rough" or "rude" and "wall."]] Aigis's name is derived from "Aegis," the [[Myth/GreekMythology mythological shield]], and she is motivated by a strong desire to protect the protagonist.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Yukiko Amagi. While fighting your way through her dungeon to save her, her inner thoughts explain that the kanji for her name means "snow child", and that snow is fleeting and without any purpose or use, much like how she thinks of herself. Also, Naoto's name means "truthful person", a fitting name for someone seeking the truth. [[spoiler:It's also a unigender name most often given to boys, [[SweetPollyOliver which helps to conceal the face that "he" is really a girl.]]]]

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* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
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Takahisa Kandori of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' aspires to nothing short of [[AGodAmI godhood]] [[spoiler: only to find it's LonelyAtTheTop]]. His surname can be translated as "god-taker", or more fancifully, "usurper of gods".
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona3'', there is Ryoji Mochizuki, whose family name is written with characters meaning "aspire to/expect/desire" and "moon." "moon". Shuji Ikutsuki's family name can be read roughly as "toward the moon." moon". Both of these names are [[{{Lunacy}} very relevant to the plot]]. Shinjiro Aragaki's surname is written with characters meaning [[JerkassFacade "rough" or "rude" and "wall."]] "wall"]]. Aigis's name is derived from "Aegis," the [[Myth/GreekMythology mythological shield]], and she is motivated by a strong desire to protect the protagonist.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona4'' has Yukiko Amagi. While fighting your way through her dungeon to save her, her inner thoughts explain that the kanji for her name means "snow child", and that snow is fleeting and without any purpose or use, much like how she thinks of herself. Also, Naoto's name means "truthful person", a fitting name for someone seeking the truth. [[spoiler:It's also a unigender name most often given to boys, [[SweetPollyOliver which helps to conceal the face that "he" is really a girl.]]]]
20th May '17 1:39:22 PM Spanks
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** "Peach" or rather "to be a peach" is an idiom for an attractive, likable, admirable or good person, pertaining to Princess Peach's [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold kind personality]]. Her last name ''Toadstool'' is basically another name for ''Mushroom'', pertaining to the kingdom she rules over.
20th May '17 1:26:53 PM captainspycrab
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** ''[[TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim's]]'' Dawnguard DLC sees the Last Dragonborn encounter an [[{{Dracolich}} undead dragon]] named Durnehviir. 'Durnehviir' is a phrase in dragon-language which means 'Curse-Never-Dying'.
18th May '17 11:39:50 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' backstory, the ancient Yokudans (ancestors to the Redguards) fought a devastating war with Sinistral Mer (or Left-Handed Elves) which left the latter extinct. "Sinistra" is Latin for "left."
11th May '17 5:18:37 AM morenohijazo
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** [[spoiler: [=D0G=]. It is possible that this name is meant as a reversal of God. It is also a reference to the Greek Cynics (Cynic meaning 'dog-like'). This is lampshaded in ''Road to Gehenna'' when he begins one message with "Call me a cynic, but..." [=D0G=] is consistently antagonistic towards everything in existence]].

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** [[spoiler: [=D0G=]. It is possible that this name is meant as a reversal of God. It is also a reference to the Greek Cynics (Cynic meaning 'dog-like'). This is lampshaded in ''Road to Gehenna'' when he begins one message with "Call me a cynic, but..." [=D0G=] is consistently antagonistic towards everything in existence]]. Pretty much like Diogenes (Greek Philosopher and one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy)was, according to historians, in real life. Reading the name "D0G" as "Dee-oh-Gee" will certainly give you a further hint.
13th Apr '17 12:08:52 PM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has several examples, often recurring:
** There is an in-universe book written by Zurin Arctus, called The Art of War Magic. It mimicks Sun Tzu's The Art of War both in content and in style.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has a more subtle example: the only surviving (bastard) heir of the Emperor is Martin Septim. [[spoiler: Martin, as in 'related to war' - his entire 'reign' consists of the war against the Mythic Dawn/Mehrunes Dagon]].
** It is mentioned in several games that Daedric Princes are so ancient, they were not named for something, but instead their names became common nouns. For example the word "vile" comes from Clavicus Vile.
** Few lists would be complete without a mention of [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Crassius_Curio Crassius Curio]], a man who might well be the avatar of Sanguine himself. The term 'crass' doesn't even begin to describe him, cupcake.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has several examples, often recurring:
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** There is an in-universe book written by Zurin Arctus, called The ''The Art of War Magic. Magic''. It mimicks mimics Sun Tzu's The Art of War ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' both in content and in style.
** It is mentioned in several games that [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] are so ancient, they were not named for something, but instead their names ''became'' common nouns. For example the word "vile" comes from Clavicus Vile, the Daedric Prince of [[DealWithTheDevil Bargains and Wishes]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', there is [[ProudMerchantRace Great House Hlaalu]] Councilor Crassius Curio. He is a LoveableSexManiac with CampGay dialogue who [[DirtyOldMan writes semi-pornographic plays]] in his spare time with "[[HerCodeNameWasMarySue Crantus Colto]]" as the main character. "Crass" doesn't even begin to describe him, "[[AffectionateNickname sweetie pie]]".
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has a more subtle example: the only surviving (bastard) heir of the Emperor is Martin Septim. [[spoiler: Martin, as in 'related to war' (from the Latin: "of Mars", the God of War) - his entire 'reign' consists of the war against the [[ReligionOfEvil Mythic Dawn/Mehrunes Dagon]].
** It is mentioned in several games that Daedric Princes are so ancient, they were not named for something, but instead their names became common nouns. For example the word "vile" comes from Clavicus Vile.
** Few lists would be complete without a mention of [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Crassius_Curio Crassius Curio]], a man who might well be the avatar of Sanguine himself. The term 'crass' doesn't even begin to describe him, cupcake.
Dawn]][=/=][[OmnicidalManiac Mehrunes Dagon]]]].
12th Apr '17 12:31:07 PM Rorosilky5
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* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' , you've got the eponymous main character, who's really fast, the fox with two tails is nicknamed Tails but his real name is "Miles Prower" (say it fast). The echidna who punches things and has spikes on his knuckles is named Knuckles. The [[BigBad man]] shaped like an egg and looks like an [[Music/TheBeatles Walrus]] is Dr. Eggman. His ''real'' name, Ivo Robotnik, also has a meaning: he makes [[MechaMooks robots]], and his first name is "Ovi" (latin for "egg") spelled backwards.

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* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' , ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', you've got the eponymous main character, who's really fast, faster than the speed of sound, even. The fox with two tails is nicknamed Tails but his real name is "Miles Prower" (say it fast). The echidna who punches things and has spikes on his knuckles is named Knuckles. The [[BigBad man]] shaped like an egg and looks like an [[Music/TheBeatles Walrus]] is Dr. Eggman. His ''real'' name, Ivo Robotnik, also has a meaning: he makes [[MechaMooks robots]], and his first name is "Ovi" (latin for "egg") spelled backwards.
8th Apr '17 9:34:21 AM nombretomado
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* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' is like this. Super Macho Man, Bear Hugger, Mr. Sandman, Narcis Prince, Masked Muscle, Disco Kid... One caused by an attempt to dance around copyrights: in the Wii ''PunchOut'', Piston Honda had his last name changed to "Hondo". A ''hondo'' is the main chamber of a Buddhist temple, and according to ThatOtherWiki is an archaic name for Honshu, the main island of Japan, which Piston Hondo's hometown of Tokyo is located on. Now recall that all foreign boxers in ''Punch-Out!!'' are CaptainEthnic....

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* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' is like this. Super Macho Man, Bear Hugger, Mr. Sandman, Narcis Prince, Masked Muscle, Disco Kid... One caused by an attempt to dance around copyrights: in the Wii ''PunchOut'', ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', Piston Honda had his last name changed to "Hondo". A ''hondo'' is the main chamber of a Buddhist temple, and according to ThatOtherWiki is an archaic name for Honshu, the main island of Japan, which Piston Hondo's hometown of Tokyo is located on. Now recall that all foreign boxers in ''Punch-Out!!'' are CaptainEthnic....
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