History NamesToRunAwayFrom / UnpronouncableNames

8th Jan '17 9:12:14 AM nombretomado
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* Chattur'gha, Xel'lotath, and Ulyaoth of ''EternalDarkness''.

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* Chattur'gha, Xel'lotath, and Ulyaoth of ''EternalDarkness''.''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''.
20th Nov '16 12:49:27 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** The Raxacoricofallapatorian aliens are a subversion. The ones we meet are usually villains, but most Raxacoricofallapatorians are actually LawfulGood. Some individual Raxacoricofallapatorian baddies, though, have hard-to-pronounce names (Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, anyone?).

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** The Raxacoricofallapatorian aliens are a subversion. The ones we meet are usually villains, criminals on the lam from Raxacoricofallapatorius, but most Raxacoricofallapatorians are of the species is actually LawfulGood. Some LawfulGood (albeit with a rather draconian system of punishment). Doubly subverted in that some individual Raxacoricofallapatorian baddies, though, baddies also have hard-to-pronounce names (Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, anyone?).
31st Oct '16 9:42:50 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Appropriately for a species of StarfishAliens, the criminal Hutts in ''Franchise/StarWars'' have alien-sounding names. For example, Jabba's full name is Jabba Desilijic Tiure.
4th Oct '16 11:37:28 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Anything [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness really long]] or otherwise impossible to pronounce on the first try. Creator/HPLovecraft made this his stock in trade. For example, Cthulhu, Ithaqua, Shub-Niggurath, Y'golonac (YOU FOOL! [[SpeakOfTheDevil YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL!!]]), Nyarlathotep,Yog-Sothoth, Etc.

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Anything [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness really long]] or otherwise [[TheUnpronounceable impossible to pronounce on the first try.try]]. Creator/HPLovecraft made this his stock in trade. For example, Cthulhu, Ithaqua, Shub-Niggurath, Y'golonac (YOU FOOL! [[SpeakOfTheDevil YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL!!]]), Nyarlathotep,Yog-Sothoth, Etc.



* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.

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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to [[SomeCallMeTim make things easier.easier]].
19th Sep '16 7:14:28 AM lakingsif
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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.

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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}, UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.
14th Sep '16 11:18:44 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' once joked that "the Americans intend to invade UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} and replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a dictator whose name is easier to pronounce." ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' also frequently riffed on how alien the former Iranian dictator's name sounds to English speakers.
9th Sep '16 10:26:27 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.
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24th Aug '16 4:06:36 PM MrMaplesyrup1
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* X in Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer has a name simply described as: 'Something that started with Ks and went on for about thirty seconds.'
18th May '16 10:35:42 AM LadyNorbert
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', when Bowen keeps addressing the dragon as "Dragon" and the dragon gets fed up with it. However, he informs Bowen that the knight would never be able to pronounce his name, as dragon speech is pretty much impossible for human tongues to master. They eventually agree on using ''Draco'', which is much easier for humans to say.



* The whole Aztec pantheon. Mictlantecutli, Centzon Huitznahua, Chalchiuhtlicue... They're doubly unpronouncable because the forms you see written here are the closest, phonetic, Spanish approximations of the original Aztec.

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* The whole Aztec pantheon. Mictlantecutli, Centzon Huitznahua, Chalchiuhtlicue... They're doubly unpronouncable unpronounceable because the forms you see written here are the closest, phonetic, Spanish approximations of the original Aztec.



* VideoGame/KingdomHearts has Marluxia. [[NoPronunciationGuide Once you hear it, however]], [[AvertedTrope it just becomes a weird name]].

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* VideoGame/KingdomHearts ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has Marluxia. [[NoPronunciationGuide Once you hear it, however]], [[AvertedTrope it just becomes a weird name]].



* In WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: The chef of the Rigillians that abduct the Simpson family in the first Treehouse of Horror. "To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue."

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* In WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: The chef chief of the Rigillians that abduct the Simpson family in the first Treehouse of Horror. "To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue."
30th Apr '16 12:59:38 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Parodied in ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents -- The cruel and uncaring boss of Lucky Smells Lumbermill has an apparently unpronounceable name that is never given to the reader (and all attempts by Mr Poe at pronouncing it appear completely different). He is instead called "Sir".

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* Parodied in ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents -- The cruel and uncaring boss of Lucky Smells Lumbermill has an apparently unpronounceable name that is never given to the reader (and all attempts by Mr Poe at pronouncing it appear completely different). He is instead called "Sir".
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