History OneSteveLimit / VideoGames

30th Apr '16 2:20:47 AM Silverblade2
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* In general, any MMO or similar game that prevents more than one player choosing the same name is technically enforcing this trope.
** Some of these games also restrict players from choosing names already taken by important [=NPCs=], just for good measure. Not that this usually stops the hordes of "Leggolass" clones subverting the censor.
16th Apr '16 2:39:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Utterly averted in ''TheSims 2'', especially in Pleasantview, where there are two Brandis (Broke, a playable, and [=LeTourneau=], a Townie), two Townies named Orlando (Centowski and Bertino), two named Amin (Bear and Sims) and two Townies ''[[UpToEleven with the exact same full name]]'': Ivy Copur. This is because all Townies and [=NPCs=] have names generated from two relatively small lists.

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* Utterly averted in ''TheSims 2'', ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', especially in Pleasantview, where there are two Brandis (Broke, a playable, and [=LeTourneau=], a Townie), two Townies named Orlando (Centowski and Bertino), two named Amin (Bear and Sims) and two Townies ''[[UpToEleven with the exact same full name]]'': Ivy Copur. This is because all Townies and [=NPCs=] have names generated from two relatively small lists.
9th Apr '16 4:57:26 AM HeroicJay
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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' has a playable character from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]'' named Roy, and ''Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U'' has a playable character from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' who is ''also'' named Roy. Also, [[VideoGame/MetalGear the Colonel]], who appears as a NonPlayerCharacter in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', is named Roy Campbell. The ''Fire Emblem'' Roy returns as a [[DownloadableContent downloadable]] fighter in ''3DS/Wii U'', making them the first games in the ''Smash'' series to have two playable characters with the same name (ignoring than alternate forms of characters or Link's LegacyCharacter status, but even in those cases the game picks descriptors such as "Dr. Mario" and "Zero Suit Samus". The two Roys are both just "Roy".)

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' has a playable character from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]'' named Roy, and ''Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U'' has a playable character from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' who is ''also'' named Roy. Also, [[VideoGame/MetalGear the Colonel]], who appears as a NonPlayerCharacter in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', is named Roy Campbell. The ''Fire Emblem'' Roy returns as a [[DownloadableContent downloadable]] fighter in ''3DS/Wii U'', making them the first games in the ''Smash'' series to have two playable characters with the same name (ignoring than alternate forms of characters or Link's LegacyCharacter status, but even in those cases the game picks descriptors such as "Dr. Mario" and "Zero Suit Samus". The two Roys are both just "Roy".)
9th Apr '16 4:56:53 AM HeroicJay
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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' has a playable character from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]'' named Roy, and ''Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U'' has a playable character from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' who is ''also'' named Roy. Also, [[VideoGame/MetalGear the Colonel]], who appears as a NonPlayerCharacter in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', is named Roy Campbell. The ''Fire Emblem'' Roy returns as a [[DownloadableContent downloadable]] fighter in ''3DS/Wii U'', making them the first games in the ''Smash'' series to have two playable characters with the same name.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' has a playable character from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]'' named Roy, and ''Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U'' has a playable character from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' who is ''also'' named Roy. Also, [[VideoGame/MetalGear the Colonel]], who appears as a NonPlayerCharacter in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', is named Roy Campbell. The ''Fire Emblem'' Roy returns as a [[DownloadableContent downloadable]] fighter in ''3DS/Wii U'', making them the first games in the ''Smash'' series to have two playable characters with the same name.name (ignoring than alternate forms of characters or Link's LegacyCharacter status, but even in those cases the game picks descriptors such as "Dr. Mario" and "Zero Suit Samus". The two Roys are both just "Roy".)
25th Mar '16 5:33:46 AM Kazmahu
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* Defied in ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'', which has two characters not only named Neptune, but they look and act nearly identical - in fact they're the same person from different dimensions, with the only major difference being that one is visibly older than the other. The other characters in-story occasionally trip over themselves when trying to address one of them specifically, usually resorting to calling the newcomer "Big" or "Older Neptune". Even the game menus struggle a little, calling her "Neptune (Older)" when they can't use a picture.
18th Mar '16 11:44:33 AM Akaihiryuu
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** Lampshaded in a Winterspring quest. You are sent to kill an owl named Hell-Hoot. It turns out the owl used to be named Deathwing, but once Deathwing the dragon emerged, they had to rename the owl.

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** Lampshaded in a Winterspring quest. You are sent to kill an owl named Hell-Hoot. It turns out the owl used to be named Deathwing, but once they found out Deathwing the dragon emerged, was already taken, they had to rename the owl.
18th Mar '16 11:38:44 AM Akaihiryuu
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** Lampshaded in a Winterspring quest. You are sent to kill an owl named Hell-Hoot. It turns out the owl used to be named Deathwing, but once Deathwing the dragon emerged, they had to rename the owl.
** Lampshaded again in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. You are sent to kill a wolf named Cracklemaw, so that the name can be used for something else.
6th Mar '16 2:04:38 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' loves averting this.
** ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' has Ann and Maria when [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries SNES]] has an Ann and a Maria as well. It's {{justified}} in that the latter are the formers grandparents, and thus the ''64'' characters are named after them. Maria in ''64'' is a translation error anyway; in Japan she was "Mary".

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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' loves averting this.
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** ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' has Ann and Maria when [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries SNES]] has ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonSNES'' had an Ann and a Maria as well. It's {{justified}} in that the latter are the formers grandparents, and thus the ''64'' characters are named after them. Maria in ''64'' is a [[DubNameChange translation error error]] anyway; in Japan she was "Mary".
17th Feb '16 11:18:07 PM Dimas28
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' features a meta example. Resident taekwondo practitioner Hwoarang has a name that's nigh [[TheUnpronounceable unpronounceable]] to many people, even the ''in-game announcer himself''. To avoid misspelling the name, most players just dub him "Bob", an abbreviation of '''B'''oy '''o'''n '''B'''ike. It becomes confusing when an ''actual'' character called Bob is introduced in ''Tekken 6'', apparently as a jab at [[StopHavingFunGuys serious players]] who can't spell Hwoarang's name properly.
** It may not be obvious, but there's [[BadassNative Michelle]] and [[BoisterousBruiser Miguel]]. Both are different forms of the same name ([[ArchangelMichael Michael]]); the former is the French feminine form, while the latter is the Spanish masculine form.
12th Feb '16 8:26:29 PM Dimas28
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* ''Bombastically'' averted in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', at least for the English editions. Chinese naming system back in the day was very simple, consisting of only one, or very rarely, two hanzi as surnames, and exactly ''one'' hanzi as a given name. The given names are mostly two in the modern day, but the series is an adaptation of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', which is set in an era where it's practically ''forbidden'' for you to take more than one hanzi as given name (seriously). The Japanese version actually averts this since the hanzi of the characters are ''mostly'' different, despite the fact that their pronunciation of the hanzi is actually much more homophonous than any other languages can hope for, and the English version would too, if it weren't for the fact that it uses the Hanyu Pinyin diacritical transliteration (which transcripts a lot of hanzi using the same letters) ''without'' using the diacritics themselves. Many of the newly-initiated, before they even play the games themselves, are probably already stumped in how to memorize which character is which.
** There are ''6'' characters with the surname "Zhang" alone: He, Liao, Chunhua, Jiao, Bao, and Fei, of whom only the latter two are related to each other. That's because it's one of the most common Chinese and world surnames ''ever'', so it's understandable that there are many people who have it without being related.
** There's three characters in Wu with the surname "Lu" (Xun, Meng, and Su). None of them are related to each other. And no, they aren't related to [[BloodKnight Lu Bu]], either.
** Xu Zhu and Xu '''S'''hu. Thank God they're from different factions.
** How about Yu Jin and Yue Jin? Miss one letter and you now refer to an entirely different character. Oh, and this time, both came from the same faction.
** Xingcai has an older sister who has the same name as her (actually, in the novel, both of them are referred as just "Empress Zhang (older)" and "Empress Zhang (younger)"). This actually becomes a pop quiz in ''Dynasty Warriors 7''.



* Strongly averted in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series: there are two James (Sunderland and Stone), two Frank (Sunderland and a man in the Arcade game whose last name isn't mentioned), two Eric (Walsch and Lake), two Sharon (Blake and [=DaSilva=]) and possibly more.

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* Strongly averted in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series: there series, reflecting the unreality of this trope. There are two many characters with the same given names, and even a few with the same surnames, that are not related to each other. To name a few:
** There's
James (Sunderland Sunderland (the protagonist of ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill2 2]]''), James Wheeler (a sidekick in ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming Homecoming]]''), and Stone), two Jimmy Stone (Walter's first victim from ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill4TheRoom The Room]]'').
** Apparently,
Frank (Sunderland is a fashionable name for fathers, since all three bearing that name are daddies: Sunderland (Henry's superintendent and James' father from ''The Room''), Anderson (Emilie's papa from ''Silent Hill: Arcade''), and Coleridge ([[spoiler:Anne's]] father from ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour Downpour]]'').
** There's George Rosten (from ''The Room''), George...just George (from ''Arcade''), and George Sewell (from ''Downpour'').
** Two Bobbies: Randolph (Walter's second victim from ''The Room'') and Hicks (the DJ dude from ''Downpour'').
** Also Mary Shepherd-Sunderland and Maria (both from ''2'') and Anne Marie Cunningham (from ''Downpour''). The former two are explained below.
** Michelle Anderson (Emilie's deceased mom from ''Arcade'') and Michelle Valdez (Cheryl's high schoolmate from ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories Shattered Memories]]'').
** Two Richards: Braintree (the {{Jerkass}} neighbor from ''The Room'') and Grady (Travis' DrivenToSuicide father from ''[[VideoGames/SilentHillOrigins Origins]]'').
** Though it might be nitpicking, but "Harry" is actually a form of "Henry" (the former is what happens when you slur the pronunciation of the latter). There's Harry Mason in ''[[VideoGame/SilentHill1 1]]'' and Henry Townshend in ''The Room''. And yes, both of them are the main protagonists of their respective games.
** The protagonist of ''Homecoming'' is Alex Shepherd, whose family is practically a nobility in Silent Hill's neighboring town, Shepherd's Glen. In ''2'', James' wife, Mary, also has the maiden name "Shepherd" (her surname is hyphenated with James', e.g. Shepherd-Sunderland). It's unknown if they're related, but what we do know is that both are very, very, ''very'' important and very, very ''very'' [[spoiler: insane]].
** Lisa Garland from ''1'' and Steve Garland from ''The Room''. They're unrelated.
** Becomes a plot point in ''2''. There are "Mary", James' deceased wife, and "Maria", who is the basically the former but with blonde hair, blue eyes,
and a man {{Stripperriffic}} attire. Yet James, who spends most of his time in Silent Hill with Maria, doesn't seem to recognize the Arcade game whose last name isn't mentioned), two Eric (Walsch resemblance, let alone the name. [[spoiler: That's because Maria is a projection of what James wanted Mary to be: a sensual and Lake), two Sharon (Blake energetic woman, rather than the homely and [=DaSilva=]) and possibly more.sickly woman that Mary was.]]
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