History OneSteveLimit / VideoGames

13th Aug '16 6:39:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Dissidia}}'', there are two characters named Cloud - Cloud Strife, a [[{{Angst}} moody]], [[AnimeHair pointy-haired]] {{BFS}}-swinging TomatoInTheMirror hero, and Cloud of Darkness, an evil MsFanservice who wears basically a cape and a CensorSteam and shoots [[BeamSpam magic lasers]]. Generally, Cloud Strife is addressed as 'Cloud' and Cloud of Darkness's name isn't used at all.

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* In ''{{Dissidia}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia|Final Fantasy}}'', there are two characters named Cloud - Cloud Strife, a [[{{Angst}} moody]], [[AnimeHair pointy-haired]] {{BFS}}-swinging TomatoInTheMirror hero, and Cloud of Darkness, an evil MsFanservice who wears basically a cape and a CensorSteam and shoots [[BeamSpam magic lasers]]. Generally, Cloud Strife is addressed as 'Cloud' and Cloud of Darkness's name isn't used at all.
10th Jul '16 12:13:47 PM nombretomado
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** There have been four (and counting) Jacobs in the series; ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' party member Jacob Taylor, the guy on life support from the "Lost Freighter" sidequest in the first game, Rebekah Petrovsky's late husband, and [[DeadGuyJunior her unborn son]], although the latter is more often called "Jake". One of BioWare's writers must like the name....

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** There have been four (and counting) Jacobs in the series; ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' party member Jacob Taylor, the guy on life support from the "Lost Freighter" sidequest in the first game, Rebekah Petrovsky's late husband, and [[DeadGuyJunior her unborn son]], although the latter is more often called "Jake". One of BioWare's Creator/BioWare's writers must like the name....
29th Jun '16 6:34:49 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215 ''has Mila, who is the name of a girl staying at the hotel who shares her name with [[spoiler:Bradley's dead little sister.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215 ''has ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215'' has Mila, who is the name of a girl staying at the hotel who shares her name with [[spoiler:Bradley's dead little sister.]]



* ''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 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'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' who is ''also'' named Roy. Also, [[VideoGame/MetalGear [[Franchise/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 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".)



** Two different protagonists have the CanonName "Mark": The male ''A Wonderful Life'' protagonist and the male ''Island of Happiness'' protagonist. Ann, as mentioned above, also has a grandmother named "Ann" but this isn't referenced outside of ''64'' and might not be canon in ''Friends Of Mineral Town'', due to the games being from {{Alternate Universe}}s.
** Anna is Basil's wife in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown''. The game also has an "Ann", who is Doug's daughter and a bachelorette.

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** Two different protagonists have the CanonName "Mark": The male ''A Wonderful Life'' protagonist and the male ''Island of Happiness'' protagonist. Ann, as mentioned above, also has a grandmother named "Ann" but this isn't referenced outside of ''64'' and might not be canon in ''Friends Of Mineral Town'', due to the games being from {{Alternate Universe}}s.\n
** Anna is Basil's wife in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown''. The game also has an "Ann", who is Doug's daughter and a bachelorette. Ann, as mentioned above, also has a grandmother named "Ann" but this isn't referenced outside of ''64'' and might not be canon in ''Friends Of Mineral Town'', due to the games being from {{Alternate Universe}}s.
29th Jun '16 6:32:08 AM Pichu-kun
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** Two different protagonists have the CanonName "Mark": The male ''A Wonderful Life'' protagonist and the male ''Island of Happiness'' protagonist.
* The ''VideoGame/PapaLouiesArcade'' series of time management games currently has 90+ customers who can visit your fast food establishments, and no two have the same name. (Although a few have similar names, such as Peggy/Penny and Mindy/Mandi.) Given the limited supply of distinctive reasonably common names, this has resulted in characters named something like Cletus or Xandra.

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** Two different protagonists have the CanonName "Mark": The male ''A Wonderful Life'' protagonist and the male ''Island of Happiness'' protagonist.
protagonist. Ann, as mentioned above, also has a grandmother named "Ann" but this isn't referenced outside of ''64'' and might not be canon in ''Friends Of Mineral Town'', due to the games being from {{Alternate Universe}}s.
** Anna is Basil's wife in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown''. The game also has an "Ann", who is Doug's daughter and a bachelorette.
** There's a minor character named "Louis" in ''Back To Nature'' and a major one named "Louis" in ''Save The Homeland''.
** In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' a character is named "Lilly" but internationally she was renamed "Lanna". Alternatively, from the same game the character known as "Suiran" was renamed "Lily".
** The Gameboy games have a character named "Kate" while ''Save The Homeland'' has a bachelorette named "Katie".
* The ''VideoGame/PapaLouiesArcade'' ''VideoGame/PapaLouieArcade'' series of time management games currently has 90+ customers who can visit your fast food establishments, and no two have the same name. (Although a few have similar names, such as Peggy/Penny and Mindy/Mandi.) Given the limited supply of distinctive reasonably common names, this has resulted in characters named something like Cletus or Xandra.
29th Jun '16 6:19:45 AM Pichu-kun
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** ''Pokémon [=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'' have a minor trainer named "Dawn", which is also the name of the female protagonist of [[VideoGame/PokemknDiamondAndPearl the Sinnoh games]].


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* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' has a few accidentally similar names characters due to having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. For example, the English games have "Bones" the dog and "Boone" the bamboo.
11th Jun '16 12:20:58 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' almost averts this with Luigi and Ludwig von Koopa. Both "Luigi" and "Ludwig" are variations of the name "Louis".

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** ''Super Mario Bros''
almost averts this with Luigi and Ludwig von Koopa. Both "Luigi" and "Ludwig" are variations of the name "Louis".



* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' loves averting this:
** ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' has Ann and Maria when ''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]] anyway; in Japan she was "Mary".
** Is Carter the sweet pastor from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' or the palentholgist from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''.
** Two different protagonists have the CanonName "Mark": The ''A Wonderful Life'' hero and the ''Island of Happiness'' one.
* The Papa Louie series of time management games currently has 90+ customers who can visit your fast food establishments, and no two have the same name. (Although a few have similar names, such as Peggy/Penny and Mindy/Mandi.) Given the limited supply of distinctive reasonably common names, this has resulted in characters named something like Cletus or Xandra.
* ''9 Elefants" has police inspectors Lequais and Lequais. Given that they look exactly alike, they're either twins or a deliberate joke.

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* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' loves averting this:
''Franchise/HarvestMoon'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' has Ann and Maria when ''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 [[SpellMyNameWithAnS translation error]] anyway; in Japan she was "Mary".
anyway.
** Is Carter the sweet pastor from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' or the palentholgist from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''.
''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife''?
** Two different protagonists have the CanonName "Mark": The male ''A Wonderful Life'' hero protagonist and the male ''Island of Happiness'' one.
protagonist.
* The Papa Louie ''VideoGame/PapaLouiesArcade'' series of time management games currently has 90+ customers who can visit your fast food establishments, and no two have the same name. (Although a few have similar names, such as Peggy/Penny and Mindy/Mandi.) Given the limited supply of distinctive reasonably common names, this has resulted in characters named something like Cletus or Xandra.
* ''9 Elefants" Elefants'' has police inspectors Lequais and Lequais. Given that they look exactly alike, they're either twins or a deliberate joke.



* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'':
** ''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.
11th Jun '16 12:05:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* Given the 500ish characters that have appeared in the ''Franchise/{{Suikoden}}'' series so far, it's something of a miracle that there were only a handful of names ([[SuikodenI Hu]][[SuikodenIII go]], for one) ever shared by multiple characters (time-traveling teleportresses in ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' aside).
** Then there's Sarah the evil blond sorceress and Sarah the [[VideoGame/SuikodenI level 50 cleaning lady]].

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* Given the 500ish characters that have appeared in the ''Franchise/{{Suikoden}}'' series so far, it's something of a miracle that there were only a handful of names ([[SuikodenI Hu]][[SuikodenIII go]], for one) ever shared by multiple characters (time-traveling teleportresses in ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' aside).
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aside). Then there's Sarah the evil blond sorceress and Sarah the [[VideoGame/SuikodenI level 50 cleaning lady]].



* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' faced this problem when they added ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' to their cast of Disney Worlds, now having TWO ''playable'' characters named Jack. (Jack Sparrow, from the aforementioned movie and Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''). Since this would have interfered with the games level-up system for additional party-members, the pirate-Jack is referred to as "Sparrow" in the game's pause-menu and level-up boxes; interestingly, Sora, Donald, and Goofy also call him "Captain".
** And when a version of Rikku from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' turns up, they simply don't call her ''anything'', to avoid confusion with the original character Riku.
*** This is actually why Yuffie is with Leon in the first game: the original plan was to have Rikku accompany him, but the powers that be decided it'd be too confusing with two Rik(k)us.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** ''Kingdom Hearts''
faced this problem when they added ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' to their cast of Disney Worlds, now having TWO ''playable'' characters named Jack. (Jack Sparrow, from the aforementioned movie and Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''). Since this would have interfered with the games level-up system for additional party-members, the pirate-Jack is referred to as "Sparrow" in the game's pause-menu and level-up boxes; interestingly, Sora, Donald, and Goofy also call him "Captain".
** And when a version of Rikku from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' turns up, they simply don't call her ''anything'', to avoid confusion with the original character Riku.
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Riku. This is actually why Yuffie is with Leon in the first game: the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original plan plan]] was to have Rikku accompany him, but the powers that be decided it'd be too confusing with two Rik(k)us.



* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games since ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', the individual, nondescript Trainers you fight all have unique names. While few of them share names ''exactly,'' you'll often run into two totally different Trainers with slight spelling variations in their names, such as an Allie and an Alli, or a Sean and a Shawn. This is at its most amusing in Platinum, where there's a Zackary (a Camper) and a Zachary (a Fisherman) on ''the same route''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games since ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', the individual, nondescript Trainers you fight all have unique names. While few of them share names ''exactly,'' you'll often run into two totally different Trainers with slight spelling variations in their names, such as an Allie and an Alli, or a Sean and a Shawn. This is at its most amusing in Platinum, where there's a Zackary (a Camper) and a Zachary (a Fisherman) on ''the same route''.



* The Franchise/StreetFighter series itself has a "Juli" from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' (whose real name is "Julia") and a "Juri" from ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. The former's name was even misspelled "Juri" in ''SVC Chaos''.

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* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
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The Franchise/StreetFighter ''Street Fighter'' series itself has a "Juli" from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' (whose real name is "Julia") and a "Juri" from ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. The former's name was even misspelled "Juri" in ''SVC Chaos''.



* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' game series, there are ''four'' characters named Link (or [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever the player calls him]]) ''other than'' the LegacyCharacter heroes. Two of them are explicitly named for hero-Link (Darunia's son in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and a pig in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''), one is a cat that lives in the same village in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' implied to be, and the fourth (a goron in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'') is done as a gag (he has a reservation at an inn where the innkeeper has trouble remembering faces, so within the right time frame, hero-Link can claim his reserved room.)
** There have been several characters named "Fado" in the series. The only thing they have in common is living in a forest.

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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' game series, there ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** There
are ''four'' characters named Link (or [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever the player calls him]]) ''other than'' the LegacyCharacter heroes. Two of them are explicitly named for hero-Link (Darunia's son in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and a pig in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''), one is a cat that lives in the same village in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' implied to be, and the fourth (a goron in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'') is done as a gag (he has a reservation at an inn where the innkeeper has trouble remembering faces, so within the right time frame, hero-Link can claim his reserved room.)
** There have been several characters named "Fado" in the series. The only thing they have in common is living in a forest. Two of them are Kokiri, albeit from seperate games and centuries apart. It's often assumed Fado from ''Wind Waker'' is a DevelopmentGag to Fado from ''Ocarina Of Time''.



** Additionally every female born into the royal family has to be named Zelda, yes every single one.

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** Additionally every female born into the royal family has to be named Zelda, yes every single one. In-series the reason is that this tradition started in memory of a prince's sister who was cursed and fell into a deep sleep that lastee centuries (if not millenia). The only one not named "Zelda" is the one from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', who is named "[[spoiler:Tetra]]" due to circumstances (though she is called "Zelda" a few times).
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".)
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