Created By: spudsabre on July 31, 2013 Last Edited By: spudsabre on August 3, 2013

Web Aliases End In Numbers

In media, e-mail addresses, usernames, and Twitter handles will end with a series of digits.

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Whenever a fictional web alias, such as a character's e-mail address or MMO username are shown, it almost always seems like that character did not get their first choice, and went for one of the automatically generated similar suggestions, which will end with a series of numbers that may or may not be significant.

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  • August 1, 2013
    Arivne
    One reason for this in Real Life is if you choose an address or screen name that has already been chosen by someone else. If the address/name is really popular, other people may have already taken some of the earlier numbers.

    For example, if someone had already taken the name Hunter, you might have to take the name Hunter2. If Hunter2 through Hunter600 were already taken, you would have to be Hunter601.

    Tabletop Games
    • In Hunter The Reckoning all hunters had this type of screen name on Hunter-Net, their private forum network. Examples included God45, Bookworm55 and Doctor119. In this case the number indicated their order in joining the network, e.g. God45 was the 45th Hunter to join.
  • August 1, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    Ah, too bad Troper Tales is defunct, we could have some fun relating why we put certain numbers at the end of our names.
  • August 1, 2013
    m8e
    • Happy Endings: Alex bought a parrot from someone called aryan420. The parrot kept on making homophobic and racist remarks.
      I bought him from this guy named A Ryan 4 20 on prodigy.net. Why would a stoner have a racist bird?
      Ok, I think A Ryan is Aryan and 4 20 is april 20, which is Hitlers birthday.
  • August 1, 2013
    Duncan
    • In Title Of Show, Hunter reads aloud an e-mail from "sweeneyluvr12"
  • August 1, 2013
    Duncan
    • In The Simpsons episode "The President Wore Pearls", Lisa gives her e-mail as "smartgirl63, underscore backslash, at yahoo.com"
  • August 1, 2013
    StarSword
    This is such a common thing that we named another trope this way, Ultimate Gamer 386.

    Literature:
    • In the Animorphs series Jake's screen name is Bball24, 24 being the highest he ever scored in basketball.

    Video Games:
  • August 1, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    The description should give a reason for the existence of this trope. One that comes to my mind is the comical effect when an alias that no one in his right mind should want has numbers in it, implying that the original one was already in use (something like donkeylove65 or ThisAliasIsSuperOriginal98).
  • August 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    We have a trope that's the inversion of this, but I'm not finding it.
  • August 1, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • August 1, 2013
    m8e
    ^^^Right, and if someones alias is donkeylove65 someone will probably lampshade it and ask "Wait, does that mean there's at least 65 donkeylovers?"

    There also the year of birth ending. So BOB 88 coud be BO Boy born 1988/BOB born 1988, the 88th guy using BOB as an alias, or BOB the white supremacist that Heils Hitler.
  • August 1, 2013
    Chabal2
    Cracked columnists often use "bustygirl69" when making spambot jokes.
  • August 3, 2013
    spudsabre
    ^^^^^ Yeah, I know the description as it stands isn't that good. Does anyone have something better in mind?

    ^^^ Wouldn't this be a Sub Trope of Online Alias?
  • August 3, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    In the movie Youve Got Mail Tom Hanks' character Joe has the alias "NY152", since he lives in New York in a building whose address number is 152. Late in the film he jokes about what it could mean (Kathleen doesn't know that Joe is NY152):
    Kathleen: NY152.
    Joe: One five two. One hundred fifty two. Very interesting. He's 152 years old. He has 152 hairs remaining on his head. He's had 152 moles removed and now he has 152 pockmarks.

  • August 3, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    My troper handle is this, but Troper Tales id defunct.
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