Created By: ShiningArmor87 on April 28, 2012 Last Edited By: Larkmarn on December 26, 2013
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Something Joe

A stock name for a character (usually secondary) is a word describing them mixed with Joe.

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A stock name for a character (usually secondary) is a word describing them mixed by Joe, probably because of how common the name "Joe" is.

Examples:

Advertising
  • Pineapple Joe's.
  • Cowboy Joe" is a live animal mascot sometimes used at University of Wyoming football games.

Film

Literature
  • Injun Joe from Tom Sawyer.
  • From Milkweed when Misha tells the ticket seller his name is Misha, the ticket teller asks What kind of a name is that? and promtly renames him One-eared Joe (Due to a earlier event that took his ear completely off)
  • Joe Grey

Live-Action TV
  • Friends: One of the possible fathers of the child (the mother wasn't sure who the father was) that Chandler and Monica were planning to adopt was someone in prison for killing his father with a shovel. Chandler and Monica started referring to him as "Shovelly Joe".

Music
  • "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" was a ragtime tune from the 1910's.
  • "Cowboy Joe from Mexico" is a children's skipping song.
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe

Newspaper Comics
  • Snoopy's persona Joe Cool on Peanuts.

Politics
  • Stock name for political nicknames: Joe Sixpack, Joe Millionare, Joe Shmoe...

Toys

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Pony/Doughnut Joe from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Phineas and Ferb Candace has a friend named Chicago Joe whose name gets called out every once in a while.
    • Parodied in Quantum Boogaloo, where in the Bad Future, Doofenshmirtz renames everyone in the Tri-State Area to Joe, because it is easier to remember.
  • The Simpsons: Diamond Joe Quimby, mayor of Springfield.
    • In a Treehouse of Horror episode from 1996, while trying to remember then-Presidential candidate Bob Dole's name Homer briefly calls him "Mumbley Joe."

Community Feedback Replies: 52
  • April 28, 2012
    DracMonster
    This is a specific case of Exactly What It Says On The Tin. Might be enough examples to work, though.
  • April 28, 2012
    reub2000
    Politics
    • Joseph Wurzelbacher aka Joe The Plumber, a plumber who gained brief publicity during the 2008 presidential election in the United States. He was meant to represent a small business owner.
  • April 28, 2012
    katiek
    This is funny - enter any random word in Google followed by "Joe", and you get the name of a blog or a restaurant or something (e.g. I found a Pineapple Joe's restaurant) . From this I found out that "Cowboy Joe" is a live animal mascot sometimes used at University of Wyoming football games, and that "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" was a ragtime tune from the 1910's. And obviously there is GI Joe.
  • April 28, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Phineas And Ferb Candace has a friend named Chicago Joe whose name gets called out every once in a while.
  • April 28, 2012
    X2X
  • April 28, 2012
    TonyG
  • April 28, 2012
    HandsomeRob
    There's also Mighty Joe Young.

    He's even got a full name.
  • April 28, 2012
    katiek
    Trader Joe's
  • April 28, 2012
    foxley
    • "Cowboy Joe from Mexico" is a children's skipping song.
    • Friends: One of the possible fathers of the child (the mother wasn't sure who the father was) that Chandler and Monica were planning to adopt was someone in prison for killing his father with a shovel. Chandler and Monica started referring to him as "Shovelly Joe".
  • April 28, 2012
    katiek
    Maybe it should be something like Fill In The Blank Joe, because some of the good examples are adjectives.
  • April 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: Diamond Joe Quimby, mayor of Springfield.
      • In a Treehouse Of Horror episode from 1996, while trying to remember then-Presidential candidate Bob Dole's name Homer briefly calls him "Mumbley Joe."
    • Real Life: Shoeless Joe Jackson of the 1919 White Sox scandal.
  • April 28, 2012
    nman
    Wasn't Jack Attack cut because names aren't tropes?

    If not, in every election cycle, there's usually talk of Joe Sixpack, Joe Millionaire, and other Joes used to try and relate to all Americans, reflecting on "Joe"'s status as an average name.
  • April 29, 2012
    TheEvenPrime
    And there's also Joe the Plumber.
  • April 29, 2012
    TheWealthyAardvark
    Cotton-Eyed Joe Joe Shmoe, as well as other suggestions there, such as the Average Joe.
  • April 29, 2012
    reub2000
    Wasn't Jack Attack cut because names aren't tropes?

    We have plently of name based tropes. I think it's fine as long as it's joe plus a noun or adjective.
  • April 29, 2012
    Jir
    From Milkweed when Misha tells the ticket seller his name is Misha, the ticket teller asks What kind of a name is that? and promtly renames him One-eared Joe (Due to a earlier event that took his ear completely off)
  • April 29, 2012
    ShanghaiSlave
    "fill in the blank joe" seems too long. how about Something Joe? obviously a Snowclone to Something Person but at least it's shorter.

    as for examples

    Videogames

  • April 29, 2012
    Dawnwing
    Literature:

  • April 29, 2012
    reub2000
    ^Not simply about characters named Joe.
  • April 29, 2012
    azul120
    Would Joe Blow be a reverse case?
  • April 30, 2012
    Arivne
    Film

    Sports
    • "Broadway Joe", one of former American football star Joe Namath's nicknames.
  • April 30, 2012
    dokatron
    In the TV series "The Mighty Boosh", Vince Noir created a coconut man he named "Milky Joe".
  • April 30, 2012
    Duncan
    The song "Smoky Joe's Cafe", which gave its name to the title of a Jukebox Musical of the works of Leiber And Stoller.
  • April 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Little Joe, one of the main characters in Bonanza. Per the Expanded Universe (namely a song sung by Lorne "Ben Cartwright" Greene) "Big Joe" was his mother's first husband, who died while saving Ben, Little Joe's father. But in the series itself there is no "Big Joe." He's just the youngest and smallest of the Cartwright boys.
  • April 30, 2012
    littlemissmuffet
    Camel cigarettes had a mascot called Joe Camel. Now retired as it was believed to be pandering to minors.
  • April 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^The camel on the pack of Camels is an artisic representation of a real circus camel named Ol' Joe.
  • April 30, 2012
    Mezzopiano
    Kirby has an enemy and occasional helper named Knuckle Joe.
  • April 30, 2012
    Prfnoff
    Theatre
  • April 30, 2012
    TMOverbeck
  • April 30, 2012
    elwoz
    "John X" is sometimes used this way as well: perhaps most famously, John Bull is the national personification of Great Britain (kinda like Uncle Sam), and of course John Doe and John Smith are standard obvious fake names.

    The womanly equivalent is (most commonly) Jane.

    See also Alice And Bob.
  • May 1, 2012
    Surenity
    Music
    • Smokey Joe was a drug dealer and pimp that was a recurring character in Cab Calloway songs.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    Bump for opinions on whether this is actually a trope.
  • January 18, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • Sniper Joe from the Mega Man series is actually a mass-production model of Proto Man.
  • January 18, 2013
    313Bluestreak
  • February 15, 2013
    Met
    Banana Joe just won the Westminster Dog show. But yeah, I think we need to figure out if someone being named Joe is really a trope.
  • February 15, 2013
    StarSword
    I think the trope needs to be "Joe is the name given to The Everyman" or something is that effect, because "people named Joe" is chairs. Suggest Joe Is Ordinary to help repel examples of "This character is named Joe" (which is half the examples right now, BTW).
  • February 15, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Trader Joe's isn't an example. It's named after a specific guy named Joe.

    How about "Joe-Neric Name" for a title?
  • February 16, 2013
    Prfnoff
    @StarSword: I don't think you're getting the full trope description.
  • February 16, 2013
    StarSword
    ^*rereads trope description*

    Okay, forget what I said. But I still don't think it's a trope.
  • February 16, 2013
    MarkKB
  • February 16, 2013
    Met
    I still don't see what's tropable about it. It's just a list of everybody ever named Joe.
  • February 27, 2013
    DracMonster
  • February 27, 2013
    DRCEQ
    • Sniper Joe from Mega Man is actually a mass-produced version of Protoman.
  • February 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Deleted some of the real-life-y examples because they're not really... examples. They're just guys named Joe.
  • February 27, 2013
    lalalei2001
  • February 28, 2013
    Jbadder
    I had a bit of a wonder around, and I think this trope has already been done. I looked at Luke Nounverber and Adjective Noun Fred (probably the closer of the two here), and spotted references to Earn Your Title, and I'm fairly convinced this has been covered.
  • February 28, 2013
    Stratadrake
    I'm not sure, but I haven't done the searching bit. I'm thinking there could be a trope in "Joe as a name for a secondary character", a la Sideline Joe or something....
  • March 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Three Stooges were originally (on film) Moe, Larry, and Curly. Curly had a stroke and was replaced, first with Shemp and then with Joe. After Joe quit, another Joe replaced him; since the new Joe had a shaved head like Curly, he was dubbed Curly-Joe.
  • March 1, 2013
    DracMonster
    Most of the examples are a job or character trait attached to the name. Would Pigeonhole Joe encapsulate the concept? Something along that line anyway. (It would also properly delineate the trope from just people with Joe in the name.)
  • December 25, 2013
    Prfnoff
    I suggest Descriptive Joe or Joe Descriptive.

    Dave Barry Slept Here mentions that former military contractors during World War II had to start selling their products to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Consumer, which a footnote explains are pseudonyms for Mr. and Mrs. Bob Consumer.
  • December 25, 2013
    DAN004
    ...So why should we have "something Joe", again? The description is totally bland. As someone said, Jack Attack was cut for a reason.
  • December 26, 2013
    KarjamP
    A Trope is something that affects the plot in some way.

    Does "Something Joe" affect the plot in some way?

    That's why we have the policy People Sit On Chairs.

    Even if it isn't Chairs, the trope seems to attract a serious case of Zero Context Examples.

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