Created By: Susiemary on July 31, 2011 Last Edited By: bwburke94 on October 13, 2014

Adaptation Name Change

The same character has a change in first name, last name or both between adaptations. (Description could be better)

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Alice Andrews in the books becomes Alice Allen in The Movie then Annie Adams in The Series.

This is when a character has a name change between adaptations. This can be their first name, last name or both.

This trope came to mind when I read the Sudden Name Change YKTTW entry, but that trope is about name changes in the same series.

The key to this trope is that between adaptations, the character must clearly be the same. If they are a Suspiciously Similar Substitute or a Composite Character, then this trope does not apply.

This is very common in foreign adaptations, where names are changed to either reflect the local culture, or to give the show its own identity.

This trope only applies when the adaptation is in the same language as the original. When a character's name changes in a translation, that's Dub Name Change.

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  • July 31, 2011
    azraelfinalstar
    • Barbara Gordon receives a name change in Batman And Robin as she is nowAalfred's niece
  • July 31, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Incredible Hulk: David Bruce Banner, who goes by David, instead of Robert Bruce Banner who goes by Bruce.
  • July 31, 2011
    Premonition45
    One of the Von Trapp daughters in The Sound Of Music had her name changed because it was also Maria.
  • July 31, 2011
    warpy
  • August 1, 2011
    foxley
    • In the two adaptations of the Lew Archer novels starring Paul Newman (Harper and The Drowning Pool), the hero's name was changed to Lew Harper (supposedly Newman liked film titles that started with H after the success of Hud and The Hustler).
    • The central character of the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake is Parker. In the first film adaptation (Point Blank with Lee Marvin), the character is called Walker. In the second (Payback with Mel Gibson) he is called Porter.
  • August 3, 2011
    NetMonster
    In some Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson's first name changes.
  • August 3, 2011
    Tifforo
    The Rebuild of Neon Genesis Evangelion introduces some name changes. Asuka's family name changed, for example.
  • August 3, 2011
    DarkConfidant
    Would Tom Riddle from Harry Potter count? Tom's birth name was changed in many foreign translations to keep the anagram to 'I am Lord Voldemort' (or variations there of).
  • August 3, 2011
    PaulA
    All the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music have different names than the real life ones.
  • October 23, 2011
    Hello999
    The Tom Riddle example wouldn't count because it's already covered by Dub Name Change.

    The 2002 version of The Time Machine changed Weena's name to "Mara". (As well as giving the Time-Traveler a name, but that's another trope.)
  • October 23, 2011
    bwburke94
    The main characters of the Pokemon video games are subject to this in adaptations, even if we ignore Hello Insert Name Here. In addition, one character from the games (in English) is known as Kiyo in Gold/Silver/Crystal, then his name was changed to Koichi in FireRed/LeafGreen, then it was reverted back in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
  • October 23, 2011
    Damr1990
    • From Teen Titans, in the Cartoon adaptation,Death Stroke the Terminator was changed to Simply Slade (Not Sure if Counts as technically it would be simply Calling him by his real Name, Slade Wilson)
  • October 23, 2011
    LuxExterior
    • The novel American Psycho, when adapted for the screen, changed Timothy Pryce into Timothy Bryce and Paul Owen into Paul Allen.
  • October 23, 2011
    foxley
    In The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad, Disney's version of The Wind In The Willows, Badger is inexplicably renamed 'Angus MacBadger'.
  • October 23, 2011
    sigh824
    The manga adaption of the game Persona 4 has Souji Seta,renamed Yu Narukami for the upcoming anime version.
  • October 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the original play version of Dracula Lucy Westerna becomes Dr. Seward's daughter. In the 1931 film Mina Murray is Dr. Seward's daughter.
  • October 24, 2011
    yrrw
    How about 'Guess what? I'm adapted!' as a trope name
  • October 24, 2011
    LoopyChew
    ^Considering that 1) it's a conversational trope name when those are being taken out by the dozen and 2) it doesn't really convey the concept of "someone's name gets changed in the adaptation," I'd say otherwise.

  • October 24, 2011
    Gatchaman432
    Tea Gardner, Joey Wheeler and Tristan Taylor of the {{4Kids}} dub of Yu Gi Oh used to be Anzu Mazaki, Jonouchi, and Hiroto Honda. Soul's last name (it was "Evans") was dropped completely when Soul Eater was picked up by Funimation.
  • November 20, 2011
    TrevMUN
  • November 21, 2011
    TheChainMan
    ^^That's Dub Name Change.

    On a variation, Dragon Ball has Assistant Black, who became Staff Officer Black on the anime, thus changing his job's name, even if he was The Dragon either way.
  • November 21, 2011
    Jordan
    In the novel of Layer Cake, one of the prominent characters is Eddie Ryder. He's named Eddie Temple in the film version.
  • November 21, 2011
    Trotzky
    His Dark Materials: Book Northern Lights tells the fight of Iorek = good Bear versus Iofur = evil Bear. This is confusing, so in the movie Golden Compass, "Ragnar" is the evil bear's name.
  • October 13, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    John Watson of Sherlock Holmes is changed to a woman called "Joan Watson" in Elementary
  • October 13, 2014
    Snicka
    • Thanks to Executive Meddling, Saruman almost got renamed to "Aruman" in the animated The Lord Of The Rings movie, to avoid confusions with Sauron. They changed their minds at the last minute, but an "Aruman" or two still can be heard in the dialogue.
  • October 13, 2014
    maxwellsilver
    • In Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower's coxswain Brown's name is changed to Quist, for whatever reason.
  • October 13, 2014
    maxwellsilver
    This is already a trope. Adaptation Name Change.

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