Created By: Glucharina on March 22, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on February 19, 2012

Generic Player Charter Title

Player Character is assigned a title, because text-to-speech can\'t read name

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In a game where ability of type your character's name meets voice acting, you will be assigned some sort of title to replace your name, because modern text-to-speech technologies are not advanced enough to read name you choose.

Notice please, that this trope consist of
  • You can type your character's name
  • Voice acting will call you something else

If your name is predefined or simply not given and everyone call you sergeant, or commander, or hey you - it is not the case. I can't check all your claims, so please be responsible.

Examples

  • Quest for Glory : In five you were "The Prince of Shapeir", a reference to the ending of two.
  • Fallout : Vault Dweller. Although you are never called this in-game, term originates from Fallout 2.
  • Arcanum: Living One, although spoken only few times. Most voiced people simply don't adress you by name.
  • Deus Ex: You can type protagonist's name in the beginning of the game, but everyone will call you with your codename JC Denton. Your real name however appear in e-mails
  • In Oblivion you get several depending on your quests, however the main plot will always grant you the titles of "The Hero of Kvatch" and "Champion of Cyrodill". Other titles include being head of the Thieves, Assassins, Mages and Fighter's guilds.
  • Several examples from the Fable series.
    • In Fable II, you start out as Sparrow, though the game allows you to purchase or earn new titles.
    • There are a few names for you in Fable III, most of which refer to your status as Prince or Princess.
  • BioWare games often have this:
  • The Master Detective from the Mystery Case Files series.
Final Fantasy X is a weird version of it - you can name your hero (default is Tidus), but everyone calls you "you", "the new guy", "the newest guardian", etc. due to the voice acting thing. Made doubly weird in Final Fantasy X-2 where everyone talks about him without ever saying his name.
  • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain allows you to enter an actual name; however, you must also choose from a short list of predefined radio callsigns so the voice actors have something to call you.
  • In Backyard Sports, you can name custom characters whatever you like, but the audio commentators refer to them by jersey number or a preset nickname chosen during creation.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • March 22, 2011
    Topazan
  • March 22, 2011
    chihuahua0
    The title sounds too much like Character Title.
  • March 22, 2011
    Glucharina
    Right. That's why it's working title.
  • March 22, 2011
    Bisected8
    In Oblivion you get several depending on your quests, however the main plot will always grant you the titles of "The Hero of Kvatch" and "Champion of Cyrodill". Other titles include being head of the Thieves, Assassins, Mages and Fighter's guilds.
  • March 22, 2011
    MegTheMaggot
    • Several examples from the Fable series.
      • In Fable II, you start out as Sparrow, though the game allows you to purchase or earn new titles.
      • There are a few names for you in Fable III, most of which refer to your status as Prince or Princess.

    As for the title: Hey You Hero, maybe?
  • March 23, 2011
    Glucharina
    I don't like Hey You Hero, because it can mean anything. Maybe similar to Everyone Calls Him Barkeep, Everyone Calls You Hero?
  • March 23, 2011
    Koveras
    I swear, we had this same YKTTW a while back. But it kinda drowned and never got launched. I can't find it anymore, though.

    • Bio Ware games often have this:
      • Mass Effect: "Commander" and/or "Shepard" (you can't change the last name, though you are free to pick the first one).
      • Dragon Age: Origins: "the Warden", and "Warden-Commander" in the Expansion Pack.
      • Dragon Age II: "Champion" or "Hawke" (like in Mass Effect).
  • March 23, 2011
    Antigone3
    The Master Detective from the Mystery Case Files series.
  • March 23, 2011
    Augustine
    Used in the first two installments of Dawn of War II with the title "Commander" but averted in the second expansion as you play as a named character, Apollo Diomedes.
  • March 23, 2011
    MegTheMaggot
    I like Everyone Calls You Hero, 'cept there might be a bit of pronoun trouble. Everyone Calls Him Hero vs. Everyone Calls Her Hero vs. Everyone Calls Them Hero, etc.
  • March 23, 2011
    Glucharina
    Notice please, that this trope consist of
    • You can type your character's name
    • Voice acting will call you something else

    If your name is predefined or simply not given and everyone call you sergeant, or commander, or hey you - it is not the case. I can't check all your claims, so please be responsible.
  • March 23, 2011
    Cidolfas
    Final Fantasy X is a weird version of it - you can name your hero (default is Tidus), but everyone calls you "you", "the new guy", "the newest guardian", etc. due to the voice acting thing. Made doubly weird in Final Fantasy X 2 where everyone talks about him without ever saying his name.

    A bit fuzzy on the definition as it stands though, not sure if it counts.
  • March 23, 2011
    Thebes
    ^That's exactly this trope.

    ^^Add that to the main body.
  • March 23, 2011
    Scooter007
    • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain allows you to enter an actual name; however, you must also choose from a short list of predefined radio callsigns so the voice actors have something to call you.
    • Partial example in Deus Ex: You can input your name, but everyone (even your own brother) calls you by the code name JC Denton. Your "real" name does crop up in a few emails, though.
  • March 23, 2011
    Kaosubaloo
    I'm pretty sure this is AFCNCAAP. Or at least it is heavily related.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AFGNCAAP
  • March 23, 2011
    Kaosubaloo
    • This post is no longer relevant*
  • March 23, 2011
    Glucharina
    ^^ No, no it isn't. AFGNCAAP is a character who lack any distinctive traits, this is not the case.
  • March 23, 2011
    Thebes
    Scooter brings up an interesting point about the text. I don't know if that sort of thing deserves mention in the article though.

    If it should, not that Mass Effect and Fallout 3 both refer to the PC by name in text entries.
  • March 23, 2011
    Topazan
    I should mention now that you clarified the definition that I can't personally vouch for the PC being call "the Courier" in-game in Fallout New Vegas. Also, in Fallout3 there's only one character who regularly refers to you in the third person, and while I'm pretty sure he uses the meta-name "Lone Wanderer" at least once, he usually calls you "one-oh-one". (Since you're from Vault 101)

    While I'm here, if I remember correctly Quest For Glory 5 also uses your "real" name in text.
  • March 24, 2011
    Thebes
    In Backyard Sports, you can name custom characters whatever you like, but the audio commentators refer to them by jersey number or a preset nickname chosen during creation.
  • March 24, 2011
    Glucharina
    ^^Courier refereed as such in ending narration
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    Somone want to take this?
  • February 19, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    Artix Entertainment games, when an event includes voice-acting, will often call your player character "Hero."
  • February 19, 2012
    Prfnoff
    We used to have something like this, under the title Star Player Of The Zanarkand Abes (again in reference to Final Fantasy X). That trope got cut, but this try is better all around. One question: isn't the title forgetting that "character" is spelled with an AC?

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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