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[[folder: ''Comic Strip/Calvin And Hobbes'' ]]

* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', when the titular duo encounter two hawks in a tree, all of whom are in a tornado, the elder hawk refuses to call tornadoes by their name (only referring to them as "cyclones"). This ends up becoming a downplayed and PlayedForLaughs version of PoorCommunicationKills.


[[folder: Cross Over ]]

* In ''FanFic/TheBridge'':
** Xenilla/Spacegodzilla is very insistent on calling the Crystal Empire royals what they are
-->'''Xenilla''': I'm eager to see this.. crystal empire of yours, Empress.
--->'''Cadance''': Princess!
-->'''Xenilla''': Considering the architecture of your land Consort-
--->'''Shining Armor''': Prince.
---->'''Xenilla''': -Prince Consort.
** Grand King Ghidorah gets pissed if anyone just calls him Ghidorah.
* The species of Gods and Demons in ''FanFic/DivineBlood'' were named such by the humans.
--> '''Morrigan''': I've never claimed to be the Creator of the universe. We started to interact with you, and you called us 'God'. Eventually we just kept having to respond to that and it became the name of the species. As far as I am concerned, the definition of 'God' is my species. And since I am a member of my species, I am not a false god.
* In ''FanFic/HorseshoesAndHandGrenades'',, Jormungandr does not hand out "contracts", but "blessings". [[spoiler: JK states it doesn't matter--Jormungandr would just take over him no matter what he called it.]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11567521/3/Is-Your-Great-Aunt-an-AI Is Your Great Aunt an AI?]]'', SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS insists on calling magic [[FunWithAcronyms Will-based Transmogrification Force]], partially because she thinks "magic" implies a lack of scientific understanding and partially because her initial reactions to it were a confused "What the fuck?"
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kanae insists Kyon call her by her [[FirstNameBasis first name]] instead of her [[LastNameBasis last name]].
** Later, Achakura insists on calling Nonoko "[[MagicalGirl Magical Radiant Nonoko]]".
** Yakuza pretty consistently refer to themselves as "ninkyo dantai" ("chivalrous organization") and to rivals as "boryokudan" ("violence group").
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, a reader might wonder what's with the talk about "lightstaffs" and "Current" which [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything clearly resembles something else]], especially with Star Destroyers in the background. [[spoiler:You're right, it's the Force, forgotten, rediscovered, and renamed over millions of years of time passing when the Eridians decided to screw with the galaxies]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7665632/40/Potter-s-Protector Potter's Protector]]'' Rowena Ravenclaw's magical echo is quite insistent that the diadem she created is ''not'' a tiara.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11689576/1/Raptor Raptor]]'', Literature/HarryPotter is very insistent that his raptor pack is trained, not tamed; the difference is both distinct and critical. An important example of the difference is shown when Dr. Wu shows his back to Talon despite knowing she doesn't like him. Talon leaps at him and only Harry keeps her from killing the man.
* In ''FanFic/ASkitteringHeart'' a ''Literature/{{Worm}}/{{KingdomHearts}}'' crossover, after Assault forgets Taylorís cape name (Portunes) when giving a TV interview after meeting her he calls her Keynote. Everyone subsequently calls Taylor Keynote despite her attempts to correct them.
* In ''FanFic/TheStoryToEndAllStories'', [[spoiler: Poirot angrily asserts that he is not French, he is Belgian.]]
* In ''Fanfic/SuperheroRPF'' mentioning that Loki stole someone's power, will be corrected by little old him, that he just ''borrowed'' it. Interestingly he doesn't have a problem with the word ''steal'' in any other context.
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] gets called out quite a few times for not using the word [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pony]]. At first it's for calling Twilight Sparkle a horse, [[IAmNotWeasel getting corrected inmediately after it]], and the next time is for using the word guy instead of pony. Phoenix doesn't seem too amused by this.
-->'''Phoenix Wright:''' ''[[FirstPersonSmartass (Well excuse me, I didn't take "Hooked on Ponyics")]]''
** Also, the ladders/stepladders gag.
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'': When Taylor wants to block an attack, her team morphs into a jelly-like wall. She calls it a bunker, and she gets annoyed because people keeps calling it a flan.
-->A quick command, and the group morphed into the Wonder Bunker (it was NOT a flan dammit why did people keep calling it that).
* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'':
** Weiss Schnee asks Gilgamesh about his weapon collection. He says he has a ''treasure'' collection.
** Edmond Dantes insists he be addressed as "The Count of Monte Cristo, The King of the Cavern, The Vengeance Grimm" every time. Nobody humors him.


[[folder: ''Literature/Harry Potter'' ]]

* In ''FanFic/{{Moratorium}}'', Harry doesn't have friends, she has ''alliances''.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''[[FanFic/ThreeSlytherinMarauders 3 Slytherin Marauders]]'' how Dumbledore and other members of the Hogwarts staff often uses words like "pranks" and "schoolboy spirits" for what normal people know as "bullying."


[[folder: ''Video Game/Heroes Of The Storm'' ]]

* The [[FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk Strategic Prevention, Extraction, and Ablation Regiment]] calls what appears to be, [[MagicByAnyOtherName for all intents and purposes, magic]], "Functional Supernatural Phenomena." They do, however, believe in SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic as per ClarksThirdLaw unless they absolutely ''must'' fall back on AWizardDidIt.


[[folder: ''Film/The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen'' ]]

* In the ''[[FanFic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain Elizabeth Quatermain]]'' universe, Elizabeth's father Allan narrates the events from his own separate side volume, in which he refuses to refer to Elizabeth and her half-brother Harry as anything other than Daughter and Son. In the main storyline, meanwhile, Skinner has a good half-dozen nicknames for Elizabeth, but uses her real name only once.


[[folder: ''Manga/Love Hina'' ]]

* ''FanFic/AnAlternateKeitaroUrashima'': After realizing that Haruka's supporting Granny Hina's manipulative attempts to force him to take over the Inn, Keitaro starts pointedly calling her ''Aunt'' Haruka, much to her frustration.


[[folder: ''Western Animation/My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic'' ]]

* ''FanFic/DeathIsForcedToTakeAVacation'': Fall Harvest insists he is a winged unicorn, not an alicorn (he has wings but only a unicorn's magic, nothing from a pegasus or Earth pony). [[BlatantLies Heís lying, of course.]]
* ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'': It's ''Doctor'' Twilight Sparkle these days.
** In ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle'', it's ''Doctor Princess'' Twilight Sparkle.
* in ''Fanfic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'', Discord would like to remind everypony that Malfunziona is a ''lesser'' draconequus.
* In ''Fanfic/HarmonyTheory'', Rainbow Dash finds herself a thousand years in the future. Cutie Marks are now called Talent Glyphs. Rainbow adamantly calls them Cutie Marks, claiming Talent Glyph just sounds wrong.
* In ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'', many characters repeatedly state that "titles are important". The best example is [[TheDragon Esteem]], who uses it so much that it's practically his CatchPhrase (considering the [[TheFightingNarcissist character]], it's probably to remind everyone that he's both a knight and a General).
* In ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', The Grand Ruler is referred to as a "Three-Horned Winged Unicorn", rather than a tricorn.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Evergreen Road [[spoiler: is not a ''corrupt'' priest, he is a ''fraud'' priest.]] Night Blade is sometimes like this too, preferring the term "Nox pony" over "bat pony".
* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' The villains of ''Nightmares Yet to Come'' are ''not'' a cult, even if they look, dress and act like one. One of their number clarifies it - a cult worships someone, and they don't worship anyone.
* In ''FanFic/SophisticationAndBetrayal'', Rarity gets very frustrated whenever her boyfriend refers to elbow gloves as "socks". A fact he occasionally deliberately takes advantage of.
* In ''FanFic/TheVinylScratchTapes'', Octavia doesn't have a ''band''; she is part of an ''ensemble''.

[[folder: ''Manga/Naruto'' ]]

* In ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', Sasuke's brother Itachi as always referred to as just that:
-->'''Sasuke:''' Damn you, Sasuke's brother. I shall [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge get you back]]. Somehow...


[[folder: ''Manga/One Piece'' ]]

* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross objects to being called a kid or brat, being 18. He also objects to Vivi's nickname for him, Mister Jeremiah, which comes across as implying he's much older than he is. The insistence ends in Chapter 18, when he finally gives up.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11920206/7/Fighting-for-the-Future Fighting for the Future]]'', Luffy spends quite some time insisting he's simply a "concerned citizen". As a result, after beating Arlong he's in the paper, not as the newest bounty, but being hailed as a hero for taking down such dangerous threats.


[[folder: ''Franchise/Pretty Cure'' ]]

* ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'':
** Chiara Auriville[=/=]Cure Vanilla insists that she is "[[ACupAngst just in development]]" every time someone calls her "flat".
** And in episode 15...
-->'''Ayameko:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis IT! WASN'T! A! DATE!]] Just a stupid fancy dinner! Nothing else!


[[folder: Shin Megami Tensei ]]

* A lot of things are called demons in ''FanFic/GoddessRebornChronicle''-in English-speaking countries, if they're demons or not. It's noted that English lacks a good word for what to call them as a collective whole. This is, of course, present in the original works as well.


[[folder: ''Star Trek'' ]]

* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/StepByStep'', Kirk insists throughout the fic that he does not believe in luck, until the ending lines.
-->It's fortunate, he thinks fuzzily, just before dreams usher him away, that Fate decided to present one mostly-deserving captain with two such trustworthy subordinates-and-friends. Oh, who is he kidding. He is a very lucky man, and he knows it.


[[folder: ''Comic Book/The Transformers'' ]]

* ''FanFic/{{Eugenesis}}'' takes a moment out of the narrative to note that [[AxCrazy Straxus]] used to insist the Harvester Units (machines designed to find bodies and take them to the smelting pools to be melted) were ''Sanitation Units''.


[[folder: ''Franchise/X Men'' ]]

* In ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYears'', ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} resents being called "Satan". He insists on "Incarnation of Evil".
-->"Please, anyone but him! He's an agent of Satan!"\\
Scott rolled his eyes. "Incarnation of Evil please. I'd like to think I have the major religions covered."
* In ''X-Men: Revolution'' (Which has since been renamed), Betsy Braddock repeatedly insists on being called 'English, not British, its a common misconception' whenever someone refers to them as the former. This was because two readers complained about the stereotypes used in characterizing her and any non-American characters used, with one telling them that 'British' is an incorrect term, especially when referring to them, and she rewrote the entire story to remove the stereotypes, and for her added this. Betsy's brother Brian, however, doesn't have a problem being referred to as 'Captain Britain', due to it being his self picked title. Ironically, Betsy once served in the role.
* By the end of the ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars From Home]]'' series, Scott is HappilyAdopted and won't let anyone refer to Chris Summers as his dad. Charles is his dad, Chris is his father. (He does relent and let [[LikeBrotherAndSister Ororo]] refer to Chris as his "back-up dad".)