[[caption-width-right:350:[[IronicName Ironically]], [[http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24911186 he's a criminal.]]]]

->'''Ted:''' So, Captain, how'd you get that name anyway?\\
'''The Captain:''' Gave it to myself. A real man chooses his own name.\\
'''Ted:''' Well, pleased to meet you, Captain. I'm Galactic President Superstar [=McAwesomeville=].
-->-- ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', "Natural History"

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Sometimes, people grow up with boring names, and they imagine more exciting and exotic names for themselves. If you let this person write a piece of fiction, expect this ''flair'' for the exotic to show up in a lot of their characters. Try to imagine this person as a baby or as a toddler and everyone calling them this. [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Try to imagine the parents who would name them this.]]

It can appear in stories set in a modern-day city, where everyone inexplicably has "cool" names. There's no one named Bill, Todd, or John. It's all "Anubis", "Scar", "Bullet", "Diamond", etc. Even better if these aren't [[TheMagnificent nicknames]], but their ''actual'' [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep given names]]. It can double up as a MeaningfulName.

When a video game lets you do this to the characters you control, it's called HelloInsertNameHere.

The inverse of UnfortunateNames and AtrociousAlias, while SpecialPersonNormalName lies in between.

LukeNounverber and DarknessVonGothickname are {{Sub Trope}}s.

Compare ThemeNaming, PropheticNames.

See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, NamesToTrustImmediately, XtremeKoolLetterz, PunctuationShaker, MyNaymeIs, AerithAndBob, LawOfAlienNames and WhoNamesTheirKidDude.

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