Fan Nickname / Tabletop Games

  • General
    • Caltrops - 4-sided dice, well-known for causing Agony of the Feet if stepped on.
    • Golfball - 100-sided dice, well known for not stopping when rolled because it's almost as spherical as a golf ball.
    • FLGS - Friendly Local Game Shop, the place where you spend your money on the entertainment below. Sometimes the "Friendly" is replaced with another word that starts with the letter F depending on the quality (or lack thereof) of the venue in question.

  • Duel Masters
    • Bob - A card with a very long, confusing name. Earned the name from a fan site rant. Notable for being the only Duel Masters card nickname to date that has stuck.

  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • 3.75, 3.PF - Pathfinder, the most popular and enduring of all attempts to keep the 3.5 rules set alive, currently the world's best-selling roleplaying game (although ICV2 3rd quarter numbers, which would reflect Gen Con and the release of D&D 5th Edition, aren't in yet).
    • Big El - Elminster, the most famous and almost most powerful wizard in the Forgotten Realms.
    • Loli-Pope - In Eberron, Jaela Daran, the current leader of the Church of the Silver Flame, happens to be a little girl. Also Sailor Pope, for hopefully obvious reasons...
      • In the same setting, the NPC known as the Lord of Blades (LoB) is often referred to as the LoBster.
    • Big T - The Tarrasque, one of the strongest monsters that is included in most editions of D&D. Often a standard to compare a character's battle prowess is beating Big T (though not killing it, because that requires a caster with wish or miracle to finish off once it's down).
    • Purple People Eater: The Purple Worm. Named as such because in almost every edition, it is used to showcase the "swallow whole" monster ability.
    • Creating a new character is nicknamed 'rerolling', since to make it, you have to roll more dice. This has carried over into MMOs.
    • CoDzilla - A (3.X edition) Cleric or Druid, so named for their incredible power in the hands of a competent player.
      • Not to be confused with the alternate term for CoD, which stands for a Circle Of Death monster, a large monster who can unleash devastating full-round attacks on a party member if they don't have to move - which typically means the melee classes.
    • Batman Wizard - Crazy-Prepared Wizard with a spell for everything.
    • Pun-Pun - A character who uses the Sarrukh's Manipulate Form ability to give themselves any ability they want. Any. From a famous message-board post with a Kobold named Pun-Pun using this ability to demonstrate exactly how silly it could get, and in Pun-Pun's case that's the single silliest Game Breaker yet known.
    • Mr. Shouty Man - RPGNet term for D&D 4E's Warlord.
      • Lazy Lord: a Warlord who eschews ever making any actual attacks for him/herself, instead every action is granted to OTHER players. and staying out of direct combat.
    • Fightbrain - RPGNet term for D&D 4E's Battlemind, often used by those annoyed with the class name (which often leads to discussions about WOTC/Hasbro's wiki-word style naming conventions for D&D).
    • Diplomancy: The Game Breaker Diplomacy skill in 3.5, so named because it was often more effective than magic for taking enemy combatants out of the fight by befriending them in the middle of a battle.
    • BBEG: Big Bad Evil Guy (alternatively, Big Bad Enemy General). The name for major, Big Bad-level villains.
    • Drizzt (after Do'Urden): Any ranger whose primary offense is dual-wielding melee weapons.
    • PoLand: A term for the "generic" setting of D&D Fourth Edition, given the portrayal of civilization in the game world as "Points of Light" against a vast untamed landscape.
    • Some Sourcebooks have nicknames:
      • Book of Bad Latin: Libris Mortis. Despite the fact that a sidebar in the book says the title is meant to be "From the Books of Dead", which is what the title actually means.
      • It's Hot Outside: Sandstorm, a book focusing on desert settings. Some players also call it "Darude" for the pun.
      • It's Cold Outside: Frostburn, a book focusing on arctic/tundra settings.
      • It's Wet Outside: Stormwrack, a book focusing on sailing/nautical settings.
      • It's Crowded Outside: Cityscape, a book focusing on urban settings.
      • It's Not Outside: Dungeonscape, a book focusing on... well, you can probably figure it out.
      • Book of Mild Dimness: Book of Vile Darkness, so nicknamed for its often laughably over-the-top borderline-cartoonish take on evil.
      • Book of Erroneous Design: Book of Exalted Deeds, due to the Game Breakers in that book.
      • Book of Weaboo Fightan Magic: The Tome of Battle/Book of Nine Swords, named so because of its attempts to solve the Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards problem, with classes that had spell-like combat abilities. Used both as a pejorative by those who dislike it and a lovable nickname by those who like it.
      • Complete Crud: Complete Psionics. Infamous for its low quality: plotholes note , nerfing things that were perfectly balanced or underpowered to begin with note  and introducing classes which were broken in both definitions of the word note . The only things fans consistently enjoy about the book are A. free as an excerpt (Soulbow), B. a variant of a feat in a better book (Practiced Manifester is Practiced Spellcaster, except psionic) and C. the Ardent.
    • Complete Book of the Master Race: 2E's The Complete Book of Elves, which fully embraced the "Elves are better than everyone else" mentality.
    • Happy Stick: A Wand of Cure Light Wounds, considered perhaps the most indispensable magic item for a low-level party.
    • Greyhawk (verb): To loot. Example: "After we kill the orcs, we Greyhawk their bodies."
    • Laser Cleric: Nickname for 4E clerics that focus on dealing ranged Radiant (i.e. light, holy) damage rather than typical clerical duties.
    • Thunder Cats: A common nickname for Shifters, especially Razorclaws.
    • Breakfast of Champions: The Heroes' Feast spell. For many clerics of high enough level, casting it for the party is part of their morning routine.
    • TWORPG: The World's Oldest Role-Playing Game, since Wizards of the Coast explicitly disallowed using the name Dungeons & Dragons directly by other game companies under the Open Gaming License.
    • Lizards on the Toast, Wizzing on a Post, etc.: Derogatory nicknames for Wizards of the Coast, D&D's current publisher.
      • WizBro: Often used when Wizards of the Coast is making something perceived as a Bad Move, used to imply that said move is being forced from Wizard of the Coast's corporate parent, Hasbro, rather than originating from inside.
    • Abuse Magic Device: The "Use Magic Device" skill.
    • Necklace of Suicide: A Necklace of Fireballs, since certain circumstances can cause all the beads to be set off on the wearer.
    • BECMI: Basic/Expert/Companion/Masters/Immortals, the rules sets for the pre-3e D&D (as opposed to AD&D) game.

  • Legend of the Five Rings
    • CSI: Rokugan - The Kitsuki.
    • Stylus Boy - The Shadow Dragon. (Derived from the First Evil's nickname of 'Pencil Boy', as the character in question is a lame rip-off of.)
    • FuFu-chan - The dark god Fu Leng.'Nuff said.

  • Net Runner
    • Action Jackson/Jesus J How/Our Lord and Savior: Jackson Howard, a card which brought an end to heavily runner oriented era of Android: Netrunner, and put the corp on a more even playing field
    • Astrotrain/The Astrotrain: Astroscript Pilot Program, a card often considered key for fast advance strategies, it's ability to give a free advancement often used to daisy chain to other Astroscipts, ending in a small agenda such as breaking news, bringing the corp up to 7 and winning the game
    • Bartmoss: Bartmoss Memorial Icebreaker. Replaced in Spirit by the Android: Netrunner card Crypsis
    • Bounce off: To end a run by hitting a piece of ICE that otherwise does no harm.
    • Brat: Eli 1.0, a very efficient bioroid barrier, depicted as a small child in the art.
    • Corp: The corporation.
    • Corp Score: The corporation card Accounts Receivable, because it functions identically to the Runner card Score!: pay 5 bits, gain 9 bits. (In Android: Netrunner, the cards are Sure Gamble and Hedge Fund.)
    • Crash: Draw two cards with "Crash Everett, Inventive Fixer".
    • Escape/ESC: Emergency Self-Construct, used to escape death through flatlining.
    • Faceplant: hitting a piece of ice that can't be broken, usually ending the run, if not occasionally deciding the game. comes in several flavors. also used for hitting ambushes such as Project Junebug
      • DFP/Double-Face Plant: the act of calling a corp's bluff wrong and faceplanting into a Janus 1.0. getting hit with Ryon Knight afterwards completes the elusive Triple Face Plant, and usually loses the runner the game
      • Nas Plant: using shaper identity Nasir Meidan: Cyber Explorer and hitting 0 cost ice and having his ability trigger, draining all the credits in your pool
    • Glacier: Corprate decks built around creating highly secure servers with thick walls of ICE
    • Kate/Kiss me Kate: Kati Jones, an important runner economy card for many builds. using her ability has also been euphmized as "ordering a pizza"
    • Neal: The runner card Fall Guy. Taken from its flavor text: "What I like best about you, Neal, is that you trust me.". Also the online name of a prominent Net Runner player and fan, who wrote a Net Runner newsletter called "Neal's Last Words".
    • Pump the Broker/Dump the Broker: Spending an action to add or remove bits from the Broker. Named after the form of stock fraud known as "Pump and Dump".
    • Sexy Robots: Adonis/Eve Campaign, two Haas Bioroid resources that represent the a sales campaign for "pleasure model" Bioroids
    • Smith's: To use Smith's Pawnshop to trash a card for a bit.
    • Tag&Bag: A deck archetype (commonly in a Weyland Faction) focused less on scorring agendas and simply on Flatlining the runner
    • Timetwister: MIT West Tier, named as an anagram of the Magic card Timetwister which has a similar function.
    • Working at McDonalds: Gaining a bit (the currency of the game) by spending an action, rather than through some faster means. Similarly, "working a double/triple/quadruple shift at McDonalds": spending two, three, or four actions in a turn simply to gain as many bits. this term still exists in some Android: Netrunner communities, the corp doing so often referred to as "opening a McDonalds"

  • Warhammer Fantasy Battle
    • Papamobile - the grand theogonist's war altar
    • The Hypnotoad - Individual Slann Mage Priests
    • Hellen - hellcannon
    • Hamsterwheels - Doomwheels, which are pretty much gigantic armed hamster wheels
    • Brets - Bretonnians
    • Tapdance of Gork - Gork's Warpath, an orc spell that summons an ectoplasmic effigy of Gork to stomp everyone at random. Spawned due to the White Dwarf article that said this was the original working title of the spell.
    • the Skelepope - Nagash. His new look involves robes, a tall hat and a staff. Also, in the lore Nagash was at one point the High Priest of Nehekhara's main religion back when he was human.
      • Bone Daddy as well, being the inventor of necromancy and all the bony parts of his model.

  • Warhammer 40,000 (aka WH40K)
    • Catholic Space Nazis - the Imperium of Man.
    • Empy - Because it's boring to write EMPEROR.
      • Emprah - how Indrick Boreale says it in Dawn of War: Soulstorm.
      • Also commonly called Emps and the Big E.
    • Spess Mehreens - Another one from Boreale, this time an affectionate nickname for space marines.
    • Pie Plate - The large ordnance template. Called a "Pizza" in Italy, for obvious reasons.
    • Smurfs - The (blue-and-white liveried) Ultramarines. Occasionally used for Space Marines in general (SMurfs).
      • Papa Smurf - Marneus Calgar, Chapter Master of the Ultramarines Ultrasmurfs.
      • Rowboat/Rawbuttnote  Girlyman - Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines.
    • Blue Space Communists/Weeaboos - The Tau.
      • Weeaboo Space-Commies as well.
      • Also know as Commie-Fish because of their vehicle naming conventions.
    • Greys - Tau, because of their resemblance to the Roswell Greys
    • Bolter Bitches - Sisters of Battle. Alternate name for flamethrower-focused version: Flamer Bitches.
      • Nuns With Guns - see above
    • Toasters - Necrons
    • Space Elves, Elfdar - Eldar.
      • Among the less charitable (usually SMurf players), the nickname is often extended to Pansy Space Elves.
    • Space Puppies - Space Wolves
    • T-shirt and Flashlight - The flak armor and lasgun of guardsmen. On that note, a lasgun with a flashlight attached to it is logically considered twin-linked.
      • The shooting phase of guardsmen is known as a laser-light show.
      • Big Mac - Any melta, but especially multi-meltas. So named because a "multi-melta" sounds like some kind of delicious cheese sandwich.
    • METAL BAWKSES! - Rhino transport vehicle, another one from Soulstorm
      • CARDBOARD BAWKSES! Raiders, a Dark Eldar transport vehicle. Inspired by the above.
    • 'Nids - Tyranids.
    • Failaddon / Failbaddon - Abaddon the Despoiler, thanks to losing all 13 Black Crusades and never making it past Cadia despite having an army of Space Marines, Daemons and Cults vastly outnumbering the Imperial Forces.
      • Failaddon / Failbaddon / Abaddon the Armless / Armless Failure - due to earlier models of Abbadon having issues with their arms falling off due to weight issues (he had really large weapons on somewhat small arms).
    • Flying Circus: Any 6th edition army, particularly Necrons and Imperial Guard, built around using as many Flyers as possible.
    • Tsundere-Sun/Sundere/ShadowTsundere - Commander Shadowsun.
    • Cap'n Gabe - Blood Ravens Brother Captain (later Chapter Master) Gabriel Angelos.
    • Space Marines, particularly the first edition models, are occasionally referred to as "Beakie Boyz" or "Beakies" due to the distinctive pointed "snout" of the Mk VI Corvus Armour's helmet (itself inspired by the medieval bascinet). Though few Space Marine models use the older helmet, the Orks still use "Beakie" as shorthand for Space Marine, and a certain image board asserts that the earlier Space Marines were much more macho and badass than the Nancy-boys in skull-faced helmets that run around today.
      • Many Orkish nicknames are popular among players as shorthand for various races and wargear: "Panzees" = Eldar; "Beakies" = Marines; "Umies" = Imperial Guard, regular humans; "Dakka" = guns, cannons; "Choppa" = close combat weapons; "Stunties" = Squats; "Fishies" = Tau
    • Life Support Toilet - the Emperor's Golden Throne, for the function it serves and the unfortunate implications of the word "throne."
      • Also known as the Golden Toilet or Golden Shithouse, for the same reasons mentioned above.
    • Musical Wounds - the tactic of exploiting 5th edition wound allocation rules for units of differently-equipped multi-wound models, to spread the wounds evenly on them rather than let models die.
    • Greenwing - regular Dark Angels soldiers, as opposed to the more elite black-armored Ravenwing and white-armored Deathwing.
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    • Pimps in Space - Rogue Trader
    • Newcron/Oldcorns - Necrons based on either their 5th edition lore or their original lore.
    • Pokegods - C'tan in the current lore as they are kept in small pocket dimensions until released.
    • Mexican Marines - The Crimson Fists, due to many of their members having Latin-American or Spanish names.
    • Trollzyn the Tarpit Breaker. Because Trazyn the Infinite is in/famous for 2 things: his trollish behaviour, and his ability to inflict Total Party Kill on Zerg Rush attempts.

  • Old World of Darkness - oWoD for short.
    • Fishmalk - A derisive nickname for those who played a certain type of Malkavian in Vampire: The Masquerade. The curse of the Malkavians is that they all become insane upon Embrace, so some players use it as an excuse to play a "wacky," "unpredictable" character who basically pranks the hell out of others. Named for how these Malks are likely to slap you in the face with a fish (or otherwise do something silly involving fish or the word "fish.")
    • There's also the joke: "How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?" "FISH!" The original meaning of the term stems from a very early LARP game involving a number of Malks and a prank involving fish. More specifically, a bomb that flung fish across an entire room.
    • Rite of Pants - The Rite of Talisman Dedication in Werewolf: The Apocalypse, which allows werewolves to attune certain items so they change when the werewolf changes form. So named because it's most commonly used with clothing.
    • Otherkin: The Glamourbombing - Changeling: The Dreaming
    • Furry Captain Planet - Werewolf: The Apocalypse
    • Hunter: The Reckoning Virtues:
      • Fag - Mercy
      • Assburger - Vision
      • Teabagger - Zeal

  • New World of Darkness - nWoD for short.
    • The Lodge of Batman, a.k.a., The Lodge of the Goddamn Batman - A fast-spreading nickname for the Lodge of Spires in Werewolf: The Forsaken, a sub-group of the Iron Masters dedicated to being the perfect urban predator — that is, mastering the geography of the city like your standard werewolf would master the forest.
    • Soul Pretzel - Legacies from Mage: The Awakening, so named because creating a Legacy involves reshaping your soul to incorporate elements of the Supernal.

  • Exalted
    • The name of the Deathlord First And Forsaken Lion is often abbreviated as FaFL, pronounced "Falafel".
      • Or "Faffle".
      • Or "Victor von Deathlord" (or, sometimes, Darth Vader).
    • The head of the Sidereal Bronze Faction, one of the most badass Supernatural Martial Arts in existence and a first-rate Manipulative Bastard is named Chejop Kejak... but better known to the fans as Ketchup Carjack, Kneecap Carjack, Sean Connery, or HULK HOGAN.
    • The Primordial named Autochthon is also known as Autobot. Also Auto-kun.
    • Each of the Sidereal castes has its own nickname, taken from them all being Color-Coded Characters:
      • Yellowsids, Bananasids: Chosen of Journeys
      • Bluesids, Berrysids: Chosen of Serenity
      • Redsids, Cherrysids: Chosen of Battles
      • Greensids, Grass-sids: Chosen of Secrets
      • Purplesids, Grapesids: Chosen of Endings
    • Gazellecarp — The capstone charm of the Dreaming Pearl Courtesan Style transforms your character into a serpentine chimera whose features include a head like a gazelle foal and multiple carp fins down the sides.
    • Her Redness, Akumacakes — The Scarlet Empress. The former is actually used in the material.
    • Tepet Fuck-Off — Tepet Fokuf, the Regent of the Realm. So named because, well... he's a total fuck-off. The man is totally incompetent, and was chosen just so he can rubber-stamp bills for anything the Realm needs done... and because he frequently pleasures himself to passages from the Immaculate Texts. Yeah.
    • Captain Shoulderpads — Dace, because of his outfit.
    • Harmonious Booty — Harmonious Jade. Less because of the actual size of her booty and more that she looks and sorta acts like a Sassy Black Woman.
      • It may also be the fact that she went from wearing loose pants in the first parts of the game to the loincloth thing she has now. Her fanservice factor got kinda ramped-up over time.
    • DEMETHEMANIA — Demetheus, a big, burly Dawn Caste. In some of the setting fluff, he wrestled giant lions with his bare hands and won; thus a Memetic Badass was born.
      • It really didn't help that his artwork was visibly inspired by The Rock.
    • Ma-Ha Bishi — In reference to Ma-Ha Suchi's highly Bishounen First Age appearance, complete with roses. Also known as Ma-Ha Suave.
    • The Cosmic XBOX — The Games of Divinity that the gods spend most of their time playing.
      • Also known as the Pantheon Playstation, The Glorious Golden Gameboy, and the Wondrous World of Warcraft. And "Celestial Crack," sometimes.
    • Princess Starscream — the deathlord Princess Magnificent, forced by the Neverborn to work for the First and Forsaken Lion, and not at all happy about it. As a logical progression of this, another nickname for the Lion is "First and Forsaken Megatron."
      • Despite this, they are sometimes depicted as tsundere for each other, just for the lulz.
      • Princess Birdhat, due to how she dresses in all of her illustrations.
    • The Yozi (Demon Prince) She Who Lives In Her Name, an utterly alien being consisting of spheres orbiting around spheres orbiting around a fire, is sometimes called "Swillin'", from the acronym "SWLIHN".
      • Also a rather less pleasant explative by the freelancers due to the sheer wordcount "She Who Lives in Her Name" eats.
    • Likewise, Yozis Adjoran and Isidoros are sometimes called Adoorjam and Isadoor, and the Ebon Dragon is shortened to "Ebby".
    • Castration Demon Pirates for the Lintha pirates, because, well, it's what they do.
    • Robot Sparta for Lookshy, a city-state with an enormously powerful military (and Giant Robots).
    • Signature Malefactor Sulamore, the Wan Stravophore (one of the Infernal signature characters) wears, basically, a highly Stripperiffic nun's habit. Thus, she is known as Hellnun. Or Bondage Nun.
    • In addition to game elements, the source book Savant and Sorceror garners a host of fan nicknames, mostly due to its gratuitously pornified cover.
      • "Sex and the Sorceress," because of the cover and also because of a section on seduction inside. Influenced, of course, by Sex and the City.
      • "The Cameltoe Book," probably influenced by a famous programmer's reference nicknamed The Camel Book for its Idiosyncratic Cover Art.
      • "The Book of Three Circles, Two Breasts, and One Giant Cameltoe," a reference to the earlier paperback supplement on sorcery, The Book of 3 Circles.
    • The Deathlord Mask of Winters is sometimes known as the Mask of Illiteracy, after stats were published that gave him a Lore score of 0, which means he can't read.
    • The originally-unnamed combat-twink Primordial from the Aftershock War was known as Chungira, after Jon Chung, a combat optimiser par excellence on the rpg.net forums. Its eventual canon name was Ramethus.
    • Disco Ninja Style, for the martial art Crystal Chameleon Style, which focuses on speed and stealth through bright psychadelic lights.
    • Some of the writers have their own nicknames - Michael Goodwin is generally known as Neph (short for his handle on forums, Nephilpal), while Holden Shearer is known as the Hamster due to his tendency to use hamster-based avatars.
    • The Lunar in Masters of Jade, for her cake-eating shenanigans, is known as Chompy.

  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • BLS Jr.: Chaos Sorcerer. Also referred to as "the poor man's Chaos."
    • Chaos: Used to describe any monster that can only be summoned by removing certain monsters in your grave from play, and contain either a once-per-turn card removal or full-field-nuke effect. Named after the Envoy cards who started the trend, Chaos Emperor Dragon - Envoy of the End, and Chaos Soldier (Black Luster Soldier in English) - Envoy of the Beginning, both of which came out in the card set Invasion of Chaos.
    • Contact Fusion - Canonically used to describe the summoning requirement of the Elemental Hero Neos fusions, also used by the fandom to describe the similar method of summoning the V-Z and Gladiator Beast fusions.
    • Gogiga Gagagigo, while not widely used, was known by most that knew of it as G7. The slightly better but smaller Giga Gagagigo was G6.
    • Hand trap: A monster whose effects can be activated from the hand in response to the opponent's actions, similarly to Trap Cards (such as Kuriboh, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, and Effect Veiler).
    • Lucksworns: A derogatory name for Lightsworns due to their inconsistent tournament record.
    • Omni-Heroes: The name given for 6 Elemental HERO Fusions whose Fusion Materials are 1 Elemental HERO (or, in Absolute Zero's case, any HERO) plus 1 monster from 1 of the 6 Attributes.
    • Trample: Stolen from the MtG game, used to describe an effect that allows a monster to inflict battle damage to the opponent when attacking a defense-position monster, providing its ATK is higher than the other monster's DEF. Officially referred to as "Piercing", a term which was briefly used in reprints of some old cards, abandoned for a while, but later returned.
    • Tag Out: The universally agreed upon term for using the effects of the Gladiator Beasts.
    • Tinzo: A Jinzo that was the promo card that came with a tin, rather than the harder-to-get secret rare version from the actual set.
    • Tutor/Recruiter: The various monsters in the game with effects that can search for other monsters in your deck (putting them either on the field or in your hand).
    • Twilight: A deck that uses both Lightsworns for their milling effects and Zombies for their ability to swarm cards from the graveyard.

  • Shadowrun
    • The Pornomancer: A character design made possible with the latest edition got this nickname. Said design basically amounts to stuffing as many dice into seduction as possible. The joke is that he (it's usually portrayed as a man for added hilarity) can seduce anyone into doing anything.
    • Pink Mohawk: A style of play characterized by treating the game like an action movie instead of a spy thriller. Player characters are Overt Operatives, collateral damage and news exposure are expected, and plans are outrageous. The opposite style is "Mirrorshades."

  • BattleTech
    • The Unseen: The classic designs for several BattleMechs that were licensed from several anime series, most notably Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Dougram. A lawsuit from Harmony Gold (of Robotech fame) indirectly forced FASA to stop using the designs note , and the 'Mechs in question were quietly Put on a Bus in favor of original designs. As of June, 2009, Catalyst, the current rightsholder somehow was able to renegotiate for rights to use the Dougram designs, making them "Reseen".
      • The lawsuit in question was very complicated and had no clear winners, the result being that there is no company in North America with the clear rights to distribute any derivative works based on Macross.
      • The Reseen: The game supplement Technical Readout: Project Phoenix included legally-friendly new designs for the Unseen that allowed them to re-enter circulation. The developers of the latest MechWarrior game are skirting the edge of the issue by making use of the Crusher Joe and Fang of the Sun Dougram designs that escaped the Unseen issue and implementing Project Phoenix type aesthetics, but not any of the Macross related designs.
    • Alpha Strike: Firing all of a 'Mech's weapons at once.
      • Alpha-baby, Refrigerator: A 'Mech design capable of alpha-striking constantly without overheating.
    • "Boat mech": A 'Mech design based on loading up on as many of a single weapon type as possible. One of the most common variants is putting nothing ER Large Lasers and heat sinks in a Mad Cat, referred to as a 'laser boat', or the Archer as a 'Missile Boat.' Dual autocannons are about as much as most 'Mechs can boast, making any 'Mech with three or more autocannons, such as the Jagermech, a Gunboat.
    • Meatcannon — the AC/20, so named for ripping huge chunks out of a Mech like a predator ripping meat off its prey.
    • Ptoo or Ptwo — on the opposite scale, the spitball-like damage of the AC/2
    • Criticator, Critseeker — any weapon system more likely to generate critical hits rather than punch through armor, like LBX Autocannon and massed missile banks.
    • Headchopper or Headcapper — a weapon strong enough to one-shot a Mech's cockpit (such as Gauss rifles), thus instantly removing it from play.
    • Several individual BattleMechs have fan nicknames:
      • Crud — The Crusader model of Battlemech, both for its CRD serial number and the placing of ammo in the center torso where it was more likely to explode. Worse, the original CRD-3R would explode on any critical hit to its left or right side torso locations as well unless the ammo stored there was already used up thanks to said ammo bins being the only items in those locations that could be critically hit — and critical hits to 'empty' slots are re-rolled — thus making all three torsos filled with explodable ammo.
      • Warhampster, 'Slammer, Whammy: the Warhammer
      • Eggs, Eggheads: mechs with an egg-shaped body, like the Catapult, Stalker, Marauder, and Mad Cat
      • Low-Cost: the Locust, as a pun on it being the least expensive mech at 1.2 million C-Bills.
      • Bug-Mechs: The Wasp, Locust and Stinger, both for their insect names and their tendancy to be easily squashed.
      • Salad-shooter: The Saladin, a hovercraft armed with a massive AC/20
      • Sally: the Salamander, an assault missile boat. Also the Salamander Battlearmour
      • Urbie, The Walking Trash Can, Artoo: the UrbanMech
      • Gauss Rifle on Legs: the Hollander
      • Trenchbucket, Trashbucket: The Trebuchet
      • Timby, Miffed Kitty: The Timber Wolf/Mad Cat
      • Gausszilla: Any mech carrying two (or more!) Gauss Rifles.
      • Worthless, Whitworthless, Shitworth: The Whitworth
      • B-Mer, B-Master: The Battlemaster
      • Big Al, Fatlas: The Atlas
      • Forceful Sodomy Mech: The Dasher D. And that's probably its most printable nickname
      • BOHICA (Bend Over, Here It Comes Again): The WSP-1W variant of the Wasp, which has six small lasers and decent agility, and is used almost exclusively to Back Stab unwary enemies; occasionally shares this nickname with the Dasher D for self-evident reasons
      • The Burninator, Zippo: The Firestarter mech; also the Ignis IFV and Salamander Battle Armour
      • Slapjack: The Blackjack
      • Turkey: The Turkina
      • Daisy: The Daishi
      • Thud, T-Bolt: The Thunderbolt
      • Wolvie: The Wolverine, what else?
      • Pixie, P-Hawk: The PXH-series Phoenix Hawk
      • Shad, Shawk, Shitty Hawk: The Shadow Hawk
      • Copy Cat: The Rakshasa, due to its canonical reason for existence (an Inner Sphere attempt to duplicate the Mad Cat)
      • Scat: The Shadow Cat, which is not as bad as its nickname implies.
      • Hopper, Asshopper, Grasshole: The Grasshopper, thanks to its close-range backstabbing playstyle that infuriates players who prefer longer ranged combat
      • Kitty, Cat, Pants: The PNT-series Panther
      • Whacker: The Bushwacker
      • Optimus Prime: The Grand Titan, which bears a striking resemblance
      • Slowki: The Hel or Loki Mk II, which is the same size, but trades the original Hellbringer's Glass Cannon credentials in for a slower movement speed and better armor instead
      • While technically a videogame mod, the names given by fans for Mech variants in Mechwarrior: Living Legends fit in here as well. Some examples are "Mr. Bubbles" (Atlas), "Beat Stick" (Mad Cat Mk. II), "Scat" (Shadow Cat) and "Arrowpult" (Catapult with Arrow IV)
    • Robes: Comstar
    • Wobbies, Wobblies, Toaster Worshippers: the eccentric (later genocidal) Word of Blake.
    • PAD — Pop-and-Drop, a tactic in online games where you would pop out of cover just long enough to fire, then drop out of sight to recycle weapons. Also known in Mechwarrior 4 circles as poptarting, referencing both the visual of toaster pastries suddenly popping up out of a toaster and their implied cheapness.
    • Underweight Heavy — any mech under 60 tons with a top speed of 64 kphnote  or less, such as the Panther or Hunchback
    • Zombie - A 'Mech that carries primarily energy weapons, maximum armor, standard or compact engines and/or gyros to a degree that it takes pretty much a center torso coring to defeat.
    • Flashbulb - A laser-(or sometimes PPC)only 'Mech.
    • Fourth of July - When a mech with a large number of Rocket Launchers fires them all at once; especially if it hits with very few of them.
    • Flailing Death - Repeatedly and spectacularly failing Standing Piloting Rolls to the point where the 'Mech destroys itself in the process. AKA: Breakdancing. Emphasis on the 'break'. Which leads to the dreaded...
    • Seatbelt Check - the piloting roll required to avoid pilot damage when a 'Mech falls.
    • Sponge - a 'Mech that through a combination of luck and good positioning, takes a huge amount of damage and keeps going. ANY 'Mech can sponge, as its a factor of taking more damage than you should be able to.
      • The Bushwacker in MechWarrior 4 is an infamous sponge, due to its tendency to spread damage around its narrow and angular torso.
      • Donut is exactly the opposite, where an otherwise pristine mech take all its damage to just its center torso, and dies.
    • Highlander Burial - a Death From Above maneuver (jumping on top of another 'Mech) performed by a 90-ton Highlander (especially on a smaller 'Mech), which can make it seem like the victim is being driven into the ground.
    • Lawn Dart Check - specifically for those who play with aerospace fighters or most other conventional aerodyne aircraft, which, if they take any hit while at speed in atmosphere, are required to make a roll against a random directional change...including pointing the nose down towards the ground. At full throttle. So named for the visual of metal fins sticking out of a honest-sized hole in the ground evoking the almost extinct game of lawn darts.
    • Clan Jade Falcon has accumulated several (usually not very flattering) nicknames, such as Clan Jade Turkey, Clan Green Burd and Clan Cockfalcon.
    • Hellbie Dice - specific to Classic BattleTech, spread through its online community. Named for JadeHellbringer, a forum moderator and community veteran—specifically, his terrible luck in rolling dice. It refers to rolls that critically fail to such an absurd, game-ending degree that they become epic failure, mostly through a combination of Disaster Dominoes and defying the law of averages. Miss easy shots? It happens. Jam one of your guns in the process? Bad luck (and a 1 in 36 chance). Jam a gun on your first turn? Lousy luck, but entirely possible. Jam 70% of your 'Mech's guns, get rendered almost useless on your first turn as a result, then get killed by a damaged 'Mech 30 tons lighter than you? Now it's Hellbie dice.
    • Precentor Pantsless - Precentor Apollyon, leader of the Word of Blake's Manei Domini, so-named for his appearance on one of the sourcebooks.
    • Lyran Scout Lance - Four assault mechs (preferably Atlases or Steiner-only Zeuses). A meme stemming from House Steiner's wealth, inconsistent generalship, and belief that Bigger Is Better even when it comes to reconnaissance. Their actual House-specific scout mech, the 25-ton Commando, is sometimes referred to as "Lyran Battle Armor".
    • Turtle - An in-universe disparaging name for tanks. Nowadays, its only use by players is from those who haven't wised up to how dangerous they can be.

  • Monsterpocalypse
    • Meatball, Meatwad - the Lords of Cthul unit Meat Slave.
    • Grape Ape - Quantum King Kondo. He's purple, he's a giant ape, what did you expect?
    • Truck Monkey - Frontline Ape, because of the truck held overhead, and in reference to the Transformers meme.
    • The Buggernaught (Bitch!) - Xixorax. The second part is almost always added.
    • Lobstroyer - This is beyond just a fan nickname. You almost never hear Crustaceor referred to as anything else.
    • G-thang, G-unit, 50 Cent, Fiddy, etc. - G-tank.
    • Hurricana - Hurricanus, due to the misapplication of Latin gender endings, as well as the unfortunate last four letters.

  • Warmachine/Hordes
    • Warmahordes
    • Chickens or Bonechickens - Used to refer to Cryxian bonejacks, which have small, compact bodies set atop two, four-toed feet.
    • Dirty D - Deneghra, because she kinda is.
    • Dirty Pirate Hooker - Skarre, mostly because of her ability to brutalise enemy warcasters with automatic high-power hits.
    • Soulless Elven Hooker - Eiryss, because her power to disrupt anyone's game plan forces people to have a plan to kill her as quickly as possible.
    • Darth Stryker - Coleman Stryker after he became a Knight Templar and crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
    • Poledance Haley - Just look at her epic model and tell us it's not true.
    • Gaspy, Ol' Gaspy - Asphyxious. Probably because his name is annoying to spell and contains part of the word asphyxiate, which carries more or less the same general idea as Gaspy.
    • Gun Bunnies - Like Chickens, Gun Bunnies refer to Rhulic warjacks with two very wide feet and no arms.
    • Pimp Daddy Thagrosh - Thagrosh, Everblight's Dragon/Avatar as the rest of the name members of the Legion are all female.
    • The Wonder Twins - Haley and Deneghra, both among the strongest warcasters in the game in all incarnations. Sometimes also used for Saeryn and Rhyas.
    • Kovnik Joe - Short for Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich.
    • Winter Guard Deathstar - A fully upgraded squad of Winter Guard is very expensive, and rightfully feared.
    • Troll Moses - The troll Runebearer carries a pair of rune carved stone tablets resembling the ten commandments.
    • Captain No Peripheral Vision - Epic Vlad has pauldrons so big they're comical.
    • Focus Bank - Anything that helps a Warcaster get more/spend less focus.
    • Butcher - Orsus Zoktavir, more commonly used/known than his actual name.
    • Zapdos - The Storm Raptor, which is also a very large bird with lightning powers.

  • Hero Clix
    • LAMP - Lockjaw, Armor Piercing, Mastermind, Poison; a strategy where a player uses a Lockjaw figure combined with a figure that has a combination of the other three abilities.

  • Call of Cthulhu (see also Literature)
    • Nyarly - Nyarlahotep

  • FGU (game company from the 70s and 80s)
    • Fucking Game's Unplayable - Gee, wonder why they went out of business...

  • TSR (D&D's original publisher)
    • They Sue Regularly - due to the company's draconian policy about fansites back in the early days of the Internet. Again, no wonder they went out of business.
    • T$R - Derisive nickname for later-era TSR, due to both their sue-happy tendencies (see above) and their increasing product proliferation.

  • Poker: All the 169 possible poker hands (in Texas Hold'em) have their individual nicknames. Many more than one. Most famous are "American Airlines" for two aces, "Anna Kournikova" for ace-king, "ducks" for deuces, "cowboys" for kings, "fishhooks" for jacks, "snowmen" for eights, "beer hand" for seven-two offsuit... For a more-or-less exhaustive list, look here.

  • Robo Rally
    • Salmoning: Attempting to move in the opposite direction to a conveyor belt. Often ends badly, as do most things in Robo Rally.

  • Rolemaster
    • Referred by fans and detractors alike as "Rulemaster" due to the massive amounts of rules and charts in the game.

  • Formula De
    • Suicide Gear: 6th gear, due to the high risk of missing a turn and crashing out if it is employed.

  • Carcassonne: "The Weird Cities Game". If you've played it, you'll know why.

  • Reaper Miniatures's Bones line is made of a polymer plastic the community affectionately calls "Bonesium."

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