"So instead of calling me 'Dragon' in your tongue, you'll call me 'Dragon' in some other tongue?"Some completely uncreative owner has decided the family pet will be known as Dog. Or, perhaps, a similarly uncreative author names their feline character Kitty. Alternately, the creature in question does have a less Shaped Like Itself name, but for whatever reason, Alice the Pig prefers to go as Piggy. Usually but not always applied to animals; robots imaginatively named Robot and the like are part of this trope, too. Remarkably common in children's shows, despite the obvious problems it should theoretically cause. One might show a touch more flair by naming something what it is in a foreign language, like a lion named Leo. A common subversion is to name something it's not, e.g. a dog named Platypus. A subtrope of Shaped Like Itself. Pokémon Speak is a closely-related trope where something's named for the sound it makes. Everyone Calls Him Barkeep is another closely-related trope where a character is only known by their job title. See also Species Surname ("Dog Smith" is A Dog Named Dog, "Bob T. Dog" is Species Surname), Namedar, A Lizard Named Liz. If the cast is full of these, it's Animal Theme Naming. If a character's species is named after the character's name, it's A Kind of One. Note that robots also have their own trope.
— Draco, Dragonheart
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