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Playing With: A Dog Named Dog
Basic Trope: Someone names an individual animal with the name of its kind.
  • Straight:
    • "My cat is named Cat."
    • "My cat is named Kitty."
    • "My cat is named Neko."
  • Exaggerated:
    • Planet of Steves. Every cat is named Cat.
    • "My pets are named Cat, Dog, Hamster and Fish."
  • Downplayed:
    • "My cat is named Morris, but some of my friends call him Cat."
    • "My dog is named Doug."
    • A dog named Jack Russell.
  • Justified: "My aunt gave me this cat, but I forgot the name she gave him, so I just call him Cat."
  • Inverted:
    • "Alice assumes that my cat's name is Cat even though it's not."
    • "My cat is named Human."
    • The first cat discovered is named "Cat", which is then adopted as the name of the species.
  • Subverted:
    • "My pets are named Cat, Dog, Hamster and Fish. They're actually rabbits."
    • "This is my pet Dog, the cat."
    • "This is my cat, Kat. She's named after Kat Von D."
    • Everyone calls the cat "Cat" but it turns out his name is actually Mister Fluffy.
  • Double Subverted:
    • "I say, 'My cat is named Dog.' Bob visits my house and finds that Dog is a feline looking Chihuahua".
    • "My cat's name is Stevens. Cat Stevens. He doesn't attend to his surname, so we only call him Cat."
    • "This is my pet Dog, the cat. Did you know "dog" means "cat" in Tropese?"
  • Parodied:
    • "I call Cat's name. How many cats respond? All of Them!"
    • When Bob meets Cat the cat, Dog the dog and Bunny the bunny, they all assume "bob" is the name of his species and call all humans bobs.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • "My cat is named Cat. My dog is also named Cat. My rabbit is named Dog. So Dog is not a dog, but Cat might be a cat or a dog".
    • "This is Dog the cat (Did you know "dog" means "cat" in Tropese?), Cat the dog, Horse the horse, Bunny the aligator, Joe the monkey and Bob the...
  • Averted: "My cat is named Morris, and everyone refers to him as Morris".
  • Enforced: The authors changed the cat's name to Cat, because the audience forgot that the cat was a cat.
  • Lampshaded: "My friend Alice asks, 'Your cat is named Cat? Do you have no imagination?'"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: "Eve calls my bank and pretends to be me. The security question is, 'What is the name of your pet cat?' Eve answers, 'Cat.' Eve is correct, and takes my money."
  • Defied: "Can my cat's name be Cat?" "No."
  • Discussed: "I can't believe you named your dog Dog."
  • Conversed: "The writers are so lazy, they actually have a dog named Dog."
  • Deconstructed:
    • "My cat resents being called Cat and won't obey me at all."
    • The owner or the author gets made fun of for being so lazy as to name a cat "Cat".
    • All the cats are named Cat. Noone can tell which one someone is talking about.

A puppy? For me? Great! I'll name him Dog. Then he'll be a A Dog Named Dog! Isn't that clever?

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