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Playing With: Accidental Misnaming
Basic Trope: A character is referred to by a name that... Isn't his/her name.
  • Straight: Alice often calls Bella "Becky."
  • Exaggerated: ...or "Bobbi," or "Briar," or "Betsy," or "Bob," or "Carly..."
  • Downplayed: Alice calls Bella "Belle," or something else that is close to her actual name, but still isn't.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Bella have only met once before, very briefly.
    • Alice is The Ditz.
  • Inverted: Bella is undercover and uses the fake name Carol. Alice, the only person who knows that Bella is undercover, keeps calling her Bella instead of Carol by mistake.
  • Subverted:
    • After three seasons of calling Bella "Becky..."
    Alice: The point is... I really do like you, Bella.
    Bella: You finally got my name right!
    • Alice likes Bella, and is showing it through friendly teasing.
  • Double Subverted:
    Alice: Yeah, this once.
    Bella: You're still gonna call me "Becky," aren't you?
    Alice: Of course, Becky.
    • Alice meant to call Bella "Betsy".
  • Parodied: No one can get Bella's name right. Not even her mother or the narrators.
  • Zig Zagged: Whether or not Alice gets Bella's name right depends on whether or not she's distracted, whether or not she and Bella are fighting, etc.
  • Averted: No one gets Bella's name wrong.
  • Enforced: The creators use this trope as a Running Gag in an otherwise serious show.
  • Lampshaded: "Would it kill her to get my name right, just once?"
  • Invoked: Alice doesn't like Bella.
  • Exploited: Whenever Alice gets Bella's name wrong, Bella uses the opportunity to mock Alice's intelligence, embarassing Alice in the process.
  • Defied: Alice calls Bella "Becky," but after Bella corrects her, she makes an effort to remember her name next time.
  • Discussed:
    Carly: You do realize that's not her name, right?
    Alice: It isn't?
  • Conversed: "Poor Bella. I wonder if they'll ever Throw the Dog a Bone and have someone get her name right."
  • Deconstructed: Bella likes Alice and wants to be her friend, but takes the fact that Alice always calls her "Becky" as a sign that Alice dislikes her.
  • Reconstructed: Alice's friend Carly explains to Bella that Alice is kind of a ditz, and actually likes Bella a lot, and certainly doesn't mean any offense by it.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice forgetting Bella's name is a Running Gag.
    Bella: It's Bella, Alice.
    Alice: Sorry, Bobbi!
    Bella: (Facepalm)
  • Played For Drama: Bella is Driven to Suicide.

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