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Playing With: Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames
Basic Trope: Superheroes' names aren't mentioned in the movies, despite being used frequently in the source comic.
  • Straight: Grass Man's codename is never used at all. Not even once.
  • Exaggerated: Grass Man not only never has a codename, but never becomes a superhero at all. In fact, the movie is a Romantic Comedy about a professional lawnmower.
  • Downplayed: Steven Ulysses is only nicknamed "Grass Man" by the media; he never acknowledges the codename himself.
  • Justified: He's trying to keep a low profile or strike fear into his enemies and realizes "Grass Man" is not the most conducive name to that goal.
  • Inverted: The character's name is Grass Man in the movie, but just Steven Ulysses in the comics.
  • Subverted: Grass Man's codename isn't mentioned at all against the Starter Villain, but as his adventures continue, he adopts it.
  • Double Subverted:...Until the next scene, and then it's never mentioned again and everyone insists that it's a dumb name.
  • Parodied: Every civilian the hero saves insists that he has to have a codename and call him every name except the one in the comics.
  • Zig Zagged: One movie uses the name Grass Man, but the sequel never does.
  • Averted: He's called Grass Man throughout the entire film once becoming a superhero.
  • Enforced: Executives argue that no one is going to take a character called "Grass Man" seriously.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm lucky this isn't a comic book, otherwise I'd probably have some really embarrassing nickname!"
  • Invoked: Steve spends days trying to think of a codename, but decides that just using his real name (or no name at all) is much better.
  • Exploited: Grass Man refuses to use a code name, but still uses the normal-sounding "Clay Davidson" as a pseudonym. No one except a few backers at the Pentagon know his civilian name, Steven Ulysses.
  • Defied: The second Steve gets superpowers, he immediately proclaims his codename and never lets anyone forget it.
  • Discussed:
    Reporter: "Steven Ulysses, a man with extraordinary abilities but refuses something as garish as a comic book codename..."
  • Conversed: Two characters talk about how calling him Steven Ulysses is boring, and that they wish he had the name he had in the comics.
  • Deconstructed: Steven Ulysses chooses not to use a codename like in the comics, but this leads to him accidentally letting his real name slip at some point and ruining his Secret Identity.
  • Reconstructed: ...But that decision pays off anyway, because he gets far more public trust and support from people who know he has nothing to hide.
  • Played For Laughs: Steven Ulysses calls himself "Brass Man", "Crass Man" and even "Ass Man" at various points, but never the name he's known as in the comics.
  • Played For Drama: He used to have a superhero name, but after he became a laughing stock and lost all credibility, he retooled himself as a much more no-nonsense, Darker and Edgier hero with no codename.

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