Playing With / Meaningful Name

Basic Trope: A character's name has significance.
  • Straight: A man named Blaze Infernoheat has fire-based superpowers.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Everyone's name reflects exactly who they are.
    • A man named Blazefire-burn Infernoheat of Burningfire has fire-based superpowers.
  • Downplayed: Everyone with superpowers gets a name that sounds perfectly normal, but is some kind of reference to their powers via its etymology. (e.g. Aiden for somebody with fire-based superpowers.)
  • Justified: The name is an alias they took because it fit them.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • An elemental goddess is in the process of bestowing Blaze Infernoheat with his powers, hinting that they will be something that is very fitting for him. He ends up getting earth-based powers.
  • Double Subverted:
    • "Blaze Infernoheat" turns out to be an alias, and his real name is Clay S. Tone.
    • Blaze then learn to use magma powers and improvise them to create fire.
  • Parodied: Everyone has a name that not only perfectly details what they do, but is also completely unrealistic. For example, Mocha Espressocinno is obsessed with coffee.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Blaze Infernoheat is given earth-based powers. However, it turns out that his real name is Clay S. Tone, but as soon as he reveals this his powers suddenly become water-based. Meanwhile, his nemesis Gig A. Wattson has electricity-based powers, but his evil sidekick Neptune Atlantic controls fire. But Neptune Atlantic turns out to be an alias and HIS real name is Blaze Infernoheat.
    • A Nazi General is named Izanami Von Lodern, while his surname indicates that he loves Playing with Fire, the name Izanami has nothing to do with his position, nor his ability. It then turns out Izanami is a Sdrawkcab Name, it means "I'm a Nazi".
  • Averted:
    • Blaze Infernoheat has no particular relation to fire.
    • The author carefully made sure that no character's name means anything, no matter how unrealistic they have to sound to do that.
  • Enforced:
    • "He has fire-based powers, so we should give him a fire-based name to fit them."
    • This could make it easier to remember which name goes with which character.
    • The name is a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Lampshaded: "Did your parents name you hoping you'd be a pyromaniac?"
  • Invoked: Meaningful Rename. After obtaining heat based super powers, the once ordinary and plain John Smith decides to change his name to Blaze Infernoheat to emphasize how incredibly cool he's now.
  • Exploited: The villains are able to defeat Blaze by water after hearing his name.
  • Defied: "What, just because my name is Blaze I have to shoot pillars of fire from my hands?"
  • Discussed: Upon hearing the names of the members of the Quirky Mini Boss Squad, Blaze is able to determine, with alarming precision, which kind of power each one of them has.
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Blaze Infernoheat is bullied because of his ridiculous name. It leaves him so psychologically scarred he decides to burn everyone who made fun of him.
  • Reconstructed: Instead of burning the bullies, he becomes a righteous superhero with a fire motif.

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