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Playing With: The Nicknamer
Basic Trope: Someone who enjoys handing out nicknames rather than using the real names of people he or she knows.
  • Straight: The True Companions are given a nickname each. One or two might be exempt out of respect.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The Nicknamer refuses to call anyone by their given name.
    • Or they call everyone they meet by a nickname.
  • Downplayed: The Nicknamer gives some friends nicknames.
  • Justified: They're something of a jerk or they genuinely have trouble remembering names. There might be a good reason to use Code Names.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: They're forced to stop using nicknames, or else someone is offended by their nickname.
  • Double Subverted: They keep using the offensive nickname anyway.
  • Parodied: The nicknames are non-sensical or arbitrary.
    "John Smith? That's not a cool name! From now on you'll be 'Mr. Snowball McAwesome Badgerstein, The 3rd'"
  • Zig Zagged: He hands out nicknames...but they convince him to stop. Then he starts doing it again...and it turns out its a pathological compulsion or down to a Freudian Excuse...wait, he's over it...for now.
  • Averted: There is no character who uses nicknames all the time.
  • Enforced: "We need someone who's Totally Radical".
  • Lampshaded: "Do you ever use anyone's given name?"
  • Invoked: "I thought giving everyone a nickname would help us bond".
  • Exploited: The Nicknamer doesn't use the nicknames to show how serious something is.
  • Defied: "Call me by my given name or you're out of here, lad".
  • Discussed: "Yeah its annoying, but maybe giving everyone a nickname is the new guy's thing, you know?"
  • Conversed: "Why is it that in every squad on TV, theres one guy who gives everyone a nickname?"
  • Deconstructed: This annoying quirk conceals a Sad Clown or else acts as a coping mechanism.
  • Reconstructed: This coping mechanism works to the point that it helps the problem rather than covering it up.

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