Playing With: Two First Names

Basic Trope: A character has, in addition to his or her given name, a surname that also serves well as a first name.
  • Straight: Alice Brooke and Bob Alexander.
  • Exaggerated: The character also has a middle name that they frequently use or refer to, e.g. "Alice Claire Brooke" or "Bob Tom Alexander".
  • Downplayed: Alice Williams and Bob Jeffries.
  • Justified: The character's last name was originally a first name
  • Inverted: Anderson Smith and Barrymore Jones.
  • Subverted: It's revealed that Brooke is Alice's middle name; her real surname is Bastard.
  • Double Subverted: Alice then explains that while Bastard was her surname at birth, she had it legally changed because she was fed up with being ridiculed for it.
  • Parodied: A nonsense name, like Zonch or Gleep, is used as the first name of one character and the last name of another. Bonus points if most other characters have generic names.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice Jones and Bob Smith.
  • Enforced: The writers are used to writing stories in which the characters have Only One Name each, so they don't do well at coming up with last names.
  • Lampshaded: "And this is Alice Brooke, my friend with Two First Names."
  • Invoked: Alice changes her last name to Carol.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice changes her last name to Garrett.
  • Discussed: "Do any of your friends have two first names? You know, like 'Alice Brooke' or something?" "No. All my friends' last names are only used as last names."
  • Conversed: "Why do so many of the characters on this show have Two First Names?"
  • Played For Laughs: Alice has a sense of humor about her last name.
  • Played For Drama: Everyone teases Alice because of her name, and she becomes an outcast.

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