Rename (alt names crowner 4/17): Plain Name

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1 chihuahua06th Jun 2011 04:27:05 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Okay, Plain Name seems to have a little problem. Right now, the definition is "a character that has a plain name", but this by its own is People Sit on Chairs. Besides, how do we decide if a name is plain?

I think we should change it for when a character points it out, not just when the character's name is simple and plain.

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edited 6th Jun '11 4:27:43 PM by chihuahua0

2 Deboss6th Jun 2011 05:29:09 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Yeah, that's obviously Chairs. It might have been an attempt to create a parallel to things like Steve Ulyses Per Hero (I think that's the proper name) where none of that applied.
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Looking at the examples, this looks like another trope altogether. What I see is someone who has a plain name who is surrounded by fantastic ones.

The only problem is I think we already have that one as Aerith and Bob.

edited 7th Jun '11 12:22:08 PM by pokedude10

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^ Yes, an ordinary name as the exception to a setting of fantastic names is tropable, and yes, Aerith and Bob covers ...

Wait a minute, Aerith and Bob covers the general mixture of fantastic and plain names. It doesn't mandate that one is an exception to the other's rule (and whether we need that distinction at all is debatable).
Having a plain name might be a trope if it is explicitly pointed out that the name doesn't fit someone. Like the second coming of Jesus being named Teddy Jo. Someone who you would think would have a kickass name due to being someone very important instead has a Plain Name.

But that is not even really close this trope.

edited 7th Jun '11 2:01:31 PM by Arha

7 Madrugada7th Jun 2011 02:07:40 PM , Relationship Status: In season
I don't really think that this is a trope unless the plain name carries some significance within the work by virtue of its plainness.
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[up] That's what I thought too, like the Harry Potter example (Voldemort doesn't like his given name, which says something about his character). It could also be a trope if it's someone that people would expect to have a grandiose name or title, but they turn out to have a really simple one (like Tim from Monty Python and the Holy Grail).
9 chihuahua07th Jun 2011 02:20:59 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[up] Well, that covers the Vamprire Bill example too.

I swear we have this though: Some Call Me "Tim"?

Ninja Edit: Never mind.

edited 7th Jun '11 2:22:39 PM by chihuahua0

^^ That's what I was going for. It's not just the super special person have a plain name, it's that people in the story are surprised that someone in their position has such a plain name.

edited 7th Jun '11 2:22:11 PM by Arha

Drop-Dead Cynical
Interesting... the original YKTTW actually says, "Please try to limit yourself to instances in which a character would be expected to have an extravagant name, but doesn't." Trope decay, maybe?
12 thewriter7th Jun 2011 02:57:12 PM from Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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So can I still go ahead with my YKTTW?
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Better name than this one, at least. You can probably mine this one for some examples.
14 thewriter9th Jun 2011 02:15:16 PM from Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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Aye Ayer caps, I still need more examples though
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So what are we going to do with the Plain Name itself? Redefine it to when it's explicitly pointed out? Cut it?

Its usage is still anemic, so perhaps something's wrong with it, at least.
I think that Tom the Dark Lord trope pretty much covers most of the part of Plain Name that is not People Sitting On Chairs, so I would be fine with cutting Plain Name itself. Another option would be to rework it to fit its originally intended definition of "instances in which a character would be expected to have an extravagant name, but doesn't." Basically, I think the main options are the following:

Does it seem worth it to make a page action crowner with those two options on it?

edited 13th Jan '12 5:33:29 PM by LouieW

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How should "instances in which a character would be expected to have an extravagant name, but doesn't," actually work? Should we discount Super Heroes, whose real names are just generally plain?

edited 3rd Feb '12 3:48:21 AM by ThatHuman

I'd say cut this. If there are a lot of nonvillainous examples, maybe they can be taken to YKTTW?
That Human,
I admit that I do not have the best answer to that question, but I would guess that types of characters who generally have plain names would not count. I am thinking that examples of say some super powerful lord of everything named Bill would be more of what the trope would cover.

Anyway, there is now a page action crowner for this trope here with the options I mentioned in my last post.
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20 shimaspawn18th Mar 2012 08:19:01 AM from Here and Now , Relationship Status: In your bunk
This has been open a month. Calling to keep as a supertrope to Dark Lord Tom.
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21 ccoa17th Apr 2012 12:31:43 PM from the Sleeping Giant
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Alt names crowner added with suggestions from the thread. Feel free to add more.
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
Bump for votes.
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23 Willbyr11th Jun 2012 09:47:38 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Calling crowner in favor of the winning title. Make it so.
24 SeptimusHeap11th Jun 2012 10:55:55 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Done, with all the details.
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Alternative Titles: Plain Name
17th Apr '12 12:30:05 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
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