I would like to propose that we don't use a backwards word in the name of the trope. I find those difficult to read.
Also I don't think it needs to be a 'chekhov' snowclone. It's really not about chekhoving, which means an apparently unimportant element early in the story that becomes very much important later. (A backward name could
be a chekhov, but it isn't always.
So I'm thinking...
Name Spelled Backwards
: The character (or place) has a name that is a descriptive phrase or foreshadowing. Subtrope of Meaningful Name
. (It doesn't have to be exactly backwards; often diphthongs and other letter clusters stay in the correct order to make it readable — For example, TH almost always has to stay TH; seeing an HT, HS, or HW in a name is a near-guarantee that it's sdrawkcab.)
: A character "cleverly" invents an alias by reversing or scrambling their real name. Subtrope of Meaningful Name
, sister trope to Name Spelled Backwards
(which is about a descriptive word used as a name, which this may not be). This could also include Mirror Universe duplicates who, similarly, are named the same as the real character but backwards. I prefer this to Strawkcab Name
or Strawkcab Alias
, because it implicitly allows for more complex variants like Tom Marvolo Riddle (one of the most prominent recent examples) and so on.
: A particular example of the Anagram Alias
that's so common that it deserves its own trope page.
Any more tropes need to go in there?
edited 12th Oct '12 10:57:42 AM by Escher