Try to guess what this trope is about from the name. If you thought it's what a character says about another character's name that they can't remember, you'd be wrong. In fact, this page's previous image illustrated that. This trope is actuallt about when a character's name isn't made sufficiently clear, and the audience is unclear about the name. This name suffers from Stock Phrase syndrome.
Previous thread. Given the high inbounds, we need to show a strong case of misuse if this is going to get renamed. So, I'll conduct a wick to see how well this is used. If we are going to rename it, I like Name In The Manual and No Name Mentioned from the previous thread.
edited 15th Aug '13 6:22:55 AM by MacronNotes
"For those who don't know, I have XX chromosomes, not XY (although sometimes I feel like I have them...)." Maces
Clicking related links at random, I was finding a fair amount of misuse. Almost always as The Nondescript or just someone other characters constantly forget.
There a way to find out where all those inbounds are coming from? Because that is a comically absurd number of inbounds... and I'd venture a guess they're likely trying to find the misused version of the trope, not that actual one.
Thanks to both of you.
If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the vast majority of the inbounds are from thisDarths & Droids comic.
Which also is misuse, since it's referring to the audience forgetting a minor character entirely. It has nothing to do with a character only being named in supplementary materials/late in the series.
American Idol: The example said they got little screen time, which is not what this trope is about. These contestant's names have been mentioned several times during their seasons, so it's not an example.
The Fire Emblem Awakening examples are among the misuse I saw. Kallum is the Ridiculously Average Guy who keeps blending into the background that characters keep forgetting.
Question: Do we have tropes for "character that people often forget about" and "character returns and the audience has since forgotten about him"? The latter would be YMMV, I'd imagine.
Because the first impression is like, "Oh, this has 12,500 inbounds or whatever, so it's not worth a rename." That a site that gets 12,500 visitors a day misused a trope never seems to be considered. And I've seen plenty of threads locked just because of the trope's inbounds.
Bumping this to note that My Name Is Not Durwood is often used for "Can't remember this guy's name", which seems to overlap with one of the misuses of this trope, but I am not actually sure if it belongs to Accidental Misnaming.