Well, for what it's worth, Two First Names
is also often used in crime/workplace shows where characters are referred to by their last names. It helps that the last name is cool
or easy to relate to and easy to say, which tends to create either this trope or funky last names (Hotchner, Cuddy).
Examples: Criminal Minds
has Spencer Reid, Jason Gideon, Derek Morgan, Alex Blake, David Rossi. NCIS
has Paula Cassidy, Samantha Ryan, Jason Dean, Kate Todd, and Ziva David. House had James Wilson, Allison Cameron, Robert Chase, and a couple more if I'm not mistaken. Then there's Dexter
Morgan and his family, and Joe Quinn from the same show.
Basically, I think this trope should be kept because every time I've seen a show where people were typically referred to their last names
, a couple of characters always fell into this trope, usually more prominent ones or females. While we're on that subject, females seem to often be given masculine names as last names, which probably serves to toughen them up in the eyes of a viewer, I guess.
edited 31st May '14 10:07:47 PM by tandtheb