Main Meaningful Name Discussion

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11:52:23 AM Jun 30th 2013
Would this trope apply to a work wherein the meaningful name is never even revealed or noted to be meaningful? You only realize it because of outside information or background knowledge, for example, a character who is a dark wizard, and their name is Latin for dark wizard (or something). Would this still be a meaningful name? Or something else?
09:57:42 PM Mar 3rd 2013
More of a personal curiosity question, but is it generally considered a good thing or a bad thing if the Meaningful Name only becomes clear in hindsight?
06:24:51 AM Mar 4th 2013
Personally: Hindsight. Makes the Fridge Logic a bit easier to swallow as it's a little more subtle. Harry Potter's meaningful names, for example, were just way over the top.
11:06:37 PM Mar 4th 2013
edited by sugarplumfairy
Well, to be specific, I suppose, what if a character's last name was McGuffin, and it's only until a lot later in the story that you realize that they are, in fact, a McGuffin? (In this particular case it's supposed to be more of an inside thing.)
05:24:41 AM Feb 1st 2012
Should Real Life examples be in the trivia tab of individual works? It doesn't say...
11:52:41 AM Feb 6th 2011
This goes under the Real Life section, but the former actor John Dye, should count just look at his most famous role, we'll wait.
06:20:22 AM Apr 3rd 2010
@ The One Who Tropes, re: Mick Xenophon. I removed the bit about changing his name, because he hardly changed it at all, only to an older form of the same name, nothing to do with scientology. See this news story.