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* The Spice Girls' individual nicknames (Sporty, Spicy etc.) were invented by the press and only retroactively adopted by the singers themselves.

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* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW'', Dr. Eggman creates a [[TheVirus Metal Virus]] that [[UnwillingRoboticisation roboticizes]] organic life. Sonic dubs them Zombots ([[ZombieApocalypse zombie robots]]) due to their [[TheSoulless soulless]] behaviors, and Eggman starts calling them that himself, admitting it's catchy.

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* ''Fanfic/UnityFinmonster'': Upon first seeing the LegionOfDoom organized by [[BigBad Enigma]], Fred calls it a "secret supervillain syndicate". Enigma comments that "syndicate" is a pretty accurate name, and adopts it for the group.

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* Fans of {{Techno}} (which is just one of many genres under the overall ElectronicMusic umbrella and [[FandomEnragingMisconception fans don't take kindly to anyone using the terms as if they were interchangable]]) have gained a reputation for being snobbish and elitist due to the genre's darker tone and more minimalistic style compared to other genres like HouseMusic or {{Trance}}, leading to the term "Techno Snobs". Techno fans happily embraced the term in good humor.


* In ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', a student on the news says "It was like some kind of... Hulk!" Also, [[spoiler:when Blonsky is forcing Sterns to give him Hulk powers, Sterns warns him that the combination of the SuperSerum and Gamma Radiation might result in "An ''Abomination''". Both of these are straight out of the comics]].
* ''Film/IronMan'':
** Iron Monger gets his name from a comment Stane makes about being "Iron Mongers" whose weapons help keep the world in balance.
** Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. [[NonIndicativeName Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron]], but later grows to like and use the name himself. In the novelization, he mentions the Music/BlackSabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/IronMan'':
*** Iron Monger gets his name from a comment Stane makes about being "Iron Mongers" whose weapons help keep the world in balance.
*** Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. [[NonIndicativeName Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron]], but later grows to like and use the name himself. In the novelization, he mentions the Music/BlackSabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.
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In ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', a student on the news says "It was like some kind of... Hulk!" Also, [[spoiler:when Blonsky is forcing Sterns to give him Hulk powers, Sterns warns him that the combination of the SuperSerum and Gamma Radiation might result in "An ''Abomination''". Both of these are straight out of the comics]].
* ''Film/IronMan'':
** Iron Monger gets his name from a comment Stane makes about being "Iron Mongers" whose weapons help keep the world in balance.
** Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. [[NonIndicativeName Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron]], but later grows to like and use the name himself. In the novelization, he mentions the Music/BlackSabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.
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** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the name [[TitleDrop "Captain America"]] was given to Steve during the USO tours, but he would use that name during his first military mission. The soldiers he rescued would also use that name without any sarcasm. And by the time [[Film/TheAvengers2012 he is an Avenger]], he's still referred to as "Captain" (to the point some call him "Captain Rogers"). Given he uses this to pull rank early on, it seems that they actually made him an Army Captain even though he was mainly an entertainer at first.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': The team name comes from a sarcastic quip by the main villain during the final battle.
--->'''Ronan:''' But...you are mortal. HOW?!\\
'''Quill:''' You said it yourself, bitch. We're the Guardians of the Galaxy.
** ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome'': Mysterio's name comes from Peter's classmates mistaking an Italian news broadcast for naming him as such (they were actually calling him a mysterious man). Peter later relays the name to Beck, and he decides to adopt it as his official moniker.



* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the name [[TitleDrop "Captain America"]] was given to Steve during the USO tours, but he would use that name during his first military mission. The soldiers he rescued would also use that name without any sarcasm. And by the time [[Film/TheAvengers2012 he is an Avenger]], he's still referred to as "Captain" (to the point some call him "Captain Rogers"). Given he uses this to pull rank early on, it seems that they actually made him an Army Captain even though he was mainly an entertainer at first.



* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': The team name comes from a sarcastic quip by the main villain during the final battle.
-->'''Ronan:''' But...you are mortal. HOW?!\\
'''Quill:''' You said it yourself, bitch. We're the Guardians of the Galaxy.



* ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome'': Mysterio's name comes from Peter's classmates mistaking an Italian news broadcast for naming him as such (they were actually calling him a mysterious man). Peter later relays the name to Beck, and he decides to adopt it as his official moniker.

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* In American Football, Ed "Too Tall" Jones was a defensive end drafted #1 overall by the Dallas Cowboys and he would go on to become a franchise cornerstone during the team's 1970s dynasty. Standing at 6'9" (2.06m), Jones was initially considered "too tall" to play football and originally went to college on a basketball scholarship. The football coach gave him a chance, however, and Jones would move to football full time after two seasons.


** During ''Mask of the Assassin'', after Hawke asks Varric why they never got a nickname, depending on their personality, he suggests "[[TheParagon Waffles]]" and "[[BloodKnight Killer]]" for Paragon!Hawke and Renegade!Hawke. Snarky!Hawke on the other hand, admits to genuinely liking "[[TheSnarkKnight Chuckles]]".

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** During ''Mask of the Assassin'', after Hawke asks Varric why they never got a nickname, depending on their personality, he suggests "[[TheParagon Waffles]]" and "[[BloodKnight Killer]]" for Paragon!Hawke paragon Hawke and Renegade!Hawke.renegade Hawke. Snarky!Hawke on the other hand, admits to genuinely liking "[[TheSnarkKnight Chuckles]]".


* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20679_5-famous-symbols-that-were-created-to-be-horrible-insults.html 5 Famous Symbols that Were Created to Be Horrible Insults]]" mentions the gay-pride pink triangle, Democratic donkey, and "Yankee Doodle" (see Real Life below).



* As mentioned above, in terms of minorities and such, it's called reclaiming; it's why a good handful of gay men will call themselves "faggots", lesbians use "dykes," both of the above call themselves "queer", transgender women call themselves "trannies" (though the term is falling out of favor as of late), black people reserve NWordPrivileges, et cetera et cetera. In particular The N-word, which was (and still is) used as a racial slur against Black people, is now used by many [[NWordPrivileges within the Black community themselves]]. However, there are also plenty of Black people who strongly oppose the use of the word due to its extremely negative original (and sometimes current) meaning. For slurs in general, there is ongoing debate as to whether they can truly be robbed of negative power or not.
** On that same note, this is also the reason why the Gay comunity uses the pink triangle. During the UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, homosexuals were forced to wear a pink triangle by the Nazis to indicate the "crime" they had committed. Years later, it was adopted as a symbol of gay pride.

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* As mentioned above, in In terms of minorities and such, it's called reclaiming; it's why a good handful of gay men will call themselves "faggots", "faggots," lesbians use "dykes," both of the above call themselves "queer", "queer," transgender women call themselves "trannies" (though the term is falling out of favor as of late), black people reserve NWordPrivileges, et cetera et cetera. In particular The N-word, which was (and still is) used as a racial slur against Black people, is now used by many [[NWordPrivileges within the Black community themselves]]. However, there are also plenty of Black people who strongly oppose the use of the word due to its extremely negative original (and sometimes current) meaning. For slurs in general, there is ongoing debate as to whether they can truly be robbed of negative power or not.
** On that same note, this * This is also the reason why the Gay comunity uses the pink triangle. During the UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, homosexuals were forced to wear a pink triangle by the Nazis to indicate the "crime" they had committed. Years later, it was adopted as a symbol of gay pride.
* The red triangle used by Nazis to distinguish anarchocommunists is used by the movement.



* If media corporations wanted to prevent people from downloading their works for free, than perhaps they should have selected a different moniker than "pirate", since many downloaders readily declared themselves pirates in order to make themselves sound like badass, swashbuckling rebels against authority.

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* If media corporations wanted to prevent people from downloading their works for free, than perhaps they should have selected a different moniker than "pirate", "pirate," since many downloaders readily declared themselves pirates in order to make themselves sound like badass, swashbuckling rebels against authority.authority. The popular torrent site Pirate Bay uses a pirate motif.



** "Yankee Doodle" was also originally a British ditty, meant to mock the Americans. (Yankee Doodle rides into town on a small pony instead of a proper horse, and then sticks a random feather into his hat and declares himself stylish -- he's a ''hick''.) The Americans took the song right along with the nickname.
** Also from the revolution, once General Cornwallis was kicked out of Charlotte, North Carolina, he referred to the city as "a hornet's nest of rebellion". The city still has the nickname The Hornet's Nest, and their [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation basketball team]] is named the Hornets.

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** * "Yankee Doodle" was also originally a British ditty, meant to mock the Americans. (Yankee Doodle rides into town on a small pony instead of a proper horse, and then sticks a random feather into his hat and declares himself stylish -- when in fact he's a ''hick''.) The Americans took the song right along with the nickname.
** Also from the revolution, once * Once General Cornwallis was kicked out of Charlotte, North Carolina, he referred to the city as "a hornet's nest of rebellion". The city still has the nickname The Hornet's Nest, and their [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation basketball team]] is named the Hornets.



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] themselves. Well before UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler came about, "Nazi," as a nickname for Ignaz (Ignatius) was a common epithet for the Bavarian equivalent of a GoodOlBoy.[[note]]Coincidentally similar to the usage of the nickname "Nacho" for "Ignacio" in Mexico, especially the north.[[/note]] So when a political party called the '''Nati'''onalsozialistische[[note]]the German "-ti" in ''national'' is pronounced ''tsi''[[/note]] came to prominence, people were quick to seize on Nazi to describe it. They tried reclaiming it but instead decided crushing their enemies was a better use of their energy upon taking over the German government, and so it was their enemies who made them permanently known to history as Nazis. [[http://fi-the-awesome.tumblr.com/post/55644034770/this-thing-about-nazi-being-an-insult-will-always More information here.]]

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] themselves. Well before UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler came about, "Nazi," as a nickname for Ignaz (Ignatius) was a common epithet for the Bavarian equivalent of a GoodOlBoy.[[note]]Coincidentally similar to the usage of the nickname "Nacho" for "Ignacio" in Mexico, especially the north.[[/note]] So when a political party called the '''Nati'''onalsozialistische[[note]]the German "-ti" in ''national'' is pronounced ''tsi''[[/note]] came to prominence, people were quick to seize on Nazi to describe it. They tried reclaiming it but instead decided crushing their enemies was a better use of their energy upon taking over the German government, and so it was their enemies who made them permanently known to history as Nazis. [[http://fi-the-awesome.tumblr.com/post/55644034770/this-thing-about-nazi-being-an-insult-will-always More information here.]]



* Doyle Brunson, poker player, got his nickname "Texas Dolly" by Jimmy Snyder misreading "Texas Doyle". It stuck, and got shortened to "Dolly".

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* Doyle Brunson, poker player, got his nickname "Texas Dolly" by Jimmy Snyder misreading "Texas Doyle". It stuck, and got shortened to "Dolly"."Dolly."



* The title UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper was actually given by the media around the time of the murders, the original murderer never left behind any such CallingCard. However, as soon as the newspapers were published, cue hundreds of fake notes sent to the police station claiming to be from Jack the Ripper himself, at least one of which even says [[LampshadeHanging how he enjoys his new nickname]].



* UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was nicknamed "IronLady" accidentally, by the Soviet newspaper ''Red Star''. They tried to use the already existing, less-than-complimentary moniker "Iron Maiden", but [[BlindIdiotTranslation it was lost in two mistranslations]], from and then to English. [[BadassBoast Thatcher's response]]: "They are right, I am an iron lady, Britain ''needs'' an iron lady."
** Not like "Iron Maiden" would've been much better as an insult, as it would've made Thatcher into [[Music/IronMaiden the most metal PM in British history]].
* In a slightly more scary example, the pink triangle often used as a symbol for gay pride was originally used by the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] as the symbol the gays were required to wear.
** The leftist political counterpart, the ''red'' triangle, is used by modern-day anarchocommunists for the same purpose -- not to mention a particularly comical GangOfHats in [[Film/BatmanReturns a popular 1992 superhero film]].

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* UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was nicknamed "IronLady" accidentally, by the Soviet newspaper ''Red Star''. They tried to use the already existing, less-than-complimentary moniker "Iron Maiden", but [[BlindIdiotTranslation it was lost in two mistranslations]], from and then to English. [[BadassBoast Thatcher's response]]: "They are right, right. I am an iron lady, lady. Britain ''needs'' an iron lady."
** Not like "Iron Maiden" would've been much better as an insult, as it would've made Thatcher into [[Music/IronMaiden the most metal PM in British history]].
* In a slightly more scary example, the pink triangle often used as a symbol for gay pride was originally used by the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] as the symbol the gays were required to wear.
** The leftist political counterpart, the ''red'' triangle, is used by modern-day anarchocommunists for the same purpose -- not to mention a particularly comical GangOfHats in [[Film/BatmanReturns a popular 1992 superhero film]].
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** A strange inversion is “snowflake”, being short for “special snowflake”. Originally this was only ever used as a term of abuse by the alt-right against people who aren’t openly racist or sexist or what have you, to imply that such people are against free speech and CantTakeCriticism, but since a lot of people who used the term in that way [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence would hit the roof at the mere suggestion of someone not agreeing with them]], nowadays it’s actually more common for leftists to call the alt-right “snowflakes” instead. This may well be the only case of a group successfully taking a slur against them and applying it to the people who originally were using it.
** Inversely, "Shitlord" was used as an insult to the kind of person against [=SJWs=] and meant sexist, homophobic, racist, etc; in just one word. The term became so overused and parodied, almost no one uses it anymore and the ones that do only call each other that as a friendly term to make fun of its lack of hurtful meaning, or (occasionally) as a sort of praise for someone who'd rather stand their ground when attacked by the aforementioned [=SJWs=].

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** A strange inversion is “snowflake”, * “Snowflake”, being short for “special snowflake”. Originally this was only ever used as a term of abuse by the alt-right against people who aren’t openly racist or sexist or what have you, to imply that such people are against free speech and CantTakeCriticism, but since a lot of people who used the term in that way [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence would hit the roof at the mere suggestion of someone not agreeing with them]], nowadays it’s actually more common for leftists to call the alt-right “snowflakes” instead. This may well be the only case of a group successfully taking a slur against them and applying it to the people who originally were using it.
** Inversely, * "Shitlord" was used as an insult to the kind of person against [=SJWs=] and meant sexist, homophobic, racist, etc; in just one word. The term became so overused and parodied, almost no one uses it anymore and the ones that do only call each other that as a friendly term to make fun of its lack of hurtful meaning, or (occasionally) as a sort of praise for someone who'd rather stand their ground when attacked by the aforementioned [=SJWs=].



* As hard to believe as it may now sound, "heavy metal" was not the name of an [[StealthPun ironclad]] rock-music subgenre [[NewerThanTheyThink until about 1980]], even though the style has unmistakable roots in late-1960s rock. The term was coined around 1970 by rock journalists (perhaps inspired by the phrase "heavy-metal thunder" in Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild") as a catchall for any kind of rock music that was louder than what had come before (which, as the '70s wore on, grew to be just about everything). No actual band considered "metal" today used the term to describe themselves until Music/JudasPriest did beginning in the late '70s, which was also when the term acquired its more specific definition.



** In turn, when Trump referred to Clinton in a debate as a "Nasty Woman" and to immigrants as "Bad Hombres," it inspired similarly branded merchandise from Clinton supporters who adopted those as slogans. [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment It was a contentious election, let's just say that.]]

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** In turn, when * When Trump referred to Clinton in a debate as a "Nasty Woman" and to immigrants as "Bad Hombres," it inspired similarly branded merchandise from Clinton supporters who adopted those as slogans. [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment It was a contentious election, let's just say that.]]


* The English-language localizations of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games introduced the name "Eggman" for Dr. Robotnik this way; in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', it was an insult used against him by the heroes, but in all later games he used it himself. [[DubNameChange That's actually because his name in Japan]] ''[[DubNameChange is]]'' [[DubNameChange Eggman]]; early games, [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore feeling the name wasn't imposing enough]], named him Dr. Robotnik and kept Eggman as an insult. Later games stated "Robotnik" was his family name and Eggman being the nick-name he normally uses, making his full name Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. Curiously, the name Robotnik was used as the surname of his grandfather and cousin even in Japan, but official Japanese bios list Eggman's real name as "unknown".

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* The English-language localizations of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' games introduced the name "Eggman" for Dr. Robotnik this way; in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', it was an insult used against him by the heroes, but in all later games he used it himself. [[DubNameChange That's actually because his name in Japan]] ''[[DubNameChange is]]'' [[DubNameChange Eggman]]; early games, [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore feeling the name wasn't imposing enough]], named him Dr. Robotnik and kept Eggman as an insult. Later games stated "Robotnik" was his family name and Eggman being the nick-name he normally uses, making his full name Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. Curiously, the name Robotnik was used as the surname of his grandfather and cousin even in Japan, but official Japanese bios list Eggman's real name as "unknown".

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* ''Film/SpiderManFarFromHome'': Mysterio's name comes from Peter's classmates mistaking an Italian news broadcast for naming him as such (they were actually calling him a mysterious man). Peter later relays the name to Beck, and he decides to adopt it as his official moniker.


* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] themselves. Well before UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler came about, "Nazi," as a nickname for Ignaz (Ignatius) was a common epithet for the Bavarian equivalent of a GoodOlBoy. So when a political party called the '''Nati'''onalsozialistische[[note]]the German "-ti" in ''national'' is pronounced ''tsi''[[/note]] came to prominence, people were quick to seize on Nazi to describe it. They tried reclaiming it but instead decided crushing their enemies was a better use of their energy upon taking over the German government, and so it was their enemies who made them permanently known to history as Nazis. [[http://fi-the-awesome.tumblr.com/post/55644034770/this-thing-about-nazi-being-an-insult-will-always More information here.]]

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] themselves. Well before UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler came about, "Nazi," as a nickname for Ignaz (Ignatius) was a common epithet for the Bavarian equivalent of a GoodOlBoy. [[note]]Coincidentally similar to the usage of the nickname "Nacho" for "Ignacio" in Mexico, especially the north.[[/note]] So when a political party called the '''Nati'''onalsozialistische[[note]]the German "-ti" in ''national'' is pronounced ''tsi''[[/note]] came to prominence, people were quick to seize on Nazi to describe it. They tried reclaiming it but instead decided crushing their enemies was a better use of their energy upon taking over the German government, and so it was their enemies who made them permanently known to history as Nazis. [[http://fi-the-awesome.tumblr.com/post/55644034770/this-thing-about-nazi-being-an-insult-will-always More information here.]]


* Bane from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]. To put this in perspective: the first person to call him this was [[AbusiveParents his father]], who was physically and emotionally abusive, calling his son the "bane of his existence." When he joined the Sith, he became Darth Bane.

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* Bane from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Expanded Universe]]. To put this in perspective: the first person to call him this was [[AbusiveParents his father]], who was physically and emotionally abusive, calling his son the "bane of his existence." When he joined the Sith, he became Darth Bane.

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* In ''Film/{{girlhouse}}'', the spree killer Loverboy takes his online handle (and the only name anyone knows him by) from a mocking insult thrown at him by girls when he was a child.


* {{Environmental Narrative Game}}s have frequently been derisively referred to by their detractors as "walking simulators", although some have since come to use that term neutrally as a purely descriptive term for the genre.

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* {{Environmental Narrative Game}}s have frequently been derisively referred to by their detractors as "walking simulators", although some have since come to use that term neutrally as a purely descriptive term for the genre. It even got a shortened alternative in the phrase "walksim".

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* During a 1948 UK Labour party rally one of the party speakers derided the opposition Conservative members as 'vermin'. The Conservatives, already riding high on a wave of changing political fortunes, promptly established the 'Vermin Club' among its members, complete with custom-made chrome badges with the word 'VERMIN' prominently displayed.

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