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* In the ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series, the main characters are Joe and Marge -- which is fair, as it's an {{Isekai}} series and they're from Earth. But then Joe receives one of the very last unnamed magic swords in existence and is granted the great privilege of giving it the name that it will bear for now and ever after through centuries of legend. He picks [[spoiler:Irving]].

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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': one of the main characters is SS-Obergruppenführer John Smith, head of the SS in the American Reich.


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* "Ash" and "Ketchum" aren't especially unusual names in real life. In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' world, however, [[KidHero Ash Ketchum]] is frequently TheChosenOne. (This also applies to his original Japanese name: Satoshi, which is fairly common for Japanese males, including the franchise's creator himself.)



* Normally played straight on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', where the great starship captains have names like Jim, Jon, Ben, Kathryn, and Jean-Luc (common enough in the francophone world). Nicely inverted, though, on the rare occasions where we see these human names from an alien perspective. In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', for example ("Civilization"), Archer tells a woman he's working with on a pre-first-contact planet that he's an investigator from "another city."

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* Normally played straight on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', where the great starship captains have names like Jim, Jon, Ben, Kathryn, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Jim (Kirk)]], [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Jon (Archer)]], [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Ben (Sisko)]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Kathryn (Janeway)]], [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery Christopher (Pike)]], and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc (Picard) (common enough in the francophone world).world)]]. Nicely inverted, though, on the rare occasions where we see these human names from an alien perspective. In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', for example ("Civilization"), Archer tells a woman he's working with on a pre-first-contact planet that he's an investigator from "another city."

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': The Scourge Diva of the Cult of Rakdos is named Judith.


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** We also got Jubilee sarcastically referring to Jean as "Miss 'I'm too sexy for a codename, too sexy for a codename'". Another time, in an ''Film/XMenEvolution''-based comic, Nightcrawler asked why [[NoNameGiven Rogue was just Rogue]], in superhero and in civilian life. Cyclops said "The same reason Jean's just Jean." When Nightcrawler asks about ''that'', they're interrupted before any answer can be given.

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** We also got Jubilee sarcastically referring to Jean as "Miss 'I'm too sexy for a codename, too sexy for a codename'". Another time, in an ''Film/XMenEvolution''-based ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''-based comic, Nightcrawler asked why [[NoNameGiven Rogue was just Rogue]], in superhero and in civilian life. Cyclops said "The same reason Jean's just Jean." When Nightcrawler asks about ''that'', they're interrupted before any answer can be given.



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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', while most of the protagonists have names that are somewhat unusual or snappy, the names for Jenna Sanderson and Jacob Miller were specifically chosen to highlight how [[TheGenericGuy average]] they are.
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* It's more like Special [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]] Normal Name, but Hiram [=McDaniels=] from Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale certainly qualifies.

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* It's more like Special [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]] Normal Name, but Hiram [=McDaniels=] from Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' certainly qualifies.


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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' has often met a demon who claims to be the ruler of Heck, where small sins are punished. While his full title is the Prince of Insufficient Light, you can just call him Phil.



* As a RunningGag, at least half the aliens in the SpaceOpera comic ''[[{{Comicbook/Nexus}} Nexus]]'' have perfectly normal-sounding human names like Tyrone, Sinclaire, Jil, etc. Dave of Thune's son Fred changed his name to Judah after converting to Judaism.

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* As a RunningGag, at least half the aliens in the SpaceOpera comic ''[[{{Comicbook/Nexus}} Nexus]]'' ''{{Comicbook/Nexus}}'' have perfectly normal-sounding human names like Tyrone, Sinclaire, Jil, etc. Dave of Thune's son Fred changed his name to Judah after converting to Judaism.



* ''ComicBook/XMen'' gives us ComicBook/JeanGrey. She's had a number of names over the years (Such as Marvel Girl and Phoenix), but nothing ever really stuck. Across various media and incarnations, Jean is just... Jean. Lampshaded in one issue:

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'' gives us ComicBook/JeanGrey. She's had a number of names over the years (Such (such as Marvel Girl and Phoenix), but nothing ever really stuck. Across various media and incarnations, Jean is just... Jean. Lampshaded in one issue:



** We also got Jubilee sarcastically referring to Jean as "Miss 'I'm too sexy for a codename, too sexy for a codename.'" Another time, in an ''Film/XMenEvolution''-based comic, Nightcrawler asked why [[NoNameGiven Rogue was just Rogue]], in superhero and in civilian life. Cyclops said "The same reason Jean's just Jean." When Nightcrawler asks about ''that,'' they're interrupted before any answer can be given.

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** We also got Jubilee sarcastically referring to Jean as "Miss 'I'm too sexy for a codename, too sexy for a codename.'" codename'". Another time, in an ''Film/XMenEvolution''-based comic, Nightcrawler asked why [[NoNameGiven Rogue was just Rogue]], in superhero and in civilian life. Cyclops said "The same reason Jean's just Jean." When Nightcrawler asks about ''that,'' ''that'', they're interrupted before any answer can be given.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' has often met a demon who claims to be the ruler of Heck, where small sins are punished. While his full title is the Prince of Insufficient Light, you can just call him Phil.
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}'' fan novel "Echoes in the Deep," Emily Kaldwin seems to be less surprised [[PhysicalGod the Outsider]] is standing [[HumanityEnsues mortal]] in front of her than learning his name is something as simple as Tarick. Ever the wiseass, he can't resist {{lampshading}} her reaction:

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}'' fan novel "Echoes ''Echoes in the Deep," Deep'', Emily Kaldwin seems to be less surprised [[PhysicalGod the Outsider]] is standing [[HumanityEnsues mortal]] in front of her than learning his name is something as simple as Tarick. Ever the wiseass, he can't resist {{lampshading}} her reaction:



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* Normally played straight on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', where the great starship captains have names like Jim, Jon, Ben, Kathryn, and Jean-Luc (common enough in the francophone world). Nicely inverted, though, on the rare occasions where we see these human names from an alien perspective. In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', for example ("Civilization"), Archer tells a woman he's working with on a pre-first-contact planet that he's an investigator from "another city."
-->'''Riann:''' ''(as Archer goes to leave)'' You didn't tell me your name. \\
'''Archer:''' Jon. \\
'''Riann:''' Jon. ''(beat)'' How far away is this city?



* Normally played straight on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', where the great starship captains have names like Jim, Jon, Ben, Kathryn, and Jean-Luc (common enough in the francophone world). Nicely inverted, though, on the rare occasions where we see these human names from an alien perspective. In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', for example ("Civilization"), Archer tells a woman he's working with on a pre-first-contact planet that he's an investigator from "another city."
-->'''Riann:''' ''(as Archer goes to leave)'' You didn't tell me your name.
-->'''Archer:''' Jon.
-->'''Riann:''' Jon. ''(beat)'' How far away is this city?


* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': TheHero is called Link, and he has that name because he's literally the link between the player and the game.


* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'': John and Jane Smith are highly-skilled assassins.

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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'': John and Jane Smith are highly-skilled assassins. When Jane has her people try and dig up her husband's past, her colleague incredulously asks how they're supposed to do that when he has the most generic name in the English language.

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** Of course, the government has changed her name to "Ginormica" by this point, but she doesn't embrace it until much later.


* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the legendary founder of Time City is named John Smith. Residents usually use the [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Latin translation]] in order to make it [[AltumVidetur sound more impressive.]] [[spoiler: The man himself claims that people ought to be impressed by his name anyway due to the etymology.]]

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* In ''Literature/ATaleOfTimeCity'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, the legendary founder of Time City is named John Smith. Residents usually use the [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Latin translation]] in order to make it [[AltumVidetur [[GratuitousLatin sound more impressive.]] [[spoiler: The man himself claims that people ought to be impressed by his name anyway due to the etymology.]]

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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'': The Successor of the Azure and one of the most important people in the series' universe is Noel. To put her name in context, her allies include Ragna, Jin, Tsubaki, Kokonoe, Hakumen and Iron Tager. There's also the immortal vampire Rachel and the ChildProdigy of the vigilantes, Carl Clover.
* ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'': The leader of the disruptive Amnesia faction and one of the most powerful In-Births for many years is simply named Hilda.

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** UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat, [[UsefulNotes/MaryOfScotland Mary Queen of Scots]], UsefulNotes/HenryVIII, etc.

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** Cleopatra was a very common name in the Macedonian dynasties of Hellenistic era--there are over a dozen of note and more besides, including one of the wives of Philip II (a rival of Alexander's mother Olympias). "Our" Cleo--the famous one--was the seventh ruling Cleopatra in Egypt, and was possessed of a name almost as common as the one foisted on male rulers (they tended to all be called Ptolemy).

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* Played straight in many monarchic dynasties, where the famous and distinctive often have very ordinary names.
** The defining example would be UsefulNotes/LouisXIV, whose long and momentous reign changed everything in Europe--but in terms of nomenclature he's just another in a long string of Louises, a very ordinary name both for Frenchmen and for French kings.
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