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Calvin and Hobbes

Chronicles of Narnia



  • In The Bridge:
    • Xenilla/Spacegodzilla is very insistent on calling the Crystal Empire royals what they are
    Xenilla: I'm eager to see this.. crystal empire of yours, Empress.
    Cadance: Princess!
    Xenilla: Considering the architecture of your land Consort-
    Shining Armor: Prince.
    Xenilla: -Prince Consort.
    • Grand King Ghidorah gets pissed if anyone just calls him Ghidorah.
  • Cross Cases: From Sam's perspective, all magic users are witches, and he habitually keeps referring to Harry as a witch even after multiple corrections from Harry. In the Dresdenverse's magical community, 'witch' is a term that has largely fallen into disuse ever since the Salem Witch Trials and is now only occasionally used to refer to minor talents, and a minor talent Harry is not.
  • The species of Gods and Demons in Divine Blood were named such by the humans.
    Morrigan: I've never claimed to be the Creator of the universe. We started to interact with you, and you called us 'God'. Eventually we just kept having to respond to that and it became the name of the species. As far as I am concerned, the definition of 'God' is my species. And since I am a member of my species, I am not a false god.
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  • In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades,, Jormungandr does not hand out "contracts", but "blessings". JK states it doesn't matter—Jormungandr would just take over him no matter what he called it.
  • In Is Your Great Aunt an AI?, GLaDOS insists on calling magic Will-based Transmogrification Force, partially because she thinks "magic" implies a lack of scientific understanding and partially because her initial reactions to it were a confused "What the fuck?"
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Kanae insists Kyon call her by her first name instead of her last name.
    • Later, Achakura insists on calling Nonoko "Magical Radiant Nonoko".
    • Yakuza pretty consistently refer to themselves as "ninkyo dantai" ("chivalrous organization") and to rivals as "boryokudan" ("violence group").
  • In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, a reader might wonder what's with the talk about "lightstaffs" and "Current" which clearly resembles something else, especially with Star Destroyers in the background. You're right, it's the Force, forgotten, rediscovered, and renamed over millions of years of time passing when the Eridians decided to screw with the galaxies.
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  • A Possible Encounter for a Phantom: When Danny first meets the monkey ninjas, he asks Kim if they're ninja monkeys and she replies "monkey ninjas".
  • In Potter's Protector Rowena Ravenclaw's magical echo is quite insistent that the diadem she created is not a tiara.
  • In Raptor, Harry Potter is very insistent that his raptor pack is trained, not tamed; the difference is both distinct and critical. An important example of the difference is shown when Dr. Wu shows his back to Talon despite knowing she doesn't like him. Talon leaps at him and only Harry keeps her from killing the man.
  • In A Skittering Heart a Worm/Kingdom Hearts crossover, after Assault forgets Taylor’s cape name (Portunes) when giving a TV interview after meeting her he calls her Keynote. Everyone subsequently calls Taylor Keynote despite her attempts to correct them.
  • In The Story to End All Stories, Poirot angrily asserts that he is not French, he is Belgian.
  • In Superhero RPF mentioning that Loki stole someone's power, will be corrected by little old him, that he just borrowed it. Interestingly he doesn't have a problem with the word steal in any other context.
  • In Turnabout Storm, Phoenix Wright gets called out quite a few times for not using the word pony. At first it's for calling Twilight Sparkle a horse, getting corrected inmediately after it, and the next time is for using the word guy instead of pony. Phoenix doesn't seem too amused by this.
    • Also, the ladders/stepladders gag.
  • Wonderful!: When Taylor wants to block an attack, her team morphs into a jelly-like wall. She calls it a bunker, and she gets annoyed because people keeps calling it a flan.
    A quick command, and the group morphed into the Wonder Bunker (it was NOT a flan dammit why did people keep calling it that).
  • Fates Collide:
    • Weiss Schnee asks Gilgamesh about his weapon collection. He says he has a treasure collection.
    • Edmond Dantes insists he be addressed as "The Count of Monte Cristo, The King of the Cavern, The Vengeance Grimm" every time. Nobody humors him.
    • When Astolfo is called annoying, he says he prefers the term "eccentric".
  • RWBY: Epic of Remnant: When Blake Belladonna calls Hassan of the Cursed Arm a murderer, he says he prefers Assassin.

Final Fantasy VII

  • Us and Them: Jessie prefers to be called a "computer guru" rather than a hacker.

Harry Potter

  • In The Dogfather, Harry is Happily Adopted by a muggle family, the MacIntyres, after the Dursleys refuse to take him in. After he gets his Hogwarts letter and starts interacting with the Wizarding World, he runs into a lot of people who address him as Harry Potter, and every time he politely but firmly reminds them that "It's MacIntyre, actually."
  • In Lily And The Art Of Being Sisyphus, Wizard Lenin asserts on multiple occasions that he has a name. It is Tom Riddle. Or Lord Voldemort if you feel like groveling a bit. But, no, Lily knows that it doesn't fit his sense of gravitas- he is Wizard Lenin and Wizard Lenin he shall be.
  • In Moratorium, Harry doesn't have friends, she has alliances.
  • Lampshaded in 3 Slytherin Marauders how Dumbledore and other members of the Hogwarts staff often uses words like "pranks" and "schoolboy spirits" for what normal people know as "bullying."

Heroes of the Storm

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

  • In the Elizabeth Quatermain universe, Elizabeth's father Allan narrates the events from his own separate side volume, in which he refuses to refer to Elizabeth and her half-brother Harry as anything other than Daughter and Son. In the main storyline, meanwhile, Skinner has a good half-dozen nicknames for Elizabeth, but uses her real name only once.

Love Hina

  • An Alternate Keitaro Urashima: After realizing that Haruka's supporting Granny Hina's manipulative attempts to force him to take over the Inn, Keitaro starts pointedly calling her Aunt Haruka, much to her frustration.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Death Is Forced To Take A Vacation: Fall Harvest insists he is a winged unicorn, not an alicorn (he has wings but only a unicorn's magic, nothing from a pegasus or Earth pony). He’s lying, of course.
  • Earth and Sky: It's Doctor Twilight Sparkle these days.
  • Escape From the Moon: In the later sequel Scavenge for the Future, Spliced Genome corrects people who call her "doctor", since she never actually earned her medical degree.
  • in The Great Alicorn Hunt, Discord would like to remind everypony that Malfunziona is a lesser draconequus.
  • In Harmony Theory, Rainbow Dash finds herself a thousand years in the future. Cutie Marks are now called Talent Glyphs. Rainbow adamantly calls them Cutie Marks, claiming Talent Glyph just sounds wrong.
  • In The Immortal Game, many characters repeatedly state that "titles are important". The best example is Esteem, who uses it so much that it's practically his Catchphrase (considering the character, it's probably to remind everyone that he's both a knight and a General).
  • In My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic, The Grand Ruler is referred to as a "Three-Horned Winged Unicorn", rather than a tricorn.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Evergreen Road is not a corrupt priest, he is a fraud priest. Night Blade is sometimes like this too, preferring the term "Nox pony" over "bat pony".
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: The villains of Nightmares Yet to Come are not a cult, even if they look, dress and act like one. One of their number clarifies it - a cult worships someone, and they don't worship anyone.
  • In Sophistication and Betrayal, Rarity gets very frustrated whenever her boyfriend refers to elbow gloves as "socks". A fact he occasionally deliberately takes advantage of.
  • In The Vinyl Scratch Tapes, Octavia doesn't have a band; she is part of an ensemble.
  • Ultra Fast Pony. The episode "Gelatin Swingsets" has a running gag with Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo arguing over the proper shortened form of "gelatin": "jelly" or "jello".
  • Scootertrix the Abridged:
    • Rarity always corrects "noodles" to "spaghetti noodles". (In reality, there's no consensus on the distinction between spaghetti and noodles). Spike makes the same correction in episode 13.
    • Celestia is very insistent on the correct pronunciation of "Grand Galloping Gala"note  (although it's also likely that she's doing it on purpose to mess with Luna).
  • In Tales of a Junk Town Pony Peddler Prodigious Peddler makes it very clear that his name is "Prodigious Peddler", not "Peddler", and definitely not "Peddles".


One Piece

  • In This Bites!, Cross objects to being called a kid or brat, being 18. He also objects to Vivi's nickname for him, Mister Jeremiah, which comes across as implying he's much older than he is. The insistence ends in Chapter 18, when he finally gives up.
  • In Fighting for the Future, Luffy spends quite some time insisting he's simply a "concerned citizen". As a result, after beating Arlong he's in the paper, not as the newest bounty, but being hailed as a hero for taking down such dangerous threats.

Pretty Cure

Shin Megami Tensei

  • A lot of things are called demons in Goddess Reborn Chronicle-in English-speaking countries, if they're demons or not. It's noted that English lacks a good word for what to call them as a collective whole. This is, of course, present in the original works as well.

Spyro the Dragon

  • In the The Legend of Spyro fanfic The Portal, Static, being a human in a yellow dragon's body, tends to refer to the dragons as "lizards", something Blizzard and Spyro both call him out for.

Star Trek

  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Step by Step, Kirk insists throughout the fic that he does not believe in luck, until the ending lines.
    It's fortunate, he thinks fuzzily, just before dreams usher him away, that Fate decided to present one mostly-deserving captain with two such trustworthy subordinates-and-friends. Oh, who is he kidding. He is a very lucky man, and he knows it.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Transformers

  • Eugenesis takes a moment out of the narrative to note that Straxus used to insist the Harvester Units (machines designed to find bodies and take them to the smelting pools to be melted) were Sanitation Units.


  • In X-Men: The Early Years, Cyclops resents being called "Satan". He insists on "Incarnation of Evil".
    "Please, anyone but him! He's an agent of Satan!"
    Scott rolled his eyes. "Incarnation of Evil please. I'd like to think I have the major religions covered."
  • In X-Men: Revolution (Which has since been renamed), Betsy Braddock repeatedly insists on being called 'English, not British, its a common misconception' whenever someone refers to them as the former. This was because two readers complained about the stereotypes used in characterizing her and any non-American characters used, with one telling them that 'British' is an incorrect term, especially when referring to them, and she rewrote the entire story to remove the stereotypes, and for her added this. Betsy's brother Brian, however, doesn't have a problem being referred to as 'Captain Britain', due to it being his self picked title. Ironically, Betsy once served in the role.
  • By the end of the Stars From Home series, Scott is Happily Adopted and won't let anyone refer to Chris Summers as his dad. Charles is his dad, Chris is his father. (He does relent and let Ororo refer to Chris as his "back-up dad".)
  • The Darwin Chronicles: Scott's new bike is not a "bike". It is a "sophisticated driving machine".
    Jean: Logan, is this Scott's new bike? The Harley A-Rod or something?
    Scott: It's not really a bike, Jean. It's a Harley VRSCA V-Rod with a 115 hp Revolution V-twin engine. It's really far above a bike. It's to motorcycles what the Blackbird is to planes. It's not a bike, it's a sophisticated driving machine.


  • Wyvern: Taylor is very firm on the point that her alternate form as a two-legged, winged, fire-breathing reptile is a wyvern, not a dragon, and tends to pointedly correct people when they slip up on this matter.

Unsorted Works

  • In Davion & Davion (Deceased) the SLDF have a tradition of reacting poorly to anyone copying their Powered Armour. The AFFS programme to develop an armoured combat exoskeleton is therefore designated Battle Armour rather than Powered Armour.


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