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Basic Trope: Someone names an individual animal with the name of its kind.

  • Straight:
    • "My cat is named Cat."
    • "My cat is named Kitty."
    • "My cat is named Neko."
  • Exaggerated:
    • Planet of Steves. Every cat is named Cat.
    • "My pets are named Cat, Dog, Hamster and Fish."
    • “My cat is named Felis catus”
  • Downplayed:
    • "My cat is named Morris, but some of my friends call him Cat."
    • "My dog is named Doug."
    • A dog named Jack Russell.
  • Justified:
    • "My aunt gave me this cat, but I forgot the name she gave him, so I just call him Cat."
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    • "When I adopted this cat, her name was already Kitty, and I couldn't think of anything better to name her."
  • Inverted:
    • "Alice assumes that my cat's name is Cat even though it's not."
    • "My cat is named Human."
    • "My God is named Dog."
    • The first cat discovered is named "Cat", which is then adopted as the name of the species.
  • Subverted:
    • "My pets are named Cat, Dog, Hamster and Fish. They're actually rabbits."
    • "This is my pet Dog, the cat."
    • "This is my cat, Kat. She's named after Kat Von D."
    • Everyone calls the cat "Cat" but it turns out his name is actually Mister Fluffy.
    • A guinea-pig is originally called Guinea-Pig, but everyone thinks the name is too long, so they shorten it to Ginny.
  • Double Subverted:
    • "I say, 'My cat is named Dog.' Bob visits my house and finds that Dog is a feline looking Chihuahua".
    • "My cat's name is Stevens. Cat Stevens. He doesn't attend to his surname, so we only call him Cat."
    • Advertisement:
    • "This is my pet Dog, the cat. Did you know "dog" means "cat" in Tropese?"
  • Parodied:
    • "I call Cat's name. How many cats respond? All of Them!"
    • When Bob meets Cat the cat, Dog the dog and Bunny the bunny, they all assume "bob" is the name of his species and call all humans bobs.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • "My cat is named Cat. My dog is also named Cat. My rabbit is named Dog. So Dog is not a dog, but Cat might be a cat or a dog".
    • "This is Dog the cat (Did you know "dog" means "cat" in Tropese?), Cat the dog, Horse the horse, Bunny the aligator, Joe the monkey and Bob the...
  • Averted:
    • "My cat is named Morris, and everyone refers to him as Morris".
    • "I call my cat Kitty, but she only responds to the name Sarah."
  • Enforced: The authors changed the cat's name to Cat, because the audience forgot that the cat was a cat.
  • Lampshaded: "My friend Alice asks, 'Your cat is named Cat? Do you have no imagination?'"
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  • Invoked: "I refer to both of my cats as 'Cat' because they never respond when their names are called anyways."
  • Exploited: "Eve calls my bank and pretends to be me. The security question is, 'What is the name of your pet cat?' Eve answers, 'Cat.' Eve is correct, and takes my money."
  • Defied: "Can my cat's name be Cat?" "No."
  • Discussed: "I can't believe you named your dog Dog."
  • Conversed: "The writers are so lazy, they actually have a dog named Dog."
  • Deconstructed:
    • "My cat resents being called Cat and won't obey me at all."
    • The owner or the author gets made fun of for being so lazy as to name a cat "Cat".
    • All the cats are named Cat. No one can tell which one someone is talking about.
  • Played For Laughs: After a whole episode of trying to figure out a good name to name her new pet cat, complete with musical montages, Alice, the main character, decides to name the cat, Cat.

A puppy? For me? Great! I'll name him Dog. Then he'll be a A Dog Named "Dog"! Isn't that clever?

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