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Basic Trope: A character has a really cool name, made up of unusual components and/or in a setting that would make such an awesome name seem strange.

  • Straight: Bob has a friend called Odysseus Obsidian.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every single person on Earth has an impossibly cool name.
    • Everyone calls him "O." because if they heard his true name, their heads would explode.
    • His special attack is running to his enemy and whispering his name into their ear causing their head to explode.
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  • Downplayed: Bob has a friend called Leon Huntington.
  • Justified:
    • Odysseus' family members all have really cool names as a family tradition.
    • Odysseus chose that name himself because it sounded cool.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Odysseus Obsidian is just a nickname.
    • Or, everyone confuses Bob Bland for a character with a awesome name because he's looks like him.
  • Doubly Subverted: Odysseus Obsidian real name is Achilles Alastair.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Odysseus changes his name several times, from mundane to awesome and back again.
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    • Odysseus changes his name every time he introduces himself: Obsidian, Brimstone, Onyx, Mithril, etc. Bob calls him out on this, and reveals his real name: Smith. Everybody laughs it off for a while... but then they start thinking: what is the profession where men work on raw materials to make incredible weapons?
  • Averted:
    • No one has unusual/cool names.
    • No one has a name.
  • Enforced: "I've got a really cool idea for a character name! Let's use it!"
  • Lampshaded: "Dude, that's such a cool name!"
  • Invoked: A baby is given a cool name after much discussion between the parents.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: A cool name for the new baby is rejected by the parents in favor of something more conventional.
  • Discussed: "Did you hear what the name of that new kid is? It's so cool it's ridiculous!"
  • Conversed: "What am I going to call him? I was thinking either Xerxes, Ozymandias or Indiana. Which one do you like best?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Odysseus hates his unusual name because the other kids make fun of him. He resents his parents for giving it to him and changes it the first chance he gets.
    • Odysseus falls into deep depression from the burden of having a name that implies someone far grander and more special than he really is.
  • Reconstruction:
    • Odysseus' old name was boring and plain, so he changed it to something more exotic.
    • Odysseus' name reflects a personal change he went through in his life, prompting him to get a new, cooler name to distance himself from the person he was.

On the birth certificate is your Awesome Mc Coolname.

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