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Basic Trope: A surname considered embarrassing to the character.

  • Straight: Alice's last name is Butt, and that causes a lot of embarrassment for her when people tease her because of it.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's surname is profane or even a slur.
    • There are several characters with unfortunate surnames who get teased for them.
    • Alice has multiple surnames. All of them are embarrasssing.
    • The surname is so vulgar it is considered a Brown Note.
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  • Downplayed: Alice's surname is Finger, but she doesn't seem to mind about it.
  • Justified: "Butt" is a real surname, but it also means "bottom", which will inevitably lead to teasing.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice doesn't mind being named Alice Butt. She just finds it amusing.
  • Double Subverted: Then a serial killer named Tom Butt is caught, and Alice starts hating her surname.
  • Parodied: Alice Butt changes her name to Betty Butt.
  • Zigzagged:
    • Sometimes Alice's last name of "Butt" causes her embarrassment, other times she doesn't mind, and still other times, she finds it funny.
    • Different members of the Butt family have different opinions of their last names.
  • Averted: Alice's last name does not give her grief.
  • Enforced: "I've heard that some people have the last name of "Butt". Let's name a character that and see what happens!"
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  • Lampshaded: "Wow, that surname is embarrassing"
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice changes her surname.
    • Alice's parents Bob Butt and Charlotte Smith decide to name her Alice Smith instead of Alice Butt.
  • Discussed: "So 'Weiner', 'Wang', and 'Butt' are real surnames?"
  • Conversed: "That poor character, it must be hard getting things under the name of Butt"
  • Implied:
    Bob: "So, what's your name?"
    Alice: "Alice"
    Bob: "Alice what?"
    Alice: (shyly) "I don't want to say..."
  • Played for Laughs: There's a Running Gag of Alice being, well, the Butt-Monkey because of her surname.
  • Played for Drama: Alice has social anxiety because of her surname.

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