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Basic Trope: A person's name contradicts their gender.

  • Straight:
    • A woman gives birth to a baby girl. The baby is named "Bob".
    • A woman gives birth to a baby boy. The baby is named "Alice".
  • Exaggerated:
    • A woman gives birth to a baby girl, and gives the baby the manliest name on Earth.
    • A woman gives birth to a baby boy, and gives the baby the girliest name on Earth.
  • Downplayed:
    • The baby girl has a Tomboyish Name or a unisex one.
    • The baby boy has a name homonymous with a feminine name (like Adrian).
  • Justified:
    • Bob's father wanted the baby to have a boy's name, no matter what.
    • It's short for a more girly name like Roberta.
    • The family hails from a culture where the boy's girly name is considered masculine.
    • Dad wanted to toughen his son up, or simply to torment his son for life.
  • Subverted:
    • After trying to name the baby "Bob", the mother named her "Bella" instead.
    • After trying to name the baby "Alice", the father named him "Arron" instead.
    • A woman is known by the name "Roberto," but it's later revealed that was simply a nickname, and her real name is Alice.
  • Double Subverted:
    • They then went back to conclusions, and named the baby, "Bob"/"Ashley".
    • ... so she wanted you to think, but her name really is Roberto.
  • Parodied:
    • The most womanly woman on Earth has the manliest name possible.
    • The most manly man on Earth has the girliest name possible.
  • Zig Zagged: A character, of whatever gender, has a lot of names. Some are male, some are female, but no one knows their real name... or their real gender.
  • Averted: A woman gives birth to a baby girl. The baby is named, "Alice".
    • The baby is given a name that isn't normal for either gender.
  • Enforced: The show is trying to be progressive by having characters have names that go against gender roles.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "WHAT!? They named the baby girl 'Bob'!?"
    • "WHAT!? They named the baby boy 'Alice'!?"
  • Invoked: The woman specifically names her daughter Bob because she wants the child to be mistaken for a boy. (or "Alice" for the boy)
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: The parents made sure that their baby's gender is confirmed before naming appropriately.
  • Discussed: "I know those two wanted a son/daughter, but apparently the doctor said the baby's going to be a girl/boy. Think they'll name their daughter/son 'Bob'/'Alice' or something?"
  • Conversed: "Ha ha. A baby on TV is named "Bob"/"Alice". And it's a girl/boy. Ha ha."
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  • Played For Drama: The boy is seriously beaten up or tormented because of his name.

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