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Playing With / Meaningful Rename

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Basic Trope: A person takes a new name due to feeling themselves changed. Alternatively: a place or object is renamed due to some significant change taking place.

  • Straight:
    • Betty Smith the junior school teacher becomes Dark Action Girl and changes her name to Mary Read.
    • Green Street in Troperville becomes the birthplace of a great scientist Bob Jones. It is renamed Bob Jones Street in his honor.
    • The Big Bad has a sword called Heroesbane. The Hero steals it and renames it Villainsbane.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone renames themselves whenever their life changes in any way.
    • It is obligatory for a famous person's birthplace to be renamed in their honor.
    • Every single thing owned by the Big Bad gets renamed.
  • Downplayed:
    • Betty Smith moves to Hungary, becomes a Hungarian citizen and legally renames herself Kovács Erzsébet.
    • Betty Smith gets married and becomes Betty Tropers.
  • Justified: Betty feels she has started a new life and it ought to reflect in her name.
  • Inverted:
    • "My life has changed so much. My name is the only thing that stays the same!"
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Betty Smith renames herself after her favorite heroine. The problem is that her favorites change daily, so she's Aravis on Monday and Éowyn on Tuesday and Arya on Wednesday...
    • Green Street is the birthplace of the heroic Bob Peoplehater and is now Peoplehater Street.
  • Played For Drama: "I thought you were Betty Smith." "She is no more."

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