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Basic Trope: A character has a name that describes them.

  • Straight: A master of swordsmanship is called Sword Dancer.
  • Exaggerated: The same person is called Black-Haired Swordsman Who Goes Around The Country Killing Monsters And Has Once Slain A Dragon, Also Likes Pickles.
  • Downplayed: A master swordsman is called Sword.
  • Justified:
    • In Sword Dancer's culture, people are named after their characteristics or qualities, with names changing over time.
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    • Sword Dancer belongs to a telepathic species that uses images or concepts as names. "Sword Dancer" is the closest spoken-language approximation to his actual "name", which is an impression of him performing a particularly elegant and dance-like sword maneuver.
    • Sword Dancer was born without a name and adopted moniker people gave him as his own.
  • Inverted:
    • A swordsman is called Hunts With Bow.
    • Sword Dancer is a professor.
  • Subverted: People expect Sword Dancer to be a master swordsman, only for him to turn out to be a professor.
  • Double Subverted: At night, though, he's The Cowl who punishes criminals with sword.
  • Parodied: A boy called My God, Why Does He Drink So Much Cola (And Eat So Much Chocolate)?
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: A master swordsman is called Joe.
  • Enforced: "We can't spend too much time on this pesky exposition! And 'Sword Dancer' sounds... badass, doesn't it?"
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  • Lampshaded: "So how's this guy called again?" "Sword Dancer." "...His parents weren't very creative, were they?"
  • Invoked: Sword Dancer's parents name him like this in hopes of the boy living up to the name.
  • Exploited:
    • People trying to get info on Sword Dancer need only hear his name to extrapolate the rest.
    • A nameless hero goes on a quest to attain his own name.
  • Defied: Sword Dancer changes his name to James to avoid being "typecasted".
  • Discussed: "So what am I supposed to do, search for 'master swordsmen' in a phonebook? Who am I supposed to look for, someone called 'Sword Dancer' or maybe 'Fights Like A Pro'?"
  • Conversed: "The guy's name's Sword Dancer, so you can guess what kind of a hero he's like."
  • Implied: An academic professor has a photo of himself as a young man with a sword, signed "Sword Dancer".
  • Deconstructed: Sword Dancer's name makes it impossible for him to get a job in any business other than fighting.
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  • Reconstructed: He simply changes it to Loves Cats as he moves to work in an animal shelter.
  • Played For Laughs: "My name's Sword Dancer, my mother's Deadly With Knives, father's name's Cooks Nicely, my brother is Boar Killer and I don't think I have to describe you any of them, do I?"

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