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Basic Trope: An inaccurate name.

  • Straight: The Hero's name is "Emperor Evulz", while the villain's name is "Hiro".
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Some characters have a Gender-Blender Name, that aren't that inaccurate. (for example, the female hero is named Aiden while she has fire powers)
  • Advertisement:
  • Justified: It is a clever way of tricking the viewer.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The hero's name isn't actually Emperor Evulz. It's Hiro.
  • Double Subverted: Oh wait, that was The Lancer's name. The Hero's name is still Emperor Evulz.
  • Parodied: Everybody's name is not only unrealistic, but reflect who they are not. (for example, a person named Blazy Pyromania Infernoheat has cold water powers.)
  • Zig Zagged: Some characters have names that don't mean anything, while others have a Meaningful Name.
  • Averted: Nobody has names that are inaccurate.
  • Enforced: The author has an embarrassing name, and wants his characters to feel his pain too.
  • Lampshaded: "I can't believe that the Hero is named Emperor Evulz!"
  • Invoked: The hero's parents name him Emperor Evulz and raise him to be a hero, reasoning he will be motivated to rise above his name.
  • Advertisement:
  • Exploited: Hiro turns Evulz into a Hero with Bad Publicity based off his name.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz changes his name to Hiro.
  • Discussed: "Wait a minute... So, the hero is named Emperor Evulz, and the villain's name is Hiro?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Viewers get confused over the names, leading to cases of I Am Not Shazam and Protagonist Title Fallacy.

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