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Basic Trope: A group of characters have themed names.

  • Straight: The main characters in the RPG Tales of Troperion are King, Ace, Joker, Jack, and Queen.
  • Exaggerated: Every character in Tales of Troperion has a card-related name (e.g. Bluff, Suit, Old Maid...)
  • Downplayed: Only the Terrible Trio have themed names: Ace, Queen, and Jack.
  • Justified:
    • The five protagonists come from a kingdom where card games are very popular.
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    • They are the protagonists code-names, or a case of Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
  • Inverted: Aerith and Bob
  • Subverted: It seems everyone is named for cards ... then they meet Bob.
  • Double Subverted: But Bob's last name is Cardington.
  • Parodied: Even animals, places and objects had card-themed names. Or, the heroes have card-themed names and normal nicknames/codenames
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Nobody's name is themed after anything.
  • Enforced: "We want to link the protagonists together quick and easy, so name them after cards or something."
  • Lampshaded: "Why is everyone named for some card-related thing?"
  • Invoked: Before setting out on their first mission, the heroes decide on themed code names for efficency or Rule of Cool
  • Exploited: The Big Bad offs one of the minions for being named similar to the heroes, thinking he is either The Mole or will do a Heel–Face Turn.
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  • Defied: One of the heroes rejected the code name suggestion, thinking the idea to be silly.
  • Discussed: "You're Ace? So who are they? Queen and Jack? Ha." "...Yes."
  • Conversed: "Everyone's named after a card? What's the setting? Deckdiem?"
  • Deconstructed: People grew paranoid of the heroes as their theme naming give off an Uncanny Valley resemblance, as if they were built by a Psychopathic Manchild.
  • Reconstructed: That was until it was clear that their theme naming are just their nicknames.

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