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Jul 26th 2019 at 10:46:07 AM •••

I think for Fan Work examples, we shouldn\'t list those who are already examples in canon. I noticed Pinkie Pie noted twice under the Fanfiction folder and it seems rather redundant to list them when they are already noted as examples in the canon folder.

The Fanfiction folder should be reserved for examples that are created by the authors of said fanfics (either an Original Character, a original alias, or an Adaptation Name Change) and not ones that are pulled directly from their home medium.

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Oct 4th 2019 at 7:49:45 PM •••

I agree — I would be surprised if there is not something about that buried somewhere in Admistrivia.

Edited by birdsinthewindow
Dec 7th 2019 at 5:02:36 PM •••

TRS decided in favor of not listing duplicates, as I put in my post.

Oct 24th 2011 at 10:52:21 AM •••

It might be worthwhile to subdivide Real Life into those born alliterative, those who achieved alliteration and those who had alliteration thrust upon them.

Or rather, those born alliterative, those who alliterated by marriage, and those who assumed alliterative pseudonyms.

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Feb 11th 2012 at 1:25:51 AM •••

In TRS, I suggested just removing the section.

I'll post it here for now. We could move it back it that's a good idea.

  • Wanted Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadžić was found living under the alias of Dr. Dragan David Dabic'. Stephen Colbert ironically points out that: "gee, no one would ever suspect someone with that name of being an evil mastermind".
  • The Now Show commented on a tendency among fugitives to embrace this trope, citing the Canoe Man John Darwin taking the name "John Jones". They also commented that they frequently take on beards. As they put it, "What is BRIAN BLESSED running from?"
  • Four U.S. presidents: Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Ronald Reagan.
    • And unsuccessful contender Hubert Horatio Humphrey
    • Woodrow and Calvin aren't their first names, though.
  • Along with U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Jay, Felix Frankfurter and Sonia Sotomayor.
  • First Lady Abigail Adams
  • German chancellors Bernhard von Bülow and Kurt Georg Kiesinger.
  • Spanish caudillo, Francisco Franco.
  • French marshal and head of state of Vichy France, Philippe Petain.
  • Galileo Galilei, which is just lazy.
  • NASCAR Drivers: Ricky Rudd, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, and Kasey Kahne
    • Junior Johnson, Scott Speed, Brett Bodine, Ernie Irvan, Buddy Baker, Robert Richardson Jr.,
  • Lewis 'Linkara' Lovhaug, who is, appropriately enough, a comic book fan.
  • Amy Adams, actress.
  • Arthur Ashe, tennis champion.
    • and Stan Smith
    • Björn Borg, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi, all tennis legends.
  • Ken Kesey, author. He poked fun at this by naming the hero/author expy in Demon Box "Devlin Deboree".
  • Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the man who owns LEGO.
  • David Draiman and Dan Donegan of Disturbed.
  • Appropriately enough, the first actor to portray both a Marvel and a DC superhero is Ryan Reynolds, with the bonus of being a variant on Two First Names.
  • Several movie stars took alliterative Stage Names:
    • Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson)
    • Jennifer Jones (born Phylis Lee Isley)
    • Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson)
    • Diana Dors (born Diana Mary Fluck)
    • Deanna Durbin (born Edna Mae Durbin)
    • Claudette Colbert (born Émilie Chauchoin)
    • Doris Day (born Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff)
    • Sissy Spacek (born Mary Elizabeth Spacek).
    • Alan Alda (Alphonso d'Abruzzo)
  • Harry Houdini (real name Erich Weiss)
  • Pioneering CBS TV news producer Fred Friendly. (Real Name:Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer)
  • The Kardashian sisters: Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe.
  • Amandus Augustus Abendroth, 19th century mayor of Hamburg.
  • Arthur Abraham, undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion of the world.
  • Amy Acker
  • Adolphe Adam, composer.
  • Ansel Adams, photographer.
  • Arthur "Art" Adams, comics artist.
  • Andrew Adamson, film director.
  • Alfred Adler, psychologist.
  • Anna Akhmatova, poet.
  • Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter.
  • Anthony Anderson.
  • Alan Arkin, actor. And his son, Adam Arkin.
  • Armand Assante, actor.
  • Adele Astaire, Fred's sister and Broadway co-star.
  • Amedeo Avogadro, chemist.
  • AJ Ayer, philosopher.
  • Lauren "Betty" Bacall, actress.
  • Bob Barker of The Price Is Right.
  • Brigitte Bardot, often referred to as "BB"
  • Ben Barnes, actor.
  • Bob Barr, politician.
  • Béla Bartók, composer.
  • Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz musician.
  • Björnstjerne Björnson, Norwegian writer.
  • Bert Brecht, author.
  • Beau Bridges, actor.
  • Benjamin Britten, composer.
  • Barthold Hinrich Brockes, 18th century poet.
  • Billie Burke, actress ("Glinda" in The Wizard of Oz).
  • Claudia Cardinale, actress, sometimes called "CC".
  • Cab Calloway
  • Carlos Castaneda, author.
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Charlie Chase
  • Claudia Christian
  • Chris Claremont
  • Camille Claudel, sculptress.
  • Carl von Clausewitz, writer of On War.
  • Cassius Clay, 19th-century U. S. politician. Also the boxer, before he changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
  • Chris Colfer
  • Carlo Collodi (born Carlo Lorenzini, born in Collodi in Tuscany), writer of The Adventures of Pinocchio
  • Christopher Columbus!
  • Colin Cowherd, ESPN SportsNation co-host
  • Daniel Defoe, writer.
  • Daniel Dennett, also a philosopher.
  • Denis Diderot, writer and philosopher.
  • Doris Dörrie, director (Men)
  • Erika Eleniak
  • Edward Elgar, composer.
  • Federico Fellini, film director.
  • Fritz Fischer, German historian.
  • Frank Frazetta, artist.
  • Götz George, actor
  • Gilbert Gottfried
  • Günter Grass, author (The Tin Drum)
  • Graham Greene, actor.
  • Graham Greene, author.
  • Germaine Greer, author.
  • Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, astronaut.
  • Gustaf Gründgens, German actor/director and model for Klaus Mann's Mephisto.
  • Giovanni Guareschi, author, creator of Don Camillo and Peppone.
  • Helmut Haller, West German football star.
  • Hill Harper
  • Harry Harrison, author.
  • Hans Hass, Scuba pioneer.
  • Heinrich Heine, poet and writer
  • Heinrich Hertz, physicist.
  • Mobster Henry Hill
  • Hugo von Hoffmannsthal, author.
  • Howard Hughes.
  • Helen Hunt, actress.
  • Howard Hunt, Watergate "plumber".
  • Holly Hunter, actress.
  • Hermann Huppen aka Hermann, Belgian comics artist.
  • Jesse James
  • Joseph "Joe" Johnston, Confederate general.
  • Joe Jonas
  • January Jones
  • Rock legend Janis Joplin.
  • James Joyce, writer.
  • Kumi Koda, Japanese Pop superstar
  • Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson.
  • Louis Leakey, anthropologist.
  • Lotte Lenya, actress and singer.
  • Larry Lieber, comics artist (Stan Lee's younger brother)
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Magnus Magnusson, quiz show host on British TV.
  • Mary Malone, author. Shares her name with a fictional character from His Dark Materials.
  • Matthew Marsh, actor.
  • Mireille Mathieu, singer.
  • Masaya Matsukaze
  • Miyu Matsuki
  • Mike Mignola.
  • Miyamoto Musashi, swordsman.
  • Mamoru Miyano
  • Mandy Moore
  • Michčle Morgan, actress.
  • Masakazu Morita
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Modest Musorgsky, composer.
  • Peter Paige, actor.
  • Sir Peter Parker, former head of British Rail.
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini, movie director.
  • Piper Perabo, actress.
  • Pablo Picasso, artist.
  • Parker Posey
  • Robert Redford, actor.
  • Rob Reiner, director.
  • Rio Reiser, German rock star.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn, painter.
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, poet.
  • Ryder Russell Robinson, Kate Hudson's son, for a triple alliterative name.
  • Robert Rodriguez, director.
  • Roberto Rossellini, movie director.
  • Satomi Sato, voice actress.
  • Susan Sarandon, actress.
  • Siegfried Sassoon, author.
  • Sergei Shoigu, Russian Minister of Emergency Situations.
  • Sergei Semyonovich Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow. Another [[Rule of Three triple-alliterative]] name.
  • Steven Spielberg, director and producer.
  • Steve Staley
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • German satirist and writer Kurt Tucholsky used a number of pen-names, including Peter Panter and Theobald Tiger.
  • Tanya Tucker
  • Tommy Tune, Broadway dancer/choreographer.
  • Tina Turner
  • Wolfgang Wagner (head of the Bayreuth festival), Wieland Wagner (director) and their mother Winifred Wagner.
  • Walt Whitman, writer.
  • Wendy O.Williams, lead singer of the Plasmatics.
  • William Williams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Control Point Podcast host Wes Wade Wilson and his wife Wendy Wilson.
  • Walter Winchell, gossip columnist.
  • Wallace "Wally" Wood, comics artist.
  • William Wordsworth, writer.
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko, poet.
  • Zhelyu Zhelev, first democratically elected president of Bulgaria.
  • To date, the only alliterative World Chess Champion (through 124 years and 15 World Champions) is Alexander Alekhine.
  • The victims in the Alphabet murders - Carmen Colon dumped near Churchville, Wanda Walkowicz dumped near Webster, and Michelle Maenza dumped near Macedon. The Alphabet Killer (mentioned above in the film section) was very loosely based on the murders.
  • Zhang Ziyi
  • Lex Lang and Grant George, voice actors
  • Australian Rules Football gives us the St Kilda Saints, South Melbourne/Sydney Swans, Hawthorn Hawks, Brisbane Bears, Port Adelaide Power, and Greater Western Sydney Giants.
  • Comic artist John Romita, Jr. (JR, Jr.)

Sep 19th 2010 at 8:31:46 PM •••

Could this page be renamed as "Alliterative appellation"? For obvious reasons...

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Jan 12th 2013 at 10:11:47 AM •••

That would make it a Self-Demonstrating Article. But about 2/3 the population doesn't know the meaning of the word appellation.

May 15th 2013 at 7:33:54 AM •••

Isn't that why they read these articles? Alliterative Appellation sounds like an awesome name for this page!

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May 15th 2013 at 12:59:16 PM •••

It's already a redirect, so you can use it to link here from elsewhere on the wiki. I expect it won't be changed, however, because it's (a) longer, (b) less clear, and (c) renames aren't usually done for wittiness points, however much better the suggestion is.

Jun 7th 2010 at 6:45:35 PM •••

Please note that Japanese names, though many may seem alliterative to an English-speaking audience, actually do not convey the same "alliterative power" in their original setting; the Japanese language cares very little for syllabic symmetry, just like it does for rhymes the way we know them.

And, if one were to insist on alliterations, they should only be pointed to where whole syllables are identical. Hence, "Kitahara Kimiko" would be "alsyllabic", while "Komura Kenji" would not.

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Aug 14th 2013 at 6:21:38 AM •••

Should there be either a separate section (or trope page) for japanese names that are alliterative in japanese, or maybe cut down the animanga examples to just ones that are alliterative in japanese, you think?

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