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Nov 3rd 2013 at 5:48:31 AM •••

Folders can only contain so much text. Break the page up into more, smaller folders and it'll be fine.

Oct 15th 2013 at 1:22:15 PM •••

Could someone explain the "Eric Gustafson" example in the Advertising Folder? I don't get why that's an awesome name.

Apr 22nd 2013 at 9:58:33 PM •••

Since we have a music section, can we have an actor section as well? I nominate Rip Torn to be first. River Phoenix can follow.

Feb 1st 2012 at 1:44:56 PM •••

I s'pose Awesome Mc Coolnames would be at least a little subjective, but for instance:

  • Most of the civilian names in Watchmen measure up to their codenames in terms of awesomeness, but frickin' Sally Jupiter takes the cake.

"Jupiter" was her stage name. Her actual name was the less awesome (from a Western perspective) "Sally Juspeczyk" (and her daughter stuck firmly with Juspeczyk). I thought the point of the trope was these people are born with their names (and how bizarre it is thinking about calling them that as kids).

And no offense to guys named Adrian (Veidt), Walter (Kovacs), Jon (Osterman), and Daniel (Dreiberg), but it would be hard to claim any of those names "measure up" to the awesomeness of Ozymandias, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and Nite Owl. Sure, all subjective, but...Walter Kovacs, Jon Osterman and Dan Dreiberg sound like three guys sitting around playing a tabletop RPG in high school, and Adrian Veidt would be the obnoxious preppy in their class who they made fun of between die rolls. And that's likely deliberate!

I'm new, and don't want to step on toes by simply "deleting" bits or getting argumentative in the main page, but does the example really fit here? Similarly, just above it you've got "Noriko Ashida" - sure, it sounds cool, I think, but it's simply Japanese. Is it really that "badass" to a native speaker of Japanese?

Just asking questions on QC for the examples to get a feel for what I should and shouldn't give a damn about.

EDIT: And adding a bit to my confusion:

  • Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show definitively qualify.

How...? By sounding like an old Jewish great-uncle and a random Englishman in a pub? I get that these qualify as "who's naming their kids that?" but they seem to fall down on the, y'know, "Awesome" part of Awesome Mc Coolname (and the "Cool" part, for that matter). If we're going to start adding in every "obscure" or "archaic" or "retro-trendy" name just because, as geeks, we find it kind of cool that somebody cool has that name...doesn't that start defeating the purpose of the trope?

On the flip side of that:

  • Possibly the most accomplished example of this trope, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His baptismal name was actually Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. But he preferred the Latin translation Amadeus (love of God) to the Greek (Theophilus). Theophilus/Amadeus is also sometimes translated as Amade (French) or Gottlieb (German). (And knowing is half the battle!)

So...he picked an Awesome Mc Coolname. That he liked. Just like the authors who write Awesome Mc Cool characters do. But he wasn't born with it, and we're not scratching our heads about his parents naming him that, because he applied it to himself in real life. (Not to mention: the name seems to have become awesome and cool due to him. And, yeah, because it has "wolf" in it!)

Just me? 'Cause I'm not getting how this trope works with so much noise added to the signal...

Edited by JoePGuy
Nov 24th 2011 at 8:35:51 PM •••

Is the name Linden Benson an example of this? It's no one's actual name, just the name of a character...but does it count?

EDIT: No it is not, but Tilia O'Connor probably would.

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