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Nov 26th 2016 at 10:17:41 PM •••

The trope description says that it's about works where the name becomes outdated because the work outlasts the period when the name was common.

It doesn't say anything about works where the name is already outdated when the work debuted, so these aren't examples:

Anime and Manga

  • In Princess Jellyfish, Kuranosuke makes a spur of the moment decision to be called "Kurako" when crossdressing around Tsumiki's man-hating friends in order to hide his gender. It's mentioned that "Kurako" is a rather retro sounding name.


  • Hastings notes that Hercule Poirot and his fake brother Achille's mother must have had very outdated tastes to give her children (who are nothing like the brawny heroes of classic mythology) such names.
  • Harry Potter: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, from his name alone, shows that he's born from quite a hundred years ago. (Note that "Brian" is old, but not outdated.)


Western Animation

  • Mentioned in-universe in Gravity Falls where Pacifica Northwest comment that Mabel's name sounds like one that belongs to "a fat old lady."
  • The kids on Hey Arnold! tend to have rather old-fashioned names like Arnold, Helga, Gerald, Harold, Eugene, Rhonda, Nadine, Sid, Olga etc.

Real Life

  • British actress Hermione Norris found her own Outdated Name to be a mixed blessing. While a first name that largely fell out of favour in Britain sixty or seventy years ago made her distinctive and memorable to casting directors and producers, she complained that nobody knew how to pronounce it. This was resolved with the advent of a certain set of films about a boarding school for wizards and witches, that featured a character called Hermione.

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