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When a person (often a superhero, villain or more grounded criminal) takes his name from a nickname, an insult, or a botched pronunciation, spoken or spread in print by someone else.
In real life, this could extend to criminals who adopt the moniker given them in the press. A subversion could be a criminal corresponding with the press to "correct" the error like Son of Sam or Jack the Ripper.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Can be a form of Insult Backfire when the name was meant to be derogatory. Arguably a form of in-universe Ascended Fanon.
Compare: Line-of-Sight Name, Namedar, Title Drop, Ascended Meme. Compare and contrast Named by Democracy where someone is often forced to accept the name others use instead of willfully adopting it, possibly even lacking the ability to appropriate or protest the name. When a whole group of people does this it's N-Word Privileges.
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Adventure Time:
In the Season 2 episode "Susan Strong", the eponymous character unwittingly names herself when Finn asks her what her name is, and she's still struggling with the word "Sun": "Suh... Sun."
Princess Bubblegum's royal status is later revealed to have stemmed from a condescending nickname that she got from her uncle Gumbald.
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Most of the "Neo-Heisei" Kamen Rider shows have the main character adopt the Rider name in this fashion. Fourze learns about his predecessors from his school's Perky Goth and closet Rider fangirl, and himself becomes a Rider fanboy, eagerly looking for any opportunity to meet his Sempai. In The Movie, Fourze explains the name to Wizard, who decides it sounds pretty cool. And then in his Post-Script Episodes, Wizard turns around and introduces Gaim to the term (though in his own show, he's referred to as Armored Rider Gaim, which is still an example of this trope).
Gaim has another example: When dealing with DJ Sagara, Ryoma Sengoku asks what his real name is, and he responds "Why don't we go with the name that you gave me: Helheim", which is the name of the Alien Kudzu currently trying to take over the planet, revealing that Sagara is its avatar. However, he still goes by his old name when dealing with others.
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In Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW), Dr. Eggman creates a Metal Virus that roboticizes organic life. Sonic dubs them Zombots (zombie robots) due to their soulless behaviors, and Eggman starts calling them that himself, admitting it's catchy.
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Several villains (and tragic heroes) from the GONE series seem to take pride in all the nasty things the Perdido Beach kids say about them;
"Whip Hand" was originally a terrifying code word for Drake Merwin who has a tentacle for an arm (It Makes Sense in Context , we swear!) He seems to like this analogy a awful lot, even elaborating on it and calling himself "Uncle Whip Hand".
An Orc is a type of troll. Before the FAYZ, Charles Merrimans nickname was this and he loved it. When he actually becomes a stone monster, for once all he wants is for people to call him Charles and grows to hate the name, making it subverted. Lana remarks that when he was a boy he relished in being known as a monster, but when he was a monster all he wanted was to be recognised as a human being...
The talking coyotes in the series (Makes Just as Much Sense in Context), refer to Brianna as Swift Girl. The coyotes hate Brianna and have tried to kill her a multitude of times. Which makes her take all the more pride in the nickname.
Diana Ladris had no qualms with her reputation as a "Bitch", "Slut", "Mean-spirited", "bad girl" and seemed to refer to herself as it even more than the heroes who hold her in so much contempt for it. This is later deconstructed as Diana is slowly humanized and Rescued from the Scrappy Heap , eventually leading to the fandom feeling sorry for her and yes, it did get her fangirls.
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Much like the movie and animated TV show, in The Adventures of Superman (from the 1950s), Superman gets his name from the Daily Planet. His first public heroic was rescuing a man who had fallen off of an airship, and the man later described him as "some sort of... Super-guy...", and shortly afterwards Lois calls him Superman.
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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione is the first known character to utilize this trope in the series for the term "mudblood."
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Samurai Jack: "Jack" is not his name, but rather a slang term like "man", "guy", or "dude" that he was called by the first people he encountered in the future.
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Hawkman villain Ira Quimby was called IQ by his criminal associates not only because of his initials, but as an ironic statement about how stupid he was. When he discovered a trinket that gave him incredible intelligence, he decided to keep the name.
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The All Guardsmen Party is assigned to an upper crust, noble officer they refer to only as "the Rupert". Despite this being an offensive term for incompetent blue blood officers, the Rupert wholeheartedly adopted the term and even insists the guardsmen refer to him as such.
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Dragon Age:
Anders, who is first introduced in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, refused to speak when he was initially brought to the Circle as a child. Not knowing his true name, other apprentices started to call him "the Ander" because of his Anders heritage. This became the only name he later uses.
In Dragon Age II, many residents of Kirkwall use "Dog Lord" as a slur against refugees from Ferelden, a reference to Fereldan culture's deep-seated love of Mabari hounds. In Act II, Hawke encounters a Fereldan expat street gang called the Dog Lords. (Incidentally, the Dog Lords are probably the toughest of the gangs encountered in Act II...because they're backed up by Mabari.)
During Mask of the Assassin, after Hawke asks Varric why they never got a nickname, depending on their personality, he suggests "Waffles" and "Killer" for paragon Hawke and renegade Hawke. Snarky!Hawke on the other hand, admits to genuinely liking "Chuckles".
The Trespasser DLC in Dragon Age: Inquisition reveals that Solas's true name actually is Solas. Fen'Harel was an insult used by his enemies, and he took up the name as a badge of pride.
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In Tokyo Ghoul, it's standard practice for the CCG to assign an alias to unknown Ghouls. Many embrace them and start using these nicknames as their alias among their own kind as well. Perhaps the most famous example is the One-Eyed Owl, who gleefully embraced this title as their own.
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The Iberian Orcs in The Weakness Of Beatrice The Level Cap Holy Swordswoman originally received the name from a human (the Sage). It was meant as a Black Comedy joke - the Iberian Orcs are pig-like (like many examples in Japanese media) and Iberian ham (or jamón ibérico) is an expensive type of ham. Much to the Sage's shock, they liked the name so much they took it as the official name of their race.
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Bane: Bane got his name after a warden called him one after he killed while still a child, in prison:
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"Chad" of Bleach got his name when Ichigo met him, and mispronounced his real name "Sado" (the Japanese version uses "Chado").
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A flashback in Have Gun – Will Travel shows that the hero, Paladin, got the name in this manner. A villainous employer falsely made him believe that a gunfighter calling himself Smoke was a villain terrorizing a town. The dying Smoke revealed the truth and sarcastically referred to his killer as a "paladin". His killer adopted that name and to atone, becoming a hero while wearing Smoke's costume.
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Arsenal got his name from Lex Luthor complimenting his "impressive arsenal".
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In She's Out of My League, the hero's best friend says that children taunted him with the name "stainer" after an accident, but the hero suggested he adopt it. Stainer's story is told near the end of the movie as an example of the hero's great qualities, after I'd spent 90 minutes thinking his name was Stayner.
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In Arrow this has happened to Oliver, when he went by The Hood, and Roy, who got the name Arsenal from Wildcat's disgraced sidekick, and it is shaping up to be the same with Laurel.
When they’re stuck in the speed force during Crisis on Infinite Earths Hour 4, Movie-Barry Allen (who has gone without his famous code name during the events of Justice League (2017)) takes a liking to "The Flash" after encountering his Earth-1 counterpart.
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In the 2016 iteration of The Tick, "Ms. Lint", was originally an Embarrassing Nickname given to the Terror's number one by his other henchmen. A side effect of her electricity based power causes dust particles to become stuck to her clothing through static cling. The Terror himself counseled her to not let them get to her, and instead take it for herself and turn it into a name to be feared.
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Subverted in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade. A reporter asks Kara if she is some kind of Supergirl. Later she chooses to call herself Supergirl, but she gave no indication she got her name from that random reporter.
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The English-language localizations of the Sonic the Hedgehog games introduced the name "Eggman" for Dr. Robotnik this way; in Sonic Adventure, it was an insult used against him by the heroes, but in all later games he used it himself. That's actually because his name in Japan is Eggman; early games, feeling the name wasn't imposing enough, named him Dr. Robotnik and kept Eggman as an insult. Later games stated "Robotnik" was his family name and Eggman being the nick-name he normally uses, making his full name Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. Curiously, the name Robotnik was used as the surname of his grandfather and cousin even in Japan, but official Japanese bios list Eggman's real name as "unknown".
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Adrian Toomes points out to potential victim Norman Osborn, that he's "not Toomes now, I'm what you called me, the Vulture!" Osborn sneeringly replies that he called Toomes a buzzard, and that Toomes can't even get the name right.
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The Dirty Dozen: Sergeant Bowren nicknames the twelve convicts 'the dirty dozen' after they refuse to bathe or shave as a protest regarding their poor living conditions. The name sticks.
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In Dracula Untold, when he was initially reminded that he's the "son of the devil", Vlad corrected this: Dracula means "son of the dragon". However, at the climax of the movie he says "I'm Dracula, son of the devil".
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In Gotham, it's apparent that "The Penguin" will eventually be one of these; Cobblepot hates the name, treating it as his Berserk Button, but the series is a prequel and that is what he's called in other works. Half way through the first season, Sal Maroni tells him he needs to own the name so that people can't use it as an insult.
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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Mikey names all of the villains they go up against. Some of them like their names enough to start using them themselves, such as Pizza Face and Rocksteady (contrasting Bebop, who hates his new name).
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Young Justice — somehow surfaced when team Cloudcuckoolander Impulse tried explaining to the press that he, Robin, and Superboy weren't the Teen Titans, but "just us".
Impulse's own name is an example, he adopted the name after Batman called him impulsive.
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Fallout: Equestria: Velvet is a staunch follower of Fluttershy, the Element of Kindness. She has a breakdown when she realizes that Fluttershy is the one who created the megaspells that destroyed the world, but eventually recovers and rededicates herself to the cause. Reggie points out that this basically means she's a follower of the apocalypse. Velvet accepts that name, and in the epilogue the Followers of the Apocalypse are one of the greatest forces of good in the reviving Wasteland, taking care of children and spreading knowledge.
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The Joker himself, according to The Man Who Laughs. This is initially what the media calls him, since they don't know anything about him except for his clown-like appearance — he loves the name and decides to embrace it.
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On the self-titled sitcom Roseanne, one episode has her mother explaining that Jackie's name isn't really Jackie, but Marjorie. Roseanne couldn't properly pronounce her name as a child and it always sounded like she was calling her "My Jackie", and after a while, the name stuck.
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In Rave Master, the name of the Demon Card organization was originally supposed to be Demon Guard instead (as they were an anti-demon security force before their Start of Darkness), but the original founder painted the sign the wrong way in the middle of the night and failed to notice it in time. However, the name stuck.
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The Bratz get their name from Kirstee and Kaycee in Bratz: Rock Angelz.
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In Lord of War Arms dealer Yuri is called a "lord of war" by one of his clients. He thinks the man mispronounced "warlord". Later he realizes that is exactly what he is.
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In The Incredible Hulk, a student on the news says "It was like some kind of... Hulk!" Also, when Blonsky is forcing Sterns to give him Hulk powers, Sterns warns him that the combination of the Super Serum and Gamma Radiation might result in "An Abomination". Both of these are straight out of the comics.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: In Ai’s final moments, he admits that despite the fact Yusaku gave him his name in a moment of laziness, he came to genuinely like it, to the point that all of the Spell and Trap Cards he uses contain puns on it.
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The Trespasser DLC in Dragon Age: Inquisition reveals that Solas's true name actually is Solas. Fen'Harel was an insult used by his enemies, and he took up the name as a badge of pride.
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Idiocracy: Time-travelling Cpl. Joe Bauers is re-named Not Sure by the bar code machine as he tries to explain that he doesn't understand how it's supposed to work. That's President Not Sure to you, private!
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In Harry Potter, the Slytherians compose "Weasley Is Our King" thanking Ron for his terrible goalkeeping skills helping them win a match. Later the Gryffindors' use the song themselves after Ron's first successful turn as Keeper, much the same way the Americans adopted "Yankee Doodle," though the Gryffindors changed the lyrics to praise Ron and his Quidditch skills rather than keeping the insulting ones.
In the same book, the Ministry attempts to restrict the amount of defensive magic students can learn out of fear Dumbledore wants to turn them into his own private army. Since the Big Bad is out there building up his power base, the students form a secret Defense group and name it "Dumbledore's Army". When they're discovered, Dumbledore goes along with the idea in order to prevent any blame falling on the students. He notes it's "Dumbledore's Army", not "Potter's Army."
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hermione is the first known character to utilize this trope in the series for the term "mudblood."
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Arrested Development had an episode where Tobias goes to prison and the inmates call him Dorothy. This changes when he accidentally convinces the biggest baddest con to commit suicide. Soon Tobias is running the prison and "Dorothy" becomes a name to be feared.
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Played straight in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 with Patrick Colasour. He survives getting his ass kicked by the Gundams enough that he earns the nickname "Colasour The Indestructible". He seems oblivious they're disparaging him. Kati Mannequin tries to explain it to him once; apparently, he doesn't know what "disparage" means.
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Jimquisition ended up with a case of this. After the "epic meltdown of the Slaughtering Grounds developer", Jim started calling himself Jim Fucking Sterling, Son, which was an insult thrown at him in the developer's review of his review. ("I don't need to fix thatnote because it's the player's job to fix the sound problem apparently because I'm Jim fucking Sterling, son!") He's since made it into a Catchphrase, and changed his Twitter name to "JimFnSterlingSon".
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The eponymous character in the Jack Blank trilogy never had a last name, so he'd leave a blank after his first on all his school papers. The name Jack _____ morphed into Jack Blank, and it stuck.
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Discussed by the "High Sparrow", who's aware the name is generally derogatory but takes it in stride, noting there are far worse burdens to bear.
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In The Fallen Gods, Tuatha's horse is named Haku'Yethin, which is goblin for "Pain in my Ass". Hak's a sweetheart though, it was just the goblins that found him a pain.
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Guardians of the Galaxy: The team name comes from a sarcastic quip by the main villain during the final battle.
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In the Rick and Morty episode "Mortynight Run", Rick mocks the cloud alien that Morty saved by calling him a "mind-reading fart". The alien however likes the name Fart and then on prefers himself to be called that, despite Morty's protests and much to the amusement of Rick.
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In The Dresden Files
There is a mysterious island in the middle of Lake Michigan. It is a Genius Loci and from it spawns a lot of magical power. It never had a name that was known, but titular hero Harry Dresden first calls it Demonreach, which is unknowingly appropriate because it imprisons many eldritch and evil gods, whose magical energy leaks from their cells resulting in the magical power. Later on in Skin Game Harry is living on the island and names the 9ft tall hooded spirit of the island "Alfred" in a snarky fashion after it helps Harry. The spirit asks if "Alfred" is to be its new designation as while it is part of the island itself, what Harry sees is also a separate entity as well. Harry permits it and now the spirit is called Alfred.
The Archive is the repository of all human knowledge. Anything ever written, typed, or printed becomes part of her perfect memory. From an everyday shopping list to the current nuclear launch codes. The power is typically past from mother-to-daughter when the daughter is an adult and has a lifetime of experiences to help handle the burden of all the knowledge and past memories of the previous bearers. The current incarnation isn't like that. Her mother died soon after giving birth to the girl, not even giving her a name, out of jealousy and spite she would be able to enjoy life for a while, while the mother has to endure this power she never wanted. So, the Archive is all this girl is, until at the age of five she met Harry, who nicknamed her Ivy, and this helped her develop a small fraction of personality that would continue to grow.
For a long time inside Harry was host to the Shadow of the Fallen Angel Lasciel. It was the Shadow's duty and sole mission to convince Harry to fully accept the full Fallen into his body, but Harry resists the temptation for years. As the Shadow later admits, most don't succeed in resisting for weeks. No one has ever lasted for as long as Harry has. This has left an interesting change to the Shadow who has developed into a slightly different being than the carbon copy of the True Lasciel she started as. As Harry notes, the Shadow has the same problem as Harry: his malleable human mind. She exists inside it and is just as malleable as he is. So while she could turn him evil, he could change her as well. The realization that should Harry take up the offer would mean the Shadow's demise as Lasciel would just erase the Shadow from existence. After one conversation, when discussing all the above, Harry calls her Lash. Inadvertently, this also gifted some of his own soul into the Shadow, transforming her slowing into her own unique being. When she realizes that Harry would truly rather die from a powerful mental attack rather than embrace Lasciel, Lash rebels against her master, will offer Harry any aide, any help she can without the pressure to accept Lasciel. Lash dies soon after, sacrificing her existence while shielding Harry from the mental attack.
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When Bruce Banner first turned into the Incredible Hulk, nobody else realized, besides Rick Jones. And so, a superpowerful being of unknown name and origin destroyed the military base while leaving it. The soldiers deployed to locate and kill the creature, and one unnamed soldier said, "We've got to find that... that hulk!!"
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In Supernatural Castiel adopts Meg's nickname for him, "Clarence", as his alias when he becomes a human, but he does not understand the significance of the name.
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Nikolai Stirling in Queen of Thieves is known by both the press and the Paris underworld as "Thief Lord." In his first season he explains that it was originally a mocking nickname he was tagged with when he was still new to Paris, as the more seasoned criminals of the Underbelly felt he was far too arrogant and full of himself for a homeless teenage pickpocket. Once he formed the Gilded Poppy and began pulling off more and more audacious heists, he was regarded with more respect, until newcomers to the community didn't even realize it was supposed to have been a joke.
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Rain Man was named by his little brother, who couldn't pronounce "Raymond."
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Discworld:
In Jingo, 71-Hour Ahmed might qualify. His tribe called him 71-Hour Ahmed because he had killed a man one hour before it was acceptable (his tribe offers everyone hospitality for three days, i.e. 72 hours.) He explains to Vimes that the man was a mass-murderer, and that once all the evidence was in, why wait even a single hour? While clearly not meant to be complimentary, he lets people refer to him by that title because its meaning is known and frightening to Klatchians. He doesn't let custom get in the way of doing what's necessary.
Also applies to his tribe, the D'regs. The name is Klatchian for "enemy". It's "not the name they chose for themselves, but they adopted it out of pride".
Mad in The Last Continent might also count.
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The Young Ancients: The protagonist, Tor, becomes the subject of a play in Galasia after making them water filters that saved the city, after their sewers ruptured into the drinking water. Tor includes a warning that the new magic system will last only twenty years and if they haven't fixed the sewers in that time not to bother him. With this curt note (and the young girl who wrote the play wishing to star in it) Tor becomes a troll the heroine must beg the filters from, much to the amusement of Tor's friends. Later, after a misunderstanding results in Tor's being turned away at the palace gates, Rolph adds every possible nickname, appellation and title Tor might be known as to the list of guests who are always welcome at the palace, including "The Troll of Galasia." This title sticks with everyone who copies Tor's appellations from the list, though he is still mostly known as the Wizard Tor.
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In Iron Man 2, when Rhodey puts on the earlier suit and gets into a brawl with Tony, Tony asks him, "You wanna be the War Machine?" Rhodey grows to like it, even after his Pentagon backers rechristen him Iron Patriot in Iron Man 3.
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Beast Wars: Uprising: Wanna-be gangleader Gnashteeth is given a beatdown by Thunderhoof and Terrorsaur, who responds to a dramatic threat Gnash gives that he must think he's Megatron. A few weeks later, after Gnashteeth has ruined and murdered Thunderhoof, he decides the name Megatron suits him, yes.
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Subverted on The Big Bang Theory. Howard knew that the other astronauts would give him a nickname; he planned to influence their decision by having his phone ring during a videoconference: the ringtone would be Elton John's song "Rocket Man". Unfortunately, his mother butted in and asked him if he wanted some Froot Loops for breakfast, and the other astronauts called him "Froot Loops" from then on.
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Invisibo from the Freakazoid! episode of the same name was initially known as Ahmon Kor-Unch, but was named "Invisibo" by Freakazoid because they already had title cards made up and everything. The villain accepts his new name because he likes it and admits that it has a somewhat sinister ring to it.
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The titular heroes of Tokyo Mew Mew got their name from reporters mishearing Ichigo's introduction of "Uh, we're from Cafe Mew Mew in Tokyo...", partially thanks to Minto, who, having some sense, muffled her to protect their secret identities.
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Subverted in Relativity. The supervillain who can talk to bugs? The heroes always call him "Cricket". Even the narrative calls him that. However, he only refers to himself by his real name.
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Galinda in Wicked (both the musical and the book) is called "Glinda" (notice the lack of an A) by her talking Goat teacher. When he is killed, she changes her name to Glinda in his memory.
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In the same book, the Ministry attempts to restrict the amount of defensive magic students can learn out of fear Dumbledore wants to turn them into his own private army. Since the Big Bad is out there building up his power base, the students form a secret Defense group and name it "Dumbledore's Army". When they're discovered, Dumbledore goes along with the idea in order to prevent any blame falling on the students. He notes it's "Dumbledore's Army", not "Potter's Army."
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The reason why members of the Something Awful forums are collectively referred to as "goons" by themselves and other Internet denizens.
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When Stan Ridgway played a friend some music he and Mark Moreland were working on for a film soundtrack, he jokingly compared the layered production to Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound". Because of how unnerving the music was, said friend quipped that it was more like a "Wall of Voodoo".
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Ultimate Marvel
Ultimate X-Men: The names that the mutants use, both on Xavier and Magneto's side, are a new naming system of their own design, that names them after their mutant abilities rather than after an ancestor.
Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultimate Mysterio explained it this way: "'But you can keep calling me Mysterio. I like that. I would have never come up with that name myself but it's out there now... and I like it.'" This may have been a ruse by Ultimate Mysterio, who was revealed to be an android controlled by the mainstream Mysterio.
Also Spider-Man himself. He needed a stage name in the wrestling arena, so he chose the name "The Spider". The announcer fixed it in the fly, and gave him the name "Spider-Man". Peter complained for a moment, but then he liked it.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "Clone Cadets", the clone trooper CT-4040 has an argument with a drill sergeant during which he's called a cut-up. CT-4040 decides that he likes this name and calls himself Cutup from then on.
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Atomic Robo: Doctor Dinosaur got his name during his first encounter with Robo, when Jenkins burst in on him about to cut Robo to pieces over an insult, and declared "it's some kind of... doctor dinosaur!" Dinosaur had just moments ago been told by Robo his "given" name was utterly unpronounceable, and would just make people think he had something stuck in his throat.
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In Everworld, Senna's name is actually "Senda", which means "Pathway". She didn't meet her father until she was about eight, at which point her mother left her with him and literally disappeared; he mistook her name for "Senna", and eventually she came to hate the correct pronunciation.
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In Cinderella, Ella initially despises her stepsisters' awful nickname for her, but eventually comes to accept it and then embrace it, to the point that she even introduces herself to the prince as Cinderella.
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Marvel D-list superhero Darkhawk got his name from a crazy old hobo. Before that, he'd seriously been considering calling himself "Edge-Man".
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Fans of Undertale often call themselves "Undertale Trash" for the same reasons as the "PC Master Race".
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In the Warcraft universe, the orphaned son of Orc chieftan Durotan was raised as a gladiator by a sadistic human who only called him "Thrall" (slave). He kept his name even after gaining his freedom, rising to the position of Warchief of the entire Orcish Horde, and learning his birthname (Go'el) from his grandmother.
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Superman: The Animated Series
As seen in other adaptations, Lois Lane also names Superman here. After discussing the new hero at the Daily Planet, Lois sums up with "A regular superman," referring to him metaphorically as being the embodiment of the Nietzschen ideal. Perry quickly agrees that this is what they should call him. Clark, who is in the room, is surprised at first, but likes the name by the time everyone leaves.
A degraded Superman clone gets his name when Lex Luthor's henchwoman describes him as being "Bizarro!"
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Dial: During the discussion to eliminate the HYDRA moles within SHIELD, and the decision to dismantle SHIELD as well, Mahmoud proposes another solution, to rebuild it into something better, the organization that SHIELD was meant to be, "the bridge between what people consider normal, and all the weirdness out there", to not only protect the innocent the misuse of power, but to also assist those that gain powers. Afterwards, SHIELD is indeed disbanded and reformed into the Bureau of Reconnaissance, Intelligence, Development, and General Enhancement, a.k.a. BRIDGE.
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Spider-Man:
When Peter Parker tries out at an underground fight club just after he gained his super powers, he calls himself "The Human Spider". The fight announcer thinks that is a stupid name and instead introduces him as "The Amazing Spider-Man". Peter is annoyed at first but then embraces it after hearing the crowd triumphantly chanting "Spider-Man! Spider-Man!".
Green Goblin is also named by the press, as is Doctor Octopus in the sequel.
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The Dark Knight: Harvey Dent started his career in Internal Affairs prosecuting dirty cops. The cops, none too happy about that, called him "Two-Face" behind his back.
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Dismember was filed a lawsuit over the Gorn lyrics of "Skin Her Alive", calling the band "pornographic, obscene or indecent". After it was settled (in their favor), they released their next album, titled Indecent and Obscene.
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In PS238, the Most Common Superpower isn't big boobs, it's F.I.S.S.. Cute Bruiser Julie is the eighty-fourth of these documented and as such feels a little inferior until she gains some confidence. She then registers "84" as her official hero name, possibly because Moon Shadow was the first one to call her that.
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MAD artist Don Martin created Captain Klutz, whose name derived from the insult ("You Klutz!") of a robber he captured by accident. (Young Ringo Fonebone had actually been attempting suicide when he landed on top of the fleeing crook.) When a police Captain asked for his name, the dazed Fonebone replied, "I'm a Klutz, Captain." Perhaps not a pure example, as Fonebone was briefly amnesiac, and actually thought it was his real name, at least at first.
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The Last Jedi: In their climatic showdown, Captain Phasma furiously tells Finn "You were always scum". He immediately corrects her: "Rebel Scum". It signals his pivot from only caring about Rey to fighting for the Resistance and what it stands for.
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Impulse's own name is an example, he adopted the name after Batman called him impulsive.
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In Codex Alera, it's a joke among veterans that new recruits are "fish," since their flailing around is more reminiscent of a landed fish than a legionnaire. The legion Tavi was assigned to happened to have an outsized regiment of Knights Aeris: namely, ones who were powerful enough to qualify but so short on practice that they couldn't fly (which is the entire point of Knights Aeris). Tavi dubbed them "Knights Pisces." It stuck. Then the battle of the Elinarch rolled around, when Tavi stopped the enemy army from sneaking across the river by having butchers and the like dump buckets of blood and offal in the river to attract sharks. Next time we see the Knights, they've chosen a certain fish as their new insignia. They keep the name for the rest of the series.
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Captain Mar-Vell made his debut when he stopped a killer robot sent by his own superiors in the Kree army that was sent to Kill All Humans. During the battle the robot kept addressing him by his rank and name "Captain Mar-Vell". Bystanders misheard and assumed that Mar-Vell was a new superhero named "Captain Marvel". Mar-Vell decided to go along with it. Used again with his Ultimate Marvel incarnation, Marh-Vell. When interrogating him, Carol Danvers hears his name as "Marvel", and thinks he's a new superhero (and a Native America to boot). In fairness, with his armour, he does look like a superhero.
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In Captain America: The First Avenger, the name "Captain America" was given to Steve during the USO tours, but he would use that name during his first military mission. The soldiers he rescued would also use that name without any sarcasm. And by the time he is an Avenger, he's still referred to as "Captain" (to the point some call him "Captain Rogers"). Given he uses this to pull rank early on, it seems that they actually made him an Army Captain even though he was mainly an entertainer at first.
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A member of Sgt. Rock's Easy Company was mockingly called "Ice Cream Soldier" — he was inexperienced and notorious for both "melting down" (panicking) and "freezing up" in tense combat situations. He adopted the name proudly after he saved the whole company from two oncoming German tanks during a heavy snowstorm, and it came to refer to his new cool demeanor and comfort in cold weather.
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Super Robot Wars: Original Generation refers to the assault on the White Star as "Operation SRW". While an official meaning for the acronym is never given, Ascended Fanboy Ryusei announces that it must mean - you guessed it - "Super Robot Wars!"
There's also Ibis Douglas, whose partner/rival dubbed her "Shooting Star" because of her tendency to get shot down during training exercises. When her boss finds out, he mentions that it's a great name for someone who dreams of exploring space. She finally accepts the nickname during her "World of Cardboard" Speech, which is accompanied by a theme song of the same name.
The Alteisen's name. For those of you who are unaware it translates as old/pig iron which is a low quality metal. In-universe the Alteisen is considered old-fashioned for not using Extra Over Technology (some very advanced technology that has been reversed engineered). The name stuck.
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On 4chan, the term "30 year old boomer" was created as a jab at people in this age group who still consume media from their child/teenage years. After a while, this group started to proudly call themselves boomers, making memes in which boomers show their dominance over "zoomers" AKA Generation Z, and one game on Steam even calls itself "boomercore" for using the Doom engine and being inspired by it and other 90's FPS's.
Likewise, other "-oomer" appellations such as "doomer"note initially referring to outwardly depressed individuals perceived as bordering on wangsty before being used as an umbrella term for anything dark and/or cynical and "coomer"note initially referring to people addicted to pornography or sexual stimulation before being applied to anyone who even so much hinted at being sexually expressive came to be adopted by the exact people they were intended to mock, leading to such things as the creation of "doomer" playlists centered around dark and depressing music and the use of the "coomer" character as a PFP by individuals who "fail" No Nut November (an increasingly popular online challenge, spawned from No Fap September, in which participants attempt to abstain from masturbating for the entirety of the month of November). "Coomer" however is still a bit of an indecisive case in that while it has been appropriated by sexually expressive individuals seeking to make fun of the label's neopuritan background (having originally been created by far-right 4chan users attempting to label sexual expression as "degenerate"), it still sees more negative reception in other areas of the internet where people spam it unironically.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Iron Man:
Iron Monger gets his name from a comment Stane makes about being "Iron Mongers" whose weapons help keep the world in balance.
Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron, but later grows to like and use the name himself. In the novelization, he mentions the Black Sabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.
In The Incredible Hulk, a student on the news says "It was like some kind of... Hulk!" Also, when Blonsky is forcing Sterns to give him Hulk powers, Sterns warns him that the combination of the Super Serum and Gamma Radiation might result in "An Abomination". Both of these are straight out of the comics.
In Iron Man 2, when Rhodey puts on the earlier suit and gets into a brawl with Tony, Tony asks him, "You wanna be the War Machine?" Rhodey grows to like it, even after his Pentagon backers rechristen him Iron Patriot in Iron Man 3.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, the name "Captain America" was given to Steve during the USO tours, but he would use that name during his first military mission. The soldiers he rescued would also use that name without any sarcasm. And by the time he is an Avenger, he's still referred to as "Captain" (to the point some call him "Captain Rogers"). Given he uses this to pull rank early on, it seems that they actually made him an Army Captain even though he was mainly an entertainer at first.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The team name comes from a sarcastic quip by the main villain during the final battle.
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio's name comes from Peter's classmates mistaking an Italian news broadcast for naming him as such (they were actually calling him a mysterious man). Peter later relays the name to Beck, and he decides to adopt it as his official moniker.
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Anders, who is first introduced in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, refused to speak when he was initially brought to the Circle as a child. Not knowing his true name, other apprentices started to call him "the Ander" because of his Anders heritage. This became the only name he later uses.
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The Stormlight Archive: When Szeth-son-son-Vallano was sent to assassinate the Alethi King Gavilar, his Parshendi masters made him wear white; they believe that if you are going to assassinate someone, you at least owe him the courtesy to let him see you coming. Szeth soon becomes known as "the Assassin in White," and when he gets a new monster who uses him for even worse slaughters, he is ordered to wear white so that people properly identify him as the one who killed Gavilar. It's an odd case where someone is forced to take on a nickname.
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When Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition was newly announced, a number of angry gamers weren't just satisfied with expressing their unhappiness and spent a lot of time spreading unfounded rumors on the Wizards of the Coast boards. Other posters went out of their way to correct them and one frustrated rumormonger angrily denounced his being 'oppressed' by what he called the '4e Avengers'. Within a week, dozens of posters had that name in their sig with Super Hero names like '4e Batman'.
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In Robert Asprin's Phule's Company series, the Legionaire who had chosen the name "Rose" for herself was usually called "Violet" (from "Shrinking Violet") by the others due to her crippling shyness in face-to-face contact. But when it's discovered that over the radio, she's phenomenally good as a communications officer (If she can't see the person she's talking to, she's fine) and very motherly to everyone in the company, everyone starts calling her "Mother" and she adopts it herself.
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In Shadow of the Conqueror, after Daylen slaughtered the aristocracy of Hamahra, the leaders of the other nations began calling him "Dayless" to defame him. Daylen responded by making it the most feared name in the history of Tellos.
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As seen in other adaptations, Lois Lane also names Superman here. After discussing the new hero at the Daily Planet, Lois sums up with "A regular superman," referring to him metaphorically as being the embodiment of the Nietzschen ideal. Perry quickly agrees that this is what they should call him. Clark, who is in the room, is surprised at first, but likes the name by the time everyone leaves.
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Several times on Smallville , as a Mythology Gag. When Clark Kent joins an underground fight club, the manager calls him "The Man Of Steel" because he earlier demonstrated he was bullet proof. Green Arrow called him "Boy Scout" because of his simple-minded idealism. When he becomes an active superhero, the media calls him "The Good Samaritan" (because he helps people in trouble for no reason), "The Red-Blue Blur" (named for the only thing visible when he uses Super Speed), and finally, "The Blur". Also, when he reveals his secret to Jimmy Olsen, Jimmy goes, "Wow! You're some kind of Super... Super... Guy."
There was also "Clark Kent, the Man of Tomorrow" when he was running for high school president, though it was the other guy who photoshopped his face into what is basically superman's suit. There was also a time when Lana found him reading something by Friedrich Nietzsche and asked him if he was "Man, or Superman?", though he said he hadn't really decided. Also, he sometimes calls himself "Naman" in the early seasons, when interacting with people who know the local ancient legends about Kryptonians.
In the fandom, there is the "Unholy Cult of Chlois".
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While everybody on the other side in Stargate SG-1 initially calls him "shol'va" (traitor) as an insult (practically spitting out the curse), Teal'c pretty quickly warms up to the "title" and a few times even smiles proudly when being called that. Later on, the other rebel Jaffa treat the term the same way.
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When they’re stuck in the speed force during Crisis on Infinite Earths Hour 4, Movie-Barry Allen (who has gone without his famous code name during the events of Justice League (2017)) takes a liking to "The Flash" after encountering his Earth-1 counterpart.
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In Sex Note, a Death Note AU where Light Yagami picks up a Sex Note instead of a Death Note the media gives him the name Kougoukan (literally "anti-rape") instead of Kira because instead of using a Death Note to kill people Light is using his magic sex toy to prevent rapes from occurring.
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In Earthsong, the villain takes his name from one of his first victims. He calls him "beluosis," or "full of monsters."
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It's often said that Batman gave Bart the codename "Impulse" as a warning. This is actually a retcon; he created it himself during Zero Hour! (though all-but-confirmed in his second appearance a month before and reinforced a few issues later in the main Flash ongoing), a fact even his creator forgot.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Applies to Odo twice. Firstly, when he was discovered, he was a gelatinous blob that was not clearly a lifeform. He was kept in a flask with the label "unknown sample"; a loose Cardassian translation of this was Odo'ital, meaning "nothing". He eventually took on the shortened "Odo" as a form of identity. Secondly, he adopted the nickname "Constable" that was given to him by Kira as an appropriate if unusual title (for the time) for someone now working in station security.
His people are called "Changelings", originally used as a slur against them until they took it as their own.
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Arthur
The band "U Stink" got their name like this.
Arthur would sometimes state that the initials of his little sister D.W.'s name stood for "Disaster Warning." In "Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked," D.W. played Virtual Goose under the username DisasterWarning99.
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In an episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert jokingly claims that white people need to stop feeling ashamed of being called "slavers". Instead, they need to own the name. They're not "slavers"; they're "slavas".
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Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio's name comes from Peter's classmates mistaking an Italian news broadcast for naming him as such (they were actually calling him a mysterious man). Peter later relays the name to Beck, and he decides to adopt it as his official moniker.
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The Flash (2014):
When Cisco calls Leonard Snart "Captain Cold" in a confrontation, Snart's expression clearly indicates his approval of the name. In later appearances, he insists on the name.
Later in the season, some of the other super-villains get a bit jealous of the Cisco-named bad guys running around Central City and outright asks him for an equally cool nickname. Two notable examples include the Golden Glider and even the Big Bad, The Reverse-Flash.
In the comics, Cold's team is known as "the Rogues." After Barry flippantly refers to them as Snart's "rogues gallery," Snart practically giggles.
Caitlin suggests calling Hannibal Bates, a metahuman shapeshifter, "Everyman" to Barry. She doesn't realize that it's Bates himself disguised as Barry, and admits that he likes it.
Rosa Dillion takes the name Top after Jesse Quick commented that her dress makes her look like a top.
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Zebra Girl: When returning home at the end of the Subfusc arc, Sandra is talking with some kind of insectoid customs officer who can't say the name "Sandra" and keeps calling her "Zzzandra", so she says her name is "Zandra" to get by it. The news posts suggest she likes it and will be using "Zandra" from now on.
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In The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn's alias Strider is initially a derogatory nickname given to him by the people of Bree, who see the Rangers as mysterious, dangerous ruffians. When he becomes king of Gondor, he translates the name into Quenya and uses it as his family name.
In a minor but humorous moment with Gollum, Sam calls him a "sneak", causing Gollum to go on a sarcastic rant about Sam's rudeness, causing Sam to apologize. Then Frodo wakes up:
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Batman
During his college days, Jonathan Crane would spend all his money on Psychology Books and thus dress shabbily, so his class mates would call him "scarecrow".
Ditto with Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, at least in The Dark Knight.
The Joker himself, according to The Man Who Laughs. This is initially what the media calls him, since they don't know anything about him except for his clown-like appearance — he loves the name and decides to embrace it.
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Fables: Bigby was nicknamed The Big Bad Wolf by his bullying brothers as an insult because he was tiny as a cub. He grew up to be big and powerful and took that name for his own.
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As a joke on his strained relationship with the press, then-Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura issued media credential badges to his press corps labeled something along the lines of "Press Jackal." The issue-ees were none too pleased, but the badges soon became collectors' items among the better-humored.
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In RuneScape, Arrav originally lacked a name, having been found abandoned as a small child by the tribe that would soon found Varrock. He took the name Arrav from a goblin curse word that goblins yelled at him after constantly losing battles against him.
Later on in the questlines, players find that Zaros, the ancient dark god of fate and control, is called the "Empty Lord" by both his loyal followers and his enemies. His followers admire him for being "empty" of the petty grudges and agendas that drive the younger gods. His enemies call him out for his "empty" promises.
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In the season 2 premiere of Transformers: Prime, Megatron claims to Orion Pax that the term "Decepticon" was meant as a demonizing insult by the Autobots, which they took for their own.
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Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus reveals that Cor "The Immortal" Leonis is a case of this. Thirty years prior to the events of the game, Cor was a brash, hotheaded Crownsguard recruit with a nodachi and the belief that he could handle anything. The Crownsguard discovered the "Trial of Gilgamesh", a test given by the Blademaster to judge the Shield of the King. Nobody had come out of the trial alive before Cor went in, thinking he was tough enough to handle it. He came out ass-first, sans nodachi.
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Iron Man:
Iron Monger gets his name from a comment Stane makes about being "Iron Mongers" whose weapons help keep the world in balance.
Tony gets the name Iron Man from a news headline. Stark first comments on how his suit isn't even made of iron, but later grows to like and use the name himself. In the novelization, he mentions the Black Sabbath song of the same name and has the chords playing in his head during his announcement.
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In Chapter 2 of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, we see the Beagle Boys evolving from river pirates to who they are today, except they had a bit of trouble naming their group — throughout the comic they considered naming themselves "the Mardi Gras Gang" (their employer, Porker Hogg, got their masks from said event), "the Dirty Double-Crossing Dogs", and "the Masked Marauders". Eventually, when Scrooge tricked the gang and saved the day, he announced to the nearby government ship, who came to investigate, "These are the awful Beagle Boys!"
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In Tales of the Magic Land, the wooden soldiers are called Deadwood Oaks, after their creator's constant insults about their learning abilities. In the end, one of the soldiers called himself that, and Urfin Jus decided this is the perfect name.
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The FreakAngels have been called "sick freaks" and "angels of destruction," according to Luke.
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Invincible got his name from someone saying to him "What do you think you are, invincible?"
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The characters in Full Metal Jacket are only known by the insulting nicknames Sgt. Hartman gave them in boot camp.
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In Death Note, Light is quickly dubbed Kira ("killer" approximated in Japanese) by the media, and decides to use that name in his dealings with others. He dislikes how it's obviously derived from "killer", but it's what the world already knows him as, so he might as well go along with it.
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Tyranny: The Disfavored got their name from various jeers because they were a traitor clan that defected to Kyros after they were defeated. They took the name because they see their disfavor as a challenge to be overcome with badass fighting skills and elite squad teamwork. Unfortunately, the name describes them stronger than they realize as they tend to "disfavor" southerners with racism, rape, and genocide. Players that choose other factions over them tend to disfavor their Bronze-Age Nazis shtick.
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There's a song featured in Glee called "Loser like me", which is written by the Glee clubbers saying to their bullies that they may be losers, but that's hardly a set back and is actually an advantage for their future ambitions.
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In The Transformers (IDW), the term " Autobot" originated as an insult directed at all Cybertronians. Orion Pax started a movement to reclaim it, and it ended up being used for Sentinel Prime's and Zeta Prime's security forces; when the Decepticon movement began Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, Orion Pax - now holding the Matrix of Leadership and calling himself Optimus Prime - formed the heart of his army from those security forces.
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Batman: The Animated Series
Harleen Quinzel is jokingly addressed as Harley Quinn before becoming a villain.
The Creeper gets the idea for his nickname from being called "creep", which he finds catchy but a little lacking. Before that he tried for "Yellow-skinned Wacky Man!", before switching.
Sid the Squid was given this nickname as a mocking joke by his buddies who thought he was worthless as a crook. It became a badge of honor after he almost killed Batman and made a fool of the Joker.
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BattleTech. Clan Sea Fox changed its name to Clan Diamond Shark after a rival Clan introduced the Shark into the Sea Fox habitat and killed 75% of the population.
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The Forsaken in The Wheel of Time were mostly given nicknames by people in the Age of Legends to reflect their deeds, such as Ishamael (The Betrayer of Hope), Sammael (The Destroyer of Hope), Moghedian (The Spider) and so on, and by the time of the series have embraces their names to the point of almost forgetting their original names, and certainly the names of most of their fellows. The exception would be Lanfear (the Daughter of the night), who coined her new name herself.
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In Wonderful!:
Taylor's fans came up with the “Wonder Red” name. She didn't like it, but she accepted it anyway.
Averted with “Crimson Fists”. Taylor found out about that name after she was stuck with “Wonder Red”.
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Crazy Stupid Love has Hannah called Nana by her family because her little sister had trouble with her name.
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Subverted in Angels 2200 when the six girls of Icebreaker Squad in all receive scornful call signs that are either disparaging or ironic comments on their characters: "Hammer", (the vacillating leader), "Quetzalcoatl" (The Neidermeyer) "Whiskey" (the Hard-Drinking Party Girl), "Bubblegum" (as in: can't walk and chew it at the same time), "Loser" (self-explanatory), and "Kid" (The Ingenue). It does NOT help them bond as a team, and their attempts to "make these names their own" just makes it worse.
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At least four villains from The Spectacular Spider-Man get their names in this manner.
Adrian Toomes points out to potential victim Norman Osborn, that he's "not Toomes now, I'm what you called me, the Vulture!" Osborn sneeringly replies that he called Toomes a buzzard, and that Toomes can't even get the name right.
Max Dillon, super-powered accident victim, is nicknamed Electro in the course of Spider-Man's battle banter. Later, Dillon rants that since there is no cure for his condition, he is no longer Max Dillon. "I'm... what'd you call me? I'm Electro!"
Meek, submissive Otto Octavius is bullied by his boss Norman Osborn, who adds insult to injury by calling him "Doctor Octopus", a name Otto considers demeaning. One radioactive Freak accident later, he is demanding to be called the same, after delivering a ranting smackdown to both his boss and Spider-Man. Likewise Doc Ock's team, the "Sinister Six," is named by The Daily Bugle.
"I have been called many names in my life. My favorite is Tombstone..." "Big Man" may or may not be one of them.
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Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain:
Bad Penny adopted her name when a superhero called her that. Completely coincidental, in fact, that her real name is Penny.
Penny calls Ray Viles "Reviled" in the heat of battle; afterwards, he decides that he likes is and adopts it as his name.
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Phil Mushnick, longtime sports writer for TV Guide, has written a number of blistering rants against Professional Wrestling. One of them in the '90s was aimed at wrestling fans in particular; Mushnick dubbed wrestling's mostly-18-to-24 fanbase "Degeneration X", lamenting the mental and moral degeneracy they must have to enjoy the product WWF was putting out at the time. Fast forward a few months, and Shawn Michaels and Triple H formed a tag team known for lewd and sophomoric antics — and, after Bret Hart called them and their fans "degenerates", they decided to label themselves D-Generation X. Thus making their team name an example both in-Kayfabe (Michaels and HHH appropriating the label Hart gave them) and outside of it (WWF appropriating the label Mushnick gave their fans).
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"Titan?" "That's what the Earth people call us!" "I like it! Engage... Sym-Bionic Titan"
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When the army of Katolis prepares for war in The Dragon Prince, the newly-crowned King Viren allows those unwilling to fight to lay down their arms, but commands that they wear the sigil of a broken chain link to signify themselves as deserters. When those same "deserters" show up as part of the army of Duren's Big Damn Heroes moment against Viren's troops, they carry banners bearing that self-same broken chain.
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Gaichû from Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong. His name means "vermin" in Japanese, reflecting that, having been transformed into a ghoul he's considered subhuman vermin by the Japanese Imperial State.
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Izuku Midoriya of My Hero Academia spent his life being insulted with the nickname "Deku" (an Alternate Character Reading of his name) by childhood friend-turned-bully Bakugo. Bakugo meant "Deku" to mean "weakling," but Ochako, Izuku's crush, initially interpreted it with another meaning, "never gives up." This causes Izuku to not only like it, but even adopt "Deku" as his Hero Name.
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DC Extended Universe
Subverted in Man of Steel. Lois is about to suggest the name "Superman", but the military party watching their conversation interrupts her. Later in the film, after Clark in costume is on good terms with the military after protecting them during an engagement with the Kryptonians, a soldier is talking to General Swanwick and using the term "Superman" to describe him. Swanwick gives him a "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard" look. By Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman is his acknowledged superhero name.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice generally avoids using "Batman" directly as a name, instead suggesting he has multiple names given by the press, from the bat, to the Gotham Bat to The Bat-Man. This is rather appropriate, as in this setting Batman is not so much of an individual but a myth, an urban legend. By Justice League (2017) most of the names of the heroes are taken from the Lex Corp metahuman files seen in BvS.
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Captain Marvel first got his nickname, Big Red Cheese, from his Arch-Enemy Dr. Sivana, but it was quickly adopted by both his friends and his fanbase.
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Daredevil (2015)
The titular character is called "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen" by the newspapers, until he apprehends Wilson Fisk at the end of the first season.
In Season 2, The Punisher is similarly nicknamed by the papers. By the last episode, he also has appropriated his logo from the picture on the newspaper headline proclaiming his death.
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Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultimate Mysterio explained it this way: "'But you can keep calling me Mysterio. I like that. I would have never come up with that name myself but it's out there now... and I like it.'" This may have been a ruse by Ultimate Mysterio, who was revealed to be an android controlled by the mainstream Mysterio.
Also Spider-Man himself. He needed a stage name in the wrestling arena, so he chose the name "The Spider". The announcer fixed it in the fly, and gave him the name "Spider-Man". Peter complained for a moment, but then he liked it.
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When the Yardbirds collapsed, leaving Jimmy Page as sole remaining member, he recruited three unknown musicians (they knew each other through session work) and carried on. Legal uncertainties caused them to become the New Yardbirds. Then The Who's Keith Moon and John Entwistle made a remark about them going down "like a lead zeppelin". They adopted this name, changing the spelling to the familiar Led Zeppelin at the suggestion of their US distributor, who thought people might mispronounce (and misconstrue) "Lead" as if it were "lead a horse to water".
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The Elder Scrolls:''
Mannimarco, known as "the King of Worms", is a legendary Lich/Necromancer who makes several appearances in the series. The term was originally meant as an insult by his Arch-Enemy, Galerion, but was adopted by Mannimarco with pride. (As a result of the Warp in the West, he sort of ascends to godhood, and is known as the "God of Worms".)
The Renrijra Krin, a quasi-legal nationalist faction of Khajiit introduced in Oblivion. The name translates as something like 'Mercenary's Grin', 'Laugh of the Landless' or 'Smiling Scum', and was first applied to them by their enemies, but it amused them enough for them to make it their own.
The Stormcloak faction in Skyrim was derisively referred to as such for following Ulfric Stormcloak's beliefs. They took that name in pride.
Nords, as a race, take titles in lieu of surnames. Many of them aren't complimentary and are presumably examples of this trope. Some examples: Halfhand, the Braggart, the Mumbling, God-Hater, the Contemptible, the Ugly, the Worm.
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A Song of Ice and Fire is full of nicknames, some of them falling into this trope:
Jon Snow is dubbed "Lord Snow" by Ser Alliser Thorne to cast him as a spoiled noble's bastard and estrange him from the other recruits. It quickly loses its negative connotations as the recruits start looking to him for leadership, and ultimately he becomes the Lord Commander, making the name official.
Tyrion Lannister ("The Imp") actually tells Jon Snow to use this trope.
Sandor Clegane is known as the Hound due to the hounds on his coat of arms and his perceived total lack of ethical concerns interfering with his loyalty to his master. The self-loathing Sandor wears a helm crafted into a horrible dog-face.
The ex-smuggler Davos Seaworth was knighted for delivering food to a besieged city. The other nobility look at him as a common thug who bought his knighthood with onions, dubbing him the Onion Knight, but Davos proudly put the onion on his coat of arms.
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is lord of a tiny tract of worthless land on a group of peninsulas called the Fingers, and is also physically short. He goes by the name as part of his scheme to get people to underestimate him.
Jaime "Kingslayer" Lannister got his name for murdering Aerys Targaryen, who he had previously sworn to protect. He hates the title, but uses the name and the reputation that comes with it to get away with a lot.
Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully was labelled the Black Sheep of the family after he refused to enter an Arranged Marriage set up by his elder brother and leige lord. Because the sigil of House Tully is a fish, Brynden said a "black fish" would be more appropriate, and adopted it as his own personal coat of arms.
The warrior-slaves The Unsullied are given a different (and demeaning) name each day, to remind them they are so worthless they don't even deserve a real name. After the Unsullied are freed and allowed to choose their own names, their leader chooses to keep his current name, "Grey Worm," believing it to be lucky because it was the name he had when freed.
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Devil May Cry: In the third game, when they first meet, Lady, having discarded her birth name Mary, tells Dante she doesn't have a name and to call her whatever he wants, to which Dante retorts, "Whatever, lady." At the end of the game, she embraces "Lady" as her name, telling her father that "Mary died a long time ago."
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In One Piece, Zoro was frequently called the Pirate Hunter, as he was a bounty hunter, and pirates were the most likely people to hold bounties. But the reality was that Zoro needed their bounty money to pay for food and to repair his swords. Also, this could have easily been the epithet for any other bounty hunter.
Now that he's one of the most wanted pirates in the world, he's STILL called "Pirate Hunter Zoro", which doesn't really make sense considering he's, well, a pirate. Unless you consider that plenty of the people's he's fought have been other pirates. It's only been in his more recent incidents where he's attacked the government.
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In Batman Returns, The Penguin gets called this initially by the press until he finds out his real name is Oswald. After his villainy is revealed, Penguin berates one of his goons for calling him Oswald.
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Joker (2019): The titular character adopts his moniker after watching his favorite talk show host mock his failed stand up set.
Thomas Wayne insults the crowd of Gothamite protesters using "clowns", so what do they do? Well, they start wearing clown masks.
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This is the story behind the nickname of the titular character of Sally Face. His actual name is Sal, but the bullies started calling him "Sally Face". Sal, in turn, decided to own the nickname so that it couldn't be used against him anymore, and actually tells people to call him Sally Face if they want to.
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Garrison's Gorillas: Lt. Hanley from Combat! referred to Lt. Garrison's team as "Gorillas" in the pilot episode. The team adopts this as their unofficial title.
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Last Child of Krypton: After Shinji rescues a crashing airplane, dozens of newspapers publish headlines about the mysterious saviour of Toyko-2. However, a headline stuck out most of all: "Who is Superman?". People started calling Shinji's hero identity "Superman" and the name stuck.
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Ultimate X-Men: The names that the mutants use, both on Xavier and Magneto's side, are a new naming system of their own design, that names them after their mutant abilities rather than after an ancestor.
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Subverted in Man of Steel. Lois is about to suggest the name "Superman", but the military party watching their conversation interrupts her. Later in the film, after Clark in costume is on good terms with the military after protecting them during an engagement with the Kryptonians, a soldier is talking to General Swanwick and using the term "Superman" to describe him. Swanwick gives him a "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard" look. By Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman is his acknowledged superhero name.
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Modern age Plastic Man got his name from flubbing "Elastic Man", also when asked by a reporter. This is actually a retcon; when the character was created in the 40s, "plastic" was more commonly used as an adjective, before it became more commonly associated with the material "plastic" (so called because it is, of course, plastic - able to be deformed into other shapes). There is a song by The Fall called, "How I wrote Elastic man"; in one verse it says "How I wrote elastic man" and ends with "How I wrote Plastic man" Coincidence?
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According to The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, X-Men enemy Mr. Sinister got his name from the curses of his dying wife. Appropriately enough for a guy who became a supervillain in the 1800s, you don't get more gothic than that.
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Arseface from Preacher, after hearing Cassidy say he has "a face like an arse" and then seeing his father shoot himself. He takes up his new moniker in a straight send-up of many classic scenes:
It's worth pointing out that Arseface doesn't actually know what the word "arse" means.
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Jeremiah Gottwald of Code Geass lands the nickname Orange in association with the scandal to which he was linked by Zero. Eventually he takes it as a symbol of loyalty once he learns of Zero's identity and motives.
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Unity (Finmonster): Upon first seeing the Legion of Doom organized by Enigma, Fred calls it a "secret supervillain syndicate". Enigma comments that "syndicate" is a pretty accurate name, and adopts it for the group.
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Far older than all of these is one of the original names for the Israelites: Hebrews. The word for "a Hebrew" in Hebrew is "Ivri", and one of the first times this word appears in the The Bible is when the Pharaoh's wine steward is telling the Pharaoh about this boy Joseph that can interpret dreams. He's concerned that Pharaoh might raise him too highly, so he calls him a "na'ar eved ivri" - a boy, a slave, and an "ivri", which means a descendant of Eber, but in this case is used in the context of "across", as in "across the border", as in "foreigner". The intended insult would become one of the common names for the Israelites.
A few later places in the Bible imply the word to have the meaning "people living beyond the borders of society".
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Magic: The Gathering: The Planeswalker Sarkhan Vol is an interesting example. On the plane Tarkir, "Sar-khan" is a word that mean "Great-Khan," "Sky-Khan," "Khan-Of-Khans," basically ruler of the world. It was given to Vol sarcastically by his own Khan as an insult, but Vol took the name for himself anyway, even when traveling to other worlds, and eventually started to think of himself by that name alone. Though it does cause a few misunderstandings when he returns to Tarkir for the first time in years.
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Wonder Woman: From the pilot episode, "The New, Original Wonder Woman":
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Ditto with Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, at least in The Dark Knight.
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Sailor Nothing
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In Ender's Game, Ender gains his nickname because his older sister couldn't pronounce "Andrew".
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Played straight in Superman: The Movie, when Lois Lane decides to call the guy in a cape flying around "Superman".
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In the backstory of Saiunkoku Monogatari, Ko Houju was called "kijin (weirdo)" as an insult. After he was rejected by a woman for being too much more beautiful than herself, he began wearing masks constantly and calling himself Ko Kijin, which is the name that most of the other characters of the series know him by.
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Game of Thrones:
The Unsullied, highly conditioned slave soldiers, are given names like Red Flea or Black Rat by their masters in order to remind them that they are nothing but vermin. When Daenerys frees them and allows them to take whatever names they wish, Unsullied commander Grey Worm decides to keep his own, considering it lucky: it was the name he had when he was freed from slavery.
Played with with Tyrion. He is known by several derogatory nicknames ("imp", "dwarf", "half-man") and he dislikes them all. While it appears that he continues to dislike it, "imp" has been used in affectionate tones as well (by Bronn for instance). As for "half-man", after Tyrion led a sortie against enemy troops, his troops used "half man" as a war cry. Tyrion recommends this to Jon Snow: "Let me give you some advice, bastard: never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
Davos was knighted for his services smuggling food (onions among it) and was disparagingly called "the Onion Knight" by other nobles, who disliked him for being lowborn. Davos doesn't mind this at all and his response was to put an onion on his personal arms.
The Blackfish's name is derived from a snarky retort to his brother Hoster calling him a Black Sheep. Now he freely admits, "People have been calling me 'Blackfish' for so long they don't remember my real name." Indeed, his real name Brynden is only All There in the Manual.
Inverted in "Kissed By Fire" when Jaime specifically rejects his sobriquet in his delirium:
Discussed by the "High Sparrow", who's aware the name is generally derogatory but takes it in stride, noting there are far worse burdens to bear.
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Bayformers was originally a nickname that the detractors of the Transformers Film Series used to describe them. More recently it has been used by fans because it's not that bad of a nickname.
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The Reynard Cycle: In Defender of the Crown, Rukenaw is called The Fairlimb, a name she shares with the morningstar she wields in battle. The origin of the nickname? A bad pick-up line. The guy was referring to her legs.
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In a Robot Chicken skit on G.I. Joe, a new recruit is given the name Fumbles after slipping on his spilled soda. This leads him to defect to COBRA for the sake of revenge. Unfortunately for the Joes, "Fumbles" happens to be a Badass Bookworm Cold Sniper who is capable of single-handedly killing them all. Even better, at the end of the sketch, Cobra Commander is so impressed that he wants to give the sniper a much better nickname, only for him to coldly respond "It's Fumbles. It's always been Fumbles."
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Weasley Girl: Snape uses the term "Potter's Gang" as an insulting description of Harry and his friends. It catches on, first among the students, then among the newly-dubbed Gang themselves.
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Fairy Tail: Princess Hisui commented that the dragon Zirconis' hide was colored jade, and that her own name also meant jade. Zirconis decided "The Jade Dragon" had a nice ring to it, and it became his Red Baron.
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Similar to the animated example below, Meredith Dimly accidentally gives the Bratz their name in the live movie.
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"Stilyagi" was the insult in the Soviet Union for youth who rebelled by dressing in wild styles and listening to Rock & Roll. They later used this name as a point of pride.
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Young Justice:
The Cave's computer detects an "unknown energy impulse" that turns out to be Bart Allen's time machine arriving:
Arsenal got his name from Lex Luthor complimenting his "impressive arsenal".
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In Transformers Animated, Nino Sexton adopted the name Nanosec after a throwaway comment from a bank teller after his first heist.
Slight subversion: Grimlock named himself after Megatron bemoans his "prospects are grim, locked in this prison of a lab."
Wreck-Gar gets his name from Angry Archer's abbreviating what he previously called himself, "worthless-wreck-walking-pile-of-garbage".
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In El Goonish Shive, Elliot's female Superhero form is dubbed "Cheerleadra" by Internet users. This is learned mere seconds after Justin compares her skirt to a cheerleading outfit in a TV interview.
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In Drowtales, "Tainted" was originally an insult towards Drow who failed to control a summoned demon and got infected/partially possessed by it. Then some started to do this deliberately to gain immunity against full possession. They were derided and persecuted to some degree, but eventually adopted "Tainted" as their designation.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice generally avoids using "Batman" directly as a name, instead suggesting he has multiple names given by the press, from the bat, to the Gotham Bat to The Bat-Man. This is rather appropriate, as in this setting Batman is not so much of an individual but a myth, an urban legend. By Justice League (2017) most of the names of the heroes are taken from the Lex Corp metahuman files seen in BvS.
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The New Warriors got named when a random reporter referred to them that way, and Night Thrasher hurriedly announced they'd be sticking with that before any of his team could come up with anything more embarrassing.
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Judge Dredd: When the man once known as Judge Sidney shocked even his fellow Judges with his tendency towards executing every single offender brought before him, they called him "Judge Death" as an insult. The Judge subsequently took the name for his own, and lived up to it.
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When Hulk Hogan made his famous Face–Heel Turn and joined Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, the group didn't have a name at the time (Nash and Hall were called "The Outsiders"). However, when Hogan got on the mic to explain the turn, he said, "You can think of us as the New World Order of wrestling!" To say the name stuck would be an understatement.
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Baldrick in Blackadder the Third suspects his first name might be "Sodoff", because when he was playing in the gutter with the other snipes, he'd say "Hello, my name's Baldrick" and they'd reply "Yes, we know. Sod off, Baldrick." His descendent in Blackadder Goes Forth is Private S. Baldrick.
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Eclipse Phase: the faction known as the scum got their name when a group of survivors deserted by a corporation were denied the chance to return to civilisation by the boss of another habitat with a phrase along the lines of "get these scum off my station". His subordinates looked at him, then looked at the others, then gave their boss the chance to attain oneness with the universe, specifically the part just outside the airlock, and that's how the faction started.
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Doctor Who: In "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone", the Doctor dubs one of the Weeping Angels in the area "Angel Bob", after the man it killed and whose voice it stole to communicate with. Said Weeping Angel is quick to adopt that nickname for itself and both responds to it and refers to itself by it in conversation with the Doctor.
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Justice Society of America's The Atom got this name for his short stature. He kept it after he became a vigilante.
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After a Rhode Island teenager named Jessica Ahlquist got a prayer banner removed from her school, one of the many negative reactions she suffered was a Rhode Island representative dubbing her "an evil little thing" during a radio interview. Her YouTube channel is named "An Evil Little Thing".
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Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: When Asuka started out her super-heroine career, "Tokyo Tattle" -a tabloid- called her Power Girl. She liked that name. Later she resolved to change her costume and heroine identity, and she asked Shinji what they were calling the new superwoman. Shinji told "Tokyo Tattle" had baptized her Supergirl, and she chose that name for herself.
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In Punisher Noir, Detective Martin Soap nicknames the mysterious vigilante who's been wreaking havoc on the Manhattan underworld "The Punisher", after a popular radio drama he theorizes inspired the man. He's partially correct — our protagonist took a few pages from his favorite radio show when he started his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but he never really had a name for himself before he heard the one Soap gave him.
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In Villains by Necessity, the silent "Blackmail" accepts the nickname he is given.
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Gon, the main character of Hunter × Hunter, names his Rock-Paper-Scissor (Janken) move Jajanken after he stutters on the first syllable and his opponent thinks he called it Jajanken on purpose (Jajan! as a surprise, and Janken for the rock-paper-scissors)
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Daredevil was a mocking name Matt Murdock received back in school for not playing sports. Later parodied in a Mini Marvels comic.
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In the Chris Wooding young adult novel Poison, the village children of Gull choose their own names when they turn sixteen. The titular character chooses hers as a jibe against her much disliked stepmother after she called her "a poison to their family".
Also a bit of a Stealth Pun as her original name, Foxglove, is the name of a poisonous plant.
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This has become the default way of explaining why superheroes have their superhero names: somebody in the media giving it to them. The 80s reboots of both Superman and Wonder Woman have them get their names this way.
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To go with several other sibling mispronunciations, Beezus, who got her name when Ramona Quimby couldn't pronounce Beatrice.
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In Record of Grancrest War, Theo refers to Siluca affectionately as "my witch", although witch in that setting refers to a mage that's criminal or serving Chaos. This is for two reasons; first, having grown up where he did, Theo doesn't know much about mages outside of fairytales, and secondly, mage magic is quite common and lacks mystique. Witches are what do impossible feats, villainous though they are.
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Holby City: Percival Durant, a wildly anti-authoritarian surgeon working in a Ghanaian clinic at the time of his introduction on the show, earned the nickname "Abra" from his colleagues and patients, which he wears with pride. It roughly translates to "troublemaker".
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In QI, Stephen manages to "reclaim" the word 'charioteer' about 2 minutes after the panel suggest it should be a euphemism for gay. That's got to be some kind of record.
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The Creeper gets the idea for his nickname from being called "creep", which he finds catchy but a little lacking. Before that he tried for "Yellow-skinned Wacky Man!", before switching.
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Richard Hammond of Top Gear was nicknamed "Hamster" by Jeremy Clarkson and eventually came to like the name. He even refers to it with his production company, "Hamster's Wheel".
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In Codename: Kids Next Door, the tradition of numerical codenames dates back to the KND's original founder, Numbuh 0, when his brother told him he had zero chance of standing up to Grandfather.
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When Survivor contestant Rudy Boesch was in Navy basic training, his instructor kept mispronouncing his name (BOSH instead of BESH). Rudy wasn't foolish enough to dare correct him; he went along with it, and it eventually became the accepted pronounciation.
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Astro City: Infidel took his name from the insult his enemies had hurled at him countless times across the centuries.
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In Lois & Clark, Lois names him after the "S" insignia, which is supposed to be in an alien language.
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In Dragon Age II, many residents of Kirkwall use "Dog Lord" as a slur against refugees from Ferelden, a reference to Fereldan culture's deep-seated love of Mabari hounds. In Act II, Hawke encounters a Fereldan expat street gang called the Dog Lords. (Incidentally, the Dog Lords are probably the toughest of the gangs encountered in Act II...because they're backed up by Mabari.)
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The Oathbreakers from Modest Medusa rebelled against their new leadership (breaking their oath doing so) and took the name for themselves. They apply it to people they recruit, even when there's no oath involved.
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Homestar Runner's The Cheat got his name when when Homestar pledged to "uncover that CHEAT!" in the original book.
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Hollis Mason of Watchmen was given the sarcastic nickname "Nite Owl" by a co-worker irritated by Mason's early bedtime. At the same time, he was looking to become a "costumed adventurer," but was stuck for a name...
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Tully Blanchard, the Anderson Brothers and Ric Flair were thrown together at the last minute to fill up the NWA's tv time. The segment was well received and compared to the Four Horsemen in the Bible, so the fans began calling them The Four Horsemen of Wrestling, which the group then adopted themselves. Being a carbon copy, Evolution tried to invoke the same thing but it was only in story; the fans didn't jump on the name that time.
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Star Wars Legends: In Dark Disciple, after taking up bounty-hunting, Asajj Ventress becomes known as the "bald banshee". She takes the name Banshee for her personal starship.
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In Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, the Origins Episode "Mouse from Another House" establishes that Mighty Mouse got his name from a remark his adoptive father made about his powers.
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Early in Cars, Lightning McQueen tauntingly calls Chick Hicks "Thunder", because "thunder always comes after lightning". When Chick and McQueen meet a few days later, Chick has adopted the "Thunder" nickname as part of a new persona, much of which is stolen from McQueen.
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In The Culture novel Excession the Affront is a xenophobic Proud Warrior Race who were so named when they ate a delegation from an Involved civilisation, since they were an affront to civilised species. They adopted the name enthusiastically.
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Transmetropolitan: The term "The New Scum" was coined by presidential candidate Gary "The Smiler" Callahan as an insulting reference to Spider Jerusalem's audience; the term was appropriated to a degree during the scandal that broke out after Spider leaked that outburst to the public.
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Fantastic Four
The Thing got the idea for his codename when Sue had called him such after he first transformed.
Stretched to the breaking point for the Impossible Man. The Thing, amazed by the new alien's metamorphic powers and glib attitude, says the alien is "impossible", as in exasperating. The narration automatically claims it as a moniker, calling the alien the Impossible Man.
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In girlhouse, the spree killer Loverboy takes his online handle (and the only name anyone knows him by) from a mocking insult thrown at him by girls when he was a child.
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Epic Tales has the villain Sponge who was given the name by the newspapers. It seems to have stuck, as the following story has her referred to as such.
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Robin from The Batman took his alias from a nickname his mother gave him, which he initially resented. If you're wondering, the Golden Age origin of the name was Dick paying tribute to Robin Hood. Hence the green outfit, shirt lacing, and so forth.
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Buffyverse:
Spike was known as "William the Bloody" during life, because his poetry was bloody awful, and one critic said that he'd rather have a railroad spike driven through his head than listen to it. Upon becoming a vampire, he took up those insults and "granted the critic's wish".
Angel. Liam took his vampire name from his sister, who mistook her resurrected older brother for an angel.
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In Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, the demon warlord Leon Abbott gives all the demons in his clan a name of his choosing when they metamorphose from imps into true demons, and refers to one of the imps as 'Number One' as an insult, because he is the only member of his brood who is reluctant to transform. By the end of the book, when it turns out that Number One is actually a warlock demon and will develop powerful magic and cerebral powers instead of transforming, he decides to take the name as his own.
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In Ender's Shadow, Bean gets his name when some other street children are taunting him that he isn't worth a bean. He then immediately lampshades that the name sucks, but the mere fact that he has a name at all is enough of a sign of status that he'll take it.
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown: Members of the 444th penal squadron have their tail art painted over with "scratches" or "sin lines" indicating the severity of their crime. Trigger is the only one to have three. Once he's served his sentence, he has the iconography incorporated into his new tail art, since friend and foe alike already recognize it. By the end of the war, takeoff sequences show the Nom de Guerre Three Strikes with his actual TAC name in parentheses.
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The Thinking Machine: Professor Van Dusen acquired the nickname 'The Thinking Machine' when an angry Russian chess grandmaster hurled it at him after Van Dusen had beaten him at chess despite never having played the game before by using Awesomeness by Analysis. The Russian says "You are not man; you're a brain - a machine - a thinking machine". Journalist Hutchinson Hatch picks it up and starts using it in his stories about Van Dusen. Van Dusen himself does not seem to care one way or the other about the nickname.
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Babylon 5
A minor version when the Centauri Republic reconquers Narn with Shadow backing, they imprison all government officials and appoint a puppet regime, including a new ambassador to Babylon 5. G'Kar is replaced and no longer able to call himself "Ambassador G'Kar", and Londo makes a point of calling him "Citizen G'Kar", intended to demean him and mock his being stripped of his position. Nonetheless, G'Kar actually begins to regard the title as something of an honorific, and continues to use it when he becomes a rallying point for Narn resistance.
Averted with Sebastian, a man who was captured by Vorlons in the late 1800s from London, who mentions to Captain Sheridan that Sebastian's attempt at a crusade on Earth many years ago left his name and original intent obscured by the evil of his actions and now he is only known as Jack. He wishes the captain better luck in his crusade.
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Major League: Initially, the Cleveland Indians fans call Rick Vaughn "Wild Thing" because he has control issues and can't pitch the ball over the plate. After he gets glasses and becomes an elite pitcher, they still use the name, now in reference to his bad boy personality.
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Shotaro Hidari and Philip received the name "Kamen Rider" from the citizens of Fuuto, which they use with pride. Interestingly, it's the villains that refer to them as Kamen Rider Double.
Most of the "Neo-Heisei" Kamen Rider shows have the main character adopt the Rider name in this fashion. Fourze learns about his predecessors from his school's Perky Goth and closet Rider fangirl, and himself becomes a Rider fanboy, eagerly looking for any opportunity to meet his Sempai. In The Movie, Fourze explains the name to Wizard, who decides it sounds pretty cool. And then in his Post-Script Episodes, Wizard turns around and introduces Gaim to the term (though in his own show, he's referred to as Armored Rider Gaim, which is still an example of this trope).
Gaim has another example: When dealing with DJ Sagara, Ryoma Sengoku asks what his real name is, and he responds "Why don't we go with the name that you gave me: Helheim", which is the name of the Alien Kudzu currently trying to take over the planet, revealing that Sagara is its avatar. However, he still goes by his old name when dealing with others.
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The Heroes Reborn Continuity Reboot attempt had the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man do this to each other when their origins were mashed up into a single storyline. (Tony used the H-word when he first saw the mutated Banner, and the Hulk liked the sound of it; the other side was just applied Hulk Speak.) Similarly, when Betty Ross first saw the Gamma-transformed Emil Blonsky, she described him as "some kind of... abomination!" Guess what his supervillain name became...
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WKRP in Cincinnati: Radio DJ Gordon Sims initially wanted his Stage Name to be Venus Rising, but due to a slip-up when he first came on the air, he was introduced as Venus Flytrap, and the name stuck.
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