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Did Luke Skywalker ever refer to Obi-Wan as “Uncle Ben?”

Until recently, the Wikipedia article for Peter Parker's Uncle Ben said this at the top: As far as I can remember, Luke never refers to Obi-Wan as "Uncle Ben" in any of the films, or any of the EU ...
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What is Neri's full name?

In Ocean Girl, what is Neri's full name? In all the 4 series of Ocean Girl, I never heard anyone mentioning or talking about her full name. Besides Neri had a father and mother still alive, so she ...
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What is the real name of our current Donkey Kong?

From my understanding the original Donkey Kong from the 1981 Nintendo arcade game is not the same character as our current Donkey Kong in such games as Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. Who is ...
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What is the significance of the Dragon's 3 names?

In the Wheel of Time series, we see that Lews Therin Telamon has 3 names, but the majority of the other characters and Forsaken in the book only have 2 names. Is it unique that he has 3? Is it of any ...
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Do they have surnames in Stonewylde?

In Kit Berry's Stonewylde series, the inhabitants of the Dorset village of Stonewylde live a secluded life, segregated from the Outside World and happy in their own little world. They have a pagan and ...
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What's the difference between the names Eru & Illuvatar?

If my Silmarillion memory serves, both are names of the ultimate creator. What's the difference? When should one used over the other?
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What do the Others call themselves?

LOST features a group known by various names, including "the Others," "the Natives," "the Hostiles," and simply "Them." However, what they call themselves is never really made clear. They only use ...
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Why does everyone call Hagrid by his last name?

Throughout the Harry Potter novels, Rubeus Hagrid is the only character consistently addressed by his last name in a friendly manner. While the trio do frequently address their enemies by their last ...
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What is the in-world origin of common names of Westeros?

The first names of Westerosi people are quite similar to the names in the real world. However this seems to be contradictory to the in-world history of the continent. The language of Andals called ...
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Has the name Althus been used before in a Fantasy series? [closed]

Not sure if this question is ok here or not but... I am writing a fantasy novel and I have named my main character Althus and I am just wanting to make sure that it has not been used before... ...
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What was Darth Maul's birth name?

When a person becomes a Sith, he changes his name. For example: Palpatine took (or was given) the name Sidious Count Dooku took (or was given) the name Tyranus Anakin Skywalker was given the name ...
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Why the change of name for this character?

Over the course of Season 5 we see Qyburn save Gregor Cleagane from the poisoning he suffered at the hands of Oberyn. This process turn him into what fans of the show have dubbed him "Zombie Mountain"....
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Is DC Comics Detective Comics Comics?

DC, at least originally, stood for "Detective Comics." Therefore, due to RAS Syndrome, DC Comics would technically be "Detective Comics Comics." Is this true? Or did they officially change the ...
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Where did the term “chicken walker” come from?

Before I knew the actual names for Scout Walkers or AT-STs, I simply knew them as "chicken walkers", as have many other Star Wars fans. However, I don't know where that term came from, I don't think ...
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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

The First Order heavily based themselves off of the Galactic Empire. They were also directly formed from its remains. The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary: The Old Empire withered away, becoming a ...
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What are all the names, nicknames, epithets, titles, and pronouns used to refer to Voldemort?

Voldemort is referred to by many titles. From Tom Riddle to The Dark Lord to The Second Voice and many in between. What are all the names, nicknames, epithets, titles, and pronouns used to refer to ...
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How is Anakin’s nickname spelt?

This question was inspired by Richard’s answer to the question on what the Tuskens did with Shmi Skywalker. In it, he quotes the following from the official Attack of the Clones novelisation: ...
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Harry Potter characters named after places?

I've noticed a few characters in the Harry Potter series who share their names with towns in England: Professor Flitwick; the Bedfordshire town of Flitwick Dawlish the Auror; the Devon town of ...
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Are the names Tom Riddle and Harry Potter a reference to the phrase “any Tom, Dick or Harry”?

An undiscovered hidden meaning behind Harry Potter naming? JK Rowling goes to some lengths to have hidden meaning behind her names, as everyone here is surely aware. Since Voldemort's real name is ...
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Origin of nickname “Voldy”

What is the origin of using the term "voldy" to refer to Voldemort? Where was the first usage of it found? Did anyone use it in canon? What is the origin of the "Voldy" nickname? To be clear, I'm ...
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What does “Diaval” mean?

What does the name "diaval" mean? Is that an invented name? I have searched it over the internet but it has never appeared in SSA's name database. Diaval was a character in Disney's Maleficent. He ...
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Is there any significance to the name Skywalker?

Is there any significance to the name Skywalker? Is there any evidence from George Lucas or any other important Star Wars creators about the choice of the name Skywalker for Luke and his father ...
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What was Helga Hufflepuff’s animal ‘avatar’?

The four founders of Hogwarts all have alliterative names that give hints as to their personalities (first name) and the values their respective houses seek (surname, through the cultural symbolism ...
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Why is Immortan Joe called that?

In Mad Max: Fury Road, the evil boss is named "Immortan Joe". I understand that the "Joe" part comes from his original name, Joe Moore, but what's "Immortan"? Is it just a verbal gag by creator Miller,...
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Where do the Dursleys' names come from?

JK Rowling is an author who seems to have taken pains to choose names for her characters carefully: wise Minerva McGonagall, severe Severus Snape, Sirius Black the black dog, Lupin the wolf, and so on....
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What is the name of the planet that Westeros in on? [duplicate]

Title for this on pretty much explains it all... I know Westeros is merely a single continent. Having searched the multiple wikis for the series I have not found if the planet itself has a name. ...
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Why doesn't Gollum ever use any proper names?

Whenever Gollum references anyone, he always calls them by something other than their proper name. Off the top of my head, we have precious, my love, fat hobbit, master, "him" (Sauron), "her" (Shelob)...
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Why do the new non-English wizarding schools have such unimaginative names? [closed]

The three schools of whose existence we’ve known since the books themselves were still coming out—Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang—all have rather quirky and at least relatively non-obvious and ...
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Origin of Name “Zefram Cochrane” (Out-of-Universe)

While reading, I came upon the real-world Jacqueline Cochran, an American pilot known for, among other things, numerous speed records and flight pioneering. I thought this a funny coincidence with ...
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What is the meaning of the surname Hooch?

What is the meaning of the surname Hooch (Madam Hooch from the Harry Potter books)? Has J. K. Rowling said what it means, in-universe? In the Russian translation she is called like Madam Hooch or ...
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Where did the name “Marvin” come from?

It is documented that the character of Marvin the android was based on Andrew Marshall. Wikipedia further suggests that his name originally was Marshall, but was changed to avoid offense and also to ...
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Is Monty's last name actually Reynolds?

I was looking at IMDB today, and to my surprise, Monty's last name was listed as "Reynolds." No other websites I could find gave him any last name. It would be very strange if he had the same last ...
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Did Isaac Asimov give two or more unrelated characters the same name component in any of his science fiction stories?

In his stories, Isaac Asimov avoided giving common real world names to his characters, instead most of the time he invented new names or new spellings to existing names. This gave us lots of ...
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Is Dean's name in Supernatural a reference to Gilmore Girls?

Jared Padalecki portrayed Dean in Gilmore Girls and then, in Supernatural, his chararacter Sam had a brother named Dean. Jared Padalecki's roles in Gilmore Girls and Supernatural are among his ...
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How would you pronounce the name “Sidheag”

In Gail Carriger's series, mainly Finishing School, there is a female character named Sidheag, and I have no clue how this is pronounced. (Is it a real name in the first place or is it made-up?)
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What exactly is the Rake in Anomander Rake's name?

In the initial books of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the Knight of Darkness is called Anomander Rake. Later on, in the prologue of Midgnight Tides, Scabandari Bloodeye calls him (in his thoughts) ...
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In Dune, what type of name is Chani?

Is is Jewish, Arabic, European etc? Does anyone know the origin of the name Chani?
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Does “FN” stand for or mean anything?

There are several Stormtroopers with designations in the form "FN-####" in The Force Awakens, including There are also other First Order Stormtroopers whose designations start with "FN" appearing ...
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Do TIE Fighter squadrons have names like X-Wing squadrons?

In A New Hope, the X-Wing squadron attacking the Death Star is called "Red Squadron". Do TIE Fighters have squadron names too? If so, what are they named after (color, alphabet, number)? Answers from ...
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How did Gandalf get each of his various names?

Gandalf goes by many names in Tolkien's works. Gandalf himself says in The Two Towers: "Many are my names in many countries. Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn to the dwarves; Olórin I was in my ...
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In-universe and out-of-universe meaning behind droid names? [duplicate]

What are the in-universe and out-of-universe meanings behind the names droids are given? The out-of-universe origin of R2-D2 ("Reel 2 - Dialogue 2") is widely known, but what about in-universe? ...
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In The Time Machine, why does Wells leave the protagonist unnamed?

H. G. Wells leaves the main character of his novel The Time Machine without a name. The two times that he would have given a name, it was replaced with underlines. Why would he do this?
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What is the meaning of 'Nor' in Cardassian?

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine we find out that the Cardassian name for the Deep Space Nine space station is "Terok Nor." Later, the Maquis (in The Maquis, Part I) use a protomatter implosion device ...
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The name of the room holding the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone in first Harry Potter movie/book

In the first book/movie of Harry Potter, he and his friends go to a specific room to get the Sorcerer's Stone. This room had many traps, like the famous giant witch chess, for example. We know some ...
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When do we first hear the name “Anakin”?

I recently watched the Original Star Wars Trilogy and I don't remember the name "Anakin" being said that much. However Wookieepedia states: Annikin Starkiller was the proposed name for the lead ...
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Origin of the name “Slave I”

Are there any known in- or out-of-universe reasons for the name of Jango and Boba Fetts' ship, Slave I?
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Why did Henry Evans continue to go by Derrial Book?

In Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale, we learn that However, he continues to go by Book even after It seems odd that he would continue to go by a stolen name after finding religion. Is there ...
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What is the origin of the name “Jedi”?

Where does the name "Jedi" originate, either in or out of universe? Is there any in-universe evidence at all for the origin of the word? Out of universe, how did George Lucas come up with the name "...
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Is there any connection between Mace from Caravan of Courage and Mace Windu?

While watching the first Star Wars Ewok movie; Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure I noticed that one of the main characters was called Mace. This of course made me think of Mace Windu from Episodes ...
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How many Hobbit clans/families have 'feet' in their surnames?

How many hobbit clans or families include feet in their last names? According to the movies, it seems like every other clan seems to have feet in their last name. Is this typical or is this just in ...