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When was the first verbal reference to the Shadows made in Babylon 5?

I'm just wondering something about Babylon 5. I know that in the middle of the first season we end up seeing a Shadow ship at some point for the first time, but only briefly. But when was the very ...
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What's the relationship among the many uses of the name “Praxis” in sci-fi?

Besides being the name of the Klingon moon destroyed in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, there are at least five other uses of the name in sci-fi or gaming citation How are these uses related?
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Why are Deanna Troi and her parents, Lwaxana and Ian Andrew, all named “Troi”?

As we know, Counselor Troi's mother is Lwaxana Troi and her father was Ian Andrew Troi who died suddenly in 2343. How are they all named Troi? The most likely to me seems to be that Ian took ...
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First uses of names having power?

Often, in science fiction, knowing a person's true name gives you power over it. One such example is in the Inheritance Cycle series. Also, sometimes only knowing the person's name can give you ...
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Is there behind-the-scenes information on which came first, Bender's name, function or alcoholism?

Bender's name is a nice bit of wordplay because he is a bending unit, and also alcoholic (goes on benders). But this reference[1] in Wikipedia says he was named after the character John Bender from ...
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Harry Potter characters with alliterative names?

Lots and lots of characters in the Harry Potter books have alliterative names (Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew, Godric Gryffindor, Stan Shunpike, to name but a few). Is there a complete list of such ...
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Why is Hiccup called Hiccup?

In the opening of Cressida Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon", Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III makes some effort to explain his name; My name's Hiccup. Great name, I know. But it's not the worst. ...
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In “Agent to the Stars” by John Scalzi, where did the Yherjak words come from?

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi involves an ameboid species which communicate among themselves by smell. Points are made that there is no easy translation between smells and spoken language. Where ...
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What's the relationship between Ensign Janeway and Capt. Janeway?

In the Star Trek: TNG Episode "Man of the People", we have these lines: TROI: Computer today's appointment calendar. COMPUTER: Oh nine hundred hours, counselling session with Ensign Janeway. ...
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What's the deal with the name “Jumpstar Prime”?

The currently running arc of Schlock Mercenary features a huge starship (later reconfigured as a city) christened Jumpstar Prime. Characters in the comic tend to have very strong reactions to that ...
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In-universe, what is the origin of the name “Borg”? [duplicate]

Is there an explanation anywhere of why the Borg have come to call themselves "the Borg", in-universe? Note : I am not asking about the origins of the Borg collective itself — only how ...
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Is there a list of the names used for Sauron in Lord of the Rings?

In the preface to The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, authors Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull mention a surprising fact: Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder once counted in The Lord of the ...
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How is Sol unambiguously referred to in other languages? [closed]

In the answers to this question, it is suggested that Sol is used to disambiguate between any sun and The Sun, and also that sol is a term for a/the sun is many languages. For example: Spanish: Sol ...
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Reference for the first name of Neville Longbottom's grandmother: Augusta Longbottom

Similarly to Reference for the first name of Sirius Black's mother, known from her portrait: Walburga , I'm asking about the name of a character whose first name doesn't seem to be mentioned in ...
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Why was Marvin called “the paranoid android”?

Marvin, from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is clearly depressed, but there are not any indications that I recall (from the books, at least ) that he is paranoid. Yet both in-universe and ...
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In the 2015 Supergirl pilot, why do they avoid saying “Superman”?

They call him "the other guy", "the guy in blue", "my cousin", "him", "the male", etc. but they are clearly avoiding referring to him as "Superman". Is it a production choice to keep focus on this ...
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What, if anything, is the name FRIDAY an acronym for?

At the end of Age of Ultron, JARVIS is an acronym for for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System. What is FRIDAY an acronym for?
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If names are unique and family relationships are gone, why do Solarians have last names?

Why do residents of Solaria bother with last names? Every person is guaranteed to have a unique first name, so last names don't distinguish there. Also, children have no idea who their parents are ...
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What was the name of the ~70's movie with a little monkey in it? [closed]

When I was a kid I saw a movie (possibles 1970's) that had a little monkey in it who was a pet or companion to one of the characters. I don't remember anything else about it except that it was ...
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Is there a greek mythological figure who was paralyzed and somehow started walking again? [closed]

I'm working on a project for which I need to find a name. It has to do with giving paraplegic people the ability to walk again. As cliche as it may seem, I'm a big fan of giving things greek/roman ...
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Why are the names Sauron and Saruman so similar?

The names Sauron and Saruman are very similar in writing and pronunciation. Is it an accident? or having an a forethought reason?
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What was the wordplay in the name Irulan?

Frank Herbert is well known for playing word games with character names in all of his works. ("Irulan" and "Noah Arkwright" are two of my favorite examples (from this Q) Noah Arkwright is kind of ...
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Which mythological character drowned in a lake during a sacrifice or mutual suicide?

I am looking for a character in (I think) Greek mythology that may have been drowned as a form of sacrifice / gift to an underworld god. I found out about them via a painting so I believe they are ...
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Did JK Rowling say anything about the name Gellert?

I am interested in the origins of the name Gellert (of Gellert Grindelwald)? Has J.K. Rowling said anything about this? Is there a connection to the surname of the German writer Christian Fürchtegott ...
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Were the -man/-woman/-boy/-girl suffixes of superheroes once considered…erm…goofy?

This is a question which bugged me in my childhood. Being German, I recognized that most of the superheroes names were not translated at all (Superman, Batman) or were translated incompletely. Well, ...
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Is “the Man Without Fear” just a marketing term for Daredevil, or does it reference something?

I'm fairly well-versed with comics lore, but I'm not very familiar with Daredevil. I know his basic powers/abilities, but I'm interested in learning more in the run-up to the new Netflix show. One ...
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Why didn't Snape recognize the Marauder's Map

When Harry was in the corridors trying to find Peter Pettigrew at night, Snape came. Snape took that map, and had a few attempts at revealing it. When he told the map to reveal itself in the name of ...
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Does Star Trek's adherence to naval tradition have roots in NASA or earlier real organizations or works?

Is it well established that Star Trek follows naval tradition. For example its ranks come from USN. Ships share names with real Earth vessels, etc. I was surprised that the contingency speech on the ...
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Did Voldemort know what his name meant?

In French Voldemort means "flight from death". Was Voldemort aware of that fact when he created it?
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Why is “Diagon Alley” named that way?

I totally didn't get the Diagon Alley / "diagonally" thing for a long time after reading the first Harry Potter book. I think my mind didn't want it to be such a sleazy pun. (Re-run commentary to ...
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Did Tolkien give Thranduil his name?

I am aware that during the writing of The Hobbit, Tolkien must not have had much in mind for a large universe, as he was simply writing a children's book. Therefore, Thranduil was simply named 'the ...
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Do Katniss' parents have a set name?

Does Katniss' mother have a known first name? What about her father? I would prefer canonical sources, the movie and author interviews if any are okay.
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the Roman Empire terminology used for the Romulans?

This answer to another question indicates that several of the showrunners of Star Trek had an interest in the Roman Empire, and that influenced their design and construction of the Romulan Empire. ...
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Does Sirius Black have a middle name?

Both Sirius Black and his brother Regulus Arcturus Black are named after some of the brightest stars on the sky. Given that connection, and given that they are brothers, I guess it is fair to assume ...
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Where did the name Smaug come from?

So I was wondering what the origin of this name is for the dragon? Is it a known word from a language with a meaning or is it a completely made up word? Or perhaps it evolved from another word... its ...
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When Angelus has his soul, why is he called Angel?

When Angelus has his soul back he goes by the shortened form Angel. Is there an established in universe reason why he doesn't use his real name Liam?
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Significance of the name “Lorien”

In B5 Lorien is the name of a member of a very old (possibly the oldest) race in the galaxy. Though he can choose to appear humanoid he actually is more of a energy-field. He is very powerful and ...
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How would American space settlers name new planets? [closed]

I'm writing a SF novel in which English speaking US Americans travel to space and settle a number of planets. How will they name them? I don't mean, what names will they choose, but which principles ...
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In Age of the Five, what are the names of the Gods?

In Age of the Five, by Trudi Canavan there Circlians have 5 gods. What are their names? The Pentadrians also have 5 Gods, what are their names? The names of the Gods are not in the glossary, and are ...
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Who nicknamed Grima 'Wormtongue'?

Who actually gave Grima his nickname, 'Wormtongue'? I doubt his parents did. I would guess it would be either Saruman or the Rohirrim.
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What’s the correct way to refer to “the Doctor”?

What is the correct or most acceptable way to refer to the main character of Doctor Who? The Doctor Dr. Who Doctor Who Doctor The Dr. I was searching and couldn't find any explanation on how I ...
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Is there any guidance on how to pronounce “Da5id” from Snow Crash?

Has Neil Stephenson ever commented about how the character's name Da5id should be pronounced? Failing that how is the name pronounced in the audio version? I'm re-reading the book and my inner ...
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How to name a pair of a King and Queen? [closed]

Is there any way to properly name the pair of a King and Queen, other than saying "King and Queen" (i.e. "cattle" for more than one cow)? Because if there is a better way to say "Rohan's King and ...
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Do Ferengi have surnames?

In DS9: Heart of Stone, Quark says "No nephew of mine is going to disgrace our family name by joining star fleet!". My question: do Ferengi even have family names?
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Why does the Klingon Defence Force have such a wussy name?

The Klingons are not known for being defensive, so why is their space fleet named for defence? It should be called the Klingon Imperial Expansion Force, or the Klingon War Fleet. I have some ...
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Reference for the first name of Sirius Black's mother, known from her portrait: Walburga

In Order of the Phoenix chapter 4, we meet the portrait of Sirius's mother in Sirius's house. The portrait is behind a curtain and starts screaming. In chapter 6, Sirius tells a few more words about ...
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Officer's Name In Women In Black

What was the officer's name that was stationed outside Nick and Juliette's house at the end of season one? He was knocked unconscious on their porch by Akira Kimura.
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Is Lois Lane a member of the House of El?

In the pre-New 52 DC continuity where Lois is married to Clark (Kal-El) would she be considered a member of the House of El, and therefore have the name Lois-El? I'm not very familiar with how the ...
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Is there a relationship between Stanley Steamer and any business?

Stanley Steamer received his name in 'Dragon on a Pedestal (1985)' having previously been the Gap Dragon. I recall becoming aware of Stanley the Dragon about the same time I became aware of television ...
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In Brent Week's Lightbringer, what are the alternate names for the Luxins

In Brent Weeks Lightbringer series. (So far, The Black Prism, and the Blinding Knife) There are alternate names for the Luxins of various colours. Names used more informally. I'm not actually sure if ...