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I know from my childhood I heard of Jean Grey before I heard of her as Marvel Girl. Emma Frost is rarely referred to as The White Queen.

Is this confirmation bias on my part, or is this a real trend?

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I think it's confirmation bias. There's many examples where the costumed version gets used much much more:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Ms Marvel
  • Rogue
  • Catwoman
  • She-Hulk
  • Magik

They're just counter-examples that I thought of off the top of my head.

For those who are more commonly referred to by their normal name, it's often due to their forgoing of previous identities/personas/aliases:

  • Emma Frost's "White Queen" persona was when she was a villain. Now that's she's been part of the X-Men semi-continuously, that persona is inappropriate and no longer relevant.
  • Similarly, Jean Grey transitioned away from Marvel Girl through other personas related to the Phoenix, resulting in use of her name rather than one particular persona.
  • Kitty Pryde is a third example, but again, she has had at least three aliases according to Wikipedia - Ariel, Sprite and now Shadowcat.
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    Hank Pym is another good example for the guys. He's had several aliases (Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and Yellowjacket) so he's often referred to by his real name. Reed Richards is another example. He's almost never referred to as Mr. Fantastic. – Bill the Lizard Aug 12 '12 at 18:55

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