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Yes, "Thanos" is indeed derived from the name "Thanatos", the name of the Freudian concept of death drive (which in turn is named after the Thanatos of myth), according to Vulture: While attending a psychology class in junior college in order to woo a woman, Starlin had become briefly acquainted with the Freudian concept of Thanatos, ...


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According to a 2004 interview with Walter Hill, one of the producers on Alien, the surname, Ripley, was indeed inspired by Robert Ripley's Ripley's Believe It or Not! franchise, while the first name, Ellen, was his mother's middle name. David had suggested making the captain a woman. I tried that, but I thought the money was on making the ultimate survivor ...


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While researching this question I found an old script of The Matrix in which Neo mentions that Apoc wrote a "Four Horsemen" virus. The script does not mention anything else about this virus, but the name of the virus combined with Apoc's name means that both are almost certainly a reference to the Biblical Book of Revelation (also called the ...


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Carrie-Anne Moss (the actress who played Trinity) said this in an event guest-DigitalSelf: What does the name, Trinity, symbolize in the movie? Carrie-Anne: It symbolizes a lot of different things. It symbolizes the Holy Trinity, being part of the energy of three, Morpheus, Neal[sic], and myself. And it can mean whatever you want it to mean. The number ...


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Hat tip to Valorum for the find; the source of this quote is Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume 1, by Joss Whedon and Abbie Bernstein, which makes this a canonical source. The Wikipedia page for Jubal Early replicates the quote as: The bounty hunter in "Objects in Space", the final episode of Joss Whedon's series Firefly is named Jubal Early ...


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President Snow’s granddaughter is not named. Snow’s granddaughter is never given a name. She is only ever mentioned once in the books, at the end of Mockingjay when Coin holds the vote for whether there should be one last Hunger Games using Capitol children. "It was mine," says Coin. "It seemed to balance the need for vengeance with the least ...


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It appears that the UNBI is an Earthling organization. This is evident from the second-to-last paragraph: Ivvy licked his lips. He thought of the incredulity that had come into the UNBI chief's face when Ivvy had tried to tell him that Lochinvar was an ordinary precaution of Martian diplomacy. He thought of the worsening of high-level Mars-Terra ...


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Along with a reference to the Christian triune god, “Trinity” also signified a powerful weapon, since “Trinity” was the codename for the test of the first nuclear weapon (the one that made Oppenheimer think of the quote, “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds”). Similarly, Trinity the character is the most powerful agent we see operating inside the ...


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From a linguistical and writing perspective, Galen is almost the perfect name for a sci-fi or fantasy character for combining the following features: It is not bear any linguistic hallmarks that lead to association with a real-world language or culture for most readers. Contrast with Galenos (Greek and the original name), Calenus (Latin), Galnert (Germanic),...


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Túrin himself choose the name Turambar, meaning "Master of Doom" or "Conqueror of Fate", to signify that he thought he had escaped his doom. He adopted it as a new name in an attempt to put his past behind him and start afresh with a clean slate Choosing the name Tolkien describes the event where Túrin choose his new name briefly in The ...


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In context, 'PE&G' appears to be an intentional misrepresentation of PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric), a major supplier of power for California. Note her explicit concern for Pacific electricity consumption... "Why, last December after your old-fashioned Christmas sermons, power consumption was off 27% all along the whole Pacific slope, and it ...


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OK, I'll give it a try. Hal got his bachelor's' degree in astronomy and was an amateur astronomer and high school science teacher all his life. He loved astronomy and gave public talks on it whenever he could, especially at science fiction conventions. Consequently, he used astronomy in most of his stories and used interesting names from astronomy whenever ...


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It looks very much like "Felodon" is made up of "Feline" and "teeth" in a bit of a Linnean pidgin construction. The Linnean binomial naming convention is to construct a name using classical languages which is a bit descriptive of a new species. The original idea -- invented back in the days when any educated person was literate ...


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If you want the name of a demon from the Bible, there are not many candidates. Few demons are explicitly named, but Azazel is indeed one of them. So the choice may simply be a selection from a small pool of names, and presumably wanting to avoid the more well-known names like “Lucifer” or “Beelzebub”. Most of what is known about the (Biblical) Azazel is ...


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In the credits, they're listed as Prince and Princess Pondicherry. I think we can reasonably assume that they do have names, but they're not disclosed in the film (for which she was created) or the source novel which only mentions the prince.


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The Wachowski brothers (now sisters) got Ken Wilber to do the director's commentary on the films - so not quite from the horse's mouth, but close. The 'meaning' of the trilogy (of course it has many meanings) is discussed here, as follows: Thus, as Ken summarizes a more integral interpretation (that takes into account what is revealed in all three films), ...


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I don't have a primary source for this, but would like to share the first thing I think of regarding the meaning of Trinity's name. And, as one answer mentions, Carrie-Anne Moss states, "it can mean whatever you want it to mean." I'm reminded of the scene in the first Matrix movie where Neo (Son of Man) dies at the end. Trinity rejects his death, ...


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Azazel, in Jewish legends, is a demon or evil spirit to whom, in the ancient rite of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), a scapegoat was sent bearing the sins of the Jewish people. Two male goats were chosen for the ritual, one designated by lots “for the Lord,” the other “for Azazel” (Leviticus 16:8) - not sure if this helps.


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Tolkien came up with the name Thranduil, but it was a rather late change, likely only created while writing the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings and then back-added into the text of The Fellowship of the Ring shortly before publication. As published, "Thranduil" is mentioned four times in the main text of The Lord of the Rings. There was also a ...


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According to the show's creator, the word "Nor" just means that you're describing an object of some kind. Q. DS9 was formerly Terok Nor. An upcoming episode about another Cardassian station is "Empok Nor." And in "The Maquis," the Cardassian freighter Bok'Nor was destroyed. So: what does the Cardie word "Nor" mean?...


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Hammond and Scull do not cite where this claim of Blackwelder is from. Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder only has three Tolkien publications, A Tolkien Thesaurus (Garland 1990), Tolkien Phraseology (Marquette 1990), and Tolkien Portraiture (Cape Girardeau 1993). Of those three, A Tolkien Thesaurus, is really the only one that seems like it could fit the description....


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The Blue Wizards had several different names depending on which unpublished writing you look at. Undated - Alatar and Pallando Of major interest, however, is a brief and very hasty sketch of a narrative, telling of a council of the Valar, summoned it seems by Manwë ("and maybe he called upon Eru for counsel?"), at which it was resolved to send out ...


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Yasskier gives a good basis that I would like to continue on with. A lot of these names seems to be synonyms of the same thing. Some like Witch, Mage, Sorceress and Enchantress seem to be largely for a similar group of magic users whilst professions go deeper into specific theorems and areas of magid and both differ in different levels of society and ...


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It is generally understood that Time Lords have regular, Gallifreyan names such as Romanadvoratrelundar, Rassillon etc. Others (mainly 'rogue' or 'renegade' Time Lords) apparently take a name for themselves, based on their chosen path, so we have The Doctor, The Master, The Hermit, The Corsair etc. Given that The Doctor and The Master knew each other as ...


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According to The Star Wars 7, the adaptation of Lucas's original shooting script, Chewbacca is part of the Sawa Tribe, later renamed to "the Great Kaapauku tribe". [In] the Legends book titled "The Star Wars 7", Chewbacca and his family are identified as the "Sawa Tribe" among other clans on Kashyyyk. The name means that they ...


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The press kit for the TV series indicates that in his natural state, Monkey may be rather more monkeyish than his earthly (human) form would otherwise suggest. In his younger, pre-imprisonment days, he apparently engaged in monkey-like behaviour (one assumes including flinging poop at passers-by, stealing mobile phones from tourists and publicly masturbating)...


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Ballo’s name means ‘Owl’ in the spell-tongue. When Agnieszka sees Father Ballo and asks the Falcon who he is, the Falcon refers to him as ‘our gentle Owl’. “The monk kept his hand on the net, steadily pouring in magic. I kicked my horse until she grudgingly moved in closer to the Falcon’s and leaned from my saddle to whisper, “Who is he?” “Do you mean our ...


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Ballo means owl I believe both solya and alosha say it! And Ragostok is the splendid which likely refers to his jewel making


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