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Character nicknaming is a trend of certain users who are give characters (whenever an original character, a videogame character or an anime character) a simliar name of another character, a person, a company or brand, and/or miscellaneous things.

History

The trend was started by Jashin Empress on February 29, 2016 from the Midori Hario article on this wiki (previously as GoAnimate 2 Wiki by that time) -- where Midori got nicknamed as Midori Mario, due to "Hario" and "Mario" sounding similar. Some weeks later via at the Community Plaza Wiki, some users have picked up on it and started nickname other characters (mostly OCs), soon it expanded to include video game characters, anime characters, and (in some cases) the real life people (particularly whose ethnicity is (half-)Japanese).

Characteristics

There are two common methods of nicknaming certain characters -- it's either the similar name or an approximately exact first or last name of another character.

Similar names

This nicknaming method is the most commonly used out of all other types. The characters' name gives the similar namings that might sounds similar or rhymed. In some cases, the partial letters of their names would give them nicknames by users.

Examples
Kuniyo Ebisawa → Kuniyo Ebisuzawa (Kurumi Ebisuzawa, School Live!)
Ayase Sasozaki → Ayase Sasori (Sasori, Naruto)
Seijou MizushimaSenju Mizukage (Senju and Mizukage clans, Naruto)
Junko Mukawa → Junko Fukawa (Toko Fukawa, Danganronpa)
Hanamaru KunikidaHanamura Kunimitsu (Teruteru Hanamura, Danganronpa 2; Kunimitsu, Tekken)
Ebijuro OkunugiEbisu Okanugi (Ebisu, Naruto; Oka Ruto, Yandere Simulator)
Aya Katsuo → Aya Katsura (Hinagiku Katsura, Hayate the Combat Butler)

Same family name/Same first name

In this nicknaming type, characters that share the same given or family name are dubbed with the exact name of another character.

Examples
Eri Tategami → Eri Kitamura (Japanese singer and voice actress)
Alisa AyaseAlisa Bosconovich (Tekken)
Yoko RanYoko Littner (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) or Ran Yakumo (Touhou Project)
Akane Samezawa → Akane Owari (Danganronpa)
Nico YuriNico Yazawa (Love Live!)
Kirino KousakaHonoka Kousaka

Other nickname types

The fad can also expand into country naming if the character has a country's name on his/her name (Chinatsu Yoshikawa for example, due to her name having "China" on it, is given nicknames that replace "China" with name of another country, such as Brazil).

It also can expand into mentioning other users if a character's name has the pronoun "You" on it. (You Watanabe for example, who often is dubbed as "[Your username here] Watanabe".)

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