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"Help me name my protagonist", 5 days ago, 4:05 AM #1
Jessie Blue

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I need a little help naming the protagonist of my art-school comic. I've sort of cruised along so far without naming them but we're going to be getting to the point where it actually comes up in story, so I need to pick something. I was kinda wanting a gender-neutral name because the character is non-binary, I want readers to identify with the main no matter their own gender identity. (or does that matter as much? Everyone seems to think the main is male so far, and I could work it either way- shy nerdy boy who loves shoju, or shy nerdy tomboy who likes mecha)

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5 days ago, 4:10 AM #2
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Ashley.

I say that because there use to be a famous runescaper named Ashley and he was a dude so yeah.
5 days ago, 4:52 AM #3
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Kyo. If he's cool with it that is.
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5 days ago, 6:05 AM #4
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River.
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5 days ago, 9:36 AM #5
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Here are all the neutral names I can think of right now...

Max
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Robin
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Ashley and River sound pretty good.
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5 days ago, 11:18 AM #6
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5 days ago, 11:19 AM #7
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You could go with initials like R.T.
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5 days ago, 11:50 AM #8
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5 days ago, 4:02 PM #9
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These are great, so far I like Leslie, Ashley, River, and Robin. I had thought of Robin earlier but wasn't sure how instantly people would ping it as one way or the other. I've personally known a couple of girl Robins, but then there is Robin Williams (RIP) whom I adore.

I was also thinking of names like Lee, Casey, or Shelby (though the last one begs a turtle pun of some sort)
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5 days ago, 7:37 PM #10
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How about Alex? Can be the short form for Alexander or Alexandra, and the "Al-" syllable might also suggest an alligator.

Or even just Al, which could be a short form for even more names, both male and female! (Alice, Albert(a)...)
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5 days ago, 8:13 PM #11
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How about something down to earth like "Sam"? That way it can be for a boy or a girl? (Samson or Samantha). Besides, the nickname "Samagator" sounds really cute for them.
5 days ago, 9:16 PM #12
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I thought the lack of names was a running gag and just referred to the gators by shirt colour.

… Actually, that would be a very appropriate naming theme: Just name everyone after a shade of their shirt colour! So our protagonist could be Ebony, Jet, Char, or Davies (for Davy's gray). I personally like Char for this, because in additions to referencing charcoal, it can be short for either Charles or Charlotte/Charlise.
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4 days ago, 1:02 AM #13
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Well the blue shirt is Chris who was texted in the second page, I was kinda having the lack of names or gender identifiers be a bit of a running gag, I might take all the gender neutral name suggestions to name all of the characters. Let people assume they know what the gators are by clothing choices.

I def like Charlie/Char and Max, and I thought of Al/Allie/Alex but didn't quite want to be Allie the Alligator. I think Max can definitely be one of the new school friends yet to be introduced.
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4 days ago, 1:32 AM #14
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For gender neutral, I was always partial to "Danny" or "Sam".
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4 days ago, 2:13 AM #15
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You know what the name needs? A pun

"Allie" or "Ally" is a common unisex name, abbreviating a huge number of names (Alexander, Elias, Alfred, Alvin, Alphonse, Alexandra, Alva, Alyssa and Allison). And it's also the first two syllables of "alligator", after mucking about with the vowels. (English vowels aren't really that strict anyways)

For additionally punning, you could give them the vaguely-gaelic surname "O'Dyle". Which is clearly a pun off "crocodile" - the ambiguity between whether they're an alligator or crocodile mirrors their not cleanly fitting into the gender binary.

BOOM. You thought you were just going to get bad puns, but instead you got SYMBOLISM. And also bad puns. Those are inescapable.
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4 days ago, 4:07 AM #16
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Teri/Terry?

I like Allie, though. That's way more clever :)
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4 days ago, 5:35 AM #17
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4 days ago, 5:36 PM #18
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GMan003:For additionally punning, you could give them the vaguely-gaelic surname "O'Dyle". Which is clearly a pun off "crocodile" - the ambiguity between whether they're an alligator or crocodile mirrors their not cleanly fitting into the gender binary.


Funny you should mention that, there is also going to be a whole gator vs crocs thing in the story. (and also Caimans)

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Protogator, like Deinosuchus?

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Sounds like people like Allie, I wasn't sure if that was too obvious, might shorten it to Al, or maybe Alli without the 'e'.
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Croco-Dillon.
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