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Garfield, a stupid name!?!?!
Topic Started: Sep 16 2010, 12:51 PM (1,254 Views)
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I wasn't really sure whether to post this in the comic thread or not, but it kinda came with a question on one of our favorite charcters, and as craZ mentioned, we kinda need to post is thread a little more.

Anyways, I was rummaging through my favorite bookstore when I came upon the paperback collected books of the TTG series. Curiosity killin the cat, I skimmed through one for a quiet flip and came to TTG #28. You know, the one where the Doom Patrol tell about BB's time in the DP to the TT as they set the party decor. One page brought back a question that was in the back of my head for quite a while;

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Yeah, I know that makin fun of BB's name was for comedic effect, much like Raven goin gaga over Aqualad (both really poor attempts in humor, BTW), but even before the series people thought that BB's real name was pretty stupid, or just the name in general, and that Garfield the Cat is the only exception.

I guess my question is alongside with Mento's, can someone explain to me how exactly is Garfield considered a dorky name????
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They're stupid teenagers, I expect no less.

Frankly you could do a whole lot more in the joke or dork department with a name like "Dick" or even the full name of "Richard".
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I don't think it much matters what they think, because all of them are cerebral-palsy victims with massive overbites and no recognizably-humanoid anatomy.

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Garfield was also the name of one the many US presidents that have been assassinated. He did rule for very long.
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Sep 16 2010, 12:36 PM
They're stupid teenagers, I expect no less.


Oh, that's your excuse for everything, DL. XP

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Frankly you could do a whole lot more in the joke or dork department with a name like "Dick" or even the full name of "Richard".

Dick jokes go without sayin, and let's face it, it's too easy. Richard, I don't know, sounds pretty common.

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Todd Nauck actually a great artist, but when tryin his style with an anime rip-off, yeah, things do go sour.
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The TTG! comic was definitely not Todd Nuacks best work. I think in some ways he was trying to uphold the style of the show. But for the most part, it often comes off like a bad manga rip-off; which, when you think about it, does go with the shows rampant anime rip-off style.

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Oh, that's your excuse for everything, DL. XP

Leaf me alone. XP

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Richard, I don't know, sounds pretty common.

I meant more along the lines of lame names. Say what you want about Garfield, but Richard is just... yeah.

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I don't think it much matters what they think, because all of them are cerebral-palsy victims with massive overbites and no recognizably-humanoid anatomy.

Not to mention their upper lips, which are prominent at all times.
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Richard, I don't know, sounds pretty common.

I meant more along the lines of lame names. Say what you want about Garfield, but Richard is just... yeah.

True, but if lame names are the case, then a lot of the TT in/out this series would be guilty. Take Vic; well, nothin wrong with that, but it seems to me if your last name is something strong sounding like Stone or Steele, your pretty much doomed to become an athlete/hero. Then of course there's Static's name and Traci 13 that makes me rise an eyebrow and giggle. And Raven, well, if the AS is based off of the Marv Wolfman arc, then that means she didn't name herself Rachel, meanin that the AS Raven has NO name/identity..................given the situation on the scan and this fact kinda brings the textbook definition of pathetic, doesn't it.

Even if she did give herself the name Rachel Roth in the AS, that's just another one for the list Same-Letter Identites; Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Boston Brane, Reed Richards Guy Gardner, etc. I don't know why, but that patterning is just annoying to me.
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It's considered a "dorky" name because it isn't commonly used. Compound that with the fact that one of the only immediate examples people know the name from is a cat from the funnies and it becomes a name rather hard to build a serious reputation. I know this from first hand experience having a less-than average name.
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Some old meanings of Garfield translate to "spear field" or "Field of Spears"???? In a way, that's kind of cool.

Richard has always been associated as a "leader's" name. Hence makes me wonder how "Dick" came to be the abbreviation.

Maybe it would've been better to leave BB's name as Mark instead of making it his middle name. (shrugs)
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