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Old 10-16-2012, 06:45 AM   #1
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So how did you name your soldiers?

So I had some fun naming my soldiers,
Dutch
Mac
Blain
Billy
Poncho
Hawkins

Guess where that inspiration came from?

How did you name yours?
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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I had a Heavy Weapons Guy named James "Kong "Vegas...He just looked like the Vegas from ME 3, thats why i changed the name and he was awesome. 33 Kills, a mohawk, holo targeting to support my snipers...Died in Operation Enduring Heart by a Muton Berserker he missed with his friggin 90% shot-.-

Then there was "Spider" one of my snipers. In the end had about 60 Kills, but as soon as things went sideways he went into pansy-mode. But heres the hook: Everytime, with some few exceptions, he shoot something out of panic, he killed it. Well...that did apply to teammates as well...Poor Monica...So brave...and then shoot in the back of the head by your teammate...with a sniper rifle...from close distance...after you killed five aliens...seems like it was a fixed point in time (happened all the three times i tried to save her with the power of reloading)

Jorge "Loki" Pena...My only surviving Psi-Ops and a snapshot-sniper. He was an ass. He was trained to replace Spider in indoor missions, but he was a useless piece of blond, rockerbearded crap...But hey...he was one of the two (i never got more, despite a lot of testing) Psi-Ops and one of the survivors of Enduring Heart. Man that mission was a total wreck... Still didn't like him, though. He's just a weirdo and had to have one of the archangel suits...what did you do with it, huh? fly up in the like a eagle and get friggin shot down like a football stuck in a tree...

Of course, Elena "The Boss" *insert russian last name here*. She was the Queen of them all. Until the last missions (meaning before Spider got the double tap) she had the most kills on her sleeve, only beaten by Vegas until...well stuff...She was a support and with us since the first UFO-shootdown. After a very, very, very lucky movement of it she captured the ethereal (he walked right in front of my snipers-.-100 percent hit chance^^ glad loki didnt miss that one...i would have abandoned him) and she was really The Boss...

In my Impossible playthrough there is Arya Stark. A sniper...but she had only two missions to prove herself worthy the name, so yeah...

I rarely change the names. Most of the time i just change the nicknames. Don't want to get too attached to the crew in my ironman playthrough...Rookies are dying left and right. And i can't ressurect them (meaning reload the hell out of it).

PS: i personally dont get the reference...Mac sounds familiar, though. I can't stop thinking of Walking Dead...but never saw the series.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:26 AM   #3
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how do you change the nicknames? everytime i try the box is grey :/
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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how do you change the nicknames? everytime i try the box is grey :/
They have to earn them. As soon as the game decides, they are worth a nickname, which is i think after the promotion to the third level, you can change them.
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Guess where that inspiration came from?
Get to da skyranger

I started off by naming mine after friends but it was sort of weird watching them die, so on my 2nd game i named them after the great people in Civ Rev. It brings a smile to my face watching Albert 'A-bomb' Einstein cause havoc on aliens.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:01 AM   #6
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PS: i personally dont get the reference...Mac sounds familiar, though. I can't stop thinking of Walking Dead...but never saw the series.

They are all characters from the movie Predator.


I started off naming my soldiers from members of the Basik's Own - from David Weber and John Ringo's March upcountry series. Weirdly they all got promoted into tracks that suited their characters

Then I got my first Psi trained soldier and I named him Sheldon 'Bazinga' Cooper
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:10 AM   #7
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They are all characters from the movie Predator.

We have a winner!
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:15 PM   #8
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To be fair, DEG23 obviously knew the answer as well as you can tell by her "Get to da Skyranger" comment.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:24 PM   #9
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Then I got my first Psi trained soldier and I named him Sheldon 'Bazinga' Cooper
lol, love that.

For my first playthrough I only did the nicknames for my core. Had Angel (female, support) Valkyrie (female, Assault) Seraph (female sniper) ArchAngel (Male Assault)
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:37 PM   #10
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Only played for a couple of missions at a friend's house but I used a splattering ofnames from entertainment.

Assault (Dwayne "Frosty" Hicks)
Sniper (James "Sonny" Crockett)
Heavy (Alec "Arecibo" Trevelyan)
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:06 PM   #11
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all mine are named after GI joe code names,

So far i have i have a list of the dead:

Duke ;KIA
Roadblock: KIA
Low Light: KIA
Grunt: KIA
Footlose: KIA


My sniper COVER GIRL ; has 116 kills
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:48 PM   #12
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By manually changing the name(s) of your field agents, you can give them added bonuses and abilities: - Sid Meyer (Support) - Otto Zander (Assault) - Joe Kelly (Heavy) - Ken Levine (Sniper) WARNING: Using this name-enhancing easter-egg/secret will disable Achievements.
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I want to see what they are like but am not willing to ruin my save to do so. Apparently they have unique looks.
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Then I got my first Psi trained soldier and I named him Sheldon 'Bazinga' Cooper
Best. Name. Eva.

I'm on my first play through, haven't changed anyone's name. Was planning on it on my other games, once I have a better hang of things.
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I named mine after pro hockey players according to the nationality. For the non-hockey countries I used pro baseball player names.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:57 AM   #15
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To be fair, DEG23 obviously knew the answer as well as you can tell by her "Get to da Skyranger" comment.
Yes you are right. Was looking for 'Predator' and didn't notice DEG23s xcom version of "get to the chopper". Sorry bout that DEG23. You WIN! Dutch, Mac and Blain kinda gave it away, huh

Was customising a heavy soldier and noticed it looked like Jesse Ventura. That's when the idea hit me to name them after the soldiers in Predator.
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Marcus Fenix 'Rising' - Sniper

Dominic Santiago 'Dom' - Support

Augustus Cole 'Train' - Assault

Damon Baird 'Boomer' - Heavy

Delta Squad is in the XCOM house!
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Then there was "Spider" one of my snipers. In the end had about 60 Kills, but as soon as things went sideways he went into pansy-mode. But heres the hook: Everytime, with some few exceptions, he shoot something out of panic, he killed it. Well...that did apply to teammates as well...Poor Monica...So brave...and then shoot in the back of the head by your teammate...with a sniper rifle...from close distance...after you killed five aliens...seems like it was a fixed point in time (happened all the three times i tried to save her with the power of reloading)
you do realize that the "random" numbers are generated by a seed that is generated when you start a mission right? So, if you do the same order of events every time you load a save, you will get exactly the same results.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:52 PM   #18
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Marcus Fenix 'Rising' - Sniper

Dominic Santiago 'Dom' - Support

Augustus Cole 'Train' - Assault

Damon Baird 'Boomer' - Heavy

Delta Squad is in the XCOM house!

I put helmets on my guys and named them after the Carmine Brothers, Clayton, Ben and Anthony.(I believe there was 1 more but I never looked deep enough to find the rest of the names)




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Interestingly enough "The volunteer" was, I think Ben, and obviously instead of being killed, Killed himself. those Carmines love to die.
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I started off naming my soldiers from members of the Basik's Own - from David Weber and John Ringo's March upcountry series. Weirdly they all got promoted into tracks that suited their characters

Then I got my first Psi trained soldier and I named him Sheldon 'Bazinga' Cooper
Love the Basik's Own reference. Great book series.

I leave the names as they come. A lot of the time the nicknames just match the troopers. Had a sniper nicknamed Demon. She had 105 kills in 32 missions. So was definitely a Demon.
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My assault was given the name devil dog. She got practically every kill in every mission. I renamed her to devil bitch. She died to my very first encounter with a muton berserker.

The next game, my sniper resurrected the name and earned "Ain't No Cavalry Coming" - the name has thus been memorialized.

New game's sniper is Baroness. She was the only survivor of the first mission. It's possible she will be another hero. Has been promoted every mission so far.

No idea why all the special characters end up female. I don't particularly care about the sex, but it seems like every male character I get dies. The first time I beat it I had 7 female colonels and 1 male colonel.
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looks like i am not so creative:
i am also just edditing the nicknames

Main Squad:
Assault 'Sprinter' Dashing and Shooting is a fine thing
Sniper 'Nightmare' Most kills...
Heavy 'Bullwark'
Support 'Bones' - hope i never hear her say "He's dead, Jim"

Another Sniper is called Bullseye cause she got 5 crit-kills in a row
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Second game I named my characters after the cast of Firefly.


Malcom 'Mal' Reynolds,
Saffron 'YoSafBridge' Reynolds (had to remove an f for the nickname to fit)
Kaywinnet 'Kaylee' Frye (had to remove lee from first name to fit )
Inara 'Companion' Serra
River 'Prodigy' Tam
Simon 'Doc' Tam
Hoban 'Wash' Washburne
Zoe 'Lady Grey' Washburne (couldn't think of a nickname so kept the one the game gave her)
Jayne 'Yeti' Cobb (couldn't think of a nickname for him either)
Derrial 'Shepherd' Book
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:41 AM   #23
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I named my guys after various characters from my favorite games and movies/shows...

Adam Jensen (Deus Ex)
Mike Thorton (Alpha Protocol)

Had to make a Cole and Baird (some guy mentioned the Carmine Brothers, which I will do next time).

Yagami "Death Note" Light (Japanese, of course)
Neo "The One" Anderson (Canadian like Keanu lol)
William "Braveheart" Wallace (he was a Scotsman, of course)
Carlito "Charlie" Brigante (Carlito's Way)
Scarlet Rose (also from Alpha Protocol, needed a woman for that pink deco)
Priest "Amsterdam" Vallon (combo of Liam and Leo from Gangs of NY, Irish)
Danny "Tortuga" Trejo (had a Mexican, so nod to Breaking Bad)
Maximus "Decimus" Meridius (hopefully we all know who he is)

I had a guy from the Netherlands, so just gave him a very Viking name...
Beowulf "The Red" Ragnar lol

My classic playthrough will consist of some of these remade, along with some of the marines from "Aliens"(Hicks, Hudson, Apone, Vasquez etc), and I do like the idea of the Predator team (awesome movie).
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I named mine after the A-Team. I just wish Face was a better sniper! B.A is hardcore in the heavy support role though.
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They are all characters from the movie Predator.
Wow, I barely remember that film. I'll probably have to have a Crystal Unger for no other reason than nostalgia. For some reason, in the original game I'd always have a Crystal Unger every time I start a new game.
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Wow, I barely remember that film. I'll probably have to have a Crystal Unger for no other reason than nostalgia. For some reason, in the original game I'd always have a Crystal Unger every time I start a new game.

No idea who Crystal Unger is...

I think I'll do the cast of Team America: World Police for my next game
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I just leave the names as the game issues them. They usually fit just fine.

My crazy assault shotgunner who rushes in to take down Sectopods in a blaze of alloy cannon shrapnel? "Gonzo"

My deadeye sniper who crits for 19 damage? "Garotte".

My bullet swarm heavy? "Doomsday".

My fast-as-lightning medic? "Pox".

My assault who took Flush instead of Rapid Fire? "Mad man" (yeah, what was HE thinking?!)

I'm loving these nicknames!
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I think the Devs may have put some rules or modifiers (or they're trolling us) on the nickname generation, both of my Snipers got the nicknames "Alpha" and "Omega" in that order. I agree with Colmarr, loving the nicknames that the game is issuing my soldiers.
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Haven't renamed soldiers yet, but I had one rookie named Mordecai. When he got promoted to squaddie he was made a sniper :P
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Haven't renamed soldiers yet, but I had one rookie named Mordecai. When he got promoted to squaddie he was made a sniper :P
That's a great coincidence! No Bloodwing though.

I named my snipers, Garrus Vakarian and Thane Krios. All my squad are ME2 themed so far. Too bad Legion has no last name....
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