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# 1 The J continuum?
08-18-2011, 12:07 PM
Ever noticed how most lead sci-fi characters first name begins with a 'J' and are often called John?

John Sheridan - Babylon 5
John Crichton - Farscape
John Sheppard - STA
John Shepard - Mass Effect
Jonathan Archer - Ent
Jean Luc Picard - TNG
John Connor - Terminator

Other J's

Jack O'Neil - SG1
Jeffrey Sinclair - Babylon 5
James Kirk - TOS

Is it pure coincidence, or is there some reason the letter J gets picked so much, with John in particular? Is there any other letters or names that are used this frequently for lead characters in sci-fi?
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# 2
08-18-2011, 12:50 PM
It's a common name, and undeniably American (and British too, but that's ok, because we air loads of our shows over there), and it sounds strong and straightforward and stuff. It has a lot of appeal. But yes, it may be overused.
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# 3
08-18-2011, 01:23 PM
It cause they're Jerks, nah, I kid, I love all those characters. Of course none of those can hold a candle to the greatest J of them all...Jack Burton
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# 4
08-18-2011, 02:16 PM
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# 5
08-18-2011, 02:28 PM
We Johns are trying to take over!


Still I never noticed that. But then again, John is a very common name. That's why its John Doe and John Q Taxpayer.
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# 6
08-18-2011, 03:09 PM
Why do so many Science Fiction shows and movies start with the letters "T, S, or R"?

Terminator
Transformers
Stargate
Star Trek
Star Wars
Serenity
Robocop

It's something I noticed while alphebetizing my DVD collection.. there are plenty of examples that break the pattern, but a huge number of them seem to fall in this section of the alphabet. (though I know a lot of it is because of "trans", "star" , "space" and "robot")
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# 7
08-18-2011, 03:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by PodSix
Why do so many Science Fiction shows and movies start with the letters "T, S, or R"?
Maybe TSR has something to do with that?
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# 8
08-18-2011, 04:07 PM
i wonder if all heros in german series would be named "harry" or "heinrich" ^^ perhaps its a subblimal message, cause Jesus also begins with J and its some kind of brainwashing or such ...
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# 9
08-18-2011, 04:17 PM
Capt. Jack Harkness...
Capt. John Hart....


The Q have clearly been outflanked by the J
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# 10
08-18-2011, 08:16 PM
They are all considered strong and trustworthy names.

You almost get the feeling you can automatically believe they are in command.

Plus there are religious reasons that you can say for most of them. But I won't go into them as not to "offend" people....
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