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    That's what I was thinking too, just use colors that were not used in Reservoir Dogs, but there is not enough different colors that were not used, to go around for all of them, I don't think. But what if I did use more exotic named colors, such as those or like Sage, Cyan, Amaranth, or Azure...

    Would that be different enough that readers will not think of Reservoir Dogs?

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    Why use colors at all? It's an obvious rip-off of Reservoir Dogs, so why set yourself up for that? But do what you want. Trying to help you is pointless.
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    Wait... He thought I was serious???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
    That's what I was thinking too, just use colors that were not used in Reservoir Dogs, but there is not enough different colors that were not used, to go around for all of them, I don't think. But what if I did use more exotic named colors, such as those or like Sage, Cyan, Amaranth, or Azure...

    Would that be different enough that readers will not think of Reservoir Dogs?
    No. You may as well have a large sign over you saying "Not ripping off Reservoir Dogs" at this point. And besides which, Messrs. Teal, Fuchsia and Robins-Egg just don't cut it as particularly villainous names. Choose a different convention: maybe clouds (Mr. Nimbus, Mr. Cumulus), or the periodic table of elements (Mr. Cadmium, Mr. Lead) or my own favourite, the various types of spanner (Mr. Adjustable, Mr. Open-Ended, Mr. Wrench). Now those guys have some serious personality (issues)!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
    For my screenplay, I have a gang of villains who would use codenames while talking to each other, so the police or anyone possibly listening in, could not pick up on who they are.

    I was having trouble coming up with codenames for them and thought, maybe I could do colors, instead of numbers or letters, but there are two movies that already had color codenames, which were The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, and Reservoir Dogs.

    So I am wondering if it will be seen as been there, done that, therefore. What do you think?
    Rather than colours, why not use the names of animals or birds'
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    Oh I just thought of the idea of using different colors before. I could use something else then. In order to answer the question, what would the characters do, and I seem them using colors since it's simple, and logically most criminals wouldn't care if the police compared them to Reservoir Dogs, so my characters wouldn't care. But I, the writer would so I should still think of something else then, if people are going to see it that way.

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    I'd name 'em after breakfast cereal mascots: Tony the Tiger, Cap'n Crunch, Lucky Leprechaun, etc. and I'd toss in a few other food mascots, like Charlie Tuna or something.

    But that's just me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmadog View Post
    I'd name 'em after breakfast cereal mascots: Tony the Tiger, Cap'n Crunch, Lucky Leprechaun, etc. and I'd toss in a few other food mascots, like Charlie Tuna or something.

    But that's just me.
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    Yeah that's not a bad idea, or something like that! I will keep thinking then.

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    Personally, I'd give them nick names.
    No, not colors, not code names, not named after breakfast cereals or bisquits, just nicknames.

    See, a nickname not only helps keep the character straight in the reader's mind, but the right nickname can actually help to illustrate a character. If you have a character nicknamed 'Rape' then the reader gets an idea what that guy is all about. A chatracter called 'Undertaker' would also be quite revealing.

    Nicknames.



    BTW: The reason that they used colors for names in Resevoir Dogs is because they were an assembled team. Someone else put the job together and hired them as freelancers. None of them knew each other, and the code names were so they couldn't dime each other out.

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