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    Should I use colors as codenames for my villains?

    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?

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    I don’t think you’d get away with it, unless the characters themselves are fans of one of the movies and are copying.

    If not then it would just look like you’re lacking your own ideas.

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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?
    When I first read this question, I thought Reservoir Rogs, so I would say it will likely be seen as derivative. See if you can nickname your villains by some convention that relates to something, eg where they're from, or anything else that's relevant to them. Use it to show something.


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    Add another who immediately thought of Reservoir Dogs. Feels derivative.

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    Add another who immediately thought of Reservoir Dogs. Feels derivative.
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    Okay... numbers, I'm thinking that they call each other numbers.

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    Code name them after Greek, Norse, or Roman gods.

    Or trees

    Or states

    Or positions on a baseball field; short-stop, catcher, pitcher, etc.

    Or city names

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    If you knew your characters well enough, you'd know what codenames they would use.

    So instead of wondering, "What codenames can I come up with for them as the writer?", you should be thinking, "What codenames would they choose?"

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    Plus, you can always make it an in joke in the setting. "Wait, we're using colors for code names? Didn't they do that in Reservoir Dogs?" "They use colors for their radio names? At least we know they like Reservoir Dogs."

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    Reservoir dogs.
    And that is about the only place where I can remember anyone pulling off that naming convention. I read something recently where they tried it (published by a big publishing house) and it just did not work--detracted from the rest of the story.

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    I dunno... Chartreuse, Teal, Mauve, Bisque... Might work.



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