Sticks and Stones: TV Characters Who Love Their Insulting Nicknames

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Every child in America has probably heard this classic refrain: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." The American TV landscape is packed with plenty of characters who have taken this little childhood rhyme to heart. After all, the best way to prevent a cruel nickname for hurting your feelings is to wear that name proudly, as a badge of honor.

From fantastical dramas to beloved kid's shows, these TV characters have taken insulting nicknames and used them with pride.

Davos Seaworth, "Game of Thrones"

Born in the slums of Flea Bottom, Davos was a smuggler in the past. At one point, he was able to smuggle food into the hands of a besieged Stannis Baratheon, a service that he was later knighted for.

His enemies laughingly referred to the common-born Davos as "the onion knight," implying that his "catering" services to Stannis were hardly worth mentioning. Davos was so proud of being knighted that he delighted in his nickname, even adding an onion to his personal coat of arms in reference to the snide comments others were making about him.

Spike, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Spike's real name is William. Later in life, he became known as William the Bloody -- but not for the reasons you might think. He was called "the bloody" because his poetry was "bloody awful."

One especially cruel critic reviewed his poems, arguing that he'd rather have a spike driven through his skull than hear any more of those awful poems. When William became a vampire, one of his first orders of business was to drive a spike into that critic's head. The rest, as they say, is history.

Crash Nebula, "The Fairly OddParents"

Young Sprig Speevak won a scholarship to a prestigious school but was bullied terribly once he arrived. Things go downhill from there, with Sprig ultimately crashing an amazing experimental exo-suit called the Nebula 3000. His classmates mocked him even more after the incident, but he decides to create a new identity for himself. The name he choose for himself is "Crash Nebula," which is a pretty cool name despite its embarrassing origins.

Bizarro, "Superman: The Animated Series"

For those who aren't comic book fans, the character named Bizarro is a recurring villain in the DC universe. In the episode of "Superman: The Animated Series," where the character is introduced, Bizarro takes his name from a comment made by one of Lex Luthor's cronies. Upon seeing this broken-down clone of Superman, the crony refers to the clone as "Bizarro!"
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