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Antonomasia. From Encyclopedia Britannica (bold emphasis added): Antonomasia, a figure of speech in which some defining word or phrase is substituted for a person’s proper name (for example, “the Bard of Avon” for William Shakespeare). In fiction, the practice of giving to a character a proper name that defines or suggests a leading quality of that ...


It's called charactonym. From the link (Merriam-Webster dictionary): Definition of charactonym : a name especially for a fictional character (such as Mistress Quickly or Caspar Milquetoast) that suggests a distinctive trait of the character

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