A Named Townie is a role that has no real abilities, but differs from a normal Vanilla Townie in the sense it has a unique title or attribute. This in itself can be powerful.
A Chocolate Townie is a common type of Named Townie.
In practice, any character that has a name is technically a Named Townie, although not by function. This was a trope subverted in Mini 1975: A Village in the Woods where some players had names, others names and roles, and some players simply roles.
Use & Power
In Open setups Named Townies are remarkably powerful - the Named Townie can claim their role, and unless scum are brave (or foolhardy) enough to counterclaim them the claim is evidently true - and thus often, so is their alignment.
Useless roles such as a Miller with no Cop are considered to be a Named Townie. These useless roles are weaker than a townie with just a name as they may be under the impression their corresponding role is in the game, and this could in theory offer scum opportunity to freely claim this role.
There is little that can differentiate a Named Townie from a Vanilla Townie, however by not being a VT it can itself be considered a kind of power. If a massclaim can be beneficial to the town, consider insisting going after a player you view as scummy, as the town may end up with too many power role claims, making decisions derived Setup Speculation and Process of Elimination easier.
Sample Role PM
Welcome, [Player]! You are a Town Earl.
- You have no abilities other than your voice and your vote.
- You win if all threats to the town are eliminated and at least one town-aligned player is alive.
A Fruit Vendor is a role that can give a player a piece of fruit each night.
A Visitor is a role that can be seen as visiting a target at night.
My Name is Earl is an Open Setup and quintessential example of a Named Townie.