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* In the "Gettin' Judgey With It" episode of ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'', in which the judges participate in the ordeal for a change, Richard Blais (pronounced "Blaze") mentions that he wants to take fellow judge/competitor Jet Tila's first name, so that he can call himself ''Jet Blais''.
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* ''Series/NorthernExposure:'' Marilyn Whirlwind.
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* In a world of fantasy of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', it's standard. For every Ned, Robert, Jon, Sam, or Jaime there's a Daenerys, Tyrion, Theon, Salladhor, or Daario.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'', TV show private detective and name of firearms and cartridge. Humorously, the Galician dub was unfamiliar with the acronym for Private Investigator, and mixed it up with the actual surname "Pi," calling him "Magnum π."
* Maxwell Smart of ''Series/GetSmart'' -- done as a parody and pun.
* Sam Axe in ''Series/BurnNotice''
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'': The title character choose her own name because it sounded cool.
* In the [[Creator/JossWhedon Whedonverse]], many characters go by interesting or unusual names, such as Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles (though cool in the USA, is normal in the UK), Oz, Fred ([[TomboyishName a girl]]), Gunn, Pike, Jayne ([[{{Earworm}} "the man they call..."]]), River, Inara, Book, Wash, Jubal Early, Merrick, Kennedy, Spike, Angel, Drusilla, and so forth. This is somewhat justified in that most of these are diminutive versions of rather normal first and last names.
** Also in that many of them are from the far-future setting of Firefly or names of immortal vampires so 'normal' may not apply. :)
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', "Arcane". Also known as Clyde. Not to mention the actives with their cool "callsigns" -- Echo, November, Alpha, Tango, Sierra, Whiskey and... er... Mike. We don't see much of Mike. These nicknames all come from the ICAO/NATO/ITU phonetic alphabet (used mainly by pilots and Western militaries). Each word corresponds with the letter it starts with. So think of all the cool names that were had by Dolls that were not seen or had not been created yet: Delta, India, Lima, Papa, Yankee and Zulu. Not so [=McCool=] names: Charlie, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel (yeesh), Juliet, Oscar, Quebec, Romeo, Uniform (ouch) and X-ray (debatable depending on your level of nerdiness).
* [[WordOfGod According to Rob Tapert]], his original plan was to spell name [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena's]] name with a 'Z' (i.e 'Zena'), however [[ExecutiveMeddling the network didn't think it was cool enough]], opting instead to spell it with the "much cooler" X.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' gives us Richard Creator/{{Edgar|AllanPoe}} "Rick" Castle and his daughter Alexis Castle, as well [[spoiler: as the new captain]] Victoria Gates (better known as "Iron Gates"). Castle's birth name is actually Richard Alexander Rodgers. He legally changed his name because he liked "Castle" better and was a big fan of Poe.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' also gives us a few; Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, and [[spoiler: former CBI supervising agent]] Madeleine Hightower.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has an entire crew's worth of Awesome [=McCoolnames=], starting with William and Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, Karl Agathon, Galen Tyrol, Felix Gaeta, Sharon Valerii, Anastasia Dualla, Billy Keikeya, Diana Seelix (the last being made-up on the spot by Aaron Douglas for a previously nameless character), Gaius Baltar and Admiral Helena Cain. And that's not even counting the pilot callsigns, which qualify for RedBaron territory.

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* In a world of fantasy of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', it's standard. For every Ned, Robert, Jon, Sam, or Jaime there's a Daenerys, Tyrion, Theon, Salladhor, or Daario.
''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr''
* ''Series/MagnumPI'', TV show private detective and name of firearms and cartridge. Humorously, the Galician dub was unfamiliar ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' seems to enjoy this trope with the acronym for Private Investigator, Stringfellow and mixed it up with the actual surname "Pi," calling him "Magnum π."
* Maxwell Smart of ''Series/GetSmart'' -- done as a parody and pun.
* Sam Axe in ''Series/BurnNotice''
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'': The title character choose her own name because it sounded cool.
* In the [[Creator/JossWhedon Whedonverse]], many characters go by interesting or unusual names, such as Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles (though cool in the USA, is normal in the UK), Oz, Fred ([[TomboyishName a girl]]), Gunn, Pike, Jayne ([[{{Earworm}} "the man they call..."]]), River, Inara, Book, Wash, Jubal Early, Merrick, Kennedy, Spike, Angel, Drusilla, and so forth. This is somewhat justified in that most of these are diminutive versions of rather normal first and last names.
** Also in that many of them are from the far-future setting of Firefly or names of immortal vampires so 'normal' may not apply. :)
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', "Arcane". Also known as Clyde. Not to mention the actives with their cool "callsigns" -- Echo, November, Alpha, Tango, Sierra, Whiskey and... er... Mike. We don't see much of Mike. These nicknames all come from the ICAO/NATO/ITU phonetic alphabet (used mainly by pilots and Western militaries). Each word corresponds with the letter it starts with. So think of all the cool names that were had by Dolls that were not seen or had not been created yet: Delta, India, Lima, Papa, Yankee and Zulu. Not so [=McCool=] names: Charlie, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel (yeesh), Juliet, Oscar, Quebec, Romeo, Uniform (ouch) and X-ray (debatable depending on your level of nerdiness).
* [[WordOfGod According to Rob Tapert]], his original plan was to spell name [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena's]] name with a 'Z' (i.e 'Zena'), however [[ExecutiveMeddling the network didn't think it was cool enough]], opting instead to spell it with the "much cooler" X.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' gives us Richard Creator/{{Edgar|AllanPoe}} "Rick" Castle and his daughter Alexis Castle,
Saint John (pronounced Sinjin) Hawke. Also, Dominic Santini, as well [[spoiler: as the new captain]] Victoria Gates (better known as "Iron Gates"). Castle's birth name is actually Richard Alexander Rodgers. He legally changed his name because he liked "Castle" better Robert Winchester and was a big fan of Poe.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' also gives us a few; Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, and [[spoiler: former CBI supervising agent]] Madeleine Hightower.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has an entire crew's worth of Awesome [=McCoolnames=], starting with William and Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, Karl Agathon, Galen Tyrol, Felix Gaeta, Sharon Valerii, Anastasia Dualla, Billy Keikeya, Diana Seelix (the last being made-up on the spot by Aaron Douglas for a previously nameless character), Gaius Baltar and Admiral Helena Cain. And that's not even counting the pilot callsigns, which qualify for RedBaron territory.
Dr. Norris.



* Alluded to in ''Series/TrueBlood''. While Sookie Stackhouse has an unusual name herself, she is surprised to learn that the first vampire she ever meets has the thoroughly mundane name of "Bill."
* Subverted to the point of parody in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' with the AlwaysChaoticEvil Wraith ([[NinjaPirateZombieRobot alien goth insect vampires]]) never giving their true names, therefore prompting the human characters to name them generic Earth names in retaliation. Hence Steve, Bob, Michael, Kenny, and, lest we forget, Todd. Most of which are, at some point or other, the series BigBad.
* From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
-->'''Keith:''' How come I don't get a nickname?\\
'''J.D.:''' Not everyone's last name lends itself to a nickname, Keith.\\
'''Keith:''' My last name is '''Dudemeister!'''\\
'''J.D.:''' And what am I supposed to do with that, okay? I'm not a magician!

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* Alluded Deliberately invoked in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' with the [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzscheans]]. Their names tend to in ''Series/TrueBlood''. While Sookie Stackhouse has an unusual be references to historical or mythical tough guys with the last name herself, usually referencing a historical location or people. For example, Tyr Anasazi is named after a Norse god and a Native American tribe. Gaheris Rhade is named after KingArthur's nephew and a German city, while his IdenticalGrandson Telemachus Rhade is named after the son of [[Literature/TheIliad Odysseus]]. A throw-away line in one episode mentions Trance wondering what a Nietzschean mother was thinking when she named her son [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Genghis]] [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin Stalin]].
* ''Series/TheATeam'' has Bosco Barracus.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': the Shadows think their name
is so cool because it is one thousand syllables long and cannot be pronounced by you puny mortals. Then, the Shadows get surprised to learn and angry that the first vampire she ever meets we puny mortals keep on calling them "Shadows".
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''
has the thoroughly mundane name an entire crew's worth of "Bill."
* Subverted to the point of parody in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
Awesome [=McCoolnames=], starting with William and Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, Karl Agathon, Galen Tyrol, Felix Gaeta, Sharon Valerii, Anastasia Dualla, Billy Keikeya, Diana Seelix (the last being made-up on the AlwaysChaoticEvil Wraith ([[NinjaPirateZombieRobot alien goth insect vampires]]) never giving their true names, therefore prompting spot by Aaron Douglas for a previously nameless character), Gaius Baltar and Admiral Helena Cain. And that's not even counting the human characters to name them generic Earth names in retaliation. Hence Steve, Bob, Michael, Kenny, and, lest we forget, Todd. Most of pilot callsigns, which are, at some point or other, qualify for RedBaron territory.
* Sam Axe in ''Series/BurnNotice''.
* Frank Cannon from ''Series/{{Cannon}}''.
* The titular character in ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' was actually named Jonathan Power. And he held
the series BigBad.
rank of Captain.
* From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
-->'''Keith:''' How come I don't get a nickname?\\
'''J.D.:''' Not everyone's last name lends itself to a nickname, Keith.\\
'''Keith:''' My last
''Series/{{Castle}}'' gives us Richard Creator/{{Edgar|AllanPoe}} "Rick" Castle and his daughter Alexis Castle, as well [[spoiler: as the new captain]] Victoria Gates (better known as "Iron Gates"). Castle's birth name is '''Dudemeister!'''\\
'''J.D.:''' And what am I supposed to do
actually Richard Alexander Rodgers. He legally changed his name because he liked "Castle" better and was a big fan of Poe.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', as an AffectionateParody of the spy genre, is of course rife
with that, okay? I'm these. Among others:
** Roan Montgomery; seduction specialist and one of the show's ''many'' spoofs on Bond.
** While Chuck Bartowski may
not a magician!qualify, his CIA alter ego Charles Carmichael certainly does.
** Cole Barker
** Kieran Ryker, Sarah's ex-handler.
** Nicholas Quinn, the series's final BigBad.



** On one Colbert Report (the one with Jeff Bridges), a name on the ticker of donators was "Ace [=McAwesome=]."
* In Jimmy Kimmel Live's 2010 "Handsome Men's Club" sketch [[Film/TrainingDay Ethan Hawke]] demanded his name be legally changed to ''Handsome Hawke''.
* Frank Cannon from ''Cannon''.
* Detective Robert T. Ironside from ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' and its remake ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}''.

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** On one Colbert Report (the one with Jeff Bridges), a name on the ticker of donators was "Ace [=McAwesome=]."
[=McAwesome=]".
* In Jimmy Kimmel Live's 2010 "Handsome Men's Club" sketch [[Film/TrainingDay Ethan Hawke]] demanded Magnetic Attitude on ''Series/{{Community}}''. A.K.A. Magnitude.
* On ''Series/{{Cougartown}}'', Bobby assumes the name Ron Mexico, with everyone remarking on how cool the name is.
* Jeff Slade, the stupidly macho-named detective from the short-lived nice-idea-but-appallingly-executed ''Series/CrimeTraveller''. As if the character name wasn't bad enough he was also cursed with being played by an ex-soap actor with a charisma bypass - thus making the character even harder to take seriously.
* The Doctor, from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** Most Time Lords have cool names such as Romanadvoratrelundar, or "Romana" for short. She'd prefer Fred. The Meddling Monk and the Master also count for this trope.
** [[TheBrigadier Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.]]
** A villainous example is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe!]] [[note]] Or Max for short. [[/note]]
** Captain Jack Harkness, although "Captain Jack" on its own is cool enough! (Even if it isn't his ''[[NoNameGiven real]]'' name!)
** And played with in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]]. John Smith dreams of a man called the Doctor -- Nurse Redfern says it's a personification of his desire to be a dashing hero. The twist being that the Doctor is his ''true'' self.
** The Eleventh Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger once aliased]] as Captain Troy Handsome of [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} International Rescue]].
** '''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All]]''', the name that a baby gave himself. His parents call him "Alfie".
* From ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', we get the amazing psuedonyms Jefferson Steelflex and Alvin Yakitori.
* After Phoebe marries Mike on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', she goes to legally change her last name to his... and instead changes her name to [[HilarityEnsues Princess Consuela Bananahammock]]. She doesn't see what the problem is until Mike threatens to change
his name be legally changed to ''Handsome Hawke''.
Crap Bag ("It's easy to remember, just think of a bag of crap.").
* Frank Cannon from ''Cannon''.
In a world of fantasy of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', it's standard. For every Ned, Robert, Jon, Sam, or Jaime there's a Daenerys, Tyrion, Theon, Salladhor, or Daario.
* Detective Robert T. Ironside from ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' Maxwell Smart of ''Series/GetSmart'' -- done as a parody and its remake ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}''.pun.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': There are a few cool names (like Emma Pillsbury, Sugar Motta, Bryan Ryan, Holly Holliday) and also ironic ones like a future Broadway star whose name is Harmony. There's also Chord Overstreet (yes, that's his real name!) who plays a main character. Ironically, the character he plays has one of the most generic names possible: Sam Evans.
* The ''Clash of the Titans'' round of ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' sees contestants use their names as buzzers. Often they choose cooler names instead. Examples include "Demon Dawg", "Adam Barrington Spencer" and "We'd like some more honey prawns at this table, please!"



* As the quotes page shows, the cast of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a ball giving such names to the beefy protagonist of ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', Dave Ryder. The show's Wiki [[http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Nicknames_for_Dave_Ryder has a complete list]].
** Subverted when one of the names is "Bob Johnson."
** They also mocked an example of this concept mercilessly in the episode ''The Final Sacrifice''. What was the character's name? Zap Rowsdower, for a middle-aged pudgy Canadian man with a mullet.
** Also during ''Hercules Against the Moon Men'', Joel and the bots try to come up with macho names a 'la Alan Steel. Crow chooses "Drake Tungsten", whereas Servo settles for "Ric Drywall." Which is admittedly better than his first choice, "Russ Tyle-Floor;" or any of Crow's suggestions: "Adam Plexiglas," "Nick Pigiron," "Jim J Bullock..."
** The episode ''12 To the Moon'' featured an early version of the Ryder treatment, with an international lunar mission being headed by your standard symbol of '50s American superiority, a muscular blonde idiot. Being completely unremarkable in every other way, Mike and the 'bots saddle him with names like "Dirk Beefbroth," and "Plank Ironchest."
* After Phoebe marries Mike on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', she goes to legally change her last name to his... and instead changes her name to [[HilarityEnsues Princess Consuela Bananahammock]]. She doesn't see what the problem is until Mike threatens to change his name to Crap Bag ("It's easy to remember, just think of a bag of crap.").
* Mike of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' constantly refers to himself as "Mike the Cool Person"... and then it's revealed that he actually changed his legal name to Mike Thecoolperson.

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* As ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has original AwesomeMcCoolname Peregrine Thoroughgood and a portrayal of real-life AwesomeMcCoolname Jasper Maskelyne in the quotes page shows, same [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBlPEcSuEfQ sketch]].
* British drama ''Series/TheHour'': war correspondent ''Lix Storm''. (She lives up to it.)
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Ted Mosby, having met a guy who calls himself TheCaptain, decides to name himself Galactic President Superstar [=McAwesomeville=]. To his credit, TheCaptain likes
the cast of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a ball giving such names to name and uses it for Ted for the beefy protagonist of ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', Dave Ryder. The show's Wiki [[http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Nicknames_for_Dave_Ryder has a complete list]].
** Subverted when one
rest of the names is "Bob Johnson."
episode, not even missing a beat which helps make his affectations likeable.
** They also mocked an example of this concept mercilessly in the An earlier episode ''The Final Sacrifice''. What was the character's name? Zap Rowsdower, for a middle-aged pudgy Canadian man with a mullet.
** Also during ''Hercules Against the Moon Men'', Joel
has Marshall and the bots try to come up with macho names a 'la Alan Steel. Crow chooses "Drake Tungsten", whereas Servo settles for "Ric Drywall." Which is admittedly better than his first choice, "Russ Tyle-Floor;" or any of Crow's suggestions: "Adam Plexiglas," "Nick Pigiron," "Jim J Bullock..."
** The episode ''12 To the Moon'' featured an early version of the Ryder treatment, with an international lunar mission being headed by your standard symbol of '50s American superiority, a muscular blonde idiot. Being completely unremarkable in every other way, Mike and the 'bots saddle him with names like "Dirk Beefbroth," and "Plank Ironchest."
* After Phoebe marries Mike on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', she goes to legally change her
Lily discuss changing their last name to his... Awesome upon marriage. They also said plans to name their hypothetical children Totally and instead changes Freakin'.
** After conceiving their baby in Barney's bathroom during Irene, Marshall wants to name their son Hurricane Eriksen. Ted and Barney also rename Barney's niece while "bro-parenting" to Hurricane Mosby-Stinson
** The baby's name is [[spoiler:Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen]] and all the characters find it awesome.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': You probably couldn't pick a better name for a CowboyCop than Rick Hunter.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ICarly'', with the bodyguard in "iSam's Mom". He's a war veteran who only speaks in a growling monotone. He's more than willing to be incredibly violent towards the slightest threat, and he's got a significantly large hole in his leg ''[[NoodleIncident that's not a bullet wound.]] '' His name? Gunsmoke.
* Detective Robert T. Ironside from ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' and its remake ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}''.
* ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' has Vaughn du Clark, the inventor of the energy drink Max Rager (which also counts), which appears to be a catalyst to a ZombieApocalypse. Instead of being horrified, he [[CorruptCorporateExecutive devotes a new R&D wing to studying the phenomenon and finding a way to monetize it]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Déjà Vu", we learn that when Harm at age 16 traveled to Vietnam, through Thailand and Laos, to look for his father, he was aided by a former special ops soldier named Colonel Stryker.
* In Jimmy Kimmel Live's 2010 "Handsome Men's Club" sketch [[Film/TrainingDay Ethan Hawke]] demanded his name be legally changed to ''Handsome Hawke''.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Red Ranger is named Captain Marvelous. It's unclear if Captain is his first name, since everyone just calls him "Marvelous". Which [[CrazyAwesome he]] [[TheAce is]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'': Tendou Souji. Why is it badass? His name more or less means "He who walks the path of heaven, ruling all".
** Equally badass is his UnknownRival Kamishiro Tsurugi, which means "He who overthrows the gods with the slash of a sword".
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Ryoji Hase dubs himself Armored Rider Kurokage[[note]]literally, "Black Shadow"[[/note]]; fans made a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuHaoL81EQ8 short video spoofing this]], in which Hase calls himself "Masked Rider Super-Awesome The Best" instead.
* ''Series/TheListener'' has recurring criminal Magnus Elphrenson, described by Mr Bey as "Magnus. Just the name screams ''super criminal genius guy''".
* The second season of ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has Leonard Hatred.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'', TV show private detective and name of firearms and cartridge. Humorously, the Galician dub was unfamiliar with the acronym for Private Investigator, and mixed it up with the actual surname "Pi", calling him "Magnum π".
* Napoleon Solo of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', who, curiously, almost never uses a pseudonym. You'd think that after a while, THRUSH agents would stop being fooled by Napoleon Solo, Investment Banker. The ludicrousness of the name is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d from time to time: for example, when he has EasyAmnesia and someone tells him who he is, he refuses to believe it.
-->'''Napoleon:''' Nobody's been called Napoleon since the Battle of Waterloo.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Miranda Veracruz de la Jolla Cardenal, a newscaster who pronounces
her name to [[HilarityEnsues Princess Consuela Bananahammock]]. She doesn't see what the problem is until Mike threatens to change his name to Crap Bag ("It's easy to remember, just think of a bag of crap.").
* Mike of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' constantly refers to himself as "Mike the Cool Person"... and then it's revealed
with such heavily accented triumph that he actually changed his legal name to Mike Thecoolperson.it becomes a RunningGag.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' also gives us a few; Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, and [[spoiler: former CBI supervising agent]] Madeleine Hightower.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' and its Megazords.



** In fact, "Creator/MontyPython."
* Jeff Slade, the stupidly macho-named detective from the shortlived nice-idea-but-appallingly-executed ''Crime Traveller''. As if the character name wasn't bad enough he was also cursed with being played by an ex-soap actor with a charisma bypass - thus making the character even harder to take seriously.
* When Jeremy Clarkson was given the task of designing ''Series/TopGear'''s home-built electric car, he named it the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust. However, he also named the prototype: "Geoff."
** His co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May had separately decided as a matter of principle that an electric car should have a rugged name instead of something vaguely smart like "Intelligentsia."
** In another episode, Hammond refuses to believe the actual name of Lamborghini's new chief test driver, Max Venturi, who replaced their old chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Clarkson jokingly responds:
--->'''Jeremy Clarkson''': You don't need a driving license to be a Lamborghini test driver. Just turn up for the interview, go "Look, I'm awfully sorry, I'm drunk and I'm mad, but I'm called Velociraptor Clint-Thrust!"
* ''Series/SledgeHammer''. Also his father, Jack.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': There are a few cool names (like Emma Pillsbury, Sugar Motta, Bryan Ryan, Holly Holliday) and also ironic ones like a future Broadway star whose name is Harmony. There's also Chord Overstreet (yes, that's his real name!) who plays a main character. Ironically, the character he plays has one of the most generic names possible: Sam Evans.

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** In fact, "Creator/MontyPython."
"Creator/MontyPython".
* Jeff Slade, One ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode has Randy and Darnell discussing the stupidly macho-named detective from Witness Protection Program [[spoiler:after revealing that Darnell was IN the shortlived nice-idea-but-appallingly-executed ''Crime Traveller''. As if the character name wasn't bad enough he was also cursed with being played by an ex-soap actor with program]], and Randy expresses a charisma bypass - thus making the character even harder desire to take seriously.
* When Jeremy Clarkson was given the task of designing ''Series/TopGear'''s home-built electric car, he
be named it 'Crash Fistfight'.
* As
the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust. However, he also named quotes page shows, the prototype: "Geoff."
** His co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May
cast of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had separately decided as a matter of principle that an electric car should have a rugged name instead of something vaguely smart like "Intelligentsia."
** In another episode, Hammond refuses to believe the actual name of Lamborghini's new chief test driver, Max Venturi, who replaced their old chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Clarkson jokingly responds:
--->'''Jeremy Clarkson''': You don't need a driving license to be a Lamborghini test driver. Just turn up for the interview, go "Look, I'm awfully sorry, I'm drunk and I'm mad, but I'm called Velociraptor Clint-Thrust!"
* ''Series/SledgeHammer''. Also his father, Jack.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': There are a few cool
ball giving such names (like Emma Pillsbury, Sugar Motta, Bryan Ryan, Holly Holliday) and also ironic ones like a future Broadway star whose name is Harmony. There's also Chord Overstreet (yes, that's his real name!) who plays a main character. Ironically, to the character he plays beefy protagonist of ''Film/SpaceMutiny'', Dave Ryder. The show's Wiki [[http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Nicknames_for_Dave_Ryder has a complete list]].
** Subverted when
one of the most generic names possible: Sam Evans.is "Bob Johnson".
** They also mocked an example of this concept mercilessly in the episode ''The Final Sacrifice''. What was the character's name? Zap Rowsdower, for a middle-aged pudgy Canadian man with a mullet.
** Also during ''Hercules Against the Moon Men'', Joel and the bots try to come up with macho names a 'la Alan Steel. Crow chooses "Drake Tungsten", whereas Servo settles for "Ric Drywall". Which is admittedly better than his first choice, "Russ Tyle-Floor", or any of Crow's suggestions: "Adam Plexiglas", "Nick Pigiron", "Jim J Bullock"...
** The episode ''12 To the Moon'' featured an early version of the Ryder treatment, with an international lunar mission being headed by your standard symbol of '50s American superiority, a muscular blonde idiot. Being completely unremarkable in every other way, Mike and the 'bots saddle him with names like "Dirk Beefbroth", and "Plank Ironchest".
* From ''Series/{{Psych}}'': It is a RunningGag with Shawn introducing Gus with an AwesomeMcCoolName to other people.
-->'''Gus:''' My name is Gus, but you can call me... John Slade.



** There's also the droid that Kryten knew, who went computer senile and claimed his name was "Rameses Niblick the Third Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where's My Thribble"
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr.''
* From ''Series/{{Psych}}'': It is a RunningGag with Shawn introducing Gus with an AwesomeMcCoolName to other people.
-->'''Gus:''' My name is Gus, but you can call me... John Slade.
* [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Tendou Souji.]] Why is it badass? His name more or less means "He who walks the path of heaven, ruling all".
** Equally badass is his UnknownRival Kamishiro Tsurugi, which means "He who overthrows the gods with the slash of a sword".
* In the Disney series ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'', the snooty star of teen drama "Mackenzie Falls" is Chad Dylan Cooper. He is played by Sterling Knight, which sounds a bit snootier and lot more Badass.

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** There's also the droid that Kryten knew, who went computer senile and claimed his name was "Rameses Niblick the Third Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where's My Thribble"
Thribble".
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr.''
* From ''Series/{{Psych}}'': It is a RunningGag with Shawn introducing Gus with an AwesomeMcCoolName to other people.
-->'''Gus:''' My
''Series/RemingtonSteele'': The title character choose her own name is Gus, but you can call me... John Slade.
* [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Tendou Souji.]] Why is
because it badass? His name more or less means "He who walks the path of heaven, ruling all".
** Equally badass is his UnknownRival Kamishiro Tsurugi, which means "He who overthrows the gods with the slash of a sword".
* In the Disney series ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'', the snooty star of teen drama "Mackenzie Falls" is Chad Dylan Cooper. He is played by Sterling Knight, which sounds a bit snootier and lot more Badass.
sounded cool.



* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Red Ranger is named Captain Marvelous. It's unclear if Captain is his first name, since everyone just calls him "Marvelous". Which [[CrazyAwesome he]] [[TheAce is]].
* A ''Series/{{WKRP|in Cincinnati}}'' episode had Jennifer dating a (seemingly) perfect guy named Steel. He says "I think a man's name says a lot about him...What did you say your name was?" to Les...
* ''[[Series/TrueJacksonVP Ryan Laserbeam]]''. No, seriously.
* The titular character in ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' was actually named Jonathan Power. And he held the rank of Captain.
* The ''Clash of the Titans'' round of ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' sees contestants use their names as buzzers. Often they choose cooler names instead. Examples include "Demon Dawg", "Adam Barrington Spencer" and "We'd like some more honey prawns at this table, please!"
* One ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode has Randy and Darnell discussing the Witness Protection Program [[spoiler:after revealing that Darnell was IN the program]], and Randy expresses a desire to be named 'Crash Fistfight'.
* Napoleon Solo of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', who, curiously, almost never uses a pseudonym. You'd think that after a while, THRUSH agents would stop being fooled by Napoleon Solo, Investment Banker. The ludicrousness of the name is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d from time to time: for example, when he has EasyAmnesia and someone tells him who he is, he refuses to believe it.
-->'''Napoleon:''' Nobody's been called Napoleon since the Battle of Waterloo.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': the Shadows think their name is so cool because it is one thousand syllables long and cannot be pronounced by you puny mortals. Then, the Shadows get surprised and angry that we puny mortals keep on calling them "Shadows."
* [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Ted Mosby]], having met a guy who calls himself TheCaptain, decides to name himself Galactic President Superstar [=McAwesomeville=]. To his credit, TheCaptain likes the name and uses it for Ted for the rest of the episode, not even missing a beat which helps make his affectations likeable.
** An earlier episode has Marshall and Lily discuss changing their last name to Awesome upon marriage. They also said plans to name their hypothetical children Totally and Freakin'.
** After conceiving their baby in Barney's bathroom during Irene, Marshall wants to name their son Hurricane Eriksen. Ted and Barney also rename Barney's niece while "bro-parenting" to Hurricane Mosby-Stinson
** The baby's name is [[spoiler:Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen]] and all the characters find it awesome.
* The Doctor, from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** And played with in the Human Nature/Family of Blood arc. John Smith dreams of a man called the Doctor- Nurse Redfern says it's a personification of his desire to be a dashing hero. The twist being that the Doctor is his ''true'' self.
** The Eleventh Doctor once aliased as Captain Troy Handsome of [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} International Rescue]].
** most Time Lords have cool names such as Romanadvoratrelundar, or 'Romana' for short. She'd prefer Fred. The Meddling Monk and The Master also count for this trope.
** '''Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All''', the name that a baby gave himself. His parents call him "Alfie".
** [[TheBrigadier Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethridge-Stewart.]]
** Captain Jack Harkness, although "Captain Jack" on its own is cool enough! (Even if it isn't his ''[[NoNameGiven real]]'' name!)
** A villainous example is Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe! [[note]] Or Max for short. [[/note]]
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ICarly'', with the bodyguard in "iSam's Mom". He's a war veteran who only speaks in a growling monotone. He's more than willing to be incredibly violent towards the slightest threat, and he's got a significantly large hole in his leg ''[[NoodleIncident that's not a bullet wound.]] '' His name? Gunsmoke.
* From ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', we get the amazing psuedonyms Jefferson Steelflex and Alvin Yakitori.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' seems to enjoy this trope with Stringfellow and Saint John (pronounced Sinjin) Hawke. Also, Dominic Santini, as well as Robert Winchester and Dr. Norris.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' has Bosco Barracus.

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* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Red Ranger is named Captain Marvelous. It's unclear if Captain is his first name, since everyone just calls him "Marvelous". Which [[CrazyAwesome he]] [[TheAce is]].
* A ''Series/{{WKRP|in Cincinnati}}'' episode had Jennifer dating a (seemingly) perfect guy named Steel. He says "I think a man's name says a lot about him...What did you say your name was?" to Les...
* ''[[Series/TrueJacksonVP Ryan Laserbeam]]''. No, seriously.
* The titular character in ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' was actually named Jonathan Power. And he held the rank of Captain.
* The ''Clash of the Titans'' round of ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' sees contestants use their names as buzzers. Often they choose cooler names instead. Examples include "Demon Dawg", "Adam Barrington Spencer" and "We'd like some more honey prawns at this table, please!"
* One ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode has Randy and Darnell discussing the Witness Protection Program [[spoiler:after revealing that Darnell was IN the program]], and Randy expresses a desire to be named 'Crash Fistfight'.
* Napoleon Solo of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', who, curiously, almost never uses a pseudonym. You'd think that after a while, THRUSH agents would stop being fooled by Napoleon Solo, Investment Banker. The ludicrousness of the name is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d from time to time: for example, when he has EasyAmnesia and someone tells him who he is, he refuses to believe it.
-->'''Napoleon:''' Nobody's been called Napoleon since the Battle of Waterloo.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': the Shadows think their name is so cool because it is one thousand syllables long and cannot be pronounced by you puny mortals. Then, the Shadows
From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
-->'''Keith:''' How come I don't
get surprised and angry that we puny mortals keep on calling them "Shadows."
* [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Ted Mosby]], having met
a guy who calls himself TheCaptain, decides to name himself Galactic President Superstar [=McAwesomeville=]. To his credit, TheCaptain likes the name and uses it for Ted for the rest of the episode, not even missing a beat which helps make his affectations likeable.
** An earlier episode has Marshall and Lily discuss changing their
nickname?\\
'''J.D.:''' Not everyone's
last name lends itself to Awesome upon marriage. They also said plans to name their hypothetical children Totally and Freakin'.
** After conceiving their baby in Barney's bathroom during Irene, Marshall wants to name their son Hurricane Eriksen. Ted and Barney also rename Barney's niece while "bro-parenting" to Hurricane Mosby-Stinson
** The baby's
a nickname, Keith.\\
'''Keith:''' My last
name is [[spoiler:Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen]] '''Dudemeister!'''\\
'''J.D.:''' And what am I supposed to do with that, okay? I'm not a magician!
* One episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had the brothers chasing a computer hacker-turned-electronic bank robber who called himself "Anthrax Vermilion". Rick Simon off-handedly remarks that its a perfect "action hero name" as long as you don't think of the meaning (anthrax being a deadly disease, vermilion being a shade of the color red." And its subverted in the fact that it turns out that "Anthrax Vermilion" is a nine-year-old boy played by Creator/RobbieRist.
* ''Series/SledgeHammer''. Also his father, Jack.
* In addition to established DC Characters like Victor Stone
and all Zatanna Zatara, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had names like Desirée Atkins, Cassandra Carver, Tempest Grace, Jeremiah Holdsclaw, Sebastian Kane, Sean Kelvin, Curtis Knox, Tommy Lee, Richtor Maddox, and Kyla Willowbrook.
* In
the Disney series ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'', the snooty star of teen drama "Mackenzie Falls" is Chad Dylan Cooper. He is played by Sterling Knight, which sounds a bit snootier and lot more Badass.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', one of Earth's early allies was Supreme Commander Thor of the Asgard. Somewhat subverted since Thor is about three or four feet tall and frail. Still an awesome name and it still fits him since his fleet could crush just about anyone.
* Subverted to the point of parody in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' with the AlwaysChaoticEvil Wraith ([[NinjaPirateZombieRobot alien goth insect vampires]]) never giving their true names, therefore prompting the human
characters find it awesome.
to name them generic Earth names in retaliation. Hence Steve, Bob, Michael, Kenny, and, lest we forget, Todd. Most of which are, at some point or other, the series BigBad.
* The Doctor, from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': James Tiberius Kirk.
** And played with in the Human Nature/Family of Blood arc. John Smith dreams of a man called the Doctor- Nurse Redfern says it's a personification of his desire to be a dashing hero. The twist being that the Doctor is his ''true'' self.
nemesis, [[BewareTheSuperman Khan Noonien Singh]].
** The Eleventh Doctor once aliased as Captain Troy Handsome of [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} International Rescue]].
** most Time Lords have cool names such as Romanadvoratrelundar, or 'Romana' for short. She'd prefer Fred. The Meddling Monk and The Master also count for this trope.
** '''Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All''', the name that
In addition, a baby gave himself. His parents call him "Alfie".
** [[TheBrigadier Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethridge-Stewart.]]
** Captain Jack Harkness, although "Captain Jack" on its own is cool enough! (Even if it isn't his ''[[NoNameGiven real]]'' name!)
** A villainous example is Mighty Jagrafess
lot of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe! [[note]] Or Max for short. [[/note]]
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ICarly'', with
{{Cool Starship}}s featured throughout the bodyguard in "iSam's Mom". He's a war veteran who only speaks in a growling monotone. He's more than willing franchise have pretty badass names--''Excalibur'', ''Excelsior'', ''Defiant'', ''Valiant'', etc. Not to be incredibly violent towards mention the slightest threat, and he's got a significantly large hole in his leg ''[[NoodleIncident that's not a bullet wound.]] '' His name? Gunsmoke.
* From ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', we get
legendary status of the amazing psuedonyms Jefferson Steelflex and Alvin Yakitori.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' seems to enjoy this trope with Stringfellow and Saint John (pronounced Sinjin) Hawke. Also, Dominic Santini, as well as Robert Winchester and Dr. Norris.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' has Bosco Barracus.
''Enterprise'' herself.



* British drama ''Series/TheHour'': war correspondent ''Lix Storm''. (She lives up to it.)
* Magnetic Attitude on ''Series/{{Community}}''. A.K.A. Magnitude.

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* British drama ''Series/TheHour'': war correspondent ''Lix Storm''. (She lives up to it.)
* Magnetic Attitude
Badass corporate lawyer Harvey Specter on ''Series/{{Community}}''. A.K.A. Magnitude.''Series/{{Suits}}''. Also, his rival [[AlliterativeName Travis Tanner]].



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': James Tiberius Kirk.
** And his nemesis, [[BewareTheSuperman Khan Noonien Singh]].
** In addition, a lot of the {{Cool Starship}}s featured throughout the franchise have pretty badass names--''Excalibur'', ''Excelsior'', ''Defiant'', ''Valiant'', etc. Not to mention the legendary status of the ''Enterprise'' herself.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', one of Earth's early allies was Supreme Commander Thor of the Asgard. Somewhat subverted since Thor is about three or four feet tall and frail. Still an awesome name and it still fits him since his fleet could crush just about anyone.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', episode [[Recap/TheXFilesS03E17Pusher ''Pusher'']]: Pusher thinks that Agent Frank Burst has a really great name.
* ''Series/TheListener'' has recurring criminal Magnus Elphrenson, described by Mr Bey as "Magnus. Just the name screams ''super criminal genius guy''".
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has original AwesomeMcCoolname Peregrine Thoroughgood and a portrayal of real-life AwesomeMcCoolname Jasper Maskelyne in the same [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBlPEcSuEfQ sketch]].
* On ''Series/{{Cougartown}}'', Bobby assumes the name Ron Mexico, with everyone remarking on how cool the name is.
* In addition to established DC Characters like Victor Stone and Zatanna Zatara, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had names like Desirée Atkins, Cassandra Carver, Tempest Grace, Jeremiah Holdsclaw, Sebastian Kane, Sean Kelvin, Curtis Knox, Tommy Lee, Richtor Maddox, and Kyla Willowbrook.
* Badass corporate lawyer Harvey Specter on ''Series/{{Suits}}''. Also, his rival [[AlliterativeName Travis Tanner]].
* The second season of ''Series/LookAroundYou'' has Leonard Hatred.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Miranda Veracruz de la Jolla Cardenal, a newscaster who pronounces her name with such heavily accented triumph that it becomes a RunningGag.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' and its Megazords.
* Deliberately invoked in ''{{Andromeda}}'' with the [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzscheans]]. Their names tend to be references to historical or mythical tough guys with the last name usually referencing a historical location or people. For example, Tyr Anasazi is named after a Norse god and a Native American tribe. Gaheris Rhade is named after KingArthur's nephew and a German city, while his IdenticalGrandson Telemachus Rhade is named after the son of [[Literature/TheIliad Odysseus]]. A throw-away line in one episode mentions Trance wondering what a Nietzschean mother was thinking when she named her son [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Genghis]] [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin Stalin]].
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', Ryoji Hase dubs himself Armored Rider Kurokage[[note]]literally, "Black Shadow"[[/note]]; fans made a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuHaoL81EQ8 short video spoofing this]], in which Hase calls himself "Masked Rider Super-Awesome The Best" instead.
* Series/VeronicaMars.



* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Déjà Vu", we learn that when Harm at age 16 traveled to Vietnam, through Thailand and Laos, to look for his father, he was aided by a former special ops soldier named Colonel Stryker.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', as an AffectionateParody of the spy genre, is of course rife with these. Among others:
** Roan Montgomery; seduction specialist and one of the show's ''many'' spoofs on Bond.
** While Chuck Bartowski may not qualify, his CIA alter ego Charles Carmichael certainly does.
** Cole Barker
** Kieran Ryker, Sarah's ex-handler.
** Nicholas Quinn, the series's final BigBad.
* ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' has Vaughn du Clark, the inventor of the energy drink Max Rager (which also counts), which appears to be a catalyst to a ZombieApocalypse. Instead of being horrified, he [[CorruptCorporateExecutive devotes a new R&D wing to studying the phenomenon and finding a way to monetize it]].

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': When Jeremy Clarkson was given the task of designing ''Series/TopGear'''s home-built electric car, he named it the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust. However, he also named the prototype: "Geoff".
** His co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May had separately decided as a matter of principle that an electric car should have a rugged name instead of something vaguely smart like "Intelligentsia".
**
In "Déjà Vu", we another episode, Hammond refuses to believe the actual name of Lamborghini's new chief test driver, Max Venturi, who replaced their old chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Clarkson jokingly responds:
--->'''Jeremy Clarkson:''' You don't need a driving license to be a Lamborghini test driver. Just turn up for the interview, go "Look, I'm awfully sorry, I'm drunk and I'm mad, but I'm called Velociraptor Clint-Thrust!"
* Alluded to in ''Series/TrueBlood''. While Sookie Stackhouse has an unusual name herself, she is surprised to
learn that when Harm at age 16 traveled to Vietnam, through Thailand the first vampire she ever meets has the thoroughly mundane name of "Bill".
* ''Series/TrueJacksonVP'': ''Ryan Laserbeam''. No, seriously.
* Series/VeronicaMars.
* In the [[Creator/JossWhedon Whedonverse]], many characters go by interesting or unusual names, such as Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles (though cool in the USA, is normal in the UK), Oz, Fred ([[TomboyishName a girl]]), Gunn, Pike, Jayne ([[{{Earworm}} "the man they call..."]]), River, Inara, Book, Wash, Jubal Early, Merrick, Kennedy, Spike, Angel, Drusilla,
and Laos, to look for his father, he was aided by a former special ops soldier named Colonel Stryker.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', as an AffectionateParody
so forth. This is somewhat justified in that most of these are diminutive versions of rather normal first and last names.
** Also in that many of them are from
the spy genre, is far-future setting of course rife with these. Among others:
** Roan Montgomery; seduction specialist and one
''Firefly'' or names of the show's ''many'' spoofs on Bond.
** While Chuck Bartowski
immortal vampires so 'normal' may not qualify, his CIA alter ego Charles Carmichael certainly does.
apply. :)
** Cole Barker
** Kieran Ryker, Sarah's ex-handler.
** Nicholas Quinn,
In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', "Arcane". Also known as Clyde. Not to mention the series's final BigBad.
* ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' has Vaughn du Clark,
actives with their cool "callsigns" -- Echo, November, Alpha, Tango, Sierra, Whiskey and... er... Mike. We don't see much of Mike. These nicknames all come from the inventor of ICAO/NATO/ITU phonetic alphabet (used mainly by pilots and Western militaries). Each word corresponds with the energy drink Max Rager (which also counts), which appears to be a catalyst to a ZombieApocalypse. Instead letter it starts with. So think of being horrified, he [[CorruptCorporateExecutive devotes a new R&D wing to studying all the phenomenon cool names that were had by Dolls that were not seen or had not been created yet: Delta, India, Lima, Papa, Yankee and finding a way to monetize it]].Zulu. Not so [=McCool=] names: Charlie, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel (yeesh), Juliet, Oscar, Quebec, Romeo, Uniform (ouch) and X-ray (debatable depending on your level of nerdiness).



* One episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had the brothers chasing a computer hacker-turned-electronic bank robber who called himself "Anthrax Vermilion". Rick Simon off-handedly remarks that its a perfect "action hero name" as long as you don't think of the meaning (anthrax being a deadly disease, vermilion being a shade of the color red." And its subverted in the fact that it turns out that "Anthrax Vermilion" is a nine-year-old boy played by Creator/RobbieRist.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': You probably couldn't pick a better name for a CowboyCop than Rick Hunter.


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** A ''Series/{{WKRP|in Cincinnati}}'' episode had Jennifer dating a (seemingly) perfect guy named Steel. He says "I think a man's name says a lot about him...What did you say your name was?" to Les...
* [[WordOfGod According to Rob Tapert]], his original plan was to spell name [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena's]] name with a 'Z' (i.e 'Zena'), however [[ExecutiveMeddling the network didn't think it was cool enough]], opting instead to spell it with the "much cooler" X.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', episode [[Recap/TheXFilesS03E17Pusher ''Pusher'']]: Pusher thinks that Agent Frank Burst has a really great name.
* Mike of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' constantly refers to himself as "Mike the Cool Person"... and then it's revealed that he actually changed his legal name to Mike Thecoolperson.
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* Radio rock DJ "Doctor" Johnny Fever from ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' (real name Johnny Caravella, and played by Howard Hesseman).
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* One episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had the brothers chasing a computer hacker-turned-electronic bank robber who called himself "Anthrax Vermilion". Rick Simon off-handedly remarks that its a perfect "action hero name" as long as you don't think of the meaning (anthrax being a deadly disease, vermilion being a shade of the color red." And its subverted in the fact that it turns out that "Anthrax Vermilion" is a nine-year-old boy played by Creator/RobbieRist.

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* One episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had the brothers chasing a computer hacker-turned-electronic bank robber who called himself "Anthrax Vermilion". Rick Simon off-handedly remarks that its a perfect "action hero name" as long as you don't think of the meaning (anthrax being a deadly disease, vermilion being a shade of the color red." And its subverted in the fact that it turns out that "Anthrax Vermilion" is a nine-year-old boy played by Creator/RobbieRist.Creator/RobbieRist.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': You probably couldn't pick a better name for a CowboyCop than Rick Hunter.
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* In a world of fantasy of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', it's standard.

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* In a world of fantasy of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', it's standard. For every Ned, Robert, Jon, Sam, or Jaime there's a Daenerys, Tyrion, Theon, Salladhor, or Daario.
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* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Red Ranger is named Captain Marvelous. It's unclear if Captain is his first name, since everyone just calls him "Marvelous". [[BadAss Which]] [[CrazyAwesome he]] [[TheAce is]].

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* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Red Ranger is named Captain Marvelous. It's unclear if Captain is his first name, since everyone just calls him "Marvelous". [[BadAss Which]] Which [[CrazyAwesome he]] [[TheAce is]].
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** And his nemesis, [[BewareTheSuperman Khan Noonien Singh]].
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* Colin and Brad of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' were both fond of inventing these for their newscaster personas, most frequently innuendos. The most memorable, however, would be "Chesterfield Snapdragon [=McFisticuffs=]".

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* Colin and Brad of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' were both fond of inventing these for their newscaster personas, most frequently innuendos. The most memorable, however, would be "Chesterfield Snapdragon [=McFisticuffs=]".[=McFisticuffs=]".
* One episode of ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' had the brothers chasing a computer hacker-turned-electronic bank robber who called himself "Anthrax Vermilion". Rick Simon off-handedly remarks that its a perfect "action hero name" as long as you don't think of the meaning (anthrax being a deadly disease, vermilion being a shade of the color red." And its subverted in the fact that it turns out that "Anthrax Vermilion" is a nine-year-old boy played by Creator/RobbieRist.
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** In addition, a lot of the {{Cool Starship}}s featured throughout the franchise have pretty badass names--''Excalibur'', ''Excelsior'', ''Defiant'', ''Valiant'', etc. Not to mention the legendary status of the ''Enterprise'' herself.
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