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29th Jan '16 7:54:44 PM merotoker
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* Some [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]] given names are strange, more often for men than for women. Women: Kara, Lara, Faora. Men: Kal (as in Kal-El) and Dru (as in General Dru-Zod) resemble [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Cal]] and [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Drew]], but Jor (as in Jor-El)? ** 'El' and 'Zod' are family names. Thus Jor-El named his son Kal. Unmarried women [[{{Patronymic}} took their father's full name]] so Supergirl's Kryptonian name, in full, was Kara Zor-El. Superman's mother was Lara Lor-Van until she married Jor-El, but it's not clear if she then became Lara Jor-El or just Lara El. Faora, BTW, was Faora Hu-Ul while Zod was General Dru-Zod.
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* Some [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]] given names are strange, more often for men than for women. Women: Kara, Lara, Faora. Men: Kal (as in Kal-El) and Dru (as in General Dru-Zod) resemble [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Cal]] and [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Drew]], but Jor (as in Jor-El)? ** Jor-El)? 'El' and 'Zod' are family names. Thus Jor-El named his son Kal. Unmarried women [[{{Patronymic}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} took their father's full name]] so Supergirl's Kryptonian name, in full, was Kara Zor-El. Superman's mother was Lara Lor-Van until she married Jor-El, but it's not clear if she then became Lara Jor-El or just Lara El. Faora, BTW, was Faora Hu-Ul while Zod was General Dru-Zod.

* Happens a lot in Wicked fanfics too, especially among the character's children- Elphaba and Fiyero will have daughter, Amy, for instance. Often you'll have a "normal" name (eg. Lucy) spelt in a way that looks more like it fits with the source characters and world, but will be pronounced normally, which fits better (eg. Lucy as "Lucee").
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* Happens a lot in Wicked fanfics too, especially among the character's children- Elphaba and Fiyero will have daughter, Amy, for instance. Often you'll have a "normal" name (eg. (e.g. Lucy) spelt in a way that looks more like it fits with the source characters and world, but will be pronounced normally, which fits better (eg.(e.g. Lucy as "Lucee").

* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{crossover}} story, ''FanFic/SayItThrice'', the characters include (but are not limited to) [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny, Sam, Tucker]], [[OriginalCharacter Aunt Melinda]], [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia, Adam, Barbara, Juno]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Poindexter, Skulker]], Betelgeuse, and [[OriginalCharacter Sanduleak]]. ** [[spoiler:In the {{flashback}} portion, Betelgeuse lived in the same area as Peter, William, Agnes, Elinor, Remfrey, Galeren, Lord Gilbert, Hamund, Ysembert, and Sibylla. The [[TheHighMiddleAges time period]] helps make it more reasonable.]]
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{crossover}} story, ''FanFic/SayItThrice'', the characters include (but are not limited to) [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny, Sam, Tucker]], [[OriginalCharacter Aunt Melinda]], [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia, Adam, Barbara, Juno]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Poindexter, Skulker]], Betelgeuse, and [[OriginalCharacter Sanduleak]]. ** Sanduleak]]. [[spoiler:In the {{flashback}} portion, Betelgeuse lived in the same area as Peter, William, Agnes, Elinor, Remfrey, Galeren, Lord Gilbert, Hamund, Ysembert, and Sibylla. The [[TheHighMiddleAges time period]] helps make it more reasonable.]]

* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has this, to some extent. Our characters have names like Winston, Peter, Ray, Louis, and Dana... and Egon. "Egon" is an actual name (it's Teutonic and means "formidable"), but it still sounds out of place next to more common ones. ** The cast are an example, too. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd... and ''Sigourney'' Weaver.
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has this, to some extent. Our characters have names like Winston, Peter, Ray, Louis, and Dana... and Egon. "Egon" is an actual name (it's Teutonic and means "formidable"), but it still sounds out of place next to more common ones. ** ones. The cast are an example, too. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd... and ''Sigourney'' Weaver.

* Many kinds of mythology and old literature now seem like this to the modern reader because certain names have caught on and certain names have not. While Patroclus and Thrasymedes wouldn't have stood out at the time, they now seem odd in contrast to names like Helen, Hector and Cassandra. However at the time of writing all of these sorts of names were common in one form of another. ** Sometimes it is worsened by varying degrees of Anglicisation such as "Jonathan" would be transcribed more accurately as "Yonatan" if one were to translate directly from the bible.
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* Many kinds of mythology and old literature now seem like this to the modern reader because certain names have caught on and certain names have not. While Patroclus and Thrasymedes wouldn't have stood out at the time, they now seem odd in contrast to names like Helen, Hector and Cassandra. However at the time of writing all of these sorts of names were common in one form of another. \n** Sometimes it is worsened by varying degrees of Anglicisation such as "Jonathan" would be transcribed more accurately as "Yonatan" if one were to translate directly from the bible.

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy's brothers are named Spike, Marbles, Olaf…and Andy. ** There's also a minor character named "5".
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy's brothers are named Spike, Marbles, Olaf…and Andy. ** Andy. There's also a minor character named "5".

* Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood featured King Friday and Queen Sarah. ** Only played partially straight, as her full (presumably maiden) name was Sarah ''[[ThemeNaming Saturday]]''.
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* Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' featured King Friday and Queen Sarah. ** Sarah. Only played partially straight, as her full (presumably maiden) name was Sarah ''[[ThemeNaming Saturday]]''.

** The main characters (in order of the normality of their names) Tom, Elliot, Tabby, Mikira, Ulan...and Yumeria [[spoiler: though her real name is Elena.]]
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** The main characters (in order of the normality of their names) Tom, Elliot, Tabby, Mikira, Ulan...and Yumeria [[spoiler: though (though her real name is Elena.]]Elena)]].

* Actually [[ChekhovsGun used as a (subtle) plot point]] in ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'': Most of the human characters have standard English names like Paul, Sarah, or Patrick, but then there's [[spoiler: Archmagus Ken'tu Kel, head of the Circle of Magi. Gerald says that several things about him are suspicious, including his name which "sounds like something out of an ancient saga." Turns out that's because he spent a couple decades on Earth, where [[YearInsideHourOutside time flows at a different pace.]] ]]
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* Actually [[ChekhovsGun used as a (subtle) plot point]] in ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'': Most of the human characters have standard English names like Paul, Sarah, or Patrick, but then there's [[spoiler: Archmagus Ken'tu Kel, head of the Circle of Magi. Gerald says that several things about him are suspicious, including his name which "sounds like something out of an ancient saga." Turns out that's because he spent a couple decades on Earth, where [[YearInsideHourOutside time flows at a different pace.]] ]]pace]]]].

* PlayedForLaughs in ''NeedsMoreGay:'' Rantasmo reviews a gay porn parody of ''TheRing'' where none of the characters have names, so he makes some up for them. [[GenderBlenderName Note that all of them are men]].
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''NeedsMoreGay:'' ''WebVideo/NeedsMoreGay:'' Rantasmo reviews a gay porn parody of ''TheRing'' where none of the characters have names, so he makes some up for them. [[GenderBlenderName Note that all of them are men]].

* Parodied by the Irkens in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim:'' while most have odd names like "Zim" or "Skoodge," there's also an Irken named "Tim" and another named "Bob." (And then there are "Red" and "Purple"...) ** The humans have this too: names like Dib and Gaz are somewhat quirky, while the names of minor characters can range from the normal ("Gretchen," "Brian") to the utterly bizarre ("The Letter M" or even "Poonchy, Drinker of Hate," both of whom are just normal skoolchildren).
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* Parodied by the Irkens in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim:'' while most have odd names like "Zim" or "Skoodge," there's also an Irken named "Tim" and another named "Bob." (And then there are "Red" and "Purple"...) ** "Purple"…) The humans have this too: names like Dib and Gaz are somewhat quirky, while the names of minor characters can range from the normal ("Gretchen," "Brian") to the utterly bizarre ("The Letter M" or even "Poonchy, Drinker of Hate," both of whom are just normal skoolchildren).

* [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy The cul-de-sac kids]] consist of [[BrattyHalfPint Sarah]], [[CampStraight Jimmy]], [[JerkJock Kevin]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jonny]] and [[CompanionCube Plank]], [[HelloNurse Nazz]], and [[FunnyForeigner Rolf]]. Now, the names of Plank and Rolf make sense since Plank [[ADogNamedDog is a piece of wood]], and Rolf is from [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield an unknown location in Europe]] he refers to as TheOldCountry, but other than the possibility that Nazz is named after a band, her name is the strangest.
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* [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The cul-de-sac kids]] kids consist of [[BrattyHalfPint Sarah]], [[CampStraight Jimmy]], [[JerkJock Kevin]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jonny]] and [[CompanionCube Plank]], [[HelloNurse Nazz]], and [[FunnyForeigner Rolf]]. Now, the names of Plank and Rolf make sense since Plank [[ADogNamedDog is a piece of wood]], and Rolf is from [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield an unknown location in Europe]] he refers to as TheOldCountry, but other than the possibility that Nazz is named after a band, her name is the strangest.

* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are named [[ThemeNaming Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl]], and, as you probably guessed, Steven. ** The full human characters add an extra layer to this. Their names range from fairly common and mundane, such as Connie and Greg, to more obscure, like Lars and Kofi, to [[FoodThemeNaming food themed]], like Sour Cream and Onion. Their last names are just as varied, although they tend to lean more towards the Aerith side of this trope.
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* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are named [[ThemeNaming Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl]], and, as you probably guessed, Steven. ** Steven. The full human characters add an extra layer to this. Their names range from fairly common and mundane, such as Connie and Greg, to more obscure, like Lars and Kofi, to [[FoodThemeNaming food themed]], like Sour Cream and Onion. Their last names are just as varied, although they tend to lean more towards the Aerith side of this trope.

* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': In a village populated with folk such as Stoick, Gobber, Hiccup, Snotlout, and Astrid, an exotic foreign beauty who crashes on their shores is named [[SpecialPersonNormalName Heather]]. ** "Astrid" is a perfectly normal Scandinavian name. The rest of her age cohort consists of Hiccup, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, and Tuffnut.
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* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': In a village populated with folk such as Stoick, Gobber, Hiccup, Snotlout, and Astrid, an exotic foreign beauty who crashes on their shores is named [[SpecialPersonNormalName Heather]]. ** Heather]]. "Astrid" is a perfectly normal Scandinavian name. The rest of her age cohort consists of Hiccup, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, and Tuffnut.

* In ''WesternAimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', there are characters with names like Jack, Joey and... Oggy.
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* In ''WesternAimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', there are characters with names like Jack, Joey and... Oggy.

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24th Jan '16 8:20:39 AM gophergiggles
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** In Season 1 Many fans noticed that ponies from Ponyville and Canterlot had the rather exotic-sounding names while characters from elsewhere, such as Trixie and Gilda, had actual real life names, and suggested that the exotic name thing was a regional. It was soon {{Jossed}}.
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** In Season 1 Many fans noticed that ponies from Ponyville and Canterlot had the rather exotic-sounding names while characters from elsewhere, such as Trixie and Gilda, had actual real life names, and suggested that the exotic name thing was a regional. regional naming thing/. It was soon {{Jossed}}.{{Jossed}} for the most part, although griffons tend to have either Germanic or European names save for "Grandpa Gruff" (which could be a nickname).
20th Jan '16 7:45:23 PM YeOldeLuke
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* Very common in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers''. Characters with names like Neku or Dr. James Zanasiu interact with people like Dr. Josephine Smithson and Dr. Rudyard Shelton
19th Jan '16 12:23:29 PM gophergiggles
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** In their [[https://youtu.be/AdeLpndCux8?t=5m13s review]] of the [[SoBadItsHorrible appalling]] VideoGame/SonicTheHedgeHog2006, Arin tries to make a point after finally beating the [[ThatOneBoss infamous]] [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Silver]] [[ThatOneAttack battle]] and mentions a made up game called "Call Of Duty God of War: The Legend of Greg" which sends Jontron into an extended laughing fit.
10th Jan '16 7:29:43 AM RAMChYLD
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'': There's Julius, Clancy, Ping and... Sheree?
9th Jan '16 2:10:52 AM SeptimusHeap
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8th Jan '16 4:50:05 PM Anddrix
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[[index]] * AerithAndBob/AnimeAndManga * AerithAndBob/{{Literature}} * AerithAndBob/LiveActionTV * AerithAndBob/RealLife * AerithAndBob/VideoGames * AerithAndBob/WebComics [[/index]]

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]] * ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' ** The entire franchise is fond of this, mixing exotic and strange sounding names like Haman, Char, and Beltorchika with names like Johnny, Christina, Terry, Sarah and the mundane Japanese name Hayato, and the occasional [[GratuitousEnglish gratuitous]]-ly bad name like Crown or Slender. Almost every continuity features this, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' subverting it by having the esoteric names of most of the characters (e.g. Lockon Stratos) be codenames for much more mundanely named people (e.g. Neil Dylandy). ** Char Aznable comes from French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour. There is also Elpeo Puru in Gundam ZZ, whose name comes from a Japanese magazine called Lemon People, or L People. Paptimus Scirocco's name comes from the eponymous wind. ** The cake is, as the saying goes, taken by ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. Seriously, ''Mu La Flaga?'' And his father ''Al Da Flaga''? And we're suppose to be believe they're [[CanadaEh French-Canadian]]? Slightly more sensible is [[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Kazahana Aja]] and her mother, Loretta. Or Rau Le Creuset... although he shares his last name with a line of real world high-end French cookware whose parent company also built cannons during WWI. ** Natarle Badgiruel, end stop. With a name like that, her winding up in command of Dominion, the evil copy of the Archangel, came as no surprise whatsoever. (take out the "ue" and you have Bad Girl..) ** Patrick Zala may have found his name too plain, so he named his son Athrun. * ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has this in minor characters, not the five teams. During the Ryugu Shelter arc, with the shelter located around Kansai, we have regular, Japanese names like Takashi, Sadao, Tokidoki next to Maria and Mark, his dead brother Mike and the puppet Pete. * ''Anime/BlackButler'' utilizes this to emphasize certain characters. Exotic names such as Ciel Phantomhive and Grell Sutcliffe exist along common ones such as Charles Grey and William Spears. * ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', being a MedievalEuropeanFantasy, naturally runs across the spectrum, with names ranging from Zelgadis, Gourry, Xellos, Luna, Lina, Sylphiel, Milina and Naga, to Amelia, Luke, Phil, and Alfred.... * ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories''. The Mirage Knights is full of people with names like Nu. Suoad Graphight, Sir Bester (Close) Orbit & Maximum HOLTFORS Ballanche Kaien. Then there's a guy named Allen Bradford. * ''Manga/PilotCandidate'', but a variation. Most of the characters have weird-sound European-ish names (like the main character, [[MyHeroZero Zero]] and the resident [[TroubledButCute bad boy]] Hiead), with very few characters (such as Saki, Azuma, Yu and Kazuhi) who have actual Japanese names. Zero's falls under TranslationConvention, since his real name is Rei, and it's lampshaded, since Zero's colony is so far away from the main ones that they use Kanji rather than the universal language. * ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'': The females all have real names (Sis is likely a nickname, Soon is a Korean name, and Abelia is the name of a plant). The males, on the other hand, have crazy, made-up names, like Hamdo, Nabuca, and Tabool. Shuzo Matsutani does not count, since he [[spoiler: [[TimeTravel comes from our time period]].]] Nor does Lala Ru, as she's [[spoiler: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld not even human]].]] * ''Manga/HatenkouYuugi'': On the one hand, we have Alzeid, Rahzel, and Baroqueheat (among others). On the other, we have Vincent, Addy, and Taylor. (Note that all the "Bob"-type names belong to minor characters.) * ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' ** In Amestris, you can find people with fairly usual English-sounding names like Edward or Alex, more ''exotic'' ones like Izumi and Selim, and slightly weird ones like Solf and Maes. Then there's plain whacky stuff, like Bido and Paninya. Amestris is shown to have a number of different ethnicities living within it borders, and many of the 'stranger' names are at least German-esque. And you also have Fuhrer King Bradley; Fuhrer is his title, King is his first name (not a title) and Bradley is his last name (not first name). ** There's also Hohenheim's birthplace Xerxes, which seems to be an Ancient Greek FantasyCounterpartCulture (which is inexplicably named after/has a king who shares a name with a Persian monarch). Hohenheim knew a guy there named Collins; he also knew a guy named [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Zuul]]. Though these people were slaves, and thus it's plausible they, or their parents, originated from a different nation and where captured and enslaved by the Xerxians(?) ** The author herself says that for most of the characters, she simply picked up a big book on names, opens it up, and selects a random name. * ''Manga/OnePiece'' ** Many instances of ThoseTwoGuys in ''Manga/OnePiece'' tend toward a variation of this, often by pairing a Western name with a Japanese name. Johnny and Yosaku. Chess and Kuromarimo. The Admirals' real names are Sakazuki, Kuzan, and Borsalino. Really, it's to the point where the Blackbeard Pirates (except for [[spoiler: Shiryuu]]) and the Supernovas, both groups that are named after historical pirates and trend toward Western names, stand out by ''not'' using this trope. As far as linguistic origins for names, ''Manga/OnePiece'' certainly shines for its variety. ** The main crew itself varies from regular western-sounding names (Robin, Franky and Brook) to weird western-sounding names (Chopper) to regular eastern-sounding names (Nami) to weird eastern-sounding names (Sanji) to just made-up names (Luffy and Usopp). * The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' dubs have this in every incarnation, with the toy company getting its hands on the ''main'' characters and Americanizing ''just'' the ones whose original names they don't like, but leaving others alone and not getting a whack at later-appearing ones. This leaves [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Tommy, JP, and Zoe]] on a team with Takuya, Koji, and Kouichi, and leaves ''members of the same family'' with a mix of American and Japanese names, and first names that don't fit with their last names (which are generally kept by the dub.) You get the odd Davis Motomiya, Tommy Himi, or Cody Hida, or family where Henry and Suzie have a dad named Janyu. (Cody's dad: Hiroki.) Yukio Oikawa, a villain of season two, even has his name given in Japanese ''order,'' becoming Oikawa Yukio. * The Godhand of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is Femto, Void, Slan, Ubik and...'''[[OddNameOut Conrad]]'''. The Godhand names apart from Femto, are borrowed from various books. The last being from Roger Zelazny's "...And Call Me Conrad". * Given the scattershot nature of how the colony world in ''Anime/GunXSword'' was populated, one can't be too surprised at how the names work. Our heroes are Van, Wendy, Carul ([[InsistentTerminology "Carmen 99!"]], Ray, and Joshua. Our villains include Gadved, Carossa, and Fasalina. [[spoiler:And Michael]]. Also, Michael pronounces his name like Hebrew/Greek/Russian, "Mikhail" (in Japanese anyway), while his sister is named Wendy (which is British to the extent it's anything). * ''Manga/ShamanKing'''s X-Laws, introduced in order, are Marco, Denvat, Mirne, Larky, Bunstar, Porf and Kevin. There's also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1q2QYbQGRE Lilly Five]]: Lilly, Millie, Ellie, Sally and Sharona. * ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' is generally loaded to the brim with weird, {{Punny Name}}s. Then Akira Toriyama decided to finally disclose Mr. Satan's ''real'' name in an interview, which happens to be the epic, bombastic name of (drumroll please)...''Mark''. Turns out that somebody named their child while sober after all! ** Mark is itself a pun. In Japanese, the name is pronounced "Ma-a-ku", which if you switch it up becomes "akuma," the Japanese word for devil. ** Meanwhile you still have actual words (Gohan, Trunks, Cell, Satan, etc) as names along side anagrams (Videl, the aforementioned Maaku, etc), plus truncated words (Vegeta, Toma, etc), and randomly altered words (Kakarotto, Raditz, etc). ** Many of the names are food puns. The Ginyu Force? They're dairy products. The Saiyans are ''Vegeta''bles. ** Piccolo is a weird case. Back in the original ''Dragon Ball'', Demon King Piccolo and his children were named after instruments (Cymbal, Tambourine, etc). They're all dead by the time ''DBZ'' starts, and Piccolo himself is the son of Demon King Piccolo. Then we find out that he's from Namek... where everyone has names based on snails (Dende, Nail, etc). So amongst his own people, he's an example of this trope. * ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Names in this series come in one of four categories. The first is of names that you can believe American parents would name their child (Carol, Eve, Keith, Dallas, Nick, -- Claire might seem like a GenderBlenderName, but was actually a not-too-uncommon ''boy's'' name around the time Claire would have been born). The second group is of names that sound unusual because the characters themselves are first or [[ButNotTooForeign second generation]] immigrants (Firo, Szilard, Maiza, Czeslaw, Sylvie, Gretto, Chane etc.). The third group is of characters in which the author just picked [[AwesomeMcCoolName whatever sounded cool]] (Luck, Nice, Ladd, Tick, etc.). The fourth category belongs entirely to Jacuzzi Splot, whose name is so inexplicable and stupid that it [[SoBadItsGood turns around and becomes awesome]]. Well, "Jacuzzi" was a legit Italian name once upon a time. No explanation for "Splot," though. And although [[AccidentalInnuendo probably not intentional]], Ladd means young boy, and is a name derived from middle English word Ladde, meaning a foot soldier or a servant. Quite a suitable name for a hired gun. * In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', most of the female characters have rather common western names (Clare, Teresa, Jean, etc.) while the men have more bizarre names, including Raki and his older brother Zaki (though Raki is just a really bad Japanese pronunciation of the name "Lucky"). * ''Knight Princess'' brings us Yashi Aighe, Shalke Ninefeathers, Mandatha Yal, and...Prince Archie Cooder. * ''Anime/DGrayMan'' uses some fairly common names, such as Allen and Miranda. Then you get names like Lenalee, Daisya, Tyki, Jasdero, Devit, Skinn... the list goes on and on... * ''Anime/RaveMaster'' provides us with names like Julia, Elie, Lucia, Gale, and Ruby, as well as some Japanese names like Haru, Shiba, Gemma, and Shuda, and also it gives us Sieg Hart, Belnika, ''Deep Snow'', Blank, and Beryl. * ''Manga/FairyTail'' gives us Lucy, Gray, Sheryl, Richard, Simon, and Wendy also Japanese ones such as Natsu, Ren, Hibiki, Ikaruga and Fukorou. Also we get Erza, Bixlow, Elfman, Gildartz. Also, there is an actual guy named Bob. * ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Western names such as Liz, Patty, Justin, Blaire, Kim, Jaqueline, Angela... and some Japanese names like Tsubaki, Mifune, and Maka (an anagram for "kama", or "scythe"). Then you have some very random names like Black☆Star, Death the Kid (who in fairness, isn't human, and is the son of the Grim Reaper named Death), Harvar, Kirikou (looks Japanese, but isn't), Spirit... However, the manga mentions the characters being from different countries. Kirikou is ethnically African in appearance, Maka and Tsubaki have been mentioned to be Japanese, and Liz and Patty Thompson are American. Plus, the author just adores theme naming. Finally given an explanation in ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'': many students (including the eponymous character) are OnlyKnownByTheirNickname. * ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' ** The movie ''Anime/PokemonArceusAndTheJewelOfLife'' gives us the two ruin guardians "Sheena" and "Kevin". Way to go. ** In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', all of the Pokedex Holders are named [[MerchandiseDriven after the core series of games]]. So we get names such as Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black, White, [[OneLetterName X, and Y]] for main characters. Among these, only Red, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire and Pearl would be real-world names. [[GenderBlenderName And Ruby and Pearl are guys.]] The current two exceptions for this are the Dex Holders based off the main characters in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', who are named Lack-Two (Rakutsu in Japanese, a corruption of how they would say Black 2) and Whi-Two (Faitsu in Japanese, a corruption of how they would say White 2). Although their names sound ridiculous even when considering the series' naming tradition, it's heavily implied that those [[CodeName aren't their real names]]. ** Other manga suffer from this too. For example ''Manga/PokemonGoldenBoys'' has [[TomboyishName "Chris"]], which seems to the short for "Crystal". Her peers however are "Gold" and "Black". * In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ganju's gang's boars are named Bonny, Connie, Tony, Annie, Sunny, Honey, Manny, Nanny ... [[OddNameOut and Kanbei.]] Ichigo [[LampshadeHanging points it out]] but no one else seems to notice. (Episode 94) ** While the Arrancar all had faux-Spanish sounding names, there seems to be no particular pattern to the names of the Vandenreich. Some of them have names that sound like they could be real and others...don't, to say the least. One of them is named ''[=BG9=]'' for god's sake. * ''Manga/{{Fake}}'' features New Yorkers with names like Randy and Carol alongside ''Bikky'', which sounds like some sort of coated biscuit. It's presumably "Vicky" filtered through Japanese, but the character is male... Other characters include Jemmy, Dee, and Berkeley, whose names are less immediately bizarre but still not what you'd expect from your average American man. * ''Manga/DeathNote''. ** In the Yagami family alone, you have Soichiro, Sayu, Sachiko... and Light. Even a [[AlternateCharacterReading more traditional pronunciation of his name]] (Hikari) doesn't fit with the theme of the rest of the family. *** It's read Raito. Light Yagami = Yagami Raito. ** The Wammy Boys - L Lawliet, Mihael Keehl, Mail Jeevas... and Nate River. ** The prequel novel ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'' has characters with names like Naomi and Raye, and then adds in some truly bizarre names like Backyard Bottomslash and Bluesharp Babysplit. * While not as extreme as other examples on this pages, MANY (if not '''all''') names in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' can be separated in two categories. One category consists of names that are fine by themselves, but use rather unusual and/or obscure Kanji characters that are rarely or never used for naming in RealLife. These Kanjis are often used just because of its reading, similar to a Japanese name written in Hiragana/Katakana which in itself bares no meaning. The other category consists of names ''nobody'' would have in RealLife because they would be way too obscure. Both types apply almost exclusively to the Japanese names due to AlternateCharacterReading. * In ''Anime/SoltyRei'', the names of the R.U.C. are Integra, Accela, Celica... and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Silvia Sylvia]]. * ''Anime/KinnikumanNisei'' has Seiuchin, and then his mother and sister are named Suzy and Dorothy, respectively. Suddenly [[DubNameChange Wally Tusket]] doesn't seem so out of place. * Then we have ''Anime/CodeGeass''. In this anime, characters with names like Jeremiah and Shirley play alongside characters with names like Lelouch and Villetta. Counts doubly so for Schneizel, which is not only not a name but manages to sound like a German foodstuff. If the name sounds really weird, there's a strong chance the character is a child of Emperor Charles (Said children include Lelouch and Schneziel, alongside Carline, Guinevere, Euphemia and Odysseus to name but a few). * ''Literature/HalfPrince'' due to taking place mostly in an online game, in full of this. Some characters have believable names (Prince or Wen), some have words (Wicked or Ugly Wolf), some have the sort of names you'd expect online (Lolidragon or Ice Phoenix). That is because the original light novel used Chinese names so they only sound like their meaning when translated. The names sound ordinary like Mary or Bob to chinese people but their meaning can be as cool as Wind Dragon or Emerald Heart...Also Lolidragon was supposed to be Xiao-Long-Nu which means: Little-Dragon-Girl(After the heroin from the Louis Cha Novel which influence this story in many ways). The translators thought Lolidragon make more sense for fans so they stuck with that. * The English dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' gets this, due to only about half the characters getting dub names. Thus you get Japanese names (Yugi Mouto, Seto Kaiba, Ryou Bakura), normal sounding English names (Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor), and names which aren't normal anywhere (Tea Gardner, Duke Devlin) all growing up in the same town and going to school together. ** Also, most but not all of the Japanese names were unusual in the first place. "Yugi" is a weird first name (which means "game"), "Bakura" is a weird last name, but "Anzu Mazaki" and "Hiroto Honda" are perfectly normal names. * Lezirth Dawnbringer and Luise Maynard in the Korean light novel series Dawnbringer are both replicants from the same "pack". At the same time Lezirth's Uber-mech is also called Dawnbringer which is quite normal compared to Luise's Tetragrammaton. * ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a bit hit and miss with the human names of nations. Some names like Arthur Kirkland and Francis Bonnefoy don't raise any eyebrows because the names aren't all that out of place for the country they represent, while others like Lovino and Elizabeta aren't even real names in the first place. Other names like Toris are real names, but aren't common in the character's country or region. Or, as in Toris' unfortunate case, are more often used for animals than for people. This might be a case of the author simply using the wrong diminutive of a name or picking names at random from some big book. * ''Manga/ZatchBell'' gives Mamodo names such as Elzador, Brago, Victoreem, Zaruchim, Demolt... And Danny, Vincent, Keith and Ted. Even some of the humans have weird names whereas others are normal. Abiira Sabiira, Riin Vise, Chita, Aleshie, Grubb... And Elly, Nicole, Megumi, Gustav and Alvin. Granted, as the humans are from all over the world, they obviously do not have names from the same cultures, but the Mamodo are not so lucky. * ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' has Akko Kagari (Japanese name), Diana Cavendish (English name), Lotte Yanson and Sucy Manbanvaran (fantasy-styled Western names), and Luna Nova (huh?). * The Martian characters names in ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' really stand out compared to Earth humans. Asseylum, Cruhteo, Saazbaum, [[OddNameOut Vlad]]... * Justified in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The majority of names are ethnically Germanic, such as Eren and Armin, except for Mikasa, [[spoiler:who is possibly the last Japanese person on Earth.]] [[/folder]]

** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' continues the proud tradition of mixing real-sounding names with SpaceOpera ones. We've got Rey, Kylo Ren (whose real name is actually "[[spoiler:Ben Solo]]"), Poe Dameron, and ''Finn''. There's also Jessika, though the spelling is different from the real world name "Jessica."
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** ** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' continues the proud tradition of mixing real-sounding names with SpaceOpera ones. We've got Rey, Kylo Ren (whose real name is actually "[[spoiler:Ben Solo]]"), Poe Dameron, and ''Finn''. There's also Jessika, though the spelling is different from the real world name "Jessica."

[[folder:Literature]] * ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheRune'' has this in spades. we have Boris, Mila, Joshua, Chloe, Lucian, Issac--[[spoiler:though pronounced It-Chak]]--and [[spoiler:Tichiel,Nayatrei,Lanziee,Isolet,Benya,Maximin, Ispin and Anais]]. * In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', we go all the way from Sam to Drake to Astrid to Caine to Zil to Orsay. ** Lampshaded with Nerezza: --> '''Turk''' Weird name --> '''Nerezza''' Yes, it is. * In ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', Carter's two half-Red Martian children are named Carthoris and… ''Tara?'' However, this is {{justified|Trope}} since Carter wasn't present when Carthoris was hatched. * Justified in Literature/KalpaImperial, as the Vastest Empire that Never Was has thousands of years of existance, each with several cultures, timelines and laguages. The names variate with the years a great deal, and several stories have similar names than modern ones like Bib, but others are like Meabramiddir'Ven. * In Jasper Fforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext series'', characters have names that are somewhat unusual - Thursday Next herself, her brothers Joffy and Anton, and her children Friday and Tuesday, Archeron Hades, Victor Analogy, Yorrick Kane, etc - or complete puns - Paige Turner, Braxton Hicks, Lamber Thwalts, Landen Park-Laine, etc. The only exceptions are Thursday's other daughter Jenny, and a character in the second book called John Smith. Upon meeting the latter, Thursday comments, "Unusual name." -->'''Thursday:'''I was born on a Thursday, hence the name. My brother was born on a Monday and they called him Anton - go figure. * ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' has a grand mix of different naming conventions. There are Polish names (Dora, Gajusz, Roman, Anita), foreign-language names (Varg, Joshua, Katia, Olaf), biblical (Baal, Lucifer, Jezebel, Raizel) and some that seem to be completely made up, such as Faoiliarna, Nisim or Laoisie, all mixed together, and nobody seems to notice. * Almost every character mentioned in T.S. Hana's ''The Alchemist'' series. This includes the main cast of Convent Craven including Axel, Joshil, Ororo, Rega, and Hiroto. However this may be normal due to the residents of the world of Alon being categorized as Inhumans, and almost no one is completely normal. ** Joshil's wife...Fern. ** [[spoiler: Megiram's real name being...Emma.]] ** Most notably Hiroto and his immediate family including father Lionel, mother Vorkuta (Who is written to have a French accent despite sharing the name of a Russian city), older sister Vidine and younger sisters Hope, Hera, and Noelle. What's even worse about Hiroto's out of place name is he [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents is implied to speak with a British accent.]] * ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}'' is roughly three-fourths Bob, one-fourth Aerith. Howard and William [[MeaningfulName Dominus]], Sarah [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mortis]], [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Quadrus]] and Stanley Dominus, Paul Smith, Jeremy Jorgensen, Judas Rockefeller, Hadji Rajadhiraja... * The ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' series. It's about bats, but the two main characters are Shade and Marina. The villain is named Goth. The child of the first two is named Griffin. ''Darkwing'' is even more JustForFun/{{egregious}}, naming characters of the same close family Sylph, Dusk, Jib, and ''Aeolus'' in prehistoric times. * ''Literature/KingOfTheWaterRoads'' has mostly Mesopotamian or Egyptian-ish names, but the main character is named "Garth," due to his foreign grandfather. * ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' has characters named Garrow, Eragon, Roran, Helen, Sloan, and Selena all from the same out-of-the-way village. Eragon's name is at least noted as odd (he's named after an elf). ** This occurs with place names as well-as noted by a reviewer of ''Brisingr'' in ''The Sydney Morning Herald'' (an Australian newspaper), it was strange to see fantastical names such as Uru'Baen alongside more commonplace names such as Lithgow. WordOfGod states that this is because of many cultures having inhabited the land and left behind place names. *** Yazuac, Carvahall, Du Weldenvarden and... ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Shark]][[NarmCharm tooth?!]]'' ** [[http://eragon-sporkings.wikispaces.com The Eragon Sporkings]] point out in the dissection of ''Eragon'' that most, if not all, of the important people have exotic names. Thus, it would follow that the characters themselves are [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy aware of this]], which explains why two protagonists who need to sneak into a city choose ordinary names (by Earth standards) and that their obvious unimportance is why the guards wave them on through when they give their names. * ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' features a lot of them (the last two kings as of the start of the series are in fact named Aerys and Robert). You get some real modern names (Robert, Jon, Arya, Catelyn, Brandon), some [[MyNaymeIs unusual spellyngs]] of real names (Margaery, Jaime, Eddard), some medieval European names (Cersei, Tywin, Ygritte) ...and then several straight-up fantasy names, (Daenerys, Viserys, Qhorin), which often appear to be assembled from other European languages. Eventually, though, it becomes clear that most of the weirder names just come from cultures outside mainstream Westeros. (If the name contains the letters "ae" or "rys", the bearer is probably Valyrian; if it's short, harsh and vaguely Norse they're from the far north or a Wildling and ''not'' a member of House Stark; if it ends with "io" it's from the Free Cities; names with an X in them are usually Summer Islander. etc.) ** This is a good example because while they are, for the most part, perfectly good (or somewhat unusual, but acceptable) medieval names, they come from all over medieval Europe, which leads to the Lannister family having, among other gems, two parents with medieval English names who have a daughter named Cersei (an late-medieval Italian bastardisation of a Greek name) and two sons named Jaime (an early medieval bastardisation of a Latin bastardisation of a Hebrew name) and Tyrion (a two-language composite name that sounds like Tyron, an acceptable medieval English name). The Seven Kingdoms were formed into a single country three hundred years ago, which might explain why names from different regions have been exchanged. *** Westeros, while culturally based mostly on England, is a region about the size of South America, and has experienced several waves of colonization, which goes along way toward explaining the diversity. * ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' does this a lot. Contrast the famous warrior "Martin" with his best friend "Gonff". Most characters in the early books were Bobs, and as the setting evolved from more or less real world to completely different world, the names drifted further from Bob and closer to Aeris. In fact, most of the Bobs occurred in ''Redwall'', and the few that are left are mainly holdovers. ** "Goniff" is the Yiddish word for "thief." [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Gonff Mousethief"]] could be a nickname. * In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Great War'' cycle of AlternateHistory novels, a lot of the black characters from the CSA have hifalutin' classical names like Xerxes, Bathsheba, and Cincinattus, apparently as a form of rebellion against the mundanity of life as a third class citizen. ** This was a naming pattern for slaves in the RealLife Old South: Classical history and occasionally the Bible provided names that were not used by their white masters. Not an alternate element at all. ** It was also necessary, since slaves weren't allowed to have surnames and needed unique names to distinguish one another. * The ''Bridge of D'Arnath'' series by Carol Berg has four cultures. One, the mundanes, include such names as Connor, Paulo, and Martin, alongside Seriana and Evard. The other groups get more outlandish as they separate more from the mundanes. * In Peter F. Hamilton's ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' Trilogy, human civilization falls into two main cultures. The Adamists have names that are relatively normal for whatever ethnic group the individual hails from. They have names like Joshua, Ralph, Quinn, and Kelvin (it's Polish). The Edenists, on the other hand, pull names from the deepest, most obscure depths of mythology (or just make shit up). They have names like Syrinx, Sinon, and Eysk. The two groups' respective starships follow a similar trend (''Lady Macbeth'' versus ''Oenone''). * ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' to an extent. Names like Rincewind and Eskarina, which fitted perfectly when the series was a {{parody}} of fantasy tropes, have become TheArtifact in a series which is far happier with characters called Sam Vimes or Tiffany Aching. Which in ''itself'' may be a parody. ** There are also some weird naming traditions in the Ramtops, giving you names like Yodel Lightly, King My-God-He's-Heavy the First, and Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre. *** The weird naming traditions aren't limited to Lancre, either; any number of plain old Ankh-Morpork citizens have names like Findthee Swing or Legitimate First. (Can't blame a mother for being proud.) ** Traditional Omnian names like Smite-the-Unbeliever-With-Cunning-Arguments and Visit-the-Infidel-with-Explanatory-Pamphlets ** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', the five ruling families of the Agatean empire are the Hongs, the Sungs, the Tangs, the Fangs, and the [=McSweenys=]. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d twice. ** Even the nonhumans' naming conventions took a while to get established, with incongruities like dwarfs named Bjorn and Fruntkin, or a troll in ''Moving Pictures'' choosing "Rock" as a film pseudonym, despite this being a racist term for his species. ** One-Man-Bucket and his unfortunate elder brother. ** Then there's poor Moist, whose name isn't even normal for Discworld, going by the fact that he's heard a lot of jokes about it. * In Tolkien's works, specifically ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the translation convention is that various 'real' Middle-earth languages are translated to various real-world ones. E.g.: The Westron language (the 'common speech') is translated to English (including names), Rohirric becomes Old English, while the Dwarves get Nordic names. Appendices and supplementary works mention some of the 'real' names that were translated - for example, Frodo Baggins' and Sam Gamgee's 'untranslated Westron' names are ''Maura Labingi'' and ''Banazir Galpsi''. According to Tolkien, he '''invoked''' the trope to make names from Elvish and other origins feel different from Westron names, to portray the same feeling the hobbits would get when stepping out of the Shire. ** In a straighter example of this trope, the trolls in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' are named Tom, Bert, and William. While this can be explained by the story's more whimsical nature, Tolkien also used the names Tom and Bill for other characters in ''The Lord of the Rings''. * ''Literature/SpectralShadows'' has this literally with the main characters: There's Rael, Jon, and Christine. It also extends to other characters, such as Pamela, Miyan, Kara, Alditha, Salocin, Ra, etc. * In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, confusingly, characters with mundane Anglo-Saxon names interact with ones with wholly fantasy names. It doesn't seem to follow any particular geographic boundary either, as Anglo-Saxon names crop up in the more fantastic parts of the world as well as in the "mundane" Westlands. In Westland, we have George, Richard, and Michael Cypher, as well as Nadine, Adie[[note]]who's actually from the Midlands[[/note]], and Dell Brandstone. From the Midlands, we have Rachel, Violet, Milena, Samuel, Harold, Wyborn, Kahlan Amnell, and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander. From D'Hara, we have Cara, Gregory, Jennsen, Darken, Panis, Denna, Berdine, Nathan, and Demmin. From the Old World, there's Nicci, Warren, Ann, Jagang, Karg, Six[[note]]deliberate ThemeNaming on the part of her mother; "Six" is a bad omen for witchwomen, and said mother knew that Six would be a bad girl[[/note]], and Kadar Kardeef. In it's defense, at least the Midlands and the Old World are said to be very culturally diverse. * Creator/DianaWynneJones's last novel [[Literature/TheIslandsOfChaldea The Islands of Chaldea]] [[ZigZaggingTrope ziggzaggs]] this trope, using European names that aren't commonly used. * Chris Wooding's ''Literature/WeaversOfSaramyr'' has the population of the same country containing people with Japanese-sounding (Kaiku), fantasy style, or European (Lucia) names. {{Justified|Trope}}: The people of Saramyr descend from foreign settlers: some names are from their original cultures, some names are from the original inhabitants (yeah, most of them where slaughtered, but part of their culture was assimilated), and some are the results of a millennium worth of linguistic and cultural evolution. * ''Literature/HarryPotter'' really falls under the cosmopolitan exception to the trope. Given that wizarding society is a mix a pure bloods, half bloods, and muggle borns naming conventions are understandably varied. ** Albus Percival Wulfric ''Brian'' Dumbledore. ** William, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ronald, and Ginevra (Ginny). The Author's habit of ThemeNaming characters within families often leads to this (such as the Blacks being named after celestial bodies). ** Crops up again within Harry's family: you have Harry and Ginevra (Ginny) and then their kids, Lily Luna, James Sirius, and... Albus Severus. ** The wizards in ''Harry Potter'' mix with (or avoid) the {{Muggle|s}} world to varying degrees (and didn't officially go undercover until the late 17th century), so it's not entirely surprising to see Bellatrix, Minerva, and Draco alongside Harry, Dean, and Vincent. ** Nymphadora Tonks, the daughter of Andromeda (Black) Tonks and Ted Tonks. Her middle name, apparently, is Vulpecula. She's a lampshade hanging; she only goes by her surname, and when asked why says that you would too if your fool of a mother named you Nymphadora. ** The Marauders - James, Peter, Remus and Sirius. ** The general trend seems to be that the more elitist a wizarding family, the more archaic their names tend to be. The very racist Malfoy family have older, odder names, while the more open Weasley family have relatively ordinary ones. This isn't always consistent (Andromeda Black, despite marrying Muggleborn Ted Tonks, named her daughter Nymphadora, and Pansy Parkinson is as racist as classmate Draco Malfoy), however. ** Tom Riddle. A perfectly normal name. Short, pronounceable, common. His middle name is Marvolo. This is explained, though. Tom Riddle is named for his Father, who is a Muggle and therefore has a pretty ordinary name. His middle name, Marvolo, is for his Grandfather who was a Wizard, hence the more unusual name. * In the Literature/{{Uncle}} series by J. P. Martin, one of the four "Respectable horses" is named Mayhave Crunch. One can speculate that the other three are named Shallhave, Willhave, Canhave or something like that. In the next book it is revealed they are named [[spoiler: Ann, Anna, And Annette.]] * Robert Newcomb's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone'' centres on Tristan and his twin sister Shailiha. There is also a man named Faegan with a daughter named Emily. Now, if that were the least of the series' problems... * A non-fantasy example: the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series. On the one hand, there are girls with pretty conventional names, such as Gillian Culver, Beth Chester, Margaret Twiss, Mary Woodley and Amy Stevens. On the other, there's the likes of Verity-Ann Carey, Yseult Pertwee, Loveday Perowne, Viola Lucy, Josette Russell, Zephyr Burthill, Evadne Lannis, and many other girls with equally weird names. * In ''Literature/TheFiresOfAffliction'', male characters have names like Khan, Talican, Cylas, Cedric, Arikk, and Shalastan. Female characters include Melissa, Sarah, Elayne, and Lori ([[spoiler:the latter of which is technically short for [[KingIncognito Alorica]]]]). * ''The Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' have many exotically named characters, but two of the legendary heroes of old were Kevin and Trevor. * Literature/TheWheelOfTime does this a lot. The men tend to have more normal names, while the womens' are feats of imagination and pronunciation. You have Rand, Mat and Perrin, Verin, Elaine, Min and then you have names like Egwene, Egeanin, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Mazrim Taim, and Cadsuane Melhaidrin. There are also some names that sound like they're from our world, but aren't, such as Liandrin, Galina, Amys, Anaiya and Myrelle. ** Galina is actually a real name of Greek origin that is pretty common in Russia and Bulgaria, but the point stands. ** Several of the above names are actually alternate forms of names from the Arthurian myths. Nynaeve is an alternate name for Nimue, the lady of the lake. ** Some are even further connected to Arthurian legend, with Egwene al-Vere being probably a combination of Igraine and Guinevere, Gawyn being Gawain and Artur Hawkwing clearly Arthur. ** Also Min is a bad example, Min's full name is Elmindreda. * The ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series is all over the place. Many of the main and supporting characters have various real, mostly European names, like [[Literature/{{Dune}} Paul, Jessica,]] Duncan, Vladimir, Piter, [[Literature/HereticsOfDune Miles]], or even [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune ''Marty'']]. Leto, though unusual, is a real name too. Some characters have given names more similar to current day surnames - i.e. Gurney, Wellington. Then come the characters with the really exotic names : Irulan, Shaddam, [[Literature/ChildrenOfDune Wensicia]], Chalice, Tiekyanik, [[Literature/DuneMessiah Scytale]], Pardot, [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Moneo, Hwi Noree,]] Waff, Darwi, etc. ** The Fremen in the first book mostly have Middle-Eastern sounding names, but there are several exceptions, including a guy with the very English name Geoff. Also, some Fremen names were apparently originally meant to be symbolic, but phonetics drift over the centuries rendered them into completely new forms : A good example is Stilgar himself, who's name was originally something like "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Steel Guard]]". This also extends to the Fremen name for themselves as a people : They originally boasted to be "the Free Men". *** "The Free Men" is actually a mistranslation of the term Berber ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berber_people#Name]]) in keeping with the vaguely Middle Eastern and North African theme. ** Some of the female names are actually star-related : Irulan is named after a traditional name for a certain star and there's also a star with the traditional Arabic female name of Alia. * In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', the humans have both typical English names -- Henry, Howard, York, Susanna, Judith -- and more fantastic names like Solovet, Nerissa, Vikus and Mareth. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Gregor is introduced to – Henry, he almost laughs that "among all these strange names, there's a Henry". * Brought up in ''Christendom'' - before the collapse of America, British emigrants gave their children Biblical names in the hope of getting a visa more easily. A desire to avoid a glut of Michaels and Benjamins led to kids named Malachi (such as the protagonist) and Hosea running around. * Creator/TamoraPierce does this in her ''Literature/{{Tortal|lUniverse}}'' books, partly as a result of more detailed WorldBuilding adding more "foreign" names, partly flexing her Fantasy-Sounding Name muscles. A generation with names like Alanna, George, Jonathan, Gary, Alex, etc., grows up and calls its kids Keladry, Nealan, Joren, Lalasa... and among the older generation suddenly appear Wyldon, Turomot, Imrah, Fanche... some of whom have Bob nicknames (Kel, Neal, etc). A lot of these [[AluminumChristmasTrees are real medieval names]] (or variants) that have fallen out of use. * All the characters in the Dragonlord Trilogy of ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Mystara]]'' novels by Thorarinn Gunnarsson have fantasy names, except for [[spoiler: [[VoluntaryShapeshifting disguised]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent drake]]]] Sir George Kirbey. * Creator/ShannonHale's ''Literature/BooksOfBayern'' do this a lot. Take [[OverlyLongName Anidori-Kiladra Taliana Isilee]] and her best friend, Enna. The names of characters in Hale's novels are always ''slightly'' off, presumably so as to emulate and not copy the cultures she's inspired by (Dashti, Tegus and Saren in Mongolia-inspired ''Book of a Thousand Days''; said names of German-inspired Bayern; Miri, Britta and Gerti in Scandinavia-inspired ''Princess Academy'', etc.) * Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books have these. On the one hand you have names like Morrolan, Loiosh, and Khaavren, while on the other are characters named Vlad, Mario, and Kelly. Most of the more common-sounding names belong to Easterners (i.e. humans), but Mario (a Dragaeran, and the best assassin in the world) is a major exception. ** It is, however, specifically pointed out that Mario has an Eastern name. ** Also Loiosh is very close in pronunciation to Lajos which is the Hungarian version of Louis. And as we know Steven Brust is of Hungarian descent. * The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', even more so than ''Franchise/StarWars'' itself, is noted for these. In particular books by Creator/TimothyZahn tend to have more 'normal' sounding names for human characters than those by other writers. (In one case, ExecutiveMeddling made him change the names of Han and Leia's children from Jason and Jane to Jacen and Jaina, a case of MyNaymeIs More Futurey.) ** Also, there seems to have been an agreement that because Luke had a normal name, other people from Tatooine would also have normal names (and in the format LukeNounverber, too). * The characters in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series are mostly OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, or have standard random letters mash-up fantasy name. And then the spin-off book ''Return of the Crimson Guard'' by Ian Cameron Esselmont introduced a character name Kyle, who, combining this unfortunate name and his characterization as a young tracker with a magical sword, instantly became TheScrappy to a section of the fandom. * In the ''Literature/KieshaRa'' series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, there are average-sounding names like Zane, Danica, and Irene, and fantasy-sounding names like Betia, Nacola, and Nicias. * Main human characters of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' have the given names Artemis, Domovoi, Juliet, and Angeline. Domovoi and Juliet are siblings; Artemis is Angeline's son. Fairy names include Trouble, Mulch, Grub, Briar, Ark, Holly, Opal, Lili, and ... Julius. ** Trouble was not born Trouble, he took it as his new first name when he was accepted by the police academy. He went on to become a badass member of their equivalent SWAT team. His brother Grub? not so much. *** My point was actually that nearly all fairy given names are nouns or clearly derived from one, and then there's a fairy called Julius, which isn't a word in English, and comes from a Latin adjective. Trouble Kelp's name being self-chosen doesn't seem to matter, it's remarked on as being excessively macho, but not as unusual per se. * Used deliberately in ''Literature/{{Gor}}''. Voyages of acquisition by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Priest-Kings]] have occurred off and on for millenia, more normal names are those from people brought over recently. * In what may be the earliest example: Literature/SherlockHolmes and his best friend/partner in crime-solving/on-and-off flatmate John Watson. This seems to be trend in their family, as Sherlock's older brother is called Mycroft. * In the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' Quartet, there are "normal" names ranging from Tom and Anna to Wren and Freya, stretching into names like Smew and Oenone. Next to those, there's Gargle and Fishcake vs. Nabisco and Napster - presumably as a sort of Culture Shock and/or nod to the deterioration of origins as SocietyMarchesOn. * In the novel ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' by Creator/AmyTan, one character has four brothers named Matthew, Mark, Luke and Bing. Guess which one [[spoiler:dies tragically.]] * In the Literature/WickedLovely series, most character have unusual names. Sorcha, Aislinn(Pronounced either "Ashley" or "Ashlynn," though), Bananach, Niall, Irial, Beira, Donia, and Siobhan are celtic in origin. Leslie, Gabriel, Ani, Tish, Olivia and Seth are relativley normal names. Then there's the tattoo artist [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nicknamed]] Rabbit. ** Most of the normal names are human: Aislinn is [[spoiler: the reincarnated Summer Queen]], but the name isn't that uncommon anyways, Seth is fully human [[spoiler: until he gets Sorcha to change him]], and Leslie is human. Ani and Tish are halflings. Sorcha is one of the classic names for a Queen of the Fey, and Bananach is the personification of war. The others are Fey, and immortal, so this is okay in context ** Furthermore the first two names listed here also fit into the Celtic naming theme: Aislinn is an Irish name (from which Anglisised names like Ashleyne derive)and Sorcha is likely an Anglicised spelling of 'Saoirse'. * ''Literature/GoodOmens''. Granted, the cast is comprised of both humans and supernatural beings, so it should come as no surprise that the latter get names like Hastur and Metatron. As for the humans, there are names like Adam, Brian, Tracy and Newton on the one hand and Anathema, Warlock, Pippin Galadriel Moonchild and Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery on the other. (Yes, you read that last one right). The weirder names are explained and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d. What really fits this trope is the two protagonists - an angel and a demon - who are named, respectively, Aziraphale and Anthony J. Crowley. Crowley's real name is something [[NoNameGiven quite different]], and his previous moniker had been "Crawly", seeing as how he was the snake in the Garden of Eden. Yes, ''that'' snake. * ''Literature/{{Maledicte}}'' has the title character Maledicte [[spoiler:or Miranda]], and his servant/friend/sidekick Gilly. * {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Literature/LudInTheMist,'' where Dorimarites have names ranging from Nathaniel and Hazel to Moonlove and Dreamsweet due to cultural exchange with Fairyland next door. * Jim Hawkin's kids in ''Tennis Shoes Adventure'' have the following names- Melody, Steffanie, Harrison/Harry...and then little Giddgidonihah Teancum. * ''Literature/TwilightDragon'' has interesting names like Kether, Kayari, Keaira, Gaignun, and Beldabezabubbabaloo XXVII to contrast with comparatively simpler names like Chris and Monica. * ''Blind Faith'' by Creator/BenElton has Caitlin Happymeal. Her name is a compromise between her parents; her father Trafford prefers the more traditional Caitlin, while her mother Chantorria wanted the more socially acceptable Happymeal. * ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' has names like Leif, Barda, Endon, Sharn, Jinks, Ranesh, Glock, Neridah, Gers, Zeean, Lindal, Mikal, Dain, Fallow, Doran, Paff and Prandine mixed with names like Jasmine, Jared, Tom, Steven, Anna, Josef, Marilen, Ava, Jack, Verity, Bess and Kirsten. ** The Rowan of Rin series is similar. There we have Val, John, Marlie, Hannah, Bree, Sharan, Rowen, Sarah, Allun and Neil mixed with Bronden (a girl,) Lann, Timon, Jiller, Annad, Ellis, Zeel, Perlain, Doss, Asha, Seaborn, Tor, Mithren, Ogden, Norris, Solla and Sheba. * ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has some of these, but its mostly justified since there are various cultures represented. The Alerans (Romans) all have Roman sounding names, with the sole exception of Tavi, the main character. [[spoiler:Turns out there's a reason for that.]] ** Even looking just at Alerans, though, there's a bit of this, with for example a pair of siblings named Bernard and Isana. * The somewhat creepy MindScrew Children book ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs'' stars the three mare sisters Latawnya, Latoya... and Cindy. * ''Literature/TheLastWish'', first novel in Franchise/TheWitcher series, sees such interesting names as Geralt of Rivia, Foltest, Segelin, Velerad, Ostrit, Calanthe, Duny, Rinfri, Civril...and Dennis Cranmer, dwarf captain of the guard. Who would have expected the dwarf to have the lame name? * ''The Hussite Trilogy'' by Andrzej Sapkowski is a quasi-historical trilogy set in XV century Europe, so most characters have medieval European names (quite often of German origin). The name of the main protagonist? Reynevan. Yes, it's only a pseudonym, but his other pseudonyms are rather normal (if a bit punny). ** Reynevan isn't really that odd, it's just a Polish/Czech variation of his Germanic birth name — Rheinmar. Remember, most of the action takes place in Silesia, which for most of its history was hotly contested between Poland, Bohemia and various German principalities, so having a several variations of one's name in different languages was a perfectly normal practice. * 'Tikki-Tikki-Tembo', a 1968 story by Arlene Mosel, has a boy named Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo and his little brother... Chang. ** This is a case of purposefully evoking this trope. The moral of the story was that if you give your child a long, crazy name that it'll take a very long time to say, and could possibly get you in hot water if you can't spit it out on time or over and over again. ** A musical record version renames the younger brother Yen, and also names the numerous elder sisters, starting with eldest Humph, then Lumph, until the youngest sister Gumph, all of whom were named out of spite (just because the parents wanted a son). * The ''Wren'' series by Sherwood Smith features character names that run from real and unexceptional (Connor and Tess), to real and unique (Wren, Leila, Andreus), to completely invented (Idres, Astren, Nerith). * ''Literature/FromRealityToFiction'' includes names such as Sam, Alex, or Max, to a boy named "956" * Three of Creator/AndreNorton's early ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels feature the triplets Kyllan, Kemoc and Kaththea - who share the English surname Tregarth. Justified by the fact that their dad was from Earth. * Although the original Swedish books (Moomin books were originally written in Swedish but their country of origin is Finland) avert this, there is a rather interesting case in the English translation of Literature/TheMoomins: the pair of strange visitors Thingumy and '''Bob''' (Tofslan and Vifslan in the original). * In the ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' novel ''Ben There, Done That'', the biker gang members are named Wolverine, Chrome, Razor...and Bob. * An interesting In-Universe example occurs in ''Literature/{{Aztec}}'': In Mesoamerican culture, most people tend to be named for concrete objects, warriors, animals, and such. For example: we have protagonist Mixtli (Dark Cloud), warrior Blood Glutton, princess Jadestone Doll, etc. So when Mixtli encounters someone from another village whose name means simply "Always", he's understandably a bit confused. * ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff'' features 8 concubines named Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm, Beautiful Gate of Heavenly Moisture Number Six, Temptress of the Golden Light of the Harvest Moon, Delicate Personage of Two Fu Dogs Wrestling Under A Blanket, Feminine Keeper of the Three Tunnels of Excessive Friendliness, and Silken Pillows of the Heavenly Softness of Clouds. Played arguably straight with Pea Pods in Duck Sauce with Crispy Noodle, and definitely straight with Sue. * The eponymous main character of ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has a family with names such as Nicko, Jenna and Simon. [[FridgeLogic One wonders how the Heap parents knew about the meaning of "Septimus"]]. * ''Literature/AnExerciseInFutility'' - Kalharians have made-up fantasy names like Kathelm and Meunig, while the Gurdur have Herbrew names such as Ethan and Joseph. One Gurdur tribe names women after virtues, such as Charity. * ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', where you have names like Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Finnick, etc. to names like Effie, Madge, Annie, and Johanna. Some of the more bizarre names go along with ThemeNaming though, as people from certain districts tend to be named after certain aspects of their home (ex. people from the luxurious District 1 have names like Glimmer and Gloss, people from the Capitol tend to have Roman names, etc.). ** The setting is supposed to be in the distant future of North America; Katniss comes from approximately West Virginia coal country. She's named after a plant. Peeta is almost certainly a corruption of Peter. *** Or Pita, as his parents are bakers. * In ''Literature/TheRobotsOfDawn'', Auroran names mentioned are Han, Vasilia, Santirix, Fuad, Maloon, Kelden and Rutilan. * ''Literature/CountAndCountess''. Almost definitely unintentional, but when sharing pagetime with characters named Ferencz, Dorotta, Darvulia, Orsolya, Istvan, Bogdan, Mehmed, and Radu, names like Elizabeth, Frederick, and Christian can appear very jarring. * ''Literature/TheOrphansTales'' has characters have names with Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, Indian, African, Japanese, Eastern European, Greek, English and many other influences. Bonus points need to be given to Ragnhild and St. Sigrid, two women from Middle Eastern inspired cultures who have Scandinavian-sounding names. * ''Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit'' opens: "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were— Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter." * ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' ** The web-novel starts out simple enough. Adam and Derek, Laura and Lizzy, Akane and Ling. There are a few unexpected foreign names like Zusa (Yiddish) and Jelena (Serbian), but they're still real names. Then you start running into people like [[HornyDevils Malcanthet]], the Princess of Killing Sparrow, and Jarasax of the Blood-Doused Hunters. ** Turns out that the changelings (such as Jarasax) do this intentionally. They are all former slaves of the fey, who never bothered to give them names. Once they escaped, they chose the most outlandish names possible. So we get names like Loga'ha'shanar of the Sky-Borne Lords, Feless of the Firstborn, Heresh'ni of the Velvet Orchids, and Eccretia of the Never-Known Thieves. * Lampshaded in-universe in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', in which most participants in the Fimbulwinter Game use their real names, but one (Marty Bobbick) plays as "Hippogryph". Eviane, a mentally-ill woman convinced the Game's events are really happening, becomes puzzled by his weird name shortly before she recalls that it's all pretend. * Justified in Creator/EllisPeters' ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' novels, since names like Robert and Michael, derived from Norman and Biblical Hebrew, have survived to the present day, while Anglo-Saxon names like Torold and Hiltrude have not. Cadfael himself has a Medieval Welsh name to which the author admits having found only one historical reference. * ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is speculative fiction more than fantasy, but here are the names of some of the Whistler children: Jerin, Corelle, Eldest, Pansy, Violet, Kai, Doric, Leia, Blush, Summer, Eva, Kira, Heria, Liam, Emma, Celain, Kettie, Birdie, and Bunny. ** And the royal family. The princesses have names like Rensellaer, and there is a prince Alannon somewhere in the royal family. But there was also the very tragic figure, an infertile prince consort called ... ''Michael''. * In Creator/RobertReed's ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe, human names get progressively weirder the younger they are. The oldest character has a fairly standard Asian name, [[TimeAbyss Quee Lee]]. The main characters, who are a mere [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld hundred thousand years old]], tend to have more odd names such as Washen or Miocene. The youngest characters have names like "Promise" and "Till" * ''Literature/SisterAlice'' has the older Great Family members having more standard names, such as the first dozen Chamberlains having names like Ian, Alice, and Thomas. Younger characters have odder names, such as [[TheHero Ord]], Xo, Ravleen, or Lyman. * In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series set in an alternate medieval fantasy Britain … oh, boy. ** Real names - Robert, David, Alexander, Rosemary, Tanya, Bill ** Real names with unusual spellings - Evelynne, Warrin, Jonathon, Zavier ** Real, sometimes obscure names with gender changes - Jordana, Kassander, Gawaina, Amedea, Braniana ** Real but obscure names, some with unusual spellings - Drusus, Atreus, Agrippa, Dimitrius, Isoldt, Bran ** [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Ethnic]] or ethnic-sounding names, some with unusual spellings - [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Llewellynne, Rhys, Llewen, Tuedwur]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Jock, Arren, Gordon, Duglas]], [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} Etienne, Celeste, Henri]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Arnolfo, Benedito, Juan-Ernesto]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Eleanor, Ferdiad, Mairi, Bridget]]. ** Totally-made-up names - Ellisander, Terrilynne, Caliston, Quindara, Galerion, Ballentire, Kelahnus ** Bird-themed names (denoting Heralds, possibly because they're swift) - Ptarmiganna, Eagleynne, Robinarden, Wrenassandra * ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' inverts this with the Curtis siblings: Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel. * In the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' we have Mediochre and Charlotte, Joseph and Dhampinella, the list goes on... * Names in ''Literature/TheColSecTrilogy'' tend to be either [[OnlyOneName singular and weird]], or ordinary or slightly unusual given names paired with more-or-less ordinary (if sometimes [[MyNaymeIs idiosyncratically spelled]]) surnames. Of course, it ''is'' AfterTheEnd. * The Mexican novel ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'' has common names for secondary characters, like Jessica and Joanna, also common Spanish names like Luis or José; but the main characters have either Middle-Eastern sounding names like Efrén and Asaf, or outright exotic like ''Dhamar''. And the sequel names the protagonist's daughter as ''Citlalli'', which is an Aztec name. * In the ''Literature/StoriesOfNypre'' series we have the usual names like Jordan. Then we have the names that come out of nowhere like Tawarln. * ''Literature/TheRavenCycle.'' The female protagonist's psychic residence has names like Blue, Jimi, Orla, and Neeve alongside Persephone, Calla, and Maura. * ''Literature/BorderKS'' features characters named Walter, Ryan, Leah, Antigone, and Siobhan. [[spoiler:And Aoife/Morgan/Mab, Niamh/Tania/Titania]]. * In the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series, things often go this way, with either outright normal or at least somewhat plausible names (like Flick and Shea Ohmsford from the first book, or Morgan Leah from the "Scions" sub-series, as well as Walker from the same series, or minor characters named Hunter and Britt in the "Voyage" set) are seen alongside outlandish ones (the eponymous Jerle Shannara, just to start). Many names for both people and places throughout the books often feel like the author ran a dictionary through a shredder and pulled out real or real-ish words and stuck them together (like a swampy region known as the Matted Brakes, alongside truly bizarre names like the Wolfsktaag Mountains or bog-standard ones like the Rainbow Lake). This fits in with the world as established, though, as it is set thousands of years AfterTheEnd of our earth, specifically in the American Northwest, so it is likely that many English words and names gathered different meanings and were applied to people and geographical features. * In the ''Literature/NantucketTrilogy'', Nantucket grows increasingly diverse as Fiernans, Iraiina, and Native Americans move there to seek a better life. It becomes increasingly common to see names like "Llandaurth Witharaxsson", though some of the newcomers do end up taking more "American" names in the hopes that they'll fit in better. * ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features two parallel worlds, Earth and Greywall’d. Earth is a minor example, where there is a girl named Dakota in an English school ([[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as she’s American), but Greywall’d absolutely ''loves'' this trope, featuring relatively normal first names alongside names comprising legitimate words (translated in the English version) and fantasy names with a vague European sound. Justified again, as Greywall’d is a big place divided into multiple nations and races. * Two of the main characters in {{Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy}} are named Tristan and Morgon. The BigBad, meanwhile, is named ''Ghisteslwchlohm''. * Creator/GregEgan's ''Literature/{{Orthogonal}}'' trilogy features relatively predictable names such as Clara, Tamara, and Ramiro alongside stranger ones like Yalda, Tarquinia, and Eusebio. Of course, the entire thing is presumably fed to the reader through a ''thick'' soup of TranslationConvention. * In ''Literature/{{Distortionverse}}'' we are able to find pretty common names such as Michelle, François, Bertrand, Egon and alongside less common names like Veckert, Vortag, Silman, Emmelyn, Sapphire (and so on). Ah, yes: there are even Dkrav'lest and Andrakta, but they are aliens, so this is partially {{Justified}}. * In Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures the [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Foxen]] aliens have such exotic names such as Rolas, Sallivera, Alinadar.... and Melanie. ''Slightly'' justified in there being a bit of cultural contamination after meeting Humanity. * {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Literature/TheGodsAreBastards with a drow-human couple whose names actually ''are'' Aeris and Bob. * Literature/{{TACK}}: Holly's [[CompanionCube pet ping-pong ball]], Pongo, once had a brother. Cyrus guesses the name as "Pingo", but it turns it was Sam. * Most English dragons in ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' have [[PretentiousLatinMotto Pretentious Latin Names]] like Maximus or Perscitia. And then there's Lily, who hatched earlier than expected and who's young nervous captain had to come up with a name on the spot. To a lesser extent, Temeraire himself, who's captain didn't know about the traditional naming scheme. * ''Literature/ThePlatinumKey'' has characters with normal names like Alyson, Lydia and Leila alongside characters with names like Aramincia, Chocolate and Vanilla. * In the ''Literature/HushHush'' series, Angel names range from Patch[[spoiler:/Jev]] to Rixon to [[spoiler:Dabria]].
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[[folder:Literature]] * ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheRune'' has this in spades. we have Boris, Mila, Joshua, Chloe, Lucian, Issac--[[spoiler:though pronounced It-Chak]]--and [[spoiler:Tichiel,Nayatrei,Lanziee,Isolet,Benya,Maximin, Ispin and Anais]]. * In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', we go all the way from Sam to Drake to Astrid to Caine to Zil to Orsay. ** Lampshaded with Nerezza: --> '''Turk''' Weird name --> '''Nerezza''' Yes, it is. * In ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', Carter's two half-Red Martian children are named Carthoris and… ''Tara?'' However, this is {{justified|Trope}} since Carter wasn't present when Carthoris was hatched. * Justified in Literature/KalpaImperial, as the Vastest Empire that Never Was has thousands of years of existance, each with several cultures, timelines and laguages. The names variate with the years a great deal, and several stories have similar names than modern ones like Bib, but others are like Meabramiddir'Ven. * In Jasper Fforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext series'', characters have names that are somewhat unusual - Thursday Next herself, her brothers Joffy and Anton, and her children Friday and Tuesday, Archeron Hades, Victor Analogy, Yorrick Kane, etc - or complete puns - Paige Turner, Braxton Hicks, Lamber Thwalts, Landen Park-Laine, etc. The only exceptions are Thursday's other daughter Jenny, and a character in the second book called John Smith. Upon meeting the latter, Thursday comments, "Unusual name." -->'''Thursday:'''I was born on a Thursday, hence the name. My brother was born on a Monday and they called him Anton - go figure. * ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' has a grand mix of different naming conventions. There are Polish names (Dora, Gajusz, Roman, Anita), foreign-language names (Varg, Joshua, Katia, Olaf), biblical (Baal, Lucifer, Jezebel, Raizel) and some that seem to be completely made up, such as Faoiliarna, Nisim or Laoisie, all mixed together, and nobody seems to notice. * Almost every character mentioned in T.S. Hana's ''The Alchemist'' series. This includes the main cast of Convent Craven including Axel, Joshil, Ororo, Rega, and Hiroto. However this may be normal due to the residents of the world of Alon being categorized as Inhumans, and almost no one is completely normal. ** Joshil's wife...Fern. ** [[spoiler: Megiram's real name being...Emma.]] ** Most notably Hiroto and his immediate family including father Lionel, mother Vorkuta (Who is written to have a French accent despite sharing the name of a Russian city), older sister Vidine and younger sisters Hope, Hera, and Noelle. What's even worse about Hiroto's out of place name is he [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents is implied to speak with a British accent.]] * ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}'' is roughly three-fourths Bob, one-fourth Aerith. Howard and William [[MeaningfulName Dominus]], Sarah [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mortis]], [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Quadrus]] and Stanley Dominus, Paul Smith, Jeremy Jorgensen, Judas Rockefeller, Hadji Rajadhiraja... [[folder:Meta]] * The ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' series. It's about bats, but the two main characters are Shade and Marina. The villain humor rule-of-three is named Goth. The child of the first two is named Griffin. ''Darkwing'' is even more JustForFun/{{egregious}}, naming characters of the same close family Sylph, Dusk, Jib, and ''Aeolus'' in prehistoric times. * ''Literature/KingOfTheWaterRoads'' has mostly Mesopotamian or Egyptian-ish names, but the main character is named "Garth," due to his foreign grandfather. * ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' has characters named Garrow, Eragon, Roran, Helen, Sloan, and Selena all from the same out-of-the-way village. Eragon's name is at least noted as odd (he's named after an elf). ** This occurs with place names as well-as noted by a reviewer of ''Brisingr'' in ''The Sydney Morning Herald'' (an Australian newspaper), it was strange to see fantastical names such as Uru'Baen alongside more commonplace names such as Lithgow. WordOfGod states that this is because of many cultures having inhabited the land and left behind place names. *** Yazuac, Carvahall, Du Weldenvarden and... ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Shark]][[NarmCharm tooth?!]]'' ** [[http://eragon-sporkings.wikispaces.com The Eragon Sporkings]] point out in the dissection of ''Eragon'' that most, if not all, of the important people have exotic names. Thus, it would follow that the characters themselves are [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy aware of this]], which explains why two protagonists who need to sneak into a city choose ordinary names (by Earth standards) and that their obvious unimportance is why the guards wave them on through when they give their names. * ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' features a lot of them (the last two kings as of the start of the series are in fact named Aerys and Robert). You get some real modern names (Robert, Jon, Arya, Catelyn, Brandon), some [[MyNaymeIs unusual spellyngs]] of real names (Margaery, Jaime, Eddard), some medieval European names (Cersei, Tywin, Ygritte) ...and then several straight-up fantasy names, (Daenerys, Viserys, Qhorin), which often appear to be assembled from other European languages. Eventually, though, it becomes clear that most of the weirder names just come from cultures outside mainstream Westeros. (If the name contains the letters "ae" or "rys", the bearer is probably Valyrian; if it's short, harsh and vaguely Norse they're from the far north or a Wildling and ''not'' a member of House Stark; if it ends with "io" it's from the Free Cities; names with an X in them are usually Summer Islander. etc.) ** This is a good example because while they are, for the most part, perfectly good (or somewhat unusual, but acceptable) medieval names, they come from all over medieval Europe, which leads to the Lannister family having, among other gems, two parents with medieval English names who have a daughter named Cersei (an late-medieval Italian bastardisation of a Greek name) and two sons named Jaime (an early medieval bastardisation of a Latin bastardisation of a Hebrew name) and Tyrion (a two-language composite name that sounds like Tyron, an acceptable medieval English name). The Seven Kingdoms were formed into a single country three hundred years ago, which might explain why names from different regions have been exchanged. *** Westeros, while culturally based mostly on England, is a region about the size of South America, and has experienced several waves of colonization, which goes along way toward explaining the diversity. * ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' does evoked this a lot. Contrast the famous warrior "Martin" with his best friend "Gonff". Most characters in the early books were Bobs, and as the setting evolved from more or less real world to completely different world, the names drifted further from Bob and closer to Aeris. In fact, most of the Bobs occurred in ''Redwall'', and the few that are left are mainly holdovers. ** "Goniff" is the Yiddish word for "thief." [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Gonff Mousethief"]] could be a nickname. * In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Great War'' cycle of AlternateHistory novels, a lot of the black characters from the CSA have hifalutin' classical names like Xerxes, Bathsheba, and Cincinattus, apparently as a form of rebellion against the mundanity of life as a third class citizen. ** This was a naming pattern for slaves in the RealLife Old South: Classical history and occasionally the Bible provided names that were not used by their white masters. Not an alternate element at all. ** It was also necessary, since slaves weren't allowed to have surnames and needed unique names to distinguish one another. * The ''Bridge of D'Arnath'' series by Carol Berg has four cultures. One, the mundanes, include such names as Connor, Paulo, and Martin, alongside Seriana and Evard. The other groups get more outlandish as they separate more from the mundanes. * In Peter F. Hamilton's ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'' Trilogy, human civilization falls into two main cultures. The Adamists have names that are relatively normal for whatever ethnic group the individual hails from. They have names like Joshua, Ralph, Quinn, and Kelvin (it's Polish). The Edenists, on the other hand, pull names from the deepest, most obscure depths of mythology (or just make shit up). They have names like Syrinx, Sinon, and Eysk. The two groups' respective starships follow a similar trend (''Lady Macbeth'' versus ''Oenone''). * ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' to an extent. Names like Rincewind and Eskarina, which fitted perfectly when the series was a {{parody}} of fantasy tropes, have become TheArtifact in a series which is far happier with characters called Sam Vimes or Tiffany Aching. Which in ''itself'' may be a parody. ** There are also some weird naming traditions in the Ramtops, giving you names like Yodel Lightly, King My-God-He's-Heavy the First, and Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre. *** The weird naming traditions aren't limited to Lancre, either; any number of plain old Ankh-Morpork citizens have names like Findthee Swing or Legitimate First. (Can't blame a mother for being proud.) ** Traditional Omnian names like Smite-the-Unbeliever-With-Cunning-Arguments and Visit-the-Infidel-with-Explanatory-Pamphlets ** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', the five ruling families of the Agatean empire are the Hongs, the Sungs, the Tangs, the Fangs, and the [=McSweenys=]. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d twice. ** Even the nonhumans' naming conventions took a while to get established, with incongruities like dwarfs named Bjorn and Fruntkin, or a troll in ''Moving Pictures'' choosing "Rock" as a film pseudonym, despite this being a racist term for his species. ** One-Man-Bucket and his unfortunate elder brother. ** Then there's poor Moist, whose name isn't even normal for Discworld, going by the fact that he's heard a lot of jokes about it. * In Tolkien's works, specifically ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the translation convention is that various 'real' Middle-earth languages are translated to various real-world ones. E.g.: The Westron language (the 'common speech') is translated to English (including names), Rohirric becomes Old English, while the Dwarves get Nordic names. Appendices and supplementary works mention some of the 'real' names that were translated - for way. For example, Frodo Baggins' and Sam Gamgee's 'untranslated Westron' names are ''Maura Labingi'' and ''Banazir Galpsi''. According to Tolkien, he '''invoked''' the trope to make names from Elvish and other origins feel different from Westron names, to portray the same feeling the hobbits would get when stepping out of the Shire. ** In a straighter example of this trope, the trolls in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' are named Tom, Bert, and William. While this can be explained by the story's more whimsical nature, Tolkien also used the names Tom and Bill for other characters in ''The Lord of the Rings''. * ''Literature/SpectralShadows'' has this literally with the main characters: There's Rael, Jon, and Christine. It also extends to other characters, such as Pamela, Miyan, Kara, Alditha, Salocin, Ra, etc. * In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, confusingly, characters with mundane Anglo-Saxon names interact with ones with wholly fantasy names. It doesn't seem to follow any particular geographic boundary either, as Anglo-Saxon names crop up in the more fantastic parts of the world as well as in the "mundane" Westlands. In Westland, we have George, Richard, and Michael Cypher, as well as Nadine, Adie[[note]]who's actually from the Midlands[[/note]], and Dell Brandstone. From the Midlands, we have Rachel, Violet, Milena, Samuel, Harold, Wyborn, Kahlan Amnell, and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander. From D'Hara, we have Cara, Gregory, Jennsen, Darken, Panis, Denna, Berdine, Nathan, and Demmin. From the Old World, there's Nicci, Warren, Ann, Jagang, Karg, Six[[note]]deliberate ThemeNaming on the part of her mother; "Six" is a bad omen for witchwomen, and said mother knew that Six would be a bad girl[[/note]], and Kadar Kardeef. In it's defense, at least the Midlands and the Old World are said to be very culturally diverse. * Creator/DianaWynneJones's last novel [[Literature/TheIslandsOfChaldea The Islands of Chaldea]] [[ZigZaggingTrope ziggzaggs]] this trope, using European names that aren't commonly used. * Chris Wooding's ''Literature/WeaversOfSaramyr'' has the population of the same country containing people with Japanese-sounding (Kaiku), fantasy style, or European (Lucia) names. {{Justified|Trope}}: The people of Saramyr descend from foreign settlers: some names are from their original cultures, some names are from the original inhabitants (yeah, most of them where slaughtered, but part of their culture was assimilated), and some are the results of a millennium worth of linguistic and cultural evolution. * ''Literature/HarryPotter'' really falls under the cosmopolitan exception to the trope. Given that wizarding society is a mix a pure bloods, half bloods, and muggle borns naming conventions are understandably varied. ** Albus Percival Wulfric ''Brian'' Dumbledore. ** William, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ronald, and Ginevra (Ginny). The Author's habit of ThemeNaming characters within families often leads to this (such as the Blacks being named after celestial bodies). ** Crops up again within Harry's family: you have Harry and Ginevra (Ginny) and then their kids, Lily Luna, James Sirius, and... Albus Severus. ** The wizards in ''Harry Potter'' mix with (or avoid) the {{Muggle|s}} world to varying degrees (and didn't officially go undercover until the late 17th century), so it's not entirely surprising to see Bellatrix, Minerva, and Draco alongside Harry, Dean, and Vincent. ** Nymphadora Tonks, the daughter of Andromeda (Black) Tonks and Ted Tonks. Her middle name, apparently, is Vulpecula. She's a lampshade hanging; she only goes by her surname, and when asked why says that you would too if your fool of a mother named you Nymphadora. ** The Marauders - James, Peter, Remus and Sirius. ** The general trend seems to be that the more elitist a wizarding family, the more archaic their names tend to be. The very racist Malfoy family have older, odder names, while the more open Weasley family have relatively ordinary ones. This isn't always consistent (Andromeda Black, despite marrying Muggleborn Ted Tonks, named her daughter Nymphadora, and Pansy Parkinson is as racist as classmate Draco Malfoy), however. ** Tom Riddle. A perfectly normal name. Short, pronounceable, common. His middle name is Marvolo. This is explained, though. Tom Riddle is named for his Father, who is a Muggle and therefore has a pretty ordinary name. His middle name, Marvolo, is for his Grandfather who was a Wizard, hence the more unusual name. * In the Literature/{{Uncle}} series by J. P. Martin, one of the four "Respectable horses" is named Mayhave Crunch. One can speculate that the other three are named Shallhave, Willhave, Canhave or something like that. In the next book it is revealed they are named [[spoiler: Ann, Anna, And Annette.]] * Robert Newcomb's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone'' centres on Tristan and his twin sister Shailiha. There is also a man named Faegan with a daughter named Emily. Now, if that were the least of the series' problems... * A non-fantasy example: the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series. On the one hand, there are girls with pretty conventional names, such as Gillian Culver, Beth Chester, Margaret Twiss, Mary Woodley and Amy Stevens. On the other, there's the likes of Verity-Ann Carey, Yseult Pertwee, Loveday Perowne, Viola Lucy, Josette Russell, Zephyr Burthill, Evadne Lannis, and many other girls with equally weird names. * In ''Literature/TheFiresOfAffliction'', male characters have names like Khan, Talican, Cylas, Cedric, Arikk, and Shalastan. Female characters include Melissa, Sarah, Elayne, and Lori ([[spoiler:the latter of which is technically short for [[KingIncognito Alorica]]]]). * ''The Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' have many exotically named characters, but two of the legendary heroes of old were Kevin and Trevor. * Literature/TheWheelOfTime does this a lot. The men tend to have more normal names, while the womens' are feats of imagination and pronunciation. You have Rand, Mat and Perrin, Verin, Elaine, Min and then you have names like Egwene, Egeanin, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Mazrim Taim, and Cadsuane Melhaidrin. There are also some names that sound like they're from our world, but aren't, such as Liandrin, Galina, Amys, Anaiya and Myrelle. ** Galina is actually a real name of Greek origin that is pretty common in Russia and Bulgaria, but the point stands. ** Several of the above names are actually alternate forms of names from the Arthurian myths. Nynaeve is an alternate name for Nimue, the lady of the lake. ** Some are even further connected to Arthurian legend, with Egwene al-Vere being probably a combination of Igraine and Guinevere, Gawyn being Gawain and Artur Hawkwing clearly Arthur. ** Also Min is a bad example, Min's full name is Elmindreda. * The ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' series is all over the place. Many of the main and supporting characters have various real, mostly European names, like [[Literature/{{Dune}} Paul, Jessica,]] Duncan, Vladimir, Piter, [[Literature/HereticsOfDune Miles]], or even [[Literature/ChapterhouseDune ''Marty'']]. Leto, though unusual, is a real name too. Some characters have given names more similar to current day surnames - i.e. Gurney, Wellington. Then come the characters with the really exotic names : Irulan, Shaddam, [[Literature/ChildrenOfDune Wensicia]], Chalice, Tiekyanik, [[Literature/DuneMessiah Scytale]], Pardot, [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Moneo, Hwi Noree,]] Waff, Darwi, etc. ** The Fremen in the first book mostly have Middle-Eastern sounding names, but there are several exceptions, including a guy with the very English name Geoff. Also, some Fremen names were apparently originally meant to be symbolic, but phonetics drift over the centuries rendered them into completely new forms : A good example is Stilgar himself, who's name was originally something like "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Steel Guard]]". This also extends to the Fremen name for themselves as a people : They originally boasted to be "the Free Men". *** "The Free Men" is actually a mistranslation of the term Berber ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berber_people#Name]]) in keeping with the vaguely Middle Eastern and North African theme. ** Some of the female names are actually star-related : Irulan is named after a traditional name for a certain star and there's also a star with the traditional Arabic female name of Alia. * In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', the humans have both typical English names -- Henry, Howard, York, Susanna, Judith -- and more fantastic names like Solovet, Nerissa, Vikus and Mareth. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Gregor is introduced to – Henry, he almost laughs that "among all these strange names, there's a Henry". * Brought up in ''Christendom'' - before the collapse of America, British emigrants gave their children Biblical names in the hope of getting a visa more easily. A desire to avoid a glut of Michaels and Benjamins led to kids named Malachi (such as the protagonist) and Hosea running around. * Creator/TamoraPierce does this in her ''Literature/{{Tortal|lUniverse}}'' books, partly as a result of more detailed WorldBuilding adding more "foreign" names, partly flexing her Fantasy-Sounding Name muscles. A generation with names like Alanna, George, Jonathan, Gary, Alex, etc., grows up and calls its kids Keladry, Nealan, Joren, Lalasa... and among the older generation suddenly appear Wyldon, Turomot, Imrah, Fanche... some of whom have Bob nicknames (Kel, Neal, etc). A lot of these [[AluminumChristmasTrees are real medieval names]] (or variants) that have fallen out of use. * All the characters in the Dragonlord Trilogy of ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Mystara]]'' novels by Thorarinn Gunnarsson have fantasy names, except for [[spoiler: [[VoluntaryShapeshifting disguised]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent drake]]]] Sir George Kirbey. * Creator/ShannonHale's ''Literature/BooksOfBayern'' do this a lot. Take [[OverlyLongName Anidori-Kiladra Taliana Isilee]] and her best friend, Enna. The names of characters in Hale's novels are always ''slightly'' off, presumably so as to emulate and not copy the cultures she's inspired by (Dashti, Tegus and Saren in Mongolia-inspired ''Book of a Thousand Days''; said names of German-inspired Bayern; Miri, Britta and Gerti in Scandinavia-inspired ''Princess Academy'', etc.) * Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books have these. On the one hand you have names like Morrolan, Loiosh, and Khaavren, while on the other are characters named Vlad, Mario, and Kelly. Most of the more common-sounding names belong to Easterners (i.e. humans), but Mario (a Dragaeran, and the best assassin in the world) is a major exception. ** It is, however, specifically pointed out that Mario has an Eastern name. ** Also Loiosh is very close in pronunciation to Lajos which is the Hungarian version of Louis. And as we know Steven Brust is of Hungarian descent. * The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', even more so than ''Franchise/StarWars'' itself, is noted for these. In particular books by Creator/TimothyZahn tend to have more 'normal' sounding names for human characters than those by other writers. (In one case, ExecutiveMeddling made him change the names of Han and Leia's children from Jason and Jane to Jacen and Jaina, a case of MyNaymeIs More Futurey.) ** Also, there seems to have been an agreement that because Luke had a normal name, other people from Tatooine would also have normal names (and in the format LukeNounverber, too). * The characters in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series are mostly OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, or have standard random letters mash-up fantasy name. And then the spin-off book ''Return of the Crimson Guard'' by Ian Cameron Esselmont introduced a character name Kyle, who, combining this unfortunate name and his characterization as a young tracker with a magical sword, instantly became TheScrappy to a section of the fandom. * In the ''Literature/KieshaRa'' series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, there are average-sounding names like Zane, Danica, and Irene, and fantasy-sounding names like Betia, Nacola, and Nicias. * Main human characters of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' have the given names Artemis, Domovoi, Juliet, and Angeline. Domovoi and Juliet are siblings; Artemis is Angeline's son. Fairy names include Trouble, Mulch, Grub, Briar, Ark, Holly, Opal, Lili, and ... Julius. ** Trouble was not born Trouble, he took it as his new first name when he was accepted by the police academy. He went on to become a badass member of their equivalent SWAT team. His brother Grub? not so much. *** My point was actually that nearly all fairy given names are nouns or clearly derived from one, and then there's a fairy called Julius, which isn't a word in English, and comes from a Latin adjective. Trouble Kelp's name being self-chosen doesn't seem to matter, it's remarked on as being excessively macho, but not as unusual per se. * Used deliberately in ''Literature/{{Gor}}''. Voyages of acquisition by the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Priest-Kings]] have occurred off and on for millenia, more normal names are those from people brought over recently. * In what may be the earliest example: Literature/SherlockHolmes and his best friend/partner in crime-solving/on-and-off flatmate John Watson. This seems to be trend in their family, as Sherlock's older brother is called Mycroft. * In the ''Literature/MortalEngines'' Quartet, there are "normal" names ranging from Tom and Anna to Wren and Freya, stretching into names like Smew and Oenone. Next to those, there's Gargle and Fishcake vs. Nabisco and Napster - presumably as a sort of Culture Shock and/or nod to the deterioration of origins as SocietyMarchesOn. * In the novel ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' by Creator/AmyTan, one character has four brothers named Matthew, Mark, Luke and Bing. Guess which one [[spoiler:dies tragically.]] * In the Literature/WickedLovely series, most character have unusual names. Sorcha, Aislinn(Pronounced either "Ashley" or "Ashlynn," though), Bananach, Niall, Irial, Beira, Donia, and Siobhan are celtic in origin. Leslie, Gabriel, Ani, Tish, Olivia and Seth are relativley normal names. Then there's the tattoo artist [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nicknamed]] Rabbit. ** Most of the normal names are human: Aislinn is [[spoiler: the reincarnated Summer Queen]], but the name isn't that uncommon anyways, Seth is fully human [[spoiler: until he gets Sorcha to change him]], and Leslie is human. Ani and Tish are halflings. Sorcha is one of the classic names for a Queen of the Fey, and Bananach is the personification of war. The others are Fey, and immortal, so this is okay in context ** Furthermore the first two names listed here also fit into the Celtic naming theme: Aislinn is an Irish name (from which Anglisised names like Ashleyne derive)and Sorcha is likely an Anglicised spelling of 'Saoirse'. * ''Literature/GoodOmens''. Granted, the cast is comprised of both humans and supernatural beings, so it should come as no surprise that the latter get names like Hastur and Metatron. As for the humans, there are names like Adam, Brian, Tracy and Newton on the one hand and Anathema, Warlock, Pippin Galadriel Moonchild and Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery on the other. (Yes, you read that last one right). The weirder names are explained and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d. What really fits this trope is the two protagonists - an angel and a demon - who are named, respectively, Aziraphale and Anthony J. Crowley. Crowley's real name is something [[NoNameGiven quite different]], and his previous moniker had been "Crawly", seeing as how he was the snake in the Garden of Eden. Yes, ''that'' snake. * ''Literature/{{Maledicte}}'' has the title character Maledicte [[spoiler:or Miranda]], and his servant/friend/sidekick Gilly. * {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Literature/LudInTheMist,'' where Dorimarites have names ranging from Nathaniel and Hazel to Moonlove and Dreamsweet due to cultural exchange with Fairyland next door. * Jim Hawkin's kids in ''Tennis Shoes Adventure'' have the following names- Melody, Steffanie, Harrison/Harry...and then little Giddgidonihah Teancum. * ''Literature/TwilightDragon'' has interesting names like Kether, Kayari, Keaira, Gaignun, and Beldabezabubbabaloo XXVII to contrast with comparatively simpler names like Chris and Monica. * ''Blind Faith'' by Creator/BenElton has Caitlin Happymeal. Her name is a compromise between her parents; her father Trafford prefers the more traditional Caitlin, while her mother Chantorria wanted the more socially acceptable Happymeal. * ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' has names like Leif, Barda, Endon, Sharn, Jinks, Ranesh, Glock, Neridah, Gers, Zeean, Lindal, Mikal, Dain, Fallow, Doran, Paff and Prandine mixed with names like Jasmine, Jared, Tom, Steven, Anna, Josef, Marilen, Ava, Jack, Verity, Bess and Kirsten. ** The Rowan of Rin series is similar. There we have Val, John, Marlie, Hannah, Bree, Sharan, Rowen, Sarah, Allun and Neil mixed with Bronden (a girl,) Lann, Timon, Jiller, Annad, Ellis, Zeel, Perlain, Doss, Asha, Seaborn, Tor, Mithren, Ogden, Norris, Solla and Sheba. * ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has some of these, but its mostly justified since there are various cultures represented. The Alerans (Romans) all have Roman sounding names, with the sole exception of Tavi, the main character. [[spoiler:Turns out there's a reason for that.]] ** Even looking just at Alerans, though, there's a bit of this, with for example a pair of siblings named Bernard and Isana. * The somewhat creepy MindScrew Children book ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs'' stars the three mare sisters Latawnya, Latoya... fairies in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' were Flora, Fauna and Cindy. * ''Literature/TheLastWish'', first novel Merryweather. The three hyenas in Franchise/TheWitcher series, sees such interesting names as Geralt of Rivia, Foltest, Segelin, Velerad, Ostrit, Calanthe, Duny, Rinfri, Civril...''Disney/TheLionKing'' were Shenzi, Banzai and Dennis Cranmer, dwarf captain of the guard. Who would have expected the dwarf to have the lame name? * ''The Hussite Trilogy'' by Andrzej Sapkowski is a quasi-historical trilogy set in XV century Europe, so most characters have medieval European names (quite often of German origin). The name of the main protagonist? Reynevan. Yes, it's only a pseudonym, but his other pseudonyms are rather normal (if a bit punny). ** Reynevan isn't really that odd, it's just a Polish/Czech variation of his Germanic birth name — Rheinmar. Remember, most of the action takes place in Silesia, which for most of its history was hotly contested between Poland, Bohemia and various German principalities, so having a several variations of one's name in different languages was a perfectly normal practice. * 'Tikki-Tikki-Tembo', a 1968 story by Arlene Mosel, has a boy named Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo and his little brother... Chang. ** Ed. This is a case of purposefully evoking this trope. The moral of the story was that if you give your child a long, crazy name that it'll take a very long time to say, and could possibly get you in hot water if you can't spit it out on time or spills over and over again. ** A musical record version renames the younger brother Yen, and also names the numerous elder sisters, starting with eldest Humph, then Lumph, until the youngest sister Gumph, all of whom to titles, occasionally: ''CoffeeTeaOrMe''. The three gargoyles in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' were named out of spite (just because the parents wanted a son). * The ''Wren'' series by Sherwood Smith features character names that run from real [[Creator/VictorHugo Victor, Hugo]], and unexceptional (Connor and Tess), to real and unique (Wren, Leila, Andreus), to completely invented (Idres, Astren, Nerith). * ''Literature/FromRealityToFiction'' includes names such as Sam, Alex, or Max, to a boy named "956" * Three of Creator/AndreNorton's early ''Literature/WitchWorld'' novels feature the triplets Kyllan, Kemoc and Kaththea - who share the English surname Tregarth. Justified by the fact that their dad was from Earth. * Although the original Swedish books (Moomin books were originally written in Swedish but their country of origin is Finland) avert this, there is a rather interesting case in the English translation of Literature/TheMoomins: the pair of strange visitors Thingumy and '''Bob''' (Tofslan and Vifslan in the original). * In the ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' novel ''Ben There, Done That'', the biker gang members are named Wolverine, Chrome, Razor...and Bob. * An interesting In-Universe example occurs in ''Literature/{{Aztec}}'': In Mesoamerican culture, most people tend to be named for concrete objects, warriors, animals, and such. For example: we have protagonist Mixtli (Dark Cloud), warrior Blood Glutton, princess Jadestone Doll, etc. So when Mixtli encounters someone from another village whose name means simply "Always", he's understandably a bit confused. * ''Literature/LambTheGospelAccordingToBiff'' features 8 concubines named Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm, Beautiful Gate of Heavenly Moisture Number Six, Temptress of the Golden Light of the Harvest Moon, Delicate Personage of Two Fu Dogs Wrestling Under A Blanket, Feminine Keeper of the Three Tunnels of Excessive Friendliness, and Silken Pillows of the Heavenly Softness of Clouds. Played arguably straight with Pea Pods in Duck Sauce with Crispy Noodle, and definitely straight with Sue. * The eponymous main character of ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' has a family with names such as Nicko, Jenna and Simon. [[FridgeLogic One wonders how the Heap parents knew about the meaning of "Septimus"]]. * ''Literature/AnExerciseInFutility'' - Kalharians have made-up fantasy names like Kathelm and Meunig, while the Gurdur have Herbrew names such as Ethan and Joseph. One Gurdur tribe names women after virtues, such as Charity. * ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', where you have names like Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Finnick, etc. to names like Effie, Madge, Annie, and Johanna. Some of the more bizarre names go along with ThemeNaming though, as people from certain districts tend to be named after certain aspects of their home (ex. people from the luxurious District 1 have names like Glimmer and Gloss, people from the Capitol tend to have Roman names, etc.). ** The setting is supposed to be in the distant future of North America; Katniss comes from approximately West Virginia coal country. She's named after a plant. Peeta is almost certainly a corruption of Peter. *** Or Pita, as his parents are bakers. * In ''Literature/TheRobotsOfDawn'', Auroran names mentioned are Han, Vasilia, Santirix, Fuad, Maloon, Kelden and Rutilan. * ''Literature/CountAndCountess''. Almost definitely unintentional, but when sharing pagetime with characters named Ferencz, Dorotta, Darvulia, Orsolya, Istvan, Bogdan, Mehmed, and Radu, names like Elizabeth, Frederick, and Christian can appear very jarring. * ''Literature/TheOrphansTales'' has characters have names with Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, Indian, African, Japanese, Eastern European, Greek, English and many other influences. Bonus points need to be given to Ragnhild and St. Sigrid, two women from Middle Eastern inspired cultures who have Scandinavian-sounding names. * ''Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit'' opens: "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were— Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter." * ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' ** The web-novel starts out simple enough. Adam and Derek, Laura and Lizzy, Akane and Ling. There are a few unexpected foreign names like Zusa (Yiddish) and Jelena (Serbian), but they're still real names. Then you start running into people like [[HornyDevils Malcanthet]], the Princess of Killing Sparrow, and Jarasax of the Blood-Doused Hunters. ** Turns out that the changelings (such as Jarasax) do this intentionally. They are all former slaves of the fey, who never bothered to give them names. Once they escaped, they chose the most outlandish names possible. So we get names like Loga'ha'shanar of the Sky-Borne Lords, Feless of the Firstborn, Heresh'ni of the Velvet Orchids, and Eccretia of the Never-Known Thieves. * Lampshaded in-universe in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The Barsoom Project]]'', in which most participants in the Fimbulwinter Game use their real names, but one (Marty Bobbick) plays as "Hippogryph". Eviane, a mentally-ill woman convinced the Game's events are really happening, becomes puzzled by his weird name shortly before she recalls that it's all pretend. * Justified in Creator/EllisPeters' ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' novels, since names like Robert and Michael, derived from Norman and Biblical Hebrew, have survived to the present day, while Anglo-Saxon names like Torold and Hiltrude have not. Cadfael himself has a Medieval Welsh name to which the author admits having found only one historical reference. * ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is speculative fiction more than fantasy, but here are the names of some of the Whistler children: Jerin, Corelle, Eldest, Pansy, Violet, Kai, Doric, Leia, Blush, Summer, Eva, Kira, Heria, Liam, Emma, Celain, Kettie, Birdie, and Bunny. ** And the royal family. The princesses have names like Rensellaer, and there is a prince Alannon somewhere in the royal family. But there was also the very tragic figure, an infertile prince consort called ... ''Michael''. * In Creator/RobertReed's ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe, human names get progressively weirder the younger they are. The oldest character has a fairly standard Asian name, [[TimeAbyss Quee Lee]]. The main characters, who are a mere [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld hundred thousand years old]], tend to have more odd names such as Washen or Miocene. The youngest characters have names like "Promise" and "Till" * ''Literature/SisterAlice'' has the older Great Family members having more standard names, such as the first dozen Chamberlains having names like Ian, Alice, and Thomas. Younger characters have odder names, such as [[TheHero Ord]], Xo, Ravleen, or Lyman. * In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series set in an alternate medieval fantasy Britain … oh, boy. ** Real names - Robert, David, Alexander, Rosemary, Tanya, Bill ** Real names with unusual spellings - Evelynne, Warrin, Jonathon, Zavier ** Real, sometimes obscure names with gender changes - Jordana, Kassander, Gawaina, Amedea, Braniana ** Real but obscure names, some with unusual spellings - Drusus, Atreus, Agrippa, Dimitrius, Isoldt, Bran ** [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Ethnic]] or ethnic-sounding names, some with unusual spellings - [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Llewellynne, Rhys, Llewen, Tuedwur]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Jock, Arren, Gordon, Duglas]], [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} Etienne, Celeste, Henri]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Arnolfo, Benedito, Juan-Ernesto]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Eleanor, Ferdiad, Mairi, Bridget]]. ** Totally-made-up names - Ellisander, Terrilynne, Caliston, Quindara, Galerion, Ballentire, Kelahnus ** Bird-themed names (denoting Heralds, possibly because they're swift) - Ptarmiganna, Eagleynne, Robinarden, Wrenassandra * ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' inverts this with the Curtis siblings: Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel. * In the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' we have Mediochre and Charlotte, Joseph and Dhampinella, the list goes on... * Names in ''Literature/TheColSecTrilogy'' tend to be either [[OnlyOneName singular and weird]], or ordinary or slightly unusual given names paired with more-or-less ordinary (if sometimes [[MyNaymeIs idiosyncratically spelled]]) surnames. Of course, it ''is'' AfterTheEnd. * The Mexican novel ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'' has common names for secondary characters, like Jessica and Joanna, also common Spanish names like Luis or José; but the main characters have either Middle-Eastern sounding names like Efrén and Asaf, or outright exotic like ''Dhamar''. And the sequel names the protagonist's daughter as ''Citlalli'', which is an Aztec name. * In the ''Literature/StoriesOfNypre'' series we have the usual names like Jordan. Then we have the names that come out of nowhere like Tawarln. * ''Literature/TheRavenCycle.'' The female protagonist's psychic residence has names like Blue, Jimi, Orla, and Neeve alongside Persephone, Calla, and Maura. * ''Literature/BorderKS'' features characters named Walter, Ryan, Leah, Antigone, and Siobhan. [[spoiler:And Aoife/Morgan/Mab, Niamh/Tania/Titania]]. * In the ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series, things often go this way, with either outright normal or at least somewhat plausible names (like Flick and Shea Ohmsford from the first book, or Morgan Leah from the "Scions" sub-series, as well as Walker from the same series, or minor characters named Hunter and Britt in the "Voyage" set) are seen alongside outlandish ones (the eponymous Jerle Shannara, just to start). Many names for both people and places throughout the books often feel like the author ran a dictionary through a shredder and pulled out real or real-ish words and stuck them together (like a swampy region known as the Matted Brakes, alongside truly bizarre names like the Wolfsktaag Mountains or bog-standard ones like the Rainbow Lake). This fits in with the world as established, though, as it is set thousands of years AfterTheEnd of our earth, specifically in the American Northwest, so it is likely that many English words and names gathered different meanings and were applied to people and geographical features. * In the ''Literature/NantucketTrilogy'', Nantucket grows increasingly diverse as Fiernans, Iraiina, and Native Americans move there to seek a better life. It becomes increasingly common to see names like "Llandaurth Witharaxsson", though some of the newcomers do end up taking more "American" names in the hopes that they'll fit in better. * ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features two parallel worlds, Earth and Greywall’d. Earth is a minor example, where there is a girl named Dakota in an English school ([[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as she’s American), but Greywall’d absolutely ''loves'' this trope, featuring relatively normal first names alongside names comprising legitimate words (translated in the English version) and fantasy names with a vague European sound. Justified again, as Greywall’d is a big place divided into multiple nations and races. * Two of the main characters in {{Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy}} are named Tristan and Morgon. The BigBad, meanwhile, is named ''Ghisteslwchlohm''. * Creator/GregEgan's ''Literature/{{Orthogonal}}'' trilogy features relatively predictable names such as Clara, Tamara, and Ramiro alongside stranger ones like Yalda, Tarquinia, and Eusebio. Of course, the entire thing is presumably fed to the reader through a ''thick'' soup of TranslationConvention. * In ''Literature/{{Distortionverse}}'' we are able to find pretty common names such as Michelle, François, Bertrand, Egon and alongside less common names like Veckert, Vortag, Silman, Emmelyn, Sapphire (and so on). Ah, yes: there are even Dkrav'lest and Andrakta, but they are aliens, so this is partially {{Justified}}. * In Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures the [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Foxen]] aliens have such exotic names such as Rolas, Sallivera, Alinadar.... and Melanie. ''Slightly'' justified in there being a bit of cultural contamination after meeting Humanity. * {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Literature/TheGodsAreBastards with a drow-human couple whose names actually ''are'' Aeris and Bob. * Literature/{{TACK}}: Holly's [[CompanionCube pet ping-pong ball]], Pongo, once had a brother. Cyrus guesses the name as "Pingo", but it turns it was Sam. * Most English dragons in ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' have [[PretentiousLatinMotto Pretentious Latin Names]] like Maximus or Perscitia. And then there's Lily, who hatched earlier than expected and who's young nervous captain had to come up with a name on the spot. To a lesser extent, Temeraire himself, who's captain didn't know about the traditional naming scheme. * ''Literature/ThePlatinumKey'' has characters with normal names like Alyson, Lydia and Leila alongside characters with names like Aramincia, Chocolate and Vanilla. * In the ''Literature/HushHush'' series, Angel names range from Patch[[spoiler:/Jev]] to Rixon to [[spoiler:Dabria]].Laverne.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]] * In ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', most characters have perfectly ordinary names. i.e. Walter Denton, Margaret Davis, Phillip Boynton, Daisy Enright, Martha Conklin, Harriet Conklin. Then you have the titular character, Constance "Connie" Brooks, a first name that is now uncommon. Then you jump straight into the bizarre with Osgood Conklin and [[EmbarrassingFirstName Fabian]] "Stretch" Snodgrass. * In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Sevateem people are called Leela, Neeva, Andor, Calib and... Tomas? * In ''Series/DarkAngel'' the names of Max's X5 "family" run the whole gamut ** Males - Zack, Kavi, Ben, Seth, Krit, Zane, Jack, Alec, Devon, Lane ** Females - Max, Tinga, Brin, Vada, Syl, Jondy, Jace, Eva, Sam, Jewel, Keema ** With X6s we have Dalton, Bullet, Fixit, Zero and Ralph (a girl) ** Justified in that they made up the names themselves, and the normal ones likely came from any contact with the outside world (which was admittedly pretty scarce). * The 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' simultaneously carries forward the names of several characters from the original series (as either real names or [[CodeName callsigns]]), makes frequent use of modern western/American naming conventions, and tosses traditional Greco-Roman names into the mix. As a result, character names run the gamut from near normal (William Adama, Sharon Valerii, Laura Roslin) through slightly unusual but still valid (D'Anna Biers, Anastasia Dualla, Saul Tigh) to downright weird (When was the last time you met someone called Eladio Puasha, or Safiya Sanne, or Galen Tyrol, or Gaius Baltar?) ** Gaius is a Roman name, and a fairly common one at that; see for instance the not-terribly obscure political leader Gaius Julius Caesar. Galen was a famous Roman doctor, and Callandra is a known Greek name. So they're the Colonial equivalent of real-life biblical names like David, John, Hannah as above. *** And "Safiya" is a fairly common (albeit dated) ''female'' name in Turkey. Likewise, "Sanne" would not be out of place if it was written as "San", with the pronounciation remaining unchanged. Doesn't change the fact that Colonial names are all over the place. ** Then there's mixes like Callandra Henderson, Sekou Hamilton, Louis Hoshi, Billy Keikeya, or Robin Wenutu. ** It can sort of be explain by the fact that the characters originate from 12 different planets. The Capricans have more western name, while the other colonies vary in strangeness. The issue is that the series doesn't make it very easy to discern this. * ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', by the same token. In the same training camp you have a girl called Lacy... and another girl called Hippolyta. The naming conventions stand out because most of the main characters have modern, 'normal' names, and it feels like the writers decided to mess around with Greek, Roman, and other unusual names ''after'' they gave most of the main characters more mundane names. * ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Well, Aerys and Robb. People from Westeros tend to have European names, some familiar (Robert, Jon) and others more exotic (Eddard, Sandor), while others still are typical European names with odd spellings (Olyvar, Petyr). People whose families hail from outside Westeros, such as the Dothraki and the Targaryens, have fantastical names (Aerys, Drogo). * ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' ** In ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', the rangers are Leo, Kai, Damon, Maya, and Mike. All pretty normal, right? Well, the one left out of that list is Kendrix. The only one without a normal name, who happens to be from Earth, while Maya, who has a real name, is from a fictional planet. Kendrix is left over from the original concept of the series, which is that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen it would have taken place]] [[TimeSkip some years after after]] the end of ''PowerRangersInSpace''. ** ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'' gave us characters named Jack, Elizabeth, and Sydney alongside ones called Boom and Bridge. Everyone in the series has a nickname, almost[[note]]Syd = Sydney, Z = Elizabeth, Sky = [[AllThereInTheManual Schuyler, an actual if uncommon present-day-Earth name]], [[PeopleInRubberSuits Doggie = Anubis Cruger]], and even Jack is often short for Jonathan.[[/note]], but no source gives us other names for Bridge and Boom, so it could be that their parents are just as [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} interesting]] as they are. (However, Bridge is sometimes short for Bridget, which can be a male name on ''very'' rare occasion.) *** We even met Boom's parents, and a character who didn't know them (aside from the fact that they were Boom's parents) hesitated before referring to them as "Mr. and Mrs. Boom." They sort of chuckled, but didn't offer an alternative. Whether that means it is or isn't their real last name is a good question. ** Way back in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Jason, Tommy, Billy, Zack, Kimberly, and… Trini. Trini is a slang term for a native of Trinidad as well as a short form of the Spanish name "Trinidad", which refers to the Trinity (in fact, Chicano singer Trini Lopez was named Trinidad and used Trini as a nickname.) Despite this, the actress and the character were Vietnamese. However, in the unaired pilot episode, the character of Trini was played by Hispanic-American actress Audri Dubois. The character was rewritten for Thuy Trang, but the name stuck. * Series/{{Firefly}}: Setting Mal(colm) Reynolds aside, we have... Kaywinnet "Kaylee" Frye, Zoe Alleyne, Inara Serra, Derrial Book, Jayne Cobb, Hoban Washburne, and River and... Simon Tam? Okay, Zoe's an everyday name, and Kaylee is approaching normal (though it's a nickname), but what better example than "River and Simon". ** Even the cast suffers from this: Nathan, Gina, Alan, Adam, Ron, and Sean vs. Morena, Jewel, and Summer. * ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' also has a lot of unusual names in its cast: Eliza Dushku, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman... and Olivia Williams. * ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has several examples because many characters are from different planets/countries. It's more conspicuous when none of the characters in question is an alien. Jim Kirk's brother is named Sam, Sam's son is Peter, and Sam's wife is... Aurelan?\\ \\ ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf has a one-quarter human son Alexander (named by his half-human mate K'Ehlyr). On the Klingon homeworld, this sets the boy apart from other Klingons whose names are wholly Klingon spelled in mixed cases, usually beginning with K, and often accented with an apostrophe. * In ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'', the campers are named or nicknamed: Zizi, Telly, Dina, Donkeylips, Sponge, Budnick, Ug (the counselor), and... Michael. This was probably done to show that he didn't really fit in, as he was the last to arrive and the others already had established relationships. Eventually, Michael got replaced with the obnoxious [[ReplacementScrappy Pinsky]]. * The core cast of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' consists of Buffy, Willow, Xander and ''Rupert''. In the expanded cast there are names such as Cordelia, Spike, Angel and Drusilla alongside Tara, Joyce, Dawn and Riley. Somewhat justified in that most of the odd names are nicknames and the characters' actual names are rather plain (for example, Oz is Daniel, Spike is William and Angel is Liam). ** The fact that people on the Hellmouth have unusual names was lampshaded in the very first episode of the show. ** Xander is a nickname for Alexander. Willow is a pretty normal name. [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Buffy's the weird one]]. Meanwhile the woman who plays Cordelia is actually named Creator/{{Charisma|Carpenter}}. * The pros on ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' have this issue completely. This, however, is largely due to all of them having been born in different countries. * ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** Time Lords have names ranging from the ridiculous (Romanadvoratrelundar) to the mundane (Susan). Although, Susan is not be her real name -- according to the [[http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Susan_Campbell the TARDIS Index File]], her Gallifreyan name is Arkytior, which translates as "[[EpilepticTrees Rose]]". Also, it's revealed (much later) that Time Lords pick the names they'll be known by, and those names are quite official (Lord President Rassilon addressed the Doctor and the Master as "Lord Doctor" and "Lord Master" while being particularly formal.) It makes sense that these names would be derived from all sources -- words describing what they do (like the Doctor and the Master), names of people on worlds that had an impact on them (presumably Susan, possibly anyone whose name isn't a dictionary word), or whatever they [[RuleOfCool felt sounded cool at the time]] (Romana's whole name, and the Doctor's "school" name of Theta Sigma). ** Some of the Doctor's companions teeter on this trope as well, running the gamut from relatively common (Sarah, Jamie, Mel, etc) all the way to names like Leela and Perpugilliam (Peri for short). ** This can also be the case for whole planets, such as the home planet of the Slitheen family, which is called Raxicoricofallapitorious, which was revealed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]] to have a sister planet named... Clom. ** The Sevateem people from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil "The Face of Evil"]] are called Leela, Neeva, Andor, Calib and... Tomas? ** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] gives us Bishop Octavian and clerics Angelo, Christian and ''Bob''. All are holy names, suggesting the existence of a Saint Bob or some such between now and then. ** Kazran Sardick in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]]. It's set on an Earth colony, and he's the ''only'' character with a name like that; the other named residents of Sardickstown are Abigail Pettigrew; her family Isabella, Eric and Benjamin; and Kazran's father, Elliot. ** [[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas "Last Christmas"]] has the elves, Wolf and Ian. * The names of the vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' ranges from the old-worldy/exotic--Sophie-Anne Leclerq, Russell Edgington, Talbot, Pamela Swynford De Beaufort--to the downright plain--Eric, Jessica, Bill. Lampshaded by Sookie (er... is that Cajun for something?); "Bill? I thought it might be Antoine or Basil or, like, Langford maybe. But Bill? Vampire Bill?" * The members of the Spanish Inquisition in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' are Cardinal Ximénez, Cardinal Biggles and Cardinal Fang. * ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' does this quite a bit, both with it's principal cast (Richard, Kahlan, and Cara, along with Zeddicus and Darken Rahl), and with its guests (Nicci, Flynn and Bridget along side Demmin Nass, Du Chaillu, and Ranssyn Fane) * In the short lived 80s series ''Series/{{Otherworld}}'', one of the sons of the family trapped in a foreign dimension is apparently named 'Smith'. * The eponymous family from ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle'' seems to switch each generation, from Malachy to Jake to Tinny. ** Malachy and Jake are pretty reasonable names for an Ulster-Scots/Irish background like Newfoundland, especially with a surname like Doyle. We should maybe just hope 'Tinny' is short for something, though. *** Her actual name is Katrina. With her mother being named Kathleen, 'Kat' was probably already taken. * ''Series/ModernFamily'' has a non-fantasy example with Cam's list of friends he wanted to invite to his fundraiser in ''Regrets Only'': Longinus, Pepper, Lamichael, Steven and Stephan, aaand… Bob. * The names of demons in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' show a lot of variety. For the first two seasons their primary antagonist were the demons Azazel and Meg. See also Lilith, Ruby, {{Sa|dlyMythtaken}}mhain, and Alastair. ** Meg was just the name of the girl she was wearing when they met her. The girl's ghost turns up and lambasts them at the start of season four. They keep using her name for the demon, because it's simpler. 'Ruby' probably picked that name for RuleOfCool. ** The show's angel names seem to come in two flavors: names with the -el suffix (Castiel, Gabriel, Samandriel, etc) and Biblical names that aren't necessarily angelic by tradition (Rachel, Naomi, Zachariah, etc.). Whether a name seems "Aerith" or "Bob" depends on how many people have been named after that particular religious figure in RealLife: *** Their main angel connections are Castiel, Uriel, and ''Zachariah''. A Biblical name, yes, but one which departs from the Semitic -el pattern most egregiously. Zachariah was a ''man'', and the fellow so called tends to refer to the race of man as 'hairless apes' at best. 'Anna Milton' does not count, even though other angels continue to call her by it even once she's recognized, because it's a [[PunnyName pseudonym]]. *** 'Michael' and 'Gabriel' have had so many people named after them, their names look ''normal''. Raphael not quite so much. Lucifer only gets called by his titles; apparently that stricken-from-the-book-of-life thing was for reals. Or he was actually named that, which makes him [[OddNameOut one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others]]. *** The angel Balthazar, anyone? (The name is apocryphally attached to one of the three wise men, along with Melchior and Caspar. Balthazar's the Arab.) ** The hunting community is mostly Sam's and John's and Bobby's, but Gordon Walker's partner is named Kubrick. *** A leading candidate for his angel name is actually ''Sammael''. [[YouCantFightFate Owch.]] * In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', the main characters are (not counting nicknames or last names) are Jack, Angela, Camille, and Lance. With the leads being Seeley and Temperance. * During a Props game on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie enacted a gladiator battle. Wayne announced himself with a booming "'''Spartacus!'''", while Colin retorted with a casual "Phil". * ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'' shows some examples of this. In-universe, we have the siblings Pablo and Marcelina (ok, so Marcelina is not tremendously out there, but still way more unusual than Pablo). And Carrusel being the remake of Senorita Maestra, compare the surnames of the original teacher Jacinta Pichimahuida (very unusual) vs. the remake's teacher Ximena Fernandez (very common). * In ''Series/BlakesSeven,'' the human/Terran citizens of the far-future Federation include present-day or almost present-day names like Roj Blake, Kerr Avon (unusual combination, but both real names), Travis, Sarkoff, Sondheim, Hal and Dayna Mellanby, Del Tarrant ...; and unfamiliar names like Olag Gan, Vila Restal, and Servalan. (Not counting names belonging to non-Terrans like Cally or Zen.) * ''Series/{{Psych}}'': In "This Episode Sucks," Margo says that one of her housemates probably made a suspicious call asking for a pint of blood. The housemates names are "Jake, Eddie, Lucien." Shawn, Gus, and Juliet immediately ask to talk to Lucien. [[spoiler:It was actually Eddie - aka "[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward]]."]] There's also the RunningGag in which Shawn will introduce himself and Gus to someone by saying "I'm Shawn Spencer and this is my partner, (some ridiculous or foreign-sounding pseudonym, e.g. Lavender Gooms)." Not only do people not even blink at the idea, they often take to referring to Gus by whatever Shawn introduced him as for the remainder of the episode. * More noticeable in the modern re-make of Sherlock Holmes, ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', where the traditional last-name basis for the characters is dropped, giving us Sherlock and John. * Non-Tau'ri humans in ''Series/StargateSG1'' run the gamut from things like Odai Ventrell, Narim, and Adan Corso, to folks like Jonas Quinn who could've been from a small town on Earth. ** One could even argue that the show's title team exemplifies this, with its members being Sam, Daniel, Jack, and Teal'c. Later continued with Sam, Cam, Daniel, Vala, and Teal'c. Still holds true, though in this case there are actually two aliens on the team — Vala just happens to have a name that sounds normal enough that it doesn't raise any questions. Her stepmother and sort-of daughter are both named Adria, which might not be an Earth name, but definitely sounds like it could be. Her father, on the other hand, is named Jacek — definitely not an Earth name. *** Because Poland is definitely not on Earth. ** Also in play with Earth's space fleet. ''Prometheus'', ''Daedalus'', ''Apollo'', ''Odyssey'', and ... ''George Hammond''. There is an explanation for this one, though, both in- and out-of-universe: it was originally going to be named ''Phoenix'', but was renamed when the actor who had played George Hammond died of a heart attack, and the writers incorporated it into the story. *** The other ships that don't follow the pattern are the ''Korolev'' and the ''Sun Tzu'', but since they are Russian and Chinese respectively and therefore not named by the USAF, they get a pass. * Rather puzzling to ''Series/TheXFiles'' fans is how Mulder's sister got the normal name "Samantha" while he got stuck with "Fox". * ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' gives us Kono, Chin Ho, Kamekona, Danno… and Lieutenant Commander Steve [=McGarrett=]. ** The recurring villains are Sang Min, Wo Fat, and '''Victor'''. ** Of course, Danno is usually called "Danny," many other recurring characters have '''very''' common American names -- Max, Jenna, Catherine, Grace, Rachel -- and you would expect a lot of Asian or Hawaiian names in a show set in Honolulu, so I'd argue that it's justified in this 'verse. (It's still odd that they didn't feminize Kono's name when they updated the series, though.) * ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. Enough said. * ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler was a much more unusual name than the likes of Joey or Rachel. * Creator/DavidLetterman did a gag in which he invited Osama Bin Laden's brother Darryl Bin Laden onstage. * The Board of Shamen in ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' is made up of aliens and strangely dressed humanoids, but Saboo is the only member with an exotic name while the rest are extremely common - for example, the strangest looking member is named Tony Harrison. * Topanga in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' at least had an implied excuse that her weird name was probably a result of their equally weird parents (at least with how they were characterized at the time). However, in ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', Stuart Minkus named his kid ''Farkle'' with no in-universe reason being apparent so far. * The main cast of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry, George, Elaine, and Cosmo. No wonder the latter goes by "Kramer". * ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': Excluding Gob, Buster, and Maeby, which are nicknames, Tobias is the only unusual name in the main cast. As for the actors, we go from Jason, Michael, Jessica, Jeffrey, Will, David and Tony...to Portia and Alia. * On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', there are people from the Ark with names like Finn, Monty, or Abigail, others with somewhat more unusual names like Octavia or Thelonius, still others with really odd names like Fox, Atom, or Dax, and then there are people like Clarke or Wells whose given names are traditionally surnames instead. [[/folder]] [[folder:Meta]] * The humor rule-of-three is often evoked this way. For example, the three fairies in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' were Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. The three hyenas in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' were Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. This spills over to titles, occasionally: ''CoffeeTeaOrMe''. The three gargoyles in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' were [[Creator/VictorHugo Victor, Hugo]], and Laverne. [[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]] * This can potentially occur in any game where you can [[HelloInsertNameHere provide custom names for your party members]], as such games make little to no judgement calls on the player-supplied names. * Most characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Growlanser}}'' series have rather common names such as Karen, Julia, Ernest, Brett, Hugh, Regina, and Wendy... but these characters associate with others with names such as Ariost, Xenos, Slayn, Pernagi, Crevaniel, and Rukias. * The ghosts from ''VideoGame/PacMan'' are named Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and... Clyde. Clyde is replaced by Sue in ''Ms. Pac-Man'' and by Tim in ''Jr. Pac-Man''. * ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' mostly has fantastic names: Valygar, Ajantis, Keldorn, Jaheira, Imoen, Viconia... And then there's the remarkably ordinary Jan Jansen. (That is to say, his name is ordinary. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} He]] [[GadgeteerGenius isn't]].) But even then it's odd, as it's an ordinary human name borne by a ''gnome''. ** The villain is named Sarevok in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate I]]''. But in [[VideoGame/BaldursGateII the sequel]] the villain is Jon Irenicus, revealed to be [[spoiler: short for Jonaleth]]. * ''VideoGame/DimensionSpark'' is a game about the adventures of characters named Zach, Garret, and Pisces. * ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' actively averts this in adventurer mode, where people remark upon your strange name if you don't use one of the generated ones for your culture. * ''Franchise/MassEffect'' {{justifie|dTrope}}s throwing Ashley Williams into a party containing Urdnot Wrex, Garrus Vakarian, Liara T'soni, and Tali'zorah nar Rayya with cultural differences, as they are all of different species. Human character names can give this impression to some players, as people with names like Ashley Williams, Jacob Taylor, Miranda Lawson, and David Anderson exist alongside people with names like Donnel Udina and Kaidan Alenko - these are still real names, just not very common ones among English-speakers. ** The names of those different species can also apply. Out of all the species in the game, there are asari, krogan, and quarians and creatures named gas bags, space beetles, and space cows. ** The turian primarch's name is Adrien. Pretty normal sounding considering other turians have names like Garrus, Chellick and Lilihierax. * The [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Final_Fantasy_Tactics_Random_Names generics]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' can have a range of names from the mundane to the fantastic (a fact not helped by the [[BlindIdiotTranslation horrific translation]] of the original version). * Usually, the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series of games have "cool" or exotic names for the most part, with a few standard Western names for flavor. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' inverts this: The named cast consists of Maria, Guy, Leon, Josef, Ric([[SpellMyNameWithAnS h]])ard, Leila, Gordon, Scott, Hilda, Paul, Cid, a Mr. Borghen, and Mateus...plus [[OddNameOut Minwu and Firion/Frioniel]]. * ''VideoGame/{{Lunar}}'' has this. The first game has more Bobs than Aeriths, with names such as Alex, Jessica, Mia... And Luna and Ghaleon. The second game is the other way around, with names like Lucia, Lemina, Ronfar... And Leo and Jean. * ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' averts this until you consider that Alistair, Wynne, Morrigan, and Leliana have perfectly respectable medieval names, while Zevran and Oghren have random fantastic names (although they are from fantasy cultures; elf and dwarf respectively). [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Sten]] doesn't count, it's a title, not a name. ** The various breeds of darkspawn are hurlocks, genlocks, shrieks, and ... ogres? Justified: the first three have been around since the first Blight (they're created from blighted female humans, dwarves, and elves, respectively). Ogres are derived from qunari, which only recently arrived on the continent. * ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' goes the completely fantastic name route with such names as Varric and Merrill(from fantasy cultures)...except for the inclusion of people such as Knight-Commander Meredith and Viscount Marlowe Dumar, who have respectable (if a bit outdated) normal names. ** [=DA2=] is actually closer to the Bob end of the spectrum than it might appear. Merrill's not unheard of in the US, spelled either that way or as Meryl. Other normal names spelled oddly include Isabela and Saemus (the latter is pronounced like the Irish Seamus). Sebastian is a relatively common name, and Bethany and Carver are also occasionally heard in the real world. Anders is actually a very common name in Scandinavia (though WordOfGod is that it's the rebel mage's nickname rather than his real name). You'll meet {{Non Player Character}}s with names like Evelina, Olivia, Grace, and Ella alongside odder ones like Thrask, Tomwise, Gamlen, and Tarohne. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': In a world populated by Tellahs, Fusoyas, Golbezes, and Rydias, the hero and his girlfriend are Cecil and Rosa. And the QuirkyBard is named Edward. Rydia is very likely SpellMyNameWithAnS for Lydia, but the R stuck as the official spelling. ** Tellah is probably meant to be Terah, which is a Hebrew name (the father of Abraham) and Hebrew slang for [[CoolOldGuy old man]]. ** Then ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' presents us with the [[{{Ninja}} Eblan Four]], Gekkou, Izayoi, Tsukinowa, and Zangetsu...and their master, Edge, short for Edward Geraldine. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'''s Butz. Or, [[GoodBadTranslation depending on your preference,]] Bartz. The rest of the characters maintain their original names, though to some extent that's possibly explained by two characters hailing from [[spoiler: a different world entirely.]] ** Except for [[FanTranslation Cara]]. Or is it [[GoodBadTranslation Krile]]? [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kururu]]? ** To a lesser extent, we also have [[GoodBadTranslation Lenna]]... or is it [[GoodBadTranslation Reina]]? * There's often at least one "normal" name mixed in with the fantastic names. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' gave us Edgar and Terra, not-impossible names like Cyan and Locke, and ninja mercenary Shadow, a.k.a. Clyde. ** Sabin is also Mash in Japan, which is supposedly a nickname based on "Macias". ** In the original Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Cyan's name was actually "Cayenne". As in the chili pepper. Which anybody familiar with the character will recognize as spectacularly inappropriate. ** And Terra is this trope unto herself. Her original Japanese name was "Tina", but Ted Woolsey opted to change it to something more exotic-sounding feeling that "Tina" would sound too every-day and mundane to Western audiences, particularly given the character's [[HalfHumanHybrid exotic origins]]. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Vincent, Zack, Barret Wallace and his daughter Marlene, Scarlet, Priscilla, Reno, Elena, Lucrecia, Ester, Joe and Rufus mixed in with names like Sephiroth, Cloud Strife and Genesis Rhapsodos (and actually ''having'' TropeNamer [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aeris/Aerith]]). ** The full name Aerith ''Gainsborough'' alone contains this trope. So does Tifa ''Lockhart''. It seems as though the majority of the player characters have the "Aerith" names while the [[NonPlayerCharacter non-player characters]] got the "Bob" end of the stick. ** For the Spanish players, this happens with the geography of the game as well. In a world where we find Midgar, Gongaga, Nibelheim, Junon, etc. we suddenly find ''Costa del Sol''. Which was ''not'' Woolseyized in the (admittedly subpar) Spanish translation. If you're an American, imagine playing the game and ending up in Malibu Beach or the Ozarks. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' gives us this trope all in one person, with Dagger, a.k.a. Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, whose real name is actually [[spoiler:Sarah]]. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Lulu and Seymour amidst Auron, Rikku, Braska, Kimahri, and Wakka. [[SeriousBusiness Depending on which pronunciation you use]], Tidus can be pronounced like "Titus"--a bit uncommon, but nothing people would actually remark on. Yuna is a bit of a gray area--it's one of the "Aerith" counterparts to Western audiences, but in reality is a perfectly normal Japanese name. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Fran and her sister Mjrn. Thank God they included that second name in the voice-acting, or non-Slavic players would have [[NoPronunciationGuide no idea how to pronounce it]] (pronounced like "yearn" with an M tacked on the beginning). Also in Final Fantasy XII are [[spoiler:the fon Ronsenburg brothers - Basch and Noah]]. * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' introduces a cast with names like Snow, Vanille, Fang, and Sazh, and [[GenderBlenderName a boy named Hope]]. And then you get the two sisters Lightning and... Serah. (Lightning is just a nickname, however; her real name is fairly commonplace.) ** Though while Lightning's English name, [[spoiler:Claire]], ''is'' extremely normal, her Japanese name is, in fact, [[spoiler:Éclair, its the French word for "lightning," but and Eclair being a type of pastry to English speakers is why it was changed. Claire has a similiar enough meaning though.]] * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' allows Dragoon characters to select a name for their pet wyvern from a list that includes Firewing, Cerulean, Eisenzahn... and Rover, Buster and George. (The last may be a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George St. George the dragon slayer]].) * Franchise/KingdomHearts ** The apprentices to Ansem the Wise in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' are named Xehanort, Braig, Aeleus, Ienzo...then there's Dilan and Even. ** Because it's a crossover, the names in the series tend to be all over the place, with Sora, Donald, Mickey, Ariel, Jack, Axel and Zack alongside Xehanort, Vanitas, Saix, Ventus and Cloud ** The first game's {{bonus boss}}es are [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]], the Ice Titan... and Kurt Zisa. Square held a contest where the winner would get their name in the game, and the winner was a guy named Kurt Zisa, hence why a HumongousMecha has such a human-sounding name. * In ''Franchise/MetalGear'' most characters go by cool code names like [[VideoGame/MetalGear1 Big Boss]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Revolver Ocelot, Grey Fox,]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Fortune, Fatman, Vamp, Raiden]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The Fear, The Pain, The Fury, The End, The Boss]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Laughing Octopus, Raging Raven, Crying Wolf, Sreaming Mantis, Akiba]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Monsoon, Sundowner, Jetstream]] and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Dr. Strangelove]]. On the other hand, most of these characters have fairly ordinary real names, and some characters go by their real names, such as [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Olga Gurlukovich]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Gene, Ursula,]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Boris and Senator Armstrong]]. We also have [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Hot Coldman]], which is apparently his real name. * In ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'', everybody has a wacky name, except some [=NPCs=]. We've got Elza, Kanan, Quark, Seiren, Jackal and Manamia. ** The English translation is similarly weird. Leading lady Calista has a perfectly respectable name, as does LovableSexManiac Lowell. Yurick is made up, but sounds similar enough to "Yorick" to be within the realm of possibility. But Mirania? Dagran? ''Zael?'' * ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini'' features three main characters named after constellations, the villainous Mizar, and King Jeff. ** Again, the weirdness is compounded by naming the male hero after Juno, queen of the gods. ** This game was done by Creator/{{Rare}}, so this was all very likely intentional. * The main character in ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}'' is named Rallen. His partner is Jeena. The bad guy's named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Krux]].the guy who sells you weapons is named ''Dave''. * ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' does this with humans (and undead who were humans in life). On one end you have Arthas Menethil and Anduin Wrynn, and at the other end you have Jonathon Garret and Margaret Fowler. Somewhere in the middle you have the likes of Jaina Proudmoore, whose name is neither someone you'd meet at work nor all-out fantastic. ** As a rule of thumb, plot importance determines how exotic the name is. Many minor {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs who are [[NominalImportance relevant enough to have a name but not relevant enough to warrant a lot of thinking]] have perfectly normal names (often enough [[ShoutOut referring to another works]]). ** Player names also tend to cower the whole spectrum, when they aren't being outright lazy and name their Blood Elven hunter Xxlégölasxx. ** In an interesting aversion, there is a ghost named Matthias Lehner. A perfectly normal, innocent name... until you figure out its an anagram. (Of [[spoiler:Arthas Menethil]].) ** ''Warcraft 3'' has a voice file for Pitlords that is a talk show introducing "Magtheridon, Hunter of Night! And his girlfriend Kim." ** The most drastic example might be the fact that Kel'Thuzad was his human name, back when he worked for Antonidas. (So where was Series/{{Kenan|AndKel}} Thuzad?) * The main character in ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' is called Spike. His rival? Jake. Jake was changed to Buzz for the PAL release, though (along with the god-awful American dubbing). * ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has several unique names for Pokemon, including "Giratina", "Sableye", "Raichu", "Shiftry" and "Lickilicky". Kanto also has incredibly simple names, like "Gloom", "Golem" and "Seel." ** And that's only looking at the ones they kept in the English version. In Japanese, Drowzee was called "Sleep", Pidgeotto was called "Pigeon", and Sandshrew was called "Sand". They cut down on the GratuitousEnglish in later generations after the games became popular overseas. *** Also, Geodude's German name, "Kleinstein", meaning "little stone". ** For the games we have in terms of protagonists, in order: Red, Green ("Blue" outside of Japan), '''Leaf'''. Ethan (Hibiki), Kris, Lyra (Kotone), & Silver. May (Haruka) & Brendan (Yuuki). Dawn (Hikari), Lucas (Kouki) & Barry (Jun). Hilbert (Touya), Hilda (Touko), Cheren, Bianca (Bel),''[[OneLetterName N]]'' (It's short for "Natural Harmonia Gropius" but that isn't much better), Calem, Serena, Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna. Unlike other examples, only Leaf, Green, N, and maybe Calem (which is actually "Callum" in Japanese, a real name), have strange names. ** ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' has Wes as the protagonist and [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness its sequel]] has Michael, but the other characters have names like Diogo, Marcon, Liaks, Nexir, Snattle, or Mirror B. Some of the names in Unova's Battle Subway are on par with Orre's in terms of randomness. Others are just random words, however. And then there's a School Girl named [[GenderBlenderName Percy]]. *** How could you have possibly covered Orre's strange names without making any mention of the Hexagon Brothers: Resix, Blusix, Greesix, Yellosix, Purpsix, and Browsix? *** A few more, specifically from ''XD'': Furgy, Kwane, Jetsal, Hobble, Zook, Koiyt (whom you battle right after Kwane in Mt. Battle), & Jedo. *** Some of the names of the residents of Orre don't sound much weirder if you say them backwards. ** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' gives the Gym leaders names like Viola, Ramos, Grant, and Olympia, but the Elite Four have really odd names such as Malva, Wikstrom and Siebold. * ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's'' main characters are named Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman/Robotnik, and... then there's Amy, and Tails is just a nickname: his real name is [[PunnyName Miles Prower]]. The human characters are given pretty realistic names (Gerald, Maria, Elise). Ivo, Marine, and Rouge are real names as well, though significantly rarer. Further fantastical names include Cream, Shadow, Silver, Blaze, Vector, Espio, Charmy, Jet, Wave, and Storm. * The VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents are named [[ShoutOut Agent J]], Chieftain, Spin, Commander Kahn, Starr, Foxx, Missy, Derek and Morris. * Speaking of which, the original VideoGame/StarFox team consisted of Peppy Hare, Pigma Dengar, and... James [=McCloud=]. Other characters include Andross, Bill Grey, Slippy Toad (and father Benito Toad), Andrew Oikonny, and Dash Bowman. * ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Valentine siblings]], all [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld roughly or over four hundred]] by the games' 1913-1929 timeline. The eldest, Joachim. The youngest, Hildegard. The middle? Keith. One of these names is not like the others… Actually, none of those names is like each other; one is Hebrew, one is German and one is Scottish. And their home is in Romania. * The prequel to ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' is not immune, either. The party consists of two men named Edward and James, and a woman named Koudelka. Edward and James are English, while Koudelka is Romani (also known as Gypsy) and her name is Czech for someone with blonde hair, which could have easily diffused west amongst the Romani. * ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. The names of the main characters range from relatively normal, such as Alice, Lloyd, Emil, Marta, and Colette, and Sheena, to fairly odd like Raine, Genis, and Regal, to just plain weird like Zelos, Kratos, Decus, and Mithos. [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief But if you excuse real-world name etymology]], they really do work well together. ** A lot of the Franchise/{{Tales|Series}} games tend to be like that. However, a lot of characters' surnames tend to be realistic, regardless of how weird their first names are. ** Kratos and Zelos are taken from Myth/ClassicalMythology, thus the similarity with [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries a certain homicidal "hero"]]. * The entire Tales series is this. They have the usual names like Luke, Lloyd, Jay and Annie. The slightly less every day but still normal names like Yuri, Hubert, Jade and Emil. Then the just plain bizarre names like Kanonno, Mint, Genis and Bruiser. It works for the most part though (it should be stressed that some names were changed in the American versions to sound ''less strange'': Genis and Raine were known as [[GratuitousEnglish Genius and Refill]] around there, while Bruiser Khang was Mighty Khongman. The list goes on). Oddly, in one case, a normal name (Woodrow) was changed in the localization to "Garr." ** Even more punctuated is ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', which features four elemental spirits, Sylph, Undine, Gnome, and Efreet, and their leader, Maxwell. Also in Phantasia, there are the protagonist's parents Miguel and Maria, and then there's their son, Cress. Why two persons who, judging form the names, are ethnically "Hispanic" would give their son an ethnically "Salad" name is not explained. The Tales Series is also a Japanese game, so all these names would probably sound 'exotic' to the Japanese. * ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' (of the game of the same name) and her brother (and [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Voice With Access To The Loudspeaker System]]) Dan. * ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has normal names for most of the humans and unusual names for most of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Kindred]]. There are exceptions on both sides, however. In an inversion of the norm for [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]], the most important Kindred have the least exotic names. While SideQuest givers have names like Pisha, Skelter, Damsel, and Velvet, some important characters who drive the main story are named Jack, Gary, Isaac, and Jeanette. ** Skelter and Damsel are anarch gangers, so presumably they made up names to sound cool. Pisha is presumably many centuries old, comes from some distant, possibly extinct culture, and explicitly states it's not her own name. And Velvet Velour is using a pseudonym; her real name is [[spoiler: Susan]]. You can only find that out if you're Malkavian, and expect a sharp telling-off if you mention it.¨ *** Sebastian, Maximilian and Bertram aren't really that strange, just foreign. Sebastian [=LaCroix=] is very explicitly French, and Maximilian Strauss has a German name and a German accent, so him actually being German isn't too far-fetched. Bertram is a rare but perfectly respectable German name. The only strange thing is the juxtaposition of an Old Germanic first name with a South Chinese last name, but then again, considering Tung's profession, assuming a name without geographical ties is very much in-character. * This trope can be said to occur in every game in which you have the option of naming your character. * ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has some of the major characters originally from the [[DoomedHometown isle of Hod]]: [[spoiler: Gailardia]], [[spoiler: Vandesdelca]], [[spoiler: Mystearica]], and Mary. * ''VideoGame/TheDemonRush'' features such characters as Brooks Cracktackle, a private investigator; Knight the horned knight; the Legend Viper of Thunder; Jimmy the necromancer; Cherry Venus the fighter ace; and Steve the half-dragon semi-divine entity. * The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series has some good examples. For instance, the potential brides from ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoon64 64]]'' (and some subsequent games) have the names Ann, Elli, Karen, Mary...and Popuri. In the first [[OddlyNamedSequel Rune Factory]] game, exotic names like Mist and Lynette are interspersed with names like Sharron and Tori. ** In ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Friends of Mineral Town]]'', there are characters with mundane names like Ellen, Jeff, Doug, and May, but then there's ''Saibara'' and ''Barley''. Also, there are three women who meet in the town square every day to exchange gossip. Their names? Anna, Manna...and Sabrina (more of a disruption in theme naming, but still). ** In ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS DS (Cute)]]'', the five bachelors are Marlin, Rock, Carter, Griffin and ''Gustafa''. Island of Happiness features Vaughn, Mark, Elliot, Denny, [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Pierre]], and Shea. Like shea butter. The available men from Magical Melody are Alex, Basil, Carl, Dan, [[AmbiguousGender Jamie]], Joe, Kurt, Louis, Ray, and ''Bob''. But the last bachelor, Blue, definitely takes the cake. *** Some people appear to think "Rock" is an absurd name, but they can't smell what [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] is cooking. ** Most of the protagonists have typical names. Pete, [[VideoGame/HarvestMoon3 Sa]][[DistaffCounterpart ra]], [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Clai]][[DistaffCounterpart re]], Troy, Mark.. Pony? Most fans call her "[[FanNickname Jill]]" though. * In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', [[NoNameGiven for those with names]], there's Vhailor, Dak'kon, Nordom, [[MeaningfulName Ignus]], Fall-From-Grace (though she can be abbreviated to just Grace), Morte (not short for Mortimer)…and Annah. Annah Of The Shadows, to be specific, which while not quite Fall-From-Grace is still uncommon. And that's just your party members. One advantage of the ''Planescape'' setting's cultural mish-mash is that anyone can be called literally anything, up to and including '0' and nobody will bat an eyelid. * ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': You know that something is weird, when you have a Link standing side by side with a Midna, a Tetra, and a Ruto, all ruled by a relatively normal (if old-fashioned) Zelda. As well as Shiro, Jiro, Saburo, and Ichiro the carpenters (which are common ''Japanese'' names, in a Medieval setting), and a little girl named Pamela (yes, that's her name in Japan too). Also, his sister goes by the name "Aryll", while the first king of Hyrule's name was "Gustaf". Well, probably normal names are a privilege of royalty. ** Also, the children in Link's village in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' are named Malo, Talo, and... Colin and Beth. ** The Oracle games brings us such characters as Moosh, Onox, Rafton, Syrup, Dekadin, Veran, and Ambi, among many others (such as unusually-named {{Legacy Character}}s). Then there are characters like Holly, Rosa, Ricky, Dimitri, Blossom, and Ralph. (Admittedly, Holly and Blossom are {{Meaningful Name}}s and Dimitri's still not exactly a common name, anyway.) Importance for all ranges from minor one-shot characters to major supporting cast to villains. ** The Tingle brothers are named: Tingle, Ankle, Knuckle, and... David Jr. ** Also, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap Maggie, Paige, Klaus, Anton, Jasmine, June, say hi to Gorman, Anju, Ezlo, and Vaati.]] * ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' does this, as expected from a fantasy game. For example, at any given time it's possible to have an Ike, Roy, Oscar, Edward, Mia, Katrina, Sonia, Frederik, Cynthia, Chris, or Hector fighting alongside an Erk, Makalov, Nephenee, Haar, Saleh, Tharja, Owain, Chrom, or Nah (Which is "Nn" in Japanese). ** Makalov could just be a mistranslation of Makarov, a fairly common Russian surname. ** The Boss characters get shafted with weirder names than the main characters. Eubans, Jasmine ([[GenderBlenderName for a man]]), Kishuna, Puzon, Bool, Migal, Batta, Vaida, Limstella, Uhai, Groznyi, Zugo, alongside Bug, Wire, Glass, Kenneth, Lloyd, Bernard and Cameron for example. *** Not to mention Dheginsea, whose name was actually simplified for the English version from the original Dheginhansea. ** To sum up, the names in the ''Fire Emblem'' series are a grab bag, ranging from normal, everyday names (Arthur, Anna), less common but still plausible names (Lyndis, Mordicai, Soren, Lucina), names with interesting spellings that wouldn't be out of place in your average medieval fantasy book (Rickard, Jeorge), names that sound like last names (Eliwood, the aforementioned Makalov), several names from mythology around the world (Minerva, Cain and Abel, Percival), and then the downright unusual (Zihark, Gharnef). * ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' plays with it. Alongside characters with names like Crash, [[TwoBeingsOneBody Dingodile]] and Nefarious, a lot of its characters have normal names, but with the exception of Coco and Nina, they're part a pun. (''Neo'' Cortex, [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Victor and Moritz]]). * ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has, among its cast of [[NominalImportance named characters]], Arthur, Jack, Sue, King, and Jenka with translated names; and Toroko, Itoh, Kazuma, and Momorin with their names in transliterated Japanese. * ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has several instances of this, likely because they fit with characters' nationality. On the other hand, this creates {{Narm}} with names such as "Ken", "Dhalsim", "Dan Hibiki", "Twelve", and "Seth", who is ''the final boss of VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. Then there's Guile... * ''VideoGame/FatalFury''. While some names, such as "Terry Bogard", "Richard Meyer", "Li Xiangfei" and "Marco Rodriguez" are perfectly reasonable names, one would question what they were thinking with names like "Duck King" (which, although it [[MeaningfulName makes sense]], is still funny), "Khushnood Butt" (the English translation of "Marco Rodriguez", god knows why), "Lucky Glauber", and "Geese Howard". * The main characters of the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games: Isaac, Garet, Ivan, Mia, Felix, Jenna, Sheba, Piers. Only the last two could be considered slightly unusual. On the other hand, Saturos, Menardi, Karst, Agatio...and then Alex. Granted, the first four of those are from [[spoiler:a specific town, and are also kinda a different race]]. And hilariously, Alex is [[spoiler:the closest thing the games have to a BigBad]]. ** There's an inseparable pair of warriors in the first game who play the trope almost painfully straight. Their names: Ouranos and Sean. * ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has half-brothers Daegun and… Duncan. ** The player's allies too, having completely ridiculous names like Neeshka and Casavir existing alongside almost normal names like Elanee and Bishop. ** The first game kept it to mostly consistent fantastic names like Linu, Sedos, and Maugrim, but Tomi and Aarin Gend have pretty ordinary-sounding names. And Aribeth wouldn't raise more than one or two eyebrows in a real-world setting. * ''VideoGame/KingsKnight'' has the brave knight Rayjack, the powerful wizard Kaliva, the rampaging monster Barusa... and Toby the thief. * The cast of the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' games have names ranging from Johnny, May, Bridget and Eddie (who just so happens to be ''possessing the body'' of someone named ''Zato-1'') to I-No, Dizzy, Zappa and A.B.A. ** As well as [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sol Badguy]], whose real name is [[spoiler:[[{{Queen}} Frederick]].]] ** The large bulk of Guilty Gear character names are extremely unusual, to be fair - even by Japanese standards. One character, Kuradoberi Jam(u), is very Chinese, but her name (蔵土縁 紗夢) is a mostly nonsense (but still theoretically valid) Japanese name, meaning something along the lines of "Gossamer dreams at the edge of a dirt cellar." ''Really?'' ** Its SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', plays around with this trope some too. Some characters have perfectly ordinary Western names (Rachel, Carl, Noel), some have ordinary Japanese sounding names (Jin, Tsubaki, Kagura, Makoto), some have exotic names from other languages (Litchi [[note]]Chinese[[/note]], Ragna [[note]]Old Norse[[/note]], Azrael [[note]]Hebrew[[/note]]) and some have [[AwesomeMcCoolname downright awesome names]] (Bang Shishigami, Iron Tager, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing). * While the King of All Cosmos and his immediate family in ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' are simply known by their title, the Royal Cousins run into this. So you have Ace, Colombo, Marcy and Velvet alongside Ichigo, Miki, Odeko and Fujio... Then you get into the ''really'' odd names like Ban-Ban, Pokkle, Nutsuo and Dangle. * To a lesser degree, this pops up occasionally in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, where in you can read about notable characters such as Mannimarco, The King of Worms and Gentleman Jim Stacey. While each race has its own naming convention, they all ''stick'' to it. You won't find a non-Nord named Sjorta, nor a non-Argonian named Hauls-Ropes-Faster (or Skreeva,) or any non-Elf named Alewen. And certainly no other M'aiq the Liar, save for one [[RunDontWalk fast-moving]] [[CrazyAwesome calipers-obsessed]] TalkativeLoon [[PettingZooPeople catperson.]] ** Then there are still some name mixups within races. Take, for example, the late Emperor Uriel Septim VII, and his sons, Geldall, Enman, Ebel, and....Martin. Granted, the last one ''is'' illegitimate, but... * The workshop in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' follows this trend: the girls [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (at least in the localized version)]] are named Jess, Nikki, Anna, and Pamela. The boys are Vayne, Roxis, Flay... and Muppy, though Muppy ''is'' an alien from another planet. Or something. * The central couple in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series are named Elaine Marley and... Guybrush Threepwood. * ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' gives us such characters as Atrus, Gehn, Sirrus, Achenar, and Catherine. It's explained in the backstory that her name was Katran, but Atrus for some reason misheard the introduction and it stuck. ** These names are also from different cultures. Atrus (actually Aitrus), Gehn and Yeesha are D'ni names, Katran is Rivenese, and Sirrus and Achenar aren't explicitly described as either (they may well be D'ni, but are probably differently spelled). * ''VideoGame/WurmJourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' has a heroine named Moby whose boyfriend is named Ziggy, and most of the other (human) characters have more or less regular names; Dan, Mike, Allan, Sylvia...even the princess of the underground empire, Diane. * ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' has names spanning the entire spectrum, though human names (Haven) remain mostly plausible. Wizards and Necromancers (who used to be human)... not so much. * In the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and PC game ''VideoGame/ThreeDirtyDwarves'', the lead dwarf is Greg, followed by Taconic and Corthag. (Having one named after the Taconic Parkway does makes sense in context.) * ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' has characters with really normal first names - Ashley, Sydney, Joshua, Romeo, Samantha, Duane, Grissom... coupled with really awesome surnames: Riot, Losstarot, Merlose, Guildstern, Bardorba...etc, * ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' has three playable characters: Zephyr, Vashyron, and... Leanne? The [=NPCs=] also follow this trend, with Theresa and Bobby living alongside Barbarella and Garigliano. It's worth noting that in the Japanese version, Leanne was Reanbelle. * ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies'' has [[http://swg.allakhazam.com/db/bestiary.html?swgbeast=4256 Johnson Smith]], a Zabrak on Kashyyyk. * The names of all of the party members acquired in the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' game, in order: Justin, Sue, Feena, Gadwin, Rapp, Milda, Guido, Liete. [[spoiler:The first two are the only ones who are fully human.]] * ''VideoGame/LittleFighter2'' has characters named John, Henry, Davis, Dennis, Rudolph, Woody, Deep, Firen and Freeze. * ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has this with regards to the names of the UNSC ships, which can either have unusual and poetic names like ''Pillar of Autumn'', ''Spirit of Fire'', ''Aegis Fate'', ''In Amber Clad'', ''Forward Unto Dawn'', and ''The Heart of Midlothian'', or more conventional single word names like ''Leviathan'', ''Fairweather'', ''Gettysburg'', ''Texas'', and ''Basra''. There are also some semi-comedic ones, like ''Say My Name'', ''Ready or Not'', ''[[Film/DirtyHarry Do You Feel Lucky?]]'', and ''Two for Flinching''. * Names in the ''VideoGame/{{Shining}}'' franchise can be all over the place, and unlike most RPG series, there's no OneSteveLimit in effect. So you have names like Max and Arthur intermingling with those like Synbios, Bleu or Xion, and occasionally getting ''recycled''. ** The names of several members of the Noswald Empire in Shining Force EXA. Ragnadaam The Third, Gadfort, Duga, and ''Phillip''. Yes Phillip. Not only that, he's the CampStraight and a DirtyCoward. * ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', and ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison'': You have Yggdra, Ordene, Russell, Cruz, Durant, Aegina, Emilia, Dort, Juvelon, Milanor, Elena, Leon, Pamela, Nessiah, Mizer, Nietzsche, Amareus, Kylier, Eudy, Rosary, Roswell, Gulcasa, Baldus, Soltier, Ortega, Emelone, and [[spoiler:Luciana]]. And possibly some other people, too. * ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has a weird relationship with this trope. Early on, youkai characters were given western names, with the exception of the Yakumo family. Then ZUN stopped doing that, causing those characters to retroactively have odd names. Then there's Nazrin, who's name is neither western nor Japanese...l ** The Japanese names are, if anything, worse. Largely because ZUN tries to give characters {{meaningful name}}s and only some characters have concepts that can be expressed by normal-sounding names. * Shows up in the original ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' trilogy. While most of the main characters get exotic names (Ratchet, Clank, Drek), the supporting characters get names like Angela and Lawrence. * ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' lampshades this in one of the NPC dialogues. "We haven't survived this long against the Charr by giving our supplies to every Tom, Dick, and Teardrinker who passes through here." * The four demonic members of the underworld band Infernal Rackets in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' are Bognort, Stinkface, Flargwurm, and Jim. * Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a pseudo-Roman society created by the conquest and forcible assimilation of eighty-six tribes. Hence it has Vulpes Inculta, Lucius, and Aurelius of Phoenix... as well as Canyon Runner, Dead Sea, and Karl. Also, Joshua Graham - one of the Legion's progenitors - specifically kept his original name (and, in a visual reflection of this, waltzed around in a SWAT vest while those around him went for football pads and skirts). * ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. The four Testaments are, listed according to power, [[spoiler:Virgil]], Voyager, [[spoiler:Albedo]], and [[spoiler:''Kevin Winnicot'']]. It doesn't help that while the first three are [[spoiler:a war veteran, a hacker/terrorist and an immortal clone]] respectively, the fourth's most villainous quality is being [[spoiler:the main character's jerkass ex-boyfriend]]. ** Let's not leave out the rest, either. On the protagonists' side, we've got Shion, Jin, MOMO (all normal Japanese names, though MOMO is written in all caps), Ziggy (short for Ziggurat 8, real name is the more mundane Jan Sauer), [[RobotGirl KOS-MOS]], chaos, and Gaignun Kukai Jr., who usually just goes by, well, Jr. Also, names like Allen, Tony, Richard or Wilhelm with the likes of Margulis , Pellegri or Canaan. * This trope can often be invoked in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. One example would be the team of Amaterasu, Dormmamu and Chris. * In ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' the main character Takuto Mayers have Japanese first name and a surname that came from a brand of Jamaican rum. The main heroine, Milfeulle Sakuraba, has a weird first name and a Japanese surname. Everyone else, for the most part, have weird full names. * In ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', nearly every character has a Japanese name. Then there's Manpuku's mom, Charity. She's never stated to be foreign, and looks just like any other young Japanese woman in the game. * In the first two ''VideoGame/StarControl'' games Umgah captains usually have alien-sounding names, like Ei'ei'o, Znork'i, O'guk'e or Chez'ef. But one Umgah captain is named... Bob. * ''Franchise/StarCraft'' has an interesting naming scheme for its cast. The Terran race spans the entire Aerith And Bob spectrum, but kind of classifies them such that Heroic or otherwise "commoner" characters are on the Bob side, with the villainous, upstanding, or sometimes eccentric ones in the Aerith side. The Zerg and Protoss largely remain exclusively in the Aerith side given that they are alien in nature. ** "Commoner" Terrans include: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Matt Horner, Mira Han, Egon Stetmann, Rory Swann, Ariel Hanson, and Lester and Sarge. ** The Terrans on the other end of the spectrum include Arcturus Mengsk (plus his son Valerian), Edmund Duke, Gerard Du Galle, Alexi Stukov, Tychus Findlay, Gabriel Tosh, Horace Warfield, and, most of all, [[AwesomeMcCoolName November Annabella "Nova" Terra]]. *** Only odd from an America-centric point of view. Edmund Duke sounds like someone John Wayne (Marion, by the way, fits here quite nicely) could play, Gerard Du Galle is just French, Horace Warfield is probably Irish and Gabriel Tosh is a perfectly good name, especially if you make reggae versions of Genesis songs. The only odd one are the fake-y Russian ones like Alexi "Stukov". **** Stukov is indeed a real Russian surname. One example is [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0836150/ Fyodor Stukov]], a Russian actor. ** The Zerg have: Daggoth, Zasz, Izsha, Abathur, and Na'Fash, while the Protoss: Zeratul, Tassadar, Artanis, Aldaris, Raszagal, Ulrezaj, Karass, Urun, Mohandar, and Selendis. And there's even the Zerg-Protoss hybrid, Maar. ** Perhaps the odd one out is Samir Duran, who remains a mystery. [[spoiler: And Emil Narud, although admittedly [[SdrawkcabAlias that's sort of for the same reason.]]]] * ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' has more fanciful names like Ryfia, Rasta, and L'Arc alongside more "normal" names like Adele, Alfonse, and Leslie. * Both ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' games use more Bob names than Aerith ones, but the first game does have Mavi and the second has Dia and Bharva. * The names of the four {{Elemental|Embodiment}}s who accompany the main character in ''VideoGame/LegendOfFae'' are Nixie, Enki, Gust and Fred. * ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' gives us Red and Bruno (common dog names) and Alicia (common human name) running around with Béluga (a type of whale), Opéra (like the music), and [[EdibleThemeNaming Chocolat and Waffle]]. Then there's the question of where Elh's name even came from. * ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' has this in spades. Names range from, for example, the fairly regular Emma, Kate and Hannah through to the slightly-odd Rush and Hinnah and anywhere past. Three generals on the hero's side are named Torgal, Blocter and Pagus- and are lead by the mighty Marquis... David (though pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY 'Dah-Veed]]' for reasons unknown). * The characters of VideoGame/DarkSouls are named like this. You'll run into characters named Laurentius, Griggs, Quelaag, Logan and Oswald. * In ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity EV Nova]]'' it's justified by different cultures. Humans of Federation extraction use Earth-derived names like Jerry O'Donnell, Paul Pentecost, and Eamon Flannigan. Auroran humans have names like Charengo, Techerakh, and Kuron. Polaran humans have names like Mu'Randa ("Randa" being her given name, "Mu" indicating her [[FantasticCasteSystem caste]]). Each culture is internally consistent. * ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers'' is set in various locations around the globe, with the races you fight in those locations generally having typical names for that place, such as Polly and Gene in Australia, and Alejandro and Rita in South America. But when "worldwide" races happen, you tend to get [=NPCs=] with names that are not only contrasting but also uncommon even for their area: Fancy a race against Aristotle, Xerxes, and Dave? * Easy to come across in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' series. The name generators for townies aren't very particular about whether the first and last names are a logical combination, whether the name is logical for the person's appearance, or in some cases even whether the names ''exist''. However, the ''playable'' pre-generated characters for the Sims 2 neighborhoods have reasonable names, and most people who play will use some kind of sense in naming their Sims. So you'll get Angela or David talking to Goopy. (Of course, your Sims can be the Aeriths as easily as they can be the Bobs, depending on ''what'' kind of sense you use naming them, for example if you make Sims of fictional characters with odd names.) * ''VideoGame/{{Thwaite}}'' has [=NPCs=] like Tilda, Meg, and Justin in the same village as Gnivad, Isca,[[labelnote:*]]the original Hebrew form of Jessica, [[Literature/TheBible Genesis 11:29]][[/labelnote]] and [[Literature/SleepingBeauty Briar]]. * ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'' keeps real (French and English) names for the humans in the cast, given that most are derived from real people, and many of the nonhumans as well. Though the lion-man La Hire is only known by that nickname (his real name in history was Etienne de Vignolles), and the therion QuirkyMinibossSquad consists of Mawra, Slinker, and Blaze. Then there are the reapers, who are mostly given the Latin names for various of the SevenDeadlySins, except for their leader with the completely made-up name, Gilvaroth. * In the ''ClassicGameRoom'' review of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles II: Back From The Sewers'' for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy, host Mark Bussler forgets the name of the turtles and names them "Leonardo", "Donatello", "Mussolini" and "Bob". * The many races and cultures of Tamriel in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' can result in something bordering on this, with some cultures providing a few names that wouldn't sound out of place in a real English-speaking locale. ** In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], the Nord names consists of a mix of Old Norse names, Pseudo-Old Norse names and names that are still common in Scandinavia. Also present is a Dunmer with an Argonian name. Brand-Shei was raised by Argonians (the two people's homelands share a border). * ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' provides a somewhat odd example - all the Kerbonauts have names that sound fairly Middle American, but anyone who is not an orange suit has a name randomly generated from a list of prefixes and suffixes. So alongside Jeb, Bill, and Bob may sit Melzer, Bardrin, or Billy-Bobfred. * The NPC names in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' seems to be either handpicked from a list or made up on the spot. Names like Tyler, Steven and John will be right next to Rhawnye, Titicupe, Seiyablem and Munkenro. * ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' has some Bob names like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina, but they've mostly been phased out due to the OneMarioLimit. On the other hand, you won't be hearing anyone call their kid Toad, Wario, Waluigi, or Bowser. Yoshi is actually a real name, though here it's the name of both a character and his species. * ''[[VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight FTL]]'s'' random list of crew names include names such as Jon, Matthew, and Elizabeth, alongside names such as Elnubnub, Gumpo, and Yeoz. Any of these names can apply to any species, meaning you can have a Rockman named "Charlie" alongside a human named "Triko", or an Engi named "[[VideoGame/MineCraft Notch]]". * In the ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series of games every single humanoid NPC is named (yes, even zombies). This can lead to many "normal" Russian names (e.g. Sidorovich, Sakharov, Oleg Gusarov, Vasiliev, etc.) or titles (e.g. The Confederate, Wolf, Snitch, Ghost, etc.) along with some quite strange ones for minor characters (e.g. Slavic Banana). * Videogame/IHaveNoMouthandIMustScream's protagonists are named Ted, Ellen, Benny, Nimdok and Gorrister. Nimdok applies this in-universe; AM forces everyone to call him that as he finds funny sounds amusing, and he cannot remember his real name. Gorrister's name is never explained. * ''VideoGame/XenoGears'' has a nice mix of normal names (Maria, Stone, Billy, Bart,) mixed in with Miang, Krellian, Citan, Zephyr.... * ''VideoGame/BeyondTheBeyond''[='=]s humanoid characters are given names like Finn, Annie, Edward and Samson, while the non-human and demonic characters have weird names like Ramue, Shutat, Yeon and Dagoot. * ''Legend of Fae'' has elemental spirits. Nixie is the spirit of water, Enki the spirit of earth and Gust the spirit of air, but the spirit of fire is...Fred? * ''Fable of Dwarves'' has names like Antin and Nilyam right alongside names like Joe and Bob. * ''VideoGame/EliteDangerous'' runs the full gamut of names from Aerith to Bob, both Player-wise ([[HelloInsertNameHere By nature]]) and NPC-wise, meaning you could collect a bounty on an NPC named Jacob Henry one moment then conversing with a CMDR Hyvieal Dyhenna the next; and due to there [[AbsentAliens there being no aliens ANYWHERE in the game (...yet)]], those will both be humans with those names. And THEN there's the issue of Zorgon Peterson, which is the name of an in-game ship manufacturer. * In ''VideoGame/MarsWarLogs'', most characters are named after SevenHeavenlyVirtues, such as Charity, Temperance, Devotion, etc. Then we have characters named Sean, Mary, and... Bob. * ''VideoGame/FlightRising'' has a random name generator for if you can't think of a good name yourself. If you were to name an entire clutch with the generator, you could possibly get a set of siblings named Ilyana, Enthusiasm, Haruko, Blueberrycobbler, and Dave. * The ''{{Franchise/Disgaea}}'' series plays around with this; with characters like Laharl, Etna and Flonne on one side, and Gordon, Jennifer, and Rozalin on the other. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]] * The two main characters in ''Webcomic/WelcomeToHell'': [[EmbarrassingFirstName Napoleon]] [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Maxwell]] Sowachowski and Jonathan Combs. * The aliens in ''Webcomic/AlienDice'' have this problem. Especially jarring is Riley's family. His sister's name is Trasik, and one of his brother's is named Mauki, yet he got the name Riley. * {{Webcomic/Antics}} features the two characters Fletcher and Copernicus. * ''{{Webcomic/Blindsprings}}'' is comic strip featuring TheProtagonist and her PatientChildhoodLoveInterest. The main protagonist's name is [[OverlyLongName Tamaura Bernice Rhodizia Adelaide Llyn, Princess of Aberwelle.]] The name of the Love Interest is Harris. The latter calls the former [[AffectionateNickname "Tammy."]] {{Justified|Trope}} since they're [[spoiler: born 300 years apart.]] * ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'' has characters called Venganza, Afkinz and Zechariah...then there's Jack, Tom and Taylor. * ''Webcomic/PinkBlack'' has characters named Sifris, Charm, Igni, Zero, Skorn and... Terence. * ''Webcomic/VGCats'' has Aeris and Leo. {{Justified|Trope}} in that they're named after the creator's own cats, and Aeris is a perfectly reasonable thing for a gamer to name their pet. Also justified, regardless of the creator's cat names, based on the meaning of the names. Aeris can be short for the name Arielle, which can mean Lioness. Leo also means lion. So the cats are both called lions. Alternatively, both are names of characters in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games that meet an unavoidable PlotlineDeath. * Justified in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', as humans usually have human-like names, while non-humans have more fantastic sounding names There are some exceptions though, such as [[SdrawkcabName Nale]]. ** And in the Order itself is an excellent example. There are Roy, Haley, Elan who are humans, the others being [[{{Hobbits}} Belkar]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Durkon]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter Vaarsuvius]]. ** Parodied in one FourthWallMailSlot strip which begins with two goblins walking out, and one introduces himself with "So, uh, hello, readers of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. My name is Kodrog the Slayer, and this is my buddy Jim." * In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Tycho gets annoyed at Gabe for not being able to pick out a better name for his ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' character than "Jim". [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/12/12/ This strip]] might be considered his revenge, or at least another application of this trope. ** The PA guys do a series of podcasts for Wizards of the Coast with them playing ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with Scott Kurtz of ''PvP''. The party consisted of the cleric Omin Dran (Jerry/Tycho), the dwarven fighter Binwin Bronzebottom (Scott) and the wizard Jim Darkmagic ([[PhraseCatcher of the New Hampshire Darkmagics]]) (Mike/Gabe) *** They were later joined by Wil Wheaton, who named his character Aeofel; they called him "Al". ** Gabe has also done a page inspired by the game ''VideoGame/{{Comic Jumper|TheAdventuresOfCaptainSmiley}}'', in which Captain Smiley meets a team of {{Nineties Anti Hero}}es known as [=BloodGroup=]: Scythe, The Gulag, Tiger, and Jeff. * ''Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide'' has Gerand, Telvrin, Eldon, Twagnonalirathon, Milny... and then Fred and Tommy. ** Note that Fred (a dragon) is short for Frd'gl'fn'd'pq'zter, which he claims he can't pronounce. While Tommy seems to be a parody of badly thought out characters. * {{Furry Comic}}s in general tend to be bad about this, often due to the inclusion of characters created by other people. ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' mixes realistic names (like "Jack") with exotic ones (the pretty if unpronounceable "Arloest"), and a handful of absolutely ridiculous ones ("Central" and "Silverblue"). Most of them are {{Meaningful Name}}s including Jack himself, since he is a jackrabbit. (And apparently, parents don't name their children Jack anymore...) ** ''Webcomic/FuzzyThings'', with brothers Ixiah and... Fox. Try to guess their species. This is acknowledged in one strip, however. ** ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' features Jyrras, Pyroduck, Merlitz, Alexsi, Azlan... and Dan. The strip features both common English names (Seth, Edward, Abel) and more exotic ones (especially with Creatures, although there are exceptions). ** ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' has a bad case of this mixed with AwesomeMcCoolname. Contrast the main characters Hunter and Arcturus and Hunter's on-off girlfriend Chryseis with SFH's victims Autumn, Rudy, Ty, and Rosaline. ** Considering this trope's prominence in Furry Comics, the comics ''Webcomic/TheClassMenagerie'' and ''Webcomic/{{ISO}}'' avert this trope almost without fail, with a parade of ordinary names for not-so-ordinary characters: Allie, Boris, Brad, Cindy, Cody, Damon, Dani, Doug, Jake, Jeanne, Jeff, Kevin, Lisa, Maureen, Mikey, Robbie, Sam, Scott, Thor, Todd, Tony, Trevor, Tyrone, Wendell, Zach, etc. And their surnames are largely just as ordinary too. It's actually harder to think of an unusual name in these series, and most of the ones that come to mind are TheCameo of other creators' characters. ** ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' has plenty (names of characters range from Jason and Daisy to Jigsaw, Adharia, and Golden), but it's justified since we're talking about several different species (and cultures). Within species, things are pretty consistent. * ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': There are fantasy names like Rak and Anak, a person is named after his birth date, some characters have Korean, Chinese or Japanese names while there yet others with names like Serena and Rachel. It all seems weird, but with the Tower being a multicultural focal point, the opposite wouldn't make more sense. And then there is a character that's a sharp-beaked bipedal mantis-shrimp called Kukaku Rakukakuka. * ''Webcomic/{{Garanos}}'' appears to have this, with a mix of invented or symbolic names for some characters (Garanos, Styx) and ordinary names for other minor characters. * Used for [[RunningGag comedic effect]] in Creator/LoreSjoberg's ''[[http://badgods.com/archive-monstermanual.html Monster Manual]]'' comics. Any time two monsters introduce themselves, the first has some fantastical monster name ([[http://badgods.com/pseudodragon.html Shirzah'neh]], [[http://badgods.com/mindflayer.html Vsselmiar]], [[http://badgods.com/mm-invisiblestalker.html Shersssh, Scion of the Hidden Wind]]...). The second one is Dave. * ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has Sven Bianchi and Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham, but other than that, no really odd names. Sven's case is {{justified|Trope}}, as his mom is Swedish and his dad is Italian, and his mom claimed naming rights. * The leads of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' are [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Torg]] and [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Riff]]...and ''everyone else in the strip has a normal name'', except for minor characters with [[PunnyName punny ones]] and obvious non-humans. * ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the main character of Agatha Clay (a pseudonym, granted), and, say, Gilgamesh Wulfenbach or Othar Tryggvassen (Gentleman Adventurer!) And the couple who write it are named Phil and Kaja Foglio. ** There's also the crypt of Castle Heterodyne, containing the remains of Caligula, Mordred, Oxalof, Vicuna, Slantax, Niffedfi (?), [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070822 Iscariot]] and Bob. Also an OddNameOut. Not seen in the crypt, but still on the same family tree are Egregious, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100419 Igneous]], [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100924 Satyricus]], Black, Faustus, Bill and Barry. ** Also the Mongfish sisters -- Lucrezia, Demonica and Serpentina. ** And von Zinzer brothers, who despite ''not'' being related to {{Mad Scientist}}s included Omar and Moloch. This little mystery eventually got [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120817 unveiled]]. * In ''Webcomic/HazardsWake'', names range from Alexander and James to Malbez and Exor. * ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' has the characters Cale'Anon, Ben'Joon, Krunch, Pella, Aelloon, Sooba and... [[SayMyName Richard!]] [[http://lfgcomic.com/page/3 This does not go unremarked upon]]. * ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' juxtaposed names like "Sythe" and "Trace" with "Flora" and "Alaric" (Roman Empire era name, as in General Alaric). ** There seemed to be some consistency with Basitin generals, like "Alaric" and "Keyser" (similar to "Kaiser", German for "Caesar"), but this was rather destroyed with General ''Alabaster''... * ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'': We've got "Bob", "Fred", "Jane", and "Xavius". Also "JustForFun/TropeTan". * ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'': Hanna, Toni, Conrad, Abner, Lee...then we've got names like Ples(and his last name Tibenoch), Veser, the variety of names Hanna gives {...}, Adelaide, Lamont, Casimiro, Finas...the list will probably continue as Tess adds more characters. Hanna is a guy. Despite having a girl's name. * In ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'', humans have Bob-type names. The various other species can have anything. * In ''Webcomic/OverlordAcademy'' the NaiveNewcomer meets the main cast: Thaelia, Hiro, Nobara, and... Kevin. ** To add insult to weird namery, Thaelia isn't Greek, Hiro isn't Japanese, Kevin is French, and the actually Japanese Nobara is called "Nova" anyway. * In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', immortals usually pick elitist names for themselves from mythology. Jerry the Immortal finds the resulting hissy fits between two immortals who picked the same name quite hilarious. * In ''Webcomic/ToastyAngelToast'', there's Emo Wine, Toasty, Ayame, Loastay, and… Dave. * The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' have unusual names such as Karkat Vantas, Terezi Pyrope, or Vriska Serket. In contrast, the humans all have common four-letter first names (e.g. John, Rose, Dave) with six- or seven-letter last names (e.g. Egbert, Lalonde, [[spoiler:Crocker]]...). ** The trolls were named by fan-suggestion, generally representing some aspect of their star sign, leaving a disconnected mixture of references. Hence, there is much mixing of languages such as Equius Zahhak (Latin and Iranian) or Vriska Serket (Egyptian and Hindi) and some more bizarre combinations (Karkat Vantas gets his first name from a Hindu astrological sign and his surname from a treatment for prostate cancer). ** This becomes even more jarring in AlternateUniverse fanfics where every character is human but the trolls still have their original names. * ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' has this used subtly, with Beatrice's mother named Sarah and her uncle named Hercules. * ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'' has Mike and ''[[CountryMatters Cuntons]]''. Seriously. * ''Webcomic/ZokushoComics'': The team from the Wayward Cross consists of Akira Yukiro, Shugo-Jin Ryu, Raziel Re'del, and ... Jack. * ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'': You have Xaneth Antaris and Lord Attera next to a Tom. * ''Webcomic/KilaIlo'' - The main character, Kila, and her companion, Richard Ferris. * ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has people named Surma, Antimony, Gamma and Zeta and Sir Eglamore as well as Jack, Janet, James and Andrew Smith. * ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' - [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00115.html "The honorable judges Zilfaxx... Cromulant Noproxis... and Bob]]. Looks like a GenreSavvy ShoutOut to this trope. * ''Webcomic/TailsOfLanschilandia'' gives us names like Lanschi and Kakralomino alongside perfectly valid (if sometimes obscure) real world names like Hayfa (an Arabic name, a variation of Haifa) and Phoebe. Parsley Sage Rose Marian Thyme is an interesting case, as her first name is made-up (if at least valid-sounding due to stemming from a plant) while the rest is not. * In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', there's a nice variety in the characters' names; there are Daryl Smithson and Breanne Geothe, and then there are Qamra Umar and Captain Invaov. {{Justified|Trope}}, though, because the names come from a broad selection of countries and cultures, and the characters' names are chosen from those in order to be [[ShownTheirWork as accurate as possible]]. A few characters are named after minerals, as [[AuthorAppeal the author is a mineralogist]]. * Since ''Webcomic/HeroMaterial'' brings together characters like Myth/KingArthur and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek hero Heracles]] from completely different settings, this is inevitable. * ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'': On the one hand you have Synder, Esther, and Artemis and on the other hand you have Matt, Ben, and Cosmo. Artemis though has an excuse in that she is a [[Really700YearsOld thousand years old]]. * ''{{Webcomic/morphE}}'' features Amical, Adrestia and Curio alongside Billy, Tyler and Rick. * In ''Webcomic/MonsterLands'' you have names like Othera and Exris and then you have names like Marcus. * According to the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' webcomic ''Blog/SliceOfLife,'' pony surnames are like this. -->"Oh, Cake is just one of those common names. Right up there with Dream, Heart, Glimmer, Radiator, Wish..." * In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', we have Walter, Leeroy, Mary, Sue, Marty, Gary and (possibly) Sal mixing with Tiren, Elator (Elly), Izor, Kreedor, etc. * ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'' has Fusella, Aria, Vessa, Scavina, Zandarin and Darvin as main cast. Along with Anna, Patty and Alex. [[/folder]]

-->“[[Creator/NaomiWatts Naomi]] goes to investigate the other two friends, who I’ll call...Cedric and Boniva.”
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-->“[[Creator/NaomiWatts Naomi]] goes to investigate the other two friends, who I’ll call...Cedric and Boniva.

[[folder: Real Life]] * If you live somewhere cosmopolitan, this is completely unremarkable. * Mormons are frequently stereotyped as being prone to giving their kids really strange names. Frequently the names are archaic, or [[Literature/{{Twilight}} created by combining two or more regular names into something un-regular.]] ** [[http://www.ericdsnider.com/snide/the-nayme-gaimme/ The two best places to find ridiculous names are Utah and the National Football League, though those two groups have little else in common.]] *** Speaking of the NFL, the present champion of this trope (almost regardless of who he is standing next to) is Captain Munnerlyn, who was named after his grand-father (who was not called Captain, but at some point WAS a captain), particularly apparent when standing next to his brother and non-football player 'Tim'. **** What, no love for Major Wright? D'Brickashaw Ferguson? Jaquizz Rodgers? How about Leodis [=McKelvin=]? **** Don't forget about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sealver_Siliga Sealver Siliga]] – NFL defensive tackle, Utah resident, and Mormon. And "Sealver" isn't even his real first name! It's Tupaimoefitpo. * Modern Filipino families are guilty in naming their children with this. Sometimes, they use Anglo surnames as first names, [[XtremeKoolLetterz sometimes add an extra letter]], and sometimes even using names of ''countries'' as names. There are even cases that some children are named after ''anime characters''. This comes with their Spanish or native Filipino surname. It is also common for modern Filipinos, especially the Protestant ones, to use the English version of Biblical names rather than the Spanish they are accustomed. * Jewish communities will include people with Hebrew names like Shoshana [[note]]Susan[[/note]], Golan, and Elisheva [[note]]Elizabeth[[/note]], and those with more Western names like George, Hillary, and Melissa [[note]]"Melissa" means "honeybee" in Greek. The Hebrew variant is "Debora" or "Devra"[[/note]]. Bridging the gap are Western names with Hebrew or biblical origins, like Sarah, Daniel, or Michael. ** And then there are Jewish communities in Germany, where most people are Russian and have either Russian or western sounding names, with some Israeli, Biblical, German and Yiddish names thrown into the mix. *** Some common Jewish first names in America are names that were popular throughout the country during the wave of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe but have fallen out of favor everywhere except Jewish communities, like Irving. * Similar to Jewish communities, Armenian names can be sometimes derived from the bible as well, so you might be just as likely to meet an Armenian named Ara, Vartan or Raffi as you are to meet one named David (or Davit as the case may be), Samuel or Gregory. * There is a local government district in UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} officially named, hold your breath, "Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn". * In some Latin-American countries, it's becoming pretty common to give your children a [[AwesomeMcCoolName fancy-sounding North-American name]] (most of them are pretty common American names, but in these countries they sound foreign and rare. And, parents usually like to add a more local-sounding name. So you get pretty ''unique'' combinations such as Jonathan Nepomuseno, Brian Alejandro, Tyson José, and Leslie María (all actual names). ** Sometimes they went [[UpToEleven a bit over the top]], like ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Lenin Vladimiro Ilyich]]'' Montesinos, Peruvian intelligence chief. ** Ilich Ramírez Sánchez AKA ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_the_Jackal Carlos_the_Jackal]]'',his two younger siblings were named "Lenin" and "Vladimir" ** Latin American countries also contain immigrants who are not Spanish, so various European names like "Ludmilla" pop up, and you get names like "Jose Chen" from the Asian immigrants. Archaic names like "Hippolito" also seem to stick around. ** The use of North American ''surnames'' as first names is not uncommon either. * Shows up in some areas of Australia where the population of recent (first- or second-generation immigrants) is high -- and inverted in an interesting case. Traditional but relatively uncommon or archaic western names like Kenneth, Vincent, Edmund and the like are much more likely to belong to ethnic Asians than Europeans. The name [[Film/TheMatrix Anthony Wong]] tips him specifically as an Australian actor; ditto for composer Edmund Choi. A lot of Asian families have been there as long as a lot of European families. ** This is also true of Asians in New Zealand. There have been Chinese people in NZ since the Victorian age, but there was a lot of immigration in the 90s, particularly in the lead-up to Hong Kong being handed back to China. People called names like Shane Wong are likely to be descended from men who came to pan for gold during the Goldrush, on the other hand Agnes and Modesta Wong would have most likely moved to NZ in the last decade or so. ** This is not an Australian thing at all, but rather an Asian-immigrant-to-English-speaking-countries thing. ** On the other hand this applies to place names in both Australia and New Zealand where towns will have ordinary English sounding names but their suburbs or local districts will often have the local Aboriginal/Maori names or sometimes the situation is vice versa. Some suburb names might even have an influence by other immigrant groups: Adelaide has the suburb of Klemzig, named by the Germans who settled there. * Judging by their athletes, European forenames are also common in Kenya: their fastest marathon runners include Duncan Kibet Kirong, James Kipsang Kwambai, Paul Tergat, Martin Lel, Vincent Kipruto; and among the women, Catherine Ndereba, Margaret Okayo, Susan Chepkemei and Joyce Chepchumba. ** This is due to the mandatory teaching of English in the school system and also the lack of Western-style family names in the various tribes. The child receives a traditional Kenyan tribal name at birth, and when they enter the school system they often register with an English first name and their father's traditional first name as their last name (although if their father was in the school system, it's more convenient to use the last name he used), so they tend to end up with very odd-sounding combinations. ** It's quite common in French-speaking Africa (or Haïti), where locals often have names fallen out of fashion in France proper. * Very common math textbook exams where the questions which use people as a framing device always give them diverse names by dint of always going for the very exotic or unusual or those which are so very traditional English no one used them any more. Once in the same question, there was a dilemma involving Alejandro, Raj, and Bill. * Former Major League Baseball player Andres Galarraga has three daughters: Andria, Andrianna, and Katherine. There is in fact a theme here: the first two names are obviously derived from his name "Andres". The third? His nickname, "The Big Cat". * While many of its citizens don't realize it, the U.S.A. is a prime example of this, being a nation of immigrants. Even disregarding the increasingly-common mixing of Eastern and Western names ("Ben Song" or "James Miyamoto"), European names from completely different roots are combined pretty freely as well. Then there are the growing ranks of "Sheniqua Jones"es - or how about Aisha Tyler? ** In many areas it's actually more common to have this type of name than a straight-up Western European one. In fact, you'd have a surprising amount of trouble finding anyone anywhere whose names were all of the same origin. * During the 90s in Germany, it was very fashionable to give your kids English or French names. Unfortunately this phenomenon was mostly restricted to low-education low-income families, to the point that it's now considered to seriously hurt your chances to get a job if you're named Kevin or Jaqueline. Add to that the fact, that many of these parents didn't know the correct pronounciation of such names, which made "Shackelleenne" a very wide spread running gag. ** Üffes Rocher. ** People in Belgium frequently have English first names. It is probable that Brussels' nature as an international city has led to this, or perhaps it's the fact that Belgium has two languages, French and Flemish. * Common on Internet forums, where handles range from the person's real name, through AwesomeMcCoolName, to word salad. * This is very common in Ireland. You can get people in the same family named Michael, Ciarán, Kathleen and Aibreann. In Leinster, you're more likely to come across unchanged Biblical or foreign names. In the north and west, Irish variants of Biblical/foreign names and original Irish names are more common. * The famous Jesus had a brother/cousin just as famous (in their time) named James. ** "James" is just a clumsy English translation of Ya'aqov (Jacob). For that matter, Jesus' name (Yeshu or Yeshua, from the same root as Joshua) wouldn't have necessarily been out of place either. ** It wasn't. In fact, the anecdote about the criminal 'Barabbas' the crowd acclaimed to be freed instead of Jesus is simplified in translation; the man's full name was 'Jesus Bar-Abbas.' For extra points, Bar Abbas is Aramaic for 'Son of the Father.' * In both Poland and the Polish community abroad, there are two basic naming conventions: the generic Greek and Hebrew-derived names used by most of the Western world nowadays, and ancient names that derive from Old Polish and Slavic roots. ** This is true of most European countries, where Christianization resulted in the adoption of many names coming from Hebrew and Aramaic (e. g. the various national variants of John, Mary, Joseph, Ann), Greek (Catherine, Christopher, Alexander), and Latin (Pia, Agnes, Barbara, Martin). Later the popularity of some saints also led to the spread of names from other languages - "Xavier" for instance is believed to be derived from the Basque name Etcheberria. Some Polish names for instance also were taken from German, e.g. Karol (Karl, via Latin Carolus), Henryk (Heinrich), Jadwiga (Hedwig). *** Names with Germanic origins are historically very popular in France (and neighbors), where the nobility was of Frankish or Latin extraction (and names where replicated throughout generations, hence the numeration system). Thierry, Robert, Louis, Charles, Henri etc. are only the most common examples among potentially thousands of given names. * And let's see how people [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMp_xGeQ2v0 named their children]] in Victorian England. * Reading a history book you find a variety of names, some of which are still in use (Norse/Germanic Frederic, Roderic, Helga, Alfred. Greek Alexander, Jason, Philip, Theodore, Bernice. Roman Marcus, Lukas, Julia, Claudius. Hebrew Sarah, Benjamin, David, Daniel.) and many of which aren't (Norse/Germanic Theodahad, Wulfila, Beowulf, Æthelred. Greek Anaxandridas, Ogyges, Pericles, Herodotus. Roman Tarquin, Servius, Caelius, Gnaeus.) ** This can happen even with 19th century history. Names given to the generation who fought the American Civil War fall into three categories - the timeless (John, Michael, Thomas); the antique (Obadiah, Ebenezer); and the third category that would've sounded old-timey as late as the 1970s but wouldn't raise an eyebrow today (anything that shortens to "Eli" or "Zack" has long since traded its' mule and Morse Code book for an old Honda Civic and a new Android...) * Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt have two children from his first marriage: ''Nils'' (son) and ''Blanceflor'' (daughter). * Take the [[Creator/KimKardashian Kardashian and Jenner]] children (''please''): Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie... Brody, and Robert. Brody's name difference is because he is [[strike:Bruce]] Caitlyn Jenner's child from another marriage (and thus a step- or half-brother to the other children) and Robert was named after his father. ** Caitlyn Jenner is a case of this happening with *one* person. Both Bruce and Caitlyn are very common names these days, but the latter peaked in 1998. Caitlyn Jenner was born 1949. * The 2008 US Presidential Election. On the Republican side there's UsefulNotes/SarahPalin and John [=McCain=]. On the Democratic side there's UsefulNotes/JoeBiden and… UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Sarah Palin's children (oldest to youngest): Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig. Bristol named her son Tripp. In the end, the office went from George to Barack. Barack even has a half-brother named George. * Even amongst the Anglosphere, we find this - many British people have to do a double take when they hear that two of the 2012 Republican candidates are called "Newt" and "Mitt".[[note]]"Newt" is short for Newton, and "Mitt" is Willard Romney's middle name (which was named after the ''nickname'' of his father's cousin Milton.)[[/note]] ** WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames exists for a reason….some historical presidents have had pretty weird names too (UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland and UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore, anyone?) * In Romania can be found people with surnames outlandish from the country's language perspective - while this [[JustifiedTrope can be justified if the said people have Slavic, Greek, Turkic or Magyar names inherited from ancestors]], it becomes pretty funny when you find in the Bucharest telephone directory a few dozens of people named Grant, Fox, Lohan or Malone, combined with typically Romanian given names, as there never has been a community of English (leave alone ''Irish'') people there. * The center of all bizarre, ordinary, and cultural names of all... [[TruthinTelevision THE CLASS YEARBOOK.]] This is especially true in modern times where schools can have children of all backgrounds or origins. Thus, it's entirely possible nowadays to have classroom with children who come from families with their own naming customs. * CountryMusic group Tompall & the Glaser Brothers: Chuck, Jim, and Tompall Glaser. Actually a subversion, since Tompall's real name was Thomas Paul Glaser. * Another geographical example: The 50 states that compose the United States. Some state names are straightforward Spanish or English names. Others are Spanish, English, or French mangling of Native American words. Then some states are names of British kings and queens translated into Latin. Finally, you have Alaska (Russian pronunciation of an Aleut word) and Hawaii (a native Hawaiian word, also spelled Hawai'i). * Scientists, for all their love of really long and weird terminology, also like simplicity at times, explaining why many of the transporters in mitochondria (power-houses in cells) are given common English male names. This means we have TIM, TOM, SAM and...OXA? * [[http://www.mayflowerfamilies.com/mayflower/mayflower_passenger_list.htm The list of passengers on the Mayflower]] runs the gamut from Mary, John, Eleanor & William to Remember (female), Love (male), Humility (female) & Wrestling (male) * Because of the way we refer to their names, AncientRome during the transition from the Republic to Empire seemed to come off as this. We have major figures from Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, Cicero, Cato, Octavian/Augustus, Brutus, Cleopatra, and... Mark Antony? Of course, Mark Antony's proper name is "Marcus Antonius," which fits in much better * Dracula. His father's name is "Vlad Dracul". His brother's name is "Radu". His cousin's name is..."Stephen". * When Ferruccio Lamborghini founded his car company, he hired three ex-Ferrari engineers: Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani... and Bob Wallace. * In the 1970s, an expedition was carried out to search for the lost city of Atlantis. Leading the expedition were Pino Turolla, Dimitri Rebikoff and...David Zink. * A former Maryland state senator of Polish descent had the legal given names "American Joe." * Touring jugglers The Flaming Idiots introduced themselves like this: "I'm Gyro!" "I'm Pyro!" "I'm Walter." * The famous magician duo of Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn. * Inconsistencies in journalistic/historical translation conventions on names led to this trope appearing with respect to names of various countries' leaders, especially royalty. For example, the Spanish monarchs who commissioned Christpher Columbus are called in English works as Ferdinand (a German name) and Isabella (an Italian name), not Ferdinand and Elizabeth (the same names in English) nor Fernando and Isabel (the same names in Spanish). Their great grandson is Philip II, but their more distant descendant who reigns in Spain today is Felipe VI. Likewise, famous Russian tsars include Peter (not Pyotr) and Ivan (not John). Some older historical works can startle readers by referring to Caliph Aaron the Just (Harun al-Rashid) or Sultan Solomon (Suleyman), next to Mohammeds and Khalids. * The South African soccer team has one of the most ethnically diverse squads, containing players from all ethnicities of the Rainbow Nation. This results in the following team lineup: Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune and Darren Keet; Defenders: Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Matlaba, Tefu Matshamaite and... Clayton Daniels; Midfielders: Siboniso Gaxa, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thulani Serero and... Dean Furman; Forwards: Tokelo Rantie and Bernard Parker. [[/folder]]
3rd Jan '16 8:37:43 PM katrinahood
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* Due to the massive widespread use of ''Literature/TheBible'', it was inevitable that a lot of the Hebrew names contained within would gain use in other languages. However, not every name. This can lead to interesting passages in the Bible detailing people whose names are either very familiar or foreign-sounding, not because they have different roots - in fact, they all have the same roots - but because some of them have been used and some haven't. For example, Isaac and Rebakah had twelve children, going by the names Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah... Dan, Joseph and Benjamin. (Reuben is a semi-common name, however.)
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* Due to the massive widespread use of ''Literature/TheBible'', it was inevitable that a lot of the Hebrew names contained within would gain use in other languages. However, not every name. This can lead to interesting passages in the Bible detailing people whose names are either very familiar or foreign-sounding, not because they have different roots - in fact, they all have the same roots - but because some of them have been used and some haven't. For example, Isaac and Rebakah Jacob had twelve children, thirteen children with four women, going by the names Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah... Dan, Joseph and Benjamin. (Reuben is a semi-common name, however.)
3rd Jan '16 2:37:07 PM FF32
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* In ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', PabloPicasso invokes this during his battle with [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]], by rapping out his entire OverlyLongName and then,
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* In ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', PabloPicasso Creator/PabloPicasso invokes this during his battle with [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]], by rapping out his entire OverlyLongName and then,
30th Dec '15 7:20:03 AM SolidSonicTH
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' continues the proud tradition of mixing real-sounding names with SpaceOpera ones. We've got Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, and ''Finn''. There's also Jessika, though the spelling is different from the real world name "Jessica."
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' continues the proud tradition of mixing real-sounding names with SpaceOpera ones. We've got Rey, Kylo Ren, Ren (whose real name is actually "[[spoiler:Ben Solo]]"), Poe Dameron, and ''Finn''. There's also Jessika, though the spelling is different from the real world name "Jessica."
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