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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'': During the "Missouri Mish-Mosh" arc, the Hatfulls at one point employed a Civil War era cannon named "Li'l Orvie".

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'': ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': During the "Missouri Mish-Mosh" arc, the Hatfulls at one point employed a Civil War era cannon named "Li'l Orvie".
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* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=

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* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=php?date=php?date=2006-11-29 here]], Lewis has named his sword "Betsy". It's never mentioned again.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2010-08-17 Lewis has also named a lightsaber "Lucille".]]
* How can we forget ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' and Chaz. Again, a sentient sword, now with a surprisingly normal name.
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'' [[http://www.punchanpie.net/cgi-bin/autokeenlite.cgi?date=20070307 here]] when Angela is imagining herself in a warzone (while packing her stuff).
* In the now defunct web comic ''[[http://yahtzee.comicgenesis.com/cast.htm Yahtzee Takes On The World]]'', Yahtzee names an experimental laser he found "Archibald".
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Tip carries a revolver named [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/much-with-his-smarts/ Alice]]. It is noteworthy that he usually does not bother to learn the name of the women he sleeps with, yet still names his gun.
** Don't forget Konstantin, whose "biceps have clever names. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=43404#strip4 Are you wishing to hear?"]]
** Tip asks Unity to use "gentle persuasion" to get Sweetheart out of the rubber plant, unaware that Gentle Persuasion is the name of Unity's [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/was-true/ flamethrower]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' Gertrude & Brunhilda's [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4797816/ swords have names]].
* Hunter Ravenwood of ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' names his guns. He has a .22 "carry-around piece" named Bop, and a much larger gun "which liquefies your target - kinda like a blender, but more satisfying" which he keeps in a glass case for emergency use, labelled "Idiot Magnum: In case of extreme stupidity, break glass".
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', Azrael has a (male) sword he calls Grace that he also treats as a CompanionCube. It's later revealed [[spoiler:there is an evil spirit bound to the sword, who taught him to speak to the sword instead of him]], because it looks ''less'' insane that way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goats}}'' has [[http://goats.com/archive/060123.html three]] [[http://goats.com/archive/050921.html unrelated]] [[http://goats.com/archive/060306.html characters]] all owning guns named "Bessie". Coincidence? Plot point? Or lazy author (and overly attentive troper)?
* Serafine Savoy in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' uses a Browning BAR named "Boudreaux."
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Captain Antan Eel of the Pirates of Ipecac had a favorite ray gun named Nancy. [[PunnyName (Nancy Ray Gun. Get it?)]]
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has BLAZING HOT BETTY, an [[ShockAndAwe electric]] sword which can shoot FrickinLaserBeams.
* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'' has a baseball bat with the unoriginal name of Mr Bat. It gets broken and replaced with Mr Bat II.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got Mamma Gkika mit her "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 Dollink]]".
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock didn't have a chance to name his plasgun before Kevyn used it as a bomb.
-->'''Schlock:''' I was gonna ''name'' that gun.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', Minmax creates a sword made of oblivion, which is only able to exist thanks to [[AchievementsInIgnorance his own lack of understanding of the concepts involved]]. He decides to christen his new sword "Oblivious".
* Famine's flamethrower "Stevie" in ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}''. Amber thinks it's a pet at first after being told about "him" over the phone, and is proven wrong by almost being set on fire.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', Stephen decides that 'Grizzlebane' is a [[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_2_4.html good name for his spear at that moment]]. It gets never mentioned with that name elsewhere.
* In ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'', Kurgh the Conqueror's battleaxe is called "Elza", as can attest the plaque above his mayoral desk. [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=207-adapting Not that he's using it any more]] -- since Shitropolis politics require ''heavy firepower'' instead.
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* Non-weapon example: In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Cody Jenson names the motorcycle he finds "Loretta", and apparently falls in love with it as the game goes on.
** In v4, Roland Harte names his kris Charlene, as a ShoutOut to ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
** Meanwhile, within the same thread as Roland, Isabel Guerra names her [[JokeWeapon trumpet]] / [[ImprovisedWeapon shiv]] [[Series/LookAroundYou Partario]].
** In v5, we have [[PunnyName Kiki]], Joey Caputo's [[KukrisAreKool kukri knife]], and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko]], Miranda Millers' [[BladeOnAStick war spear]].
* Kat from ''Kat and Mouse: Guns for hire '' named her pair of Colt-Springfield M2001 .45-caliber high-capacity pistols Bonnie and Clyde.
* An NPC in Neoquest II, a game within the game of ''{{Website/Neopets}}'', has a sword named Vera. His cowboy-like speech patterns (which he shares with no other character in the game) and the fact that there are several self-proclaimed [[FanCommunityNicknames Browncoats]] on the Neopets staff suggest that this is a direct ShoutOut.
* Also, Bubs' "Lawyers" (read: fists), Jacobi and Meyers.
* Chaz Villette in ''Literature/ShadowUnit'' has a ''sourdough starter'' named Elmer. [[spoiler:Not anymore, he doesn't.]]
** And Daphne, referring to StraightGay Agent Brady, says, "When he was in the Army, he gave his rifle a boy's name."
* A video by Website/{{Website/YouTube}}r Blunty3000 features a ninja who has named his sword "Suzette".
* El Disgusto of ''The Literature/BinderOfShame'' wields a wooden yardstick he dubbed "the Stick of Pain".
* In the Michael chapter of J.C. Hutchins ''7th Son'' prequel series ''7th Son 7 Days'' has a customized shotgun he calls [[Film/RoboCop1987 Clarence, that has the phrase "Bitches, leave." etched on it]].
* In nevermore's [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/the_hms_stfu/449165.html MSTing]] of Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness, everyone finds out that [[Literature/HarryPotter Neville]] has named his Mimbulus Mimbletonia Robert. Luna is the only one who doesn't find it weird. She also names objects she dislikes.
* Burt from ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' calls his Desert Eagle "Shirley" after his dead wife.
* Literature/ChakonaSpace gives us Neal Foster's shotgun, ''Betsy''.
* From ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': [[http://notalwaysright.com/make-a-bullet-point-about-bertha/7542 Bertha the shotgun]].
* In an Podcast/RPPRActualPlay episode, Dave's character's beloved tommy gun is called Lucille.
--> ''"Not a woman, exactly. My... partner. She's been with me through thick'n'thin."''
* First invoked, then enforced, ''then'' subverted in the Eddsworld Episode "Saloonatics", when Far West!Tom gives Far West!Edd his first pistol.
--> '''Tom:''' You can't fire a gun without givin' her a name first !\\
'''Ed:''' Alright... I shall call him... Brian !\\
'''Tom:''' What ?! No !! You can't give her a man's name !\\
'''Edd:''' ... What's yours called ?\\
'''Tom:''' "''Gun''" !
* More examples than we could even begin to catalogue appear in Website/{{Fenspace}}, albeit for vehicles rather than weapons.
* ''Webvideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Played with in the case Linkara's magic gun. Her name is Margaret. Not because he named her that, but because that is the name of the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild little girl's spirit that enchants her]].
* A few cases in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''.
** Percy has named his three weapons [[RevolversAreJustBetter The List]], [[{{BFG}} Bad News]], and [[StaticStunGun Diplomacy]]. Later gets a pistol he names "Retort" after [[spoiler:The List is dissolved in acid]]
** Vax calls his belt - which can transform into a snake - "Simon".
* Cam from ''[[WebVideo/HighRollers2016 High Rollers]]'' has a dagger named "Duracell". [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall It's a dwarven name]].
* WebVideo/IronLiz calls her swords [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Twinkle and Icingdeath]].
* Lemley, a {{Cyborg}} warrior in ''WebVideo/TitansgraveTheAshesOfValkana'' fights with a BladeBelowTheShoulder which she christened "Doctor Lobotomy".
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* Thirty/Thirty (the robot/cyborg horse from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'') had a {{BFG}} called Sarah Jane. He himself is named for a bullet.
* In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/RobinHood'', one of the guards--tellingly named Trigger--has a powerful crossbow called Betsy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' in the episode "Dead Putting Society" wherein Homer forces Bart to call his golf putter "Charlene". "Pull, Dutchess! PULL!!!"
** In an early episode, Mrs. Krabappel refers to her grading pen as "Ol' Red."
** In "Mona Leaves-a", Homer wields a cinder block on a chain he calls "The Defender".
* In ''OpenSeason'', Shaw calls his shotgun "Lorraine". It even has its name engraved on it.
* [[EgomaniacHunter Big-game hunter]] Mr. Marlin, a one-shot character from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003), called his custom laser rifle "Betsy", and basically treats it as if it were a person. After the rifle is damaged to the point where it threatens to blow up, he remarks that "she's just that type of girl".
** Also, Michaelangelo call his nunchucks "Chuck" and "Chuck 2: the {{Sequel}}".
* The unfortunately named Lugnutz of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', according to his official bio, calls his rifle "Dutch".
** In the same series, Metroplex's [[AnAxeToGrind colossal axe]] is known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sparkdrinker]][[note]]for those who don't know, a Spark is a Transformer's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]][[/note]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', recurring character Vinnie Grigori's [[spoiler:pie-cannon]] is named Mr. Carter, Mr. C for short.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' example: Sokka's [[CompanionCube Boomerang]]. Space Sword might also count. Hey, nobody said Sokka was ''good'' at naming things...
* Although Matrix in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' didn't give his weapon a proper name, based on dialogue, it's clear that at least he and [=AndrAIa=] consider 'Gun' to be the name of his gun. He DOES get a response from his gun, since it can operate (and likely also fire) itself with voice commands.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}!'', Broseph's favourite long board is named Angelina.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': "You know, I always wanted to date a girl named 'The Power.'"
* One of the strigoi (vampire-like creatures that suck blood from dragons instead of humans) in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' named his fangs "Lefty" and "Bitey".
* The EVO-hating Hunter Cain in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' carries a gun emblazoned with the name "Sweet Caroline" in his first appearance.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Amy and Nibbler go after the dean that denied Amy her doctorate:
--> '''Nibbler''': *holds up gun* "If they have a problem, they can take it up with Smith & Wesson!" *holds up bigger gun* "Or if that fails, Consolidated Head-Melter!"
* Eli's slugs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}'' might count. More or less [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as they're shown to be pets to some people.
* In an unusual example where a BarefistedMonk uses this trope, The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' version of the Dark Knight habitually refers to his fists as "The Hammers of Justice".
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', [[WardensAreEvil evil warden]] Mr. Moss rides a customised Heli-Blade he calls "Bessie".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In the episode "The Taking Tree", we learn that Grim calls his scythe "Jodie".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'': During the "Missouri Mish-Mosh" arc, the Hatfulls at one point employed a Civil War era cannon named "Li'l Orvie".
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* [[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=gun&searchmode=none The English word "gun" itself]] comes from the feminine name "Gunilde", in particular from a ballista mounted at Windsor Castle in the 14th century called "Domina Gunilda". Which in turn comes from Old Norse ''gunnhildr'' -> [[LadyOfWar battle-woman]]
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'' was mocked by his co-hosts when he referred to the car he was driving as "Oliver" (Oliver wound up becoming Hammond's CompanionCube).
* According to legend, Davy Crockett named three different guns Betsy, which is most likely brought this trope to public consciousness.
* It's not uncommon for players of {{Collectible Card Game}}s to name their decks, particularly if it is a particular archetype. On the other hand, oblique or nonsense names allow you to refer to something and not give away too much about it to opponents who haven't seen it play yet.
* Naming electronics, computers in particular, seems to be a general geek thing. Of course, most modern [=OSes=] specifically support computer naming for good networking/management purposes, but many geeks take it further by using a personal naming scheme that's standard across all their stuff.
** Sometimes people (or IT departments) name their computers after ships, or after places (Often, naming the desktop/tower machines after places, usually stationary bases, and portable machines after ships, perhaps naming handheld devices after aircraft which are smaller than most ships).
** There is one joke about a former IT guy naming the company servers after famous philosophers and a new guy joins the company after he has left. The new guy sees that one of the server is named ''Homer'', gets the wrong idea, and any subsequent server the company acquires got named after TheSimpsons characters.
** When [[{{UsefulNotes/VaticanCity}} Vatican]] developed it's own website in 1996, the first three servers installed were named after the [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Archangels]] [[ArchangelRaphael Raphael]], [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] and [[ArchangelMichael Michael]].
** One of the first Apple [=PCs=] was called the 'Apple Lisa' presumably named after Steve's daughter Lisa Jobs. The acronym 'Local Integrated Software Architecture' was [[FunWithAcronyms [=Backronym=]]] invented after it had been named Lisa.
** Fred Gallagher of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' had a pattern of naming the succession of servers for the web comic after girls from ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', and his laptops after ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''. This is taken to an extreme end in a few of the {{omake}}, depicting the comic server as a female [[Manga/{{Chobits}} persocom]] just sitting in the colocation center, who gets ''kidnapped''.
** [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/faq.php#jeff4 Jeff Darlington]] provides a really good example.
** The creator of the webcomic ''Comedity'' named his computer "Alice". In the strip, Alice is a RobotGirl.
** Registering an Amazon Kindle allows you to name it.
** Apple products, such as iPods and iPhones, when first plugged into a computer and thereafter, offer one the opportunity to "name" the device.
** {{Atari}} designers would name projects after female coworker's, ex. "Candy" for the 400. The Atari2600 is the lone exception with "Stella" being taken from the name of a bicycle.
** Being the network administrator of a Wi-Fi hub tends to allow you to give it a name to appear as on other's devices. Averted, as most people either leave the default code, give it a silly name like 'The Bat Cave', or at least a handful of occasions when neighbours used them to passive-aggressively snipe at each other.
* There's a 15th century cannon at Edinburgh Castle called "Mons Meg". (Mons being where it was built, and Meg being short for Margaret.) The barrel is almost big enough to crawl into.
* Nicknaming vehicles:
** In NASCAR, race teams and drivers would give names to their multiple cars. Jeff Gordon, for example, gave his racecars names starting with the letter B, including Boomer, Backdraft, Boo, WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead, Blythe Baxter, Bunnicula, Brooke, Bullseye Brookie, Beth, Bethany, Backbone, Backburn, Black, Blue, Blythe, Beauty, Beezus, Beatrice, Britney, Brittany, Borge, Bowser, Barney, Billy, Buford, Brandon, Brad, Bryan, Brian, Brett, Bryant, Butterfly, Beautiful, Benny, Benjamin, ballet, ballerina, Ben.
** In UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, [[strike:Red Bull]] Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel gives his cars girls' names. During the 2008 season while with Scuderia Torro-Rosso, he named his STR-Ferrari car "Julie." The following season when he joined Red Bull Racing, he named his first RBR-Renault car "Kate". When Kate was wrecked following the Australian Grand Prix, the team gave him a new one. He found this car to be faster and more aggressive, so he named it "Kate's Dirty Sister". In the 2010 season, his first car was named "Luscious Liz". When it turned out the chassis was unrepairable, and got replaced, he renamed it "Randy Mandy". In 2011 he named his car "Kinky Kylie", 2012 "Abbey" ([[NamesTheSame no relation]] to Music/TheBeatles's album Abbey Road, reportedly), 2013 "Hungry Heidi" (after Heidi Klum), and 2014 "Suzie". Upon moving to Ferrari, the tradition was duly kept. His 2015 car is "Eva". In 2016, he is going to name another of his cars "Stylin' Maddie". Vettel got the word of "Stylin'" from one of his older daughter's Girl Tech PC accessories, Stylin' Studio, because she uses it to email her digital homecoming makeovers to him via his cell phone (along with "Maddie", a character on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''). His older daughter is about 16 or 17. Her name is Sara Vettel.
** There are numerous Volkswagen buses with names.
* US bombers in WWII were often given female names by their pilots and crews, such as the famous "Enola Gay" and "Memphis Belle".
** And not only US bombers. This personification of airplanes is almost universal. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster (one of only two flying in the world) still carries her wartime squadron letters VR-A, the name given her is accordingly "Vera", and in the aviation context she should be the (or at least ''a'') trope codifier.
** Chuck Yeager (the first man to fly past the speed of sound) named every plane he flew 'Glamorous Glennis' after his wife. Even the X-1, although the nose art was airbrushed out for publicity photos.
** NoseArt is this trope UpToEleven.
* A number of musicians have been known to give affectionate names to their instruments. Notable examples include guitarists Eric Clapton (Blackie), B.B. King (Lucille), and Dr. Brian May (Red Special)
* William Fredrick "Buffalo Bill" Cody named his favorite rifle "Lucrezia Borgia".
* Famed golfer Bobby Jones named his putter "Calamity Jane".
* The H-4 Hercules was given the sarcastic name of "Spruce Goose" by critics (despite being made of birch). The press picked it up and ran with it so well, most people know it only as such. Calling it that around Howard Hughes, its designer, [[BerserkButton was a good way to get fired]].
* A very disturbing real-life occurrence was one of the guns used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School Massacre]], which Eric had named "Arlene".
* British Paralympian Hannah Cockroft calls her racing chair "Sally".
* The electric chair that claimed the lives of Ted Bundy among others is nicknamed "Old Sparky".
* American comedienne Paula Poundstone often speaks about her most memorable car, a blue Ford Mustang convertible she called Dave.
* In ''A Light That Never Goes Out'', Tony Fletcher's excellent biography of Music/TheSmiths, we learn that the metalwork teacher at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Secondary Modern, Music/{{Morrissey}}'s alma mater, "[[SadisticTeacher had a two-foot-long piece of tapered wood that he nicknamed Charlie and administered freely on the boys' backsides]]."
* In Patti [=LuPone=]'s memoir, she mentions that she called the tuba she played in the 2005 revival of ''SweeneyTodd'' "Irene".
* The tunnel boring machine digging the SR-99 highway tunnel in Seattle, WA is named "Bertha", after Bertha Knight Landes, the city's first female mayor. Also appropriate since the machine is the largest of its kind ever built.
** Similarly, the borers digging the Central Subway light rail extension under and through San Francisco's Chinatown are nicknamed "Big Alma" and "Mom Chung" (after local notables [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_de_Bretteville_Spreckels Alma de Bretteville Spreckles]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Chung Margaret Chung]]).
* The largest [[SiegeEngines trebuchet]] ever made was named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwolf Warwolf]].
* According to the memoirs of Creator/AndyMcNab, the Special Air Service nicknamed their [[SawedOffShotgun short-barreled pump shotguns]] loaded with [[ShootTheLockOff door-breaching ammunition]] "the Barclaycard", after a mildy famous series of adverts for Barclays Bank[[note]]starring Rowan Atkinson as an early version of the character who would become famous as Film/JohnnyEnglish[[/note]] with the slogan, "A Barclaycard gets you anywhere."
* On a related note, BritishCoppers nigh-universally refer to their standard-issue handheld BatteringRam as "the big red key".
* [[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/are-soldiers-getting-too-emotionally-attached-to-war-robots Soldiers are getting emotionally attached with their Bomb Disposal Robots]], giving them nicknames, culminating with funerals when the robots get destroyed. Which begs the question:
-->''If military members start to feel empathy for the same tools built to keep humans out or harm's way, does it defeat the whole purpose of these machines? Does it put the soldiers, or their mission, at risk?''
* [[SteelMill Blast furnaces]] have traditionally been named with girls' names, as they give birth to iron. The four British Steel blast furnaces at Scunthorpe bear names Bess, Anne, Vicky and Mary - after the four English queens: Elizabeth, Anne, Victoria and Mary.
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3rd Jul '17 11:24:04 PM Timber
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* In ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'', Nil calls his bow "The Voice of Our Teeth," and is shocked that Aloy hasn't named hers. When Aloy asks about his knife's name, however, he responds with confusion as to why someone would name a knife.
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* Many famous string instruments, especially any built by a member of the famous Stradivari family, have unique names. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stradivarius_instruments lists some]].

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* Many famous string instruments, especially any built by a member of the famous Stradivari family, have unique names. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stradivarius_instruments lists some]].
23rd Jun '17 11:33:22 AM Teakay
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** ''The Legacy'' DLC reveals that Bianca is a unique repeating crossbow designed by a friend of his in the Carta. Apparently, Bianca is the only one that he has managed to get working.

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** ''The Legacy'' DLC reveals that Bianca is a unique repeating crossbow designed by a friend of his in the Carta. Apparently, Bianca is the only one that he has managed to get working. Retconned in ''Inquisition'', as the real creator is [[spoiler:Varric's ex-girlfriend, Bianca Davri]].



* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=

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* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=php?date=
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21st Jun '17 5:12:51 PM AuraXtreme
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* All the customized weapons ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' gets at The Gates of Hell are named. For instance, her most commonly used set of four pistols are called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme individually and Scarborough Fair collectively.

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* All the customized weapons ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' gets at The Gates of Hell are named. For instance, her In most commonly used set cases, it's a result of four pistols are called Rodin making them [[LivingWeapon out of demons' souls]], so one assumes they share the names of the demons in question, but her four-piece handgun sets have no such excuse: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme individually and (collectively known as Scarborough Fair collectively.Fair) in ''Bayo 1''; Prelude, Minuet, Toccata, and Nocturne (collectively known as Love is Blue) in ''Bayo 2''.



* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2006-11-29 here]], Lewis has named his sword "Betsy". It's never mentioned again.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2010-08-17 Lewis has also named a lightsaber "Lucille".]]
* How can we forget ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' and Chaz. Again, a sentient sword, now with a surprisingly normal name.
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'' [[http://www.punchanpie.net/cgi-bin/autokeenlite.cgi?date=20070307 here]] when Angela is imagining herself in a warzone (while packing her stuff).
* In the now defunct web comic ''[[http://yahtzee.comicgenesis.com/cast.htm Yahtzee Takes On The World]]'', Yahtzee names an experimental laser he found "Archibald".
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Tip carries a revolver named [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/much-with-his-smarts/ Alice]]. It is noteworthy that he usually does not bother to learn the name of the women he sleeps with, yet still names his gun.
** Don't forget Konstantin, whose "biceps have clever names. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=43404#strip4 Are you wishing to hear?"]]
** Tip asks Unity to use "gentle persuasion" to get Sweetheart out of the rubber plant, unaware that Gentle Persuasion is the name of Unity's [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/was-true/ flamethrower]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' Gertrude & Brunhilda's [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4797816/ swords have names]].
* Hunter Ravenwood of ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' names his guns. He has a .22 "carry-around piece" named Bop, and a much larger gun "which liquefies your target - kinda like a blender, but more satisfying" which he keeps in a glass case for emergency use, labelled "Idiot Magnum: In case of extreme stupidity, break glass".
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', Azrael has a (male) sword he calls Grace that he also treats as a CompanionCube. It's later revealed [[spoiler:there is an evil spirit bound to the sword, who taught him to speak to the sword instead of him]], because it looks ''less'' insane that way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goats}}'' has [[http://goats.com/archive/060123.html three]] [[http://goats.com/archive/050921.html unrelated]] [[http://goats.com/archive/060306.html characters]] all owning guns named "Bessie". Coincidence? Plot point? Or lazy author (and overly attentive troper)?
* Serafine Savoy in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' uses a Browning BAR named "Boudreaux."
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Captain Antan Eel of the Pirates of Ipecac had a favorite ray gun named Nancy. [[PunnyName (Nancy Ray Gun. Get it?)]]
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has BLAZING HOT BETTY, an [[ShockAndAwe electric]] sword which can shoot FrickinLaserBeams.
* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'' has a baseball bat with the unoriginal name of Mr Bat. It gets broken and replaced with Mr Bat II.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got Mamma Gkika mit her "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 Dollink]]".
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock didn't have a chance to name his plasgun before Kevyn used it as a bomb.
-->'''Schlock:''' I was gonna ''name'' that gun.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', Minmax creates a sword made of oblivion, which is only able to exist thanks to [[AchievementsInIgnorance his own lack of understanding of the concepts involved]]. He decides to christen his new sword "Oblivious".
* Famine's flamethrower "Stevie" in ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}''. Amber thinks it's a pet at first after being told about "him" over the phone, and is proven wrong by almost being set on fire.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', Stephen decides that 'Grizzlebane' is a [[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_2_4.html good name for his spear at that moment]]. It gets never mentioned with that name elsewhere.
* In ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'', Kurgh the Conqueror's battleaxe is called "Elza", as can attest the plaque above his mayoral desk. [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=207-adapting Not that he's using it any more]] -- since Shitropolis politics require ''heavy firepower'' instead.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Non-weapon example: In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Cody Jenson names the motorcycle he finds "Loretta", and apparently falls in love with it as the game goes on.
** In v4, Roland Harte names his kris Charlene, as a ShoutOut to ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
** Meanwhile, within the same thread as Roland, Isabel Guerra names her [[JokeWeapon trumpet]] / [[ImprovisedWeapon shiv]] [[Series/LookAroundYou Partario]].
** In v5, we have [[PunnyName Kiki]], Joey Caputo's [[KukrisAreKool kukri knife]], and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko]], Miranda Millers' [[BladeOnAStick war spear]].
* Kat from ''Kat and Mouse: Guns for hire '' named her pair of Colt-Springfield M2001 .45-caliber high-capacity pistols Bonnie and Clyde.
* An NPC in Neoquest II, a game within the game of ''{{Website/Neopets}}'', has a sword named Vera. His cowboy-like speech patterns (which he shares with no other character in the game) and the fact that there are several self-proclaimed [[FanCommunityNicknames Browncoats]] on the Neopets staff suggest that this is a direct ShoutOut.
* Also, Bubs' "Lawyers" (read: fists), Jacobi and Meyers.
* Chaz Villette in ''Literature/ShadowUnit'' has a ''sourdough starter'' named Elmer. [[spoiler:Not anymore, he doesn't.]]
** And Daphne, referring to StraightGay Agent Brady, says, "When he was in the Army, he gave his rifle a boy's name."
* A video by Website/{{Website/YouTube}}r Blunty3000 features a ninja who has named his sword "Suzette".
* El Disgusto of ''The Literature/BinderOfShame'' wields a wooden yardstick he dubbed "the Stick of Pain".
* In the Michael chapter of J.C. Hutchins ''7th Son'' prequel series ''7th Son 7 Days'' has a customized shotgun he calls [[Film/RoboCop1987 Clarence, that has the phrase "Bitches, leave." etched on it]].
* In nevermore's [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/the_hms_stfu/449165.html MSTing]] of Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness, everyone finds out that [[Literature/HarryPotter Neville]] has named his Mimbulus Mimbletonia Robert. Luna is the only one who doesn't find it weird. She also names objects she dislikes.
* Burt from ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' calls his Desert Eagle "Shirley" after his dead wife.
* Literature/ChakonaSpace gives us Neal Foster's shotgun, ''Betsy''.
* From ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': [[http://notalwaysright.com/make-a-bullet-point-about-bertha/7542 Bertha the shotgun]].
* In an Podcast/RPPRActualPlay episode, Dave's character's beloved tommy gun is called Lucille.
--> ''"Not a woman, exactly. My... partner. She's been with me through thick'n'thin."''
* First invoked, then enforced, ''then'' subverted in the Eddsworld Episode "Saloonatics", when Far West!Tom gives Far West!Edd his first pistol.
--> '''Tom:''' You can't fire a gun without givin' her a name first !\\
'''Ed:''' Alright... I shall call him... Brian !\\
'''Tom:''' What ?! No !! You can't give her a man's name !\\
'''Edd:''' ... What's yours called ?\\
'''Tom:''' "''Gun''" !
* More examples than we could even begin to catalogue appear in Website/{{Fenspace}}, albeit for vehicles rather than weapons.
* ''Webvideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Played with in the case Linkara's magic gun. Her name is Margaret. Not because he named her that, but because that is the name of the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild little girl's spirit that enchants her]].
* A few cases in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''.
** Percy has named his three weapons [[RevolversAreJustBetter The List]], [[{{BFG}} Bad News]], and [[StaticStunGun Diplomacy]]. Later gets a pistol he names "Retort" after [[spoiler:The List is dissolved in acid]]
** Vax calls his belt - which can transform into a snake - "Simon".
* Cam from ''[[WebVideo/HighRollers2016 High Rollers]]'' has a dagger named "Duracell". [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall It's a dwarven name]].
* WebVideo/IronLiz calls her swords [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Twinkle and Icingdeath]].
* Lemley, a {{Cyborg}} warrior in ''WebVideo/TitansgraveTheAshesOfValkana'' fights with a BladeBelowTheShoulder which she christened "Doctor Lobotomy".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Thirty/Thirty (the robot/cyborg horse from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'') had a {{BFG}} called Sarah Jane. He himself is named for a bullet.
* In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/RobinHood'', one of the guards--tellingly named Trigger--has a powerful crossbow called Betsy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' in the episode "Dead Putting Society" wherein Homer forces Bart to call his golf putter "Charlene". "Pull, Dutchess! PULL!!!"
** In an early episode, Mrs. Krabappel refers to her grading pen as "Ol' Red."
** In "Mona Leaves-a", Homer wields a cinder block on a chain he calls "The Defender".
* In ''OpenSeason'', Shaw calls his shotgun "Lorraine". It even has its name engraved on it.
* [[EgomaniacHunter Big-game hunter]] Mr. Marlin, a one-shot character from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003), called his custom laser rifle "Betsy", and basically treats it as if it were a person. After the rifle is damaged to the point where it threatens to blow up, he remarks that "she's just that type of girl".
** Also, Michaelangelo call his nunchucks "Chuck" and "Chuck 2: the {{Sequel}}".
* The unfortunately named Lugnutz of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', according to his official bio, calls his rifle "Dutch".
** In the same series, Metroplex's [[AnAxeToGrind colossal axe]] is known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sparkdrinker]][[note]]for those who don't know, a Spark is a Transformer's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]][[/note]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', recurring character Vinnie Grigori's [[spoiler:pie-cannon]] is named Mr. Carter, Mr. C for short.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' example: Sokka's [[CompanionCube Boomerang]]. Space Sword might also count. Hey, nobody said Sokka was ''good'' at naming things...
* Although Matrix in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' didn't give his weapon a proper name, based on dialogue, it's clear that at least he and [=AndrAIa=] consider 'Gun' to be the name of his gun. He DOES get a response from his gun, since it can operate (and likely also fire) itself with voice commands.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}!'', Broseph's favourite long board is named Angelina.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': "You know, I always wanted to date a girl named 'The Power.'"
* One of the strigoi (vampire-like creatures that suck blood from dragons instead of humans) in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' named his fangs "Lefty" and "Bitey".
* The EVO-hating Hunter Cain in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' carries a gun emblazoned with the name "Sweet Caroline" in his first appearance.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Amy and Nibbler go after the dean that denied Amy her doctorate:
--> '''Nibbler''': *holds up gun* "If they have a problem, they can take it up with Smith & Wesson!" *holds up bigger gun* "Or if that fails, Consolidated Head-Melter!"
* Eli's slugs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}'' might count. More or less [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as they're shown to be pets to some people.
* In an unusual example where a BarefistedMonk uses this trope, The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' version of the Dark Knight habitually refers to his fists as "The Hammers of Justice".
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', [[WardensAreEvil evil warden]] Mr. Moss rides a customised Heli-Blade he calls "Bessie".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In the episode "The Taking Tree", we learn that Grim calls his scythe "Jodie".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'': During the "Missouri Mish-Mosh" arc, the Hatfulls at one point employed a Civil War era cannon named "Li'l Orvie".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=gun&searchmode=none The English word "gun" itself]] comes from the feminine name "Gunilde", in particular from a ballista mounted at Windsor Castle in the 14th century called "Domina Gunilda". Which in turn comes from Old Norse ''gunnhildr'' -> [[LadyOfWar battle-woman]]
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'' was mocked by his co-hosts when he referred to the car he was driving as "Oliver" (Oliver wound up becoming Hammond's CompanionCube).
* According to legend, Davy Crockett named three different guns Betsy, which is most likely brought this trope to public consciousness.
* It's not uncommon for players of {{Collectible Card Game}}s to name their decks, particularly if it is a particular archetype. On the other hand, oblique or nonsense names allow you to refer to something and not give away too much about it to opponents who haven't seen it play yet.
* Naming electronics, computers in particular, seems to be a general geek thing. Of course, most modern [=OSes=] specifically support computer naming for good networking/management purposes, but many geeks take it further by using a personal naming scheme that's standard across all their stuff.
** Sometimes people (or IT departments) name their computers after ships, or after places (Often, naming the desktop/tower machines after places, usually stationary bases, and portable machines after ships, perhaps naming handheld devices after aircraft which are smaller than most ships).
** There is one joke about a former IT guy naming the company servers after famous philosophers and a new guy joins the company after he has left. The new guy sees that one of the server is named ''Homer'', gets the wrong idea, and any subsequent server the company acquires got named after TheSimpsons characters.
** When [[{{UsefulNotes/VaticanCity}} Vatican]] developed it's own website in 1996, the first three servers installed were named after the [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Archangels]] [[ArchangelRaphael Raphael]], [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] and [[ArchangelMichael Michael]].
** One of the first Apple [=PCs=] was called the 'Apple Lisa' presumably named after Steve's daughter Lisa Jobs. The acronym 'Local Integrated Software Architecture' was [[FunWithAcronyms [=Backronym=]]] invented after it had been named Lisa.
** Fred Gallagher of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' had a pattern of naming the succession of servers for the web comic after girls from ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', and his laptops after ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''. This is taken to an extreme end in a few of the {{omake}}, depicting the comic server as a female [[Manga/{{Chobits}} persocom]] just sitting in the colocation center, who gets ''kidnapped''.
** [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/faq.php#jeff4 Jeff Darlington]] provides a really good example.
** The creator of the webcomic ''Comedity'' named his computer "Alice". In the strip, Alice is a RobotGirl.
** Registering an Amazon Kindle allows you to name it.
** Apple products, such as iPods and iPhones, when first plugged into a computer and thereafter, offer one the opportunity to "name" the device.
** {{Atari}} designers would name projects after female coworker's, ex. "Candy" for the 400. The Atari2600 is the lone exception with "Stella" being taken from the name of a bicycle.
** Being the network administrator of a Wi-Fi hub tends to allow you to give it a name to appear as on other's devices. Averted, as most people either leave the default code, give it a silly name like 'The Bat Cave', or at least a handful of occasions when neighbours used them to passive-aggressively snipe at each other.
* There's a 15th century cannon at Edinburgh Castle called "Mons Meg". (Mons being where it was built, and Meg being short for Margaret.) The barrel is almost big enough to crawl into.
* Nicknaming vehicles:
** In NASCAR, race teams and drivers would give names to their multiple cars. Jeff Gordon, for example, gave his racecars names starting with the letter B, including Boomer, Backdraft, Boo, WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead, Blythe Baxter, Bunnicula, Brooke, Bullseye Brookie, Beth, Bethany, Backbone, Backburn, Black, Blue, Blythe, Beauty, Beezus, Beatrice, Britney, Brittany, Borge, Bowser, Barney, Billy, Buford, Brandon, Brad, Bryan, Brian, Brett, Bryant, Butterfly, Beautiful, Benny, Benjamin, ballet, ballerina, Ben.
** In UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, [[strike:Red Bull]] Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel gives his cars girls' names. During the 2008 season while with Scuderia Torro-Rosso, he named his STR-Ferrari car "Julie." The following season when he joined Red Bull Racing, he named his first RBR-Renault car "Kate". When Kate was wrecked following the Australian Grand Prix, the team gave him a new one. He found this car to be faster and more aggressive, so he named it "Kate's Dirty Sister". In the 2010 season, his first car was named "Luscious Liz". When it turned out the chassis was unrepairable, and got replaced, he renamed it "Randy Mandy". In 2011 he named his car "Kinky Kylie", 2012 "Abbey" ([[NamesTheSame no relation]] to Music/TheBeatles's album Abbey Road, reportedly), 2013 "Hungry Heidi" (after Heidi Klum), and 2014 "Suzie". Upon moving to Ferrari, the tradition was duly kept. His 2015 car is "Eva". In 2016, he is going to name another of his cars "Stylin' Maddie". Vettel got the word of "Stylin'" from one of his older daughter's Girl Tech PC accessories, Stylin' Studio, because she uses it to email her digital homecoming makeovers to him via his cell phone (along with "Maddie", a character on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''). His older daughter is about 16 or 17. Her name is Sara Vettel.
** There are numerous Volkswagen buses with names.
* US bombers in WWII were often given female names by their pilots and crews, such as the famous "Enola Gay" and "Memphis Belle".
** And not only US bombers. This personification of airplanes is almost universal. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster (one of only two flying in the world) still carries her wartime squadron letters VR-A, the name given her is accordingly "Vera", and in the aviation context she should be the (or at least ''a'') trope codifier.
** Chuck Yeager (the first man to fly past the speed of sound) named every plane he flew 'Glamorous Glennis' after his wife. Even the X-1, although the nose art was airbrushed out for publicity photos.
** NoseArt is this trope UpToEleven.
* A number of musicians have been known to give affectionate names to their instruments. Notable examples include guitarists Eric Clapton (Blackie), B.B. King (Lucille), and Dr. Brian May (Red Special)
* William Fredrick "Buffalo Bill" Cody named his favorite rifle "Lucrezia Borgia".
* Famed golfer Bobby Jones named his putter "Calamity Jane".
* The H-4 Hercules was given the sarcastic name of "Spruce Goose" by critics (despite being made of birch). The press picked it up and ran with it so well, most people know it only as such. Calling it that around Howard Hughes, its designer, [[BerserkButton was a good way to get fired]].
* A very disturbing real-life occurrence was one of the guns used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School Massacre]], which Eric had named "Arlene".
* British Paralympian Hannah Cockroft calls her racing chair "Sally".
* The electric chair that claimed the lives of Ted Bundy among others is nicknamed "Old Sparky".
* American comedienne Paula Poundstone often speaks about her most memorable car, a blue Ford Mustang convertible she called Dave.
* In ''A Light That Never Goes Out'', Tony Fletcher's excellent biography of Music/TheSmiths, we learn that the metalwork teacher at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Secondary Modern, Music/{{Morrissey}}'s alma mater, "[[SadisticTeacher had a two-foot-long piece of tapered wood that he nicknamed Charlie and administered freely on the boys' backsides]]."
* In Patti [=LuPone=]'s memoir, she mentions that she called the tuba she played in the 2005 revival of ''SweeneyTodd'' "Irene".
* The tunnel boring machine digging the SR-99 highway tunnel in Seattle, WA is named "Bertha", after Bertha Knight Landes, the city's first female mayor. Also appropriate since the machine is the largest of its kind ever built.
** Similarly, the borers digging the Central Subway light rail extension under and through San Francisco's Chinatown are nicknamed "Big Alma" and "Mom Chung" (after local notables [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_de_Bretteville_Spreckels Alma de Bretteville Spreckles]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Chung Margaret Chung]]).
* The largest [[SiegeEngines trebuchet]] ever made was named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwolf Warwolf]].
* According to the memoirs of Creator/AndyMcNab, the Special Air Service nicknamed their [[SawedOffShotgun short-barreled pump shotguns]] loaded with [[ShootTheLockOff door-breaching ammunition]] "the Barclaycard", after a mildy famous series of adverts for Barclays Bank[[note]]starring Rowan Atkinson as an early version of the character who would become famous as Film/JohnnyEnglish[[/note]] with the slogan, "A Barclaycard gets you anywhere."
* On a related note, BritishCoppers nigh-universally refer to their standard-issue handheld BatteringRam as "the big red key".
* [[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/are-soldiers-getting-too-emotionally-attached-to-war-robots Soldiers are getting emotionally attached with their Bomb Disposal Robots]], giving them nicknames, culminating with funerals when the robots get destroyed. Which begs the question:
-->''If military members start to feel empathy for the same tools built to keep humans out or harm's way, does it defeat the whole purpose of these machines? Does it put the soldiers, or their mission, at risk?''
* [[SteelMill Blast furnaces]] have traditionally been named with girls' names, as they give birth to iron. The four British Steel blast furnaces at Scunthorpe bear names Bess, Anne, Vicky and Mary - after the four English queens: Elizabeth, Anne, Victoria and Mary.
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* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2006-11-29 here]], Lewis has named his sword "Betsy". It's never mentioned again.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2010-08-17 Lewis has also named a lightsaber "Lucille".]]
* How can we forget ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' and Chaz. Again, a sentient sword, now with a surprisingly normal name.
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'' [[http://www.punchanpie.net/cgi-bin/autokeenlite.cgi?date=20070307 here]] when Angela is imagining herself in a warzone (while packing her stuff).
* In the now defunct web comic ''[[http://yahtzee.comicgenesis.com/cast.htm Yahtzee Takes On The World]]'', Yahtzee names an experimental laser he found "Archibald".
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Tip carries a revolver named [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/much-with-his-smarts/ Alice]]. It is noteworthy that he usually does not bother to learn the name of the women he sleeps with, yet still names his gun.
** Don't forget Konstantin, whose "biceps have clever names. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=43404#strip4 Are you wishing to hear?"]]
** Tip asks Unity to use "gentle persuasion" to get Sweetheart out of the rubber plant, unaware that Gentle Persuasion is the name of Unity's [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/was-true/ flamethrower]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' Gertrude & Brunhilda's [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4797816/ swords have names]].
* Hunter Ravenwood of ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' names his guns. He has a .22 "carry-around piece" named Bop, and a much larger gun "which liquefies your target - kinda like a blender, but more satisfying" which he keeps in a glass case for emergency use, labelled "Idiot Magnum: In case of extreme stupidity, break glass".
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', Azrael has a (male) sword he calls Grace that he also treats as a CompanionCube. It's later revealed [[spoiler:there is an evil spirit bound to the sword, who taught him to speak to the sword instead of him]], because it looks ''less'' insane that way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goats}}'' has [[http://goats.com/archive/060123.html three]] [[http://goats.com/archive/050921.html unrelated]] [[http://goats.com/archive/060306.html characters]] all owning guns named "Bessie". Coincidence? Plot point? Or lazy author (and overly attentive troper)?
* Serafine Savoy in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' uses a Browning BAR named "Boudreaux."
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Captain Antan Eel of the Pirates of Ipecac had a favorite ray gun named Nancy. [[PunnyName (Nancy Ray Gun. Get it?)]]
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has BLAZING HOT BETTY, an [[ShockAndAwe electric]] sword which can shoot FrickinLaserBeams.
* ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'' has a baseball bat with the unoriginal name of Mr Bat. It gets broken and replaced with Mr Bat II.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got Mamma Gkika mit her "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 Dollink]]".
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock didn't have a chance to name his plasgun before Kevyn used it as a bomb.
-->'''Schlock:''' I was gonna ''name'' that gun.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', Minmax creates a sword made of oblivion, which is only able to exist thanks to [[AchievementsInIgnorance his own lack of understanding of the concepts involved]]. He decides to christen his new sword "Oblivious".
* Famine's flamethrower "Stevie" in ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}''. Amber thinks it's a pet at first after being told about "him" over the phone, and is proven wrong by almost being set on fire.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', Stephen decides that 'Grizzlebane' is a [[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_2_4.html good name for his spear at that moment]]. It gets never mentioned with that name elsewhere.
* In ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'', Kurgh the Conqueror's battleaxe is called "Elza", as can attest the plaque above his mayoral desk. [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=207-adapting Not that he's using it any more]] -- since Shitropolis politics require ''heavy firepower'' instead.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Non-weapon example: In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Cody Jenson names the motorcycle he finds "Loretta", and apparently falls in love with it as the game goes on.
** In v4, Roland Harte names his kris Charlene, as a ShoutOut to ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
** Meanwhile, within the same thread as Roland, Isabel Guerra names her [[JokeWeapon trumpet]] / [[ImprovisedWeapon shiv]] [[Series/LookAroundYou Partario]].
** In v5, we have [[PunnyName Kiki]], Joey Caputo's [[KukrisAreKool kukri knife]], and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko]], Miranda Millers' [[BladeOnAStick war spear]].
* Kat from ''Kat and Mouse: Guns for hire '' named her pair of Colt-Springfield M2001 .45-caliber high-capacity pistols Bonnie and Clyde.
* An NPC in Neoquest II, a game within the game of ''{{Website/Neopets}}'', has a sword named Vera. His cowboy-like speech patterns (which he shares with no other character in the game) and the fact that there are several self-proclaimed [[FanCommunityNicknames Browncoats]] on the Neopets staff suggest that this is a direct ShoutOut.
* Also, Bubs' "Lawyers" (read: fists), Jacobi and Meyers.
* Chaz Villette in ''Literature/ShadowUnit'' has a ''sourdough starter'' named Elmer. [[spoiler:Not anymore, he doesn't.]]
** And Daphne, referring to StraightGay Agent Brady, says, "When he was in the Army, he gave his rifle a boy's name."
* A video by Website/{{Website/YouTube}}r Blunty3000 features a ninja who has named his sword "Suzette".
* El Disgusto of ''The Literature/BinderOfShame'' wields a wooden yardstick he dubbed "the Stick of Pain".
* In the Michael chapter of J.C. Hutchins ''7th Son'' prequel series ''7th Son 7 Days'' has a customized shotgun he calls [[Film/RoboCop1987 Clarence, that has the phrase "Bitches, leave." etched on it]].
* In nevermore's [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/the_hms_stfu/449165.html MSTing]] of Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness, everyone finds out that [[Literature/HarryPotter Neville]] has named his Mimbulus Mimbletonia Robert. Luna is the only one who doesn't find it weird. She also names objects she dislikes.
* Burt from ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' calls his Desert Eagle "Shirley" after his dead wife.
* Literature/ChakonaSpace gives us Neal Foster's shotgun, ''Betsy''.
* From ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': [[http://notalwaysright.com/make-a-bullet-point-about-bertha/7542 Bertha the shotgun]].
* In an Podcast/RPPRActualPlay episode, Dave's character's beloved tommy gun is called Lucille.
--> ''"Not a woman, exactly. My... partner. She's been with me through thick'n'thin."''
* First invoked, then enforced, ''then'' subverted in the Eddsworld Episode "Saloonatics", when Far West!Tom gives Far West!Edd his first pistol.
--> '''Tom:''' You can't fire a gun without givin' her a name first !\\
'''Ed:''' Alright... I shall call him... Brian !\\
'''Tom:''' What ?! No !! You can't give her a man's name !\\
'''Edd:''' ... What's yours called ?\\
'''Tom:''' "''Gun''" !
* More examples than we could even begin to catalogue appear in Website/{{Fenspace}}, albeit for vehicles rather than weapons.
* ''Webvideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Played with in the case Linkara's magic gun. Her name is Margaret. Not because he named her that, but because that is the name of the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild little girl's spirit that enchants her]].
* A few cases in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''.
** Percy has named his three weapons [[RevolversAreJustBetter The List]], [[{{BFG}} Bad News]], and [[StaticStunGun Diplomacy]]. Later gets a pistol he names "Retort" after [[spoiler:The List is dissolved in acid]]
** Vax calls his belt - which can transform into a snake - "Simon".
* Cam from ''[[WebVideo/HighRollers2016 High Rollers]]'' has a dagger named "Duracell". [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall It's a dwarven name]].
* WebVideo/IronLiz calls her swords [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Twinkle and Icingdeath]].
* Lemley, a {{Cyborg}} warrior in ''WebVideo/TitansgraveTheAshesOfValkana'' fights with a BladeBelowTheShoulder which she christened "Doctor Lobotomy".
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* Thirty/Thirty (the robot/cyborg horse from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'') had a {{BFG}} called Sarah Jane. He himself is named for a bullet.
* In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/RobinHood'', one of the guards--tellingly named Trigger--has a powerful crossbow called Betsy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' in the episode "Dead Putting Society" wherein Homer forces Bart to call his golf putter "Charlene". "Pull, Dutchess! PULL!!!"
** In an early episode, Mrs. Krabappel refers to her grading pen as "Ol' Red."
** In "Mona Leaves-a", Homer wields a cinder block on a chain he calls "The Defender".
* In ''OpenSeason'', Shaw calls his shotgun "Lorraine". It even has its name engraved on it.
* [[EgomaniacHunter Big-game hunter]] Mr. Marlin, a one-shot character from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003), called his custom laser rifle "Betsy", and basically treats it as if it were a person. After the rifle is damaged to the point where it threatens to blow up, he remarks that "she's just that type of girl".
** Also, Michaelangelo call his nunchucks "Chuck" and "Chuck 2: the {{Sequel}}".
* The unfortunately named Lugnutz of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', according to his official bio, calls his rifle "Dutch".
** In the same series, Metroplex's [[AnAxeToGrind colossal axe]] is known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sparkdrinker]][[note]]for those who don't know, a Spark is a Transformer's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]][[/note]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', recurring character Vinnie Grigori's [[spoiler:pie-cannon]] is named Mr. Carter, Mr. C for short.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' example: Sokka's [[CompanionCube Boomerang]]. Space Sword might also count. Hey, nobody said Sokka was ''good'' at naming things...
* Although Matrix in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' didn't give his weapon a proper name, based on dialogue, it's clear that at least he and [=AndrAIa=] consider 'Gun' to be the name of his gun. He DOES get a response from his gun, since it can operate (and likely also fire) itself with voice commands.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}!'', Broseph's favourite long board is named Angelina.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': "You know, I always wanted to date a girl named 'The Power.'"
* One of the strigoi (vampire-like creatures that suck blood from dragons instead of humans) in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' named his fangs "Lefty" and "Bitey".
* The EVO-hating Hunter Cain in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' carries a gun emblazoned with the name "Sweet Caroline" in his first appearance.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Amy and Nibbler go after the dean that denied Amy her doctorate:
--> '''Nibbler''': *holds up gun* "If they have a problem, they can take it up with Smith & Wesson!" *holds up bigger gun* "Or if that fails, Consolidated Head-Melter!"
* Eli's slugs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}'' might count. More or less [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as they're shown to be pets to some people.
* In an unusual example where a BarefistedMonk uses this trope, The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' version of the Dark Knight habitually refers to his fists as "The Hammers of Justice".
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', [[WardensAreEvil evil warden]] Mr. Moss rides a customised Heli-Blade he calls "Bessie".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In the episode "The Taking Tree", we learn that Grim calls his scythe "Jodie".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'': During the "Missouri Mish-Mosh" arc, the Hatfulls at one point employed a Civil War era cannon named "Li'l Orvie".
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* [[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=gun&searchmode=none The English word "gun" itself]] comes from the feminine name "Gunilde", in particular from a ballista mounted at Windsor Castle in the 14th century called "Domina Gunilda". Which in turn comes from Old Norse ''gunnhildr'' -> [[LadyOfWar battle-woman]]
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'' was mocked by his co-hosts when he referred to the car he was driving as "Oliver" (Oliver wound up becoming Hammond's CompanionCube).
* According to legend, Davy Crockett named three different guns Betsy, which is most likely brought this trope to public consciousness.
* It's not uncommon for players of {{Collectible Card Game}}s to name their decks, particularly if it is a particular archetype. On the other hand, oblique or nonsense names allow you to refer to something and not give away too much about it to opponents who haven't seen it play yet.
* Naming electronics, computers in particular, seems to be a general geek thing. Of course, most modern [=OSes=] specifically support computer naming for good networking/management purposes, but many geeks take it further by using a personal naming scheme that's standard across all their stuff.
** Sometimes people (or IT departments) name their computers after ships, or after places (Often, naming the desktop/tower machines after places, usually stationary bases, and portable machines after ships, perhaps naming handheld devices after aircraft which are smaller than most ships).
** There is one joke about a former IT guy naming the company servers after famous philosophers and a new guy joins the company after he has left. The new guy sees that one of the server is named ''Homer'', gets the wrong idea, and any subsequent server the company acquires got named after TheSimpsons characters.
** When [[{{UsefulNotes/VaticanCity}} Vatican]] developed it's own website in 1996, the first three servers installed were named after the [[CelestialParagonsAndArchangels Archangels]] [[ArchangelRaphael Raphael]], [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] and [[ArchangelMichael Michael]].
** One of the first Apple [=PCs=] was called the 'Apple Lisa' presumably named after Steve's daughter Lisa Jobs. The acronym 'Local Integrated Software Architecture' was [[FunWithAcronyms [=Backronym=]]] invented after it had been named Lisa.
** Fred Gallagher of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' had a pattern of naming the succession of servers for the web comic after girls from ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', and his laptops after ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''. This is taken to an extreme end in a few of the {{omake}}, depicting the comic server as a female [[Manga/{{Chobits}} persocom]] just sitting in the colocation center, who gets ''kidnapped''.
** [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/faq.php#jeff4 Jeff Darlington]] provides a really good example.
** The creator of the webcomic ''Comedity'' named his computer "Alice". In the strip, Alice is a RobotGirl.
** Registering an Amazon Kindle allows you to name it.
** Apple products, such as iPods and iPhones, when first plugged into a computer and thereafter, offer one the opportunity to "name" the device.
** {{Atari}} designers would name projects after female coworker's, ex. "Candy" for the 400. The Atari2600 is the lone exception with "Stella" being taken from the name of a bicycle.
** Being the network administrator of a Wi-Fi hub tends to allow you to give it a name to appear as on other's devices. Averted, as most people either leave the default code, give it a silly name like 'The Bat Cave', or at least a handful of occasions when neighbours used them to passive-aggressively snipe at each other.
* There's a 15th century cannon at Edinburgh Castle called "Mons Meg". (Mons being where it was built, and Meg being short for Margaret.) The barrel is almost big enough to crawl into.
* Nicknaming vehicles:
** In NASCAR, race teams and drivers would give names to their multiple cars. Jeff Gordon, for example, gave his racecars names starting with the letter B, including Boomer, Backdraft, Boo, WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead, Blythe Baxter, Bunnicula, Brooke, Bullseye Brookie, Beth, Bethany, Backbone, Backburn, Black, Blue, Blythe, Beauty, Beezus, Beatrice, Britney, Brittany, Borge, Bowser, Barney, Billy, Buford, Brandon, Brad, Bryan, Brian, Brett, Bryant, Butterfly, Beautiful, Benny, Benjamin, ballet, ballerina, Ben.
** In UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, [[strike:Red Bull]] Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel gives his cars girls' names. During the 2008 season while with Scuderia Torro-Rosso, he named his STR-Ferrari car "Julie." The following season when he joined Red Bull Racing, he named his first RBR-Renault car "Kate". When Kate was wrecked following the Australian Grand Prix, the team gave him a new one. He found this car to be faster and more aggressive, so he named it "Kate's Dirty Sister". In the 2010 season, his first car was named "Luscious Liz". When it turned out the chassis was unrepairable, and got replaced, he renamed it "Randy Mandy". In 2011 he named his car "Kinky Kylie", 2012 "Abbey" ([[NamesTheSame no relation]] to Music/TheBeatles's album Abbey Road, reportedly), 2013 "Hungry Heidi" (after Heidi Klum), and 2014 "Suzie". Upon moving to Ferrari, the tradition was duly kept. His 2015 car is "Eva". In 2016, he is going to name another of his cars "Stylin' Maddie". Vettel got the word of "Stylin'" from one of his older daughter's Girl Tech PC accessories, Stylin' Studio, because she uses it to email her digital homecoming makeovers to him via his cell phone (along with "Maddie", a character on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''). His older daughter is about 16 or 17. Her name is Sara Vettel.
** There are numerous Volkswagen buses with names.
* US bombers in WWII were often given female names by their pilots and crews, such as the famous "Enola Gay" and "Memphis Belle".
** And not only US bombers. This personification of airplanes is almost universal. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster (one of only two flying in the world) still carries her wartime squadron letters VR-A, the name given her is accordingly "Vera", and in the aviation context she should be the (or at least ''a'') trope codifier.
** Chuck Yeager (the first man to fly past the speed of sound) named every plane he flew 'Glamorous Glennis' after his wife. Even the X-1, although the nose art was airbrushed out for publicity photos.
** NoseArt is this trope UpToEleven.
* A number of musicians have been known to give affectionate names to their instruments. Notable examples include guitarists Eric Clapton (Blackie), B.B. King (Lucille), and Dr. Brian May (Red Special)
* William Fredrick "Buffalo Bill" Cody named his favorite rifle "Lucrezia Borgia".
* Famed golfer Bobby Jones named his putter "Calamity Jane".
* The H-4 Hercules was given the sarcastic name of "Spruce Goose" by critics (despite being made of birch). The press picked it up and ran with it so well, most people know it only as such. Calling it that around Howard Hughes, its designer, [[BerserkButton was a good way to get fired]].
* A very disturbing real-life occurrence was one of the guns used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School Massacre]], which Eric had named "Arlene".
* British Paralympian Hannah Cockroft calls her racing chair "Sally".
* The electric chair that claimed the lives of Ted Bundy among others is nicknamed "Old Sparky".
* American comedienne Paula Poundstone often speaks about her most memorable car, a blue Ford Mustang convertible she called Dave.
* In ''A Light That Never Goes Out'', Tony Fletcher's excellent biography of Music/TheSmiths, we learn that the metalwork teacher at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Secondary Modern, Music/{{Morrissey}}'s alma mater, "[[SadisticTeacher had a two-foot-long piece of tapered wood that he nicknamed Charlie and administered freely on the boys' backsides]]."
* In Patti [=LuPone=]'s memoir, she mentions that she called the tuba she played in the 2005 revival of ''SweeneyTodd'' "Irene".
* The tunnel boring machine digging the SR-99 highway tunnel in Seattle, WA is named "Bertha", after Bertha Knight Landes, the city's first female mayor. Also appropriate since the machine is the largest of its kind ever built.
** Similarly, the borers digging the Central Subway light rail extension under and through San Francisco's Chinatown are nicknamed "Big Alma" and "Mom Chung" (after local notables [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_de_Bretteville_Spreckels Alma de Bretteville Spreckles]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Chung Margaret Chung]]).
* The largest [[SiegeEngines trebuchet]] ever made was named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwolf Warwolf]].
* According to the memoirs of Creator/AndyMcNab, the Special Air Service nicknamed their [[SawedOffShotgun short-barreled pump shotguns]] loaded with [[ShootTheLockOff door-breaching ammunition]] "the Barclaycard", after a mildy famous series of adverts for Barclays Bank[[note]]starring Rowan Atkinson as an early version of the character who would become famous as Film/JohnnyEnglish[[/note]] with the slogan, "A Barclaycard gets you anywhere."
* On a related note, BritishCoppers nigh-universally refer to their standard-issue handheld BatteringRam as "the big red key".
* [[https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/are-soldiers-getting-too-emotionally-attached-to-war-robots Soldiers are getting emotionally attached with their Bomb Disposal Robots]], giving them nicknames, culminating with funerals when the robots get destroyed. Which begs the question:
-->''If military members start to feel empathy for the same tools built to keep humans out or harm's way, does it defeat the whole purpose of these machines? Does it put the soldiers, or their mission, at risk?''
* [[SteelMill Blast furnaces]] have traditionally been named with girls' names, as they give birth to iron. The four British Steel blast furnaces at Scunthorpe bear names Bess, Anne, Vicky and Mary - after the four English queens: Elizabeth, Anne, Victoria and Mary.
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** Amusingly, Sasha is [[HoYay not actually a girl's name]], being the Russian diminutive for Aleksandr/Alexander.

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** Amusingly, Sasha is [[HoYay not actually a girl's name]], being the Russian diminutive for Aleksandr/Alexander. [[SubvertedTrope Despite this,]] Heavy refers to it as 'she'.
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** Jamie Hyneman constructed a two-handled revolver in order to test BlastingItOutOfTheirHands. He named it '''Newton's Law'''.

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** Jamie Hyneman constructed a two-handled revolver in order to test BlastingItOutOfTheirHands.tingItOutOfTheirHands. He named it '''Newton's Law'''.


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* In Music/BruceSpringsteen 's song ''Youngstown'', the moniker "sweet Jenny" does not refer to the protagonist steelworker's girlfriend or wife, but to Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. blast furnace named "Jeannette", which was demolished in 1997.


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* [[SteelMill Blast furnaces]] have traditionally been named with girls' names, as they give birth to iron. The four British Steel blast furnaces at Scunthorpe bear names Bess, Anne, Vicky and Mary - after the four English queens: Elizabeth, Anne, Victoria and Mary.
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