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26th Apr '16 9:23:20 PM HaggisMcCrablice
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** May be OlderThanFeudalism, actually, since in Dante's ''Inferno'' he is shown to be one of several giants guarding the pit of Hell. He can only utter meaningless gibberish, and Virgil taunts him as being stupid.
9th Mar '16 3:23:58 PM mlsmithca
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* Although Gin, the protagonist of ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'', is named for the Japanese word for "silver", western fans probably can't be blamed if the first thing they think of when they read the name is a certain alcoholic beverage. The Japanese spelling makes the correct pronunciation very clear, though. Admittedly one of the tamer cases... especially when one considers that [[Manga/GingaDensetsuWeed his son]] is named Weed.
** More hilarious than unfortunate, but one of the wolves in ''Nagareboshi Gin'' is named Red Bull. He gives no one wings, though.
** Naming your dog after a species of bird is not the dumbest thing you can do in your life. [[UnfortunateNames That doesn't mean that you should name your dog Booby.]]
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', probably. Honestly, who names their kid "Speed"?
-->'''Speed:''' What kind of a name is "Spritle"? That's not even a word!\\
'''Spritle:''' You think ''my'' name is bad? Your name is the rate of motion expressed via distance traveled per units of time!
** The kind of people who're prophetic enough to know that their son will be the greatest racer ever. (And they themselves are ''named'' "Mom" and "Pops", so...)
--->'''Pops:''' What do you guys have to complain about? My wife's name is "Mom". "MOM"! Do you have ''any idea'' how awkward that is? Do you have any idea how awkward that is during ''sex''? (''All quotes from the WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries'')
** Artifacts of translation, of course, as noted in the ''Speed Racer'' article itself. ''Mifune Go'' is more properly a PunnyName.
** Subverted in one of the older (American[[note]]The anime was originally adapted from a Japanese manga.[[/note]]) comics' first volumes where [[spoiler:Speed's name is actually Greg. The Media kept calling him "Speed" instead, so he just went along with it after a while. Probably done to justify the "G" on his shirt, though, which comes from "Go", his original name]].
* The eponymous teacher from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' -- Nozomu Itoshiki -- counts. Thanks to the kanji used in his family name, his full name, read as a single word, can mean "despair". Likewise, the name of his immediate older brother Mikoto can be read as "death" (ironic enough for a doctor), his younger sister Rin "unequaled [in sexual prowess]", his other (estranged) brother Enishi "disinherited", and Enishi's son Majiru "breakup" (on account of having to freeload with his youngest uncle, Nozomu). It also extends to the rest of the characters, several of whom consider marriage just to get out of it.
** But then, the entire series is based around these puns, so it's not surprising.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Pantyhose Taro, [[spoiler: who was given that name by DirtyOldMan and PantyThief Happosai.]]
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' may not have that weird a name, but woe betide you if you mispronounce the "m" as "n" -- yes, that happens, there is a reason why people say "M for Malta and N for Norway". "Kanina" is Hokkien for "fuck your mother".
** If Kamina's name is pronounced as "Kuh-mean-uh" rather than the Japanese "Kah-mee-nah", it becomes the word for "bastard" in Hindi and Urdu. (A native speaker wouldn't make this error due to the vowel length distinction in Indian languages)
** In Spanish, Kamina sounds the same as the Spanish word ''Camina'' (''"To walk"'', translated more or less literally)
** It might not mean much, but a space between Kami- and -na means "our turn" in Filipino.
** Kamina itself sounds too much of a feminine name, if you take in consideration the termination -na is mostly used for girl names.
** It's likely an accident, but both the original and dub pronunciations of Simon's name sounds a bit too much like "Simone", (which is a ''girl's'' name) and "semen", which given the show's themes of genetic material and [[FreudWasRight suspiciously large drills]], may be more than slightly appropriate.
** Another example is "Rinkane Jail", which sounds a lot like "rinkan", which means [[PrisonRape gang-rape]].
** Yet ''another'' example: Viral's first mech is called Enki, which is fine. His second is called Enkidu, which is also a neat reference to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. His third is called Enki''dudu'', which probably sounds OK to a Japanese person, but to an English-speaker...
* In the dub of ''UltimateMuscle'', Gazelleman is called Dik Dik van Dik, after a very small type of deer. This is more than likely deliberate; when [[Series/XPlay Adam Sessler]] reviewed one of the games based off the series and it became a CatchPhrase of sorts for the next year or so.
** Not to mention, in Dutch his name means fat fat of fat.
** "Dikdik" also means "pulverize" in Filipino, making instead an AwesomeMcCoolname in that country.
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' anime adaptation and light novels, one of the storylines revolves around the hijacking of a train by a {{cult}}, a working-class street gang, and TheMafia. This train just happens to be called The ''Flying Pussyfoot''.
** Just as bad has to be the name of one of the more prominent characters on board that train: Jacuzzi Splot. The DVDCommentary even makes note of this.
* Sergay Wang, from ''Anime/MaiOtome''.
** It's even worse for French ears, since in French, Chie means "defecate", while Fuca (Fuka Castle) is a medication against constipation.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bajeena and Jamitov Hymen, anyone?!]]
** "Bajeena" has actually been romanised as "Vagina" on at least some official merchandise.
** And Kiki from ''08th MS Team'' would be un-PC in the Philippines. Kiki in Filipino means pussy.
*** Similarly, the Miyazaki film ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' ran into this same problem, so they changed the protagonist's name.
* Speaking of the above, Filipinos made an admirable effort in not minding the title ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which, without the last letter, sounds like the Filipino term, often used as a curse, "your pussy."
** At least two different regional language dialect in Indonesia (they swap e's and o's with i's and u's respectively) will render Pokemon into ''Puki''mun. The problem? The italic part is also a rather crass slang for female genitalia.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' had Elpeo Puru, a young pilot named after ''Lemon/L People'' (''Eru Pīpuru''), a popular hentai magazine with an unhealthy focus on young girls. Given the unsettling hints about her handler Glemmy's proclivities, this is appropriate in all the wrong ways.
* Also in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' our young protagonist Camille Bidan [[BerserkButton got into a lot of fisticuffs and even earned a mortal enemy for being noted of having a girl's name]] (technically, the name is gender-neutral, but it is more commonly used for girls).
* Similar situation for the Spanish dub of ''Laputa: Anime/CastleInTheSky''. "La puta" in Spanish means "the whore", [[MarketBasedTitle so they took out the "Laputa" part in the title in several countries]], but there's still the issue of the place in the movies the title comes from. The English dub attempted to downplay this by pronouncing it "LAP-u-ta".
** Of course, Laputa was adapted from Johnathan Swift, who likely named the island that ''on purpose''.
* All of the [[ArtificialHuman Innovators]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' have odd names, which besides those of Tieria and Ribbons tend to be verbs changed into nouns (as in [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Healing/Hilling]] Care). One's name is Bring Stability, but the name has also been translated as [[AwesomeMcCoolname Bring]] [[KnifeNut Stab]][[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast bity]].
** The series also has the GN-X mobile suit series, whose name is pronounced exactly like "Jinx." They are (occasionally Elite) Mooks that explode in large numbers.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge'' brings us Natora ''Einus'' (yes, it is pronounced that way).
* Kankuro's name from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in both Hungarian dubs is usually pronounced so that it sounds dangerously close to (or exactly like) the language's equivalent of the seldom used expression "boar-fucker". Thankfully, it's not something you can hear every day, so the name didn't have to be changed.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo's family name "Kurosaki" sounds suspiciously like the Hungarian for "expert fucker".
* One episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' features a doctor named Yabu (from the Japanese word for "quack", ''yabuisha''), [[LampshadeHanging which the Hitachiin brothers note]] is an unfortunate name for a doctor.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'''s main protagonist was spared of major snickering in the Philippines since it was the American-dubbed Starblazers that was shown, along with its American names... until the original subbed reached its shores. Susumu is a... very fond way of saying "susu mo", which is the Filipino for "your nipple."
** In Indonesian however, 'Susumu' carries a lot more unfortunate implications as it refers to the whole organ in question (if in a rather childish way).
* Haja, in ''Manga/RaveMaster''. His name means ''evil''. It's like his parents knew his future.
* They are the elite Destron soldiers in ''TransformersVictory''; Transformers cower in fear in just hearing their name. They are... the Breastforce!
* Sai Argyle from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'': "Sai" is Hokkien for "shit".
** His last name is unfortunate, too. Who would want to be named for a pattern most people associate with socks?
* [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor]] [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]].
* The lead character of ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' usually refers to her mech by its number in the formation, that being "Strain EX". Its actual name? Ram-Dass. Like "Laputa", it's a literary allusion that the production team doesn't seem to have realized sounds dirty.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' spinoff ''Another Note'' has someone named Backyard Bottomslash.
** For that matter, L's mentor's real name is Quillsh Wammy, a name likely to lead to snickers among English speakers.
* Despite the character shouldn't be taken too seriously anyway, it can be difficult to take Maria Osawa from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' seriously because her name is one dakuten[[note]]two dots written above a Japanese character[[/note]] off from the (in)famous Japanese porn star Maria Ozawa.
* Chikubi, the class hamster in ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}''. The little guy's name means "Nipples", chosen because boob-lover Futaba thought his tail reminded her of one. The name stuck.
* The name of one of the Spectres in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is... {{Troll}} Ivan. Take that as you will.
** For even more hilarity, he was completely {{troll}}ed... and defeated via a CurbstompBattle.
* The first episode of ''Manga/BlackCat'' has a BananaRepublic strongman with the [[SarcasmMode trustworthy]] name of Lib Tyrant.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' gives us Bulma and Chi-Chi, whose names mean "bloomers" and "breasts" respectively. In fact, Bulma's family is this trope thanks to ThemeNaming (her family's names being under garment themed). And Bulma's daughter is named Bra, which often gets translated to "Bula" to try and lessen this.
** In the Portuguese dub, Chi-Chi's name was changed to Quica (pronounced Kika, short for Francisca) because her original name means "pee". Likewise, Goku is always called by his full name (Son Goku, abreviated to Song in the original anime) probably because Goku could be interpreted (and sometimes still is) as a mix of "cocó" (poo) and cu (ass).
** In Spain "chichi" is slang for "vagina".
** There's also nature loving genie Mr Popo. In German, "popo" is slang for "butt".
** There were also the Vegetans, whose planet was originally called "Plant". That makes them the Plantians, which sounds like an anagram for a special type of banana.
* While Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has a perfectly respectable name in Japan, he spends a good portion of his life as a Native American.
* One character who appears in the second part of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' is named ''Pol Pot''aria. Yeah.
* In ''Steel Ball Run'', a racer named Hot Pants turns out to be a woman disguised as a man. And yet no one ever caught on until someone accidentally groped her.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is notorious for its bizarre naming sense. Some choice examples include Music/VanillaIce, Weather Report, Guess and Doobie.
** All of these are intentional; several names are references to a musician, band, or song.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' contains a minor character named [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]]. She has a rather dirty fighting style. Fortunately for less mature English-speaking readers, she is killed off a few pages after being introduced.
* Silk Koharuno's given name in ''Ultimate Girls''. Did her parents really mean to name her after the stuff girls' underwear is made of? (Obviously, the writers sure did, [[{{Fanservice}} considering what kind of a show this is]].)
* The writer for ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'', which roughly translates to "Our Abnormalities", mentions that the name of the series is this. When people hear the "hentai" in the title they think it's, well, a {{hentai}}.
** Under similar accounts, ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' is often looked at askew due to its name. In Japan, the "xxx" in the name means the unknown, but most westerners link "xxx" to either pornography or moonshine.
** A third example would be ''LightNovel/HentaiOujiToWarawanaiNeko'', which has this problem in both Japanese '''and''' English; in the former due to the "hentai" part and the latter because a fairly literal translation is ''The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat'' with the "stony" part suggesting it advocates drugs (and may yet again be mistaken to be about porn).
* Averted in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have been]] titled ''[[BuxomIsBetter Busty]] & Bunny'' if not for the creators having done their research.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' has a character named Saiko (pronounced the same as "psycho").
* The reason why [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome Higurashi]]'s first name is pronounced as "Aome" in the Latin-American dub is that "Kagome" sounds a lot like the word "cágome", which means "I shit on myself".
** And it'll be the same reason [[GoldenTime Kouko Kaga]]'s last name will be changed when the show comes to Latin America and gets its dub.
* Bertolt Fubar, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. His last name is [[FunWithAcronyms Military Slang]] for ''fucked up beyond all recognition/repair/reason''. This is one reason [[DubNameChange localizations]] instead translate his name as "Hoover", to avoid the obvious jokes. [[spoiler: Considering some [[WhamEpisode shocking revelations]] about him and other characters, [[FridgeBrilliance one wonders if]] [[MeaningfulName this was on purpose]]...]]
* Blame the dub for this one (it was only the case there) but in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', there was X from the second season, one of Judai's opponents who played a Mill Deck. His full name, in the dub only, was [[PunnyName Howard X. Miller]]. (More than a few fans groaned when they heard ''that'' one.)
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has P. Shitt. There's a reason why she likes being called "Shitopi-chan".
* In ''Anime/{{Medabots}}'', Ikki is this to English speakers. Because most people will instinctively read it as "Icky", and it was reinforced by the English dub which pronounced it as such. It's actually pronounced E-key.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has one of its villains, Sheshe, run into this problem in the Portuguese dub, because her name (pronounced like 'shéshé') sounds very much like an informal word for "senile". Any attempt to change the vowel pronunciation would have just resulted in InherentlyFunnyWords, so it was left as it is.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' has this in the case of Seiryo Tennan's spaceship. Due to the fact that every other "lucky" name was taken at the time, Seiryo is forced to christen his ship the ''Unko'', which is supposed to mean "bringer of fortune". Unfortunately for Seiryo, "Unko" also means, and is more commonly used to refer to, ''poop''. HilarityEnsues.

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* Although Gin, the protagonist of ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'', ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is named lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying
for the Japanese word for "silver", western fans probably can't an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to
be blamed if the addressed by her first thing they think of when they read name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name is a certain alcoholic beverage. The Japanese spelling makes being unfortunate.
* In
the correct pronunciation very clear, though. Admittedly one ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant
of the tamer cases... especially when one considers that [[Manga/GingaDensetsuWeed his son]] is named Weed.
** More hilarious than unfortunate, but one
highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the wolves in ''Nagareboshi Gin'' is named Red Bull. He gives no one wings, though.
** Naming your dog after a species of bird is not the dumbest thing you can do in your life. [[UnfortunateNames That doesn't mean that you should name your dog Booby.
demesne.]]
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', probably. Honestly, who names their kid "Speed"?
-->'''Speed:''' What kind of a
''Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's brother Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name is "Spritle"? That's not even a word!\\
'''Spritle:''' You think ''my''
only he responded to and the name is bad? Your name is the rate of motion expressed via distance traveled per units of time!
** The kind of people who're prophetic enough
stuck. However, true to know that their son will be the greatest racer ever. (And they themselves are ''named'' "Mom" his name, he isn't really very bright.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''
and "Pops", so...)
--->'''Pops:''' What do you guys have to complain about? My wife's name is "Mom". "MOM"! Do you have ''any idea'' how awkward that is? Do you have any idea how awkward that is during ''sex''? (''All quotes
''{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries'')
** Artifacts of translation, of course, as noted in the ''Speed Racer'' article itself. ''Mifune Go'' is more properly a PunnyName.
** Subverted in one
Discworld encounters members of the older (American[[note]]The anime was originally adapted from a Japanese manga.[[/note]]) comics' first volumes where [[spoiler:Speed's name is actually Greg. The Media kept calling him "Speed" instead, so he just went along with it after a while. Probably done to justify the "G" on his shirt, though, which comes from "Go", his original name]].
* The eponymous teacher from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' -- Nozomu Itoshiki -- counts. Thanks to the kanji used in his family name, his full name, read as a single word, can mean "despair". Likewise, the name of his immediate older brother Mikoto can be read as "death" (ironic enough for a doctor), his younger sister Rin "unequaled [in sexual prowess]", his other (estranged) brother Enishi "disinherited",
Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and Enishi's son Majiru "breakup" (on account of having to freeload with his youngest uncle, Nozomu). It also extends to the rest of the characters, several of whom consider marriage just to get out of it.
** But then, the entire series is based around these puns, so it's not surprising.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Pantyhose Taro, [[spoiler: who was given that name by DirtyOldMan and PantyThief Happosai.]]
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' may not have that weird a name, but woe betide you if you mispronounce the "m" as "n" -- yes, that happens,
[[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is a reason why people say "M for Malta also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and N for Norway". "Kanina" is Hokkien for "fuck your mother".
** If Kamina's name is pronounced as "Kuh-mean-uh" rather than the Japanese "Kah-mee-nah", it becomes the word for "bastard" in Hindi and Urdu. (A native speaker wouldn't make this error due to the vowel length distinction in Indian languages)
** In Spanish, Kamina sounds the same as the Spanish word ''Camina'' (''"To walk"'', translated more or less literally)
** It might not mean much, but
a space between Kami- and -na means "our turn" in Filipino.
** Kamina itself sounds too much of a feminine name, if you take in consideration the termination -na is mostly used for girl names.
** It's likely an accident, but both the original and dub pronunciations of Simon's name sounds a bit too much like "Simone", (which is a ''girl's'' name) and "semen", which given the show's themes of genetic material and [[FreudWasRight suspiciously large drills]], may be more than slightly appropriate.
** Another example is "Rinkane Jail", which sounds a lot like "rinkan", which means [[PrisonRape gang-rape]].
** Yet ''another'' example: Viral's first mech is
mounted policeman called Enki, which is fine. His second is called Enkidu, which is also a neat reference to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. His third is called Enki''dudu'', which probably sounds OK to a Japanese person, but to an English-speaker...
* In the dub of ''UltimateMuscle'', Gazelleman is called Dik Dik van Dik, after a very small type of deer. This is more than likely deliberate; when [[Series/XPlay Adam Sessler]] reviewed one of the games based off the series and it became a CatchPhrase of sorts for the next year or so.
** Not to mention, in Dutch his name means fat fat of fat.
** "Dikdik" also means "pulverize" in Filipino, making instead an AwesomeMcCoolname in that country.
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' anime adaptation and light novels, one of the storylines revolves around the hijacking of a train by a {{cult}}, a working-class street gang, and TheMafia. This train just happens to be called The ''Flying Pussyfoot''.
** Just as bad has to be the name of one of the more prominent characters on board that train: Jacuzzi Splot. The DVDCommentary even makes note of this.
* Sergay Wang, from ''Anime/MaiOtome''.
** It's even worse for French ears, since in French, Chie means "defecate", while Fuca (Fuka Castle) is a medication against constipation.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bajeena and Jamitov Hymen, anyone?!]]
** "Bajeena" has actually been romanised as "Vagina" on at least some official merchandise.
** And Kiki from ''08th MS Team'' would be un-PC in the Philippines. Kiki in Filipino means pussy.
*** Similarly, the Miyazaki film ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' ran into this same problem, so they changed the protagonist's name.
* Speaking of the above, Filipinos made an admirable effort in not minding the title ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which, without the last letter, sounds like the Filipino term, often used as a curse, "your pussy."
** At least two different regional language dialect in Indonesia (they swap e's and o's with i's and u's respectively) will render Pokemon into ''Puki''mun. The problem? The italic part is also a rather crass slang for female genitalia.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' had Elpeo Puru, a young pilot named after ''Lemon/L People'' (''Eru Pīpuru''), a popular hentai magazine with an unhealthy focus on young girls. Given the unsettling hints about her handler Glemmy's proclivities, this is appropriate in all the wrong ways.
* Also in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' our young protagonist Camille Bidan [[BerserkButton got into a lot of fisticuffs and even earned a mortal enemy for being noted of having a girl's name]] (technically, the name is gender-neutral, but it is more commonly used for girls).
* Similar situation for the Spanish dub of ''Laputa: Anime/CastleInTheSky''. "La puta" in Spanish means "the whore", [[MarketBasedTitle so they took out the "Laputa" part in the title in several countries]], but there's still the issue of the place in the movies the title comes from. The English dub attempted to downplay this by pronouncing it "LAP-u-ta".
** Of course, Laputa was adapted from Johnathan Swift, who likely named the island that ''on purpose''.
* All of the [[ArtificialHuman Innovators]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' have odd names, which besides those of Tieria and Ribbons tend to be verbs changed into nouns (as in [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Healing/Hilling]] Care). One's name is Bring Stability, but the name has also been translated as [[AwesomeMcCoolname Bring]] [[KnifeNut Stab]][[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast bity]].
** The series also has the GN-X mobile suit series, whose name is pronounced exactly like "Jinx." They are (occasionally Elite) Mooks that explode in large numbers.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge'' brings us Natora ''Einus'' (yes, it is pronounced that way).
* Kankuro's name from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in both Hungarian dubs is usually pronounced so that it sounds dangerously close to (or exactly like) the language's equivalent of the seldom used expression "boar-fucker". Thankfully, it's not something you can hear every day, so the name didn't have to be changed.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo's family name "Kurosaki" sounds suspiciously like the Hungarian for "expert fucker".
* One episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' features a doctor named Yabu (from the Japanese word for "quack", ''yabuisha''), [[LampshadeHanging which the Hitachiin brothers note]] is an unfortunate name for a doctor.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'''s main protagonist was spared of major snickering in the Philippines since it was the American-dubbed Starblazers that was shown, along with its American names... until the original subbed reached its shores. Susumu is a... very fond way of saying "susu mo", which is the Filipino for "your nipple."
** In Indonesian however, 'Susumu' carries a lot more unfortunate implications as it refers to the whole organ in question (if in a rather childish way).
* Haja, in ''Manga/RaveMaster''. His name means ''evil''. It's like his parents knew his future.
* They are the elite Destron soldiers in ''TransformersVictory''; Transformers cower in fear in just hearing their name. They are... the Breastforce!
* Sai Argyle from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'': "Sai" is Hokkien for "shit".
** His last name is unfortunate, too. Who would want to be named for a pattern most people associate with socks?
* [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor]] [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]].
* The lead character of ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' usually refers to her mech by its number in the formation, that being "Strain EX". Its actual name? Ram-Dass. Like "Laputa", it's a literary allusion that the production team doesn't seem to have realized sounds dirty.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' spinoff ''Another Note'' has someone named Backyard Bottomslash.
** For that matter, L's mentor's real name is Quillsh Wammy, a name likely to lead to snickers among English speakers.
* Despite the character shouldn't be taken too seriously anyway, it can be difficult to take Maria Osawa from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' seriously because her name is one dakuten[[note]]two dots written above a Japanese character[[/note]] off from the (in)famous Japanese porn star Maria Ozawa.
* Chikubi, the class hamster in ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}''. The little guy's name means "Nipples", chosen because boob-lover Futaba thought his tail reminded her of one. The name stuck.
* The name of one of the Spectres in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is... {{Troll}} Ivan. Take that as you will.
** For even more hilarity, he was completely {{troll}}ed... and defeated via a CurbstompBattle.
* The first episode of ''Manga/BlackCat'' has a BananaRepublic strongman with the [[SarcasmMode trustworthy]] name of Lib Tyrant.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' gives us Bulma and Chi-Chi, whose names mean "bloomers" and "breasts" respectively. In fact, Bulma's family is this trope thanks to ThemeNaming (her family's names being under garment themed). And Bulma's daughter is named Bra, which often gets translated to "Bula" to try and lessen this.
** In the Portuguese dub, Chi-Chi's name was changed to Quica (pronounced Kika, short for Francisca) because her original name means "pee". Likewise, Goku is always called by his full name (Son Goku, abreviated to Song in the original anime) probably because Goku could be interpreted (and sometimes still is) as a mix of "cocó" (poo) and cu (ass).
** In Spain "chichi" is slang for "vagina".
** There's also nature loving genie Mr Popo. In German, "popo" is slang for "butt".
** There were also the Vegetans, whose planet was originally called "Plant". That makes them the Plantians, which sounds like an anagram for a special type of banana.
* While Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has a perfectly respectable name in Japan, he spends a good portion of his life as a Native American.
* One character who appears in the second part of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' is named ''Pol Pot''aria. Yeah.
* In ''Steel Ball Run'', a racer named Hot Pants turns out to be a woman disguised as a man. And yet no one ever caught on until someone accidentally groped her.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is notorious for its bizarre naming sense. Some choice examples include Music/VanillaIce, Weather Report, Guess and Doobie.
** All of these are intentional; several names are references to a musician, band, or song.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' contains a minor character named [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]]. She has a rather dirty fighting style. Fortunately for less mature English-speaking readers, she is killed off a few pages after being introduced.
* Silk Koharuno's given name in ''Ultimate Girls''. Did her parents really mean to name her after the stuff girls' underwear is made of? (Obviously, the writers sure did, [[{{Fanservice}} considering what kind of a show this is]].)
* The writer for ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'', which roughly translates to "Our Abnormalities", mentions that the name of the series is this. When people hear the "hentai" in the title they think it's, well, a {{hentai}}.
** Under similar accounts, ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' is often looked at askew due to its name. In Japan, the "xxx" in the name means the unknown, but most westerners link "xxx" to either pornography or moonshine.
** A third example would be ''LightNovel/HentaiOujiToWarawanaiNeko'', which has this problem in both Japanese '''and''' English; in the former due to the "hentai" part and the latter because a fairly literal translation is ''The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat'' with the "stony" part suggesting it advocates drugs (and may yet again be mistaken to be about porn).
* Averted in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have been]] titled ''[[BuxomIsBetter Busty]] & Bunny'' if not for the creators having done their research.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' has a character named Saiko (pronounced the same as "psycho").
* The reason why [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome Higurashi]]'s first name is pronounced as "Aome" in the Latin-American dub is that "Kagome" sounds a lot like the word "cágome", which means "I shit on myself".
** And it'll be the same reason [[GoldenTime Kouko Kaga]]'s last name will be changed when the show comes to Latin America and gets its dub.
* Bertolt Fubar, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. His last name is [[FunWithAcronyms Military Slang]] for ''fucked up beyond all recognition/repair/reason''. This is one reason [[DubNameChange localizations]] instead translate his name as "Hoover", to avoid the obvious jokes. [[spoiler: Considering some [[WhamEpisode shocking revelations]] about him and other characters, [[FridgeBrilliance one wonders if]] [[MeaningfulName this was on purpose]]...]]
* Blame the dub for this one (it was only the case there) but in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', there was X from the second season, one of Judai's opponents who played a Mill Deck. His full name, in the dub only, was [[PunnyName Howard X. Miller]]. (More than a few fans groaned when they heard ''that'' one.)
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has P. Shitt. There's a reason why she likes being called "Shitopi-chan".
* In ''Anime/{{Medabots}}'', Ikki is this to English speakers. Because most people will instinctively read it as "Icky", and it was reinforced by the English dub which pronounced it as such. It's actually pronounced E-key.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has one of its villains, Sheshe, run into this problem in the Portuguese dub, because her name (pronounced like 'shéshé') sounds very much like an informal word for "senile". Any attempt to change the vowel pronunciation would have just resulted in InherentlyFunnyWords, so it was left as it is.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' has this in the case of Seiryo Tennan's spaceship. Due to the fact that every other "lucky" name was taken at the time, Seiryo is forced to christen his ship the ''Unko'', which is supposed to mean "bringer of fortune". Unfortunately for Seiryo, "Unko" also means, and is more commonly used to refer to, ''poop''. HilarityEnsues.
Officer [=McLeod=].



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ArchieComics'': Something like "I'm Mr. Chovy, and I want to know why my daughter Ann didn't make it into the yearbook."
* The Archie comics continuity saddled poor ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog with the name ''Olgilvie Maurice Takeshi Hedgehog'' when under the pen of Ken Penders. Ian Flynn, however, set it up so that Sonic got his name legally changed to "Sonic".
* TheDCU has poor Empress, from the former ''Comicbook/YoungJustice''. Real name: Anita Fite.
** Also, her father Donald Fite and his partner Ishido Maad -- together, they are "Fite'n Maad"! [[MeaningfulName At least appropriate names for people who fight a lot]].
* Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner of MarvelComics. While there's nothing wrong with his name proper (Namor meaning "Avenging Son", appropriately enough) he has an unfortunate ''nickname'': Subby. It's worth noting that it's a short list of people who get to call him "Subby" without [[BerserkButton having a hole punched through their head]], mostly people he served with in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* The [[http://crushyiffdestroy.com Crush!Yiff!Destroy!]] review of ''ComicBook/{{Extinctioners}}'' said it best: "Each character is also burdened with a ridiculous name -- look, there's a gorilla named Warfare! And a panda named Pandamonium! And a phoenix named Phenix!"
* MarvelComics' ComicBook/{{Nova}}. His name is Richard. Richard Ryder. Now what do people call Richard for short?
* Also, DC villain Blackguard, real name Richard Hertz, prefers people to call him Dick. He doesn't see what's so funny about it.
* The eponymous character of ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' can be considered this in certain parts of the Philippines. Specifically the parts where the local language's (the Philippines has several) colloquial term for, well, the penis sounds exactly like Tintin's name.
* ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'': Young Miracleman's real name was Dickie Dauntless. This was lampshaded during the Creator/AlanMoore run when Miracleman's wife Liz expressed her disbelief that someone with such a name ever actually existed.
* It's been pointed out several times in-universe that John Stewart, the African American Comicbook/GreenLantern, shares his name with comedian Creator/JonStewart. It's treated as a humorous thing, such as Arsenal asking if Kyle Rayner really knows the host of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' after he mentions John's name.
** Alan Scott, UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}} Green Lantern ''almost'' wound up in the same boat. The writer who created him made up the name Alan Ladd, to sound like Aladdin. His editor said no one would believe such a silly name and made him change it. The movie star Alan Ladd made his Hollywood debut shortly thereafter.
* Speedball from the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' shares his name with a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Made [[HilariousInHindsight even funnier]] when the New Warriors teamed up with Captain America for an anti-drug special.
** His teammate Night Thraser was a FadSuper made to cash in on the popularity of skateboarding in the early 90's. Several characters (such as Spider-Man) have commented that outside it's initial context, "Night Thrasher" sounds kinda nasty. Such as this little gem from ''Comicbook/CivilWar'':
-->'''Coldheart''': I'm not getting taken down by Goldfish-Girl and the Bondage Queen!
-->'''Namorita''': Beg to differ, Coldheart.
-->'''Night Thrasher''': Could we cut out the part where she called me "The Bondage Queen?"
-->'''Microbe''': Oh, yeah. Because "Night Thrasher" sounds ''so'' much straighter.
* Lemar Hoskins, the [[LegacyCharacter third]] [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]] and the first [[AffirmativeActionLegacy African-American to use the name]]. When it was pointed out to him that "Buck" was a derogatory term for a black man, Lemar changed his name to Battlestar and never looked back.
** Which makes it even odder that there was ''another'' black Bucky. A ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' one-shot had Steve Bradley, the child of Patriot and the female [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Falcon]], as the new Bucky. Apparently neither parent was aware of the incident with Lemar.
* Marvel has a [[HeelFaceTurn supervillain-turned-hero]] named Radioactive Man. Obviously, he shares his name with a popular character from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and this was humorously {{Lampshaded}} by ComicBook/MsMarvel in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.
* There's a great example in the comic strip ''Watch Your Head'', a female basketball player named Takoma Washington.
* Les Moore, from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''.
** Even Funky himself.
* When ComicBook/SpiderMan villain Shocker was first named, it didn't have any other connotations. Of course, now that it's slang for a sexual act, you'd think he'd change his name.
** This is even mocked in one of the Spider-man reboots, when Spidey asks him if his name is "The Vibrator", lampshaded when he points out that "Shocker" isn't much better.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] British space hero ComicStrip/DanDare had an eager youthful sidekick named Flamer (because he had red hair). The term didn't have the same, um, connotations back then.
** It still doesn't in Britain; the UK Burger King offers the "Flamer" because the US name, "Broiler", doesn't mean anything to Brits.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|of Comic Books}} hero the Whizzer.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', where Spidey cracks up after hearing his name.
* D-Man, one-time [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] and former ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sidekick. When explaining the hero to J. Jonah Jameson, Ben Urich quips "[[CompensatingForSomething All the jokes have been made]]".
* ''YoungAvengers'' member Asgardian (who didn't even have anything to do with the Norse pantheon) was advised by his teammates to change his hero-name almost immediately after he went public with his relationship with male teammate Hulkling.
* In IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics (''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', to be exact), there is a bit-part character called '''Dipstick'''. Ow.
** And given the in-universe slang, the Dinobot Slag is particularly unfortunately named. (Not that it's an entirely fortuitous name for a robot even only with the real-world meaning.)
** One Decepticon subteam is called the "Breastforce". And one Autobot Micromaster was unlucky enough to be named "Erector".
*** Erector ended up as an EnsembleDarkhorse ''solely'' because of his name, which [[InvertedTrope inverts]] it slightly.
** There's a Decepticon named Overload. Which is alright, until you remember it's fanon slang for a Cybertronian orgasm...
** The Hungarian translator of the Marvel ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' comics changed Breakdown's name to Vibrator. Even hardcore G1 fans agree that this is one [[DubNameChange name change]] that's best forgotten.
** There's a mildly obscure Transformer named Nexus Maximus, which sounds fine, until you realize it's also the name of a brand of sex toy. Hasbro changed the official name to Nexus Prime.
** There's no way to ''not'' imagine [[GroinAttack horrible, horrible things]] when presented with a character named Drillnuts (he turns into a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_weevil boll weevil]], you see). Summed up succinctly by the TF Wiki itself:
--> "''OW OW OW OW OW OW OW OW OW.''"
* Despite actually having the title first, Marvel briefly changed the ComicBook/BlackPanther's name to "The Panther" and later "Black Leopard" in order to avoid comparisons with the black radical group of the same name.
** This was lampshaded in the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] AlternateUniverse story "Ruins," where T'Challa was an actual member of the Black Panther party.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' had a fire-element character named Joto, which suitably means "heat" in Swahili. However, when adapting the character to the cartoon, writers were horrified to learn that the far more familiar, Spanish translation of the exact same word is "faggot." He was renamed Hotspot and remains so, even in the comic.
* In recent portrayals of his origin, the child who would become Superboy of Earth-Prime (which was supposed to be the real world) was picked on by his peers for being named Clark Kent, "after a comic book character."
* In certain parts of the world the name Peter has been given the same treatment as Dick; so it may come as a surprise to the people in those places that no one has yet asked, "[[{{Franchise/Spiderman}} So... where DO you Park your Peter?"]] (And then there's this certain Alien Symbiote obsessed to become the answer to that question...)
** Sir Peter Parker is a former head of British Rail.
* Poor [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]. Luckily for him, he has a great sense of humor, so he makes a joke out of it. "I'm Dick." "What?!" "No, no, that's my name." Cue smarmy grin.
-->'''Starfire''': I love Dick!
-->'''Beast Boy''': So I've heard.
* In {{MAD}} Magazine, Ziegleveit B. Schtoonk was an Al Jaffe character who recurred in his 'Snappy Comebacks to Stupid Questions' series. The stupid questions would invariably be about his name, but what do you expect if you engrave something like that on your nameplate?
* ''ComicStrip/BonersArk'' has Captain Boner and Miss Boner. The strip debuted in 1968, so it's probably a case of HaveAGayOldTime.
* [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] used the alias Troia for a time as a reference to her mythological origins. Unfortunately, it's also Italian slang for 'whore'. Angle Man once lampshaded it.
* Sif, wife (in the mythology) of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. The similarity to a certain veneral disease has only been noted ex-universe (in-universe the unlucky person would be hammered flat in no time).

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[[folder: Film]]
* ''ArchieComics'': Something ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like "I'm Mr. Chovy, ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", you might have turned to villainy, too.
* [[Film/StarWars Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful,
and I want to just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why my daughter Ann didn't make it into the yearbook."
he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
* The Archie comics continuity saddled poor ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog with the name ''Olgilvie Maurice Takeshi Hedgehog'' when under the pen villain of Ken Penders. Ian Flynn, however, set it up so that Sonic got his name legally changed to "Sonic".
* TheDCU has poor Empress, from the former ''Comicbook/YoungJustice''. Real name: Anita Fite.
** Also, her father Donald Fite and his partner Ishido Maad -- together, they are "Fite'n Maad"!
''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName At least appropriate names Fitting for people Jackson]], to be sure, but who fight a lot]].
* Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner of MarvelComics. While there's nothing wrong with his name proper (Namor meaning "Avenging Son", appropriately enough) he has an unfortunate ''nickname'': Subby. It's worth noting that it's a short list of people who get to call him "Subby" without [[BerserkButton having a hole punched through
in their head]], mostly people he served with in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* The [[http://crushyiffdestroy.com Crush!Yiff!Destroy!]] review of ''ComicBook/{{Extinctioners}}'' said it best: "Each character is also burdened with a ridiculous name -- look, there's a gorilla named Warfare! And a panda named Pandamonium! And a phoenix named Phenix!"
* MarvelComics' ComicBook/{{Nova}}. His name is Richard. Richard Ryder. Now what do people call Richard for short?
* Also, DC villain Blackguard, real name Richard Hertz, prefers people to call him Dick. He doesn't see what's so funny about it.
* The eponymous character of ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' can be considered this in certain parts of the Philippines. Specifically the parts where the local language's (the Philippines has several) colloquial term for, well, the penis sounds exactly like Tintin's name.
* ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'': Young Miracleman's real name was Dickie Dauntless. This was lampshaded during the Creator/AlanMoore run when Miracleman's wife Liz expressed her disbelief that someone with
right mind would inflict such a name ever actually existed.
* It's been pointed out several times in-universe that John Stewart, the African American Comicbook/GreenLantern, shares his name with comedian Creator/JonStewart. It's treated as a humorous thing, such as Arsenal asking if Kyle Rayner really knows the host of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' after
on their kid? (Apparently, he mentions John's name.
** Alan Scott, UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}} Green Lantern ''almost'' wound up in the same boat. The writer who created him made up the name Alan Ladd,
expressed similar views to sound like Aladdin. His editor said no one would believe such a silly name and made him change it. The movie star Alan Ladd made his Hollywood debut shortly thereafter.
* Speedball from the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' shares his name with a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Made [[HilariousInHindsight even funnier]] when the New Warriors teamed up with Captain America for an anti-drug special.
** His teammate Night Thraser was a FadSuper made to cash in on the popularity of skateboarding in the early 90's. Several characters (such as Spider-Man) have commented that outside it's initial context, "Night Thrasher" sounds kinda nasty. Such as this little gem from ''Comicbook/CivilWar'':
-->'''Coldheart''': I'm not getting taken down by Goldfish-Girl and the Bondage Queen!
-->'''Namorita''': Beg to differ, Coldheart.
-->'''Night Thrasher''': Could we cut out the part where she called me "The Bondage Queen?"
-->'''Microbe''': Oh, yeah. Because "Night Thrasher" sounds ''so'' much straighter.
* Lemar Hoskins, the [[LegacyCharacter third]] [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]] and the first [[AffirmativeActionLegacy African-American to use the name]]. When it was pointed out to him that "Buck" was a derogatory term for a black man, Lemar changed his name to Battlestar and never looked back.
** Which makes it even odder that there was ''another'' black Bucky. A ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' one-shot had Steve Bradley, the child of Patriot and the female [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Falcon]], as the new Bucky. Apparently neither parent was aware of the incident with Lemar.
* Marvel has a [[HeelFaceTurn supervillain-turned-hero]] named Radioactive Man. Obviously,
them. Right before he shares his name with a popular character from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and this was humorously {{Lampshaded}} by ComicBook/MsMarvel in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.
* There's a great example in the comic strip ''Watch Your Head'', a female basketball player named Takoma Washington.
* Les Moore, from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''.
** Even Funky himself.
* When ComicBook/SpiderMan villain Shocker was first named, it didn't have any other connotations. Of course, now that it's slang for a sexual act, you'd think he'd change his name.
** This is even mocked in one of the Spider-man reboots, when Spidey asks him if his name is "The Vibrator", lampshaded when he points out that "Shocker" isn't much better.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] British space hero ComicStrip/DanDare had an eager youthful sidekick named Flamer (because he had red hair). The term didn't have the same, um, connotations back then.
** It still doesn't in Britain; the UK Burger King offers the "Flamer" because the US name, "Broiler", doesn't mean anything to Brits.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|of Comic Books}} hero the Whizzer.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', where Spidey cracks up after hearing his name.
* D-Man, one-time [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] and former ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sidekick. When explaining the hero to J. Jonah Jameson, Ben Urich quips "[[CompensatingForSomething All the jokes have been made]]".
* ''YoungAvengers'' member Asgardian (who didn't even have anything to do with the Norse pantheon) was advised by his teammates to change his hero-name almost immediately after he went public with his relationship with male teammate Hulkling.
* In IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics (''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', to be exact), there is a bit-part character called '''Dipstick'''. Ow.
** And given the in-universe slang, the Dinobot Slag is particularly unfortunately named. (Not that it's an entirely fortuitous name for a robot even only with the real-world meaning.
killed them.)
** One Decepticon subteam is called * ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the "Breastforce". And one Autobot Micromaster was unlucky enough to be unfortunately named "Erector".
*** Erector ended up as an EnsembleDarkhorse ''solely'' because of his name, which [[InvertedTrope inverts]] it slightly.
** There's a Decepticon named Overload. Which is alright, until you remember it's fanon slang for a Cybertronian orgasm...
** The Hungarian translator of the Marvel ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' comics changed Breakdown's name to Vibrator. Even hardcore G1 fans agree that this is one [[DubNameChange name change]] that's best forgotten.
** There's a mildly obscure Transformer named Nexus Maximus, which sounds fine, until you realize it's also the name of a brand of sex toy. Hasbro changed the official name to Nexus Prime.
** There's no way to ''not'' imagine [[GroinAttack horrible, horrible things]] when presented with
Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has
a character named Drillnuts (he turns into a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_weevil boll weevil]], you see). Summed up succinctly by the TF Wiki itself:
--> "''OW OW OW OW OW OW OW OW OW.''"
* Despite actually having the title first, Marvel briefly
Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed the ComicBook/BlackPanther's her name to "The Panther" and later "Black Leopard" in order to avoid comparisons with the black radical group of the same name.
** This was lampshaded in the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] AlternateUniverse story "Ruins," where T'Challa was an actual member of the Black Panther party.
''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' had a fire-element character named Joto, which suitably means "heat" in Swahili. However, when adapting ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character to the cartoon, writers were horrified to learn that the far more familiar, Spanish translation of the exact same word is "faggot." He was renamed Hotspot and remains so, even in the comic.
* In recent portrayals of his origin, the child who would become Superboy of Earth-Prime (which was supposed to be the real world) was picked on by his peers for being named Clark Kent, "after a comic book character."
* In certain parts of the world the name Peter has been given the same treatment as Dick; so it may come
Shannon, who's described as a surprise to the people in those places that no one has yet asked, "[[{{Franchise/Spiderman}} So... where DO you Park your Peter?"]] (And then there's this certain Alien Symbiote obsessed to become the answer to that question...)
** Sir Peter Parker is a former head of British Rail.
* Poor [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]. Luckily for him, he has a great sense of humor, so he makes a joke out of it. "I'm Dick." "What?!" "No, no, that's my name." Cue smarmy grin.
-->'''Starfire''': I love Dick!
-->'''Beast Boy''': So I've heard.
* In {{MAD}} Magazine, Ziegleveit B. Schtoonk was an Al Jaffe character
man who recurred in his 'Snappy Comebacks to Stupid Questions' series. The stupid questions would invariably be about his name, but what do you expect if you engrave something like that on your nameplate?
* ''ComicStrip/BonersArk'' has Captain Boner and Miss Boner. The strip debuted in 1968, so it's probably
never got a case of HaveAGayOldTime.
* [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] used the alias Troia for a time as a reference to her mythological origins. Unfortunately, it's also Italian slang for 'whore'. Angle Man once lampshaded it.
* Sif, wife (in the mythology) of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. The similarity to a certain veneral disease has only been noted ex-universe (in-universe the unlucky person would be hammered flat in no time).
break. Apparently it started at birth.



[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her first name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name being unfortunate.
* In the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of the highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.]]
* ''Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's brother Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name only he responded to and the name stuck. However, true to his name, he isn't really very bright.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].

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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' TheBible
** To demonstrate His wrath at idolatrous Israel, {{God}}
has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]].
the prophet Hosea give his children symbolic names. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her
first name (unless she son, Jezreel, is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there named for a valley where Israel's evil kings have shed blood, and where God promises they will be punished in turn; his daughter is a childhood rhyme that named Lo-ruhamah, "not pitied," because God is the cause behind the name through being unfortunate.
* In
merciful; and the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it youngest son is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] Lo-ammi, "not my people," to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight
foretell that God will eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of send Israel into exile among the highest order", nations.
** The prophet Isaiah named his younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means "spoil quickly, plunder speedily," again
to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.]]
* ''Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's
foretell Judah's coming doom. His older brother Baka Shear-Jashub ("a remnant shall return") lucked out and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought got a happy prophecy.
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically,
it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
* The name Nimrod was not an unfortunate name in Bible times, but has become so these days
because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according of its association with dimwittedness from Bugs Bunny. [[note]]Bugs Bunny used "Nimrod" to his father, that was taunt Elmer Fudd making reference to the name only fact he responded to and the name stuck. However, true to his name, he isn't really very bright.
is a hunter.[[/note]]
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from Chinese Mythology, the Discworld encounters members Dragon King of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].Eastern Sea can be transliterated as ''Dong Hai Long Wang''.



[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", you might have turned to villainy, too.
* [[Film/StarWars Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
* The villain of ''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName Fitting for Jackson]], to be sure, but who in their right mind would inflict such a name on their kid? (Apparently, he expressed similar views to them. Right before he killed them.)
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the unfortunately named Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a character named Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed her name ''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character Shannon, who's described as a man who never got a break. Apparently it started at birth.

to:

[[folder: Film]]
[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, Creator/DanaCarvey had a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character
stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine
from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with
a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name like "Lord Coward", you of President [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have turned to villainy, too.
* [[Film/StarWars Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
* The villain of ''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName Fitting for Jackson]], to be sure, but who in their right mind would inflict such a name on their kid? (Apparently, he expressed similar views to them. Right before he killed them.)
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the unfortunately named Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a character named Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed her name ''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character Shannon, who's described as a man who never got a break. Apparently it started at birth.
been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]





[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'''s Jonathan Thomas Meriweather, a.k.a. Jon-Tom, isn't acknowledged as having an unfortunate name in the books, but since "John Thomas" is slang for penis in some parts of the world ...
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', the "Staff of Fertility" is a GreenThumb AmplifierArtifact, and not any sort of UnusualEuphemism. People in-universe, though, keep on snarking at the name, and Shelena uses it as UnusualEuphemism at least once.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', the protagonist's wife is named Jezebel. She prefers to be called Jessie, after her husband (named Elijah, of course) tried to convince her the historical Jezebel wasn't as bad as her reputation. That was what spoiled it for her; up to then she had been ''proud'' of the name.
* The Gods of the ''Literature/AmericanGods'' universe sometimes end up with names like this out of their efforts to disguise their identity through StevenUlyssesPerhero type names. One is Mr. Nancy/Anansi. The title ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is a play on the term "a nancy boy", a derisive term for homosexuals, and the fact that Anansi has taken this name is probably a testament to his [[DirtyOldMan comfort with his sexuality]]. There's also the matter of Shadow's real name as revealed in a side-story [[spoiler: Balder Moon]] which besides being the kind of name you wouldn't want to saddle your child with, makes you wonder why he didn't previously realize his identity.
* In ''Literature/TheWalkerPapers'' by C.E. Murphy, one of the most respective detectives on the Seattle Police force is a WholesomeCrossdresser named ... Billy Holiday.
* A running gag in Joan Hess's ''Maggody'' mysteries is the cockamamie names that Stump County residents apply to their kids. Some get phonetically-spelled versions of words that might've been tolerable (if rustic) had they spelled correctly, like Hospiss; others sport names that the parents just thought sounded interesting, like Rubella Belinda. Occasionally this is elevated to a Weird Theme Name trope, as with brothers Diesel and Petrol.
* In the UK, reprints of the ''[[EnidBlyton Faraway Tree]]'' books have changed the children's names to get around this: Jo becomes Joe (since the "Jo" spelling is now normally used for girls), Fanny becomes Franny and Dick becomes Rick. Bessie's name is possibly the least unfortunate (though it is the "stereotypical" nickname for a cow), but is rather archaic regardless.
* The AlphaBitch of the ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' books is nicknamed "Cokie" Mason. The character considers her actual first name (Marguerite) to be an EmbarrassingFirstName, for some reason.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** Renesmee Carlie Cullen. If she was a boy, Bella wanted to name her "Edward Jacob Cullen." Which would have been an unfortunate name as well, considering that Bella apparently wanted to name her son after her husband and her UnluckyChildhoodFriend, who was ''still'' pining after her and who Edward was insanely jealous over.
** One of Bella's teachers in high school was named Coach Clapp. As a sporker once put it, "why didn't Meyer just name him 'Coach Gonorrhea'?"
* In his novel ''Literature/TheWitchesOfKarres'', Creator/JamesHSchmitz has a black-clad, cynical, somewhat gloomy and pessimistic young witch by the name of Goth. Note that the original short story was written in 1949, and expanded into a novel in 1969. Names don't have to be created that way to become unfortunate.
** Goth's sister is the Leewit ... and she insists on the ''the''.
* In one of the Jiggy [=McCue=] books, there's a boy called Franchise/HarryPotter.
* In the ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm'', one of the (naturally male) dwarves Derk runs into is named Galadriel. Derk can't help wondering about his parents...
* The later ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels have a trooper called Cant. No CountryMatters are invoked, but when your name invokes failure at all turns, that's bad enough.
* In the Hooker/Butterworth ''MASH'' novels there's a pompous newscaster whose name is Dan Rhotten. He constantly has to remind people that it's pronounced "ROW-ten."
* The eponymous character of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''. In-universe, Christopher Robin is asked (by his father) why a male bear is named "Winnie". Christopher's response is that his name is actually Winnie-''ther''-Pooh, as if that explained everything. The RealLife explanation is that he was named after a bear called [[CanadaEh Winnipeg]] who lived in the London Zoo.
* There's a PoliceProcedural novel in which a pair of patrol cops are named Albert Hardy and Ernest Laurel. Neither would invoke this trope alone, but as partners, they're stuck either being Laurel & Hardy or Bert & Ernie.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** He's barely even mentioned, but George R.R. Martin ''must'' have been snickering to himself when he named a character Dickon Manwoody.
** Dickon Manwoody is an extremely minor character with no lines. Dick Crabb, on the other hand, interacts with Brienne of Tarth and has his own minor plotline.
** Thoren Smallwood.
** Aenys Targaryen and Aenys Frey.
** Satin, a former male prostitute who now fights with an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores.
* ''Literature/MobyDick''. It doesn't help he's an albino sperm whale...
* The Klingon Qagh in ''Literature/StarTrekForgedInFire''; it's ''tlhIngan Hol'' (Klingon) for "mistake". Another Klingon in Literature/StarTrekSevenDeadlySins is named "Targ"; a targ is a Klingon pig.
** In the 1984 [[Creator/{{JohnMFord}} John M. Ford]] Klingon-centric novel ''Literature/{{The Final Reflection}}'', [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe a supporting character]] was named [[PrematurelyBald Rogaine]]. This was a coincidence, as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoxidil minoxidil]] wasn't approved for topical use as a hair restorer until 1988.
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'':
** ''The Eyre Affair'' introduces a fairly rude character with the fairly rude name of Jack Schitt.
** The sequel, ''Lost In A Good Book,'' adds a relative of Jack Schitt, with the equally unfortunate name of Brik Schitt-Hawse.
** In book five, ''[[NonIndicativeName First Among Sequels]]'', Jack's wife is introduced with the name Anne Wirthlass-Schitt.
** The ''sixth'' book explains that these are all aliases Thursday made up.
* The Name of the Novel "Jack Vance: [[Literature/PlanetOfAdventure Servants of the Wankh]]". http://www.cracked.com/article_14790_the-best-worst-fantasy-science-fiction-book-covers_p3.html
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'': The book ''The Master Mind of Mars'' contains a character named "Bal Zak", which looks an awful lot like "balzak", the Dutch word for Scrotum. Or, for those who don't speak Dutch, it also sounds an awful lot like "ballsack", the English word for scrotum. Or, for those who read French literature, it sounds an awful lot like the great author Balzac...
* A Lieutenant Britney Harder in the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''A Deeper Blue'.'
* In the Creator/SpiderRobinson book ''Callahans Legacy'' science fiction fans Ted Leahy and Susan Hu get married. Being George Lucas fans, they name their firstborn Yoda. Apparently the kid learned to fight dirty by the age of three.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Moist von Lipwig from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.
** Cheery Littlebottom. She's a dwarf, and apparently her name is traditional and perfectly innocuous in Dwarvish, but in [[TranslationConvention Morporkian]]... not so much. When he first meets her, Vimes makes a point of ''not'' reacting to her name until she is out of earshot, at which point he begins laughing.
** One particular joke in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' is about the Carter family, who named all their daughters after virtues (Chasity, Prudence, etc), but were a little bit stumped when it came to their sons. They decided to go with ''sins'', leading to poor boys with the names of Bestiality, Jealousy, Deviousness and Anger (and, in a CallBack in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', ''Catastrophe'', which isn't a vice exactly, but still isn't much better...). Which, thanks to the RuleOfFunny, immediately become {{Non Indicative Name}}s, e.g. Bestiality is actually very kind to animals and Hope is a depressive.
** A minor character in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' has the name One Man Bucket, which, it is revealed, is short for One Man Throwing A Bucket Of Water Over Two Dogs. He states that his home tribe had a tradition of naming their children after whatever the healer saw outside the tent upon their birth, and explains further that at least his name was better than that of his twin, born minutes earlier. Windle Poons delicately guesses that the twin's name was "Two Dogs ''Fighting''", at which One Man Bucket nearly laughs himself sick.
** The people of Lancre and the Ramtops in general have two traditions with regards to naming their children which are mentioned as frequently resulting in this trope: naming their children what the think sounds good, meaning be damned – which very nearly resulted in a girl named Chlamydia Weaver (her mother decided that Sally was easier to spell) – and that after the priest has announced the child's name it can't be changed – which has resulted in a boy named James What The Hell's That Cow Doing In Here Poorchick and a king known as My God He's Heavy The First.
** According to Gaspode in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', wolves don't have names so much as descriptions, which leads to a lowly omega wolf being known as "Arsehole". Carrot convinces Gaspode to go with the more-genteel translation of "Bum".
** One of Tiffany Aching's neighbors on the Chalk, owing to her [[DeathByChildbirth dying mother's]] confusion and a note jotted down by a town official to document the birth, wound up being named Miss Female Infant Robinson.
* ''Literature/RedDwarf'':
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'' the captain of the Red Dwarf is described as a woman with the "unfortunate" surname of "Kirk". The book never really explores the concept beyond stating as much, though, since she (along with the rest of the crew) dies early on.
** In ''Backwards'', a later novel in the series, the robotic Agonoids have been given intentionally insulting names by their human creators. Examples include M'Aiden Ty One (Made In Taiwan), D'Juhn Keep (Junk Heap), Pizzak Rapp (Piece Of Crap) and Chi Panastee (Cheap And Nasty).
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** One of the orcs is called Shagrat. Yes, [[BestialityIsDepraved Shagrat]]. In British slang, "shag" is a term for sexual intercourse.
** In-universe, the name Gorbag contains the root ''bag'', shit.
** In the appendix that shows the Line of Durin, Glóin's and Óin's father's name is Groin. (It's actually Gróin, but still...)
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, the cats have a two-part name: the first half stays with them their whole life, and the second half changes depending on their rank ("kit" when they're a kitten, "paw" when they're in training, and pretty much anything when they're a full warrior), so typical names include Fireheart, Cloudpaw, Goldenflower, etc. There are some bad ones, however: Kinkfur, Runningnose (named for his perpetual sniffle; his name even translates to "Hay Fever" in the French edition), Foxheart (in-universe, "fox-hearted" is cat slang for "treacherous and cowardly"), Mudpuddle, Deadfoot, Maggottail (seriously, did his parents ''want'' him to turn evil?), etc.
** {{Lampshaded}} by some of the characters when Berrypaw's about to become a warrior. He lost his tail when he was young, so they joke about the terrible names the Clan leader could give him based on that, and come up with the name "Berrystumpytail" (which has been adopted as a FanNickname for him.)
* ''[[Literature/CaptainUnderpants Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants]]'': The whole plot of this book revolves around this trope with the titular villain. In fact, he came from the country of New Swissland, where everyone has a silly name.
* The protagonist of Donald E. Westlake's novel ''Help I am Being Held Prisoner'' has the extremely unfortunate last name of Künt (pronounced Koont, and he insists on the umlaut, or little dots above the u). This would be bad enough under ordinary circumstances, but when he goes to prison it threatens to become completely intolerable.
* A character in ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' is named Jisbella [=McQueen=]...the unfortunate part is that everyone else shortens it to "Jizz."
* In ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'', Tip's real name is Gratuity. Her mother thought it meant something else.
* In one novel from ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'' series, arrested criminal [[PoliceBrutality gets beaten by the police]] because he insists that his name is Creator/ErnestHemingway. It turns out to be his real name.
* The StarterVillain of ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant Lord Foul's Bane]]'' is named ''Drool Rockworm'', which has got to be one of the ''worst'' names one could possibly have (and no, Drool, sticking a "Lord" in front of it doesn't make it any better). Of course, Drool is a fairly pathetic figure anyway (albeit one with a lot of power), and seeing as he's the only named [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Cavewight]] in the series, it's unclear how typical this is for his people.
* In ''Literature/{{Seraphina}}'', when Prince Lucian first arrived in Goredd as a child his embarrassing Samsamese surname, 'Kiggenstane', contributed to the awkwardness surrounding his mother’s elopement and his subsequent status as a bastard. Perhaps as a result, he prefers his nickname 'Kigs'.
* James Augustus Peregrine Pympoole-Bothame of ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy''.
* In Creator/SherrilynKenyon's The League series a fantastic version of CrossCulturalKerfluffle meets this, Dancer Hauk. On his native world Dancer means Protector and is suitably manly. Everywhere else it means Dancer, like the profession.
** There's also Darling Cruel. Even people who know him struggle not to laugh at the bomb crazy assassin, whose name is Darling. It's a family name.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there's Neville Longbottom.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Eustace is introduced with "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and [[JerkAss he almost deserved it.]]"
* Valentine Wolfe, heir [[spoiler: and soon head]] of Clan Wolfe. A drug-using degenerate, but a brilliant and bloody sociopath as well. To a lesser extent, Finaly Campbell, notorious fop and dandy. Both embarrassments to their manlier-than-thou fathers (but what did you expect when you named your kids "Valentine" and "Finlay?") Of course, Valentine [[spoiler: kills his father during a battle to become the Wolfe, and Finlay is secretly the Masked Gladiator, the deadliest fighter in Golgotha's Arena.]]
** And then we have Owen Deathstalker, his ancestor Giles Deathstalker, and his distant cousin David (pronounced DAH-veed) Deathstalker. Apparently, the Deathstalker Clan figured that their ridiculously badass last name (coupled with their well-deserved reputation as the finest warrior Family in the Empire) meant that they had no need for awesome and intimidating first names.
* One minor character in ''Literature/{{Julian}}'' is named Hilarius. Unfortunately, [[TheCaligula Gallus]] gets him alone and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity does not Ensue.]]
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'':
** Several. From the minor villain Sharky ("...I'll come up with something better.") to the grey-clad FlyingBrick Generic Girl (she refuses to talk to anyone, so no one had any better ideas), there are lots of poor names for supers on both sides of the fence. For main characters, Claire ends up accidentally naming herself after her online handle E-Claire, and due to a bitchy heroine mentioning that Penny will "keep showing up like a bad penny," Penny gets the groan-inducing name of Bad Penny. The hero in question didn't even know Penny's name; she just has ''really'' bad luck.
** In the sequel ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon'', the teams finds evidence of a MadScientist named Doctor Hedley Butts, who Claire remembers reading about.
--->'''Penny:''' Did they call him Doctor Butt-Head?\\
'''Claire:''' No. His goats ate people. They took him seriously.
* The latter eponymous character of ''Garman & Worse'', a novel by Norwegian author Alexander Kielland. At least it's not pronounced "worse".
* In Simon Raven's "Alms for Oblivion" series, one of the major characters, Fielding Gray (not in itself especially silly) is named after a family friend called "Fielding Legge" - a term indicating a fielding position in the game of cricket. It would be comparable to an American with the surname "Bakker" being given the first name "Line."
* ''Literature/LifeOfPi'': Pi's full name is Piscene Molitor Patel, named for a French pool, of all things. The real problem with it though is that "Piscene" sounds a lot like "Pissing", and schoolkids being schoolkids, this caused Pi a lot of grief in elementary school. When he enters a new school, he pre-empts the nicknaming by getting himself known as "Pi" instead.
* Judy Blume's ''{{Literature/Fudge}}'' series has Peter Hatcher's younger brother...''Farley Drexel Hatcher.'' What were his parents thinking?
* Cindy Sexton of ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. Most people who hear of her for the first time assume she's a stripper or a porn star.
* In the ''Literature/StarDarlings'' franchise, when trying to think of a fake name on Earth, Libby gives herself the last name Liverwurst.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' has it as in its ''title''. For most of the world KZ is associated with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's concentration camps. In here Team KZ refers to a team of {{Academic Athlete}}s--and by extension an AmateurSleuth group formed by some of its member plus a girl, i.e. the eponymous "Tantei Team KZ". The name comes from "Katsu," Japanese word for "victory," through the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseRomanization Kunrei-shiki form]] "'''K'''a'''z'''u."
* In Jon F. Merz's Chanbara-influenced fantasy novel ''The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul'', one of the important characters was an old samurai named Kancho. Kancho means suppository in Japanese!!! Or it can be used to describe the act where [[AssShove someone (mostly children though adults have been known to do it) shoves their fingers up another person's butt in imitation of sticking in a suppository]].
* In Julie Smith's series of detective novels about the black New Orleans PI Talba Wallace, the first name on Talba's birth certificate is actually "Urethra", which a cruel and racist obstetrician suggested when her uneducated mother asked him to name her baby something unique. This is a common urban legend in the South.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne Cobb. River says it best, "Jayne is a girl's name."
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' gave us Peter Phile, who was unfortunate enough to be paged over an airport loudspeaker. British English pronounces "pedophile" like "pee-do-file," making the two terms sound much more similar. ''Series/TheITCrowd'' was probably referencing ''Series/BrassEye'', who [[OlderThanTheyThink did that joke in the 2001 special]]. Creator Graham Linehan was one of the writers of the ''Brass Eye'' special.
* ''The Chaser'' - an Australian comedy group - pulled a similar prank in an airport during their ''War On Everything'' show, taking advantage of an automated booking terminal to create passes under such names as Terry Wrist and Al Kyder and then waiting until the staff broadcast the names over the loudspeakers.
* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Corky Sherwood married a man whose last name was Forrest, making her married name [[RobinHood Corky Sherwood-Forrest]]. Rather amusingly, the actress who played Corky, Faith Ford, was married at the time to a man whose last name was Nottingham.
* On the BBC's ''Wings'', Lieutenant Gaylion's surname is pronounced GAY-lee-un. For much of the first season, Captain Triggers refers to him as gay-lion, pronouncing it as though he were a predatory cat that prefers the company of other male predatory cats.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** One of the reasons Jordan divorced Dr. Cox (at least according to her) was because his name is, well, Dr. ''Cox''. The problem with this is illustrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsd5jlExE0g this clip]].
** Keith, whose last name is Dudemeister. "It's German, it means ''master of dudes''." Then there's Private Dancer[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke his surname is Dancer, and his military rank is Private]][[/note]]. And of course Doctors Beardfacé [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced Beard-fuh-say)]] and Mickhead. And Coleman Slawski.
** Turk has dibs on the name [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] for a future child, though it's unlikely his wife will let him. JD named his own child Sam [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Perry]] ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]]'' Dorian.
** JD's (John Dorian) original name was ''Joanna'' and it stayed that way for a while, as his parents hadn't decided on a male name before he was born.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The name Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr is the king of this trope. Why? Because the name belongs to a ''woman''.
** The show gave us Theodore Evelyn Mosby. Evelyn used to be a male name. Barney tried to use Ted's full name and used "Theodore Vivian Mosby".[[note]]The first wife of the (male) English novelist Evelyn Waugh was named "Evelyn". The couple was known as "the two Evelyns".[[/note]].
** One episode has a poor girl named Cook Pu. Ted unfortunately thinks that this is a prank name his students edited onto his attendance sheet in order to make him look stupid, and goes about mocking them at length for not having enough imagination to come up with a name less lame and obvious than "Cook Pu". He ''does'' feel terrible when he realizes that it's actually a real name — when the student in question runs out of his class in tears. [[EpicFail Oops.]]
** Lily and Marshall gave their son Marvin the middle name Wait For It as a reference to one of Barney's catchphrases. Barney chose the name himself. The gang thinks it's awesome.
** Ted discussed someday naming his future children Luke and Leia after ''Franchise/StarWars'' characters, using ShoutOutThemeNaming.
** Season 6 had Randy Wharmpess who finally fulfilled his dream of starting his own brewery.
--->"It's not beer, it's ''Wharmpess''."
* Chrissy from ''ThreesCompany''? Her full name is Christmas Snow.
* ''Series/AlienNation'': A ship full of alien refugees with difficult names arrives on Earth and all are assigned human names. Naming thousands of people can get pretty tedious, so the ones near the end of the line ended up with names like Sam Francisco, Rudyard Kipling, etc. The names were somewhat difficult but not prohibitively so: George Francisco (formerly Sam) was Stangya Soren'tzah and Cathy Frenkel was Gelana Vray, for example. The names were selected not only for absurdity or evocation of famous humans, but also with irony or malice: a not-so-bright Tenktonese was called Albert Einstein, and a couple interested in having an electric articles store were named Thomas and Alva Edison. And, strangely, years after the descent, the immigration office still is funny with names: in the TV movie ''Dark Horizon'' the newly arrived Aphossno is named Norman Conquest. The original film was implicitly referencing Ellis Island clerks who "Americanized" immigrant names they had trouble pronouncing.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Penny dates a perfectly nice man whose name is Doug... Hitler.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'':
** Marcy Rhodes takes the news that she got married to a man she doesn't remember meeting in a ceremony she also doesn't remember surprisingly well... but she's much less pleased to learn that her name is now Marcy D'Arcy.
** Once, Peggy and the kids are going through the phone book looking for a new last name. Perfectly good names keep getting rejected because Kelly can't spell them. So they end up using "Cat". Buck was especially thrilled. (Cat being an odd choice, as another episode shows that Kelly can't even spell ''that'' right.)
* The generally unfortunate ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion Peri Brown's real first name is ''Perpugilliam''. (Yes, she's from Earth.)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** A sketch called "Mr. and Mrs. Git" had a family with the surname "Git". They had "A Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git" and his wife "Dreary Fat Boring Old Git". The Gits had named their children "Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced" and "Ghastly Horrible Spotted Vicious Little". They do recognize that it's unfortunate for them to have a surname like "Git", but given their horrible first names they recognize that changing it won't do them much good. Then again, as the sketch goes on you learn they're actually quite horrible people to go with the names, so it's all... Ok?
** Mr. Smokestoomuch. Apparently it wasn't a burden, he was well into adulthood before he figured it out.
** Raymond Luxury Yacht, which is actually pronounced "Throat Warbler Mangrove."
** Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont from the sketch "How Not To Be Seen".
* At the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' class reunion, it is revealed that Mac has been going by a nickname because his birth name is Ronald [=McDonald=].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** A newly engaged Cerie gushed about her future children: "I already have all the names picked out. If it's a girl, 'Bookcase'. Or 'Sandstorm'. Or maybe 'Hat'... but that's more of a boy's name."
** [[AttentionWhore Jenna]] tops this with "Frisbeeface" and "Glock Gender Irrelevant".
** The guy in charge of dealing with sexual harassment cases is named Jeffrey Wienerslave.
** Wesley Snipes.
---> '''Wesley Snipes:''' If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked, 'Who should be named Wesley Snipes', you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
** In an early episode, Liz is certain that Tracy made up "Dr. Spaceman", the doctor he claims prescribed him all the drugs he's been taking -- until she finally meets the doctor ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY though he prefers to pronounce it Spah-che-men]]).
** Steven, who is a Black. As in, a member of the Black family.
---> '''Jack:''' Remarkable people, the Blacks: musical, very athletic, not very good swimmers... again, I am talking about the family. Black ''is'' African American though.
* ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'':
** A segment centered around the very poorly named Randy Bumgardner.
** They noted that Randy's mother's maiden name was Mincey, so he could potentially have become a Mincey-Bumgardner.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** The Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man's full name is Mofaz Idi Amin Pulpat Stalin Bin Laden Manson Johnson Always.
** With Wings.
** Supposedly there's a Hussein in there too.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** It gives us Bob Loblaw, a lawyer. His website is Bob Loblaw's Law Blog. At one point, a headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb".
** There's the surrogate, Larry Middleman.
** The Bluth family yacht, the ''Seaward''. Which Gob embraces when he names its successor the ''[[CountryMatters 'C'-Word]]''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few notable examples:
** A sketch called "The Life and Times of Johnny Hildo." The inability of everyone to understand that it's Hildo (with an H) drives him to commit murder. His cellmate is Larry Bagina.
** Alec Baldwin's Pete Schweddy (the guy who makes Schweddy Balls and Schweddy Weiners).
** Christoper Walken's one-shot character Colonel Angus (later renamed Enol after being drummed out of the service during the Civil War).
** Nic Cage's Asswipe (pronounced "ah-swee-pay") Johnson.
** Lord and Lady Douchebag, from a sketch about nobles who'd had things named after them (Sandwich, Argyll, Cardigan, etc.). At the the very end of the sketch, the butler announces "Lord Compost Heap and Lady Disinfectant Cake".
* TV personality [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCdv4GHTyo4 Myke Hawke]], pronounced like "Mike Hawk". Try saying his name real fast.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** "Finn and Quinn": One of the worst-best {{Portmanteau Couple Name}}s ever, and probably intentional, too. "Sue and Schue" is another such example.
** [[IdiotHero Finn]] and his pregnant girlfriend Quinn discussing baby names:
--->'''Finn''': And then I thought up the perfect name - DRIZZLE!
** In another example from this series, of the Unfortunate Meaning variety, one of the girls from the Jane Addams Academy is named Aphasia.
* ''LoveConnection'' introduces a 26-year-old man who loves beer and loud music. He currently works in gift sales and his mom seems to have some issues with his love life. Ladies and gentlemen, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZeU-SjgJQ Robert Fagot]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Sara Sidle. Go on, try saying it quickly.
** Hers may be somewhat punny, but now D.B. has her beat in the name department. "Seeing Red" revealed his full name is Diebenkorn Russell. No wonder he uses D.B.
* On ''{{Series/CSI NY}}'', Aiden Burn-she had the misforturne to be found as a charred corpse after quitting the lab.
* ''Series/UniversityChallenge'':
** It had one contestant called Steve Raper. To make matters worse, he represented the University of Bath, so every time he buzzed in TheAnnouncer said "Bath Raper", which sounds like a SerialKiller sobriquet.
** Martin Heighway (pronounced "highway") of the Open University: "Open Heighway".
* A subplot in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had Det. La Rue trying to help the career of a struggling standup comic named Vic [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who had made a deathbed promise to his father to keep the family name. La Rue encountered him, not yet knowing his name, and he was so funny La Rue was cracking up laughing. He couldn't understand how this guy couldn't make it as a comic. Then he learned his name.
* Stringfellow Hawke, of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Perhaps one of the most memorable names of all TV characters. He gets to share a laugh with one Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III over each other's names.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' had Carla trying to get around a family naming tradition that would have unintentionally forced the name "UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini" onto her unborn baby.
* One episode of ''{{Miranda}}'' featured both a character called Susan Perb ([[DontExplainTheJoke Sue Perb = superb]]) ''and'' a character called Dick Twist ([[AccidentalInnuendo which needs no explanation]]). When Miranda's new work colleagues don't find the former funny, it's the final straw and she quits the job; the latter becomes a RunningGag throughout the episode.
* Captain Darling from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''. The creators said that as soon as they came up with the name for him, he went from a totally empty character to one who'd been steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness and resentment from being called "darling" by everyone.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': A girl in Dewey's class at school is called Regina Tucker. Reese is still unable to think up a sleazy nickname for her.
* The Malaysian government tried to ban PowerRangers because their title "Mighty Morphin'". And morphine is a drug.
* While not treated as such in-show, Captain Hunnicutt of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' arguably has one of these in "BJ". You may think that the modern connotation of that initialism probably hadn't been developed yet in TheFifties, but there is a scene in one episode that offers a possible nod-and-a-wink to this. A visiting nurse asks Hunnicutt what BJ stands for. Before he can answer, Hawkeye quickly interrupts with, "Anything you like." Another episode, however, has him explain that he was named for his parents, ''B''ea and ''J''ay.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' featured Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries. Not to mention Mr. Lucas, who is not thrilled to reveal that his first name is Dick.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]... sorry, ''[[ThePoorMansSubstitute Cliff]]''!" Malcolm Tucker cruelly points out that Cliff Lawton MP may not have the most appropriate name in British politics.
* ''HomeAndAway'' has Marilyn Chambers. Unlike her RL namesake, though, she really is 99 44/100% pure.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. And a guest character in one episode named Benjamin Franklin.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Angela's given name was so terrible that she changed it the minute she turned 18. While we don't know what the name was, we can assume it was pretty bad being as she wouldn't let her husband hear it, her father wanted her to name her son Staccato Mamba, and, most importantly, her middle name is "Pearly Gates."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler Muriel Bing. He doesn't like either his name or surname, and he's very unhappy when he blabs and reveals his middle name.
** Rachel's chiropractor.
--->'''Rachel:''' Excuse me, Dr. Bobby happens to be an excellent doctor.
--->'''Dr. Green:''' Wait a minute, his name is ''Dr. Bobby''?
--->'''Rachel:''' Well that's his last name.
-->'''Ross:''' And his first name.
-->'''Dr. Green:''' He's Bobby Bobby?
-->'''Rachel:''' It's ''Robert'' Bobby.
** Joey does this to HIMSELF when he's persuaded to adopt the stage name of "JosephStalin". Being TheDitz, he doesn't realise the problem until it's too late.
* ''Series/TJHooker'' has its title character.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is given a number by Casey so he can request military support on a mission. Casey says that he will be redirected to a Colonel Sanders, and tells Chuck not to make fun of his name.
* A couple examples from ''Series/{{Community}}''. Both {{lampshaded}} of course.
** Britta. What is she, a water filter?
** Shirley names her son after Chang, who helps talk her through the birth. The problem? His first name is Ben... and her last name is Bennett. She has an OhCrap moment when she realizes.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Vyvyan Basterd. The surname by itself is pretty unfortunate, but the owner of the full name is a ''boy''. Oddly enough, though, it proves to be a perfect fit for him.
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}''
** Vyvyan's actor would go on a few years later to play a character named Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
** There was a barman named Dick Head.
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' features lonely client Randy Mann.
* In a bit on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', before he left for [[Series/TheColbertReport his own show]], Stephen Colbert confessed that his name was Ted Hitler. "No relation. [[spoiler:Okay, well, distant relation. Two generations. Straight up. Okay, Hitler was my grandfather!]]"
* In ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' the main character, an inveterate snob, is Hyacinth Bucket, though she insists on pronouncing it Bouquet and gets very stroppy when others call her Mrs. Bucket. Her husband, Richard, from whom she obviously got the name, is not embarrassed by his surname at all and tends to roll his eyes when he hears her correcting people.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick learns that he is the Big Giant head's son, which would make his surname "Head."
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'' the gang has to market a brand of bedtime drink that they rename 'Snooze'. The original name of the product? Venom.
* One skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' featured a 50's style sitcom about the Niggar family, who are actually white. Much fun was had with NWordPrivileges. The end of the skit has them meeting a hispanic family named the Wetbacks.
* [[Series/TheRedGreenShow Red Green.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a recurring demon character who was called either Lorne or just The Host, due to his running a karaoke bar. That's because his real name was Krevlorneswrath of the Deathwok Clan. In the episode "Belonging", he explains that he considers just Lorne to still be an Unfortunate Name because of the ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' jokes (he has green skin, and ''Bonanza'' stars Lorne Greene). In his home dimension of Pylea, "The Host" is also an unfortunate name as it is more closely associated with parasites than guests there.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "Nameless", a Fuchsteufelwild traditionally has a name that is an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Rumpelstiltskin. The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Fuchsteufelwild]] responsible for the murders is stuck with the name Trinket Lipslums.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' has PJ Duncan, who's name in one episode is revealed as [[spoiler: Potty John]]. Then it gets changed to [[spoiler: Patty John, legally PP Duncan]]. Poor guy.
* In a sketch in ''Series/ManStrokeWoman,'' a couple talks to another couple about them having a baby and what they plan on naming it. They apparently plan on naming it Crapbasket. The other couple resists their urge to say something, and tell them it is a lovely name.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/OnceAndAgain'', Karen briefly dates a man named Lloyd Lloyd, which amuses her ex-husband and children to no end. Even Karen, after telling them they're being mean, can't help laughing about it as well.
-->'''Karen:''' (''trying to hold it together'') The name so nice, they used it twice! (''dissolves into helpless laughter'')
** Judy also makes fun of it in Season 2.
* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Skye's orphanage-given name was Mary Sue Poots. We do at least find out her real name is [[spoiler: [[SecretWarriors Daisy Johnson]]]], which is decent enough for her to start using it regularly after abandoning the 'Skye' alias.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Randy mentions that he and Earl used to make fun of a neighbor of theirs by the name of Peter Dick Johnson. (Mr. Johnson left Pimmit Hills Trailer Park some time ago, although we are not told whether it was the result of Earl and Randy's teasing or for another reason.)
** Another episode during the {{Prison}} arc has a fellow inmate complaining that his name is John Lou.
--> '''John:''' "There's two toilets in my name, Earl! I never had a chance!"
* The cross-cultural variation was one of the explanations for why the Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' never managed to decide and stick to a name (in a timeline that wasn't time-travelled away, anyway) -- pretty much any name he could come up with would sound like something rude in one language or the other, and the Doctor was programmed to know quite a lot of languages.
* The Dutch series {{Series/Baantjer}} has de Cock, the protagonist of the series. Because his name would normally be spelled as "kok" in Dutch, he always spells it out.
--> '''De Cock'''': "Mijn naam is De Cock, met cee-oo-cee-kaa" [[note]]My name is De Cock, spelled C-O-C-K[[/note]]
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has ''Farkle Minkus.'' Poor kid.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/TouchOfSatan'', one of the production members is named "Emby Mellay", prompting Tom Servo to comment "That's not a name. It's a bad Scrabble hand".
* In ''Series/TheWire'', when Randy Wagstaff gives his name to police, they quip that there's no way he'd lie about that.
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[[folder: Music]]
* In Creator/ShelSilverstein's "A Boy Named Sue," [[CoveredUp best known]] for its Music/JohnnyCash cover, the narrator's father names him Sue so that he'll grow up tough. It works, but the narrator still resents the name and at the end of the song vows that when he has a son of his own he'll name him "anything but Sue."
* The Arrogant Worms' song "A Night In Dildo" celebrates the many unfortunate ''place'' names in Newfoundland.
-->''From Woody's Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Fairyland\\
Come take a look at Gander; Blackhead's mighty grand...''
* わたしのココ (Watashinokoko) once had the name Kesson Shoujo. So did a [[{{Hentai}} naughty Japanese comic]] with a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} loose grasp on biology]].
* Taco Ockerse, best known for "Puttin' On The Ritz." Yes, that's his birth name.
* "H" from the 1990's pop group Music/{{Steps}} was attacked on Twitter in 2013 because his real name is Ian Watkins, and people assumed that H was the lead singer of Welsh rock band Music/{{Lostprophets}}, who had just been convicted of child nolestation. To add insult to injury, Website/{{Google}} [[http://www.clickmusic.com/news/article/google-confuses-steps-singer-ian-h-watkins-for-disgraced-paedophile-again displayed the pedophile's mugshot on search results for the Steps singer]].
* Victoria Hesketh's artist name, Little Boots, echoes that of a certain [[TheCaligula tyrannical Roman emperor]].
* GirlGroup Music/{{Stooshe}} have a name which is homophonous to ''stooze'', the process of [[LoopholeAbuse making cash via 0% interest rates]], a term invented by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. Cue the UnfortunateImplications of the name...
* The band name Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves became one of these after a particularly infamous 2005 hurricane named Katrina.
* "[[OneHitWonder Headstrong]]" rockers Trapt's lead singer is named Chris Brown... [[NamesTheSame no]], [[Music/ChrisBrown not the guy who beat up]] Music/{{Rihanna}}. Unfortunately, the connection rapidly accelerated Trapt's subsequent fall from popularity.
* "Vixen" is a nice name for a girl rock band...until your first gig in Germany, when people won't stop giggling. [[note]] Homonymous with "wichsen", to fap. [[/note]]
* The American funk band Black Merda chose their name as a deliberate misspelling of "black murder"...oblivious to the fact that romance language speakers would laugh their asses off ("merda" is the word for "shit" in Italian / Portuguese and is close to Spanish "mierda" and French "merde", with the same meaning).
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In UK World of Sport wrestling: "Big Daddy" was really "Shirley Crabtree". Also, he ended up taking the name "Big Daddy" after hearing it in a song, not realizing it had sexual overtones, as opposed to "person who is a role model to kids". (Considering he had an entourage of kids following him into the ring)
* The father of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]], Rocky Johnson.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo's real last name was ''Faggart.''
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat debuted in the Minnesota-based AWA under his real name of Dick Blood.
* Former Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler Wrestling/BallsMahoney is an obvious example. According to his backstory, he learned to fight at a young age, fighting off bullies who picked on him because of his name. He seems to have embraced it as he got older, though, considering how DoubleEntendre-laced his promos were and his selection of Music/{{ACDC}}' s "Big Balls" as his entrance theme.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} gave Barry Darsow a golfer gimmick in October 1998. The character was originally going to be named "Stewart Pain," a reference to RealLife golfer Payne Stewart. This was abandoned when Stewart died in a plane crash. Instead, Darsow was renamed "Mr. Hole-In-One" Barry Darsow.
* The late actor/wrestler Robert "Jeep" Swenson was brought in for a one-shot appearance as a member of the Alliance to End Hulkamania (a VillainTeamUp of the Four Horsemen and [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom the Dungeon of Doom]] for the "Doomsday Cage Match" at ''WCW Uncensored 96''). His character was originally going to be named the Final Solution (also Hitler's name for the Holocaust), before common sense prevailed and the name was changed to the Ultimate Solution. Of course, his main claim to fame for non-wrestling fans was his role as Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (before Tom Hardy played the character in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'').
* Teddy Hart, whose real name is Ted Annis, whose last name rhymes with... well, you know...
* [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]]'s Eddie Edwards. Worse, it ''isn't a ring name''.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly. It worked when she was a cute, blond, pigtailed country bumpkin from Alabama, but not after she became a brunette villain.
** Her kayfabe cousin, Wrestling/BobHolly, had the unfortunate name "Sparky Plugg" when he started in the WWF as a wrestling race-car driver.
* Ben Dejo and Marty Con Dejo from the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoyz Team 3D Academy]]. While they would later be know as Jay Cruz and Eddie Rios, they still get called Los Ben Dejos when acting as a TagTeam. It's supposed to mean they are free spirits but unfortunately happens to be really similar to "those two assholes", which fans not fluent in Spanish pick up on first.
* When [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]] signed to WWE, he was given the name Sami Zayn. While the 'Sami' part has nothing wrong with it, his last name could be a little unfortunate. While Zayn is a common Arabic first name[[note]]he's Syrian-Canadian[[/note]], in the Western world the first person that comes to mind is Zayn Malik, one of the members of Music/OneDirection. This has led to some incidents on Twitter where WWE fans poke fun at One Direction-related trends.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero started his career as Wife Beater, based on the sleeveless white undershirt he wore at the time. He changed it after a women's group threatened to protest a show he was wrestling on in Wisconsin.
* Wrestling/BradMaddox's real last name is ''Kluttz.''
* The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Wrestling/{{Charlotte}}/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be the {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except it's also the same acronym as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used as a cooling oil for old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It also sounds pretty similar to PCP, commonly used as a recreational drug.
* Wrestling/KellyKelly's real name is ''Barbie Blank''. Talk about being typecast since birth, or at least childhood.[[note]]It's actually ''Barbara Jean'' Blank, which mitigates it somewhat, but Barbie caught on as the shorthand.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is unfortunate enough in itself, to the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named in the credits as Bang-bang and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had a name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall at the moment" and that his son Bernard "had a name that was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his parents didn't want him to be bullied at school."
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we all have our problems.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* TheBible
** To demonstrate His wrath at idolatrous Israel, {{God}} has the prophet Hosea give his children symbolic names. The first son, Jezreel, is named for a valley where Israel's evil kings have shed blood, and where God promises they will be punished in turn; his daughter is named Lo-ruhamah, "not pitied," because God is through being merciful; and the youngest son is Lo-ammi, "not my people," to foretell that God will eventually send Israel into exile among the nations.
** The prophet Isaiah named his younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means "spoil quickly, plunder speedily," again to foretell Judah's coming doom. His older brother Shear-Jashub ("a remnant shall return") lucked out and got a happy prophecy.
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically, it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
* The name Nimrod was not an unfortunate name in Bible times, but has become so these days because of its association with dimwittedness from Bugs Bunny. [[note]]Bugs Bunny used "Nimrod" to taunt Elmer Fudd making reference to the fact he is a hunter.[[/note]]
* In Chinese Mythology, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea can be transliterated as ''Dong Hai Long Wang''.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/DanaCarvey had a stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine from a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name of President [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] is full of examples. Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the name because a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.[[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control national governments, combined with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.
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* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there is a character named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker is not an unfortunate name to have in and of itself. If it belongs to a boy on crutches on the other hand...
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black, the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. for short.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has Lance Vance, which he got mocked for in high school. Tommy Vercetti says it all: "Lance Vance. Poor bastard."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
** Jack, also known as "Subject Zero," one of your companions. She is revealed to be a woman, although in very rare cases it can be used as a female given name, and it's revealed in the third game that her real name is [[spoiler:Jennifer]].
** The captain of the quarian starship Qwib-Qwib is rather defensive when questioned on the subject, explaining that ships are bought from different cultures and that it can be difficult to change its registry information.
** Due to Quarian naming conventions, people who serve on the ships [[StealthPun Defrenz or Iktomi]] carry the name "vas Defrenz" ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas_deferens vas deferens]]) and "vas Iktomi" (vasectomy). Nice, respectable names, indeed.
* One of the mock commercials in ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack: Fifth Dementia'' is for "The Society for People With Unfortunate Names", including such members as Eileen Dover and her husband Ben.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' 4Koma comics often make fun of how Aya Kobayashi shares a last name with ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'''s [[TheScrappy Katz Kobayashi]]. Aya does NOT take that treatment well.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** There is an aging security guard who [[MotorMouth just can't shut up]]. Her name is Wendy Oldbag.
** Also Maggey Byrde who is fittingly named for a Magpie due to her horribly bad luck. When Byrde was six months old, she fell off the ninth floor of an apartment building. Since then, she has experienced a myriad of disasters such as getting hit by various vehicles, getting sick from all sorts of foods and failing almost every test she ever took. And has never once won or even tied at a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. She became known as the "Goddess of Misfortune" as she grew up, and at college, people called her "Lady Luckless". Her current aspiration is to simply "Be an Unlucky Person rather then a Goddess." Like Ms. Oldbag, she's a recurring character.
** Another recurring character with this trope is Larry Butz. There's also a saying with that: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz".
** For a non-recurring character (so far), we have fat, sweaty otaku Sal Manella, an obvious pun on salmonella.
** The worst would probably go to a victim in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', Deid Mann. He doesn't have a lot to do with the plot, but you really must wonder how little his parents must have thought of him.
* ''TyTheTasmanianTiger'' has "Bush Rescue". Perfectly accurate for the Australian Outback, but a poor choice nonetheless.
* Poor Guybrush Threepwood is the running joke of the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series.
** A man in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' who mocks his name is called ''[[HypocriticalHumor Mancomb Seepgood]]''.
** This one has a strange backstory, though -- his original name was "Guy", and the bizarre image editor they used gave him the extension ".brush." After a bit of thinking, they decided to just keep calling him that, but they put out a call for a last name, and someone suggested "Threepwood". [[WeirdAlEffect Apparently]] it's a reference to [[Literature/BlandingsCastle something]].
** Also, Haggis [=McMutton=] from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'':
--->'''Haggis''': "Well, Haggis is only my nickname. My true name is 'Heart Lungs And Liver Boiled In The Stomach Of The Animal [=McMutton=]'." \\
'''Guybrush''': "Oh, so your parents were expecting a girl."\\
'''Haggis''': "Aye."
** Then in the fourth game, we have Ignatius Cheese, and his (possibly apocryphal, even in-universe) relatives, including "Gorgon Zola Cheese".
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has Poo and Porky. Porky would become ''Pokey'' in the translation. Which name is worse is up to you to decide. The game also has Paula Polestar.
* Some of the characters from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series: First names of Fox, Wolf, Panther and Pigma (who names their kid that?) and last names of Toad, Hare, and Pepper.
-->''In a Super Smash Bros. Brawl conversation'':\\
'''Solid Snake''' Colonel, there's a guy in here who looks like a wolf...\\
'''Colonel Roy Campbell''': You mean the fighter named Wolf.\\
'''Solid Snake''': "Wolf." [[SarcasmMode Real imaginative name]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ozRV59m5Fk&feature=channel_page Sniggerbobble]], a character from a few series of Mario World hacks as seen in that video. Apart from [[ScunthorpeProblem setting off a few word censors]], the name itself is just... incredibly difficult to take seriously. Especially anything else named after it, which added said name in front of a normal word.
* EVEOnline has the Thukker Tribe. Yes. Really. Some of the system names aren't much better, and even the random alphanumeric 0.0 system names have a few bulkhead bangers.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', one of the characters' name is Cao Pi, probably after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Pi historical figure]]. The actual pronunciation is "Tsao Pee", like the Chinese chicken, but the vocal director for Dynasty Warriors refused to do his research until the Warriors Orochi series premiered in America - ''six games into the American releases of the franchise'' for the Chinese warriors.[[note]]...not counting the spinoffs of Empires and Kessen, much less the Xtreme Legends spinoffs either. That raises it to around 10 games![[/note]] Luckily, the VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors crew were comparably unscathed.
* In the ''PhantasyStar'' series, the name of the BigBad Dark Force/Darkfalz has been interpreted as Dark ''Phallus''. It doesn't help that, in the fourth game, there's a normal enemy that looks like his sprite in the first game and is called ''Prophallus''.
* Related to the above example, {{Persona 3}} character Pharos has had his name interpreted as Phallus [[http://simg2.gelbooru.com//images/772/b1b0868247fd875ad095682230ec84cb.png?914579 by some Japanese fan artists.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', there is a headmaster called Nawwaf Leelaporn.
** Townie character Goopy Gilscarbo, anyone? Funny name, [[{{Gonk}} funny appearance]]... renowned in the player community for [[UglyGuysHotDaughter siring attractive children]].
** There's also been reference to the Landgraab/Landgrabb family in nearly every incarnation of the Sims. It's an unfortunate name that also fits, because the Landgraabs are a morally ambiguous rich family. They're [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a corporate dynasty]] in the Sims 1 and 2, and [[AristocratsAreEvil greedy aristocrats]] in ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval''.
** ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' has yet another example: Liam O'Dourke ("I am a dork"). His appearance fits his name, and he's a major BaseBreaker among players.
* One of the antagonists of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' is named Balzack.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'', The eponymous character's best friend is named Boo Hooly.
* Sodom, from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and StreetFighter. Seemingly, it's named after a city that was destroyed by the wrath of God and eventually gave its name to countless acts of sexual perversion, including homosexuality and even [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]]. But WordOfGod says he was named after the band.
* In ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'', Tear points out that the eponymous store's name looks a lot like "racketeer".
* Aloser Danya in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''. One gets the feeling her parents utterly HATED her. What makes it hilarious is she's one of the deadliest units in the game, being an archer with massive DEX capable of assassinating even fully armored units sniper-style. Just ask Bishop Branta when you see him. She's actually named after a demon in mythology.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Strangelove]], for her love of The Boss, gives an ironically crude codename for the Mammal Pod: The BS-Imago. Although the initials are supposed to be short for The Boss, the initials also resemble a rather crude word (IE: "Bullshit")
** Naked Snake's codename was often misinterpreted severely in the sequels to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The "Naked" part of Snake's name was supposed to be a reference to the fact that he does not have any weapons or really anything aside from the clothes on his back. However, the characters think that it stemmed from its most literal meaning (meaning that he was actually given the codename because he wasn't wearing any clothes).
** Both Solid Snake and Liquid Snake are no exception to this, depending on ''[[FreudWasRight what kind of snake]]'' you interpret their names as.
** Then there's Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov. While "Raidenovitch" may be an unlikely, but possible, Russian patroynmic (where it's the father's name + ovitch for a son) in Japanese Raidenovitch sounds like "Raiden no bitch", or "Thunderbolt's bitch" which ties into [[YaoiGuys his relationship]] with the local PsychoElectro. In this case it was deliberate, since Raikov is a TakeThat to Raiden, the protagonist of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 the previous game]].
** The Cyborg Ninja Gray Fox was also called Deepthroat (though it's supposed to be a reference to the famous Watergate informant.)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xLxozJhCdA Mega64 has parodied how sexual the names can be.]]
--> '''Derrick''': Then what is "Snake Eating"?!
--> '''Rocco''': Not what you think it is.
* The LukeNounVerber - powered random name generator in VideoGame/DwarfFortress once apparently called a dwarf Dik Inchslapped.
* Noob Saibot of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is an interesting case. His name is the backwards version of the series' co-creators' names, Boon and Tobias. But it's often shortened to {{Noob}}, and given the fact that his early appearances has some rather cheap special movies, it fit. The devs seem to realize the joke, giving him a "Troll Hammer" as a weapon in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', his match-beginning quote is "Fear me!" Oh wait, sorry, "ph33r m3!". Note that this was ''before'' the term "noob" was coined (circa 2000; "newbie" is much older) making it [[HilariousInHindsight retroactively unfortunate]].
* In the KingdomHearts series, Nobodies' names are an anagram of their former self's name, with an x. Xemnas is one such Nobody. His name, unfortunately, also anagrams to "Mansex". There's also Xigbar, which becomes Bigrax, Lexaeus, who becomes E-Sexual, and the mother of all unfortunate names, Xehanort. His name spells, if you remove the X, Rent-a-ho. Or if you leave it there, Rent-xa-ho (Rents-a-ho). Even Marluxia, probably the hardest of them all to re-anagram, at least has one: "U-Miralax" (Miralax is a laxative, by the way).
* ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'' has possibly the worst example of this ever, with a boss called the "Barfatronic Lavachomper".
* [[CloudCuckoolander If his statements are to be believed,]] the [[DrillSergeantNasty Soldier]] in VideoGame/TeamFortress2 is really named [[GenderBlenderName Jane Doe.]] ''[[InsistentTerminology Mister]]'' Jane Doe.
* NightTrap has this with the group called SCAT. (Sega Control Attack Team) You should look in a dictionary to find out why the name qualifies for this trope. S.C.A.T. (Special Cybernetic Attack Team) on the NES[[note]]Originally released as "Final Mission" in Japan.[[/note]] has the same problem.
* The full name of N from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. Natural Harmonia ''Gropius''.
** The same game introduces a female-only species of vulture Pokémon called Mandibuzz. Its Japanese name? ''Vulgina.'' (note: it's actually a portmanteau of 'vulture' and 'regina', the latin for 'queen'.)
** English speakers also snicker at Magby, Magmar and Magmortar's Japanese names: Booby, Boober and Booburn.
** Byrony sounds a lot like [[MyLittlePonyFriendShipIsMagic "brony."]] Her Japanese name is [[BaraGenre Bara]].
* Pokémon spin-off fighting game Pokkén Tournament is named Pokémon Tekken in Germany. The reason? "Pokkén" is pronounced identically to "Pocken" which means smallpox in German.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the LethalLavaLand the Demon Ruins has the fiery Ceaseless Discharge. And in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', there is [[UnfortunateImplications The Penetrator]].
* Abobo in ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'', whose name also happens to be slang for abortion.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', trolls are names after the first thing they eat. One of the trolls you meet is named "Dad".
* The ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' series has a six-year-old rabbit called 'Cream'. It's actually ThemeNaming with her mother, Vanilla (vanilla cream) and her pet Chao, Cheese (cream cheese), but this doesn't change the fact that the full statement of her name is ''Cream the Rabbit''. And from the classic series, we have "Cucky" the Rooster.
* The ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' spinoff game ''VideoGame/ZombieRevenge'' has a main character named Stick Breitling. It's like his parents were ashamed of their last name and just figured they would completely humiliate their son.
* The game series ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' was frequently target of jokes in Germany, because Myst is spoken like the German word "Mist", which means crap.
** Worse, the mystical city in the series is called D'ni -- pronounced "dunny," which means "toilet" in Commonwealth slang.
* In the non-canon ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' game ''Sword of the Berserk: Guts' rage'', the antagonist is named ''Balzac''[[note]]pronounced like "ballsack"[[/note]].
* In ''EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus'', the hermit crab senator is named Superfluous.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** The series actually ''does'' have a generic boss named Hyman, who got changed to Reynard in Europe, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar but not in America]]. There's also Rommit from ''Radiant Dawn''. And then there are the generic replacements in ''Shadow Dragon'', who have weird enough names already, but lose enough of them and they start getting names like "Lucer", "Auffle", "Laim", "Rejek", "Owend", "Wymp", and "Wieklin"...
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]] has Nah, the half Manakete daughter of Nowi. Her name frequents her no small share of annoyance.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'':
** When they reviewed ''X2: The Threat'', ''Series/XPlay'' had a lot of fun with the game's BigBad, the Kha'ak.
** In ''X3: Terran Conflict'', the OTAS Venti starfighter sounds like a coffee size from Starbucks, though [[GeniusBonus it's actually named for]] the [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming Roman gods of the winds]].
* The European version of ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' created at least one with its {{Dub Name Change}}s: Poor Kurama got renamed to "Michael Ballzack".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sam And Max|Freelance Police}}: What's New Beelzebub?'', Sam and Max must stop [[spoiler: [[FormerChildStar Peepers of the Soda Poppers]]]] from [[ItMakesSenseInContext using dark magic to seduce Sybil Pandemik]] by revealing his true name. It turns out to be "Dick Peacock".
* VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} has the three eponymous toads named Zitz, Rash and Pimple, which are three types of skin disorders.
* It doesn't ever come up in-game, but if Luke fon Fabre from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' ever succeeded to his father's position, he'd be Duke Luke.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The [[CatFolk Kaka Clan]]. Replace the Ks with Cs and it becomes [[DontExplainTheJoke far more snicker-worthy]] [[BilingualBonus if you understand Spanish or French]].
* There's a boss in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' known as the Skiver, because he's a {{Pegasus}} with [[BlowYouAway sky powers]]. A skiver is also a term for a lazy person. ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' also has a robot master named Hard Man, which they had to have known wouldn't exactly be treated with maturity.
* [[http://www.team-dignitas.org/ Team Dignitas]] is a European professional video gaming collective. Dignitas is a Swiss assisted suicide clinic. Michael O'Dell, [=CEO=] of the gaming Dignitas, said "We wanted a cool Latin phrase. We didn't recognise the connection until after we'd registered the company. It was a bit awkward."
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', during the Accordion Thief Nemesis sidequest you end up fighting an assassin known as The Mariachi With No Name. According to his [[EnemyScan Monster Manuel]] entry, "The Mariachi with No Name was born Quincy Leslie Droolypants the Third. So ditching the name was a wise choice."
* The ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series has an Irish boxer named ''Aran Ryan''. While that name could sound valid in Ireland, if you put an "Y" in the middle of ''Aran'', [[ThoseWackyNazis it will give you a very unfortunate name unrelated with boxing]].
* Averted with the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series. After sequels titled ''Guilty Gear X'' and ''Guilty Gear XX'', Creator/ArcSystemWorks managed to avoid the inevitable outcome by naming the next fighting game in the series ''Guilty Gear Xrd''.
* ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds'' has the evil power known as ''[[AccidentalInnuendo The Taint]]''. There's also a point where the main character is sent off to talk to a man named Ho [[note]]The shortened version of 'whore'[[/note]], and a town called Windbreak [[note]]Which sounds a little too close to "Breaking wind"[[/note]].
-->'''WebVideo/ProJared''': ...which I presure is nearby the Valley of 'Ass'.
* Coach Oleander from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. He's named for one of the most poisonous garden-variety plants on the planet, ''nerium oleander''. Appropriate for the game's eventual [[spoiler: BigBad]].
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has the unfortunately named singer, Annallee. While it's possibly supposed to be pronounced "Anna Lee", the spelling could suggest otherwise. It's likely a result of the game's rushed translation, given the fact that her Japanese name is Anneri.
* A certain Griffin from ''Videogame/SuikodenIII'' is named Fubar. In case you didn't know, Fubar is an army acronym for [[PrecisionFStrike Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition]].
* Early on in ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'', the protagonist comes across an elderly chef with the name "Cranny Faggot", supposedly a {{spoonerism}} on the name of famous chef [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Cradock Fanny Cradock]].
* The BigBad of ''Videogame/{{Sinjid}}: Shadow of the Warrior'' is named Lord Baka.
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' can have random nemesis orcs with names that are difficult to take seriously, especially when vocalized by either your [[TheComicallySerious deadpan-serious wraith]] or loudly chanted in a warchief intro.
--> '''War Chant''': ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atWRu6SGK8g#t=79 DÛSH! DÛSH! DÛSH!]]''
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* ''One Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' strip - [[http://fuckyeahharkavagrant.tumblr.com/post/4145943385/gido-no-one-makes-comics-like-kate-beaton]] - features a substitute teacher lecturing a class about putting obviously fake names on the register. "'Tits Palmer'? Do you think I'm retarded?" The last panel features the students comforting poor, hurt Tits.
* Mike's son in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': "Shazam [[Creator/WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] Dowden". According to Mike, "the hyphen is the source of his powers". Mike and the child's mother Tamara had problems with the name -- originally it was going to be "Shazam [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]] Dowden", but Tamara changed it without telling Mike. Mike, who hates Wil Wheaton, was horrified; "I mean, Christ, why not just name my kid 'Hitler-Stalin Pony Raper Dowden'?"
** The Santa look-alike whom Jason spent some time visiting in the intensive care ward is actually named "Shirley Koklik". In Jason's words: "I'd pity kill you, but if that name's any indication of how your life has been I want you to be around to show me how much worse it can be."
** Davan himself has some [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11092008.shtml problems with his name]].
** [=PeeJee=]'s full name is Penelope-Jennifer Shou.
--->"Dad, nobody calls me Penny-Jenny anymore, I go by [=PeeJee=]."\\
"Bah! Why would I name you Penelope-Jennifer if I wasn't going to call you my little Penny-Jenny?"\\
"Why would you name me Penny-Jenny and then act shocked that I'm prone to violent outbursts?"
** Davan's father Fred tries to interest him in the family history by discussing his cousin, a decorated Marine whose name is "Shot", after his alcoholic father's favourite glass.
-->"He was a hero over in Vietnam."\\
"His name is Shot?"\\
"Saved the lives of four men."\\
"And he never thought to legally change it?"\\
"He did two tours. He might be the most decorated soldier in our family."\\
"Let me get this straight. A man named his child after the shot glass, and no-one thought that was a sign that maybe Child Services ought to be involved?"
* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'':
** During the arc "Frigid [=McThunderbones=]", a B-movie parody storyline, we get this from the hot female detective:
-->"Good evening, Sergeant. I'm Detective Smallbush."\\
"Nice!"\\
"Aidsyphilis Smallbush ... It's Greek."\\
"... Not nice..."
** And a couple of strips later:
--->"Boss! Don Donald Donaldson!"\\
"That's kind of redundant. Just call me Don."\\
"Don 'Don' Donaldson?"\\
"Much better!"
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'''s Bobby Tables's real name ''Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;- -'' has been known to cause [[http://xkcd.com/327/ problems with his school's databases]].
* The eponymous hero of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName''. His full name is Hanna Falk Cross. [[CaptainObvious Hanna clearly isn't a boy's name]], and he can't use his middle name because it's conspicuously close to the "f" word.
* A ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' client was named "Jeremy Laramie". No, his reasons for seeking death were not connected to his name, sadly. The author's note read "Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental, but my apologies to anyone named 'Jeremy Laramie'; I'm sorry your parents hate you." Prior to that, there was the reindeer client known by the boys as "Codename Rudolph", whose name actually did turn out to be "Rudy". A potential hazard of being a TalkingAnimal, one assumes.
* The "Fiery Loins" chapter of Space Marines from ''Webcomic/TurnsignalsOnALandRaider''.
* Although almost every character in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has a PunnyName of some sort, only Dean Martin (a college dean named Martin) seems aware enough of it to be self-conscious about it. Any joke about him and Jerry Lewis will hit his BerserkButton.
* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'' features Cheesecake Boeing 747 St Cherrywell. The middle name is explained by the fact that her parents are cargo cultists. As for the first name, her mother's name is Pretzel, so presumably it's a family tradition.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}: Life Through Their Eyes'' has--of course--goblin characters. Many - but not all - of these characters are named by the fortune-teller. One character goes by Hava. His full name? Piss-Off-I-Hava-Headache. There is also Dies-Horribly, Fumbles, and mention is made of one goblin (of the same clan as Hava) who is named Stop-The-Ceremony-I-Swallowed-A-Bug
** And one can't forget poor ''Complains-of-Names.''
* [[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/12/29/page-104/ Crusader Hussein Crusader]] named for his Great Uncle Saddam.
* In ''Webcomic/ExploitationNow'', the character Bimbo's real is Bimbo. To make things worse, she's a sometimes porn actress, and her last name is Moneymaker. Her first name was the result of strong drugs (it was a very difficult labour), and a mother who spoke very little English.
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' Software. Lampshaded by Nick during his job interview in the third strip.
-->'''Nick''': Your company's name is GPF Software, but isn't "GPF" an abbreviation for "General Protection Fault," the most dreaded of Microsoft Windows error messages, from which you can only recover by a complete system shutdown?
-->'''Dwayne''': Um... I'm not all that creative...
-->'''Nick''': I personally thought it was a brilliant bit of computer geek humor, sir...
** Not to mention the fact that their marketing director, Trudy Trueheart, was born Moonbeam Gertrude Glowerhausen (Hippie parents).
** And one of their staff members, Sharon, pointed out that you have to have a sense of humor when growing up in the 80s when your name is [[TheSmurfs S. Murphy]].
* ''Webcomic/TheTrenches'': The main character's name is Isaac Cox. [[SchmuckBait Say it aloud.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Good thing the anagrammatical antitheses are Elan and Nale instead of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0812.html Lean and Anel.]]
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Marten's mother [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1835 attempted]] to give him the middle name [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "Tiberius."]] But at least he's not [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1829 Kirk.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Mituna was named for Mithuna, the Sanskrit name for the constellation Gemini. Unfortunately, the name "mithuna" actually means "sexual intercourse" (that's what the Indians thought it represented, rather than a pair of twins).
** Although given Mituna's foul mouth and propensity towards sex jokes, it could be considered a rather fitting name.
* ''Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}}'' introduced a new character whose name was so awful that the (InUniverse) reaction got him [[ShooOutTheNewGuy written out in the very next strip]]. His name: Jet Wiggledick. He protests that it isn't his real name--[[ComicallyMissingThePoint his real first name is Jeb.]]
* Being set in England, ''[[http://thewretchedoneswebcomic.com The Wretched Ones]]'' protagonist John Thomas has a very unfortunate full name. His username on an MMO is mynameisalreadyasexjoke.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', there's a teenager at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] named Harry Wolfe. He ''looks'' like a werewolf. His family is cursed, so the boys look like werewolves. Who the heck gives his kid a name like that under those circumstances?
** His father, who has reddish fur, is named Red. There has been speculation that the horrible names are actually part of the curse.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s answer to this trope is Adonis Zorba. Utter {{Narm}}.
** Also, the 'famously monogomous' girl around Bayview Secondary School...Paige Single.
** From ''Virtua'' we have the name '''Sycanus Appletin'''. Pretty self explanatory.
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner. [[TwoWordsAddedEmphasis Two words]]: [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Integral_article Integral article]]. Explaining the site to new people is difficult simply because rendering the characters' names is so confusing.
** Bubs' full name is Bubs Concession Stand. [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/senorialday.html Seriously.]]
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob says in his review of ''Ax 'Em'' that all you need to do to make your name sound less dignified is add "DJ" to the beginning. But when your Christian name is already "Doublecut Master Slice-em-up Dice-em-up", you don't have far to fall.
* The Malaysian word for "post" (as in, postal service) is "pos", originating from a shoddy transliteration of the English word. No surprise then that they chose the URL '''www.pos.com.my''' for their website.
* In a ShoutOut to ''{{Megamind}}'' and as a nod to her egotism, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick basically called her PreciousPuppy "minion".
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. In "The Best Episode Ever", the main cast put on a play. Rainbow Dash is cast as the historical pegasus general, Flying Monkey Style. And Fluttershy is cast as her second-in-command, Flying Monkey Crap.
-->'''Flying Monkey Crap:''' Also, can I have a different name? This one kinda hurts my self-esteem.\\
'''Flying Monkey Style:''' Nah.
* Emily Piggot from ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. Bad enough it has "pig" in it. The double whammy comes in from sounding like "bigot".
* ''TheIrateGamer'''s real name, Chris Bores. Considering how [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] his series is, this opens up the opportunity for cheap jokes such as "[[{{Pun}} Chris Bores me to death]]."
* WebVideo/WhereTheBearsAre has a character named Nelson. Nelson Dorkoff.
* The original character Bellezza Felutia, drawn by [[http://felutiahime.deviantart.com felutiahime]], a male character who {{crossdresse|r}}s. His name can be easily mutated to "Bellezza Fellatio". Fanart involving Felutia and that eight-letter word exists and [[NotSafeForWork we'll leave it at that]].
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', the name of Celestia's sister is...Molestia. (The 'Mo' part is supposed to be short for 'moon'.)
* ''TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' has [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297209/reference Fred Fuchs]], credited in the game based on ''Film/BramStokersDracula''. [[NoPronunciationGuide It's actually pronounced "Fooks".]]
* In the case of "Unfortunate Usernames", many a {{Twitter}} user can get bombarded with unexpected mentions for choosing [[http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2009012-rvp-avb-and-moyesy-have-one-of-the-great-twitter-conversations an acronym famous people go by]], something as [[UsefulNotes/TheAshes "theashes"]] ("[[http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2010/nov/29/the-ashes-cricket-match-twitter I am not a freaking cricket match!"]]) or [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball "fifa"]] ([[https://www.vpointnews.com/Article/7333/a-girl-owns-the-fifa-twitter-account-and-is-getting-almighty-abuse specially once the FIFA scandals kicked in]]), or [[https://twitter.com/sarney/status/36123596933824512 a famous]] [[http://screamer.deadspin.com/buenos-aires-man-abused-by-twitter-because-luis-suarez-1595445278 surname]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' features the name that makes almost everyone cringe, Nasty Burger, a name of a diner (After some vandals changed the T to a N, so the name used to be Tasty Burger). No one knows why the sign was never fixed. The burgers however have a sordid history of exploding in very hot climates.
** His ghost half was also burdened with the moniker Inviso-Bill for a while.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''Flaming Moes'', when Moe's bar is actually popular. Bart makes a prank phone call for a "Hugh Jass" and to his surprise, there actually is a guy with the name of Hugh Jass.
** Something very similar happened in the episode ''Donnie Fatso'', where Moe Syszlak got a call requesting for a "Yuri Nater", and called out to the patrons asking for him, with predictable results. However, it wasn't a prank call, as the caller did actually intend to speak with a person by that name (The man in question was the caller's Russian business associate), and the person Moe was implied to have chewed out on for it was actually Fat Tony, the mafia underboss.
** The "Flaming Moe" was originally named the "Flaming Homer". That is, "flaming 'mo" vs. "flaming homo".
** "Don't worry, there will be no one to make fun of your name anymore, Mr. Glasscock."
** In another episode, Cletus reveals that he names his kids after what they think will happen to them when they grow up. Isn't that right, Stabbedinjail?
** Joey Joe-Joe Jr. Shabadoo, which at first appears to be a name Homer makes up on the spot for his hypothetical "friend." However, Moe's derisive reaction to the name leads a man to run sobbing out of the bar and Barney to call "Hey, Joey Joe-Joe!" after him.
** All of the fake names Bart uses for prank-calling Moe's (such as "Al Caholic," "Jacques Strappe," "I.P. Freely," "Seymour Butz," "Homer Sexual," "Mike Rotch," "Amanda Hugginkiss," "Ivana Tinkle," and "Ollie Tabooger") qualify.
** [[CouchGag "I will not mock Mrs. Dumbface."]]
** In one episode in which Homer is banned from Moe's, a man who looks just like him enters the bar and is pretty confused by the reception:
-->"Homer? Who is this 'Homer'? My name is Guy Incognito."
** In a flashback to when Marge is pregnant with Bart, Homer wants to call the child Bartholemew, and takes care to check if the name could be mis-used to joke effect by other kids in the playground;
--> Aart, Bart, Cart, Dart, Eart...no, don't see any problem there.
** "Little Orphan Millie" had a man named Gaylord Q. Tinkledink, who was looking for his nephew, Nerdletob Z. Pantybottom.
** Bart's best friend is [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Milhouse]] [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Mussolini]] Van Houten. Matt Groening even said he purposely picked the most unfortunate name for a child.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' "Phantom Limb" "Dr. Girlfriend" "White Noise" "Major Tom" and "The Action Man" are old friends of Dr. Jonas Venture. One episode opens with a communication between The Action Man and Major Tom that [[WaxingLyrical copied lyrics from a classic David Bowie tune]].
** Dr. Girlfriend eventually became [[spoiler:Dr. Mrs. The Monarch]]. The Monarch once referred to her as [[spoiler:Dr. My Wife]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' used to play with this, the initials I.M. before a name suggesting their profession.
** So did Creator/CartoonNetwork with [[WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel I.M. Weasel and I. R. Babboon]].
** Also from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Merlin the Magic Mouse's sidekick was never destined to be a starring character because he was stuck with the name Second Banana.
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker once had a character named Ivan Awfulitch.
** Even ''Woody Woodpecker''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' episode "Prank Call" has Harry Sachz, whom the duo incessantly harass with prank phone calls for a month before he goes ballistic.
** Oh, that's hardly the only example. They've also run in a health inspector named Harry Buttisker (which they mispronounce as "Butt whisker"), a reporter named Betsy Weiner, and a recruiting sergeant named Dick Leakey (whose army nickname is "The Rooster," another innuendo). And then, of course, Butt-Head.
** There's also ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'', where they mispronounce various town names during their cross-country trip.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' where [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward were trying to name all the customers that come to the Krusty Krab, they come across a guy that they don't know, so they ask his name. He keeps saying "What Zit Tooya". Turns out [[WhosOnFirst it was his real name]].
** Smitty Werbenjagermanjenson, whose name doesn't even fit on his headstone.
** Sandy Cheeks. Especially if you take "cheeks" to mean "butt cheeks." Made even worse since "Sandy" was the name of the second most infamous hurricane in recent memory.
* Played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter tries to drum up support for a new pro-smoking bill. He then encounters (real-life) House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and laughs hysterically at his name, refuses to believe it ''is'' his real name and then mocks him asking if his wife is called "Vagina Coastguard". The other senators start to get it after this.
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' made this joke several years prior. Dick Armey is called Penis Navy, Weiner Airforce, and Vagina Coastguard. [[http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/tomspage/toppage7.htm Here is the script from the sketch]], but it is much funnier to watch the whole thing.
** Vagina Hertz.
** In a cutaway about the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
-->'''Speaker:''' Let's take roll call first. ThomasJefferson?
-->'''Jefferson:''' Here!
-->'''Speaker:''' Creator/BenjaminFranklin?
-->'''Franklin:''' Here!
-->'''Speaker:''' John Footpenis?
-->'''John Hancock:''' It's Hancock now!
-->'''Speaker:''' Why?
-->'''Hancock:''' Mind your business, that's why!
** This rather unexpected exchange from when Meg and Peter get a job at a Walmart expy Superstore.
-->'''Meg:''' Sorry, Mr. Penisburg, I quit.
-->'''Peter:''' ''(Naturally ecstatic at this new development)'' ''Penisburg?!''
-->'''Penisburg:''' Yeah, yeah. Get it out of your system.
** Jeffrey Fecalman, Glenn Quagmire's former brother-in-law. FridgeBrilliance in that he was an abusive sociopath who often beat Quagmire's sister-- i.e. a real turd.
** When Glenn Quagmire (briefly) attempts to raise an unexpected daughter in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', he thinks Anna Lee would be an appropriate name.
-->She can always shorten it to "Anal".
* [[WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp "Hello, my name is Larry Littlejunk."]] The names go downhill from there.
* Pretty much a lot of Creator/HannaBarbera's cartoon animal sidekicks, particularly those whose names are one syllable said twice. The most notable instance of this trope being used there would have to be Touché Turtle's sidekick; you'd have to be a really cruel parent to name your kid Dum-dum.
* Music/{{Gorillaz}} singer 2D is actually named Stuart Pot, and became known as [[PunnyName Stu-Pot]] prior to the accidents which gave him his "2 Dents". It could be worse; his father had the family surname legally changed from "Tusspot" after a lifetime of teasing.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Parodied with teacher Ms. Choksondik ("chokes-on-dick"). While the kids insult her endlessly, they never notice her name, though they do sometimes modify it insultingly (calling her "Ms. Chokes-on-rocks" or "Ms. Makes-me-sick").
*** [[MeaningfulName Guess how she dies.]]
** The Super Best Friends member Semen.
--> '''Seaman:''' "It's '''Seaman'''!"
--> '''Buddha:''' "But that's what I said. Semen."
--> '''Seaman:''' "Stop it!"
* There are Franchise/{{Transformers}} called [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Shothole Shothole]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Slag_%28G1%29 Slag]] (who has since been renamed Slug, which is not much of an improvement), [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skids_%28G1%29 Skids]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Huffer_%28G1%29 Huffer]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Windbreaker Windbreaker]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Slapper Slapper]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Erector Erector]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Discharge Discharge]], and [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Heave Heave]] among others.
** And now we can add [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Spastic Spastic]] to the pile.
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Mindwipe_(G1) Wipe!]]
** Another unfortunate is [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skidmark Skidmark]].
** The verdict has yet to return on [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Squeezeplay Squeezeplay]], but by Primus, the images that name invokes...
** As if [[Spell/{{Anime}} deciphering the proper romanization]] of [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Deszaras Deszaras]] wasn't frustrating enough, the name also causes TF fans in Hungary to giggle, as it's so close to the expressions "de szaros" (how shitty) and "Beszarás!" (Holy shit!).
** There's also a human country called Carbombya.
*** It was a [[TakeThat thinly veiled jab]] at Libya. CaseyKasem (who was ethnically Arab) found it so offensive he quit voice acting for the show, and Bluestreak, Cliffjumper, and Teletraan 1, his three main voices on the show, were written out.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Bulkhead]] isn't ''quite'' as bad as some others, but it's bad enough that [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/A_Fistful_of_Energon#Quotes it got noticed in-series.]]
* Khaka Peu Peu from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', when you think of a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} certain sparkly vampire]].
** Also, Diamond Tiara's father, who insists that everyone call him Rich. That's because the first half of his name is "Filthy". Luckily he has all those bags of money to make him feel better about, well, ''being named Filthy''.
*** It could be worse. His grandfather's first name was ''Stinking''. And he [[SelfMadeMan wasn't born]] [[PunnyName Rich]], either.
** And now that it's canon, one can only assume (and hope) that "Derpy" doesn't have the same connotations in Equestria that it does on Earth.
* {{Pingu}}'s sister's name is ''Pinga''. The word is probably meaningless in it's original Swiss French and the show was produced years before Pinga as a sexual slang entered mainstream North American English.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok's]] therapist is named Dr. Twinkletits. In a case of [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronunciation fun]], his name is pronounced "Twink-eh-let-tis".
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' has Admiral Bitchface. Hey, it's ''German.''
** "Schlampegesicht", maybe.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit where Gargamel turns himself into a [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurf]], when asked for his name he nervously ends up with Gargel Smurf, which attracts the attention of [[AmbiguouslyGay Vanity Smurf]].
* A running gag on ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio'' is that any villian that isn't a real [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical figure]] will have a name that ultimately sounds like an insulting pun (for example the ancient Egyptian baddie whose name sounded like "Hot Snot".
* Ms. Sara Bellum in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Her name sounds like "Cerebellum", which means brain. Ironically, we never see her head, hence the joke.
** Likewise, apparently the Mayor's real name is "Mayor" and the Professor's real name is "Professor".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Muriel is kidnapped and forced to make kilts for a gnome-like man. Eventually, Courage discovers that the guy hates his name: Rumpled Kiltskin. When Muriel finds out about this, she suggests he legally change his name, suggesting "Rumplestiltskin". The guy actually thinks that's a good idea, and suggests the two become business partners. [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext It Makes Sense In Context, seriously, as much as the show does in general...]]
* When Lucky is adopted in the 2010 ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 Pound Puppies]]'' series, his owner gives the name "Mr. Chewy [=McFluffster=]". (The owner in question also has a hamster named "Prince Fudgiepaws".)
** In "Olaf In Love", we find that Olaf's last name is "Hugglesbjork".
** In another episode, a male Maltese has the name "Princess":
--->'''Rebound''': If you're a boy, then why are you called "Princess"?
--->'''Princess''': You ever hear of an adorable Maltese named "Ralph"?
* If he didn't have such an appropriate nickname, WesternAnimation/KickButtowski would probably count.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' Bloo offers a man a chance to adopt Cheese, and when the man seems to have doubts about it, Bloo offers to include another imaginary friend named Crackers. In the next scene, Bloo is trying to console Crackers, who is crying:
-->'''Bloo:''' I'm sorry, Crackers, I guess he was hungry... He must have thought I meant real crackers...
-->'''Crackers:''' That's what they ''all'' say! ''(runs away crying)''
** Another example of this Trope in the ''same episode'' is that if Mac had imagined him, as he first believed, then they would have been, together, "Mac and Cheese". Fortunately, as it turns out, Mac did not; Cheese was actually his neighbor's friend. (He had just gotten lost.)
*** Likewise, Bloo and Cheese together would've been "Bloo Cheese".
*** Taking it once further, the name of the kid who did imagine Cheese (who appears right after Bloo makes a dialogue that's a HurricaneOfPuns about cheese) is Louise.
-->'''Bloo:''' I mean, jeeze Louise!
-->'''Cheese and Louise:''' Yes?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has the KGB director Nikolai Jakov, whose surname sounds practically identical to the word "jack-off".
* G-rated {{lampshading}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Impulse blurts out Nightwing's and Robin's real names in front of Beast Boy. Nightwing just looks annoyed.
--> '''BB:''' "Your name's Tim?! And yours is... [uncertain cringe] ''Dick''?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe 2'', the head of the Anti-Villain League is Silas Ramsbottom. The Minions find his last name hilarious, and even Gru gets in a jab or two:
-->'''Gru:''' Good day, [[MaliciousMisnaming Mr. Sheepsbutt]].\\
'''Ramsbottom:''' Ramsbottom.\\
'''Gru:''' [[SarcasmMode Yeah, like that's any better!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had the band Love Handel in "Dude We're Getting The Band Back Together". Whilst it may be [[PunnyName a pun on]] "love handle", if you speak German (Standard German) it means "love trade" ([[{{Streetwalker}} suggesting prostitution or streetwalkers]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar unfortunately]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', one of Coraline's new neighbors is named Wyborne. As in, "[[PunnyName why born]]." Don't think [[LittleMissSnarker Coraline]] doesn't notice this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Chalkboard Jungle", Quinn thinks the other students are making fun of the fat kid before he looks at the roster and learns the kid's name really is Fatass [=McBlobbicus=].
* Real life example: From Season 6 onward, ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' changed the name of the spy agency the title character works for, as "ISIS" has now become associated with a violent Islamic terrorist group.
* The cartoon spinoff of the [[Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes Killer Tomatoes]] had Putrid T. Gangreene, who wears his name proud (since ANY trope in this series will be parodied to hell and back).
* The name of the titular character in WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan may sound like a typical Chinese name to most westerners. However, for people who speak a little-known Chinese dialect called ''Hokkien'', her name means ''Chinese broccoli''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'':
** In "Defending the Earth", Rippen is known as "Ugthar the Ugly".
-->'''Rippen:''' No, that can't be my name.
** In "The Old, Old West", Penn and Boone can't help but mock at the town named "Butte".
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her first name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name being unfortunate.
* In the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of the highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.]]
* ''Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's brother Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name only he responded to and the name stuck. However, true to his name, he isn't really very bright.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", you might have turned to villainy, too.
* [[Film/StarWars Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
* The villain of ''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName Fitting for Jackson]], to be sure, but who in their right mind would inflict such a name on their kid? (Apparently, he expressed similar views to them. Right before he killed them.)
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the unfortunately named Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a character named Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed her name ''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character Shannon, who's described as a man who never got a break. Apparently it started at birth.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* TheBible
** To demonstrate His wrath at idolatrous Israel, {{God}} has the prophet Hosea give his children symbolic names. The first son, Jezreel, is named for a valley where Israel's evil kings have shed blood, and where God promises they will be punished in turn; his daughter is named Lo-ruhamah, "not pitied," because God is through being merciful; and the youngest son is Lo-ammi, "not my people," to foretell that God will eventually send Israel into exile among the nations.
** The prophet Isaiah named his younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means "spoil quickly, plunder speedily," again to foretell Judah's coming doom. His older brother Shear-Jashub ("a remnant shall return") lucked out and got a happy prophecy.
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically, it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
* The name Nimrod was not an unfortunate name in Bible times, but has become so these days because of its association with dimwittedness from Bugs Bunny. [[note]]Bugs Bunny used "Nimrod" to taunt Elmer Fudd making reference to the fact he is a hunter.[[/note]]
* In Chinese Mythology, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea can be transliterated as ''Dong Hai Long Wang''.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/DanaCarvey had a stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine from a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name of President [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]
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** When Glenn Quagmire (briefly) attempts to raise an unexpected daughter in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', he thinks Anna Lee would be an appropriate name.
-->She can always shorten it to "Anal".



* When Glenn Quagmire (briefly) attempts to raise an unexpected daughter in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', he thinks Anna Lee would be an appropriate name.
-->She can always shorten it to "Anal".



[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her first name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name being unfortunate.
* In the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of the highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.]]
* ''Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's brother Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name only he responded to and the name stuck. However, true to his name, he isn't really very bright.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", you might have turned to villainy, too.
* [[Film/StarWars Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
* The villain of ''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName Fitting for Jackson]], to be sure, but who in their right mind would inflict such a name on their kid? (Apparently, he expressed similar views to them. Right before he killed them.)
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the unfortunately named Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a character named Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed her name ''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character Shannon, who's described as a man who never got a break. Apparently it started at birth.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* TheBible
** To demonstrate His wrath at idolatrous Israel, {{God}} has the prophet Hosea give his children symbolic names. The first son, Jezreel, is named for a valley where Israel's evil kings have shed blood, and where God promises they will be punished in turn; his daughter is named Lo-ruhamah, "not pitied," because God is through being merciful; and the youngest son is Lo-ammi, "not my people," to foretell that God will eventually send Israel into exile among the nations.
** The prophet Isaiah named his younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means "spoil quickly, plunder speedily," again to foretell Judah's coming doom. His older brother Shear-Jashub ("a remnant shall return") lucked out and got a happy prophecy.
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically, it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
* The name Nimrod was not an unfortunate name in Bible times, but has become so these days because of its association with dimwittedness from Bugs Bunny. [[note]]Bugs Bunny used "Nimrod" to taunt Elmer Fudd making reference to the fact he is a hunter.[[/note]]
* In Chinese Mythology, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea can be transliterated as ''Dong Hai Long Wang''.
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* Creator/DanaCarvey had a stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine from a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name of President [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]
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* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her first name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name being unfortunate.
* In the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of the highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.]]
* ''Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's brother Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name only he responded to and the name stuck. However, true to his name, he isn't really very bright.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward", you might have turned to villainy, too.
* [[Film/StarWars Emperor Palpatine.]] A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
* The villain of ''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName Fitting for Jackson]], to be sure, but who in their right mind would inflict such a name on their kid? (Apparently, he expressed similar views to them. Right before he killed them.)
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the unfortunately named Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a character named Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed her name ''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character Shannon, who's described as a man who never got a break. Apparently it started at birth.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* TheBible
** To demonstrate His wrath at idolatrous Israel, {{God}} has the prophet Hosea give his children symbolic names. The first son, Jezreel, is named for a valley where Israel's evil kings have shed blood, and where God promises they will be punished in turn; his daughter is named Lo-ruhamah, "not pitied," because God is through being merciful; and the youngest son is Lo-ammi, "not my people," to foretell that God will eventually send Israel into exile among the nations.
** The prophet Isaiah named his younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means "spoil quickly, plunder speedily," again to foretell Judah's coming doom. His older brother Shear-Jashub ("a remnant shall return") lucked out and got a happy prophecy.
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically, it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
* The name Nimrod was not an unfortunate name in Bible times, but has become so these days because of its association with dimwittedness from Bugs Bunny. [[note]]Bugs Bunny used "Nimrod" to taunt Elmer Fudd making reference to the fact he is a hunter.[[/note]]
* In Chinese Mythology, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea can be transliterated as ''Dong Hai Long Wang''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/DanaCarvey had a stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine from a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name of President [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]
[[/folder]]

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** This rather unexpected exchange from when Meg and Peter get a job at Walmart.

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** This rather unexpected exchange from when Meg and Peter get a job at Walmart.a Walmart expy Superstore.
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* The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Charlotte/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be the {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except it's also the same acronym as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used as a cooling oil for old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It also sounds pretty similar to PCP, commonly used as a recreational drug.

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* The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Charlotte/Wrestling/BeckyLynch Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Wrestling/{{Charlotte}}/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be the {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except it's also the same acronym as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used as a cooling oil for old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It also sounds pretty similar to PCP, commonly used as a recreational drug.
4th Mar '16 5:52:15 AM Knight20
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne Cobb. River says it best, "Jayne is a girl's name."
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' gave us Peter Phile, who was unfortunate enough to be paged over an airport loudspeaker. British English pronounces "pedophile" like "pee-do-file," making the two terms sound much more similar. ''Series/TheITCrowd'' was probably referencing ''Series/BrassEye'', who [[OlderThanTheyThink did that joke in the 2001 special]]. Creator Graham Linehan was one of the writers of the ''Brass Eye'' special.
* ''The Chaser'' - an Australian comedy group - pulled a similar prank in an airport during their ''War On Everything'' show, taking advantage of an automated booking terminal to create passes under such names as Terry Wrist and Al Kyder and then waiting until the staff broadcast the names over the loudspeakers.
* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Corky Sherwood married a man whose last name was Forrest, making her married name [[RobinHood Corky Sherwood-Forrest]]. Rather amusingly, the actress who played Corky, Faith Ford, was married at the time to a man whose last name was Nottingham.
* On the BBC's ''Wings'', Lieutenant Gaylion's surname is pronounced GAY-lee-un. For much of the first season, Captain Triggers refers to him as gay-lion, pronouncing it as though he were a predatory cat that prefers the company of other male predatory cats.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** One of the reasons Jordan divorced Dr. Cox (at least according to her) was because his name is, well, Dr. ''Cox''. The problem with this is illustrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsd5jlExE0g this clip]].
** Keith, whose last name is Dudemeister. "It's German, it means ''master of dudes''." Then there's Private Dancer[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke his surname is Dancer, and his military rank is Private]][[/note]]. And of course Doctors Beardfacé [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced Beard-fuh-say)]] and Mickhead. And Coleman Slawski.
** Turk has dibs on the name [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] for a future child, though it's unlikely his wife will let him. JD named his own child Sam [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Perry]] ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]]'' Dorian.
** JD's (John Dorian) original name was ''Joanna'' and it stayed that way for a while, as his parents hadn't decided on a male name before he was born.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The name Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr is the king of this trope. Why? Because the name belongs to a ''woman''.
** The show gave us Theodore Evelyn Mosby. Evelyn used to be a male name. Barney tried to use Ted's full name and used "Theodore Vivian Mosby".[[note]]The first wife of the (male) English novelist Evelyn Waugh was named "Evelyn". The couple was known as "the two Evelyns".[[/note]].
** One episode has a poor girl named Cook Pu. Ted unfortunately thinks that this is a prank name his students edited onto his attendance sheet in order to make him look stupid, and goes about mocking them at length for not having enough imagination to come up with a name less lame and obvious than "Cook Pu". He ''does'' feel terrible when he realizes that it's actually a real name — when the student in question runs out of his class in tears. [[EpicFail Oops.]]
** Lily and Marshall gave their son Marvin the middle name Wait For It as a reference to one of Barney's catchphrases. Barney chose the name himself. The gang thinks it's awesome.
** Ted discussed someday naming his future children Luke and Leia after ''Franchise/StarWars'' characters, using ShoutOutThemeNaming.
** Season 6 had Randy Wharmpess who finally fulfilled his dream of starting his own brewery.
--->"It's not beer, it's ''Wharmpess''."
* Chrissy from ''ThreesCompany''? Her full name is Christmas Snow.
* ''Series/AlienNation'': A ship full of alien refugees with difficult names arrives on Earth and all are assigned human names. Naming thousands of people can get pretty tedious, so the ones near the end of the line ended up with names like Sam Francisco, Rudyard Kipling, etc. The names were somewhat difficult but not prohibitively so: George Francisco (formerly Sam) was Stangya Soren'tzah and Cathy Frenkel was Gelana Vray, for example. The names were selected not only for absurdity or evocation of famous humans, but also with irony or malice: a not-so-bright Tenktonese was called Albert Einstein, and a couple interested in having an electric articles store were named Thomas and Alva Edison. And, strangely, years after the descent, the immigration office still is funny with names: in the TV movie ''Dark Horizon'' the newly arrived Aphossno is named Norman Conquest. The original film was implicitly referencing Ellis Island clerks who "Americanized" immigrant names they had trouble pronouncing.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Penny dates a perfectly nice man whose name is Doug... Hitler.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'':
** Marcy Rhodes takes the news that she got married to a man she doesn't remember meeting in a ceremony she also doesn't remember surprisingly well... but she's much less pleased to learn that her name is now Marcy D'Arcy.
** Once, Peggy and the kids are going through the phone book looking for a new last name. Perfectly good names keep getting rejected because Kelly can't spell them. So they end up using "Cat". Buck was especially thrilled. (Cat being an odd choice, as another episode shows that Kelly can't even spell ''that'' right.)
* The generally unfortunate ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion Peri Brown's real first name is ''Perpugilliam''. (Yes, she's from Earth.)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** A sketch called "Mr. and Mrs. Git" had a family with the surname "Git". They had "A Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git" and his wife "Dreary Fat Boring Old Git". The Gits had named their children "Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced" and "Ghastly Horrible Spotted Vicious Little". They do recognize that it's unfortunate for them to have a surname like "Git", but given their horrible first names they recognize that changing it won't do them much good. Then again, as the sketch goes on you learn they're actually quite horrible people to go with the names, so it's all... Ok?
** Mr. Smokestoomuch. Apparently it wasn't a burden, he was well into adulthood before he figured it out.
** Raymond Luxury Yacht, which is actually pronounced "Throat Warbler Mangrove."
** Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont from the sketch "How Not To Be Seen".
* At the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' class reunion, it is revealed that Mac has been going by a nickname because his birth name is Ronald [=McDonald=].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** A newly engaged Cerie gushed about her future children: "I already have all the names picked out. If it's a girl, 'Bookcase'. Or 'Sandstorm'. Or maybe 'Hat'... but that's more of a boy's name."
** [[AttentionWhore Jenna]] tops this with "Frisbeeface" and "Glock Gender Irrelevant".
** The guy in charge of dealing with sexual harassment cases is named Jeffrey Wienerslave.
** Wesley Snipes.
---> '''Wesley Snipes:''' If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked, 'Who should be named Wesley Snipes', you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
** In an early episode, Liz is certain that Tracy made up "Dr. Spaceman", the doctor he claims prescribed him all the drugs he's been taking -- until she finally meets the doctor ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY though he prefers to pronounce it Spah-che-men]]).
** Steven, who is a Black. As in, a member of the Black family.
---> '''Jack:''' Remarkable people, the Blacks: musical, very athletic, not very good swimmers... again, I am talking about the family. Black ''is'' African American though.
* ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'':
** A segment centered around the very poorly named Randy Bumgardner.
** They noted that Randy's mother's maiden name was Mincey, so he could potentially have become a Mincey-Bumgardner.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** The Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man's full name is Mofaz Idi Amin Pulpat Stalin Bin Laden Manson Johnson Always.
** With Wings.
** Supposedly there's a Hussein in there too.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** It gives us Bob Loblaw, a lawyer. His website is Bob Loblaw's Law Blog. At one point, a headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb".
** There's the surrogate, Larry Middleman.
** The Bluth family yacht, the ''Seaward''. Which Gob embraces when he names its successor the ''[[CountryMatters 'C'-Word]]''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few notable examples:
** A sketch called "The Life and Times of Johnny Hildo." The inability of everyone to understand that it's Hildo (with an H) drives him to commit murder. His cellmate is Larry Bagina.
** Alec Baldwin's Pete Schweddy (the guy who makes Schweddy Balls and Schweddy Weiners).
** Christoper Walken's one-shot character Colonel Angus (later renamed Enol after being drummed out of the service during the Civil War).
** Nic Cage's Asswipe (pronounced "ah-swee-pay") Johnson.
** Lord and Lady Douchebag, from a sketch about nobles who'd had things named after them (Sandwich, Argyll, Cardigan, etc.). At the the very end of the sketch, the butler announces "Lord Compost Heap and Lady Disinfectant Cake".
* TV personality [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCdv4GHTyo4 Myke Hawke]], pronounced like "Mike Hawk". Try saying his name real fast.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** "Finn and Quinn": One of the worst-best {{Portmanteau Couple Name}}s ever, and probably intentional, too. "Sue and Schue" is another such example.
** [[IdiotHero Finn]] and his pregnant girlfriend Quinn discussing baby names:
--->'''Finn''': And then I thought up the perfect name - DRIZZLE!
** In another example from this series, of the Unfortunate Meaning variety, one of the girls from the Jane Addams Academy is named Aphasia.
* ''LoveConnection'' introduces a 26-year-old man who loves beer and loud music. He currently works in gift sales and his mom seems to have some issues with his love life. Ladies and gentlemen, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZeU-SjgJQ Robert Fagot]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Sara Sidle. Go on, try saying it quickly.
** Hers may be somewhat punny, but now D.B. has her beat in the name department. "Seeing Red" revealed his full name is Diebenkorn Russell. No wonder he uses D.B.
* On ''{{Series/CSI NY}}'', Aiden Burn-she had the misforturne to be found as a charred corpse after quitting the lab.
* ''Series/UniversityChallenge'':
** It had one contestant called Steve Raper. To make matters worse, he represented the University of Bath, so every time he buzzed in TheAnnouncer said "Bath Raper", which sounds like a SerialKiller sobriquet.
** Martin Heighway (pronounced "highway") of the Open University: "Open Heighway".
* A subplot in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had Det. La Rue trying to help the career of a struggling standup comic named Vic [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who had made a deathbed promise to his father to keep the family name. La Rue encountered him, not yet knowing his name, and he was so funny La Rue was cracking up laughing. He couldn't understand how this guy couldn't make it as a comic. Then he learned his name.
* Stringfellow Hawke, of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Perhaps one of the most memorable names of all TV characters. He gets to share a laugh with one Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III over each other's names.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' had Carla trying to get around a family naming tradition that would have unintentionally forced the name "UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini" onto her unborn baby.
* One episode of ''{{Miranda}}'' featured both a character called Susan Perb ([[DontExplainTheJoke Sue Perb = superb]]) ''and'' a character called Dick Twist ([[AccidentalInnuendo which needs no explanation]]). When Miranda's new work colleagues don't find the former funny, it's the final straw and she quits the job; the latter becomes a RunningGag throughout the episode.
* Captain Darling from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''. The creators said that as soon as they came up with the name for him, he went from a totally empty character to one who'd been steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness and resentment from being called "darling" by everyone.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': A girl in Dewey's class at school is called Regina Tucker. Reese is still unable to think up a sleazy nickname for her.
* The Malaysian government tried to ban PowerRangers because their title "Mighty Morphin'". And morphine is a drug.
* While not treated as such in-show, Captain Hunnicutt of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' arguably has one of these in "BJ". You may think that the modern connotation of that initialism probably hadn't been developed yet in TheFifties, but there is a scene in one episode that offers a possible nod-and-a-wink to this. A visiting nurse asks Hunnicutt what BJ stands for. Before he can answer, Hawkeye quickly interrupts with, "Anything you like." Another episode, however, has him explain that he was named for his parents, ''B''ea and ''J''ay.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' featured Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries. Not to mention Mr. Lucas, who is not thrilled to reveal that his first name is Dick.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]... sorry, ''[[ThePoorMansSubstitute Cliff]]''!" Malcolm Tucker cruelly points out that Cliff Lawton MP may not have the most appropriate name in British politics.
* ''HomeAndAway'' has Marilyn Chambers. Unlike her RL namesake, though, she really is 99 44/100% pure.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. And a guest character in one episode named Benjamin Franklin.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Angela's given name was so terrible that she changed it the minute she turned 18. While we don't know what the name was, we can assume it was pretty bad being as she wouldn't let her husband hear it, her father wanted her to name her son Staccato Mamba, and, most importantly, her middle name is "Pearly Gates."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler Muriel Bing. He doesn't like either his name or surname, and he's very unhappy when he blabs and reveals his middle name.
** Rachel's chiropractor.
--->'''Rachel:''' Excuse me, Dr. Bobby happens to be an excellent doctor.
--->'''Dr. Green:''' Wait a minute, his name is ''Dr. Bobby''?
--->'''Rachel:''' Well that's his last name.
-->'''Ross:''' And his first name.
-->'''Dr. Green:''' He's Bobby Bobby?
-->'''Rachel:''' It's ''Robert'' Bobby.
** Joey does this to HIMSELF when he's persuaded to adopt the stage name of "JosephStalin". Being TheDitz, he doesn't realise the problem until it's too late.
* ''Series/TJHooker'' has its title character.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is given a number by Casey so he can request military support on a mission. Casey says that he will be redirected to a Colonel Sanders, and tells Chuck not to make fun of his name.
* A couple examples from ''Series/{{Community}}''. Both {{lampshaded}} of course.
** Britta. What is she, a water filter?
** Shirley names her son after Chang, who helps talk her through the birth. The problem? His first name is Ben... and her last name is Bennett. She has an OhCrap moment when she realizes.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Vyvyan Basterd. The surname by itself is pretty unfortunate, but the owner of the full name is a ''boy''. Oddly enough, though, it proves to be a perfect fit for him.
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}''
** Vyvyan's actor would go on a few years later to play a character named Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
** There was a barman named Dick Head.
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' features lonely client Randy Mann.
* In a bit on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', before he left for [[Series/TheColbertReport his own show]], Stephen Colbert confessed that his name was Ted Hitler. "No relation. [[spoiler:Okay, well, distant relation. Two generations. Straight up. Okay, Hitler was my grandfather!]]"
* In ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' the main character, an inveterate snob, is Hyacinth Bucket, though she insists on pronouncing it Bouquet and gets very stroppy when others call her Mrs. Bucket. Her husband, Richard, from whom she obviously got the name, is not embarrassed by his surname at all and tends to roll his eyes when he hears her correcting people.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick learns that he is the Big Giant head's son, which would make his surname "Head."
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'' the gang has to market a brand of bedtime drink that they rename 'Snooze'. The original name of the product? Venom.
* One skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' featured a 50's style sitcom about the Niggar family, who are actually white. Much fun was had with NWordPrivileges. The end of the skit has them meeting a hispanic family named the Wetbacks.
* [[Series/TheRedGreenShow Red Green.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a recurring demon character who was called either Lorne or just The Host, due to his running a karaoke bar. That's because his real name was Krevlorneswrath of the Deathwok Clan. In the episode "Belonging", he explains that he considers just Lorne to still be an Unfortunate Name because of the ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' jokes (he has green skin, and ''Bonanza'' stars Lorne Greene). In his home dimension of Pylea, "The Host" is also an unfortunate name as it is more closely associated with parasites than guests there.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "Nameless", a Fuchsteufelwild traditionally has a name that is an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Rumpelstiltskin. The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Fuchsteufelwild]] responsible for the murders is stuck with the name Trinket Lipslums.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' has PJ Duncan, who's name in one episode is revealed as [[spoiler: Potty John]]. Then it gets changed to [[spoiler: Patty John, legally PP Duncan]]. Poor guy.
* In a sketch in ''Series/ManStrokeWoman,'' a couple talks to another couple about them having a baby and what they plan on naming it. They apparently plan on naming it Crapbasket. The other couple resists their urge to say something, and tell them it is a lovely name.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/OnceAndAgain'', Karen briefly dates a man named Lloyd Lloyd, which amuses her ex-husband and children to no end. Even Karen, after telling them they're being mean, can't help laughing about it as well.
-->'''Karen:''' (''trying to hold it together'') The name so nice, they used it twice! (''dissolves into helpless laughter'')
** Judy also makes fun of it in Season 2.
* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Skye's orphanage-given name was Mary Sue Poots. We do at least find out her real name is [[spoiler: [[SecretWarriors Daisy Johnson]]]], which is decent enough for her to start using it regularly after abandoning the 'Skye' alias.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Randy mentions that he and Earl used to make fun of a neighbor of theirs by the name of Peter Dick Johnson. (Mr. Johnson left Pimmit Hills Trailer Park some time ago, although we are not told whether it was the result of Earl and Randy's teasing or for another reason.)
** Another episode during the {{Prison}} arc has a fellow inmate complaining that his name is John Lou.
--> '''John:''' "There's two toilets in my name, Earl! I never had a chance!"
* The cross-cultural variation was one of the explanations for why the Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' never managed to decide and stick to a name (in a timeline that wasn't time-travelled away, anyway) -- pretty much any name he could come up with would sound like something rude in one language or the other, and the Doctor was programmed to know quite a lot of languages.
* The Dutch series {{Series/Baantjer}} has de Cock, the protagonist of the series. Because his name would normally be spelled as "kok" in Dutch, he always spells it out.
--> '''De Cock'''': "Mijn naam is De Cock, met cee-oo-cee-kaa" [[note]]My name is De Cock, spelled C-O-C-K[[/note]]
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has ''Farkle Minkus.'' Poor kid.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/TouchOfSatan'', one of the production members is named "Emby Mellay", prompting Tom Servo to comment "That's not a name. It's a bad Scrabble hand".
* In ''Series/TheWire'', when Randy Wagstaff gives his name to police, they quip that there's no way he'd lie about that.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne Cobb. River says it best, "Jayne Although Gin, the protagonist of ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'', is named for the Japanese word for "silver", western fans probably can't be blamed if the first thing they think of when they read the name is a girl's name.certain alcoholic beverage. The Japanese spelling makes the correct pronunciation very clear, though. Admittedly one of the tamer cases... especially when one considers that [[Manga/GingaDensetsuWeed his son]] is named Weed.
** More hilarious than unfortunate, but one of the wolves in ''Nagareboshi Gin'' is named Red Bull. He gives no one wings, though.
** Naming your dog after a species of bird is not the dumbest thing you can do in your life. [[UnfortunateNames That doesn't mean that you should name your dog Booby.]]
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', probably. Honestly, who names their kid "Speed"?
-->'''Speed:''' What kind of a name is "Spritle"? That's not even a word!\\
'''Spritle:''' You think ''my'' name is bad? Your name is the rate of motion expressed via distance traveled per units of time!
** The kind of people who're prophetic enough to know that their son will be the greatest racer ever. (And they themselves are ''named'' "Mom" and "Pops", so...)
--->'''Pops:''' What do you guys have to complain about? My wife's name is "Mom". "MOM"! Do you have ''any idea'' how awkward that is? Do you have any idea how awkward that is during ''sex''? (''All quotes from the WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries'')
** Artifacts of translation, of course, as noted in the ''Speed Racer'' article itself. ''Mifune Go'' is more properly a PunnyName.
** Subverted in one of the older (American[[note]]The anime was originally adapted from a Japanese manga.[[/note]]) comics' first volumes where [[spoiler:Speed's name is actually Greg. The Media kept calling him "Speed" instead, so he just went along with it after a while. Probably done to justify the "G" on his shirt, though, which comes from "Go", his original name]].
* The eponymous teacher from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' -- Nozomu Itoshiki -- counts. Thanks to the kanji used in his family name, his full name, read as a single word, can mean "despair". Likewise, the name of his immediate older brother Mikoto can be read as "death" (ironic enough for a doctor), his younger sister Rin "unequaled [in sexual prowess]", his other (estranged) brother Enishi "disinherited", and Enishi's son Majiru "breakup" (on account of having to freeload with his youngest uncle, Nozomu). It also extends to the rest of the characters, several of whom consider marriage just to get out of it.
** But then, the entire series is based around these puns, so it's not surprising.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Pantyhose Taro, [[spoiler: who was given that name by DirtyOldMan and PantyThief Happosai.]]
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' may not have that weird a name, but woe betide you if you mispronounce the "m" as "n" -- yes, that happens, there is a reason why people say "M for Malta and N for Norway". "Kanina" is Hokkien for "fuck your mother".
** If Kamina's name is pronounced as "Kuh-mean-uh" rather than the Japanese "Kah-mee-nah", it becomes the word for "bastard" in Hindi and Urdu. (A native speaker wouldn't make this error due to the vowel length distinction in Indian languages)
** In Spanish, Kamina sounds the same as the Spanish word ''Camina'' (''"To walk"'', translated more or less literally)
** It might not mean much, but a space between Kami- and -na means "our turn" in Filipino.
** Kamina itself sounds too much of a feminine name, if you take in consideration the termination -na is mostly used for girl names.
** It's likely an accident, but both the original and dub pronunciations of Simon's name sounds a bit too much like "Simone", (which is a ''girl's'' name) and "semen", which given the show's themes of genetic material and [[FreudWasRight suspiciously large drills]], may be more than slightly appropriate.
** Another example is "Rinkane Jail", which sounds a lot like "rinkan", which means [[PrisonRape gang-rape]].
** Yet ''another'' example: Viral's first mech is called Enki, which is fine. His second is called Enkidu, which is also a neat reference to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. His third is called Enki''dudu'', which probably sounds OK to a Japanese person, but to an English-speaker...
* In the dub of ''UltimateMuscle'', Gazelleman is called Dik Dik van Dik, after a very small type of deer. This is more than likely deliberate; when [[Series/XPlay Adam Sessler]] reviewed one of the games based off the series and it became a CatchPhrase of sorts for the next year or so.
** Not to mention, in Dutch his name means fat fat of fat.
** "Dikdik" also means "pulverize" in Filipino, making instead an AwesomeMcCoolname in that country.
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' anime adaptation and light novels, one of the storylines revolves around the hijacking of a train by a {{cult}}, a working-class street gang, and TheMafia. This train just happens to be called The ''Flying Pussyfoot''.
** Just as bad has to be the name of one of the more prominent characters on board that train: Jacuzzi Splot. The DVDCommentary even makes note of this.
* Sergay Wang, from ''Anime/MaiOtome''.
** It's even worse for French ears, since in French, Chie means "defecate", while Fuca (Fuka Castle) is a medication against constipation.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bajeena and Jamitov Hymen, anyone?!]]
** "Bajeena" has actually been romanised as "Vagina" on at least some official merchandise.
** And Kiki from ''08th MS Team'' would be un-PC in the Philippines. Kiki in Filipino means pussy.
*** Similarly, the Miyazaki film ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' ran into this same problem, so they changed the protagonist's name.
* Speaking of the above, Filipinos made an admirable effort in not minding the title ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', which, without the last letter, sounds like the Filipino term, often used as a curse, "your pussy.
"
** At least two different regional language dialect in Indonesia (they swap e's and o's with i's and u's respectively) will render Pokemon into ''Puki''mun. The problem? The italic part is also a rather crass slang for female genitalia.
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' gave us Peter Phile, who was unfortunate enough to be paged over ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' had Elpeo Puru, a young pilot named after ''Lemon/L People'' (''Eru Pīpuru''), a popular hentai magazine with an airport loudspeaker. British unhealthy focus on young girls. Given the unsettling hints about her handler Glemmy's proclivities, this is appropriate in all the wrong ways.
* Also in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' our young protagonist Camille Bidan [[BerserkButton got into a lot of fisticuffs and even earned a mortal enemy for being noted of having a girl's name]] (technically, the name is gender-neutral, but it is more commonly used for girls).
* Similar situation for the Spanish dub of ''Laputa: Anime/CastleInTheSky''. "La puta" in Spanish means "the whore", [[MarketBasedTitle so they took out the "Laputa" part in the title in several countries]], but there's still the issue of the place in the movies the title comes from. The
English pronounces "pedophile" like "pee-do-file," making the two terms sound much more similar. ''Series/TheITCrowd'' was probably referencing ''Series/BrassEye'', who [[OlderThanTheyThink did that joke in the 2001 special]]. Creator Graham Linehan was one of the writers of the ''Brass Eye'' special.
* ''The Chaser'' - an Australian comedy group - pulled a similar prank in an airport during their ''War On Everything'' show, taking advantage of an automated booking terminal
dub attempted to create passes under such names as Terry Wrist and Al Kyder and then waiting until the staff broadcast the names over the loudspeakers.
* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Corky Sherwood married a man whose last name was Forrest, making her married name [[RobinHood Corky Sherwood-Forrest]]. Rather amusingly, the actress who played Corky, Faith Ford, was married at the time to a man whose last name was Nottingham.
* On the BBC's ''Wings'', Lieutenant Gaylion's surname is pronounced GAY-lee-un. For much of the first season, Captain Triggers refers to him as gay-lion,
downplay this by pronouncing it as though he were a predatory cat "LAP-u-ta".
** Of course, Laputa was adapted from Johnathan Swift, who likely named the island
that prefers the company of other male predatory cats.
''on purpose''.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** One
All of the reasons Jordan divorced Dr. Cox (at least according [[ArtificialHuman Innovators]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' have odd names, which besides those of Tieria and Ribbons tend to her) was because his name is, well, Dr. ''Cox''. The problem with this is illustrated be verbs changed into nouns (as in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsd5jlExE0g this clip]].
** Keith, whose last
[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Healing/Hilling]] Care). One's name is Dudemeister. "It's German, it means ''master of dudes''." Then there's Private Dancer[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke his surname is Dancer, and his military rank is Private]][[/note]]. And of course Doctors Beardfacé [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced Beard-fuh-say)]] and Mickhead. And Coleman Slawski.
** Turk has dibs on
Bring Stability, but the name [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] for a future child, though has also been translated as [[AwesomeMcCoolname Bring]] [[KnifeNut Stab]][[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast bity]].
** The series also has the GN-X mobile suit series, whose name is pronounced exactly like "Jinx." They are (occasionally Elite) Mooks that explode in large numbers.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge'' brings us Natora ''Einus'' (yes, it is pronounced that way).
* Kankuro's name from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in both Hungarian dubs is usually pronounced so that it sounds dangerously close to (or exactly like) the language's equivalent of the seldom used expression "boar-fucker". Thankfully,
it's unlikely his wife will let him. JD named his own child Sam [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Perry]] ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]]'' Dorian.
** JD's (John Dorian) original name was ''Joanna'' and it stayed that way for a while, as his parents hadn't decided on a male name before he was born.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The name Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr is the king of this trope. Why? Because
not something you can hear every day, so the name belongs to a ''woman''.
** The show gave us Theodore Evelyn Mosby. Evelyn used
didn't have to be a male name. Barney tried to use Ted's full changed.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo's family
name and used "Theodore Vivian Mosby".[[note]]The first wife of "Kurosaki" sounds suspiciously like the (male) English novelist Evelyn Waugh was named "Evelyn". The couple was known as "the two Evelyns".[[/note]].
**
Hungarian for "expert fucker".
*
One episode has of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' features a poor girl doctor named Cook Pu. Ted unfortunately thinks Yabu (from the Japanese word for "quack", ''yabuisha''), [[LampshadeHanging which the Hitachiin brothers note]] is an unfortunate name for a doctor.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'''s main protagonist was spared of major snickering in the Philippines since it was the American-dubbed Starblazers
that this is a prank name his students edited onto his attendance sheet in order to make him look stupid, and goes about mocking them at length for not having enough imagination to come up was shown, along with a name less lame and obvious than "Cook Pu". He ''does'' feel terrible when he realizes that it's actually a real name — when its American names... until the student in question runs out original subbed reached its shores. Susumu is a... very fond way of his class in tears. [[EpicFail Oops.]]
** Lily and Marshall gave their son Marvin
saying "susu mo", which is the middle name Wait For It as a reference to one of Barney's catchphrases. Barney chose the name himself. The gang thinks it's awesome.
** Ted discussed someday naming his future children Luke and Leia after ''Franchise/StarWars'' characters, using ShoutOutThemeNaming.
** Season 6 had Randy Wharmpess who finally fulfilled his dream of starting his own brewery.
--->"It's not beer, it's ''Wharmpess''.
Filipino for "your nipple."
** In Indonesian however, 'Susumu' carries a lot more unfortunate implications as it refers to the whole organ in question (if in a rather childish way).
* Chrissy Haja, in ''Manga/RaveMaster''. His name means ''evil''. It's like his parents knew his future.
* They are the elite Destron soldiers in ''TransformersVictory''; Transformers cower in fear in just hearing their name. They are... the Breastforce!
* Sai Argyle
from ''ThreesCompany''? Her full ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'': "Sai" is Hokkien for "shit".
** His last
name is Christmas Snow.
* ''Series/AlienNation'': A ship full of alien refugees with difficult names arrives on Earth and all are assigned human names. Naming thousands of
unfortunate, too. Who would want to be named for a pattern most people can get pretty tedious, so the ones near the end of the line ended up associate with names like Sam Francisco, Rudyard Kipling, etc. socks?
* [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor]] [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]].
*
The names were somewhat difficult but not prohibitively so: George Francisco (formerly Sam) was Stangya Soren'tzah and Cathy Frenkel was Gelana Vray, for example. The names were selected not only for absurdity or evocation lead character of famous humans, but also with irony or malice: a not-so-bright Tenktonese was called Albert Einstein, and a couple interested in having an electric articles store were named Thomas and Alva Edison. And, strangely, years after the descent, the immigration office still is funny with names: ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' usually refers to her mech by its number in the TV movie ''Dark Horizon'' the newly arrived Aphossno is named Norman Conquest. The original film was implicitly referencing Ellis Island clerks who "Americanized" immigrant names they had trouble pronouncing.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Penny dates a perfectly nice man whose name is Doug... Hitler.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'':
** Marcy Rhodes takes the news
formation, that she got married to being "Strain EX". Its actual name? Ram-Dass. Like "Laputa", it's a man she literary allusion that the production team doesn't remember meeting in a ceremony she also doesn't remember surprisingly well... but she's much less pleased seem to learn have realized sounds dirty.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' spinoff ''Another Note'' has someone named Backyard Bottomslash.
** For
that matter, L's mentor's real name is Quillsh Wammy, a name likely to lead to snickers among English speakers.
* Despite the character shouldn't be taken too seriously anyway, it can be difficult to take Maria Osawa from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' seriously because
her name is now Marcy D'Arcy.
** Once, Peggy and
one dakuten[[note]]two dots written above a Japanese character[[/note]] off from the kids are going through (in)famous Japanese porn star Maria Ozawa.
* Chikubi,
the phone book looking for a new last name. Perfectly good names keep getting rejected class hamster in ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}''. The little guy's name means "Nipples", chosen because Kelly can't spell them. So they end up using "Cat". Buck boob-lover Futaba thought his tail reminded her of one. The name stuck.
* The name of one of the Spectres in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is... {{Troll}} Ivan. Take that as you will.
** For even more hilarity, he
was especially thrilled. (Cat being an odd choice, as another completely {{troll}}ed... and defeated via a CurbstompBattle.
* The first
episode shows that Kelly can't even spell ''that'' right.of ''Manga/BlackCat'' has a BananaRepublic strongman with the [[SarcasmMode trustworthy]] name of Lib Tyrant.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' gives us Bulma and Chi-Chi, whose names mean "bloomers" and "breasts" respectively. In fact, Bulma's family is this trope thanks to ThemeNaming (her family's names being under garment themed). And Bulma's daughter is named Bra, which often gets translated to "Bula" to try and lessen this.
** In the Portuguese dub, Chi-Chi's name was changed to Quica (pronounced Kika, short for Francisca) because her original name means "pee". Likewise, Goku is always called by his full name (Son Goku, abreviated to Song in the original anime) probably because Goku could be interpreted (and sometimes still is) as a mix of "cocó" (poo) and cu (ass).
** In Spain "chichi" is slang for "vagina".
** There's also nature loving genie Mr Popo. In German, "popo" is slang for "butt".
** There were also the Vegetans, whose planet was originally called "Plant". That makes them the Plantians, which sounds like an anagram for a special type of banana.
* While Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has a perfectly respectable name in Japan, he spends a good portion of his life as a Native American.
* One character who appears in the second part of ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' is named ''Pol Pot''aria. Yeah.
* In ''Steel Ball Run'', a racer named Hot Pants turns out to be a woman disguised as a man. And yet no one ever caught on until someone accidentally groped her.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is notorious for its bizarre naming sense. Some choice examples include Music/VanillaIce, Weather Report, Guess and Doobie.
** All of these are intentional; several names are references to a musician, band, or song.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' contains a minor character named [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]]. She has a rather dirty fighting style. Fortunately for less mature English-speaking readers, she is killed off a few pages after being introduced.
* Silk Koharuno's given name in ''Ultimate Girls''. Did her parents really mean to name her after the stuff girls' underwear is made of? (Obviously, the writers sure did, [[{{Fanservice}} considering what kind of a show this is]].
)
* The generally unfortunate ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion Peri Brown's real first writer for ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'', which roughly translates to "Our Abnormalities", mentions that the name is ''Perpugilliam''. (Yes, she's from Earth.)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** A sketch called "Mr. and Mrs. Git" had a family with
of the surname "Git". They had "A Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git" and his wife "Dreary Fat Boring Old Git". The Gits had named their children "Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced" and "Ghastly Horrible Spotted Vicious Little". They do recognize that it's unfortunate for them to have a surname like "Git", but given their horrible first names they recognize that changing it won't do them much good. Then again, as the sketch goes on you learn they're actually quite horrible series is this. When people to go with hear the names, so it's all... Ok?
** Mr. Smokestoomuch. Apparently it wasn't a burden, he was well into adulthood before he figured it out.
** Raymond Luxury Yacht, which is actually pronounced "Throat Warbler Mangrove."
** Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont from
"hentai" in the sketch "How Not To Be Seen".
* At the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' class reunion, it is revealed that Mac has been going by
title they think it's, well, a nickname because his birth name is Ronald [=McDonald=].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** A newly engaged Cerie gushed about her future children: "I already have all the names picked out. If it's a girl, 'Bookcase'. Or 'Sandstorm'. Or maybe 'Hat'... but that's more of a boy's name."
** [[AttentionWhore Jenna]] tops this with "Frisbeeface" and "Glock Gender Irrelevant".
** The guy in charge of dealing with sexual harassment cases is named Jeffrey Wienerslave.
** Wesley Snipes.
---> '''Wesley Snipes:''' If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked, 'Who should be named Wesley Snipes', you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
** In an early episode, Liz is certain that Tracy made up "Dr. Spaceman", the doctor he claims prescribed him all the drugs he's been taking -- until she finally meets the doctor ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY though he prefers to pronounce it Spah-che-men]]).
** Steven, who is a Black. As in, a member of the Black family.
---> '''Jack:''' Remarkable people, the Blacks: musical, very athletic, not very good swimmers... again, I am talking about the family. Black ''is'' African American though.
* ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'':
** A segment centered around the very poorly named Randy Bumgardner.
** They noted that Randy's mother's maiden name was Mincey, so he could potentially have become a Mincey-Bumgardner.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** The Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man's full name is Mofaz Idi Amin Pulpat Stalin Bin Laden Manson Johnson Always.
** With Wings.
** Supposedly there's a Hussein in there too.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** It gives us Bob Loblaw, a lawyer. His website is Bob Loblaw's Law Blog. At one point, a headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb".
** There's the surrogate, Larry Middleman.
** The Bluth family yacht, the ''Seaward''. Which Gob embraces when he names its successor the ''[[CountryMatters 'C'-Word]]''.
{{hentai}}.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few notable examples:
** A sketch called "The Life and Times of Johnny Hildo." The inability of everyone Under similar accounts, ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' is often looked at askew due to understand that it's Hildo (with an H) drives him to commit murder. His cellmate is Larry Bagina.
** Alec Baldwin's Pete Schweddy (the guy who makes Schweddy Balls and Schweddy Weiners).
** Christoper Walken's one-shot character Colonel Angus (later renamed Enol after being drummed out of
its name. In Japan, the service during the Civil War).
** Nic Cage's Asswipe (pronounced "ah-swee-pay") Johnson.
** Lord and Lady Douchebag, from a sketch about nobles who'd had things named after them (Sandwich, Argyll, Cardigan, etc.). At the the very end of the sketch, the butler announces "Lord Compost Heap and Lady Disinfectant Cake".
* TV personality [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCdv4GHTyo4 Myke Hawke]], pronounced like "Mike Hawk". Try saying his name real fast.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** "Finn and Quinn": One of the worst-best {{Portmanteau Couple Name}}s ever, and probably intentional, too. "Sue and Schue" is another such example.
** [[IdiotHero Finn]] and his pregnant girlfriend Quinn discussing baby names:
--->'''Finn''': And then I thought up the perfect name - DRIZZLE!
** In another example from this series, of the Unfortunate Meaning variety, one of the girls from the Jane Addams Academy is named Aphasia.
* ''LoveConnection'' introduces a 26-year-old man who loves beer and loud music. He currently works in gift sales and his mom seems to have some issues with his love life. Ladies and gentlemen, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZeU-SjgJQ Robert Fagot]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Sara Sidle. Go on, try saying it quickly.
** Hers may be somewhat punny, but now D.B. has her beat
"xxx" in the name department. "Seeing Red" revealed his full name is Diebenkorn Russell. No wonder he uses D.B.
* On ''{{Series/CSI NY}}'', Aiden Burn-she had
means the misforturne unknown, but most westerners link "xxx" to either pornography or moonshine.
** A third example would be ''LightNovel/HentaiOujiToWarawanaiNeko'', which has this problem in both Japanese '''and''' English; in the former due to the "hentai" part and the latter because a fairly literal translation is ''The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat'' with the "stony" part suggesting it advocates drugs (and may yet again be mistaken
to be found as a charred corpse after quitting the lab.
about porn).
* ''Series/UniversityChallenge'':
** It had one contestant called Steve Raper. To make matters worse, he represented the University of Bath, so every time he buzzed
Averted in TheAnnouncer said "Bath Raper", ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which sounds like a SerialKiller sobriquet.
** Martin Heighway (pronounced "highway") of the Open University: "Open Heighway".
* A subplot in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had Det. La Rue trying to help the career of a struggling standup comic named Vic [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who had made a deathbed promise to his father to keep the family name. La Rue encountered him, not yet knowing his name, and he was so funny La Rue was cracking up laughing. He couldn't understand how this guy couldn't make it as a comic. Then he learned his name.
* Stringfellow Hawke, of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Perhaps one of the most memorable names of all TV characters. He gets to share a laugh with one Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III over each other's names.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' had Carla trying to get around a family naming tradition that
[[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have unintentionally forced been]] titled ''[[BuxomIsBetter Busty]] & Bunny'' if not for the name "UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini" onto her unborn baby.
* One episode of ''{{Miranda}}'' featured both a character called Susan Perb ([[DontExplainTheJoke Sue Perb = superb]]) ''and'' a character called Dick Twist ([[AccidentalInnuendo which needs no explanation]]). When Miranda's new work colleagues don't find the former funny, it's the final straw and she quits the job; the latter becomes a RunningGag throughout the episode.
* Captain Darling from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''. The
creators said that as soon as they came up with the name for him, he went from a totally empty character to one who'd been steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness and resentment from being called "darling" by everyone.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': A girl in Dewey's class at school is called Regina Tucker. Reese is still unable to think up a sleazy nickname for her.
* The Malaysian government tried to ban PowerRangers because
having done their title "Mighty Morphin'". And morphine is a drug.
* While not treated as such in-show, Captain Hunnicutt of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' arguably has one of these in "BJ". You may think that the modern connotation of that initialism probably hadn't been developed yet in TheFifties, but there is a scene in one episode that offers a possible nod-and-a-wink to this. A visiting nurse asks Hunnicutt what BJ stands for. Before he can answer, Hawkeye quickly interrupts with, "Anything you like." Another episode, however, has him explain that he was named for his parents, ''B''ea and ''J''ay.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' featured Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries. Not to mention Mr. Lucas, who is not thrilled to reveal that his first name is Dick.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]... sorry, ''[[ThePoorMansSubstitute Cliff]]''!" Malcolm Tucker cruelly points out that Cliff Lawton MP may not have the most appropriate name in British politics.
* ''HomeAndAway'' has Marilyn Chambers. Unlike her RL namesake, though, she really is 99 44/100% pure.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. And a guest character in one episode named Benjamin Franklin.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Angela's given name was so terrible that she changed it the minute she turned 18. While we don't know what the name was, we can assume it was pretty bad being as she wouldn't let her husband hear it, her father wanted her to name her son Staccato Mamba, and, most importantly, her middle name is "Pearly Gates."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler Muriel Bing. He doesn't like either his name or surname, and he's very unhappy when he blabs and reveals his middle name.
research.
** Rachel's chiropractor.
--->'''Rachel:''' Excuse me, Dr. Bobby happens to be an excellent doctor.
--->'''Dr. Green:''' Wait a minute, his name is ''Dr. Bobby''?
--->'''Rachel:''' Well that's his last name.
-->'''Ross:''' And his first name.
-->'''Dr. Green:''' He's Bobby Bobby?
-->'''Rachel:''' It's ''Robert'' Bobby.
** Joey does this to HIMSELF when he's persuaded to adopt the stage name of "JosephStalin". Being TheDitz, he doesn't realise the problem until it's too late.
* ''Series/TJHooker'' ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' has its title character.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is given a number by Casey so he can request military support on a mission. Casey says that he will be redirected to a Colonel Sanders, and tells Chuck not to make fun of his name.
* A couple examples from ''Series/{{Community}}''. Both {{lampshaded}} of course.
** Britta. What is she, a water filter?
** Shirley names her son after Chang, who helps talk her through the birth. The problem? His first name is Ben... and her last name is Bennett. She has an OhCrap moment when she realizes.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Vyvyan Basterd. The surname by itself is pretty unfortunate, but the owner of the full name is a ''boy''. Oddly enough, though, it proves to be a perfect fit for him.
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}''
** Vyvyan's actor would go on a few years later to play
a character named Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
** There was a barman named Dick Head.
Saiko (pronounced the same as "psycho").
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' features lonely client Randy Mann.
* In a bit on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', before he left for [[Series/TheColbertReport his own show]], Stephen Colbert confessed
The reason why [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome Higurashi]]'s first name is pronounced as "Aome" in the Latin-American dub is that "Kagome" sounds a lot like the word "cágome", which means "I shit on myself".
** And it'll be the same reason [[GoldenTime Kouko Kaga]]'s last name will be changed when the show comes to Latin America and gets its dub.
* Bertolt Fubar, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. His last name is [[FunWithAcronyms Military Slang]] for ''fucked up beyond all recognition/repair/reason''. This is one reason [[DubNameChange localizations]] instead translate
his name was Ted Hitler. "No relation. [[spoiler:Okay, well, distant relation. Two generations. Straight up. Okay, Hitler was my grandfather!]]"
* In ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''
as "Hoover", to avoid the main character, an inveterate snob, is Hyacinth Bucket, though she insists on pronouncing it Bouquet and gets very stroppy when others call her Mrs. Bucket. Her husband, Richard, from whom she obviously got the name, is not embarrassed by his surname at all and tends to roll his eyes when he hears her correcting people.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick learns that he is the Big Giant head's son, which would make his surname "Head."
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'' the gang has to market a brand of bedtime drink that they rename 'Snooze'. The original name of the product? Venom.
* One skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' featured a 50's style sitcom
obvious jokes. [[spoiler: Considering some [[WhamEpisode shocking revelations]] about the Niggar family, who are actually white. Much fun him and other characters, [[FridgeBrilliance one wonders if]] [[MeaningfulName this was had with NWordPrivileges. The end of the skit has them meeting a hispanic family named the Wetbacks.
* [[Series/TheRedGreenShow Red Green.
on purpose]]...]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a recurring demon character Blame the dub for this one (it was only the case there) but in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', there was X from the second season, one of Judai's opponents who played a Mill Deck. His full name, in the dub only, was called either Lorne or just The Host, due to his running a karaoke bar. That's because his real name was Krevlorneswrath of the Deathwok Clan. In the episode "Belonging", he explains that he considers just Lorne to still be an Unfortunate Name because of the ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' jokes (he has green skin, and ''Bonanza'' stars Lorne Greene). In his home dimension of Pylea, "The Host" is also an unfortunate name as it is more closely associated with parasites [[PunnyName Howard X. Miller]]. (More than guests there.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "Nameless",
a Fuchsteufelwild traditionally has a name that is an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Rumpelstiltskin. The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Fuchsteufelwild]] responsible for the murders is stuck with the name Trinket Lipslums.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' has PJ Duncan, who's name in one episode is revealed as [[spoiler: Potty John]]. Then it gets changed to [[spoiler: Patty John, legally PP Duncan]]. Poor guy.
* In a sketch in ''Series/ManStrokeWoman,'' a couple talks to another couple about them having a baby and what
few fans groaned when they plan on naming it. They apparently plan on naming it Crapbasket. The other couple resists their urge to say something, and tell them it is a lovely name.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/OnceAndAgain'', Karen briefly dates a man named Lloyd Lloyd, which amuses her ex-husband and children to no end. Even Karen, after telling them they're being mean, can't help laughing about it as well.
-->'''Karen:''' (''trying to hold it together'') The name so nice, they used it twice! (''dissolves into helpless laughter'')
** Judy also makes fun of it in Season 2.
* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Skye's orphanage-given name was Mary Sue Poots. We do at least find out her real name is [[spoiler: [[SecretWarriors Daisy Johnson]]]], which is decent enough for her to start using it regularly after abandoning the 'Skye' alias.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Randy mentions that he and Earl used to make fun of a neighbor of theirs by the name of Peter Dick Johnson. (Mr. Johnson left Pimmit Hills Trailer Park some time ago, although we are not told whether it was the result of Earl and Randy's teasing or for another reason.
heard ''that'' one.)
** Another episode during the {{Prison}} arc * ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has P. Shitt. There's a fellow inmate complaining that his name is John Lou.
--> '''John:''' "There's two toilets in my name, Earl! I never had a chance!"
* The cross-cultural variation was one of the explanations for
reason why the Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' never managed she likes being called "Shitopi-chan".
* In ''Anime/{{Medabots}}'', Ikki is this
to decide and stick to a name (in a timeline that wasn't time-travelled away, anyway) -- pretty much any name he could come up with would sound like something rude in one language or the other, and the Doctor was programmed to know quite a lot of languages.
* The Dutch series {{Series/Baantjer}} has de Cock, the protagonist of the series.
English speakers. Because his name would normally be spelled most people will instinctively read it as "kok" in Dutch, he always spells "Icky", and it out.
--> '''De Cock'''': "Mijn naam is De Cock, met cee-oo-cee-kaa" [[note]]My name is De Cock, spelled C-O-C-K[[/note]]
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has ''Farkle Minkus.'' Poor kid.
was reinforced by the English dub which pronounced it as such. It's actually pronounced E-key.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/TouchOfSatan'', ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has one of its villains, Sheshe, run into this problem in the production members is named "Emby Mellay", prompting Tom Servo to comment "That's not a name. It's a bad Scrabble hand".
* In ''Series/TheWire'', when Randy Wagstaff gives his
Portuguese dub, because her name (pronounced like 'shéshé') sounds very much like an informal word for "senile". Any attempt to police, they quip change the vowel pronunciation would have just resulted in InherentlyFunnyWords, so it was left as it is.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' has this in the case of Seiryo Tennan's spaceship. Due to the fact
that there's no way he'd lie about that.every other "lucky" name was taken at the time, Seiryo is forced to christen his ship the ''Unko'', which is supposed to mean "bringer of fortune". Unfortunately for Seiryo, "Unko" also means, and is more commonly used to refer to, ''poop''. HilarityEnsues.



[[folder: Music]]
* In Creator/ShelSilverstein's "A Boy Named Sue," [[CoveredUp best known]] for its Music/JohnnyCash cover, the narrator's father names him Sue so that he'll grow up tough. It works, but the narrator still resents the name and at the end of the song vows that when he has a son of his own he'll name him "anything but Sue."
* The Arrogant Worms' song "A Night In Dildo" celebrates the many unfortunate ''place'' names in Newfoundland.
-->''From Woody's Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Fairyland\\
Come take a look at Gander; Blackhead's mighty grand...''
* わたしのココ (Watashinokoko) once had the name Kesson Shoujo. So did a [[{{Hentai}} naughty Japanese comic]] with a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} loose grasp on biology]].
* Taco Ockerse, best known for "Puttin' On The Ritz." Yes, that's his birth name.
* "H" from the 1990's pop group Music/{{Steps}} was attacked on Twitter in 2013 because his real name is Ian Watkins, and people assumed that H was the lead singer of Welsh rock band Music/{{Lostprophets}}, who had just been convicted of child nolestation. To add insult to injury, Website/{{Google}} [[http://www.clickmusic.com/news/article/google-confuses-steps-singer-ian-h-watkins-for-disgraced-paedophile-again displayed the pedophile's mugshot on search results for the Steps singer]].
* Victoria Hesketh's artist name, Little Boots, echoes that of a certain [[TheCaligula tyrannical Roman emperor]].
* GirlGroup Music/{{Stooshe}} have a name which is homophonous to ''stooze'', the process of [[LoopholeAbuse making cash via 0% interest rates]], a term invented by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. Cue the UnfortunateImplications of the name...
* The band name Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves became one of these after a particularly infamous 2005 hurricane named Katrina.
* "[[OneHitWonder Headstrong]]" rockers Trapt's lead singer is named Chris Brown... [[NamesTheSame no]], [[Music/ChrisBrown not the guy who beat up]] Music/{{Rihanna}}. Unfortunately, the connection rapidly accelerated Trapt's subsequent fall from popularity.
* "Vixen" is a nice name for a girl rock band...until your first gig in Germany, when people won't stop giggling. [[note]] Homonymous with "wichsen", to fap. [[/note]]
* The American funk band Black Merda chose their name as a deliberate misspelling of "black murder"...oblivious to the fact that romance language speakers would laugh their asses off ("merda" is the word for "shit" in Italian / Portuguese and is close to Spanish "mierda" and French "merde", with the same meaning).

to:

[[folder: Music]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/ShelSilverstein's "A Boy Named Sue," [[CoveredUp best known]] for its Music/JohnnyCash cover, ''ArchieComics'': Something like "I'm Mr. Chovy, and I want to know why my daughter Ann didn't make it into the narrator's father names him Sue so that he'll grow up tough. It works, but the narrator still resents the name and at the end of the song vows that when he has a son of his own he'll name him "anything but Sue.yearbook."
* The Arrogant Worms' song "A Night In Dildo" celebrates Archie comics continuity saddled poor ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog with the many name ''Olgilvie Maurice Takeshi Hedgehog'' when under the pen of Ken Penders. Ian Flynn, however, set it up so that Sonic got his name legally changed to "Sonic".
* TheDCU has poor Empress, from the former ''Comicbook/YoungJustice''. Real name: Anita Fite.
** Also, her father Donald Fite and his partner Ishido Maad -- together, they are "Fite'n Maad"! [[MeaningfulName At least appropriate names for people who fight a lot]].
* Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner of MarvelComics. While there's nothing wrong with his name proper (Namor meaning "Avenging Son", appropriately enough) he has an
unfortunate ''place'' names ''nickname'': Subby. It's worth noting that it's a short list of people who get to call him "Subby" without [[BerserkButton having a hole punched through their head]], mostly people he served with in Newfoundland.
-->''From Woody's Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Fairyland\\
Come take a look at Gander; Blackhead's mighty grand...''
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* わたしのココ (Watashinokoko) once had the name Kesson Shoujo. So did a [[{{Hentai}} naughty Japanese comic]] The [[http://crushyiffdestroy.com Crush!Yiff!Destroy!]] review of ''ComicBook/{{Extinctioners}}'' said it best: "Each character is also burdened with a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} loose grasp on biology]].
ridiculous name -- look, there's a gorilla named Warfare! And a panda named Pandamonium! And a phoenix named Phenix!"
* Taco Ockerse, best known MarvelComics' ComicBook/{{Nova}}. His name is Richard. Richard Ryder. Now what do people call Richard for "Puttin' On The Ritz." Yes, that's his birth name.
short?
* "H" from the 1990's pop group Music/{{Steps}} was attacked on Twitter in 2013 because his Also, DC villain Blackguard, real name is Ian Watkins, and Richard Hertz, prefers people assumed that H was the lead singer to call him Dick. He doesn't see what's so funny about it.
* The eponymous character
of Welsh rock band Music/{{Lostprophets}}, who had just been convicted ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of child nolestation. To add insult to injury, Website/{{Google}} [[http://www.clickmusic.com/news/article/google-confuses-steps-singer-ian-h-watkins-for-disgraced-paedophile-again displayed the pedophile's mugshot on search results for the Steps singer]].
* Victoria Hesketh's artist name, Little Boots, echoes that of a
Tintin]]'' can be considered this in certain [[TheCaligula tyrannical Roman emperor]].
parts of the Philippines. Specifically the parts where the local language's (the Philippines has several) colloquial term for, well, the penis sounds exactly like Tintin's name.
* GirlGroup Music/{{Stooshe}} have ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'': Young Miracleman's real name was Dickie Dauntless. This was lampshaded during the Creator/AlanMoore run when Miracleman's wife Liz expressed her disbelief that someone with such a name which is homophonous to ''stooze'', ever actually existed.
* It's been pointed out several times in-universe that John Stewart,
the process African American Comicbook/GreenLantern, shares his name with comedian Creator/JonStewart. It's treated as a humorous thing, such as Arsenal asking if Kyle Rayner really knows the host of [[LoopholeAbuse making ''Series/TheDailyShow'' after he mentions John's name.
** Alan Scott, UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|of Comic Books}} Green Lantern ''almost'' wound up in the same boat. The writer who created him made up the name Alan Ladd, to sound like Aladdin. His editor said no one would believe such a silly name and made him change it. The movie star Alan Ladd made his Hollywood debut shortly thereafter.
* Speedball from the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' shares his name with a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Made [[HilariousInHindsight even funnier]] when the New Warriors teamed up with Captain America for an anti-drug special.
** His teammate Night Thraser was a FadSuper made to
cash via 0% interest rates]], in on the popularity of skateboarding in the early 90's. Several characters (such as Spider-Man) have commented that outside it's initial context, "Night Thrasher" sounds kinda nasty. Such as this little gem from ''Comicbook/CivilWar'':
-->'''Coldheart''': I'm not getting taken down by Goldfish-Girl and the Bondage Queen!
-->'''Namorita''': Beg to differ, Coldheart.
-->'''Night Thrasher''': Could we cut out the part where she called me "The Bondage Queen?"
-->'''Microbe''': Oh, yeah. Because "Night Thrasher" sounds ''so'' much straighter.
* Lemar Hoskins, the [[LegacyCharacter third]] [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]] and the first [[AffirmativeActionLegacy African-American to use the name]]. When it was pointed out to him that "Buck" was
a derogatory term invented by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. Cue for a black man, Lemar changed his name to Battlestar and never looked back.
** Which makes it even odder that there was ''another'' black Bucky. A ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' one-shot had Steve Bradley,
the UnfortunateImplications child of Patriot and the female [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Falcon]], as the new Bucky. Apparently neither parent was aware of the name...
incident with Lemar.
* The band Marvel has a [[HeelFaceTurn supervillain-turned-hero]] named Radioactive Man. Obviously, he shares his name Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves became with a popular character from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and this was humorously {{Lampshaded}} by ComicBook/MsMarvel in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''.
* There's a great example in the comic strip ''Watch Your Head'', a female basketball player named Takoma Washington.
* Les Moore, from ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''.
** Even Funky himself.
* When ComicBook/SpiderMan villain Shocker was first named, it didn't have any other connotations. Of course, now that it's slang for a sexual act, you'd think he'd change his name.
** This is even mocked in
one of these the Spider-man reboots, when Spidey asks him if his name is "The Vibrator", lampshaded when he points out that "Shocker" isn't much better.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] British space hero ComicStrip/DanDare had an eager youthful sidekick named Flamer (because he had red hair). The term didn't have the same, um, connotations back then.
** It still doesn't in Britain; the UK Burger King offers the "Flamer" because the US name, "Broiler", doesn't mean anything to Brits.
* UsefulNotes/{{The Golden Age|of Comic Books}} hero the Whizzer.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', where Spidey cracks up
after hearing his name.
* D-Man, one-time [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] and former ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sidekick. When explaining the hero to J. Jonah Jameson, Ben Urich quips "[[CompensatingForSomething All the jokes have been made]]".
* ''YoungAvengers'' member Asgardian (who didn't even have anything to do with the Norse pantheon) was advised by his teammates to change his hero-name almost immediately after he went public with his relationship with male teammate Hulkling.
* In IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics (''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'', to be exact), there is
a bit-part character called '''Dipstick'''. Ow.
** And given the in-universe slang, the Dinobot Slag is
particularly infamous 2005 hurricane unfortunately named. (Not that it's an entirely fortuitous name for a robot even only with the real-world meaning.)
** One Decepticon subteam is called the "Breastforce". And one Autobot Micromaster was unlucky enough to be
named Katrina.
* "[[OneHitWonder Headstrong]]" rockers Trapt's lead singer is
"Erector".
*** Erector ended up as an EnsembleDarkhorse ''solely'' because of his name, which [[InvertedTrope inverts]] it slightly.
** There's a Decepticon
named Chris Brown... [[NamesTheSame no]], [[Music/ChrisBrown not Overload. Which is alright, until you remember it's fanon slang for a Cybertronian orgasm...
** The Hungarian translator of
the guy Marvel ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' comics changed Breakdown's name to Vibrator. Even hardcore G1 fans agree that this is one [[DubNameChange name change]] that's best forgotten.
** There's a mildly obscure Transformer named Nexus Maximus, which sounds fine, until you realize it's also the name of a brand of sex toy. Hasbro changed the official name to Nexus Prime.
** There's no way to ''not'' imagine [[GroinAttack horrible, horrible things]] when presented with a character named Drillnuts (he turns into a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_weevil boll weevil]], you see). Summed up succinctly by the TF Wiki itself:
--> "''OW OW OW OW OW OW OW OW OW.''"
* Despite actually having the title first, Marvel briefly changed the ComicBook/BlackPanther's name to "The Panther" and later "Black Leopard" in order to avoid comparisons with the black radical group of the same name.
** This was lampshaded in the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] AlternateUniverse story "Ruins," where T'Challa was an actual member of the Black Panther party.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' had a fire-element character named Joto, which suitably means "heat" in Swahili. However, when adapting the character to the cartoon, writers were horrified to learn that the far more familiar, Spanish translation of the exact same word is "faggot." He was renamed Hotspot and remains so, even in the comic.
* In recent portrayals of his origin, the child
who beat up]] Music/{{Rihanna}}. would become Superboy of Earth-Prime (which was supposed to be the real world) was picked on by his peers for being named Clark Kent, "after a comic book character."
* In certain parts of the world the name Peter has been given the same treatment as Dick; so it may come as a surprise to the people in those places that no one has yet asked, "[[{{Franchise/Spiderman}} So... where DO you Park your Peter?"]] (And then there's this certain Alien Symbiote obsessed to become the answer to that question...)
** Sir Peter Parker is a former head of British Rail.
* Poor [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]. Luckily for him, he has a great sense of humor, so he makes a joke out of it. "I'm Dick." "What?!" "No, no, that's my name." Cue smarmy grin.
-->'''Starfire''': I love Dick!
-->'''Beast Boy''': So I've heard.
* In {{MAD}} Magazine, Ziegleveit B. Schtoonk was an Al Jaffe character who recurred in his 'Snappy Comebacks to Stupid Questions' series. The stupid questions would invariably be about his name, but what do you expect if you engrave something like that on your nameplate?
* ''ComicStrip/BonersArk'' has Captain Boner and Miss Boner. The strip debuted in 1968, so it's probably a case of HaveAGayOldTime.
* [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] used the alias Troia for a time as a reference to her mythological origins.
Unfortunately, the connection rapidly accelerated Trapt's subsequent fall from popularity.
* "Vixen" is a nice name for a girl rock band...until your first gig in Germany, when people won't stop giggling. [[note]] Homonymous with "wichsen", to fap. [[/note]]
* The American funk band Black Merda chose their name as a deliberate misspelling of "black murder"...oblivious to the fact that romance language speakers would laugh their asses off ("merda" is the word for "shit" in
it's also Italian / Portuguese and is close to Spanish "mierda" and French "merde", with slang for 'whore'. Angle Man once lampshaded it.
* Sif, wife (in
the same meaning).mythology) of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. The similarity to a certain veneral disease has only been noted ex-universe (in-universe the unlucky person would be hammered flat in no time).



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In UK World of Sport wrestling: "Big Daddy" was really "Shirley Crabtree". Also, he ended up taking the name "Big Daddy" after hearing it in a song, not realizing it had sexual overtones, as opposed to "person who is a role model to kids". (Considering he had an entourage of kids following him into the ring)
* The father of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]], Rocky Johnson.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo's real last name was ''Faggart.''
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat debuted in the Minnesota-based AWA under his real name of Dick Blood.
* Former Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler Wrestling/BallsMahoney is an obvious example. According to his backstory, he learned to fight at a young age, fighting off bullies who picked on him because of his name. He seems to have embraced it as he got older, though, considering how DoubleEntendre-laced his promos were and his selection of Music/{{ACDC}}' s "Big Balls" as his entrance theme.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} gave Barry Darsow a golfer gimmick in October 1998. The character was originally going to be named "Stewart Pain," a reference to RealLife golfer Payne Stewart. This was abandoned when Stewart died in a plane crash. Instead, Darsow was renamed "Mr. Hole-In-One" Barry Darsow.
* The late actor/wrestler Robert "Jeep" Swenson was brought in for a one-shot appearance as a member of the Alliance to End Hulkamania (a VillainTeamUp of the Four Horsemen and [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom the Dungeon of Doom]] for the "Doomsday Cage Match" at ''WCW Uncensored 96''). His character was originally going to be named the Final Solution (also Hitler's name for the Holocaust), before common sense prevailed and the name was changed to the Ultimate Solution. Of course, his main claim to fame for non-wrestling fans was his role as Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (before Tom Hardy played the character in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'').
* Teddy Hart, whose real name is Ted Annis, whose last name rhymes with... well, you know...
* [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]]'s Eddie Edwards. Worse, it ''isn't a ring name''.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly. It worked when she was a cute, blond, pigtailed country bumpkin from Alabama, but not after she became a brunette villain.
** Her kayfabe cousin, Wrestling/BobHolly, had the unfortunate name "Sparky Plugg" when he started in the WWF as a wrestling race-car driver.
* Ben Dejo and Marty Con Dejo from the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoyz Team 3D Academy]]. While they would later be know as Jay Cruz and Eddie Rios, they still get called Los Ben Dejos when acting as a TagTeam. It's supposed to mean they are free spirits but unfortunately happens to be really similar to "those two assholes", which fans not fluent in Spanish pick up on first.
* When [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]] signed to WWE, he was given the name Sami Zayn. While the 'Sami' part has nothing wrong with it, his last name could be a little unfortunate. While Zayn is a common Arabic first name[[note]]he's Syrian-Canadian[[/note]], in the Western world the first person that comes to mind is Zayn Malik, one of the members of Music/OneDirection. This has led to some incidents on Twitter where WWE fans poke fun at One Direction-related trends.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero started his career as Wife Beater, based on the sleeveless white undershirt he wore at the time. He changed it after a women's group threatened to protest a show he was wrestling on in Wisconsin.
* Wrestling/BradMaddox's real last name is ''Kluttz.''
* The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Charlotte/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be the {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except it's also the same acronym as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used as a cooling oil for old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It also sounds pretty similar to PCP, commonly used as a recreational drug.
* Wrestling/KellyKelly's real name is ''Barbie Blank''. Talk about being typecast since birth, or at least childhood.[[note]]It's actually ''Barbara Jean'' Blank, which mitigates it somewhat, but Barbie caught on as the shorthand.[[/note]]

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* ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'''s Jonathan Thomas Meriweather, a.k.a. Jon-Tom, isn't acknowledged as having an unfortunate name in the books, but since "John Thomas" is slang for penis in some parts of the world ...
* In UK World of Sport wrestling: "Big Daddy" was really "Shirley Crabtree". Also, he ended up taking ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', the name "Big Daddy" after hearing it in a song, not realizing it had sexual overtones, as opposed to "person who "Staff of Fertility" is a role model to kids". (Considering he had an entourage GreenThumb AmplifierArtifact, and not any sort of kids following him into UnusualEuphemism. People in-universe, though, keep on snarking at the ring)
* The father of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]], Rocky Johnson.
name, and Shelena uses it as UnusualEuphemism at least once.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo's real last In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', the protagonist's wife is named Jezebel. She prefers to be called Jessie, after her husband (named Elijah, of course) tried to convince her the historical Jezebel wasn't as bad as her reputation. That was what spoiled it for her; up to then she had been ''proud'' of the name.
* The Gods of the ''Literature/AmericanGods'' universe sometimes end up with names like this out of their efforts to disguise their identity through StevenUlyssesPerhero type names. One is Mr. Nancy/Anansi. The title ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is a play on the term "a nancy boy", a derisive term for homosexuals, and the fact that Anansi has taken this
name was ''Faggart.''
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat debuted in
is probably a testament to his [[DirtyOldMan comfort with his sexuality]]. There's also the Minnesota-based AWA under his matter of Shadow's real name as revealed in a side-story [[spoiler: Balder Moon]] which besides being the kind of name you wouldn't want to saddle your child with, makes you wonder why he didn't previously realize his identity.
* In ''Literature/TheWalkerPapers'' by C.E. Murphy, one of the most respective detectives on the Seattle Police force is a WholesomeCrossdresser named ... Billy Holiday.
* A running gag in Joan Hess's ''Maggody'' mysteries is the cockamamie names that Stump County residents apply to their kids. Some get phonetically-spelled versions of words that might've been tolerable (if rustic) had they spelled correctly, like Hospiss; others sport names that the parents just thought sounded interesting, like Rubella Belinda. Occasionally this is elevated to a Weird Theme Name trope, as with brothers Diesel and Petrol.
* In the UK, reprints of the ''[[EnidBlyton Faraway Tree]]'' books have changed the children's names to get around this: Jo becomes Joe (since the "Jo" spelling is now normally used for girls), Fanny becomes Franny and
Dick Blood.
* Former Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler Wrestling/BallsMahoney
becomes Rick. Bessie's name is an obvious example. According to his backstory, he learned to fight at possibly the least unfortunate (though it is the "stereotypical" nickname for a young age, fighting off bullies who picked on him because cow), but is rather archaic regardless.
* The AlphaBitch
of his name. He seems to have embraced it as he got older, though, considering how DoubleEntendre-laced his promos were and his selection of Music/{{ACDC}}' s "Big Balls" as his entrance theme.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} gave Barry Darsow a golfer gimmick in October 1998.
the ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' books is nicknamed "Cokie" Mason. The character was originally going considers her actual first name (Marguerite) to be an EmbarrassingFirstName, for some reason.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** Renesmee Carlie Cullen. If she was a boy, Bella wanted to name her "Edward Jacob Cullen." Which would have been an unfortunate name as well, considering that Bella apparently wanted to name her son after her husband and her UnluckyChildhoodFriend, who was ''still'' pining after her and who Edward was insanely jealous over.
** One of Bella's teachers in high school was
named "Stewart Pain," Coach Clapp. As a reference sporker once put it, "why didn't Meyer just name him 'Coach Gonorrhea'?"
* In his novel ''Literature/TheWitchesOfKarres'', Creator/JamesHSchmitz has a black-clad, cynical, somewhat gloomy and pessimistic young witch by the name of Goth. Note that the original short story was written in 1949, and expanded into a novel in 1969. Names don't have
to be created that way to become unfortunate.
** Goth's sister is the Leewit ... and she insists on the ''the''.
* In one of the Jiggy [=McCue=] books, there's a boy called Franchise/HarryPotter.
* In the ''Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm'', one of the (naturally male) dwarves Derk runs into is named Galadriel. Derk can't help wondering about his parents...
* The later ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels have a trooper called Cant. No CountryMatters are invoked, but when your name invokes failure at all turns, that's bad enough.
* In the Hooker/Butterworth ''MASH'' novels there's a pompous newscaster whose name is Dan Rhotten. He constantly has to remind people that it's pronounced "ROW-ten."
* The eponymous character of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''. In-universe, Christopher Robin is asked (by his father) why a male bear is named "Winnie". Christopher's response is that his name is actually Winnie-''ther''-Pooh, as if that explained everything. The
RealLife golfer Payne Stewart. This explanation is that he was abandoned named after a bear called [[CanadaEh Winnipeg]] who lived in the London Zoo.
* There's a PoliceProcedural novel in which a pair of patrol cops are named Albert Hardy and Ernest Laurel. Neither would invoke this trope alone, but as partners, they're stuck either being Laurel & Hardy or Bert & Ernie.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** He's barely even mentioned, but George R.R. Martin ''must'' have been snickering to himself
when Stewart died in he named a plane crash. Instead, Darsow was renamed "Mr. Hole-In-One" Barry Darsow.character Dickon Manwoody.
** Dickon Manwoody is an extremely minor character with no lines. Dick Crabb, on the other hand, interacts with Brienne of Tarth and has his own minor plotline.
** Thoren Smallwood.
** Aenys Targaryen and Aenys Frey.
** Satin, a former male prostitute who now fights with an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores.

* ''Literature/MobyDick''. It doesn't help he's an albino sperm whale...
* The late actor/wrestler Robert "Jeep" Swenson was brought Klingon Qagh in for a one-shot appearance as a member of the Alliance to End Hulkamania (a VillainTeamUp of the Four Horsemen and [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom the Dungeon of Doom]] for the "Doomsday Cage Match" at ''WCW Uncensored 96''). His character was originally going to be named the Final Solution (also Hitler's name for the Holocaust), before common sense prevailed and the name was changed to the Ultimate Solution. Of course, his main claim to fame for non-wrestling fans was his role as Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (before Tom Hardy played the character in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'').
* Teddy Hart, whose real name is Ted Annis, whose last name rhymes with... well, you know...
* [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]]'s Eddie Edwards. Worse, it ''isn't a ring name''.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly. It worked when she was a cute, blond, pigtailed country bumpkin from Alabama, but not after she became a brunette villain.
** Her kayfabe cousin, Wrestling/BobHolly, had the unfortunate name "Sparky Plugg" when he started in the WWF as a wrestling race-car driver.
* Ben Dejo and Marty Con Dejo from the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoyz Team 3D Academy]]. While they would later be know as Jay Cruz and Eddie Rios, they still get called Los Ben Dejos when acting as a TagTeam. It's supposed to mean they are free spirits but unfortunately happens to be really similar to "those two assholes", which fans not fluent in Spanish pick up on first.
* When [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]] signed to WWE, he was given the name Sami Zayn. While the 'Sami' part has nothing wrong with it, his last name could be a little unfortunate. While Zayn is a common Arabic first name[[note]]he's Syrian-Canadian[[/note]], in the Western world the first person that comes to mind is Zayn Malik, one of the members of Music/OneDirection. This has led to some incidents on Twitter where WWE fans poke fun at One Direction-related trends.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero started his career as Wife Beater, based on the sleeveless white undershirt he wore at the time. He changed it after a women's group threatened to protest a show he was wrestling on in Wisconsin.
* Wrestling/BradMaddox's real last name is ''Kluttz.''
* The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Charlotte/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be the {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except
''Literature/StarTrekForgedInFire''; it's also ''tlhIngan Hol'' (Klingon) for "mistake". Another Klingon in Literature/StarTrekSevenDeadlySins is named "Targ"; a targ is a Klingon pig.
** In
the same acronym 1984 [[Creator/{{JohnMFord}} John M. Ford]] Klingon-centric novel ''Literature/{{The Final Reflection}}'', [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe a supporting character]] was named [[PrematurelyBald Rogaine]]. This was a coincidence, as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used org/wiki/Minoxidil minoxidil]] wasn't approved for topical use as a cooling oil hair restorer until 1988.
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'':
** ''The Eyre Affair'' introduces a fairly rude character with the fairly rude name of Jack Schitt.
** The sequel, ''Lost In A Good Book,'' adds a relative of Jack Schitt, with the equally unfortunate name of Brik Schitt-Hawse.
** In book five, ''[[NonIndicativeName First Among Sequels]]'', Jack's wife is introduced with the name Anne Wirthlass-Schitt.
** The ''sixth'' book explains that these are all aliases Thursday made up.
* The Name of the Novel "Jack Vance: [[Literature/PlanetOfAdventure Servants of the Wankh]]". http://www.cracked.com/article_14790_the-best-worst-fantasy-science-fiction-book-covers_p3.html
* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'': The book ''The Master Mind of Mars'' contains a character named "Bal Zak", which looks an awful lot like "balzak", the Dutch word
for old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It Scrotum. Or, for those who don't speak Dutch, it also sounds an awful lot like "ballsack", the English word for scrotum. Or, for those who read French literature, it sounds an awful lot like the great author Balzac...
* A Lieutenant Britney Harder in the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''A Deeper Blue'.'
* In the Creator/SpiderRobinson book ''Callahans Legacy'' science fiction fans Ted Leahy and Susan Hu get married. Being George Lucas fans, they name their firstborn Yoda. Apparently the kid learned to fight dirty by the age of three.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Moist von Lipwig from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''.
** Cheery Littlebottom. She's a dwarf, and apparently her name is traditional and perfectly innocuous in Dwarvish, but in [[TranslationConvention Morporkian]]... not so much. When he first meets her, Vimes makes a point of ''not'' reacting to her name until she is out of earshot, at which point he begins laughing.
** One particular joke in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' is about the Carter family, who named all their daughters after virtues (Chasity, Prudence, etc), but were a little bit stumped when it came to their sons. They decided to go with ''sins'', leading to poor boys with the names of Bestiality, Jealousy, Deviousness and Anger (and, in a CallBack in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', ''Catastrophe'', which isn't a vice exactly, but still isn't much better...). Which, thanks to the RuleOfFunny, immediately become {{Non Indicative Name}}s, e.g. Bestiality is actually very kind to animals and Hope is a depressive.
** A minor character in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' has the name One Man Bucket, which, it is revealed, is short for One Man Throwing A Bucket Of Water Over Two Dogs. He states that his home tribe had a tradition of naming their children after whatever the healer saw outside the tent upon their birth, and explains further that at least his name was better than that of his twin, born minutes earlier. Windle Poons delicately guesses that the twin's name was "Two Dogs ''Fighting''", at which One Man Bucket nearly laughs himself sick.
** The people of Lancre and the Ramtops in general have two traditions with regards to naming their children which are mentioned as frequently resulting in this trope: naming their children what the think sounds good, meaning be damned – which very nearly resulted in a girl named Chlamydia Weaver (her mother decided that Sally was easier to spell) – and that after the priest has announced the child's name it can't be changed – which has resulted in a boy named James What The Hell's That Cow Doing In Here Poorchick and a king known as My God He's Heavy The First.
** According to Gaspode in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', wolves don't have names so much as descriptions, which leads to a lowly omega wolf being known as "Arsehole". Carrot convinces Gaspode to go with the more-genteel translation of "Bum".
** One of Tiffany Aching's neighbors on the Chalk, owing to her [[DeathByChildbirth dying mother's]] confusion and a note jotted down by a town official to document the birth, wound up being named Miss Female Infant Robinson.
* ''Literature/RedDwarf'':
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'' the captain of the Red Dwarf is described as a woman with the "unfortunate" surname of "Kirk". The book never really explores the concept beyond stating as much, though, since she (along with the rest of the crew) dies early on.
** In ''Backwards'', a later novel in the series, the robotic Agonoids have been given intentionally insulting names by their human creators. Examples include M'Aiden Ty One (Made In Taiwan), D'Juhn Keep (Junk Heap), Pizzak Rapp (Piece Of Crap) and Chi Panastee (Cheap And Nasty).
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** One of the orcs is called Shagrat. Yes, [[BestialityIsDepraved Shagrat]]. In British slang, "shag" is a term for sexual intercourse.
** In-universe, the name Gorbag contains the root ''bag'', shit.
** In the appendix that shows the Line of Durin, Glóin's and Óin's father's name is Groin. (It's actually Gróin, but still...)
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, the cats have a two-part name: the first half stays with them their whole life, and the second half changes depending on their rank ("kit" when they're a kitten, "paw" when they're in training, and
pretty similar much anything when they're a full warrior), so typical names include Fireheart, Cloudpaw, Goldenflower, etc. There are some bad ones, however: Kinkfur, Runningnose (named for his perpetual sniffle; his name even translates to PCP, commonly used "Hay Fever" in the French edition), Foxheart (in-universe, "fox-hearted" is cat slang for "treacherous and cowardly"), Mudpuddle, Deadfoot, Maggottail (seriously, did his parents ''want'' him to turn evil?), etc.
** {{Lampshaded}} by some of the characters when Berrypaw's about to become a warrior. He lost his tail when he was young, so they joke about the terrible names the Clan leader could give him based on that, and come up with the name "Berrystumpytail" (which has been adopted
as a recreational drug.
FanNickname for him.)
* Wrestling/KellyKelly's ''[[Literature/CaptainUnderpants Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants]]'': The whole plot of this book revolves around this trope with the titular villain. In fact, he came from the country of New Swissland, where everyone has a silly name.
* The protagonist of Donald E. Westlake's novel ''Help I am Being Held Prisoner'' has the extremely unfortunate last name of Künt (pronounced Koont, and he insists on the umlaut, or little dots above the u). This would be bad enough under ordinary circumstances, but when he goes to prison it threatens to become completely intolerable.
* A character in ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' is named Jisbella [=McQueen=]...the unfortunate part is that everyone else shortens it to "Jizz."
* In ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'', Tip's
real name is ''Barbie Blank''. Talk Gratuity. Her mother thought it meant something else.
* In one novel from ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'' series, arrested criminal [[PoliceBrutality gets beaten by the police]] because he insists that his name is Creator/ErnestHemingway. It turns out to be his real name.
* The StarterVillain of ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant Lord Foul's Bane]]'' is named ''Drool Rockworm'', which has got to be one of the ''worst'' names one could possibly have (and no, Drool, sticking a "Lord" in front of it doesn't make it any better). Of course, Drool is a fairly pathetic figure anyway (albeit one with a lot of power), and seeing as he's the only named [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Cavewight]] in the series, it's unclear how typical this is for his people.
* In ''Literature/{{Seraphina}}'', when Prince Lucian first arrived in Goredd as a child his embarrassing Samsamese surname, 'Kiggenstane', contributed to the awkwardness surrounding his mother’s elopement and his subsequent status as a bastard. Perhaps as a result, he prefers his nickname 'Kigs'.
* James Augustus Peregrine Pympoole-Bothame of ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy''.
* In Creator/SherrilynKenyon's The League series a fantastic version of CrossCulturalKerfluffle meets this, Dancer Hauk. On his native world Dancer means Protector and is suitably manly. Everywhere else it means Dancer, like the profession.
** There's also Darling Cruel. Even people who know him struggle not to laugh at the bomb crazy assassin, whose name is Darling. It's a family name.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there's Neville Longbottom.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Eustace is introduced with "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and [[JerkAss he almost deserved it.]]"
* Valentine Wolfe, heir [[spoiler: and soon head]] of Clan Wolfe. A drug-using degenerate, but a brilliant and bloody sociopath as well. To a lesser extent, Finaly Campbell, notorious fop and dandy. Both embarrassments to their manlier-than-thou fathers (but what did you expect when you named your kids "Valentine" and "Finlay?") Of course, Valentine [[spoiler: kills his father during a battle to become the Wolfe, and Finlay is secretly the Masked Gladiator, the deadliest fighter in Golgotha's Arena.]]
** And then we have Owen Deathstalker, his ancestor Giles Deathstalker, and his distant cousin David (pronounced DAH-veed) Deathstalker. Apparently, the Deathstalker Clan figured that their ridiculously badass last name (coupled with their well-deserved reputation as the finest warrior Family in the Empire) meant that they had no need for awesome and intimidating first names.
* One minor character in ''Literature/{{Julian}}'' is named Hilarius. Unfortunately, [[TheCaligula Gallus]] gets him alone and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity does not Ensue.]]
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'':
** Several. From the minor villain Sharky ("...I'll come up with something better.") to the grey-clad FlyingBrick Generic Girl (she refuses to talk to anyone, so no one had any better ideas), there are lots of poor names for supers on both sides of the fence. For main characters, Claire ends up accidentally naming herself after her online handle E-Claire, and due to a bitchy heroine mentioning that Penny will "keep showing up like a bad penny," Penny gets the groan-inducing name of Bad Penny. The hero in question didn't even know Penny's name; she just has ''really'' bad luck.
** In the sequel ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIBlewUpTheMoon'', the teams finds evidence of a MadScientist named Doctor Hedley Butts, who Claire remembers reading about.
--->'''Penny:''' Did they call him Doctor Butt-Head?\\
'''Claire:''' No. His goats ate people. They took him seriously.
* The latter eponymous character of ''Garman & Worse'', a novel by Norwegian author Alexander Kielland. At least it's not pronounced "worse".
* In Simon Raven's "Alms for Oblivion" series, one of the major characters, Fielding Gray (not in itself especially silly) is named after a family friend called "Fielding Legge" - a term indicating a fielding position in the game of cricket. It would be comparable to an American with the surname "Bakker" being given the first name "Line."
* ''Literature/LifeOfPi'': Pi's full name is Piscene Molitor Patel, named for a French pool, of all things. The real problem with it though is that "Piscene" sounds a lot like "Pissing", and schoolkids being schoolkids, this caused Pi a lot of grief in elementary school. When he enters a new school, he pre-empts the nicknaming by getting himself known as "Pi" instead.
* Judy Blume's ''{{Literature/Fudge}}'' series has Peter Hatcher's younger brother...''Farley Drexel Hatcher.'' What were his parents thinking?
* Cindy Sexton of ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. Most people who hear of her for the first time assume she's a stripper or a porn star.
* In the ''Literature/StarDarlings'' franchise, when trying to think of a fake name on Earth, Libby gives herself the last name Liverwurst.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' has it as in its ''title''. For most of the world KZ is associated with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's concentration camps. In here Team KZ refers to a team of {{Academic Athlete}}s--and by extension an AmateurSleuth group formed by some of its member plus a girl, i.e. the eponymous "Tantei Team KZ". The name comes from "Katsu," Japanese word for "victory," through the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseRomanization Kunrei-shiki form]] "'''K'''a'''z'''u."
* In Jon F. Merz's Chanbara-influenced fantasy novel ''The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul'', one of the important characters was an old samurai named Kancho. Kancho means suppository in Japanese!!! Or it can be used to describe the act where [[AssShove someone (mostly children though adults have been known to do it) shoves their fingers up another person's butt in imitation of sticking in a suppository]].
* In Julie Smith's series of detective novels
about being typecast since birth, or at least childhood.[[note]]It's the black New Orleans PI Talba Wallace, the first name on Talba's birth certificate is actually ''Barbara Jean'' Blank, "Urethra", which mitigates it somewhat, but Barbie caught on as a cruel and racist obstetrician suggested when her uneducated mother asked him to name her baby something unique. This is a common urban legend in the shorthand.[[/note]]South.



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* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is unfortunate enough in itself, to the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named in the credits as Bang-bang and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had a name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall at the moment" and that his son Bernard "had a name that was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his parents didn't want him to be bullied at school."
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we all have our problems.

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne Cobb. River says it best, "Jayne is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets.
girl's name."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he
''Series/TheITCrowd'' gave us Peter Phile, who was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is
unfortunate enough in itself, to be paged over an airport loudspeaker. British English pronounces "pedophile" like "pee-do-file," making the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he two terms sound much more similar. ''Series/TheITCrowd'' was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy probably referencing ''Series/BrassEye'', who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named
[[OlderThanTheyThink did that joke in the credits 2001 special]]. Creator Graham Linehan was one of the writers of the ''Brass Eye'' special.
* ''The Chaser'' - an Australian comedy group - pulled a similar prank in an airport during their ''War On Everything'' show, taking advantage of an automated booking terminal to create passes under such names
as Bang-bang Terry Wrist and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when
Al Kyder and then waiting until the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had staff broadcast the names over the loudspeakers.
* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Corky Sherwood married
a man whose last name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall Forrest, making her married name [[RobinHood Corky Sherwood-Forrest]]. Rather amusingly, the actress who played Corky, Faith Ford, was married at the moment" and time to a man whose last name was Nottingham.
* On the BBC's ''Wings'', Lieutenant Gaylion's surname is pronounced GAY-lee-un. For much of the first season, Captain Triggers refers to him as gay-lion, pronouncing it as though he were a predatory cat
that his son Bernard "had a name that prefers the company of other male predatory cats.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** One of the reasons Jordan divorced Dr. Cox (at least according to her)
was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his name is, well, Dr. ''Cox''. The problem with this is illustrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsd5jlExE0g this clip]].
** Keith, whose last name is Dudemeister. "It's German, it means ''master of dudes''." Then there's Private Dancer[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke his surname is Dancer, and his military rank is Private]][[/note]]. And of course Doctors Beardfacé [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced Beard-fuh-say)]] and Mickhead. And Coleman Slawski.
** Turk has dibs on the name [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] for a future child, though it's unlikely his wife will let him. JD named his own child Sam [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Perry]] ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]]'' Dorian.
** JD's (John Dorian) original name was ''Joanna'' and it stayed that way for a while, as his
parents didn't want him hadn't decided on a male name before he was born.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The name Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr is the king of this trope. Why? Because the name belongs to a ''woman''.
** The show gave us Theodore Evelyn Mosby. Evelyn used
to be bullied a male name. Barney tried to use Ted's full name and used "Theodore Vivian Mosby".[[note]]The first wife of the (male) English novelist Evelyn Waugh was named "Evelyn". The couple was known as "the two Evelyns".[[/note]].
** One episode has a poor girl named Cook Pu. Ted unfortunately thinks that this is a prank name his students edited onto his attendance sheet in order to make him look stupid, and goes about mocking them
at school.length for not having enough imagination to come up with a name less lame and obvious than "Cook Pu". He ''does'' feel terrible when he realizes that it's actually a real name — when the student in question runs out of his class in tears. [[EpicFail Oops.]]
** Lily and Marshall gave their son Marvin the middle name Wait For It as a reference to one of Barney's catchphrases. Barney chose the name himself. The gang thinks it's awesome.
** Ted discussed someday naming his future children Luke and Leia after ''Franchise/StarWars'' characters, using ShoutOutThemeNaming.
** Season 6 had Randy Wharmpess who finally fulfilled his dream of starting his own brewery.
--->"It's not beer, it's ''Wharmpess''.
"
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my
Chrissy from ''ThreesCompany''? Her full name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we
Christmas Snow.
* ''Series/AlienNation'': A ship full of alien refugees with difficult names arrives on Earth and
all are assigned human names. Naming thousands of people can get pretty tedious, so the ones near the end of the line ended up with names like Sam Francisco, Rudyard Kipling, etc. The names were somewhat difficult but not prohibitively so: George Francisco (formerly Sam) was Stangya Soren'tzah and Cathy Frenkel was Gelana Vray, for example. The names were selected not only for absurdity or evocation of famous humans, but also with irony or malice: a not-so-bright Tenktonese was called Albert Einstein, and a couple interested in having an electric articles store were named Thomas and Alva Edison. And, strangely, years after the descent, the immigration office still is funny with names: in the TV movie ''Dark Horizon'' the newly arrived Aphossno is named Norman Conquest. The original film was implicitly referencing Ellis Island clerks who "Americanized" immigrant names they had trouble pronouncing.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Penny dates a perfectly nice man whose name is Doug... Hitler.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'':
** Marcy Rhodes takes the news that she got married to a man she doesn't remember meeting in a ceremony she also doesn't remember surprisingly well... but she's much less pleased to learn that her name is now Marcy D'Arcy.
** Once, Peggy and the kids are going through the phone book looking for a new last name. Perfectly good names keep getting rejected because Kelly can't spell them. So they end up using "Cat". Buck was especially thrilled. (Cat being an odd choice, as another episode shows that Kelly can't even spell ''that'' right.)
* The generally unfortunate ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion Peri Brown's real first name is ''Perpugilliam''. (Yes, she's from Earth.)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** A sketch called "Mr. and Mrs. Git" had a family with the surname "Git". They had "A Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git" and his wife "Dreary Fat Boring Old Git". The Gits had named their children "Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced" and "Ghastly Horrible Spotted Vicious Little". They do recognize that it's unfortunate for them to
have our problems.a surname like "Git", but given their horrible first names they recognize that changing it won't do them much good. Then again, as the sketch goes on you learn they're actually quite horrible people to go with the names, so it's all... Ok?
** Mr. Smokestoomuch. Apparently it wasn't a burden, he was well into adulthood before he figured it out.
** Raymond Luxury Yacht, which is actually pronounced "Throat Warbler Mangrove."
** Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont from the sketch "How Not To Be Seen".
* At the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' class reunion, it is revealed that Mac has been going by a nickname because his birth name is Ronald [=McDonald=].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** A newly engaged Cerie gushed about her future children: "I already have all the names picked out. If it's a girl, 'Bookcase'. Or 'Sandstorm'. Or maybe 'Hat'... but that's more of a boy's name."
** [[AttentionWhore Jenna]] tops this with "Frisbeeface" and "Glock Gender Irrelevant".
** The guy in charge of dealing with sexual harassment cases is named Jeffrey Wienerslave.
** Wesley Snipes.
---> '''Wesley Snipes:''' If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked, 'Who should be named Wesley Snipes', you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
** In an early episode, Liz is certain that Tracy made up "Dr. Spaceman", the doctor he claims prescribed him all the drugs he's been taking -- until she finally meets the doctor ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY though he prefers to pronounce it Spah-che-men]]).
** Steven, who is a Black. As in, a member of the Black family.
---> '''Jack:''' Remarkable people, the Blacks: musical, very athletic, not very good swimmers... again, I am talking about the family. Black ''is'' African American though.
* ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'':
** A segment centered around the very poorly named Randy Bumgardner.
** They noted that Randy's mother's maiden name was Mincey, so he could potentially have become a Mincey-Bumgardner.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** The Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man's full name is Mofaz Idi Amin Pulpat Stalin Bin Laden Manson Johnson Always.
** With Wings.
** Supposedly there's a Hussein in there too.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** It gives us Bob Loblaw, a lawyer. His website is Bob Loblaw's Law Blog. At one point, a headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb".
** There's the surrogate, Larry Middleman.
** The Bluth family yacht, the ''Seaward''. Which Gob embraces when he names its successor the ''[[CountryMatters 'C'-Word]]''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few notable examples:
** A sketch called "The Life and Times of Johnny Hildo." The inability of everyone to understand that it's Hildo (with an H) drives him to commit murder. His cellmate is Larry Bagina.
** Alec Baldwin's Pete Schweddy (the guy who makes Schweddy Balls and Schweddy Weiners).
** Christoper Walken's one-shot character Colonel Angus (later renamed Enol after being drummed out of the service during the Civil War).
** Nic Cage's Asswipe (pronounced "ah-swee-pay") Johnson.
** Lord and Lady Douchebag, from a sketch about nobles who'd had things named after them (Sandwich, Argyll, Cardigan, etc.). At the the very end of the sketch, the butler announces "Lord Compost Heap and Lady Disinfectant Cake".
* TV personality [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCdv4GHTyo4 Myke Hawke]], pronounced like "Mike Hawk". Try saying his name real fast.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** "Finn and Quinn": One of the worst-best {{Portmanteau Couple Name}}s ever, and probably intentional, too. "Sue and Schue" is another such example.
** [[IdiotHero Finn]] and his pregnant girlfriend Quinn discussing baby names:
--->'''Finn''': And then I thought up the perfect name - DRIZZLE!
** In another example from this series, of the Unfortunate Meaning variety, one of the girls from the Jane Addams Academy is named Aphasia.
* ''LoveConnection'' introduces a 26-year-old man who loves beer and loud music. He currently works in gift sales and his mom seems to have some issues with his love life. Ladies and gentlemen, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZeU-SjgJQ Robert Fagot]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Sara Sidle. Go on, try saying it quickly.
** Hers may be somewhat punny, but now D.B. has her beat in the name department. "Seeing Red" revealed his full name is Diebenkorn Russell. No wonder he uses D.B.
* On ''{{Series/CSI NY}}'', Aiden Burn-she had the misforturne to be found as a charred corpse after quitting the lab.
* ''Series/UniversityChallenge'':
** It had one contestant called Steve Raper. To make matters worse, he represented the University of Bath, so every time he buzzed in TheAnnouncer said "Bath Raper", which sounds like a SerialKiller sobriquet.
** Martin Heighway (pronounced "highway") of the Open University: "Open Heighway".
* A subplot in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had Det. La Rue trying to help the career of a struggling standup comic named Vic [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who had made a deathbed promise to his father to keep the family name. La Rue encountered him, not yet knowing his name, and he was so funny La Rue was cracking up laughing. He couldn't understand how this guy couldn't make it as a comic. Then he learned his name.
* Stringfellow Hawke, of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Perhaps one of the most memorable names of all TV characters. He gets to share a laugh with one Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III over each other's names.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' had Carla trying to get around a family naming tradition that would have unintentionally forced the name "UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini" onto her unborn baby.
* One episode of ''{{Miranda}}'' featured both a character called Susan Perb ([[DontExplainTheJoke Sue Perb = superb]]) ''and'' a character called Dick Twist ([[AccidentalInnuendo which needs no explanation]]). When Miranda's new work colleagues don't find the former funny, it's the final straw and she quits the job; the latter becomes a RunningGag throughout the episode.
* Captain Darling from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''. The creators said that as soon as they came up with the name for him, he went from a totally empty character to one who'd been steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness and resentment from being called "darling" by everyone.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': A girl in Dewey's class at school is called Regina Tucker. Reese is still unable to think up a sleazy nickname for her.
* The Malaysian government tried to ban PowerRangers because their title "Mighty Morphin'". And morphine is a drug.
* While not treated as such in-show, Captain Hunnicutt of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' arguably has one of these in "BJ". You may think that the modern connotation of that initialism probably hadn't been developed yet in TheFifties, but there is a scene in one episode that offers a possible nod-and-a-wink to this. A visiting nurse asks Hunnicutt what BJ stands for. Before he can answer, Hawkeye quickly interrupts with, "Anything you like." Another episode, however, has him explain that he was named for his parents, ''B''ea and ''J''ay.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' featured Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries. Not to mention Mr. Lucas, who is not thrilled to reveal that his first name is Dick.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]... sorry, ''[[ThePoorMansSubstitute Cliff]]''!" Malcolm Tucker cruelly points out that Cliff Lawton MP may not have the most appropriate name in British politics.
* ''HomeAndAway'' has Marilyn Chambers. Unlike her RL namesake, though, she really is 99 44/100% pure.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. And a guest character in one episode named Benjamin Franklin.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Angela's given name was so terrible that she changed it the minute she turned 18. While we don't know what the name was, we can assume it was pretty bad being as she wouldn't let her husband hear it, her father wanted her to name her son Staccato Mamba, and, most importantly, her middle name is "Pearly Gates."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler Muriel Bing. He doesn't like either his name or surname, and he's very unhappy when he blabs and reveals his middle name.
** Rachel's chiropractor.
--->'''Rachel:''' Excuse me, Dr. Bobby happens to be an excellent doctor.
--->'''Dr. Green:''' Wait a minute, his name is ''Dr. Bobby''?
--->'''Rachel:''' Well that's his last name.
-->'''Ross:''' And his first name.
-->'''Dr. Green:''' He's Bobby Bobby?
-->'''Rachel:''' It's ''Robert'' Bobby.
** Joey does this to HIMSELF when he's persuaded to adopt the stage name of "JosephStalin". Being TheDitz, he doesn't realise the problem until it's too late.
* ''Series/TJHooker'' has its title character.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is given a number by Casey so he can request military support on a mission. Casey says that he will be redirected to a Colonel Sanders, and tells Chuck not to make fun of his name.
* A couple examples from ''Series/{{Community}}''. Both {{lampshaded}} of course.
** Britta. What is she, a water filter?
** Shirley names her son after Chang, who helps talk her through the birth. The problem? His first name is Ben... and her last name is Bennett. She has an OhCrap moment when she realizes.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Vyvyan Basterd. The surname by itself is pretty unfortunate, but the owner of the full name is a ''boy''. Oddly enough, though, it proves to be a perfect fit for him.
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}''
** Vyvyan's actor would go on a few years later to play a character named Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
** There was a barman named Dick Head.
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' features lonely client Randy Mann.
* In a bit on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', before he left for [[Series/TheColbertReport his own show]], Stephen Colbert confessed that his name was Ted Hitler. "No relation. [[spoiler:Okay, well, distant relation. Two generations. Straight up. Okay, Hitler was my grandfather!]]"
* In ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' the main character, an inveterate snob, is Hyacinth Bucket, though she insists on pronouncing it Bouquet and gets very stroppy when others call her Mrs. Bucket. Her husband, Richard, from whom she obviously got the name, is not embarrassed by his surname at all and tends to roll his eyes when he hears her correcting people.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick learns that he is the Big Giant head's son, which would make his surname "Head."
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'' the gang has to market a brand of bedtime drink that they rename 'Snooze'. The original name of the product? Venom.
* One skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' featured a 50's style sitcom about the Niggar family, who are actually white. Much fun was had with NWordPrivileges. The end of the skit has them meeting a hispanic family named the Wetbacks.
* [[Series/TheRedGreenShow Red Green.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a recurring demon character who was called either Lorne or just The Host, due to his running a karaoke bar. That's because his real name was Krevlorneswrath of the Deathwok Clan. In the episode "Belonging", he explains that he considers just Lorne to still be an Unfortunate Name because of the ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' jokes (he has green skin, and ''Bonanza'' stars Lorne Greene). In his home dimension of Pylea, "The Host" is also an unfortunate name as it is more closely associated with parasites than guests there.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "Nameless", a Fuchsteufelwild traditionally has a name that is an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Rumpelstiltskin. The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Fuchsteufelwild]] responsible for the murders is stuck with the name Trinket Lipslums.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' has PJ Duncan, who's name in one episode is revealed as [[spoiler: Potty John]]. Then it gets changed to [[spoiler: Patty John, legally PP Duncan]]. Poor guy.
* In a sketch in ''Series/ManStrokeWoman,'' a couple talks to another couple about them having a baby and what they plan on naming it. They apparently plan on naming it Crapbasket. The other couple resists their urge to say something, and tell them it is a lovely name.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/OnceAndAgain'', Karen briefly dates a man named Lloyd Lloyd, which amuses her ex-husband and children to no end. Even Karen, after telling them they're being mean, can't help laughing about it as well.
-->'''Karen:''' (''trying to hold it together'') The name so nice, they used it twice! (''dissolves into helpless laughter'')
** Judy also makes fun of it in Season 2.
* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Skye's orphanage-given name was Mary Sue Poots. We do at least find out her real name is [[spoiler: [[SecretWarriors Daisy Johnson]]]], which is decent enough for her to start using it regularly after abandoning the 'Skye' alias.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Randy mentions that he and Earl used to make fun of a neighbor of theirs by the name of Peter Dick Johnson. (Mr. Johnson left Pimmit Hills Trailer Park some time ago, although we are not told whether it was the result of Earl and Randy's teasing or for another reason.)
** Another episode during the {{Prison}} arc has a fellow inmate complaining that his name is John Lou.
--> '''John:''' "There's two toilets in my name, Earl! I never had a chance!"
* The cross-cultural variation was one of the explanations for why the Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' never managed to decide and stick to a name (in a timeline that wasn't time-travelled away, anyway) -- pretty much any name he could come up with would sound like something rude in one language or the other, and the Doctor was programmed to know quite a lot of languages.
* The Dutch series {{Series/Baantjer}} has de Cock, the protagonist of the series. Because his name would normally be spelled as "kok" in Dutch, he always spells it out.
--> '''De Cock'''': "Mijn naam is De Cock, met cee-oo-cee-kaa" [[note]]My name is De Cock, spelled C-O-C-K[[/note]]
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has ''Farkle Minkus.'' Poor kid.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/TouchOfSatan'', one of the production members is named "Emby Mellay", prompting Tom Servo to comment "That's not a name. It's a bad Scrabble hand".
* In ''Series/TheWire'', when Randy Wagstaff gives his name to police, they quip that there's no way he'd lie about that.



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] is full of examples. Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the name because a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.[[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control national governments, combined with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
[[folder: Music]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] In Creator/ShelSilverstein's "A Boy Named Sue," [[CoveredUp best known]] for its Music/JohnnyCash cover, the narrator's father names him Sue so that he'll grow up tough. It works, but the narrator still resents the name and at the end of the song vows that when he has a son of his own he'll name him "anything but Sue."
* The Arrogant Worms' song "A Night In Dildo" celebrates the many unfortunate ''place'' names in Newfoundland.
-->''From Woody's Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Fairyland\\
Come take a look at Gander; Blackhead's mighty grand...''
* わたしのココ (Watashinokoko) once had the name Kesson Shoujo. So did a [[{{Hentai}} naughty Japanese comic]] with a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} loose grasp on biology]].
* Taco Ockerse, best known for "Puttin' On The Ritz." Yes, that's his birth name.
* "H" from the 1990's pop group Music/{{Steps}} was attacked on Twitter in 2013 because his real name
is full Ian Watkins, and people assumed that H was the lead singer of examples. Welsh rock band Music/{{Lostprophets}}, who had just been convicted of child nolestation. To add insult to injury, Website/{{Google}} [[http://www.clickmusic.com/news/article/google-confuses-steps-singer-ian-h-watkins-for-disgraced-paedophile-again displayed the pedophile's mugshot on search results for the Steps singer]].
* Victoria Hesketh's artist name, Little Boots, echoes that of a certain [[TheCaligula tyrannical Roman emperor]].
* GirlGroup Music/{{Stooshe}} have a name which is homophonous to ''stooze'', the process of [[LoopholeAbuse making cash via 0% interest rates]], a term invented by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. Cue the UnfortunateImplications of the name...
* The band name Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves became one of these after a particularly infamous 2005 hurricane named Katrina.
* "[[OneHitWonder Headstrong]]" rockers Trapt's lead singer is named Chris Brown... [[NamesTheSame no]], [[Music/ChrisBrown not the guy who beat up]] Music/{{Rihanna}}.
Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally
connection rapidly accelerated Trapt's subsequent fall from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
popularity.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, "Vixen" is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the
nice name because for a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's
girl rock band...until your first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy
gig in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Germany, when people won't stop giggling. [[note]] Homonymous with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese
"wichsen", to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.
fap. [[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes American funk band Black Merda chose their name as a deliberate misspelling of "black murder"...oblivious to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory the fact that Jews secretly control national governments, combined romance language speakers would laugh their asses off ("merda" is the word for "shit" in Italian / Portuguese and is close to Spanish "mierda" and French "merde", with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.
the same meaning).



[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there is a character named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker is not an unfortunate name to have in and of itself. If it belongs to a boy on crutches on the other hand...
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black, the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. for short.

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[[folder:Theater]]
[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there UK World of Sport wrestling: "Big Daddy" was really "Shirley Crabtree". Also, he ended up taking the name "Big Daddy" after hearing it in a song, not realizing it had sexual overtones, as opposed to "person who is a role model to kids". (Considering he had an entourage of kids following him into the ring)
* The father of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]], Rocky Johnson.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo's real last name was ''Faggart.''
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat debuted in the Minnesota-based AWA under his real name of Dick Blood.
* Former Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler Wrestling/BallsMahoney is an obvious example. According to his backstory, he learned to fight at a young age, fighting off bullies who picked on him because of his name. He seems to have embraced it as he got older, though, considering how DoubleEntendre-laced his promos were and his selection of Music/{{ACDC}}' s "Big Balls" as his entrance theme.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} gave Barry Darsow a golfer gimmick in October 1998. The
character was originally going to be named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker "Stewart Pain," a reference to RealLife golfer Payne Stewart. This was abandoned when Stewart died in a plane crash. Instead, Darsow was renamed "Mr. Hole-In-One" Barry Darsow.
* The late actor/wrestler Robert "Jeep" Swenson was brought in for a one-shot appearance as a member of the Alliance to End Hulkamania (a VillainTeamUp of the Four Horsemen and [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom the Dungeon of Doom]] for the "Doomsday Cage Match" at ''WCW Uncensored 96''). His character was originally going to be named the Final Solution (also Hitler's name for the Holocaust), before common sense prevailed and the name was changed to the Ultimate Solution. Of course, his main claim to fame for non-wrestling fans was his role as Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (before Tom Hardy played the character in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'').
* Teddy Hart, whose real name
is Ted Annis, whose last name rhymes with... well, you know...
* [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]]'s Eddie Edwards. Worse, it ''isn't a ring name''.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly. It worked when she was a cute, blond, pigtailed country bumpkin from Alabama, but
not an after she became a brunette villain.
** Her kayfabe cousin, Wrestling/BobHolly, had the
unfortunate name to have "Sparky Plugg" when he started in the WWF as a wrestling race-car driver.
* Ben Dejo
and Marty Con Dejo from the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoyz Team 3D Academy]]. While they would later be know as Jay Cruz and Eddie Rios, they still get called Los Ben Dejos when acting as a TagTeam. It's supposed to mean they are free spirits but unfortunately happens to be really similar to "those two assholes", which fans not fluent in Spanish pick up on first.
* When [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]] signed to WWE, he was given the name Sami Zayn. While the 'Sami' part has nothing wrong with it, his last name could be a little unfortunate. While Zayn is a common Arabic first name[[note]]he's Syrian-Canadian[[/note]], in the Western world the first person that comes to mind is Zayn Malik, one
of itself. If it belongs the members of Music/OneDirection. This has led to a boy some incidents on crutches Twitter where WWE fans poke fun at One Direction-related trends.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero started his career as Wife Beater, based
on the other hand...
sleeveless white undershirt he wore at the time. He changed it after a women's group threatened to protest a show he was wrestling on in Wisconsin.
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's Wrestling/BradMaddox's real last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
''Kluttz.''
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Charlotte/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You
WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black,
the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except it's also the same acronym as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used as a cooling oil for short.old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It also sounds pretty similar to PCP, commonly used as a recreational drug.
* Wrestling/KellyKelly's real name is ''Barbie Blank''. Talk about being typecast since birth, or at least childhood.[[note]]It's actually ''Barbara Jean'' Blank, which mitigates it somewhat, but Barbie caught on as the shorthand.[[/note]]


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[[folder:Radio]]
* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is unfortunate enough in itself, to the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named in the credits as Bang-bang and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had a name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall at the moment" and that his son Bernard "had a name that was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his parents didn't want him to be bullied at school."
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we all have our problems.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] is full of examples. Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the name because a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.[[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control national governments, combined with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there is a character named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker is not an unfortunate name to have in and of itself. If it belongs to a boy on crutches on the other hand...
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black, the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. for short.
[[/folder]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is unfortunate enough in itself, to the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named in the credits as Bang-bang and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had a name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall at the moment" and that his son Bernard "had a name that was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his parents didn't want him to be bullied at school."
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we all have our problems.

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[[folder:Radio]]
[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne Cobb. River says it best, "Jayne is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets.
girl's name."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he
''Series/TheITCrowd'' gave us Peter Phile, who was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is
unfortunate enough in itself, to be paged over an airport loudspeaker. British English pronounces "pedophile" like "pee-do-file," making the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he two terms sound much more similar. ''Series/TheITCrowd'' was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy probably referencing ''Series/BrassEye'', who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named
[[OlderThanTheyThink did that joke in the credits 2001 special]]. Creator Graham Linehan was one of the writers of the ''Brass Eye'' special.
* ''The Chaser'' - an Australian comedy group - pulled a similar prank in an airport during their ''War On Everything'' show, taking advantage of an automated booking terminal to create passes under such names
as Bang-bang Terry Wrist and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when
Al Kyder and then waiting until the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had staff broadcast the names over the loudspeakers.
* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', Corky Sherwood married
a man whose last name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall Forrest, making her married name [[RobinHood Corky Sherwood-Forrest]]. Rather amusingly, the actress who played Corky, Faith Ford, was married at the moment" and time to a man whose last name was Nottingham.
* On the BBC's ''Wings'', Lieutenant Gaylion's surname is pronounced GAY-lee-un. For much of the first season, Captain Triggers refers to him as gay-lion, pronouncing it as though he were a predatory cat
that his son Bernard "had a name that prefers the company of other male predatory cats.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** One of the reasons Jordan divorced Dr. Cox (at least according to her)
was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his name is, well, Dr. ''Cox''. The problem with this is illustrated in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsd5jlExE0g this clip]].
** Keith, whose last name is Dudemeister. "It's German, it means ''master of dudes''." Then there's Private Dancer[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke his surname is Dancer, and his military rank is Private]][[/note]]. And of course Doctors Beardfacé [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced Beard-fuh-say)]] and Mickhead. And Coleman Slawski.
** Turk has dibs on the name [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] for a future child, though it's unlikely his wife will let him. JD named his own child Sam [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Perry]] ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]]'' Dorian.
** JD's (John Dorian) original name was ''Joanna'' and it stayed that way for a while, as his
parents didn't want him hadn't decided on a male name before he was born.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The name Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr is the king of this trope. Why? Because the name belongs to a ''woman''.
** The show gave us Theodore Evelyn Mosby. Evelyn used
to be bullied a male name. Barney tried to use Ted's full name and used "Theodore Vivian Mosby".[[note]]The first wife of the (male) English novelist Evelyn Waugh was named "Evelyn". The couple was known as "the two Evelyns".[[/note]].
** One episode has a poor girl named Cook Pu. Ted unfortunately thinks that this is a prank name his students edited onto his attendance sheet in order to make him look stupid, and goes about mocking them
at school.length for not having enough imagination to come up with a name less lame and obvious than "Cook Pu". He ''does'' feel terrible when he realizes that it's actually a real name — when the student in question runs out of his class in tears. [[EpicFail Oops.]]
** Lily and Marshall gave their son Marvin the middle name Wait For It as a reference to one of Barney's catchphrases. Barney chose the name himself. The gang thinks it's awesome.
** Ted discussed someday naming his future children Luke and Leia after ''Franchise/StarWars'' characters, using ShoutOutThemeNaming.
** Season 6 had Randy Wharmpess who finally fulfilled his dream of starting his own brewery.
--->"It's not beer, it's ''Wharmpess''.
"
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my
Chrissy from ''ThreesCompany''? Her full name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we
Christmas Snow.
* ''Series/AlienNation'': A ship full of alien refugees with difficult names arrives on Earth and
all are assigned human names. Naming thousands of people can get pretty tedious, so the ones near the end of the line ended up with names like Sam Francisco, Rudyard Kipling, etc. The names were somewhat difficult but not prohibitively so: George Francisco (formerly Sam) was Stangya Soren'tzah and Cathy Frenkel was Gelana Vray, for example. The names were selected not only for absurdity or evocation of famous humans, but also with irony or malice: a not-so-bright Tenktonese was called Albert Einstein, and a couple interested in having an electric articles store were named Thomas and Alva Edison. And, strangely, years after the descent, the immigration office still is funny with names: in the TV movie ''Dark Horizon'' the newly arrived Aphossno is named Norman Conquest. The original film was implicitly referencing Ellis Island clerks who "Americanized" immigrant names they had trouble pronouncing.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Penny dates a perfectly nice man whose name is Doug... Hitler.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'':
** Marcy Rhodes takes the news that she got married to a man she doesn't remember meeting in a ceremony she also doesn't remember surprisingly well... but she's much less pleased to learn that her name is now Marcy D'Arcy.
** Once, Peggy and the kids are going through the phone book looking for a new last name. Perfectly good names keep getting rejected because Kelly can't spell them. So they end up using "Cat". Buck was especially thrilled. (Cat being an odd choice, as another episode shows that Kelly can't even spell ''that'' right.)
* The generally unfortunate ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion Peri Brown's real first name is ''Perpugilliam''. (Yes, she's from Earth.)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** A sketch called "Mr. and Mrs. Git" had a family with the surname "Git". They had "A Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git" and his wife "Dreary Fat Boring Old Git". The Gits had named their children "Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced" and "Ghastly Horrible Spotted Vicious Little". They do recognize that it's unfortunate for them to
have our problems.a surname like "Git", but given their horrible first names they recognize that changing it won't do them much good. Then again, as the sketch goes on you learn they're actually quite horrible people to go with the names, so it's all... Ok?
** Mr. Smokestoomuch. Apparently it wasn't a burden, he was well into adulthood before he figured it out.
** Raymond Luxury Yacht, which is actually pronounced "Throat Warbler Mangrove."
** Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont from the sketch "How Not To Be Seen".
* At the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' class reunion, it is revealed that Mac has been going by a nickname because his birth name is Ronald [=McDonald=].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** A newly engaged Cerie gushed about her future children: "I already have all the names picked out. If it's a girl, 'Bookcase'. Or 'Sandstorm'. Or maybe 'Hat'... but that's more of a boy's name."
** [[AttentionWhore Jenna]] tops this with "Frisbeeface" and "Glock Gender Irrelevant".
** The guy in charge of dealing with sexual harassment cases is named Jeffrey Wienerslave.
** Wesley Snipes.
---> '''Wesley Snipes:''' If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked, 'Who should be named Wesley Snipes', you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
** In an early episode, Liz is certain that Tracy made up "Dr. Spaceman", the doctor he claims prescribed him all the drugs he's been taking -- until she finally meets the doctor ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY though he prefers to pronounce it Spah-che-men]]).
** Steven, who is a Black. As in, a member of the Black family.
---> '''Jack:''' Remarkable people, the Blacks: musical, very athletic, not very good swimmers... again, I am talking about the family. Black ''is'' African American though.
* ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'':
** A segment centered around the very poorly named Randy Bumgardner.
** They noted that Randy's mother's maiden name was Mincey, so he could potentially have become a Mincey-Bumgardner.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** The Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man's full name is Mofaz Idi Amin Pulpat Stalin Bin Laden Manson Johnson Always.
** With Wings.
** Supposedly there's a Hussein in there too.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** It gives us Bob Loblaw, a lawyer. His website is Bob Loblaw's Law Blog. At one point, a headline reads "Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb".
** There's the surrogate, Larry Middleman.
** The Bluth family yacht, the ''Seaward''. Which Gob embraces when he names its successor the ''[[CountryMatters 'C'-Word]]''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few notable examples:
** A sketch called "The Life and Times of Johnny Hildo." The inability of everyone to understand that it's Hildo (with an H) drives him to commit murder. His cellmate is Larry Bagina.
** Alec Baldwin's Pete Schweddy (the guy who makes Schweddy Balls and Schweddy Weiners).
** Christoper Walken's one-shot character Colonel Angus (later renamed Enol after being drummed out of the service during the Civil War).
** Nic Cage's Asswipe (pronounced "ah-swee-pay") Johnson.
** Lord and Lady Douchebag, from a sketch about nobles who'd had things named after them (Sandwich, Argyll, Cardigan, etc.). At the the very end of the sketch, the butler announces "Lord Compost Heap and Lady Disinfectant Cake".
* TV personality [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCdv4GHTyo4 Myke Hawke]], pronounced like "Mike Hawk". Try saying his name real fast.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** "Finn and Quinn": One of the worst-best {{Portmanteau Couple Name}}s ever, and probably intentional, too. "Sue and Schue" is another such example.
** [[IdiotHero Finn]] and his pregnant girlfriend Quinn discussing baby names:
--->'''Finn''': And then I thought up the perfect name - DRIZZLE!
** In another example from this series, of the Unfortunate Meaning variety, one of the girls from the Jane Addams Academy is named Aphasia.
* ''LoveConnection'' introduces a 26-year-old man who loves beer and loud music. He currently works in gift sales and his mom seems to have some issues with his love life. Ladies and gentlemen, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZeU-SjgJQ Robert Fagot]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' Sara Sidle. Go on, try saying it quickly.
** Hers may be somewhat punny, but now D.B. has her beat in the name department. "Seeing Red" revealed his full name is Diebenkorn Russell. No wonder he uses D.B.
* On ''{{Series/CSI NY}}'', Aiden Burn-she had the misforturne to be found as a charred corpse after quitting the lab.
* ''Series/UniversityChallenge'':
** It had one contestant called Steve Raper. To make matters worse, he represented the University of Bath, so every time he buzzed in TheAnnouncer said "Bath Raper", which sounds like a SerialKiller sobriquet.
** Martin Heighway (pronounced "highway") of the Open University: "Open Heighway".
* A subplot in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had Det. La Rue trying to help the career of a struggling standup comic named Vic [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who had made a deathbed promise to his father to keep the family name. La Rue encountered him, not yet knowing his name, and he was so funny La Rue was cracking up laughing. He couldn't understand how this guy couldn't make it as a comic. Then he learned his name.
* Stringfellow Hawke, of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Perhaps one of the most memorable names of all TV characters. He gets to share a laugh with one Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III over each other's names.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' had Carla trying to get around a family naming tradition that would have unintentionally forced the name "UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini" onto her unborn baby.
* One episode of ''{{Miranda}}'' featured both a character called Susan Perb ([[DontExplainTheJoke Sue Perb = superb]]) ''and'' a character called Dick Twist ([[AccidentalInnuendo which needs no explanation]]). When Miranda's new work colleagues don't find the former funny, it's the final straw and she quits the job; the latter becomes a RunningGag throughout the episode.
* Captain Darling from ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''. The creators said that as soon as they came up with the name for him, he went from a totally empty character to one who'd been steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness and resentment from being called "darling" by everyone.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': A girl in Dewey's class at school is called Regina Tucker. Reese is still unable to think up a sleazy nickname for her.
* The Malaysian government tried to ban PowerRangers because their title "Mighty Morphin'". And morphine is a drug.
* While not treated as such in-show, Captain Hunnicutt of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' arguably has one of these in "BJ". You may think that the modern connotation of that initialism probably hadn't been developed yet in TheFifties, but there is a scene in one episode that offers a possible nod-and-a-wink to this. A visiting nurse asks Hunnicutt what BJ stands for. Before he can answer, Hawkeye quickly interrupts with, "Anything you like." Another episode, however, has him explain that he was named for his parents, ''B''ea and ''J''ay.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' featured Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries. Not to mention Mr. Lucas, who is not thrilled to reveal that his first name is Dick.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'': "[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]... sorry, ''[[ThePoorMansSubstitute Cliff]]''!" Malcolm Tucker cruelly points out that Cliff Lawton MP may not have the most appropriate name in British politics.
* ''HomeAndAway'' has Marilyn Chambers. Unlike her RL namesake, though, she really is 99 44/100% pure.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. And a guest character in one episode named Benjamin Franklin.
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Angela's given name was so terrible that she changed it the minute she turned 18. While we don't know what the name was, we can assume it was pretty bad being as she wouldn't let her husband hear it, her father wanted her to name her son Staccato Mamba, and, most importantly, her middle name is "Pearly Gates."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler Muriel Bing. He doesn't like either his name or surname, and he's very unhappy when he blabs and reveals his middle name.
** Rachel's chiropractor.
--->'''Rachel:''' Excuse me, Dr. Bobby happens to be an excellent doctor.
--->'''Dr. Green:''' Wait a minute, his name is ''Dr. Bobby''?
--->'''Rachel:''' Well that's his last name.
-->'''Ross:''' And his first name.
-->'''Dr. Green:''' He's Bobby Bobby?
-->'''Rachel:''' It's ''Robert'' Bobby.
** Joey does this to HIMSELF when he's persuaded to adopt the stage name of "JosephStalin". Being TheDitz, he doesn't realise the problem until it's too late.
* ''Series/TJHooker'' has its title character.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is given a number by Casey so he can request military support on a mission. Casey says that he will be redirected to a Colonel Sanders, and tells Chuck not to make fun of his name.
* A couple examples from ''Series/{{Community}}''. Both {{lampshaded}} of course.
** Britta. What is she, a water filter?
** Shirley names her son after Chang, who helps talk her through the birth. The problem? His first name is Ben... and her last name is Bennett. She has an OhCrap moment when she realizes.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Vyvyan Basterd. The surname by itself is pretty unfortunate, but the owner of the full name is a ''boy''. Oddly enough, though, it proves to be a perfect fit for him.
* ''Series/{{Bottom}}''
** Vyvyan's actor would go on a few years later to play a character named Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
** There was a barman named Dick Head.
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' features lonely client Randy Mann.
* In a bit on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', before he left for [[Series/TheColbertReport his own show]], Stephen Colbert confessed that his name was Ted Hitler. "No relation. [[spoiler:Okay, well, distant relation. Two generations. Straight up. Okay, Hitler was my grandfather!]]"
* In ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' the main character, an inveterate snob, is Hyacinth Bucket, though she insists on pronouncing it Bouquet and gets very stroppy when others call her Mrs. Bucket. Her husband, Richard, from whom she obviously got the name, is not embarrassed by his surname at all and tends to roll his eyes when he hears her correcting people.
* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick learns that he is the Big Giant head's son, which would make his surname "Head."
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'' the gang has to market a brand of bedtime drink that they rename 'Snooze'. The original name of the product? Venom.
* One skit from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' featured a 50's style sitcom about the Niggar family, who are actually white. Much fun was had with NWordPrivileges. The end of the skit has them meeting a hispanic family named the Wetbacks.
* [[Series/TheRedGreenShow Red Green.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a recurring demon character who was called either Lorne or just The Host, due to his running a karaoke bar. That's because his real name was Krevlorneswrath of the Deathwok Clan. In the episode "Belonging", he explains that he considers just Lorne to still be an Unfortunate Name because of the ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' jokes (he has green skin, and ''Bonanza'' stars Lorne Greene). In his home dimension of Pylea, "The Host" is also an unfortunate name as it is more closely associated with parasites than guests there.
* In the ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' episode "Nameless", a Fuchsteufelwild traditionally has a name that is an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of Rumpelstiltskin. The [[MonsterOfTheWeek Fuchsteufelwild]] responsible for the murders is stuck with the name Trinket Lipslums.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' has PJ Duncan, who's name in one episode is revealed as [[spoiler: Potty John]]. Then it gets changed to [[spoiler: Patty John, legally PP Duncan]]. Poor guy.
* In a sketch in ''Series/ManStrokeWoman,'' a couple talks to another couple about them having a baby and what they plan on naming it. They apparently plan on naming it Crapbasket. The other couple resists their urge to say something, and tell them it is a lovely name.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/OnceAndAgain'', Karen briefly dates a man named Lloyd Lloyd, which amuses her ex-husband and children to no end. Even Karen, after telling them they're being mean, can't help laughing about it as well.
-->'''Karen:''' (''trying to hold it together'') The name so nice, they used it twice! (''dissolves into helpless laughter'')
** Judy also makes fun of it in Season 2.
* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Skye's orphanage-given name was Mary Sue Poots. We do at least find out her real name is [[spoiler: [[SecretWarriors Daisy Johnson]]]], which is decent enough for her to start using it regularly after abandoning the 'Skye' alias.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Randy mentions that he and Earl used to make fun of a neighbor of theirs by the name of Peter Dick Johnson. (Mr. Johnson left Pimmit Hills Trailer Park some time ago, although we are not told whether it was the result of Earl and Randy's teasing or for another reason.)
** Another episode during the {{Prison}} arc has a fellow inmate complaining that his name is John Lou.
--> '''John:''' "There's two toilets in my name, Earl! I never had a chance!"
* The cross-cultural variation was one of the explanations for why the Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' never managed to decide and stick to a name (in a timeline that wasn't time-travelled away, anyway) -- pretty much any name he could come up with would sound like something rude in one language or the other, and the Doctor was programmed to know quite a lot of languages.
* The Dutch series {{Series/Baantjer}} has de Cock, the protagonist of the series. Because his name would normally be spelled as "kok" in Dutch, he always spells it out.
--> '''De Cock'''': "Mijn naam is De Cock, met cee-oo-cee-kaa" [[note]]My name is De Cock, spelled C-O-C-K[[/note]]
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' has ''Farkle Minkus.'' Poor kid.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/TouchOfSatan'', one of the production members is named "Emby Mellay", prompting Tom Servo to comment "That's not a name. It's a bad Scrabble hand".
* In ''Series/TheWire'', when Randy Wagstaff gives his name to police, they quip that there's no way he'd lie about that.



[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] is full of examples. Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the name because a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.[[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control national governments, combined with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.

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* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] In Creator/ShelSilverstein's "A Boy Named Sue," [[CoveredUp best known]] for its Music/JohnnyCash cover, the narrator's father names him Sue so that he'll grow up tough. It works, but the narrator still resents the name and at the end of the song vows that when he has a son of his own he'll name him "anything but Sue."
* The Arrogant Worms' song "A Night In Dildo" celebrates the many unfortunate ''place'' names in Newfoundland.
-->''From Woody's Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Fairyland\\
Come take a look at Gander; Blackhead's mighty grand...''
* わたしのココ (Watashinokoko) once had the name Kesson Shoujo. So did a [[{{Hentai}} naughty Japanese comic]] with a [[{{Hermaphrodite}} loose grasp on biology]].
* Taco Ockerse, best known for "Puttin' On The Ritz." Yes, that's his birth name.
* "H" from the 1990's pop group Music/{{Steps}} was attacked on Twitter in 2013 because his real name
is full Ian Watkins, and people assumed that H was the lead singer of examples. Welsh rock band Music/{{Lostprophets}}, who had just been convicted of child nolestation. To add insult to injury, Website/{{Google}} [[http://www.clickmusic.com/news/article/google-confuses-steps-singer-ian-h-watkins-for-disgraced-paedophile-again displayed the pedophile's mugshot on search results for the Steps singer]].
* Victoria Hesketh's artist name, Little Boots, echoes that of a certain [[TheCaligula tyrannical Roman emperor]].
* GirlGroup Music/{{Stooshe}} have a name which is homophonous to ''stooze'', the process of [[LoopholeAbuse making cash via 0% interest rates]], a term invented by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. Cue the UnfortunateImplications of the name...
* The band name Music/KatrinaAndTheWaves became one of these after a particularly infamous 2005 hurricane named Katrina.
* "[[OneHitWonder Headstrong]]" rockers Trapt's lead singer is named Chris Brown... [[NamesTheSame no]], [[Music/ChrisBrown not the guy who beat up]] Music/{{Rihanna}}.
Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally
connection rapidly accelerated Trapt's subsequent fall from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
popularity.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, "Vixen" is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the
nice name because for a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's
girl rock band...until your first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy
gig in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Germany, when people won't stop giggling. [[note]] Homonymous with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese
"wichsen", to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.
fap. [[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes American funk band Black Merda chose their name as a deliberate misspelling of "black murder"...oblivious to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory the fact that Jews secretly control national governments, combined romance language speakers would laugh their asses off ("merda" is the word for "shit" in Italian / Portuguese and is close to Spanish "mierda" and French "merde", with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.
the same meaning).



[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there is a character named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker is not an unfortunate name to have in and of itself. If it belongs to a boy on crutches on the other hand...
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black, the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. for short.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there UK World of Sport wrestling: "Big Daddy" was really "Shirley Crabtree". Also, he ended up taking the name "Big Daddy" after hearing it in a song, not realizing it had sexual overtones, as opposed to "person who is a role model to kids". (Considering he had an entourage of kids following him into the ring)
* The father of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]], Rocky Johnson.
* Wrestling/JackieFargo's real last name was ''Faggart.''
* Wrestling/RickySteamboat debuted in the Minnesota-based AWA under his real name of Dick Blood.
* Former Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler Wrestling/BallsMahoney is an obvious example. According to his backstory, he learned to fight at a young age, fighting off bullies who picked on him because of his name. He seems to have embraced it as he got older, though, considering how DoubleEntendre-laced his promos were and his selection of Music/{{ACDC}}' s "Big Balls" as his entrance theme.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} gave Barry Darsow a golfer gimmick in October 1998. The
character was originally going to be named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker "Stewart Pain," a reference to RealLife golfer Payne Stewart. This was abandoned when Stewart died in a plane crash. Instead, Darsow was renamed "Mr. Hole-In-One" Barry Darsow.
* The late actor/wrestler Robert "Jeep" Swenson was brought in for a one-shot appearance as a member of the Alliance to End Hulkamania (a VillainTeamUp of the Four Horsemen and [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom the Dungeon of Doom]] for the "Doomsday Cage Match" at ''WCW Uncensored 96''). His character was originally going to be named the Final Solution (also Hitler's name for the Holocaust), before common sense prevailed and the name was changed to the Ultimate Solution. Of course, his main claim to fame for non-wrestling fans was his role as Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' (before Tom Hardy played the character in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'').
* Teddy Hart, whose real name
is Ted Annis, whose last name rhymes with... well, you know...
* [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]]'s Eddie Edwards. Worse, it ''isn't a ring name''.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly. It worked when she was a cute, blond, pigtailed country bumpkin from Alabama, but
not an after she became a brunette villain.
** Her kayfabe cousin, Wrestling/BobHolly, had the
unfortunate name to have "Sparky Plugg" when he started in the WWF as a wrestling race-car driver.
* Ben Dejo
and Marty Con Dejo from the [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoyz Team 3D Academy]]. While they would later be know as Jay Cruz and Eddie Rios, they still get called Los Ben Dejos when acting as a TagTeam. It's supposed to mean they are free spirits but unfortunately happens to be really similar to "those two assholes", which fans not fluent in Spanish pick up on first.
* When [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]] signed to WWE, he was given the name Sami Zayn. While the 'Sami' part has nothing wrong with it, his last name could be a little unfortunate. While Zayn is a common Arabic first name[[note]]he's Syrian-Canadian[[/note]], in the Western world the first person that comes to mind is Zayn Malik, one
of itself. If it belongs the members of Music/OneDirection. This has led to a boy some incidents on crutches Twitter where WWE fans poke fun at One Direction-related trends.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero started his career as Wife Beater, based
on the other hand...
sleeveless white undershirt he wore at the time. He changed it after a women's group threatened to protest a show he was wrestling on in Wisconsin.
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's Wrestling/BradMaddox's real last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
''Kluttz.''
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means The Wrestling/{{Paige}}/Charlotte/Wrestling/BeckyLynch trio for the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You
WWE "Divas Revolution" angle simply can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' seem to avoid this trope ever since they started teaming together—in large part because they're supposed to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black,
the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, {{face}}s in this storyline. First there was Team Paige, which is only bad in the context that it only accounts for one member, unlike the other two trios involved (Team Bella is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. after two of its members, Team BAD describes all three). Then there was Submission Sorority, which did away with that problem since Paige, Charlotte, and Becky all have submission finishers…only to introduce the issue of Google searches turning up and showing links to a hazing porn series called Sorority Submission. Upon catching that, WWE changed the name to PCB after each lady's first initial, which sounds innocent enough if a little unimaginative. Except it's also the same acronym as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_biphenyl polychlorinated biphenyl]]—a type of synthetic organic compound used as a cooling oil for short.old power transformers…as well as a [[MutagenicFood GMO food ingredient via Monsanto and Bayer]]. It also sounds pretty similar to PCP, commonly used as a recreational drug.
* Wrestling/KellyKelly's real name is ''Barbie Blank''. Talk about being typecast since birth, or at least childhood.[[note]]It's actually ''Barbara Jean'' Blank, which mitigates it somewhat, but Barbie caught on as the shorthand.[[/note]]


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[[folder:Radio]]
* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is unfortunate enough in itself, to the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named in the credits as Bang-bang and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had a name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall at the moment" and that his son Bernard "had a name that was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his parents didn't want him to be bullied at school."
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we all have our problems.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] is full of examples. Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the name because a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.[[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control national governments, combined with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there is a character named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker is not an unfortunate name to have in and of itself. If it belongs to a boy on crutches on the other hand...
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black, the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. for short.
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* The final round of the PanelGame ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' is invariably "Late Arrivals", where the contestants come up with silly names for announcements of late arrivals at a ball for a specified demographic, usually [[HurricaneOfPuns (true to form)]] very bad puns. For example:
-->"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Interior Decorators' ball, please welcome Mr and Mrs Wall-Carpets and their son Walter Wall-Carpets."
** A running gag is to include Gordon Bennett, a British exclamation of annoyance. As in, at the Builders' Ball:
--->"Please welcome Mr and Mrs Bennett-That's-Twice-The-Estimate and their son Gordon!"
* ''Radio Active'' has the ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar always very carefully pronounced]]) Mike Hunt.
* The ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Merchant of Odyssey" introduced an IRS agent with a name Edwin Blackgaard (not the most fortunate name to begin with) had to feel pity for.
-->'''Harold Leech''': My name is Leech.
-->'''Edwin''': I'm so sorry.
* When he was writing the original [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] radio series, Douglas Adams specifically chose the character name "Slartibartfast" because he wanted that character to be "weighted down by some secret sorrow," and further decided that the "secret sorrow" in question was that the character had a really unfortunate name. He explained that he had wanted a name that sounded very rude but could still be broadcast on the radio: he started with Phartiphuckborlz, and worked upwards. Granted, alongside names like "Zaphod Beeblebrox", "Eccentrica Gallumbits", "Wonko The Sane", and "the Great Green Arklesiezure", the name "Slartibartfast" actually doesn't sound all that much more odd.
** Also appearing in the same episode as Slartibartfast are the philosophers Vroomfondel and Majikthise, and a computer programmer who isn't named in the radio version but appears in other versions as Fook.
** And, of course, Ford Prefect. Not as dirty but still unfortunate. He skimped a bit on his research, and when he wanted to choose a perfectly normal inconspicuous Earth name, he chose the perfectly normal inconspicuous name of [[MistookTheDominantLifeform a model of automobile popular in the United Kingdom]]. (North American readers who didn't realize this were left a little confused.)
*** His given name is unfortunate enough in itself, to the point where it's completely impossible to pronounce in anything but an extinct Betelgeusian dialect, and as a child he was generally known as Ix, which translates to "[[TranslationYes boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven]].".
** The cops on Magrathea are named in the credits as Bang-bang and Shooty.
* A sketch on ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' parodying ''A Christmas Carol'' has a main character called Christopher Muscheer. The joke is elaborated on when the narrator informs us that Chris' wife "also had a name that was very funny when followed by Muscheer, but which I can't recall at the moment" and that his son Bernard "had a name that was not funny when followed by Muscheer, because his parents didn't want him to be bullied at school."
* Stan Freberg has this bit in his "Elderly Man River" sketch:
-->'''Mr. Tweedly:''' Pardon me, Mr. Freberg, but my name is Tweedly.\\
'''Stan Freberg:''' Well, we all have our problems.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=380113 This thread]] is full of examples. Unfortunately, the mage Koakmasheen wasn't a potions specialist. It's the players who do it [[TheLoonie on purpose]] that you need to watch out for.
* Discussed in the {{GURPS}} supplement ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'', filled with sample SuperHero characters. One mentioned, Streaker, went into retirement in part because his crimefighting pseudonym (originally from the streaky afterimages from his SuperSpeed) was adopted as a term for running through a public place naked.
* Lord Toede, an obese toad-faced hobgoblin, is a prominent low-grade villain from the {{Dragonlance}} D&D setting.
** Ask a tinker gnome where he's from, and he'll probably say "Nevermind." He isn't trying to avoid answering or being rude; most tinker gnomes actually live in a large city on Krynn called Mount Nevermind. It got the name because a human explorer made the mistake of asking a native the name of the mountain and had to interrupt when the gnome started reciting the place's ''entire'' history.
* Hostler from The Waterside Hotel from TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil adventure - Dick Rentsch.
* In Gary Gygax's "Necropolis" - a lot of adventurers came to Ar-Tuat. It is pronounced 'too-at'. It is still DoubleEntendre, as Gygax's first language was English.
* ''CandyLand'' has Princess Lolly ("Lowly"), who is a little girl. The makers of the game probably never would have guessed that a few decades later, the word "loli" would refer to [[{{Lolicon}} something else entirely...]]
* There's a guy in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} with the name and nickname of "Fingers" [[CountryMatters Vagin]].
* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'': While at least a few developers knew actual Japanese to a meaningful degree, most names came up as random, nonsensical mashings of Japanese syllables. This means that you get characters with delightful names such as "Kuso" (turd) or "Baka" (stupid). Also, there was a respectable samurai woman named "O-ushi," which can mean "honorable cow." YouFightLikeACow, indeed.
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' the Japanese-themed faction the Draconis Combine gets a Battlemech called the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dragon Dragon.]] Appropriate enough and not unfortunate since the faction's early leaders deliberately chose the Japanese theme. It becomes more unfortunate that they're known for rampant xenophobia, implied racism, cheating and backstabbing their hired mercenaries, and several atrocities (including planet scale genocide), after which they developed the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Grand_Dragon Grand Dragon.]] Ouch.[[note]]Grand Dragon is a Ku Klux Klan rank.[[/note]]
** There is a manufacturing company named Wangker Aerospace.
** There is also a system in the periphery called Butte Hold. Somewhat appropriately, it is known for its Pirates.
* The Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft bank from ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' initializes to ZOG Bank. "ZOG" is an initialism for "Zionist Occupation Government," a neo-Nazi and white supremacist conspiracy theory that Jews secretly control national governments, combined with [[GreedyJew another offensive Jewish stereotype]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Infernoid Harmadik for having GroinAttack implications in English, even though means third in Hungarian.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', there is a character named "Archie Walker". Archie Walker is not an unfortunate name to have in and of itself. If it belongs to a boy on crutches on the other hand...
* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Alvaro's last name is Mangiacavallo. Its Italian meaning, "Eat-a-Horse," cements his status as clown.
-->"It's a comical name, I know. Maybe two thousand and seventy years ago one of my grandfathers got so hungry that he ate up a horse. That ain't my fault."
* In ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', Eistenstein's incompetent defense attorney is named Blind (which means the same thing in German and English).
* From ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "You can't expect a chap with such a name as ''Dick Deadeye'' to be a popular character-- now can you?"
* In ''One Slight Hitch'' by Lewis Black, the youngest Coleman sister, and {{narrator}}, is named Plant Ballantine, P.B. for short.
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has Lance Vance, which he got mocked for in high school. Tommy Vercetti says it all: "Lance Vance. Poor bastard."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
** Jack, also known as "Subject Zero," one of your companions. She is revealed to be a woman, although in very rare cases it can be used as a female given name, and it's revealed in the third game that her real name is [[spoiler:Jennifer]].
** The captain of the quarian starship Qwib-Qwib is rather defensive when questioned on the subject, explaining that ships are bought from different cultures and that it can be difficult to change its registry information.
** Due to Quarian naming conventions, people who serve on the ships [[StealthPun Defrenz or Iktomi]] carry the name "vas Defrenz" ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas_deferens vas deferens]]) and "vas Iktomi" (vasectomy). Nice, respectable names, indeed.
* One of the mock commercials in ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack: Fifth Dementia'' is for "The Society for People With Unfortunate Names", including such members as Eileen Dover and her husband Ben.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' 4Koma comics often make fun of how Aya Kobayashi shares a last name with ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'''s [[TheScrappy Katz Kobayashi]]. Aya does NOT take that treatment well.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** There is an aging security guard who [[MotorMouth just can't shut up]]. Her name is Wendy Oldbag.
** Also Maggey Byrde who is fittingly named for a Magpie due to her horribly bad luck. When Byrde was six months old, she fell off the ninth floor of an apartment building. Since then, she has experienced a myriad of disasters such as getting hit by various vehicles, getting sick from all sorts of foods and failing almost every test she ever took. And has never once won or even tied at a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. She became known as the "Goddess of Misfortune" as she grew up, and at college, people called her "Lady Luckless". Her current aspiration is to simply "Be an Unlucky Person rather then a Goddess." Like Ms. Oldbag, she's a recurring character.
** Another recurring character with this trope is Larry Butz. There's also a saying with that: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz".
** For a non-recurring character (so far), we have fat, sweaty otaku Sal Manella, an obvious pun on salmonella.
** The worst would probably go to a victim in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'', Deid Mann. He doesn't have a lot to do with the plot, but you really must wonder how little his parents must have thought of him.
* ''TyTheTasmanianTiger'' has "Bush Rescue". Perfectly accurate for the Australian Outback, but a poor choice nonetheless.
* Poor Guybrush Threepwood is the running joke of the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series.
** A man in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' who mocks his name is called ''[[HypocriticalHumor Mancomb Seepgood]]''.
** This one has a strange backstory, though -- his original name was "Guy", and the bizarre image editor they used gave him the extension ".brush." After a bit of thinking, they decided to just keep calling him that, but they put out a call for a last name, and someone suggested "Threepwood". [[WeirdAlEffect Apparently]] it's a reference to [[Literature/BlandingsCastle something]].
** Also, Haggis [=McMutton=] from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'':
--->'''Haggis''': "Well, Haggis is only my nickname. My true name is 'Heart Lungs And Liver Boiled In The Stomach Of The Animal [=McMutton=]'." \\
'''Guybrush''': "Oh, so your parents were expecting a girl."\\
'''Haggis''': "Aye."
** Then in the fourth game, we have Ignatius Cheese, and his (possibly apocryphal, even in-universe) relatives, including "Gorgon Zola Cheese".
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has Poo and Porky. Porky would become ''Pokey'' in the translation. Which name is worse is up to you to decide. The game also has Paula Polestar.
* Some of the characters from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series: First names of Fox, Wolf, Panther and Pigma (who names their kid that?) and last names of Toad, Hare, and Pepper.
-->''In a Super Smash Bros. Brawl conversation'':\\
'''Solid Snake''' Colonel, there's a guy in here who looks like a wolf...\\
'''Colonel Roy Campbell''': You mean the fighter named Wolf.\\
'''Solid Snake''': "Wolf." [[SarcasmMode Real imaginative name]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ozRV59m5Fk&feature=channel_page Sniggerbobble]], a character from a few series of Mario World hacks as seen in that video. Apart from [[ScunthorpeProblem setting off a few word censors]], the name itself is just... incredibly difficult to take seriously. Especially anything else named after it, which added said name in front of a normal word.
* EVEOnline has the Thukker Tribe. Yes. Really. Some of the system names aren't much better, and even the random alphanumeric 0.0 system names have a few bulkhead bangers.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', one of the characters' name is Cao Pi, probably after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Pi historical figure]]. The actual pronunciation is "Tsao Pee", like the Chinese chicken, but the vocal director for Dynasty Warriors refused to do his research until the Warriors Orochi series premiered in America - ''six games into the American releases of the franchise'' for the Chinese warriors.[[note]]...not counting the spinoffs of Empires and Kessen, much less the Xtreme Legends spinoffs either. That raises it to around 10 games![[/note]] Luckily, the VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors crew were comparably unscathed.
* In the ''PhantasyStar'' series, the name of the BigBad Dark Force/Darkfalz has been interpreted as Dark ''Phallus''. It doesn't help that, in the fourth game, there's a normal enemy that looks like his sprite in the first game and is called ''Prophallus''.
* Related to the above example, {{Persona 3}} character Pharos has had his name interpreted as Phallus [[http://simg2.gelbooru.com//images/772/b1b0868247fd875ad095682230ec84cb.png?914579 by some Japanese fan artists.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', there is a headmaster called Nawwaf Leelaporn.
** Townie character Goopy Gilscarbo, anyone? Funny name, [[{{Gonk}} funny appearance]]... renowned in the player community for [[UglyGuysHotDaughter siring attractive children]].
** There's also been reference to the Landgraab/Landgrabb family in nearly every incarnation of the Sims. It's an unfortunate name that also fits, because the Landgraabs are a morally ambiguous rich family. They're [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a corporate dynasty]] in the Sims 1 and 2, and [[AristocratsAreEvil greedy aristocrats]] in ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval''.
** ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' has yet another example: Liam O'Dourke ("I am a dork"). His appearance fits his name, and he's a major BaseBreaker among players.
* One of the antagonists of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' is named Balzack.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'', The eponymous character's best friend is named Boo Hooly.
* Sodom, from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and StreetFighter. Seemingly, it's named after a city that was destroyed by the wrath of God and eventually gave its name to countless acts of sexual perversion, including homosexuality and even [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]]. But WordOfGod says he was named after the band.
* In ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'', Tear points out that the eponymous store's name looks a lot like "racketeer".
* Aloser Danya in ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''. One gets the feeling her parents utterly HATED her. What makes it hilarious is she's one of the deadliest units in the game, being an archer with massive DEX capable of assassinating even fully armored units sniper-style. Just ask Bishop Branta when you see him. She's actually named after a demon in mythology.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Strangelove]], for her love of The Boss, gives an ironically crude codename for the Mammal Pod: The BS-Imago. Although the initials are supposed to be short for The Boss, the initials also resemble a rather crude word (IE: "Bullshit")
** Naked Snake's codename was often misinterpreted severely in the sequels to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The "Naked" part of Snake's name was supposed to be a reference to the fact that he does not have any weapons or really anything aside from the clothes on his back. However, the characters think that it stemmed from its most literal meaning (meaning that he was actually given the codename because he wasn't wearing any clothes).
** Both Solid Snake and Liquid Snake are no exception to this, depending on ''[[FreudWasRight what kind of snake]]'' you interpret their names as.
** Then there's Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov. While "Raidenovitch" may be an unlikely, but possible, Russian patroynmic (where it's the father's name + ovitch for a son) in Japanese Raidenovitch sounds like "Raiden no bitch", or "Thunderbolt's bitch" which ties into [[YaoiGuys his relationship]] with the local PsychoElectro. In this case it was deliberate, since Raikov is a TakeThat to Raiden, the protagonist of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 the previous game]].
** The Cyborg Ninja Gray Fox was also called Deepthroat (though it's supposed to be a reference to the famous Watergate informant.)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xLxozJhCdA Mega64 has parodied how sexual the names can be.]]
--> '''Derrick''': Then what is "Snake Eating"?!
--> '''Rocco''': Not what you think it is.
* The LukeNounVerber - powered random name generator in VideoGame/DwarfFortress once apparently called a dwarf Dik Inchslapped.
* Noob Saibot of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is an interesting case. His name is the backwards version of the series' co-creators' names, Boon and Tobias. But it's often shortened to {{Noob}}, and given the fact that his early appearances has some rather cheap special movies, it fit. The devs seem to realize the joke, giving him a "Troll Hammer" as a weapon in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''. In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', his match-beginning quote is "Fear me!" Oh wait, sorry, "ph33r m3!". Note that this was ''before'' the term "noob" was coined (circa 2000; "newbie" is much older) making it [[HilariousInHindsight retroactively unfortunate]].
* In the KingdomHearts series, Nobodies' names are an anagram of their former self's name, with an x. Xemnas is one such Nobody. His name, unfortunately, also anagrams to "Mansex". There's also Xigbar, which becomes Bigrax, Lexaeus, who becomes E-Sexual, and the mother of all unfortunate names, Xehanort. His name spells, if you remove the X, Rent-a-ho. Or if you leave it there, Rent-xa-ho (Rents-a-ho). Even Marluxia, probably the hardest of them all to re-anagram, at least has one: "U-Miralax" (Miralax is a laxative, by the way).
* ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'' has possibly the worst example of this ever, with a boss called the "Barfatronic Lavachomper".
* [[CloudCuckoolander If his statements are to be believed,]] the [[DrillSergeantNasty Soldier]] in VideoGame/TeamFortress2 is really named [[GenderBlenderName Jane Doe.]] ''[[InsistentTerminology Mister]]'' Jane Doe.
* NightTrap has this with the group called SCAT. (Sega Control Attack Team) You should look in a dictionary to find out why the name qualifies for this trope. S.C.A.T. (Special Cybernetic Attack Team) on the NES[[note]]Originally released as "Final Mission" in Japan.[[/note]] has the same problem.
* The full name of N from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. Natural Harmonia ''Gropius''.
** The same game introduces a female-only species of vulture Pokémon called Mandibuzz. Its Japanese name? ''Vulgina.'' (note: it's actually a portmanteau of 'vulture' and 'regina', the latin for 'queen'.)
** English speakers also snicker at Magby, Magmar and Magmortar's Japanese names: Booby, Boober and Booburn.
** Byrony sounds a lot like [[MyLittlePonyFriendShipIsMagic "brony."]] Her Japanese name is [[BaraGenre Bara]].
* Pokémon spin-off fighting game Pokkén Tournament is named Pokémon Tekken in Germany. The reason? "Pokkén" is pronounced identically to "Pocken" which means smallpox in German.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', the LethalLavaLand the Demon Ruins has the fiery Ceaseless Discharge. And in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', there is [[UnfortunateImplications The Penetrator]].
* Abobo in ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'', whose name also happens to be slang for abortion.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', trolls are names after the first thing they eat. One of the trolls you meet is named "Dad".
* The ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' series has a six-year-old rabbit called 'Cream'. It's actually ThemeNaming with her mother, Vanilla (vanilla cream) and her pet Chao, Cheese (cream cheese), but this doesn't change the fact that the full statement of her name is ''Cream the Rabbit''. And from the classic series, we have "Cucky" the Rooster.
* The ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' spinoff game ''VideoGame/ZombieRevenge'' has a main character named Stick Breitling. It's like his parents were ashamed of their last name and just figured they would completely humiliate their son.
* The game series ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' was frequently target of jokes in Germany, because Myst is spoken like the German word "Mist", which means crap.
** Worse, the mystical city in the series is called D'ni -- pronounced "dunny," which means "toilet" in Commonwealth slang.
* In the non-canon ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' game ''Sword of the Berserk: Guts' rage'', the antagonist is named ''Balzac''[[note]]pronounced like "ballsack"[[/note]].
* In ''EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus'', the hermit crab senator is named Superfluous.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** The series actually ''does'' have a generic boss named Hyman, who got changed to Reynard in Europe, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar but not in America]]. There's also Rommit from ''Radiant Dawn''. And then there are the generic replacements in ''Shadow Dragon'', who have weird enough names already, but lose enough of them and they start getting names like "Lucer", "Auffle", "Laim", "Rejek", "Owend", "Wymp", and "Wieklin"...
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]] has Nah, the half Manakete daughter of Nowi. Her name frequents her no small share of annoyance.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'':
** When they reviewed ''X2: The Threat'', ''Series/XPlay'' had a lot of fun with the game's BigBad, the Kha'ak.
** In ''X3: Terran Conflict'', the OTAS Venti starfighter sounds like a coffee size from Starbucks, though [[GeniusBonus it's actually named for]] the [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming Roman gods of the winds]].
* The European version of ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' created at least one with its {{Dub Name Change}}s: Poor Kurama got renamed to "Michael Ballzack".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Sam And Max|Freelance Police}}: What's New Beelzebub?'', Sam and Max must stop [[spoiler: [[FormerChildStar Peepers of the Soda Poppers]]]] from [[ItMakesSenseInContext using dark magic to seduce Sybil Pandemik]] by revealing his true name. It turns out to be "Dick Peacock".
* VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} has the three eponymous toads named Zitz, Rash and Pimple, which are three types of skin disorders.
* It doesn't ever come up in-game, but if Luke fon Fabre from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' ever succeeded to his father's position, he'd be Duke Luke.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The [[CatFolk Kaka Clan]]. Replace the Ks with Cs and it becomes [[DontExplainTheJoke far more snicker-worthy]] [[BilingualBonus if you understand Spanish or French]].
* There's a boss in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' known as the Skiver, because he's a {{Pegasus}} with [[BlowYouAway sky powers]]. A skiver is also a term for a lazy person. ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' also has a robot master named Hard Man, which they had to have known wouldn't exactly be treated with maturity.
* [[http://www.team-dignitas.org/ Team Dignitas]] is a European professional video gaming collective. Dignitas is a Swiss assisted suicide clinic. Michael O'Dell, [=CEO=] of the gaming Dignitas, said "We wanted a cool Latin phrase. We didn't recognise the connection until after we'd registered the company. It was a bit awkward."
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', during the Accordion Thief Nemesis sidequest you end up fighting an assassin known as The Mariachi With No Name. According to his [[EnemyScan Monster Manuel]] entry, "The Mariachi with No Name was born Quincy Leslie Droolypants the Third. So ditching the name was a wise choice."
* The ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series has an Irish boxer named ''Aran Ryan''. While that name could sound valid in Ireland, if you put an "Y" in the middle of ''Aran'', [[ThoseWackyNazis it will give you a very unfortunate name unrelated with boxing]].
* Averted with the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series. After sequels titled ''Guilty Gear X'' and ''Guilty Gear XX'', Creator/ArcSystemWorks managed to avoid the inevitable outcome by naming the next fighting game in the series ''Guilty Gear Xrd''.
* ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds'' has the evil power known as ''[[AccidentalInnuendo The Taint]]''. There's also a point where the main character is sent off to talk to a man named Ho [[note]]The shortened version of 'whore'[[/note]], and a town called Windbreak [[note]]Which sounds a little too close to "Breaking wind"[[/note]].
-->'''WebVideo/ProJared''': ...which I presure is nearby the Valley of 'Ass'.
* Coach Oleander from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. He's named for one of the most poisonous garden-variety plants on the planet, ''nerium oleander''. Appropriate for the game's eventual [[spoiler: BigBad]].
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has the unfortunately named singer, Annallee. While it's possibly supposed to be pronounced "Anna Lee", the spelling could suggest otherwise. It's likely a result of the game's rushed translation, given the fact that her Japanese name is Anneri.
* A certain Griffin from ''Videogame/SuikodenIII'' is named Fubar. In case you didn't know, Fubar is an army acronym for [[PrecisionFStrike Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition]].
* Early on in ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'', the protagonist comes across an elderly chef with the name "Cranny Faggot", supposedly a {{spoonerism}} on the name of famous chef [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Cradock Fanny Cradock]].
* The BigBad of ''Videogame/{{Sinjid}}: Shadow of the Warrior'' is named Lord Baka.
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' can have random nemesis orcs with names that are difficult to take seriously, especially when vocalized by either your [[TheComicallySerious deadpan-serious wraith]] or loudly chanted in a warchief intro.
--> '''War Chant''': ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atWRu6SGK8g#t=79 DÛSH! DÛSH! DÛSH!]]''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''One Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' strip - [[http://fuckyeahharkavagrant.tumblr.com/post/4145943385/gido-no-one-makes-comics-like-kate-beaton]] - features a substitute teacher lecturing a class about putting obviously fake names on the register. "'Tits Palmer'? Do you think I'm retarded?" The last panel features the students comforting poor, hurt Tits.
* Mike's son in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': "Shazam [[Creator/WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] Dowden". According to Mike, "the hyphen is the source of his powers". Mike and the child's mother Tamara had problems with the name -- originally it was going to be "Shazam [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]] Dowden", but Tamara changed it without telling Mike. Mike, who hates Wil Wheaton, was horrified; "I mean, Christ, why not just name my kid 'Hitler-Stalin Pony Raper Dowden'?"
** The Santa look-alike whom Jason spent some time visiting in the intensive care ward is actually named "Shirley Koklik". In Jason's words: "I'd pity kill you, but if that name's any indication of how your life has been I want you to be around to show me how much worse it can be."
** Davan himself has some [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11092008.shtml problems with his name]].
** [=PeeJee=]'s full name is Penelope-Jennifer Shou.
--->"Dad, nobody calls me Penny-Jenny anymore, I go by [=PeeJee=]."\\
"Bah! Why would I name you Penelope-Jennifer if I wasn't going to call you my little Penny-Jenny?"\\
"Why would you name me Penny-Jenny and then act shocked that I'm prone to violent outbursts?"
** Davan's father Fred tries to interest him in the family history by discussing his cousin, a decorated Marine whose name is "Shot", after his alcoholic father's favourite glass.
-->"He was a hero over in Vietnam."\\
"His name is Shot?"\\
"Saved the lives of four men."\\
"And he never thought to legally change it?"\\
"He did two tours. He might be the most decorated soldier in our family."\\
"Let me get this straight. A man named his child after the shot glass, and no-one thought that was a sign that maybe Child Services ought to be involved?"
* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'':
** During the arc "Frigid [=McThunderbones=]", a B-movie parody storyline, we get this from the hot female detective:
-->"Good evening, Sergeant. I'm Detective Smallbush."\\
"Nice!"\\
"Aidsyphilis Smallbush ... It's Greek."\\
"... Not nice..."
** And a couple of strips later:
--->"Boss! Don Donald Donaldson!"\\
"That's kind of redundant. Just call me Don."\\
"Don 'Don' Donaldson?"\\
"Much better!"
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'''s Bobby Tables's real name ''Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;- -'' has been known to cause [[http://xkcd.com/327/ problems with his school's databases]].
* The eponymous hero of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName''. His full name is Hanna Falk Cross. [[CaptainObvious Hanna clearly isn't a boy's name]], and he can't use his middle name because it's conspicuously close to the "f" word.
* A ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' client was named "Jeremy Laramie". No, his reasons for seeking death were not connected to his name, sadly. The author's note read "Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental, but my apologies to anyone named 'Jeremy Laramie'; I'm sorry your parents hate you." Prior to that, there was the reindeer client known by the boys as "Codename Rudolph", whose name actually did turn out to be "Rudy". A potential hazard of being a TalkingAnimal, one assumes.
* The "Fiery Loins" chapter of Space Marines from ''Webcomic/TurnsignalsOnALandRaider''.
* Although almost every character in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has a PunnyName of some sort, only Dean Martin (a college dean named Martin) seems aware enough of it to be self-conscious about it. Any joke about him and Jerry Lewis will hit his BerserkButton.
* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'' features Cheesecake Boeing 747 St Cherrywell. The middle name is explained by the fact that her parents are cargo cultists. As for the first name, her mother's name is Pretzel, so presumably it's a family tradition.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}: Life Through Their Eyes'' has--of course--goblin characters. Many - but not all - of these characters are named by the fortune-teller. One character goes by Hava. His full name? Piss-Off-I-Hava-Headache. There is also Dies-Horribly, Fumbles, and mention is made of one goblin (of the same clan as Hava) who is named Stop-The-Ceremony-I-Swallowed-A-Bug
** And one can't forget poor ''Complains-of-Names.''
* [[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com/2008/12/29/page-104/ Crusader Hussein Crusader]] named for his Great Uncle Saddam.
* In ''Webcomic/ExploitationNow'', the character Bimbo's real is Bimbo. To make things worse, she's a sometimes porn actress, and her last name is Moneymaker. Her first name was the result of strong drugs (it was a very difficult labour), and a mother who spoke very little English.
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' Software. Lampshaded by Nick during his job interview in the third strip.
-->'''Nick''': Your company's name is GPF Software, but isn't "GPF" an abbreviation for "General Protection Fault," the most dreaded of Microsoft Windows error messages, from which you can only recover by a complete system shutdown?
-->'''Dwayne''': Um... I'm not all that creative...
-->'''Nick''': I personally thought it was a brilliant bit of computer geek humor, sir...
** Not to mention the fact that their marketing director, Trudy Trueheart, was born Moonbeam Gertrude Glowerhausen (Hippie parents).
** And one of their staff members, Sharon, pointed out that you have to have a sense of humor when growing up in the 80s when your name is [[TheSmurfs S. Murphy]].
* ''Webcomic/TheTrenches'': The main character's name is Isaac Cox. [[SchmuckBait Say it aloud.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Good thing the anagrammatical antitheses are Elan and Nale instead of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0812.html Lean and Anel.]]
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Marten's mother [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1835 attempted]] to give him the middle name [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "Tiberius."]] But at least he's not [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1829 Kirk.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Mituna was named for Mithuna, the Sanskrit name for the constellation Gemini. Unfortunately, the name "mithuna" actually means "sexual intercourse" (that's what the Indians thought it represented, rather than a pair of twins).
** Although given Mituna's foul mouth and propensity towards sex jokes, it could be considered a rather fitting name.
* ''Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}}'' introduced a new character whose name was so awful that the (InUniverse) reaction got him [[ShooOutTheNewGuy written out in the very next strip]]. His name: Jet Wiggledick. He protests that it isn't his real name--[[ComicallyMissingThePoint his real first name is Jeb.]]
* Being set in England, ''[[http://thewretchedoneswebcomic.com The Wretched Ones]]'' protagonist John Thomas has a very unfortunate full name. His username on an MMO is mynameisalreadyasexjoke.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''WhateleyUniverse'', there's a teenager at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] named Harry Wolfe. He ''looks'' like a werewolf. His family is cursed, so the boys look like werewolves. Who the heck gives his kid a name like that under those circumstances?
** His father, who has reddish fur, is named Red. There has been speculation that the horrible names are actually part of the curse.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s answer to this trope is Adonis Zorba. Utter {{Narm}}.
** Also, the 'famously monogomous' girl around Bayview Secondary School...Paige Single.
** From ''Virtua'' we have the name '''Sycanus Appletin'''. Pretty self explanatory.
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner. [[TwoWordsAddedEmphasis Two words]]: [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Integral_article Integral article]]. Explaining the site to new people is difficult simply because rendering the characters' names is so confusing.
** Bubs' full name is Bubs Concession Stand. [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/senorialday.html Seriously.]]
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob says in his review of ''Ax 'Em'' that all you need to do to make your name sound less dignified is add "DJ" to the beginning. But when your Christian name is already "Doublecut Master Slice-em-up Dice-em-up", you don't have far to fall.
* The Malaysian word for "post" (as in, postal service) is "pos", originating from a shoddy transliteration of the English word. No surprise then that they chose the URL '''www.pos.com.my''' for their website.
* In a ShoutOut to ''{{Megamind}}'' and as a nod to her egotism, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick basically called her PreciousPuppy "minion".
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. In "The Best Episode Ever", the main cast put on a play. Rainbow Dash is cast as the historical pegasus general, Flying Monkey Style. And Fluttershy is cast as her second-in-command, Flying Monkey Crap.
-->'''Flying Monkey Crap:''' Also, can I have a different name? This one kinda hurts my self-esteem.\\
'''Flying Monkey Style:''' Nah.
* Emily Piggot from ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. Bad enough it has "pig" in it. The double whammy comes in from sounding like "bigot".
* ''TheIrateGamer'''s real name, Chris Bores. Considering how [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] his series is, this opens up the opportunity for cheap jokes such as "[[{{Pun}} Chris Bores me to death]]."
* WebVideo/WhereTheBearsAre has a character named Nelson. Nelson Dorkoff.
* The original character Bellezza Felutia, drawn by [[http://felutiahime.deviantart.com felutiahime]], a male character who {{crossdresse|r}}s. His name can be easily mutated to "Bellezza Fellatio". Fanart involving Felutia and that eight-letter word exists and [[NotSafeForWork we'll leave it at that]].
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', the name of Celestia's sister is...Molestia. (The 'Mo' part is supposed to be short for 'moon'.)
* ''TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' has [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297209/reference Fred Fuchs]], credited in the game based on ''Film/BramStokersDracula''. [[NoPronunciationGuide It's actually pronounced "Fooks".]]
* In the case of "Unfortunate Usernames", many a {{Twitter}} user can get bombarded with unexpected mentions for choosing [[http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2009012-rvp-avb-and-moyesy-have-one-of-the-great-twitter-conversations an acronym famous people go by]], something as [[UsefulNotes/TheAshes "theashes"]] ("[[http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2010/nov/29/the-ashes-cricket-match-twitter I am not a freaking cricket match!"]]) or [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball "fifa"]] ([[https://www.vpointnews.com/Article/7333/a-girl-owns-the-fifa-twitter-account-and-is-getting-almighty-abuse specially once the FIFA scandals kicked in]]), or [[https://twitter.com/sarney/status/36123596933824512 a famous]] [[http://screamer.deadspin.com/buenos-aires-man-abused-by-twitter-because-luis-suarez-1595445278 surname]].
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* UnfortunateNames/WesternAnimation



[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' features the name that makes almost everyone cringe, Nasty Burger, a name of a diner (After some vandals changed the T to a N, so the name used to be Tasty Burger). No one knows why the sign was never fixed. The burgers however have a sordid history of exploding in very hot climates.
** His ghost half was also burdened with the moniker Inviso-Bill for a while.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''Flaming Moes'', when Moe's bar is actually popular. Bart makes a prank phone call for a "Hugh Jass" and to his surprise, there actually is a guy with the name of Hugh Jass.
** Something very similar happened in the episode ''Donnie Fatso'', where Moe Syszlak got a call requesting for a "Yuri Nater", and called out to the patrons asking for him, with predictable results. However, it wasn't a prank call, as the caller did actually intend to speak with a person by that name (The man in question was the caller's Russian business associate), and the person Moe was implied to have chewed out on for it was actually Fat Tony, the mafia underboss.
** The "Flaming Moe" was originally named the "Flaming Homer". That is, "flaming 'mo" vs. "flaming homo".
** "Don't worry, there will be no one to make fun of your name anymore, Mr. Glasscock."
** In another episode, Cletus reveals that he names his kids after what they think will happen to them when they grow up. Isn't that right, Stabbedinjail?
** Joey Joe-Joe Jr. Shabadoo, which at first appears to be a name Homer makes up on the spot for his hypothetical "friend." However, Moe's derisive reaction to the name leads a man to run sobbing out of the bar and Barney to call "Hey, Joey Joe-Joe!" after him.
** All of the fake names Bart uses for prank-calling Moe's (such as "Al Caholic," "Jacques Strappe," "I.P. Freely," "Seymour Butz," "Homer Sexual," "Mike Rotch," "Amanda Hugginkiss," "Ivana Tinkle," and "Ollie Tabooger") qualify.
** [[CouchGag "I will not mock Mrs. Dumbface."]]
** In one episode in which Homer is banned from Moe's, a man who looks just like him enters the bar and is pretty confused by the reception:
-->"Homer? Who is this 'Homer'? My name is Guy Incognito."
** In a flashback to when Marge is pregnant with Bart, Homer wants to call the child Bartholemew, and takes care to check if the name could be mis-used to joke effect by other kids in the playground;
--> Aart, Bart, Cart, Dart, Eart...no, don't see any problem there.
** "Little Orphan Millie" had a man named Gaylord Q. Tinkledink, who was looking for his nephew, Nerdletob Z. Pantybottom.
** Bart's best friend is [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Milhouse]] [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Mussolini]] Van Houten. Matt Groening even said he purposely picked the most unfortunate name for a child.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' "Phantom Limb" "Dr. Girlfriend" "White Noise" "Major Tom" and "The Action Man" are old friends of Dr. Jonas Venture. One episode opens with a communication between The Action Man and Major Tom that [[WaxingLyrical copied lyrics from a classic David Bowie tune]].
** Dr. Girlfriend eventually became [[spoiler:Dr. Mrs. The Monarch]]. The Monarch once referred to her as [[spoiler:Dr. My Wife]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' used to play with this, the initials I.M. before a name suggesting their profession.
** So did Creator/CartoonNetwork with [[WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel I.M. Weasel and I. R. Babboon]].
** Also from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Merlin the Magic Mouse's sidekick was never destined to be a starring character because he was stuck with the name Second Banana.
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker once had a character named Ivan Awfulitch.
** Even ''Woody Woodpecker''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' episode "Prank Call" has Harry Sachz, whom the duo incessantly harass with prank phone calls for a month before he goes ballistic.
** Oh, that's hardly the only example. They've also run in a health inspector named Harry Buttisker (which they mispronounce as "Butt whisker"), a reporter named Betsy Weiner, and a recruiting sergeant named Dick Leakey (whose army nickname is "The Rooster," another innuendo). And then, of course, Butt-Head.
** There's also ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHeadDoAmerica'', where they mispronounce various town names during their cross-country trip.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' where [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward were trying to name all the customers that come to the Krusty Krab, they come across a guy that they don't know, so they ask his name. He keeps saying "What Zit Tooya". Turns out [[WhosOnFirst it was his real name]].
** Smitty Werbenjagermanjenson, whose name doesn't even fit on his headstone.
** Sandy Cheeks. Especially if you take "cheeks" to mean "butt cheeks." Made even worse since "Sandy" was the name of the second most infamous hurricane in recent memory.
* Played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter tries to drum up support for a new pro-smoking bill. He then encounters (real-life) House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and laughs hysterically at his name, refuses to believe it ''is'' his real name and then mocks him asking if his wife is called "Vagina Coastguard". The other senators start to get it after this.
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' made this joke several years prior. Dick Armey is called Penis Navy, Weiner Airforce, and Vagina Coastguard. [[http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/tomspage/toppage7.htm Here is the script from the sketch]], but it is much funnier to watch the whole thing.
** Vagina Hertz.
** In a cutaway about the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
-->'''Speaker:''' Let's take roll call first. ThomasJefferson?
-->'''Jefferson:''' Here!
-->'''Speaker:''' Creator/BenjaminFranklin?
-->'''Franklin:''' Here!
-->'''Speaker:''' John Footpenis?
-->'''John Hancock:''' It's Hancock now!
-->'''Speaker:''' Why?
-->'''Hancock:''' Mind your business, that's why!
** This rather unexpected exchange from when Meg and Peter get a job at Walmart.
-->'''Meg:''' Sorry, Mr. Penisburg, I quit.
-->'''Peter:''' ''(Naturally ecstatic at this new development)'' ''Penisburg?!''
-->'''Penisburg:''' Yeah, yeah. Get it out of your system.
** Jeffrey Fecalman, Glenn Quagmire's former brother-in-law. FridgeBrilliance in that he was an abusive sociopath who often beat Quagmire's sister-- i.e. a real turd.
* [[WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp "Hello, my name is Larry Littlejunk."]] The names go downhill from there.
* Pretty much a lot of Creator/HannaBarbera's cartoon animal sidekicks, particularly those whose names are one syllable said twice. The most notable instance of this trope being used there would have to be Touché Turtle's sidekick; you'd have to be a really cruel parent to name your kid Dum-dum.
* Music/{{Gorillaz}} singer 2D is actually named Stuart Pot, and became known as [[PunnyName Stu-Pot]] prior to the accidents which gave him his "2 Dents". It could be worse; his father had the family surname legally changed from "Tusspot" after a lifetime of teasing.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Parodied with teacher Ms. Choksondik ("chokes-on-dick"). While the kids insult her endlessly, they never notice her name, though they do sometimes modify it insultingly (calling her "Ms. Chokes-on-rocks" or "Ms. Makes-me-sick").
*** [[MeaningfulName Guess how she dies.]]
** The Super Best Friends member Semen.
--> '''Seaman:''' "It's '''Seaman'''!"
--> '''Buddha:''' "But that's what I said. Semen."
--> '''Seaman:''' "Stop it!"
* There are Franchise/{{Transformers}} called [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Shothole Shothole]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Slag_%28G1%29 Slag]] (who has since been renamed Slug, which is not much of an improvement), [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skids_%28G1%29 Skids]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Huffer_%28G1%29 Huffer]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Windbreaker Windbreaker]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Slapper Slapper]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Erector Erector]], [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Discharge Discharge]], and [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Heave Heave]] among others.
** And now we can add [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Spastic Spastic]] to the pile.
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Mindwipe_(G1) Wipe!]]
** Another unfortunate is [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Skidmark Skidmark]].
** The verdict has yet to return on [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Squeezeplay Squeezeplay]], but by Primus, the images that name invokes...
** As if [[Spell/{{Anime}} deciphering the proper romanization]] of [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Deszaras Deszaras]] wasn't frustrating enough, the name also causes TF fans in Hungary to giggle, as it's so close to the expressions "de szaros" (how shitty) and "Beszarás!" (Holy shit!).
** There's also a human country called Carbombya.
*** It was a [[TakeThat thinly veiled jab]] at Libya. CaseyKasem (who was ethnically Arab) found it so offensive he quit voice acting for the show, and Bluestreak, Cliffjumper, and Teletraan 1, his three main voices on the show, were written out.
** [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Bulkhead]] isn't ''quite'' as bad as some others, but it's bad enough that [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/A_Fistful_of_Energon#Quotes it got noticed in-series.]]
* Khaka Peu Peu from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', when you think of a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} certain sparkly vampire]].
** Also, Diamond Tiara's father, who insists that everyone call him Rich. That's because the first half of his name is "Filthy". Luckily he has all those bags of money to make him feel better about, well, ''being named Filthy''.
*** It could be worse. His grandfather's first name was ''Stinking''. And he [[SelfMadeMan wasn't born]] [[PunnyName Rich]], either.
** And now that it's canon, one can only assume (and hope) that "Derpy" doesn't have the same connotations in Equestria that it does on Earth.
* {{Pingu}}'s sister's name is ''Pinga''. The word is probably meaningless in it's original Swiss French and the show was produced years before Pinga as a sexual slang entered mainstream North American English.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok's]] therapist is named Dr. Twinkletits. In a case of [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronunciation fun]], his name is pronounced "Twink-eh-let-tis".
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' has Admiral Bitchface. Hey, it's ''German.''
** "Schlampegesicht", maybe.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit where Gargamel turns himself into a [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurf]], when asked for his name he nervously ends up with Gargel Smurf, which attracts the attention of [[AmbiguouslyGay Vanity Smurf]].
* A running gag on ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio'' is that any villian that isn't a real [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical figure]] will have a name that ultimately sounds like an insulting pun (for example the ancient Egyptian baddie whose name sounded like "Hot Snot".
* Ms. Sara Bellum in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Her name sounds like "Cerebellum", which means brain. Ironically, we never see her head, hence the joke.
** Likewise, apparently the Mayor's real name is "Mayor" and the Professor's real name is "Professor".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Muriel is kidnapped and forced to make kilts for a gnome-like man. Eventually, Courage discovers that the guy hates his name: Rumpled Kiltskin. When Muriel finds out about this, she suggests he legally change his name, suggesting "Rumplestiltskin". The guy actually thinks that's a good idea, and suggests the two become business partners. [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext It Makes Sense In Context, seriously, as much as the show does in general...]]
* When Lucky is adopted in the 2010 ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 Pound Puppies]]'' series, his owner gives the name "Mr. Chewy [=McFluffster=]". (The owner in question also has a hamster named "Prince Fudgiepaws".)
** In "Olaf In Love", we find that Olaf's last name is "Hugglesbjork".
** In another episode, a male Maltese has the name "Princess":
--->'''Rebound''': If you're a boy, then why are you called "Princess"?
--->'''Princess''': You ever hear of an adorable Maltese named "Ralph"?
* If he didn't have such an appropriate nickname, WesternAnimation/KickButtowski would probably count.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' Bloo offers a man a chance to adopt Cheese, and when the man seems to have doubts about it, Bloo offers to include another imaginary friend named Crackers. In the next scene, Bloo is trying to console Crackers, who is crying:
-->'''Bloo:''' I'm sorry, Crackers, I guess he was hungry... He must have thought I meant real crackers...
-->'''Crackers:''' That's what they ''all'' say! ''(runs away crying)''
** Another example of this Trope in the ''same episode'' is that if Mac had imagined him, as he first believed, then they would have been, together, "Mac and Cheese". Fortunately, as it turns out, Mac did not; Cheese was actually his neighbor's friend. (He had just gotten lost.)
*** Likewise, Bloo and Cheese together would've been "Bloo Cheese".
*** Taking it once further, the name of the kid who did imagine Cheese (who appears right after Bloo makes a dialogue that's a HurricaneOfPuns about cheese) is Louise.
-->'''Bloo:''' I mean, jeeze Louise!
-->'''Cheese and Louise:''' Yes?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has the KGB director Nikolai Jakov, whose surname sounds practically identical to the word "jack-off".
* G-rated {{lampshading}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Impulse blurts out Nightwing's and Robin's real names in front of Beast Boy. Nightwing just looks annoyed.
--> '''BB:''' "Your name's Tim?! And yours is... [uncertain cringe] ''Dick''?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe 2'', the head of the Anti-Villain League is Silas Ramsbottom. The Minions find his last name hilarious, and even Gru gets in a jab or two:
-->'''Gru:''' Good day, [[MaliciousMisnaming Mr. Sheepsbutt]].\\
'''Ramsbottom:''' Ramsbottom.\\
'''Gru:''' [[SarcasmMode Yeah, like that's any better!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had the band Love Handel in "Dude We're Getting The Band Back Together". Whilst it may be [[PunnyName a pun on]] "love handle", if you speak German (Standard German) it means "love trade" ([[{{Streetwalker}} suggesting prostitution or streetwalkers]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar unfortunately]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', one of Coraline's new neighbors is named Wyborne. As in, "[[PunnyName why born]]." Don't think [[LittleMissSnarker Coraline]] doesn't notice this.
* When Glenn Quagmire (briefly) attempts to raise an unexpected daughter in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', he thinks Anna Lee would be an appropriate name.
-->She can always shorten it to "Anal".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Chalkboard Jungle", Quinn thinks the other students are making fun of the fat kid before he looks at the roster and learns the kid's name really is Fatass [=McBlobbicus=].
* Real life example: From Season 6 onward, ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' changed the name of the spy agency the title character works for, as "ISIS" has now become associated with a violent Islamic terrorist group.
* The cartoon spinoff of the [[Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes Killer Tomatoes]] had Putrid T. Gangreene, who wears his name proud (since ANY trope in this series will be parodied to hell and back).
* The name of the titular character in WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan may sound like a typical Chinese name to most westerners. However, for people who speak a little-known Chinese dialect called ''Hokkien'', her name means ''Chinese broccoli''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'':
** In "Defending the Earth", Rippen is known as "Ugthar the Ugly".
-->'''Rippen:''' No, that can't be my name.
** In "The Old, Old West", Penn and Boone can't help but mock at the town named "Butte".
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