History NamesToRunAwayFrom / UnpronouncableNames

19th Sep '16 7:14:28 AM lakingsif
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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.

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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}, UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.
14th Sep '16 11:18:44 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' once joked that "the Americans intend to invade UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} and replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a dictator whose name is easier to pronounce." ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' also frequently riffed on how alien the former Iranian dictator's name sounds to English speakers.
9th Sep '16 10:26:27 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, one of the most infamous tyrants of the twentieth century, intentionally defied this trope. That name is perfectly normal in UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}, but it's nigh unpronounceable in other languages. So by the time Ioseb came to lead the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], he had taken on [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin another name]] to make things easier.
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24th Aug '16 4:06:36 PM MrMaplesyrup1
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* X in Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer has a name simply described as: 'Something that started with Ks and went on for about thirty seconds.'
18th May '16 10:35:42 AM LadyNorbert
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* Played with in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', when Bowen keeps addressing the dragon as "Dragon" and the dragon gets fed up with it. However, he informs Bowen that the knight would never be able to pronounce his name, as dragon speech is pretty much impossible for human tongues to master. They eventually agree on using ''Draco'', which is much easier for humans to say.



* The whole Aztec pantheon. Mictlantecutli, Centzon Huitznahua, Chalchiuhtlicue... They're doubly unpronouncable because the forms you see written here are the closest, phonetic, Spanish approximations of the original Aztec.

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* The whole Aztec pantheon. Mictlantecutli, Centzon Huitznahua, Chalchiuhtlicue... They're doubly unpronouncable unpronounceable because the forms you see written here are the closest, phonetic, Spanish approximations of the original Aztec.



* VideoGame/KingdomHearts has Marluxia. [[NoPronunciationGuide Once you hear it, however]], [[AvertedTrope it just becomes a weird name]].

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* VideoGame/KingdomHearts ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has Marluxia. [[NoPronunciationGuide Once you hear it, however]], [[AvertedTrope it just becomes a weird name]].



* In WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: The chef of the Rigillians that abduct the Simpson family in the first Treehouse of Horror. "To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue."

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* In WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: The chef chief of the Rigillians that abduct the Simpson family in the first Treehouse of Horror. "To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue."
30th Apr '16 12:59:38 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Parodied in ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents -- The cruel and uncaring boss of Lucky Smells Lumbermill has an apparently unpronounceable name that is never given to the reader (and all attempts by Mr Poe at pronouncing it appear completely different). He is instead called "Sir".

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* Parodied in ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents -- The cruel and uncaring boss of Lucky Smells Lumbermill has an apparently unpronounceable name that is never given to the reader (and all attempts by Mr Poe at pronouncing it appear completely different). He is instead called "Sir".
1st Jan '16 3:39:19 AM erforce
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* [[OfficeSpace Samir Nagheenanajar.]]
* [[NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh.]]
* Dr. Hfuhruhurr and Anne Uumellmahaye from TheManWithTwoBrains. Part of their mutual attraction is their ability to pronounce and spell each other's names.

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* [[OfficeSpace [[Film/OfficeSpace Samir Nagheenanajar.]]
* [[NoCountryForOldMen [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh.]]
* Dr. Hfuhruhurr and Anne Uumellmahaye from TheManWithTwoBrains.''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains''. Part of their mutual attraction is their ability to pronounce and spell each other's names.



* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo, known to the galaxy as Thrawn.

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* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo, known to the galaxy as Thrawn.
28th Nov '15 8:28:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'':

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* ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'':''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'':
15th Sep '15 2:30:39 PM legendaryweredragon
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* [[VideoGame/RuneScape RuneScape]] has [[EldritchAbomination Plane-freezer Lakhrahnaz, Night-gazer Khighorahk, Shadow-forger Ihlakhizan, Flesh-spoiler Haasghenahk, and World-gorger Shukarhazh]], and that is only what their names sound like in human language. They have to uses these translated names because their language is [[BrownNote harmful to humans that hear it]] and [[StarfishLanguage parts of their names actually can't be heard by humans.]]
28th Jul '15 3:56:20 PM Prfnoff
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* UltimaIII has a kill-all spell called "ZXKUQYB"

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* UltimaIII ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' has a kill-all spell called "ZXKUQYB""ZXKUQYB".



* Secret from ''KeychainOfCreation'' has a name so long that she can't pronounce it without fainting in the [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0001.html attempt]].

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* Secret from ''KeychainOfCreation'' ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has a name so long that she can't pronounce it without fainting in the [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0001.html attempt]].
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