Audiences are used to the idea that people who have an Unusable Real Name
will change it to something that is easier to pronounce, less ethnic-sounding(link to Jew?Me?), or just cooler.
Some people, however, are lucky enough to be given cool names at birth, names so cool that it's actually a surprise when you find out they're not
Subtrope of Awesome McCoolname
, in that it must
be their real birth name - no nicknames or similar - and sound so awesome that any reasonable person would think that they must have made it up.
Anime and Manga
- Mikado Ryuugamine from Durarara!! translates as "Emperor of the Dragon Peak." People often comment that his name sounds like it belongs to a manga character.
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Zack: What's your name?
Lester: Lester... Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.
Zack: Wow. That's a great porn name.
Lester: I get to pick a porn name?... Then I want to be called... Pete Jones.
- Prince, born Prince Roger Nelson
- Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone
- The lead singer of Paul Revere and the raiders really was born Paul Revere
- Powers Boothe
- Poker player Chris Moneymaker
- Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster
- Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock.
- Moon Bloodgood dropped her first name, Korinna. Still pretty cool either way.
- Ethan Hawke
- Lamborghini test driver Max Venturi
- January Jones
- Billy Zane
- Quentin Tarantino
- Lex Shrapnel
- Wolf Blitzer