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Sounds like a Pseudonym
Actor, musician or character has a real name that sounds made up
(permanent link) added: 2012-01-18 09:15:04 sponsor: SonofRojBlake (last reply: 2012-02-25 00:14:54)

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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 pseudonyms.

Subtrope of Awesome Mc Coolname, 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

Real Life

  • 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
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