A Lizard Named Liz
A character's name is related to his/her species.
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An animal (or sometimes a monster/alien) character whose name is related to his/her species. It could sound similar (a leopard named Leonard), or be related to some characteristic of the animal (a duck named Quack, a bee named Honey).

Since this can overlap with Alliterative Name, please only add examples that go beyond simple alliteration. Conversely, if someone has a name that is his/her species (whether in English or in another language), that's Species Surname or A Dog Named Dog.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, the eldritch abominations all have names that sound similar to their species. For instance, some of the Nyarlathotepians in the series are named Nyarko, Nyar-o, and Nyarue.
  • The characters in Wolf's Rain, who are wolves, have names which translate to "claw", "fang", etc.
  • In the Japanese version of Mega Man X, the name of the Maverick bosses are corruptions of their species name; examples include Wheel Alligates, Explose Horneck and Cyber Kujacker (from "kujaku" meaning "peacock" and "hacker"). Overseas version (with some exceptions) resort to Species Surname instead.
    • Also done in Mega Man Zero series, the difference is that some of the names refer to mythological creatures instead - e.g Burble Hekelot (Heket from Egyptian Mythology), Tretista Kelverian (Cerberus), and Heat Genblem (Genbu).

Comic Books
  • Sam Simeon, the simian (i.e. ape) detective from Angel and the Ape.
  • Bacon&Egg, A Swedish comic about a Pig and a duck named Bacon and Egg.
  • Another Swedish example is Hälge, a Eurasian elk (Älg) named Hälge.
  • Herman Hedning, the titular character Herman Hedning, 'Herman the Heathen'. The heathens(and monkeys) are Waddling Heads/Cephalothorax, unlike Adam and Eve, who are 'human'. Picture showing the difference.

Film Animated
  • Dug the dog from Up.
  • Cera (pronounced "Sarah") the triceratops in The Land Before Time. The movie also gives us Petrie the Pterosaur, Spike the Stegosaurus (for its back spikes) and Ducky the Saurolophus (for its duckbill)
  • Joanna the goanna from The Rescuers Down Under.
  • Examples from Hungarian animated films:
  • Sir Hiss and Lady Cluck from Robin Hood; a snake and a chicken, respectively.

Film Live Action

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • The show Grimm is kind of clever with this. Like a bee/wasp creature that was a woman named Melissa (Mellis meaning "honey"), a bear creature named Barry (whose last name, Rabe, is an anagram of Bear), and a goat creature named Billy. Grimm has also done the lion/Leo thing. It's even lampshaded.
  • In My Favorite Martian the eponymous, unnamed Martian uses the name Martin while stuck on earth.

Video Games
  • Tom Nook, a tanuki, from Animal Crossing.
  • Mouser the giant mouse from Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Most Star Fox names that aren't A Dog Named Dog fall into this. For example a frog named Slippy (for the slime,) a rabbit named Peppy (intuitively because rabbits are fast/ full of pep) monkeys named Andrew and Andross (the closest thing the series comes to Man) and the straightest example given the trope name, a Chameleon named Leon.
  • In the Japanese version of Mega Man X, the name of the Maverick bosses are corruptions of their species name; examples include Wheel Alligates, Explose Horneck and Cyber Kujacker (from "kujaku" meaning "peacock" and "hacker"). Overseas version (with some exceptions) resort to Species Surname instead.
    • Also done in Mega Man Zero series, the difference is that some of the names refer to mythological creatures instead - e.g Burble Hekelot (Heket from Egyptian Mythology), Tretista Kelverian (Cerberus), and Heat Genblem (Genbu).

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes: Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian.
  • Woody Woodpecker.
  • Dino (pronounced DEE-no) the Dinosaur from The Flintstones.
  • Felix the Cat's name sounds like "feline", although it actually means "lucky".
  • Twilight Sparkle's pet owl, Owlowiscious.
  • Bucky O'Hare
  • Vicky's dog from The Fairly Oddparents is named Doidle.
  • The duck Professor Ludwig von Drake from Disney animation. Drake is the word for a male duck.
  • Darkwing Duck has a handful of examples: Taurus Bulba the bull, Grizzlikoff the grizzly bear, and the title character's civil alias, Drake Mallard. Gosalyn's name seems to be a play on "gosling", even though she's a duck rather than a goose.
  • Most ThunderCats have names like this. Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara, Tygra, Pumyra... you get the pattern.
  • On Futurama during a war with the Decapodians, a Decapodian spy in a Paper-Thin Disguise calls himself Hugh Mann.
  • Don the Pteranodon in Dinosaur Train is this as the word "pteranodon" has the word "don" in it.

Other
  • A toy example: Lionel Lion from Lego's Fabuland toyline.

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