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->''"In a group consisting of Sithis, Travok, Anastrianna and Kairon, the human fighter named Bob II sticks out. Especially when he's identical to Bob I, who was killed by kobolds."''
-->-- '''4th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide''', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''

In some fantasy settings, people have names that you would expect to see in real life. In others, names are made up to sound exotic.

And then you have the mixed approach: people named Zelor and Lithnara alongside people named [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} James and Catherine]]. That's Aerith and Bob.

Don't expect the characters to [[LampshadeHanging acknowledge the distinction]]. Note that this doesn't count if the author ''is'' making a distinction e.g. as a TranslationConvention for different cultures (cf. ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', where the hobbits' and the nearby Men's Westron-language names are "translated" as more real-world ones, but no others are), or in a cosmopolitan setting where characters might be reasonably expected to have diverse cultural backgrounds without this necessarily being explicitly stated.

In stories set in TheFuture, new names can be assumed to have been invented or become popular over the years, while older names would still exist alongside them. Can also happen ''within'' an OverlyLongName, where a {{Muggle|s}}-type name is liable to appear amid a long series of archaic names. Most often, the "normal" name is "Terry", "Scott", "Dave", "Steve", or "Lyle", because those names are somehow inherently funny. Sometimes happens accidentally in a cast full of Aeriths if an author finds a name from another language that sounds exotic to them, since it will inevitably sound like a Bob to viewers from the culture it comes from.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} is a combination of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', which has the eponymous "Aerith" alongside names like "Vincent" and "Barret", and a play on AliceAndBob.

Not to be confused (or transliterated) with AliceAndBob. When it's played for laughs, it's an OddNameOut. See also SpecialPersonNormalName. Compare MeltingPotNomenclature, SesquipedalianSmith and MyFriendsAndZoidberg. One of the names may be a RealJokeName-- for extra laughs, it might be "Bob."

Naturally, this is TruthInTelevision, so RealLife examples have their own page. Proceed at your own risk.

!!Example subpages:
* AerithAndBob/AnimeAndManga
* AerithAndBob/{{Literature}}
* AerithAndBob/LiveActionTV
* AerithAndBob/{{Music}}
* AerithAndBob/RealLife
* AerithAndBob/VideoGames
* AerithAndBob/WebComics

!!Other examples:


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ambiguously canon ''ComicBook/StarWarsTales'' comic ''Lunch Break'' gave us the stormtrooper friends Kjazhed-Uhl and Bob. But then post-clone Stormtroopers are recruited from many worlds, including colonies settled from multiple sources, so it's to be expected.
* In the Disney comic saga ''Wizards of Mickey'', [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts classic Disney characters]] Mickey, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pete keep their mundane names, while original characters have "fantasy-style" names like Nereus and [[Myth/NorseMythology Fafnir]].
* Some [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]] given names are strange, more often for men than for women. Women: Kara, Lara, Faora. Men: Kal (as in Kal-El) and Dru (as in General Dru-Zod) resemble [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Cal]] and [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Drew]], but Jor (as in Jor-El)? 'El' and 'Zod' are family names. Thus Jor-El named his son Kal. Unmarried women [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} took their father's full name]] so Supergirl's Kryptonian name, in full, was Kara Zor-El. Superman's mother was Lara Lor-Van until she married Jor-El, but it's not clear if she then became Lara Jor-El or just Lara El. Faora, BTW, was Faora Hu-Ul while Zod was General Dru-Zod.
* Parodied in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'''s movie satire of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. In it, Professor Dumbledore shows Harry the portraits of previous headmasters, including Pontavius Pudfuncher, Agglethrudis Benevolent, Quentock Ticonderoga Kurdlesoup,... and Joe Smith. He never really fit in.
* A classic newspaper comic strip's supporting cast includes Fritzi, Sluggo, Rollo, and Oona Goosepimple. The character after whom the strip is named? "Nancy."
* ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' had an "anything goes" approach to names- for example, two evil princes named Bron and Kort and their WhiteSheep sister ''Ashleigh''.
* Bob The Monitor from ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Artesia}}'' features the titular Artesia and her brothers Stepjan and Justin. There are characters named Wallis, Owen, and Colin, along with Daemander, Argante, and Branimir.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A literal example: ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} once met three rats named Rip, Juanita, and--yes--Bob.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy's brothers are named Spike, Marbles, Olaf…and Andy. There's also a minor character named "5".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Tends to pop up in bad fanfiction a lot. Either you're having a setting with lots of unusual, fantastic names and the Original Characters are all usual, western names, or it's just the other way around. It gets worse when the Original Characters' names are actually incredibly GratuitousJapanese that every true Japanese person would cry about or are stolen from the writer's favourite anime or manga. However, [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]. Just because this pops up, doesn't mean that the fanfiction is bad.
** There's [[Fanfic/SailorMoonZ one floating out there]] with an Elf named Derith and a Dragon named... Bob. Yes, they are ThoseTwoGuys during comedic scenes.
** FanFic/SoullessShell has this, to a far more entertaining extent than its originating canon, ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''. The hero's name is Leif Melyamos, which fits fairly well with the canon. His girlfriend is named Maoimi, his adoptive mother is Aveena, and his followers are named Karas, [[TheUnpronounceable Thrnos]], Monroe, and the villainous ''Arnold.'' Yeah, which of these things is not like the others?
** FanFic/LegolasByLaura's title character is named "Laura" by Legolas ...
*** 'Laure' is in fact the Noldorin word for 'golden colored,' but a Sindarin Elf like Legolas wouldn't be using Noldorin names.
** Naruto fanfics suffer this as well. It is downright painful to be reading about Naruto buying equipment from Dave the blacksmith.
*** Common in fanfics for ''any'' manga/anime series. Side by side with the Japanese names of canon characters, original characters will either have Western names, or names that the author [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign thinks he can get away with passing off as Japanese]].
** Justified (sort of) in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8264561/3/ToLoveRu-Stratos this fic]]: [[Manga/ToLoveRu Rito Yuuki]] is christened as [[MeltingPotNomenclature Reed Yuuki]] in universe, where all of his family has normal Japanese name with perfect kanji, but most character still call him [[{{Engrish}} Rito]] ([[JustifiedTrope most are Japanese]]), the one character so far that consistently spell his name properly is a ''British'' girl. In a way, his name in canon is written in Katakana and definitely not a Japanese word, and [[AccidentalPun somehow]] Reed ''fit'' the [[ThemeNaming Plant Themed]] Yuuki family (Mikan = orange, Ringo = apple, Riko = little pearl, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Saibai = To cultivate]])
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9669819/1/The-Two-Year-Emperor The Two Year Emperor]] it's played for laughs when the ruler's bodyguards are introduced as "Robert, Rob, Bob, and Aerith".
* In ''FanFic/ToyHammer'' we are given a spectrum: 'Alice' and 'Vincent' are relatively common names, while 'Ishabeth', 'Tomas' and 'Eizak' are merely distillations of Elizabeth, Thomas and Isaac. Then things get weirder with 'Sohm Vekt', 'Madork Gunna' and finally we get thrown off the deep end with 'Shas'ui Fi'rios Yon'anuk Eldi'myr' (AKA Sergeant Talon).
* Justin and [[{{Shinigami}} Landras]] from ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice''. Justified, since Shinigami in the canon don't have normal human names.
* ''Roleplay/SburbPatchNotes'' has Avery, Tricia, Kira, Aaron, and Daniel. And Hazika, Blue Sunny Day, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Lich]], [[spoiler: and Goranius Mirokat]].
* Happens a lot in ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' fanfiction. The four-man team of [[HitmanWithAHeart Hitmen with Hearts]] take their codenames from cat breeds. Far too many of their OC teammates either fail to notice the pattern or they just didn't care, resulting in characters with codenames like Calico, Tigera, Reflector and Suicide. In one instance, a fanficcer added an (entirely legitimate) OC sibling named 'Bryn' to a family whose canonical members were named Saijou, Reiji, Shuuichi, Kikuno, Hirofumi, Masafumi, Mamoru and Ouka. Bad, but not quite ''as'' bad as the fanficcer who furnished CorruptPolitician Reiji with a son named ''Windsor Wellington Markham III''.
* In ''{{Fanfic/Anthropology}}'', Lyra is obsessed with humans and is determined to prove that they exist. She considers "human" names, like Pony Joe, to be evidence of human influence in a land where names like Rainbow Dash and Star Swirl are commonplace.
* In ''Fanfic/TheEquestriaChronicles'' a reason is provided for why some ponies have regular names and others don't. Since ponies are named at birth but don't receive their cutie marks until they come of age there is just as much chance that the name will turn out to be completely wrong as there is of it lining up properly (e.g. a plumber whose baker father named him Nine Grain). Most parents choose not to take the risk and instead use generic names.
* In ''Fanfic/CurseOfTheDemonPony'', what does the author choose to call Twilight Sparkle's love interest from the past? Ben. What is the name of the [[FantasticRacism fantastically racist]] [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] [[{{Expy}} rip-off]] who picks on him? Boris. They don't exactly fit in with the names of the canon characters, do they?
* The ''Fanfic/OversaturatedWorld'' outright parodies it with two news anchors named Aerith and Bob... short for Aerith Metic and Bobby Pin, which fits the in universe naming scheme perfectly.
* ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorld'' has a wide spectrum of names that range from familiar to completely made-up. This actually fits with the canon, however, since the game itself hardly uses any form of standardised naming convention despite being Norse-influenced.
* In Fanfic/DeathNoteIITheHiddenNote, The new Shinigami who we're introduced to are named Arik, Ruoma, Muerte and Greg.
* In ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'' Donut is a name alongside Iridescence and Star Whistle.
* In ''Fanfic/TheTerminatorsArmyOfLegend'' series, you have characters such as Alex, Ruby, Elliot, and fighting alongside characters such as Terrias, Piermont, Cheet, Arratroth, and Pyron.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''Franchise/MassEffect''[[spoiler:[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''[=/=]''Franchise/{{Halo}}'']] crossover ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', some acolytes of the main villain ([[HeelFaceTurn for a while anyway]]) fall under this trope with names like "Zera Zelit", "Urthula Shurken", "Drythlyn Narb", and "Venera Sola." Given that the canon background/galaxy they [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse come from]] is written about on this very page, it's not surprising.
* In the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' fanfic ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk'', we have the Heroes (like Valla, Nova, Jim, and, well, [[BigRedDevil Diablo]]), the [[FeaturelessProtagonist Player]] and...[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Bokat-Anne Vizsla]].
* Happens a lot in Wicked fanfics too, especially among the character's children- Elphaba and Fiyero will have daughter, Amy, for instance. Often you'll have a "normal" name (e.g. Lucy) spelt in a way that looks more like it fits with the source characters and world, but will be pronounced normally, which fits better (e.g. Lucy as "Lucee").
* ''Roleplay/DemigodPower'': There are normal names, like Peter and Carly and Steven, and then you have names like Tempest, Jolon and Rhaenys. Some names, like Eteocles, are justified because they are archaic names, and the character in question is incredibly old.
* ''Fanfic/LuffysRenewedAdventure'':
** The name of the old man who gave Luffy his second chance? Phil.
** Rather simple names are also given to a few members of Baroque Works. As opposed to the canon names like Daz Bones, Bentham, and Galdino (Misters 1, 2, & 3, respectively), Mr. 5’s name is [[spoiler:Greg]], Miss Valentine’s name is [[spoiler:Valerie]], and Miss Goldenweek’s name is [[spoiler:Grace]]. Then again, Miss Doublefinger’s real name is Paula in canon, so it’s not that farfetched.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{crossover}} story, ''FanFic/SayItThrice'', the characters include (but are not limited to) [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny, Sam, Tucker]], [[OriginalCharacter Aunt Melinda]], [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia, Adam, Barbara, Juno]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Poindexter, Skulker]], Betelgeuse, and [[OriginalCharacter Sanduleak]]. [[spoiler:In the {{flashback}} portion, Betelgeuse lived in the same area as Peter, William, Agnes, Elinor, Remfrey, Galeren, Lord Gilbert, Hamund, Ysembert, and Sibylla. The [[TheHighMiddleAges time period]] helps make it more reasonable.]]
* ''Fanfic/RidingTheDragon'' has Cecilia and her daughter Siriwan, as well as Hanse and his wife Nelith. This isn't unusual for Battletech and Siriwan is a name of historical significance in the setting.
* Though ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''/''Series/GameOfThrones'' already has examples of this, such as the name Jon existing in the same part of the world as the name Rhaegar, ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'' takes this to even more of an extreme thanks to some of the characters created by readers. On one hand, there are canonical characters with names like Argella and Mern. On the other hand, there are characters like Federico, Richard and Christian.
* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'' mostly averts this, as the Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} characters who show up have their names changed, when applicable, to their [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Westeros]]-style version (with the author cursing Martin for not just creating names wholesale like Tolkien did). One exception, however, is Jane Foster's counterpart Jane Seaworth, whose name is ''not'' changed to the Westerosi "Jeyne".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' Some monsters have regular first and last names (James P. Sullivan, Mike Wazowski), some have odd last names that you'd expect from your average American man.
* The Hyenas in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. We've got [[DarkChick Shenzi]], whose name is Swahili for ''demon'' or ''savage'', [[TheBrute Banzai]], Swahili for ''skulk'' or ''lurk'', and our [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} third hyena]] is named... Ed.
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' had Aladar, Neera, Plio, Suri, Yar, Zini, Kron, Bruton, Eema, Url, and ''Baylene''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' has this as a result of being a JukeboxMusical set in a fantasy universe. Characters named after song titles with real world names (Marianne, Dawn) coexist with characters whose names are more titles than actual names (Sugar Plum Fairy, the Bog King).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'':
** Only three Boov are referred to by name: Oh, Captain Smek, and Kyle.
** Several one-shot Boovs have names like Tony.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in ''Film/MenInBlack'' with two {{bridge|Bunnies}} ''[[BridgeBunnies things]]'' named ''Blblup'' [[note]]That's how the DVD subtitles spell the ''much'' longer and more unpronounceable name Creator/TommyLeeJones must have mangled his mouth to give, anyway. They added that joke at the last minute, so it's not in the script. Tommy Lee Jones probably just said something random.[[/note]] and Bob. In the animated series, the former is generally referred to as "the other Bob", but on several occasions (for instance when agent J gets his brain supercharged), is called "Ariariyuka" (at least phonetically).
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** There's Luke's Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
** Luke and Leia, children of Anakin and Padmé.
** Leia's parents are Bail and Breha.
** Obi Wan Kenobi's nickname on Tatooine is Ben.
** Among the minor characters, Porkins has a strangely-ordinary surname compared to the likes of Kenobi or Windu.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi'' continue the proud tradition of mixing real-sounding names with SpaceOpera ones. We've got Rey, Kylo Ren (whose real name is actually "[[spoiler:Ben Solo]]"), Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata, Bala Tik, Unkar Plutt, and Amilyn Holdo vs Finn, sisters Rose and Paige, and Armitage Hux.
** One of the main protagonists of the ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Rebels]]'' animated series is a young boy named Ezra. There's also a high ranking Rebel named Jun Sato, which is a very common Japanese name.
** ''Film/{{Solo}}'' introduces [[MyNaymeIs Qi'ra (pronounced "Kira")]] and Enfys Nest (though both are real words, "Enfys" is Welsh for "rainbow, and certainly isn't a regular given name) vs Val and the very normal-sounding Tobias Beckett.
* A variation: In Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'', each of the {{Overly Long Name}}s of the Prince, Queen and King includes one not-very-old-fashioned name, which is [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]]:
-->'''Herald''': His Royal Highness, Christopher Rupert Windemere Vladimir Karl Alexander Franz Reginald Lancelot Herman...\\
'''Little Boy''': Herman?\\
'''Herald''': ''Herman''...Gregory James is giving a ball!
** The Queen had Maisy in her nest of names, and the King had Sidney. Each time, the Herald is asked by someone (a little girl for the queen, and the entire chorus for the king) to confirm that, yes, that is one of their names. And when the King and Queen are alone together "Maisy" and "Sidney" are the names they use for each other. It's very endearing.
** Except Hermann (Latinized as Arminius) was the name of the warlord in charge of the army that destroyed three full Roman Legions (Legio XVII, Legio XVIII, Legio XIX) the 9th through 11th of September, 9 AD. As names go, it's rather more old-fashioned than "Christopher", which would not have been an exceedingly common name around the time of Jesus' tenth birthday.
*** Although "Herman(n)" (Old High German: "Hariman") is likely to be an older name than "Christopher", the theory that it was Arminius's Germanic name (which only arose in the early Renaissance) is unsupported by any evidence. Some people have speculated that it may even have been a name given to him by the Romans in honour of some sadly unrecorded event in his earlier biography. His brother (who remained loyal to Rome) was called Flavus, "the blond one".
* Intentionally used in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' Trilogy, where the free human characters have unusual, often [[ThemeNaming mythology-based names]] such as Morpheus or Niobe. On the other hand, if you run into a character with [[OddNameOut a boring last name]] like Jones or Smith, you'd better start running.
** This is mostly because everyone who takes the red pill appears to abandon their old name when they leave the Matrix for a new one, or a previously existing nickname (like "Neo," which was originally just a nickname used by hacker Thomas Anderson).
** Entirely justified in that the freed people are all Internet geeks and hackers and let's face it, [[{{Contributors}} we all have ridiculous handles like that (or we crib them from games and anime)]]. It was probably only copyright that ensured that Neo never ran into the heroic resistance fighter [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] or the daring pilot [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]].
*** The Matrix managed to have a character named [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] (but married to [[WritingAroundTrademarks Zee]], rather than Zelda).
* Lampshaded a little in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', where John [=McClane=], archetypal New York [=EveryCop=], runs into a militant black man played by Creator/SamuelLJackson. His name? "ZEUS! AS IN FATHER OF APOLLO? MOUNT OLYMPUS? DON'T-FUCK-WITH-ME-OR-I'LL-SHOVE-A-LIGHTNING-BOLT-UP-YOUR-ASS ZEUS!" And, for added yuks, John initially believes his name to be "Jesus" (the Spanish pronunciation) after hearing a character address him with "Hey, Zeus!" (Since "Jesus" and "Zeus" are deities in two incompatible religious systems, that counts as [[FridgeBrilliance Fridge Humor]].)
* "Let's Build a Snowman" from ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'' has the line, "We can name him Bob, or we can name him Literature/{{Beowulf}}!"
* Low-budget Japanese sci-fi flick ''Film/{{Zeiram}}'' features a pair of alien bounty hunters: the exotic Iria, and her computer Bob.
* Okay. ''Film/SuckerPunch'' gives us girls who are named Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, [[IronicNickname Blondie]][[note]] she has dark hair, actually[[/note]] and... Amber.
* In ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', the villain hires a bunch of mercenaries, whose names are Gunner, Gunter, Hans, Jan... and Phil. Also, the two poachers are named Max and Thor.
* Whether television or film, ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' did the job right. The titular Coneheads comprise the Earth-bound trio of Beldar, Prymaat, and their charming daughter Connie.
* ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' "My name is Zarnoff. This is Zabu, Zellner, Zelbor, Zelmina and Jeff." Caption "Jeff".
* Music/TheBeatles' managers in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' are Norm and [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Shake]].
* The Creator/TracyMooreProductions film ''Fubee'' has main character Fubee Snopatropalopolis and her best friends Adam and Becky.
* In ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', the main antagonists are the twins Sharpay and Ryan.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' gives us an assassin Decepticon called... Reedman.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' has this, to some extent. Our characters have names like Winston, Peter, Ray, Louis, and Dana... and Egon. "Egon" is an actual name (it's Teutonic and means "formidable"), but it still sounds out of place next to more common ones. The cast are an example, too. Creator/BillMurray, Creator/HaroldRamis, Creator/ErnieHudson, Creator/RickMoranis, Creator/DanAykroyd... and ''[[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Sigourney]]'' [[Creator/SigourneyWeaver Weaver]].
* ''Film/BloodRansom:'' Jeremiah and Crystal go on the run from vampire Roman. Roman sends Bill to hunt them down.
* German film ''Film/WeAreTheNight'' features three vampires called Louise, Charlotte and Nora. If you're British, Louise and Charlotte are popular contemporary names, but Nora is a comedy name for old ladies.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Many kinds of mythology and old literature now seem like this to the modern reader because certain names have caught on and certain names have not. While Patroclus and Thrasymedes wouldn't have stood out at the time, they now seem odd in contrast to names like Helen, Hector and Cassandra. However at the time of writing all of these sorts of names were common in one form of another. Sometimes it is worsened by varying degrees of Anglicisation such as "Jonathan" would be transcribed more accurately as "Yonatan" if one were to translate directly from the bible.
** In the ballad of Tam Lin, his true love is either called Margaret or Janet.
* Arthurian mythos tends to suffer from mixed anglicisation and the later addition of Knights by French and English. Thus popular and important knights, like Drystan is kept frequent and changed into Tristan, while less popular ones fell kept the old Welsh form like Culhwch. Making things even worse is when there are characters added later with no Welsh roots, like Galahad and Lancelot who suddenly are thrown into to interact with the Welsh Knights without any comment on how their name sounds odd since the ones who initially added them to the story didn't speak Welsh and figured they'd be fine AsLongAsItSoundsForeign.
* Due to the massive widespread use of ''Literature/TheBible'', it was inevitable that a lot of the Hebrew names contained within would gain use in other languages. However, not every name. This can lead to interesting passages in the Bible detailing people whose names are either very familiar or foreign-sounding, not because they have different roots - in fact, they all have the same roots - but because some of them have been used and some haven't. For example, Jacob had thirteen children with four women, going by the names Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah... Dan, Joseph and Benjamin. (Reuben is a semi-common name, however.)

* ''Pinball/BigBangBar'' uses the names of the Solar System planets (Mercury, Venus, etc.) to identify bar patron targets... except for Earth, which is named "Pythos" instead.
* ''Pinball/{{Avatar}}'' does this with the six Na'vi -- Jake, Neytiri, Eytukan, Mo'at, Tsu'vey, and Grace.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' featured King Friday and Queen Sarah. Only played partially straight, as her full (presumably maiden) name was Sarah ''[[ThemeNaming Saturday]]''.
* ''Series/{{Oobi}}'' features characters with names like Oobi, Kako, Grampu, Maestru, Mamu, Papu, and...Bella.
* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' has characters whose names are either human names given to toy and pet characters or descriptive words based on their personality or function. Warloworth Q. Weasel, however, doesn't fall into any of these categories, as his name is unique.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Every real-world analogue character in ''TabletopGame/DamnationDecade'' has a bizarre name, and they're really bizarre, like the authors were pulling random nouns from a hat to generate names (Ampersand Vole, [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Quantrill Biscuit]]). The most reasonable-sounding names include Stanton Spobeck's secretary Ethel Ambrose Pratt, host of ''Beyond the Barrier'' [[Creator/LeonardNimoy Herman Purvis]], and musician Edmund Fitzgerald, famous for a song about the sinking of the ore freighter ''Music/GordonLightfoot''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' manuals specifically have content for deciding whether players should choose realistic or exotic names, and how the [[GameMaster Dungeon Master]] should deal with players who don't want their characters' names to be consistent with the types of names the other players choose.
** Otherwise known as the [[Series/FreaksAndGeeks Carlos the]] [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]] scenario.
** In 4E, it's stated that most tieflings have "traditional" names like Amnon and Nemeia, while others choose hilariously over-the-top names like Poetry or Despair. Throw in some other races and you can have a party consisting of Wil, Jon, Bree, and Torment, and that's just using the sample names.
** In the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms, naming conventions are different for different races. Notably, halflings tend to have common English names, which stand out as this trope alongside the Nordic-sounding dwarf names and wholly-fantastic elvish names.
** Warforged in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' were created without names, only numerical designations. As they realized names make it easier to socialize with other races, they have begun taking some, or having names given to them by people they interact with, but without any fixed pattern, this can be generic name humans/elves/dwarves/some other races would use, a word for a concept they feel fits them (Bulwark, Vanguard, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Lord of Blades]]), the name of an object, or even words that aren't in common. Some Warforged also retain their numerical designation as they still look for an "ideal" name.
** Untwisted in not just ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', but many games which use a FantasyCounterpartCulture in some manner. Suppose a fantasy game uses an analog to Spain, so the names sound exotic like Eugenia, Arcelia, Allewyn the elf, and Kolgran the dwarf. You've averted Aerith and Bob right until a friend at the table says, "Arcelia's my niece's name." This can happen with pretty much any culture. Vasily and Koichi sound like Aerith, but if you speak Russian and Japanese, they suddenly become Bob.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has very diverse naming conventions. People in the Realm, namely the nobles, mostly call their children by some (sometimes vaguely Japanese or Chinese-sounding) name made of several meaningless syllables, with a family surname added before the first name (i.e. Cynis Denovah Avaku, Peleps Deled, Tepet Ejava). In the Threshold, however, since there are hundreds upon hundreds of different kingdoms, there are millions of different names, depending on the region. Alongside random alphabet soup, a very common naming convention is Adjective Noun (Harmonious Jade, Magnificent Garden). So you get a circle (party) of people with names like Panther, Dace, Harmonious Jade, Swan and Arianna. Some characters have [[NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom Names That Unfold Like Lotus Blossoms]], such as Fearless in Battle's Face. The above are justified, as they all come from different parts of the world, but still an example of this trope. But then there are characters with random RealLife names thrown in for no apparent reason: Joseph, Anja, Tobias, Lyta... it's a bit jarring.
* The Shakespearean RPG ''[[{{TabletopGame/Forsooth}} Forsooth!]]'' encourages mixing in a few common (or silly) English names, regardless of the setting--like how ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' was set in ancient Greece but had a character named Bottom.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', major characters tend to have names like Urza or Lim-Dul. This makes names like Peter Douglas (a minor character from Fallen Empires) seem incredibly strange. Occasionally, this is played for laughs. For example, one short story had a demonic dark lord named Vincent who employed a human chef named Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar.
** The Gatewatch itself creates an Aerith and Bob situation. We have normal names such as Chandra, Jace and Liliana alongside more exotic names like Ajani, Nissa and Gideon (whose name is actually Kytheon).
** The crew of the skyship ''Weatherlight'', which was the focus of the story for quite some time, consisted of Tahngarth, Squee, Ertai, Crovax, Mirri, Sisay, Gerrard and Hanna. Sisay is the interesting one; her name does exist in the real world, but it seems to be a predominantly male name.
* Names in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' follow the pattern (first name + security clearance + home sector + clone number), ranging from ordinary first names with an arbitrary suffix (John-R-CQF-2) to silly puns (Howe-R-YAH-3) depending on the GM's preferred style: Straight avoids silly names (they break the mood), Zap revels in them, Classic is somewhere in between.
* While not a fantasy setting in the traditional sense, the ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' book "Grimoire of Grimoires" has a grimoire take the form of a black metal/industrial album put together by a band called Schattenbahn. The band's lineup is Blixa Dark, Hellson, Regenfeuer, Doktor Kultur... and Andy.

* In Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s ''Toys/{{Slizers}}'' series, all the characters have elemental or generic, sci-fi sounding names (Torch, Scuba, Amazon, Blaster, Robotops, etc), and then there's Hiker Mike. Granted, he was a fan-created model, but LEGO has approved him into official canon.
* Toys/BeanieBabies run the gamut from cartoony names like "Pinchers the Lobster" or "Squealer the Pig" to common names like "Erin" (an Irish bear), "Scottie" (a Scottish terrier), etc.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' gives the birds mostly normal-sounding Japanese names, with two characters having {{Punny Name}}s that aren't all that outrageous [[spoiler: that are actually fake names - their real names are ordinary Japanese names]], and one character going by an intentionally ridiculous fake name, Anghel Higure, that he presumably made up himself thanks to his [[DaydreamBeliever poor grip on reality]] (his real name being the ordinary-sounding Akagi Yoshio). The exception is Oko San, whose name roughly translates to 'Mr. Millet' - a cutsey name for a pet bird. This is because Oko San is [[TributeToFido a fictionalised version of the developer's pet pigeon, Okosan]].
* ''VisualNovel/MajorMinor'' has this in quite a few spots too - you have characters named Konrad, Jade, Max, and Eddie, and then there's names like Endymion, Velasquez, Nagi, Nemi, Rook and Acheron, to name a few. The Player can add to this, [[HelloInsertNameHere given that they can enter in their character's first and last name.]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has this all over the place [[JustifiedTrope thanks to the fact that Kinzo felt the need to give his children and grandchildren western names, due to his obsession with Western culture.]] Outside of the family a number of servants and Kinzo himself have Japanese names. And then you have [[OddNameOut Battler]], which is neither Japanese nor a normal English name. And that doesn't even get into the magical characters, who range from anything to biblical to odd, meaningful names. Just for an example, Umineko contains characters named Rosa, Genji, Lucifer, Lambdadelta and [[OddNameOut George]]. Plus, more directly, the main Ushiromiya siblings each (Presumably Rosa too, though her husband is unnamed) have a spouse with a Japanese name: Krauss/Natsuhi, Eva/Hideyoshi, and Rudolf/Kyrie.
* Most of the names in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' are puns or references to their personalities, so a lot of variety turns up. You'll get first names like Miles and Larry mixing with Klavier and Phoenix, and last names like Armstrong and Wright mixing with Eldoon and Cadaverini.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''Card Players'' almost every other character's name sticks out for them to be living in modern New York. However, most of them are actually from different countries. The main characters (in order of the normality of their names) Tom, Elliot, Tabby, Mikira, Ulan...and Yumeria [[spoiler: (though her real name is Elena)]].
* In ''WebAnimation/CowOfTheWild'', there is a wide variety of names, from Alari, Terok, Balder, and Kahleel to Fang, Midnight, Sammy, and Millie.
* Character names in ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'' range from Koden and Killdra to Alex and Bill.
* ''WebAnimation/CheatCommandos'' has Fightgar, Crackotage, Silent Rip, Firebert, Gunhaver, Flashfight, Ripberger, Foxface, Reinforcements, and Reynold. Reynold is named last as an obvious joke, being the nerdy non-combative Commando.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'' has character names like Vladmare, Keela, and Izane, as well as Ethan, Dylan, and Melissa.
* ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRtKAQJUc3g This]] animation by [=DarkMatter2525=] starts out with a caveman announcing that he is going hunting with Kumba-Kumba the Mammoth Rider, Ragnar the Bear Killer and Bob.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has an odd, downright comedic name on each of the title's teams: Sarge, Grif, Simmons, Lopez and ''Donut'' are the Reds; and the Blues, Church, Tucker, and ''Caboose'' (even later additions Tex, Sister and Washington don't seem as weird).
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Remnant is an eclectic mixture of people with names from various different cultures or words in various languages, and some from none at all. This includes characters with traditional names such as Ruby, Blake or Nora, and characters with names based on recognisable languages or mythological beings, such as Weiss (German for 'white'), Jaune (French for 'yellow') and Pyrrha (a name borrowed by Achilles). However, the [[BigGood Beacon headmaster's]] name is Ozpin, a made-up name reflecting that the character's inspiration comes from the the Wizard in ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' whose name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs (O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D.). The in-universe justification for the variety of names is that the world experienced a terrible global war from which freedom of expression has become one of the planet's most cherished gifts... something Ozpin's name [[MysteriousPast mysteriously]] does not conform to.
* The cast of WebAnimation/SakuraTheAngelSailerGod comprises of Sakura, Nigi, Shibo, Kojo, Storm, Gan... and Fred.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In general, any online community where some people refer to themselves by their real names, and others are only known by their pseudonym. How long they've spent together, how comfortable they are with each other, and their level of preferred privacy factor heavily into it. Some people may start off being known only by their pseudonyms, but switch to their real names once they've known the rest of the group long enough.
* ''Podcast/ThePenumbraPodcast'' has Peter, Vicky, Omar, Rita, Ramses . . . Juno, Miasma, and Pilot.
* ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' generally sticks to Corins, and Stephens, and Haleys--but then there's Melantha.
* ''Roleplay/CelestialRefresh'' has it primarily because of massive CultureClash AND including several worlds already known to have this trope applied to them.
* ''Roleplay/PokemonUniverseRP'': Seeing as the moderators aren't too critical of what you name your character and anybody can play with somebody else, it's inevitable.
* ''Roleplay/RiseoftheBelievers'' has quite a bit of it. [[JustifiedTrope Understandable]] when you consider that characters come from all over the world [[RecycledInSpace and beyond.]]
* This comes up in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' a fair bit, with students supposedly hailing from America having bizarre names (although occasionally {{justified|Trope}} if the character has immigrated). Examples include names like Rais, Shoar, and Venka amongst Adams, Alans and Helenas.
* On the Livejournal roleplaying community Drama Drama Duck, [[Comicbook/TheSandman Delirium]] has mentioned having two fish: Humphrey Finkleton the 75th, and his daughter, Bob. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} It's in character for her]].
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' has quite a bit of this because of the cultural mishmash of the college environment. Characters brought up by Humans have names like "Mackenzie", "Ian", "Steff", and "Jamie". Other races have more exotic names or even constructed ones.
* The original ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has some examples that are somewhat easy to overlook (Guts, Pippen, Corkus, Zodd and Caska among others, mixing it up with Julius, Charlotte, and Griffith) but ''Creator/{{Hbi2k}}'' turned this trope on its head [[WebVideo/BerserkAbridged for his abridged series]] when he went ahead and named the snake baron [[LampshadeHanging Phil.]]
-->'''Phil:''' [[XtremeKoolLetterz "Well maybe I don't need a scary name full of 'z's and 'x's to be intimating!"]]
* Very common in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers''. Characters with names like Neku or Dr. James Zanasiu interact with people like Dr. Josephine Smithson and Dr. Rudyard Shelton
* ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' has this, what with [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover agents being recruited from all continua]] and some agents being OnlyKnownByTheirNickname.
* ''Austrailiangamer.com.au'' and ''Game Damage's'' [[NotSoAboveItAll Matt]], [[AlcoholHic Yug]], and [[JustHereForGodzilla Yahtzee]]. Yeah, that [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]].
* ''Literature/SmirvlaksStone'' has the main goblin brothers. One of them is named Nickolas, while the other is named Gnekvizz.
* In ''Time to Shoot Down The Moon'' and ''Sentinel'', a German scientist is named ''Vier'' Sackingen. It means four even though he is the second in his family.
-->'''Vier:''' My older brother is called Jacob, my younger sister is called Lilia, I'm called ''No.4''. Not even 2. Oh, and the actual 4th kid, my younger brother is called Elwin, after general Rommel.
* FanFic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety has some agents who are generically named: Tyler, Ben, Dave, etc. It gets a bit crazy when you put them next to people like Aster, Ossa, Chrys, Cristoph...
* A running gag in Nigahiga's early "How to be" videos. "Hello, my name is [[OverlyLongName Hanatewakusoshiseotadashiteteriyakisuzukihondacivic]]!" "Hello, my name is [[spoiler:Bob]].
* ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'' gives us Djadan, Sabriel, and Jaheira alongside Emmy, Acre, and Tulip.
* [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2986354/The_Saga_of_Pretzel_Bob The Saga of Pretzel Bob]]: in this case though, it's [[{{Expy}} Seraphoth]] and Bob.
* The heroes from the LetsPlay/SomethingAwfulDungeonsAndDragons gaming sessions include Joey, Miriam, Kensington, Minerelle, Asalynn, Bananaramawicz, and Kodrinschreiner. This isn't even getting into NPC names, such as Thraxidelantis, which is embarrassing enough that Syrg just shortens it to "Thraxi" after a few jokes at his expense.
* The convicts from Roleplay/EinsteinianRoulette have names that range from Maurice, Thomas and Jim to Feyri, Thrak and Charro.
* A few examples from ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'', usually through [[HelloInsertNameHere in-game naming systems]].
** The ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' two-parter has Nixon (Arin's character), Dixon (Jon's character) and Larry (the AI character).
** From ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'': Eva, Jon, Jay, and Sopojkkk.
** Arin and Jon themselves also count somewhat.
** During the intro clip to episodes, the on-screen text introduces the duo as "Egoraptor" and "Danny"
** Their three legendary bird Pokemon are named Blupl, Lomster, and Greg.
** In their [[https://youtu.be/AdeLpndCux8?t=5m13s review]] of VideoGame/SonicTheHedgeHog2006, Arin tries to make a point after finally beating [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Silver]] and mentions a made up game called "God of War: Legend of Greg" which sends Jontron into an extended laughing fit.
* At the time of her introduction in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the dog-based supervillain Bitch has three dogs: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brutus, Judas]], and Angelica.
* Actually [[ChekhovsGun used as a (subtle) plot point]] in ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'': Most of the human characters have standard English names like Paul, Sarah, or Patrick, but then there's [[spoiler: Archmagus Ken'tu Kel, head of the Circle of Magi. Gerald says that several things about him are suspicious, including his name which "sounds like something out of an ancient saga." Turns out that's because he spent a couple decades on Earth, where [[YearInsideHourOutside time flows at a different pace]]]].
* In ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon'', a Pokemon will either be nicknamed, and end up with a very bizarre and usually unpronounceable jumble of letters, or it will be left with its original name. [[HiveMind The Mob]] typically gives any Pokemon with a major role a FanNickname based on said jumble of letters.
** The Championship team in ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal'' has, on the one hand, [=LazorGator=], [[EmbarrassingNickname Breakfast Burrito]], and [[VideoGame/MetalGear METAL GEAR]], and on the other hand, Brian, Katie, and Ace.
** In terms of actual protagonists, we have [[LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonRed Red]] and [[LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal AJDNNW]].
* ''{{Literature/Pact}}'' has names such as Essyit, Blake, Laird, Padraic, Barbatorem...
* ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' has Donnie, Rebecca, Quinn, Carl and... Tacoma.
* In ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', Creator/PabloPicasso invokes this during his battle with [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]], by rapping out his entire OverlyLongName and then,
--> ''Back to you... Bob.''
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WebVideo/NeedsMoreGay:'' Rantasmo reviews a gay porn parody of ''TheRing'' where none of the characters have names, so he makes some up for them. [[GenderBlenderName Note that all of them are men]].
-->“[[Creator/NaomiWatts Naomi]] goes to investigate the other two friends, who I’ll call...Cedric and Boniva.”
* [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=lPyhlybViJw reshiram and justin, together forever!]]
* [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro's]] clones are named [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Hugo]], [[{{Nerd}} Eugene]], [[TheCasanova Lorrenzo]]... and [[TheBigGuy Big Shine]]
* ''Literature/EnterTheFarside'' main character Shaun doesn't like the idea of superhero names. Being a new recruit to the NFU means he doesn't have a name regardless, which makes him stand out from other Agents like Visionary, Tether and Grandmaster.
* From LetsPlay/TheGamingLemon's VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate funtage, we get this:
--> "Me, Sir Big-Toot Erdun Lemon Trout, and my sidekick, Watson.
* ''TheGamingBeaver'' likes to give his Jurassic World creatures funny nicknames: His Pteranodon is "Pecky Eyses", his Dimetrodon is "Unicorn Wizard", his Diplocaulus is "Flaffy", his Archelon is... Dave.
* The six characters that have been given proper names in ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' thus far are Tony, Roy, Michael, Malcolm, Colin and... Shrignold.
* In ''AudioPlay/RefletsDAcide'', we have characters named Zarakaï the Dwarf, Enoriel the Elf... and Roger the Bartender.
* The usual cast of ''WebVideo/OneyPlays'' consists of Chris, Julian and [=DingDong=].
* ''WebVideo/{{Petscop}}'': Some of the pets have strange names like Pen, Wavey, Roneth, and Toneth...but then you have Amber and Randice.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', we have Mindy, Sean, Sydney......and then there's Jet, which is a rare boys' name.
* The titular rodents from ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' are named Throttle, Modo and... Vinnie, which is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname short for Vincent]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', we have the Yugopotamians. The main one, Mark, has a common Earth name. So do his peers, Jeff and Eric. But his parents are named King Grippulon and Queen Jipjorulac. Also, there are some fairies with common names (Wanda, [[StellarName Cosmo]], Simon) among the weird ones (Poof, Juandissimo, Twinkle Flitter Glitter, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Jorgen von Strangle]]).
* Parodied by the Irkens in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim:'' while most have odd names like "Zim" or "Skoodge," there's also an Irken named "Tim" and another named "Bob." (And then there are "Red" and "Purple"…) The humans have this too: names like Dib and Gaz are somewhat quirky, while the names of minor characters can range from the normal ("Gretchen," "Brian") to the utterly bizarre ("The Letter M" or even "Poonchy, Drinker of Hate," both of whom are just normal skoolchildren).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' has Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd, and Garmadon. Which of those names stick out to you? (To be fair, the last one is the name of the BigBad. Lloyd also shares it as a last name, because he is [[LukeIAmYourFather Lord Garmadon's son.]])
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series]]''. The male ducks who appear are named Wildwing, Nosedive, Duke, Canard, and Grin (whose real name is Check). The female ducks who appear are Tanya, Mallory, and Lucretia. Okay then.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' - Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', most of the names come from a hodgepodge of different East Asian and Native American (Inuit in particular) languages, many of which are rather nonstandard names at that, or standard names with nonstandard pronunciation ("Mai" is spoken as "may" rather than "my"). You also have names drawn from other parts of Asia (like Zaheer and Pathik), [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Anglicized non-Western names]] (like June), and Western names changed to look less so (which is how we get "Korra" from "Cora"). To top it all off, there were also a few canon names which simply seem completely out-of-place: Hope, Mai's little brother Tom-Tom, Toph's mother Poppy, mover actress Ginger, and Raiko's wife Buttercup. Sometimes it's significant; Suyin's kids mostly have Chinese-style names (Huan, Wei, Wing), but Baatar is a Mongolian name and Opal is straightforwardly English, and they were the odd ones out - Baatar and Baatar Jr. are non-benders, the latter of who sided with [[PuttingOnTheReich Kuvira]] for most of Season 4, and Opal [[spoiler:is an airbender]], meaning neither is an earthbender unlike the other three.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has realistic names like Ezra Bridger and Jun Sato alongside more colorful ones like Kanan Jarrus and Garazeb Orrelios.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has an example. Meatwad gets a T-Shirt that makes him a god. His first act of power is to summon the Easter Bunny. He then proceeds to summon the Easter Bunny's twin brother, Darryl.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The cul-de-sac kids consist of [[BrattyHalfPint Sarah]], [[CampStraight Jimmy]], [[JerkJock Kevin]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Jonny]] and [[CompanionCube Plank]], [[HelloNurse Nazz]], and [[FunnyForeigner Rolf]]. Now, the names of Plank and Rolf make sense since Plank [[ADogNamedDog is a piece of wood]], and Rolf is from [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield an unknown location in Europe]] he refers to as TheOldCountry, but other than the possibility that Nazz is named after a band, her name is the strangest.
** Nazz could be short for Natalie, so it could go either way.
* The royal couple from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' were King Randor and Queen Marlena, although the latter was supposed to be an earthling. In fact, Prince Adam himself is a pretty plain name, as is Duncan, Man-at-Arms' actual name. The cartoon only has a few odd names as far as recurring characters are concerned (the ones where real names are known) like Teela and Adam's sister Adora (from [[VideoGame/SheRaPrincessOfPower the spin-off]]).
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}, Bebe and Patti (short for Patricia) are relatively normal. And then you have Skeeter (short for Mosquito), Chalky and Skunky.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': The show has quirky creative names like "Spongebob" and "Squidward" alongside more normal sounding names like "Patrick" and "Sandy".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. The Warner siblings are Yakko, Wakko, and Dot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has Gumball, Darwin and Anais, and their parents, Richard and Nicole. As of season 3, Gumball's real name was revealed to be [[spoiler: Zach]].
** In the school, there are kids with normal names like "Alan", "Sarah", "Penny", "Joe", "Sussie" and "William", and more uncommon like "Bobert", "Ocho", and "Juke".
* Some of the main kids in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' include Clarence, Jeff, Chelsea, Sumo, Belson, and Malessica.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Names like "Applejack", "Celestia", "Spitfire", and "Rainbow Dash" are common. However, there are occasionally "normal" names like "Trixie", "(Pony/Donut) Joe", and "Babs". Even so, Trixie is a stage magician and thus performs magic ''tricks,'' so the name is fitting even if the pun is kind of blah. Babs' full name is Babs Seed, as in "bad seed."
** ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had this in the toys, several ponies having normal names. There is also the main character Pinkie Pie, whose middle name is Diane -- the only example of a "normal" name amongst the Mane Six.
** In Season 1 Many fans noticed that ponies from Ponyville and Canterlot had the rather exotic-sounding names while characters from elsewhere, such as Trixie and Gilda, had actual real-life names, and suggested that the exotic name thing was a regional naming thing/. It was soon {{Jossed}} for the most part, although griffons tend to have either Germanic or European names save for "Grandpa Gruff" (which could be a nickname).
** ''Granny Smith'' and ''Big Macintosh'' sound "human" (even if they're really apple-themed names like ''Applejack'' & ''Apple Bloom''. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granny_Smith "Granny Smith"]] & [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McIntosh_%28apple%29 "[=McIntosh=]"]] are varieties of apple).
** There's also the changeling "[[https://www.derpibooru.org/1021751 Kevin]]", initially named by 4Chan's /mlp/ board but ultimately became AscendedFanon.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' had a lot of this. Mares got the sort of names you expect from MLP, while stallions had down to earth names like Ace and Teddy (though Teddy had the UnmanlySecret of still having a teddy bear, making ''him'' a Trixie case.) The only example of a truly typical-for-MLP name among male ''Tales'' characters was a squire named Squire.
* The now-defunct Mills Corporation, an owner of several U.S. malls, had a kids' club called Muggsy's Meadow. Its mascots included Muggsy Beaver, Carl Raccoon, Lilly Spider and Tred Opossum. All four even got their own cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/GetMuggsy''
* {{Parodied|Trope}} on ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''--the five [[OurGnomesAreWeirder gnomes]] [[spoiler:who make up Norman]] are named Jeff, Carson, Jason, Steve and Shmebulock. For that matter, the main cast consists of characters like [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Grunkle (Great Uncle) Stan]], [[ServileSnarker Wendy]] (normal), [[FunPersonified Mabel]], [[EnfantTerrible Gideon]], [[spoiler:[[AbsentmindedProfessor (Stan)Ford]][[note]]middle name: Filbrick (weird)[[/note]] ]] (somewhat unusual), [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] and [[ManChild Soos]] (weird). "Dipper," however, is eventually [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname revealed to be a nickname]] while Soos is [[WriteWhoYouKnow based on a real person]] named Jesús, and this is also the name the twins find on his ID at one point. Although both Dipper and Soos have been indicated to be nicknames at some point in the show [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname that everyone just uses to refer to them]]. Bizarrely, probably the most normal name out of the main cast ([[LouisCypher at least in terms of first names]]) belongs to an EldritchAbomination. His name is (wait for it...) [[spoiler:[[TomTheDarkLord Bill.]]]]
** This stops being a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] or SubvertedTrope once you move on to secondary and tertiary characters. THESE go from [[TheBully Robbie, ]][[ThoseTwoGuys Nate, Lee,]] [[{{Gonk}} Toby]], and ([[InSeriesNickname Lazy]]) [[CrazyCatLady Susan]] (normal), to [[{{Meganekko}} Candy]], [[PhoneaholicTeenager Tambry,]] [[HonestJohnsDealership Bud]], [[AristocratsAreEvil Pacifica, Preston, and Priscilla]] (unusual) to [[LarynxDissonance Grenda]], Toot-Toot [=McBumberSnazzle=][[note]]originally Ivan, but [[CloudCuckoolander Mabel]] gave him a new name when he [[ItMakesSenseInContext lost his memory]][[/note]] and Fiddleford (middle name Hadron)(weird).[[MonsterOfTheWeek And that's just the human characters.]]
** Similar to WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, the last names run the gamut as well, but tend to lean toward the Aerith side. In rough order from normal to weird, there's (Jesús) Ramirez[[note]]named after one of the main artists of the show[[/note]], Hernandez, Deputy Durland, [[BadassFamily Pines,]] (Candy) Chiu (possibly made up, definitely a pun), Sheriff Blubbs, (Robbie) Valentino, (Wendy) Corduroy, (Pacifica) Northwest, (Fiddleford Hadron) [=McGucket=], (Toby) Determined, (Gideon) Gleeful, [[EnsembleDarkhorse (Tad)]] [[TheGenericGuy Strange, ]](Bill) [[LouisCypher Cipher]], (Grenda) [[AscendedFanon Grendi]][[ThrowItIn nator]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Zoidberg's little-mentioned first name is "John". The episode where Leela's surname ([[NameOrderConfusion which is placed before her given name]]) was revealed to be "Turanga" was the same where Fry's was revealed to be "Phillip".
* EonKid, a Kids' WB CG-animated cartoon features robotic warriors such as Gaff, Eiger, and Ssampac.... and also humans/robots named Marty, Ally, and George.
* Okay, so you have a show, who has main characters with names like Perry, Candace, Buford, Linda, Vanessa and Isabella. The name of the show's title characters? WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** Inverted with the kids' first names. In this case, we have three relatively rare names: Daphne, Velma and [[EmbarrassingFirstName Norville]] ([[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Shaggy]], that is), plus one more "normal" - Fred (short for Frederick).
** Played more straight with their last names - Blake, Dinkley, Rogers and Jones, respectively. The odd one is Dinkley.
* On the planet Galaluna in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', you have people with Earth names like Edward, Arthur, Lance and Ilana as opposed to characters like Modula and Baron.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' featured an alien and a caveman respectively code-named Prometheus and Bob.
* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are named [[ThemeNaming Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl]], and, as you probably guessed, Steven. The full human characters add an extra layer to this. Their names range from fairly common and mundane, such as Connie and Greg, to more obscure, like Lars and Kofi, to [[FoodThemeNaming food themed]], like Sour Cream and Onion. Their last names are just as varied, although they tend to lean more towards the Aerith side of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has a split between characters with everyday names and characters with common words that are atypical for names. In the main cast alone, there's Max, Pete, and PJ (Pete Jr.) on one side, and Goofy and Pistol on the other, while Peg sounds like an everyday name but has a common word source (as a MythologyGag to [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Peg-Leg Pete]]). Counting movie and minor characters, there are characters named Debbie, Douglas, Rose, Marty, Bob, Wally, Bobby, Roxanne, Stacey, Bradley, and Sylvia, as well as Giblets, Tooth, Nail, Leech, Coupe, Spud, and Tank.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': In a village populated with folk such as Stoick, Gobber, Hiccup, Snotlout, and Astrid, an exotic foreign beauty who crashes on their shores is named [[SpecialPersonNormalName Heather]]. "Astrid" is a perfectly normal Scandinavian name. The rest of her age cohort consists of Hiccup, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, and Tuffnut.
* The two main characters from ''WesternAnimation/ShinboneAlley'' are called Archy and Mehitabel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The kids at school whom Bart hangs out with include Milhouse, Lewis, Nelson...and Richard. (Guess which one was quietly phased out of the show.)
** The guys Homer is always meeting at Moe's bar include Lenny, Carl, Larry, Sam (all fairly common mid-20th-century names), and Barney (more of an early-20th-century name).
** Two of the cops on the Springfield police force are named Lou and Eddie. Their boss is named Clancy.
** The Springfield mob consists of (Fat) Tony, Louie, and...Legs. (In one episode Legs starts to reveal where he got his nickname, [[TheUnreveal but gets interrupted by the plot]].)
* In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', there are characters with names like Jack, Joey and... Oggy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'': There's Julius, Clancy, Ping and... Sheree?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', we have names that went from originally normal like Lucy, Bobby, Luan, and Clyde to downright "made-up" like Rusty Spokes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Olaf is the only one with a normal name; the others have weird names like Stumpy[[note]]In the show's original concept, he had stumps instead of hands[[/note]] and Quack Quack[[note]]A duck who can only say "Quack"[[/note]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** This occurs even among the Earth kids. Some of Star's class includes Marco, Janna, Jackie, Alfonso (normal), Star herself, Ferguson (last name O'Durguson), and [=StarFan13=].
** Antagonist Ludo's very large family all have names that would be unusual by human standards and ending in "-udo"... [[OddNameOut except for]] Dennis.
** Tom's parents, Lady and Lord Lucitor, a.k.a. Wrathmelior and... Dave.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': Understandable due to the show being set in space, but some of the human characters have more unusual names, and some of the aliens have names that could realistically be given to humans. The seven main characters are Shiro (human), Lance (human), Coran (alien), Hunk (human), Allura (alien), Pidge (human, but to be fair her real name is Katie), and Keith ([[HalfHumanHybrid human/alien]]). For the (human) Holt family, there's Colleen, Sam, Matt, and Pidge/Katie. Among the aliens are Shay, Nyma, Kolivan, Rolo, Lotor, Krolia, Sendak, Ryner, Alfor, Narti, Acxa, Honerva, Kova (a cat), Hira, Sal, Slav, Rax, and Thace.
* Sometimes lists of names are shown for the [[AdorableEvilMinions Watchdogs]] in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''. A lot of them are completely normal, but then there's stuff like Treasure. [[HyperCompetentSidekick Oh, and Commander Peepers.]] The five main characters in the show are called Lord Hater, Commander Peepers, Lord Dominator, Wander...and Sylvia.[[note]](The least humanoid of the five. Her mom's name is Dorothy.) Wander has been confirmed to be a nickname, and it certainly stands to reason that Hater and Dominator aren't their real names either. [[/note]]
** The Watchdog names get a whole lot weirder when you notice this CanonDiscontinuity: While all the Watchdogs with speaking roles have male voices and names, all the lists have plenty of female names.[[note]]One even included names of the female AND male voice actors, as well as [[Creator/LaurenFaust Lauren.]][[/note]] So why does WordOfGod insist that [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Peepers only hires MALE Watchdogs??]]
* In the HumanAlien World of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', the titular Club is pretty evenly split between Bobs— Flora, Stella, and Aisha/Layla, and Aeriths— Bloom, Tecna, and Musa. The Specialists play this even straighter with normal names Sky, Brandon, Timmy, Riven, and then the stranger Helia and Nabu.
** the supporting characters in the Magix dimension include Faragonda, Valtor, Saladin, Hoe-Bow, Diaspro, Miele, Oritel, Codatorta, and Zarathustra, as well as Cassandra, Lucy, Darcy, Luna, Miriam, Jared, and Anne.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', just about every character has a Swahili name, as in ''Film/TheLionKing'': Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Ono, Beshte, Janja, Reirei, you name it... and then there's a zebra named ''Thurston''.