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->''"Six men came to kill me one time, and the best of them carried [[{{BFG}} this]]. It's a Callahan Full-bore Auto-lock. Customized trigger, double cartridge, thorough gauge. This is my very favorite gun... [[TropeNamers I call it 'Vera']]."''
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Some people have really strong emotions about their weapons. So much so, they give it a name.

Anyone who does this either has a [[CompanionCube sentimental attachment to said weapon]], is a [[ShellShockedVeteran veteran from some war]], is a major GunNut, is [[PsychoForHire generally insane]], or is some combination of the above. In any case, someone who gives a name to their gun or knife is usually someone to watch out for and [[{{Badass}} generally not one to mess with]].

Compare NamedWeapons (in which this is the practice of a whole culture), StockWeaponNames, and CuteAsABouncingBetty. Contrast TheyCallHimSword, which occurs when somebody gets nicknamed for a weapon. {{Empathic Weapon}}s and {{Evil Weapon}}s are a different issue. Ships and planes nearly always have a name. MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty is this trope applied to body parts. ICallHimMisterHappy is a different named "weapon". No relation to AndCallHimGeorge.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Maya from the [[AlternateContinuity various incarnations]] of ''Anime/BurnUp'' does this with her [[GirlsWithGuns entire arsenal]]. She's even been known to say [[DoubleEntendre some pretty suggestive things to them]].
* [[AllThereInTheManual Character profiles]] for ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' reveal that Aya's katana is named Shion, after his former teacher. [[spoiler: Weiss being the sort of series that it is, Aya is eventually obliged to kill his weapon's namesake.]]
* Kino of ''KinosJourney'' names her guns. "The Woodsman", "The Cannon", and "The Flute".
* Guts in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has his sword, the Dragon Slayer. This wouldn't count except that there ''are'' no dragons in the ''Berserk'' universe (unless you count Grunbeld in [[OneWingedAngel Apostle form]]); the sword was merely designed so that it ''could'' slay one if there were. Later chapters showed [[spoiler:a dragon sitting on a castle tower, so the Dragon Slayer might eventually come to earn its name.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Try'', Filia has a mace named "Mace-sama".
* In ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan'', the bat that can do anything, Excalibolg.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' refers to both of her custom Berettas as her Sword Cutlasses, which is fitting, seeing as she is a modern-day pirate.
* Genkaku from ''DeadmanWonderland'' calls his double machine gun electric guitar "Flying V" very affectionately. It receives better treatment than pretty much all other humans he interacts with.
** Which is a bit redundant, since Flying V is the model of the guitar.
* Another good anime example of this trope is found in ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''. In the ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' anime, Police Officer Noa Izumi affectionately names her giant police robot 'Alphonse' for some unspecified reason. Her fellow police officers are quite dismayed by her naming choice and her loving devotion to her mecha. It's what she's named all her childhood pets. Labor Alphonse is Alphonse III, with the first two being her cat and dog.
* Continuing the named vehicular weapon example, Leona of ''DominionTankPolice'' named her micro-tank Bonaparte. She also appears to be [[CargoShip more attached to the tank than she is to her partner/would-be boyfriend]].
* In ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Kenichi's father has a shotgun he calls "Sebastian".
** Not to mention Hunting Rifle Maximilian and the Double-Barreled Rotwoski.
* In the manga ''DoubleArts'', the resident BloodKnight Sui had a hoola hoop made of solid iron that she uses in battle. She calls it Avis.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' is all up in this trope. Every single [[SuperPrototype Gundam]] has its own unique name, and a ton of the weapons get names in the [[AllThereInTheManual profile pages.]]
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', Graham Aker (AKA Mister Bushido) named the [[LaserBlade beam]] {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} wielded by his mobile suit Masurao "Howard" and "Daryl" in honor of his former wingmen.
** Modern Vehicles do all have official names (Abrahms, Osprey, Blackhawk, etc.) and the mass-production MS are named similarly. Gundams just happen to be unique custom high-performance units with a unique name.
** Justified in [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]] where ''all'' the Gundams are treated (or at least labeled) as Prototypes, and their names are likely intended to be the official name of that series. Of course, with the exception of the Strike, [[AllThereInTheManual Duel, Buster, and the Astray Red Frame]], none of the other Gundam designs are mass produced.
** Chang Wufei of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' is particularly notable, in that he gave his Mobile Suit an ''additional'', personal name [[spoiler:after his dead wife]] besides its official one. In fact, he uses it so often that some fans think that "Nataku" is the mobile suit's actual name, rather than Shenlong (original MS) or Altron (upgraded MS).
* Not really a weapon, but in ''Manga/SoulEater'', Death the Kid has named his [[HoverBoard hovering skateboard]] "Beelzebub". On the other hand, his ''real'' weapons, the guns Liz and Patti are [[VoluntaryShapeshifting a whole]] [[EquippableAlly other story]].
* In ''BattleAngelAlita: Last Order'', one character in the Zenith Tournament use a ''BFS'' which he named Dizaster. It does live up to its name, given that it is capable of taking down SPACESHIPS
* The main character Train from ''Manga/BlackCat'' wields the Hades, a revolver made of Orihalcon, capable of blocking regular bullets and later [[spoiler: functioning as a RAILGUN]]
* Midvalley the Hornfreak on ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' named his saxophone Sylvia. And even without the machine-gun capacity, she is the deadliest sax ever.
* Several of the girls of ''Manga/KOn'' names their instruments. Yui, being [[SarcasmMode very original]], names her guitar "Gitah," Mio calls her bass "Elizabass" (taking up a name originated by Yui), and Azusa names her mustang guitar "Mu-tan". No word yet on Ritsu's drums or Mugi's keyboard.
* In ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' Season 2, Mio Sakamoto has "Reppumaru". It's a [[LaserBlade Katana]] she forged using magic, capable of slicing through Neuroi attacks to compensate for her lack of shields.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': To keep with the ThemeNaming, their car is called ''See-through'', Panty's panties are named as ''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS backlace/backless]]'' and Stocking's Stockings are named ''Stripes I and II''.
* In ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' Vivio names her device "Sacred Heart", and gives it a nickname "Chris".
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' plays it for laughs. Sousuke becomes the coach to the high school's rugby team, whose members are all of the GentleGiant type, and takes them to the woods and puts them through TheSpartanWay. In a ShoutOut to ''FullMetalJacket'', each member is given a rugby ball and told that they must love the rugby ball as a girlfriend. They all start to carefully clean the balls calling then foreign female names, in an absolutely creepy scene.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Subverted. Ichigo ''[[WrongGenreSavvy thinks]]'' this trope is in effect when Renji asks him his sword's name, regarding it as ridiculous sentimentality. However, he learns the hard way the trope that's actually in effect is NamedWeapons, as it's extremely important for all shinigami to [[TalkingWeapon commune]] with their named swords to achieve their full potential. Once Ichigo learns his own sword's name, he becomes far more powerful.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ryuuko's sailor uniform, Senketsu, is actually sentient. However, it veers into this trope since she's the only person able to properly communicate with him, so it initially comes off as a very lonely girl talking to a piece of clothing to her adoptive family.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marv from ''Comicbook/SinCity'' has a Colt 1911A1 by the name of Gladys, which he named after one of the nuns from his school days. According to Marv, the gun has '''almost''' lived up to its name.
* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|ZapGunForHire}}'' calls his pistol "Junior". So do Smith and Wesson, a pair of entirely sentient AI zap guns belonging to a SpacePirate who goes by the name "the Pistol Packin' Polaris Packrat". It's probably the gun's actual name, although it isn't an AI and therefore doesn't talk (or if it is, it [[TheVoiceless doesn't have much to say]]. Well, other than [[BangBangBANG ZOWNT]]). A [[{{BFG}} distinctly imposing rifle]] with "Senior" inscribed on its side is also shown to be in his possession, although if there's ever been a situation where Junior wasn't sufficient, we haven't seen it yet.
* The Dragunov sniper rifle of Natalya Zamyatin from ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'' is named Rodya, after her husband killed in the plague.
* Nuke, the drug-fueled SuperSoldier from ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', had a {{BFG}} he called "Betsy", which had a ''kill counter''.
* In one of the ''CableAndDeadpool'' comics, Comicbook/{{Deadpool}} is in Rumekistan shooting people and his gun says "Deadpool's Gun" on it, with the little Deadpool emblem. So...well, he didn't really ''name'' it, but he did label it (also, in one of the issues Comicbook/{{Cable}} has a {{BFG}} named after Liefeld, as an in-joke on the way Liefeld used to draw ridiculously giant guns).
* CaptainAmerica's shield seems to be named Shield in Steve's head. He loves that shield. He also once referred to it as "she", but when a rescued scientist asked about its name, Cap retorted, "Do you have a name for your right arm?" Naturally, the shield was lost at the end of the issue and later destroyed. It got better.
* Bob Hertzog in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' names pretty much every single one of his (numerous) dice. At least, every die that has stood out in some manner. Knowing the behavior of rather hardcore gamers, this probably isn't too much of an exaggeration from real life.
* In the ''Spacehack'' back-up strip that ran in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', the security officer had a {{BFG}} he called "Suzy".
* In ''MsTree'', Dan Green nicknames his HookHand "Nellie".
* In ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'', Briscoe nicknames the team's helicopter gunship 'Sheba'. After his dead daughter.
* In ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', when the plant-human hybrid the Floronic Man goes on a homicidal rampage in Louisiana, a Houma resident attempts to cut him down with his chainsaw, nicknamed "Evangeline."
* Negan, the new villain of ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', carries a barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat that he affectionately calls "Lucille" (possibly as a B.B. King reference.) [[spoiler: He then cements his role as the bad guy by bashing longtime fan favorite Glenn's skull into the pavement with "her."]]
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* One of Puke and Snot's routines involves the two men in a duel.
--> '''Puke''': "Name your weapon."
--> '''Snot''': (looks at his sword for a second) "Alright, I name mine Wally. [[{{Beat}} (Beat)]] Now you name yours."
--> '''Puke''': "I will not. [[{{Beat}} (Beat)]] Mainly because I can't beat Wally."
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The events of ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' find the protagonist, Littlepip, finding [[spoiler: Applejack]]'s revolver in a ruined building, named Lil' Macintosh.
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' has Kyon naming his {{Morph Weapon}}s Altair and Vega.
* In ''ThirtyHs'', Harry's demonic guitar is named Fuckslayer. That probably tells you everything you could possibly wish to know about the fic.
* In ''FanFic/TheRules'', Switzerland calls his guns Urs and Verena.
* In {{Fanfic/Uplifted}}, Tank Commander Dieter Hertzer affectionately calls his Tiger Prototype "Sigrid". Sigrid is later sacrificed, causing Hetzer to shed some tears. In the next fic it's revealed that Rommel assigned him a New Tiger, which is called 'Sigrid II'. This is not so much out of the goodness of Rommel's heart, but because he has no use for clunky over engineered tanks.
* Referenced but ultimately subverted in Lantern Prime. Optimus tells Ganthet he misses his VERA, and then explains it is his gun, not another Autobot. When the Guardian asks if he named his weapon, Optimus explains VERA is an acronym for Variable Energy Release Armament.
* In [[FanFic/EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]], Twilight names the baseball she uses to kill changelings "Home Run".
* In ''Fanfic/FieldOfInnocence,'' [[BigBrotherMentor Lu Ten]] names his dual dao swords Jianhuren - [[MeaningfulName Chinese for "guardian."]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann]] from ''FullMetalJacket'', in one memorable scene, forces his recruits to give girls' names to their rifles. The first indication we get of Pvt. Pyle's [[SanitySlippage decaying mental state]] is when we see him cleaning his gun (Charlene) delicately and whispering to it like a lover.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Drake the smart gunner seems to have named his weapon "My Bitch". He kisses it at one point.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'s'' 'Old Painless'.
* In ''VampiresLosMuertos'', the scary black guy calls his gun "Miss P".
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': "Bruce? Matilda!"
* Since [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible non-weapon examples have made it onto this page]], we might as well mention [[ItWasHisSled Rosebud]] from ''Film/CitizenKane''. What do you mean [[http://xkcd.com/109/ rosebud isn't a weapon?]]
* ''Film/{{Hackers}}''. Joey gives the name "Lucy" to his computer, which the character would consider a weapon.
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'''s weapon of choice is a huge gun, which shoots bullets containing Holy water, Garlic or silver. He calls it The Good Samaritan. In ''HellboyII'', Hellboy's new weapon is the 'Big Baby,' which is a large shotgun with six barrels. "Aww, you woke up the Baby!"
* Trigger from Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' carries a crossbow named Betsy, with a [[RuleOfFunny comically faulty]] [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns safety]].
* The sheriff of the town of Deliverance in ''Film/BloodrayneIIDeliverance'' calls his double-barrel shotgun "Sadie".
* In the movie ''Film/MasterAndCommander: The Far Side of the World'', two of the cannons on the HMS Surprise have names scribed on their side, "Jumping Billy" and "Sudden Death".
* During filming of ''[[Film/{{Spider-Man}} Spider-Man 2]]'', Alfred Molina nicknamed Dr. Octopus' four tentacles (clockwise from top left) Larry, Harry, Moe, and Flo to help him keep the action straight.
* ''Film/DearWendy'', a film written by Creator/LarsVonTrier, is ALL about this trope. Every member of the Dandies weapon club names their gun/s and treats their gun/s as if it is their partner - if a Dandy uses another's gun instead of his/her own, it's like adultery. The film is structured with an ongoing narrator in the form of a letter to Wendy. About halfway through the movie we realize Wendy is the main character's pistol.
* ''Film/IronMan2'' has Hammer's bunker-buster mini-missile he calls "the Ex-wife".
* In ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'', the titular spear's name in Latin is ''Sicarious Dracorum''.
* In ''TheSingingNun'', the protagonist named her Spanish guitar Adele.
* ''FromParisWithLove'': Charlie Wax calls his Sig Sauer X-5 ''Mrs. Jones''. He goes through a lot of trouble to smuggle it into France at the beginning of the film even though he could have requested any weapon he wanted once he met up with his local CIA contact.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheRundown'', wherein Travis attempts to intimidate his foes by implying phenomenal martial arts skills by wriggling his feet, first one, then the other, while telling them that the one is called Thunder and the Other is Lightning. In reality, he's trying to intimidate them enough that they won't fight him because he doesn't know any martial arts at all.
* In ''SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', the commander of the soldiers stationed at the Heilbronn arms factory refers to one of his [[{{BFG}} artillery cannons]] as 'Little Hansel'.
* In ''Film/DeepRising'', the charter boat's twin ''engines'' are named "Jezebel" and "Hercules".
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''The Armour of Contempt'', driller Kexie's best friend is Saroo, his shock maul aka cattle prod. Used to encourage discipline in the cadets. A lot.
* In ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Twenty Years After]]'', Porthos's favorite rapier is called "Balizarde", after the hero's sword in ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland''. Which is strange, since Roland wielded [[SadlyMythtaken Durendal]] and the word Balizarde never appears in the poem.
* Despite leaning heavily towards the ''RealRobot'' of science fiction, this is fairly common in the {{Battletech}} universe, especially the novels. This is probably inspired by the nicknaming of vehicles in the military during real world wars. In the novels focused on the Gray Death Legion, conspicuously Scottish Davis [=McCall=] has named his ''Rifleman'' 'Mech "Bannockburn"; Lori Kalmar-Carlyle's ancient but faithful ''Shadow Hawk'' goes by "Boss Lady". There's also the "Yen Lo Wan", a ''Centurion''. Somewhat subverted in ''Endgame'' when Katrina Steiner snidely comments on her brother Victor Steiner-Davion having named his ''Dire Wolf''/''Daishi'' "Prometheus". (She then mocks a nearby guard who commented he named his gun Tabitha.) Weirdly, this seems slightly less common in the Clans, despite their using [=OmniMechs=] (a subtype of HumongousMecha that are easily customized into unique variants) and have a culture that venerates warriors and honorable combat, but it can happen. Natasha Kerensky, the legendary Black Widow, calls her custom ''Daishi'' "Widowmaker".
* Jean Tannen, TheLancer in ''[[GentlemanBastard The Lies of Locke Lamora]]'', names his paired hatchets the Wicked Sisters. He makes a joke about the name when he has to fight a pair of female twins.
* Although no actual names are mentioned, the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior race]] of the Fremen in the ''Dune'' series have ''very'' close relationships with their knives. When the main character mentions they sound "pretty ferocious" prior to meeting any, his father responds "By all accounts. They compose poems to their knives".
** It is later revealed that a stranger who carries a fremen knife would be accepted in any fremen community.
* According to ''El Cantar del Mio Cid'', Rodrigo Diaz had two swords: "La Tizona" and "La Colada".
* Averted by MercedesLackey in her ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. Fighters operate under the philosophy that one weapon is as good as another; the only sword which has a name is an EmpathicWeapon which turns out to be a woman's spirit contained in a sword. Several main characters give their musical instruments names, however.
** Defied in ''Exile's Honor,'' when Alberich is a weapons instructor in Karse. If a student ever named his weapon, the weapon was either melted down (if it belonged to the school) or returned to the student's home (if it belonged to the student), the student being prohibited from using it.
** Somewhat subverted but mostly played straight in her TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms series, where having a named weapon (say, Galgraling the Wyrm Slayer) will invoke Tradition (the ambient magic in the land) and give you an advantage should you meet an actual Wyrm. [[MagicKnight Champions]], however, do not name their swords -- they can make any blade magical.
* In Saberhagen's BookOfSwords series, the swords have names, though this is more a case of NamedWeapons, since the names are not personal nicknames but were given by their creator (the god Vulcan) before distributing them throughout the world.
* A JustifiedTrope in {{Dragaera}}'s ''Taltos'' series; [[spoiler:Vlad calls his [[EmpathicWeapon Great Weapon, Godslayer]] "Lady Teldra".]] The reason, in addition to the fact that he considers the actual name melodramatic, is that [[spoiler:it contains the soul of its namesake.]]
** There's also "Spellbreaker", a length of chain with the AntiMagic property of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin breaking any spell it hits]]. Vlad named it not because of sentimental attachment or mental instability, but because he was told that it would be a good idea to give it a name.
* ''Literature/TheLongShips'' by Frans G. Bengtsson features a pair of vikings who name their favorite swords "Bluetongue" and "Redbeak".
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' often uses NamedWeapons instead of this trope. The child's fencing blade (Needle) would be an exception and follow this trope.
* In ''PeterPan'', Mr Smee has named his sword "Johnny Corkscrew", because of the way he uses it.
** Also featured is the pirates' massive cannon "Long Tom", said to be large enough to launch a fully grown Indian out of. Also mentioned in passing in the movie ''Film/{{Hook}}'', and shown many times in the animated ''PeterPanAndThePirates'' series, where it is portrayed as being decorated in the style of a white tiger.
* In the DaveBarry/Ridley Pearson PeterPan novel Peter and the Starcatchers, Captain Hook deployed a special sail rigging he named "The Ladies". This specific sail was modeled after a woman's bustier, and supposedly increased his ship's speed.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth mostly uses NamedWeapons instead of this trope. But "Sting" is only a nickname for the elven knife Bilbo found back in ''Literature/TheHobbit''; after killing some {{Giant Spider}}s with it, he decided that a weapon that formidable should be named. (In the [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings movie adaptation]] of ''The Lord of the Rings'', it was apparently named and inscribed ''Sting'' in runes by its maker.)
* In the ''[[Literature/SymphonyOfAges Rhapsody]]'' series of books, Elizabeth Haydon has Grunthor -- a giant [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Bolg]] -- name ''all'' of his weapons, because he says it makes them work better. With the exception of "Friendmaker," a huge polearm that gets its name because "When people see it, they'd much rather be my friend than my enemy," most of his weapons are named after various prostitutes he's known.
* In the famous Civil War memoir ''Company H'', the author mentions a fellow soldier who "had the brightest gun in the army, and always called Florence Fleming".
* This has appeared in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, though it isn't very common ("Grief", "Chance", etc.)
* Mona and Delilah are the cars owned by Joanna in the WeatherWardens series by Rachel Caine.
* ''Reason'' in Neal Stephenson's ''Literature/SnowCrash''. Used as a source of wordplay: "I know they'll listen to Reason".
* This trope is out in force in the ''MemorySorrowandThorn'' series by TadWilliams. Besides the titular swords themselves, just about every major character has a name for their favorite sword, spear, or miscellaneous implement of death.
* Brandon Sanderson's ''{{Warbreaker}}'' also has a sentient sword called "Nightblood".
* In [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Heinlein's]] ''Literature/TunnelInTheSky'' both the main protagonist and his sister have foot-long Bowie-knives that they've named. The sister's is "Lady Macbeth". The protagonist's knife is called Colonel Bowie, showing an unfortunate lack of creativity on his part. ''Literature/GloryRoad'' has Lady Vivamus, explicitly introduced as being just like the next example.
** A more creative example from ''Literature/TunnelInTheSky'': A knife called "Occam's Razor."
* Another Heinlein example, though not about a weapon this time. In his Juvenile novel ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the main character names his titular suit Oscar and has conversations with it. In one particular case, it even gives him a pep talk as he [[spoiler: lies dying on the surface of Pluto]]. Note that, though it's never mentioned outright, there's no indication that he actually believes he's talking to his suit.
* In Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' series, Fafhrd wields a sword he calls Greywand, while his partner, the Grey Mouser, wields a sword and a dagger he calls Scalpel and Cat's Claw. However, Fafhrd calls ''any'' sword he happens to be carrying Greywand, and whatever sword and dagger The Mouser wields become Scalpel and Cat's Claw. They go through many, many, many of these over the course of the stories, and therefore this is perhaps a purer example of the trope than many of the other examples: Fafhrd's sword is called "Graywand" not because of any special properties it has, but simply because that's what he calls it.
* In Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series, Lirael's sword Nehima keeps ''changing its own inscription'' every time she looks at it.
* The ''Bazil Broketail'' series seems to take the military training route; humans don't name any of their weapons, but nearly every dragon soldier seems to have named their personal blade, whether or not it's enchanted.
* The ''[[Literature/TheHeirChronicles Heir]]'' series by Cinda Williams Chima has Warrior hero Jack uncover the legendary magical sword of his ancestor, which is named Shadowslayer. His girlfriend Ellen, also a Warrior, later acquires a similar one named Waymaker.
* Literature/{{Beowulf}} used the sword Hrunting against Grendel's mother, given to him by Unferth.
* MackBolan's preferred hand weapons are named "Big Thunder" (a stainless steel [[HandCannon .44 AutoMag]]), and "Belle", his silenced Beretta Brigadier (a civilian Beretta 92S). The spin-off series ''AbleTeam'' has "Lyon's Crowd-Killing Device", a modified Atchisson Assault Shotgun wielded by 'Ironman' Carl Lyons.
* ''Literature/TheAvenger'', pulp hero, late 30s - early 40s: Ike (throwing knife) and Mike (revolver).
* NickCarter has three main weapons, all of which he's named. Wilhelmina is his stripped-down German Luger, Hugo is his stiletto, and the gas-bomb that he uses is called Pierre.
* [[Literature/TheSaint Hoppy Uniatz]] uses his Betsy to bop people. And yes, he genuinely talks like that.
* In ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', Alanna names her sword Lightning. She found it in some ruins and it used its own magic to save her and Sir Myles, and she's very attached to it. When it breaks in the desert, she's very upset.
* For a brief while near the (publishing-order) beginning of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, the Sword of Martin the Warrior was dubbed "Ratdeath". Apparently Brian Jacques realized that really isn't a good name, and thus it underwent {{retcon}}. In later books, it has no real name, but "Sword" tends to be capitalized when you talk about it.
* In ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' by Jack L. Chalker, the hero names his magic sword "Irving," after his estranged son.
* Steven Boyette's ''Literature/{{Ariel|Boyette}}'', set in post-civilization, the young hero considers several poetic names for the sword he finds and learns to use, but ultimately settles on "Fred". It's short, sweet, and does the job.
* ArcWords in ''The Way of the Sword'' by Henry Lion Oldie: [[spoiler:for a reason, as it's all about {{empathic weapon}}s.]]
-->Be damned that day when the weapons began to get names!
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Mightily Oats makes an appearance during the BackStory, where we find he's nicknamed the axe he used [[spoiler: to [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome lop off the head of Count Magpyr]]]] in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' "Forgiveness".
** ''Discworld/NightWatch'' referenced the above "Smith and Wesson" line when Vimes pulls a crossbow and says "Meet my friends, Mr. Burleigh and Mr. Stronginthearm." The threat falls flat, however, because Vimes is back in time before those weapon-makers went into business, so nobody has any idea what he's talking about.
** Sergeant Detritus, a troll officer of the watch, commonly carries a weapon that Vimes refers to as The Piecemaker. It's a siege crossbow and fires many, ''many'' bolts at once. The name is descriptive of what happens to anything Detritus discharges it at... and also to anything that happens to be near what he's aiming at. Vimes notes that it's the one weapon the Watch has that can blow a house's front and back doors open ''with the same shot''.
* In Laurell Hamilton's ''Literature/MerryGentry'' series all of the magical weapons are named: Winter's Kiss, Mortal Dread, a couple magical rings and Doyle's twin daggers (which are only known by their ''nick''names--snick and snack).
* In ''TheRiftwarCycle'', there's a throwaway line about the type of crossbow used by the Hadati hill people, which is called the Bessie Mauler. No one's quite sure why it's named after Bessie, but it's certainly a [[{{BFG}} mauler]]. They're normally used to hunt wyverns, the smaller, less fire-breathing-y cousins of dragons. You'd expect some other named weapons in a fantasy series, but if any have names, they're never mentioned.
* PercyJackson's sword is named Riptide.
** Luke's sword [[spoiler: Actually Kronos' scythe]] is named Backbiter. Parodied with Clarisse's second spear, Maimer, which everyone jokingly calls "Lamer".
* [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]] has this with Murtagh's sword, Zar'rok, Brom's sword, Undbitr, and [[spoiler: Eragon's sword is Brisinger]]
* In an early ''Literature/TheSaint'' book, Simon Templar has a favorite throwing-knife named Anna.
* Israeli satirist Creator/EphraimKishon once had a French car "Madeleine" and a black motor bike "Dr. Kaltenbrunner"
* Oddly enough, Alexia never gives a name to her [[ParasolOfPain favorite accessory]] in ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate''. She does, however, add a small handgun to her arsenal which is affectionately dubbed "Ethel".
* In the PhryneFisher novel ''Murder in the Dark'', the assassin known as the Joker has named all of his knives. The one he attempts to use on Phryne is named 'Eleanor', after his mother.
* In ''Slaughter's Way'' by JTEdson, Coonskin has a double-barrelled eight-gauge shotgun he calls 'Betsy Two-Eyes'.
* [[CuteBruiser Havilar]] in ''Literature/BrimstoneAngels'' ''really'' like her [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] and keeps trying to come up with a cool-sounding name for it. She starts out with "Kidney Carver" (too mundane), switches to "Eater of Her Enemies' Livers" (too much of a mouthful) and ends up settling on "Devilslayer".
* Averted in the ''StarTrek'' novel ''Time for Yesterday''; when Kirk asks the name of a sword, the wielder says that it doesn't have one, and, cynically, that if he were so inclined he'd just call it Killer, since that's what it's for.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The trope is named for Jayne's very favorite gun from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. It has extreme sentimental value. The fact that he views his own proposal to swap it for Mal's "[[AccidentalMarriage wife]]" in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" as ''theft'' is pretty telling. "Vera" itself is an [[CoolGuns Izhmash Saiga-12]] conversion originally built for the movie ''Showtime''.
--> '''Jayne:''' It's miles better'n what you got!
--> '''Mal:''' "''What I got''?" She has a name!
--> '''Jayne:''' So does this!
** The fact that in "Heart of Gold" he snuggles up with ''his gun'' instead of a real woman is pretty telling.
** In one interview, Creator/AdamBaldwin, Jayne's actor, stated that Jayne's knife is named "Binky" and his pistol "Boo", though neither name is used in the series proper, probably because the series got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]] before he got around to letting others know.
** In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Jayne uses another gun with a name, a submachine gun by the name of "Lux". It was named after a poster on the Firefly message boards, [=LuxLucre=], who died of pneumonia shortly after the feature film ''Serenity'' was announced. According to the novelization, that submachine gun was called "Phoebe".
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', while they're not a weapon, Brad reveals that he's named his sweatpants 'Karen'.
-->'''Dave:''' You named your sweatpants Karen?
-->'''Brad:''' ([[ScaryBlackMan Deep voice]]) I name what I name, man.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Xander gets threatened by Jack, who reveals his knife is called "Katie".
-->'''Xander:''' You gave it a girl's name. How very serial killer of you.
** Kendra's favourite stake is called "Mr. Pointy".
* In ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton Brown named his favorite pizza peel "[[Series/TheAvengers Emma]]".
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', John Crichton names his most reliable pulse pistol "Winona". It gets to the point where if Winona misfires he automatically assumes it's because ''he'' didn't properly maintain her (which, as any gun enthusiast can probably tell you, isn't that unreasonable a belief). A {{lampshade|Hanging}} is hung about this at one point in the episode "John Quixote": "That's a nice sword... You should give it a name, like 'Cameron' or 'Uma'."
* Ernie "Turtleman" Brown, Jr. on ''CallOfTheWildman'' carries a huge Bowie knife he calls "Thunder", which he uses for everything from shaving to prying open the jaws of a snapping turtle when bitten by them.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers The Smugglers]]'', Cherub has a knife named Tommy Tickler.
* In ''AshesToAshes'', Gene Hunt has a crowbar that he calls [[CowboyCop "The Search Warrant"]].
* In ''[[Series/TheRomanMysteries Roman Mysteries]]'', the door-slave (and former gladiator) Caudex has a gladius he calls "Flora"; named, we are told, after an ex-girlfriend with a sharp tongue.
* In an episode of the sitcom ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter,'' the mother gets a glass table, which she makes everyone call Sheila.
* When doing cannon-related myths, the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' crew borrows a cannon that the owner has named "Old Moses", as it "speaks with a great voice and lays down the Law". This is a common thing to do with cannons - one preacher-turned-artilleryman during the Civil War named four guns "Matthew", "Mark", "Luke" and "John" for the same reason. The Mythbusters themselves engage this trope when they acquire a car (for doing car myths, naturally) and name it "Earl," named just because it seemed like an appropriate name for a large, black Cadillac.
** Jamie Hyneman of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' constructed a two-handled revolver in order to test BlastingItOutOfTheirHands. He named it '''Newton's Law'''.
* Creator/StephenColbert has a Colt Detective Special that he calls "Sweetness" that he frequently is seen talking to...and that he sometimes thinks is [[CompanionCube talking to him]]. He's had some... [[CargoShip interesting...]] conversations with it. (Inside joke: Colbert is deaf in his right ear IRL; he always listens to "Sweetness" on that side.)
* Played with in ''Series/SledgeHammer'' The title character talks to his gun, sleeps with it, and is generally in love with it... but it's named Gun. In the German dub, however, he calls it Suzie.
* Not ''quite'' a weapon, but it ''is'' involved in a duel. In the "pool shark" episode of ''FreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Philip Banks [[ObfuscatingStupidity deliberately screws up]] [[BatmanGambit to get the pool sharks to bet more money on the second game]], [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentofAwesome at which point he promptly drops the act]]:
-->'''Uncle Phil''': Geoffrey? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7u1SGsT51w Break out Lucille.]]''
* Tara's SplitPersonality "Buck" in ''TheUnitedStatesOfTara'' has a gun called Persephone.
* In ''Series/CornerGas'', Davis named his billyclub "Billy". He encourages her Karen to name hers and she ends up calling it "Jennifer".
* In ''Series/TheDailyShow'', Jon Stewart apparently [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=220548&title=AIG-Bailout-Money-Bonuses calls his fists Simon and Garfunkel]].
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', in the "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" episode, Tom Servo had a gun that he names Lucille.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': "Stella is my knife. You're about to get yanked." Although it was an imaginary knife conjured from a random quote...
* ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' had the hunter Bonesteel, who had a wide array of weapons such as Betty the doublebarreled shotgun or MaryLou the crossbow.
* Pete, a recurring villain on ''Series/TheAdventuresofBriscoCountyJr'', refers to his gun as Pete's Piece.
* ''Mickey Spillane's MikeHammer''. Not sure if it was in the novels, but Stacy Keach (playing Mike Hammer) refers to his Colt [=M1911A1=] as 'Betsy'.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', a guard calls the tranquiliser rifle he is preparing to use to shoot JD out of tree 'Megan Fox' and kisses it.
* Otoya from ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' gave the name ''Bloody Rose'' to his violin.
* Oddly subverted on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Dean's beloved [[CoolCar 1967 Chevy Impala]] doesn't have an exact name, but he often calls her "Baby" and more occasionally, "Sweetheart".
** It is considered a real cast-member by some fans, appearing in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE to date.
** Additionally, it has been given a name by the fans: "The Metallicar"
* In a Season 3 episode of ''Series/TheATeam'', "The Sheriffs of Rivertown," Murdock gets two pistols and states, "I call these babies 'Betsy' and 'Bertha'."
* ''Series/{{Psych}}''. In the episode "Viagra Falls," Lassiter, the [[PoliceAreUseless somewhat incompetent cop]], hears that a retired cop has named his weapon and considers dubbing his own “Mr. Thunderstick.” [[TheChick Juliet]] quickly vetoes the idea.
** The retired cop's gun was named Darla Saidman. His gun was Jewish?
* In an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'' Sam is using his Chuck Finley persona to scare information out of a villian, and he threatens him with his knife "Mr. Slicey."
* In ''Series/AlloAllo'' Lt. Gruber named his tank Hubert. He asked if he could be buried with it as well.
* In ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Dave Karofsky nicknames ''his own fist'' 'The Fury' and then proceeds to threaten Kurt with it. Yes, Karofsky has issues. Well, actually, it's more like he has ''subscriptions''.
* In an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted offers to make Sandy Rivers (who had been embarrassing Robin at work) listen to "Common Sense" and "Reasonable Discourse". When Robin asks Ted if those are his fists, he replies that they're his feet. Ted's a kicker.
** "The Limo" gives us Not-Moby's gun which he refers to as "Janice".
* In ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Danny reveals he has a club named "Molly"
* In the episode "The Fighting Irish" of ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack Donaghy, his dad, and his brother announce their fist-names before fighting.
* Ignacio from ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' has a stun gun named Mr. Zappy.
* Henry from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' named a weapon Molly, short for Modified O-wave Linear Expeller.
--> '''Will''': Uh, doesn't that acronym spell "mole"?\\
'''Henry''': Molly's hotter.\\
'''Will''': Dude, it's a weapon, not a woman.
* ''Series/DeadliestCatch'''s captain Phil named his engines Good Girl and Bad Girl because one of them was reliable and the other seemed to want him and his boat to be unable to cope with the Bering Sea's... [[GiantWallOfWateryDoom bad moods]].
* The title character from ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' forges a sword during the Season 1 finale in the school's industrial arts lab. Season 2 reveals that he names the sword "Sanddragon".
* ''TheMiddle'': Mike's father nicknamed his belt 'The Enforcer'.
* Sam Hanna of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' calls his father's '70s Dodge Challenger "Charlene". In the big {{crossover}} with ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', he dubs Danno's Camaro "Winifred".
* In ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'', Sgt. Riley's plasmatronic laser is named 'Mary Jane'.
* ''PairOfKings'': Mikayla calls her machete "Stabitha".
* In ''TheLatestBuzz'', Michael names his fancy new desk 'Betsy' (just before he has to return it).
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' had a villain of the week who called his shotgun 'Big Mama'.
* ''Series/CougarTown'' has "Big Carl", "Big Lou", and "Big Tippi". This being ''Cougar Town'', it shouldn't surprise you these are rather large wine glasses of Jules.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** A replacement for missing Detective Murdoch is a tough detective who calls his gun Betsy. Not to be confused with his dog Betty.
** In the FishOutOfTemporalWater SpinOff ''The Murdoch Effect'', PresentDay Crabtree calls his gun "Aunt Daisy", a parody of 1900s Crabtree's large number of [[FloralThemeNaming florally named]] aunts.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': "Don't touch [[CoolCar Lola]]".
* In ''Series/LostGirl'', Kenzi named her katana Geraldine.
* ''Series/{{Bluestone 42}}'' has the bomb-defusing robot Arthur, named (secretly) by Corporal Bird. After Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice (and receives a military burial) he is replaced by Graham.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Devo Spice apparently named [[http://thefump.com/fump.php?id=144 his Atari]] "Heather".
* BB King's famous guitar, Lucille. According to King, early in his career, a fight broke out in the club he was playing at. This fight quickly got out of hand, and somehow a fire started. Naturally, everyone immediately ran out, but King had left his guitar behind in his haste. Realizing that he couldn't afford to replace it, he reentered the burning club and retrieved his instrument. When he learned that the fight had started over a woman named Lucille, King decided to name all of his guitars in the future "Lucille", "to remind myself never to be that stupid again." King also famously refuses to ship Lucille in a plane's cargo hold; he buys two seat tickets. One for him and one for Lucille.
** This is likely why a number of examples on this page (such as TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir above) use Lucille for their named weapons as well.
* GreenDay leader Billie Joe Armstrong's "Blue" - his first guitar ''which he still plays today''.
** Also, A 1950's Gibson Les Paul Junior named "Floyd". He states that this is his favorite guitar.
* Bo Diddley's guitar, the Twang Machine.
* Music/WillieNelson's guitar, Trigger.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's Esquire, Excalibur.
* Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitars. The most famous is First wife also known as #1. Others include Lenny for example, after then his wife who gave it to him.
* Music/LedZeppelin's Jimmy Page played a black Les Paul custom known as "Black Beauty" (until it was stolen). Since then, his number one guitar has been a Les Paul sunburst known simply as "Number One".
** Black Beauty is actually what the model was called, not his name for it. He named his other Les Paul "Number Two". This had more to do with him having an easier time to separete them, since they were setup differently. Similar thing with the numbers put on Pete Townshend's Les Pauls in the 70's.
* Music/EricClapton's guitar, Blackie. He also has a Brownie (which he used with Derek & The Dominoes).
* Rory Gallagher's Stratocaster, supposedly one of the first bought in Ireland and his lifelong favourite instrument, was simply called "The Strat".
* Mason Williams's guitar (which he named a song after, too), $13 Stella.
* Vadim Pruzhanov, of [=DragonForce=], plays a ''keytar'' named "Batman".
* [[Music/{{Queen}} Brian May's]] guitar, the Red Special. It is actually quite [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Special#Unusual_features unique]].
** Well, he did make it himself!
* Music/NeilYoung's primary guitar, Old Black. He has another guitar named Hank, since it used to belong to Hank Williams.
* [[Music/ZZTop Billy Gibbons]]' Pearly Gates. ''Miss'' Pearly Gates.
** Given a ShoutOut on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', where Angela is Billy Gibbons' daughter. Her full name is Angela Pearly Gates Montenegro.
* Music/SteveVai has names for the various prototypes and one-off guitars Ibanez has made for him. Most notable is his go-to guitar for almost twenty years, Evo, and Evo's bastardized-Charvel predecessor from his time with Music/FrankZappa and Music/DavidLeeRoth, The Green Meanie.
* As can be seen above, a lot of [[IncrediblyLamePun axes]].
* TheSistersOfMercy always call their current drum machine "Doktor Avalanche". The Doktor has been swapped out a few times for newer models over the last three decades.
* Many famous string instruments, especially any built by a member of the famous Stradivari family, have unique names. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stradivarius_instruments lists some]].
* New York rapper Qadir has released a single, featured in VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV, called "Nickname", which is, you guessed it, about having a nickname for your guns.
-->"I got a nickname for all my guns: a Desert Eagle that I call BigPun, a two-shot that I call [[TupacShakur Tupac]]... my TEC-9 I'm-a call T-Pain, my .38 snub I'm-a call LilWayne..."
* Lemmy Kilmister of [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Motörhead]] calls his Rickenbacker bass "Rickenbastard".
* Eddie Music/VanHalen's striped guitar, [[FrankenX Frankenstrat]]. A FanNickname in the guitar community for guitars that are made of pieces of different guitars is to call them Frankensteins.
** Made all the more awesome by the fact that Eddie, by his own admission, didn't really know what he was doing when he threw all the parts together. Turned out just fine.
* [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]] owns an orange Fender Stratocaster named 'Rita'
* Raymond Scott named most of the instruments he built: "Karloff", "Bandito the Bongo Bandit," etc. Of course, he needed names like that so his employees would know which one he was talking about, since telling them to go switch on "the one with all the knobs on the top and the buttons--no, to the left--down--right" would get in the way at ol Manhattan Research Inc.
* Though not name per se, Woody Guthrie was famed for having "THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS" on the body of his guitar.
* [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} Murdoc Niccals]]' bass guitar, "El Diablo", which was in fact given to him by the Devil.
* Music/TomCochrane names all his guitars after hockey players.
* Music/TheDecemberists' "Apology Song" is about losing a friend's beloved bicycle, which is named Madeline.
* Music/{{Angelspit}} call their modular synth 'The Middle Finger Of God'.
* Tom Morello of Music/RageAgainstTheMachine and Audioslave calls his super-customized guitar "Arm The Homeless." It's written on the face of the instrument, in big red letters. He also has a customized Fender Stratocaster called "Soul Power."
* Music/YngwieMalmsteen almost always plays cream-colored Fender Stratocasters modeled after his first guitar The Duck, named for the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck sticker he put on it as a teenager. He still plays The Duck from time to time.
* Tony Iommi of Music/BlackSabbath calls his prized Gibson SG-copy "The Old Boy", and his first Gibson SG "The Monkey", thanks to the monkey decal on it.
* Zakk Wylde of Music/BlackLabelSociety and Music/OzzyOsbourne has a bunch of these. His white and black bullseye Gibson Les Paul Custom is The Grail. His red-on-natural bullseye Les Paul Standard is Red. His Confederate flag Les Paul Custom is The Rebel (his guitar tech has another name for it, The Tetanus Special, thanks to the large number of rusty bottlecaps nailed to it). His black and green camoflauge bullseye Les Paul Custom is Stormin' Norman. His orange and black spiral pattern Les Paul Custom is The Buzzsaw. And to top it off, Gibson gave him a few guitars from early on in his signature guitar run and he named them after Yankees based on their serial numbers. Number 15 is Thurman Munson, Number 4 is Lou Gehrig and Number 5 is Joe [=DiMaggio=].
* Music/MyChemicalRomance:
** Supposedly, this was originally the idea for Danger Days album. Instead of Killjoy names, the nicknames they selected were going to be the names of their rayguns.
** Rhythm guitarist Frank Iero used to have a guitar named Pansy.
* Naming of instruments isn't just for guitars. Sax player Bobby Keys (most famous for playing with the Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker) has names for all of his saxes. His main one is a tenor sax named "Elmer".
* Music/LindseyStirling has a $40 [[StuntDouble stunt violin]] named Ingrid.
* J Mascis of DinosaurJr has a particular acoustic guitar that he's named Martin - thus, his solo acoustic live album was called ''Martin + Me''.
* Former Music/{{Whitesnake}} guitarist Bernie Marsden has a 1959 Les Paul called "The Beast".
* Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa has a huge collection of guitars, many of which have names such as "Spot", "Runt", "Magellan" and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Principal Skinner"]].
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MickFoley calls his favorite baseball-bat-wrapped-in-barbed-wire "Barbie". His [[ImprobableWeaponUser tube sock]] is Mr. Socko, which he uses to apply the dreaded Mandible Claw. [[AxCrazy He even drew a face on it]]
* Ron Bass carried a bullwhip that he called "Miss Betsy." He also had a pair of spurs with which he once attacked Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake, and which, on at least one occasion, he referred to as "Bret" and "Bart". (Probably after the brothers in ''Series/{{Maverick}}''.)
* Dutch Mantel also carried a whip, which he called "Shoo Baby".
* [[Website/{{WrestleCrap}} T. L. Hopper]], the [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling plumber]], carried a plunger named "Bessie".
* [[Characters/{{TNA}} Abyss]] named his nail-laden 2x4 "Janice."
* Manager "Playboy" Gary Hart used to carry a loaded sock he called "Sweet Lucy."
* The Wrestling/JunkyardDog's chain, Ruby.
* Back when he was [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] Commissioner, Wrestling/JimCornette would threaten anyone who messed with him with his faithful Louisville Slugger, "Ol' Thelma Lou".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''IronKingdoms'' setting, Orsus "TheButcher of Khardov" Zoktavir calls his axe "Lola". As long as we're talking IK, there's also Ashlynn's ''Nemesis'', Croe's ''Hiss'', Gorten's ''Forge Father'', Seige's ''Ground Pounder'', Vlad's ''Skirmisher'' & ''Ruin'', Magnus' ''Foecleaver'', Bart's ''Red Tide'' & ''Ace'', Fiona's ''Viper'', and Brocker's ''Thrasher'', and that only covers the some of the mercenaries and a few faction combatants. Naming your weapon is pretty common in the Iron Kingdoms.
** Special note should be made for Liche Lord Asphyxious, who's spear ''Daemortus'' is named after the previous Liche Lord, who Asphyxious killed and turned into said spear.
* Mr. Welch, of ''[[http://theglen.livejournal.com/16735.html (Increasingly Large Number)]] Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'' fame, is forbidden from this, even if suggested by the game, per rule number 1359.
* In the ''IronHeroes'' setting, the Weaponmaster class is required to name his weapon at 11th level. Doing so causes his reputation to precede him.
* Dita (and her sexy twin Rita) the tricked out sample Colt [=M4A1=] from ''{{GURPS}}: Gun Fu''. Twin-drum magazine, reflex sight, night sight, targeting laser and, tactical light, all held on with aftermarket accessory rails. It's intentionally ridiculous.
* Sigmar's warhammer, from which ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' takes its name, is named Ghal-Maraz (Skull-splitter in [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Khazalid]]). The game's second most famous weapons, the twelve swords forged for the rulers of what became the Empire's provinces, are something of an aversion, being known simply as "The (Name of Province) Runefang". A great many other examples exist in the setting.
** A lot of Chaos weapons tend to have names in BlackSpeech, not so much as a nickname, but because a daemon of that name is literally bound into the blade and will probably suck your soul out through your hand if you don't treat it with respect.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' includes several visual gags of tough mercenaries carrying guns with odd names written on them. In one example, an Orc who looks for all the world like Creator/DannyTrejo has two pistols bearing the names Meat and Potatoes.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' most notable magic items are named, including weapons. Some of the more famous include the paladin blade Holy Avenger, the cursed sword Nine-Lives Slayer, and the soul-stealing axe Life-Drinker.
** TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms canonically have few "swords +2": weapons of significant power are made for people of significant power and usually with specific purpose in mind -- so they usually have names and stories.
** Salvatore's [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt books]]: Drizzt Do'Urden got two scimitars, Icingdeath and Twinkle. Wulfgar's war hammer, Aegis-fang, named by its maker; Cattie-brie's bow, Taulmaril the Heartseeker; and her sword, Khazid'hea (translated from Drow, 'Cutter'; although as a sentient sword, being named is justified). Similarly, Artemis Entreri eventually acquires the sentient sword Charon's Claw. Though never named in the novels, game rule information gives names to the twin longswords of Zaknafein, Drizzt's father: one is called Reaper, the other Reaver. As they are borderline epic in their abilities, and he was epic level, they no doubt earned their name. Averted with Enteri's dagger, which despite its impressive power, is only known by the rubies on it. That is enough.
** ''Violet Dawn'' / ''The Broken Isles'' campaign setting (d20) has feat "Named Weapon", which means that the character got the single "very special" bonded weapon; mechanically this gives +2 to attacks with it and -1 with anything else, including weapons of the same type. Replacing / changing the bonded weapon is rather hard.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} XP'' supplement "Service, Service". Vulture Squadron Warriors can carry most weapons that exist in Alpha Complex, and usually do. They give nicknames to not only each weapon they carry but each piece of ammunition as well.
* While individual instances of this trope are generally rare in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', encountering an example is usually a good shorthand for "BadAss AcePilot at the controls." They also double as NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, given named 'Mechs such as Widowmaker, Ebony Dragon, and Yen-Lo-Wang (essentially China's answer to Hades himself).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Videogame/DevilMayCry 3'', Lady has a ''rocket launcher'' named Kalina Ann.
** Dante's weapons tend to have proper names too, but it's because they're ''alive''. Then there's Ebony and Ivory, his twin pistols; while they're black and gunmetal-gray, those are also female names. As well as Sparda's two guns, Luce and Ombra ("Light" and "Shadow" in Italian).
** Ebony and Ivory are named after the Stevie Wonder/Paul [=McCartney=] song. All of Dante's weapons are named, including an electric guitar that's actually a succubus.
** Going one step further: In the PS2 port of ViewtifulJoe, it's revealed that Blade Master Alastor is also Dante's sword.
** The SawedOffShotgun that appears in every game in the series earns the name "Coyote-A" in the fourth game.
* The game The Fall: Last Days of Gaia actually allows you to name every weapon. This is useful to mark which gun is whose since the more a character uses a certain weapon (the EXACT weapon, not another of the same name) the more accurate s/he becomes when using it
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Vincent Valentine's main sidearm is called "Cerberus" which is fitting as it has three barrels, each one with a sculpted dog head on the end of the barrel.
* The ''Videogame/CallOfDuty'' series assigns callsigns to many of its vehicles, which you can see by looking in their general direction. Some are dynamically assigned from a pool of names while others are worked into the plot.
** ''Call of Duty 2'' has some dynamically named tanks called names such as "Hole In One", "Queen of Diamonds", etc.
** ''Call of Duty 3'' features a Jeep affectionately named Vera with a twin named Lynn.
** ''ModernWarfare'' has a couple of levels revolving around escorting a tank named "War Pig" out of danger.
** ''Modern Warfare 2'' features some neighborhood clearing with a Stryker Armored Vehicle named "Honey Badger." In addition, many vehicles in the Afghanistan convoy are named - including "Curb Stomper", "Punta Gorda", and bridge-layer "Bigfoot."
** ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'''s cover shows that [[PlayerCharacter Mason's]] Colt M1911 is called "Sally".
*** In the Zombies mode, upgrading it pairs it with a second pistol named "Mustang" that shoots grenades. This is actually one of three sets of "woman's name for first gun/matching adjective for second gun" sets in Zombies: the others are "Jane"/"Calamity" and "Mary"/"Typhoid".
*** In multiplayer, players can scratch a clantag onto the side of their guns, allowing you to actually name your gun "Vera" if you so choose.
* Heavy Weapons Guy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' calls his eponymous heavy weapon "Sasha". See this trope in full galore in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY5qJHZCz2I Meet the Heavy]] Additionally, Valve has introduced a second Heavy unlockable weapon: an alternate minigun by the name of "Natascha". [[http://steamgames.com/tf2/heavy/natascha.htm Check out]] her guns (the others have special names for many of their weapons, too, but those are more on the level of model names, as opposed to individuals).
** Heavy's also got a [[HoYay male]] [[FreudWasRight gun]] named "Tomislav".
** Mocked by [[{{Jerkass}} The Scout]] who, if he manages to dominate a Heavy player, will sometimes taunt "I think I'll take Sasha out for a steak dinner tonight. What d'ya think of that?"
** The Sniper's kukri knife is named "Sharpy".
** Players can do this too, with the addition of Name Tags, a one-use item, from the Mann Co. store. Use it, and you can call any item in your inventory anything you want! "Vera" has predictably become one of the more common names.
* In the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', two mooks discuss the tendency of their more intense co-workers to name their guns. One mook sheepishly admits he too named his gun. In a possible subversion, he didn't give it a girly name but instead named it 'Dick Justice'. The other mooks also point out how weird it is to name your weapon, one of them saying "Man, that's... kind'a weird."
* A variation: Elzam Branstein in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' usually calls whatever HumongousMecha he's currently riding "Trombe", after his favorite horse.
** This includes the battleship ''Kurogane''.
* [[BadassPreacher Father Grigori's]] Winchester rifle in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' is named "Annabelle". Most people don't catch it because he sounds like he's talking about a person, but it's in the game files.
* According to [[WordOfGod supplemental material]], I-No from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' calls her guitar "Marlene". I-No being a MusicalAssassin, this fits particularly well into the trope.
* One tribe in ''{{Suikoden}}'' named their swords after the most important person in their life. Then there's Flik, who named his sword Odessa, after the QuicklyDemotedWoman he was attached to. He's from that tribe too.
* One of Matthias' lines when he picks up an assault rifle in ''{{Mercenaries}} 2'' has him giving a name to the rifle he just picked up then declare "[[AxCrazy Let's go kill a lot of people!]]".
* All the customized weapons ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' gets at The Gates of Hell are named. For instance, her most commonly used set of four pistols are called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme individually and Scarborough Fair collectively.
* The [[MightyGlacier Heavy Knight]] from [[PiratesVikingsAndKnights Pirates Vikings and Knights II]] would like to introduce you to his sword, Beatrice.
* A staple of the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} series are the named unique weapons. Ranging from the typical NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin matter-of-fact-descriptors]] or women's names.
** Brick of Reilly's Rangers in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' introduces her minigun as "Eugene", in a southern drawl no less.
** Then there's "Ol' Painless", owned by Dave, president of the Republic of Dave, an homage to a couple of other guns of the same name. Not to mention the epitome of BoringButPractical.
** The Terrible Shotgun.
** "That Gun" is short for "That Gun From ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''": It's because the .223 pistol didn't return for Fallout 3, so the players started making questions if they would see "[[FanNickname That gun from Fallout and Fallout 2]]" again. So VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas brought it back as an unique version, it was the only .223 pistol until the Gun Runners's Arsenal DLC.
** Vengeance the Gatling Laser and [[ChainsawGood Jack the Ripper]].
** A laser pistol named Pew-Pew, a pulaski/fire axe named Knock-Knock, a displacer glove called Pushy...Almost all unique weapons have names, most of them are puns.
** The Gun Runner's Arsenal expansion pack to ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' adds a modified Fat Man named Esther. The main game has the missile launcher Annabelle, a possible {{shout out}} to the above ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' example. Along with Lucky, Maria, This Machine, Medicine Stick, Dinner Bell, Paciencia, A Light Shining in Darkness, and so on.
* Many of the better weapons in the ''FireEmblem'' series, such as Ike's sword Ragnell and his father's greataxe Urvan in Fire Emblems 9 and 10. The player can also name the custom made weapons in FE 9 and 10.
** Owain, a character in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', firmly believes naming your weapons adds more power to it. He comes up with ridiculous names for the most mundane of weapons, naturally. This gets lampshaded by Lissa.
-->'''Lissa:''' That Holy Slayer, Saintly Dragon blah-blah kinda stuff you're always talking about. I was wondering if you really didn't know the word "Staff"! Hee hee!
-->'''Owain:''' ...I'm pretty sure I should be offended by both of those statements.
* In ''DestroyAllHumans'', when you read a soldier's mind, you may hear the following phrase "I have a rifle, her name is Sue!"
* One of the marines in ''{{Halo 3}}'' is voiced by Creator/AdamBaldwin; the actor who played Jayne in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. In a ShoutOut to ''Firefly'', he will occasionally yell "Say hello to Vera!" during combat. As well as "Me and Vera have a little life-lesson for ya'!"
* Many of the pistols in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' are given actual names rather than their model number or manufacturer in their inventory listing (Matilda, Broken Butterfly, Killer 7, etc). The Matilda is named after the DistressedDamsel in ''Film/TheProfessional''.
* From ''Videogame/JadeEmpire'': Sir Roderick Von Fauntlebottom the MagnificentBastard's rifle is named Mirabelle.
* {{Nethack}} features a variety of named magical weapons mostly from other sources, such as Excalibur, Stormblade, and Snickersnee. It also allows you to give a name to any item, and in some cases naming a normal weapon after a magical one causes it to become magic.
* ''TacticsOgre'' the Knight of Lodis features four Snap Dragon scrolls which seal the soul of the character that uses them in a sword which bears the name of the user. In addition to being powerful in their own right, the swords also carry over a portion of the unit's stats to buff the person wielding it, copy the unit's element (each element has a different design for the sword as well), and certain classes grant special effects (a snapped Sword Master would give an Instant Kill effect, a Fairy would increase luck, [[GameBreaker Angel Knights increase morale for units within a certain range of the wielder]], ect.).
* From ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', as soon as Bartolomeo gets back to his home after being freed from prison by Ezio, he goes around the thrashed place looking for Bianca, who turns out to be a [[{{BFS}} claymore]].
** Referenced in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'', where he starts searching for another woman and Ezio asks if he looked behind the table. Then it turns out Bartolomeo [[UglyGuyHotWife actually is married]], much to Ezio's shock.
* In ''Videogame/BrutalLegend'' Eddie Riggs uses a guitar he calls Clementine which can [[ThePowerOfRock summon lightning, fire, melt faces, inspire legions of headbangers and bring down giant flaming zeppelins on top of people]]. Of course he couples it with an axe called the "Separator" (he didn't name that one, though).
-->'''Mittens:''' Allow me to introduce you to my enforcers, ''Fear'', (holds up fist) and ''Pain''. ''(holds up other fist)''
* Zaeed Massani from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' carries a worn-out old rifle around with him affectionately named "Jessie", although he was forced to retire it about five years beforehand. Zaeed's essentially a walking ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' ShoutOut.
** There is also [[WrenchWench Tali's]] non-sentient combat drone, [[ShoutOut Chikktika]] [[BaldursGate vas Paus]], whom she shouts encouragement and advice to in combat, and praises after the fighting's done.
* In ''NeoQuest 2'', you find a yellow skeith named Bledynn, who happens to call his BFS [[http://i50.tinypic.com/2uptlsi.png Vera]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', you can rename your weapons and items in their Item Worlds.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Sten names his sword Asala (according to him it means 'soul'), which he sees as a part of himself, and actually murdered an entire family because he lost it.
** Note that they had not stolen it and he did not believe that they had, he simply ''went insane from grief'' (his religion really does consider the weapon to be part of him, and he has no way of legally returning home without it). When he recovered he turned himself in and he's refusing food in a drawn-out suicide attempt when you meet him.
** Another example in Dragon Age would be in the download Witch Hunt, in which Finn has a staff [[ShoutOut named Vera]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' gives us Varric, the dwarf rogue. He has a super-duper custom crossbow named Bianca, but he won't tell you where or how she got the name.
** ''The Legacy'' DLC reveals that Bianca is a unique repeating crossbow designed by a friend of his in the Carta. Apparently, Bianca is the only one that he has managed to get working.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a few examples of named weapons floating about, most are unattainable by [=PCs=].
** Frostmourne, the blade of the Lich King. This one ''was'' usable in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII,'' by the player-controlled Prince Arthas.
** The Ashbringer, sword wielded by holy paladins of legend.
** Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
** Thori'dal, The Star's Fury
** Quel'Serrar, The High Blade and its sister Quel'Delar
** Gorehowl, axe of Grom Hellscream
** Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'''s campaign mission "Belly of the Beast", [[TheEngineer Rory Swann]] carries around a portable [[KillItWithFire flamethrower turret]] called Flaming Betty. It's subtitled "Swann's [[{{BFG}} BFF]]", [[DontExplainTheJoke which is a]] DoubleEntendre [[DontExplainTheJoke for "Best Friend Forever"]].
* ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' has an example (of course): Youmu Konpaku's swords, Roukanken and Hakurouken.
* Irvine Kinneas, the resident sharpshooter and gunslinger from "Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII" used four specialized rifles throughout the game, named the Valiant, the Ulysses, the Bismarck and the Exeter, all named after real-world Battleships.
* ''Videogame/FableIII'' gives the hero a set of {{evolving weapon}}s, and lets you name them.
* In the ''GuildWars'' Factions campaign there is a boss named [[Series/{{Firefly}} Jayne]] Forestlight who drops a hammer called Vera.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' refers to his pistol as "Sarah, the only woman left in my life".
* [[VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} He was called]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-RPItMYcyY "Waggleton P. Tallylicker".]] [[FunnyMoments And we never got to tell him. *sniff*.]]
* ''VideoGame/LastAlert'':
--> '''Black:''' Hey, Guy! Let my baby Betty throw you a kiss!
--> '''Guy Kazama:''' [[LampshadeHanging You're some weirdo, naming your helicopter!]]
* Dwarves in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' may get very attached to their tools and weapons of the trade. If such thing happens, they are likely to give them names.
* The second mission of the original ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' has Patterson destroy a railroad-borne artillery piece named Greta.
* In ''Iron Tank'', many of the tanks and other vehicles are named Louis, Walter, Fritz, etc. [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]].
* [[AllThereInTheManual Apparently]], VideoGame/SeriousSam's [[GunsAkimbo dual revolvers]] in ''The First Encounter'' are named "Smith" and "Wesson". He jokes about meeting Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson again in the third game upon picking up its [[AKA47 not-a-Deagle]].
* The end game of ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' allows you to give a name a gun and piece of armor of your choice. Naming them lets you use them in NewGamePlus.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' gives us Corso Riggs, the Smuggler's first companion, who has no less than ''six'' named weapons (and provides DescriptionPorn for most!): a deluxe heavy blaster (which gets stolen by [[spoiler: Skavak]]) named "Torchy," a customizable blaster (which he gives to the PlayerCharacter) named "Flashy," another blaster pistol offered to the PlayerCharacter later named "Sparkles," a blaster rifle named "Sergeant Boom Boom," a blaster pistol named "Sparky," and a vibroblade named "Hewie". Which goes to show that he is a GiverOfLameNames.
** Invoked during a conversation between the Sith Inquisitor and Andronikos Revel, where the latter averts this trope, claiming the reason he ''doesn't'' give his weapons names is ''because'' he's afraid he might get too attached to them.
* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' is an interesting example. You ship name always starts as 's . You have the option to change it. Depending on what you do in Eve this may be important to you or not. If you're in RVB, naming ships is generally pointless as you'll probably lose in 5 minutes anyway.
** This has led to people doing interesting things such as naming the combat ship Primary----> or Don't Shoot Me. Among other more colorful names.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' allows you to name your weapons after enchanting them. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential This can be taken further]] if you trap a named enemy in a black soul gem, use their soul to enchant a weapon and name the weapon after the soul you used to create it.
* ''{{Minecraft}}'''s weapon-naming system is similar to that of ''Skyrim'', allowing the player to spend experience levels that would otherwise be spent on imbuing weapons (and other items) with actual enchantments in order to give them in-game names.
* Every character in ''ExitFate'' has a personal weapon (you employ blacksmiths to upgrade the weapon rather than trading up), and while some have simple, descriptive names (hatchet, red pen, handbag) many are named poetically and/or after people. The amnesiac former assassin Frore named his blade "Kella" after his friend/lover/companion/rival/? (They both lost parts of their memories, so neither is fully certain how they relate.)
* From ''VideoGame/{{Interstate 76}}'', we have Taurus' car "Eloise".
* [[ColdSniper Raelynn]] from ''{{Awesomenauts}}'' has a [[{{BFG}} pulserifle]] which she names Cuddles.
* [[AxCrazy Jinx]] from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' names her minigun Pow-Pow and her shark-shaped rocket launcher Fishbones.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'':
-->'''Dr. Judith Mossman:''' Is that you, Gordon? Come inside, it's getting late.\\
'''Gordon Frohman:''' There is no Gordon, Judith. There is only...The Claw. (His name for his beloved [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Gravity Gun]].)
* Frank from ''webcomic/PennyArcade'' has a gun nicknamed "Mabel". Then again, Frank is a spoof of the ShellShockedSenior Vietnam vet archetype anyway, taken ''way'' over-the-top and then put in charge of an EB Games.
** "Will you face me? [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/03/10/ This tube goes by many names, some you are not worthy to hear.]]"
** In the ShowWithinAShow ''[[StylisticSuck The Song of the Sorcelator]]'' that Gabe reads, a character carries twin wands, called "Hurt" and "Burn". [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/05/19/ Exhibit A]].
* ''Comedity'': Hello again, Natalya."
* ''AModestDestiny'' has Maxim naming his [[WithThisHerring flimsy 1d4 stick]] Lucile.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' Fighter named the swords he got from Drizzl "Stabby" and "Slashy".
* Mae from ''Webcomic/DandyAndCompany'' [[http://www.dandyandcompany.com/2008/04/17/it-is-her-very-favorite-gun/ has a gun named "Vera"]], apparently.
* Ben's character 'Nameless' from ''FuzzyKnights'' actually sleeps with his weapons, I just hope he didn't mean the knives as well.
* In ''FullFrontalNerdity'' [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2006-11-29 here]], Lewis has named his sword "Betsy". It's never mentioned again.
** [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2010-08-17 Lewis has also named a lightsaber "Lucille".]]
* How can we forget ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' and Chaz. Again, a sentient sword, now with a surprisingly normal name.
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'' [[http://www.punchanpie.net/cgi-bin/autokeenlite.cgi?date=20070307 here]] when Angela is imagining herself in a warzone (while packing her stuff).
* In the now defunct web comic ''[[http://yahtzee.comicgenesis.com/cast.htm Yahtzee Takes On The World]]'', Yahtzee names an experimental laser he found "Archibald".
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Tip carries a revolver named Alice. It is noteworthy that he usually does not bother to learn the name of the women he sleeps with, yet still names his gun.
** Don't forget Konstantin, whose "biceps have clever names. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=43404#strip4 Are you wishing to hear?"]]
** Tip asks Unity to use "gentle persuasion" to get Sweetheart out of the rubber plant, unaware that Gentle Persuasion is the name of Unity's flamethrower.
* In ''TheKAMics'' Gertrude & Brunhilda's [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4797816/ swords have names]].
* Hunter Ravenwood of ''SuicideForHire'' names his guns. He has a .22 "carry-around piece" named Bop, and a much larger gun "which liquefies your target - kinda like a blender, but more satisfying" which he keeps in a glass case for emergency use, labelled "Idiot Magnum: In case of extreme stupidity, break glass".
* In ''TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', Azrael has a (male) sword he calls Grace that he also treats as a CompanionCube.
** It's later revealed [[spoiler:there is an evil spirit bound to the sword, who taught him to speak to the sword instead of him]], because it looks ''less'' insane that way.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goats}}'' has [[http://goats.com/archive/060123.html three]] [[http://goats.com/archive/050921.html unrelated]] [[http://goats.com/archive/060306.html characters]] all owning guns named "Bessie". Coincidence? Plot point? Or lazy author (and overly attentive troper)?
* Serafine Savoy in ''LackadaisyCats'' uses a Browning BAR named "Boudreaux."
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Captain Antan Eel of the Pirates of Ipecac had a favorite ray gun named Nancy. [[PunnyName (Nancy Ray Gun. Get it?)]]
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has BLAZING HOT BETTY, an [[ShockAndAwe electric]] sword which can shoot FrickinLaserBeams.
* ''SidekickGirl'' has a baseball bat with the unoriginal name of Mr Bat. It gets broken and replaced with Mr Bat II.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got Mamma Gkika mit her "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111230 Dollink]]".
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': Schlock didn't have a chance to name his plasgun before Kevyn used it as a bomb.
-->'''Schlock:''' I was gonna ''name'' that gun.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', Minmax creates a sword made of oblivion, which is only able to exist thanks to [[AchievementsInIgnorance his own lack of understanding of the concepts involved]]. He decides to christen his new sword 'Oblivious'.
* Famine's flamethrower "Stevie" in ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}''. Amber thinks it's a pet at first after being told about "him" over the phone, and is proven wrong by almost being set on fire.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Non-weapon example: In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Cody Jenson names the motorcycle he finds "Loretta", and apparently falls in love with it as the game goes on.
** In v4, Roland Harte names his kris Charlene, as a ShoutOut to FullMetalJacket.
** Meanwhile, within the same thread as Roland, Isabel Guerra names her [[JokeWeapon trumpet]] / [[ImprovisedWeapon shiv]] [[LookAroundYou Partario]].
** In v5, we have [[PunnyName Kiki]], Joey Caputo's [[KukrisAreKool kukri knife]], and [[PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko]], Miranda Millers' [[BladeOnAStick war spear]].
* IronLiz calls her swords [[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Twinkle and Icingdeath]].
* Kat from ''Kat and Mouse: Guns for hire '' named her pair of Colt-Springfield M2001 .45-caliber high-capacity pistols Bonnie and Clyde.
* An NPC in Neoquest II, a game within the game of ''{{Neopets}}'', has a sword named Vera. His cowboy-like speech patterns (which he shares with no other character in the game) and the fact that there are several self-proclaimed [[FanCommunityNicknames Browncoats]] on the Neopets staff suggest that this is a direct ShoutOut.
* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' Marzipan's acoustic guitar is called "Carol".
* Also, Bubs' "Lawyers" (read: fists), Jacobi and Meyers.
* Chaz Villette in ''ShadowUnit'' has a ''sourdough starter'' named Elmer. [[spoiler:Not anymore, he doesn't.]]
** And Daphne, referring to StraightGay Agent Brady, says, "When he was in the Army, he gave his rifle a boy's name."
* A video by Website/{{Website/YouTube}}r Blunty3000 features a ninja who has named his sword "Suzette".
* From ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', we have the Blue Team's Tank named "Sheila".
-->'''Tucker:''' Dude! I knew you could pick up chicks in a tank!
** Although that's not the name of the tank, it's the name of the AI that runs the tutorial program.
* In ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s guitar is called Lucille (a ShoutOut to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucille_%28guitar%29 B. B. King's guitar]]). In its latest appearance, [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] shoots it.
* El Disgusto of The Literature/BinderOfShame wields a wooden yardstick he dubbed "the Stick of Pain".
* In the Michael chapter of J.C. Hutchins ''7th Son'' prequel series ''7th Son 7 Days'' has a customized shotgun he calls [[Film/RoboCop1987 Clarence, that has the phrase "Bitches, leave." etched on it]].
* In nevermore's [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/the_hms_stfu/449165.html MSTing]] of Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness, everyone finds out that [[Literature/HarryPotter Neville]] has named his Mimbulus Mimbletonia Robert. Luna is the only one who doesn't find it weird.
* In ''ChellsMind'', [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Chell]] names her Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device [=ASHPoD=]. (Well, Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device ''is'' a long name.)
** She also names objects she dislikes.
* Burt from WereAlive calls his Desert Eagle "Shirley" after his dead wife.
* ChakonaSpace gives us Neal Foster's shotgun, ''Betsy''.
* From ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'': [[http://notalwaysright.com/make-a-bullet-point-about-bertha/7542 Bertha the shotgun]].
* Nappa from ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' named the Saibamen Snoogums, Foofoo, Cabbagehead, Other Cabbagehead, and Vegeta Junior.
* Played with in the case [[{{Webvideo/AtopTheFourthWall}} Linkara's]] magic gun. Her name is Margaret. Not because he named her that, but because that is the name of the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild little girl's spirit that enchants her]].
* In an RPPRActualPlay episode, Dave's character's beloved tommy gun is called Lucille.
--> ''"Not a woman, exactly. My... partner. She's been with me through thick'n'thin."''
* Dewey (and later, Phooie) uses a rocket launcher named "Captain Satan" in the ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}'' series.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Thirty/Thirty (the robot/cyborg horse from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'') had a {{BFG}} called Sarah Jane. He himself is named for a bullet.
* In [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/RobinHood'', one of the guards--tellingly named Trigger--has a powerful crossbow called Betsy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied ''FullMetalJacket'' in the episode "Dead Putting Society" wherein Homer forces Bart to call his golf putter "Charlene". "Pull, Dutchess! PULL!!!"
** In an early episode, Mrs. Krabappel refers to her grading pen as "Ol' Red."
** In "Mona Leaves-a", Homer wields a cinder block on a chain he calls "The Defender".
* In ''OpenSeason'', Shaw calls his shotgun "Lorraine". It even has its name engraved on it.
* [[EgomaniacHunter Big-game hunter]] Mr. Marlin, a one-shot character from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003), called his custom laser rifle "Betsy", and basically treats it as if it were a person. After the rifle is damaged to the point where it threatens to blow up, he remarks that "she's just that type of girl".
** Also, Michaelangelo call his nunchucks "Chuck" and "Chuck 2: the {{Sequel}}".
* The unfortunately named Lugnutz of ''TransformersCybertron'', according to his official bio, calls his rifle "Dutch".
** In the same series, Metroplex's [[AnAxeToGrind colossal axe]] is known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sparkdrinker]][[note]]for those who don't know, a Spark is a Transformer's [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]][[/note]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', recurring character Vinnie Grigori's [[spoiler:pie-cannon]] is named Mr. Carter, Mr. C for short.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' example: Sokka's [[CompanionCube Boomerang]]. Space Sword might also count. Hey, nobody said Sokka was ''good'' at naming things...
** I think "Sparky-Sparky-BOOM Man" Agrees with that statement.
* Although Matrix in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' didn't give his weapon a proper name, based on dialogue, it's clear that at least he and [=AndrAIa=] consider 'Gun' to be the name of his gun.
** To be fair, he DOES get a response from his gun, since it can operate (and likely also fire) itself with voice commands.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}!'', Broseph's favourite long board is named Angelina.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': "You know, I always wanted to date a girl named 'The Power.'"
* One of the strigoi (vampire-like creatures that suck blood from dragons instead of humans) in ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' named his fangs "Lefty" and "Bitey".
* The EVO-hating Hunter Cain in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' carries a gun emblazoned with the name "Sweet Caroline" in his first appearance.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Amy and Nibbler go after the dean that denied Amy her doctorate:
--> '''Nibbler''': *holds up gun* "If they have a problem, they can take it up with Smith & Wesson!" *holds up bigger gun* "Or if that fails, Consolidated Head-Melter!"
* Eli's slugs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}'' might count. More or less [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as they're shown to be pets to some people.
* In an unusual example where a BarefistedMonk uses this trope, The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' version of the Dark Knight habitually refers to his fists as "The Hammers of Justice".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=gun&searchmode=none The English word "gun" itself]] comes from the feminine name "Gunilde", in particular from a ballista mounted at Windsor Castle in the 14th century called "Domina Gunilda".
** Which in turn comes from Old Norse ''gunnhildr'' -> [[LadyOfWar battle-woman]]
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'' was mocked by his co-hosts when he referred to the car he was driving as "Oliver" (Oliver wound up becoming Hammond's CompanionCube).
* According to legend, Davy Crockett named three different guns Betsy, which is most likely brought this trope to public consciousness.
* It's not uncommon for players of {{Collectible Card Game}}s to name their decks, particularly if it is a particular archetype. On the other hand, oblique or nonsense names allow you to refer to something and not give away too much about it to opponents who haven't seen it play yet.
* Naming electronics, computers in particular, seems to be a general geek thing. Of course, most modern [=OSes=] specifically support computer naming for good networking/management purposes, but many geeks take it further by using a personal naming scheme that's standard across all their stuff.
** Sometimes people (or IT departments) name their computers after ships, or after places (Often, naming the desktop/tower machines after places, usually stationary bases, and portable machines after ships, perhaps naming handheld devices after aircraft which are smaller than most ships).
** There is one joke about a former IT guy naming the company servers after famous philosophers and a new guy joins the company after he has left. The new guy sees that one of the server is named ''Homer'', gets the wrong idea, and any subsequent server the company acquires got named after TheSimpsons characters.
** One of the first Apple [=PCs=] was called the 'Apple Lisa' presumably named after Steve's daughter Lisa Jobs. The acronym 'Local Integrated Software Architecture' was [[FunWithAcronyms [=Backronym=]]] invented after it had been named Lisa.
** Fred Gallagher of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' had a pattern of naming the succession of servers for the web comic after girls from ''{{Kanon}}'', and his laptops after ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''. This is taken to an extreme end in a few of the {{omake}}, depicting the comic server as a female [[Manga/{{Chobits}} persocom]] just sitting in the colocation center, who gets ''kidnapped''.
** [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/faq.php#jeff4 Jeff Darlington]] provides a really good example.
** The creator of the webcomic ''{{Comedity}}'' named his computer "Alice". In the strip, Alice is a RobotGirl.
** Registering an Amazon Kindle allows you to name it.
** Apple products, such as iPods and iPhones, when first plugged into a computer and thereafter, offer one the opportunity to "name" the device.
** {{Atari}} designers would name projects after female coworkers, ex. "Candy" for the 400. The Atari2600 is the lone exception with "Stella" being taken from the name of a bicycle.
* There's a 15th century cannon at Edinburgh Castle called "Mons Meg". (Mons being where it was built, and Meg being short for Margaret.) The barrel is almost big enough to crawl into.
* Nicknaming vehicles:
** In NASCAR, race teams and drivers would give names to their multiple cars. Jeff Gordon, for example, gave his racecars names starting with the letter B, including Boomer, Backdraft, Boo, BeavisAndButthead.
** In FormulaOne, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel gives his cars girls' names. During the 2008 season while with Scuderia Torro-Rosso, he named his STR-Ferrari car "Julie." The following season when he joined Red Bull Racing, he named his first RBR-Renault car "Kate". When Kate was wrecked following the Australian Grand Prix, the team him a new one. He found this car to be faster and more aggressive, so he named it "Kate's Dirty Sister". In the 2010 season, his first car was named "Luscious Liz". When it turned out the chassis was unrepairable, and got replaced, he renamed it "Randy Mandy". In 2011 he named his car "Kinky Kylie", 2012 "Abbey" ([[NamesTheSame no relation]] to Music/TheBeatles's album Abbey Road, reportedly), and 2013 "Hungry Heidi" (after Heidi Klum). The 2014 car has officially been named "Suzie".
** There are numerous Volkswagen buses with names.
* US bombers in WWII were often given female names by their pilots and crews, such as the famous "Enola Gay" and "Memphis Belle".
** And not only US bombers. This personification of airplanes is almost universal
** NoseArt is this trope UpToEleven.
* A number of musicians have been known to give affectionate names to their instruments. Notable examples include guitarists Eric Clapton (Blackie), B.B. King (Lucille), and Dr. Brian May (Red Special)
* William Fredrick "Buffalo Bill" Cody named his favorite rifle "Lucrezia Borgia".
* Famed golfer Bobby Jones named his putter "Calamity Jane".
* The H-4 Hercules was given the sarcastic name of "Spruce Goose" by critics. The press picked it up and ran with it so well, most people know it only as such. Calling it that around Howard Hughes, its designer, [[BerserkButton was a good way to get fired]].
* A very disturbing real-life occurrence was one of the guns used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the [[UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Columbine High School Massacre]], which Eric had named "Arlene".
* British Paralympian Hannah Cockroft calls her racing chair "Sally".
* The electric chair that claimed the lives of Ted Bundy among others is nicknamed "Old Sparky".
* American comedienne PaulaPoundstone often speaks about her most memorable car, a blue Ford Mustang convertible she called Dave.
* In ''A Light That Never Goes Out'', Tony Fletcher's excellent biography of Music/TheSmiths, we learn that the metalwork teacher at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Secondary Modern, {{Morrissey}}'s alma mater, "[[SadisticTeacher had a two-foot-long piece of tapered wood that he nicknamed Charlie and administered freely on the boys' backsides]]."
* In Patti LuPone's memoir, she mentions that she called the tuba she played in the 2005 revival of ''SweeneyTodd'' "Irene".
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