->'''Jamie:''' Trouble is my middle name.
->'''Kari:''' Really? I thought it was Earl.
-->-- ''Series/MythBusters'' [[note]]Incidentally, it's actually "Franklin".[[/note]]

A difficult situation presents itself, or the protagonists find themselves in a bad situation. One of them says something about how the situation, like how dangerous it is. And then another character, showing how tough they are, takes that description and says it's their middle name.

On the lighter side of this trope, it may be when a character states that they're up to a task, and to prove it, that the nature of the task just happens to be part of their name.

Often played with these days, such as having another character then say [[LiteralMinded they thought]] their middle name was something else ([[EmbarrassingMiddleName almost invariably embarrassing]]), or pointing out how silly it would be if that was really part of their name. Or that they have OnlyOneName, so can't have a middle. Or, conversely, having it [[LiteralMetaphor actually being their real middle name]].

A StockPhrase.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the English dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Joey Wheeler once claimed that Risk is his middle name. A later episode had him claim that Careful was his middle name.
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[[folder:Audio Drama]]
* In the BigFinishDoctorWho story ''1963: Fanfare for the Common Men'', when the drummer of the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed not-the-Beatles group]] offers to let Nyssa sleep in his bed and he'll sleep on the floor.
-->'''Nyssa''': I can't make you do that.
-->'''James''': You can't make him not. Chivalry's his middle name.
-->'''Mark''': Generosity's his first name. That's why we call him Corky. "Generosity Chivalry Goldsmith", bit of a gobful.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', who declares that Halloween is his middle name, and then realizes it [[OnlyOneName doesn't work very well]]: "Gar-Halloween-field." In another storyline, Jon is boasting that Garfield can't hide forever. "You may be sneaky, but I'm sneakier. ''Sneaky'' is my middle name." While Garfield is walking around with the sofa, in which Jon is sitting, on his back.
* Lampshaded by the second Kraven in a Marvel Comic.
--> '''Deathlok:''' Don't fly, it attracts trouble.
--> '''Kraven:''' Trouble's my middle name!
--> ''Pause while Deathlok, Gravity, Medusa, Firebird, Hank Pym, Wasp and Hood stare at him''
--> '''Kraven:''' Okay I don't have a middle name but if I did wouldn't trouble be cool? Alyosha ''Trouble'' Kravinoff. It almost makes up for Alyosha.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' comic of [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon "The Maltese Stimpy"]], Ren as [[PunnyName Sam Spayed]] narrates, "Danger's my middle name! (I blame Mom for that one.)"
* In the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'''s volume 0, Sonic says, "Ha! 'Speed' is my middle name! Actually, it's 'Maurice', but don't tell anyone, OK?", in response to Princess Sally asking him if he could keep up with her.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' comic printed in ''Nickelodeon Magazine'':
-->'''Cosmo:''' "Answer" is my middle name!
-->'''Wanda:''' Your middle name is Julius.
-->'''Cosmo:''' Close enough!
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'': Danger is [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pipsqueak's]] middle name, or would be if "me uncle Algy hadn't taken precedence."
* ''{{Webcomic/Hoofstuck}}'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] claims [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=484&p=391 in this page]] that Pink would be her middle name if it wasn't already her first name.
** A bit earlier, in [[http://mspfanventures.com/?s=484&p=260 this page]], Pinkie claims that hysterical is her middle name, though she quickly says it isn't.
* ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2'': In chapter 32, {{Franchise/Sonic|TheHedgehog}} states that extreme is his middle name. Spike then asks if it isn't "the".
** Sonic's middle name actually ''is'' "the", according to Sonic himself:
-->'''Bobbery''': It's still a rather suspicious building…wouldn't you say, old boy? Do be careful, eh?\\
'''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''': Psh, careful is our middle name!\\
'''Sonic''': Actually, my middle name is "the"…\\
'''Kirby''': You're ruining my point!
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rarity]] claims that multitasking is her middle name. According to Pinkie, [[ActorAllusion it apparently is Tabitha]], the name of her voice actress in the actual show.
* ''[[Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate]]'': When Raindrops [[WhatTheHellHero calls out]] Rainbow Dash for pulling a dangerous stunt to clear up a thunderstorm in Episode 3, Dash replies that danger is her middle name. Another pegasus watching the conversation points out that Dash's middle name is actually Miriam.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AlohaScoobyDoo'', Fred says Danger is his middle name. Velma reminds him that it's actually Herman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'', Gnomeo confidently says that Juliet's father can't possibly find him, because "Stealth" is his middle name.
* ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'':
-->'''Stu:''' I'll have it working in no time. "Mechanical Expertise" is my middle name.
-->'''Coco [=LaBouche=]:''' Then your first name should be "I Have No".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'':
-->'''Z:''' Well, ''Trouble'' is my middle name. Actually, [[EmbarrassingMiddleName my middle name is Marion, but I don't want you spreading that around]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'':
-->'''Whitey:''' Are you sure about this, Spike? These things are dangerous. \\
'''Spike:''' Danger is my middle name! \\
'''Whitey:''' I thought it was Lesley.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult]]''
-->'''Ed:''' If Rocko finds out you're a cop, you might end up dead!\\
'''Frank:''' "You might end up dead" is my middle name.\\
'''Ed:''' What about Jane?\\
'''Frank:''' ...I don't know her middle name.
* ''Film/AustinPowers'' -- his name really ''is'' Austin Danger Powers. In this case the trope is [[PlayingWithATrope played with]]: Some paperwork mistakenly identifies him as "Danger Powers". He protests:
-->'''Austin''': No, no, no, no, no... Danger's my ''middle'' name.
* ''Film/TheGoonies'' -- Mouth.
-->'''Mrs. Walsh''': You are so fluent in Spanish. That was so nice of you.
-->'''Mouth''': "Nice" is my middle name, Mrs. Walsh.
* ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'':
-->'''Jimmy''': Danger's my middle name. \\
'''Joe''': Mine's Cornelius. [[EmbarrassingMiddleName You tell anybody, I'll kill you.]]
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon'', Murtaugh says that "thin" is his middle name; Riggs uses it as an opportunity to insult his wife's cooking.
* ''Rocket Man'' - "Fun" isn't actually his middle name, it's the middle name of his Chinese neighbor.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', both in 1985 and 1955, there's an election van driving around telling everyone to re-elect the mayor because progress is his middle name. Mayor Goldie Wilson uses the slogan in 1985, presumably having picked it up from Mayor Red Thomas in 1955.
* In the second [[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed Scooby Doo]] live-action film:
-->'''Shaggy:''' Then again, "creepy" is my middle name.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* As with many other tropes, it shows up for its turn(s) at being skewered in Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld'' series.
** From ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'':
--->"Luck is my middle name," said [[NonActionSnarker Rincewind]], indistinctly. "Mind you, my first name is Bad."
** Detritus also prefaced a question with "I know 'thick' is my middle name-" to which Vimes responded "I didn't know you had a ''first'' name."
** From ''Discworld/SoulMusic'':
---> '''Glod:''' "I'm a dwarf. We know about money. Knowing about money is practically my middle name."\\
'''Lias:''' "That's a long middle name."
** From ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: If I had a first name, 'Duty' would be my middle name. ]]

* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' had one character who went a step further and had his ''first'' name legally changed to "Trouble".
** Mind you, said character is an acknowledged BadAss, despite the fact that he gets hardly any notice.
* In her first appearance in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ExpandedUniverse, Benny tells the Doctor "Surprise is my middle name. Bernice Surprise Summerfield. My poor Mum wanted to hammer the point home." A subversion, since later books make it clear this is, in fact, the case.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MythBusters'' does this often enough that the Discovery Channel even sells "DANGER IS MY MIDDLE NAME" [[TheMerch t-shirts]].
** Tory uses a rare variation at one point:
--->'''Tory:''' I think Grant should do it, 'cause he just had his middle name legally changed to Danger.
--->'''Grant:''' Danger Imahara... I like the sound of that.
** Also, reversed in the ''MacGyver'' special when Adam has to handle sodium, and Tory tells him to be careful.
--->'''Narrator''': Hey, careful is Adam's middle name! Then again, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast his last name is...]][[note]]his last name is Savage[[/note]] [[OhCrap Well, let's get on with it.]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', with Chandler.
-->''"Handle is my middle name. Actually, it's the middle part of my first name."''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In the episode "Teacher's Pet":
--->'''Xander''': Forgiveness is my middle name. Well, [[EmbarrassingMiddleName actually it's Lavelle]], and I'd appreciate it if you guard that secret with your life.
** In a later episode:
---> '''Willow''': Danger is my middle name. Or at least it would have been if my parents hadn't settled on Danielle.
* ''CrossingJordan'':
-->'''Nigel''': Woody, Woody, Woody… I promise that I will keep an open mind, okay? And anyway, "sensitivity" is my middle name. ''[opens the door]'' [[HypocriticalHumor SWEET MARY IN THE MANGER!]]
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': Urkel says his middle name is "Danger", but then immediately admits that it's actually "Quincy".
* ''TheMonkees''
--> '''Micky:''' Don't worry, my middle name is Danger. [Werewolf howls outside.] Of course, my last name is chicken!
* In the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "Iceman", Tony admits that tardiness is his middle name while chiding Ziva for being late.
* ''Paradise Hotel'': Charla claims that "pinky swear" is her middle name.
* There's a brilliant episode of UK panel show ''[[WouldILieToYou Would I Lie To You?]]'' where Reginald D Hunter tries to claim that his middle initial stands for delicious, because his impoverished black ancestors thought it would bring him prosperity. No one is buying it, despite his poker face: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpTnwzt9kUc
--> '''Reginald D Hunter:''' It was the late 60s when I was born - 1969. There were a lot of black men at that time around my age being given names like Reginald, and Winston, and Delicious. Because at that time in America Affirmative Action has just started, so black women saw an opportunity for their children to get more jobs, so what they did was give them a name that was recognisable yet dignified to potential employers.
--> '''Fern Britton:''' And "Delicious" is dignified?
--> '''Reginald D Hunter:''' Well, er, you have to understand how... It's very different in the black community to your white world! So... um... the name Delicious commands great respect in the ghetto. You probably don't listen to much rap music, do you Fern?
* ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'': Kelsey says that "crazy" is her middle name.
** Also done in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' by [[ThoseTwoGuys Cassidy and Devin]].
--->'''Cassidy:''' "Danger" is my middle name!
--->'''Devin:''' I thought it was "Agnes"...
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'', though they spoof it like the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' example:
-->'''Tim:''' My middle name is "Subtle".
-->'''Jill:''' Yeah. And your first name is "Not".
* There's an adaptation of an Creator/AgathaChristie story on ''Mystery!'' in which a man says "[[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray's]] my middle name." (He probably meant that he looks younger than he is.)
* Averted by EddieIzzard: "Danger could be my middle name. But it's John."
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
-->'''Sam:''' Done! The draft is done, and done on time. Cathy, I'm having my middle name legally changed to "On Time."
-->'''Cathy:''' What was it before?
-->'''Sam:''' Norman.
* Sheldon in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. "'Trouble' is my middle name, Leonard. Actually, it's 'Lee', but I prefer 'Trouble'."
* In the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGRBso3_Lc Shoe Shop]]" sketch of ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', [[StephenFry a very strange shopkeeper]] promises: "'Discretion' is my middle letter."
* An early teaser for ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' in the UK involved Chuck saying to the audience, "Hi, I'm Chuck Bartowski, and danger is my middle name. ''({{beat}})'' Actually, it's not..."
* ''SheSpies'' has:
-->'''Cassie''': Careful is my middle name. [[InvokedTrope Changed it from Lillian.]]\\
'''Shane''': Good thinking.
* In an episode of the American ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS Office]]'', Dwight gets a concussion and Michael has to fill in the hospital admission form.
-->'''Michael''': Dwight... Schrute... and what's your middle name?
-->'''Dwight''': [''groggy''] ...Danger...
* From the {{Dinosaurs}} episode, "George Must Die".
-->'''Earl:''' Sorry Roy, it's just too dangerous.
-->'''Roy:''' Hey, "Danger" is my middle name. Ahh... originally it was my mother's maiden name, and they gave it to me to keep it in the family. [[LampshadeHanging Of course, it never really came in handy until tonight.]]
* ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' has a variation where Honest is Tony's real first name while Tony is actually his middle name.
* ''DiffrentStrokes'': Blair says Beauty is her middle name. Natalie says hers is Latisha.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Back To Reality", when Kryten describes the Cat as "mind-meltingly shallow", the Cat cheerfully agrees "Superficial is my middle name!"
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[[folder:Music]]
* One of Bonnie Raitt's songs is "The Road Is My Middle Name".
* "Nasty" by [[Music/JanetJackson Janet Privacy Control]]. Miss Jackson if you're nasty.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'': Haggard says, "My middle name's 'Not Safe'. Well, actually it's Gordon..."
* ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'' ("Helpful is my middle name" "I thought it was "Herbert")
* ''HotelDuskRoom215'' has Kyle claiming that "moderation" is his middle name.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' gives us this gem:
--> '''Matt Horner:''' Sir, parts of the facility seems to be scan shielded... our signals are breaking up left and right. Be careful in there.
--> '''Jim Raynor:''' Hey, careful's my middle name.
--> '''Horner:''' Thought it was Eugene.
--> '''Raynor:''' Shut it, Matt.
* ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
--> '''Smuggler:''' "Amply rewarded" is my middle name.\\
'''Doctor Vernan:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Your parents must have been fascinating people.]]
* Rob from ''VideoGame/KnyttUnderground'' apparently was given the middle name "Party" just so he could invoke this trope. However, he isn't fond of parties at all.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage''
-->'''Elly''': Clever is my middle name...no really, it is. [[EmbarrassingMiddleName I had terrible parents.]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
** In the short "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2 Part Episode:]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Part 2]]":
--->'''Blue Laser Commander:''' "Evil scheme" is quite literally my middle name! It's Slovenian.
** [[CloudCuckoolander Senor Cardgage]] puts a bizarre twist on the trope in "Senorial Day":
--->'''Strong Bad:''' Yes, excuse me, sir. Can I have some tremendous savings? And your autograph?\\
'''Senor Cardgage:''' My left name is "tremendous savings", Miss America.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''IrregularWebcomic'' uses this trope in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2975.html this]] ''Series/MythBusters''-themed comic.
-->'''Adam''': Danger is my middle name.\\
'''Jamie''': It is? Really?\\
'''Adam''': There was a mysterious explosion right in the middle of my christening.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'': "My middle name is 'Cautionary Discretion'."
* ''{{Nedroid}}'': Reginald's full name: [[http://nedroid.com/2009/07/my-nickname-sledgehammer/ Reginald Danger Safety]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{Futurama}}'', when Bender declares that "Bending" is his middle name. As it so happens, that actually ''is'' his middle name, and [[ContinuityNod remains so for the rest of the series]]. His full name is Bender Bending Rodriguez.
* ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', of the "I thought your name was" variety.
* ''TheTick'' laments some recent acts with the line "Helping people used to be my middle name: The Helping People Tick"
* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians: TheSeries'', Spot claims that "Mystery" is his middle name as part of a spoof PrivateEyeMonologue.
* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'': In "Shapeshifter", Jake's grandfather insists that he take the mission seriously, and he says that "serious" is his middle name.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' has:
-->'''Blackarachnia''': Three mindless drones. Shouldn't be a problem. \\
'''Jetstorm''': Only three errors in your little theory, Maximal. One, we're not drones. Two, we're not mindless. Three, problem's my middle name!
* In ''MuppetBabies'', Gonzo says "weird" is his middle name.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
-->'''Babs Bunny:''' From now on, self-control is my middle name!\\
(''{{beat}}'')\\
'''Plucky Duck:''' I thought it was Ann.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]].
-->'''Genie''': Adventure is his middle name...If he had a last name!
* In one ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode, Ed randomly remarks "Service is my middle toe!" In another episode, he says "Pronto's my middle name! No, wait, it's Horace."
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 321Penguins!]]''
--> '''Zedgil:''' Adventure is my middle name! Well no, actually its Lloyd.
* From the ''StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'' episode, "The Berry Best You Can Bee":
-->'''Katie''': What do you know about nice?\\
'''Sadie''': Uh, "nice" is my middle name.\\
'''Katie''': No it isn't!\\
'''Sadie''': Yuh-huh, is!\\
'''Katie''': Is not!\\
'''Sadie''': Okay, what is my middle name, then?\\
'''Katie''': Ladybird! Your name's Sadiebug Ladybird Berrybeetle.\\
'''Sadie''': *gasp* How did you know that?!\\
'''Katie''': 'Cause maybe I've known you all my life and I'm your twin sister.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen'', Sheen not only makes several claims of what his middle name is, he produces several (presumably fake) birth certificates to prove it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Pinkie Pie claiming that Responsibility is her middle name in "Baby Cakes": "Pinkie Responsibility Pie!" According to a flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" her actual middle name is Diane.
** "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" has "Danger is my middle name: Rainbow Danger Dash!"
** In "Flight to the Finish", Dash became "Rainbow Professionalism Dash".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a man working at the License Bureau refuses to help people until he finishes his crossword puzzle. When the clue asks for Franklin Roosevelt’s middle name, he guesses "Excitement."
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'':
-->'''Skate Lad''': Don't worry, Governor Kevin! My middle name is Speed!\\
'''Rope Girl''': I thought it was Felipé.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', episode ''"Blythe's Crush"'':
-->'''Penny Ling''': Ooh! It sounds dangerous.
-->'''Esteban''': Haha! Danger is my middle ''nombre''! Danger is also my last name. And... my nickname.
-->'''Vinnie''': So, your friends call you Esteban Danger "Danger" Danger?
-->'''Esteban''': ''Si''.
** At the beginning of the episode, he introduces himself as "Esteban Banderas", and by the ending we learn that his middle name is "Marion".
** In ''"Frenemies"'', they pull this out twice, confusing Penny Ling both times:
-->'''Vinnie''': You're gonna need some entertainment. And "Entertainment" is my middle name.
-->'''Penny Ling''': I thought you told me your middle name was "Alfonso".
-->'''Vinnie''': Eh never mind that.

-->'''Zoe''': I'm game if she is.
-->'''Pepper''': "Game" is my middle name!
-->'''Penny Ling''': I thought you told me your middle name was "Mildred".
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Rad", wherein the eponymous claims his middle name first to be "Trouble", then "Danger", then finally "Profit". Naturally, Ben doesn't buy any of this, until Rook looks up some information on the guy and discovers that his full name really is "Captain Rad Profit Danger Trouble Dudesman".
* In ''KickButtowski'':
-->'''Gunther''': It seems a little too extreme.
-->'''Kick''': "Extreme" is my middle name.
-->'''Gunther''': I thought your middle name was Francis.
* In an early episode of ''SpongebobSquarepants'', Spongebob tries to impress Sandy by telling her that he can breathe oxygen like she can.
-->'''Spongebob''': "Air" is my middle name!
* Tina does this in an episode of ''BobsBurgers'' followed by her revealing her actual middle name.
-->'''Tina''': "Danger" is my middle name, but I spell it R-U-T-H.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Scary Poppins"
--> '''Billy''': Be careful, Grim.
--> '''Grim''': "Careful" is my middle name. I never forgave my mother.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* American naval officer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Hazard_Perry Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry]], hero of the War of 1812.
* [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] gave his firstborn daughter the middle name "Crimefighter" in the hope she could invoke this trope later in her life.
* While not her actual middle name, AmandaPalmer is also known as "Amanda [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] Palmer."
* Long-time [[{{UsefulNotes/Baseball}} Red Sox]] fans will refer to [[TheRival Yankees]] Russell Earl "Bucky" Dent and Aaron John Boone as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_American_League_East_tie-breaker_game "Bucky Fucking Dent"]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_American_League_Championship_Series#Game_7 "Aaron Fucking Boone"]] for their key home runs against them.
* Billie Joe Armstrong's son, Jakob Danger Armstrong. Like Austin Powers, Danger is quite literally his middle name.
* On ''MasterChef'', Monti's son Danger gets mentioned a few times-- in the audition episode, Ramsey thinks she's giving the judges a schtick for the show, but her son apparently actually is named Danger.
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