->''"Lord Wingus Eternum is short. My true name would begin with a dawn, end with the moon, and ravage your mind like a nightmare."''
-->-- '''Lord Wingus Eternum''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}''

When you introduce someone, you probably add a brief title and description so that each person gets a little more information than, "[[AliceAndBob Bob, this is Alice.]] Alice, Bob." One might say Bob scuba dives, or Alice just got her pilot's license.

''These'' people cut out the middle man. "Runs With Bulls", [[Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation "The Forgotten Flame of Endless Unmarked Years"]], [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} "The Princess Magnificent With Lips of Coral and Robes of Black Feathers"]]...you get the idea. [[MeaningfulName Appropriate]] or [[SubvertedTrope not]], the name is a full description.

See also OverlyLongName, PurpleProse, AwesomeMcCoolname, and TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard. Compare TheNounWhoVerbed, PreppyName, and TranslationYes.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* This causes a bit of a DubInducedPlotHole in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. One of the main characters is named Mikado Ryugamine, which means "Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." It's pretty much ''exactly'' as strange as if someone walked up to you and said "Hi, my name is Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." Unfortunately, we don't translate Japanese names, so English viewers are left confused as to why everyone is making such a big deal out of his name.
* The title character in ''Manga/WithTheLight'' is given a name on the first page meaning "Light of the East"; his surname, Azuma, is the nanori (proper name pronunciation) of "higashi," meaning "east." Not to be outdone, his little sister Kanon's full name would be, loosely translated, "the sound of eastern flowers"; her mother decided to give her the name Kanon, written with the kanji letters for "flower" and "sound," after hearing a canon playing on the radio while giving birth.
* In ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'', Kazahaya lists off Rikuou's name as being one of the many stupid things about him because it sounds like a religious landmark, but then has to acknowledge that his own does too.
* The "Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter", eventually renamed [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Shana]].
** That one is a bit zigzagged, because that's not actually a ''name'', it's [[RedBaron a title]]. One that has had several bearers in the past. The character herself was raised with NoNeedForNames and considered the title suffcient identification in of itself.
* Happens sometimes in ''Manga/KillLaKill''. [[PluckyComicRelief Mankanshoku Mako's]] surname means "Full-Dressed Battleship", while [[KnightTemplar Kiryuuin Satsuki's]] means "Palace of the Spectral Dragon".

* In the ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'' series, the seven Immortal Weapons have names like Tiger's Beautiful Daughter and Bride of Nine Spiders. Technically these are titles, but in some cases we never learn their personal names.
* ''The Great Ten'' were a Chinese superhero group in the pre-new-52 DC Universe. Most of its members had names that fit this trope. The members are: Accomplished Perfect Physician, August General in Iron, Celestial Archer, Ghost Fox Killer, Immortal Man-in-Darkness, Mother of Champions, the Seven Deadly Brothers, Shaolin Robot, Socialist Red Guardsman, and Thundermind.
* Likewise with DC's Japanese superhero team, the Super Young Team. Introduced in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', their names were meant to sound transliterated. The group included Most Excellent Superbat, Sonic Lightning Flash, Shy Crazy Lolita Canary, Shiny Happy Aquazon, and Big Atomic Lantern Boy.
* DC Comics' ''Lobo'', although his name sounds like a common word for "wolf", actually took his name from a Khundish word meaning, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "He who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it."]]
* ComicBook/TexWiller's Indian name Eagle of the Night was given to him because, at the time, he was doing just that to some criminals: appearing from nowhere (possibly from upside) to prey on them, and did it mostly at night. He was a bit bemused when Lilyth (his ''wife'') first sprung that on him, but as soon as she told him the reason he decided it was fitting and started using it himself.

* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8831374/2/The-Power-of-the-Press The Power of the Press]]'' one of Harry's tutors, Julius Augustus Murphy, has an Indian name which means "He Who Soars With Eagles."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10996537/15/Lady-Black-Lord-Potter Lady Black, Lord Potter]]'' the American member of the International Confederation of Wizards has a name which translates as "Wiggles With Grace." She insists on Harry referring to her as simply Grace.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11437578/3/Mary-Potter-1-the-Call-to-Adventure Mary Potter 1: the Call to Adventure]]'' the boa constrictor in the zoo tells Mary its name is "The Sound of Wet Scales on Small Stones" and a garden snake she meets at Hermione's house is called "The Scent of Air After the Storm."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11999343/1/Snapped Snapped]]'' the snake Draco Malfoy summons during the dueling club meeting second year is called "Bane-of-all-rodents."
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6199150/chapters/14230852 The Power of a Well-Organized Mind]]'' Harry acquires some Parseltongue books written by a Naga whose name translates as "Warm Breath of Morning."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12457005/2/Parselbrat Parselbrat]]'' Harry talks to a mirror viper called "Rain-slick-slither-skin."

* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' has Leeloo, whose full name translates as "Precious Stone of the Earth, Defender of Light and Life, the Honorable". Her sobriquet means "Stone".
* ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' includes Native American characters with names like Stands With A Fist and Wind In His Hair... also averted in one instance, with one character who's simply named Otter.
* In ''Film/SusannahOfTheMounties'', the named Indians are Big Eagle, Little Chief, and Wolf Pelt. Creator/ShirleyTemple[='s=] character is christened "Little Golden Hawk" by the Indians. In RealLife, during the production of the movie, she was made an honorary member of the Blackfoot tribe and given the name "Bright Shining Star."

* In the ''Literature/{{Berserker}}'' story, "Pilots of the Twilight", Holt was [[RaisedByNatives raised by the 'Reen]] who named him, translated roughly, "He-orphaned-and-helpless-whom-we-obliged-are-to-take-in-but-why-us?". Upon return to human society he was given the name Holt Calder.
* In ''Literature/TheHost,'' [[PuppeteerParasite Souls]] choose their own names, which are often the old names of their host bodies; sometimes they change them when they get a new host, sometimes not. As such, the Souls in the book, who are inhabiting humans, can have names like "Kathy," or things like "Fords Deep Waters," "Sunlight Passing Through the Ice," and "Rides the Beast."
* Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Mrs. Cake's spirit guide is One-Man-Bucket. He's the ghost of a man descended from Howandaland natives whose tribe's naming convention is to name the baby after the first thing the mother sees. His full name is One-Man-Pouring-A-Bucket-Of-Water-Over-Two-Dogs. His slightly-older twin brother "would have given his right arm to be called Two-Dogs-''Fighting''".
** There are also kings accidentally named in this fashion, because they are literally named after what the priest at the ceremony says, leading to such gems as King My-God-He's-Heavy The First of Lancre.
** Discworld also parodies the Puritan convention, with Omnians having names like Mightily-Praiseworthy-Are-They-Who-Exalteth-Om, Smite-The-Unbeliever-With-Cunning-Arguments and Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets. There's also Sam Vimes's ancestor Suffer-Not-Injustice.
** In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', it is revealed that goblins are all named like a cross between {{Magical Native American}}s and ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' characters--"Tears of the Mushroom," "Regret of the Falling Leaf," "Shine of the Rainbow," "Sound of the Rain on Hard Ground," "The Pleasant Contrast of the Orange and Yellow Petals in the Flower of the Gorse," and so forth. This poetic/artistic streak in a species that [[FantasticRacism most people treat like intelligent vermin]] is significant to the plot, although their exact naming conventions are never precisely explained. They're apparently loose translations, and only [[TranslationYes a word or two]] in Goblin. Abbreviating a goblin's name is a good way to make it violently angry unless it is ''very'' well disposed towards the negligent human.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's novel ''Literature/{{Embassytown}}'', the alien Hosts mark certain human residents as similes to be used in their everyday language; the main characters is formally named "there was a human girl who in pain ate what was given to her in an old room built for eating in which eating had not happened for a time," or "the girl who ate was given to her" for short.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has a character known as "Rock" whose real name (Nuhumukumakiaki'aialunamor) is an entire poem in his native language about a rock his father found just before he was born. Apparently everybody in his culture has names like that.
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': In Entish, all names, possibly all nouns, are comprehensive descriptions of the person or thing in question. They consider anything else to be "hasty". Treebeard only uses that name for the convenience of non-Ents. His true name is apparently his entire biography, and given that he's one of the oldest living things in Middle Earth, it's basically an epic-length novel. In other words, when you ask someone "Who are you?" they will tell you their name. When you ask an Ent his name, he will tell you who he is.
** Melkor, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' (and Tolkien's entire cosmology), has his name translate as "[[TheNounWhoVerbed He Who Arises in Might]]".
* The cats of the Tribe of Rushing Water in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' are named after the first thing their mother sees when the cat is born, e.g. Brook Where Small Fish Swim, Night of No Stars, etc. [[LampshadeHanging One character remarks that in his mind, this would lead to a lot of cats being named Roof of Cave, Wall of Cave, or Floor of Cave]].
** Even the tribe itself is like this, seeing as it was named after the waterfall guarding its cave.
* In the ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' book ''Lady Friday'', the Winged Servants of the Night all have names like this. For example: "The One Who Survived The Darkness".
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the non-human sentients known as Treecats have descriptive names giving an insightful view of them. Notable names have included "Laughs Brightly", "Swift Striker" and "Echo of Time". Humans have also been awarded names by treecats, such as "Death Fang's Bane", "Darkness Foe", and "Dances On Clouds". In fact, treecat names are critical to [[spoiler:the formation of the Grand Alliance; it's the revelation of Eloise Pritchart's and Thomas Theisman's treecat names, "Truth Seeker" and "Dreams of Peace" respectively]], that convince Honor [[spoiler:the reborn Republic truly can be trusted]].
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]' ''Literature/TheCulture'' setting, names function as characters' addresses (although the full forms are rarely mentioned in the novels). As [[http://www.vavatch.co.uk/books/banks/cultnote.htm Banks explained]]:
-->'''Banks:''' Culture names act as an address if the person concerned stays where they were brought up. Let's take an example; Balveda, from ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas''. Her full name is Juboal-Rabaroansa Perosteck Alseyn Balveda dam T'seif. The first part tells you she was born/brought up on Rabaroan Plate, in the Juboal stellar system [...]; Perosteck is her given name (almost invariably the choice of one's mother), Alseyn is her chosen name (people usually choose their names in their teens, and sometimes have a succession through their lives; [...]); Balveda is her family name (usually one's mother's family name) and T'seif is the house/estate she was raised within. The "sa" affix on the first part of her name would translate into "er" in English (we might all start our names with "Sun-Earther", in English, if we were to adopt the same nomenclature), and the "dam" part is similar to the German "von".
** At the end of the piece, he dubs himself "Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry".
* Anyone and everyone associated with the Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice in ''Literature/BreakingTheWall.'' Up to and including the "Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice." Among actual characters we have Flying Claw, Honey Dream, and Righteous Drum.
* [[Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy Bartimaeus's]] full name ([[MilesGloriosus according to him, anyway]]) is "Bartimaeus of Uruk, Sakhr al-Jinni, N'gorso the Mighty and the Serpent of Silver Plumes".
* The [[MagicalNativeAmerican Hawkbrothers]] in the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series choose (or are given) two-word "use-names," which can signify personality or important attributes (Steelmind, who [[PhotographicMemory never forgets]]), recall a memorable occasion from the person's life (Starfall, who dove from a cliff at the moment a meteor flashed overhead), or simply be poetic (Wintersky). These [[MeaningfulRename can be changed]] at adulthood or after life-altering events (Darkwind was known as Songwind in happier times).
* In ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', Mildmay's name is short for Mild-May-Your-Torments-Be-At-The-Hands-Of-The-Wicked.
* The Hiths in the ''DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Original Sin'' all changed their names once their society was destroyed by [[HumansAreBastards the Earth Empire]]. They now call themselves things like Powerless, Friendless, Afraid And Alone, so every time they give their ID to an Earth official they're making a political point.
* The ''Franchise/FactionParadox'' novel 'Newtons Sleep' features a character named Lord Yellow Dog of the Thirty-One Cuts.
* Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
** The [[EldritchAbomination Outsider]] known as "[[TheNounWhoVerbed He Who Walks Behind]]." Its full name is [[StarfishLanguage a two-minute montage of unfathomable fear, helplessness and pain.]] Naming conventions are unknown, but he has a brother named "He Who Walks Before." Incidentally, both of these names are at least partial descriptions of literal traits: He Who Walks Behind is always behind you, no matter how quickly you turn around. He Who Walks Before is the herald of an Outsider invasion.
** In a trilogy of short stories, Dresden has dealings with [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti the Sasquatch]], more properly known as the Forest People, who are actually highly intelligent. His main contact among them is named Strength of a River in His Shoulders, or River Shoulders for short.
* In the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' books, [[StarfishAliens Turusch]] names are most closely translated as this. An example would be "Emphatic Blossom at Dawn", referring to an ambush hunter on their homeworld. Since the name in question belongs to a tactician, it's appropriate.
* A demon lord or perhaps some sort of quasi-deity named "The Prince Who Dreams in the Void" is mentioned in the passing in ''[[Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen Dissolution]]''.
* Wolves in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' communicate telepathically, so their names are not words but a jumble of sensations and images that are usually summarized in human language by a single descriptive word. For instance, "Hopper" is actually "A cub on a hilltop leaping repeatedly into the air as he tries to fly like an eagle", and Dapple is "Sunlight dappled through autumn trees onto piles of dead leaves with the smell of musk and earth". [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfbrothers]] are adopted in the same manner: Perrin is known as Young Bull, that is "a brash young bull with gleaming metallic horns" which represent the axe that is his WeaponOfChoice, while Elyas who prefers a long knife is Long Tooth, or "a wolf with one long, metallic fang."
* Literature/{{Flashman}} is adopted by an Apache tribe and, due to his horseback skills, is named White-Rider-Goes-So-Fast-He-Destroys-The-Wind-With-His-Speed. Unfortunately for convenience it's shorted to He-Who-Breaks-The-Wind or Wind Breaker. Given how Flashman farted his way down the Valley of Death at Balaclava, you could say it's appropriate.
* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheCorn'', the children worship an unseen demon known as "He Who Walks Behind The Rows."
* [[TheVamp Ayesha]] in H. Rider Haggard's ''Literature/{{She}}'' is also known as "She-who-must-be-obeyed."
* Translating the ''Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon'', written by a medieval Japanese court lady and one of the earliest [[{{Diary}} diaries]] still in existence, Ivan Morris said he didn't feel he should transliterate the names, "for fear that they might produce a false exoticism of the 'Honorable Lady Plum Blossom' type." This is actually a dig at Creator/LafcadioHearn who used that exact name in an example of women's names and how their honorifics work in Japanese.
* In ''{{Literature/Remnants}},'' the species that humans name the "[[DescriptivelyNamedSpecies Blue Meanies]]," who call themselves "the Children" (of [[SapientShip Mother]]), all have names in the style of "[Number] [Positive Adjective] [Natural Feature]," such as "One Perfect Mountain" or "Four Divine Streams." This is to honor the artificial environments within Mother. [[spoiler:When [[ManipulativeBastard Yago]] starts a cult among the Meanies, members still follow this trope, renaming themselves things like "Yago's Catlike Grace"]].
* Mostly averted in ''Literature/TrailOfGlory''. The Cherokee characters tend to have this type of names, but drop them in favour of more anglicized versions. A good example would be Kuhnungdatlageh, which translates to "He Who Walks Along The Peak Of The Ridge", but who usually signs his name "John Ridge".
* In ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' Ford Prefect's boyhood name was Ix, which is Old Betelgeusian for "Boy Who Is Not Able to Satisfactorily Explain What a Hrung Is, nor Why It Should Have Chosen to Collapse on Betelgeuse Seven."
* In ''Girl of Fire And Thorns'', every Invierno has a name like this, and every one demands to be addressed by their full name. The most prominent is He Who Wafts Gently With The Wind Becomes As Mighty As The Thunderstorm, nicknamed Storm for convenience. Unlike most instances of this trope, these names aren't tailored to the person and can be passed around like other names, as Storm mentions his name is popular back home and we see some names that apply to multiple characters.
* In ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod,'' the Tagalog mythology of the story is fused with {{Mythopoeia}} due to the [[DeathOfTheOldGods centuries-long conquest by Spain,]] and most of the gods' epithets heavily [[InvokedTrope invoke this.]] Haik is the [[CharacterTitle title's Filipino crocodile-god]] with a whole string of epithets: "Whale-rider," [[SeaMonster "Haik who breaks the ships in his teeth,"]] and [[BornUnderTheSail "son of voyagers."]] His cousin is "Lumawig the last-born" whose older brothers are [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the Four Winds,]] Haik's older sister is "Hina who follows the moon," and another goddess is named [[AnthropomorphicPersonification "Mayari-who-is-the-moon."]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': Introducing the Gits--A Snivelling Little Rat-Faced Git, his wife Dreary Fat Boring Old, and their unseen son and daughters: Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced (son), Ghastly Spotty Horrible Vicious Little (daughter--the youngest), and Ghastly Spotty Cross-Eyed (daughter).
** It's possible that Terry Jones (A Snivelling Little Rat-Faced Git) misspoke by changing "Horrible Vicious Little" to "Cross-Eyed", thus accidentally creating a second daughter.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': the Fangires all have true names in that fashion. Even the one-episode MonsterOfTheWeek have names like ''The Sincerity and Melancholy that the Twin Impostors Dream About'', ''The Lady Portrait Torn in a Full Moon'', ''The Clown Dances with a Turkey at a Fireplace'' and so on.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', [[InsectoidAliens Than-Thre-Kull]] names translate to Common as a haiku. We never hear the haiku, as they tend to shorten it for the non-Than as a key phrase from the haiku (e.g. Refractions of Dawn, Twilight, Clarion of Loss). Naturally, humans tend to shorten the names even more (e.g. Dawn). The Than don't appear to mind.
* In ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', Treguard's sidekick Majida has the full name 'Daughter of the Setting Moon Whose Eyes are like Daggers in the Hearts of Men who guard the Great Caravan of the Sultan'.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a being whose true name can only be understood by children, if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too. [[SomeCallMeTim They're more commonly known as "the Doctor".]]

[[folder: Religion and Mythology]]
* The [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Japanese god]] usually referred to as Susano'o-no-Mikoto is sometimes translated as His-Swift-Impetuous-Male-Augustness. Similarly, one of the first gods in existence was known as "Kotoamatsukami", or "Distinguishing Heavenly Fire". However, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugayafukiaezu Ugayafukiaezu]] has to take the cake - not only is "Ugayafukiaezu" a pretty long name to begin with, in at least one text he's referred to as Amatsuhitaka-hiko'nakisatake-ugayafukiaezu-no-Mikoto ("[[WordSaladTitle Lord Heavenly Star Sun High Sun-Child Wave's Limit Currency Cormorant Grass Reed Not-Together-Life]]").

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Virtually everyone and everything in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Some examples are: the Princess Magnificent With Lips of Coral and Robes of Black Feathers, the First and Forsaken Lion, Seven Devil Clever, Strength of Many, etc. All give a pretty good feel for the trope. One might be inclined to think that this is because you are playing as divinely-empowered entities and the governments/organizations they form/unite under, but only in the [[VastBureaucracy Thousand]] [[BadassBureaucrat Scales]] can something as mundane as being a member of the ''postal service'' get this treatment (you get a job as one of the Infallible Conveyors of Official Messages and Heartfelt Expressions, in case you are wondering).
** The Realm may be forgiven for that particular overly-flowery name - their state religious body, the Immaculate Order, has its roots in the Immaculate Order of Postal Carriers.
* Both ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' and ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken The Forsaken]]'' make use of deed names, wherein a werewolf's name among the Garou/Uratha usually reflects what they've done or what they do. Some examples from ''Apocalypse'' include Evan Heals-the-Past and Mephi Faster-than-Death.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting, each individual gnome's name is his entire family history from himself going back to the beginning of the gnomish race. They talk fast. They apply much the same principle to other things as well. Famously, Mount Nevermind (where a lot of gnomes live) got that from a ''human'' hastily cutting off a gnome starting to launch into its gnomish full name.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s Kamigawa block, based on Myth/JapaneseMythology, has That Which Was Taken. Its Rise of the Eldrazi set, which tellingly provides the page image for EldritchAbomination, has the card It That Betrays.
* Being set in a Wuxia-esque Asian mashup, similarly to ''Exalted'', the characters in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}} Jadeclaw]]'' tend to have names like this, such as "Bitter Storm", "The Little Mountain", or even "Number 21 Mouth" (so named because she was the 21st child of a peasant farmer, and another mouth to feed).

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''[[Theatre/{{Africa}} Africa, or Czechs among Cannibals]]'' from [[Creator/JaraCimrman Jára Cimrman]]'s Theatre, penned by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdeněk Svěrák, presents an extract from ''The Feathered Snake'' which is a play within a play. It's used to demonstrate why this play by fictional dramatist Cimrman would fail in Europe. This trope is played UpToEleven and for various characters.[[note]]The shtick of the group is that the actors are amateur-like and act either wooden or hammy. They read this extract from notes and remain absolutely deadpan, which is hilarious.[[/note]]
** "Jumped over the Fire and Burned Holes in his Moccasins" is the hero of the play.
** "Danced like Crazy till the Bright Day" is a fiancée of "Jumped over the Fire and Burned Holes in his Moccasins". The chief "Feathered Snake" asks whether their relationship is steady.
** "Doesn't Like Washing Herself" is another Indian girl of the tribe. Our hero wouldn't wish to live with ''her'' in one tent.
** "Petted a Marmot against the Hair" is a reputed beauty, but "Jumped over the fire" wouldn't be able to cope with her mother.
** "Screamed so much that Leaves were Falling" is the mother of the beautiful girl.
** The girlfriend's father is named "Shouldn't have Angered your Aunt" who likes her boyfriend a lot.
** The girl's mother died and her name was "Gouged her Uncle an Eye". [[EyeScream Ouch]]
** "He Who Steals" is a trader. "Jumped over the Fire and Burned Holes in his Moccasins" has bought buffalo skins from him.
** The audience is also informed who played some parts in the première: "Jumped down from the Red Rock and was Winded" played the Indian chief, the female lead belonged to "Hunted Squirrels in Treetops with a Slingshot" and her boyfriend was portrayed by "Smoked a Peace Pipe even though he was not the Elder".

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed Slug-For-A-Butt from ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''.
* Every single Sammer Guy of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has one, each more ridiculous than the last.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s Forerunners have these names, generally; examples include Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting, Glory of a Far Dawn, Splendid Dust of Ancient Suns, and Genemender Folder of Fortune. If not, they either have more traditional names like Calyx or Soma (though the belated reveal of Faber of Will and Might's full name means that those might have just been shorthand names), or they're known primarily by their title, like Librarian or Didact (though the original names of those two do fit the trope: First-Light-Weaves-Living-Song and Shadow-of-Sundered-Star respectively).
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe Hanar soul names seem to fit this trope (e.g. Regards the Works of the Enkindlers in Despair), while salarian names take a page out of Literature/TheCulture's book and use them as an address (e.g. Rannadril Ghan Swa Fulsoom Karaten Narr Eadi Bel Anoleis).
* Several Argonians in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' (and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. ''Morrowind'' even has a quest which centres on Haj-Ei translating as Hides His Eyes) have names like this, such as Scouts-Many-Marshes, Stands-In-Shallows, and Watches-The-Roots. Justified in that most of these are actually rough translations of their true, Argonian names. However, some seem to just be dropped on them by other races.
-->'''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Hauls-Ropes-Faster]]:''' They call me "Hauls-Ropes-Faster." Eh, I don't care. [[TheUnpronounceable They can't pronounce my Argonian name anyway]].
* The Friendly, Happy Roaches in ''[[VideoGame/{{Exile}} Exile 3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Avernum}} Avernum 3]]'' all have names that describe their jobs. However since they are roaches this gives them names such as Filth Spreader.
* ''TheWitcher3WildHunt'' features Emhyr var Emreis, the current emperor of Nilfgaard, who is also known in his native language as "Deithwen Addan yn Carn aep Morvudd". This translates rather elegantly to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "White Flame Dancing on the Graves of his Foes"]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', being set in the world of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', has many examples of this trope. Elegant Nova of Progression, for instance, is an [[ArtificialHuman Alchemical]] MadScientist. Resident Abyssal "Secret" has an OverlyLongName[[note]]The Most Secret and Sorrowful of the Bearers of the Endless Destiny of All Creation which Wander Amidst Forgotten Sights and Fallen Tears along the Tread of Ancient Ashen Footsteps Through the Shadow of That Which Comes and into that Riotous Cacophony which Births All Fools and Steals All Beauty, who Heralds through her Silence the Stillness and Chill of Those Who Were Not Born and who will Not Fade 'Till All Things Fall and in that Most Grim Harvest Form the Final Restful Tomb of All Awakened Life and All the Sleepless Dead--''and it goes on''[[/note]], spoofing the standard Abyssal naming practice; she uses "Secret" as the short form. She ''has'' to; due to [[PaintingTheFourthWall having a]] [[DumpStat Stamina of 2,]] she ''passed out'' the first time she tried to say the entire name.
* Almost every goblin in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is an example of this trope, being given their name by their tribe's shaman to reflect their destiny. The actual quality of the name can vary--one the one hand, there's Chief [[AwesomeMcCoolname Kills-A-Werebear]]. On the other, there's [[UnfortunateNames Dies Horribly.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'''s full name is Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels. Apparently wombats follow this kind of naming convention but are more prosaic about it. The other wombat we meet is called Descending-Helix, which is probably a reference to his construction habits but is also a pun relating to the fact that he is Digger's ancestor.
* In ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] have particularly grandiose names with a number tacked on to signify how many times they’ve [[ResurrectiveImmortality reincarnated]], such as 82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil, or 6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe. Humans get in on the act, too, such as [[spoiler:Allison]], whose real name is [[TitleDrop Kill Six Billion Demons]], and the monk [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones.]]
* Thundering Engine Woman from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' was a famous and powerful American [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder spark]] who befriended and traveled with the Heterodyne Boys sometime before they disappeared and the Americas became inaccessible.

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* There's a website called ''Seventh Sanctum'' which suggest randomized long names for your character called [[http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=weirdname the Weird Name Generator]].

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* Essentially all names mean ''something''. Even the incredibly generic AliceAndBob could also be called Noble-Kind and Bright-Fame.
* Most Native American names sound like "Running Bull" or something similar in their native language, so it's usually translated in media to make sure everyone knows exactly what they were named after. This actually started with the Bureau of Indian Affairs' attempt to take Indian census. Traditionals may have [[IHaveManyNames several names plus assorted nicknames]] throughout their lifetimes. The BIA started making people use assigned names at least when dealing with the U.S. government.
** A particularly amusing Native American example is the 19th century warrior whose name was translated as "Young Man Afraid of His Horses." Apparently a more accurate translation is "Young Man Whose ''Enemies'' Fear His Horses"--in other words, the minute they see his horses coming it's BringMyBrownPants--but either way the name belongs here.
** Actual Indian names tend to be a lot less poetic than the fictional version. For example one old Comanche woman was known as 'Carrying Her Sunshade'.
* Related to this trope, in the German language (and perhaps others), an official title or name has its spaces removed and all the constituent words are pushed together into a single ''run-on word.'' Germans who hold noble titles can't use them in Germany and must instead convert their title into their surname. Winemaker Prince Donatus of Hesse's legal name is Donatus Prinz von Hessen, while Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband Prince Frederick of Anhalt is known in Germany as Frederick Prinz von Anhalt.
* Names of Germanic origin are often this, if translated. And, while not NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, there are many that are names to back away from slowly with your hands up--you wouldn't want to mess with a woman who is called Spear-in-Battle for example.
* Some English Puritans of the 17th century made something of a habit of giving their children over-the-top religious names, like Praise-God and Fly-Fornication (yes, really). One child--Praise-God's son, actually--ended up being called Nicholas If-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone. Unfortunately, when he grew up he proved to be of loose morals and was generally known as Damned Barebone for short. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon He's actually kind of important]]. (For that matter, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praise-God_Barebone so was his father]].)
** This sort of name is still current among Christians in sub-Saharan Africa, giving us names like Goodluck Jonathan (a recent president of UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}}).
** Fly-fornication Bull, incredibly, became pregnant out of wedlock by a yeoman named Goodman Woodman(!).
** Other puritans named their children Fight-The-Good-Fight-of-Faith White, Kill-Sin Pemble, and Much-mercye, Sin-denie, and Fear-Not Healy (these last three are siblings).
* Translations of Literature/TheBible frequently spell out the meaning of a person's given name in its original language. One of the most famous examples is the name of the angel Michael, which is actually a complete question: "Who is like God?"
** The "el" ending is very common among both traditionally Jewish names and the names of angels as it refers to God. For example: Daniel is "God is my judge", Raphael is "God Heals", Uriel is "God is my light". In fact for many the only thing we know for sure is that the name is some poetic allusion to God with the proper translation of the rest being unclear because of how Hebrew has changed over time.
* Almost all Christian names do have a discrete meaning in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin; however, most are simple words or phrases (e.g. Benjamin=Hebrew Bin-yamin, "Son of the Right [hand]"; James/Jacob=Hebrew Ya'aqov, "Heel"; Mary=Hebrew Miriam, "She of Strong Will"; Dinah=Hebrew, "justified"; Ruth=Hebrew Rut, "Companion"). However, some names are in fact full sentences: "John" is short of Hebrew ''Yehonahan'' which means "God is Merciful", and both "Joshua" and "Jesus" are Anglicizations of "Yeshua" which is itself a shortening of "Yehoshua": "God is salvation." Rather fitting for its [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} most famous bearer]], don't you think?
* The registered show names of dogs and horses are often long-winded and rather ridiculous. Naturally, most people give the animal a "call name" that's much shorter and more pronounceable, and only use the long name at shows or for formal identification.' A horse's name must include elements of both parents' names.
** For example, in the late '90s and early '00s, one American Kennel Club dog-agility championship front-runner was a Australian-shepherd registered under her showname "[=SlideRock's=] Solar Power" but went by the call-name "Suni" (pronounced "sunny").
** Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', where there's a show dog whose full name appears to be "Princess Stori (Heart Over The First I)", describing how it's supposed to be stylized when written.
** At least here it's justified since registering show animals is like registering a username, i.e. they have to be completely unique with no duplicates.
* On a simpler level, this is also where Europeans got most of their surnames. A lot of them came from the family profession, a person's lineage, or the town a person came from. "Smith" meant "the blacksmith". "Miller" was the guy who ran the flour mill. "Hanson" was literally "the son of Hans". "Norton" was "the guy from North Town". And "Brewer" or "Brewster", naturally, was the lady who made all the ale and beer for them to drink.[[note]]In former times, most beer was made by women including nuns, kind of a side occupation to baking. Beer has hops for a preservative because St. Hildegarde von Bingen recommended them. Owning pubs and bartending were also female occupations, including in pre-Revolutionary America.[[/note]]