Who knows how the idea got started that, when making TheParody, it is innately funny to replace each character's original name with a silly one that rhymes or sounds similar. But get started it did.

This does make sense from a certain vantage point. After all, if -- for copyright and/or trademark reasons -- a publisher can't use the characters' real names, they might as well replace them with something funny. However, some writers make the mistake of thinking that doing this makes their parody automatically funny. It doesn't. It may also be done to make it absolutely clear just ''what'' is being parodied since ViewersAreMorons. At its very worst, this is done when the writers [[ShallowParody don't know what they're parodying]] and thus making fun of the characters' names is the only joke they can think of.

Can be combined with ParallelPornTitles.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' has some CaptainErsatz characters with names like this, including Suppaman (a portmanteau of "Superman" and ''suppa'', which is Japanese for "sour") and Parzan ("Tarzan" and ''paa'', which literally means "flat" but can also mean "stupid").
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' uses this whenever it refers to the titles of other Jump manga or their characters. It even does it to ''itself'' with the [[SelfParody in-universe parody]] manga known as ''Gintaman''. The characters themselves have a different flavor; ''their'' names are either [[AlternateCharacterReading kanji swaps]] or similar-enough sounding equivalents to their actual historical counterparts' names.
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'', Lupin sends a video CallingCard. The opening of his card uses his name as a parody of the Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox VanityPlate.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Momo mistakes Nikaidou for a children's cartoon character called "Bodoro." When they show you what it looks like, [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro it looks about one would expect if they found the name familiar]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Very much abused in ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'', with Pokecão instead of Pokemon, Darti Vesgo instead of Darth Vader, Superhomão instead of Superman, Ton Cruzes instead of Tom Cruise... Of course, the jokes involved make more sense in Portuguese.
* In Creator/DCComics ''Inferior Five'', the Five's parents are a parody JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, While we don't get their full names, the surnames of some of their kids suggest they're suitably parodic. Mr Might ({{Superman}}) has the Earth surname Brent, and the original name Barb-Ell, son of Dumb-Ell of the planet Neon. Power Princess (WonderWoman) married a man named Tremor (for Steve Trevor), and Bowman (ComicBook/GreenArrow) has the surname King (instead of Queen). The exceptions are ComicBook/TheFlash parody Captain Swift, who is called Cramer, not a play on Allen or Garrick, and the Uncle Sam parody Patriot, who has the surname Victor.
* Every single ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' movie parody. '''Ever'''. ''TheSimpsons'' had a field day with this one when ''MAD'' parodies Bart's boy band (in "New Kids on the Blecch"):
-->'''Nelson''': "They called me "Smellson!"\\
'''Homer''': "It's funny, 'cause you smell."
** However to MAD's credit, their names (at least in the classic black and white years) generally are more meaningful and clever than names in TV and movie parodies from their rivals ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' and ''Crazy'' among others. For example: ''[=MAD's=]'' "Cloddumbo" vs. ''Cracked'''s "Columoron".
** Also in that episode, we see the MAD Magazine executives having a hard time coming up with a parody name for ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
*** Lampshaded in some of ''MAD'''s SelfDeprecation when they note that they fiddle with character names so much that sometimes you can't even tell who the original character was.
** The use of ParodyNames in ''MAD'' apparently dates back to a story in issue #3 featuring the Lone Stranger, his sidekick Pronto, and his horse Golden. After "Superduperman" in the next issue provoked a lawsuit from Creator/DCComics, their parody of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' reiterated that it was ''not'' to be mistaken for the genuine article: "Bat Boy mit a '''Boy'''! Rubin mit a '''U'''!"
** This was strangely averted in ''[=MAD's=]'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' parody.
** Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the ''Rocky'' series, once said that of all the nicknames the character had, his personal favorite was ''MAD's'' take on the character: "Appalling Greed."
* Marvel's ''What The--?!'' of course has them in spades, and interestingly they tried to never recycle them from issue to issue, demanding a lot of creativity.
* Several strips in ''ComicBook/{{Buster}}'' used to do this, ranging from ''[[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Judge Dudd]]'' to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Captain Pilchard]].
* The first two members of the Seven Sentinels introduced in ''ComicBook/TopTen'' had last names of this stripe. The Black Boomerang is the Green Arrow stand-in, and his real name is Gilbert Marchioness (a marchioness being the female equivalent of a marquis; compare ''Queen''), while the Green Lantern-like Scarlet Scepter is Henry Nile (which is a famous river like the ''Jordan'').
* ComicBook/JohnnyTurbo, being a "spokesman" for NEC and the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16, led his personal crusade for the console's superiority not against real-world rival Creator/{{Sega}}, but against their robot-run counterpart ''Feka''. It's probably pronounced similarly, too, as in [[TakeThat/VideoGames "Fake-uh"]].
* Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, being a humorous take on Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, do this to his mentor (Stick -> Splinter, a mouse) and a villainous group (The Hand -> Foot Clan).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'': An exaggerated version of the canon show's Jonathan Archer[[note]]the fic uses a version with different characterization[[/note]] called Abner Bowman appears as the captain of the USS ''Dauntless''. Abner being a relative and colleague of Jonathan in Literature/TheBible and bowman being another word for archer.

* In Mel Brooks' ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' (which parodies, among other sci-fi franchises, ''Franchise/StarWars''), Yoda becomes "Yoghurt", the Force becomes "The Schwartz", Jabba the Hutt becomes Pizza the Hutt and Darth Vader becomes "Dark Helmet."
* The ''Film/AustinPowers'' series is packed with these.
** "Alotta Fagina" is derived from Pussy Galore in the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. This one is actually making fun of something about the original name, not just going for similar-but-silly.
** "Goldmember" appears in the third ''Austin Powers'' movie ([[AntagonistTitle and its title]]).
** "Random Task", who's a parody of Oddjob.
** Austin's sidekick in ''Austinpussy'', Dixie Normous.
* The Finnish ''Franchise/StarTrek'' spoof film series ''WebAnimation/StarWreck'' gives parody names to all its characters, including James B. Pirk (James T. Kirk), Fukov (Chekov), Spökö/Spook (Spock), Plingons (Klingons), Vulgars (Vulcans), Shitty (Scotty), Dwarf (Worf) and Info (Data). The [[Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning feature-length film]] introduces ''Series/BabylonFive'' parodies such as Sherrypie (Sheridan) and the genuinely hilarious Karigrandi (Garibaldi - Garybrandy in the English version).
* A number of pornographic parodies of big-name movies have done this, to both [[ParallelPornTitles the title and the character names]] borrowed from the original source.
** ''Muffy the Vampire Layer'', anyone?
* ''An American Carol'' has "Rosie O'Connell," "Michael Malone" (Michael Moore), and a composite character called "George Mulrooney." Do they have something against the Irish or something?
** Probably just incidental, since Mulrooney sounds like it's filling in for ''Clooney''.
* The 1978 ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody ''Hardware Wars'' has names such as Fluke Starbucker, Augie 'Ben' Doggie, Ham Salad, Darph Nader and Artie Deco.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' also got this from ThumbWars, including such characters as Loke Groundrunner, Beboobeep (R2-D2), and Oobedoob Benubi (Obi Wan).
* Done throughout the ''Film/ScaryMovie'' series. The main character's name, Cindy Campbell, is relatively subtle, playing on ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'''s Sidney Prescott (played by Creator/NeveCampbell).
* Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg have a habit of taking this trope and running it into the ground.
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'': Nigel Tufnel is actually a very subtle one of these, being formed on the same template as Music/EricClapton: "boring first name and place in London."
* Occasionally used in the ''Film/CarryOn'' series; for instance in the Foreign Legion spoof ''Film/FollowThatCamel'', the equivalent of Cigarette in ''Literature/UnderTwoFlags'' is called Corktip, as well as the lead named Bo West from ''Film/BeauGeste'', and in ''Film/DontLoseYourHead'', the counterpart of Literature/TheScarletPimpernel is The Black Fingernail.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheHams'': Billy Zane's FBI Agent is named [[Creator/JodieFoster Jo Dee Fostar]].

* Michael Gerber's ''Barry Trotter'' (a parody of ''Literature/HarryPotter'') features such winners as "Muddle" for Muggle, "Philosopher's Scone" for Philosopher's Stone, "Hogwash" for Hogwarts, "Lord Valumart" for Lord Voldemort, "Earth Eaters" for Death Eaters and "Measlys" for Weasleys.
* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', The Harvard Lampoon's parody of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Wizards Gandalf and Saruman become "Goodgulf" and "Serutan." The parody tale starts in "The Stye" (The Shire), home to the "boggies" (hobbits), four of which are named "Frito" (Frodo), "Spam" (Sam), "Moxie" (Merry) and "Pepsi" (Pippin). Minas Tirith becomes "Minas Troney," and the equivalent of {{Mordor}} is the [[PollutedWasteland post-industrial wasteland]] of "Fordor," ruled by "Sorhed" (Sauron). Bilbo Baggins becomes "Dildo Bugger", not a case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar so much as [[RefugeInAudacity hoping it won't be switched on at all.]]
* ''Doctor Whom'', by Adam Roberts, was a parody of both ''Series/DoctorWho'' and the punctuation manual ''Eats, Shoots and Leaves''. Parody names included "Prose Tailor" (Rose Tyler), "The TARDY" (The TARDIS), "Garleks" (Daleks), "Cydermen" (Cybermen), "Stavros" (Davros), "Master Debater" (The Master) and "Time Gentlemen" (Time Lords).
** Adam Roberts has done several other parody books under variations of his name.''The Soddit'' and ''The Sellamillion'' as A.R.R.R. Roberts, ''The Va Dinci Cod'' as Don Brine, ''Star Bores'' as [=A3R=] Roberts, ''The [=McAtrix=] Derided'' as the Robertski Brothers, and ''The Dragon With the Girl Tatto'' (as, surprisingly, Adam Roberts and not Adiem Robertsson or something). Naturally, all of these are filled with ParodyNames.
* ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20021204212021/http://www.geocities.com/bob_darktalon/legendaryram.html The Legendary Ram in Buggery]]'', a parody of [[Literature/TheLegendOfRahAndTheMuggles you know what]], made extensive use of these. As can probably be inferred from the title.
* ''Star Wreck'' (the 1990s book series, not the Finnish film series) had James T. Smirk and Mr Smock on board the ''USS Endocrine'' plus Commander Zulu, Ensign Checkout, etc, etc. Also their [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration new replacements]] on the ''Endocrine-D'': Jean-[[Series/ILoveLucy Lucy Ricardo]], Commander Piker, Counselor Dee Troit, etc, etc, etc...
** And in the later books they were all joined by the crew of Station [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Geek Space Nine]]: Bungeeman Crisco, Constable Dodo, Major Vera, etc, etc, etc, etc...
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels don't have much of this stuff, but Gimlet, the dwarf with famously piercing eyes who runs a deli on Cable Street, may be intended as a reference to [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Gimli, son of Glóin]].
** It's not as rare as you think; this is the same guy who gave us ''Cohen'' the Barbarian. ''Ghengiz'' Cohen, in fact.
** Most Discworld parody names are {{Genius Bonus}}es; Salzella, the music director in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' is a play on Antonio Salieri, whose surname means "seller of salt". Less esoteric is that "gimlet" is also the name of a cocktail.
*** The original pun deserves explanation. A brief RunningGag was for a character to describe some supernatural or otherwise creepy person as having "Eyes... Like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimlet_(tool) Gimlets]]!". To which another character would respond "...You mean the Dwarf what runs the-" "I mean he has bloody creepy eyes that's what!". Eventually Gimlet and his delicatessen appeared in a later book.
** Another subtle one, Fliemoe, the parody of Flashman in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', has a name that doesn't parody Flashman but his henchman Speedicut, who happens to share his name with a make of lawnmower.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat‎'' does this as a cover for all the copyrighted characters it parodies, although it's rarely so much funny as it is a simple aversion. During the Star Trek section of "Samurai Cat Goes to the Movies" (a mashup-parody anthology, in which the crew is attacked by Xenomorphs, a parody Predator, and a "Terminationer" that's been dogging the main characters for a few chapters), for example, Sulu becomes Sununu, and Chekov becomes Tolstoy. Not quite as clever as how the Terminationer was sent back from an [[ItsAWonderfulPlot alternate future in which the main character had never existed]].
* ''Literature/TheHungerPains'' is another book by the Harvard Lampoon, which parodies ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' by Suzanne Collins. You have Kantkiss Neverclean, skilled archer, Effu Poorpeople (Effie Trinket), Pita Malarkey, and so on and so forth. Some names are obviously made up for the book, while others (namely, Carol Handsomestein) aren't as obvious to figure out, to most.[[note]]It seems that the Lampoon wanted to make fun of the fact that Gale's name sounds like a girl, so they named him Carol.[[/note]]
* In ''The Toothpaste Millionaire'' by Jean Merrill, when Toothpaste's competitors, Sparkle, Dazzle and Brite, are losing a price war and the presidents of their manufacturers are trying to arrange an industry meeting, the first-person protagonist writes a script for a RomanAClef movie whose antagonists are three {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s named Sharkle, Snazzle and Slyte. "Sharkle looks mean, Snazzle looks greedy, and Slyte looks sly," the script notes.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Some of the more obscure Muppets on ''Series/SesameStreet'' had such names, including Sherlock Hemlock, Plácido Flamingo and Meryl Sheep (probably meant as ParentalBonus).
** Plus Monsterpiece Theater, with Alistair Cookie!
** Along with Pat Playjacks, Velma Blank, Ross Parrot, and Vincent Twice.
*** Vincent Twice.
* ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' had Julia Grownup and J. Arthur Crank.
** Really 80% of the jokes of the German "Funny Movie" series.
** Since the program only had the rights to Spider-Man himself, in an episode of ''Spidey Super Stories'', Spidey watches himself fight the Green ''Globlin'' in a movie.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parodies ''Series/MacGyver'' as ''[=MacGruber=]''. (The sketch is having less and less to do with ''[=MacGyver=]'' as it goes along, however. Oringally, it made fun of MacGyvering, but later the joke turned to the title character being a slovenly JerkAss with a host of personal problems.)
** In the Pepsi ads, [=MacGyver=] shows up, at it is later discovered that [=MacGyver=] is [=MacGruber=]'s father.
* ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'' usually uses these for the names of the contestants when they're based on real people/characters ("Country Music Superstars vs. The World of James Bond" had "Girth Brooks", "Codger Moore", and "Timothy B. Dalton" among others). Since the show is an example of RapidFireComedy, this isn't too painful.
* ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' had Spamela Hamderson and David Hoggselhoff, the stars of ''Bay Of Pigs Watch''.
* An episode of ''Series/LifeWithDerek'' focused on the controversy surrounding the game ''[[Franchise/TombRaider Babe Raider]]''.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' did a SelfParody in one episode in the form of a ShowWithinAShow called ''Kid Gets Acquainted With the Universe'', in which Cory became Rory, Shawn became Shane and Eric became Derek. Ben Savage, the actor who played Cory in real life, became "Ben Sandwich", and Rider (Strong), who played Shawn, became "Schnieder". However, the most punny name came when they mentioned that Ben Sandwich has a brother named "Bread Sandwich", a reference to Ben Savage's brother Fred Savage.
* ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'' does this with most of its characters, such as having the far right, politically incorrect journalist be named "Dale Mailey", a pretty blatant TakeThat to the Daily Mail. Others include Raffe van der [[CountryMatters Koont]], the sex-obsessed, CampGay host of "Double Fist TV".
* In ''Series/TheGoodies''' parody of ''Series/Roots1977'', all three of the gang's ancestors have names that pastiche Kunta Kinte; Bill's is Kinda Kinky, Tim's is Kounty Kutie and Graeme's is Keltic Kilty.

[[folder: Magazines]]
* A favourite gag of ''Magazine/{{Punch}}''. For instance, Sir Robert Peel was dubbed "Sir Rhubarb Pill" and Lord Randolph Churchill (Winston Churchill's dad) was called "Grandolph" for his egotism.
* ''Magazine/PrivateEye'', being a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Punch'', followed suit, with examples such as Piers Morgan becoming "Piers Moron" and Carter-Ruck, a law firm that has prosecuted in many of the ''Eye'''s libel cases, is always "Carter-[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]]" (except when it is "Farter-Fuck").

* Any opera by Music/PDQBach is likely to have several ParodyNames based on characters from Mozart's operas. Donald Giovanni and Schleporello from ''The Abduction of Figaro'' and Don Octave and Il Commendatoreador from ''The Stoned Guest'' are all named after characters in ''Don Giovanni''.
* Bobby Pickett (of "MonsterMash" fame) also recorded ''Star Dreck'', a parody of [[Franchise/StarTrek a certain well-known TV show]]. Characters included Captain Jerk, Mr. Schlock, Chief Engineer Snotty, Helmsman Mr. Lulu, Lt. Manure-a, and a NegativeSpaceWedgie.
---> '''Jerk:''' Into the elevator, Mr. Schlock, let's beam down to the planet's surface so I can find an alien to fall in love with before the program's over."
---> '''Schlock:''' (Wearily) You usually do.
---> '''Jerk:''' (Chuckles) Ain't I somethin'?
* Anything by Creator/AllanSherman ("The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas," "Pop Hates The Beatles," etc.) and his latter-day disciple, Music/WeirdAlYankovic.

* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 comedy series ''The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere'' applies this trope to [[{{Romanticism}} Romantic poets]]. The main characters are [[Creator/WilliamWordsworth William Wordsmith]], his sister Dorothy Wordsmith, and their friend [[Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge Samuel Taylor Choleric]]. Other characters included [[Creator/PercyByssheShelley Percy Jelly]], the rakish [[Creator/LordByron Lord Biro]], the spooky [[Creator/WilliamBlake William Bloke]], [[Creator/WalterScott Walter Spott]], [[Creator/JohnKeats John Sheets]], and so on. Gorsemere is a parody of Grassmere, the village the Lake Poets were based in.
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 comedy series ''Gloomsbury'', by the same writer, does the same thing for the Bloomsbury set. The main characters are Vera Sackcloth-Vest (Vita Sackville-West) and her it's-complicated [[Creator/VirginiaWoolf Ginny Fox]]. Others include D.H. Lollipop (author of ''[[Literature/LadyChatterleysLover Lady Hattersley's Plover]]''), [[Creator/TSEliot T.S. Jellytot]], [[Creator/JamesJoyce James Joist]] and [[UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud Dr Sigmund Void]].
* Another Radio 4 comedy, ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', gives Dickens this treatment. Given how ridiculous Dickens' original names often are (Wackford Squeers, anyone?), they have to go pretty over the top to do so, so most characters' names are just two-word encapsulations of their entire personality (eg [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Miss Sweetly Delightful]]) or subversions of the same (eg the BigBad, Mr. Gently Benevolent).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', among other characters with names referencing famous superheroes and their writers, had a subtle multi-layered example in Police Commissioner Barbara Kane, a homage to police Commissioner Barbara Gordon from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''... and a play on the name of Bob Kane, the writer who created Batman.

* Clare Boothe's play ''Kiss the Boys Good-bye'' involves people trying to produce TheFilmOfTheBook of an UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar romance glorifying the South, whose heroine is a SouthernBelle named "Velvet O'Toole," who might have a few things in common with [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Scarlett O'Hara]].
* ''College Wars'', a ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody set in an Oxford college, features names such as "Qui-Gon Gin and Tonic", "Don Juan Kenobi" and "Ali G Jar Binks". And the spaceship, the Millennium Bug.
* ''Theatre/DreamGirl'' has several mentions of a trashy but CriticProof historical romance novel called ''Always Opal'', which is selling out at bookstores--a transparent reference to the contemporary bestseller ''Literature/ForeverAmber''.
* In ''Theatre/ForbiddenBroadway'', this is frequently applied to show titles ("Grand Hotel? Grand Hotel? No, this is the ''Grim'' Hotel"), but very rarely applied to characters ([[Disney/TheLionKing "Rafreaky"]] being one exception), and never to actors.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''M Scramble'', a [[HGame hentai]] DatingSim knockoff of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is the story of Asamiya Haruka and her UFO-dan; the rest of the cast follows suit. Not only that, but the characters themselves are {{Palette Swap}}s of the ''Haruhi'' cast.[[http://www.c-games.info/games,002,5499.html]]
* The national leaders in ''Nuclear War'' have names like Ronnie Raygun, Infidel Castro, Gorbachef, Colonel Malomar Kadaffy, or [[JustForPun Mao The Pun]].
* Racing games released under the Magnetic Fields brand (''Lotus'' series, ''Super Cars'' series) parodied the names of real-life race drivers: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayrton_Senna Ayrton Sendup]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Prost Alain Phosphate]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Berger Crashhard Banger]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Boutsen T. Hairy Bootson]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Mansell Nijel Mainsail]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Alboreto M. Carburettor]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Piquet Nelson Pickets]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Brookes Rissole Brooks]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niki_Lauda Mickey Louder]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stig_Blomqvist Stag Bloomvest]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hunt James Haunt]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_Moss Sterling Mess]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Warwick Derek Werek]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riccardo_Patrese Ricardo Pastry]]...
* ''VideoGame/RockStarAteMyHamster'' has a plethora of music stars whose names were knock-offs of real musicians: [[Music/MichaelJackson Wacky Jacko]], [[Music/{{Madonna}} Maradonna]], [[Music/EltonJohn Elvin Dwight]], [[Music/SexPistols Rotton Johnny]], [[Music/TheRollingStones Dick Knackered]], [[Music/TinaTurner Tina Turnoff]] and so on. (This also extended to the names of rival charting bands, such as [[Music/PetShopBoys The Rent Shop Boys]], [[Music/DefLeppard Deaf Leper]] and [[Music/{{Bananarama}} Bazoomarooma]], and the names of directors, such as [[Creator/BusbyBerkeley Busby Berserkely]] and [[Creator/RidleyScott Wrigley Scott]].) Some make sense in context, as you can see. But this is taken to extremes with Music/KylieMinogue's ersatz, who was baptized as ''Bimbo [[LordOfTheRings Baggins]]''.
* Delta 4's text adventure games ''Bored of the Rings'' (not based on the book of the same name) and ''The Boggit'' applied this to character names.
* In ''Mutant League Football'', a number of players have names that parody those of famous football players of the mid 80s to early 90s, while at the same time conforming to the game's general ThemeNaming of monsters, violence, and gross stuff. Thus, Scary Ice (Jerry Rice), Bones Jackson (Bo Jackson), and Reggie Fright (Reggie White). ''Mutant League Hockey'' follows suit, with names like Jamina Dagr (Jaromir Jagr), Buggy Skull (Bobby Hull), and Maim Zitzky (Wayne Gretzky). In ''MLH'' this extends to almost every team as a whole, minus the ones returing from ''MLF'' -- to name just one example, the St. Mucus Ooze lineup is entirely made up of players whose names parody the St. Louis Blues lineup circa 1993.
* ''Mutant Football League'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''MLF'', naturally sees this trend continue with players like Colin Snapyerneck (Colin Kaepernick), Demonicus Scare ([=DeMarcus=] Ware), and Ghoulio Bones (Junio Jones), and teams like the Callus Hellboys (Dallas Cowboys)
* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'': Mundy for Thursby; Jasper Horst for Casper Gutman; "Mount" Malachite for "Moose" Malloy; [[spoiler: Nylonathotep the Laddering Horror for [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos]].]]
* The bizarre horse-dating game ''My Horse Prince'' had the title '''''Uma''' [[VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama no Prince-sama]]'' in Japanese. Don't be fooled, though; this game has next to nothing to do with horse-based idols.

* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' had a parody of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' titled [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?comic=1458&vision=yes "xkcq"]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' featured a parody of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' called "Muffin the Vampire Baker". She was joined by characters such as Biles, Will-Os and Banter. Fair enough, as it seems that the character's names are [[ShallowParody all that the writer seemed to know about the show]].
** That story was practically a parody of parodies in general... ''hopefully'' intentionally.
** The same comic has also done parodies of "Torg Potter and the Sorcerer's Nuts", "Torg Potter and the Chamberpot of Secretions", "Torg Potter and the President from Arkansas", "Torg Potter and the Giblets with Fiber"...
** There are so many parody names used in general that inevitably some end up being good and some others bad. A third class in this case is those that you just don't get.
* [[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/The_Author/ The Author]] has a running storyline parody of The Batman, aptly named "The Fatman". So far the Fat Knight has run across parodies of Batman antagonists like The Kidder, The Fiddler and Carmine Sockoni.
* The loser super hero, Samarium Skier, from Webcomic/StubbleTrouble.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' provides another ''Literature/HarryPotter'' parody with Larry Gardner studying at Warthog's academy.
** And ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'': Frudu and Samwose on a quest to destroy the Ming (vase).
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan comic ''Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite'', among other ParodyNames, replaces "Skywalker" with "Nerfherder."
* In the early 2000s, an Italian Franchise/StarTrek parody web comic had characters such as Long-Luc Dickhard, Master Beta, Doyouwanna Try, Whoref, Geordi [=TheLarge=] and Chestly Crusher.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' the burger chain is [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3228 McDebbil's, where they ask for a donation of your soul.]]
* The short comic that led to ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' and is now listed as its "chapter zero" was about how the titular Dr. [=McNinja=] got revenge on [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]] for creating and marketing a "[=McNinja=] burger," which was designed to cause flatulence. ("Silent but deadly, like a ninja.") Later, when writer Chris Hastings wanted to reintroduce the [=McNinja=] burger into the story, he [[RetCon retconned]] the name to Donald [=McBonald=], citing the fact that it would be much more straightforward to get the comic published without having to deal with legal issues over the name and logo. But since the comic is ruled by RuleOfCool and RuleOfFunny, the humor value of the parody name can't be overlooked.
* ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'' has a recurring character named Fruita, who is a parody of Vegeta.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In [[WebAnimation/DaAmazinOTAdvenchr DAOA]], instead of “Doormat”, we have “Dootmat”.
* In the ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' episode "Read It and Sleep", this happens InUniverse: Twilight has written a Ship Fic starring thinly-disguised versions of her friends named "Applesack" and "Charity."
* Taking a cue from ''MAD'', Website/TheEditingRoom always has one of those for the movie discussed (but usually not the characters, who go by the actor names). One is even a line on the movie (''Film/{{Argo}} Fuck Yourself'').
* [[http://www.angelfire.com/ak/TitanicLeo/titragic.html "Titragic"]], a parody of ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', does this with everything, from the characters to the ships to the diamond.

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* The Creator/{{Filmation}} cartoon ''M-U-S-H'' from ''WesternAnimation/UncleCrocsBlock'' had pretty much no connection whatsoever to ''Series/{{MASH}}'', the series it was supposed to be parodying, other than the names of its characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' had one episode that featured [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Tinymon]] creatures, featuring such winners as "Blast Ketchup" for Ash Ketchum. There's also a Tinymon that parallels the Magikarp/Gyarados power jump.
** The former is especially humorous if you are aware of Pikachu's [[TrademarkFavoriteFood love for ketchup]].
* The otherwise unmemorable 1970s cartoon series ''The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty'' featured in one episode a villain named "[[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Ping of Pongo]]". The series title itself is a parody of Creator/JamesThurber's "Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty".
* The "Goodfeathers" segments of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' parody Creator/RobertDeNiro's, Creator/RayLiotta's, and Creator/JoePesci's characters from ''Film/GoodFellas'' as "Bobby", "Squit", and "Pesto."
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' did this a lot, and SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' did this just as often, if not more. For example, the biggest band in the world was [[Music/TheBeatles The Feebles]]... until [[Music/YokoOno Yoyo Nono]] came along.
*** How dare you not to mention "BAAB"! Hey Schmëerskåhøvên!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Episode "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" features Shary Bobbins, an obvious clone of Mary Poppins. She claims she is not Mary, but an original creation, like Ricky Rouse or Monald Muck.
** Episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E9EternalMoonshineOfTheSimpsonMind Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind]]" is a pun on the movie title ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''.
** In one episode, this is lampshaded when the Simpsons visit "SPRAWL * MART", with the slogan "not a parody of Wal-Mart".
** Also in the episode where the family goes to Ireland ("In the Name of the Grandfather"), when Lisa mentions how the country became home to many of the world's biggest technology companies, they pass by the offices of [[{{Oireland}} "Mick-rosoft", "Hewlett-Fitzpackard" and "Cisc O'Systems"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': way too many to count, starting with [[Music/BritneySpears Britney Britney]].
** However, ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' was mentioned by name in the first episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':
** A recurring character of the series is [[Franchise/HarryPotter Nigel Planter]].
** The episode "It's Hokeymon" is a parody of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
** In the episode "Reap Walking", Billy's mom turns on the TV, in which "[[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Fister's Home for Crazy Weirdo Made-Up People]]" is on. Only a few seconds into that show's episode (or theme song), [[RuleOfFunny the house explodes]].
** The episode "The Schlubs" is a parody of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', and it even has a parody of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' entitled "[[MyLittlePhony My Troubled Pony]]", which is a soap opera starring ponies.
** The two-parter "Brown Evil" has Mandy playing "[[Franchise/ResidentEvil President Evil]]" on the "[[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube Lamecube]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': One of Kaeloo's favorite book series is "[[Literature/HarryPotter Happy Rotter]]", a story in which a young wizard named Happy Rotter (Harry Potter) and his friends "Red" (Ron) and "Morpione"[[note]]The name "Morpione" is a way of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, since "morpion" means "crab louse" in French, the show's original language [[/note]] (Hermione) who go to a wizard school and face off against the evil dark wizard "Voldemob" (Voldemort), who murdered Happy's parents when he was a baby.
* The Creator/BobClampett directed WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "A Tale of Two Kitties" featured the feline comedy duo of "Babitt" and "Catstello", a clear and unmistakable parody of the decidedly more human comedy duo Creator/AbbottAndCostello.
* The children's series ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' parodies a lot of kids' TV and toy crazes, almost every time one pops up. Some examples are "Dukemon" (possibly "Pukemon" because Pikachu was renamed Stinkachu), "Polly Locket" (a doll with a storage compartment in her face), "Henry Screever," and "Vegimorphs;" not to mention, TV series like "The Dark Bunny" and "Spooky-Poo."
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'':
--> '''C.A.R.R.:''' "On Dashiell, on Danzig, on Randolph, on Blitzkrieg, on other non-copyrighted names!"
** CARR itself is probably a parody of [[Series/KnightRider KITT]], which twice featured an EvilTwin of the Trans-Am named K.A.R.R.. This doubles as ViewersAreGeniuses since CARR is a sociopath.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': One minor villain's name, Taurus Bullba, was a ShoutOut to the novel and film TarasBulba.
** The name of another villain, Tuskernini, is a parody of conductor Arturo Toscanini.
* Jay Ward was sued by (now pretty much all-but-forgotten) comedian Durwood Kurby when ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' started a story arc involving the mystical hat the Kurwood Derby.
--> '''Ward (responding to the suit):''' Sue us. Please. We need the publicity!
* "Don't Touch That Dial," from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse The New Adventures'', featured [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons "The Jet]][[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones stones,"]] [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou "Ringading, Where Are You,"]] [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle "The Adventures of Rocky and Hoodwinkle"]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters "The Real Gagbusters"]], among others.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOso'' from [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]] (now, "Disney Junior") uses a ''Film/JamesBond'' parody for the name of [[OnceAnEpisode every...single...episode]] (for example, [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} "Gold Ringer"]]).
* [[Music/TheBeatles The Beets]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. Also, a big chunk of the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Quailman]] "franchise". And if you look closely, you may discover the Worst Eastern hotel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'' had a few. Possibly the most prominent was teen singing sensation Tiffany Javelins.
* Earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' did this, like [[{{Creator/HBO}} H]][[Creator/{{NBC}} BC]], [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Cartoon]] [[Creator/ComedyCentral Central]], and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube Okama Gamesphere]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' gave us Dr. Kelp.
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' has Carl's Butt (Carlsbad) Caverns, which Max and Goofy visit on their road trip after Max secretly changes the route.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has these aplenty.
** Jolly Roger (on the skull & bones flag)
** Billy the Squid (on Billy the Kid)
** Stan Blather (on the news anchorman Dan Rather)
** Joy Rider (on the astronaut Sally Ride)
** Sureluck Jones (on Literature/SherlockHolmes)
** Lord Howard, Lord Howie and Roger Baskerville (all on ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'')
** Iron Goose (probably on Music/IronMaiden)
** Irweena Allen (on Creator/IrwinAllen a.k.a. "Master of Disaster", maker of ''Film/TheSwarm'')
** Mr. Dumpty (on [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Humpty Dumpty]])
** Cruiser & Bruiser (on Creator/TomCruise of ''Film/TopGun'' fame)
** Detective Donald Drake (on WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck) and his dog Plato (on Pluto)
** Juice Lee (on Creator/BruceLee)
** Sewernose de Bergerac (on Literature/CyranoDeBergerac)
** Wexler (on the layout artist Ed Wexler)
** Nemo (on Captain Nemo of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' whose submarine appears in this episode in its Creator/{{Disney}} appearance)
** Rat Capone (on Al Capone)
** Sugar Ray Lizard (on the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard)
** Arnold Mausenegger (on Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger)
** Ma Sweeney and her son Todd (on ''Literature/SweeneyTodd'')
** Maltese de Sade ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar on Marquis de Sade]])
** Mouseo (FanNickname of an otherwise nameless mouse who looks like [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] dressed as [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the Mad Hatter]])
** Kookoo (on Koko, the gorilla who was trained to communicate with humans)
** The Red Badger of Courage (on ''Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage'')
** Genghis Khat (on Genghis Khan)
** Zsa Zsa Labrador (on Zsa Zsa Gabor)
** Wild Bill Hiccup (on Wild Bill Hickock)

[[folder: Real Life]]
* A cafe inside a library named 'Starbooks'.