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[[caption-width-right:300:"It's Goblin spelled backwards!\\
This is their kingdom!"]]

->''"By the way, incredibly creative, flipping the name backwards like that."''
-->-- '''Ganji''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''

"Sdrawkcab" is spelled backwards. Some writers like to invent names this way. There a few different reasons:

* To create an unusual name: "Trebor" seems more exotic than "Robert".
* To [[ShoutOut reference]] a real person's name, usually an actor's or writer's name.
* To barely avert ADogNamedDog: instead of a robot named Robot, here's a [[Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl robot named Tobor]]. Probably shouldn't be used with "[[{{God}} Dog]]" itself, though.
* To disguise a MeaningfulName: "Rotiart" is less obvious than "Traitor".
* To pair two characters, as [[Literature/WheresWally Waldo]] and Odlaw. One of them may be the EvilCounterpart.

This is a SuperTrope for:
* {{Alucard}}: This reversal of "Dracula" is so prevalent as to [[StealthPun count]] as its own trope.
* SdrawkcabAlias: A character reverses his or her own name to disguise his or her identity. Of course, this fails as soon as someone thinks to reverse the pseudonym.

The technical term for this is an "Ananym". (And yes, it does spell "My Nana" if written backwards.) On a technical note, this trope is much more interesting depending on whether it's the ''sounds'' or ''letters'' that have been reversed, compared with whether it occurs in written or spoken form. For example, compare "[[Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero Rotiart]]" (Roh-Tee-Art) with "traitor" (Tray-Tor); the letters are reversed, but the way English language rules work, the result comes out with noticeably different syllabic parsing and verbal rhythm. You might spot the trope in writing, but it sounds like a genuine name when spoken aloud. Conversely, reversing the syllables instead of the spelling can pass in writing, but may sound obvious when spoken out loud. A much less common option is to reverse the phonemes themselves, which would usually give something totally unrecognisable unless you actually played the result backwards.

Also note that some other languages, such as Chinese and Japanese, assign ''whole syllables'' to each character, so while the names really ''were'' spelled backwards in their native alphabet, their English equivalents got LostInTranslation. This includes palindromes, such as "[[LoveHina Maeda Ema]]" (spelled Ma-e-da-E-ma) and "[[InfiniteStratos Yamada Maya]]" (Ya-ma-da-Ma-ya).

Sometimes, the reversed spelling may be altered to look a little more plausible and/or be easier to pronounce, like "'''st'''raw'''ck'''ab" instead of "'''sd'''raw'''kc'''ab" -- as "st" and "ck" are common digraphs in English, which makes it look more believable as a word.

Compare StevenUlyssesPerhero. SubTrope of SignificantAnagram.

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!!Selpmaxe (Examples)

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[[folder:Gnisitrevda (Advertising)]]
* Old example: Serutan, as its commercials would point out, was "natures" spelled backwards. ''BoredOfTheRings'' appropriated the brand name for its parody counterpart of Saruman. The commercials themselves were spoofed by the chapter title "Serutan Spelled Backwards Is Mud".
** ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' also referenced it in "Gasoline Valley":
-->"Skizziks spelled backwards is Skizziks!"\\
"What a dopey kid! Anybody knows that Skizziks spelled backwards is 'natures'!"
* Tobor, an imaginatively-named children's toy from TheSeventies, advertised during the one and only televised broadcast of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''. And [[ViewersAreMorons just in case you didn't get it]], the commercial's narrator helpfully points out, "Tobor is "robot" spelled backwards!" See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nzARRvoHS8 here]].
** [[{{Rifftrax}} Shopper is "buy Tobor" spelled backwards.]]
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[[folder:Emina & Agnam (Anime & Manga)]]
* Dr. Mashirito, the MadScientist antagonist in ''DoctorSlump'' was named after Toriyama's editor at the time, whose surname was Torishima. It may not be obvious, but written in the Japanese syllable-alpabet, it is indeed a Sdrawkcab Name. To western eyes, it just looks like an anagram.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** Maka Albarn wields a scythe. Fitting, seeing as the word for "scythe" in Japanese is "kama"....
** It's not just Maka -- a few of the witches have backwards names, according to their animal theme. For example, "nezumi" (rat) to Mizune.
* ''KeroroGunsou'' already features Mine Yoshizaki's AuthorAvatar (known as Yoshizaki-sensei), but there's also a background character called ''Yoshi Mine''zaki - she's an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette who could be easily mistaken for a StringyHairedGhostGirl.
* Part of the DubNameChange for the American version of ''TokyoMewMew'' involved renaming characters Kish and Tart to Dren and Tarb. That's a fair (if teeth-grindingly dumb) description of [[BrattyHalfPint Tart]], but [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] apparently thinks "nerd" is synonymous with StalkerWithACrush.
* In an omake gag 4-koma in ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'', Mitsuki Kouyama wonders what her name would be if she was a shinigami. Takuto thinks up her name backwards, "Mayauko Kitsumi". None of them like it.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'': Dlanor A. Knox, a reference to the author [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Knox Ronald A. Knox]], who is her father.
* Krad and Dark of ''DNAngel'' have each others' names spelled backwards. This is most likely intentional, as they are two halves of the same artwork.
* Elbaf, the land of giants, in ''Manga/OnePiece''. The Viz translation missed this and translated it as "Elbaph".
* The Fuji television block ''NoitaminA''.
* ''{{Diabolo}}'' has a character named Nema. As one might guess, she's not one of the good guys.
* Madnug [[spoiler:aka. Professor [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Gerbera]]]] from ''Anime/SDGundamForce''.
* Bad Bird's Armor of Worc from ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats''.
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[[folder:Drac Semag (Card Games)]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=37 Nevinyrral's Disk]], a ShoutOut to Creator/LarryNiven (and specifically to his story "Literature/TheMagicGoesAway"). The story involves a wizard proving that magic is a limited resource (a metaphor for fossil fuel) by creating a disk that has two spells on it -- one causes it to spin faster and faster without limit, and the other binds the disk together against the increasingly extreme forces that would otherwise tear it apart. The result is a small 'do nothing' engine that, in a very short time, consumes all the magic in the vicinity and leaves a zone in which magic does not exist and spells do not work. The Magic card works similarly; activating it immediately destroys all the spells and summoned creatures in play.
** The Citanul Druids (and other such) -- "Citanul" becomes "lunatic"....
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[[folder:Cimoc Skoob (Comic Books)]]
* There were two different [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comic book villains named "[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Doctor Allirog]]".
* Another Golden Age villain named "Dr. Doog", in the origin of Starman, was reused in ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron''. It was originally supposed to be "[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]]" and needed to be changed, but the new name happens to be "Good" backwards (in other words, evil).
* In DC Comics, the extradimensional imp [[{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk]] can (usually) only be banished by somehow tricking him into saying his name backwards.
** One SilverAge comic had Superman deliver some payback by travelling to Mxyzptlk's dimension and pranking him. Mxy desperately tries to get him to say "Namrepus" to send him back to our world, but even when he does nothing happens; when Supes has had his fun, he voluntarily returns home by saying "Le-Lak".
** Also from Superman there is Htrae, the Bizarro World.
** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in ''Sergio Aragonés destroys DC'', when Batman defeated the [[BigBad villain]], [[spoiler: the DarkerAndEdgier in NinetiesAntiHero style version of company mascot Johnny DC]] saying he would buy a [[spoiler: CD player called CD Ynnhoj]]. When the villain asked "What is a [[spoiler: CD Ynnhoj]]?", he realized too late it was his name spelled backwards, and vanished exactly as Mr. Mxyzptlk would.
** DC's ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' comics has a renegade Borg named [[ComicBook/{{Bane}} Enab]]. Seen [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Enab here]].
* In Spanish comic-book ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'', the spell destroying the Lord of the Pacifiers is ''Etev la oonreuk'', a slight modification of a backwards ''Vete al cuerno'', which is Spanish for ''Get lost''.
* {{Zatanna}} doesn't reverse her name, but her magical spells are spoken through backwards words (but the sentence will still be read left-to-right). For example, if she wanted a nice frosty one she'd say "Teg em a reeb!"
** Her evil counterpart from another universe (featured in Countdown), however, was indeed named Annataz Arataz.
* ''GreenLantern'' sees a lot of these in the new Lanterns. Many names are simply the names of creators backwards, for example Isamot Kol's first name is Peter Tomasi's last name backwards. Sn'hoj of the Sinestro Corps is clearly backwards Geoff Johns. Duel Eknham for Doug Mahnke, and a number of others.
* There is some [[WildMassGuessing fan speculation]] that master of disguise [[ZeroesAndOnes Eno Orez]] from Motter and Lark's ''Terminal City'' is a robot.
* Some people saw it as significant that the given name of Marvel's SubMariner, Namor, is "Roman" spelled backwards. His favoured battle-cry is the DogLatin "Imperius Rex!"
* Strongman, from ''Crash Comics'', was active during the 1940s and fought against troops from the country of Aissur (Russia). Their leader was even called Linats, which is very close to being a backwards name for Stalin.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Zombo}}'', the title character's successor was deliberately named Obmoz to indicate how he is the opposite of Zombo.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] once fought his duplicate from a (literal) MirrorWorld, who was named Niatpac Levram.
* {{Mandrake}}'s MirrorWorld counterpart Ekardnam.
* While not strictly a name, per se, the "magic word" which triggers {{Miracleman}}'s TransformationSequence is "kimota". Creator/AlanMoore's {{reboot}} of the comic in the early 1980s [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this by having an adult, semi-amnesiac Michael Moran remember the word by seeing "atomic" written on a glass door from behind.
* In ''TexWiller'', [[EvilSorcerer Mephisto]] during his second appearence once told some people that his name was "Anatas". It didn't last long, but he was quite in a hurry at the time. During his third one, he goes by the much more creative pseudonym of "Fiesmot".
* It gets complicated in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Dr. Robotnik was originally an [[SdrawkcabAlias alias]] for Julian Kintobor. However, when the comic integrated elements of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', they added in a separate Robotnik family. Eventually it was [[{{Retcon}} retconed]] from an alias to this trope, with the mad doctor taking his parent's names upon rising to power.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Also a popular device in this comic strip.
* After ComicBook/{{Werner}} has liberated not only his buddy Erwin but accidentally a few dozen people from the [[{{Cult}} Bhagwan sect]], everyone except Erwin believes he has enlightened them and sees him as their new master. So to get rid of them, they're first tested by having them open a bottle of beer with a raw egg, and after they all fail, Werner invents a "Master Renrew" who sits somewhere in Tibet and whom he claims to be able to teach the former Bhagwan people how to open a bottle with a raw egg.
* [[AlanMoore Alan Moore's]] ''{{Supreme}}'' makes use of this in a couple of characters. [[CaptainErsatz The local Mxyzptlk]] is named Szazs. A character even suggests tricking him into saying his name backwards until they realize it won't work, since Szazs is a palindrome. Further, the water-breathing hero is named Roy ''Roman'', which is either doubly reversed or inverted from {{Namor}}.
* In the ''UnderworldUnleashed'' crossover, [[{{Satan}} Neron]] shows up in ''The Ray'' calling himself Kathy Noren. VandalSavage isn't fooled for a second.
* ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}: Ed Levuid is actually ''De Duivel'' (''The Devil'').
* In the German (originally East German) children's comic-book ''Mosaik'', whose protagonists, the ''Abrafaxe'' travel through time, one storyline ended up revealing that their most notable recurring villain, 16th-century Spaniard Don Ferrando, ended up in ancient Egypt where he became a pharaoh under the name Odnarref Nod.
* In Kieron Gillen's ''JourneyIntoMystery'', Loki transforms the spirit of his old self into a magpie companion, which he calls Ikol.
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[[folder:Scimoc -- Srepapswen (Comics -- Newspapers)]]
* During his tenure as writer on ''ComicStrip/DickTracy,'' Max Allan Collins was fond of giving his villains last names that were words describing them, spelled backwards.
** Or forwards; so a story involving an arson ring included gang members named Crass and Craven, but the "torch" himself was Carl Nosra.
** So did Chester Gould himself, as witness The Blank, whose last name was Redrum.
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[[folder:Sretupmoc (Computers)]]
* In the ALGOL 68 programming language, the keywords closing block constructs are the ones that open them spelled backwards (e.g. if/fi, do/od), a convention also adopted by the Bourne shell. This is given a TakeThat in the semi-official Perl reference manual ''Programming Perl'', which explains that "elsif" is not "elif" (as it is spelled in both ALGOL 68 and the C preprocessor) because that would be "file" spelled backward: "Only Algol-ers would want a keyword that was the same as another word spelled backward."
* The music manager Senuti--lampshaded by the slogan that displays as it loads, "Everything in reverse." The name is a reversal of iTunes because Senuti's main selling point is that it can transfer songs to ''and from'' one's iPod (whereas iTunes, in all but the direst circumstances, only lets you copy songs ''to'' an iPod).
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[[folder:Naf Skrow (Fan Works)]]
* This trope is quite often used in Russian {{Fan Fic}}s because Russian writing is more phonetic based, i.e. each letter codes (mostly) exactly one sound, making such invertions easier.
* In ''Fallen Angel'', The title of the book Katherine is reading is "''Noisull id nanoit peced''" or, fixed, "''Deception and Illusion''" Both backwards and spaced wrongly, but it makes sense when you know who's reading it.
* In the universe of ''FanFic/MarissaPicard'', there's a star system named "Naklab". It's home to the planets Nevolsia, Troac, Sobnia, and Bresia.
* In ''[[FanFic/ItsMyLife ITS MY LIFE!]]'' there is Assirram Strebor, [[spoiler:Marrissa Roberts' EvilKnockoff]].
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', upon coming up with the theory that there's an EvilTwin of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] wandering about, Pinkie Pie decides to call her "Wob Niar".
* ''FanFic/BrendanNamronAceAttorney'': Brendan's last name is his father's first name spelled backwards. It exists only in this series.
* Examples from [[Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse the Calvinverse]]:
** From TheStinger of ''Fanfic/AttackOfTheTeacherCreature'': "Who ordered the azzip?"
** ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Nilvac and Sebboh, from the MirrorUniverse in "Mirror rorriM".
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[[folder:Smlif -- Noitamina (Films -- Animation)]]
* The sorcerer in the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' is called Yen Sid, which is Disney spelled backwards. Similarly, the Disney live-action film ''Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N'' has a story credited to [[WaltDisney Retlaw Yensid]].
** Heck, Master Yen Sid's name backwards is "Disney!"
* King Llort from ''ATrollInCentralPark''. Not as obvious outside of the context of this page as one might think.
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[[folder:Smlif -- Evil-Noitca (Films -- Live-Action)]]
* ''Film/{{Troll 2}}''. "Nilbog! It's Goblin spelled backwards!" (Actually, "Goblin" was supposed to be the original title of the movie. Someone thought that making people think it was an actual sequel to ''Film/{{Troll}}'' would make it better.)
* In ''Film/TheLastSeduction'', Linda Fiorentino's character has some kind of upside-down, back-to-front spelling obsession. She's able to produce a perfect signature upside down. Having ripped off her husband and hidden in a small town, she wants to get back to New York, and chooses the name "Wendy Kroy". Knowing both her backwards-writing thing and her love of NYC helps her husband to find her.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', the villainous President [[Creator/MelBrooks Skroob]]. Technically an anagram, but it's only a letter off, so most people can figure it out. Mel Brooks decided it was a cooler name than Skoorb.
* ''Film/{{Holes}}'' features a protagonist named Stanley Yelnats the 4th. Every man in his family is named Stanley.
* In ''The Watcher in the Woods'', when the Curtis family receives a puppy as a pet, the younger daughter Elle, under the influence of the Watcher, gives it the name Nerak, which is backwards for Karen, a girl who, during a seance-like ceremony, disappeared 30 years ago.
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', the villain De Nomolos is sdrawkcab for one of the writers.
* ''Film/TheMothmanProphecies''. Leek is based on the book's author Keel.
* In the third ''TheHowling'' movie, we have the town of Flow.
* ''Film/TinMan'': "Ahamo" is named after the original wizard's hometown: Omaha, Nebraska.
* In ''Time Runner'' with MarkHamill, the evil alien mole [[PresidentEvil bidding for President]] of the United States is named "Neila". Did we mention he is an alien?
* The very character of Emit Flesti, played by Willem Dafoe, in ''Faraway, So Close!''
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tuckerization a few]]. For just three, Coleman Trebor (reference to visual effects artist Rob Coleman), Cin Drallig (the stunt coordinator who plays him, Nick Gillard) and a huge in-joke: the canon name for the [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]] that cameos in ''ThePhantomMenace'' is [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Grebleips]]. Not to forget the infamous Ewok (close to "Wookie" spelled backwards).
* "Grebleips" first appeared in Steven Spielberg's first feature film ''Film/{{Duel}}'', as the name of a pest control company.
* In ''Film/{{Splice}}'', the two scientists name their creation "Dren", "nerd" backwards.
* ''Tobor the Great'' (1954) was about a robot designed to replace astronauts.
* Commander of the Soviet spacecraft in ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' (the sequel to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'') is Captain Kirbuk, a reference to Stanley Kubrick, who directed the original film.
* A robot named Tobor shows up in the film ''TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl''.
* ''Film/FaceOff'' has the [[TheAlcatraz secret prison]] "Erewhon". The meaning of the reversed name ("Nowhere") comes into play when it's revealed [[spoiler:it's located on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean]].
* Used as a CreditsGag in the Disney movie ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN''. A writing credit is given to Retlaw Yensid.
* In ''Film/ScoobyDooCurseOfTheLakeMonster'', Mystery, Inc. are looking for a modern-day descendant of the witch Wanda Grubwort. Shaggy points out that Trowburg (the name of the woman who runs the general store) is Grubwort spelt backwards.
* In the first ''WebVideo/{{Fred}}'' movie, the title character meets a one-shot named Derf, who is basically a polar opposite of himself: calm and deep-voiced instead of manic and high-voiced, but still played by Lucas Cruikshank.
* Main character Jerboa in ''Film/TheHowling III: The Marsupials'' comes from the town of Flow (wolf) where everyone, including herself, are were creatures.
* In ''Film/{{Unconscious}}'', Noel, the last patient in León's thesis, is actually a pseudonym for León himself.
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[[folder:Erutaretil (Literature)]]
* In the ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'''s short story "Mirror/Rorrim Off the Wall", we get introduced to Robert Trebor from a ParallelUniverse. He has backwards money and an EvilTwin that he wants to be imprisoned in htrownevaeL.
* The Diamond in the Windowpane by Jane Langton. Also, one of the main characters speaks 'Backwards English' usually to insult people. [[spoiler: Kcitsmoorb!,Sumatopoppih!]]
* The ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series:
** Nevets, the ''brother'' of Steven. Of course, initially, the protagonists believe Steven to just be crazy when he talks about having an invincible warrior brother inside him.
** The villains with the backward names Nij and Doj prevent the heroes from realizing they are the baddies they have been warned about, and who speak backward letter-for-letter, which obviously only works on paper. With a little clear-headed enchantment, the hero Lief is able to hear their words for what they are, and realizes that they're cheerfully discussing how to cook the group for dinner.
* Sharon Shinn's novel ''The Truth-Teller's Tale'' features twins named Adele and Eleda, whose appearances are mirror images of each other. (For example, each has one blue eye and one green eye, but it's a different eye on each twin.)
* The first teacher of the class on the 30th floor of ''WaysideSchool'' was named Mrs. Gorf. In ''Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger'', the class has a series of substitute teachers named Mr. Gorf ([[spoiler:Mrs. Gorf's son]]), Mrs. Drazil and Wendy Nogard.
* The villain of Creator/JamesThurber's juvenile fantasy ''The White Deer'' is named Nagrom Yaf.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The Discworld concept of being "knurd" -- so sober that you actually need an alcoholic beverage or two to be normal.
** Another example, this time as a parody of "Erewhon/Nehwon": an area in the Hublands called "Ecalpon".
** The town of Llamedos, which is "Sod'em all" backwards, and is itself a reference to the Welsh town of Llareggub in ''Under Milk Wood''.
** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Da Vinci expy Leonard of Quirm builds the Disc's second spaceship. The lever marked Troba is cited by Vetinari to be one not to pull, while the lever marked Sekarb stops the ship while it is crashing.
** The one weakness that all Discworld [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] share is their belief that spelling their name backwards is an effective way of fooling people.
** A ThrowItIn example from ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'': Pterry had always intended [[spoiler:Ronnie Soak]] to be the [[ThePeteBest forgotten fifth Horseman]] of the Apocralypse, but didn't know what that fifth member should embody...until he realized that the character's last name spelled backwards was [[spoiler: "Kaos", which is close enough to "Chaos" as makes little difference]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a minor example in Trebor Jordayne, a minor background character who serves as a ShoutOut to Robert Jordan.
* The eponymous country in ''Erewhon'' by Samuel Butler is an almost-reversal of "nowhere". (An exact reversal would be "Erehwon".) This is a reference to "Utopia", which means "nowhere". The inhabitants (for the most part) have names like Senoj Nosnibor.
* On a similar note, the world of Fritz Leiber's ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' tales is Nehwon.
* Creator/DamonKnight wrote a short story about a plant-based vampire, called "Eripmav" which was defeated by a [[spoiler:steak through the heart]].
* A short story for a Russian history class features a group of boys going on a camping trip and being whisked away to the far-off year of circa 1957, where every country is a Socialist Republic and everyone speaks Esperanto. They meet a similar group of boys, many of whom have the reverse of their names: Grisha's counterpart is Ashirg, etc. It's {{Lampshade}}d when the story turns out to be a campfire story told by the boys' troopleader, and one of the boys points it out.
* A more elaborate scheme is found in ''Kingdom of Warped Mirrors'' by V. Gubarew. The girl Olya has her counterpart Aylo. Most other persons have names which correspond to their character and/or position. There is the Most Important Minister Gorf, The Very Definitely Most Important Minister (!) Kwah (Hawk, which has negative associations in Russian), the king Topsed 7, the good slave Evals and so on. The book was adapted into a film.
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley wrote a novel entitled ''Falcons of Narabedla''. Creator/FrederikPohl wrote an apparently unrelated novel called ''Narabedla Ltd''. Both titles are derived from the star Aldebaran.
* A series of German children's novels by James Krüss include the Baron Lefuet, from the reverse of the German word for Devil.
* As discussed on the LostInTranslation page, a robot in a Creator/StanislawLem novel uses the battle cry "awruk", which spelled backwards is a Polish expletive literally meaning "whore" but used as an exclamation in the same way as "fuck" is in English.
** Michael Kandel translated it as "tikcuff!" Other language translators weren't as imaginative.
* One of the main characters of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is named Stanley Yelnats. It doubles as a palindrome. His great-great-grandmother actually gave her son the name Stanley [[InvokedTrope because she noticed this]].
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' doesn't play this exactly straight, but it ''does'' feature a minor character called Sir Charles Latrom in the second book. Spell his last name backwards, then take a wild guess as to what ends up happening to him.
* The Mirror of Erised from ''Literature/HarryPotter [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' not only has a Sdrawkcab Name for what its purpose is, but also mirror writing along its edges which essentially describes ''exactly what the mirror does''.
-->''Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi.''[[note]]''I show not your face but your heart's desire.''[[/note]]
* According to WordOfGod, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin did this in her famous story ''The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas''. She saw a sign for Salem, O (regon) and reversed it, based in part by the similar sound of Salem to Shalom/Salam and the fact that when reversed, it gave a similar sound to the word helas (alas). Thus, the effect something like "{{utopia}} when read forward, {{dystopia}} when read backwards".
* "Ecirp Nelle Hada" of ''Literature/ThePoisonwoodBible'' likes to write and speak backward.[[note]]Her real name is Adah Ellen Price.[[/note]]
* Creator/BruceCoville's goblins correct humans who mistakenly call their kingdom Goblin-land, saying it's rude (they have a point, since human kingdoms aren't called "People-land"). The correct name is, of course, "Nilbog". Muuuuch better.
* ''Midnight's Sun - A Story of Wolves'' by Garry Kilworth uses Sdrawkcab names for some of his characters. Athaba's mother and father are Meshiska and Aksishem, respectively. Although this is totally ignored in Athaba's case when he becomes [[spoiler: Ulaala's mate.]]
* ''XWingSeries'': Lara Nostil -- that's one of her names, anyway -- has an assumed last name that is the same as Wes Janson's actor, Ian Liston, backwards. Wes and Lara are in the same squadron. Liston was [[http://www.starwars.internet-today.co.uk/liston_interview.htm flattered and amused]], but apparently this was unintentional on AaronAllston's part.
* In the ''{{Redwall}}'' prequel ''Martin the Warrior'', Ballaw the hare [[IAmNotWeasel poses as a rabbit]] named "Tibbar".
* ''Literature/TheShining''. While it's not a name, it is an important {{Arc Word|s}}: Redrum!
* One of the ''Beaver Towers'' books features a villain called Retsnom.
* Christopher Stasheff's ''AWizardInRhyme'' series features in one of the books' backstory an EvilChancellor named Reiziv. It's not commented on as a backwards word by anyone in the story, making it also a StealthPun.
* In ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'', Sertig, the god of the smiths, has an enemy called Gitres.
* One Dutch children's book titled ''Lyc-Drop'' features a character called Seuz. He turns out to be a Greek deity, and if you can't guess which one, you just might be an idiot.
** He's not the god of canals, is he?
* An couple of [[http://www.erbzine.com/mag18/tails.htm newspaper serials]] that ran in the 1870s tell of the adventures of a man who discovered a race of humans with tails living in New Guinea, in the village of Etihwretep. Spell "Etihwretep" backward, and you get "Peter White." The people live in the valley of "Eloc" and call themselves the "Elocwe." It should come as no surprise that the author's name is '''E'''dward '''W'''illiam Cole.
* ''[[Literature/WheresWally Where's Waldo?]]'': Another "EvilTwin" version is Odlaw, Waldo's nemesis. He's stil called Odlaw in the UK version despite Waldo being called "Wally", presumably because Yllaw really doesn't work. Unless you made him Welsh...
* ''[[Literature/TheCulture The Culture]]'': Done with [[spoiler:"Vatueil"]] in ''Literature/SurfaceDetail''. In this case, the name isn't the character's own name scrambled but the name of a relative. [[spoiler:Specifically, Vateuil is actually Zakalwe from ''Use of Weapons'', and his pseudonym is an anagram of Livueta, his step-sister, and the one who exposed his true identity to his Culture colleagues.]]
* Three of the seven stories in ''Literature/TufVoyaging'' center on S'uthlam, a planet in perpetual crisis due to overpopulation.
* The mystery short story "Death by Rubik's Cube", published in the August 2011 issue of Games Magazine, features a police detective by the name of Errol Lorre. The GenreSavvy suspects realize that his parents loved puzzles a lot and that he himself hates them.
* Alec Leamas from ''The Spy Who Came in from the Cold''. (Leamas reverses to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Samael]].) [[DefiedTrope No, he's not]] {{Satan}} [[LouisCypher or any other supernatural figure in disguise]], but a FakeDefector and ReverseMole AntiHero whose moral dilemmas form a major part of the plot.
* Several in ''Literature/BasilOfBakerStreet'' and sequels; for example, the MouseWorld counterpart to Irene Adler is Madmoiselle Relda.
* Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series of stories. The Pattern is in Castle Amber, which is located on a mountain overlooking the sea. The Castle and Pattern have a duplicate in the seas bordering Amber, in an underwater world known as Rebma.
* In Jane Langton's ''The Diamond in the Window'', Edward Hall speaks backwards fluently and daydreams about an alter-ego named Trebor Nosnibor. It's stated that he wishes his name were Robert Robinson specifically because he thinks it sounds much cooler backwards than "Drawde Llah" would.
* In Creator/BrianAldiss's illustrated poem "Pile", (subtitle "Petals from St. Klaed's Computer") the hero escapes from Pile and it's computer "St. Klaed" to find the alternate world of Elip run by St. Dealk.
* In the ''CommonwealthSaga'' short story "Manhattan in Reverse", Bernadino "Dino" Paganazzi is part of the biological survey team that initially studied a recently-settled planet and the expert on the Onid, a herbivorous native species. We're not ''told'' who named the Onid and how they came up with that name...
* ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInRobotniksLaboratory'' uses the back-story of the kindly Dr Kintobor training Sonic before getting involved in a horrible accident that transforms him into Robotnik.
* ''Robert und Trebor'', a German children's book about a boy and his ImaginaryFriend who lives in the wallpaper.
* The Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs pastiche ''Barbarians of Mars'' by Edward P. Bradbury[[note]]Actually Creator/MichaelMoorcock[[/note]] features such names as [[Creator/MichaelMoorcock K'cocroom]], [[Creator/HarryHarrison Nosirrah]] and the Flowers of [[{{Fandom}} Modnaf]], the scent of which starts as sweet, but leads to madness.
* The ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novel ''Myth-ing Persons'' features a married couple of werewolf writers called Idnew and Drahcir, who are a ShoutOut to [[Comicbook/ElfQuest Wendy and Richard Pini]]. A later book has a [[Literature/HonorHarrington Manticore]] called [[Creator/DavidWeber Evad]].
* A rare non-protagonist example: "Grenzland" by Martina Wildner. Now what's this strange place called [[Berlin Nilreb]]...
* In the second book in the [[Literature/SpaceBrat]] series, Blork is cloned by accident. The machine produces a [[EvilTwin negative copy]] of him, named Krolb.
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[[folder:Evil-Noitca VT (Live-Action TV)]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho:
** The War Games'', The War Chief's space-time-travel machines are called [=SIDRATs=].
** More tenuous - In "The Three Doctors", Omega's name was originally conceived by the production team as an upside-down flip of 'WHO' - 'OHM', which became Omega.
** Iconic enemy the Daleks are mutated versions of a HumanAlien race called the Kaleds.
* These work better in real life than one might think. In the reality show ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'', each contestant has a CodeName. In the middle of the first episode, it was revealed that one of the contestants was [[TheMole actually a spy]]. The contestant Rotiart stepped forward and proclaimed dramatically, "Rotiart spelled backwards is..." ''(rip off name tag for TheReveal)'' "Traitor!"
* Long-running American soap opera ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' is well-known for its far-fetched plots, particularly those centered around the arch-villain Stefano [=DiMera=]. One plot had several characters leave the show's usual locale of Salem during the Fall of 1995 to attend a wedding in the town of Aremid. Events conspired to make many of the characters stay in Aremid until the following spring, but in that time nobody seemed to notice that Aremid was actually [=DiMera=] spelled backwards. The show repeated the trope nine years later when several characters found themselves abducted from Salem and kept captive on the island of Melaswen (New Salem), a place filled with recreations of several landmarks from their hometown.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', the team meets a mysterious child who calls himself Erutan. ("Nature" spelled backwards; he's actually a powerful forest spirit, maybe even a GeniusLoci.)
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': In the episode, "My Princess", a SomethingCompletelyDifferent episode in the form of a fairy-tale Dr. Cox is telling his son, Bob Kelso's counterpart is the [[EvilOverlord Dark Lord]] Oslek (which, on a completely unrelated note, is what Ted calls him when he suffers stress-induced dyslexia).
** The episode "My Urologist" has JD finding a "Rotinaj" on the hospital website and thinking it's another trick of the Janitor. It is, but the hospital actually has a Dr. Rotinaj working there. He's presumably Indian.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** An episode mentioned a toxic substance called Selgninaem. One of the show's writers acknowledged this to be a comment on the meaningless nature of TechnoBabble.
** In the second-season episode "Where Silence Has Lease", the Omnipotent Being of the Week was named "Nagilum", or "Nagillum," depending on what you read. That second name is important when you consider that the producers originally wanted Richard Mulligan for that role....
** In "Gambit: Part I", the crew goes to a sleazy bar to find an informant; the guy they eventually come up with is named Yranac.
** In "Darmok", the eponymous Tamaranian figure's name is "Komrad" (read: "Comrade"), which is entirely fitting given the theme of the episode.
* The CBBC Fantasy-based kids game show ''{{Raven}}'' has a villain known as Nevar and a general anagram in another character, Ervan.
* DaveBarry also writes about a kids TV show he used to watch called ''Captain Video'' and mentions an episode with a robot named TOBOR.
* In the ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "The Show Must Go Off", Jackson Hedley is mentioned as playing an android named TOBOR on TV.
* In an episode of ''RoundTheTwist'', the kids discover a machine in the top room of the lighthouse that makes mirror-image copies of whatever you put into it. When Linda [[CloningBlues clones]] herself, the mirror-image copy is dubbed "Adnil".
* One episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' features a villainous alien geneticist named Namtar -- [[spoiler:he's a genetically-altered lab-rodent.]]
* On ''ParkerLewisCantLose'' principal Grace Musso had a devoted flunky called Lemmer; in a few episodes, her rival Norman Pankow had a flunky called Remmel. Remmel was visually an anti-Lemmer: while Frank Lemmer was a pale-skinned, dark-haired guy dressed all in black, Remmel was a black guy with blond hair who dressed all in white.
* Archie Campbell's retelling of Cinderella ("Rindercella") on ''HeeHaw''. (Actually more like anagrams and [[{{Spoonerism}} spoonerisms]], but the joke was that he was telling the story backwards.)
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': This exchange from the Parrot Sketch, after the customer is sent to Bolton, is told by that pet shop clerk he's in Ipswich, and finds he actually ''is'' in Bolton:
-->'''Clerk:''' It was a pun.\\
'''Customer:''' A pun??\\
'''Clerk:''' No, not a pun. What's that word that spells the same backwards as forwards?\\
'''Customer:''' A palindrome?\\
'''Clerk:''' Yeah!\\
'''Customer:''' It's not a palindrome. The palindrome for "Bolton" would be "Notlob"! [[note]] Which is still incorrect, technically speaking. [[/note]]
* ''Series/HappyDays'': In "They Call It Potsie Love," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie and nicknames him "Dren" (backwards for "nerd").
* [[Music/TheBeatles Ringo Starr]] was featured in an NBC special in the late '70s in a variation of ''The Prince and the Pauper'', with him as himself and a poor Hollywood maps peddler named Ognir Rrats.
* The first episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'''s third series, entitled "Backwards". The main characters land on an Earth where everything is backwards, and Lister & Cat read a sign to London as "Nodnol". [[TooDumbToLive They just assume they're in Bulgaria]]. Also in the corresponding book, "Retsil Evad" is mentioned.
* ''TheLWord'' uses an {{Alucard}} variant of when one of the main cast ends up dating an expert in vampiric folklore with slightly vampiric tendencies (stronger than usual, preference for night, pale complexion, etc.). Her name is Uta Refson.
* ''KrattsCreatures'' has an [[MediumBlending animated character]] named "Ttark", possibly to sound like an African name.
* In an episode of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit L&O SVU]]'', an innocent man who Olivia had helped to convict had been released from prison and was out to get revenge on her. As part of his plan, he set up a phony company named "Aivilo" or "Olivia" backwards.
* During the All-Star season of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'', each of the girls had to write lyrics for, record and make a video for a song, and they were required to use the phrase "Pot Ledom is Top Model Backwards" someplace in the song. The "Pot Ledom" thing was reinforced in the videos when they would cut away from the model to show Tyra in a "Pot Ledom" shirt and repeating the full line.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' features a sketch in which Lew Zealand and Rowlf sings "Owt Rof Aet" ("Tea for Two" backwards).
* The ShoutOutThemeNaming of the main characters in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', has Tomoko Nozama, who was named after ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon''.
** The Virgo Zodiarts real name. [[spoiler:Kuniteru Emoto. Emoto = Otome, which is "virgin" in English.]]
* In a 2011 episode of ''RealTimeWithBillMaher'', Bill introduces the fictitious GOP candidate for the 2012 presidential election: Karab Omabo, an American who is the complete opposite of UsefulNotes/BarackObama in every way except gender, as a way to mock the excessive CommanderContrarian attitudes which the GOP holds towards Obama.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', while the guys are trying to program an app to solve equations, Sheldon tried to keep control entirely and suggests that they refer to the idea as 'Project Nodlehs'. Leonard then calls him out on it.
* Rare upside-down name variant in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Tabula Rasa" - when the gang is hit with a memory-loss spell they try to figure out who they are. Buffy (who decided she was named Joan) sees Dawn's name in script on a pendant. Dawn looks down at it and suggests her name may be 'Umad'.
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[[folder:Cisum (Music)]]
* The B-side of the classic SanitySlippageSong "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" by Napoleon XIV is "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT". It's credited to "Noelopan VIX", and is in fact the A-side played backwards. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Napoleon_Xiv_B_side_Original_Issue.jpg Even the label of the b-side was almost entirely in mirrored writing]].
* Rapper KoolKeith, a.k.a. Dr. Octagon, has also released an album under the name Mr. Nogatco. The title of the album? ''Nogatco Rd.''
* Symbion Project, on its Red album, has a song called Tcejorp Noibmys.
* Australian band {{Music/TISM}} had a song called "U.O.Y. Sevol Natas", a pisstake of rockstars and rumours of backwards masking.
* Another Australian music example is the much older, late 1960s early 1970s, band Spectrum (a rock focused group) and Murtceps ( a more Progressive-flavoured alter ego)
* The song "Dinner at Deviant's Palace" by Music/CradleOfFilth is actually the Lord's Prayer recited backwards.
* Music/TheBeatles
** The end of the 1966 tune "Rain" (B-side of "Paperback Writer") has John repeating the first line of the song backwards.
** Zig-zagged: "Revolution No. 9" has a voice loop of someone calling "number nine" ad infinitum, which if when played backwards is supposedly "Turn me on, dead man," one of many clues to the "death" of Paul.
** The ''Love'' album (a CD remix compilation) includes "Gnik Nus" (gnick noos), a deliberate parody of this and backmasking and a remix of their earlier "Sun King".
* In The Beatles spoof "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash," it is stated that if you play the title of Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band backwards it is supposed to say "Stig has been dead for ages, honestly," when it in fact says "Dnab Bulc Strad Ylno Srettur Tnaegres."
* {{Eels}} "Efil's God", sort of: It's based around a backwards sample of an earlier song of theirs called "Dog's Life".
* After Music/{{KMFDM}} temporarily broke up in 1999, members Sascha Konietzko and Tim Skold started a new project with Lucia Cifarelli and called it MDFMK.
* Sort of done with Music/DaftPunk's "Funk Ad", which is a backwards reprise of "Da Funk" - if it were fully backwards, it would of course be "''Knuf'' Ad".
* The name of the FolkMetal band, SuidAkrA, is the guitarist/vocalist's first name "Arkadius" spelled backwards.
* For a while, there were two competing lineups of the band T.S.O.L. touring at the same time - one playing their earlier punk songs, the other playing their then-current glam metal material. The latter had the rights to the name and threatened to sue, so the former briefly started billing themselves as LOST.
* Related: backing vocals in the UtadaHikaru songs Passion and Sanctuary are played backwards. Reversed the right way round and the lyrics are "I need more affection than you know", "So many ups and downs" and "I need true emotions."
* The Elevator Drops' album title ''Pop Bus'' is "Sub Pop" (as in [[Creator/SubPop the independent record label]]) backwards - the cover features a bus with a reversed Sub Pop logo on it.
* Nosaj Thing is the musical project of Jason Chung - aside from "Nosaj" being "Jason" backwards, it's also sort of a pun on "no such thing".
* Music/CoheedAndCambria: the character Newo Ikkin was named after Claudio Sanchez's then-girlfriend Nikki Owen.
* ''Music/DreamTheater'' have a song on their first album called "The Ytse Jam". Ytsejam is "Majesty" backwards, which is what the band were originally going to be called.
* Fatlip's ''The Loneliest Punk'' credits Edy Crahp as a producer for some of the songs: "Edycrahp" backwards is (The) Pharcyde, which was the name of the hip-hop group he was a founding member of, so it's been speculated that Fatlip produced these songs himself under a pseudonym.
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[[folder:Llabnip (Pinball)]]
* Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Xenon}}'' has a "Mota Special" score.
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[[folder:Orp Gniltserw (Pro Wrestling)]]
* Former Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler John Hugger, also known before that as Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli in Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}}, worked under the gimmick of the monster [=RelliK=] (with a backwards K). Rellik is Killer spelled backwards. [[MemeticMutation Rellik is killer spelled backwards!]] He also went by Redrum in indy promotions. Mike Tenay '''always''' mentioned that "[[RuleOfThree Rellik is Killer spelled backwards]]" whenever he appeared. Hugger created the gimmick during his indy days between his Wrestling/{{WWE}} release and signing with TNA. The gimmick was originally called "REDRUM".
* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Wrestling/UltimateWarrior decided to make a stable to combat the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder (nWo). He called it the One Warrior Nation (oWn). It only had one member besides Warrior, [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake Ed Leslie aka The Disciple]]. The horridness of everything Warrior did in WCW in general and Warrior's general flakiness as a performer spelled a quick end to it.
* WCW wrestler [[Characters/WCWInvasion Lodi]], real name Brad Cain, was so named because of his resemblance to Music/BillyIdol.
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[[folder:Oidar (Radio)]]
* The setting of ''Under Milk Wood'', Llareggub; at the time also a case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* In the radio version of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', the Lintilla clones are approached by Allitnil clones with offers of marriage [[spoiler:which are actually agreements to cease existence]]. The name "Allitnil" was pronounced as if "Lintilla" were played backwards on tape.
* In Sue Limb's 1990 BBC English Civil War comedy ''[[PunnyName The Sit-Crom]]'', the housemaid Mercy is actually a Royalist spy who receives her instructions in backward code - e.g., "Eht Gnik si gnimoc worromot". Later on, when she starts to develop feelings for the Roundhead Captain Higgs she is alarmed to receive an order to "Llik eht Niatpac Sggih".
* The FiresignTheater radio show parody "Nick Danger" begins with the usual private-eye soliloquy:
---> It all began innocently enough on Tuesday. I was sitting in my office on that drizzly afternoon listening to the monotonous staccato of rain on my desktop and reading my name on the glass of my office door. "Regnad Kcin".
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[[folder:Potelbat Semag (Tabletop Games)]]
* The dark messiah "Susej", from ''Satanis Unbound''.
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''
** In the ''{{Spelljammer}}'' setting; "scro" (singular and plural) are advanced orcs.
** ''D&D'' also has "nilbogs" and "llorts", both of which are [[ReviveKillsZombie damaged by healing magic, and vice versa]].
** The ''D&D'' campaign that became the World of Greyhawk included Jim Ward, Robert Kuntz, and of course Creator/GaryGygax. Legendary Greyhawk wizards and heroes include Drawmij, Ztunk, Zagyg, Zagig Yragerne (who may be the same person as Zagyg), Xagyg (who probably isn't), etc.
** ''D&D'' gods include the {{trickster}} Olidammara, who has the ability to summon a nine-banded shell around himself (c.f. armadillo), and a god of chance called Norebo.
** [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6641&whichpage=2#130898 Snilloc]], a wizard from ''ForgottenRealms''.
** Module Q1 ''Queen of the Demonweb Pits''. The names of 5 of the 6 Drow Lieutenants of Lolth were reversed versions of Drow names in module D3 ''Vault of the Drow'', with some minor changes to make them pronounceable. Ardulace (Eclavdra), Anatlab (Beltana), Minolin (Nilonim), Lirdnolu (Vlondril) and Adinirahc (Charinida). Riklaunim (Minualkir?) is the only exception.
** Dragon magazine #96 had an April Fools section which included the joke module ''Nogard'' ("Dragon" backwards).
** Module I12 ''Egg of the Phoenix''. After the ChaoticEvil illusionist Tuke is defeated by the {{PC}}s, he shows up later under the alias Captain Ekut.
** Modules ''Slayers of Lankhmar'' and ''Avengers in Lankhmar''. Both modules were written by Dale "Slade" Henson, and one of the characters in the modules is named Elad Edals.
** Dragon magazine #55, adventure "The Creature of Rhyl". Several names were backwards versions of RealLife names: Asereht (Theresa), Namreh (Herman) and Laechim (Michael).
** Module C6 ''Official RPGA Tournament Handbook'' has a character named Gabtrid (Dirtbag).
** Module [=CM3=] ''Sabre River'' has a character named Erbas, who is actually a manifestation of a magical sabre.
** Module [=EX2=] ''The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror'' has a vorpal sword named Laprov.
* ''RuneQuest'' supplement ''Into the Troll Realms'', adventure "The Flying Trollkin". The leader of the title criminals is named Nesretep. Steve Petersen co-wrote the supplement.
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[[folder:Syot (Toys)]]
* Tobor. While this notamotua been off the line forever, it's immortalized for sponsoring the ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''.
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[[folder:Oediv Semag (Video Games)]]
* In the otherwise unrelated first act of ''VideoGame/TexMurphy - Under a Killing Moon'', the robber's accomplice gives the name Ema Nymton. As Murphy himself notices, it's of course "Not My Name" spelled backwards.
* The main protagonist of the Miyamoto-created series ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' is Captain Olimar. In Japan, though, his name is written with the three katakana characters O-RI-MA. [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Write them backward...]], as you can see the English version retains the pun via SignificantAnagram (and an l).
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', [[spoiler:the bounty hunter Random Hajile turns out to be a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot bioroid]] made in the image of Elijah Modnar, an EvilutionaryBiologist, by his father who disagreed with his son's methods. Mondar even outright states it: "Haven't you yet realized? Random Hajile is Elijah Modnar spelled backwards."]]
* Legna from ''Videogame/{{Drakengard}} 2'' -- "Angel" backwards. Coincidentially, the dragon that Caim made a pact with in the first Drakengard is named Angelus.
* Alexandra Roivas, the heroine of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''. Gains extra points for stealthiness: Roivas is an actual real-world surname.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Shadow Dragon'' and its sequel features Draug, the first armored [[MightyGlacier Knight]] that joins you.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** The climax of ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' has the scientist Kio Marv supposedly store some secret information in an MSX cartridge. When the cartridge is retrieved and booted up, it displays the MSX BIOS screen, with a visual RAM of 01K - so it reads 'VRAM 01K'. Snake realises that the cartridge is genuine.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'', Snake's JekyllAndHyde EnemyWithout is called Hans, which is ''similar'' to "Snake" backwards especially in capitals and with the squarish font used in ''Metal Gear'' games, making the K look right (SNAK <-> HANS). Shame about that E, though.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaV''
** The MessianicArchetype Avatar could recruit a party member named SADUJ; a spy for the Oppression who would promptly turn on you and try to kill you the next time you entered combat. The smart players made him into [[UriahGambit Hairu]] in one particular battle.
** The same game also had a royal scribe named Remoh.
* ''Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine'' takes place in the wild-west town of Anozira.
* Grobyc, the assassin with a robotic arm in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* The Skrejgib, alien antagonists from ''VideoGame/CaptainComic 2''.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana''
** A rather tricky one: ''La Mulana'' was developed by a programmer by the name of Naramura. Write the syllables in that name in reverse order, and you get Ramurana. And with the lack of distinction in Japanese between "r" and "l"...
** And in an even further pronunciation stretch for English speakers: syllable-reverse the name of developer Samieru, and you get ru-mie-sa, the origin of "Lemeza", the main character's name.
** The third developer, duplex, also got this treatment. The elder you consult at the beginning of the game is named Xelpud.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''
** In Case 3 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials And Tribulations'', you hear of someone going around impersonating Phoenix, and Maya immediately takes to calling this person Xin Eohp.
** The "Tear of Emanon" in the third game.
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', there's a noodle chef named Guy Eldoon. His noodle stand has a sign reading "NOODLE" on one side, and "ELDOON" on the other. [[spoiler:This is a plot point! A witness's lying about where they were standing is revealed when they say the sign read noodle, when from where he claimed to be standing it read Eldoon.]]
* Noitu Love and Xoda Rap from the ''VideoGame/NoituLove'' indie game series.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic''
** In the series entry ''Darkside of Xeen'', there is an order called the Drawkcab Monks. They study [[spoiler:palindromes, and speak entirely in such.]]
** Also in ''M&M VI: The Mandate of Heaven'', there's goblin-infested fort in New Sorpigal, which apparently belonged to these monks. It serves as a hint for solving the password lock inside.
** Also in ''Mandate'', First Mate's Code: KCOPS Navigator's Code: ULUS Communication Officer's Code: ARUHU Engineer's Code: YTTOCS Doctor's Code: YOCCM Captain's Code: KRIK. Not one of these are any good without the proper papers, though...
** Also, Heroes of Might and Magic IV, of the strategy spinoff of the series, one of the campaign heroes for Winds of War is named 'Erutan Revol,' or 'Nature Lover.'
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** The [[BonusBoss Weapon]] attack Aire Tam Storm from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. The key to not getting decimated by this attack is to [[spoiler:unequip all of your materia before entering battle with it. It does more damage based on how much materia you have equipped.]]
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', a rather GuideDangIt of a puzzle features this. Four tombstones with four "random letters" each -- [=ERAU QSSI DLRO WEHT=]. Put them back in the right order and you get "THE WORLD IS SQUARE", and a secret path to a very nice item.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': "The Hymn of the Fayth." It's Japanese lyrics written western style, left to right in rows, then read vertically eastern style (though still left to right.) The grid is four characters wide except for the last line. (Specifically, the lyrics are "Ieyui, Nobomeno / Renmiri, Yojuyogo / Hasatekanae / Kutamae". Deciphering the code gives "Inore yo, Ebon-ju / Yume mi yo, inorigo / Hatenaku / Sakaetamae", which in English means "Pray to Yu Yevon / Dream, Fayth / Forever and ever / Grant us prosperity".)
** Llednar Twem in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', [[spoiler:the negative emotions of Prince Mewt Randell given form! Interestingly enough, his name in Japanese is not "Rudenra Tomyu", which would be the backwards version of his name in Japanese, but rather "Redona Twemu", which is the pronunciation of his English Sdrawkcab Name!]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ketsui}}'', the MegaCorp that you battle is called EVAC. "EVAC" spelled backwards is "{{CAVE}}", the company that made the game.
* The god in ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' is named Dormin. (A reference to the Old Testament-era god, not the modern-day insult.)
* The goal of both ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' and ''VideoGame/NetHack'' is to steal the [[McGuffin Amulet of Yendor]] from the Wizard of Yendor.
* The Seiddab from old UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum game ''Astroclone'', making this (in video games, at least) OlderThanTheNES.
* ''VideoGame/ThiefIITheMetalAge'' features a memorable extra named Ekim, famous for the number of people who stopped killing extras after killing him and reading his love letter. Do I need to tell you the name of the person who created him?
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', the password to a LockedDoor is revealed to be the Japanese name of the game (''Doukutsu Monogatari'') written backwards in katakana. This is not so obvious in the English version, which transliterated the password as "Litagano Motscoud" instead of translating it into something like "Yrot Sevac."
** The Nintendo port of the game, at the very least, ''does'' make it "Yrots Evac."
* ''Dragon Quest Swords''
** The Rorrim Mask, a boss called Draug, and a sword called Rednusadner. Then again, the game does feature a Mirror World.
** Also, all the {{Bonus Boss}}es are cameos of enemies from previous games with reversed names.
* In the ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' series Noob Saibot's name is in fact the last names of the series' creators written backwards (Tobias and Boon).
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSims My Sims Kingdom]]'', there's a robot named... wait for it... T.O.B.O.R., mixing this with FunWithAcronyms.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Ekans and its evolved form Arbok from Gen. I.
** Lucario's name is a shortened version of "Orichalcum", written in Japanese phonetics and then reversed. O ri ka ru ku mu > Mu ku ru ka ri o > Ru ka ri o > Lucario.
** Electric/Ghost-type Rotom is "Motor" backwards. Makes sense, given its origins.
* Subtle example in ''DeadRising2'': Chuck Greene's motocross sponsor is IJIEK Racing, "IJIEK" being lead developer '''Keiji''' Inafune's given name spelled backwards.
* Naxat Soft, the video game division of Kaga Electronics, had a short-lived American subsidiary called Taxan. Ironically, only one of the 11 games Taxan distributed (''Serpent'' for the GameBoy) was developed or published by Naxat Soft.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 1}}'' features a bear enemy known as Raeb Yddet.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': In what was a deliberate ShoutOut to the above Yen Sid example, Ventus, Aqua, and Terra's master is named Eraqus, another example of the use of a digraph, and one that is almost a perfect reversal in Japanese ("Erakwusu" - this would be "Swukurae" when reversed, which is not quite "Sukuwea" (Square) but close).
* A BonusBoss in ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' is a robot named Erauqs. Presumably, they changed it to Eraqus when they revisited the idea in ''KingdomHearts'' to make it easier to pronounce.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'' involves Passionate Patti infiltrating the offices of ''des Rever Records'', whom her employers suspect are slipping [[SubliminalSeduction subliminal messages]] into their records.
* ''VideoGame/MotherLoad'' features a helpful gentleman named Mr. Natas, who, if you dig down far enough, [[spoiler: turns into a giant demon with whom you fight.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChaosLegion'': The Apocrypha of Yzarc. Crazy, right?
* The [[ThoseWackyNazis Floda]] lederhosen company in ''Flight of the Amazon Queen''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Defender}} II'' has an enemy called the Yllabian Space Guppy. Yllab is Bally backwards.
* In the console versions of the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Shrek 2]]'' game, Donkey makes the observation that ogre spelled backwards is ergo. Deep, isn't it?
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'': Mara Aramov's surname minus the suffix is her first name backwards.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWar: Rome'' features an EasterEgg unit called Yubtseb Elephant. According to the unit description, their summoning involves dark rituals dedicated to G'ni'tek'ram, the God Of Shiny Things Man Does Not Need But Desires Anyway.
* One of the Daedric Princes in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games is Namira, which is Ariman backwards.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' combines this with GratuitousRussian with the Dalokohs bar; "dalokohs" being the Russian word for chocolate, "shokolad", spelled backwards.
* The {{Fan Nickname}}s for the two Toads in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'': Yvan and Wolley.
* There is a town called Gorlab in ''VideoGame/UltimaI''. It also appears in Serpent Island as the Gorlab Swamp (the town itself was pulled into the dream realm). Gorlab is balrog backwards.
* In the first episodes of the ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' series, the good guy is Lord Trebor and the evil antagonist is called Werdna. Predictably, the game was first written by two guys named Robert and Andrew.
* ''VideoGame/ShufflepuckCafe'' has aliens named Eneg Doowtrop and Nerual Ttoille, after two of the developers.
* In ''Breakline'', a 1993 BreakingOut game, copy protection and the save-state system use codes built from eight symbols, the "Runes of Power". Four of them have Sdrawckab Names, slightly disguised: Drasah (hazard), Terces, Telfer (reflect) and Immenne (enemy).
* [[ConanTheBarbarian Nanoc the Obliviator]] from ''VideoGame/ComicJumperTheAdventuresOfCaptainSmiley''.
* In the "[[DevelopersRoom meet the programmers]]" ending of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', a guy says ".siht daer naht od ot gnithon evah I"
* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', a big part of the game's plot is kicked off by a meteor landing in Temsik Park... a meteor that [[spoiler: [[GreenRocks grants people the ability to manipulate objects]], or even [[ScrewDestiny go back in time and alter the past to save people from death]].]] "Temsik" spelled backwards is "kismet", which means "fate" in Urdu. Even better and more meaningful, it represents "inverted fate".
* ''Fortix'' has the EvilSorcerer Xitrof as its BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries'' has the [[{{Atlantis}} Lost City of Sitnalta]] in the third entry.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Merlon's [[MirrorWorld Flopside]] counterpart is named Nolrem.
* In ''[[WordSaladTitle Shinywuffles 2]][[TitleColonSubtitle :]] [[VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing Rainy Soul Miasma]]'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar , "xesyrruf" is a cheat code.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', the final unlockable character is named AGES, or Sega backwards.
* Accidentally turning yourself dyslexic in ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokRoguelike Ragnarok]]'' results in all items from then on being named backwards, until you reverse the condition.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', one possible party member is Nordom a [[RogueDrone rogue Modron]].
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', the Elementalist possesses two Fire Magic spells named [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Rodgort's Invocation and Mark of Rodgort]].
* In the final ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' expansion, ''Into the Future'', your Sim meets a time traveler named Emit Relevart.
* The BigBad of the ''Dungeon Explorer'' games is a demon named Natas.
* In "[=SpacePods=]" from the ''VideoGame/{{Glider}} PRO CD'', the area to the upper left of the fungus pod is a mirror image of the area to the upper right, with reversed room names. Also in "Slumberland," the mirror in "Looking Glass" is a transport to an upside-down version of the same room titled "sslaG gnikooL."
* The game ''VideoGame/InnerWorlds'' has a location called Castle Drofanayrb. The game's head programmer was Bryan A. Ford.
* The main characters of ''VideoGame/{{Tearaway}}'' are named Iota and Atoi.
* The main villain of the first ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' game is "Toc-Man", a reversal of "Namcot" (the name Namco used for their home console games).
* In ''Sram'' (a French AdventureGame for the UsefulNotes/AmstradCPC), King Egres IV and the HighPriest Cinomeh are reversals of the names of the game's writer (Serge Hauduc‎) and programmer (Jacques Hemonic).
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' one questline in Felwood has you helping a demon hunter get rid of demons hiding among the druids of the Emerald Circle. When the time comes to slay their leader, Arch Druid Navarax, he's revealed to be a satyr named Xaravan.
* Starcraft: Brood War featured an enigmatic character by the name of Samir Duran. In Starcraft II, a similarly mysterious character named Emil Narud (Duran backwards) appeared. WordOfGod confirmed there is a connection between them, but exactly what it is is unknown at this time, although many fans speculate them to be one and the same.
* [[invoked]] An UrbanLegendOfZelda spoke of a true 3D ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' game called "Dr'At'Er", and one website claimed to have screenshots of it. The pictures were actually dolled up ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' screenshots. Note that Drater is "retard" backwards.
* Some ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' games have an enemy known as Tac, originally spelled T.A.C. It's a cat enemy. Not only that, but it steals your copy ability, which makes it [[StealthPun a cat burglar]], too. There's also the recurring boss Acro the whale.
* In ''VideoGame/VectorThrust'', there exists a variant of the Su-47 Berkut with its forward-swept wings reversed to a more normalized shape. Its name? Tukreb, naturally.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' games, typing in the series's name or Maxwell's name backwards will spawn a Nintendo DS cartridge with Maxwell on it, representing the original game.
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[[folder:Bew Scimoc (Web Comics)]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Elan's [[CainAndAbel evil twin brother]] Nale. Apparently, these are their birth names; either the reversal is a coincidence or their parents have a unique sense of humor. Given that said parents were a Chaotic Good barmaid and a Lawful Evil warlord... (and guess who raised which boy). A DangerouslyGenreSavvy father could've intentionally named them both that way, without even knowing which one would be the evil twin.
*** [[spoiler:We eventually meet said father and he is quite DangerouslyGenreSavvy indeed...]]
** In contrast to pure fighter and GeniusBruiser Roy, there's the Thieves' Guild's pure fighter and DumbMuscle Yor (the stereotype Roy does his best to avert).
* In ''CornerAlley13'', Tsac Tuo is revealed to be [[spoiler:the shapeshifter Drel in disguise]], and points out that his name is 'just outcast spelled backwards'. The heroine's response? "I ''thought'' it sounded foreign."
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Lieutenant Commander [[RedShirt Der Trihs]] always manages to get himself [[OnlyMostlyDead mostly-dead]]-ified in one way or another... An added bonus is to add another little t in there and get a name that sounds suspiciously like Detritus.
* In ''LookingForGroup'', the {{Jerkass}} undead warlock Richard named his imp familiar Hctib Elttil; "I was looking for something to define what his role in our partnership would be."
* In ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'' our heroes are accompanied by a pixie named Feiht, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic (pronounced "Fate")]], who lives up to her sdrawkcab name by regarding all shiny things as her possessions. HilarityEnsues (usually).
* [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=312 This]] ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'' strip.
* ''[[http://www.geist-panik.com Geist-Panik]]'' does this with "Sevink". Which is just "Knives" backwards.
* In possibly the most blatant example ever, the opposite of Chris-chan in ''{{Sonichu}}'' is called... Reldnahc Notsew Naitsirhc. This idea for names generally works better when it's simply one name spelt backwards rather than three in a row, but that's the level of unimaginativeness of this comic.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has one of the more embarassing versions in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/091023 this strip]]. While Torg simply goes by "Grot", Sasha has the dubious honor of being "Ass-Ass."
* ''[[http://www.tnemrot.com/ Domain Tnemrot]]'' has one right in the title.
* The Drab Lord of ''CaptainSNES''. [[spoiler:Drab as in Bard.]]
* ''TwoKinds'' has a slave named Evals.
* The author of ''Webcomic/BladeBunny'' writes under the pen name of Drowemos.
* In ''The Rogues Gallery'' on ''Website/Fireball20XL'', there is a character called Nala Navilos, whose name is both the name of the author and the name of his AuthorAvatar, Alan Solivan, written backwards. This was poked fun at in a Q&A session on The Fallout Shelter forums - a forum-goer asked Nala if she realised that her name was Mr O.M.A.'s (the actual representation of the author in the comic, standing for "Original Manga Author") name backwards. Nala corrected them that it was actually Big Nasty's (the character Alan Solivan's nickname) name backwards, unless her name was suddenly Rohtua Agnam Lanigiro. Mr O.M.A. then remarked that that didn't sound like such a bad name.
** Another comic on ''Website/Fireball20XL'', one of the many short-lived sprite comics made by Psyguy, had an EvilCounterpart of Sonic named Cinos. His sprite was even just a Sonic sprite with the colours inverted.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1842 #1842]] after [[spoiler:Dora and Marten break up, Marten is worried about going to Coffee of Doom because it'll be too awkward. Hannelore suggests a disguise, and Faye replies "Ah yes, our good friend Netram Deer, international financier and ostrich racer."]] The title of the strip is even "Tnetnoc Elbanoiseuq", just to drive the joke home.
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[[folder:Bew Lanigiro (Web Orignal)]]
* Spoofed nicely in the fiction blog [[http://slicedbread2.blogspot.com/2004_07_30_archive.html Sliced Bread 2]] where the protagonist correctly anticipates the name of the best fighter in the castle garrison: Snogard.
* In the ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'', Hamburger Pattie's real name was Suzy Wood, her DarkMagicalGirl counterpart, Soyburger Patricia's real name was Yzus Doow.
* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tacgnol Gnoooooooooool si Tacgnol.]]
* A Strong Bad Email from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' actually involved Strong Bad trying to make Bubs say his name backwards (minus the first B) in an attempt to get a free lunch special.
* The Rules of the Internet. We all know RuleThirtyFour. Most people don't know Rule 43, which states "[[IncorruptiblePurePureness The more innocent and pure something is,]] [[ForTheEvulz the more satisfying it is to corrupt.]]", which is basically Rule 34 from the creator of said porn's perspective.
* "Retsinif" is "Finister" spelled backwords. No dout another one of Finister2's Internet names.
* Fender, the mascot for ''Website/FurAffinity'', has a DistaffCounterpart named Rednef, originally from an AprilFoolsDay joke.
* ''WebVideo/StupidMarioBrothers'': Merlin initially goes by the alias "Nilrem" when he first appears.
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[[folder:Nretsew Noitamina (Western Animation)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''
** Walter ("Pavel Chekov") Koenig wrote a episode featuring a poisonous plant called a retlaw.
** The episode "The Counter-Clock Incident" has a planet named Arret in a universe where time runs backwards. Arret is Terra backwards, and Terra is often used as an alternate name for Earth.
* ''MightyOrbots'' has a [[TheSyndicate Shadow-controlled]] duplicate of the Orbots called Tobor.
* ''Every single race''' in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''.
** The Xelor (the watch brand) manipulate time.
** The Sadida (the shoe brand).
** The Enutrof (they really like money).
** The Ecaflip ("Pile ou face", French for Heads or Tails) using a fighting style made of randomness.
** And at least one case have managed to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar this way]]: The [[WhipItGood whip-wielding beastmasters]] are called "Osamodas" -- "Sado-maso".
* ''GIJoe''
** Tomax and Xamot.
** The character of Dusty Tadur in the toyline and comics, who was named after G.I. Joe artist [[http://www.yojoe.com/faq/rudat.shtml Ron Rudat]], was renamed Dusty Rudat in the animated series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the EvilTwin (so to speak) of Goliath is Thailog... not a precise reversal (unless you spell them with a Thorn: Goliaþ and Þailog). Of course, the writers admitted they did it this way because "Htailog" would have been very hard for the voice actors to say.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the "New Kids on the Blecch" episode Bart, Milhouse, Ralph Wiggum, and Nelson are in a boy band that is secretly sponsored by a military force. The main song's hook had the lyrics "yvan eht nioj." Strangely enough, the backwards lyrics are pronounced phonetically as they're written ("Ee-van et nee-oj"), yet when Lisa plays the video backwards they still come out clearly as "Join the navy", even though actually playing what the kids were singing backwards wouldn't sound anything like that.
** “Brother From The Same Planet” has a sequence where Homer forgets to pick up Bart after soccer practice and leaves him there all night. At one point, Bart tries to psychically send him the message "Pick up Bart! Pick up Bart!" - cut to a brief ''Film/TheShining'' parody with Milhouse writing "PICK UP BART" on the wall in mirrored writing and chanting "Trab pu kicp! Trab pu kcip!".
** In "Marge vs. the Monorail," Mr. Burns introduces himself at a town hall meeting as "Mr. Snrub".
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' features Danny and his mom taking a "free" (i.e.: it's an evil plot) vacation thanks to the "Dalv" Cooperation. Gee, I wonder who could be behind this....
* All of the "Wild Brood" bikers in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' have these, from smooth-acting leader Odnarb, to Foog and Dren, to the disgusting Gabtraf.
* The second ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series uses several of these in a non-alias context, the most notable being Mortu the Utrom. There is also a running gag involving recurring character Kluh ([[TheIncredibleHulk "Hulk"]]), where concepts related to him are also backwards names for things related to the Marvel character--his father is called Ammag ("gamma"), and his home planet is named Levram ("Marvel").
* In ''TheFairlyOddparents'', Poof's anti-fairy counterpart is Foop. He's the ''only'' anti-fairy with this kind of name, while all the others share their counterparts names with "anti" in front of it (Anti-Cosmo, Anti-Wanda, etc.). Why he doesn't follow this naming convention? Presumably because "Anti-Poof" might be considered homophobic. Then again, the Anti-Fairies might think names like "Omsoc", "Adnaw", "Negroj", "Yknib" are too odd.
* One episode of ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' had Sector V visiting a MirrorUniverse. The KND counterpart was the Destructivly Nefarious Kids (DNK), the Delightful Children From Down The Lane (DCFDTL) were now the Little Traitor Dudes From Childrens Defense (LTDFCD), and the alternate Lizzie was named Eizzil, leading some fans to believe this applies to all names (the DNK operatives are only referred to as Negative Numbuh X).
* Spoofing Superman's "Mr. Mxyzptlk", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has a clip in which Adam West provides "Kebert Xela" as his answer on ''Final Jeopardy'', causing host Alex Trebek to disappear when he read it aloud.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69p1xplmKl4 And then someone tried it for real on the show.]] This time it does nothing but get a laugh out of the studio.
* During the season one episode of ''RegularShow'', in the episode "Dizzy", had Pops has a hallucination about a non-humanoid versions of Mordecai and Rigby, [[NightmareFuel Iacedrom and Ybgir]].
* {{Popeye}}
** In 1943's ''The Hungry Goat'', the title animal [[BornInTheTheatre tells the projectionist to run the film backwards]] so he can re-examine the title card.
** In 1961's ''There's No Space Like Home'', cans of aersol spinach cause Popeye's space capsule to blast off and go the speed of light, causing everything on Earth to go backwards.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': At the start of "The Prank Call Of Cthulhu," Mandy says "Cartoons will rot your mind" backwards.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Dungeons and Wagons", Hayley breaks up with Jeff, but when she tries to get back with him he's too busy playing an {{MMORPG}} with Steve. In order to get Jeff away from the game, Hayley kills Steve's character with a special command: his character's name backwards.
** Later on in the same episode they attempt to revive Steve by taking him to the Castle Roodpart. Haley calls it immature, and when Jeff starts talking about how it probably has some deep plot significance, Haley interrupts with "[[OhCrap Crap, it's 'trapdoor' spelled backwards]]."
* In a first-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', a talisman brings Jade's beloved Gnomekop toy to life. Remember that the G is silent.
** In another episode, Jade tries to guess the password to one of the safety devices protecting the talismans, and types in "Namsilat". It doesn't work, and Captain Black is briefly confused before she spells it out for him.
* Creator/{{Filmation}} ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "Luthor Strikes Again". SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor's lair is a paint factory owned by the "Rohtul Paint Co."
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma": DM sends himself and Penfold into the future in the time-traveling grandfather clock where DM sees London is ruled by Dlofnep the Magnificent, a spitting image of and whose name is backwards for Penfold.
* ''Toys/PollyPocket'' story "Pollyworld" featured two exchange students named Karl and Lark.
* In one episde of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Dr. Doofenshmirtz invented a substance he named "Eulg" that works opposite to glue.
* ''PinkyAndTheBrain'' had one episode where Pinky started saying "Troz", which, as Pinky explained, is "Zort" backwards.
** A ContinuityNod to some extent, as Pinky also said "Troz" in later episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has an imp called Nosyarg Kcid (Dick Grayson spelled backwards).
* Witch Hazel becomes Witch Lezah in ''TheLooneyTunesShow''.
* The most major recurring villain of the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise is Vilgax, so naturally, the thoroughly creepy Professor Xagliv who is voiced by Vilgax's voice actor and who appears in an episode that is supposed to bring back a past recurring villain is a [[RedHerring totally normal professor]] whom the team ''mightily'' pissed off by accusing of being an evil warlord and then snatching off her(!) wig. [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Bill Gacks]], who looks very much like a humanized Vilgax, is also [[spoiler: a perfectly normal human. Unlike Xagliv, he takes having people run from him or point weapons at him in stride, saying "yeah, I get that a lot."]]
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[[folder:Laer Efil (Real Life)]]
* The names of two stars in constellation Delphinus, "Sualocin" and "Rotanev" are "Nicolaus" and "Venator" backwards, referring to Latin name of Italian astronomer Niccolo Cacciatore.
* Professional baseball player Nomar Garciaparra's unique name is his father's name, Ramon, spelled backwards.
* One name that has become somewhat popular in recent years is Nevaeh, "heaven" written backwards. It seems to be a rule that if a new parent is telling you that s/he named a child Nevaeh, the conversation will almost inevitably go, in a breathless rush, "We named her Nevaeh -- that's Heaven spelled backwards." It begins to grate after a while.
* Other backwards-spelled names that have come into somewhat occasional use (though not to the extent of Nevaeh, which is in the U.S. top 100 as of 2005) include: Semaj, Senga, Traeh, and Neleh. The last one was the name of a contestant on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in 2002.
* "Norac" was the codename of French agent (and playwright) Caron de Beaumarchais.
* During the Russian Revolution of 1905, university students went on strike. A conservative newspaper "Novoe Vremya" published letters of "outraged students" calling for putting the strike to an end. Such letters were often signed by such names as Karud, Toidi, Noipsh or Tseipulg, which can be translated into English as Norom, Toidi, Yps and Loof.
* [[SkinnyPuppy Nivek]] [[StageNames Ogre]]. First name is Kevin backwards.
* A small street in Annapolis, MD bears the name Silopanna Road.
* The actor [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0871636/ Robert Trebor]]. Trebor is best known as Salmoneus in both ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''XenaWarriorPrincess''.
* Lots of places in Nebraska named Aksarben. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ak-Sar-Ben Ak-Sar-Ben arena and racetrack]] started it. (Stress is on the middle syllable.)
** Just South of Sioux City, there is an Atokad Park, Located in Dakota County, Nebraska
* While not named after the State, there is a town in Texas called Reklaw named after the founder, whose last name was Walker. There is also a gun show in Austin called the Saxet Gun Show.
* Another actor and former Fall bass player, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Evets Steve]] [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0263740/ Evets]] (ne Murphy).
* There are two different Canadian communities called Adanac, both in the province of Ontario. Pluralized, it's the name of a lacrosse team in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and there's also the Adanac Military Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in northeastern France.
* Inva Mula, the women who sang "The Diva Dance" from ''Film/TheFifthElement'', first name is her father's name (Avni) backwards.
* Napoleon's sister Caroline married Joachim Murat, who in 1808 became king of Naples (Italian: Napoli), but lost his throne and his life in 1815 when he rashly went to war in support of his brother-in-law. For the rest of her life, Caroline Murat went by the title of Countess Lipona, a syllabic inversion of "Napoli" (which works better for Italian in any case).
* Cornish Yarg cheese was created by Allan and Jenny Gray.
* The most popular (though likely apocryphal) explanation for how the town of Levan, Utah got its name is that it's "navel" spelled backwards (because it's in the center of the state).
* The names of certain physical units for quantities that are the reciprocal (that is, one divided by) other quantities are the names of the units of the latter quantities spelled backwards: examples include the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mho mho]] (the unit of electric conductance, from "ohm", the unit of electrical resistance), the yrneh and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daraf daraf]]. (Note, however, that scientists tend to eschew such levity and use other names for these units; for example, the mho is called the [[HehHehYouSaidX siemens]].)
* There's even ''a whole dialect'' of this trope in East Java, called the ''Malangan'' dialect (named after its origin region, Malang). It's a lot like a East Javanese, but some of the words are in fact reversed words of the language. Naturally it leads to HehHehYouSaidX and HilarityEnsues situations. Some examples:
** ''kera'', from Javanese ''arek'', which means something akin to 'boyz' in English.[[spoiler: ''Kera'' in Indonesian means ape]].
** ''kunam'', from Javanese ''manuk'', which means 'bird' in English.[[spoiler: 'Manuk' is the Javanese slang for male genitalia]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ortsac Operation Ortsac]]. Yes, the plan to invade Cuba was named Castro, spelled backwards.
* The Enola Gay, the infamous bomber that dropped the A-Bomb, was named after the commanding pilot's Colonel Paul K.Tibbets's mother Enola Gay Tibbets, as Col. Tibbets wanted the plane's name to be unique. Which is kind of strange considering what Enola spelled backwards is.
** "Enola Gay" was a character in a novel, "Enola; or her Fatal Mistake," by Mary Young Ridenbaugh (1866) that was popular in the US shortly before Tibbets' mother was born. The title character is well aware of the origin of her name.
* Ambulance labels are particular variations of this for drivers to read it properly in their rear view mirrors.
* In Fairfax, Virginia, there is a street by the name of "Derosnec Drive". No idea why they chose that word to reverse though.
* Two points on the Denver & Salt Lake line - the Moffat Road, in Colorado: Dotsero, where the lines to Tennessee Pass and the Moffat Tunnel diverge, and Orestod, a point near Bond where the Denver and Rio Grande Western merged with the D&SL.
* The group TeamStarkid constantly refer to an evil group called the 'Dikrats'.
* This Sdrawkcab Name is an Sollasac Name: Comic artist Eman Casallos signs his art with "Name".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Rehtaeh_Parsons Rehtaeh Parsons]], sexual assault victim who later committed suicide.
* Retlaw, the company that owned the monorails for the DisneyThemeParks.
* The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad once ran a streamlined train from Lincoln, Nebraska to named the Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr. It was originally eastbound only, running the reverse route of the Nebraska Zephyr.
* Champion Aircraft cheated a bit. Their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citabria Citabria]] is aerobatic, not really airbatic.
* Frank Bunker Gilbreth cheated too, but less ("th" is one letter in Greek, and one phoneme anyway) with his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therblig "Therbligs".]]
* In the Apollo program, the navigation computer was programmed to recognize stars. Most of them had names in the Western vernacular (Sirius, Vega, Procyon, etc.), but three did not. Gus Grissom of Apollo 1, as a practical joke, gave them names according to this trope: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_Cassiopeiae Navi]]" (after Grissom's own middle name), "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iota_Ursae_Majoris Dnoces]]" (for Ed White, the second-in-command), and "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_Velorum Regor]]" (for Roger Chaffee). The stars--and names--were used often to align the Apollo spacecrafts' navigation platforms. It wasn't until ''after'' the Apollo missions that the source of the names was made clear.
* The codec Divx. Forget all allusions of "divide" or even ∇x - the "div" part is simply vid(eo) backwards. (Xvid, turning it in the right direction again, comes even later.)
* "Mynona" is the pseudonym of Salomo Friedlaender. ("Anonym" backwards, duh)
* "Assiac" is the pseudonym of Heinrich Fraenkel. (He's a chess book author - Caissa is the muse of chess.) [[note]]Invented as late as 1763, so don't expect to find her in Greek mythology.[[/note]]
* [[http://www.arxiv.org ArXiv]], the big science preprint server, of course has a policy against cranks and crackpots, lest being flooded by garbage. Now clearly one mans crackpot is another mans Einstein, and this spawned its counterpart where no peer review whatsoever is required: [[http://www.vixra.org ViXra.]]
* There's a "language" called [[http://home.comcast.net/~mathwhiz217/shilgnesdrawkabcnavdair.html Shilgne S'drawkab C'navdair]], which consists of English words spelled backwards, with grammatical endings attached (''Shilgne S'drawkab C'navdair'' is "Advanced Backwards English"). This was based in part on actual backwards slang-languages like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verlan Verlan]] and Rechtub Klat.
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