->''"I know things look bleak, but even the word 'hopeless' has the word 'hope' in it! Plus, if you rearrange the letters, it spells 'peeslosh'! The last part was probably unnecessary, I'm sorry."''
-->-- '''Narrator''', ''VideoGame/BattleBlockTheater''

Writers frequently give out names which have important anagrams, often as a way of hiding significant facts in plain sight or drawing clever (and plausibly-deniable) parallels between characters. For example, signing something Shroer Pitt. ([[http://wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=Shroer%20Pitt&t=1000&a=n 405 results found.]]) Or JustForFun/ReportSiht!

Similarly, characters hunting for a clever alias, or attempting to rename themselves, have a strange tendency to choose anagrams; compare SdrawkcabAlias.

For obvious reasons, this is more common in printed media. By necessity, appearances in films or TV shows are often accompanied by HollywoodSpelling.

Perhaps you would like to make a deposit in the JustForFun/AnagramBin before you leave?

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!!Muscle Explained (Examples Include):
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* [[SignificantAnagram/AnimeAndManga Annie and Gamma (Anime and Manga)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/ComicBooks Combo Sicko (Comic Books)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/{{Film}} Milf (Film)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/{{Literature}} Attire Rule (Literature)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/LiveActionTV Vital not Vice (Live-Action TV)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/{{Music}} Sic Um (Music)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/VideoGames Give Me Soda (Video Games)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/WesternAnimation A Termination News (Western Animation)]]
* [[SignificantAnagram/RealLife Feral Lie (Real Life)]]
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[[folder:Info in Fact (Fan Fiction)]]
* In the Franchise/LyricalNanoha fanfic The Name of War, Field General Jefos Lethir, who is running for Prime Minister of Midchildia, has an anagram of "[[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]" for a last name.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'''s [[Fanfic/WeightlessMassEffect Weightless]], when he first came to Omega, Garrus used many aliases; one of those was ‘Han Jaedsper’, which is an anagram of ‘Jane Shepard’. Mierin was able to trace back to him using this clue.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', one of the final enemies the heroes face, Suzuka Harushiro, is a SUE in Haruka Suzushiro's image with the powers she has in the Manga/MaiHime manga.
* ''FanFic/ParadiseThwarted'''s secondary BigBad uses the anagram Hazel Prue Fair-Alsip to hide her real name, [[spoiler: Aziraphale Pulsifer]].
* ''[[VideoGame/ApolloJusticeAceAttorneyCase5TurnaboutSubstitution Turnabout Substitution]]'': [[spoiler: Rhea Wits' name becomes It Was Her.]] And she was the one who came up with the anagram idea in the first place.
* In ''FanFic/{{Tormentor}}'' Harry plays around with anagrams to craft his new name so "Harry James Potter" becomes [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Ajas Terror Mephysto."]]
* As fans of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' (see below) enjoy creating Nobodies for themselves ([[SelfInsert and then writing them into fanfiction]]), this was parodied in ''FanFic/ThoseLackingSpines.'' The resident [[TheDragon dragon]] to the second world of Fandom Hearts is named Xuxastell, which translates to "[[DracoInLeatherPants Axel]] [[RelationshipSue Slut]]," or rather as the in-universe Mary Sue in question prefers, "Axel Lust."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Cards Against Equinity'', the Mane Six play a ponified version of ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'', and much hilarity and embarrassment ensues. Then Twilight realizes [[spoiler: the maker of the game, Dr. Disco, is actually Discord, and him introducing CAH to pony-kind is another of his chaos-causing pranks]].
* In the ''Anime/GurrenLagann'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11201500/1/Wide-Awake Wide Awake]]'' the name of the asylum's psychologist, seemingly [[{{OC}} original character]] Doctor '''Tali Ran Psi''', is an anagram of great significance.
* In ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiary'', Tom Riddle is, as in canon, fond of these. There is, of course, "Tom Marvolo Riddle" = "I am Lord Voldemort," but there's another one that turns out to be plot important. Ginny at one point assumes Tom had a girlfriend at some point when he was alive, and Tom [[SureLetsGoWithThat goes with it because it's what Ginny wants to hear]]. He then spins an epic love story between himself and the girl, named Viane Folo, deliberately drawing parallels between his "love story" with Viane and his relationship with Ginny, [[MindGameShip partially to encourage]] [[ManipulativeBastard her crush on him.]] Later, when things begin to go south, Ginny fact-checks his story and finds out Viane Folo never existed. So, why the name? "Viane Folo" = [[spoiler:"naive fool."]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Celestia and Luna's mother, the [[TopGod Elder Goddess of Life of Empathy]], is named Fauna Luster, an anagram for Lauren Faust. Given the Elders created the universe the MLP series takes place in and Fauna Luster herself is the literal Mother of All Things (all souls are directly born from her), it's a fitting anagram.
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[[folder:Wiser Pacman Scope (Newspaper Comics)]]
* Aldo Kelrast, a former minor character from ''ComicStrip/MaryWorth'', was something of a ''stalker'' of the title character.
* In one strip for ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus find Milo, Binkley, and Hodge Podge playing a game of anagrams to determine their future, and they give an anagram of Milo's name (Limo) as an example. Opus becomes interested and asks them to do his name. When the result comes up as "Soup", he freaks out and nearly has a heart attack. Milo calms him down and assures him that it probably means nothing. Finally, Milo asks Opus for his mother's maiden name. He tells him it's "Bogum", and Milo reveals the word "Gumbo", giving Opus another freak out.
-->'''Hodge:''' Hell, let's play checkers.
* Alison Bechdel has used Cleo Baldshein (guerilla therapist), Heloise C. Bland, Delilah B. Scone, and Chloe B. [=DeSnail=] in ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' and in various calendars.
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[[folder: Posh Pup Stew (Puppet Shows)]]
* In ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', the lounge singer Johnny Fiama is named as a play on Johnny Fontane from ''Film/TheGodfather''. His surname is an anagram of "Mafia".
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[[folder:Ordia (Radio)]]
* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', the part of The Man in the Shack (who doesn't think he rules the Universe) was not cast by the time ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' went to press, and so he was billed as "Ron Hate" (an anagram of "A. N. Other" - a standard British pseudonym for an unknown person). The part eventually went to Stephen Moore, who of course was already playing regular character Marvin the Paranoid Android.
* In the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Unbound audio ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoUnboundE2SympathyForTheDevil Sympathy For The Devil]]'', Colonel Ke Le is played by Sam Kisgart; the anagram hiding that he's [[spoiler: Mark Gatiss. His "doing an Ainley" here is just a bit of fun, since knowing Ke Le is played by Gatiss gives the listener no reason to think he's the Master]].
** And Brother Luicius in ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS4E4TheBookOfKells The Book of Kells]]'' is played by Ash Hidminster ([[spoiler: Sheridan Smith - (s)he's Lucie!]])
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[[folder:Blame Pet Goats (Tabletop Games)]]
* Several ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards have names which are Significant Anagrams, such as:
** Phelddagrif ([[CreatorWorship Garfield PhD]])
** Pemmin's Aura (I Am [[FanNickname/TabletopGames Superman]])
** Mangara, which is an anagram of...anagram.
** The least dignified is probably Telim'Tor, which is anagrammed from a designer who attempted to get nicknamed after a household appliance and was thusly dubbed "Mr. Toilet".
** [[http://magiccards.info/4e/en/358.html Onulet's]] name was anagrammed from [[http://magiccards.info/7e/en/317.html Soul Net]] (both cause you to gain life when a creature goes to the graveyard) but had the final "S" removed because the art had only one creature. Later cards were anagrammed from [[http://magiccards.info/5dn/en/101.html "Darker Onulet"]] and [[http://magiccards.info/roe/en/217.html "Mega Onulet"]].
** If backwards spelling counts, there's [[Creator/LarryNiven Nevinyrral]]'s Disk.
** Slightly less old-school, 2007's Lorwyn set had [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=140212 Liliana Vess]]. With her dark magic and dealings with demons, she might be considered "A Villainess", though WordOfGod says it was completely accidental.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247235 Olivia Voldaren]], a vampire legend from ''Innistrad'' block, anagrams to "Overdo a Villain", which fits because she tries and fails to be Liliana and/or Sorin.
** GeniusBonus: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4429 Bösium Strip]] lets you recycle cards, and the Möbius strip is a symbol for recycling. A related card is [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=184620 Elkin Bottle]].
** The cards [[http://magiccards.info/an/en/51.html Mijae Djinn]] and [[http://magiccards.info/an/en/54.html Ydwen Efreet]] were named after a married couple at Wizards, Jamie and Wendy. Note the similarity of their abilities.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Genevieve series, the minor character Alvdov Renastic is revealed to be Vlad von Carstein, the last descendant of a famous vampire family. However he's not actually a vampire yet, and is using the pseudonym to hide from his family and associated hangers-on who want to turn him into one and demand he conquers the Empire. All he wants to do is pursue a career as a ventriloquist. Note that this is not a perfect anagram, as "Alvdov Renastic" contains only one n and "Vlad von Carstein" contains two.
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[[folder:The Tear (Theater)]]
* In ''Theatre/TheMysteryOfIrmaVep'':
-->'''IRMA:''' Oh triple fool! Did you not know that Irma Vep is "[[spoiler:vampire]]" ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome anagrammatized]]''!
* Accidental but really cool example: ''[[{{Theatre/Hamlet}} To be or not to be: that is the question, whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.]]'' becomes... "In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten."
* ''Theatre/TheCompleteHistoryOfAmerica'' plays this for VulgarHumor to explain the meaning of the name "America." Signs show that the eight letters of "America" can be rearranged to spell "I CAN REAM," that the letters in the name of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington can be rearranged to spell "GAGGIN' ON WET HORSE" ("actually the title of a popular song at the time of the Revolution"), and the letters in the name of Spiro Agnew (UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's vice-president), when rearranged, spell "GROW A PENIS."
* In ''The Last Dance of Dr. Disco'', Agent X, aka Dylan Wanker, appears to solve the death of Agent Y, Lynda Newark. [[spoiler:As the other characters realize in the denouement, Dylan is an anagram from Lynda and Wanker for Newark. Lynda was the '''real''' Agent X]].
* David Hirson's comedy ''La Bete'' is an homage to the works of the 17th century French playwright Creator/{{Moliere}}, especially ones like ''The School for Wives Criticized'' and ''The Impromptu at Versailles'' that involve a "play within a play" structure coupled with an AuthorTract on playwrighting does and don'ts. To this end, Hirson's play features a fictional 16th century playwright named Elomire, which besides being an anagram of Moliere's name, has the additional benefit of sounding like one of the unusual, often Greek-derived names Moliere gave to his characters.
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[[folder:We Sic Comb (Web Comics)]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Zz'dtri uses one to lampshade his {{expy}}-ness.
** Also, a flesh-golem making MadScientist's hunchbacked assistant is named [[TheIgor Giro]].
* {{Alucard}} for Dracula in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* Parson A. Gotti from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', whose name is an anagram of "A Protagonist", which he is.
* Whenever ''Webcomic/TheWotch'''s Jason Grey gets turned into a girl ([[OncePerEpisode once a story arc]]) he adopts the name Sonja.
* One of the many ''Literature/HarryPotter'' tropes ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' parodies during the "Torg Potter" stories. Millard Dynam Stoop tries ([[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080423 with some degree]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080424 of difficulty]]) to create a suitably intimidating moniker using the letters in his name; Gandledorf reveals that spent three years as "Grad Fondle" until the graduate students started complaining.
* Tangentially related, but [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures Andrew Hussie]] himself noted that "Hussie" is an anagram for "[[OneOfUs He is us]]".
* Act 6 of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Roxy's wizardfic character Grant Anonama. [[spoiler:not An anaGram]]
* Referenced in TheRant to ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/128.html #128.]]
* ''Sara & Kleeyo'' introduced an old lady priest named Koardneas, [[spoiler:who later turns out to be an older version of main character Sara Denko]].
* TheRant to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-08-09 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' strip notes Sirleck's name as an example.
-->'''Dan''': "Sirleck" is an anagram of "Lickers". "Stone Lickers" is the literal translation of Lamprey. Lampreys are blood sucking parasites, and Sirleck is, in essence, named after them.
* ''Webcomic/AccursedDragon'' combines this with ThemedAliases and LineOfSightName. Covens aliases are the names of the towns he visits, rearranged (going by "Nigel" in Elgin, "Marvy" in Vamyr, and so on).
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[[folder:Bare Wing Oil (Web Original)]]
* [[http://becomingabetterwriter.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/the-wolfs-will-scene-009/ Mr. Ian Woon]] from [[Website/BecomingABetterWriter The Wolf's Will]] is an anagram of UsefulNotes/NaNoWriMo; this also counts as a ShoutOut.
* Slider counterparts of canon characters in ''[[http://sosshinsei.proboards.com/index.cgi Suzumiya Haruhi no Yaku-Asobi]]'' use either these, {{Sdrawkcab Name}}s, or wordplay on their canon equivalents (Har[uhi]riet Isuzu[miya]). Tsuruya -> Rayutsu, Kimidori -> Rimidoki, etc.
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' has a particularly nice one: LEAR/SPEC/SILO, aka... (try figuring them out on your own first)
** [[spoiler: [[ArcWords CLOSE AS PERIL]]]]
** [[spoiler: [[ArcWords ILL SCOPE ARES]]]]
** [[spoiler: COLLAPSE RISE]]
** [[spoiler: [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot SOLAR ECLIPSE]]]]
** [[spoiler: A SCORE I SELL]]
* ThisTroper is also an anagram of "Report this".
* In one of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse stories, this trope is lampshaded when Aquerna (real name: Anna Raquel Parsons) finds her friends trying to make anagrams of her name that contain her codename. The best anyone comes up with are 'Aquerna plans sonar' and 'Aquerna sans la porn'. Neither makes any sense.
* [[http://warmvoices.blogspot.com Warm Voices Rearranged]] is a music review blog where the reviews are anagrams of the albums themselves (always including both the artist name and album title) - fittingly "Warm Voices Rearranged" is an anagram for "Anagram Record Reviews". While not strictly a "review", their anagram for Music/GGAllin And The Murder Junkies' ''[[http://warmvoices.blogspot.com/2011/06/gg-allin-and-murder-junkies-brutality.html Brutality And Bloodshed For All]]'', the final album Allin recorded in his lifetime, is scarily accurate: "I'll rally at drug den, shoot junk and die right before album lands."
* ''WebVideo/TheUnusualSuspect'' in his review of ''Film/TheMatrix'' that Neo is an anagram of One, and he also points out that Justin Timberlake is an anagram for "i'm a Jerk but lisTen."
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', [[spoiler:Master Zen's original French OnlineAlias is "Maître Zen". One of his female minions, who's in mad love with him, chose the OnlineAlias "Nazetrîme". The webseries and novel versions of the story had her spend time as TheMole among Master Zen's former subordinates (the protagonists) without any of them suspecting a thing until she showed up in front of them with her ''real'' gaming avatar. And once that happened, only one of the smartest ones started looking for an anagram]].
* ''Podcast/{{Rabbits}}:''
** One segment has a reading of "The Keeper", by an unknown author, for Doc Hornet. "Doc Hornet" is soon after stated to be an anagram of "The Condor", the only known name of the winner of a previous version of Rabbits.
** In high school, Carly drew a comic called "Priesthood One". At the end of the fifth episode, which shares that title, Concernicus Jones tells Carly that the name is an anagram of [[spoiler: "The Door is Open", the phrase that begins every iteration of Rabbits]].
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