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->"Make sure that all the C's are destroyed, so that the rascals can have no further means of abusing my name."
-->-- '''George ''Cockburn''''', Royal Navy Rear Admiral, destroying a U.S. newspaper during the burning of Washington, D.C. in UsefulNotes/TheWarOf1812

An {{Unfortunate Implication|s}} where a name of a character, person, or thing unintentionally offends.

If you ask someone their name, and they give you an answer that fits this {{trope}}, chances are you won't take them seriously. You will then find out that yes, that really is their name. No joke. [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Or it may be a joke, but it still is seriously their name.]]

Characters under this trope are saddled with a name that realistically, you wouldn't expect a parent to name their kid or, for someone who's of a certain name, they'd choose to go by. This is the kind of name that gets kids made fun of in school -- which leads them to snark "NeverHeardThatOneBefore" when the jokes continue into adulthood.

Yet, it also happens to be TruthInTelevision, in many unfortunate cases. Generally, when imposed (fictionally or otherwise) on someone, this will lead to a WhoNamesTheirKidDude. RealJokeName is another possible outcome.

'''Comes in a variety of forms''':
* DoubleEntendre -- The name is one that fits into the DoubleEntendre {{trope}}. Eg. [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Pussy Galore]]
* [[PunnyName Phrase Name]] -- Where the first name and/or last name may sound perfectly normal on its own, but put them together and they make a phrase that sounds like a joke, a trait you wouldn't want to be associated with, or sounds just plain stupid. Eg. Dusty Rhodes
* Pop Culture Name -- An example of this {{trope}} being the result of someone being named after [[OneMarioLimit a famous pop culture character]] whose name would ordinarily not enter consideration for use. Examples include [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], [[{{Superman}} Kal-El]], or {{ESPN}}. In this case, the name is already popular, but it isn't something you'd think to call someone under regular circumstances.
* Rhyming Names -- [[SublimeRhyme The first and last name rhyme with each other]].
* Unfortunate Coincidences -- Regular names that happen to match coincidentally with famous or infamous figures from real life.
* Unfortunate Meaning -- someone thought the name sounded nice, but apparently had ''no clue'' that the name they gave their child describes a disease or a woman's genitalia. (Many of these are urban legends or outright deliberately racist comments; usually, the more defensive the teller gets about these, the more likely he knows they're false.)
* HaveAGayOldTime -- Linguistic drift can hit names quicker than some folks would like. If a name later gets adopted for a sexual term, those who had the name before the drift run afoul of this (those named after, however, run into one of the above issues instead). Eg Dick, Fanny, Gaylord
* GenderBlenderName -- Many names (at least, in American English) were once relatively common and unremarkable as names for male children, but in recent years have become more common for girls, sometimes with minor spelling differences. In the real world there are male Stacys, Danas, Courtneys, Kellys, and Ashleys, and yet you only see those names in fiction on women (on the other hand, there are female Chrises, Pats, Lees, and Terrys and yet, they're only male names in fiction). Likewise, LeslieNielsen was a man. So someone with old-fashioned parents, or simply a desire to name a baby after an ancestor, might wind up with a "girly" name, such as Mary. Conversely, unfortunate women may end up with a "guy" name; though they are mostly more fortunate.
* FunWithAcronyms -- when the initials spell something silly or offensive.
* CrossCulturalKerfluffle -- The name is okay, maybe even good and auspicious in its own language, but doesn't travel well. Maybe it sounds like a curse or a [[WhosOnFirst pronoun]]; bonus points if it's [[SayMyName shouted dramatically]] in the work.
* IronicName: The name that specifically means something is the exact opposite of your character.

This only goes for examples where the name is the character or person's ''legal given name'', or the name they most commonly go by. If someone uses it as a temporary alias, that's not this {{trope}}.

Will frequently intersect with PunnyName. When those with Unfortunate Names pronounce them counterintuitively (whether in an effort to save themselves the embarrassment or not), they'll feel compelled to inform people that ItIsPronouncedTroPAY.

Given human nature, quite a few fairly common names wind up as slang terms. Simply having one of these isn't really an example of this trope, unless it forms a particularly bad combination with the rest of the name.

If just the first or middle name is unfortunate, then it's an EmbarrassingFirstName or an EmbarrassingMiddleName. If a character ''chooses'' this name as a {{superhero}} or villain alias, it's FailOSuckyname. There's also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, where your name isn't so much embarrassing as deeply scary.

This trope is the opposite of AwesomeMcCoolname, while SpecialPersonNormalName lies in between these two.

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[[index]]
* UnfortunateNames/AnimeAndManga
* UnfortunateNames/ComicBooks
* UnfortunateNames/{{Literature}}
* UnfortunateNames/LiveActionTV
* UnfortunateNames/{{Music}}
* UnfortunateNames/ProfessionalWrestling
* UnfortunateNames/{{Radio}}
* UnfortunateNames/TabletopGames
* UnfortunateNames/{{Theater}}
* UnfortunateNames/VideoGames
* UnfortunateNames/WebComics
* UnfortunateNames/WebOriginal
* UnfortunateNames/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like DoctorDoom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction".
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her first name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name being unfortunate.
* In the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically, it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/DanaCarvey had a stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine from a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name of President [[BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]
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