Vehicular ThemeNaming is the practise of naming characters after vehicles. Cars and water craft seem to be represented more than planes or trains. Strangely common in Japan, for some reason.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The natives of Cephiro in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' are named after models of cars (like Cephiro [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Cefiro itself]]).
** The leaders of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autozam_AZ-1 Autozam]] are named after American cars: the Eagle Vision and the Geo Metro.
** Their [[HumongousMecha mechs]] are also named as such.
* Likewise, many of the magical beings in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' are named after cars: the Opel Signum, Opel Vita, Opel Zafira and Maserati Shamal are the most prominent and were brought to attention by the {{fansub}}bers. Subaru Nakajima's name appears to be normal Japanese, but the fact that it's in Western format draws attention to the fact that both her names come from cars. Same with Fate ''Testarossa'' (Ferrari Testarossa) and her mother Precia (Nissan Presea, also seen in ''Rayearth''), and Yuuno Scrya has been suspected of actually being spelled ''Euno'' for Mazda Eunos. Given that, like ''Rayearth'', ''Nanoha'' is primarily about {{Magical Girl}}s who use [[{{Magitek}} techno-magical]] artifacts, this may be a direct homage to the earlier series. Teana Lanster is also named after the Nissan Teana. Lutecia and Megane Alpine get their surname from a French car (Renault Megane; and the sportscar manufacturer Alpine, assimilated by Renault).
** Interestingly, the Maserati Shamal itself is an example of ThemeNaming. In addition to Shamal, some of Maserati's other model names have been Mistral, Ghibli, Bora, Khamsin, and Karif. All of these are named after local winds, except for Ghibli, which is a word meaning "hot desert wind". (On a related note, Shamal's device is named Klarer Wind, and Hayate's name means "breeze".)
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is filled with people named after Japanese warships from WWII. In addition, the Horaki sisters are named after three train services of Japan's first bullet train line, the Tokaido Shinkansen: The Hikari service was the original, followed by the slower Kodama, and then by the much faster Nozomi. This appears to point to a convention to the theme naming: older=slower, younger=faster.
** In the remake, Asuka's surname is changed from Soryu to Shikinami for no apparent reason, but the theme is retained: ''both'' are the names of WWII Japanese warships.
*** Perhaps to keep up with the other EVA girls? All their surnames end with nami too.
* Similarly to ''Evangelion'', many military characters in ''[[Manga/ZeroSevenGhost 07-Ghost]]'' have names from WW2 Japanese warships: Ayanami, Hyuuga and Katsuragi in the manga, and Yukikaze in one drama CD.
* Most of the military characters from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are named after WWII aircraft: Mustang, Hughes, Bradley, Hawkeye, Hayate, etc.
* The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has several members of the White Base crew derive their names from WWII-era fighter planes; Amuro Ray comes from the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Zero ([=A6M=] in Japanese is "A-Roku-Mu", and "zero" is "Rei"); Kai Shiden from the Kawanishi [=N1K2-J=] Shiden Kai, and so forth.
* The Saberdolls from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' are named after German tanks from WorldWarII (Tiger, Luchs, and Panther.) This also qualifies them for AnimalThemeNaming.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - ToyShip members [[KidSamurai Yahiko]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Tsubame]] are theme named based on a train line.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'': The Valkyries' last names are Evora, Ferrari, Porsche, Renault, and [[spoiler:(Ouka) Honda]].
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'''s Gina is named after the nickname of the Fiat G-91 fighter (designated the Ghibli), while Yankee [[TheRival rival]] Curtis is dubbed in honor of the American Curtiss aircraft company (and maybe [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_LeMay Curtis LeMay]]). Miyazaki [[AuthorAppeal really likes]] planes, Italy and TheThirties.
* Most of the characters from the ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika'' are named after various cars and automakers: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAZ Gaz Empire]], its titular princess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaika_(car) Chaika]] Ga..akhem.. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant Trabant]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acura Acura]] siblings, count [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abarth Abarth]], etc.
* The Princes from ''Lady Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'': (Porsche) Cayenne, (Alfa) Romeo, (Toyota) Soarer and (Toyota) Levin.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Ford Prefect in ''Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Becomes a theme with the introduction of Hillman Hunter in ''Literature/AndAnotherThing''.
* StephenFry wrote a novel and realized only halfway through planning it that [[ItsBeenDone his idea was basically]] ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. He made it an intentional WholePlotReference with {{Meaningful Name}}s of one sort or another for the characters; Mercedes's counterpart is called Portia.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The multitudes of porn actresses who name themselves "Porshe," "Mercedes," "Lexus," etc. The connotation is one of wealth and luxury, and rare pleasures.
** As a sidenote, Mercedes is (or better, was - thank you, Mr. Daimler) a perfectly fine given name for a girl. [[InvertedTrope The car was named after Mercedes Jellinek]], daughter of an Austrian merchant.
* Former Michigan Congressmen William Ford, Bob Carr, and Dick Chrysler. Ford is a descendant of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The HornyDevils from the {{Hentai}} game and anime ''Viper GTS'' are named after cars: Carrera, Mercedes, and Rati (as in Mase'''rati''').
* Irvine's guns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' are named after famous warships: Valiant, Ulysses, Bismarck, and Exeter.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Snow Villiers]] is named after a French motorcycle manufacturer, hence the appearance of his summon.
* The Four Devas in ''OgreBattle'' are named after cars - Debonair, Figaro, Previa, and Lebaron, although Lebaron's name was changed to Luvalon in the English version.
* [[SpacePirate Pirates]] in the ''Videogame/{{X}}-Universe'' series name their [[UsedFuture flying-scrapyard]] capital ships after [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Age of Sail]] ship classes - Brigantine, Galleon, Carrack, and Caravel.

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* In the seventh season penultimate episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark named ''Raisins'', the waitresses serving at the Hooters parody store have dulcet names like Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari and Lexus.
* Part and parcel of ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'', especially the toys. Feel free to guess what kind of vehicles Cy-Kill, Scooter, Cop-Tor, Dumper, Super Couper, Throttle, Tail-Pipe, Zero, Buggy Man, and Loco turn into...

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