->''"Ever notice a lot of butlers are named [[TheJeeves Jeeves]]? You know, I think when you name a baby 'Jeeves'... you've pretty much mapped out his future, wouldn't you say? Not much chance he's gonna be a hitman, I think, after that. 'Terribly sorry, sir, but I'm going to have to whack you.'"''
-->-- '''''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''''', "The Pilot Pt. 2"

Some names, frequently taken from historical events, seem to be jinxed. No one wants to ride on a ship (or a {{space|Sailing}}[[VideoGame/StarshipTitanic ship]]) named "[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic]]" or "[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]". Similarly, anything named "{{Icarus|Allusion}}" is begging for a wing-clipping, and [[Literature/TheBible sooner or later, the Goliath is going down hard, probably to a smaller opponent]] (bonus points if said [[DavidVersusGoliath smaller opponent is named David]]). Likewise, don't compare your defenses to the walls of Jericho -- that'll just make 'em go splat like an ant beneath an elephant's foot (with said ant being you, and said elephant's foot being the wrath of {{God}}.) It's probably not a good idea to name your vehicle the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom Buggy]], either, especially if you plan on driving your friends around in it. And if you're assigned to name a computer, let alone a supercomputer, then [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Skynet"]], [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey "Hal"]], and variations thereof are strictly off limits; after all, what good is a computer if all it wants to do is kill people and/or TakeOverTheWorld? And no matter its size or intended role, [[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus and Guardian are also bad choices.]]

Note that it has to be the name of something that has ''already'' gone down: The original ''Hindenburg'' was not an example of this trope (but ''Titanic'' arguably was, see the RealLife section below).

Compare NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, PropheticName, IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace, and WhoNamesTheirKidDude. Related to AnalogyBackfire and of course TemptingFate.

'''Due to the nature of this trope, expect spoilers.'''



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Most of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' cast are named after sunken UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battleships and carriers (poor Asuka gets the dubious distinction of having ''both'' of her last names be associated with a terrible fate); is it any surprise that the place is a DysfunctionJunction?
** Asuka also compares the door to her room to the "impenetrable wall of Jericho" at one point, and tells Shinji not to try entering while she sleeps. Considering what really happened to Jericho, this implies she either subconsciously wants the wall to be "penetrated" or intentionally gave Shinji an oblique hint to try something ([[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe which he does not]]).
* There was a notable subversion in the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''; two minor antagonists, Umimi and Tobio, competed in a team duel against Yuma and Anna, with Umimi using a monster named "Supercolossal, Unsinkable Superliner Elegant Titanic" and Tobio using one named "Supercolossal Airship Giant Hindenburg". (They lost the duel, but these two monsters actually did ''their'' job rather well; if any card failed, it was [[spoiler:the Barian Chaos Xyz that Vector gave them.]]).
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'': on the surface, naming your child "[[LightIsNotGood Light]]" doesn't seem to jinx anything. But no mother in her right mind writes her kid's name with the kanji for moon, which has [[FourIsDeath four strokes]]. Plus, [[SerialKiller Light Yagami]]'s name seems to mostly derive from another infamous light-associated character - [[SatanicArchetype Lucifer the Light-Bringer]].
** Not to mention his last name is written with the kanji for "[[DarkIsEvil night]]" and "[[AGodAmI God]]".
* In ''OnePiece'', we have Ace [[spoiler: of the Spades Pirates. Ace of Spades is known as the death card. Guess who died at the end of Marineford?]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** Adrian's chosen codename "Ozymandias". Apparently, he wanted to reclaim the name from the elegant ignominy to which Shelley's poem had consigned it.
** Also, there's the GordianKnot Lock Company. Fittingly, we see the locks broken several times, but apparently never picked.
* Icarus of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', a mutant born with wings. Reverend Stryker cuts his wings off, tricks him into helping kill a busload of his former friends, and then murders him.
* When [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]] got tired of the name "Giant Man", he changed it to "Goliath". Others who took his growth serum, such as [[ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} Clint Barton]] and David Foster, took the name Goliath as well. And finally, during ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', Foster was killed by a clone of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], who was so tiny in comparison...
* Another Goliath in Marvel was Erik Josten, who formerly called himself Power Man [[ComicBook/LukeCage (not this one)]] and the Smuggler before gaining powers similar to Pym's. Not the best villain, he eventually changed his name to Atlas when he became one of the ''ComicBook/TheThunderbolts''. (Still not the best name, as anyone who studies Myth/ClassicalMythology knows, and he's gone downhill since their ruse was exposed.)
* A common out-of-universe reaction to the '70s storyline wherein [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Green Arrow's]] sidekick ''Speedy'' was addicted to drugs. As Website/{{Superdickery}} put it, "It's like walking in on your ward doing a corpse and going 'Necrophilia Lad! How ''could'' you?!"
* ComicBook/TheAvengers were named that way, in-universe, simply by RuleOfCool. A villain commited a human sacrifice during ComicBook/TheGatherersSaga, and Sersi killed him on the spot. All the others were horrified, and the Black Widow asked her if she realized what has she just done. "Of course, Natasha. [[EarnYourTitle I was an Avenger]]!"
* A RunningGag in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' is that the famous people Blocks are named after are often horribly apposite for the particular disaster that befalls them, such as a [[MixAndMatchMan Mix-and-Match Woman]] being created in Creator/MaryShelley Block or mind-control parasites infesting Creator/ColinWilson Block.
* The Purple Man, evil mind-controller and one of Marvel's most sadistic supervillains, is named Zebediah Killgrave. In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', Kirsten wonders aloud if his parents just assumed he'd grow up to be evil. Matt quips back that "We call it the ''Victor von Doom'' paradox".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kyon names his new learning phone (which was created from a piece of data left behind by Ryoko Asakura) Skynet. Subverted, in that the reason he named it Skynet is because he ''fully expects'' it to betray him.

* People seem to find humor in ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Disaster Movie]]'' bombing at the box office.
* In a similar vein, more than a few critics noted the appropriateness of an Music/AliceCooper B-movie being entitled ''Monster Dog''.
* The ship in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' is flying to the Sun with the name ''Icarus II''. As if the name isn't TemptingFate enough, they still stuck with it after losing the original ''Icarus''.
* Similarly to the above, some bright spark thought naming the [[FasterThanLightTravel good experimental ship]] ''Film/EventHorizon'' after a theoretical point of no return was a fantastically great idea. Turns out that, sure, twisting space-time into tortured loops to try going fast is great. Until [[GoneHorriblyWrong it very much isn't]]. Who'd've thunk? Well, it ''did'' [[CameBackWrong return off its own bat]]. Eventually. So... Um... Yay? Success?
* To the humans in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' -- you named the new moon [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pandora]]? Really? No one cares if it means "All-Gifted," there's a reason you don't try to open things named after or belonging to Pandora!
** To be fair, this choice of appellation could be less TemptingFate and more of a MeaningfulName after the discovery of what a DeathWorld Pandora was. There are no apparent illusions that it's anything less than a chaotic deathtrap.
* Creator/TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster movie]] ''[[http://www.thefilmcatalogue.com/catalog/FilmDetail.php?id=9424 Titanic 2]]'' features a shipping magnate not only building a second ''Titanic'' [[TemptingFate but also setting its maiden voyage on the 100th anniversary of the original disaster and having it traverse]] ''[[TemptingFate the exact same route of the original]]'' (though in the opposite direction). Somehow, things go even ''worse'' than in the original voyage: the ship is slammed by an iceberg ''carried by a tsunami'' and later is hit by a ''second'' "mega tsunami". It ends with the female lead as the sole survivor. And this is played ''100% straight''.
* In ''Film/{{Cherrybomb}}'', the health centre where Malachy works is called "Titanic Leisureplex". And people are ''[[GenreBlind surprised]]'' when bad things start happening there.
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', the villain's superweapon is named "Icarus". At the end of the movie, the villain loses control of the weapon and accidentally burns the wings off his own plane, causing a spectacular crash.
* In ''Film/{{Mimic}}'', genetic engineers attempt to exterminate cockroaches with their own genetically altered cockroach. They call it the Judas Breed. Three guesses what the new species [[ToServeMan prefers as prey]].
* ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'':
** The main primate is named [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar]]. He eventually leads the ape rebellion.
** If you pay attention to the TV in the background during one scene, you'll see news coverage of a NASA launch which is called ''Icarus'' (implied to be the ship that crash lands in the beginning of the original movie). Sure enough, just a few scenes later, a newspaper headline can be seen proclaiming that the ship has mysteriously vanished, and we all know what happened to it after that.
* ''Film/ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': The original Caesar fits as well, even if the name was given to him by the circus owner who adopted him--the parents named him "Milo". He would eventually lead the new ape race in their revolt against the human yoke and conquest of the Earth.
* The original colonists' ship in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is called the ''Bellerophon''. In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Bellerophon was a great hero, yes, and he did tame the Pegasus. However, he also fell victim to [[{{Pride}} hubris]], and was punished by being sent crashing down to Earth from his mount, where he died a blinded cripple. Guess what happened to the ship?
* Hey, we've got a band! We've got one really great song called ''Film/ThatThingYouDo''. What should we call ourselves? [[OneHitWonder The Wonders]]? Perfect!
** Lampshaded in that, initially, they call themselves "The One-Ders" (they only have one song, get it?). The MC at their first performance thinks the joke is crap and simplifies it.
** Further lampshaded when the lead singer quits and Creator/TomHanks calls them the One-hit Wonders. "Very common tale."
* The 1967 ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' movie - the one with Rex Harrison - features this exchange:
--> '''Matt''': I told you ''Flounder'' was no name for a boat!\\
'''Dolittle''': Nonsense. Flounders have survived for millions of years.\\
'''Matt''': Yes, ''under'' the water!
* A more in-universe example: in one of the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' movies, the group finally manages to get off the island. At the end of the movie, they all get back together for a reunion cruise, on a boat named the ''Minnow II''. Was anyone surprised by [[StatusQuoIsGod what happened next]]?
* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'', the British government tried to create a backup version of [=MI6=] known as [[spoiler:TheSyndicate. Somehow the Prime Minister was the only person who thought naming your covert counter-terrorism bureau after the word for organized crime was a bad idea, but by the time the project was disbanded [[WesternTerrorists it was far too late]].]]
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has a new genetic hybrid dinosaur made to be the scariest predator named ''Indominus rex''. Given it has "[[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/indomitable indomitable]]" right in the name, it's no surprise the thing turns out to be an untameable and deadly maverick.

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us a few examples of in-world naming convention faux pas.
** Tagaryen examples: '''Mae'''gor/'''Mae'''lys/'''Mae'''kar (may-you-never-be-trusted), Daemon (may-you-never-inherit), '''Vis'''arys/'''Vis'''erion/'''Vis'''enya (may-you-be-overshadowed), Aegon (you-cannot-possibly-live-up-to-The-Dragon), '''Rhae'''nyra/'''Rhae'''gar (may-you-cause-civil-war-and-die-horribly) or '''Rhae'''nys (may-you-just-die-horribly) or '''Rhae'''gal (may-you-kill-others-horribly), Baelor (may-you-be-too-good-for-this-world) and last, but not least: Aemon (may-you-be-celibate-through-choice).
** There are a couple of apparent Targaryen sequence-breaker names that still manage share a little something across the people with them, such as: the Daenaryses (beautiful, caring, initially valued solely as [[ArrangedMarriage trade material]]... either a more significant footnote than most realise or a conquering exclamation mark that most don't want to think about).. and, the the Daerons; "[[YoungConqueror the Young Dragon]]" (a bit 50/50 -- undeniably brilliant, yet horribly rash), "[[TheGoodKing the Good/ Wise]]" (who had an [[LoveRuinsTheRealm unbelievable mess to clean up]] as King, but did pretty well, with some hiccups)... and "[[TheAlcoholic the Drunkard]]"? [[spoiler: Actually, Prince Daeron had enough of the RoyaltySuperpower to know he'd not be fit for the throne, so deliberately made sure he wasn't ever seen as such -- wise or not, you decide.]] If so -- he might have lived up to the name, if you see ''Dae'' as meaning "may you engender ''both'' greatness and folly, ''both'' recognised and unrecognised".
** Balon Greyjoy named his little son after a famous Stark king in a form of WorthyOpponent, VillainRespect (from an Iron Islands' perspective). Um... Theon was doomed to live between stools even before he became a Stark hostage, wasn't he?
** Both Lyanna Stark and Lyanna Mormont are remarkably willful.
* ''Literature/TheLastColony'' by Creator/JohnScalzi centers around the newly-colonized planet of Roanoke. The protagonist essentially facepalms when it hits him.
** Subverted in that [[spoiler:the name was [[InvokedTrope quite deliberately chosen]] by those who set up the colony, and hints at their reasons and ultimate plan for it - though it still goes awry for those who set the colony up, in a way according to the name. Roanoke wasn't simply lost, its settlers abandoned it and joined the natives (whether willingly or not is still a matter of debate).]]
* The ''Starship Titanic'' is mentioned in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', along with the ''GSS Suicidal Insanity''.
** The latter is part of a crescendo sequence, ''GSS Daring,'' ''GSS Audacity,'' and ''GSS Suicidal Insanity.'' ''Daring'' and ''Audacity'' are actual names of Royal Navy ships.
** ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'' later got its own game and novelisation. Its maiden voyage went as hilariously badly as one would expect given the name and the author.
*** ... who is [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Terry Jones]] (novelization and parrot).
* The ''Literature/WingCommander'' novel ''False Colors'' has a character refuse to name a ship the ''Alamo'', because while the Battle of the Alamo is an inspirational bit of history and the defenders were heroes... they lost. And they all died.
* Lampshaded in one of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books. The Havenite battle plan is code-named Icarus, and one of the commanding officers muses that if ''he'' were in charge, he wouldn't have named the plan after the one whose wings fell apart. Strangely, it's one of Haven's most successful operations.
** It's possible that the "Icarus" in "Operation Icarus" actually referred to the ''Manticorans''.
** Also: The Solarian League named a series of ships the ''Joseph Buckley'' class. [[DesignatedVictim They should've known]].
*** They probably did — given that the scientist himself was well known in-universe for his reckless disregard of common sense. And it gets worse: Every Solarian ship named after Joseph Buckley (and there were quite a few) met bad ends. Several of them were lost to accidents instead of combat.
** In the ''Literature/ManticoreAscendant'' novel ''A Call To Duty'', a Manticoran sloop is called ''Phobos'', after one of the moons of Mars[[note]]She and her sister ship, ''Deimos'', were built mostly from the parts of the decommissioned battlecruiser ''Mars''[[/note]], but by extension, also after the Greek personification of fear. The ship proves to be a nightmare for her builders and crew, and meets a disastrous end.
* The novel ''Icarus Down'' by James Bow is named for a far-flung Earth colony and is set 62 years after the colony ship, known as the Icarus, crashed. It had appeared too close to the planet's sun...
* In the ''Navigator Pirks'' series, there is a story about a spaceship called "Goliath", which was sent to investigate Saturn's rings. Goliath was killed by a small rock. Saturn's rings are made of small rocks. Guess how well that goes.
* There's a short story which replays the Charge of the Light Brigade with robots on another planet. The general whose orders accidentally sent the robots attacking the wrong enemy positions was observing from a starship ''Balaklava'', named for the battle in which the original charge took place.
* There's a Soviet book about one Captain Vrungel (mix of Wrangel and ''vrun'' "liar"). He named his boat ''Pobeda'', "Victory", because "it will sail according to how you name it. You can name your boat 'Trough' or 'Sieve"', but don't expect it to not to sink at its first sailing." Ironically, at ''Pobeda'''s first sailing, two letters fell off and the ship became called ''Beda'': "Trouble" (the pun is [[LuckyTranslation "Courage" and "Rage"]] in the English translation). The four letters remaining are the only part of the ship to complete the journey.
** There's a ShoutOut to this in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', where a [[TheMafiya mobster's]] yacht in Moscow is named the same thing, with the "Po" missing; by the morning after Mike visits, it's a ghost ship with no signs of a struggle.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Han confronts an incredibly naive Imperial weapons designer about the projects she's worked on. Projects with names like ''Death Star'', ''World Devastator'', and ''Sun Crusher''. Did she really think that these would be projects with peaceful applications?
* The good airship ''Hubris'' in ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire''.
* Discussed in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/MyEnemyMyAlly''. The Rihannsu (Romulan) belief system places great meaning on names, and it is considered unlucky to name a ship after a virtue, as it is all too likely to take too much of the spirit of that virtue. Kirk then muses on the unlucky histories of ships named ''Intrepid'', and the Rihannsu renegade he's speaking with explains, "Name a ship for the spirit of fearlessness, and it forgets to fear." (She also thinks it explains why the ship named for the spirit of enterprise is so constantly in the thick of things.)
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gives us Professor Remus Lupin [[spoiler:who is a werewolf -- "Remus" being a mythical child raised by wolves (brother to Romulus, founder of Rome), and "Lupin" as described above. In addition, out of the two Roman brothers, guess which one died (killed by his twin, even) when you have to be alive to found a city. He appears aware of this, as he uses "Romulus" as a pseudonym for a radio broadcast late in the series.]] Creator/JKRowling seems very fond of {{meaningful name}}s.
** There's also a [[strike:minor]] werewolf character named Fenrir Greyback. ''Fenrir'' is the wolf-shaped son of Loki in Norse mythology, and ''Greyback'' is obvious. On the other hand, Fenrir ''likes'' being a werewolf, so it's not impossible he chose the name deliberately.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story ''Sucker Bait'', humanity tries to colonise a lush, though somewhat cold (but rich in biosphere) planet called Troas. The first colonisation expedition died after three years on the planet - and now they [[WeHaveReserves prepare to send the next...]] (although, to be fair, they did file away the records about the first attemp.t) If it's not clear how this qualifies, "Troas" is the region Troy was in -- though they ''did'' have a valid reason to name it that, as it was in the L5 or "Trojan" Lagrange Point of the binary system.
* In the ''Literature/TroyRising'' series, the alien Rangora are rather baffled by the fact that Earth's first two Battlestations are named after famous, historical ''defeats'' -- the Troy and the Thermopylae. (Of course, any defeat is a victory for someone else -- the Greeks won one of those, and technically lost the other.) But ultimately, the trope is subverted -- both battlestations wind up facing scenarios similar to their historical counterparts, but weather them. In the third book, Tyler Vernon admits that he named the first two stations after those historic defeats because back then, he didn't know if they'd ''work'' -- his main hope was that, even in defeat, they'd be memorable and serve as an inspirational example to future resistance, similar to how the fall of Troy is believed to have caused the birth of the Roman Empire, and the Battle of Thermopylae catalyzed Greece into an ultimately successful union to oppose the Persian invaders.
* German novel ''Azrael'' has the eponymous experimental drug named after the angel of death. Of course, the book is of the horror genre.
* Invoked in ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury'' when the younger Quentin Compson disappears. Her grandmother promptly looks for a suicide note, assuming she followed the lead of her [[DeadGuyJunior deceased uncle Quentin]].
* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series gives us the ''Invincible'', a ship name with the highest turnover rate of all. Most see the name as an affront to the ancestors and the living stars. Despite this, the fleet bureaucracy refuses to retire the name and gives it to a new ship as soon as they learn that the previous one has been destroyed.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the protagonist's father had a stallion named "Stygian", which is derived from the river Styx from the Greek underworld. Crossing the river Styx means death. Well, it's not surprising that he's killed by that very horse. Ward decides to let the stallion live, but renames it "Pansy". The horse changes accordingly, and becomes quite patient and gentle. Of course, the fact that Ward (very much unlike his father) treats it kindly, also helps.
* In the ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'' short story "Bit Rot", the interstellar ship ''Lanford Hastings'' suffer an accident that leaves most of the robot crew crazy and with an insatiable need for uncontaminated materials, which mostly means unaffected crewmembers (in other words, a mechanical ZombieApocalypse). The ship is named after the developer of the Hastings Cutoff, a 19th century shortcut through Utah, which would be a good name for an exploratory vessel, except the Cutoff is where the Donner Party happened.
* Author Creator/ColinWilson shot to fame with a treatise on anomie, alienation and the consequent loner syndrome in art and literature called ''Literature/TheOutsider''. The theme of the book was one of great art being called into being through solitude, alientation, and being misunderstood by a society unable to accept the presence of genius. He drily noted that the impact of the book caused the formation of at least one association of romantic-minded and alienated young men called "The Outsider Society". He pointed out the logical fallacy involved in this, and speculated as to whether these fans had grasped the essential theme of the book.
* In ''[[Literature/MrsPiggleWiggle Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won't-Walk-the-Dog Cure]]'', the problem that Einstein Treadupon has to have solved by Missy Piggle-Wiggle is that he's a know-it-all, a child genius who won't shut up explaining things to people they don't want to hear and is always interrupting and being rude. Prior to her curing him, however, some felt that the Treadupons got exactly what they should have expected when they named Einstein this.
* In ''Literature/{{Helliconia}}'' trilogy, the eponymous planet is observed by Terrans from a space station called ''Avernus'', which by the final book turns into utter chaos as its inhabitants [[SpaceMadness go mad from being locked up in space]][[note]]They can't touch down on the planet, however Earth-like it is, as its atmosphere is filled with microscopic lifeforms that would over time kill Terran humans. The idea of genetic modifications or even simply wearing ''spacesuits'' is never brought up.[[/note]], genetically engineering obscene creatures among many depravities. Perhaps it wasn't such a brilliant idea to give that station a name alluding to a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avernus purported entrance to the underworld]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of The Damned]]" features a space faring vessel called ''Titanic'' that resembles the famed ship. Used for tourist visits to a primitive planet (namely Earth), it was named after a "famous ocean-going Earth vessel." The Doctor comments on how poor a name that is, and isn't too surprised when the ship starts to blow up and "sink." [[spoiler:It was an InvokedTrope. The ship was ''supposed'' to crash into the planet and go nuclear, as a sort of genocidal insurance fraud...]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** One episode featured some barely-audible background dialogue along the lines of "Transport ''Marie Celeste'' now docking." When fans pointed out online that no one would be crazy enough to name a starship after a famous ocean-going ship whose crew vanished mysteriously, creator Creator/JMichaelStraczynski pointed out that Australians might indeed be just that crazy.
** Elsewhere in the series was also a ship named the "Icarus". It was an archaeological explorer's vessel, and it was destroyed with all hands lost when it went to Z'ha'dum, the home of the Shadows, and [[SealedEvilInACan woke them up]].
** That "5" in the name of the show's primary setting is there because there were four other Babylon stations before it, all either destroyed or, in one case, vanished. The actual ancient city of Babylon didn't fare too well either...
*** It is emblematic of [[{{Determinator}} humans in the series]] that they stuck with the concept, when another species would have given up, or at least picked a different name.
*** Also, since ''Babylon'' is the name of the diplomatic project, it becomes a lot simpler to see why the Babylon stations had so many problems. We're outright told that ''Babylon''s 1 through 3 were destroyed by terrorist attacks, and 4 was [[spoiler: commandeered by Sinclair to battle the Shadows a thousand years ago]]. 1-3 were destroyed because there were people who were determined to prevent organised diplomacy happening for some reason. In any case, it's rather like the swamp castle in Monty Python's ''Search For The Holy Grail''. The station is seen as a necessity, so they're gonna keep building stations, and the stations are named after the project.
** According to the fluff, they used surviving parts of the destroyed stations to help build the new ones, implying that B4 had parts of B1-3. Obviously, they didn't think the name was cursed, as they wouldn't have used the parts otherwise.
* Franchise/StargateVerse
** Lampshaded on ''Series/StargateSG1'' when O'Neill complains about the proposed name for the first X-303, "''Prometheus''", saying "It's a Greek tragedy, who wants that?" That didn't stop them from choosing the name anyway, though, because "guy who stole fire from the Gods" was too appropriate to pass up when fighting god-wannabes (and using technology stolen from them); the creators lampshaded it further by naming the episode in which it was eventually destroyed after the eagle who tormented mythological Prometheus ("Ethon"). Of course, the main reason he didn't want it called ''Prometheus'' was because he wanted to call it [[ShoutOut the]] ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''.
** [=McKay=] also got shut down for that by Sheppard. They went with ''Orion'' instead. None of the other named ships appear to match their name origins. Although, that was mainly because the ship's original Ancient name, ''Hippofaralkus'', was universally considered to be kind of lame.
** Interestingly, despite being the same class, only a few ''Daedalus''-class ships have similar themed names. The ''Daedalus'' herself, the ''Odyssey'', and the ''Apollo'' (even though the ''Odyssey'' is the name of the story, not of the character). Other names are all over the place: the ''Korolev'' was given to the Russians, who named it after a Soviet rocket designer named Sergei Korolev; the ''Sun Tzu'' was given to the Chinese, who named it after a famous general; the ''George Hammond'' was originally called the ''Phoenix'' (which is, actually, fitting for this trope) but was renamed after General Hammond's death.
** It's not just the humans that get in on it: when the Asgard create a new class of ship (which is apparently a VERY unique occurrence for them) with all the best technology and most powerful weapons they could come up with to fight the Replicators, they name it the ''O'Neill''. O'Neill himself is shocked, but honored. What happens? Its maiden voyage turns into a [[SuicideMission batshit crazy direct assault on the Replicators, leads them away, and self-destructs]] to [[TakingYouWithMe wipe them out in the massive hyperspace explosion]]. Because the Replicators aren't exactly super-intelligent themselves (yet), they never consider that the logical-to-a-fault Asgard would even hear about the psychotic, outside-the-box thinking strategy proposed by the [[CrazyAwesome unique]] human it was named for, let alone try it.
** The first episode of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' features the Icarus Project. Let's just say there's been a little SNAFU. The novelization of the ''Stargate Universe'' pilot has the ever GenreSavvy O'Neill planning to tear a strip off of whoever came up with the name "Icarus".
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry joked that if you name your kid Jeeves, you are guaranteeing that he'll be a butler when he grows up.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skl71urqKu0&feature=relmfu One skit]] in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' features the [[MadScientist mad scientist]] ''Doctor Death'' showing his creations to the military. Despite their ominous-sounding names and immediately evident potential for killing people, they were all genuinely created without 'evil' uses in mind.
* More than one character on ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' has wondered why Mal would name ''Serenity'' after the valley where the Browncoats lost a battle and, consequently, the entire war.
* In one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' Peg got a really good deal on some chicken. The fact that it came from a place called "Chernobyl Farms" really should have set off a red flag. (Actually, the bad case of the runs it gives Al is what gives him the inspiration to build his new bathroom, something he actually manages to do right for a change, more or less.)
* ''Series/{{House}}'' talks to a patient who apparently tried to kill himself:
--> "I check this box, you go to the psych ward where your roommates will be ''[[AGodAmI Jesus]]'' and ''Crazypants [=McLoony=] Bin.'' That guy never had a chance."
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', one supervillain is mentioned to have gotten his powers from a project manipulating "Darkforce". It is immediately lampshaded by Coulson, who snarks that "nothing bad ever happens when you're working with something called 'Darkforce'."
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' when Barry suggests asking criminal suspect Hannibal Bates's grandmother if she expected someone named "Hannibal" to grow up to be anything other than a criminal.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': The BodyOfTheWeek of the "Angle of Attack" episode turns out to have been killed by a experimental jet engine powered wingsuit that was code named "Project Icarus". This is {{Lampshaded}} by Nick.
-->'''Claudia''': Uh, okay. I expect you'll want to start with our Project Icarus lab.\\
'''Detective Crawford''': Icarus?\\
'''Nick''': Icarus. Greek myth. Wax wings, flew too close to the sun. That's a bit of an inauspicious name for a wingsuit project, given the way things turned out for poor old Icarus, don't you think?
* ''Series/MyCatFromHell'':
** This is basically host / cat trainer Jackson Galaxy's reaction to a Season 6 cat named Darkness. Darkness' female owner Laura was convinced the cat was demon-possessed and would freak out if he so much as moved toward her. Jackson's argument was that calling the cat Darkness, plus ''expecting'' him to act aggressively, wasn't helping anything. [[spoiler:As such, one of Jackson's first homework assignments was having them change Darkness' name; they ended up changing it to Jedi.]]
** Similarly, one episode has Jackson dealing with a cat that is actually named Spike, but is almost never called that anymore, called "Bastard" instead by the owner because of biting/scratching behavior. One of the first things Jackson does is to nix the "Bastard" because if that's what the owner expects, that's probably what she's going to get.

* There's a musician who calls himself Mighty Casey. You've heard of him, right? [[Literature/CaseyAtTheBat ...oh]].
* In the 1980s, Australia's Mushroom Records started a punk label called Suicide Records. It was a huge financial disaster (although influential artists such as Music/NickCave cut their teeth there).

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* There was a ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' strip that featured Hagar looking at a ship ''Unsinkable II'' and wondering "What happened to the first one?"
* One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip had Jason submitting an idea to James Cameron for ''Titantic II'' about a ship named 'Titanic II', complete with a "They thought it couldn't go wrong again..." narration.

* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', Martin makes ends meet by running a moving company called Icarus Removals in the time he can spare from [[ItMakesSenseInContext being a volunteer pilot]]. Douglas helpfully [[LampshadedTrope Lampshades]] the implications of a pilot naming a company after Icarus.

* ''Roleplay/ForTheSpiritOfCreation: San Francisco'': If the bad guys wanted their DarkMessiah to stay nice and subservient, they probably shouldn't have called her UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}}.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' says that changelings avoid naming their freeholds after myths, legends, or fairy tales for exactly this reason, because the Wyrd sometimes like to make sure the story repeats itself. Mention is made of "[[NoodleIncident the grave fate that befell]] New [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyonesse Lyonesse]]."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Space Hulks are gigantic derelict spaceships adrift in the warp where they occasionally smash into ''other'' space hulks. When they emerge back to realspace, the people who find them ''always'' give them names like [[Literature/CiaphasCain Spawn of Damnation]], [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Judgement of Carrion]] or Monolith of Woe. Though in this case, they name it ''expecting'' bad things inside, like sleeping genestealers, very much awake Orks, and/or daemons.
** Many, many Space Marines are named after mythological demons, evil gods, and other malevolent spirits,...small wonder that some fell to Chaos. We're looking at you, [[Literature/HorusHeresy Erebus]].
** One of the most glaring examples: the planet that has had some of the most apocalyptic wars fought over it in the entire setting happens to be named ''Armageddon''. There are only slightly less planets with foreboding names than made-up ones: Typhon, Settler's Bane, Eldritch, Medusa, Gunpoint, Woe, Murder, Baal, Firestorm, [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Birmingham Birmingham]]...
** Kharn the Betrayer ([[MemeticPsychopath what a guy!]]) is famous for singlehandedly destroying his own Legion as collateral damage during a battle with the [[EvilVsEvil Emperor's Children]], taking offense at the idea of nobody wanting to fight just because it was a few degrees below zero and these days for hitting every time he swings in close combat (not necessarily an enemy). Of course, when your first name is literally "traitor" (in Arabic, though Kharn is supposedly from what was Germany)...
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has several HumongousMecha with less than promising names. Most telling is the WalkingTank known as the Goliath. It's well-armored and heavily armed, but it's also notoriously hard to maneuver and has the unfortunate tendency to carry a lot of ammo in its main body. Also, the vast majority of its weapons are optimized for long range and firing forward. As a result, it's vulnerable to smaller, faster designs that can close inside its range or move outside of its firing angles to find a weak spot, including [[SnipingTheCockpit a shot to the cockpit]] in its head.

* In ''Theatre/OnAClearDayYouCanSeeForever'', Daisy is about to board a plane, but has a premonition that it will crash. It turns out that the plane's name, ''Trelawney'', is the same as the eighteenth-century ship whose historically confirmed sinking brought her [[{{Reincarnation}} previous life]] to an unfortunate end.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Creator/DouglasAdams computer game ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic''.
* While the flying city of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' is named Columbia, its government codename was... "Project Icarus". This being ''Bioshock'', things go badly there.
** Not to mention the original ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. It may not be fitting to name a projected utopian city "Rapture".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', humans are [[TooDumbToLive looking for fame and treasures in a legendary vault on a planet named]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Pandora]]. Never mind that even before hearing this name [[CrapsackWorld most people wouldn't want to spend five minutes on it]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there is an item found early in the game called Scroll of ''[[IcarusAllusion Icarian]]'' Flight. It boosts your Acrobatics skill by 1000, which both allows [[InASingleBound you to jump very high/far]]. The problem? This skill boost only lasts 7 seconds. You won't be able to reach the ground before the scroll wears off. To give you more of a hint, you get the scroll off the dead body of a mage, when he lands in front of you from out of nowhere. If you're quick you can save him by casting a Slowfall spell, but he'll just tell you "I don't want to talk about it" and then walk away. You can use the scroll to leap to the top of a ''mountain'' or [[SoftWater into a lake]], which can actually make them [[LethalJokeItem useful]].
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' brings us Camp Forlorn Hope -- a front-line NCR military outpost on the edge of being overrun by the Legion. About the only way the camp name could be even more conducive to the loss of battles and morale is if it was 'Camp Certain Death.'
** Actually, it's even worse. "Forlorn Hope" is a military term coming from the Dutch "Verloren Hoop", "lost hope", referring to the first wave sent into attack who are pretty much doomed to die. Basically, it's "Camp WeHaveReserves".
** [[AllThereInTheManual In fact]], it apparently ''used'' to be called [[TemptingFate Camp Hope]]. It got the name after things went to hell.
** There is an actual Forlorn Hope Spring in Nevada, and the camp does indeed have a spring running through it. They probably could have picked a nicer name for the spring, though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', the ship Red infiltrates in the Prologue is named the ''Hindenburg''. Of course, by the end of the Prologue, it's lost to a giant monster that suddenly appears in front of it.
* When Hawke is tasked to find out what happened to the workers at a mine near Kirkwall in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', s/he mentions to its owner that his first mistake was naming his mine "The Bone Pit." Subverted in that the owner, Hubert, didn't actually name the mine; the locals did, largely due to the area's grisly history.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' plays this trope straight... in the non-Japanese title of the series and the overseas title alone. [[spoiler: Doesn't stop Pit from getting his wings burnt off twice. Guess fate took a look at that one and said 'eh, close enough'.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'''s Kingdom of Zeal named their generator the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon Mammon]] Machine. The original Japanese name was the only-slightly-less-ominous "majinki", or "Demon God Device". [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]], the planet-eating EldritchAbomination the generator was getting its energy from ended up destroying Zeal first.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' gave us an espionage mission set during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, with a trio of spies code-named [[Literature/TheBible "ADAM, EVA, and Snake"]] assigned to the case. Come on, what's the worst that could happen? It's not like one of them could be a traitor or anything... right? [[spoiler:In a subversion, though, Snake is the only completely trustworthy agent of the three.]]
** One of the several major ending spoilers of the game is that [[spoiler:when a guy who calls himself Snake askes to see ADAM, it doesn't take a genius for a woman to say her name is EVA and see [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent how far it will get her]].]]
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has the Goliath: A potent MiniMecha, equipped with AA missiles and machine guns, it can do heavy damage to most targets and is fairly durable. If a few of them are alone and are attacked by [[ZergRush numerous smaller units]], however, their targeting systems are really bad at prioritization. So a few Zerglings, the game's cheapest units, can bring down an expensive and powerful unit a few times their size. Sound familiar?
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green]]'', a man in the Sevii islands enlists the help of the player character to find his lost daughter. Her name? ''Lostelle''.
* ''{{VideoGame/Ingress}}'': "It’s called Niantic. Named after some ship that’s buried under San Francisco. The NIA names all their projects after shipwrecks. That should have been my first clue."
* As if it wasn't bad enough to choose to base her design and programming off of the maniacal, human-destroying Mother Brain from the BadFuture, for some reason Balthasar and Lucca of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' chose to name the supercomputer in charge of protecting the future and preventing the Day of Lavos from ever happening...FATE. Once thrown into the past by the Time Crash, she initially continues to follow her programming, ensuring the people of El Nido (descendants of Chronopolis' workers) did not interfere with the Zenan mainland and thus change the future...but then through the Records she [[DeusEstMachina sets herself up as a goddess]], manipulates and experiments upon the people so as to understand life (and eventually become a new sentient lifeform), and once cut off from the Frozen Flame decides as a goddess [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans she is justified in doing anything to regain its power and carry out her mission]].
* ''VideoGame/AlienLegacy'' gives us two colony ships with dubious names: the UNS ''Tantalus'' and the UNS ''Calypso''. Tantalus is a figure in Myth/ClassicalMythology who killed his son and was being a dick to the gods. His punishment was to be put into [[FateWorseThanDeath Tartarus]] with food and water nearby that would move out of his reach when he tried to take them (hence the word "tantalizing") and a rock suspended over his head. Why anyone would name a ship carrying one of the last representatives of humanity is unclear. For reference, you play TheCaptain of the ''Calypso'' as it arrives to a system already colonized by the ''Tantalus''. You find only ruins and no trace of the people.
** Calypso is a character from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' who forcibly keeps Odysseus on her island for many years. Not much better. On the other hand, another meaning of "calypso" is "to conceal", which ''is'' appropriate for a ship that is supposed to carry the last humans away from a race of murdering aliens.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'' has Vile and his new powerful Ride Armor, the Goliath. The fight with him in the armor is... [[AntiClimaxBoss not the most difficult thing you'll face]]. (The subsequent battle with him once he is out of the armor is a ''bit'' more challenging, but...)
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has the young witch Misery who, due to being TheDragon to [[BigBad The Doctor]], causes plenty of hardships for the player character and the Mimigas on the island. Also her backstory [[spoiler:which explains that she was cursed by Ballos and is forced to serve whoever holds the Demon Crown]].
* The OpeningScroll of ''Golden Axe Warrior'' tells of a kingdom named Firewood, which, when ultimately betrayed to the BigBad, "quickly fell and was burned." Isn't firewood supposed to be for felling and burning?
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' by Bron the Barkeep with regards to naming New Tristram after a city destroyed by demons, undead, and an insane king.
-->See, the problem is they never should have named this place New "Tristram." We wouldn't be getting attacked all the time if we were called, oh, I don't know, New Wellington, would we?

* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', during a conversation between an AI-controlled, damaged, semi-kamikaze ship and the central computer.
-->'''The rogue:''' Any last words?\\
'''Predictably Damaged V:''' Make sure you don't skimp on fire extinguishing foam when you build ''Predictably Damaged VI''. Oh and.. [Explodes]\\
'''Narrator:''' Humans would pick a new name after five losses. The rogue appreciates humorous irony too much for that.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TwoEvilScientists'' when Sonic meets Vile:
-->'''Sonic''': Wait a second here, this guy's name is Vile?\\
'''Mega Man X''': Yeah!\\
'''Sonic''': When they named him, were they trying to make a Maverick?
* Happens in ''Duke Forecastle'', one of ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'''s side stories. The first five paragraphs describe the flagship HMS Superbia commanded by Royal Lord Admiral Hubris Unsinkable setting sail to enemy territory, no one gets to hear about the ship or the admiral again. The succeding flagship gets named HMS Hubris Unsinkable, sharing the same fate, and the one succeding it HMS Hubris Unsinkable II.
** A [[LampshadeHanging lampshade is hung]] on the trope latter when a character comments that naming a ship HMS Hubris Unsinkable III would be completely out of question.
* In ''[[Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt Solar System]]'', which takes place in the far future, one character is a dog named Strelka... [[DefiedTrope because you do not want to name a space dog "Laika"]]. She also shoots down another character's suggestion to name a new shuttle "Challenger", reminding him what happened to the original space shuttle ''Challenger''.
* In Webcomic/ShortPacked!, Mr. and Mrs. Bean (no, not [[Series/MrBean that one]]) are fundamentalist Christians, and are homophobic. This is much to the disappointment of their lesbian daughter Leslie. Near the end of the comic's run, Leslie's fiancee Robin calls them out on this, naming their daughter Leslie Bean. Apparently, it's a family name.
* In the roleplays of ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'', Arthur and Cassandra's youngest son is named Mordred, against the advice of their friends. Fast-forward 10 years, and he kidnaps a girl, rapes her repeatedly, and damn near ''kills'' his father when he hunts him down to stop him. Thankfully, Mordred cleans up his act after being sent to jail, even befriending the girl he raped when he saves her life... then he becomes ''extremely'' overprotective of her and his family, to the point of being fully willing [[MurderIsTheBestSolution to straight-up MURDER anyone who hurts them in any way]]... Luigifan says it best:
--> '''Luigifan:''' What did you think you'd get when you named him after the guy who killed King Arthur? A model citizen?

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Used as part of [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] spoof of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII'', where the people of America [[PresidentEvil vote Dr. Insano into the White House]]. He even lampshades it himself by asking what the hell they expected, voting for a guy who calls himself "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Insano]]".
* ''Website/SFDebris'' has a running gag about the naming of ships Icarus that highlights this trope.
** Due to the lack of colons in their titles, Chuck thought ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were respectively rebelling against and the enemy of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. But given [[FranchiseKiller the fate of the franchise]] not long afterwards, he finds them appropriate.
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' is a about a MMORPG guild named {{Noob}} by its founder. Guess what kind of players its membership ended up consisting of.
* On ''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Brows Held High]]'', Kyle Kallgren complains about ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'' on how NASA names a giant planet that will probably destroy Earth with such a negative name. He even suggests alternatives such as "HappyFunBall".
* During one of ''WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}}'' streamer Joel's ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' hacking streams, he named the child of his hideous Pikachu-man "Missingno". The face proceeded to become a stream of polygons that engulfed the entire map, with the texture eventually glitching so much it started to bear an eerie resemblance to it's namesake.
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: With a name like [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Paine Deth]], it was almost inevitable that he would take a MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate in MadScience.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had an entire ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' pastiche. It took place on a [[SpaceSailing space cruise-liner]] named "Titanic". The spaceship resembled the original Titanic with added sci-fi bits tacked on. Naturally enough, by the end of the episode, it's sucked into a black hole. They even christened the ship with the head jar of [[Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]]] and [[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} he didn't warn them.]]
** Amusingly, nobody sees anything wrong with the name; after 1,000 years, it's not common knowledge. And when it comes to 20th-Century-born Fry's opinion, he's too much of a dumbass to know any better.
** Of course, none other than Captain Zapp Brannigan is repeatedly TemptingFate.
-->'''Kif Kroker''': But that leads us straight through a comet field!
-->'''Zapp Brannigan''': Ah, yes. Comets, the icebergs of the sky.
** There was also the ''Land Titanic'', the world's largest land vehicle. It sank on 7th Avenue after hitting a mailbox. This took place before the spaceship ''Titanic'', so surely the ones who made the spaceship should have still had suspicions about the name.
** Mixed with GoneHorriblyRight, there was "Project Satan", an attempt to create a super-intelligent (but evil) car. What went wrong? Well, the car was ''[[CaptainObvious pure evil]].''
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E57TheUncrashableHindentanic The Uncrashable Hindentanic]]" went for the Double Dog-Dare with an airship named the ''Hindentanic''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter jumps up shouting "Quick, to the ''Petercopter!'', and immediately crashes a helicopter with his face on the front lawn of his neighbor Joe. A few scenes later, the situation repeats itself with Peter shouting "To the ''Hindenpeter''!" and all we get to see is a zeppelin with Peter's face [[ScreamDiscretionShot passing by through the window]] with exactly the results you would expect.
-->''"Joe, I am '''sooo''' sorry!"''
-->''"How can you afford these things?!?"''
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has an ''in-universe'' example: the villain of every series, Megatron, is named after the Transformer equivalent of Judas Iscariot, although it varies from series to series whether it's the name he was created with or if he chose it as a symbol of rebellion against a corrupt government. Either way, it somehow still surprises 'bots when he becomes HeWhoFightsMonsters and ends up more evil than the villains he started out fighting.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Jimmy creates a robotic salesman named the [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Willy Loman]] 3000 to sell chocolate bars. To the surprise of no-one who gets the reference, it turns out to be smarmy and incompetent, only capable of making sales by giving away inventions far more valuable than the candies along with them.
* Notably averted in TheSeventies Sunday-Morning cartoon ''Davey and Goliath''. Goliath was Davey's talking dog. (Of course, calling them "Samson and Delilah" would probably have worked too, because the two characters here [[InNameOnly didn't resemble the Biblical ones in the slightest]].)
* Also completely averted with Goliath from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. It's not his real name (his species doesn't use personal names) but is what humans have always called him. Still, being associated with the name doesn't seem to have caused him any more trouble than any other member of the group. He ''does'' end up in conflict with a man named David who is smaller than him, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** The ponies seem to have near clairvoyance when it comes to naming their children, when you [[FridgeBrilliance consider]] their names came ''before'' their personalities and special talents surfaced yet often fit them perfectly. Rainbow Dash is a fast flyer, Fluttershy is a poor flyer and a ShrinkingViolet, Scootaloo is an expert scooter rider, Shining Armor specializes in [[BarrierWarrior barrier spells]], the list could fill this page.
** In one episode Pinkie Pie stacks a hundred-odd boulders and names the resulting teetering, loosely-packed amalgamation "the Rock Slide", and she is somehow surprised when it starts collapsing.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' has some fun with this with Armagedroid. He was built during an alien invasion to ''stop'' Armageddon, but ends up [[WellIntentionedExtremist nearly causing it later on (twice)]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''Dreaming in Code'': "Time to wonder if maybe we shouldn't have named our central server 'Kafka'."
* After the success of the movie ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', someone tried to build a replica of the famous ship to cater to all the movie fans who wanted to have a romantic ocean cruise on a ship like that. They couldn't find enough investors willing to tempt fate that boldly.
** Then there's the "original" RMS ''Titanic''. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology The original Titans]] are most famous for being roundly defeated and sealed into Tartarus once Zeus and company came along, and if they weren't imprisoned, they got lousy fates like holding up the sky for all eternity, or being chained to a rock with an eagle snacking on 'em for all eternity... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or being married to Pandora]], who released all evil on the world.
** The ''Titanic'' sort of is an example in another way. In 1898, a merchant seaman wrote a novel called ''Literature/FutilityOrTheWreckOfTheTitan'', about a giant cruiseliner called the ''Titan'' which is meant to be unsinkable, whose passengers include lots of famous and rich people, and on one of whose voyages in its first year of service -- yes, across the Atlantic -- it hits an iceberg in the middle of the night in April and sinks. And no, there weren't enough lifeboats for the characters in his story either.
** The ''Titanic'' was the second of three ships in the ''Olympic''-class, all of which seem to be jinxed:
*** The first ship, the ''Olympic'', collided with the Royal Navy cruiser HMS ''Hawke'' eight months before the Titanic sank. During her lifetime, people on the ''Olympic'' actually were fine, it was the four ships that the ''Olympic'' hit that were in trouble. At least one of the collisions was on purpose, though; [[RammingAlwaysWorks she sank a German U-Boat]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
*** A few weeks after the ''Titanic'' sank, crewmen aboard the ''Olympic'' tested the collapsable lifeboats on the ship and found that they were all defective. The White Star Line refused to fix the problem, so 54 crewmen mutinied.
* Throughout history, several people appeared to think that calling a car "Phaeton" is a good idea... (For those who don't know their Greek Mythology, Phaëton was the son of the Greek god Helios. He tried to drive his father's sun-chariot, lost control, and had to be shot down by Zeus before he crashed it into the world.) Admittedly, the only case where the {{Unfortunate Implication|s}} came literally true was the Phaeton carriage popular during The {{Regency|England}}, which was famous for its speed and its ability to get its drivers and random pedestrians killed.
** The most recent example would be VW's expensive luxury car from 2003, even though the brand is mostly known for its small economy cars, and the company also owns the ''Audi'' brand, which is actually a well known brand for large luxury cars. Unsurprisingly, the whole thing bombed because nobody who could afford one wanted to be seen in a VW.
* Icarus, a bus; not very likely to melt down, but as for the "flying too far" part, bendy bus variants sometimes got nasty skidding (when not driven carefully).
* An-22 "Anteus". The Soviet transport ''plane'' named (in a fit of black humor?) after [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the giant]] who ''lost his strength when he was lifted from the ground''. Its [[ReportingNames NATO reporting name]] is "Cock", one variant of which may [[SomethingElseAlsoRises rise]], but the bird doesn't fly. One of the scientists working on the design of this plane said the name was chosen because it really did "take its power from the land", since refueling occurs, you know, on land.
* Russians also named their most iconic brand of cigarettes, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belomorkanal Belomorkanal,]] after a particularly murderous gulag forced labor project.
* Various world navies have named their ships after losing battles or even past ships that have been destroyed (generally as a way to say [[RememberTheAlamo "never forget"]]).
** The UK ship HMS ''Ark Royal'' was sunk in WWII; several design flaws were found to have contributed to the loss. This hasn't prevented the UK from naming two other ships the same name since; one was an [[TemptingFate Invincible class]] aircraft carrier.
*** Although none of the other ''Ark Royal''s were lost in action and the very first one was the English flagship in the victorious battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588. And while most of the crew got off the World War II ''Ark Royal'' unhurt, the previous HMS ''Invincible'', a battlecruiser, had an even more noticeable design flaw and blew up at Jutland with the loss of nearly the entire crew (there were just six survivors).
*** To add another layer to this, ''Invincible'' was the flagship of Admiral Hood, and there was an HMS ''Hood'' that was obliterated by the Nazi battleship ''Bismarck''. However, in this case, it's a subversion: HMS ''Hood'' wasn't named for that particular Admiral Hood.
** The British Royal Navy has had four ships named ''Icarus'', starting in 1814, and all of them continuing through their careers without serious problems. The fourth ''Icarus'' was an ''I''-class destroyer, launched in 1936 and which participated for the duration of the Second World War, sinking four German U-Boats. It was decommissioned in 1946 and torn up for scrap in Scotland.
** The pocket battleship ''Admiral Graf Spee'' was named after a German admiral killed in the South Atlantic during a battle in the first year of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in which the cruiser squadron he commanded was annihilated. (The flagship of the victorious British fleet: the battlecruiser HMS ''Invincible''). It came to grief in the battle of the River Plate in the South Atlantic in the first year of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** The Imperial German Navy and the Federal German Navy had a total of four ships called ''Vineta'', after a mythical coastal town that famously sank beneath the waves of the Baltic Sea. Almost as ominous as naming a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_auxiliary_cruiser_Atlantis ship]] or [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} other kind of vessel]] ''Atlantis''…
** The current flagship of the Italian Navy is the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavour_(550) Cavour]]'', named after Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, one of the fathers of Italian unity. A good name… Except the only other Italian warship with the same namesake was the RN ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_battleship_Conte_di_Cavour Conte di Cavour]]'', which, after a calm career in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and one as glorified royal yacht between the war, was ''sank by airplanes while in harbour, '''twice''' ''. With the first sinking [[OlderThanTheyThink inspiring the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor]] (both done by carrier-launched torpedo planes in harbours deemed too shallow for air-launched torpedoes). And, [[TemptingFate to tempt fate even more]], the modern ''Cavour'' is a ''carrier''.
* The Soviets named a battleship which they inherited from the Russian Empire after a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Marat French revolutionary who was killed in a bathtub]]. It was sunk (not permanently) three months after the Germans attacked.
* The US Navy has a slightly morbid tradition of naming submarine classes for ships that sank (or at least it did before it decided to name them [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_class_submarine after]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_class_submarine states]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_class_submarine cities]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seawolf_class_submarine sea monsters]]).[[note]]That covers all submarines currently in commission.[[/note]] This could be considered an attempt to turn this trope to a positive end: after all, you ''want'' a submarine to go underwater.
* There seem to be a disturbingly large number of sports teams named after the residents of Troy…
** Although according to Roman myth, the Trojan survivors became the first Romans. The same Romans who, in RealLife, built one of the largest empires in history and, notably, conquered Greece. So it could be seen as defeat just makes them come back stronger…
** In at least one case (the University of Southern California), this is deliberate: the nickname was coined during a sporting match where the unlucky Trojans-to-be were getting slaughtered, but still kept struggling valiantly on.
** Further, naming a brand of condoms after a city that was famously impregnated [[TemptingFate seems to be asking for trouble]].
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394776/Mark-Wilkinsons-Titanic-II-sank-harbour-Dorset.html?ITO=1490 Man names boat Titanic II; sinks before leaving harbour.]]
* The huge and luxuriously-appointed ore freighter SS ''Edmund Fitzgerald'', among other nicknames, was called "The ''Titanic'' of the Great Lakes" by some. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Edmund_Fitzgerald Yeah, about that...]]
* There's a famous image around the net of the speedboat [[http://i12.tinypic.com/2ed0ew2.jpg "Temporary Insanity II"]]. He should have known better after the first time.
* Although the car achieved commercial success, the AMC ''{{Gr|ipingAboutGremlins}}emlin'' has got to be a TemptingFate honorable mention.
* The Hellenic Air Force Academy logo features Icarus.
** The [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Air Force's]] roundel is a bullseye. It only gets worse with the Royal New Zealand Air Force's roundel, which is a bullseye centered on a Kiwi, a type of flightless bird. Potentially borders on IShallTauntYou.
* The UK has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_%28satellite%29 a series of military satellites]] called [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Skynet]] of all things; however, they can be excused for starting the series ''and'' coming up with the name long before Creator/JamesCameron started work on ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** [[AIIsACrapshoot As of this writing, Skynet has yet to rebel against humans. Perhaps its just waiting for us to let our guard down.]] Then again, even in the ''Terminator'' films, Skynet didn't [[TimeyWimeyBall originally]] rebel until the humans tried to shut her down after she became self-aware.
* The Tampa International Airport's parking garage has elevators named after various heroes of aviation… and UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart.
* {{Film/Apollo 13}} (and since then NASA has ''never'' launched a vehicle with "[[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]]" in the name -- during the Shuttle program they ''changed the mission numbering system'' after STS-9, and then changed it back after the loss of the ''Challenger'').
** Bonus points: the command/service module (CSM) of Apollo 13 was named ''Odyssey''. The craft was named after ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', but one definition of the word (as mentioned by Lovell's book ''Lost Moon'') is "a long journey marked by many changes of fortune", as with the original ''[[Literature/TheOdyssey Odyssey]]'' by Homer. This name proved prophetic when one of the CSM's oxygen tanks exploded, which put a leak in the other and eventually shut down the craft's power supply (not to mention its breathing oxygen). It took a great deal of ingenuity and hard work by the astronauts and the ground crews to bring the astronauts home, making the entire trip fit the dictionary definition of "odyssey".
** STS-113 flew without major incident, but due to schedule changes it was actually the 112th Shuttle mission. The next flight, the 113th, was STS-107, when the ''Columbia'' was lost on reentry.
** The 13th targeted flyby[[note]]a flyby in which the spacecraft's trajectory (Cassini in this case) is modified to have it passing very close to the object (a moon of Saturn for that probe) in astronomical terms (or not; one such flyby of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enceladus_(moon) Enceladus]] had Cassini skimming it at just ''25 kilometers'' of its surface while transversing that distance ''in seconds'')[[/note]] of Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini spacecraft, in 2006, ended with the probe being hit by a cosmic ray and a good chunk of the data gathered by it in that flyby lost.
* There's an urban legend in the British Royal Navy that says the Admiralty decided to disprove one of the Navy's most cherished superstitions, namely that Friday is an unlucky day to set sail. Not only did they christen a ship HMS ''Friday'', but they had her keel laid on a Friday, and she was commanded by a Captain Friday. The myth continues that the ship disappeared without a trace during the shakedown cruise.
* There's a comforter set called the Theatre/{{Othello}}. Presumably the intention was to name it after the game rather than the original play, and for those that don't know, [[spoiler:the climax involves Othello smothering his wife to death ''in their bed'' after being thoroughly hoodwinked by his smarmy, deceptive, {{ambitio|nIsEvil}}us flagbearer.]]
** There's also a set of bedroom furniture aimed at little girls. The name of the set? Literature/{{Lolita}}.
* Speaking of Literature/{{Lolita}}, Nabokov has claimed that he's singlehandedly responsible for [[OneMarioLimit the disappearance of Lolita as a girl's name]], averting this trope.
** In a very similar vein, Adolf was a somewhat common name in the German-speaking world up until it fell out of popularity for [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler some strange reason]] in the thirties/forties.
* Following a decade of managerial complications and enormous financial loss following its "[[DidntThinkThisThrough merger of equals]]" with Chrysler, Daimler AG decided in 2007 to sell the company to a certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus_Capital_Management Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.]]
* Speaking of Chrysler, the company had the [[SarcasmMode brilliant idea]] to introduce a sport utility vehicle called the Aspen (a rebodied Dodge Durango) in 2007. Apparently, they forgot that the Dodge Aspen was not one of the company's best received cars. The Chrysler Aspen was discontinued in 2009.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LMS_6399_Fury Fury]] was an experimental steam locomotive designed to run on high-pressure steam. True to its name, Fury's high pressure caused its tubes to burst and kill the engineer.
* For a twofer, there's a Japanese company called [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Cyberdyne]], whose most famous project is a [[PoweredArmor powered exoskeleton]], but they thankfully decided not to name it T-101... they named it [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL]] instead ([[FunWithAcronyms Hybrid Assistive Limb]]).
* Windows-NT has an important file containing the standard drivers that the kernel needs to work (the first file loaded by the bootloader), similar to the IO.SYS on DOS. How is it called ? [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL]].DLL - Hardware Abstraction Layer.
* If somewhere in time mankind would travel to other planets or their moons this trope may be invoked with the gods the planets are named after. Mars - the god of war; Saturn - the [[IAmAHumanitarian maneating]] EldritchAbomination; Pluto - the god of the Underworld... . It gets even nastier if you look at the names of some moons. Pluto's moon Charon - the ferryman of the dead. Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos are the gods of horror and terror. To be fair, the more visible planets were dubbed in times when they were really assumed to be gods and the other ones were simply keeping up the tradition.
** Not to mention that Pluto's features, newly mapped by the ''New Horizons'' flyby in 2015, are now being named for entities and place-names in Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* USS ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Harold_E._Holt_%28FF-1074%29 Harold E. Holt]]''. Why? it was named after an [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Australian Prime Minister]] who famously disappeared at sea.
** One Australian tribute to Harold Holt is similarly poorly thought out, albeit, presumably, [[BlackComedy deliberately so]]. It's located in the Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Holt_Memorial_Swimming_Centre it's a swimming pool]]. Named after a guy who's ''presumed drowned''.
** There is even greater irony in the USA naming one of its naval vessels after Harold Holt because some Australian {{conspiracy theorist}}s claim that the USA ordered the drowning of Harold Holt because [[https://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/08/16/1029114012911.html he expressed an intention for Australia to become]] [[TheRestOfTheNuclearClub a nuclear-weapons state]].
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the primary aerial torpedo used by the US Navy was the [[ThirteenIsUnlucky Mark 13]], which was infamous for its finicky and unreliable nature. It had to be dropped from low altitude at low speed in level flight, [[AirstrikeImpossible often against a heavily defended enemy ship]], and once dropped, there was no guarantee that the torpedo wouldn't break up, sink, porpoise about randomly on the surface, drift wildly off target or sail in circles, etc. Even worse, it wasn't at all unheard of for a Mark 13 to be successfully deployed, only for it to hit the target square on and [[EpicFail do nothing, because hitting the target directly would damage the trigger instead of setting it off.]] Other American torpedoes of the time, designed for launch from submarines and surface warships, were little better[[note]]they were in fact ''worse'' in some ways; to date, no airplane has ever been [[CriticalFailure struck by its own runaway torpedo]], a dubious honor claimed by at least a few American ships, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Vesuvius_(1888)#Post-war_conversion USS Vesuvius]].[[/note]] All of these problems were corrected in later versions after a few months of experience, [[TookALevelInBadass leading to a much more effective weapon.]]
* Comedian Paul [=McDermott=] joked that the Australian Navy's expensive and problematical Collins-class submarines "were actually named after singer Phil Collins - because they're crap, but very popular."
* The Chevy Nova was said to have sold poorly in Spanish speaking countries as the Spanish phrase "no va" means "doesn't go". As [[Website/{{Snopes}} snopes.com]] explains, this is pure myth. Not only would a spanish speaker not read "Nova" as "no va" any more than an English speaker would read "Notable" as "no table," not only is nova an actual Spanish word (meaning the same thing as its English cognate), the real kicker is that there's no failure for this supposed naming goof to explain. The Nova sold just fine in Latin America.
* Another example relative to cars and Spanish language: the Mitsubishi Pajero SUV was renamed Montero in Spain and America because "pajero" is the spanish term for "wanker".
* Brown University's "Sex Power God" party was started in 1986, and actually survived for two decades without a hitch while maintaining the school's free-spirited identity. In recent years, however, the name has caused it to degenerate, so much that it was cancelled in 2014. As one of the original organizers said, "Calling the dance Sex Power God was a liberationist act, a f*** you to those who thought sex, power or god belonged to them not us, and a good joke." [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/25/brown-sex-power-god-college-parties_n_5878364.html?cps=gravity As the story shows]], it's become anything but.
* One of the tallest residential buildings in the world is called "The Torch". In 2015 [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31562099 it caught fire]].
** And again [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40822269 in 2017]].
* Music/GunsNRoses decided to title their sixth studio album ''Chinese Democracy''. Depending on how one interprets the title, it can be taken to mean "A dramatic and powerful shift in the status quo" or "Something that will probably never happen". The latter interpretation became a bit prophetic when the album hit a notoriously TroubledProduction, with one of the worst cases of ScheduleSlip in rock n' roll history: it took an entire decade to record, it set a Guinness World Record for the most expensive album production of all time, and the band spent eight years promoting it on tour before it was actually released. Before it finally hit shelves in 2008, some fans understandably doubted whether it would ''ever'' come out. This led to many an ObligatoryJoke that there would be actual democracy in China before ''Chinese Democracy'' was finished.
* Just to complete the picture of sea-going bodies being particularly prone to this, the head of the US Fleet was initially known as Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Fleet or... CINCUS. If you can't see the problem, try saying it out loud. The issue was recognised (the Navy tried to insist it should be pronounced 'kinkus') but it was brushed off. Then Pearl Harbor happened. And suddenly it seemed rather grotesque. The name was changed shortly thereafter.