->''"You know, when you name your son Jeeves, you've pretty much set up his life's path for him. What is he going to become... a hitman? 'Pardon me sir, but I'm afraid I must whack you.'"''
-->-- '''[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Jerry Seinfeld]]'''

Some names, frequently taken from historical events, seem to be jinxed. No one wants to ride on a ship (or a [[SpaceSailing space]][[VideoGame/StarshipTitanic ship]]) named "Titanic" or "{{Hindenburg}}". Similarly, anything named [[IcarusAllusion "Icarus"]] is begging for a wing-clipping, and [[Literature/TheBible 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, [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Skynet"]] is strictly off limits; after all, what good is a computer if all it wants to do is TakeOverTheWorld?
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.
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[[folder:Meta]]
* Naming any form of flying contraption "Icarus". Who in his right mind calls something after the most famous story of a man killing himself by recklessly misusing a flying device that performs safely when used as intended? [[note]] You should name your flying contraption "Daedalus". That was Icarus' father, whose wings worked as intended, which at least one place [[http://www.icarusinterstellar.org has actually done]][[/note]].
* There seems to be a minor trend in entertainment (particularly sci-fi) where any episode or chapter that is called or refers to "The Great Leap Forward" will involve a major, disastrous incident.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Most of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' cast are named after sunken 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 ''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]]".
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Ozymandias in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. 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/{{X-Men}}'', 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...
* A common out-of-universe reaction to the '70s storyline wherein [[GreenArrow Green Arrow's]] sidekick ''Speedy'' was addicted to drugs. As Site/Superdickery put it, "It's like walking in on your ward doing a corpse and going 'Necrophilia Lad! How ''could'' you?!"
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[[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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* People seem to find humor in ''[[SeltzerAndFriedberg Disaster Movie]]'' bombing at the box office.
* 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''.
* To the humans in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' -- you named the new moon [[ClassicalMythology Pandora]]? Really? I don't care if it means "All-Gifted," there's a reason you don't try to open things named after or belonging to Pandora!
* 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]].
* In ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', the main primate is named [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]]. ([[PlanetOfTheApes The original]] could fit too, even if the name was given to him by the circus owner who adopted him -- the parents named him "Milo".)
** Also, 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 ''PlanetOfTheApes''). 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.
* The original colonists' ship in ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is called the ''Bellerophon''. In 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 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 ''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]]?
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''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.]]
* 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.
* [[LampshadeHanging 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.
* 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 [[{{Woolseyism}} "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 ''My Enemy My Ally'', first of the Literature/{{Rihannsu}} books. 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 the short story ''[[Creator/IsaacAsimov 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]].
* ''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.
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[[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 neccesity, so they're gonna keep building stations, and the stations are named after the project.
* 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 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 ''{{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.)
* {{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 called "Dark Force." It is immediately lampshaded by Coulson, who snarks that "nothing bad ever happens when you're working with something called 'dark force'."
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[[folder:Music]]
* There's a musician who calls himself Mighty Casey. You've heard of him, right? [[Literature/CaseyAtTheBat ...oh]].
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[[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.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* 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.
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[[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]]."
* Space Hulks in ''Warhammer40K'' 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]], [[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, or daemons.
** Not to mention whatever stellar genius who decided to name many, many Space Marines after mythological demons, evil gods, and other malevolent spirits, and expecting them to ''not'' fall to Chaos. I'm looking at you, [[Literature/HorusHeresy Erebus]].
* ''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.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In the {{musical}} ''On A Clear Day You Can See Forever'', Daisy is about to board a plane, but has a premonition that it will crash. It turns out that the plane had the same name as a boat she had boarded in her [[{{Reincarnation}} previous life]] that sank.
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[[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/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights of the Old Republic II]]'', the ship the [[PlayerCharacter Jedi Exile]] returned to the Republic on (and subsequently gets overrun by Sith assassins) is named the ''Harbinger''.
* 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 Icarian Flight. It gives you 1000 extra jump skill, which both allows you to jump very high and absorbs damage from long falls. 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.
** GenreSavvy gamers will use the scroll to leap to the top of a ''mountain'' or [[SoftWater into a lake.]]
* ''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 heap", 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'' tried to skirt the trope by having the protagonist actually named Pit. Whether or not it worked well depends on if you want to see it as taking three games or twenty-five years before his wings got burned off (it also happened at the end of the second game, but it apparently didn't count).
* The [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Kingdom of Zeal]] named their [[spoiler:evil-entity-]]energy-sucking machine the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon Mammon]] Machine. Three guesses what happened to them, and the first two don't count.
** In the original Japanese, the machine was named "majinki", roughly translated as "Demon God Device".
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' gave us an espionage mission set during the 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.]]
* ''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 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 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...)
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', during a conversation between an AI controlled, damaged semi-kamikaze ship and the central computer.
-->'''The rogue:''' Any last words?
-->'''Ship:''' 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 ''Lord 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 of the admiral again. The succeding flagship gets named HMS Hubris Unsinkable, and the one succeding it HMS Hubris Unsinkable II.
* 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 space shuttle "Challenger", reminding him what happened to the original ''Challenger''.
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* 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 ''{{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 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.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had an entire ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' 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}} 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]].''
*** {{Justified}} since the whole point of the project was to make the most evil car ever.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' 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.
* In an episode of ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.
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* After the success of the movie ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', 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" ''Titanic''. [[ClassicalMythology What are the original Titans most famous for?]] 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]].
** The ''Titanic'' sort of is an example in another way. In 1898, a merchant seaman wrote a story called "The Wreck of the Titan", 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 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.
*** The third ship was supposed to be named the ''Gigantic''[[note]]To those that don't know GreekMythology that well; the Gigantes were the next generation of gods who were supposed to overthrow Zeus and the Olympians but were soundly trashed with a bit of help from Heracles[[/note]]. However, after the sinking of the ship that (supposedly) even God Himself couldn't sink, the White Star Line reconsidered and named it the ''Britannic''. During WorldWarI, it did service as a hospital ship. It sank in 1916 when it hit a mine off the coast of Greece.
* 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 [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate implication]] came literally true was the Phaeton carriage popular during TheRegency, 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. It was 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).
** Contrary to what one might expect, they still manufacture them. Thankfully, they didn't try their hands in [[TemptingFate building airplanes]].
* An-22 "Anteus". The Soviet transport ''plane'' named (in a fit of black humor?) after [[ClassicalMythology the giant]] who ''lost his strength when he was lifted from the ground''.
** Its NATO reporting name is just plain insulting. It's "Cock." Though at least that's something well-known for [[SomethingElseAlsoRises rising]].
*** It doubles as a stealth insult, considering the other kind of "cock" can't exactly 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.
** It couldn't refuel mid-air or on an aircraft carrier because the An-22 was the world's heaviest aircraft until the arrival of the C-5 Galaxy and the larger An-124. An aircraft carrier large enough to handle it would be more strictly termed "an island".
* Various world navies have named their ships after losing battles or even past ships that have been destroyed (possibly as a way to say [[RememberTheAlamo "never forget"]]).
** During WorldWarTwo, it was also a means of psychological warfare -- when the Japanese sank a carrier, the US would generally name a replacement after the destroyed ship to keep the Japanese guessing about US repair and refit capacity.
** The US Navy ships USS ''Bunker Hill'' were all named after a battle the US lost.
*** Almost as bad were the Kidd class destroyers, informally nicknamed the "Dead Admiral class". All four were named for USN admirals killed in action during WorldWarII, and two of them were killed in the same battle. Less odd when you consider that ''all'' USN destroyers are [[ThemeNaming named after]] [[DueToTheDead fallen military personnel]], but perhaps slightly moreso when you consider the Kidd destroyers were designed as AntiAir platforms, and two of four ships are named for Admirals who died in air attacks...[[note]]The idea probably was that, if those admirals had more anti-air available at the time of their deaths, they may have lived. A little {{Irony}} and {{Revenge}} is also no bad thing.[[/note]]
*** Oddly enough, all of the aforementioned USN ships have had long and honorable careers.
** 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 2 ''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, the commander of the ''Invincible'' was 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 WorldWarOne 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 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 WorldWarI and one as glorified royal yatch between the war, was ''sank by airplanes while in harbour, '''twice''' ''. With the first sinking [[OlderThanTheyThink inspiring the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour]] (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 names 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.]]
* 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 [[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.]]
* The Tampa International Airport's parking garage has elevators named after various heroes of aviation... and AmeliaEarhart.
* {{Film/Apollo 13}} (and since then NASA has ''never'' launched a vehicle with "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'').
** 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.
* 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}}. Did the designers of that not know what happens in that play?! 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, [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] 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 [[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.
* 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''.
* 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," the Nova sold just fine in Latin America.
* Brown University's "Sex Power God" party was started 28 years ago, 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.
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