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In video games, when a name is given to a character, it quite often holds a special meaning.
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* The fairies in ''VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes''. [[spoiler: The fairies are actually the [[LiteralSplitPersonality split form of Princess Iris]] and their names, Ai, Lee, and Sue, combine to form the (Japanese) phonetic pronunciation of her name.]]
* The German soccer management game ''Anstoß 3'' (earlier installments had been translated to English as ''On the Ball'') allows you to send your team to a Chinese training camp led by one Dr. Do Ping, who puts special ingredients into the food served …
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'''s [[LoveFreak Aino Heart]] means (roughly) "Heart of Love".
* The first campaign mission of the Military Sim ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} 2'', you and your squad are ordered to mark an enemy communication centre in the remote coast town of Pusta, Chernarus for aerial bombardment. In the process, you will find that the rebels who occupied the town, [[spoiler:massacred most of the townsfolk, and ditched them in mass graves on the outskirts.]] Now, for everyone who speaks [[BilingualBonus Russian]], the town's name foreshadows this unfortunate turn of events, as ''Pusta'' means "[[spoiler:[[GhostTown empty]] ]]" in Russian.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', the main character Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad translates as "The Flying One, Son of None". In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', the new PlayerCharacter Ezio Auditore da Firenze's first name is a Latin derivative of "Eagle." There's also the leader of the Assassins in the first game, Al Mualim, which translates as [[spoiler:TheMaster.]]
** In the third game, Connor is named so by Achilles in order to better blend in with white people. It seems at first that it's a random name, but the end reveals that this is Achilles's dead son's name.
* In ''[[BackyardSports Backyard Hockey]]'', the character Beverly Backstop is the best goalie in the game.
* The numerous [[PunnyName punny names]] in ''VideoGame/BillNyeTheScienceGuyStopTheRock'' often are this. For example, Connie Vection (convection) specializes in atmospheric sciences, which Sue Nami (tsunami) specializes in oceanic sciences.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'', the name of the leader of the city of Rapture - Andrew Ryan - is an anagram of "Ayn Rand" with a few extra letters added. The names of several other characters are also references to Ayn Rand's writings.
** As [[{{Moviebob}} The Game Overthinker]] has pointed out on multiple occasions, ANDREW RYAN = WE R AYN RAND.
** Some enemy names are also this. Big Daddies that use Rivet Guns are named Rosie in reference to Rosie the Riveter, a famous Allied propaganda heroine that urged women to work on factories in wartime. The gun-wielding Splicers are named Leadheads, both in reference to their WeaponOfChoice and because they frequently wear metal masks to protect their faces.
* In the assorted ''VideoGame/CarmenSandiego'' media (computer games, game shows, and the infamous TV series), all the villains save Carmen herself have such names. Baron Wasteland (succeeded by Baron Grinnit, easily the cleverest of the gimmicks), Jaquilene Hyde, Contessa, Dr. Sara Bellum (not to be confused with every other campy mad scientist ever created), Miss Demeanor, etc.
* In ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' , Juste and Richter mean "Just" and "Judge" respectively, appropriate for a pair of vampire hunters, no? Additionally The Just scale is actually an old means of developing the octave scale, as opposed to the modern tempered scale. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Music?]] [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Hmmmmm]]...
** Soma Cruz. His last name is Spanish for Cross; the katakana rendering ("Kurusu") tends be translated as Crucifix. As for his first name, several meanings can be taken from it depending what language you use, it's Spanish for Vessal, Hindi for Moon, or even White. All fitting, considering his role. Also, his first name in Japanese translates to "pale (blue)" and "successor/inheritor".
** Arikado's name more or less means Demon's fang. And an amusing pun on "Alucard" (it's more obvious with a bit of understanding of Japanese).
** If a boy named Malus comes up to you looking for help, should you believe him?
** Christopher and Simon have the names of a saint (the patron of travellers, even) and apostle respectively. Christopher's son has a Meaningful Name as well, though an understandable translation snafu robbed the overseas audience of it: 'Solieyu' is a phonetic spelling of the Japanese katakana phonetics for Soleil - the French word for sun. Bad puns are a bonus!
** {{Retcon}}ned Belmont Sonia bears a moniker that's short for Sophia (in Russian). Her game featured her gaining the ''wisdom'' behind her clan's power, and gathering relics that would later be useful to her descendants.
* ''{{Catherine}}'' has Katherine [=McBride=], the girlfriend of main character Vincent who is pushing for a stronger relationship.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has the leader of the Mimigas, named King. There's a [[SarcasmMode cheerful]] character named Misery and Ballos [[spoiler: who eventually takes the shape of a ball]].
** A bit more obscure, but still valid, is the name "Sakamoto". The parts of which make up "Hill" and "Underground".
** If you're on track to the GoldenEnding, you discover the protagonist is named [[spoiler:Quote. Considering that he's a HeroicMime, this has to be a joke. Also, Curly Brace. Think about it and look at your keyboard. The curly brace is on (read tied to) the back of the Quote.]]
* Teleios from ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. ''Teleo'' in ancient Greek means Finished or Completed. Appropriate for a man who wants to create the ultimate life form via genetic science.
* About every level in ''VideoGame/ChipsChallenge'', which gets lampshaded in "Southpole", its hint tile reads "What was the name of this level?". The obvious solution (but surprisingly ''not'' the fastest one) is [[spoiler: keep moving down]].
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''' Jim Temblor is a mutant with control over the Earth [[spoiler: and the son of the supposed villain who destroyed the Overbrook neighborhood via earthquakes, Faultline.]]
** During a [[LaResistance Resistance]] mission in Going Rogue, you're supported [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]] by a pair of snipers, named "Griefer" and "Headshot". Guess where the names come from.
* The ''Covenant'' family from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'', of course.
* Let us just say that ''Franchise/CommandAndConquer'''s ultra-character named Kane is not coincidental. If the various hints dropped by him and relics from under his Temple aren't enough, the Interpol file referring to him is named GEN#4:16...
** From the ''Command & Conquer'' "Incursion" motion comic: The main character's name is Christian Pierce, which [[spoiler: given Kane's ascension and its debatable similarities to the Christian rapture]], and his task to decimate anyone who stands in the way of the GDI / Nod alliance, seems to make perfect sense.
* Brad Fang, the wolf-man in ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}: Hard Corps'' for the SegaGenesis. His teammate Ray Poward? Not so much.
* In the second half of ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', the Third Horseman (known as War) finds his steed again, ''"For what follows War, [[spoiler: but Ruin?]]"''
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has Firelink Shrine. This name sounds like standard flowery naming until the end of the game where you realize it is named after [[spoiler:the process of sacrificing one's self to fuel the First Flame.]]
* The name of the ''Franchise/DeadSpace'''s protagonist: Creator/IsaacAsimov + ArthurCClarke = Isaac Clarke.
** Plus, his parents are [[PoulAnderson Poul]] and [[OctaviaButler Octavia]].
* If you thought that there wasn't enough of a contrast between the embodiments of RedOniBlueOni in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' (HalfHumanHybrid protagonist Dante and his EvilTwin Vergil), just wait until you see the names of their trademark swords. Vergil wields a {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} named Yamato while Dante brandishes [[CoolSword a broadsword-esque weapon]] called Rebellion. Yamato (大和) is an ancient name of Japan that usually holds the connotation of symbolizing the Japanese people and their traditional ways of old. Rebellion hearkens to the Meiji period of Japan, a time where modernization began and some of the old customs such as imperial families and samurai were passed over in favor of Western-style innovations like guns. Now look at Dante and Vergil, their style of clothing, and their weapon preferences. How can that ''not'' be an allusion?
** Dante and Virgil may also be inspired by TheDivineComedy, the first part (the Inferno) following the protagonist through hell.
** In addition, many of the bosses and enemies have meaningful names: Blitz in Devil May Cry 4 is a lightning monster, and Blitz is the German word for lightning, etc.
** The names of important characters in ''Devil May Cry 4'' are related to Christianity in a way: Kyrie, Sanctus, Credo, Gloria and Agnus are names for pats of the Roman Catholic Mass which are traditionally sung in Latin (Except Kyrie, which is in Greek), [[spoiler:and Kyrie is the only one among them who doesn't have demonic power,]] then Nero is named after the Roman emperor who persecuted the Christians of his era.
* The ''VideoGame/DeathJr'' games follow the misadventures of the Grim Reaper's son (nicknamed DJ) and his friends. His best friend Pandora is good at opening locks and has never seen a box she didn't want to open, Seep is a limbless body in a liquid filled tank on wheels, Stigmartha has a hole in each of her hands that bleed when she's nervous, Smith and Weston are conjoined twins who handle DJ's weapon upgrades, and finally there's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dead Guppy]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', we have JC Denton, as in ''Jesus Christ'', who can fulfill the MessianicArchetype. ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', a prequel, gives us ''Adam'' Jensen, who is one of the first augmented humans in the world [[spoiler: that can handle augmentations with no rejection. In fact, it's speculated that his DNA was used to genetically modify Paul Denton.]]
** ''Human Revolution'' also has [[spoiler:Eliza, who is named after a chatbot]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'': The third game introduces Imperius the Archangel of Valor. "Imperius" is clearly a differently spelled "imperious", which means "domineering, overbearing, arrogant; urgent; (obsolete meaning) imperial or regal". Interestingly enough, "valor" or "valour" means "value; worth; strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; prowess; intrepidity; a brave man; a man of valour; arrogance". When you think about how Imperius tried to stop [[spoiler: Diablo]] all by himself, and that he seems to be unbelievably arrogant, well, his name and title says it all!
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' had a comic relief RecurringBoss named Mid-Boss (who called himself "Vyers, the Dark Adonis" -- not that anyone else in the game noticed or cared) by Laharl, whom he didn't feel was powerful enough to take the title of Overlord of the Netherworld. It didn't stop Mid-Boss from trying, though.
** The BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'' is a man who apparently cast off his original name as he believes ThatManIsDead. For the sake of convenience, he calls himself Judge Nemo. "Nemo" is Latin for "no one" as [[LampshadeHanging Desco points out.]] Also, he claims to be passing judgement on the world for its sins.
* For the initial release of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'', its engine was at version 1.[[NumberOfTheBeast 666]].
** The third episode of ''Doom'' (Inferno!) draws its name and its episode names from ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''. The fourth episode (Thy Flesh Consumed), and its levels except the secret level (Fear), draw their names from [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] quotations.
* In ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'', one character has the name "Brutus". It is a Latin name that can be interpreted as "brute" or "stupid". The character himself proves to be pretty stupid in some ways.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]] is a Shapeshifter mage specializing in attack spells. An Irish goddess who could change her form and theWelsh goddess of war and death share this name. Also, the Welsh goddess' symbol was a crow, and Morrigan's [[AbsoluteCleavage costume]] is decorated with crow feathers.
** [[KnightInShiningArmor Alistair]] is a Scottish form of Alexander, "defender of men", and he is the toughest of the warriors you can recruit due to his weapon-and-shield specialization. [[spoiler: He's also a WarriorPrince, much like Alexander the Great.]]
** [[WhiteMage Wynne]] means "blessed", appropriate for a character who is being sustained by a spirit of Faith.
** [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] is a variant of a French diminutive of Elizabeth, which has strong religious connotations in the original Hebrew.
** [[AmbiguouslyBrown Duncan]], the BigGood who recruits you into the Grey Wardens, has a name that means "brown warrior" to match his dark skin.
** The Dwarf Noble's surname is Aeducan, from the Dwarven word "Aeduc". While the precise translation hasn't been revealed, clues hint that it likely means either "Shield" or "Stone".
** Sebastian was a 3rd-century saint martyred by arrows.
** [[TroubledButCute Fenris]] is similar to Fenrir, a wolf in Norse mythology. Referred to in-universe, as his master intended a name meaning 'little wolf' to be intimidating.
** [[LawfulNeutral Aveline]] is another in-universe example. She was named for the patron saint of female knights in Thedas.
** Both the Hawke and Amell [[BadassFamily families]] are named after Birds of Prey. Amell itself means "The Power of an Eagle". Flemeth lampshades this, telling Hawke that when the [[RightManInTheWrongPlace time is right]], they should not be afraid to ''[[TookALevelInBadass leap]]'', as it only then that they will learn how to ''[[BigDamnHeroes fly!]]''
** More humorous is the name of a nobleman, Reginald Thaddeus Spincter, who sends a letter to Hawke concerning his daughter. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphincter_ani_externus_muscle Hmmmm...]]
** The city of Kirkwall is also actually another meaningful name. Kirk is an old word in English for church. So it means Church Wall. Given the content of the game... well... you decide.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', all of the named Celestrians are based off of the avian constellations. Aquilla, the most important, [[spoiler: outside the BigBad who's name is [[CreepyCrows Crovus]] ]], is the only major constellation. You can continue this with your PlayerCharacter.
** The first town you enter which your character is supposed to look after is called Angel Falls. Near the beginning of the game, [[spoiler: your character falls out of the Observatory into that town.]] Did we mention that Celestrians look like angels?
** In the DragonQuest franchise, pretty much ''every single NPC'' has either this or a PunnyName (and they often overlap)
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has a love affair with these. Caim is Gaelic for Cain, who was big on the murderin' of his brother. Arioch is Hebrew for "fierce lion" and was also the name of a fallen angel in ''ParadiseLost'', both apropos to her character. Seere is also a demon, a prince of hell with 26 legions who was of an indifferent nature, not evil but not good, and very beautiful. Manah, from the religious concept of ''manna'', and her character being referred throughout the game as a "tool of [[GodIsEvil the gods.]]"
** In the sequel, the dragon called Legna which is Angel spelled backwards. Considering that [[spoiler: Angelus is the dragon of the first game (and Angel in the Japanese version) ''AND'' Legna was the same dragon that killed Caim's parents and made a pact with Inuart]] this is {{foreshadowing}} in spades.
* In ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' Taiga gets the sword Traitor at the very beginning, but it's not until halfway through the very final route that the sword's name is actually referenced. [[spoiler:And no, Traitor doesn't betray him. Traitor defines himself as rebelling against ''God'' and is thus the MrExposition for what everyone needs to do to save the universe from God, who is kind of a [[OmnicidalManiac jerk]].]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has several examples, often recurring:
** There is an in-universe book written by Zurin Arctus, called The Art of War Magic. It mimicks Sun Tzu's The Art of War both in content and in style.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has a more subtle example: the only surviving (bastard) heir of the Emperor is Martin Septim. [[spoiler: Martin, as in 'related to war' - his entire 'reign' consists of the war against the Mythic Dawn/Mehrunes Dagon]].
** It is mentioned in several games that Daedric Princes are so ancient, they were not named for something, but instead their names became common nouns. For example the word "vile" comes from Clavicus Vile.
* ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' Has Chris Silverscreen, a movie maker. [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Cap White]] is a white blood cell that just so happens to look like a nurse. Now switch the name order around and think of the HollywoodDressCode for nurses. The Rhombulans, whose leader is in a rhombus. Also a shout out to Franchise/StarTrek and the Romulans.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDaughter'' had its final boss named Baphomet, which is either a pagan fertility god, a mistranslation of "Mahomet", or a Satanic figure. Regardless of the meaning you use, it's fits him well enough.
* All the proper names in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' are [[ThemeNaming related to music]], but some stand out:
** A viola is an instrument played with a bow. Viola uses a bow as a weapon.
** Similarly, "Arco" in music means to play with a bow (usually as opposed to pizzicato, meaning to pluck the strings). Arco is the name of Viola's pet.
** Fermata means "hold", and reflects the current [[spoiler:and original]] purpose of the fort that bears its name. The musical symbol for it should be familiar to anyone who's been inside.
** Mt. Rock. Ho ho.
** An elegy in music is a type of musical work, usually of a sad or somber nature; in literature, it's often used as a funeral song or lament for the dead. The Elegy of the Moon is where [[spoiler:people who die of mineral powder poisoning go]].
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', we have Robert House, a [[TheChessmaster consummate schemer]] who owns the city of New Vegas outright and is playing the two main powers in the area against one another; his name happens to fit quite well with the gambling motif that runs through the entire game.[[note]]For those not in the know, "the House" is a slang term for casino ownership, as in the phrase "The house always wins"; without giving away spoilers, the game has ''great'' fun with some of House's quest titles.[[/note]]
** Ulysses is also an example. He mentions he took his name from Ulysses S. Grant, who "turned two flags into one and lost himself in the process."
** Jason Bright has the PropheticName variation -- he had that name since before the Great War, and has become a glowing one (a variation of ghoul that glows with radiation).
** Dr. 8 has a form of OCD that makes him obsessed with the number eight. He will frequently arrange things in sets of eight and lives in house number 08 (out of six).
** Dr.O's real name is [[spoiler: Dr.0 as in the number, its just that everyone has been reading it as O. He explains that he likes the number zero because its unassuming and no one expects anything from it, where O is similar to the sound people make when they are disappointed.]] In this light both names are appropriate, he is widely considered to be the most useless doctor.
** Deathclaws take the name of their species literally, as a few swipes of their claws, that completely ignore all defences, usually means death.
** Also, camp Forlorn Hope, which would better mean "Abandon all Hope". Most NCR troopers consider the place hell.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and similar games are rife with this.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' had the Four Fiends of the Elements, who were all named after demons in Dante's ''Divine Comedy'' (Scarmiglione, Cagnazzo, Barbariccia, and Rubicante). Oh, and its traitorous AntiHero, contrasted with his benevolent counterpart, was named ''[[NameOfCain Kain]]''. BigBad Golbez was named after Golubaeser, a type of black fly named for the Serbian town Golubac. According to folk legends, these venomous flies were born from a dragon's corpse. [[spoiler:This fits with the fact that Theodor Harvey became Golbez shortly after the double whammy of losing both of his parents. Compare that to Cecil who in Mysidia's legend was known as the one "birthed from womb of dragon's maw". In fact Zemus is the one who renames Theodor, directly comparing him to the Golubaeser folklore.]] It also happens to be a name of a demon in a book called "Devils" by J. Charles Wall.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' had its AffablyEvil [[TheDragon Dragon]], Gilgamesh, named after the legendary Sumerian hero; BigBad Exdeath/X-Death/Ex-Death seems a lot less cheesy given his name was probably meant to be ''"Exodus"''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a [[NietzscheWannabe nihilistic villain]] named [[Creator/FranzKafka Kefka]].
*** Tina Branford (known outside Japan as Terra Branford) derives from "Christiana", the latin feminine form of "Christian", and was derived from a saint who was tormented by her father, which itself mirrors how Tina/Terra was tormented by the Empire for most of her life, including being [[HypnoTrinket brainwashed]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was a more subtle offender. It doesn't take a lot of trouble to work out the significance of the self-confused hero Cloud Strife or the [[AGodAmI god-wannabe]] Sephiroth (who is derived from the 10 manifestations of God, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sephirot Sephirot]]), but then there's Tifa Lockheart, whose name is derived from the Kabbalist concept of the Tifaret, the symbol of love; freedom fighter Barret [[Film/{{Braveheart}} Wallace]] and the multiple Norse Mythology references, such as Nibelheim (Niflheim), Midgar(d) and the Midgar Zolom, which is a [[GratuitousEnglish bad romanization]] of the Norse word for "midgard serpent". Aerith sounds phonetically close and is nearly an anagram to "Earth". This also gives some additional meaning to Cloud's name considering their romance from when they meet in Midgar up to [[spoiler:Aerith's death.]] (i.e. Cloud and Earth)
*** Nibelheim roughly translates into "Cloud Home" in German. Also worth noting is the Nibelung, the inhabitants of the Nibelheim of Norse Mythology, forged the eponymous "Ring des Nibelung" in [[RichardWagner Wagner's]] opera. The magic ring grants it's owner the power to rule the world. The owner of the ring, the hero Siegfried, is betrayed by one who desires the ring and its power, similar to [[spoiler: Sephiroth betraying Zack/Cloud for Jenova.]]
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' has revealed that cheerful hero Zack's last name is ''Fair'', as in weather, to contrast with broody ''Cloud Strife''. There is also the Angeal, a thinly veiled angelic figure [[spoiler:complete with white wing]] and Genesis, the first [[spoiler:of a line of experiments similar to the one that created Sephiroth]]. A slightly subtler example in ''Crisis Core'' is Lazard Deusericus. His last name is "Silken God" in Latin which doesn't seem meaningful until you realize [[spoiler:that Shinra can mean the same thing. It's implied that Lazard came up with the name himself as a reference to the fact that he is the bastard son of President Shinra.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s troubled but courageous hero is named Squall (a term for a violent windstorm, in keeping with the franchise's love of weather-based names) [[KingOfBeasts Leon]][[AnimalMotifs hart]]. His kindhearted and passionate LoveInterest uses the surname "Heartilly."
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus and Yuna]] are named after the sun and moon respectably and also reflects their personalities. Tidus is sunny and optimistic, compared to Yuna who is gentle and quiet. As if the game wanted to make the point a little clearer, you need the Sun Crest and Sigil to activate Tidus' ultimate weapon, and the Moon Crest and Sigil for Yuna's.
** From the sequel ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', Lulu and Wakka name their child Vidina, ''Al Bhed'' for future, symbolizing Spira's future. Also some FridgeBrilliance to show that Wakka no longer hated the Al Bhed.
** The games' creators have even lampshaded their love of weather-based names for protagonists (Cloud, Squall, Kaze (wind) in FFU, Sora (sky), Lightning in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''), in a throwaway line by Zidane in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'':
--->'''Zidane:''' No cloud, no squall shall hinder us!
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the fal'cie Orphan's name is possibly a reference to the Ophan, a high-ranking class of angel who were described as fiery wheels with many eyes lining their rims. Orphan's design is certainly wheel-like, with those many faces on his rims possibly representing the eyes. Also, during [[spoiler:the final battle with Orphan, he will take on an a very angel-like form when he is staggered.]]
** Every second name in FF series are based off of something or other. A full list can be found [[http://www.ffcompendium.com/h/names.shtml here]].
** Hope, who has this explicitly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Lightning tells him to "Find the ''hope'' you were named for." His name also becomes subject to many [[PunnyName puns]].
*** Invoked in-universe during the same cutscene: Lightning actually outright explains the symbolism in her alias:
--> Lightning shines bright, then fades away. It can't protect. It only destroys.
** The name of the series itself was a reference to the fact that the very first game in the series was created by Squaresoft as a last ditch effort to save Squaresoft from becoming bankrupt.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has quite a lot of meaningful names, as well as using plenty of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic mythology references]]:
** The Myrmidon class can be passed over as another mythology reference, but most people belonging to the class have an [[BloodKnight obsession with fighting]] that could easily be described by the modern use of the word.
** From ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'', Marth is named after a ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''.
** From ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'':
*** One subtle example can be found in the 4th game, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ayra]] is an alternate spelling of Ira, in Latin one of the 7 deadly sins (wrath) and Ayra has [[{{Tsundere}} quite the temper...]]. On the other hand, she could just be the commonly used shorting of Irene, ironically meaning peace.
** From FireEmblemElibe:
*** The name Roy comes from a French word meaning king. It's also a Gaelic word meaning red, so both names are appropriate.
*** That a mysterious, {{Bishounen}} bard has the name Elfin is probably not a coincidence. [[spoiler: On the other hand, that isn't his real name.]]
*** ''Fire Emblem 7'' has [[DudeLooksLikeALady Lucius]], a monk who uses ''light'' magic.
** From ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'':
*** Ike, being short for Issac, can signify the importance of his parentage. Ike may also be a reference to DwightDEisenhower; surprisingly, they have quite a bit in common. The cheer for Ike in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' also reinforces this connection. ("We like Ike!" was also one of Eisenhower's campaign slogans.)
*** Soren might be a meaningful name: It's a corruption of the Italian name Severino, which is the diminutive form of Severo, which means grouchy. (See Snape from Harry Potter, above.) Soren is, indeed, both small and grouchy. Soren's original Japanese name was Senerio. Which is part meaningful, part pun. (A tactician named Scenario? Really?) Interestingly enough, in Japanese, Soren means "Russia".
** Another (unintended?) example in the 8th game, the 2 lords wield Siegmund and Sieglinde, named for a Norse hero and his [[BrotherSisterIncest sister/lover]], their wielders have [[{{Twincest}} bit of subtext]].
** Ranulf (can shapeshift into a cat) ''Fire Emblem 9 and 10'' has also a subtle one. Ranulf means "raven wolf". When applied to the same system as Beowulf ("bee wolf") mean "bee hunter" or "bear", Ranulf means "raven hunter" or "cat".
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon''. Read the [[FunWithAcronyms acronym it forms]] and you should know what the series is specialized in causing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' has a Halflife called Scarecrow. He is, indeed, [[CaptainObvious an animated scarecrow]]. [[spoiler:He wants to '''Scare''' humans with the fear of death, so that nobody would kill anyone anymore, and his OneWingedAngel form is a monstrous '''Crow''']].
* All of the bosses in ''VideoGame/GatlingGears''. The Vanguard is the Freemen's last line of defence protecting their village. The Gardener is a robot made to uproot trees and transport them onto trains.The Excavator was made to excavate rocks and minerals. Shockstorm uses [[ShockAndAwe lightning attacks]] and summons a storm. The Bouncer is the enemy preventing you from entering Katharsis, similar to how a bouncer prevents people from entering a bar.Finally, The Butler is Julius's personal mech which you fight in his estate.
* [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] is named after an a minor god in actual GreekMythology, who was, like the Kratos in the game, a personification of power and strength. (The franchise also has a subtle MythologyGag related to this; the mythological Kratos is one of three gods - along with Hephaestus and Bla - who bind Prometheus to the stone in Aeschylus's ''Literature/PrometheusBound''; in the first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', the protagonist binds Prometheus, while in the second game, he frees him.
* The surname of crimelord Dimitri in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', Rascalov, is likely a pun of 'Rascal', meaning a troublemaker. His business partner, Mikhail Faustin, is named after Mikhail Gorbachev, and his surname evokes {{Faust}}.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', Gordon Freeman is seen as a messiah. One of the highest people in the Resistance (His followers) is Judith Mossman. The name Judith has a male version: Judas. Guess what she does. [[spoiler: However, she then betrays the Combine, subverting this.]]
** Eli Vance is effectively the figurehead of the resistance as he is the most gifted of their scientists and therefore one of their greatest weapons against the Combine. Funnily enough, Eli means "God of mine" in Hebrew and Arabic.
** Doctors Kleiner and Magnusson both fit this trope, as "klein" is German for small and Magnusson's root word is "magnus" which is Latin for "large". Kleiner is very meek and easily intimidated, while Magnusson is very forceful and verbose.
** Gordon Freeman's name has symbolism that is referenced in-universe - he is repeatedly referred to as "The Free Man" which is funny because, unknown to most, it doubles as an IronicNickname as he's G-Man's pawn. On the other hand, he freed an entire race that returned the favor.
** Related to ''Half-Life 2'', the final revision of a military-themed mod for it, ''SMOD: Tactical'', was version 5.56.
* The FPS ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'', published by Ravensoft, had an [[BigBad end-of-game boss]] called Korax -- from ''corvus corax'', the Latin name for the common raven. Another monster (a fire-spitting avian) was called an afrit, though whether there is any connection with the legendary crossword composer Afrit (A. F. Ritchie) is not known. And ''hexen'' is German/Old-English for witches.
** "Afrit" is a variant spelling of "ifreet", a supernatural creature of Arabic origin (similar to a genie). The game also features two-headed monsters called ettins, named after the two-headed giants popularized in Dungeons & Dragons.
* In ''VideoGame/HiddenAgenda1988'', "Chimerica is a chimera of a country. Body of El Salvador, neck of Nicaragua, claws of Cuba, head of Haiti, it is a composite of different parts that together form a beast representative of all."
* ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' is the name of a type of bird you see in the credits, the Japanese Grosbeak. In fact every ship in the game except the Sword of Acala (itself and the Stone-Like a reference to Vajrayana Buddism) is named after a bird in Japanese.
* In ''VideoGame/IMMeen'', the [[AntagonistTitle main antagonist]], Ignatius Mortimer Meen, has a fitting last name.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' has a ton of these for the story characters. Some examples:
** Endou Mamoru's full name (円堂 守) is a pun on "endo o mamoru" (エンドを守る), which means "to protect/defend the end" ("end" in the soccer jargon sense here). Being a talented goalkeeper, that's exactly what he does.
** [[BlowYouAway Kazemaru's]] surname means "wind circle".
** Similarly, Toramaru means "tiger circle", a reference to his AnimalBattleAura.
** [[AnIcePerson Fubuki's]] surname means "snowstorm".
** [[MakingASplash Tsunami's]] surname (綱海) is a pun on, well, "tsunami" (津波).
** Megane Kakeru's full name (目金 欠流) is a pun on "to wear glasses" (眼鏡かける, pronounced exactly the same). He's the only member of the team who wears glasses.
** Tachimukai Yuuki's full name (立向居 勇気) is a pun on "the courage to fight" (立ち向かう勇気, "tachimukau yuuki").
** Kabeyama's surname means "wall mountain". He's a defender who's built like a sumo wrestler, his signature hissatsu technique is named The Wall, and he later learns another aptly named The Mountain.
** Fudou's surname means "immobile" or "idle". This may not seem all that meaningful at first, but then he shows up again in the third game and the corresponding FFI arc of the anime, and promptly finds himself [[BreakTheHaughty stuck as a benchwarmer]] for so long that some fans started to [[CrackPairing jokingly ship]] [[CargoShip Fudou x Bench]].
** Demonio Strada's full name consists of the Italian words for "demon" and "road". He's [[spoiler:an Italian teen trained by Kageyama to be a stronger and faster carbon copy of Kidou, whose surname also consists of the kanji for "demon" and "road" in Japanese.]]
* ''VideoGame/InFamous'' has Cole pronounced as coal. The villain who will destroy the world is [[spoiler:the Beast]].
* The surname "Smith" is related to a word meaning "to hit". In ''VideoGame/Killer7'', the Smiths are assassins, i.e., "'''hit'''men".
* From ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The main trio of the [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts first game]]: Sora, Riku, and Kairi; Sky, land, and sea, respectively, though Sora is the only one that is referenced: "''There are many worlds, but they all share the same sky.''"
** Moving on to later games, you have Namine. ''Nami'' means ''wave'', while ''ne'' can mean either "sound of" in Japanese, or "born from" in French. There's the obvious reference back to Kairi, with the water-related name, but remember: [[spoiler: waves are formed by wind moving over water]]. The joke behind all this? [[spoiler: She's Kairi's Nobody, and was created when Sora freed Kairi's heart from his body]].
** Then there's the Organization, who're all pretty simple to figure out; they're [[SignificantAnagram Significant Anagrams]] of their original selves' names with an [[XtremeKoolLetterz ''X'']] added in.
*** The 'X' itself having a meaning: It signifies Xehanort's obsession with the χ-Blade, the memories present within Xemnas, his Nobody.
*** Then there's Xion, whose name is loaded with double meanings. There's the first (phonetic) part of her name, ''shio,'' which means ''tide'', and is another call back to Kairi. [[spoiler: This is a RedHerring: she's not connected to Kairi like Namine is, but rather she's an imperfect copy of Sora's memories and therefore takes on Kairi's form. Then there's the references to ''scion'', meaning ''heir'', as well as her original name: '''No. i'''. As in the ''[[RetGone imaginary number.]]''. There's also the fact that "Shion" is the Japanese name of a flower that stands for "I won't forget you", ironically referencing the fact that after her death everyone forgot about her existence... although as of DDD, certain individuals are having inklings of remembering her.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'' gave us Terra, Ventus, and Aqua, who have the "land, sky, sea" ThemeNaming going on again, only this time in Latin instead of Japanese. Not only do their Command Styles, Keyblades and attacks [[BlowYouAway reflect]] [[DishingOutDirt their]] [[MakingASplash namesakes]], but their stories also reflect Sora, Riku and Kairi's in some ways. Terra is the eldest, and [[AntiHero like Riku]], is struggling with his inner darkness. [[spoiler: He also winds up [[GrandTheftMe body-snatched]] by Master Xehanort, and eventually becomes the person whose Heartless would take over Riku. He also bequeathed to a young Riku the power of the Keyblade.]] Ven is the chipper, upbeat cute little boy whose friends mean everything to him. [[spoiler: He later fights his [[EnemyWithout literal darkside]] at the end of game, much like Roxas and Sora did at the beginning of ''[=KH1=]'' and ''[=KH2=]''. His heart is also linked to Sora, and has been ever since Sora was very, very young. Said heart currently sleeps within Sora, and gave Roxas, Sora's Nobody, Ven's face and voice]] Aqua is the level-headed of the two and often helps hold the trio together. [[spoiler: She finished the game lost in the Realm of Darkness; the same one that Kairi's letter helped Sora and Riku out of at the end of ''[=KH2=]''. Aqua is also the only one of Birth by Sleep's PowerTrio who met little Kairi, and inadvertently gave Kairi the power of the Keyblade.]]
** Finally, there's Vanitas, whose name is similar to Ven's and means ''emptiness'' in Latin. [[spoiler: He's Ven's EnemyWithout. Also, the kanji used to spell ''sky'' and ''emptiness' are the same, and Vanitas has Sora's appearance and voice, plus PaintItBlack and gold eyes.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has several. Darth Malak, a double BilingualBonus, as "Malak" is both Arabic for "angel", while he might be considered a fallen one, and also more obviously Latin for "jawbone", which [[ArtificialLimbs he no longer has, instead wearing an artificial one]] that makes him sound like Vader. Then there's Darth Revan, whose name has been stated to come from "[[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/revanche revanche]]", which fits the character; however, it also bears a suspicious resemblance to [[spoiler:"[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenant_(folklore) Revenant]]", a spirit that comes BackFromTheDead--as he more or less has.]]
** The 2nd game has several, too. Darth Nihilus is an OmnicidalManiac poised to devour all life in the galaxy - "nihil" is Latin for "nothing". Atton Rand is a dual reference to Creator/AynRand (he has a similar [[TheSocialDarwinist Darwinist]] outlook) and to his current role as TheAtoner (which counts in-character, too, as it's an assumed name).
*** Darth Sion's name is a phonetic respelling of "scion," which is an heir or descendant. His entire character arc involves his pent-up rage and self-loathing from being trapped under his mentor's control (directly or indirectly).
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto [[WordOfGod has stated]] that Zelda was named after famous jazz singer and wife of F. Scott, Zelda Fitzgerald. Though probably unintentional, since it does only apply in the last few installments, "Zelda" can also mean [[LadyOfWar "She-Warrior"]]. Finally, the full version of the name Zelda is Griselda, which means "gray-haired woman".
** Link's name is a reference to the fact that he's the player's "link" to the video game world. In a nice little coincidence, "links" is also the German word for "left", and Link was made left-handed after Shigeru Miyamoto.
** Some are obvious, such as Midna of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', who's obviously associated with darkness and shadow ([[DarkIsNotEvil but is a protagonist]]).
** In a possible ShoutOutToShakespeare, Ingo of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Ingo is jealous of Talon's success; Shakespeare's ''Iago'' coined the term "GreenEyedMonster".
** There's also Termina of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', a world that will end in three days without Link's intervention.
** Rauru, the Sage of Light, has name similar to "aura". In fact, in ''Twilight Princess'' there is a charatcer named Auru who bears a resemblance.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker's'' Tetra means "Four". Not counting [[spoiler:the sleeping princess]], she was most likely the fourth [[spoiler:individual Princess Zelda]] introduced into the series. Also, she is apparently able to cast a spell that emulates the power of the ''Four Sword'', as shown in the [[NoExportForYou Japan and Korea-Exclusive]] Spin-off game "Navi Trackers". Then, there's the fact that the early depictions of the Triforce-pieces were ''Tetra''hedrons...A tetra is also a type of fish. Given that the game she was introduced in took place almost entirely on the ocean, this could also be a likely name origin, though tetras are exclusively freshwater fish.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': ''Yuga'' (油画) is Japanese for "oil painting", while ''yūga'' (優雅) is Japanese for "elegance", perfectly reflecting his abilities and his obsession with beauty. But there is another meaning to it, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuga when you read the name with Hinduism in mind]]. [[spoiler: In this case Lorule can be seen as a universe, which is in its last epoch, the Kali Yuga, as it is headed to its imminent destruction. In addition, almost all Loruleans have lost their virtues, which is also a marking for the last era of the cycle, as humanity starts absolutely virtuous in the first era and declines through the four Yuga ages to a WorldHalfEmpty, which is destroyed at the end. After the Kali Yuga has passed, the universe will be created anew in a new Yuga cycle.]]
* ''VideoGame/LightningLegendDaigoNoDaibouken'' is rife with these:
** The titular hero, Daigo, has "Raioh" as a first name: it means "King of Lightning" in Japanese.
** Yuki Shirogane, a girl with snow-based magic powers, has her name meaning "Silver(-coloured) Snow" in Japanese.
** Rankerk Hatred, who's the game's {{Jerkass}}-ish AntiHero.
** Terrific Forelock, who sports a ''[[AnimeHair very]]'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin long hair forelock]].
** Misa Atago, whose name, written in Japanese kanji, can be translated as "Bawling for love". Her storyline revolves about her making a trip to forget about her break-up with her boyfriend, and actively searching for a new love.
** Adolf, the [[CoolMask masked]] Hero of Justice, has for a first name "Rätsel", which means "Riddle" in German.
** Hiroo Shirogane, the big and bulky champion of the game's AllThereInTheManual national fighting tournament, has its name "Hiroo" meaning "[[TheBigGuy Big Man]]" if read with its Japanese kanji.
** Disguiser, a creature working as the game's DittoFighter.
* Kliche from ''VideoGame/LinearRPG'' is one of the many names. Given that it's a parody of [=RPGs=] this is to be expected.
* The bosses of all of the chapters of ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' [[spoiler: except Oersted]]'s all have similar names for a reason. [[spoiler: They are all more or less incarnations of the BigBad Demon King Odio throughout the past, present, and future. Odio in Spanish means "I Hate"; indeed, all of the bosses embody hatred in their own way]].
* From ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Legion, A mechanical teammate, he makes it very clear that you are never addressing one person; at any time, that body is being accessed by hundreds of different individual AIs, making his insistence to refer to himself as "we" very, very appropriate. Legion gets his name after he reveals that he is realy 1,183 individual Geth, prompting the Bible Quote to be said. He agrees the metaphor is appropriate.
** [[DefrostingIceQueen Miranda]] is apparently a derivation of a Latin term meaning "admirable", and given her history it is entirely possible that is intentional. Also, her original last name (before they cast an Australian to voice her) was "Solheim", meaning "Sun home", which probably had something to do with the fact that she is the only major character, except for Commander Shepard, who is from Earth. Her current last name is either a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lawson Henry Lawson]], one of Australia's best and most well-known writers; or to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lawson_%28explorer%29 William Lawson]], one of the trio of explorers who discovered a route through the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, and who subsequently become one of the largest landowners in the country as well as the commander of the Bathurst settlement and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.
** [[spoiler: "Reaper" is a disturbingly appropriate name for the [[BigBad Big Bads]]]]. [[spoiler: The first game reveals that they "sow" organic life along the lines drawn by their mass relay network. The second game shows the "reaping": they liquefy entire sentient species to provide the raw material needed to ''create new Reapers'']].
** Shepard is probably so obvious that it doesn't even warrant a mention. Especially since in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' the whole [[MessianicArchetype Jesus-thing]] is made really obvious when [[spoiler: they're not only resurrected, but resurrected because Shepard is humanity's only hope]]... ''and'' you recruit a team of twelve people. Shepard also shares a name with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Shepard Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr.]], the first American in space. WordOfGod is the name was deliberately chosen as a reference to Rear Admiral Shepard.
*** Weirdly inverted in ''3'', where if the Genophage is cured and Wrex is the leader of the Krogan, he vows that from that day forth, the name Shepard will mean "Hero" in the Krogan language.
** In order to infiltrate Hock's party, Kasumi creates for Shepard a fake history as a mercenary and the alias "Solomon/Allison Gunn", depending on their gender. Interesting enough, Solomon and Allison mean "Peace" and "Noble" respectively, while the surname Gunn means "Battle". Overall, rather appropriate for a mercenary.
** In Arabic, the anglicized name [[LawfulGood Samara]] translates as 'guardian', making it an appropriate name for a Justicar.
** [[TheBigGuy Urdnot ''Wrex'']]. He’s a ''rex'' (Latin for "king"), assuming he survives the game.
** Kasumi means 'mist' in Japanese, while goto means "robber". So Kasumi's name translates to "mist robber", fitting for a PhantomThief.
** The Protheans are the species everyone looks to as {{Precursors}}, the ones who built the mass relay system and created the Citadel. [[spoiler: They're not - they just found the leavings of the Reapers, but they still managed to FlingALightIntoTheFuture for the species that would come after.]] Take both those facts, and strike a few letters from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus "Promethean"]].
** The ''Normandy'' is named after the Normandy landings, one of the pivotal battles of World War Two and the largest amphibious assault of it's time. Rather fitting for a vessel meant to rapidly deploy [[SpaceMarine marines]] into dangerous combat zones. Also, the Battle of Normandy was notable for the misdirection and disinformation applied beforehand to conceal the landing site, and for being a successful multinational operation between one-time rivals. This fits the SR-1, as it is a joint human-turian stealth warship. The multinational part is less relevant for SR-2, given that [[spoiler: it was made by Cerberus, a human supremacist group.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MeatBoy'' series, Meat Boy who's made out of meat, Bandage Girl, Dr. Fetus and Brownie.
* Dr. Vile (Dr.バイル, Dokutā Bairu, localized as Weil), BigBad of the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series. Very accurate...
** Zero himself, once Weil brings the Laws of Robotics into play while ignoring the fact that forcing Zero into inactivity would be a violation of the Zeroeth Law.
** The name "X" in ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' represents infinite possibilities displayed by the titular hero, as Dr. Light has described him. He even has a theme song named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUBQOmnU8bM Variable X]].
** Bud Bison and Damian Wolfe from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarforce''. [[AnimalThemeNaming Their EM forms are the animals of their respective last names]]. Then, the guy who believes that only weak people form groups and does everything alone is named Solo.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series deserves mention here:
** A reiteration of the "hunter" example in the description -- ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'''s Gray Fox's real name is Frank Jaeger -- shameless hunter. And he's a ''fox''. Geddit?
** If you're German or you're fluent in German, you pretty soon get the hint that there might be a connection between Frank ''Jaeger'' and Naomi ''Hunter'', [[spoiler:as their family names mean exactly the same thing]].
** "Naomi" itself is a name in both Japanese and English (by way of Hebrew), and since Naomi's cover story was that she was half Japanese, this makes sense. Also, Project MKNAOMI was the name of a CIA program about using viruses as weapons, giving a big hint to her role in the plot as well as continuing the military ThemeNaming of many of the characters.
** And the rest. Campbell beats us over the head with it in the first game in case we don't get it: "Psycho Mantis, with his powerful psychic abilities; Sniper Wolf, a beautiful and deadly sharpshooter; Revolver Ocelot, expert in interrogation and a formidable gunfighter". He's called ''revolver'' and he's a gunfighter? Seriously, Roy? It's a good thing you're around to tell us these things.
** ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' starts off with a Dave, being backed-up by a Hal, aboard a ship called the Discovery, using a computer called, if you're good at reading machine code, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Monorith]]. Then, when the ship sinks, we're introduced to a young couple named Jack and Rose. If it wasn't movies [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic it would be symbolic]], or something.
** Vamp appears to be a subversion... at first. Raiden asks if it comes from his fangs and tendency to drink blood (which he ''has''), and Snake answers: "No, it's [[DepravedBisexual because he's bisexual]]." This is ''not'' a subversion, however, because that's what the term "vamp" originally meant.
** [[MadBomber Fatman]] is grossly overweight, but his codename is also the codename of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Man Nagasaki Bomb]].
** "Iroquois Pliskin" shares the surname of [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork another famous Plisken]], which further gives the player a hint as to his true identity.(Also "Iroquois" means "rattlesnake" in Algonquin Indian, the civilisation that used to colonise Manhattan, where ''Metal Gear Solid 2'' takes place.)
** The single greatest one in the series, though, has to be [[MauveShirt Ivan Raidenovich Raikov]], which has several layers of meaning thanks to a clever trilingual pun. "Ivan" is the Russian equivalent of John, which is also the main character's real name, because the main character must [[LatexPerfection disguise themselves as Raikov]]. "Raidenovich", when written in katakana, could also be read "Raiden no bitch", which translates to "Thunderbolt's bitch", Thunderbolt being the nickname of Volgin, his [[HoYay/VideoGames lover]]. In Russian, the name means "son of Raiden", the character being a DiscontinuityNod towards the ReplacementScrappy of the same name. As for "Raikov", it's the surname of a notable anti-gay protester in Russia, just to add that final sting of irony. Also, the English version of John is Jack, as in Raiden's name.
** Otacon actually lampshades his own Meaningful Name, Hal Emmerich, in an optional conversation in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. He complains that he's always hated his real name growing up, because "I'm not a computer, I'm a person!". He seems to enjoy the 'computer' role a little more once Snake reveals that ''his'' real name is David.
*** Otacon's code-name not only is meaningful due to his {{Otaku}} nature, it's also possibly an allusion to his backstory: It's two letters off from {{Shotacon}}. [[spoiler: He's a statutory rape victim.]]
*** He shares the surname Emmerich with a director notorious for making [[SceneryGorn movies in which America gets graphically destroyed]]. This is appropriate, since Otacon's entire family are 'cursed' to make civilian-slaughtering weapons, with Otacon creating Metal Gear REX, a tank seized by terrorists in order to destroy America.
*** And "Hal" means "leader of armies." [[OneManArmy One Man Armies, maybe.]]
** Solid Snake's real name, David, is a ShoutOut not only to ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', but also to Hideo Kojima's previous work ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}''. Meryl Silverburgh's partner was also named "Dave" and she addresses Snake as such in her ending. David is also the first name of Solid Snake's voice actor, [[{{Jossed}} but this has been explained to be a coincidence]] (since the name was already decided before Hayter was cast).
*** Also he's known for destroying the Goliath-like Metal Gears.
** EVA more or less spells her codename's meaning out for us, in case we didn't know, and it foreshadowed what we found out in ''Guns of the Patriots''.
** And then there's EVA's [[spoiler:co-conspirator]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'': Adam.
** In ''Peace Walker'', Kazuhira (nickname "Kaz") and Paz both have names meaning "peace" which sound the same, with Vladimir, Kaz's director and Paz's teacher, having the name "ruler of peace". When Paz and Vladimir's plans are revealed, this provides a pretty big clue towards Kaz's real motivation (at first). Pacifica Ocean, a Russian spy and MSF's nemesis, gets her name from the way the logo of MSF looks like Pangaea - Pangaea was surrounded by the Pacific Ocean - as well as from the body of water that divides Russia and America. Pacific also means 'peaceful'.
** "Big Mama". It's a playful phrase, as well as an obvious DistaffCounterpart of "Big Boss", and its literal meaning is obvious (since Big Mama gave birth to Big Boss's children). However, "Big Mama" is also a Chinese term for an internet censor, internet censorship having been the goal of The Patriots in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', providing an indication as to what organisation she works for (or rather, formerly worked for).
** "Big Boss" managed to have a Meaningful Name way back in the first and almost story-less ''VideoGame/MetalGear''. It's a cute nickname people give to the director of their company, which makes sense since he's in charge of FOX-HOUND. It's also a cute nickname given to a video game FinalBoss. In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'', this was revealed to be a title he received upon killing The Boss, who was the game's most powerful character that the entire story focused on the eventual killing of - ''The'' Boss of the game, if you will.
** Nobody can compare to Raiden. Raiden's real name is Jack, or at least that's what's given to him. During WorldWarII, Jack was the codename for the Japanese plane "Raiden". [[spoiler:Solidus Snake tells Raiden the reason behind his name in order to MindScrew him and remind him that he's nothing more than a weapon.]]
** A much more straightforward example in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is [[spoiler:Steven Armstrong, the only boss in the game who fights primarily with his own bare hands due to possessing nanomachine-enhanced strength.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'':
*** Some allusions are in the form of fairy-tale symbolism - characters named Alice (as in an AliceAllusion) and Snake's JekyllAndHyde persona Hans Davis (as in Hans Christian Anderson), seem virtually unrelated, until it is revealed that [[spoiler: Hans is an artificial personality Alice is constructing in Snake for her own uses, and both Alice and Hans were involved in the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" incident]]. "Hans" is also a partial SdrawkcabName of "Snake" (an H and a K having a similarish shape) and "Davis" has an obvious link to Snake's in-canon real name "David".
*** The shadowy war-profiteering organisation behind the scenes of the events is called BEAGLE. A beagle is a breed of dog that resembles a small foxhound (FOXHOUND being Big Boss's war-profiteering organisation in ''VideoGame/MetalGear'').
*** Snake points out the significance to Leone's name in [[spoiler: his death scene]] - "a true lion".
* "VideoGame/{{Metroid}}" is a Chozo name meaning "Ultimate Warrior." Applying this to most of the games is iffy since, though repeatedly stated to be incredibly effective bioweapons, they are also almost always portrayed as monsters and antagonists. It becomes a very Meaningful Name, though, in ''Metroid Fusion'': [[spoiler: thanks to a vaccine made from Metroid DNA, Samus Aran essentially becomes part-Metroid. The same Samus Aran who regularly blows up planets and wipes out Space Pirate armies single-handedly.]]
** Also, the name "Samus" can be interpreted as a feminine form of the name "Seamus," a Celtic name meaning "he (or in this case, she) who supplants (ousts, pwns, decimates, etc.)." Fitting, since Samus outs the Space Pirates. Multiple times. In addition, her last name, Aran, can be traced back to a word meaning "island" or isloated area --exactly what the Pirate Fortrees of Zebes is --therefore, the name Samus Aran means "she who supplants an island."
** [[ArchEnemy Ridley]] is named after Creator/RidleyScott, signifying the close link the games have with the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has the villain Fassad, called Yokuba in the Japanese. Yokuba comes from the Japanese word Yokubari, which means greed. The fan translation named him Fassad, [[{{Woolseyism}} to make a similar pun]], as "Facade" means a false appearance, and in Arabic, "Fassad" means "Corruption". All of which point to Fassad's nature as [[spoiler:a corruptive force on Tazmily, and the kind face he puts up to trick Tazmily.]] Going even further, Fassad has a secret identity, and a name to go along with it: [[spoiler:Locria, the missing Magypsie. All the Magypsies have names based on the musical modes. Out of the musical modes, the Locrian mode has a tritone as its tonic code, instead of a perfect fifth like all the others. Historically, the trintone has been associated with evil and the devil.]] How's that for meaningful?
** Also from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', we have "Lucas" and "Claus". Think about that one for a second.
* [[HotScientist Safiya]], one of your primary allies in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer'', bears an Arabic name translating as "Pure." Given that [[spoiler:she is the fragment of Nefris that contained all the traits that Akachi loved best and is the only one of the three fragments who had no knowledge of who she was or memories of that which came before]], it is rather apt.
* The final boss theme from ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama'' is named "Cry! Scream!" and trust me, [[ThatOneBoss you will]].
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' 's nearly-VillainProtagonist Travis Touchdown (Travis T.). Plus Letz Shake, the creator of a huge earthquake machine; Shinobu (the female form of ''shinobi''), a samurai-themed assassin; Henry Cooldown [[spoiler: Travis' cooler-dispositioned long lost twin brother]]; Count Townsend, aka Death Metal (a British rocker a la Pete Townshend); and Naomi, who is quite possibly a reference to VideoGame/MetalGearSolid 's Naomi Hunter. Also, Travis' name as written/pronounced in Japanese is Torabisu, and "tora" means "tiger." He has copious tiger imagery, the man he thought of as an equal rival in the second game is named Ryuji (Thunder Dragon, a reference to tiger/dragon symbolism), and [[spoiler: he can even turn into a tiger as one of his Dark Side powers in the second game]].
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', there's a ring called Titrel that plays a huge role in the plot. One of the protagonist's names, Gwendolyn, means "blessed ring". Her sister (who falls in battle at the very beginning) is named Griselda, and ''her'' name means "dark battle". There's a mountain called Horn Mountain in the game. Another protagonist's name (Cornelius) means "horn".
* A complex example in ''VideoGame/{{Osmos}}''. Osmos is meant to be short for Osmosis, the natural flow of water from the areas of high liquid concentration to areas of low liquid concentration. However, the gameplay is the opposite, as larger cells will fully absorb smaller ones. The only way it makes sense is if the largest cells are also areas of high solute concentration, which would then make water flow towards them. Even then, though, the smaller cells shouldn't be drained completely, but only until the concentration gradient is even. In short, [[MST3KMantra don't think too hard about it.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Otomedius}}'' features the gunship Big Core DX. In combat, the Big Core DX deploys up to six game-breaking Options that cannot be destroyed, and quickly fills the screen with death. Therefore, [[ThatOneBoss the 'DX' is the face you make.]]
* Some of the fairies from ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'': Lip (as in "tulip") the flower fairy, Windy the wind fairy, Sharbet ("shard" and "sherbet") the ice fairy, Ruby the jewel fairy, Flare the fire fairy, [[SdrawkcabName Neris]] the mermaid, and Seren (as in "serenity") the Franchise/SailorMoon {{Expy}}.
* Something of a cross between a PunnyName and a meaningful one, the main characters of ''VideoGame/ThePath'', which is based on ''LittleRedRidingHood'', are six sisters from the family Red. Their first names are Scarlet, Carmen (i.e. carmine), Ruby, Ginger, Rose, and Robin. Red things.
* Takahisa Kandori of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei: VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' aspires to nothing short of [[AGodAmI godhood]] [[spoiler: only to find it's LonelyAtTheTop]]. His surname can be translated as "god-taker", or more fancifully, "usurper of gods".
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', there is Ryoji Mochizuki, whose family name is written with characters meaning "aspire to/expect/desire" and "moon." Shuji Ikutsuki's family name can be read roughly as "toward the moon." Both of these names are [[{{Lunacy}} very relevant to the plot]]. Shinjiro Aragaki's surname is written with characters meaning [[JerkassFacade "rough" or "rude" and "wall."]] Aigis's name is derived from "Aegis," the [[GreekMythology mythological shield]], and she is motivated by a strong desire to protect the protagonist.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Yukiko Amagi. While fighting your way through her dungeon to save her, her inner thoughts explain that the kanji for her name means "snow child", and that snow is fleeting and without any purpose or use, much like how she thinks of herself.
** Labrys from ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' shares her name with her signature weapon, a giant symmetrical [[AnAxeToGrind double-headed axe]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', most of the significant characters (e.g. Gym Leaders and the Elite Four) are barely-concealed puns -- if not in meaning, than at least in "spirit", so to speak. And let's not get started on the names of the Pokémon themselves.
* The main character in ''{{Prey}}'' is a Native American named Tommy Tawodi. "Tawodi" is Cherokee for "hawk", and "Tommy Hawk" sounds like "tomahawk".
* [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] with his first full name being Alexander, "defender of men". It's subverted and played straight. [[spoiler:The human Alex expected to destroy the human race by unleashing the [[TheVirus Blacklight Virus]]]]. That's the subverted part. Now for the played straight part: [[spoiler:The Blacklight Virus, aka Alex, saves the people of New York from a nuke]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' there’s El Odio, the rampaging bull that torments the thoughts of a Spanish artist. [[spoiler: the name translates to "The Hate", which turns out to be appropriate when you figure out where El Odio came from.]]
** Raz's surname is (WordofGod) Aquato, and there's allegedly a curse on his family that [[SuperDrowningSkills keeps them from being able to swim]]. Raz's ''first name'' is short for Rasputin, after ([[MyNaymeIs sorta]]) Grigori Ra''s''putin, a historical figure believed to be a psychic (and a [[RaidouKuzunohaVSTheSoullessArmy robot from the future]]). Also, the "[[RasputinianDeath official]" cause of Rasputin’s death: [[SuperDrowningSkills drowning]].
** Oleander, [[spoiler: who is the big bad]] has a name that refers to a poisonous plant. Then, his first name is Morceau, which is old French for "morsel"-- or rather, something small. Guess who the shortest adult in the game is.
** Sasha Nein and Milla Vodello's names are both [[BilingualBonus significant in their native languages,]] German and Portuguese respectively. ("Nein" is "no" in German and indicates his repressed nature. He's also the one who first introduces you to the Censors, who have "NO" as their battle cry. "Vodello" is probably a play on the verb "to fly," and her specialty power is levitation. She's also very upbeat and optimistic.)
* ''VideoGame/Pulseman'''s father was the benevolent scientist Doc Yoshiyama... until his FaceHeelTurn, at which point he became the MadScientist Doc Waruyama. "Yoshi" and "Waru" are Japanese for "good" and "bad".
* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' is like this. Super Macho Man, Bear Hugger, Mr. Sandman, Narcis Prince, Masked Muscle, Disco Kid... One caused by an attempt to dance around copyrights: in the Wii ''PunchOut'', Piston Honda had his last name changed to "Hondo". A ''hondo'' is the main chamber of a Buddhist temple, and according to ThatOtherWiki is an archaic name for Honshu, the main island of Japan, which Piston Hondo's hometown of Tokyo is located on. Now recall that all foreign boxers in ''Punch-Out!!'' are CaptainEthnic....
* Creator from ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''. This also applies to many bosses after decrypting them.
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas'' gives us Gabriel Nowak, Rainbow Operative and [[spoiler: TheMole (and in the sequel, the BigBad)]]. Nowak is a common polish surname that is derived from the word for "new" and was originally a nickname for someone new to a profession or village. A {{flashback}} shows Gabe making rookie mistakes due to his gung-ho attitude, resulting in the death of a negotiator, a reputation as the team screw-up, and later [[spoiler: his convoluted plot against Rainbow in revenge]].
* In ''VideoGame/RememberMe'', the names of all security robots have meaning. The angel-like [[AirborneMook airborne robots]] are known as [=AV48S=] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seraphim Seraphim]], for a type of angel, while the ground-based robots are called [=AV48N=] - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim Nephilim]], which is most commonly translated as ''fallen angel''. The huge mecha guard at the entrance to the Bastille Prison is called [=AV78=] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorn Zorn]], which is German word for "wrath". Fittingly, the move you use to hack them over to your side is known as ''Rust In Pieces''.
** The wife of the founder of Memorise corporation is Scylla Cartier-Wells. Mythological sea hazards Scylla may have been a shoal with a risk of a shipwreck. [[spoiler: The defining moment of her life, one which made her distant to Nilin and drove her husband to create his invention is naturally, is a car crash.]] It's also a meaningful name in-story, where she legally changed her name to her childhood nickname; she was called "Scylla" because she was a terror as a child, but proudly took that name as a sign that she was trouble for anybody or anything in her way.
** The locations also get in on the act: Bastille used to be the most dreaded prison in France under the Bourbons and the French Revolution began with its capture and destruction. Its reconstruction [[spoiler: and eventual destruction]] show that the social inequality of the era and the distance between the wealthy and the underclass has made a comeback. The Parisian slums that house said underclass are known as Slum 404, which signifies their invisibility to those in power.
* The eponymous planet of ''VideoGame/RescueOnFractalus'' was named that by the developers because its landscape is generated through fractal theory. The alien race "Jaggi", meanwhile, had their name inspired by the pixelated, jagged graphics.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}'', both the protagonist Ristar (a star-shaped creature) and principal antagonist Greedy (a solar system-looting SpacePirate) have rather obvious {{Meaningful Name}}s, and in the international version (but not in the Japanese version, which boasts names like "Omaclove"), each SingleBiomePlanet has a name reflecting its dominant environment.
* In VideoGame/MegaMan tribute game RokkoChan ([[http://king-soukutu.com/flash/rokko.html here]]), the Dr. Wily and Dr. Light [[{{Expy}} expies]] are given the [[SarcasmMode subtly-meaningful]] names "Dr. Mad" and "Dr. Sane", respectively.
* In the ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' expansion, Corkscrew Follies (Or Added Attractions if it's the British version), there's a park called Fiasco Forest. Fiasco means something that's a total failure and wrong on any levels. Also, there's a Water Slide called Death Slide. [[spoiler: The park has so many problems that makes you wonder if it was made by a 2 year old child. The ride called Death Slide? If you wait for five seconds after you entered the scenario, ''the ride will crash!'']]
* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' has the RKS Magi, whose first names are all tells of their personality/history, except Dolis Warmind. (Furthermore, except for Zorne Sepperin ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zeppelin]]) and Dolis, their last names are derived from those of actual German game designers. This being a video game....
* The villain in ''VideoGame/SabreWulf'' was one Dr. Dolittle-Goode.
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen V'', two of the potential love interests in the Star Division have a sign of the zodiac directly in their names (''Gemini'' Sunrise and Rikaritta /Rosarita ''Aries''). Two of the remaining love interests have corruptions or variations (''Sagiitta'' Weinberg/''Cheiron'' Archer -as in the constellation Sagittarius, representing the centaur Chiron/Kheiron- and Diana ''Caprice'' -as in Capricorn), while the last two are slightly subtler (''Subaru'' Kujo -the Japanese name for the Pleiades cluster in the Taurus constellation- and Ratchet ''Altair'' -the brightest star in the non-zodiac constellation Aquila). The five that reference zodiac constellations (also the five that can be chosen before a NewGamePlus) just happen to have been born under those signs, and all express personality traits consistent with their signs. [[spoiler:Also, Gemini has a split personality stemming from having a second heart--an embedded twin sister.]] The game also includes [=CGs=] of each character referencing their constellation, just in case a player didn't catch the references.
* The main villain in ''VideoGame/SamanthaSwiftAndTheFountainsOfFate'' used the alias M'Alice ne Pei.
* Kyrie from ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' means 'Lord' in Greek, quite fitting due to his nature as the Destruct. For a more obvious one, Morte the "heroine" means "Death" in Italian and she wants to destroy the world.
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfTheStars'', one major villain [[{{Narm}} has the euphonious and subtle name of BadBad]].
* ''VideoGame/SigmaStarSaga'' has [[spoiler: Your [=CO=] from earth, Commander [='Tierney'=], and the leader of the Krill aliens, The Tyrannical Overlord. Pronounce [='Tierney,'=] and note how the two are NotSoDifferent in their willingness to sacrifice their own homeworlds to get what they want.]]
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' features James Sunderland looking for his wife, who has been dead for three years. [[spoiler:In reality, she has been dead for much less time, (speculated to be anywhere from a few hours to around a week), due to James killing her and then suppressing the memory. By the end of the game, James realizes that he killed her, shattering the reality he created where she's been dead for years. In other words, his "land" has been "sundered", as evidenced by his last name.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims'', some of the playable pre-packaged characters include Don Lothario, Castor Nova, Nina and Dina Caliente, Brandi Broke, and Nervous Subject. Everyone has a meaningful name.
** Holly Alto, which's a play on "holy", who's the only good-natured Alto in a family that's AlwaysChaoticEvil otherwise.
** A few in ''TheSimsMedieval'' as well, including the very boring Buzz Killington and the evil aristocrat Lord Landgrabb. As well as all the [[{{Premiseville}} territory names]] like [[TalkLikeAPirate Aarbyville]] and [[SupremeChef Gastrobury]].
* The Franchise/SlyCooper series has a slew.
** ''Sly'' is the nimble thief who crawls around in vents, sneaks along ledges, and occasionally hides in a barrel, which are made by ''coopers''. Clockwerk's name refers to his being a robot. Panda King's name sounds almost like a pro wrestler's, which matches his personality. Muggshot's name refers to his life of crime. Don Octavio is a singer. Don ''Octav(e)''-io. Dimitri's last name is L''ousteau''. He's a diver.
** Arpeggio's name refers to a musical arpeggio, where the notes of a chord are played in sequence rather than simultaneously. [[spoiler: This could refer to his auspicious plans that worked out in sequence, each plan relying directly on the one below it, (the nightclub food, the spice, the blimp, the lights, and finally the Clockwerk body) building up to create a 'harmonius' chord. Alternately, it foreshadows his downfall. One direct translation of 'arpeggio' from Italian is 'broken chord'. What does Neyla break right after the Clockwerk body is assembled? His fucking skull, and every other bone in his body, and ruins his entire plan, 'breaking' the harmony of the end product. This could ''also'' refer to Arpeggio foiling the Cooper Gang's plans after Menace of the North.]]
** Constable Neyla deserves a mention that's a bit of a stretch. [[spoiler: In the end of the game, she fucks up both the plans of the Cooper Gang ''and'' the plans of the Klaww Gang, upsetting the stability in the progression of both teams' missions. She's against stability; a ''con'' against ''stable'' things.]]
** Most of the other character's surnames are for [[PettingZooPeople whatever animal they are supposed to "be"]], however.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' , you've got the eponymous main character, who's really fast, the guy with two tails is nicknamed Tails but his real name is "Miles Prower" (say it fast). The guy who punches things and has spikes on his knuckles is named Knuckles. The [[BigBad man]] shaped like an egg and looks like an [[Music/TheBeatles Walrus]] is Dr. Eggman. His other name, Ivo Robotnik, also has meaning: he makes [[MechaMooks robots]], and his first name is "Ovi" (latin for "egg") spelled backwards.
** The name Amy also means "beloved" or "love". Her surname (or secondary name), "Rose" is French for "pink", and is also a symbol of love. Shadow’s name refers to his dark past and mysterious ways. Him, Cream, and Silver also have names that refer to their fur colors.
** Minor characters also get in on the act: Blaze has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]], Marine loves ships and the ocean, Jet is a speed maniac hover-boarder and his teammates/siblings names, Wave (the calm and relaxed one) and Storm (the big and strong one) follow suit. Espio is a ninja chameleon. His name comes from both the Spanish term for ''to spy'' and the word "espionage". Shade dresses in dark blue/black, Big is both tall and fat, Rouge often wears makeup and Charmy is cute. Chaos (the blue goop monster, not the cute things it guarded) is pretty obvious, especially in its most powerful form.
** Professor Pickle likes cucumber sandwiches. The Erazor Djinn is a double, as he wields a giant straight razor like a sword and wants to erase the 1001 Arabian Nights. Fang has an enormous fang (almost a tusk, even) sticking out of his mouth.
** One meaning of name Tikal is "Place of Voices". Now consider what happens which you bump her orb of light. It also refers to the site of an ancient Mayan civilization, which reflects her culture’s similarities to the Mayans in general. Similarly, her father Pachacamac is named after an ancient Peruvian temple.
** Invoked in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' where Sonic gives Chip a name due to his favorite food of chocolate chip ice cream. It's later subverted with Professor Pickle, who mentions cucumber sandwiches constantly, not pickles.
* ''VideoGame/TheSpaceBar'' has the main character, Alias Node. In computing terminology, "node" refers to a connection point for sending and receiving information, while "alias" refers to symbolic alternate names for information. Put it together, and it's essentially a descriptor of Alias' interrogation technique, where he can telepathically read other people's minds and replay living through their memories.
* Why ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' is called "Spyro": "pyro-" relates to fire, but the word "spiro-" as a prefix relates to ''breathing'' (spirometer, inspire, expire). He's called Spyro because he ''breathes fire''.
* Fenix of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' gets killed after an early Protoss misson; later his body is recovered and [[WeCanRebuildHim stuck in a Dragoon]].
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has the [[GodwinsLaw Godwin]] clan. Who pursue a policy of militarism and [[FantasticRacism genocide against nonhumans.]] They also employ an assassin named Dolph.
** Several places in the game have meaningful names as well, most notably Hatred Fortress, built by the Godwins to prevent water from reaching Lordlake.
* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series uses meaningful names for nearly every character and enemy, as well as a good dose of theme naming.
** Some of the Japanese names are this too, Teresa (Boo) means Shy, and there is not even a need to think what their name for Bullet Bill is (Killer).
** The biggest one of them all combines with BilingualBonus. Luigi in Japanese [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (which would be spelled "Ruiji" there)]] means "similar to, imitation of." He just can't escape his brother, can he?
*** In English, it's reversed. His name means "famous hero". While that [[EnsembleDarkhorse is true in real life]], only the "hero" part is true in the games.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Dimentio is "dimension" + "dimentia", Mimi is "mimic" and Luvbi (as in "love", i.e. hearts), is a Nimbi. [[spoiler: She ends up turning into a Pure Heart.]] Then, there’s Nastasia, whose name is similar to the greek "Anastasia", meaning "Resurrection". [[spoiler: Who apparently survives a fatal attack]].
** At some point in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Mario can fight generic mooks called "X-Yux", which are alien creatures serving as guards for the same organization as [=TEC-XX=], and using Goombella's StatOVision move makes clear that the "X" in the X-Yux's name is pronounced "Cross." Sure enough, [=TEC=]-'''[=XX=]''' double-crosses the organization.
** Beldam, head of the Shadow Sisters from ''The Thousand Year Door'', is extremely old and withered. Her name means "crone", and was once a word for witches (see: ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''). Comes as little surprise [[spoiler:she serves the Shadow Queen]] when you know that.
* Lemon Browning of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance''. "Browning" simply alludes to a connection with the character Excellen Browning from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', but Lemon? [[spoiler:It's a term used to refer to faulty used cars. Turns out Lemon's a cyborg built from the corpse of an AlternateUniverse Excellen, who was killed in a shuttle accident. Ultimately, her parents rejected her for not being a good enough ReplacementGoldfish]]. Whether this was intentional or not is still up for debate, though.
** Another one, although more of a meaningful ''nick''name, would be [[GratuitousGerman Ratsel Feinschmecker]], [[spoiler: (which is actually an InSeriesNickname used by the series' CharClone [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalgeneration Elzam V. Branstein]])]] which roughly translates to "The Mysterious Gourmet". Makes sense as he's quite the franchise's equivalent of a SupremeChef.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny''. To round off quickly, we have The Ruina, The BigBad [[spoiler: Perfectio (Perfection) and his mecha Fatum (Fate)]] , Aquila (Eagle) and his mecha Fortis Ara (Strong Wind) , Umbra (Shadow) and her mecha Priskus Nox (Ancient Night) , Glacies (Ice) and her mecha Fabularis (Like a tale), Ignus (Flame) and his mecha Impetus (Impulse) , Contagio (Disease) and his mecha Violaceum (Violet) , Ventus (Wind) and his mecha Studium (Zeal)
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotSpirits'', "Tolar" is a loose romanization of the word "Torah", meaning "the law" in Hebrew. "Levi" is one of the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and are designated as the priests, who were charge of the law, hence Levi being the "Priestess of Judecca".
** In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ series'', Hibiki means "echo." [[spoiler:He and the Genion are both a mere echo of the real deal, [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Gadlight Meonsam]] and the Geminia... at least, until he receives the real Quarreling Twins Sphere and defeats Gadlight.]]
* Subverted with SHODAN from ''VideoGame/SystemShock''. "shodan" is the name of the lowest "dan" rank in Japanese martial arts, and SHODAN sees herself as superior to all forms of organic life, especially human beings, which means that she's at the very top. This status is better represented by her [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]]: '''S'''entient '''H'''yper '''O'''ptimized '''D'''ata '''A'''ccess '''N'''etwork.
** In both games, she's [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_shock_2#Plot everyone you interact with]], including the final boss.]]
** In game it's pronounced "Show-Dan," [[WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]'s pronunciation is due to accent.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a couple:
** Luke's name in-universe is translated from the ancient tongue as "Light of the Sacred Flame", and it actually does mean "light" in Latin, from the same root as Lucifer. It also gives meaning to Asch's name - [[spoiler: he no longer goes by Luke, as his identity has been stolen by his replica; he is the "ash" of the Sacred Flame.]]
** Guy's real name is Gailardia, a flower that symbolizes loyalty. Then, there’s Emperor Peony - peonies are a traditional symbol of wealth and honor in Asian cultures. Furthermore, the Japanese word for peony, ''botan'', is also used as an UnusualEuphemism for boar meat, making his pet [[MixAndMatchCritter rappigs]] a bilingual {{Pun}}.
** Several of the protagonists of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' have this going on: Lumen is either "Light" or "Day", Ventus is "Wind", Ignus could be "Fire" or "Firebrand" , Glacies is "Ice" or "Frozen" , Tonitrus is "Thunder" and Solum is "Land", "Country", or "Soil"
** The most notable example is Kratos and Zelos, the two choices for MagicKnight: they're named for a pair of twin Greek gods (hence the NamesTheSame with the protagonist of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''), Kratos the god of might/authority and Zelos the god of passion/jealousy. Extra points for Zelos' last name being Wilder, which is fairly self-evident.
** Presea ''Combat''ir is definitely handy to have on your side in a fight. Then, the Sage siblings are very smart, and their names before the DubNameChange were Refill (for the healer: refills your health) and Genius. (Turning them into Raine and Genis in English is [[GratuitousEnglish generally regarded]] as a [[{{Woolseyism}} good move]].) Finally, Regal Bryant's names both mean [[spoiler:"noble"]].
** The BigBad, Yggdrasill, actually plays with this a bit: he was named after the WorldTree of Norse mythology, but mostly so that [[spoiler: the Mana Tree could be named for him (and his sister) at the end of the game]]. His first name plays it straighter: [[spoiler:Mithos, from mythos, because he's the hero of ancient legend]].
** All the Centurions in the sequel are Latin for something related to their element. For instance, there’s Tenebrae for "Shadow" or "Night" and Aqua for "Water".
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny 2'', Kyle randomly named a mysterious masked fencer with a bone mask as 'Judas', since he doesn't seem to care about names. Obviously, Kyle never read Literature/TheBible, [[spoiler:as Judas turns out to be Leon Magnus, who [[FaceHeelTurn betrayed]] Stahn in his past journey]]
* ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' all the major character and place names are named after something in PunicMythology, [[TheRomanRepublic Roman History]], specifically that of the PunicWars, or Gnostic Christianity. Special mention goes to [[TheHero Hamil]] who's name has multiple meanings. Hamilicar Barca is the father of Hannibal Barca, famous Carthaginian general of [[PunicWars Second Punic War]] who almost brought the TheRomanRepublic to its knees. The name Hamilicar means brother of Melqart. Barca means lightning (Hamil's element). In universe it's stated the name Hamil is reserved for the member of the Barcid family who is the strongest and most closely tied to Ashtarte.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' ranges from ColourfulThemeNaming (Chen, Ran and Yukari, meaning orange, blue and violet, respectively, and their power levels rise respectively), names associated with their element (Marisa ''Kirisame'', meaning drizzle, that's her weather in ''SWR''), NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast (Flandre and Remilia SCARLET, and the game is called "Embodiment of ''Scarlet Devil''), literal names ([[UmbrellaGhost Kogasa]] literally means "little umbrella"; Patchouli ''Knowledge''), the ''Three Mischievous Fairies'' (each named for the celestial body that provides them with their powers) and many, ''many'' other un-troped ones. For those interested, just search the name of ''any'' character in [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/ TouhouWiki]].
* ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' has Saduj. [[spoiler: He's a traitor, and Saduj [[SdrawkcabName backwards]] is...]]
* Four of the five members of the terrorist group Odessa in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 2}}'' were collectively known as Cocytus, which was Dante's name for the ninth (and lowest) circle of Hell. The members themselves were named for sections of that same circle (Antenora, Caina, Judecca, and Ptolomea).
* [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Joshua's]] family name is "Kiryuu". Which, considering what Neku [[spoiler:(Joshua, Day 2) suspects, (Joshua, Day 3) comes to believe, (Joshua, Day 7) comes to believe is not true, then finally (Beat, Day 7, after beating the Composer) comes to find out really did happen after all]], is quite appropriate. If you still don't get it, [[spoiler:swap out the "r" for an "l", then say it]]. And as for his first name... [[spoiler:"Joshua" is derived from the same name that "Jesus" comes from. His Japanese name, Yoshiya, is pretty similar to the name "Jesus" is derived from: Yeshu'a. Joshua is The Composer in human form, whose powers are somewhat godlike. And his [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic crucifixion poses]]; an example of which has helped inspire the FanNickname of one of his attacks: Jesus Beams.]]
** On top of which, his surname is written with the kanji for "paulownia tree" and "life." [[spoiler: Given that the paulownia tree has associations with the phoenix of death and rebirth, that not only adds to the Jesus symbolism but also alludes to the fact that, as the Composer, he has the power to re-form Soul and bring it back to life.]] Dude has ''layers''.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Genn Greymane, king of Gilneas, who was infected by the werewolf-esque Worgen curse that took over his kingdom. Really, with a name last like "Greymane", he should have seen it coming. Also an example of PropheticName, as he was named before his worgen plotline was decided upon.
** There's also Archimonde, whose name is almost an anagram of "archdemon" (or an actual anagram of "I, archdemon").
** Ignis (Ignus) the Furnace Master in Ulduar, Ignus meaning "Flame".
*** Lots of elemental bosses have names which are puns on their elements, and some dragons have names [[ThemeNaming related to their flights' domains and powers]].
** Arthas like (King) Arthur, both whose lives were forever changed when they found a mythical sword, and both became king.
*** And then there's Uther Lightbringer, Arthas' mentor, and Uther Pendragon, Arthur's father/mentor.
** Thrall--formerly Orc warchief, now a shaman trying to save the world of Azeroth--has the birth name "Go'el". "Go'el" is Hebrew for "redeemer" (and one of the titles of the Messiah). His given human name, Thrall (meaning "slave"), was also quite obviously this trope at the time, but has since been quite soundly subverted by the Orc himself.
** Considering Varian's two personalities and the mood swings they cause, it's interesting that his name is Spanish for "they vary".
** [[http://www.wowpedia.org/images/d/dd/Akama_TCG.jpg Akama]] wields [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kama_%28weapon%29 kamas]].
** The shady dealer Griftah.
** This is typical of Orcs and Orc clans. For example, Grom Hellscream and the Warsong clan, known for their loud battlecries.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' named many towns after Hebrew months. Some were likely mistranslated such as Thames (Tammus), Aveh (Av), and Elru (Elul). The characters' names range from Shitan / Citan being a potential allusion to Satan (Shatan) to Id alluding to Freud's name for the unconscious of primal and often violent instincts to Elly being a diminutive not only for Elhaym but also for Elohim (God). And Miang's real name, [[spoiler: Myah or Myahle, being Elhaym reverted; Her surname, "Hawwa," is also a transliteration of the Hebrew name for Eve, and literally means "mother"]].
* In ''VideoGame/FisherDiver'', the name of the man who has been leaving messages throughout the game alludes to what eventually happens at the end of the game. [[spoiler:The captain's namesake is Richard Connell, author of ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''. Throughout the entire game, the player has been hunting fish as if they were helpless prey, but by the end, he lands himself in an [[HopelessBossFight unwinnable underwater deathmatch]] with Captain Connell, [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame becoming the prey himself]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperTimeForce'', Aimy [=McKillin=] snipes enemies with a piercing laser, and Shieldy Blockerson has a shield and blocks shots.
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