* There are actually two completely unrelated series both called ''GakuenHeaven''. One is a YaoiGuys series set in an all boys school, the other is an ''ecchi series'' about a ''ronin'' teacher set in an all girls' school. Don't get 'em mixed up.
** On a similar note, there are also two series called ''GakkouNoSensei''. One is about a male teacher at a supernatural school of some sort (I haven't actually read it, so I could be wrong), while the other is about three female teachers who also happen to live together. Adding to the coincidence, they both have hints of HoYay (the first one) and LesYay (the second one).
* There's a group of people called "Fairy Tail" or "Fairy Tale", but are they a ChaoticGood group of [[Manga/FairyTail magic users]] or a ChaoticEvil gang of [[Manga/RosarioToVampire monster terrorists]]?
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Ledian and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]] character Lady Une share the same katakana (レディアン), though Une has a dot between the ィ and the ア.
* Shinji of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and Judai of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' both have two love interests named '''Rei''' and '''Asuka''', with the same but reversed color schemes (white and red) to their wardrobes.
** '''Shinji''' Ikari, the [[TheHero main character]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is also not connected in any way to '''Shinji''' Hirako from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
*** Shinji is also [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider's master]].
*** [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Paul's]] Japanese name is Shinji... and almost all his [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming idiosyncratic ship names]] reference ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' because of it.
*** ...And Dawn's Japanese name is H''ikari''.
*** Even more hilarious is Georgia's Japanese name, Langley, the same middle name as Asuka Langley Soryu.
** By the way, Shinji shares almost the same name as [[Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck Shinji HIKARI]], who happens to be called [[Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs Fireball]] in WEP's "dub" [[note]] [[{{Macekre}} If one can call it that...]][[/note]].
** And Rei is also a [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Senshi]]. In a double whammy Rei of Eva was intentionally named after Rei of Sailor Moon.
** Ikari Yui and Katsuragi Misato, two characters who would never be [[{{Shipping}} paired]] by anyone with a [[CrackPairing sane mind]]. [[NoLastNameGiven Yui and Misato]], ''BlueDrop's'' OfficialCouple. No wonder there is only one crossover between the two series.
** Misato also shares names with ''[[Anime/MazingerZ a copter pilot]]''. Funnily, her cousin Boss is voiced in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' by the same person that voiced Gendo.
** There's also a major character in ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'' called Rei Asuka. And one called Mari.
** I think it's safe to say that [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kozo]] is not [[GreatTeacherOnizuka Azuza's]] grandfather, despite sharing the same surname - '''Fuyutsuki.'''
* [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Kaname Chidori]] and [[KoiKaze Kaname Chidori.]]
** While we're on the subject, [[CherryBlossomGirl these two]]: [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sakura Haruno]] and [[WandabaStyle Sakura Haruno]].
* Non-human example: Both ''Anime/CodeGeass'' and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' feature a mecha named 'Gur(r)en', both of which are Red and Very Awesome. (Both are spelled the same way in Japanese, but the latter is officially romanized with a second R.) This is because "guren" means "red lotus" in Japanese. See also: Solf J. Kimblee, the Crimson Alchemist, from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who in Japanese is called "Guren no Renkinjutsushi".
* Yukari Kamishiro is either the main characters' attention-craved drunken flirt of a teacher in ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' or one of the haremettes in the ''Gift'' series.
* There are two characters with the name Saten. One is from ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' who is one of the protagonists and the other one is from {{Needless}} who is an antagonist. Please don't mix them up. Oh wait, [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/625461/ do it. You'll get a laugh out of it.]]
* ''Sauzā'' (サウザー) is the Japanese pronunciation of two different Jump-related villains: Souther the Holy Emperor (aka [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Thouther, Thouzer]]), the successor of Nanto Hō-ōken from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''; and Sauzer ("[[DubNameChange Salza]]" in Funimation's dub), one of Cooler's henchmen in the fifth ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie.
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' with Kimidori, the (male) artificial lifeform balloon animal, who is totally not Kimidori, the (female) ArtificialHuman who works with Yuki. That being said, 'Kimidori' means 'yellow-green'. The latter's [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow hair and eyes]] while the former is a yellow-green balloon animal.
* Both [[Anime/{{Patlabor}} Noa Izumi]] and [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] have a big metal lug named '''Alphonse''', but one's her HumongousMecha and the other's his [[BigLittleBrother younger brother]].
* Pico from ''Boku No Pico'' has absolutely nothing to do with either {{Newgrounds}}, or VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}, or [[TheMagicVoyage that crappy movie about a talking caterpillar and Christopher Columbus]].
* '''Meow''' : [[Anime/SpaceDandy Cat-like alien]] or [[Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan wandering martial artist]]?
* Both ''Manga/DeathNote'' and Part 4 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' feature a supernatural SerialKiller named Kira. In both cases it's meant to evoke the English word "killer", but in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' the villain's full name is actually Yoshikage Kira, and in ''Manga/DeathNote'' "Kira" is a nickname created by the media. Their reasons for killing are also [[ALoveToDismember vastly]] [[KnightTemplar different.]]
** Part 6 of the same manga and the movie {{Film/Casanova}} both have an antagonistic bishop named Pucci.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' and ''Manga/GaRei'' both have main characters named Kagura and Yomi.
** Speaking of Yomi, there's also Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga from the former series, and {{Kekkaishi}} gives us an interesting name combo of a character called Yomi Kasuga.
* The RobotGirl character from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' and the bar where Akemi works as a waitress in ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' both have the same name: Chachamaru. The spaceship from ''PlasticLittle'' also has this name, except that it's usually punctuated as "Cha-Cha Maru".
** ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' and ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' both have a [[YouCantFightFate Fate]]. [[HoYay Both are the]] [[LesYay same gender as the hero]] and they start as an [[FoeYay enemy with lots of subtext]]. [[spoiler:The protagonist then decides to [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend]] them, and [[HeelFaceTurn they eventually succeed]].]] This has led to no small number of jokes amongst fans of both series.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** '''Sayaka''' is definitely not ''[[Manga/CityHunter the daughter of a Yakuza boss ]]'', a blue haired MagicalGirl from ''OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', or the SHSL-Idol from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''.
** '''Misato''': Boss' cousin is definitely not ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Nerv's Operations Director]]... or so we hope.
* Try not to confuse [[Manga/DeathNote Misa Amane]] with [[MagicalProjectS Misao Amano]].
* Not exact, but [[KareKano Yukino Miyazawa]] is a high school student voiced by Atsuko Enomoto. [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} Yukine Miyazawa]] is a high school student voiced by ... Atsuko Enomoto.
* Both ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' have characters named Hikari, although the Hikari in ''Pokémon'' (introduced in 2006) had her name dubbed as Dawn, while the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' one (introduced in 1999) became Kari.
** There's also a character named Hikari in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Manga/KOn'' has an aspiring musician-cum-moeblob call Yui who plays guitar. ''Anime/AngelBeats'' also has an aspiring musician-cum-moeblob call Yui who plays guitar.
** Not to be confused with the real life singer/guitarist YUI.
** Or Yui Itsuki, lead singer of the band Yōsei Teikoku.
** Or the fact that all of the girl's last names are taken from the band [[The Pillows]]
* Is The Major the [[GhostInTheShell ass-kicking commander of an organisation working for the government]] or the [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} scheming Nazi leader of an organization of vampires]]?
* Shamal is a doctor in both ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' and ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', being female in the former and male in the latter.
** Also from the former show, Fate Testarossa has no relation to [[FullMetalPanic Tessa and Leonard Testarossa.]]
* The British dub of ''SpaceCarrierBlueNoah'' referred to Hidaka as "Alan Carter", which is the name of a character from the British science fiction series ''{{Space 1999}}''.
* "Deathscythe" is a deadly weapon; do you mean the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam]] or [[Manga/SoulEater a type of weapon fueled by souls]]?
* Teru Mikami from ''Manga/KokoNiIruYo!'' has absolutely nothing to do with Teru Mikami from ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* Mai Kazuki is the elementary school student that transforms into MagicalStarMagicalEmi as well as a character from ''Magne Robo Gakeen''.
* Crossing over with RealLife, a drama CD was released starring five different male characters all voiced by seiyuus whose first name is [[Creator/DaisukeOno Da]][[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa i]][[Creator/DaisukeHirakawa su]][[Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi k]][[Creator/DaisukeKishio e]].
* Intentionally invoked with ''KimiNiTodoke.'' Whether you're referring to the anime/manga, it's first season OP, it's second season ED, or it's live action version's theme, ''they all mean the same thing.''
* '''Ein''': The bounty hunter from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''? Or the dog from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''?
* The main hero in both ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is '''Son Goku''', a Saiyajin/man with a staff. It's because both stories are based upon ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', whose main character is named "Sun Wukong"[[note]]The original Chinese pronounciation of the characters that are used in writing the name[[/note]].
** This also applies to [[Manga/{{Naruto}} another one of the tailed beasts]].
* [[Manga/ChocottoSister Miu Serizawa]] and [[Anime/TonaGura Miu Serizawa]].
** [[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Don't forget Miu Furenji]].
* Kuroneko is either a OncePerEpisode cameo making feline from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' or a Tsundere ElegantGothicLolita from ''[[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai Ore Imo]]''.
* Ichigo is either the male lead of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' or the female lead of ''TokyoMewMew''.
** And by the same token, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] is either one of [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship friends]] or a [[MasterOfIllusion mercurial]] servant of Manga/InuYasha's [[BigBad nemesis]] [[ManipulativeBastard Naraku]].
** "Ichigo" is also the name of the female lead of ''YumeiroPatissiere'' or the female lead of ''Anime/{{Aikatsu}}''
* '''Mt. Moon''': [[Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion A mountain that is home to the moonstones, rocks that contains limitless energy]], or [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} a mountain that is home to the moonstone, a rock that allows Clefairy to evolve]]?
* Gon is both an adorable major character in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' and an adorable little ridiculously powerful t-rex-looking thing from [[{{Gon}} the manga of the same name.]]
** Or, for that matter, [[Manga/{{Digimon V-Tamer 01}} a Gomamon]].
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]] or [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Hikari]][[note]]Japanese for "light"[[/note]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Yagami]]? Not quite, but you ''really'' don't want to confuse [[AGodAmI the]] [[MysteriousWaif two]].
** The last Mistress of Night Sky is Hayate Yagami. Ironically, she is actually not associated with light, because her ArtifactOfDoom was called the "Book of Darkness" before she renamed it/her.
* '''Kurama''': [[Manga/YuYuHakusho A girly-looking redhaired fox spirit with a thing for plants]], or a [[UruseiYatsura princess seeking a perfect man to help restore her race]] or a [[ElfenLied man who hunts the most powerful diclonius, but is also the father of the most powerful silpelit and being the father figure of another, but peaceful silpelit]]?
** Or are your referring [[Manga/{{Naruto}} to the most powerful of the Bijuu besides the Jubi?]], or a clan from the same series that specializes in reality-altering genjutsu.
* ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'''s Rick Hunter (AKA: {{Macross}}'s Hikaru Ichijou) came a couple or so years after the Rick Hunter played by Fred Dryer in the TV show ''Series/{{Hunter}}''.
* The main character in ''AiOreLoveMe'' is named Akira Shiraishi. In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Hiyori points out that it sounds like the Lucky Channel characters Akira ''Kogami'' and ''Minoru'' Shiraishi got married. (And the doorbell rings, leaving Konata to wonder which one it is...)
* '''Joey Jones''': the KidHero from [[Anime/{{Heroman}} Stan Lee's recent anime]] or the [[http://www.anime-planet.com/characters/joey-jones minor character]] from ''StellviaoftheUniverse''.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' somehow pulled off two internal examples between the same two media - both the manga ''Manga/DigimonNext'' and the anime ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' have characters named Yuu and Tsurugi, though in ''Xros Wars'' Tsurugi is that particular character's surname as opposed to the ''Next'' character's first name.
* '''Mami''' is the name of a character from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', as well as the title characters from CreamyMami and ''Anime/EsperMami'' and Mami Futami from ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' franchise.
* '''Kagura''' from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is not to be confused with Kagura Sohma from ''FruitsBasket'' or Kagura from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' or Kagura from Manga/GaRei or Kagura from Manga/GinTama.
* The fictional character [[Manga/InitialD Ryosuke Takahashi]] happens to share his name with a real life anime director.
* '''Sakura''' is a very common girl's name in Japan. Along with the aforementioned two Sakura Haruno's, there's also [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha a certain street fighting fangirl]] and [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura a certain magical girl who collects magical cards]].
** [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Don't forget there is one that dresses in red, eats a lot, and fights witches for their soul gems; but it's her surname]].
* [[Manga/GetterRobo Musashi Tomoe]] and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]]. Somehow, [[TheyKilledKenny this makes perfect sense.]]
** In the same way, [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Tomoe Yukishiro]], [[{{Mai-Otome}} Tomoe Marguerite]], [[RozenMaiden Tomoe Kashiwaba]] and simply [[QueensBlade Tomoe]].
*** Don't forget [[Franchise/SailorMoon Hotaru Tomoe]].
* Is the lord with the surname '''Yao''' a [[Anime/DragonBallGT jerkass boar with the title of Demon King]] or a [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Xingese prince looking for the secret to immortality]]?
** Or a [[Creator/KazukiYao voice actor?]]
* '''Leina''': [[QueensBlade a fighting princess?]], [[MachineRobo Rom Stoll's younger sister?]] or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau Ashta's younger sister?]]
** And, (with a [[SpellMyNameWithAnS different spelling]]), [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Reina]], who, by a weird coincidence, is a swordswoman just like the QB's one, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE a Vegan Ace Pilot]] and [[YandereKanojo a delinquent girlfriend]].
** In a similar way, and playing with her anagram, '''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Elina/Erina]]''': [[QueensBlade the younger sister of the QB one]]?, [[VariableGeo The American girl who was raised in Japan]]? or [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure the British girl who falls in love with the first Jojo]]?
* '''Cattleya''': [[QueensBlade A busty warrior?]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} A Pokemon Trainer, called Caitlin in English?]], [[LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima Louise's sister?]], [[Manga/RaveMaster Haru Glory's sister?]], or [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Raidiece F. Branstein's sister-in-law?]]
* '''Airi''': [[QueensBlade A Wraith maid?]], [[FistOfTheNorthStar Rei's sister?]] or [[ThoseWhoHuntElves a Hollywood actress stuck in a fantastic world?]] Could also be [[RoboticsNotes an AI living inside a tablet computer]].
** Whatever you do, though, [[Anime/TenchiMuyo don't call the wrong one "grandma"]].
* '''Shinobu''': [[{{Dancougar}} A hot-blooded Super Robot pilot?]], [[NinjaNonsense a clumsy ninja?]], an [[UruseiYatsura unlucky lech's (later-to-be ex) girlfriend]]? [[LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} A loli vampire?]] [[Manga/YuYuHakusho A spirit detective on the wrong side of the law?]] [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes The 8th ranked assassin?]] [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun A brilliant biopsychologist?]] [[Manga/KiniroMosaic A ditzy high school girl with a blonde fetish?]] [[Manga/LoveHina A shy blue-haired girl who loves a loser?]]
* '''Shino''': [[Manga/{{Naruto}} A rather creepy guy with shades and having insects living inside his body]] or [[Manga/CentaurNoNayami an adorable little centaur girl in kindergarten age]]?
* Is Giro [[Manga/SgtFrog a psychotic space frog]] or [[ArashinoYoruNi an evil wolf leader?]]
* While they don't share the same name, they share the same ''nickname'': Is '''Micchan''' [[{{Mitsudomoe}} a fat toddler]], [[Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow an annoying girl]] or a [[Manga/SlamDunk basketball player]]?
** In fact, someone else [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/luisedgarf/3ab90d1bbf890fa89e0e28390450fc5aba8.jpg already noticed that.]]
** It's also the nickname Fuuko gives Mikagami in ''FlameOfRecca'', and Shigure's editor in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* '''Saber''': [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight a female King Arthur?]] or [[TransformersVictory an Autobot?]]
* [=JoJo=] is a diminutive nickname, but does it belong to anyone from or related to the [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Joestar family]], or to the youthful royal heir [[Anime/PanzerWorldGalient Jordy Volder]]? Or is it the little [[StellviaOfTheUniverse brown-skinned guy]]?
* '''Iris''': A [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} black Pokemon Trainer?]] or [[SakuraWars a white French girl?]]
** Or [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 a female Reploid]] or a [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork female AI based off the former?]] The latter applies a bit more in this case, since Battle Network has an anime adaptation.
* '''Seiya''': [[Manga/SaintSeiya The Pegasus Saint?]] or [[Franchise/SailorMoon a crossdressing Sailor Senshi?]]
** Is '''Koga''' [[Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega the Pegasus Saint after Seiya]], or [[Manga/InuYasha the headstrong leader of a wolf demon tribe]]?
*** [[TakeAThirdOption He could be a]] [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Gym Leader]].
* '''Tsukishima''': [[MiracleTrain Pretty boy on a train]]? or [[Manga/{{Bleach}} a sadist who has the power to change memories]]? Ironically enough, both are voiced by Creator/DaisukeOno.
* When we're talking about the last name '''Oyamada''', are we talking about [[LightNovel/{{Kanokon}} Kouta]] or [[Manga/ShamanKing Manta]]?
* '''Tsubomi''' is a magical girl. Tell us, though -- is she [[Anime/UltimateGirls a cosplayer]] with Series/{{Ultraman}}-like powers or [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure the weakest Pretty Cure in existence (though she gets better)]]?
* Ironically enough, '''Kagami''' Yoshimizu of ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fame once got confused as a girl because his name is shared with Kagami Hiiragi (who's a girl).
* '''Presea''': An EvilMatriarch [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha who loves to abuse her not-daughter,]] or [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth a powerful sorceress who aids three girls on their quest to save a different world from theirs?]] [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Or an emotionally repressed 12-year old girl with a giant ax?]]
* '''Rin''': [[Manga/BlueExorcist A young boy that aspires to be an exorcist?]] [[Anime/{{Shuffle}} A man who could become a god or a demon?]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight A tsundere-ish mage with cold personality?]] [[Manga/KodomoNoJikan An inappropriately precocious schoolgirl?]] [[{{Mnemosyne}} An immortal private investigator?]] [[Anime/{{Inuyasha}} A young human girl that follows a demon lord?]] [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo An armless schoolgirl with a peppy personality?]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} A friend of a certain one-eyed ninja?]] [[{{Vocaloid}} A singing android that has a twin brother?]] [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} The pet Kasha of a Satori?]] [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 A fire-themed magical girl?]] [[LittleBusters An incredibly shy childhood friend?]] [[Manga/{{Toriko}} An employee at the Gourmet Coliseum in the IGO's First Gourmet Facility?]] [[Manga/{{Mahoromatic}} Or just one of Those Three Girls?]]
* Both ''Manga/WanderingSon'' and ''Manga/MinamiKe'' have characters named Makoto, Shuuichi, and Yoshino.
* [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]] and [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub Haruhi]] are a pretty famous example; enough to inspire crossover art.
* '''Sayaka''' is a blue haired MagicalGirl, but is she from ''OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?
** Or is she a HumongousMecha ''[[Anime/MazingerZ pilot]]''?
** Or is she the SHSL-Idol from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''?
** [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Her surname]], '''Miki''', is also shared with another blue-themed magical girl: Miki Aono from ''FreshPrettyCure''. Both of them are voiced by Creator/EriKitamura.
* '''Futaba Aoi''' appears in both ''Anime/VividredOperation'' and ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo''
** Another one, but with names swiched, appears in ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''
* '''Tobi''' could be either [[FistOfTheNorthStar Yuria's pet dog]] in the OVA, or the alias of one [[spoiler:[[{{Manga/Naruto}} Obito Uchiha]]]]?
* '''Cologne''' is either [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf an elderly martial artist]] or [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure a fallen mascot whose the source of angst for one of the heroines]].
* '''Ryouma''' - [[PrinceOfTennis tennis star]] or [[GetterRobo hot-blooded mecha pilot]]?
* '''Hibiki & Kanade''' are a pair of main characters from a music themed MagicalGirl series... well, but [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear which]] [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure series]] is meant? (Though it's worth noting that one pair of them is an actual duo while the other pair is ''not'' since one of them died before the other one became a MagicalGirl.)
** Their main enemy is '''Noise''', but is it an EldritchAbomination race or a gigantic FeatheredFiend?
** Is '''Maria''' the name of [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Hibiki's]] EvilCounterpart or [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Hibiki's]] mother?
** Or is '''Shirabe''' the first name of a [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear rival Symphogear]] or the last name of the fourth [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Pretty Cure]]?
** '''Kanade''' is also the actual name of a certain "[[Anime/AngelBeats Angel]]" who says that she isn't one.
* Is '''Miku''' the name of a [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} virtual singer?]] or [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Hibiki's best friend]]?
* Is '''Madoka''' a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica pink-haired]] [[{{Omniscience}} omniscient]] MagicalGirl [[PhysicalGod '''GODDESS''']], or a [[MetalFightBeyblade brown-haired]] [[TheMedic Beyblade handyman]] or a [[BikerBabe green-haired]] [[CoolBigSis older sister]] of [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 another]] [[BarrierWarrior Magical]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Girl]] [[StrongFamilyResemblance who looks just like her]] or just another MagicalGirl who has ''Madoka'' [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure as her last name]].
** The Goddess Madoka's best friend has a love interest named Kyousuke, who was also one point of a LoveTriangle in the '80s rom-com ''KimagureOrangeRoad''--but for this Kyousuke, one of his love interest is also named ''Madoka''.
* '''Yui''' is a [[OnlySaneMan prince-type girl]] in a series known for its yuri subtext. Is the series ''Manga/YuruYuri'', or ''{{Manga/Yuyushiki}}''? (Or, more humorously: is she a [[TheLancer deuteroagonist]] or a [[TheHero protagonist]]?)
** '''Yui''' is also the lead singer for her high school's music club. Is the name of her band [[Manga/{{KOn}} After School Tea Time]] or [[Anime/AngelBeats Girls' Dead Monster]]?
** [[Anime/CorrectorYui This]] '''Yui''' is ([[DoingInTheWizard technically]]) a MagicalGirl that fights a BigBad [[AIIsACrapshoot rouge A.I.]] in {{Cyberspace}} just TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture where EverythingIsOnline.
** [[Manga/LuckyStar This]] Yui is a traffic cop who has an adorable little sister in high school, a cousin in college, and a commuter marriage.
* '''Kaito''' can either be a [[Manga/MagicKaito magician Phantom Thief with a deceased father]] or a [[{{Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch}} surfer with musician parents]]. Or is he the [[YuGiOhZexal blond duelist on a mission for Numbers]]?
* The name '''Baki''' is shared by [[BakiTheGrappler a young grappler who trains to one day defeat his father]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} a shinobi from the Sand Village]]
* Both ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' (and [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]) and ''ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' have characters (both of whom interact with each other possibly more than any other character in their respective canons) named Takeru and Hikari.
* A sci-fi show with characters named Itsuki and Asahina: ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]]'' or ''Anime/RahXephon''?
* '''Risty''': [[QueensBlade A thief?]] or [[LightNovel/HagureYuushaNoEstetica a princess?]] It does help both series were produced by the same company (Hobby Japan)
* '''Ymir''': [[QueensBlade The Steel Princess?]] or [[Manga/AttackOnTitan a member of the 104th Trainees Squad?]]
* '''Touma''': [[MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Either he is infected with a virus that gives him anti-magic powers]], [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex a level-0 who is the middle of a magic vs science war with similar powers]], [[Manga/FairyTail the ruler of Fiore]] or [[Anime/DigimonSavers the human partner of Gaomon]].
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS However, the former is officially spelled as "Thoma".]]
* '''Karin''': [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's younger sister]] or [[Manga/{{Naruto}} a flirtatious former subordinate of Orochimaru]], or [[Manga/{{Karin}} a blood-producing vampire who gets a massive nosebleed every month]], or a MagicalGirlWarrior [[Manga/KamichamaKarin whose powers are based on]] [[ClassicalMythology the Greek Goddess, Althena]]? Or even A MagicalGirl who transforms into '''[[Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin a caped pig]]'''!
* '''Yuno''': [[Manga/HidamariSketch An aspiring high school art student]] with [[IconicItem iconically X-shaped]] HairDecorations, or a {{Yandere}} [[Manga/FutureDiary with an extreme tendency to]] MurderTheHypotenuse?
** If it's written as "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Yuuno]]", it's a [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ferret-shapeshifting mage without a Device and becomes the Chief Librarian of the Infinity Library.]]
* '''Rikka''' has a CatchPhrase. Is it "[[Anime/DokiDokiPrecure The light of wisdom, Cure Diamond]]!", "[[LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai Vanishment]], [[GratuitousEnglish this world]]!", or "[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Mii, Nipa~]]!" [[note]] That last one has only one "k", but that's the only real difference. [[/note]]
* '''Itsuki''', is he [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya an esper with the surname Koizumi]] or is she a {{Magical Girl}} [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure with the surname Myoudouin and just happens to look like a boy?]]
* '''Rei''' the LargeHam {{Tsundere}} and '''Makoto''' the GentleGiant with a DarkAndTroubledPast. Both have HoYay moments with other characters. Now, are their teammate Haruka a [[HandsomeLech flirty]] {{Bifauxnen}} [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]] [[Franchise/SailorMoon magical girl]], or a [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[TheQuietOne quiet boy]] [[TheComicallySerious who takes every opportunity he can]] [[{{Free}} to swim?]]
* A {{Tomboy}} MagicalGirl with a rather short ponytail, the fourth and most offensive member of the heroes' team. Her name is '''Makoto'''. But from [[Franchise/SailorMoon which]] [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure series]]?
* '''Kyoya''' is an Asian guy, but does he have [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn tonfas]]? Or does he have [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub glasses]]? Or [[MetalFightBeyblade A lion-themed Beyblade?]]
* '''Happy''' is an AnthropomorphicPersonification of said emotion with a CatchPhrase. Now, is this a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] CuteKitten that says [[Manga/FairyTail "Aye!" and "S/he lllikes you]]"? Or is it a [[CuteClumsyGirl klutzy]], [[RoseHairedSweetie pink-haired]] MagicalGirl and says [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure "Happuppu~" and "Ultra Happy!"]]? [[http://karla2788.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Pretty-Cure-320743075 You decide]].
* '''Chika''' is a good cook. Is she [[Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow a preteen girl who is a main character]], or [[Manga/HidamariSketch a teenage Canon Immigrant recurring character]]?
* '''Mikado Sanzenin''': [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler Nagi's grandfather?]] or [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf a casanova skater?]]
* '''Minato''': [[Manga/{{Naruto}} The Fourth Hokage?]] or [[MartianSuccessorNadesico a female Bridge Bunny?]]
* '''Haruka''': a {{Closet|Geek}} [[LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu Otaku]], an [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster aspiring Idol]], a [[Manga/KotouraSan former]] BrokenBird {{Telepath|y}}, a {{Schoolgirl|Lesbians}} [[Manga/SakuraTrick Lesbian]], a [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Scout]], the YamatoNadeshiko [[Manga/MinamiKe eldest sister]], or a [[Manga/{{Tactics}} tengu]]?
* '''Sakamoto''': a [[SakamotoDesuGa guy who's extremely cool in everything he does]] (first name unknown), a (possibly) [[PrincessPrincess green haired]] TeamMom (Akira) or Akira's older brother (Harumi) who appears in every series that Akira appears in? [[Manga/{{Nichijou}} How about]] [[TalkingAnimal a talking cat]] [[ButtMonkey whose life sucks]] [[CosmicPlaything no matter where he goes]]?
* '''Mukuro''': Is it [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn the male 10th Vongola Mist Guardian or the owl of the female Mist Guardian]] or [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the female Ultimate Soldier]] or [[Manga/YuYuHakusho the female one of the Three Kings of the Demon World]]?
* '''Nagisa''': [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Is it Cure Black?]] [[Anime/{{Free}} A member of a swim club?]], [[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume A surfer with a fear of]] {{Moe}} [[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume squids?]], [[Manga/AnsatsuKyoushitsu An inconspicuous middle school boy with a hidden talent for (terrifying) assassination?]] [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} A shy, ill girl voiced by]] Creator/MaiNakahara? [[LightNovel/StrawberryPanic A shy lesbian voiced by]] Creator/MaiNakahara? [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion A young magical girl]] who's [[TrademarkFavoriteFood obsessed with cheese]]? If it's a surname, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion it'd be an angel.]]
* '''Lancelot''': [[Anime/CodeGeass A white mecha]] or [[LightNovel/FateZero the true Knight of the Lake wearing a]] [[BlackKnight black armor]]?
* '''Kibou no Hana/Flower of Hope''': Is it [[{{Premiseville}} the setting]] for Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure, the ClosingCredits [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1qYlNELnU8 theme]] ([[http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/kotourasan/kibounohana.htm Lyrics here]]) for ''Manga/KotouraSan'', the title of Chapter 449 of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', or the title of episode 22 of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''? This conundrum is unique in that it doesn't refer to any characters at all.
* Two shogi manga, ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' and ''Manga/ShionNoOu'' both have supporting characters named Nikaido who are both ''kishi'' and affluent due to their families. Aside from that, though, they are as different as night and day.
* '''Ringo Kinoshita''': A popular idol singer on NoRin, and also the Souta Suzukaze's Tsundere friend from OtogiJuushiAkazukin
* '''Aki Mikage''': Either a sweet girl from [[Manga/SilverSpoon a farm in the mountains,]] or a boy who gets possessed by evil and is [[Manga/AyashiNoCeres the heroine's twin brother.]]
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has one in-genre example,and one unrelated. Another short manga story called Elfen Lied focuses on two musician prodigies attempting to keep promises they made in childhood - if the plot sounds familiar, it should. The story was written and drawn by LynnOkamoto, and first published in a manga compilation volume for the series ElfenLied. It has no connection to the world of Diclonius and such. In Germany, author Bernard Hermann publishes a series about fantasy elves with each title being Elfen and then another word, with one of them being Elfen Lied.
* '''Urara Kasugano''': She is either an IdolSinger with the MagicalGirlWarrior alias [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Cure Lemonade]] or a BitchInSheepsClothing who {{Dual Wield|ing}}s airsoft Glock 26's as a member of the [[Manga/{{Sabagebu}} survival game club]].
* '''Ciel''': a (female) {{Church Militant}} [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} who fights with]] [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throwing swords]] [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} and a]] {{BFG}} or a (male) {{Creepy Child}} [[Manga/{{BlackButler}} with a demonic]] [[{{Bishonen}} (but very bishie)]] [[Manga/{{BlackButler}} butler]]?.

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