* This is the principal plot of "Identity Thief" as a con-woman steals the identity of a man.
* Probably inspired by the Molière example, the French filmmaker Francis Veber often has a character named François Pignon or François Perrin. Notably, in earlier movies, this character tended to be a ButtMonkey who was the unwitting cause of [[ComedicSociopathy humorous calamity]] on others, but in more recent movies is a sympathetic "everyman" character who gets a happy ending. In fact, the word pignonisme has been adopted in the French language to reference the attitudes of the "man on the street".
* Used as part of a joke in ''Film/OfficeSpace'', where one of Peter Gibbons' co-workers is named MichaelBolton. He's none too happy about [[EmbarrassingFirstName sharing a name with the singer-songwriter]], and Peter asks him why he doesn't get it changed, to which Michael replies: "Why should I change ''my'' name? He's the one who [[TakeThat/{{Film}} sucks!]]"
* The first live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film and the ''Film/FridayThe13th2009'' remake both feature characters named Trent. They're actually portrayed by the same actor (Travis Van Winkle) and both are {{Jerkass}}es.
** Maybe this should get moved to cross media, because there's also Edison Trent, from {{Freelancer}}, and Trent from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''.
* "Doug Roberts" is the name of Henry Fonda's Naval officer protagonist in ''Film/MisterRoberts'', as well as Paul Newman's architect character in ''Film/TheToweringInferno''.
* In the English-language version of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', the song the prisoners sing, "Marcetta," is translated "Maria" due to LipLock...which is also the name of a one-scene prostitute who, [[SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality this being a]] [[Creator/SergioLeone Leone film]], is the single most prominent female character.
* ''LettersToJuliet'' consists of finding the right Lorenzo in the area to find her lost love.
** Sophie shares her name with one of the main characters of MammaMia, who is coincidentally also portrayed by Creator/AmandaSeyfried.
* One of the main characters in ''Film/CoolRunnings'' is a 6½-foot-tall muscular black—but bald—sprinter named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yul_Brynner Yul Brynner]].
* Bruno: [[Literature/TheBoyInTheStripedPyjamas Visitor to a concentration camp]], or just [[{{Bruno}} camp gay]]?
* Frank Martin. ''TheTransporter'', or David Schwimmer's bumbling character from ''SixDaysSevenNights''?
** Or the villain in the remake of ''{{Willard}}''.
* [[Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor Biff Hawk]] the nice jock and [[Film/BackToTheFuture Biff Tannen]] the JerkJock share first names.
* The protagonist of 1995 neo-blaxploitation flick ''DeadPresidents'' is named Anthony Curtis. [[LampshadeHanging He is reminded that he (sort of) shares his name with actor Tony Curtis within the movie itself.]] You'll never get the two confused, as the fictional Curtis is black while the RealLife actor was Jewish. But they were both born in The Bronx, so this may have been a ShoutOut.
* The Old Man: [[AChristmasStory A sometimes incoherent father who's the proud owner of a leg lamp]], or the [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} head of a multi-million dollar corporation located in dystopian Detroit]]?
** Or did he train [[HumanTarget Christopher Chance]]?
* Captain Miller: Are we talking about [[Film/EventHorizon an astronaut who investigated a haunted spaceship]] or [[SavingPrivateRyan a ranger who fought during World War II]]
* Can two pairs of first names count? In ''Film/BlackSwan'' Nina is worried that Lily wants to become her; in ''SnowFlowerAndTheSecretFan'' Lily and Nina are [[ActingForTwo the same person]].
* ''Film/ChildsPlay'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' both have a little boy named Andy (and both movies have child's toys coming to life), but the films themselves couldn't be more different if they tried.
* Metalbeak is a dangerous bird of prey with [[ShapedLikeItself a prosthetic beak]] [[spoiler:who's killed by the hero]] -- a talking male owl in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' and the nickname of a non-speaking female(?) hawk in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''.
* Nigel is a TalkingAnimal with a posh accent in an exotic location, but is he [[TheWild a friendly koala]] or [[{{Rio}} a nefarious cockatoo]]?
** Or is he [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo a pelican who frequently visits the dentist?]]
*** The last two seem to be deliberate, [[{{Rio}} Rio]] was full of references to previous films.
*** Note that all three of the above {{Talking Animal}}s belong to an Australian species, the first two being not on their native continent (North America/Africa and South America, respectively).
**** [[TakeAThirdOption Maybe he's]] [[ThisIsSpinalTap a member of a band]] [[TropeNamers who coined the phrase]] UpToEleven?
* Jack: [[Series/TwentyFour federal agent]] who has Leslie Hope as a wife, or [[Film/NeverBackDown young MMA fighter]] who has Leslie Hope as a mother?
* Who is Mr. Han really? On one end, he is [[Film/EnterTheDragon an ex-monk turned opium dealer who offended both Mr. Lee's family and the Shaolin Temple.]] The other is [[Film/TheKarateKid a handyman skilled in Kung Fu who takes Tre Parker under his wing.]]
* Speaking of "Han"...."Solo" is both the name of a Mafia boss in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' and a Corellian smuggler in ''StarWars''.
* ''Fred: The Movie'' is the title of a feature length movie based on [[WebVideo/{{Fred}} a web show]] and a pro-Westboro Baptist Church documentary.
* '''Mad Dog.''' [[OngBak An underground fighter Tien encounters while searching for the village's missing statue?]] Or '''[[Film/TheRaid that]]''' Mad Dog? Or the main character in the 1976 Outback western with Dennis Hopper? Or the Mad Dog in ''Film/{{Warrior}}''?
* Franchise/HarryPotter and [[Film/{{Troll}} Harry Potter.]]
* ''Transylvania 6-5000'' was the name of a 1963 Bugs Bunny cartoon before it was a 1986 Jeff Goldblum movie.
* ''Film/MagicMike''. [[MagicMike The name of a semi-biopic on the life of Channing Tatum]] or a prisoner in ''Blood In, Blood Out''.
* "Homer Simpson" is a character from the 1939 novel ''Film/TheDayOfTheLocust'' which was turned into a movie in 1975. The name is unrelated to Matt Groening's cartoon character from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* A multi-lingual example: 1997 saw the release of both Creator/TakeshiKitano's film "Hana-bi" and Leonardo Pieraccioni's Italian comedy "Fuochi d'artificio", around the same time. Both titles mean "Fireworks" in their respective language, but the films couldn't be more different to one another.
** Likewise, Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/BlackRain'' and Shohei Imamura's ''Kuroi ame'' were both released in 1989. "Kuroi ame" means "black rain" in Japanese.
* Two basset hounds named Fred: Cledus Snow's pet dog in ''SmokeyAndTheBandit'' and Alex Graham's comic strip pooch (currently drawn by Michael Martin and Graham's daughter Arran).
* '''Joel Coen''' is half of the writing-directing team Creator/TheCoenBrothers. '''Joel Cohen''' is another Hollywood writer. The name is also shared by a classical musician who uses the latter spelling.
** This confusion is purportedly why BillMurray signed on to play Film/{{Garfield}}, confusing Cohen for Coen. Doesn't explain the sequel, though.
*** Don't forget Joel H. Cohen, a frequent writer for The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
* The [[BigCreepyCrawlies Mutos]] of ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' share their name with the eponymous MadScientist hero of ''VideoGame/DrMuto''. The only other real similarity they have is their connection with artificial genetic mutations.
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