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* ''Manga/{{Adolf}}'' is about three people named Adolf, one, an [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler art student]].
* There's an evil organization in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse called '''AIM''' (Advanced Idea Mechanics), no relation to the Internet service (AOL Instant Messenger). This can lead to very funny reactions when your friends who don't read comics find sentences in your fan-fics like "We suspect AIM of involvement in the deaths of the astronauts."
** Then there's the conservative media watchdog group AIM (Accuracy In Media).
** And the [[VideoGame/JaggedAlliance Association of International Mercenaries]].
** And a Romanian copy of the [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles AK-47]].
** Or [=AiM=], a stage name of voice actress/singer [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Ai Maeda]].
** AIM is also the American Indian Movement.
** It is also the Asian Institute of Management, a well-known and well-regarded management school based in the Philippines.
* Is '''Shuichi Akai''' an [[Manga/DetectiveConan FBI agent]], or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuichi_Akai_(footballer) Japanese soccer midfielder]]? It's a shame that Akai (the FBA agent) never played a game of soccer with Conan, even under his secret identity, [[spoiler:Okiya Subaru]].
* '''Alexander''' is a [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat conqueror]], and a summon in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
* '''Amy Allen''', the actress playing Aayla Secura in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' or a character in ''Series/TheATeam''?
* '''Ian Anderson''': frontman for Music/JethroTull, or a character in Webcomic/{{Asperchu}} and parody of the creator of Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}.
* '''Wil Anderson''' is an Australian comedian and Creator/JohnWayne's character in ''Film/TheCowboys''.
* '''Nick Angel''': Simon Pegg's character in ''Film/HotFuzz'' and the music supervisor for Simon Pegg film ''Film/{{Paul}}''.
* '''Ariana''' has flaming red hair, but is she [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver a Rocket Executive]][[note]]only in the remakes, she went anonymous in the originals[[/note]] or [[Music/ArianaGrande an actress-turned-pop superstar]]?
* When speaking about '''Asia Argento''' are you refering to the [[Creator/AsiaArgento Italian actress]] who starred in ''Film/XXx'' or the [[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD Italian ex-nun turned demon]]?
* When you refer to '''Arsenal''', are you talking about the English football team, or the ComicBook/GreenArrow's sidekick?
* '''Asahi''' is either a Japanese beer brand or [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse Nanashi's childhood friend]].
* '''Ashoka''' -- the ancient Indian ruler or the [[Franchise/StarWars Togruta jedi]].
* '''Steve Austin''': A [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan bionic superman]], or a [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin beer-swillin', finger-gesturin' toughest SOB on the planet]]?
* '''Barbie''' is widely known as [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} a long-running line of dolls]]. One of the more notorious Nazi officials in occupied France during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was named Klaus Barbie. And he was there first too, since the toys weren't made until 1959. This is spoofed in ''Film/RatRace'' when a traveling family decides to visit a Barbie Museum in Nevada, only to realize too late that they walked into the ''wrong'' one. The Barbie doll was named after creator Ruth Handler's daughter Barbara, while Ken was named after her son.
** Also a stripper at the Bitty Kitty club in ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: Open Season'', [[TheDanza named after her actress]], Barbara Shannon.
* '''Jimmy Barnes''' is a Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter and lead singer of Music/ColdChisel. '''James "Bucky" Barnes''' is [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]].
* '''Jack Bauer''': [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=49378 A voice actor]] or [[Series/TwentyFour nigh-invulnerable badass Federal Agent]]
* '''Stephen/Steven Baxter''': Series/TheSecondComing of Jesus Christ (in Manchester), or [[Creator/StephenBaxter science fiction author]] from Liverpool?
* '''Bearforce 1/Bear Force One''':[[Music/Bearforce1 Gay Eurodance group]], or [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the New California Republic's presidential aircraft]]?
* '''Sam(uel) Beckett''': Hero of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' or famous playwright?
** Probably meant as a {{homage}}, and lampshaded several times on the show.
** ''Series/ChinaBeach'' had a regular character named Sam Beckett who was ''not'' the identically named, time traveling protagonist of ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Just to make it even more confusing, Michael Boatman, the actor who played the ''China Beach'' Sam Beckett, made a guest appearance in ''Quantum Leap'''s final season.
* '''Mary Bell''': when you hear this name, what little girl do you think of? Is she an insane British EnfantTerrible SerialKiller that liked to torture and murder toddlers in the '60s, or the title character of ''Anime/FloralMagicianMaryBell''?
* '''Elizabeth Beresford''' is the adopted daughter of [[Creator/AgathaChristie Tommy and Tuppence]], or the creator of the Wombles.
* The '''BFG''' can be: [[{{BFG}} a very powerful gun]], [[Creator/RoaldDahl the Big Friendly Giant]], or the Black Forest Gateau chocolate created (as part of a selection) by Heston Blumenthal for British supermarket Waitrose.
* '''Big O''': A [[Anime/TheBigO mecha series]]? A character in a Creator/ShelSilverstein book? A stadium in Montreal? An Ohio orange juice reference? A tire store? Music/RoyOrbison? A mathematical notation used to describe computational complexity? Or [[ImmodestOrgasm something else entirely]]? Or maybe it's one of Wrestling/ZackRyder's [[WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory Broskis]]?
* '''Ryan Bingham''': The award-winning singer/songwriter, or Creator/GeorgeClooney's character in ''Film/UpInTheAir''? Coincidentally, non-fictional Ryan Bingham won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for songwriting the same year George Clooney was nominated for playing fictional Ryan Bingham in ''Up in the Air''.
* '''Sarah Bishop''': [[Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG borderline psychotic]] MamaBear or [[http://www.sarah-bishop.com/ Australian painter]]?
* '''Captain Black''': [[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet's]] nemesis or a brand of pipe tobacco?
* '''[[http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0140233/ Adam Brody]]''' of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' is not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Brody Adam Brody]] the actor.
* '''Frank Black''' is the second stage name taken by Music/ThePixies frontman Black Francis (real name Charles Thompson) and the main character in ''Series/{{Millennium}}''. Both Frank Blacks have loose connections with ''Series/TheXFiles'': ''Millennium'' and ''The X-Files'' share a creator in Chris Carter, and the fictional Frank Black appeared in the ''X-Files'' episode "Millennium", which was also a FullyAbsorbedFinale for the show of that name. Meanwhile, the musician Frank Black contributed the song "Man Of Steel" to the ''X-Files'' companion album ''Songs In The Key Of X''.
* '''Blondie''': A [[Music/{{Blondie}} punk rock band]] who had a few big hits in the late 70's and 80's, [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} the mother of a certain Baby Dumpling]], [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly a mysterious gunslinger with a poncho]], and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a certain dictator's]] dog.
* A minor character in [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/RichardIII'' is referred to as '''Sir James Blunt'''. The real person the character is based on was actually named James Bl'''o'''unt. '''James Blunt''' the musician/soldier was also born James Bl'''o'''unt.
* Is '''B.o.B.''' a Georgia-based rapper or [[WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens a blob monster]]?
** "B.O.B." is also the name of a little known UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem game that was released by Creator/ElectronicArts.
** Or maybe a [[Film/TheBlackHole robot]] voiced by Slim Pickens?
** Or the initials of the title of the Music/{{Outkast}} song ''Bombs over Baghdad''?
* '''Michael Bolton''': A disgruntled [[Film/OfficeSpace software engineer]] shared his name with a [[Music/MichaelBolton no-talent ass-clown]] (those are the engineer's words, of course).
* A '''[[Film/HighSchoolMusical Troy Bolton]]''' was beaten to death by ex-fugitive Raymond Ross, as told on the Discovery Channel's ''I Almost Got Away with It''.
* All of the aforementioned '''Boltons''' and many other people sharing this last name are very annoyed at George R. R. Martin, who gave this last name to a family of serial murdering psychopaths in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* '''James Bond''': Creator/DavidLetterman did a TopTenList [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjEqxmg-wRg with a guy named]] Franchise/JamesBond.
** Also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Bauer_(cyclist) a cyclist from new Zealand]].
* Baseball player '''Milton Bradley''' is not to be confused with the board game company Creator/MiltonBradley. Or with Go player [[http://users.eniinternet.com/bradleym/ Milton Bradley]].
* '''Willy Brandt''' was the West German Chancellor in the 1970s. "Willy" is a shortened version of "William", which is Agent Brandt's first name in the [[Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries Mission: Impossible films]] in the 2010s.
* '''Tycho Brahe''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_Brahe 16th century Danish astronomer]], or one of the original TwoGamersOnACouch from ''WebComic/PennyArcade''.
* '''Martin Brest''': The American producer, director, and screenwriter, or the terminally-ill German in ''Film/KnockinOnHeavensDoor''?
* '''Bob Brown''': [[Series/TheUnit Young member of a top secret elite military unit]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Brown openly gay Australian former politician and medical doctor]]?
** There's also another retired Australian politician with the same name and yet another from Montana.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Brown_(wrestler) It was also the name of a Canadian pro wrestler.]]
** Not to mention Music/BobbyBrown, former member of New Edition who has been in and out of prison since the late 1990s-early 2000s.
* Series/{{Bones}} does not [[Creator/StudioBONES create anime.]] [[Franchise/StarTrek He's a doctor, not an animator.]]
* Most people familiar with the Franchise/{{Mario}} franchise know who '''Bowser''', the King of the Koopas, is. However, we also have '''Doug Bowser''', who was hired by Nintendo as their Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
* '''Charlie Brown''': Although the comic character never got to kick the football, there have been a Chicago Bears defensive back, a New Orleans Saints running back, a Washington Redskins wide receiver, and a USC offensive lineman named '''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]]'''.
** Charlie Brown is also the civilian identity of Creator/DCComics supervillain Kite Man, which raises some questions about that round-headed kid who struggles with the Kite-Eating Tree.
** [[LeiberAndStoller "Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow?/ Who calls the English teacher "Daddy-O'?"]]
** While the Coasters' "Charlie Brown" was an upbeat novelty about a mischievous ClassClown, British freakbeat band Rupert's People had a song called "Reflections of Charlie Brown", a melancholy ballad (not too unlike Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale") about a quiet, hard-working man with a sad life.
** Charlie Brown's is also a steakhouse chain.
** There's also an Australian technology journalist working for the Creator/NineNetwork named Charlie Brown, and there was yet another who worked on the development of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
** Then there's ''Charles'' Brown, a blues musician best known for penning the holiday classic "Merry Christmas, Baby".
** How about [[http://imageshack.us/a/img72/2085/charliebrown.jpg this cutie]] who got his picture in the ''Northville Record-Novi News''?
** And the namer for a [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown pro wrestling trope]].
* In Creator/EvelynWaugh's ''Vile Bodies'', the fictitious Prime Minister of the UK is named Sir '''James Brown'''. One can assume that his political platform was one of [[Music/JamesBrown getting down]].
** Even funnier when the real Prime Minister of Great Britain between 2007-2010 ''was'' James Brown, but he went by his middle name, [[UsefulNotes/GordonBrown Gordon]]. Presumably to avoid the obvious jokes...
** James Brown is also the name of the guy who did hairstyling for ''Film/TheBrood''.
** Still another James Brown has worked as a sportscaster and pregame announcer for Fox and CBS.
** Jim Brown played American football for the Cleveland Browns before turning to acting (''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', ''Ice Station Zebra'', ''Film/TheRunningMan''.)
* '''Stanislaus Brown''' was a Canadian hockey defenseman. '''Stanislaus Braun''' is a MadScientist running a LotusEaterMachine in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* '''Jack Bruce''' may be a fictional rock star who's also a wrestler in Adam Ryland's VideoGame/TotalExtremeWrestling, or a real-life rock star who played bass for Music/{{Cream}}.
* '''Martin Brundle''' is either Seth Brundle's son in ''Film/TheFlyII'' or a former UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver.
* '''Joe Buck''' is the name of a baseball and football announcer for the Creator/{{Fox}} network, as well as the protagonist in ''MidnightCowboy''. There's also a psychobilly musician named Joe Buck.
* '''Kate Bush''': [[Music/KateBush a reclusive British singer with her own unique style of music]] [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Kate_Bush or a character]] who met a nasty end in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam''.
* Sarah Brightman: [[Music/SarahBrightman Singer and musical theater star]] or college student from the horror-comedy ''{{Film/Waxwork}}'' and its sequel?
* '''Kevin Butler''': [[Advertising/KevinButler Sony VP in charge of stuff]] or former Chicago Bears placekicker?
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* '''John Cage''': Employer of ''[[Series/AllyMcBeal Ally [=McBeal=]]]'', [[Music/JohnCage avant-garde composer]], or ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fighter "Johnny"?
* '''John Cale''': He could be Music/LouReed's former bandmate in Music/TheVelvetUnderground, or a [[Creator/ChanningTatum badass Capitol police officer]] who [[Film/WhiteHouseDown almost singlehandedly saves America]] from a Secret Service head gone rogue and his mercenaries-for-hire.
* '''Calypso''': An amputated green sea turtle in the National Aquarium in Baltimore or [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal the organizer of a demolition derby whom grants a wish made by whoever won it]]?
** Could be a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_%28comics%29 Spider-Man villainess]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_%28mythology%29 Greek sea goddess]].
** Or the name of Creator/JacquesCousteau's research vessel.
** Or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq7E6bFu7cM a really cheesy Brazilian group.]]
* '''[[Series/{{Skins}} Naomi Campbell]]''' is not a supermodel. She is quite super, though. And rather beautiful. (The show does refer to the confusion - once, in one of those "yeah yeah, NeverHeardThatOneBefore, can we get on with our lives now"-type scenes.)
* Is '''Chloe Carmichael''' [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents an overachieving girl with shared fairies whom fans dislike]] or [[http://drchloe.com/ a therapist in New York City]]?
* '''John Carpenter''' is [[Creator/JohnCarpenter a famous movie director]]. He's also the alias of the alien Klaatu in the original 1951 version of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', the first contestant to earn the top prize on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' and a key figure in the development of the VCR who probably killed Bob Crane.
* Is '''James Carter''' [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter the 39th President of the United States]] or a loud-mouthed LA cop from ''Film/RushHour''?
** Or is he an old-time blues singer who contributed the song "Po' Lazarus" to the soundtrack of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou''?
** Or is he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Carter_%28musician%29 a jazz saxophonist?]]
* '''Nick Carter''' from ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'' shares his name with [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/5/58245/1262434-nickcarter.jpg this member]] of the Music/BackstreetBoys.
* '''John Casey''': Badass NSA agent from Series/{{Chuck}}, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Casey_%28novelist%29 American author]], or mathematician behind [[http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CaseysTheorem.html Casey's theorem]]?
* UsefulNotes/{{Charlemagne}} is a conqueror and a Defiant Comics hero.
* '''Nick Charles''' was one half of the husband-and-wife sleuthing team in ''Film/TheThinMan'' series, as well as a sportscaster for Creator/{{CNN}}.
* '''Cher''' is a [[Music/{{Cher}} singer]] and a [[Film/{{Clueless}} teenager]].
* '''Chilly''': [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} snowman]], [[WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly penguin]], or WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan's girlfriend?
* From some of '''Creator/TomClancy'''[='=]s works:
** A minor character in ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'' is FBI Special Agent '''Bill Clinton'''.
** Clancy's '''Literature/JackRyan''' character shares a name with an Illinois politician who was forced to withdraw from the 2004 U.S. Senate race in the wake of a sex scandal.
* '''William Clinton''': Former [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton President]] of the United States or a former tow trucker who became owner of a garage named Presidential Motors and was featured in Creator/MichaelConnelly's ''Literature/TheReversal''?
* '''Michael Collins''' is the name of an astronaut, one of [[Creator/MarvelComics Deathlok's]] alter egos, and General Film/MichaelCollins of the Irish Republican Army.
* '''Sarah Connor''': Mother of the [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} future human resistance leader]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Connor_(singer) German pop singer]]?
* When we're talking about '''The Continent''' are we talking about the setting of ''Anime/QueensBlade'' or ''Franchise/TheWitcher''? It helps that both franchises takes place in a medieval setting.
* '''Gerry Conway''': The real Creator/GerryConway is either a well-regarded writer best known for his work in comic books, or a well-regarded English folk-rock drummer. The fictional Gerry Conway is a white supremacist from the film ''Film/{{Imperium}}''.
* '''David Copperfield''': [[Literature/DavidCopperfield Dickensian hero]] or professional illusionist? A common {{sitcom}} gag involves characters going to see a Copperfield performance, and getting the one other than they were expecting.
** Or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_%28comedian%29 UK stand-up comedian]] from TheEighties?
* '''Crystal Palace''': A zone in ''VideoGame/SonicRoboBlast2'', a location in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', a [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football club]], a former exhibition hall in England, the summit of Sydenham Hill (to which the exhibition hall was moved after the Great Exhibition, thereby giving its name to the foothall club), [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 the realm of the Crystal King]], or a restaurant in Walt Disney World where ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' characters greet guests during meals? Wikipedia has a rather [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Palace_%28disambiguation%29 long list]] of places named "Crystal Palace."
* '''Edward Cullen''' is a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkly vampire]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Peter_Cullen Edward (Peter) Cullen]] is a Roman Catholic Bishop. And Creator/PeterCullen is [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]].
* Princess '''Celestia''' from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' actually shares her name with a popular astronomy software.
* '''Alice Cullen''', [[Literature/{{Twilight}} quirky vampire]], [[Series/LawAndOrderUK murdered nurse]], or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Cullen 1950s UK politician]].
* '''Randy Cunningham''' is a [[WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja ninth grade ninja]]. '''Randall Cunningham''' is a former NFL quarterback. Even more confusing is that the ninja's real name is Randall. There is also '''Randy "Duke" Cunningham,''' the first and only Navy jet fighter ace of the Vietnam War, Congressman from California, and convicted politician.
* '''Arthur Currie''', the brilliant Canadian general of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, should not be confused with '''Arthur Curry''', aka ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}.
* '''Richard Curtis''', the unlikeable and useless main character of ''The Galaxy Game'' by Phil Janes, or the acclaimed writer of BritComs and RomComs?
* '''Mike Dawson''': The protagonist/lead designer of ''VideoGame/DarkSeed'' or a [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] (soccer) player?
* '''Dharma''' can refer to teachings of cosmic law in several belief systems, the teachings of the Buddha in UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}, [[Series/DharmaAndGreg somebody who likes Greg]], or a [[Series/{{Lost}} mysterious research project]].
* '''Matt Dillon''': Movie actor or [[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} Dodge City marshal]]? Or a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Dillon_%28computer_scientist%29 software developer]]?
* '''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck''': There used to be a doctor in Aberdeen by this name. While it might seem a particularly cruel action by his parents, this wasn't the case, as he was born before the Disney character made his debut. And he had [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore heard all the jokes a million times before.]]
* '''John Donne''' is a famous cleric and poet who composed {{Death Be Not Proud}} along with John Gregory Dunne, an American author, screenwriter, and literary critic. They share the same name with 5 Roman Catholic priests, a rock climber, an American state senator from New York, and a male porn star from the late 1980s.
* '''Molly Drake''' was the mother of musician Music/NickDrake and the daughter of [[Series/AshesToAshes Alex Drake]].
* Is '''Frank Drake''' a reluctant vampire hunter from a 1970s Creator/MarvelComics series or an astronomer famous for his ideas about extraterrestrial life? Even their Wikipedia pages have redirects!
* '''Durant''': [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation #35 on the court]], [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite #632 in the wild]].
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* '''Film/BillyElliot''', famous play character, and Bill Elliott, NASCAR driver from Georgia.
* '''Creator/MichaelEmerson''' (a.k.a. [[Series/{{Lost}} Benjamin Linus]] and [[Series/PersonOfInterest Harold Finch]]) is also the name of the head physician in ''WhoseLifeIsItAnyway?''
* '''Mark Evans''' is either a former English goalkeeper or [[VideoGame/InazumaEleven the English dub name of Endou Mamoru]], who is also a goalkeeper.
* '''Mike Evans''' was a co-creator of the TV series ''Series/GoodTimes''. '''Michael Evans''' was the name of the younger son on that series. However, the real-life Evans was not the basis for the fictional Evans. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the series was actually based on the childhood of the series' other co-creator, Eric Monte.
* '''Jack Evans'''. [[Characters/CallOfDuty A video game sergeant?]] A [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor professional]] [[Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX wrestler]]? Another 1970s wrestler? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Evans_(disambiguation) The Other Wiki lists several possibilities.]]
* '''Club Evolution''', the BigBad's nightclub in ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune: Payback'', shares its name with several real life dance clubs.
* Does '''FAA''' stand for FederalAviationAdministration or [[VideoGame/{{X}} Flak Artillery Array]]? (Either way, it'll stop your plane from flying.)
* '''Mike Farrell'''- the actor playing a lead role in Series/{{MASH}} or a negative character in several ComicBook/CaptainAmerica issues?
* '''Frank Fontaine''' is the name of both an American comedian, singer, and actor and [[VideoGame/BioShock a businessman and mobster in Rapture]].
* There are two guys named '''Fred''' who are widely hated. One is hated by internet-goers for [[WebVideo/{{Fred}} being a really annoying kid on YouTube]], while the other is hated by Brazilians for being a memetically-inept striker for the ill-fated 2014 World Cup Brazil squad (well known for [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill getting their asses handed to them]] on their home turf ([[CurbStompBattle 7-1!]]) by [[TheAce the Germans]] ([[GameBreakingInjury after losing their best players, Neymar and Thiago Silva, to (respectively) injury and suspension]]) in the semifinal).
* Speaking of the Marvel Universe, the mutant hate group '''Friends of Humanity''' shares its name with [[http://www.friendsofhumanity.ch/ a real-life human-aid organization]].
* '''John Frink''' is the name of the MadScientist in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. By sheer coincidence and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, the staff eventually received a writer also named John Frink.
* '''Emma Frost''', a well-established screen-writer, or one of the ''[[ComicBook/EmmaFrost X-Men]]''? What makes this even more amusing is that the fictional Emma Frost's alias was The White Queen, and the real Emma Frost wrote several of the scripts for the BBC's ''The White Queen.'' One imagines she got the job through a hilarious misunderstanding.
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* '''Eileen Galvin''': {{Transsexual}} {{burlesque}} [[http://www.ohioburlesque.com/obf-blog/transcending-gender-thru-burlesque-eileen-galvin performer]], or [[VideoGame/SilentHill4TheRoom neighbor of Henry Townshend]]?
* '''Gangrel''' is either [[Wrestling/DavidHeath a wrestling vampire]] or [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening the Mad King of Plegia]].
* '''Jorge Garcia''': actor from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' or [[VideoGame/BackyardSports geeky 9-year-old]]?
* '''Robert Garcia''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Garc%C3%ADa Democratic representative]] and [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting martial]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters artist.]]
* '''Garo''' is the legendary [[Series/{{Garo}} Golden]] [[Series/GaroTheOneWhoShinesInTheDarkness Makai]] [[Anime/GaroTheAnimation Knight]], an enemy from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garo_people an indigenous tribe from India]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garo_(name) a common given name in Armenia]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garo_(magazine) a magazine specializing in avant-garde manga]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garo_spineless_eel a genus of eel]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garo,_Colorado a ghost town in Colorado]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garo and the list just goes on]]...
* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, the conqueror known as Temujin. In Creator/MarvelComics, there is Aged Genghis, and Temugin, who are separate characters from a character based on the historical Genghis Khan.
* '''Peter Garrett''': [[Music/MidnightOil Singer]][=/=]politician or [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190865/ mountain climber]] bent on rescuing his sister from K2?
* '''Kurt Godel''': Logician who showed the limits of proof, or ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' villain?
* Is '''Golden Harvest''' a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Harvest film company]] that's produced many Creator/BruceLee and Creator/JackieChan movies or a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' character with an AllThereInTheScript name?
* When you say '''Archie Goodwin''', do you mean the assistant of Literature/NeroWolfe, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Goodwin_%28comics%29 comic book writer and editor]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Goodwin_(basketball) the basketball player chosen in the 2013 NBA Draft]]?
* '''James Gordon''': [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City police commissioner]] or Canadian folk singer?
** There was also a ''Jim'' Gordon who worked as a session drummer for numerous rock albums in the '60s and '70s, later became a member of Music/EricClapton's band Music/DerekAndTheDominoes, and still later became a schizophrenic who stabbed his mother to death.
** He was also one of the two villains in the 2001 direct-to-video thriller ''Zebra Lounge''.
* '''Ashley Graham''': The [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 former US president's daughter]], a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Graham_(model) fashion model]], or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Graham_(rugby_league) rugby league footballer]].
* '''Grand Dad/Granddad''' is either [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} the titular Mario knock-off from a pirated version of]] ''VideoGame/TheFlintstonesTheRescueOfDinoAndHoppy'' [[Music/SiIvaGunner advertising itself as a Mario game]], a character in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', [[http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/shedds-grandad-worlds-oldest-aquarium-fish-dies/ the world's oldest aquarium fish who died in 2017]], or [[https://granddad.bandcamp.com/album/best-friends a three-piece band from Alaska]]. All of these, of course, are a nickname for one's grandfather.
* '''Brian Griffin''': [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy cartoon dog]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Hope Chicago death metal guitarist]] best known as an ex-member of Broken Hope?
* There is a real disc jockey named '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Griffin_%28radio_personality%29 Meg Griffin]]'''. One has to wonder how she feels about having to share the name with [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy possibly the biggest]] ButtMonkey in the history of cartoons.
* '''Sergei G''u''rlukovich''', the former GRU colonel from ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]'', is one letter off from '''Sergei G''o''rlukovich''', the Russian soccer player. In the Japanese version of ''[=MGS=]'', his name was actually pronounced ''Gorlukovich'', so it's possible they changed his spelling on purpose.
* '''Scott Hall''': [[ProfessionalWrestling Pro wrestler]] once known as [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]], or [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Monarch Henchman #1]]?
* '''Halsey''': Before the mid-'10s, the most well-known "Halsey" was Bull Halsey, the legendary admiral of World War II, orCatherine Halsey from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', an extremely important character in the lore of the franchise. Now, the most well-known person with the name by far is the New Jersey-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Music/{{Halsey}} (best known for being the featured vocalist on Music/TheChainsmokers' hit "Closer").
* '''Happy Burger''', the Burger King knockoff in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' franchise starting with the second game, used to be the name of a real-life hamburger stand in Edmonds, WA, which has since become a Herfy's Burgers & Teriyaki.
* '''Sarah Harding''' is both Jeff Goldblum's girlfriend in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' and one-fifth of British girl group Girls Aloud.
* When talking about '''The Hardy Boys''', you mean Joe and Frank, squeaky-clean detective brothers who solve crimes in Franklin W. Dixon's book series. But when talking about '''The Hardy Boyz''', you mean [[Wrestling/MattHardy Matt]] and [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Jeff]], wrestling brothers who have committed crimes, mostly in relation to their substance abuse.
* '''Roy Harper''': [[strike: Speedy. Arsenal.]] [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Red Arrow]] or English folk singer?
* '''Thelma Harper''': [[Series/MamasFamily Sarcastic, short-tempered grandma]], or [[http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s19.html Tennessee politician]]?
* '''John Harrison''': One of the most famous clock makers of all time, a recurring background extra from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', a CorruptCorporateExecutive from the final episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' or [[spoiler:Khan's]] alias in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
* '''Jimmy Hart''': Either a fictitious wrestling manager from an episode of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', an [[Wrestling/JimmyHart actual pro wrestling manager]] or a character from ''Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA.''
* Overworked Chicago psychologist '''[[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Bob Hartley]]''' is not the same as Stanley Cup-winning hockey coach [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hartley Bob Hartley]].
* '''Cole Hauser''' is either an American actor or the fake human name used a few times by Cole on ''{{Series/Tracker}}''
* '''Richard Haydn''', the actor who played Max Detweiler in the film adaptation of ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', should not be confused with Richard Hayden, David Spade's character from ''Film/TommyBoy''.
* '''Michael Hayes''': Title character of a short-lived TV series with David Caruso, or a member of the Fabulous Freebirds nicknamed "P.S."?
** Speaking of wrestlers named Michael Hayes, there is a paraplegic war veteran wrestling in OVW bearing that name. Notably, his name is actually Michael Hayes, while the NWA legend is named Michael Seitz. Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter lampshades this all the time; every week when they post an OVW wrestling report, they say (not P.S.) whenever he is brought up.
* '''Heavy D''' is both the pseudonym of an influential rapper/singer/actor, and a playable character in two entries of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' franchise. This probably isn't a coincidence, given some of the latter's early musical influences.
* '''Asia Argento''': [[Creator/AsiaArgento an Italian actress]] or [[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD a shy, innocent nun]]?
* '''Barbara Hershey''': [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001347/?ref_=nv_sr_3 actress]] or colleague of ComicBook/JudgeDredd?
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' has ''The Adventures of Spot'', a ShowWithinAShow comic. In real life, ''The Adventures of Spot'' is a British children's animated show from the 80s that's based on a [[WesternAnimation/SpotTheDog series]] of children lift-the-flap books by '''Eric Hill'''. And on the topic of Eric Hill, there's a news anchor named Erica Hill, too.
* A '''hippocampus''' can be part of the brain, a seahorse, or a mythical sea creature with the forequarters of a horse and the hindquarters of a fish.
* '''Kouta Hirano''': Author of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' or a [[Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead Gun Otaku that can mow down hordes of zombies]]?
* When a Japanese man named '''Koichi Hirose''' was [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/japanese-man-stole-hundreds-school-girl-uniforms-cops-article-1.1828073 arrested for stealing high school girls' gym attire]], [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]] fans around the world erupted in laughter [[note]]No thanks to the [[http://i.imgur.com/Cw3onrn.jpg Duwang Scans]][[/note]]. Josuke Higashikata, Rohan Kishibe, and Yukako Yamagishi could not be reached for comment.
* People searching for information on the '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croton_capitatus hogwort]]''', no matter how carefully they specify their search parameters, will get mostly Franchise/HarryPotter sites about "Hogwarts".
* '''Creator/{{Homer}}''' either wrote ''Literature/TheIliad'', or [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons is too incompetent to understand it]]. An episode of ''The Simpsons'' was called "Homer's Odyssey", lampshating his namesake.
* '''Anthony Hope''': author of ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' or optimistic, lovesick sailor from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''?
* '''Robin Hood''': [[Myth/RobinHood a nobleman who robs from the rich and gives to the poor]] or a UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning photographer?
** Filipino action star Robin Padilla, whose full name is ''Robinhood'' Ferdinand Carino Padilla.
* '''Jack Horner''': [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Horner One of several North American politicians]], a character from a nursery rhyme, or the porno director from ''Film/BoogieNights''?
* '''Ryan Howard''': a first baseman who played most of his career with the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Philadelphia Phillies]], and B.J. Novak's character on ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
* Is '''Victor Hugo''' [[Creator/VictorHugo an author]] or [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} a mean, beaten-up car]]?
** Or a pair of bumbling villains from WesternAnimation/CountDuckula who eventually got [[SpinOff spun off]] into [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] in their own show?
* '''Hulk''' is an incredible superhero, and incredible pro-wrestler, and a not-so-incredible footballer.
* '''Rick Hunter''': [[Anime/{{Robotech}} Ace veritech pilot]],[[note]]Whose original Japanese name is Hikaru Ichijou/[[/note]] or original voice of The VideoGame/{{Postal}} Dude?
** He's also the [[CharacterTitle title character]] in [[Series/{{Hunter}} the American crime drama series from the 1980s-early 90s]].
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* '''Janis Ian''': 1970s folk/pop singer and LGBT icon whose biggest hit was "At Seventeen", or Cady's AmbiguouslyGay best friend in ''Film/MeanGirls'', who's presumably supposed to be seventeen?
** They're [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janis_Ian the same person]].
* '''General Ike''', leading allied multinational forces against a destructive madman. Is this ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Path of Radiance'' or UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower?
** Ike's crowd cheer in the English version of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' plays with this a bit. "We like Ike" indeed.
** Also, Ike was the name of a powerful hurricane, which resulted in many jokes in the Smash Bros. community during September 2008.
* Are the '''IMF''' the International Monetary Fund or the [[Series/MissionImpossible Impossible Miss]][[Film/MissionImpossible ion Force]]? Or the ''[[VideoGame/DukeNukem3D Improbable]]'' [[VideoGame/DukeNukem3D Mission Force]] (this of course being an AffectionateParody of the second example)?
* In an...unfortunate case, '''ISIS''' could either refer to the Islamic state terrorist group or the spy agency from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. The name was dropped from Season 5 onwards for this reason.
* '''Bruce Irvin''' is either the defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks or a kickboxing mercenary from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
* '''Kanae Ito''' is a minor character in ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}''. Creator/KanaeIto is a prominent anime voice actress. The fictional one, though, is voiced by Creator/YukiMatsuoka.
* '''Daniel Jackson''' - working with the military exploring the ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse [=Stargate=]]]'' or in the US Navy exploring [[http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,108883,00.html under the ocean]]?
** [[Film/SavingPrivateRyan Or a sniper who served in World War II]]?
* A minor character in Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/BleakHouse'' is named '''Michael Jackson'''.
** As is a character in Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' books.
** As is the real [[BritsWithBattleships General Sir Mike Jackson]].
* '''{{Jesse James}}''' is a infamous American Wild West bank robber, outlaw, and murderer while '''Jesse James,''' who may or may not be related, is a bad-ass motorcycle "customizer" and the former Mr. Creator/SandraBullock. They are no way related to '''Jesse Jayne,''' the raven-haired British pop singer or '''Jesse Jane,''' the peroxide blonde porn star.
** It is worth noting that the Western outlaw is the namesake of [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Jessie and James]].
* '''Hugh Jass''' the one-off ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' character, and '''Hugh Jarse''' the programmer for 1980s British software house Bug-Byte.[[note]]"Ass" in American English is "arse" in British English, so these are effectively the same name.[[/note]]
* '''Billie Jean''': A character in an eponymous Music/MichaelJackson song, and a Las Vegas hoarder found dead under [[TrashOfTheTitans clutter piled to the ceiling]]. Not to be confused in any case with '''Billie Jean King''' - which was actually something that concerned producer Quincy Jones quite a bit, to the point that the song almost didn't get released.
* '''Jem''': The Welsh singer-songwriter, or leader of [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} The Holograms]]?[[note]]This is likely the reason that the Hasbro franchise is now officially known as "Jem and the Holograms", after the name of the actual band {the franchise was originally simply called "Jem").[[/note]]
* '''Leeroy Jenkins''' is a meme spawned from [[Machinima/LeeroyJenkinsVideo a famous World of Warcraft video]] as well as [[LeeroyJenkins a trope named after it]]. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Jenkins_(televangelist) Leroy Jenkins]], on the other hand, is a televangelist notorious for [[SinisterMinister setting up conspiracies to assault two men and plotting the arson of two homes]] and preaching [[SnakeOilSalesman faith healing via "miracle water"]]. There's also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Jenkins_(jazz_musician) Leroy Jenkins]] the jazz musician.
* '''Arthur Jensen''' is a UC-Berkeley sociology professor (in)famous for his arguments in favor of a genetic and racial basis for human intelligence. He's also [[Film/{{Network}} the guy who told Howard Beale about the primal forces of nature]]. And he's [[VideoGame/{{DeusExHumanRevolution}} Adam Jensen's adoptive father]].
* '''Avery Johnson''': Former NBA player and head coach or a [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Marine Sergeant Major for the UNSC?]]
* '''Boris Johnson''' was the Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016 and the British Foreign Secretary. Boris Johnson is also head of the [[LaResistance Democratic League]] and a major character in Norman Spinrad's science fiction novel ''Agent of Chaos''; in fact, the first two words in the book are his name (''Agent of Chaos'' was published three years after the mayor's birth).
* '''Cave Johnson''' is either [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_Johnson the Postmaster-General who introduced stamps to America]] or [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} the CEO of Aperture Science]].
* '''Kevin Johnson''': Former NBA player and Mayor of Sacramento, or Michael's alias on ''Series/{{Lost}}''? (The show has a large number of characters and aliases named intentionally after real people or fictional characters. This one seems to be unintentional.)
** Also the main artist name of Eurobeat singer Davide Budriesi, who covered [[Music/RickAstley "Never Gonna Give You Up"]] under this alias.
* '''Jonathan and Charlotte''': youthful operatic duo featured on ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'', or youthful vampire-hunting duo from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin''?
* '''Bobby Jones''' played golf. But was he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Jones_(golfer) the amateur great who also founded the Masters Tournament]], or the vicar's son from ''[[Creator/AgathaChristie Why Didn't They Ask Evans?]]''
** Bobby Jones was also the name of two MLB pitchers who were active from the '90s to early 2000s, and the name of one of the mainstays of the Julius Erving and Moses Malone-led Philadelphia 76ers of the early '80s.
* Helen Fielding's fictional character '''Literature/BridgetJones''' should not be confused with the Bridget Jones who was a writer and occasional actress on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (and eventual wife of fellow ''MST''er Michael J. Nelson.)
* '''Davy Jones''' is a singer with Music/TheMonkees; a turn-of-the century baseball player; one of the main cartoonists in ''Viz''; the real name of the singer whose stage name is Music/DavidBowie; a villainous undead pirate in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films; and the personification of the sea in nautical folklore.
** The undead pirate was inspired by the folklore character, and Bowie changed his name [[OneSteveLimit because of the Monkees singer.]]
** There's also a recurring character with the name in the ''Literature/BloodyJack'' novels.
** A [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]] episode had a joke in which the Monkees' Davy fell in place of the folklore character.
* Creator/JamieFoxx's ''Film/HorribleBosses'' character '''Dean Jones''' goes by the name Motherfucker because his real name is the same as that of an actor who appeared in Disney films, including ''Film/TheLoveBug''. There was also an Australian cricketer by that name.
* '''Jack Jones''': American pop singer, or [[Series/DadsArmy English butcher and Lance Corporal in the Home Guard]]?
* '''January Jones''', an actress born in 1978 or a female US-adventurer and pilot in the 1930's with a brother who is a famous archeologist and a sidekick from Rotterdam, sharing a universe with Agent 327 and Johnny Goodbye, whose adventures have been published since 1988 in Dutch comics?
* Rapper '''Mike Jones''' once said on a Music/MissyElliott song that he "can't be cloned". He probably never met the pro wrestler known as [[Wrestling/{{Virgil}} Virgil[=/=]Vincent]], whose real name is ''also'' Mike Jones. To add to that... Mike Jones is also the name of the main character from ''VideoGame/StarTropics''.
** Then there are several '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jones Michael Jones]]'''; a rugby union player and coach, a footballer, a ''[[UsefulNotes/NewZealand Kiwi]]'' footballer, a couple musicians, [[Creator/MichaelJones a vulgar actor]]...
* '''Tom Jones''' is the stage name of [[Music/TomJones a Welsh pop singer]] as well as the eponymous protagonist of [[Literature/TheHistoryOfTomJonesAFoundling Henry Fielding's novel]]. This wouldn't be an example, as the singer took his name from the book, except that a third Tom Jones wrote ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' and other musicals with composer Harvey Schmidt.
** Darren Shan named one of the protagonists' childhood friends in [[Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan his series]] "Tommy Jones" and didn't notice it was the same until fans asked him about it. When he brings the character back grown up as a famous soccer star in book 11, stands are selling t-shirts outside of the stadium that say, "It's not unusual, he's the greatest number one!", and the crowd sings that when he scores.
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* '''Kae:''' A [[Creator/KaeAraki voice actress]], or a FieryRedhead who has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]], [[BloodKnight loves fighting]], and is close friends with a [[VideoGame/{{SUGURI}} silver-haired girl]].
* '''Kamehameha''': A Hawaiian king, and a [[KameHameHadoken ki attack]] in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' franchise.
* '''Tom Kane''': [[Series/{{Boss}} Mayor of Chicago]] or [[Creator/TomKane a voice actor.]]
* Manga artist '''Ayumu Kasuga''' (who has drawn for such series as ''Manga/GonnaBeTheTwinTail'' and ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'') shares his name with Ayumu Kasuga, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname better known to everyone as "Osaka"]], from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* '''Gary Kemp''': Lead guitarist and keyboardist of Music/SpandauBallet, or ball bearing salesman turned counterfeiter from the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "Four Into Zero"?
* '''John Kennedy''': [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy 35th President of the United States]], or New York City detective who tries to foil a plot to assassinate another U.S. president (UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln) in ''The Tall Target''? Bear in mind that the movie was made 10 years before JFK became President.
* '''Aleksandr Kerensky''': Prime minister of the Russian Provisional Government, or [[TabletopGame/BattleTech General of the Star League]]?
* '''Yu-Na Kim''': Olympic figure skater, or [[VideoGame/{{DJMAX}} a baseball-playing]] [[{{Joshikousei}} schoolgirl]]?
* '''Kimba''': [[Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion A white lion cub who's the king of a jungle]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimba,_South_Australia a rural town in Southern Australia]]?
* '''Hannibal King''': {{Franchise/Blade}}'s vampire detective sidekick or comic book artist?
* '''Jason King''': NHL player, or [[Series/JasonKing flamboyant novelist/detective]]?
* '''James Kirk''': [[Franchise/StarTrek Starship captain]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Kirk_(actor) actor]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Kirk_diploma_mills diploma mill scammer]]?
** Kirk is the commander of both the fictional NCC-1701 USS Enterprise (middle initial T.), and the real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Zumwalt DDG-1000 USS Zumwalt]] (middle initial A.).
* '''Max Klinger''': [[Series/{{Mash}} Crossdressing 4077th MASH staffer]] or 19th-century German painter and sculptor?
* '''Freddy Krueger''': Antagonist from the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' franchise or professional water-skier?
** The skier was born about a decade before the release of the first ''Nightmare'' movie, so his birth name was a coincidence that [[https://melmagazine.com/what-its-like-to-be-the-other-famous-freddy-krueger-d111b034949f#.gwahgj37i caused some minor annoyances in his life]].
* '''Scott Lang''' is the name of the former New Bedford, Massachusetts mayor who blamed video games for the crime spree of a murderous Neo-Nazi teenager. Or maybe he is one of three [[ComicBook/AntMan size-changing Marvel comics superheroes]].
* '''LBX''': Little Battler eXperience, the toys featured in ''VideoGame/DanballSenki'' or Little Blue boX, a Japanese band. Interestingly, the latter sang openings for ''Danball Senki'' PSP game and anime.
* [[Creator/LeonardoDaVinci Leonardo]]. Donatello. [[Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti Michelangelo]]. [[Creator/RaphaelSanzio Raphael]]. Today, kids know them as artists of the High Renaissance period. Or [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Ninja Turtles]].
* '''Liberty City''' is either a neighborhood in Miami or a [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto city strongly based on New York City.]]
* '''Jake Long''': [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball St. Louis Rams]] offensive lineman or the [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong titular American Dragon?]]
* '''Daniel Lugo''': The VillainProtagonist of ''Film/PainAndGain'' portrayed by Creator/MarkWahlberg or an actor, [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0525240 according to the IMDB]].
* '''Sarah Lund''' was the drummer in the American post-hardcore band Unwound and the main character in ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'' (the original Danish version of ''Series/TheKilling'').
* '''Tim Lovejoy''' - British television presenter or the reverend from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''?
* The concept was given a humorous LampshadeHanging by voice actor Creator/TroyBaker, when he described his try-outs for ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' - specifically, TheHero '''Yuri Lowell''': "Yeah, how bad a sign is it when they start [[Creator/YuriLowenthal naming characters after actors]]? 'Hey, I wanna read for this guy. What's his name?' 'Um...[[Creator/VicMignogna Vic Migna]].'"
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* '''Mac''' Is Apple Inc.'s line of computers. '''MAC''' was one of the first high-level computer languages. '''MAC III''' is the supercomputer in Barry B. Longyear's novel ''Sea of Glass''.
** And then there's the MAC address (short for Media Access Control address), which is found on every single network-enabled piece of equipment in the world, including Apple's products.
** There's also a MAC cosmetics. The name is usually stylized as M・A・C, though.
* '''Alex Mack''': [[TomboyishName girl]] [[Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack with weird powers caused by exposure to GC-161]], or the Cleveland Browns' first pick in the 2009 NFL draft?
* '''Lisa Madigan:''' Illinois Attorney General, or [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} RoboCop]]'s [[Series/RoboCopTheSeries TV series]] partner?
* Madelyne "Maddie" Pryor is an ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain named after Music/SteeleyeSpan vocalist Maddy Prior.
* '''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Vladimir Makarov]]''' was apparently also the name of a deceased Soviet-era soccer player.
* '''Rick Mahorn''': African-American basketball player from the '80s and '90s, or white rock musician (as played by Don Michael Paul) in the 1991 film ''Rich Girl''?
* '''Manchester''' could either refer to [[OopNorth the city]] (or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester_%28disambiguation%29 several other towns and cities]]) or the ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'' game.
* '''Lloyd Mangr''a''m''', editorial pen-name of whoever was editing the letters page of British [[UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum Spectrum]] magazine ''Crash'', was contemporary with golfer '''Lloyd Mangr''u''m'''. [[HilarityEnsues The magazine had some fun with this]].
* '''David Manning''': [[TheShill Fictitious movie critic]], former British Ambassador to the United States, or World Class Championship Wrestling referee?
* '''Private Manning''': A US Army soldier arrested for leaking government secrets, or a RedShirt character in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''?
* '''Marina''':
** Is she [[{{Series/Stingray1964}} one]] [[{{Anime/TheLittleMermaid}} of]] [[{{Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII}} several]] [[{{WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates}} different]] [[{{WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko}} mermaids]], ([[{{OverlyLongGag}} I'm sensing a theme here]]), one of two [[{{WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas}} human]] [[{{Anime/MobileSuitGundam00}} princesses]], [[{{VideoGame/AnimalCrossing}} an octopus villager]], [[{{VideoGame/Splatoon2}} an Octoling singer and DJ]], [[{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}} a blind rabbit]], [[{{WesternAnimation/FishTronaut}} a mystery-solving human girl]], [[{{VisualNovel/HighwayBlossoms}} a bisexual Manic Pixie Dream Girl]], [[{{Series/TheLWord}} a lesbian femme fatale]], [[{{Manga/OneechanGaKita}} a busty Russo-Japanese girl]], [[{{Anime/TheLegendOfThunder}} the anime counterpart for "Kris" from ''Pokémon Crystal'']], [[{{VideoGame/MischiefMakers}} a robot companion]], [[{{Series/TheMagicians2016}} a power-hungry witch]], [[{{VideoGame/ChainChronicle}} a cleric that takes her job way too seriously]],[[{{Literature/TheMirrorCrackdFromSideToSide}} an actress with a dark past]], [[{{Webcomic/MonsterPop}} a shy Gorgon]], [[{{WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin}} a penguin who only has eyes for the film's protagonist]]...the list goes on and on. Additionally, some use "Marina" as a FanNickname for [[{{Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean}} Jolyne's mom]] (the name is a ShoutOut to Marina Diamandis, mentioned below).
** As for real people, is Marina [[{{Television/StarTrekTheNextGeneration}} the actress that played Deanna Troi]], [[{{Music/SakuraGakuin}} an idol singer]], [[{{Creator/MarinaInoue}} the actress who plays Armin on ''Attack on Titan'']], or [[{{Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds}} an 80's-influenced pop singer]]?
* '''Stanley Marsh''' is the OnlySaneMan from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. His girlfriend's name is Wendy. Stanley Marsh III (whose father was Stanley Marsh II, and who has a son named Stanley Marsh IV) is an artist and philanthropist. His wife's name is Wendy.
** Stan's Father Randy, has the same name as a well known retired [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_marsh MLB Ump]].
* '''James Marshall''': President of the US played by Creator/HarrisonFord in ''Film/AirForceOne'' ([[IAmNotLeonardNimoy though you might not remember that]]), or children's book author? Or what about '''James Marshall,''' the actor who was in Series/{{Twin Peaks}} and {{A Few Good Men}}?
* '''Neil Marshall''' is both [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0551076/ a director]] and [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney a dead prosecutor]].
* '''Steve Martin''' is the name of both a [[Creator/SteveMartin famous comedian and actor]] and the main character, played by Raymond Burr, from [[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 the American version]] of the original ''Film/{{Gojira}}''. By the time ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' came out, the comedian had become rather famous, and the character was only ever referred to as "Steven" or "Mr. Martin", but never by his full name.
** A different Steve Martin sang lead for '60s pop group The Left Banke ("Walk Away, Renée"; "Pretty Ballerina").
* '''George Mason''' ... Founding Father and namesake of a university who [[Series/TwentyFour sacrificed himself to save LA from a nuke]].
* '''Creator/PhilMasters''', {{roleplaying games}} writer, denies being a Creator/MarvelComics[=/=]''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' supervillain also known as the Puppet Master. That guy spells his name with two Ls, after all.
* '''Josh Matthews''', character from ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''? Or pro wrestling announcer?
* '''Hiroya Matsumoto''' is the name of Manga/SpecialDutyCombatUnitShinesman's lead character, as well as the name of [=MagiYellow=] and Beet Buster's actor in Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger and Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters respectively. Doubles as HilariousInHindsight when you notice both shows are {{Sentai}}: the former an AffectionateParody of the genre, the latter a proper Franchise/SuperSentai.
* '''Mindy [=McCready=]''' is the real name of ''ComicBook/KickAss'''s foul-mouthed teenage ActionGirl partner Hit-Girl. And one she shares with an all too real, troubled country singer who committed suicide in 2013.
* '''Scott [=McCloud=]''' is the ''Space Angel'', protagonist of the scifi cartoon of the same name that ran from 1962 to 1964. Except when he is the [[Creator/ScottMcCloud comic book]] [[ComicBook/UnderstandingComics writer and theorist]] and creator of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}''
* '''Ronald [=McDonald=]''' was the name of a MallSanta at the Lake Forest Park Town Center in Washington State who was charged with and plead guilty to child rape.
** Also the real name of Mac from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.
** And the name of ''twenty-three'' men in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqBWnjloU0I ad for Taco Bell's new breakfast menu.]]
* '''John [=McIntyre=]''' is a [[http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8449439 retired NHL player]], a [[http://johnemcintyre.blogspot.com/ political blogger]], and a fictional surgeon on [[Series/{{Mash}} not one]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapper_John,_M.D but two]] TV shows. And UN secretary general in ''Wrongfully Accused''.
* '''Douglas [=MacKinnon=]''' is a British writer/director whose credits include episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/RobinHood'' and ''Series/LondonsBurning''. '''Douglas ''[=McKinnon=]''''' is a military psychologist in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S2E15TheBrainOfColonelBarham The Brain of Colonel Barham]]".
* '''Megatron''', Decepticon leader from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and nickname of retired Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
* ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity'' has a device called the '''[=MePad=]''', the universe's equivalent of the iPad. Xiaomi (a Chinese electronics company) has made a [=MePad=], and while it may be inspired by Apple products, it's anything but one (it runs Android).
* '''George Michael''': [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment a young man who has a crush on his cousin]], [[Music/GeorgeMichael a British singer]], or a sports broadcaster?
* '''Sebastian Michaelis''': [[Manga/BlackButler Butler who makes ''devilishly'' great tea]], or [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11252613/Meet-the-Tetley-tea-blender-whose-tastebuds-are-worth-1m.html Master Tea Blender whose taste buds are insured for £1 million]]?
* '''Ichiro Mihara''' is either the president of the [[Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer Piffle Company]], or the vice president of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arika Arika]]. At least [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDJQP1xg5EY two]] [[http://bsixcentdouze.free.fr/tc/tgm-en/tgm.html fans]] of Arika have made note of this.
* '''Sayaka Miki''': Do you mean a MagicalGirl from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', or a student from [[https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2134850734609872201/2135333261150264003 The 69th Takarazuka Revue Company]]? Both of them also happen to be fascinated with music.
* The classic Western film ''Film/HighNoon'' has a villain named '''Frank Miller'''. It's just a coincidence, since the film was made while Creator/FrankMiller the comics author wasn't even born, but the film's theme song about "shooting Frank Miller dead" is [[HilariousInHindsight quite entertaining regardless]].
* '''Haruka Minami''', who is either ''Manga/MinamiKe'''s [[MsFanservice hot]], [[PromotionToParent motherly]] [[CoolBigSis onee]]-[[OneeSama sama]] or a {{yaoi}} [[LoliconAndShotacon shotacon]] [[http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=1813 author.]]
* '''The Misfits''' are either [[Music/TheMisfits the punk band]], the antagonists of [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} Jem and The Holograms]], or [[Series/{{Misfits}} a group of delinquents who got superpowers from a weird hailstorm]].
* '''Moana''' is the name of a ''[[Disney/{{Moana}} 2016 Disney movie]]'', and its protagonist. Both were changed to "Vaiana" in Europe and Asia. There was an Italian porn star called Moana (deceased over two decades before the movie's release) that Disney probably didn't want to be associated with, but the primary reason was because a cosmetics brand, the ''third'' NamesTheSame, owns trademark to the use of "Moana" in Europe. Moana was also the name of a lesser-known 1926 documentary.
* '''Moby''': [[Music/{{Moby}} Electronic musician]], the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green-haired]] [[ActionGirl heroine]] of ''VideoGame/WURMJourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', or [[Website/BrainPOP an orange robot in educational Flash videos]]? And of course there's Literature/MobyDick, the most famous Moby of all.
* One character in ''Franchise/OnePiece'' is a harpy named '''Monet''', like the French painter ''Claude'' Monet. While the author of the series has been known to draw inspiration from real life people to make some of his characters, it's much more likely to be a mere coincidence in this case, as the character Monet is more inspired by the Yuki-Onna (A monster from Japanese folklore) than impressionism.
* '''Tony Montana''': [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Cuban drug dealer]], or former Great White bassist (real name Tony Cardenas) who may have gotten his stage name from the guy who wants you to say hello to his little friend?
* '''Bill Moody''': Professional wrestler better known as PaulBearer, or [[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon Armacham scientist cannibalized by Paxton Fettel]]?
* '''Michael Moore''', who is a [[Creator/MichaelMoore political filmmaker and liberal activist]], or one half of a split personality immortal on ''Series/{{Highlander}}''.
** Going by '''Mike Moore''', he was also the dimwitted host of the ShowWithinAShow in ''Series/{{Frontline}}''.
* In a Main/WhatCouldHaveBeen example, the titular Milo Murphy of ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' was going to be called '''Mikey Murphy''', but was changed presumably due to this [[https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeIsAverage vlogger with the same name]].
* In the same vein as the Freddy Krueger example above, there's '''[[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]]''', a crazed serial killer who was institutionalized for the murder of his sister when he was six, then there's [[Creator/MikeMyers "Mike" Myers]], who is best known for [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Wayne's]] [[Film/WaynesWorld World]], WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}, and the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series. (To put it another way, the fictional Michael Myers is an axe murderer, whereas the real-life Mike Myers merely [[Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer married one]]).
** A different Mike Myers was a Major League reliever from 1995 to 2007, winning one World Series as a member of the 2004 Red Sox.
** A sketch on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' made fun of this, which ending with Michael Myers revealing himself to be Mike Myers. The show is made by Seth Green, [[ActorAllusion who was in the Austin Powers movies.]]
* Before '''Jack (okay, John) Napier''' wanted to know if [[Film/{{Batman}} you'd ever danced with the Devil by the pale moonlight]], he invented logarithms.
* '''Narnia:''' a [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia series of books]] or the old name of the city of Nera?
* '''"Nebby"''': Dated Music/{{Drake}} or [[VideoGame/{{PokemonSunAndMoon}} won't stay in the bag]].
** Both of these are nicknames; the former's real name is Zineb Samir and the latter's is Cosmog.
* '''Mike Nelson''': Star of ''Sea Hunt'' or star of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and Podcast/RiffTrax?
* There's '''Willie Nelson''' the [[Music/WillieNelson country singer]] and Willie Nelson the onion-spider monster from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. The latter introduces himself to the Aqua Teens saying that he's not ''the'' Willie Nelson, but that his name is Willie Nelson.
* '''Music/AlfredNewman''' was a legendary Hollywood composer who created the Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox {{fanfare}} and scored countless films from the 1930s to the '60s. '''Alfred E. Neuman''', on the other hand, is a legendary "What, Me Worry?" mascot for ''Magazine/{{Mad}}''.
* '''Dustin Nguyen''' was a young Asian-American actor who stared on TV in the late 1980s while his other namesake is a comic book writer for Creator/DCComics.
* '''Nietzsche''': [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nihilist philosopher]] or [[VideoGame/YggdraUnion a cute mermaid]]?
* '''Ninjaman''': Ally of the [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger Kakurangers]]? Or Reggae artist?
* '''Ed Norton''' is the name of [[Creator/EdwardNorton an actor]] from such films as ''Film/FightClub'' and ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', as well as Art Carney's character from ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Carney says he got "To the moon, Alice!" jokes all the time, especially before he became famous (though it was Ralph's catchphrase in ''The Honeymooners'', Norton never said it).
** There's also an "Ed Norton Music" that turns up in the credits of such programs as ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' and ''Series/{{Taxi}}''. Not sure whether it's named for a real person or just an homage to the Carney character.
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* No, voice actor '''Creator/LiamOBrien''' is not an {{VideoGame/Assassin|sCreedRogue}}, nor did he voice the character from ''AC: Rogue'' who shares his name.
* '''Miles O'Brien''': [[AscendedExtra Starfleet engineer]] on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', or longtime science, technology and aerospace correspondent on Creator/{{CNN}}? Fittingly enough, the journalist now hosts a web series about space travel.
* '''Alex O'Connell''' was the name of Rick and Evie's son in [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy the 1990s/2000s Mummy series]]. It was also the name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_O%27Connell_(fencer) a British fencer at the Beijing Olympics in 2008]].
* '''Sinead O'Connor''' - Irish musician or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinead_O%27Connor_(Hollyoaks) barmaid from Chester]]?
* '''Omi''' is either [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown a bald yellow monk]] or a reggae singer [[OneHitWonder best known for]] 2015's inescapable reggae smash "Cheerleader".
* '''Jason''' and '''Paige''' are one sibling pair from the comic ComicStrip/FoxTrot. '''Jason Paige''' on the other hand is a musician who regularly works with Creator/{{Nintendo}} of America and performed the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime's English theme song and the cover of Steriogram's "Walkie Talkie Man" on ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'', among other things.
* '''Linda Park''': [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West's reporter wife]] or the actress who portrayed [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Hoshi Sato]]? Her name plays a big role in why some people want her to play the comic book Linda if they make a Flash movie.
* '''Charles Parker''': [[Music/CharlieParker jazz legend]] or character in the Literature/LordPeterWimsey mysteries?
* '''CJ Parker''' is either [[Series/{{Baywatch}} a hot female lifeguard]] or a former male developmental star on NXT.
* ''General'' '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Parker Nick Parker]]''' is not to be confused with ''Captain'' '''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Nick Parker]]'''.
** For that matter, the International Security Assistance Force said General Parker is Deputy Commander of should not be confused with the [[VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies Independent State Allied Forces]].
** Nick Parker was also the father of [[Film/TheParentTrap twin Lindsay Lohans]].
** Speaking of Captain Parker, the '''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries Global Defense Initiative]]''', the international peacekeeping force, is not to be confused with '''[[http://www.gdiengineering.com/ Global Defense Initiatives]]''', the manufacturer of weapon optic mounts.
* '''Peter Parker''': [[Franchise/SpiderMan Neurotic New York superhero]] or former head of British Rail? (Hint: only one of them got knighted, so far). Or is he a cricket umpire? No prizes for guessing that one's nickname.
* '''Alan Parsons''': Famed RecordProducer and leader of Music/TheAlanParsonsProject, or industrial spy and kidnapper from the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "Nobody Will Ever Know"?
* '''James Patterson''': Mystery author, or [[VideoGame/MedalOfHonor US Army Lieutenant]]?
* This [[ManOfAThousandVoices is]] [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius a]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} voice]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 actor]], and he has a name; his name is '''Creator/RobPaulsen'''. In ''Film/FightClub'', the first victim of Project Mayhem was Robert Pauls'''o'''n.
* '''VideoGame/MaxPayne''' was also the Liberal party candidate for the 1984 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesterfield_by-election,_1984 Chesterfield by-election]].
** There was a Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestler]] in the 90s who used the name Wrestling/MaxxPayne; he eventually filed a lawsuit with [[Creator/TakeTwoInteractive Rockstar Games]] over the name.
** Maxx Payne would later become known as Man Mountain Rock.
* In the movie ''Film/CaptainClegg'', the town doctor's name is '''Pepper'''. Just like the soft drink.
* '''Paul Peters[=e=]n''' is an actor/singer who co-starred on ''Series/TheDonnaReedShow''. '''Paul Peters[=o=]n''' is a character from ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman''.
** Also, Creator/PeterCushing's character in that movie is named Dr. Blyss (because [[WritingAroundTrademarks they couldn't get the rights]] to call him "Dr. Syn"). In his spoken word piece "Circus" from ''Music/RealGone'', Music/TomWaits makes reference to another doctor of the same name.
* '''J.W. Pepper''': Developer of the first sousaphone, or [[Film/LiveAndLetDie loquacious Louisiana sheriff]]?
* The protagonist in British author Creator/JohnChristopher's ''Sword of the Spirits'' trilogy is named '''Luke Perry'''. They were published when the [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 actor of the same name]] was five years old.
* Then there's '''Matthew Perry''', a murder victim in the low-budget 1985 drama ''Belizaire The Cajun''. He shares his name with both an 1850s commodore famous for opening up Japan to the world in 1853 and a [[Series/{{Friends}} 1990s sitcom star]].
* '''Mike Peters''' is [[Film/{{Swingers}} money and he doesn't even know it]]. He's also the cartoonist of ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' and lead singer of The Alarm.
* '''Sid Phillips''': [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Andy's toy-torturing next-door neighbor]] or a composer of production music from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''?
* '''Pink Floyd''' is a [[Music/PinkFloyd band]] and a [[Film/DazedAndConfused highschool senior]].
* Sarah Mirabelli, also known as '''Pinky''', is a porn star, not a [[VideoGame/PacMan ghost]] or a [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} mouse who]] [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain says "narf"]].
* The Channel 10 network in Australia has a reporter named '''Literature/HarryPotter'''. Later, they added a Hermione, and one of their news anchors goes by the admittedly common name of Ron.
** The first ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28film%29 Troll]]'' movie has two Harry Potters.
** Then there's Englishman [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333853/Grave-real-life-Harry-Potter-killed-71-years-ago-A-tourist-attraction-fans.html Private Harry Potter]], who served in Israel (then Palestine) and who has a grave there that's become apparently a pilgrimage site for fans of the book.
* '''Charlie Pickering''' is an Australian comedian/TV host and an antagonist in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}''.
* '''Poison''' is a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' foe, a ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' enemy who became a character in ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', a number of different songs, a [[Music/{{Poison}} band]], a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} type, or one of Franchise/{{Kirby}}'s Copy Abilities.
* '''Nick Powell''' is a Man United academy graduate who now plays for lowly Wigan Athletic. He shares his name with a minor character in Series/Warehouse13.
* '''Chris Pratt''', an actor known for playing Emmet ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' and "Star Lord" in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', is also the name of Creator/JosephGordonLevitt's character from ''Film/TheLookout''.
* '''William Pratt''' is the real name of late (horror film) actor Creator/BorisKarloff and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' character Spike.
* '''Billy Preston''' was an American musician. "'''Bill S. Preston Esq.'''" is also an American musician, albeit a [[Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure fictitious]] [[Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney one]].
* There's '''Jonathan Pryce''', the actor, and then there's [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare John Price]], the SAS operator.
* '''Project Pegasus''': Comic book organization or a ConspiracyTheory involving a gay Martian teleporting UsefulNotes/BarackObama?! You decide.
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[[folder:Q-R]]
* Creator/RossLynch's band '''R5''' doesn't have Eiji Ishiguro, TheMentor of ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'', whose designation is also named '''R5''', for a member.
* '''Raging Bull''': [[Film/RagingBull 1980 film]] directed by Creator/MartinScosese starring [[Creator/RobertDeNiro Robert [=DeNiro=]]], or a Taurus revolver?
* '''Norrin Radd''': ComicBook/SilverSurfer or {{chiptune}} musician?
* Many streets in real life have the name of '''[[VideoGame/{{SuperMarioKart}} Rainbow Road]]'''.
* '''Eric Raymond''': open-source software advocate or ''WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms'' villain?
* '''Robby Reed''' is a [[ComicBook/DialHForHero goofy teenager with an alien rotary dial]]. Robert Reed was [[Series/TheBradyBunch a man named Brady]]. This is mentioned in ''H-E-R-O'', where the warden of the prison an adult Robby is staying in mentions with amusement that he shares a name with the actor who played Mike Brady. Robby says he's heard it before. A third Robert Reed is a science-fiction writer.
* '''Stefan Richter''', a chef from Finland who competed in ''Series/TopChef'', is not to be confused with [[Characters/CityOfHeroes a scoundrel who acquired divinity, murdered several of his friends and relatives, grew arachnid-like arms and has been an evil dictator for half a century]].
* '''Richard Rider''': [[ComicBook/{{Nova}} A space-faring superhero]], or the author of the ''Stockholm Syndrome'' trilogy?
* How about '''Joel Rifkin''', Elaine Benes' boyfriend on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', who unfortunately has the same name of real-life serial killer '''Joel Rifkin?'''
* In ''VideoGame/PocketArcadeStory'', the in-game SerialNumbersFiledOff equivalent of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' is called '''Road Fighter II'''. Apparently no one told Creator/{{Kairosoft}} that Creator/{{Konami}} released ''Road Fighter II'', a racing game, in 1995, as well as held the ''Road Fighter'' trademark since 1984.
* Pro wrestler [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "the Snake" Roberts]] had been using "the Snake" as his ring name long before Series/SesameStreet aired their "Jake the Snake" [[note]]Whose title character is an actual talking snake.[[/note]] segment in 1988.
* '''Robbie Robertson''' is a guitarist and songwriter formerly with Music/TheBand, as well as [[Comicbook/SpiderMan an editor at the ''Daily Bugle'']].
* '''Jerry Robinson''': [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Chicago orthodontist]], or comics artist and creator of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker?
** There was also an '80s NFL linebacker named Jerry Robinson.
* '''Scott Robinson''': Iconic character played by Jason Donovan on ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' in the late 1980s, or member of UK boy band 5ive?
* '''Tom Robinson''' is either [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird an African-American man living in the 1930s who gets put on trial for rape]] or [[WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks Foo's]] second voice actor.
* Lampshaded on Series/{{SCTV}}'s adaptation of ''Literature/JaneEyre'', where '''Rochester''' was played by [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]]'s butler.
* '''Richard Rodgers''': the name of one half of the famous duo of '''Creators/RodgersAndHammerstein''', a Green Bay Packers tight end, or the birth name of crime novelist [[Series/{{Castle}} Rick Castle]]?
* '''Rico Rodriguez''' is a ska musician, a young actor on [[Series/ModernFamily a popular sitcom]] or [[VideoGame/JustCause a government agent specializing in regime change]].
* Apart from presumably being named after the same proverb, '''Music/TheRollingStones''' has no connection with ''Literature/TheRollingStones''.
* '''Steve Rogers''': [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica American superhero]] in a red, white, and blue uniform; or [[http://sabr.org/sites/default/files/images/RogersSteve.preview.jpg Canadian baseball pitcher]] in a red, white, and blue uniform?
* '''Ruby Rose''' is either an actress best known for her role in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' or the main heroine of the web series ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. In fact, there's a small meme by the fans of ''RWBY'' referring to this.
* '''Marco Rossi''' is not only the name of two fictional characters (one of them being a playable character in the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' video games, the other the protagonist of the anime series ''3000LeaguesInSearchOfMother''), it is also named of several Italian people (including two football players and sexologist), since "Marco" and "Rossi" are both common Italian names.
* '''Ian Rotten''' is either [[Film/StillSmokin a British punk rocker]] or [[Characters/{{ECW}} a professional wrestler]].
** The wrestler's real name is '''John Williams.'''
* '''Joe and Anthony Russo''' are the names of two pairs of brothers. The real ones are sitcom directors who have worked on ''Series/{{Community}}'' and ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. The fictional ones are the brothers of ''Series/{{Blossom}}''.
* '''Andrew Ryan''': Objectivist BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', or [[http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/television/andrew-ryan/ a television critic for The Globe and Mail]]?
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[[folder:S]]
* '''Sabu''' is either the star of ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'' or one of two [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestlers]], one who did a WildSamoan gimmick in Tennessee or the far more famous [[Wrestling/{{Sabu}} "Homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying human highlight reel!"]].
** There's also a Sabu in Anime/{{Hamtaro}}.
** It's also [[Manga/SpeedRacer "Sparky"'s]] original Japanese name.[[note]]"Sabu" is what the "S" on his shirt actually stands for.[[/note]]
* '''Andrew Sachs''' was the British actor who played Manuel on ''Series/FawltyTowers''. Andy Sachs was the BeleagueredAssistant to Miranda Priestly in ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada''.
* '''"Sakamoto-san"''': [[Manga/{{Nichijou}} a talking cat]] or the creator of the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' series?
* '''{{Creator/Masahiro Sakurai}}''' is both the (in)famous creator of both the {{VideoGame/Kirby}} and {{VideoGame/Super Smash Bros}} franchises, and a major player in the {{Franchise/Shin Megami Tensei}} spin-off {{VideoGame/Soul Hackers}}.
** Sakurai is also the surname of the teacher and her brother in ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''.
* '''San Andreas''' is either a town in California, a [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas crime-ridden state]] strongly based on California and a [[Film/SanAndreas disaster movie]] set in California.
* '''Rick Sanchez''': [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Sanchez Journalist and radio host]] or [[WesternAnimation/RickandMorty dimension-hopping mad scientist]]?
* '''Chris Sanders''', one of the creators of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', shares a name with a certain teen girl GamerChick played by Music/JennetteMcCurdy in the movie ''Film/BestPlayer''. Also a [[https://www.youtube.com/user/csandreas/ YouTuber]].
* '''Larry Sanders''' is a [[Series/TheLarrySandersShow fictitious talk show host]] and an NBA player.
* '''The Sandman''' is either a [[Wrestling/JimFullington professional wrestler]] best known for his time in Wrestling/{{ECW}} or [[ComicBook/TheSandman a Neil Gaiman character.]]
* '''Fred Sanford''': Famous drum line instructor or [[Series/SanfordAndSon cranky old junk dealer]]?
* '''Adam Schiff''': Fictional [[Series/LawAndOrder District Attorney]] or real-life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Schiff U.S. Congressman]] from the San Fernando Valley?
* '''Max Schneider''': Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} [[Series/HowToRock teen idol]]? Or the main character of ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh''?
* '''Michael Scott''': Bumbling boss from the US version of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'', or the author of ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel''?
* '''Creator/RidleyScott''' is the namesake of Ridley, the bloodthirsty space dragon of the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' series.
* '''The Scream''' : Edvard Munch's most famous painting, LA-based early 1990s hard rock band or titular antagonists in ''Literature/TheScream''?
* '''[[{{Website/Screwattack}} ScrewAttack.Com]]''' got its name from [[{{VideoGame/Metroid}} Samus Aran's]] '''Screw Attack'''.
* Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger has '''SGS''', which stands for ''Search Guard Successor''. There exists a '''SGS''' in real life, except that this is a Swiss-French company that is more concerned with testing, inspecting and measuring than preserving artifacts[[note]]If you're wondering, this SGS means ''Société Générale de Surveillance''[[/note]].
* '''Sebastian Shaw''': [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Mutant]] or [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker]]?
** Same could be applied to '''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]]'''.
* '''Jack Sheph''e''rd''' is a British actor. '''Jack Shep''a''rd''' was the doctor in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* '''Jay Sherman''' is the title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''. '''Jay Sherman-Godfrey''' (close enough) is a musician best known for his work with Music/TheyMightBeGiants and Laura Cantrell.
* '''Richard Sherman''': Key member of the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom", mid-20th-century songwriter for Disney, or fortysomething book publisher afflicted with ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''?
* '''Brad Sherwood''' is either a character in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' or a comedian in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
* Oh, it's '''Creator/KeiShindou'''! Are you a [[VoiceActors voice actress]] who used to be a CosplayOtakuGirl, or that girl from the ''[[VisualNovel/EfaFairyTaleOfTheTwo ef]]'' series?
* '''Ryoko Shintani''' is a minor character in ''Manga/SuperDreadnoughtGirl4946''. [[Creator/RyokoShintani Shintani Ryouko]] is a prominent anime voice actress. The fictional one, though, is yet to appear in any anime adaptation up to this date.
* '''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mona Simpson]]''', mother of Homer, shares her name with the biological sister of UsefulNotes/SteveJobs.
* '''Kelly Slater''' is a surfer. '''Kelly Kapowski''' and '''AC Slater''' are two characters from ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* '''John Smith''': A leader of the British Labour Party, [[UsefulNotes/{{Pocahontas}} an early American colonist]], [[ComicBook/RedTornado a wind elemental in the form of a robot]], or [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor's usual alias]]?
* '''Kevin Smith''': is he an [[Creator/KevinSmith actor/director/producer/writer]] or a [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} knife-throwing assassin]]?
** Or possibly [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess the god of war]]?
** Nah, he was the Detroit Lions' only good player at one point.
** No, silly, he's an [[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis American high school tennis player]].
* '''Roger Smith''' is a main character of ''Anime/TheBigO'', [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad an alien living with a CIA agent's family]], and [[Creator/RogerCraigSmith the voice of]] [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Chris Redfield]], [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreed2 Ezio Auditore di Firenze]], and Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog. And the former president of General Motors.
** Still another Roger Smith was one of the stars of ''77 Sunset Strip''.
* '''Stan Smith''' is either [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad a CIA agent who will do anything to protect his country]] or [[http://www.adidas.com/us/stan-smith-shoes/M20325.html a brand of shoes by Adidas]].
* Fantasy novel ''Literature/{{The Fall of the Kings}}'' by Ellen Kushner has a minor character named '''Will Smith'''. But he's not the actor, obviously. Nor the defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints.
** Nor one of the staff members of Whiskey Media tech site Tested. Although Ryan Davis used to joke that him and the actor were one and the same.
** Nor a character played by Zac Drayson on ''Series/HomeAndAway''
* '''Jon Snow''' is one of the main characters of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''/''Series/GameOfThrones'' and a British newsreader, a fact that the British newspapers got a lot of comic mileage out of when ''Series/GameOfThrones'' premiered. The similarly named '''John Snow''' was president of CSX Transportation before becoming Secretary of the Treasury under President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Another John Snow was a 19th century British doctor who founded the sciences of epidemiology and anasthesia, and got a pub named after him in London for stopping a cholera outbreak.
* '''Mark Snow''' composed ''Series/TheXFiles'' theme. There was a CIA agent by that name in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
* One must wonder if '''Kevin Spencer''', the gospel singer, knows he shares his name with a [[WesternAnimation/KevinSpencer foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, welfare-chiseling sociopath]]?
* In ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'', Jack Nance plays a man named Henry Spencer. Henry's infant child, played by a bizarre puppet, was given the nickname "Spike" by Nance. That means that the ''Eraserhead'' baby is '''Creator/SpikeSpencer'''. There's also a band in the Philippines named Eraserhead''s''.
* '''Jack Spicer''': [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Goth evil boy genius]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Spicer poet from the San Francisco Renaissance]]?
* Try to talk about '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Benjamin_Spock Dr. Spock]]''' the pediatrician without people making ''Franchise/StarTrek'' jokes.
* The Creator/{{SEGA}} [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homestar]] '''Star Projector'''.
* There are two unrelated '''Star Records''' in both ''Film/CampRock'' and ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' (The former mentioned in the ''The Final Jam'' sequel by name and the latter spelled with two R's), but both are not related to a real-life record company in the Philippines (now renamed to Star ''Music'') that's owned by a TV station MegaCorp ([=ABS-CBN=], to be exact).
* '''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]]''' is the superhero. Anthony Starke is an actor.
* '''Literature/LuckyStarr''': Hero of a series of Creator/IsaacAsimov novels, or '60s Australian singer who recorded the original version of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27ve_Been_Everywhere I've Been Everywhere]]"? Or the female porn actress?
* '''Eileen Stevens''' is the mother of the titular family from ''Series/EvenStevens''. She shares her name with the English voice of Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* '''Creator/AprilStewart''': Character on ''WesternAnimation/TheFunkyPhantom'', or the voice actress who took over Mary Kay Bergman's characters on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''?
* '''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica John Stewart]]''' is a Comicbook/GreenLantern. Creator/JonStewart is the most well-known host of a [[Series/TheDailyShow comedy news show]]. Jonathan Stewart is a running back for the Carolina Panthers. A different John Stewart altogether was a member of The Kingston Trio and wrote the song "[[Music/TheMonkees Daydream Believer]]". None of them should be confused with '''John Stuart Mill'''.
** This was lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', when Guy mentions John to Hal, he responds with "The fake news guy?"
** Green Lantern is good for this, actually. There's also an astronaut named '''Guy Gardner'''. And, had an editor at National not thought it was a bit too on-the-nose, Alan Scott would have been named '''Alan Ladd''' (in reference to Aladdin, not to [[Creator/AlanLadd the actor who would debut a few years later]]. It's a good thing they decided against this, because at the end of the decade the real Alan Ladd got [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Alan_Ladd his own comic]].).
*** Bill Finger, the in-house co-creator of the Golden Age Green Lantern, used to tell the story that way. But after he died, Martin Nodell, who came up with the idea freelance and pitched it to DC, said he just flipped through the New York phone book with a pin that landed on "Alan" and "Scott". It's possible that Finger tried to talk him into changing it (and was talked out of the change by the editor). All the same, Alan Scott ended up with ''two'' middle names: "Wellington", from a Golden Age story in which he thwarts a latter-day Napoleon, and "Ladd", because Roy Thomas forgot the first story and remembered the Finger anecdote.
* 1958 Creator/BorisKarloff film ''The Haunted Strangler'' had the murder of a woman named '''Martha Stewart''' as a major plot point.
* '''Stephen Stills''' plays in a band with either [[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld Scott Pilgrim]] (and Young Neil) or David Crosby and Graham Nash (and sometimes Music/NeilYoung). Gie
** Another musician by the name of Stephen Stills was mentioned in ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''.
* '''{{Sting}}''' is either the former frontman of Music/ThePolice or a [[Wrestling/{{Sting}} pro wrestler]]. Also the name of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo's sword]], [[Film/TheSting a movie]], [[Creator/StingEntertainment a Japanese video game developer]], and a music trope.
* '''Dean Stockwell''' is either an American actor, known for his work on ''Series/QuantumLeap'' or a character in a ''Series/StepByStep'' episode.
** Additionally, Brian George, who portrayed the dean, participated in a ''Quantum Leap'' episode.
* '''Stoutland''' is either [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite a Pokémon that rescues lost people in the sea or mountains]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoutland,_Missouri a town in Missouri]] with [[http://www.stoutlandschools.com/ its own school district]].
* '''Steve Strange'''[[note]]this was his stage name - his real name was Steven Harrington[[/note]] was the lead singer of 80s British New Romantic group Visage. '''[[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Stephen Strange]]''' is a doctor who has mastered the mystical arts.
* '''Suguri:''' May refer to Fumie Suguri, a real-life figure skater; or VideoGame/{{Suguri}}, a cute, silver-haired girl who can fly, has a vast array of weapons, and use them to protect the planet from equally cute girls who fire lasers and missiles.
* '''James Sullivan''': Real name of [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Sulley]] or [[Music/AvengedSevenfold The Rev]]?
* '''Samuel Sullivan''': [[Series/{{Heroes}} Crazy carnival leader]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Sullivan ex-mayor]] of [[CanadaEh Vancouver]]?
* '''Walter Sullivan''', the name of the Antichrist-like BigBad of ''[[Franchise/SilentHill Silent Hill 4: The Room]]'', is ironically also the name of a Roman Catholic bishop.
* '''Super Mario''': The [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros ever famous video game mascot]], or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Draghi nickname of the Italian politician/economist and the current European Central Bank president who have been overseeing the Euro crisis to this day]]? (As of Sept 2013)
* '''Michael Symon''' is a chef featured on [[Series/TheIronChef the American version of a Japanese TV show]]. Mikey Simon is [[WesternAnimation/KappaMikey an American actor on a Japanese TV show]].
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* '''Chiaki Takahashi''' is the captain of the softball club in ''Manga/SKETDance''. Creator/ChiakiTakahashi is a voice actress who is not in ''SKET Dance''.
* '''Noriko Takaya''' is the heroine of ''Anime/GunBuster''. She shares the same name with a Japanese-Mexican voice actress who voices [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kushina Uzumaki]] in the Mexican dub of ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm4''.
* '''Andy Taylor''': [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Bucolic sheriff]], or Music/DuranDuran and Power Station guitarist?
* The hero of ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' rails against the evils of villainous political boss... '''James Taylor'''.
** There have been three famous musicians called Music/JamesTaylor; the one who was a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before going solo, another who (as J.T. Taylor) was lead singer of Kool and the Gang, and another one about 20 years later, who in an interview said he'd got fed up with people asking why he'd "changed his style".
** Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers was the NFL leading rusher in 1962, the only time that Jim Brown (see above) did not lead the league between 1957 and 1965.
** Also, Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor, a.k.a. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] and [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet]].
* '''Music/MickTaylor''' is a former guitarist for Music/TheRollingStones, as well as the serial killer villain in ''Film/WolfCreek''.
* '''UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher''' is a character in ''Literature/BreakfastAtTiffanys''.
* '''Sean Thornton''' is a character in ''Film/TheQuietMan'' who knows how to use his fists. ''Shawn'' Thornton is a Boston Bruins player for whom the same description applies.
** There's also a Welsh footballer named Sean Thornton.
* '''Kate Todd''', either an ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' agent or a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Todd Canadian actress]] who plays Erica in ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire''.
* The ''Franchise/SilentHill'' verse has a '''Toluca Lake''', which is also the name of district and lake in Los Angeles.
* '''"Too-Tall"''': A nickname for Ed Jones, a Dallas Cowboys defensive end from the '70s and '80s? Or a character from ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears''?
* In Creator/AnneRice's 1993 novel ''Lasher'', there is a character named '''Stuart Townsend'''. In the 2002 [[Film/QueenOfTheDamned movie adaptation]] of her book ''Queen of the Damned'', actor Stuart Townsend plays the vampire Lestat. Freaky.
* '''Jill Tracy''' is the name of both a character and actress who appeared on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* '''Traffic''' can be [[Music/{{Traffic}} a late-sixties psychedelic rock band]] or [[{{Film/Traffic}} a 2000 crime drama]].
* The movie character '''Film/{{Tron}}''' serves a similar purpose to the BASIC debugging command TRON ("''tr''ace ''on''"), but was named as an abbreviation of "elec''tron''ic".
** Also, there is a member of the Canadian legislature named Kevin Flynn.
** There's also a French politician named Georges Tron.
* '''Harry S. Truman''' was the [[UsefulNotes/HarryTruman 33rd President of the United States]], as well as the sheriff stationed in ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
** Then there's Harry ''R.'' Truman, 83-year-old proprietor of the Spirit Lake Lodge in Washington State, who was buried alive during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens after refusing to evacuate.
* '''TSA''': Transportation Security Administration, or [[TheProblemWithPenIsland Territory-wide System Assessment]] or [[VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject Temporal Security Agency]]?
* '''Moe Tucker''': Real musician from the Music/VelvetUnderground, or fictional musician from the ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' episode "Once More for Joey"?
* '''Brad Turner''': Either a noted director of television shows (''Series/TwentyFour'', ''Series/{{Psych}}'', and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' for example) or a [[WesternAnimation/{{MASK}} rock star who moonlights as a secret agent]].
* '''Timmy Turner''': [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents average kid who no one understands]] or a surfing film director in his early 30s?
** Or a Desiigner song (spelled "Tiimmy", and named after the character)?
* Music/TwistedSister is a Main/HeavyMetal band. Twisted Sisters are a supervillain group created by Creator/ChrisClaremont.
* Manga/DetectiveConan fans (and Kansuke Yamato) will probably laugh when they find out that Nagano detective '''Yui Uehara''' shares her name with a Japanese porn actress. Then again, the fictional Yui's [[FairCop pretty]] [[MsFanservice looks]] might have ensured that [[PerverseSexualLust she would]] [[Rule34 appear in adult-oriented media as well]].
* '''Vader''' could be [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]], or the pro-wrestler Wrestling/{{Vader}}.
* '''Vincent Valentine''': An [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII undead ex-Turk assassin,]] or a New England Patriots defensive tackle?
* '''Dee Vasquez''' is both a New York City DJ and the producer of ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Steel Samurai: The Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo]]'' in the first ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game.
* '''Veracruz''': A city in UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} or Creator/PamGrier's detective character in ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}?''
* '''Villa Alegre''' is a bilingual preschool series from the 1970s that was the first to feature a mainly Latino cast. It's also the name of a real-life apartment complex in El Paso, Texas. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, it's also the name of at least two places in Chile.
* '''David Vincent''': [[Creator/DavidVincent Anime and video game voice actor]], lead singer of DeathMetal band Morbid Angel, or protagonist of science fiction series ''Series/TheInvaders''?
* '''Volbeat''' is either a firefly Franchise/{{Pokemon}} or [[Music/{{Volbeat}} a Danish heavy metal band]].
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* '''Max Walker''': Protagonist in ''Film/{{Timecop}}'' or goofy 1970s Australian cricketer?
* '''The Waltons''': [[Series/TheWaltons TV drama family in the 1930s and '40s]] struggling to make ends meet amidst the Great Depression, or the owners of UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}, who control as much wealth as the poorest 40% of the US population?
* '''Dr. John Watson''': psychologist known for his work in behaviorism, or Franchise/SherlockHolmes' partner-in-crime?
* '''Chuck Wagon''': Name of [[WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow Dave Seville]]'s second cousin, twice removed on his father's side or the stage name of American musician Robert 'Bob' Davis, an original member of Los Angeles punk rock band The Dickies or even the long-running radio show ''The Chuck Wagon Gang'', a Southern Gospel musical group.
* '''Elizabeth Warren''' is a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and former assistant to President Obama. Another Elizabeth Warren is a FunnyForeigner in ''Manga/{{Softenni}}''.
* '''Michael Warren''' should be a familiar name to fans of crime dramas. He either played Bobby Hill on ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' or was played by Aaron Tveit on ''Series/{{Graceland}}''.
* ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' mercenary '''Vicky Waters''' shares a name with a real life Atlanta reporter.
* '''Wawa''' is either [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Chuckie's beloved teddy bear]] or [[https://www.wawa.com/ a convenience store chain]].
* There was a real-life photographer who was nicknamed '''[[VideoGame/MarioIsMissing Weegee]]'''.
* '''Prof. Andrew Weil''', teacher and writer on holistic health, and '''Dr. Weil''', the villain from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 3'', [[http://1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=3&cId=3146206 have already been confused for each other by the one person in the world you would have never expected to do so]].
* '''Janet Weiss''' is both the name of the former drummer of Sleater-Kinney and [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow a slut]].
* '''Billy West''': [[Creator/BillyWest famous voice actor]]? or an action game hero better known as "[[VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly Bayou Billy]]"?
* Actor '''Michael Weston''' once played the client of the week on ''Series/BurnNotice'', the main character of which is named '''Michael Westen'''.
** And lets not forget FBI Agent '''Michael 'Mike' Weston''' from ''Series/TheFollowing''
* '''Alan White''': Drummer of Music/{{Oasis}}, drummer of Music/{{Yes}}, or Sam Weir's bully in ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''?
* '''Skyler White''': wife of meth kingpin Walter White of ''Series/BreakingBad'' (see below) or [[http://www.skylerwhite.com/ fantasy novelist]]?
* '''Walter White''': the chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook protagonist of ''Series/BreakingBad'', or a jazz trumpeter. The latter even [[LampshadeHanging references this]] by calling his album ''[[http://walterwhite.com/shop/breaking-good/ Breaking Good]]''.
** Not to mention the [[LifeImitatesArt real life]] [[http://blog.al.com/tuscaloosa/2012/08/man_named_walter_white_wanted.html criminal wanted for manufacturing meth]].
** Then there's Walter Francis White of the NAACP.
** Gus Fring's deceased business partner Maximino Arciniega is named after the real-life actor who played Krazy-8 in Season 1.
* Was '''Eli Whitney''' the inventor of the cotton gin, or [[Theatre/AnythingGoes a Yale-schooled Wall Street banker]]?
* Looking for someone to play '''Michael Williams''' in your [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_V_%281989_movie%29 film adaptation]] of ''Theatre/HenryV''? Who better than... er, '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Williams_%28actor%29 Michael Williams]]'''?
* Is '''James Wilson''' a [[LiveActionTV/{{House}} kind, warm-hearted oncologist whose best friend is an]] [[DrJerk unbelievably mean]] yet [[BunnyEarsLawyer extremely skilled diagnostician?]] Or is he a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wilson_(footballer,_born_1995) Manchester United Striker]] who was once a promising young talent, but was left to the wayside due to [[GameBreakingInjury injuries]], along with the [[OvershadowedByAwesome emergence of fellow academy talents Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard plus the acquisitions of Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic]].
* '''Rick Wilson''' is either a real-life race car driver or [[Fanfic/TroubleIsland one of Calvin's alter-egos.]]
* '''Wade Wilson''' is {{Deadpool}}'s alter-ego while '''Wade Wilson''' is the father of the new {{Snake Eyes}} in {{GI Joe}}.
* '''Windam''' is either the name of a Earth Alliance mass-produced mobile suit from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' (GAT-04 Windam), a [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Rune God]], the Japanese market name for the Lexus ES sedan (sold as the Toyota Windam) up until the introduction of Toyota's Lexus brand back into Japan, or, [[http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Windom a robotic kaiju]] from ''Series/{{Ultraseven}}''.
** It should be noted that many character and place names in ''Rayearth'' come from car brands. Lantis anyone?
* '''Windows''': An operating system or [[Film/TheThing1982 a radio operator]]?
** While we're on the subject of computers, "Mac" is quite a common name for chracters in fiction, including the same movie as Windows the radio operator.
*** ''MAC'' (this time in all-caps, meaning ''Media Access Control'') is also an unchangeable hardware address assigned to all networking equipment at a firmware level. This has caused confusion as several DRM schemes (most notably those used by Creator/PopCap) depended on it.
* '''Shelley Winters''' is both a mid-20th-century blonde actress (the mother in ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'') and a [[Webcomic/ScaryGoRound red-haired webcomic protagonist]].
* '''Calvin Wong:''' A director of Creator/CartoonNetwork who received a number of abusive tweets in 2016 - as a result of FIFA 17's "The Journey" mode featuring the player in question getting abusive tweets and players [[CriticalResearchFailure being unable to tell the difference between fact and fiction]]. (The big question is why EA didn't create a fake Twitter account for this feature.)
* '''Suzie Wong:''' LittleMissBadass [[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamer of Lopmon]], or [[DudeNotFunny a young woman who died tragically, way too young]]?
* '''Wang Yao''': [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia personification of China]] or [[http://www.physics.hku.hk/~wangyao/ Hong Kong-based quantum physicist?]]
* Here's a double whammy for you: there is an officer named Colonel '''[[TheIgor Igor]] [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]]''' serving in the Russian Aerospace Forces.
* '''Adam Young''' refers to [[Music/OwlCity a singer]], [[Series/MrYoung a teenage teacher on a Canadian kids' show]], and [[Literature/GoodOmens the Antichrist]].
* '''Steve Zizzou''': New York lawyer or [[Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou documentary filmmaker]]? (As mentioned in the film's credits)
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