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* 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 a Romanian copy of the [[CoolGuns AK-47]].
** Or [=AiM=], a stage name of voice actress/singer [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Ai Maeda]].
** AIM is also the American Indian Movement.
* Speaking of the Marvel Universe, the mutant hate group Friends of Humanity shares its name with a real-life human-aid organization http://www.friendsofhumanity.ch/.
* '''Amy Allen''', the actress playing Aayla Secura in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars]] or a character in [[Series/TheATeam The A-Team]]?
* '''Wil Anderson''' is an Australian comedian and John Wayne's character in ''Film/TheCowboys''.
* '''Steve Austin''': A [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan bionic superman]], or a [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin beer-swillin', finger-gesturin' toughest SOB on the planet]]?
* 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 SegaGenesis and SuperNES game that was released by ElectronicArts.
** Or maybe a [[Film/TheBlackHole robot]] voiced by Slim Pickens?
** Or the initials of the title of the Outkast song ''Bombs over Baghdad''?
* '''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 ''PoliceQuest: Open Season'', [[TheDanza named after her actress]], Barbara Shannon.
* '''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 [[StephenBaxter science fiction author]] from Liverpool?
* '''Sam(uel) Beckett''': Hero of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' or famous playwright?
** Probably meant as a {{homage}}, and lampshaded several times on the show.
** In addition, one of the shows that ran opposite ''Quantum Leap'' during its run was ''Series/ChinaBeach'', which ALSO had a regular character named Sam Beckett (and just to make it even more confusing, Michael Boatman (the actor who played the ''other'' Sam Beckett) made a guest appearance in the 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 a sweet Italian MagicalGirl cartoon character from a Japanese anime TV series made in the early 90s that likes [[GreenThumb using flowers to fight evil]].
* '''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 AcademyAward for songwriting the same year George Clooney was nominated for playing fictional Ryan Bingham in ''Up in the Air''.
* '''Captain Black''': [[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons Captain Scarlet's]] nemesis or a brand of pipe tobacco?
* 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.
* '''Frank Black''' is the second stage name taken by Music/{{Pixies}} frontman Black Francis (real name Charles Thompson) and the main character in ''Series/{{Millennium}}''.
* '''Blondie''': A [[Music/{{Blondie}} punk rock band known for their song]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SObti-rcOWY Heart of Glass]], [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}the mother of a certain Baby Dumpling]], [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly a mysterious gunslinger with a poncho]], and [[AdolfHitler a certain dictator's]] dog.
* '''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''.
* Creator/DavidLetterman did a TopTenList [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjEqxmg-wRg with a guy named]] Franchise/JamesBond.
* Series/{{Bones}} does not [[Creator/StudioBONES create anime.]] [[Franchise/StarTrek He's a doctor, not an animator.]]
* Baseball player '''Milton Bradley''' is not to be confused with the board game company Milton-Bradley. Or with Go player [[http://users.eniinternet.com/bradleym/ Milton Bradley]].
* '''Tycho Brahe''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_Brahe 16th century Danish astronomer]], or one of the original TwoGamersOnACouch from ''WebComic/PennyArcade''.
* '''[[http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0140233/ Adam Brody]]''' of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' is not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Brody Adam Brody]] the actor.
* '''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.]]
* 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 DCComics supervillain Kite Man, which raises some questions about that [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} 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'?"]]
** 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, [[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}}''.
* '''Martin Brundle''' is either Seth Brundle's son in ''[[Film/TheFly The Fly 2]]'' or a former 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''.
* '''John Cage''': Employer of ''[[Series/AllyMcBeal Ally [=McBeal=]]]'', [[Music/JohnCage avant-garde composer]], or ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fighter "Johnny"?
* '''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''' [[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?]]
* '''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]]?
* '''Calypso''': An amputated green sea turtle in the National Aquarium in Baltimore or [[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 JacquesCousteau's research vessel.
* '''[[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.)
* Princess '''Celestia''' from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' actually shares her name with a popular astronomy software.
* '''Nick Charles''' was one half of the husband-and-wife sleuthing team in ''Film/TheThinMan'' series, as well as a sportscaster for Creator/{{CNN}}.
* Creator/TomClancy:
** 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 [[BillClinton President]] of the United States or a former tow trucker who became owner of a garage named Presidential Motors and was featured in MichaelConnelly's "The Reversal"?
* '''Club Evolution''', the BigBad's nightclub in ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune: Payback'', shares its name with several real life dance clubs.
* '''Michael Collins''' is the name of an astronaut, one of [[Creator/MarvelComics Deathlok's]] alter egos, and General Michael Collins 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]]?
* '''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 [[TheBeautifulGame football club]],a former exhibition hall in England, or [[VideoGame/PaperMario the realm of the Crystal King]]? Wikipedia has a rather [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Palace_%28disambiguation%29 long list]] of places named "Crystal Palace."
* '''Alice Cullen''', [[Literature/{{Twilight}} quirky vampire]] or [[Series/LawAndOrderUK murdered nurse]].
* '''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]].
* '''Arthur Currie''', the brilliant Canadian general of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, should not be confused with '''Arthur Curry''', Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}.
* '''Mike Dawson''': The protagonist/lead designer of ''VideoGame/DarkSeed'' or a [[TheBeautifulGame football]] (soccer) player?
* '''Matt Dillon''': Movie actor or [[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} Dodge City marshal]]? Or a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Dillon_%28computer_scientist%29 software developer]]?
* 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!
* '''Molly Drake''' was the mother of musician Music/NickDrake and the daughter of [[Series/AshesToAshes Alex Drake]].
* '''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 [[BerserkButton heard all the jokes a million times before.]]
* '''BillyElliot''', famous play character, and Bill Elliott, NASCAR driver from Georgia
* '''MichaelEmerson''' (a.k.a. [[Series/{{Lost}} Benjamin Linus]] and [[Series/PersonOfInterest Harold Finch]]) is also the name of the head physician in ''WhoseLifeIsItAnyway?''
* '''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.]]
* '''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 TheOtherWiki, the series was actually based on the childhood of the series' other co-creator, Eric Monte.
* 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?
* '''John Frink''' is the name of a character in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. By sheer coincidence and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, the staff eventually received a writer also named John Frink.
* '''Jorge Garcia''': actor from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' or [[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.]]
* '''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 Derek and the Dominos, and still later became a schizophrenic who stabbed his mother to death.
* 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]]?
* '''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.
* '''Roy Harper''': [[strike: Speedy. Arsenal.]] [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Red Arrow]] or English folk singer?
* '''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 the ''VideoGame/KingOfFighters'' franchise. This probably isn't a coincidence, given some of the latter's early musical influences.
* ''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.
* '''Kouta Hirano''': Author of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' or a [[Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead Gun Otaku that can mow down hordes of zombies]]?
* 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.
* '''Anthony Hope''': author of ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' or optimistic, lovesick sailor from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''?
* '''Robin Hood''': [[RobinHood a nobleman who robs from the rich and gives to the poor]] or a PulitzerPrize-winning photographer?
* '''Ryan Howard''': a first baseman with the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Philadelphia Phillies]], and a 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?
* '''Rick Hunter''': [[Anime/{{Robotech}} Ace veritech pilot]], or original voice of The VideoGame/{{Postal}} Dude?
* '''General Ike''', leading allied multinational forces against a destructive madman. Is this ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Path of Radiance'' or 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.
* '''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 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]].
* '''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.
* '''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 Corporate Cosmology]]. And He's [[VideoGame/{{DeusExHumanRevolution}} Adam Jensen's adoptive father]] .
* '''Avery Johnson''': Former NBA player and current coach of the New Jersey Nets or a [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Marine Sergeant Major for the UNSC?]]
* '''Boris Johnson''' is Mayor of London. 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).
* '''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?]]''
* 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; 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 ''BloodyJack'' novels.
* '''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?
* '''Mike Jones''' once said on a Missy Elliott 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 a character from ''VideoGame/StarTropics''.
* '''Tom Jones''' is the stage name of 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.
* '''Kamehameha''': A Hawaiian king, and a [[KameHameHadoken ki attack]] in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' franchise.
* '''Gary Kemp''': Lead guitarist and keyboardist of Music/SpandauBallet, or ball bearing salesman turned counterfeiter from the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "Four Into Zero"?
* '''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]]?
* '''Max Klinger''': [[Series/{{Mash}} Crossdressing 4077th MASH staffer]] or 19th-century German painter and sculptor?
* '''LBX''': Little Battler eXperience, the toys featured in ''DanballSenki'' or Little Blue boX, a Japanese band. Interestingly, the latter sang openings for ''Danball Senki'' PSP game and anime.
* '''Liberty City''' is either a neighborhood in Miami or a [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto city strongly based on New York City.]]
* '''Jake Long''': [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Miami Dolphins]] offensive lineman or the [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong titular American Dragon?]]
* '''Daniel Lugo''': The VillainProtagonist of ''Film/PainAndGain'' portrayed by Mark Wahlberg 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'').
* The concept was given a humorous LampshadeHanging by voice actor TroyBaker, when he described his try-outs for ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' - specifically, TheHero '''Yuri Lowell''': "Yeah, how bad a sign is it when they start [[YuriLowenthal naming characters after actors]]? 'Hey, I wanna read for this guy. What's his name?' 'Um...[[VicMignogna Vic Migna]].'"
* '''Alex Mack''': [[TomboyishName girl]] [[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?
* '''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Vladimir Makarov]]''' was apparently also the name of a deceased Soviet-era soccer player.
* '''Manchester''' could either refer to [[OopNorth the city]] or the ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'' game.
* '''Lloyd Mangr''a''m''', editorial pen-name of whoever was editing the letters page of British [[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?
* '''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?
* '''Neil Marshall''' is both [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0551076/ a director]] and [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney 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/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters 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]].
* '''Josh Matthews''', character from 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 SuperSentai.
* '''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'' guys in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKAcOawiaNk 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''.
* '''Mindy [=McCready=]''' is the real name of ''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.
* '''George Michael''': [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment a young man who has a crush on his cousin]], a British singer, or a sports broadcaster?
* '''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.
* The classic Western film ''Film/HighNoon'' has a villain named '''Frank Miller'''. It's just a coincidence, since the film was made while 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}} {{shotacon}} [[http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=1813 author.]]
* '''Bill Moody''': Professional wrestler better known as PaulBearer, or [[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, he was also the dimwitted host of the ShowWithinAShow in ''Series/{{Frontline}}''.
* 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.
* 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 "Mike" Myers, who is best known for ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Wayne's]] [[Film/WaynesWorld World]], ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', and the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series.
** 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 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 AustinPowers 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?
* '''Mike Nelson''': Star of ''Sea Hunt'' or star of MysteryScienceTheater3000 and {{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}}''.
* '''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.
* '''Miles O'Brien''': [[AscendedExtra Starfleet engineer]] on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', or longtime newsanchor on Creator/{{CNN}}?
** Fittingly enough, the news anchor now hosts a web series about space travel.
*** Actually, he was CNN's Science, technology and aerospace corespondent.
* '''Linda Park''': [[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 lifeguard]] or a [[http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=10592American professional wrestler]]
* ''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]].
* '''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 Robert Paulsen]]'''. The first victim of [[Film/FightClub 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.
** 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", 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 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.
* '''Paul [=PetersEn=]''' is an actor/singer who co-starred on ''Series/TheDonnaReedShow''. '''Paul [=PetersOn=]''' is a character from ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman''.
* 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.
* '''Chris Pratt''', an actor known for playing Emmet ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' and "Star Lord" in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', is also the name of 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''' is also an American musician, albiet a [[Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure fictitious]] [[Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney one]].
* '''Private Manning''': A US Army soldier being detained and tortured for leaking government secrets, or a RedShirt character in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''?
* 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 BarackObama?! You decide.
* '''Raging Bull''': [[Film/RagingBull 1980 film]] starring [[Creator/RobertDeNiro Robert [=DeNiro=]]], or a Taurus revolver?
* '''Eric Raymond''': open-source software advocate or ''[[{{Jem}} Jem and the Holograms]]'' 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?
* '''Robbie Robertson''' is a guitarist and songwriter formerly with Music/TheBand, as well as [[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} 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.
* Lampshaded on Series/{{SCTV}}'s adaptation of ''Literature/JaneEyre'', where '''Rochester''' was played by [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]]'s butler.
* '''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]].
* '''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?
* '''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]]?
* '''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}}
* '''San Andreas''' is either a town in California or a [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas crime-ridden state]] strongly based on California.
* '''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''.
* '''Larry Sanders''' is a [[Series/TheLarrySandersShow fictitious talk show host]] and an NBA player.
* '''The Sandman''' is either a [[Wrestling/JimFullington professional wrestler]] or [[ComicBook/TheSandman a Neil Gaiman character.]]
* '''Fred Sanford''': Famous drum line instructor or [[Series/SanfordAndSon cranky old junk dealer]]?
* '''Michael Scott''': Bumbling boss from the US version of TheOffice, or the author of ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel''?
* '''Sebastian Shaw''': [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Mutant]] or [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker]]?
** Same could be applied to '''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]]'''.
* '''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.
* '''Brad Sherwood''' is either a character in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' or a comedian in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
* Oh, it's '''KeiShindou'''! Are you a [[VoiceActors voice actress]] who used to be a CosplayOtakuGirl, or that girl from the {{Ef}} series?
* '''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mona Simpson]]''', mother of Homer, shares her name with the biological sister of [[AppleMacintosh Steve Jobs]].
* '''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, [[Disney/{{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]]. And the former president of General Motors.
** Still another Roger Smith was one of the stars of ''77 Sunset Strip''.
* Fantasy novel ''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.
* '''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 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''.
* 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''.
* 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'''.
* '''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 voice actress on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''?
* '''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica John Stewart]]''' is a Comicbook/GreenLantern. Creator/JonStewart hosts 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 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]] or David Crosby and Graham Nash (and sometimes Creator/NeilYoung).
** Another musician by the name of Stephen Stills was mentioned in ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''.
* '''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.
* '''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]].
* '''Chiaki Takahashi''' is the captain of the softball club in ''Manga/SKETDance''. Creator/ChiakiTakahashi is a voice actress who is not in ''SKET Dance''.
* '''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.]]
* '''Mick Taylor''' is a former guitarist for Music/TheRollingStones as well as the serial killer villain in ''WolfCreek''.
* '''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 MyBabysittersAVampire.
* The ''Franchise/SilentHill'' verse has a '''Toluca Lake''', which is also the name of district and lake in Los Angeles.
* 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.
* '''Moe Tucker''': Real musician from the Music/VelvetUnderground, or fictional musician from the ''Series/{{Ironside}}'' 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 10-year-old boy with fairies]] or a surfing film director in his early 30s?
* '''Jack Spicer''': [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Goth evil boy genius]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Spicer poet from the San Francisco Renaissance]]?
* '''Veracruz''': A city in UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} or Creator/PamGrier's detective character in ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}?''
* '''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''?
* '''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?
* '''Wang Yao''': [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia personification of China]] or [[http://www.physics.hku.hk/~wangyao/ Hong Kong-based quantum physicist?]]
* '''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}}''.
* ''JaggedAlliance'' mercenary '''Vicky Waters''' shares a name with a real life Atlanta reporter.
* '''Prof. Andrew Weil''', teacher and writer on holistic health, and '''Dr. Weil''', the villain from ''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'''.
* '''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]].
* Was '''Eli Whitney''' the inventor of the cotton gin, or [[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]]'''?
* '''Rick Wilson''' is either a real-life race car driver or [[Fanfic/TroubleIsland one of Calvin's alter-egos.]]
* '''Windam''' is either the name of a Earth Alliance mass-produced mobile suit from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' (GAT-04 Windam), a [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Rune God]], or, up until the introduction of Toyota's Lexus brand back into Japan, the Japanese market name for the Lexus ES sedan (sold as the Toyota Windam).
** And [[http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Windom this UltraSeven monster]]
** 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 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]].
* '''Suzie Wong:''' LittleMissBadass [[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamer of Lopmon]], or [[DudeNotFunny a young woman who died tragically, way too young]]?
* '''Adam Young''' refers to both [[Music/OwlCity a singer]] and [[Literature/GoodOmens the Antichrist]].
* '''Steve Zizzou''': New York lawyer or [[Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou documentary filmmaker]]? (As mentioned in the film's credits)
* '''[[{{Website/Screwattack}} ScrewAttack.Com]]''' got its name from [[{{VideoGame/Metroid}} Samus Aran's]] '''Screw Attack'''.
* 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 that's owned by a TV station MegaCorp ([=ABS-CBN=], to be exact).
* '''Volbeat''' is either a Pokemon or a famous rock band.
* '''TSA''': Transit Security Administration, or [[TheJourneymanProject Temporal Security Agency]]?
* '''Dr. John Watson''': psychologist known for his work in behaviorism, or Franchise/SherlockHolmes' partner-in-crime?
* '''{{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}}.
* '''Moby''': [[Music/{{Moby}} Electronic musician]], or the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green-haired]] [[ActionGirl heroine]] of ''VideoGame/WURMJourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''?
* '''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.
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