* In general, any MMO or similar game that prevents more than one player choosing the same name is technically enforcing this trope.
** Some of these games also restrict players from choosing names already taken by important NPCs, just for good measure. Not that this usually stops the hordes of "Leggolass" clones subverting the censor.
* HotelDuskRoom215 has Mila, who is the name of a girl staying at the hotel who shares her name with [[spoiler:Bradley's dead little sister.]]
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' has a character named Phanna, and a separate character named Fanha. This is entirely coincidence, and no attention is brought to it.
* Given the 500ish characters that have appeared in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series so far, it's something of a miracle that there were only a handful of names ([[SuikodenI Hu]][[SuikodenIII go]], for one) ever shared by multiple characters (time-traveling teleportresses in ''SuikodenIII'' aside).
** Then there's Sarah the [[SuikodenIII evil blond sorceress]] and Sarah the [[SuikodenI level 50 cleaning lady]].
* In ''[[OgreBattle Tactics Ogre]]'', there are two Lans (Lanselot), one on the protagonist's side, and one on the antagonist's. Both are Knights, and the first stage in the game involves confusing one for the other. The prequel reveals that this is a title.
* There are two robot masters named Oil Man, Wave Man and Blade Man in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series. All three of the originals are from the fairly obscure PC games not made by Capcom.
* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series has ''six'' characters whose names are variants of John - Naked Snake (real name John/Jack), Raiden (aka Jack the Ripper), Little John (Raiden's son), Johnny "Akiba" Sasaki, Akiba's grandfather (also named Johnny) and Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov, plus two more of the similarly-sounding Jonathan (a Soviet soldier in ''MPO'' and a member of Rat Patrol 01 in ''[=MGS4=]'').
** The same series also includes two Davids (Solid Snake and Zero), Jim (Houseman) and James (Johnson), Natasha (Marcova) and Nastasha (Romanenko), two President Johnsons (the real-life UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson and the fictional James Johnson), three Georges (Kasler, Sears and a boy with no last name in ''MGR''), two Boris (Volgin and Popov) and no less than five characters who have at some point gone by the codename Snake (although, three of them are genetic clones of the original Snake).
** In the later versions of ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'', Natasha Marcova was renamed Gustava Heffner, long after said character was already referred by her original name in the plot summaries included in the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
** ''Les Enfants Terribles'', the name of the government project that led to the creation of Big Boss' sons , was also the name of Running Man's former terrorist group in ''Metal Gear 2'' (although the terrorist group was left unnamed in later ports, they're still mentioned in the ''[=MGS4=] Database'').
** Then there's the members of the B.B. Corps in ''[=MGS4=]'', who were deliberately named after the deceased members of FOXHOUND from ''[=MGS1=]'' (Octopus, Raven, Wolf and Mantis).
* ''KingdomHearts'' faced this problem when they added ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' to their cast of Disney Worlds, now having TWO ''playable'' characters named Jack. (Jack Sparrow, from the aforementioned movie and Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''). Since this would have interfered with the games level-up system for additional party-members, the pirate-Jack is referred to as "Sparrow" in the game's pause-menu and level-up boxes; interestingly, Sora, Donald, and Goofy also call him "Captain".
** And when a version of Rikku from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' turns up, they simply don't call her ''anything'', to avoid confusion with the original character Riku.
*** This is actually why Yuffie is with Leon in the first game: the original plan was to have Rikku accompany him, but the powers that be decided it'd be too confusing with two Rik(k)us.
** Not to mention where this is done in the plot. Mickey spends much of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' searching for Ansem to request his help. [[spoiler: No, not "Ansem: Seeker of Darkness", the villain from the first game, but "Ansem the Wise" (AKA: DiZ), who the villain of the first game actually stole the name from after deposing him. The villain's real name is Xehanort, which soon leads to....]]
*** [[spoiler:And then, of course, there's MASTER Xehanort- who's actually the same person as the Xehanort calling himself Ansem: Seeker of Darkness, before he played BodySnatcher with Terra. Basically, most instances of this trope in the KingdomHearts series are really just Master Xehanort messing with our heads.]]
*** The ''KingdomHearts'' wiki refers to [[spoiler:Ansem (the evil one)]] as "[[spoiler:Xehanort's heartless]]".
** The VirtualPaperDoll in VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded has parts for both [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Terra]] and [[FinalFantasyVI Terra]].
* In the ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' series, there are multiple characters called Crag Hack, Sandro, Corak and so on. Lampshaded during the good ending of ''MightAndMagic VII''. Subverted in ''MightAndMagic I'' and ''MightAndMagic V'', both have a character called Alamar. [[spoiler: The subversion is that in the first game Alamar is imprisoned by Sheltem who then impersonates him, while in the fifth game Sheltem appears on another world and just calls himself Alamar to hide his true identity]].
** Usually played straight by necessity, though, as few characters have a (known) last name.
*** Corak twists it around further: where the others (including Alamar -- another shows up in the Heroes series) are different characters that happen to share a name, the Coraks are [[spoiler: robots, with Corak being the name for the ''model''.]]
** A rather confusing example turns up in ''HeroesOfMightAndMagic V''. Despite being a new setting, the game refers to a Sandro several times. From what little is known, he seems to have a lot in common with the previous characters named Sandro.
** ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VIII'' features a minor character named Archibald, just as the BigBad of ''Heroes II'' and otherwise recurring character Archibald Ironfist. Apparently Archibald Ironfist has made the name 'Archibald' impopular in certain quarters, so the VIII-Archibald (named Archibald ''Dawnglow'') is doing his utmost to be a Good Guy to show that he's nothing like that other Archibald.
** Enroth (the setting of Heroes I to III and Might and Magic VI to VIII) had two relatively important mainly backstory characters named Ethric: Ethric the Mad, a mage who invented the lich process and became the first lich on Enroth, and Ethric, a warlock who once was Sandro's mentor and later became a lich. It is likely that they were originally intended to be the same character, but for continuity reasons this was made impossible by ''Shadow of Death'' (Sandro's mentor shows up perfectly alive at a point when liches have been around for at least a decade).
* Averted in ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle'': the protagonists of Parts 4 and 8, both named Josuke Higashikata, are playable characters. The Japanese version of the game spells their names with different kanji, while the western version places a "4" and "8" at the end of their names to differentiate them by the Part they appear in.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games since ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', the individual, nondescript Trainers you fight all have unique names. While few of them share names ''exactly,'' you'll often run into two totally different Trainers with slight spelling variations in their names, such as an Allie and an Alli, or a Sean and a Shawn. This is at its most amusing in Platinum, where there's a Zackary (a Camper) and a Zachary (a Fisherman) on ''the same route''.
** Of course, somewhat realistically given the completely different settings, this happens quite frequently across different games. For example, in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue [=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]]]'' there's a Bug Catcher Colton, and in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' there's a Swimmer Colton.
** The Spanish translations of the game averted this twice: First in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', where two of the trainers who gave you their phone were called Ángel (The game called them "Ángel1" and "Ángel2".), and in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' [[TheHero Brendan]] was renamed "Bruno", just like the Elite Four Trainer, who kept his name in the Spanish version as in English and is even referenced in-game. At least the former was fixed on the UpdatedRerelease, where the second guy was simply renamed Ángelo, making one wonder why they didn't come with that the first time around.
** It was also rather close to being averted with a major character in the English version of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Platinum]]'' - the Frontier Brain Caitlin differs by just one letter from a generic trainer on Route 203, Kaitlin. Their Japanese names (Cattleya and Sayuri respectively) aren't similar.
** Typically a name used by a major character never gets reused in subsequent titles (to the point that Ace Trainer Ariana in ''Videogame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' was already changed to Moira in ''Pokémon Platinum'' due to the name being saved for a Rocket admin in ''Videogame/PokemonHeartGoldAndSoulSilver''), but names ''have'' slipped through; ''Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' has a Firebreather Bill (named after the original Pokemon Storage creator), and the Gen IV games have a Parasol Lady Sabrina (named after a Gen I Gym Leader.)
** This was also the reason why the 3rd Generation-introduced move called Comet Punch in Japanese had to be localized as 'Meteor Mash', because the English localizers had already used the name 'Comet Punch' for a 1st gen move. (Which was 'Consecutive Punch' in Japanese, but that would have broke the character limit) Unfortunately, this lost the implication that it was a punching move and thus boosted by Iron Fist. (Nothing with Iron Fist actually learns Meteor Mash, but that's beside the point.)
*** The same thing happened again in Gen 5 with Low Kick ("Kick Down" in Japanese) and Low Sweep ("Low Kick" in Japanese).
** In an example that reaches across the entire series, in Generation II, the seventh Gym Badge, called the Ice Badge in Japanese, was renamed Glacier Badge. But then the seventh badge in Generation IV was named Glacier Badge in Japanese, so it was changed to Icicle Badge. But then after ''that'', the seventh Badge (seeing a pattern yet?) in Generation V was named Icicle Badge in Japanese, so it had to be changed to Freeze Badge! Whew...
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' both the "leader" of Jade's children and TheQuisling share the same name: Fehn. [[AerithAndBob Since it seems to be a largely made-up name]], and since they're introduced by name within a few minutes of each other, it sticks out even more.
* Three instances in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series.
** John Morris (''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'') and his son Jonathan Morris (''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'').
** Aeon the time traveler (''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'') and Aeon the fat chef (''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''). Because both games released at the same time (and even had DS-Wii connectivity), some people were led to believe that Aeon in Ecclesia would be the time guardian from Judgment.
** And Elisabetha (Dracula's first love), Lisa (Dracula's second love and Alucard's mother), and Elizabeth (Dracula's niece and servant in ''Bloodlines'').
* In ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', there are several Alis, several Petes, several Jacks and also few Bobs, Sarahs, Brians and Charlies. There are few other repeating names too.
** Parodied with Alis and Petes. All Alis, for an example, come from Pollivneach and some don't like to be called Ali. For other names, the similarity is just a coincidence.
** And, while not exactly names but instead titles, the Mysterious Old Man, the Strange Old Man, the Weird Old Man, and the Odd Old Man. The Wise Old Man is a borderline, since his title isn't a synonym for "strange" and he does have a real name.
* ''EliteBeatAgents'' has Sofie Hudson the weather reporter and Sophie Keen the supermodel.
* In ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', the law hero's girlfriend is arrested when the government rounds up everyone with the same name as the heroine. One character wonders how many people with that name there can be.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', playable character Kanji Tatsumi shares a name with Tatsumi Port Island (the location of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''), which the characters visit at one point. In Japanese they're written with completely different characters that just happen to be pronounced the same way, but there's no distinction between them in the English version.
* In ''{{Ever17}}'': no two characters actually share the same name, but the names that the player initially knows them as can sometimes be one of several characters. [[spoiler:"You" could be either Youbiseiharukana Tanaka or Youbiseiakikana Tanaka, "Kid" could refer to Ryogo Kaburaki or Hokuto]].
** One example actually does exist, though it is a minor one. Takeshi Kurenari is the name of the main character, and shares his given name with the father of another character (Coco Yagami), although Takeshi Yagami is only mentioned in dialogue and never appears onscreen.
* Hakkar (the soulflayer, a serpentine troll god) and Hakkar (the houndmaster, a demon leader) in the ''WarCraft'' universe. Chris Metzen, the guy in charge of creative development, later apologized.
* The ''{{Overlord}}'' series currently has four different distinct characters named as such, due to EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep and that the Overlord is a LegacyCharacter.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', there are two [[MoonRabbit rabbits]] with the same surname, Reisen Udongein Inaba and Tewi Inaba. This is lampshaded in the spin-off comic ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth''.
** Later on when the Watatsuki sisters take another rabbit to replace Reisen, they rename her Reisen because the sisters were too lazy to learn her real name.
** Rin Kaenbyou shares name with a DummiedOut character of [=EoSD=], Rin Satsuki.
* Almost every ''FinalFantasy'' game has a character named "Cid". While the individual Cids that do not co-exist with other Cid in their own worlds are most likely something belonging to some other trope entirely, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' embraced this one by including 2 Cids: Al-Cid Magrace and Professor Cidolfus Demen Bunasa, Al-Cid and Cid for short respectively. As if that alone wasn't enough, in ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', Al-Cid makes a return, only to be in the same clan as an important character named Cid. That makes ''three'' Cids in the same Universe.
** Although a better example would be in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' where you have the bard Edward Chris von Muir, who is the Prince of Damcyan. Later on you, recruit the {{ninja}} Edward Geraldine, who goes by the alias of Edge. Did we mention he's the prince of Eblan? And then later they are both kings in the sequel. Now, if only there was a character named Ed, we could have a Ed, Edge, and Edward party...\\
Played straight in the Japanese versions where Edward is named Gilbert.
* In terms of [[CapcomVsWhatever Capcom crossovers]], ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' had [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} MOMO]] and Wonder Momo, and ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' has ViewtifulJoe and [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Joe the Condor]]. Incidentally, ''Tatsunoko VS Capcom'', while being the first Capcom crossover to feature Ken the Eagle, is the first one ''not'' to have [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken Masters]] (not even as a non-playable cameo).
** ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' features [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Phoenix]] and [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]].
** It may also be the main reason why ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' Ryu never appeared in any Capcom crossover. Despite Capcom showing some interest to test some waters with the series, there's no way that Ryu can compete with [[Franchise/{{StreetFighter}} the other Ryu]] on popularity.
* The Franchise/StreetFighter series itself has a "Juli" from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' (whose real name is "Julia") and a "Juri" from ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. The former's name was even misspelled "Juri" in ''SVC Chaos''.
** Then there's Mike from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' and the boxer from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', whose original name was Mike Bison (officially abbreviated to M. Bison). Since they're both black boxers with roughly similar designs, this has led to speculation as to whether they're the same character or not.
* This is the case in the original ''Backyard Baseball'' and ''Backyard Soccer''. After the pros first appear in the [[BackyardSports series]], the trope is averted.
* The Creator/ParadoxInteractive games ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' and ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis: Rome'' have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and only so many names in the random generator's database; justified, as medieval Europe and (especially) AncientRome averted this trope. ''Crusader Kings II'' even inverts the trope, as children have a high chance of specifically inheriting their names from their parents or grandparents (rather than simply getting the same name by chance from the database).
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' game series, there are ''four'' characters named Link (or [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever the player calls him]]) ''other than'' the LegacyCharacter heroes. Two of them are explicitly named for hero-Link (Darunia's son in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and a pig in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''), one is a cat that lives in the same village in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' implied to be, and the fourth (a goron in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'') is done as a gag (he has a reservation at an inn where the innkeeper has trouble remembering faces, so within the right time frame, hero-Link can claim his reserved room.)
** There have been several characters named "Fado" in the series. The only thing they have in common is living in a forest.
** ''Twilight Princess'' has a swordsman and resistance member called Rusl, while ''Spirit Tracks'' has the leader of the Hyrule Castle guards called Russell.
** Additionally every female born into the royal family has to be named Zelda, yes every single one.
** Don't forget [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Gully]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Gulley]]!
** (The) Link(s) himself/themselves may count, although not at the same time as one another unless he got ahold of the Four Sword. No Link is immortal, but another one is always born at the right time. In universe, they are referred to by specific titles instead of by name when there is a ContinuityNod. You'd think Ganondorf would seek out and destroy any guy named Link before they became a threat by now...
* Strongly averted in the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series: there are two James (Sunderland and Stone), two Frank (Sunderland and a man in the Arcade game whose last name isn't mentioned), two Eric (Walsch and Lake), two Sharon (Blake and [=DaSilva=]) and possibly more that I'm forgetting.
** There are (at least) two Dahlia's: one is Alessa Gillespie's mother (in ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' and ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins''), the other a girl you meet while looking for Alessa (in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories''). [[spoiler:It's possible they're actually (alternate versions of) the same person, though.]]
* There are quite a few examples of characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series sharing names. For example, Whiskey Bob in Klamath and [[strike:Herbert]] Bob the tree.
** Also, Vault 108 in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is populated entirely by Garys.
** ''Fallout 3'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' have multiple characters that share the same name. This is never pointed out in dialogue, and confusion is generally avoided due to some of the characters only appearing in the backstory or being known on a LastNameBasis.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' averts this trope with party member Wakka and semi-important NPC O'aka XXIII. It's so bad that, in the Blitzball Tournament plot point, you'd swear that the crowd was calling for that middle-aged shopkeeper you keep running into.
** Somewhat also referenced with Tidus's line, "It didn't even occur to me to think that the Auron Yuna was talking about... and the one I knew from Zanarkand could be two different people. I don't know why, but I knew it was the same guy. I knew it was the same Auron."
* Averted with Captain John Price and Sergeant (later Captain) John "Soap" [=MacTavish=] in ''Call of Duty 4: ModernWarfare'' and its sequel, although the latter's first name was never given in-game until ''[=MW3=]''.
** Several of the characters from ''Modern Warfare'' shared surnames with characters from the original ''CallOfDuty'' series. In turn, some of these were named after the developers. There are also a few randomly-named Marines in ''Call of Duty 4'' that share names with each other.
* In ''{{X-COM}}'', the names of your squad members are randomly generated each time you play, and can be customized. In the demo version, however, the names remain static. And in the demo version squad, you have Manfred Geisler and Manfred Unger.
* Averted in ''NoMoreHeroes'' with three characters named Jeane: Travis's long lost love, his cat (probably named after the former), [[spoiler:and a little girl in the real ending]].
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. In an entire packed mall hit by the ZombieApocalypse that it was being used as a shelter from, none of the survivors happen to have the same first name.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' in several ways:
*** One of the poker players is named Jessica, sharing the same name as one of the main characters in Dead Rising 1.
*** John Boog, Johnny James, and Jonathan Kilpatrick, who also goes by the nickname Johnny Pipes.
*** Left hand Lance and Lance Pennington.
*** Andy Talbat and Randy Tugman
*** Kris Bookmiller and Kristin Harris
*** Hell, One of the main characters, Raymond Sullivan, shares a name with Ray Teller. But this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since Raymond Sullivan is reffered to as "Sullivan" in every instance.
* Utterly averted in ''TheSims 2'', especially in Pleasantview, where there are two Brandis (Broke, a playable, and [=LeTourneau=], a Townie), two Townies named Orlando (Centowski and Bertino), two named Amin (Bear and Sims) and two Townies ''[[UpToEleven with the exact same full name]]'': Ivy Copur. This is because all Townies and [=NPCs=] have names generated from two relatively small lists.
* The ''Total Extreme Wrestling'' series has Jack Bruce and Jack Giedroyc on their roster.
* Averted in ''Hinatabokko,'' where both the player and another character are both named Natsuki. It doesn't help that the protagonist has no sprite, meaning that sometimes the only way to tell the Natsukis apart is the context and the fact that the protagonist-Natsuki has no voice.
* Due to being a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series tends to avert this, despite the individual properties used usually following it - this allows them to [[PlayingWithATrope Play With The Trope]] by having characters get confused about which [[{{Dancougar}} Mas]][[HadesProjectZeorymer ato]] or [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Meg]][[VoltesV umi]] someone is referring to. ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'' even has a scene where they point out several cases of shared names for laughs.
* While it never becomes an issue in-canon, when discussing ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' [[spoiler: you may have to specify whether you meant Sissel the protagonist/cat or Sissel the dead fiancee of Yomiel, who goes on to live in the new timeline.]]
* Franchise/TheElderScrolls series, with its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive amounts of named NPC's]], averts this trope beautifully. Given names tend to be recycled among members of the same sex and race ([[FridgeBrilliance which actually makes sense]] [[TruthInTelevision because we recycle names ourselves in real life]]), for example, "Alessia" is a common name amongst Imperial women. [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Names This appendix in UESP contains all the names in the Elder Scrolls.]]
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series normally follows this rule, but...
** There have been four (and counting) Jacobs in the series; ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' party member Jacob Taylor, the guy on life support from the "Lost Freighter" sidequest in the first game, Rebekah Petrovsky's late husband, and [[DeadGuyJunior her unborn son]], although the latter is more often called "Jake". One of BioWare's writers must like the name....
** Invoked in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' with James Vega, who was originally named James Sanders during development. The name was changed to avoid people thinking he was related to ExpandedUniverse character Kahlee Sanders. [[DevelopmentGag This is referenced in-game]] if you take James to the Grissom Academy mission and meet Kahlee--he mentions that his father had the last name Sanders ("no relation"). James' given name is the same as a "James" who served under Ashley Williams, whom she mentions in an e-mail to her sister. Ashley calls the party member "[[LastNameBasis Vega]]".
** Diana, the mother of Nef, one of [[SerialKiller Morinth's]] victims, shares a name with Diana Allers, the Alliance war correspondent from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' .
** The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series actually breaks this rule quite a bit. You've got David Anderson and David Archer, Gavin Hossle and Gavin Archer, Elias Keeler and Elias Kelham, and, of course, Steven Hackett and Steve Cortez.
** In ''1'' there's a gun called the Reaper. No relation to what the BigBad is. It's not even a particularly quality gun. A poetic title for one of the assignments, "Old, Unhappy, Far-Off Things" is from a poem called "The Solitary Reaper", which again has no relation. Unless you ''really'' stretch and go with the WildMassGuessing that [[spoiler: batarians have been Reaper-influenced for decades and the barbarous treatment they use on captives reflects that]].
** An easy-to-miss correlation of names comes with two very minor characters, Jona'Hazt (only ever mentioned) and Jona Sederis.
* In ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', there are two extras named Ian. No attention is brought to this, though the game distinguishes them by referring to the pirate as "One Eyed Ian" and the ghost simply as "Ian."
* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' has the protagonist, Vincent, caught in a romance between two girls named (wait for it) Katherine and Catherine. Coincidentally, the game has only one Steve.
* ''ShiningForce'' games love to recycle names. Not just common names like Max or Arthur, but also more oddball ones like Hig(g)ins[[note]]Higgins (two "[=Gs=]") is a Paladin in ''Shining Force II'', while Higins (one "G") is a Ninja in ''Shining Force Gaiden II''[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has an interesting example of a by-product of this: While Raine claims that [[spoiler:Mithos]] is a common male name the [[spoiler:"Mithos is THE Mithos"]] revelation is pretty transparent because you never actually meet anyone with that name other than him (and judging by Genis's reaction, the party didn't "off screen" either). A similar example is when Zelos becomes suspicious of Regal's identity and admits that he's wondering if he's "that Regal or not", he is, and you never meet anyone else with that name.
* In ''{{Dissidia}}'', there are two characters named Cloud - Cloud Strife, a [[{{Angst}} moody]], [[AnimeHair pointy-haired]] {{BFS}}-swinging TomatoInTheMirror hero, and Cloud of Darkness, an evil MsFanservice who wears basically a cape and a CensorSteam and shoots [[BeamSpam magic lasers]]. Generally, Cloud Strife is addressed as 'Cloud' and Cloud of Darkness's name isn't used at all.
* The original ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' has Billy Lee (the Player 1 character), Williams (an enemy {{mook}}) and Willy (the final boss, often [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Machine Gun Willy" to avoid confusion). All of them being variants of the name "William" (although "Williams" is technically a surname).
** While the first game featured a GiantMook named Abobo, ''Double Dragon II: The Revenge'' featured two other ones named Bolo and Abore, although the former looks exactly like Abobo, but with long hair (to the point that he is even listed as "Abobo" in the Mega Drive version).
** The arcade version of ''Double Dragon 3'' has a "Jim" as the first boss (not to be confused with Jimmy Lee, one of the heroes) and a "Li" as the second boss (who is unrelated to the Lee Brothers, despite being a BruceLeeClone like them). Then there's "S'''o'''nny" (the third Lee brother) and "S'''u'''nny" (the second Urquidez brother), two different characters with similar names.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' contains both Ali the Book Seller and Ali the Little Boy Ghost, with no apparent connection to each other.
* Princess Lucia in ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' is a different character from Lucia Collins in ''VideoGame/LunarDragonSong'', even though [[spoiler:both are goddesses]].
* Both averted and played straight in ''Pop n' Pop'', which has two characters named Bob and a third character who was originally called Bobby, but renamed Buddy.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', there are two Joes: B.D. Joe, a taxi driver from ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi''; and Joe Musashi, a ninja from ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}''. Both are always referred to by their full names.
* As mentioned in the pro wrestling section, WCW had several wrestlers named Rick. Their 1994 SuperNintendo game SuperBrawl Wrestling featured four of them (Flair, Steiner, Steamboat, and Rude). The strange thing about this is that it makes the game hard to date as the four men were never in the promotion at the same time. [[note]]. Steiner debuted in the company in 86 and left for the WWF in 92; he did not return until 96. Steamboat left of the WWF in 84; he returned briefly in 89, and permanently in November 91, staying until he retired in 94. Rude left for the WWF in 87 and returned in October 91; he stayed in the company until 1994. Flair left for the WWF in June 91 and returned in 93. [[/note]]
* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' franchise has two Templars named Otto. Ser Otto in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Origins]]'' is a well-meaning blind man investigating a haunting in the alienage. Ser Otto ''Alrik'' in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' dreams of magically lobotomizing every mage in Thedas, partly so he can sexually exploit them.
** ''Origins'' has both an offscreen town named Oswin and a minor character named Oswyn.
* VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam has an interesting example of this in the Battle Ring (with the same character being fought in different battles). There's Bowser X... who's fought alongside Antasma X, Bowser X (who's the X version of giant Bowser)... and they're both named the same as the secret BonusBoss from the last game in the series. This can make it pretty confusing if someone describes one as ThatOneBoss or something similar without saying what they're referring to.
* The VampireTheMasquerade video games avert this with ''Mercurio'' of all names. The Dark Ages vampire called Mercurio in [[VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption Redemption]] has nothing to do with the modern ghoul called Mercurio in [[VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Bloodlines]].
* Averted in ''RailroadTycoon'' thanks to {{Historical Domain Character}}s. Two of your potential opponents are the real life {{Railroad Baron}}s Jay Gould and Jay Cooke.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', there are two Edwards: Edward Teach, though he goes by Thatch and is better known as Blackbeard, and Edward Kenway, the playable ancestor.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' has a playable character from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]'' named Roy, and ''Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U'' has a playable character from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' who is ''also'' named Roy. The audience even has the same cheer ("Roy's our boy!") for the both of them. Also, [[VideoGame/MetalGear the Colonel]], who appears as a NonPlayerCharacter in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', is named Roy Campbell.
* Slightly parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. Your team gets to Nimbus Land, full of cloud-people. You are introduced to the long-lost-but-suddenly-returned Prince Mallow, who is... a giant bird. Your teammate Mallow, who is a cloud-person long separated from his parents, thinks the name similarity is a coincidence. (It's not, of course; Bird Mallow is an impostor named Dodo.)
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