- 0 0 0 This Comic Appears First Alphabetically has its main characters Bat and Bean, who are apparently supposed to be a bat and a walking bean with a face.
- Lampshaded in El Goonish Shive, though it's only used partially and only for some of the animal-people. The "brothers" of Grace, animalistic shape-shifters, are Guineas (a guinea pig), Hedge (a hedgehog) and Vlad (a bat... sorta). The kicker is when Elliot, temporarily transformed into a cat-person, is caught and interrogated by Damien.
Damien: Now, what is your name?
Elliot: Um, well, what with me being a cat and all... Cat?
Damien: All of you animal-people have horrible names.
- A character in Sinfest is a dog named Pooch. Monique lampshades the absurdity, furiously asking Pooch's owner if he'd name her "Girl".
- The robot from Zap!'s real name is XR-743-9Q. Zap can't remember it, so he redubs him to Robot.
- In Awful Hospital, Kidney Stone, who is a giant sapient kidney stone, though her name only appears in a supplemental file. She's more popularly known as Mother Pissrock by the webcomic's fans.
- In Rusty and Co., two of the main characters are a mimic named Mimic and a gelatinous cube named Gelatinous Cube.
- In Crazy Ghosts we get Ghost, who has no knowledge he is a Reality Warper and is also a Lecherous Old Man
- A non-animal version comes up in Schlock Mercenary, when Tagon asks Petey what the local inhabitants — whose water-covered planet they're orbiting — call their world, it comes out as "Wet". When Tagon comments that this isn't very imaginative, Petey replies that they compare favourably to the natives of "Earth".
- In Trying Human, a Grey alien is able to keep a pet dog with the interest of learning human customs. Although not explicitly called by name in the comic, it is referred to in the author's comments as Dog.
- Annie in Gunnerkrigg Court builds a robot in the very first chapter and starts calling him Robot. He does have a proper name, revealed later on, but the main characters keep calling him Robot (which can get somewhat confusing since there's a lot of other robots in the story).
- In No Rest for the Wicked, a boy named Boy.
- Dragobo is a parody of it. When he meets other Dragobos and tell them his name, they joke about it by calling him "THE Dragobo".
- Lampshaded in Brawl in the Family: Mario seeks the Toad named Toad, and the Yoshi named Yoshi. Mario finds the wrong Toad, and the wrong Yoshi.
"I'm not Toad! I'm just a Toad!... You got the wrong guy!"
- Discussed here in Dinosaur Comics.
- The main character of Commander Kitty is, unsurprisingly, a cat; more obscure is Nin Wah, whose name is taken from the Chinese for "red panda." On a grander scale, entire planets are named for their inhabiting species (or possibly vice versa): Cats come from Planet Cat, Gazelles come from Planet Gazelle, and so forth.
- Good Guy Comic features a guy named Guy.