A Dog Named Dog / Web Comics

  • 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., the main characters are a mimic named Mimic (actually Boxford), a gelatinous cube named Gelatinous Cube, and a rust monster named Rusty. When Mimic's real name is mentioned, and he lampshades how silly it would be for him to actually be named "Mimic", Kris points out that he knew a human named Manny and a guy named Guy, which he considers equivalent.
  • In Crazy Ghosts we get Ghost, who has no knowledge he is a Reality Warper and is also a Dirty 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, Hue had a pet dog (that was accidentally abducted along with a pair of hippies). He never calls his pet anything else but 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 "Tails of the Mynarski Forest" the vixen is named "Liska" (Czech for 'fox') http://mynarskiforest.purrsia.com/xsl97_07.htm
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, a boy named Boy.
  • Dragobo from RPG World 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.
  • In Leftover Soup, the commentary in comic #209 reveals that the name of one of Max's 7 cats is Dog.
  • In Alice and the Nightmare, the bipedal, talking rabbits serving Rougina are only ever referred to as Rabbits.
  • Karen Park in But I'm a Cat Person gave her Being, the Bear, the straightforward name "Cub".
  • White Dark Life: At first a name like Entegra Whidoe seems more like a case of Meaningful Name since the character is a black widow. But remove the first "E" and "T" from her first name turns it into Negra(Black) Widow.
  • The endlessly creative Kleya Smith created a Cat Girl character for the Game, naming her Kat. Several other characters imply that she's not the first one to use that particular combination either.
  • Ask a Cat has Cat and Mouse.
  • In The Bird Feeder, the first robin of spring is named Robin. Amazingly, as is revealed in #226, "Names," people still tend to get the name wrong.
  • The Fuzzy Princess has a bear named Kuma, which is Japanese for "bear".
    • Subverted with Princess Kat, however; it's short for Katrina.
  • Furry Experience has a cat named Cat, to her roommates' initial shock...only to be subverted the following strip to have her explain that it's short for Catherine.

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