Awesome Mc Coolname: Film

Animated Films

  • From Disney's The Aristocats, there's Abraham DeLacey Guiseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley Cat. You can call him Thomas.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Manolo Sanchez. His first name means "God is with us".
    • Joaquin Mondragon. "Joaquin" is the abbreviation of the Hebrew name "Jehoichin" meaning 'Jehovah has established'. And of course Mondragon.
  • Cars:
    • Lightning McQueen as well as Finn McMissile and Leland Turbo in the sequel.
    • Torque Redline. Well, technically his name's Rod and 'Torque' is only a nickname, but come on, Torque Redline.
    • On the now defunct World of Cars Online RPG, there was a list of words you could put together for your car-actor's name, creating any awesome one from Axel Rocketfire to Storm Thunderwheel.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Flint Lockwood. Technically, this is left over from when his character was a suave, successful scientist.
  • Frozen: Hans's last name is Westergard.
  • The Lego Movie: Wyldstyle and Vitruvius.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Cobra Bubbles.
  • Vitani from The Lion King 2 with a little help of Bilingual Bonus. Her name is a melding of Suahilian "Vit" — "war" and "Shetani" - "demon".
    • To be fair, most of the characters from The Lion King fall under this trope.
  • Something about Surf's Up's "Cody Maverick" exudes "extreme sports legend". It's youthful, has the word "maverick" in it, and sounds smooth off the tongue.
  • Tangled: Flynn Rider. His real name is Eugene Fitzherbert, which still counts.
  • Toy Story: Buzz Lightyear. Maybe Woody Pride, too.

Live-Action Films

  • Jericho "Action" Jackson in Action Jackson.
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension has our eponymous hero, Buckaroo Banzai.
  • Will Smith's character in After Earth: Cypher Raige.
  • Inverted in Almost Famous, where Cameron Crowe (mull that name over in your head...) named his Author Avatar character "William Miller"; the DVD Commentary mentions this was a subtle Lampshade Hanging of the trope. However, there is a character called Penny Lane.
  • Several characters in Apocalypto, including Jaguar Paw, Zero Wolf, and Snake Ink.
  • From Get Shorty and its sequel Be Cool we get Chili Palmer.
  • The president in Big Game is called William Alan Moore.
  • Rocket Ray Tracy, Black Cloud, and White wolf from Black Cloud.
  • Black Dynamite. Played for Laughs, as this is apparently his real name. In one scene, a few neighborhood girls remark that both their mothers told them that "Black Dynamite" is the name of their father. Looking guilty, our hero asserts, "A lot of cats have that name..."
  • In Boogie Nights the main character changes his name to Dirk Diggler. That's just okay, but the name of his character (in the Kung Fu ... er ... something-em-up he wrote) is named Brock Landers. (His partner Reed Rothchild's character is the even better Chest Rockwell.)
  • Laurence Fishburne's character, Furious Styles, in Boyz n the Hood.
  • Captain Blood. The eponymous captain is a doctor-turned-pirate who also happens to be (somehow) an Irishman.
  • Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter has Kronos himself, and his assistant, Professor Hieronymous Grost.
  • John Matrix from Commando.
  • In the RiffTrax treatment of Daredevil, when Elektra initially refuses to tell Matt Murdoch her name, Mike Nelson fills in for her: "The name's Frigid McTurndown." Then, when Matt and Elektra start sparring, Bill Corbett adds, "Okay, I lied. The name's Stompy Von Asskick." When the character does reveal her full name (Elektra Natchios), they add "Electric Nachos?" Just can't win.
  • Deadpool has our titular nutjob finding Negasonic Teenage Warhead to be "the coolest name ever!"
  • The unlikely-named John Spartan and Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man.
  • James Woods' character in Diggstown is Gabriel Caine.
  • Parodied in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story:
    White Goodman: Allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Blade... Laser... Blazer...
  • "Donnie Darko? What the hell kind of name is that? It's like some sort of superhero or something."
  • Samuel L. Jackson gets one, "Mister Señor Love Daddy" in Do the Right Thing, as is his due.
  • In Down Periscope, the electricians name was "Nitro". But he was looking for a cool nickname — "What do you think of this ... Mike."
  • Ahnuld's name in End of Days is, in fact, Jericho Cane.
  • Snake Plissken in Escape from New York.
  • The cast of The Expendables and its sequel, including such greats as Lee Christmas, Toll Road, Hale Caesar, Yin Yang, Gunnar Jensen, Doctor Death, and Conrad Stonebanks.
  • Face/Off: Castor Troy and his brother Pollux are named for the Gemini of Greek mythology.
  • The Fifth Element: the main character is introduced saying his name: Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg.
  • Clear Rivers in Final Destination and its first sequel.
  • MST3K classic The Final Sacrifice had Zap Rowsdower.
  • One of the characters of Giant is named Jett Rink, which is made even cooler because he's played by James Dean (in his final role).
  • From Gladiator, the protagonist's name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Sounds like a serious individual and he is. The writers basically ignored Roman naming convention in creating it.
  • Godzilla is awesome enough, but even the King of the Monsters can be made to sound even cooler: SpaceGodzilla.
  • Ray Allen's character Jesus Shuttlesworth from He Got Game.
  • The Australian short film The House of Names revolves around two protagonists who spend all their time trying to think up something cool to change their names to.
  • Idiocracy Heavyweight President of the World: President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.
  • Indiana Jones.
    Henry Jones: That's his name. Henry Jones, Junior.
    Indiana Jones: I like Indiana.
    Henry Jones: We named the dog Indiana.
  • Most James Bond films have cool names, such as Jaws, Pussy Galore, and Goldfinger. Ironically, "James Bond" was chosen as a good spy name because it's so ordinary. Maybe once.
  • Jubilee has a lot: Amyl Nitrate, Crabs, Mad, Bod, Chaos, Angel and Sphinx.
  • Jupiter Ascending has Jupiter Jones, Caine Wise, and Stinger Apini.
  • In Jurassic World, the name Indominus rex, which was chosen deliberately as something scary but easy to pronounce.
    Claire: You should hear a four-year-old try to say "Archaeornithomimus".
  • Kill Bill has several of them, like Elle Driver, Vernita Green, Sophie Fatale, and Beatrix Kiddo isn't shabby, either. Also, Go-Go Yubari.
  • Trevor Reznick in The Machinist, an admitted riff on dark rock icon Trent Reznor.
  • The eponymous protagonist of Major Payne. His full name is Benson Winifred Payne, which isn't too great at all, but once he's joined the Marine Corps and attained the rank of Major...
  • Max Rockatansky from Mad Max, who was named such as a reference to physician and pathologist Carl von Rokitansky. As well as Imperator Furiosa and Immortan Joe from the most recent installment, Fury Road.
  • La Résistance and the people of Zion from The Matrix tend toward this, mainly to separate themselves from their former identities in the Matrix; having presumably chosen the names themselves at least partially justifies the trope. Even some native-born residents of Zion sport handles for names, like Tank and Dozer.
  • The titular Nemo Nobody in Mr. Nobody, who is the last mortal human after advances in medical technology have cured aging and decrepitude. "Nemo" also means nobody.
  • Mystery Men:
    • When Mr. Furious is asked his real name, he mumbles out "Phoenix... Dark... Dirk" before finally admitting it's really just "Roy."
    • The villain's name is equal parts cool and silly: Casanova Frankenstein. This isn't a name he assumes after becoming evil either.
  • Napoleon Dynamite.
  • Almost everyone in Now You See Me but J. Daniel Atlas and Jack Wilder are particularly cool and epic, even if the former is possibly a stage name.
  • In Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, character names such as Yancy Becket, Hermann Gotlieb, and Tendo Choi. Idris Elba plays Marshal Stacker Pentecost. Ron Perlman is Hannibal Chau (Invoked Trope; it's a mash-up of his favorite historical figure and his second favorite restaurant, he just picked the name because it sounded cool). Charlie Day is Newton Geizler. Charlie Hunnam is Raleigh Becket. The older Australian pilot is Hercules Hanson.
  • Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Say it out loud: John. RAMBO. This name oozes pure testosterone and has been widely adapted as a synonym for raging badass. It also helps that in Japanese (乱暴, rambou) it means violent, rough, lawless.. The character was named after a breed of apple which was, in turn, named after a Swedish-American immigrant.
  • The Rocky series is lousy with awesome names for his opponents. They include "Spider" Rico, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago, Tommy "The Machine" Gunn, and Mason "The Line" Dixon.
  • RiffRaff and Rocky Horror from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • R.O.T.O.R. has Barrett Coldyron, Detective Glorioso, Dr. Steele, and of course Detective Mango.
    Bill Corbett: 'Detective Mango?! Is this a Jimmy Buffett mystery?'
  • John Shaft, the eponymous private detective of Shaft.
  • In She Devil is a character, an overly developed, and quite healthy woman named Olivia Honey.
  • One of the main characters from Smoke Signals whose surname is Build-A-Fire. His grandmother is known as Grandma Builds-A-Fire.
  • Parodied in Southland Tales when The Rock (whose character is named "Boxer Santaros", as it happens) is describing a film role he wrote for himself, ending with, "His name... is Jericho Cain."
  • MST3K's riff on Space Mutiny has an absolute firestorm of these as nicknames for the hero, such as Gristle McThornbody and Big McLargeHuge. So many that a few of the others on this page are direct Shout Outs. The funniest is the last one; Bob Johnson.
  • Leslie Nielsen's secret agent parody Spy Hard had Agent WD-40: Dick Steele.
  • Junito Rocket Racer Rebel Cortez or Juni for short, from Spy Kids. Also, his sister, Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Costa-Brava Cortez.
  • In Star Wars: Luke's original surname was "Starkiller", but after a reworking of the character it was changed to Skywalker, which most people think is still pretty cool. Starkiller was later given to the player's character in the Force Unleashed video game. Many other characters have made-up names that some people find cool. Mace Windu, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and Darth Vader are a few of the most popular examples. Also "Death Star", "Star Destroyer", "Lightsaber", ...
  • In Superbad, Fogell gives himself the name "McLovin" on his fake ID. A cop says it "sounds like a sexy cheeseburger."
  • Inverted with Terminator Salvation, in which an actress with the Badass name of Korinna Moon Bloodgood plays an A-10 Warthog pilot with the boring name of Blair Williams.
  • Han Solo Berger in That's My Boy. No one can figure out why he uses the name Todd Peterson for his profession.
  • The B-scifi movie Trancers, and its many sequels, revolve around a time-traveling future cop by the name of Jack Deth. In a subversion, everyone he meets outside of his own time period mocks his name relentlessly.
  • The quarterback in Varsity Blues, Lance Harbor.
  • While many Germanic names sound this way to the English-speaking ear, Wolf Helius from Fritz Lang's film The Woman in the Moon probably qualifies.
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno
    Zack: What's your name?
    Lester: Lester... Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.
    Zack: Wow. That's a great porn name.
    Lester: I get to pick a porn name?... Then I want to be called... Pete Jones.
  • Derek Zoolander. Whose name is infact a parody of real-life male model Mark Vanderloo. The original title for the film was actually Zanderloo, before flipping it around. Vanderloo is incidentally the facial model for the default male Commander Shepard from Mass Effect.