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  • Idiocracy Heavyweight President of the World: President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.
  • Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • RiffRaff and Rocky Horror from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 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.
  • Snake Plissken in Escape from New York.note 
  • "Donnie Darko? What the hell kind of name is that? It's like some sort of superhero or something."
  • In Mystery Men, when Mr. Furious is asked his real name, he gets 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.
  • 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.
  • 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", ...
  • MST3K classic The Final Sacrifice had Zap Rowsdower.
  • 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.
  • Ray Allen's character Jesus Shuttlesworth from He Got Game.
  • Laurence Fishburne's character, Furious Styles, in Boyz n the Hood.
  • 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.
  • Trevor Reznick in The Machinist, an admitted riff on dark rock icon Trent Reznor.
  • Buckaroo Banzai.
  • Captain Blood. The eponymous captain is a doctor-turned-pirate who also happens to be (somehow) an Irishman.
  • Parodied in Southland Tales when The Rock (whose character is named "Boxer", as it happens) is describing a film role he wrote for himself, ending with, "His name... is Jericho Cain."
  • Ahnuld's name in End of Days is, in fact, Jericho Cane.
  • James Woods' character in Diggstown is Gabriel Caine.
  • Rocket Ray Tracy, Black Cloud, and White wolf from Black Cloud.
  • John Shaft, the eponymous private detective of Shaft.
  • In Superbad, Fogell gives himself the name "McLovin" on his fake ID. A cop says it "sounds like a sexy cheeseburger." They also believe it and become friends with him. Until The Reveal that they were just playing along to try to give him role models he never had.
  • The quarterback in Varsity Blues, Lance Harbor.
  • 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.
  • The Fifth ElementJean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg.
  • Napoleon Dynamite.
  • 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.
  • Both Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off. Castor and his brother Pollux are named for the Gemini of Greek mythology.
  • Parodied in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story:
    White Goodman: Allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Blade... Laser... Blazer...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • The B-scifi movie Trancers, and its many sequels, revolve around a time-travelling 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 unlikely-named John Spartan and Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man.
  • 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...
  • 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..."
  • Clear Rivers in Final Destination and its first sequel.
  • 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.
  • The titular Nemo Nobody in Mr Nobody, who is the last mortal human after advances in medical technology have cured aging and decrepitude.
  • Kill Bill has several of them, like Elle Driver, Vernita Green, Sophie Fatale and Beatrix Kiddo isn't shabby either. Also Go-Go Yubari.
  • One of the main characters from Smoke Signals whose surname is Build-A-Fire. His grandmother is known as Grandma Builds-A-Fire.
  • In She Devil is a character, an overly developed, and quite healthy woman named Olivia Honey.
  • 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.
  • In Down Periscope, the electricians name was "Nitro". But he was looking for a cool nickname - "What do you think of this ... Mike"
  • Junito Rocket Racer Rebel Cortez or Juni for short, from Spy Kids.
    • What about his sister, Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Costa-Brava Cortez?
  • Jericho "Action" Jackson in Action Jackson.
  • Samuel L. Jackson gets one, "Mister Señor Love Daddy" in Do the Right Thing, as is his due.
  • Leslie Nielsen's secret agent parody Spy Hard had Agent WD-40: Dick Steele
  • 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. Charlie Day is Newton Geizler. Charlie Hunnam is Raleigh Becket. The older Australian pilot is Hercules Hanson.
    • To be fair, Hannibal Chau is not the characters real name. He took it because he thought it sounded cool
    • And that's before we get into the names of the jaegers themselves:
      • Brawler Yukon (USA)
      • Cherno Alpha (Russia)
      • Chrome Brutus (Canada)
      • Coyote Tango (Japan)
      • Crimson Typhoon (China)
      • Diablo Intercept (Chile)
      • Echo Saber
      • Eden Assassin (Russia)
      • Gipsy Danger (USA)
      • Horizon Brave (China)
      • Hydra Corinthian
      • Mammoth Apostle
      • Matador Fury (Mexico)
      • Nova Hyperion
      • Puma Real (Panama)
      • Romeo Blue (USA)
      • Shaolin Rogue (China)
      • Solar Prophet (Peru)
      • Striker Eureka (Australia)
      • Tacit Ronin (Japan)
      • Vulcan Specter (Australia)
      • And the name of the Kajius, "Trespasser", "Dengue", "Slattern", "Raiju" (literally "Lightning Monster"), "Onibaba" ("Grandmother Ogre") "Knifehead", "Leatherback", "Otachi", "Scissure", "Kaiceph", "Verociter", "Karloff", "Belobog" "Tresspasser", and "Scunner".
    • Heck, Every single name in the movie is awesome.
  • From Gladiator, the protagonist's name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Sounds like a serious individual and he is.
    • What it isn't is an authentic Roman name; 'Maximus' is a cognomen (last name); 'Decimus' on the other hand is a praenomen (first name) what the heck 'Meridius' is supposed to be is beyond me; what it is not is a Roman gentilical (Family)name.
  • Han Solo Berger in That's My Boy. No one can figure out why he uses the name Todd Peterson for his profession.
  • 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).
  • Several characters in Apocalypto, including Jaguar Paw, Zero Wolf, and Snake Ink.
  • The cast of The Expendables and its sequel, including such greats as Lee Christmas, Toll Road, Hale Caesar, Yin Yang, and Gunnar Jensen.
  • From Get Shorty and its sequel Be Cool we get Chili Palmer.
  • Will Smith's character in After Earth: Cypher Raige.
  • 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.
  • Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter has Kronos himself, and his assistant, Professor Hieronymous Grost.
  • Indiana Jones.
    Henry Jones: That's his name. Henry Jones, Junior.
    Indiana Jones: I like Indiana.
    Henry Jones: We named the dog Indiana.
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