Some completely uncreative owner has decided the family pet will be known as Dog. Or, perhaps, a similarly uncreative author names their feline character Kitty. Alternately, the creature in question does have a less Shaped Like Itself
name, but for whatever reason, Alice the Pig prefers to go as Piggy. Usually but not always applied to animals; robots imaginatively named Robot and the like are part of this trope, too. Remarkably common in children's shows, despite the obvious problems
it should theoretically cause.
One might show a touch more flair by naming something what it is in a foreign language
, like a lion named Leo. A common subversion is to name something it's not
, e.g. a dog named Platypus.
A subtrope of Shaped Like Itself
. Pokémon Speak
is a closely-related trope where something's named for the sound it makes. Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
is another closely-related trope where a character is only known by their job title. See also Species Surname
("Dog Smith" is A Dog Named Dog
, "Bob T. Dog" is Species Surname
, A Lizard Named Liz
. If the cast is full
of these, it's Animal Theme Naming
. If a character's species is named after the character's name, it's A Kind of One
Note that robots also have their own trope
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- Many of the lesser McDonaldland characters have names like this. The policeman whose giant head is made out of a Big Mac is named Big Mac, the bird is named Birdie, the orange juice tree is named the Orange Juice Tree, etc..
- The undead dog from The Amazing Screw-On Head is called... wait for it... Mr. Dog.
- Miyamoto Usagi of Usagi Yojimbo. This name is in Japanese order: "Usagi" (Japanese for "rabbit") is the given name.
- It also works as a Punny Name due to "usagi" having the same vowel placement as "Musashi".
- Peter Chimaera's Digimon Savez teh Wrold revolves around the adventures of a Digimon named Digimon. In his own words: "Auithors notel Digimon is a new Digimon because there is not actual Digimon that is called Digimon he is a new one that I invented"
- Inverted in Turnabout Storm. When Fluttershy hears Phoenix Wright's name, she jumps to the conclusion that he's an actual phoenix who's in his "shedding his feathers before bursting into flame" stage. Nick tries to correct her, but as Twilight Sparkle points out, at least this way Fluttershy is actually talking to him.
- The one-time character Monkey from Calvin & Hobbes: The Series.
- In the Supernatural fanfic "Castiel and Canis", Castiel has a dog named Canis.
- Once there was a band. They were called The Band.
- Inverted in the children's song "I've Got a Dog and my Dog's Name is Cat" by Barry Louis Polisar. (His cat's named Dog, too, and his bird and fish are respectively Fish and Bird.)
- Metallica is a borderline example, metallica being the Latin phrase for "of metal" (the name was to go for a fanzine of a friend of Lars Ulrich's way back in 1981, but he repurposed it for the band).
- The British band Fire has a song called "Father's Name was Dad."
- Tree the tree, companion of Gateway Championship Wrestling and St. Louis Anarchy's Johnny Greenpeace, which was of course a potted tree.