Alphabetical Theme Naming

Aquata: It's got my initial on it.
Attina: All of our names start with "A", Aquata.

A very common and easy to spot form of Theme Naming is the use of common or similar letters, or patterns of letters. This includes such things as names which begin or end with the same letter, names in alphabetical order, and rhyming names.

Compare Alliterative Family, Theme Initials, Theme Twin Naming, and Letter Motif.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • It might be a coincidence, but in Ano Ko ni Kisu to Shirayuri wo, with Shiramine Ayaka and Kurosawa Yurine, Ayaka has a surname ending in [ine] and a given name ending in [a], while Yurine has a surname ending in [a] and a first name ending in [ine]. So you could say their very names highlight their paradoxical dynamic.
  • ARIA has all main characters' names start with 'A', like Akari, Athena, and Aika. That there are both an Alicia and an Alice only adds to the confusion—and Akari often gets mixed up with Akira.
  • In Bakuman。, the Azuki family, or at least the women, (Miyuki, Miho and Mina), have names that begin with "mi".
  • In Beelzebub, each Pillar General of the Behemoth's 34 Pillar Division is named after the 24 letters of the Alphabet of Angels, with their numbers corresponding to their positions on the list. That means from A to Z (J and U are missing): Agiel, Belah, Chemor, Din, Elim, Fabas, Graphel, Hecadoth, Iah, Kne, Labed, Mehod, Nebak, Odonel, Pamiel, Quedbaschemod, Relah, Schethalim, Tiriel, Vabam, Wasboga, Xoblah, Yshiel, Zela.
  • In Bleach, virtually all the Arrancar have double letters in their names. Example: Yylfordt, Cirucci, Nnoitra, Grimmjow, Luppi, Zommari...
  • The main characters of Death Note go by Kira, L, Mello and Near.
  • In Elfen Lied, Mariko's clones are Alicia, Barbara, Cynthia and Diana.
  • The Black Siblings' names in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann all start with ki: Kittan, Kiyoh, Kinon, and Kiyal. If you flip them, you get emotions or states of mind: tanki means quick temper, youki means cheerfulness, nonki means various things including carefree and optimistic and yaruki means willingness.
  • Satoko and Satoshi from Higurashi: When They Cry. Those names are also considered gender parallels.
  • In InuYasha, most of the women have names that start with 'K': Kikyo, Kaede, Kagome, Kagura, Kanna, etc.
  • The Joestar family in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure have forenames that that allow the nickname 'JoJo'. Such as Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, Jolyne Kujo... Part 5 has Giorno Giovanna, which looks like a subversion, but the syllable "gio" is pronounced "jo".
    • Josuke Higashikata similarly seems out of place at first, but the suke part of his name can also be read as Jo.
  • Kamichama Karin. It's easiest just to provide a chart.
  • The eight main characters of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki have names that end with "ka": Kyouka, Gekka, Yuka, Ginka, Teika, and Hyouka, Ouka and Chika.
  • Several members of the Cloud Village in Naruto have names that can be pronounced as letters - A the Raikage, B the Hachibi's Jinchuuriki, C, and J.
  • Three minor characters in Ojamajo Doremi are known as the SOS trio, from their names: Sagawa, Oota and Sugiyama. The 4Kids version kept this with Simon, Oliver, and Stewart.
  • A-ko, B-ko and C-ko in Project A-Ko
  • The names of the protagonist characters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise (as in, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu Gi Oh Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V) have the kanji '遊' (yuu), meaning 'play'. Sort of counts as a title drop for Yuugi ("yuugiou" means 'king of games'). Judai Yuuki is the odd name out for having it on his last name. Arc-V has gone a step further with counterparts to the protagonist who all share the "Yuu" syllable but not the kanji, prompting many people to joke that they're going to run out of names soon.
  • In Yuyushiki, the three main characters' given names all start with "Yu." This has been highlighted in the opening.

    Comic Books 
  • Most of the names in Astérix have the same ending, usually different for each culture the characters are from:
    • All Gauls and most other characters from Celtic peoples (such as some Caledonians, Helvetians, etc.) have names ending in '-ix' - Asterix, Obelix, McAnix, Fulliautomatix and so on.
    • Briton chief names end in '-os' (Mykingdomforanos) and '-ax' for normal-ranking Britons (Dipsomaniax, Anticlimax, Notax, Hiphiphurrax)
    • Roman names end in '-us' - Cactus, Hippopotamus, Tremensdelirious, Squareonthehypothenus, Detritus...
    • Greek and Phoenixian names end in either '-us', '-es' or '-os'.
    • Most women, regardless of nationality, have names ending in '-a' - Falballa, Bacteria, Influenza… (in the English translation - the French version had a female character named Fanziné who had to be changed to "Melodrama" to preserve this theme). Indian women's names end in '-ade'. In the original French, Gaulish women usually have names ending in -ine (Bonnemine, Iellosubmarine).
    • Norse names end in '-ssen' - Huntingseassen, Haruldwilssen, Herendthelessen...
    • Norman names all end in '-af', as mentioned in the Theme Naming page quote.
    • Judeans have real Old Testament-type first names, and last names that are puns off 'Ben-' - Joshua Ben Zedrin, Saul Ben Efishul. The exception is Samson Alius, who uses a more Roman-sounding last name for professional reasons, and his real last name is a ridiculous portmanteau of stereotypical Ashkenazi names.
    • Iberians get a pair of Spanish words joined up with a 'y' and end with "-on" - Huevos y Bacon.
    • Egyptians are the only ethnicity that lack a theme like this. They just get As Long as It Sounds Foreign names, like Krukhut, Edifis and Ptenisnet. In French they end in is: Misenplis, Courdetenis.
    • These suffixes are so interchangeable that when characters are lying about which group they belong to, all they do is change the suffix of their name. For instance, when the Roman spy Caligula Minus is disguising himself as a Gaul, he introduces himself as Caligulaminix, and when Asterix and Obelix are disguised as Romans, they introduce themselves as Asterus and Obelus.
  • Dennis the Menace has a dog called Gnasher. He later acquired a pet pig, and went for the obvious gag of Rasher. Since then we've seen his pet frog, Splasher, and his pet spider, Dasher. Meanwhile, Gnasher has a son named Gnipper and daughters named Gnora, Gnancy, Gniamh, and Gnatasha.
  • The three Abrafaxe from the German magazine Mosaik have names that all end in -ax and begin with A, B and C, respectively: Abrax, Brabax, and Califax. Their distaff counterparts end in -a: Anna, Bella, and Caramella.
  • In The Sandman, all the Endless have names that start with D — Dream, Death, Desire, Destruction, Destiny, Delirium (formerly Delight), and Despair.
    • And again in the Marvel parody/homage that appeared in Peter David's Captain Marvel - The Seven Friendless had names beginning with E - Empathy, Enmity, Entropy, Epiphany, Eternity, Eulogy, Expediency .
  • A lot of Stan Lee's characters have alliterative names. Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Steven Strange, Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Scott Summers, Matt Murdoch, and more.
  • A classic Strontium Dog story featured a trio of necromancers named Malak, Karnak, and Hebrak.

    Fan Fic 

    Film — Animated 
  • Utilized in the Dr. Seuss movie Halloween is Grinch Night with the Who family of Josiah, Mariah, and Uchariah (unrelated to the "homeschooled" family on Saturday Night Live's recent season premier)
  • The seven daughters of Triton in The Little Mermaid — Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana, and Ariel. Note that Ariel's name begins with A, but doesn't end with it.

    Film — Live Action 

  • Arthurian myth has quite its share, including the four sons of Lot (Gawaine, Gaheris, Agravaine, Gareth; their younger half brother Mordred is the Odd Name Out), the Chromatic Knights (Percard, Perimones, Persant, Pertelope), the clan of Grail Kings (Pellas, Pelham, and their distant cousin King Pellinore).
  • The Belgariad uses certain syllables in parts of both person names and place names. For instance, disciples of Aldur start with 'Bel' for a male or 'Pol' for a woman, all Dryad names start with 'X', all Tolnedran cities start with 'Tol' and their emperors start with 'Ran', all Arendish cities start with 'Vo', and so on.
  • In The Bible and other religious texts, most of the big player angels have names that end in "el". Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, etc. Similarly, one of the names of God is Elohim. This is because "El" means "God" in Hebrew.
  • In the Bridgerton series of historical romance novels, the titular Bridgerton siblings are named in alphabetical order. Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth.
  • All dragons in the Dragonriders of Pern books have names that end in th — Ramoth, Ruth, Faranth, etc.
  • Harry Dresden seems to be surrounded by the letter "M". Morgan, Murphy, Michael, Mouse, Mister, Mab, Maeve, Mac, Margaret, Malcom, Mavra, Molly and Martin are all either currently major characters or were the focus of a book. It might just be an inevitable consequence of having Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • The names of the princesses in Entwined alphabetically denote their birth order: Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Primrose Eve, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and Lily.
  • In Fattypuffs & Thinifers, all Thinifers have names ending in -ifer, and all Fattypuffs (with the exception of Professor Ramfatty) have names ending in -puff.
  • In Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews, the Dollanganger children are named: Christopher, Cathy, Cory and Carrie. Their parents are Chris Sr. and Corrine.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The Dumbledore siblings: Albus, Aberforth and Ariana.
    • The Ollivander family: the current one is Garrick, the son of Gervaise, the son of Gerbold, descended from the great wand maker Geraint.
    • The codenames of the Order of the Phoenix members who broadcast on Potterwatch. There's River (Lee Jordan), Royal (Kingsley Shacklebolt), Romulus (Remus Lupin) and Rodent (Fred Weasley, who insists on going by Rapier).
  • Among the general trend to Theme Family Naming in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth: The rhyming names of the Dwarves in The Hobbit (Óin and Glóin, Fíli and Kíli, etc.) as well as Bilbo's mother and her sisters: Belladonna, Mirabella, and Donnamira.
    • The dwarf names came from Norse mythology and are listed in the Poetic Edda: starting at Verse 10 here. They rhyme because they come from an epic poem.
      • J. R. R. Tolkien loved this trope. Most of the half-elves had names that start with El (Elrond, Elros, Elladan); Aragorn was the last in a line of twenty-five men whose names started with Ar; most of the Haladin have names starting with Ha; all the male Beorites start with a B; Húrin and Huor (brothers) had sons named Túrin and Tuor. The "Ar" means "I AM SO TOO the rightful King of Arnor!", the "El" usually meant "star" or "elf"; I don't know if any of the other themes are justified as anything but a family identifier.
  • In the Honor Harrington series, Big Bad Albrecht Dettweiler's sons don't merely fill the next several ranks below him before you get to a high ranking Mesan NOT named Detweiler. The don't just happen to "coincidentally" look exactly like him. What's really impressive is that their names are Benjamin, Collin, Daniel, Everett, Franklin, and Gervais. Subtle...
  • In The Last Dragon Chronicles, all dragons' names begin with "G." Up to and including, Godith herself. In Fire World, all the Firebird's true names begin with an A.
  • In the Left Behind series, the three fallen angelics are named in alphabetical order: Ashtaroth, Baal, and Cankerworm.
  • In The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, each member of the revolution has a code name determined by their rank, starting at the top with Adam Selene.
  • All the men in the Carter family in Robert A. Heinlein's The Number of the Beast have names starting with Z, as it was part of the will of an eccentric ancestor. If they don't have a Z-name, no inheritance for them.
  • In Oliver Twist, the orphans when they were found were given a name from the next letter of the alphabet (ie. Oliver (Twist) was proceeded by a Swubble and followed by an Unwin, followed by a Vilkins and so on), with their last name related to place they were found.
  • In David Drake's RCN series, Alliance destroyers mostly have alphanumeric designators which usually begin with "Z".
  • In Cory Doctorow's Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, the protagonist and his six brothers have names beginning with the letters A through G respectively. The twist is that none of them actually has just one name; instead, each one will answer to pretty much any male name that starts with the appropriate letter.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the predominant names for Freys are Walder for boys and Walda for girls; Wyman Manderly has sons Wylis and Wendel and grand-daughters Wynafryd and Wylla. While they have some variety in names otherwise, the Lannisters seem to favor Ty names- Tywin, Tyrion, Tygett, and Tyrek.
  • The mother in Ten Kids, No Pets named her kids alphabetically, but in a system. The first kid got the first name mentioned under A in her baby name book, the second kid got the second B name in the book, etc, etc. (The kids reversed this naming system when they finally got a pet, starting in the Z's.)
  • A The Witcher book mentions extremely annoying royal quadruplets named Putzi, Gritzi, Mitzi and Juan Pablo Wassermiller.
  • The Years of Rice and Salt helps us keep track of the main characters across their various reincarnations by keeping the first letter of their names the same.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Charmed ones: Prue, Piper, Phoebe and later on Paige.
    • And in the eighth season, the Triad members Asmodeus, Baliel and Candor, with the demon Dumain at their service. No wonder they didn't want the demon Xar among them...
  • On Home Improvement, Al's brother is named Cal and his mother is named Alma. Also, Wilson Wilson's niece is named Willow Wilson and it is once mentioned that his relatives include Wilbur, Wilhemina, Wilford, Willard, and Wilma.
  • Lost has a number of anagrammatical names like Ethan Rom (Other Man), Mittelos (Lost Time), Henry Gale/Minnesota (See Another Man Lying, Hoffs/Drawler (Flashforward). It was one of the buildings in the background of Through the Looking Glass. And, yes, I am a Lost freak but these were actually Word of God too!
  • Mash did this with the "background" nurses during the course of the series, nurses Able, Baker and Charlie (though the last one was never actually referred to by name on camera, only named in the credits). The reason for these names came from the old Army radio alphabet (later replaced with the NATO radio alphabet), using Able for A, Baker for B, and Charlie for C. Most people know the words for the letters W, T and F
    • Kellye Nakahara (who played Nurse Kelleye, what an amazing coincidence), started off as one of the nurse Charlies, then became an ascended extra and given her own part.
  • In Once Upon a Time, the Giant brothers' names all start with the letter A: Abraham, Arlo, Argyle, Andre, and Anton.
  • QI episode names follow this trope. Each series corresponds to one letter of the alphabet (the first series being "A", the second "B", and so on; the upcoming series is "J"), and each episode name starts with the series letter (series "D", for example, featured episodes called "Danger", "Divination", and "Drinks", for example).
  • In the Screwed by the Network show Wonderfalls, the names of the Tyler family are Darrin, Karen, Sharon, Aaron, and the main character...Jaye (Tomboyish Odd Name Out).

  • Asia has several of their album titles be single words that begin and end with the letter A — Asia, Alpha, Astra, Aqua, Aria, Arena, Archiva (Vol. 1 and 2), and Aura, plus their live album America and the compilation album Anthologia.
  • Morbid Angel's albums follows alphabetical order. Altars Of Madness, Blessed Are The Sick, Covenant, Domination, Entangled In Chaos, Formulas Fatal To The Flesh, Gateways To Annihilation, Heretic and Illud Divinum Insanus.
  • All of the Crypton VOCALOIDs with full names have surnames ending in the character 音, which means "sound" or "(musical) note" and is read as ne in this context: Hatsune Miku (初ミク), Megurine Luka (巡ルカ), Kagamine Rin and Len (鏡リン・レン), to name a few examples.
  • John Zorn's albums with the band Masada are titled after the first ten letters of the Hebrew alphabet: Alef, Beit, Gimel, Dalet, Hei, Vav, Zayin, Het, Tet and Yod – and contained compositions with Hebrew titles.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Synchro Monsters are named with the phonetic pronunciation of a Greek letter and have bodies resembling that letter ("Vylon Epsilon", "Vylon Sigma", "Vylon Omega"), or something in their bodies that resembles that letter ("Vylon Alpha" and "Vylon Delta"). The Xyz Monster of this group is named after an archaic Greek letter.

  • The Pontipees in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers have biblical names in alphabetical order: Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank(incense), and Gideon with the pattern continued by Adam and Milly's daughter, Hannah.

    Video Games 
  • A subtle one—in Ace Attorney Investigations the countries of Allebahst and Babahl have formed from a schism in Cohdopia.
  • beatmania IIDX: Gold had all but one artist add a "-G" to their name (Risk Junk-G, L.E.D.-G...).
  • BlazBlue has several names from the Greek alphabet. There's μ-12 (mu), Nu-13, and Taokaka (Tau).
  • The wise men in the Japanese version of Chrono Trigger were named Bash, Mash and Gash.
    • In the English version they are Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, the traditional names of the Three Wise Men.
  • In Dark Ball 2 - Kharma, the bosses' names begin with Kh.
  • Dawn of War II: Your fellow Blood Raven Space Marine squad leaders mostly seem to have names ending with "-us" (Tarkus, Thaddeus, Cyrus, Avitus, Martellus).
  • The characters of Deadly Premonition are named alphabetically. The game begins when the murder of Anna brings York and Zach to Greenvale, and the suspects' names run through all the letters between.
  • Devil Survivor brings us the "Bel" demons: Beldr, Belial, Jezebel, and so and and so forth. There's also the main character, who turns out to be a reincarnation of the Biblical Abel.
  • In Donkey Kong Country (and the rest of the Donkey Kong series), most, if not all of the Kremlings have names beginning with a K, as does much of their technology, many of the bosses, and many of the locations controlled by them. The names are usually alliterative too, giving you multiple words in each name beginning with a K. The K is also used to replace C in these cases.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts series, the members of Organization XIII each have an "X" in their name. Not only this, but their names are a letter-scrambled version of the names they used to have when they were complete humans, with an "X" added in their somewhere.
    • The exceptions to the latter being Naminé and Xion, both of whom are unusual.
      • Xion still sort of fits as her original name was No.i.
  • The Legend of Zelda series has a father and daughter named Marin and Tarin, and another, similar pair named Malon and Talon.
  • In the dating game at the very beginning of Leisure Suit Larry 6, the female contestants all have names that start with Charla, like Charla Magne and Charla Tan.
  • All the Boos in Luigi's Mansion and its sequel are punny names based on words with 'Boo' added to them.
  • Fawful's minions in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story have some part of their original name replaced with part of Fawful's (Grasshopper- Fawflopper, Crocodile- Crawful, Monty Mole- Mawful Mole, Chain Chomp- Chain Chawful, etc)
  • In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, all the enemies and things have 'Shroob' added to their name and purple alien redesigns. Tashroomba, Shroobsworth, Yoob...
  • You meet three Prothean VIs through the three Mass Effect games (well, you meet two and see another one in some flashbacks). Their names are Vigil, Vendetta and Victory.
  • The names of the traditional 8 Bosses of Mega Man ZX starts with a letter corresponding to the Biometal/Livemetal they possess. Ex.: Hivolt the Raptoroid uses the Biometal Model H, Lurerre the Abyssroid with Model L, etc.
  • All the Toads from the first Paper Mario's last names are the letter "T". Their first names and last names form words relating to thier lines of work (eg. Tayce T. the cook. Russ T. the professor).
    • The goombas in the Goomba family were named Goombario, Goombaria, Goompapa, Goomama, Gooma and Goompa.
    • All dragons in the Paper Mario subseries have the word 'tail' as the second parts of their names.
  • Pac-Man's ghosts were named Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (or Sue). Additionally, in the original Japanese Puck-Man, the ghosts had alternate nicknames of Macky, Micky, Mucky, and Mocky.
  • The regions in the main series of Pokémon video games' regions all contain an O, specifically one that would be rendered as ō when romanized in Hepburn - Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. This was averted with Isshu. However, its English name is Unova. This also sometimes occurs in the spin-offs, such as Orre or Oblivia. In Generation III, everyone who wasn't a Grunt had a name that matched their team, meaning that Team Aqua is led by Archie and Team Magma is lead by Maxie.
  • There is a The Sims 2 challenge that involves having 26 generations, no cheats, and naming each generation after a letter.
  • Suikoden Tierkreis has the five Porpo-kin Namna, Nemne, Nimni, Nomno, and Numnu.
  • The resident redshirts of the Gears of War games are the Carmine brothers; Anthony in the first game, Benjamin in the second, and Clayton in the third. Word of God states that there is a fourth Carmine brother, though it has never stated if his name starts with a D.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Hedgehogs (Sonic, Shadow, Silver, etc) tend to have S names, Amy being the Odd Name Out.
    • All of Sonic R's courses begin with R.
  • VVVVVV. Every member of your crew starts their name with the same letter. Go on, guess which one.
  • In World of Warcraft, dragons typically have names that end the same way for males and females of a certain flight. For example, blue dragons' names end with "-gos" for males and "-gosa" for males.
  • The Xenon in the X-Universe use simple letters to designate the scale of their ships; the "I" multi-mile long super-destroyer is the largest, while the "N" is a tiny Space Fighter. The large "P" and "Q" ships avert the trend, being recent designs that began to appear after the appearance of corvettes and frigates (respectively) in the navies of the Commonwealth races.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey mixes this with Stellar Name. The many levels in the game are named after Constellations, ordered alphabetically (Antlia, Bootes, Carina and so on)

    Web Comics 
  • In Allen The Alien, the character's names (including the aliens' "human" names) are in alphabetical order (not necessarily in chronological introduction order, though). Allen, Bonnie, Chad, David, Elanis.
  • Final Enter has Aleph ,baa' and jeem three guardians named after the first three letters of arabic language.
  • All the FreakAngels were born at the exact same time in a small English village, look more alike than they ought to, and all have the "K" or hard "C" sound somewhere in their name.
  • The demons from Godquest each have a name beginning with a letter. To accentuate this, their initials are bolded and colored with their aura (for example, Heral).
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Gamma and Zeta (Zimmy) are named for Greek letters.
  • All the protagonists in Homestuck have (or had in one case) chat handles that are some combination of the initials GATC, as in DNA. A character introduced later has a chat handle with the initials UU, for Uracil, which is in RNA.
  • The three peanut butter monsters in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! are Molly, Golly (short for Galatea), and Jolly (short for Djaliana).
  • With the exception of Don Donald Anderson, the gangsters in Jack's "Frigid McThunderbones" arc are all called Bennie the "blank", such as Bennie the Poof, or Bennie the Prick, or Bennie the Large Animated Talking Penis.
    • Two of the main protagonists and their alternate universe counterparts, and one of the main villains all have names beginning with J; John is the Protagonist, Jade is his best friend and sister, Jack was for a time the Big Bad, and Jane and Jake are alternate versions of John and Jade's parents.
  • In Our Little Adventure, the gnomes have the suffix 'icus' at the end of their names.

    Web Original 
  • Arcana Magi uses alphabetical order for the first names of the Sentinels Alysia, Brie, Chisame, and Danica.
  • Ilivais X assigns a different and usually meaningful letter for each of the conveniently 26 Ilivais prototypes.
  • Sailor Nothing uses an Odd Name Out technique for the Fashion Club (Ami, Emi, Umi, and Aki)
  • This very wiki has Alice and Bob.

    Western Animation 
  • Odd one out time: The penguins of 321 Penguins are named Zidgel, Fidgel, Midgel... and Kevin.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The Hero Aang and his initial Arch-Enemy Zuko had names on polar opposite ends of the alphabet. This pattern was repeated with Zuko and his more evil sister, Azula. Also, Azula and Aang have this same pattern in the second letters of their names.
    • The letter "Z" seems to be common in those born into the Fire Nation Royal Family (Sozin, Ozai, Zuko, Azula, Izumi). Iroh and Lu-Ten are exceptions.
    • "K" or hard "Q" sounds seem to pop up often in Water Tribe members, too (Sokka, Katara, Hakoda, Kanna, Kya, Pakku, Kuruk). The sequel series brings us Korra, Yakone, Noatak, Tarrlok, Tonraq, Unalaq, Eska, and Varrick.
  • Lampshaded in the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Generosity", when Annie insists that her name should be first in the name of her and Zach's canned goodies project (the latter being the founder) because their initials were the first and last letters of the alphabet respectively, much to Zach's dismay.
  • On Daria, Quinn's most common admirers are a group of friends commonly known as the Three J's: Joey, Jeffey and Jamie.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, Dee-Dee's two friends are named Leelee and Meemee.
  • Donald Duck has three nephews named Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
    • Donald's lover Daisy has three nieces that aren't so alphabetical in English (April, May and June) but in some translations earn the same treatment (Italian: Emy, Ely, Evy; Portuguese: Lalá, Lelé e Lili).
  • The cyborg gargoyle in Gargoyles was called Coldstone, with two robotic gargoyles later built sharing the same prefix, Coldsteel and Coldfire.
  • In G.I. Joe, there is Zartan of the Dreadnoks and his family Zarana, Zandar, and Zanya. There's also Zanzibar, another Dreadnok, but he isn't actually related to Zartan.
  • Dinobots in Transformers tend to have names that start with S (Slag, Sludge, Snarl, and Swoop; Grimlock is the Odd Name Out).
  • Uh, The Powerpuff Girls anyone? It's actually acknowledged in one episode when a squirrel gains superpowers and becomes a Powerpuff squirrel and Blossom insists that his name start with B.
    • To spell it out we have Blossom, Bubbles. Buttercup. Also Bunny and Bullet. Note the use of double constants as well as a B.
    • In the animated film, Professor Utonium choose Buttercup's name for no other reason than the fact it starts with B much to her dismay since Blossom and Bubbles had specific reasons for their names.
  • In The Simpsons there's the twins Sherry and Terry, the Flanders kids Rod and Todd (and their parents also have monosyllabic names ending in "d", to wit Ned and Maud), and town founder Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jedediah Springfield.
  • In Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, each of the three main character's names begin with a W: Wubbzy, Walden, and Widget. This theme is broken in the second season with the introduction of a fourth main character, Daizy.
  • Skeleton Warriors: Prince Justin and his siblings Joshua and Jennifer.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, just about all griffons start their name with the letter 'G'. The only exception so far is a comics-only character named Vermouth Roux.

  • Google Android combines this and Edible Theme Naming in its OS versions (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair...).
  • Maths problems framed as stories are fond of naming characters in alphabetical order, because if the characters are Alice, Bob and Carol, then it's easy to see how they connect to the variables a, b and c in the equation.
    • Professor Ian Stewart likes using Alfie, Betty and Gemma, for alpha, beta, gamma.
    • Cryptography examples traditionally add Eve the Eavesdropper to their cast of Alice, Bob, and Carol.
  • The "Worm" archetype from the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game are all named "Worm" and then a word, each beginning with a different English letter. It starts with Worm Apocalypse and ends with Worm Zero.
  • The characters in Legends of Chima, a LEGO product, always have names starting with the same letter as the type of animal they are based off - ravens have names like Razcal, for example, while eagles have names like Ewar.

    Real Life 
  • Most of the NATO Reporting Names for Soviet/Russian submarines are (in random order) letters of the Phonetic Alphabet, such as "Golf", "Hotel", "Yankee" and "Delta" for the first four groups of ballistic missile submarines, with individual sub-classes. They ran out eventually- the next two are "Typhoon" and Borey, the latter being the actual Russian designation.
  • Not really related to each other but BTSS, CTSS, and DTSS O Ses.
  • The "Alphabet Loop", or "downtown loop", in Kansas City is a complex layout of highways that involves 23 exits, four Interstate Highways, four U.S. Highways and numerous city streets. Each exit in the loop is numbered 2,note  and each exit is suffixed with a letter of the alphabet except for I, O, and Z (which would look like 0, 1, and 2 on highway signs). The suffixes start with A in the northwest corner, and goes through the alphabet as one travels clockwise around it. The loop's exits are organized as follows (clockwise):
    • A through G: North side of the loop (I-70 and I-35).
    • H through M: East side (I-70 and US 71)
    • N through U: South side (I-670)
    • V through Y: West side (I-35 alone)
  • Rowan Atkinson has two older brothers, named Rodney and Rupert.
  • Joseph and Magda Goebbels's children were Harald (his stepson), Helga, Hildegard, Helmut, Holdine, Hedwig and Heidrun. Some suggested that this was a tribute to Adolf Hitler, but there's no evidence for this.
  • The Duggars (who have enough kids to start a small army) all have names that start with J. Michelle (of the initial family) is the only exception.
    • Papa Duggar's name is Jim Bob. The names of the children, from oldest to youngest are: Joshua, Jana and John-David (twins), Jill, Jessa, Jinger (pronounced "ginger"), Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah and Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie. The daughter Michelle miscarried was named Jubilee.
      • The now-disgraced Joshuanote  and his wife Anna have continued the tradition using the letter "M", their children are named Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, and Meredith.
  • Multiple births are often named alphabetically by birth order, as Kate Gosselin mentioned in an older episode of Jon and Kate Plus Eight.
  • Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug and (Iron) Liz. Spoony and Scarlet. Seriously, if they were fictional, you'd swear this was intentional.
  • A prominent dissertation about the big bang credits Ralph Alpher, Hans Bethe and George Gamow (Alpha, Beta and Gamma, the first three letters of the greek alphabet). In actuality, Bethe didn't participate in the writing of the initial paper (though he did help with later discussions on the subject). Gamow either added Bethe's name to the paper without consulting with him, or requested Bethe's permission to do so (and received it); either way, Gamow did so because of this trope. (Even if Bethe's name was added without his permission, he never objected to its presence on the scientific paper.)
  • Having all ship names in a particular class begin with the same letter is a common theme in the Royal Navy. Vanguard class submarines are named Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant, and Vengeance. The Royal Air Force's V-bombers followed the theme as well: Avro Vulcan, Handley-Page Victor, and Vickers Valiant.
    • The Royal navies been doing this since the turn of the 20th century with Destroyers, Light Cruisers and later Submarines. The class would have a letter designation C-Class for example, and the ships of that class would all begin with C.
  • Many an animal breeder will name animals of a distinguished line this way.
  • Some of the ships of the Royal Navy conform this pattern, for instance three battle-cruisers built in in World War 1 that were converted to aircraft carriers were HMS Furious, Glorious and Corageious.
  • Some shipping lines use(d) this pattern, e. g. The White Star Line used names ending in "-ic" (Titanic, Olympic, Britannic) while Cunard, at least until the launching of the RMS Queen Mary, used names ending in "-ia" (Caronia, Mauretania, Lusitania).note 
  • Drag Racing champion John Force has four daughters: Ashley Force Hood, Brittany Force, Courtney Force and the oldest is Adria.
  • The central part of Washington, DC (the "L'Enfant City") is a grid of streets with diagonal avenues named after states criss-crossing it. The streets going north-south are numbered, and the ones going east-west are lettered (skipping "J", because it looked too similar to "I" in the 18th century, and skipping "X", "Y" and "Z," because those apparently don't count). The somewhat peculiar thing about DC—which gets newbies and visitors thoroughly confused—is that these streets are measured from distance from the Capitol, so there are two of each lettered street, running parallel to each other: one north of the Capitol in the Northeast and Northwest quadrants, and one south of the Capitol in the Southeast and Southwest quadrants. The same is true of numbered streets (one east of the Capitol in the Northeast and Southeast and one west of the Capitol in the Northwest and Southwest quadrants). This is why all addresses in the District specify the quadrant: e.g. The White House's address is always written as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. This is because there could be a place with an identical address in another quadrant: for instance, although nothing is actually there, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE is a valid address, as 16th St. SE meets Pennsylvania Ave. SE just as they reach the Anacostia River.
    • Also, the street system runs out of letters before it goes all the way north (the Capitol is significantly off-center, so the "quadrants" aren't really quadrants), and although the L'Enfant City peters out long before then, the pattern is continued by restarting the count but using two-syllable alphabetical names of famous Americans (Adams, Bryant, Channing) instead. When the two-syllable names run out, which happens in all four quadrants, three-syllable names (again in alphabetical order) are used. In the Northeast and Northwest quadrants, names of famous Americans are used; in the Southeast and Southwest, most (but not all) of the names are of American geographical locations. Even that system runs out in the Northeast and Northwest; there, naming is reset again, using alphabetical names of plants up to the Maryland state line.
  • Lettered street naming is also used in some other cities across the US, although it's nowhere near as common as numbered streets; usually, these are used to complement or mirror a numbered system. Some examples:
    • New York City gives us the "Alphabet City" east of First Avenue to the East River between Houston and about 14th Streets. The major north-south thoroughfares of New York city under the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 are called Avenues, and (originally) are numbered east to west starting with First Avenue. While this works great for most of Manhattan, the island is a little bit wider between Houston (the southern limit of the Commissioners' Plan) and about 14th, so four new lettered avenues (Avenue A, Avenue B, Avenue C, and Avenue D) were built, west to east, to complete the structure.
    • Omaha, Nebraska has an area of lettered streets to its south.
    • Philadelphia uses lettered streets similarly to New York; there are numbered streets going roughly parallel to the course of the Delaware River...or rather, parallel to how it runs in Center City (downtown). The waterfront in Center City is roughly tracked by Front Street, and the streets parallel to Front are numbered increasingly as you go west. However, north of Center City, there is a bend in the Delaware that creates space for more streets east of Front. In some parts of North Philadelphia, therefore, they adopted essentially the same technique as Alphabet City, although the street lettering runs all the way up to "M" before it runs into a conflicting street name pattern and ends.
    • Portland, Oregon uses a mishmash of naming conventions for streets, but one section mostly in the downtown area runs Ankeny, Burnside, Couch, Davis, and so on. As a result, part of the Northwest Portland area is known as the "Alphabet District".
  • The 36th President of the United States was Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose wife was named "Lady Bird" Johnson, and had two daughters, named Lynda Bird Johnson and Luci Baines Johnson. They also had a dog named Little Beagle Johnson.
  • Car companies do this quite often, starting model names with the same letter. Ford, for example, for a time had all of its SUVs start with an E—Explorer, Expedition, Edge, Excursion, Escape.note  Likewise, most of its cars started with Fs—Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Five Hundrednote , etc.