Authors like to use themes to create a sense of unity or cohesiveness within their work. Some extend themes to the names of the characters, often beyond the similarities that would be expected for characters from the same culture or who all speak the same language. One variation is to name a set of characters or groups after weapons or armor. This almost invariably has martial meanings. Characters with such names are likely to be fighters of some sort.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] the ThemeNaming of actual weapons.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Almost everyone in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' is named after a type or brand of firearm or ammunition.
* All of the military characters in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are named after actual planes, tanks, weapons, and other technology from World War I onward.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we have the early trio of shinobi composed by Kabuto (Helmet), Tsurugi (Sword) and Yoroi (Armor). It's later revealed that [[spoiler:Kabuto didn't have a name and he was picked up by an orphan house. His "brother" put a helm on his head and named him after that]].
* Gally's Opponents in the "Moto Ball" arc of Manga/{{Gunnm}} are named for weapons. Chakram, Glaive, Scramasax, Arbalast etc.. Most likely taken from the TabletopGame/TunnelsAndTrolls rulebook.
* Shinigami Brigade girls from ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'' are named Axe, Mace, Hammer, Dagger, Lance and Sword.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' does this not for weapons, but for Luffy's attacks. They are named after firearms and different weapons, like Gum-Gum Axe, Pistol, Rifle, Gatling, Bazooka, Cannon... After the timeskip, he also extends this to more specific weapons (Culverin, Schneider, Red Hawk...), and sometimes peppers them with animal names.
* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' has the Destroyers whose members are all named after firearms or firearm companies such as Beretta, Sig, Colt and Spas.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the covert organizations S.H.I.E.L.D., A.R.M.O.R., S.W.O.R.D. and H.A.M.M.E.R.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'':
** A family with theme naming. Strongbow's son is named Dart, and Dart's son is Bowki (combining his father's name with his erstwhile friend Geoki). The line can be extended to four generations if you use "archery" rather than "weapons" as theme: Strongbow's mother was named Trueflight.
** The Wolfriders also have Cutter (partly named for his swords[[strike:man]]elfship), Redlance (who's good with a spear) and Pike (likewise). On the other hand, Wolfrider women tend to have pastoral names.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/FromBajorToTheBlack'' has a pair of Starfleet ''Excalibur''-class cruisers named the ''[[ Ulfberht]]'' and the ''[[ Szczerbiec]]''.

* Webley the farmer in ''Film/HotFuzz'' has a tremendous stash of unlicensed weapons in his barn.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' trilogy, the crew aboard the ''Mjolnir'' all have names that have to do with guns: Roland, Maggie, AK, Colt, and Mauser. Mjolnir itself, of course, is named after the weapon of Thor from Myth/NorseMythology.

* Literature/DonQuijote. In Spanish, ''quijote'' means cuisse, the thigh plate.
* When they’re not re-using the names of the Journey ships, the Literature/{{Rihannsu}} tend to use these types of names for their warships. Examples include ''Cuirass'' and ''Gorget'' (although the latter was also a Journey ship).
** Subverted by ''Rhea's Helm'', named after the most infamous creation of a rather nasty JackassGenie that was worse than useless as armor (Rhea was a mage that got captured by an enemy who wanted to become invulnerable. Rhea made that helm... And bound to it a demon that ''bit off the captor's head'', [[ExactWords making him invulnerable because dead men cannot be wounded]]).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Winchesters from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are named after the rifle.
** When they get [[spoiler:mindwiped and false identity-ed]], they're Dean Smith and Sam Wesson.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''
** Brionac, Gungnir and Trishula, the dragons of Ice Barrier archetype, are named after famous mythological spears used by Gods.
** "Blowback Dragon", "Fusilier Dragon, the Dual-Mode Beast", "Twin-Barrel Dragon", "Barrel Dragon", and "Gatling Dragon" are a family of DARK/Machine monsters, who share a names that consist of firearm-related terms and the word "dragon".
** The Heroic Champion, like the Ice Barrier Dragons, are named after certain named weapons. [[Myth/KingArthur Excalibur, Rhongomyniad]], [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Kusanagi]] and [[UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}} Gandiva]]. Ther Heroic Challengers are alaosnamed after more generic weapons but with another world that explains the monster's purpose.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 2'' has a pair of [[SkyPirate air-pirate]] {{Recurring Boss}}es named Bola and Klaymoor.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' features several characters named for brands of guns, including Kyosuke '''Nanbu''', Excellen '''Browning''', '''Ingram''' Plisken and [[spoiler:his clone]] Viletta (presumably supposed to be '''Beretta''') Badim, and Lefina '''Enfield'''. Ingram's most famous HumongousMecha, the Astranagant, is another example (Astra + Nagant).
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords'' has sword-themed names all over the place. The hero's father is named Claymore, the hero's two traveling companions are Fleurette and Anlace, the BigBad is called Xiphos, and a few of the game's locations are mostly named for legendary weapons ('''Caliburn''' [[NoobCave Cave]] and '''Arondight'''/Alondite Heights).
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Evolution}}'' games for Dreamcast, each of the playable characters are named after a type of fire arm ([[IdiotHero Mag Launcher]], [[TheQuietOne Linear Cannon]], [[ActionGirl Pepper Box]], [[BattleButler Gre Nade]] etc).
* In the original Japanese version of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Kamilla's name is Kanon, while her dog is named Missile. Ironic, since they're two of the sweetest and weakest people in the game [[spoiler: until Missile dies and TakesALevelInBadass.]]
* Terran fighter ships in ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'' have names of swords (specifically Rapier, Sabre, Scimitar, Cutlass, and Claymore). Their two freighter classes are named after things you put weapons ''in'' (Baldric and Scabbard).
* All members of Mizo's gang in ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'' are named after something sharp. A mizo is a type of Bowie knife, and then there are Edje (edgy), Razer (razor), Cutter, Shiv (a prison-made knife) and Kleiver (cleaver), even though he wasn't originally a member.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' features Flak, Shrapnel, Barrett, Machete, Timebomb, and Hammer, all spread out throughout the wasteland.
* ''VideoGame/BattlestarGalacticaOnline'' has Colonial Escort ships named after weapons: Scythe, Maul, Glaive and Halberd.
* [[LaResistance Bora]] fighters in ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' are named for weapons: Cutlass, Battleaxe, Mace, etc.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has '''Ax'''ew, Fr'''ax'''ure and H'''ax'''orus. The last one is essentially a dragon with an axe for a face.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has the Smithy Gang, which includes such members as Mack the Knife, Bowyer, Yaridovich (''yari'' being Japanese for spear), and the Axem Rangers.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'': The names of Savyna's finishing moves are themed weapons, such as Burning Arrow, Erupting Flail, Splash Spear and Freezing Axe.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games, human planes are named after blades (Sabre, Shortsword, Longsword, Broadsword, etc.).
* In ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' Minmatar ships smaller than Battlecruisers are often named after weaponry (i.e. Scythe, Broadsword).
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has a few people who are named (or who named themselves) after weapons or armor, including Maul, Jordis the Sword-Maiden, Argis the Bulwark, and an entire family known as Clan Shatter-Shield. It's a Viking-inspired country where the people are fond of sobriquets, so it's pretty standard.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' extends out the canonical ''Scimitar''-class Romulan Warbird with variants named for other types of swords (so there's a ''Tulwar''-class, a ''Falchion''-class, a ''Kopesh''-class...).
* Every unit in ''VideoGame/PhantomOfTheKill'' is named after a mythical weapon. Sword-fighting units have names like Laevateinn and Masamune, spear-wielding units have names like Longinus and Sky Piercer, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/WildArms'', there was a knightly order in which every member had a title based on a piece of armor. Jack Van Burace was once Knight of the Vambrace. The re-release on [=PS2=] screwed up the reference by making him Knight of the Gauntlet instead.
* Franchise/{{Kirby}}:
** Meta Knight's airship, which appears throughout the series, is named the '''Halberd'''.
** The three mage-generals of the Jambandra cult are named '''Francisca''', '''Flamberge''' and Zan '''Partizanne'''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' are named Benjamin Winchester, Jodie Beretta and Eric Remington.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Insecticons in ''{{Transformers}}'' have bomb-related names: Bombshell, Shrapnel, and Kickback.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' the Martians are named either after weapons (Rimfire, Mace, Carbine Cannonblade) or motorcycle/engine terminology (Harley, Throttle, Stoker), the only exceptions being Vinnie ([[AerithAndBob real name: Vincent]]) and Modo (name origin unknown).