A rather silly form of Theme Naming
is to name characters after food and drinks. This tends to be done in comedic and child-oriented works, because it is very difficult to take someone named Sausage seriously. However, such a character may be afforded some dignity by being named after a food in a foreign language; somebody named Okonomiyaki sounds rather more impressive to an English speaker than one named Pizza.
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Anime and Manga
- Many characters in Part 5 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are named after Italian foods. Examples include Pannacotta Fugo, Risotto Nero, Melone, Cioccolata, Gelato, Sorbet, Prosciutto, Pesci, Formaggio, and Mario Zucchero.
- The heroes of Sorcerer Hunters are all named for foods, mostly sweets or pastries ("Tira Misu" and "Marron Glace", for example).
- Akahori seems to be a fan of this, since the main cast of Chivas 1-2-3 is named after liquor and Knights of Ramune has much of its cast named after other, more child-friendly drinks. See Saber Marionette J below for more of his work.
- Likewise the five girls of the two main Galaxy Angel casts are also all named after foods, mostly desserts. Both Karasuma Chitose and Iyazoi Natsume, each the Sixth Ranger of her group, have fairly normal Japanese names. The villains of the Galaxy Angel video games have an alcohol theme going on, which explains Tequila's possession in the first game in which she appears.
- Dragon Ball used this a lot, in addition to other forms of theme naming:
- Full blooded saiyans are named after vegetables: Kakarot (carrot), Nappa (a type of cabbage), Vegeta(ble), Raditz (radish), Broly (broccoli); "Saiya", is an anagram of "yasai", meaning "vegetable"....
- The henchmen of Frieza, an enemy of the saiyans has several henchmen named after fruits: Cui (kiwi), Dodoria (durian), Zarbon (the Japanese name for the pomelo). Much later, it is revealed that the ancient enemy of the saiyans is the Tsuffles, or "tsufuru" in Japanese, which is an anagram for "furutsu", or "fruit".
- The sentai parody team the Ginyu Special Corps has members named after dairy products, Ginyu (cow's milk), Butta (butter), Gurd (yogurt), Jheese (cheese), Reacoom ("Rikumu" is an anagram for "kurimu", or "cream").
- Goku and Satan's mutual granddaughter gets two references: "Pan" which is Japanese (and Spanish, and Portugese, and...) for "bread," as her father's name, Gohan, means "rice;" they're both carbohydrates and staple foods, and it also refers to the satyr, Pan.
- In the filler episodes of Piccolo Jr. Saga, Mr. Popo sent Goku to a forest and met Mousse. He, his wife Eclair, and all nine children are named after sweets: Crepe, Cookie, Cocoa, Creampuff, Jam, Jelly, Donuts, Pudding, and Cupcake.
- In Dragon Ball Z, every Namekian besides Piccolo is named for Slug, Snail or a dish which uses those as the main ingredients. (Everyone in Piccolo's family is named after musical instruments.)
- This also applies to other characters like Kuririn (the "kuri" means chestnut), Puar & Oolong (types of tea), etc. Supposedly, Akira Toriyama did this so it would be easy to remember character's names.
- Master Shen's students Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu each have the name of each other's favorite foods.
- The girls of Tokyo Mew Mew are all named after plants or desserts, and their last names follow the pattern of Color Place (Momomiya = Peach Shrine, Midorikawa = Green River, etc.) Their alien foes are named after filled pastry items (Quiche, Tart, and Pie).
- The main marionettes from Saber Marionette J are named after fruits.
- The names of the Kurosaki siblings in Bleach are all puns on fruits. (Ichigo = strawberry, Karin = quince, Yuzu = citron)
- In Naruto, all of the known members and aspirants of the Seven Shinobi Swordsmen of the Mist (with the exception of the most likely non-canon Raiga Kurosuki from Filler) have surnames dealing with produce: Momochi (momo = peach), Hoshigaki (dried persimmon), Hozuki (Chinese lantern fruit), Akebino (akebi = chocolate vine), Kuriarare (kuri = chestnut), Munashi (nashi = Asian pear), Ringo (apple), and Suikazan (suika = watermelon). Even Chojuro, who has Only One Name, is named after a particular type of Asian pear.
- The Musk Dynasty in Ranma 1/2 has Herb, Lime, and Mint, while the Phoenix Tribe has Saffron (after the rice), Kiima (after keema), Koruma (from "korma", a curry dish) and Masara (masala, a mix of spices.) Herbology martial artists Pink and Link have Theme Twin Naming. The Guide (who is named after his profession) has a daughter named Plum. And let's not forget Lychee, from Big Trouble In Nekonron, China. Pantyhose Taro (who was baptized and named by Happosai) fell victim to a whole other kind of Theme Naming, but he met Rouge, and a different Saffron.
- In Air Gear, the Noyamano sisters (members of Sleeping Forest) are nicknamed after fruits: Rika (pear blossoms), Ringo (apple), Ume (plum) and Mikan (tangerine). Ringo's name is lampshaded when Rika threatens her by crushing an apple while hinting obliquely at her fate should she disobey.
- Rosario + Vampire has vampire sisters named Moka/Mocha and Kokoa/Cocoa, their elder Karua/Kahlua, and their adopted (and thus named not quite to theme) sister Akua/Aqua.
- Just about the whole family is part of the theme nameing father Issa(lit. "one [cup of] tea"), Kahlua and Kokoa's mother Gyokuro (a type of green tea), and dog Earl Grey.
- Samurai Pizza Cats has two characters named after pizza toppings.
- Martian Successor Nadesico's Magical Girl parody Show Within a Show, Magical Princess Natural Lychee, includes an antagonist of the titular character who is named Rambutan. (Lychee and Rambutan are both Asian tropical fruits.)
- In Yes! Precure 5, the mascots are all named after food; Coco and Nuts (their names are a pun on 'coconut'), Milk, Syrup, and don't even get me started on the royals.
- Similarly, in Fresh Pretty Cure!, not only the mascots, Chiffon and Tart (not the ones mentioned above), follow the same pattern, but the Cures also do, as their Cure forms are named after fruits: Cure Peach, Cure Berry, Cure Pine (as in 'pineapple', not 'pine tree'), and Cure Passion (as in 'passionfruit').
- Early in One Piece, Usopp's "pirate crew" is made of 3 little boys named Carrot, Pepper, and Onion. Their hairstyles resemble the food they're named after.
- In Urusei Yatsura, there is a group of Unknown Rivals to Lum, Oyuki, and Benten. They are named Sugar, Ginger, and Pepper.
- Most of the characters (and all of the place names) in Jing King Of Bandits are named for alcoholic beverages. "Jing" is actually supposed to be "Gin" (the spelling is intentional on the author's part, since "Gin" would connote a much different pronunciation in Japanese); Kir (Jing's bird sidekick) is a liqueur; and their signature attack "Kir Royale" is a cocktail made with said liqueur.
- One of the Sailor Moon movies has a team of villains who are all named after sweet items.
- The antagonists of Detective Conan are given liqueur codenames like Gin, Vodka, Vermouth, Kir, etc.
- Most of the main female casts of Dog Days are named after bread and sweets, either in their first or last names - Princess Millhiore F. Biscotti, Tsundere Eclair, Mad Scientist Riccotta, Samurai Brioche d'Arquien, Ninja Yukikaze Panettone, etc...
- VS Knights Lamune & 40 Fire, and its Hotterand Sexier OAV Knights of Ramune/VS Knights Lamune Fresh have this trope, although the latter seems to have a lot more characters to this effect.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai. Taro's personal maid staff.
- Season 1: Lemon, Marron (chestnut) and Melon
- Season 2: Ichigo (strawberry), Ringo (apple) and Sango (maple)
- Thanks to most of the characters in Anpanman being themed around food (some actually being the food that they're themed around), this is very common. A few non-food characters named after food include Uncle Jam (Anpanman's father figure), Batako (meaning "Butter Girl", Uncle Jam's assistant), and Cheese (Anpanman's pet dog). Also, all of the horses are given food names based on who their owners are (Hamburger Kid has Pickles, Yakisobapanman has White Sauce, Croquette Kid has Ketchup, and Princess Salad has Vinegar).
- The Kitashirakawas in Tamako Market all have names related to mochi:
- Tamako is named after their mochi shop Tamaya—"-ya" is a business suffix and "-ko" is a feminine name suffix.
- Anko is named after the red bean paste filling.
- When you put the names of their father Mamedai and grandfather Fuku together, you'd get Mame-daifuku, Tamaya's specialty. Lampshaded in episode 10.
- One episode of the Pokémon anime featured an elderly woman named Abigail and her Pikachu, Sugar, who was named such because it helped her to bake cakes.
- The cast of Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? are based on things likely to appear in a coffee shop. (For the sake of explanation, the examples below are written in surname-first order.)
- Hoto Kokoa: Hot cocoa
- Kafuu Chino: Cappuccino
- Tedeza Rize: Thé des Alizés, a green tea-fruit blend.
- Ujimatsu Chiya: Uji matcha, one of the more famous Japanese green teas.
- Kirima Sharo: A transliteration of Kilimanjaro, which in the Japanese context nearly always refers to Kenyan coffee.
- Natsu Megumi: Nutmeg (Natsumegu)
- Jouga Maya: Jogmaya, one of the major tea estates in Darjeeling.
- Tony Chu has the nickname Chew as a direct result of his power of being able to see how anything was killed by eating it.
- Attempted in New X-Men but accidentally subverted at the last second when a different writer took over the series. Grant Morrison had intended to name the five Stepford Cuckoos — who are essentially younger clones of Emma Frost, created from ova harvested by scientists while she was comatose — so that the first letter of each of their names would spell "spice." However, he'd only given the names of four of them during his run (Sophie, Phoebe, Celeste, and Esme) and he hadn't told anyone about the Easter Egg, so Chuck Austen unknowingly dubbed the fifth Cuckoo Mindee, accidentally messing up Grant's intentions.
- Later corrected by stating her real name is actually Irma in a narrator's bubble.
- All named Seeq in The Tainted Grimoire are named after a type of meat.
- First, there is T-bone.
- Second, there is Ribs.
- Third, there is Sir Loin.
- Every Sugar Rush character from Wreck-It Ralph, most of whom use the specific sub-genre of candy. Where they got the name Muttonfudge, nobody knows.
- Brand-name junk foods are used for this purpose in Idiocracy, where Joe Bauers' attorney is named Frito and the President is Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.
- In the film What a Girl Wants, two of Daphne's debutante friends are named Peach and Pear. They apparently have a sister named Parsnip; she doesn't get out much.
- The Penderghast family in Easy A are all named after food. Daughter/Protagonist Olive, Mother Rosemary, Father Dill and Brother Chip.
- Anything Japanese in Good Omens is named after food, including a model of car called the Wasabi and a ship called the Kappamaki.
- The Fudge series gives us Farley "Fudge", and Tamara "Tootsie." Peter lampshades this at one point by commenting that his parents really wanted a candy shop.
- Apparently Vicky Holmes was hungry when she wrote the Warrior Cats book SkyClan's Destiny... it introduces cats named Egg, Nutmeg, and you could even count Velvet if you think of red velvet.
- Many of the rats in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents are named after food (like Dangerous Beans, Peaches and Sardines) or words related to food (like Additives and Nourishing). This is because they have learnt a lot of their vocabulary from reading food packaging.
- Two countries on the Discworld are named Djelibeybi (jellybaby) and Hersheba (Hershey bar). Word of God is that Pratchett came up with Hersheba upon finding out that many of his American fans didn't get the jellybaby pun, which led him to wonder which US-specific candy he should have named it after instead.
Live Action TV
- In-universe example in the BBC comedy drama Cruise of the Gods. The creator of a short-lived cult sci-fi series finally tires of the fandom trying to find hidden meanings in the exotic character names and reveals that they were all just anagrams of dishes at his local curry house. (And you're right, it does stretch credulity that nobody would have noticed this before.)
- On Glee, all of Will's love interests are named after food: Terri Delmonico (a type of steak), Emma Pillsbury, Suzie Pepper, and Rachel Berry.
- Holly Holiday. While Holly is technically edible, it's only edible in the sense that you can eat it, not that you should.
- Richard Cheese and all of the other members of Lounge Against the Machine, including Bobby Ricotta, Frank Feta, Billy Bleu, have a cheese theme naming.
- The members of the Madolche card archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! are all named by a portmanteau of a word related to what they are, and a dessert name. Thus, you have the cavalry rider Chouxvalier, the Ridiculously Cute Critter Cruffsant, and are ruled by The High Queen, Tiaramisu, and they all live in the Madolche Chateau (y'know, like "gateau").
- In Adventurers!!, Karashi's sister's name is Mizuna. Karashina and Mizuna are both Japanese mustard plants. Not a coincidence; when the two square off against each other, the name of the story arc is "Mustard Wars".
- The Warhammer 40,000 fan webcomic Gone to Ground's Imperial Guardsmen's names are chock full of this trope — Sergeant Cooke, Private Eggleston (who's nicknamed 'Eggs' by his friend anyway), Corporal Hamm...
- Cucumber Quest is the story of Cucumber and his sister Almond, seeking to save the Donut Kingdom and its various food-named inhabitants from an ancient evil. Along the way, they even run into a Quirky Miniboss Squad whose members are named Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato.
- Trigger Star: The Five-Man Band (including the Team Pet) and most of the antagoinsts are named after food items. For instance: the "hero" is Avocado Guacamole and the Big Bad is called Black Licorice.
- Shotgun Shuffle gives us the seven Buckingham girls, who are all named after foods, particularly spices. Ellie's birth name is Lavender, but she legally changed it the second she turned eighteen, which annoyed her parents.
- In the League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions there was Tacoman, Hamburger Pattie, Taquito Boy, Frangelica, Commander Milkshake, & Soyburger Patricia.
- Bert and Dubz of Delicious Cinnamon name most everything in Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal, in respect to the five-character limit, after food. Examples include Eggie. Chedr. Steak, Bean and Pizza, Jelly, Nuget and Salsa.
- All the characters on Chowder are named after food. (Chowder, Panini, Schnitzel, Gazpacho, etc.)
- Patti Mayonnaise in Doug
- The titular characters of PB & J Otter
- Many of the characters in Strawberry Shortcake are named for various desserts.
- In Biker Mice from Mars, the Plutarkians are all named for cheeses — for example, Lawrence Limburger, who certainly lives up to his name.
- As the title indicates, all the members of the Sushi Pack (and their Evil Counterpart, the Legion of Lowtide) are named after the kind of sushi they are.
- Mac and Cheese from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Then there's Coco, Berry, Fluffernutter, Crackers, and Nuts. (The last two were each one-shot joke characters, with Nuts not even appearing in an actual episode).
- The Proud Family has Dijonay and her siblings named after spices. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Dijonay (obviously), Cayenne, Paprika, and Tabasco.
- In the Proud family is Suga Mama.
- And the production company is Jambalaya Studios.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- The Apple family. For example, the most important characters who come from said family are named Applejack note , Apple Bloom note , Big McIntosh note , and Granny Smith note .
Applejack: I've got apple pie, apple fritters, apple tarts, apple dumplings, apple crisps, apple crumblers, and apple brown betty... uh, the dessert, not my auntie.
- Also, Pinkie Pie works for Mr. Carrot Cake and Mrs. Cup Cake in a bakery, and also babysits their children, Pumpkin Cake and Pound Cake.
- Pinkie's last name isn't a one-off, either; she's a member of the Pie family. In a Season 4 episode, we meet her sister Maud Pie.
- In "Pinkie Pride", guest star "Weird Al" Yankovic provides the voice for a pony named Cheese Sandwich.
- Monterey Jack's family from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers are all named after types of cheese.
- Dino Spumoni and Nick Vermicelli from Hey Arnold!.
- The 1960s/70s British stop-go animation children's program The Herbs and its spin off The Adventures of Parsley, had in addition to the eponymous lion, characters called Dill, Basil, Sage, etc.
- As illustrated atop this page, Google Android OS: Ever since version 1.5, every major release has been named for a sweet or dessert item, each starting with the next letter of the alphabet.:
- 1.5 - Cupcake
- 1.6 - Donut
- 2.0 - Eclair
- 2.2 - Froyonote
- 2.3 - Gingerbread
- 3.x - Honeycomb
- 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.1 - 4.3 - Jelly Bean
- 4.4 - KitKat (the first copyrighted one; getting the licence with Nestlé even earned some cross-promotion)