->'''Gruntilda:''' Prepare to join your buddy Bottles! You'll wish you'd never taken on the mighty Gruntilda Winkybunion!\\
'''Kazooie:''' Winkybunion? Is that your last name then?\\
'''Gruntilda:''' Err...um, no. Of course not. But don't you go telling anyone or I'll sue you...\\
'''Banjo:''' Whatever you say, Winky!\\
'''Gruntilda:''' Now die!
-->-- ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]''

While the EmbarrassingFirstName deals with the character not liking his first name and the EmbarrassingMiddleName with the middle name, the Embarrassing Last Name is where a character has a last name that sounds embarrassing to the public. It may be a sign of UnfortunateName or UnfortunateImplications.

SubTrope of ShedTheFamilyName. Also see FirstNameBasis or OnlyKnownByTheirNickname.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Soul doesn't like to be referred to by his last name "Evans", and adopted the CodeName "Soul Eater" when he came to the DWMA. [[spoiler:This isn't because he resents the name--he actually thinks he ''[[HeroicSelfDeprecation doesn't live up to it]]''.]]
* Shimana Kameko from ''Manga/YumeMiruTaiyou'' hates her surname because it means "turtle girl".
* In ''Anime/ValkyrieDriveMermaid'', several characters tease Mamori Tokonome because "Tokonome" can be translated into "Virgin".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': The Silk Spectre, originally a Polish immigrant, romanized her name to Sally Jupiter. Her daughter/successor, Laurie, is not much of a fan of said name as well as being forced into the role, and prefers to keep her original last name.
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'': The Hitler-like dictator of Britain in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' is named Adam ''Susan''. No wonder they changed his name into Sutler on [[Film/VForVendetta the movie]].
* Captain Cold, reoccurring nemesis of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', was born Leonard Snart.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Trixie Lulamoon of FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse absolutely hates her last name. She claims it's due to being teased by foals singing "Skip To My Lou" when she was younger, but it might also be due to being embarrassed by what her drunk AlternateSelf (who does go by "Lulamoon"), gets up to when she comes out to play.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* From ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' we have ex-CIA agent and current social worker, Cobra Bubbles. [[ScaryBlackMan He's intimidating enough]] that nobody ever makes fun of him for it.
-->'''Nani:''' Mr... Bubbles. That's a strange--\\
'''Bubbles:''' Yes, I know. Are you going to invite me inside?
* Percy King, the mob boss villain from ''WesternAnimation/TheNutJob''. What we think is his surname is actually his middle name. At the end of the movie, his real last name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Dimpleweed]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'', Jame Lime is forced to rename himself "Jack Lame" after losing a bet against Ron on who will receive better ratings and isn't allowed any creative pronounciation. When Jack protests to this, Ron suggests even more embarrassing renames such "Jack Other", "Jack O'Lantern", and "Jack O'they" (again not being allowed any creative pronouncipation).
* In ''Film/FreeAndEasy'', Creator/BusterKeaton plays Elmer J. Butts, whose last name is a source of great amusement.
* In the novel and film ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', Lecter needles Italian police inspector Pazzi about his surname, which has an unpleasant history in Florence. He implies that Pazzi's career may have been hindered by his family's historical reputation.
* The Focker Family from ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and its sequels.
* From ''Film/TopGun'' we have Ice Man, also known as Kazanski.

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Feet of Clay'', Watch commander Sam Vimes interviews a new police recruit: a Dwarf called Cheery. As this first name is straight out of Walt Disney, this is embarrassing enough. More is to follow. The dwarf's second name is Littlebottom. and Cheery Littlebottom has an even more embarrassing secret yet...
** There's also Agnes Nitt, who imagines an alternate personality named Perdita X Dream. When she needs to give her identity in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', she goes with Perdita X Nitt... and is told they need to do something about the Nitt.
* There is a running joke in the ''Waxahachie Smith'' novels by Creator/JTEdson regarding how embarrassing the surname Ramsbottom is. Smith even adopts it as his GoToAlias on the grounds that nobody would pick it as an assumed name.
* The protagonist of Donald E. Westlake's novel ''Help I am Being Held Prisoner'' has the extremely unfortunate last name of Kunt (pronounced Koont, and he insists on the umlauts, or little dots above the u[[labelnote:*]]Which in reality make them NOT pronounced "oo", but the actual vowel doesn't exist in English[[/labelnote]]). This would be bad enough under ordinary circumstances, but when he goes to prison it threatens to become completely intolerable.
* ''Literature/WalkTwoMoons'' has a family called the Winterbottoms (one of the characters mocks this by drawing a cartoon of someone surnamed "Ice-Bottom"), and a mysterious woman named Mrs Cadaver (which a character points out is another word for "corpse").
* In ''Literature/TheNekropolisArchives'', the bounty hunter Overkill's real name is Christina Butts, which is why she prefers to go by her alias.
* ''Literature/ThreeActTragedy'': Sir Charles Cartwright's real name is Charles "Mugg", which sends his LoveInterest into peals of laughter when he reveals this.
* ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'': Both the protagonist Cynthia Butt and her friend Renate Silverdick.
* In the ''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]]'' book/short story ''Snickerdoodle,'' the main character is a girl named Kayla who is bullied at snowboarding camp because her last name is Bobsburger. She becomes the target of a mean-spirited prank; the bullies sneak into her cabin at night while she is asleep and cover her hair in ketchup, mustard, and pickles. Fortunately, a couple of camp councilors caught the bullies sneaking out of the cabin, and the bullies are punished with shoveling snow all day and having their parents notified.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Several episodes of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' feature a character who is a struggling comic who is stuck with the unfortunate name of Vic [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
* In ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'', the BigBad was the unfortunately named Mr. Sue.
* In an episode of ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'' one of the suspects is a retired wrestler who still goes by his stage name. He is made to admit his actual name, and reveals his last name is Fairy.
* In the episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}'' where he was JUST about ready to head back to Melmac (not the series finale, but the one taking place around Brian's birthday), Alf reveals his full Melmacian name to be Gordon Shumway (which causes plenty of laughs from the family and embarrassment to him).
* On ''{{Series/Wings}}'', Roy is in love with a woman named Barbara Farkachevsky. Antonio points out that she'd probably marry him in a heartbeat just so she could be rid of that horrible surname.
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Skye was raised under the name of Mary Sue Poots, which might explain why she unpersoned herself and created the identity of Skye. Of course, neither of these is her real name - that's [[spoiler:ComicBook/DaisyJohnson]].
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel was taking Emma to pediatrician Dr. Wiener, [[HehHehYouSaidX making Joey laugh a lot]]. Phoebe in turn reveals she knows Sandy Poophack and Lana Titweiller.
** Chandler Muriel Bing uses his first name is because it's the least embarrassing of his embarrassing names.
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' has Peter File.
-->'''Moss:''' Who's a pedophile?
* ''Series/MurphyBrown'': After Corky Sherwood get married, her hyphenated surname is Sherwood-Forrest. You can see the moment of horrified realisation dawn on her face as she says it aloud on air for the first time.
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'': When Jeffrey originally points out Gompers, Bogg thinks he's just remarking on what a horrible last name he has and says Gompers can deal with his last name if Bogg can deal with his.

[[folder:Video Games and Visual Novels]]
* Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib, from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. This is the result of: 1) his culture taking their last names from the ship they are assigned to after completing their ComingOfAge ritual, 2) his civilization buying/salvaging/taking any ship that can be of use to them, and 3) the fact that some ships have a galactic registry that makes simply renaming them extremely impractical. This is something of a sensitive topic for him, which Tali warns you of beforehand, but you are free to ignore this advice for the lulz.
* A certain SleazyPolitician witness in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' calls himself Paul Atishon, but when asked to identify himself in court, he reveals that his full name is actually Paul Atishon-'''Wimperson'''. Athena says it's little wonder he decides to keep the latter half of his name out.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Jassart [=LeBlanc=]'s real last name in ''Webcomic/SnowByNight'' is Charbonnier. It's embarrassing to him because it means "son of a charcoaler," which is more or less the most looked-down-upon occupation in Saronnean society. ''
* [[CountryMatters Cuntons]] of ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'', whose name is a combination of the surname of [[TakeThat someone Yerdian hates]] for [[FurAndLoathing wearing fur]] and...well, ''make a wild guess''. Would it surprise you to learn she's a total StrawMan?
* In [[https://cyelatm.tumblr.com/post/172415663791 this]] ''Close Your Eyes, Look At The Mountains'' strip, Rosie's last name is revealed to be ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Carter forced his wife to change her last name because it was Jewish so that they could get into certain establishments.
* Alejandro from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has his last name revealed by Chris to everyone in ''All Stars''. Chris gets a good laugh at learning that his name is "Alejandro Burros Muertos" (Dead Donkeys.) This gets lampshaded further into the episode.
* Benson of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' goes on a FirstNameBasis because his full name is [[spoiler: Benson Dunwoody]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' episode "Olaf in Love", we learn the full name of Mr. [=McLeish=]'s BeleagueredAssistant is Olaf Hugglesbjork.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Uncle", Ocho reveals that his real name is Harry Tootmorsel. According to him, "Tootmorsel" is a Flemish name meaning "hot wind from the south".