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->'''Sally Sparrow:''' We should set up an agency.\\
'''Kathy Nightingale:''' Sparrow and Nightingale! That '''so''' works!\\
'''Sally Sparrow:''' I dunno. It's a bit Creator/{{ITV}}.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]]

TV networks have an unsettling habit of giving their shows titles which rely on puns on the lead character's name -- particularly if the character's name reflects the premise and/or theme of the show. For example, in a TV series named ''Swift Justice'' you can pretty much bet that our hero will be named something like "Jane Justice" or "John Swift" (or, Heaven help us, Federal District Court Judge "Justice Alice Swift").

This is most common in the United Kingdom, but still happens elsewhere.

In the United States, puns are more popular for [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming titles of individual episodes]]. See ''Series/KnightRider'', ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' and ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. Also, see many animated series for individual episode title examples. See PunnyName for characters; also compare JustifiedTitle.

Subtrope of CharacterTitle and PunBasedTitle. If a work's name is a pun on anything ''other'' than a character's name, it should go to PunBasedTitle.




[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Semi-example: ''StrangeTales'' was a pre-existing book, but after Comicbook/DoctorStrange debuted there, he eventually took over the series.
** This is somewhat common for early comics: Because they were almost all anthology titles, or had one primary story and one back-up story that would change intermittently, the titles are generally just supposed to be dynamic and interesting sounding, and sometimes reflecting their given genre; as such, some writers would just borrow their name from the title they were going to write for when coming up with the character. Hence, when Gardner Fox got an assignment for ''FlashComics'', he created the first incarnation of super-speedster The Flash.
* ''Pryde & Wisdom'', a series about Kitty Pryde and Pete Wisdom.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''' original title as a mini-series, "Pride and Joy". Doubles as a AntagonistTitle since revolves around the children of The Pride, a supervillain group.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* ''FanFic/TheEndIsNear'', a ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic in which Near plays a major role.
* The chapter of ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' where the SOS Brigade goes to a Music/{{GWAR}} concert is called, naturally, "The Melancholy of [=GWARuhi=] Suzumiya".

* ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', in which the main character is named Will Hunting. Though the aforementioned main character himself is [[{{Jerkass}} anything but good]].
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'', a comedy about Martin Blank, a hitman who returns to his home town of Grosse Pointe for his high school reunion.
* Strangely averted in ''Film/KnightAndDay''. The title combined with the plotline suggest that at some point in development the ActionHero male protagonist and ActionSurvivor female protagonist were named Knight and Day, but they don't have those surnames in the actual film. (though the male's true surname ''is'' Knight)
* ''Film/MajorPayne''
* ''Murphy's Law'', about a L.A. cop named Jack Murphy.
* There was a movie in the '90s called ''Film/PoeticJustice,'' about a girl named Justice who writes poetry.
* ''Film/StoneCold'', in regards of the main character John Huff's alias, John Stone.
* All of the sequels to ''Trancers'', the adventures of time-travelling cop Jack Deth, barring ''Trancers III'', which has no subtitle: ''Trancers 2: Deth Lives'', ''Trancers 4: Jack of Swords'', ''Trancers 5: Sudden Deth'', ''Trancers 6: Life After Deth''.
* ''Condo Painting'', a documentary about the painter named George Condo.
* ''Good Deeds'', TylerPerry film about Wesley Deeds, who learns to be good.
* ''Film/IronWill'' hangs a lampshade on this with its young protagonist, who [[{{Determinator}} refuses to quit]] while trying to win a sled dog race. The race's announcer declares that the boy has an [[TitleDrop iron will]], only to be promptly told (to his surprise) that the boy's name ''is'' Will.
* In ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'', Summer is the first name of the female lead.
* ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' is a reference to Christian Grey, the male lead character's name.

* ''The Cybil War'' by Betsy Byars is about a LoveTriangle involving two boys and a girl named Cybil.
* The even-numbered books in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series: ''The Honor of the Queen, Field of Dishonor, Honor Among Enemies, Echoes of Honor, War of Honor,'' and ''Mission of Honor.''
* Every book in Robert Asprin's ''PhulesCompany'' series is a pun on the main character's surname, which is... [[CaptainObvious Phule]]. Hence ''Phule's Paradise'', ''A Phule And His Money'', ''Phule's Errand''...
* LoisMcMasterBujold claims that several of her [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] books have had ''Miles to Go'' as a working title, but she's always come up with something better before publication.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/GoodeBehavior'', a Sherman Helmsley vehicle from the first seasons of the Creator/{{UPN}} network. The title character was a con man named Willie B. Goode, who moves in with his estranged son -- a college professor and successful, honest man -- after making parole.
* ''Series/StateOfGrace'', a Fox Family show about the friendship of 12-year-olds Hannah (who is Jewish) and Grace (who is Christian).
* ''Series/GraceUnderFire'', sitcom about a woman named Grace Kelly, surviving "under fire" from the hassles of being a single mother, a recovering alcoholic and blue collar in modern America.
* ''Series/SavingGrace'' [[RunningGag is about a woman named Grace]] who gets a "last chance angel" (named Earl) who's trying to save her from going to hell because she drinks and boinks a lot.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', a medical drama named after the main character Doctor Meredith Grey and after a classic mid-19th-century medical book, ''Gray's Anatomy''. Just be thankful they didn't call it Grace Anatomy.
* ''TruCalling'', a drama about Tru Davies, who receives the "calling", an injunction to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* ''HopeAndFaith'', about two sisters by those names.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'', about a girl named Joan who lives in the town of Arcadia and talks to God
* ''Series/LieToMe'' sounds similar to the lead character's name (Lightman), who, ironically enough, ''uncovers'' lies for a living.
* Parodied on ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** Kenneth describes his ideas for TV shows:
---> "I have an idea for a show about a teacher named 'Art'. I call that one ''Art School''. And one about a Jewish guy who opens an ice cream parlor. That one's called ''Ice Cream Cohen''. And a drama about two cops: one named 'Cash' and one named 'Carry'. I don't have a title for that one."
** There's also Jenna's old role in a PoliceProcedural: "It was called ''Good Looking'', and I played Alexis Goodlooking, who was also [[FairCop good-looking]], and my special ability was being ''good at looking'' for clues."
* Parodied on ''Series/ImAlanPartridge'' as a desperate program idea to save Alan's career: ''A Partridge Amongst The Pigeons''. "At this stage it's just a title".
* ''TheRoyalFamily'' (not to be confused with ''The Royle Family'' from British TV, also an example), a DomCom starring comedian Redd Foxx as Alfonso Royal, the patriarch of the titular family. Short lived owing to Foxx's death after filming seven episodes of the show.
* ''Series/NewAmsterdam'': The hero, detective John Amsterdam, named himself after the city, is secretly immortal and has been living in New York since it was the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.
* ''Series/GetSmart'', featuring the inept secret agent Maxwell Smart.
* ''BetterOffTed'', a sitcom about a man named Ted who works in research and development at an unscrupulous corporation.
* The short-lived series ''{{Payne}}'', itself a remake of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', renamed the hotelier "Royal Payne" to make the pun work again.
* There's also ''TylerPerrysHouseOfPayne''.
* [[Series/{{Friends}} Joey Tribbiani]] starred in the abortive [[AndroidsAndDetectives buddy cop/robot show]] ''Mac & [[FunWithAcronyms C.H.E.E.S.E.]]''. There was some LampshadeHanging about the ContrivedCoincidence of the robot's full title abbreviating so well...
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has an InUniverse example. Several of Rick Castle's books in the Derek Storm series were in this pattern -- ''Gathering Storm, Storm Season, Storm Rising, Storm Warning, Storm's Break, Storm Fall'' -- and he plans on doing the same for his new character, Nikki Heat -- ''Heat Wave, Summer Heat, In Heat'', etc.
* ''Series/HartToHart'', about Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a CEO and freelance photographer, respectively. [[TheyFightCrime They solve crimes!]]
* ''Series/CrossingJordan''
* A blissfully short-lived series called ''Sunday in Paris''. Sunday was the main character, and Paris was the one in Texas.
* The short lived, early-90s show ''Mann & Machine" featured a futuristic detective named Mann [[AndroidsAndDetectives and his robot partner]] (played by Yancy Butler).
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a sketch featuring a game show parody called "What is ''Series/BurnNotice''?" The contestants had no idea, and one of the wrong answers was a guess that it was "about the detective team of Michael Burn and Chet Notice."
* One episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'' saw a network making a TV show based on the Bundy family; the show was titled "Pease in a Pod". No points for guessing the family's name.
* ''Series/RaisingHope'' and ''Series/RunningWilde'', a pair of back-to-back sitcoms on Fox. The former is about raising a baby named Hope. The latter is about a guy named Wilde who runs an eponymous oil business.
* ''Series/MartialLaw'', a cop drama about a Chinese police officer and martial arts expert named Sammo Law.
* ''Series/StarkRavingMad'', a sitcom about a book editor working for author Ian Stark.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' tried way too hard with this. It was once known as ''Welcome to Mollywood'' and starred a girl named Molly. Then it became ''Welcome to Holliwood'', about a girl named... Holli. Eventually her named was changed to Sonny and the show got its final title. It's still a pun, although it seems a bit more forced in the end.
* ''Series/JudgingAmy'' - She's called Amy, and she's a judge...
* A man whose last name is Chance dies and turns into a ghost. Yes, it's a short-lived sitcom named "Ghost of a Chance".
* ''Series/HartOfDixie'' - She's Zoe Hart, and she's a heart surgeon!
* ''Murphy's Law'' - He's an insurance-fraud investigator named Daedelus Patrick Murphy.
* ''Series/MastersOfSex'', which not only sounds cheesy but actually seems to marginalize the importance of Virginia Johnson of Masters & Johnson.
* Parodied on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. The actor Judge Reinhold is the host of a courtroom-based reality TV show, and it's called... ''Mock Trial with J. Reinhold''. (Featuring house band [[Series/AmericanIdol William Hung]] and his Hung Jury.)
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' parodies this when the title of the short film "Body Care & Grooming" appears on screen:
-->'''Tom Servo:''' Body Care! And Grooming! ''[[BuddyCopShow They're cops!]]''

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' is about the lives of the Fox family.
* ''ComicStrip/HeartOfTheCity'' is about a girl named Heart who lives in [[TheCity Center City]], UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}.
* Both of the ''SallyForth'' comics. The Wally Wood comics are a better example, since they involve the characters setting out on adventures (sallying forth), while the pun in the Greg Howard comics is probably meant to be ironic.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Too Many Cooks'', a farce by Frank Craven featuring an extended family of ObnoxiousInLaws named Cook.
* ''Purlie Victorious'', where the hero's full name is Purlie Victorious Judson.
* ''Tomfoolery'', a revue based on the comic songs of Music/TomLehrer.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'' stars a half-vampire woman named Rayne, who kills Nazis bloodily.
* ''Custer's Revenge'', the notorious "adult video game" for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}, had as the player's goal General George Armstrong Custer raping an Indian maiden named Revenge.
* ''VideoGame/GeneralChaos'' has two warring generals named Chaos and Havoc.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', which crosses over with PunnyName.

* ''CharCole'', which is about a guy named Cole who gets turned into a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charmander]].
* ''Webcomic/WrightAsRayne'' is about Alex Rayne, a vigilante who gets forced into the body of a teenager named Dorothy Wright.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' is a work of, er, SequentialArt featuring a guy called Art.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Parodied on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' when George Washington Carver (as Leon Black) and Gandhi (as Tandoori Jones) made the SaltAndPepper cops "Black and Tan".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', about [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Ben Tennyson]], who is 10 years old and acquires a ClingyMacGuffin that allows him to turn any of into 10 different aliens.
** The Hebrew dub of the show keeps the title, which literally means: ''Ben is 10 years old''.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is about Hank Hill and his family; to keep the pun intact, the Latin American dub is called ''Los Reyes de la colina'', and Hank Hill was renamed Héctor Reyes.
* ''TheProudFamily.''
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', about a purple cat named Eek!.
* ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Pryde of the X-Men]]'', a 1989 animated pilot (unrelated to the later animated series from the early 90's) featuring, naturally, Kitty Pryde.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' - The main character is Taz and the show is set on Tasmania.
* ''TheRomanHolidays'', a 1972 Saturday morning cartoon set in ancient Rome, about a family with the surname(!?) Holiday.
* ''TheseAreTheDays'', a 1974 Saturday morning cartoon about a Waltons-like family with the surname Day.
* ''ConstantPayne''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': The founder and caretaker of the home respectively, are Madame Foster and Franky Foster.
* ''Pandamonium'' was an obscure CBS cartoon from 1982 about three talking pandas and their teenage friends.
* An in-universe example from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - Troy [=McClure=] has a sitcom. "My new show is called ‘Handle with Care.’ I play Jack Handle, a retired cop who shares an apartment with a retired criminal. We’re the original Odd Couple!"


* In TheEighties, there were two very prominent {{Double Act}}s with "Sparrow & Nightingale" type names; Creator/TheBBC had Little & Large, and {{ITV}} had Cannon & Ball.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is used as the names of a number of comic strips in a number of BritishComics, e.g. Les Pretend of ''TheBeano''.
* ''RogueTrooper'' is about a trooper who goes rogue. Who happens to be named Rogue.

* ''TheNowShow Book of Records'' has a list of the Worst TV Sitcom Premises. ''Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones'' is about Eddie Sticks and Brian Stones, who work the bone-crusher in an abattoir. ''There's No Smoke Without Fire'' is about Eddie Smoke, who goes on holiday without his friend Brian Fire, only for Brian to track him down. ''Rhythm is a Dancer'' is about Maggie Rhythm, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who is a dancer]].
* All of the intended books in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' have had their titles released. They are: ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre''; ''Black, White and Shades of Mediochre''; ''Caught Mediochre-Handed''; ''Sent Into Mediochre-drive''; and ''Mediochrity''. The title character is named after the shade of red (medi-ochre), and his name is pronounced the same as 'mediocre'.
* The novels on which ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' were based are also titled this way: as well as ''A Touch of Frost'', there was ''Winter Frost'', ''Night Frost'', ''Hard Frost'', ''Frost at Christmas'' and ''A Killing Frost'' and the three newly published prequel novels chronicling Frost's early days as a Detective Sergeant follow this pattern, the third and second novels were entitled respectively : ''Fatal Frost'' and ''Morning Frost'' and naturally the first prequel novel was entitled ''First Frost''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/TheGoodLife'': About a couple named Tom and Barbara Good, who quit the rat race and start a farm in their garden to simplify their lives.
** This was [[MarketBasedTitle shown as]] ''Good Neighbors'' in the United States, preserving the pun.
* ''Series/RosemaryAndThyme'': About a pair of gardeners and amateur sleuths named Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme. This one was a bit much even for the British, and was widely mocked; the ''Series/DoctorWho'' page quote is probably a specific reference to this.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': About incompetent hotelier Basil Fawlty.
* ''Series/TheRoyleFamily'': about a Mancunian family called the Royles.
* ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'': About Detective Inspector William [[InSeriesNickname 'Jack']] Frost.
* ''Series/MurphysLaw'': About undercover policeman Tommy Murphy.
* ''DistantShores'': About a family named the Shores, who move out to a remote fishing village.
* ''{{Strange}}'': About a supernatural investigator named John Strange.
* ''Film/SavingGrace'': About a widow gardener who becomes a drug dealer to solve her financial problems.
* ''GraceAndFavour'' (shown in the United States as ''Are You Being Served? Again!''): About the owners/employees of "Grace Manor" (Incidentally, the original ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' probably stands as the only show to ever feature a major character called Grace and ''not'' make a punny title out of it).
* ''RobinsNest'': In the sequel series to ''Man About the House'' (the original British inspiration for ''Series/ThreesCompany''), newly-qualified chef Robin Tripp moves into his own place with his girlfriend, and starts a business with her father.
* ''BreezeBlock'': About the Breeze family, who live in a tower block in Newcastle. [[note]]A breeze block is the British English name for a cinderblock.[[/note]]
* ''TheBrittasEmpire'': About a pompous but well-meaning oaf called Gordon Brittas who runs a leisure centre.
* ''RomansEmpire'': About a businessman called Roman.
* Parodied heavily in ''ThisMorningWithRichardNotJudy'' which described shows such as ''Chalk and Cheese'' (Ian Chalk and Ian Cheese are two men. [[OddCouple They are very different]]. However, they eventually become friends and realise they are {{not so different}} after all. [[HilarityEnsues With hilarious consequences]]), ''Fruit and Nuts'' (Ian Fruit and Ian Nuts are roommates. Ian Fruit is allergic to nuts and Ian Nuts is allergic to fruit. Ian Nuts is a homicidal maniac. Consequently, he's always trying to sneak fruit and nuts into everything they eat. With fatal consequences.) and ''Bent Coppers'' (Ian and Iain Bent are brothers who are policemen. One is corrupt and the other is homosexual. They both suffer from curvature of the spine, and they're made of copper - [[AndroidsAndDetectives they're robots in the future]]. With hilarious consequences.)
** Similarly, a list of potential sitcom titles consisted of just strained puns such as ''A. Bird in the Hand'' (Anthony Bird is manager of the Hand pub), ''Anne R. in The Month'' (Anne R. is manager of The Month Pub) and by the end of the list coming up with ''There Are More Things In Heaven and Earth Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy'' (About how Ian Thing is joined by his relatives at the Heaven and Earth Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy pub).
** The ''Chalk and Cheese'' joke was also used by ''Series/DeadRingers'' and ''PrivateEye'', both referring to police shows - a reference to how ITV was producing a lot of them with {{Pun Based Title}}s at the time (hence the page quote).
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had a sketch featuring rival comedy duos called "Fish and Chipp" and "Pin and Cushion". Chipp and Pin leave to form their own duo (Chip & PIN [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit being a then-new form of credit card payment]]); to their chagrin, Fish & Cushion are far more successful. ("That doesn't even ''mean'' anything!") To add insult to injury, Fish & Cushion went on to star in the ads for the Chip & PIN system...
* Parodied in a series of [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake previews]] by satellite channel UK Gold to publicise its new American imports: one involved a pair of British coppers named Alan Tea and George Biscuits going over to work in the States with the obvious FishOutOfWater gags - the series, naturally, was called "Tea and Biscuits".
* One ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' episode includes a fake talk show called ''It's A. Tree'', hosted by Arthur Tree. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Who's a talking tree.]]
* ''Nelson's Column'', a 1990s show about a newspaper columnist called Gavin Nelson.
* ''The Life Of Riley'', about a DysfunctionalFamily called Riley.
* ''Prince Amongst Men'', about an arrogant ex-footballer called Gary Prince.
* ''DocMartin'', about [[DrJerk Dr. Martin Ellingham]]. Acknowledged in-show, as the locals nickname him "Doc Martin" [[TheComicallySerious to his considerable displeasure]].
* ''Series/ScottAndBailey'' is an example of this trope purely for its own sake - the show has precisely nothing to do with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motte-and-bailey Motte and Bailey castles]], but is in fact a dramatic BuddyCopShow about DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey. Unless of course it's a [[FridgeBrilliance really obscure homage]] to ''Series/{{Castle}}''?
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0201387/ Moon and Son]]'', about a professional "psychic" called Gladys Moon and her genuinely psychic son Trevor.
* ''BlackBooks'', about misanthropic bookshop owner Bernard Black ([[InUniverse whose shop itself]] is also called "Black Books").
* ''ATouchOfCloth'', a spoof cop show show whose title is a riff on ''ATouchOfFrost'' combined with some ToiletHumour.
* ''Series/{{Whites}}'': The title refers to chefs' uniforms, but also the main character's surname. As his restaurant also bears his name, this could be seen as an InUniverse case.
* ''Series/ToastOfLondon'', about an actor named Stephen Toast who [[SmallNameBigEgo isn't quite the celebrity]] the title implies.
* ''Series/ChanceInAMillion'' was a SitCom about a man named Tom Chance who was frequently the victim of incredibly unlikely circumstances. he was the man to whom the proverbial 'chance in a million" would always happen.

* The [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]] album ''Best of Music/TheBeatles''.
* When Music/TheBeatles recorded their first album, George Martin at first thought of calling it "Off the Beatle Track" before going for ''Please Please Me''.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Clare In The Community'', about a social worker called Clare. [[note]]For the benefit of non-British tropers who won't get the joke, "Care In The Community" was the buzzword de jour when we decided to close down most of our psychiatric hospitals and support -or at least try to support- the mentally ill in their own homes.[[/note]] Also a {{radio}} sitcom based on the comic.

* ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' is thematically concerned with the boundaries of honesty (i.e., earnestness) and literally concerned with whether or not either of the main characters is ''named'' Ernest (Which is, indeed, [[SeriousBusiness important]].)
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' is also known as ''What You Will'' which is a play not on the character names but on the playwright's.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' is a mix of the main characters' names (''Banjo-Kazooie'') and "[[ElectricBoogaloo two]]".
* ''VideoGame/HeadOverHeels'', about a pair of symbiotic creatures named Head and Heels.
* ''Bubble & Squeak'', which is a pun on British food.
* ''Slightly Magic'', starring an apprentice magician named Slightly.
* ''Three Weeks in Paradise'', with Wally Week's family of three.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}'' is about the adventures of John Rochard, an asteroid miner. Lampshasded by the tagline "Rock is hard. John Rochard is harder."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''KateModern'', about an artist named Kate (a pun on the Tate Modern art gallery).


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'' obviously plays off the GratuitousEnglish phrase, "Let's go!", but it's about two brothers named Retsu and Go.
* ''DarkerThanBlack'', given that the name of the AntiHero, Hei, is Chinese for "black".
* ''Hokuto no Ken'', the Japanese title of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', can be interpreted as both, a reference to the martial art style ''Hokuto Shinken'' (the "Hokuto Divine Fist") or the main character himself, Kenshiro (who is nicknamed Ken, as in "Ken of Hokuto"). The important word here is "Ken", which translates to "Fist".
* The Japanese for ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', ''Hayate No Gotoku,'' literally means ''Just Like the Hurricane!''--but, well, the hero's name is Hayate Ayasaki, and the first name [[MeaningfulName just means that]].
* ''Anime/HeroicAge'': the main character is named Age, and he is heroic. Simultaneously a reference to the "heroic age" of GreekMythology, which the series references heavily.
* ''Kagome Kagome'', a manga by Toshiki Yui, has two characters named Kagome; its title is also the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagome_Kagome Japanese children's game]].
* ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]''. The X that initially appeared to just be a way to differentiate this from the standard ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' Sound Stages (which are numbered 1-4 and are simply side-stories to the current season, unlike X which is a completely new StoryArc) turned out to also refer to the MysteriousWaif named Ikusu, whose name is transcribed to romaji in the CD booklet as X.
* ''MariaHolic''. In this case, "Maria" refers to the Virgin Mary and therefore its Catholic girls' school setting, but sounds ''very'' similar to Mariya, the name of one of the show's central characters and VillainousCrossdresser, on whom the heroine has a crush.
* ''Mach [=GoGoGo=]!'', the Japanese version of ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', is named after the vehicle the main character drives. "Go", aside for being a legitimate English word and the Japanese word for "[[OneTwoThreeFourGo five]]", is also used as a suffix to indicate numbers. Thus, the Mach Five is known as the Mach Go-Go (Mach No. 5). Speed Racer himself (the character) is known by the name of "Go Mifune" in Japan (Go Hibiki in the 1997 remake).
* ''TanteiGakuenQ'' is about the "Qualified" class of a school for detectives. The main character just happens to be named Kyu.
* The title of ''TenchiMuyo'' comes from a Japanese idiom equivalent to the saying "This Way Up". When interpreted literally, it means "No Need for Tenchi" or "No Need for Heaven and Earth".
* The main character of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is called Ika Musume, or Ika-chan[[note]]mainly by Sanae[[/note]], or Ika-nee-chan[[note]]mainly by Takeru[[/note]]. Every mini-episode (of which there are three per full episode) has a title written in the negative interrogative[[note]]for example: "Aren't I...", "Won't you...", "Doesn't she..."[[/note]], which, in Japanese, causes the title to end in "''nai ka''", just for the [[{{Pun}} porpoise]] of having "i-ka" in it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Sutte Hakkun'' is a Japan-exclusive Creator/{{Nintendo}} game featuring a bird named Hakkun who sucks up colors and injects them into blocks. "Sutte haku" is a Japanese expression meaning "breathe in, breathe out."
* The ''PC Genjin'' (''VideoGame/{{Bonk}}'') and ''PC Denjin'' (''VideoGame/AirZonk'') games for the PC-Engine (TurboGrafx16) console.
* ''VideoGame/TimeAndEternity'' has Princess Toki ("time") and her SplitPersonality Towa ("eternity").


* The German book ''Glennkill'' is about a shepherd named Glenn, who is killed.
* The German Selb trilogy by the author of ''Literature/TheReader'': Selbs Justiz (=self justice), Selbs Betrug (=self-deception), Selbs Mord (=suicide).

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''BachelorsWalk'' is a variant in that the pun is on a specifically named place rather than a specifically named person: It's a dramedy about three unmarried men living on an oddly named Dublin street, Bachelor's Walk.
* ''MarshallLaw'', an Australian series about lawyers, two of whom have the surname Marshall.
* ''King of Kensington'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Kensington 70s Canadian sitcom]] about a man from Toronto's Kensington Market neighborhood named Larry King (no, not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_King him.]])
* ''Met Meus en Vork'' is a Belgian cooking show presented by Jeroen Meus. The title is a play of words on Met mes en vork which is Dutch for With knife and fork.
* ''[[Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox My Girlfriend Is (a) Nine-Tailed Fox]]'' (Korean). Nine-tailed fox = ''gumiho''. In Korean, there would be no indefinite article, so the title is literally ''My Girlfiend is Gumiho''. The main character is called Gu Mi Ho for most of the drama.
* ''[[Series/YouAreBeautiful You're Beautiful]]'' - The title in Korean is "Mi-nam-i shi-ne-yo", which can be translated to ''He's/She's/You're Beautiful'' or ''He's/She's/You're Mi Nam'' because there is no pronoun. The main character is also pretending to be "Mi Nam", or rather, she ''is'' Mi Nam.
* German tv series ''Stocker und Stein'' (related to [[LuckyTranslation "sticks and stones"]])

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'': The main character is named Link; he has to deal with the consequences of the past of Hyrule.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' puns on Link's name in the same way, referring both to Link once again teleporting to and from the DarkWorld, and to his ability to turn into a 2D painting.
* ''VideoGame/XMenMutantApocalypse'': the game centers around a mutant apocalypse which involves one of the X-Men's adversary, an evil mutant named Apocalypse.
* ''VideoGame/WillRock'': main character? Willford Rockwell.
* ''Wolf of the Battlefield: VideoGame/{{Commando}} 3'' named one of its three player characters Wolf.