This is not just a name that is very common and unremarkable; this is a name that calls attention to how generic it is. In other words, the name is a word that means "generic," and is therefore a very uncommon name.

See also MrSmith, AwesomeMcCoolname and FailOSuckyname.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* The five component vehicles in ''Anime/SupercarGattiger'' are given the uncreative names Center Machine, Left Machine, Right Machine, End Machine, and Up Machine.

[[AC:{{Comics}}]]
* In the ''ComicBook/SinisterDexter'' story ''Malone'', Finny has erased his memory and changed his face and moved to a planet called Generica.
* ''Comicbook/GIJoe'' was originally named this way. They were average Joes who were in the General Infantry. Until later, when they became elite special agents.
* Jenn Erica from the comic strip ''Ink Pen''.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': This is the reasoning behind [[MrSmith Agent Smith]]'s name. The other two in the first movie are Agents Brown and Jones.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Grey Murphy of the {{Literature/Xanth}} series is initially portrayed as an extremely mediocre person, and his name is clearly a reflection on this. It's even [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the circumstances of his birth: Grey was born shortly after his father Magician Murphy had been exiled to [[RealIsBrown the boring world of Mundania]], and so perhaps Murphy Sr. named his son after the fact that he would be growing up in this kind of "gray," mediocre world.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Captain Nemo, which literally means "no one".
* The main character of ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is named Hiroki "Hiro" Protagonist.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Jerri Blank and her family from ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''. Her name arose from the creators' need for a placeholder, which they grew attached to and decided it was "just ugly enough."

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* In the ''{{TabletopGame/Pendragon}}'' tabletop RPG, the sample characters are all members of the "de Falt" family.

[[AC:VideoGame]]
* The continent on which ''Franchise/DragonAge'' takes place is called "Thedas" which is an abbreviation of ''THE'' ''D''ragon ''A''ge ''S''etting that was used as a placeholder by the developers and then was kept as the name.
* ''VideoGame/FZero'' brings us the pilot John Tanaka, whose name is a combination of a generic Western male given name and a generic Japanese family name.
* In the PC adventure/RPG ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', should you decide not to name your hero, his name will be "Unknown Hero". This gets awkward if you bring the hero into later games, and [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] address you by that name.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SturgeonsLaw'', Rakesh is a student at [[http://sturgeonslaw.net/comic/43-ethics/ College State University]]. Go fighting Mascots!
* ''WebComic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is set (mostly)in Bob's generic hometown Generictown.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* The Parr family from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Any golfer knows "par" means average, hence it's a name that tells you how totally normal these people are and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial are in no way]] [[SecretIdentity superheroes in disguise]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'': Bobby's family are the "Generics". However, whenever someone pronounces it like the English word, a family member corrects them: [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY it's pronounced "Jenn-er-ick"]].
* Mayor Blank, from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''.
* The Anybody family from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus''.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, Brian moves to L.A. to try and make it in Hollywood. One of his co-workers at his crummy minimum wage job successfully sells a script with a protagonist named John Everyman.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* In the United States, when a legal case needs to name someone whose name is either not currently known or not wanted to be revealed, the name John Doe is used. If more than one, it can be John Doe #1, John Doe #2, etc. If female, it can be Jane Doe or Jane Roe. Which is why the famous abortion case is ''Roe vs. Wade'', as the woman wished to remain anonymous. The Wade was Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, representing the State of Texas.
** Also, "John Smith" and "John Citizen" are placeholder names.
*** [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] is fond of using "John Smith" as an alias for this reason. Lampshaded in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]" when people don't believe it.
** A fairly antiquated term for the average voter/customer is "John Q. Public". Still used a bit today, although Q has become a much less common middle initial.

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%%Is this the original book or the film based on it
* Creator/HGWells' "Things to Come" centers around a city called "Everytown".

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