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[[caption-width-right:350:Yes, they're named after THOSE [[Music/TheCars Cars]], Music/{{ACDC}}, and [[Music/GeorgeMichael Wham!]][[note]]Although their [[SpellMyNameWithAnS proper translations]] are "Kars", "Esidisi", and "Wamuu."[[/note]]]]

->''"A set of guns masterfully crafted by the famed demon-smith Rodin, waiting for their time to finally be put to use. Individually, their names are Prelude, Minuet, Toccata and Nocturne."''
-->-- Description of the weapons 'Love is Blue' from ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2''

Ah, music. Everybody likes some form, and so it's only natural that many authors name their characters after the sounds they like.

Musical ThemeNaming comes in a few flavours. A common form is to name the characters after [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous a well-known musician]]. Others name characters after musical genres, instruments, or concepts.

The particular entity after which a character is named sometimes reflects their personality. For example, someone named after a rock star tends to be hard-drinking, hard-partying, and hard-living, while one named after a classical composer will be more refined, intellectual, and graceful. However, it's also not uncommon for these names to simply exist for the sake of keeping a theme and just so happen to be musical, and may only exist purely for the audience's amusement.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Some of the characters, all of the cities and countries, and every last one of the magical spells in ''Manga/{{Bastard}}!!'' are named after heavy metal and hard rock bands. For licensing/trademark reasons, this has been ''extremely'' obscured in the official North American release -- for example, the kingdom of Music/{{Metallica}}na becomes Meta-Ricana, the nation of Music/JudasPriest is referred to simply as Judas, etc.
** In a more thematic theme naming, Dark Schneider is named after Udo Dirkschneider, and the spell to release the seal on him is named after Dirkschneider's band Accept.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those three recurring old geezers]] on ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' had thematic names -- Antonio, Carlos and Jobim. Put them together and you get the name of a famous brazilian musician.
** Also, every episode title has either a genre or musical reference.
* From the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series we have Demon King Piccolo and his henchmen being named for musical instruments, Tambourine, Drum and others.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', main character Lucy and her family have names from songs linked to Music/TheBeatles: while she and her father take their names from "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Hey Jude" respectively, her mother shares her name with Music/EricClapton's "Layla", a song inspired by an unrequited love who happened to be Music/GeorgeHarrison's wife. Other than Lucy's own, however, the author has yet to acknowledge the reference.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and its sequel ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' combine this with MerchandiseDriven, having several of the HumongousMecha named after licenced music that appears in the anime's soundtrack. Examples include the MechaExpansionPack METEOR units ("Meteor" is a song by TM Revolution, which is unsurprisingly used as the device's theme song), the Akatsuki ("Akatsuki no Kuruma," the sad song that plays when Nicol bites it) & the GOUF Ignited ("Ignited" is one of Destiny's title themes).
* It doesn't take long for even the most casual viewers/readers of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' to realise that Hirohiko Araki has named just about every character ''in'' the damn thing after ''something''. By far the most prominent is Araki's use of musical references, such as prominent villain Dio Brando (Ronnie James Dio and Marlon Brando), numerous characters throughout the entire series' run and just about every Stand originating after ''Stardust Crusaders''. Even the series' first lead protagonist - Jonathan Joestar - is named after a [[http://www.skylark.co.jp/jonathan/index.html Japanese restaurant chain]]. To start with, the Stands were given their names by linking a tarot card to a colour (Jotaro Kujo's ''Star Platinum'', Noriaki Kakyoin's ''Hierophant Green''; though Dio's Stand foregoes a colour and is simply named ''[[MemeticMutation The World]]'') before the latter half of ''Stardust Crusaders'' introduced villains with Stands named after members of the Egyptian pantheon. By Part 3's end, Araki then returned to the musical theme, naming them after bands, albums or songs (Crazy Diamond, Goo Goo Dolls, Superfly, Killer Queen). The Pillar Men provide the current page image (not shown: the youngest Pillar Man, Music/{{Santana}}).
* Many of the fairies in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' are named for the notes of the musical ladder (Dodo, Rere, Mimi, etc), and even those that don't fit this mold have the same syllable repeated twice as their name (Baba, Hehe etc.). In the English dub, this was also extended to the dub names for Doremi, Hazuki and Aiko (respectively, Dorie, Reanne, Mirabelle).
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' has all of the Dolems named after musical terms, and there's a fair amount of people getting Mayan-mythology-inspired nicknames. However, these names are much more intentional than normal; art (particularly music) and Mayan mythology are central elements to the show.
* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', a lot of the cities are named after music genres: Garage Island (garage rock), Punk Street (punk rock), Hip Hop City, Ska City, the main continent Symphonia and others. What planet does this series take place on, the Planet of Music Genres?
* ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' has just about ''everyone'' named after musical instruments and terms (Guitar, Bass, Cornett, Oboe). The only exceptions are the hero, Hamel, who is named after the violinist of legend (and who plays a huge violin), and Pandora (who opens the box that sealed the Mazoku inside). Places are also named appropriately, such as Stacatto Village and the kingdom of Dalsegno. Additionally, the four generals of the Mazoku are named Bass, Guitar, Sizer (Synthesizer, or keyboard) and Drum, the main instruments of a rock band; the heroes are Hamel (violin), Raiel (a kind of piano, which he carries on his back -- a mean feat, since it's made of gold and weighs 500 pounds!), Oboe, Flute and Trom Bone -- all instruments of classic music. BigBad Kestra (or Chestra, depending on translation) could mean ''orchestra'' or simply refer to the chest he was trapped in (pictures of him depict a chest with an eye glaring out of the darkness). Others include Vocal and his partner Orgel, a German loanword that in the Japanese language means 'music box', and in German means 'organ'. The writer even manages to further the themey-ness with sibling pairs like [[spoiler:Lute and Flute]], and the Net siblings Clari Net and Cor Net.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', three villains are named Jose, Placido and Luciano, after the Three Tenors.
* ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', obviously. There are very few characters that don't have either a kanji relating to sound or music in their names, or names that directly relate to music in general.
* Ditto for ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' which has several {{Shout Out}}s to ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''.
* Many characters and special attacks in Manga/SoulEater have music influenced names. Examples include Maka Albarn (from Damon Albarn, of Music/{{Blur}} and {{Music/Gorillaz}} fame), probably Soul himself, Sid Barett (Syd Barrett, Music/PinkFloyd) Kim Diehl (Kim Deal, Music/ThePixies), Blair's [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Smashing Pumpkin]], Kilik's Music/AphexTwin, the list goes on...
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' features a girl named ''Melody'' and her older sister ''Carol''. Carol is known as ''Yodel'' in the Japanese dub.
* The English DVD release of ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' gave each volume a musical title: ''Choir of Pairs'', ''Orchestra of Betrayal'', ''Rondo of Loss'', ''Crescendo of Lamentation'', and ''Song of Prayer''.
* In ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark'', many characters have names that are puns on musicians. These include Sento Isuzu (Music/FiftyCent), Latifa Fullanza (Music/QueenLatifah), Ashe (Music/{{Usher}}), and Kyuubu Aisu (Music/IceCube).
* One episode of ''Manga/ShamanKing'' featured a team of shamans called Team [[Music/BlackSabbath "Sabbath"]], and the members were named Ronny, [[Creator/OzzyOsbourne Ouji]], and Aiyomi. Their spirits have moves named after Black Sabbath songs (with Music/WhiteSnake having moves named after Music/{{Dio}} songs), and Rose and Big Pig's names were changed to "Neon Knight" and "War Pig" in English, further pushing the reference.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''That Wilkin Boy'' published by Franchise/ArchieComics, Bingo Wilkin's bandmates are Teddy Tambourine and Buddy Drumhead.
* The loyal henchmen of Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Bane are named Bird, Trogg and Zombie, all 60s rock groups. (Unfortunately, there's no such band as "The Banes" to complete the set.)
* The villains in the three strands of the ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' / ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' / ''ComicBook/LowLife'' CrossThrough "The Cold Deck", are [[DirtyCop Dirty Judge]] Carolyn Bachman, [[ChurchOfHappyology Church of Simpology]] leader Turner and CorruptCorporateExecutive Enormo Overdrive.
* The Franchise/XMen member Negasonic Teenage Warheadhead is named after a song by Music/MonsterMagnet.

* In the Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme film ''Film/{{Cyborg 1989}}'', the main characters are all named after models of guitars and other instruments.
* In the ''Film/{{Prehysteria}}'' movies, there are five dinosaurs named after singers and musicians: Elvis, Madonna, Jagger, Paula and Hammer.
* The three main characters in the Creator/JohnHughes film ''Some Kind of Wonderful'' all have names that relate to Music/TheRollingStones. Watts after Charlie Watts, Keith after Keith Richards, and Amanda Jones after the song Miss Amanda Jones.
* The movie ''Transylvania 6-5000'' has a pair of servants named Radu and Lupi, named after pianist Radu Lupu.
* The entire cast of ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' has names taken out of Music/TheBeatles songs. There is (Hey) Jude, Lucy (In The Sky With Diamonds), Max(well's Silver Hammer), (Dear) Prudence, (Sexy) Sadie, and Jojo (a reference to the song "Get Back").

* All the between-chapter dialogues in ''Literature/GodelEscherBachAnEternalGoldenBraid'' are titled after musical works by Music/JohannSebastianBach or puns thereon.
* In the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series by Creator/PiersAnthony, we have the triplet princesses (whose magical talents incidentally are related to music) named Melody, Harmony, and Rythmn.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book ''The Secret'', Cassie rescues a litter of four skunk kits. The Animorphs take over tending the kits, with Tobias doing much of the skunk-sitting while the other Animorphs are in school. Marco ends up naming the skunk kits after members of The Ramones - Joey, Johnny, Marky and C.J.
* ''Literature/{{Bumped}}'' by Megan [=McCafferty=] has this trope combined with ThemeTwinNaming in the case SeparatedAtBirth identical twins Harmony and Melody.
* A (very) minor character in Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'' is named [[Music/PinkFloyd Floyd Pinken]]. Doubles as a PunnyName.
* While the starships in the ''Luna''-class in ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' fall under StellarName (named after moons in the Solar System), Titan's shuttles were named by Captain Will Riker, who is big into 20th-century jazz...and thus named his shuttles after 20th century jazz musicians. He has to tell a Vulcan subordinate that the shuttlecraft ''Armstrong'' is named after ''Louie'', not ''Neil'' (she assumed he'd continued the theme of the starships).
* A favourite trope of beloved best-seller [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruki_Murakami#Novels Haruki Murakami]] , with the songs his works are named for (at least the title under which the song was marketed in Japan) also holding some relevance to the plot.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The majority of [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming episode titles]] for ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' are songs from (usually) the 1980s. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Degrassi:_The_Next_Generation_episodes Just look at all of them.]] It's a friggin' iPod playlist. ...Damn, that's a good idea!
** {{Series/Hannah Montana}} sure must have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hannah_Montana_episodes thought so]]......
* ''Series/That70sShow'' had seasons with episode titles named after songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Queen.
* When choosing an alias, [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Sam and Dean Winchester]] like to name themselves after classic rock stars. The episode titles, too, are often references to classic rock.
* It's common for characters in ''Series/AngieTribeca'' to be named after rock musicians - for example, [[Music/TheJGeilsBand Jay Geils]] and [[Music/TheAlanParsonsProject Alan Parsons]].
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' had the Brown family who named their children after Music/TheBeatles, though the connection was only gradually made explicit. George was introduced first under an alias, Frazer Yeats, but a guest character, Johnny Brown, identified him as his brother. After their much younger brother Ringo showed up the following year, it came as little surprise that they had a sister named Pauline (who never appeared in person). Frazer later finds out that he had a younger brother named Paul, who drowned when he was barely a year old.

* The names of Music/TheTravelingWilburys (that is, their names in the liner-note fiction that they're a group of half-brothers, sons of Charles Truscott Wilbury, Sr.) sometimes reflect other musicians: In Volume 1, Music/GeorgeHarrison was [[Music/WillieNelson Nelson]] Wilbury; [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra Jeff Lynne]] was [[Music/OtisRedding Otis]] Wilbury; and Music/RoyOrbison was Lefty Wilbury (after his personal hero Lefty Frizell). In Volume 3, Harrison was [[Music/SpikeJones Spike]] Wilbury and Music/TomPetty was Muddy Wilbury (as in Waters).

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Apart from their leader Destiny, all the Angels in ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' have musical code names: Harmony, Melody, Symphony and Rhapsody.

[[folder:Tabletop Game]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': The low-level Melodius monsters are named after musical terms, while the high-level monsters are named after famous music composers.

* The New York African-American girl singers in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' are named after New York African-American girl groups of the 1960s -- the Crystals, the Ronettes, and the Chiffons.

* My Melody and her family from the ''HelloKitty'' universe.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the English version of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the GoldfishPoopGang are named [[Music/BlackSabbath Ozzie]], [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] and [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]]. Its sequel ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has [[Music/MotleyCrue Nikki]], who actually is a rock star. In the original Japanese, they [[EdibleThemeNaming were named after condiments]], while in the Japanese version of ''Cross'' Nikki was named... Slash. His [[OneSteveLimit name was changed]] since [[spoiler:the aforementioned three appear as a BonusBoss]].
* Characters in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', except [[Music/FredericChopin Chopin]] and other real-world people, are named after musical terms. In addition, each main chapter is named after one of Chopin's famous works.
* Hurdy and Gurdy from the ''Franchise/IvaliceAlliance'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' were named after the Hurdy-Gurdy Instrument; this is especially appropriate for the ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 Tactics A2]]'' Hurdy, who is an actual musician, and even has his namesake as [[InstrumentOfMurder a weapon]] which teaches one of his Bard abilities.
* The characters of the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' games, and sometimes even their attacks, are named after rock groups and artists, especially Music/{{Queen}}. Sol Badguy, for example, is named after Freddie Mercury's ''Sol''o album, Mr. ''Bad Guy''. Sol's real name also happens to be Frederick. Similarly, the character Axl both resembles and is named for Axl Rose (at the prime of his career). Not to mention Sol's favorite band, according to his profile, is Music/{{Queen}}. Go figure.
** There's also Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/{{Testament}}, Music/{{Venom}}, [[Music/{{Helloween}} Ky Kiske]], Millia Rage[[note]] (Meliah Rage)[[/note]], [[Music/{{ABBA}} A.B.A.]], [[Music/FrankZappa Zappa]], [[Music/GunsNRoses Dizzy]], Jam Kuradoberi[[note]] (Cloudberry Jam)[[/note]], and [[Music/IronMaiden Eddie]].
* From ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Carl Clover's movesets are named after musical terms.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has a colourful music theme of the 'bell' type {{Heartless}} (Red Nocturne, Blue Rhapsody, Yellow Opera, Green Requiem and Black Ballade in the first game and ''Chain of Memories''; Crimson Jazz, Silver Rock, Spring Metal and Emerald Blues in ''Kingdom Hearts II''; Scarlet Tango, Grey Caprice, Sapphire Elegy, Turquoise March, Pink Concerto, Striped Aria, and Emerald Serenade in ''358/2 Days'').
** Also in ''Days'', nearly every one of Demyx's weapons is named for a musical reference; there's even one named after the game's English theme tune (as in, it's still called 'Sanctuary' in the Japanese version, in which 'Passion' was the theme). The ones that aren't are his joke weapons (a broom and a tennis racquet) and one sitar called the Million Bucks... but the last might just be a missed joke.
* The moves used by Mature and Vice in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' are all named for heavy metal groups. For obvious reasons, some were tweaked for the English release (e.g. Deathrow->Death Downer, Deicide->Deceaser or Da Cide, etc.). Oddly enough, one of the names--Vice's Misanthrope (mi-sa-n-su-ro-pu)--was apparently mistransliterated even in Japan. It consistently gets called "Mithan's Robe" (mi-sa-n-su-ro-BU).
* The ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series uses a musical theme for the main character robots. Dr. Light's first creation is Blues (officially Proto Man in English, though ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'' used Break Man as an alter-ego to fit in the music theme), and then the brother-sister pair Rock and Roll are built. Rockman's support robots include Tango and Beat. ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' sees the main character assisted by one Duo, who is also in the second arcade game. Dr. Wily adds to this theme by naming his evil counterparts Forte and Gospel (Bass and Treble, respectively). Present in other games were the robots Punk, Ballade, Enker ("enka" being a type of Japanese folk music), Quint (from the term "quintet"), and the Elvis-esque King. This is largely dropped in the subsequent ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, but reappears in ''X5'', where the bosses are all named after members of the band Music/GunsNRoses, although this was only added for the US release, on the suggestion of [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 Claire Redfield's]] voice actress.
** In ''Mega Man X8'', [[spoiler:[[BigBad Lumine's]] OneWingedAngel form's attacks are named Refrain, Legato, Bel Canto, Gravé , Unison and Oratorio. And Paradise Lost]].
** A group of singing enemies in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' are named after famous singers...Lup''inatra'' (for Frank Sinatra), Lup''elvis'' (for Elvis Presley), Lu''pavarot'' (for Luciano Pavarotti), Lup''adonna'' (for Madonna), and Lup''bach'' (for Johann Sebastian Bach).
* The 7 Magypsies in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', Ionia, Aeolia, Doria, Phrygia, Lydia, Mixolydia and Locria, are named after the 7 modular scales in music theory, as suggested by the composer of the game's soundtrack. Locria is the most elusive one, since the Locrian mode is a theoretical construct that does not correspond to any of the medieval modes (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian) or the modern major and minor modes (Ionian, Aeolian).
* Nearly every character from ''Ontamarama'' has a musical term attached to his/her name (Beat, Alto, Coda, Aria, etc.)
* The Koopalings of the ''SuperMarioBros'' games are all named after popular musicians at the time: [[Music/IggyPop Iggy]] Koopa, [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy]] Koopa, [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Ludwig Von]] Koopa (sharing his hairstyle), [[Music/RoyOrbison Roy]] Koopa (sharing his horn-rimmed sunglasses), and [[Music/ThePlasmatics Wendy O.]] Koopa. Exceptions were talk show host [[Series/TheMortonDowneyJrShow Morton Koopa Jr.]] (though that one also sung and worked as a DJ, and the character's star over one eye is probably a Music/{{KISS}} reference), and Larry Koopa - "he’s not Larry Mullen Jr. from Music/{{U2}} or LarryKing—[[http://kotaku.com/how-a-mario-character-was-named-after-motorheads-lemmy-1750180427 he just looked like a Larry."]]
** Actually, Morton Downey Jr. may have recorded a few songs in the 50s and 60s, but he was much more famous for his obnoxious radio-show (where he was fired and replaced by Rush Limbaugh) and later talk-show that later set the standard for ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]''.
** In addition, the fortress bosses from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' are called Reznor, after [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] of course. And Boos were at first known as Boo Diddley, after Music/BoDiddley.
* Some of the characters in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' are named after musical terms, such as "Arietta" or "Largo".
** The Capacity Cores have names based on various speeds and styles of musical notation.
** Military ranks also contain references to the various musical Modes, such as "Dorian General", "Locrian Sergeant", and "Ionian Sergeant". By the same token, Fon Master Ion may well be an other reference to the Ionian mode.
** Most if not all of the shops are also musical terms, such as A Capella (Sheridan), Crescendo (Grand Chokmah), Virtuoso (Baticul) and Serioso (Chesedonia). The game runs circles around the concept of this trope. It's stated that other positions in the military are the Grand Maestro, the just plain Maestros, and Dist's title is that of a Conductor. Five of the Six God Generals (save Asch) are theme named by music- Syncopation, Distortion, Allegretto, Largo, and Aria. The original sixth, Cantabile, follows the theme as well, and his/her name can be seen in a book in Daath as the Commander of Special Operations.
* Pretty much every breed of Noise in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has a music reference in its name, and almost all of these are genres. Big Band Frog, for instance. Each different animal type actually has its own self-contained theme; for example, penguins are all pop-music themed and wolves are rock-themed. Really, the UG as a whole is largely music-themed, with the Reaper hierarchy including a Producer, Composer and Conductor. As well as the brother sister duo, Beat and Rhyme.
* [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl and Slash]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. Simons is named after [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] and G. Oriber (one of the obese mooks) is named after Graham Oliver from Music/{{Saxon}}. Sexy transvestites Music/{{Poison}} and [[Music/RoxyMusic Roxy]] also count... and when they were censored and turned into generic male mooks, those mooks were renamed Sid (as in [[Music/SexPistols Sid Vicious]]) and Billy (as in Music/BillyIdol)! There are also the bosses Music/{{Sodom}} and Music/{{Abigail}}, who shares facial markings with Music/KingDiamond.
* In keeping with the game's emphasis on music, every character in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' was originally named after an instrument. For some reason, this naming scheme was abandoned, and only the title characters keep their musical names.
* Mordekaiser, a Champion in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', has abilities named after metal songs.
* Taken UpToEleven and through the roof with ''[[VideoGame/ExaPico Ar tonelico]]'', which is an entire ''world'' that has almost literally runs off music. Anything that has to do with the technology can and will be based off something from music.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' uses this for a lot of quest names. Examples: "Come Fly With Me" (help some ghouls rocket their way to paradise), "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" (character creation, after you've been shot in the face), "Heartaches By The Number" (Cass' companion quest), "Nothing But A Hound Dog" (Rex the dog's quest), "I Put A Spell On You" (stop or assist a Legion spy in an NCR base).
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Ghetsis [[spoiler:Harmonia, the true mastermind behind [[WellIntentionedExtremist Team Plasma]], and his foster children]], Anthea, Concordia and N Harmonia all have names based on musical terms. Harmonia is the Greek goddess of harmony, and N Harmonia is a play on "enharmonic", which is two differently named notes that play the same tone (such as C sharp and D flat). Meanwhile, Anthea's name comes from "anthem" and Concordia is the Roman equivalent of Harmonia. Ghetsis' name comes from the G and C-Sharp (or Cis) notes, which even get used in his battle theme's kettledrums. G and C-Sharp form a tritone, notes that are three full tones apart, and as a result are prone to dissonance if not handled carefully. Even better, in medieval Europe, tritones were nicknamed "Diabolus en Musica", or "Devil in Music". So, [[spoiler:G/Cis Harmonia, Tritone Harmony...''disharmony''.]]
* All the dancers in the ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' Wii games (save for the Bemani Trio, obviously) are named after something to do with rhythm and music.
* ActionGirl Rhia from ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' has her special moves named after musical term, ranging from Sonatta to Requiem.
* In the Famicom game ''Holy Diver'' (obviously TitledAfterTheSong by Music/RonnieJamesDio), the protagonist and his brother are [[Music/OzzyOsbourne Randy R. and Zakk W.]], of the Music/KingCrimson family.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' gives us the Black Waltz #1, #2, and #3 bosses. Zidane was [[GenreSavvy right on the money in guessing how many of that threat they'd have to face.]]
* Almost ''everything'' in ''VideoGame/HarmoKnight'' is either named after or has a PunnyName based on a musical term or instrument.
* Cadence, the heroine of ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecroDancer''. It's a trend in her family; her mother's name is Melody, her grandmother is Aria, and her father is Dorian. The Necrodancer himself was originally known as "Octavian".
* Most of the Steam achievements in ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSin'' are named after famous and obscure rock/metal songs. This probably has something to do with Creator/LarianStudios being [[OneOfUs utter geeks]] and having a HeavyMithril veteran for a chief composer.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'': Lyude's finishing moves have music-related names: Overture, Concherto, Sfrozando, Creshendo, etc.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Dark Ball 2}} Dark Ball 2 - Kharma]]'', every level set is named after a metal band album (and usually follow a theme according to their literal meanings): ''[[{{Music/Opeth}} Ghost Reveries]]'', ''[[{{Music/Insomnium}} Since The Day It All Came Down]]'', ''[[{{Music/Tristania}} Ashes]]'', ''[[{{Music/MyGrain}} Orbit Dance]]'', ''[[{{Music/Skyfire}} Timeless Departure]]'', [[spoiler: ''[[{{Music/ScarSymmetry}} Dark Matter Dimensions]]'', ''[[{{Music/LacunaCoil}} Karma Code]]'' and ''[[{{Music/InFlames}} Come Clarity]]'']].
* From the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' series, the FallenAngel weaponsmith, Rodin, crafts a musically named set of four guns for the titular character in both games. In the original he crafts the [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel 'Scarborough Fair']], with each gun individually named Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. [[{{VideoGame/Bayonetta2}} In the sequel]], he crafts 'Love is Blue' (named after the song by André Popp and Pierre Cour), with the individual guns being named Prelude, Minuet, Toccata and Nocturne.

* The heroes of ''Webcomic/ThirtyTwoKickUp'' are each named after musicians.
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', characters have names that relate to where they live, so characters who live in the Melody Kingdom have names related to music.
* In ''Webcomic/VaticanAssassins'', every Assassin character is named after a musical instrument. Particularly, the di Largolinios are all named after string instruments (Basscello, Cello, Harp, and Viola).
* In ''Webcomic/CogaNito'', Niko is clearly trying to go for this, naming both her and Eric's Pieces [their fighting forms] for musical references [hers is Smooth Criminal, Eric's is Red Special]. Matt realises what she's doing, though, and deliberately names his Super-8 to break the pattern. Later on we get Apex[sic] Twin and Delirium Trigger, though it's not yet clear exactly who named those.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WordOfGod According to]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] all versions of Liz's alter ego are named after some kind of hard rock act, the main being Iron (Maiden) Liz. Judas (Priest) Liz has shown up and there has been mention of Lita (Ford) Liz on the forums from Linkara.
* In Blog/WhatYouAreInTheDark, each blog post during the final arc is the name of a song by The Beatles.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[MemeticBadass Alto Clef.]] According to his file, he insists his "true name is that of an A major chord played on a ukelele, which it carries around with it at all times should other entities wish to address it by name." Back in the Global Occult Coalition, he was Agent Ukelele, working under a "Scary Lady" named "D.C. al Fine."
** In one of the Foundation Tales, we're told that the "Clef" name is kind of a LegacyCharacter: when Alto dies, the next agent to take the designation becomes "Treble Clef."
* In WebVideo/MyMusic, most of the characters are nicknamed by their favorite music genre. (Metal, Indie, Dubstep, etc.)
* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'': [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Roxie]]'s Pokémon are named after members of the Ramones. Also, Melody, the demon who's teaching Roll how to use some demonic power, fits into the music theme of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', but she's less than a ''Mega Man'' character (due to supernatural origin). Interestingly, the name fitting into the theme was an accident.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Bebop and Rocksteady are named after styles of jazz.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', the cockroaches are named after members of Music/TheRamones (Dee Dee, Joey and Marky).
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', the Bebop Cola vending machine has different flavors, each named after jazz musicians, including Mingus Dew.
* The episode titles of ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' cartoon show were titles of Beatles songs.

* Many Honda cars have this theme: Prelude, Concerto, Quint(et), Ballade, Beat, Jazz, and Domani (the last one being the name of a song).
* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' introduces the character Ello Asty, named after the Music/BeastieBoys album ''Hello Nasty''. ''The Visual Dictionary'' and other ExpandedUniverse works introduces more characters from [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Abednedo_(species) that species]] that take names from MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike-D's band: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ill_Communication Ilco Munica]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_Down_(EP) Roodown]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul%27s_Boutique Awls Ooteek]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_Monkey_(song) Brasmon Kee]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_Movin%27 Oddy Muva]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_What%27cha_Want Sowa Chuan]].