Name McAdjective

When someone's moniker or nickname follows the form of a first name of whatever form and then has a surname of the form Mc and then some descriptive adjective (which may be suffixed with "pants").

Often used as a cheap and easy way to make a name into a pun. Just stick a Mc or Mac onto the front and everyone will know that it's a surname. Of course you can do this with any other common onomastic prefix or suffix: e.g., Paddy O'Adjective, Hassan Ibn Description, Baron Von Word, Verbal Verbson etc.

A common feature of Buffy Speak.

Compare Awesome Mc Coolname.


Fan Works


  • What's Irish and sits out in the rain? Patty O'Furniture! Back in the early 1980's, voted the worst joke on UseNet. Not to be confused with the Drag Queen by the same name.

Live-Action TV
  • Grey's Anatomy: Oh yeah, about half the male cast, and the adjective is normally just another word for attractive.
    • Later added to become a convention for naming anything. "She's got my McDreamy, she's got my McDog, she's got my McLife!"
      • That McBastard!
  • Friends:
    • Ross used to make up names like this for his students when he lectured and he eventually went out with Cutie McPretty.
    • 'You don't want to end up known as Professor McNailshisstudents.'
  • Blackadder "He's mad! He's mad. He's madder than Mad Jack McMad, the winner of this year's Mr Madman competition."
    • Also from Blackadder, the man who cleans the toilets at Aberdeen station is referred to as Wee Jock "Poo Pong" McPlop.
    • And "Stumpy" O'Leg McNoleg, whose record with running marathons is compared to Baldrick's record with successful cunning plans.
  • Big McLargehuge, anyone? (From Space Mutiny)
    • Thick McRunfast!
    • Gristle McThornbody!
    • Bolt VanderHuge adds some much-needed Dutch flavor to this trope.
  • All of Tony's nicknames for McGee in NCIS? Usually followed by a noun, and varies depending on the circumstances (McGoogle, McGullible, McKilljoy, McBackstabber, etc).
  • One episode of Malcolm in the Middle shows a newscast from Dewey's point of view, with the anchor saying only "Boring, boring, boring", and calling himself Boring McBoring.
  • Shasta McNasty.
  • During an episode of Screenwipe, Charlie Brooker nicknamed an angry protester in some news footage 'Shouty McHeadwoundman'.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (USA Version):
    • As the lead anchor on a game of Weird Newscasters, Brad Sherwood names himself "Chester Snapdragon McFisticuffs."
    • Wet Biscuits McGlee!
  • Rodney McKay on Stargate Atlantis does this with his fellow scientists. The one that comes immediately to mind is when he refers to Zelenka as "Fumbles McStupid."
  • The Gilmore Girls are fond of this. In one episode, Lorelai can't remember the name of a guy she describes as "short and fat." She asks her daughter, Rory, for his name. Rory responds, "Johnny McShort-and-Fat?"
  • From Castle: "So, Sweaty Von Sweats-a-lot, his alibi s holding."
  • In an episode of Veronica Mars, Logan bemoans the possibility of being thrown into a jail cell with "Fisty McRapesalot".
  • In an episode of Glee, Santana calls Artie "Stubbles McCripplepants."
  • CeCe from Shake It Up who wanted her stage name to be Crystal McHotness.
  • Willow describes herself as "Finey McFine fine" in one episode.

  • A cassette/book combo called Papa's Rainbow that told of a young girl who went to the rainbow to learn about God's promises, which were revealed to her in song by the Water Colors, who all had names to go with their colors, although only one fits this trope: Splash O'Red. (In case you're curious, the others were Shinin' Yellow, Sparklin' Orange, Shimmerin' Blue, Glimmerin' Green, and Pure Purple.)
  • At one point in Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, the author irreverently refers to Robert Todd Lincoln as "Jinxy McDeath": Including his own father's death, he was coincidentally present or nearby for three presidential assassinations.


  • In All My Sons, Chris admiringly calls his father "Joe McGuts" for beating the rap for selling cracked cylinder heads to the military and becoming a respectable businessman again. (His admiration doesn't last.)

  • In Dwarf Fortress, it's customary to refer to dwarves as Urist McDwarf. Often, McDwarf will be replaced by something more specific, like McNoble.
    • That's Urist McCarpbait to you.
    • Or !!Urist McThirsty!!
  • In the second Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game, Franziska Von Karma calls Detective Gumshoe "Scruffy McTrenchcoat" after finding Phoenix in Juan Corrida's room.
  • In Borderlands, there is an achievement called "Speedy McSpeederton" for going around a racetrack in the game in less than 30 seconds.
    • The sequel contains an NPC named Face McShooty, who gives you a quest to shoot him in the face.

Web Comics
  • In Eternal Knights, James Barrington refers to Avalonian Guard Captain Ribwort as Scotfaerie McFreeballer, as Ribwort is wearing a kilt.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Dr., Sean, Dan and Mitzi McNinja. Dr. McLuchador also fits this trope.
  • Sluggy Freelance has Riff and Torg occasionally adopt such unimaginative pseudonyms as Turg LeTurgturg and "The Ambassador from Castle Riffenstein".
  • 8-Bit Theater uses these way often. For example, Fighter referred to Red Mage as Talky McNoPlan (ironically, in the one time that Red Mage actually had a workable plan and was in the middle of explaining it).
    • Fighter himself confirmed that his last name's McWarrior and Red Mage is in fact Statscowski.
    • Black Mage Evilwizardington might count as well.
    • Blindy O'Sightless, the greatest Zoologist in the order of red mages.
  • In Mac Hall, after Micah is dumped by his girlfriend Helen, one of the characters call him Sobby McEmopants.
  • Belkar Bitterleaf (of The Order of the Stick) once refers to dwarven cleric Durkon as "Beardy McBeerstein".
  • Questionable Content:
    • Faye calls the pretentious, music-snob clerk at the record store "Nappy McTurtleneck."
    • An earlier strip has Dora refer to Faye as "Indie McEmopants."
  • Truly absurd example: In an out-of-continuity strip of Shortpacked!, David Willis informs the readers that due to the writers strike, his team of writers won't be avaliable. They are Abe Rosenberg, Israel Finkelstein, and Jacob McJewlastname.
  • Aubrey of Something*Positive once referred sarcastically to Davan as "Honkey McRoundeye".
  • The Homestuck Kids and Trolls enjoy this one. John has called Jade "miss knowitall mcpsychicpants", Rose "miss wordypants mcsmartybluh" and Vriska "marquise bossyfangs mcsekret"; Jade has called Dave "mister braveybrave mcheropants"; Dave has called Equius "tooly mcsnoothole", Vriska has called Kanaya "Miss Meddlesome McFussyfangs"... IT KEEPS HAPPENING.
  • Never Mind the Gap has a young Lisa call Jim "Nerdy mcNosington".
  • anti-HEROES: When an innkeeper asks for his name, Aldran, bribe in hand, introduces himself as "Goldy McShutyermouth".

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Gerald Mc Boingboing (A cartoon character that could only talk in sound effects)
  • Andy on Mission Hill would say these frequently, like "Tasteless McMoron," "Horndog McWhakWhak," or "Raunchy McSmutbag."
  • The Simpsons
    • Homer tends to do this when making up names, like "Hooty McBoobs" or "the piano genius from the movie Shine: Shiny McShine"
    • Tipsy McStagger's Goodtime Eating and Drinking Emporium and the Telephone Company mascot Phony McRingRing
  • The Beast With A Billion Backs, one of the Futurama movies, gave us this gem: "Chesty McNag-Nag," used by Bender in reference to Leela.
  • In an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Mac is accused of leaving Bloo behind and called "Ditchy McAbandon-pants".
  • Freakazoid! gives us Roddy McStew.
  • Johnny Test has Speed McCool, an obvious parody/homage to every single action movie hero ever made.

Real Life
  • This Very Wiki: Awesome Mc Coolname.
  • Michele McCool
    • Though in this case, it's debatable; McCool is Michelle's real family name (or was until she married The Undertaker and became Michelle McCool-Callaway), and is an anglicization of the Irish family name MacCumhaill
  • At a concert in Chicago, Paul Sabourin of Paul and Storm coined the nickname "Beardy McPortalface" for Jonathan Coulton. It seems to be slowly catching on.
  • Because Reality Is Unrealistic, this was actually one way you might be named in the era before the Roman naming system caught on (which itself was really only an extension of the convention). This type of name was called a "byname", and the whole system was called the "mononymic" system (because you had only one permanent name). Romans were the ones that invented passing down names to descendants (like nearly everything else in the modern world). Some people wound up with literal Awesome McCoolnames and Unfortunate Names. One last tidbit: This format was one way that a Scotsman might name his son (daughters would be Name NcAdjective). The mononymic system is still used in Iceland (with patronymic [father-derived] bynames, like Snorri Sturlson), and hangs around Slavic names in the form of a patronymic middle name (like Boris Ivanovich Shimanskij).