"In wrestling, as in life, things are not always what they appear to be. Take for example, this latest Grudge Match. One would logically expect a lass bearing the moniker of Hailey Hatred to be a vile, rule-breaking heel while her opponent, one Mary Elizabeth Monroe would be a force for all that is sweetness and light."The opposite of Names to Run Away from Really Fast, this is for clearly heroic sounding names. Likely examples include religious references, light, and positive adjectives. Truth in Television as virtues are popular baby names. See also: Meaningful Name, Steven Ulysses Perhero, Ironic Name, Fluffy the Terrible, Non-Indicative Name. By contrast, such tropes as Honest John's Dealership, Peace & Love, Incorporated, and Fluffy the Terrible show that this concept can be invoked by less than trustworthy characters.
— Lady Sports, PGWA
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- Inverted on LOST. One of the bad guys is named Tom Friendly.
- Inverted in On the Waterfront with the corrupt union boss Johnny Friendly.
- Tales of Symphonia has Regal Bryant, both of whose names mean 'noble'. He's a double subversion, since he's an enemy the first couple times you meet him, but it wasn't really by his own choice, and he soon joins the party and becomes one of the nicest people around.
- Very common in Renaissance and Restoration drama which often gave meaningful names to characters. For instance, the hero of The Plain Dealer is named Manly, and The Recruiting Officer has a Worthy as protagonist.
- Peter Perfect from Wacky Races is the opposite number of Dick Dastardly.
- When there's a Malvolio running around it's usually a safe bet that the local Benvolio is a nicer person.
- Tod Friendly in Times Arrow. Played straight as he is a great guy in his old age, then subverted as he is revealed to have been a concentration camp doctor. Also, his real last name is Unverdorben: "unspoilt" in German. (While we're at it, "Tod" — pronounced with a long o — just happens to be the German word for "death". Make of that what you will.)
- Edgar Friendly in Demolition Man. Zig-Zagged: on the one hand, he is a resistance leader who represents chaos to a carefully ordered society. On the other, he doesn't go out of his way to kill anyone and mostly just wants to procure food and supplies so that his people don't have to choose between living in a repressive nanny state and starvation.
- Real Life example: Fred Friendly, President of CBS News during the 60s(during which time he and Edward R. Murrow produced a series of reports that are credited for helping bring down Joe McCarthy), later one of the founders of what would become Public Television. Generally regarded as a symbol of journalistic integrity.
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Buster Friendly and His Friendly Friends, the apparently artificial hosts of a 24-hour propaganda television show.
- In general, this trope has been inverted on the name "Friendly" so many times that Friendly is now much closer to a Name to Run Away From Really Fast.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang doubles down on this with the name Truly Scrumptious.
- Cure Tender of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure is an absolute softy on the inside, especially for her little sister Iona Hikawa whom she Took The Bullet for while fighting The Pretty Cure Hunter, Phantom during the Backstory. No deaths occurred, but said little sister suffered much Angst afterwards.
- Averted on Dexter. Dexter's name is Latin for "right", basically an antonym for "sinister", but he's a psychopathic Serial Killer who's very good at passing himself off as a regular friendly guy.
- In A Brother's Price, one of Jerin's sisters seems to be named "Bunny". Which is nice for a sweet-tempered toddler, but one hopes it is just a nickname, considering how it would look if a grown woman had that name. Judging from the other members of the Whistler clan, she might grow up to become a Vorpal Bunny, albeit a lawful, good-aligned one.
- Rosa Bud from Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a straight example.
- As is Walter Hartwright (i.e. heart-right) from Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White.
- There is also the Rev. Farebrother in George Eliot's Middlemarch.
- Benjamin The Elephant (Benjamin Blümchen) - one of the most successful audio play serials in Germany – has a character named Theodor Tierlieb. Theodor derived from a Greek name meaning gift of god and tierlieb means animal-loving. He is the director of the zoo where Benjamin lives and a really nice old man.
- Subverted with Sophia Lamb from BioShock 2. She likes to present herself as a benevolent savior of the poor and downtrodden, but is anything but. Can be played straight with her rebellious daughter Eleanor Lamb, who can become either an actual paragon of compassion or an even worse monster. Lamb is a common euphemism for Jesus Christ, while Sophia means Wisdom and Eleanor means Light.
Animals (Shepherd, Shepard, Shephard, &c.)
- Any character named 'Shepherd'. Plenty of them in the military, for some reason. A likely reason is nods to the Good Shepherd and Messianic Archetypes.
- Military Shepherds:
- Silent Hill: Homecoming: Alex Shepherd is a nice guy, just cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and only thinks he's in the military. His father's an aversion, though.
- Command & Conquer: General Sheppard.
- Half-Life: Opposing Force: Corporal Adrian Shepherd
- Mass Effect: Commander Shepard (played straight with Paragon Shepard, who tries to solve disputes with diplomacy and uses violence as a last resort; averted with Renegade Shepard, who prefers to solve disputes with violence and uses diplomacy as a last resort. Both are more or less Magnetic Heroes to go along with the name regardless.)
- Modern Warfare: General Shepherd. He betrays you.
- Stargate Atlantis: Colonel Sheppard
- In part of his back-story in the pages of X-Men, Professor Xavier served as a soldier during The Korean War. In one story, it was revealed that he was known among his fellow soldiers as "The Good Shepherd", because he went to great lengths to bring the men under his command safely home.
- Kings: Honorable, upright soldier and the public's golden boy, David Shepherd. Bonus points for being the King David.
- Non-military Shepherds:
- Lost: Jack Shepherd - he always tried to be a good shepherd, with varied success and pure intention.
- Ernest Shepard, illustrator of the Winnie-the-Pooh books.
- President Andrew Shephard in The American President.
- Tony Shepherd, Heath Ledger's character in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, runs a charity for third-world children. He secretly sells those children's organs to rich industrialists.
- Military Shepherds:
- Pokémon's Nurse Joy. Applicable only in English, though - since Joi simply means "female doctor" in Japanese, making the original a case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- On Dharma & Greg, Dharma once ran for public office against a woman named Karen Love.
- The Joy was the The Boss's old special forces name in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. She is a hero of the United States and Naked Snake's mentor of 10 years. Subverted because she defects to the enemy's side shortly after the game begins. Double subverted because she's a double agent and has to sacrifice herself when things don't go as planned for the U.S.
- The case which made inter-racial marriage legal across all of the United States? Loving v. Virginia
- Love Momozono from Fresh Pretty Cure!. Yes, that is her actual first name due to her grandfather's insistence because he wanted her to be full of love and that more people would recognize the English word rather than "Ai".
- Smile Pretty Cure!: Miyuki Hoshizora's first name has several meanings, and one of them refers to happiness. Her Magical Girl alias is Cure Happy.
- DokiDoki! Precure has a baby Mentor Mascot named Ai due to Pokémon Speak. It turns out that "Ai" means love.
- A more modern example is Archie Goodwin from the Nero Wolfe novels - the archetypal good guy who always wins.
- Optimus Prime of Transformers. And not just good... "Optimus" means "best". (Prime means "first") A suitable name for the heroic leader who embodies both strength and virtue.
- His pre-Prime name, Orion Pax, could be read as "Hunter for Peace." Optimus was built this way.
- His Maximal counterpart, Optimus Primal, also qualifies, sharing many of the defining qualities of his Autobot predecessor while being slightly more down-to-earth.
- In the children's book The Fire Cat, Pickles is looked after by a cat-loving woman named Mrs. Goodkind.
- The real name of Sky High in Tiger & Bunny is Keith Goodman.
- Miss Ima Goodlady from The Powerpuff Girls. Subverted in that she's actually Sedusa in disguise.
- General Arthur Goodman of the A-LAWS from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, better known to fans as General Fatbastard.
- One of the few non-Asshole Victim murder victims in the Ace Attorney series is named Bruce Goodman.
- From Negima: Takane D. Goodman who is indeed one of the good guys, and self proclaimed Apostle of Justice, if a bit over zealous.
- Somewhat zigzagged with the Whateley Universe's Goodkind family. If you're a mutant, they're one of the most prominent in-universe examples of the Baseline keeping you down; if you're not, they're just a dynasty of honest, hard-working, and even ethical businessmen and -women whose historical track record is actually one of supporting emancipation and equality movements. (Precisely what motivates their specifically anti-mutant stance has yet to be revealed; there seems to be a personal reason at work that not even all family members are clued in to.)
- Bravely Default gives us Daniel Goodman, leader of the Shieldbearer army. He's as good a guy as the name implies.
- Zig-Zagged by Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad. On the one hand, he goes beyond Amoral Attorney and into straight-up criminal territory. On the other hand, he is unfailingly loyal to his clients, never doublecrossing them even when presented with prime opportunities and more than once putting himself in personal danger on their behalf. In the show's Black and Grey Morality, that's about as "good" as it gets. It's also worth noting that "Saul Goodman" is an alias that he has used for decades as a con artist. The name is meant to inspire trust (and in the case of his law practice, trick people into thinking he's Jewish).
- Dick Tracy's love interest is Tess Trueheart.
- Played absolutely straight in the In Death series with NYPSD Officer Troy Trueheart.
- Final Fantasy VIII's female protagonist is named Rinoa Heartilly, and indeed she is a friendly and trustworthy character. As long as she isn't possessed by the main antagonist, that is.
- Also, Squall Leonhart. The animal motif makes the connotation more one of courage than anything else, but the association remains a positive one.
- Zigzagged with Mr. Heartland in Yu Gi Oh Zexal; most people trust him completely, but they definitely should not, given what he is.
- Tenderheart Bear from the Care Bears.
- Heart Aino from Arcana Heart.
- The Protagonist of Black Cat is named Train Heartnet
- Averted with the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. "Off with His Head!"
- Lionheart in Warrior Cats is a straight example. He's a pure hero, right down to the end. Fireheart as well.
- Ser Arys Oakheart in A Song of Ice and Fire. A good guy, if easily manipulated and not too bright.
- Officer John Hartigan is the finest cop in Sin City and possibly a reincarnation of Galahad
- Anya Corazon, who fights crime as Marvel superheroine Araña.
- Graveheart from Shadow Raiders is a guy who's all heart but with a rather grave demeanor.
- Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail.
- The shepherd Derrial Book from Firefly could be seen as this because of his profession and spot on the hero team.
- Zigzagged in Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel, Faith and Harmony, are both villains and heroes. In Angel's case it was an ironic name because he was 'the demon with the angelic face'; then he did a Heel–Face Turn and the name ceased to be ironic (except of course for his still being a vampire.)
- Though before he got his soul, as he was Angelus (Latin for angel), the demon with the angelic face.
- There are two examples in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Angel Clare and Mercy Chant are both less forgiving than their names might suggest but Angel improves eventually.
- As Names to Run Away from Really Fast pointed out, "Angel" is one of the few "tough" feminine names.
- Athena and her Roman counterpart Minerva are two more examples of "tough" feminine names. Both are generally on the side of good.
- Minerva McGonagall of Harry Potter.
- And another pair of "tough" feminine names: Artemis and Diana.
- Diana of Themiscyra, better known as Wonder Woman
- From Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame: "The name's Phoebus. It means Sun God."
- Although he's far less than trustworthy in the original novel.
- Subverted with Ezekiel from the Spider-Man comics; he was named after a benign prophet from the Old Testament, and indeed, Spidey trusted him for a while. This turned out to be a mistake.
- Angel Martin of The Rockford Files is notably less than angelic. Instead he is a slimy, greedy, dishonest Dirty Coward.
- Subverted with Jenna Angel from Digital Devil Saga.
- Princess Celestia.
- And there's another character actually named Angel. Zigzagged, however, in that Angel Bunny is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with more screen-time devoted to the "Jerk" part.
- Subverted to Hell and back with Asura's Wrath's Chakravartin, whose name in Hindu Mythology means Ideal Universal Ruler.
- Fresh Pretty Cure! has Inori Yamabuki whose first name is Japanese for prayer.
- Subverted in Person of Interest. An artificial intelligence called "Samaritan" is featured starting halfway through the third season. An artificial intelligence that is most definitely both a crapshoot and an unrestricted surveillance system.
- While it's set in the Crapsack World that is Warhammer 40,000, Dawn of War has Captain (later Chapter Master) Gabriel Angelos.
- Pokémon Sun and Moon has the Aether Foundation. Subverted as they're a downright cultish Peace & Love, Incorporated and Animal Wrongs Group obsessed with the Ultra Beasts.
- Averted in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Angel Eyes is "The Bad" in the title, a ruthless hitman who will do anything for money and has no loyalty to anyone but himself.
- The Doctor from Doctor Who. Generally plays this straight, but many in universe hear this name and get an immediate Oh, Crap! reaction. This includes villains and non villains.
The Doctor: Trust me, I'm the Doctor.
- Lampshaded in "A Good Man Goes to War"; toward the end, River Song revealed that many planets (including possibly Earth) have taken the word 'Doctor' into their language as a word for 'healer' or 'learned person', because of The Doctor's influence. But many other planets use the word 'Doctor' to mean 'warrior', for much the same reason.
- Chaplain is generally regarded well by his colleagues (he's a cop, but got his sobriquet due to his religious beliefs, though is seen as naive by the same token).
- Dudley Do-Right is a notable parody.
Heroes (as in, named after other famous heroes)
- Hiro in Heroes
- Snow Crash has Hiro Protagonist. It's his hacker handle.
- The video game Mini Ninjas also features a Hiro.
- Lunar: Eternal Blue also has a Hiro.
- In the Whateley Universe, Elizabeth Carson's first superhero name was Miss Champion, when she was one of two teen sidekicks to Champion. Her second superhero name was Lady Champion. On the other hand, it also gets subverted: Captain Courage is mainly known for a huge number of paternity suits and failures to pay child support.
- Heero Yuy might be a Double Subversion — at first, he's a stoic and ruthless hitman, but he later develops into a stoic Hitman with a Heart who fights in the name of a future of pacifism.
- Inverted in Real Life by Guy Fawkes, who was said to have been named after Sir Guy Fairfax (a judge and local historical figure) but went on to become one of Britain's most infamous terrorists.
- Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. His name is used several times in fiction for heroic characters, including:
- The fairy tale Childe Rowland, the most popular version being by Joseph Jacobs in his English Folk and Fairy Tales, published in 1892.
- English poet Robert Browning's epic poem, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came; the title of which comes from a line in William Shakespeare's play King Lear.
- The protagonist of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
- King Roland II from Sofia the First.
- In A Brother's Price, Jerin's favourite sister is called "Summer". She's very sweet, and Jerin considers her the prettiest of his sisters. (Or at least he claims to do so, when the question is who gets to go to the big city and find a husband for all of the sisters — he argues that Summer is the prettiest and they want the husband to consent to the match, don't they?) Maybe he just says this because he likes her and going to the city is fun.
- Death Note's Light Yagami. Although Light Is Not Good applies in a almost literal sense, this is ambiguous. His personal name is Light (written with the character for 'moon'), but Yagami means 'God of Night'. Certainly a name to run away from.
- It's also a possible allusion to Christian belief about the angel Lucifer, whose name means "bearer of light" and whose pride made him try and take the place of God. Describes Light rather well, really. It also doesn't help that his given name is written with four strokes.
- Note that this also makes "Yagami" a subversion of the reverse: it is Light's family name, and therefore, the name of his family, namely his father, the Chief of Police, who is noble, incorruptible, A Father to His Men, and all that. Possibly his sister, too, though she was mostly young.
- Averted in Saints Row 2, where the badass Voodoo Priest Lieutenant of the Sons of Samedi is "Mr. Sunshine".
- Arguably a fringe case between this and Fluffy the Terrible, but regardless, being a scary, murderous lunatic with an inhumanly high pain tolerance isn't very conducive to being an effective drug-dealer, given Mr. Sunshine's never shown doing regular business, and almost always shown scaring or murdering someone. Admittedly, so's the Boss...
- The main character's daughter Glory Goldie Sunnycastle in The Emperor Of Portugallia. First played straight as the young Glory Goldie is a Friend to All Living Things, then subverted as she leaves for the city and becomes a prostitute.
- Dr. Thomas Light from the Mega Man (Classic) series, and creator of its eponymous hero. Of course, this is only in the North American versions. In the original Japanese games, his name is Dr. Right...which is still a much nicer name than, say, "Dr. Wrong". Of course, the L/R thing makes it hard to know what they truly mean his name to be. Either way, he's a nice guy.
- Hikari Yagami of Digimon Adventure. ''Oh'' so very much a Meaningful Name, almost to ridiculous extremes. Even her dub name counts.
- Thud!: The coming leader of the trolls, "Mr. Shine, him diamond!"
- Subverted in Young Justice by "The Light."
- One of the first NPCs you meet in Fallout: New Vegas is named Sunny Smiles. She gives you your first weapon, shows you where to find clean water (important if playing hardcore mode), and does a brief tutorial on the game's crafting system. All in all, a pretty nice lady. She's also one of the only characters in the game assigned the "Very Good" karma.
- In the X-Wing Series, the two Alderaanian war frigates that survived when Alderaan adopted pacifism, and were still hanging around the system after the planet was destroyed, were named Another Chance and Valiant. Another Chance was found some time before the books, and Valiant came up out of the Graveyard to dramatically save the Rogues because one of them had taken Another Chance's IFF tag.
- Robin Hobb plays with this interestingly in her FitzChivalry series (the Farseer trilogy): all of the princes are given names like this as part of magic which is supposed to install a corresponding personality in them. It doesn't work perfectly though—the hero is the illegitimate son of Chivalry, demonstrating an ironic application of his name, and Regal is The Evil Prince. Chivalry was otherwise highly regarded, however, and Verity plays this trope absolutely straight.
- Inverted with Trueman from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. He claims he is named that because he Cannot Tell a Lie (actually, he named himself) but given what he is, what he does to people, and how he does it, he is not someone to trust. (And he does use deceit and dishonesty a lot in non-verbal ways, like illusions.)
- Codex Alera's Fidelias, whose case is complicated. He knows the political climate of his country is nearing civil war and feels that the king isn't doing enough to prevent this. So he betrays the king out of loyalty to the kingdom.
- Older Than Steam: Something similar to Codex Alera happened with Jean-Baptiste Poquelin alias Moličre's play Tartuffe (1664) and the disloyal bailiff Monsieur Loyal.
- Parodied in Anything Goes, where Reno's four angels are named Purity, Chastity, Charity, and Virtue. They are all sleeping with the crew of the ship.
- Temperance Brennan in Bones. Downplayed in that she is not an easy person to get along with.
- Amitie Florian, the Idiot Hero of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny. Amitie is french for Friendship and/or Kindness.
- A player character in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn had his name changed to Amiti (Amity, friendship) in English-language releases. It's clearly meant in this case to be a Punny Name, especially since his late mother's name was Veriti (Verity, truth), but it's also completely appropriate to his personality.
- Amitie of the Puyo Puyo Fever series. As the name implies, she's a very friendly and upbeat girl.
- Hope in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds. Ethan Rayne's ancestor. And the Big Good.
- Karen Sympathy in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- Loial (pronounced "loyal") in The Wheel of Time. The pun is lampshaded often.
- In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, the protagonist's name is Nozomi Yumehara which literally translates to Hope Dreamfield. She then becomes the great power of Hope: Cure Dream.
- Yayoi Kise from Smile Pretty Cure! has a Meaningful Name, but it doesn't belong here. However, her Magical Girl form does because her name then becomes Cure Peace.
- Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant brings us Hope Hubris, and his sisters Faith and Charity.
- Wizards of Waverly Place: Dr. Evilini is actually... well, evil.
Justin:"There's no way she's evil. If she was evil don't you think she'd change her name to, I dunno, 'Dr. Nice-ini'?"
- Futurama: "Hugh Mann? Now that's a name I can trust."
- Mechquest also used Hugh Munn as the name of one of the students in Advanced Mecha Theory.
- General Protection Fault: Trudy Trueheart.
- Parodied in Discworld with Adora Belle Dearheart, who is in fact a snarky, badass, chain-smoking Broken Bird. (And what else could she be with a name like that?)
- She was nicknamed Killer by her brother.
- Also parodied by the Carter family of Lancre, whose parents didn't quite get how this was supposed to work. All of the girls ended up named after virtues: Hope, Prudence, Chastity, and Charity. The boys, on the other hand, were all named after vices: Anger, Jealousy, Covetousness, and Bestiality. Ironically, all the kids ended up as inversions of their name, so Chastity for example ended up as a "seamstress" in Ankh-Morpork, while Bestiality Carter was always very kind to animals. Covetousness Carter is described as "generous to a fault."
- Parodying this trope and Charles Dickens' use of it, the villain of Bleak Expectations is named Mr Gently Benevolent. The cast also includes love interests Ripley Fecund and Sweetly Delightful.
- Several of the character in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Ruddigore count as parodies—the heroine is Rose Maybud, and the male characters are Robin Oakapple and his servant Adam Goodheart, and Richard Dauntless—the male characters lead to a bit of zigzagging, as Robin is actually the stereotypically evilly named Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd from a family of Dastardly Whiplash types (though still a mostly-good person) and some versions of the script have Adam changing his name to Gideon Crawle to match his master's forced Face–Heel Turn. Richard Dauntless, meanwhile, turns out to be a self-entitled, ahem, dick. Also subtly present in the Posthumous Character Stephen Trusty, the highly-respected father of Dame Hannah.
- Also present in a few other Gilbert and Sullivan shows with characters like Yum Yum, the sexy heroine of The Mikado.
- The Lovejoy family from The Simpsons is a clear parody/pastiche of this. Reverend Lovejoy is a nice guy mostly, but he's also prone to the same jerkass behavior as the rest of the town and Depending on the Writer is either prone to fanaticism or has grown cynical and world-weary and is just going through the motions (though a few episodes show him sympathetically). His wife is the leader of the town's out-of-touch Moral Guardians who often cry "Think of the Children!!" Their daughter is manipulative and even downright cruel.
- As the page quote implies, the Rated G Super Star Mary Elizabeth Monroe made her PGWA debut as a vicious corner cutting child hater. (wrestling being what it is though, she eventually had a face turn and played this trope straight)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: As you learn during the very first Dark Brotherhood quest, Grelod the Kind, the old lady who runs the orphanage in Riften, is anything but kind. How bad is she? Well, her establishing moment is telling orphaned children that they will never be adopted and have no hope of ever finding happy lives. This little clue is there to help remove all guilt and doubt from the player as the quest objective is to kill her. If you do so, the children gather round her corpse and cheer. Elisif the Fair, the widowed wife of the late High King Torryg, plays this straight (mostly).
- Doctor Sigmund Friend from The Twilight Zone episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You". Though his intentions can arguably be considered benevolent, his methods leave something to be desired.
Compound names (exhibit two or more of the above)
- Played painfully straight in the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum comics, where the perfect main characters are named Ace Virtueson and Christi Lovejoy. The theme naming extends through the whole cast of character, for example, Pastor Alltruth. Alternate Character Interpretation was popular - Christi Lovejoy is certainly a multi-purpose name.
- Luna Lovegood of Harry Potter, who is indeed trustworthy, though rather unusual in her view of the world.
- Trevor Goodchild, the self-appointed ruler with a varying morality, from Ćon Flux.
- Bayonetta features enemy angels, with a variety of nice-sounding names like "Beloved," "Joy," "Applaud," "Inspired," and so on and so forth; the major bosses of the game are even named after cardinal virtues.
- Though this gets subverted, once Bayonetta beats their marble exoskeleton off, they're fleshy, drippy, and just as eldritch as the demons they fight against.
- Many of the characters in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have a Meaningful Name that doubles as this.
- Who wouldn't happily leave their kids with a teacher named "Cheerilee"?
- Who wouldn't expect someone named "Fluttershy" to be a sweetheart?
- Who wouldn't imagine good things about a "Princess Celestia"?
- Shining Armor is the best big brother you could hope for (at least when he isn't being mind-controlled), a great husband, Captain of the Royal Guard, and a powerful Barrier Warrior who never backs down from an enemy if it means protecting the ones he loves.
- And Sweetie Belle is every bit as nice as her name implies.
- Ace Attorney:
- Who wouldn't trust a guy named Apollo Justice?
- Or Phoenix Wright? Because he's always right!
- The first victim of Ace Attorney Investigations is named Buddy Faith.
- A posthumous character in Justice For All is named Celeste Inpax.
- And another in Dual Destinies is Constance Courte. To have this kind of name in Ace Attorney is to be either a main character or doomed from the outset, it seems.
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 does play with this a little with the dialogue between Phoenix Wright and Jean Grey:
- New Gods: Subverted by Granny Goodness.
- Before he became leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime wasn't Optimus Prime. Instead, his name was Orion Pax; Orion the Hunter being a hero from Greek mythology, and "Pax" meaning "peace"... Which means his name could be (very) loosely translated as "hunter of peace", an apt description.
- Rainbow Katelyn Carly Shay Sunshine from a "teh bestest fan ficshun ever", even though she is an annoying Mary Sue.
- Fin Sheppard of Sharknado is a great name for a hero that fights sharks and tornadoes.
- Pretty Cure has some compounded variations too.
- DokiDoki! Precure has Mana Aida (Mana and Ai both mean love), and her Magical Girl name is Cure Heart which also plays into the show's card suit theme.
- Megumi Aino from Happiness Charge Pretty Cure was practically born to be a Magical Girl. Her first name either means "Goddess" or "Blessing", and her last name features "Ai" as well. She transforms into Cure Lovely.
- The Long Earth has Joshua Valienté. "Valienté" is Spanish for "valiant" which is literally a synonym for heroic. "Joshua", meanwhile, is technically the same name as Jesus.