->''"In wrestling, as in life, things are not always what they appear to be. Take for example, this latest Grudge Match. One would logically [[SubvertedTrope 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."''
-->-- Lady Sports, ''PGWA''

The opposite of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, this is for clearly heroic sounding names. Likely examples include religious references, light, and positive adjectives. TruthInTelevision as virtues are popular baby names.

See also: MeaningfulName, StevenUlyssesPerhero, IronicName, FluffyTheTerrible, NonIndicativeName.

By contrast, such tropes as HonestJohnsDealership, PeaceAndLoveIncorporated, and FluffyTheTerrible show that this concept can be invoked by less than trustworthy characters.


* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] on ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' One of the bad guys is named Tom Friendly.
* Inverted in ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'' with the corrupt union boss Johnny Friendly.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' 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 ''Theatre/TheRecruitingOfficer'' has a Worthy as protagonist.
* Peter Perfect from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' is the opposite number of [[DastardlyWhiplash Dick Dastardly]].
* When there's a [[Theatre/TwelfthNight Malvolio]] running around it's usually a safe bet that the local [[RomeoAndJuliet Benvolio]] is a nicer person.
* Tod Friendly in ''Literature/TimesArrow''. Played straight as he is a great guy in his old age, then subverted [[spoiler:as he is revealed to have been a concentration camp doctor.]] Also, [[spoiler: 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 ''Film/DemolitionMan''. ZigZagged: 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.
* RealLife 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.
* ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'': Buster Friendly and His Friendly Friends, the apparently artificial hosts of a 24-hour propaganda television show.
* In general, this trope [[DiscreditedTrope has been inverted on the name "Friendly" so many times]] that ''Friendly'' is now much closer to a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' doubles down on this with the name Truly Scrumptious.
* Cure Tender of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is an absolute softy on the inside, especially for her little sister [[spoiler:Iona Hikawa]] whom she TookTheBullet for while fighting [[HeroKiller The Pretty Cure Hunter]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Phantom]] during the {{Backstory}}. No deaths occurred, but said little sister suffered much {{Angst}} afterwards.
* Averted on ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Dexter's name is Latin for "right", basically an antonym for "sinister", but he's a psychopathic SerialKiller who's very good at passing himself off as a regular friendly guy.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', 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 VorpalBunny, albeit a lawful, good-aligned one.
* Rosa Bud from Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood'' is a straight example.
* As is Walter Hartwright (i.e. heart-right) from Creator/WilkieCollins' ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite''.
* There is also the Rev. Farebrother in Creator/GeorgeEliot's ''Literature/{{Middlemarch}}.''
* BenjaminTheElephant (''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 ''VideoGame/BioShock2''. She likes to present herself as a benevolent savior of the poor and downtrodden, [[BigBrotherIsWatching 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.

[[folder: 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 GoodShepherd and {{Messianic Archetype}}s.
** Military Shepherds:
*** ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming:'' Alex Shepherd is a nice guy, [[spoiler:just cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and only ''thinks'' he's in the military.]] His father's an aversion, though.
*** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'': General Sheppard.
*** ''VideoGame/HalfLife1: Opposing Force'': Corporal Adrian Shepherd
*** ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Commander Shepard (played straight with [[TheParagon Paragon]] Shepard, who tries to solve disputes with diplomacy and uses violence as a last resort; averted with [[AntiHero Renegade]] Shepard, who prefers to solve disputes with violence and uses diplomacy as a last resort. Both are more or less {{Magnetic Hero}}es to go along with the name regardless.)
*** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'': General Shepherd. [[spoiler:He betrays you.]]
*** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Colonel Sheppard
*** In part of his back-story in the pages of ''ComicBook/XMen'', Professor Xavier served as a soldier during UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar. 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.
*** ''Series/{{Kings}}'': Honorable, upright soldier and the public's golden boy, David Shepherd. Bonus points for being ''the'' King David.
** Non-military Shepherds:
*** ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Jack Shepherd - he always tried to be a good shepherd, with varied success and pure intention.
*** Ernest Shepard, illustrator of the Literature/WinnieThePooh books.
*** President Andrew Shephard in ''Film/TheAmericanPresident''.
*** Tony Shepherd, Heath Ledger's character in ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', runs a charity for third-world children. [[spoiler: He secretly sells those children's organs to rich industrialists.]]

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'''s Nurse Joy. Applicable only in English, though - since ''Joi'' simply means "female doctor" in Japanese, making the original a case of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* On ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', Dharma once ran for public office against a woman named [[PunnyName Karen Love]].
* The Joy was the The Boss's old special forces name in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. 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. [[spoiler: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? [[http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/loving.html Loving v. Virginia]]
* Love Momozono from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''. Yes, [[MultiethnicName that is her actual first name]] due to [[InvokedTrope 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".
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'': Miyuki [[StellarName Hoshizora]]'s first name has several meanings, and one of them refers to happiness. Her MagicalGirl alias is Cure Happy.
* ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has a baby MentorMascot named Ai due to PokemonSpeak. It turns out that "Ai" means love.

[[folder:Family Title]]
* "Mother Alice" of ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}} 5''. Alice is a good name, "Mother" is a good association. However this is [[SubvertedTrope actually]] more NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: her name is M.Alice, or Malice, which is never a good thing.
* Big Brother in ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' uses this for manipulative purposes.

* A more modern example is Archie Goodwin from the ''Literature/NeroWolfe'' 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 [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars 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 ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is Keith Goodman.
* Miss Ima Goodlady from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Subverted in that she's actually Sedusa in disguise.
* General Arthur Goodman of the A-LAWS from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', better known to fans as [[SubvertedTrope General Fatbastard.]]
* One of the few non-AssholeVictim murder victims in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is named Bruce Goodman.
* From [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima 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 Literature/WhateleyUniverse's Goodkind family. If you're a mutant, they're one of the most prominent in-universe examples of [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown 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.)
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' gives us Daniel Goodman, leader of the Shieldbearer army. He's [[NiceGuy as good a guy]] as the name implies.
* ZigZagged by [[PunnyName Saul Goodman]] from ''Series/BreakingBad''. On the one hand, he goes beyond AmoralAttorney 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 BlackAndGreyMorality, 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, [[YouHaveToHaveJews trick people into thinking he's Jewish]]).

* ComicStrip/DickTracy's love interest is Tess Trueheart.
* Played absolutely straight in the ''Literature/InDeath'' series with NYPSD Officer Troy Trueheart.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s female protagonist is named Rinoa Heartilly, and indeed she is a friendly and trustworthy character. [[spoiler:As long as she isn't possessed by the main antagonist, that is.]]
** Also, Squall Leonhart. The [[AnimalMotifs animal motif]] makes the connotation more one of courage than anything else, but the association remains a positive one.
* Zigzagged with Mr. Heartland in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''; most people trust him completely, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity but they definitely]] [[DevilInPlainSight should not,]] [[TheDragon given what he is.]]
* Tenderheart Bear from the ''Franchise/CareBears''.
* Heart Aino from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''.
* TheProtagonist of ''Manga/BlackCat'' is named Train Heartnet
* Averted with the Queen of Hearts from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''. "OffWithHisHead"
* [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Lionheart]] in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a straight example. He's a pure hero, right down to the end. [[TheChosenOne Fireheart]] as well.
* Ser Arys Oakheart in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. A good guy, if easily manipulated and not too bright.
* Officer John ''Hart''igan is the finest cop in ComicBook/SinCity and possibly a reincarnation of [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Galahad]]
* [[ComicBook/SpiderWoman Anya Corazon]], who fights crime as {{Creator/Marvel}} superheroine ''Araña''.
* Graveheart from ''ShadowRaiders'' is a guy who's all heart but with a rather grave demeanor.
* Lucy Heartfilia from ''Manga/FairyTail''.

[[folder:Heaven/Religion/Mythology related]]
* The shepherd Derrial Book from ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' could be seen as this because of his profession and spot on the hero team.
* Zigzagged in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. 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 HeelFaceTurn 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 ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'', Angel Clare and Mercy Chant [[spoiler: are both less forgiving]] than their names might suggest but Angel improves eventually.
** As NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 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 ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* And another pair of "tough" feminine names: ''Artemis'' and ''Diana''.
** Diana of Themiscyra, better known as ''WonderWoman''
* From Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': "The name's Phoebus. It means Sun God."
** Although he's far less than trustworthy in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original novel]].
* Subverted with Ezekiel from the SpiderMan comics; he was named after a benign prophet from the Old Testament, and indeed, Spidey trusted him for a while. [[TreacherousAdvisor This turned out to be a mistake.]]
* Angel Martin of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' is notably less than angelic. Instead he is a slimy, greedy, dishonest DirtyCoward.
* Subverted with Jenna Angel from ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Celestia.]]
** And there's another character actually named Angel. Zigzagged, however, in that Angel Bunny is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with more screen-time devoted to the "Jerk" part.
* [[GodIsEvil Subverted]] to Hell and back with ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'''s Chakravartin, whose name in Myth/HinduMythology means Ideal Universal Ruler.
* ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' has Inori Yamabuki whose first name is Japanese for prayer.
* Subverted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. An {{artificial intelligence}} called "[[GoodSamaritan Samaritan]]" is featured starting halfway through the third season. An artificial intelligence that is ''most definitely'' both [[AIIsACrapshoot a crapshoot]] and [[BigBrotherIsWatching an unrestricted surveillance system]].
* While it's set in the CrapsackWorld that is ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' has Captain (later Chapter Master) ''Gabriel Angelos''.
** By extension, a lot of the "[[BlackAndGreyMorality good guy]]" characters in SpaceMarine chapters with a religious naming scheme can fall under this, for example: [[Literature/BloodAngels Sanguinus and Lord Commander Dante]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the Aether Foundation. [[spoiler: Subverted as they're a downright ''cultish'' PeaceAndLoveIncorporated and AnimalWrongsGroup obsessed with the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts.]]]]
* Averted in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''; 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 ''Series/DoctorWho''. Generally plays this straight, but many in universe hear this name and get an immediate OhCrap 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.
* [[Anime/DominionTankPolice 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).

* [[WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight Dudley Do-Right]] is a notable parody.

[[folder:Heroes (as in, named after other famous heroes)]]
* Hiro in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has Hiro {{Protagonist}}. It's his hacker handle.
* The video game ''VideoGame/MiniNinjas'' also features a Hiro.
* ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' also has a Hiro.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', 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.
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] might be a DoubleSubversion -- at first, he's a stoic and ruthless hitman, but he later develops into a stoic HitmanWithAHeart who fights in the name of a future of pacifism.
* Inverted in RealLife by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes 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.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland 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 Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/KingLear''.
** The protagonist of Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
** King Roland II from ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', 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 [[ExoticExtendedMarriage 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.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Light Yagami. Although LightIsNotGood 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 [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 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 [[FourIsDeath four strokes]].
** Note that this also makes "Yagami" a subversion of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the reverse]]: it is Light's family name, and [[ShapedLikeItself therefore, the name of his family]], namely his father, the Chief of Police, who is noble, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness incorruptible]], AFatherToHisMen, and all that. Possibly his sister, too, though she was mostly [[ChildrenAreInnocent young]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', where the badass Voodoo Priest Lieutenant of the Sons of Samedi is "Mr. Sunshine".
** Arguably a fringe case between this and FluffyTheTerrible, but regardless, being a scary, murderous lunatic [[TheStoic with an inhumanly high pain tolerance]] isn't very conducive to being an effective drug-dealer, given Mr. Sunshine's [[CutsceneIncompetence never shown doing regular business,]] and almost always shown scaring or murdering someone. Admittedly, [[VillainProtagonist so's the Boss...]]
* The main character's daughter Glory Goldie Sunnycastle in ''TheEmperorOfPortugallia''. First played straight as the young Glory Goldie is a FriendToAllLivingThings, then subverted as she leaves for the city and becomes a prostitute.
* Dr. Thomas Light from the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series, and creator of its eponymous hero. Of course, [[DubNameChange 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 [[JapaneseRanguage L/R thing]] makes it hard to know what they truly mean his name to be. Either way, he's a nice guy.
** Dr. Light is also a Creator/{{DC|Comics}} character. A [[AvertedTrope villain]] to be exact.
* Hikari Yagami of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. [[LightIsGood ''Oh'' so very much]] a MeaningfulName, almost to ridiculous extremes. Even her dub name counts.
** In a likely ShoutOut, there is Hikari Kujou from ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Max Heart'' by [[Creator/ToeiAnimation the same studio]]. That's not all; her MagicalGirl alias is Shiny '''Lumin'''ous. [[TheUntwist Surprise!]] She's actually [[spoiler:the [[BigGood Queen of Light's]] [[PiecesOfGod life]]]].
* ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'': The coming leader of the trolls, "Mr. Shine, him diamond!"
* {{Subverted}} in ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' by "[[LightIsNotGood The Light]]."
* One of the first [=NPCs=] you meet in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' 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 ''Literature/XWingSeries'', 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 [[BigDamnHeroes dramatically save the Rogues]] because one of them had taken ''Another Chance'''s IFF tag.
* Creator/RobinHobb plays with this interestingly in her ''[=FitzChivalry=]'' series (the ''Literature/{{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 TheEvilPrince. Chivalry was otherwise highly regarded, however, and Verity plays this trope absolutely straight.
* Inverted with Trueman from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. He claims he is named that because he CannotTellALie (actually, he named himself) but given [[TheDragon what he is]], [[RetGone what he does to people]], and [[MindRape 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.)
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'''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.
* OlderThanSteam: Something similar to ''Codex Alera'' happened with Jean-Baptiste Poquelin ''alias'' Creator/{{Moliere}}'s play ''Theatre/{{Tartuffe}}'' (1664) and the disloyal bailiff Monsieur Loyal.
* Parodied in ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'', 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 ''Series/{{Bones}}''. Downplayed in that [[NoSocialSkills she is not an easy person]] [[InsufferableGenius to get along with]].
* Amitie Florian, the IdiotHero of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny''. Amitie is french for Friendship and/or Kindness.
* A player character in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' had his name changed to Amiti (Amity, friendship) in English-language releases. It's clearly meant in this case to be a PunnyName, especially since his late mother's name was Veriti (Verity, [[IronicName truth]]), but it's also [[SpoiledSweet completely appropriate to his personality]].
* Amitie of the ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Fever'' series. As the name implies, she's a very friendly and upbeat girl.
* Hope in ''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayerChaosBleeds.'' [[spoiler: Ethan Rayne's ancestor. And the BigGood.]]
* Karen Sympathy in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
* Loial (pronounced "loyal") in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The [[PunnyName pun]] is {{lampshaded}} often.
* In ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', the protagonist's name is Nozomi Yumehara which [[LuckyTranslation literally translates]] to Hope Dreamfield. She then becomes [[InTheNameOfTheMoon the great power of Hope]]: Cure Dream.
* Yayoi Kise from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has a MeaningfulName, but [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't belong here]]. However, her MagicalGirl form ''[[DoubleSubversion does]]'' because her name then becomes Cure Peace.
* [[Creator/PiersAnthony Piers Anthony's]] ''Bio of a Space Tyrant'' brings us Hope Hubris, and his sisters Faith and Charity.

* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': 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'?"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "HughMann? Now that's a name I can trust."
* ''[[VideoGame/AdventureQuest Mechquest]]'' also used Hugh Munn as the name of one of the students in Advanced Mecha Theory.
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'': Trudy Trueheart.
* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with Adora Belle Dearheart, who is in fact a snarky, badass, chain-smoking BrokenBird. (And what else could she be with a name like that?)
** She ''was'' nicknamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 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 "[[UnusualEuphemism seamstress]]" in [[WretchedHive Ankh-Morpork]], while Bestiality Carter was always very kind to animals. Covetousness Carter is described as "generous to a fault."
* Parodying this trope and Creator/CharlesDickens' use of it, the villain of ''Radio/BleakExpectations'' is named Mr Gently Benevolent. The cast also includes love interests Ripley Fecund and Sweetly Delightful.
* Several of the character in the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan opera ''Theatre/{{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 DastardlyWhiplash 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 FaceHeelTurn. Richard Dauntless, meanwhile, turns out to be a self-entitled, ahem, dick. Also subtly present in the PosthumousCharacter 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 ''Theatre/TheMikado''.
* The Lovejoy family from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' 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 DependingOnTheWriter 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 MoralGuardians who often cry "ThinkOfTheChildren!" 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)
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': 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. [[KickTheDog 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).
* [[HerrDoktor Doctor]] [[PunnyName Sigmund Friend]] from ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You". Though his intentions can arguably be considered [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans benevolent]], [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul his methods leave something to be desired]].
* In the melodrama parody ''Literature/SweetErmengarde'', the NominalHero is named Jack Manly.

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* Played painfully straight in the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum comics, where the [[PuritySue perfect main characters]] are named Ace Virtueson and Christi Lovejoy. The theme naming extends through the whole cast of character, for example, Pastor Alltruth. AlternateCharacterInterpretation was popular - Christi Lovejoy is certainly a [[PornNames multi-purpose name]].
* Luna Lovegood of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', who is indeed trustworthy, though [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} rather unusual in her view of the world]].
* Subverted with Jonathan Liebling, later [[Film/AngelHeart Johnny Favorite]]. Liebling translates to "darling" or "beloved". Everyone who knew Johnny Favorite describes him as the devil.
* Trevor Goodchild, the self-appointed ruler with a varying morality, from ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux''.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic have a MeaningfulName 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"?
** [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicManeFamilyMembers Shining Armor]] is the best big brother you could hope for [[spoiler: (at least when he isn't being mind-controlled)]], a [[HappilyMarried great husband]], [[TheCaptain Captain]] of the Royal Guard, and a powerful BarrierWarrior 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.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Who ''wouldn't'' trust a guy named Apollo Justice or Phoenix Wright? Both are {{Crusading Lawyer}}s and dedicated to finding the truth.
** Posthumous examples include Bruce Goodman (from ''Rise from the Ashes''), Celeste Inpax (from ''Justice for All''), Buddy Faith (from ''Investigations''), and Constance Courte (from ''Dual Destinies''). These are notable given the series' penchant for AssholeVictim and MeaningfulName, and indicates that they were likely good people.
** ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' does play with this a little with the dialogue between Phoenix Wright and [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey]]:
-->'''Jean:''' We're both called [[NamesTheSame Phoenix]], but I'm a [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroyer of worlds]] and you're a lawyer. [[EvilLawyerJoke I wonder which one of us is more hated?]]
* ''ComicBook/NewGods'': Subverted by Granny Goodness.
* Before he became leader of the [[{{Transformers}} 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 [[Series/ICarly Carly Shay]] Sunshine from a "teh bestest fan ficshun ever", even though she is an annoying MarySue.
* Fin Sheppard of ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' is a great name for a hero that fights sharks and tornadoes.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' has some compounded variations too.
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has Mana Aida (Mana and Ai both mean love), and her MagicalGirl name is Cure Heart which also plays into the show's [[ThemeNaming card suit theme]].
** Megumi Aino from ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' was [[PropheticNames practically born]] to be a MagicalGirl. Her first name either means "Goddess" or "Blessing", and her last name features "Ai" as well. She transforms into Cure ''Love''ly.
* ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' has Joshua Valienté. "Valienté" is Spanish for "valiant" which is literally a synonym for heroic. "Joshua", meanwhile, is technically the same name as ''UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}''.