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Odd Name Out
The Band Members of Taranchula.

Join Mandy, Brandy, Andy, and Scurge as they learn how to give a care.
— Mock commercial in StrongBad Email #155, "Theme Song"

In a group of characters with Theme Naming, sometimes one just doesn't fit the pattern.

To the viewer, this is about as subtle as placing a big, blinking neon sign saying "HEY, LOOK! THIS GUY'S IMPORTANT!" above their head even before the character has a chance to do anything, and whether or not they really are important is a matter of debate. For some reason, this character tends to be named Bob, due to the inherent hilarity of the name "Bob". He may also be a Special Person, Normal Name.

Sometimes identifies The Runt at the End. Can also apply to a lapse in Idiosyncratic Episode Naming.

Compare Aerith and Bob, Tom the Dark Lord and Uniformity Exception. Subtrope of The Last of These Is Not Like the Others.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bakuretsu Tenshi, the main characters are named after the heroines of Little Women, substituting "Sei" for "Beth". A Lampshade Hanging occurs in the OVA, where Sei ends up commanding an airship called the Elizabeth. Appropriately, Beth's name is the odd one out in the original novel — she's the only March sister whose name wasn't changed from Real Life.
  • In Death Note Light is the only Yagami not to have a name that starts with "S" (Sochiro, Sachiko, Sayu). Then there's the Wammy's boys: L, Beyond, Mello, Near, and... Matt.
  • Sailor Moon includes the kanji for the senshi's planets in their last names, save for Aino Minako, whose name comes from Venus being the goddess of love. Fitting this, Minako is also the first senshi to draw her powers from her planet's namesake rather than from what the kanji means. This is because she was created first for Codename: Sailor V.
    • In the Outer Senshi, Sailor Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto's last names are Ten'ou (天王), Kaiou (海王), and Meiou (冥王). They mean sky king (Uranus is a Greek "ur-god", the personified sky the way Gaia is the personified earth), sea king (Neptune is the Roman name for Poseidon, the god of the sea), and dark king (Pluto is an alternate name for Hades, god of the death and the underworld). The Japanese name for Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (the planets) are Ten'ousei (天王星), Kaiousei (海王星), and Meiousei (冥王星). See the pattern? ...Sailor Saturn's last name is Tomoe (土萠). It means sprouting earth (and has no connection to mythology whatsoever). The Japanese name for Saturn is Dosei (土星), so Tomoe seems to fit the inner senshi's naming scheme. note 
    • Jadeite, Nephrite, and Zoisite stayed the same in the DiC English dub of the first anime, Engrish (Jeddite, Nephlite, the oi as a diphthong) notwithstanding. Kunzite became Malachite. Big hint he's Beryl's last henchman. Beryl herself qualifies. Also, Jadeite and Nephrite were the first two. A lot of Odd Name Out going on.
  • The Ly Five in Shaman King. The other four all have names that end in -ly (Sally, Lily, etc), but the leader's name is Sharona. Naturally, this is intentionally played for laughs when they first introduce themselves.
  • A semi-example: Most of the Rozen Maiden sisters are named for jewels. Hinaichigo, Suigintou and Kanaria are not.
  • In the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, most of the episode titles ended in a cheery "nano". The few ending episodes did not, signifying a Mood Whiplash.
  • Inverted in Soukou no Strain: most of the characters' names come from A Little Princess, but the rare ones whose names come from other Hodgson Burnett novels have a much smaller role in the plot. Colin, Mary and Cedie existed to die, while Martha and Dickon are barely around.
  • Episode 14 of El Cazador de la Bruja is titled "Maple Leaf", as opposed to all other episode titles that contain either the word "man" or "woman" in them, and is the largest continuous Mood Whiplash in the entire series.
  • The Hwang family in Tokyo Mew Mew consists of Honcha, Lucha, Hanacha, Heicha, Chancha and Bu-ling. Bu-ling avoids her younger siblings' suffix-based Theme Naming in order to fit into the food-based theme of the Mew Mews (Bu-ling being a pun on pudding).
    • In addition, the English version of Tokyo Mew Mew has Pie, Tart, and Kisshu. "Kisshu" would be the Japanese spelling of "Quiche", but somehow the translators missed that.
  • Naruto: Poor Neji ("screw") is the only Hyuuga from Part 1 not to have a name about the sun, light, or fire (the others having the Alliterative Names Hiashi, Hizashi, Hinata, and Hanabi), highlighting his role as the The Unfavorite.
    • Hizashi himself is unique for being the only known branch Hyuuga to have a name dealing with the sun, light, or fire; this most likely has something to do with him and current Clan Head Hiashi being the sons to the previous Clan Head.
    • Filler Villain Raiga is probably an unintentional example. The other Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist (as well as former aspiring member Suigetsu Hozuki) are all named after fruit, but the anime writers had apparently not yet figured out the Theme Naming from the two canon members that had already been introduced when that filler arc was made. He's also the only one that lacks pointy teeth as the other members reveal.
    • All of the Mangekyo Sharingan's abilities are named after Shinto gods and items (Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo, Yata no Kagami, Totsuka no Tsurugi, Kagutsuchi, Kotoamatsukami, and Yasaka no Magatama, plus the non-Mangekyo Sharingan techniques Izanagi and Izanami), except for Kakashi's and Tobi's ability, Kamui, which refers to any deity from Ainu mythology.
  • Case Closed:
    • The suspect in a murder is both the literal odd guy out (he's something of an introvert and doesn't get along well with the rest of the group) and, as Conan quickly realizes in a Eureka Moment, the only one of that circle of friends that doesn't have an airport-based name.
    • In another case about an inheritance dispute, the climax is when the will is read. "Machiko, Hiromi, Hidekazu, Yoshiyuki, Keiko... Carlos."
  • In Fate/stay night the Servant Classes are: Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Berserker, and... Assassin. note 
  • From One Piece, the Eleven Supernovas all have meaningful names... except Killer.
    • The Medaka Mermaid Quintuplets are named Ichika, Nika, Sanka, Yonka... and Yonka Two.
    • The original Seven Warlords except for Blackbeard all have an animal theme in their name.
    • The Blackbeard pirates are all named after historical pirates except for Doctor Q. Although later on, they pick up Shiliew who also doesn't fit the naming theme.
  • Most of the Ushiromiyas in Umineko no Naku Koro ni have real Western names (Jessica, George, Maria, Rosa, Rudolph, Krauss, Eva), with one exception: the protagonist, Battler.
    • There's also Kinzo, being the only direct Ushiromiya bloodline family member without a Western style name.
    • And there's also Kyrie. In Japan, Kirie is an actual name but the romanization to 'Kyrie' (apparently, a reference to Ragnarok Online) is considered strange because she is not a blood relative of the Ushiromiya family and therefore has no reason to have a Western looking name.
  • Fist of the North Star has an unintentional example with the three brothers descended from the Ryuoh bloodline: Kaioh, Raoh and Toki. Originally it was just Raoh and Toki, who had a Sensitive Guy and Manly Man kind of rivalry: Toki was a pacifist who wanted nothing more than to use his powers to heal the sick, while Raoh was a tyrannical conqueror who sought to become the world's greatest warrior. Kaioh was later introduced as Raoh and Toki's estranged brother and he turns out to be a more insane version of Raoh, but with a scar on his face.
  • These are the Japanese given names for each lead protagonist over the seven seasons of the Digimon anime: Taichi, Daisuke, Takato, Takuya, Masaru, Taiki, Tagiru. M Asaru isn't a gogglehead.
  • The few non-European names in Fullmetal Alchemist not from Xing really stand out. For example, the named military characters includes Hughes, Hawkeye, Mustang, Bradley, Marcoh, Archer, and...Hakuro. In a Japanese manga, Hakuro doesn't matter for crap.
  • The Legend of the Legendary Heroes features the Eris siblings: Iris, Ferris, and Lucile.
  • Everyone in Violinist of Hameln has a musical instrument for name: Flute, Drum, Guitar, Sizer (synthesizer), Raiel (a type of piano) etc. Everyone except for the main protagonist, Hamel. His mother Pandora is another exception as it refers to her act of releasing a great evil. And you'd think the Big Bad, The Demon King Chestra was another exception (as he's supposedly occupying a chest), until you realize Japanese for "king" is "ou"... making him Ou Chestra, or Orchestra.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: Jinnai names his six Bugrom soldiers after the Marx Brothers.
  • The Godhand from Berserk consist of Femto, Void, Slan, Ubik...and Conrad.
  • The Angels in Neon Genesis Evangelion all have names ending in "-el"- Ramiel, Zeruel, Israfel, etc.- except for one named Sandalphon. And another named Tabris, AKA Kaworu. This is because the "-el" ending means "of God" in Hebrew, and those named angels in Judeo-Christian lore do indeed mostly have names ending in "-el", although there are exceptions, and Sandalphon is one of them. There is no angel named "Tabris" or anything like it, though. A common theory is that Gainax is referencing the Yah theophory name "Tabbris" meaning "Good of Yahweh or Yahweh is Good". If true, however, that still makes Tabris the odd one out, since he is the only one without an actual angelic name.
  • In Kuroko No Basket, all the members of the Generation of Miracles have names that start with a color, and their hair and eyes are that color. The only exception is Kuroko, whose name means "black child" but has light blue hair and eyes.
  • In Sket Dance, in one chapter we get introduced to the cast of Sentai parody Show Within a Show Slender (not that one). The Five-Man Band are the Red Commander, Blue Subleader, Pink Cheerleader, Sepia Expander, and Cocoa Brown Suspender. The Big Bad Duumvirate are Death Salamander and Sidewinder. Other characters include Bartender, Spy Spider, Slim Crusader, It's All Over, Clam Chowder...and Anthony. Anthony won the 13th place in the second popularity poll, despite only appearing in that one chapter.
  • Bleach: Gantenbainne is the only Espada with a zanpakutou that does not possess a Spanish-themed named. Dragra seems to be a completely made-up name.
  • After the introduction of stands in Part 3 of Jojos Bizarre Adventure, every stand was named after major arcana in the Tarot. After the main characters finally reach Egypt and all the arcana are used up, stands are named after Egyptian gods, instead...except for Vanilla Ice and his stand Cream, and Kenny G and his stand Tenor Sax.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Basically every recurring character is named after or related to articles of clothing, as are the Named Weapons and the cars the Anarchy and Demon sister's use. The only exception is Chuck; even his Evil Counterpart (Fastener) fits the Theme Naming more than he does. In Japanese, Chuck (chakku チャック) is the Japanese word for "zipper", so the trope is only present in the dub.

    Comic Books 
  • In Hero Camp, Dina Might's family, the Might Family superteam, which is made up of David (father), Donna (mother), Desmond (brother), and Charlie (uncle).
  • The Three Lieutenant Marvels from Shazam comics: Tall Marvel, Fat Marvel, and Hillbilly Marvel.
  • The Metal Men consist of (in the most recent series anyway) Gold, Lead, Mercury, Tin, Iron, Copper, and Tina (which is admittedly just a nickname for "Platinum".)
  • When they started out, three of the Fantastic Four gave themselves highfaluting polysyllabic, two-word codenames: Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl (later the Invisible Woman) and the Human Torch. Only Ben Grimm got landed with the prosaic and monosyllabic appelation, the Thing. On the other hand, Reed Richards as the leader is the only one with a codename that is not used with a definite article, and has the only codename that contains an honorific.
  • The Authority: The Gamorra Brothers are named Sum, Wai and Kaizen. Possibly apt, as Kaizen Gamorra was the evilest, killing Sum and Wai in a power grab.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael. In one of the movies, Mikey can't help but get a dig in: "All the good ones end in O!".
    • In most of the Japanese localizations, they ALL do - Raphael is called "Rafaello" in those dubs.
      • In Italian they all would be as well. Like all the turtles, Raphael is named for the painter, who was born Raffaello Sanzio. He's just the only one whose Anglicized name still sounds exotic. Compare Leonard, Donald, and Michael.
  • XXXenophile: "Now Museum, Now You Don't" features the four goddesses Okaraska, Boolatraaca, Xynotreen and Trixie.
  • Names used by the Abrahamic God in The DCU: The Source, The Presence, The Voice, The Hand, and "Wally". He claims that the last one is how you're supposed to pronounce YHVH, and we've simply been using the wrong transliteration.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Charmed fan fic, Justice, the Charmed Ones met up with the group of elders who are responsible for the trial. They are: Darban, Esttai, Briel, Serris, and George.
  • In The Weasley Plot the Weasleys had more powerful wards put up on their property by a goblin warding team whose members were named Stiffinger, Roknag, Blathook and Steve. The latter explained that goblins chose new names later in life and that choosing his own involved "three Australian wizards, a large lizard creature with huge teeth called a crocodile and a very large quantity of beer."
  • In A Door Ajar the Advanced Transfiguration teacher at Harry and his friends' new school owned a couple of cats named Mercutio, Romeo, Juliet and Oscar.
  • In the Animaniacs fan series Zany To The Max:
    • The female Warners are named Dot, Jot, and Ko. Downplayed with the male Warners, who are named Yakko, Wakko, Pakko, Makko, and Zak. The Conjoined Twins are Zak and Ko. Interestingly, Zak is the only Warner whose name does not have an O in it.
    • Every member of the Kat Krew is close to A Dog Named Dog, with the exception of Narf the Mouse. The other members of the Kat Krew are Kat the Cat, Doug the Dog, Shirley the Squirrel, Min the Mink, Drake the Duck, and Bonnie Rabbit.
    • The Siamese Quadruplets, consisting of Kat the Cat and her three sisters: Kate, Katie, and Jessica.
  • In Hogwarts' Dawn as part of their "life improvement plan" for Harry Fred and George enlisted several hulking students nicknamed Smasher, Gnasher (Crabbe), Thrasher (Goyle) and Crusher as bodyguards.
  • In the Total Drama Comeback Series, Mandy has four pet rats: War, Famine, Death and Snowball. It was a snowy day when she named that one.
  • In First Try Series Sasuke, through artificial insemination to ensure he wouldn't be the last Uchiha loyal to Konoha, ends up having three children: Fugaku, Mikoto and Aiko.
  • The Chateau level names in Something are based on the elements in the French language (Feu, Eau, Vent, and Terre), but the final Chateau has the name of Chateau Finale.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the dwarfs' names are adjectives that describe their personality - Grumpy, Happy, Dopey, Bashful, Sleepy and Sneezy. The one hold out is Doc, the self-appointed leader.
    • Walt Disney said Doc got his name because every doctor he knew was a bit of a bossy know-it-all, even if they were well meaning.
    • In a 1912 stage production, the dwarves were named Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick and Quee. Quee was the youngest and apparently a bit light-fingered.
  • Scar's henchyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed from The Lion King.
  • Up: Charles Muntz's dogs are all named after letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha is the lead dog, Beta is second in command, and so forth). The one hold out is D(o)ug, implying that he's so low in the pecking order that there are no more letters left to be named after.
  • The Sugar Rush world of Wreck-It Ralph has such oddball(But fitting) names like Vanellope von Schweetz, Minty Zaki, Taffyta Muttonfudge...and then there's the racer known as Candlehead.
    • Also King Candy's simpler name stands out amidst all the fancy names. It serves as a clue that he isn't really part of the game.
  • In The Incredibles, the two older children have names and powers that are symbolic of their time of life — hyperactive ten-year-old Dash, who has super speed, and shy fifteen-year-old Violet, who can turn invisible.note  Then there's the baby, Jack-Jack, who doesn't appear to have any powers or a significant name.note 
  • In The Brave Little Toaster we get Toaster, Lampy, Radio, Blanky, and... Kirby? It's a type of vacuum, but still.
  • According to the book Monsters, Inc., ''The Essential Guide'', the five snakes on Celia's head are named Amelia, Ophelia, Bobelia, Cordelia, and Madge.
  • Jim is the only crow from Dumbo that actually has a proper name. All the others are actually named after their distinguishable outfits.
  • Hoodwinked has this example:
    Boingo: Hugo, follow the granny, Dolph, tie up the girl, Lisa, hold the book, and Keith... gosh darn it change your name, please! It isn't scary and I'm embarrassed to say it.
  • The Terrafirminator from Gnomeo and Juliet is the only lawn mover available that is not named after a cat.
  • Frozen has a far more subtle example. All of the main characters have four letters in their names, Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Hans, Sven, and the Duke (of Weselton), except Kristoff. Even Elsa calls her and Anna's parents the four-lettered "Mama" and "Papa."
  • It's easy to spot the characters in The Jungle Book who were made up for the movie, since they have names like Louie and Winifred.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, we have Missy, Chrissy, Sissy and Justice. The latter one does a Heel-Face Turn by the end of the movie. It's even lampshaded when the others are talking behind Justice's back.
  • In the beginning of French movie Astérix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the pet crocodiles belonging to the Queen all have names ending in "is" (as do all Egyptians characters) except for one called Serge.
  • The names of the quints from Raising Arizona are Harry, Larry, Garry, Barry, and Nathan Jr.
  • In Heathers, protagonist Veronica is the only member of the title clique not named Heather.
  • In the Live-Action Adaptation of George of the Jungle Lyle's henchmen are name Gunner, Gunter, Hans, Jans, and Phil.
  • In MirrorMask, all the Monkeybirds are named Bob. Except Malcolm. Malcolm also has a different-coloured beak so he can be visually distinguished from the others.
  • Dude, Where's My Car?: "My name is Zarnoff. This is Zabu, Zellnor, Zelbor, Zelmina, and, Jeff." The latter one is (literally) crazy.
  • The Mummy: Abdul, Muhammad, Bob.
  • In the movie Animal Crackers, Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx) dictates a letter to his lawyer, Charles H. Hungerdunger of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick.
  • The Big Three from Star Wars: Luke, Leia, and Han. One of them is not related to the other two.
  • In The Three Stooges short A Pain In the Pullman, the booking agency's name is Goldstein, Goldberg, Goldblatt, and O'Brien. Of course, O'Brien is the one who speaks with a Yiddish accent.
  • At one point in The Kentucky Fried Movie, a protagonist faces off against three masters of Kung Fu. Their names are Hung Well, Long Thang, and Enormous Genitals.
  • In ¡Three Amigos!: Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms, and Ned.
  • In Zorro The Gay Blade, there's a scene where the dons (landowners) are introducing themselves, and saying from where in California they've travelled:
    #1: "Don Diego, from San Fernando."
    #2: "Don Francisco, from San Jose."
    #3: "Don Fernando, from San Diego."
    #4: "Don Jose, from San Bernardino."
    #5: "Don Luis Obispo, from Bakersfield."

    Literature 
  • In Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events:
    • Sunny, Klaus, and Violet Baudelaire.
      • Violet was actually the name of Claus von Bulow's lawyer.
    • Isadora, Duncan, and Quigley Quagmire
    • Frank, Ernest, and Dewey Denouement.
    • While the names of the first 12 books are alliterative, the last book is simply called "The End."
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
    • Interesting Times, five noble families from the Counterweight Continent have been fighting each other for centuries: the Hongs, the Sungs, the Tangs, the Fangs, and the McSweeneys, who are no more important to the plot than any of the other families. A Running Gag is that people have trouble with how the last family don't fit into the pattern.
      Twoflower: And the Hongs and the Fangs and the Tangs and the Sungs and the McSweeneys have been killing one another for thousands of years. It's all part of the royal succession.
      Rincewind: McSweeneys?
      Twoflower: Very old established family.
    • This is a Shout-Out to James Clavell's Asian Saga, a novel series about a Scottish family who founded a business empire in China.
    • War's children fit this one, too: Panic, Terror, and, um, Clancy. This may be a Shout-Out to the children of Ares and Aphrodite - sons Phobos (fear) and Deimos (terror) and daughter Harmonia (harmony).
    • Leonard of Quirm's inventions include such things as the Going Under the Water Safely Device, the Very Fast Coffee Device, or the Engine for the Neutralizing of Information by the Generation of Miasmic Alphabets, and the Gonne. It's probably an indicator of how different this invention was that he didn't name it something like the "Propelling Pieces of Metal through the Air at High Speed using Chemical Energy Device".
  • In First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde, Thursday's children are Friday, Tuesday, and Jenny. Except that Jenny doesn't actually exist — the villain from one of the previous novels planted fake memories of her in Thursday's brain.
  • In The Witcher there's a passing mention of royal quadruplets from Ebbing, called Putzi, Gritzi, Mitzi and Juan Pablo Vassermiller.
  • Peter Rabbit's sisters were named Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
  • Subverted in Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. All of Balthasar's concubines have elaborately long names usually referring to sex, such as "Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm" and "Delicate Personage of Two Fu Dogs Wrestling Under a Blanket," with the sole exception of Sue ("Short for Susanna"). Naturally, if any of them are going to be important, it'd be her — right? Nope. When the demon Balthasar was keeping sealed gets unleashed and starts killing everyone, it's Joy (Biff's name for Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm, because she didn't take kindly to being called "Orgasm") who survives the ordeal and has the biggest role.
  • All of Lynn Kurland's romance novels are titled after songs, with the exceptions of her novellas (except To Kiss In The Shadows, which was released as a single paperback novel) and her books Dreams of Stardust and Much Ado in the Moonlight. There doesn't seem to be a particular reason for DoS and MAitM.
  • From Harry Potter, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Though Brian is a perfectly good old name from the British Isles, it's also, you know, still used. Frequently. In the fifth film, this is Played for Laughs when he states his own name, with "Brian" said more quietly and after a slight pause.
    • Everyone in the Weasley family has a normal, old-fashioned kind of name like Fred, George, Ronald or Bill (William). And then they named the girl "Ginevra".
    • In the Black family everyone has a name connected with astronomy — Sirius, Bellatrix, Regulus etc... Except Narcissa.
      • She's not the only one (Sirius' mom was named Walburga), but she's the main exception. Word of God says that she thought of Narcissa's name early and didn't want to change it.
    • Harry's children are James, Albus and Lily. Albus stands out as the only "odd" name (though apparently he uses "Al" for short) as well as the only one not named after one of Harry's relatives.
  • In Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (And The Subsequent Assault Of The Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds), the main villains are three aliens named Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer. The aliens are aware that their names may raise suspicion while disguising themselves as cafeteria ladies, so they go by Zorxette, Klaxette, and Jenniferette.
  • Comes up in the X-Wing Series novel Wedge's Gamble. A pilot sees a freighter named Contruum's Pride and knows it's not legit because it doesn't fit that planet's naming system. There are holes in his theory - couldn't this ship be ignoring tradition, or not an official Contruum ship? - but as it turns out it's full of TIE fighters.
    Cracken: Contruum's my homeworld. Naming conventions for ships restrict virtues to capital ships. Transports are named for beasts of burden and rivers.
  • In John Ringo's Live Free or Die, on an alien space station that no human has ever heard of or been to:
    "What do you mean you can't keep up? Its just Ingr, Gurcaur, Hathan, Fandent and Bob. How much can they be drinking?"
  • In The Falcon's Malteser, the main character Nick is kidnapped by four goons called Lenny, Kenny, Benny and Fred.
  • Major characters in Codex Alera include Isana, Amara, Fidelias, Maximus, Araris, Invidia... Tavi? Every Aleran character has a Gratuitous Latin Awesome McCool Name ... except him. Which, as it happens, is foreshadowing. His name is short for Octavian, which is very much in line with the rest.
  • Also from Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files books all have two word Double Meaning Titles, each with the same number of letters in each word (Grave Peril, Dead Beat, Summer Knight)... Except for the twelfth book, which is simply called Changes.
  • The Inheritance Cycle began with Eragon and Eldest, both of which start with "E" and have six letters. Fans speculated that the last book in the trilogy would be called Empire, but the author eventually made it a quartet with the final books titled Brisingr and Inheritance, respectively.
  • In the novel Murder at Avedon Hill, the five children in the Avedon family are named Richard, Carin, Edvard, Jon, and Julienne. Edvard is a vampire-bite victim and Julienne has some sort of magical affinity.
  • This one appears in The Bible, of all places:
    • Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Mesrach, and Abednego. Justified as their names were changed by the Babylonians. Their given names were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, which are clearly Jewish. Daniel himself was renamed Belteshazzar, but since he became Prime Minister, he earned the right to be known as Daniel, even in Babylon.
    • See also Noah's three sons: Ham, Shem, and Japheth
    • Lamech's three sons were Jabal, Jubal... and Tubal-Cain. The first two were from the same mother, the third - and his sister, Naamah - from another. On the other hand, this is only a partial example since Jabal, Jubal and Tubal rhyme.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us Han and Leia's children: Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin? Not intentional, just that the people behind Dark Empire didn't know Jacen and Jaina existed.
  • Elizabeth Hand's novella Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol features a set of cut-rate Ramones called the Maronis — Tony, Mony, Pony and Tesla. The real Ramones all had names ending in an -ie sound, except for Elvis. And CJ.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the direwolves are named Nymeria, Ghost, Summer, Lady, Grey Wind and... Shaggydog, who was named by a three-year old. It's also an ironic name, given that Shaggydog is the most wild and savage.
  • The Sandra Boynton book 15 Pets had fourteen animals named Bob, but the turtle has an Overly Long Name.
  • Honey Bear, the youngest of The Berenstain Bears, is the only member of the Bear family that has a proper name. Her parents and her older brother and sister are all named after their relationships in the family.
  • In Warrior Cats, the majority of the 700-something characters have compound names like Bluestar, Mudclaw, Russetfur, Cedarpelt, Whitestorm... so when there's a cat living in the Clans with a name like Boulder, Daisy, or Millie, it sticks out.
  • The Outsiders is more like "normal name out," starring three brothers named Darrel/Darry, Sodapop and Ponyboy. It's actually the latter who is the protagonist.
  • The German guy from Hoot with the four Rottweilers, called Max, Karl, Klaus, und Pookie Face.
  • A set of experimental cannons in A Brother's Price are collectively called the Prophets and given names: Joan, Bonnye, Anna, Judith, Gregor, Larisa, Nane, and Ami. It's never discussed, but "Gregor" is a male name.
  • In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Angela Vicario is the only member of the Vicario family whose given name doesn't start with a P.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, one of the Showtime Fairies, Darcy, is referred to as a Diva instead of a Fairy.
  • The human characters in Dinoverse all are The Nicknamer to some extent, encountering dinosaurs who don't have names of their own. Mr. London names his new Hypsilophodon friends after personality traits that remind him of scientists - and one evil computer. There's Leo, named for his creativity, Al named for thinking his way out of having to do any work, Carl named for his contemplative nature, and Hal for how he likes things a certain way and throws fits when routine is disrupted.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On How I Met Your Mother, Ted identifies underground poker players by their identifying characteristics.
    Ted: You know, Butterfly Knife, I'd expect this from Face Tattoo, or Jagged Cheek scar, or Larry, but not you.
    Larry: (who has a mohawk, cool moustache, ferret, and eyepatch) Why don't I get cool nickname?!
    Ted: You have too many things, Larry, you get one thing!
  • On The Vampire Diaries, most of the Originals have pretty consistently Hebrew-based traditionally Judeo-Christian names. And then there are Kol (Medieval English/Scandinavian) and Finn (Irish/Old Norse).
  • On Wonderfalls, the Tyler family consists of Darrin, Karen, Sharon, Aaron... and Jaye.
  • Clark's friends in Smallville, actually: You got Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and Chloe Sullivan. The latter one wasn't originally created in The Golden Age of Comic Books.
  • On Privileged the relevant characters are Laural, Rose, Sage, Lily...and Megan.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: The "Australian Philosophy Professors" sketch, in which the members of the department complain about the newest addition to the faculty being "a bit confusing" — because he's the only person on the entire staff who isn't named Bruce.
  • The Benny Hill Show:
    • A gag once combined this with Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion, with the law firm of Arten, Marten, Barten, and Fargo.
    • A gag in another episode has Benny playing a teacher calling roll. "Carr, Ted?....Parr, Ted?....Farr (Beat, while the audience roars), Terence?"
  • Gilligan's Island had the guest stars, "The Mosquitos", whose names were Bingo, Bango, Bongo... and Irving. This was a parody and inversion of "The Beatles", whose names were John, Paul, George... and Ringo.
  • Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent have short, usually one-word titles... except for the seventh season episode "Please Note We are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger".
  • Lauren, Lauren, Cassie and Lauren, Will's interns on The West Wing.
  • In Scrubs, Dr. Kelso decides to save effort by calling all the male interns Dave and all the female interns Debbie. Except the one who actually is named Debbie—in the interest of fairness, he calls her Slagathor.
  • Australia's The Comedy Company character Con the Fruiterer had daughters Roula, Soula, Toula, Voula, Foula and Agape.
  • In the Space Mutiny epsiode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike and the 'bots make up tons of silly nicknames for the protagonist along the lines of "Big McLargeHuge", "Slate Slabrock" "Thick McRunfast", and "Smash Lampjaw" (to name four)...and then there was "Bob Johnson". Doesn't have quite the same punchnote , does it?
  • Doctor Who:
    • The episode "The Time of Angels" saw this with the clerics: Angelo, Christian and... Bob. Sacred Bob. Angel Bob.
    • The "official" names for the thirteen incarnations of the Doctor are as follows: the First Doctor, the Second Doctor, the Third Doctor, the Fourth Doctor, the Fifth Doctor, the Sixth Doctor, the Seventh Doctor, the Eighth Doctor, the War Doctor, the Ninth Doctor, the Tenth Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelth Doctor.
  • In one episode of The Golden Girls, the women buy minks to breed for fur. Rose names them Fluffy, Muffy, Buffy, and Joanne.
  • For much of Stargate SG-1, the team consisted of: Sam, Cam/Jack, Dan(iel) and Teal'c. One of them wasn't from Earth. They later pass it off as an obscure African name. Given that most Americans don't know much about African languages, it works out.
  • Newhart: "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother, Darryl. This is my other brother, Darryl."
  • Happens with the names of the tasks on The Amazing Race: Detour, Roadblock, Yield, Intersection, U-Turn, Speed Bump, and... Fast Forward? One has to wonder why no one thought of calling it a "Shortcut" instead.
  • In the Blackadder II episode "Head" Blackadder becomes Lord High Executioner. When he is introduced to his staff, the first one is Ploppy, the second is Miss Ploppy. The third one? Baldrick. Ploppy and Miss Ploppy do suggest renaming Baldrick to Ploppy.
  • The Big Bang Theory has this in the episode "The Zazzy Substitution", wherein Sheldon buys several cats, naming the first five after scientists who worked on The Manhattan Project (Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynmann, Edward Teller, Otto Frisch), and the last one Zazzles. "He's so...zazzy!"
  • The four main characters on The Young Ones are Rick, Neil, Mike, and Vyvyan.
  • One Get Smart episode featured a descendant of Christopher Columbus. When he and Max first met, Gino (the descendant) was with three girls and introduced them as Pinta, Niña and Rosa. Max incorrectly guessed Rosa's name was "Santa Maria".
  • In the Super Sentai franchise, the codenames for some of the Extra Rangers don't follow the same pattern as the main members, unless they're named after the metallic colors (Gold or Silver). Examples include:
    • The members of J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai consists of Spade Ace, Dia(mond) Jack, Heart Queen, Clover King and Big One. This trope also applies to their alter-egos, since Big One's surname is the only one that doesn't end with an "-i" sound (Sakurai, Higashi, Mizuki, Daichi and Bamba).
    • In Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, Dragon Ranger is the only ranger who is based on a mythical creature instead of an actual prehistoric beast like the main team (Tyranno Ranger, Mammoth Ranger, ect.)
    • In Gosei Sentai Dairanger, all of the rangers are named after their respective totem animal except Kiba Ranger, whose name translates to the "Fang Ranger" (his totem animal is a white tiger).
    • For the other teams we have X1 Mask (a one-episode warrior in green), King Ranger (instead of "Oh Black"), Time Fire (since there's already a "Time Red"), Shurikenger (instead of "Hurricane Green"), Abare Killer (instead of "Abare White"), Deka Break (instead of "Deka White"), Magi Shine (instead of "Magi Gold"), Geki Chopper (instead of "Geki White") and Gosei Knight (instead of "Gosei Silver").
    • A non-extra example is featured in Battle Fever J, where the lone girl of the team is codenamed "Miss America" instead of following the "Battle (nation's name)" pattern of the other members.
  • In Power Rangers, get ready for the "is he a Ranger or not?" battle to never end if a hero's name doesn't have "Ranger" in it. note  Similar to sentai, the Sixth Ranger is also going to be named for something other than his color about half the time.
  • In a vampire-themed episode of Psych, a suspect's three roommates are named "Eddie, Jake, and Lucien." Shawn, Gus, and Julie immediately look for "Lucien." Of course, it's not Lucien or Jacob, but Edward.
  • On the TV series Batman, all members of the Gotham police force had an Irish name starting with O. Except for Goldberg.
  • The demons in Supernatural all have classical demonic names (Azazel, Lilith), with the exceptions of Ruby, Crowley and Megnote , who all end up allying with the protagonists against their own kind. Abaddon appears in The Bible, though as the name of an angel rather than a demon. Most of the angels are given traditional angelic names (Castiel, Gabriel, Uriel, etc.), though Balthazar, Hael, and Anna are not. Anna is usually believed to be short for Anael, as she lived as a human for a time.
  • In Leverage, the episode "The Gold Job", Hardison gave code names to his team. Parker is Gold. Sophia is Silver. Nate is Mercury. And Eliot is Mr. Punchy.
  • On one episode of Night Court, a Hispanic couple name their newborn triplets Rosalita, Lucinda, and Gummo (the last of these suggested by resident oddballs Bob and June Wheeler).
  • The Clarke Family on House of Anubis goes as follows- John Clarke, Joan Clarke, Jerome Clarke, and...Poppy Clarke.
  • The Mythbusters were challenged to herd cats in Season 13, Episode 6. The cats' names were given as if they were a rogue's gallery of villains in a super hero story. They were called Puffball the Punisher, The Crabby Tabby, Devious Domino, Miss White, the Ginger Ninja, and Bob.
  • A Saturday Night Live skit featuring a sporting event had all the competitors claiming that they owed their success to Jesus Christ. When the rankings were displayed onscreen, in last place was a guy named Max Weinstein.
  • Every episode of The Wild Wild West has a title that started with "The Night"... except for the first-season episode "Night of the Casual Killer" (omitting the definite article).
  • The only episode of Seinfeld that isn't in the form of "The _____" is the second-ever episode, "Male Unbonding".

    Music 
  • KMFDM normally names their albums with five letters, words, or symbols, but dropped this convention for two albums; Hau Ruck and Tohuvabohu. Also, the remix album Brimborium, whose title has no relation to its parent album.
  • The Monkees released an album in 1967 titled Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. "Jones," of course, refers to Davy Jones, while the zodiac names are the horoscope signs of the other three Monkees.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 'Irish' Murphy's three dogs in Footrot Flats; Tiger, Wolf and Creampuff.
  • The Van Pelt siblings in Peanuts: Lucy, Linus, and Rerun.

    Tabletop Game 

    Theatre 
  • In The25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Leaf's siblings are Marigold, Brook, Pinecone, Landscape, Raisin...and Paul.
  • The five main players in Altar Boyz are Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham.
  • Happens in the musical Chicago during the "Cell Block Tango" number. Mona tells of her ex-boyfriend, Al Lipschitz, who would try to find himself and on the way "found" Ruth, Gladys, Rosemary and Irving. Also amongst the murderesses, there is Velma, Roxie, Mona, Liz, June, Annie, and Hunyak. Hunyak is the only one who is truly innocent and the only one we see get hanged. In this case, it's a bit justified - the character is Hungarian and the fact that she is foreign and unable to speak English is why she's in jail to begin with.
  • The Merchant of Venice: The Dramatis Personae in some editions lists "companions to Antonio and Bassanio": Salarino, Solanio, Salerio and Gratiano. The latter one ends up being important.
  • In William Shakespeare's Othello, Iago is the only one without an Italian name. His name is Spanish; this makes it a prophetic name, as in early seventeenth-century England, Spanish people were considered Always Chaotic Evil (thanks to the Anglo-Spanish rivalry at sea and the not-untraumatizing experience of the Spanish Armada).
    • Not only that- 'Iago' is the Spanish version of Jacob, otherwise known as James. And what was one of Saint James's titles? The Moor Killer.
    • The Hebrew meaning of Jacob is "the supplanter," which also fits Iago ... or at least what he wants to be ... pretty well.
  • In Neil Simon's Rumors, the four male leads are Ken, Len (short for Leonard), Glenn, and...Ernie.
  • The 1912 adaptation of Snow White was the first to name the seven dwarfs; they were Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick and Quee. The latter was also the youngest (at about 99).
  • Larry Shue's farce The Nerd features characters named Willum, Tansy, Axel, Warnock, Clelia and Thor. The title character’s name? Rick. This is subverted in The RevealRick is actually an actor named Kemp Hall.

    Toys 
  • In the Bratz toy line, the witchy cousins "Bratzillas" are named Yazmina, Cloetta, Megana, Sashabella, and Jade.

    Video Games 
  • Blinky, Pinky, Ink(e)y and Clyde, the ghosts from Pac-Man. Ms. Pac-Man replaced Clyde with Sue. And Jr. Pac-Man replaced him with Tim. According to The Other Wiki, in the original Japanese version, one set of names for them (see here) was Akabei (or "赤ベイ", with 赤 meaning "red"), Pinky, Aosuke (or "青助", with 青 meaning "blue"), and Guzuta (or "愚図た", with 愚図 meaning "indecisive person" or "someone who lags behind"). Guzuta is the only one that doesn't refer to a color.
  • Commonly used in the different levels of Kirby games.
  • In the Dusty Dunes Desert area of EarthBound, three men in sombreros who are arranged like the reels of a slot machine introduce themselves as big brother Pancho, kid brother Pincho, and Tomas Jefferson.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the Tingle brothers: Tingle, Ankle, Knuckle, and David Jr, although the latter isn't actually related.
  • Zone of the Enders: Most of the important characters' Humongous Mecha are named after Egyptian deities, except for Vic Viper, which is the only one not powered by the Unobtainium known as Metatron.
  • The Generic Dudes Gang of Hats from River City Ransom is a group of thugs with rhyming names (Gary, Cary, Terry, Jerry, etc.) Their leader's name? Ralph.
  • In the original Fire Emblem (and its remake, Shadow Dragon), Oguma's three axemen are named Saji, Maji, and Barts in the Japanese version and Cord, Bord and Barst in the American version. This is expounded upon in the ending, the two similarly named ones becomes woodcuters, while the one that sticks out stays with the army.
  • Until Silent Hill Origins came out, James was, either accidentally or on purpose, the Odd Man Out of the protagonists whose names otherwise began with H. (Harry, Heather, and Henry.)
  • The Brownie Kings from Eternal Daughter: Mixie, Moxy, Pixie, Poxy, and Randolph.
  • In The Sims 2, the Curious family siblings are named Jenny, Pascal, Vidcund, and Lazlo.
  • In Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream (Eternal Sonata), if the subtitle didn't tip you off that he's the main character, his name would. It's the only one that has nothing literally to do with music (compare it to other names: Polka, Jazz/Jitterbug, Allegretto, Viola, Beat, etc.).
  • Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier has group of antagonists call Orchestral Army. Their members have German name based on "The Bremen Town Musicians" (Henne - Hen, Ezel - Donkey and Katze - Cat), then we have a Cute Witch call Kyon.
    • Which still fits the Bremen Town Musicians, because Kyon is Greek for Dog (though it's still odd name out for not being German)
  • In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, there is a band (no, not that Band) of five Eblanese ninja, enough to form a full party in that game. Of these ninja, the first four are named Tsukinowa, Izayoi, Zangetsu, and Gekkou, Japanese terms for phases of the moon. The last is named Edge — Edge, being one of the heroes from the previous game and their king and master. And his real name is "Edward Geraldine."
  • Super Mario Bros. has the Koopalings, named after famous musicians. The exception is Morton Koopa Jr., named after Morton Downey, Jr., a talk show host as well. He also has Jr. as the last name instead of Koopa.
  • Mortal Kombat did this once per game, with three palette-swap ninjas:
    • The original male ninjas: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and secret character Reptile.
    • The female ninjas: Kitana, Mileena, and secret character Jade. Smoke continues the S-theme, but Noob Saibot doesn't really.
    • And the cyber-ninjas in the third game do it twice: Cyrax, Sektor, and Smoke. Note that Cyrax is one of the few times you see the letter C in Mortal Kombat (granted it's a soft C which is usually left alone), so of course in the Ultimate reboot, he has a Heel-Face Turn. Also note that Smoke is monosyllabic, a throwback to the original smoke, and non-science-fictiony. Also, he actually helps Sub-Zero; too bad he gets thrown in the Heel-Face Revolving Door and ultimately teams up with Noob Saibot.
  • Mega Man:
    • Axl Rose, Tornado Tonion, etc. in Mega Man X. Most of the robots are patterned after animals! Also, Gravity Antonion for not just being Gravity Ant.
    • This started all the way back in the original Mega Man X game, where there's, among other animals, an octopus, a penguin, an armadillo and...er, a kuwanger. Boomer Kuwanger (known as Boomerang Kuwanger in Japanese) is technically a stag beetle, but for some reason he retained most of his strange Japanese name in English translations (the other mavericks have similar names in Japanese, like Icy Penguigo, Storm Eagleed and Launcher Octopuld.)
    • Mega Man X6 is also the only game where the Mavericks retain their exact Japanese names (regardless of how little sense it makes to Western ears, like Infinity Mijinion), while Mega Man X5 breaks the naming tradition altogether and names the Mavericks after members of Guns N' Roses (leading to names like The Skiver, Duff McWhalen and Grizzly Slash.)
  • Pokémon:
    • Eevee is the only member of its family not to have "eon" in its name. Similarly, Tyrogue is the only one of its family to not have "Hitmon" in its name.
    • Among characters, the Seven Sages of Team Plasma have names based on colors... except Ghetsis, who is named after a musical chord (the dissonant G-C# tritone). And he's the Treacherous Advisor. Also, up until the fifth generation, the Big Bads all had more realistic names.
  • Tactics Ogre has the Foriner sisters: Selye, Shelley, Sisteena, and...Olivia.
  • Two odd names in the six levels of Bug!- Insectia, Reptilia, Splot, Quaria, Burrubs, and Arachnia.
  • In Stacking, the main character Charlie Blackmore is the only member of his family whose name doesn't start with the letter A.
  • The strategists of the Suikoden series have always been from the Silverberg family (Shu, at least, is a student of Mathiu), but the fifth game gives you Lucretia Merces, a hot Karayan expy of Zhuge Liang, who has no relation to the Silverbergs in any way. The other side's strategists have nothing to do with the family either.
  • Belladonna is the only properly named character from the Persona series to be related to the Velvet Room and not have a name that somehow ties into Frankenstein. The remainder are Igor, Nameless, Elizabeth, Margaret (this one's pretty obscure — she's the ship captain's sister in the novel), and Theodore. (most likely for Theodore Roszak, author of The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein)
  • Digital Devil Saga has a playable cast filled with meaningful and punny names. There's Serph (Surf, as in water, which is related to ice), Heat (fire), Argilla (means "clay"), Gale (wind), Cielo (means "sky")...and then there's Roland, whose name has absolutely nothing to do with lightning. Also a pretty outstanding case of Aerith and Bob. It makes slightly more sense when you remember that everyone in the playable cast except Roland are AIs, but then you find out the AIs are based on real people that actually had those names when they were alive, making it weirder.
  • In Metroid Prime 2, the Dark World counterparts of Temple Grounds, Agos Wastes, Torvus Bog and Sanctuary Fortress are respectively Sky Temple Grounds, Dark Agon Wastes, Dark Torvus Bog and Ing Hive. Repeated in Metroid Prime 3, where the main planets visited are Norion, Bryyo, Elysia and Pirate Homeworld. Ing Hive has the name because it's where the Ing proliferate the most, while Pirate Homeworld is the only planet without a fully confirmed name (averted in the Japanese version of the game, where it's called Urtraghus; the only hint suggesting this name in the Western versions is the name of an enemy, Urtragian Shriekbat).
  • The main protagonists in Daikatana are Hiro, Mikiko, and Superfly.
  • Gatling Gears has all the bosses' names start with a "The", except for one. The Vanguard, The Gardener, The Excavator, Shockstorm, The Bouncer, and The Butler.
  • In Makai Kingdom, Dark Lord Valvoga consists of three beings: Ophelia, Dryzen, and Mickey. It does not help that Mickey is decidedly camp and constantly bullied by the other two despite technically being in control.
  • In Warframe, Ambulas is the only one of the Corpus Mecha-Mooks to not use Animal Theme Naming.
  • The Handsome Men from Killer7, in true Sentai tradition, are all named after the colors they wear (Handsome Red, Handsome Blue, Handsome White Pearl, etc.,) except for Handsome Dead (who's dark red and yellow.)
  • One quest in Kingdom of Loathing involves finding items for four demonic band members: Bognort, Stinkface, Flargwurm and Jim.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Homestar Runner Show Within a Show Cheat Commandos, everybody has a cool commando name, for instance, Crackotage, Gunhaver, Fightgar and Silent Rip... and then there's Firebert and Reynold. (Reynold later undergoes a Face-Heel Turn and renames himself "Scrawnjob". Also, there's Mr. Bland, Senor and... The Robot (the only one who doesn't have a variation of "Mister" in his name, in case you didn't notice).
    • See also the member of Taranchula in the image above. Two Daves with Scandinavian names, and a Schenkel McDoo.
    • In a Strong Bad Email called "web comics", Strong Bad describes web comics as being about "video games, gamernerds, webgeeks, dorknerds, gamewads, nerdgames, webwebs, and elves."
    • Then there's also the quote above, mentioning characters named Mandy, Brandy, Andy, and Scurge.
  • RWBY: All characters except one follow a Colourful Theme Naming that conforms to a set of specific rules based around colours. The exception is Professor Ozpin "for reasons".

    Webcomics 
  • The characters from the eponymous video game in Kid Radd are named after slightly mangled pieces of Eighties slang - Radd, Gnarl, and Bogey (from 'bogus', not the British for 'booger'). The only one who isn't is Radd's 'girlfriend', Sheena, who's not only invincible, but who ends up merging with a version of herself from the sequel to her game, and becoming the most versatile fighter in the comic.
  • Homestuck has four kids, whose online handles can be shortened to TT (tentacleTherapist), TG (turntechGodhead), GG (gardenGnostic), and... EB (ectoBiologist), which belongs to John, our original protagonist. This discrepancy is actually a Chekhov's Gun; a group of internet/real trolls had forced him to change his handle from ghostyTrickster.
    • uranianUmbra(UU) and undyingUmbrage(uu) are the only chathandles that don't correspond to a pair of DNA proteins. Instead they represent uracil, which replaces thymine in RNA. The latter also is also the only handle that isn't in caps.
    • Problem Sleuth has the four poker-playing elves: Ropo, Zobo, Foko, and Blod.
  • You Damn Kid shows some of the problems that can occur with this naming pattern.
  • Played With in No Rest for the Wicked: November is the daughter of King January, and has older sisters named August and September. The queen is named Avril, which follows the Temporal Themed Naming in another language. (They're also missing an October, though Word of God says that's because there's a two-year difference between September and November's ages.)
  • The main cast of Roommates is James, Jareth, Javert and Erik.
  • In Band Vs Band, the Candy Hearts are Honey, Coco, Cherry, and Zero.
  • All of the Grand Masters in L's Empire have titles that they got from their abilities... except Stonemaster. It still fits his powers though.
  • In Achewood, Iolwerth is giving an introduction to his family which has traveled through time in order to attend Molly's wedding. After a lengthy list of 16-th century English names, he lands on Taffy, who has a mental disorder and is capable of pwning in video games upon initial exposure.
  • The Wretched Ones has the characters John Thomas, Charlie Webb, Nicky Thomas, Jack Adler, and the twins, Yayne and Sparkes Lukanta.

    Web Original 
  • Sailor Nothing, of course, uses it twice: the Fashion Club (Ami, Emi, Umi, and Aki) and the Dark Generals (Argon, Neon, Xenon, Radon, and Cobalt).
  • There was an email that did the rounds a while ago which purported to be a memo from Osama bin Laden to his underlings. In it, he called for Al-Qaeda members to be vigilant of Western infiltrators, and he assigned a patrol group consisting of Muhammad, Akbar, Abdul and Dave.
  • Fey's three fairies from the Whateley Universe, Trixie, Dixie, and Brunhilda.
  • In ''Fairies of Notting Cove'', all the forest fairies have Irish names, except for The Cook, who is Only Known By Their Nick Name. Saga is also an Odd Name Out, justified since she's a foreigner.
  • In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Kakyoin gives cherry-themed names for the group: Jotaro becomes Sakuranbotaro, Joestar (Joseph's last name) becomes Sakuranbostar, and Kakyoin becomes Cherryin. Avdol's name still stays the same.
  • From Killerbunnies, we have Same-Sex Triplets Fern, Flori, and Tommie Evans and the Junkard sisters Henrietta, Hattie, and Munchie

    Western Animation 
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Candace repeatedly mentions that she dreams of marrying Jeremy and having two children named Xavier and Amanda. Then comes an episode when her little brothers travel through time and meet her future children: Amanda, Xavier and Fred.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life Christmas special, Rocko's new elf neighbors are all named after tools, except "Mango" (as the family patriarch explains, "I was feeling fruity").
  • The Ghostly Trio of Casper the Friendly Ghost: Fatso, Fusso, and Lazo, who become Fatso, Stretch, and Stinkie in The Movie.
  • All the charactes in Maryoku Yummy have Gratuitous Japanese names (Ooka, Hadagi, etc.) except for Bob. This could be because he's a delivery man, and doesn't live in the same land as the main characters, though.
  • South Park:
    • In the brief Story Arc about the quest for Cartman's father, the narrator asks this question: "Who built the pyramids? Was it the Babylonians? Barbrady? Samaritans?" (Barbrady is a police officer, not born in the ancient times and he's only one person).
    • When the male Goth Kids are finally named they turn out to be Michael (the tall one), Pete (the one with the red streak) and Firkle (the kindergartener).
  • Spongebob Squarepants: "Dear Vikings" has several vikings named Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, and Gorton.
  • Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (the latter being the Warner Sister) from Animaniacs, who get double credit for this trope as the actors that voice them are all similar, with two rhyming names and a third odd name: Tress, Jess, and Rob and Dr. Scratchansniff).
  • The five girls in the first season of Winx Club are Stella with sun and moon powers, Flora with flower power, Musa with music power, Tecna with technology, and Bloom, with fire powers. The last one is the leading character.
  • "This is Maude, Rod, Todd, and I'm Ned!"
  • An episode of Invader Zim shows Dib setting up a spy camera in Zim's kitchen and watching the feed from his room while his four recording devices, Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Stevie, are being repaired.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Frankie G.'s group consist of several people whose names end in an "-ie" or "-y" suffix and their last initial, and Chaz.
  • Most of the band members of Dethklok in Metalocalypse all have violent or fantastic names: William Murderface, Toki Wartooth, Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf... and then there's the drummer, Pickles.
  • In Duck Dodgers the four quadrants of the galaxy are named as Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Steve.
  • The Dinobots in Transformers are Snarl, Swoop, Slag, Sludge... and Grimlock. Not only is Grimlock the only one who doesn't have an "S" in his name, but he's the only one whose name is a made-up word. Of course, he's the leader of the pack and the most popular of them.
    • He's also the only Dinobot whose torso isn't red.
    • The versions of the Dinobots that show up in Transformers Animated and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron change things a little, but keep the same general pattern (minus the torso-coloration bit): In Animated, Grimlock's team is just Swoop and Snarl, and in Fall of Cybertron, Everyone's name is the same except Slag, who's called Slug in this version. (Because...) But still, everyone starts with an S except Grimlock.
  • Pepper Ann's grandma, Lillian, had two daughters, Lydia (the protagonist's mom), and Jane, which would be Lane, but Lillian was so tired after birth that she reversed the L.
  • Futurama has Calculon, who was "all of history's great acting robots: Acting Unit 0.8, Thespo-mat, David Duchovny!"
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Boris Badenov once claimed to be a partner in the advertising firm of Dancer, Prancer, Blitzen and Fink. In the "Rue Britannia" story arc, Rocky and Bullwinkie are antagonized by three schemers named Filcher, Belcher and Jay.
  • An episode of the Disney series Bonkers had the eponymous character being followed by agents Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Ringo.
  • An episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo features a family carnival run by the Jipners, who consisted of Jolly, Joey, Jerry, Julie (to name a few) and Bart.
  • The Possible family in Kim Possible has Kim, Jim, Tim, Slim, (great aunt) Mim and Joss.
  • In the 2010 animated series of The Jungle Book, the crocodile's five sons are Biter, Grabber, Chomper, Guzzleguts and Colin.
  • In 3-2-1 Penguins!, the eponymous penguins have the names Zidgel, Fidgel, Midgel, and Kevin.
  • Wakfu has an in-universe example. It's the oddity of the man referring to himself as Grougaloragran that tips Nox off to the fact that he is actually one of the legendary dragons, because apparently only they used names like that.
  • Everyone in Almost Naked Animals is A Dog Named Dog. Except for Howie, who is a dog.
  • Four thugs that were in an episode of Young Justice were named Hoody Boy, Git N Paid, Daddy Lidz, and Henry
  • The Powerpuff Girls are named Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles. Bubbles is the only Powerpuff Girl that is not named after a flower... unless you count Bunny and Bullet.
    • This is actually kind of reversed but lampshaded in-universe. Blossom and Bubbles have meaningful names - Blossom was chosen because she was the first to open up to the Professor, like a flower. Bubbles was chosen because of her bubbly personality. And Buttercup was chosen because it also started with a B.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Out of all living people in the Fire Nation Royal Family, Zuko is the only one whose name doesn't start with a vowel. His sister is named Azula, his parents are Ozai and Ursa, and his uncle is named Iroh.
    • Ursa herself stands out for having the only Western-based name (Ursa is Latin for "bear"), aside from the born-onscreen baby Hope, whose name was specifically chosen to be meaningful.
  • Totally Spies!: The three protagonists are named Sam, Alex, and Clover. And the three of them are girls.
  • U.S. Acres: Unlike his brothers, Orson's name doesn't end in "-rt".
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: Klunk is the only one in the Vulture Squadron to have a name that doesn't end in Y. Dick Dastardly, Muttley and Zilly. Also, Dick is the only one of the four to be known by name and surname.
  • In Birdz, Sleepy Bat is the only character with a "cartoony" name instead of a more normal one. Lead character Eddie and his family could also qualify, since their last name is Storkowitz instead of the Species Surname that everyone else has.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: His parents are Richard and Nicole. His ascended pet/brother is Darwin, and his sister is Anais. And yet Gumball is the odd name out.
  • The Jetsons are named George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy.
  • Goliath from Gargoyles is the only member of the Manhattan Clan (until Angela joins the cast later — and Angela fits the Theme Naming of the Avalon Clan she was born into) that's not named after a certain section of New York City. That's because being the leader, he is the first gargoyle to actually be given a name, back in the Middle Ages (his followers were all named in the present day).
  • The Three Little Pigs are named Fifer, Fiddler, and Practical. The latter one's house is the only one that doesn't get blown down by The Big Bad Wolf.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the six main character ponies named: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Twilight Sparkle. The last name is the only one with four syllables.
  • In Taz-Mania, Molly's favourite band is The New Chips of the Block; Donnie, Ronnie, Lonnie, Bonnie and Clyde.
  • One episode of the Pound Puppies (2010) series features five puppy siblings: Whip, Chip, Blip, Flip, and Chubbers.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears presents an interesting case of this trope, in that all but one of the Gummi Bears' names are meaningful. Sunni is the Cheerful Child (with yellow fur), Cubbi the Tagalong Kid and youngest in the group, Tummi the Big Eater, Grammi the Apron Matron, Gruffi is a Grumpy Bear (albeit with a heart of gold), and Gusto is Hot-Blooded. That leaves Zummi, the only one without a meaningful name. It may have something to do with his spoonerism tendencies, or to emphasize his "wizard-like" nature given that a lot of sound effect depictions have the letter Z, like "Zap" or "Kazaam".
  • In one episode of Pinky and the Brain, a character named Larry was introduced. Unlike Pinky and the Brain, Larry was not named after a body part (he was named after one of the Three Stooges).
  • The main characters of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! are named Wubbzy, Widget, Walden, and Daizy (who first appeared in Season 2).
  • As the intro says, "Bob" works great for this - ReBoot takes place inside a computer, so characters are named after actual computer terms - Dot Matrix, Mouse, Megabyte, Hexadecimal, Daemon. And then there's our hero, the Guardian of the system, Bob.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), the various mutants that crop up get named by Mikey according to a physical trait or power. Thus we get Snakeweed, Spyder Bytez, Leatherhead, and... Justin, who is some sort of combination of octopus, electirc eel, cobra, and cat, and gets named 'Justin' because Mikey couldn't think of a better name at the time.
  • In the first episode of Gravity Falls, we get a group of gnomes named Jeff, Carson, Steve, Jason, and... Shmebulock.
    • The members of Sev'ral Timez are Greggy C, Creggy G, Leggy P, Chubby Z, and Deep Chris.
  • In Steven Universe, the Crystal Gems are named Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst and Steven. For the record he's replacing his mother, who was named Rose Quartz, and "Quartz" also happens to be Steven's middle name.
  • On King of the Hill, Bill goes back to his ancestral home and meets three beautiful women named Lily, Rose and Violetta. All three come onto him, but Bill knows that one of them is his biological cousin while the others are his cousins' widows; he just doesn't know which is which. While all three follow Floral Theme Naming, it's Violetta, the one with the variant, whom he's related to.
  • Transformers Animated features a pair of Autobot twins named Jetfire and Jetstorm, who can combine. In so doing, however, they totally break the naming scheme by becoming Safeguard.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, the Anti-Fairies are all Evil Counterparts of the Fairies, with names like "Anti-Cosmo," "Anti-Wanda," etc. Poof's analogue, however, goes by Foop instead.
  • In Saturday Supercade, the Monkey Biz Gang consisted of four monkeys named Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: In "Bing! Bang! Boom!", the twins want to name the three baby Thunderdrums 'Bing', 'Bang' and 'Lloyd'.

    Real Life 
  • Back in the 1910s, the White Star Line drew up drafts for three large ships that would all be named for, well, being large: Olympic was the first, then Titanic and finally Gigantic. After what happened to the second one, the company feared that releasing the third with the Theme Naming intact would cause people to associate it with the disaster, so the Gigantic was renamed to Britannic.
  • For a long time, the fleet of the Finnish ferry operator Viking Line consisted of seven ferries: Amorella, Gabriella, Isabella, Mariella, Rosella, Cindarella and ... Ålandsfärjan. Today, the odd one out is Viking XPRS.
  • Similarly, the current US carrier fleet: USS Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson et al., and the Enterprise as the survivor of the previous naming theme (however, this is justified in that the Enterprise is of a different class of ship than the others).
    • Going the other way, all the Ohio-class SSBNs are named after states except USS Henry M. Jackson, and all the Los Angeles class SSNs are named after cities except USS Hyman G. Rickover. The latter case is justified, as Rickover was generally regarded as the "Father of the Nuclear Navy", and even more to the point led the team that developed the Navy's first nuclear-powered subs.
    • With the names of three (of ten expected) Gerald R. Ford-class carriers announced, ''Enterprise'' is once again an odd name out, with the other two being Gerald R. Ford and John F. Kennedy.
  • The Duggar family from 19 Kids And Counting consisting of children Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Jossiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie. Their father is Jim-Bob, their mother is... Michelle.
  • Director Robert Rodriguez named his four sons the unique and rather badass sounding Rebel, Rocket, Racer, and Rogue. While he kept the "R" theme with his daughter, he gave her the much more normal sounding Rhiannon.
  • Not Always Right: Oh, that poor kid.
  • The Marx Brothers: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, Gummo, and... Margaret.
  • John, Paul, George, and Ringo. With Ringo replacing Pete.
  • Henry VIII's wives were: Catherine, Catherine, Catherine, Anne, Anne ... and Jane.
  • The Phoenix siblings: River, Rain, Liberty, Summer, and... Joaquin (though he was billed as Leaf Phoenix early in his career, the others were born with their names.)
  • The members of Super Junior and subgroups: Leeteuk, Kangin, Kibum, Hangeng, Siwon, Heechul, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Yesung, Shindong, Kyuhyun, Zhou Mi... and Henry.
    • Now that Han Geng a.k.a Han Kyung has left, you could say that Zhou Mi also fits this trope, being the only one with a Chinese name.
    • Their label mates, the girl group f(x), also fit this trope. Victoria, Amber, Luna, Krystal and... Sul-Li.
  • In quantum physics, the different 'flavours' of quarks are (listed in groups of two) down and up, bottom and top, and strange and charm.
    • In older textbooks you'll sometimes see truth and beauty, strange and charm, and up and down.
  • Earth is the only planet in the Solar System that is not named after a Greco-Roman god. And nope, "Terra" will not help either.
    • Same for Chinese and Japanese—all the planets' names end in 星 (-xīng, -sei, star/planet) except for Earth (地球, dì qiú, Chikyuu, "earth-ball").
    • Uranus is also an oddball. Named after a Greek god to the others' Roman gods, and while most moons named for figures associated with the parent planet's namesake, Uranus has moons named after Shakespeare characters. Could be worse: it was almost named George (after King George III) or Herschel (after William Herschel, the man credited with its discovery in 1781).
    • Almost all of Jupiter's moons are currently named after women associated with the mythical figure, mostly his lovers. The major exception is the largest moon, Ganymede, which is named after his male lover.
  • The Earth's continents are named Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, the two Americas, and Europe.
  • The four provinces of Ireland are Ulster, Munster, Leinster, and Connacht (or Connaught).
  • The three periods that made up the Mesozoic era are called the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous.
  • The names of six of the seven days of the week have names of Germanic origin, with Monday and Sunday respectively named after the sun and the moon and the others named after Anglo-Saxon gods - except Saturday, which is named after the Roman god Saturn. It's even more of an oddball in the Scandinavian languages, where Saturday is named Lørdag/Lördag, which comes from the old name laugardagr. It means cleaning day/bath day.
  • The University of California, San Diego is split into six colleges (which basically entails different general education requirements, generally with some vague theme to each college's curriculum): Revelle, Muir, Marshall, Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, and...Sixth. This is just a placeholder until they do decide on a name, but it's already been ten years... note 
  • The Rugby Championship is played between Australia, Argentina, South Africa, and New Zealand. Each national team has a nickname. They are, respectively, the Wallabies, Los Pumas, the Springboks... and the All Blacks.
  • The four nucleotides of RNA are adenine, cytosine, guanine, and uracil.
  • In the English alphabet, the letter W is the only letter with more than one syllable in its name.
  • The digits 1, 2, 3, 4... 9, seven (7) is the only one that has more than one syllable.
  • The SI base units: meter, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, candela, and kilogram. That last one is the only one to have an SI prefix in the name of the base unit itself, which is The Artifact from when it was first named, during the French Revolution.note 
  • Adolf Eichmann had four sons: Klaus Eichmann, Horst Adolf Eichmann, Dieter Helmut Eichmann and Ricardo Francisco Eichmann. The latter one was born after 1945.

    Miscellaneous 
  • Played with in the old joke: "My mother had four children. The first was named Spring, the second, Summer, and the third, Autumn. What was the name of her last child?" The answer, of course, is the first name of the person asking the question, which is probably not "Winter".
    • Another version of the joke goes: "Sarah's mother has four children. Three are named April, May and June. What is the fourth child named?" Sarah. The original name can be anything.
    • Yet another one: "Tom's mom had three children. If one was Monica and another was Veronica, what was the third?"
    • Also: A woman had four children: Eeney, Meeney, Miney... and Steve. Why? She didn't want no mo'.
  • There's also the joke:
    So apparently one out of five people in the world are Chinese. MY family has five people in it, so I guess one of them must be Chinese. Could be my mom. Or my dad. Or my brother Jack. Or my little brother Heilong. I'm pretty sure it's Jack.
  • And this joke:
    A farmer enters a pub with three ducks and he asks the bartender to mind the ducks for him. The bartender agrees and when the farmer leaves the pub, the first duck says to the bartender, "Hi, I'm Huey and I've been in and out of puddles loads of times."
    The second duck then says to the bartender, "Hi, I'm Louie and I've been in and out of puddles even more times than Huey"
    The third duck is about to say, "Hi, I'm...", when he is interrupted by the bartender who says, "Let me guess, your name is Dewey."
    The third duck answers "No.... it's Puddles."
  • During the initial furor around the hunt for Osama bin Laden, a joke made the rounds in the form of an Al Qaeda memo:
    We have learned that the Americans are attempting to infiltrate our hiding places. To prevent this, we will have around the clock watches. The first watch will be Abdul, followed by Malik, then Steve, and finally Hassan.
  • Averted, or maybe inverted, by a Scottish military joke:
    "O'Brien?" "Present, Sir." "Cohen?" "Present, Sir." "Woinarowski?" "Present, Sir." "Right, Cameron Highlanders present and correct, Sir!"

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