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->''"His name is Lebowski? That's your name, Dude."''
-->-- '''Donny''', ''Film/TheBigLebowski''

A pretty rigid rule that no two characters in a work of fiction (novel, movie, play, TV series, comic book, etc.) should share the same first name, or even ''similar-sounding'' names. If there's a Laura in the story, there will not be a Lyra; if there's an Ed, there will not be a Ted. If you wake up one morning and suddenly discover that you don't know any two people with the same first name and that [[FiveFiveFive your phone number begins with 555]], you can safely assume you've fallen into a work of fiction.

The rationale behind this is so obvious it almost doesn't need explanation: Both the audience and the writer will get confused by multiple characters with the same name: "Wait, was it good-guy Steve or bad-guy Steve who launched the missile?"

A strong dramatic reason to duplicate names can override the rule, as, for example, in the Jack Nicholson movie ''The Two Jakes'', but it's so rarely done that audiences will pick up on it almost instantly. Unintentional duplication of first or last names also sometimes occurs when characters from previously distinct works of fiction meet one another, or in sprawling, shared-continuity settings like the DC or Marvel Comics [[TheVerse universes.]]

It's probably more feasible to list the exceptions rather than examples. Usually when there are exceptions, there will be a storyline involving the characters being confused for each other.

One could only wish this were TruthInTelevision, but as teachers know all too well, names go through cycles and depending on the era, a single class might have five Jasons, Michaels, Elsas or Claras. Thus, this trope is generally considered an AcceptableBreakFromReality.

In French-speaking countries, name popularity waves are even more dramatic, to the point where you can often guess somebody's age within five to ten years just by their given name, and very popular names have been attributed to as much as one person out of seven or eight at their peak.

This is also a problem in dubbing with "dubbed names". For example, Gomez Addams in Latin America is "Homero", just like Homer the Spider. Or a mobster named Bruno showing up in a Batman (who is known as "Bruno Díaz" instead of "Bruce Wayne") comic.

The antithesis is PlanetOfSteves, wherein ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries everybody]]'' [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries is Steve.]]

Compare OneMarioLimit, where the "Steve" is too famous for anyone else to use a similar name. Contrast InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals, where there is a whole bunch of interchangeable characters that look the same and may share the same name--or have very similar names. Also contrast NamesTheSame, where multiple series share one or more characters with the same name.

See also WeNamedTheMonkeyJack and DeadGuyJunior, for other ways characters can share names.
!!No Straight Examples, Please!:
* OneSteveLimit/AnimeAndManga
* OneSteveLimit/ComicBooks
* OneSteveLimit/{{Literature}}
* OneSteveLimit/LiveActionTV
* OneSteveLimit/VideoGames
* OneSteveLimit/RealLife



* There was a time when the Yellow Pages ran a series of commercials showing a VisualPun of a listing and then the listing. (A football player pounces on a fish being reeled in = Fishing Tackle, A group of men display their ability to perform a death scene for a director = Die Casting.) One such commercial shows a convention of men, all of whom introduce themselves as "Herb". What is the listing? Herbs (silent "h").

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Parodied by Creator/TheFiresignTheatre on their album ''Boom Dot Bust'', which takes place in a town called Billville, where ''everybody's'' name is Bill.
** The Firesign Theatre are themselves an example--there are only four of them, and two are named Phil. They once made fun of this by referring to themselves as "Phil, Phil, Phil, and Phil."

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable:''
** There are two characters named Bob: Bob Herzhog, one of the main characters, and Bob "Waco" Forzey, who works at Hard Eight Enterprises. It's easy to miss, though, since the latter Bob usually goes by his nickname.
** The owner of the local gaming store is "Weird" Pete Ashton, who shares a name with Pete Skipowsky, another Hard Eight employee. And, like Waco, he's usually known by his nickname of "Skip."

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The general lack of names in fairy tales makes this problem rare, but when Creator/JosephJacobs collected "Literature/KateCrackernuts", both of the princesses were named Kate. He changed one to Anne to avoid confusion when he published it.
* In Grimms' Fairy Tales, Snow White from ''Snow White'' (princess pursued by her evil step-mother, helped by seven dwarfs) is not to be confused with Snow White from ''Snow White and Rose Red'' (helps a bear who turns out to be a prince, gets into trouble with an evil dwarf). Note that in the original German this problem does not exist as the former ("Sneewittchen") uses a Low German name, while the latter ("Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot") a High German one.
** PlayedWith in Bill Willingam's comic ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', where both Snow Whites were [[CompositeCharacter merged into a single character]].
* In "Marya Morevna", both the title character, Ivan's wife, and one of his sisters are Marya. Then, the wife is always referred to with the patronymic, so there's no danger of confusion.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' has three different criminal groups using the name "Talon"--two of whom are on the same space station. Apparently none of these criminals are terribly creative.
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', by including characters from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', ends up with two characters with the given name Keiichi, who are about the same age and have similar occupations. Though Tamaru Keiichi, the canonical ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' character, is extremely minor and may not even appear more than once.
* ''FanFic/TalesOfTheEmperasque'' averts it: while there are two people with name Vulkan--the Primarch Vulkan and Vulkan He'stan--after the former has a DoubleTake upon hearing latter's the name, they settle on calling the other one He'stan and narration does so as well.
* In ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'', the eleven-years-old heiress to the Southern Isles is also named Anna, which leads to Hans freaking out for a moment when he thinks Anna of Arendelle arrived in his home. There's also admiral Klaus Hauser, who shares his name with Hans' late father.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6479988/1/Grace_Under_Pressure_Courage_Under_Fire Grace Under Pressure, Courage Under Fire,]] when [[Series/{{Glee}} Kurt]] asks Dave why he uses his friend Azimio Adams' first name, but his other friend Anthony Rashad's [[LastNameBasis last name]]. Dave explains that while there is only one [[AwesomeMcCoolname Azimio]] at school, there are several Anthonys, so calling him Rashad is really just a way to avoid confusion. (Note that Anthony Rashad is the only Anthony mentioned in {{Canon}}.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' series "Falling Into College," [[LovableAlphaBitch Quinn]] winds up dating [[GenderBlenderName a guy also named Quinn]], who is called "Q" to avoid confusion.
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ElsewhereFic ''[[FanFic/BoyScoutsOneHalf Boy Scouts ½]]'', there are three Matthews, two Bills and a Will, and (while one is a very minor character) two Kennys. (Note that as a [[SelfInsert Self Insert Fic]], most of these Steves take their names from real people.)
* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', two characters share the same name and are introduced within a short while of each other. William, protagonist of the ''Attack of the Sphinx'' story happens to share the same name as Prince William, who appears in ''The Titans Strike Back'' as a surviving member of the royal family and a villain; the author even puts a parenthetical note regarding the latter that says "please do not get him confused with William in my other story".
* Fanfic/TheCalvinverse has two characters named Rupert Chill--a human convict and an alien that imitates him. Since ''[[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIIIDoubleTrouble Double Trouble]]'' revolves around both, alien!Rupert uses a FirstNameBasis while human!Rupert goes by [[LastNameBasis "Chill"]].
* ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'' has two Gildas. Nav at point takes to calling them "OG" (Original Gilda), and "PG" (''Princess'' Gilda) to differentiate between them.
* ''FanFic/{{Lothiriel}}'' by [=JunoMagic=] is about a woman in Germany, named after the character Lothíriel from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Then the German Lothíriel falls into ''The Lord of the Rings'', but that story already has a Lothíriel. Now it might have two characters named Lothíriel, and they might meet.
* In the ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' and ''{{Manga/Saki}}'' crossover, ''Fanfic/NecessaryToWin'', [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10130193/1/Necessary-To-Win found here,]] several groups of characters have the same first name, and are set apart by their last initials. For example, Saki's [[{{Invisibility}} Momoko "Stealth Momo" Touyoko]] is called "Momo T.", while Girls Und Panzer's [[HairTriggerTemper Momo Kawashima]] is called Momo K. to keep them distinct from one another. There are exceptions, though, in cases in which one character with the same name is much more important than the other as Saki's Saki Miyanaga, the {{deuteragonist}} of the fic, is simply called "Saki", while various other terms are used to refer to Girls und Panzer's [[TheVoiceless Saki Maruyama]].
* FanFic/SnicNdTheOsrailianResrant has an... ''interesting'' case of double subversion by making Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the restaurant, and ''even Sonic's self-named burger'' the same, singular entity.
* Averted in ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'', though it's not certain whether this was deliberate. There are two characters named Rani in the series: Khan's wife in the Movie, and Reginald Rolls' wife in ''My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III''.
* ''Fanfic/SunsetOfTime'', the main antagonist shares her name with another character, but that character is featured prominently in the story, so the antagonist goes by an alias, "Vesper Radiance".
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Fanfic [[Fanfic/CrucibleMassEffect Crucible]] is quite realistic in the sense that many characters share the same name due to pure coincidence or just DeadGuyJunior trope.
** In Garrus's case, he's named after his grandfather just like his uncle.
** Alt!Gaius's son is also named Gaius and his daughter's name is Jane after his grandmother Jane Shepard.
** Emile's father's name is Jack.
** Vitius Crassus's wife is named Sarah, which happen to be the same as Shepard's mother.
* The names Rae and Raye sound the same in the DeathNote fanfic [[Fanfic/SecondChances Second Chances]], much to Raye Penber's displeasure. L originally invokes this trope by calling Raye [[OneLetterName R]]. Later in the story [[spoiler:after CharacterDevelopment causes L to stop [[{{Dehumanization}} dehumanizing]] his team members so much, he switches back to using Raye. As the relationship between Rae and L complicates further, though, L begins using Raye's full name, "like he has to remind himself he's not talking to ''his'' Rae."]]
* The ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8935062/1/Shards-To-A-Whole "Shards To a Whole"]] ran into this issue when writer Keryl Raist wrote recurring series character Abigail Borin, a Coast Guard agent, into the story as a love interest for Gibbs. Since the story centers around the growing relationship with Tim [=McGee=] and Abby Sciuto, Keryl decided to write Borin's first name as "Abbi" to differentiate her from "Abby".
* Played with in ''Fanfic/TimeFixersNicktoonsOfTheFuture'' where Jimmy briefly considers naming his son after Thomas Edison, only to suddenly remember that it is already Tommy's first name.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''/''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' {{crossover}} ''FanFic/SayItThrice''. In addition to the DeadGuyJunior with Henry sharing the same name as his paternal grandfather, there are two characters named "Adam" and two named "Roger": [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Adam Maitland]] and Roger Livingston in the present and the minor characters, Adam and Roger, from the {{flashback}} to TheHighMiddleAges.
** Then there is [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia]], one of the main characters, and [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Lydia]], the ghost associated with Freakshow. [[spoiler: The former was named after the latter because Cathy knew her before she became a ghost and named her daughter after her]].
* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'' in the case of [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] and [[Series/KamenRiderGhost Alain]], whose name shares the same sound as the bounty hunter's surname.
* In "Christmas in Kansas", part of the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, Clark Kent invites Bruce Wayne to Christmas at his parents' place, meaning the author has to avoid confusion that might result from the canon that Clark's and Bruce's mothers are both named Martha. When Clark's mother invites Bruce to call her Martha, there's an awkward moment as everyone remembers that Martha Wayne was murdered in front of her son's eyes, and then everyone spends the rest of the story carefully calling her "Mrs. Kent" to avoid bringing up unpleasant memories.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': Averted with [=MI5=] member Lieutenant Commander Drake and X. Drake the Supernova.
** Also Leo (or Leonardo) of the TDWS and Leo the Tontatta from the Dressrosa Saga.
* In ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/364058/the-donutier The Donutier]]'' the title character is called Twilight Sprinkle. Much to her annoyance, she's pretty much identical to Twilight Sparkle pre-alicorn looks, meaning that all the crazies that want to pester Twilight Sparkle show up at Twilight ''Sprinkle'' instead.
** When they finally meet, Twilight Sparkle mentions that "Twilight" is a traditional name in her family, hinting there's many other Twilights around-and that she and Sprinkle may be distant relatives.

[[folder:Films - Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}},'' the title character's mother is named Li, which also happens to be her {{Love Interest}}'s surname.

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movies contain a couple of examples: In the first film, Dr. Gordon's wife's name is Alison, which is also Detective Kerry's forename. In the second, a main character is Daniel Matthews, which is also Detective Rigg's forename. However, we don't learn Rigg's or Kerry's first name until the fifth movie, soit's a subversion. Other examples include Mark, a victim in the first film, and later an antagonist from the third movie onward (Hoffman), and the surname "Young", shared by recurring character Amanda and one-off character Timothy.
* Averted in ''Boys'' which featured an inordinate number of characters (male lead included) called John.
* A very important aversion in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''; Lex Luthor [[spoiler:captures Superman's mother, Martha Kent, and threatens to kill her unless Batman's head is brought to him within an hour]]. Superman rushes off to Batman, not completely certain if [[spoiler:he will end up asking for Batman's help, or simply kill him]], but Batman doesn't spend a moment listening to him, and immediately tries to kill him. The battle eventually ends with Batman [[spoiler:having his boot on Superman's throat, seconds away from killing him. Superman desperately chokes out "Save Martha"]]--and this makes Batman stop, because ''his'' mother was also named Martha, and her name was his father's last word as he died.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Zigzagged. It features a seven man elite Army squad that included three-and-a-half characters named James. (The half is a guy called Jacques, which is the French form of James.) However, only one is ever referred to as James, and he usually goes by his nickname anyway. The others don't ever have their names mentioned, except in the credits. [[ExactWords Played straight]] in that there is only [[{{Pun}} one]] ''[[Characters/CaptainAmerica Steve]]'', however.
** {{Averted}} a couple more times in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse as a whole (unsurprisingly, since there are ''dozens'' of characters across various films, TV shows, and tie-in literature). The most notable case is that Tony Stark's mother and NickFury's right-hand woman are both named Maria.
** The second most notable? Both Iron Man's and Cap's best friends are named James-- [[Comicbook/WarMachine James "Rhodey" Rhodes]] and [[Comicbook/BuckyBarnes James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes]]. It's a little amusing that ''neither'' of them is called "Jim", which is the usual nickname.
** Played straight in ''Film/AntMan'', however. In the comics, Scott's ex-wife is named Peggy, but she's renamed "Maggie" for the film. Presumably, this was to avoid confusion with the major MCU character [[Series/AgentCarter Peggy Carter]], who also appears in ''Ant-Man''.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's classic ''Film/ShadowOfADoubt'' stars Joseph Cotten as an AffablyEvil SerialKiller named Charlie, and Teresa Wright as his adoring niece, also named Charlie.
* In ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', three of the lead cast are called Heather. As the name implies.
* ''Film/DieHard'' has a duo of FBI Agent Johnsons. No relation. One even answers a phone, "This is Agent Johnson. No, the other one." ''Die Hard 4.0'' has a callback with another Agent Johnson, and [=McClane=] reacts with alarm at the name.
* In ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep'' there is Stéphane and Stéphanie.
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'': The basis of the entire plot is that a slacker named Jeffrey Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire of the same name. Nicknamed "The Dude" and "The Big Lebowski" respectively, to avoid confusion.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' had William Turner (Bootstrap Bill) and his son William Turner (Will). [[spoiler:(And HIS son, William Turner the 3rd)]] {{Justified|Trope}} since it a common real life naming convention for fathers and sons. It's also used for a throwaway joke.
** ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'' [[RetCon retcons]] the name of Will and Elizabeth's son from William Turner III to Henry Turner, presumably to avoid problems with this trope now that he's a major character.
* ''Film/TheTwoJakes'', says right in the title that there are two primary characters named Jake.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' has 'the Bobs'. [[spoiler: And the Lumburghs.]]
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' features a father and son pair of Dr. Henry Joneses, which is highlighted when a character greets, "Doctor Jones" and both reply. The younger Jones, however, prefers going by "Indiana" rather than his first name or "Junior." In the fourth film, there's a ''third'' Henry Jones.
* ''Film/NightOfTheBloodBeast'' [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 may or may not]] have featured a team of scientists named "Steve", perhaps foreshadowing the [[RealLife IRL]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Steve Project Steve.]]
* The main character of ''Film/GroundhogDay'' is named Phil and of course there's the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Phil, with the typical Creator/BillMurray TypeCasting, loathes the rodent even more because of this fact.
* ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' has a funny scene in which the father introduces the extended family. Just about everyone's name is a variation of Anita or Nick.
-->'''Gus''': Welcome to my home. Over here is my brother, Ted, and his wife, Melissa, and their children, Anita, Diane and Nick. Over here, my brother Tommy, his wife Anzie, and their children, Anita, Diane and Nick. And here, my brother George, his wife Freda, and their children, Anita, Diane and Nick. Taki, Sophie, Kari, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, uh, Nikki, and I am Gus.
* In ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'', Morton mentions that [[BigBad the Kangaroo]] has sent [[VillainousVultures Vlad]] after Horton. Horton inquires as to whether he means Vlad the Vulture, or Vlad the bunny who gives out cookies. (It's the vulture.)
** For that matter, Horton and Morton are a {{Subversion}} right there.
** On a meta level, this might explain why the young kangaroo is named [[MommasBoy Rudy]] instead of the more-cliché Joey--they already had a [[{{Tritagonist}} JoJo]].
* In ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', Karen's narration at her wedding reception mentions the abundance of Peters, Pauls and Maries among the guests.
* The movie ''Film/PiratesOfSiliconValley'', about the early days of Microsoft and Apple, had three characters who were really named Steve--Jobs, Wozniak, and Ballmer. Risk of confusion was removed by using Ballmer's last name and Wozniak's nickname of 'Woz'.
* The animated Creator/RalphBakshi version of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' felt that the names Sauron and Saruman were too similar, and so Saruman was renamed to "Aruman". Although they still called him Saruman half the time.
* Played with in the baseball movie ''Film/MajorLeague: Back to the Minors''. Finding that he has two Juan's on his team, the manager denotes them Juan1 and Juan2. A pitcher with a psychology degree comments about it possibly giving them issues. The manager asks if he'd like to be Juan3.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/TheHangover'': Black Doug and White Doug. The fact that the main characters are looking for the latter, but other characters assume they're refering to the former, whom they lead them to instead, takes up a big part of the plot.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
** The series has two "Duke"s: a good Duke who was Apollo Creed's trainer until [[spoiler: Apollo died in ''Film/RockyIV'']] and then became Rocky's trainer, and an evil Duke from ''Film/RockyV''who is Tommy Gunn's manager in and just wants to make money out of him. Both Dukes are black.
** Also, Rocky's son is Rocky Jr.
* The police station in ''Film/HotFuzz'' has two Andys working there.
** Whose last names are Wain''wright'' and Cart''wright'' respectively. Both names have the same origin: they both mean "wagon maker"
* ''Film/TheTerminator'':
** The Terminator kills two other women named Sarah Connor before targeting the future mother of John Connor. He had no idea what Sarah Connor looks like or exactly which one he's after, but does know what town Sarah will be living in, so he just goes through the phonebook and ices each one on the list. The police quickly figure out his pattern because of this.
** It's easy to miss, but the police detectives with the surnames Traxler and Vukovich have the same first name: Ed.
* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', the producers purposefully changed the name of the historical Raymond of Tripolis to Tiberias because they were afraid the audience would mistake him for Reynald de Chatillon.
* ''Film/XXx'' has "The Ivans."
* The ''Film/InfernalAffairs'' trilogy has two women called Mary [[spoiler: both of whom are successive love objects for Ming]].
* The ''JuOn'' franchise has two characters called Kyoko. The first one, who has psychic powers and thus can sense that something is very, very wrong with the house, appears in the first two movies, and the second one is (arguably) the protagonist of the fourth movie.
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' has Sir Film/JamesBond pulled out of retirement, his name and number already given to the one we all know--spearheading a campaign against SMERSH, he gives all his agents (men and women alike) the name James Bond, to keep the enemy confused.
* Averted in ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' where WordOfGod changed Iofur's (pronounced like Yo-Fur) name to the much more evil sounding [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ragnar]] because it sounded too close to Iorek (said as Yor-ek).
* Averted subtly in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' where the protagonist is called William and the antagonist is called Bill (which is, of course, the short form of William).
* Subverted in ''Film/LettersToJuliet'' when [[spoiler:two Patricias get confused as she thinks there is only one.]]
** To clarify the above point, Sophie gets mistaken when [[spoiler: Charlie introduces her to Patricia, recognizing the name of his ex-girlfriend. It turns out that this Patricia at the wedding was his cousin.]]
** Also averted with Lorenzo Bartolini, as there were dozens of men with that name.
* The Film/HammerHorror films suffer from having a lot of characters share names. The ''Frankenstein'' movies have a seemingly endless line of guys named Hans, while the ''Dracula'' movies seem to have an infestation of Pauls.
* ''Out On A Limb'', starring MatthewBroderick, has a pair of brothers both named Jim. "We were named after different people though. I'm named after our Dad, and he was named after our Grandpa."
* Played VERY straight in the 2006 film ''Film/InsideMan'' starring DenzelWashington and Clive Owen. The main plot of the movie involves a bank heist, led by Owen's character. To confuse the police, victims and any potential witnesses, the members of the heist crew call each other differing variants of "Steve": Stevie, Steve-Oh, etc. The rather amazing thing is how smoothly they work despite this.
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'':
-->'''Lester:''' That's our neighbour, Jim, and his partner... Jim.
* Sister Bridget cruelly enforces this in ''The Magdalene Sisters''. When Rose introduces herself she says they already have a Rose and has everyone call her by her middle name Patricia. Crispina's real name is Harriett so we could assume there was another Harriett in the laundry as well.
* Averted in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' where Jamal searches the name Latika in the phone listings and gets over 3000 results. Even when he searches Salim K Malik he gets six results.
* Averted in ''Film/BlackSwan''. The director's name is Thomas. One minor character--one of Lily's friends at the nightclub--is named Tom.
* Averted in, of all things, ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace.'' Jeff's co-pilot is named Danny, and Tor Johnson's character is Inspector Daniel Clay. This is probably just another case of Creator/EdWood's general problems with internal continuity.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Gerry}}'' with the characters Gerry and Gerry. One of the few examples where this doesn't get confusing because they're the only two characters.
* Averted in ''Film/MysteryMen'', with the leaders of the Disco Boys being Tony P and Tony C.
* Averted in ''Film/ThePublicEnemy.'' There are two guys named Patrick, but most of the time they're called Paddy Ryan and Pat Burke, so there's no reason to get confused.
* The film ''Big Business'' stars Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as two mixed-sets of twins. The two characters played by Tomlin are both called Rose, those played by Midler Sadie.
* In ''Film/SmileyFace'', the protagonist's roommate is named Steve, as is her pot dealer. They are referred to as "Steve the roommate" and "Steve the dealer" respectively in the credits.
* Totally shattered in the Finnish 1985 movie ''Calamari Union'', which--depending on the source--features between 14 and 16 characters named Frank.
* Subverted in the "Franchise/{{Star Wars}}" movies, which feature the pilot Wedge Antilles, Captain Antilles of the Tantive IV, Bail Antilles (senator from Alderaan), Bail Organa (senator from Alderaan), Mace Windu (Jedi), and Mace (shipwreck survivor on Endor). However, confusion over the Maces is unlikely, since Endor-Mace wasn't in the feature films, but a TV movie.
* ''Film/VivaMaria'''s main characters are both named Maria.
* Considering its size, the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' franchise has done a remarkably good job of playing this trope straight over the years. There is actually only one instance of two characters sharing the same name in the same movie (victims "Jim" and "Jim Carlson" both appear in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan Part VIII]]''), but considering that the franchise spans 12 movies with well over a hundred named victims, it's pretty much inevitable that a few names would be recycled across installments. The most commonly used root name to date has been "Rob", which has been given to five different characters (Rob in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter The Final Chapter]]'', Robin in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning Part V]]'', a different Robin in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood Part VII]]'', Admiral Robertson in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan Part VIII]]'', and Robert Campbell in ''[[Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday Jason Goes to Hell]]''). And yes, all five of them die.
* Averted and a major plot point in ''Jennifer 8'' [[spoiler: in which a cop called John is investigating several murders of blind women; when a fellow detective who's carrying a wire confronts the killer, he shouts "Not you, John! Not you!" before getting iced. The murderer ''is'' a cop called John, but the hero's John ''Berlin'', while the killer is John ''Taylor'']].
* Disregarded out of necessity in the Icelandic film Útlaginn, which is based on Gísla saga Súrssonar. A common complaint among foreign viewers is that the characters more or less look alike and bear similar names. "Just when you've distinguished one character from another, he gets killed."
* ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman'': The protagonist swindles his way into Congress by {{invok|ed trope}}ing this trope, capitalizing on the fact that his name is very similar to a recently deceased Congressman. Nobody realizes that "Jeff Johnson" isn't the politician they are accustomed to until he shows up to give his acceptance speech. [[spoiler: He decides to do it again at the end of the movie by running for President--his full name is Thomas Jefferson Johnson!]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': There are a few aversions.
** [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Warren Worthington III]]'s code name [[Film/XMenApocalypse Angel]], [[Film/XMenFirstClass Angel Salvadore]], and [[Film/{{Deadpool 2016}} Angel Dust]].
** The Scottish [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Dr. Moira [=MacTaggert=]]] and the American [[Film/XMenFirstClass Agent Moira [=MacTaggert=]]].
** [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Emma Silverfox]] and [[Film/XMenFirstClass Emma Frost]].
** [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Secretary Trask]] and [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast Dr. Bolivar Trask]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. The film has characters named Maria and Mary.
* Played straight out of necessity in the movie ''The Wrong Guys'', which stars Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Franklyn Ajaye and Tim Thomerson as life-long friends and ex-Boy Scouts. The rule of TheDanza is in effect for most of their characters, but Ricahrd Belzer's character is called Belz (otherwise we'd have two Richards).
* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'', where ALL the Lectroids are named John.
* ''{{Film/Zardoz}}'' has Arthur Frayn, almost always called by his last name, and Friend, whose first name is never given. A first-time viewing can be confusing, as the names are pronounced almost identically, and the two characters are close associates who are often mentioned when neither is present on screen.
* ''Film/BloodWork'': James Cordell and James Lockridge (the latter is known as James Noone in the book).
* Averted in the sequel to ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': after her romance with John Smith, Pocahontas begins a new relationship with John Rolfe. {{Justified|Trope}} since these characters are [[RealityIsUnrealistic all based on historical people]] (even if the John Smith part is [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie probably just a legend]]).
* Played for laughs in the French movie ''[=RRRrrrr!!!=]'', where everyone - including women - is named Pierre (which is the French form of Peter). This is a play on the expression "L'Age de Pierre", which in French means either "The Stone Age" or "The Peter Age". They can still distinguish each other by name, as seen when the chief call its tribe's members one by one by name and they know which Pierre it is (they even notice when one of them is missing).
* Averted on ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill'': the protagonist is a Detroit high schooler named Michael Corben, and there is an American super spy named Michael Corben. This confusion (made stronger because of the murder of Corben the spy before he can get on the same flight to Europe that Corben the teen was taking) creates the whole MistakenForBadass situation that composes the plot (and when someone points out at one point that Corben is too young, the others assume that he's a TeenSuperspy or an example of OlderThanTheyLook).

* When Kevin James [=LaBrie=] joined Music/DreamTheater, he dropped his first name and adopted James as his stage name, to avoid having two Kevins in the band (along with Kevin Moore). The band still had two Johns, however.
** And Mike Mangini has replaced Mike Portnoy as the drummer.
* Music/DeepPurple has had multiple singers, but the best known is Ian Gillan. The drummer is Ian Paice.
* And Our Lady Peace frontman Michael Maida became Raine Maida to avoid confusion with guitarist Mike Turner (and possibly just to be more memorable.)
* Progressive metal band Music/SymphonyX has three Michaels: Michael Romeo on guitars, Michael Pinnella on keyboards and Michael Lepond on bass guitar.
* Extreme metal band Dimmu Borgir once had three Stians: Stian Thoresen (vocals, better known as Shagrath), Stian Arnesen (bass, better known as Nagash) and Stian Aarstad (keyboards, no stage name).
* The Mike Doughty song "[[http://www.mikedoughty.com/music/lyrics/96 27 Jennifers]]" plays with this trope:
--->''I went to school with twenty-seven Jennifers\\
Sixteen Jenns, ten Jennies and then there was her.''
** This is almost certainly based on a real phenomenon--witness [[http://www.absurdnotions.org/F1990.html this college newspaper comic from 1990]]...
* The core members of Music/TheyMightBeGiants are John Flansburgh and John Linnell. They are often referred to by fans as "the Johns." For almost five years, their touring band of Dan Miller, Dan Hickey, and Danny Weinkauf was often called "the band of Dans." In 2004, Dan Hickey was replaced by Marty Beller, introducing a third name to the group.
* Australian Music/PinkFloyd introduce themselves on stage as six Bruces, four Sheilas, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Rolf]].
* When Long Island band Taking Back Sunday replaced their lead guitarist and back-up vocalist for the second time, they ended up with two Matts, Matt Rubano on bass and now Matt Fazzi on guitar. They differentiate by last name.
* The Rodney Carrington song "Fred's Riding Fred" parodies this, as the narrator is drunk and can't remember the names of anyone in the story, so he names them all Fred. This includes the protagonist, the horse and the protagonist's girlfriend.
* Music/{{Helloween}} has Michael Weikath and had Michael Kiske. Weikath is frequently referred to as "Weiki" and Kiske is occasionally "Michi" (though "Michi" seems to be more a fangirl thing).
* Partial example/subversion with Music/AliceInChains. The band had two bassists named Mike, but not at the same time.
* Music/RelientK has Matthew, John, Matthew, Jon, and [[strike:Matthew]] [[strike:Dave]] [[Main/RevolvingDoorBand Ethan]].
* The Academy Is... has Mike Carden (rhythm guitar) and Michael Guy Chislett (lead guitar). Before Chislett joined the band, the very first lineup included Mike Carden and Mike [=DelPrincipe=] (drums).
* Music/TheCab had, at one point, three of five band members all named Alex--Alex [=DeLeon=], Alex Marshal, and Alex Johnson. The latter two have since left the band, though.
* Music/LacunaCoil has two Marcos, two Cristianos and a Cristina... and [[GenderBlenderName Andrea]].
* Music/{{Placebo}} are a bit confusing with this, in that they replaced a drummer named Steve (Hewitt) with a drummer named Steve (Forrest). Also, the bassist's name is Stefan.
* Music/LedZeppelin had a John (Bonham) and a John Paul (Jones). They did ''not'' have a [[Music/TheBeatles John Paul George Ringo]], however.
* The Tea Party had two Jeffs (Martin and Burrows).
* Music/TheBeatles had lead guitarist George Harrison and producer George Martin, which can lead to all sorts of confusion when you're reading about the production of certain albums.
* Bruce [=McCullough=] from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' had a song called "Daves I Know", each verse being about a different Dave (or David) from his life.
* Music/{{Marillion}} has two members actually named Steve: lead singer Steve Hogarth and lead guitarist Steve Rothery. They are often referred to as "h" and "Rothers" respectively to avoid confusion.
* Music/DefLeppard have two "Rick"'s, Rick Allen, the drummer, and Rick Savage, the bassist. Rick Savage is differentiated by the nickname "Sav". (Interestingly enough, they also had a "Steve", rhythm guitarist Steve Clark, who died in 1991.)
* Australian band Powderfinger includes two Johns. One goes by JC, which doesn't really help since the other's surname also begins with C.
* Averted by the short-lived supergroup GTR, featuring progressive guitar heroes [[Music/{{Yes}} Steve Howe]] and [[Music/{{Genesis}} Steve Hackett]].
* Also, in the band Music/{{Toto}}, guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist Steve Porcaro.
* When he formed Music/DexysMidnightRunners, [[FaceOfTheBand Kevin Rowland]] insisted that Kevin Archer (the group's first guitarist) start going by his nickname "Al" Archer. Apparently, he even said, "There's only room for one Kevin in this band."
* The Brechtian cabaret band The Tiger Lillies consists of Martin the MonsterClown lead singer, and two guys called Adrian.
* From about 1995 to 2008 Nocturnal Rites had both Nils Norberg and Nils Eriksson in their line up. Norberg used to sign his autograph as "Nils2".
* Danish pop band Alphabeat has six members: Anders, Stine, Anders, Rasmus, Anders, and Troels.
* During their peak, Duran Duran had three members all with the last name Taylor. Not one of them was in any way related to either of the other two.
* Devo has both Robert Mothersbaugh and Robert Casale. They are generally referred to as Bob1 and Bob2. Interestingly, both had brothers in the band--Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale respectively.
* Jon Anderson left Yes in the late 70s and Trevor Horn took his spot for the album ''Drama'' before the band went on hiatus. When they reformed for ''90125'', Anderson returned as vocalist, but Trevor Rabin became their new guitar player, and Horn produced the album.
* Kevin Crompton (Cevin Key), Kevin Ogilvie (Nivek Ogre), and Dave "Rave" Ogilvie of Music/SkinnyPuppy.
* Music/{{Journey}} has/had three Steves: Steve Perry (lead singer), Steve "Smitty" Smith (drummer) and Steve Augeri (lead singer following Perry's departure from the band.)
* The original lineup of Music/PinkFloyd technically had two Rogers, but it wasn't much of an issue because Roger Barrett was already going by Syd before the band started.
* US thrash metal band Whiplash is an odd example as one of their RockTrio lineups had two Anthonys and one Tony, but they all performed as Tonys.
* The Music/SpiceGirls had two Melanies. Melanie B (Scary Spice) and Melanie C (Sporty Spice). The initials remained in their stage name as they started solo careers, although Scary was simply known as Mel B.
* Music/{{Vocaloid}} has both a Miku and a Miki.
* The Music/{{Eagles}} have Don Henley and Don Felder.
* Music/{{REM}} has both Michael Stipe and Mike Mills.
* Music/FuneralForAFriend has the lead singer Matt Davies and former bassist Gareth Davies. For the band's first three albums, they used these names and were constantly asked if they were brothers. They got tired of this, so for their fourth album Memory And Humanity, Matt changed his surname to Davies-Kreye and Gareth changed his to Ellis-Davies. Gareth ultimately left before the album was released, so not many people actually referred to him by that name anyway. Matt has kept his. Since the start of the band, Kris Roberts had already been going by Coombs-Roberts, so the double barreled thing was actually a trend in the band.
* Music/SoundHorizon's ''Roman'' takes the aversion to the logical extreme, where just about every male character is named Laurant.
* Music/PaulAndStorm have some songs supposedly by a barbershop quartet entirely made up of guys named "Barry". The fake band is called [[{{Pun}} "The BarryTones"]].
* Insomnium's original lineup consisted of Niilo Sevänen (vocals and bass), Markus Hirvonen (drums), and two guys named Ville on guitar. After Ville Vänni left the band, leaving Ville Friman as the only "Ville" in the band, his replacement was...another Markus.
* Canadian band [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_and_the_muffins Martha and the Muffins]] (of [[OneHitWonder Echo Beach]] fame) was named for singer Martha Johnson, but they also had keyboard player Martha Ladly during their successful period in 1979/80.
* An early line-up of Music/{{Whitesnake}} featured drummer Dave Dowle, known as 'Duck' to distinguish him from [[IAmTheBand David Coverdale]]; he was soon ousted in favour of Coverdale's old Music/DeepPurple mate Ian Paice.
** The most recent line-up includes two Brians: drummer Brian Tichy and keyboard player Brian Ruedy.
* Music/{{KISS}} guitarist Ace Frehley's real first name is Paul; he used his nickname of 'Ace' to distinguish himself from Paul Stanley (who, ironically, is not a Paul at all. His real name is Stanley Eisen.) For similar reasons, Paul Caravello changed his name to Eric Carr upon joining the band as drummer.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Donnas The Donnas]] who went by the names of Donna A, Donna R, Donna F and Donna C until reverting to their own names by their fourth album.
* For a short time in 2010 Music/{{Evanescence}} [[http://evanescencereference.info/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page featured]] two members called Will Hunt, both drummers. Vocalist Amy Lee dubbed the 'new' one Will 'Science' Hunt during his time with the group.
* Finnish power metallers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratovarius Stratovarius]] (known for their tendency to be a RevolvingDoorBand) featured guitarist Timo Tolkki and vocalist Timo Kotipelto for several years until the former quit the band.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faces_%28band%29 The Faces]] featured bass player Ronnie Lane and guitarist Ronnie Wood, the latter now better known as a Rolling Stone.
* Two out of the three [[{{Music/BeastieBoys}} Beastie Boys]] are named Adam. They're usually referred to by their full names or stage names anyway--Adam Yauch is MCA while Adam Horovitz is Ad Rock.
** The remainder of the group consisted of Mike D and DJ Mixmaster Mike.
* [[{{Music/DavidBowie}} David Bowie]]'s real name is David Jones, but assumed the surname of Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of [[{{Music/TheMonkees}} The Monkees]].
* Speaking of which, [[{{Music/TheMonkees}} The Monkees]] included Micky Dolenz (George Michael Dolenz) and Mike Nesmith (Robert Michael Nesmith), though ironically, both go by their middle name.
* Sheena Easton's song "9 to 5" was renamed "Morning Train (9 to 5)" to avoid confusion with [[{{Music/DollyParton}} Dolly Parton]]'s song "9 to 5."
* PeterGabriel has had 4 [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled albums]] released, which were nicknamed after what was shown on the cover (Such as ''Car'', and ''Scratch'') Although in the United States, [[ExecutiveMeddling it was made so that the 4th was titled Security]].
* SuperGroup Fight or Flight was essentially started by Dan Donegan from Music/{{Disturbed}} and Dan Chandler from Evans Blue.
* The [[Music/{{Pleaserock}} Yacht Rock Revue]] has 3 Marks in it. Mark Bencuya is typically addressed by his last name, Mark Dannells is nicknamed "Monkey Boy", and Mark Cobb [[LuckyCharmsTitle writes his name with a ? in front]] ([[DontExplainTheJoke "Question Mark", get it?]])
* Music/FosterThePeople has two Marks, singer Mark [[EgocentricTeamNaming Foster]] and drummer Mark Pontius, out of three total members.
* Music/{{Neuraxis}} once had two Oliviers in the band (Pinard and Beaudoin); amusingly enough, Music/DespisedIcon (started by former drummer Alexandre Erian) also had two Alexandres in the band (Erian and Pelletier).
* Music/SpawnOfPossession once had THREE Jonases in the band (Karlsson, Bryssling, and Renvaktar).
* There are two rappers with remarkably similar stage names: Music/AesopRock and [[Music/AsapRocky A$AP Rocky]]. Even TheOtherWiki clarifies they aren't to be confused with each other.
** Similarly, there's the the R&B singer Mario Winans, and the...other R&B singer...known simply as Mario.
* Until shortly after the release of their second album, the lineup of Music/{{Genesis}} had two people named Anthony (Phillips, the guitarist, and [[Music/TonyBanks Banks]], the keyboardist). Fortunately, they go by "Ant" and "Tony", respectively, so this wasn't much of an issue (although their long-time band manager is named Tony Smith, and their past manager was Tony Stratton-Smith, who was not the same man). Also, two of the band's previous drummers were both named John (Silver, then Mayhew). They did, however, have only one Steve in their lineup (lead guitarist Steve Hackett).
* Music/TheStooges for a short while had no less than three members named James--James "Iggy Pop" Osterberg, James Williamson, and Jimmy Recca. They also had two members named Scott Asheton and Scott Thurston.
* UK instrumental rockers The Shadows' 1962-63 lineup had three out of its four members named Brian, but only one went by his real name and nothing else. The three Brians were: Hank Marvin (b. Brian Robson Rankin) on guitar, Brian "Licorice" Locking on bass, and Brian Bennett on drums.
* Over the course of Music/BuiltToSpill's career, they've had a Brett Nelson and a Brett Netson.
* When Otis Harris replaced Eddie Kendricks as the Temptations' lead tenor, he changed his first name to Damon, as they already had Otis Williams in the group.
* Post-hardcore band Finch features rhythm guitarist Alex Linares and drummer Alex Pappas.
* Mike + the Mechanics featured both Paul Carrack and Paul Young on lead vocals until the latter passed away in 2000.
* Music/PhilCollins worked on a few of Music/EarthWindAndFire singer Philip Bailey's solo albums, and (as radio [=DJs=] love pointing out to this day) the two both sang lead vocals on "Easy Lover".
* Main/KPop girl group Music/GFriend has two Eunbis, Jung Eunbi (who goes by Eunha) and Hwang Eunbi (who goes by [=SinB=])
* Music/DaYoopers had Jim [=DeCaire=] (drums) and Jim Bellmore (guitar). Their early bassist was Jim Pennell, who quit after the second album and was replaced by Joe [=DeLongchamp=], who himself overlapped then-guitarist Joe Potila. Jerry Coffey was a longtime percussionist, who overlapped collaborator Jerry "Mungo" [=LaJoie=].
* Music/TrishaYearwood's first few albums were produced by Garth Fundis. She frequently collaborated with, and later married, Music/GarthBrooks.
* Finnish band [[{{Music/HIM}} HIM]] has a severe case of violating the limit. One of their line-ups featured Mikko Paananen on bass, Mikko Lindström on guitar, Mika Karppinen on drums and Jussi-Mikko Salminen on keyboards. Oh, and speaking of drummers, they had Jukka Kröger and Juha Tarvonen in different points of their history. To prevent confusion, all the band members, except for vocalist, use nicknames.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* A very old exception is the medieval legend of ''Literature/TristanAndIsolde'' contains two characters named Isolde, both of whom pursue a romance with Tristan. The two are typically referred to as "Isolde of Ireland" and "Isolde of Brittany" to minimize confusion.
* [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] on the whole is bad about this. There were at least four Elaines, three of which were associated with Lancelot: Elaine of Benoic (his mother), Elaine of Astolat (the Lady of Shalott), and Elain of Carbonek (the mother of Galahad). The last was one of Arthur's interchangeable third half-sisters, and to make matters more confusing, T.H. White combined Astolat and Carbenok in ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing''. Yet another Elaine was Percival's mother-in-law. There were also three Guineveres, two of which were half-sisters/twins known as the "True Guinevere" and the "False Guinevere." The True Guinevere was Arthur's wife, although the false one switched places with her on at least one occasion. Partly this is because the French re-tellings adapted the original Old Welsh names of the sisters Gwenhwyfar and Gwenhwyfach in such a manner that they became identical, although given that these names mean "Gwenhwy the Greater" and "Gwenhwy the Lesser", respectively, it's not really much better.
* Literature/TheBible: Lots of names are repeated (for example, Jesus' twelve apostles included two James', two Simons, and two Judas'). Other people are referred to by their family name, so several Herodian rulers are all called "Herod". And in some cases, names that were originally different end up being rendered the same way in translation (e.g. a male "Noach" and a female "Noah" both being called "Noah" in English). For this reason, devotional life and adaptations tend to find ways to distinguish the Steves; for example, in the English-speaking world, Jesus' betrayer is called "Judas" and the good apostle is called "Jude".
* Literature/TheQuran and its associated ''hadith'':
** Utterly averted. The Arabs, despite having a language with an astronomical number of nouns, apparently have a small pool of personal names even before the advent of UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, but when the religion became more known, the rule gets turned UpToEleven. Oh, patronymics don't really help either, since patriarchs also have the same common names, and it only becomes useful if you try to track the family line to several generations above (hence why most Arabic names to this day can get ridiculously long; you have to come to the point where you won't confuse that person with someone else). Plus, many of the Biblical characters and events are also recognized in UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, and with it its utter aversion of the One Steve Limit.
** Muhammad (Arabic for "most praiseworthy one") was already a very common name in the Arabian Peninsula before the prophet's time. In addition to the prophet, two of the prophet's companions are both named Muhammad, for example (ibn Abu Bakr and ibn Maslamah).
** The Quran shows what happens when you have two different individuals with the same name and then confusing the two. The Quran doesn't mention personal names a lot, especially women, who are generally referred as "[insert name here]'s wife/sister/mother" or "the woman [who did] this [insert event name here]". However, Jesus' mother, as in the Virgin Mary, is not only named (in its Arabic form, Maryam, obviously), but gets [[AscendedExtra a whole chapter devoted to her.]][[note]]Though, ironically, devotion to Mary by Muslims, while exists, is not as ubiquitous as Catholics and Orthodox, who have ''extreme'' devotion, hence the many "Our Lady of [insert name here]" titles.[[/note]] Meanwhile, Moses' sister, Miriam (whose Arabic form is also Maryam), is not named in the Quran, but, apparently, the writers still thought of her name as Miriam, because both of Mary and Miriam's fathers are named Amram‒or Imran in Arabic (in the Bible, only Miriam's was named Amram; Mary's father was called Joachim). In fact, there was once a long debate on which Amram is referred to in the Quranic chapter "The House of Imran". [[spoiler: The scholars settled on Joachim/Mary's father.]]
** According to the verse 19:710, Yahya (John the Baptist) was the the first to receive this name.
* In Myth/GreekMythology
** Ajax the Great (Ajax son of Telamon) and Ajax the Lesser (Ajax of Locris) were both Greek warlords in UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar, and figure in ''Literature/TheIliad''.
** Zeus has two sons named Sarpedon, one is the son of Europa and brother to Minos and Rhadamanthys and the other is the son of Laomedia and a hero in the Trojan War.
** Zeus has two daughters named Thalia, one of the muses and one of the Charites.
** The titaness Tethys and Achille's mother Thetis are often confused (the latter is also the granddaughter of the first).
* Averted with RobinHood. We have both Little John and Prince John, and Will Stuteley and Will Scarlet.
* One Russian fairy tale centered around two identical brothers who were ''both'' named Ivan. Also, nearly every male protagonist in Russian fairy tales is an Ivan.
** There are also some versions of a fairy tale involving Ivan Tsarevich (son of the Tsar), Ivan the Maid's Son and Ivan Bykovich (the Cow's Son). They fight three dragons, all called Chudo-Yudo.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, we have the more famous Loki son of Laufey, a giant who lives with the gods in Asgård, and the less famous giant Utgarda-Loki, who lives in the castle of Utgard in Jotunheim. There's also Logi, when he is separate from Loki Laufeyson (the word (and sometimes name) Logi isn't actually related to the name Loki--it means something like 'destroying fire'--but sounds close enough that even the Norse seems to have gotten them mixed up at times).
* Averted in the ''Ulster Cycle'', when Medb renamed all her sons Maine, because she was told her son Maine would kill Conchobar. And again, when one of them kills the ''wrong'' Conchobar.

* {{Averted}} in ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'', by [[StarterVillain Brian]] and [[AttackAnimal his pet spider Bryan]].
* Averted as well in the ongoing series of ''The Aliens That Came From A Completely Different Planet To Earth'' within ''Podcast/TheJohnDredgeNothingToDoWithAnythingShow'': It features both Jeff and Jim, who are constantly getting mixed up by the other characters--occasionally even they themselves can't get their names right.
--> '''Jeff''': A flying saucer, Jeff?\\
'''Jim''': I'm Jim, you're Jeff.\\
'''Jeff''': Sorry, that's the trouble with having two characters with similar names, Jeff.\\
'''Jim''': Jim.
* ''Podcast/{{Marscorp}}'' has Dave Price and David Knight. In this case it's a side-effect of WriteWhatYouKnow crossed with TheDanza: the characters are named after their actors and co-creators of the show (along with Tom Dalling, whose character also shares his name). So far none of the characters have remarked on it (in reality, why would they?).

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] had FOUR Richards or similar names hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Title]] during the promotion's existence ([[Wrestling/DickTheBruiser Dick the Bruiser [William Richard Afflis]]], the Destroyer [Dick Beyer], Mighty Igor Vodic [Dick Garza], and Rick Martel [Richard Vigneault].)
* Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling on a few occasions employed both Masa Saito and Hiro Saito, who despite a close physical resemblance are not related.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} had a good number of Scotts at one point ([[Wrestling/ScottHall Hall]], [[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Steiner]], Norton, Riggs, Armstrong, Putski, Dickinson [a referee], Hudson [a TV announcer]), and then it was revealed that Wrestling/{{Raven}} was also a Scott when his [[{{Kayfabe}} mother]] showed up for a storyline[[note]]his real name is Scott Levy[[/note]]. In addition, [[{{PowerStable}} Raven's Flock]] included Riggs and Sick Boy (real name Scott Vick). The [=nWo=] had Hall, Norton, and Steiner all in the group, and when it splintered into the Wolfpac and Hollywood factions, all three Scotts were in [=nWo=] Hollywood. Scott Steiner was widely referred to on a FullNameBasis during this time, since he was a) not the only Scott and b) not the only Steiner (see below).
* Early in his career, Wrestling/KevinSullivan arrived in the [[http://gulfcoast.prorasslin.net/ Gulf Coast Wrestling territory in Alabama]]. Wrestler Eddie Sullivan (real name Ruben Huizar) was already established there, so the promoters renamed Kevin "Johnny West."
* WCW had an infestation of men named Rick during the 90s. In 1997 alone their roster included at least 12 wrestlers using Rick or Ricky as their first name (Wrestling/RicFlair, Rick Fuller, Wrestling/RickMartel, Ricky Morton, Wrestling/RickRude, Rick Steiner, Ricky Santana, Rick Grange, Rick King, Ricky [=McDaniel=], Rick Thames, Rick Thorn [[note]] the last six were Power Plant [WCW's wrestling school] members or jobbers that only wrestled one match.[[/note]]). As an aside, Rick Steiner's real first name is Robert, which makes you wonder why he didn't use that name in WCW to avoid confusion with the more famous Ric Flair or Rick Rude. This list does not include Ricks that had already retired (i.e. Wrestling/RickySteamboat) or had yet to debut (i.e. Rick Cornell aka Reno of the Natural Born Thrillers) in 97.
** WCW always seemed to have a swarm of {{jobber}}s named Rick. Between 1991 and 1996 they had 24 men, not counting the big names, known as Rick[[note]] (Santana, Thames, Stockhauser, Garcia, Hayes, Hudson, Keller, Matrix, Teasley, Valentino, Tango, Fargo, Hardrock, Ryder, Bravo, Ford, Cannon, Nelson, Stockhauser, Jones, Cats, [=McCord=], Wilkins, Riddle, Kenan) [[/note]] and they had a combined record of 1-125 [[note]] The one win belongs to Thames. He beat [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/{{Vader}} by DQ in February 93[[/note]].
* Interestingly, WCW's title scene actually adhered to this rule during its existence. From January 1991 through March 26, 2001, of the 19 different men who held the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Title]], none of them had the same first name as any of the others. This ended when Wrestling/ChrisJericho won the title on October 21, 2001, during the [=InVasion=][=/=]Alliance storyline, since Wrestling/ChrisBenoit had won it on January 16, 2000. Literalized, since Wrestling/{{Sting}} was one of the guys who held the title and his real first name is in fact ''Steve.''
* Averted by the WCW tag team Kronik, since both guys (Wrestling/BrianAdams and Wrestling/BryanClarke) were named ''Bryan'' and nobody seemed to question it.
* During the 1980s, WWE called Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, normally known as [[RedBaron "the Ugandan Giant"]], "the Ugandan Headhunter" due to the fact that Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, who Kamala feuded with both in WWE and elsewhere, was in the promotion at the time. It also doubled as a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* WWE changed Wrestling/BuzzSawyer's RedBaron from "Mad Dog" to "Bulldog" during his brief run in 1984 because Mad Dog Vachon was in the promotion at the time.
* Wrestling/BruiserBrody used the name King Kong Brody in territories where Wrestling/DickTheBruiser was established.
* Wrestling/TooColdScorpio had to use the name Black Wazma in Mexico because another wrestler named Scorpio was already established there at the time.
* [[Wrestling/TheRockNRollExpress Ricky Morton]] averted this when he and Ricky Fuji teamed up in Japan as [[TheNewAdventures The New Rock N Roll Express]].
* [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html The WWE World Heavyweight Championship]] has been held by three Michaels ([[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels Shawn Michaels [Michael Shawn Hickenbottom]]], [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind [Mick Foley]]] and [[Wrestling/TheMiz The Miz [Michael Mizanin]]]). There have also been THREE Roberts or similar names (Wrestling/BobBacklund, [[Wrestling/SgtSlaughter Sgt. Slaughter [Robert Remus]]], and [[Wrestling/RobVanDam Rob Van Dam [Rob Szatkowski]]]). There have also been two Randys ([[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage [Randal Mario Poffo]]] and Wrestling/RandyOrton), two Stevens/Stephens ([[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin [Steven Williams, born Anderson]]] and [[Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} Sheamus [Stephen Farelly]]]), two Pauls ([[Wrestling/{{TripleH}} Triple H [Paul Michael Levesque]]] and [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Big Show [Paul Wight]]]), and three Johns ([[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield John "Bradshaw" Layfield [John C. Layfield]]], Wrestling/JohnCena and [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose [Jonathon Good]]]).
* There have occasionally been wrestlers in WWE with the same first names though they are normally called by their last names by announcers. Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, as well as the similar sounding Wrestling/{{Christian}}. WWE renamed Christopher Pavone "Caylen Croft" because his previous ring name of Chris Cage was too close to Wrestling/{{Christian}}'s previous name of Christian Cage. There was even a storyline started when Lilian Garcia goofed and announced Benoit as "Jericho" (something Wrestling/JimRoss would do often on commentary). There was also the time when Wrestling/MarkHenry and Mark Jindrak were on the roster at the same time. There was also Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, Wrestling/JohnMorrison, and [[Wrestling/{{Fandango}} Johnny Curtis]].
** There are also [[Wrestling/TheBigShow Paul Wight]] and [[Wrestling/TripleH Paul Levesque]], [[DoNotCallMePaul but don't call them that]].
* One notable case is the case of two Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams, so while the wrestling world was happy to have too many Steves, the second Steve had to change his last name to Austin. And now you know the rest of the story.
* At one point in WWE there was a Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}, generally called Jackie by everyone, and [[Characters/WWEDivas Miss Jackie Gayda]]. As Jacqueline went by the name "Miss Jackie Moore" in TNA there is often confusion whenever reporters recap old events and forget that Miss Jackie wasn't her name in WWE. According to Wrestling/{{Ivory}} ({{Word Of Saint Paul}}a?) they avoided this problem backstage by simply calling them Black Jackie and White Jackie.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} tends to change wrestlers' names to avoid this trope altogether. A notable example is [[Wrestling/WilliamRegal Steven Regal becoming William Regal]] since they already had 3 Steves:[[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]], [[Wrestling/SteveBlackman "The Lethal Weapon" Steve Blackman]], and [[Wrestling/StevieRichards Steven Richards]].
** At one point in the late 80s the WWF had Jims coming out the ying yang. Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, Jim Powers, Jim Brunzell, Wrestling/JimmySnuka, Wrestling/JimmyHart, Wrestling/HillbillyJim, [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]], [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior (born James Hellwig)]]...
*** Understandable, since "Jim" was an extremely common name for Baby Boomer boys, who would have been in the prime of their wrestling careers at the time.
*** Were he not 20 years too late, the above line could have been "[[{{Pun}} Jims coming out the Wang Yang]]".
*** [[AccidentalInnuendo That just sounded...wrong.]]
** Garrison Cade competed as Lance Cade[[note]]His real name was Lance K. [=McNaught=][[/note]] once Wrestling/LanceStorm retired.
* Chris Jericho once remarked that after he joined WWF from WCW he had to change his finishing move name from the Lion Tamer to the Walls of Jericho as Wrestling/KenShamrock already had his special Lions Den Match, humorously remarking that Vince [=McMahon=] had said "there are too many lions!"
* Wrestling/{{ECW}} had THREE Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html ECW Heavyweight Champions/ECW World Heavyweight Champions]] with the real first name of Terry (Wrestling/TerryFunk, [[Wrestling/{{Sabu}} Sabu [Terry Brunk]]] and [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Rhino [Terry Gerin.]]]) There were also two Jameses ([[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka [James Reiher]]] and [[Wrestling/JimFullington the Sandman [Jim Fullington]]]), two Johns or similar names (Johnny Hot Body [Johnny Weiss] and Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck [Jonathan Watson]), two Scotts ([[Wrestling/{{Raven}} Raven [Scott Levy]]] and [[Wrestling/BamBamBigelow Bam Bam Bigelow [Scott Charles Bigelow]]]), and two Peters ([[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz [Peter Senerchia]]] and Justin Credible [Petey Polaco]).
* Starting in February 1999, WWE has had at different times [[Characters/WWEDivas several women on its roster]] with "Mary" or related names in their real names, including [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie Marie [=McMahon=]]], Ivory (Lisa Mary Moretti), [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler Stacy Marie Keibler]], [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon)]], [[Wrestling/AshleyMassaro Ashley Marie Massaro]], [[Wrestling/EveTorres Eve Marie Torres]], Dawn Marie (Dawnmarie Psaltis), Amy Marie Weber, Savannah (Angela Marie Fong) and Wrestling/MariaKanellis.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] to all hell and back by Ken Kennedy. He started wrestling under his real name Wrestling/KenAnderson. Then when he joined the WWE he changed his name to Ken Kennedy to avoid comparison to the fictional Anderson WrestlingFamily. Then it was revealed in-story that his name is Kennedy because he's the bastard son of [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=]]]. Then it was revealed that he was making that up. Then he got fired and is now performing in TNA as Ken Anderson.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has a preponderance of men named Robert currently. Wrestling/RobVanDam , Wrestling/BobbyRoode, Robbie E, and Rob Terry. TNA is also a subsidiary of Panda Energy, owned by Robert Carter. Technically, there was also Wrestling/BobbyLashley.
* Wrestling/AliciaFox used the names Victoria and Tori in Ohio Valley and WWE's version of FCW (her real name is Victoria, of which Tori is a nickname) so of course when she was called up they already had a Wrestling/{{Victoria}} and a Wrestling/TorrieWilson, whose real name was Victoria Anne Wilson (and the latter two at one point were both members of a heel trio called Vince's Devils). It'll give you a bit of a chuckle to hear she was put into a storyline with another Victoria--Wrestling/VickieGuerrero. WWE's previous [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori]] was known as Terri Power as an indy wrestler, but changed her name to avoid confusion with Terri Runnels. However she was in the company when Victoria entered in 2000 and Torrie Wilson in 2001 meaning they had 3 women with the same name.
* Wrestling/{{Brooke|Adams}}/Miss Tessmacher recently fell victim to this after the signing of Brooke Hogan to TNA. This was also used when Brooke Hogan departed as she had been in a romance angle with Bully Ray. After Brooke's absence he still kept talking about her and eventually introduced his "girlfriend Brooke" on TV...to reveal that it was Tessmacher now.
* When Shawn Daivari was in WWE's developmental league Ohio Valley Wrestling, they changed his name to Khosrow, most likely as a tribute to Wrestling/TheIronSheik, whose real name is Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, although the name "Khosrow" never made it to WWE TV, and also to presumably avoid anyone possibly confusing Daivari with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Similarly, when WWE brought in the tag team the Heartbreakers (Antonio Thomas and Romeo Roselli), they renamed them the Heart Throbs because Shawn Michaels' RedBaron is "The Heartbreak Kid."
* Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} spoofed this in a way with the tag team Lancelot (or Lance-A-Lot) made up of two masked guys ''each'' named "Lance Steel."
* In LLF, had both Dark Angel and American Angel. And both were unmasked to reveal they were Wrestling/SarahStock and Wrestling/SaraDelRey. (Which wasn't too surprising if you knew them already, especially not the latter)
* While Nikki Matthews was a last minute addition to Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, they found time to change her billing to ''Nicole'', as they already had a Nikki Roxx. Nikki The New York Knockout is just ''NY Knockout'' likely for the same reason. Then they picked up Nikki Storm. (Amusingly, their first champion also used to be known as Nikki until this trope came into play)
* Wrestling/ColtCabana was renamed Scotty Goldman because of Wrestling/{{Carlito| Colon}}'s TalkShowWithFists "Carlito's Cabana." Averted in Jersey All Pro Wrestling with him and Chris Cabana, though given the later was a member of the ''Christopher'' Street Connection it was less likely anyone would be confusing them.
* Pro Wrestling RESPECT, which did developmental shows for Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH and SHIMMER academy trainess before moving over to Chikara, had several ninja jobbers for them to beat up that came in several variations (Red Ninja, Ninja Cheetah, ect), one of them just being plain The Ninja, accept The Ninja had a {{tag team}} partner also just called The Ninja.
* ''Series/TotalDivas'' uses this. Most of the women are referred to by their real names--except Wrestling/EvaMarie, whose real name is Natalie. She's called Eva presumably to avoid confusion with Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}}--who is called Nattie by everyone. However otherwise averted with the boyfriends as three women are involved with men named John. Nikki is with John Cena, Trinity is with Jon Fatu (though his ring name is [[Wrestling/TheUsos Jimmy Uso]]) and Eva Marie is with Jonathan Coyle. Additionally Josie is the name of both Eva Marie's mother and Brie's pet dog.
* Male cheerleader stable Spirit Squad had members whose real names are [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler Nick Nemeth]] and Nick Mitchell. As the former went by Nicky, the latter went by Mitch, a shortened version of his surname.
* Currently being averted in WWE by Wrestling/LukeHarper and [[Wrestling/BulletClub Luke Gallows]]. It remains to be seen if either man will get a name change; as of April 2016, Harper is injured, while Gallows (a.k.a. Impostor Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Festus, DOC) is best-known in WWE under that name.
* Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH had Takeshi Rikio and Takeshi Morishima, who spent their early years as a tag team.
* Wrestling/DragonGate
** Since its inception, DG has employed both Masaaki Mochizuki and Susumu Mochizuki. They were even in a popular stable together, [=M2K=], named for the two Mochizukis and Yasushi Kanda. Eventually, Susumu lost the rights to the name in a match with Masaaki, and took the name Susumu Yokosuka after his beloved hometown.
** Susumu would later found a stable called the Jimmyz, almost all of whom [[ItMakesSenseInContext changed their name to Jimmy]] - Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kagetora, Ryo "Jimmy" Saito, [[OverlyLongName Jimmy K-Ness J.K.S.]], and Jimmy Kanda among them.
** Ryo Saito is one of three Saitos in DG, the others being K-Ness (Makoto Saito) and Super Shisa (Yoshiyuki Saito, who had previously wrestled under the name SAITO).
** In 2016, some new trainees debuted, including Hyou Watanabe and Shun Watanabe. Shun ended up quickly donning a mask and full-body costume and adopting the name Shun Skywalker to avoid confusion.
* Averted with Ring of Honor, who had two Adams (3x champ Adam Cole and midcarder Adam Page), and two Jays (Jay Lethal and Jay Briscoe).
** Played straight when both Adam Cole and Adam Page joined Wrestling/BulletClub and Page changed his name to Hangman Page following a gimmick change where he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin started stringing up opponents with a noose]]

* Parodied in the BBC comedy ''Deep Trouble'', which in its second series had an Alison and an Alice. But since the show is set on a submarine, everyone is usually referred to by rank and surname anyway (and Alice Barry in fact insists on being called Barry).
* BBC comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' once featured a group of servants who were all called Rose, male and female alike, since they could only afford one name between them.
* TruthInTelevision, or rather Truth In Radio for that matter. 96 Trent FM (now known as Trent FM) had Matt Wilkinson presenting afternoons and Matt Wilkins appearing at various times of the day. HilarityEnsues. Confusion reigns. So Matt Wilkins became Matt Marsden, on Trent FM at least. Now he's at Key 103 under his original name.
* ''Radio/TheArchers'': Edward "Eddie" Grundy, and his second son, Edward "Ed" Grundy.
* ''Radio/RoundTheHorne'' had Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams.
* ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' had a demon called Gary in series 1, and a dimwitted teenager called Gary in the first episode of series 6.
* ''Radio/NewDynamicEnglish'' is rather realistic. It has at least two Johns (John Wilson and John Orwell) and three Karens (Karen Wilson, a Karen from a Daily Dialogue and a Karen from Man on the Street).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Often averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Because the epic, millennia-spanning scale of the lore, this is sometimes because characters appearing later in the timeline are named in honor of earlier ones, such as the famous Commissar Sebastian Yarrick, whose parents named him after legendary crusader and church reformer Sebastian Thor, though there are also a few who are contemporaries in the very same story, such as BigBad Horus Lupercal and his idealistic subordinate "Little" Horus Aximand in the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' prequel novels.
** One of the more drastic aversions in the setting is the name Lucius, which belongs to at least five characters (including three Space Marines) and a planet, with no known relation between any of them.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Stephan and Stefan are in fact the most common names for noblemen. There is an amazingly high number of them around.
* See the OneSteveLimit/RealLife page for discussion of the Steve Jackson problem.

* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays:
** Similar to the bible example above is ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'', which involves two sets of identically named identical twins separated at birth and maintaining the same bourgeois/servant relationship. HilarityEnsues.
** ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', for no particular reason (i.e. makes no particular mention of it in the story, unlike ''Comedy of Errors''), has two characters named Oliver (Orlando's eldest brother and the country priest) and two characters named Jaques (Orlando's middle brother and the melancholy wit in Duke Senior's retinue).
** The history plays have a lot of duplicate names, because real history is like that. Shakespeare did try to reduce their number, though; for example, Lord Richard Grey and Sir Richard Ratcliffe--both characters in ''Theatre/RichardIII''--are referred to by their last names only.
*** Lampshaded in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' where Queen Margaret starts riffing on the remarkable bodycount of the past few plays in Act IV, Scene iv: "I had an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him; I had a Henry, till a Richard kill'd him: Thou hadst an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him; Thou hadst a Richard, till a Richard kill'd him..." and it goes on from there. There's a special kind of pride that comes from hearing that scene and actually knowing who all the Henries, Richards, and Edwards were.
*** Henry IV Part 1 is basically about a war between King Henry and Prince Henry versus Henry Percy and his son Henry Percy. They get the last name / title / nickname treatment in the script, though.
** And in ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' we have Gremio and Grumio. Good luck remembering which is which.
** Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream gives us Puck, known by the euphemism "Robin Goodfellow", but in addition to him, we have Robin Starveling, the tailor.
** Theatre/JuliusCaesar had both Cinna the conspirator and Cinna the poet. Unfortunately for Cinna the poet.
*** As well as five Marks: Antony, Lepidus, Cicero, Brutus, and Corvinus.
* In the Stage Version of ''Theatre/BugsyMalone'' Joe is a recurring name.
* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' has two (minor) Steves: one of them is a member of the Life Support group (so we know that he is named after a friend of Larson's who died of AIDS), and the other is one of the (unseen) people Joanne is talking to on the phone in ''We're Okay''. It's also not entirely impossible that these are the same person, but it's not relevant or interesting or significant in any way if they are.
* Notably averted in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', in which the two main characters are ''both'' named John (Adams and Dickinson). In point of fact, there are no less than ''four'' Johns in the show (Adams (MA), Dickinson (PA), Hancock (MA), and Witherspoon (CT)). There's also the Georges (Reed (DE) and Washington (VA)) and Thomases (Jefferson (VA) and [=McKean=] (DE)). However, since they usually address each other as "Mr. Lastname," it doesn't really matter.
* Similarly, the cast of ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' ic comprised of historical figures, so we get have Philip Hamilton and Philip Schuyler; James Madison and James Reynolds; George Washington, King George III, and George Eacker; as well as John Laurens and John Adams (although the latter doesn't actually appear in the musical).
* Similarly, ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' is based on historical fact and so features a number of characters with the same name--in this case, ''also'' John: Proctor, Hale, and Hathorne. However, like in ''1776'', this never becomes an issue because most of the men are referred to by surname. The only man referred to as John is Proctor. Also in the play are Thomas Danforth and Thomas Putnam.
** However, in real life there were two Ann Putnams, a mother and daughter, the younger of which was the leader of the 'afflicted girls'. Ann Putnam the elder is in the play, but her daughter is only mentioned, and when she is she is called Ruth Putnam.
* The Amish in ''Plain and Fancy'' have four Jacob Yoders and two Abner Zooks. Fortunately, only one Jacob Yoder appears in the show, though Fat Jacob Yoder and Hairy Jacob Yoder are mentioned.
* Completely averted in ''Yeast Nation'', in which every character is named Jan. Every single one. (Of course, it's written by the same guys what did ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'', so...)
* The play ''Society Shell'' features four upper class women all named Mary. They are mostly on a full name basis amongst themselves.

* Noticably averted in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' where most of the names are [[PardonMyKlingon made up words]]. Several locations are named after [[AllMythsAreTrue legendary beings]], examples being Mata Nui, Artakha, and Karzahni, the latter having a [[PlantAliens sentient plant]] named after him.
** Also, some of the names sound similar: Krekka, Krahka, Krika, Krakua; Onewa, Onua
** [[BigBad Makuta]] subverts this. Originally introduced as "Makuta", he was referred to as "the Makuta" just as often. As it turns out, "Makuta" is the name of an entire species, with the original "Makuta" just preferring to use the title instead of his actual name, akin to a group of dukes where one likes to call himself Duke (though admittedly, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Teridax is rather epic itself]]).
* ''{{Transformers}}'' falls into this sometimes. In [[Film/{{Transformers}} the live-action films]], a character named "Brawl" is erroneously referred to as "Devastator". This is fine and dandy, but he is called "Brawl" in his toys and licensed media. Then, ''Revenge of the Fallen'' introduces the Constructicons, a bunch of Transformers that combine to create a colossal Decepticon... by the name of "Devastator". In ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', one of the Mini-Cons is named Thunderblast, which just so happens to be the name of a Decepticon in the same series. In addition, several characters tend to have similar-sounding names, i.e. Soundwave and Shockwave, Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal, Ravage and Rampage, etc.
** In the scope of the entire franchise, some names get used ''a lot''. Aside from the typical Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee in pretty much every line-up, there was a point in the mid-2000s when around five toys were named "Prowl", and they represented anywhere between two to four different characters.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' suffered from this during the middle of its G1 run. There were two "Twilight"s, two "Sniffles", two "Snookums", three "Sea Breeze"s, and many ponies with the name "Cuddles". The G3 line reused many names from G1, and the G2 line reused certain names too (for example "Prince Firefly" shares the name with the female G1 pegasi "Firefly"). ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' took a few characters in the toy lines and reused their names, though changing the designs for several. The most absurd case is probably all the different Twilight's. There are now approximately ''seven'' different ponies named Twilight, if you count the ones where it's followed by a second word--the two G1 Twilight's, G3's Twilight Twinkle and Twilight Pink, and G4's Twilight Sparkle, Twilight Sky and Twilight Velvet (two of whom are related). When someone on a collector's site asks for artwork of "Twilight" to set as their forum signature, the artist can and will get ''very confused''.
* ''Franchise/CareBears'' features two bears whose name are the same, albeit in different languages. "Amigo Bear" shares his name with the earlier character "Friend Bear". In Spanish they are called "Amigosito" and "Amigosita", which are the same name except masculine and feminine respectively.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has Jirou Tomitake and Daiki Tomita--both of whom are almost always addressed or referred to by their surnames. Incidentally, they both happen to look similar, though Tomita is just a minor character. [[spoiler:Plus, Tomitake's name is implied to be an alias, anyway.]]
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', where the Ushiromiya family's human butler Genji's family name ("Ronoue") is pronounced almost exactly the same as the name of Beatrice's demon butler ("Ronove"). [[spoiler:This is implied to be because Ronove is one of Yasu's many [[ImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friends]], and [[AmbiguousGender he/she]] based Ronove off of Genji. To further reinforce this, a flashback in the [=EP8=] manga reveals that young Genji looked very much like Ronove.]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{SHUFFLE}}'' has two Rins: the male lead and [[UnwantedHarem one of the love interests]] (in her case it's short for Nerine). Sometimes you can tell which character is being addressed by the {{honorifics}} used. For instance, when Sia uses the affectionate term "Rin-chan", she means Nerine; she likes Rin but doesn't know him as well, so he's usually "Rin-kun" unless she's being very serious.
* An important plot point in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. [[spoiler:The main character and the BigBad are both called]] Tohno Shiki. [[spoiler: The main character is adopted, in fact, it seems the main reason he was adopted was because the head of the family thought that it was amusing that he had the same name as his son.]]
** [[spoiler: The two names are spelled differently in kanji though, so after TheReveal there's no confusion whatsoever to the readers. It had previously been assumed that he just wrote his name in katakana as kid out of laziness. English fans of the series write out SHIKI in all caps to differentiate.]]
** Then there is Tohno Shiki's alter ego Nanaya Shiki.
** Interestingly, the author also used this exact name confusion thing in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''. It's even the same name: [[spoiler: Shiki. Again, they're spelled differently in kanji and in fact both of them are different from both of the spellings in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Furthermore, this Shiki has three personalities.]]
** So all in all, there are six different characters that bear the name Shiki in the Nasuverse.
* The first case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney - Justice for All'' has two witnesses; '''Dick''' Gumshoe and '''Richard''' Wellington. Though the name similarity isn't pointed out at all, since their names were completely different in the original Japanese version. Similarly, the series also features '''Larry''' Butz and '''Lawrence''' Curls, and '''Robert''' Hammond and '''Bobby''' Fulbright, though neither set of characters appears in the same game. The English version of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' plays this trope straight and dodges it, changing the character Zinc White's name, probably to avoid any connection to Redd White from the first game. One case has two characters named [[spoiler: Manny Coachen]] and [[spoiler: Manfred von Karma]], although the latter's a character from an earlier game.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' averts this, since [[spoiler:Celestia Ludenberg's real name is Taeko Yasuhiro, and there's another character named Yasuhiro Hagakure]]. This provides a big clue towards [[spoiler:figuring out who the murderer is in Chapter 3]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Averted with WebAnimation/SlushInvaders, whose [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast]] consists of two Brians.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://xkcd.com/944/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has an AltText which jokes that, when so many hurricanes form in one season that all 21 pre-set names, all letters of the Greek alphabet, [[SerialEscalation every single other word in the Oxford English Dictionary and all NUMBERS]] have been exhausted, the exasperated meteorological community will collectively throw their hands in the air and name every single hurricane as "Hurricane Steve". Your forecast for this evening: Steve.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. One pair of characters that have the same name turn out to be the same person.
** The comic does feature two unrelated minor characters named "Wilhelm": Aaronev Wilhelm Sturmvoraus, the sixth Prince Aaronev of Sturmhalten, who uses his middle name to distinguish himself from his ancestors, and Wilhelm Diamant, the Mechanicsburg town-official in charge of shuttling prisoners into [[MalevolentArchitecture Castle Heterodyne.]] This isn't too surprising, since in real-world 19th-century Central Europe at least, Wilhelm isn't just a common name, it's ''the'' common name. Complicating matters is one of those aforementioned prisoners, Sanaa Wilhelm; it's ultimately revealed that [[spoiler:it's not her real surname, and she [[LineOfSightName used Diamant's name]] when assuming her alias]].
** In addition, the full name of Aaronev Wilhelm Sturmvoraus' only son is Aaronev Tarvek Sturmvoraus, though he is generally only referred to as Tarvek to avoid confusion.
** More atypically, one of Agatha's ancestors and one of the rogue Sparks who attack Mechanicsburg share the first name "Igneous".
* ''[[http://alicecomics.com/ Alice]]'' has main characters named "Joan" and "Joanne".
* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' has Samantha Wolf and Samantha Smith, Allison Taverner and Allison Wise, and Miranda West and Sarah West (not related).
* [[http://www.tailsteak.com Tailsteak's]] apparently currently defunct ''Band'' is composed of Paul Henderson, Brian Smith the willowy übergeek, Brian Smith the hulking drummer, and Tyler, the alien/demon/squid. Neither Smith ever reveals his middle name or answers to a nickname, having sworn a "blood oath" to that effect.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** When Roy announces that he's here to get revenge for the murder of his father's master, Fyron, the villain asks him to be more specific, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday since he's killed five people named Fyron in that town alone]].
** Certain "nameless" titles can also have this problem, as [[EvilTwin Nale]] learns while looking for a new wizard:
-->'''[[{{Expy}} Warthog]]:''' I think you'll really like this next one. We call him...[[NoNameGiven The One Who Must Not Be Named]].
-->'''[[EvilTwin Nale]]:''' Another one? [[OhMyGods Good gods]], man, that's eleven so far who Must Not Be Named. Not To mention the four [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Who Must Not Be Looked At]], the two Who Must Not Be Spoken To, and the one Who Must Not Be Toilet-Trained!
-->'''[[PsychopathicManchild Thog]]:''' [[SimpletonVoice Thog got to use a mop!]]
** An ironic self-depreciation occurs in the preface to the print version of book 4, "Don't Split the Party". It features a helpful diagram of the comic's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters enormous cast]] and the tangled web of different kinds of relationships between the characters; one of them is "Names Confusingly Similar", connecting Thog with Thor, Durkon with Dorukan, and the Dark One with the Creature in the Dark.
* ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'' features a secret society of people called Dave and a woman with the same name as her mother because she's a clone.
* ''Troop 37'' has two spoiled cheerleaders named Melissa with nickname Missy.
* ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' uses a variant spelling for Iseulte of Ireland to distinguish her from Isolde of Brittany. It keeps all the Elaines, though, and the "false Guenevere" in the fairy tale arc (in the contemporary arc she's called Fascha, and is Guenevere's full sister).
* [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20071027 Parodied]] in a ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' parodies this [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-01 here]].
** Also, Immortals pick their names when they are reborn, and it's usually mythology based. Apparently, the hissy fits when two Zeuses meet is histerical.
** At one point, Susan complains that "[[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1811 Tom is a jackass]]". Tom--but not the one Susan meant--takes offense momentarily. A RunningGag that began in [[TheRant The Rants]] and eventually migrated into the comics is that this Tom is in fact a shining paragon of goodness, unlike the Tom Susan was actually complaining about.
* In ''WebComic/KevinAndKell'', there were three different background characters named "Carl" before a rhino named Carl was introduced as a teammate of Rudy's on the Beige University competitive gardening team.
* Kevin Pease's ''[[http://www.absurdnotions.org/index.html Absurd Notions]]'', during its college run, [[http://www.absurdnotions.org/F1990.html reversed this for a joke]]. (The archive commentary notes that the ''real'' joke is the ubiquity of the name "Jennifer" in the early seventies. Later on in the strip two Jen Greens appear, but they quickly get the initialism [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nicknames]] Jyg and Jag.)
* ''[[http://mountaincomics.com/ Mountain Time]]'' is rife with people (and monsters) named Paul. There's even a Paula or two.
* ''Webcomic/{{Melonpool}}'''s cast is the comedic version of this trope. First you have Ralph (evil genius) and Ralphie (Ralph's [[EvilTwin good clone]]). And then you have Sam (the talking dog), and Sammy (the giant talking hamster). Sammy's very far from intelligent, though, and just picked the first name he liked.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': When we are introduced to Marigold, she mentions the name "Angus". When recurring character Angus later shows up, Dora says "I thought she mentioned your name!". Granted, there aren't a lot of people named "Angus", but still...
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. When the main cast (with [[KingdomHearts Riku]]) went into hiding, there was a supporting fill in cast, with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Rikku]]. Darth Maul just referred to her as "girl Rikku".
* The ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' story of ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' had a ball with this; by the end there were at least 6 variations of Pickle Inspector, numerous Ace Dicks, and a few Problem Sleuths, and multiple timelines for all of them. This resulted in an occasional page dedicated to explaining who was doing what. Justified in that they were all variants of the original characters.
** ''Homestuck'' subverts this in a similar way. Objectively, no characters share a name, despite the long list of them. (It helps that the two main sets of characters are separated by culture and species, allowing a lot of AerithAndBob.) However, many characters interact with their own future or past personas.
** Plus, presumably all [[NonPlayerCharacter game concept characters]], such as Jack Noir, Cetus, and PM [[GeodesicCast carry over into each session of Sburb]]. While ostensibly being the same person and sharing a basic personality, the variations of each character sometimes are quite different, only sharing the initials of their title. Spades Slick, for example, while still ruthless, is [[spoiler:much less bloodthirsty than the Sovereign Slayer]].
*** Played straight later with [[spoiler: the post-Scratch Guardians presumably having the same names as the pre-Scratch Kids, and Rose and Dave's iterations have the same "titles" as their guardians in the Beta Session, meaning there are 2 Mom Lalondes and 2 Bro Striders. Also, a third set of Dersite Agents was introduced, which means there are three separate characters running around, all named Jack Noir.]]
*** Of course, accounting for the Jack Noir that [[spoiler:killed Calliope, there are actually ''four''.]]
** Both the Aimless Renegade and Dirk Strider's [[ArtificialIntelligence Auto Responder]] are referred to as "AR" until the latter renames itself [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Lil Hal]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}''' second year, one of the new members was named Tim, but there was already a Tim on the major cast. (The strip where the new Tim introduced himself had the page title "God Made Two of 'Em".) Characters and readers alike generally called the new one "Tim the Fanboy". Eventually, two developments reduced the ambiguity: Tim adopted a new name (as part of his FaceHeelTurn), and we found out his unabbreviated name was Timin, whereas the other Tim is presumably a Timothy.
* While ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' does, in fact, have only one Steve, it had at one point two Janes (who were members of the villainous team "The Jane Gang").
** Also, the neighborhood moms are named Jane, Joan, June, Jenny, Ginny, and so on ...
* In ''Li'l Mell'' (featuring the young version of Mell Kelly from ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''), there are two girls named Taylor (one blonde caucasian, one dark-haired Asian), and their male counterparts named Tyler.
* ''Webcomic/CogaSuro'' has, in fact, precisely one Steve; the main character.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', where the main character learns that the name Spinnerette is already a name used by a spider-themed (Specifically, [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Drow-themed]]) villainess. The character is later referred to as Evil Spinnerette by everyone else. Later, the comic introduces the main character's counterpart from an earlier date in another universe, who is subsequently known as "[[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Spinnerette".
* Lampshaded (and subverted!) in [[http://www.multiplexcomic.com/strip/513 this]] ''Multiplex'' strip.
* In ''[[http://wrightasrayne.thecomicseries.com Wright as Rayne]]'', the last name of Dorothy, the girl Alex Rayne [[FreakyFridayFlip winds up in the body of]], is Wright, which is also the last name of one of Power's mooks. WordOfGod has it the two aren't related in any way.
* Parodied in [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=290 this]] ''Webcomic/TreadingGround'' strip where a manager refers to two employees as Nate and Black Nate, even though their names are Nate and Jimi.
* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'', one of the Rose Sisters (who initially only appeared in one strip but later returned) is named Rosemary, and one of Zerlocke's sisters (introduced much later, but a much more important character) is also named Rosemary. When the Rose Sister found out there was someone else named Rosemary, her response was [[BigWhat "Whaat?]] [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} There can be only one!]] Destroy her!" (She was talked out of it).
* Averted in ''Webcomic/ElfBlood'' where one of the lead characters, Mara, shares her name with (and indeed was probably named after) the Elves' Mother Goddess.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'', there are two characters named Benjamin--Benjamin Cato and Benjamin Tallmadge. Cato lives in the 21st century, while Tallmadge lives in the 18th century.
* ''Subverted'' in ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' with Sam and Sam 2.
* Averted, probably accidentally, by ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and its spin-off ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'':
** The setting features a Sandra, a Sonya, and a Senna. (And a Suzi, but everyone calls ''her'' "Zii".) The occasional confusion resulting on discussion boards may be as good a demonstration as any of why the rule is a good idea. For bonus points, some posters seem to insist on referring to Sonya as "Sonja".
** There are also two minor characters named "Adrien".
** However, the limit was later enforced belatedly after [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/those_lively_curls one strip]] introduced a new character named "Jim" when that name had already been used once. In the [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/a_way_with_words next strip,]] the new Jim was addressed as "James", and the tags attached to both strips were changed accordingly.
* ''Webcomic/TailsOfLanschilandia'' gives us Lanschi and King Lanschi, who are not the same person and presumably not related. There's also Lanschi's brother Panschi.
* Averted with ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'':
** There are two people named Alison. One was Collin's girlfriend, the other is one of the many deaths.
** The [=RPs=] avert this even further, as there are two people named Rebecca, Damien, Altair, Artemis, and Matthew. Even funnier is that both Matthews have a relationship with Uma (one is her father, the other is her wannabe boyfriend). [[spoiler:And even then, Luigifan and pommyman are also named Matthew, so there are actually four of them]]!
* Averted in ''{{Webcomic/Fortuna}}''. For any given AI, there are several different versions; for example, the comic has followed both Apollo V1 and Apollo V3, with both usually being referred to as just "Apollo". Even crazier, there are a couple of player characters named Hermes and Prometheus, even though there are already AIs with those names (the latter is implied, though hasn't actually made an appearance yet.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire''. There are two entirely unrelated characters named Rosa and both are referred to as such. It actually confuses Void (since he met the first) when the second one is introduced.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'', as the characters share their names with the companies they're based off, there are two companies named Tiger - Tiger Telematics and Tiger Electronics (though the latter one [[TheGhost has yet to appear]]), both usually just going by "Tiger". When the first one gets mistaken for the second, he's NOT happy about this.
* The family tree published after Chapter 12 of ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' showed a few first names running in families. Three pairs of identically-named characters were relevant to the fandom before that point:
** Sigrun shares the name of her great-grandmother, who is one of the focus characters in the JustBeforeTheEnd prologue.
** The author ended up naming both Reynir's prologue great-grandfather and his father Árni so his name would have a familiar ring to readers not familiar with the Icelandic UsefulNote/{{Patronymic}} system.
** Before the family tree was made, AllThereInTheManual had already revealed that Mikkel has a twin named Michael, which is also the name of their prologue great-grandfather.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' does this in action film spoof ''Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque Too?'' The hard-boiled detective Dangeresque (played by Strong Bad) is assigned a partner also named Dangeresque (played by Homestar); the latter is usually called "Dangeresque Too".
** There's also Science Fiction Greg and D&D Greg from the Teen Girl Squad 'toons. The TGS spin-off "4 Gregs" introduced [[PlayfulHacker Open Source Greg]], [[OccidentalOtaku Japanese Culture Greg]], and minor character Regular Greg.
* Subverted in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', where Marik's Millennium Rod can only control people whose names are, of course, Steve. Given that Marik controls a bunch of one-shot characters with it, the series ends up with a lot of Steves.
** It is revealed that only ''one'' of their names has to be Steve; "Steve" Arcana, Steve Jobs, and Keith Steve Howard (Bandit Keith) are all under his control at some point. Later, he mind controls [[spoiler:Joey and Téa by tricking them into legally changing their names to Steve]].
** At a convention, LK explained the background of the entire gag, mentioning that in his version, "Steve" has pretty much become another word for "henchman".
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has had duplicates of several (first) names, including that of the [[SoleSurvivor winner]] of version 1. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters The nature of the RP]], of course, renders this trope essentially unenforceable.
** Perhaps the biggest example of this is the name James, which is given to two characters in V1 and SIX characters in V3.
** V4 currently has three Aarons and three Sarahs.
** The above doesn't even come close to the duplicate name insanity that is v4. Not even counting the terrorists and just the students that appear on the island, there are [[RunningGag 2 Peters, 5 Alexs, 3 Johns, 2 Tims, 3 Maxs, 4 Davids, 4 Roberts, 3 James/Jimmys, 2 Steves, 3 Chrises, 3 Simons, 2 Trents, 2 Daniels, 3 Williams, 2 Mikes, 2 Rolands, 2 Frankies, 3 Sarahs, 2 Jennifers, 2 Tiffanys, 3 Janets, 2 Alices, 2 Marias, 3 Jackies, 2 Charlottes and 3 Lilys.]] And that's not even getting into names that sound the same, but are just spelled differently, or names that sound extremely similar (Gary and Garry, Nick, Nick and Nik, Eve, Evie and Eva, Raine, Rena and Raina, Remi and Remy, and Allen and Alan). Not to mention Erik Laurin and Eric Lorenz, whose first and last names are very similar to one another.
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'':
** There's two Toms- Subjects #5 and #6. Subject #5 is Ruby's companion and {{Deuteragonist}}, while Subject #6 is a side character first mentioned in notes as being extremely violent and dangerous, and who Ruby later meets in Upper Lab B. [[spoiler: The characters having the same name comes in pretty handy for hiding that the players had them both mixed up all along- the person in Upper Lab B (Tom Nook) was actually Subject #5. Ruby's companion Tom was Subject #6 all along.]]
** There's also a meta example, as Weaver references two real life people called William Murdorch, one of whom was the inventor of the pneumatic tube and the other was a rather obscure poet. A pneumatic tube figures heavily into the plot, and ''The Metal Glen'', the poem Ruby Quest was based on, was by the poet Murdoch.[[spoiler: Actually the poem was by Weaver, who pretty accurately mimicked the real Murdoch's style for it.]]
* v3 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' featured a [[ColonelBadass Colonel Jackson]] and a [[SergeantRock Sergeant Jackson]]. One commanded a brigade of troops [[MultinationalTeam from the five major countries]] of TheFederation, and the other commanded a TheSquad of PraetorianGuard from a single country. The two were as familially related as their job descriptions are similar.
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', a surprisingly large number of characters were named either "James" or "Anne" in their secret identities. The setting also contained no less than three Defenders, two Brawlers, two characters called The Magician, two Speed Demons, and at least three Crusaders.
* In the ''Roleplay/MSFHighForum'', there have been reuses of Echo, Mira, and even Jessica. Also invoked, when an NPC changed her name to Echoe, or a variation thereof, to fix things. As this is a forum, similar-sounding but differently spelled names are okay.
* One of the scenes in the WebAnimation/{{Animutation}} [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/yatta "Irrational Exuberance"]] riffs on this, saying [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} "There can be only one"]] Dave Thomas and then using "Worthington's Law: more money = better than)" to eliminate the less successful of the two.
* Roleplay/BehindTheVeil has some of the more common names repeated, but the one that takes the cake is the tale of the two Jons: Both are Bone Gnawers, Theurges, at the same sept.
* Since the WhateleyUniverse has such a massive number of named characters, it's not surprising that there are lots of names occurring more than once. Like Elaine: Elaine Nalley and Elaine Fleischer are both gorgeous mutants with the MostCommonSuperpower, and they're both inventors. When they both went on Phase's birthday trip to Boston, Elaine Nalley went by 'Doc' to avoid confusion among the other guests. On the other hand, the school does enforce rules about distinct codenames for everyone.
* WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow features several appearances by one of Angry Joe's friends, also named Joe. To distinguish between the two, he's often referred to as "Other Joe."
* Machinima/RedVsBlue has two Franks (Franklin Delano Donut and Frank DuFresne), but like the rest of the cast, both are always referred to by their nicknames Donut and Doc respectively. There's also [[spoiler:three Leonard Churches (Doctor Leonard Church, Alpha, and Epsilon) and three Allisons (the original, the original Agent Texas, and the Epsilon-created Agent Texas). None of the three Allisons co-existed (and the original is barely even referenced), and the Churches are generally called "the Director"/"Director Church"/"Doctor Church", Church/Alpha, and Church/Epsilon]]. Still, it gets confusing when it comes to fan theories. "And then [[spoiler:Church]] did this." "Wait, do you mean [[spoiler:Alpha-Church]] or [[spoiler:Epsilon-Church]]?"
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has a main character named Twilight, and an occasionally recurring character named Blue Twilight. The names highlight the fact that these are {{foil}}s for each other. (''UFP'' is an abridged series, and in the original, unabridged canon, Blue Twilight was named Trixie.) A later episode introduces Yellow Twilight--she's the AuthorAvatar of an AscendedFangirl who [[RunningTheAsylum wrote herself into the series]] as Blue Twilight's twin sister.
* ''TalesFromMyDDCampaign'' [[spoiler: has the adventuring party recruit Daggerface, a dwarf driven insane by torture. They are very confused when they later learn they are being pursued by a bounty hunter named... Daggerface. The hunter turns out to be a warforged (magicpunk robot) whose face is literally a sextet of protruding blades.]]
* Given the size of the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}, it was probably inevitable that there would turn out to be a few aversions. Given their aliases, it's normally not too much of a problem.
** There are two individuals named Sam. The first is LetsPlay/{{Strippin}}, the second is Sam Gibbs, one of the audio engineers.
** With the addition of LetsPlay/HatFilms to the group, there are now three people called Alex. The first is Parv (also from Music/{{Area 11}}), the second is Alsmiffy and the third is one of the editors. The group's addition also means that there are two people called Chris- both Trott and LetsPlay/{{Sips}}.
** The most extreme example would be with the name Tom. No less than ''four'' people in the group have it as their first name- Sparkles*, Tom Perkins (aka [=IBringTheFunk=]), Tom Bates and Angor. To make matters worse, Sparkles* and Angor have ''almost identical names'', with only a missing "e" to differentiate.
** Come late 2015, we now have two members named Mark. The first being LetsPlay/{{Turpster}}, the current CEO, the second being Mark "Sherlock" Hulmes, the current community manager.
* Averted and [[LampshadeHanging lanpshaded]] on ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'', with the three Dans. There's Dan Floyd, the narrator, Other Dan, who helps with editing and behind the scenes work, and Dan #3, the new artist. [[HilarityEnsues Confusion starts almost immediately]].
* Averted in ''WebAnimation/{{brewstew}}'', where the narrator describes two Zacharys and two Davids that he knows. There's Zachary, the kid everyone hates because he's a snitch, has ADHD, and won't stop TALKING ABOUT MONSTER TRUCKS! And then there's Zachary, the kid across the narrator's street who is not quite like everyone else because he likes ''{{Beetleborgs}}'' rather than ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The first Zachary has glasses while the other does not. Then, there's David, Tyler's best friend during cub scouts, who got last place in the Pinewood Derby and got sold off into child slavery in Nigeria. And then there's his cousin, David, who created the "Shitmas Tree".
* Since two of the three regulars on the [[http://oswreview.com/ OSW Review podcast]] are named Steve, they go by the nicknames V1 and Mr. OOC.
* Averted in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'':
** All of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] who stay with Old Woman Josie are named Erika. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS With a "k".]]
** There's also two Laurens: Lauren Mallard (Night Vale Radio Station manager and [=StrexCorp=] Shill) and Lauren James (Night Vale Weekly Gazette writer).
** And two Janices: [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] niece Janice and Janice Rio from down the street.
** For the record, there is only one Steve: Cecil's SitcomArchNemesis [[spoiler: and Janice's stepfather]] Steve Carlsberg.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' series, there are two characters named "D-Money"; A gangster kid who is one of Bowser Junior's classmates in the "Bowser Junior's First Grade" mini-series[[note]][[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname His real name is Demetrius]][[/note]], and a boxer who is Rosalina's ex-boyfriend.
* This trope is the reason for some {{squick}} within the ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' fandom. Midge was reintroduced and she falls for a new character named Ryan. The problem is Midge was previously seen [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} in the toyline]] with a ''son'' named "Ryan". This made some fans grossed out because it seemed like maybe they were [[ParentalIncest the same character]] with Ryan's backstory being revamped, however they're too different in design to be the same.
* Two of the cast members of ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'' are named Brian (last names Lewis and Irving). To get around this, Brian Irving was referred to as "Virtual Boyd" in early reviews before choosing to go by [[LastNameBasis just Irving]].
* Three NPC characters in WebVideo/CriticalRole have very similar names - Shaun (usually called by his surname Gilmore), Shane, and Shauna. Not to mention Vax and Vex the PC [[ThemeTwinNaming twins]] (although those are shortened versions of Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia, which are less similar), which causes a great deal of confusion when people try to address one of the twins in particular.
-->'''Sam''': If I ever have to roll a new character, I'm calling him "Vix".
-->'''Matt (DM)''': I will cut you.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** There is a GirlPosse of [[Film/{{Heathers}} non-identical looking, but identical in personality, rich fourth grade snobs named Ashley, who identify each other by name and last initial]]. One of the six protagonists is always called by her last name, Spinelli, because her first name is Ashley, and she is as different from the Ashleys as could possibly be. The episode where this is revealed has the other kids all change their names to Ashley in support.
** Later episodes reveal the Ashleys all have sisters named Britney in kindergarten and brothers in third grade named Tyler.
** One episode had Spinelli meet a group of girls who were all named Megan, a deliberate parallel to the Ashleys.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ''Justice League'' features John Stewart, the GreenLantern, and J'onn J'onzz, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter. TheFlash sometimes refers to them as "The Two Johns." In addition, ClosedCaptioning for the episodes will sometimes get the names mixed up. Even so, "J'onn" is usually pronounced more like the French "Jean" while Stewart is often referred to as "Lantern" or "G.L.", to mitigate this. Red Tornado is also John Smith. (Though he rarely goes by this name even off duty.)
** A minor example, from the ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode "The Once and Future Thing" part I:
-->'''Lash''': Friends called me Bat, Bat-Lash.
-->'''[[GreenLantern John Stewart]]''': I am John. This is my friend [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]] and, er--
-->'''Franchise/{{Batman}}''' (grimly): Bruce.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', after a fashion. Edd is usually addressed as "Double-D". The other kids generally call all of them "the Eds".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'' has the Debbies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' had an episode called "The Tick Versus The Tick", in which The Tick had to fight a guy named Barry, who also used "The Tick" as his superhero name and wasn't keen on sharing.
* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' and its AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'':
** The Railway Series had a bus named Bertie, and a Small Railway engine named Bert.
** The TV series had a bus named Bertie, a diesel named Bert, and a Narrow Gauge engine named Bertrum.
** It also featured tank engines named Bill (introduced in Season 2) and Billy (Season 11).
** Perhaps the most obvious example of all, Diesel in ''Duck and the Diesel Engine'' and Diesel in ''Stepney the Bluebell Engine''.
** Then we also have Henry, Henrietta, and Hank (which is a pet form of the name Henry). 'Arry could also fit here, as Harry can derive from Henry and Harold (the latter of which is also the name of the helicopter).
** There are two Stephens; Sir Topham Hatt's grandson, and the engine [[MeaningfulName modeled after Stephenson's Rocket]].
** The Railway Series had a mountain engine named Patrick (who was named for a passenger he rescued), and the TV series had a cement mixer named Patrick.
** There are two Olivers, one is a tank engine, and the other a steam shovel. The special, ''WesternAnimation/SodorsLegendOfTheLostTreasure'' has a LampshadeHanging on this by having Marion think the tank engine Oliver turned into a steam shovel. There is even a Wooden Railway 2-Engine pack that ties in with the special, called "Oliver and Oliver", which has models of both Olivers.
* The 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon has two characters whose names can confuse the viewers due to their similarities. There's April's boss named Burne (confused as Verne) and her rival named Vernon.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** ''Kim Possible'' had a student named Ron Reager at the high school. His initial appearance was just for a [[RuleOfFunny joke]] on his sharing a name with Ron Stoppable, but he actually made two more appearances in the PostScriptSeason!
** Invoked in another episode, when Dr. Drakken is flabbergasted to learn that the upstart teenager who's always foiling his plans is the daughter of his old college roommate, whose mockery drove him to the evil side of mad science. He tries to claim that he never put it together before because Possible is a very common name, then wanders off to find a phone book when everyone points out that it's really not. The phone book does not help him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** ''The Simpsons'' has the Ancient Mystic Society of No-Homers; which means only one Homer can join. Unfortunately for Homer Simpson, it's already admitted a Homer Glumplich.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is particularly aversive of this trope: Homer and Ned's mothers are both named Mona, Chief Wiggum and Marge's father are both named Clancy, Prof. Frink and the camp accessory salesman from "Homer's Phobia" are both named John, notwithstanding the incredibly similar Carl (of Lenny and Carl) with Karl (Homer's one time secretary); the very closely related Eddie, Edna, and Ned (with the latter two [[spoiler:eventually getting married]]; or Lou (a cop), Louie (a [[TheMafia Mafia member]]), Lewis (a LivingProp), and Luann (Milhouse's mother). Plus rhyming names such as Rod, Todd, and Maude (all in one family); Sherri and Terri (ThemeTwinNaming) or Moe and Joe (Mayor Quimby). Milhouse shared the same name as some random Shelbyville kid ("I thought I was the only one"). And that's not even mentioning Martin Prince or Waylon Smithers, who were named after their fathers (or the prominent first-season character Marvin Monroe, not to be confused with Martin). One particularly elusive one is the presence of two Charleses, one being the minor, bespectacled plant worker "Charlie" and the other being "C. Montgomery Burns" (though the latter almost always goes by "Monty" instead). There's also a gag about two people having the unlikely name of Bort. Of course, this is probably just a side-effect of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.
*** Chief Wiggum and Ralph Wiggum weren't related by design; they randomly wound up with the same last name, and later, having put two and two together, [[ThrowItIn made them father and son]].
** An accidental reference to this trope appeared in the episode when they go to New York. Homer contacts the traffic authority over the phone and receives a pre-recorded message, with the specific details added in, in a man's voice. The message states that he "will be met by Officer Steve" "Grabowski"-- that is, Steve is part of the pre-recorded message, implying that all of the officers are named Steve.
** Another aversion: In "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh," there are three girls at Waverly Hills Elementary named Caitlin (with a "C"), Katelyn (with a "K"), and Kate Lynn (two words)
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and played with in "The Principal and the Pauper": Just as Springfield is starting to celebrate Skinner's twentieth anniversary as principal, the actual Sgt. Seymour Skinner (voiced by MartinSheen) appears, and the principal confesses that his real name is Armin Tamzarian, and when Sgt. Skinner went MIA, his mother mistook Armin for her real son, but he didn't have the heart to tell her otherwise. Agnes is furious at Sgt. Skinner's backtalk when he comes home drunk late at night, while MommasBoy Armin was too sissified to ever sass Agnes.
*** Near the end of the episode, when Sgt. Skinner is sent out of town, this becomes an EnforcedTrope:
-->'''Principal Sklnner''': Well, this is a lovely gesture, but we all have to face the fact that I'm not really Seymour Skinner.
-->'''Homer''': Oh no we don't. Judge Snyder?
-->'''Judge Snyder''': By authority of the City of Springfield, I hereby confer upon you the name of Seymour Skinner, as well as his past, present, future, and mother.
-->'''Skinner''': Okay.
-->'''Judge Snyder''': And I further decree that [[StatusQuoIsGod everything will be just like it was before all this happened]], and no one will ever mention it again... (DramaticPause) ...under penalty of torture!
** Yet another aversion: There are two Larrys: the bald guy that isn't Homer who can usually be seen at Moe's, and Mr. Burns's illegitimate son from "Burns, Baby Burns".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' had Debbie and "Black Debbie," who in her first appearance protested her nickname and pointed out the other wasn't called "White Debbie." Some fans call Debbie "White Debbie" for this reason.
-->'''Quinn''': How would you like it if people called you "White Stormy"?\\
'''Stormy''': ''[confused]'' You mean, there's a ''Black'' Stormy?\\
'''Quinn''': ''[looooong pause]'' No.
* Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' has Black Steve, who was probably called that to differentiate himself from Gameavision's original owner Steve Wozniak, but he continues to be called that even after Wozniak sells the company to Mr. Larrity in the first episode. In later episodes, it serves to remind people who might otherwise try to [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch co-opt his blackness, bitch.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** The very first episode, "On Leather Wings", had both Detective Harvey Bullock and District Attorney Harvey Dent (before the latter's FaceHeelTurn). The latter even addressed the former by name (which sounded a little strange). The former also had a BigBrotherInstinct toward the latter in the episode "Pretty Poison", when he threateningly interrogated an entire restaurant staff after the latter was almost fatally poisoned there.
** "I Am The Night" had, in addition to Commissioner James Gordon, a gangster nicknamed "Jazzman" whose real first name was "Jimmy." Amusingly, the latter attempted to kill the former.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':
** There are two characters named "Ace": The DCAU's version of Ace the Bat-Hound, and the "Ace" member of the Royal Flush Gang (a mute android in ''Beyond''). The two rarely get confused.
** There were also two characters named "Howard". One was a geeky classmate of Terry's, the other was one-time villain Bullwhip.
** As is revealed in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', [[spoiler:Batman was probably the closest thing to a friend the Ace of the first Royal Flush Gang had. She was an underaged girl with massive BlessedWithSuck RealityWarper powers that died of a PowerIncontinence-induced aneurism, and Batman [[StayWithMeUntilIDie stayed with her until she died]] so she wouldn't have to die alone or hurt anyone else.]] The dog was presumably named after her.
* [=Trumpton=] Hugh! Pugh! Barney [=McGrew=]!...
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': Pepe, Icy's duck, followed the Trix to Light Haven/Light Rock at the end of season one and [[LongBusTrip hasn't been seen since]]. The creators must have forgotten about him since in season four, Musa's pet bear was named Pepe.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** This is played for laughs in the episode "The Lizard Whisperer", where the boys are looking for a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant chameleon]] named Steve. They find other Steves and even arrive at a Steve Convention. Note the creators are [[WordOfGod on record]] [[OneOfUs as TVTropes readers]].
** There are two girls named Wendy. The first Wendy is [[TheRival the girl Candace competed with]] in the science fair episode (though [[AllThereInTheScript her name was never spoken onscreen]]), and the second Wendy is the girl Baljeet kissed in the ChristmasSpecial. Perhaps for distinguishing reasons, the latter Wendy has the surname Stinglehopper.
** At several points in the series, Candace mentions wanting to name her future son Xavier, while in "It's About Time!," the tour guide mentions that the time machine was invented by an Xavier Onassis. Of course, this shouldn't be much of an issue, since one's already dead and another isn't even born...until the time-traveling episode "Quantum Boogaloo," where the plot required '''''both''''' to appear. Perhaps to get around this, Onassis shows up without his name ever being mentioned.
** On a semi-related note, the show introduced Phineas and Ferb's Aunt Tiana around the same time Disney was hyping a [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog different Tiana]]. Co-creator Dan Povenmire noted the similarity but [[WordOfGod said it was just a coincidence]], as he named the show's Tiana after one of his sisters (the other being the namesake of Linda).
** For some meta fun, {{Fanon}} had declared Baljeet's last name to be Patel, but that's actually the name of his childhood friend Mishti. ([[AllThereInTheManual His actual last name temporarily was Raj, but was later changed to Tjinder]].) Also, the character Isabella shares her name with ''two'' of the show's voice actresses, and was named after Dan Povenmire's oldest daughter to boot.
** In "Backyard Hodge Podge", Internet sensation Parry Gripp appears as himself, leading to some confusion whenever someone obligatorily says, "Hey, where's Perry?"
* Obsessive ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fans will note that the show has a Vortian Lard Nar leading [[LaResistance the Resisty]] and an ''Irken'' Lardnar as an Invader. A very minor example, however, since both names are [[AllThereInTheScript only used in scripts and writers' notes]].
* Enforced on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. After [[VillainousHarlequin The Rodeo Clowns]] steal one of his shoes, Jimmy notes that without it, he's Jimmy One-Shoe. At that point, a monster dressed exactly like him with only one leg hops by, muttering "And that name is already taken."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** Spongebob and Squidward once encountered a band of Vikings all named Olaf, except for their leader (Gordan), curiously enough.
** There's also Sheldon the squid (an actual anthropomorphic squid) and Sheldon J. Plankton. And there's Dennis the bespectacled fish and Dennis the sunglassed bounty hunter.
** Outright avoided in the German dub. ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is so popular in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Germany]], they decided to name a background character Thaddeus in honor of Squidward's German name, Thaddäus. In return the German dub named Thaddeus "Fischward" to avoid confusion.
** "Why hello. You're the television food critic Gene Scallop, aren't you? Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Eugene Krabs." There's not even any real indication that the writers realized what they did there.
** There are [[UpToEleven SEVEN]] minor characters named Frank!
** As well as Larry the Lobster and one-time character Lary the snail that temporarily replaced Gary in "Dumped".
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** "Lee:"
*** Captain ''Li'' of the Fire Nation Army.
*** A young boy named "Lei" who Zuko bonds with in his DayInTheLimelight.
*** [[GenkiGirl Ty Lee]].
*** Li, one of the old ladies who act as adviser for Azula.
*** Quon Lee, imperial guard from finale who had a talk with an engineer in airship.
*** Halfway through season 2, Zuko took on the name "Lee" while incognito, and stopped using the alias once the "Dai Li" (that's pronounced "Die Lee") showed up.
*** And Dai Li is just a different transliteration of the exact same Chinese characters for Ty Lee's name!
*** The whole thing is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Sokka's Master":
---> ''"You're gonna need a better Fire Nation cover name. Try Lee. There's a million Lees."''
** On a semi-related note, The Dai Li's Government Conspiracy was upheld by placing several women who called themselves "Joo Dee" to watch over suspicious citizens. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in this case because they were all brainwashed into the identity anyway.
* There are two "Estellas" in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'': Estella Scheele, a one-off antagonist seen in "In the Realm of the Condor," and Estella Velasquez, Jessie's mother. And they're both redheads, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Kyle's cousin Kyle, although it seems that instance only exists for the joke that Sheila considers her own son to be "Kyle 2."
** Other aversions exist through extremely minor characters, such as a second Terrance (who only most prominently appeared in the episode right before [[ShowWithinAShow Terrance and Phillip]] were introduced, and was later pushed to the background) and three recurring {{Living Prop}}s named Kevin, and various stock names used for random characters. [[note]][[WordOfGod According to Matt Stone]], "Kevin" is most often used for random male characters as he finds it to be the dumbest, "whitebread" name a man could have.[[/note]]
** There are actually three Scotts: [[CainAndAbel Scott Tenorman]], Cartman's enemy and [[spoiler:half-brother]], [[{{Geek}} Scott Malkinson]], an unpopular classmate of the boys, and [[JerkAss Scott "the Dick"]], a Canadian seen in "[[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Not Without My Anus]]," "[[ChristmasEpisode Christmas in Canada]]", and "Royal Pudding."
** Token's father is named "Steve" while Butters' father is named "Stephen." Jimmy's dad was originally also "Stephen," [[SuddenNameChange but is now]] "Ryan."
** Two of the kids (Timmy and Tweek) have dads named Richard, with a third Richard serving as the school's shop teacher.
** The Brown noise episode featured Kenny G who has a disturbing role in the episode. None of the boys mention that he has the same name as Kenny.
** The names of "Rebecca" and "Kelly" have been used as stock names for various female characters, although the original two were one-shot love interests of Kyle and Kenny.
** Sharon Marsh and Sheila Broflovski were both originally named Carol, as was Linda Stotch. Due to it being a placeholder name for the moms, some fans have taken to referring to Kenny's unnamed mother by it as well.
** After several years, the male {{Goth}} Kids are [[GivenNameReveal finally named]]. The tallest one is named Michael, in an episode that also reprises the Vampire Kids and their leader, Mike.
* Though he's never seen, another Tino is mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' when the main character, Tino Tonitini, fails to get his name in the yearbook for [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative "Best Tino"]]. Also averting the "similar names" aspect is minor character Tony Tortallero, who even [[IdenticalStranger looks and sounds a lot like Tino]].
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** The title character has a CountryCousin named Arnie who's basically a boring, creepy BizarroUniverse version of him. Obviously the name is part of the joke.
** One episode has Arnold going through the streets shouting for his lost pig, Abner. A man sticks his head out a window and continually calls "What?!" before giving up and going inside.
** Related: there's a minor recurring character named Lorenzo and a fictional, plot-significant country called ''San'' Lorenzo.
** In one episode Arnold has a PrecociousCrush on his substitute teacher, and is shocked when he overhears her talking about getting a romantic evening alone with "Arnold." Turns out her fiancé happens to have the same name.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
** Unintentionally done in the episode "Buster's Back", which includes the titular character and musician ''[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Arthur]]'' [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Garfunkel]] (though in this case, his name is never mentioned).
** There's also Arthur's father (named David), and Arthur's maternal grandfather (Grampa Dave).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** There are three Toms: [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom Sloane]], who dated [[CoolLoser Jane]] and later [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]], as well as [[HenpeckedHusband Tom Griffin]] ([[AlphaBitch Sandi's]] father) and [[KarmicDeath Tommy Sherman]] (the dead JerkJock).
** There's also two Brians: [[EnfantTerrible Brian Taylor]], [[DumbBlonde Brittany's]] little brother, and [[OvertOperative Brian Danielson]], the guy who married Daria's cousin [[FairytaleWeddingDress Erin]].
** {{Invoked}} in the second episode: Jane tries to get into a party and tells the security guard her name is "Tiffany," figuring that there would be at least one. ([[FridgeLogic Because apparently "Jane" isn't a common enough name?]]) It turns out there were three, [[AsianAirhead one of whom]] winds up becoming an important character.
** If you pay attention to [[FreezeFrameBonus Mr. O'Neill's seating chart]] in "Café Disaffecto,'' you'll notice that Quinn's class includes not only all three Tiffanies, but three Marks as well. Daria's class has three Jennifers, and two boys named Rob and Bob. (In other episodes, there's also a recurring character named Robert.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** In the episode "Genie Meanie Minie Mo," Timmy's [[HypnotizeThePrincess wish for]] [[RichBitch Trixie Tang]] to fall in love with him backfires when she ends up giving kisses to everyone in the country whose name is Timmy Turner, with him the very last one on the list.
** In the storybook "Too Many Turners", Timmy wishes that he had lots of brother and sisters, but after he sees how much trouble all those siblings are, he calls out for Cosmo and Wanda to get rid of them, resulting in this scene:
--->"Cosmo! Wanda!" Timmy called, pushing through a crowd of siblings.\\
"What?" asked a boy named Cosmo.\\
"Yes? asked a girl named Wanda.\\
"Never mind," Timmy said, sighing.
** Also, Elmer, Timmy's friend with the boil, shares his name with an elf featured in ''Film/AFairlyOddChristmas''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' has the protagonist, Max(well), compete with another Max(imilian) who might actually be TheChosenOne. (Aside from the name, they were born within five minutes of each other.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'':
-->'''Frylock''': Where is Carl's brain?
-->'''Carl Brain''': I am Carl Brain.
-->'''Frylock''': No, our friend Carl.
-->'''Carl Brain''': I am Carl Brain.
-->'''Frylock''': No, different Carl!
-->'''Carl Brain''': (beat) I am Carl Brain.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' plays with this a bit with Danny's "Dani-with-an-I" OppositeSexClone, Danielle. So, for at least two episodes we had both Daniel "Danny" Phantom and Danielle "Dani" Phantom.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** "Clarification: the Philip J. Fry from planet Earth or the Philip J. Fry from Hovering Squid World 97A?"
** In "The Luck of the Fryrish" we find out that the first person on Mars was also named Philip J. Fry, and happened to look exactly like Fry's brother Yancy. "Oh, so your brother was ''that'' Philip J. Fry?" ({{Justified|Trope}} by the revelation that [[spoiler:Yancy named his son after his long-disappeared brother]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' has Macie's parents both named Bobby and Bobbie Lightfoot. Hoodsey's first name is Robert as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has a rather bizarre example with two supervillains both named Negaduck: one [[LiteralSplitPersonality the evil half of Darkwing himself]] the other an EvilTwin [[spoiler:from a MirrorUniverse]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has Jimmy and one of his clones gone rogue, Evil Jimmy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio'' had main character Joe and his Uncle Joe, whom gave him the time traveling book the series revolved around. The titular trio (Joe, Sam, and Fred) would also go on to meet their great granddaughters from 2105, whom were named Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha. And that's not getting into the historical figures they'd meet, whom being real life people, also shared a first name with another historical person they met while time traveling or a member of the cast.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** ComicBook/MartianManhunter suggested that ComicBook/{{Superboy}} choose the surname "Kent" for his SecretIdentity. However, since nobody on the Team knew Superman's real name yet, they assumed it was supposed to be [[DeadGuyJunior the recently deceased]] [[ComicBook/DoctorFate Kent Nelson]].
** Martian Manhunter himself is named J'onn J'onzz, aka "John Jones," on [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague a team]] that includes a [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]]. And then, on J'onn's suggestion, ComicBook/RedTornado takes the name John Smith. (For added fun, there's also [[MagiciansAreWizards Zatara]], whose first name, Giovanni, is the Italian form of John.)
** In season one we have the villain Hugo Strange, while season two gives us the hero Adam Strange.
** Aqualad's friend back home is named Garth, while [[Characters/TeenTitans Beast Boy's]] real name is Garfield "Gar" Logan. And for a meta coincidence, his voice actor is named Logan Grove.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** There's Billy, the legendary hero, and Billy, the buzzard.
** There's also Simon the ladybug and Simon Petrikov, [[spoiler:the Ice King]].
** The most obvious case would be the various penguin minions of the Ice King, all named Gunther but with subtle pronunciation differences.
* ''WesternAnimation/RatedAForAwesome'':
** The SingleMindedTwins named [[DumbBlonde the Trishas]]. Made even weirder by the fact that they appear to be sisters.
** In "When Mascots Attack" it's revealed they have [[StrongFamilyResemblance an identical cousin]] also named Trisha.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'':
** Two of the main characters are named Peter, one named after the other. The show generally gets around this by [[OnlyKnownByInitials calling the younger one "PJ"]] but the difference in sound between "Pete" (the elder's preferred nickname) and "Peej" (an oft-spoken diminutive of the younger's initials) is so subtle that sometimes it's possible to hear one as the other. The two are as different as night and day.
** There are also at various points in the series several characters named Bob: Bob Sparrowhawk (Peg's uncle), Bobby Zimmeruski (Max and PJ's friend in the movies), and just [[OnlyOneName Bob]] (a friend/acquaintance of Max in one episode). The Bobs never interact.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' episode "So You Skink You Can Dance." All the male dancers of the ''Shake-A-Leg'' show are named Igor.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': Franchise/SpiderMan a.k.a. Peter Parker and The Trapster a.k.a. [[EmbarrassingNickname Paste-Pot Pete]] or Peter Petruski. They got around it by never having The Trapster called by any of his other names.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' featured a guest appearance by Jon's cousin Marian, who was marrying a man whose surname was "John". Garfield then became very confused when he overheard Marian (whom he had never met before) saying that, within a week, she'd be "Marian John," which he mishears as "I'll be marrying John."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a mobster named "Two-Toed Ping". He actually has twelve toes, but there was already a mobster that was called "Twelve-Toed Ping" on the south side.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has two Thomases, one ([[spoiler: Nikolai]]) is a billy goat park intern and the other is the over 300 year-old infant son of Death. It gets lampshaded when Mordecai asks Rigby to babysit Death's Thomas:
-->'''Mordecai''': Dude, I need you to do me a huge favor and babysit Thomas tonight.\\
'''Rigby''': Isn't he, like, in college?\\
'''Mordecai''': Not ''that'' Thomas, Death's Thomas.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' makes an obvious reference to this trope in the crossover episode "Say Uncle", where [[WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa Pizza Steve]] refuses to share screen-time with another character named Steve. He later attempts to fool the Crystal Gems by [[PaperThinDisguise putting on a wig reminiscent of Steven's hair and calling himself "Pizza Steven Universe".]] [[HilarityEnsues Amethyst eats him, of course.]]
-->'''Pizza Steve:''' I told you I have two rules, Uncle G. [[BrickJoke No more than 40 or 50 vans]], and only ONE Steven allowed!
** In this setting, any being created with the same gemstone has the same name, which leads to this trope being destroyed on a regular basis. So far, there are (at least) three Pearls (differentiable by color), a whole gaggle of Amethysts, an entire production line of Rose Quartzes (all but one of which have been decommissioned), two Jaspers, two Topazes, and several Rubies (Steven gives them nicknames to tell them apart based on the placement of their gem).
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:Stanley and Stanford Pines. Stanley even takes Stanford's name for a while, when the real Stanford was trapped between dimensions, but prefers people call him "Stan". [[BrickJoke It's stated that their father was not very creative]]. When the real Stanford is introduced, he asks that Dipper and Mabel call him "Ford" to prevent confusion.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has two Carls. There's the principal of Tom Landry Middle, Carl Moss. The other is a twice-appearing man that runs a delhi restaurant. Both even have similar voices.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight.'' There are two characters named Harold and Brian, one a main character and the other a one-shot character.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' with its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, has fallen into this several times. A season one short introduced [[SassyBlackWoman Leshawna]]'s friend [[ItsAllAboutMe Jasmin]], while a different [[AwesomeAussie Jasmine]] was a major character in ''Pahkitew Island.'' That season also introduced a female Sammy despite there already being a male Sam.
* The SpinOff, ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' does this a lot with names from the old series. There's [[SurferDude Brody]] (similar to [[{{Geek}} Beth]]'s boyfried [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Brady]]), [[ComplexityAddiction Ellody]] (similar to [[PrincessPhase Ella]]) and [[BornUnlucky Mickey]] (just a variant of [[HollywoodPersonalityDisorders Mike]]).
** Played straight in the Canadian French dub of ''Race'', where Devin's girlfriend Shelly and Courtney have [[DubNameChange both been renamed]] Audrey.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': Subverted. There are two characters named "Michael". One of them is the protagonist's father and the other is a monster. So far, there's no episode featuring both Michaels.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': There are two Maurices--lemur and zookeeper.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', there are two characters named "Duncan" in the series; Duncan Potter, the little rabbit boy Babs Bunny babysat in "I Was a Teenage Bunnysitter" (part of The "Acme Home Shopping Show"), and Duncan Duff, Elmyra's younger brother who appears in the episodes, "Take Elmyra Please" and "Grandma's Dead".
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' features two minor characters named Christina/Kristina. One of the two is Professor Huxley's assistant from "The Panther Peril", while the other is the woman who's out to kill the Phantom in "Return of the Skyband", believing (wrongly) that he killed her grandmother. It is not known how Huxley's assistant spells her name, but the booklet accompanying the DVD boxed set uses Kristina for the antagonist from "Return of the Skyband".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' has Arzon and Orzon. Arzon is a Spectral Knight and makes at least a cameo appearance in all thirteen episodes. Orzon, the leader of the Khemirites, only appears in "The Price of Freedom".
* ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'' has several Jacks. There's Jack of the ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' tale, Jack of the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill, little Jack Horner, Jack B. Nimble (he claims the "B." stands for "Best") and Bear, whose first name is actually Jack. In "The Clubhouse That Jack Built," Jack B. Nimble starts a club in which only Jacks are allowed. However, the other Jacks soon start to miss their friends and quit the club.
* Both of Jerrica's love interests in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' have similar names: Rio and Riot (whose real name is "Rory" but he's exclusively referred to by his StageName).
* On ''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat'', the purple alien Richard actually turns out to be one of several Richards in his family. Even his sister is named Richard.
* Three of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' share the same name, albeit played differently. These characters are Banana Bob, Bobert, and Rob, whose names all are derived from "Robert".
* The way ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' characters are named causes a lot of similar sounding names and characters sharing parts of their name:
** There's Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer. They're two villains who ended up undergoing {{Heel Face Turn}}s and becoming Twilight's friend, albeit the former only exists in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''. Their names are similar because they're both meant to parallel Twilight Sparkle.
** Twilight Sparkle shares her name with her mother, Twilight Velvet (who Twilight Sparkle [[StrongFamilyResemblance greatly resembles]]). This is due to them being based on the same characters, the original Twilight from G1, who also has this issue due to other 'Twilight''s existing in G1. Creator/LaurenFaust wanted to make Twilight Sparkle the original Twilight but couldn't due to copyright issues. She ended up using the palette and name of a G3 pony, Twilight Twinkle, as her basis instead. As a MythologyGag, Twilight's moter uses the original Twilight's name. Fans took notice and {{fanon}} pinned Twilight's mother as the original Twilight. This ended up as AscendedFanon. Twilight Velvet's name is never mentioned in the cartoon itself though. Fans usually refer to her as "Velvet" in fanworks involving both her and her daughter, or call her by her full name when referenced alone.

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* Comedian Stephen Colbert on {{The Late Show with Stephen Colbert}} used his character ''Stephen Colbert'' from the {{Colbert Report}} for a segment in July 2016, ''Comedy Central'''s lawyer called ''NBC'' to complain claiming the ''Stephen Colbert'' character is their intellectual property.