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Parody Names
Who knows how the idea got started that, when making The Parody, it is innately funny to replace each character's original name with a silly one that rhymes or sounds similar. But get started it did.

This does make sense from a certain vantage point. After all, if — for copyright and/or trademark reasons — a publisher can't use the characters' real names, they might as well replace them with something funny. However, some writers make the mistake of thinking that doing this makes their parody automatically funny. It doesn't. It may also be done to make it absolutely clear just what is being parodied since Viewers Are Morons. At its very worst, this is done when the writers don't know what they're parodying and thus making fun of the characters' names is the only joke they can think of.

Can be combined with Parallel Porn Titles.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga  

     Comic Books  
  • Very much abused in Monica's Gang, with Pokecão instead of Pokemon, Darti Vesgo instead of Darth Vader, Superhomão instead of Superman, Ton Cruzes instead of Tom Cruise... Of course, the jokes involved make more sense in Portuguese.
  • In DC Comics Inferior Five, the Five's parents are a parody Justice League of America, While we don't get their full names, the surnames of some of their kids suggest they're suitably parodic. Mr Might (Superman) has the Earth surname Brent, and the original name Barb-Ell, son of Dumb-Ell of the planet Neon. Power Princess (Wonder Woman) married a man named Tremor (for Steve Trevor), and Bowman (Green Arrow) has the surname King (instead of Queen). The exceptions are The Flash parody Captain Swift, who is called Cramer, not a play on Allen or Garrick, and the Uncle Sam parody Patriot, who has the surname Victor.
  • Every single MAD movie parody. Ever. The Simpsons had a field day with this one when MAD parodies Bart's boy band (in "New Kids on the Blecch"):
    Nelson: "They called me "Smellson!"
    Homer: "It's funny, 'cause you smell."
    • However to MAD's credit, their names (at least in the classic black and white years) generally are more meaningful and clever than names in TV and movie parodies from their rivals "Cracked" and "Crazy" among others. For example Mad's "Cloddumbo" vs. Cracked's "Columoron".
    • Also in that episode, we see the MAD Magazine executives having a hard time coming up with a parody name for Everybody Loves Raymond.
      • Lampshaded in some of MAD's Self-Deprecation when they note that they fiddle with character names so much that sometimes you can't even tell who the original character was.
    • The use of Parody Names in MAD apparently dates back to a story in issue #3 featuring the Lone Stranger, his sidekick Pronto, and his horse Golden. After "Superduperman" in the next issue provoked a lawsuit from DC Comics, their parody of Batman reiterated that it was not to be mistaken for the genuine article: "Bat Boy mit a Boy! Rubin mit a U!"
    • This was strangely averted in Mad's Seinfeld parody.
    • Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the Rocky series, once said that of all the nicknames the character had, his personal favorite was MAD's take on the character: "Appalling Greed."
  • "Marvel What-The" of course has them in spades, and interestingly they tried to never recycle them from issue to issue, demanding a lot of creativity.
  • Several strips in Buster used to do this, ranging from Judge Dudd to Captain Pilchard.

    Fan Works 
  • Reimagined Enterprise: An exaggerated version of the canon show's Jonathan Archernote  called Abner Bowman appears as the captain of the USS Dauntless. Abner being a relative and colleague of Jonathan in The Bible and bowman being another word for archer.

    Film 
  • In Mel Brooks' Spaceballs (which parodies, among other sci-fi franchises, Star Wars), Yoda becomes "Yoghurt" and the Force becomes "The Schwartz". Stop, you're killing me. (Okay, it is a funny movie, but that's certainly the lamest part of it.)
    • Not to mention Pizza the Hutt (really stupid). Or "Dark Helmet" (Darth Vader), for that matter.
      • Pizza the Hutt is really more of an incredibly bad pun, given that he is a living blob of pizza toppings.
  • The Austin Powers series is packed with these.
    • "Alotta Fagina" is derived from Pussy Galore in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. This one is actually making fun of something about the original name, not just going for similar-but-silly.
    • "Goldmember" appears in the third Austin Powers movie (and its title).
    • "Random Task", who's a parody of Oddjob.
    • Austin's sidekick in Austinpussy, Dixie Normous.
  • The Finnish Star Trek spoof film series Star Wreck gives parody names to all its characters, including James B. Pirk (James T. Kirk), Fukov (Chekov), Spökö/Spook (Spock), Plingons (Klingons), Vulgars (Vulcans), Shitty (Scotty), Dwarf (Worf) and Info (Data). The feature-length film introduces Babylon 5 parodies such as Sherrypie (Sheridan) and the genuinely hilarious Karigrandi (Garibaldi - Garybrandy in the English version).
  • A number of pornographic parodies of big-name movies have done this, to both the title and the character names borrowed from the original source.
    • Muffy the Vampire Layer, anyone?
  • An American Carol has "Rosie O'Connell," "Michael Malone" (Michael Moore), and a composite character called "George Mulrooney." Do they have something against the Irish or something?
    • Probably just incidental, since Mulrooney sounds like it's filling in for Clooney.
  • The 1978 Star Wars parody Hardware Wars has names such as Fluke Starbucker, Augie 'Ben' Doggie, Ham Salad, Darph Nader and Artie Deco.
  • Star Wars also got this from Thumb Wars, including such characters as Loke Groundrunner, Beboobeep (R2-D2), and Oobedoob Benubi (Obi Wan).
  • Done throughout the Scary Movie series. The main character's name, Cindy Campbell, is relatively subtle, playing on Scream's Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell).
  • Seltzer and Friedberg have a habit of taking this trope and running it into the ground.
  • Nigel Tufnel is actually a very subtle one of these, being formed on the same template as Eric Clapton: "boring first name + place in London."

    Literature 
  • Michael Gerber's Barry Trotter (a parody of Harry Potter) features such winners as "Muddle" for Muggle, "Philosopher's Scone" for Philosopher's Stone, "Hogwash" for Hogwarts, "Lord Valumart" for Lord Voldemort, "Earth Eaters" for Death Eaters and "Measlys" for Weasleys.
  • In Bored of the Rings, The Harvard Lampoon's parody of The Lord of the Rings, Wizards Gandalf and Saruman become "Goodgulf" and "Serutan." The parody tale starts in "The Stye" (The Shire), home to the "boggies" (hobbits), four of which are named "Frito" (Frodo), "Spam" (Sam), "Moxie" (Merry) and "Pepsi" (Pippin). Minas Tirith becomes "Minas Troney," and the equivalent of Mordor is the post-industrial wasteland of "Fordor," ruled by "Sorhed" (Sauron). Bilbo Baggins becomes "Dildo Bugger", not a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar so much as hoping it won't be switched on at all.
  • Doctor Whom, by Adam Roberts, was a parody of both Doctor Who and the punctuation manual Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Parody names included "Prose Tailor" (Rose Tyler), "The TARDY" (The TARDIS), "Garleks" (Daleks), "Cydermen" (Cybermen), "Stavros" (Davros), "Master Debater" (The Master) and "Time Gentlemen" (Time Lords).
    • Adam Roberts has done several other parody books under variations of his name.The Soddit and The Sellamillion as A.R.R.R. Roberts, The Va Dinci Cod as Don Brine, Star Bores as A3R Roberts, The McAtrix Derided as the Robertski Brothers, and The Dragon With the Girl Tatto (as, surprisingly, Adam Roberts and not Adiem Robertsson or something). Naturally, all of these are filled with Parody Names.
  • The Legendary Ram in Buggery, a parody of you know what, made extensive use of these. As can probably be inferred from the title.
  • Star Wreck (the 1990s book series, not the Finnish film series) had James T. Smirk and Mr Smock on board the USS Endocrine plus Commander Zulu, Ensign Checkout, etc, etc. Also their new replacements on the Endocrine-D: Jean-Lucy Ricardo, Commander Piker, Counselor Dee Troit, etc, etc, etc...
    • And in the later books they were all joined by the crew of Station Geek Space Nine: Bungeeman Crisco, Constable Dodo, Major Vera, etc, etc, etc, etc...
  • Discworld novels don't have much of this stuff, but Gimlet, the dwarf with famously piercing eyes who runs a deli on Cable Street, may be intended as a reference to Gimli, son of Glóin.
    • It's not as rare as you think; this is the same guy who gave us Cohen the Barbarian.
      • Ghengiz Cohen, in fact.
    • Most Discworld parody names are Genius Bonuses; Salzella, the music director in Maskerade is a play on Antonio Salieri, whose surname means "seller of salt". Less esoteric is that "gimlet" is also the name of a cocktail.
      • The original pun deserves explanation. A brief Running Gag was for a character to describe some supernatural or otherwise creepy person as having "Eyes... Like Gimlets!". To which another character would respond "...You mean the Dwarf what runs the-" "I mean he has bloody creepy eyes that's what!". Eventually Gimlet and his delicatessen appeared in a later book.
  • The Samurai Cat series of novels does this as a cover for all the copyrighted characters it parodies, although it's rarely so much funny as it is a simple aversion. During the Star Trek section of "Samurai Cat Goes to the Movies" (a mashup-parody anthology, in which the crew is attacked by Xenomorphs, a parody Predator, and a "Terminationer" that's been dogging the main characters for a few chapters), for example, Sulu becomes Sununu, and Chekov becomes Tolstoy. Not quite as clever as how the Terminationer was sent back from an alternate future in which the main character had never existed, "It's a Wonderful Life" style.
  • The Hunger Pains is another book by the Harvard Lampoon, which parodies The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You have Kantkiss Neverclean, skilled archer, Effu Poorpeople (Effie Trinket), Pita Malarkey, and so on and so forth. Some names are obviously made up for the book, while others (namely, Carol Handsomestein) aren't as obvious to figure out, to most.note 

     Live Action TV  
  • Some of the more obscure Muppets on Sesame Street had such names, including Sherlock Hemlock, Plácido Flamingo and Meryl Sheep (probably meant as Parental Bonus).
    • Plus Monsterpiece Theater, with Alistair Cookie!
    • Along with Pat Playjacks, Velma Blank, Ross Parrot, and Vincent Twice.
      • Vincent Twice.
  • The Electric Company had Julia Grownup and J. Arthur Crank.
    • Really 80% of the jokes of the German "Funny Movie" series.
    • Since the program only had the rights to Spider-Man himself, in an episode of Spidey Super Stories, Spidey watches himself fight the Green Globlin in a movie.
  • Saturday Night Live parodies MacGyver as MacGruber. (The sketch is having less and less to do with MacGyver as it goes along, however. Oringally, it made fun of MacGyvering, but later the joke turned to the title character being a slovenly Jerk Ass with a host of personal problems.)
  • Most Extreme Elimination Challenge usually uses these for the names of the contestants when they're based on real people/characters ("Country Music Superstars vs. The World of James Bond" had "Girth Brooks", "Codger Moore", and "Timothy B. Dalton" among others). Since the show is an example of Rapid-Fire Comedy, this isn't too painful.
  • Muppets Tonight had Spamela Hamderson and David Hoggselhoff, the stars of Bay Of Pigs Watch.
  • An episode of Life With Derek focused on the controversy surrounding the game Babe Raider.
  • Boy Meets World did a Self-Parody in one episode in the form of a Show Within a Show called Kid Gets Acquainted With the Universe, in which Cory became Rory, Shawn became Shane and Eric became Derek. Ben Savage, the actor who played Cory in real life, became "Ben Sandwich", and Rider (Strong), who played Shawn, became "Schnieder". However, the most punny name came when they mentioned that Ben Sandwich has a brother named "Bread Sandwich", a reference to Ben Savage's brother Fred Savage.

    Music 
  • Any opera by P.D.Q Bach is likely to have several Parody Names based on characters from Mozart's operas. Donald Giovanni and Schleporello from The Abduction of Figaro and Don Octave and Il Commendatoreador from The Stoned Guest are all named after characters in Don Giovanni.
  • Bobby Pickett (of "Monster Mash" fame) also recorded Star Dreck, a parody of a certain well-known TV show. Characters included Captain Jerk, Mr. Schlock, Chief Engineer Snotty, Helmsman Mr. Lulu, Lt. Manure-a, and a Negative Space Wedgie.
    Jerk: Into the elevator, Mr. Schlock, let's beam down to the planet's surface so I can find an alien to fall in love with before the program's over."
    Schlock: (Wearily) You usually do.
    Jerk: (Chuckles) Ain't I somethin'?
  • Anything by Allan Sherman ("The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas," "Pop Hates The Beatles," etc.) and his latter-day disciple, "Weird Al" Yankovic.

    Radio 
  • The BBC Radio 4 comedy series The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere applies this trope to Romantic poets. The main characters are William Wordsmith, his sister Dorothy Wordsmith, and their friend Samuel Taylor Choleric. Other characters included Percy Jelly, the rakish Lord Biro, the spooky William Bloke, Walter Spott, John Sheets, and so on. Gorsemere is a parody of Grassmere, the village the Lake Poets were based in.
  • The BBC Radio 4 comedy series Gloomsbury, by the same writer, does the same thing for the Bloomsbury set. The main characters are Vera Sackcloth-Vest (Vita Sackville-West) and her it's-complicated Ginny Fox.
  • Another Radio 4 comedy, Bleak Expectations, gives Dickens this treatment. Given how ridiculous Dickens' original names often are (Wackford Squeers, anyone?), they have to go pretty over the top to do so, so most characters' names are just two-word encapsulations of their entire personality (eg Miss Sweetly Delightful) or subversions of the same (eg the Big Bad, Mr. Gently Benevolent).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Mutants & Masterminds, among other characters with names referencing famous superheroes and their writers, had a subtle multi-layered example in Police Commissioner Barbara Kane, a homage to police Commissioner Barbara Gordon from Batman Beyond... and a play on the name of Bob Kane, the writer who created Batman.

    Theatre 
  • Clare Boothe's play Kiss the Boys Good-bye involves people trying to produce The Film of the Book of an American Civil War romance glorifying the South, whose heroine is a Southern Belle named "Velvet O'Toole," who might have a few things in common with Scarlett O'Hara.
  • College Wars, a Star Wars parody set in an Oxford college, features names such as "Qui-Gon Gin and Tonic", "Don Juan Kenobi" and "Ali G Jar Binks". And the spaceship, the Millennium Bug.
  • Dream Girl has several mentions of a trashy but Critic Proof historical romance novel called Always Opal, which is selling out at bookstores — a transparent reference to the contemporary bestseller Forever Amber.

     Video Games  

    Webcomics 
  • Irregular Webcomic! had a parody of xkcd titled "xkcq".
  • El Goonish Shive has mentioned a popular comedy film called American Cake. Also Dragonliver.
  • Sluggy Freelance featured a parody of Buffy called "Muffin the Vampire Baker". She was joined by characters such as Biles, Will-Os and Banter. Fair enough, as it seems that the character's names are all that the writer seemed to know about the show.
    • That story was practically a parody of parodies in general... hopefully intentionally.
    • The same comic has also done parodies of "Torg Potter and the Sorcerer's Nuts", "Torg Potter and the Chamberpot of Secretions", "Torg Potter and the President from Arkansas", "Torg Potter and the Giblets with Fiber"...
    • There are so many parody names used in general that inevitably some end up being good and some others bad. A third class in this case is those that you just don't get.
  • The Author has a running storyline parody of The Batman, aptly named "The Fatman". So far the Fat Knight has run across parodies of Batman antagonists like The Kidder, The Fiddler and Carmine Sockoni.
  • The loser super hero, Samarium Skier, from Stubble Trouble.
  • The Order of the Stick provides another Harry Potter parody with Larry Gardner studying at Warthog's academy.
  • The Star Wars fan comic Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite, among other Parody Names, replaces "Skywalker" with "Nerfherder."
  • In the early 2000s, an Italian Star Trek parody web comic had characters such as Long-Luc Dickhard, Master Beta, Doyouwanna Try, Whoref, Geordi TheLarge and Chestly Crusher.
  • In Sinfest the burger chain is McDebbil's, where they ask for a donation of your soul.
  • The short comic that led to The Adventures of Dr. McNinja and is now listed as its "chapter zero" was about how the titular Dr. McNinja got revenge on Ronald McDonald for creating and marketing a "McNinja burger," which was designed to cause flatulence. ("Silent but deadly, like a ninja.") Later, when writer Chris Hastings wanted to reintroduce the McNinja burger into the story, he retconned the name to Donald McBonald, citing the fact that it would be much more straightforward to get the comic published without having to deal with legal issues over the name and logo. But since the comic is ruled by Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny, the humor value of the parody name can't be overlooked.
  • My Roommate Is an Elf has a recurring character named Fruita, who is a parody of Vegeta.

     Web Original  
  • In DAOA, instead of “Doormat”, we have “Dootmat”.
  • In the Friendship is Witchcraft episode "Read It and Sleep", this happens In-Universe: Twilight has written a Ship Fic starring thinly-disguised versions of her friends named "Applesack" and "Charity."
  • Taking a cue from MAD, The Editing Room always has one of those for the movie discussed (but usually not the characters, who go by the actor names). One is even a line on the movie (Argo Fuck Yourself).
  • "Titragic", a parody of Titanic, does this with everything, from the characters to the ships to the diamond.

     Western Animation  

     Real Life 
  • A cafe inside a library named 'Starbooks'.


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