Everything Sounds Sexier in French, even in the erotic entertainment industry. Let's say Bertha is getting a job at a Bikini Bar as one of the performers. Bertha isn't a massively sexy-sounding name. Amber, on the other hand... Another reason this trope may be played is that they don't want to be haunted by Bleached Underpants when they get out of the industry. The Internet usually finds a way to make this futile, however. A raunchier variant of Stage Names. Sometimes overlaps with Punny Name. Compare with Parallel Porn Title, for the names of the movies.
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Anime And Manga
- In some hentai titles, the Seiyuu tend to use fake names, like for Urotsukidouji — the voice actors use names like Randy Woodcock, Rosy Palmer, and Rick Ballsey.
- Grant Morrison's The Filth features a gonzo film producer based on Max Hardcore named Tex Porneau.
- In Reed Waller's furry animal comic, a young woman named Susan becomes a stripper. Since there are already several dancers named Susan/Sue/Suzie, she takes a map, closes her eyes, points with her finger at random ... and becomes Omaha the Cat Dancer.
- James Bond: Some Bond girls are among the most famous examples.
- Pussy Galore from Goldfinger probably takes the cake. Holly Goodhead from Moonraker runs a close second.
Pussy: My name is Pussy Galore.Bond: [beat] I must be dreaming.
- Parodied in Austin Powers with names like "Alotta Fagina" and "Felicity Shagwell".
- ... and then there's the guy playing Bond. Roger Moore—really?
- Pussy Galore from Goldfinger probably takes the cake. Holly Goodhead from Moonraker runs a close second.
- In Boogie Nights, protagonist Eddie Adams adopts the porn name Dirk Diggler.
- Apparently, in Orgazmo, all you need to be a porn actor is to be called Sancho. Which is kinda true...
- In We're the Millers, Rose notes that working in a strip club means that you should get a nickname to protect your identity. As it turns out, the girl she's talking to already has a nickname: Boner Garage.
- Played with in Zack and Miri Make a Porno:
Zack: What's your name?Lester: Lester... Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.Zack: Wow. That's a great porn name.Lester: I get to pick a porn name?... Then I want to be called... Pete Jones.
- In The Dresden Files novel Blood Rites, Harry is hired as supernatural security for a porn studio. There are many examples mentioned, though the actors don't use them behind the scenes, except for entitled diva Trixie Vixen ("It's been legally changed!"). One of the new actors is trying to come up with a good porn name, but can't think of anything more original than "Rocko Stone", so a coworker suggests "Gowan Commando". The guy doesn't get the joke, but likes it.
- The book Strip Tease has the obvious fake name Urbana Sprawl, but also reveals at the end that Erin was the only one using her real name.
- Terry Pratchett parodied the hell out of this, of course, in Thud!, with one of the co-workers of Nobby's girlfriend Tawneee, who's called Brocolee. She started out calling herself Candee, but changed after learning that broccoli was better for you.
Live Action TV
- In Inspector George Gently this is both used and subverted when Gently and Bacchus are investigating a a casino with "Fox Girls". The murder victim's real name was Audrey Chadwick. However, she was using the name "Blaise" for working purposes. Not Modesty Blaise, as "she doesn't have any modesty". However, Fawn Granger, her best friend was using her real name.
- In The Unit, when Tiffy does a bit of pole-dancing at a Bikini Bar during her separation from Mack, she is announced as "Monique".
- In Seinfeld, George says that his porn name would be "Buck Naked".
- In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby learns that somebody he saved from bullies once in elementary school is now a porn star using the stage name "Ted Mosby". Ted meets him and tells him that he's an architect now, and that for professional reasons, he doesn't like his name being misused in porn. In an attempt to stop the actor, he tells him that the guy who actually saved him from bullies was called "Lance Hardwood". Shortly thereafter, a new porn video comes out entitled "Lance Hardwood: Sex Architect, starring Ted Mosby".
- Another example: Barney drags the gang to a strip club, where Ted and a stripper start a conversation.
- Parodied in a MADtv sketch, where men attempted to register to become pornstars, and were rejected because their names were already taken. Watch it here.
- Invoked in an early 80s Saturday Night Live sketch from an episode hosted by Bernadette Peters, in which Peters' Broadway vehicle of the time, 42nd Street, was re-envisioned set on the contemporary 42nd Street, in an adult theatre rather than a Broadway theatre. The stage manager dubs her character Lotta Hose, and her co-star (played by Eddie Murphy) goes by "Miles Long".
- In one episode of Night Court a pair of porn starlets named "Ginger Lee" and "Amber Waves" appeared in Harry's courtroom (obviously inspired by real-life starlets Ginger Lynn and Amber Lynn, right down to the rivalry between the two).
- During Letterman's more ribald years, he did a show in Vegas where he displayed artifacts from the Museum of Las Vegas. One was a Showgirl Name Decoder: put in your name, or the name of a showgirl, and you find out what your showgirl name will be (or what her real name is). Susan, for example, becomes Suzie.
- In Veronica Mars, an escort site had, among their employees, a lady named "Bambi Gasm".
Mac: (in posh accent) Of the Boston Gasms?
Cassidy: One would hope.
- In the Two and a Half Men episode "One Nut Johnson", Alan mentions that using the [Name of First Pet] [Name of Street you grew up] combination, his porn name would be Rusty Knob. Walden says his would be Snowball Honeysuckle.
- Parks and Recreation has Brandi Maxxx, who runs for city council and also stars in the porn parody of Leslie's bid for office.
- One episode of the first season of the US Queer as Folk has Michael and Ted meet porn star Zack O'Tool.
- In the second season, Emmett does internet porn under the name Fetch Dixon.
- Borderlands has Mad Moxxi, the series' resident Ms. Fanservice and the planet bicycle. However, it seems that really is how her name is spelled. Subverted with General Knoxx, who is simply a general and presumably has the two X's due to Rule of Funny.
- Fallout 2 allowed the player to make porn movies to make extra cash. Players could choose from a variety of porn names, such as Jack Shooter and The Polish Hammer.
- In Fallout: New Vegas with some dialogue options, Cass may mention Long Dick Johnson.
- Candy Suxxx from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Complete with triple X.
- See this Achewood strip.
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- Ménage à 3 and its Spin-Off Sticky Dilly Buns have Amber-Amber (now reverted to her birth name of Amber Larose, so it wasn't much of a disguise) and her friend, Chanelle Numberfine. This SDB strip mentions Maxx Deep and Humpy Nastee. ("They're really nice!")
- The phenomenon is mocked in this◊ Sinfest strip.
- ... And sabotaged in this xkcd.
- Used in Where The Bears Are. "Wood Burns" is a pseudonym. Wood is his real first name, short for Woodrow, but he adopted Burns for his porn persona.
- While Quagmire is staying with the Griffins on Family Guy, a phone call reveals that his porn name is Long Rod Von Hugendong. Originally, it was supposed to be "Long Rod Von Hungenschlong,", but the FOX censors thought that was too risque. Not the greatest of changes, but hey, pick your battles.
- While not an exact fit, this is used in The Boondocks for the prostitute "Cristal" (Like the Champagne), managed by a pimp named "A Pimp Named Slickback". Yes, you have to say the whole thing, like A Tribe Called Quest.
- In "Once Upon A Girl" the pornographic animated film by former Hanna-Barbera employees, the voice actors except for Hal Smith (who also appeared on screen as Mother Goose) used fake names, Frank Welker for example used Jack Beanstalk.
- Glamour model Katie Price used the name "Jordan" during her Page 3 days.
- Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese's real name is Heather Sweet.
- Thanks to Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn and Porsche Lynn in the 1980s (and their dozens of imitators since), any woman's first name + "Lynn" = "porn starlet".
- Ginger Lynn's real name is Ginger Lynn Allen — and it was her feud with Amber Lynn for "stealing" her name which turned on the Streisand Effect and created the endless succession of Starlet Lynns.
- Shirley Dimples, so named for her curly red locks.
- The common joke is that your porn name is [Name of First Pet] [Name of First Street you lived on]. There are many variants, and be careful with those: they’re often used for security questions on various sites.
- Or [Name of favourite sweet] + [Name of first street you lived on].
- Or even [Your last name] + [Name of first street you lived on].
- But what if the first street you lived on was a numbered street that wasn't 69th?
- Some security companies have warned of websites using this idea in an attempt to gain access to your email account by making your porn star name relate to common security questions.
- There is also (name of childhood pet) plus (mother's maiden name). A variant is (name of favourite childhood toy doll) + (town or city where you lost your virginity).
- Other real life examples:
- Retired porn star Long Dong Silver. 'Nuff said.note
- Peter North.
- Letha Weapons.
- There is/was a porn actress who went by the name Cindy Crawford. It happens to be her real name.
- In Superman XXX, the producers cast someone with obvious nerd cred for their Lois: Andy San Dimas.
- A famous character-inspired: Kylee Reese. The Terminator jokes just write themselves ("Come on me if you want to live").
- British porn director Ben Dover.
- Most sex industry workers (strippers, porn stars, and escorts) take a sexy-sounding porn name both as a way of being easily-remembered and also as a way of deterring stalkers. This can sometimes lead to issues where a name that can be phonetically spelled multiple ways results in numerous very similar aliases. One of the best examples is Lanny Barbie, a French-Canadian star whose alternate spellings included Lanni Barbie, Lanny Barby, and Lanni Barby.
- A curious phenomenon relating to this is that the porn name is now often trademarked by the studio to which the perfomer is contracted. This raises the possibly problematic spectre of what happens when a performer wants to leave their currently contracted studio and take their trademarked name with them - imagine an alternate reality where Paramount asserted that they owned the rights to the name "Michael Caine", for instance.
- "E. Norma Stitz", the woman with the largest natural breasts.
- Actress Nikki Cox was once asked by an interviewer what her porn name would be. She said it would probably be the same but that she'd probably add an extra x or two to her last name.
- This is in fact common in any sort of name that can be spelled with an X; most sex workers with such a name will often be known by the normal spelling and the "triple x" spelling.
- Humourously enough, real porn star Nikki Rhodes started off her career under the name Nikki Coxxx.