%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1358398246017960100
%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:344:[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/exploits_of_a_mom_last2_5145.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:344:[[AltText Her daughter is named]] [[HelpHelpTrappedInTitleFactory Help I'm trapped in a driver's license factory.]]]]

Two characters are being introduced to each other for the first time. However the first introductee has [[UnfortunateNames a really wacky name]]; for example, he is a businessman called "Mr. Moneygrabs". The other character feels compelled to laugh, thinking that it is a joke. However, it is not. It is, as it is pointed out, a long running and respectable family name.

(This often happens in RealLife to people who happen to [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous share a name with a famous person]]. Or whose name is [[MeaningfulName quite apropos to their profession]].)

May overlap with ItIsPronouncedTroPAY. Might have an EmbarrassingFirstName as well. Frequently leads into NeverHeardThatOneBefore. See also WhosOnFirst. Compare MistakenForAnImposter. Compare WhoNamesTheirKidDude, where the name isn't mistaken for fake, but is considered weird. Often overlaps with PunnyName.



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMe3WDmxBEI A commercial for A&W Root Beer]] had a prospective employee repeatedly referring to his prospective boss as "Mr. Dumbass." At the end, we see the name placard on Mr. [=DuMass=]'s desk, and he leans over and informs him [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY "The name is 'Du-moss'"]].
--> "What a dumbass."
* A late-[[TheNineties Nineties]] commercial for AT&T featured a woman getting a call from a guy who says his name is "Pizzeria," and that she had left her wallet in his cab. She's understandably confused, but a quick call to directory assistance reveals that the cabbie's name is actually Pete Zorria, from Brooklyn.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', Sergeant Nicholas Angel receives a rather odd call:
-->'''Caller''': ''[on the phone, politely]'' Morning, the swan's escaped.
-->'''Angel''': ''[looking around the office, certain it is a prank]'' The swan's escaped. Right, and where has the swan escaped from, exactly?
-->'''Caller''': The castle.
-->'''Angel''': Oh yeah, and who might you be?
-->'''Caller''': Mr. Staker. Mr. Peter Ian Staker.
-->'''Angel''': ''[annoyed]'' P.I. Staker? Right, PISSTAKER! COME ON!!
-->''[GilliganCut to Angel, standing outside a castle in front of Mr. Staker]''
-->'''Angel''': Yes Mr. Staker, we'll do everything we can.
* The plot of the movie ''Film/AnAlanSmitheeFilmBurnHollywoodBurn'' is that a director can't use the AlanSmithee pseudonym because his name ''is'' Alan Smithee.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' has a side-splittingly hilarious scene (particularly due to everyone [[{{Corpsing}} valiantly failing to contain their laughter]]) where the Roman guards, thinking that Brian's given name for his father, Naughtius Maximus, is a joke name, try to explain the concept to Pontius Pilate by giving examples of other joke names like 'Sillius Soddus' and 'Biggus Dickus', only for Pilate to say that he knows someone by the name of Biggus Dickus. He's not kidding. Dickus is his friend and he comes to visit later. Biggus Dickus also has a wife, you know. Her name is Incontinentia... Incontinentia Buttox.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Juno}}'', where the title character's full name in Juno Macguff. This causes a lot of people to think she's using a fake name, or think she's 'Juneau Macguff,' like the city in Alaska.
* In David Fincher's ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', the detectives think that the name used on the serial killer's library card, "Jon Doe", is an obvious fake. However, they later find out that his legal name actually is "Jonathan Doe" -- several unfilmed scenes from the script elaborate that he was an orphan raised in a parochial school, hence the made-up last name.
* In ''Film/MeetTheParents'', Greg's full name is revealed to be Gaylord Focker. Pam's parents realize that once the two are married, her name will be Pamela Martha Focker.
* A version in ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', where Zack holds auditions for the titular porno:
-->'''Zack:''' What's your name?\\
'''Lester:''' Lester... Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.\\
'''Zack:''' Wow. That's a great {{porn name|s}}.\\
'''Lester:''' I get to pick a porn name?... Then I want to be called... Pete Jones.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' featured a couple originally named Les Moore and Merry Glueham (pronounced "gloom"). When they got married, they swapped last names.
* The book ''Patient Zero'' give us the name of Sergeant Harvey Rabbit, a.k.a. Bunny Rabbit. (Also probably a reference to ''Film/{{Harvey}}'', a film and play about a possibly [[ImaginaryFriend imaginary]] rabbit.)
* An unfortunate Marine in the ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series is named Ima Hooker. No innocent misunderstandings there, though, it's REALLY a Real Joke Name-- her abusive father thought he was hilarious.
* Hubertus Bigend plays it straight in the ''Literature/BigendBooks'' in that his family name is pronounced "Bayh-jhan", but he pronounces it "big-end" because he likes to annoy people. In ''Literature/ZeroHistory'', Gareth pronounces it as two separate words - "Big End".
* In ''Texas Teamwork'' by Creator/JTEdson, the deputies encounter a HighClassCallGirl called Lois Lane. They are certain this is an assumed name, but the madam assures them this is the name on her social security card.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{ANT Farm}}'': Someone with the name Dorian Bannister works at Z-Tech.
* Liz assumes Tracy has finally cracked in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' when he starts going on about seeing Dr Spaceman. Dr Spa-chem-in became one of the most hilarious recurring characters on the show.
** ''30 Rock'' is fond of this sort of name, from Jeffrey Weinerslav to Colin O. Scopy, to NBC Broadcast Standards Chief Gaylord Felcher.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Ted do this to poor Cook Poo. Twice.
* An episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had Dorothy (teaching some kind of adult education class) reading out a class register that included the name "Jim Shu" and thinking it's a joke (Gym Shoe). Turns out there actually is an Asian gentleman by that name in the class.
** In a bit of a variant on this trope, in one episode the group is looking through Blanche Devereaux's old diaries to see if she slept with Rose's traveling salesman husband many years ago. At first they are shocked that Blanche has given them a large list of everyone she's ever slept with, because the journal is titled "BED". Blanche casually explains that her full name is "Blanche Elizabeth Devereaux", and her initials just happen to spell "bed".
* ''Series/TheManShow'' had men with actual names like "Dick Hertz" and "Mike Hunt."
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a few:
** Mr. Smoke-too-much from [[http://orangecow.org/pythonet/sketches/package.htm The Travel Agent Sketch]]
--->'''Bounder:''' Ah good morning. I'm Bounder of Adventure.
--->'''Tourist:''' My name is Smoke-too-much.
--->'''Bounder:''' Well you'd better cut down a little then.
--->'''Tourist:''' What?
--->'''Bounder:''' You'd better cut down a little then.
--->'''Tourist:''' Oh I see! Cut down a little then...
--->'''Bounder:''' Yes...I expect you get people making jokes about your name all the time?
--->'''Tourist:''' No, no actually it never struck me before. Smoke...too...much... ''(laughs)''
** Inspectors Tiger, Lookout and Theresamanbehindyer from [[http://orangecow.org/pythonet/sketches/agatha.htm The Agatha Christie Sketch]]
--->'''Inspector Tiger:''' Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Inspector Tiger.
--->'''All:''' Tiger?
--->'''Inspector Tiger:''' ''jumping'' Where? Where? What? Ah. Me, Tiger.
--->'''Lookout:''' I'm Chief Superintendent Lookout.
--->'''Lady Velloper:''' Look out?
--->'''Lookout:''' ''jumping'' What, where, oh, me, Lookout. Lookout of the Yard.
--->'''Lady Velloper:''' Why, what would we see?
--->'''Lookout:''' I'm sorry?
--->'''Lady Velloper:''' What would we see if we look out of the yard?
--->'''Lookout:''' ... I'm afraid I don't follow that at all.
--->'''Theresamanbehindyer:''' I'm Assistant Chief Constable Theresamanbehindyer.
--->'''All:''' Theresamanbehindyer?
--->'''Theresamanbehindyer:''' Ah, [[RuleOfThree you're not going to catch me]] with [[LookBehindYou an old one like that]].
** "John Stokes, this is A Sniveling Little Rat Faced Git." [...] "This is my wife, Dreary Fat Boring Old [Git]". And the kids are no better: only last week Dirty Lying Little Two-Faced came running home from school, sobbing his eyes out, and their youngest, Ghastly Spotty Horrible Vicious Little is just at the age when taunts like 'she's a git' really hurt.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit from the early 1990s, with Creator/NicolasCage as guest host, had a bizarre variation on joke names with Cage playing an expecting father not being happy with any of the names his wife comes up with for their child, always finding a nasty, teasing nickname kids can come up with from it. The punchline comes when a man comes to their door with a message for Mr. and Mrs. Asswipe Johnson, to which the father, frustrated, informs him that his name is pronounced ''ah-ZWEE-pay''.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Mr. Happy Fists is actually named . . . Mr. Happy Fists. WordOfGod: one of the writer's favorite jokes.
* Jay Leno used to do a segment from ''Series/TheTonightShow'' on these showing up in newspaper ads.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Community}}'', when Jeff makes up a class and teacher that he names "Professor Professorson," insisting, "It's Dutch! I think it means Professor!"
** And later on, when we actually ''meet'' this supposed professor:
---> '''Dean Pelton''': ''(disbelievingly)'' Your real name is Professor Professorson?\\
'''"Professor Professorson"''': My family name was Professorburg, but we changed it when we were fleeing from the Nazis.
** Ultimately [[spoiler:subverted in that Proffessorson is really a theatre professor named Sean Garrity, and the whole thing was set up by the Dean to teach Jeff a lesson about lying.]]
* Played with in ''Series/TheColbertReport''. The crawl on the bottom of the screen showing donors to Colbert's Super PAC apparently included a "Suq Madiq", who apparently has a father named Liqa Madiq and a mother named Munchma Quchi (she kept her maiden name). Colbert proceeded to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKcakyy7uBc break character and laugh uncontrollably.]] (It's even the page image in {{Corpsing}}.)
** Colbert referred to Suq Madiq and Munchma Quchi again in the April 4, 2012 episode along with other donors Harry Balsac and Apoop Mapanz.
** Munchma Quchi was mentioned yet again in the July 15, 2013 episode, where she apparently works for KTVU as the one who penned the script for the news regarding the (fake) pilots in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 disaster (Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow).
* A 2002 ''Series/TheDailyShow'' episode had a field day out of the fact that the head of security for the FIFA World Cup (held in South Korea) was called "Han Dong-Suk"
-->'''Dong-Suk''': ''[[[GagDub Voice Of Translator]]]'' Every precaution has been taken. Ok, stop laughing! I come from a long line of Dong-Suks! You can't go anywhere in this country without running into a Dong-Suk! STOP IT! Hey, do you know what "Mike Williams" means here? It's a LOT worse than "Dong-Suk", I can tell you THAT!
** The episode right after Osama bin Laden was killed said that Abbottabad, where he was living, sounds like a name some New Yorker might make up as a fictional place where they want to kill Bin Laden:
-->You give me a gun, you drop me into "Abadabad" or whatever they call their cities over there, I'll give him a shot, I'll go to Abadabad and I'll shoot him in has Abadabadabingos, you know what I'm talking about?
** In the November 8, 2013 episode, he jokes about NFL player Richie Incognito (real name).
-->'''Jon''': First things first, ''Richie Incognito''? That's a name that an undercover cop comes up with on the fly in one of those ''Police Academy'' movies.
* ''Series/{{Sonny With A Chance}}'': A huge guy named Ripa Big-One is called for in the cafeteria.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has recurring characters Dr. Beardface ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY "It's Beard-Fa-SAY, DAMNIT!"]]) and Dr. Mickhead.
** And then there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_ES0lYnYPY Rotinaj.]]
* In ''Series/HannahMontana'':
-->'''Miley:''' Officer- [''Sees traffic officer's badge''] -Diaria (''she pronounced it as diarrhea'')?
-->'''Officer:''' It's 'DI-YAR-YUH'!
* Mitch from ''Series/ModernFamily'' thought this when his dad and Cameron were talking about football great [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Butkus Dick Butkus]].
* A sketch in ''Series/HorribleHistories'' shows a Victorian teacher thinking her students' names are fake only to find out they're all real (this includes names like "Scary Looker" and "Princess Cheese" so it's completely understandable). Her own name turns out to be Miss Farting-Clack.
* In an episode of ''Series/FatherTed'', a visitor challenges Mrs. Doyle to guess his name. She spends several minutes rattling off increasingly ridiculous names such as Chewy Louie, Pee Wee Stairmaster, and Jemima Racktooie, before correctly guessing "Todd Unctious". [[spoiler:Turns out that wasn't his name either.]]
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
** In one sketch, they were reading letters they had been sent from people responding to their asking viewers who had met someone with an odd-sounding name to write in. The people who had written the letters, were oblivious to their own bizarre names:
--->'''Stephen Fry''': Ah, here's another. ''Dear'', A Bit of Fry and Laurie, ''My wife's first husband was called Simon Corgi. I still split my sides when I hear that stupid name. Yours faithfully, Frigme Popplehate Fresharse''.
** Another sketch has Fry interviewing Laurie, who claims to have been an old friend of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and, in fact, "absolutely everyone." Fry starts asking Laurie about people with obviously made-up names such as "Maureen Limpwhippypippydodo"; Laurie claims to have known all of them. In the end, Fry asks about:
--->'''Fry''': Creator/DickVanDyke?\\
'''Laurie''': You just made that up!
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine'': A case of StripperCopConfusion happens when a handsome buff young police officer shows at Christine's place on her birthday to warn her about a prowler in the area. When he introduces himself as Officer Johnson, Christine assumes this is his stripper name.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'': A late-1970s sketch had Kermit the Frog going to a t-shirt store to get a custom-made t-shirt with his name on it. When he sees the printed name "Kermit the Gorf", he believes it to be a mistake, only for a monster with that name to come in and claim the shirt. The same thing happens with monsters called "Kermit the Forg" and "Kermit the Grof".
* In ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' Earl and Fran take their baby to the Great Elder for his traditional naming ceremony. While the elder is thinking he suddenly suffers a heart attack and dies, but not before the literal-minded clerk takes down every word the elder says as baby's new name resulting in "Augh Augh I'm Dying You Idiot Sinclair".


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Mulligan the Headsman from ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''.


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Creator/LewisBlack has an entire routine consisting of real life examples that he has encountered. These include Shithead (pronouced Shi-thade), Asshole (pronounced A-shola), and Abcde (pronounced Absiday). He claims you can trust him that these are real, because he's not clever enough to turn Asshole into a name.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Creator/RowanAtkinson did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xneXRYvKWs sketch]] once based on a teacher reading a register full of these, although the comedy there came from the utterly deadpan delivery (he clearly knew they were the real names) and the side comments he made to the kids as he read out the names. There's a variation where the names are outright obscene ("Yourprick" is one of them), and the humor comes from his utterly deadpan DoubleEntendre delivery.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/LEGOCityUndercover'', Chase tracks down a group of robbers, one of whom gives his boss' name as "George Fartarbensonbury" (he quickly admits he's actually working for Rex Fury, protagonist Chase McCain's ArchEnemy). Chase notes how fake the name sounds, but a man by the name of George Fartarbensonbury can be [[FunnyBackgroundEvent seen in the background]] after the robber is arrested.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' had the "Nigerian Spam" with Dr. Leon Adoso Sumbitches.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has a [[http://xkcd.com/327/ practical joke name,]] in this case used as an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQL_injection SQL injection.]] See also AltText.
* ''Webcomic/PvP'' has Butler the butler and had Sweet-Cannes the FrenchMaid.
* ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' has a comic where a teacher assumes the name "Tits Palmer" is a joke, only for poor Tits to break down crying and need comfort from the other kids.
* Similar to the "Guy Incognito" example below, ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic103.html Kingsonnn Dededoo.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Friendly]]: [[https://notalwaysright.com/doesnt-fall-for-the-riddle/29831/ This Voldemort cosplayer]] has trouble convincing the bouncer that his name really is Thomas Riddle.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "The Last Temptation of Homer", Homer tries IHaveThisFriend on Moe:
-->'''Homer:''' See, I got this friend named Joey...Joe Joe...Junior Shabadoo...\\
'''Moe:''' That's the worst name I ever heard.\\
''(Random guy at bar begins to cry and runs out)''\\
'''Barney:''' Hey, Joey Joe Joe!\\
'''Homer:''' Oh what the hell, it's me!
** There was another instance of this during the episode "Flaming Moe's". Bart attempted one of his frequent prank calls on Moe's Tavern, asking for "Hugh Jass" ([[DontExplainTheJoke Huge Ass]]). Unfortunately, for once the bar was crowded, and thus by sheer coincidence there was an actual Hugh Jass present to whom Moe passes the phone, which takes Bart completely by surprise. Bart ends up confessing to Mr. Jass that this was a prank [[GoneHorriblyWrong gone wrong]]. Mr. Jass doesn't seem to be offended by it and tells him better luck next time.
** In "Fear of Flying", Homer gets kicked out of Moe's Tavern. Shortly afterward, [[IdenticalStranger someone who looks exactly like Homer]], but with a [[PaperThinDisguise suit, hat, fake mustache, and ridiculous accent]] walks into the bar and claims to be named "Guy Incognito". He gets thrown out of the bar, only for Homer to walk by, surprised to find a man who is his exact double. [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Then he gets distracted by a dog with a puffy tail]].
** This came back to bite Moe in "Donnie Fatso", when he offended Fat Tony when he was calling for his Russian contact Yuri Nator. Tony complained that he yelled at him like "he was some prank calling kid".
** There was also Springfield Elementary School teacher Mr. Glasscock in "Separate Vocations", who quit sometime in the past because students kept making fun of his name. After Bart made a HeelFaceTurn (temporarily), [[YellowSashOfPower became hall monitor]] and the behavior of the students saw a big improvement, Principal Skinner convinced him to come back; sadly, after Lisa (who had made a temporary FaceHeelTurn at the same time) stole all the teacher's edition textbooks and brought ''all'' the teachers close to nervous breakdowns, he quit again.
*** A later episode features a teacher named Dick Testicles (pronounced "testiclees"). He, too, is bullied mercilessly by his students and looks to be on the verge of quitting.
** In "Half-Decent Proposal", when Marge arrives home via taxi after her evening with [[AbhorrentAdmirer Artie]] goes sour, she instructs the driver to send the cab fare bill to "Baron Von Kiss-a-lot". However, that driver happens to be [[RecurringExtra the Wise Guy]], who proceeds to send the bill to a literal baron with GagLips.
-->'''German Butler:''' This just arrived, Herr Baron.
-->'''Baron Von Kiss-a-lot:''' Okay, who's the wise guy?
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter is greatly amused when he learns one of the managers at a super-store is named "Mr. Penisberg". Penisberg [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore wearily tells Peter]] "Yeah, yeah, get it out of your system."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' combined this with ActorAllusion when the crew encounter a robot named Creator/BillyWest who they believe is Bender in disguise.
-->'''Fry''': Billy West, ha! What a stupid, phony, made-up name!
** Similar to this, one episode features Zoidberg beginning a speech to a number of assembled professors by greeting the "Good evening, LadiesAndGerms," When there's a rimshot and people laugh, he clarifies he was talking about Dean Streptococcus, a person-sized bacteria in the crowd.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Beak", there was a villain named Khaka Peu Peu (pronounced kaka poo poo) whose name apparently means "the strong fist" or "that strong fist".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In one episode, Mr. Krabs offers [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward a Caribbean vacation as a prize to whoever can be the friendliest employee. [=SpongeBob=], already friendly with all the regular customers, seems to be winning. But Squidward spots a new customer, and asks him his name. The customer rudely replies "What's it to ya?!" and angrily storms out. Squidward chases him all over Bikini Bottom, causing a fair amount of damage along the way, but finally catches up to him. Squidward yanks the wallet from the customer's pants, looks at his driver's license, and the customer's name is...Whatzit Tooya. Squidward is then imprisoned for the aforementioned city damage, but it's all right with him, because once he's out, he's got a Caribbean vacation to look forward to! That is, until Mr. Krabs visits him in jail and says [[ShaggyDogStory the contest was for the brochure describing the vacation, not the vacation itself.]]
** When Mr. Krabs tries to steal back a million dollar #1 hat from [=SpongeBob=], he makes up a ghost that "wants his hat back." [=SpongeBob=] asks his name, but the surprised Krabs can only string together syllables in a name he thinks can't possibly exist: Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen. Turns out there was such a man, so [=SpongeBob=] [[HilarityEnsues buries the hat in his tomb.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' had Buzzcut trying to make the titular morons laugh. He starts calling attendance, with names like Butkus and Gaylord. Naturally, they're all actual students.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' has one of the children get scolded when she calls her rather overweight classmate "Fatass [=McBlobicus=]". Turns out that's actually his name.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Marble Madness", Connie's mom says that she doesn't believe that Steven's name is real, while we all know it is. To her credit, "Universe" was his father's StageName made legal name, but it really has been Steven's name since birth.
* This incident in the Savage Land saga of ''WesternAnimation/XMen''.
-->'''Wolverine''': You don't kick a man when he's down, hair bag!\\
'''Hairbag''': Hey! Who told you my name? You making fun of me? Nobody makes fun of Hairbag!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' featured alien parasites that planted FakeMemories in everyone's heads and took on the personas of strange characters the Smiths thought they knew. One of the strange characters is someone named Mr. Poopybutthole [[spoiler: who turns out to be real.]]