State your first name, your last name, and your occupation. Lizardman:
Lizardman, Lizardman, and... Lizardman.
Sometimes, a character either a) is so very funny, Bad Ass
, awesome, or all three, they don't deserve Only One Name
, or b) has a Meaningful Name
to the Nth degree that no other name works. What do you do?
Make their last name, and first name, the same name.
There are four common variations on this:
- Classic Classic: Their first, last, optional middle, and in some cases, job title, are all the exact same word. Never is there a literal Odd Name Out, or even a intentional misspelling, unless it spans all the names.
- Classic Classical: The name consists of a short first name and a last name that is like the first but longer (like "John Johnson").
- Classic Original: The names aren't quite the exact same thing, but they are extremely close synonyms. Usually, this only works for people named after something, or products and inanimate objects. Often Truth in Television, due to Useful Notes/Patronymic surnames (e.g. "John Jackson" or "Fernando Fernández").
- Classic Kurashikku: Also often used for characters named after something, it's when the two names mean the same thing, in different languages. ("Giovanni Johansen," "Sylvester Woods")
Compare Meaningful Name
and Theme Naming
. Can be confused with Bond, James Bond
. Imagine any one of these characters doing Bond, James Bond
. (It hurts, doesn't it?)
When not applied to names, this is covered by Shaped Like Itself
. Not to be confused with the Department of Redundancy Department
, which concerns repetitive dialogue.
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Anime & Manga
- Nobita Nobi and Nobisuke Nobi from Doraemon.
- Lisa Lisa and Magenta Magenta from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure.
- JoJo is short for Jonathan Joestar.
- Excel in Excel♥Saga claims her full name in the anime is Excel Excel; it's hard to tell if she is being serious or engaging in hyperbole. The manga clearly defines this and those of other ACROSS members as codenames, and we never find out what her real name is.
- Hinata Hyuga from Naruto is a strange anime example. Her first and last name mean the same thing and are just said differently.
- Carson D. Carson from Dirty Pair.
- Yomiko means "Reading Child" in Japanese, and "Readman" speaks for itself. Thus is named the heroine of Read or Die.
- The sequel series of Read or Die, ROD the TV, gives us Alice Alice Arquet.
- Bobobo Bo Bo Bobo. Worst, he did the Bond, James Bond schtick. That whole series hurts.
- Konoka Konoe of Negima! (and her grandfather, Konoemon Konoe). Also the old teacher, Takamichi Takahata. At first it can seem like Negi had mispronounced his last name.
- ef a tale of memories give us Hirono Hiro and Miyako Miyamura.
- Otome Saotome in P2! — Let's Play Ping Pong!.
- 90% of the cast in Kagihime Monogatari have this going on.
- Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina. When calling her "Naru", you never know if it's actually her first name or her last name shortened.
- The Dragon Ball USA dub changed Muten Roshi's title (meaning "invincible old master"; real name unknown) to Master Roshi, which would mean... "master old master."
- In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the some of the Innovators names, like Regene Regetta and Revive Revival.
- Ming Ming from the final season of Beyblade.
- Referenced in Kanon when a sobbing Ayu accidentally says that her last name is Ayu. Yuuichi then starts calling her Ayu Ayu. Including right after she later says her full name is Ayu Tsukimiya.
- Khamen Khamen from Braiger.
- The second anime series for Fullmetal Alchemist is entitled "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, Fullmetal Alchemist". Translate the Japanese half into English, and you get "Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist". The English version changed the name to "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"
- Granted, a more literally translation of Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is "Alchemist of Steel" and "Fullmetal Alchemist" is a sort of Gratuitous English subtitle in the Japanese version.
- From Brotherhood you also get "Lust the Lascivious", "Gluttony the Voracious", "Envy the Jealous", "Greed the Avaricious", "Wrath the Furious", "Sloth the Indolent" and "Pride the Arrogant".
- Führer King Bradley must be mentioned. (King is his first name.)
- Collin Collins from Space Carrier Blue Noah/Thundersub.
- Kuran Kuran from Macross Frontier.
- Kazuma Azuma from Yakitate Japan
- Shayla Shayla from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX lampshades this by forcing Jaden to say three card names. They are: Gagagigo, Giga Gagagigo, and Gogiga Gagagigo. Even Jaden can't say it due to the repetitive-ness. The real card game also has a fourth member of this family, but it isn't named anything nearly as clever. It's just called Gigobyte.
- Yu Gi Oh Zexal has monsters with these names as Yuma's deck theme, such as Gagaga Magician and Gogogo Golem.
- Sakura Sakurakōji, heroine and Faux Action Girl of Code:Breaker. Also her real mother, Sakurako Sakurakōji
- Haruha "Haruhara Haruko" Raharu of FLCL.
- Carson D. Carson, crook and erstwhile ally of the Dirty Pair from The Movie.
- Apricot Anzu in Sorcerer Hunters.
- In Bakuman。, Moritaka Mashiro's father, Masahiro Mashiro, is a Classic Classical example in which the given name is longer than the surname.
- A whole lot of this is found in Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
- Yukino Yukinoshita
- Yui Yuigahama
- Hayato Hayama
- Saki Kawasaki (Better when said in Japanese order: Kawasaki Saki)
- Tsukutsun Tsun in Dr. Slump. The rest of his family also have at least two 'tsu' syllables each.
- Miyako Miyazaki in Bamboo Blade, who is affectionately nicknamed "Miya-Miya" by her boyfriend.
- The DCU
- Thomas N. Thomas, the secret identity of the imaginatively named superhero TNT.
- The Flash enemy the Trickster is known as James Jesse, but he changed his name to this from the original (Giovanni Giuseppe) to make it sound less ethnic for his performing career.
- Brian Bryan from Azrael.
- Gregor Gregorovich of the Blue Trinity in Flash comics.
- Brian O'Brien, Quality Comics' The Clock.
- Hawk, son of Tomahawk. This doesn't actually get addressed in-story, but since Tomahawk's real name is Tom Hawk, logically Hawk would be...
- Tad Ryerstad, alias Nite-Wing.
- In the Doom Patrol Doom Force special that parodied X-Force, Scratch, the Wolverine parody, has the full name "Morgan Morgan". This is probably meant as a joke on how at the time Wolverine's real name was thought to be "Logan" but it was never established whether that would be his first name or last.
- The Martian Manhunter's name (written J'onn J'onzz) looks like it should be one. It's pronounced "John Jones" though.
- Zatanna Zatara.
- Shazam gives us "Uncle Marvel," real name Dudley H. Dudley.
- Tommy Tompkins of the Newsboy Legion
- Marvel Comics:
- J. Jonah Jameson. One Twisted Toyfare Theatre comic joked that the "J" also stands for "Jonah". In actual Marvel continuity, the "J" actually stands for "John".
- J. Jonah Jameson's employee's nickname is Robbie Robertson.
- The La Brea tar pits example is lampshaded by a couple of guards in Runaways.
- Mad Scientist Simon von Simon (and his rival in mad science, Sigmund von Sigmund), from Little Gloomy
- Odious Kamodious the demon lord, from Jack Kirby's Satan's Six.
- In the first Wakfu Heroes graphic novel, Korvus Korbiau. Corvus is the genus to which ravens belong, and Korbiau is one vowel away from corbeau, which is the French word for raven.
- In Brazil and Portugal, Scrooge McDuck is known as "Patinhas McPatinhas".
- Richie Rich
- Terry and the Pirates has Charles C. Charles, a.k.a. "Hotshot Charlie".
- Jamaal J. Jamaal in the daily newspaper strip Herb And Jamaal.
- The main character of German Animesque comic Losing Neverland is called Lawrence V Lawrence (Laurie for short).
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers fanfic Under The Bridge introduces us to Captain Jürgen Jürgen Jürgen of the Albacore. You see, his father stuttered, and didn't want to correct his mistake. He's called "Jürgen" throughout, so we don't find out until near the end that it's repetitive.
- Kyon Big Damn Hero has taken this approach for Sasaki; the author had a moment of confusion as to whether "Sasaki" was meant to be the character's given name or surname, so it ended up as both.note
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Taka Takata is a comic from Joel Azara, telling the daily life of a low-rank Japanese military (the titular character) and caricaturing Japanese society.
- Thing T. Thing of The Addams Family (the T stands for Thing).
- The famous wise neighbor from Home Improvement, Wilson. Last name? Wilson. Oh, so then what's his first name? It's Wilson. Oh yes, Wilson W. Wilson. Guess what the "W" stands for.
- Jimmy James. "The man so nice they named him twice." The head script writer has said the character was named after the Beastie Boys song.
- Later in the series, we are introduced to his nemesis, Johnny Johnson.
- Richard (Richie) Richard in Bottom.
- Charlotte "Chuck" Charles from Pushing Daisies. Her father was named Charles Charles.
- For this reason, some fans believe/hope the Piemaker's full name is Edward "Ned" Edwards.
- There's also Sister Mary Mary from "Bad Habits" and Dick Dicker from "Window Dressed to Kill".
- Heroes' Peter Petrelli.
- Subverted in Summer Heights High. Mr. G's full name is Greg Gregson, but it is later revealed that his real first name is Helen.
- Blackadder has Lord Percy Percy.
- The Middle has Sue Sue Heck. Her first name was accidentally written twice on her birth certificate. Her parents have been meaning to get that changed. When they finally get around to it in "The Name," the government worker at the courthouse thinks her name is interesting. Sue, delighted that someone has finally found something about her unique and special, decides not to have it changed after all.
- In one episode of Threes Company, Jack works for an encyclopedia salesman named "Morris Morris". (Janet: "Sounds like he should be selling ditto machines!") When he introduces himself to Chrissy, she responds with "Hello Hello."
- Arthur Arthur in Beverly Hills 90210. By his own account, he used to go by "Arthur Squared".
- Joe Flaherty's Guy Caballero from SCTV. Guy is pronounced like the English word for a man. And what does Caballero mean in Spanish?... Man.
- Family Matters
- The show has Waldo Geraldo Faldo.
- There is also an episode where Carl Winslow's immediate superior Lt. Murtaugh reveals that he changed his first name to match his current rank, making him Lieutenant Lieutenant Murtaugh — although his friends call him Lou.
"What was your name before you changed it?" "Sergeant."
- I Dream of Jeannie: when she takes a job in the real world, Jeannie says her last name is Jeannie too. Hilarity Ensues when the CIA attempts to track her, leading to several ultra-serious discussions about the non-existence of a Miss Jeannie Jeannie anywhere on record.
- Chicago's Bozo's Circus has a clown named Oliver O. Olvier (played by Ray Rayner).
- Eureka has a one-episode scientist named Carl Carlson.
- Mary Cherry and her mother Cherry Cherry from Popular.
- Bones: When Booth asks his psychiatrist why he always introduces himself as "Gordon, Gordon Wyatt," Dr. Wyatt asks if maybe it hadn't occurred to him that his parents named him "Gordon Gordon".
- In Friends, Rachel apparently has a chiropractor named "Dr. Bobby Bobby" (she insists it's actually Robert Bobby). This is heavily mocked by Ross and her father.
- The angels in Touched by an Angel have either this or Only One Name. Their lack of a last name is often the target of jokes.
Col. Walls: Your name is... Rafael Rafael?
Rafael: Yes. It is the name my Father gave me.
- On Mystery Science Theater 3000, the short before The Amazing Transparent Man has talk of a young couple looking forward to their marriage, commenting that the girlfriend can't wait to be Mrs. Joe. Mike responds with, "So his name is Joe Joe?"
- During Devil Fish, a computer voice talks about a Dr. Davis, and (for some reason) repeats the "Davis" part twice. Crow thinks this means the character in question is named "Davis Davis Davis", and comments on how unoriginal his parents must have been.
- Clark Clark from an episode of My Name Is Earl, and recurring character Ray Ray.
- Steven "Steve" Stevens, the father on Even Stevens.
- Ben Bennett in Greek is marginal, but is good enough for his whole name to be his KT nickname.
- Shirley on Community names her youngest child Ben before she realizes that Ben Bennett is something of an unfortunate name.
- NTSF:SD:SUV featured Trent Hauser's rival Van van Damme as the villain of one episode. Like a lot of weird things in this show, the fact that his first name is "Van" isn't commented on.
- Police Squad!: variation — Detective Drebin (who is acting undercover as a crooked locksmith) lets himself into a mob boss' office...
Mob Boss: Who are you? And how did you get in here?
Drebin: I'm a locksmith — and I'm a locksmith.
- Wilson Wilson from the British drama Utopia.
- The short-lived TNT series Bull has a family of this: Main character Robert Roberts III is nicknamed "Ditto"; his grandfather, Robert Roberts, Sr., is known as "The Kaiser"; and his father, Robert Roberts, Jr., runs the day to day operations of the trading firm Ditto and his pals broke away from (which The Kaiser owns).
- Paul Lynde's first appearance on Bewitched, before becoming the regular Uncle Arthur, was as Samantha's driving instructor Harold Harold.
- Shake It Up: Deuce's real name is Martin Martinez, explaining the nickname.
- In one Seinfeld episode, Jerry hosts a distance runner from Trinidad and Tobago, coming to New York to run the New York Marathon. The runner is named Jean Paul Jean-Paul.
- Doctor Who
- One of the competitors in Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Upper Class Twit of the Year" sketch was named Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith.
- The Key And Peele sketches about the East/West Bowl feature players named Jammie Jammie-Jammie, EEEEE EEEEEEEEE (pronounced "dolphin noise, longer dolphin noise"), Ladadadaladadadadada Dala-Dadaladaladalada, Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar, Dahistorious Lamystorious, Quatro Quatro, and Xmus Jaxon Flaxon Waxon.
- Mouse Mouse, the puppet co-moderator from Nickelodeon.
- Duran Duran
- Talk Talk
- Mr. Mister
- The Automatic Automatic (not that anyone calls them that anyway)
- The The
- Bruce Dickinson went by Bruce Bruce (inspired by Monty Python's sketch) before joining Iron Maiden.
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Australian band Jackson Jackson.
- There's a Latin band called The Los Hermanos Brothers, which of course translates to "The The Brothers Brothers."
- Tony! Toni! Toné!
- In the late 1990s, there was a short-lived Country Music duo called Regina Regina, which consisted of two women named Regina. (Their last names were Nicks and Leigh.)
- Honorarily Mention to "Was (Not Was)"
- Adventures in Odyssey has a character named Digger Digwell. On top of it, he often introduces himself to characters in the Imagination Station as "Digger, Digger Digwell", prompting many of the characters to address him as "Digger Digger Digwell".
- In The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Arthur Dent introduces himself to Slartibartfast as "Dent. Arthur Dent." which Slartibartfast takes to mean his name is "Dentarthurdent".
- One of comedian Joel Hodgson's stand-up skits involved a two-headed ventriloquist dummy he named Danny O'Danny.
- Stand-up comedian Bruce Bruce.
- Comedian Ahmed Ahmed has a bit where he lampshades his repetitive Arabic name, saying that he has to get to the airport early "because it's not a good time to be named Ahmed, and my name's Ahmed Ahmed."
- The hero of Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman's name is Katurian K Katurian. Guess what the middle initial stands for. His parents "were funny people". Given the context, and the dual definition of "funny", he probably meant they were strange rather than amusing. They are funny-peculiar rather than funny ha-ha.
- Nicely Nicely Johnson of Guys and Dolls
- A Swedish farce which spawned six movies had as its main character eternal law student Sten Stensson Stéen.
- In Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Waffles' real name is Ilya Ilych Telegin. Someone accidentally calls him Ivan Ivanich, and he corrects them.
- The hero of Robert Bolt's play for children The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew is the portly knight Oblong Fitz-Oblong.
- Escape from Monkey Island introduced us to the politician Charles L. Charles. Actually LeChuck in disguise.
- Tales of Monkey Island reveals that Stan's full name is Stan S. Stanman.
- Ace Attorney series:
- Mask DeMasque. His original Japanese name, Kamen Mask, also counts.
- The Japanese version of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney features characters named Takita Kitaki and Namina Minami. Namina Minami became Alita Tiala in the English version (Takita Kitaki became the non-example Wocky Kitaki)
- Detective Dick Gumshoe also falls under this trope.
- James James, father of Jan James, from I Love Bees.
- Final Fantasy VII:
- Dirge of Cerberus' Quirky Miniboss Squad all have colour-based names and titles — three of them have the same colour mentioned twice. To whit, "Azur the Cerulean" (or "Blue the Blue"), "Rosso the Crimson" ("Red the Red") and "Nero the Sable" ("Black the Black").
- The Japanese-only story line added one more to the list - "Argento the Silver" ("Silver the Silver").
- Non-character example: In Zelda II The Adventure Of Link, Link learns a number of magic spells. Easily the oddest one is the Spell Spell. Its function has nothing to do with spelling, either.
- Darkrai's name comes from the English word dark and the Japanese word for dark, kurai.
- In the Japanese versions of Pokemon Black And White, Klink, Klang, and Klinklang were named Giaru, Gigiaru, and Gigigiaru. People would jokingly refer to the third form as Gigigigigigigigigiaru (the number of "gi"s varied, of course).
- Red Dead Redemption has Bill Williamson. Since Bill is short for William his name is actually William Williamson.
- The Super Mario Bros. fandom generally embraces Mario Mario as the main character's full name, despite this being officially Jossed by Shigeru Miyamoto. Mainly because they're known as the Mario BROTHERS. This would imply Luigi's last name is Mario. Meaning Mario only goes by his surname.
- Celestial 'Celes' Stella, the older sister of the Stella we see in Kara no Shoujo. Both names are clearly linked to the heavens and stars. Too Good for This Sinful Earth, perhaps?
- Dick Richardson of Fallout 2; Given that Dick is short for Richard.
- Suzu Suzuki and Sae Saionji of Katawa Shoujo.
- Sasasegawa Sasami of Little Busters. There is a Running Gag revolving around Rin, supposedly her rival, never getting her name right.
- Peko Pekoyama of Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
- Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 features a character named Nina Nina. The player character and their Guardian Beast make fun of it by introducing themselves the same way.
- Sheriff Duane Dwayne from Harvester
- Leo Leonardo (the 3rd) from VG Cats.
- El Goonish Shive:
- A case of a Repetitive Code Name: the word "Sciuridae", the family name for squirrels, means "shade-tail". Grace Sciuridae, once carried the code name Shade Tail. Good reason, too.
- Later they introduced Arthur J Arthur.
- Achewood: Todd Todd Todd Todd Todd T. Squirrel. Though for convenience's sake, one "Todd" will suffice.
- Polk Polkster from Polk Out.
- Van Von Hunter changed his name from Vaughn to Von Hunter, so his real name is Van Vaughn, or possibly (as his sidekick decided) Van Von Vaughn.
- Dennis Dennis III from Awesome Storm Justice 41
- Mayor Mayor from Scary Go Round, the first Mayor being his occupation, the second one his surname.
- The original Sporkman had Steve "The Steve" Stevenson.
- Wayne W. Wayne from Two Guys and Guy.
- After Pv P's Robbie won the lottery, he bought a big mansion and hired a butler named Butler.
- On The Simpsons:
- Lenny and Carl's full names are Lenford Leonard and Carlton Carlson.
- Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo.
- Clerks The Animated Series:
- Leonardo Leonardo.
- King Leonardo, Leonardo Lion, the title character of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects. "Leonardo" means "brave lion".
- Señor Senior, Sr. from Kim Possible. And his son whose name is...well, you can guess, right?
- In Goof Troop, Goofy got the surname "Goof". And Pete's full name was Peter Pete. His son PJ is Peter Pete Junior.
- Bender Bending Rodriguez.
- Presidential candidates John Jackson and Jack Johnson are Classic Original and Original Classic of the same name, respectively.
- Sheep in the Big City has a character named Texan Texas Tex (the most Texan Texan in all of Vermont).
- Big Billy, aka William W. Williams of The Powerpuff Girls.
- Professor Willard W. Willard from the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Dr. Quentin Q. Quinn from Sealab 2021.
- In one of the Rankin Bass stop-motion specials from the 70's, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, there's Burgermeister Meisterburger.
- South Park:
- Tweek Tweak.
- The Woodland Critters, including Beary the Bear, Rabbity the Rabbit, Squirrely the Squirrel, Chickadeey that Chickadee, etc.
- Doctor Dr. Doctor.
- Luke St. Luke from The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.
- On Phineas and Ferb, Carl's full name is Carl Karl, according to the credits of more recent episodes. Originally he was credited as "Karl," while "Carl" was seen the first time his name was spelled in the show proper, making this a sort of gag/Author's Saving Throw.
- Jeong Jeong from Avatar The Last Airbender, though it's not a first-name-last-name thing. He just has two identical names.
- The Fairly OddParents:
- The Dating Guy provides us with Anderson Anderson. Apparently, his parents thought it was funny.
- Pinky and the Brain has Mr. Sultana Sultana, who lives next door to Acme Labs.
- Woody Woodpecker
- Jamie James from Carl Squared.
- Professor Professor and Doctor Doctor from The Secret Show.
- In the Rita & Runt spoof of Les Misérables, Runt's full name is given as "Runt Valrunt".
- Dr. David Dave from As Told by Ginger.
- The One-Shot Character Angela D'Angelou, from My Dad The Rock Star.
- On Gravity Falls, Mabel flashes back to a time where she was kept up all night by Dipper's summer reading. The book Dipper was reading? It was written by Jenkins W. Jenkins.
- Ling Ling from Drawn Together.