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Meaningful Name: Fan Works
Original characters in fan works are not unknown for having names that describe their place in the story.
Animaniacs
  • The Animaniacs fan series Zany to the Max introduces Pakko and Jot. Pakko, like his cousin Wakko, likes to eat a lot, which makes sense since his name is somewhat of a Shout-Out to PacMan. Jot is the fastest of the Warners, and she's known for being somewhere in a jot.

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
  • Zomega, a Major Kusanagi Expy in For Good, is one of the few members of her species left — Z is the last letter of the Roman alphabet, and Omega the last letter of the Greek alphabet.

Crossover

D.N.Angel

Death Note

Emergency!

Final Fantasy
  • Many in The Tainted Grimoire.
    • Cheney's middle name, Difronte, is Italian for opposite, since his two jobs virtually contrast the other in function and purpose. The actual Italian term for opposite is 'di fronte', but the two separate words was combined into one to create the name.
    • Kanin's middle name, Leporidae, comes from the Classification Family for Rabbits. She's a Feol Viera.
      • And "kanin" is Swedish (among others) for "rabbit".
    • Crockett, his name is derived from the crook of a shepherd's cane. His ability to control and herd Baknamy are reminiscent to that of a shepherd controlling a flock of sheep.
    • Cama Leonte. Camaleonte is Italian for chameleon. His success at blending into the Archbishop guard reflects the animal's ability to blend into its surroundings.
    • Luso Clemens. Clemens means peaceful and his dad told him that Luso is soul with the letters switched around, meaning his name means peaceful soul. The soul part is significant as his dad named him such because he knew that Luso would grow up to be a person who could share his soul with everyone (possibly not literally), connecting with them, and giving his mere presence a positive effect on his clanmates.

Fullmetal Alchemist
  • In the Elemental Chess Trilogy, the Big Bad is called Acheron, which is the name of a river in Greece. In ancient Greek mythology, the Acheron was one of the five rivers of Hades and was known as "the river of pain." Also, in the third installment, meaningful names are given to Roy and Riza's twins; since in the series' Chess Motif Roy and Riza are the king and queen, their son is called Brendan, which means "prince," and their daughter is Riana, which means "little queen".

Hamsterball
  • From The Hamsterball Show:
    • OddBall. She looks odd with her strange hairstyle and mismatched shoes, and she can even walk up walls!
    • FunBall, a fun-loving Cloudcuckoolander.
    • Identical twins Lily and Lexi la Meeshwa. Their last name comes from the sound that plays whenever someone teleports due to touching one of them.
    • Spinner the Gear.
    • Bonk the Hammer. He likes bonking the hamsters (unless they're his patients at Hamsterball Hospital).
    • Carla Cakenpresser. Before becoming a Hamsterball obstacle, she apparently had a job at a bakery, flattening cakes (for an unknown reason).

Harry Potter
  • In The Ollivander Children, the Ollivander children were deliberately given significant middle names by their father - Clemence, Fortitude, and Blithe - to reflect his gratitude at their safe births. Appropriately, his son Linus Fortitude is The Stoic, but less so, Calliope Blithe, has a Sugar and Ice Personality through and through.

Haruhi Suzumiya
  • In Kyon Big Damn Hero:
    • The surname Michikyuu is commonly written with two kanji. Among others meanings, the first kanji can be translated as journey or teachings and the second one as gift or grant. Like this, the word "Michikyuu" can be read as "the gift of journey" or "to grant teachings". She's a slider and her arrival enabled Kyon to learn martial arts at a ridiculous pace.
    • Kyon's own name, as "semi-revealed"note  at the beginning of some chapters' epigraphs and through some in-story hints, is equally meaningful. Taira no Tadamichi (aka Usui Sadamitsu) is the real name of a samurai involved in a Japanese legend, who was from one of the four families that held the power behind the Japanese throne from the 9th to 12th centuries. The other three families were Fujiwara (the other time traveler), Tachibana (the other esper), and Minamoto (which was historically based in the same geographic region as Nishinomiya). As for the meanings of the names, Tadamichi can mean straightaway/honest/frank/fix/repair | person/alternative/direction and Kyousuke can mean great | law/rule/ceremony/code. Think how Kyon has affected Haruhi. It has also been discovered that Kyon is likely descended from Usui Sadamitsu and certainly owns what's left of their sword.

The Hunger Games
  • Some Semblance of Meaning is full of it. Vale's name can refer to a "low place" or a lament. Her district partner Kit Littleby's name refers to his smallness. Lavinia Gilden's last name implies that, while she may be "golden" and Capitol-ized on the outside, she is still a citizen of District Twelve on the inside. Many tributes' names refer to the district from which they hail, as well.

Lilo & Stitch
  • Wrath Of The Damned: Lilo decides to name 625 Arnold. 625 thinks it's for Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Lilo really names him after Benedict Arnold.

Lyrical Nanoha

Medaka Box
  • In World As Myth, "Kuudou Hinokage's Successor'', aside from being the title of the first Story Arc, refers to both Medaka Kurokami and the unrevealed thirteenth member of the Thirteen Party.

Megamind
  • In the fic Knocked Up, Megamind and Roxanne name their daughter Emma, which means 'healer of the universe'. Which is what her birth did for them.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Many in Under The Northern Lights. "Saga" can mean both "seer" and "fairy tale": Saga has flights of fancy and is an actual seer. Lord Eminence is a gray unicorn: an "éminence grise", gray eminence, is someone having political power behind the scenes or informally, which is what Lord Eminence tries to achieve.
  • In Act I of Legends of Equestria, Princess Celestia's birth name, Celeste, obviously shares a root with the name she would eventually choose for herself.
    • This is, however, inverted with her sister Claire, whose name has absolutely nothing to do with the moon.
    • The name of Discord's capital city in Equestria, Eridian, references Eris, the Greek goddess of discord.
    • The names of all the Ancient Masters in Act I are referential to their chosen elements: Terraria = Earth, Altas = Air, Seraph = Fire, Aquos = Water.
    • In "Fluttershy Is Free," the name "Fluttershy" was given to her by her mother because her mother thought she was sired by a flutter-pony. Her mother may even have been right — for certain values of "flutter-pony."
  • Invoked and Lampshaded in Black Queen, Red King: The changelings choose their own names, sometimes in their gibberish native language. When Tarukenote  comments on this, Klikanote  replies, "We all name ourselves; Protector, Slaughterhouse, Daughter, Stalker – of course it’s fitting."
  • My Little Unicorn:

Naruto
  • A Growing Affection has multiple examples:
    • Bunjiro Akaikazunoko, his given name and weapon lead the heroes to believe he is someone else. His family name roughly translates to Red Herring.
    • Shozokus are an army of psuedo-ninja who always wear full, traditional stealth garb (a shozoku).
    • Gamazashi is a member of the Toad Ninja clan who fights with Japanese curved short swords.
    • Shin Busata (True Silence) opposes the Hidden Sound (or at least Orochimaru/Kabuto's version of it).

Rise of the Guardians
  • In the fic Guardian of Light, the main character, who has light powers, is called Helen. The name means 'light of the sun'.
    • Then there's her adoptive parents; Bernadette means 'brave as a bear', while Lowell means 'little wolf'.
    • Her biological sister, who became Mother Nature, is named Eartha (note this was written before the fourth book came out and we found out Mother Nature's name was Emily Jane).

Pokémon
  • In Pokeumans, the Pokeumans organisation is named for the people who make it up - humans transformed into different species of Pokemon. And take a guess what Pokextinction's goal is.
    • In the original Pokeumans series, Rikuto Hadoryu's surname translates from Japanese as 'surging dragon'.

The Smurfs

Super Smash Bros.
  • In Smash Generation, there is an original character named Shiroi Karasu, who is the only person in the entire Karasu clan with white hair and a white crow. In contrast to her name, she has a twin sister who follows tradition of having black hair and a black crow... named Kuroi.

Unsorted
  • All of Mr.Evil's original characters have meaningful names, usually having some reference to their powers or abilities in a Bilingual Bonus.
  • In Life On Thedas, the main character chooses the name Ventus. It describes his main power when he gains magic. Also, he one shots an Ogre with Razor Wind!
  • All the characters from the story 'The New Millennium' have been stated to have been named based on their qualities. Bennu means 'Reborn One' in Arabic, indicating that she was a reincarnation of Yugi, and Celeste means 'Heavenly' possibly referencing her transformation into an alienesque creature.(The exceptions are Tai and Ran, who haven't been given definitions yet.)
  • Billy The Kid in "Sin City Kids", due to his signature goatee.
  • A Small Crime:
    • The writer said that Kit was named after a beautifully-crafted crossbow that she saw in an antique shop with the same name.
    • Plus, kitsune (foxes) also have naturally golden eyes.

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