* There's a group of people called "Fairy Tail" or "Fairy Tale", but are they a ChaoticGood group of [[Manga/FairyTail magic users]] or a ChaoticEvil gang of [[Manga/RosarioToVampire monster terrorists]]?
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Ledian and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]] character Lady Une share the same katakana (レディアン), though Une has a dot between the ィ and the ア.
* Shinji of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and Judai of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' both have two love interests named '''Rei''' and '''Asuka''', with the same but reversed color schemes (white and red) to their wardrobes.
** '''Shinji''' Ikari, the [[TheHero main character]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is also not connected in any way to '''Shinji''' Hirako from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
*** Shinji is also [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rider's master]].
*** [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Paul's]] Japanese name is Shinji... and almost all his [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming idiosyncratic ship names]] reference ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' because of it.
*** ...And Dawn's Japanese name is H''ikari''.
*** Even more hilarious is Georgia's Japanese name, Langley, the same middle name as Asuka Langley Soryu.
** By the way, Shinji shares almost the same name as [[Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck Shinji HIKARI]], who happens to be called [[Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs Fireball]] in WEP's "dub" [[note]] [[{{Macekre}} If one can call it that...]][[/note]].
** And Rei is also a [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Senshi]]. In a double whammy Rei of Eva was intentionally named after Rei of Sailor Moon.
** Ikari Yui and Katsuragi Misato, two characters who would never be [[{{Shipping}} paired]] by anyone with a [[CrackPairing sane mind]]. [[NoLastNameGiven Yui and Misato]], ''Manga/BlueDrop's'' OfficialCouple. No wonder there is only one crossover between the two series.
** Misato also shares names with ''[[Anime/MazingerZ a copter pilot]]''. Funnily, her cousin Boss is voiced in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' by the same person that voiced Gendo.
** There's also a major character in ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'' called Rei Asuka. And one called Mari.
** I think it's safe to say that [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kozo]] is not [[Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka Azuza's]] grandfather, despite sharing the same surname - '''Fuyutsuki.'''
* '''Kaname Chidori''' is either the main girl in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' or a character in ''Manga/KoiKaze''.
* Both ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Anime/WandabaStyle'' has a character named '''[[CherryBlossomGirl Sakura Haruno]]'''.
* Non-human example: Both ''Anime/CodeGeass'' and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' feature a mecha named 'Gur(r)en', both of which are Red and Very Awesome. (Both are spelled the same way in Japanese, but the latter is officially romanized with a second R.) This is because "guren" means "red lotus" in Japanese. See also: Solf J. Kimblee, the Crimson Alchemist, from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who in Japanese is called "Guren no Renkinjutsushi".
* Yukari Kamishiro is either the main characters' attention-craved drunken flirt of a teacher in ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' or one of the haremettes in the ''Gift'' series.
* There are two characters with the name Saten. One is from ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' who is one of the protagonists and the other one is from {{Needless}} who is an antagonist. Please don't mix them up. Oh wait, [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/625461/ do it. You'll get a laugh out of it.]]
* ''Sauzā'' (サウザー) is the Japanese pronunciation of two different Jump-related villains: Souther the Holy Emperor (aka [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Thouther, Thouzer]]), the successor of Nanto Hō-ōken from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''; and Sauzer ("[[DubNameChange Salza]]" in Funimation's dub), one of Cooler's henchmen in the fifth ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie.
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' with Kimidori, the (male) artificial lifeform balloon animal, who is totally not Kimidori, the (female) ArtificialHuman who works with Yuki. That being said, 'Kimidori' means 'yellow-green'. The latter's [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow hair and eyes]] while the former is a yellow-green balloon animal.
* Both [[Anime/{{Patlabor}} Noa Izumi]] and [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] have a big metal lug named '''Alphonse''', but one's her HumongousMecha and the other's his [[BigLittleBrother younger brother]].
* Pico from ''Boku No Pico'' has absolutely nothing to do with either {{Newgrounds}}, or VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}, or [[TheMagicVoyage that crappy movie about a talking caterpillar and Christopher Columbus]].
* '''Meow''' : [[Anime/SpaceDandy Cat-like alien]] or [[Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan wandering martial artist]]?
* Both ''Manga/DeathNote'' and Part 4 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' feature a supernatural SerialKiller named Kira. In both cases it's meant to evoke the English word "killer", but in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' the villain's full name is actually Yoshikage Kira, and in ''Manga/DeathNote'' "Kira" is a nickname created by the media. Their reasons for killing are also [[ALoveToDismember vastly]] [[KnightTemplar different.]]
** Part 6 of the same manga and the movie {{Film/Casanova}} both have an antagonistic bishop named Pucci.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' and ''Manga/GaRei'' both have main characters named Kagura and Yomi.
** Speaking of Yomi, there's also Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga from the former series, and {{Kekkaishi}} gives us an interesting name combo of a character called Yomi Kasuga.
* The RobotGirl character from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' and the bar where Akemi works as a waitress in ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' both have the same name: Chachamaru. The spaceship from ''Anime/PlasticLittle'' also has this name, except that it's usually punctuated as "Cha-Cha Maru".
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' and ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' both have a [[YouCantFightFate Fate]]. [[HoYay Both are the]] [[LesYay same gender as the hero]] and they start as an [[FoeYay enemy with lots of subtext]]. [[spoiler:The protagonist then decides to [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend]] them, and [[HeelFaceTurn they eventually succeed]].]] This has led to no small number of jokes amongst fans of both series.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** '''Sayaka''' is definitely not ''[[Manga/CityHunter the daughter of a Yakuza boss ]]'', a blue haired MagicalGirl from ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', or the Ultimate Pop Sensation from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''.
** '''Misato''': Boss' cousin is definitely not ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Nerv's Operations Director]]... or so we hope.
* Try not to confuse [[Manga/DeathNote Misa Amane]] with [[MagicalProjectS Misao Amano]].
* Not exact, but [[KareKano Yukino Miyazawa]] is a high school student voiced by Atsuko Enomoto. [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} Yukine Miyazawa]] is a high school student voiced by ... Atsuko Enomoto.
* Both ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' have characters named Hikari, although the Hikari in ''Pokémon'' (introduced in 2006) had her name dubbed as Dawn, while the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' one (introduced in 1999) became Kari.
** There's also a character named Hikari in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Manga/KOn'' has an aspiring musician-cum-moeblob call Yui who plays guitar. ''Anime/AngelBeats'' also has an aspiring musician-cum-moeblob call Yui who plays guitar.
** Not to be confused with the real life singer/guitarist YUI.
** Or Yui Itsuki, lead singer of the band Yōsei Teikoku.
** Or the fact that all of the girl's last names are taken from the band [[The Pillows]]
* Is The Major the [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell ass-kicking commander of an organisation working for the government]] or the [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} scheming Nazi leader of an organization of vampires]]?
* Shamal is a doctor in both ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' and ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', being female in the former and male in the latter.
** Also from the former show, Fate Testarossa has no relation to [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Tessa and Leonard Testarossa.]]
* The British dub of ''Anime/SpaceCarrierBlueNoah'' referred to Hidaka as "Alan Carter", which is the name of a character from the British science fiction series ''{{Space 1999}}''.
* "Deathscythe" is a deadly weapon; do you mean the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam]] or [[Manga/SoulEater a type of weapon fueled by souls]]?
* Teru Mikami from ''Manga/KokoNiIruYo!'' has absolutely nothing to do with Teru Mikami from ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* Mai Kazuki is the elementary school student that transforms into ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi'' as well as a character from ''Magne Robo Gakeen''.
* Crossing over with RealLife, a drama CD was released starring five different male characters all voiced by Japanese voice actors whose first name is [[Creator/DaisukeOno Da]][[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa i]][[Creator/DaisukeHirakawa su]][[Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi k]][[Creator/DaisukeKishio e]].
* Intentionally invoked with ''KimiNiTodoke.'' Whether you're referring to the anime/manga, it's first season OP, it's second season ED, or it's live action version's theme, ''they all mean the same thing.''
* '''Ein''': The bounty hunter from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''? Or the dog from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''?
* The main hero in both ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is '''Son Goku''', a Saiyajin/man with a staff. It's because both stories are based upon ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', whose main character is named "Sun Wukong"[[note]]The original Chinese pronounciation of the characters that are used in writing the name[[/note]].
** This also applies to [[Manga/{{Naruto}} another one of the tailed beasts]].
* [[Manga/ChocottoSister Miu Serizawa]] and [[Manga/TonaGura Miu Serizawa]].
** [[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Don't forget Miu Furenji]].
* Kuroneko is either a OncePerEpisode cameo making feline from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' or a Tsundere ElegantGothicLolita from ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}''.
* Ichigo is either the male lead of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' or the female lead of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
** And by the same token, [[AloofBigBrother Byakuya]] is either one of [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship friends]] or a [[MasterOfIllusion mercurial]] servant of Manga/InuYasha's [[BigBad nemesis]] [[ManipulativeBastard Naraku]].
** "Ichigo" is also the name of the female lead of ''Manga/YumeiroPatissiere'' or the female lead of ''Anime/{{Aikatsu}}''
* '''Mt. Moon''': [[Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion A mountain that is home to the moonstones, rocks that contains limitless energy]], or [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} a mountain that is home to the moonstone, a rock that allows Clefairy to evolve]]?
* Gon is both an adorable major character in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' and an adorable little ridiculously powerful t-rex-looking thing from [[Manga/{{Gon}} the manga of the same name.]] Or, for that matter, [[Manga/DigimonV-Tamer01 a Gomamon]].
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]] or [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Hikari]][[note]]Japanese for "light"[[/note]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Yagami]]? Not quite, but you ''really'' don't want to confuse [[AGodAmI the]] [[MysteriousWaif two]].
** The last Mistress of Night Sky is Hayate Yagami. Ironically, she is actually not associated with light, because her ArtifactOfDoom was called the "Book of Darkness" before she renamed it/her.
* '''Kurama''': [[Manga/YuYuHakusho A girly-looking redhaired fox spirit with a thing for plants]], or a [[UruseiYatsura princess seeking a perfect man to help restore her race]] or a [[Manga/ElfenLied man who hunts the most powerful diclonius, but is also the father of the most powerful silpelit and being the father figure of another, but peaceful silpelit]]?
** Or are your referring [[Manga/{{Naruto}} to the most powerful of the Bijuu besides the Jubi?]], or a clan from the same series that specializes in reality-altering genjutsu.
* ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'''s Rick Hunter (AKA: ''Anime/{{Macross}}'''s Hikaru Ichijou) came a couple or so years after the Rick Hunter played by Fred Dryer in the TV show ''Series/{{Hunter}}''.
* The main character in ''AiOreLoveMe'' is named Akira Shiraishi. In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Hiyori points out that it sounds like the Lucky Channel characters Akira ''Kogami'' and ''Minoru'' Shiraishi got married. (And the doorbell rings, leaving Konata to wonder which one it is...)
* '''Joey Jones''': the KidHero from [[Anime/{{Heroman}} Stan Lee's recent anime]] or the [[http://www.anime-planet.com/characters/joey-jones minor character]] from ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse''.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' somehow pulled off two internal examples between the same two media - both the manga ''Manga/DigimonNext'' and the anime ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' have characters named Yuu and Tsurugi, though in ''Xros Wars'' Tsurugi is that particular character's surname as opposed to the ''Next'' character's first name.
* '''Mami''' is the name of a character from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', as well as the title characters from ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' and ''Anime/EsperMami'' and Mami Futami from ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' franchise.
* '''Kagura''' from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is not to be confused with Kagura Sohma from ''FruitsBasket'' or Kagura from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' or Kagura from Manga/GaRei or Kagura from Manga/GinTama.
* The fictional character [[Manga/InitialD Ryosuke Takahashi]] happens to share his name with a real life anime director.
* '''Sakura''' is a very common girl's name in Japan. Along with the aforementioned two Sakura Haruno's, there's also [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha a certain street fighting fangirl]] and [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura a certain magical girl who collects magical cards]].
** [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Don't forget there is one that dresses in red, eats a lot, and fights witches for their soul gems; but it's her surname]].
* [[Manga/GetterRobo Musashi Tomoe]] and [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]]. Somehow, [[TheyKilledKenny this makes perfect sense.]]
** In the same way, [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Tomoe Yukishiro]], [[Anime/MaiOtome Tomoe Marguerite]], [[RozenMaiden Tomoe Kashiwaba]] and simply [[QueensBlade Tomoe]].
*** Don't forget [[Franchise/SailorMoon Hotaru Tomoe]].
* Is the lord with the surname '''Yao''' a [[Anime/DragonBallGT jerkass boar with the title of Demon King]] or a [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Xingese prince looking for the secret to immortality]]?
** Or a [[Creator/KazukiYao voice actor?]]
* '''Leina''': [[Anime/QueensBlade a fighting princess?]], [[MachineRobo Rom Stoll's younger sister?]] or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau Ashta's younger sister?]]
** And, (with a [[SpellMyNameWithAnS different spelling]]), [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Reina]], who, by a weird coincidence, is a swordswoman just like the QB's one, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE a Vegan Ace Pilot]] and [[YandereKanojo a delinquent girlfriend]].
** In a similar way, and playing with her anagram, '''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Elina/Erina]]''': [[Anime/QueensBlade the younger sister of the QB one]]?, [[Anime/VariableGeo The American girl who was raised in Japan]]? or [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure the British girl who falls in love with the first Jojo]]?
* '''Cattleya''': [[QueensBlade A busty warrior?]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} A Pokemon Trainer, called Caitlin in English?]], [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Louise's sister?]], [[Manga/RaveMaster Haru Glory's sister?]], or [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Raidiece F. Branstein's sister-in-law?]]
* '''Airi''': [[Anime/QueensBlade A Wraith maid?]], [[FistOfTheNorthStar Rei's sister?]] or [[Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves a Hollywood actress stuck in a fantastic world?]] Could also be [[RoboticsNotes an AI living inside a tablet computer]].
** Whatever you do, though, [[Anime/TenchiMuyo don't call the wrong one "grandma"]].
* '''Shinobu''': [[Anime/{{Dancougar}} A hot-blooded Super Robot pilot?]], [[NinjaNonsense a clumsy ninja?]], an [[UruseiYatsura unlucky lech's (later-to-be ex) girlfriend]]? [[LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} A loli vampire?]] [[Manga/YuYuHakusho A spirit detective on the wrong side of the law?]] [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes The 8th ranked assassin?]] [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun A brilliant biopsychologist?]] [[Manga/KiniroMosaic A ditzy high school girl with a blonde fetish?]] [[Manga/LoveHina A shy blue-haired girl who loves a loser?]]
* '''Shino''': [[Manga/{{Naruto}} A rather creepy guy with shades and having insects living inside his body]]? [[Anime/LegendOfHimiko A belly-dancing knife-wielding freedom fighter]]? Or [[Manga/ACentaursLife an adorable little centaur girl in kindergarten age]]?
* Is Giro [[Manga/SgtFrog a psychotic space frog]] or [[ArashinoYoruNi an evil wolf leader?]]
* While they don't share the same name, they share the same ''nickname'': Is '''Micchan''' [[{{Mitsudomoe}} a fat toddler]], [[Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow an annoying girl]] or a [[Manga/SlamDunk basketball player]]?
** In fact, someone else [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/luisedgarf/3ab90d1bbf890fa89e0e28390450fc5aba8.jpg already noticed that.]]
** It's also the nickname Fuuko gives Mikagami in ''FlameOfRecca'', and Shigure's editor in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* '''Saber''': [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight a female King Arthur?]] or [[TransformersVictory an Autobot?]]
* [=JoJo=] is a diminutive nickname, but does it belong to anyone from or related to the [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Joestar family]], or to the youthful royal heir [[Anime/PanzerWorldGalient Jordy Volder]]? Or is it the little [[Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse brown-skinned guy]]?
* '''Iris''': An AmbiguouslyBrown [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon Trainer?]] or [[SakuraWars a white French girl?]]
** Or [[VideoGame/MegaManX4 a female Reploid]] or a [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork female AI based off the former?]] The latter applies a bit more in this case, since Battle Network has an anime adaptation.
* '''Seiya''': [[Manga/SaintSeiya The Pegasus Saint?]] or [[Franchise/SailorMoon a crossdressing Sailor Senshi?]]
** Is '''Koga''' [[Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega the Pegasus Saint after Seiya]], or [[Manga/InuYasha the headstrong leader of a wolf demon tribe]]?
*** [[TakeAThirdOption He could be a]] [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Gym Leader]].
* '''Tsukishima''': [[Anime/MiracleTrain Pretty boy on a train]]? or [[Manga/{{Bleach}} a sadist who has the power to change memories]]? Ironically enough, both are voiced by Creator/DaisukeOno.
* When we're talking about the last name '''Oyamada''', are we talking about [[LightNovel/{{Kanokon}} Kouta]] or [[Manga/ShamanKing Manta]]?
* '''Tsubomi''' is a magical girl. Tell us, though -- is she [[Anime/UltimateGirls a cosplayer]] with Series/{{Ultraman}}-like powers or [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure the weakest Pretty Cure in existence (though she gets better)]]?
* Ironically enough, '''Kagami''' Yoshimizu of ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fame once got confused as a girl because his name is shared with Kagami Hiiragi (who's a girl).
* '''Presea''': An EvilMatriarch [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha who loves to abuse her not-daughter,]] or [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth a powerful sorceress who aids three girls on their quest to save a different world from theirs?]] [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Or an emotionally repressed 12-year old girl with a giant ax?]]
* '''Rin''': [[Manga/BlueExorcist A young boy that aspires to be an exorcist?]] [[Anime/{{Shuffle}} A man who could become a god or a demon?]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight A tsundere-ish mage with cold personality?]] [[Manga/KodomoNoJikan An inappropriately precocious schoolgirl?]] [[Anime/{{Mnemosyne}} An immortal private investigator?]] [[Anime/{{Inuyasha}} A young human girl that follows a demon lord?]] [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo An armless schoolgirl with a peppy personality?]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} A friend of a certain one-eyed ninja?]] [[{{Vocaloid}} A singing android that has a twin brother?]] [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} The pet Kasha of a Satori?]] [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 A fire-themed magical girl?]] [[LittleBusters An incredibly shy childhood friend?]] [[Manga/{{Toriko}} An employee at the Gourmet Coliseum in the IGO's First Gourmet Facility?]] [[Manga/{{Mahoromatic}} One of Those Three Girls?]] [[Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} Or a magical parakeet?]]
* Both ''Manga/WanderingSon'' and ''Manga/MinamiKe'' have characters named Makoto, Shuuichi, and Yoshino.
* [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]] and [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub Haruhi]] are a pretty famous example; enough to inspire crossover art.
* '''Sayaka''' is a blue haired MagicalGirl, but is she from ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' or ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''?
** Or is she a HumongousMecha ''[[Anime/MazingerZ pilot]]''?
** Or is she the Ultimate Pop Sensation from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''?
** [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Her surname]], '''Miki''', is also shared with another blue-themed magical girl: Miki Aono from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''. Both of them are voiced by Creator/EriKitamura.
* '''Futaba Aoi''' appears in both ''Anime/VividredOperation'' and ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo''
** Another one, but with names swiched, appears in ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''
* '''Tobi''' could be either [[FistOfTheNorthStar Yuria's pet dog]] in the OVA, or the alias of one [[spoiler:[[{{Manga/Naruto}} Obito Uchiha]]]]?
* '''Cologne''' is either [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf an elderly martial artist]] or [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure a fallen mascot whose the source of angst for one of the heroines]].
* '''Ryouma''' - [[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis tennis star]] or [[Manga/GetterRobo hot-blooded mecha pilot]]?
* '''Hibiki & Kanade''' are a pair of main characters from a music themed MagicalGirl series... well, but [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear which]] [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure series]] is meant? (Though it's worth noting that one pair of them is an actual duo while the other pair is ''not'' since one of them died before the other one became a MagicalGirl.)
** Their main enemy is '''Noise''', but is it an EldritchAbomination race or a gigantic FeatheredFiend?
** Is '''Maria''' the name of [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Hibiki's]] EvilCounterpart or [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Hibiki's]] mother?
** Or is '''Shirabe''' the first name of a [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear rival Symphogear]] or the last name of the fourth [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Pretty Cure]]?
** '''Kanade''' is also the actual name of a certain "[[Anime/AngelBeats Angel]]" who says that she isn't one.
* Is '''Miku''' the name of a [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} virtual singer?]] or [[Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear Hibiki's best friend]]?
* Is '''Madoka''' a [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica pink-haired]] [[{{Omniscience}} omniscient]] MagicalGirl [[PhysicalGod '''GODDESS''']], or a [[Anime/MetalFightBeyblade brown-haired]] [[TheMedic Beyblade handyman]] or a [[BikerBabe green-haired]] [[CoolBigSis older sister]] of [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 another]] [[BarrierWarrior Magical]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Girl]] [[StrongFamilyResemblance who looks just like her]] or just another MagicalGirl who has ''Madoka'' [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure as her last name]].
** The Goddess Madoka's best friend has a love interest named Kyousuke, who was also one point of a LoveTriangle in the '80s rom-com ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''--but for this Kyousuke, one of his love interest is also named ''Madoka''.
* '''Yui''' is a [[OnlySaneMan prince-type girl]] in a series known for its yuri subtext. Is the series ''Manga/YuruYuri'', or ''{{Manga/Yuyushiki}}''? (Or, more humorously: is she a [[TheLancer deuteroagonist]] or a [[TheHero protagonist]]?)
** '''Yui''' is also the lead singer for her high school's music club. Is the name of her band [[Manga/KOn After School Tea Time]] or [[Anime/AngelBeats Girls' Dead Monster]]?
** [[Anime/CorrectorYui This]] '''Yui''' is ([[DoingInTheWizard technically]]) a MagicalGirl that fights a BigBad [[AIIsACrapshoot rouge A.I.]] in {{Cyberspace}} just TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture where EverythingIsOnline.
** [[Manga/LuckyStar This]] Yui is a traffic cop who has an adorable little sister in high school, a cousin in college, and a commuter marriage.
* '''Kaito''' can either be a [[Manga/MagicKaito magician Phantom Thief with a deceased father]] or a [[{{Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch}} surfer with musician parents]]. Or is he the [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal blond duelist on a mission for Numbers]]?
* The name '''Baki''' is shared by [[Manga/BakiTheGrappler a young grappler who trains to one day defeat his father]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} a shinobi from the Sand Village]]
* Both ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' (and [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]) and ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' have characters (both of whom interact with each other possibly more than any other character in their respective canons) named Takeru and Hikari.
* A sci-fi show with characters named Itsuki and Asahina: ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]]'' or ''Anime/RahXephon''?
* '''Risty''': [[Anime/QueensBlade A thief?]] or [[LightNovel/AestheticaOfARogueHero a princess?]] It does help both series were produced by the same company (Hobby Japan)
* '''Ymir''': [[Anime/QueensBlade The Steel Princess?]] or [[Manga/AttackOnTitan a member of the 104th Trainees Squad?]]
* '''Touma''': [[MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Either he is infected with a virus that gives him anti-magic powers]], [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex a level-0 who is the middle of a magic vs science war with similar powers]], [[Manga/FairyTail the ruler of Fiore]] or [[Anime/DigimonSavers the human partner of Gaomon]].
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS However, the former is officially spelled as "Thoma".]]
* '''Karin''': [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's younger sister]] or [[Manga/{{Naruto}} a flirtatious former subordinate of Orochimaru]], or [[Manga/{{Karin}} a blood-producing vampire who gets a massive nosebleed every month]], or a MagicalGirlWarrior [[Manga/KamichamaKarin whose powers are based on]] [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek Goddess, Althena]]? Or even A MagicalGirl who transforms into '''[[Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin a caped pig]]'''!
* '''Yuno''': [[Manga/HidamariSketch An aspiring high school art student]] with [[IconicItem iconically X-shaped]] HairDecorations, or a {{Yandere}} [[Manga/FutureDiary with an extreme tendency to]] MurderTheHypotenuse?
** If it's written as "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Yuuno]]", it's a [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ferret-shapeshifting mage without a Device and becomes the Chief Librarian of the Infinity Library.]]
* '''Rikka''' has a CatchPhrase. Is it "[[Anime/DokiDokiPrecure The light of wisdom, Cure Diamond]]!", "[[LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions Vanishment]], [[GratuitousEnglish this world]]!", or "[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Mii, Nipa~]]!" [[note]] That last one has only one "k", but that's the only real difference. [[/note]]
* '''Itsuki''', is he [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya an esper with the surname Koizumi]] or is she a {{Magical Girl}} [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure with the surname Myoudouin and just happens to look like a boy?]]
* '''Rei''' the LargeHam {{Tsundere}} and '''Makoto''' the GentleGiant with a DarkAndTroubledPast. Both have HoYay moments with other characters. Now, are their teammate Haruka a [[HandsomeLech flirty]] {{Bifauxnen}} [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]] [[Franchise/SailorMoon magical girl]], or a [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[TheQuietOne quiet boy]] [[TheComicallySerious who takes every opportunity he can]] [[Anime/{{Free}} to swim?]]
* A {{Tomboy}} MagicalGirl with a rather short ponytail, the fourth and most offensive member of the heroes' team. Her name is '''Makoto'''. But from [[Franchise/SailorMoon which]] [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure series]]?
* '''Kyoya''' is an Asian guy, but does he have [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn tonfas]]? Or does he have [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub glasses]]? Or [[Anime/MetalFightBeyblade A lion-themed Beyblade?]]
* '''Happy''' is an AnthropomorphicPersonification of said emotion with a CatchPhrase. Now, is this a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] CuteKitten that says [[Manga/FairyTail "Aye!" and "S/he lllikes you]]"? Or is it a [[CuteClumsyGirl klutzy]], [[RoseHairedSweetie pink-haired]] MagicalGirl and says [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure "Happuppu~" and "Ultra Happy!"]]? [[http://karla2788.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Pretty-Cure-320743075 You decide]].
* '''Chika''' is a good cook. Is she [[Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow a preteen girl who is a main character]], or [[Manga/HidamariSketch a teenage Canon Immigrant recurring character]]?
* '''Mikado Sanzenin''': [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler Nagi's grandfather?]] or [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf a casanova skater?]]
* '''Minato''': [[Manga/{{Naruto}} The Fourth Hokage?]] or [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico a female Bridge Bunny?]]
* '''Haruka''': a {{Closet|Geek}} [[LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu Otaku]], an [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster aspiring Idol]], a [[Manga/KotouraSan former]] BrokenBird {{Telepath|y}}, a {{Schoolgirl|Lesbians}} [[Manga/SakuraTrick Lesbian]], a [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Scout]], the YamatoNadeshiko [[Manga/MinamiKe eldest sister]], or a [[Manga/{{Tactics}} tengu]]?
* '''Sakamoto''': a [[SakamotoDesuGa guy who's extremely cool in everything he does]] (first name unknown), a (possibly) [[Manga/PrincessPrincess green haired]] TeamMom (Akira) or Akira's older brother (Harumi) who appears in every series that Akira appears in? [[Manga/{{Nichijou}} How about]] [[TalkingAnimal a talking cat]] [[ButtMonkey whose life sucks]] [[CosmicPlaything no matter where he goes]]?
* '''Mukuro''': Is it [[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn the male 10th Vongola Mist Guardian or the owl of the female Mist Guardian]] or [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa the female Ultimate Soldier]] or [[Manga/YuYuHakusho the female one of the Three Kings of the Demon World]]?
* '''Nagisa''': [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Is it Cure Black?]] [[Anime/{{Free}} A member of a swim club?]], [[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume A surfer with a fear of]] {{Moe}} [[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume squids?]], [[Manga/AssassinationClassroom An inconspicuous middle school boy with a hidden talent for (terrifying) assassination?]] [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} A shy, ill girl voiced by]] Creator/MaiNakahara? [[LightNovel/StrawberryPanic A shy lesbian voiced by]] Creator/MaiNakahara? [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion A young magical girl]] who's [[TrademarkFavoriteFood obsessed with cheese]]? If it's a surname, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion it'd be an angel.]]
* '''Lancelot''': [[Anime/CodeGeass A white mecha]] or [[LightNovel/FateZero the true Knight of the Lake wearing a]] [[BlackKnight black armor]]?
* '''Kibou no Hana/Flower of Hope''': Is it [[{{Premiseville}} the setting]] for Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure, the ClosingCredits [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1qYlNELnU8 theme]] ([[http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/kotourasan/kibounohana.htm Lyrics here]]) for ''Manga/KotouraSan'', the title of Chapter 449 of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', or the title of episode 22 of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''? This conundrum is unique in that it doesn't refer to any characters at all.
* Two shogi manga, ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' and ''Manga/ShionNoOu'' both have supporting characters named Nikaido who are both ''kishi'' and affluent due to their families. Aside from that, though, they are as different as night and day.
* '''Ringo Kinoshita''': A popular idol singer on NoRin, and also the Souta Suzukaze's Tsundere friend from ''Anime/FairyMusketeers''.
* '''Aki Mikage''': Either a sweet girl from [[Manga/SilverSpoon a farm in the mountains,]] or a boy who gets possessed by evil and is [[Manga/AyashiNoCeres the heroine's twin brother.]]
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has one in-genre example,and one unrelated. Another short manga story called Elfen Lied focuses on two musician prodigies attempting to keep promises they made in childhood - if the plot sounds familiar, it should. The story was written and drawn by LynnOkamoto, and first published in a manga compilation volume for the series ''Manga/ElfenLied''. It has no connection to the world of Diclonius and such. In Germany, author Bernard Hermann publishes a series about fantasy elves with each title being Elfen and then another word, with one of them being Elfen Lied.
* '''Urara Kasugano''': She is either an IdolSinger with the MagicalGirlWarrior alias [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Cure Lemonade]] or a BitchInSheepsClothing who {{Dual Wield|ing}}s airsoft Glock 26's as a member of the [[Manga/{{Sabagebu}} survival game club]].
* '''Sawako''': [[Manga/KOn former member of a heavy metal band who became a teacher]], or [[KimiNiTodoke shy, ghostly high school girl]] [[spoiler:[[KimiNiTodoke who aspires to become a teacher]].]]
* '''Kageyama Reiji''': Either the [[InazumaEleven sinister]] BigBad [[InazumaEleven who dresses in a]] [[ManInWhite white suit]] and SinisterShades and later [[spoiler:pulls a HeelFaceTurn]], or the [[VideoGame/GateKeepers sinister]] BigBad [[VideoGame/GateKeepers who dresses in a]] [[TheMenInBlack dark suit]] and SinisterShades and [[Anime/GateKeepers21 later]] [[spoiler:''also'' pulls a HeelFaceTurn all the way to BigGood]].

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