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"But what did we really, sincerely, expect anyway, from a movie in which Slim Pickens plays a character named 'Tex'? If you can think of a single line of dialog that Slim Pickens, as 'Tex,' wouldn't say in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, please do not miss this movie, which will be filled with amazements and startling revelations."
"Their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town called Conejo Springs (conejo being Spanish for 'rabbit'—and watch out for that anvil)"
"The Matrix is not what you'd call a subtle movie...when the film wanted to hint that Pantoliano will turn traitor, it named his character after the spelling variant of 'cipher,' which means, among other things, 'zero.' In binary terms, 'zero' is the opposite of 'one,' which is how everybody refers to Neo, which in turn would make anyone named 'Zero' the polar opposite of the supposed hero of the movie. And doesn't that describe Cypher perfectly? Because he wasn't just a villain: He represented an entirely different philosophy of dealing with the machines, preferring blissful ignorance over fighting for a desolate piece of rock with a permanent layer of sun-blocking depression surrounding it."
"What does it matter what your name is? Take on whatever you wish, make it your own. But know this: a thousandfold names can not change the nature of a man."
— Dak'kon, Planescape: Torment
"Didn't anybody hear that? Phil Mygrave? Isn't anyone going to make a joke about that name?"
"Believe it or not, one of the most difficult tasks you face as Dungeon Master is dreaming up cool names for all those places, gods, monsters, and NPCs you create. As superficial as this chore might seem, nothing kills interest in an AD&D® game faster than goofy names. The minute your players are attacked by Gargathrank the Unclean, a great deal of the credibility you've carefully fostered flies straight out the window. Don't forget that the players' first impressions of your game world are based, in part, on the names you choose."
— Ray Winninger, "Dungeoncraft", Dragon Magazine (May 1999)
"DuBois. — It's a French name. It means woods and Blanche means white, so the two together mean white woods. Like an orchard in spring! You can remember it by that."
— Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
"My name is Alice, but—"
"It's a stupid name enough!" Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently; "What does it mean?"
"Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully.
"Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh...
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass note
"Eino Leino! It was an Finnish Homopoet who was extremely negative: "Ei" means No in Finnish, and "No" means No in English. So his name was No No Lei No! And what Lei means, no one knows."
— Robert Gustavsson, as the Homofobic Herman Ers majestät, in one of his sketches.
"Geddit? Know me - I'm alone! Genius!"
"When a reader reads that Armand de Bois-Tracy met Nob, he or she will have no problem with distinguishing which one is a viscount and which one is a miller."
Terry: What's the creepy lady's power?
Tamara: I don't know, but they call her 'Bombshell'.
Terry: Oh, that's encouraging.
Clumsy: Just because your name is Grouchy doesn't mean you always have to be grouchy!
Grouchy: Uh, yeah. It does.
"In the midst of all this, there was Bernie Madoff. An embezzler named "made off". Hmm... Was the name not a clue? Did he have to be with the accounting firm of Dewey, Fuckyou, and Howe?"
— Robin Williams, on Bernie Madoff and the 2008 financial crisis, Weapons of Self Destruction.
"Ooh, a potential father to a new wave of humanity is named Adam - bet that was an all-night brainstormer!"
"His parents locked in his career when they named him “Jeeves”"
Maurice: Well hi there, son, what's your name?
Maurice: *examines the large "chip" in his teacup body* Figures.
— Beauty and the Beast (stage version)
Johnny Blaze: You know the local top cop, Wyatt?
Wyatt Wingfoot: Captain Tyrell Manhunter, appropiate name, huh?
— Blaze #4
They both started to feel themselves lose warmth, even as the upper floors' fire spread around them. They were alight as if in hell itself. Jaune could barely feel them, but he'd had a revelation once that he would go up in flames.