Jack, also known as "Subject Zero," one of your companions. She is revealed to be a woman, although in very rare cases it can be used as a female given namenote Or shortened as a tomboyish version of Jacqueline, and it's revealed in the third game that her real name is Jennifer.
The captain of the quarian starship Qwib-Qwib is rather defensive when questioned on the subject, explaining that ships are bought from different cultures and that it can be difficult to change its registry information.
Due to Quarian naming conventions, people who serve on the ships Defrenz or Iktomi carry the name "vas Defrenz" (vas deferens) and "vas Iktomi" (vasectomy). Nice, respectable names, indeed.
One of the mock commercials in You Don't Know Jack: Fifth Dementia is for "The Society for People With Unfortunate Names", including such members as Eileen Dover and her husband Ben.
Also Maggey Byrde who is fittingly named for a Magpie due to her horribly bad luck. When Byrde was six months old, she fell off the ninth floor of an apartment building. Since then, she has experienced a myriad of disasters such as getting hit by various vehicles, getting sick from all sorts of foods and failing almost every test she ever took. And has never once won or even tied at a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. She became known as the "Goddess of Misfortune" as she grew up, and at college, people called her "Lady Luckless". Her current aspiration is to simply "Be an Unlucky Person rather than a Goddess." Like Ms. Oldbag, she's a recurring character.
Another recurring character with this trope is Larry Butz. There's also a saying with that: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz".
For a non-recurring character (so far), we have fat, sweaty otaku Sal Manella, an obvious pun on salmonella.
This one has a strange backstory, though — his original name was "Guy", and the bizarre image editor they used gave him the extension ".brush." After a bit of thinking, they decided to just keep calling him that, but they put out a call for a last name, and someone suggested "Threepwood". Apparently it's a reference to something.
Haggis: "Well, Haggis is only my nickname. My true name is 'Heart Lungs And Liver Boiled In The Stomach Of The Animal McMutton'." Guybrush: "Oh, so your parents were expecting a girl." Haggis: "Aye."
Then in the fourth game, we have Ignatius Cheese, and his (possibly apocryphal, even in-universe) relatives, including "Gorgon Zola Cheese".
EarthBound has Poo and Porky. Porky would become Pokey in the translation. Which name is worse is up to you to decide. The game also has Paula Polestar.
Some of the characters from the Star Fox series: First names of Fox, Wolf, Panther and Pigma (who names their kid that?) and last names of Toad, Hare, and Pepper.
In a Super Smash Bros. Brawl conversation: Solid Snake Colonel, there's a guy in here who looks like a wolf... Colonel Roy Campbell: You mean the fighter named Wolf. Solid Snake: "Wolf." Real imaginative name.
Sniggerbobble, a character from a few series of Mario World hacks as seen in that video. Apart from setting off a few word censors, the name itself is just... incredibly difficult to take seriously. Especially anything else named after it, which added said name in front of a normal word.
EVE Online has the Thukker Tribe. Yes. Really. Some of the system names aren't much better, and even the random alphanumeric 0.0 system names have a few bulkhead bangers.
In Dynasty Warriors, one of the characters' name is Cao Pi, probably after the historical figure. The actual pronunciation is "Tsao Pee", like the Chinese chicken, but the vocal director for Dynasty Warriors refused to do his research until the Warriors Orochi series premiered in America - six games into the American releases of the franchise for the Chinese warriors.note ...not counting the spinoffs of Empires and Kessen, much less the Xtreme Legends spinoffs either. That raises it to around 10 games! Luckily, the Samurai Warriors crew were comparably unscathed.
In the Phantasy Star series, the name of the Big Bad Dark Force/Darkfalz has been interpreted as Dark Phallus. It doesn't help that, in the fourth game, there's a normal enemy that looks like his sprite in the first game and is called Prophallus.
There's also been reference to the Landgraab/Landgrabb family in nearly every incarnation of the Sims. It's an unfortunate name that also fits, because the Landgraabs are a morally ambiguous rich family. They're a corporate dynasty in the Sims 1 and 2, and greedy aristocrats in The Sims Medieval.
The Sims 3 has yet another example: Liam O'Dourke ("I am a dork"). His appearance fits his name.
Sodom, from Final Fight and Street Fighter. Seemingly, it's named after a city that was destroyed by the wrath of God and eventually gave its name to countless acts of sexual perversion, including homosexuality and even bestiality. But Word of God says he was named after the band.
Aloser Danya in Tactics Ogre. One gets the feeling her parents utterly HATED her. What makes it hilarious is she's one of the deadliest units in the game, being an archer with massive DEX capable of assassinating even fully armored units sniper-style. Just ask Bishop Branta when you see him. She's actually named after a demon in mythology.
Strangelove, for her love of The Boss, gives an ironically crude codename for the Mammal Pod: The BS-Imago. Although the initials are supposed to be short for The Boss, the initials also resemble a rather crude word (IE: "Bullshit")
Naked Snake's codename was often misinterpreted severely in the sequels to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The "Naked" part of Snake's name was supposed to be a reference to the fact that he does not have any weapons or really anything aside from the clothes on his back. However, the characters think that it stemmed from its most literal meaning (meaning that he was actually given the codename because he wasn't wearing any clothes).
Both Solid Snake and Liquid Snake are no exception to this, depending on what kind of snake you interpret their names as. The Angry Video Game Nerd did not miss this one:
AVGN: And his full name is "Solid Snake"? It might as well be "Erect Cock"!
Then there's Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov. While "Raidenovitch" may be an unlikely, but possible, Russian patroynmic (where it's the father's name + ovitch for a son) in Japanese Raidenovitch sounds like "Raiden no bitch", or "Thunderbolt's bitch" which ties into his relationship with the local Psycho Electro. In this case it was deliberate, since Raikov is a Take That! to Raiden, the protagonist of the previous game.
The Cyborg Ninja Gray Fox was also called Deepthroat (though it's supposed to be a reference to the famous Watergate informant.)
Noob Saibot of Mortal Kombat is an interesting case. His name is the backwards version of the series' co-creators' names, Boon and Tobias. But it's often shortened to Noob, and given the fact that his early appearances has some rather cheap special movies, it fit. The devs seem to realize the joke, giving him a "Troll Hammer" as a weapon in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. In Mortal Kombat 9, his match-beginning quote is "Fear me!" Oh wait, sorry, "ph33r m3!". Note that this was before the term "noob" was coined (circa 2000; "newbie" is much older) making it retroactively unfortunate.
In the Kingdom Hearts series, Nobodies' names are an anagram of their former self's name, with an x. Xemnas is one such Nobody. His name, unfortunately, also anagrams to "Mansex". There's also Xigbar, which becomes Bigrax, Lexaeus, who becomes E-Sexual, and the mother of all unfortunate names, Xehanort. His name spells, if you remove the X, Rent-a-ho. Or if you leave it there, Rent-xa-ho (Rents-a-ho). Even Marluxia, probably the hardest of them all to re-anagram, at least has one: "U-Miralax" (Miralax is a laxative, by the way).
Night Trap has this with the group called SCAT. (Sega Control Attack Team) You should look in a dictionary to find out why the name qualifies for this trope. S.C.A.T. (Special Cybernetic Attack Team) on the NESnote Originally released as "Final Mission" in Japan. has the same problem.
Pokémon Black and White introduces a female-only species of vulture Pokémon called Mandibuzz. Its Japanese name? Vulgina. For those wondering, it's actually a portmanteau of 'vulture' and 'regina', the latin for 'queen'.
English speakers also snicker at Magby, Magmar and Magmortar's Japanese names: Booby, Boober and Booburn.
Byrony sounds a lot like "brony." Her Japanese name is Bara.
The legendary Pokemon Magearna got snickers when it was released in February 2016 because its Japanese name's raw translation is Magiana. Some wiseguys had to point out that it's similar to the NSFW slang term 'mangina'.
Pokémon Sun and Moon. Not really their whole names, but their abbreviations. "Did Game Freak realize kids are going to be looking up 'Pokemon S&M'?"
Pokémon spin-off fighting game Pokkén Tournament is named Pokémon Tekken in Germany. The reason? "Pokkén" is pronounced identically to "Pocken" which means smallpox in German.
Pokémon X and Y had the Holo Caster, which sounds uncomfortably similar to Holocaust. Given the fact that it was created by a guy who's in charge of a fire-themed group and is planning on wiping out most of the human race, it was probably deliberate.
Abobo in Double Dragon, whose name also happens to be slang for abortion.
In Runescape, trolls are names after the first thing they eat. One of the trolls you meet is named "Dad".
The Sonic series has a six-year-old rabbit called 'Cream'. It's actually Theme Naming with her mother, Vanilla (vanilla cream) and her pet Chao, Cheese (cream cheese), but this doesn't change the fact that the full statement of her name is Cream the Rabbit. And from the classic series, we have "Cucky" the Rooster.
The House of the Dead spinoff game Zombie Revenge has a main character named Stick Breitling. It's like his parents were ashamed of their last name and just figured they would completely humiliate their son.
The game series Myst was frequently target of jokes in Germany, because Myst is spoken like the German word "Mist", which means crap.
Worse, the mystical city in the series is called D'ni — pronounced "dunny," which means "toilet" in Commonwealth slang.
In the non-canon Berserk game Sword of the Berserk: Guts' rage, the antagonist is named Balzacnote pronounced like "ballsack".
In Eco Quest: The Search for Cetus, the hermit crab senator is named Superfluous.
The series actually does have a generic boss named Hyman, who got changed to Reynard in Europe, but not in America. There's also Rommit from Radiant Dawn. And then there are the generic replacements in Shadow Dragon, who have weird enough names already, but lose enough of them and they start getting names like "Lucer", "Auffle", "Laim", "Rejek", "Owend", "Wymp", and "Wieklin"...
Awakening has Nah, the half Manakete daughter of Nowi. Her name frequents her no small share of annoyance. Even worse, her name in the Japanese version was Nn.
There's a boss in Mega Man X5 known as the Skiver, because he's a Pegasus with sky powers. A skiver is also a term for a lazy person. Mega Man 3 also has a robot master named Hard Man, which they had to have known wouldn't exactly be treated with maturity. Similarly, try to find anyone that did not have a giggle at "Junk Man".
Team Dignitas is a European professional video gaming collective. Dignitas is a Swiss assisted suicide clinic. Michael O'Dell, CEO of the gaming Dignitas, said "We wanted a cool Latin phrase. We didn't recognise the connection until after we'd registered the company. It was a bit awkward."
In Kingdom of Loathing, during the Accordion Thief Nemesis sidequest you end up fighting an assassin known as The Mariachi With No Name. According to his Monster Manuel entry, "The Mariachi with No Name was born Quincy Leslie Droolypants the Third. So ditching the name was a wise choice."
Averted with the Guilty Gear series. After sequels titled Guilty Gear X and Guilty Gear XX, Arc System Works managed to avoid the inevitable outcome by naming the next fighting game in the series Guilty Gear Xrd.
Two Worlds has the evil power known as The Taint. There's also a point where the main character is sent off to talk to a man named Ho note The shortened version of 'whore', and a town called Windbreak note Which sounds a little too close to "Breaking wind".
ProJared: ...which I presure is nearby the Valley of 'Ass'.
Coach Oleander from Psychonauts. He's named for one of the most poisonous garden-variety plants on the planet, nerium oleander. Appropriate for the game's eventual Big Bad.
Suikoden II has the unfortunately named singer, Annallee. While it's possibly supposed to be pronounced "Anna Lee", the spelling could suggest otherwise. It's likely a result of the game's rushed translation, given the fact that her Japanese name is Anneri.
Final Fantasy III introduces the recurring Job Class, "Onion Knight". In Japanese metaphor the onion is a metaphor for painful effort and poverty, which is pretty rude to begin with, and in English it exclusively conjures up associations of smelly vegetables. Some games localise the Job as 'Freelancer', which has the right English connotation, but not even most of them.
Final Fantasy IV has a matriarchal town called Troia, a nasty, sexist Italian swear word meaning something like "whore" or "slut". The fact that the town features women in Stripperific uniforms who complain about being objectified by the heroes, and the game's only "Member's Club", has led some to wonder whether or not this was an intentional meaning. (According to the writers, it wasn't, and they were shocked when they found out.)
Final Fantasy V has Butz, who comes from a town called Lix. Butz became Bartz in the English localisation, but Lix remains.
Final Fantasy VIII has a character called Selphie, which was cute in 1998 but hilarious since 2013. Especially because one of her gimmicks is that she's a blogger.
The ghastlyFinal Fantasy X-2.5 ~Eien no Daishō~ novel prominently features a Summoner called Kush. 420, Blitz it.
The series has the recurring summon Carbuncle. It's a figure mentioned in Jorge Luis Borges' The Book Of Imaginary Beings named for its trademark ruby gemstone, but a carbuncle can also be an very unsightly skin boil, which is unfortunately the much more common meaning.
Ignis Stupeo Scientia notably had his middle name excised between the XIII Versus incarnation of the game and the eventual Final Fantasy XV.
Fallout: New Vegas has the debug character Testaclesnote It's pronounced TEST-uh-cleez the Debug Centurion. He's there to let the devs test the game and let's the player alter their reputation and quest outcomes.
In Battleborn, the Aelfrin name for Aurox's species is "guayota" which in Aelfrin means "star poop".
After a Word of God confirmation, we now know for sure that the full name of Legend of Zelda series baddie is... Ganondorf Dragmire. Kind of a dorky name for such a badass character.
World of Tanks has this at times. From the randomly-generated names for crewmen we have Assmannnote German crewmen, as well as Dickerson and Ballsnote American crewmen. As for the tanks, most notable is due to Wargaming being historically accurate due to how the Germans used Roman Numerals in their tank's acronyms, they unintentionally offended a large portion of the playerbase of Hispanic ancestry with the German tier VII light tank Spähpanzer 1C, which is rendered in-game as... SP I C. Additionally, one of the Russian Tier IX heavy tanks is called the ST-I, and having a ST-I in your nether regions is pretty much exactly as unpleasant as it sounds. Then there's the Japanese tier VIII heavy tank the O-Ho. And finally, one of the German Premium Tank Destroyers, which has a name that when translated from German is pretty innocuous, as it's known as "Fat Max". The unfortunate part is the German name for "fat"/"large" in that context is Dicker. Which lead to fans often referring to someone being killed by one as "Getting dicked".
The Nintendo Wii. Fine name in Japan, but in the US it sounds a little too similar to a certain urine-related slang. It also doesn't help that "wee wee" is a particularly childish term either. Or that it can also be mistaken for the pronoun "we" which got even worse when its successor was called the Wii U.