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Unfortunate Names: Western Animation
  • Danny Phantom features the name that makes almost everyone cringe, Nasty Burger, a name of a diner (After some vandals changed the T to a N, so the name used to be Tasty Burger). No one knows why the sign was never fixed. The burgers however have a sordid history of exploding in very hot climates.
    • His ghost half was also burdened with the moniker Inviso-Bill for a while.
  • In The Simpsons episode Flaming Moes, when Moe's bar is actually popular. Bart makes a prank phone call for a "Hugh Jass" and to his surprise, there actually is a guy with the name of Hugh Jass.
    • Something very similar happened in the episode Donnie Fatso, where Moe Syszlak got a call requesting for a "Yuri Nater", and called out to the patrons asking for him, with predictable results. However, it wasn't a prank call, as the caller did actually intend to speak with a person by that name (The man in question was the caller's Russian business associate), and the person Moe was implied to have chewed out on for it was actually Fat Tony, the mafia underboss.
    • The "Flaming Moe" was originally named the "Flaming Homer". That is, "flaming 'mo" vs. "flaming homo".
    • "Don't worry, there will be no one to make fun of your name anymore, Mr. Glasscock."
    • In another episode, Cletus reveals that he names his kids after what they think will happen to them when they grow up. Isn't that right, Stabbedinjail?
    • Joey Joe-Joe Jr. Shabadoo, which at first appears to be a name Homer makes up on the spot for his hypothetical "friend." However, Moe's derisive reaction to the name leads a man to run sobbing out of the bar and Barney to call "Hey, Joey Joe-Joe!" after him.
    • All of the fake names Bart uses for prank-calling Moe's (such as "Al Caholic," "Jacques Strappe," "I.P. Freely," "Seymour Butz," "Homer Sexual," "Mike Rotch," "Amanda Hugginkiss," "Ivana Tinkle," and "Ollie Tabooger") qualify.
    • "I will not mock Mrs. Dumbface."
    • In one episode in which Homer is banned from Moe's, a man who looks just like him enters the bar and is pretty confused by the reception:
    "Homer? Who is this 'Homer'? My name is Guy Incognito."
    • In a flashback to when Marge is pregnant with Bart, Homer wants to call the child Bartholemew, and takes care to check if the name could be mis-used to joke effect by other kids in the playground;
    Aart, Bart, Cart, Dart, Eart...no, don't see any problem there.
    • "Little Orphan Millie" had a man named Gaylord Q. Tinkledink, who was looking for his nephew, Nerdletob Z. Pantybottom.
    • Bart's best friend is Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten.
  • The Venture Bros. "Phantom Limb" "Dr. Girlfriend" "White Noise" "Major Tom" and "The Action Man" are old friends of Dr. Jonas Venture. One episode opens with a communication between The Action Man and Major Tom that copied lyrics from a classic David Bowie tune.
    • Most VB examples would be Fail O'Suckyname, because they're just bad aliases. Phantom Limb's real name and what's possibly Dr. Girlfriend's real first name have been revealed. However, an albino having the last name of "White" is unfortunate.
    • Dr. Girlfriend eventually became Dr. Mrs. The Monarch. The Monarch once referred to her as Dr. My Wife.
  • Looney Tunes used to play with this, the initials I.M. before a name suggesting their profession.
  • ''Woody Woodpecker once had a character named Ivan Awfulitch.
    • Even Woody Woodpecker.
  • The Beavis And Butthead episode "Prank Call" has Harry Sachz, whom the duo incessantly harass with prank phone calls for a month before he goes ballistic.
    • Oh, that's hardly the only example. They've also run in a health inspector named Harry Buttisker and a reporter named Betsy Wiener. And then, of course, Butt-Head.
    • There's also Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, where they mispronounce various town names during their cross-country trip.
  • In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where SpongeBob and Squidward were trying to name all the customers that come to the Krusty Krab, they come across a guy that they don't know, so they ask his name. He keeps saying "What Zit Tooya". Turns out it was his real name.
    • Smitty Werbenjagermanjenson, whose name doesn't even fit on his headstone.
    • Sandy Cheeks. Especially if you take "cheeks" to mean "butt cheeks." Made even worse since "Sandy" was the name of the second most infamous hurricane in recent memory.
  • Played with in an episode of Family Guy: Peter tries to drum up support for a new pro-smoking bill. He then encounters (real-life) House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and laughs hysterically at his name, refuses to believe it is his real name and then mocks him asking if his wife is called "Vagina Coastguard". The other senators start to get it after this.
    • Saturday Night Live made this joke several years prior. Dick Armey is called Penis Navy, Weiner Airforce, and Vagina Coastguard. Here is the script from the sketch, but it is much funnier to watch the whole thing.
    • Vagina Hertz.
    • In a cutaway about the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
    Speaker: Let's take roll call first. Thomas Jefferson?
    Jefferson: Here!
    Franklin: Here!
    Speaker: John Footpenis?
    John Hancock: It's Hancock now!
    Speaker: Why?
    Hancock: Mind your business, that's why!
    • This rather unexpected exchange from when Meg and Peter get a job at Walmart.
    Meg: Sorry, Mr. Penisburg, I quit.
    Peter: (Naturally ecstatic at this new development) Penisburg?!
    Penisburg: Yeah, yeah. Get it out of your system.
  • "Hello, my name is Larry Littlejunk." The names go downhill from there.
  • Pretty much a lot of Hanna-Barbera's cartoon animal sidekicks, particularly those whose names are one syllable said twice. The most notable instance of this trope being used there would have to be Touché Turtle's sidekick; you'd have to be a really cruel parent to name your kid Dum-dum.
  • Gorillaz singer 2D is actually named Stuart Pot, and became known as Stu-Pot prior to the accidents which gave him his "2 Dents". It could be worse; his father had the family surname legally changed from "Tusspot" after a lifetime of teasing.
  • South Park:
    • Parodied with teacher Ms. Choksondik ("chokes-on-dick"). While the kids insult her endlessly, they never notice her name, though they do sometimes modify it insultingly (calling her "Ms. Chokes-on-rocks" or "Ms. Makes-me-sick").
    • The Super Best Friends member Semen.
    Seaman: "It's Seaman!"
    Buddha: "But that's what I said. Semen."
    Seaman: "Stop it!"
  • There are Transformers called Shothole, Slag (who has since been renamed Slug, which is not much of an improvement), Skids, Huffer, Windbreaker, Slapper, Erector, Discharge, and Heave among others.
    • And now we can add Spastic to the pile.
    • Wipe!
    • Another unfortunate is Skidmark.
    • The verdict has yet to return on Squeezeplay, but by Primus, the images that name invokes...
    • As if deciphering the proper romanization of Deszaras wasn't frustrating enough, the name also causes TF fans in Hungary to giggle, as it's so close to the expressions "de szaros" (how shitty) and "Beszarás!" (Holy shit!).
    • There's also a human country called Carbombya.
      • It was a thinly veiled jab at Libya. Casey Kasem found it so offensive he quit voice acting for the show, and Bluestreak, Cliffjumper, and Teletraan 1, his three main voices on the show, were written out.
    • Bulkhead isn't quite as bad as some others, but it's bad enough that it got noticed in-seires.
  • Khaka Peu Peu from Phineas and Ferb.
  • Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, when you think of a certain sparkly vampire.
    • Also, Diamond Tiara's father, who insists that everyone call him Rich. That's because the first half of his name is "Filthy". Luckily he has all those bags of money to make him feel better about, well, being named Filthy.
      • It could be worse. His grandfather's first name was Stinking. And he wasn't born Rich, either.
    • And now that it's canon, one can only assume (and hope) that "Derpy" doesn't have the same connotations in Equestria that it does on Earth.
  • Pingu's sister's name is Pinga. The word is probably meaningless in it's original Swiss French and the show was produced years before Pinga as a sexual slang entered mainstream North American English.
  • Dethklok's therapist is named Dr. Twinkletits. In a case of pronunciation fun, his name is pronounced "Twink-eh-let-tis".
  • Titan Maximum has Admiral Bitchface. Hey, it's German.
    • "Schlampegesicht", maybe.
  • In a Robot Chicken skit where Gargamel turns himself into a Smurf, when asked for his name he nervously ends up with Gargel Smurf, which attracts the attention of Vanity Smurf.
  • A running gag on Time Warp Trio is that any villian that isn't a real historical figure will have a name that ultimately sounds like an insulting pun (for example the ancient Egyptian baddie whose name sounded like "Hot Snot".
  • Ms. Sara Bellum in The Powerpuff Girls. Her name sounds like "Cerebellum", which means brain. Ironically, we never see her head, hence the joke.
    • Likewise, apparently the Mayor's real name is "Mayor" and the Professor's real name is "Professor".
  • In an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Muriel is kidnapped and forced to make kilts for a gnome-like man. Eventually, Courage discovers that the guy hates his name: Rumpled Kiltskin. When Muriel finds out about this, she suggests he legally change his name, suggesting "Rumplestiltskin". The guy actually thinks that's a good idea, and suggests the two become business partners. It Makes Sense In Context, seriously, as much as the show does in general...
  • When Lucky is adopted in the 2010 Pound Puppies series, his owner gives the name "Mr. Chewy McFluffster". (The owner in question also has a hamster named "Prince Fudgiepaws".)
    • In "Olaf In Love", we find that Olaf's last name is "Hugglesbjork".
    • In another episode, a male Maltese has the name "Princess":
      Rebound: If you're a boy, then why are you called "Princess"?
      Princess: You ever hear of an adorable Maltese named "Ralph"?
  • If he didn't have such an appropriate nickname, Kick Buttowski would probably count.
  • In one episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Bloo offers a man a chance to adopt Cheese, and when the man seems to have doubts about it, Bloo offers to include another imaginary friend named Crackers. In the next scene, Bloo is trying to console Crackers, who is crying:
    Bloo: I'm sorry, Crackers, I guess he was hungry... He must have thought I meant real crackers...
    Crackers: That's what they all say! (runs away crying)
    • Another example of this Trope in the same episode is that if Mac had imagined him, as he first believed, then they would have been, together, "Mac and Cheese". Fortunately, as it turns out, Mac did not; Cheese was actually his neighbor's friend. (He had just gotten lost.)
      • Likewise, Bloo and Cheese together would've been "Bloo Cheese".
      • Taking it once further, the name of the kid who did imagine Cheese (who appears right after Bloo makes a dialogue that's a Hurricane of Puns about cheese) is Louise.
    Bloo: I mean, jeeze Louise!
    Cheese and Louise: Yes?
  • Archer has the KGB director Nikolai Jakov, whose surname sounds practically identical to the word "jack-off".
  • G-rated lampshading in Young Justice, when Impulse blurts out Nightwing's and Robin's real names in front of Beast Boy. Nightwing just looks annoyed.
    BB: "Your name's Tim?! And yours is... [uncertain cringe] Dick?"
  • In Despicable Me 2, the head of the Anti-Villain League is Silas Ramsbottom. The Minions find his last name hilarious, and even Gru gets in a jab or two:
    Gru: Good day, Mr. Sheepsbutt.
    Ramsbottom: Ramsbottom.
    Gru: Yeah, like that's any better!
  • Phineas and Ferb had the band Love Handel in "Dude We're Getting The Band Back Together". Whilst it may be a pun on "love handle", if you speak German (Standard German) it means "love trade" (suggesting prostitution or streetwalkers, unfortunately).
  • In Coraline, one of Coraline's new neighbors is named Wyborne. As in, "why born." Don't think Coraline doesn't notice this.
  • When Glenn Quagmire (briefly) attempts to raise an unexpected daughter in Family Guy, he thinks Anna Lee would be an appropriate name.
    She can always shorten it to "Anal".

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