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  • Aladdin: The film's MacGuffin is a magic lamp, in which a genie lives. And his name is Genie.
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West has Cat R. Waul and Miss Kitty, whose species should be obvious.
  • Barnyard has a pig named Pig, which is what everyone calls him.
  • The cast of The Brave Little Toaster except for Kirby, the vacuum. It's a subversion, however, as he was named after a brand of vacuum that was sold in real life.
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  • Mack from Cars is a rare non-animal example. As with Doc Hudson, whose real name is actually Hudson Hornet, which means that "Hudson" is actually his first name and not his last name.
  • The Big Bad in Cat City is a cat named Mr. Gatto.
  • Ringing Bell has a wolf named Wolf.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Thomas O'Malley from The Aristocats is a tomcat named "Thomas". In this case, his full name is actually Abraham De Lacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley.
    • The cat from The Black Cauldron is named Cat.
    • Played with in Bolt with Rhino the hamster.
    • Tod and his girlfriend Vixey from The Fox and the Hound. Tod actually gets his name from the word used to describe a male fox, while Vixey gets her name from the word vixen, a female fox.
    • Subverted with Flounder from The Little Mermaid, who is actually a fictional species of fish and not an actual flounder.
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    • Simba the lion in The Lion King, getting his name from Swahili.
    • The main villain of Mulan, Shan Yu, has a falcon named Hayabusa. Hayabusa is the Japanese word for such a falcon. Well, Shan Yu's own name is the human equivalent.
    • Zootopia features a pop star gazelle named... Gazelle. According to Word of God, the jaguar child in the opening play is named Jaguar, as well.
    • Hercules has a Pegasus named... Pegasus. However, in this case, it is justified since this pegasus is supposed to be the mythological one from which the fictional species as a whole derives its name from.
  • Finding Nemo
    • Also subverted with Marlin (a clownfish), as pointed out by Nigel the pelican, whom at one point actually said that he has the name of "some kind of sport fish". They are relatives of swordfish.
    • As well as Dory, a blue tang. Actual dories are somewhat less pleasant to look at.
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    • Many of the characters in Finding Nemo are named after something found underwater, but are rarely named after their own species. The one exception is the minor character Mr. Ray, a stingray.
  • The main villain of Flushed Away is a toad named Toad.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings. Kubo's two companions, a monkey and a beetle-man, are called Monkey and Beetle. This is lampshaded when Beetle asks why Kubo isn't called "Boy". Their true identities as Kubo's mother and father reveal their names to be Sariatu and Hanzo.
  • The Furious Five in Kung Fu Panda: Mantis, Tigress, Viper, Monkey and Crane. It's both a reference to their species and to the kung fu style they use. Though considering how Po is occasionally referred to as "Panda" it could be they're on a Last-Name Basis, which invokes another trope altogether, but if so no one ever implies the Furious Five's given names.
  • The famous Cowardly Lion of Lion of Oz is just called "Lion".
  • In Shrek, there's the characters Donkey, Puss in Boots and Dragon.
  • Cù in Song of the Sea; "Cù" is Gaelic for "dog."
  • The main character in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is usually called "Mustang" until he gets properly named at the end.
  • In The Swan Princess, it features a puffin named Puffin.
  • The characters in the Toy Story movies are an interesting variation. Rather than being named for their species or occupation, most of them are named after the kind of toy they are. Thus, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Barbie and Ken are a Barbie and Ken, etc. Also applies to characters not based on real toys: Woody is a Woody doll and Buzz is a Buzz Lightyear action figure (one of hundreds, as we're shown). The straightest example of this trope would be Dolly the doll from Toy Story 3.


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