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  • Animal Crossing has villagers that live in your town. You could get people with names like Eugene, Bella, Alice and Bob, and then you could also get people with names like Poncho, Tangy, Dizzy, and Cherry.
  • The main character in Ape Escape is called Spike. His rival? Jake. Jake was changed to Buzz for the PAL release, though.
  • Arc Rise Fantasia has more fanciful names like Ryfia, Rasta, and L'Arc alongside more "normal" names like Adele, Alfonse, and Leslie.
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  • In Asura's Wrath, along with the conventionally Hindu-sounding Asura, Mithra, and Yasha, you have gods named Olga, Sergei, and Deus. It's a bit baffling.
  • Baldur's Gate mostly has unusual names: Valygar, Ajantis, Keldorn, Jaheira, Imoen, Viconia... And then there's the remarkably ordinary Jan Jansen. (That is to say, his name is ordinary. He isn't.) But even then it's odd, as it's an ordinary human name borne by a gnome.
    • The villain is named Sarevok in Baldur's Gate I. But in the sequel the villain is Jon Irenicus, revealed to be short for Joneleth.
  • Beyond the Beyond's humanoid characters are given names like Finn, Annie, Edward and Samson, while the non-human and demonic characters have weird names like Ramue, Shutat, Yeon and Dagoot.
  • BlazBlue plays around with this trope. Some characters have perfectly ordinary Western names (Rachel, Carl, Noel), some have ordinary Japanese sounding names (Jin, Tsubaki, Kagura, Makoto), some have exotic names from other languages (Litchi note , Ragna note , Azrael note ) and some have downright awesome names (Bang Shishigami, Iron Tager, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing).
  • The cast of BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm has a wide mix of names, from the normal (Catie, Eddie, Anita), to the fantastical (Arianna, Tyalie), to the downright weird (One_Wing, GmasterRED). This is entirely justified, as the game is set in Cyberspace and those are the characters’ usernames.
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  • Bravely Default and its sequel have a mix of rather normal names (Owen, Karl, Olivia), the clearly fantasy names (Tiz, Ominas, Qada), and the in-between with names (Edea, Agnes) which are debatably just old-fashioned. And then theres Ringabel. Justified in that it's a made up name for someone with no memory. But his real name, Alternis Dim, is not much better..
  • In Caravaneer 2, the name generator uses all sort of thing from real life brands (Pepsi, Telefunken, MTV, etc), obscure names from various languanges (Sawala, Laugar, Alise, etc), two or three letters name (Lo, Da, Aja, etc), and even outright pop-culture references.
  • Cave Story has, among its cast of named characters, Arthur, Jack, Sue, King, and Jenka with translated names; and Toroko, Itoh, Kazuma, and Momorin with their names in transliterated Japanese.
  • Chrono Cross:
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    • The main protagonist is named Serge, and his mother is Marge, his first girlfriend was Leena, and that girlfriend's father was Miguel. All of these are Bob-level names - but they are thrown into disarray by Serge's father and Miguel's friend, Wazuki, who got transformed into "Lynx" before the game begins. Since the game is Japanese, the trope is inverted in its native country.
    • The game's militaries feature regular names like Dario, Glenn, Norris, and Marcy alongside not-so-regular names like Garai, Radius, and Karsh.
    • One character had his Aerith name "Slash" changed to the Bob name "Nikki" by the localization. (Note that both of these names are taken from rockstars.)
  • The implemented characters in Club Penguin have both normal, real-life names and unusual names. Gary, Franky, Petey (K), (Stompin) Bob, (G) Billy, Dot, Herbert and Paige (although she's only called PH or Puffle Handler in the game) are normal, while (Aunt) Arctic, Rockhopper, Rookie, Sensei, Cadence, Klutzy and Jet Pack Guy (whose real name really is Guy) are unusual.
  • Crash Bandicoot plays with it. Alongside characters with names like Crash, Dingodile and Nefarious, a lot of its characters have normal names, but with the exception of Coco and Nina, they're part a pun. (Neo Cortex, Victor and Moritz).
  • The characters of Dark Souls are named like this. You'll run into characters named Laurentius (archaic for "Lawrence"), Griggs, Quelaag, Logan and Oswald. There's also the gods, who are mostly composed of Aeriths with the glaring exceptions of Gwyn, Gwynevere and Gwyndolin, who ironically have variants of real-life human names that survived to the modern day.
  • In Dark Souls III, the three sisters who founded the Sable Church of Londor are Liliane (common name), Yuria (unusual name), and Friede (unusual spelling of a common name). Friede's case gets even weirder, because while she's now known as Friede, she was called Elfriede while she was part of the Sable Church (why she left is a long story), which is an unusual name but is a name that is actually used in the real world (unlike “Friede”, a spelling of that name which is unique to her.)
  • The Demon Rush features such characters as Brooks Cracktackle, a private investigator; Knight the horned knight; the Legend Viper of Thunder; Jimmy the necromancer; Cherry Venus the fighter ace; and Steve the half-dragon semi-divine entity.
  • Dimension Spark is a game about the adventures of characters named Zach, Garret, and Pisces.
  • The Disgaea series plays around with this; with characters like Laharl, Etna and Flonne on one side, and Gordon, Jennifer, and Rozalin on the other.
  • Happens in the Dishonored series. Compare names like Corvo, Jessamine, and Kirin to... Emily, Samuel, and Lydia. Although upper class characters tend to have more "exotic" names, and lower class characters have simpler ones, Emily Kaldwin (the Empress's daughter) bucks this trend pretty much right out of the gate.
  • Dragon Age II includes people such as Sebastian Vael, Bethany and Carver Hawke, Knight-Commander Meredith and Viscount Marlowe Dumar, who have respectable normal names. Anders is a very common name in Scandinavia (though Word of God is that it's the rebel mage's nickname rather than his real name). Normal names spelled oddly include Merrill, Isabela and Saemus (the latter is pronounced like the Irish Séamus). Straight fantasy names include Varric Tethras, Orsino, Xenon, Corypheus and Xebenkeck. You'll meet Non Player Characters with names like Evelina, Olivia, Grace, and Ella alongside odder ones like Thrask, Tomwise, Gamlen, and Tarohne.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: Alistair, Wynne, Morrigan, and Leliana have perfectly respectable medieval names, while Zevran and Oghren have random fantastic names (although they are from fantasy cultures; elf and dwarf respectively). Sten doesn't count, it's a title, not a name.
    • The various breeds of darkspawn are hurlocks, genlocks, shrieks, and ... ogres? Justified: the first three have been around since the first Blight (they're created from blighted female humans, dwarves, and elves, respectively). Ogres are derived from qunari, which only recently arrived on the continent.
  • Dwarf Fortress actively averts this in adventurer mode, where people remark upon your strange name if you don't use one of the generated ones for your culture.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The series in general plays with this. You can find a vast mix of names within the Elder Scrolls universe, from the exotic (Mannimarco, Wadarkhu) to the common (Jon, Jim) but most of the races have their own naming conventions (based heavily in their Fantasy Counterpart Culture,) and stick to those naming conventions. So it's generally played straight for the world as a whole and ranges from downplayed to averted within the races themselves. Exceptions do exist, but they are fairly rare. (Take, for example, Emperor Uriel Septim VII, and his sons, Geldall, Enman, Ebel, and....Martin. Granted, the last one is illegitimate, but...)
    • The Nord race averts it in general, taking their names from their Scandinavian counterpart culture. However, this trope comes into play with the real world time periods their names are drawn from. You can see Nords with perfectly modern names like Jon and Harold living side by side with Nords who have more classic medieval Norse names like Ulfgar and Ragnar.
  • The Elite Beat Agents are named Agent J, Chieftain, Spin, Commander Kahn, Starr, Foxx, Missy, Derek and Morris.
  • Elite: Dangerous runs the full gamut of names from Aerith to Bob, both Player-wise (By nature) and NPC-wise, meaning you could collect a bounty on an NPC named Jacob Henry one moment then conversing with a CMDR Hyvieal Dyhenna the next; and due to there there being no aliens ANYWHERE in the game (...yet), those will both be humans with those names. And THEN there's the issue of Zorgon Peterson, which is the name of an in-game ship manufacturer.
  • In EV Nova it's justified by different cultures. Humans of Federation extraction use Earth-derived names like Jerry O'Donnell, Paul Pentecost, and Eamon Flannigan. Auroran humans have names like Charengo, Techerakh, and Kuron. Polaran humans have names like Mu'Randa ("Randa" being her given name, "Mu" indicating her caste). Each culture is internally consistent.
  • Fable of Dwarves has names like Antin and Nilyam right alongside names like Joe and Bob.
  • Caesar's Legion in Fallout: New Vegas is a pseudo-Roman society created by the conquest and forcible assimilation of eighty-six tribes. Hence it has Vulpes Inculta, Lucius, and Aurelius of Phoenix... as well as Canyon Runner, Dead Sea, and Karl. Also, Joshua Graham - one of the Legion's progenitors - specifically kept his original name (and, in a visual reflection of this, waltzed around in a SWAT vest while those around him went for football pads and skirts).
  • Fatal Fury. While some names, such as "Terry Bogard", "Richard Meyer", "Li Xiangfei" and "Marco Rodriguez" are perfectly reasonable names, one would question what they were thinking with names like "Duck King" (which, although it makes sense, is still funny), "Khushnood Butt" (the English translation of "Marco Rodriguez", god knows why), "Lucky Glauber", and "Geese Howard".
  • Usually, the Final Fantasy series of games have "cool" or exotic names for the most part, with a few standard Western names for flavor. Final Fantasy II inverts this: The named cast consists of Maria, Guy, Leon, Josef, Ric(h)ard, Leila, Gordon, Scott, Hilda, Paul, Cid, a Mr. Borghen, and Mateus...plus Minwu and Firion/Frioniel.
    • Final Fantasy IV: In a world populated by Tellah, Fusoya, Golbez, and Rydia, the hero and his girlfriend are Cecil and Rosa. And the Quirky Bard is named Edward. Rydia is very likely Spell My Name with an "S" for Lydia, but the R stuck as the official spelling.
      • Tellah is probably meant to be Terah, which is a Hebrew name (the father of Abraham) and Hebrew slang for old man.
      • Then Final Fantasy IV: The After Years presents us with the Eblan Four, Gekkou, Izayoi, Tsukinowa, and Zangetsu...and their master, Edge, short for Edward Geraldine.
    • Final Fantasy IX gives us this trope all in one person, with Dagger, a.k.a. Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, whose real name is actually Sarah.
    • The generics in Final Fantasy Tactics can have a range of names from the mundane to the fantastic (a fact not helped by the debatable quality of the original version's translation).
    • Final Fantasy V's Butz. Or, depending on your preference, Bartz. The rest of the characters maintain their original names, though to some extent that's possibly explained by two characters hailing from a different world entirely.
      • Except for Cara. Or is it Krile? Kururu?
      • To a lesser extent, we also have Lenna... or is it Reina?
    • There's often at least one "normal" name mixed in with the fantastic names. Final Fantasy VI gave us Edgar and Terra, not-impossible names like Cyan and Locke, and ninja mercenary Shadow, a.k.a. Clyde.
      • Sabin is also Mash in Japan, which is supposedly a nickname based on "Macias".
      • In the original Japanese version of Final Fantasy VI, Cyan's name was actually "Cayenne". As in the chili pepper. Which anybody familiar with the character will recognize as spectacularly inappropriate.
      • And Terra is this trope unto herself. Her original Japanese name was "Tina", but Ted Woolsey opted to change it to something more exotic-sounding feeling that "Tina" would sound too every-day and mundane to Western audiences, particularly given the character's exotic origins.
    • Final Fantasy VII has Vincent, Zack, Barret Wallace and his daughter Marlene, Scarlet, Priscilla, Reno, Elena, Lucrecia, Ester, Joe and Rufus mixed in with names like Sephiroth, Cloud Strife and Genesis Rhapsodos (and actually having Trope Namer Aeris/Aerith).
      • The full name Aerith Gainsborough alone contains this trope. So does Tifa Lockhart. It seems as though the majority of the player characters have the "Aerith" names while the non-player characters got the "Bob" end of the stick.
      • For the Spanish players, this happens with the geography of the game as well. In a world where we find Midgar, Gongaga, Nibelheim, Junon, etc. we suddenly find Costa del Sol. Which was not Woolseyized in the (admittedly subpar) Spanish translation. If you're an American, imagine playing the game and ending up in Malibu Beach or the Ozarks.
    • Final Fantasy X has Lulu and Seymour amidst Auron, Braska, Kimahri, and Wakka. Depending on which pronunciation you use, Tidus can be pronounced like "Titus"—a bit uncommon, but nothing people would actually remark on. Yuna and Rikku are both a bit of a gray area—they're the "Aerith" counterparts to Western audiences, but in reality both are perfectly normal Japanese names.
    • Final Fantasy XI allows Dragoon characters to select a name for their pet wyvern from a list that includes Firewing, Cerulean, Eisenzahn... and Rover, Buster and George. (The last may be a reference to St. George the dragon slayer.)
    • Final Fantasy XII has Fran and her sister Mjrn. Thank God they included that second name in the voice-acting, or non-Slavic players would have no idea how to pronounce it (pronounced like "yearn" with an M tacked on the beginning). Also in Final Fantasy XII are the fon Ronsenburg brothers, Basch and Noah.
    • Final Fantasy XIII introduces a cast with names like Snow, Vanille, Fang, and Sazh, and a boy named Hope. And then you get the two sisters Lightning and... Serah. (Lightning is just a nickname, however; her real name is fairly commonplace.)
      • Lightning's English name (Claire) is extremely normal. Her Japanese name, however, is Éclair (a French word that means "flash," as in "flash of lightning"). It was changed because the word can also refer to a type of pastry (un éclair au chocolat), which is the most familiar meaning for most English speakers. The name "Claire" has a similar enough meaning, though ("bright" or "clear").
    • Final Fantasy XIV player names tend to come in a few categories. There's your "serious" names, either assigned by the game or designed by the player to follow the in-universe naming conventions, giving you something like "Gustavain Derinloire" for an Elezen, or "Nhago'li Lihzeh" for a Miqo'te. There's your Shout-Out names, which simply copy the name of a fictional character whole cloth, from "Karkat Vantas" to "Goku Kakarot". And there's your "silly" names, which run the gamut from "Chicken Nugget" to "Viewing Cutscene" to "Healers Adjust". The game's heavy emphasis on Pick Up Groups means you're likely to encounter every combination of these on a regular basis.
    • Your party in Final Fantasy XV goes by names of "Noctis", "Ignis", and "Prompto" (which are extravagant Latin words). During the first chapter you run into a mechanic named "Cindy" and she has you look for a friend of hers named "Dave" while "Gladiolus" lies more in the realm of possibility for names by virtue of being a real world flower .
  • Fire Emblem does this, as expected from a fantasy game. For example, at any given time it's possible to have an Ike, Roy, Oscar, Edward, Mia, Katrina, Sonia, Frederik, Cynthia, Chris, or Hector fighting alongside an Erk, Makalov, Nephenee, Haar, Saleh, Tharja, Owain, Chrom, or Nah (Which is "Nn" in Japanese).
    • The Boss characters get shafted with weirder names than the main characters. Eubans, Jasmine (for a man), Kishuna, Puzon, Bool, Migal, Batta, Vaida, Limstella, Uhai, Groznyi, Zugo, alongside Bug, Wire, Glass, Kenneth, Lloyd, Bernard and Cameron for example.
      • Not to mention Dheginsea, whose name was actually simplified for the English version from the original Dheginhansea.
    • To sum up, the names in the Fire Emblem series are a grab bag, ranging from normal, everyday names (Arthur, Anna), less common but still plausible names (Lyndis, Mordecai, Soren, Lucina), names with interesting spellings that wouldn't be out of place in your average medieval fantasy book (Rickard, Jeorge), names that sound like last names (Eliwood, Makalov), several names from mythology around the world (Minerva, Cain and Abel, Percival), and then the downright unusual (Zihark, Gharnef).
    • Justified in Fire Emblem Fates where the settings are Fantasy Counterpart Equivalents of Japan and Europe. Now, there's characters named Kaze and Silas that are playable on any path.
      • And Played Straight in the localised version in which the Hoshidan royal family includes Sumeragi, Mikoto, Ryoma, Hinoka, Takumi, Sakura... and Corrin. Justified in two ways: Corrin has been adopted by the Nohrians (and they might have chosen a Nohrian name for him), not to mention he's not actually related to the Hoshidan family, being a dragon and the son of Anankos (whose name is Greek for "fate").
  • Flight Rising has a random name generator for if you can't think of a good name yourself. If you were to name an entire clutch with the generator, you could possibly get a set of siblings named Ilyana, Enthusiasm, Haruko, Blueberrycobbler, and Dave.
  • FTL's random list of crew names include names such as Jon, Matthew, and Elizabeth, alongside names such as Elnubnub, Gumpo, and Yeoz. Any of these names can apply to any species, meaning you can have a Rockman named "Charlie" alongside a human named "Triko", or an Engi named "Notch".
  • In Galaxy Angel the main character Takuto Mayers have Japanese first name and a surname that came from a brand of Jamaican rum. The main heroine, Milfeulle Sakuraba, has a weird first name and a Japanese surname. Everyone else, for the most part, have weird full names.
  • The main characters of the Golden Sun games: Isaac, Garet, Ivan, Mia, Felix, Jenna, Sheba, Piers. Only the last two could be considered slightly unusual. On the other hand, Saturos, Menardi, Karst, Agatio...and then Alex. Granted, the first four of those are from a specific town, and are also kinda a different race. And hilariously, Alex is the closest thing the games have to a Big Bad.
    • There's an inseparable pair of warriors in the first game who play the trope almost painfully straight. Their names: Ouranos and Sean.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, the naming conventions for the recruitable characters are all over the place. You can generally class them in five categories: normal (Jessica, Stan, Eugen), unusual but technically realistic (Apollonia, Arriet, Yngwie), famous names, real or fictional (Jeanne d'Arc, Cagliostro, Rackham), standard fantasy style (Sarunan, Metera, Danua), and "clearly trying to cheat at Scrabble" (like Zahlhamelina or Yodarha).
  • The names of all of the party members acquired in the first Grandia game, in order: Justin, Sue, Feena, Gadwin, Rapp, Milda, Guido, Liete. The first two are the only ones who are fully human.
  • Most characters in the Growlanser series have rather common names such as Karen, Julia, Ernest, Brett, Hugh, Regina, and Wendy... but these characters associate with others with names such as Ariost, Xenos, Slayn, Pernagi, Crevaniel, and Rukias.
  • Occurs in Guenevere as a result of being based on the Arthurian Legend and using names from the original legends, some of which (like Elaine) are still common today, while others (like Palomedes) have fallen from favor.
  • Guild Wars lampshades this in one of the NPC dialogues. "We haven't survived this long against the Charr by giving our supplies to every Tom, Dick, and Teardrinker who passes through here."
  • The cast of the Guilty Gear games have names ranging from Johnny, May, Bridget and Eddie (who just so happens to be possessing the body of someone named Zato-1) to I-No, Dizzy, Zappa and A.B.A.
    • As well as Sol Badguy, whose real name is Frederick.
    • The large bulk of Guilty Gear character names are extremely unusual, to be fair - even by Japanese standards. One character, Kuradoberi Jam(u), is very Chinese, but her name (蔵土縁 紗夢) is a mostly nonsense (but still theoretically valid) Japanese name, meaning something along the lines of "Gossamer dreams at the edge of a dirt cellar." Really?
  • Halo has this with regards to the names of the UNSC ships, which can either have unusual and poetic names like Pillar of Autumn, Spirit of Fire, Aegis Fate, In Amber Clad, Forward Unto Dawn, and The Heart of Midlothian, or more conventional single word names like Leviathan, Fairweather, Gettysburg, Texas, and Basra. There are also some semi-comedic ones, like Say My Name, Ready or Not, Do You Feel Lucky?, and Two for Flinching.
  • The Harvest Moon series has some good example:
    • The potential brides from 64 (and some subsequent games) have the names Ann, Elli, Karen, Mary...and Popuri. Popuri has a Meaningful Name as her parents are the local florists. In fact if she marries Kai they name their daughter "Mint".
    • In the first Rune Factory game, exotic names like Mist and Lynette are interspersed with names like Sharron and Tori.
    • In Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, there are characters with mundane names like Ellen, Jeff, Doug, and May, but then there's Saibara and Barley. Also, there are three women who meet in the town square every day to exchange gossip. Their names? Anna, Manna...and Sabrina (more of a disruption in theme naming, but still).
    • In DS (Cute), the five bachelors are Marlin, Rock, Carter, Griffin and Gustafa. Island of Happiness features Vaughn, Mark, Elliot, Denny, Pierre, and Shea. Like shea butter. The available men from Magical Melody are Alex, Basil, Carl, Dan, Jamie, Joe, Kurt, Louis, Ray, and Bob. But the last bachelor, Blue, definitely takes the cake.
      • Some people appear to think "Rock" is an absurd name, but they can't smell what The Rock is cooking.
    • Most of the protagonists have typical Canon Name's. Pete, SaraClaire, Troy, Mark... Pony? Most fans call her "Jill" though.
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream's protagonists are named Ted, Ellen, Benny, Nimdok and Gorrister. Nimdok applies this in-universe; AM forces everyone to call him that as he finds funny sounds amusing, and he cannot remember his real name. Gorrister's name is never explained.
  • Iji (of the game of the same name) and her brother (and Voice With Access To The Loudspeaker System) Dan.
  • Jeanne d'Arc keeps real (French and English) names for the humans in the cast, given that most are derived from real people, and many of the nonhumans as well. Though the lion-man La Hire is only known by that nickname (his real name in history was Étienne de Vignolles), and the therion Quirky Miniboss Squad consists of Mawra, Slinker, and Blaze. Then there are the reapers, who are mostly given the Latin names for various of the Seven Deadly Sins, except for their leader with the completely made-up name, Gilvaroth.
  • Jet Force Gemini features three main characters named after constellations, the villainous Mizar, and King Jeff.
    • Again, the weirdness is compounded by naming the male hero after Juno, queen of the gods.
    • This game was done by Rare, so this was all very likely intentional.
  • While the King of All Cosmos and his immediate family in Katamari Damacy are simply known by their title, the Royal Cousins run into this. So you have Ace, Colombo, Marcy and Velvet alongside Ichigo, Miki, Odeko and Fujio... Then you get into the really odd names like Ban-Ban, Pokkle, Nutsuo and Dangle.
  • Kerbal Space Program provides a somewhat odd example - all the Kerbonauts have names that sound fairly Middle American, but anyone who is not an orange suit has a name randomly generated from a list of prefixes and suffixes. So alongside Jeb, Bill, and Bob may sit Melzer, Bardrin, or Billy-Bobfred.
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • The apprentices to Ansem the Wise in Kingdom Hearts II are named Xehanort, Braig, Aeleus, Ienzo...then there's Dilan and Even.
    • Organization XIII is generally populated with Aeriths such as Xemnas, Xigbar, and Marluxia... and then there's the Bob-named trio of Axel and Roxas, in addition to Xion (a respelling of the real Japanese feminine given name "Shion").
      • Some of their human names are completely made-up, like Xehanort, Braig, Aeleus, Ienzo (though it may be an actual Japanese or Chinese name) and Lauriam, however Xaldin's human name is Dilan, Vexen is Even, Larxene's is Elrena (which is just Elena misspelled due to Japanese Ranguage) and Saix is Isa (a common feminine name in the West, that is also used for men in Japan, either way it's a real-life name). Inverted with Axel, as his Nobody name is a name used for boys while his true name is the very feminine name Lea (a variant of "Leah", pronounced both as "LEE" and "LAY-ah").
    • Because it's a crossover, the names in the series tend to be all over the place, with Sora, Goofy, Mickey, Ariel, Jack Skellington, Axel and Zack alongside Xehanort, Pete, Maleficent, Scar, Barbossa, Saïx and Cloud.
    • The first game's bonus bosses are Sephiroth, the Ice Titan, the Phantom... and Kurt Zisa. Square held a contest where the winner would get their name in the game, and the winner was a guy named Kurt Zisa, hence why a twelve-foot six-armed cobra-headed khopesh-wielding Evil Sorcerer Heartless has a human name.
  • The four demonic members of the underworld band Infernal Rackets in Kingdom of Loathing are Bognort, Stinkface, Flargwurm, and Jim.
  • King's Knight has the brave knight Rayjack, the powerful wizard Kaliva, the rampaging monster Barusa... and Toby the thief.
  • Koudelka, the prequel to Shadow Hearts: The party consists of two men named Edward and James, and a woman named Koudelka. Edward and James are English, while Koudelka is Romani and her name is Czech for someone with blonde hair, which could have easily diffused west amongst the Romani. Could double as named after someone famous, as Joseph Koudelka is a Czech photographer.
  • The Last Remnant has this in spades. Names range from, for example, the fairly regular Emma, Kate and Hannah through to the slightly-odd Rush and Hinnah and anywhere past. Three generals on the hero's side are named Torgal, Blocter and Pagus- and are lead by the mighty Marquis... David (though pronounced 'Dah-Veed' for reasons unknown).
  • In The Last Story, everybody has a wacky name, except some NPCs. We've got Elza, Kanan, Quark, Seiren, Jackal and Manamia.
    • The English translation is similarly weird. Leading lady Calista has a perfectly respectable name, as does Lovable Sex Maniac Lowell. Yurick is made up, but sounds similar enough to "Yorick" to be within the realm of possibility. But Mirania? Dagran? Zael?
    • Zael is a Jewish name, and Mirania is a variant of rare Italian name "Miriana". Zael's Japanese name Elza is a variant of Italian name Elsa, which is used for women.
  • All over the place in League of Legends. Where characters like Annie, Lucian and Diana fight alongside the likes of Garen, Ezreal and Fiddlesticks.
  • The names of the four Elementals who accompany the main character in Legend of Fae are Nixie, Enki, Gust and Fred.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, in terms of the main party, you have Rean, Jusis, Machias and Fie...and then you have Emma and Laura.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • You know that something is weird, when you have a Link standing side by side with a Midna, a Tetra, and a Ruto, all ruled by a relatively normal (if old-fashioned) Zelda. As well as Shiro, Jiro, Saburo, and Ichiro the carpenters (which are common Japanese names, in a Medieval setting), and a little girl named Pamela (yes, that's her name in Japan too). Also, his sister goes by the name "Aryll", while the first king of Hyrule's name was "Gustaf". Well, probably normal names are a privilege of royalty.
    • Also, the children in Link's village in Twilight Princess are named Malo, Talo, and... Colin and Beth. Averted in Italian, where Talo is called Furio (an actual Italian name).
    • The Oracle games brings us such characters as Moosh, Onox, Rafton, Syrup, Dekadin, Veran, and Ambi, among many others (such as unusually-named Legacy Characters). Then there are characters like Holly, Rosa, Ricky, Dimitri, Blossom, and Ralph. (Admittedly, Holly and Blossom are Meaningful Names and Dimitri's still not exactly a common name, anyway.) Importance for all ranges from minor one-shot characters to major supporting cast to villains.
    • The Tingle brothers are named: Tingle, Ankle, Knuckle, and... David Jr.
    • Also, Maggie, Paige, Klaus, Anton, Jasmine, June, say hi to Gorman, Anju, Ezlo, and Vaati.
    • In Breath of the Wild, the Sheikah seem to all have exotic sounding names derived from fruit (with the exception of Impa), but the tribe has two Bobs among them in Dorian (although it still fits the Sheikah's fruit-themed naming by being derived from durian) and Robbie.
  • Little Fighter 2 has characters named John, Henry, Davis, Dennis, Rudolph, Woody, Deep, Firen and Freeze.
  • Love Nikki - Dress Up Queen offers up ordinary names like Nikki, Lisa, Sofia, Joe, Royce, and Queen Elle alongside Nidhogg, Starphenie, Orange, and Queen Nanari.
  • Both Luminous Arc games use more Bob names than Aerith ones, but the first game does have Mavi and the second has Dia and Bharva.
  • Lunar series:
    • The first game, Lunar: The Silver Star has more Bobs than Aeriths, with names such as Alex, Jessica, Mia... And Luna and Ghaleon. Luna is a not very common, but still used, name for girls in Italy.
    • The sequel, Lunar: Eternal Blue, is the other way around with names like Hiro, Lemina, Ronfar... And Lucia, Leo and Jean.
  • The workshop in Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis follows this trend: the girls (at least in the localized version) are named Jess, Nikki, Anna, and Pamela. The boys are Vayne, Roxis, Flay... and Muppy, though Muppy is an alien from another planet. Or something.
  • In Mars: War Logs, most characters are named after Seven Heavenly Virtues, such as Charity, Temperance, Devotion, etc. Then we have characters named Sean, Mary, and... Bob.
  • This trope can often be invoked in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. One example would be the team of Amaterasu, Dormammu and Chris.
  • Mass Effect:
    • justified with Ashley Williams being in a party containing Urdnot Wrex, Garrus Vakarian, Liara T'soni, and Tali'zorah nar Rayya due to cultural differences, as they are all of different species. Human character names can give this impression to some players, as people with names like Ashley Williams, Jacob Taylor, Miranda Lawson, and David Anderson exist alongside people with names like Donnel Udina and Kaidan Alenko - these are still real names, just not very common ones among English-speakers.
    • The names of those different species can also apply. Out of all the species in the game, there are asari, krogan, and quarians and creatures named gas bags, space beetles, and space cows.
    • The turian primarch's name is Adrien. Pretty normal sounding considering other turians have names like Garrus, Chellick and Lilihierax.
    • This trope is a possibility in Mass Effect: Andromeda. The male and female player characters are twins; your character can have whatever name you want, but the twin you don't select will have the rather plain default name of Scott or Sara.
  • In Metal Gear most characters go by cool code names like Big Boss, Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Revolver Ocelot, Grey Fox, Fortune, Fatman, Vamp, Raiden, The Fear, The Pain, The Fury, The End, The Boss, Laughing Octopus, Raging Raven, Crying Wolf, Sreaming Mantis, Akiba, Monsoon, Sundowner, Jetstream and Dr. Strangelove. On the other hand, most of these characters have fairly ordinary real names, and some characters go by their real names, such as Olga Gurlukovich, Gene, Ursula, Boris and Senator Armstrong. We also have Hot Coldman, which is apparently his real name.
  • Might and Magic has names spanning the entire spectrum, though human names (Haven) remain mostly plausible. Wizards and Necromancers (who used to be human)... not so much.
  • The central couple in the Monkey Island series are named Elaine Marley and... Guybrush Threepwood.
  • Monster Racers is set in various locations around the globe, with the races you fight in those locations generally having typical names for that place, such as Polly and Gene in Australia, and Alejandro and Rita in South America. But when "worldwide" races happen, you tend to get NPCs with names that are not only contrasting but also uncommon even for their area: Fancy a race against Aristotle, Xerxes, and Dave?
  • Myst gives us such characters as Atrus, Gehn, Sirrus, Achenar, and Catherine. It's explained in the backstory that her name was Katran, but Atrus for some reason misheard the introduction and it stuck.
    • These names are also from different cultures. Atrus (actually Aitrus), Gehn and Yeesha are D'ni names, Katran is Rivenese, and Sirrus and Achenar aren't explicitly described as either (they may well be D'ni, but are probably differently spelled).
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 has half-brothers Daegun and… Duncan.
    • The player's allies too, having completely ridiculous names like Neeshka and Casavir existing alongside almost normal names like Elanee and Bishop.
    • The first game kept it to mostly consistent fantastic names like Linu, Sedos, and Maugrim, but Tomi and Aarin Gend have pretty ordinary-sounding names. And Aribeth wouldn't raise more than one or two eyebrows in a real-world setting.
  • The Kingmakers in Ni no Kuni 2 are named Oakenhart, Longfang, Brineskimmer, Bastion, Alisandra… and Lofty.
  • In Ōkamiden, nearly every character has a Japanese name. Then there's Manpuku's mom, Charity. She's never stated to be foreign, and looks just like any other young Japanese woman in the game. In Japan she's named Motenashi (Japanese for "hospitality") so her name is Translation Convention.
  • The ghosts from Pac-Man are named Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and... Clyde. Clyde is replaced by Sue in Ms. Pac-Man and by Tim in Jr. Pac-Man.
  • Paladins runs the gamut when it comes to naming the Champions. Some names are plain, such as Cassie, Lex, Vivian, Evie and Buck. Others are from different countries, with the characters only sometimes corresponding to them, such as Maeve (Irishnote ), Viktor (Russian), Fernando (Spanish), Tyra (Scandinavian), Makoa (Madagascannote ), Torvald (Nordic; variant of "Thorvald"), Willo (Irish; variation of "Willow"), Grover (English) and Inara (African/Middle Eastern). Then you have Asian names like Ying, Sha Lin, Lian, Zhin and Khan. And of course, there are names that were completely made up for the setting, like Androxus, Kinessanote , Mal'Damba, Drogoz, Grohk, Jenos, Talus and Bariknote . Let's not forget that there are names like Ash, Pip, Strix, Terminus, Moji, Ruckus and Bomb King either. Let's just say that nothing is off-limits when it comes what how Hi-Rez names each Champion.
    • Seris and Furia sound like examples of "Aerith", but their original names were much more "Bob" with the comparatively mundane Abby and Sarah.
    • Androxus and Lex were once partners as lawmen, which perfectly highlights this in effect.
  • The main cast of Persona 4 includes Yu Narukami, Yosuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Kanji Tatsumi, Rise Kujikawa, Naoto Shirogane....and Teddie. Averted in Japan where Teddie is called Kuma (Japanese for "Bear").
    • There's also Igor, Margaret, and Marie from the Velvet Room. Interestingly enough, all of them,(even Teddie), have human appearances, but are in fact not human.
  • In Planescape: Torment, for those with names, there's Vhailor, Dak'kon, Nordom, Ignus, Fall-From-Grace (though she can be abbreviated to just Grace), Morte (not short for Mortimer)…and Annah. Annah Of The Shadows, to be specific, which while not quite Fall-From-Grace is still uncommon. And that's just your party members. One advantage of the Planescape setting's cultural mish-mash is that anyone can be called literally anything, up to and including '0' and nobody will bat an eyelid.
  • Pokémon has several unique names for Pokemon, including "Giratina", "Sableye", "Raichu", "Shiftry" and "Lickilicky". Kanto also has very simple names, like "Gloom", "Golem" (which surprisingly enough is not based on an actual golem) and "Seel."
    • And that's only looking at the ones they kept in the English version. In Japanese, Drowzee was called "Sleep", Pidgeotto was called "Pigeon", Zapdos was called "Thunder", and Sandshrew was called "Sand". They cut down on the Gratuitous English in later generations after the games became popular overseas.
      • Also, Geodude's German name, "Kleinstein", meaning "little stone".
    • For the games we have in terms of protagonists, in order: Red, Green ("Blue" outside of Japan), Leaf. Ethan (Hibiki), Kris, Lyra (Kotone), & Silver. May (Haruka) & Brendan (Yuuki). Dawn (Hikari), Lucas (Kouki) & Barry (Jun). Hilbert (Touya), Hilda (Touko), Cheren, Bianca (Bel),N (It's short for "Natural Harmonia Gropius" but that isn't much better), Calem, Serena, Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna. Unlike other examples, only Leaf, Green, N, and maybe Calem (which is actually "Callum" in Japanese, a real name), have strange names.
    • Pokémon Colosseum has Wes as the protagonist and its sequel has Michael, but the other characters have names like Diogo, Marcon, Liaks, Nexir, Snattle, or Mirror B. Some of the names in Unova's Battle Subway are on par with Orre's in terms of randomness. Others are just random words, however. And then there's a School Girl named Percy.
      • How could you have possibly covered Orre's strange names without making any mention of the Hexagon Brothers: Resix, Blusix, Greesix, Yellosix, Purpsix, and Browsix? Of course, they could just be codenames.
      • A few more, specifically from XD: Furgy, Kwane, Jetsal, Hobble, Zook, Koiyt (whom you battle right after Kwane in Mt. Battle), & Jedo.
      • Some of the names of the residents of Orre don't sound much weirder if you say them backwards.
    • Pokémon X and Y gives the Gym leaders names like Viola, Ramos, Grant, and Olympia, but the Elite Four have really odd names such as Malva, Wikstrom and Siebold.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon: Lillie has a very common name compared to the rest of her family; her father is named Mohn, her mother is named Lusamine, and her older brother is named Gladion.
  • The NPC names in Ragnarok Online seems to be either handpicked from a list or made up on the spot. Names like Tyler, Steven and John will be right next to Rhawnye, Titicupe, Seiyablem and Munkenro.
  • Shows up in the original Ratchet & Clank trilogy. While most of the main characters get exotic names (Ratchet, Clank, Drek), the supporting characters get names like Angela and Lawrence.
  • The characters in Red Dead Redemption Red Dead Redemption II have names that are a mix of names that were popular in the second half of the 19th century when they were all born that remain popular today and ones that have fallen out of fashion. For the former, it’s names like Jack, Abigail, Mary, and Arthur. For the latter, some names like Hosea, Colm, Kieran, and Marion for a man.
  • Resonance of Fate has three playable characters: Zephyr, Vashyron, and... Leanne? The NPCs also follow this trend, with Theresa and Bobby living alongside Barbarella and Garigliano. It's worth noting that in the Japanese version, Leanne was Reanbelle.
  • Rhythm Star: Some characters have names like Rhythmy, Nana, Didi and Ppwarou while others have exotic but still recognizable real-person names like Beethoven, Clara, Liszt, etc. that are taken from Classic era composers.
  • Shadow Hearts, the Valentine siblings, all roughly or over four hundred by the games' 1913-1929 timeline. The eldest, Joachim. The youngest, Hildegard. The middle? Keith. One of these names is not like the others… Actually, none of those names is like each other; one is Hebrew, one is German and one is Scottish. And their home is in Romania.
  • Names in the Shining franchise can be all over the place, and unlike most RPG series, there's no One Steve Limit in effect. So you have names like Max and Arthur intermingling with those like Synbios, Bleu or Xion, and occasionally getting recycled.
    • The names of several members of the Noswald Empire in Shining Force EXA. Ragnadaam The Third, Gadfort, Duga, and Phillip. Yes—Phillip. Not only that, he's the Camp Straight and a Dirty Coward.
  • Easy to come across in The Sims series. The name generators for townies aren't very particular about whether the first and last names are a logical combination, whether the name is logical for the person's appearance, or in some cases even whether the names exist. However, the playable pre-generated characters for the Sims 2 neighborhoods have reasonable names, and most people who play will use some kind of sense in naming their Sims. So you'll get Angela or David talking to Goopy. (Of course, your Sims can be the Aeriths as easily as they can be the Bobs, depending on what kind of sense you use naming them, for example if you make Sims of fictional characters with odd names.)
  • Solatorobo gives us Red and Bruno (common dog names) and Alicia (common human name) running around with Béluga (a type of whale), Opéra (like the music), and Chocolat and Waffle. Then there's the question of where Elh's name even came from.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog's main characters are named Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman/Robotnik, and... then there's Amy, and Tails is just a nickname: his real name is Miles Prower. The human characters are given pretty realistic names (Gerald, Maria, Elise). Ivo, Marine, and Rouge are real names as well, though significantly rarer. Further fantastical names include Cream, Shadow, Silver, Blaze, Vector, Espio, Charmy, Jet, Wave, and Storm.
  • The main character in Spectrobes is named Rallen. His partner is Jeena. The bad guy's named Krux.the guy who sells you weapons is named Dave.
  • The dragons you rescue in the original Spyro the Dragon games tend to suffer from this. For example, the baby dragons from the third game can have names that range from "Tom" to "Thelonious".
  • In the STALKER series of games every single humanoid NPC is named (yes, even zombies). This can lead to many "normal" Russian names (e.g. Sidorovich, Sakharov, Oleg Gusarov, Vasiliev, etc.) or titles (e.g. The Confederate, Wolf, Snitch, Ghost, etc.) along with some quite strange ones for minor characters (e.g. Slavic Banana).
  • In the first two Star Control games Umgah captains usually have alien-sounding names, like Ei'ei'o, Znork'i, O'guk'e or Chez'ef. But one Umgah captain is named... Bob.
  • StarCraft has an interesting naming scheme for its cast. The Terran race spans the entire Aerith And Bob spectrum, but kind of classifies them such that Heroic or otherwise "commoner" characters are on the Bob side, with the villainous, upstanding, or sometimes eccentric ones in the Aerith side. The Zerg and Protoss largely remain exclusively in the Aerith side given that they are alien in nature.
    • "Commoner" Terrans include: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Edmund Duke, Gerard Du Galle, Alexi Stukov, Gabriel Tosh, Matt Horner, Mira Han, Egon Stetmann, Rory Swann, Ariel Hanson, and Lester and Sarge.
    • The Terrans on the other end of the spectrum include Arcturus Mengsk (plus his son Valerian), Tychus Findlay, Horace Warfield, and, most of all, November Annabella "Nova" Terra.
    • The Zerg have: Daggoth, Zasz, Izsha, Abathur, and Na'Fash, while the Protoss: Zeratul, Tassadar, Artanis, Aldaris, Raszagal, Ulrezaj, Karass, Urun, Mohandar, and Selendis. And there's even the Zerg-Protoss hybrid, Maar.
    • Perhaps the odd one out is Samir Duran, who remains a mystery. And Emil Narud, although admittedly that's sort of for the same reason.
  • The original Star Fox team consisted of Peppy Hare, Pigma Dengar, and... James McCloud (who would go on to name his son "Fox"). Other characters include Andross, Bill Grey, Slippy Toad (and father Benito Toad), Andrew Oikonny, and Dash Bowman.
  • Star Wars: Galaxies has Johnson Smith, a Zabrak on Kashyyyk.
  • Street Fighter has several instances of this, likely because they fit with characters' nationality. On the other hand, this creates Narm with names such as "Ken", "Dhalsim", "Dan Hibiki", "Twelve", and "Seth", who is the final boss of Street Fighter IV. Then there's Guile...
  • Super Mario Bros. has some Bob names like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina, but they've mostly been phased out due to the One Mario Limit. On the other hand, you won't be hearing anyone call their kid Toad, Wario, Waluigi, or Bowser. Yoshi is actually a real name (albeit it doesn't count in Japanese materials, where he's named Yossy), though here it's the name of both a character and his species.
  • In Surviving Mars, colonists immigrating to your colony from Earth will keep their usual Earth-like names, but Mars-born colonists will have rather unusual space-themed names, like "Gamma Star" for instance.
  • The entire Tales series is this. They have the usual names like Luke, Lloyd, Jay and Annie. The slightly less every day but still normal names like Yuri, Hubert, Jade and Emil. Then the just plain bizarre names like Kanonno, Mint, Genis and Bruiser. It works for the most part though (it should be stressed that some names were changed in the American versions to sound less strange: Genis and Raine were known as Genius and Refill around there, while Bruiser Khang was Mighty Khongman. The list goes on). Oddly, in one case, a normal name (Woodrow) was changed in the localization to "Garr."
    • Even more punctuated is Tales of Phantasia, which features four elemental spirits, Sylph, Undine, Gnome, and Efreet, and their leader, Maxwell. Also in Phantasia, there are the protagonist's parents Miguel and Maria, and then there's their son, Cress. Why two persons who, judging form the names, are ethnically "Hispanic" would give their son an ethnically "Salad" name is not explained. The Tales Series is also a Japanese game, so all these names would probably sound 'exotic' to the Japanese.
      • Cress is in fact an actual name (as in "Cress Williams"), but not a Hispanic one
  • Tales of the Abyss has some of the major characters originally from the isle of Hod: Gailardia (who shortens his name to the pretty commonplace Guy), Vandesdelca, Mystearica, and Mary, which is short for Marybelle.
  • Tales of Symphonia. The names of the main characters range from relatively normal, such as Alice, Lloyd, Emil, Marta, Colette, Sheena, and Raine to fairly odd like Genis and Regal, to just plain weird like Zelos, Kratos, Decus, and Mithos. But if you excuse real-world name etymology, they really do work well together.
  • In the Thief series, you have a wide array of real historical names, sometimes with non-English or rarer spellings, and plenty of fantasy names in between - some intelligible as symbolic names, some as completely made up. It fits the eclectic, mostly urban and cosmopolitan setting of the series. Ordinary-sounding names include Garrett (the protagonist), Benny, Natalie, Jimmy, Elizabeth, Bernard, Nate, Julian, Olivia, Robert, Clive, Frederick, historical-sounding or rare names include Artemus, Constantine, Orland, Edwina, Cid, Bram, Gammall ("old"), Bertha, Egbert, Reuben, Edgar, Hal, unusually spelled names like Lauryl, Thom, Dyan, Lukas, Donal, Viktoria... Then there are apparently symbolic names like Dahlia, Lotus, Larkspur, Cavador ("digger" in Spanish), Uriel (angel name), Ember, a Shout-Out name like Karras for a Sinister Minister, and finally, outright made-up names like Basso, Jenivere, Issyt, Giri, Joce, Markander, Quince, Jacow, Aeric, Gredius, etc., etc. Most mentioned family names seem real world-esque (Rutherford, Shemenov, Huxley, Ramirez, Bafford, Davidson, Gervasius), with a few weird exceptions, such as Farkus, Drept or Kilgor. For pure Rule of Funny, there is also mention of a family named Bumbleson.
  • In the Sega Saturn and PC game Three Dirty Dwarves, the lead dwarf is Greg, followed by Taconic and Corthag. (Having one named after the Taconic Parkway does makes sense in context.)
  • Thwaite has NPCs like Tilda, Meg, and Justin in the same village as Gnivad, Isca, and Briar.
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Touhou has a weird relationship with this trope. Early on, youkai characters were given western names, with the exception of the Yakumo family and Kazami Yuuka. Then ZUN stopped doing that, causing those characters to retroactively have odd names.
    • Then there's Nazrin, who's name is neither western nor Japanese but is a rare name in Malay and is a name of Middle-Eastern origin, playing with this trope.
    • The Japanese names are, if anything, worse. Largely because ZUN tries to give characters meaningful names and only some characters have concepts that can be expressed by normal-sounding names.
  • Nearly all the characters in Undertale have completely non-human names that are either puns or otherwise play into their character in some meaningful way - for example, the first character you meet provides you with the game's tutorial, and her name is Toriel. Even the main character, the only one who's actually human, turns out to be named Frisk with deliberately no explanation. The only exception to this are a handful of minor gag characters, such as Jerry, Aaron, and yes, Bob - no info on whether this was an intentional reference.
    • The only other possible exception is the first fallen human, whose dubiously-canon name is Chara.
  • From Delta Rune (which is related to Undertale in somehow) Considering that most monsters have made up or at least unusual names (Toriel, Papyrus, Undyne, Alphys, Asgore, etc.), it's a bit weird to see that one of the main characters of this game is named Susie.
  • Vagrant Story has characters with really normal first names - Ashley, Sydney, Joshua, Romeo, Samantha, Duane, Grissom... coupled with really awesome surnames: Riot, Losstarot, Merlose, Guildstern, Bardorba...etc,
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines has normal names for most of the humans and unusual names for most of the Kindred. There are exceptions on both sides, however. In an inversion of the norm for RPGs, the most important Kindred have the least exotic names. While Side Quest givers have names like Pisha, Skelter, Damsel, and Velvet, some important characters who drive the main story are named Jack, Gary, Isaac, and Jeanette.
    • Skelter and Damsel are anarch gangers, so presumably they made up names to sound cool. Pisha is presumably many centuries old, comes from some distant, possibly extinct culture, and explicitly states it's not her own name. And Velvet Velour is using a pseudonym; her real name is Susan. You can only find that out if you're Malkavian, and expect a sharp telling-off if you mention it.¨
      • Sebastian, Maximilian and Bertram aren't really that strange, just foreign. Sebastian LaCroix is very explicitly French, and Maximilian Strauss has a German name and a German accent, so him actually being German isn't too far-fetched. Bertram is a rare but perfectly respectable German name. Tung is a German word (means heavy) and could, at least concievably, be used as a surname. It could also be a Chinese name, but that would be quite weird. Unless, of course, the whole name is assumed just to mess with people, which would not be out-of-character for a Nosferatu information broker.
  • World of Warcraft does this with humans (and undead who were humans in life). On one end you have Arthas Menethil and Anduin Wrynn, and at the other end you have Jonathon Garret and Margaret Fowler. Somewhere in the middle you have the likes of Jaina Proudmoore, whose name is neither someone you'd meet at work nor all-out fantastic. In some cases it might be justified as an Azerothian Preppy Name since royalty are likely to sport one of these.
    • As a rule of thumb, plot importance determines how exotic the name is. Many minor NPCs who are relevant enough to have a name but not relevant enough to warrant a lot of thinking have perfectly normal names (often enough referring to another works).
    • Player names also tend to cower the whole spectrum, when they aren't being outright lazy and name their Blood Elven hunter Xxlégölasxx.
    • In an interesting aversion, there is a ghost named Matthias Lehner. A perfectly normal, innocent name... until you figure out its an anagram. (Of Arthas Menethil.)
    • Warcraft 3 has a voice file for Pitlords that is a talk show introducing "Magtheridon, Hunter of Night! And his girlfriend Kim."
    • The most drastic example might be the fact that Kel'Thuzad was his human name, back when he worked for Antonidas. (So where was Kenan Thuzad?)
  • WURM: Journey to the Center of the Earth has a heroine named Moby whose boyfriend is named Ziggy, and most of the other (human) characters have more or less regular names; Dan, Mike, Allan, Sylvia...even the princess of the underground empire, Diane.
  • Xeno Gears has a nice mix of normal names (Maria, Stone, Billy, Bart,) mixed in with Miang, Krellian, Citan, Zephyr... Subverted with the two protagonists Fei Fong Wong and Elly van Houten: the first looks strange and completely made-up, it was the actual name of a Chinese doctor and martial artist who lived at the end of the XIX century (famously portrayed by Jackie Chan in a movie), while the latter seems like a normal Western name but is in fact Elhaym. Like Fei, all the Contact's past incarnations have names that sound strange and unrealistic, but are all taken from famous people, for instance Kim Kasim (after Kim Jong-Un), Lacan (after the psychologist Jacques Lacan), except for the first one, who is named Abel.
  • The Homs of Xenoblade Chronicles have names that range from normal, like Minnie, Kenny, Andres, and Jan, to slightly more obscure but plausible like Sharla and Dionysis. High Entia have a couple normal names like Arielle and Don, but most are like Jer'ell and En that are more fantasy. Nopon are their own category with names like Gadada, Kilaki, Dunga, and Npa. Most of the main characters have Aerith-level names like Shulk, Fiora, Dunban (a Chinese name in a mostly European-based culture) and Reyn, and then there are Riki (who is a Nopon) and Dickson who is a Giant.
  • Xenosaga. The four Testaments are, listed according to power, Luis Virgil, Erich Weber (codenamed Voyager), Albedo, and Kevin Winnicot. It doesn't help that while the first three are a war veteran, a hacker/terrorist and an immortal clone of Dimitri Yuriev respectively, the fourth's most villainous quality is being the main character's jerkass ex-boyfriend.
    • All the Testaments's real names are actually realistic: Erich Weber is a perfectly common German name, Luis is a Spanish name and a homophonous of "Lewis" and Dmitri Yuriev, the man Albedo was cloned from (and thus the closest thing he has to a "real name", is Russian. So yeah, the Testaments are more of a case of Special Person, Normal Name than a full-on Aerith and Bob. The only fully "Aerith" name is Albedo, and even then, he isn't human.
    • Let's not leave out the rest, either. On the protagonists' side, we've got Shion, Jin, MOMO (all normal Japanese names, though MOMO is written in all caps), Ziggy (short for Ziggurat 8, real name is the more mundane Jan Sauer), KOS-MOS, chaos, and Gaignun Kukai Jr., who usually just goes by, well, Jr. Also, names like Allen, Tony, Richard or Wilhelm with the likes of Margulis, Pellegri or Canaan.
      • The ES mechs are named Asher, Dinah, Gad, Issachar, Reuben, Levi, Naphtali, Judah, Zebulun, Simeon and... Joseph, Dan and Joshua. Justified as those are the names of the children of Jacob in Genesis... minus Benjamin, who is replaced by the Hebrew name for "Jesus".
  • Yggdra Union, Blaze Union, and Yggdra Unison: You have Yggdra, Ordene, Russell, Cruz, Durant, Aegina, Emilia, Dort, Juvelon, Milanor, Elena, Leon, Pamela, Nessiah, Mizer, Nietzsche, Amareus, Kylier, Eudy, Rosary, Roswell, Gulcasa, Baldus, Soltier, Ortega, Emelone, and Luciana. And possibly some other people, too.
  • The Ys series features lots of towns of characters with a mishmash of European-sounding names with a couple oddballs thrown in. For example, Xandria in Ys V features Neina and Rije.
    • Ys: The Oath in Felghana is better about this. Characters other than villains (aside from Count McGuire having a real last name) tend to have normal names such as the sibling duo of Elena and Chester, Mayor Edgar, and even a miner who has recently been mistaken to have died in a mining accident named Bob.
    • Ys SEVEN gives us two sibling characters. The older one is a young man named Mustafa — a real Arabic name and thus one that works for someone from a location based on part of North Africa. His younger sister, Cruxie, however, has a name that doesn't sound like something someone from North Africa would have.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom: The Gemini Elf twins receive names in this game; the younger blonde is Lora and the older brunette is Kachua.
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