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  • This can potentially occur in any game where you can provide custom names for your character and/or party members, as such games make little to no judgement calls on the player-supplied names.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 Jonaleth.
  • Dimension Spark is a game about the adventures of characters named Zach, Garret, and Pisces.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 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).
  • The main cast of Persona 4 includes Yu Narukami, Yosuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Kanji Tatsumi, Rise Kujikawa, Naoto Shirogane....and Teddie.
    • 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.
  • Lunar series:
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    • The first game, Lunar: The Silver Star has more Bobs than Aeriths, with names such as Alex, Jessica, Mia... And Luna and Ghaleon.
    • The sequel, Lunar: Eternal Blue, is the other way around with names like Lucia, Lemina, Ronfar... And Leo and Jean.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 IX gives us this trope all in one person, with Dagger, a.k.a. Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, whose real name is actually Sarah.
  • 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 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 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.)
  • Your party in Final Fantasy XV goes by names of "Noctis", "Ignis", "Gladiolus", 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".
  • Bravely Default and it's 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 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).
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?)
  • The main character in Ape Escape is called Spike. His rival? Jake. Jake was changed to Buzz for the PAL release, though (along with the god-awful American dubbing).
  • Pokémon has several unique names for Pokemon, including "Giratina", "Sableye", "Raichu", "Shiftry" and "Lickilicky". Kanto also has very simple names, like "Gloom", "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", 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?
      • 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.
  • 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 Elite Beat Agents are named Agent J, Chieftain, Spin, Commander Kahn, Starr, Foxx, Missy, Derek and Morris.
  • Speaking of which, the original Star Fox team consisted of Peppy Hare, Pigma Dengar, and... James McCloud. Other characters include Andross, Bill Grey, Slippy Toad (and father Benito Toad), Andrew Oikonny, and Dash Bowman.
  • ''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.
  • Koudelka, the prequel to Shadow Hearts is not immune, either. The party consists of two men named Edward and James, and a woman named Koudelka. Edward and James are English, while Koudelka is Romani (also known as Gypsy) and her name is Czech for someone with blonde hair, which could have easily diffused west amongst the Romani.
  • 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.
    • A lot of the Tales games tend to be like that. However, a lot of characters' surnames tend to be realistic, regardless of how weird their first names are.
    • Kratos and Zelos are taken from Classical Mythology, thus the similarity with a certain homicidal "hero".
  • 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.
  • Iji (of the game of the same name) and her brother (and Voice With Access To The Loudspeaker System) Dan.
  • 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.
  • Tales of the Abyss has some of the major characters originally from the isle of Hod: Gailardia, Vandesdelca, Mystearica, and Mary, which is short for Marybelle.
  • 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.
  • 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, Sara Claire, Troy, Mark... Pony? Most fans call her "Jill" though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • King's Knight has the brave knight Rayjack, the powerful wizard Kaliva, the rampaging monster Barusa... and Toby the thief.
  • 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?
  • BlazBlue plays around with this trope some too. 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The central couple in the Monkey Island series are named Elaine Marley and... Guybrush Threepwood.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • Star Wars: Galaxies has Johnson Smith, a Zabrak on Kashyyyk.
  • 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.
  • Little Fighter 2 has characters named John, Henry, Davis, Dennis, Rudolph, Woody, Deep, Firen and Freeze.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Touhou has a weird relationship with this trope. Early on, youkai characters were given western names, with the exception of the Yakumo family. 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 israre 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 four demonic members of the underworld band Infernal Rackets in Kingdom of Loathing are Bognort, Stinkface, Flargwurm, and Jim.
  • 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).
  • Xenosaga. The four Testaments are, listed according to power, Virgil, 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 respectively, the fourth's most villainous quality is being the main character's jerkass ex-boyfriend.
    • 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.
  • This trope can often be invoked in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. One example would be the team of Amaterasu, Dormmamu and Chris.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Arc Rise Fantasia has more fanciful names like Ryfia, Rasta, and L'Arc alongside more "normal" names like Adele, Alfonse, and Leslie.
  • 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.
  • The names of the four Elementals who accompany the main character in Legend of Fae are Nixie, Enki, Gust and Fred.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The characters of Dark Souls are named like this. You'll run into characters named Laurentius, Griggs, Quelaag, Logan and Oswald.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Thwaite has NPCs like Tilda, Meg, and Justin in the same village as Gnivad, Isca, and Briar.
  • 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.
  • In the Classic Game Room review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From The Sewers for the Game Boy, host Mark Bussler forgets the name of the turtles and names them "Leonardo", "Donatello", "Mussolini" and "Bob".
  • The many races and cultures of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls can result in something bordering on this, with some cultures providing a few names that wouldn't sound out of place in a real English-speaking locale.
    • In Skyrim, the Nord names consists of a mix of Old Norse names, Pseudo-Old Norse names and names that are still common in Scandinavia. Also present is a Dunmer with an Argonian name. Brand-Shei was raised by Argonians (the two people's homelands share a border).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, though here it's the name of both a character and his species.
  • 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 the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 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).
  • I Have No Mouthand 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.
  • Xeno Gears has a nice mix of normal names (Maria, Stone, Billy, Bart,) mixed in with Miang, Krellian, Citan, Zephyr....
  • 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.
  • Legend of Fae has elemental spirits. Nixie is the spirit of water, Enki the spirit of earth and Gust the spirit of air, but the spirit of fire is...Fred?
  • Fable of Dwarves has names like Antin and Nilyam right alongside names like Joe and Bob.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Occurs in Guenevere as a result of being based on 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Red Dead Redemption II: There is a noticeable mix of common names (Arthur, John, Charles, Sean, Karen, Susan, etc.) as well as some rather old-fashioned ones that will seem unusual to modern players (Hosea, Micah, Josiah, Kieran, etc.) Given the time period of the game, this is rather appropriate.


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