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  • 3-2-1 Penguins! - Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has Gumball, Darwin and Anais, and their parents, Richard and Nicole. As of season 3, Gumball's real name was revealed to be Zach.
    • In the school, there are kids with normal names like "Alan", "Sarah", "Penny", "Joe", "Sussie" and "William", and more uncommon like "Bobert", "Ocho", and "Juke".
  • Animaniacs: In the show, you have normal names like Dot, Ralph, Rita and Mindy. But then you have uncommon names like Yakko, Wakko, Runt and Pinky.
  • An episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force has an example. Meatwad gets a T-Shirt that makes him a god. His first act of power is to summon the Easter Bunny. He then proceeds to summon the Easter Bunny's twin brother, Darryl.
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  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, most of the names come from a hodgepodge of different East Asian and Native American (Inuit in particular) languages, many of which are rather nonstandard names at that, or standard names with nonstandard pronunciation ("Mai" is spoken as "may" rather than "my"). You also have names drawn from other parts of Asia (like Zaheer and Pathik), Anglicized non-Western names (like June), and Western names changed to look less so (which is how we get "Korra" from "Cora"). To top it all off, there were also a few canon names which simply seem completely out-of-place: Hope, Mai's little brother Tom-Tom, Toph's mother Poppy, mover actress Ginger, and Raiko's wife Buttercup. Sometimes it's significant; Suyin's kids mostly have Chinese-style names (Huan, Wei, Wing), but Baatar is a Mongolian name and Opal is straightforwardly English, and they were the odd ones out - Baatar and Baatar Jr. are non-benders, the latter of who sided with Kuvira for most of Season 4, and Opal is an airbender, meaning neither is an earthbender unlike the other three.
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  • The titular rodents from Biker Mice from Mars are named Throttle, Modo and... Vinnie, which is short for Vincent.
  • Some of the main kids in Clarence include Clarence, Jeff, Chelsea, Sumo, Belson, and Malessica.
  • Doug, Beebe and Patti (short for Patricia) are relatively normal. And then you have Skeeter (short for Mosquito), Chalky and Skunky.
  • In The Crumpets, the titular family have oddly-named members like Triceps, Fynartz, Ohoh, Ditzy, Bother and Blister, Grownboy, and Pfff, and the kids' adoptive cousin is Cordless. Other characters' names include Cassandra, Isadora (the Crumpets' Granny), and Steve.
  • In Dora the Explorer, there are normal names like Dora, Isa, and Benny, mixed in with names like Boots, Backpack, and Swiper.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: In a village populated with folk such as Stoick, Gobber, Hiccup, Snotlout, and Astrid, an exotic foreign beauty who crashes on their shores is named Heather. "Astrid" is a perfectly normal Scandinavian name. The rest of her age cohort consists of Hiccup, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut, and Tuffnut.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: The cul-de-sac kids consist of Sarah, Jimmy, Kevin, Jonny and Plank, Nazz, and Rolf. Now, the names of Plank and Rolf make sense since Plank is a piece of wood, and Rolf is from an unknown location in Europe he refers to as The Old Country, but other than the possibility that Nazz is named after a band, her name is the strangest.
    • Nazz could be short for Natalie, so it could go either way.
  • Eon Kid, a Kids' WB CG-animated cartoon features robotic warriors such as Gaff, Eiger, and Ssampac.... and also humans/robots named Marty, Ally, and George.
  • The Fairly OddParents,
    • There are some fairies with common names (Wanda, Cosmo, Simon) among the weird ones (Poof, Juandissimo, Twinkle Flitter Glitter, Jorgen von Strangle). This is lampshades in one of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, where Timmy gets a temp and asks what his "cool fairy name" is. It's Jeff.
    • The Yugopotamians. The main one, Mark, has a common Earth name. So do his peers, Jeff and Eric. But his parents are named King Grippulon and Queen Jipjorulac.
  • Typically, characters in The Flintstones have normal first names and unusual last name (e.g. Barney Rubble). However, one character is named "Bamm-Bamm".
  • Futurama:
    • Zoidberg's little-mentioned first name is "John".
    • The episode where Leela's surname (which is placed before her given name) was revealed to be "Turanga" was the same where Fry's first name was revealed to be "Phillip". Naturally, it's Lampshaded For Laughs:
      Fry: Wait a minute, "Turanga?"
      Amy: That's her name, Phillip.
      Bender: (Spit Take) PHILLIP?!
    • Bender's full name is Bender Bending Rodriguez.
    • The recurring news anchor team of Morbo and Linda (green alien and blonde human, respectively) and police partners Smitty and URL (human and robot; latter name pronounced "Earl").
  • The now-defunct Mills Corporation, an owner of several U.S. malls, had a kids' club called Muggsy's Meadow. Its mascots included Muggsy Beaver, Carl Raccoon, Lilly Spider and Tred Opossum. All four even got their own cartoon, Get Muggsy!.
  • Goof Troop has a split between characters with everyday names and characters with common words that are atypical for names. In the main cast alone, there's Max, Pete, and PJ (Pete Jr.) on one side, and Goofy and Pistol on the other, while Peg sounds like an everyday name but has a common word source (as a Mythology Gag to Peg-Leg Pete). Counting movie and minor characters, there are characters named Debbie, Douglas, Rose, Marty, Bob, Wally, Bobby, Roxanne, Stacey, Bradley, and Sylvia, as well as Giblets, Tooth, Nail, Leech, Coupe, Spud, and Tank.
  • Parodied on Gravity Falls—the five gnomes who make up Norman are named Jeff, Carson, Jason, Steve and Shmebulock. For that matter, the main cast consists of characters like Grunkle (Great Uncle) Stan, Wendy (normal), Mabel, Gideon, (Stan)Fordnote  (somewhat unusual), Dipper and Soos (weird). "Dipper," however, is eventually revealed to be a nickname while Soos is based on a real person named Jesús, and this is also the name the twins find on his ID at one point. Although both Dipper and Soos have been indicated to be nicknames at some point in the show that everyone just uses to refer to them. Bizarrely, probably the most normal name out of the main cast (at least in terms of first names) belongs to an Eldritch Abomination. His name is (wait for it...) Bill.
  • Green Eggs and Ham: Contrast Sam and Guy's fairly normal names to the typically outlandish ones of the other cast members. Michellee (not Michelle) and EB (short for Elanabeth) exist somewhere in the wide gulf between those extremes.
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs has the humans that all have normal names, but the dinosaurs' names vary. Some have normal names (Patsy, Sid, Nancy), while others have made-up names (Taury, Trike, Steggy) and one straddles the line, by being named "Pterence", with a P.
  • The royal couple from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) were King Randor and Queen Marlena, although the latter was supposed to be an earthling. In fact, Prince Adam himself is a pretty plain name, as is Duncan, Man-at-Arms' actual name. The cartoon only has a few odd names as far as recurring characters are concerned (the ones where real names are known) like Teela and Adam's sister Adora (from the spin-off).
  • Three of the five main characters of Higglytown Heroes are named Wayne, Kip, and Fran. What are the names of the other two? Twinkle and Eubie.
  • In Horrible Histories, the protagonists are called Mo and Stitch. The Bully has a normal first name and unusual last name- his full name is Darren Dongle.
  • Infinity Train has a wide variety here. The character names range from relatively normal (Nancy, Randall, Kate, Mikayla, Andy, Megan, Amelia) to somewhat unusual but still plausible (Tulip, Atticus, MT/Lake, Alrick) to practically made up (One-One).
  • Parodied by the Irkens in Invader Zim: while most have odd names like "Zim" or "Skoodge," there's also an Irken named "Tim" and another named "Bob." (And then there are "Red" and "Purple"…) The humans have this too: names like Dib and Gaz are somewhat quirky, while the names of minor characters can range from the normal ("Gretchen," "Brian") to the utterly bizarre ("The Letter M" or even "Poonchy, Drinker of Hate," both of whom are just normal skoolchildren).
  • Jack the Explorer has characters with common names (Jack and Sam), characters with more rare names (Nico and Yoki), and characters with completely alien names (Rocket and Chip).
  • In Julius Jr.: There's Julius, Clancy, Ping and... Sheree?
  • KaBlam! featured an alien and a caveman respectively code-named Prometheus and Bob.
  • Kaeloo: Olaf is the only one with a normal name; the others have weird names like Stumpynote  and Quack Quacknote .
  • A deliberate example from Les Sisters: Marine and Wendy have to come up with aliases to get into a place they were banned from, so they come up with two names: Marina (a fairly normal name) and... Wendynoodle.
  • In The Lion Guard, just about every character has a Swahili name, as in The Lion King (1994): Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Ono, Beshte, Janja, Reirei, you name it... and then there's a zebra named Thurston.
  • In The Loud House, we have names that went from originally normal like Lucy, Bobby, Luan, and Clyde to downright "made-up" like Rusty Spokes.
  • Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series. The male ducks who appear are named Wildwing, Nosedive, Duke, Canard, and Grin (whose real name is Check). The female ducks who appear are Tanya, Mallory, and Lucretia. Okay then.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Names like "Applejack", "Celestia", "Spitfire", and "Rainbow Dash" are common. However, there are occasionally "normal" names like "Trixie", "(Pony/Donut) Joe", and "Babs". Even so, Trixie is a stage magician and thus performs magic tricks, so the name is fitting even if the pun is kind of blah. Babs' full name is Babs Seed, as in "bad seed."
    • My Little Pony had this in the toys, several ponies having normal names. There is also the main character Pinkie Pie, whose middle name is Diane — the only example of a "normal" name amongst the Mane Six.
    • Speaking of, there's Pinkie Pie's parents who are Igneous Rock and Cloudy Quarts, and her sisters who are named Marble, Limestone, and Maud, leaving the latter with the only "normal" name (though it is a play on "mud pie"). It's possible they are nicknames or shortened versions as well (not that "Pinkamena" is in any way a normal name). Their Fanon names, before their Canon names were announced, also count as they were a play off of the Pac-Man names: Inky (Limestone), Blinky (Marble), Pinkie, Sue (Cloudy Quarts), and Clyde (Igneous Rock).
    • In Season 1 many fans noticed that ponies from Ponyville and Canterlot had the rather exotic-sounding names while characters from elsewhere, such as Trixie and Gilda, had actual real-life names, and suggested that the exotic name thing was a regional naming thing. It was soon Jossed for the most part, although griffons tend to have either Germanic or European names save for "Grandpa Gruff" (which could be a nickname).
    • Granny Smith and Big Macintosh sound "human" (even if they're really apple-themed names like Applejack & Apple Bloom. "Granny Smith" & "McIntosh" are varieties of apple). Though the big guy's name is insistently spelled as "McIntosh" in all official media, the show itself distinctly pronounces it as "mack" with even the nickname "Big Mac" being sparringly used— likely the insistent spelling is done to avoid the ire of a certain computer company and restaurant, respectively.
    • There's also the changeling "Kevin", initially named by 4Chan's /mlp/ board but ultimately became Ascended Fanon.
    • The Young Six also follow this, being Gallus, Ocellus, Sandbar, Silverstream, Smolder, and Yona, with Yona being the only actual name (meaning "dove" in Hebrew).

  • My Little Pony Tales had a lot of this. Mares got the sort of names you expect from MLP, while stallions had down to earth names like Ace and Teddy (though Teddy had the Unmanly Secret of still having a teddy bear, making him a Trixie case.) The only example of a truly typical-for-MLP name among male Tales characters was a squire named Squire.
  • Ninjago has Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd, and Garmadon. Which of those names stick out to you? (To be fair, the last one is the name of the Big Bad. Lloyd also shares it as a last name, because he is Lord Garmadon's son.)
  • In Oggy and the Cockroaches, there are characters with names like Jack, Joey and... Oggy.
  • Okay, so you have a show, who has main characters with names like Perry, Candace, Buford, Linda, Vanessa and Isabella. The names of the show's title characters? Phineas and Ferb.
    • Then within the show itself, Candace was always going on about how her children with Jeremy would be named Xavier and Amanda. Then in the episode where the boys travel 20 years into the future they meet their future niece Amanda, and their TWO nephews, Xavier and Fred.
  • On Ready Jet Go!, we have Mindy, Sean, Sydney......and then there's Jet, which is a rare boy's name.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Inverted with the kids' first names. In this case, we have three relatively rare names: Daphne, Velma and Norville (Shaggy, that is), plus one more "normal" - Fred (short for Frederick).
    • Played more straight with their last names - Blake, Dinkley, Rogers and Jones, respectively. The odd one is Dinkley.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Most of the names in the show are pretty wild, if sometimes bluntly descriptive, with Adora, Catra, Glimmer, Bow, Mermista, Scorpia etc. Queen Angella's name is almost normal, but is also bluntly descriptive because she is essentially an angel. Then there are a few normal names - Lonnie, Kyle, Rogelio, Bow's fathers George and Lance, and, in possibly the weirdest juxtaposition of all, Emily, who is Entrapta's pet Horde robot.
  • The two main characters from Shinbone Alley are called Archy and Mehitabel.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The kids at school whom Bart hangs out with include Milhouse, Lewis, Nelson...and Richard. (Guess which one was quietly phased out of the show.)
    • The guys Homer is always meeting at Moe's bar include Lenny, Carl, Larry, Sam (all fairly common mid-20th-century names), and Barney (more of an early 20th-century name).
    • Two of the cops on the Springfield police force are named Lou and Eddie. Their boss is named Clancy.
    • The Springfield mob consists of (Fat) Tony, Louie, and...Legs. (In one episode Legs starts to reveal where he got his nickname, but gets interrupted by the plot.)
  • Solar Opposites: The aliens consist of two Aeriths (Korvo and Yumyulack) and two Bobs (Terry and Jesse). Interestingly, the trope seems to be in effect for the sake of further conveying that the former two dislike being on Earth, while the latter two enjoy it.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The show has quirky creative names like "Spongebob" and "Squidward" alongside more normal sounding names like "Patrick" and "Sandy".
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • This occurs even among the Earth kids. Some of Star's class includes Marco, Janna, Jackie, Alfonso (normal), Star herself, Ferguson (last name O'Durguson), and StarFan13.
    • Mewmans tend toward unusual names in general, either in the sense of made-up ones like Ruberiot or nature-based ones like Star, Moon and River. There is, however, the general weirdness of Star's family being "the Johansens" on one side and "the Butterflies" on the other.
    • Antagonist Ludo's very large family all have names that would be unusual by human standards and ending in "-udo"... except for Dennis.
    • Tom's parents, Lady and Lord Lucitor, a.k.a. Wrathmelior and Dave. To be fair, one's a demon and the other a Mewman.
  • Star Wars Rebels has realistic names like Ezra Bridger and Jun Sato alongside more colorful ones like Kanan Jarrus and Garazeb Orrelios.
  • The main characters of Steven Universe are named Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and, as you probably guessed, Steven. The full human characters add an extra layer to this. Their names range from fairly common and mundane, such as Connie and Greg, to more obscure, like Lars and Kofi, to food themed, like Sour Cream and Onion. Their last names (that we know of) vary from the mundane (Miller, Dewey, Maheswaran) to the slightly-improbable (Smiley, Fryman, Dewey). The main character and his father's bizarre surname "Universe" is actually something the latter made up as part of his musician career.
  • Of the cast of Station X, you have Jesse, Davis... Kandi, Seven, Slate, and Knob.
  • On the planet Galaluna in Sym-Bionic Titan, you have people with Earth names like Edward, Arthur, Lance and Ilana as opposed to characters like Modula and Baron.
  • Transformers names tend to be cool-sounding descriptive English nouns, verbs, or portmanteaus, occasionally modified to be trademark-friendly, like Ravage, Bluestreak, or Ironhide. However, a handful still stick out. Optimus Prime, and various other "leader" characters, tend to have Latin names, a couple characters have names that are words in other languages (Rapido, Gekisoumaru), a number of characters have names that are basically gibberish (Violen Jiger, Unicron), and a handful even have human names in various languages (Raiden, Kirk).
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Understandable due to the show being set in space, but some of the human characters have more unusual names, and some of the aliens have names that could realistically be given to humans. The seven main characters are Shiro (human), Lance (human), Coran (alien), Hunk (human), Allura (alien), Pidge (human, but to be fair her real name is Katie), and Keith (human/alien). For the (human) Holt family, there's Colleen, Sam, Matt, and Pidge/Katie. Among the aliens are Shay, Nyma, Kolivan, Rolo, Lotor, Krolia, Sendak, Ryner, Alfor, Narti, Acxa, Honerva, Kova (a cat), Hira, Sal, Slav, Rax, and Thace.
  • Sometimes lists of names are shown for the Watchdogs in Wander over Yonder. A lot of them are completely normal, but then there's stuff like Treasure. Oh, and Commander Peepers. The five main characters in the show are called Lord Hater, Commander Peepers, Lord Dominator, Wander (formally Tumbleweed)...and Sylvia.note 
  • In the Human Aliens World of Winx Club, the titular Club is pretty evenly split between Bobs— Flora, Stella, and Aisha/Layla, and Aeriths— Bloom, Tecna, and Musa. The Specialists play this even straighter with normal names Brandon, Timmy, and Roy, and then the stranger Sky, Riven, Helia, Nabu, and Nex.
    • The supporting characters in the Magix dimension include Faragonda, Valtor, Saladin, Radius, Hoe-Bow, Diaspro, Miele, Chimera, Teredor, Niobe, Oritel, Codatorta, and Zarathustra, as well as Daphne, Cassandra, Lucy, Luna, Marion, Miriam, Jared, and Anne.
    • There's also the Terrible Trio of witches, the Trix, which are the unique Icy and Stormy, and the regular Darcy.
  • In Wonkidos, the humans have normal names like Evan, but the Wonkidos are called things like Wobbles and Apps.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Xavier, Brad, and then there's Yadina. So far, searching up her name doesn't turn up to much results besides her and the name "Yadin".

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