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  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. 'Nuff said.
  • Airwolf seems to enjoy this trope with Stringfellow and Saint John (pronounced Sinjin) Hawke. Also, Dominic Santini, as well as Robert Winchester and Dr. Norris.
    • Let's not forget Michael Coldsmith-Briggs III who was so awesome he also had to add in a code-name, Archangel.
  • All That: Randy Quench, VOLENTEEAH FIAHMAN.
  • Deliberately invoked in Andromeda with the Nietzscheans. Their names tend to be references to historical or mythical tough guys with the last name usually referencing a historical location or people. For example, Tyr Anasazi is named after a Norse god and a Native American tribe. Gaheris Rhade is named after King Arthur's nephew and a German city, while his Identical Grandson Telemachus Rhade is named after the son of Odysseus. A throw-away line in one episode mentions Trance wondering what a Nietzschean mother was thinking when she named her son Genghis Stalin.
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  • The A-Team has Bosco Barracus.
  • Babylon 5: the Shadows think their name is so cool because it is one thousand syllables long and cannot be pronounced by you puny mortals. Then, the Shadows get surprised and angry that we puny mortals keep on calling them "Shadows".
  • Battlestar Galactica has an entire crew's worth of Awesome McCoolnames, starting with William and Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, Karl Agathon, Galen Tyrol, Felix Gaeta, Sharon Valerii, Anastasia Dualla, Billy Keikeya, Diana Seelix (the last being made-up on the spot by Aaron Douglas for a previously nameless character), Gaius Baltar and Admiral Helena Cain. And that's not even counting the pilot callsigns, which qualify for Red Baron territory.
  • Subverted in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine where Jake is temporarily partnered with Agent Jack Danger... who is a colossal dork who insists it's pronounced "Donger". Jackie Donger.
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  • Sam Axe in Burn Notice. Sam believes that Chuck Finley is also an example.
  • Frank Cannon from Cannon.
  • The titular character in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was actually named Jonathan Power. And he held the rank of Captain.
  • Castle gives us Richard Edgar "Rick" Castle and his daughter Alexis Castle, as well as the new captain Victoria Gates (better known as "Iron Gates"). Castle's birth name is actually Richard Alexander Rodgers. He legally changed his name because he liked "Castle" better and was a big fan of Poe.
  • Chuck, as an Affectionate Parody of the spy genre, is of course rife with these. Among others:
    • Roan Montgomery; seduction specialist and one of the show's many spoofs on Bond.
    • While Chuck Bartowski may not qualify, his CIA alter ego Charles Carmichael certainly does.
    • Cole Barker
    • Kieran Ryker, Sarah's ex-handler.
    • Nicholas Quinn, the series's final Big Bad.
  • Stephen Colbert used this to protect the identity of an ex-Colbert Report security guard who had been deployed in Afghanistan.
    Stephen: His name is Caesar, but for security reasons I can't show his photo, and for cool reasons I will refer to him as Tank Gunbullet.
    • On one Colbert Report (the one with Jeff Bridges), a name on the ticker of donators was "Ace McAwesome".
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  • Magnetic Attitude on Community. A.K.A. Magnitude.
  • On Cougartown, Bobby assumes the name Ron Mexico, with everyone remarking on how cool the name is.
  • Jeff Slade, the stupidly macho-named detective from the short-lived nice-idea-but-appallingly-executed Crime Traveller. As if the character name wasn't bad enough he was also cursed with being played by an ex-soap actor with a charisma bypass - thus making the character even harder to take seriously.
  • In the "Gettin' Judgey With It" episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, in which the judges participate in the ordeal for a change, Richard Blais (pronounced "Blaze") mentions that he wants to take fellow judge/competitor Jet Tila's first name, so that he can call himself Jet Blais.
  • Deadliest Warrior seemed to attract people like this. There's presenters Max Geiger and Geoffrey Thor Desmoulin, Rajput expert Gugun Deep Singh, Apache expert Snake Blocker and Crazy Horse expert Moses Brings Plenty (both of these guys are also examples of Badass Native)... Probably the best example is the Cartel expert, Michael Corleone Blanco.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor. Not their real name, still awesome.
    • Most Time Lords have cool names such as Romanadvoratrelundar, or "Romana" for short. She'd prefer Fred. The Meddling Monk and the Master also count for this trope.
      • The Doctor's real name is still a mystery, but the Twelfth Doctor says in "Twice Upon a Time" that their name can only be heard by children, "if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too." Sounds cool, but it's not hard to understand why they changed it.
    • Before they chose their current name, the Doctor was nicknamed "Theta Sigma", a nickname originating from the Academy. The Master's Academy nickname was "Koschei".
    • Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
    • A villainous example is the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe! note 
    • Captain Jack Harkness, although "Captain Jack" on its own is cool enough! (Even if it isn't his real name!)
    • And played with in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood". John Smith dreams of a man called the Doctor — Nurse Redfern says it's a personification of his desire to be a dashing hero. The twist being that the Doctor is his true self.
    • The Eleventh Doctor once aliased as Captain Troy Handsome of International Rescue.
    • Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All, the name that a baby gave himself. His parents call him "Alfie".
  • From Drake & Josh, we get the amazing psuedonyms Jefferson Steelflex and Alvin Yakitori.
  • After Phoebe marries Mike on Friends, she goes to legally change her last name to his... and instead changes her name to Princess Consuela Bananahammock. She doesn't see what the problem is until Mike threatens to change his name to Crap Bag ("It's easy to remember, just think of a bag of crap.").
  • In a world of fantasy, like Game of Thrones, it's standard. For every Ned, Robert, Jon, Sam, or Jaime there's a Daenerys, Tyrion, Theon, Salladhor Saan, or Daario. Salladhor Saan is acknowledged as such - "Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs."
  • Maxwell Smart of Get Smart — done as a parody and pun.
  • Glee: There are a few cool names (like Emma Pillsbury, Sugar Motta, Bryan Ryan, Holly Holliday) and also ironic ones like a future Broadway star whose name is Harmony. There's also Chord Overstreet (yes, that's his real name!) who plays a main character. Ironically, the character he plays has one of the most generic names possible: Sam Evans.
  • The Clash of the Titans round of Good News Week sees contestants use their names as buzzers. Often they choose cooler names instead. Examples include "Demon Dawg", "Adam Barrington Spencer" and "We'd like some more honey prawns at this table, please!"
  • The Great British Bake Off: Yes, the judges' names are really Mary Berry (actually, Mary-Rosa Alleyne Berry) and Paul Hollywood.
  • Kono Kalakaua from Hawaii Five-0.
  • Horrible Histories has original Awesome Mc Coolname Peregrine Thoroughgood and a portrayal of real-life Awesome Mc Coolname Jasper Maskelyne in the same sketch.
  • British drama The Hour: war correspondent Lix Storm. (She lives up to it.)
  • How I Met Your Mother: Ted Mosby, having met a guy who calls himself The Captain, decides to name himself Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville. To his credit, The Captain likes the name and uses it for Ted for the rest of the episode, not even missing a beat which helps make his affectations likeable.
    • An earlier episode has Marshall and Lily discuss changing their last name to Awesome upon marriage. They also said plans to name their hypothetical children Totally and Freakin'.
    • After conceiving their baby in Barney's bathroom during Irene, Marshall wants to name their son Hurricane Eriksen. Ted and Barney also rename Barney's niece while "bro-parenting" to Hurricane Mosby-Stinson
    • The baby's name is Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen and all the characters find it awesome.
  • Hunter: You probably couldn't pick a better name for a Cowboy Cop than Rick Hunter.
  • Played for laughs in iCarly, with the bodyguard in "iSam's Mom". He's a war veteran who only speaks in a growling monotone. He's more than willing to be incredibly violent towards the slightest threat, and he's got a significantly large hole in his leg that's not a bullet wound. His name? Gunsmoke.
  • Detective Robert T. Ironside from Ironside (1967) and its remake Ironside (2013).
  • iZombie has Vaughn du Clark, the inventor of the energy drink Max Rager (which also counts), which appears to be a catalyst to a Zombie Apocalypse. Instead of being horrified, he devotes a new R&D wing to studying the phenomenon and finding a way to monetize it.
  • JAG: In "Déjà Vu", we learn that when Harm at age 16 traveled to Vietnam, through Thailand and Laos, to look for his father, he was aided by a former special ops soldier named Colonel Stryker.
  • In Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s 2010 "Handsome Men's Club" sketch Ethan Hawke demanded his name be legally changed to Handsome Hawke.
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Red Ranger is named Captain Marvelous. It's unclear if Captain is his first name, since everyone just calls him "Marvelous". Which he is.
  • Kamen Rider is filled to the brim with badass or awesome names! In fact, the very name itself “Kamen Rider” aka “Masked Rider” commands a high level of coolness.
    • Kamen Rider Kabuto: Tendou Souji. Why is it badass? His name more or less means "He who walks the path of heaven, ruling all".
    • Equally badass is his Unknown Rival Kamishiro Tsurugi, which means "He who overthrows the gods with the slash of a sword".
    • In Kamen Rider Gaim, Ryoji Hase dubs himself Armored Rider Kurokagenote ; fans made a short video spoofing this, in which Hase calls himself "Masked Rider Super-Awesome The Best" instead.
    • The list goes on but we cannot forget the villainous examples as well: Foundation X, ZECT, the Smart Brain Corporation, and of course the franchise’s most famous villain, S.H.O.C.K.E.R.
  • The Listener has recurring criminal Magnus Elphrenson, described by Mr Bey as "Magnus. Just the name screams super criminal genius guy".
  • The second season of Look Around You has Leonard Hatred.
  • Magnum, P.I., TV show private detective and name of firearms and cartridge. Humorously, the Galician dub was unfamiliar with the acronym for Private Investigator, and mixed it up with the actual surname "Pi", calling him "Magnum π".
  • Napoleon Solo of The Man From Uncle, who, curiously, almost never uses a pseudonym. You'd think that after a while, THRUSH agents would stop being fooled by Napoleon Solo, Investment Banker. The ludicrousness of the name is lampshaded from time to time: for example, when he has Easy Amnesia and someone tells him who he is, he refuses to believe it.
    Napoleon: Nobody's been called Napoleon since the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Married... with Children: Miranda Veracruz de la Jolla Cardenal, a newscaster who pronounces her name with such heavily accented triumph that it becomes a Running Gag.
  • The Mentalist also gives us a few; Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, and former CBI supervising agent Madeleine Hightower.
  • Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel, of Monty Python's Flying Circus fame.
  • One My Name Is Earl episode has Randy and Darnell discussing the Witness Protection Program after revealing that Darnell was IN the program, and Randy expresses a desire to be named 'Crash Fistfight'.
  • As the quotes page shows, the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a ball giving such names to the beefy protagonist of Space Mutiny, Dave Ryder. The show's Wiki has a complete list.
    • Subverted when one of the names is "Bob Johnson".
    • They also mocked an example of this concept mercilessly in the episode The Final Sacrifice. What was the character's name? Zap Rowsdower, for a middle-aged pudgy Canadian man with a mullet. With a name like that you'd expect some sort of badass.
    • Also during Hercules Against the Moon Men, Joel and the bots try to come up with macho names a 'la Alan Steel. Crow chooses "Drake Tungsten", whereas Servo settles for "Ric Drywall". Which is admittedly better than his first choice, "Russ Tyle-Floor", or any of Crow's suggestions: "Adam Plexiglas", "Nick Pigiron", "Jim J Bullock"...
    • The episode 12 To the Moon featured an early version of the Ryder treatment, with an international lunar mission being headed by your standard symbol of '50s American superiority, a muscular blonde idiot. Being completely unremarkable in every other way, Mike and the 'bots saddle him with names like "Dirk Beefbroth", and "Plank Ironchest".
  • Northern Exposure: Marilyn Whirlwind.
  • Private Eyes: "Hey, Matt Shade! That's a P.I. name if I ever heard one!."
  • Power Rangers:
  • From Psych: It is a Running Gag with Shawn introducing Gus with an Awesome Mc Cool Name to other people.
    Gus: My name is Gus, but you can call me... John Slade.
    • The victim in "Cloudy... With A Chance Of Murder" has one of these: Jackson Hale. At the murder trial, the defense attorney asks Hale's assistant if he'd considered adopting a weather-related Punny Name such as "Bolt Lightning," "Cloudy McMillan," and... "Wendy Morningdew."
  • In Red Dwarf episode "Back to Reality", the crew all hallucinate that they have returned to Earth, and are given new identities. Kryten's name turns out to be "Jake Bullet" and he's a member of the police force. Lampshaded:
    Kryten: Jake Bullet, Cybernautic Detective. I like that! That sounds like the kind of hard-living flatfoot who gets the job done by cutting corners and bucking authority. And if those pen-pushers up at City Hall don't like it, well, they can park their overpaid, fat asses on this mid-digit and swivel — swivel till they squeal like pigs on a honeymoon.
    Rimmer: On the other hand, "Mr. Bullet," perhaps the Cybernautics division is in charge of traffic control, and you just happen to have a rather silly macho name.
    Kryten, looking sheepish: Oh yes, that's a very good point, sir. I didn't think of that.
    • Of course, this being Red Dwarf, Kryten does turn out to be a traffic control cop.
    • There's also the droid that Kryten knew, who went computer senile and claimed his name was "Rameses Niblick the Third Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where's My Thribble".
  • Remington Steele: The title character choose her own name because it sounded cool.
  • Most of the robots in Robot Wars, but one of the creators of the contestant Razer was named Vincent Blood. May have been a vampire.
  • From Scrubs:
    Keith: How come I don't get a nickname?
    J.D.: Not everyone's last name lends itself to a nickname, Keith.
    Keith: My last name is Dudemeister!
    J.D.: And what am I supposed to do with that, okay? I'm not a magician!
  • One episode of Simon & Simon had the brothers chasing a computer hacker-turned-electronic bank robber who called himself "Anthrax Vermilion". Rick Simon off-handedly remarks that its a perfect "action hero name" as long as you don't think of the meaning (anthrax being a deadly disease, vermilion being a shade of the color red." And its subverted in the fact that it turns out that "Anthrax Vermilion" is a nine-year-old boy played by Robbie Rist.
  • Sledge Hammer!. Also his father, Jack.
  • In addition to established DC Characters like Victor Stone and Zatanna Zatara, Smallville had names like Desirée Atkins, Cassandra Carver, Tempest Grace, Jeremiah Holdsclaw, Sebastian Kane, Sean Kelvin, Curtis Knox, Tommy Lee, Richtor Maddox, and Kyla Willowbrook.
  • In the Disney series Sonny with a Chance, the snooty star of teen drama "Mackenzie Falls" is Chad Dylan Cooper. He is played by Sterling Knight, which sounds a bit snootier and lot more Badass.
  • In Stargate SG-1, one of Earth's early allies was Supreme Commander Thor of the Asgard. Somewhat subverted since Thor is about three or four feet tall and frail. Still an awesome name and it still fits him since his fleet could crush just about anyone.
  • Subverted to the point of parody in Stargate Atlantis with the Always Chaotic Evil Wraith (alien goth insect vampires) never giving their true names, therefore prompting the human characters to name them generic Earth names in retaliation. Hence Steve, Bob, Michael, Kenny, and, lest we forget, Todd. Most of which are, at some point or other, the series Big Bad.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: James Tiberius Kirk.
    • And his nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh.
    • In addition, a lot of the Cool Starships featured throughout the franchise have pretty badass names—Excalibur, Excelsior, Defiant, Valiant, etc. Not to mention the legendary status of the Enterprise herself.
  • The cyberneticist Bruce Maddox from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The character is a jerkass, though.
  • Badass corporate lawyer Harvey Specter on Suits. Also, his rival Travis Tanner.
  • Supernatural: Sam and Dean Winchester. "Like the rifle."
  • Dr. "Tiger" Ninestein in Terrahawks.
  • When Jeremy Clarkson was given the task of designing Top Gear's home-built electric car, he named it the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust. However, he also named the prototype: "Geoff".
    • His co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May had separately decided as a matter of principle that an electric car should have a rugged name instead of something vaguely smart like "Intelligentsia".
    • In another episode, Hammond refuses to believe the actual name of Lamborghini's new chief test driver, Max Venturi, who replaced their old chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Clarkson jokingly responds:
      Jeremy Clarkson: You don't need a driving license to be a Lamborghini test driver. Just turn up for the interview, go "Look, I'm awfully sorry, I'm drunk and I'm mad, but I'm called Velociraptor Clint-Thrust!"
    • While the presenters have regular, mundane names, Clarkson did think this about the name Lamborghini gave to their launch control system.
      Clarkson: Some cars have launch control, but they have something here called "thrust control". I mean... that sounds like the title character of an airport thriller. Thrust Control.
  • On The Tonight Show, Jay Leno once said Antonio Banderas was an example of this.
  • Alluded to in True Blood. While Sookie Stackhouse has an unusual name herself, she is surprised to learn that the first vampire she ever meets has the thoroughly mundane name of "Bill".
  • True Jackson, VP: Ryan Laserbeam. No, seriously.
  • Veronica Mars.
  • In the Whedonverse, many characters go by interesting or unusual names, such as Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles (though cool in the USA, is normal in the UK), Oz, Fred (a girl), Gunn, Pike, Jayne, River, Inara, Book, Wash, Jubal Early, Merrick, Kennedy, Spike, Angel, Drusilla, and so forth. This is somewhat justified in that most of these are diminutive versions of rather normal first and last names.
    • Also in that many of them are from the far-future setting of Firefly or names of immortal vampires so 'normal' may not apply. :)
    • In Dollhouse, "Arcane". Also known as Clyde. Not to mention the actives with their cool "callsigns" — Echo, November, Alpha, Tango, Sierra, Whiskey and... er... Mike. We don't see much of Mike. These nicknames all come from the ICAO/NATO/ITU phonetic alphabet (used mainly by pilots and Western militaries). Each word corresponds with the letter it starts with. So think of all the cool names that were had by Dolls that were not seen or had not been created yet: Delta, India, Lima, Papa, Yankee and Zulu. Not so McCool names: Charlie, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel (yeesh), Juliet, Oscar, Quebec, Romeo, Uniform (ouch) and X-ray (debatable depending on your level of nerdiness).
  • The heroes in VR Troopers are Ryan Steele, Kaitlin Starr, and J.B. Reese.
  • Colin and Brad of Whose Line Is It Anyway? were both fond of inventing these for their newscaster personas, most frequently innuendos. The most memorable, however, would be "Chesterfield Snapdragon McFisticuffs".
  • Radio rock DJ "Doctor" Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati (real name Johnny Caravella, and played by Howard Hesseman). Night DJ Venus Flytrap may also qualify.
    • One episode had Jennifer dating a (seemingly) perfect guy named Steel. He says "I think a man's name says a lot about him...What did you say your name was?" to Les...
  • According to Rob Tapert, his original plan was to spell name Xena's name with a 'Z' (i.e 'Zena'), however the network didn't think it was cool enough, opting instead to spell it with the "much cooler" X.
  • The X-Files, episode ''Pusher'': Pusher thinks that Agent Frank Burst has a really great name.
  • Mike of The Young Ones constantly refers to himself as "Mike the Cool Person"... and then it's revealed that he actually changed his legal name to Mike Thecoolpersonnote .


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