Some completely uncreative owner has decided the family pet will be known as Dog. Or, perhaps, a similarly uncreative author names their feline character Kitty. Alternately, the creature in question does have a less Shaped Like Itself name, but for whatever reason, Alice the Pig prefers to go as Piggy. Usually but not always applied to animals; robots imaginatively named Robot and the like are part of this trope, too. Remarkably common in children's shows, despite the obvious problems it should theoretically cause.
One might show a touch more flair by naming something what it is in a foreign language, like a lion named Leo. A common subversion is to name something it's not, e.g. a dog named Platypus.
A subtrope of Shaped Like Itself. Pokémon Speak is a closely-related trope where something's named for the sound it makes. Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" is another closely-related trope where a character is only known by their job title. Race Name Basis is when someone thinks every dog is named "Dog". See also Species Surname ("Dog Smith" is A Dog Named "Dog", "Bob T. Dog" is Species Surname), Namedar, A Lizard Named "Liz". If the cast is full of these, it's Animal Theme Naming. If a character's species is named after the character's name, it's A Kind of One.
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- Many of the lesser McDonaldland characters have names like this. The policeman whose giant head is made out of a Big Mac is named Big Mac, the bird is named Birdie, the orange juice tree is named the Orange Juice Tree, etc..
- One animated advertising campaign for Taco Bell featured the characters Nacho (a cat) and Dog (a dog), invoking and averting this trope at the same time.
- Peko-chan and Poko-chan, the mascots of Japanese candy company Fujiya, have a dog named Dog. Of course, it is a Japanese company and Dog's name is in English, so it probably sounds cool and exotic.
- The undead dog from The Amazing Screw-On Head is called... wait for it... Mr. Dog.
- Miyamoto Usagi of Usagi Yojimbo. This name is in Japanese order: "Usagi" (Japanese for "rabbit") is the given name.
- In the graphic novel Jonah Hex: No Way back, Jonah adopts a dog (or, rather, he allows it to follow him around and feeds it occasionally), that he names 'Dawg'.
- Owly: The eponymous character is an owl. His best friend is a worm named Wormy. However, his other friend, Scampy the chipmunk, averts this trope.
- The character Vargen in Bamse is a wolf who was originally the main antagonist and eventually became the de-facto fourth ranger to the Power Trio of the comic. His name is Swedish for "the Wolf", and while it might seem like a case of Species Surname for the first name, it is closer to this trope: he was orphaned at a very young age, and his rather abusive step-parents never bothered to actually name him, only calling him "little wolf".
- The bear from Masha and The Bear is named "The Bear".
- The Polish stop-motion children's series Miś Uszatek, about a kindergartener bear and his friends. Nearly everyone were named simply "Hare", "Piglet", etc. Lampshaded in one of the episodes, where Hare mentions that most other hares have more imaginative names (though they're all puns on something hare-related.)
- Peter Chimaera's Digimon Savez teh Wrold revolves around the adventures of a Digimon named Digimon. In his own words: "Auithors notel Digimon is a new Digimon because there is not actual Digimon that is called Digimon he is a new one that I invented"
- Inverted in Turnabout Storm. When Fluttershy hears Phoenix Wright's name, she jumps to the conclusion that he's an actual phoenix who's in his "shedding his feathers before bursting into flame" stage. Nick tries to correct her, but as Twilight Sparkle points out, at least this way Fluttershy is actually talking to him.
- The one-time character Monkey from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
- In the Supernatural fanfic "Castiel and Canis", Castiel has a dog named Canis.
- In the One Piece fanfic "Second Wind", Luffy brings a Kung Fu Dugong with his crew on their adventure…and names him Seal.
- In What Is Right: Year Two Harry and Sirius decide on Canis as the public name for Sirius' dog form.
- In The Sorting Hat's Stand Harry picks up a black cat which he decides to call Neko.
Harry: I know, it means cat, but hey, it is gender neutral and descriptive.
- In The Elements of Friendship, the country of Zebras is called Pundamilia, the Swahili word for... 'zebra'. Similarly, the Zebra Queen, Malkia, bears the Swahili word for 'queen' as a name.
- In The Games We Play, Jaune adopts a puppy he calls Tiangou, Gou for short. Gou is Chinese for dog.
- In This Time Around the Hogwarts Sorting Hat is called Galerus, which is Latin for "hat."
- In Harry and Luna Meet the Big Blue Giants Luna adopts a nantang as a pet and decides to call it Tang.
- In The House That Harry Built Snape has a cat named Cat.
- In Fixing It a mentally-challenged Harry insists on naming the new foal "Horse." Lucius compromises by calling it Cheval Noir.note
- In Not His Year Snape decides to call Harry's winged lion Animagus form Félin.note
- Once there was a band. They were called The Band.
- Peter, Paul, and Mary put out an album called Album.
- Inverted in the children's song "I've Got a Dog and my Dog's Name is Cat" by Barry Louis Polisar. (His cat's named Dog, too, and his bird and fish are respectively Fish and Bird.)
- Metallica is a borderline example, metallica being the Latin phrase for "of metal" (the name was to go for a fanzine of a friend of Lars Ulrich's way back in 1981, but he repurposed it for the band).
- They Might Be Giants
- The British band Fire has a song called "Father's Name was Dad."
- The White Stripes song "The Hardest Button to Button" have lyrics that mention the birth of a baby boy that is named "Baby".
- Played with, in several various ways, in the song "The Name Of My Frog" by Bryant Oden:
I have a bunny named Bunny and a rat named Rat
A bird named Bird and a cat named Cat
A ferret named Ferret and a dog named Dog
So you can probably guess the name of my frog:
Francis Felix Fenton Fabian
Finley Farnsworth Falco Fallon
Flannigan Fairfax Freddy Mc Grog
Farley Fernando the Frog
- It gets even sillier later.
- Tree the tree, companion of Gateway Championship Wrestling and St. Louis Anarchy's Johnny Greenpeace, which was of course a potted tree.
- The Muppets: Miss Piggy.
- Sesame Street: Big Bird. Lampshaded in the episode "Roy".
- Bear of Bear in the Big Blue House.
- Shadow as well.
- Professor Yaffle the woodpecker in Bagpuss, "yaffle" being an archaic term for the green woodpecker.
- Rod Hull's violent to the point of borderline psychotic puppet sidekick Emu.
- The Big Garage: The taxis' mentor is a gas pump. The name of this gas pump? Pump.
- Fisher-Price names the puppy in their Laugh and Learn line... Puppy. The monkey is named Monkey, the frog is named Froggy, the duck is named Ducky, and puppy's sister? Sis. And these are only the organic examples, the franchise also runs with this trope with inorganic objects department like Cookie Jar, Soccer Ball and Mail Box. Granted that the line is targeted at infants, but it gives you the perception that they're shaping up children to name their pets using this trope.
- GoGo's Crazy Bones has a few examples of this, such as Eggy, a Gogo who is, well, an egg.
- V-Tech also does this to some extent. The Blue dog's name is Puppy as well.
- In ''Silver Crisis'', Lucario goes by the name of his own species, confusing Lucas on why he would call himself that. It’s later revealed that the reason for this is because Lucario wanted to isolate himself from others after losing faith in humanity when he was betrayed by his former trainer that he dedicated his life to, the one who gave him his actual name, “Laiyu”.