Guard: Bacon Sandwich? That's a funny name for a ferret.
Vyvyan: Aha, that's why I had you fooled because it's not a ferret it's a pig!
Humans' main relationship with a lot of animals is as a food source. We also like to give animals names. Sometimes the name reflects this relationship.
When used for an actual farm animal, this is an acknowledgement of its fate and a reminder not to get too attached. When used for a pet, it is more ironic, referencing that the animal isn't going to be treated this way. When used as a Funny Animal's actual name, it's just weird. It might also have kind of disturbing implications if you think too hard about it.
A mouse or rat named after cheese products would not be an example as although it is a naming stereotype of them, such products don't come from said animals. For rats and mice with cheese-related names, see Stock Animal Name. A cow, sheep, or goat named after cheese (and other dairy) products however, would, as said products come from such animals.
This trope doesn't just apply to meat; this also applies to other food products from animals, such as cows with milk-related names, chickens with egg-related names, sheep with wool-related names, and bees with honey-related names.
Pigs are particularly prone to this, possibly because the English language has a lot of words for pork products.
Subtrope of Theme Naming. Might be a Punny Name if the name is a pun on meat. Compare Edible Theme Naming, A Dog Named "Dog", A Lizard Named "Liz", and Species Surname. Related to Carnivore Confusion.
- In Silver Spoon, Hachiken got attached to a piglet, which he named Pork Bowl (with suggestions from his friends since the pig will be raised for meat and slaughtered eventually...). He later did the same with a bunch of other piglets (much to his friends' dismay).
- In Excel Saga, Excel names a stray dog she designates foe emergency rations Menchi, a.k.a. mince meat.
- Baco And Egg is a Swedish comic about a pig and a duck named Bacon and Egg.
- The Beano has Rasher the Pig (as in, a rasher of bacon).
- One of DC Comics' Funny Animal characters is a pig named Peter Porkchops. He first appeared in Leading Comics in 1948; in 1982, he was revived for Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, in which he became the Super Hero Pig-Iron.
- Spider-Ham: The main character is Peter Porker the Funny Animal pig.
- Bloom County: Outland had a pig named Hamon Eggs.
- Dennis the Menace (UK): Rasher, Dennis' pet pig, is named after the British English word for a strip of bacon. The Rasher strip introduced his relatives Hamlet, Virginia Ham and Uncle Crackling.
- Li'l Abner: Salomey the pig, whose name is a play on "salami".
- Mother Goose and Grimm has Ham the pig.
- Oink!: Many one-shot pig-parodies of comic strip heroes have food-based names, such as Ham Dare: Pig of the Future.
- U.S. Acres: Lanolin the sheep is named after an oil extracted from wool and used for soaps and cosmetics.
- Moana has Pua the pig, whose name comes from the word "puaka", which means "pig" and "pork" in various Polynesian languages. Maui nicknames Heihei the chicken "Drumstick", and makes no secret that he wants to eat it.
- Toy Story: One of the main characters is a piggy bank named Hamm. When playing, Andy gives him the character name "Dr. Pork Chop".
- Zootopia: Towards the end, there's a ram named Woolter.
- In Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Tsurugi names her pet rabbit "Meat".
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike's Affectionate Nickname for Dawn is "Nibblet". Spike, it should be mentioned, is a vampire.
- Top Gear: Two specials have the presenters having to ride horses. In the first instance, Jeremy names his horse Tesco, and in the second one, Burger.
- The Young Ones: Vyvyan tries to sneak a pig into a TV game show by claiming it's his team's mascot, Bacon Sandwich. (Granted, he also claims it's a deformed ferret rather than a pig, but he later admits that that part isn't true.)
- Animal Crossing:
- There is a duck named Pate, who is named after the liver used as a dish.
- Zucker the octopus's original Japanese name is "Takoya", from "takoyaki", a food made with octopus meat — his design is even based on a takoyaki ball!
- There are bull villagers named Angus and T-Bone, respectively named for a kind of beef and a kind of steak.
- A cow villager is named Patty, after a hamburger patty.
- There are pig villagers named Chops and Hambo, respectively named for pork chops and ham.
- For a non-food but still an animal product example, there is Elmer the horse, as in the brand of glue. Although this could be an outdated example, as Elmer's Glue isn't made from horses anymore.
- Banjo-Tooie has a pig who introduces himself as Chris. When Kazooie remarks that it's not a very pig-like name, he clarifies that his full name is Chris P. Bacon.
- Cuphead: One of the many-many villains in the game is a bee named Rumor Honeybottoms.
- Donkey Kong:
- In Illusion of Gaia , the princess has a pet pig named Hamlet. In a surprising subversion of the Ironic Name, he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice and barbecues himself.
- Minecraft: Subverted in Minecraft: Story Mode. The protagonist has a pet pig named Reuben. Some have drawn parallels to the form of sandwich, but a Reuben sandwich uses corned beef for its meat, not pork.
- The first game has a squid Idol Singer duo called the Squid Sisters, comprised of Callie and Marie. If you put both of their names together, they form a pun on the word "calamari", a term for squid served as food.
- Splatoon 2 introduces a spider crab named Bisk. His name is derived from the word "bisque", a type of soup that is commonly made from crabs or other crustaceans.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- There are recurring shark enemies named Sushi.
- Paper Mario 64: One of the partners is a Cheep-Cheep (a fish-like creature) named Sushie.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: Chef Shimi, also a Cheep-Cheep, is named after sashimi.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: A Giant Squid fought as a boss is named King Calamari.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: In one of the fights in the arena, you fight side-by-side with a wild boar named Porkchop.
- Fallout: The series features a recurring series of canine characters all named "Dogmeat".
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves: General Tsao the Chinese rooster is named after a chicken dish.
- Yakuza 0: Nugget the Chicken. Mildly ironic in that Kiryu adopted Nugget after deciding not to let a bowling alley attendant slaughter, cook, and serve it to him.
- XO Seal: One of the members of the Livestock Mob is a rotund pig named Pork Round.
- Jaiden Animations: A variation in Jaiden's Nuzlocke playthrough of Pokemon Ruby, where she names her Torchic (a Pokemon based off a baby chicken) "Teriyaki," as a joke on teriyaki chicken.
- In The Oats Series, there is a pig who is a rapper, known as, you guessed it, Porkchop the Rapper. His rap song that he sings in the first Oats Movie also contains numerous references to pigs and pork.
- In Hazbin Hotel, Angel Dust has a demonic pig for a pet named Fat Nuggets.
- Drawn Together: One of the housemates is a pig named Spanky Ham.
- Looney Tunes has Porky Pig who is obviously a pig, as well as a chicken named Egghead Jr.
- The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat: Peking Duck is a duck character named after a specific way to cook his kind.
- Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series: Duke L'Orange is an anthro duck whose name is a play on "duck a l'orange".
- Milly, Molly: There is a bull named Beefy.
- South Park: In "Cock Magic," the boys adopt a scrawny chicken to partake in a Magic: The Gathering tournament, and name him "McNuggets".
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) has a number of such characters in the toyline, due to its propensity for Punny Names:
- There's a villainous mutant bull named Groundchuck. Chuck is a certain cut of meat from cattle, and ground chuck is commonly used for burgers.
- There's also a heroic mutant manta ray named Ray Fillet, with a fillet being a boneless cut of meat. His toy came with a partner, a generic-looking mutant fish named Fishstix, which is an obvious pun on fish sticks, which are ground fish that's been pressed into a stick shape and fried.
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Porky Pig's counterpart is a pig named Hamton J. Pig, a play on "ham".
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: The name of the pig is Hamilton, unlikely to be a coincidence.
- Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Kipo names a mutant pig "Mandu", a type of Korean dumpling that sometimes contains pork, because her body shape reminded her of them.
- The piglet Chris P. Bacon.
- Farmers sometimes employ this trope to distinguish animals that are to be eaten from ones that are to be kept long-term. This helps ensure their kids don't get too attached to the ones slated for somebody's dinner table.