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Linda Lee, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lena Luthor, Lori Lemaris, Lara Lor-Van... There's no escape, Superman.

"I'm Penny Parker. You can remember that 'cause it's got the same letter at the front of each name. That's important theatrically, you know."
Penny Parker, MacGyver, "Every Time She Smiles"

In Real Life, an alliterative name is a name in which the first and last names begin with the same sound. In more extreme cases, this can also include the middle name.

Giving a character an alliterative name is one of many ways a writer can make a name more interesting and catchy, which in turn makes the character more memorable to the audience. This is especially important in works with Loads and Loads of Characters, where extra help is needed to differentiate between them.

In comic books, this is especially true of the names of Super Heroes or their close hangers-on. It was a favorite tool of Stan Lee's, since, swarmed with projects, he often had trouble remembering the characters' names, and the alliteration worked as a mnemonic device. (Though it didn't always work perfectly — Lee occasionally referred to "Peter Palmer" and "Bob Banner".)


Of note to writers: Overusing this trope dilutes its effect, particularly if multiple characters have the same starting letters in their names.

A variation consists of downplaying the alliteration by having a prefix before the surname. Such as "Alice McAllister" or "Bob O'Brien".

In comic books, the Alliterative Name is often also Two First Names. In cartoons, it goes hand-in-hand with Species Surname.

See Alliterative Title, for work titles that do this.

Please note that Japanese names, though many may seem alliterative to an English-speaking audience, may not convey the same "alliterative power" in their original setting; syllables (and vowel sounds) matter more than letters in Japanese.

While Truth in Television, Real Life examples are way more common than it is in fiction and hasn't a significant relevance to be added here. On the other hand, real-life examples for Alliterative Families are allowed as it is way less common.


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  • The Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah.

    Asian Animation 
  • The primary antagonist of Happy Heroes Season 8 is named Huo Haha.
  • Pakdam Pakdai has two examples:
    • The main character is named Doggy Don.
    • Nana the Narrator, which is likely an unintentional example.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf features an alliterative location name. Green Green Grassland repeats the letter "G".
  • Simple Samosa:
    • The protagonist's full name is, in fact, Simple Samosa.
    • Samosa's rival, Cham Cham, has his full name revealed to be Cham Cham Chakraboty in the episode "Sollid Survival".
  • The Big Bad of ViR: The Robot Boy is named Mad Max.

    Audio Plays 
  • Ome Henk: Several characters in this Dutch audioplay series have this kind of name. Examples include: Koos Korswagen, Floris-Jan van Fleppensteyn and Tjabbe Tjibsma.

    Comic Strips 
  • Arrowhead: Del and Deena Dixon, in the fashion of the superhero genre.
  • Beetle Bailey: The titular character.
  • Blondie: The titular character, Blondie Bumstead.
  • Dilbert: A lot of the oneshot characters have alliterative names that describe their major personality flaws, such as Disgruntled Doug, Jittery Jeff, and Medical Mel.
  • Dixie Dugan
  • Gasoline Alley: Walt Wallet.
  • Moon Mullins
  • Retail: Cooper Costello and Stuart Suchet. Marla used to qualify as well until she married and her last name changed from Masters to Garrison.
  • Snuffy Smith: The titular character.
  • Winnie Winkle

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • Yolanda Yop in The Aristocats Island.
  • In the Pokémon Peggy Sue fic Ashes of the Past, Ash's last opponent in the Silver Conference is Fred Farrell, whose team consists of Floodwater the Feraligatr, Fuchida the Forretress, Flambé the Flareon, Felicity the Flaaffy, and Fowler the Farfetch'd.
  • Bait and Switch has LtJG. Warragul Wirrpanda, chief medical officer of the USS Bajor. "Shakedown Shenanigans" reveals his middle name is "William".
  • The Black Wrangler's title character is Kaichou Kurosaki. In the original Japanese, it wouldn't count as an example, but this is an English fanfic.
  • In The Flash/Supergirl crossover Call Me Kara, Alexandra Allen, Kara and Barry's daughter.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    • The Monster Maze. Lampshaded by Hobbes:
      "Nice touch."
    • Most of the things that Calvin sells at his stand in "Help Wanted" also count.
  • Snow Storm and Bolt Buck in Cape and Cowl.
  • In Catch Me in Midair Remus is pregnant with Sirius' child and Sirius deliberately suggests names such as "Antigone Artemis Alistronia Agatha" and "Icarus Ieolus Ilarion Izydorak."
  • Child of the Storm: The Loads and Loads of Characters from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Norse Mythology, and Harry Potter who all have alliterative names, plus OC Uhtred Ullrson.
  • Saria Speeder from C.I.A.: Agents.
  • Pokémon fanfic Clouded Sky's main protagonist, Tobias Talltree.
  • David Dakota, of the Dakota story.
  • Despair's Last Resort has a few. There's Takara Tsukuda, Miyako Morino, and Saemi Sasagawa. Subverted with Kazumi Katsuya, who reveals that her name is a stage name. Her first name is really Hanako
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Keeper Mercury and his chief warlock, Torian, create a hair-growing spell from a modified beard spell, the "Beastly Beard Booster" spell.
  • The Duskyverse has the original characters Dusky Down, her parents Windy Ward and Splendid Speech, and mayor Prideful Policy.
  • Ed, Edd, Eddy n Edna: Edna's full name is Edna Esmeralda Espinoza.
  • Forum of Thrones has a number of major examples, such as Robert Raylan, Maron Mullendore, Wolfius Woodbark, and the entirety of House Hoare.
  • In Harry Potter - Three to Backstep after McGonagall becomes Headmistress she hires a Transfiguration professor named Belvedere Bartwinkle.
  • HERZ: This story has Captain Kurumi Kagero, UN Special Investigations Officer.
  • In the Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic Kyon: Big Damn Hero, there's a case of alliterative nickname: Kyon is amused during Masao's apology when he addresses him as Kowa-Keigo Kyon.
  • Marque and Reprisal has Gabriel Gashtar and Alazar Aboudi.
  • Necessary to Win has Yoshiko Yasukouchi and Mizuho Miyanaga.
  • Just like its source material, several characters from Nymeria's War, canon and original, have this type of name, examples include Mors Martell, Benedict Blackmont, Yorick Yronwood, Tomas Toland, Davos Dayne, Laroy Ladybright and more.
  • In Old West, the main heroine's name is Grace Glossy.
  • Raozya, the protagonist in the comedic Pokémon fanfic Pickles and Depredation, is known fully as Rozza Reyo Raozya.
  • Karmen Kons and Estella Erith from the 40k Fanfic Secret War. One name is a pseudonym, it's not hard to guess which one isn't real.
  • Sunsplit Saga: Sunset Shimmer, Sunburst's sister.
  • The Twilight Child has Twilight Twinkle, and her great-grandmother, who is also called Twilight Twinkle (she was named after her).
  • Vale's Underground: In addition to the canon examples from RWBY (see those below), there are the original characters Jacob Jackson and Harvey Hart. Glynda's Adaptation Name Change doesn't affect her status as this since her surname was changed from "Goodwitch" to "Goodridge." Cinder's real name, Kenna Carter, counts phonetically.
  • Frozen fanfic What About Witch Queen? has three cases: major Andreas Andersen, general Bjorn Berg and lieutenant George Gardner.
  • Viridian: The Green Guide: Izuku is nicknamed the Green Guide by the Pro Heroes who know him.
  • In With this Ring... (Green Lantern), Hector Hammond names his current super-villain team the "Triumvirate of Terror", although the name fails to terrify -and impress- Hal Jordan.
    Hector Hammond: "Now, Green Lantern, be sure to tell your fellow Corpsmen on the other side that the last foes you fought were known, collectively, as the Triumvirate of Terror."
    Hal Jordan: "Go to hell, Hammond."
  • In Shazam fanfiction Here There Be Monsters, Joyce Albright and Chuck Ramsey take up the costumed identities of Midnight Maid and Mister Midnight, respectively.
  • Tales of the Otherverse: In the "A New Generation" story arc, Cora Zir-El goes by the assumed name Katrine Kent.
  • Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation has co-protagonist Katherine de Ka'an.
  • Junior Officers:
    • Elekai Echidna
    • Deborah Deer
    • Lekona Lion
    • Sarabi Squirrel.
    • Riviera Rottweiler
    • Verdun Vole
    • Zulimar Zebra.
    • Anita Anteater
    • David Deer
    • Gloria Gazelle
    • Mabel Monkey
    • Amanda Antelope
    • Michelle Malamute
    • Luanne Leapord
    • Karina Kangaroo
    • Donna Donkey
    • Mindy Maltese
    • Josephine Jaguar
    • Triton Tiger
    • Robert Raccoon
    • Braden Brown Bear
    • Carolus Caribou
    • Purdy Panther

    Films — Animation 
  • An American Tail: Tony Toponi, which doubles as a Bilingual Bonus name, meaning "Tony mouse" in Italian.
  • Barry B. Benson from Bee Movie.
  • Big Hero 6 has Hiro Hamada, which was changed from Hiro Takachiho.
  • The Cars series films has Axle Accelerator, Aiken Axler, Bernie Banks, Bruce Boxmann, Benny Brakedrum, Bruiser Bukowski, Bertha Butterswagen, Chuck Choke Cables, Charlie Checker, Chief Chick, Cora Copper, Kathy Copter, Dirkson D'Agostino, Derek "Decals" Dobbs, Galloping Goose, Green Gremlin, Hank Hallsum, Hudson Hornet, Kimura Kaizo, Miles "Meattruck" Malone, Mach Matsuo, Matthew McCrew, Marlon McKay, Misti Motorkrass, Piccolo Perry, Polly Puddlejumper, Petrol Pulaski, Rod Redline, Rusty RustEze, Sarah Safestreet, Timothy "Timezone" Truecoat, Tony Trihull, Timothy Twostroke, and Valerie Veate.
  • Cats Don't Dance: Darla Dimple.
  • Only applies in Home with Gratuity Tucci's nickname- Tip Tucci.
  • Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III from How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Hogarth Hughes from The Iron Giant.
  • The title character of Megamind, as well as his nemesis Metro Man and Love Interest Roxanne/Roxie Ritchie. The latter may be a nod to Lois Lane, given their similarities. There's also Music Man, so that Metro Man could keep the "MM" logo.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman has Penny Peterson.
  • Prince John in Robin Hood is apparently fond of alliterative nicknames. He creates at least five of them for Sir Hiss ("silly serpent", "reluctant reptile", "cowardly cobra", "aggravating asp" and "procrastinating python") and has one for Friar Tuck ("corpulent cleric").
  • Treasure Planet: Dr. Delbert Doppler.
  • Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Wreck-It Ralph has Wreck-It Ralph, Fix-It Felix Jr. and King Candy.note  Felix is the only one with the same letters, but all three manage an alliterative sound.

    Films — Live-Action 


    Myths & Religion 
  • In Norse Mythology, Loki is generally referred to as "Loki Laufeyjarson." This is interesting because Laufey was the name of his mother, while his father was called Fárbauti. Most scholars assume that the Norse poets gave him a matronymic simply for the alliteration, as pretty much every other character uses their father's name. This actually makes some sense in the context of modern Icelandic use of the naming convention, the parents will usually go with whichever of their names sounds better when paired with -son and -dottir, so alliteration is likely a perfectly valid reason for Loki to be referred to that way, assuming the tradition held from an older one.

  • Played with: No Good Gofers has two characters named Bud and Buzz.
  • Gottlieb's Tee'd Off has Gunther Gophernote 
  • The pop bumpers in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Data East), according to a flyer, are called "Bronco Bumpers".
  • In addition to the name of White Water itself, many of the in-game locations have alliterative names, such as Disaster Drop, Boomerang Bend, and Wet Willie's River Ranch.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show: The Great Gonzo (but is usually just called "Gonzo").
    • Rizzo the Rat, who doesn't appear in the series proper, but later appears in some of the movies and TV specials.
  • Oobi: Frieda the Foot.
  • Sesame Street: Big Bird.
    • And Baby Bear.

  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues features multiple characters with alliterative names, such as Edward Eisen, Finn Flannagan, Jae Jung, and Sebastian Smith, which fits with the overall comic-book inspiration of the roleplay. Sebastian notes that while his name isn't particularly fancy, it does sound good for an aspiring author.
  • In DC: United We Stand, in addition to the canon characters with alliterative names, we also have Detective Warren White.
  • The League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions has Rocket Ranger, Crimson Crossbow, Tammy Tembar...
  • Survival of the Fittest has this in SPADES: Aiden Ambrose, Waldo Woodrow, Paris Persphone, Adam Amato, Andi Ayala, Brendan Bedard, Christian Cohen, Debrah and Deliah Dollop, Wade Wilson (not THAT Wade Wilson (but not entirely NOT that Wade Wilson)), Nicholas Nutbrown, Mary McKay, Denise Dupuis, Branca "IT'S A STEAK" Braunstein, Jessica Jones, Bobby Barron, Jonathan Jarocki, Christoper Carlson (a self-insert of Cody Cromarty, his handler), Mike Maszer, Mike Moretti, Gary Griffith, Joss "Jojo" Joiner, Carla Conners, Frankie Fiametta, and Miranda Merchant.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse, being inspired by superhero comics, has its share of these, both in civilian identities and in codenames.
    • America's Finest Legacy is Paul Parsons VIII (yes, the eighth). His daughter Pauline Parsons prefers to go by her middle name of Felicia, but then adopts the civilian alias of Felicia Fields (since the Parsons family's connection to the Legacy line is public knowledge, and by this time, she's taken up the mantle as America's Newest Legacy).
    • The Wraith is Maia Montgomery.
    • Anthony Drake is the Argent Adept, Virtuoso of the Void. The Virtuosos are a long line of magical musicians, and they have all had alliterative titles.
    • Hugh Lowsley is Captain Cosmic.
    • Portja Kir-Pro is Sky-Scraper.
    • On the villainous side of things, Ivan Ramonat is Baron Blade.
    • Minor villain Heartbreaker is Tony Taurus.
    • Sergeant Steel's real name is Jack Steel. His subordinate, Becky Blast, also qualifies.
    • The identity of Glamour has been held by a few different characters throughout Sentinel Comics' fictional history, and no fewer than three of them qualify:
      • The first one was Madame Marjorie Mittermeier, creator of Madame Mittermeier's Fantastical Festival of Conundrums and Curiosities.
      • The second one came about because a writer needed to use Glamour's real name for something, couldn't remember it, and was unwilling or unable to look it up. "Well, it's something with M's... Melissa... Morris... yeah, that's it!" The Sentinel Comics editors didn't catch the mistake until it was too late to do anything about it, and eventually decided that Madame Mittermeier was still around and allowing Melissa Morris to use the name for whatever reason.
      • When Melissa Morris was found murdered in the 1980s, it was unclear for a while who was using the Glamour name now. The answer was eventually revealed to be Aislin Allen, who had been the hero The Shrieker for a brief time in the '50s (in fact, part of the original Freedom Four/Freedom Five) before being basically forgotten when that team fell apart.
    • Other alliteratively named characters or groups include Professor Pollution, the Green Grosser, the Crackjaw Crew, and the Southwest Sentinels.


  • A set of 1960s astronaut action figures:
    • The leader, "Major Matt Mason, Mattel's Man in Space,"
    • Lieutenant Long, whose given name is Jeff, though.
    • Sergeant Storm
    • Civilian astronaut Doug Davis
  • In the Monster High world, there's:
    • Jackson Jekyll
    • Holt Hyde
    • Scarah Screams

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: Strong Sad, Pom Pom, Perry Palaroncini & Peacey P. And Stop Sign, Stom Stom, Sickly Sam, Rumble Red, Pan Pan, Szechuan Steve, The Teach, The Thnikkaman, Moth Mouth, Brett Bretterson, Bill Bellamy, Sir Hotbod Handsomeface, Wireless Wizard, Ogg Oggerson, Flash Fight, and Fox Face. Thank you, HRWiki.
  • RWBY: Ruby Rose, Blake Belladonna, Glynda Goodwitch, Peter Port, Penny Polendina, Arslan Altan, May Marigold, Elm Ederne, Caroline Cordovin and Melanie and Miltia Malachite.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara discussed this trope when he reviewed Action Comics #252 (pictured above), and he noticed that it also applies to him as well, since his real name is Lewis Lovhaug.
  • Exploited in Demo Reel, as Donnie Dupre is the fake name of Jimmy Boyd, a Former Child Star who was so abused by Horrible Hollywood he felt the need to create a new identity.
  • The Guild: Vork's real name is Herman Holden. There's also Wade Wei in season 2.
  • The nicknames for crafts in Life Hacks For Kids can sometimes have these. For example, "Fabulous Fan Tent".
  • lonelygirl15: Whatever Lucy's last name is, it begins with the letter L. Jonas apparently knows her full name, as he is able to find her apartment by looking for someone with same-lettered initials.
  • A few meme characters like Scumbag Steve, Bad-Luck Brian, Good-Guy Greg, and the Foul-Bachelor Frog.
  • In Noob, Fantöm's real name is Max Middle.
  • YouTube Creator Welker Farms has a giant tractor called Big Bud. They have an attachment they use to build and move grain bins on their Montana Farm. The call the complete machine Bob's Big Bud Bin Boom.
  • The YouTuber, Summoning Salt.

Alternative Title(s): Alliterative Appellation


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