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"They sound more like a grocery list than kittens."
Carlotta, Cat Pack: Carlotta's Kittens and the Club of Mysteries

A rather silly form of Theme Naming is to name characters after food and drinks. This tends to be done in comedic and child-oriented works, because it is very difficult to take someone named "Sausage" seriously. However, such a character may be afforded some dignity by being named after a food in a foreign language; somebody named "Okonomiyaki" sounds rather more impressive to an English speaker than one named "Pizza".

In video games this will also often result in a Level Ate.



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  • This is egg-stra prominent in Mardock Scramble. Once you crack open the novels or anime, you find:
    • Rune Balot (a chick boiled inside its own shell)
    • Œufcoque (from the French for soft-boiled egg, Œuf à la coque)
    • Doctor Easter
    • Shell Septinos
    • Dimsdale Boiled
    • The Bandersnatch Company: Mince, Welldone, Rare, Medium, Fresh/Flesh.
    • The flying house Humpty (which overlaps with the Lewis Carroll-based Shout-Out Theme Naming)
    • The Eggnog Blue Casino
    • "We go for the yolk, not touching the shell or the white."
    • And of course, the title: Mardock Scramble.
  • Most of the characters in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo are named after Italian foods.
    • Of the members of Team Bucciarati, Bruno Bucciarati's last name is a play on "buccellati", a type of Italian cookie. Leone Abbacchio's last name refers to a type of lamb. Guido Mista's last name is most likely a reference to "insalata mista", Italian for "mixed salad". Narancia Ghirga's first name is a combination of the Spanish and Italian words for "orange", "naranja" and "arancia", respectively. Pannacotta Fugo's first name refers to "panna cotta", an Italian dessert. And Trish Una's name may be a pun on "tuna", a type of fish.
    • Polpo's name is Italian for "octopus".
    • Mario Zucchero's last name is Italian for "sugar". Fittingly, his partner's name, Sale, is Italian for "salt".
    • Of the members of La Squadra, Sorbet and Gelato are both named after frozen desserts, sorbet being frozen flavored water and gelato being the Italian word for "ice cream". Formaggio's name is the Italian word for "cheese". Prosciutto is named after a type of dried ham. Pesci's name is Italian for "fishes". Melone's name is Italian for "melon". And Risotto Nero's first name refers to an Italian rice dish.
    • Carne's name is the Italian word for "meat".
    • Cioccolata's name is the Italian word for "chocolate".
    • Vinegar Doppio's first name is, well, vinegar, and while his last name is more likely a reference to his status as Diavolo's Split Personality, it's also likely a reference to a "doppio expresso". Similarlly, Diavolo himself, named for the Italian word for "devil", is more likely named as a reference to his status as a Satanic Architype, but is also possibly a reference to fra diavolo sauce, a spicy sauce made from hot peppers.
    • Scolippi's name is a play on scaloppine, an Italian dish made with scallops and thinly sliced meat.
  • Satoru Akahori seems to be a fan of this:
    • The heroes of Sorcerer Hunters are all named for foods, mostly sweets or pastries ("Tira Misu" and "Marron Glace", for example).
    • The main cast of Chivas 1-2-3 is named after liquor.
    • Knights of Ramune has much of its cast named after other, more child-friendly drinks.
    • The main marionettes from Saber Marionette J are named after fruits.
  • The five girls of the two main Galaxy Angel casts are also all named after foods, mostly desserts. Both Karasuma Chitose and Iyazoi Natsume, each the Sixth Ranger of her group, have fairly normal Japanese names. The villains of the Galaxy Angel video games have an alcohol theme going on, which explains Tequila's possession in the first game in which she appears.
  • Detective Conan has the Black Organisation, whose agents' codenames are all based on alcohol, such as Gin, Vodka and Vermouth.
  • Dragon Ball is quite possibly the king of this trope, as Akira Toriyama (and those who wrote official stories in his universe) would use this to easily come up with sets of character names.
    • Introduced in the first series, Goku is perhaps the most prominent example (combined with Punny Name) - while his name is derived from Son Gokū from Journey to the West, it's phonetically nearly identical to koku, the old Japanese term for the volume of rice needed to feed one person for a year (and thus the standard for measuring crop production for centuries).
      • This also explains why his kids have names also derived from words related to rice in Japanese. Gohan literally means rice, while Pan means (in many languages besides Japanese) "bread", both of which are carbohydrates and staple foods. Pan also refers to the satyr to follow up from her mother Videl and her grandfather Mr. Satan. Chi-Chi's name meanwhile means milk, or "breasts" (think of the word "chi" being repeated twice).
    • Goku and Grandpa Gohan's home is Mount Paozu, named after Chinese steamed buns. The old lady who gives Goku and Bulma the Six Star Ball for ridding the town of Oolong is called Grandma Paozu in the original Japanese manga.
    • Goku's early friends are almost all food puns. Yamcha is named for Yum Cha, a form of Chinese dining consisting of drinking tea with dim sum. Oolong and Puar are named for Oolong and Pu-erh teas. Krillin (or Kuririn in the original Japanese) is a pun on chestnuts (kuri) and Shaolin monks (Shourin in Japanese). His daughter Maron (and girlfriend during the Garlic Jr. arc) are named after the French word for chestnut. Korin is named for Karintou, a deep-fried Japanese snack. Lunch is Lunch.
    • The Pilaf gang are also food-related. Pilaf himself is named after a rice dish, while Shu and Mai are named after shumai, a chinese dumpling. Ironically this wasn't originally the case; Toriyama had initially named Shu "Soba" (for Japanese buckwheat noodles), but when the anime staff asked for a name for the character, he forgot he had already named him and went for the combined pun with Mai! In Dragon Ball Online, Pilaf's descendant is called Paella, a Spanish fried rice dish.
    • Dr. Frappe (Flappe in the dub) from the Muscle Tower filler is named after the French frappé dessert. Tanmen from the Inoshikacho filler is named after a ramen dish, while Mint is, well, Mint. From the Wedding Dress filler we have Jasmine, after the tea, and Annin after almond jelly. Unnan is for where Pu-erh tea comes from.
    • The Crane Hermit's students Tenshinhan and Chaozu are named after a quasi-Chinese dish invented in Japan and Chinese dumplings, respectively. Apparently their favourite meals are what the other is named after!
    • Goku's two-time Tournament opponent, King Chappa, is named after the Indian dish chapatti (whilst also having a martial-arts-sounding name). Captain Chicken meanwhile is possibly the most on-the-nose example.
    • In the filler episodes of the Piccolo Jr. Saga, Mr. Popo sent Goku to a forest and met Mousse. He, his wife Eclair, and all nine children are named after sweets: Crepe, Cookie, Cocoa, Creampuff, Jam, Jelly, Donuts, Pudding, and Cupcake. And those are just the dub names! The original Japanese had Pudding as Crepe (crepé), Jam as Bisce (biscuit), Cream Puff as Bavaro (Bavarian cream), and Crepe as Chouc (the French pastry chou à la crème). Lastly, Mousse's father is named Korinto, after the fried dough cake called "karinto".
    • Dragon Ball Z introduces the alien warrior race called the Saiyans. Full-blooded Saiyans are named after vegetables: Kakarot (carrot), Nappa (a type of Chinese cabbage), Vegeta and his brother Tarble (vegetable), Raditz (radish), Broly (broccoli), Paragus (asparagus), Turles (Lettuce), Gine (an anagram of "Negi", meaning spring onion), Bulla was going to be named Eschalot (shallot, a type of onion); "Saiya", is an anagram of "yasai", meaning "vegetable", and their original planet is Sadala, an anagram of salad. The two phantom Saiyans from that one filler episode are Broco(li) and Onion.
      • Even Bardock – The Father of Goku has them! Bardock himself is named after greater burdock, a root vegetable. His elite force include Tohma/Tora (tomato), Selipa/Fasha (anagram of parsley), Toteppo/Borgos (potato) and Panpukin/Shugesh (pumpkin). The last surviving Kanassian is named Tooro, named after the fatty tuna used in sushi, toro. They conquer the more obviously-named Planet Meat.
      • The name "Saiya-jin" (Saiyan in the dub) is itself part of the fun. "Sai" is taken from the kanji of yasai, the Japanese word for vegetable, while jin means people, making the combination mean vegetable people!note 
      • Dragon Ball Super introduces an Alternate Universe with its own set of Saiyans, specifically Cabba(ge), Caulifla (cauliflower), and Kale.
    • The ancient enemy of the Saiyans is the Tuffles, or "Tsufuru(jin)" in Japanese, which is an anagram for "furutsu", or "fruit".
    • Filler content on Namek gives us Napple (pineapple), Banan(a) and Sūi (from suika, for watermelon).
    • The henchmen of Freeza, the Saiyans' former boss, are named after fruits: Cui (kiwi), Dodoria (durian, which is also spikey), Zarbon (the Japanese name for the pomelo). Minor henchmen include Oren/Oran(ge), Blueberry, Rasperry and the big one himself, Appule (Apple). Episode of Bardock gives us Ipana (pineapple), Berry (er, berry) and Kavira (caviar, which isn't a fruit).
    • The sentai parody team the Ginyu Special Corps has members named after dairy products: Ginyu (cow's milk), Burter/Butta (butter), Guldo (yogurt), Jheese (cheese), Recoome/Reacoom ("Rikumu" is an anagram for "kurimu", or "cream"). Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot adds in Bonyu (mother's milk), a female former member.
    • While not an explicit food pun, Toriyama gave Frieza (Freeza) his name on the basis that you put vegetables (Saiyans), fruit (his henchmen) and dairy products (the Ginyu Force) in the freezer (though he later admitted naming him after a refrigerator would have made more sense).
    • Every Namekian besides Piccolo and Kami is named for a slug, snail or a dish which uses those as the main ingredients (everyone in Piccolo's family is named after musical instruments, while Kami himself is just called "God"). Namek is a pun on "namekuji" or "slug", Muuri is a word for snail, Katattsu is another word for snail, Dende is another word for snail, Cargo is escargot, Cuz renamed Tsuuno to Caracol (Spanish for, you guessed it, snail), and Nail is named for the English word for snail. Then from video games, we have Maima and Tsumuri, which also mean snail. Lord Slug is self-explainatory, while Dragon Ball Heroes gives us Tsumuri (snail again) and Kagyu (could you guess it also means snail?).
      • Even the Fake Namekians get in on the puns! Raichi is after a subtropical fruit tree and Zarkuro (Zaacro in the dub) is the Japanese word for pomegranate.
    • Garlic Jr.'s pun is obvious, but his henchmen are also named after spices. Gashew is named for Sugar (named Spice in the dub), Zard is named after salt, Tard is the latter half of Mustard, and Vinegar is Vinegar. While in the Japanese version they're called the Four Heavenly Kings of the Demon Clan, Funimation took it one step further with a pop reference and called the team The Spice Boys.
    • In the pre-Cell Games filler you have Mr. Bourbon, Lime, her grandfather Rao Chuu (Chinese fermented alcohol) and Vodka. Then you have Mr. Satan's posse, Piza (pizza), Karoni (macaroni) and Piroshiki (Russian fried buns stuffed with things such as meat or rice). For the Other World Torunament there's Paikuhan/Pikkon (a portmanteau of pork ribs and rice), Migoren (Indonesian fried egg noodles dish), Sarte (satay), Olibue (olive), Chapu-Chai (a variant of chop-suey) and Maraiko (a Chinese castella sponge cake).
    • Averted with the GT character Nut, who is named not after the food (or the male organ), but rather after the hardware fastener.
    • And then we get to the Movies!
      • The first Dragon Ball movie has Gurumes (gourmet), Bongo (as in spaghetti alle vongole, not the drum) and Pasta. The first DBZ movie is where Garlic Jr. originates, and his posse in that film are Ginger, Nikki (Japanese for Cinnamon) and Sansho (from sanshou, Sichuan pepper). The second DBZ movie has characters named after foods made in the Nagoya region of Japan. Dr. Uiro (steamed rice cake), Dr. Kochin (a breed of free-range chicken), Kishime (from kishimen, a noodle made of flat strips) and Misokattsun (a miso lee, a condiment).
      • The third film, Tree of Might, has Amond (almond), Daizu (soybean), Kakao (cacao), Rezun (Raisun) and Rakasei (peanut). Cooler's Revenge features Sauser (after Thousand Island Dressing), Dore (from dressing) and Neiz (mayonnaise). Broly - Second Coming has Koko from the village Natade (after nata de coco, coconut milk), and Bio-Broly has "Baron Jager Batta" (known in the dub as Lord Jaguar) for buttered potato, and Baron is from the name for Irish cobbler potato. He lives in Castle May Queen, another breed of potato.
      • From Wrath of the Dragon, Tapion is named after the dessert tapioca, Minoshia is a modified reversal of the Japanese word for coconut. Both hail from Planet Konats, also after coconuts. Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans features Doctor Raichi, after the lychee fruit tree, Arbee (an anagram of the word for loquat), Gure (grape), Ponkarn (ponkan), Rozack (from zakuro, for pomegranate), Skud (from muscat), Bontarn (from bontan, Japanese for pomelo), Buhdo (grape again) and Hatchi-Hyack, a possible reference to greengrocer (yaoya in Japanese). The Jump Special also has Abo and Kado, who fuse into...Aka. But Gotenks still calls him Avocado.
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse has the true Big Bad Demigra, whose name is derived from demi-glace, a type of sauce. He even extends the theme to his moves: Baked Sphere, Bloody Sauce, Darkness Mixer...
      • Dragon Ball Heroes extends the sauce/soup theme to most of the Demon Realm residents, including Demigra's old allies Putine and Gravy, Demon God Salsa, the Demon Realm's Grim Reaper Shroom, and the playable character Chamel (named for béchamel sauce)
    • The Gods of Destruction and their Angels, as seen in Dragon Ball Super, are named after alcoholic drinks: Whis (whiskey), Champa (champagne), Vados (calvado), Iwne (wine), Awamo (awamori), Jerez/Heles (sherry), Sour (a drink mixer), Mosco and Mule (Moscow Mule, a cocktail of vodka and ginger beer), Quitela (tequila), Cognic (cognac), Arak (a middle eastern alcoholic beverage flavored with anise), Cucatail (cocktail), Liqueer (liquor), Korn (a german liquor), Sidra (Cider), Mojito (a rum cocktail), Rumush (rum), Kusu/Cus (Kuusuu, which is aged awamori), Belmond (vermouth, a type of fortified wine), Macarita (margarita), Giin/Geene (gin), and Martinu (Martini). Beerus fits in retroactively- he's named after the Japanese pronunciation of the English word 'virus' (he was originally a definitely villainous entity and the force that turned the Saiyans evil), but when Akira Toriyama got involved and took the character in a very different direction, he also mistook the name for a play on the word 'beer', thus the alcohol theme for the other Gods of Destruction.
      • This extends to the rest of the Gods of Destruction, but is also subtly invoked by Arc Villain Goku Black, who decides to name his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form Rosé, as an answer to the names chosen by the protagonists of Super Saiyan Blue, a name that suits the pink hair he gains when he transforms, but is also a type of wine, which fits his Knight Templar attitude, as he believes that he's pretty much doing what the Gods of Destruction should be in killing all mortals.
    • The warriors of Universes 9, 4, 3, 2, and 11 are all named after a certain theme of foods.
      • Both Universe 9 and 4's warriors are named after herbs and plants used in cooking. However, U9's warriors' names give no alterations to their origin (with the exceptions of Bergamo and Chappil), while U4 has anagrams of plants instead.
      • Universe 3 has names based off of Italian dishes.
      • Universe 2's naming theme is types of meat.
      • Universe 11 doesn't have theme naming after food per se, but naming after things you’d find in a kitchen, including things used to prepare food.
    • Even the spin-off manga Toriyama wrote has these:
    • Neko Majin Z gives us Onio (onion), while Jaco the Galactic Patrolman introduces Jaco (for chirimen jako, dried fish sprinkled over rice), Ōmori Tokunoshin (from tokumori, an extra-large serving of rice), Katayude Tamagorō (hard-boiled egg) and Azuki An (a type of bean and the paste made from it). Dragon Ball Heroes also gives us Mirego, from Mi Goreng, fried noodles from Indonesia.
    • Oh you thought it stopped at the character names? It extends to locations too! There's Papaya Island, Ginger Town, Basil Town, Parsley Town, Pepper Town, Dorian Airport (after the durian fruit), Mount Kiwi, Mount Frypan (Fire Mountain in the dub), Mount Frappe (like Dr. Frappe), Urameshiya (a portmanteau on the Japanese words for "wail of the ghosts" and "eating house"; it's a restaurant for supernatural beings) and Konpei Tower (after konpeitou, a sugar candy).
  • Puella Magi Kazumi Magica's chapter names were all food puns until the author ran out of ideas.
  • The girls of Tokyo Mew Mew are all named after plants or desserts, and their last names follow the pattern of Color Place (Momomiya = Peach Shrine, Midorikawa = Green River, etc.) Their alien foes are named after filled pastry items (Quiche, Tart, and Pie).
  • The names of the Kurosaki siblings in Bleach are all puns on fruits. (Ichigo = strawberry, Karin = quince, Yuzu = citron). In the anime adaptation, Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio protests against Ichigo calling him "Don Panini".
  • Naruto: All of the known members and aspirants of the Seven Shinobi Swordsmen of the Mist (with the exception of the most likely non-canon Raiga Kurosuki from Filler) have surnames dealing with produce: Momochi (momo = peach), Hoshigaki (dried persimmon), Hozuki (Chinese lantern fruit), Akebino (akebi = chocolate vine), Kuriarare (kuri = chestnut), Munashi (nashi = Asian pear), Ringo (apple), and Suikazan (suika = watermelon). Even Chojuro, who has Only One Name, is named after a particular type of Asian pear.
  • The Musk Dynasty in Ranma ½ has Herb, Lime, and Mint, while the Phoenix Tribe has Saffron (after the rice), Kiima (after keema), Koruma (from "korma", a curry dish) and Masara (masala, a mix of spices.) Herbology martial artists Pink and Link have Theme Twin Naming. The Guide (who is named after his profession) has a daughter named Plum. And let's not forget Lychee, from Big Trouble in Nekonron, China. Pantyhose Taro (who was baptized and named by Happōsai) fell victim to a whole other kind of Theme Naming, but he met Rouge, and a different Saffron.
  • In Air Gear, the Noyamano sisters (members of Sleeping Forest) all have names that are related to fruits: Rika ("pear blossom"), Ringo ("apple"), Shiraume ("white plum") and Mikan ("tangerine"). Ringo's name is lampshaded when Rika threatens her by crushing an apple while hinting obliquely at her fate should she disobey.
  • Rosario + Vampire has vampire sisters named Moka/Mocha and Kokoa/Cocoa, their elder sister Karua/Kahlua, and their adopted (and thus named not quite to theme) sister Akua/Aqua. Just about the whole family is part of the theme naming father Issa (lit. "one [cup of] tea"), Kahlua and Kokoa's mother Gyokuro (a type of green tea), and dog Earl Grey.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats has two characters named after pizza toppings. Speedy Cerviche gets partial credit, as his name is a pun on both the word "service" and Ceviche.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico's Magical Girl parody Show Within a Show, Magical Princess Natural Lychee, includes an antagonist of the titular character who is named Rambutan. (Lychee and Rambutan are both Asian tropical fruits.)
  • This is used more than once in the Pretty Cure franchise:
    • In Yes! Precure 5, the mascots are all named after food; Coco and Nuts (their names are a pun on 'coconut'), Milk, Syrup. All the Palmier Kingdom inhabitants, simply put.
    • Similarly, in Fresh Pretty Cure!, not only the mascots, Chiffon and Tart (not the ones mentioned above), follow the same pattern, but the Cures also do, as their Cure forms are named after fruits: Cure Peach, Cure Berry, Cure Pine (as in 'pineapple', not 'pine tree'), and Cure Passion (as in 'passionfruit').
    • In Happiness Charge Pretty Cure, the Cures' dance-themed Form Changes are all named after different foods along with the kind of dance styles they're based on (i.e Cherry Flamenco, Lollipop Hip-Hop, Sherbet Ballet, Popcorn Cheer, etc.).
    • The Cures in Kirakira★PreCure a la Mode are named after different kinds of sweets: Cure Whip (as in whipped cream, not the weapon), Cure Custard, Cure Gelato, Cure Macaron, Cure Chocolat, and Cure Parfait.
  • One Piece:
    • Early on in the manga, Usopp's "pirate crew" is made of 3 little boys named Ninjin/Carrot, Piiman/Pepper, and Tamanegi/Onion. Their hairstyles resemble the food they're named after.
    • Sanji being a Chef of Iron, he names many of his attacks after food items and other culinary terms, like Brochette, Concasse, or Premier Hachis.
    • Many Minks are named after something related to the animal they are based on, some of them being named after Stock Animal Diet. This also includes Carrot (not to be confused with Ninjin above).
    • The entire Charlotte family is named after sweets and other kinds of food (except for Lola), befitting the matriarch Charlotte Linlin (Big Mom)'s Sweet Tooth. The family name itself comes from a French dessert, and Linlin's children are all named after other kinds of food; Pudding, Brûlée, Moscato, Praline, Katakuri, Cracker, Smoothie...
  • In Urusei Yatsura, there is a group of Unknown Rivals to Lum, Oyuki, and Benten. They are named Sugar, Ginger, and Pepper — collectively known as the "Spice Girls".
  • Most of the characters (and all of the place names) in King of Bandit Jing are named for alcoholic beverages. "Jing" is actually supposed to be "Gin" (the spelling is intentional on the author's part, since "Gin" would connote a much different pronunciation in Japanese); Kir (Jing's bird sidekick) is a cocktail of creme de cassis and white wine; and their signature attack "Kir Royale" is a variant of the cocktail made with sparkling wine.
  • One of the Sailor Moon movies has a team of villains who are all named after sweet items.
  • The antagonists of Detective Conan are given liqueur codenames like Gin, Vodka, Vermouth, Kir, etc. Also used as a Red Herring with a woman named Jodie Saintemillion, after a famous wine-producing region in France. She was believed to be a member of the antagonist group, but she actually is an Action Girl opposed to them.
  • Most of the main female casts of Dog Days are named after bread and sweets, either in their first or last names - Princess Millhiore F. Biscotti, Tsundere Eclair, Mad Scientist Riccotta, Samurai Brioche d'Arquien, Ninja Yukikaze Panettone, etc...
  • VS Knights Lamune & 40 Fire, and its Hotterand Sexier OAV Knights of Ramune/VS Knights Lamune Fresh have this trope, although the latter seems to have a lot more characters to this effect.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai. Taro's personal maid staff.
    • Season 1: Lemon, Marron (chestnut) and Melon
    • Season 2: Ichigo (strawberry), Ringo (apple) and Sango (maple)
  • Thanks to most of the characters in Anpanman being themed around food (some actually being the food that they're themed around), this is very common. A few non-food characters named after food include Uncle Jam (Anpanman's father figure), Batako (meaning "Butter Girl", Uncle Jam's assistant), and Cheese (Anpanman's pet dog). Also, all of the horses are given food names based on who their owners are (Hamburger Kid has Pickles, Yakisobapanman has White Sauce, Croquette Kid has Ketchup, and Princess Salad has Vinegar).
  • The Kitashirakawas in Tamako Market all have names related to mochi:
    • Tamako is named after their mochi shop Tamaya—"-ya" is a business suffix and "-ko" is a feminine name suffix.
    • Anko is named after the red bean paste filling.
    • When you put the names of their father Mamedai and grandfather Fuku together, you'd get Mame-daifuku, Tamaya's specialty. Lampshaded in episode 10.
  • Pokémon;
    • One episode of the anime featured an elderly woman named Abigail and her Pikachu, Sugar, who was named such because it helped her to bake cakes.
    • Another episode had Ash and friends using Line Of Sight Names as pseudonyms: Tom Ato, Ann Chovy, and Caesar Salad.
  • In Magical Pokémon Journey, many of the characters (Hazel, Almond, Coconut, Peanut, Pistachio, Walnut) are named after nuts. Other food names include Ginger, Apricot, Plum and Caraway.
  • The cast of Is the Order a Rabbit? are based on things likely to appear in a coffee shop. (For the sake of explanation, the examples below are written in surname-first order.)
    • Hoto Cocoa: Hot cocoa
    • Kafuu Chino: Cappuccino
    • Tedeza Rize: Thé des Alizés, a green tea-fruit blend.
    • Ujimatsu Chiya: Uji matcha, one of the more famous Japanese green teas.
    • Kirima Sharo: A transliteration of Kilimanjaro, which in the Japanese context nearly always refers to Kenyan coffee.
    • Natsu Megumi: Nutmeg (Natsumegu)
    • Jouga Maya: Jogmaya, one of the major tea estates in Darjeeling.
    • Hoto Mocha: Hot mocha (She's the Cool Big Sis of the aforementioned Cocoa)
  • In Ice Cream Baby, all the characters' names came from food and drinks name.
  • Girls und Panzer:
    • The Anzio Girls High School, which is based on WW2 Italy, has Anchovy, Pepperoni and Carpaccio. (All of those are ingredients often used for making pizza.)
    • And the St. Gloriana Girls High School (WW2 Britain) gives us Darjeeling, Assam and Orange Pekoe, which (fittingly) get their names from types of tea.
    • And the Ooarai Girls High School Turtle Team uses fruits (Anzu means apricot, Momo means peach and Yuzu is the name of a citrus fruit).
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, there's Biscuit Griffon, and his younger twin sisters, Cookie and Cracker.
  • Shaman King has Chocolove McDonell. His Guardian Spirit, Mic the Jaguar, is a different kind of theme naming.
  • Mob Psycho 100 is set in Condiment City. Fittingly, all the schools and landmarks have a spice and condiment theme running on; the main character goes to Salt Middle School, and one of his former enemies goes to Black Pepper Middle School.
  • Surnames in Heavy Object are names of cocktails, the one exception being Sarasa Gleamshifter whose last name is merely based on the gloom lifter cocktail. More specifically, Legitimacy Kingdom names are brandy based drinks, Information Alliance names are gin based drinks, Capitalist Corporations names are rum based drinks, and Faith Organization names are whiskey based drinks. There's also one exception to these themes: Wydine Uptown, as that was a fake name taken by an Information Alliance agent while pretending to be from the Capitalist Corporations.

    Comic Books 
  • Tony Chu has the nickname Chew as a direct result of his power of being able to see how anything was killed by eating it. Every other character in the series has some kind of food reference in their name: just ask Amelia Mintz, John Colby, Mike Applebee, Evan Pepper, Marshall Mellow, Herschel Brown...
  • Attempted in New X-Men but accidentally subverted at the last second when a different writer took over the series. Grant Morrison had intended to name the five Stepford Cuckoos — who are essentially younger clones of Emma Frost, created from ova harvested by scientists while she was comatose — so that the first letter of each of their names would spell "spice." However, he'd only given the names of four of them during his run (Sophie, Phoebe, Celeste, and Esme) and he hadn't told anyone about the Easter Egg, so Chuck Austen unknowingly dubbed the fifth Cuckoo Mindee, accidentally messing up Grant's intentions. Later corrected by stating her real name is actually Irma in a narrator's bubble.
  • Three members of the Big Hero 6 have this: Wasabi No-Ginger, GoGo Tomago (corruption of Japanese tamago), and Honey Lemon.
  • The children (and pet) of the Jones family in Archie Comics: Jughead, little sister Jellybean, cousin Souphead, and Hot Dog In their case, they're all nicknames (except for Hot Dog).
  • Polish comic series by Meago [[Comic Book/Dollicious Dollicious]] - every single character is named after a food and personalise it : Ramen, Lazania, Guarana, Bubblegum and Tiramisu to name the few.
  • Wonder Woman: All members of the Candy family have names that play on the food qualities of their last name, excepting Etta's neice Suzie. There's Etta Candy (eat a candy), Mint Candy, Hard Candy and Sweet Candy.

    Fan Works 
  • All named Seeq in The Tainted Grimoire are named after a type of meat.
    • First, there is T-bone.
    • Second, there is Ribs.
    • Third, there is Sir Loin.
  • In the Legend of Korra fanfic Book Five: Legends we have Kyoshi warrior Jasmine owes her name due to her father being a tea enthusiast. She considers herself luckier than her little sister Ginseng.
  • Just about every Steel Ranger in Fallout: Equestria is named after some kind of food. This goes for all the Recursive Fanfiction, too.

    Films — Animation 
  • Every Sugar Rush character from Wreck-It Ralph, most of whom use the specific sub-genre of candy. Where they got the name Muttonfudge, nobody knows.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Big Hero 6 keeps the naming of three of its heroes (though Wasabi No-Ginger is shorten to just the first word). Additionally, the cat's name is Mochi. The odd nature of them is lampshaded by Hiro; Tadashi mentions the names being given by Fred. Wasabi's in particular came from a Never Live It Down incident, while the origins of the ladies' respective nicknames goes unsaid.
  • In Ratatouille, Alfredo Linguini's surname comes from a real-life type of Italian pasta called "Linguine", commonly written as "Linguini".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Brand-name junk foods are used for this purpose in Idiocracy, where Joe Bauers' attorney is named Frito and the President is Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.
  • In What a Girl Wants, two of Daphne's debutante friends are named Peach and Pear. They apparently have a sister named Parsnip; she doesn't get out much.
  • The Penderghast family in Easy A are all named after food. Daughter/Protagonist Olive, Mother Rosemary, Father Dill and Brother Chip. The unseen brother is apparently called Kale.
  • The antagonists of Django Unchained appears to have a sweets theme for their names. In addition to Big Bad Calvin Candie (owner of the Candyland plantation), there are also three bad guys called the Brittle brothers. Appropriately, one of the heroes is a dentist.
  • Hudson Hawk has four CIA agents named after candy bars (Snickers, Kit Kat, Butterfingers, Almond Joy).
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle: This movie introduces the American version of the titular group, the Statesmen. Unlike the Kingsmen, which are named after Knights of the Round Table, they are named after alchoholic beverages. The three agents introduced are named Tequila, Whiskey and Champagne, and their support member is called Ginger Ale (which is not alchoholic by itself, but is often mixed with alchoholic beverages to make drinks).

  • Anything Japanese in Good Omens is named after food, including a model of car called the Wasabi and a ship called the Kappamaki.
  • The Fudge series gives us Farley Drexel "Fudge" Hatcher, and little sister Tamara Roxanne "Tootsie" Hatcher. Peter, their older brother and the books' resident First-Person Smartass, lampshades this at one point by commenting that his parents really wanted a candy shop.
  • Apparently Vicky Holmes was hungry when she wrote the Warrior Cats book SkyClan's Destiny... it introduces cats named Egg, Onion, Nutmeg, and you could even count Velvet if you think of red velvet.
  • Many of the rats in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents are named after food (like Dangerous Beans, Peaches and Sardines) or words related to food (like Additives and Nourishing). This is because they have learnt a lot of their vocabulary from reading food packaging.
    • Two countries on the Discworld are named Djelibeybi (jellybaby) and Hersheba (Hershey bar). Word of God is that Pratchett came up with Hersheba upon finding out that many of his American fans didn't get the jellybaby pun, which led him to wonder which US-specific candy he should have named it after instead.
  • In Bored of the Rings, thanks to Parody Naming, most members of the Fellowship are named after foods or soft drinks: Frito, Spam, Moxie, Pepsi, Legolam, Gimlet, Arrowroot (exceptions: Goodgulf, Bromosel). There's also the tensions that boil over between the fair city of Minas Troney and the foul city of Chikken Noodul.
  • Baker's son Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games is presumably named for his parents' profession (as in pita bread). It becomes a theme when Katniss and Peeta's son is said to be named Rye. And to top it off, the country itself is called Panem, a Latin word for bread.
  • The novels in the Genie Team G Jiken Note are all titled after desserts: cake, cookies and donuts. This may be due to the fact the protagonist is a Genius Sweet Tooth.
  • One of the Animal Ark books features this loosely done. Because the mother cat James and Mandy are looking after is named "Blossom", they decide to name her three kittens after fruit trees. The two girls are dubbed Peaches and Cherry and after some thinking, their brother is dubbed William for William Pears.
  • The male cats in Cat Pack decide to name Carlotta's kittens Hamburger (named for its large size), Mustard (named for its yellow pelt), Sugar (named for being mostly white), Catnip (who is the runt), and Scamper (named for being wiggly). Carlotta lampshades the weirdness.
    Carlotta: They sound more like a grocery list than kittens.
  • A Bad Case of Stripes has Camilla Cream, Dr. Gourd, and Mr. Mellon.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In-universe example in the BBC comedy drama Cruise of the Gods. The creator of a short-lived cult sci-fi series finally tires of the fandom trying to find hidden meanings in the exotic character names and reveals that they were all just anagrams of dishes at his local curry house. (And you're right, it does stretch credulity that nobody would have noticed this before.)
  • On Glee, all of Will's love interests are named after food: Terri Delmonico (a type of steak), Emma Pillsbury, Suzie Pepper, and Rachel Berry.
    • Holly Holiday. While Holly is technically edible, it's only edible in the sense that you can eat it, not that you should.
  • Hannibal names its episodes after the sequential order of the courses in a multi-course meal. Season One titles are from French cuisine, Season Two Japanese, and Season Three Italian.
  • In the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "House Mouses", Scully and Hitchcock concoct "Operation: Beans" to take down a drug ring. They get into the spirit with the code names they make up: Jake is "Pinto", Terry is "Mung" and Hitchcock is "Chickpea".
  • The core five members of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger are named after variations of tea. Namely, Ban = bancha (common green tea), Hoji = hojicha (charcoal roasted tea), Sen = sencha (whole green tea), Jasmine = jasmine tea, Umeko = umecha (tea with plum).
  • The Adventures of Slim Goodbody: A variation: agents of Body Control are named after B-vitamins. It's stated in passing that there are other agents of Body Control who we never see on screen who are named after other vitamins.

  • Richard Cheese and all of the other members of Lounge Against the Machine, including Bobby Ricotta, Frank Feta, Billy Bleu, have a cheese theme naming.
  • Kids Praise: The anthropomorphic mouse choir from the fourth album are all named after different kinds of cheese.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: Zig-zagged with Taakonote 's family, who at one point were supposed to be named after Tex-Mex foodstuffs. Taako mentions his grandfather Tostada, and his twin sister was supposed to be named Chalupa. This was later ret-conned due to possible racist connotations, especially since people had widely begun headcanoning Taako as Latino. Tostada was never mentioned again, and Chalupa's nickname "Lup" became her official name, leaving Taako the only one with a food-related name.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Candice Michelle's finishing moves, Candywrapper, Candylicious and the Sugar Rush.


  • As illustrated atop this page, Google's Android operating system. Since version 1.5, every major release has been named for a sweet or dessert item, each starting with the next letter of the alphabetnote . However, the trend will be discontinued with the release of Android 10 (previously Android Q) in 2019, due to the names not being "inclusive" to international users. The version names are as follows:
    • 1.5 - Cupcake
    • 1.6 - Donut
    • 2.0 - Eclair
    • 2.2 - Froyonote 
    • 2.3 - Gingerbread
    • 3.x - Honeycomb
    • 4.0.x - Ice Cream Sandwich
    • 4.1 - Jelly Bean
    • 4.4.x - KitKat (the first trademarked one; getting the licence with Nestlé even earned some cross-promotion)note 
    • 5.x - Lollipop ("rejected" candidates include Lava Cake, Licorice and "L'Oreo")
    • 6.0.x - Marshmallow
    • 7.x - Nougat
    • 8.x - Oreo (another trademarked one, this time from Nabisco)
    • 9.x - Pie

    Tabletop Games 
  • The members of the Madolche card archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! are all named by a portmanteau of a word related to what they are, and a dessert name. Thus, you have the cavalry rider Chouxvalier, the Ridiculously Cute Critter Cruffsant, and are ruled by The High Queen, Tiaramisu, and they all live in the Madolche Chateau (y'know, like "gateau").

    Video Games 
  • The Frost Five in Soul Hackers. Strawberry Frost, Lemon Frost, Melon Frost, Milk and Curry Frost, Blue Hawaii Frost.
  • In the obscure Game Boy RPG Great Greed (also known as Vitamina Kingdom), all the friendly NPCs and regions have food-related names. For example, the five princesses are named Candy, Cup Cake, Truffle, Gum Drop, and Citrus.
    Gum Drop: the programmer gave us strange names, you have a problem with that?
  • The Goldfish Poop Gang from Chrono Trigger, in the Japanese original, was named after dressings: Vinegar, Mayonnaise and Soysauce. The sequel Chrono Cross features Solt and Peppor, the Shaker Brothers, who are at one time joined by Ketchop. Not coincidentally, Akira Toriyama was involved in the making of Trigger.
  • The Prince of Cannock and Princess of Moonbrooke of Dragon Quest II are officially named Cookie and Pudding in Japanese supplemental material. No points for guessing why.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bowser Koopa himself has the japanese name, クッパ Kuppa, from the korean dish, gukbap, a Korean soup with rice. Franchise creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, wanted to name him after a dish in Korean cuisine, and also had considered naming him ユッケ Yukke (after 육회 yukhoe) or ビビンバ Bibinba (after 비빔밥 bibimbap).
    • Many of the areas of Super Mario World are so named: Donut Plains, Vanilla Dome, Chocolate Island, Cheese Bridge, Butter Bridge, and Soda Lake.
    • Taking its cue, Super Mario Kart has Donut Plains and Vanilla Lake stages.
    • Likely in reference to Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U's levels are named are food too. Layer-Cake Desert, Frosted Glacier, Soda Jungle, Rock-Candy Mines, Meringue Clouds and Peach's Castle. The first is also arguably Level Ate, with giant cakes and ice cream in the scenery.
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Luigi tells of his adventures in the Waffle Kingdom with Princess Éclair, King Chestnut and Minister Crepe. From his stories and the look of his partners, it seems that the entire Waffle Kingdom is themed after food.
    • In Wario: Master of Disguise, all the villains are named after Italian food. Namely Count Cannoli (named after an Italian dessert), Carpaccio (named after a meat dish) and Tiaramisu/Terrormisu (named after another dessert). They're named after Italian cooking terms in Japanese.
  • Wario Land:
    • Kitchen Island from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 includes Rice Beach, Mt Teapot, Sherbet Land, Stove Canyon, SS Teacup, Parsely Woods (with Fork Tree as a major sub-location) and Syrup Castle. Incidentally, the pirate leader (Captain Syrup) is also named after food, as is her group of minions (Black Sugar Gang).
    • To keep with the theme naming, Princess Shokora/Chocolat from Wario Land 4.
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia's cats are all named after different ingredients.
  • Kirby
    • Kirby's Adventure has levels named: Vegetable Valley, Ice Cream Island, Butter Building, Grape Garden, Yogurt Yard, and Orange Ocean.
    • Repeated in Kirby's Return to Dream Land: Cookie Country, Raisin Ruins, Onion Ocean, White Wafers, Nutty Noon, Egg Engines, and Dangerous Dinner.
    • Also, in Kirby & the Amazing Mirror: Cabbage Cavern, Mustard Mountain, Carrot Castle, Olive Ocean, Peppermint Palace, Radish Ruins and Candy Constellation.
    • Kirby Super Star's "Dyna Blade" brings us Peanut Plain, Mallow Castle, Cocoa Cave, and Candy Mountain. They weren't named in-game originally, but Ultra featured their names on the touch screen.
  • Jelly enemies in Miitopia are named after plants (apple, peach and licorice respectively).
  • Panic Restaurant has levels named after food, full of food-themed enemies.
  • The names of two (out of five) of the lead characters of Tales of Phantasia is a gag about Mint and Watercress salad, although the "joke" is Lost in Translation because the hero's name is consistently romanized as "Cless."
  • From his appearance, Montblanc from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance seems to be named after the Mont Blanc pastry.
  • Practically everyone in Magical Starsign. There are different naming themes for different groups of characters. For example, the moles are named after cheeses, and the dwarves are named after sauces. Just to name a few more: the solar system where the game takes place is called Balkava, there's a school principal named Biscotti, a police officer named Brie, two salamanders named Chowder and Bisque...
  • In Brave Fencer Musashi, most of the inhabitants of Alucaneet Castle are named after meat (eg. Princess Fillet, Acrobat Sausages, Scribe Shanky, Butler Livers) while most of the characters from the Thirstquencher Empire are named for drinks (Gingerelle, Bubbles, etc.).
  • Most of the major characters in Steambot Chronicles are named for seasonings — with pretty much anyone else who's at all significant being named for a non-edible plant if they ran out. Lampshaded in-game — when you look at the spice rack of Mrs. Echinacea, it says the jars contain seasonings. Or people, it's hard to tell.
  • Two of the main female characters from ClaDun: This is an RPG are named after dessert foods (Pudding and Sherbet).
  • The Pinatas in Viva Piñata are named after candies and dessert foods (Mousemallow, Taffly, Horstachio, etc.)
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the angels are named after desserts. Flonne (pronounced as flan) and Seraph Lamington are examples.
  • Tail Concerto has the twofer food reference with its main character Waffle Ryebread, and his assistant is named Panta.
    • Its Spiritual Successor Solatorobo follows suits. Not only do Waffle and Panta make appearances, but the main character's sister is named Chocolot Gelato. A lot of the NPC s have food names as well, ranging from obvious to obscure: Toffee, Biscuit, Frito, Raisin, Vanille, the quest broker Flo Financier (short for "fromage", cheese, and a financier is type of cake), Frassier (another cake), Suzette (as in crepe suzette), Kouglof (a french dessert)... In other words, talking about the cast of this game is like reading the menu of a French diner.
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island, members of the Goodsoup family have soup-related names like Minerva Stroneheim "Minnie Stronie" Goodsoup. When Guybrush has to impersonate one of them to get into their crypt, the names he can offer include Wonton, Hearty Beef and Potato ("I'm from good Irish stock.") and Split Pea With Ham (which he passes off as a nickname derived from P. Hamilton Goodsoup). There is also a guest at their inn named Charles de Goulash.
    • Escape from Monkey Island has a similar joke with the Cheese family. The only one we meet is Ignatius (a Stealth Pun for "Nacho") Cheese, but he describes a few of his relatives to Guybrush who correctly guesses about half of their names.
    Ignatius: He's (his great-uncle) a renowned holy man who remains steadfastly neutral in any conflict.
    Guybrush: Let me guess, Swiss Cheese?
    Ignatius: Ah, so you've heard of him.
    • Partially subverted in The Secret of Monkey Island with the Fetuccini Brothers. While the brothers' surname and Alfredo's first name play this straight, Alfredo's brother is named Bill.
  • In Cooking Mama, Mama's daughter is named Ichigo (strawberry) while her son is named Ringo (Apple).
  • In Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal, some of the Pokemon names are mistranslated as food items. For example, Sandslash is called Bread, Venonat is called Corn, and Flaaffy is called Pea.
  • Pokémon:
    • Every single gym leader in Pokémon manages to have a Japanese name that is both the name of a plant or fruit, and has something to do with their Pokémon type. The English names are simply type references.
    • The five 'Partners' or 'Stat Trainers' of the fourth generation games are named after cereal grains in most translations.
    • In Pokémon Black and White's English translation, there are gym leaders named Cilan (cilantro), Chili, and Cress (watercress). They are also waiters, and their names still correspond with their preferred type (Grass for Cilan, Fire for Chili, and Water for Cress).
  • The names of Death Adder's minions in Golden Axe are all references to alcoholic beverages (with some of the spellings changed to avoid trademark infringement): we have Heninger (Henninger), Longmoan (Longmorn), the Zuburoka (Zubrowka) amazons (whose individual members are named after different brands of vodka), the Bad Brothers (a mistranslation of "Bud", as in "Budweiser") and the Bitter knights.
  • Toro Inoue the Sony cat/Mascot was named for his love of fatty tuna. Fittingly, his owner who gave him the name is a sushi chef. note 
  • Earthbound:
    • The Apple Kid and Orange Kid from EarthBound.
    • Not to mention the menu color options in Earthbound and its sequel.
  • In the Famicom disk version of Wardner, the hero is Prince À la Mode of the Choux Kingdom, and the princess is Purin (Pudding) of the Custard Kingdom.
  • All of the chefs in the Cooking Academy series have names like Henri Fromage note  and Xavier Benedict.
  • In Robotrek, the characters from the planet Choco are named after pastries.
  • Most of the locations and buildings in Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility are named after a confection of some sort. (Waffle Town, Ganache Mine, Mt. Gelato, Caramel River, Brownie Ranch and Sundae Inn to name a few.)
  • A halfling fruit vendor in Neverwinter Nights mod A Few Days By the Sea has the rather unfortunate name of Sago Pudding. If you ask about the rest of her family, she states that she has siblings named Rice, Plum and James.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog characters include Cream the Rabbit, her mother Vanilla, and her pet chao Cheese.
  • A Dark and Stormy Entry by Emily Short has a variety of different endings depending on what you choose from the numbered menu. In one of the sillier endings the player character decides to write a cheese-themed story, resulting in hero Prince Gruyere and his love interest Mozzarella, advisor Lord Parmagiano, magician-in-disguise Ardrahan, the enigmatic Roquefort and the villainous Processed Cheez Food.
  • Boutalles also has a bit of pudding theme naming going on with characters named Plumm, Figgy, Sticky, Toffee and Kutia.
  • In the Spanish translation of Animal Crossing, Isabelle's name is "Canella" (Cinnamon).
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!: All of the women are named after varieties of wine.
  • Played With in Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido: Any soldier of the Empire not serving under a General whom Musashi fights is named after something related to eating (such as Gorge or Fammish), cooking (such as Boyle or Baker), or things found in a kitchen (such as Pantree or well as Kichun himself). None of them, however, are actually named after food.note 
  • Clockwork Knight: All the knights and Soltia's names are based on spices - Ginger and Pepper's are pretty self-explanatory, Oneon's is based on onion, Garluch's is based on garlic, and Soltia's is based on salt.
  • In the upcoming Chicory: A Colorful Tale, in a land called Picnic, everyone is an animal named after food. Conversely, foods in Picnic are all known by different names—coffee is "joe", donuts are "holeys", pizza is "slice", etc.
  • Splatoon has the Squid Sisters, whose names form some sort of seafood-related Pun in several different localizations:
    • Their names are Callie and Marie in English, a pun on calamari.
    • In French they're Ayo and Oly, based on aioli sauce which is frequently served with seafood.
    • In German they're Aioli, the aforementioned sauce, and Limone, "lemon". Both are named after types of condiments.
    • While the original Japanese version doesn't include a food-related pun in their individual names, the Japanese name of their idol duo, Sea O'Colors, is a pun on shiokara, a Japanese dish made from fermented squid.
  • Jeannie's red dog in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is named "Ketchup".
Cooking Diary: All the districts in Tasty Hills have food related names like Brocclyn and Ketchunnaise.

    Visual Novels 
  • The currently-in-development adult otome game The Confectionary has the monster, ahem, companions named after various sweet things: the werewolf Cinnamon, the stallion Butterscotch, the slime Black Puddingnote , the harpy Marshmallow, the naga Sweets, the dragon Jawbreaker, the centipede Gingersnap...
  • This is the case for all of Minaduki family's catgirls in Nekopara. Their names are Vanilla, Chocola, Coconut, Maple, Cinnamon, and Azukinote . Another catgirl is named Milk.
  • In Syrup and the Ultimate Sweet, every character is named after a sweet food: the protagonist Syrup, her friend Pastille, the magical clay golem Gumdrop, the witch Butterscotch and her cat familiar Toffee, and the wolf Treat making a cameo from another game series by the same author.

    Web Animation 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: The Pepper family's daughters are named Paprika, Cayenne and Belle. Lewis, the eldest of the kids, subverts it, while their parents go unnamed.
  • Team CFVY of RWBY has this not just in the team name (it's pronounced "coffee"), but also for its individual members: Coco is named for the cocoa bean, Fox is named for fox hunter pie, Velvet is named for red velvet cake, and Yatsuhashi shares his name with a Japanese sweet made with bean paste.

  • In Adventurers!!, Karashi's sister's name is Mizuna. Karashina and Mizuna are both Japanese mustard plants. Not a coincidence; when the two square off against each other, the name of the story arc is "Mustard Wars".
  • Most of the named magical girls in Apricot Cookie(s)! have some reference to food and drink: Apricot Cookie, Butter Punch, Jammy Smasher, Meal Deal, Cream Tea, Sunshine Jubilee, Moonlight Spritzer, and Princess Almond. Apricot's real name, Anzu,note  also fits the pattern. The only girls who avert it are M'ecky (who has a Punny Name instead, being a Robot Girl) and Starlet Pony (who can't transform naturally).
  • The Warhammer 40,000 fan webcomic Gone to Ground's Imperial Guardsmen's names are chock full of this trope — Sergeant Cooke, Private Eggleston (who's nicknamed 'Eggs' by his friend anyway), Corporal Hamm...
  • Charby the Vampirate: King Samrick's flock of colorful winged assistants all named themselves after their favorite foods.
  • Cucumber Quest is the story of Cucumber and his sister Almond, seeking to save the Donut Kingdom and its various food-named inhabitants from an ancient evil. Along the way, they even run into a Quirky Miniboss Squad whose members are named Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: The Saiyan/Vegetable theme naming continues with Hanasia (some sort of aloe), Mahissu (maize, as in corn), Romanesco (a kind of cauliflower) and Gerkin (like the pickle).
  • In Dragon Mango pretty much all characters are named after things you can eat, mostly fruits and other grown edibles for humans and dragonslayers, and desserts for elves, but other names naturally exist. Among them we have the protagonist Mango, her "friend" Bleu Berry, the little brat Cherry, the prospective Lolita Knights Eclair, Cupcake, and Candy, and Agent Vinegar.
  • The Sandwich family in Housepets!: Earl's pets are Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, and there's also an Uncle Rueben. Earl himself is a more subtle reference to the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who gave his name to the snack. His wife finds the whole thing ridiculous, and has no idea why he finds her own name being Jill funny.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, all police are named after ice cream, with a pair of feds named Ben and Jerry, and pair of local cops named Baskin and Robbin. A recently introduced female cop is named Sorbet.
  • All the witches and their familiars in Pepper&Carrot are named after spices, vegetables, or other edibles (like Spirulina for a water-dwelling witch). Due to the author's association with Blender Foundation, a couple of the familiars are likely named after the codenames for films (see the Western Animation section).
  • In Saffron And Sage other than the titular duo being named after spices there's also the characters Coriander, Cinnamon, and Toast. As well as a mentioned but as of yet unseen character named Milk.
  • Shotgun Shuffle gives us the seven Buckingham girls, who are all named after foods, particularly spices. Ellie's birth name is Lavender, but she legally changed it the second she turned eighteen, which annoyed her parents.
  • Trigger Star: The Five-Man Band (including the Team Pet) and most of the antagonists are named after food items. For instance: the "hero" is Avocado Guacamole and the Big Bad is called Black Licorice.
  • In Vatican Assassins, the Assassins' Wicca counterparts from WITCHNIGHT are named after spices.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Biker Mice from Mars, the Plutarkians are all named for cheeses — for example, Lawrence Limburger, who certainly lives up to his name.
  • The Blender Foundation's movies all have assorted names relating to their plots (which are completely separate from each other) but the codenames during development are all fruits, some of which appear as Easter Eggs in the movies themselves.
  • Monterey Jack's family from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers are all named after types of cheese.
  • All the characters on Chowder are named after food. We have Chowder, Mung Daal note  Panini, Schnitzel, Gazpacho, Truffles, Kimchi, Gorgonzola, Endive, Ceviche, Pâté, Reuben, Stilton, Chestnut, Kiwi, Mr. Fugu, Lo Mein, Marmalade, Rosemary, and many, many more.
  • Mac and Cheese from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Then there's Coco, Berry, Fluffernutter, Crackers, and Nuts. (The last two were each one-shot joke characters, with Nuts not even appearing in an actual episode).
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Apple family. For example, the most important characters who come from said family are named Applejack note , Apple Bloom note , Big MacIntosh note , and Granny Smith note .
    Applejack: I've got apple pie, apple fritters, apple tarts, apple dumplings, apple crisps, apple crumblers, and apple brown betty... uh, the dessert, not my auntie.
    • Also, Pinkie Pie works for Mr. Carrot Cake and Mrs. Cup Cake in a bakery, and also babysits their children, Pumpkin Cake and Pound Cake.
    • Pinkie's last name isn't a one-off, either; she's a member of the Pie family. In a Season 4 episode, we meet her sister Maud Pie.
    • In "Pinkie Pride", guest star "Weird Al" Yankovic provides the voice for a pony named Cheese Sandwich.
  • The titular characters of PB&J Otter.
  • The Proud Family has Dijonay and her siblings named after spices. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Dijonay (obviously), Cayenne, Paprika, and Tabasco.
    • In the Proud family is Suga Mama and Auntie Spice
    • And the production company is Jambalaya Studios.
  • Many of the characters in Strawberry Shortcake are named for various desserts.
  • As the title indicates, all the members of the Sushi Pack (and their Evil Counterpart, the Legion of Lowtide) are named after the kind of sushi they are.
  • Dino Spumoni and Nick Vermicelli from Hey Arnold!.
  • Sylvester Calzone, a parody of Sylvester Stallone from The Fairly OddParents.
  • Many of the humans of Beach City in Steven Universe have food-based names, often related to the restaurants on the boardwalk:
    • The Frymans and the Pizzas; both families own restaurants. Guess what they serve. The Fryman kids themselves are named for McDonald's mascots: Ronaldo (Ronald McDonald) and Peedee (Speedee)
    • Sour Cream and Onion are half-siblings and Vidalia is their mother. Vidalia's husband/Onion's father is a fisherman named Yellowtail, possibly intended as a "fish and chips" pun. Marty, Sour Cream's absentee biological father, is an Odd Name Out.
    • Less blatant than the others, but Sadie Miller works at Big Donut, and a "miller" is someone who grinds wheat into the flour baked goods are made from.
    • This is even lampshaded in the episode "Onion Gang", when Steven correctly guesses Pinto's name based on the fact that her brother, Garbanzo, is also named after a bean.
  • In Ready Jet Go!, the Propulsion family, with the exceptions of Jet and Zerk, are named after vegetables because they think those names are proper "Earthie" names. Examples: Carrot, Celery, Eggplant, Zucchini, and Spinach. Jet even calls himself Cucumber in the Halloween Episode.
  • Toffee from Star vs. the Forces of Evil, though he's much less comical than his name suggests.
  • DuckTales (1987) featured Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Dijon, and later introduced his upstanding brother, the monk Poupon. Both are named after types of mustard.
  • Bojack Horseman:
    • The Sugarmans, Beatrice's family side, has this as their surname due to their Family Business, similar to the Apples example above. Special mention goes for CrackerJack Sugarman, Beatrice's deceased older brother. It also functions as a bitterly Ironic Name since their less than sweet.
    • Their peers, the Creamermans, also shared this trait, mainly due to their surname related to their company of dairy products and the facts they're all goats.
    • Butterscotch Horseman, Beatrice's husband and BoJack's father, has this as well.
  • The 1960s/70s British stop-go animation children's program The Herbs and its spin-off The Adventures of Parsley, have in addition to the eponymous lion, characters called Dill, Basil, Sage, etc.
  • Tumble Leaf - the protagonist is named Fig, and the chickens who tend his gardens and fix his food are all named after vegetables: Butternut, Squash, Zucchini, and Rutabaga.
  • Chip and Potato has Chip, her mouse Potato who everyone else thinks is a plush toy, her older brother Spud and baby sister Tot.note 

    Real Life 
  • In Brazilian politics, conservatives are pejoratively known by the Left-wing as "Coxinhas" (a popular Brazilian chicken croquette), while the Left-wing is called "Mortadella" (an Italian kind of sausage).

Alternative Title(s): Food Theme Naming, Drink Theme Naming, Beverage Theme Naming


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