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"This place needs a name. Yeah... a name fitting for this rugged, adventurous wilderness. From now on, we'll call it... Grooseland!"

Many a self-aggrandizing dictator has not been satisfied merely with building entire factories to produce busts and portraits of himself. For these rulers, the ultimate statement of their power has been to name or rename entire towns after themselves. Don't be surprised if there's a big Our Founder statue in the central plaza or entrance. Or both. Also covered is the practice of naming something after a close friend, family member, benefactor, loved one, or favorite pet.

There is some Truth in Television to this, such as Stalingrad and Saparmurat "Turkmenbashi" Niyazov.

Is a common trait of a Villain World. The renamer is likely to be The Caligula or The Generalissimo. Tends to lead to Please Select New City Name a generation or revolution later. If the person running this place isn't a villain, odds are they're just a Giver of Lame Names.

Sub-Trope of Meaningful Rename and may be a reason for Istanbul (Not Constantinople). Or, given that that city was itself renamed for a person, Constantinople Not Byzantium.

Compare Egocentric Team Naming, Conspicuous Consumption and Airstrip One. Please note that this trope is only about renaming cities. If you're looking for the trope about villains who like to plaster their face all over their cities, that's Malevolent Mugshot.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Deserted Island Diary: In "Get Rich Quick By Investing In Turnips", after discovering how much he can sell turnips for on certain days, Coroyuki decides to buy a whole field's worth of turnips. The thought of how much money he'll make selling them compels him to buy the island and everything on it, renaming the stores, the museum, and even the very island after himself. However, the turnips spoil before Coroyuki can sell them, making them all worthless. As a result, Tom Nook has to foreclose on it all.
  • The Tower of Druaga's second season gives us "Meltland".
  • Leopard of The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, being big enough to contain a city structure within him, takes pride in his city by, for example, naming all the animal species within him after himself. Crocodilius leopardus, anyone?
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Vegeta's father King Vegeta renamed Planet Plant to Planet Vegeta after the Saiyans defeated the Tuffles and conquered the planet.
    • Satan City is named after Mr. Satan, following his courageous defeat of Cell. He's not actually in charge, but he does have a large influence.
    • Frieza renamed every planet he conquered to "Planet Frieza", with only a number at the end to distinguish them.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh!: And when you've got a city that's named "May the great original king and the Mazoku people flourish! And may we never forget, everything that makes up our world came from the first Mazoku! We Mazoku have our wisdom, our bravery, and our ability to push aside feudal lords. As proof of our prosperity, we have our eternal kingdom!"... you have to wonder if the first Mazoku was really, really liked or really, really hated.
  • Before it became the more infamous Principality, Mobile Suit Gundam's Side 3 colony cluster was known as the Republic of Zeon once it broke away from the Earth Federation. In other words, Zeon Zum Daikun literally renamed Side 3 after himself when he reformed it into an independent state; the Zabis just kept his name to "honor" him.note 
  • Inverted in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann; Kamina City was named by everybody else, having been inspired so much by Kamina that they named their first metropolis in his honor, because it wouldn't be there without his vision of a better place.
    • It also helps that Kamina was dead before they even found the Capitol, which Team Dai-Gurren renamed Kamina City after The Battle Of Tepplin.
  • Like the example above, Legend of the Galactic Heroes has the Free Planets Alliance invert it: their capital world is named Heinessen, with the capital city being Heinessenpolis and dominated by a giant statue of the eponymous Arle Heinessen (plus a large number of more reasonably-sized statues and paintings), because he was the leader of the exiles who escaped from the tiranny of the Galactic Empire of the Goldenbaum dinasty and their High Nobles and martyr of the whole thing (as he died during the voyage). When the New Galactic Empire conquers the Alliance they leave most things as they are, except for the giant statue that gets destroyed.
    • The capital of the Galactic Empire, Odin, is presumably named after the Nordic god, and we have no knowledge of some place named after the first emperor Rudolph von Goldenbaum. On the other hand the planet is full of paintings and statues of him, and damaging one is seen as high treason.
    • Inverted again with the planet Castrop, as it is its rulers, the von Castrop family, are named after the place (Justified as it's part of their unspecified noble title).
  • Griffith's city of Falconia from Berserk. On the one hand, it's a Shining City and a beacon of hope to those who wish for safety and a better life. On the other hand, it lays bare the size of Griffith's ego in a big way — there's hawk, griffin and even seraphim statues all over the city. It's like a desperate cry for attention in a "Hey, look at me! Am I not fantastic?!" kind of way, a level of ego-trip that even rivals many Real Life dictators. And then the guy sets himself as a God-Emperor and The Messiah of the Holy See, and starts bringing back the souls of the dead to amaze his new subjects. Apparently, becoming a demon god and losing his emotions didn't solve this guy's insecurity issues.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Jura-Tempest Federation and its capital city Rimuru... led by one Rimuru Tempest. The former was named by him, though it should be noted that he did so in a rush, and that "Tempest" is not his name alone, more of a surname he also shares with the first ally he met, the storm dragon Veldora Tempest. The latter was not named by him, and Rimuru actually protested the name, likely all too aware of the impression it would produce, however his subjects refused to have it any other way.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Eggman (Robotnik in the English dub) already has his city of Eggmanland (or Robotropolis in the English dub). The lights of the city even form a picture of his face.
  • In Overlord (2012), Ainz names his territory, "The Sorcerous Kingdom of Ainz Ooal Gown", after taking E-Rantel and effectively subjugating the Belaruth Empire. This is a slight subversion as he doesn't do it purely out of ego, with "Ainz Ooal Gown" originally being the name of his guild, which he adopted and uses as the kingdom's name as a message to any of his fellow guild members who may have crossed over to other parts of the New World when he got isekai'd.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka: During Teshigawara's unhinged rant he declares that he's making the school the independent republic of "Suguruland".

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    Comic Books 
  • Tintin: General Tapioca, who renamed the capital of his country to Tapiocapolis. Later, he is overthrown by General Alcázar, who renames the city as Alcázarpolis.
  • In the Marvel Universe, Doctor Doom renamed Latveria's capital Doomstadt, also renaming several of the nation's other cities (to Doomburg, Doomwood, Doomtown, etc.). Latveria's greatest holiday is Doom's Day, which is celebrated whenever Doom feels like celebrating.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: This doesn't have to be a dictator in the French adaptation of the comics: Duckburg is called Donaldville for no apparent reason, and Mouseton is called Mickeyville. The English names have the excuse that "Duck" and "Mouse" seem to be common names, but...
  • Mocked in PS238 when Tyler mentions that he has problems with geography due to all the rogue island nations named after their supervillain rulers.
  • Superman:
    • In some Pre-Crisis comics, Lex Luthor gets marooned on some far-off planet and the people there somehow elect him ruler. That's because he actually saved them, and they rename the planet to "Lexor" in gratitude. He hangs there quite a bit for a while, mostly because it orbits a red sun. As it turns out, he likes being the good guy, and even gets married. Unfortunately he couldn't let his hatred go, challenged Superman again, and their battle got Lexor destroyed.
    • In Post-Crisis comics, given Lex's rather egocentric fondness for naming things relating to his business after himself and his position as the central person behind Metropolis' rejuvenation in many versions of the story, one gets the impression that the only reason he didn't outright force Metropolis to rename itself 'Lexopolis' is that Superman would have something to say about it.
    • In The Krypton Chronicles, the Kryptonian city-state of Erkol was originally named Erok-El after Erok, the first Bethgar (ruler) of Urrika, but the name changed with time.
  • Judge Dredd:
    • Variant: out in the Cursed Earth, there's a town named Fargoville after the first Chief Judge, Eustace Fargo, and whose inhabitants worship him as a deity. Fargo himself, who was a humble public servant, would doubtlessly not have approved.
    • In an alternate universe where East Meg One has won the Apocalypse War, Supreme Judge (formerly War Marshal) Kazan has renamed Mega City One Kazangrad.
  • Paperinik New Adventures: The Evronians, who live on planet Evron and are ruled by Emperor Evron the Eleventh to the Fifth. Justified in an extra, where apparently the first Evron generated the entire race.
  • Tales of the Jedi has a rare instance of a good guy doing this. After Empress Teta finished the Unification Wars to bring the star system under her rule, she renamed it... the Empress Teta system. Imperial title included.
  • Variant in the Batman story "24 Hours": Bruce convinces a fellow businessman to use the property he was originally planning to sell for a hefty sum to build a community center instead by appealing to the man's ego, pointing out that he could name the building after himself.
  • Family: The city of Oddyseus is named after the superpowered crime family that runs it.
  • Issue 12 of the Invader Zim comics shows that after Zim takes over the world, he puts up statues and pictures of himself everywhere, renames every street after himself, and lives in a palace designed to look like his own head.
  • Subversion: In The Powerpuff Girls story "Squirrly Burly" (DC Comics #1), Bubbles brings an injured squirrel home and nurses it to health with Chemical X. When the girls awaken the next morning, they see that the squirrel has built a statue of Bubbles made entirely of acorns.
    • "Tragic Marker" (DC issue #34) has Mojo—using a magic marker that changes things when its label is altered—making the people of Townsville build a statue of him in the middle of town.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • Dr. Robotnik takes over Mobotropolis and renames it Robotropolis. When he was replaced by Dr. Eggman, the city surprisingly did not get renamed to Eggmanland. Eggman did eventually make a good at establishing an Eggmanland in the Sonic Unleashed adaptation after the comic rebooted.
    • His right-hand-man Snively briefly takes over and renames it "Snivopolis".
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW)
    • As of Issue #49, Eggman has the Eggperial City which unsurprisingly takes many cues from Robotropolis.
  • In Mendy And The Golem, Pavel and Ludmila Novak stage The Coup and rename the entire Czech Republic to the "Novak Republic".
  • In Eight Billion Genies, someone made a wish that turned a large swath of the southeastern United States into "Dougland".

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    Fan Works 
  • In The Quest, a Super Mario Bros. fic that has not been updated since the 1990s, Luigi, after being corrupted by an Artifact of Doom, takes over the Mushroom Kingdom and five other countries, and renames them Luigiana 1 through 6.
  • Earth under Retro's control in Trouble Island is this. There's a scene where he tries to think of a name for it (among them being Retropia).
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Punk plans to rename the Hawaiian Islands Punkatopia.
  • Magna Clades has the Chalcopyrite Queendom, which is said to have been named for its very first ruler.
  • In Rising of the Sleeping Soldier, Alucard remarks that the fact that the Kingdom of Melromarc was named after its ruling matriarch was a little narcissistic.
  • The Weaver Option:
    • Sylvester Beagle IV, tyrant ruler of Matapan who attempts (unsuccessfully) to rebel against Lady Weaver, named the planet's capital "Sylvesteropolis".
    • The Tyranids, which in canon are named after Tyran, the first Imperial World they razed, are here named after Magos Tyranos 0011000-Nu-Ryza-Techno. Taylor lampshades that the guy clearly wanted to name them after himself, although since the name fits she has no problem with it.
    • Played for Drama with Constantinople, which, while connecting to the Real Life example, here it is named after Constantin Valdor, First Captain of the Adeptus Custodes, and who went through a Heroic Sacrifice to ensure an Imperial Victory at Commorragh.
    • Averted with Nyx's Road, a town built on Taylor's lands in Fay. Initially, the inhabitants had planned to name it "Saint's Gift", after Taylor's status as Living Saint Weaver, but she made it clear that she did not want any town to be named after her.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Megamind, Hal Stewart (the cameraman wooing for news reporter Roxanne Ritchie) is the "unfortunate" recipient of Metro Man's superpowers, and calls himself "Tighten" (a misspelling of "Titan"). However, when he decides to become a supervillain instead, he causes chaos in the city. One of the things "Tighten" proceeds to do is burn "Tightenville" into the cityscape of Metro City.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: In a weird inversion/subtle meta example, Kuzco is named after the historical capital of the Inca Empire, but the city's name is never mentioned in the show (though it would be in character). He does plan on building "Kuzcotopia," though. Still a subversion because Kuzcotopia isn't a literal new city, but an awesome summer home. His palace is already this but to an even greater degree.
  • The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: After enslaving everyone in Bikini Bottom with his mind-controlling Chum Bucket helmets, Plankton converts Bikini Bottom into Planktopolis, complete with several giant stone statues of himself.
  • In Home (2015), Captain Smek renames Earth "Smekland".
  • In The Scarecrow, Count Grisham rules over a town he named Grisham Heights, complete with a statue of himself in the square. Following his defeat, the town is renamed to Swingtown.
  • This was pretty much Pepperland after the Blue Meanies get through with it in Yellow Submarine. But the Chief Blue Meanie doesn't want to stop there, especially after the Beatles start bringing the land back to colorful life:
    His Blueness: Let us not forget that Heaven is blue. (full volume) TOMORROW THE WORLD!!!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Guyana: Crime of the Century: The commune in Guyana where Johnson takes his followers is called Johnsontown. This trope is taken even further in the film than it happened with the real Jim Jones in Real Life, because the name of the religious group (Peoples Temple) has changed in this film to Johnson's Temple).
  • Superman: The Movie: Lex Luthor has already planned to rename at least a dozen cities with some form of "Lex" or "Luthor" following completion of his plot. Luthorville, Marina del Lex, etc. Humorously, he gets angry when his henchman tries to name a town "Otisburg", so much so he makes him erase it from his makeshift map.
  • It's a Wonderful Life: Bedford Falls is renamed Pottersville in the Alternate Universe where the town is ruled by George Bailey's rival, Mr. Potter. Though ironically, there's no similar implication of egocentrism in the fact that the housing park built by George's father is named "Bailey Park".
  • In the Street Fighter movie, M. Bison announces his plan to build "Bisonopolis" once he takes over the world. In a possible sign that the producers realized Raul Julia was the best thing they had, he gets to spend nearly two and a half minutes strolling around the room and ranting about it. They are in the running for the best two and a half minutes of the whole movie.

    Also, Bison Dollars. They'll be worth five British Pounds to a dollar once Bison kidnaps their Queen. Of course, trying to pass them off as currency before that happens wasn't particularly advisable....
  • Todd Spengo does this to an entire planet in the backstory of Mom and Dad Save the World. Whatever it was is lost to the sands of history, but he is proud to be the Emperor of Planet Spengo.
  • TRON: Legacy has TRON City as the setting of the main action. It's a subversion, though, since it was Kevin Flynn's idea, and Tron never was a dictator, more like a protector of the system.
  • In Wild Wild West, Dr. Loveless plans to force the US Government to surrender to him and has allied with various foreign powers to return their historical "property" to them in exchange for gold, while keeping most of the Northwest for himself. On his map, this area is called Loveless Land.
  • A heroic example from The Avengers (2012); the first thing Tony Stark does after buying the MetLife building is slapping his name in giant letters on the side.
    Stark: (after powering the sign) It's like Christmas, but with more... me.
  • In RoboCop (1987), the Old Man calls Delta City, his development project for the Detroit metropolitan area, his "dream", and everything about his company, Omni Consumer Products, indicates that he's only really building it because he has the means, not for any improvement for the average citizen's quality of life.
  • In the mockumentary The Compleat Al, "Weird Al" Yankovic lives in a large white mansion named "Yankland".

  • Book 1 of The Fabled Lands takes place not long after a civil war in Sokara. The capital, Old Sokar, has been renamed Marlock City after the conquering General Grieve Marlock.

  • Referenced in Broken Angels: Tak and his companions refer jokingly to General Kemp's HQ Indigo City as Kempopolis.
  • Doctor Impossible in Soon I Will Be Invincible plans to rename New York City when he takes over the world, as either Impossible City or Impossibleopolis.
  • A variant is found in, of all places, Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass), the first book of the His Dark Materials trilogy: it is mentioned that Iofur Raknison, being completely enchanted with Magnificent Bitch in residence Marisa Coulter, will soon create a capital city for the armored bears, and name it after her.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Done by the Empire on a planetary scale by renaming Coruscant to Imperial Center, though most still refer to it as Coruscant.
    • The ecumenopolis Empress Teta, which was named after the empress who united the planet and fought off the Sith invasion. Even the region is called the Empress Teta system.
    • Utoxx Prentioch names his Imperial Remnant faction and flagship after himself. [1]
  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel The Killing Ground, Barbaran renamed the capital of the conquered planet after himself. After he dies for the massacre he staged, Uriel thinks it quite certain that the capital will be renamed.
  • In the Tunnels series, Adventure Archaeologist Dr. Burrows, while heroic, has a somewhat alarming tendency to attempt to rename anything he discoveries after himself.
    Dr. Burrows: "The Garden of the Second Sun"... I shall call it "Roger Burrows Land"!
  • In the Warcraft novel The War of the Ancients, the night elf capital is renamed Zin-Azshari, or "Glory of Azshara", after their queen Azshara. This was apparently not enough for her, who wanted to rename it "Azshara". Ruins of the city can be found in World of Warcraft in the region of Azshara (hmm...).
  • In Atlas Shrugged, when Cuffy Meigs and his "Friends of the People" take over Project X, they rename its site "Meigsville", the intended capital of their feudal domain. It doesn't last long. On the heroic (well, for a given value of...) side, Hank Reardon admits that he loves nothing so much as to plaster his name over everything he touches, and of course John Galt lives in... Galt's Gulch.
    • Though, to be fair, Galt did not name it. (Midas Mulligan would seem to have naming rights, but he accepted the popular nickname for the valley.)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo offers us a variant when he claims an entire continent for himself, acting like a sovereign:
    "...Well now! In 1868, on this 21st day of March, I myself, Captain Nemo, have reached the South Pole at 90°, and I hereby claim this entire part of the globe, equal to one–sixth of the known continents."
    "In the name of which sovereign, Captain?"
    "In my own name, sir!"
    So saying, Captain Nemo unfurled a black flag bearing a gold "N" on its quartered bunting. Then, turning toward the orb of day, whose last rays were licking at the sea's horizon:
    "Farewell, O sun!" he called. "Disappear, O radiant orb! Retire beneath this open sea, and let six months of night spread their shadows over my new domains!"
  • One Alternate History book, derived from notes taken during World War II, suggested that had it been taken and held, St. Petersburg — at that point called Leningrad — and Stalingrad would have been renamed Hitlerhafen, to symbolize the Nazis' ultimate victory over Communism and its two Soviet icons. (See the Real Life section).
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Game Over introduces Henry "Hank" Jellicoe, who has a mansion in a location with his name on it. His company Jellicoe Global Securities naturally has his name on it. Cross Roads reveals that he has an airline with his name on it. As it turns out, all this is Foreshadowing to The Reveal.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • The noble house Arryn rules the Vale of Arryn. It is implied that the first Andal king named the place after himself when he conquered it.
    • Lannisport, fiefdom of the great house Lannister and seat of its cadet branch, was also named after its founder, Lann the Clever.
    • Harren the Black, a tyrannical king of the Iron Isles and the Riverlands who lived during the Targaryen Conquest, named his castle in the Riverlands (the biggest castle in all Westeros, qualifying as a town in itself) Harrenhal.
    • Many parts in King's Landing were named after historical Targaryen rulers. The three largest hills were named after Aegon the Conqueror and his sister-wives, Visenya and Rhaenys (the Red Keep sits on Aegon's Hill, the Great Sept of Baelor sits on Visenya's Hill, and the Dragonpit sits on Rhaenys' Hill). The Great Sept itself was named after Baelor I, who was famous for his piety. Maegor's Holdfast, the strongest place in the Red Keep, was named after the infamous Maegor I.
  • In Book of Swords, the Silver Queen rules the kingdom of Yambu. Her name is also Yambu. This may be a case, however, of the Real Life trope (see below) of calling a monarch after her kingdom, but even after she is deposed, no other name is ever given for her or her former kingdom. Also, her parents' names are never mentioned, so it is not clear if this was a custom or what have you.
  • A possiblenote  and somewhat Narmful example from the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing novel Frozen Teardrop, where the capital of Mars is Relena City. It's also used to establish a Face–Heel Turn, as normally the character in question would be the last person to found an Egopolis.
  • Vorkosigan Saga:
    • The planet Barrayar is ruled by the Royally Screwed Up Vorbarra family. As Vor- is a prefix denoting aristocracy, the family name at the time of the original settlement was "Barra". Word of God says the author is not sure whether the family is named after the planet or vice-versa. So whatever.
    • The capital Vorbarr Sultana "Emperor Vorbarra's town" may be closer. It's really no worse then "Vorkosigan district", etc.
    • The Barrayaran colony planet Sergyar was named after Serg Vorbarra, the Crown Prince at the time when the planet was discovered - and a man not only evil and depraved but also likely to be such an incompetent ruler that his own father arranged to lose a war just to get Serg killed. At least the capital city of Sergyar was named Kareenburg in honour of Serg's unfortunate wife, mother of the current Emperor.
  • Fiona Patton's Tales of the Branion Realm are set on Braniana's Island, named after its conqueror and first monarch, but everything else with the word "Bran" in it — the palace, the capital, half its monuments — is named for her brother, who is said to have built them.
  • Inverted at the end of ColSec Rebellion: After Samella saves the day, Cord suggests naming the newly-discovered planet that the central cast will be surveying for her. The rest of the kids approve, but Samella protests.
  • Zil Sperry from GONE wanted to rename Perdido Beach Sperry beach after he burns it down, kills half the super-powered freaks and then enslaved the other half. His plan doesn't even get off the ground.
  • In The Psalms of Isaak, the Wizard King Ahm Y'Zir founded The Empire of Y'Zir, whose capital city is Ahm's Glory (featuring a massive statue of Ahm himself as a central landmark). Not a humble man, though the fact that his followers regarded him as a living god probably didn't help matters any.
  • In Star Wars Legends: The Corellian Trilogy
    • Cracken's Threat Dossier says that the Thanta Zilbra star system, the second system targeted by the starburster plot, is named after the smuggler who discovered the previously uninhabited system and some fauna with healing properties (which made him a good source of legitimate money, brought in thousands of colonists, and got the system accepted into the New Republic). He also named the system's sole inhabitable world after himself, and chooses to die with his planet after sending his loved ones to safety right before the supernova.
    • Cracken's Threat Dossier mentions that Bovo Yagen, the third target of the starburster plot, was named after the first person to open it up to the wider galaxy, an Imperial Defector from Decadence who traveled there with his family (and later brought other refugees there) and negotiated a peaceful coexistence with the native species rather than engage in Evil Colonialist methods. He also named a smaller planet in the system after one of his sons.
  • In the Ciaphas Cain book Death or Glory, Cain destroys an Ork-occupied city at the start of his "March of the Liberator" (his first men were prisoners he broke out from the city). He later learned that the city had been rebuilt as Cainstead by the planet's inhabitants.
  • Mentioned as one of the extremes of political power in Jon Stewart's America (The Book).
    "I now proclaim myself Supreme Leader of The United States of Myselfia. Commence with the killing of the redheads."
  • In Captain French, or the Quest for Paradise, the planet Murphy is named for Simon Murphy, the first leader of the colony. Surprisingly, this is the only example despite the mentions of numerous dictatorships.
  • The Pioneers is set in Templeton on Lake Otsego, which is lorded over by its founder Marmaduke Temple. It is an expy of the real-world down of Cooperstown, NY, which was founded by William Cooper, the father of author James Fenimore Cooper.
  • According to The Compleat Discworld Atlas, the current capital of Istanzia is Georginople, and its current ruler (head of the military junta) is, of course, George.
  • Jack Vance's Demon Princes series opens at Smade's Tavern, on the shore of Smade's Ocean; it's the only building on Smade's Planet.
  • In The Squares of the City by John Brunner, the city in question is Vados, built by President Vados as the new capital of his Banana Republic.
  • Traces of this remain in place-names in the Village Tales novels (reflecting Real Life topography in the UK). Cliff Ambries and Shifford ("Sheep Ford") Ombres are named for the mythic Ambrosius Aurelianus of the Arthurian cycle; Somerford Mally, Semelford Malet, and Chalford Mallet preserve the name of the baronial Malet family, a daughter of which bore James II a bastard son who became the first Duke of Taunton; Pebbury and Pebdown owe their names to a Saxon named Pebba, and Compton Clare was once owned by a lord of the House of Clare; Woolfont Abbas was shown on some ultra-Protestant maps post-Reformation as Woolfont "Ducis," Duke's Woolfont rather than the Abbot's....
  • In Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov, the dictator Paduk rules an unnamed country whose capital is Padukgrad.
  • Priscilla Hutchins: Subverted in Deepsix. The protagonists are irritated to hear that various geographical features they've just discovered on an unexplored planet have been named after influential figures the bureaucrats back home are trying to butter up. So what's new, you ask? The planet is about to be destroyed by a Colony Drop, so all this sycophancy is completely worthless.
  • Into The Broken Lands: The city-state of Marsanport gained its current name when the first Lord Marsan arrived with a devastating Human Weapon under his command and killed everyone who contested his plan to rule.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Pants Alternative", Sheldon has an imaginary SimCity, Sheldonopolis, with Sheldon Square, Sheldon Towers, Sheldon Stadium (the home of The Fighting Sheldons) and Shel-Mart.
  • Las Vegas: Neither of them gets the chance to go through with it, but before her death billionaire Monica Mancuso planned to rename the Montecito Resort and Casino The Monica when she was the property's owner, while Sam Marquez toys with renaming it the "Samecito" when she later inherits the ownership from Casey Manning.
  • New Zoo Revue features an episode where some of the regulars are tempted about founding a new city, especially in naming it, Emily claims the "Emiliopolis Museum", Charlie Owl prefers "Charlinati", and Henrietta Hippo holds out for "Henriettaville". In the end, cooler heads prevail.
  • Horrible Histories parodies the proliferation of Alexandria in one sketch. There's also one where a lot of things in the New World are being named after King James but one guy wants to name something after himself...but his name is James too.
  • Danger 5 Time Travel to a Bad Future where Hitler has taken over the world. Everyone (male or female) wears Hitler moustaches, and there's Hitler burgers, Hitler sitcoms, even Hitler porn!
  • Goosebumps (1995): Karl Knave, the villain of the "Chillogy" episodes, makes his residence in a miniature town he rules called Karlsville. The only factory in town is Karlco Enterprises.
    Matthew: [upon seeing the "Karlco Enterprises" sign] This guy is so full of himself!
  • On Adam Ruins Everything, Adam and Miss Pearl explain that many of the towns of the Wild West started out as work camps with no women. When women finally did come to the Frontier, many of them were looking for economic opportunity...but, being the 1800's, there weren't many options for women other than The Oldest Profession. However, despite its many downsides, it was quite a lucrative profession (and given where many of the Old West towns started, there was quite a demand for it). Many of the prostitutes and madames of the Old West used their newfound wealth to turn those settlements from work camps to actual towns. Miss Pearl has done this (with the help of the other women working for her), and named the place "Pearltown."
  • In the Doctor Who story "The Romans", the Emperor Nero not only plans to destroy Rome, he also plans to name the new city which will be built in its place after himself.
  • Wonder Woman (1975): Marion Mariposa has named his micronation Mariposalia.
  • In the Murdoch Mysteries episode "The Dominion of New South Mimico", Rupert Newsome has declared the Newsome estate in Mimico to be a sovereign country, with himself as king. He explains to Murdoch the exact pronounciation of the name, which has the emphasis on the first word and elides the spaces and the "th" sound. "Newsomimico".
  • The Red Dwarf episode Timewave begins with the crew claiming a moon rich in Helium 7 for the JMC. Rimmer proceeds to name the planet 'Planet Rimmer', complete with its star becoming known as 'Sunny Rim'.
  • Subverted in the Columbo episode "Blueprint for Murder", which revolves around an architect with a rather grandiose plan for an entire city who is trying to get a billionaire to fund his project via his Trophy Wife. The architect has named his plans "Williamson City" after the billionaire, presumably to try and seduce him into the project by playing on his ego. Except Williamson isn't impressed, thinks the whole idea is stupid and wants no part in it, leading the architect to resort to Murder Is the Best Solution instead.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • In some mythologies, the underworld is named after its ruler. For example, Hel in Norse Mythology (which is where the word "hell" itself comes from) and Hades in Classical Mythology.
  • Athens is named after Goddess Athena.note  The myth goes that, long ago, the city was ruled by Cecrops and was called "Cecropia", until two gods, Athena and Poseidon, were bewitched by its beauty and decided to make it their own, so they hold a contest: the one who could offer the city the most useful gift, would be the winner. Poseidon offered a salt water spring that gave the Athenians access to the sea, but it was salty and undrinkable. Athena, on the other hand, offered the first domesticated olive tree. The citizens chose Athena's gift and she became the patron goddess of Athens.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Atmosfear: The Harbingers' provinces/terror-tories have designs based around their backgrounds and personalities.
    • Anne de Chantraine has a giant mutant pumpkin for her province in The Harbingers, while in the 2004 game, she has a witch's hut.
    • Baron Samedi has his Cathedral of Jive in The Harbingers, while he has a disco forest in the 2004 game.
    • Elizabeth Bathory's Harbingers province is the Castle Cathtice. In the 2004 game, her terror-tory is a hellish landscape with a hand-like structure at the center of it.
    • Gevaudan has the Forest leGevaudan as his province in The Harbingers, while the 2004 game gives him a more generic foggy moonlit forest.
    • Helin has the funhouse-like "Toybox" in The Harbingers, while her terror-tory in the 2004 game is a child's bedroom, apparently the same room in a haunted toyhouse to the left of the bed.
    • Khufu's Harbingers province is "Hollywood on the Nile". In the 2004 game his terror-tory is an Egyptian tomb. His casino in Khufu the Mummy also counts.
  • Champions: When Malachite conquered a set of islands and established them as his personal fiefdom, he named his new kingdom the Malachite Isles.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Eberron: While it is rare in the modern day of the setting, all of the Five Nations of Galifar as well as Galifar itself fell here — when Karrn the Conqueror forged a kingdom, he named it Karrnath. When Galifar used Karrnath as a base to conquer the continent, he named the united kingdom Galifar, and put his children as governors of each of the Five Nations... each of which soon was renamed for their new governors (except for Karrnath, as it was already named for the namesake of its governor, Galifar's eldest son Karrn).
    • Ravenloft: The domain of Markovia is named for its darklord, Frantisek Markov. Strahd von Zarovich came close to this trope, renaming the highlands he reclaimed from invaders "Barovia" after his father, King Barov.
  • Godforsaken: A variant. The two halves of Vothe are named after the sorcerers who built them, Nenne and Nanne, although this was done after they died.
  • Pathfinder:
  • Traveller: There is a subsector of space named the Five Sisters because a Bold Explorer named five planets after his five daughters.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The largest structure on Earth, built after the Emperor's conquest of the planet and during his expansion into the galaxy, is basically an arcology-capital for the entire Imperium and was intended to be such from the beginning. It houses a population of billions, including major institutions of the early Imperium. Its name? The Emperor's Palace.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: The necromancer Nagash rules his undead legions from his fortress of Nagashizzar.

  • In Peer Gynt, Peer dreams about creating a city called Gyntiana.

  • In BIONICLE, Makuta renames the Matoran universe "The Makutaverse" after he takes it over.

    Video Games 
  • Celestial Hearts: Edgar Gravehart built Hart City using the wealth he accumulated through robot labor and specifically chooses a name that resembles his last name. While it looks like a prosperous city on the surface, underground is the seedier part of town. Additionally, escorts are kidnapped for Edgar's human sacrifice scheme to revive his wife, since he knows that most of the city won't care if they disappear.
  • In several of the 3D Sonic the Hedgehog games, Eggman's stated ambition is to conquer the country/world and rename it "The Eggman Empire" or "Eggmanland", with its capital being Station Square, which he will rename "Robotnikland" after Chaos goes Perfect to destroy it. In Sonic Unleashed Eggman actually succeeds in creating Eggmanland via Dark Gaia's power, which is effectively a Circus of Fear and an Eternal Engine combined into one level theme. Fittingly enough, it's considered by many to be the hardest level in the game and one of the hardest levels in the entire Sonic franchise.
    • In one of the more literal examples of this trope, Sonic Dream Team has its fourth Zone take place in Eggman's dream version of his empire, which is called Ego City.
  • Mother 3 has the game's final area, New Pork City, a city created by the Pigmask Army who serves as the brainwashed army of the previous game's secondary antagonist, Porky, whom the city was made to honor. The city is filled with references to EarthBound due to, again, being created by its childish secondary antagonist.
  • In Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Jojo the Raccoon, tired of being second banana to Whoopie World, kidnaps the walrus and rewires the whole park. Towards the end of the game, you discover that Jojo built his own amusement park called JojoWorld. After thwarting Jojo's schemes, Whoopie World is renamed RocketLand after the protagonist.
  • The Tropico Series of video games. The Main/Playable Character, El Presidente, has the option of building monuments to himself, not only to please his or her own ego, but also to appease the Loyalist Faction In-Game.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • In Dragon Quest III, this happens to a modest little frontier town that the heroes help get established. Over time, the village's leader starts seriously abusing their power, until, at the height of their reign, they're practically living like a king. The twist? Said egomaniac is the Merchant you convinced to settle down there in the first place and help it grow.
    • Played for Laughs in Dragon Quest VII: after you help Sim build up his new town to a certain point, he decides it's time to give it a name and has three suggestions for it. All three follow this naming convention, but are variants on your hero's name. Reject all three, and he gives you the chance to name it whatever you wish.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • You wouldn't know just from playing Final Fantasy II, but the Palamecian Empire's capital of Palamecia is actually the last name of its leader, Mateus Palamecia. Not unrealistic, as lots of ruling houses either lent their name to the land they owned or vice versa. Too bad Everyone Calls Him The Emperor, and you only learn his real name in the (Japan-only) novelization, also that none of them seem to go into detail about which was "Palamecia" first, the country or the imperial line.
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, Vinzer Deling, the Galbadian dictator, has the capital of Deling City named after him.
  • A familial example could be found in the Republic of Dave in Fallout 3, a small ranch owned by a guy named Dave, who took it over from his father Tom, back when it was the Kingdom of Tom. Nonetheless, it is actually run on a democracy, with an election that can be rigged so that his son or wife can win (changing the name to Bobland/Bobtopia or the Democracy of Rosie in the process), which if they do he'll go off to make a new Republic of Dave.
    Come visit the scenic Republic of Dave! Formerly the Kingdom of Tom, formerly the New Republic of Stevie-Ray, formerly Billsylvania, formerly the Republic of Stevie-Ray, formerly the Kingdom of Larry...
  • Chrono Trigger: With the old Queen Zeal and the pesky gurus gone, Dalton was quickly to rename the Kingdom of Zeal to the Kingdom of Dalton. He also captured and modified the Epoch to transform it into the Aero Dalton Imperial, a flying throne fitting for the new King.
  • Rezopolis, from Gex, is named after the first game's Big Bad Rez.
  • A prime example is the team the Slaycity Slayers from Mutant League Football, where both team and city got their name changed as part of the contract with star player K.T. Slayer. The team also appears in Mutant League Hockey; according to the manual, Slayer is paid so much the team can't afford to hire any decent players to support him, making him their sole strong point. Also his coach is afraid of him.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • The King (Mickey Mouse) in Kingdom Hearts. Though he's on your side, you have to wonder about a king who stamps his silhouette on damn near everything in his realm...
    • Maybe it's not his silhouette, but the Queen's (Minnie Mouse), as Dream Drop Distance reveals she was the one of Royal Blood, combined with Kingdom Hearts II showing Mickey started as a boat driver.
  • Depending on how you play, you can name your alliance in Star Control 2 after yourself.
  • One of the worlds that your journey brings you to in LittleBigPlanet 2 is Avalonia, an Eternal Engine city created by Avalon Centrifuge. A rare example of a good guy doing this.
  • Rune Factory Frontier has a side character named Roland (which was changed to Nolan in the localization), the former king of the Kingdom of Roland. It's unspecified whether this is in effect or inverted (i.e. he was named Roland because he was to be the King of Roland).
  • The Warcraft universe has the city of Thaurissan, named by (and after) Sorcerer-thane Thaurissan when he declared himself emperor of the Dark Iron dwarves. Destroyed when Emperor Thaurissan summoned Ragnaros the Firelord, its ruins are in what became the Burning Steppes.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, when Groose accidentally falls down to the surface, he realizes how nice of a place it looks. Grand music starts building up, and then he decides to christen it... Grooseland. The music promptly dies in hilarious fashion. Naturally, the name doesn't stick.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Mario Kart 7: As the name would suggest, Neo Bowser City from Star Cup is one, being named after the evil Koopa King. It returns later in Mario Kart 8 as a DLC Nostalgia Level (and later present as part of the base content of 8 Deluxe).
    • Super Mario World: The Valley of Bowser got its name once Bowser took over, as he's aiming to conquer Dinosaur Land from here.
    • Super Mario 3D World: The eighth world with huge Ferris wheels and other attractions with Bowser's face emblem plastered on them, a towering neon animatronic Bowser looming over the world and for the fact that the world number is also replaced with Bowser's emblem, earning it the name World Bowser.
    • Mario Party 2: The Mario characters create a new world that is initially named Mario Land, but each one wants to name the world after themselves, so they have a contest to determine who gets to name it.
    • Every ballpark in Mario Super Sluggers: Mario Stadium, Daisy Cruiser, Peach Opera House, Luigi's Mansion, Bowser Jr. Playroom, Bowser's Castle, DK Jungle, Wario City and Yoshi Park.
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: Played straight for the Tribunal deities Vivec and Sotha Sil, who each created their own namesake cities. Averted for Almalexia, who instead chose to settle in the pre-existing capital of Morrowind, Mournhold. (Though some maps and in-game texts do refer to Mournhold as "Almalexia.")
  • Endless Space takes this to its logical extreme with the "Horatio" faction, a faction composed entirely of clones of a United Empire trillionaire. Their mission is apparently to spruce up the stars with the most beautiful being in the universe...Horatio.
  • Played with in Borderlands 2, where Handsome Jack's shiny, futuristic city filled with statues of him is named... Opportunity. The actual Egopolis, Jackville, is the small town formerly known as Fyrestone, which Jack took over and renamed to remind the Crimson Raiders of their failures.
  • The backstory of Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance sees Rome's benevolent E Mperor Trajan usurped by his evil chancellor, Counselor Arruntius, who then imposes an age of tyranny on Rome - which he decides to rename "Arruntium" for good measure.
  • Played for Laughs in Hyperdimension Neptunia V where the protagonist Neptune declares that there should be more "Nep" in Planeptune (as if the name of her city wasn't an Egopolis enough). She declares that the base height for everything is one Nep or 1.46 meters (aka her height). Exaggerated even further since she ends up in an Alternate Universe where she isn't the CPU...and the place is still called Planeptune. Megadimension Neptunia VII reveals that it was being called Planeptune before Neptune herself was even born!
  • Undertale: In the Neutral ending where Mettaton becomes the new ruler of the Underground, he turns it into his "personal paradise", filled with statues of him, his name spelled out in flowers, and so on. Under his rule, the Underground suffers from major problems, such as overcrowding and economic collapse, but he keeps the crowds placated with his brainwashing TV show and covering everything with glitter.
  • One of the many parody commercials in You Don't Know Jack feature the transmissions of Ted, a guy who thinks he's living in a world After the End. In the first transmission, he says that he'll rename Earth "Tedonia".
  • A Hat in Time has Mafia Town, an island city owned by the Mafia of Cooks. Mafia pictures and statues are all over the town, along with banners saying things such as "IF IT AIN'T MAFIA, IT AIN'T QUALITY!" and "MAFIA OF COOKS #1 AT EVERYTHING".
    • The final stage is a world controlled by Mustache Girl, filled with imagery of her and her mustache.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction, Seto Kaiba makes a theme park called Kaibaland.
  • Castle Ironfist in (the old setting of) Might and Magic and Heroes of Might and Magic was the name for the castle, city and region of the Ironfist dynasty, founded by Lord Morglin Ironfist... although to be fair, if Heroes I was any guide he founded the castle and city, and the region didn't seem to have a local name beforehand. He also stopped with the egopolis business there, naming his new kingdom after the continent it dominated, Enroth.
  • Fortunately he doesn't succeed but Big Bad Ripto in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! vows that upon his victory over Spyro he will rename Avalar "Riptonia."
  • In the second and third games in the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series, Boss Cass sets up his own country and names it after himself, "Cassopolis." In the fourth game, he also has a resort island called "Cassablanca."
  • The city that Bloodborne takes place in shares its name with one of the bosses: the undead queen of Pthumeria, Yharnam. It's not inconceivable that Yharnam was the capital of Pthumeria and named after its ruler.
  • In Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, the setting where the first movie took place is a city called "Kamocity," ruled by its superhero Kamoshidaman. Aside that Kamoshidaman is no superhero and no protector despite how he looks like, he simply terrorizes the city into worshipping him and captured the Phantom Thieves' Makoto and Haru via an FOE just because they stumbled into his city from Mementos.
  • In Just Cause 3, the capital city of Medici is named Citate Di Ravello ("Di Ravello City"), named after Sebastiano Di Ravello, the dictator of the island country.
  • In the Soviet ending to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the conquered New York City is renamed after the Commander. That's right, they name it "Commandergrad."
  • Anbennar: Castanor was founded as a straight example, officially known as Castan's Empire after its founder, Castan the Progenitor. Things went a little quirky after his reign — rather than renaming the Empire when new Emperors took office, the emperors instead renamed themselves Castan. By the starting date, over four hundred years have passed since Castanor collapsed, but if it is reforged, the tradition is restored (lore-wise; due to mechanical limitations it'll only properly be shown with non-dynastic succession, and only after the refounding monarch).
  • Monster Girl Quest! has a number of locations named for the Goddess Ilias. There's the Ilias continent, on which can be found the city of Iliasburg, the port town of Iliasport, the village of Iliasville/Ilias Village (depending on the translation) and the temple of Ilias Temple (Ilias is something of a narcissist).
  • In general, city-builder simulation games such as SimCity and Cities: Skylines will often allow the player to customise the name of the city they are building and name or rename various buildings, roads, districts, city services, etc., allowing plenty of opportunity for this for the ego-inclined player. In the case of Cities Skylines, add in the ability to mod existing assets and give the player the ability to design their own creations — such as statues, signs, billboards, and such — and the possibilities for ego-flattering city dominance become almost unlimited.
  • In Annventure of a Lifetime, Ego/Emily has an almost literal variant in the form of The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, Tokego, a futuristic city containing many attractions painted with her green and purple color scheme and with her face everywhere.
  • Killer7: Ulmeyda InterCity is the base of operations for Andrei Ulmeyda, and themed around him. To meet him, you have to collect figures of him from the "Presidents' Collection" and take a quiz based on posters of him, as well as deal with a unique Heaven Smile type bearing Ulmeyda's shirt.
  • In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, when Megatron is presumed dead it doesn't take too long for Starscream to take over and redecorate the entire Decepticon capital of Kaon into a shrine to his own greatness, with gold statues and posters of the jet everywhere. There's actually an achievement if you destroy all the statues.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Strong Bad has his own country in a vacant lot behind Bubs' Concession Stand, Strong Badia (Population: Tire).
    • In the second episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, almost all the other characters get in on it. Not all of them fit the model:
      • A tiny part of Strong Badia is claimed by the Cheat and the Tire as "The Cheat and Tireia." (Yes, it rhymes with "diarrhea." And yes, Strong Bad noticed.)
      • Homestar and Marzipan found Marzistar (or is it Homezipan?) at Marzy's house. It later splits into East Marzistar and East Homzipan, separated by Checkpoint The Cheat.
      • Bubs' Concession Stand becomes Concessionstan-tinople.
      • Strong Sad takes over the House of Strong and renames it Bleak House.
      • Pom Pom lays claim to Club Technochocolate as the capital of his country, Pompomerania.
      • Homsar can be found in the Homsar Reservation.
      • Strong Mad takes over the area around the stone bridge. Being rather dim, he names it "COUNTRY".
      • Coach Z's country (not shown, but can be assumed to be the athletic field/locker room) is called Coachnya.
      • The Poopsmith's country (mercifully not shown), is called Poopslovakia. It's probably best not to speculate on what it consists of.
      • The inanimate objects in the Field get them as well: the Cool Car is divided into Frontzeatserland and Hatchbackistan, the photo booth becomes Snapshakland, the stick becomes Stickstenstein, the brick wall becomes the Union of Soviet Socialist Repubricks, the fence is divided into the People's Republic of Front-au-Fence and the Backfence Revolutionaries, and the Blubbo's Whale becomes "50% Off Apple Pie Charts".
  • Played with in Bonus Stage, when Joel builds a city and names it Philopolis, after the other main character.
  • Ratboy Genius lives in The Ratboy Kingdom, near Lake Genius and the Ratboy Canal.
  • Fazbear and Friends (ZAMination): As soon as Circus Baby arrives at the pizzeria, she starts using its image to turn it into her own pizzeria for herself and Bonnie, Chica and Foxy except for Freddy due to his jealousy of her, in the climax Freddy confronts her about the changes and decides with her to fix the pizzeria and leave it as before.

  • Sonichu is set in "CWCville", after its mayor Christine Weston Chandler (it's apparently pronounced "Quick-ville" judging by the audiobooks and the bad puns). The currency is based on the mayor's initials (C-Quarters and W-Quarters), the only known radio station is KCWC, the drink of choice is CWC Cola note ), and the mayor's birthday is celebrated as a holiday, called Christine Love Day.
  • The terrible country of Tyrinaria in The Order of the Stick, home to Lord Tyrinar the Bloody, and source of a good deal of backstory motivation for Haley. The problem being that, by the time Haley gets to the continent where it is located, it's not there anymore; countries there tend to get conquered, renamed, and conquered again every year or so. At current time, there's a Cruelvania, Dictatoria, and two Despotonias (East and West).
    • As it happens, Tyrinaria has been absorbed by the Empire of Blood, where the Order eventually finds themselves in. And Tyrinar the Bloody was in fact a meek little man who was just another patsy for The Man Behind the Man who now controls the Empire of Blood.
  • Liquid from The Last Days of FOXHOUND tried to get Outer Heaven named "Liquidia" a few times, but his colleagues don't go for it.
  • Muh Phoenix: Utopia here is named "Cyclops' Island".
  • The story of Girl Genius begins in Beetleburg, named after and ruled by the Headmaster of Transylvania Polygnostic University, Dr. Tarsus Beetle.

    Web Original 
  • The Chaos Timeline has among others Haraldsborg (our New York City), Wildenhartburg (Chicago), Alexandersborg (Cape Town) and Fort Knox (Singapore).
  • Carltopia in The Jenkinsverse.
  • In one Onion article, Clinton renames the U.S. as the Holy United Imperial Americlintonian Demopublic after declaring himself President For Life.
  • Outside Xbox name their Cities: Skylines project "Oxboxford", with a university called the Jane Douglas Institute, a hospital called Dr. Andy's Horrortorium, and a crematorium called Mike's Grill. It has such charming elements as the roads arranged into a giant "OX" in the centre, with the international airport positioned very nearby so new visitors can get a good look, and an enormously over-illuminated statue.
    • In the "7 Nobodies Who Were the Real Hero" video, Jane claims to have deleted her entire town in Animal Crossing, just so she could change the name from one Egopolis to a different one.
    Jane: Isabelle, New Janesburg honours your service. I'm sorry about that time I deleted the whole town just to change the name.
    Mike: (from off-screen) What was it before?
    Jane: Rio de Jane-iro.
  • In A More Personal Union, Ferdinand of Uceda names the new city that would be Panama City in OTL after himself when he makes it his capital in the New World. Though everyone else takes to calling it El Dorado instead.
  • Barney Bunch: "Drewland" after Drew Pickles, the leader of the bunch.
  • Travesville from the Highcraft SMP, named after Travis (AKA supertraves).
  • The area of land that Schlatt, Connor and a few other players reside in on SMPLive is known as "Schlatttown".

    Western Animation 
  • Pineapple Pokopo and Pokoponesia in The Tick (who was ported directly from the Tick comics). Pokoponesia's primary export is pineapples, in what is surely a giant coincidence.
  • Not a leader, but Mutant League Football give us KT Slayer, the star player of... the Slaycity Slayers. Hmmm, must have had Dethklok negotiate his contract.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Azulon City, presumably named for — and most likely by — Fire Lord Azulon.
    • Omashu was renamed to the city of New Ozai, after the current Fire Lord, after being conquered by the Fire Nation. This of course implies there is another city named Ozai.
    • Subverted for Omashu itself. It was, according to legend, named after a pair of lovers named Oma and Shu, a name heavily implied to in Memoriam, if not for the couple, at least for Shu.
    • Kyoshi Island was named after Avatar Kyoshi, its most famous past resident. Pretty justified, since she basically made it herself, breaking her home peninsula off from the mainland.
  • In ReBoot, when Megabyte takes over Mainframe, he renames it Megaframe.
  • In The Emperor's New School, everything seems to be named after Kuzco. And in the episode where Yzma finally manages to take over, she renames everything after herself. She takes it even further than Kuzco, and sings an awesome Villain Song about this very trope (see the Quotes Page).
  • Kim Possible:
    • Dr. Drakken plans way too far ahead, to what he'll name certain places after his "inevitable victory". When he launches an attack on the Great White North, he plans to rename it Drakanada.
    • Shego pulls this herself. In the future where she takes over the world, she changes Middleton to Shegoton, Upperton to North Shegoton, and even the clothing chain store Club Banana to Club Shego, leading to one of quotes in the quote page.
  • Brain of Pinky and the Brain tried it a few times. He gets his own island country in a bid for US foreign aid, naming it Brainania. He then goes on to name every single feature of the island after himself (at least until Pinky gives him Puppy-Dog Eyes, resulting in the Fjord of Pinky.) In another episode, where he does end up in control of the Earth — by making a duplicate out of papier-mache and convincing everyone else to go there with free T-shirts — he renames the original Earth "Brainus", presumably following the pattern of either Venus or Uranus. The new planet, on the other hand, was Chia Earth.
  • Even though it's a country, Petoria, named after Peter Griffin of Family Guy, is only the size of the Griffin's house and front/back yard, with the entire city of Quahog surrounding it, effectively making it the smallest country in the world (surrounded by the smallest state in America, no less). To drive the point home, the national flag has the words "PETORIA" and a crude drawing of Peter on a white background.
    Peter: I was gonna call it Peterland, but that gay bar down by the airport already took it.
    • And in a slight variation, when Peter decides to "annex" his neighbor Joe's swimming pool as Petoria's "newest province", he renames it "Joehio".
    • In "Stew and Stewie's Excellent Adventure", Stewie sees the world of thirty years from now and is surprised it looks the same. His future self says it has only been thirty years, but he was expecting legions of followers and statues of himself.
  • The Adventures of Tintin (1991): In the episode "Tintin and the Picaros", General Tapioca, after becoming dictator of the Republic of SanTeodoro, changes the name of the country's capital to Tapiocápolis.
  • Vickyland in The Fairly OddParents! episode "Vicky Gets Fired".
  • In the Wonderful Life episode of Donkey Kong Country, the Alternate Universe version of Diddy, who's an evil dictator, says that he plans to rename the island Diddyland when he takes over.
  • The Transformers: In the episode "Megatron's Master Plan", the Autobots have been driven from Earth and Megatron conquers a city. Megs: "I christen this city Megatronia One! Soon there will be many more!"
  • An episode of Ben 10: Alien Force concerns another reappearance of original series Big Bad Vilgax, taking place on his home planet/kingdom, Vilgaxia. Not only did he rename his own planet after himself, but his own species by extension.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Dr. Doofenshmirtz built his own floating city and called it... Doofania.
    • There's also the Bad Future version of Danville ruled by Doofenshmirtz as well as the alternate dimension ruled by an eviler Doofenshmirtz from the movie.
    • And of course, a meta-example: the show takes place in Danville, Jefferson County, Some Unspecified State. The show's creators are named Dan and Jeff.
  • Simultaneously subverted and inverted with the title theme park in the direct-to-DVD release Pollyworld. The subversion is the fact that it's a theme park and not a country. The inversion is that Polly Pocket's father created the theme park and named it after his daughter, making it a lot like U.S. fast-food chain Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers.
  • In an episode of Sabrina: The Animated Series, Sabrina travels back in time three times to prevent herself from being portrayed as a hero. On the fourth try, she travels back 100 years to turn the bridge from wood to stone; when she returns, she finds that Greendale is now called Sabrinaville, and everyone in town is now named, "Sabrina".
  • In an episode of Gargoyles, Goliath and Elisa end up in a Bad Future where Xanatos has taken over New York City and renamed it "Xanatopia". Except not really, as it's really Lexington pulling the strings. Except not really really, as the whole shenanigan is just an illusion crafted by Puck. The actual Xanatos is above this kind of thing, really.
  • In one episode of Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, Grizzle actually manages to take over Care-a-Lot, and orders the Care Bears to tear it down in order to build Grizzleton.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Miseryville's ruler Lucius leaves the town's name alone (although like many real dictators, his visage is decorated everywhere), but all the months of the year are renamed after him (Lucapril, Lucember, etc.).
  • On Stōked, Reef attempts to name an island he and Fin are stranded on "Reeftopia".
  • In Exo Squad, the Big Bad Phaeton renames Chicago to Phaeton City after setting up his capital there.
  • Shredderville from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode of the same name. It's the name given to New York in an alternate reality dream where the Turtles never existed in the first place and Shredder became its absolute ruler.
  • Every planet discovered by the titular Captain Star is named after him. Hilariously, the one episode where they actually discover a new planet on-screen (or rather, it's created by venting the spare magma out of another planet with a massive pipe. It was a weird show, okay?) has it happen when Star is technically no longer a captain. Science Officer Scarlet, the current acting captain, swiftly pounces on this to name it "Planet Scarlet". Granted said captains are hardly villains, but they are kind of jerks.
  • In Peter and the Magic Egg, Tinwhiskers owns so much of the town that he renames it Tintown.
  • The Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Yogi's Heroes" had the warring countries of Bearzil (which is run by and looks like Yogi) and Dickaragua (which looks like and is run by Dick Dastardly).
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), Dr. Robotnik takes over Mobotropolis and renames it Robotropolis.
  • Sonic Boom: When the villagers try to come up with a name for their village in "Unnamed Episode", Sonic suggests "Sonictopia". Knuckles suggests the even-more obvious name of "Knuckles", though his reaction suggests it's less ego and more that he just likes his own name. Eggman then convinces everyone to call it "Eggman City" in another bid to take over. In the end, the village is named Hedgehog Village after Amy at Sticks' request.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Back to the Past", SpongeBob, Patrick, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy go back in time to when Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy first imprisoned Man Ray, but Patrick inadvertently foils their attempt to do so, resulting in SpongeBob and Patrick returning to the present to find that Bikini Bottom is now "Man-Ray-opolis", a city where Big Brother Is Watching and Man Ray even threatens you if you don't eat fast enough at his restaurant.


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All-Powerful Crocker

After finally capturing a fairy (namely Wanda), Crocker fulfills his goal of becoming a supreme magical ruler.

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