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"Join Mandy, Brandy, Andy, and Scurge as they learn how to give a care."
— Mock commercial in Strong Bad Email #155 "theme song"

In a group of characters with Theme Naming, sometimes one just doesn't fit the pattern.

To the viewer, this is about as subtle as placing a big, blinking neon sign saying "HEY, LOOK! THIS GUY'S IMPORTANT!" above their head even before the character has a chance to do anything, and whether or not they really are important is a matter of debate. For some reason, this character tends to be named Bob, due to the inherent hilarity of the name "Bob". He may also be a Special Person, Normal Name.

Sometimes identifies The Runt at the End. Can also apply to a lapse in Idiosyncratic Episode Naming.

Compare Aerith and Bob, Tom the Dark Lord, Uniformity Exception. May cause The Last of These Is Not Like the Others. Often occurs with Famous, Famous, Fictional.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the subbed TBS version of Aggretsuko, most characters have pun-based Western (or at least non-Japanese)-sounding (Eaglette, Doug, Giselle, Zelda, Heinrich, Lester, Wolfgang, Hippatricia, Scatherine, Lucille, etc.) or alliterative (Ape Admin, Hog Honcho, Boss Buffalo) names, except for Retsuko and Yokosawa.
  • The Godhand from Berserk consist of Femto, Void, Slan, Ubik and Conrad. Femto is the odd name out, as the rest of them are named after science fiction books: Destination Void by Herbert, Slan by van Vogt, Ubik by Philip K. Dick and And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny. Femto, on the other hand, takes his name from a measure unit.
  • In Black Clover:
  • The main characters of Black Lagoon are called Dutch, Revy, Rock... and Benny.
  • Bleach:
    • Rukia is the only Soul Reaper, and possibly the only Japanese character in the series, whose name is spelled not in kanji or hiragana, but in katakana. Her name is the rough Japanese pronounciation of the Western name "Lucia" (though no Westerner would pronounce it that way).
    • Gantenbainne is the only Espada with a zanpakutou that does not possess a Spanish-themed named. Dragra seems to be a completely made-up name.
  • In Bloom Into You, Yuu is the only one of her group of friends- the others being Koyomi, Akari and Natsuki- whose name doesn't end with an I. The same goes for Touko and her friends' surnames- Touko Nanami, Sayaka Saeki, Midori Igarashi and Manaka Yoshida.
  • In Burst Angel, the main characters are named after the heroines of Little Women, substituting "Sei" for "Beth". A Lampshade Hanging occurs in the OVA, where Sei ends up commanding an airship called the Elizabeth. Appropriately, Beth's name is the odd one out in the original novel — she's the only March sister whose name wasn't changed from Real Life.
  • Case Closed:
    • The suspect in a murder is both the literal odd guy out (he's something of an introvert and doesn't get along well with the rest of the group) and, as Conan quickly realizes in a "Eureka!" Moment, the only one of that circle of friends that doesn't have an airport-based name.
    • In another case about an inheritance dispute, the climax is when the will is read. "Machiko, Hiromi, Hidekazu, Yoshiyuki, Keiko... Carlos."
  • Death Note:
    • Light is the only Yagami not to have a name that starts with "S" (Sochiro, Sachiko, Sayu). He's also the only one with a non-Japanese name.
    • Then there's the Wammy's boys: L, Beyond, Mello, Near, and... Matt. If you look closely, however, you see that Beyond is the odd name out: Near is the nickname of Nate River, Mello is Mihael Keehl (the German pronunciation of "Michael"), and L is in fact "El" (a Jewish name that means "-of God"). Beyond is the one without a real-life name.
  • These are the Japanese given names for each lead protagonist over the seven seasons of the Digimon anime: Taichi, Daisuke, Takato, Takuya, Masaru, Taiki, Tagiru, Daigo. Masaru is the only one who isn't a gogglehead.
  • The various members of the Red Ribbon Army in Dragon Ball have names themed around colors, such as Commander Red, General Blue, Colonel Silver, and Ninja Murasaki ("purple" in Japanese). Dragon Ball Z retroactively introduces their lead scientist, Doctor Gero, whose name goes against the Army's naming convention.
  • In Dr. Stone, nearly everyone in the village is named after a mineral. The exceptions are Genbu/Soyuz, who was born elsewhere, and Suikanote , who's Only Known by Their Nickname.
  • Episode 14 of El Cazador de la Bruja is titled "Maple Leaf", as opposed to all other episode titles that contain either the word "man" or "woman" in them, and is the largest continuous Mood Whiplash in the entire series.
  • El-Hazard: The Magnificent World: Jinnai names five of his six Bugrom soldiers after the Marx Brothers, with the last one named Margaret after Margaret Dumont, who served as the comic Foil to the Marxes.
  • In Fairy Tail, most guilds, including the eponymous one, are simply two word names, usually an adjective of some sort followed by a noun, and often a reference to some sort of animal or mythological creature. Orochi's Fin is the only one to have "no" in the original Japanese name.
  • In Fate/stay night the Servant Classes are: Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Berserker, and... Assassin. Alternatively, "Saber" is the odd name out, as it is the only class named for a type of weapon, as opposed to the term for a person who wields the weapon (which would be "Sabreur").
  • Fist of the North Star has an unintentional example with the three brothers descended from the Ryuoh bloodline: Kaioh, Raoh and Toki. Originally it was just Raoh and Toki, who had a Sensitive Guy and Manly Man kind of rivalry: Toki was a pacifist who wanted nothing more than to use his powers to heal the sick, while Raoh was a tyrannical conqueror who sought to become the world's greatest warrior. Kaioh was later introduced as Raoh and Toki's estranged brother and he turns out to be a more insane version of Raoh, but with a scar on his face.
  • The few non-European names in Fullmetal Alchemist not from Xing really stand out. For example, the named military characters includes Hughes, Hawkeye, Mustang, Bradley, Marcoh, Archer, and... Hakuro. In a Japanese manga, Hakuro doesn't matter for crap. (It's thought the author meant to name the man "Halcrow", and mistransliterated it.)
  • In Gasaraki, Yushiro is the only one of the Gowa sons to lack the "Kiyo" (清) character in his name. This is probably symbolic of how he's the only brother who's Locked Out of the Loop when it comes to the family's true ambitions and plans, not to mention his own nature.
  • Gintama: The Elite Four during the Joui War and their badass titles: "White Yaksha" for Gintoki, "Noble of Terror" for Katsura, "Demon Army General" for Takasugi and "Loud Guy" for Sakamoto (though he was also called "Dragon of Katsurahama").
  • Jewelpet: the titular pets are named after the jewels that make up their eyes, sometimes using the full names (Ruby, Larimar) or shortened ones (Io for iolite, Tour for tourmaline). The exception is King, the Jewelpet of onyx.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Stardust Crusaders:
      • Noriaki Kakyoin is the only non-Joestar of the Crusaders whose name isn't a musical reference, unlike Avdol (named after Paula Abdul), Polnareff (named after Michel Polnareff), and Iggy (named after Iggy Pop).
      • While Stand names being musical references would become the standard for later Parts in the series, this Part instead has them named after tarot cards or Egyptian gods. This causes Kenny G's Tenor Sax and Vanilla Ice's Cream to stand out. And even when taking later Parts into account, Tenor Sax still stands out for being the only Stand to be named after a musical instrument, rather than an artist, album, or song.
    • Josuke Higashikata from Diamond is Unbreakable, as well as his Alternate Universe counterpart from JoJolion, are the only JoJos whose names don't have two "Jos" in them. While the "-suke" in their first name can be spelled as "Jo" in Japanese, its still not as obvious as names like Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar, and Jotaro Kujo.
    • Golden Wind:
    • Steel Ball Run:
      • Oyecomova's Stand, Boku no Rhythm wo Kiitekure, is a twofer in this regard. It's both the only Stand whose name is written in Japanese instead of English, as well as the only Stand to be named after a song lyric, being the Japanese interpretation of the hook to the Santana song "Oye Como Va".
      • Wekapipo and Magent Magent are the only two characters in the series to be named after Japanese songs (Soul'd Out's "Wekapipo" and "Magenta Magenta", respectively).
      • D-I-S-C-O's Stand, Chocolate Disco, is the only Stand whose name is a reference to a Japanese song, Perfume's "Chocolate Disco". Even when taking the previously mentioned Wekapipo and Magent Magent into account, it still stands out, as "Wekapipo" and "Magenta Magenta" are sung in English despite being by Japanese bands, whereas "Chocolate Disco" is sung almost entirely in Japanese.
    • JoJolion:
      • Unlike other Rock Humans, who have taken on Japanese names, Poor Tom is the only one who has an English name.
      • Mitsuba Higashikata's Stand, Awaking III Leaves, is the only Stand in the entire series to not be named after a tarot card, Egyptian god, or be a musical reference, or at least, not be obvious in its reference. This has led the fandom to try to find something, anything that it could be a reference to, the most common being James J. Pellerite's "Awakenings: No. 3. Leaves Floating (On a Slow Stream)". However, this still remain unconfirmed.
  • In Kuroko's Basketball, all the members of the Generation of Miracles have names that start with a color, and their hair and eyes are that color. The only exception is Kuroko, whose name means "black child" but has light blue hair and eyes.
  • The Legend of the Legendary Heroes features the Eris siblings: Iris, Ferris, and Lucile.
  • Macross: The Jenius family mostly have names starting with 'M', and two of those who don't are variants on "Milia", their mother's name (Komilia and Emilia), with even the adopted member of the family following the pattern. And then there's Therese Jenius.
  • In the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, most of the episode titles ended in a cheery "nano". The few ending episodes did not, signifying a Mood Whiplash.
  • Naruto:
    • Poor Neji ("screw") is the only Hyuga from Part 1 not to have a name about the sun, light, or fire (the others being an Alliterative Family: Hiashi, Hizashi, Hinata, and Hanabi), which may be because he's the only one who wasn't born to a main branch member. A minor branch member is named Ko, but he only appears for a few scenes during Pain's invasion.
    • Hizashi himself is unique for being the only known branch Hyuga to have a name dealing with the sun, light, or fire; this most likely has something to do with him and current Clan Head Hiashi being the sons to the previous Clan Head.
    • Filler Villain Raiga is probably an unintentional example. The other Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist (as well as former aspiring member Suigetsu Hozuki) are all named after fruit, but the anime writers had apparently not yet figured out the Theme Naming from the two canon members that had already been introduced when that filler arc was made. He's also the only one that lacks pointy teeth as the other members reveal.
    • All of the Mangekyo Sharingan's abilities are named after Shinto gods and items (Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo, Yata no Kagami, Totsuka no Tsurugi, Kagutsuchi, Kotoamatsukami, and Yasaka no Magatama, plus the non-Mangekyo Sharingan techniques Izanagi and Izanami), except for Kakashi's and Tobi's ability, Kamui, which refers to any deity from Ainu mythology.
  • The Angels in Neon Genesis Evangelion all have names ending in "-el"- Ramiel, Zeruel, Israfel, etc.- with two exceptions:
    • Sandalphon. The "-el" ending means "of God" in Hebrew, and those named angels in Judeo-Christian lore do indeed mostly have names ending in "-el", although there are exceptions, and Sandalphon is one of them.
    • Tabris, aka Kaworu Nagisa. There is no angel named "Tabris" or anything like it in Judeo-Christian lore. A common theory is that Gainax is referencing the Yah theophory name "Tabbris" meaning "Good of Yahweh or Yahweh is Good". If true, however, that still makes Tabris the odd one out, since he is the only one without an actual angelic name.
  • The characters in Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God are all Egyptian deities as implied in the show's title, like Anubis, Thoth, and Horus... and then there's Otter. Which is a deity in the form of an otter. Doubles as A Dog Named "Dog".
  • One Piece:
    • The Eleven Supernovas all have meaningful names... except Killer. (Word of God is that he was given that name out of sheer laziness on Oda's part.)
    • The Medaka Mermaid Quintuplets are named Ichika, Nika, Sanka, Yonka... and Yonka Two.
    • The original Seven Warlords all have an animal theme in their name, and then Blackbeard ended up taking Crocodile's spot.
    • The Blackbeard pirates are all named after historical pirates except for Doctor Q. Although later on, they pick up Shiryu who also doesn't fit the naming theme.
    • The male agents of Baroque Works are named after numbers (Mr. 0, Mr. 1, etc.), while their female partners have calendar-based names (Miss Wednesday, Miss Merry Christmas, etc.). Two in particular stand out:
      • Miss Doublefinger is named after Eiichiro Oda's personal gesture for January 1.
      • One agent, an Okama named Bentham, takes on both naming schemes at once as Mr. 2 Bon Kurei (frequently mistranslated as Bon Clay), due to having no female partner, as he prefers to play both parts.
    • Lola is the only member of the Charlotte family that isn't named after sweets. Fittingly, they're also the White Sheep of the family
  • In the English dub of Pokémon: The Series, Misty's older sisters have a Floral Theme Naming of Daisy, Violet and Lily with Misty retaining the original pun of her favourite Pokemon type. It emphasizes how she is considered by her sisters as the The Runt at the End.
  • Powerpuff Girls Z has the three main leads as Momoko, Miyako, and Kaoru. Kaoru's name doesn't start with "M" and doesn't end with "ko" (probably a reference to how Buttercup in the original was named to fit her sisters). Their Magical Girl names avert this: Hyper Blossom, Rolling Bubbles, and Powered Buttercup. The English dub averts this as well by making their civilian names Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup.
  • A semi-example: Most of the Rozen Maiden sisters are named for jewels. Hinaichigo, Suigintou and Kanaria are not.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailor Moon includes the kanji for the senshi's planets in their last names, save for Aino Minako, whose name comes from Venus being the goddess of love. Fitting this, Minako is also the first senshi to draw her powers from her planet's namesake rather than from what the kanji means. This is because she was created first for Codename: Sailor V.
    • Like her respective planet, Sailor Uranus is the only one named after a Greek god (instead of his Roman equivalent Caelus), while the other Sailors are named after the Roman names of the gods.
    • In the Outer Senshi, Sailor Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto's last names are Ten'ou (天王), Kaiou (海王), and Meiou (冥王). They mean sky king (Uranus is the Greek "ur-god", the personified sky the way Terra is the personified earth), sea king (Neptune is the Roman name for Poseidon, the god of the sea), and dark king (Pluto is an alternate name for Hades, god of the death and the underworld). The Japanese name for Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (the planets) are Ten'ousei (天王星), Kaiousei (海王星), and Meiousei (冥王星). See the pattern? ...Sailor Saturn's last name is Tomoe (土萠). It means sprouting earth (and has no connection to mythology whatsoever). The Japanese name for Saturn is Dosei (土星), so Tomoe seems to fit the inner senshi's naming scheme. The reason is simple. Saturn is visible with the Naked eye and was long-ago given a name drawn from the Five Elements. The outers required telescopes to see and were learned of through Western Contact, which is why the names are translations from the Roman Latin ones. Saturn's the odd one out because the creators went with the Moon to fill out their Five-Man Band.
    • Jadeite, Nephrite, and Zoisite stayed the same in the DiC English dub of the first anime, Engrish (Jeddite, Nephlite, the oi as a diphthong) notwithstanding. Kunzite became Malachite. Big hint he's Beryl's last henchman. Beryl herself qualifies. Also, Jadeite and Nephrite were the first two. A lot of Odd Name Out going on.
  • The Ly Five in Shaman King. The other four all have names that end in -ly (Sally, Lily, etc), but the leader's name is Sharona. Naturally, this is intentionally played for laughs when they first introduce themselves.
  • In Sket Dance, in one chapter we get introduced to the cast of Sentai parody Show Within a Show Slender (not that one). The Five-Man Band are the Red Commander, Blue Subleader, Pink Cheerleader, Sepia Expander, and Cocoa Brown Suspender. The Big Bad Duumvirate are Death Salamander and Sidewinder. Other characters include Bartender, Spy Spider, Slim Crusader, It's All Over, Clam Chowder...and Anthony. Anthony won the 13th place in the second popularity poll, despite only appearing in that one chapter.
  • Inverted in Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry: most of the characters' names come from A Little Princess, but the rare ones whose names come from other Hodgson Burnett novels have a much smaller role in the plot. Colin, Mary and Cedie existed to die, while Martha and Dickon are barely around.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • The Hwang family consists of Honcha, Lucha, Hanacha, Heicha, Chancha and Bu-ling. Bu-ling avoids her younger siblings' suffix-based Theme Naming in order to fit into the food-based theme of the Mew Mews (Bu-ling being a pun on pudding).
    • In addition, the English version of Tokyo Mew Mew has Pie, Tart, and Kisshu. "Kisshu" would be the Japanese spelling of "Quiche", but somehow the translators missed that.
  • In A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, most chapters are "(Character name) doesn't/isn't/won't (feel or do something)", such as "Konatsu Amano Isn't Sad." Chapter 21, however, is titled, "Konatsu Amano Was Feeling Sad." The final chapter of the series forgoes the theme naming entirely and shares the title of the work.
  • Ultraman: The Adventure Begins has the Robot Buddy trio, Ulysses, Samson, and... Andy.
  • Most of the Ushiromiyas in Umineko: When They Cry have real Western names (Jessica, George, Maria, Rosa, Rudolph, Krauss, Eva), with an exception: the protagonist, Battler. There's also Kinzo, being the only direct Ushiromiya bloodline family member without a Western style name, and there's also Kyrie. In Japan, Kirie is an actual name but the romanization to 'Kyrie' (apparently, a reference to Ragnarok Online) is considered strange because she is not a blood relative of the Ushiromiya family and therefore has no reason to have a Western looking name.
  • Everyone in Violinist of Hameln has a musical instrument for name: Flute, Drum, Guitar, Sizer (synthesizer), Raiel (a type of piano) etc. Everyone except for the main protagonist, Hamel. His mother Pandora is another exception as it refers to her act of releasing a great evil. And you'd think the Big Bad, The Demon King Chestra was another exception (as he's supposedly occupying a chest), until you realize Japanese for "king" is "ou"... making him Ou Chestra, or Orchestra.
  • The Takanashi family in Wagnaria!! almost all have "zu" as the middle character of their names - mother Shizuna, and her daughters Kazue, Izumi, Kozue, and Nazuna. The one exception, and the only male in the family to boot, is Souta, the fourth of the five children.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:
    • Keisuke Amano from Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside is the only protagonist who isn't named after a season. The others are named Natsume (summer), Touma (winter) and Akinori (autumn).
    • In one episode of Yo-Kai Watch, Jibanyan meets three nekomata named Sir Pouncalot, Pounce de Leon, and Alfred.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Due to Dub Name Change, Osiris's name was changed to Slifer internationally. This makes its name stand out from Ra and Obelisk, whose names are Egyptian-themed. This is narmy, since the three are Egyptian Gods.
    • In the original "Obelisk" would actually be the odd one out, since a.) that's a piece of architecture, not an Egyptian god, and b.) the word itself is from Greek.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Out of the seven protagonists in the franchise, Yuki Judai is the only one whose first name doesn't start with "Yu". His last name Yuki does have a "Yu" but because that's a last name, it doesn't really count. And he's also the only protagonist to have his name changed into an English one "Jaden", while the others keep their Japanese names.
  • In Yuri is My Job!, the employees of the Liebe Academy salon take on assumed names that generally add a couple syllables to their surname or changing at least one to make it sound like a rich girl's name; for example, Hime Shiraki becomes known as Hime Shirasagi, while Mitsuki Yano becomes Mitsuki Ayanokouji. However, Nene Nishidera has a name that's completely unlike her actual name- Saionji, meaning that she was Sumika's former schwester.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: The Five Scammer Commanders are a group of Card-Carrying Villain alien brothers who specialise in, as the name suggests, scamming. They are Bago Go, Baga Ga, Bagi Gi, Bagu Gu, and their leader Tom. Overlaps with Meaningful Name to an extent as Tom is the scammer of names.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Most of the wolves' Chinese names end with Tàiláng or at least something similar to it. Wilie's Chinese name is Xiǎo Huīhuī, which is much different from the rest.

    Comic Books 
  • In Asterix, all Gaulish women have names ending in -ine, except for Falbala. In the English edition, however, all their names end in -a.
  • The Authority: The Gamorra Brothers are named Sum, Wai and Kaizen. Possibly apt, as Kaizen Gamorra was the evilest, killing Sum and Wai in a power grab.
  • Names used by the Abrahamic God in The DCU: The Source, The Presence, The Voice, The Hand, and "Wally." He claims that the last one is how you're supposed to pronounce YHVH, and we've simply been using the wrong transliteration.
  • When they started out, three of the Fantastic Four gave themselves highfaluting polysyllabic, two-word codenames: Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl (later the Invisible Woman) and the Human Torch. Only Ben Grimm got landed with the prosaic and monosyllabic appellation, the Thing. On the other hand, Reed Richards as the leader is the only one with a codename that is not used with a definite article, and has the only codename that contains an honorific.
  • The Jordan family in the Green Lantern comics. There's Jessica Jordan, and her sons Jack Jordan and Jim Jordan... and Hal Jordan, who's considered the Black Sheep of the family. Notably, though, he's the Black Sheep because he defied his mother to become a pilot—following in the footsteps of his deceased father Martin Jordan, who also has an Odd Name Out. It serves as an early sign that Hal relates more to his father than to his mother (unlike his brothers, for whom the opposite is true).
  • Harley Quinn's Gang of Harleys have code names that are each a variation of Harley's name. The only Harley who breaks the Theme Naming is Coach, who refuses to be designated as "Handicapped Harley".
  • In Hero Camp, Dina Might's family, the Might Family superteam, which is made up of David (father), Donna (mother), Desmond (brother), and Charlie (uncle).
  • The Metal Men consist of (in the most recent series anyway) Gold, Lead, Mercury, Tin, Iron, Copper, and Tina (which is admittedly just a nickname for "Platinum".)
  • In New Super-Man, the Justice League of China use hyphenated names to differentiate themselves from their Justice League counterparts: Super-Man, Bat-Man, Wonder-Woman. The exception is Avery Ho, who's just "the Flash" (of China, if one needs to distinguish her).
  • In The Sandman, all seven of the Endless are named for abstract concepts that begin with "D," but the protagonist, Dream, is the only one who isn't a "De-" word. (The others are Death, Despair, Destiny, Destruction, Delirium and Desire.)
  • The Three Lieutenant Marvels from Shazam! comics: Tall Marvel, Fat Marvel, and Hillbilly Marvel.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Mikey can't help but get a dig in: "All the good ones end in O!". In most of the Japanese and Italian localizations, they ALL do - Raphael is called "Raffaello" in those dubs. Like all the turtles, Raphael is named for the painter, who was born Raffaello Sanzio. He's just the only one whose Anglicized name still sounds exotic. Compare Leonard, Donald, and Michael.
  • XXXenophile: "Now Museum, Now You Don't" features the four goddesses Okaraska, Boolatraaca, Xynotreen and Trixie.

    Comic Strips 
  • "Irish" Murphy's three dogs in Footrot Flats; Tiger, Wolf and Creampuff.
  • The Van Pelt siblings in Peanuts: Lucy, Linus, and Rerun (though that's not his real name; just a nickname Lucy chose after complaining that having another brother was like a "rerun" of Linus's infancy).

    Fan Works 
  • The Black Hearts is the only solo story in the series The Makings of Team CRME that doesn't have the POV character's first name, Mercury Black, in the title. The others all contain the POV characters first name as a bit of theme naming (My Name Is Cinder, An Emerald Unearthed, Roman's Empire), but The Black Hearts only has the his last name which is shared with his parents, the other two main characters of the story, so you can't say it's his name specifically. The author originally titled the fic Mercury's Pain to keep up with the naming convention, but they didn't really like it that much. Thus, the title was changed.
  • The Bolt Chronicles: In “The Seven,” the three female dogs Blaze first encounters in the puppy mill are named Corabell, Dorabell, and Mae.
  • The Differentverse: Scootaloo's middle name, Madeleine, which is a tribute to her voice actress, and to another of the author's favorite characters (Pinkie Pie) also having a human-sounding middle name.
  • In A Door Ajar the Advanced Transfiguration teacher at Harry and his friends' new school owns cats named Mercutio, Romeo, Juliet and Oscar.
  • In First Try Series Sasuke, through artificial insemination to ensure he wouldn't be the last Uchiha loyal to Konoha, ends up having three children: Fugaku, Mikoto and Aiko.
  • In Hogwarts Dawn as part of their "life improvement plan" for Harry Fred and George enlist several hulking students nicknamed Smasher, Gnasher, Thrasher and Crusher as bodyguards.
  • I Didn't Ask For This (But I'm Going to Abuse it Anyway):
    Ragnok: Ripnose, Hardfist, Terrorclaw, Wringneck, Bob, Heavyhead and Sharphammer! Come. We must rid this world of the vilest act of evil.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: the penguins in the Plush Penguin Car are all named after ice cream flavors (Strawberry, Minty, Emperor Neopolitan, etc.). The only exception to this is the penguin based off of sea salt ice cream: Nico.
  • In the Charmed fan fic, Justice, the Charmed Ones met up with the group of elders who are responsible for the trial. They are: Darban, Esttai, Briel, Serris, and George.
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic My Immortal, Ebony's full name is Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way. Out of her middle names, "Raven" is the only one that isn't an abstract concept, doesn't begin with "D", and is an actual girl's name.
  • Downplayed in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, which sees the Chinese branch of NERV (in reality effectively a front organisation for the Chinese government) working on its own Evangelion project by modifying one of the Mass-produced Evangelions. Rather than getting a number like the main Evangelions, the result is called "Unit-A".
  • In Novocaine the Potter Hall elves are called Minnie, Tinnie, Kinnie, Finnie, Rinnie and Annie.
  • In the Star Wars/Mass Effect/Borderlands/Halo crossover Origins, the villain (for some of the story anyway) is a super-powered Siren. Her acolytes fall under Aerith and Bob (mainly the "Aerith" part). Other Sirens are named from canon: Maya, Lilith, Angel. Her name is... Sarah. She doesn't take this well when her underlings laugh at the Special Person, Normal Name, though later on it's revealed that "Sarah" is simply the closest convenient translation of Eridian language for her given title, the "Selfless Servant of the Mantle".
  • Pokémpanions:
    • Magikarp is the only member of his family whose name does not begin with G (Gyrados, Geraldine, Gary).
    • Plusle is the only member of the Mon 4 whose name does not begin with M (Machoke, Magikarp, Minun).
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines justifies it in a sidestory for Misty. Unlike her sisters, Daisy, Violet and Lily who were named after flowers, she got her name because her parents saw her as "nothing but a little mist", reflecting her status as a non-wanted child and The Unfavorite.
  • The Pride That Never Was: Bianca, AKA Zira, is the only character whose name isn't Swahili.
  • In the Punch-Out!! fanfic Shining And Sweet chapter "Sleeping Fabulous", the four fairies are the Bear Fairy, the Tiger Fairy, the Kitten Fairy, and the Piston Fairy (played by Bear Hugger, Great Tiger, Chaton Cheri, and Piston Hondo, respectively).
  • The Chateau level names in Something are based on the elements in the French language (Feu, Eau, Vent, and Terre), but the final Chateau has the name of Chateau Finale.
  • In the Total Drama Comeback Series, Mandy has four pet rats: War, Famine, Death and Snowball. It was a snowy day when she named that one.
  • Tomorrow (there'll be more of us) is a Star Wars fic about Finn's example inspiring other Stormtroopers to defect from the First Order. One squad that defects as a group all have serial numbers beginning with JS, so they take the names James, Jess, Jills, Jessie, Jacks, Jermies, Jers, Jace, Jaques, Jads, Jules, Jims, Jackies, Jens, and Ralph. (They were running out of names, and Ralph already had a nickname because he suffers from airsickness and once threw up inside his own helmet.)
  • In The Weasley Plot the Weasleys have more powerful wards put up by a goblin warding team whose members are named Stiffinger, Roknag, Blathook and Steve. The latter explains that goblins acquire new names later in life and choosing his own involved "three Australian wizards, a large lizard creature with huge teeth called a crocodile and a very large quantity of beer."
  • In Where Talent Goes to Die, Kaori Miura, the protagonist, is the only member of her family whose name isn't a Shout-Out to Another. Her father is Kouichi, her mother is Mei, her older sister is Misaki, her paternal grandparents are Yosuke and Amane, and her mother's maiden name was Fujioka.
  • In Which Harry Potter Harry mentions selling ward stones, rune stones and glamour rings in Knockturn Alley.
    Voldemort: Where did you get those?
    Harry: I made them. Picax, Naota, Ragn, and Frank taught me how to make them.
  • In the Animaniacs fan series Zany To The Max:
    • The female Warners are named Dot, Jot, and Ko. Downplayed with the male Warners, who are named Yakko, Wakko, Pakko, Makko, and Zak. The Conjoined Twins are Zak and Ko. Interestingly, Zak is the only Warner whose name does not have an O in it.
    • Every member of the Kat Krew is close to A Dog Named "Dog", with the exception of Narf the Mouse. The other members of the Kat Krew are Kat the Cat, Doug the Dog, Shirley the Squirrel, Min the Mink, Drake the Duck, and Bonnie Rabbit.
    • The Siamese Quadruplets, consisting of Kat the Cat and her three sisters: Kate, Katie, and Jessica.

    Film — Animation 
  • In a Barbie movie, the Flairies (wingless fairies) are named Shine, Shimmer, and Glimmer. Glimmer's name doesn't alliterate with the others, while Shine's doesn't rhyme with the others.
  • In Brave, the royal children are named Hubert, Hamish, Harris, and Merida (who has three syllables and an M-name instead of an H-name).
  • In The Brave Little Toaster we get Toaster, Lampy, Radio, Blanky, and... Kirby? It's a type of vacuum, but still.
  • Jim is the only crow from Dumbo that actually has a proper name. All the others are actually named after their distinguishable outfits.
  • Frozen:
    • All of the main characters have four letters in their names, Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Hans, Sven, and the Duke (of Weselton), except Kristoff. Even Elsa calls her and Anna's parents the four-lettered "Mama" and "Papa" (their first names however, are Agnarr and Iduna).
    • All of the main non-animal characters (Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff) have two-syllable names, except for Hans and the Duke. Maybe this difference foreshadows that those two are both antagonists.
    • "Frozen Fever" has Olaf name the snogies with names like Flake, Drift, Slush, and... William.
  • The Terrafirminator from Gnomeo & Juliet is the only lawn mover available that is not named after a cat.
  • Forrest Woodbush from The Good Dinosaur has several critters that ride on his frill and horns. They include a salamander named Fury ("He protects me from the creatures that crawl in the night"), a fox named Destructor ("She protects me from mosquitoes"), a tusked gopher named Dreamcrusher ("He protects me from having unrealistic goals)", and a bird named...Debbie.
  • Hoodwinked! has this example:
    Boingo: Dolph, tie up the brat. Lisa, hold the book. Vincent, get the truck. And Keith... darn it, change your name, please! It's not scary and I'm embarrassed to say it. Boris! Try that!
  • In Horton Hears a Who!, Ned has 96 daughters and one son. All of the girls have "H" names, while the son is named Jojo. One wonders if they planned any more "J" names for other sons.
  • How to Train Your Dragon has the six teenage Vikings: Hiccup, Fishlegs, Snotlout, Ruffnut, Tuffnut... and Astrid. Granted, all these names were (probably) normal for the time period, but "Astrid" is the only name that would really be considered normal today.
  • The Incredibles:
    • The two older children have names and powers that are symbolic of their time of life — hyperactive ten-year-old Dash, who has super speed, and shy fifteen-year-old Violet, who can turn invisible. Her name is also symbolic in that ultraviolet is invisible to human eyes, and because a "shrinking violet" is slang for a shy person.
    • Then there's the baby, Jack-Jack, who doesn't appear to have any powers or a significant name. But "Jack-Jack" sounds like it may be a nickname rather than his real name. Subverted in the last act of the movie, we see that he has a veritable cornucopia of powers, thus making him a "Jack" of all Trades.
  • It's easy to spot the characters in The Jungle Book (1967) who were made up for the movie, since they have names like Louie and Winifred.
  • The LEGO Movie has the Crazy Cat Lady's six cats: Angie, Loki, Leroy, the two Fluffys (Junior and Senior), and Jeff. Jeff's name has one syllable and doesn't end in a "y" or an "-ie" sound. He also sticks out in that his meow is deeper than the others'.
  • Scar's henchyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed from The Lion King (1994). Scar himself is one of the very few characters in the film who doesn't have a Meaningful Name in Swahili.
  • In The Little Mermaid (1989), all seven of Triton's daughters' names begin with the letter "A". All of them also end in the letter "A" and have their accent on the middle syllable, except protagonist Ariel, whose name ends in an "l" and has its accent on the first syllable.
  • Monsters, Inc.:
  • The Sugar Rush world of Wreck-It Ralph has such oddball (but fitting) names like Vanellope von Schweetz, Minty Zaki, Taffyta Muttonfudge... and then there's the racer known as Candlehead. Also King Candy's simpler name stands out amidst all the fancy names. It serves as a clue that he isn't really part of the game.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Four of the five main characters from the ultra violent (for a kid's movie) online racing game, Slaughter Race are named Shank, Pyro, Felony, and Butcher Boy, which is very fitting for the game's gritty and violent theme similar to Carmageddon or the Grand Theft Auto series. But then the fifth main character who is just as rough-and-tumble in her actions and apearance as the other Slaughter Race characters, is named Little Debbie (sometimes she's referred to as just Debbie for short which is just as odd). Like the snack brand, it's not as hard core as the others' names.
  • Shrek:
    • Donkey's and Dragon's children are named Peanut, Cocoa, Bananas, Parfait, and Debbie. The last one doesn't directly fit the food-related Theme Naming but is likely a Shout-Out to the pastry brand "Lil' Debbie."
    • There's also the Ogre family as of Shrek the Third: Fiona, Fergus, Farkle, Felicia, and Shrek.
    • In "The Three Diablos", which is a bonus movie from Puss in Boots, the eponymous bandit kittens are named Perla, Gonzalo, and Sir Timoteo Monterego the Third (who is the only one whose name includes a title).
  • In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the dwarfs' names are adjectives that describe their personality - Grumpy, Happy, Dopey, Bashful, Sleepy, and Sneezy. The one hold out is Doc, the self-appointed leader. Walt Disney said Doc got his name because every doctor he knew was a bit of a bossy know-it-all, even if they were well meaning.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In one of The Addams Family movies, Wednesday becomes the only Addams sibling not to have a name beginning with P, since her brothers are Pugsley and Pubert.
  • In the movie Animal Crackers, Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx) dictates a letter to his lawyer, Charles H. Hungerdunger of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick.
  • Star Wars: There's the original film A New Hope, which is the only film (in the Skywalker saga at least) to not have "the" in its name. Even taking into account that it was originally titled simply Star Wars.
  • In the beginning of French movie Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the pet crocodiles belonging to the Queen all have names ending in "is" (as do all Egyptian characters) except for one called Serge.
  • Black Christmas (2019): Not obvious at first, but four of the five main female characters (Riley, Kris, Marty, and Jesse) has masculine or unisex names. The fifth, Helena, turns out to be The Mole working for the fraternity/cult.
  • The Van Waldenberg siblings in Blades of Glory are named Stranz, Fairchild, and Katie. Guess which ones are world-class figure skaters and who "cheers on the sidelines".
  • Dude, Where's My Car?: "My name is Zarnoff. This is Zabu, Zellnor, Zelbor, Zelmina, and, Jeff." The latter one is (literally) crazy.
  • In the Live-Action Adaptation of George of the Jungle Lyle's henchmen are named Gunner, Gunter, Hans, Jans, and Phil.
  • Ghostbusters (1984): The main group's first names are Peter, Egon, Winston, and... Ray, who only has one syllable in his name.
  • In The Godfather, Vito Corleone's biological children are Santino ("Sonny"), Frederico ("Fredo"), Constanzia ("Connie"), and... Michael. Appropriately, Michael is (initially) the only one of the Corleone children who wants nothing to do with the Mafia.
  • Halloweentown had the witches in the Piper family: Aggie, Marnie, Sophie, and of course, Gwen.
  • In Heathers, protagonist Veronica is the only member of the title clique not named Heather.
  • In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, we have Missy, Chrissy, Sissy, and Justice. The latter one does a Heel–Face Turn by the end of the movie. It's even lampshaded when the others are talking behind Justice's back.
  • In Jurassic World, Owen's raptors take their names from military callsigns as an allusion to Owen's past in the US Navy. You have Echo, Delta, Charlie and... Blue.
  • The Karate Kid: The gang of bullies that are out to get Danny consists of Johnny, Bobby, Jimmy, Tommy and Dutch.
  • At one point in The Kentucky Fried Movie, a protagonist faces off against three masters of Kung Fu. Their names are Hung Well, Long Thang, and Enormous Genitals.
  • In MirrorMask, all the Monkeybirds are named Bob. Except Malcolm. Malcolm also has a different-coloured beak so he can be visually distinguished from the others.
  • The Mummy: Abdul, Muhammad, Bob.
  • The Odd Angry Shot: During the scene on the range, the range corporal asks the four protagonists for their names as he is reprimanding them. On the spur of the moment, he is given four false names; Grey, Green, Brown & Oakover.
  • The names of the quints from Raising Arizona are Harry, Larry, Garry, Barry, and Nathan Jr.
  • Pretty Woman: In the mostly ad-libbed shopping scene, the store manager (Larry Miller) calls to the shopgirls:
    Store Manager: Mary Pat, Mary Kate, Mary Francis, Tovah, let's see it ...
  • In Snow White (1916), the seven dwarfs are named Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick, and Quee.
  • In ¡Three Amigos!: Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms, and Ned Nederlander.
  • In The Three Stooges short A Pain in the Pullman, the booking agency's name is Goldstein, Goldberg, Goldblatt, and O'Brien. Of course, O'Brien is the one who speaks with a Yiddish accent.
  • In Zorro, the Gay Blade, there's a scene where the dons (landowners) are introducing themselves, and saying from where in California they've travelled:
    #1: Don Diego, from San Fernando.
    #2: Don Francisco, from San Jose.
    #3: Don Fernando, from San Diego.
    #4: Don Jose, from San Bernardino.
    #5: Don Luis Obispo, from Bakersfield.

  • From GrailQuest, King Blogwort's royal advisers in Kingdom of Horror: Tom, Dick, Harry and the Reverend Plantagenet O'Rourke.

  • Played with in an old children naming joke:
    • "My mother had four children. The first was named Spring, the second Summer, and the third Autumn. What was the name of her last child?" The answer, of course, is the first name of the person asking the question, which is probably not "Winter".
    • Another version of the joke goes: "Sarah's mother has four children. Three are named April, May and June. What is the fourth child named?" Sarah. The original name can be anything.
    • Yet another one: "Tom's mom had three children. If one was Monica and another was Veronica, what was the third?"
    • Also: A woman had four children: Eeney, Meeney, Miney... and Steve. Why? She didn't want no mo'.
    • There's also "David's father has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and David."
  • There's also the joke:
    So apparently one out of five people in the world are Chinese. MY family has five people in it, so I guess one of them must be Chinese. Could be my mom. Or my dad. Or my brother Jack. Or my little brother Heilong. I'm pretty sure it's Jack.
  • And this joke:
    A farmer enters a pub with three ducks and he asks the bartender to mind the ducks for him. The bartender agrees and when the farmer leaves the pub, the first duck says to the bartender, "Hi, I'm Huey and I've been in and out of puddles loads of times."
    The second duck then says to the bartender, "Hi, I'm Louie and I've been in and out of puddles even more times than Huey"
    The third duck is about to say, "Hi, I'm...", when he is interrupted by the bartender who says, "Let me guess, your name is Dewey."
    The third duck answers "No.... it's Puddles."
A Russian variant exists where it's Nif-Nif and Nuf-Nuf for the first two animals (the traditional Russian names for the first two of The Three Little Pigs).
  • During the initial furor around the hunt for Osama bin Laden, a joke made the rounds in the form of an Al Qaeda memo:
    We have learned that the Americans are attempting to infiltrate our hiding places. To prevent this, we will have around the clock watches. The first watch will be Abdul, followed by Malik, then Steve, and finally Hassan.
  • Averted, or maybe inverted, by a Scottish military joke:
    "O'Brien?" "Present, Sir." "Cohen?" "Present, Sir." "Woinarowski?" "Present, Sir." "Right, Cameron Highlanders present and correct, Sir!"

  • The Sandra Boynton book 15 Pets had fourteen animals named Bob, but the turtle has an Overly Long Name.
  • 1632: Michael and Rebecca Stearns' children are named Sepharad, Baruch and Kathleen.
  • Honey Bear, the youngest of The Berenstain Bears, is the only member of the Bear family that has a proper name. Her parents and her older brother and sister are all named after their relationships in the family.
  • This one appears in The Bible, of all places:
    • Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Mesrach, and Abednego. Justified as their names were changed by the Babylonians. Their given names were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, which are clearly Jewish. Daniel himself was renamed Belteshazzar, but since he became Prime Minister, he earned the right to be known as Daniel, even in Babylon.
    • See also Noah's three sons: Ham, Shem, and Japheth.
    • Lamech's three sons were Jabal, Jubal... and Tubal-Cain. The first two were from the same mother, the third — and his sister, Naamah — from another. On the other hand, this is only a partial example since Jabal, Jubal, and Tubal rhyme.
  • In Broken Gate, of all of the siblings, Miyako's name stands out, as it's not necessarily an animal-related name, as her siblings have names relating to what youkai they so happen to be (as mentioned here).
  • A set of experimental cannons in A Brother's Price are collectively called the Prophets and given names: Joan, Bonnye, Anna, Judith, Gregor, Larisa, Nane, and Ami. It's never discussed, but "Gregor" is a male name.
  • In Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (And The Subsequent Assault Of The Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds), the main villains are three aliens named Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer. The aliens are aware that their names may raise suspicion while disguising themselves as cafeteria ladies, so they go by Zorxette, Klaxette, and Jenniferette.
  • Elizabeth Hand's novella Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol features a set of cut-rate Ramones called the Maronis — Tony, Mony, Pony and Tesla. The real Ramones all had names ending in an -ie sound, except for Elvis. And CJ.
  • In Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Angela Vicario is the only member of the Vicario family whose given name doesn't start with a P.
  • Major characters in Codex Alera include Isana, Amara, Fidelias, Maximus, Araris, Invidia... Tavi? Every Aleran character has an awesome Gratuitous Latin name ... except him. Which, as it happens, is foreshadowing. His name is short for Octavian, which is very much in line with the rest.
  • Coraline: Miss Spink and Miss Forcible's four dogs: Hamish, Andrew, Angus, and Jock. Jock is the only one with one syllable isntead of two, and the only one without a human name.
  • Diamond Brothers: In The Falcon's Malteser, the main character Nick is kidnapped by four goons called Lenny, Kenny, Benny and Fred.
  • The human characters in Dinoverse all are The Nicknamer to some extent, encountering dinosaurs who don't have names of their own. Mr. London names his new Hypsilophodon friends after personality traits that remind him of scientists - and one evil computer. There's Leo, named for his creativity, Al named for thinking his way out of having to do any work, Carl named for his contemplative nature, and Hal for how he likes things a certain way and throws fits when routine is disrupted.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
    • Interesting Times, five noble families from the Counterweight Continent have been fighting each other for centuries: the Hongs, the Sungs, the Tangs, the Fangs, and the McSweeneys, who are no more important to the plot than any of the other families. A Running Gag is that people have trouble with how the last family don't fit into the pattern.
      Twoflower: And the Hongs and the Fangs and the Tangs and the Sungs and the McSweeneys have been killing one another for thousands of years. It's all part of the royal succession.
      Rincewind: McSweeneys?
      Twoflower: Very old established family.
      • This is a Shout-Out to James Clavell's Asian Saga, a novel series about a Scottish family who founded a business empire in China.
    • War's children fit this one, too: Panic, Terror, and, um, Clancy. This may be a Shout-Out to the children of Ares and Aphrodite - sons Phobos (fear) and Deimos (terror) and daughter Harmonia (harmony).
    • Leonard of Quirm's inventions include such things as the Going Under the Water Safely Device, the Very Fast Coffee Device, or the Engine for the Neutralizing of Information by the Generation of Miasmic Alphabets, and the Gonne. It's probably an indicator of how different this invention was that he didn't name it something like the "Propelling Pieces of Metal through the Air at High Speed using Chemical Energy Device".
  • Also from Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files books all have two word Double Meaning Titles, each with the same number of letters in each word (Grave Peril, Dead Beat, Summer Knight)... Except for the twelfth book, which is simply called Changes.
  • Almost everyone in Franklin is A Dog Named "Dog" or simply referred to by their species surname (Mr. Turtle for example). Franklin is an exception, as is his sister Harriet in the cartoons. Enforced because Word of God says that "Franklin in the Dark" was intended to be a one-shot story with Franklin being the only character. But when she made more stories, she wanted to emphasize the importance of Franklin and that he is the main character by not giving names to the other characters, thus making Franklin unique and important.
  • FUDGE: Unlike his siblings Fudge (real name Farley Drexel) and Tootsie (real name Tamara Roxanne), Peter Hatcher does not have a candy-based nickname. This highlights Peter's status as the Only Sane Man (as Fudge is a cloudcuckoolander Annoying Younger Sibling and Tootsie is, as of the last book, only a toddler).
  • In Fungus the Bogeyman, Fungus is the only member of his household (excluding pets) whose name starts with a letter besides "M" (his wife is Mildew and their son is Mould).
  • In Good Omens, the Antichrist and his friends are named Adam, Pepper, Brian, and Wensleydale. note 
  • From Harry Potter:
    • Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Though Brian is a perfectly good old name from the British Isles, it's also, you know, still used. Frequently. In the fifth film, this is Played for Laughs when he states his own name, with "Brian" said more quietly and after a slight pause.
    • Out of his siblings, he and his brother Aberforth have more traditional out-there wizarding names whereas their sister, Ariana, had a "normal" name.
    • Everyone in the Weasley family is named after Arthurian heroes and/or British royalty. The family patriarch is "Arthur", his sole daughter is "Ginny" ("Ginevra", the Italian form of "Guinevere"), and his oldest sons are "Bill" ("William"), "Charlie" ("Charles"), "Percy" (which at least recalls "Percival," though that's not actually his full name), "Fred" ("Frederick"), and "George" (..."George"). The sole exception? The youngest son, "Ron", who considers himself The Unfavorite of the family, and spends much of the series dealing with the resulting emotional baggage.
    • Most members born into the Black family use Stellar Theme Naming, but there are a few exceptions. In the case of Narcissa, Word of God says that she came up with her name before choosing the theme and didn't feel like changing it. Another exception is the family's deceased (but still active) patriarch, Phineas Nigellus Black.
    • Harry's children are James, Albus and Lily. Albus stands out as the only "odd" name (though apparently he uses "Al" for short) as well as the only one not named after one of Harry's relatives. On the other hand, their middle names are Sirius, Severus and Luna, meaning that Lily is the only one a.) without an "S" name, b.) with an alliterative name, and c.) who isn't a double Dead Guy Junior. Lily is also the only one without an "S" on the end of her name.
    • Ron also follows this trope by being the only one of the trio whose first name doesn't start with an "H".
  • Douglas Adams once said, discussing the title of So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish that all the titles of the Hitchhikers books were quotes from the first one. (His editor wanted to call it God's Last Message to His Creation, but that came from Life, the Universe and Everything) He followed this pattern with the fifth book Mostly Harmless. Eoin Colfer's sixth book, And Another Thing..., takes its title from So Long and Thanks, and even quotes the section at the start. It's possible that he wanted to mark it as different to separate it from "the canon", as implied by the Self-Deprecating introduction.
  • The German guy from Hoot with the four Rottweilers, called Max, Karl, Klaus, and Pookie Face.
  • In Hunter's Moon (1989), most foxes have names like O-ha, A-ho, A-konkon, O-sollo, O-mitz, and A-cam. Camio is the exception because he's a fox from an American zoo. He refuses to change his name.
  • The Inheritance Cycle began with Eragon and Eldest, both of which start with "E" and have six letters. Fans speculated that the last book in the trilogy would be called Empire, but the author eventually made it a quartet with the final books titled Brisingr and Inheritance, respectively.
  • In The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, one of the daughters has four brothers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and Bing. To elaborate, guess which one tragically dies when the daughter fails to keep an eye on him?
  • In the Kate Shugak novels, the Grosdidier brothers, who serve as the Park's EMTs, are Matthew, Mark, Luke and Pete.
  • All of Lynn Kurland's romance novels are titled after songs, with the exceptions of her novellas (except To Kiss In The Shadows, which was released as a single paperback novel) and her books Dreams of Stardust and Much Ado in the Moonlight. There doesn't seem to be a particular reason for DoS, but MAitM is an allusion to the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing because Shakespeare features heavily in the plot.
  • Subverted in Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. All of Balthasar's concubines have elaborately long names usually referring to sex, such as "Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm" and "Delicate Personage of Two Fu Dogs Wrestling Under a Blanket", with the sole exception of Sue ("Short for Susanna"). Naturally, if any of them are going to be important, it'd be her — right? Nope. When the demon Balthasar was keeping sealed gets unleashed and starts killing everyone, it's Joy (Biff's name for Tiny Feet of the Divine Dance of Joyous Orgasm, because she didn't take kindly to being called "Orgasm") who survives the ordeal and has the biggest role.
  • In Little Women, of the four March sisters, Amy is the only one to go by her full first name, presumably because it's so short to begin with, while her sisters Meg, Jo and Beth all go by nicknames. She's also the only one whose name is two syllables instead of just one. On the other hand, when we remember Meg, Jo and Beth's full names (Margaret, Josephine, and Elizabeth), then Amy's name stands out as the shortest.
  • In the novel Murder at Avedon Hill, the five children in the Avedon family are named Richard, Carin, Edvard, Jon, and Julienne. Edvard is a vampire-bite victim and Julienne has some sort of magical affinity.
  • The villains of My Work is Not Yet Done are named Harry, Barry, Perry, Sherry, Mary, Kerrie and... Richard.
  • In Nobody, Him, and Me, Nobody's name has three syllables instead of one.
  • The Outsiders is more like "normal name out" with the Curtis brothers: the eldest's name, Darry (short for Darrell), is a bit unusual, but the younger two are Sodapop and Ponyboy. The latter is the protagonist.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, one of the Showtime Fairies, Darcy, is referred to as a Diva instead of a Fairy.
  • In Ramona Quimby, the oldest Quimby sister Beatrice is the only one not to have an R-name. Her sisters are Ramona and Roberta.
  • In Roys Bedoys:
    • Most of the boys have made-up names (Roys, Loys, Maker, Coder) but then there's the minor character Hopper, and that is a real boy's name, if rare.
    • Likewise, most of the girls have real, if obscure, names — Wen, Truly, Flora. However, Roys and Loys's sister Joys is the only girl in the series with a made-up name.
  • Sam the Cat: Detective: The Flying Fangs (former circus cats) are named Wang, Chang, Drang, and Strum. Interestingly, Strum is the only one who doesn't take part in the others' attempts at making rap music, and seems to find the whole thing embarrassing.
  • In Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events:
    • Sunny, Klaus, and Violet Baudelaire. Violet was actually the name of Claus von Bulow's lawyer.
    • Isadora, Duncan, and Quigley Quagmire
    • Frank, Ernest, and Dewey Denouement.
    • While the names of the first 12 books are alliterative, the last book is simply called "The End".
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories: Sylvester McMonkey McBean is a double whammy— "Sylvester" is the only one of his names without a "Mc", while "McMonkey" is the only one that isn't a real name.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • The direwolves are named Nymeria, Ghost, Summer, Lady, Grey Wind, and... Shaggydog, who was named by a three-year old. It's also an ironic name, given that Shaggydog is the most wild and savage. In a different way, Nymeria is also the odd one out, as she is not named after an English word, but rather an in-universe person: Nymeria of the Rhoynar, the historical ancestor of the Martells, who led her people to Dorne.
    • Stannis Baratheon is the only one of his siblings not to have an R name: Robert (older) and Renly (younger).
    • The bastard surnames of every Kingdom: Flowers from the fertile Reach, Sands from the deserts of Dorne, Hill from the rocky Westerlands, Snow from the freezing North, Stone from the mountainous Vale, Waters from the Crownlands, Storm from the Stormlands, Rivers from the Riverlands... and Pyke from the Iron Islands. It's marginally justified, since Pyke is the name of the largest Iron Island, but it still doesn't fit with the theme; bastards from the Reach aren't called "Highgarden". Something like "Salt" or "Sea" would fit the pattern much better.
    • Dorne is the only region of the Seven Kingdoms not named after an English word, and it is therefore always capitalized.
    • Prince Duncan Targaryen is the only member of the royal family ever to have a non-Valyrian name, as he was named for his father's commoner best friend.
    • Daenerys' three dragons, in a way. Two of them (Rhaegal and Viserion) are named after Targaryen figures, hence their names are technically Valyrian. The other one, Drogon, is named after her late husband, who hailed from a foreign culture, the Dothraki.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: Wookiees, across both canon and Legends, generally have Only One Name (Chewbacca, Tarfful, Gungi, etc)... except for Burryaga Agaburry from The High Republic, who has a last name for some reason.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Comes up in the X-Wing Series novel Wedge's Gamble. A pilot sees a freighter named Contruum's Pride and knows it's not legit because it doesn't fit that planet's naming system. There are holes in his theory — couldn't this ship be ignoring tradition, or not an official Contruum ship? — but as it turns out it's full of TIE fighters.
      Cracken: Contruum's my homeworld. Naming conventions for ships restrict virtues to capital ships. Transports are named for beasts of burden and rivers.
    • Han and Leia's children: Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin? Not intentional, just that the people behind Dark Empire didn't know Jacen and Jaina existed.
  • In Superfolks, the narration says: "Beyond Edgeville the land gradually flattened, and was covered, in turn, by Nearville, Fairville, Floralville, Gardenville, Oakville, Pleasantville, Vistaville, Sunnyville, Strongville, Roseville, Middleville, Townville, Ladyville, Robinville, Flatville, Spudville, Branchville, Farville, Tideville, Oceanville, and Parsons Corners."
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Peter Rabbit's sisters were named Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. This gives us two examples in one family: "Peter" as the only rabbit sibling with a human name and "Cottontail" as the only sister without an "-opsy" name.
  • Similarly, in The Tale of Tom Kitten, Tom is the only kitten who has a human name; his sisters are Moppet and Mittens. His name is also a Meaningful Name, since "tom" can mean "male cat" and he's the only boy.
  • Thursday Next: In First Among Sequels, Thursday's children are Friday, Tuesday, and Jenny. Except that Jenny doesn't actually exist — the villain from one of the previous novels planted fake memories of her in Thursday's brain.
  • Tortall Universe: Princess Vania of Conté, youngest of Jon and Thayet's six children, is the only one of her siblings, and indeed the only one of the known children of any of the series' various protagonists, who is not in some fashion a Dead Guy Junior or named in honour of a deceased character. Her older siblings are named after, in order, her paternal grandfather (Roald), her maternal grandmother (Kalasin), her great-grandfather (Jasson), the late Shang Dragon (Liam) and her paternal grandmother (Lianne).
  • John Ringo's Troy Rising: In Live Free or Die, on an alien space station that no human has ever heard of or been to:
    "What do you mean you can't keep up? It's just Ingr, Gurcaur, Hathan, Fandent, and Bob. How much can they be drinking?"
  • In Warrior Cats, the majority of the 1000+ characters have compound names like Bluestar, Mudclaw, Russetfur, Cedarpelt, Whitestorm, etc., due to the Clans' naming format. So when there's a cat living in the Clans with a name like Boulder, Daisy, or Millie, it sticks out and signifies that the cat isn't originally from the Clans and feels strongly enough about their identity not to change their name.
    • Played for laughs in Graystripe's Vow. A group of kittypets has decided to form their own Clan, and have given themselves new Clan-style names for when they hang out together: Monkeystar, Clawwhistle, Fireface, Bugeater, Bigteeth... and Chester. Due to Graystripe's bemused reaction, Chester explains that having two names was too much to bother with and that he's happy with keeping it as-is.
  • In Wings of Fire, the six queens of the RainWings are named Magnificent, Splendor, Dazzling, Grandeur, Exquisite, and Fruit Bat. Kinkajou lampshades this when introducing them to Glory.
  • In The Witcher there's a passing mention of royal quadruplets from Ebbing, called Putzi, Gritzi, Mitzi and Juan Pablo Vassermiller.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happens with the names of the tasks on The Amazing Race: Detour, Roadblock, Yield, Intersection, U-Turn, Speed Bump, and... Fast Forward? One has to wonder why no one thought of calling it a "Shortcut" instead.
  • Oliver Queen, the titular Arrow, has this in spades:
    • To his maternal half-sister Thea's blood relatives, there's Malcolm (her father), Moira (their mother) and Thomas aka Tommy (her paternal half-brother).
    • Among his childhood friends (Dinah) Laurel, Tommy, and Sara, he is also the only one whose name isn't rooted in the Bible.
    • The island Flashbacks in Season 2, with Slade, Shado and eventually Sara.
  • On the TV series Batman (1966), In the episode Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, seven Gotham City policemen were named O'Hara, Douglas, O'Malley, O'Toole, O'Leary, O'Reilly, and Goldberg.
  • The Benny Hill Show:
    • A gag once combined this with Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion, with the law firm of Arten, Marten, Barten, and Fargo.
    • A gag in another episode has Benny playing a teacher calling roll. "Carr, Ted?....Parr, Ted?....Farr (Beat, while the audience roars), Terence?"
  • The Big Bang Theory has this in the episode "The Zazzy Substitution", wherein Sheldon buys several cats, naming the first five after scientists who worked on The Manhattan Project (Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynmann, Edward Teller, Otto Frisch), and the last one Zazzles. "He's so... zazzy!"
  • In the Blackadder II episode "Head", Blackadder becomes Lord High Executioner. When he is introduced to his staff, the first one is Ploppy, the second is Miss Ploppy. The third one? Baldrick. Ploppy and Miss Ploppy do suggest renaming Baldrick to Ploppy.
  • Australia's The Comedy Company character Con the Fruiterer had daughters Roula, Soula, Toula, Voula, Foula, and Agape.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone" saw this with the clerics: Angelo, Christian and... Bob. Sacred Bob. Angel Bob.
    • The "official" names for each incarnation of the Doctor follow the format of The Nth Doctor (the First Doctor, the Second Doctor, etc.). However, the incarnation directly after the Eighth Doctor is referred to as the War Doctor. Justified in-universe as the Doctor had decided that the War Doctor incarnation had lost the right to be called the Doctor due to his actions in the Time War, removing him from the sequence. Out of universe, the real reason is that the War Doctor wasn't invented until the Eleventh Doctor's run and had to take up another name to prevent upsetting the numbering (the Ninth Doctor already existed).
  • Elementary: Sherlock is the only member of the Holmes family whose name doesn't start with an "M". His father is Morland, his mother is May, and his brother is Mycroft.
  • In F Troop, Captain Parmenter comes from a family with a proud military tradition. The other male members we either see or hear of are named Achilles, Hercules, Jupiter, Thor and Hannibal. Captain Parmenter's first name? Wilton.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Eddard is the only one of his siblings whose name starts with a vowel (barring nicknames aside of course).
    • Robb Stark's siblings' names end with either "N" (the boys, which again is another example for him) or "A" (the girls).
    • Just like her father, Arya Stark is the only one of her siblings whose name starts with a vowel.
    • Bran Stark is the only one of Ned Stark's true born sons whose name starts with the letter "B".
    • Joffrey Baratheon is the only one of his siblings who doesn't have an "M" in his given name.
    • Tommen Baratheon is the only one of his siblings who doesn't have the letters "R" and "Y" in his given name.
    • Stannis Baratheon's two brothers both have names that start with R.
  • One Get Smart episode featured a descendant of Christopher Columbus. When he and Max first met, Gino (the descendant) was with three girls and introduced them as Pinta, Niña, and Rosa. Max incorrectly guessed Rosa's name was "Santa Maria".
  • Gilligan's Island had the guest stars, "The Mosquitos", whose names were Bingo, Bango, Bongo... and Irving. This was a parody and inversion of "The Beatles", whose names were John, Paul, George... and Ringo.
  • In one episode of The Golden Girls, the women buy minks to breed for fur. Rose names them Fluffy, Muffy, Buffy, and Joanne.
  • In Happy Days, the main group of friends consists of Richie (Richard), Potsie (Warren; the nickname comes from him sculpting pots as a kid), Fonzie/the Fonz (Arthur; the nickname is taken from his surname Fonzarelli), and Ralph, who doesn't have a nickname.
  • The Clarke Family on House of Anubis goes as follows- John Clarke, Joan Clarke, Jerome Clarke, and... Poppy Clarke.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted names underground poker players by their identifying characteristics.
      Ted: You know, Butterfly-Knife, I'd expect this from Face-Tattoo, or Jagged-Cheek-Scar, or Larry, but not you.
      Larry: (who has a mohawk, cool moustache, ferret, and eyepatch) Why don't I get a cool nickname?!
      Ted: You have too many things, Larry! You get one thing!
    • The Ericksen family has a strong Alliterative Family and Rhyme Theme Naming. The males' first names start with Mar (Marvin Sr., Marvin Jr., Marcus, Marshall, and Marvin W.). The females/wives' on the other hand ends with Y (Judy, Ashley, Lily, and Daisy) except for Marcus' wife Sarah. The two eventually got divorced.
  • Fish from Kirby Buckets is the only one of the five lead characters to go by a nickname rather than a real first name, like Kirbynote , Eli, Dawn, or Belinda.
  • The names of the main characters on Lab Rats are Adam, Bree, Chase, Donald… and Leo. It's justified, in this case, as Leo was not born into the Davenport family, and the "E" can instead refer to Donald's virtual assistant Eddy.
  • Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent have short, usually one-word titles... except for the seventh season episode "Please Note We are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger".
  • Leverage: In "The Gold Job", Hardison gave code names to his team. Parker is Gold. Sophia is Silver. Nate is Mercury. And Eliot is Mr. Punchy.
  • In Mama's Family, a cheerleading squad introduces themselves one by one as Nancy Ann, Billie Jo, Bobbie Sue... and Kim. Because, "Like, I'm from California, okay?"
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: The "Australian Philosophy Professors" sketch, in which the members of the department complain about the newest addition to the faculty being "a bit confusing" — because he's the only person on the entire staff who isn't named Bruce.
  • In Mork & Mindy, the aliens are named Mork, Mearth, Zelka, [raspberry noise], and... Orson.
  • Mr. Young: Adam is really the only one of the main kid characters who's known by a realistic first name (unless you count Slab, whose actual first name is Jordan).
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the Space Mutiny episode, Mike and the 'bots make up tons of silly nicknames for the protagonist along the lines of "Big McLargeHuge", "Slate Slabrock" "Thick McRunfast", and "Smash Lampjaw" (to name four)... and then there was "Bob Johnson". Doesn't have quite the same punchnote , does it?
  • The MythBusters were challenged to herd cats in Season 13, Episode 6. The cats' names were given as if they were a rogue's gallery of villains in a super hero story. They were called Puffball the Punisher, the Crabby Tabby, Devious Domino, Miss White, the Ginger Ninja, and Bob.
  • Newhart: "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother, Darryl. This is my other brother, Darryl."
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn. Enough said.
  • On one episode of Night Court, a Hispanic couple name their newborn triplets Rosalita, Lucinda, and Gummo (the last of these suggested by resident oddballs Bob and June Wheeler).
  • In Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation a fifth turtle named Venus is introduced. She is not named after a painter from the Renaissance Era as are her brothers, but she is named after a famous sculpture from that era.
  • Odd Squad:
    • Every agent has a name starting with O... except for Todd, who ended up pulling a Face–Heel Turn.
    • Agents in the Task Force department, such as Xavier and Xena, have names beginning with X rather than with O. They play antagonistic roles in the series.
  • In Power Rangers, get ready for the "is he a Ranger or not?" battle to never end if a hero's name doesn't have "Ranger" in it. note  Similar to sentai, the Sixth Ranger is also going to be named for something other than his color about half the time.
  • On Privileged the relevant characters are Laural, Rose, Sage, Lily... and Megan.
  • In a vampire-themed episode of Psych, a suspect's three roommates are named "Eddie, Jake, and Lucien." Shawn, Gus, and Julie immediately look for "Lucien". Of course, it's not Lucien or Jacob, but Edward.
  • A Saturday Night Live skit featuring a sporting event had all the competitors claiming that they owed their success to Jesus Christ. When the rankings were displayed onscreen, in last place was a guy named Max Weinstein.
  • In Sesame Street:
    • Elmo's family consists of Elmo, Daisy, and their parents Louie and Mae, the latter of whom has only one syllable in her name. He also has the late uncle Jack, with his widow Jill and their daughter Jessie, who is the only member of that immediate family to have a two-syllable name.
    • The worm family is Slimey, Sloppy (sister), Dusty (father), Squirmy (cousin), and Eartha (mother, whose name doesn't end in a "Y").
    • The bear family consists of (in the immediate family) Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Baby Bear, and Curly Bear (so-named because of her curly facial fur).
  • In Scrubs, Dr. Kelso decides to save effort by calling all the male interns Dave and all the female interns Debbie. Except the one who actually is named Debbie—in the interest of fairness, he calls her Slagathor.
  • All the episodes in Seinfeld begin with the word "The" with a single exception: "Male Unbonding", which was made early in season one before they had firmly decided on the pattern. The episode is sometimes retroactively called "The Male Unbonding" instead.
  • Clark's friends in Smallville, actually: You got Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and Chloe Sullivan. The latter one wasn't originally created in The Golden Age of Comic Books.
  • Piper from Some Assembly Required has a fairly common name, unlike her co-workers, "Knox" (real name Malcolm) withstanding.
  • For much of Stargate SG-1, the team consisted of: Sam, Cam/Jack, Dan(iel), and Teal'c. One of them wasn't from Earth. They later pass it off as an obscure African name. Given that most Americans don't know much about African languages, it works out.
  • Star Trek in general:
    • The male Vulcans: Surak, Sarek, Tuvok, Vorek, Taurik, Sybok... and Spock, who only has one syllable. He is a Half-Human Hybrid (Vulcan dad, human mom).
    • Known Ferengi are named Quark, Rom, Nog, Zek, Brunt, Tog, Pel, and Ishka.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Sisko family includes grandpa Joseph, the late Jennifer, Jake, and Benjamin (Jennifer's widower, Joseph's son, and Jake's father).
  • Star Trek: Discovery: Adira is the only engineer whose last name (Tal) has one syllable. The others are Stamets, Reno, and Tilly.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • The Troi family: Luxwana, Deanna, the late Kestra, and Ian (also deceased). Justified, as not many male names end in an "A".
    • The Crushers— Beverly, Wesley, and the late Jack.
    • Soong's three named androids are Data, Lore, and B4 (whose name isn't an abstract concept).
  • Star Trek: Picard: Four of the Emergency Holograms on La Sirena have Punny Names based on the acronym of their function — Emil (Medical), Enoch (Navigational), Emmet (Tactical), and Ian (Engineering). Then there's Mister Hospitality (Hospitality).
  • The demons in Supernatural all have classical demonic names (Azazel, Lilith), with the exceptions of Ruby, Crowley and Meg (granted, it's not her real name), who all end up allying with the protagonists against their own kind. Abaddon appears in The Bible, though as the name of an angel rather than a demon. Most of the angels are given traditional angelic names (Castiel, Gabriel, Uriel, etc.), though Balthazar, Hael, and Anna are not. Anna is usually believed to be short for Anael, as she lived as a human for a time.
  • In the Super Sentai franchise, the code names for some of the Extra Rangers don't follow the same pattern as the main members, unless they're named after the metallic colors (Gold or Silver). Examples include:
    • The members of J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai consists of Spade Ace, Dia(mond) Jack, Heart Queen, Clover King and Big One. This trope also applies to their alter-egos, since Big One's surname is the only one that doesn't end with an "-i" sound (Sakurai, Higashi, Mizuki, Daichi and Bamba).
    • In Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, Dragon Ranger is the only ranger who is based on a mythical creature instead of an actual prehistoric beast like the main team (Tyranno Ranger, Mammoth Ranger, etc.)
    • In Gosei Sentai Dairanger, all of the rangers are named after their respective totem animal except Kiba Ranger, whose name translates to the "Fang Ranger" (his totem animal is a white tiger).
    • For the other teams we have X1 Mask (a one-episode warrior in green), King Ranger (instead of "Oh Black"), Time Fire (since there's already a "Time Red"), Shurikenger (instead of "Hurricane Green"), Abare Killer (instead of "Abare White"), Deka Break (instead of "Deka White"), Magi Shine (instead of "Magi Gold"), Geki Chopper (instead of "Geki White") and Gosei Knight (instead of "Gosei Silver"). After skipping a season, they came back to it again with StarNinjer (instead of "KoganeNinjer), followed by Zyouh the World (instead of "Zyuoh Rhino").
    • A non-extra example is featured in Battle Fever J, where the lone girl of the team is codenamed "Miss America" instead of following the "Battle (nation's name)" pattern of the other members.
  • The epynomous Thunderman family from The Thundermans gives us Thunder Man (Hank), Thunder Girl (Phoebe) and Thunder Boy (Max), as well as Electress (Barb), Kid Quick (Billy) and Laser Girl (Nora).
  • Ultra Q has a wide array of giant monsters and aliens with weird and wonderful names... and then there's the fish monster called Peter.
  • On The Vampire Diaries, most of the Originals have pretty consistently Hebrew-based traditionally Judeo-Christian names. And then there are Kol (Medieval English/Scandinavian) and Finn (Irish/Old Norse).
  • Lauren, Lauren, Cassie and Lauren, Will's interns on The West Wing.
  • Every episode of The Wild Wild West has a title that started with "The Night"... except for the first-season episode "Night of the Casual Killer" (omitting the definite article).
  • On Wonderfalls, the Tyler family consists of Darrin, Karen, Sharon, Aaron... and Jaye.
  • Young Sheldon: The Sparks family: Children Billy, Bobbi, Parents Brenda and Herschel.
  • The four main characters on The Young Ones are Rick, Neil, Mike, and Vyvyan.

  • KMFDM normally names their albums with five letters, words, or symbols, but dropped this convention for two albums; Hau Ruck and Tohuvabohu. Also, the remix album Brimborium, whose title has no relation to its parent album.
  • The Monkees released an album in 1967 titled Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.. While the zodiac names are the horoscope signs of the band members, Davy Jones was singled out because he and Michael Nesmith shared not only the same sign, but the same birthday (December 30).
  • The girls in Preschool Popstars are named Hailey, Bailey, and Jazz (although there's no way of telling who is whom).
  • Songdrops: In the song "The Name of My Frog", the singer's frog Mr. Jumpers's real name is Francis Felix Fenton Fabian Finley Farnsworth Falco Fallon Flannigan Fairfax Freddy McGrog Farley Fernando. McGrog is the only one of his names that doesn't begin with F.
  • Country Music trio Tompall and the Glaser Brothers: Jim, Chuck, and Tompall (which is actually just a shortening of his first and middle names, Thomas Paul).
  • Relient K during the dedication on their song "Bee Your Man":
    ''Thank you very much from John, Matt, Jon, Matt, and Da- Ethan.
  • The non-John members of They Might Be Giants currently consists of Danny, Dan, and... Marty.

  • In the Firefly game of Cool Kids Table, Todd's henchmen are named Ace and King, because he had to keep the theme going. The crew complains that if he really wanted the theme to stick then he should've called himself "Jack".
  • Belle from Pokemon: Adventures in the Millennium names all her Pokemon after historical figures, except for Klondike the Seel—she's named after the geographical region.

  • There's a poem about three characters named Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The first generation of the Vachon Wrestling Family that got started in the NWA consisted of Paul, Maurice, and Diane, under their respective ring names Butcher, Mad Dog, and Vivian. That being said, the guys were often Paul "Butcher" Vachon and Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, but never Diane "Vivian" Vachon. Considering the second generation were Pitbull, The Beast and Luna, "Vivian" was this to the entire family.
  • The Monroes Jet, Rocket and Sputnik were all well known for their era. Bubba, not so much.
  • The members of the Spirit Squad (a heel stable of male cheerleaders) were Johnny, Mikey, Nicky, Kenny, and Mitch.

    Tabletop Games 

  • In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Leaf's siblings are Marigold, Brook, Pinecone, Landscape, Raisin... and Paul.
  • The five main players in Altar Boyz are Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham.
  • In Annie, the seven named orphans are Annie, Molly, Pepper (not a common real name, but a real name nonetheless), Duffy (again, a rare name, but a real one - it's Irish), Tessie, Kate... and July. The 1982 film's novelization explains that her birth name was probably Julie, but her uneducated parents misspelled it in their note when they left her on the orphanage steps as a baby.
  • Happens in the musical Chicago during the "Cell Block Tango" number. Mona tells of her ex-boyfriend, Al Lipschitz, who would try to find himself and on the way "found" Ruth, Gladys, Rosemary and Irving. Also amongst the murderesses, there is Velma, Roxie, Mona, Liz, June, Annie, and Hunyak. Hunyak is the only one who is truly innocent and the only one we see get hanged. In this case, it's a bit justified - the character is Hungarian and the fact that she is foreign and unable to speak English is why she's in jail to begin with.
  • The Merchant of Venice: The Dramatis Personae in some editions lists "companions to Antonio and Bassanio": Salarino, Solanio, Salerio, and Gratiano. The latter one ends up being important.
  • In The Merry Widow, there is a sextet of chorus girls called Lolo, Dodo, Jou-Jou, Frou-Frou, Clo-Clo and Margot.
  • Larry Shue's farce The Nerd features characters named Willum, Tansy, Axel, Warnock, Clelia and Thor. The title character’s name? Rick. This is subverted in The RevealRick is actually an actor named Kemp Hall.
  • In William Shakespeare's Othello, Iago is the only one without an Italian name. His name is Spanish; this makes it a prophetic name, as in early seventeenth-century England, Spanish people were considered Always Chaotic Evil (thanks to the Anglo-Spanish rivalry at sea and the not-untraumatizing experience of the Spanish Armada).
    • Not only that- 'Iago' is the Spanish version of Jacob, otherwise known as James. And what was one of Saint James's titles? The Moor Killer.
    • The Hebrew meaning of Jacob is "the supplanter," which also fits Iago — or at least what he wants to be — pretty well.
  • In Neil Simon's Rumors, the four male leads are Ken, Len (short for Leonard), Glenn, and... Ernie.
  • The 1912 adaptation of Snow White was the first to name the seven dwarfs; they were Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick, and Quee. The latter was also the youngest (at about 99).

  • In the Bratz toy line, the witchy cousins "Bratzillazs" are named Yazmina, Cloetta, Megana, Sashabella, and Jade.
  • Transformers: Generation 1: The Dinobots all have aggressive names. Grimlock, Snarl, Slag/Slug, Sludge, and Swoop are the base five, but other stories have added new members named Grimmaster, Skar, Strafe, Slash, and Paddles.

    Video Games 
  • Every single case in the Ace Attorney series has the word "Turnabout" somewhere in the title... except for case 5 of the first game's remake, "Rise from the Ashes".
  • In Annalynn, the main character is pursued by four snakes that are expies of the ghosts from Pac-Man. Their names are Randy, Handy, Candy, and Mike.
  • The different playable characters in The Binding of Isaac are all named after biblical figures, except for four of the secret characters: ???, The Lost, The Keeper, and The Forgotten. This is most likely because the other characters are Isaac pretending to be different Biblical characters, while the secret characters are Isaac's body and soul after his suicide.
  • If you consider it part of the series due to being made by the same company with the same director and having very similar gameplay elements, then Bloodborne is this to the "Souls" series of Demon's Souls, Dark Souls and Dark Souls II.
  • Two odd names in the six levels of Bug!- Insectia, Reptilia, Splot, Quaria, Burrubs, and Arachnia.
  • Cube Colossus: A.M.U-01 Azrael, for the Biblical Angel of Death, instead of something out of Norse Mythology like the other A.M.Us, Heimdall, Valkyrie, Odin, and Loki.
  • The main protagonists in Daikatana are Hiro, Mikiko, and Superfly.
  • Diablo III introduced the Angiris Council, consisting of Tyrael, Auriel, Malthael, Itherael, and... Imperius. This doubles as a Meaningful Name, since Imperius is a Holier Than Thou Blood Knight compared to his fellow angels.
  • Digital Devil Saga has a playable cast filled with meaningful and punny names. There's Serph (Surf, as in water, which is related to ice), Heat (fire), Argilla (means "clay"), Gale (wind), Cielo (means "sky")...and then there's Roland, whose name has absolutely nothing to do with lightning. Also a pretty outstanding case of Aerith and Bob. It makes slightly more sense when you remember that everyone in the playable cast except Roland are A.I.s, but then you find out the A.I.s are based on real people that actually had those names when they were alive, making it weirder. Even in this case, Gale's real self is called David Gale, an actual real-life name. In the novel Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner this trope is subverted: Serph's real self is Shin Minase (Japanese), Heat is Kazuki Homura (German), Argilla's real self is Annabella di Fiori (Italian), Cielo's real self is Cielo Alondra (from Latin America). All of them are real-life names like Roland, even if they are still loosely tied to elements: Minase means "Ageless Water" in Japanese, Fiori (Italian for "flowers") relates to earth, and Cielo means "Sky" in both Italian and Spanish. The Odd Name Out in this case is Kazuki Homura, which would be a German name if it wasn't written in Kanji (a rarity for German names), and which contains the Japanese word for "Flame".
  • In the Dusty Dunes Desert area of EarthBound (1994), three men in sombreros who are arranged like the reels of a slot machine introduce themselves as big brother Pancho, little brother Pincho, and their friend Tomas Jefferson. They return in the final area of Mother 3.
  • Endless Sky: One of the bounty missions has you hunting the "Rat Pack", a fleet of Space Pirates whose ships bear the names various vermin: Rat, Ferret, Stoat, Vixen, Weasel, and Cluny as their flagship, named like that for some unknown reason.
  • The Brownie Kings from Eternal Daughter: Mixie, Moxy, Pixie, Poxy, and Randolph.
  • In Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream (Eternal Sonata), if the subtitle didn't tip you off that he's the main character, his name would. It's the only one that has nothing literally to do with music (compare it to other names: Polka, Jazz/Jitterbug, Allegretto, Viola, Beat, etc.).
  • In the Final Fantasy series:
    • In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, there is a band (no, not that Band) of five Eblanese ninja, enough to form a full party in that game. Of these ninja, the first four are named Tsukinowa, Izayoi, Zangetsu, and Gekkou, Japanese terms for phases of the moon. The last is named Edge — Edge, being one of the heroes from the previous game and their king and master. And his real name is "Edward Geraldine."
    • Mainline Final Fantasy protagonists from Final Fantasy VII onwards are: Cloud, Squall, Zidane, Tidus ("Sun", from Okinawan tida), Vaan ("Wind", from French vent), Lightning, Noctis ("Night", from Latin nox) and Clive. Zidane and Clive (incidentally the only two not designed by Tetsuya Nomura) have names unrelated to the sky and atmospheric phenomena.
    • The nations of Valisthea in Final Fantasy XVI are Rosaria, Sanbreque, Waloed, Dhalmek and... Iron Kingdom. Justified, as the Iron Kingdom shares its Mothercrystal with Rosaria and doesn't have a Dominant, unlike the other four.
  • In Finding Martin Martin's house has penguin lawn ornaments named Huey, Dewey, Louie, Stewie and Chuck.
  • In the Fire Emblem series:
    • In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Ogma's three axemen are named Saji, Maji, and Barts in the Japanese version and Cord, Bord and Barst in the American version. This is expounded upon in the ending; the two similarly named ones become woodcuters, while the one that sticks out stays with the army.
    • In the Fire Emblem Fates DLC chapter "Anna on the Run", the enemies are a group of identical-looking bandits named Lloyd, Llewelyn, Llars, Llucas, Llincoln, Llogan, Lleland, Llamar, Llouis, Llyle, Lliam, Lluther, Llester, and... Tom.
    • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the title for part 2 depends on which house you choose at the start of the game. The Odd Name Out is Crimson Flower, for being the only one that fits the theme naming: the route names come from motifs in Japanese traditional art that represent seasons and colors. The Wind is associated with summer and green (Byleth and Rhea, Sothis, Seteth and Flayn), the Flowers are associated with spring and red (Edelgard), the Snow is associated with winter and blue (Dimitri) and the Moon is associated with fall and gold (Claude), but Dimitri's route is "Azure Moon", Claude's route is "Verdant Wind" and Byleth's route AKA the Church route is "Silver Snow", leaving only Edelgard to have the route associated with her color and motif.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 2 has the redesigned animatronics: Toy Freddy, Toy Bonnie, Toy Chica, and... The Mangle, who, according to Five Nights at Freddy's World, was named Funtime Foxy before they were broken and turned into an attraction.
  • In Flight Rising, the first ten elemental deities have a [element-related word]+[title] naming pattern: Earthshaker, Flamecaller, Windsinger, Tidelord, Icewarden, Stormcatcher, Lightweaver, Shadowbinder, Gladekeeper, and Plaguebringer. Meanwhile, the Arcane deity (who is also the youngest of the setting's gods) is simply called the Arcanist.
  • Friday Night Funkin':
    • The demonic Knight Templar Parents antagonizing you are known as Daddy Dearest and Mommy Mearest. Then there's their daughter... Girlfriend, which isn't alliterative, rhyming, or designates her position in the family, and better fits with the naming scheme of her boyfriend, "Boyfriend". Fittingly, she's also the only one not shown to do anything evil.
    • Of the characters included up to Week 7, everyone either goes by a nickname (Skid and Pump, Tankman) or some kind of identifier (Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Daddy Dearest, Mommy Mearest, Senpai, Monster, and Spirit). This leaves out Pico, the only character going by a real name. Counting planned characters, Hank J. Wimbleton is the only character that has a known full name.
  • Gatling Gears has all the bosses' names start with a "The", except for one. The Vanguard, The Gardener, The Excavator, Shockstorm, The Bouncer, and The Butler.
  • In Grand Theft Auto Online, one of Gerald's jobs is to track down and kill a set of Ballas OGs. From first to last, the names of your targets are Big T, Little T, Small F and Terrance.
  • The mobile game Hopeless Heroes has a Theme Naming with the various Goops, having their names end with -oop (so we have stuff like Boop, Toop, Stoop, Zoop, etc). One of them however is simply named Daniel.
  • Hyper Light Drifter: Most bosses are named after tarot cards. The bosses of the eastern, northern, and western sectors are the Hermit, the Hierophant, and the Hanged Man, respectively, and the final boss is Judgment. The boss(es) of the southern sector? The Sentients.
  • The Handsome Men from Killer7, in true Sentai tradition, are all named after the colors they wear (Handsome Red, Handsome Blue, Handsome White Pearl, etc.,) except for Handsome Dead (who's dark red and yellow.)
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • All Nobodies have names that are anagrams of their human names with "X" added, which in most cases makes them outlandish-sounding (that is if their human names are not already). All except Naminé, whose name not only is not an anagram of her human's name (Kairi) and does not have an X, it is a perfectly normal real life name. Although while it's not an anagram, it is thematically related to Kairi; kai and nami are Japanese for "sea" and "wave", respectively.
    • While Xion has an X in her name, the other letters are not anagram of her human name. In fact, she doesn't even have a human form, being a replica of a Nobody, which makes her an outcast within the Organization XIII whose members are otherwise all Nobodies. That doesn't stop her name from having a truckload of meanings, including tide (shio in Japanese), Tatarinow's aster (shion in Japanese), and the anagrams for No. i (imaginary number) and No I (no one).
  • One quest in Kingdom of Loathing involves finding items for four demonic band members: Bognort, Stinkface, Flargwurm and Jim.
  • League of Legends:
  • The Legend Of Spyro: Three of the four guardians have names directly referencing their associated element — Ignitus is the fire guardian, Volteer is the electricity guardian, and Terrador is the earth guardian. The exception is Cyril the ice guardian, whose name is derived from the Greek word for "masterful" rather than anything ice-related.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • The Maid of Fairewell Heights: Jinn and Lords Whitepeach and Blackberry are the demon world's Cat Pile BROTHERS!! But, Jinn isn't named after a food like Lords Whitepeach and Blackberry.
  • Makai Kingdom: Dark Lord Valvoga consists of three beings: Ophelia, Dryzen, and Mickey. It does not help that Mickey is decidedly camp and constantly bullied by the other two despite technically being in control.
  • Mega Man:
    • Most of the Mavericks in the Mega Man X series use Animal Theme Naming in the form of "(Element) (Animal)". The few that buck this trend are named after fungi, flowers, and vegetables: Split Mushroom (from Mega Man X4), Axle the Red (a.k.a. Spike Rosered, X5; more on that below), Tornado Tonion (X7), and Optic Sunflower (X8).
    • This started all the way back in the original Mega Man X game, where there's, among other animals, an octopus, a penguin, an armadillo, and... er, a kuwanger. Boomer Kuwanger (known as Boomerang Kuwanger in Japanese) is technically a stag beetle, but for some reason he retained most of his strange Japanese name in English translations (the other mavericks have similar names in Japanese, like Icy Penguigo, Storm Eagleed and Launcher Octopuld.)
    • Mega Man X6 is also the only game where the Mavericks retain their exact Japanese names (regardless of how little sense it makes to Western ears, like Infinity Mijinion), while Mega Man X5 breaks the naming tradition altogether and names the Mavericks after members of Guns N' Roses (leading to names like Mattrex, Duff McWhalen, and Grizzly Slash.)
    • X5 has an odd name out within the odd names out: The Skiver is the only one not named after a Guns N' Roses member. Still not fitting the "ability + species" theme naming of the other games, but still referencing his sky theme.
    • Things went back to normal with the New Generation Reploids in X8, with the exception of Gravity Antonion.
    • After the player takes care of the first wave of four bosses in Mega Man Zero 2, they're free to take on the second wave, consisting of the three surviving Guardians — Sage Harpuia, Fairy Leviathan, and Fighting Fefnir — and Burble Hekelot, a normal Mutos Reploid standing in for his boss, the deceased fourth Guardian Hidden Phantom.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy:
    • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes: The Dark World counterparts of Temple Grounds, Agon Wastes, Torvus Bog, and Sanctuary Fortress are respectively Sky Temple Grounds, Dark Agon Wastes, Dark Torvus Bog, and Ing Hive. The last one has its name because it's where the Ing proliferate the most.
    • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: The main planets visited are Norion, Bryyo, Elysia, and Pirate Homeworld. The last one is the only planet without a fully confirmed name (averted in the Japanese version of the game, where it's called Urtraghus; the only hint suggesting this name in the Western versions is the name of an enemy, Urtragian Shriekbat).
  • Mighty No. 9: The Mighty Number team consist of Pyrogen, Cryosphere, Dynatron, Seismic, Battalion, Aviator, Brandish, Countershade, and... Beck. According to the backstory, this is because the Mighty Numbers' creator, Dr. White, designed Mighty No. 9 as a Ridiculously Human Robot, and gave him a human name to reflect this.
  • Mortal Kombat did this once per game, with three palette-swap ninjas:
    • The original male ninjas: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and secret character Reptile. Smoke continues the S-theme, but Noob Saibot doesn't really.
    • The female ninjas: Kitana, Mileena, and secret character Jade.
    • And the cyber-ninjas in the third game do it twice: Cyrax, Sektor, and Smoke. Note that Cyrax is one of the few times you see the letter C in Mortal Kombat (granted it's a soft C which is usually left alone), so of course in the Ultimate reboot, he has a Heel–Face Turn. Also note that Smoke is monosyllabic, a throwback to the original smoke, and non-science-fictiony. Also, he actually helps Sub-Zero; too bad he gets thrown in the Heel–Face Revolving Door and ultimately teams up with Noob Saibot.
  • Mother: The protagonists of the first two games in the trilogy are named Ninten, after the company that published the game, and Ness, an anagram for SNES. Lucas is instead named after one of a pair of twins from the novel The Notebook, which fits with his general dissimilarity to the two and the fact that his game is the only one that doesn't take place in America/Eagleland.
  • Oh Shit!: The ghosts are named Joey, Paul, Willy, and Frankie. Paul is the only one whose name doesn't end in an "-ie"-like sound.
  • Despite the Onimusha series taking place in Japan for the most part, the majority of Genma don't have Japanese names, at all. Some of them are named after characters in Hamlet, such as Fortinbras, Guildenstein, and Marcellus. The second game introduced Genma with peculiar names, like Ginghamphatts, Jujudormah, and Gogandantess. The only Genma in the series with Japanese names were originally human to begin with and are of Japanese descent. One such character is Oda Nobunaga.
  • Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, the ghosts from Pac-Man. Ms. Pac-Man replaced Clyde with Sue and Jr. Pac-Man replaced him with Tim. According to The Other Wiki, in the original Japanese version, one set of names for them (see here) was Akabei (or "赤ベイ", with 赤 meaning "red"), Pinky, Aosuke (or "青助", with 青 meaning "blue"), and Guzuta (or "愚図た", with 愚図 meaning "indecisive person" or "someone who lags behind"). Guzuta is the only one that doesn't refer to a color.
  • Belladonna is the only properly named character from the Persona series to be related to the Velvet Room and not have a name that somehow ties into Frankenstein. The remainder are Igor, Nameless, Elizabeth, Margaret (this one's pretty obscure — she's the ship captain's sister in the novel), Theodore (most likely for Theodore Roszak, author of The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein), Caroline and Justine (as well as Lavenza, who has Elizabeth's surname).
  • Pokémon:
    • Eevee is the only member of its family not to have "eon" in its name. Similarly, Tyrogue is the only one of its family to not have "Hitmon" in its name.
    • Among characters, the Seven Sages of Team Plasma have names based on colors... except Ghetsis, who is named after a musical chord (the dissonant G-C# tritone). And he's the Treacherous Advisor. Also, up until the fifth generation, the Big Bads all had more realistic names.
    • The Canon Names to most protagonists are mostly average names, but Red from Pokémon Red and Blue and his Distaff Counterpart Leaf are the exceptions. Red technically is an actual name, though it's quite rare, especially in Japan.
    • Type: Null is the only Pokémon to not even have a real name.
  • In Puyo Puyo Tetris, O is technically the only member of the S.S. Tetra not to recieve a Dub Name Change, making him the only crew member whose name is still one letter.
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows has three episodes- Bravo Sector, Tango Sector and Outer Regions.
  • The Generic Dudes Gang of Hats from River City Ransom is a group of thugs with rhyming names (Gary, Cary, Terry, Jerry, etc.) Their leader's name? Ralph.
  • Until Silent Hill: 0rigins came out, James was, either accidentally or on purpose, the Odd Man Out of the protagonists whose names otherwise began with H. (Harry, Heather, and Henry.)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Most Funny Animal characters have such as "Cream", "Sonic", "Silver", "Knuckles", and "Blaze". The obvious odd one out of the Classic characters is Amy Rose, who has a perfectly 'normal' sounding name. Typically only human characters have names like hers (for example, Maria Robotnik). Amy is also one of the few Funny Animal characters with a surname. Tails also counts, as his real name is the punny but otherwise mundane, "Miles Prower".
  • The Spyro the Dragon Game Boy Advance trilogy is made up of games titled Season of Ice, Season of Flame, and Attack of the Rhynocs. Supposedly, Attack of the Rhynocs was originally going to continue the trend by being titled Season of Wind.
  • In Stacking, the main character Charlie Blackmore is the only member of his family whose name doesn't start with the letter A.
  • Story of Seasons:
    • Harvest Moon: Back to Nature features a trio of housewives who enjoy gossip named Anna, Manna, and Sasha.
    • Back To Nature features a family of Lillia, Basil, Popuri... and Rick. Rick's name is the odd-one out because he originally was unrelated to Popuri. In Harvest Moon 64 he was the cousin to Gray and Ann (thus the red hair they all share). Popuri and her parents were originally florists, not chicken farmers, thus the plant-based theme of their names.
  • The Dolls from Street Fighter are named after the months of the year... except Cammy. Justified since Cammy no longer works for Bison. Furthermore, all the twelve months' names had already been used.
  • The strategists of the Suikoden series have always been from the Silverberg family (Shu and Apple, at least, are students of Mathiu), but the fifth game gives you Lucretia Merces, a hot Karayan expy of Zhuge Liang, who has no relation to the Silverbergs in any way. The other side's strategists have nothing to do with the family either.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Bros. 3 has the Koopalings, named after famous musicians (Morton, Wendy, Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig). The exception is Larry, who (contrary to popular belief) wasn't named for anyone in particular, but was called that because, according to Word of God, he "just looked like a Larry".
    • Mario Party 5: All boards end with "Dream" in their names, except for Bowser Nightmare. It's justified, because the standard boards are meant to represent healthy, beautiful dreams while Bowser's Nightmare represents fearful ones.
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a trio in Glitzville consisting of a Hammer Bro, Boomerang Bro, and Fire Bro who are respectively named Hamma, Bamma, and Flare.
  • Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier has group of antagonists call Orchestral Army. Their members have German name based on "The Bremen Town Musicians" (Henne - Hen, Ezel - Donkey and Katze - Cat), then we have a Cute Witch call Kyon. Kyon is Greek for Dog (though it's still odd name out for not being German).
  • Ogre Battle:
    • Tactics Ogre has the Foriner sisters: Selye, Shelley, Sisteena, and...Olivia.
    • The series is named after songs by Queen (whom Yasumi Matsuno was a fan of): "Ogre Battle", "March of the Black Queen", "Let Us Cling Together" and "Person of Lordly Caliber". Except for one: "Knight of Lodis".
  • In Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Ty's family consists of Bri, Di, Ty, Sly, and Betty.
  • In Undertale, the hidden Temmie village is home to Temmie, Temmie, Temmie, Temmie, Temmie, Temmie, and Bob.
  • Utawarerumono: Most characters in the trilogy have either Japanese or Ainu-derived names. Then there's Jachdwalt, a distinctly German name. While he is from a different country, his country is not suggested to have a different language or naming tradition, and other characters from his country don't have German names either. This discrepancy is never explained nor even commented on.
  • In Warframe, Ambulas is the only one of the Corpus Mecha-Mooks to not use Animal Theme Naming.
  • Xenosaga: The ES mechs are all named after Jacob's children from the Book of Genesis - except that there is no mech named Benjamin, as he is for some reason replaced by Joshua.
  • Zone of the Enders: Most of the important characters' Humongous Mecha are named after Egyptian deities, except for Vic Viper, which is the only one not powered by the Unobtainium known as Metatron.
  • In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, most characters have unrealistic names that mean something in Tolkien's conlangs or are Translation Convention for Westron and/or Rohirric. And then there's the protagonist Talion, whose name is Latin for "eye-for-an-eye" note . And the "Blade of Galadriel" DLC takes this up a notch with the Nazgul sisters Riya and Yuka, whose names are actually JAPANESE note .
  • Chrono Cross: Most people in the Arni village have common Western names such as Serge, Marge, Leena, Miguel. Then there's Serge's father Wazuki AKA Lynx who has a (rare but still realistic) Japanese name, WRITTEN IN KATAKANA. Radius downplays the trope: his name isn't properly realistic in the West, but is Latin, not Japanese.
  • Dragon Quest III has the Fire families of spells. Sure, Fireball / Firebane / Firebolt and Blaze / Blazemore / Blazemost follow a pattern, but Bang / Boom / Explodet? Its name was changed in the remakes to fit with the rest of spell names.
  • Yandere Simulator: Most of the club leaders have Punny Names relating to their club (e.g. Occult Club leader Oka Ruto= Japanese Ranguage for "occult"). The exceptions are Amai Odayaka, Kizana Sunobu (both of whom are among Yandere-chan's rivals), and Fureddo Jonezu (Fred Jones, as the Photography Club are expies of Mystery, Inc).

    Visual Novels 
  • Fitting in with the Ambiguously Christian nature of the setting, almost every character in Bad Faith has a name that has some amount of significance in Judaism or Christianity... every character except Cerise. There doesn't seem to be any particular meaning to this break of the trend, althought it might be a morbidly playful bit of Foreshadowing— "Cerise" is a shade of red, and she earns an exceptionally violent demise.
  • Danganronpa: In the three main games, there is always a student that doesn't have a traditional Japanese first name, with these being Leon Kuwata, Sonia Nevermind and Angie Yonaga. Sonia is explicitly stated to be a foreign exchange student from the Kingdom of Novoselic in Europe while Angie is implied to be Indonesian, but Leon on the other hand is Japanese.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! has Natsuki, Sayori, Yuri, and Monika—the last isn't Japanese in origin and doesn't end with the letter I. While the other three have a route in the game, Monika doesn't. Until she hijacks the game to give herself one. Additionally, it's revealed in Plus that her name actually stands in for Monitor Kernel Access.
    • In some of the promotional material for Plus, the player character is given the name "Ive". This gives him an even odder name than Monika, as it's monosyllabic, has a different "I" sound compared to the girls, and resembles a pronoun contraction. All indicating he's not supposed to naturally exist in the game.
  • In the Mystic Messenger, the five main characters' birth names are all typical Korean names: Yoosung, Jaehee, Hyun (although he prefers to be called Zen), Jumin... except for Luciel. Lampshaded in one chat where Jaehee and Yoosung agree that "Luciel" is a weird name to say.
  • At the start of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, the players in the Nonary Game decide to start referring to themselves by code names in case mastermind Zero is listening in on them and gathering personal information to use against them. They decide to base their code names off their bracelet numbers (i.e. an Ace in a deck of cards, Snake eyes, the 8 petals of a Lotus flower,) but some exceptions are Seven (who doesn't bother with a referential code name and just goes by the number directly), Junpei (who doesn't get a code name, because after June blabbed about his real name nobody else saw any point in it), the Ninth Man (who doesn't go along with the whole code name thing, and soon after breaks off from the group and gets himself killed), and Clover (who secretly used her real name as her code name).
  • In Overflow Universe:
    • Hanon Nijou is the only daughter of Wakaba whose name doesn't contain kanji for number, instead relying on the "non/none" part for a reference to number zero.
    • Inori Ashikaga is the only daughter of Shun Hazama whose name isn't related to number/time/world, instead meaning "to pray". Justified since she was abandoned by Natsuhi when she was still a baby.
    • Moeka Inou is the only daughter of Moegi to not be named after dance of music, instead named after her mother.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Homestar Runner Show Within a Show Cheat Commandos, everybody has a cool commando name, for instance, Crackotage, Gunhaver, Fightgar, and Silent Rip... and then there's Firebert and Reynold. (Reynold later undergoes a Face–Heel Turn and renames himself "Scrawnjob". Also, there's Mr. Bland, Senor, and... The Robot (the only one who doesn't have a variation of "Mister" in his name, in case you didn't notice).
    • The members of the death metal band Taranchula are Dave Bjornborg, Dave Olafstenston, and Schenkel McDoo. Highlighted in their music video, where the two Daves look like typical Scandinavian death metal rockers while Schenkel McDoo has a Porn Stache and a pink polo shirt.
    • Then there's also the quote above, mentioning characters named Mandy, Brandy, Andy, and Scurge.
  • Mystery Skulls Animated: The Pepper family siblings are named Belle, Cayenne, Paprika, and Lewis — Fittingly, he was adopted. Among the sisters themselves, however, Paprika is the only one named after a spice, ableit one made from peppers, rather than a plant.
  • Object Connects had an Edible Theme Naming with their teams which follows the naming convention of "The [Adjective ending with "-y"] [Fruit]" such as "The Sleepy Strawberries" and "The Smarty Blueberries". The Reversal Tomatoes sticks out like a sore thumb as not only does it not have a "-y" ending adjective but tomatoes aren't a conventional fruit since most associate it with vegetables.
  • RWBY:
    • All characters are given names that are colour-based, or associated with colours. The Colourful Theme Naming was confirmed by the late Monty Oum long before the in-universe reason was revealed. Eighty years ago a terrible world war ended that had, among other things, tried to destroy artistic merit, individuality and diversity. To remember that, and make sure it never happened again, people all over Remnant have named themselves and their children after colour themes. The exceptions to this rule are Ozpin and Salem, two beings that have a very unique and mysterious past, both with each other and within Remnant itself. From the audience's perspective, Ozpin brings to mind The Wizard of Oz and Salem is a reference to the Salem witch trials, for a "good wizard/evil witch" dynamic. Neither reference exists in-universe.
    • The episode titles of Volume 8 are all One Word Titles, except for the season finale, "The Final Word". The last line spoken audibly in the episode is Cinder declaring "And that's checkmate", implying that the hidden true title of the episode is "Checkmate".

  • In Achewood, Iolwerth is giving an introduction to his family which has traveled through time in order to attend Molly's wedding. After a lengthy list of 16th century English names, he lands on Taffy, who has a mental disorder and is capable of pwning in video games upon initial exposure.
  • In Band vs. Band, the Candy Hearts are Honey, Coco, Cherry, and Zero.
  • The webcomic First Contact features six teens, with biblical names like Uriel, Sisera, Adam, Lucas, Isaiah... and then Morgan was introduced. A commenter lampshades it:
    The first one with a non-biblical name. wow.
  • Girl Genius has Ferretina the Weasel Queen's giant anthropomorphic rabbit goons, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Nietzsche.
  • Homestuck:
    • Homestuck has four kids, whose online handles can be shortened to TT (tentacleTherapist), TG (turntechGodhead), GG (gardenGnostic), and... EB (ectoBiologist), which belongs to John, our original protagonist. This discrepancy is actually a Chekhov's Gun; a group of internet/real trolls had forced him to change his handle from ghostyTrickster.
    • Roxy Lalonde is the only kid with more than one syllable in their first name.
    • Nepeta's Sburb planet, Land of Little Cubes and Tea, is the only planet with an extra word in its name (this was done so that the initials would spell out "LOLCAT"). Similarly, most Sburb planets have "Land of" names where the first noun is one syllable, but aside from Nepeta's planet, Roxy's planet is called Land of Pyramids and Neon, where the first noun is three syllables. and when Caliborn completes the tasks required for a Dead Session, his planet's name is revealed to be "Land of Colours and Mayhem", again breaking the one-syllable rule for the first noun.
    • Carapace names change all the time, but retain the same initials: WV has Wizardly Vassal, Wayward Vagabond, and Warweary Villein. Jack Noir instead becomes Spades Slick, Scurrilous Straggler, Sovereign Slayer, and Bec Noir. The Black Queen became Snowman as well.
    • uranianUmbra (UU) and undyingUmbrage (uu) are the only chathandles that don't correspond to a pair of DNA proteins. Instead they represent uracil, which replaces thymine in RNA. The latter also is also the only handle that isn't in caps.
    • Problem Sleuth has the four poker-playing elves: Ropo, Zobo, Foko, and Blod.
  • The characters from the eponymous video game in Kid Radd are named after slightly mangled pieces of Eighties slang - Radd, Gnarl, and Bogey (from 'bogus', not the British for 'booger'). The only one who isn't is Radd's 'girlfriend', Sheena, who's not only invincible, but who ends up merging with a version of herself from the sequel to her game, and becoming the most versatile fighter in the comic.
  • All of the Grand Masters in L's Empire have titles that they got from their abilities... except Stonemaster. It still fits his powers though.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: The Commander and his siblings/batch-mates are Ace, Jet, Cat... and Rock Lobster. Granted, their "real" names are D37-9E-A53, D37-9E-J37, D37-9E-C47 and D37-9E-B52, which match a whole lot better, but among the used names, Rock Lobster sticks out.
  • Played With in No Rest for the Wicked: November is the daughter of King January, and has older sisters named August and September. The queen is named Avril, which follows the Temporal Theme Naming in another language. (They're also missing an October, though Word of God says that's because there's a two-year difference between September and November's ages.)
  • In Pebble and Wren, the main family involves Wren, Phil, and Donald (who has two syllables).
  • In The Petri Dish, the cyborgs are named Irene, iBall, and Bob, whose name doesn't start with I and has one syllable.
  • The three brothers from Plume are Azeel, Aricon and Corrick. Guess who ends up magical and immortal.
  • The main cast of Roommates is James, Jareth, Javert, and Erik.
  • Sleepless Domain: The five girls of Team Alchemical are all named after their respective Elemental Powers, but they differ in how these play into their names. Sally, Undine, Sylvia and Gwen derive their names from the mythological Alchemic Elementals — the Salamander, Undine, Sylph, and Gnome. As there is no elemental associated with a fifth element, however, their fifth member is named Tessa Quinn, a play on the word "quintessence".
  • Tower of God has Baylord Yama, Baylord Doom, and Baylord... Paul. Evidently, the family ran out of their supply of badass names.
  • Tripping Over You: Nora's children are Milo, Molly, Mina, and Sylvia. The latter is also her first child since her divorce, though the theme isn't acknowledged in-universe.

    Web Original 
  • From Killerbunnies, we have Same-Sex Triplets Fern, Flori, and Tommie Evans and the Junkard sisters Henrietta, Hattie, and Munchie.
  • In Fairies of Notting Cove, all the forest fairies have Irish names, except for The Cook, who is Only Known By Their Nick Name. Saga is also an Odd Name Out, justified since she's a foreigner.
  • Sailor Nothing, of course, uses it twice: the Fashion Club (Ami, Emi, Umi, and Aki) and the Dark Generals (Argon, Neon, Xenon, Radon, and Cobalt).
  • There was an email that did the rounds a while ago which purported to be a memo from Osama bin Laden to his underlings. In it, he called for Al-Qaeda members to be vigilant of Western infiltrators, and he assigned a patrol group consisting of Muhammad, Akbar, Abdul and Dave.
  • Fey's three fairies from the Whateley Universe are Trixie, Dixie, and Brunhilda.
  • Every character in Behind Closed Doors, no matter how insignificant, follows Musical Theme Naming. The exception is Jessica O'Flannigan, who is also the only Muggle in a cast full of Magic Music users.

    Web Videos 
  • In Sanders Sides, the personified forms of parts of Thomas usually carry a name ending on an -on or -an: Roman, Patton, Logan. The last one was eventually revealed to be named Virgil. This was lampshaded in canon.
  • In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "The New House!", Brooklyn T. Guy is revealed to be part of the Guy family, and has brothers with first names such as This, What, The, A, Chicago, Manhattan, San Fransisco, Miami, and Frank (just Frank).
  • In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Kakyoin gives cherry-themed names for the group: Jotaro becomes Sakuranbotaro, Joestar (Joseph's last name) becomes Sakuranbostar, and Kakyoin becomes Cherryin. Avdol's name still stays the same.

    Western Animation 
  • In 3-2-1 Penguins!, the eponymous penguins have the names Zidgel, Fidgel, Midgel, and Kevin.
  • In the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode, "The Five Faces of Ickis", a Huckster creates a potion for Ickis that makes him create five clones of him to help him with his five-scare assignment the Gromble gave him. The Huckster names the five clones Trickis, Tickis, Thickis, Chickis, and Gummo.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears presents an interesting case of this trope, in that all but one of the Gummi Bears' names are meaningful. Sunni is the Cheerful Child (with yellow fur), Cubbi the Tagalong Kid and youngest in the group, Tummi the Big Eater, Grammi the Apron Matron, Gruffi is a Grumpy Bear (albeit with a heart of gold), and Gusto is Hot-Blooded. That leaves Zummi, the only one without a meaningful name. It may have something to do with his spoonerism tendencies, or to emphasize his "wizard-like" nature given that a lot of sound effect depictions have the letter Z, like "Zap" or "Kazaam".
  • Everyone in Almost Naked Animals is A Dog Named "Dog". Except for Howie, who is a dog.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Gumball's parents are named Richard and Nicole. His ascended pet/brother is named Darwin, and his sister is named Anais. And yet Gumball is the odd name out. note 
    • The Fitzgeralds' names: Penny, Polly, Patrick... and Judith.
  • Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (the latter being the Warner Sister) from Animaniacs, who get double credit for this trope as the actors that voice them are all similar, with two rhyming names and a third odd name: Tress, Jess, and Rob.
  • In Arthur, the "Tough Customers" consist of Rattles, Slink, Binky, and Molly.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra:
    • Out of all living people in the Fire Nation Royal Family, Zuko is the only one whose name doesn't start with a vowel. His sister is named Azula, his parents are Ozai and Ursa, and his uncle is named Iroh. This also applies to his Spin-Offspring as his daughter is named Izumi and his grandson Iroh. He has a granddaughter too, but her name has never been revealed.
    • There are a handful or so of characters whose names stand out for being Western in origin. Zuko and Azula’s mom is named Ursa, which is Latin for “bear”. Katara is derived from "cataracta", Latin for "waterfall". The gang helps a woman deliver a baby named Hope. In two instances of floral names, Toph’s mom is named Poppy and there’s a hippy woman named Lily. In Korra the only character with a Western name is Toph’s granddaughter Opal.
    • Most of the direct heirs of the Fire Nation Royal Family have a strong "Z" sound in their names somewhere: Sozin, Azulon, Ozai, Zuko, Azula, and Izumi. The only exceptions are the Irohs and Iroh I's son, Lu Ten.
    • Tenzin is the only one of Aang and Katara's children to not be named after another character in the series, he's instead named for the Dalai Lama. Bumi is named after Aang's friend and Kya after Katara's mother.
    • Of the original Team Avatar’s six children, Kya's the only one whose name doesn’t rhyme with another. Izumi and Bumi rhyme as do Tenzin, Lin, and Suyin.
  • Big City Greens:
    • The members of Nancy Green's old biker gang are named Skids, Leadfood, Lord Chrome, and Dan.
    • Nancy herself is the only nuclear Green member without a short i sound in her name (Cricket, Tilly, Bill, Alice).
    • Likewise, Cricket himself is the only member of his main friendship circle without a long e sound in his name (Tilly, Remy, Benny, Kiki, Weezie).
    • The four biggest farm animals of the Green house are named Miss Brenda, Melissa, Marjorie, and...Herbert.
  • In Birdz, Sleepy Bat is the only character with a "cartoony" name instead of a more normal one. Lead character Eddie and his family could also qualify, since their last name is Storkowitz instead of the Species Surname that everyone else has.
  • In the Blaze and the Monster Machines episode "T-Rex Trouble", the three baby tyrannosauruses that Blaze and Zeg befriend are named Stompy, Chompy and Squeak.
  • An episode of the Disney series Bonkers had the eponymous character being followed by agents Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Ringo.
  • The Ghostly Trio of Casper the Friendly Ghost: Fatso, Fusso, and Lazo (only one without an F), who become Fatso (only one without an S), Stretch (only one with one syllable instead of two), and Stinkie in The Movie.
  • In the CatDog episode "Back to School", we are introduced to Cliff's nephew Biff, Shriek's niece Squeak, and Lube's nephew Bartholomew, whose name obviously doesn't rhyme with his uncle's.
  • Cleo & Cuquin: Out of the six siblings, Cleo is the only one with a regular common name, which stands out from the others (Cuquin, Maripi, Pelusin, Teté, Colitas).
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has the Five-Man Band of Abby, Wally, Kuki, Hoagie... and Nigel. Additionally, along with Nigel's name not ending with an "-y" sound, Abby's name is the only one out of the five to have her name start with a vowel.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: One of the families consists (not counting Chrissie, who isn't in the immediate family) of Elaine, Elaina,... and Stan.
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: Klunk is the only one in the Vulture Squadron to have a name that doesn't end in Y. Dick Dastardly, Muttley and Zilly. Also, Dick is the only one of the four to be known by name and surname.
  • In Doc McStuffins, the McStuffins siblings are Dottie (or Doc), Donnie, and Maya (who was adopted later in the series).
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: In "Bing! Bang! Boom!", the twins want to name the three baby Thunderdrums 'Bing', 'Bang' and 'Lloyd'.
  • In Duck Dodgers the four quadrants of the galaxy are named as Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Steve.
  • Lena from DuckTales (2017) is the only member of the Sabrewing family not named after a shade of purple (since she was adopted as a teenager).
  • In the Show Within a Show "The Squishy Bears" in Eek! The Cat, we have Cozy, Puffy, Wuzz-Wuzz and Pierre.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, the Anti-Fairies are all Evil Counterparts of the Fairies, with names like "Anti-Cosmo", "Anti-Wanda", etc. Poof's analogue, however, goes by Foop instead. Played for Laughs with the Yugopotamians:
    King Gripullon: Queen Jipjorrulac, you seem troubled.
    Queen Jipjorrulac: Yes, King Gripullon. Our son hasn't tortured the prisoners yet today.
    King Gripullon: Hmm. That's not like Mark.
  • Goliath from Gargoyles is (initially) the only member of the Manhattan Clan that's not named after a certain section of New York City. Gargoyles usually have No Need for Names, so the others took names in modern times; Goliath, however, was named by humans back in the Middle Ages. He's later joined by Angela, whose birth clan tended to use angelic names. However, Word of God confirms that their caregivers couldn't think of correct names for all thirty hatchlings, which is why there's also an Ophelia.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In the first episode, there's a group of gnomes named Jeff, Carson, Steve, Jason, and... Shmebulock.
    • The members of Sev'ral Timez are Greggy C, Creggy G, Leggy P, Chubby Z, and Deep Chris.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Frankie G.'s group consist of several people whose names end in an "-ie" or "-y" suffix and their last initial, and Chaz.
  • Infinity Train has the episode title variant. Almost every episode is called "The [Something] Car." The season one finale, however, is called "The Engine." While that's still the name of a car, season two diverges further with an episode called "The Wasteland."
  • An episode of Invader Zim shows Dib setting up a spy camera in Zim's kitchen and watching the feed from his room while his four recording devices, Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Stevie, are being repaired.
  • The Jetsons are named George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Beezy is the only member of the Heinous family not named Lucius.
  • In the 2010 animated series of The Jungle Book, the crocodile's five sons are Biter, Grabber, Chomper, Guzzleguts, and Colin.
  • The Possible family in Kim Possible has Kim, Jim, Tim, Slim, (great aunt) Mim, and Joss.
  • On King of the Hill, Bill goes back to his ancestral home and meets three beautiful women named Lily, Rose, and Violetta. All three come onto him, but Bill knows that one of them is his biological cousin while the others are his cousins' widows; he just doesn't know which is which. While all three follow Floral Theme Naming, it's Violetta, the one with the variant, to whom he's related.
    • Cotton's platoon from World War 2 seems to consist of men with 1 of 3 nicknames: Fatty, Stinky and Brooklyn... and then there's Irwin Linker and Topsy.
  • Let's Go Luna!: In "Not Home on the Range", the horses are named Trusty, True Blue, Mr. Dependable, and Screwball.
  • In Little Princess, the Princess's pets are named Scruff, Puss, and Horace. Horace is the only one with a proper name and the only one whose name has two syllables instead of one.
  • LoliRock has this with the names of the five girls who are heroes so far. We've got Auriana, Talia, Carrisa, Lyna, and their leader Iris - that name doesn't fit in because it doesn't end with an A.
  • The Loud House:
    • The ten daughters all have their names made of four letters (i.e. Lori, Leni, Luna). The one son, Lincoln, is the exception to the letter limit.
    • Their mom, Rita Loud is the only (human) member of the family whose name does not begin with the letter "L".
    • Lynn is also the only one of the kids with a one-syllable name, and Luan is the only one in the whole household whose name is emphasised on the second syllable.
    • From the dream Lincoln had where everyone had swapped genders, the boy versions of the sisters still follow the four-letter rule (Loki, Loni, Luke, etc.) but Lincoln's girl version, Linka, doesn't have four letters. Lynn's name is also the only one who hasn't changed, since "Lynn" is a unisex name.
    • In another dream Lincoln had, there is a larger version of the family where everyone's a rabbit. Their names are Betty (Lori), Beverly, Blair (Leni), Brenda, Barbara (Luna), Bodhi, Bebe (Luan), Bippa, Bailey (Lynn), Bella (Lucy), Bernadette (Lola), Beulah, Beatrice (Lisa), Blanche, Bethany, Brie, Bernice (who's superstitious), Bertha, Bianca, Brooke, Belinda, Birdie, Beth, Brandy, Bridget, and... Warren (Lincoln).
    • The Yates family consists of Bumper Sr. with his children Bumper Jr., Beatrix, Belle, and Beau, and his wife and their mother Jancey.
    • The McBride family consists of Howard, Harold, and their adopted son Clyde.
    • From the Show Within a Show Dream Boat, the cast consists of known love interests Bronson, Brock, Bram, Bryant, Blaine, and the heroine Karen.
  • All the characters in Maryoku Yummy have Gratuitous Japanese names (Ooka, Hadagi, etc.) except for Bob. This could be because he's a delivery man, and doesn't live in the same land as the main characters, though.
  • Most of the band members of Dethklok in Metalocalypse all have violent or fantastic names: William Murderface, Toki Wartooth, Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf... and then there's the drummer, Pickles.
  • Molly of Denali: Molly is the only one in her friendship group with Tooey and Trini whose name doesn't start with a T.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The six main character ponies named: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Twilight Sparkle. The last name is the only one with four syllables; the rest have only three syllables each.
    • Pinkie's name is unusual in that it's explicitly a nickname. Her full name is "Pinkamena [Diane] Pie". Her middle name also stands out in a world where everyone has names like "Applejack" or "Starlight", being one of the few ponies (Trixie is another one) with such a name.
    • There's also one of Pinkie's sisters: In a world where every character has exotic names (for real world standards) she is called Maud (although her full name is Maud Pie). Subverted in that her full name is "Maudalina Daisy Pie".
  • In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "The Feelers", Stinger is the only member of the titular insect rock band whose name doesn't begin with M, the other members being named Mo Skito, Mitzi Moth, and Max.
  • Pepper Ann's grandma, Lillian, had two daughters, Lydia (the protagonist's mom), and Jane. Jane was supposed to be "Lane," but Lillian was so tired after giving birth that she accidentally reversed the L.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Candace repeatedly mentions that she dreams of marrying Jeremy and having two children named Xavier and Amanda. Then comes an episode when her little brothers travel through time and meet her future children: Amanda, Xavier and Fred.
    • Ferb's cousins are named Beckham, Beckham, Pelé, Beckham, Pelé, and Eliza (middle name Beckham).
  • In one episode of Pinky and the Brain, a character named Larry was introduced. Unlike Pinky and the Brain, Larry was not named after a body part (he was named after one of the Three Stooges).
  • In the Popeye cartoon "Jeopardy Sheriff," Popeye reads a story to Swee' Pea:
    Popeye: Once upon a time there were three bears—Moe, Sam, Lefty and George. Now you may not believe that but those are the bear facts. Anyway, these three bears—of which there were four—lived in a motel.
  • One episode of the Pound Puppies (2010) series features five puppy siblings: Whip, Chip, Blip, Flip, and Chubbers.
  • The Powerpuff Girls are named Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles. Bubbles is the only Powerpuff Girl that is not named after a flower... unless you count Bunny and Bullet (and later Bliss). This is reversed but lampshaded in-universe. Blossom and Bubbles have meaningful names - Blossom was chosen because she was the first to open up to the Professor, like a flower. Bubbles was chosen because of her bubbly personality. And Buttercup was chosen because it also started with a B (though it has three syllables).
  • The Color Kids in Rainbow Brite all have a Punny Name or an Alliterative Name, the exception being Lala Orange.
  • In Ready Jet Go!, Jet's family members are named after vegetables such as Carrot, Celery, Zucchini, and Eggplant. However, Jet isn't named after a vegetable and neither is his cousin Zerk.
  • As the intro says, "Bob" works great for this. ReBoot takes place inside a computer, so characters are named after actual computer terms — Dot Matrix, Mouse, Megabyte, Hexadecimal, Daemon. And then there's our hero, the Guardian of the system, Bob.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • In the Christmas special, Rocko's new elf neighbors are all named after tools, except "Mango" (as the family patriarch explains, "I was feeling fruity").
    • Filburt and Dr. Hutchison's four children (introduced at the end of "From Here to Maternity") are named Gilbert, Shellbert, Norbert, and Missy.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Boris Badenov once claimed to be a partner in the advertising firm of Dancer, Prancer, Blitzen, and Fink. In the "Rue Britannia" story arc, Rocky and Bullwinkle are antagonized by three schemers named Filcher, Belcher, and Jay.
  • The Polie children in Rolie Polie Olie are Olie, Zowie, Coochie, and Coo, Coo being the only one whose name doesn't end in "i-e".
  • Rugrats:
    • Alisa is the only Carmichael sibling with three syllables in her name instead of two. The others are Buster, Edwin, and Susie.
    • In the Snow White parody, the dwarf babies are named Baldy (Tommy), Scaredy (Chuckie), Drooly (Dil), Spazzy (Kimi), Icky (Lil), Sticky (Phil), and Furball (Spike, whose dwarf name is a noun not an adjective and ends in a letter other than Y.)
  • In Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Tanta Kringle is the only one of the elves whose first name doesn't rhyme with Kringle. The others are Dingle, Wingle, and Tingle.
  • In Saturday Supercade, the Monkey Biz Gang consisted of four monkeys named Bingo, Bango, Bongo, and Fred.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The four human members of Mystery Incorporated are Daphne, Velma, Norvillenote , and Fred.
    • An episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo features a family carnival run by the Jipners, who consisted of Jolly, Joey, Jerry, Julie (to name a few) and Bart.
    • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: In "Scroogey Doo", Bob Cratchit has six sons and only one of them isn't named Tim.
  • Shimmer and Shine: In "Nazboo's Family Reunion", Nazboo is revealed to have siblings named Razboo, Kazboo and Frank.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "This is Maude, Rod, Todd, and I'm Ned!"
    • In the Snow White parody, the dwarves are named Crabby (Moe), Hungry (Homer), Drunky (Barney), Lenny, Kearney, Greedy (Mr. Burns), and Doctor Hibbert (whose name doesn't end in Y.)
    • The Simpson kids are called Lisa, Maggie, and Bart (who has one syllable. His proper name, Bartholomew, has three syllables but either way he's still the only one without a two-syllable name).
  • South Park: The Marsh family is made up of Stan, Shelley, Sharon and Randy. Possibly unintentional, since the latter three are named after Trey Parker's real family, and his real name is also "Randolph."
    • When the male Goth Kids are finally named they turn out to be Michael (the tall one), Pete (the one with the red streak) and Firkle (the kindergartener). Well, we at least know why he took so long to reveal it...
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Everyone in Ludo's family seems to have names that end in -udo except for his most important brother, Dennis.
    • Most queens and princesses of Mewni are named after celestial phenomena, such as Star herself, Moon, Eclipsa, and Meteora. The one exception is Festiva, who is eventually revealed to not be born from royalty.
  • In Steven Universe:
    • The Crystal Gems are named Pearl, Garnet, Amethyst and Steven. For the record he's replacing his mother, who was named Rose Quartz, and "Quartz" also happens to be Steven's middle name. He's also the only Diamond without "Diamond" anywhere in his name.
    • Steven names each member of the Ruby Squad after the location of their GemEyeball, Army, Navynote , Leggy... but then the last, with her Gem on her chest, is "Doc", likely a Shout-Out to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • In the Hungarian dubbing, all of the Gem names are translated, but Jasper is inexplicably left in English. Strangely, when mentioning what kind of gem she is, they use the correct "jáspis". It's likely that the translator simply thought it was a human name, like Steven, and realized the error too late.
    • The Brazilian dub translates Amethyst and Pearl's names, but keeps "Garnet". Possibly because it would translate to granada, which also means "grenade", and that either wouldn't be a very appealing name or would obfuscate the intended meaning.
    • Dr. Priyanka Maheswaran is the only member of her family to have an Indian given name, as her husband and daughter have western names and are respectively named Doug and Connie.
  • In Taz-Mania, Molly's favourite band is The New Chips of the Block; Donnie, Ronnie, Lonnie, Bonnie and Clyde.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), the various mutants that crop up get named by Mikey according to a physical trait or power. The names are Snakeweed, Spyder Bytez, Leatherhead, and... Justin, who is some sort of combination of octopus, electric eel, cobra, and cat, and gets named 'Justin' because Mikey couldn't think of a better name at the time. Later, he nicknames a pair of foes Bebop and Rocksteady, not due to their appearance or powers, but simply because he sees those words printed on the side of their van (but in a meta sense, because those are the names those characters had in the first cartoon.)
  • The Three Little Pigs are named Fifer, Fiddler, and Practical. The latter one's house is the only one that doesn't get blown down by The Big Bad Wolf.
  • In the Top Wing episode "Chicks on the Loose", Cheep and Chirp are revealed to have cousins named Chickster, Chuckster, Chitter, Chatter, Clucky, and Bob.
  • Total Drama has a case of this with the teams in World Tour: Team Victory, Team Amazon and Team Chris is Really, Really, Really, Really Hot. It was suggested by Sierra and readily accepted by Chris.
    • In a cross-season example, World Tour is the only season where the teams aren't named [Adjective] [Nouns]; along with Action, they're also the only seasons where the teams aren't named after animals. Pahkitew's stand out for being in Cree instead of English.
  • Totally Spies!: The three protagonists are named Sam (short for "Samantha"), Alex (short for "Alexadra") and Clover. "Clover" is the odd name in more ways than one:
    • 1.) Clover's the only one to not go by a nickname.
    • 2.) Clover's the only one to not have a Tomboyish Name, which seems rather fitting since she's the most feminine of the three.
    • 3.) "Clover" (which is an actual name) is a pretty uncommon name compared to names like "Sam"/"Samantha" and "Alex"/"Alexandra."
  • The Dinobots in Transformers: Generation 1 are Snarl, Swoop, Slag, Sludge... and Grimlock. Not only is Grimlock the only one who doesn't have an "S" in his name, but he's the only one whose name is a made-up word. Of course, he's the leader of the pack and the most popular of them.
    • He's also the only Dinobot whose torso isn't red.
    • The versions of the Dinobots that show up in Transformers: Animated and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron change things a little, but keep the same general pattern (minus the torso-coloration bit): In Animated, Grimlock's team is just Swoop and Snarl, and in Fall of Cybertron, Everyone's name is the same except Slag, who's called Slug in this version. But still, everyone starts with an S except Grimlock.
    • Though their names are never said in the film itself, the Age of Extinction Dinobots also follow this trend. Grimlock is accompanied by Scorn, Slug, and Strafe. There's also Slash, who got cut from the movie, and Slog and Snarl, who were created for the toyline.
  • Transformers: Animated features a pair of Autobot twins named Jetfire and Jetstorm, who can combine. In so doing, however, they totally break the naming scheme by becoming Safeguard.
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots has one that's either an Easter egg for dedicated Transformers fans or a total coincidence. The Rescue Bots are Heatwave, Chase, Blades, and Boulder. Of the four, only Boulder does not reuse a name from an earlier "Transformers" series.
  • U.S. Acres: Unlike his brothers, Orson's name doesn't end in "-rt".
  • The VBirds consist of Wow, Boom, Bling, and ...D:Lin.
  • Wakfu has an in-universe example. It's the oddity of the man referring to himself as Grougaloragran that tips Nox off to the fact that he is actually one of the legendary dragons, because apparently only they used names like that.
  • The five girls in the first season of Winx Club are Stella with sun and moon powers, Flora with flower power, Musa with music power, Tecna with technology, and Bloom, with fire powers. The last one is the leading character.
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!:
    • The main characters are named Wubbzy, Widget, Walden, and Daizy (who first appeared in Season 2).
    • Additionally three of Wubbzy’s other friends in the series who make recurring appearances together are named Huggy, Buggy, and Earl.
  • Xiaolin Showdown:
    • Omi is the only one of the four monks with Only One Name. At the beginning of the episode "Omi Town" he laments about this. Justified, since he's the only one who doesn't know about his family.
    • Jack Spicer might count, too. In a world full of exotic names, he's the only one with a common name like "Jack".
  • Four thugs that were in an episode of Young Justice were named Hoody Boy, Git N Paid, Daddy Lidz, and Henry

    Real Life 
  • The United Kingdom of England, Scotland, (Northern) Ireland, and... Wales.
  • Back in the 1910s, the White Star Line drew up drafts for three large ships that would all be named for, well, being large: Olympic was the first, then Titanic and finally Gigantic. After what happened to the second one, the company feared that releasing the third with the Theme Naming intact would cause people to associate it with the disaster, so the Gigantic was renamed to Britannic.
  • For a long time, the fleet of the Finnish ferry operator Viking Line consisted of seven ferries: Amorella, Gabriella, Isabella, Mariella, Rosella, Cindarella, and... Ålandsfärjan. Today, the odd one out is Viking XPRS.
  • Similarly, the current US carrier fleet: USS Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson et al., and the Enterprise as the survivor of the previous naming theme (however, this is justified in that the Enterprise is of a different class of ship than the others).
    • Going the other way, all the Ohio-class SSBNs are named after states except USS Henry M. Jackson, and all the Los Angeles class SSNs are named after cities except USS Hyman G. Rickover. The latter case is justified, as Rickover was generally regarded as the "Father of the Nuclear Navy", and even more to the point led the team that developed the Navy's first nuclear-powered subs.
    • With the current generation of SSNs, the Seawolf and Virginia classes, USS Seawolf is a throwback to the original submarine naming scheme that had been abandoned in the 1970s (prior to the Los Angeles class all attack subs were named after aquatic creatures). USS Connecticut begins the new scheme of naming them after states, but is immediately followed by an exception to the scheme with USS Jimmy Carter. The follow-on Virginia class are almost all named after states, with the exceptions of the 12th (John Warner) and 22nd (Hyman G. Rickover) that are named after people. With a total of 67 Virginia-class boats planned and only 50 states, obviously several more exceptions to the naming scheme will be required.
    • With the names of three (of ten expected) Gerald R. Ford-class carriers announced, ''Enterprise'' is once again an odd name out, with the other two being Gerald R. Ford and John F. Kennedy.
  • The Duggar family from 19 Kids And Counting consisting of children Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Jossiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie. Their father is Jim-Bob, their mother is... Michelle.
  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have four children (girl, boy, girl, boy). Three of them have one syllable names: older girl North, both boys Saint and Psalm, while their youngest girl has a three syllable name, Chicago.
  • Director Robert Rodriguez named his four sons the unique and rather badass sounding Rebel, Rocket, Racer, and Rogue. While he kept the "R" theme with his daughter, he gave her the much more normal-sounding Rhiannon.
  • Not Always Right: Oh, that poor kid. His name is Jonathan James Kai'hoalaloai'u Johnson. Even his unnamed parent has trouble spelling his second middle name.
  • The Marx Brothers: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, Gummo, and... Margaret.
  • John, Paul, George, and Ringo, with Ringo replacing Pete; Ringo's real name is Richard, though.
  • Paul McCartney's first wife, Linda McCartney - born Linda Eastman - had two younger sisters, Laura and Louise, and an older brother, John. note 
  • Similarly to the above, the Mulaney siblings: Chip, Carolyn, Claire, and John.
  • Henry VIII's wives were: Catherine, Catherine, Catherine, Anne, Anne... and Jane.
  • The Phoenix siblings: River, Rain, Liberty, Summer, and... Joaquin. (When he was a child, Joaquin asked to be named Leaf, so he could be like his siblings, and he was credited as such in his first roles. He later reverted back to his birth name.)
  • The members of Super Junior and subgroups: Leeteuk, Kangin, Kibum, Hangeng, Siwon, Heechul, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Yesung, Shindong, Kyuhyun, Zhou Mi... and Henry. After HanGeng a.k.a HanKyung left, Zhou Mi also fits this trope, being the only one with a Chinese name. Their label mates, the girl group f(x), also fit this trope. Victoria, Amber, Luna, Krystal and... Sul-Li.
  • After The Rev died, Avenged Sevenfold consisted of M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ and... Arin Ilejay. Brooks Wackerman has no stage name, but his real name could be mistaken for one.
  • Physics:
    • The main branches of classical physics are mechanics, optics, acoustics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. Not only does the latter one end with a different syllable, but it refers implicitly to two forms of energy (electricity and magnetism) instead of one.
    • In quantum and particle physics, the different 'flavours' of quarks are (listed in groups of two) down and up, bottom and top, and strange and charm. In older textbooks you'll sometimes see truth and beauty, strange and charm, and up and down.
  • In the periodic table of elements, the noble gases are helium, neon, krypton, argon, xenon, radon, and oganesson. Helium is named like that because it's a direct translation from the Greek word helios (Sun).
  • The SI base units: meter, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, candela, and kilogram. That last one is the only one to have an SI prefix in the name of the base unit itself, which is The Artifact from when it was first named, during the French Revolution.note 
  • The solar system:
    • In several languages, Earth is the only planet in the Solar System that is not named after a Greco-Roman god. And nope, "Terra" (Roman name for Mother Earth) will not help either. In the case of Chinese and Japanese, all the planets' names end in 星 (-xīng, -sei, star/planet) except for Earth (地球, dì qiú, Chikyuu, "earth-ball").
    • Uranus was named after a Greek god (the others were named after Roman gods), and while most moons named for figures associated with the parent planet's namesake, Uranus has moons named after Shakespeare characters, though the first Uranian moons to be discovered were specifically named after air spirits. And before even getting this one name, it was almost named George (after King George III) or Herschel (after William Herschel, the man credited with its discovery in 1781). Since Uranus was the first planet to be discovered using modern technology, it took a little while to come up with a standard for naming conventions.
    • Neptune is also a break in the naming pattern of the giant planets. The other three are named for the fathers of the preceding planets' namesakes; Jupiter is Mars's father, Saturn is Jupiter's father, and Uranus was named for the Greek counterpart of Saturn's father specifically to keep this pattern going. However, this pattern couldn't be continued when an additional planet was found because Uranus/Caelus doesn't have a father in mythology, so Neptune was named after one of Jupiter's brothers instead.
    • Almost all of Jupiter's moons are currently named after women associated with the mythical figure, mostly his lovers. The major exception is the largest moon, Ganymede, which is named after his male lover.
    • All Kuiper Belt objects are deliberately named for deities that are not Greek or Roman, with two exceptions. Pluto and its moons are grandfathered in from Pluto's stint as the solar system's ninth planet. An exception was also made for Eris and its moon due to Eris's brief stint as the tenth planet.
  • The Earth's continents are named Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, the two Americas, and Europe; the last one's name starts and ends with a different letter in English. In Japanese, Antarctica is the odd one out, as it's the only one whose name is regularly written entirely in kanji.
  • The four provinces of Ireland are Ulster, Munster, Leinster, and Connacht (or Connaught).
  • Earth's geologic periods:
    • The Paleozoic is made up of Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, and Permian periods. Not only is Carboniferous the only one whose name does not end with -an, it is also the only one not named after a region or people (it was coined from the Latin words for "bearing coal", referencing the coal beds that were formed during this period).
    • The three periods that made up the Mesozoic era are called the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous.
  • The names of the seven days of the week feature this in many languages:
    • For six of the seven days, English names are of Germanic origin, with Monday and Sunday respectively named after the sun and the moon and the others named after Anglo-Saxon gods - except Saturday, which is named after the Roman god Saturn. It's even more of an oddball in the Scandinavian languages, where Saturday is named Lørdag/Lördag, which comes from the old name laugardagr. It means cleaning day/bath day.
    • In Portuguese, meanwhile, the odd ones out are the days of the weekend. While weekdays are called Segunda-feira (Second Fair/Monday) through Sexta-feira (Sixth Fair/Friday), Saturday is called Sábado (from Sabbath) and Sunday is Domingo (from (dies) dominicalis, "the Lord's day"). Another exception could be made for Tuesday, since it uses an older form of the word third, (Terça-feira, as opposed to Terceira-feira).
    • In China, Sunday is the odd one. The names for Monday through Saturday all correspond with the Chinese number for what day of the week it is (Monday is 1, Tuesday is 2, and so on), but Sunday uses the Chinese word for "sun", instead of 7.
    • In French, Sunday is again the odd one. Lundi (Monday) through Samedi (Saturday) all end in "-di," which effectively means day (they use an etymologically different word for day in modern French), but Sunday opts to instead start with "Di-," fully "Dimanche."
    • In Germany, "Mittwoch" (Wednesday; literally "mid-week") is the only one not ending on "-tag" (day)... if you use "Samstag", not "Sonnabend" (that's regionally dependent).
    • In Finnish, the only day name not to end on "-tai" is "keskiviikko" (Wednesday).
    • In Persian, Friday is this two times over. Its native Persian name, Adine, is the only one that is not measured from how close it is to Saturday (Saturday is called "Shanbe", and every day afterward is counted from it, so Sunday is "Yekshanbe" (one after Shanbe), Monday is "Doshanbe" (two after Shanbe), etc.). It also has an Arabic name, Jom'e, the only one among them.
    • In Malay/Indonesian, "Minggu" (Sunday) is the only one whose name is rooted in a European language (specifically, it came from Portuguese "Domingo"), rather than Arabic like the rest. It does, however, have an alternative Arabic name, Ahad.
  • The University of California, San Diego is split into six colleges (which basically entails different general education requirements, generally with some vague theme to each college's curriculum): Revelle, Muir, Marshall, Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, and...Sixth. This is just a placeholder until they do decide on a name, but it's already been ten years... note 
  • The Rugby Championship is played between Australia, Argentina, South Africa, and New Zealand. Each national team has a nickname. They are, respectively, the Wallabies, Los Pumas, the Springboks... and the All Blacks.
  • The four nucleotides of RNA are adenine, cytosine, guanine, and uracil. DNA replaces uracil with thymine, making adenine the odd one out as the only one starting with a vowel.
  • In the English alphabet, the letter W is the only letter with more than one syllable in its name.
  • In English and German, seven is the only digit whose name has more than one syllable.
  • Adolf Eichmann had four sons: Klaus Eichmann, Horst Adolf Eichmann, Dieter Helmut Eichmann, and Ricardo Francisco Eichmann. The latter one was born after 1945.
  • The casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have honored seven individuals by dimming their lights for several minutes following their deaths. They are Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, George Burns, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles... and former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.note 
  • The four brackets of the NCAA Basketball Tournament are named East, South, West... and Midwest. Somewhat justified in that all of the names are traditionally used for U.S. regions, and "North" has almost never been used in this sense, at least not since the Civil War. Many of the states that might be called "North" are in the traditional Midwest.
  • The regions of Chile have displayed this trope in two different ways:
    • Each region was given a Roman numeral, followed by a name—except for the Santiago Metropolitan Region, home to the country's capital. That region is instead given the designation RM.note  The Roman numerals were officially removed from the naming system in 2018.
    • As for the names themselves, all befit a Spanish-speaking country, except for the one named after revolutionary leader Bernardo O'Higgins.
  • In Central Massachusetts, there are the adjacent towns (in clockwise order): Southborough, Westborough, Northborough, and Marlborough. Nowhere in the state is there an Eastborough.
  • Queen Victoria's sons: Albert (later Edward VII), Alfred, Arthur, and Leopold.
  • At the Smithsonian National Zoo, a family of Asian small-clawed otters are named Chowder, Clementine, Pork Chop, Pickles, Saffron, Olive, Peaches, Turnip, Radish, Rutabaga, and Kevin. Whole Foods Market sponsored the naming.
  • Somewhat famously, Starbucks Coffee doesn't serve "Small", "Medium", and "Large" drinks. Instead, an extra large 24 oz. drink is "Trenta", a 20 oz. drink is "Venti", a 16 oz. drink is "Grande", and a 12 oz. drink is... "Tall". There's actually a reason for that: the chain's smallest drink size (8 oz.) used to be called "Short", and "Tall" was the next size up. note  Overlaps with Artifact Title, since "Tall" is now the smallest size on the menu.
  • The four Wallach siblings: Sam, Sylvia, Shirley... and Eli. Shirley was the youngest, but still.
  • The men's 4x100m relay at the 2016 Olympics saw an example of this with silver medalists Japan. Ryota Yamagata ran leadoff, followed by Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu... and Asuka Cambridge. The last of these has a Jamaican father and Japanese mother.
  • All major routes on the U.S. Numbered Highway System (the precursor to the more modern Interstate Highways) have either one or two digits, with even numbers running north-south, odd numbers running east-west, larger numbers to the west or south respectively, and three-digit routes reserved for spurs or loops. The exception is US Route 101, which is a major north-south highway that's farther west than the now-defunct US 99. In this case, the technical "first digit" of the route is 10.
  • Interstates are numbered in a pattern similar to the U.S. highways, albeit with the directions reversed (i.e., larger numbers to the east or north) and the added stipulation where multiples of 5 are reserved for major routes. However, this creates two cases of Odd Name Out:
    • Interstate 99, which runs north-south across the center of Pennsylvania, squarely between interstates 79 and 81. (For comparison, Interstate 95 traverses roughly along the East Coast from Miami to the Maine/New Brunswick border, and Interstate 97 is a 20-mile stub in Maryland connecting Annapolis and Baltimore. To fit in the grid, Interstate 99 would have to be east of even that.)
    • Interstate 238 is a two-mile stub in the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting Interstates 580 and 880. Typically, three-digit Interstates are spurs or loops from the "parent" route (so for instance, Interstate 580 is a spur from Interstate 80). However, there is no Interstate 38, and if there were, it would be just south of Interstate 40 (which runs from Barstow, California to Raleigh, North Carolina, therefore a considerable distance from the Bay Area). The oddball numbering is because it was previously designated as California State Highway 238, and the California Department of Transportation wanted to make it an interstate but had no other x80 numbers available. (480 was later made available when the Embarcadero Freeway collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but the numbering remained.)
  • National Football League:
    • In the NFC North division, the head coaches are Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears), Matt Patricia (Detroit Lions), Matt LaFleur (Green Bay Packers)... and Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings).
    • There's the Watt brothers. Consisting of T.J., J.J., and... Derek.
  • Following the National Football League's Washington Redskins renaming themselves, successively, the "Washington Football Team" and "Commanders" (which makes sense for D.C., as it is, after all, the home of the Commander-in-Chief, also known as the President of the United States), coupled with the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals, the Washington Wizards became the only professional sports team out of the Big Four not to continue the "national capital" theme.


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