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"Join Mandy, Brandy, Andy, and Scurge as they learn how to give a care."
— Mock commercial in StrongBad 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 and Uniformity Exception. Subtrope of The Last of These Is Not Like the Others. Often occurs with Famous, Famous, Fictional.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Godhand from Berserk consist of Femto, Void, Slan, Ubik...and Conrad.
  • In Black Clover, each of the Magic Knight Squads is named "[Color] [Animal]," except for the Golden Dawn, the most elite Squad.
  • The main characters of Black Lagoon are called Dutch, Revy, Rock... and Benny.
  • Bleach: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demashita! 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.
  • Detective Conan:
    • 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."
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 Marxs.
  • 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:
    • After the introduction of stands in Part 3, every stand was named after major arcana in the Tarot. After the main characters finally reach Egypt and all the arcana are used up, stands are named after Egyptian gods, instead...except for Vanilla Ice and his stand Cream, and Kenny G and his stand Tenor Sax.
    • All of the main protagonist's name of each part of the series begins with the letters "Jo", except for Part 5's Giorno Giovanna, mostly because the letter "J" doesn't exist in Italian.
  • In Kuroko no Basuke, 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 having the Alliterative Names Hiashi, Hizashi, Hinata, and Hanabi), highlighting his role as the The Unfavorite.
    • 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.
  • One Piece:
    • The Eleven Supernovas all have meaningful names... except Killer.
    • 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 takin 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
  • 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.
    • 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 a Greek "ur-god", the personified sky the way Gaia 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.
  • 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 WORKING!! 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 in Egyptian or Greek, but not English. This is narming, since the three are Egyptian Gods.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Out of the six protagonists in the series, 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.

    Asian Animation 
  • 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 Hero Camp, Dina Might's family, the Might Family superteam, which is made up of David (father), Donna (mother), Desmond (brother), and Charlie (uncle).
  • 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.
  • 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".)
  • 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 appelation, 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 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.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael. In one of the movies, Mikey can't help but get a dig in: "All the good ones end in O!". In most of the Japanese localizations, they ALL do - Raphael is called "Rafaello" in those dubs. In Italian they all would be as well. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • In Asterix, all Gaulish women have names ending in -ine, except for Falbala. In the English edition, however, all their names end in -a.
  • In New Super-Man, the Justice League of China all have names that in some way differentiate them from their Justice League counterparts, even without the added "of China" (which isn't actually part of their names); Super-Man, Bat-Man, Wonder-Woman. Avery Ho, the Flash of China, having a one word, one syllable name, doesn't — she's just the Flash.
  • 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".

    Comic Strips 
  • "Irish" Murphy's three dogs in Footrot Flats; Tiger, Wolf and Creampuff.
  • The Van Pelt siblings in Peanuts: Lucy, Linus, and Rerun.


    Film — Animation 
  • 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.
  • Scar's henchyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed from The Lion King.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Brave Little Toaster we get Toaster, Lampy, Radio, Blanky, and... Kirby? It's a type of vacuum, but still.
  • Monsters, Inc.:
  • Jim is the only crow from Dumbo that actually has a proper name. All the others are actually named after their distinguishable outfits.
  • 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!
  • The Terrafirminator from Gnomeo and Juliet is the only lawn mover available that is not named after a cat.
  • 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."
    • Frozen Fever has Olaf name the snogies with names like Flake, Drift, Slush, and... William.
  • It's easy to spot the characters in The Jungle Book who were made up for the movie, since they have names like Louie and Winifred.
  • In The Little Mermaid, all seven of Triton's daughters' names begin with the letter "A". All of them also end in the letter "A", except protagonist Ariel.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 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 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 Egyptians characters) except for one called Serge.
  • The names of the quints from Raising Arizona are Harry, Larry, Garry, Barry, and Nathan Jr.
  • In Heathers, protagonist Veronica is the only member of the title clique not named Heather.
  • In the Live-Action Adaptation of George of the Jungle Lyle's henchmen are named Gunner, Gunter, Hans, Jans, and Phil.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Car?: "My name is Zarnoff. This is Zabu, Zellnor, Zelbor, Zelmina, and, Jeff." The latter one is (literally) crazy.
  • The Mummy: Abdul, Muhammad, Bob.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 ¡Three Amigos!: Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms, and Ned.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Snow White (1916), the seven dwarfs are named Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick, and Quee.
  • In Halloweentown had the witches in the Piper family: Aggie, Marnie, Sopähie, and of course, Gwen.
The Karate Kid: The gang of bullies that are out to get Danny consists of Johnny, Bobby, Jimmy, Tommy and Dutch.

  • 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 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 a Gratuitous Latin Awesome McCool Name ... except him. Which, as it happens, is foreshadowing. His name is short for Octavian, which is very much in line with the rest.
  • 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. Justified 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.
  • 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.
    • 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" ("Percival"), "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.
    • In the Black family everyone has a name connected with astronomy — Sirius, Bellatrix, Regulus etc... Except Narcissa.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and MAitM.
  • 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 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 Outsiders is more like "normal name out", starring three brothers named Darrel/Darry, Sodapop and Ponyboy. It's actually the latter who is the protagonist.
  • Peter Rabbit's sisters were named Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, one of the Showtime Fairies, Darcy, is referred to as a Diva instead of a Fairy.
  • 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".
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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? Its 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... so when there's a cat living in the Clans with a name like Boulder, Daisy, or Millie, it sticks out. Some are former kittypets but others aren't. The reason for this seems to be because the common naming format is exclusive to the Clans. Strays who live in Twolegplace, for example, don't name themselves like Clan cats.
  • 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).
    • The island Flashbacks in Season 2, with Slade, Shado and eventually Sara.
    • He's even this to the members of his own team, as he's the only member to date whose given name starts with a vowel. The rest are John (Diggle), Felicity, Roy, Sara, Laurel, Malcolm and Thea.
  • On the TV series Batman, all members of the Gotham police force had an Irish name starting with O. Except for 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.
  • 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 cool nickname?!
      Ted: You have too many things, Larry! You get one thing!
    • The Ericksen family has a strong Alliterative Family 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 Kirby, Eli, Dawn, or Belinda.
  • The names of the main characters on Lab Rats are Adam, Bree, Chase, Donald… and Leo.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Kyoryu 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, ect.)
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. "Jones," of course, refers to Davy Jones, while the zodiac names are the horoscope signs of the other three Monkees.

  • 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".

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 the Bratz toy line, the witchy cousins "Bratzillazs" are named Yazmina, Cloetta, Megana, Sashabella, and Jade.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Commonly used in the different levels of Kirby games.
  • In the Dusty Dunes Desert area of EarthBound, three men in sombreros who are arranged like the reels of a slot machine introduce themselves as big brother Pancho, kid brother Pincho, and Tomas Jefferson.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the Tingle brothers: Tingle, Ankle, Knuckle, and David Jr, although the latter isn't actually related.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the original Fire Emblem (and its remake, Shadow Dragon), 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.
  • Until Silent Hill: Origins 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.)
  • 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.).
  • 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).
  • 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."
  • Super Mario Bros. 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 X1 game, where there's, among other animals, an octopus, a penguin, an armadillo, 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 The Skiver, Duff McWhalen and Grizzly Slash.)
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tactics Ogre has the Foriner sisters: Selye, Shelley, Sisteena, and...Olivia.
  • Two odd names in the six levels of Bug!- Insectia, Reptilia, Splot, Quaria, Burrubs, and Arachnia.
  • In Stacking, the main character Charlie Blackmore is the only member of his family whose name doesn't start with the letter A.
  • The strategists of the Suikoden series have always been from the Silverberg family (Shu, at least, is a student 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 AIs, but then you find out the AIs are based on real people that actually had those names when they were alive, making it weirder.
  • In 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. Repeated in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, where the main planets visited are Norion, Bryyo, Elysia and Pirate Homeworld. Ing Hive has the name because it's where the Ing proliferate the most, while Pirate Homeworld 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).
  • The main protagonists in Daikatana are Hiro, Mikiko, and Superfly.
  • 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 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.
  • In Warframe, Ambulas is the only one of the Corpus Mecha-Mooks to not use Animal Theme Naming.
  • 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.)
  • One quest in Kingdom of Loathing involves finding items for four demonic band members: Bognort, Stinkface, Flargwurm and Jim.
  • The Mighty Number team from Mighty No. 9 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.
  • The different playable characters in The Binding of Isaac are all named after biblical figures, except for two of the secret characters: ??? and The Lost.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Finding Martin Martin's house has penguin lawn ornaments named Huey, Dewey, Louie, Stewie and Chuck.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Korean visual novel 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Diablo III introduced the Angiris Council, consisting of Tyrael, Auriel, Malthael, Itherael, and... Imperius. This doubles as a Meaningful Name, since Imperius is Holier Than Thou Blood Knight compared to his fellow angels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) or 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)

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  • 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 member 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.
  • 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.
  • In Mystery Skulls Animated, the Pepper family siblings are named Belle, Cayenne, Paprika, and Lewis (who is instead a Tuckerized reference to Luis Dubuc, the artist behind the real life Mystery Skulls). Fittingly, he was the only one who was adopted. Among the sisters, however, it's Paprika that fits the trope, as she was the only sister named for a spice (made from peppers, mind) rather than a plant.

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • You Damn Kid shows some of the problems that can occur with this naming pattern: the odd name out gets mis-remembered.
  • 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 Themed 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.)
  • The main cast of Roommates is James, Jareth, Javert and Erik.
  • In Band vs. Band, the Candy Hearts are Honey, Coco, Cherry, and Zero.
  • 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.
  • 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 16-th century English names, he lands on Taffy, who has a mental disorder and is capable of pwning in video games upon initial exposure.
  • The Wretched Ones has the characters John Thomas, Charlie Webb, Nicky Thomas, Jack Adler, and the twins, Yayne and Sparkes Lukanta.
  • Girl Genius has Ferretina the Weasel Queen's giant anthropomorphic rabbit goons, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Nietzsche.
  • The three brothers from Plume are Azeel, Aricon and Corrick. Guess who ends up magical and immortal.
  • 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.

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  • 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, Trixie, Dixie, and Brunhilda.
  • 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.
  • From Killerbunnies, we have Same-Sex Triplets Fern, Flori, and Tommie Evans and the Junkard sisters Henrietta, Hattie, and Munchie.

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  • 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.
  • 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 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.

    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 assigment 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.
  • 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.
    • Ursa herself stands out for having the only Western-based name (Ursa is Latin for "bear"), aside from the born-onscreen baby Hope, whose name was specifically chosen to be meaningful.
    • Out of all of Suyin's children in Korra Opal is the only one with a non-Asian name.
    • 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 (Zuko's uncle and grandson) and Iroh I's son , Lu Ten. Zuko was confirmed to have a granddaughter via Word of God but her name has never been revealed.
    • 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.
    • All of the original Team Avatar’s six children, Kya’s the only one whose name doesn’t rhyme. 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.
  • 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, who become Fatso, Stretch, 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.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has the Five-Man Band of Abby, Wally, Kuki, Hoagie... and Nigel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, resident hottie Nazz has the weirdest name out of all the characters on the show—it's justified in her friend, Rolf's, case, since he's a foreigner and "Rolf" was probably a common name back in the country he and his family are originally from.
  • 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.
  • Futurama has Calculon, who was "all of history's great acting robots: Acting Unit 0.8, Thespo-mat, David Duchovny!"
  • 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.
  • 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, whom he's related to.
    • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 being 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, which would be Lane, but Lillian was so tired after birth that she 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).
  • 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. 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.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life Christmas special, Rocko's new elf neighbors are all named after tools, except "Mango" (as the family patriarch explains, "I was feeling fruity").
  • 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 Bullwinkie are antagonized by three schemers named Filcher, Belcher and Jay.
  • 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!"
  • South Park:
    • In the brief Story Arc about the quest for Cartman's father, the narrator asks this question: "Who built the pyramids? Was it the Babylonians? Barbrady? Samaritans?" (Barbrady is a police officer, not born in the ancient times and he's only one person).
    • 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: "Dear Vikings" has several vikings named Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, and Gorton.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Ludo's father and siblings all have names ending with "udo" with the exception of his younger brother, Dennis.
  • 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 Dwarves above.
    • 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's 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.
  • 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, electirc 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.
  • 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 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. (Because...) 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.
  • The main characters of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! are named Wubbzy, Widget, Walden, and Daizy (who first appeared in Season 2).
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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 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).
  • The three periods that made up the Mesozoic era are called the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous.
  • The names of six of the seven days of the week have names 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 Dominic). 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 Germany, "Mittwoch" is the only one not ending on "-tag"...if you use "Samstag", not "Sonnabend" (that's regionally dependent).
  • 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 that has more than one syllable.
  • 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 
  • 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 three-digit routes typically being spur or loop roads... except for US Route 101, which is a major north-south highway that's farther west than US 99. In this case, the technical "first digit" of the route is 10.


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