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One Mario Limit

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Don't lie; when you read that trope name, you thought of this Mario, right?

"It's a-me. Mario!"
Mario Auditore, Assassin's Creed II

In Real Life, the popularity of names goes up and down over time. One factor that affects this is the emergence of celebrities with a particular name; if there is some highly successful and well-loved pop star called Mario, then expect the number of babies called Mario to rise significantly.

In fiction, however, the effect can be reversed. If one character becomes sufficiently iconic, they can come to "own" their first or last name so that whenever a person hears that name, they immediately think of that character. This can cause problems for similarly-named characters who will often be forgotten or assumed to be inferior copies (this can also extend to animals, objects or even concepts), and so other writers avoid using the name outside of deliberate shout outs to the original. Avoiding potential legal issues might be a reason as well.


The ability of characters to cause this effect is to some extent a function of the existing popularity of their name; for a character to really achieve this distinction, their name must be sufficiently obscure enough to be distinctive but common enough that other writers would have used it. Indiana Jones provides a prime example of a highly iconic character who doesn't count — the name "Indiana" is so obscure that it would probably never have been used again even if Raiders of the Lost Ark was a total flop (although part of that may have something to do with one of the United States of America sharing that name — note that any Lawyer-Friendly Cameo will probably be named Oklahoma, Montana, or similar (or Harrison because the actor who plays Indiana Jones is Harrison Ford) - besides, if you wouldn't have figured it out by the time of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, that's a nickname), while his surname is too common to have any attachments to one specific individual, similar to Agent Smith. A good way to determine if a character counts as this is to search for their name on Google or Wikipedia. If said character dominates the results, then it's highly probable that they hold the one name limit.


Compare One Steve Limit, which is the principle of having only one character with each name within a work to avoid confusion. Contrast Name's the Same, where by coincidence, two unrelated works have characters with the same name, and Baby Name Trend Starter, for when fictional characters or celebrities popularize a certain name. See Named Like My Name for when an ordinary name becomes famous by association with a particular celebrity. Only One Name may be invoking this, though not all with such names are examples.

NOTE: Do not list aversions unless it's relevant to the example, it leads to Trope Decay. Also, the One Mario Limit only applies to real-life names. Made-up names do not count.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the spring of 2006, Haruhi Suzumiya and Ouran High School Host Club both received anime adaptations that were quite popular. In order to differentiate the two series' lead females, both called Haruhi, Fujioka Haruhi of Ouran was given the Fan Nickname "The Other Haruhi" because her name isn't in her show's title. Hilariously, come fall of 2006, Happiness aired, and its heroine was quickly dubbed The Third Haruhi... for about five minutes before her show fell into obscurity, only remembered not for her but for a Wholesome Crossdresser side character who became insanely popular. There's also Haruhi from W~Wish, predating all the ones mentioned above by two years, but that series is not popular at all.
  • One Piece:
    • During the planning stages, the ship's cook was originally going to be called Naruto, because his most distinguishing feature was his spiral eyebrow and "naruto" is a food with a spiral pattern on it. Obviously, he was renamed "Sanji" due to a certain manga about ninjas turning up in Shonen Jump.
    • This is possibly the reason Zoro had his name changed to "Zolo" in the Viz release, in order to avoid comparisons with Zorro.
  • Naruto:
    • Naruto Uzumaki is by far the most famous bearer of both his first and last names, though his surname is also the title of a horror manga.
    • Sasuke Uchiha is easily the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name "Sasuke", despite being one of the many characters named after the folkloric Sarutobi Sasuke. He's definitely the most famous of the references, though. His clan is indeed the dominant image of "Uchiha" in popular culture.
    • "Sakura" is one of the best-known Japanese female names worldwide (see also Cherry Blossom Girl), but she at least gets to own the surname Haruno.
    • Itachi means "weasel" in Japanese, thus being a rather standard word over there, but don't be surprised if someone in the west ends up thinking on Sasuke's infamous brother.
  • Often, the leads of Bleach and Tokyo Mew Mew are differentiated by the names "Shounen Ichigo" and "Shoujo Ichigo". While the latter eventually stepped away from this thanks to the Fleeting Demographic Rule (once kids forgot about Momomiya, we got Amano, and once kids forgot about her, Hoshimiya), there's still only one girly Ichigo at a time, and Mr. Kurosaki still holds down the boys' fort by himself.
  • There are only 2 Kaminas in anime: Ayoto Kamina from RahXephon and Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It can be a girl's name as well (spelled with different kanji). Kamina also just happens to be a name in Hindi-Urdu, meaning "rascal". It also is a town in the Congo, which is the first page you're sent to if you look for it on The Other Wiki.
  • Lyrical Nanoha: It may be a real Japanese name, but you're not likely to see many Nanohas after the inception of this series.
  • Even though Asuka is one of the most common female names in Japan, for years after Neon Genesis Evangelion first aired, you could not use that name for a character without it being automatically classified as a Shout-Out. (Or worse a Possession Sue.) Fortunately, Asuka Kazama and Asuka the wrestler have changed this.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Good luck finding another Jotaro or Josuke except for all of the protagonists named some variant thereof in the various series. The nickname Jojo is also nigh-exlusively tied to the Joestar family in the manga scene. Even teen star JoJo Siwa is not immune.
    • People are also likely to think of the Dio in this series if anyone else named Dio ever appears.
  • Fist of the North Star: There have been people actually named Kenshiro in real life who predate Fist Of The North Star, but there aren't a lot of other characters who use the name nowadays.
    • Kenshiro Tatara is a character from the manga Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary, however the appearances of him as a young boy have plenty of little references to the other Kenshiro.
  • Because of the Dub Name Change of Pokémon, the surname Ketchum can never be used again in America. Even though the real-life name is more commonly spelled as “Ketcham”, that spelling can’t be used either.
    • "Ash" is on the border because it's a fairly common nickname of Evil Dead and Ash Crimson, but tends to be instantly be associated with Mr. Ketchum. That being said, it will be difficult to name any subsequent video game character "Ash" ever again without people thinking of the Pokémon character, especially if this Ash is a player character (even though there have been only a few games based on the anime).
    • The name "Misty", on the other hand is forever tied to the Pokémon character, and the only other "Brocks" that can compete with the Brock from Pewter City are Lesnar and possibly Samson. However, it's worth noting that the original names “Satoshi”, “Kasumi”, and “Takeshi” are not subject to this in Japan since they're all rather common.
      • Even beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, another famous bearer of the name, isn't exempt from reminding fans of the Cerulean Gym Leader, especially since there's another character named May, and her surname sounds like "Trainer".
  • There are only two Arales/Arares in the world of manga: the protagonist of Doctor Slump, and the main character of the yuri manga Tokimeki Mononoke Jogakkou.
  • While the word "Natsu" (Japanese for "summer") is not uncommon in series titles such as Ano Natsu De Matteru (Waiting in the Summer), you probably won't see many characters with the name "Natsu" beyond Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail (other than maybe the character from Soulcalibur V). And while "Ezra" is fine, "Erza" is not.
  • Thanks to Doraemon, there will probably never be another "Nobita" again, be it in real life or in fiction.
  • The names "Eren" and "Mikasa" has become so associated with the characters from Attack on Titan that you probably won't see any character in fiction with the same names for a while.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Goku (especially without a "Son" preceding it). In Japan, the name is already pretty associated with the character even if it's not particularly unique (Sun Wukong is called the same thing there after all. "Goku" is a direct transliteration of his Chinese name) . Now imagine in the West...
    • The Namekian will almost always be the first thing that comes to mind when people hear "Piccolo", even more than the flute he was named after.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yugi follows a similar example from Goku above. The card duelist will probably be the first that will pop in your mind once you hear the name, especially outside Japan.
    • There are no other Setos in the world of fiction, much less other Kaibas.
  • Satsuki is a name shared by characters from Ghost Stories, Strawberry 100%, and Kuroko no Basuke, and Ryuko is a term that can translate to "Tiger Versus Dragon". Good luck trying to find someone who knows those two terms by those meanings, let alone something besides the names of the protagonists of Kill la Kill.
  • Conan has also been associated with two people: Conan the Barbarian and Conan O'Brien. Because of their preeminence, Detective Conan had to be renamed Case Closed in North America, even though the name is actually a Shout-Out to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • The uncommon Japanese name Tomie is probably forever going to be associated (to Japanese and especially Western audiences) with the alluring and antagonistic regenerating woman starring in the horror manga of the same name.
  • The only two characters who are allowed to use the name Atsuko (or its diminutive Akko, for that matter) are the magic compact-using witch and the clumsy witch in-training named after her.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman:
    • No one will be using the name "Clark" or "Kent" anytime soon, let alone Clark Kent. Other than his popularity, the fact that he is possibly more Clark Kent than any other superhero helps.
    • If people hear the name "Lois", they will probably think of Lois Lane, Superman's eternal love interest. Much rarely will they think of Lois Griffin from Family Guy, or maybe the mom from Malcolm in the Middle.
    • When people -especially comic-book fans- hear the name "Kara", they will probably think of Supergirl, which is because she doesn't share her name with any other super-hero. In that vein, although Carol Danvers got away with using Supergirl's civilian identity surname when she was created ten years after Kara's first appearance, now that both heroines have been successfully adapted to other media, Kara and Carol have pretty much taken ownership of the "Danvers" surname among super-heroes.
    • There's also "Lex". If you want a nickname for an Alexander character, then you better stick with "Alex", "Al", or "Xander" — unless it's a direct homage to him, as in Lex Luger. "Luthor" may also count.
    • Two-Face's name was originally Harvey Kent, but was changed to Dent to enforce this trope. An even later retcon stated that "Harvey Kent" was the Two-Face of Earth-2 (where the Golden Age incarnations of DC's heroes hang out), but zig-zagged it by establishing that this Harvey was actually distantly related to Superman's Kents.
  • Batman:
    • Subverted with Bruce Wayne, whose name has much less influence, if only for the fact that he has to share it with Banner, Campbell, Lee, Springsteen, and Willis.
    • Oddly enough, averted with The Joker, despite being a unique alias; Mass Effect has a fairly prominent character that everyone calls Joker. The main viewpoint character in Full Metal Jacket is nicknamed Joker as well. Worth noting, however, that you'll be hard-pressed to find another character called The Joker.
    • Ironically, when people hear the name "Robin", they're more likely to think on Batman's Kid Sidekick(s) (who all use "Robin" as their superhero identity) before... say, legendary outlaw Robin Hood, late but famous actor and comedian Robin Williams, the Player Character from Fire Emblem Awakening, Christopher Robin or even the actual bird. Batman is apparently just that popular and widespread enough to have his partner(s) come on top among such fierce competition.
    • The first Robin, Dick Grayson, has likely OML'd the name "Grayson", and is probably the only Robin to do so.
    • Harley Quinn has more likely than not taken ownership of both "Harley" and "Quinn". though Harley-Davidson motorcycles are also well-known.
    • "Alfred" is a fairly popular name in real life (Alfred Hitchcock or Alfred E. Neuman, for instance), but most people think of Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth when they hear the name.
    • It's likely safe to say that anytime most people hear the word "Bane" (which is also a rather obscure surname), they think of the chemically-charged man who broke the bat. This is despite the existence of many other fictional characters who also use the name.
  • DC Comics has a character named Deathstroke the Terminator who first appeared in 1980. He was normally referred to as just "Terminator" — until The Terminator came out in 1984. Thenceforth, he was known more commonly just as Deathstroke, or by his civilian name Slade Wilson.
    • "Slade" itself might count for comic book or cartoon fans, due to his portrayal in the very popular Teen Titans cartoon. Outside of those mediums though, his status as an OML are a bit more ambiguous due to the existence of the Slade.
  • Generally applies in-universe to superhero and -villain identities. If two characters ever do use the same heroic or villainous moniker, one of the two will almost always be a Legacy Character or an impostor — nobody ever just duplicates somebody else's "super-name" purely by accident.
    • An exception would be "Starfire". Originally the name of a Soviet Superhero, an alien hero and a crimelady, now it belongs to a certain alien girl from Teen Titans. The Soviet soldier would be later renamed to "Red Star". "Blackfire", however, is both the name of Starfire's sister, and the name of a cult-leading deacon who has clashed with Batman.
  • X-Men:
    • "Jean Grey" is a distinct case of a name combination being off limits. "Jean" is a quite common girl's name (it's even more common as a boy's name too) and the surname "Grey" is also very normal to have, so, by proportion, there should be a decent number of Jean Greys out there (regardless of gender), but this isn't the case thanks to the character. As one of the few superheroes out there who usually doesn't go by a hero name (not counting her the relatively obscure "Marvel Girl"), her relatively mundane full name ends up being iconic itself.
    • "Xavier" as a surname is also unlikely to be used by another comic book character. As a first name,'s a much different story.
    • Wolverine is definitely more recognizable than the animal he was named after (a relatively large mustelid known for its aggressiveness), similar to the Revolver Ocelot example. Must be all that publicity. While there are several characters in different media themed after bats, spiders, snakes, etc., there's probably just one wolverine-based guy.
  • This was one reason The DCU changed Captain Marvel's name to Shazam in the New 52 reboot, in order to avoid confusion with their main rival Marvel Comics and Marvel's own superheroine Captain Marvel (formerly the original Ms. Marvel, and successor to the Marvel Universe's first Captain Marvel a.k.a. Mar-Vell). The fact that "Shazam" was easily mistaken to be The DCU hero's actual name probably helped too.
    • The existence of Captain Mar-Vell is an aversion of this trope: the first Captain Marvel title (the Shazam one) had been cancelled by its original publisher Fawcett Comics following copyright issues, and Marvel Comics took the opportunity to create their own hero named "Captain Marvel" for obvious reasons. There was actually also yet another Captain Marvel created a year earlier than Mar-Vell, by comic publisher M.F. Enterprises (featured on the Detachment Combat page).
  • Spider-Man:
    • When you hear the surname "Parker", most can't help but think of Spidey.
    • The surname "Osborn" is completely tied to supervillain CEO Norman Osborn (a.k.a the Green Goblin) and his son Harry to a lesser extent. Just searching for "Osborn" on Google will bring up his profile over literally anyone else, be them real or fictional.
    • No lady will ever dare to address themselves as "MJ". That's Peter Parker's girlfriend. "Mary Jane" is even less likely since that's also slang for weed.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • Good luck naming an Original Character Ebony without being accused of making a reference to My Immortal.
    • Willow, though not quite as off limits, will also have this effect within the Harry Potter fandom. You might be able to pass it off as a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference anywhere else (if not using the actual Buffy character in the work), but the infamy of My Immortal killed the name within the Potterverse fandom.
  • No fanfiction writer would name their character Mary Sue unless they are joking or are oblivious to the meaning of the name.
  • In the Triptych Continuum, it is a tradition barely short of law that no mother will ever name her filly "Celestia" or "Luna". After Twilight's ascension, it's mentioned that the same ban will now apply to her name.

    Film — Animation 
  • The name Arlo was never a common name to begin with, but most likely there won't any other characters called that for some time thanks to The Good Dinosaur. If not him, then Arlo the game-reviewing puppet or Arlo Guthrie.
  • Thanks to The Little Mermaid, "Ariel" is probably going to forever remain associated with the eponymous lil' mermaid (she composes 99% of the results for searching the name on Google Images, but only with SafeSearch on — without it on you'll also get results for a red-haired lesbian porn actress). Sebastian is synonymous with crabs nowadays too. Also, you don't see too many Ursulas anymore, especially with the negative connotations. It means "little she-bear". Exceptions include:
  • Aladdin:
    • In Arabic-speaking countries, "Aladdin" (or, rather, its un-Anglicized form, Alā ad-Dīn, and its variants) seems to be largely unaffected by this trope. In English-speaking countries, however, it's almost always understood as a reference to the story (and, by extension, the Disney film).
    • Monkeys will always come into the topic whenever "Abu" is brought up today. Though the name is an example of As Long as It Sounds Foreign, as no real life person is likely to have that name (Abu means "father of" in Arabic and is indeed used as a part of compounds. Like Abu Bakr "father of Bakr").
    • In Anglophone media, you're unlikely to find a "Jafar" who isn't an Evil Vizier, though that isn't entirely Disney's fault — blame One Thousand and One Nights. On the contrary, Arabs don't associate the name with the folk character; in fact it's actually a rather holy name. See Jafar ibn Abi Talib or Jafar al-Sadiq.
    • Originally Iago was most associated with the character in Shakespeare's Othello, but the parrot has since taken control of the name.
    • Jasmine is a pretty common name for girls, but the princess is the first thing most people think of when they hear the name.
  • "Nemo" is an interesting example. Latin for "no one", the name has been held by various people and places. In fiction, there's the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, and the even better-known Captain Nemo in the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, after whom the title fish in Pixar's Finding Nemo is probably named as a Shout-Out Note . In February 2013, a large blizzard was dubbed "Nemo" by the Weather Channel, and, because it affected the area still recovering from Hurricane Sandy (which also just happened to be the most heavily populated area of the country), got the most heavy media attention of all the year's blizzards, and the consequent jokes on Twitter made it clear that the clownfish is now the Nemo. One journalist for wrote:
    I find it a little sad that few people seem to have any pre-Disney knowledge of name Nemo. Doesn’t anyone remember Captain Nemo of “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” and “The Mysterious Island,” by Jules Verne (the latter book was the basis for the 2012 movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island")? Note 
    • This is lampshaded in Return to Slumberland, a 2015 sequel to Little Nemo in Slumberland set in modern times: the protagonist complains that his dad named him after a "cartoon fish".
  • From Frozen:
  • Good luck finding anyone named Bambi or Faline apart from the Young Prince and his mate. Bambi had been a popular name among strippers, but the closest you're probably going to come to the latter is a The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim NPC whose name is pronounced identically but is spelled "Faleen". This is averted when it comes to captive or pet deer though, as it is very common to name them Bambi or Faline.
  • There are few characters named "Aurora" anymore besides the Sleeping Beauty character. This was even enforced with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Starlight Glimmer was originally named "Aurora Glimmer", but Disney wrote an angry letter causing Hasbro to change her name.
  • As his song goes, no one can be as Gaston as Gaston, name included. Ditto with Belle.
  • Despite the popularity of Allen, Harrelson, and Guthrie, most people probably associate the name "Woody" with Sheriff Pride. Simply type the name "Woody" into Google and most of the results will be related to Toy Story's Woody. The second contender is the woodpecker.
  • The name "Mulan" has been thoroughly seized by Disney despite the character being based on a real person, and numerous other people and places sharing the name.
  • The Lion King (1994): "Timon" is nowadays far more associated with meerkats than with historical figures or Shakespearean characters (Timon of Athens).

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Luke (a variant of "Lucas") in science fiction is rare due to the massive success of the franchise. Hell, even in real life, anyone with that name is probably sick by now of being told to "Use the Force".
    • Leia too. The disambiguation page on The Other Wiki pretty much puts the princess before other Leias, fictional or not.
    • And to round out the trio, there's Han. In the western world, unless you happened to be a fan of The Fast and the Furious franchise, it refers only to the lovable smuggler. On the other hand, the name is unremarkable in China and Korea, where it's a common surname.
    • Lando also gets this, despite being just a supporting character in the original trilogy.
    • Very much the case for Vader. The only other well-known "Vader" besides Darth is pro wrestler Big Van Vader, but the Sith Lord dwarfs him in terms of pop-cultural relevance, especially worldwide.
  • Bond. James Bond, and no-one-else Bond. Amusingly, he was named after a real ornithologist, and the name was picked to be inconspicuous.
    • And in real life, the name is pretty common, to the point a David Letterman Top Ten List had a James Bond saying advantages of the name.
    • There was once a St. James-Bond United Church on Avenue Rd. in Toronto, until it was demolished in 2005. It had been formed by the merger of St. James' Square Presbyterian Church and Bond Street Congregational Church.
    • "The Rajah's Emerald", a short story by mystery writer Agatha Christie published in a collection called "The Listerdale Mystery" in 1934, featured a protagonist named 'James Bond'.
  • The use of the term "matrix" for things computer-related also dropped off since The Matrix, though at least a few franchises predating the movie (like Gargoyles, ReBoot, and Shadowrun) continue to use it. Transformers used it prior as the Matrix of Leadership, but dropped it in favor of "Allspark" as the MacGuffin of choice. With The Matrix fading out of public consciousness with time, recent Transformers incarnations are reinstating the Matrix of Leadership as the primary MacGuffin.
  • After the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the character Roger Roderick Rabbit in the comic Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! was much more frequently referred to in-story and out by his middle name than his first.
  • "Krueger" has a last name has been forever associated with the villain of A Nightmare on Elm Street, when one hears his first name "Freddy", you can hardly think of anyone else, except maybe Freddy Fazbear (unless the name is spelled "Freddie" which, in this case, is OML-ed by the lead singer of Queen).
  • "Jason" is a very common name in real life, but horror fans will immediately think of Jason Voorhees. In fact, the name is so iconic that (as James Rolfe once pointed out) most people wouldn't even know who you were talking about if you bothered to give the full name, but will understand when you limit it to the first name. "Jason Voorhees? Who's that?" "You know, Jason." "OHHHH!! Jason! Right, hockey mask, machete." Try to find another slasher villain named Jason who didn't predate him and isn't a parody of him. (The last name Voorhees is probably even more so an example).
  • In A Fish Called Wanda, this trope (or the reaction to its aversion) is one of the many examples of Otto's stupidity. When he hears that Archie's daughter is named Portia (a homophone of "Porsche"), he asks why on earth Archie would name her after a car.
    • Porsche's name recognition is so great, in fact, that even some people who know that "Portia" is a name (and not just in English; it dates back to ancient Rome) assume that it's spelled the same way as the car.
    • So great, in fact, that some people have named their daughters "Porscha", nearly bringing us full circle.
    • To say nothing about (the legitimate name) Mercedes — the car was named after a girl with that name.
  • In Braveheart, William Wallace's wife's name got changed from Marian to Murron, as an attempt to avoid confusion with Robin Hood's love interest Maid Marian.
  • Mary Poppins: The surname Poppins is a practically perfect One Mario unless you count Chelsea Poppens, forward for the Iowa State Cyclones.
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind hangs a lampshade on this trope: when Clementine and Joel first meet, she asks him to not make any jokes about her name, but he still does by singing "Oh, my darling Clementine".
  • "Ferris" was never popular as a first name to begin with, but Ferris Bueller's Day Off effectively killed whatever usability it may once have had, both in film and in real life.note  Younger audiences however, would probably connect it to "Ferris wheel" rather than a name.
  • The surname "Boucher" is exclusively associated with Bobby.
  • It's impossible for anyone to use the surname Rambo with a straight face, save for Sylvester Stallone's iconic war veteran character.
  • The term "Xenomorph" is a Latin word meaning "Strange Form". However, a combination of confusion and eventual official usage of the word in reference to the parasitic creatures from the Alien series has meant that it is difficult for Xenomorph to be spoken without conjuring up images of Chestbursters and Facehuggers.

    Interactive Fiction 

  • Sherlock may never have been common enough to count, but it's rare to see a fictional character called Holmes that isn't making an obvious reference. Same goes for Watson, but definitely not John.
  • Vladimir Nabokov once said in an interview, "I am probably responsible for the odd fact that people don't seem to name their daughters Lolita any more." But "Lolita" is the protagonist's pet name for the character Dolores, and there were tons of Doloreses around (at least until Sadist Teacher/Evil Teacher Dolores Umbridge of Harry Potter). Still, Lolita might have diminished the use of this nickname, and the town of Lolita, Texas almost changed its name because of this.
  • Astrid Lindgren's Emil was re-christened "Michel" in Germany due to there being another popular Emil in children's literature, the titular Emil from Erich Kästner's Emil and the Detectives.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The name Hermione was once fairly obscure, but not unheard of. There were two famous actresses in the 50s and 60s named Hermione: Hermione Gingold and Hermione Baddeley (the former you would know as the mayor's wife in The Music Man, the latter you would know as Ellen the maid in Mary Poppins). Before Harry Potter, it was most associated with a Shakespeare character, which was where J. K. Rowling got it from. Now you probably can't hear the name without immediately thinking about Emma Watson. (Ironically however, the actress Hermione Norris, best known for Cold Feet, Spooks and Wire in the Blood, became famous at almost exactly the same time the first Harry Potter novel was published.) Harry and Ron are, however, common enough that they don't make you think of the series unless you hear them together or by their full names. Still, the name Harry is not likely to show up in another fantasy series any time soon.
      • Which makes referencing the Hermione in Romeo X Juliet tricky, as (obviously enough) she's based on the Shakespearean Hermione.
      • Jessie Cave, who played Hermione's romantic rival in Half-Blood Prince, later played a character named "Hermione" on Sadie J, funnily enough.
    • Harry Dresden will do at least one joke per book about being the wizard named Harry. Particularly amusing, since he's actually named after Harry Houdini.
    • "Potter" is now similarly blackballed, despite Lionel Barrymore's character in the film It's a Wonderful Life. "Granger" is also probably off-limits, and "Weasley" is virtually nonexistent as a real last name.
      • Which must be really annoying for a barrister named Harry Potter who recently presented a series on BBC 4 on the history of the English legal system.
      • What about the horror film Troll, that features not one but two Harry Potters (Sr. and Jr.)?
      • Or the chatterbox wife from Carry On Camping called Harriet Potter?
      • Or Beatrix Potter, the old children's book author?
    • Bellatrix is a Latin word meaning "female warrior". An all-women's Professional Wrestling promotion named themselves Bellatrix after this. Of course many fans simply thought the promoters were massive Harry Potter fans. One promoter Saraya Knight is just as Ax-Crazy as Bellatrix Lestrange. (Bellatrix is also the name of a star, Gamma Orionis, which the Harry Potter character was named after in keeping with the astronomical Theme Naming of the Black family.)
    • Neville Longbottom is probably the only Neville we will be seeing in the near future. Unless you count Adrian Neville. Or footballers Gary Neville and Phil Neville.
    • Hedwig is most likely associated with the series as well. Many people forget Hedwig is a female name because it doesn't sound feminine and the owl's gender isn't exactly obvious.
    • And then there's "Draco". The name literally can only refer to Harry's rival (tropers also probably envision him wearing leather pants due to a certain well-known trope he named). An Athenian legislator? Who the hell are you talking about? There's a constellation named Draco too? His surname Malfoy gets this even worse; it’s so obscure that it used to be thought that Rowling made it up. Though this has been proven untrue, you will still never see another.
    • It's likely that Severus Snape is going to be the only fictional character who can get away with either of those names. Unless you are named Albus Severus Potter.
    • Ginny Weasley is certainly the best known "Ginny" out there.
    • While it's not a name, referring to someone as "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" or "You-Know-Who" is begging for reference to Lord Voldemort (CinemaSins did so when Jimmy Olsen referred to Superman as "You-Know-Who" in the 2006 Superman Returns). However, it does not apply to his birth name: his first name Tom is too common, his surname "Riddle" is too rare to begin with, and his middle name Marvolo was invented to complete the Significant Anagram.
    • Lucius Malfoy would probably be the One-Lucius Limit if not for Lucius Fox making it a Two-Lucius Limit. note 
  • Despite "Isabella" being the most popular girls' name in the US (at least partly due to The Red Stapler effect), its short form, "Bella," has become almost irrevocably tied to Bella Swan, the protagonist of the Twilight saga. This makes it Hilarious in Hindsight that the Harry Potter character Bellatrix Lestrange is nicknamed "Bella". (Incidentally, Bellatrix got the "Bella" nickname two years before the first Twilight book came out.) Among wrestling fans, it's a Two-Mario Limit (technically three) with Brie and Nikki Bella.
    • Though somehow Isabela is still occasionally abbreviated as 'Bela online, usually in the form "good old 'Bela".
    • Edward Cullen is the name of a Real Life individual who was involved in the first ever production of Inherit the Wind.
      • Speaking of "Inherit The Wind", one of the writers' names was Robert E. Lee.
    • It happened with the last name Cullen, too. Pre-Twilight, people with the name could expect to be mistaken for Cohen or Collins by every restaurant where they made reservations. Now, it's impossible to mention the name anywhere without hearing "You mean like EDWARD????"
  • The word Middle-earth (translated from Midgard) was an old name for our world to distinguish it from the other eight worlds in Norse cosmology. This was why Tolkien named his constructed world "Middle-earth" — he drew a lot of inspiration from Norse mythology and he wanted to establish that a relationship exists between his Middle-earth and our own. Thanks to that, though, no one can use "middle-earth" for its original use anymore without accidentally invoking Tolkien and his legendarium. Other works that reference Norse Mythology tend to use "Midgard" instead.
  • Both Franklin and Arthur are sufficiently iconic that you almost never see characters in either children's picture books or animated shows with these names anymore (aside from the Franklin in Peanuts, who predates the turtle), despite them both still being fairly popular male names. Averted, however, with Little Bear. Despite the extreme popularity of the series, the name is apparently considered generic enough that to this day it's still used for any of a number of other young bear characters, such as this one here.
    • Most of the character's names in Arthur are tied exclusively to the show. So don't expect to hear the names Muffy, Prunella or Sue Ellen (both names are fine separately) anywhere else. Arthur himself is a subversion, as he is far from being the only well-known bearer of his name. That said, the above still holds true in that you still don't generally see characters in this type of franchise these days that are named Arthur, Arthur Christmas being a notable exception.
      • The only other well-known Francine is Smith, and to a lesser extent, Binky shares his name with a minor character in The Fairly OddParents.
    • Arthur's little sister D.W. (short for "Dora Winifred") shares her initials with Darkwing Duck.
    • It's a good thing that D.W. goes by her initials, because a certain explorer took her first name years later. Amusingly, the reason this is so is that she simply dislikes the name Dora Winifred - one installment of the series involved a sequence of Arthur chanting it at her and her reacting as it being the worst possible insult imaginable.
  • Ebenezer and/or Scrooge (in the case of the latter, either the old man or the old duck):
    • It's very likely that the name derived from the main character in A Christmas Carol, especially the latter, since Scrooge isn't a real name — Charles Dickens got the name from misreading a tombstone (the actual man was named Scroggie).
    • Perhaps the oddest victim of this was the well-known hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing", which originally contained the line "Here I raise my Ebenezer" — a reference to the monument erected by Samuel in the Old Testament which all Ebenezers are ultimately named after. In 1973, a new version of this two-hundred-year-old hymn was written that replaces four lines and completely removes this reference.
  • Dorothy was a top-10 name for girls in the early 20th century. Nowadays, it is almost exclusively associated with the character from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Though Dorothy Zbornak and Dorothy West might make it a Three-Mario Limit.
  • "Katniss" is another name for the Sagittaria plant. Nowadays, the name conjures up only one image.
  • "Waldo" is an actual name but it is associated with Where's Waldo? in North America. Averted with his names in other countries, as names such as "Charlie" (French), "Walter" (German), and "Wally" (Commonwealth English) are perfectly common in both real life and fiction.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
    • Veruca Salt is obviously the first thing people will think of when they hear the name "Veruca", probably because the character’s parents named her that oblivious to its true meaning. The same can essentially be said for "Augustus", which is an old-fashioned name.
    • As for surnames, "Gloop", "Beauregarde"note , "Teavee", and especially "Wonka" can't be heard anywhere else.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Not many Lemonys out there, nor Snickets.
    • The surname Baudelaire, when not referring to Charles, is tied very much to a trio of orphans.
    • Before the release of Frozen, the Count had exclusive ownership to the name "Olaf" in popular culture.
  • Try naming a character "Winnie" without being reminded of Winnie-the-Pooh, even though he is almost exclusively referred to as simply "Pooh" in conversations.
    • The association seems minimal in case of the Hotel Transylvania series. Might be because a male bear is difficult to mistake for an adorable little werewolf girl.
  • Most of the names in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones aren't even real names, so they don't really count. Some of them, however, do exist, like "Arya", which refers to the Aryan Race, but due to the negative connotations of that definition, people try to associated it only with the character. "Stark" tends to be only associated, outside of their family, with Tony.
    • There is also the Arya from The Inheritance Cycle, and while she was introduced after Arya Stark, she was able to get away with it because the franchise was mostly obscure before the TV show. The Nostalgia Critic got the obvious Game of Thrones joke out of the way in his Eragon movie review the moment he introduced Arya.
  • The name "Huckleberry", and by extension the nickname "Huck", is associated only with Huckleberry Finn. It used to be a Two-Mario Limit shared with Huckleberry Hound, but Hound has gradually faded into obscurity since the 1960s. The same can essentially be said for the surname "Sawyer", despite a few later uses.
  • Invoked In-Universe in Robots and Empire, where Elijah Baley requested that there be no Elijahs or Gladias in his family after him.
  • The name Annabeth is somewhat old-fashioned name that is a combination of Anna and Elizabeth, but most younger people would think of Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians upon hearing the name.
  • Noddy will forever be associated with a little doll that drives a car from a series of children's books, though a member of Slade shares this as his nickname.
  • While the name Alice is still in wide use, it's inevitably tied to the young girl who fell down the rabbit hole. If a woman bearing the name appears in fiction, an Alice Allusion will likely follow. (Allusions to Cooper, a certain restaurant, or Bob's best friend aren't usually what comes to mind.)
  • While Jones is an extremely common surname that won't fall out of use anytime soon, good luck finding another girl named Coraline Jones ever again. "Carol" and "Caroline" appear to be fine in the mean time, though the latter is dangerously close-sounding that it may just fall into disuse.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: The surname Kirk is unlikely to be used in sci-fi again anytime soon. (Apart from joking references to Star Trek, obviously.)
    • Nor will any ship in sci-fi ever be named Enterprise. Expect loads of shout outs and ships being almost named Enterprise, though.
      • That is exactly why the first Space Shuttle was named "Enterprise", after a nation-wide letter-writing campaign by Trekkies.
      • And this is also why the first Spaceship Two being sold to Richard Branson is being named "Enterprise" (and the second is apparently "Voyager").
    • As of 2013, the US Navy does have a Captain James Kirk, though his middle name isn't Tiberius. The Captain of the USS Zumwalt is used to the Starfleet jokes. There are already jokes calling for him to be given command of the next USS ''Enterprise" when it enters service around 2025.
  • There won't be much use of the surname House either... maybe a casino reference, but that's it.
  • The Muppets made Kermit synonymous with a talking frog. In real life, Theodore Roosevelt's son, born in 1889, was named Kermit Roosevelt. The name caught on and there's a long line of Kermit Roosevelt Jr., etc. Kermit Roosevelt III, born in 1971, named his daughter Rana. Which is Spanish (and Latin) for "frog."
  • Grover, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie are residents of Sesame Street, and no other place in the universe.
    • Bert & Ernie have the same names as characters who appear together in It's a Wonderful Life, causing a lot of Sesame Street jokes (and subsequently, gay jokes).
    • The names are semi-uncommon enough that one gets accustomed to hearing other characters by the names as one gets older, but to a little kid, it's incredibly jarring to discover anyone not from the Street bearing those names. The same applies to human character Gordon, if not him then the one on Thomas the Tank Engine or the talking foot that spoofs Johnny Carson on Rocko's Modern Life. It's far more usable as a surname though, just ask Commissioner James Gordon.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The likelihood of TV characters having the name Buffy has gone down dramatically. Or at least ones that deal with vampires. Andi Mack features a Buffy among the regular cast, though they get the obligatory joke out of the way in the pilot - the character's young enough that she might very well be named for the fictional vampire slayer in-universe.
  • When most people hear the name "Lassie", they will probably think of the Heroic Dog rather than what Scots might call a girl.
  • Where else have you heard the name Moesha before?
  • Red Dwarf: When Rob Grant and Doug Naylor adapted their radio sketch series Dave Hollins: Space Cadet for television, they decided to change the main character’s last name to Lister, as a football player by the name of Dave Hollins had become famous.
  • Seinfeld:
    • The surnames "Seinfeld" and "Costanza" obviously can't be used elsewhere without comparisons to Jerry and George being made.
    • You can get away with giving a character the last name Kramer, but only if they're on a First-Name Basis. Saying "Hey Kramer!" is just begging for all the meaning to go out of a scene like air out of a balloon as the unintended Shout-Out rears its head.
    • If Cosmo Kramer really was on a First-Name Basis, it would probably affect a famous green-haired fairy a lot.
  • The name "Barney" has a history. Probably the most prominent period of the history of "Barney" was when it was highly associated with the purple dinosaur of that name. But before the purple dinosaur, the name Barney would easily remind people of Barney Rubble (surely more so than his contemporary second-runner-up Barney Fife). The name "Barney" is still fairly highly associated with the dinosaur, but there is good evidence that the effect is fading (partially due to the dinosaur forming a Periphery Hatedom): No one seems to be bothered by the associations when this name was given to a major character on How I Met Your Mother, who is characterized as something of a Magnificent Bastard who no one would compare to that mawkish dinosaur. This trope is lampshaded in an early episode, where Barney Stinson is in a children's classroom and written on the board is "Barney (Not the dinosaur)."
    • How many BJ's do you know of in popular culture besides the yellow dinosaur? Not many besides BJ McKay. Though considering what else "BJ" stands for, there might be a reason for that. The initials were used by Barbra Jean on Reba (which doubles as a Meaningful Name considering that she's an adulteress), but were ditched after the first season. BJ’s is also the name of a wholesaler.
  • There aren't that many people named "Maeby" out there.
  • The name Mallory is still very much associated with Family Ties, though Mallory Archer is another good candidate.
  • Chandler as a last name is perfectly acceptable. As a first name, it's still tied to Chandler Bing from Friends.
  • The name "Fraser" (alternately spelled "Frasier" and "Frazier") is common as a surname and still okay to use as such. As a first name, especially if it's the second spelling, it is reserved only for Dr. Frasier Crane. His brother Niles also qualifies, whose only competition is the snarky butler from The Nanny.
  • Carly Shay has OML'd the name "Carly". Outside of fiction, however, there are a couple other examples.
  • Bewitched: Darrin, Endora (which likely wouldn't be used elsewhere anyway) and especially Tabitha hold the One Mario Limit on their names, and maybe Samantha, at least to anybody aged 50 and older.
  • The surname "Winchester" will always and forever be associated with a pair of monster-hunting brothers. Or maybe the Bostonian major attached to the 4077 M*A*S*H. Brits are likely to think of the city in Hampshire, though.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • "Sheldon" is a fairly popular name in both real life and fiction, but ever since the show became a massive hit, it's almost impossible to not think of Sheldon Cooper upon hearing the name. Google certainly doesn't disagree based on the search results from the name "Sheldon" and it's especially telling that the show's prequel spin-off is simply titled Young Sheldon as if everyone would know exactly which Sheldon is being referred to. The only other possible addition to the Mario limit is Sheldon J. Plankton, who's strictly on a Last-Name Basis, and has been since before Big Bang Theory ever aired.
    • Other first names that qualify as One Mario Limits are "Rajesh"/"Raj" (at least in the Western world) and "Bernadette", whose only other competition is Bernadette Peters (and, for Catholics, the real-life St. Bernadette Soubirous).
    • As far as last names go: "Hofstadter", "Koothrappali" and "Wolowitz" are also off-limits for future fictional characters.
  • For most 2000s kids, the name "Esteban" comes to mind a silly Hispanic bellhop.
  • "Paddy" a nickname for the male given name "Patrick" covered in Western Animation below, is associated with a small group of people with an Irish pub in Philadelphia.
  • "Po" is a Teletubby and that's kind of it. Pity Po the Panda and Poe Dameron since they have to deal with jokes comparing them to the Teletubby. Even Edgar Allan Poe, who spells his name differently, isn't immune to these jokes.
  • Actors Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are the sole owners of their first names, especially after the success of Kenan & Kel. Although Kenan is a fairly common male name in Turkey.
  • While there are many fictional works that feature male characters named Avery, Murphy Brown, 30 Rock, and Dog with a Blog are the only fictional works to feature one who is female. That being said, younger Averys are much more likely to be female nowadays.
  • Warloworth is a real surname, but Warloworth from The Noddy Shop using it on a first name basis has caused him to be the only one in any piece of fiction.

  • All Elvises (Elvi?) are direct shout outs to The King. The ones who are not are forced to use their full names.
    • Elvis Costello named himself in reference to Presley. And he sometimes released music under the pseudonym "The Imposters". His last name competes only with Lou.
    • Merengue singer Elvis Crespo (of "Suavemente" fame) was named after THE Elvis.
    • Folk singer Elvis Perkins was named after The Elvis by his father, actor Anthony Perkins.
    • A Swedish series of children's books by Maria Gripe features a young protagonist named Elvis by his Presley-loving mother. (Swedish children are NEVER named Elvis unless it's a tribute to The King.note ) After The King dies, his mom starts calling him Edwin or Edmund.
    • There is an Elvis in Quantum of Solace and it's played straight, and without making a Presley joke or impression anywhere. This was done on purpose.
    • In the French version of Harry Potter, Voldemort's middle name (and presumably his grandfather's name) is Elvis. This is so the "I am Lord Voldemort" anagram translates.
  • All controversies aside, don't expect to be hearing of any pop singers named Britney in the future. Britney Spears owns the name. The name "Britney" in general is this, as it's even a redirect to her page on Wikipedia ("Brittany" and "Brittney" haven't been hit as hard, but they're not immune).
  • Shakira isn't a particularly common Hispanic name, but it's not rare either. That being said, pretty much everyone bearing the name has had to deal with the inevitable "Hips Don't Lie" jokes.
  • When Madonna Ciccone's given name is that uncommon and that strongly associated with one person, many people assume "Madonna" must be a stage name. Her name is only rivaled by the Virgin Mary.
  • In Office Space, one of the protagonist's buddies is named... Michael Bolton, complete with Lampshade Hanging:
    Samir: Why don't you just go by Mike?
    Michael: No way. Why should I change my name? He's the one who sucks...
  • Reba McEntire is at the point in her career where, there are so few other Rebas anywhere, she named her own sitcom Reba and is usually listed as just "Reba" on the music charts. It's actually a very uncommon diminutive form of "Rebecca".
  • When Garth Brooks entered the country music scene in 1989, another singer whose real name was Douglas Jackson Brooks went by Doug Stone so as to avoid confusion. On the other hand, Brooks & Dunn had no problem. That being said, he's certainly taken ownership of his first name.
  • Macarena was once a reasonably common girl's name, particularly in Spain. Nowadays, Macarena immediately calls the song and/or dance to mind. In fact, the song was about a woman named Macarena.
  • Niall has been a popular name in Ireland for a long time; it has been used since the 5th century and was the name of two Irish kings. However, in the United States (and everywhere outside Ireland), it is almost solely associated with one person: Niall Horan from One Direction.
    • Zayn is a much more extreme case of this. While the name remains normal in Muslim countries, it has become tied to Zayn Malik everywhere else outside of the professional wrestling fandom. The fact that he has since gone solo and goes solely by Zayn only further ties the association with him. "Harry", "Liam", and "Louis", on the other hand, are fully unaffected.
    • For last names, "Horan" is probably the most prominent example. "Tomlinson" would be if not for LaDainian and "Styles" is mostly associated with Harry outside of professional wrestling. "Payne" and "Malik", on the other hand, avoid this.
    • It's safe to say we won't be seeing the acronym "1D" be reused any time soon.
  • As the documentary "Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears" mentions, around 1989 the most well-known "Kurt" on the Seattle grunge scene was Kurt Danielson of TAD. The 'other' Kurt was the singer of a relatively obscure band called Nirvana. Nowadays, of course, everything has flipped. Though Kurt Angle is a very close second.
  • Though Miku is a real and common Japanese name, most people when hearing the name will immediately think of Hatsune Miku. The names Kaito and Meiko are also primarily associated with the Vocaloid characters.
  • The first thing to come to anyone's mind now with mention of the last name of Bieber is Justin Bieber. The last name has become tied to a single person as much as Obama, and just having the last name, regardless of whether or not the bearer's first name is Justin, has been known to haunt people for most of their lives. It isn't common, at least in the United States, but it isn't that rare either.
    • Downplayed with Justin. While it's a very common name, anyone with that name has invariably been called "Justin Bieber" as an insult, but it's not solely associated with Bieber. This is likely due to Justin being a common name, as well as a certain other famous (and much less hated) Justin that helps defuse the association (although his last name is an example as well).
  • Adele isn't that rare of a name, but now it is mostly associated with the British singer, especially after her international breakthrough in 2011. She's the reason that Adele Sandé goes by her middle name Emeli. In fact, her article on That Other Wiki is at simply "Adele."
  • The Russian singer Valeria. It's a stage name; her real first name is Alla. No, there cannot be another Alla on the Russian pop scene.
  • The chances of someone else named Beyoncé existing aren't high, but them getting a music career is impossible. It's not even a real name, so everyone other than Mrs. Knowles-Carter bearing the name Beyonce was named after her.
  • Country duo Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye have the latter go by Tae because there's only room for one Taylor in country music. This, despite the fact that Ms. Swift has become a pure pop singer now. Likewise, Swift also has a monopoly on Taylors in pop music.
    • Even more so is the last name "Swift".
  • Selena, depending on what age you are and background you have, will almost immediately make you think of either one of two people: Selena, the late tejano legend or Selena Gomez, Disney actress turned pop singer (who was actually named after the tejano legend). Unless it's spelled Selina.
  • Onto a similar sounding name: how many "Celines" have you heard of who are not Céline Dion? Dion too, for that matter, unless you're old enough to remember the 50s singer Dion.
  • Both "Alanis" and "Morissette", for sure.
  • "Avril" is definitely this, though the success of Adam Levine (Anglicized spelling, but same pronunciation) has prevented the same thing from happening to "Lavigne". On another note, no pop star is ever going to be naming a song of theirs "Complicated" anytime soon.
  • Good luck to any aspiring singer named Ariana. After Ariana Grande become popular on Victorious and especially upon her explosion in popularity as a singer, she practically took ownership of the name.
  • There is only one Rihanna. Her success pretty much killed off any chances of a comeback from a UK R&B singer named Rhianna. In real life, "Rhianna" is the more common of the two names.
  • The name Miley is associated with the former Destiny Hope Cyrus and no one else.
  • In America, "Calum" is most closely tied to Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer. Or to a lesser extent, actor Calum Worthy of Austin & Ally fame. It's considerably more common in Hood's native Australia and the UK.
  • "Shinoda" is a rather unremarkable surname in Japan. In the West, however, it is solely associated with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.
    • Especially after his death, another "Chester" in rock seems unlikely.
  • There are many famous Johns, Pauls, and Georges, but there is only one Ringo.
  • It goes without saying this doesn't apply to James, Jim or even Jimmy. Spell it Jimi, though, and it can only be a Shout-Out to the Voodoo Child.
  • You don't see that many singers named Janis anymore, either, except maybe Ian. "Janice" seems to be free, though.
  • You won't be seeing too many Drakes popping up after the meteoric rise of Canadian rap star Aubrey "Drake" Graham. The only other famous Drake is Drake Bell, who starred in Drake & Josh, and he more or less disappeared from the mainstream after the series ended.
  • "Kanye" is also really unlikely to show up again.
  • Bruno isn't that rare of a European name, but nowadays you'll be hard-pressed to to find someone who won't immediately associate the name with Bruno Mars. Thanks to Sammartino (from whom Peter Gene Hernandez took his Stage Name), it becomes a two-Mario limit to wrestling fans like "Lana", "Kurt" and "Zayn".
  • While Cassidy is a popular name, Cassadee refers strictly to former HeyMonday singer and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope.
  • Iggy...Pop or Azalea? Take your pick — or you could go with the Koopa (named after Pop), but other than that, you're not likely to hear anyone else.
  • Kendrick is a very common last name, but as a first name is almost universally tied to Kendrick Lamar.
  • Lemmy Kilmister is still the most popular and well-known "Lemmy" out there even after his death (the only rival being the Koopa named after him). So much that you can get his page on The Other Wiki by just searching "Lemmy". There is a sparkling lemonade drink called Lemmy that dates back to 1939 however, preceding Mr. Kilmister by decades.
  • Even people who are remotely familiar with Beethoven probably know that his first name is Ludwig, and he's probably the only Ludwig they know. Outside Germany and other countries with heavy German influence like Austria or Poland, the name is not that common, so people are more likely to associate it with the classical musician. Obviously, it's still not as attached to him as "Beethoven" is.
  • Nicki Minaj has probably taken unofficial ownership of all "Nick" diminutives there is (though not "Nick" itself). This also probably extends to her real name (Onika), and certainly to both her real (Maraj) and fake last names.
  • Arguably, the name Axel is still safe to use. Just make sure not to go with an "Axl" spelling (unless it's a deliberate homage like the Guilty Gear fighter or the Megaman X character).
  • "Diddy" either refers to rapper and record producer Sean Combs (a.k.a Puff Daddy and P. Diddy) or Diddy Kong.
  • As common of a name as it is, you're probably going have a hard time as a singer if your last name is Jackson (Though Alan seems to be doing pretty well, but he's a white country singer, so this probably only applies to black singers). "Michael" isn't an example, but "Janet" is.
  • All Katherines who want to be known as "Katy" must go with "Katie" instead, thanks to Ms. Perrynote . No wonder Katy Tiz's career never went anywhere, or why UK singer Katy B’s popularity is almost non-existent stateside.
  • There is only one Mariah, Mariah Carey.
  • "Whitney" will always be most associated with Whitney Houston, if not the show Whitney or the Gym Leader infamous for her hard-to-beat Miltank.
  • The last name "Jonas" is pretty much tied to a certain band of brothers.
  • A nickelback is an obscure position in American football, and the fact that it's now tied to a certain rock band certainly hasn't helped.
  • People are far more likely to associate "Bowie" with David than the Bowie knife nowadays.
  • The name "Marley" is now mostly associated with Bob and his family, if not a dog, but even then the eponymous canine was named after Bob.
  • "Dylan" is another last name exclusively tied to a singer named Bob, though it's very much not an example as a first name.
  • To most people, the word "slipknot" is far more synonymous with a metal band than an actual kind of knot tied with a rope. There's also an obscure DC Comics villain introduced in the '80s that's named Slipknot, but his obscurity could also be attributed by the fact that it's harder to search for him when typing in his name brings up the band.
  • How many people named "Seger" do you know whose first name isn't Bob?
  • Michael (formerly Marvin) Aday has taken ownership of the nickname "Meat Loaf" (which was a fairly popular pejorative for fat people) and you won't hear it anywhere else unless someone is talking about the actual meat dish.
  • There's honestly not a lot of Freddies in music nowadays, and even fewer Mercurys.
  • Elton seems safely secure nowadays.
  • Out of "respect" for the Queen of Soul, Aretha is fully off-limits.
  • While Bruce is very fine to use in other capacities, The Boss is fully in charge of the name in the music world; even more so with "Springsteen".
  • In country music, common names tend to get locked up very quickly: examples include Johnny, Hank (shared with his son and grandson), Tammy, Dolly, Willie, Travis (as a first name), Tim, Alan, Randy, Keith (as a first name), Brad, Toby, Blake, Carrie, Jason, Miranda, Zac, Luke, and the aforementioned Taylor. The biggest aversions so far are George (Jones and Strait) and Kenny (Rogers and Chesney). Only a handful of names, like Garth, Merle, Martina, Shania, Reba, and Waylon (the only other prominent Waylons are Batman rogue Waylon Jones aka. Killer Croc, and Waylon Smithers from The Simpsons, who's on a Last-Name Basis) are rare enough to have taken control in overall pop culture.
  • Deliberately invoked by Tay Zonday. He said in an interview he picked the name because it was the first one he came up with that didn't show any other significant personages in a web search.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Bad News Allen used the Red Baron "The Ultimate Warrior" prior to coming to WWE as Bad News Brown. However, the name "The Ultimate Warrior" conjures up one image, and it's not a Badass black guy from Harlem, NY, or even a 1975 Yul Brynner movie. It's the wrestler whose birth name was Jim Hellwig.
  • The Iron Sheik took his ring name because Ed Farhat already had the name "The Sheik".
  • Prior to his WCW days, Stevie Ray (of Harlem Heat fame) used the name "Kane" when wrestling. To most fans, there is only one Kane in pro wrestling, and his brother is NOT Booker T, but the Undertaker.
  • Averted with the Red Baron "The Nature Boy", which has been used by Buddy Rogers and Ric Flair (indeed, Flair took the look, the attitude, and the finishing maneuver as well as the Red Baron from Rogers' persona.)
  • The name AJ is a Two Mario Limit example, with one for each gender, with AJ Styles for men and A.J. Lee for women. Despite the popularity of Styles, the name was for a while more associated with Lee, given that unlike Styles she is almost always called by her first name, as she was known simply as "AJ" when she debuted, and was more established with casual fans due to Styles wrestling on smaller stages. During Lee’s peak in popularity from 2012 to 2014, fans would almost always call Styles by his last name. However, since Lee retired on bad terms in 2015 with WWE trying to scrub her from history and Styles finally signed with WWE in 2016, subsequently becoming a top star, fans became increasingly likely to call Styles by his first name. Nowadays, Styles has likely overshadowed Lee as the AJ in wrestling.
  • There are two major figures named Vince in the wrestling world, McMahon and Russo; but "Vince" alone typically refers to McMahon (to distinguish from the other members of his family in the business), whereas Russo is usually called by his last name (as commonplace as the name is outside of wrestling, Vince Russo has easily OML'd "Russo" in the wrestling world, but not in a good way). The McMahon family are easily the most famous people to bear the surname in the world.
  • "Jeff", when used alone, usually refers to Hardy and not Jarrett, as the former has to be distinguished from his brother Matt whereas the latter has few Jarretts to compete with. "Hardy" however, is safely secured by Jeff and Matt in wrestling, and their only rivals outside of the industry are another pair of brothers or half of an old comedy duo.
  • In addition to their desire to owning trademarks for wrestler names, WWE will also change a wrestlers name to support this. For example, outside WWE, The Hurricane/Hurricane Helms/Gregory Helms goes by the name Shane Helms. Shane is also the name of Vince McMahon's son who was a major part of WWE programming for a time, so Helms could not use it in WWE. There won't be anymore Stephanies around either, which is probably why Nikki Bella (real name Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace) goes by her middle name when addressed on Total Divas.
  • There is, was, and will only ever be one "Bret" in professional wrestling. The same can be said with "Owen". Anyone outside their family won't be allowed to use "Hart" either, with Jimmy Hart, who became famous before the Canadian Harts, being the sole exception.
  • Kevin Steen, known as Kevin Owens in WWE, takes sole ownership of both "Steen" and "Owens", although definitely not "Kevin".
  • It's highly unlikely there's ever going to be another Bray in professional wrestling, and certainly we won't be hearing "Wyatt" again either (outside of the name of the stable he led). "Braun" is also off-limits.
  • John Cena is undoubtedly the most well known bearer of his family name in the world. It's also his real name, and not a ring name created for his gimmick.
  • Not too many people can name any Lesnars whose first name isn't "Brock". Likewise, "Brock" is completely unusable by anyone else in the industry nowadays.
  • Ted DiBiase is also unquestionably the single most famous "DiBiase" in the world.
  • While "Ziegler" is pretty common, the extremely rare variant "Ziggler" is associated only with Dolph.
  • The Undertaker has taken complete ownership of the word "undertaker", which means mortician. The word has been used increasingly less often as the wrestler became more prominent.
  • The name "Roman" has practically become synonymous with Roman Reigns, unless you're a comic book fan, then you might think of lesser known Batman villain Roman "Black Mask" Sionis. "Reigns" has too, despite Luther Reigns.
  • Ironically (or maybe not, who knows?) Roman Sionis had a girlfriend with the last name "Ambrose" in Batman: Arkham Origins. Sound familiar?
  • There are two well-known Randys in professional wrestling, Savage and Orton. So while it averted the One Mario Limit, it's unlikely to go past the Two Mario Limit. Their last names can qualify as well, with the possible exception of Orton's father Bob (outside the wrestling world, definitely not)note .
  • Seamus is an extremely common name in Ireland, but not particularly well known in the U.S. (Seamus Finnigan is probably the best known bearer of the name over there). However, "Sheamus", an extremely rare variant of the name, is associated almost exclusively with the Irish professional wrestler. He's actually been doing it to not just his variant but the entire "Seamus" name family.
  • Any wrestler named "Rick" will have to keep the "k" at the end, because "Ric" is tied to Mr. Flair and nobody else.
  • While "Foley" is a common last name in real life, it's practically unusable in the wrestling world if your name isn't Mick. "Mick" is an example too, and overall is a Two-Mario limit shared with Jagger.
  • The name "Hogan" will probably be forever associated with Hulk both in and out of the wrestling world, despite the existence of Hogan's Heroes and The Hogan Family. However, the first name is a Two-Mario Limit shared with the Incredible Hulk.
  • There is room for only one André in the professional wrestling industry.
  • Austin is a very common first and last name in the real world, but it's become OML'd in the industry in both ways.
  • "Steve Austin" is the name of the protagonist of The Six Million Dollar Man note  (The wrestler's real name was "Steve Williams" before he legally changed it. He was given the name "Austin" by Dutch Mantell on the fly to avoid confusion with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams), but the wrestler took that name all to himself after becoming "Stone Cold". Hell, "Stone Cold" is OML'd by Steve as well, since, like with "undertaker", the phrase isn't used very often these days when not talking about the wrestler.
  • Despite being a common name, there have not been very many notable Christians in the wrestling business besides the mononymous wrestler.
  • The world "edge" is completely off limits for wrestling stage names nowadays.
  • Shawn is another very common name that is almost exclusively associated in the wrestling world with one person. The S-E-A-N spelling is available though ("Shaun" is probably not, though). "Michaels" is probably OML'd as well.
  • "Brian" is perfectly fine to use as long as it has an "i" in it. Only one wrestler is allowed to use "Bryan" both as a first and last name (the only exception being Bryan Clarke, who is far less famous and predated him by several years). While "Daniel" isn't an example (though most other wrestlers tend to use "Dan" or "Danny"), "Danielson" is.
  • CM Punk has assured that "Punk" won't be appearing in another wrestler's stage name anytime soon. As part of a nickname, it's OK.
  • There are several Eddies in the industry, but the name will always be first and foremost associated with Eddie Guerrero. Likewise, "Guerrero" is exclusively tied to his family, though similarly-named Juventud Guerrera got a pass.
  • Jericho is the name of an ancient city in what is now Palestine. Nowadays when people mention it, it's impossible not to think of Chris Jericho.
  • Any wrestlers commonly known by their initials (i.e. DDP, RVD, JBL, MVP, JR take sole ownership of them).
  • Alberto is associated exclusively with Alberto Del Rio and nobody else. "Del Rio" too.
  • Aside from "Zayn", as mentioned above in the Music folder, Sami Zayn has exclusive ownership to "Sami". Otherwise you have to go by Sammy or Sam.
  • "Curt" and "Kurt", two spellings of the same name, have been OML'd by Hennig and Angle, respectively. Although the latter still competes with Cobain, who remains popular to this day.
  • Kofi Kingston has practically complete ownership of his first name — his only competition being Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the UN.
  • Kevin Nash is easily the most famous bearer of the surname "Nash" (rivaled only by Charlie and Graham). If people don't think of him when they hear "Nash", then they're probably thinking of "Nashville".
  • Shinsuke Nakamura has OML'd both of his names, at least in non-Japanese markets (especially "Shinsuke" since the name "Nakamura" occasionally pops up in American fiction, but the name "Shinsuke" was probably unheard of by most outside of Japan before the King of Strong Style became notable).
  • This trope actually seems to be the norm rather than the exception when it comes to women in wrestling, thus there are far too many examples to list. Whenever a female wrestler, manager, valet, etc. gains even a shred of national or international attention, their names end up becoming exclusive to them and aren't typically used by anyone else in the industry, present or future. It doesn't help that A) there are fewer women in wrestling than men so they are more likely to form a bond with their name, B) women tend to take on more distinctive sounding names than men do (at least when it comes to actual names rather than monikers), C) while men are mostly referred to in shorthand by their last names, women usually go by their first names, and D) since WWE tend to make most of their acquired talents change their names to a WWE-given one (with a few exceptions) it's almost like they're trying to enforce it (such as Milena Roucka going by Rosa Mendes in WWE to avoid confusion with similarly-named Melina Perez). For example, there are dozens of Ricks, Scotts and Johns in wrestling but significantly fewer Stephanies, Michelles and Beths, despite all of those names being more-or-less equally common in real life. Any future Beths can't use "Elizabeth" either. Aversions so far (at least within WWE):
    • Two Marias ("Kanellis" and "Menounos")
    • Two Nikkis ("Bella" and "Cross")
    • Two Carmellas (DeCeasare and Carmella, the "Princess of Staten Island"). Though in this case, the latter is far more well-known to audiences than the former.
    • Multiple variations of the name "Victoria", including "Victoria" itself: Tori, Torrie and Vickie. Alicia Fox (real name Victoria Crawford) also used the name "Tori" in developmental, but her name was changed upon making it to the main roster (for an angle with Vickie, no less) due to this trope.
    • Two women in WWE have used "Marie" as the second part of their name: Dawn and Eva.
    • Akira Hokuto at least has a hold on female "Akiras", but the name is common for men, like Tozawa, Maeda, Nogami, and Taue.
    • Two Candices (Michelle and LeRae)
    • There have been several Rebeccas, like Budig and DiPietro, two backstage interviewers, Bayless, the former Cookie in TNA, and Sky (who is Matt Hardy’s wife), but the most famous by far is Rebecca Quin, better known as Becky Lynch.
    • There are two notable wrestlers with name variations of Bailey, one for each gender. You have plain old Bayley, who is a female WWE star, and "Speedball" Mike Bailey, who is a male independent star. Of course, the former is far more famous than the latter. While "Bailey" is a common name outside wrestling, "Bayley" is all but synonymous with hugs.
  • There are two popular wrestlers surnamed Banks: Sasha and Travis. While Sasha is by far the better-known of the two, Travis is much more likely to be going on a last name basis. But Sasha still holds the OML on her first name.
  • The word "Warrior" can only be used in a wrestling name if it is preceded by "Ultimate" or "Road".
  • Hunter Hearst Helmsley has taken control of the name "Hunter" in pro wrestling (at least as a first name, as there is indy wrestler and fitness model April Hunter to take into account), even though he usually goes by Triple H these days.
  • Hearing the name "Steiner" might remind you of a story of two brothers: Rick and Scott.
  • Enzo Amore has made sure that the name "Enzo" won't be used again, especially after the rape allegations against him surfaced note . "Amore" is this too, although to a much lesser extent than "Enzo".
  • Outside of India, Jinder Mahal has OML'd the name "Jinder", but most definitely not "Mahal".
  • The Italian name "Santino" refers to Santino Marella and nobody else. Outside of wrestling, there's also actor Santino "Hans" Fontana and designer Santino Rice, but Mr. Marella is still the best known bearer of the name Santino anywhere. "Marella", however, avoids this thanks to the legendary Robert "Gorilla Monsoon" Marella and his son, referee Joey Marella.
  • Would you like to use the name Barrett in wrestling in the future? Well, I'm afraid I've got some bad news!
  • Trish Stratus is probably the best known person named "Trish" anywhere, whether in the context of wrestling or not. Even though it’s merely shorthand for "Patricia" in her case.

  • When you mention the name "Kobe", you almost always get former basketball star Kobe Bryant instead of the Japanese city, the meat, or League of Legends caster Sam "Kobe" Hartman-Kenzler.
  • "Shakeel" is an uncommon Arabic name meaning "little warrior". However, the spelling "Shaquille", and by extension the nickname "Shaq", is OML'd by Mr. O'Neal.
  • "Lebron" is an uncommon Spanish surname, but basketball star LeBron James has made that name completely unusable.
  • Stephen Curry is pretty much the only man who can use the nickname "Steph", as it's otherwise exclusively reserved as a shorthand for the female name Stephanie. Even the pronunciation of his name ("Steffen" instead of "Steven") qualifies.
    • "Curry" is likely going in this direction as well, even if the Indian dish of same name remains popular.
  • Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic trademarked his first name, ensuring that he would be the primary owner of that name.
  • "Cristiano" is the Portuguese form of the common first name "Christian". However, the name is almost exclusively associated with Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
    • Because of the Brazilian footballer Ronaldo, that name has a three-Mario limit with Cristiano and Ronaldinho.
  • There are no other Beckhams but David Beckham, former English footballer, or his wife Victoria.
    • False. Odell Beckham, Jr is a wide receiver in American football (the other kind of football).
  • Good luck finding any other person with the surname Maradona that is not the Argentinian footballer or related to him.
  • Lionel Messi has definitely taken ownership of his last name. His first name, meanwhile, is definitely this in the football world, though it's common enough to be used elsewhere.
  • You'll never find another Tyson in Boxing, regardless if it's name or surname (arguably, the simple "Mike" is also risky). Even a similar sounding name is off-limits as Balrog of Street Fighter can attest to (originally known as "Mike Bison", he had his name swapped around with two other characters' in the Western release [the third name in the wheel being "Vega"] exactly to prevent potential legal troubles with Tyson).
  • Jamaican track runner Usain Bolt is the sole owner of "Usain" (and maybe "Bolt" as well if it weren't for a certain Disney dog).
  • The last name "Montana" is associated with three people: Joe (American football), Tony, and Hannah. That, and the U.S. state.
  • Among Ice Hockey fans, the Lemieux that comes to most people's minds upon hearing the name is Mario. He's not even the only Lemieux to have ever played in the NHL, however - there was one Claude who actually had a really impressive career, and currently there's a fellow named Brendan (the son of Claude though neither are related to Mario). Mario himself has a son named Austin who's been spotted at training camps for his father's team.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Ricky Gervais invokes this trope in one of his shows; there are not many "Adolfs" around these days, although there are many Robbies and Kylies.

  • Most of William Shakespeare's more famous characters are strictly off limits, and no one uses their names unless they intentionally mean to evoke those plays, Romeo being the worst offender.
    • Hamlet, Lear, Othello, Ophelia, Iago, Macbeth, Shylock, Romeo, etc. are hardly ever seen, except as shout outs, like the Iago in Aladdin or the Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth. Though nowadays, if you mention "Iago" (a variant of "Jacob" in Spanish and Welsh), people are going to think of the parrot thanks to Disney's ubiquitousness.
      • Some of these names were unpopular, considered exotic or even unheard of before Shakespeare, though. "Shylock" seems to be completely made up, "Iago" was the Spanish form of a common enough name (James/Jacob). On the other hand, some names became popularized by Shakespeare — for instance Cordelia, Imogen (Shakespeare's misspelling of "Innogen"), Horatio, Portia, Jessica (misspelling of "Iscah" from The Bible), and Miranda (invented for "The Tempest"). There is also another Ophelia, Jamie Lee Curtis' character in Trading Places; "Ophelia" also seems to be a 16th century poetic invention, though not by Shakespeare, but by Jacopo Sannazzaro. "Rosalind" got a big boost from being used by Shakespeare and Spenser.
      • Surprisingly, the name "Juliette"/"Juliet" is pretty common, even when there's yet another book with the name on the title.
    • "Othello" is also a common name for the board game "Reversi."
      • Pressman marketed the game under that name so that they could trademark it.
  • Oedipus, with all its psychological infamy. Although in Brazil, Édipo is still used as a name.
  • The "Romeo" example was lampshaded in Newsies, when Katherine dismisses a flirtatious Newsie by calling him Romeo. Romeo then asks Jack how Katherine knew his name.

  • "Barbara" is a commonplace name in fiction. One of its diminutive forms, "Barbie", is not. Almost every character called "Barbie" is a reference to the iconic doll-line. It's to the point where many don't realize that Barbie's name is actually "Barbara".

    Video Games 
  • The Trope Namer is, of course, Mario. Outside of the Mario series, you would be hard-pressed to find a single video game use of the name that isn't a Shout-Out or a licensed game using the name of a real person/character from another medium. Luigi isn't that common either.
    • Assassin's Creed II features Mario Auditore, but lampshades the fact with his introduction — "Don't you recognize me? It's-a me, Mario!"
    • As does Just Cause 3 when it introduces its character Mario Frigo. They try to be subtle about it; the line reading goes out of its way not to sound like the OG Mario's catchphrase.
      Mario: Rico? Is that you?
      Rico: Si, it's me. [short pause] Mario?
    • Looking up just "Mario" on The Other Wiki goes to the article for the Mario. Even his brother shares this distinction.
    • And now, Masashi Kishimoto, author of Naruto, has the audacity to name his one-shot manga about the Mafia Mario. He seems to be aware of the connection to the plumber but doesn't care, as in that issue's Author's Notes, he jokes about making a sequel called Luigi.
    • Mario's popularity is enough to have other Real Life Marios reference him through a "Super Mario" nickname. There's the NFL wide receiver Mario Manningham, Mario Lemieux of NHL fame (who, interestingly, got his own game on the Sega Genesis of all platforms, leading to some confusion about a Mario hockey game on a Sega system), footballers Mario Balotelli, Mario Gómez and Mario Suárez (only the former is Italian, though), former Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti and Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank. To be fair, both Mario and Luiginote  are very common names in Italy as well as the entire Europenote , the plumbers' fame having never really influenced their diffusion in any way.
    • A fairly common surname in Québec is "Brodeur", so if your first name is Mario (not completely impossible), you get something very close to "Mario Brother".
    • Even Princess Peach gets this to a degree. "Peach" is an uncommon girl's name that's probably not gonna be used for another videogame character. It's still a fairly common surname that... won't show up in games that much either (again thanks to the character).
    • From the same series, we have the cosmic princess "Rosalina" from Super Mario Galaxy, but because the name is one of the several variants of "Rosalie/Rosalind", this is not a big loss.
    • "Yoshi" is not a rare Japanese name, but people outside Japan will probably think of Mario's green dinosaur sidekick before anything else (this does not include names that start with "Yoshi" though, like "Yoshimaru" or "Yoshida" — or "Yoshimitsu" which is always going to be associated with Namco's ninja/samurai character).note  Also, just like Mario and Luigi, Yoshi will have his article brought up by The Other Wiki if "Yoshi" is searched, regardless of disambiguations.
      • Funny enough, Nintendo themselves created a CPU Mii for the Wii Sports games named Yoshi who appears as an older looking woman, although it is unknown if she is a reference to, or named after, the dinosaur. Given that Yoshi is a Japanese Gender-Blender Name, that would be a play.
    • "Bowser" itself is not an actual name, but it is a surname (not a common one, but also not that obscure either), however, both instances are likely to be avoided in fiction to avoid comparisons with King Koopa himself.
      • A case of this trope's occasional effects in Real Life was shown when Nintendo of America hired former EA employee Doug Bowser, which caused jokes to pop up left and right among fans and the company alike because of that surname. His Twitter handle, for example, is @thetruebowser. Becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when Bowser was announced as Reggie Fils-Aime's replacement when the latter announced his retirement from being President of Nintendo of America in 2019. Nintendo had a bit of fun with this during the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019; as a gag, the Koopa King showed up when Yoshiaki Koizumi said he had someone he wanted to introduce. After a bit, Doug came along and clarified "You're not the right Bowser. I'm the right Bowser." Prompting the Koopa to walk off confused, and for Koizumi to ask if they were related.
    • "Pauline", Mario's original Damsel in Distress from Donkey Kong, didn't stand out that much and only occasionally appeared here and there, so her name didn't fall victim, but after Super Mario Odyssey released and brought her back to prominence the name began to be primarily tied to the character.
  • Although the name had existed long before video games (let alone the franchise), Zelda will probably never be a prominent character in a video game ever again. For that matter, neither will Link — sorry, guys named Lincoln.
  • There are no other video game characters called Kirbynote . The only other relatively notable fictional characters who share the same name are Kirby Buckets, a vacuum cleaner from The Brave Little Toasternote  and a private detective, but the latter two predate the pink puffball and none of them really reach the same level of popularity.
    • And in real life, Kirby shares name recognition with Jack Kirby. And yes, jokes have been made, which is natural when two recognizable figures share the same name.
    • For added hilarity, Kirby, a character known for sucking up his enemies, shares his name with the Kirby vaccuum cleaner company.
    • Quite a few Kirby and Super Smash Bros. fans associate the name "Hal" with HAL Laboratory, the company responsible for the Kirby and first three Smash Bros. games. Green Lantern fans associate the name with the title character's alter ego, while the literary-minded might first think of Prince Hal, and sci-fi film fans will likely think of HAL 9000.
    • Any spelling of "Adeline/Adelyn" will bring to mind Adeleine the painter girl from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • Samus is also not going to be used by any other character in a video game, much less in fiction, or even real life. While there are doubts on whether the name is real or not, it is a pretty simple name that sounds a lot like a variant of "Seamus" or "Samuel", so it wouldn't have been surprising if a writer had came up with if the character never existed.
  • Thanks to Halo, if you ever play a game where naval ranks are present, you're not likely to ever see anyone with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer ever again.
    • It's an odd rank for the protagonist of an FPS game to have anyway. Given what FPS player characters normally do, the voice on the radio giving them orders is far more likely to be an E-9 (actually, even that's a little far down on the org chart for an E-9) than the PC is.
  • Believe it or not, Ness was a rare given name meaning "from the headland" (as well as an anagram for the SNES console; EarthBound is funny like that). After EarthBound was released, though, it has become even rarer due to this character, even if he debuted in Smash Bros. for most.
  • Assassins's Creed II probably made the name "Ezio" unlikely to be used for a videogame character ever again.
  • The name "Lara" (a not-so-common variation of "Laura") is going to remain forever associated with the protagonist of Tomb Raider. And the surname "Croft" even more so.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Do you know how many girls called "Lucina" exist besides the Fire Emblem Awakening co-protagonist? Absolutely none as far as anyone knows. Hell, even Google seems to think so as the character is the only thing that shows up when you search for the name. And if The Other Wiki is to be believed, there are quite a few notable people named "Lucinda" and plenty of people named "Lucia", but little to no Lucinas.
    • In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, the Avatar's butler goes by the name "Joker". However, this was changed in the localized version, possibly due to the name "Joker" being heavily associated with Batman's arch-nemesis in the US.
      • In regards to the Avatar themself, "Corrin" is a moderately common surname in the US. As a name though, it's very likely never used anywhere at all, and that may be for the best.
  • Monika is now just Monika.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV killed the chances of another video game character called "Niko" (an uncommon variant of "Nicholas") existing.
  • Both Jak and Daxter have names that are unlikely to be reused for other characters, even though they're just variants of Jack and Dexter, respectively.
  • Code Name example: people are more likely to associate the word "Ocelot" with Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear series than with the animal his name is based on (probably because they might not know what an Ocelot is).
    • Parodied by the Metal Gear Awesome fan video:
    Liquid: Ocelot, we need to change your name to a real animal.
    Ocelot: It is a real animal, you jackass!
    Liquid: Well I never heard of it.
    Ocelot: It's like a bobcat or something.
    Liquid: We don't have a Bobcat in Foxhound, you can be Revolver Bobcat!
    • Grand Theft Auto V has a fictional carmaker named "Ocelot", which is a Jaguar pastiche. Due to huge success of the game, many GTAV players now associate "Ocelot" with the Jaguar pastiche than Metal Gear's Revolver Ocelot.
  • How many characters with the surname Edgeworth do you know out there aside from the cravat-wearing prosecutor from the Ace Attorney series?
  • Sonic, a word referring to sound or sound waves, now refers to the Blue Blur himself, or the video game series as whole, rubbing the rings off any chance for a character to be named Sonic without attracting blue hedgehog jokes. Unsurprisingly, Sonic Drive-In, a fast food restaurant chain predating the Hedgehog, has.
  • Star Fox:
  • Geralt from The Witcher series. Had he been just a Gerald instead, he probably wouldn't be in this page, which shows how a single letter swap can do wonders for recognition (even if the name is not pronounced the same as Gerald).
  • Without question, the most famous fictional character named Heihachi is Heihachi Mishima from Tekken. The same can essentially be said for his son Kazuya, and for both the Mishima and Kazama last names. (Literature fans however tend to associate "Mishima" with Yukio Mishima rather than Heihachi or Kazuya.)
  • Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn didn't need much to own her name for the rest of eternity.
  • Street Fighter:
    • In a strange example, the name "Ryu" is overused. However, it is clear that the Street Fighter Series Mascot is the most popular bearer of the name and perhaps the only prevalent one in global pop culture (the only one who can compete being Ryu Hayabusa, who's usually referred to on a last name basis). Asking anyone on the street about the name "Ryu" will probably result in a bunch of Hadouken/Shoryuken references.
    • "Cammy" is that British soldier chick who is known for her ass. Search the name on Google to see her profile pop up.
    • Guile is an actual English word that means "cunning". However, those who are unfamiliar with the English lexicon will probably think of the American soldier.
  • After the release and acclaim of The Last of Us, you won't be seeing another video game character named "Ellie" anytime soon. The only other famous Ellie anywhere in pop culture is Ellie Goulding.
    • Possibly, until The Outer Worlds comes out, with Ellie being the red-headed companion most featured in promotional material
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The name Cid tends to be highly associated with the series, as every entry having a character with that name is a series tradition. The most popular of them is probably Cid Highwind from Final Fantasy VII. The character CID from Saints Row IV is a parody of the tradition. Despite this, one Final Fantasy title - Final Fantasy XII - did contain two characters named Cid (Dr. Cidolfus Demen Bunansa, the game's "official" Cid, and the more comic-relief orientated Al-Cid Margrace). Some speculated this may have been due to a desire to have a heroic Cid character due to Dr. Cid being an antagonist, just in case this wasn't well-received. (It was, and villainous Cids continue to appear occasionally.)
    • An early name for the character who became Ardyn in Final Fantasy XV was "General Safay Roth", a name that is such an obvious reference to Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth - only one of the most famous and popular villains in the entire medium of gaming - that it gives the impression of being a development injoke.
      • Even official names are an issue. The Fiend from Final Fantasy VI is officially named Sephriot, with much the same pronunciation, though it doesn't actually appear in the game itself. (The other members of the Warring Triad being Sophia the Goddess and Zurvan the Demon). When the Trio appeared in Final Fantasy XIV and these names appeared for the first time, most assumed it was reference to the FFVII villain.
    • In regards to Final Fantasy VII, Tifa Lockhart is the only Tifa that exists in fiction. You won't even see women named Tiffany using it as a nickname due to the association.
  • Negative example: you'd need to have balls of steel to name a character Bubsy nowadays.
  • The name "Shaundi" won't be seeing much use outside of the Saints Row series. The only other character who might qualify as a One Mario Limit would be Kinzie.
  • Pokémon:
    • Ho-Oh is the Japanese name for the mythical bird known in China as the Fenghuang, but since the former is so closely linked with the Pokemon in the Anglophone world, most localizations will use either the latter name or Phoenix even if the work is Japanese in origin (e.g. the equivalent Yu-Gi-Oh! card Fenghuang, which was originally Ho-o in Japan and is part of a series of cards that reference Japanese mythology, or Hououmon from Digimon becoming Phoenixmon).
    • Similarly, the Yu-Gi-Oh! card Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter is spelled that way to avoid associations with the Pokemon Raikou.
    • Pokemon fans have a habit of associating the given name "Evie" with the very popular Evolution Pokemon Eevee. Despite it being spelled differently, it's pronounced the same way.
      • In Paladins, Evie the Winter Witch is aware of the name similarities and has a Shout-Out to Pokemon as one of her jokes.
      "No, I'm not the shiny version. Stop asking."
  • Good luck finding any video game hero named "Tracer", now that a teleporting Brit in orange tights is already Tracer. It's to the point where this very wiki has a disambiguation on Every Bullet Is a Tracer.
    • To a lesser extent, it's hard to get away with Reinhardt, McCree, Genji, Hanzo, and Torbjörn nowadays, despite all of them being real names.
  • Splatoon fans will forever associate the name Callie with one of the Squid Sisters, which is actually a pun on "calamari" (the other Squid Sister averts this due to having the relatively common "Marie").
  • Fate/stay night has pretty much laid claim to all future uses of the surnames "Emiya", "Tohsaka", and "Matou".note  The masculine name "Illya" is also unlikely to be used as a Gender-Blender Name any time soon, as it's the short form of Illyasviel here — either the master of Berserker or the young magical girl version of her from another universe.
  • Thanks to the popularity of the Kunio-kun games, the name Kunio will forever be associated with hotblooded tough guy delinquents.
  • Undertale:
    • Papyrus the skeleton is probably more well-known than the writing font he was named after (and that his dialogue uses), which might not be very surprising as said font has always been a relatively obscure one. His brother Sans is a bit more iffy though, since the "Comic Sans" font is still infamously loathed and mocked.
    • An "undine" is the name given to a folkloric water elemental spirit, but those unaware of the legend might think "Undyne" is an unique name belonging to the fishwoman knight you meet midway through the game.
  • “Belmont” is only synonymous to the Belmont clan of vampire hunters from the Castlevania series.

  • A fictional universe example: in the web comic Jack, it's said that the titular character gave such a... specially strong... impression (being a genocidal dictator surely helps), that no one has had that name since his death, because everyone grew sick of that name and no one likes the connotations. And it was implied that it had happened several centuries since, so...
  • dolan pls. Otherwise, he's a cardinal from New York City or a pair of vlogging twins named Ethan and Grayson.

    Web Original 
  • Parodied in the "Asakura Hour" segment of Negima The Abridged Series: almost every time the name "Asakura" is mentioned, the OP for Shaman King starts playing, much to the enragement of the host.
  • The name "Chad" was already used as a derogatory term before but the Virgin vs. Chad meme gave a face that can't be disassociated from the name.
  • In 2018, good luck naming a character Momo after the breakout of the Momo Challenge. Many characters were named Momo before, but this one hit people hard.
  • The name "Tari" comes to mind the blue-haired Gamer Chick from Meta Runner and SMG4's Mario Bloopers.
    • Speaning of which, the "Meaghan/Megan/Meghan" nickname "Meggy" brings to mind the Inkling-turned-human girl from the latter series.
  • Similar to "Chad", the name "Karen" has become associated with a Karen negative stereotype about women (particularly middle-aged white women) and thus will see a decrease in usage both in fiction and real life.

    Western Animation 
  • There aren't many cartoon characters called Mickey. Or Minnie. Or Donald. (Outside of cartoons there's plenty of Mickeys and Donalds.) Friends lampshaded this in episode 102, "The One With the Sonogram":
    Ross: How about the baby's name?
    Carol: "Marlon" if it's a boy, "Minnie" if it's a girl.
    Ross: in, "Mouse"?
    Carol: As in, my grandmother.
    Ross: Still, you say "Minnie", you hear "Mouse".
  • The Simpsons:
    • No one will ever be able to call a character Homer or Bart again (although, you might still be able to find a Bartholomew).
      Principal Skinner: There are no other Barts! (Which is ironic, since he doesn't know who El Barto is.)
    • In an attempt to keep Homer Simpson away, one treehouse group (and later The Stonecutters) use this trope in Homer the Great:
      Girl points to "NO HOMERS CLUB" sign.
      Homer: But you let in Homer Glumplet!
      Girl: It says "NO HOMERS." We're allowed to have one.
    • A superhero called Bart Allen (aka The Flash) made his debut in 1995, at the height of the Simpsons' popularity. It probably helps that superheroes are more often known by their superhero names than by their birth names.
      • Xenogears got away with having a Bart, probably because the show is not as culturally significant over in Japan. Final Fantasy V also had a Bartz.
      • Gossip Girl was released in 2002, and Chuck's father is named Bart. Also, in the The Baby-Sitters Club series, Kristy's Love Interest Bart is introduced in a book published in 1989, which is coincidentally the same year of The Simpsons debut.
      • In the British soap opera Hollyoaks a character named Bart McQueen is introduced in 2010.
    • Even though the main character in October Sky was named Homer. They got away with it because 1. it took place in the 1950s. and 2. it was based on a true story and the guy's real name was Homer. Even by the 1980s, it was considered an old-fashioned name.
      • In fact, the name "Homer" is nowadays more associated with the character from "The Simpsons" than with Homer Plessey, of Plessey vs Ferguson fame, or with the ancient poet whose name is just Homer. The show even makes a joke about the poet when they do a recreation of "Homer's Odyssey", which Homer briefly assumes is a story about an SUV he once rented...
      • Simpsons-watching readers of Nathaniel West's novel The Day of the Locust will be surprised to find a character named Homer Simpson that pre-dates the TV Homer.
      • An in-universe example. Homer is watching the pilot for a new TV series called "Police-Cops" in which one of the Police-Cops is named Homer Simpson. Adding to the fact that this character is popular and badass, Homer flaunts his name around, even telling people that they named and based the character after him. Though the very next episode the character was retooled into a fat bumbling idiot with annoying catchphrases. Which in turn inspired Homer to temporarily change his name.
    • At this point, "Marge" (a diminutive of "Margaret") also seems to be associated solely with Ms. Simpson herself.
    • In India, you could probably get away with naming your kid Apu. But if you're an immigrant family wanting to give your child a traditional name, then you can forget about it, unless you want your kid taunted mercilessly for the rest of his life. Though a common name in India, no one trying to name an Indian character will even touch that name, because of the rampant "Thank you, come again!" jokes.
    • Several secondary characters with distinctive surnames and who are often referred by them probably count at this point: (Ned) Flanders, (Joe) Quimby, (Charles Montgomery) Burns, (Clancy/Ralph) Wiggum...
    • The surname "Simpson", despite being fairly common in real life, has this effect on non-anglophone countries, where it's pretty much exclusively associated with the cartoon family. This might be the case in the U.S. as well, with Family Guy hanging a lampshade in an episode featuring controversial American footballer O.J. Simpson.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis may not be a real first name, but Bevis apparently is.
    • Bevis was, however, the name of the Lumberjack in Monty Python's Lumberjack Song.
    Carol Cleveland: Oh, Bevis! And I thought you were so rugged!
    • It's also used as John Cleese's name in a sketch in How To Irritate People. Suffice to say, the Pythons are as delighted by "Bevis" as they are by "Figgis".
    • And Beavis is a real last name. In fact, Mike Judge got the name from a kid he knew named "Bobby Beavis".
  • There aren't many other Darias running around, either. This might have something to do with WWE Developmental star Daria Berenato changing her name to Sonya Deville. That or the fact that WWE likes to own a wrestler's entire name and character.
  • The Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker) has remarked that he suffered a lot of teasing in school because he was named Doug.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Phineas" is such an old-fashioned name that most of the search results are for a certain triangle-headed kid.
    • "Perry", when used on its own rather than as part of a full name, more or less is associated primarily with his pet platypus. There are some aversions, but when the name is said the first thing that comes to people's minds is the platypus.
    • There aren't too many fictional characters named "Buford" aside from The Bully from this series. "Baljeet" as well.
  • Good luck with having the name Rudolph in real life, let alone in any fictional media.
    • Though at least one real-life Rudolph family takes this and runs with it: They're Jewish, but seem to have a large collection of Rudolph-themed items, including serving plates and drinking glasses (also hand towels). They also have golf balls with the image… and an entire country club in two states returns them, or used to do that…
    • Many people still use that name, they just use the shortened form "Rudy"
  • Scooby-Doo: Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy are now synonymous with three meddling kids. Aside from the Scooby-Doo character, the name "Shaggy" has only been associated with that well-known reggae singer.
  • Pity the Caspers of the world. Casper was actually one of the Three Wise Men (also spelled Gaspar). It's a really nice name, but if you name your child Casper, you better be prepared for the therapy bills.
  • The name "Thomas" is very common in real life, but in children's television, it will forever be linked to the tank engine.
    • It's not just Thomas, either. The name "Rheneas" is synonymous with the narrow gauge engine.
  • Similar to the Thomas example above, do not expect other "Doras" to pop out.
    • Dora Winifred Read is also the full name of Arthur's little sister, but this is averted because it's rarely said on the show.
  • And similar to the Thomas and Dora examples, there's only one "Peppa".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "Rainbow" was already an rather uncommon name for fictional characters, and it's pretty much going to become even less common thanks to Ms. Dash.
    • "Applejack" is pretty much done as a name in fiction as well, as it usually refers to the popular pony character, or if not, the Kellogg's brand cereal. The same deal with "Pinkie," unless of course it is spelled with a "y" and followed immediately by the words "and the Brain."
    • Don't expect to see many more "Twilights" in fiction either, since it's either the sparkling pony, some sparkling vampires, or The Twilight Zone.
    • It's probably going to be a very long time before we see any characters named "Celestia" again (Luna strangely enough is perfectly okay, as it is probably the closest thing we have to a common name in this entry). This may have been averted 5 years after Friendship Is Magic's debut with the anime Re:CREATORS, in which a main character might have a given name of "Celestia," or not, considering there are at least five different ways to spell her name and the most popular translations avoid that spelling.
    • Likewise, Cadence (or Cadance) is not a very common name in fiction either, with the only other character named like this that can come to mind being the one from Club Penguin (who even goes by the name "Princess Cadence" during the Star Wars party).
  • Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show have such old-school names that it's not exactly surprising that they would become this to a younger generation.
  • Marceline, the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time, is most likely the only Marceline you'll be seeing in a cartoon for a while.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Ever heard of any other Dippers before?
    • Also the case with "Soos", the last names Pines and McGucket, and to a lesser extent, "Mabel" and "Gideon".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Patrick Star's more than unflattering portrayals have probably prevented the name "Patrick" from becoming more popular both in real life and in fiction. After all, no one wants to be exposed to jokes comparing them with a stupid, fat, pink starfish.
    • The names "Sandy" and "Eugene" are also associated with a squirrel and a crab, respectively. However, the latter can also be associated with Flynn Rider and a character on another Nickelodeon show who was Born Unlucky.
      • To a lesser extent, Sandy could also be linked to the 2012 hurricane. And many, many SpongeBob jokes were cracked during said hurricane.
  • Family Guy: The surnames "Griffin", "Herbert", and especially "Quagmire" are forever associated with the show (though others may know "Quagmire" from the triplet friends of the Baudelaire orphans). For first names, "Stewie" and "Consuela"note  are the only ones that are really examples.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog has done this with Eustace and Muriel, the former in particular due to its rarity as a given name nowadays.
  • The "Victoria" nickname "Vicky" and the surname "Crocker" are almost always associated with a sadistic babysitter and a deranged fairy-obsessed schoolteacher.
    • You can get away with naming a character Timothy or Tim in kid-oriented media, but "Timmy" is strictly off limits when it’s not being paired with a "Tommy". Although adults may associate it with a kid in a wheelchair.
    • You’ll be hard-pressed to find another character named Cosmo or Wanda in animation.
  • When people hear the name "Helga", they probably think of the Tsundere, Loving Bully Deuteragonist of Hey Arnold! (or maybe Ms. Hufflepuff or Hagar's wife). However, Arnold himself is OML'd by a certain former governator.
  • South Park:
    • You can't have a character with the surname Cartman anymore, unless you want said character to forever be associated with a fat sociopathic kid. The surname Broflovski is also off-limits.
    • Any character named Kenny is bound to be the butt of jokes about how they inevitably die.
  • The Flintstones: "Wilma" is really the only name that qualifies as a One Mario Limit, as the rest of the names are either not actual names ("Flintstone", "Pebbles" and "Bamm-Bamm"), too commonplace ("Fred", "Dino" and "Betty") or have several contenders ("Barney", as seen in the Live-Action TV folder). Barney's surname "Rubble", however, could also qualify as it is an actual last name, albeit an obscure one.
    • However, to a small extent the name Pebbles has seen some Defictionalization, although it remains very, very rare.
  • Regarding The Flintstones' space-age counterpart The Jetsons, only Elroy qualifies as a One Mario Limit.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Elmer Fudd is who most people would think of when they hear the name "Elmer". Either him or Elmer's glue.
    • "Yosemite" is the name of a national park. But it's far more closely associated with Yosemite Sam.
  • Nowadays, it's almost impossible to use the name "Marinette" without referring to the Miraculous Ladybug protagonist. "Adrien" (not "Adrian"), the name of the Deuteragonist, may or may not be there yet, but it's definitely close.
  • As of 2013, "Morty" definitely qualifies due to the popularity of Rick and Morty.
  • Giving an animated character the surname "Bravo" (especially a male) isn't a wise idea unless you want comparisons to Johnny Bravo.
  • King of the Hill: Good luck to anyone who decides to give their characters the surnames "Boomhauer", "Gribble", "Redcorn" and "Dauterive". As far as first names go, the only ones that would count would be "Luanne" and "Cotton".
  • "Anais", a French name meaning "gracious", since 2011 has been associated in English-speaking circles with Gumball's extremely intelligent four-year-old sister, who was named after the creator's sister.
  • The name "Rolf", when not spelled with a "W" in the middle, is associated with the Funny Foreigner son of a shepherd from Ed, Edd n Eddy. He and Nazz are really the only examples from that show. Edd may count too since his variation of the name is much less common than Ed or Eddy. The same can be said for the "Double D" nickname.
  • If you were born after, say, 2005, chances are there's only one person you think of when you hear the name Tyrone.
  • You will have a tough time finding a musician called Alvin that is not a cartoon chipmunk. The fact that a character shouts this name at least Once per Episode in pretty much every animated adaptation further cements this. Most British readers of a certain age will immediately think of Alvin Stardust, though of course he was really Shane Fenton.
  • The name "Angelica" since The '90s has been associated with a bossy pigtailed three-year-old.
  • The surname "Archer" probably won't be used too often in the near future, unless the character using it is strictly on a First-Name Basis.
  • Post-2014, people can no longer think of the name Rider without being reminded of the spiky haired ten year old (although his name is with a "y"). It's the same thing with some of the dogs' names too, like Chase, Marshall and Skye.
  • Quite a few 2000s kids think of a blue octopus when they hear the name Oswald. This is quite irksome to Disney fans, as people believe they're talking about the octopus when they're really discussing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Most people who aren't animation buffs, however, are more likely to think of John F. Kennedy's assasin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • The Japanese name "Yakko" is incredibly obscure, as it has been given to a young witch from Akazukin Chacha as well as a real-life a NND odorite and former DANCEROID member. But to nearly every other country, the name is purely tied to the eldest of the Warner siblings from Animaniacs. In fact, when the idol Yakko posts hashtags of her name, the results for said hashtag brings up results of the Animaniacs character more than anyone else.
  • It might sound unbelievable, but "Loud" is not that rare of a surname in the US. Too bad if you attempt to use that for a character though, since there's a whole cartoon family of at least 13 people currently owning it.
    • And among the family, it's nearly unthinkable that the names "Leni" (similar to "Lenny") and "Luan" (similar to "Luanne") will ever be used by anyone else.
    • While still heavily associated with Abraham, "Lincoln" is a common last name. As a first name, however, it’s off limits to anyone but Mr. Loud.

    Multiple Media 
  • Depending on your age and tastes in entertainment, the name "Dexter" brings to mind either a short, bespectacled boy genius or a serial killer who pays evil unto evil. While visiting the former Dexter's laboratory, you may want to leave the name "Dee Dee" at the door before entering. Though it is still open to usage for alternate spellings.
  • Same goes for two spellings of the same name "Chuckie"/"Chucky". The former is a red-haired, bespectacled rug rat, the latter is a red-haired, serial-murdering doll. And "Chuck E." is the rat mascot of a popular pizzeria/arcade chain.
  • Similar to the Dexter example above, the surname "Foster" brings to mind the tall home of many imaginary friends to kids who grew up in the mid-2000s or an interracial lesbian couple to adults currently living in The New '10s.
  • It's unlikely that there will be another Goldberg in pro wrestling besides Bill. There almost was when UFC commentator Mike Goldberg nearly signed with WWE in the mid-2000s, but it didn't pan out, likely because of this trope (especially since Mike's near-hiring happened around the same time that Bill Goldberg left WWE on bad terms). But for those who don't watch wrestling but do watch ABC, the name is more associated with The Goldbergs.
  • You wanna be nicknamed "Sting"? Too bad, there's only room for two: Gordon Sumner and Steve Borden.
  • Is your last name "Rhodes?" Do you want to be a wrestler? Too bad, you'll have to change it thanks to the legendary Rhodes family. The head of said family, "Dusty", has OML'd his first name as well, and Cody also seems to be safely off limits in wrestling. And even if you're not interested in Wrestling, you will still have to deal with James "Rhodey" Rhodes, a.k.a War Machine and Kim Rhodes of Supernatural and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody fame.
  • The name "Gomez" has an interesting take on this trope. It’s a very common Hispanic last name, but to people who do not primarily speak Spanish, it's pretty much tied solely to Selena Gomez (although Brits may associate it instead with an indie rock band). As a first name (as if anyone else would even bother using it as a first name) it belongs only to Gomez Addams.
  • "Rey", a Spanish word that means "king", is commonly used in the names of several prominent luchadors, but Rey Mysterio Jr. is the only one who can be called just "Rey". This was because several international wrestling fans mistakenly assumed it was his first name, and Mysterio just ran with it. Outside of wrestling, the name is exclusively associated with the female protagonist of the Star Wars sequel films.
  • You won't see many Cliffords who aren't a big red dog. "Cliff" is safe to use as long as you didn't grow up with The Cosby Show. Cliff Huxtable's full first name was originally "Clifford", but it was later changed to "Heathcliff", likely to avoid comparisons to the big red dog, but even then the name "Heathcliff" is tied to a comic book feline. "Huxtable", however, obviously won't be used again, if only to avoid referencing Bill Cosby.

  • There has been exactly one King John of England (Norman French: Jean). It's considered a cursed name. King John's grandson, Edward I, named his firstborn son John, but the child died young. Edward II in turn named his own younger son John, and Edward III named one of his sons John (the famous 'John of Gaunt' of Shakespeare and Chaucer). John was a common name for English princes for centuries; it just so happened that none of the plethora of Johns inherited the throne (thus showing that non-Britons who learned all they "know" about King John from Robin Hood are quite wrong when they assume that John was so reviled that no future king would give his son that name).
    • One probably could also have expected that after Mary I of England ("Bloody Mary") and the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots they would avoid the name Mary, but they still kept naming princesses that, and thus the penultimate Stuart ruler of the England and Scotland was Mary II. This is probably because of the existence of another, more important "Queen" (so to speak) named Mary...
    • The name John was actually avoided by Scottish royalty before the Union, ever since John Balliol, also known as Toom Tabard ('Empty Coat') after his public humiliation at the hands of Edward I. (The arms of Scotland were formally torn from John's surcoat by Edward, hence the name.) It's debatable whether he was a weak king or just unlucky, but he gained such hatred for his perceived caving in to Edward that the name was considered unlucky; Robert III actually changed his name from John to Robert to avoid having another King John.
      • You find that the number of Johns in the English royal family really started to peter out in the 16th century. As respects the Tudors this is unsurprising, as they didn't have very many kids in the first place (that was the whole trouble), but among the rather more fecund Stuarts, one suspects that the Scottish tradition respecting John Balliol is what drove any avoidance they might have had to the name (they were Kings of Scotland before taking the English throne).
      • The current Windsor tradition of avoiding the name "John" is even more stringent than the tradition regarding the name "Albert"; whereas the latter is actually very popular in the family as a personal name, the former is just never used. It's not for the reason that you might think, either.note  George V and Queen Mary of Teck had a younger son named John. When this John died young, the King, who normally was every stereotype about the British aristocracy that you have ever heard, was emotionally crushed, and essentially banned the name within the family. Flash forward to 1980 or so, and Princess Di (who wanted to name her firstborn son after her own dead brother named John) found out that the rule stuck.
  • If your parents hope you'll be King Arthur II, they'll probably be disappointed, as shown by:
    • Arthur, Duke of Brittany, who Richard the Lion-Hearted designated as his heir. He was disappeared by the aforementioned Prince John.
    • Prince Arthur Tudor, the son of Henry VII. He died of an illness in his teens; his younger brother Henry succeeded to the throne instead, and married his widow (with a special Papal dispensation).
  • There has also only been one King Stephen (Étienne) of England. This may or may not have been due to the civil war known as the Anarchy.
    • Or maybe due to the fact that Stephen's family, the house of Blois, had different naming traditions from the Norman kings and the Plantagenet. Had his heir not died before him, Stephen could have been followed by King Eustace (Eustache).
    • Not likely to see any new Stephen Kings, either.
  • There's not been any Queen Matildas since that time either, although to be fair, half the women in England then seemed to share the name and maybe overkill led to its falling from popularity thereafter...?! And of course, there haven't been a whole heap of women ascending the throne in total since, either. That said, there haven't been any kings married to a Matilda since then, either; a Queen Consort named Matilda would still be called "Queen Matilda".
    • Matilda was an extremely popular name in Western Europe around the time of the Crusades, after which it fell into disuse, not just in England, but also in France and Germany.
    • Not just "Matilda" fell from grace, though. With the accession of the Plantagenets, the hitherto popular name "William" fell into complete disuse for centuries until it was finally reintroduced to the English throne by another conquering William, William III, who came from the "William" (or "Willem" or "Wilhelm")-obsessed House of Orange.
  • The Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great remains evidently so very great that, 1100 years after his reign, no-one else has yet dared appropriate the name Alfred for monarchical use.
    • One of George III's sons was called Alfred, but he died as a child (born 1780, died 1782).
  • When Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, became king in 1901, he took the regnal name Edward VII so that the name Albert would only be associated with his father, the late Prince Consort. He did this in defiance of his mother Queen Victoria's wishes that all future kings would assume the name Albert [Something] upon taking the throne. Later, after the abdication of his grandson Edward VIII, the latter's brother Albert adopted the regnal name George VI in order to continue his grandfather's tradition of not using the title King Albert.
    • A similar-though-not-identical situation: though Edward VIII used his first baptismal name (Edward) as his regnal name, he was known within the family as "David," his last baptismal name, to avoid confusion with his grandfather.
  • Prince Harry was baptized Henry Charles Albert David; were he to become King he'd be faced with a weird choice:
    1. Become Henry IX. This is bad for association with Henry VIII; although the comparison is somewhat apropos, it's still not a great choice.
    2. Become Charles III or IV. Herein lies the problem: Prince Charles himself has stated that he doesn't much care to become King Charles III (considering who Charles I and II were), preferring if feasible to become George VII (probably establishing a Two-Mario Limit on Charleses for Britain). It's unlikely that Harry would disrespect his father's choice—although if his father decides to be Charles III, the taboo would presumably be broken.
    3. Become King Albert. As noted above, this is a huge House of Windsor no-no; the name Albert would be limited to Victoria's Prince Consort and Victoria's Prince Consort alone.
    4. Become King David III. This one presents several problems: first the fact that he'd well, be King David, leading to all kinds of opportunities for stupid jokes; second, the family's association of "David" with Ed VIII; and finally, the fact that by House policy, he'd have to be David III despite no David having previously been King of England. There having been two Kings of Scots named "David" (one in the 12th century, the othernote in the 14th), the next David of the United Kingdom would be David III.
    5. Just pick a new regnal name, which he's entitled to do. Legally, his regnal name doesn't have to be one of the names he currently has. Maybe King Bradley.
    • As a result, he's probably very happy he's probably going to be a "spare" and live out his life without succeeding to the throne (currently sixth in line: behind his father, his big brother William, and William's three children).
      • Of Harry's four names, Charles is easily the least likely to be used; those kings had actually challenged the constitutional system, which Henry VIII never did, but that said, if the present Prince of Wales' considered decision is to go by the name he has always gone by, nobody will stand in the way of future Charleses. David is also out, because of the Scottish connotations; even with the very real possibility of Scotland leaving the UK by the time William or Harry become King, it would almost certainly maintain the monarchy. Henry and Albert are more likely, especially since this couldn't really occur until after HM Liz and Prince Charles are dead; bear in mind that Prince Albert died during Palmerston's government,note  and Charles is probably of the last generation of the family to care at all, if even he does (though admittedly one should never underestimate the traditionalism of the British monarchy). As for "King Henry IX", overall opinions of Henry VIII are mixed and not at the overall low level of John; if anything, the British public and media would likely just be amused by the connotations.

    Real Life 
  • You'd have a hard time running into somebody with the name of Walt these days; this isn't the case with "Walter", though. You're not likely to ever find a fictional character with the surname Disney, either. Though there may be other reasons for that...
  • No one names their children "Adolf" anymore, especially after World War II, because of a certain Nazi. The same goes with the alternate spellings "Adolph" and "Adolphe", but not "Adolfo" (at least in Spanish-speaking countries). Adolf Dassler, the founder of Adidas, began going by his nickname "Adi" after the war. Actually, there's one literal example of the one Mario limit.
  • "Dolph" (a nickname for Adolph or Rudolph) is not a common name and is almost universally associated with Mr. Lundgren... unless you're a wrestling fan, then it's pretty much tied to the aforementioned Ziggler.
  • "Napoleon" doesn't seem to have been hit quite as hard as "Adolf", but it is still a rare name and still intensely associated with Napoléon Bonaparte. However, after Napoleon Dynamite was released, people often associate that name with the title character rather than Bonaparte.
  • Besides Nobunaga Shimazaki, there is barely any people named Nobunaga walking the Earth today. And the aforementioned Shimazaki actually mentioned that he was teased a lot back in school due to the association of his name with Oda.
  • In Norway, the proportion of newborns named "Anders" has significantly decreased since the attacks in July 2011.
  • No Pope assumes the name Peter, primarily out of deference to the apostle Peter, generally considered the first Pope. The apocryphal Prophecy of Malachy also claims that Peter II will be the last pope before the end of times (or the collapse of the Catholic Church). Presumably, none of them want to tempt fate.
    • Although in all likelihood, it's an accidental fact that none of the early popes after Peter was christened Peter (the practice of taking one's name on the assumption of the papacy was first mentioned in the 6th century). The "Prophecy of Malachy" (first mentioned in the 16th century, ascribed to a 12th century monk) provides a list of 112 popes, the last of which is called Peter the Roman, so it would not have been a reason not to choose a man called Peter as pope or for a pope not to take the name Peter on accession if he would not have been No. 112 on a list of popes starting with the first one mentioned in the "prophecy".
      • They chose the 112th pope since the first one mentioned in the "prophecy" in 2013. His birth name was Jorge Mario Bergoglio (no "Peter" there, but his middle name "Mario" doesn't count either) and chose the regnal name "Francis" (new—the first entirely new regnal name in a thousand years—but not "Peter"). Although of Italian ancestry, he traces his roots to Genoa and the Piedmont and was born in Buenos Aires. Signs of the Apocalypse or of the collapse of the Church during his reign have been lacking.
      • Speaking of Pope Francis, he's also subjected to the aforementioned Mario jokes in the video game section, probably because of his middle name.
    • Note that this doesn't hold for Antipopes, people claiming to be the true pope without the support of the Vatican. Several of them have declared themselves Peter II. Also, plenty of Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs have been named Peter.
    • After the original Pope John XXIII was deposed at the beginning of the 15th century, popes avoided that name. That is, until Cardinal Roncalli chose the same name and number in the 20th century.
  • This is the most likely reason nobody outside Spain and Latin America names children Jesus. Likely the only reason it's acceptable in those countries is that "Jesús" is the proper rendering of "Joshua" as well, meaning that there are multiple famous Jesuses in the Spanish Bible — hence, the name by itself is considered nothing too special. To distinguish the Son of God in Spanish, one refers to Jesucristo (Jesus Christ). The tradition of using Latin in the Catholic church is likely to blame for Jesus himself not simply being known as Joshua elsewhere.
    • Nor is it unheard of for Muslim men to be named Isa (the Arabic form of Joshua/Jesus) or Mohammad (and all the many variant spellings). It's not a big deal because neither Jesus nor Mohammad is considered divine, as Islam doesn't allow for anyone except Allah being divine. But Mohammad's prominence in the Qur'an is equal to that of Jesus in the New Testament. In fact, Mohammed is the most common name in the world. Just don't make the alternative "McLovin."
  • Interestingly enough, for that same reason, the name Maria was not used in Poland until the 17th century. In fact, variants of "Mary" were actually not common anywhere in the Christian world until about the 12th century, since the name was considered too holy for normal use. Which is ironic, since it was common among first century Jews, and once people started using it again, it basically became the most common girl's name ever (that's part of why the name was used to help name Mary Sue; it was originally meant to be an ordinary, generic name).
    • Ireland had an unusual case; you can name your girl Máire, but you can't name your girl Muire (used exclusively for the Virgin Mary)
  • In English, this happened to the first name of Jesus's betrayer, Judas Iscariot. He was named after a prominent Old Testament leader, Yehudahnote . That name was, and is, very popular for Jewish boys (indeed, Jesus had two apostles with that name). In English, however, the one-Mario limit is enforced by the ways the name is transliterated. People named after the Old Testament figure are invariably called "Judah," and the good apostle and people named after him are always called "Jude"; the Greek-influenced rendering "Judas" is used only for the betrayer. (This doesn't apply in most other languages.)
  • Not too common to see anyone named Cain either (at least, not without the letter K some where in it). And even then, it's often spelled "Caine".
  • Similar to Judas, despite the names Michael, Gabriel, etc. etc. being quite common, Lucifer is not, for some mysterious reason. The name itself is fine — it sounds nice, means "Lightbringer"/"Morning Star", can be shortened to Lucy or Luke — but just because it's associated with this one chap...
    • He's not the only archangel whose name didn't catch on. Not many Uriels are around either, outside of The Elder Scrolls or the Ultramarines novels.
    • Not many Remiels, Sandalphons, or Camiels either (except in Evangelion for the first two). Worth noting that "Lucifer" was a title, not the name of the (Fallen) Angel, which was apparently "Samael" (Possibly... the names of angels were all titles of one type or another, usually meaning "The [Adjective/Noun] of God" in the original Hebrew, and so the same "name" could be used to describe different angels depending on the author of the text, with very few uniquely referring to a single alleged individual).
  • If you meet a woman from China named Suzie Wong, odds are, unless she's Lopmon's tamer, she was born before 1957. Ever since the novel The World of Suzie Wong was published on that year, the name Suzie has been taboo for daughters of families named Wong. (The title character was a prostitute, and being associated with one, even if she has a heart of gold, is often seen as unwise.)
  • The names of many other evil Biblical figures, such as Ahab (except in Moby-Dick), Jezebel, Zimri, Haman, Lot, Onan, Herod, Herodias, and Caiaphas, are likewise avoided.
    • Salome is a subversion. While the name is generally avoided in English, in other languages such as German, French, and Spanish, Salome is not unheard of. This is due to a second Salome - a woman who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus. Needless to say, more people will recognize the evil Salome than the good one.
    • Another subversion is the naming convention used in nineteenth-century Russia for last names. This was the time when everyone, not just the nobility, was mandatorily assigned surnames, and one of the places where one could be bestowed on you was an Orthodox Christian seminary. The best students of such seminaries were given surnames based on holy figures and Christian virtues, and the dunces were stuck with last names like Cainov, Herodov or Judin.
  • The name Cleopatra, while common in ancient times, is very rare today due to being associated with the queen Cleopatra VII (the Shakespearean connotations only hinder the name). In Romance-influenced countries like Italy, the name is outright avoided.
  • Two Japanese emperors having the same name is rare, three is completely unheard of. In Japan, the Emperor is never referred to by his name when alive; he is always, "His Majesty the Emperor". Once he is dead, he gets another name (as is customary in Buddhism), and the time of his reign is known as his era. The emperor during WWII is known to the rest of the world as Hirohito, but when alive in Japan, he was simply "The Emperor" and is now known as Emperor Shōwa; consequently, his reign (1926 to 1989) is the Shōwa era.
  • You're unlikely to see very many people named Oprah who aren't a homage to the overly influential talk show host. Her name is a misspelling of the biblical figure Orpah, which isn't a common name either.
  • Einstein is a German-Jewish surname that doesn't sound that uncommon, however only few famous people wears that name and the most known of them Albert, gets the monopoly.
  • The creator of Woods For The Trees is named Thom Jones. He has mentioned that he's been pulled over by officers who thought he was lying when he gave his name. He could easily just say "Thomas Jones" in those situations and most people wouldn't even make the connection right away, but his response to such a suggestion would be the same as Office Spaces Michael Bolton above.
  • It's been many decades since the death of Marilyn Monroe, and the name "Marilyn" is still associated with almost nobody else (Marilyn Manson, of course, took the first half of its name from her screen name).
  • The name Oscar fell out of favor for a very long time once the famous dandy Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor for being a homosexual, though most people nowadays associate the name "Oscar" with Oscar the Grouch and the Academy Awards (in Brazil, there's also a basketballer and a footballer). And hot dogs.
    • Oscar or Oskar is actually a quite popular name in Sweden since Napoleon named the future King of Sweden Oscar I, which spread the popularity of the name among the populace.
    • You will find a few Oscars in Italy as well. It's by no means a common name, but it's not hated or otherwise purposefully avoided either.
    • Viewers of Canadian sitcoms would associate the name Oscar with Brent's curmudgeonly old father in Corner Gas.
    • Not to mention two animated fish.
  • Benedict Arnold was a traitor to the colonies in The American Revolution. No one in America names their son Benedict, unless they're Catholic, and naming him after Saint Benedict. It's still perfectly acceptable in the U.K. (we're looking at you, Mr. Cumberbatch)
    • The Spanish version of the name, Benito, also may be avoided outside of Spanish-speaking countries due to a certain Benito Mussolini (who, ironically, was named after Benito Juarez of Mexico).
  • While "Katrina" was once a moderately popular girls’ name, it is nowadays almost exclusively associated with the devastating 2005 hurricane that flooded the city of New Orleans and created a political crisis. Because of this, the use of "Katrina" as a baby name plummeted in the years to follow.
    • It is common to for hurricane names to be retired after being used for a particularly destructive storm. Unsurprisingly, the name "Katrina" was never used again after 2005. Other well-known retired hurricane names include Camille, Hugo, Andrew, Mitch, Ivan, Sandy, Harvey, and Maria. That being said, none of the other retired names had the same effect in the greater public as "Katrina", since all were generally more prominent in popular culture beforehand than "Katrina" was and none of those storms were quite as infamous.
  • There is another race car driver called Mario who isn't Mario Andretti; Mario Dominguez.
  • Inverted in the case of Michael J. Fox, one doesn't think another Michael Fox would be popular, but he added the J because of 50s actor Michael Fox.
  • The patronymic Ilyich (son of Ilya) was associated exclusively with Vladimir Lenin in the Soviet Union. When there appeared another leader with that patronymic (Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev), it inevitably drew comparisons, cementing Brezhnev as "the other Ilyich" in the mass conscious.
  • There will probably never be another Snooki.
  • There can only be one Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, and the site has terminated the accounts of others sharing the same name. Other Mark Zuckerbergs have to use their middle initial or a nickname to distinguish themselves.
  • In 2014, "Isis" went from being a moderately popular baby name to as tarnished as "Adolf" upon the emergence of the terrorist group. Archer had the unfortunate luck to name the spy organisation the characters work for "ISIS." This led to them ditching the name in Season 6 by having the characters become CIA subcontractors, and it also left FX with a ton of unsellable merchandise.
  • Since the mid-2010s, the name Ronda has been solely associated with one Ronda Rousey (though the jury is still out on its more popular spelling "Rhonda"). Her surname is this as well.
  • The name "Siri" is associated with Apple's digital assistant and nothing else. However, porn actress Siri may disagree, though few people will admit publicly to knowing this.
  • Hideo is a common name in Japan, but in the western world it is solely associated with game designer Hideo Kojima or baseball player Hideo Nomo, who was one of the first Japanese players to play in America. Or, if you're a fan of WWE, Hideo Itami. It is also uncommon in anime and manga either (we are looking at you, Hideo Minagawa).
  • Before 2017, the name Harvey was fairly common, though it had rarely been used for new babies for decades. However, the combination of Hurricane Harvey in August and the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein that October have rendered it basically unusable (with the latter doing the same thing to "Weinstein").
  • The name "Hillary" without qualifiers is, at least in the United States, almost exclusively associated with Hillary Rodham Clinton, two-time presidential candidate, former First Lady, former Senator, and former Secretary of State. If you're naming your daughter Hillary, there's a 90% chance it's in tribute to her, unless it's spelled with one "L".
  • Quentin Tarantino has done this to both his first and last names. He also did it to the term "pulp fiction", and names like Marsellus, Winnfield, Kiddo, and Landa.
  • Among members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, the founder Bill Wilson is this. They tend to refer to him simply as "Bill," or "Bill W." if that's still a little unclear.
  • The name "Bernie" is pretty much universally tied to Bernie Sanders nowadays. Before Sanders' presidential campaign, it was most likely to be associated with Bernie Madoff, rather ironically given their respective reputations and backgrounds (Mr. Madoff is a notorious former financier who turned out to be running the largest Ponzi scheme in history, Mr. Sanders is a democratic socialist). The same can essentially be said for "Sanders" (rivaled pretty much only by the Colonel and Donald Trump's former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, neither of whom are related to Bernie).
  • "Trump" is nowadays pretty much synonymous with Donald Trump. While it hasn't happened to "Donald" yet, since it's common enough to also be attached to several other famous people and fictional characters (most famously the duck), it has happened to the first names of some of his other family members, like Melania and Ivanka.
    • "Donald" has long been out of fashion as a baby name independently of associations; its thudding consonants and lack of bright, sharp vowels put it at almost the perfect opposite of the sound that resonates with most new parents in recent years.
  • Amusingly enough, in Poland the name Donald is almost exclusively associated with a different politician, Donald Tusk, former PM of Poland and current President of the European Council.
  • "Batista" without a "u" is associated exclusively with two people: Cuban president Fulgencio, and the WWE icon. Even with the "u", it is still tied to the wrestler, as it is the real spelling of his last name.
  • "Demi", a short version of "Demetria", is associated with two people and nobody else.
  • While he's better known by his former ring name "The Rock", Dwayne Johnson has probably made the name "Dwayne" unusable to any future entertainers. "Rock" for the most part can't be used in the wrestling world again, but it's too common to OML elsewhere, although he does reserve "The Rock" all to himself. The spelling "Duane" is more or less associated with a kid from a Barbie dance video due to Memetic Mutation and Vinesauce.
  • Depending on who you ask, the name "Roddy" brings to mind two people: Piper and McDowall. Former Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White might count as a third for football fans.
  • A less pleasant example from the wrestling world would most certainly be "Benoit". While it wasn't the most common name outside of France you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't immediately link the name to the infamous pro wrestler Chris Benoit, who murdered his wife, their child, and then himself in June of 2007. The Incident was so infamous that the character Benoit from Fire Emblem Fates had his name localized to Benny in all non-Japanese versions of the game just to avoid comparison. Even within the wrestling world, due to his popularity, "Benoit" was unlikely to ever be heard from again unless a relative of Chris’s were to get into the business, but the murder-suicide killed off any chances of the name ever being used again, and no surviving member of his family is likely to have any future in wrestling.
  • There are two well-known people bearing the name "Billy Graham": pro wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham and renowned Baptist minister Billy Graham (though the former named himself after the latter).
  • Before Keeping Up with the Kardashians came along, the only famous Kylie was Kylie Minogue. Ever since Kylie Jenner came to fame for her social media exploits, she's eclipsed Minogue in name recognition (at least in North America), even to the point where Jenner attempted to trademark "Kylie" for her own use. Unfortunately for her, Minogue successfully blocked her by pointing out that not only has she been more famous and successful longer than Jenner has been alive, but that there are many women around the world sharing their name and it can't be trademarked.
  • Likewise, Kendall is associated nowadays almost exclusively with Kylie’s older sister.
  • The names "Jensen" and "Misha" are associated with Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in the Supernatural community.
  • When you hear the name Nixon, your first thought is of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, infamous for the Watergate Scandal. When Cynthia Nixon (no relation) ran for Governor of New York, she made sure not to use her last name during her campaign.
  • The last name "Rollins" is associated with two people, Henry and Seth.
  • The first name "Rhett" is mostly associated with Rhett McLaughlin from the duo Rhett & Link.
  • The spelling "Zac" is very rare compared to the much more common variations "Zack" and "Zach", and is mostly tied to two individuals: Efron and Brown.
  • Sylvester is a name associated with either Mr. Stallone or a cat.
  • As far as surnames go, there is only one person commonly referred to as Mister Rogers.
  • "Alexa" is a very common first name for girls, but say it on its own and people will think of Amazon’s digital assistant. The name has declined in popularity since the Amazon Echo came out, presumably for this reason (even though it accepts alternate phrases). Wrestling fans would probably associate it with Alexa Bliss though.
  • Aubrey is this for both genders. The name is held down by Ms. Plaza for girls and Mr. Graham for boys.
  • There are only three Leonardos in mainstream prominence: Da Vinci, DiCaprio, and the ninja turtle. Michelangelo is roughly the same deal, minus an actor. Raphael is far too common to be associated with just an artist and a turtle. Donatello, however, is known exclusively as a turtle.
  • Judging by the Google results when typing in the name "Angelina", the name seems to have been OML'd by Ms. Jolie.
  • Mentioning the name "Lita" will usually refer to either Lita Ford or Amy "Lita" Dumas. Lita is also the name of Sailor Jupiter's civilian form in the Dic and Cloverway dubs of Sailor Moon.
  • Some One-Mario-Limits that are exclusive to France :
    • Jamy. Associated with Jamy Gourmaud, host of the educational show C'est pas Sorcier.
    • Kamini. Associated with rapper Kamini Zantoko.
    • Cyprien and Norman are associated with two of the biggest Youtube celebrities, Cyprien Iov and Norman Thavaud.
    • Nabilla. Associated with reality-TV and model Nabilla Benattia.
    • Dieudonné. Associated with comdian Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala.

  • The Portuguese explorer João Fernandes Lavrador gave his name to a region in Canada called Labrador, where a certain breed of Retriever dog was first bred. For most people, "Labrador" is the dog, not the place (in Canada, or Australia, or the Philippines) or the surname (held by an Idaho representative, among others).
  • Many Tropes had to be renamed because they failed the one Mario limit. See Renamed Tropes for the list.
  • Lukas/Lucas/Luca are insanely common names in the German speaking countries, but everybody who hears them will make jokes about a train operator from the Michael Ende books or the even more popular Augsburger Puppenkiste movies. Good luck trying to create a fictional character of that name in any way associated with trains or islands with two mountains.
  • Good luck trying to find any fictional character with the surname "McDonald" (never mind another business, even if it's completely unrelated and just using the "Mc" prefix. The fast-food chain became infamous for starting Frivolous Lawsuits over those). The Adventures of Dr. McNinja actually played with this one in its very first story.
  • Androcles isn't seen all that much, either.
  • Portland, Oregon came very close to averting this trope. It was named for a rather small ocean city in Maine after one of its co-founders won a coin flip against the other co-founder. The other name in contention? Boston.
  • There are quite a few cities in the U.S. named Dallas, but to most people it's the one in Texas that matters. Same with "Houston".
    • Similarly, there are many cities in the U.S. named Toronto, but unless you specify the state, most people are going to think you’re talking about the largest city in Canada instead.
    • Unless you're talking to someone around the Portland area, mentioning a city named "Vancouver" will bring to mind the city in British Columbia.
    • There are several cities named "Columbus" but the best known will always be the capital of Ohio.
    • Las Vegas, New Mexico will always be overshadowed by the much larger city of the name in Nevada.
    • San Jose is either the capital of Costa Rica or a large city in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • U.S. county names can be very much this:
    • By far the best known Clark County in the United States in the one in Nevada.
    • There are three Cook Counties in the United States, but the one that everyone knows is the one where Chicago is.
    • Essex County usually refers to either the New Jersey or Massachusetts county, rather than one of the other three.
    • Fairfield County usually refers to the county in southwestern Connecticut rather than the ones in Ohio or South Carolina.
    • Franklin is one of the most common county names in the nation, but the one that stands above them all can be found in Ohio. It's home to the state capital of Columbus.
    • Jefferson County is mostly known for being the county to the west of Denver. The only other big Jefferson counties, the ones in Alabama and Kentucky, have their identities eclipsed by their principal cities (Birmingham and Louisville) and the one in Louisiana would count if it weren't for the fact that Louisiana has parishes instead of counties.
    • King County, Washington is home to Seattle and thus far better known than the King County in Texas.
    • Kings County almost always refers to the county in California between Bakersfield and Fresno, even though it has only about one-tenth of the population of the other Kings County. That's because the other one is usually referred to by a different name: Brooklyn.
    • There are four Middlesex counties, but they are primarily known as county names in Massachusetts and New Jersey above all else.
    • Monroe County. It's either home to the Everglades and Florida Keys or where Rochester, NY, can be found.
    • Montgomery County, usually refers to the suburban D.C. county in Maryland or the county outside Philadelphia. There are several more but none are nearly as famous.
    • There are eight Orange Counties, but the one everyone knows is the one in California. Its only competition is the county in Florida in which Orlando is located, but that one hasn't really carved out its own identity as a county unlike its California counterpart. Coincidentally, these two counties happen to be the home of the two Disney parks.
    • Union County is best known for being the county between Essex and Middlesex in New Jersey, but there are 17 others in the nation.
  • Several county names, however, can be fully unique.
    • Monmouth and Burlington sound like typical English county names that are plentiful across the nation, right? Wrong, as they can be found in New Jersey and nowhere else.
    • Norfolk County has been exclusive to Massachusetts ever since the county of the same name in Virginia went defunct as it was broken into independent cities.
    • There are twenty-three states that border an ocean, but only one Ocean County in the country: a county in southern New Jersey. And although over half of them border the Atlantic, the only Atlantic County is Ocean's southern neighbor. Pacific County is unique to Washington, which is much less surprising for an ocean bordering only five states.
    • Porter County sounds like it should be a lot more common than just found in Indiana.
    • Los Angeles County, California, the most populous county in the United States, is also the least populous Los Angeles County in existence.

Alternative Title(s): One Mario Rule, Only One Mario


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