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Long names: so handy in traffic violations.

"It's bad luck not to say the whole name. Now, let me start over: Field Tournament Style Up and Down On The Ground Manja Flanja Banja Ishka Bibble Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Rerun Free for All Big Ball!"
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Aka: Incredibly Long Name to Have to Try and Say.

In the broadest sense, whenever a character has more than the usual (in the Anglosphere) first, middle, and last name, they are in possession of an Overly Long Name. Also included are people who have the right number of names, but one or more of them is absurdly long, for example Ulla Inga Hansen-Bensen-Janson-Tallen-Hallen-Svaden-Swanson in the remake of The Producers. (This is actually just her first name. They "don't have the time" to hear her last name.)

Can be used simply as a humor device, getting cheap laughs out of an absurd name; played to the extreme this would be a type of Overly Long Gag, being so long as to be tedious and thus deriving its humor; or it can be a non-joke to the audience because characters with strange names are expected in the type of show/book/planet/whatever, but cause the characters involved trouble as they try not to react to, or at least comment on, the oddity of the person's name. And if someone wanted to go after the said person, it would be a nightmare for them to recite their full name and jot it down, which makes murdering a person with a notebook not always a good idea.


If the character is not from around here, it might be an example of As Long as It Sounds Foreign. If there is one normal name when all the others are are ridiculous, or vice versa, it can be Aerith and Bob. In all cases, one of these makes for a good Unpronounceable Alias.

A variation exists with Hispanic characters, for whom having at least four names note  is the norm. For these characters, the long name may be brandished as a funny part of the culture.

Truth in Television: There are too many actual people, places and things with absurdly long names - it's really better if you just go to the other wiki, where there is a whole article dedicated to this. Doesn't that just simplify everything?

Compare Embarrassing Middle Name, Overly Long Gag, Some Call Me "Tim", The Unpronounceable, Sesquipedalian Smith, and Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!. Often results in Fun with Acronyms.


Related to Long Title. Contrast One-Letter Name. A Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom will almost always be overly long.

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    Asian Animation 
  • Simple Samosa: Iddiyappam Appa, upon introducing himself in "Spa Wars", gives his full name as "Appa Samba Wada Dosa Onion Pypa Butta Masal Appam Beinda Rasam Medu Rava Bist Bele Plain Curry Kela Thali Saptam".

  • In Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, there is a droid in the queue named G2-4T, which he says is short for something much longer, and he says that that's only his first name.
    G2-4T: I'd tell you my last name, but I don't want to hold up the line.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert. Most notably Elbonians.
    Elbonian: Hello, how may I help you? My name is Kruphnehdahpheweundikaniswalyniaphorganopop... I mean, Carl.
  • In Garfield, there is a character in a TV show called Gouda May Freegenweegenswallodribbenfraxenlaxenismabittle.
    • Garfield himself lengthened his own name in one strip, resulting in Garfield Horatio III, Esq.
      Jon: Embellished our name, did we?
      Garfield: (pointing at his resized food dish) Fill 'er up!
    • Betty-Jo Bobbie-Sue Mary-Jane Anna-Lee Becky-Lou Wanda-June Ed. According to Jon, "she was named after her six aunts and one uncle".
  • In the Popeye comics, Swee'pea's real name is actually Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom. "Swee'pea" is merely a term of endearment.
  • In Curtis, the protagonist's pal Gunk's name is actually an acronym, which stands for "Gladimus Unfred Nostradamus Klaustauvicke".

  • In an Boarding School for International Students, a Chinese girl and an Indian girl are caught chatting in class. As punishment, the class teacher tells them to write their names 100 times on a sheet of paper and submit it before class.
    The Indian student protests: "It isn't fair, Miss, her name is Eva Li, and my name is Samayamantri Venkata Rama Naga Butchi Anjaneya Satya Krishna Vijay."
  • A Japanese folktale of Jugemu tells of a man whose father could not choose any one name to give him, and in the end, decides to give him all of the names he thought up of. As such, his full name is Jugemu Jugemu Gokō-no surikire Kaijarisuigyo-no Suigyōmatsu Unraimatsu Fūraimatsu Kuunerutokoro-ni Sumutokoro Yaburakōji-no burakōji Paipopaipo Paipo-no-shūringan Shūringan-no Gūrindai Gūrindai-no Ponpokopī-no Ponpokonā-no Chōkyūmei-no Chōsuke. One variation of the tale is of a young Jugemu getting into a fight with another boy, and by the time the boy finished reciting Jugemu's full name to his parents, his injury had healed.


  • Lanja from Dice And Virtue. Her full name is Kehilanja Abhorsen-Vinjaja vas-Tehir sen Shelsaa.
  • In Hello, from the Magic Tavern, Eusidore the Blue has an extremely long name. "I am Usidore! Wizard of the 12th Realm of Ephysiyies, Master of Light and Shadow, Manipulator of Magical Delights, Devourer of Chaos, Champion of the Great Halls of Terr’akkas. The elves know me as Fi’ang Yalok. The dwarves know me as Zoenen Hoogstandjes. And I am also known in the Northeast as Gaismunēnas Meistar.
    • As it turns out, this is actual a requisite for wizards of Fuun. To date, we also have:
      • Spintax the Green, Master of the Third, Ninth, and Twelfth Realms of Ephysiyies, Wielder of Arcane Forces Compelling the Living and the Dead, Diviner of Unknowable Truths, Caster of Illusions, Destroyer of Lies, Dissolver of the Wall of Fire, Imbiber of the Nine Deadly Poisons, Author of the Pandenomicon, and Winner of the Wizard's Choice Award; the Dwarfs know me as Nickelback Silverchair, the Angels know me as Mama Cassai'el, the Vampires know me as Cameron Orlando, in the South I am known as Lodestone Greatcraft.
      • Jyn'Leeviyah the Red, Wizard of the Sixth Realm of Ephysiyies; Mistress of Nature and Nurture; Reviver of the Springs of Gu’uthmagit; Seer of the Prophecies of the Temziet Mists; Keeper of the Sacred Tome of Deyfral; And two-time Wizard's Choice Award nominee. The Elves know me as Perimmäin So’it’thuri, the Vampires know me as Beyonce Bloodlust; the Tree Folk know me as Opal Vinewitch; and upon the isle of Meegas, I am known as Ukkosta Kassvista. And ask me of mine other names, and I shall gladly share all, my children.
      • Can the Yellow aka Caneficent Dewspring, Master of Space and Time, Headmaster of the Jizzlenob Preparatory School for Young Wizards; the Elves did know me Cannigan the Everliving, the Elves do know me as Candle Dewspice, the Elves will know me as Candy Crowley; the Dwarfs did know me as Canned Heat, the Dwarfs do know me as Canticle Lebowitz, and the Dwarfs will know me as Canban Scrummaster…
      • And shortest so far, Jamillious the Mauve aka Jamillious Washington, Bringer of Feast and Famine, Master of the Great Plantation, Shatterer of the Triangle Trade Winds; the Dwarfs know me as Dat Dude, the Elves know me as Always Holdin', and I'm also known in the Far South as Boy.
  • The Cool Kids Table game Here We Gooooo! has T. Yoshisaur Munchikoopas the 52nd.
    • Also, their April Fools 2018 episode is called "Star War: A Star Wars Story 001—A Lightly Used Hope (Totally Canon, We Mean It)".

  • Horace Smith's Dueling Work with Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias" was titled "On A Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below".

    Professional Wrestling 

  • A radio episode of Our Miss Brooks featured an attempt by Mr. Conklin to borrow Mrs. Davis's house trailer from Miss Brooks. He wanted to go fishing on an isolated lake, deep in the wilderness. The name of the lake, and the title of the episode? "Oo Oo Me Me Tocoludi Gucci Moo Moo." It's the local Indians' word for "blue."
  • The Dickens spoof Bleak Expectations featured a lawyer whose full name took 20 minutes to say. He charged by the hour, so "his name was his greatest asset". The show would either fade out as he was saying his name, or he would be interrupted. His name began with Wyckham-Post-Forburton-...
  • A song, possibly known as 'The Baby's Name', has which the chorus is: "The Baby's name is Kitchener-Carrington-Methuen-Kekewich-White-Cronje-Plumer-Powell-Majuba-Gatacre-Warren-Colenso-Kruger-Cape Town-Mafeking-French-Kimberley-Ladysmith-Bobs-The Union Jack-Fighting Mac-Lyddite-Pretoria-Blogs" or something to that effect.
  • Doug Berman, the producer of Car Talk, is referred to in the credits with an overly long succession of Embarrassing Nicknames. The longest version is "Doug 'the Subway Fugitive' 'Not-a-Slave-to-Fashion' 'Bongo Boy' 'Frog-Man' 'Punkin Lips' 'Cute-Cute-Cute' Berman".
    • Before they started the Running Gag of naming the food-related event from which technical advisor John Bugsy Lawlor has just returned, he also had a long series of nicknames: John 'Bugsy' 'Sebastian' 'Mr. Height' 'Sweet Cheeks' 'Free Lunch' 'Twinkle Toes' 'Donut Breath' 'Hula Hips' 'Gigabyte' 'Make That Two Triple Cheeseburgers' Lawlor.
  • One episode of Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones! took this Up to Eleven with a German countess whose name takes so long to recite that everyone falls asleep and, when they wake up the following morning, the host is still reciting it. It actually becomes a plot point at the end: trying to remember such a horrifically-long name has damaged her memory so much that she once left her infant daughter in an Essex pub and forgot all about it.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ever17 gives you 'Tanaka Yuubiseiharukana' and Tanaka Yuubiseiakikana in The Kid's routes.
    • In Takeshi's route, when trying to think of a nickname for the Kid, Coco suggests "Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Hora Juan Novecino Marie de Los Remedios Siburiano de la Santessima Trinidado Luis Picasso". The Kid decides to just stick with "the Kid". (The scary thing is, this is based on the full name of Pablo Picasso, which in Real Life was even longer).
  • In Lucky Dog 1, the protagonist is known as Giancarlo Bourbon del Monte. Since his full name is obviously quite a mouthful, he is more commonly known as Gian.
  • Little Busters!: Kud's full name is Kudryavka Anatolyevna Strugatskaya, which isn't too unusual for a Russian name but is very long to Japanese people. Though in a Deconstruction, Kud finds it kind of hurtful that people always laugh when they hear how overly dramatic her name sounds, and is quite touched when Riki doesn't.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry Kizuna, Kotohogushi-hen, Hanyuu's real name is Hai=ryuun Yeasomuul Jeda,(yes, equals sign and all). Riku Furude, Hanyuu's lover, never could remember it/how to pronounce it, so he called her Hanyuu and it stuck.
  • The H-Visual Novel, Resort Boin gives us: Mika Kuouzumiaiginsusutakeizumonokamimeichoujin.
  • In Code:Realize, the protagonists enter an airship race to acquire a minor MacGuffin. Their engineer names their ship the HMS Impey and Princess and Their Servants, after himself and the main character. The race announcer decides to shorten it to HMS Princess and Servants.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All, Shelly de Killer's Japanese name "Sazaemon Koroshiya" is nine kanji long (虎狼死家 左々右エ門). Most names clock in at four, but he uses an unusually long name by Japanese standards, composed of a string of characters using very short readings. [[note]] Actually, the middle character in his given name, 右 isn't read at all, just being a Visual Pun with 左 (left-right).
  • In the last case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, the full English name of the Minister of Justice for the Kingdom of Khura'in Inga Karkhuul Khura'in is Inga Karkhuul Haw'kohd Dis'nahm Bi'ahni Lawga Ormo Pohmpus Da'nit Ar'edi Iz Khura'in III, which is pointed out when the possibility of channeling him is brought up in the final case.


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