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"It's Goblin spelled backwards!
This is their kingdom!"

"By the way, incredibly creative, flipping the name backwards like that."

"Sdrawkcab" is spelled backwards. Some writers like to invent names this way. There a few different reasons:

  • To create an unusual name: "Trebor" seems more exotic than "Robert".
  • To reference a real person's name, usually an actor's or writer's name.
  • To barely avert A Dog Named "Dog": instead of a robot named Robot, here's a robot named Tobor.note 
  • To disguise a Meaningful Name: "Rotiart" is less obvious than "Traitor".
  • To pair two characters, as Waldo and Odlaw. One of them may be the Evil Counterpart.

This is a Super-Trope for:

  • Alucard: This reversal of "Dracula" is so prevalent as to count as its own trope.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: A character reverses their own name to disguise their identity. Of course, this fails as soon as someone thinks to reverse the pseudonym.

The technical term for this is an "Ananym". (And yes, it does spell "My Nana" if written backwards.) On a technical note, this trope is much more interesting depending on whether it's the sounds or letters that have been reversed, compared with whether it occurs in written or spoken form. For example, compare "Rotiart" (Roh-Tee-Art) with "traitor" (Tray-Tor); the letters are reversed, but the way English language rules work, the result comes out with noticeably different syllabic parsing and verbal rhythm. You might spot the trope in writing, but it sounds like a genuine name when spoken aloud. Conversely, reversing the syllables instead of the spelling can pass in writing, but may sound obvious when spoken out loud. A much less common option is to reverse the phonemes themselves, which would usually give something totally unrecognisable unless you actually played the result backwards.

Also note that some other languages, such as Chinese and Japanese, assign whole syllables to each character, so while the names really were spelled backwards in their native alphabet, their English equivalents got Lost in Translation. This includes palindromes, such as "Maeda Ema" (spelled まえだえま Ma-e-da-E-ma) and "Yamada Maya" (やまだまや Ya-ma-da-Ma-ya).

Sometimes, the reversed spelling may be altered to look a little more plausible and/or be easier to pronounce, like "strawckab" instead of "sdrawkcab" — as "st" and "ck" are common digraphs in English, which makes it look more believable as a word.

Compare Steven Ulysses Perhero and Sdrawkcab Speech. Sub-Trope of Significant Anagram.

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    Gnisitrevda (Advertising) 
  • Old example: Serutan, as its commercials would point out, was "natures" spelled backwards. Bored of the Rings appropriated the brand name for its parody counterpart of Saruman. The commercials themselves were spoofed by the chapter title "Serutan Spelled Backwards Is Mud".
    • MAD also referenced it in "Gasoline Valley":
      "Skizziks spelled backwards is Skizziks!"
      "What a dopey kid! Anybody knows that Skizziks spelled backwards is 'natures'!"
  • Tobor, an imaginatively-named children's toy from The '70s, advertised during the one and only televised broadcast of The Star Wars Holiday Special. And just in case you didn't get it, the commercial's narrator helpfully points out, "Tobor is "robot" spelled backwards!" See it here.
  • Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, the Willy Wonka brand of candies had a website with a lot of very fun games. One of the games, Spooky Nerds Castle, introduced a Mad Scientist named Dr. Dren (read: Nerd, like the candy), who then went on to appear in a few other games.
  • "I lov it", a sweets line. Lov? Tivoli Gardens in Denmark+this trope=Aha!
  • "noitulovE", title of a Guinness beer ad (which is played backwards too).
  • A Wilkins Coffee commercial featured Wilkins as a fortune-teller called "Snikliw the Swamee".
  • Nike has a program "Ekin" for training their message spreaders.

    Emina dna Agnam (Anime and Manga) 
  • Dr. Mashirito, the Mad Scientist antagonist in Doctor Slump was named after Toriyama's editor at the time, whose surname was Torishima. It may not be obvious, but written in the Japanese syllable-alpabet, it is indeed a Sdrawkcab Name. To western eyes, it just looks like an anagram.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Maka Albarn wields a scythe. Fitting, seeing as the word for "scythe" in Japanese is "kama"....
    • It's not just Maka — a few of the witches have backwards names, according to their animal theme. For example, "nezumi" (rat) to Mizune.
  • Sgt. Frog already features Mine Yoshizaki's Author Avatar (known as Yoshizaki-sensei), but there's also a background character called Yoshi Minezaki - she's an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette who could be easily mistaken for a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl.
  • Part of the Dub Name Change for the American version of Tokyo Mew Mew involved renaming characters Kish and Tart to Dren and Tarb. That's a fair (if teeth-grindingly dumb) description of Tart, but 'Dren' was apparently from the time that 'nerd' was viewed as something bad.
  • In an omake gag 4-koma in Full Moon, Mitsuki Kouyama wonders what her name would be if she was a shinigami. Takuto thinks up her name backwards, "Mayauko Kitsumi". None of them like it.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: Dlanor A. Knox, a reference to the author Ronald A. Knox, who is her father.
  • Krad and Dark of D.N.Angel have each others' names spelled backwards. This is most likely intentional, as they are two halves of the same artwork.
  • Elbaf, the land of giants, in One Piece. The Viz translation missed this—or chose to obfuscate it further—and translated it as "Elbaph."
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Enmu the demon who specializes in blood demon arts that induces people into never-ending dreams meant to kill them has his name properly written in Kanji, meaning sleep-groaning dream, but the way it is pronounced is exactly an anagram of Nemu, radical form of sleep.
  • The Fuji television block Noitamin A.
  • Diabolo has a character named Nema. As one might guess, she's not one of the good guys.
  • Madnug aka. Professor Gerbera from SD Gundam Force.
  • Bad Bird's Armor of Worc from Samurai Pizza Cats.
  • In the final chapter/episode of Dragon Ball Z, Goku enters the World Martial Arts Tournament because he learned that Kid Buu's reincarnation will be there; he turns out to be a small Indiannote  boy named Uub. The fact that even an Idiot Hero like Goku recognized the name could be seen as Lampshade Hanging.note 
  • Aruosumente: Legna, the protagonist's name, is Angel spelled backwards. Angel is also Legna's nickname for utterly different, in-universe reasons.
  • In Amagi Brilliant Park, a video of Moffle fighting the family of a Bratty Half-Pint customer is uploaded by Seiya under the alias "AYIES". It takes Moffle a few seconds to figure it out.
  • The Promised Neverland: In a You Are Number 6 variant, when you flip the Grace Field kids' ID numbers they go in ascending order by age. So child #81194 would be followed by #91194, then #02194, etc. The flipping is likely part of the way to keep the children from noticing this pattern.
  • The Pokémon: The Series episode "The Grass Route" featured Jessie and James entering a tournament using the names Eissej and Semaj.
  • There is a company in My Hero Academia known as Detnerat secretly recruiting people for the Meta Liberation Army. Accounting for the L- and R-sounds being interchangeable in Japanese, this is "Talented" spelled in reverse.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: In the Grand Championship arc, Joey’s first opponent is one Apdnarg Otum. He remains the only one fooled by the disguise.
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation: There is a female character named Setag who is an Expy of Bill Gates.

    Naisa Noitamina (Asian Animation) 
  • Keymon of Keymon Ache has a backwords name of sorts - his name is the word "monkey" with the syllables reversed. And yes, he is a monkey - well, a magic school bag shaped like a monkey anyway.

    Drac Semag (Card Games) 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Nevinyrral's Disk, a Shout-Out to Larry Niven (and specifically to his story "The Magic Goes Away"). The story involves a wizard proving that magic is a limited resource (a metaphor for fossil fuel) by creating a disk that has two spells on it — one causes it to spin faster and faster without limit, and the other binds the disk together against the increasingly extreme forces that would otherwise tear it apart. The result is a small 'do nothing' engine that, in a very short time, consumes all the magic in the vicinity and leaves a zone in which magic does not exist and spells do not work. The Magic card works similarly; activating it immediately destroys all the spells and summoned creatures in play.
    • The Citanul Druids (and other such) — "Citanul" becomes "lunatic"....

    Cimoc Skoob (Comic Books) 
  • There were two different Golden Age comic book villains named "Doctor Allirog".
  • Another Golden Age villain named "Dr. Doog", in the origin of Starman, was reused in All-Star Squadron. It was originally supposed to be "Doom" and needed to be changed, but the new name happens to be "Good" backwards (in other words, evil).
  • Superman:
    • The extradimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk can (usually) only be banished by somehow tricking him into saying or writing his name backwards.
    • One Silver Age comic had Superman deliver some payback by traveling to the 5th Dimension and using his powers to pranking Mxyzptlk (who was in the middle of running for town mayor). Mxy desperately tries to get him to say "Namrepus" to send him back to our world, but even when he does nothing happens; when Supes has had his fun, he voluntarily returns home by saying "Le-Lak".
    • There was also a Silver Age story where Lois Lane ended up in the 5th Dimension by thinking "Kltpzyxm" to herself.
    • Htrae, the Bizarro World, is Earth written backwards.
    • The Death of Lightning Lad: Wanting to play a prank on his friends from the Legion of Super-Heroes, Mon-El dons a mask and introduces himself as a team member applicant named "Lemon".
  • Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC: Parodied when Batman defeated the villain, the Darker and Edgier in '90s Anti-Hero style version of company mascot Johnny DC saying he would buy a CD player called CD Ynnhoj. When the villain asked "What is a CD Ynnhoj?", he realized too late it was his name spelled backwards, and vanished exactly as Mr. Mxyzptlk would.
  • DC's Star Trek: The Next Generation comics has a renegade Borg named Enab..
  • In Spanish comic-book Superlópez, the spell destroying the Lord of the Pacifiers is Etev la oonreuk, a slight modification of a backwards Vete al cuerno, which is Spanish slang for Get lost.
  • Zatanna doesn't reverse her name, but her magical spells are spoken through backwards words (but the sentence will still be read left-to-right). For example, if she wanted a nice frosty one she'd say "Teg em a reeb!" Her evil counterpart from another universe (featured in Countdown), however, was indeed named Annataz Arataz.
  • Green Lantern sees a lot of these in the new Lanterns. Many names are simply the names of creators backwards, for example Isamot Kol's first name is Peter Tomasi's last name backwards. Sn'hoj of the Sinestro Corps is clearly backwards Geoff Johns. Duel Eknham for Doug Mahnke, and a number of others.
  • There is some fan speculation that master of disguise Eno Orez from Motter and Lark's Terminal City is a robot.
  • Rekrab, the shopkeeper and occultist in Terror Inc., is a Shout-Out and Expy of Clive Barker. In the first issue Terror's playing with a Lament Configuration puzzle box in his shop.
  • Some people saw it as significant that the given name of Marvel's Sub-Mariner, Namor, is "Roman" spelled backwards. His favoured battle-cry is the Canis Latinicus "Imperius Rex!" Rob Liefeld created the aquatic superhero Roy Roman to appear in his various Image Comics titles, and in case that's not obvious enough for you, people tended to just call him "Roman" in Leifeld-penned stories.
  • Miles Morales has an Evil Counter Part clone named Selim.
  • Alan Moore's Supreme (about a Superman Substitute created by Liefeld) had some mentions of Emerpus, the equivalent of the "well-meaning simpleton" version of Bizarro. He comes from a mirror universe where everything is backwards. The local Mxyzptlk is named Szazs. A character even suggests tricking him into saying his name backwards until they realize it won't work, since Szazs is a palindrome. Further, the water-breathing hero is the aforementioned Roy Roman.
  • Strongman, from Crash Comics, was active during the 1940s and fought against troops from the country of Aissur (Russia). Their leader was even called Linats, which is very close to being a backwards name for Stalin.
  • In Zombo, the title character's successor was deliberately named Obmoz to indicate how he is the opposite of Zombo.
  • Shazam!:
  • While not strictly a name, per se, the "magic word" which triggers Miracleman's Transformation Sequence is "kimota". Alan Moore's Continuity Reboot of the comic in the early 1980s lampshaded this by having an adult, semi-amnesiac Michael Moran remember the word by seeing "atomic" written on a glass door from behind.
  • In Tex Willer, Mephisto during his second appearance once told some people that his name was "Anatas". It didn't last long, but he was quite in a hurry at the time. During his third one, he goes by the much more creative pseudonym of "Fiesmot".
  • In Sonic the Comic, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, like in the Early Sonic Canon of Sega of America (which was rejected by Sega of Japan, and retconned), is the Superpowered Evil Side of Ovi Kintobor.
  • It gets complicated in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). Dr. Robotnik was originally an alias for Julian Kintobor. However, when the comic integrated elements of Sonic Adventure 2, they added in a separate Robotnik family. Eventually it was retconned from an alias to this trope, with the mad doctor taking his parent's names upon rising to power.
  • Suske en Wiske: Also a popular device in this comic strip.
  • After Werner has liberated not only his buddy Erwin but accidentally a few dozen people from the Bhagwan sect, everyone except Erwin believes he has enlightened them and sees him as their new master. So to get rid of them, they're first tested by having them open a bottle of beer with a raw egg, and after they all fail, Werner invents a "Master Renrew" who sits somewhere in Tibet and whom he claims to be able to teach the former Bhagwan people how to open a bottle with a raw egg.
  • In the Underworld Unleashed crossover, Neron shows up in The Ray calling himself Kathy Noren. Vandal Savage isn't fooled for a second.
  • Urbanus: Ed Levuid is actually De Duivel (The Devil).
  • In the German (originally East German) children's comic-book Mosaik, whose protagonists, the Abrafaxe travel through time, one storyline ended up revealing that their most notable recurring villain, 16th-century Spaniard Don Ferrando, ended up in ancient Egypt where he became a pharaoh under the name Odnarref Nod.
  • In Journey into Mystery (Gillen), Loki transforms the spirit of his old self into a magpie companion, which he calls Ikol.
  • Anti-Villain Zorglub from Spirou and Fantasio created a secret language based on this (Zorgspeak), where every word is reversed while keeping its place in the sentence ("Hail Zorglub" becomes "Liah Bulgroz").
  • DC Vertigo series "The Exterminators" features the Ocran Corporation, a play on "Narco".
  • Den by Richard Corben (NSFW) features a few. A place is called Nebroc, a demon summoning call is "ULUHTC!"
  • Marvel Comics features two characters called Kluh, both variations on the Hulk. The firstvfeatures in AXIS and is an inversion of the Hulk, who instead of Hulking Out because of anger becomes what it is by sadness and depression. The second is an intelligent incarnation of the Gray Hulk, a "superior" clone created by Xemnu in a failed attempt to destroy the Hulk and replace him with Kluh.
  • In the Marvel UK The Real Ghostbusters comic, the back-up strip "Blimey, it's Slimer!" claimed that in life, Slimer had been a gluttonous king named Remils.
  • Legends of the Dead Earth: In Batman Annual #20, Old Posea, who tells fables of Batman, is named after Aesop.
  • Vampirella: Surely there are more examples to find (the other Warren mags Creepy Magazine and Eerie surely have a ton either), so anyway for starters: "Goddess from the Sea" features Namlooc, Namelttil, and Namgib.

    Scimoc — Srepapswen (Comics — Newspapers) 
  • During his tenure as writer on Dick Tracy, Max Allan Collins was fond of giving his villains last names that were words describing them, spelled backwards. Or forwards; so a story involving an arson ring included gang members named Crass and Craven, but the "torch" himself was Carl Nosra. So did Chester Gould himself, as witness The Blank, whose last name was Redrum.
  • Mandrake's Mirror World counterpart Ekardnam.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Pedro gave Pedro a Mirror Self named Ordep.

    Sretupmoc (Computers) 
  • In the ALGOL 68 programming language, the keywords closing block constructs are the ones that open them spelled backwards (e.g. if/fi, do/od). This convention was also adopted by UNIX's Bourne shell (whose author used a ton of preprocessor macros to make C code look more like ALGOL 68). This is given a Take That! in the semi-official Perl reference manual Programming Perl, which explains that "elsif" is not "elif" (as it is spelled in both ALGOL 68 and the C preprocessor) because that would be "file" spelled backward: "Only Algol-ers would want a keyword that was the same as another word spelled backward."
  • The music manager Senuti—lampshaded by the slogan that displays as it loads, "Everything in reverse." The name is a reversal of iTunes because Senuti's main selling point is that it can transfer songs to and from one's iPod (whereas iTunes, in all but the direst circumstances, only lets you copy songs to an iPod).

    Naf Skrow (Fan Works) 
  • This trope is quite often used in Russian Fanfics because Russian writing is more phonetic based, i.e. each letter codes (mostly) exactly one sound, making such invertions easier.
  • In Fallen Angel, The title of the book Katherine is reading is "Noisull id nanoit peced" or, fixed, "Deception and Illusion" Both backwards and spaced wrongly, but it makes sense when you know who's reading it.
  • In the universe of Marissa Picard, there's a star system named "Naklab". It's home to the planets Nevolsia, Troac, Sobnia, and Bresia.
  • In ITS MY LIFE! there is Assirram Strebor, Marrissa Roberts' Evil Knockoff.
  • In Turnabout Storm, upon coming up with the theory that there's an Evil Twin of Rainbow Dash wandering about, Pinkie Pie decides to call her "Wob Niar".
  • Brendan Namron: Ace Attorney : Brendan's last name is his father's first name spelled backwards. It exists only in this series.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • The Labinnac of ThunderCats (2011) fan fic series The Evabon Saga appropriately have the name of their race be "Cannibal" spelled backwards.
  • In Robb Returns, the Krats, the leader of the Company of the Rose, takes his name of Stark back when he declares that the Company of the Rose will be coming back to Westeros.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: When Zim needs to take up a new persona when he starts organizing his rebellion against the Tallest near the end of Season 1, he takes on the alias "Miz". It's pointed out how stupid this is, but he justifies it by saying that it's so obvious, people are unlikely to think he'd actually use it.
  • Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space. Captain Proton runs into a Killer Robot calling itself Tobor because that's the name on its chest. Proton points out it was looking in a mirror at the time.
  • In My Craft, this is played Up to Eleven with Sdrawkcab. His name is literally just Backwards backwards.
  • The Reaping of Hatsune Miku: The series takes place in the DIVA District of the city of Diola. The city's name is the last two syllables of "Vocaloid" in reverse.

    Smlif — Noitamina (Films — Animation) 

    Smlif — Evil-Noitca (Films — Live-Action) 
  • At one point in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the eponymous candyman takes the remaining two kids on his tour through "Hsawaknow", which is "Wonkawash" backwards. (No, it’s not Japanese.)
  • Troll 2. "Nilbog! It's Goblin spelled backwards!" (Actually, "Goblin" was supposed to be the original title of the movie. Someone thought that making people think it was an actual sequel to Troll would make it better.)
  • In The Last Seduction, Linda Fiorentino's character has some kind of upside-down, back-to-front spelling obsession. She's able to produce a perfect signature upside down. Having ripped off her husband and hidden in a small town, she wants to get back to New York, and chooses the name "Wendy Kroy". Knowing both her backwards-writing thing and her love of NYC helps her husband to find her.
  • In Spaceballs, the villainous President Skroob. Technically an anagram, but it's only a letter off, so most people can figure it out. Mel Brooks decided it was a cooler name than Skoorb.
  • Holes features a protagonist named Stanley Yelnats the 4th. The reason it's been reused in so many generations is specifically because it's the reverse of the family name.
  • In The Watcher in the Woods, when the Curtis family receives a puppy as a pet, the younger daughter Elle, under the influence of the Watcher, gives it the name Nerak, which is backwards for Karen, a girl who, during a seance-like ceremony, disappeared 30 years ago.
  • In Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the villain De Nomolos is sdrawkcab for one of the writers.
  • The Mothman Prophecies. Leek is based on the book's author Keel.
  • Tin Man: "Ahamo" is named after the original wizard's hometown: Omaha, Nebraska.
  • In Time Runner with Mark Hamill, the evil alien mole bidding for President of the United States is named "Neila". Did we mention he is an alien?
  • The very character of Emit Flesti, played by Willem Dafoe, in Faraway, So Close!
  • Star Wars has a few. For just three, Coleman Trebor (reference to visual effects artist Rob Coleman), Cin Drallig (the stunt coordinator who plays him, Nick Gillard, minus the "k") and a huge in-joke: the canon name for the E.T. that cameos in The Phantom Menace is Grebleips. Not to forget the infamous Ewok (close to "Wookie" spelled backwards).
  • "Grebleips" first appeared in Steven Spielberg's first feature film Duel, as the name of a pest control company.
  • In Splice, the two scientists name their creation "Dren", "nerd" backwards.
  • Tobor the Great (1954) was about a robot designed to replace astronauts.
  • Commander of the Soviet spacecraft in 2010: The Year We Make Contact (the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey) is Captain Kirbuk, a reference to Stanley Kubrick, who directed the original film.
  • A robot named Tobor shows up in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
  • Face/Off has the secret prison "Erewhon". The meaning of the reversed name ("Nowhere") comes into play when it's revealed it's located on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean.
  • Used as a Credits Gag in the Disney movie Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.. A writing credit is given to Retlaw Yensid.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, Mystery, Inc. are looking for a modern-day descendant of the witch Wanda Grubwort. Shaggy points out that Trowburg (the name of the woman who runs the general store) is Grubwort spelt backwards.
  • In the first Fred movie, the title character meets a one-shot named Derf, who is basically a polar opposite of himself: calm and deep-voiced instead of manic and high-voiced, but still played by Lucas Cruikshank.
  • Main character Jerboa in Howling III: The Marsupials comes from the town of Flow (wolf) where everyone, including herself, are were creatures.
  • In Unconscious, Noel, the last patient in León's thesis, is actually a pseudonym for León himself.
  • 10,000 BC: D'leh. You need Bilingual Bonus, though ("Held"="hero" in German).
  • Unfriended: Dark Web: 'Norah C', the owner of the Facebook account linked to Matias' new laptop, is 'Charon' spelled backwards.
  • The Godfather Part II: The character Johnny Ola is based on real-life mobster Vincent Alo.
  • In Voyage of the Rock Aliens, one of the planets 1359 spies on is called Acirema.

    Sekoj (Jokes) 
  • Standard German computer programmer joke: To see what comes out of "Scrum"note , just read it backwards!note 

    Erutaretil (Literature) 
  • In the Callahan's Crosstime Saloon's short story "Mirror/Rorrim Off the Wall", we get introduced to Robert Trebor from a Parallel Universe. He has backwards money and an Evil Twin that he wants to be imprisoned in htrownevaeL.
  • The Diamond in the Windowpane by Jane Langton. Also, one of the main characters speaks 'Backwards English' usually to insult people. Kcitsmoorb!,Sumatopoppih!
  • The Deltora Quest series:
    • Nevets, the brother of Steven. Of course, initially, the protagonists believe Steven to just be crazy when he talks about having an invincible warrior brother inside him.
    • The villains with the backward names Nij and Doj prevent the heroes from realizing they are the baddies they have been warned about, and who speak backward letter-for-letter, which obviously only works on paper. With a little clear-headed enchantment, the hero Lief is able to hear their words for what they are, and realizes that they're cheerfully discussing how to cook the group for dinner.
  • Sharon Shinn's novel The Truth-Teller's Tale features twins named Adele and Eleda, whose appearances are mirror images of each other. (For example, each has one blue eye and one green eye, but it's a different eye on each twin.)
  • The first teacher of the class on the 30th floor of Wayside School was named Mrs. Gorf. In Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, the class has a series of substitute teachers named Mr. Gorf (Mrs. Gorf's son), Mrs. Drazil, and Wendy Nogard. Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom reveals the librarian is named Mrs. Surlaw.
  • The villain of James Thurber's juvenile fantasy The White Deer is named Nagrom Yaf.
  • Discworld:
    • The Discworld concept of being "knurd" — so sober that you actually need an alcoholic beverage or two to be normal.
    • As a parody of "Erewhon/Nehwon", there is an area in the Hublands called "Ecalpon".
    • The country of Llamedos, which is "Sod'em all" backwards, and is itself a reference to the Welsh town of Llareggub in Under Milk Wood.
    • In The Last Hero, Da Vinci expy Leonard of Quirm builds the Disc's second spaceship. The lever marked Troba is cited by Vetinari to be one not to pull, while the lever marked Sekarb stops the ship while it is crashing.
    • Allegedly, the one weakness that all Discworld vampires share is their belief that spelling their name backwards is an effective way of fooling people. (Their depiction owes a lot to the classic vampire movies which more or less pioneered the Alucard thing.)
    • A Throw It In example from Thief of Time: Pterry had always intended Ronnie Soak to be the forgotten fifth Horseman of the Apocralypse, but didn't know what that fifth member should embody...until he realized that the character's last name spelled backwards was "Kaos", which is close enough to "Chaos" as makes little difference.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has a minor example in Trebor Jordayne, a minor background character who serves as a Shout-Out to Robert Jordan.
  • The eponymous country in Erewhon by Samuel Butler is an almost-reversal of "nowhere". (An exact reversal would be "Erehwon".) This is a reference to "Utopia", which means "nowhere". The inhabitants (for the most part) have names like Senoj Nosnibor.
  • On a similar note, the world of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser tales is Nehwon.
  • Damon Knight wrote a short story about a plant-based vampire, called "Eripmav" which was defeated by a steak through the heart.
  • A short story for a Russian history class features a group of boys going on a camping trip and being whisked away to the far-off year of circa 1957, where every country is a Socialist Republic and everyone speaks Esperanto. They meet a similar group of boys, many of whom have the reverse of their names: Grisha's counterpart is Ashirg, etc. It's lampshaded when the story turns out to be a campfire story told by the boys' troopleader, and one of the boys points it out.
  • A more elaborate scheme is found in Kingdom of Warped Mirrors by V. Gubarew. The girl Olya has her counterpart Aylo. Most other persons have names which correspond to their character and/or position. There is the Most Important Minister Gorf, The Very Definitely Most Important Minister (!) Kwah (Hawk, which has negative associations in Russian), the king Topsed 7, the good slave Evals and so on. The book was adapted into a film.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote a novel entitled Falcons of Narabedla. Frederik Pohl wrote an apparently unrelated novel called Narabedla Ltd. Both titles are derived from the star Aldebaran.
  • A series of German children's novels by James Krüss include the Baron Lefuet, from the reverse of the German word for Devil.
  • As discussed on the Lost in Translation page, a robot in a Stanisław Lem novel uses the battle cry "awruk", which spelled backwards is a Polish expletive literally meaning "whore" but used as an exclamation in the same way as "fuck" is in English.
    • Michael Kandel translated it as "tikcuff!" Other language translators weren't as imaginative.
  • One of the main characters of Holes is named Stanley Yelnats. It doubles as a palindrome. His great-great-grandmother actually gave her son the name Stanley because she noticed this.
  • His Dark Materials doesn't play this exactly straight, but it does feature a minor character called Sir Charles Latrom in the second book. Spell his last name backwards, then take a wild guess as to what ends up happening to him.
  • The Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone not only has a Sdrawkcab Name for what its purpose is, but also mirror writing along its edges which essentially describes exactly what the mirror does.
    Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi.note 
  • According to Word of God, Ursula K. Le Guin did this in her famous story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". She saw a sign for Salem, O (regon) and reversed it, based in part by the similar sound of Salem to Shalom/Salam and the fact that when reversed, it gave a similar sound to the word helas (alas). Thus, the effect something like "utopia when read forward, dystopia when read backwards".
  • "Ecirp Nelle Hada" of The Poisonwood Bible likes to write and speak backward.note 
  • Bruce Coville's goblins correct humans who mistakenly call their kingdom Goblin-land, saying it's rude (they have a point, since human kingdoms aren't called "People-land"). The correct name is, of course, "Nilbog". Muuuuch better.
  • Midnight's Sun - A Story of Wolves by Garry Kilworth uses Sdrawkcab names for some of his characters. Athaba's mother and father are Meshiska and Aksishem, respectively. Although this is totally ignored in Athaba's case when he becomes Ulaala's mate.
  • X-Wing Series: Lara Nostil — that's one of her names, anyway — has an assumed last name that is the same as Wes Janson's actor, Ian Liston, backwards. Wes and Lara are in the same squadron. Liston was flattered and amused, but apparently this was unintentional on Aaron Allston's part.
    • Elsewhere in the Legends continuity, there's a planet called Wehttam, "Matthew" backwards.
  • In the Redwall prequel Martin the Warrior, Ballaw the hare poses as a rabbit named "Tibbar".
  • The Shining. While it's not a name, it is an important Arc Word: Redrum!
  • One of the Beaver Towers books features a villain called Retsnom.
  • Christopher Stasheff's A Wizard in Rhyme series features in one of the books' backstory an Evil Chancellor named Reiziv. It's not commented on as a backwards word by anyone in the story, making it also a Stealth Pun.
  • In The Deed of Paksenarrion, this is a feature of the elvish language; reversing a word inverts it's meaning. So light elves are "sinyi", dark elves are "iynis", Sertig the Maker, the god of the smiths, has an enemy called Gitres the Unmaker, and so on.
  • One Dutch children's book titled Lyc-Drop features a character called Seuz. He turns out to be a Greek deity; take a guess as to which one.
  • An couple of newspaper serials that ran in the 1870s tell of the adventures of a man who discovered a race of humans with tails living in New Guinea, in the village of Etihwretep. Spell "Etihwretep" backward, and you get "Peter White." The people live in the valley of "Eloc" and call themselves the "Elocwe." It should come as no surprise that the author's name is Edward William Cole.
  • Where's Waldo?: Another "Evil Twin" version is Odlaw, Waldo's nemesis. He's stil called Odlaw in the UK version despite Waldo being called "Wally", presumably because Yllaw really doesn't work. Unless you made him Welsh...
  • The Culture: Done with "Vatueil" in Surface Detail. In this case, the name isn't the character's own name scrambled but the name of a relative. Specifically, Vateuil is actually Zakalwe from Use of Weapons, and his pseudonym is an anagram of Livueta, his step-sister, and the one who exposed his true identity to his Culture colleagues.
  • Three of the seven stories in Tuf Voyaging center on S'uthlam, a planet in perpetual crisis due to overpopulation.
  • The mystery short story "Death by Rubik's Cube", published in the August 2011 issue of Games Magazine, features a police detective by the name of Errol Lorre. The suspects realize that his parents loved puzzles a lot and that he himself hates them.
  • Alec Leamas from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. (Leamas reverses to Samael.) No, he's not Satan or any other supernatural figure in disguise, but a Fake Defector and The Mole Anti-Hero whose moral dilemmas form a major part of the plot.
  • Several in Basil of Baker Street and sequels; for example, the Mouse World counterpart to Irene Adler is Madmoiselle Relda.
  • Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber series of stories. The Pattern is in Castle Amber, which is located on a mountain overlooking the sea. The Castle and Pattern have a duplicate in the seas bordering Amber, in an underwater world known as Rebma.
  • In Jane Langton's The Diamond in the Window, Edward Hall speaks backwards fluently and daydreams about an alter-ego named Trebor Nosnibor. It's stated that he wishes his name were Robert Robinson specifically because he thinks it sounds much cooler backwards than "Drawde Llah" would.
  • In Brian Aldiss's illustrated poem "Pile", (subtitle "Petals from St. Klaed's Computer") the hero escapes from Pile and its computer "St. Klaed" to find the alternate world of Elip run by St. Dealk.
  • In the Commonwealth Saga short story "Manhattan in Reverse", Bernadino "Dino" Paganazzi is part of the biological survey team that initially studied a recently-settled planet and the expert on the Onid, a herbivorous native species. We're not told who named the Onid and how they came up with that name...
  • Sonic the Hedgehog in Robotnik's Laboratory uses the back-story of the kindly Dr Kintobor training Sonic before getting involved in a horrible accident that transforms him into Robotnik.
  • Robert und Trebor, a German children's book about a boy and his Imaginary Friend who lives in the wallpaper.
  • The Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche Barbarians of Mars by Edward P. Bradburynote  features such names as K'cocroom, Nosirrah and the Flowers of Modnaf, the scent of which starts as sweet, but leads to madness.
  • The Myth Adventures novel Myth-ing Persons features a married couple of werewolf writers called Idnew and Drahcir, who are a Shout-Out to Wendy and Richard Pini. A later book has a Manticore called Evad.
  • A rare non-protagonist example: "Grenzland" by Martina Wildner. Now what's this strange place called Nilreb...
  • In the second book in the Space Brat series, Blork is cloned by accident. The machine produces a negative copy of him, named Krolb.
  • One of the pen names used in the past by writer Harlan Ellison is "Nalrah Nosille."
  • Cleve Cartmill wrote a short story called "Deadline" that described how to build a uranium-fission bomb; it was published in the March 1944 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. The warring factions on the alien planet were the Seilla (including Aissu), and the Sixa (including Ynamre).[1]
  • "Ceram" is the pseudonym of Kurt Wilhelm Marek. (Slight variation, but in Germany C is the kooler letter.)
  • In the Conan the Barbarian story "Black Colossus", the desert warlord Natohk turns out to be the long-dead sorcerer Thugra Khotan returned to the world of the living.
  • Erik Simon's SF protagonist Raf Effarig, possibly. He is not a giraffe, though, just a boring public officer.
  • Esio Trot, a children book. One guess about a protagonist. (Also contains a whole spell in Zatannish, see the Other Wiki.)
  • In the German children book "Urmel fliegt ins All" we have the Neschnem, which is just "Menschen" (humans) backwards, modulo the usual sch phoneme problem. All their names are backward versions of normal names too, like "Arabrab".
  • Literature/Retief series by Keith Laumer - possibly. The Other Wiki noted that it's "fighter" backwards - phonetically.
  • Zomboy: Bob's friend Evil-O is really named Olive. When they first met, Bob mentioned how his name is the same forward and backward. From there, Olive started wondering such about her own name. She's gone by Evil-O ever since.
  • In Theres A Zmogus In My Soup, there is a user with the the username "Al-Rellik". The Rellik in Al-Rellik, means killer.
  • Possible example: The Utopia Dr. Mabuse wants to build in Brazil (in the book that spawned the film) is called "Eitopomar". Maybe this just alludes to Utopia. Backwards, "Ramopotie" immediately invokes the German "Despotie".
  • Dragonlance. One of the Dragon Highlords is named Verminaard. After he is apparently killed, he re-appears later on using the name Sevil Draanim Rev (Verminaard Lives).
  • Off On A Comet by Jules Verne has Hector Servadac. In fact, his name is in the original French title. Supposedly, Verne picked "cadavres", because he wanted to end the novel with Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
  • World of the Five Gods: Learned Hallana, double-divine of the Mother and the Bastard, uses 'Dratsab' as a curse.
  • Like a Fish Understands a Tree has Living Program Oemor, who is programmed to fall in love with players. Susan doesn't get the reference and wonders why the developers gave him such a stupid name.
  • The Brazilian book O Menino no Espelho, 'The Boy in the Mirror', has the boy Fernando ending up making his reflection a real person, which due to this literal Mirror Character origin is named Odnanref.
  • Horace Miner's "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema" a satirical analysis of mainstream American culture in the form of an anthropological paper—an account of the Nacirema ("American" spelled backwards) tribe in North America.
  • Moojag and the Auticode Secret: Moojag is backwards for Gajoom, which refers to the robots he helped design.
  • Goblins in the Castle: The goblins come from the land of Nilbog — "Goblin" spelled backwards.

    Evil-Noitca VT (Live-Action TV) 
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The War Games'', The War Chief's space-time-travel machines are called SIDRATs.
    • More tenuous - In "The Three Doctors", Omega's name was originally conceived by the production team as an upside-down flip of 'WHO' - 'OHM', which became Omega.
    • Iconic enemy the Daleks are mutated versions of a Human Alien race called the Kaleds.
  • These work better in real life than one might think. In the reality show Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, each contestant has a Code Name. In the middle of the first episode, it was revealed that one of the contestants was actually a spy. The contestant Rotiart stepped forward and proclaimed dramatically, "Rotiart spelled backwards is..." (rip off name tag for The Reveal) "Traitor!"
  • Long-running American soap opera Days of Our Lives is well-known for its far-fetched plots, particularly those centered around the arch-villain Stefano DiMera. One plot had several characters leave the show's usual locale of Salem during the Fall of 1995 to attend a wedding in the town of Aremid. Events conspired to make many of the characters stay in Aremid until the following spring, but in that time nobody seemed to notice that Aremid was actually DiMera spelled backwards. The show repeated the trope nine years later when several characters found themselves abducted from Salem and kept captive on the island of Melaswen (New Salem), a place filled with recreations of several landmarks from their hometown.
  • In Power Rangers Turbo, the team meets a mysterious child who calls himself Erutan. ("Nature" spelled backwards; he's actually a powerful forest spirit, maybe even a Genius Loci.)
  • Scrubs: In the episode, "My Princess", a Formula-Breaking Episode in the form of a fairy-tale Dr. Cox is telling his son, Bob Kelso's counterpart is the Dark Lord Oslek (which, on a completely unrelated note, is what Ted calls him when he suffers stress-induced dyslexia).
    • The episode "My Urologist" has JD finding a "Rotinaj" on the hospital website and thinking it's another trick of the Janitor. It is, but the hospital actually has a Dr. Rotinaj working there. He's presumably Indian.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • An episode mentioned a toxic substance called Selgninaem. One of the show's writers acknowledged this to be a comment on the meaningless nature of Techno Babble.
    • In the second-season episode "Where Silence Has Lease", the Omnipotent Being of the Week was named "Nagilum", or "Nagillum," depending on what you read. That second name is important when you consider that the producers originally wanted Richard Mulligan for that role....
    • In "Gambit: Part I", the crew goes to a sleazy bar to find an informant; the guy they eventually come up with is named Yranac.
    • In "Darmok", the eponymous Tamaranian figure's name is "Komrad" (read: "Comrade"), which is entirely fitting given the theme of the episode.
    • In "Samaritan Snare," the captain of the Pakled ship is named "Grebnedlog" in the script. It's "Goldenberg" spelled sdrawkcab, but what significance this has, no one knows.
  • The CBBC Fantasy-based kids game show Raven has a villain known as Nevar and a general anagram in another character, Ervan.
  • Dave Barry also writes about a kids TV show he used to watch in the 1950s called Captain Video and the Video Rangers and mentions a robot named I TOBOR.
    • Originally, the robot was originally named "ROBOT 1", but the stencil man messed up and painted the letters backwards.
  • In the Frasier episode "The Show Must Go Off", Jackson Hedley is mentioned as playing an android named TOBOR on TV.
  • In an episode of Round the Twist, the kids discover a machine in the top room of the lighthouse that makes mirror-image copies of whatever you put into it. When Linda clones herself, the mirror-image copy is dubbed "Adnil".
  • One episode of Farscape features a villainous alien geneticist named Namtar — he's a genetically-altered lab-rodent.
  • On Parker Lewis Can't Lose principal Grace Musso had a devoted flunky called Lemmer; in a few episodes, her rival Norman Pankow had a flunky called Remmel. Remmel was visually an anti-Lemmer: while Frank Lemmer was a pale-skinned, dark-haired guy dressed all in black, Remmel was a black guy with blond hair who dressed all in white.
  • Archie Campbell's retelling of Cinderella ("Rindercella") on Hee Haw. (Actually more like anagrams and spoonerisms, but the joke was that he was telling the story backwards.)
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: This exchange from the Parrot Sketch, after the customer is sent to Bolton, is told by that pet shop clerk he's in Ipswich, and finds he actually is in Bolton:
    Clerk: It was a pun.
    Customer: A pun??
    Clerk: No, not a pun. What's that word that spells the same backwards as forwards?
    Customer: A palindrome?
    Clerk: Yeah!
    Customer: It's not a palindrome. The palindrome for "Bolton" would be "Notlob"!note 
  • Happy Days: In "They Call It Potsie Love," Joanie develops a crush on Potsie and nicknames him "Dren" (backwards for "nerd").
  • Ringo Starr was featured in an NBC special in the late '70s in a variation of The Prince and the Pauper, with him as himself and a poor Hollywood maps peddler named Ognir Rrats.
  • The first episode of Red Dwarf's third series, entitled "Backwards". The main characters land on an Earth where everything is backwards, and Lister & Cat read a sign to London as "Nodnol". They just assume they're in Bulgaria. Also in the corresponding book, "Retsil Evad" is mentioned.
  • The L Word uses an Alucard variant of when one of the main cast ends up dating an expert in vampiric folklore with slightly vampiric tendencies (stronger than usual, preference for night, pale complexion, etc.). Her name is Uta Refson.
  • Kratts' Creatures has an animated character named "Ttark", possibly to sound like an African name.
  • In an episode of L&O SVU, an innocent man who Olivia had helped to convict had been released from prison and was out to get revenge on her. As part of his plan, he set up a phony company named "Aivilo" or "Olivia" backwards.
  • During the All-Star season of America's Next Top Model, each of the girls had to write lyrics for, record and make a video for a song, and they were required to use the phrase "Pot Ledom is Top Model Backwards" someplace in the song. The "Pot Ledom" thing was reinforced in the videos when they would cut away from the model to show Tyra in a "Pot Ledom" shirt and repeating the full line.
  • The Muppet Show features a sketch in which Lew Zealand and Rowlf sing "Owt Rof Aet" ("Tea for Two" backwards).
  • Kamen Rider:
    • The Shout-Out Theme Naming of the main characters in Kamen Rider Fourze, has Tomoko Nozama, who was named after Kamen Rider Amazon.
      • The Virgo Zodiarts real name. Kuniteru Emoto. Emoto = Otome, which is "virgin" in English.
    • Kamen Rider Build:The series' Big Bad, Evolto, takes a Rider form named Kamen Rider Evol, which is the letters of "love" reversed. This fits his status as an antithesis to the heroic Riders' dream of fighting for love and peace, as Evolto fights for selfishness and sadism by causing conflict.
    • Kamen Rider Revice: When possessed by Kagero, Daiji Igarashi becomes Kamen Rider Evil. After regaining control of his own body, he becomes Kamen Rider Live.
  • In a 2011 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill introduces the fictitious GOP candidate for the 2012 presidential election: Karab Omabo, an American who is the complete opposite of Barack Obama in every way except gender, as a way to mock the excessive Commander Contrarian attitudes which the GOP holds towards Obama.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, while the guys are trying to program an app to solve equations, Sheldon tried to keep control entirely and suggests that they refer to the idea as 'Project Nodlehs'. Leonard then calls him out on it.
  • Rare upside-down name variant in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Tabula Rasa" - when the gang is hit with a memory-loss spell they try to figure out who they are. Buffy (who decided she was named Joan) sees Dawn's name in script on a pendant. Dawn looks down at it and suggests her name may be 'Umad'.
  • Homeland season four features a Turkish/German hacker who goes by the handle "Gabehcuod," which is "douchebag" backwards.
  • A musical example in Person of Interest, which utilizes a Sdrawckab Leitmotif; specifically, taking The Machine's main motif and playing it in reverse to serve as the main motif for Samaritan.
  • Series 3 and 4 of The Adventure Game featured appearances by a character called Ron Gad (played by Bill Homewood), who would give clues to the contestants each week... provided they realised he was speaking backwards (implying that his name might actually be Dagnor), most often by offering an encouraging "Doogy rev!" ("Very good!"). He generally entered the set by singing a backwards version of "Waltzing Matilda" with a fake Australian accent to match. Some teams caught on more or less immediately and were able to obtain and decipher many clues from him, while other teams never quite solved the puzzle of his speech and got hopelessly stuck on the tasks with which he was trying to assist them.note 
  • Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum features a blue girl character named Zula. That's backwards for "azul," the Portuguese word for blue.
  • Starsky & Hutch: The Phony Psychic Madame Yram chose her name because she doesn't think anyone would take a psychic named Mary Polanski seriously.
  • Some Power of Veto competitions in the US version of Big Brother are hosted by an animatronic mascot named Otev.
  • Rellik has a backwards name as the title, along with lots of use of anagrams.
  • Used as an inside joke in CSI: NY's "The Triangle." A minor character-of-the-week who provides a clue is named Yert Yawallac. Trey Callaway wrote the episode and was one of the series' Supervising Producers.

    Cisum (Music) 
  • The B-side of the classic Sanity Slippage Song "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" by Napoleon XIV is "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT". It's credited to "Noelopan VIX", and is in fact the A-side played backwards. Even the label of the b-side was almost entirely in mirrored writing.
  • Rapper Kool Keith, a.k.a. Dr. Octagon, has also released an album under the name Mr. Nogatco. The title of the album? Nogatco Rd.
  • Symbion Project, on its Red album, has a song called Tcejorp Noibmys.
  • Australian band TISM had a song called "U.O.Y. Sevol Natas", a pisstake of rockstars and rumours of backwards masking.
  • Another Australian music example is the much older, late 1960s early 1970s, band Spectrum (a rock focused group) and Murtceps (a more Progressive-flavoured alter ego)
  • The song "Dinner at Deviant's Palace" by Cradle of Filth is actually the Lord's Prayer recited backwards.
  • The Beatles:
    • The end of the 1966 tune "Rain" (B-side of "Paperback Writer") has John repeating the first line of the song backwards.
    • Zig-zagged: "Revolution No. 9" has a voice loop of someone calling "number nine" ad infinitum, which if when played backwards is supposedly "Turn me on, dead man," one of many clues to the "death" of Paul. (A joke that has made the rounds over the last four decades is that if the 1978 Sgt. Pepper soundtrack album of the movie is played backwards, Paul is saying "I wish I were dead.")
    • The Love album (a CD remix compilation) includes "Gnik Nus" (gnick noos), a deliberate parody of this and backmasking and a remix of their earlier "Sun King".
  • In The Beatles spoof The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, it is stated that if you play the title of "Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band" backwards it is supposed to say "Stig has been dead for ages, honestly," when it in fact says "Dnab Bulc Strad Ylno Srettur Tnaegres."
  • Eels "Efil's God", sort of: It's based around a backwards sample of an earlier song of theirs called "Dog's Life".
  • After KMFDM temporarily broke up in 1999, members Sascha Konietzko and Tim Skold started a new project with Lucia Cifarelli and called it MDFMK.
  • Sort of done with Daft Punk's "Funk Ad", which is a backwards reprise of "Da Funk" - if it were fully backwards, it would of course be "Knuf Ad".
  • The name of the Folk Metal band, Suid Akr A, is the guitarist/vocalist's first name "Arkadius" spelled backwards.
  • For a while in the late eighties, there were two competing lineups of the band T.S.O.L. touring at the same time - one lineup was the founding members of the group playing songs from their earlier Hardcore Punk and deathrock albums, and the other was a newer iteration of the band playing their then-current Hard Rock and Hair Metal material. The latter had the rights to the name and threatened to sue, so the former briefly started billing themselves as LOST.
  • Related: backing vocals in the Utada Hikaru songs Passion and Sanctuary are played backwards. Reversed the right way round and the lyrics are "I need more affection than you know", "So many ups and downs" and "I need true emotions."
  • The Elevator Drops' album title Pop Bus is "Sub Pop" (as in the independent record label) backwards - the cover art features a bus with a reversed Sub Pop logo on it.
  • Nosaj Thing is the musical project of Jason Chung - aside from "Nosaj" being "Jason" backwards, it's also sort of a pun on "no such thing".
  • Coheed and Cambria: the character Newo Ikkin was named after Claudio Sanchez's then-girlfriend Nikki Owen.
  • Dream Theater have a song on their first album called "The Ytse Jam". Ytsejam is "Majesty" backwards, which is what the band were originally going to be called.
  • Fatlip's The Loneliest Punk credits Edy Crahp as a producer for some of the songs: "Edycrahp" backwards is (The) Pharcyde, which was the name of the hip-hop group he was a founding member of, so it's been speculated that Fatlip produced these songs himself under a pseudonym.
  • Electric Light Orchestra's "Fire On High" (from their album Face The Music) starts with a track of someone talking backwards. When played backwards, he is saying "The music is reversible, but time isn't. Turn back...turn back...turn back!"
  • Knarf Rellöm, German "Hamburg School" musician.
  • In the liner notes to Meco Monardo's album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk (a long synthesized disco version of John Williams' ''Star Wars" score, plus a track of Meco's original music), some of the musicians credited include "Yrrah Htoob," "Simm Tenaj," "Retsim Adoy," "Htrad Redav," "Semaj Krik," and "Nacluv Kcops."
  • Japanese singer Kokia's stage name is her first name, Akiko, with the kana written in reverse order. Some of her songs also include lyrics written in the same way.
  • EGOIST have a song in their single All Alone With You called "elbadaernU". Spelled backward is "Unreadable".
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart liked to call himself (and occasionally signed with) "Trazom".
  • "Ytrapretfa" by the Cool Kids of Death.
  • "Ecnalumba" by They Might Be Giants is somewhat of a Justified Trope, see below under Real Life. (Although, technically, those sign are mirrored, not reversed.)
  • The Emils (a Hamburg punk band) is particularly clever, as Emil is a good old German surname. No Emil in it, though: backwards it gives Slime, a legendary Hamburg punk band.
  • "Yadnus" by the band !!!.
  • Canadian Country Music duo The Reklaws, consisting of brother and sister Stuart and Jenna Walker, got their name from spelling their surname "Walker" backwards.
  • Akiko Yoshida (the singer) is known by her stage name KOKIA (which is her real name backwards syllable-wise).
  • The Bloodhound Gang has a Hidden Track named "Reflections of Remoh", which is Jimmy Pop doing a Homer Simpson impression.
  • "Nivram" by The Shadows, named after the band's lead guitarist Hank Marvin.
  • French singer Nadir Kouidri performs under the nickname Ridan.
  • Beatboxer Tioneb's stage name is simply the backwards spelling of his real first name, Benoit.
  • Saro's most famous track is titled Oras.

    Llabnip (Pinball) 

    Teppup Swohs (Puppet Shows) 
  • One episode of The Jim Henson Hour features the Muppets receiving a TV broadcast from space, which features a Similar Squad called the Teppums, including Timrek the Gorf and Oznog.
  • Two episodes of The Muppet Show mentioned a supernatural being known only by the name "Rezal-Evad-Gib", which is backwards for "Big Dave Lazer", the executive producer of the series.

    Lanoisseforp Gniltserw (Professional Wrestling) 
  • Former TNA wrestler John Hugger, also known before that as Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli in WCW and WWE, worked under the gimmick of the monster RelliK (with a backwards K). Rellik is Killer spelled backwards. Rellik is killer spelled backwards! He also went by Redrum in indy promotions. Mike Tenay always mentioned that "Rellik is Killer spelled backwards" whenever he appeared. Hugger created the gimmick during his indy days between his WWE release and signing with TNA. The gimmick was originally called "REDRUM".
  • In WCW, Ultimate Warrior decided to make a stable to combat the New World Order (nWo). He called it the One Warrior Nation (oWn). It only had one member besides Warrior, Ed Leslie aka The Disciple. The horridness of everything Warrior did in WCW in general and Warrior's general flakiness as a performer spelled a quick end to it.
  • WCW wrestler Lodi, real name Brad Cain, was so named because of his resemblance to Billy Idol.
  • Mustafa Ali's finisher is an imploding (inverted) 450 splash called the "054".

    Oidar (Radio) 
  • The setting of Under Milk Wood is the Quirky Town of Llareggub (which looks Welsh but is just "bugger-all", British slang for "practially nothing", spelled backwards).
  • In the radio version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Lintilla clones are approached by Allitnil clones with offers of marriage which are actually agreements to cease existence. The name "Allitnil" was pronounced as if "Lintilla" were played backwards on tape.
  • In Sue Limb's 1990 BBC English Civil War comedy The Sit-Crom, the housemaid Mercy is actually a Royalist spy who receives her instructions in backward code - e.g., "Eht Gnik si gnimoc worromot". Later on, when she starts to develop feelings for the Roundhead Captain Higgs she is alarmed to receive an order to "Llik eht Niatpac Sggih".

    Dedrocer dna Dnats-Pu Ydemoc (Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy) 
  • The Firesign Theatre sketch "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger" begins with the usual private-eye soliloquy:
    "It all began innocently enough on Tuesday. I was sitting in my office on that drizzly afternoon listening to the monotonous staccato of rain on my desktop and reading my name on the glass of my office door: 'Regnad Kcin'."

    Potelbat Semag (Tabletop Games) 
  • Atmosfear: Hellin the poltergeist's name is the words "In Hell" swapped around and merged.
  • The dark messiah "Susej", from Satanis Unbound.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • In the Spelljammer setting; "scro" (singular and plural) are advanced orcs.
    • D&D also has "nilbogs" and "llorts", both of which are damaged by healing magic, and vice versa.
    • The D&D campaign that became the World of Greyhawk included Jim Ward, Robert Kuntz, and of course Gary Gygax. Legendary Greyhawk wizards and heroes include Drawmij, Ztunk, Zagyg, Zagig Yragerne (who may be the same person as Zagyg), Xagyg (who probably isn't), etc.
    • D&D gods include The Trickster Olidammara, who has the ability to summon a nine-banded shell around himself (c.f. armadillo), and a god of chance called Norebo (Oberon, the king of the fairies in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream).
    • Snilloc, a wizard from Forgotten Realms.
    • Module Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits. The names of 5 of the 6 Drow Lieutenants of Lolth were reversed versions of Drow names in module D3 Vault of the Drow, with some minor changes to make them pronounceable. Ardulace (Eclavdra), Anatlab (Beltana), Minolin (Nilonim), Lirdnolu (Vlondril) and Adinirahc (Charinida). Riklaunim (Minualkir?) is the only exception.
    • Dragon magazine #96 had an April Fools section which included the joke module Nogard ("Dragon" backwards).
    • Module I12 Egg of the Phoenix. After the Chaotic Evil illusionist Tuke is defeated by the PCs, he shows up later under the alias Captain Ekut.
    • Modules Slayers of Lankhmar and Avengers in Lankhmar. Both modules were written by Dale "Slade" Henson, and one of the characters in the modules is named Elad Edals.
    • Dragon magazine #55, adventure "The Creature of Rhyl". Several names were backwards versions of Real Life names: Asereht (Theresa), Namreh (Herman) and Laechim (Michael).
    • Module C6 Official RPGA Tournament Handbook has a character named Gabtrid (Dirtbag).
    • Module CM3 Sabre River has a character named Erbas, who is actually a manifestation of a magical sabre.
    • Module EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror has a vorpal sword named Laprov.
    • Module DL2 Dragons of Flame has a Dragon Highlord named Verminaard who may be killed during the adventure. Module DL12 Dragons of Faith has a character named Sevil Draanim Rev (Verminaard Lives).
  • RuneQuest supplement Into the Troll Realms, adventure "The Flying Trollkin". The leader of the title criminals is named Nesretep. Steve Petersen co-wrote the supplement.
  • In Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000, the Blue Scribes are a pair of twin Blue Horrors created by Tzeentch, the Chaos God of Magic, with each of their their names, P’tarix and Xirat’p, being a reversed spelling of the other.
  • Arimaa is a chess-oid board game. The developer's son is named Aamir. (Don't ask what the surplus "a" does.)
  • Fairy chess has so many variants that the inventors quickly run out of names. And then sometimes the name is reversed if some condition is reversed. Thus "Elliourtap", reverse of Patrouille Chess (Patrol Chess in English).
  • The Discworld Roleplaying Game acknowledges the issue that Discworld vampires have about spelling their names backwards (see above under Literature) by suggesting that delusion as a possible quirk for vampire characters.

    Retaeht (Theater) 
  • In Picnic, the town's Halloween festival is called "Neewollah".
  • Pokémon Live!: Professor Xalrons' name is Snorlax backwards, as he studies Snorlax.

    Syot (Toys) 
  • Tobor. While this notamotua been off the line forever, it's immortalized for sponsoring the The Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • Ogel, the Big Bad featured in LEGO Alpha Team is LEGO spelt backward.

    Oediv Semag (Video Games) 
  • AlienTic is a Tic-Tac-Toe game featuring Trab and Asil.
  • In Control, the name of the Mirror Boss is esseJ, which is the protagonist Jesse's name backwards.
  • In the Sony game EverQuest (commonly abbreviated "EQ"), one of the major cities is named Qeynos (SonyEQ backwards)
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: The Dream Demon King Maerd, whose name is... Dream, backwards.
  • In the otherwise unrelated first act of Tex Murphy - Under a Killing Moon, the robber's accomplice gives the name Ema Nymton. As Murphy himself notices, it's of course "Not My Name" spelled backwards.
  • The main protagonist of the Miyamoto-created series Pikmin is Captain Olimar. In Japan, though, his name is written with the three katakana characters O-RI-MA. Write them backward..., as you can see the English version retains the pun via Significant Anagram (and an l).
  • In Snatcher, the bounty hunter Random Hajile turns out to be a bioroid made in the image of Elijah Modnar, an Evilutionary Biologist, by his father who disagreed with his son's methods. Mondar even outright states it: "Haven't you yet realized? Random Hajile is Elijah Modnar spelled backwards."
  • Legna from Drakengard 2 — "Angel" backwards. "Angel" was the name of the dragon that Caim made a pact with in the Japanese version, in English versions it was changed to "Angelus".
  • Alexandra Roivas, the heroine of Eternal Darkness. Gains extra points for stealthiness, as Roivas is a real surname (of Estonian origin).
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem both feature Draug, the first armored Knight that joins Marth's army.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, the Weapons that the entity send to the heroes in the event "Right Behind You" speak and named like this.
  • Metal Gear:
    • The climax of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake has the scientist Kio Marv supposedly store some secret information in an MSX cartridge. When the cartridge is retrieved and booted up, it displays the MSX BIOS screen, with a visual RAM of 01K - so it reads 'VRAM 01K'. Snake realises that the cartridge is genuine.
    • In Metal Gear Ac!d, Snake's Jekyll & Hyde Enemy Without is called Hans, which is similar to "Snake" backwards especially in capitals and with the squarish font used in Metal Gear games, making the K look right (SNAK <-> HANS). Shame about that E, though.
  • Ultima V:
    • The Messianic Archetype Avatar could recruit a party member named SADUJ; a spy for the Oppression who would promptly turn on you and try to kill you the next time you entered combat. The smart players made him into Hairu in one particular battle.
    • The same game also had a royal scribe named Remoh.
  • Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine takes place in the wild-west town of Anozira.
  • Grobyc, the assassin with a robotic arm in Chrono Cross.
  • The Skrejgib, alien antagonists from Captain Comic 2.
  • In Corridor 7: Alien Invasion, the various alien enemies are given codenames derived from real-life human names flipped around, like Nerraw (Warren), Eitak (Katie), Otrebor (Roberto), Semaj (James), Tenaj (Janet) and a few others. While the Semaj enemies are likely named after the QA Director, James Wheeler, what the other names stood for isn't really made clear.
  • La-Mulana:
    • A rather tricky one: La Mulana was developed by a programmer by the name of Naramura. Write the syllables in that name in reverse order, and you get Ramurana. And with the lack of distinction in Japanese between "r" and "l"...
    • And in an even further pronunciation stretch for English speakers: syllable-reverse the name of developer Samieru, and you get ru-mie-sa, the origin of "Lemeza", the main character's name.
    • The third developer, duplex, also got this treatment. The elder you consult at the beginning of the game is named Xelpud.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • In Case 3 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations, you hear of someone going around impersonating Phoenix, and Maya immediately takes to calling this person "Xin Eohp". His actual name is Furio Tigre.
    • The "Tear of Emanon" in the third game.
    • In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, there's a noodle chef named Guy Eldoon. His noodle stand has a sign reading "NOODLE" on one side, and "ELDOON" on the other. This is a plot point! A witness's lying about where they were standing is revealed when they say the sign read noodle, when from where he claimed to be standing it read Eldoon.
  • Noitu Love and Xoda Rap from the Noitu Love indie game series.
  • Might and Magic:
    • In the series entry Darkside of Xeen, there is an order called the Drawkcab Monks. They study palindromes, and speak entirely in such.
    • Also in M&M VI: The Mandate of Heaven, there's goblin-infested fort in New Sorpigal, which apparently belonged to these monks. It serves as a hint for solving the password lock inside.
    • Also in Mandate, First Mate's Code: KCOPS Navigator's Code: ULUS Communication Officer's Code: ARUHU Engineer's Code: YTTOCS Doctor's Code: YOCCM Captain's Code: KRIK. Not one of these are any good without the proper papers, though...
    • Also, Heroes of Might and Magic IV, of the strategy spinoff of the series, one of the campaign heroes for Winds of War is named 'Erutan Revol,' or 'Nature Lover.'
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The Weapon attack Aire Tam Storm from Final Fantasy VII. The key to not getting decimated by this attack is to limit how many materia each character brings with them into the battle. It does 1111 damage for every materia you have equipped, so if you have 9999 HP and a maximum of eight materia, you can at least survive it. Removing all your materia is not a good idea, though, since you'll need at least one to remove the time limit from fighting Emerald Weapon underwater.
    • In Final Fantasy VI, a rather Guide Dang It! of a puzzle features this. Four tombstones with four "random letters" each — ERAU QSSI DLRO WEHT. Put them back in the right order and you get "THE WORLD IS SQUARE", and a secret path to a very nice item.
    • Final Fantasy X: "The Hymn of the Fayth." It's Japanese lyrics written western style, left to right in rows, then read vertically eastern style (though still left to right.) The grid is four characters wide except for the last line. (Specifically, the lyrics are "Ieyui, Nobomeno / Renmiri, Yojuyogo / Hasatekanae / Kutamae". Deciphering the code gives "Inore yo, Ebon-ju / Yume mi yo, inorigo / Hatenaku / Sakaetamae", which in English means "Pray to Yu Yevon / Dream, Fayth / Forever and ever / Grant us prosperity".)
    • Llednar Twem in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the negative emotions of Prince Mewt Randell given form! Interestingly enough, his name in Japanese is not "Rudenra Tomyu", which would be the backwards version of his name in Japanese, but rather "Redona Twemu".
  • In Ketsui, the Mega-Corp that you battle is called EVAC. "EVAC" spelled backwards is "CAVE", the company that made the game.
  • The god in Shadow of the Colossus is named Dormin. (A reference to the Old Testament-era god, not the modern-day insult.)
  • The goal of both Rogue and NetHack is to steal the Amulet of Yendor from the Wizard of Yendor.
  • In Nethack, many of the dev team actually appear — as shopkeepers. The most famous is of course Izchak, who will forever be the Minetown light shop owner. But only slightly less well known is this: the names of many hardware store owners are the devteam's names, written backwards.
  • The Seiddab from old ZX Spectrum game Astroclone, making this (in video games, at least) Older Than the NES.
  • Thief II: The Metal Age features a memorable extra named Ekim, famous for the number of people who stopped killing extras after killing him and reading his love letter. Do I need to tell you the name of the person who created him?
  • In Cave Story, the password to a Locked Door is revealed to be the Japanese name of the game (Doukutsu Monogatari) written backwards in katakana. This is not so obvious in the first English translation, which transliterated the password as "Litagano Motscoud" instead of translating it into something like "Yrot Sevac." The translator admitted he was very tired when translating that part. Later ports of the game change it to "Yrots Evac."
  • Dragon Quest Swords:
    • The Rorrim Mask, a boss called Draug, and a sword called Rednusadner. Then again, the game does feature a Mirror World.
    • All the Optional Bosses are cameos of enemies from previous games with reversed names.
  • In the Mortal Kombat series Noob Saibot's name is in fact the last names of the series' creators written backwards (Tobias and Boon).
  • In MySims Kingdom, there's a robot named... wait for it... T.O.B.O.R., mixing this with Fun with Acronyms.
  • Pokémon:
    • The snake Pokémon Ekans (Snake) and its evolved form Arbok (Kobra). This eventually led to people making jokes about the Blob Monster Pokémon Muk.
    • Lucario's name is "oracle", written in Japanese phonetics and then reversed. O ri ka ru > Ru ka ri o > Lucario.
    • Electric/Ghost-type Rotom is "Motor" backwards. Makes sense, given that it's a spirit that possesses and powers electronic appliances.
    • The French names for the extraterrestrial mons Elgyem and Beheeyem are "Lewsor" ("Roswel" backwards) and "Neitram" ("Martien", French for Martian, backwards).
  • Subtle example in Dead Rising 2: Chuck Greene's motocross sponsor is IJIEK Racing, "IJIEK" being lead developer Keiji Inafune's given name spelled backwards.
  • Double Dragon III: The NES version begins with Marian (or Marion, as it's spelled here) getting kidnapped yet again. The Final Boss's name is Princess Noiram. This is not a coincidence.
  • Naxat Soft, the video game division of Kaga Electronics, had a short-lived American subsidiary called Taxan. Ironically, only one of the 11 games Taxan distributed (Serpent for the Game Boy) was developed or published by Naxat Soft.
  • EarthBound Beginnings features a bear enemy known as Raeb Yddet.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: In what was a deliberate Shout-Out to the above Yen Sid example, Ventus, Aqua, and Terra's master is named Eraqus, another example of the use of a digraph, and one that is almost a perfect reversal in Japanese ("Erakwusu" - this would be "Swukurae" when reversed, which is not quite "Sukuwea" (Square) but close).
  • An Optional Boss in Live A Live is a robot named Erauqs. Presumably, they changed it to Eraqus when they revisited the idea in Kingdom Hearts to make it easier to pronounce.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work involves Passionate Patti infiltrating the offices of des Rever Records, whom her employers suspect are slipping subliminal messages into their records.
  • Mother Load features a helpful gentleman named Mr. Natas, who, if you dig down far enough, turns into a giant demon with whom you fight.
  • Chaos Legion: The Apocrypha of Yzarc. Crazy, right?
  • The Floda lederhosen company in Flight of the Amazon Queen.
  • Defender II has an enemy called the Yllabian Space Guppy. Yllab is Bally backwards.
  • In the console versions of the Shrek 2 game, Donkey makes the observation that ogre spelled backwards is ergo. Deep, isn't it?
  • Syphon Filter: Mara Aramov's surname minus the suffix is her first name backwards.
  • Rome: Total War features an Easter Egg unit called Yubtseb Elephant. According to the unit description, their summoning involves dark rituals dedicated to G'ni'tek'ram, the God Of Shiny Things Man Does Not Need But Desires Anyway.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, one of the Daedric Princes is named Namira, which is Ariman backwards. It is an alternative spelling for "Ahriman", a Zoroastrian term for the hypostasis of chaos, destruction, and evil. Given the term's obscurity and the fact that Namira doesn't really fit these traits (other than the standard chaotic nature possessed by most Daedric Princes), it's fair to wonder if this one wasn't intentional.
    • Surfeit of Thieves is a short story about how a thief meets the Order of St. Eadnua — whose members' names are all spelled backwards. In addition, Eadnua spelled backwards is Audnae: the name of a vampire clan in Vvardenfell. In the end, the protagonist realizes that the name of the person she was impersonating is "dessert", and immediately dies when St. Eadnua's feast is over.
    She could not help laughing: "I understand. It's all backwards. Your real names are Aldrin, Celeus, Relyk, Poinot, Styllith, Parathion."
  • Team Fortress 2 combines this with Gratuitous Russian with the Dalokohs bar; "dalokohs" being the Russian word for chocolate, "shokolad", spelled backwards.
  • There is a town called Gorlab in Ultima I. It also appears in Serpent Island as the Gorlab Swamp (the town itself was pulled into the dream realm). Gorlab is balrog backwards.
  • In the first episodes of the Wizardry series, the good guy is Lord Trebor and the evil antagonist is called Werdna. Predictably, the game was first written by two guys named Robert and Andrew.
  • Shufflepuck Café has aliens named Eneg Doowtrop and Nerual Ttoille, after two of the developers.
  • In Breakline, a 1993 Breaking Out game, copy protection and the save-state system use codes built from eight symbols, the "Runes of Power". Four of them have Sdrawckab Names, slightly disguised: Drasah (hazard), Terces, Telfer (reflect) and Immenne (enemy).
  • Nanoc the Obliviator from Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley.
  • In the "meet the programmers" ending of Chrono Trigger, a guy says ".siht daer naht od ot gnithon evah I"
  • In Ghost Trick, a big part of the game's plot is kicked off by a meteor landing in Temsik Park... a meteor that grants people the ability to manipulate objects, or even go back in time and alter the past to save people from death. "Temsik" spelled backwards is "kismet", which means "fate" in Urdu. Even better and more meaningful, it represents "inverted fate".
  • Fortix has the Evil Sorcerer Xitrof as its Big Bad.
  • The Spellcasting Series has the Lost City of Sitnalta in the third entry.
  • In Super Paper Mario, Merlon's Flopside counterpart is named Nolrem.
  • In Shinywuffles 2: Rainy Soul Miasma , "xesyrruf" is a cheat code.
  • In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the final unlockable character is named AGES, or Sega backwards.
  • Accidentally turning yourself dyslexic in Ragnarok results in all items from then on being named backwards, until you reverse the condition.
  • In Planescape: Torment, one possible party member is Nordom a rogue Modron.
  • In Guild Wars, the Elementalist possesses two Fire Magic spells named Rodgort's Invocation and Mark of Rodgort.
  • In the final The Sims 3 expansion, Into the Future, your Sim meets a time traveler named Emit Relevart.
  • The Big Bad of the Dungeon Explorer games is a demon named Natas.
  • In "SpacePods" from the Glider PRO CD, the area to the upper left of the fungus pod is a mirror image of the area to the upper right, with reversed room names. Also in "Slumberland," the mirror in "Looking Glass" is a transport to an upside-down version of the same room titled "sslaG gnikooL."
  • The game Inner Worlds has a location called Castle Drofanayrb. The game's head programmer was Bryan A. Ford.
  • The two player characters of Tearaway are named Iota and Atoi.
  • The main villain of the first Pac-Man World game is "Toc-Man", a reversal of "Namcot" (the name Namco used for their home console games).
  • In Sram (a French Adventure Game for the Amstrad CPC), King Egres IV and the High Priest Cinomeh are reversals of the names of the game's writer (Serge Hauduc‎) and programmer (Jacques Hemonic).
  • StarCraft: Brood War featured an enigmatic character by the name of Samir Duran. In StarCraft II, a similarly mysterious character named Emil Narud (Duran backwards) appeared. Word of God confirmed there is a connection between them, but exactly what it is was unknown at the time, although many fans speculate them to be one and the same. The prologue of Legacy of the Void confirms they are the same person.
  • Invoked: An Urban Legend of Zelda spoke of a true 3D Marathon game called "Dr'At'Er", and one website claimed to have screenshots of it. The pictures were actually dolled up Quake screenshots. Note that Drater is "retard" backwards.
  • Some Kirby games have an enemy known as Tac, originally spelled T.A.C. It's a cat enemy. Not only that, but it steals your copy ability, which makes it a cat burglar, too. There's also the recurring boss Acro the whale and a minor enemy named Gip.
  • In Vector Thrust, there exists a variant of the Su-47 Berkut with its forward-swept wings reversed to a more normalized shape. Its name? Tukreb, naturally.
  • In the Scribblenauts games, typing in the series's name or Maxwell's name backwards will spawn a Nintendo DS cartridge with Maxwell on it, representing the original game.
  • Maxis absolutely loves reversing its name into six-AM. This was lampshaded in SimCity 3000 and in SimCity (2013); you can see moving trucks bearing "6AM" on them. There's also a hidden planet called Sixam in The Sims 4.
  • There's a character in the Game & Watch version of Balloon Fight named Oiram Repus.
  • The main protagonists of the Darius series, Proco and Tiat, when put together, is "Taito Corp" spelled backwards.
  • The Zelda CD-i game Zelda's Adventure takes place in Tolemac, which is Camelot spelled backwards.
  • In Nectaris, the level names/passwords for maps 17-31 are those of maps 1-16 spelled in reverse. (This is not true of the localized Military Madness for the TurboGrafx-16.)
  • The 1991 shareware RPG Dungeon Of Nadroj. Nadroj comes from Jordan, the author's last name.
  • The classic economic-theory edutainment game M.U.L.E. is set on the planet Irata, "Atari" backwards.
  • Wild ARMs 3 features a sound-sensitive sandworm boss called Diobarg.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: The Whispers of the Old Gods expansion introduced Am'gam Rager, a "corrupted" version of the basic minion Magma Rager. Even its stats are reversed: Magma Rager is a 5/1 minion, while Am'gam Rager is 1/5.
  • "Oremorj the Cyberdemon Lord" is a Unique Monster in ZAngband (and a Shout-Out to a certain backwards speech clip in Doom II).
  • Terraria: The console/mobile boss Ocram's name is "Marco" spelt backwards, the first name of Ocram's programmer.
  • In The Gray Garden, there are various characters named Etihw, Kcalb, Wodahs, Emalf, and Reficul. Even in the original Japanese, so if you went into the translation notes expecting Roshi, Roku, Geka, etc....
  • In Undertale, the mountain the monsters are trapped under is called Mount Ebott. Flip that around and you get Ttobe, which, if you sound it out, sounds like "Toby". Undertale's creator is, of course, Toby Fox.
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission has Spider, whose name is that of Colonel Redips' spelled backwards. This isn't a coincidence; you find out much, much later on that they're the same person. Though there is some ambiguity if there really was a Spider at one point and Redips proceeded to Kill and Replace him before or even during the plot.
  • In Megadimension Neptunia VII, the Combination Attack performed by Uzume Tennouboshi and B-Sha, who are Anthropomorphic Personifications of the Sega Dreamcast and Bandai Namco, respecively, is called "Iadnab Ages".
  • In Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World Lotos is actually Sotol, the young boy who disappeared and that Nelke has long been searching for. He took the name specifically because he knew that she was bad with wordplay trickery and would never figure it out.
  • Catacomb Kids has the Oog.
  • Jazz Jackrabbit: The first game has a planet named Letni, which is Intel spelled backwards. The planet itself is modeled like a giant computer.
  • Nomolos: Storming the Catsle: The Player Character is a cat named Solomon who, upon leaping through a portal to another world, becomes an anthro cat warrior known as Nomolos.
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm: Nolybab is Babylon spelled backwards, a powerful capital city of conquerors from the ancient middle-east that later parts of The Bible heavily associate with moral corruption and evil domination. And here, it's the Glukkons' capital city—go figure!
  • In Freedom Planet 2, Milla Basset decides to enter the Battlesphere tournament under the alter-ego of "Allim", which is her own first name backwards.
  • Zone of the Enders: In ZOE2: Nephtis' theme - ALOIVIA

    Bew Scimoc (Webcomics) 
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Elan's evil twin brother Nale. Apparently, these are their birth names; either the reversal is a coincidence or their parents have a unique sense of humor. Given that said parents were a Chaotic Good barmaid and a Lawful Evil warlord... (and guess who raised which boy). A Genre Savvy father could've intentionally named them both that way, without even knowing which one would be the evil twin.
    • In contrast to pure fighter and Genius Bruiser Roy, there's the Thieves' Guild's pure fighter and Dumb Muscle Yor (the stereotype Roy does his best to avert).
  • In Corner Alley 13, Tsac Tuo is revealed to be the shapeshifter Drel in disguise, and points out that his name is 'just outcast spelled backwards'. The heroine's response? "I thought it sounded foreign."
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Lieutenant Commander Der Trihs always manages to get himself mostly-dead-ified in one way or another... An added bonus is to add another little t in there and get a name that sounds suspiciously like Detritus.
  • In Looking for Group, the Jerkass undead warlock Richard named his imp familiar Hctib Elttil; "I was looking for something to define what his role in our partnership would be."
  • In Chasing the Sunset our heroes are accompanied by a pixie named Feiht, (pronounced "Fate"), who lives up to her sdrawkcab name by regarding all shiny things as her possessions. Hilarity Ensues (usually).
  • This The B-Movie Comic strip.
  • Geist-Panik does this with "Sevink". Which is just "Knives" backwards.
  • In possibly the most blatant example ever, the opposite of Chris-chan in Sonichu is called... Reldnahc Notsew Naitsirhc. This idea for names generally works better when it's simply one name spelt backwards rather than three in a row, but that's the level of unimaginativeness of this comic.
  • Sluggy Freelance has one of the more embarrassing versions in this strip. While Torg simply goes by "Grot", Sasha has the dubious honor of being "Ass-Ass."
  • Domain Tnemrot has one right in the title.
  • The Drab Lord of Captain SNES: The Game Masta. Drab as in Bard.
  • TwoKinds has a slave named Evals.
  • The author of Blade Bunny writes under the pen name of Drowemos.
  • In The Rogues Gallery on Fireball 20XL, there is a character called Nala Navilos, whose name is both the name of the author and the name of his Author Avatar, Alan Solivan, written backwards. This was poked fun at in a Q&A session on The Fallout Shelter forums - a forum-goer asked Nala if she realised that her name was Mr O.M.A.'s (the actual representation of the author in the comic, standing for "Original Manga Author") name backwards. Nala corrected them that it was actually Big Nasty's (the character Alan Solivan's nickname) name backwards, unless her name was suddenly Rohtua Agnam Lanigiro. Mr O.M.A. then remarked that that didn't sound like such a bad name. Another comic on Fireball 20XL, one of the many short-lived sprite comics made by Psyguy, had an Evil Counterpart of Sonic named Cinos. His sprite was even just a Sonic sprite with the colours inverted.
  • In Questionable Content #1842 after Dora and Marten break up, Marten is worried about going to Coffee of Doom because it'll be too awkward. Hannelore suggests a disguise, and Faye replies "Ah yes, our good friend Netram Deer, international financier and ostrich racer." The title of the strip is even "Tnetnoc Elbanoiseuq", just to drive the joke home.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, the world is named Cisum, which is "music" backwards.

    Bew Lanigiro (Web Original) 
  • A Strong Bad Email from Homestar Runner actually involved Strong Bad trying to make Bubs say his name backwards (minus the first B) in an attempt to get a free lunch special.
  • In chapter 8 of Reasoning, the four protagonists come across a giant anthropomorphic cat with a Cheshire Cat Grin. Grant is fully aware of the character said cat is imitating, so he calls himself "Erihsehc" just to annoy Grant. We find out in chapter 9 that this is his real name, and everyone addresses him by this moniker.
  • The Rules of the Internet. We all know Rule 34. Most people don't know Rule 43, which states "The more innocent and pure something is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt.", which is basically Rule 34 from the creator of said porn's perspective.
  • "Retsinif" is "Finister" spelled backwords. No dout another one of Finister 2's Internet names.
  • Stupid Mario Brothers: Merlin initially goes by the alias "Nilrem" when he first appears.
  • Doctor Whooves Adventures have Murphy and Yphrum, a pair of twins with a dash of Sibling Yin-Yang.
  • Retsupurae featured a creepypasta (which slowbeef titled "The True Rorroh") where the narrator abused this trope to refer to evil possessed versions of video game characters, including Oiram, Igiul, Reswob, and, to slowbeef's consternation, Hcaep Ssecnirp.
  • Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers has a recurring series consisting of segments of pure randomness, appropriately named "ssenmodnaR".
  • The Call of Warr: In naming the evil priest character, Prisoner Sarah said it should be "definitely Vid", referring to the actual evil priest in the show's universe. Gravesite wanted "Definitely Tim", so they settled on "Definitely Div".
  • On 7-Second Riddles, an invading alien attempts to disguise himself as a person named "Neil A".
  • A recurring villain of I. M. Meen Gets a New Job is I. M. Meen's color-inverted eviler twin called Neem M. I. This extends even to pronunciation, as his name is not pronounced "neem-em-eye"—instead, it's pronounced "neem-meh-yah".
  • For Seldnac'Rae, it's both the name of the species and of the Art RPG itself: Read backwards, it spells "ear candles", as all Seldnacs have flames on their ears. Their world is likewise named Arbalednac, which is "candelabra" backwards, as it's where the candles live.

    Nretsew Noitamina (Western Animation) 
  • In American Dad!:
    • The episode "Dungeons and Wagons", Hayley breaks up with Jeff, but when she tries to get back with him he's too busy playing an MMORPG with Steve. In order to get Jeff away from the game, Hayley kills Steve's character with a special command: his character's name backwards. Later on in the same episode they attempt to revive Steve by taking him to the Castle Roodpart. Hayley comments on the name, and when Jeff starts talking about how it probably has some deep significance in the game's backstory, Hayley interrupts with "Crap, it's 'trapdoor' spelled backwards." Of course, they instantly fall into a monster's lair.
    • A Christmas Episode has Jeff and Haley adopt a son, whom Jeff names Nemo; however, when evidence piles up that he's actually the Antichrist, Jeff suddenly realizes that "Nemo" is "Omen" backwards! Roger lampshades the fact that this "clue" doesn't really make sense, given that Jeff picked the name himself.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In one episode, Batman landed on a planet with counterparts of Batman and Superman characters, and he himself gained Superman-like abilities. The Lex Luthor counterpart was named Rothul.
  • One episode of Codename: Kids Next Door had Sector V visiting a Mirror Universe. The KND counterpart was the Destructively Nefarious Kids (DNK), the Delightful Children From Down The Lane (DCFDTL) were now the Little Traitor Dudes From Children's Defense (LTDFCD), and the alternate Lizzie was named Eizzil, leading some fans to believe this applies to all names (the DNK operatives are only referred to as Negative Numbuh X).
  • The most major recurring villain of the Ben 10 franchise is Vilgax, so naturally, the thoroughly creepy Professor Xagliv who is voiced by Vilgax's voice actor and who appears in an episode that is supposed to bring back a past recurring villain is a totally normal professor whom the team mightily pissed off by accusing of being an evil warlord and then snatching off her(!) wig. Bill Gacks, who looks very much like a humanized Vilgax, is also a perfectly normal human. Unlike Xagliv, he takes having people run from him or point weapons at him in stride, saying "yeah, I get that a lot."
  • Disney's Wartime Cartoon "Chicken Little" was originally planned to have the villainous Foxy Loxy getting his inspiration from "Mein Kampf". The studio vetoed out any over reference to the Nazis, but one subtle reference remained. The "piece of the sky" that hit Chicken Little was from a sign for "Madame Izan."
  • Danger Mouse episode "The Hickory Dickory Dock Dilemma": DM sends himself and Penfold into the future in the time-traveling grandfather clock where DM sees London is ruled by Dlofnep the Magnificent, a spitting image of and whose name is backwards for Penfold.
  • One episode of Danny Phantom features Danny and his mom taking a "free" (i.e.: it's an evil plot) vacation thanks to the "Dalv" Cooperation. Gee, I wonder who could be behind this (The show’s Big Bad is named Vlad)....
  • Darkwing Duck: In "Night of the Living Spud", DW attempts to rid of Posey, the giant vampire potato by shaking Bushroot and shouting "Otatop! Otatop!", when that doesn't work, he explains to Gosalyn that "otatop" is "Potato backwards", which does work. This leads to this hilarious quote: "You don't say potato backwards, you say potato backwards!"
  • In The Emperor's New School, Yzma mascerades as "Principal Amzy".
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, Poof's anti-fairy counterpart is Foop. He's the only anti-fairy with this kind of name, while all the others share their counterpart's names with "anti" in front of it (Anti-Cosmo, Anti-Wanda, etc.). Why he doesn't follow this naming convention? Presumably because "Anti-Poof" might be considered homophobic. Then again, the Anti-Fairies might think names like "Omsoc", "Adnaw", "Negroj", "Yknib" are too odd.
  • Family Guy:
    • Spoofing Superman's "Mr. Mxyzptlk", an episode has a gag where Adam West provides "Kebert Xela" as his answer on Final Jeopardy, causing host Alex Trebek to disappear when he read it aloud. And then someone tried it for real on the show. This time it does nothing but get a laugh out of the studio.
    • Peter accidentally created an Evil Twin, who declared his name to be "Retep".
    • Another episode featured time going backwards called "Yug Ylimaf".
  • In Gargoyles, the Evil Twin (so to speak) of Goliath is Thailog... not a precise reversal (unless you spell them with a Thorn: Goliaþ and Þailog). Of course, the writers admitted they did it this way because "Htailog" would have been very hard for the voice actors to say.
  • G.I. Joe:
    • Tomax and Xamot.
    • The character of Dusty Tadur in the toyline and comics, who was named after G.I. Joe artist Ron Rudat, was renamed Dusty Rudat in the animated series.
  • In a first-season episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, a talisman brings Jade's beloved Gnomekop toy to life. Remember that the G is silent. In another episode, Jade tries to guess the password to one of the safety devices protecting the talismans, and types in "Namsilat". It doesn't work, and Captain Black is briefly confused before she spells it out for him.
  • In an episode of Kaeloo where the main four are playing at being spies, Kaeloo assigns everyone code name that are just their real names backwards: she becomes Ooleak, Stumpy becomes Ypmuts, Quack Quack becomes Kcauq Kcauq, and Mr. Cat becomes Retsim Tac.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) had Blythe Baxter finding a lost friend who is really hidden beyond the tides of time in an Alternate Universe rather than her own. Her lost friend's name is Retxab Ehtylb ("Blythe Baxter" spelled backwards).
  • Witch Hazel becomes Witch Lezah in The Looney Tunes Show.
  • In Mega Man: Fully Charged, Mega Man's Evil Counterpart is called Namagem, though he isn't officially called out by name until the last few episodes of the series.
  • Mighty Orbots has a Shadow-controlled duplicate of the Orbots called Tobor.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: "Sounds of Silence" introduces the Kirin, who when they get too angry turn into ferocious fiery monsters called Nirik.
  • Filmation The New Adventures of Superman episode "Luthor Strikes Again". Lex Luthor's lair is a paint factory owned by the "Rohtul Paint Co."
  • In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz invented a substance he named "Eulg" that works opposite to glue. In another episode, he had a diner, and he said in the commercial that Doof spelled backwards is Food.
  • Pinky and the Brain had one episode where Pinky started saying "Troz", which, as Pinky explained, is "Zort" backwards. A Continuity Nod to some extent, as Pinky also said "Troz" in later episodes.
  • Polly Pocket story "Pollyworld" featured two exchange students named Karl and Lark.
  • Popeye:
    • In 1943's "The Hungry Goat", the title animal tells the projectionist to run the film backwards so he can re-examine the title card.
    • In 1961's "There's No Space Like Home", cans of aerosol spinach cause Popeye's space capsule to blast off and go the speed of light, causing everything on Earth to go backwards.
  • On Recess, the "Pale Kids" (the nerdy kids who prefer to stay inside playing tabletop games during recess instead of running around outside like the "normal" kids) all refer to themselves and visitors by their first name backwards (such as "Knarf" or "Yendor") as a nerdy in-joke. When TJ briefly joins them, they give him the truly inspired name of "JT" (as opposed to "Erodoeht").
  • The Regular Show episode "Dizzy" had Pops entering an alternate dimension with non-humanoid versions of Mordecai and Rigby named Iacedrom and Ybgir.
  • All of the "Wild Brood" bikers in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated have these, from smooth-acting leader Odnarb, to Foog and Dren, to the disgusting Gabtraf.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the "New Kids on the Blecch" episode Bart, Milhouse, Ralph Wiggum, and Nelson are in a boy band that is secretly sponsored by a military force. The main song's hook had the lyrics "yvan eht nioj." Strangely enough, the backwards lyrics are pronounced phonetically as they're written ("Ee-van et nee-oj"), yet when Lisa plays the video backwards they still come out clearly as "Join the navy", even though actually playing what the kids were singing backwards wouldn't sound anything like that.
    • “Brother From The Same Planet” has a sequence where Homer forgets to pick up Bart after soccer practice and leaves him there all night. At one point, Bart tries to psychically send him the message "Pick up Bart! Pick up Bart!" - cut to a brief The Shining parody with Milhouse writing "PICK UP BART" on the wall in mirrored writing and chanting "Trab pu kicp! Trab pu kcip!".
    • In "Marge vs. the Monorail," Mr. Burns introduces himself at a town hall meeting in a Paper-Thin Disguise as "Mr. Snrub".
    • In the Moefinger segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXVII", Moe's Tavern and its regulars are a cover for an MI6 like organization. They're pitted against Remoh Industries, an unknown organization that has been buying up the entire world's beer supply. Need any hints who is the head of Remoh? Lampshaded and played for laughs when it's pointed out and even Supervillain!Homer is surprised.
      Moe: Of course. Remoh spelled backwards is Homer.
      Supervillain-Homer: It is? Uh, I mean, it's intentional.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
    • Walter Koenig ("Pavel Chekov") wrote a episode featuring a poisonous plant called a retlaw.
    • The episode "The Counter-Clock Incident" has a planet named Arret in a universe where time runs backwards. Arret is Terra backwards, and Terra is often used as an alternate name for Earth.
  • Shimmer and Shine: In Season 2, Zac has a genie named Kaz.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Out Of Business", Janna creates hundreds of evil Marcos named Ocram.
  • Superfriends:
    • In the Challenge of the Superfriends episode "Superfriends Rest In Peace", they mention a former member of the Legion of Doom called Dr. Natas, "Satan" spelled backwards.
    • In the The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians episode "The Bizarro Super Powers Team", to finally put a stop on Mr. Mxyzptlk and get Bizarro to return to his home world with the Bizarro versions of Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Firestorm, the real Wonder Woman uses the duplicator ray that created the Bizarro versions of the heroes on Mxyzptlk himself, creating a Bizarro version of him called Mr. Kltpzyxm. Naturally, given how Mr. Mxyzptlk is sent back to the Fifth Dimension whenever he either says, spells, or write his name backwards, him saying the name of his Bizarro version results in his defeat.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) series uses several of these in a non-alias context, the most notable being Mortu the Utrom. There is also a running gag involving recurring character Kluh ("Hulk"), where concepts related to him are also backwards names for things related to the Marvel character—his father is called Ammag ("gamma"), and his home planet is named Levram ("Marvel").
  • Teen Titans (2003) has an imp called Nosyarg Kcid (Dick Grayson spelled backwards).
  • Teen Titans Go! has an episode involving the Titans' Bizarro World counterparts, who oddly have most of their names simply being the names of their standard selves spelled backwards rather than the standard names with "Bizarro" in front of it (such as Starfire's counterpart being named Erifrats rather than Bizarro Starfire).
  • One of Gene Deitch's earliest Terry Toons has old standby character Dinky Duck abruptly quit his cartoon and walk out of the theater to the greener pastures of television, where he gets dragged through making one commercial after another, including one for the drug Niripsa, aspirin spelled backwards.
  • Most of the races in Wakfu have some meaning when spelled backwards, some being doubling as a Punny Name.
    • The Eniripsa ("Aspirine" the French spelling of Aspirin) heal others.
    • The Xelor ("Rolex" the watch brand) can manipulate time.
    • The Sadida ("Adidas") after the shoe brand which explains why their class has the word "Shoe" in its name. Ironically, most Sadida Does Not Like Shoes.
    • The Enutrof ("Fortune") because they really like money.
    • The Ecaflip ("Pile ou face", French for Heads or Tails) use a fighting style made of randomness.
    • The Osamodas ("Sado-maso") are whip-wielding beastmasters.
    • The Cra ("Arc" the French spelling of bow) are superb archers.
    • The Sram ("Mars") after the candy brand.
    • The Feca ("Acef" the French spelling of coffee) create translucent shields and are quite intelligent.
    • The Eliatrope ("E portaile", French for portal child) founded the World of Twelve, with its inhabitants wondering why they suddenly disappeared.

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  • The names of two stars in constellation Delphinus, "Sualocin" and "Rotanev" are "Nicolaus" and "Venator" backwards, referring to Latin name of Italian astronomer Niccolo Cacciatore.
  • Professional baseball player Nomar Garciaparra's unique name is his father's name, Ramon, spelled backwards.
  • One name that has become somewhat popular in recent years is Nevaeh, "heaven" written backwards (it all started with Christian rock singer Sonny Sandoval). It seems to be a rule that if a new parent is telling you that they named a child Nevaeh, the conversation will almost inevitably go, in a breathless rush, "We named her Nevaeh — that's Heaven spelled backwards." It begins to grate after a while.
  • Other backwards-spelled names that have come into somewhat occasional use (though not to the extent of Nevaeh, which is in the U.S. top 100 as of 2005) include: Semaj, Senga (popular in Scotland for some reason), Traeh, and Neleh. The last one was the name of a contestant on Survivor in 2002.
  • "Norac" was the codename of French agent (and playwright) Caron de Beaumarchais.
  • During the Russian Revolution of 1905, university students went on strike. A conservative newspaper "Novoe Vremya" published letters of "outraged students" calling for putting the strike to an end. Such letters were often signed by such names as Karud, Toidi, Noipsh or Tseipulg, which can be translated into English as Norom, Toidi, Yps and Loof.
  • Following the Russian Revolution, the name "Ninel" was used for a number of women. "Ninel" is Lenin backwards.
  • We have the OMON, or "Otryad Militsii Osobogo Naznacheniya", the Russian special police force. In cyrillic (Отряд Милиции Особого Назначения) it abbreviates to OMOH. There's no end of mirrored photos of them floating around the internet for English speakers to poke fun at.
  • Nivek Ogre. First name is Kevin backwards.
  • A small street in Annapolis, MD bears the name Silopanna Road.
  • The actor Robert Trebor. Trebor is best known as Salmoneus in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • Lots of places in Nebraska named Aksarben. Ak-Sar-Ben arena and racetrack started it. (Stress is on the middle syllable.)
  • Just South of Sioux City, there is an Atokad Park, Located in Dakota County, Nebraska
  • While not named after the State, there is a town in Texas called Reklaw named after the founder, whose last name was Walker. There is also a gun show in Austin called the Saxet Gun Show.
  • Another actor and former Fall bass player, Steve Evets (ne Murphy).
  • There are two different Canadian communities called Adanac, both in the province of Ontario. Pluralized, it's the name of a lacrosse team in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and there's also the Adanac Military Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in northeastern France.
  • Inva Mula, the women who sang "The Diva Dance" from The Fifth Element, first name is her father's name (Avni) backwards.
  • Napoleon's sister Caroline married Joachim Murat, who in 1808 became king of Naples (Italian: Napoli), but lost his throne and his life in 1815 when he rashly went to war in support of his brother-in-law. For the rest of her life, Caroline Murat went by the title of Countess Lipona, a syllabic inversion of "Napoli" (which works better for Italian in any case).
  • Cornish Yarg cheese was created by Allan and Jenny Gray.
  • The most popular (though likely apocryphal) explanation for how the town of Levan, Utah got its name is that it's "navel" spelled backwards (because it's in the center of the state).
  • The names of certain physical units for quantities that are the reciprocal (that is, one divided by) other quantities are the names of the units of the latter quantities spelled backwards: examples include the mho (the unit of electric conductance, from "ohm", the unit of electrical resistance), the yrneh and the daraf. (Note, however, that scientists tend to eschew such levity and use other names for these units; for example, the mho is called the siemens.)
  • There's even a whole dialect of this trope in East Java, called the Malangan dialect (named after its origin region, Malang). It's a lot like a East Javanese, but some of the words are in fact reversed words of the language. Naturally it leads to Heh Heh, You Said "X" and Hilarity Ensues situations. Some examples:
    • kera, from Javanese arek, which means something akin to 'boyz' in English. Kera in Indonesian means ape.
    • kunam, from Javanese manuk, which means 'bird' in English. 'Manuk' is the Javanese slang for male genitalia.
  • Operation Ortsac. Yes, the plan to invade Cuba was named Castro, spelled backwards.
  • The Enola Gay, the infamous bomber that dropped the A-Bomb, was named after the commanding pilot's Colonel Paul K.Tibbets's mother Enola Gay Tibbets, as Col. Tibbets wanted the plane's name to be unique. Which is kind of strange considering what Enola spelled backwards is.
    • "Enola Gay" was a character in a novel, "Enola; or her Fatal Mistake," by Mary Young Ridenbaugh (1866) that was popular in the US shortly before Tibbets' mother was born. The title character is well aware of the origin of her name.
  • Ambulance labels are particular variations of this for drivers to read it properly in their rear view mirrors.
  • In Fairfax, Virginia, there is a street by the name of "Derosnec Drive". No idea why they chose that word to reverse though.
  • Two points on the Denver and Salt Lake line - the Moffat Road, in Colorado: Dotsero, where the lines to Tennessee Pass and the Moffat Tunnel diverge, and Orestod, a point near Bond where the Denver and Rio Grande Western merged with the D&SL.
  • The group Team Starkid constantly refer to an evil group called the 'Dikrats'.
  • This Sdrawkcab Name is a Sollasac Name: Comic artist Eman Casallos signs his art with "Name".
  • Retlaw, the company that owned the monorails for the Disney Theme Parks.
  • The Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad once ran a streamlined train from Lincoln, Nebraska to named the Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr. It was originally eastbound only, running the reverse route of the Nebraska Zephyr.
  • Champion Aircraft cheated a bit. Their Citabria is aerobatic, not really airbatic.
  • Frank Bunker Gilbreth cheated too, but less ("th" is one letter in Greek, and one phoneme anyway) with his "Therbligs".
  • In the Apollo program, the navigation computer was programmed to recognize certain stars. Most of them had names in the Western vernacular (Sirius, Vega, Procyon, etc.), but three did not. Gus Grissom of Apollo 1, as a practical joke, gave them names according to this trope: "Navi" (after Grissom's own middle name), "Dnoces" (for Ed White II, who happened to be the second-in-command), and "Regor" (for Roger Chaffee). The stars—and names—were used often to align the Apollo spacecrafts' navigation platforms. It wasn't until after the Apollo missions that the source of the names was made clear.
  • The codec Divx. Forget all allusions of "divide" or even ∇x - the "div" part is simply vid(eo) backwards. (Xvid, turning it in the right direction again, comes even later.)
  • "Mynona" is the pseudonym of Salomo Friedlaender. ("Anonym" backwards, duh)
  • "Assiac" is the pseudonym of Heinrich Fraenkel. (He's a chess book author - Caissa is the muse of chess.)note 
  • ArXiv, the big science preprint server, of course has a policy against cranks and crackpots, lest being flooded by garbage. Now clearly one mans crackpot is another mans Einstein, and this spawned its counterpart where no peer review whatsoever is required: ViXra.
  • There's a "language" called Shilgne S'drawkab C'navdair, which consists of English words spelled backwards, with grammatical endings attached (Shilgne S'drawkab C'navdair is "Advanced Backwards English"). This was based in part on actual backwards slang-languages like Verlan and Rechtub Klat.
  • The German Panzer (tank) "Leo", allegedly, in a political joke, at the time when it was sold to the Saudis. Backwards you get "Oel", oil, and that was the purpose of the sale.
  • The Gnaborretni is an upside-down interrobang which even is present in Unicode as U+2E18. See the Other Wiki for its use.
  • Fetish artist "Eneg" (Gene Bilbrew) simply reversed his first name.
  • Brazilian dubber Ronaldo Artinic, whose stage surname is his given one, Cintra, backwards (though he added an "I" to it at some point, specially as it doesn't change the pronounciation).
  • Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey was fond of trying to pronounce players' names backwards during slow parts of ballgames.
  • Math typesetting: The "Xits" font is "Stix" font plus math symbols. Good to use with ΧƎΤΕΧ.
  • One company that used to own Arby's franchises in Michigan and neighboring states was named "Sybra".
  • One of Dr. Seuss' other pen names was "Theo LeSieg", which comes from his real name, Theodor Seuss Geisel.
  • A satirical 1956 page on anthropology talked about the Nacirema tribe, which many people fell for who didn't know it was "American" spelled backwards.
  • Ragus Sugars supply sugar products for the catering industry. Need a bucketful of Invert Sugar Syrup OL82? They can sort you out!
  • A joke goes that Evian (a brand of bottled water) is "Naive" spelled backwards, as in people would pay money for bottled water. This is just a coincidence as it was named after the town Evian-les-Bains.
  • Estimated scientists sometimes use this trope for not hiding authorship, but avoiding Poe's Law at all cost. Take e.g. math professor Nats Wolraf (who was involved in the legendary "Piffles", although under his real name then).
  • The name of the Langorf hotel in London is the reverse of the street it stands on, Frognal.
  • Reeb, a Shanghai brand of beer.
  • Composer Philip Heseltine (1894-1930) edited the book Merry-Go-Down, A Gallery Of Gorgeous Drunkards Through The Ages under the name "Rab Noolas".
  • Efilism, a radical form of antinatalism that assigns a negative value to birth of all sentient species, takes its name from reversing the letters in "life" for its first four letters.
  • Arika is founded by Akira Nishitani who, along with Akira Yasuda, co-created Street Fighter II (hence the company's foundation in 1995 by ex-Capcom employees). The company's name is Nishitani's given name written backwards.


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