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Both: No relation!

Most Funny Animal, Civilized Animal, or Talking Animal characters' surnames, if they have one, go with their species. These often come with the middle initial "T," which of course stands for "The," or "J," following an old cartoon tradition. In some cases the species name is used as a surname, but seems to be just a descriptive term, with a definite article, as in "Edd the Duck," "Kermit the Frog" or "Perry the Platypus".

Bonus points for making it into an Alliterative Name.

Note that, considering surnames originally emerged to be descriptive ("Where's Todd?" "Which Todd? Andrew's son, Todd?" (Anderson) "No, Todd the blacksmith." (Smith) etc.), this is not all that ridiculous. See Race Name Basis. Considering how inter-species marriages never seem to happen, (unless they're main characters) it seems likely that a Funny Animal will have a surname related to their species. Also the fact that all members of a species share a common ancestor.


When it's the species that takes a character's name, it's A Kind of One. When it's Dog Smith instead of Alice T. Dog, it's A Dog Named "Dog". When it's not the actual species name but a pun on it, that's A Lizard Named "Liz". When it's not the actual species name but based off of meat/food products, that's A Pig Named "Porkchop".


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  • Cheetos has its Mascot, Chester Cheetah.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Kotaro Inugami is half-Inugami.
    • In the Ariadne Magic Academy we have Catgirls J. von Katze and S. du Chat (whose surnames are, respectively, German and French words for "cat").
  • Tony Tony Chopper of One Piece. "Tony" is a nickname based on "tonakai", the Japanese word for "reindeer".
  • Played with between the original Japanese version and English dub of Maple Town. For example, Patty's last name in the Japanese version is "Hoprabbit", but in the English version, she is simply "Patty Rabbit", while "Bobby Kumamoff"note  in the Japanese version is simply "Bobby Bear" in the English version.note 
  • Keyman: The Hand of Judgement has Alex Rex the T-Rex.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes features the recurring character Mr. Lightbulb, who is a green lightbulb that runs Planet Xing's news channel and is known to be a bit greedy.
  • Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi: Zhi Peng the penguin is known as "Mr. Penguin" in the official English episode descriptions from Miao Mi.

    Comic Books 
  • Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars: Bucky O'Hare. And for bonus points, his one-eyed robot is named "Blinky".
  • Bamse. Has pretty much every variant used at some point. (Personal favorite is Unlucky Childhood Friend Vargen's ("The Wolf") object of affection, Virginia Wolf, literary reference and animal surname in one! Interestingly, the three main characters all seem to lack surnames, despite two of them being married to women who used to have surnames and the one with a species name still using hers.
  • Pretty much everyone on Earth-C in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! had a species surname of some sort — or a species-related first name for some (see:Rubberduck's alter-ego of "Byrd Rentals"). Brilliantly combined with Tuckerization for the Earth-C version of DC Comics legend Gardner Fox. Who's a fox.
  • Donald Duck comics show an extended Duck family, including: Uncle Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, Gus Goose, Molly Mallard, Cornelius Coot, Lulubelle Loon... you get the idea. Other friends of the family include Scrooge's secretary, miss Emily Quackfaster, or The Professor Ludwig Van Drake. Daisy Duck and Donald Duck aren't related, thankfully. And for bonus points: Donald's father was named... Quackmore.
  • Robert Crumb's Shuman the Human may have been named as a parody of this practice.
  • The Bone cousins in Bone.
  • Lupo Alberto:
    • Lupo Alberto, because his name means "Alberto the wolf", but is also his legitimate name AND a pun on 60s actor Alberto Lupo.
    • There is also Enrico La Talpa, where "La Talpa" means "The Mole" (which is what he is), but is also his surname.
    • Also, the last name of the character Moses is implied to be Bobtail (a character called his father "Mr. Bobtail" on the phone), and he is, in fact, a bobtail dog.
    • Up to Eleven with the dunnock character: everyone calls her with the nickname "Silvietta", but her first appearance has her specify her real name is Prunella Modularis, the scientific name of the species.
  • Calamity James' pet Lemming in The Beano is called Alexander Lemming.
  • A Polish children's magazine, "Miś", used to publish comics about a little Funny Animal bear going to school with other bears. Oddly enough, while his schoolfriends had normal human names, the protagonist himself had the name "Miś", "bear". Interestingly, "Miś" is also sometimes used in Polish as the diminutive of "Michael".
  • Usagi Yojimbo has Miyamoto Usagi (Japanese for "rabbit").
    • There are also the Neko, Komori, and Mogura ninja clans, who are named after and portrayed as cats, bats and moles, respectively.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Many characters in the Spider-Ham continuity, appropriately enough due to the series being an Anthropomorphic Animal Adaptation of the Marvel Universe, have surnames based on what species they are. For example, J. Jonah Jameson's counterpart is named J. Jonah Jackal, while this reality's version of Bruce Banner is named Bruce Bunny.

    Comic Strips 
  • Done in Slylock Fox with the animals, although oddly nobody has the surname "Human."
  • Footrot Flats: Variant: "The Dog" has such an Embarrassing First Name that he never allows anyone to speak it, leading to everyone calling him "the dog".
  • Norm T. Platypus in My Cage, along with seemingly everyone else in the comic. Also of note: Nearly everyone's middle name is "T.," which seems to imply that everyone's middle name is... "The."
  • Rupert Bear: All the animals in Rupert's world go by this.
  • Most of the characters from U.S. Acres, with the exception of Booker and Sheldon.
  • In Bloom County, various Sunday Strips have given Bill's name as William T. Cat or Bill D. Cat.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Occurs overtly a few times, with the suggestion that this type of last name is a common circumstance for pets. With dogs, the last name is their breed rather than their species.
    • In “The Rings,” Mittens’s full name is revealed to be “Mittens the Cat.”
    • In “The Seer,” Kelvin says his full name is “Kelvin Cayce Nostradamus the Labradoodle.”
  • Many Maleficent fanfics give raven-shapeshifter Diaval a surname that is some foreign version of "raven" or "crow", or sounds similar to it.
  • Old West has Grace Glossy, who's a glossy snake. Her son Teddy fits only by half because he's half a glossy snake and half a gopher snake.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the Disney/Pixar film Cars, many of the characters have names reflective of the brand or style of automobile on which they are based: Mack is a Mack truck, Sally Carerra is a Porsche 911 Carerra, Lizzie is a Ford Model T "Tin Lizzie," Doc Hudson is The Fabulous Hudson Hornet, etc.
  • An American Tail features Fievel Mousekewitz, Gussie Mausheimer, and Tony Toponi (from the Italian topo, which means mouse). It also featured Warren T. Rat, although he was actually a cat in disguise.
  • Played with in The Nightmare Before Christmas, as while Jack Skellington sounds like a fancy use of this trope, there are some accents that pronounce "skeleton" as "skellington" (see Hot Fuzz for an example).
  • Played With in Who Framed Roger Rabbit—Roger Rabbit is a (Toon) Rabbit, but his wife, Jessica Rabbit, is a (Toon) human. One wonders what her maiden name was.
  • In Zootopia, many characters have names like this—Mr. and Mrs. Otterton, Duke Weaselton, Mayor Lionheart, Flash Slothmore, etc. Occasionally added with Bilingual Bonus: Chief Bogo's name comes from m'bogo, Swahili for "cape buffalo."
  • The main villain of Leo the Lion is named Maximus Elephante.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jabba the Hutt of Star Wars, who actually is a Hutt (this seems to be the case with all Hutts: Durga, Gorga, Zorba, etc.). Jabba's actual full name is "Jabba Desilijic Tiure", but no-one ever seems to call him that.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Rogger Rabbit himself is an example, but Jessica Rabbit is a subversion. She is not a rabbit but, when she married Roger, she took his surname. When he first hears this name, Eddie Valiant erroneously assumes she is a rabbit until he meets her.

  • In Piers Anthony's Xanth series, characters generally take their species classification as a surname such as Smash Ogre, Glory Goblin, Forrest Faun, Che Centaur, Tandy Nymph... On the occasional intrusion of Mundanes into Xanth, most characters are confounded by the existence of an actual last name. They usually just end up being called X Mundane for the duration. It gets even better with mixed-species pairings: Glory Goblin married Harold Harpy and had two children: Gloha Goblin-Harpy and Harglo Harpy-Goblin... yes.
  • The The Berenstain Bears children's books. Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear. Brother Bear's original name was "Small Bear", until Sister was born and his parents renamed him "Brother". Every other character has a bear-related name. Too-Tall Grizzly, Lizzy Bruin, Mayor Honeypot, etc.
  • The first Redwall book featured this - John Churchmouse, Colin Vole - though since maybe three characters in total even had "surnames" they may not have been meant to be surnames so much as descriptions. The later books don't use species names as surnames, but species-specific names are common; hedgehogs are almost invariably something like "Spike" or "Stickle" or "Quill."
  • Benjy Mouse and Frankie Mouse from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (As "mouse" is only sometimes capitalized, it's surely not a surname here.)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull (book and title character) as well as the parody Jonathan Seagull Chicken which uses characters with names like Segal and Fox as personifications of the corresponding animal. Another parody was Ludwig Von Wolfgang Vulture.
  • The children in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. Mr. Beaver's best friend is apparently Badger. How this naming system works in a country populated largely by talking animals is never really explained, although it disappears later in the series; in the final book we have Jewel the Unicorn and Farsight the Eagle.
  • Used on occasion in the Geronimo Stilton series: Sally Ratmousen, Count von Ratoff, Hercule Poirat, etc. Most of the surnames are either mouse-related (Sweetfur, Von Kickpaw) or puns on the character's occupation.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth:
    • We have the Spelling Bee, literally a giant bee that is good at spelling.
    • Tock the Watchdog: a dog with a giant clock in his body.
    • The Awful Dynne is a living personification of noise (an "awful din") — with a double Species Surname courtesy of a pun. He's a smoky spirit that lives in a bottle, and thus also an awful djinn.
  • Una Persson, in the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael Moorcock and others, is also a possibility.
  • In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, Eddie assumes, before meeting Jessica Rabbit, that she's a Toon rabbit. Nope—she's a Toon human, but she married a Toon rabbit and took his last name.
  • In the Chinese story collection Liaozhai Zhiyi as well as other paranormal stories in the same period, fox-spirits often take the surname "Hu", which is pronounced the same as "fox" in Chinese.
  • In Andre Norton's The Zero Stone, Eet may be this. When he tells Jern he's Eet, Jern asks whether it's his species or name, and he treats the question as silly. Then, he appears to be unique.
  • In Paul Kidd's Spirit Hunters the animal spirit characters have their species names as surnames (Kitsune Sura, Nezumi Chiri, etc.) Though they also happen to be nobility in an Empire where it appears that the non-human races are represented by a single high-born clan each.
  • Used frequently in Beatrix Potter stories, most notably Peter Rabbit, his cousin Benjamin Bunny, and Jemima Puddleduck. Mr Tod (a fox) and Tommy Brock (a badger) both have somewhat archaic species surnames, but still count.
  • In Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama series, the character naming all follows this, but the main character is an unusual case. In the original book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, he was known as "Baby Llama," but in later installments he was no longer a baby, so he became Llama Llama instead, or sometimes simply "Llama." His mother is Mama Llama, and other characters include Nelly Gnu and Gilroy Goat.
  • In The Midnight Folk, Kay's Living Toys include a dog named Dogg and another named P. Dogg (they're said to be cousins), as well as a bear named G. L. Brown Bear. Many of the wild animals he meets also seem to be named after their species, as Bat, Otter, Water Rat, etc.
  • In Summer in Orcus, Reginald Hoopoe and the other inhabitants of the nation of birds.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In NCIS, Ducky's nickname comes from the fact that his name is Donald Mallard. And he's human.
  • Replace "species" with "nationality" and a certain engineer from Star Trek counts. He's Scottish and his last name is "Scott," with the nickname "Scotty."
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus had the sketch "It's a Tree", starring a talking member of the plant kingdom named Arthur Tree.
    • Among his guests on the show, all of whom were trees or wood products (except for "an unusual guest for this program, a piece of laminated plastic"), are the band Scots Pine and the Conifers.
  • Dinosaurs, the 1991 sitcom, revolves around the Sinclair family. Although the surname isn't a direct species reference, it is a reference to Sinclair Oil and its dinosaur logo.
  • In Horrible Histories, "your host, a talking rat" is named Rattus Rattus. This is the scientific name for the black rat (although Rattus is actually gray and very a Norway rat.)

  • They Might Be Giants: "Dr. Worm" is not a real doctor, but he is a real worm, and he likes to play the drums.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Both followed (Poink T. Ferret, Java Frog, Hump T. Camel, Hugh Manatee, Temp Ferret) and averted (Mutt Barker - illegitimate son of Bob, Arthur Bronswagger, Jimmy Noneck, Shak, Ezra Shawartz, Crappy Shawartz) on The Funday Pawpet Show. One of the newest characters, Cool Old Guy Gof, has a name that stands for Gray Old Fox.
  • In The Muppet Show, most Muppets of recognizable non-human species have one or another form of Species Surname.
    • Kermit is perhaps an extreme case: if one believes Lew Zealand, his last name isn't simply "Frog", but "The Frog", as in "Mister The Frog". This coinage has also been used by Tex Richman in The Muppets and Jonathan Warburton in a Warburtons Giant Crumpets ad.
  • Played with in an sketch on Sesame Street, where Kermit the Frog wants a T-Shirt with his name on it, but the salesman kept mixing it up with shirts for Kermit the "Gorf", "Forg" and "Grof". Naturally, the other Kermits come in one by one for their own shirts.
  • Also of Jim Henson, comes Fraggle Rock. Every Fraggle has a surname of Fraggle. Mokey will often use it when scolding another character by calling them by their full name.
  • Children's BBC puppet presenters Edd the Duck, Gordon T. Gopher, Otis the Aardvark and Hacker T. Dog also qualify. In an interview for the Gordon T Gopher Annual, Gordon insists his middle name isn't "The," but refuses to say what it actually is.
  • Roland Rat, his brother Little Reggie Rat, and his friends Kevin the Gerbil, Errol the Hamster, Glenis the Guinea Pig, and Fergie the Ferret.
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood has Henrietta Pussycat, X the Owl, Daniel Striped Tiger, Harriet Elizabeth Cow, and an entire family of platypuses with the surname Platypus. There's also Bob Dog, who is not a puppet but rather a guy in a dog suit.
  • Inverted with the Italian puppet Topo Gigio (assuming Topo is his name) as Topo means "mouse" in Italian and he is an anthropomorphic mouse. Subverted in most of the other countries where the association is not so obvious (albeit in Spanish means mole, which is also a rodent).
  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree: The mice have Mouse as their surname.

  • Kate Monster and Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q (though in this case "monster" is a race, not a species). Lampshaded when someone asks if they're related. They're not, and the exchange is the setup for a song called "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist". Stretching the definition of "species" still further, one of the other puppet characters is named Lucy T. Slut.

    Video Games 
  • The Adventures of Massmouth: A worm-like alien named The Worm, though it's not clear if it isn't just a nickname.
  • Aviary Attorney has characters including Catherine-Marie Cygne the swan, Reynard Vulpes the fox, Monsieur Grenwee (sounds like grenouille) the frog, and the title character Jayjay Falcon though he changed his name from "Robespierre". Other characters' names are based on, but not identical to, their species names: Eric Porc the porcupine, Rupert Rabbington the rabbit, and Sparrowson the... sparrow. Then there's Séverin Cocorico the rooster, and the Demiaou family (who are cats).
  • Banjo-Kazooie games do this a lot. Kazooie even hangs a lampshade on it when the two meet a pig in Banjo-Tooie, and he says his name is Chris. Kazooie is astonished his name isn't pig-related. Her suspicions are confirmed when he gives his full name, Chris P. Bacon.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine has a cartoon angel named Alice Angel and a cartoon wolf named Boris the Wolf.
  • Chicken Police: Most people have plain surnames, but there are a few exceptions.
    • Marty McChicken and Natasha Catzenko play it straight.
    • Doctor Bubo is an owl man, and Bubo Bubo is the Latin name for the eagle owl.
    • Ursula Fragaria has a species given name: she is a bear woman, and Ursula means "little she-bear."
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day Conker the Squirrel signs his name as "Conker T. Squirrel," which would make 'Squirrel' Conker's last name.
  • In a rare human example, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim features Vekel the Man, the bartender at the Ragged Flagon.
  • The sentient non-human races in Final Fantasy X use species surnames - Kimahri Ronso and Seymour Guado being the two most prominent (though Seymour is in fact half-human). It's more than any of the other characters get, as none of the other characters seen in the game, including your playable characters, have last names, at least, not that we're ever told.
  • The PC game Jazz Jackrabbit has the title rabbit's last name and also has Princess Eva Earlong and Devan Shell.
  • Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass: The Mouse family of Smile, who are human scale, speaking mice.
  • The title character of the mobile phone game Joustin Beaver is a beaver who looks like Justin Bieber.
  • Kerbal Space Program has an example with the titular fictional alien species, where while it's not exactly the species name, every single named Kerbal character in the game has the last name "Kerman".
  • The Legend of Zelda series has had several characters named "King Zora" in A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Ages, and posthumously in Twilight Princess. Much like with the Hylian kings, this also overlaps with Lord Country, considering their home region is called "Zora's Domain."
  • The Dust Bunny in Letter Quest Remastered, according to the description on his stat screen.
    He never did forgive his parents for the terrible pun.
  • Montgomery Fox and the Case of the Diamond Necklace has the title character, the Toad & Toad law firm and Lord Raccoon.
  • One of the protagonists in Psychosomnium is a bee named McBee.
  • Sid & Al's Incredible Toons stars Sid E. Mouse and Al E. Cat, doubling as a Punny Name (City Mouse, Alley Cat). Minor animal characters include Bik Dragon, Hildegard Hen, Phil Rat and Eunice Elephant.
  • Stray animals in The Sims 3 are all named Stray Cat, Stray Dog, and Wild Horse. If adopted by a human family, particularly NPCs, their first name changes to a generic pet name drawn from a list, and their last name may or may not change to the same as the human who adopted them.
  • Done pretty cleverly in Sly Cooper, where most of the cast has a Meaningful Name of some sort or other. Carmelita Fox is, in fact, a vixen, but "Fox" is an actual surname, of course (for Hispanics, as well, such as Mexican President Vicente). Also, unofficially or officially; Bentley Wiseturtle and Murry Hippo. As well as Raleigh The Frog and The Panda King. In the case of Jean Bison, his name is pronounced "Bih-Sawn".
  • Subverted in Sonic the Hedgehog, where "the (species name)" is used more like a title rather than the character's last name and some character, like Miles "Tails" Prower and Amy Rose, don't use it at all. Charmy Bee, however is a straight use of this trope. This trope is why less informed reporters sometimes call Sonic "Sonic Hedgehog." The Dic cartoons and Archie comics infamously made this mistake as well, treating "Hedgehog" as the surname of Sonic's family.
  • Marina from Splatoon 2 has the surname "Iida"note  in both Japanese and English. This comes from "iidako", the Japanese term for her species, the webfoot octopus.
  • Star Fox:
    • Characters Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad. Also, Fox McCloud, Wolf O'Donnell, and Panther Caroso have their species as their first names.
    • Also Pigma Dengar, Leon Powalski (a chameLEON), Bill Grey, a greyhound, and Katt Monroe (cat with a K). Falco Lombardi is a subversion; his name corresponds to falcons, but he is a pheasant.
    • And Fara Phoenix. Say it. If it sounds like "fennecs" you did it right.
  • Super Mario Bros. tends to feature this heavily with named Toads, Yoshi, Koopas, and Goombas, with the most notable example being main villain King Bowser Koopa (simply Koopa in Japan).
  • Touhou Project:
    • Satori Komeiji uses her species as her first name as well: she is a satori, of course.
    • Ditto Nue Houjuu.

    Web Animation 

  • Kevin & Kell uses this trope widely. The main characters are the Dewclaw family, after a specific animal body part; there's a family of foxes with the surname 'Fennec', after a sort of fox with rabbit-like ears, and a local feline mechanic is named Aby Eyeshine (Abyssinian). The most extreme example is Catherine Aura, who's a turkey vulture (scientific name: cathartes aura).
  • Used extensively in The Suburban Jungle - Starring Tiffany Tiger. An interesting variant used therein is Leona Lioness, who manages to work both species AND gender into her surname...
  • Rough Housing, the sequel comic, has Charity Cheeger (Cheetah/Tiger hybrid), and Langley Lupina (wolf), along with more traditional examples.
  • Grace Sciuridae in El Goonish Shive (Sciuridae being the formal term for the squirrel family). Extra points for her Code Name, Shade Tail, which is what the name actually means in Latin.
  • Eric Schwartz's Sabrina Online has a lot of fun with this trope. We have Thomas Wolfe, who is actually only half-wolf; his mother was a fox. He ends up marrying Amy Squirrel, who, not surprisingly, keeps her maiden name. There son ends up being one fourth fox, one fourth wolf, one half squirrel, with the name Timothy Wolf-Squirrel. Meanwhile, Fanon establishes Sabrina's surname as "Mephitidae" (the scientific family to which skunks belong to), while in the strip itself it's a "Where the Hell Is Springfield??" kinda thing. And then there's Sheila Vixen. You have to feel sorry for her dad.
  • Played with a bit in Pv P Online by Skull the Troll. "Troll" is a straight example, but the "the" actually stands for "Theodore."
  • Subverted in Daisy Owl: Daisy isn't an owl, but her adoptive father is.
  • Dinosaur Comics':
  • The Wotch has Samantha Wolf, a.k.a. "Wolfie," who is human... except during the full moon.
  • Everyday Heroes features avian Dolly Bird, and her insect sibling G-Nat, who also uses the alias Nate Diptera (Diptera being an order of insects including gnats, black flies, and midges).
  • Melonpool has Sam T. Dogg (admittedly misspelled).
  • ''The Life of Nob T. Mouse brought us Nob T. Mouse (the "T" stands for "The"), Flop Fish and Frederick Rabbitt.
  • Femmegasm has Shelly Mander, who is a breed of salamander.
  • Andrea Mouse in Horndog.
  • In Narbonic when Artie the hyperintelligent gerbil is turned into a human, he takes on the pseudonym "Nick Cricetida".
    Mell: Where did you get a name like Cricetida, anyway?
    Artie: It's my family name.
    Mell: Well, duh...
    Artie: Cricetidae. A family within the order Rodentia, comprising wood mice, voles, hamsters, and over 70 distinct species of gerbil. One Mongolian species, Meriones unguiculatus, is popular as a pet—

    Web Original 
  • This is the case with all the dinosaur characters in The Tyrannosaur Chronicles. The main character, for example, is Traumador the Tyrannosaur. It is also implied that "the" is their middle name, with the notable exception of one of Traumador's friends, Norman a Centrosaur.
  • A Cracked Photoplasty ("19 Things Old People Suspect About Modern Culture") mocks people who confuse Justin Bieber with this.
  • The titular family of The Doctors of the Cat Family. There are also cats with different surnames (Kit Marican, Hector Kithro), and the one hare character has the surname "Clearwater".
  • Amoridere:
    • Bunny's surname, "Rabbitwright", is a variant of this and she is, well, duh, a rabbit
  • From Killerbunnies, we have Genevieve's last name, "Marshrabbit", her last name being somewhat of a variant and the fact that a marsh rabbit is a subspecies of cottontail rabbit, commonly found in the southern parts of the United States. Another variant is with Iglika ("Ike"), whose last name is "Zayek", Bulgarian for "rabbit"

    Western Animation 
  • Nearly all animal characters from Looney Tunes, Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera, the last as recent as the Shirt Tales.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures uses this for a Running Gag; since Buster Bunny and Babs Bunny are the show's Official Couple, every time they introduce themselves together, they have to say, "No relation" afterward. This is eventually commented on in their cameo in an Animaniacs skit.
    Noah: Okay, let's hope not, this is a children's show...
  • Several Walter Lantz characters, including Woody Woodpecker, and his regular opponents, Buzz Buzzard and Wally Walrus; and Andy Panda.
  • Edward Platypus from Camp Lazlo is the only character in a show full of animals to use this trope. All the characters with given last names avert this. Neckerly for Nina (still works pretty well as she's a giraffe), Smiles for Patsy (a mongoose), Clogmeyer for Samson (a guinea pig), and Lumpus for....Scoutmaster Lumpus (a moose with his first name being Algonquin).
  • The premise of My Gym Partner's a Monkey is that a clerical error turns human boy Adam Lyon into Adam Lion, causing him to be sent to a school of animals. Almost all of the animals actually follow this trope too with the primary exceptions being Mr. Hornbill (a rhino, despite the fact that hornbills are real birds too), Mrs. Tusk (an elephant), Coach Gills (a goldfish), Mr. Blowhole (a whale), Ms. Loon (a blue jay), and Marvin Hammy (a pig).
  • A version of the first variation is found in The Animals of Farthing Wood. All of the original animals just have their species as their name: for example, "Fox," "Badger," "Toad" or "Weasel." Their descendants have differing names, though.
  • Several Transformers have names that reflect their alternate forms. Bumblebee, who later became Goldbug, turned into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle (bug) in both bodies. There's also Soundwave, who turns into a tape player; Cheetor, Rattrap, Waspinator and any number of others from Beast Wars, and Tankor and Jetstorm of Beast Machines, to name just a few. In Transformers Animated it's shown that the name everyone goes by were assigned to them by their drill sargeant in Autobot boot camp, and in Beast Wars they apparently picked their own name upon discovering their new alt-forms.
  • Some of the first Droopy cartoons give his last name as Poodle. One cartoon gives him the name McPoodle.
  • Moose and Zee:
    • Double time for Moose A. Moose, animated host of the children's learning channel Noggin. In case you're wondering, yes he's a moose.
    • Moose's co-star is named Zee D. Bird. She's a bird.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • A fairly creative example can be seen in the civilian name of Darkwing Duck: Drake Mallard. The name has "hey, I'm a duck" written all over it, but they are also genuine names.
    • On the other hand, his sidekick is a McQuack.
    • It's also hard to tell where his daughter's name would fit in. She's apparently a duck (one episode cites she's got duck molecules, anyway), but her birth parents gave her the name Gosalyn, which sounds more like 'gosling' than anything duck related; she takes 'Mallard' as a last name after Darkwing adopts her. Her birth surname is Waddlemeyer. That could reference either ducks or geese. Her birth parents are never pictured, but her grandfather, Professor Waddlemeyer, looks like an obese Ludwig von Drake, or a gray-haired Herb Muddlefoot; presumably a duck. But when she adopts a secret identity now and then, the name she uses is Quiverwing Quack. Only ducks and pelicans quack, and Gosalyn is very definitely not a pelican.
    • Some of the rest of the cast follows this trope (Such as SHUSH agent Grizzlikoff) but most of them are too busy making other puns (like the scientist Sarah Bellum).
    • Bonus points for the city where all this takes place... St. Canard. "Canard," of course, is French for "duck."
  • Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series had two of these: Mallory McMallard and Duke L'Orange. Say that latter one out loud. And then there was a character with the first name of Canard (the French for duck). Double bonus points for giving their all-too-human manager the surname Palmfeather.
  • Examples from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: Rat Capone and his sidekicks Sugar Ray Lizard and Arnold Mousenegger, Fat Cat's lackey Mole, Conrad Cockatoo, Mr. Starfish from Captain Fin's crew, Canina LaFur (from canine). It's highly unlikely, though, that Canina LaFur's evil stuntdog Zsa Zsa Labrador is a Lab Retriever.
  • Played With in Rocko's Modern Life. Heffer Wolfe is a steer who was Raised by Wolves note .
  • Many characters from Bonkers have last names that also happen to be their species. For example, there's the title character Bonkers D. Bobcat, his love interest Fawn Deer, and his friend/co-star Jitters A. Dog.
  • Cat Scratch has Human Kimberly. Though it's unlikely that her actual first name is "Human," just about every character calls her that while referring to other humans by regular names.
  • From VeggieTales, there's Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus... Actually, it'd be easier to list counterexamples.
  • The Dutch have Alfred J. Kwak. Guess what kind of animal he is.
  • Every character in The Caribou Kitchen has this, plus some Added Alliterative Appeal (ie. Claudia Caribou, Abe Anteater etc.)
  • Stimpson J. Cat (The Ren & Stimpy Show)
  • Adventure Time:
    • Jake the Dog, and in a bizarre occurrence, Finn the Human. According to the creator, Finn is named "Finn the Human" because he is supposedly the Last of His Kind. Note that these aren't their surnames - they're brothers, as Finn was adopted by Jake's parents, so they'd probably have the same surname if it applied to Dogs in the Land of Ooo. Later as the series progresses we learn that his actual name is Finn Mertens.
    • The princess-heavy show has some fun with this, in that there is even a character named Dr. Princess (it's her surname), who has no apparent connection to royalty.
  • Peppa Pig is a straight example. Most are Alliterative Names as well; Suzy Sheep, Rebecca Rabbit, Emily Elephant, Pedro Pony.
  • In the related show Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, the elf family members appear to be called Ben Elf, Mr Elf and Mrs Elf.
  • Baloo of The Jungle Book (1967) gave his full name as Baloo Bear in TaleSpin.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle has Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. Their middle initial is a reference to the show's creator, Jay Ward.
  • Played straight on Birdz. Most of the cast has their species as a surname, but the central family is Storkowitz.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Fluttershy's pet rabbit Angel, who is occasionally called Angel Bunny.
    • In Season 1, the owner of the doughnut shop in Canterlot was known as Pony Joe. (Or at least, that's what Spike called him.) Later, in Season 2, he's known as Doughnut Joe.
    • In "Equestria Games", Ms. Harshwhinny constantly refers to Spike as "Mr. The Dragon".
  • All of the cat people in SWAT Kats have cat-based punny names. Mayor Manx's surname is a breed of cat (which he isn't one of, him having a tail while Manxes lack one). Technically, he could still be one, as only show-quality Manxes lack a tail. There also exist "stumpy" and "longy" Manxes, which have, respectively, partial or full tails.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Mr. Krabs (Eugene H. Krabs) is a crab. Plankton also has this trope; "Plankton's Army" revealed that his full name is Sheldon J. Plankton. Patrick is a semi-example. He's a starfish (or, more properly, a sea star) and his name is "Patrick Star". There's also Larry the Lobster.
  • All the monster families in Henry Hugglemonster have surnames ending in '-monster'.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has Ms. Lucy Simian, who is an ape ("simian" is a term meaning "ape") and Tina Rex, a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Phineas and Ferb has Perry the Platypus, Peter the Panda... and just about any named animal in the show.
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo, as opposed to the others who have Only One Name. When he was younger, he went by the name Mr. Kitten. His first name, however, is yet to be revealed.
  • Bert, Ralph, Melissa, Bentley, Lisa, George and Nicole in The Raccoons all have the last name Raccoon (thus the name of the series) but Bert is unrelated to the others (thankfully as Ralph and Melissa are husband and wife, as are George and Nicole, who are parents to Bentley and Lisa, who are niece and nephew to Ralph and Melissa, and Ralph is George's kid brother).
    • The pig triplets, who work for Cyril Sneer, have their last names as Pig: Lloyd, Lloyd, and Floyd. (as confirmed by creator Kevin Gillis). Their mother's name is Suey-Ellen Pig.
    • We also have Schaeffer the Dog and Broo the Puppy.
    • Then, there's Dick Ermine, Henri de la Possum, Mr. Moleman, and Haggis Lamborgini.
    • There are a few exceptions such as Mr. Mammoth (a rhino), Duck Snyder (a duck), Dirk Dassie (a fox, and yes, the "dassie" is another name for the hyrax), and Nurse Peck (a cat).
  • All the Gummi Bears in Adventures of the Gummi Bears have the last name "gummi", which is the name of the fantastic species of magical bears in-universe.
  • DuckTales (2017) has all of the obvious members of the Duck family, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie included. Of special note is Toad Liu Hai from the episode "House of the Lucky Gander", who, being Chinese, has his surname before his given name. There's also a subversion with Lena (a duck) following her adoption into the Sabrewing family (named for a group of hummingbird species), though it does fit the rest of the family.
  • Crusader Rabbit has Crusader's sidekick Ragland T. Tiger (a.k.a. "Rags") who is a tiger. (Crusader himself might count if Crusader is his first name and not some kind of title.)
  • In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "The Feelers", the lead singer of the titular rock band is a moth named Mitzi Moth.
  • Some of the royal families in Star vs. the Forces of Evil follow this trope, such as the Pigeon family (who rule over a kingdom of pigeons) and the Pony Head family (who are a bunch of disembodied, flying pony heads). The Butterfly family are not an example, but some of them do have the ability to transform into butterflies.
  • Bojack Horseman has the titular character (and his relatives who are of course all horses), Pinky Penguin and Ethan Hawke. However, the show just as often subverts the trope, such as with Vanessa Gekko (a human), Cameron Crowe (a raven), Scott Wolf (a fox) and Matthew Fox (a wolf).
  • On Elinor Wonders Why, the teacher is named Ms. Mole, though there's no evidence to indicate either way that this is the case for any of the other characters to date.

    Real Life 
  • Human (surname)
  • If you want to go into other languages, "Adam" or "Adams" can count as this.
  • Markus 'Notch' Persson, creator of Minecraft, is a person. (Though it's actually pronounced more like "passion".)
    • It's the 8th most common surname in Sweden (spelling variants actually include "Person"); unsurprisingly, it is actually a variant of "Peterson". Between 1996-2006, Göran Persson was the Swedish equivalent of prime minister.
  • Michael Moorcock has a recurring character "Una Persson" extending the pun to the surname.
  • The surname "Mann", since in olden days "man" also had the meaning "human being", not just "adult male human being".
  • There is a Huguenot family with the surname L'Homme de Courbière, one of whom was a Prussian general who became famous for the defense of the fortress of Graudenz (Grudziadz) in 1807.
  • Universities will sometimes use their mascot's name and its species name as a placeholder name in this way when showing students how to fill out forms or the like.

Alternative Title(s): Species Last Name, Species First Name


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