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  • Mock, from 1/0, turns out to be an adept shape-shifter.
  • Except for Thief, the surnames of the main characters of 8-Bit Theater (since their names are their classes as well): Fighter McWarrior, Black Mage Evilwizardington and (though it was only said by the author in the forum, not shown in the strip) Red Mage Statscowski.
    • "welcome to Hurt, Australia!"
  • Azrael from The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred is also called "the Angel of Death" by other characters, and he considers it his mission to bestow "Grace" — the name of his sword — on the world.
  • Apparently Every. Single. Person in Alice and the Nightmare has a meaningful name.
    • Rougina is Portmanteau of Rouge Regina, Red Queen.
    • Bianchia comes from Bianca or Blanche, two names meaning White, as in White Queen.
    • Azalea has purple as her Color Motif and is named after a purple flower.
    • Alice is the chief Alice Allusion in a story full of them.
    • Edith is a clever one - she's a Diamond, her name means "rich, wealthy", and in Italian deck, Diamonds are called Coins.
    • Crowther Kinnabre commands Cinnabar Army. May be on purpose, as Rougina apparently created the entire military with magic.
    • Even if someone's first name isn't meaningful, their last is, as people have surnames after their Suits - among others, there's a Heart called Herz, Diamonds called Diamant or Dymond or a Club called Trevols (clover).
  • Angel Moxie:
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    • Alex, Riley, and Tristan all have gender neutral/masculine name. They are three (girl) incarnates of three boy heroes.
    • Miya's last name "Gato", which is Spanish for "cat". She takes the form of a feline on earth to mentor the girls. Her first name too: "Miya" when spoken sounds like "meow" and "neko" is Japanese for "cat."
    • Shugari's name sounds a lot like "sugary". The name she uses while posing as a student is Candi Shugari.
    • Grant Kyokasho spends his time on Earth disguised as a teacher. His surname is Japanese for "textbook".
  • Ava's Demon:Most main characters have this in some way, though Odin Arrow is less clear the others
    • Ava and Maggie's surnames are words for the wrath (Ire) and lust (Lacivi), the sins associated with them respectively
    • Marverde (Gil's surname) means "green sea" in spanish and in portuguese. Fitting both due to his friendship with Nevy (an ocean-themed demon) and his "incident" in the sea
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    • Though there is no clear meaning to Arrow as of yet, Odin has to sisters named Crow and Raven. In norse mythology, Odin had two pet ravens (or crows) for spies.
    • Nevy, Pedri and Tuls are anagrams for envy, pride and lust, the sins the characters represent, and Wrathia speaks for itself.

  • In Bob and George, the assistant is named Dr. Wiley.
    I never really understood why Dr. Light would knowingly associate himself with someone named "Dr. Wily". It would be like having a dentist named "Dr. Pain" or a family doctor named "Dr. Death". I mean, it could just be an unfortunate coincidence, but it seems to me that you're just asking for trouble.
  • The name of the whole world in The Burned is Nameless World "for lack of a better name". Shibou, the God of Death, has a name that can translate to "death, mortality" in Japanese. Manami, the Goddess of Love, has a name that means "love, affection", and the name of the God of Nature is Shizen, which means "nature".
  • Carry On: Kathy's new honor guard, the SBD (Songween's Bodyguard Detail) all have these.
    • Keela, "...because she's good at killing things." Bonita, "...because she likes gnawing on bones." Dixie "She's from the South."
  • The Chapel Chronicles: Rupert, the hedgehog, is named after Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Nearlly all the named characters in Cry Havoc are significantly named.
    • Fenrir is the name of the great wolf who would kill Odin during the norse Apocalypse, ragarok.
    • Skoll is name of the wolf who will eat the sun.
    • Hati is the name of the wolf who will eat the moon.
    • Karcharoth is a play on Carcharoth, the greatest wolf who ever lived from Tolkiens The Silmarillion.
    • Faustus is named for the dr. faustus who sold his soul to the devil.
    • Andrea Brynhildr is named after the Valkyrie Brynhildr.
  • Three of the players in Darths & Droids have names that reflect their characters: Jim (Qui-Gon Jinn), Ben (Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi) and Annie (Anakin Skywalker). Annie's name is possibly a coincidence, since Anakin started as a NPC.
  • Dominic Deegan has Karnak, though none of the readers find out why it's meaningful for quite a while, since the meaning is in old orcish. Namely, it means Morningstar.
  • In The Dreamer, Ben Cato's last name is also the title of a famous play, which was a favorite among many patriots, including Nathan Hale.
  • Virtually everyone on Earthsong has a Meaningful Name, thanks to Nanashi, who named them this way on purpose. Consider for a moment that Nanashi means 'No-Name' and you'll see why.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • Grace Sciuridae is a shape-shifter who transforms into, among other things, a squirrel (no surprise, given that she's one-quarter squirrel). This is lampshaded here.
    • Immortals tend to give themselves names. Sometimes they're self-important, sometimes they're plain. Pandora Chaos Raven chose hers deliberately to be meaningful with all three segments, and told Magus (after beating the crap out of him) to call her by one or any, she was all of them: Pandora (after Pandora's Box; she actually sees herself more as the box, but even fewer people got it when she called herself 'Box') Chaos (she hates being able to predict things based on what she knows), and Raven (her married name).
  • In Erfworld all the names are meaningful and/or puns. This is eventually revealed to be a natural function of how units are named as they are "Popped"- All unit's names and appearances are determined by their Signamancy.
    • Jack Snipe, a Foolamancer,is named after a species of bird primarily known for being well camouflaged, and therefore, difficult to see.
    • Wanda Firebaugh (say it quickly.)
    • Jillian Zamussels the barbarian.
    • King Saline the Fourth (i.e. "Saline IV").
    • Prince Ansom.
    • Lord Stanley the Tool.
    • Charlie, of Charlie's Archons has evoked a large number of fictional and real life Charlies and Charleses. Very few, however, were expecting his appearance to be based on Charlie Brown.
  • Explorers Of Souls: "Mel" (the main character) is "Honey" in Latin. The author, whose first name is Honey, has confirmed that this is no coincidence.
  • The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon: Max Facepuncher (The Max stands for Maximum). Jack Cannon. The whole Cannon family, actually.
  • Finders Keepers: Cardinal, Lord and Aspect of the Primary Directions, second son of the Lord Navigator, great-grandson of The Seeker. He can find anything.
  • Freefall: The main protagonists boyfriend, Winston Scudder, is named after Samuel Hubbard Scudder, an entomologist.
  • In Girl Genius:
    • The house of Sturmvoraus, whose introduction is the beginning of the really meaty plot and who are all scheming to murder and usurp each other, take their name from the German for "Storm Ahead". There is also Albia, the briefly mentioned Queen of Great Britain.
    • Otherwise averted with Baron Wulfenbach, who has nothing lycanthropic in a world where werewolves may or may not exist, and who in fact doesn't even use Lupine symbolism for his forces: it would seem that Wulfenbach (non-standard German for "wolves stream") is simply the name of his ancestral estate.
    • The Heterodyne clan, as the "concentration music" Agatha makes vocally is (according to Carson) both a family trait and actual heterodyning; the principle of periodic functions upon which theremins and radio modulation rely. Possibly related to the Theme Music Power-Up. The name of the titular herione, "Agatha", also is a name derived from the greek word "Ἀγαθή" (pronounced "Agathon"), meaning "Good", "noble", etc. Fitting, seeing that she has a raging case of Chronic Hero Syndrome.
      • St. Agatha is a Catholic saint whose domains include... well, breasts (these days, she is primarly venerated by women suffering from breast cancer and bell-founders, whose products are vaguely breast-shaped). That Phil Foglio, a self-described "Gentleman Pornographer" who was Raised Catholic, would not have picked up on this and named his rather chesty (even by the standards of his usual World of Buxom) heroine after the saint seems unlikely.
    • Portentius Reichenbach's Portentous Operatic Masterpiece: The Storm King.
    • Word of God has it that Theopholous DuMedd was originally "doomed" to be killed off in volume 3, but the Foglios so enjoyed him that he stuck around.
    • Most likely Sleipnir O'Hara wasn't supposed to be kept around either. Agatha needed a roommate to introduce her to the world of the Baron's flying castle, so the Foglios gave her someone to "sleep near".
    • The town of Mechanicsburg is integrated with the mechanical Castle Heterodyne.
    • Bangladesh DuPree. Bang duPrey. Or Du-praved.
    • Othar Tryggvassen, GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER. His surname roughly means "Safe Waters" in the North Countries where he's said to be from.
    • Doctor Chouteh (pronounced shout-ay) is a Large Ham of ridiculous proportions.
    • Agatha's foster parents are called Adam and Lilith and it doesn't look like they are very god-fearing. Not to mention their surname, Clay. (Note that they almost certainly picked these names for themselves.)
  • Almost everyone in Gloomverse has a name related to their power set. Seaweed, Lady Nim, Petunia, Professor Purple....
  • All the Goblins, who are, in fact, named by their "fortuneteller".
    • Including one who thinks this is a really dumb way of naming people, and is thus called "Complains-of-Names".
    • And which has led to a life of paranoia for poor "Dies-Horribly".
  • Grim Trigger: Hunter. There's also Camilla, who's named after the warrior in The Aeneid.
  • Grrl Power: Sydney Scovillenote  is obsessed with (among other things) hot food, endlessly seeking out new forms of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce to try.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court occasionally goes crazy with this:
    • Antimony is named for the element antimony, whose name comes from the Greek for "never alone". (Her nickname, Annie, may be a reference to another famous red-haired orphan.)
      • Antimony is also a chemical relative of bismuth (same group, one period up), which plays an important part in the history of Gunnerkrigg Court.
    • Her father, Anthony Carver, is a surgeon.
    • Her mother's maiden name was Surma Stibnite. Stibnite is the name of an ore containing antimony. Surma (more commonly known as kohl), is a compound of antimony used in the Middle East as an eye-shadow, for cosmetic purposes or for protection from the Evil Eye. Surma is also one of the finnish words meaning death and she's dead.
    • Mort is a ghost; his name is French for "dead" or "death".
    • Parley is a talkative girl. She attempts to serve as a mediator during a parley. Her name is from the French parler: "to talk".
  • Homestuck
    • The "Aimless" part of "Aimless Renegade" initially referred to his status as a desert wanderer character (compare to the other two wanderer characters: Wayward Vagabond and Peregrine Mendicant). However, it also references his graduate degree from the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy.
    • All of the Trolls, both first and last name, relate to their personality, interests, or associated astrological sign.
      • Aradia Megido: Aradia is a Pagan goddess, and Megido is the place where, in numerous religion, the apocalypse will happen and which is the root of the word "armageddon".. Aradia is a Magical Girl who is obsessed with the end of the universe.
      • Also doubles as forshadowing: The Pagan Goddess Aradia taught the lower classes to use majyks to stir up class warfare. Aradia's ancestress, the Handmaid, is mostly reponsible for Alternia being what it is today.
      • Tavros Nitram: Tavros is the Taurus troll, and his name is Greek for "bull" (if you swap the v for a u). Nitram is Martin backwards, and Mary Martin played Peter Pan in the 1954 musical. Tavros is a huge fan of Pupa Pan, the Alternian equivalent of Peter. (Martin was also a popular fan suggestion for his name before he was officially named).
      • Sollux Captor: Sollux is the Gemini troll, and the Gemini were a pair of twins called Pollux and Castor. Switch one letter in each, and...
      • Karkat Vantas: Karkat is a corruption of the Hindu word for "Cancer", which fits the Cancer troll. Vantas is a cancer treatment drug. Karkat's handle, carcinoGeneticist, might have been chosen to fit his personality, but he thinks that during his ectobiology of the frog of the next/human universe, he gave it cancer.
      • Nepeta Leijon: Nepeta is a corruption of scientific name for catnip, and Leijon is the Finnish word for "lion", and as Nepeta is the cat-obsessed Leo troll...
      • Kanaya Maryam: Kanaya is the Virgo troll. Kanya is Indian for Virgo, and can also mean mother, and her last name is the Arabic name for Mary, as in the Virgin Mary. Befitting of the matronly and fussy Kanaya.
      • Terezi Pyrope: Terezi is the Libra troll, and her first name is Azerbaijani for just that. Her last name is a gemstone that is always red in coloration, and Terezi has a borderline obsession with the color red. The stone's name also literally means "fire-eyes". The name of Terezi's ancestor's dragon lusus, Pyralspite, is the name of a category of garnets to which pyropes belong.
      • Vriska Serket: Vriska is the Scorpio troll, and her first name is a corruption of the Hindu word for Scorpio. Her last name is an Egyptian goddess personified as a scorpion, one of the arachnids that Vriska associates herself with.
      • Equius Zahhak: Equius is latin for "horse", and Equius' sign Sagittarius is symbolized by a centaur. Zahhak was an Iranian folklore hero meaning "he who has 1,000 horses."
      • Gamzee Makara: Gamzee is Turkish for "coquettish", or playfully sexual; a trait that shines through in Gamzee's Ho Yay with Tavros, Karkat, and Equius. This is unintentional, though, as he was named by a fan. Makara is Sanskrit for "Capricorn", Gamzee's sign.
      • Eridan Ampora: Eridanus was a river created by Aquarius, and Amphora is a jug of water Aquarius often carries. Guess what Eridan's sign is?
      • Feferi Peixes: Feferi is a corruption of the scientific name for cuttlefish, which Feferi loves and keeps as pets. Peixes is Portuguese for Pisces, which is, by process of elimination, Feferi's sign.
    • Things are pushed even further by the inclusion of the Pre-Scratch Trolls, who's names not only relate to their respective astrological signs, but are mostly collected from the suggested names for the other trolls of their respective signs.
      • Damara Megido: Damara is a breed of sheep, and Aries is the symbol of the ram.
      • Rufioh Nitram: Rufioh's name comes from the character Rufio from the movie Hook, which plays off of Tavros's love of Pupa Pan.
      • Incidentally, Rufio was the name of Tavros's inner-manifestation of his self-esteem.
      • Mituna Captor: Mituna is a shortening of Mithuna, the Sanskrit word for Gemini.
      • Kankri Vantas: 'Kankri' is the plural form of 'kankro', which is Esperanto for 'crayfish'- which, like crabs, are decapod crustaceans. It may be also derived from Alpha Cancri, the star system that is home to the Cancer constellation, or the word "cancrine" which means "appearing crab-like" or "appearing cancerous".
      • Meulin Leijon: Meulin's name is a French surname, but sounds close to the word "mewling" which plays into her cat theme. It also sounds like 'Merlin', and her class was Mage.
      • Porrim Maryam: Porrim's name possibly comes from the name of the Jewish holiday Purim, which is celebrated by wearing costumes. Porrim is appropriately fashion-savvy. Porrima is one of the brightest stars in the constellation Virgo, and it was named after Porrima/Antevorta, an ancient Roman mythological figure who was a companion of the goddess of childbirth.
      • Latula Pyrope: Latula's name more than likely is a corruption of Tula, the Hindu word for Libra.
      • Aranea Serket: Aranea is the Latin word for spider or spider web, and it's also the name of a genus of spiders. Serket was also a goddess of healing, and Aranea has healing powers from being the Sylph of Light.
      • Horuss Zahhak: Horuss's name is a play on the horse theme he shares with Equius, as well as a corruption of the name Horace. Horace was a famous Roman poet, and according to Aranea, Horuss picked up poetry as a hobby. It also resembles Horus, an Egyptian god who, like most of his pantheon, had an animal head. Horuss ended up building Rufioh a new body… that was basically his head on a robot horse's body.
      • Kurloz Makara: Kurloz comes from Kurtlooz, both referencing a fan who roleplayed Gamzee prior to his formal introduction. "Makara" means "miracle", tying into the characters' religious beliefs.
      • Cronus Ampora: Cronus is named after the ruler of the Greek titans who overthrew Uranus. His Roman name, Saturn, is also the name of the planet that rules the Aquarius sign.
      • Meenah Pexies: Meenah is a Hindu/Sanskrit name that means "a fish or cherished stone". The name is a homonym of the name of a class in India's caste system who claim to be descended from a fish avatar of Vishnu, and Meenah's magenta blood is the highest in their caste system.
      • Her name could also be a play on her attitude. Compared to Feferi, she's "a little meaner".
    • There are fewer obvious examples of meaningful names with the Kids as compared to the Trolls, but there are two examples among the Alphas: Jane Crocker has healing powers as the Maid of Life and has risen from the dead on several occasions, and Dirk Strider loves swords.
    • Speaking of the Kids, both Striders are examples for being The Stoic in their respective teams, as in "take it in stride". Roxy Lalonde is The Ace of her team, thus everyone thinks she "rox". Alternatively, "Roxy" is short for "Roxanne", which means "Bright" or "Star", an inversion of her aspect, Void, which deals with the dark and nothingness. Also, "Lalonde" may be a play on Jérôme Lalande, who was known for being a writer and an astronomer, just like Rose's post-scratch self. Jake English is an In-Universe example, being named after Lord English. Lord English, in turn, is named after Jake English.
    • Jade Harley is heavily associated with the color green. "Jade" is a semi-precious green stone, tying in to her Earth and green theme. Most importantly, when she ascends to the God Tiers, her Space aspect powers materialize as neon green flames and flashes.
    • The aforementioned Jane's name is the genderflipped version of "John", seeing as she's basically the Distaff Counterpart of John Egbert.
    • Both Calliope and Caliborn have meaningful names tying in to their classpects, Muse of Space and Lord of Time respectively. Calliope was the leader of the muses of Greek mythology, and the muse of epic poetry. The Space aspect is associated with creation, and Callie is known for writing chronicles of her friends' adventures. Caliborn was the name of one of the swords of King Arthur, the Lord of the English, a person long dead, tying in to the Time aspect and also the fact that Caliborn is the younger self of Lord English.
    • On a larger scale, the planets Alternia and Beforus. Alternia is named so because it's the Scratched a.k.a. alternate version of Beforus, which is in turn the planet before Alternia. Karkat realizes this and doesn't find it funny at all.
    • Dave's post-scratch counterpart is named Dirk.
  • Almost all character names in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! are either symbolic as per this trope, or they're random puns, or both: Jean Poule, Rocko Sasquatch, Mr. O. Blivius Bystander, Princess Voluptua, Hibachi the Dragon, Robbie the Robber, Roofus the roof-repair robot, Heywood J. Lookathat, etc. And "Bob Smithson", whose name is one step removed from being the completely generic name "Bob Smith".
  • There are a few in InkTank: Webmonkey is a monkey, the IT Ninjas are actual ninjas, Marc is innocent and naïve ("mark" being carny slang for such a one), Yaz is the office lecher (Yaz is the brand name for a contraceptive), and Dante (the head programmer) drinks the coffee from hell.
  • James Stud in the Espionage theme of Irregular Webcomic! has multiple meanings to his name; the first thing most people will think of is that James Bond, the character he's parodying, is The Casanova, which is of course a meaning of the word "stud" — but it's ironic because Stud is actually a Casanova Wannabe. The fact the character is a Lego minifig suggests the studs on top of Lego bricks, which form a "bond" with the brick below. And finally it allows a groanworthy Pun when it's revealed that everyone mistakes him for James Shaken: He's "Stud, not Shaken".
  • The title character of Keiki is named after the Hawaiian word for "child," since the comic features Hawaiian children as main characters.
  • In the webcomic[1] version of Keit-Ai, the protagonist name is "Kei(t) Kirishima" and his love interest's name is "Ai Ayazaki".
  • Mason Williams has mentioned that he did this accidentally on two separate occasions while writing Leftover Soup: The possible pedophile Mr. Greenwood, and the sexual health clinic doctor Stephen Ho.
  • Luminary Children has Rex Burnstone and Rick Frostleaf. You'll never guess their special abilities.
  • Magick Chicks: All three members of Faith's clique have surnames that either reflect their personalities, or their special abilities:
  • Desirée "DiDi" Chastel from Ménage à 3 manages two of these. Her given name is derived from the French for 'desired' (which describes the reaction she inspires in most people attracted to women), while her nickname is... well... self evident.
  • In Monsieur Charlatan, the assassin arrives under the name of Louis Faux.
  • The main character's name in My Heart Is Beating is Bae Sugu, "Sugu" is Korean for Water Polo, which is what the comic is centred on. It gets lampshaded repeatedly and subverted as he can't even swim.
  • Nature of Nature's Art justifies its use of the trope. In this version of the animal kingdom, most people are only known by nicknames, codes or where they're from. Having your own name is the biggest honour possible in this setting, to the point where you have to earn the right to pick the name you want. Animals with names choose their own names here, so this trope can turn up quite a bit. Polarizing, who is very unstable, is an excellent example.
  • The Noordegraaf Files Has quite a few.
    • Theo's full name is Theodoric, after who was the king of the goths who sacked Rome.
    • Lars' full name is Lars Secundus Gilmore, who was also named for a barbarian king, Lars Porsenna, and his middle name means "The second" in Latin. He's the second character in the comic.
    • Octavian is named likely after Octavian Caesar, as in the roman emperor. He's the leader of the group.
    • Violet (Octavian's girlfriend) has Violet eyes. Not purple - violet. The hex code matches and everything.
    • A rather minor character who has magical powers goes by the name of Circe. She has the largest chest of any of the characters.
      • This idea of naming magical individuals after magical figures of myth is very common in the comic. Lore states that due to the fact that magically empowered people are hunted down for their powers (magic works like that) causes them to go by Aliases. This is also an idea within magical families - Most people get a normal three - part name, and after showing magical ability gain a fourth, put before their last name. For example, the Magical Girl Andromeda's full name is Andromeda Lis Astra Samson, with the "Astra" being added after she gained powers. Religious or other spiritual names are often used.
    • If We're being honest almost all of the characters have some kind of meaningful name.
  • In O Human Star, Sulla is the name of a character from R.U.R., and it's a boy's name but it was given to a female robot. Al looks like AI in a lot of fonts, such as this one, although the author said on her tumblr that it was a coincidence.
  • In Once Stung the scientist in charge of the project that created the mutagenic bee that lead to Queen Bee getting her powers is Dr Apoidea. (part of the scientific name for bees) She bitterly lampshades it as the kind of name that sticks you to one very specific career path.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The names of the three fiends of the IFCC: Lee, Nero and Cedric.
    • This comic also has Roy Greenhilt with his signature ancestral sword, Redcloak with his signature mantle, and — on the more obscure side — the chimera Trigak from Dorukan's dungeon. Guess which onomatopoeia is gasped by all three heads when Belkar administers the coup de grace?
    • Belkar Bitterleaf himself, in addition to being fairly bitter on occasion, has turned over a rather bitter leaf.
    • The reveal that the Draketooth family were descended from a Black Dragon turns out to be a critical plot point for the Blood Runs in the Family arc.
  • The character Marigold Farmer from Questionable Content was initially a very hard core player of the MMORPG World of Warcraft. A "Gold Farmer" is a person who plays online games with the express purpose of obtaining large amounts of in-game currency to sell to other players, and the term was made most popular by the gold farmers of World of Warcraft.
  • The largest city in Realm of Owls is named Buffet because of an endless supply of rats for the owl people to eat.
  • In Red's Planet, Red's foster mother is named Mrs. Foster.
  • In Rusty and Co. there are Prestige Perkins (practiced practitioner of practical prestidigitation) and the boss of the Illithid mafia Don Polpo (polpo being the Italian for Octopus).
  • Schlock Mercenary subverts this with Lieutenant John Der Trihs. Though Der Trihs ends up with his head in a jar several times, he survives and eventually retires from mercenary life.
  • One of the main characters of Shadowgirls is a Deep One hybrid named Charon. In Graeco-Roman mythology, Charon was the ferryman who carried newly deceased souls across the rivers Styx and Acheron in Hades. He also appears in Dante's Inferno. Whether or not this name has any relevance in Shadowgirls remains to be seen.
  • Shortpacked! has Leslie Bean. It is unknown if she wears lipstick.
  • In Sidekicks most sidekicks, superheroes and villains are given names related to their powers or appearance:
  • Sluggy Freelance loves these.
    • Got a Hospital Hottie/Hot Scientist? Hello, Dr. Hot Chick (she insists it's spelled Haught-Sheik).
    • Got an army officer looking to militarize zombies? Meet General Mayhem.
    • Got a ruthless mercenary hired by an evil organization? Presenting Killum.
    • Got the princess of a space kingdom? It's our honor to introduce Princess-Princess.
    • And that's not even getting into the elves and Dimension of Pain demons, almost all of whom have descriptive names.
    • Inverted with a pair of shock jocks, one short and one fat, called Broadman and Midget. The short one is actually Broadman (real name Brouderman) and the fat one is Midget (Mike Midgetski).
  • Unsurprisingly, a lot of the characters from Sonichu have meaningful names in context only. Amongst those:
    • Sonichu: portmanteau of Sonic and Pikachu
    • Rosechu: portmanteau of Amy Rose and Raichu
    • Punchy: He... likes to punch things.
    • Wild: Was raised in the jungles and uses grass-type attacks.
    • Magi-Chan: Apparently referring to his psychic powers.
    • Angelica: Has angel wings and was raised by a church.
    • Bubbles: Water-type user
    • Blake/Blachu/Black Sonichu: A Sonichu that's... black.
    • DJ Jamsta: He's... a DJ.
  • Brad Wolfe and his daughter Rebecca from Sorcery 101. They're both werewolves. Interestingly, Brad's wife Ally, who's fully human, kept her maiden name.
  • Parodied in Starslip: After the Quel storyline, a female Quel joins the crew of Paradigm. Problem is, individual members of the Quel have no names, which Vanderbeam remembered only when trying to introduce her into the roster. Mr. Jinx suggests calling her "Quel", but Vanderbeam instead suggests spending weeks trying to come up with a meaningful name derived from Classical Mythology and related to her role in the previous storyline's events. Cutter then suggests changing "Quel" to "Raquel" and she accepts, much to Vanderbeam's chagrin.
  • In Strawberry Death Cake, the director of Sector 7, Sir Winston S. Moosington suffers from a werewolf-like curse. Except he's not a wolf...
  • Suicide for Hire had the Shout-Out names Ty and Rosaline Montlet. Also, rather more subtly, Altair Annunaki is a lizard involved in shady dealings.
  • In Thornsaddle, the Care of Magical Creatures professor is named Butch McMann because of his masculinity.
  • Tower of God: Akryung means evil spirit in Japanese. The character of the same name slaughtered over a hundred people and acts like it isn't even present.
  • Unsounded: William Argenti is from the Silver caste.
  • Van Von Hunter abandoned his original surname in favor of a more descriptive one.
  • Wapsi Square has Nudge, a trickster figure who does her best to give you a gentle push in the right direction, as well as an Ambulance Chaser named Marcus P. Smooze.
  • White Dark Life has Boar who turns into, well, a boar.
  • Clifford of Wilde Life is a ginger werewolf. In other words, he turns into a big red dog. And he hates this joke - which of course everyone brings up.
    • A one-shot character, Lorelei, is a siren who accidentally entrances Oscar with her singing, causing him to hallucinate scenarios with water/drowning and can only calm down when he’s with her.
  • The planet Dërt in Wizard & Giant is a multi-layered joke; people say Earth or Dirt to mean soil, and also, Earth is "Here" while Dërt is the German word for "There."
  • Melleck Xaos (pronounced like "chaos") in The Wotch: Inverted; he's the avatar of order. Also, lampshaded with respect to Samantha Wolf. Finally there is Lord Sykos, who is, well, absolutely insane.
  • Creative Retort Man from Zero Percent Discount.

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