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Punny Names in video games.

  • Artix Entertainment being the Hurricane of Puns it is just loves these, for example we have the Knights of the Pactagonal Table, present across both DragonFable and AdventureQuest Worlds's universes.
    • Sir Prize and Sir Cus the local pranksters.
    • Sir Loin.
    • Sir Casm.
    • Sir Valence and Sir Vey, scouts.
    • Sir Junn.
    • Sir Jing.
    • Sir Comvent
    • Sir Pent, who guards the bridge to Falconreach in DragonFable, where you will be attacked by a Hydra the first time you pass.
    • Sir Rated and Sir Culation, who are in the infirmary (No doubt related to the puns in their names).
    • Sir Vivor, who repetedly launches himself to dangerous ruins and makes it out alive. Ironically, he is the only Knight of the Pactogonal Table to get killed in AdventureQuest Worlds.
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    • Not to mention Sir Chandestroy.
    • In fact, this trope is a requirement to join them, it seems. Sir Baumbard (Who's name is a pun by itself) had to get his knighthood from the King in Swordhaven because the Pactogonal Knights didn't let him join them. Why? Because his name didn't work with "Sir" infront of it.
  • Enemies in Crayon Chronicles have names like "Spelling Bee" and "Illiter-Rat".
  • Remedy Entertainment games give us:
  • The Ace Attorney series have a ton of pun-filled names: Dick Gumshoe, Penny Nichols, Will Powers, Jack Hammer, Sal Manella, Ben & Trilo Quist, Winston Payne, Laurence "Moe" Curls, Ted Tonate, etc. This is even lampshaded in the first case, when if you call Cindy Stone (the victim) Cinder Block, the judge points out how bad a pun it was. The puns are evident, if not quite as blatant, in the original Gyakuten Saiban games — the names translate into a phrase that describes the character; the creators said it began with two characters in the first game's second case (the characters known in English as April May and Redd White) and gained steam from there.
    • ...right, Mr. Wright? Phoenix Wright seems to be aware of this when he tells a joke:
      Phoenix: Why am I a good defense attorney? Because I'm "wright" all the time.
    • Carries all the way into the credits.
      Judge: What was his name again? Mr. Left?
    • In the Japanese version, they also have punny names of sorts: Wright's Japanese name is "Ryuichi Naruhodo" ("naruhodo" meaning "I see"); Winston Payne is called "Takefumi Auchi" (possibly a pun on "Ouch!"); von Karma's last name in Japanese (Karuma) means "hunting evil". possibly giving a reference to He Who Fights Monsters, and Karuma Mei (Franziska von Karma) literally translates to "Hunting Evil Hades", a reference to how far she will go to fulfill her idea of justice.
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    • They also make fun of this a lot in Apollo Justice. Russian waitress Olga Orly presumably pronounces her last name "or-lee" at first, but after it's revealed that she's not really Russian, she says it's actually pronounced "oh really" (like the meme). Sleazy doctor with mob ties Pal Meraktis has the "malpractice" pun in his name pointed out by Trucy.
    • The tradition continues in Dual Destinies, of course. There's the aforementioned Ted Tonate. There's an astronaut who never gets to go to space, which should be obvious because his name is Clay Terran (both synonyms/translations for the word "earth"). Bobby Fulbright is sort of a Stealth Pun, because Bobby is a derivative of Robert, which means "bright fame" — so his name is essentially Bright Bright. Robin Newman is actually a girl — being a man is "new" to her. "Jinxie" Tenma is afraid of demons and curses. Worst (or best) of all, the series' punny name convention is used as evidence. Athena points out that "Hugh O'Conner" sounds like "You're a Goner", which puts the nature of an audio recording of the crime in jeopardy.
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    • Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney actually plays this into the plot: Why does everyone have ridiculously obvious pun names? Yes, this is (part) Ace Attorney, but even by those standards, these are overkill (a wannabe knight called Knightle, a courier called Lettie Mailer, ect). But then at the end of the game it turns out that everyone is a test subject who had their memories wiped and fake names and backstories given to them. The puns in their names are all bad and obvious because they were made up in-universe.
    • Spirit of Justice again abandons all subtlety with its punny names, though unlike the Layton crossover there's no in-story reason for it. Among others, we have a tour guide named Ahlbi Ur'gaid, a hippie monk named Pees'lubin Andistan'dhin, a masked magician named Manov Mistree with the stage name Mr. Reus, a politician named Paul Atishon, a monk named Tahrust Inmee and his wife Beh'leeb Inmee, another monk named Puh'ray Zeh'lot which is actually a pseudonym — his real name is Rheel Neh'mu, a member of La Résistance named Datz Are'bal, and the Overly Long Name Inga Karkhuul Haw'kohd Dis'nahm Bi'Ahni Lawga Ormo Pohmpus Da'nit Ar'edi Iz Khura'in III.
  • Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is full of them. Chase M. Downes, Destiny Knox, Uttar Mistry, and Keelan Makepeace.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sonic's companion Tails has the given name of Miles Prower, a pun on "miles per hour."
    • Dr. Ivo Robotnik has an unfortunate punny name when his nickname, Eggman, is used ("Ivo" is a reverse of "Ovi", the Latin root for "egg"). The word "robotnik" is Polish for "worker", but whether this was intentional is unknown; it's found in that context in Twilight: 2000 (set in post-WWIII Poland).
    • "Cream the Rabbit"... who has a Chao partner named Cheese, and her mother is named Vanilla.
    • Rouge the Bat, whose name is a pun on Baton Rouge.
  • Carmen Sandiego: Having one of these is apparently a prerequisite for working under her, as every member of V.I.L.E. has a pun for a name except for Carmen herself. Examples over the course of the series include:
    • Sarah Nade, Russ T. Hinge, and Mylar Naugahyde.
    • Avery "Little Bit" Phelps, Sarah "Auntie" Bellum (a rare multi-layer pun)
    • Justin Case, and Verna-Lee Kwinox.
    • The Ding brothers, Lee and Bill.
    • One Master of Disguise is named Frank M. Poster.
    Not that the good guys are any less punny:
    • Ann Tickwittee, Ivan Idea.
    • Dee Plomassy and the very subtle Rock Solid.
    • And then there's your travel agent, Shirley Eugest (doubling as a Stealth Pun seeing that she's only referred to as either "Shirley" or "Miss Eugest" and her full name is never stated all together).
  • In Granblue Fantasy, the first boss of the A Slice of Summer event is named the "Rising Sunfish".
  • Kingdom of Loathing: This web-based MMORPG is packed with puns:
    • The tutorial is given by a bird called the Toot Oriole.
    • Orc Chasm. Say it a few times fast and you will understand.
    • Other examples include Degrassi Knoll, John Wilke's Booth, the Malus of Forethought, The Armory and Leggery, the Worm Wood, the Palindome, and the Knob Goblins. The Armory and Leggery is run by two guys who have neither. *snrk*
  • The Sims: Nearly all characters in the GBA games have punny names, such as Sue Pirnova, Polly Nomial, Mel Odious, and Ewan Whatamee.
  • In The Sims 2, some of the graves in Olive Spectre's yard are for Sims will Punny Names, such as Earl E. DeMise, his brother Tim Lee, Lou and Hugh Thansia, and Rigger Mortis.
  • On the note of "Sim" games, SimCity is quite full of these. Byallmeans Travel Agency, Deadforest Paper, Pump & Scoot Gas, Curtin Fabrics, and some odd others that weren't named after creators of the game.
  • Oh man, The Sims 3... nearly every sim has a punny name, the most well-known being Gobias Koffi.
  • Carmageddon: Most of the enemy drivers in this racing/fighting game were very crude puns, the most memorable being "Mike Hunt". There are in fact 561 Michael Hunts in the UK, meaning 561 sets of parents who didn't think of the possible implications; the same site also shows 74 Richard Heads.
  • Phantasy Star
    • Phantasy Star I has a musk cat named Myau join the party. Yes, it rhymes with "meow".
    • Phantasy Star II: Rich thief, Shir Gold. She refers to herself as "Shir of the Wind".
  • In Paper Mario 64 (and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for that matter), many of the Toads' names end in "T.", providing a treasure trove of "-ty" puns. For example: Vanna T., Chuck Quizmo's assistantnote ; Tayce T., the local chef of Toad Town (as well as Zess T., the local chef of Rogueport); & Fice T., the guard to the entrance of Forever Forest.
    • There is a miniboss in the form of a gigantic Koopa in incongruous Nerd Glasses — his name is Kent C. Koopa.
  • Quest for Glory IV: The gnomish jester, Punny Bones, in this adventure/rpg hybrid. In fact, most of the character's jokes consisted of really bad puns. Other gnomes include the innkeeper Ann Agrama from the fifth game and the wizard Keapon Laffin from the second.
    • EarthBound Beginnings featured Ninten, referring to the system it was released on.
    • EarthBound featured Ness, an anagram of the system (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) it was released on.
      • Everdred, who was "connected" to kidnappings in Twoson.
      • The four major towns in Earthbound: Onett, Twoson, Threed and Fourside, in that order.
      • The Psychic Psycho and Soul Consuming Flame.
    • MOTHER 3: The name of Porky's "utopian" city is New Pork City. Ouch. Sadly Lost in Translation: both games have friendly aliens from the planet Saturn — but as the Japanese word for Saturn, dosei, sounds like dousei, which means "same name", all of the aliens are named the same — Mr. Saturn/Mr. Same Name.
    • Lots of enemies in Mother 3 also have Punny Names. Namely the Balding Eagle, Boa Transistor, Cactus Wolf (as opposed to wolf cactus), Cattlesnake, Chilly Dog, Cleocatra (a mummified cat), Einswine (a pig with an oversized brain), Muttshroom (a dog/mushroom hybrid), Navy SQUEAL (one of the Pigmasks), Pigtunia, Pseudoor, and Pyrefly.
  • Mega Man Battle Network has several examples, mostly with the characters you help in sidequest (one recurring example is a girl named "Meala DeVour"). Many enemies in the original Mega Man series often have punny names, often with Bilingual Bonus.
  • Every named outlaw in Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath has either a punny name, or a really bizarre nickname. They range from the fairly normal (Lootin Duke), the descriptive (Xplosives McGee), the punny (Jo' Mamma), and the unfortunate (Fatty McBoomboom). In fact, nearly every named character in the game except Sekto has a Meaningful Name, a punny name, or a combination of the two. (Stranger's real name is never revealed, unless his name actually is Stranger. Doc appears to be a nickname as well).
  • EVE Online: The unfortunately named Thukker Tribe.
  • In Mass Effect, quarians have a first and last name, as well as a name that indicates which ship they serve on (Tali'Zorah vas Neema serves on the Neema). In Mass Effect 2, Tali'Zorah will introduce Shepard to one of the quarian Admirals, Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib. Upon inquiry about the whimsical ship name, Koris will say he has considered transferring to a ship with a more honorable name, such as the Defrahnz or the Iktomi. That would make him Zaal'Koris vas Defrahnz or vas Iktomi.
    • When infiltrating the estate of an arms merchant on Bekenstein, Kasumi has Shepard use the alias "Solomon Gunn", which sounds like "sell him a gun" when said fast.
    • The franchise title is a punny name too. The discovery of element zero and the creation of mass effect fields by humanity, according to Captain Anderson at the beginning of the first game, advanced human technology by 200 years. In other words, eezo had a mass effect on the scientific community...
  • Wario Land: The first two games had the same main female antagonist: Captain Syrup. Her return in the sequel reveals her first name: Maple.
  • Wario Land: Shake It!:
    • The Shake King, and the bosses Hot Roderick, Bloomsday/Scumflower, and Large Fry.
    • The level Its-all Mine. A fitting level name considering Wario's obsession for treasure.
  • The siren in Siren is a borderline case, as it's a siren in the sense of "supernatural creature whose sound lures people to their death at sea", and it happens to sound like an air raid siren.
  • The monsters in the new localizations of Dragon Quest are just swimming with these. For example: the opponents Alena faces in Dragon Quest IV's Inevitable Tournament are, in order, Atilla the Hunk, Quick Draw McGore, Prima Donna, Samson Knight, and the Abominable Showman. Really, everything — be it enemy, location, item or person — in the games. It wasn't taken to the extreme until the eighth game. Let's hope you can handle it, otherwise this franchise is not for you.
  • Pokémon: Damn near every Pokémon has a pun somewhere in its name relating somehow to its appearance, type, or behavior. While most are fairly direct and simple, some are quite clever and work on multiple levels...and are multilingual.
    • Sometimes, you don't even have to be multilingual. In Japan, there's a 5th-generation Pokémon called Giaru (gear; the Pokémon in question is known as Klink in English). You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what it looks like, either.
    • Many of the Gym Leaders, too. In Generation I, examples include Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Sabrina (a Trainer of Psychic Pokémon, which may be a reference to another Sabrina), Blaine (similar to blaze; he uses strictly Fire Pokémon), and Giovanni (incorporates geo, the Greek prefix meaning "earth").
      • Also, Giovanni is a mafia don, making him... Don Giovanni.
    • In Generation II, there was bird-using gym leader Falkner ("falconer" or "fowl"), bug-user Bugsy, Whitney (uses normal Pokémon; normal Pokémon use the white color scheme in the TCG), ghost-user Morty (mort is French for "death"), Fighting-type leader Chuck (remind you of another famous Chuck?) and there's finally ice user Pryce (rhymes with "ice").
      • A minor NPC example in Generation II is the final trainer at the top of Sprout Tower, an old man named Elder Li. Go on, sound it out.
    • Generation III even had the rock user Roxanne, Fighting-type Pokémon user Brawly, electric user Wattson (watts are a measurement of electricity), Fire user Flannery (sounds like "flame"), Normal-type user Norman (almost the word "normal"), bird user Winona (wind/wing), and Psychic users Liza and Tate (sounds like levitate). Really, it's rarer for a Pokémon gym leader to not have a punny name.
      • In FireRed and LeafGreen, a sidequest involves finding a lost girl named Lostelle. Another sidequest involves finding a woman named Selphy, who will selfishly ask you to show her a specific Pokémon every day once you rescue her.
    • Full list up to Generation IV: Brock, Misty, Lt Surge, Erika (Erica is a genus of heathers), Koga (Koga-ryu is a school of ninjitsu), Sabrina (as noted above), Blaine (as noted above), Giovanni, Falkner (archaic term for falconer), Bugsy, Whit(e)ney, Morty, Chuck, Jasmine, Pryce, Clair, Janine (reverse the syllables and you get ninja), Roxanne, Brawly, Wattson, Flannery (also Gaelic for 'red eyebrow', according to bulbapedia), Norman, Win(d/g)ona, Liza&Tate (levitate), Wallace (sounds vaguely like water), Juan (again, sounds vaguely like water), Roark (ore, also similar to rock), Gardenia, Maylene (melee), Crasher Wake, Fantina (phantom), Byron, Candice, and Vol(t)kner. Typically, expect punny names to accompany new Gym Leaders.
    • In Pokémon Black and White, we get Cilan, Chili, and Cress (all foods that are like their type-Chili is fire type, for example), Lenora (from 'Normal' — her type), Burgh ("Bug"), Elesa (from Tesla-she's electric), Clay the Ground Leader, Skyla (guess her type; and may reference skylarks), Brycen (Ice), and dragon Trainers Drayden & Iris (Drayden from 'Drake' or 'Dragon', and Iris after the flower Flaming Dragon Iris).
    • In Pokémon X and Y, there's Viola (genus of butterfly), Grant (from 'granite'), Korrina (arena), Ramos (moss), Clemont (from lemons, which can conduct electricity), Valerie (from the genus Valerianella), Olympia (from 'olympian'), and Wulfric (from 'wolf' and 'frigid').
      • The Holo Caster, while technically being a Portmanteau of "Holographic Broadcaster", is also a pun of holocaust, foreshadowing the fact that it's creator is an Omnicidal Maniac.
    • With the player characters:
      • There's Haruka (May), which means "far away", which relates to Norman's Japanese name, Senri, which is 1000 li (a unit of measurement).
      • Lucas, which comes from lux-lucis, the Latin root word for light.
      • Lyra, which comes from lyre.
      • Their Japanese names, too, with Kouki from the word for brightness.
      • Hikari meaning light, in English became Dawn, meaning first light of the day.
      • Rosa and Nate, which are a pun on the word "resonate".
      • Calem and Serena, from 'calm' and 'serene' respectively.
      • The default names for the characters are rather punny. Landon/Terra or Sean/Marina in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Emerald, however, didn't capitalize on names such as Skyler/Skye for its sky-based theme.
    • Other important NPC's are not immune to this either.
      • Black 2 and White 2 give us the owner of PokéStar Studios, Mr. Stu Deeoh, and his lead talent scout, Scout.
      • Also from Black 2 and White 2 are the models in Nimbasa's gym, which follow the Theme Naming conventions for an electric-type gym, including one named Ampère.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon continues to produce punny names. Palossand, a living sandcastle pokémon, has the Japanese name "Shirodesuna", from the Japanese word shiro, meaning "castle"; the English word "death"; and suna,' which means "sand". Equally, the sentence "Shiro desu na" means "That's a castle, huh."
    • This also include the Ultra Beasts, Not only their names are punny, the moniker itself it's also a pun; a man sized Mosquito? A Giant Roach? A Gigantic electric wire?
  • Infocom used to publish a newsletter titled The New Zork Times.
  • The various Final Fantasy Chocobo side games have a pair of recurring characters; a White Mage named "Shiroma" and a Black Mage "Kuroma." These are obvious abbreviations of "Shiro Madoushi" (White Mage in Japanese), and "Kuro Madoushi" (Black Mage in Japanese). Unfortunately, recent translations have tended to render their names as "Shirma" and "Croma." Although these are technically acceptable romanizations, they kill the joke — failing to either translate it, or retain it as-is.
  • In Gitaroo Man, the main character is named U-1. In Japanese his name would be pronounced U-Ichi, and Yuichi is a common name for boys in Japan. In English: "You Won."
  • Haunting Starring Polterguy: "Polterguy" is of course a pun on "Poltergeist".
    • Rhinoceros Beetle Drone K-Buto = Kabuto = Kabutomushi = Rhinoceros Beetle or, literally, "Helmet Insect"
    • Snail Drone Dor-O = Doro = Mud
    • Y-Ite is most likely a pun on the English word WHITE. Pronounce the Y and Ite separately and out comes White. This name probably refers to the owner's clothes and the fact that the butterfly drone is white to begin with.
    • The real mystery are the other drones, such as Kris-T for moth, R-Nej for centipede (carnage?), Nhyte-R for spider, and whatever the Roach and Dragonfly was called has names that didn't make sense.
      • Well, Kris-T is obviously Christy, R-Nej probable is Carnage, and the Spider would, barring an obscure Japanese word, either Nighter (as in All-nighter) or "Knight R". How these are relevant is the question.
  • Ōkami (with a long "O" at the beginning) can mean, depending on the kanji used to spell it, "wolf" or "great god." Naturally, the main character is an extremely powerful goddess incarnated as a wolf.
    • "Kami" can also mean "paper". Guess which game uses writing sacred symbols as a key mechanic?
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger has Lenny the lyrebird. Guess who you shouldn't listen to in his level.
  • Rise of the Triad has a player character named I. P. Freeley.
  • Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden has the one way love interest of Charles Barkley named Juwanna Mann. The character may also be named for the 2002 movie Juwanna Mann, which features a male protagonist posing as a woman in the WNBA.
  • Touhou names are often some form of pun, or otherwise Meaningful Names, relying on the odd rules of the Japanese language. Were-Hakutaku Keine Kamishirasawa, for example, the kanji characters for Keine can mean "Wise sound" while Kamishirasawa literally means "Upper stream of a white valley." However, the Kamishirasawa kanji can be read as "ue-hakutaku" and so likely a pun by ZUN when he named the "Were-Hakutaku" character.
  • Medic Herbert East in Operation Darkness is an obvious reference (in function as well as name) to H. P. Lovecraft's story Herbert West–Reanimator. Note that this is only a punny name in the Western release; in the Japanese version, he was named Herbert West.
  • Backyard Hockey has Buddy Cheque, a play on "body check." Backyard Skateboarding has Erik Stream, a play on "air extreme." Backyard Football has Chuck Downfield, a pun on chucking the football downfield. Notice a trend?
  • RuneScape has numerous characters with punny names. The most rampant examples are White Knights (Sir Amik Varze, Sir Tiffy Cashien) and druids (Pikkupstix).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Mr. Write from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, who is essentially a cameo of Mr. Wright, the advisor character from the SNES SimCity. Mr. Write's name is a play on "Mr. Wright", and the word "write", as he frequently writes letters. The character, "Dr. Left" from Oracle of Seasons and Minish Cap takes this further, with a name that is not only a play on the previous two names, but on the word "right" too.
    • The Zelda series includes more characters with pun names. Further examples include the witch Syrup and her disciple Maple, fairy brother and sister pair named Tatl and Tael from Majora's Mask, and even Link himself (his name indicates that he is a link between the game and the player).
    • The name of King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a pun on the Japanese words for "ship" (fune) and "sailboat" (hansen). It is easier to see the connection in the Japanese localization of the game (Dafunesu Nohansen Hairaru).
    • In Spirit Tracks, practically all major characters, including the villains, have train-related names. A few examples, Cole, Ferrus (Latin word for iron, ferrum), and Anjean, Rael and Steem of the Lokomo (Locomotive) tribe.
    • Most of the inhabitants of Skyloft in Skyward Sword have names based on bird puns. We have Groose (combining goose and grouse), Cawlin (Colin combined with the bird onomatopoeia "caw), Owlan (owl), Parrow (sparrow), and many more. There are also the proprietors of the Lumpy Pumpkin, Pumm and his daughter Kina.
    • Breath of the Wild has two Rito characters who have a dual pun if you know Japanese. Teba on its own can mean "Chicken" as in the fowl. With his wife's name, Saki, added to his it becomes "Tebasaki" which is a fried chicken dish. Made funnier when during the Vah Medoh fight you see that he did end up getting his leg fried while acting as a distraction, though it heals after the fight. There's also a minor Goron character named Bohrin who is almost always sleeping.
  • Some locations in Miitopia have these, like the waste of Gohntu. There is also the Neksdor Kingdom, which is the second world, next door to the first one.
  • The second, less serious game in the Mystery Case Files series, as well as the DS entry, feature some, like the narcoleptic Constance Noring, Annie Buddyhome, Holly Day Inn, Ron N. Hyde, Phil T. Rich...
  • In the PS2/X-Box title, Terminator: Dawn of Fate, you must escort a demolitions expert named Pvt. B. Last.
  • Dofus has more than its share of puns in the class names. Every class name is meaningful, and most are puns, such as the time mage class, Xelor (Rolex backwards), and Eniripsa, the healer class (Aspirin backwards). Some are just silly such as the Iops (Named after a brand of yogurt).
  • Ratchet & Clank has Slim Cognito, a man who deals with weapons of questionable legality, and Emperor Otto DeStruct, the Big Bad of Size Matters.
  • Plants vs. Zombies has a lot of these. Your seeds come from the Bloom and Doom Seed Co. Then you have plants with names such as Peashooter, Repeater, Wall Nut, and Cherry Bomb. The Doom Shroom makes a mushroom cloud when you use it. Pop Cap clearly had a lot of fun naming stuff in this game.
  • Hakumen from BlazBlue. His name is a portmanteau of "Haku" (white) and "Kamen" (mask). Or it can read as "white noodles", leading to this image.
  • Magical Starsign has a town full of Pyrites with Punny names, like Nun Toobrite and Tawks Lykeahippy, that represent how they talk.
  • One of the minor side characters in Ultima VII is a talking fox with no sense of tact whatsoever — he always speaks his mind, no matter how insulting what he says is. His name is Frank.
  • Forum Warz uses punny names regularly, both as the name of missions and name of forums the player must pwn.
  • Supreme Commander 2 has some shameless ones for some of the units of the Illuminate faction:
    • Fighter-Bomber: Weedoboth
    • Mobile Missile Launcher: Fisttosh
    • Experimental Multiple-Drone-Tank: Wylfindya
    • Experimental Anti-Air: Airnomo
    • Experimental Vortex Generator: Pullensmash
    • And from the DLC:
      • Sniper Bot: Shotja
      • Experimental Gunship: Zooprizer
  • Most characters in the Amateur Surgeon series. The protagonists are Alan Probe (anal probe), Ophelia Payne (I feel your pain) and Ignacius Bleed (I. Bleed). According to the sequel, when Probe becomes a legitimate doctor they open hospitals called Bleed Everywhere. Some of their patients qualify as well — for instance, the suspicious Trent Coat and the slimy, insect-filled Dwayne Pipe.
  • Many characters in the Monkey Island series, such as Governor Phatt, the portly ruler of Phatt Island, from Monkey Island 2.
  • Inazuma Eleven is chock full of both this trope and Meaningful Name. For example, Endou Mamoru (円堂守) is a pun on "endo o mamoru" (エンドを守る), which means "to defend the end" ("end" being in the soccer jargon sense). Being a talented goalkeeper, that's exactly what Endou does.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII there is a "hidden pun" in Lightning's real name; Clair, Éclair being the French word for Lightning.
  • Konami in the NES era was shamelessly replete with puns when naming enemy mooks in their English instruction manuals. Among many, many others, The Adventures of Bayou Billy had Tolouse L'Attack, Contra III had the Corporals of Punishment, Legend of the Mystical Ninja had Tanaka U. Out, Kid Dracula had Phyllis Driller, and Super C had a giant mouth monster named Lip O' Suction.
    • In Silent Scope (released in 1999), the final boss, who was guarding the President, was called "Monica the Armed Secretary".
  • All over the place in Eagle Eye Mysteries, usually connected to the characters' occupations. For example, Mr. Minas in the first game is a math teacher.
  • Punch-Out!! has characters like Glass Joe ("glass jaw"), Soda Popinski (or Vodka Drunkenski), Bear Hugger (some people do go by the name "Bear"), and Narcis Prince.
  • Konami has an official YouTube channel, called Konami573ch. The pun is on 573, which are taken from the Japanese numbers.
    • Konami's in-house music artists are also fond of giving their works the occasional punny title. For example:
      • .59 — "point-five-nine" is pronounced "ten-go-ku" in Japanese; "tengoku" means "heaven".
      • QQQ — "three" is "san" in Japanese, thus "three-Q" is "san-Q", which sounds like "thank you".
  • City of Heroes actually has a couple of examples. Not counting player names:
    • Paragon City's greatest champion is also the superheroic community's statesman.
    • One of the game's most infamous villains holds lordship over his own steampunk army. He is also a "nemesis" to just about everybody, hero or villain.
    • One of Lord Recluse's generals happens to be a shark-man who named himself after the mako shark while captain of a small pirate vessel.
    • A LOT of badges have theses as titles. That's not to mention a few of their descriptions, which can be just as punny.
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  • In the Parodius series, the stick-figure characters Koitsu, Soitsu, Aitsu and Doitsu have names which read in Japanese as "this guy", "that guy", "that other guy" and "what guy?" The villain of the first game is a baku named Bug (the kana for which reads "bagu").
  • The MMORPG Wizard 101 has a few punny names, such as Chester Droors and Kelvin the Ice Tree.
  • In Breath of Fire, an enemy late in the game that is a floating eyeball, is called an "Icu". Its name, with each of the letters pronounced out loud, is "I see you."
  • Enemies in the Donkey Kong series include Army Dillo, Davy Bones, Gnawty, Sassy Squatch, and Sneek. Then there are all the "K" ones like Kannon, Klank, Klobber, Klubba, Klump, Kopter, Krash, Kritter, Krossbones, Krumple, Kruncha, Krusha, and of course King K. Rool, who is actually a twofer since he is a king whose last name sounds like "rule", then you add on the K and it becomes "cruel". Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has the Snowmads, whose name is a portmanteau of "snow" and "nomad."
  • The main character of Mighty Switch Force! is a police officer named Patricia Wagon. A shortened form of "Patricia" is "Patty", making her name a play on the term "paddy wagon", which is slang for the vehicles police use to transport criminals.
  • The Reality-On-The-Norm series includes a Mad Scientist named Dr. Die Vie Ess.
  • According to the Nintendo Power Player's Guide for Yoshi's Island, the infamous Fuzzy enemy is the sole species in the class "Dudim Phreykunoutonthis" ("Dude, I'm freaking out on this").
  • Massmouth 2: Professor Egnogin.
  • The hero of Werewolf: The Last Warrior is a Wolf Man named War Wolf. "War Wolf" would be identical to "Werewolf" if written in katakana, which is why the game's Japanese title uses romaji.
  • In Mappy, the title character's name is a pun on 'mappo', a Japanese slang term for cops. Nyamco, of course, is a pun on Bandai Namco Entertainment.
  • X3: Terran Conflict has a Boron scientist by the name of Mahi Ma. Mahi-mahi are a type of fish, and "mahi" is also "fish" in Persian. The Boron are squid people. Coincidence?
  • LEGO Island takes it to the point that everyone in the game has some name like this. Pepper Roni, who delivers hot pizaz, his father Bologna Roni, his grandfather Mac Roni, his adoptive parents Mama and Papa Brickolini, Bill Ding, paramedics Enter and Return, captain D.Rom (C.D.Rom), Laura and Nick Brick, antagonist Brickster — just to name a few.
  • Kat & Ana from WarioWare, twin sisters that happen to be ninjas.
  • Many of the characters in the Mario and Luigi series come under this, such as the Emoglobin in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, who are microorganisms inside Bowser's body that give the player tips, or the Pi'illo inhabitants from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, who happen to be shaped like 'pillows' and usable as such to enter the Dream World. Or the Mega Pi'illos in the same game, who are called Cush and Shawn and Phil and Lowe respectively (put each of those two names together).
  • In Baku Baku Animal, the player characters are a girl named Polly and a boy named Gon. Like everything else in the game, they're made of polygons.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures spoofs Navi with Naggi, the Patronizing Firefly.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock! is full of these.
    • Everyone who isn't Bill Nye has one. Their punny names also cross over with Meaningful Name as they tell you what their particular field of expertise is. For example, Connie Vection specializes in atmospheric sciences, while Sue Nami specializes in oceanic sciences.
    • Impending Dumé, the asteroid which heralds impending doom and will destroy Earth if you don't solve all of MAAX's riddles.
  • In Super Mario 3D World, Bowser's Cat form is called... Meowser. No prizes for guessing what that's based off of.
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, much like the later Dragon Quest games, is full of these. One of the few examples that doesn't also fall under Meaningful Name is an painter in Al Mamoon who goes by the name of Connote 
  • Almost every character in Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist has one.
  • Fan Nickname example: The nameless Vulcan lady with plentiful cleavage that graces a lot of Star Trek Online's promo art has been dubbed "T'Its" and variations thereof by the fanbase.
  • Mr. Essengebox is the man built the message boxes in the Something series. His name in the French version of Something Else is Monsieur Essengebox.
  • Master of Magic includes such unique magical artefacts as Jan's Hammer and the Shield of Brooke.
  • The makers of Grand Theft Auto games love to use barely disguised naughty words when naming places and vehicles, such as having a dirtbike model named Sanchez.
    • Right from the very first game, the districts of Liberty City were puns on real New York districts, such as Hackenslash (Hackensack) and New Guernsey (New Jersey)note .
  • Cel Damage gives us a sexy woman named Dominique Trix who wears black and carries a whip (the whip is only seen on the box art and in menus, however), a fire-breathing imp named Sinder, a duck named Fowl Mouth, a bull named Whack Angus, a dinosaur named T. Wrecks, and a Brain in a Jar named Brian.
  • In Monster Bash, Johnny Dash is occasionally helped by a small rodent identified at first as "FLR" — which is later revealed to stand for "Frank Lloyd Rat". Cue thoughts about modern architecture, or a certain Simon and Garfunkel song running around one's head...
  • Tekken brings us Marshall Law. As in, "martial law".
  • WildStar is incredibly fond of this. Particularly notable is the fact that all Tradeskill Work Order Dailies are puns.
  • Splatoon
    • The shrimp shoe store clerk is called Crusty Sean; say it fast and you get "crustacean". With Callie and Marie, the Squid Sisters, you get calamari. There are also minor puns with people like the jellyfish Jelonzo and the sea anemone and clownfish duo of Annie and Moe.
    • Booyah Base, the shopping area of Inkopolis, is two puns in one, being a play on bouillabaisse, a type of fish stew, and also referencing Shibuya, a famous Japanese shopping district and the main inspiration for Inkopolis. Also, the weapon store located there is called Ammo Knights, after an extinct marine cephalopod species.
    • The Final Boss is a two-for-one deal. DJ Octavio's name references both octaves for his musical theme and octopuses for... well, being an octopus.
    • Splatoon 2 gives us Off the Hook members Pearl and Marina, whose names form a pun on (of all things) Pearl Harbor.
    • The Octo Expansion introduces C.Q. Cumber the sea cucumber.
  • Antichamber: The name of the game is Anti-chamber, kind of meaning the rooms are not what you expect normal rooms to be. And you start off in a proper antechamber, ie a small room leading into a much larger room.
  • The protagonist of Hatoful Boyfriend has the default name of "Hiyoko Tosaka". "Hiyoko" means "baby bird".
  • Star Wars: DroidWorks has a recurring side character named RD-RR ("hardy har har"), who is best known for telling jokes.
  • The only other character besides the player in Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative is Nigel, a play on the game's central mechanic of using surface-altering "gels."
  • The Ex Nihilo mod for Minecraft includes the Crook, an agricultural tool. The add-on Ex Aliquo mod adds the Reed Burglar, the Hay Cutpurse, and even the Golden Nixon (the item's lore states "I am probably a crook" as a parody of Richard Nixon's infamous "I am not a crook" quote.)
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: Count on the South Park guys to subtitle their new game with a homophone of "the fractured butthole".
  • Shall We Date?: Oz plays off on this with a majority of love interests.
  • Rayman Origins has Betilla's sisters the Nymphs, who all have punny names based on the worlds in which they dwell: the Desert of Digeridoos is home to Holly Luya, Gourmand Land is home to Edith Up, and so on.
  • Grand Theft Auto 2: Your Russian contact, Jerkov.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: Tommy Vercetti's surname sounds a lot like Vice City.
  • A majority of the characters in Yandere Simulator have punny names, some translated from the Japanese language. For example, the Basu sisters are called Inkyu and Sakyu, which are puns for incubus and succubus. One of the classmates, Oka Ruto (which is a pun for "occult"), is trying to prove that there's something supernatural about them. Notice anything here?
  • Undertale has a number of characters with punny names:
    • Toriel, the goat woman who guides you through the Ruins and introduces you to the puzzles and combat mechanics (including the ability to Spare monsters), is a play on "tutorial".
    • A minor enemy in the Ruins is Loox (whose family name is apparently Eyewalker). He's in fact little more than a giant eye with limbs, so an eye that walks and looks... and a pun on Luke Skywalker as well.
    • Lampshade Hanging: "Snowdrake realized its own name is a pun and is freaking out."
    • Moldsmal is a harmless slime monster found in the Ruins that resembles a gelatin mold. Waterfall introduces a larger, more aggressive version of Moldsmal called... Moldbygg (rescribed in-game as "one size greater than Moldaverage").
    • Shyren is a bashful siren-like creature who lives in Waterfall.
    • Tsundereplane, an enemy found in the Hotlands, is rather obviously a talking airplane that acts tsundere towards the main character.
    • One of the monsters found in the True Lab is a monster composed of an amalgam of several dog-like monsters called Endogeny (En-dog-eny).
  • Nancy Drew follows a chain of Punny Name clues from one cemetery plot to the next in Legend of the Crystal Skull
  • The tongue-in-cheek dating sim Harem Protagonist literally names its main character Shujin Kou, a play on shujinkou (the Japanese word for "protagonist" or "hero").
  • Persona 4: The Canon Name of the protagonist, Yu Narukami, is this — he's "you", the player. Better yet, Narukami phonetically can mean "Become a God" so yes, his entire name can literally be "You become a God."
  • Persona 5: Most of the Protagonists attend a high school named "Shujin Academy". In Japanese, this can be read as "The People's Academy" or "Prisoner Academy".
  • In Saints Row: The Third, one of the members of S.T.A.G. is named Kianote , which becomes a Prophetic Name if you take the "heroic" ending.
  • Hero & Daughter: Most, if not all of the girls' names, and some of the skill names. From the Translation Notes:
    Dieh was ディエ, pronounced "dee-eh", and the joke is that it reads as "d-i-e". Dieh was the best compromise I could get so that was clear, but people would still pronounce it differently from the word "die".
    Selphie's name was originally "Hightech". That is a ridiculous name, so I came up with the best possible pun. Also, her class and first Self-Skill were "uso denwa" (fake call), and while I made the skill simply "Fake a Call". I decided to make her class "Cell Phony."
    Priscilla was just "Prizun". Uh... yeah. Priscilla is kind of a pun on "prison cell".
    Cherie was just "Chia". Not like the pet, but from "cheer". Cherie is just a bit less obvious. Although actually, it may be intended to be "Tia". which would be slightly better.
    Harmony was Wagokoro, "peaceful heart". However, that "wa" is also used to refer to traditional Japanese things, so everything about her has that angle to it as well. Paci-Fist was "Wadoken", which is beautiful, which is why I worked in the "down-right fist" part. Some of her skills also repeated the name of the move in all hiragana in the description, which ties into the whole classical Japanese thing.
    Apil and Yomi are from an old platformer called Full Swing. Apil's name is probably a pun on "ahiru", duck, but she's also kind of tachi's mascot, so I didn't care to come up with my own terrible pun name. (Not to mention one of her skills is named "Appeal" as a pun on it.)
    The King of Evil was "Maou-sama", a combination of "maou" (dark lord) and "ousama" (king). Of course, "Maou-sama" could be used as a respectful name for any old dark lord, but the joke is essentially "you never knew what he was the king of!"
    I ended up keeping the name Meiji Staff, but it’s probably a pun on "Mage Staff". Maybe I could have made it "Magey" or something. I dunno.
    The "My First Dagger!" and "Dagger" relationship was originally based on a Japanese homophone pun. たんけん (Tanken) can mean "exploration" or "dagger", but 短剣 is unquestionably "dagger". So it’s like "Yay, let's go exploring!" to "Bah, that's for kids. It's a DAGGER."
    Rain Bow is an entirely new pun. The original was 真弓 (mayumi), literally "True Bow", but the description acts like it's a girl's name: "Mayumi! Mayumiii! It’s me! Marry me!"
    (Take) My Sword For It is a modified pun, but it remains somewhat intact. It was 真剣 (literally "True Sword" — yes, again), which can also be read as "serious/earnest".
    Ram Bow is a mostly new pun. It was 剛弓 (Sturdy Bow), and the description had another homophone pun since "lamentation" is pronounced the same way; it was basically like "when shot by a Goukyuu, you goukyuu".
    Smile & Bow was 千弓 (Thousand Bow), senkyuu, so the description joked about it sounding like "thank you".
    Cross Sword is a new pun for yet another Japanese homophone pun. 魔剣 (Demon Sword) = maken, and the description said “maken” in the "I won’t lose" sense.
    To the Point was 短刀直入, putting the word "dagger" into 単刀直入... which means "getting right to the point". So that worked pretty well.
    Magic Dagger's description noted the similarity between 魔力 (magic power) and 魔刀 (magic sword).
    Spear It was "yarikiru", which contains "spear" (yari) and means "to do something to completion". But tachi used it to joke about "finishing up alone" in the description, because of course he would.
    Cluelash was "muchi", which means whip, but also means ignorance. Frankly, I'm surprised I came up with anything close.
    The Whipper was "mucchi" in reference to "mucchimuchi", a word for supple skin, usually in reference to sexy women. I, uh... just felt it was better to replace that one.
    Brawlblade was 剣嘩 (ken-ka), replacing one of the kanji for "brawl" with "sword".
    Broad Sword was 太い刀, a joke on how "tachi" is written 太刀, which literally means "fat sword". Yeah, I know it has a katana sprite, but if Chrono Trigger can give a broadsword the name of a katana, I can do the opposite.
    The Master Bracelet was the "Sage’s Bracelet", and its description was simply "Whew..." (And so it was before I got the reference.) This is in reference to "sage time", a term for the period of exhaustion after a guy ejaculates. ...Yeah. So my lewd puns there aren't unwarranted.
    I don't know what the joke is with the Utah Cap either. It's... it’s made in Utah. That's what it said.
    Assass Innate was just the word "ansatsu" (assassination) split into two with a dot. So, I mean, it’s totally the same thing, right?
    "Ninja Ninny!" was "Ninja Ninjin!" (carrot).
  • Some of the levels in Shadow of the Wool Ball have pun-based names such as "Fur of the Dark" or "Purranoia".
  • The Jacksepticeye fan game The BOSS has the residents of Jack's computer affectionately refer to their home as "Wireland."
  • In the X-Universe, the Lizard Folk Teladi are united under the Teladi Space Company, lead by their Chairman, "Ceo".
  • In Kingdom Hearts χ, eggs that summon raid bosses within Union Cross and Raid events are called "Eggcognito", while those in Union Cross quests that drop extra rewards are called "Shenaneggan."
  • The Darkside Detective:
    • The inhabitants of the Dark World have names that are spooky versions of their Brightside counterparts; for instance, the protagonists, McQueen and Dooley, have counterparts named McScream and Ghouley. There's also mention of a Darkside city called San Frankensteincisco.
    • More spooky pun names can be seen on the headstones in the graveyard.
  • In Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, in Goldpaw, a "Duebill" is a bird that follows around someone who has a debt they aren't able to pay at the moment, squawking "U O ME! U O ME!"
  • Plants vs. Zombies was going to be called "Lawn of the Dead" after Dawn of the Dead, but PopCap felt that George A. Romero would sue.
  • In The House on Usher Angie's boss, a realtor, is named Homer Echers.
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, the villain that you defeat in China is General Tsao, a rooster. His name is pretty clearly a pun on General Tso's chicken, a Chinese dish.
  • Idle Breakout: Bosses have plenty of block pun names. Block Head, Blocka Doodle Doo, Blockodile, Blocktopus, Roblock, Call the Blocktor, Writer's Block... and more.
  • Unemployment Quest: One of the enemies is called an IMPulse.


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