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  • Aladdin: The Series had punny names aplenty. Abis Mal, his relative Abnor Mal, and his sidekick, Haroud Hazi Bin. Other examples include Amin Damoolah, Queen Hippsodeth, and Ayam Aghoul. Even one of the names that isn't a pun per se, Mozenrath, is Tuckerization, as it's based on creators' last names.
  • In an episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks, the boys go to Japan and perform "Three Little Maids from School" in a Kabuki theater, then meet Dave (who doesn't know the boys went to Japan, nor does he know that men play women's roles in Kabuki). When he asks their names, Alvin gives "Suki", Simon gives "Yaki", and Theodore, rubbing his stomach, gives "Yum-yum".
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  • Dave Seville's second cousin, twice removed on his father's side from The Alvin Show is named "Chuck Wagon", (ala chuckwagon or chuck wagon) a type of wagon historically used to carry food and cooking equipment on the prairies of the United States and Canada.
  • In an episode of American Dad!! which parodies the James Bond films, the female lead is called "Sexpun T'Come".
  • In The Angry Beavers, it turns out that B-movie veteran Oxnard Montalvo's manservant is named Man-Cervantes.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender often features bizarre combinations of animals, ranging from pig-chickens to alligator-leeches. So when it came time to feature the obligatory buzzards in "The Desert" guess what the combo was. Bee-vulture. They are Buzzards. The first Avatar (introduced in the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra) is named Wan as well.
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  • All of the aliens (except the three horror movie based ones) that Ben turns into in Ben 10 have this including Grey Matter, Heatblast, Fourarms, Upgrade, Upchuck, Wildmutt, Wildvine, Ditto, Ghostfreak, Cannonbolt, X-LR8 and Diamondhead. And their species name and planet are also puns.
  • The Betty Boop cartoon "Pudgy the Watchdog" has a cat give Betty his card which reads, "Al E Katz".
  • Biker Mice from Mars has a race of fish-like aliens called Plutarkians (most of which are named after cheeses), one notable example of one is Lawrence Limburger he's named after the infamous Limburger cheese which is known for its bad smell and smells extremely terrible himself (well... he's a plutarkian and all plutarkians smell bad).
  • Bonkers: Miranda Wright is a policewoman.
  • In Bump in the Night, one of the three main characters was a comfort doll named Molly Coddle, whose name was a play on "mollycoddle". To mollycoddle someone is to be overprotective and excessively pampering toward someone.
  • The original Chip 'n Dale had Chip, the first syllable of "chipmunk", and Dale, which allows the title to be a pun of "Chippendale". Then the Rescue Rangers came along and added a cheese-lover named Monterey Jack and a fly named Zipper.
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    • Looney Tunes has a pair of gophers that, in tribute to Chip n' Dale, are named Mac and Tosh.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers comes with a whole lot of punny names.
    • In "Double 'O Chipmunk", the "Chippendale" pun goes visual when Dale takes off his spy suit and wears nothing but a bowtie, much like the Chippendales Dancers.
    • "Gadget Hackwrench" is kind of an anti-pun. She's big on gadgets, but she's quite skilled (or, to put it another way, she's not a hack with a wrench).
      • It is also worth noting that hackwrench is a real tool.
    • News anchor Stan Blather is an Expy of both Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite.
    • Next, we have the astronauts Roger Houston, Buzz Airfields and Joy Rider, the latter being an Expy of the Real Life NASA astronaut Sally Ride.
    • Sureluck Jones, Private Detective and protagonist of the eponymous novels, is a Shout-Out to Sherlock Holmes.
    • Cruiser and Bruiser are hawks who fly like they've watched Top Gun once too often. Cruiser in particular is a play on Tom Cruise.
    • Aldrin Klordane, the main villain of the Five-Episode Pilot, is named after two chemicals and just as dangerous.
    • Also from the Five-Episode Pilot, the little furry dog K. Sera and the martial arts-savvy fish Juice Lee.
      K. Sera: "Sera!"
    • Evil travel agent Seymour's name can also be understood as "see more". He exploits this pun for advertising purposes.
    • Even vessels get punny names in this show: the "Lucitetania".
    • "When Mice Were Men" goes wild with its punny names: Monty's Spanish friend is named Don Quijole (pronounced "keyhole"), and their nemesis bull is named El Emenopio (from "L-M-N-O-P").
    • Sugar Ray Lizard is a play on Sugar Ray Leonard and a lizard. And guess where the name Arnold Mousenegger comes from. Not to mention the comic character Red Badger of Courage.
    • "Pie in the Sky" has Ma Sweeney and her son Todd.
    • Not bad enough? Try Fat Cat's French cousin Maltese de Sade.
    • "Puffed Rangers" has Hong Kong-based Hu Yu ("Who? You?") and Genghis Khat.
    • The final episodes bring us Canina LaFur, Zsa Zsa Labrador (who isn't even one) and Wild Bill Hiccup.
  • Most of the characters in C.O.P.S. have punny real names — motorcycle cop Highway is David E. Harlson (as in Harley-Davidson) for instance. A few of the Crooks' toy bios list several punny aliases each: getaway driver Turbo Tutone is also known as Manuel Transmission. Explosives expert Koo Koo is also known as Thyme DeLay, Francis X. Plosion, Alfred C. Fore, and Levon O'Clock.
  • The debut episode of Count Duckula, "No Sax Please, We're Egyptian", featured two characters named Hoomite and Yubi, which led to a Who's on First? go with Duckula. The episode title itself is a nod to the play No Sex Please, We're British.
  • Crashbox gives us Eddie Bull, a Butt-Monkey who keeps getting eaten by zoo animals. Lampshaded in his theme song, of which the first line is "Eddie Bull, he's edible!".
  • The Crumpets: Bother and Blister, a pair of twins comprising a brother and sister.
  • Crusader Rabbit (television's first cartoon made specifically for the medium) had a recurring villain named Dudley Nightshade. The second series had a story arc with a foreign dignitary named the Agowan.
    • Ditzy's French name "Têtenlair" from "tête en l'air" (head in the air).
  • The Danger Mouse (2015) episode "Planet of the Toilets" starts off with a sentient toilet named John who goes rogue after a microchip is dropped in its bowl and it becomes "Loo-cifer".
    • In "Turn of the Tide," Penfold makes a couple of Getting Crap Past the Radar puns on the moon crater Copernicus ("copper knickers") and a chap named Lars Bussom ("large bosom").
  • Several Deputy Dawg characters: Vincent Van Gopher, Ty Coon, Pig Newton.
  • The Dick Tracy Show had detective and martial arts expert Joe Jitsu.
  • DuckTales (1987): In part 3 of the Five-Episode Pilot, Scrooge encounters a modern-day conquistador named Joaquin Slolei ("walking slowly"). His ancestor, Marchen Slolei, was one of the explorers who originally found the Valley of the Golden Suns, along with his partner Juan Tanamera.
  • Abound in The Fairly OddParents!: for instance, Wanda, Remy Buxaplenty, Vicky ("icky with a V"), and Jorgen von Strangle. Odds are these are probably the more subtle examples.
    • The Crimson Chin (voiced by Jay Leno) is a superhero with a large chin (a nod to Jay Leno's famous chin) and has various arch enemies who are in the "Body Of Evil" such as Bronze Kneecap, Golden Gut, Gilded Arches, and Iron Lung.
    • The Crimson Chin himself has a punny name in his secret identity, Charles Hampton Indigo, also making it a beat of a Meaningful Name.
    • Played with with Cupid. Although his name comes straight from Roman mythology, this incarnation of him embodies the meaning of the word cupidity.
  • One of Peter's friends in Family Guy is named Cleveland Brown, which is the name of a football team. Also, he's black. Cleveland is the name of a dead president as is Jefferson.
  • On the Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat series, one of Felix's antagonists is named Rock Bottom.
  • Fireman Sam has Mandy Flood and Bella Lasagne.
  • The Flintstones: Most of the names of people and places are puns involving the words "rock" or "stone" or something sounding prehistoric or primitive. Examples include "Rock Vegas" (Las Vegas) and the actor "Cary Granite" (Cary Grant).
  • Futurama gives us the robot Bender, a robot made for bending girders. Later episodes introduce his identical copy Flexo and a female bending robot called Anglelyne.
    • "Bender" is also a slang term for a prolonged drinking spree, and all robots in Futurama are fuelled by alcohol.
    • And Zoidberg's comedian uncle Harold Zoid.
    • The Robot Devil's official name? Beelzebot.
  • On Goldie & Bear, The Big Bad Wolf is generally known as Big Bad because he's, well, the "Big Bad." Well, to the degree that he's actually bad, anyway.
  • Gorillaz: 2D's real name is Stuart Pot, which earned him the nickname Stu-Pot. After suffering two car accidents, he became known as 2D because of the two dents in his head, which is also a pun on his "two-dimensional" nature as a cartoon character.
  • Gravity Falls includes characters named Pacifica Northwest, Toby Determined, and Tad Strange. There's also the Lilli-putt-ians from "The Golf War", which is lampshaded when one of them remarks "The name makes more sense written down."
  • The Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Trouble with Mimes" had Ami and Yumi encounter a mime named Sy Lantz.
  • With Family Theme Naming on Disney Junior's The Hive: Buzzbee, big sister Rubee and Babee.
  • The kids from Portfolio Productions' Hood have punny names that reflect their powers: Parker has superhuman agility, Bird can communicate with and control (you guessed it) birds, Loona can inflate her body like a balloon, etc.
  • House of Mouse
    • In the Mickey MouseWorks short "Mickey's Cabin" Mickey tries to contact his friend Po to help Pete and his cousin Zeke count the cash inside a stolen ATM. His friend's full name (Mickey claims) is "Po Lice".
  • I Am Weasel: I.M. Weasel, I.R. Baboon.
  • Jean-Luc & Dondoozat: Dondoozat. As in "Don't do that".
  • Similarly, The Jetsons also made use of various "space"/high-tech themed puns for people/places, such as TV host "Jack Star" (Jack Paar) or "Las Venus" (Las Vegas again...).
  • The Weavils' names on Jimmy Two-Shoes mix "weasel" and "evil".
  • KaBlam!
    • The female host is named June. Guess how many episodes premiered that month (and once had a marathon during the month)?
    • The Off-Beats had Betty-Ann Bongo, who played the bongos, and Rapunzel.
  • Kim Possible, wherein almost everyone has a pun name, some more clever than others:
    • Kim's obvious meaning is "impossible", but Kimberly also means "leader".
    • Ron Stoppable, a reaching rhyme for "unstoppable", plus Ronald means "helper".
    • Rufus, a naked mole rat, is named after a type of snake that eats naked mole rats.
    • Every member of Kim's family, that has a name, has an "-im" name. It's tradition.
    • Shego and her siblings on Team Go!2, Hego, Mego and Wego the twins whose names all rhyme.
    • Shape-shifting rich bitch Camille Leone
  • Odie Cologne ("eau de cologne") of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects makes perfumes.
  • These turn up frequently in classic Looney Tunes-type shorts from the '40s and '50s. They often have Punny Titles, as well. One well-known example is Wile E. Coyote.
  • Mack & Moxy gives us Shelfish Sheldon, who is a selfish lobster shellfish who in each episode tries to steal the happiness brought by the Great Helpee.
  • Mister T has a bulldog named Dozer.
  • In an episode of Motormouse & Autocat, a feline named Al E. Cat replaces Autocat at the Spin Your Wheels garage.
  • Tommy Anybody from Mr. Bogus.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic uses this trope extensively, although previous versions of the franchise did not.
    • This is particularly common for location names, with are usually real-life place names modified to include horse puns: examples include Fillydelphianote , Baltimare, Manehattan, Trottingham, Las Pegasus, Vanhoover, Canterlot, the temple of Ponehenge, Neighagra Falls and Saddle Arabia. Other pun-based names include Appleloosa, a frontier town founded by apple farmers. The seaponies' home, Seaquestria, is a somewhat subtler pun on the words "Equestria" (the main country where the air-breathing ponies live), "sea" and "sequester" (as the seaponies lived there in hiding from threats in the surface world).
    • Many character names are also derived in this manner, such as Hummingway the hummingbird, Elizabeak the chicken, Owlowiscious the owl and the very strict and unpleasant Chancellor Neighsay.
    • Fannames for unnamed background ponies are even more likely to be this. As well as ponfied versions of real people.
    • My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever has the three Gift-Givers of the Grove, Aurora, Bori, and Alice (a play on "Aurora borealis", the scientific name for the Northern Lights)
  • Phineas and Ferb has had Xavier Onassis (inventor of the time machine in "It's About Time!") and Khaka Peu Peu (would-be super-villain from "The Beak"), slipping by the execs both times.
  • Everyone knows Popeye's girlfriend Olive Oyl; in the original newspaper comics she also has a brother named Castor, parents named Cole and Nana, and several extended family members with similar punny names. In the Movie, when Olive objects to Popeye's naming the baby Swee'pea, Popeye asks, "What were you going to call him, Baby Oyl?"
    • It's more of a coincidence if anything, but Popeye himself might count. Just split the name in half, you get "pop" and "eye", which could either be a reference of his powerful punches or the fact that he lost his right eye.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Sara Bellum, a name that is seemingly very common in this index.
    • Ima Goodelady, for one episode. It's Sedusa in disguise.
    • Classmates Elmer Sglue, Julie Bean, Mike Believe and Harry Pitt.
    • Japanese attorney Sosumi Blind from "I See a Funny Cartoon In Your Future".
    • Princess Morbucks.
    • Sonny Dial, host of the time channel.
    • From "Girls Gone Mild", Stan and Sandra Practice (Standards & Practices).
    • Mask Scara from "A Made Up Story".
    • Lou Gubrious/Hal Larious from "City of Frownsville".
  • The Quick Draw McGraw cartoon "El Kabong" features a Mexican villain named Don Chilada.
  • Almost every name in ReBoot was a pun, including Dot Matrix, which is a kind of printer, Mouse the hacker, and the henchmen Hack and Slash. The writers outdid themselves when Captain Ersatzs of Mulder and Scully appeared, called Fax Modem and Data Nully.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
    • Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. It should be pointed out that the names Boris and Natasha were in Real Life common pseudonyms used by KGB agents within the Soviet Union. The two main Russian characters in GoldenEye, though not KGB agents, were also named in reference to this (Boris and Natalya). The former, for those who don't get it, is a reference to Russian tsar Boris Godunov.
    • Others on the show include Bermuda Schwartz, circus owners the Bungling Brothers, the Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam, and the infamous whale Maybe Dick. Also, many of Boris' aliases are puns as well: D. W. Grifter, Alfred Hitchhike, Hemlock Soames, etc.
    • The heroes themselves are alumni from Wossamotta U., and Rocky is a graduate of the Cedar Yorpantz Flying Academy.
  • Roger Ramjet made use of some nice puns, most notably the name of a country: Runovia.
  • Rugrats: Dil Pickles.
  • Gem Stone from Sabrina: The Animated Series.
  • The Secret Show has a double agent named Kent B. Trusted.
  • Most of the army officers in Sheep in the Big City, often oxymorons. Includes General Specific, Private Public, Major Television Event, General Lee Outrageous, Major Motion Picture, Major Minor (who is a baby), Major Pain, Major Historical Figure.
    • This makes the second Major Minor in cartoons. The old Leonardo-TTV cartoon Klondike Kat (a segment of Underdog) had the commander of the Klondike Kops by that name.
    • Heck, the fictional company which makes the products presented during the series is even named Oxymoron.
  • SheZow is filled to the brim with punny names, most notably the Wholesome Crossdresser main protagonist, Guy Hamdon.
  • The Simpsons
    • Bart's prank names used on Moe include Amanda Huggenkiss, Mike Rotch, Al Coholic, Oliver Klozoff, I.P. Freely, Jacques Strappe, and Homer Sexual. Sometimes the gag is played with: Bart asks for "Hugh Jass", only to be handed over to him note . And again when Mr. Burns accidentally phoned Moe's Tavern asking for "a Mr. Smithers, first name Waylon", and Moe assumed that it was a joke name and got mad.
    • In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", Homer, Apu, Skinner, and Wiggum (who got replaced by Barney) formed a band called "The B. Sharps". It was a suggestion of Apu's to fill the criteria of "something that's funny, but less so each time you hear it". The episode is an affectionate parody of The Beatles ("be dulls" according to the show's premise), The Beatles, of course, itself being a punny name. See Music above.
    • "Max Power" was also used, in the episode titled "Homer to the Max". Homer was using a Line-of-Sight Name he got from a household appliance.
    • Birch Barlow made up "Councilman Les Whinen" in order to give Sideshow Bob a punchline during a mayoral debate.
    • Rich Texan's socialite daughter is named Paris Texan, a play on Paris Hilton and the city of Paris, Texas. Rich Texan himself also has a name that doubles for what he is.
    • All that said, surprisingly few of the rather large main cast have pun names. Disco Stu does, but he evolved from a one-off gag about Homer not having enough rhinestones to embroider “Disco Stud” on his jacket. The punniest name of a major reoccuring character is probably Eda Krabapple, Bart’s crab apple of a teacher. Matt Groening originally forbade any of the characters from acknowledging the punny nature of her name, though this taboo was eventually broken by Milhouse, of all people, in season 15. It should be noted, however, that “Crabapple” is an actual English surname, so it’s not that unrealistic that no one in Springfield cared about it.
    • In "Homer vs. the Eighteen Amendment", in the Latin American dub, Rex Banner's name is "Elio Pez", which is a pun on "Elliot Ness", the famous leader of The Untouchables, who led the manhunt for Al Capone.
  • Every name of the main cast on Sit Down, Shut Up, such as Larry Littlejunk and Willard Deutschebog.
  • Skysurfer Strike Force members Sliced Ice and Soar Loser.
  • The Smurfs have a group of amphibious villains called the Wartmongers, who constantly hunt after Pussywillow Pixies.
    • The episode title "Mummy Dearest" a play on ''Mommie Dearest".
    • "Painter's Egg-cellent Adventure" a play on ''Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure".
  • South Park:
    • Token, the only black kid, is obviously a play off of Token Minority. It became even more obvious when his name was retconned from "Williams" to "Black".
    • Another more prominent example was Ms. Choksondik, who was eventually found dead with semen in her stomach, implying that she actually "choked on dick". Subverted because the kids themselves missed the pun, and instead twisted her name into typical fourth-grade insults ("Mrs. Makes-Me-Sick", etc.).
    • A punny nickname: "Butters" Stotch, a play on butterscotch. When he had to pretend to be a girl he called himself "Marjorine", a play on "margarine". In "Last of the Meheecans" (itself a pun on The Last of the Mohicans) Butters uses the name "Mantequilla."
    • The "K-9" concept is also parodied with Kit-9 and K-10 (Kit-10 being "kitten").
    • Aunt Flo Kimble, the 50/60-year-old relative of the Marshes (Sharon's direct aunt, Stan and Shelly's great-aunt who visits once a month), who was introduced and unceremoniously disposed of in Season 2's Halloween episode "Spookyfish". Even after the one-shot character's death came and went, it seemed as though the writers could not resist the urges to throw one more pun related to the poor woman's name into the mix.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants brings us, among other examples, Sandy Cheeks.
  • Star Wars Resistance: 4D-M1N, Captain Doza's droid, is named "admin" in L33t L1ng0.
  • Stripperella is full of this, most notably when Stripperella is working undercover as an Ordinary High-School Student ("Kathy Teria") or a criminal ("Robin Stuff"). Not to mention her boss, Chief Stroganoff.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine occasionally uses this for background industries.
    • In Series 4, some covered narrow gauge wagons were labeled "D. Fusit Gunpowder".
    • One of the model makers claims the fuel tankers from Series 3 that read "Sodor Fuel" started off as an inside joke ("Sod Off, You All").
    • In "Toad Stands By", Scruffy's name comes from the lettering on his sides ("S.C.Ruffey & Co.").
    • The terminus of Thomas' branch, Ffarquhar, is a vaguely Welsh corruption of "Far Away Quarry".
  • Tiny Toon Adventures has Dr. Gene Splicer, who specializes in making Mix-and-Match Creatures.
  • Walter Finchell, the name of a bird reporter in the Van Beuren Studios Toddle Tales cartoon "A Little Bird Told Me", is a play off the name of the then famous radio star Walter Winchell.
  • Tom and Jerry: Thomas "Tom" Cat.
  • Toonsylvania:
    • The episode "Phil's Brain" had Phil's brain Larry Cortex receive a Mail-Order Bride named Sarah Bellum (not to be confused with the character mentioned above under The Powerpuff Girls).
    • Most of the Deadmans had names that were puns on terminology related to being deceased. The father was named Dedgar (a play on "dead" and the name Edgar), the mother was named Stiffany (a play on the name Tiffany and the word "stiff" being slang for corpse) and the daughter was named Ashley (as in "ashes to ashes").
  • Tugs, being created and modeled by much of Thomas the Tank Engine's crew, has some similarly punny names.
    • Demder Rocks (I.E. "There's gold in them thar hills!")
    • The "Ewell Neverno" oil company.
    • The garbage wharf manager has one — barely legible above his door.
  • On The Go-Go Gophers (segment of Underdog), Col. Kit Coyote's superior was General Nuisance.
  • The Venture Bros. has several of these, like Nat King Cobra.
    • Coupled with Bilingual Bonus: The villain in the pilot was a Japanese man named Otaku Senzuri, who's caught having A Date with Rosie Palms using Dr. Venture's new Oo Ray. "Otaku", of course, means an obsessive fanboy, and "Senzuri" means masturbation (lit. "a thousand rubs").
  • Inventor Pat Pending on Wacky Races.
  • Wallace & Gromit lives on these. The following are just a few of the many examples.
    • For a start, the two protagonists: "Wallace" can be and is diminutised as "Wally", which as noted above is also slang for a foolish or naïve person. A "grommet" is a rubber ring which seals the edges of a hole to prevent them chafing the insulation of wires passed through it.
    • "Wendolene" is a pun on "Windolene", a window-cleaning agent, which matches Wallace and Gromit's current job in that short. Also the sheep, Shaun ("shorn").
    • Many in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, including the fact that Lady Tottington is more usually known as "Totty" — British slang for an attractive woman.
  • In Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, again like the computer game series it came from, all of her henchmen were like this. Some examples easily remembered were Sarah Bellum (a genius and a kind of second in command), Ace Bandage (a stuntman), Clara and Cora Net (musicians, albeit bad ones), Paige Turner, Al Loy, Phill M. Critic, the list goes on.
    • Lampshaded in the Netflix reboot; Gray considers using "Graham Crackle" as his code name, but his friends shoot it down, pointing out that no one will take him seriously if he has a pun for a name.
  • Dr. Horace N. Buggy from the Woody Woodpecker short The Cracked Nut as well as ambassador Ivan Awfulitch from "The Dippy Diplomat".
  • Yogi Bear is set in Jellystone Park, an obvious pun on Yellowstone National Park. Yogi's own name seems to be a play on baseball great Yogi Berra — but the creators denied it.


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