Follow TV Tropes


Quotes / Meaningful Name

Go To

"But what did we really, sincerely, expect anyway, from a movie in which Slim Pickens plays a character named 'Tex'? If you can think of a single line of dialog that Slim Pickens, as 'Tex,' wouldn't say in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, please do not miss this movie, which will be filled with amazements and startling revelations."

Boss: Shut up, Scarf!
Pashmina: My name isn't Scarf, it's Pashmina.
Boss: Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah! Pashmina is used to make a scarf. You have no other characteristic besides "Scarf". So until further notice, your name is Scarf!
Pashmina: But...
Boss: Your name is a noun just like all the other Ham Hams: Hat, Fat, Book, Book 2, Girl, Corpse, Pac-Man Ghost and Panda. Panda's cool, we hung out.
Maxwell: Am I the only one concerned about that corpse?
Oxnard: NO!
Hamtaro Abridged by JelloApocalypse

"Their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town called Conejo Springs (conejo being Spanish for 'rabbit'—and watch out for that anvil)"
The Agony Booth, S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale

"The Matrix is not what you'd call a subtle movie...when the film wanted to hint that Pantoliano will turn traitor, it named his character after the spelling variant of 'cipher,' which means, among other things, 'zero.' In binary terms, 'zero' is the opposite of 'one,' which is how everybody refers to Neo, which in turn would make anyone named 'Zero' the polar opposite of the supposed hero of the movie. And doesn't that describe Cypher perfectly? Because he wasn't just a villain: He represented an entirely different philosophy of dealing with the machines, preferring blissful ignorance over fighting for a desolate piece of rock with a permanent layer of sun-blocking depression surrounding it."

"What does it matter what your name is? Take on whatever you wish, make it your own. But know this: a thousandfold names can not change the nature of a man."
Dak'kon, Planescape: Torment

"Didn't anybody hear that? Phil Mygrave? Isn't anyone going to make a joke about that name?"

"Hard. Head. It's not just a name, you know."

Margaret is Greek, you geek
It means pearl
I'm a pure girl...
Philistine, No More Heroes 2 OST

"Believe it or not, one of the most difficult tasks you face as Dungeon Master is dreaming up cool names for all those places, gods, monsters, and NPCs you create. As superficial as this chore might seem, nothing kills interest in an AD&D® game faster than goofy names. The minute your players are attacked by Gargathrank the Unclean, a great deal of the credibility you've carefully fostered flies straight out the window. Don't forget that the players' first impressions of your game world are based, in part, on the names you choose."
Ray Winninger, "Dungeoncraft", Dragon Magazine (May 1999)

"DuBois. — It's a French name. It means woods and Blanche means white, so the two together mean white woods. Like an orchard in spring! You can remember it by that."
Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire

"My name is Alice, but—"
"It's a stupid name enough!" Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently; "What does it mean?"
"Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully.
"Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh...
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass note 

"Eino Leino! It was an Finnish Homopoet who was extremely negative: "Ei" means No in Finnish, and "No" means No in English. So his name was No No Lei No! And what Lei means, no one knows."
Robert Gustavsson, as the Homofobic Herman Ers majestät, in one of his sketches.

"Geddit? Know me - I'm alone! Genius!"
The Nostalgia Chick on Nomi Malone and dripping with sarcasm.

"When a reader reads that Armand de Bois-Tracy met Nob, he or she will have no problem with distinguishing which one is a viscount and which one is a miller."
Andrzej Sapkowski, quoted here.

"His name is Brute? Yeegh, that doesn't sound too promising."

Terry: What's the creepy lady's power?
Tamara: I don't know, but they call her 'Bombshell'.
Terry: Oh, that's encouraging.

Clumsy: Just because your name is Grouchy doesn't mean you always have to be grouchy!
Grouchy: Uh, yeah. It does.

"Her name is Regina ... for one day she will be queen!"
Princess Cora, presenting her newborn daughter to the court, Once Upon a Time

"In the midst of all this, there was Bernie Madoff. An embezzler named "made off". Hmm... Was the name not a clue? Did he have to be with the accounting firm of Dewey, Fuckyou, and Howe?"
Robin Williams, on Bernie Madoff and the 2008 financial crisis, Weapons of Self Destruction.

"Ooh, a potential father to a new wave of humanity is named Adam - bet that was an all-night brainstormer!"

"His parents locked in his career when they named him “Jeeves”"

Maurice: Well hi there, son, what's your name?
Chip: Chip!note 
Maurice: *examines the large "chip" in his teacup body* Figures.
Beauty and the Beast (stage version)

Johnny Blaze: You know the local top cop, Wyatt?
Wyatt Wingfoot: Captain Tyrell Manhunter, appropiate name, huh?
Blaze #4

They both started to feel themselves lose warmth, even as the upper floors' fire spread around them. They were alight as if in hell itself. Jaune could barely feel them, but he'd had a revelation once that he would go up in flames.
— The RWBY fic Forever Fall Down, describing Jaune Arc's death note 

Du Quois: This is Chevalier, Montage, Detente, Avant Garde, and Deja Vu.
Deja Vu: Haven't we met before, monsieur?
Nick: I don't think so.
Du Quois: Over there: Croissant, Souffle, Escargot, and Chocolate Mousse.

"When you find someone's name, it's often a good idea to find out why they were named so."
Misho Thrice-Radiant, Keychain of Creation

"And one of these kings was called Misho, and he was named Thrice-Radiant. To his peers, this was for his sorcery, his memory, and his swordsmanship. To the common people, it was for his insight, his charisma, and his compassion."

"You know what this means? It means The Last Stand series is a long con. This is what they were leading up to! They try to hook you on the early games, force you to play online later, then move in for the kill with Dead Zone. Man... I admit, when I saw this was made by "Con Artists Productions", I thought they were just being stylish. I didn't suspect this game was literally made by con artists. Like, my homepage is "Accursed Farms", but that's just a name I made up. I don't actually live on a farm with fallow earth, and possessed cows, and a sentient scarecrow like in that one scary stories book. Not yet, anyway."
Ross's Game Dungeon

Hava: People who are partnered with K'seliss have a tendency to die horribly.
Fox: He's just trying to scare you. What's your name?
Dies: ...Dies-Horribly.

"Fishiest of all fishy places was the Try Pots, which well deserved its name; for the pots there were always boiling chowders. Chowder for breakfast, and chowder for dinner, and chowder for supper, till you began to look for fish-bones coming through your clothes. The area before the house was paved with clam-shells."

"I thought about how Frank Herbert arrived at the name Arrakis. The Fremen are Buddhist Arabs. The Zen-Sunni wanderers. Their language is Arabic. Bi-lal Kaifa, Ilm & Fiqh, Karama & Ijaz, Kitab al-Ibar. Arrakis is meant to have descended from al-Rakis, "The Dancer." So, that's a path right there. Frank Herbert didn't think "What's a bad-ass name?" He thought "Who named this place? What language did they speak?" He further thought "How do planets get their names?" Well, 'planet' means 'wanderer.' Wanderer is Planet in Greek, so Arrakis is Dancer in Arabic. This was a fertile line of thinking."
Matthew Colville, on how he chose the name for Shear, Evolve

"So your name means "War Battle?!" That's awesome! Also probably a sign of the unfortunate times you were born into? What a sad thought, I'm sorry."
Sydney to Gunnhildr, Grrl Power

"If you want something from the map-loving and map-owning Mapson, it must be a map, yes?"
Mapson, Mother 3

Kirsten McDuffie: Do you figure his parents just assumed he'd grow up to be evil when they named him "Zebediah Killgrave"?
Daredevil: Yeah. We call it the "Victor von Doom" paradox.
Daredevil Vol 4 #10

I know [the name Kevin is] mundane, but "Kilgrave"? Talk about obvious. Was "Murdercorpse" already taken?

Lazarus, Back from the Dead. Should have known, really.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Lazarus Experiment"

"You can tell [this car] here is the champion. He has a #1 on him and he drives over the static better than anyone else, and his name is 'Champion'. He'd have a much different career if his name was 'Loser'."
The Cinema Snob, review of The Little Cars in the Great Race

Ranger Park: I'm Ranger Park, the park ranger.
Fry: I get it!
Futurama, "Spanish Fry"

If he were meant to be a good guy, he'll [sic] probably be called "Benedict".
Malcolm Landgraab's bio, The Sims: Bustin' Out (console version)

Soddits, as I say, don't call themselves soddits. In their own tongue, which is queer and old and full of syntactical-grammatical inconsistencies, they call themselves hobblds. Now, there's a reason why they refer to themselves in this manner, and not by the name of soddit like everybody else in the world, and the reason is found in their feet. Shocking feet, they have. Just shocking. Whatever the reason – and soddits down the ages have blamed the gods, or an ancient wizard's curse, or inadequate orthopaedic practice, or congenital disease, or a dozen other factors – whatever the reason, soddits are almost all of them afflicted with appalling arthritis of the feet.
The Soddit

"Bernie Madoff"... That reads like fucking fiction. And if you read it as fiction, you'd go, "Well, his last name's Madoff? *snort* That's bullshit! You gotta be kiddin' me! I'm not gonna finish this book."
Lewis Black, Stark Raving Black

"'Mr. Slither! What a perfect name for a man who keeps snakes,' said Dick."
The Famous Five: Five Have A Wonderful Time

Ox: What's yer name?
Wedgehead: Wedgehead.
Ox: I love literal naming! Isn't that right, Gibberish Cat?
(Cut to Gibberish Cat, who babbles incoherently)

Sorrelkit: "What are you going to name them when they're born?"
Sandstorm: "Well, we won't decide on names until they're born. We need to see what they look like before we decide what to call them."
Sorrelkit: "Why?"
Sandstorm: "Think about it this way. Would it make sense if a queen chose to name her kits Flamekit, Sunkit, and Dawnkit only for all of them to be gray with brown eyes?"

Chris: Oh hi. I'm Chris.
Kazooie: Chris? Not very pig-like, if you ask me.
Chris: Actually, it's Chris P. Bacon.
Kazooie: Oh, I see...

Bill: Ah'm Bill.
Kazooie: I'll bet your other name is gold-related. What is it? Gold Bar Bill? Klondike Bill?
Bill: Nope. Bullion Bill's mah name!
Kazooie: Thought so.

Frank: What's your name? Come on, names are a hobby of mine.
Gideon: Jason Gideon.
Frank: Jason. From Greek mythology, "to heal". Gideon, a hero from the Old Testament who led the Israelites against the Midianites. Your parents had great expectations of you. I'm Frank. Germanic, third century, derived from the name of a kind of spear. I wonder what expectations my parents had of me?

"I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. ... People have profited from lies, and continue to." Alex's retraction also became a sensation, with reporters unable to resist the sudden, hilarious perfection of his last name: Malarkey.
"I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven." [1]

Jaune: I know his name now.
Pyrrha: Of the man from your memories?
Jaune: Yeah. His name is Nihilus.
Pyrrha: Hmm. [mulls over the name for a second] Nihilus. Nihil. Means nothingness. Seems fitting, I guess.

"Your whole case was founded on the idea that a man looking like a young god couldn't be called Potter? Believe me, names are not so appropriately distributed.."
Father Brown, which deconstructs the trope.

Iron Man: Don't worry. I'm keeping an eye on Dr. Vincent Stegron. And by the way, how's that for nominative determinism? Pretty much knew what you'd be the day you were born, huh, Steggy? What was it like when you told your parents you were gonna be a paleontologist? I'm guessing they didn't even bother trying to steer you towards law school.
Stegron the Dinosaur Man: Sssilence, mammal!
Secret Wars (2015), Spider-Island #3


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: