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  • In Booby Kids, the Booby Kids can dig booby traps. In the sequel, Booby Boys, Mr. Booby is the protagonist.
  • In Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge, Kunio-Kun is known as Jeff Cooney.
  • Bosses in the Darius series include Fatty Glutton, My Home Daddy, Zandick II, and Great Thing.
  • Dink Smallwood is about the hero Dink Smallwood.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has Lance Vance, which he got mocked for in high school. Tommy Vercetti says it all: "Lance Vance. Poor bastard."
  • Mass Effect 2
    • Jack, also known as "Subject Zero," one of your companions. She is revealed to be a woman, although in very rare cases it can be used as a female given namenote , and it's revealed in the third game that her real name is Jennifer.
    • The captain of the quarian starship Qwib-Qwib is rather defensive when questioned on the subject, explaining that ships are bought from different cultures and that it can be difficult to change its registry information.
    • Due to Quarian naming conventions, people who serve on the ships Defrenz or Iktomi carry the name "vas Defrenz" (vas deferens) and "vas Iktomi" (vasectomy). Nice, respectable names, indeed.
  • In Nuts & Milk, Nuts is the antagonist to Milk.
  • One of the mock commercials in You Don't Know Jack: Fifth Dementia is for "The Society for People With Unfortunate Names", including such members as Eileen Dover and her husband Ben.
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  • Super Robot Wars 4Koma comics often make fun of how Aya Kobayashi shares a last name with Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam's Katz Kobayashi. Aya does NOT take that treatment well.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • There is an aging security guard who just can't shut up. Her name is Wendy Oldbag.
    • Also Maggey Byrde who is fittingly named for a Magpie due to her horribly bad luck. When Byrde was six months old, she fell off the ninth floor of an apartment building. Since then, she has experienced a myriad of disasters such as getting hit by various vehicles, getting sick from all sorts of foods and failing almost every test she ever took. And has never once won or even tied at a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. She became known as the "Goddess of Misfortune" as she grew up, and at college, people called her "Lady Luckless". Her current aspiration is to simply "Be an Unlucky Person rather than a Goddess." Like Ms. Oldbag, she's a recurring character.
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    • Another recurring character with this trope is Larry Butz. There's also a saying with that: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz".
    • For a non-recurring character (so far), we have fat, sweaty otaku Sal Manella, an obvious pun on salmonella.
    • The worst would probably go to a victim in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Deid Mann. He doesn't have a lot to do with the plot, but you really must wonder how little his parents must have thought of him.
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger has "Bush Rescue". Perfectly accurate for the Australian Outback, but a poor choice nonetheless.
  • Poor Guybrush Threepwood is the running joke of the Monkey Island series.
    • A man in The Secret of Monkey Island who mocks his name is called Mancomb Seepgood.
    • This one has a strange backstory, though — his original name was "Guy", and the bizarre image editor they used gave him the extension ".brush." After a bit of thinking, they decided to just keep calling him that, but they put out a call for a last name, and someone suggested "Threepwood". Apparently it's a reference to something.
    • Also, Haggis McMutton from The Curse of Monkey Island:
      Haggis: "Well, Haggis is only my nickname. My true name is 'Heart Lungs And Liver Boiled In The Stomach Of The Animal McMutton'."
      Guybrush: "Oh, so your parents were expecting a girl."
      Haggis: "Aye."
    • Then in the fourth game, we have Ignatius Cheese, and his (possibly apocryphal, even in-universe) relatives, including "Gorgon Zola Cheese".
  • EarthBound has Poo and Porky. Porky would become Pokey in the translation. Which name is worse is up to you to decide. The game also has Paula Polestar.
    • The sequel MOTHER 3 has two characters named Lighter and Fuel whose house burns down at the start of the game.
  • Some of the characters from the Star Fox series: First names of Fox, Wolf, Panther and Pigma (who names their kid that?) and last names of Toad, Hare, and Pepper.
    In a Super Smash Bros. Brawl conversation:
    Solid Snake Colonel, there's a guy in here who looks like a wolf...
    Colonel Roy Campbell: You mean the fighter named Wolf.
    Solid Snake: "Wolf." Real imaginative name.
  • Sniggerbobble, a character from a few series of Mario World hacks as seen in that video. Apart from setting off a few word censors, the name itself is just... incredibly difficult to take seriously. Especially anything else named after it, which added said name in front of a normal word.
  • EVE Online has the Thukker Tribe. Yes. Really. Some of the system names aren't much better, and even the random alphanumeric 0.0 system names have a few bulkhead bangers.
  • In Dynasty Warriors, one of the characters' name is Cao Pi, probably after the historical figure. The actual pronunciation is "Tsao Pee", like the Chinese chicken, but the vocal director for Dynasty Warriors refused to do his research until the Warriors Orochi series premiered in America - six games into the American releases of the franchise for the Chinese warriors.note  Luckily, the Samurai Warriors crew were comparably unscathed. And of course, to a lesser extent there's his father, Cao Cao.
  • In the Phantasy Star series, the name of the Big Bad Dark Force/Darkfalz has been interpreted as Dark Phallus. It doesn't help that, in the fourth game, there's a normal enemy that looks like his sprite in the first game and is called Prophallus.
  • Related to the above example, Persona 3 character Pharos has had his name interpreted as Phallus by some Japanese fan artists.
  • In The Sims 2, there is a headmaster called Nawwaf Leelaporn.
    • Townie character Goopy Gilscarbo, anyone? Funny name, funny appearance... renowned in the player community for siring attractive children.
    • There's also been reference to the Landgraab/Landgrabb family in nearly every incarnation of the Sims. It's an unfortunate name that also fits, because the Landgraabs are a morally ambiguous rich family. They're a corporate dynasty in the Sims 1 and 2, and greedy aristocrats in The Sims Medieval.
    • Certain overweight or voluptuous premade University Sims have unfortunate names such as Kevin Beare, Marla Biggs, and Jane Stacks.
    • The Sims 3 has yet another example: Liam O'Dourke ("I am a dork"). His appearance fits his name.
  • One of the antagonists of Dragon Quest IV is named Balzack.
  • In Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, The eponymous character's best friend is named Boo Hooly.
  • Sodom, from Final Fight and Street Fighter. Seemingly, it's named after a city that was destroyed by the wrath of God and eventually gave its name to countless acts of sexual perversion, including homosexuality and even bestiality. But Word of God says he was named after the band.
  • In Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, Tear points out that the eponymous store's name looks a lot like "racketeer".
  • Aloser Danya in Tactics Ogre. One gets the feeling her parents utterly HATED her. What makes it hilarious is she's one of the deadliest units in the game, being an archer with massive DEX capable of assassinating even fully armored units sniper-style. Just ask Bishop Branta when you see him. She's actually named after the Goetic demon Allocer.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Strangelove, for her love of The Boss, gives an ironically crude codename for the Mammal Pod: The BS-Imago. Although the initials are supposed to be short for The Boss, the initials also resemble a rather crude word (IE: "Bullshit")
    • Naked Snake's codename was often misinterpreted severely in the sequels to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The "Naked" part of Snake's name was supposed to be a reference to the fact that he does not have any weapons or really anything aside from the clothes on his back. However, the characters think that it stemmed from its most literal meaning (meaning that he was actually given the codename because he wasn't wearing any clothes).
    • Operation "Snake Eater" itself is a rather unfortunate name to anyone who wasn't raised in a Nunnery. Affectionate Parody The Last Days Of Fox Hound, naturally, did not miss this one.
    • Both Solid Snake and Liquid Snake are no exception to this, depending on what kind of snake you interpret their names as. The Angry Video Game Nerd did not miss this one:
    AVGN: And his full name is "Solid Snake"? It might as well be "Erect Cock"!
    • Then there's Major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov. While "Raidenovitch" may be an unlikely, but possible, Russian patroynmic (where it's the father's name + ovitch for a son) in Japanese Raidenovitch sounds like "Raiden no bitch", or "Thunderbolt's bitch" which ties into his relationship with the local Psycho Electro. In this case it was deliberate, since Raikov is a Take That! to Raiden, the protagonist of the previous game.
    • The Cyborg Ninja Gray Fox was also called Deepthroat (though it's supposed to be a reference to the famous Watergate informant.)
    • Mega64 has parodied how sexual the names can be.
    Derrick: Then what is "Snake Eating"?!
    Rocco: Not what you think it is.
  • The Luke Noun Verber - powered random name generator in Dwarf Fortress once apparently called a dwarf Dik Inchslapped.
  • Noob Saibot of Mortal Kombat is an interesting case. His name is the backwards version of the series' co-creators' names, Boon and Tobias. But it's often shortened to Noob, and given the fact that his early appearances has some rather cheap special movies, it fit. The devs seem to realize the joke, giving him a "Troll Hammer" as a weapon in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. In Mortal Kombat 9, his match-beginning quote is "Fear me!" Oh wait, sorry, "ph33r m3!". Note that he was given this name before the term "noob" was coined (circa 2000; "newbie" is much older) making it retroactively unfortunate.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts series, Nobodies' names are an anagram of their former self's name, with an x. Xemnas is one such Nobody. His name, unfortunately, also anagrams to "Mansex". There's also Xigbar, which becomes Bigrax, Lexaeus, who becomes E-Sexual, and the mother of all unfortunate names, Xehanort. His name spells, if you remove the X, Rent-a-ho. Or if you leave it there, Rent-xa-ho (Rents-a-ho). Even Marluxia, probably the hardest of them all to re-anagram, at least has one: "U-Miralax" (Miralax is a laxative, by the way).
  • Wario: Master of Disguise has possibly the worst example of this ever, with a boss called the "Barfatronic Lavachomper".
  • If his statements are to be believed, the Soldier in Team Fortress 2 is really named Jane Doe. Mister Jane Doe.
  • Night Trap has this with the group called SCAT. (Sega Control Attack Team) You should look in a dictionary to find out why the name qualifies for this trope. S.C.A.T. (Special Cybernetic Attack Team) on the NESnote  has the same problem.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon Black and White introduces a female-only species of vulture Pokémon called Mandibuzz. Its Japanese name? Vulgina. For those wondering, it's actually a portmanteau of 'vulture' and 'regina', the latin for 'queen'.
    • English speakers also snicker at Magby, Magmar and Magmortar's Japanese names: Booby, Boober and Booburn.
    • Byrony sounds a lot like "brony." Her Japanese name is Bara.
    • The legendary Pokemon Magearna got snickers when it was released in February 2016 because its Japanese name's raw translation is Magiana. Some wiseguys had to point out that it's similar to the NSFW slang term 'mangina'.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon. Not really their whole names, but their abbreviations. "Did Game Freak realize kids are going to be looking up 'Pokemon S&M'?"
    • Pokémon spin-off fighting game Pokkén Tournament is named Pokémon Tekken in Germany. The reason? "Pokkén" is pronounced identically to "Pocken" which means smallpox in German.
    • Pokémon X and Y had the Holo Caster, which sounds uncomfortably similar to Holocaust. Given the fact that it was created by a guy who's in charge of a fire-themed group and is planning on wiping out most of the human race, it was probably deliberate.
  • In Dark Souls, the Lethal Lava Land the Demon Ruins has the fiery Ceaseless Discharge. And in Demon's Souls, there is The Penetrator.
  • Abobo in Double Dragon, whose name also happens to be slang for abortion.
  • In Runescape, trolls are named after the first thing they eat. One of the trolls you meet is named "Dad".
  • The Sonic series has a six-year-old rabbit called 'Cream'. It's actually Theme Naming with her mother, Vanilla (vanilla cream) and her pet Chao, Cheese (cream cheese), but this doesn't change the fact that the full statement of her name is Cream the Rabbit. And from the classic series, we have "Cucky" the Rooster.
  • The House of the Dead spinoff game Zombie Revenge has a main character named Stick Breitling. It's like his parents were ashamed of their last name and just figured they would completely humiliate their son.
  • The game series Myst was frequently target of jokes in Germany, because Myst is spoken like the German word "Mist", which means crap.
    • Worse, the mystical city in the series is called D'ni — pronounced "dunny," which means "toilet" in Commonwealth slang.
  • In the non-canon Berserk game Sword of the Berserk: Guts' rage, the antagonist is named Balzacnote .
  • In Eco Quest: The Search for Cetus, the hermit crab senator is named Superfluous.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • The series actually does have a generic boss named Hyman, who got changed to Reynard in Europe, but not in America. There's also Rommit from Radiant Dawn. And then there are the generic replacements in Shadow Dragon, who have weird enough names already, but lose enough of them and they start getting names like "Lucer", "Auffle", "Laim", "Rejek", "Owend", "Wymp", and "Wieklin"...
    • Awakening has Nah, the half Manakete daughter of Nowi. Her name frequents her no small share of annoyance. Even worse, her name in the Japanese version was Nn.
    • Fire Emblem Gaiden has Alm's group, the Deliverance. Now you are likely thinking of canoeing, dueling banjos, and squealing like a piggy...
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has Dedue, which is pronounced like "doodoo".
  • X-Universe:
  • The European version of Inazuma Eleven created at least one with its Dub Name Changes: Poor Kurama got renamed to "Michael Ballzack".
  • In Sam And Max: What's New Beelzebub?, Sam and Max must stop Peepers of the Soda Poppers from using dark magic to seduce Sybil Pandemik by revealing his true name. It turns out to be "Dick Peacock".
  • Battletoads has the three eponymous toads named Zitz, Rash and Pimple, which are three types of skin disorders.
  • It doesn't ever come up in-game, but if Luke fon Fabre from Tales of the Abyss ever succeeded to his father's position, he'd be Duke Luke.
  • BlazBlue: The Kaka Clan. Replace the Ks with Cs and it becomes far more snicker-worthy if you understand Spanish or French. Don't do the previous, and add k to second k, and Finnish will find that funny.
  • There's a boss in Mega Man X5 known as the Skiver, because he's a Pegasus with sky powers. A skiver is also a term for a lazy person. Same game also featured the Maverick boss Duff McWhalen. They were clearly making references to Guns N' Roses, but 'Duff' is also synonymous to 'ass', and he's a water-based boss. When you realize what kind of materials could come out from an ass...
    • Mega Man 3 also has a robot master named Hard Man, which they had to have known wouldn't exactly be treated with maturity. Similarly, try to find anyone that did not have a giggle at "Junk Man".
    • Mega Man 11 has Impact Man and Bounce Man's Japanese names, referred to as Pile Man and Rubber Man respectively. Pile is a slang for hemorrhoids while rubber is a slang for a condom. This is the primary reason for their Dub Name Change. Not to mention that Pile Driver (Impact Man's special weapon) is a name of a certain position during sexual intercourse.
  • Team Dignitas is a European professional video gaming collective. Dignitas is a Swiss assisted suicide clinic. Michael O'Dell, CEO of the gaming Dignitas, said "We wanted a cool Latin phrase. We didn't recognise the connection until after we'd registered the company. It was a bit awkward."
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, during the Accordion Thief Nemesis sidequest you end up fighting an assassin known as The Mariachi With No Name. According to his Monster Manuel entry, "The Mariachi with No Name was born Quincy Leslie Droolypants the Third. So ditching the name was a wise choice."
  • The Punch-Out!! series has an Irish boxer named Aran Ryan. While that name could sound valid in Ireland, if you put an "Y" in the middle of Aran, it will give you a very unfortunate name unrelated with boxing.
  • Averted with the Guilty Gear series. After sequels titled Guilty Gear X and Guilty Gear XX, Arc System Works managed to avoid the inevitable outcome by naming the next fighting game in the series Guilty Gear Xrd.
  • Two Worlds has the evil power known as The Taint. There's also a point where the main character is sent off to talk to a man named Ho note , and a town called Windbreak note .
    ProJared: ...which I presure is nearby the Valley of 'Ass'.
  • Coach Oleander from Psychonauts. He's named for one of the most poisonous garden-variety plants on the planet, nerium oleander. Appropriate for the game's eventual Big Bad.
  • Suikoden II has the unfortunately named singer, Annallee. While it's possibly supposed to be pronounced "Anna Lee", the spelling could suggest otherwise. It's likely a result of the game's rushed translation, given the fact that her Japanese name is Anneri.
  • A certain Griffin from Suikoden III is named Fubar. In case you didn't know, Fubar is an army acronym for Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.
  • Early on in Limbo of the Lost, the protagonist comes across an elderly chef with the name "Cranny Faggot", supposedly a spoonerism on the name of famous chef Fanny Cradock.
  • The Big Bad of Sinjid: Shadow of the Warrior is named Lord Baka.
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor can have random nemesis orcs with names that are difficult to take seriously, especially when vocalized by either your deadpan-serious wraith or loudly chanted in a warchief intro.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy III introduces the recurring Job Class, "Onion Knight". In Japanese metaphor the onion is a metaphor for painful effort and poverty, which is pretty rude to begin with, and in English it exclusively conjures up associations of smelly vegetables. Some games localise the Job as 'Freelancer', which has the right English connotation, but not even most of them.
    • Final Fantasy IV has a matriarchal town called Troia, a nasty, sexist Italian swear word meaning something like "whore" or "slut". The fact that the town features women in Stripperific uniforms who complain about being objectified by the heroes, and the game's only "Member's Club", has led some to wonder whether or not this was an intentional meaning. (According to the writers, it wasn't, and they were shocked when they found out.)
    • Final Fantasy V has Butz (the Hero of Wind,) who comes from a town called Lix. Butz became Bartz in the English localisation, but Lix remains. His original name is likely an unfortunate bastardization of his Japanese name, Battsu.
    • Final Fantasy VIII has a character called Selphie, which was cute in 1998 but hilarious since 2013. Especially because one of her gimmicks is that she's a blogger.
    • The ghastly Final Fantasy X-2.5 ~Eien no Daishō~ novel prominently features a Summoner called Kush. 420, Blitz it.
    • The series has the recurring summon Carbuncle. It's a figure mentioned in Jorge Luis Borges' The Book Of Imaginary Beings named for its trademark ruby gemstone, but a carbuncle can also be an very unsightly skin boil, which is unfortunately the much more common meaning.
    • In Final Fantasy XIV, the target of a low-level FATE quest is a mediocre brawler named Grishild the Ungood. Like most FATEs, it has a thin Excuse Plot, so we never learn whether she picked that name herself or had it thrust upon her.
    • Ignis Stupeo Scientia notably had his middle name excised between the XIII Versus incarnation of the game and the eventual Final Fantasy XV. (The Latin stupeo is along the lines of its English cognate "stupified" - amazed, astonished, struck dumb with awe - rather than "stupid"... but Anglophones can be forgiven for assuming otherwise.)
  • Fallout: New Vegas has the debug character Testaclesnote  the Debug Centurion. He's there to let the devs test the game and lets the player alter their reputation and quest outcomes.
  • In Battleborn, the Aelfrin name for Aurox's species is "guayota" which in Aelfrin means "star poop".
  • World of Tanks has this at times. From the randomly-generated names for crewmen we have Assmannnote , as well as Dickerson and Ballsnote . As for the tanks, most notable is due to Wargaming being historically accurate due to how the Germans used Roman Numerals in their tank's acronyms, they unintentionally offended a large portion of the playerbase of Hispanic ancestry with the German tier VII light tank Spähpanzer 1C, which is rendered in-game as... SP I C. Additionally, one of the Russian Tier IX heavy tanks is called the ST-I, and having an ST-I in your nether regions is pretty much exactly as unpleasant as it sounds. Then there's the Japanese tier VIII heavy tank the O-Ho. And finally, one of the German Premium Tank Destroyers, which has a name that when translated from German is pretty innocuous, as it's known as "Fat Max". The unfortunate part is the German name for "fat"/"large" in that context is Dicker. Which lead to fans often referring to someone being killed by one as "Getting dicked".
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards has an enemy called Pedo. Sure, it's based on a torpedo, but still.
  • Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars has Magina the Anti-Mage, whose given name bears an unfortunate resemblance to a crass slang term. Apparently this was picked up on, as in the Updated Re-release Dota 2, the name is redacted and he's known only as Anti-Mage.
  • The Nintendo Wii. Fine name in Japan, but in the US it sounds a little too similar to a certain urine-related slang. It also doesn't help that "wee wee" is a particularly childish term either. It can also be mistaken for the pronoun "we" (which western advertising jumped on with their "Wii Would Like To Play" ad campaign,) making it awkward when its successor was called the Wii U...which was then mocked on the internet for different reasons.
  • In The Force Unleashed, Starkiller's Sith name was going to be Darth Icky or Darth Insanius.
  • Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi, alongside iconic characters and Arden Lyn, has a Joke Character named "Hoar". It's actually an archaic word that means "grayish white", but the people who played the game undoubtedly cackled when they said his name out loud.
  • Stage 4 of the Touhou fangame Mythical Mirror features a Dual Boss battle against two cute girls named Coral... and Oral.
  • In Ultima VI, The Avatar can find the bones of the ancient Britannian Zog. To Neo-Nazis, ZOG means Zionist Occupied Government.
  • The White Knight Chronicles series. The term 'white knight' in the West is mostly used a derogatory term for people who act like wannabe Knights In Shining Armor, blindly come to the defense of people they see as weak and helpless, regardless of whether or not the person needs or even deserves that defense.
  • Endemic to the world of Mutant Football League, as while there are the owners of ludicrously cool names like Grim Blitzrow or Dante Firepower, the vast majority of players feature such tragic monikers as Wussy Pain, Nutshack Hurtz, Turd Burglar and Lenny Twits. Being the gleeful Black Comedy that the game is, this is mostly to provide players with a good laugh during the between-play kill reports or when they're digging through their depth charts.
  • One of the characters in Garou: Mark Of The Wolves is named Marco Rodrigruez in the Japanese version. For some ungodly reason, the Western localization team decided that this perfectly normal name needed to be changed to Khushnood Butt.
  • Jackass, a senior member of the Resistance in NieR: Automata. 9S is always reluctant to refer to her by name, and it's never revealed why she has a name like that.


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