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    Default PC names that make you cringe.

    I'll give you a setting here:

    Me: Okay so whats your character's name?

    Fighter player: Grimm Reeper.

    Me:.


    The name kind of made sense since he was using a scythe, but the name just made me cringe at how out of place it sounded in a 13th centurie low magic campaign.

    Any of you have similar stories?
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    A certain ninja that started off as a comic relief but became annoying fast (unoptimized single-class ninja does not fare too well in an optimized tier 1 party):

    Tidus Atyger (pronounced like 'tight as a tiger')

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    I've seen both John Rambo and William Marshall.

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    Holden Magroen and Loven Magroen. Holden's father is named Spotson. They had a cousin somewhere named Caressen.


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    The monk's name was Hung Wei Lo.

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    Urist Mc???? on any dwarf. Yes, Dwarf Fortress is a good game. Have some creativity, or at least no in-jokes.
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    After 27 years, I don't think anything could surprise me. But I despise characters named after other characters.

    Examples:
    Sorcerer =/= Belgarath
    Wizard =/= Gandalf
    Rogue =/= Grey Mouser
    Barbarian =/= Conan
    Bard =/= Shakespeare
    Ranger =/= Fafhrd (I know, he was called a barbarian in the stories, but his abilities seemed more on par with a ranger, IMO.)
    Warblade =/= Guts
    Swordsage =/= Griffith

    I mean, seriously, can we get some originality, here? I'd rather you name your character Bob McSmasher than name it after another character...sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amphetryon View Post
    The monk's name was Hung Wei Lo.
    That's pretty funny. Mostly because I knew a guy who named his monk Sum Hung Lo.
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    Perhaps the most egregious offense of this type that I've seen was in college, when the GM said "You can be anything you want, literally. Available options include psychic pandas, rakshasa wizards, ameobic mecha pilots, lycanthropic anthropomorphic vegetable mad scientsts. Anything."

    And the first person at the table responded: I want to play a human ninja. Named Bob.

    (By the end of the game, Bob was capable of one-shotting stars with his katana, but he was still a human ninja. Silly black costume and all.)

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    I have a Shadowrun character called Muttal. I told the group that he's "Mutt Al" but his friends shortened it to Muttal. He's a dog shaman.

    But I feel awful about the crappy name I came up with...

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    There was a Dragonborn Warlord called "Trogdor"... that got shortened to 'Trog' pretty quickly.
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    Rifts character named Eric Shawn.

    He died when a bridge dropped on him. The Brooklyn bridge to be exact. Everybody tried telling him not to go that way too.
    Don't know your name but bring the pain.

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    A scum character in my dark heresy campaign has called himself Fabio

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    I don't think anyone can beat "Minmax The Unstoppable", but still...

    Ones I have had to suffer:
    Dirk Dodgers (rogue type in wide brimmed hat)
    Sp'am (awakened boar barbarian)
    Prod, the Dwarf (fighter)

    Ones I have used:
    Glitch (Warforged Juggernaut)
    Aziz (human monk)
    Krang The Musicless (half-orc bard)

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    Recall a Soldier in a Star Wars campaign with the name of Keith McDougal.

    Of the Corellia McDougals, perhaps.

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    Barbie the Female Halforc Barbarian and her Pink horse are are why i must approve of PC names and gear now in my games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmiles View Post
    After 27 years, I don't think anything could surprise me. But I despise characters named after other characters.
    I was in a LARP once with a friend who was a professional writer, when she ran across a PC named after one of her characters, Gerrald Terrant. She bitched him out for half an hour, then went to a DM and gave him the choice of changing his name or losing his character :-).

    Worst character name I have seen in a game? Tig Ol Bitties. The character was played by a female player, and yes, the character did have, err...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmiles View Post
    After 27 years, I don't think anything could surprise me. But I despise characters named after other characters.
    Like in my Exalted game, where the martial artist is named Sun Wukong...? Ooh, and the scythe-wielding guy is named (according to the top of his character sheet, anyway) Black Star ☆, not to be confused with Black☆Star.

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    This one makes me cringe and laugh at the same time: Dread Necromancer named Jacques Le'Clap.
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    Bugbear in the Playground
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    Jesus.


    Yeah....

    Edit: I have two players who take naming their characters less than seriously. One usually uses the same name for everything, the other just tries to be either offensive or crude. I've usually taken the latter in my stride (he does come up with gold occasionally) but that name was the first time I've ever lost my temper at him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmiles View Post
    EDIT:That's pretty funny. Mostly because I knew a guy who named his monk Sum Hung Lo.
    In an OA campaign we once encountered a recurring villain monk named Hung Lo Fat.


    Names I have had to veto recently:
    Dr. Gizwank
    Snizzy Snazzbullets
    Optimus Prime
    Voltron

    Yes, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panaikhan View Post
    Glitch (Warforged Juggernaut)
    ...that's actually a pretty awesome name for a spazzy warforged.


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    A ranger named himself "timeless arrow."

    The party wizard started calling him "timeless error."

    If you've seen timeless error on the forums, then yes, it is the same one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AslanCross View Post
    ...that's actually a pretty awesome name for a spazzy warforged.
    By the time i'd finished, people called it "Mecha-G", as it had the Jaws of death, heat-beam eyes, a prehensile (weapon-familiar) tail, and loved stomping through walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panaikhan View Post
    By the time i'd finished, people called it "Mecha-G", as it had the Jaws of death, heat-beam eyes, a prehensile (weapon-familiar) tail, and loved stomping through walls.
    Have an Internet and a cookie to go with it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by panaikhan View Post
    Aziz (human monk)
    Aziz, light!
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    Anything I recognise from another media-source. Anything that's obviously a contemporary name in a non-contemporary setting.
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    A dwarf in a LARP

    "Hi, my name is Durex"


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    Glitch (Warforged Juggernaut)
    I would totally be fine with this name.
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    Cousin named his githzerai scoutv

    KHAN!

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    I think whoever named their character Dr.Gizwank wins the prize for worst PC name ever. I feel bad you had to bring back the memories of (I'm guessing) a perverted sort of Gnome Cleric healer.
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