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17 Movie Character Names With Incredibly Clever Meanings You Might Not Have Picked Up On

A name is never just a name. A fun place to learn cool things about your favorite films is r/MovieDetails, and I recently went down a wormhole reading about the hidden meanings of character names. Here are some of the most interesting ones I found: 1. In Wreck-It Ralph, the two donut police officers —…

17 Movie Character Names With Incredibly Clever Meanings You Might Not Have Picked Up On

A name is never just a name.

A fun place to learn cool things about your favorite films is r/MovieDetails, and I recently went down a wormhole reading about the hidden meanings of character names. Here are some of the most interesting ones I found:

1.

In Wreck-It Ralph, the two donut police officers — Duncan and Wynnchel — are named after the famous donut chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Winchell’s Donut House.

Two donuts as police officers in the animated film


Walt Disney Pictures

2.

In Cheaper by the Dozen (a movie about a family with 12 kids), the family’s last name is Baker — a reference to the term “a baker’s dozen.”

The Baker family, all fourteen of them, eat around a breakfast table


Warner Bros.

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3.

In Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey’s character Lloyd Christmas is desperate to be with Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), who he has no chance with. If they did get married, though, her new name would be Mary Christmas — another reason why things were unlikely to ever work between the two.

Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas looks longingly at Lauren Holly as Mary Swanson


New Line Cinema

4.

In The Incredibles, the last name of Mr. and Mrs. Incredibles’ family is Parr — because they want everyone to think they are average.

The Parr family eats dinner


Disney/Pixar

5.

In The Goonies, the bad guys were named the Fratelli Brothers. In Italian, “Fratelli” means “brothers,” so the filmmakers (having a little fun, I imagine) basically named them “the Brothers Brothers.”

The Fratelli Brothers choke Chunk in the movie


Warner Bros.

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6.

In Elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) and Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) name their baby Susie — likely to honor Buddy’s biological mom, Susan Wells, who passed away after giving Buddy up for adoption.

Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf holds a baby with


Warner Bros.

7.

In Deadpool, the cab driver character is named Dopinder in tribute to a “really cool friend” of Ryan Reynolds’ from grade school who tragically died after being struck by lightning.

A friendly-looking cabbie drives Deadpool


20th Century Fox

8.

In Joker — directed by Todd Phillips — Murray Franklin introduces a guest on his show as an actor named “Ethan Chase.” Ethan Chase was the name of Zack Galifianakis’s character in Todd Phillips’ earlier film Due Date.

9.

In Superbad, Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are named after the film’s screenwriters, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, who started writing the script when they were teenagers.

Jonah Hill and Michael Sera walk away from a bus in the film


Columbia/Sony

10.

In Up, the villain, Charles Muntz, is allegedly named after Charles Mintz, the real-life film producer with whom Walt Disney had a strained relationship (and whose professional relationship ended acrimoniously).

Up's Charles Muntz stalks forward with a gun

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