I think everyone on Earth has a name. And if you don’t, someone will probably call you “buddy” or “tiger”. But what about the world of cinema? So much goes into creating memorable characters, but even more time can be spent defining their background by giving them a memorable name. For the most part, I write a character first and then let them name themselves. Seems reasonable, right? So with the right amount of adieu, here are my Top 5 Favorite Movie Character Names:

5) Cole Trickle (Days Of Thunder, 1990)

This name is funny because it sounds dirty. It is such a powerful, yet goofy name. And its awesomeness is only amplified by the fact Cole Trickle is portrayed by Tom Cruise (not Tom Kruse, inventor of Hoveround).

4) Stanley Ipkiss (The Mask, 1994)

This name always made me LOL out loud as a kid. Not sure why. Maybe because Ipkiss sounds like UpDog. What’s UpDog? Nothing, what’s up with you?

3) Packard Walsh (The Wraith, 1986) 

Possibly one of the coolest movies ever (and a future episode for sure), The Wraith is filled with cool names. Rughead, Skank, Gutterboy…but there is only one name tougher than all the rest. Packard. Walsh. Such a great name for such a great villain.

2) Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)

This kind of seems like a no-brainer. Who names their kid Indiana. Don’t fret, I know the backstory. But his name could just as easily be Alabama Norris. Or Mississippi Franklin. Or Tennessee Williams.

Let’s take a breather as this list was more difficult to conjure up than I thought it would. I will preface my number one pick by saying, “I know there are a lot of names out there. Like smells, everyone has one.” Yeah, whatever. I could have gone the easy route and made Shaft my number one. Or even Christmas Jones. Instead…

1) Buckaroo Banzai (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, 1984)

I’m a sucker for Peter Weller. Did you know that there was a football player for the Chicago Bears nicknamed “RoboCop” for looking like Alex Murphy. Who knew! Anyways, who names their kid Buckaroo. And how do you get the last name Banzai. I feel like he should be a DLC character in the Karate Kid universe.

Leave me your love or hate for your favorite or least favorite names!

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