The Most On-The-Nose Character Names In Movie History

List Rules
Vote up the character names that most blatantly give away what the characters are all about.

When a description or term is on-the-nose, it means the term or name is precise or exact for the situation. However, there can also be a negative connotation that comes with the idiom, particularly in reference to a creative work. 

For the most part, many writers are taught to avoid penning dialogue or situations that are too “on-the-nose” because it can be regarded as too obvious with little room for imagination. But what about movie character names? Will a totally on-the-nose name be regarded as too punny or too obvious to be effective? 

Vote up these on-the-nose character names that totally give away the set up of the character.  
 


  • The word "cruel" is right there in the Disney antagonist's first name, while her last name hints at the word "devil."

    Not too surprising when it turns out she's the kind of person who wants to skin puppies.

  • A fairy places a spell on the Prince and all of the people in his kingdom, including his innocent staff.

    The servants are turned into objects reflected by their names and their jobs in the castle. The head housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, is turned into a teapot, while her son, Chip, transforms into a teacup (with a chip in it).

  • The character Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) is originally from Ian Fleming's 1959 James Bond novel Goldfinger, which was later adapted into the classic 1964 movie. Galore is the attractive leader of an all-women group of cat burglars. 

    Fleming was clearly going for the double entendre there. It's... not that hard to catch.

  • Maleficent, 'Sleeping Beauty'
    Photo: Sleeping Beauty / Buena Vista Distribution

    Maleficent is the evil fairy who curses Princess Aurora. The word "maleficent" means to cause harm. The prefix "mal" means bad or evil.

    It's Disney's simple way of assigning a character name with a direct word meaning.

  • Remus Lupin, 'Harry Potter'
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Remus Lupin is a half-blood wizard and a well-regarded professor at Hogwarts. He also transforms into a werewolf.

    "Remus" refers to a mythological figure who was raised by a wolf, while "Lupin" is the Latin word for wolf. How Lupin's parents knew to name him after a werewolf is up for debate. 

  • Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) is a CIA Agent and astrophysicist working undercover for the evil Hugo Drax in the 1979 Bond film Moonraker. "Goodhead" is another one of those Bond Girls' not-so-subtle double entendres. 

    Goodhead winds up helping Bond (Roger Moore) save the day in Moonraker. At the end of the film, the pair hook up in a space shuttle.