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Vincent: And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?

Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.

Jules: What do they call it?

Vincent: They call it a "Royale with Cheese".

A Dub Name Change is when one, several, or all the characters have their names drastically changed with the importing of a fictional property.

Usually it's meant to be a Woolseyism, when name changes are made so the audiences of the foreign country can better understand and relate to the characters. Names are also changed to avoid controversial names (or have different meanings in another culture like Mr. Satan), prevent copyright infringement or retain Meaningful or Punny Names that would otherwise be lost in a more pure translation. In the case of video games, these have often come about due to limitations in the number of characters used in a name (Japanese names can be much longer than names written in English). Sometimes not all the names will be translated, leading to Aerith and Bob situations in some cases.

Fans of the original material are likely to get upset about the name changes (and some are legitimate Macekres) but other fans have embraced (or at least tolerated) these name changes. It usually depends on how strong the culture/national pride in the original work comes out, European names on characters who are supposed to be Japanese and from Japan can seem a little odd. As well, some are not actually changes but a romanization or translation that is easier for foreign voice actors to replicate.

For the same name with a different spelling see Spell My Name with an "S". See also Clean Dub Name when it happens to avoid profanity or jokes.


Foreign-to-English Examples:

Japanese to English Name Changes

  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Koopa Daimaō (sometimes "Kuppa") to Bowser, King of the Koopas.
      • And by extension, Koopa Jr. to Bowser Jr. and Dark Koopa to Dark Bowser.
    • Princess Peach to Princess Toadstool (in early games only, of course. She started going by her original name starting with Super Mario 64.)
    • Kinopio, Kinopiko and Kinojii to Toad, Toadette and Toadsworth, respectively.
    • Rosetta to Rosalina
    • Kuribo to Goomba
    • Noko Noko to Koopa Troopa
    • Pata Pata to Paratroopa
    • Teresa to Boo
    • Kuristine to Goombella
    • Kurio and Kuriko to Goombario and Goombaria
    • Heihō to Shy Guy
    • Pakkun Flower to Piranha Plant. Also, Boss Pakkun to Petey Piranha.
    • Catherine to Birdo
    • Jugem to Lakitu
    • Mamu to Wart, though he goes by his Japanese name in his Link's Awakening cameo.
    • Gerakowitz to Fawful
    • Count Noir to Count Bleck
    • Killer to Bullet Bill
    • Gessō to Blooper
    • Puku Puku to Cheep-Cheep
    • Wanwan to Chain Chomp
    • Yossy to Yoshi (later Japanese versions used the American spelling)
  • Macross to Robotech
    • Hikaru Ichijyo to Rick Hunter
    • Misa Hayase to Lisa Hayes
    • Hayao Kakizaki to Ben Dixon
    • Averted regarding Lin Minmei, most likely because she's shown returning to her home in Tokyo's Chinatown at one point in the series.
      • The spelling, however, is changed. Lin Minmei becomes Lynn Minmay (the anime uses both, in the same episode no less, but the latter is the official spelling). "Lin" to "Lynn" also applies to everyone in her family.
  • GoLion to Voltron
    • Akira to Keith
    • Isamu to Lance
    • Tsuyoshi to Hunk
    • Hiroshi to Pidge
    • Takashi to Sven
    • Fala to Allura
    • Daibazaal to Zarkon
    • Sincline to Lotor
    • Honerva to Hagar
    • Raible to Coran
    • Lady Hys to Nanny
    • Amue to Romelle
    • Alor to Bandor
    • Ryō to Sven[1]
  • Sailor Moon was quite extensive across the original English dub (all handled by Optimum under several different licensors). Many carried over into the original Tokyopop/Mixx Entertainment manga release as well. For the sake of not converting this to an exhaustive list, this simply covers the main characters and a tiny number of supporting cast members. The more recent updated re-release by Kodansha Comics uses a different translation than the original Mixx release and uses Japanese names only.
    • Usagi to Serena
    • Mamoru Chiba to Darien Shields (the surname only appeared in the Mixx manga)
      • Prince Endymion to Prince Darien (and later King Endymion to "King of the Earth"). This one caused a Dub Induced Plot Hole in the anime.
    • Ami Mizuno to Amy Anderson (though "Mizuno" also appeared during the Cloverway run)
    • Rei to Raye
    • Makoto to Lita
    • Minako to Mina
    • Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon to Rini/Sailor Mini Moon
    • Setsuna to Trista
    • Michiru to Michelle
    • Haruka to Amara
      • Some dolls put out by Irwin Toys in Canada called Haruka "Corrinn" and Michiru "Nerissa", but these were released despite no dub of S at the time to accompany them. It's not known whether Di C would have actually used these names had they continued their license of the franchise into S, and when Cloverway took over, the characters had different names.
        • A single issue of the original SMILE run of Sailor Moon called Haruka "Alex Haruka" and Hotaru "Jenny", though they admitted this was a mistake and all future reprints, including in the now out-of-print Pocket Mixx collections, reverted to their Japanese names.
    • Naru Osaka to Molly Baker
    • Gurio Umino to Melvin
    • Yūichirō to Chad
    • Shingo to Sammy
    • And that's just the main cast. Pretty much everything changed.
  • Jungle Emperor Leo to Kimba the White Lion
    • Leo to Kimba
    • Raiya to Kitty
    • Panja to Ceaser
    • Eliza to Snowene
    • Coco to Polly Cracker
    • Tommy to Bucky
    • Mandy to Dan'l Baboon
    • Bongo to Speedy
    • Pagoola to Kelly Phunt
    • Bubu to Claw
    • Sylvester to Cassius
    • Dick and Bo to Tom and Tab
    • Ken-ichi to Roger Ranger
    • Dr. Mustache to Mr. Pompous
    • Ham Egg to Viper Snakely
    • Kutter to Tubby
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman to Battle of the Planets (to G-Force to Eagle Riders to the Gatchaman '94 OVA dub):
    • Ken "The Eagle" Washio to Mark to Ace Goodheart to Hunter Harris to... Ken.
    • Joe "The Condor" Asakura to Jason to Dirk Daring (No relation) to Joe Thax to... Joe.
    • Jun "The Swan" to Princess to Agatha June to Kelly Jennar to June.
    • Jinpei "The Swallow" to Keyop to Pee-Wee to Mickey Dugan to Jimmy "The Falcon".
    • Ryu "The Owl" Nakanishi to Tiny Harper to Hoot Owl to Ollie Keeawani to Rocky.
    • Berg Katse to Zoltar to Galactor to Lukan to Solaris.
    • Dr. Kozaburo Nambu to Chief William Anderson to Dr. Brighthead to Thaddeus Keane to...Dr. Nambu.
    • Leader X to "The Great Spirit" to Computor to Cybercon to Lord Zortek.
    • Red Impulse (Kentaro Washio) to Colonel Cronus to Red Impulse again to Harley Harris to Red Spectre.
    • Director Anderson was referred to as President Kane in Battle of the Planets, while the G-Force dub writers couldn't decide if he was "Director Anderson" or "Commander Todd". "Anderson" was definitely retained in Saban's Eagle Riders and the OVA dub though.
    • The Galactor syndicate to Planet Spectra back to Galactor to Vorak and then Galactor again.
    • Eagle Riders provided its own slew of name changes to characters exclusive to Gatchaman II and Fighter, the most notable examples being:
      • Gel Sadra to Mallanox (along with a confusing gender change). Her true name was also changed from Sammie Pandora to Nancy Aikens.
      • Dr.Sylvie Pandora to Dr.Francine Aikens
      • Dr.Rafael to Professor Andro
      • Count Erun Egobossler was given the name Happy Boy. Because he "likes to laugh so much". Apparently the only alternative dub name would have been "Merry Man".
  • Mazinger Z to Tranzor Z
    • Koji to Tommy
    • Sayaka to Jessica
    • Shiro to Toad
    • Dr.Yumi to Dr. Davis
    • Boss to Bobo
    • Dr. Hell to Dr. Demon
    • Baron Ashura to Devleen
    • Count Brocken to Count Decapito
  • Final Fantasy II
    • Frioniel to Firion
    • Guy to Gus in the Origins release (future releases reverted to Guy)
    • Leonhart to Leon
      • Firion and Leon both came about due to character limitations in the game
  • Final Fantasy IV
    • Gilbert to Edward
  • Final Fantasy VI
    • Tina to Terra (to keep it exotic)
    • Mash to Sabin
    • Cayenne to Cyan (space limitations)
    • Stragus to Strago (space limitations)
    • Realm to Relm (Significant in that her name is supposed to be pronounced like "real" with an "m" at the end.)
    • Gastra to Gestahl
    • Madeen/Madin to Maduin
    • Madeline to Madonna (then back to Madeline)
    • Biggs to Vicks (then back)
    • Orthros to Ultros
    • Typhon to Chupon (then back)
    • Magical Beast to Esper
    • Most monsters and espers.
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
    • Witch to Sorceress
    • Summon Quetzalcoatl became Quezacotl due to character limitations
    • Ellione to Ellone
    • Dodonna to Martine (the former being another Star Wars joke)
  • Final Fantasy IX
    • Marilith to Maliris
    • Burimushi became Oglop
  • Final Fantasy XII
    • Balflear to Balthier
  • Final Fantasy XIII
    • Lightning's real name: Eclair to Claire
  • Initial D (Tokyopop's version)
    • Takumi to Tak
    • Itsuki to Iggy
    • Kyoichi to Kyle
    • Kouichiro to Cole
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!, and its various sequels: the manga release of the original series kept the Japanese names of everything except the cards (in order to make the connection to the real world cards clearer) and Pegasus due to a lack of coordination in the licensing. The GX manga release always used dub names for characters that appeared in the anime.
    • Yugi Mutou kept his name, but its pronunciation changed so his last name sounded like "Moto".
    • Katsuya Jonouchi to Joey Wheeler
    • Hiroto Honda to Tristan Taylor
    • Anzu Mazaki to Téa Gardner
    • Sugoroku Mutou to Solomon Moto
    • Mai Kujaku to Mai Valentine
    • Shizuka Kawai to Serenity Wheeler
    • Ryuji Otogi to Duke Devlin
    • Pegasus J. Crawford to Maximillion Pegasus, though really just referred to as "Pegasus" either way.
  • Digimon (note: in the case of the first season and the manga adaptation of the second season, the characters' original names were retained as their proper names, whilst their dub names were their nicknames.)
    • Taichi Yagami to "Tai" Kamiya
    • Yamato to "Matt"
    • Hikari to "Kari"
    • Takeru to "T.K."
    • Koushiro to "Izzy" (based on his surname, Izumi)
    • Tailmon to Gatomon
    • Altur Kabuterimon to MegaKabuterimon
    • Holy Angemon to MagnaAngemon
    • Vamdemon to Myotismon
    • Belial Vamdemon to MaloMayotismon
    • Mugendramon to Machinedramon
    • Pinnochiomon to Puppetmon
    • Iori to Cody
    • Miyako to Yolei
    • Daisuke to Davis
    • Osamu to Sam
    • Sam to Phil
    • Wallace to Willis
    • Fladramon to Flamedramon
    • Jenrya to Henry
    • Ruki Makino to Rika Nonaka
    • Juri to Jeri
    • Izumi to Zoe
    • Junpei to J.P.
    • Tomoki to Tommy
    • Fairymon to Kazemon
    • Masaru Daimon to Marcus Damon
    • Touma to Thomas
    • Ikuto Noguchi to Keenan Crier
    • Rentarou Satsuma to Richard Sampson
    • Hiroshi (Yushima) to Homer
    • Chika to Kristy
    • Sayuri to Sarah
    • Suguru to Spencer
    • Yatagaramon to Crowmon
    • And many, many, many more
  • Detective Conan to Case Closed (changed to avoid a lawsuit from DC Comics, who hold an ironclad trademark on the name "Conan" in all media forever—with a single exception—and aren't afraid to sue into oblivion anything else that shares the name)
    • Shinichi Kudo to Jimmy Kudo
    • Yukiko Kudo to Vivian Kudo
    • Yuusaku Kudo to Booker Kudo
    • Ran Mouri to Rachel Moore
    • Kogoro Mouri to Richard Moore
    • Eri Kisaki to Eva Kadan
    • Ai Haibara to Anita Hailey
    • Sonoko Suzuki to Serena Sebastian
    • Wataru Takagi to Inspector Wilder
    • Ninzaburou Shiratori to Inspector Santos
    • Heiji Hattori to Harley Hartwell
    • Heizou Hattori to Martin Hartwell
    • Kazuha Touyama to Kristen Thomas
    • Gin to Casper
    • Vodka to Melkior
  • Rockman to Mega Man
    • Dr. Right to Dr. Light[2]
    • Clash Man to Crash Man
    • Blues to Proto Man
    • Forte to Bass
    • Gospel to Treble (outside of the Mega Man Battle Network series, at least)
    • Rightot to Auto
    • Eddie to Flip-Top, and later back to Eddie
    • Earth to Terra
    • Sungod to Sunstar
  • Rockman X to Mega Man X
    • Vava to Vile
  • Rockman EXE to Mega Man Battle Network
    • Hikari Netto to Lan Hikari
    • Sakurai Meiru to Mayl Sakurai
    • Oyama Dekao to Dex Oyama
    • Ayanōkoji Yaito to Yai Ayanōkoji
    • Ijuuin Enzan to Eugene Chaud
    • Higure Yamitaro to Higsby
    • Ozono Mariko to Ms. Mari
    • Ozono Yuriko to Ms. Yuri
    • Saroma to Sal
    • Maysa to Masa
    • Hino Ken'ichi to Mr. Match
    • Hikawa Seiji to Dr. Froid
    • Hikawa Tohru to Tory Froid
    • Iroaya Madoi to Ms. Madd
    • Electric Count to Count Zap
    • Midorikawa Kero to Ribitta
    • Eguchi Meijin to Mr. Famous
    • Ms. Millionare to Ms. Millions
    • Hayami Daisuke to Speedy Dave
    • Gauss Magnets to Gauss Magnus
    • Tesla Magnets to Tesla Magnus
    • Obihiro Shun to Sean Obihiro
    • Aragoma Torakichi to Tora
    • Ivan Coolisky to Ivan Chillski
    • Narcy Hide to Viddy Narcy
    • Barrel to Baryl
    • Rokushakudama Nenji to Fyrefox
    • Paxy Faran to Pat Fahran
    • Kurogane Kunio to Al Ferry
    • Huten Roshi to Feng-Tian
    • Captain Kurohige to Blackbeard (admittedly, this is a literal translation)
    • Roppo Satoru to Prosecutor Ito
    • Nyūdo Tsuyuharu to Vic
    • Todoroki Kaita to Kai Todoroki
    • Towa Marie to Mary Towa
    • YamatoMan to JapanMan
    • FootMan to GridMan
    • SwallowMan to LarkMan
    • KillerMan to EraseMan
    • Dream Virus and Dream Aura to Life Virus and Life Aura
    • Proto to Alpha
  • Mega Man NT Warrior
    • Sakurai Meiru to Maylu Sakurai
    • Oyama Dekao to Dex Ogreon
    • Ayanokōji Yaito to Yai Ayanō
    • Ijuuin Enzan to Chaud Blaze
    • FireMan to TorchMan
    • ColorMan to WackoMan
    • ColdMan to FridgeMan
    • AquaMan to SpoutMan (coincidentally this was his name in Battle Network 6 due to inevitable legal issues with DC)
    • PlantMan to VineMan
    • BeastMan to SavageMan
    • NeedleMan to SpikeMan
    • StarMan to NovaMan
  • Dragon Ball (Harmony Gold dub)
    • Goku to Zero
    • Bulma to Lena
    • Oolong to Mao Mao
    • Yamcha to Zedaki
    • Puar to Sparkles
    • Krillin to Bongo
    • Launch to Marilynn
    • Tien to Shinto
    • Mercenary Tao to General Tao Pei
    • Korin to Whiskers the Wonder Cat
    • Master Shen to Lord Wu Zu
    • Shenron to Dragon God
      • More a case of Meaningful Name, as the Chinese "Shen-Long" actually means "Dragon God".
    • Penguin Village to Happy Valley
  • Dragon Ball (later dubs)
    • Tao Pai Pai to General Tao (DBZ)/Mercenary Tao (DB)
    • Mr. Satan to Hercule (though this was done as an edit, as American broadcast standards for kids' shows generally frown on religious references)
    • Genki Dama to Spirit Bomb
  • The Enoki Films release of Revolutionary Girl Utena:
    • Utena to Ursula
    • Anthy to Angie
    • Akio to Mike
    • Touga to Tommy
    • Juri to Julie
    • Kyouichi to Kevin
    • Miki tot Mickey
    • Nanami to Nanette
    • Wakaba to Wanda
    • Kozue to Chris
    • Shiori to Sally
    • Kanae to Kate
    • Keiko to Kelly
    • Mitsuru to Mitch
    • Souji to Sonny
    • Mamiya to Miles
    • After the original DVD's went out of print, all of the names were changed in the remastered re-release by The Right Stuf International.
  • The various dubs of the Slayers anime change the characters' names, but only phonetically. The oddest case is Amelia, whose name in the Japanese version frequently waivers between "Amelia" and "Ameria", and the kingdom of Saillune (in one of the openings, it can be seen rendered as "Sailoon") is renamed Seyruun. Also, Zelgadis and Xellos's names in Japanese were officially romanized with two s's (Zelgadiss and Xelloss). The former two names, and the "Saillune" spelling are used in the translations of the novels, but Amelia is always Amelia in all non-Japan media.
  • Gash Bell
    • Gash to Zatch (which subsquently changes the title of the series)
    • Kiyomaru to Kiyo
    • Suzume to Suzy
    • Tio to Tia
    • Shiori to Lori
    • Umagon to Ponygon (Admittedly, Umagon essentially means Horse Monster.)
    • Dufaux to Duford
    • Zeon to Zeno
    • Ropes to Hops
    • Patie to Penny
    • Kafka to Kafk
    • Papipurio to Purio
    • The Mamono race to the Mamodo race
    • And numerous instances of Spell My Name with an "S" (Koruru/Kolulu, Wonlei/Wonrei, and others)
  • One Piece (4Kids dub only)
    • Smoker to Chaser
    • Portgas D. Ace to Portgaz D. Trace.
    • Some of the Baroque Works operatives with holiday names.
    • Nefertari Cobra to Nefeltari Nebra
    • Gin to Ghin (possibly to avoid connections to alcohol, despite the different pronunciation).
    • Kung-Fu Dugongs became Kung-Fu Jugongs for some inexplicable reason.
  • Every name except Godot's (although his real name was changed) was changed during the transition from Gyakuten Saiban (Turnabout Trials) to Ace Attorney. It even has it's own page. The (Japanese) Takarazuka musical used the American names and setting rather than the original.
    • Special attention goes to Rou Shiryuu/Shi-Long Lang. Since he's from the Chinese-esque Zheng Fa the translators simply took used the Chinese reading of the kanji for his Japanese name and used that for his English name.
  • Street Fighter
    • In Street Fighter II, one of the three new bosses was an obvious Mike Tyson pastiche named M. Bison, which could have led to a likeness infringement suit had the name been kept in the American version. Since the name tags were made of solid graphics instead of text, it was easier to just rotate the names of the three bosses than make up a new one for just one character. Fan communities (particularly in tournaments between Japanese and overseas players) have adopted a set of nicknames for those characters to avoid confusion.
      • M. Bison to Balrog (Boxer)
      • Balrog to Vega (Claw)
      • Vega to M. Bison (Dictator)
    • Nash to Charlie [3]
    • Gouki to Akuma [4]
    • Julia to Jane (Guile's wife)
    • Chris to Amy (Guile's daughter)
  • Final Fight
    • Damnd to Thrasher (only in the SNES and Sega CD ports)
    • Sodom to Katana (ditto)
  • Muscle Bomber to Saturday Night Slam Masters
    • Aleksey Salazof to Biff Slamkovich "The Rocking Ruskie"
    • Lucky Colt to Gunloc
    • Mike "Macho" Haggar to Mike Haggar[5]
    • Sheep the Royal to Alexander the Grater
    • "Missing IQ" Gomes to King Rasta Mon
    • Titan the Great to Titanic Tim
    • El Stinger to El Stingray
    • Mysterious Budo to The Great Oni
    • Kimala the Bouncer to Jumbo "Flap" Jack
    • The Astro to The Scorpion
  • Vampire to Darkstalkers
    • Gallon to Jon Talbain
    • Zabel Zarock to Lord Raptor
    • Aulbath to Rikuo
    • Lei-Lei to Hsien-Ko
    • Lin-Lin to Mei-Ling
    • Phobos to Huitzil
    • Bulleta to Baby Bonnie (B.B.) Hood
    • Anita to Amanda (only in Night Warriors, she kept her original name in later localizations)
  • Shaman King
    • Manta to Morty
    • Ryu to Rio
    • Chocolove to Joco
    • Hao to Zeke
    • Horokeu Usui nicknamed Horohoro to Horohoro nicknamed Trey Racer
  • Megami Ibunroku Persona: Be Your True Mind to Revelations: Persona
    • Ayase to Alana
    • Eriko to Ellen
    • Maki to Mary
    • Hidehiko to Brad
    • Masao to Mark
    • Kei Nanjo to Nate Trinity
    • Reiji to Chris
    • Tadashi to Tad
    • Tamaki to Tammy
    • Toro to Chunky
    • Akuma to Kain
    • Ms. Saeko to Ms. Smith
    • Principal Hannya to Dean Harding
    • Yamaoka to Alfred
    • Takahisa Kandora to GUIDO "THE ROCK" SARDENIA
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
    • Kuma to Teddie
  • Saint Seiya to Knights of the Zodiac
    • Deathmask to Mephisto
    • Saori to Princess Sienna
  • Okami
    • Most characters have had their names shortened somewhat.
  • Wild Arms XF
    • Labryna has changed to Labyrinthia.
  • Chrono Trigger:
  • Chrono Cross (most due to space issues):
    • DragChild to Draggy
    • Farga to Fargo
    • Kinoko (Mushroom) to Funguy
    • Jillbert to Greco
    • Gyadarun to Grobyc
    • Alf to Guile
    • Tsukoyomi (Harlequin) to Harle
    • Lutianna to Luccia
    • Mamacha to Macha
    • Marcella to Marcy
    • Mell to Mel
    • Lucky Dan to Mojo
    • Slash to Nikki (so as not to confuse people with the Slash from Chrono Trigger mentioned above)
    • Ishito to Norris
    • Ocha to Orcha
    • Tumalu to Pip
    • Lazzuly to Razzly
    • Skarl to Skelly
    • Snakebone Master Jyakotu to Lord Viper (just "Viper" in the profile screens)
    • Spriggan to Sprigg
    • StarChild to Starky
    • Van Cliff to Van
    • Yamaneko to Lynx
    • One of the bosses, the Lunar Dragon, got mistranslated to Time Devourer (despite the Time Devourer actually being the next boss)
  • Tales of Destiny
    • Stan to Stahn (to ease correct pronounciation)
    • Lion to Leon (same reason as above)
    • Mighty Kongman to Bruiser Khang
    • Johnny Shiden to Karyl Sheeden
    • Woodrow to Garr
  • Tales of Eternia to Tales of Destiny II
    • Fog to Max
  • Tales of Symphonia
    • Refill to Raine
    • Genius to Genis
    • Regal Bryan to Regal Bryant (likely the original intention anyway)
    • A couple of other names were not so much changed as re-Romanized, to ease pronunciation:
      • Collet to Colette
      • Shihna to Sheena
  • Tales of Hearts to its translation patch
    • Kohak to Amber. This also seeps in during the localized Tales of Graces f, where Kohak/Amber becomes a Bonus Boss, and her dubbed name is also Amber.
    • Hisui to Jadeite (the literal translation of Hisui would be 'Jade', but since there's another Jade...)
  • Yotsuba&! doesn't do this much, but:
    • One time, when Miura was wearing a robot costume made of cardboard, Yotsuba asked what the robot's name was. Miura improvised a name based on the material. The ADV Manga translation gave it as "Cardbo", while the Yen Press translation gave it back its original Japanese name of "Danbo" (from danboro, the Japanese for corrugated cardboard).
  • Pokémon anime
  • Cardcaptor Sakura to Cardcaptors
    • Sakura Kinomoto to Sakura Avalon. They were originally going to rename Sakura "Nikki", but kept it as Sakura in response to protests. The dub still mispronounces her name by emphasizing the second syllable (sa-KU-ra) rather than the way the Japanese would say it (SA-kura).
    • Touya Kinomoto to Tori Avalon
    • Fujitaka to Aiden
    • Takashi to Zachary
    • Chiharu to Chelsea
    • Tomoyo to Madison
    • Yukito Tsukishiro to Julian Starr
    • Eriol Hiiragizawa to Eli Moon
  • Keroro Gunsou to Sgt Frog (FUNimation test dub only)
    • All of the frogs lost one syllable off their names (eg. Keroro to Kero)
    • Natsumi to Nathalie
    • Neko/Kitty/Cat to Mr. Furbottom (this is the only one they kept, except they corrected it by making it Ms. Furbottom)
    • Keron to Frogalon
    • Pekopon to Wuss
    • Pekoponian to Wussian
    • In the official dub, the only other characters whose names have been changed thus far are George Nakata, who became "the guy who was George Clooney's butt double in Michael Clayton and Batman and Robin" and Dasonu* Maso, who became the Dance* Master because the pun doesn't work at all in English.
  • Beyblade
    • Takao Kinomiya to Tyson Granger
    • Max Mizuhara to Max Tate
    • Hiromi to Hilary
  • Tokyo Mew Mew to Mew Mew Power
    • Ichigo Momomiya to Zoey Hanson
    • Lettuce Midorikawa to Bridgette Verdant
    • Mint Aizawa to Corina Bucksworth
    • Zakuro Fujiwara to Renee Roberts
    • Bu-Ling (Pudding) Fong to Kiki Benjamin
    • Masaya to Mark
    • Kish to Dren
    • Pai to Sardon
    • Tart to Tarb
  • Pretty Cure
  • Ojamajo Doremi to Magical DoReMi
    • Doremi Harukaze to Dorie Goodwyn
    • Hazuki Fujiwara to Reanne Griffith
    • Aiko Senoo to Mirabelle Haywood
    • Pop to Caitlyn
    • Onpu Segawa to Ellie Craft
    • Majorika to Patina
    • Majoruka to Petunia
  • Powerpuff Girls Z
    • Instead of having civilian names and hero names, the girls were referred to as "Blossom", "Bubbles" and "Buttercup" morphed and unmorphed, supposedly to better align it with the original series.
      • Although this makes little sense because the whole point of them having hero codenames was so that they could keep their superheroine identities secret (and not run the risk of being attacked at home or having their families attacked to get to them...)
    • Peach to Poochie
    • Snake to Ivy (which doesn't align with the original series at all)
    • PPGZ was set in Tokyo (a few actual landmarks, plus the general scenery and the use of Japanese signs everywhere). In the dub, it was switched to "New Townsville".
    • Villainess Princess Morbucks was stripped of her civilian identity too (in the Japanese, her civilian name was Himeko Shirogane).
    • Just about all other Japanese names were switched for English ones too. The boy who bullied Ken in the episode where her returns to school to make friends is given the name "Joey", and Blossom's sister is renamed from Kuriko to Kasey, among others.
  • Dynaman
    • Dan to Wooshi (Wushi?)
    • Ryuu to Huba
    • Yosuke to Franky the Human Outboard Motor
    • Kosaku to Cowboy
    • Rei to Slojin
    • Emperor Atom to Bernie Tanaka
    • General Kar to Mel Fujitsu
    • Prince Megiddo to Nigel
  • Parasyte had the Tokyo Pop translation do this:
    • Tamura Reiko to Tamara Rockford
    • Saitomi to Sara
    • The protagonist's Evil Hand is nicknamed Migi ("Righty"), but because the image was flipped, he became "Lefty" in the translation
  • Averted in Death Note. Contrary to what appears to be popular belief, in the English version Raito was not changed to Light. "Raito" is the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "Light", and "Light" is also the official romanization in Japan.
    • Played straight for a minor American character, Rally Connors, whose name was changed to Larry Connors.
  • Almost all the names in the Phantasy Star series had to be changed because of space allowance; in Japanese, it allowed four characters, but in English, that meant it only allowed four letters. Several jokes get around the fandom about how the people of Algo can't comprehend names longer than four letters long. However, some changes were not only unnecessary, they were confusing.
    • Alisa/Alyssa to Alis
    • Tylon/Tyrone to Odin
    • Lutz to Noah, which became an inconsistency in the fandom and has spawned decades-old arguments and theories over who the first Esper was.
    • Pike to Gryz
    • Lyla to Alys (Alis was the heroine of the first game, and many fans wondered about the connection; there isn't one.)
    • Rudy to Chaz
    • Fal to Rika
    • Thray to Rune
    • Cess to Kyra
    • Anna to Amy
    • Amia to Anna
    • Kane to Rhys
    • Lann to Thea
    • Lynn to Sari
    • Lane to Nial
    • Noin to Cris
    • Fuin to Adan
    • Ruin to Aron
    • Luna to Kara (a stunningly inappropriate name change, since the character is the princess of the moon)
    • Laia to Gwen (a more appropriate change, as there were three Laia's in the game; the first was a historic figure (Laya), the second was her sister (also Laya), and the third was the sister's daughter (Gwen).)
  • Katamari Damacy:
    • Ichigo-chan to Ichigo (notable because the -chan is always included with her name to indicate her Kawaiiko status)
    • Jun to June
    • Horumon to Daisy
    • Bosu/Boss to Drooby
    • Y to Huey
    • Usohito to Slip
    • Nai Nai 043 to Nai-Nai
    • Bran to Dangle
    • Roger to Drive
  • Transformers: Car Robot was originally about a group of new Transformers. However, the English version, Transformers Robots in Disguise, changed it so they were named after characters from the original series.
    • Fire Convoy to Optimus Prime
    • God Magnus to Ultra Magnus
    • Mach Alert to Prowl
    • Ox to Ironhide
    • Build Hurricane to Grimlock
    • Counterarrow to Mirage
    • Wild Ride to X-Brawn
    • Indy Heat to Skid-Z
    • Brave Maximus to Fortress Maximus
    • Gigatron to Megatron
    • Devil Gigatron to Galvatron
    • Greejeeber to Rollbar
    • Black Convoy to Scourge
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Dr. Eggman to Dr. Robotnik, and then back to Dr. Eggman (this still annoys a lot of old English-speaking Sonic fans who prefer the English name).
      • Yuji Naka explained in interviews that Dr. Ivo Robotnik is his real name and Dr. Eggman is a nickname, similarly to how Tails' real name is Miles Prower. This is pretty much confirmed by Sonic Adventure 2, which introduced Dr. Eggman's grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik, and cousin, Maria Robotnik.
    • Amy Rose to Princess Sally (only in the manual for Sonic the Hedgehog CD)
  • The Legendary Starfy
    • Kyorosuke to Moe
  • Akumajou Dracula to Castlevania
    • The Belmondo clan to the Belmont clan [6]
    • Ralph C. Belmondo to Trevor Belmont
    • Johnny Morris to John Morris
    • Soma Kurusu to Soma Cruz [7]
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
    • Takeshi Jinno to Takeshi Jin
    • Masa Ishikawa to Mark Ramsey
    • Aoi Himawari to Jesse Martin
    • Yuri Jinno to Yuri Jin
  • Golden Sun
    • Robin to Isaac
    • Gerald to Garet
    • Mary to Mia
    • Garcia to Felix
    • Jasmine to Jenna
    • Sclater to Kraden
  • The first Breath of Fire had the names of a great deal of the characters (as well as spells, towns, enemies, items...everything) changed due to both name length issues in Super NES games and Square producing the North American localisation.
    • Gilliam to Bo
    • Danc to Karn
    • Builder to Ox
    • Manillo to Gobi
    • Deis to Bleu (This has caused some minor continuity issues with later games)
    • Zorgon to Zog
    • Judas to Jade
    • Kyura to Cort
    • Sigmund to Mote
    • Carla to Cerl
  • Breath of Fire II also had a number of name changes, largely to preserve puns and due to technical issues with the name length again.
  • Breath of Fire III has a few, mostly to preserve puns or due to space issues, yet again:
    • Pecoros to Peco
    • Garland to Garr
    • Babaderu to Bunyan (setting up for a Mythology Gag in IV; the original Japanese name in III is itself a Mythology Gag in reference to a Mini Boss in II)
    • Zurusuru to Loki
    • Xanth to Sunder
    • Great Wise Tree to Yggdrasil
    • Bono to Jono
  • Breath of Fire IV has literally every NPC dragon, monster, and/or place-name rendered originally in Japanese kanji rendered in Korean hanja readings (in an EXTRAORDINARILY RARE Japanese-to-Korean example done in most international versions of Breath of Fire IV not using CJK script--including at least one case of what appears to be a rename of a monster to gratuitous Korean).
    • Babaderu to Bunyan
    • Master to Ershin (a rare English-to-Chinese example to preserve a Bilingual Bonus for a Meaningful Name that is a major plot spoiler)
  • Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter limits it to groups rather than people, except for one mistake:
    • Dva to Dover (a misromanization of the russian word for 4, part of the game's Theme Naming)
    • Members to Regents
    • DBs to Genics
  • Earthbound
    • Porky to Pokey (and back again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
    • Gyiyg to Giygas
    • Runt to King (Ness's dog)
    • PK Fighting Spirit to PSI Rockin (Ness's signature attack)
  • The Kirby anime: First the title: Hoshi no Kirby (often translated as Kirby of the Stars) to Kirby Right Back At Ya. Then:
    • The main areas. Pupu Village became Cappytown and Pupupuland became Dreamland. The latter is done in the games as well, and so the change of Pupu Village to Cappytown isn't too far-fetched either, considering the whole town is populated mostly by cappies!
    • Fumu to Tiff
    • Bun to Tuff
    • Escargon to Escargoon
    • Holy Nightmare Corporation to Nightmare Enterprises
    • Nightmare to eNeMeE (though occasionally the show still called him Nightmare)
    • Lololo and Lalala to Fololo and Falala
    • Lola to Fofa
    • Parm and Memu to Sir Ebrum and Lady Like
    • Borun to Bookem
    • Sato to Buttercup
    • Oosaka to Shiitake
    • Dakonyo to Kit Cosmos
    • A special mention to this trio of kids: Honey keeps her name, But Iroo and Hohhe are changed - Iroo becomes Spikehead and Hohhe is called Iroo!
    • Chilidog to Wolfwrath
    • Boukyakku to Erasem
    • Noseman to Honker Stomper
    • A ghost called Urameshiya in the original who appears to have no name whatsoever in the dub.
    • And probably many more forgotten here.
  • Kirby (game):
    • Mark to Marx
    • Galactic Knight to Galacta Knight
  • Mon Colle Knights
    • Rokuna to Rockna
    • Namiko Gokumare to Naomi Loon
    • Count Collection to Prince Eccentro
    • Utahime to Kahimi
    • Guuko to Gluko
    • Leprechaun to Impy
    • Zaha to Gabriolis
    • Shiru to Spectra Angel
    • Ruth to Lucca
      • Many one-episode monsters also were changed, such as Electric Eel to Zap The Eel Monster and Orthros to Dopplefanger.
  • Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun to Flint the Time Detective
    • Genshi to Flint Hammerhead
    • Dad-Tan to Rocky Hammerhead
    • Sora Yamato to Sara Goodman
    • Tokio Yamato to Tony Goodman
    • Kyoichiro Narugami to Merlock Holmes
    • Time Pilfer (T.P.) Lady to Petra Fina
    • Many Time shifters
  • G Gundam aired on Cartoon Network starting in August 2002; however, many of the Gundams' actual names were changed for different reasons. Three of them were changed for religious references, one for an alcohol reference, and the rest for unknown reasons
    • God Gundam/Burning Gundam
    • Devil Gundam/Dark Gundam
    • Death Army/Dark Army
    • Scud Gundam/Desert Gundam
    • Tequila Gundam/Spike Gundam
    • Lumber Gundam/Grizzly Gundam
    • John Bull Gundam/Royal Gundam
    • Pharaoh Gundam IV/Mummy Gundam IV
    • Minaret Gundam/Scimitar Gundam
    • Kowloon Gundam/Haow Gundam
    • Gundam Spiegel/Shadow Gundam
    • Nether Gundam/Hurricane Gundam
    • Matador Gundam/Toro Gundam
    • Nobel Gundam/Noble Gundam
    • Gundam Heaven's Sword/Raven Gundam
  • Many names were changed in the localizations of Ys Book I and II and Ys III for the Turbo Grafx 16 CD:
    • Dogi to Colin {I and II only}
    • Rea to Lair
    • Raba to Rasta
    • Banoa to Berniece
    • Roo to Quay (the gremlin-type creatures)
    • Gort to Dekka
    • Zava to Yetai
    • Felghana to Kenai
    • Galbalan to Demonicus
    • Ilvern to Alcaino
    • And many more
  • Star Fox:
    • Katarina to Katina
    • NUS 64 to ROB 64
    • Panther Caluroso to Panther Caroso
    • Andorf to Andross
    • Aparoid Mother to Aparoid Queen
    • Aparoid Factory to Aparoid Hatcher
    • Ash Bowman to Dash Bowman
  • Every casts in Inazuma Eleven
  • Yoroiden-Samurai Troopers to Ronin Warriors:
    • Seiji to Sage
    • Shin to Cye
    • Xiu Lei Huang to Kento Rei Fang
    • Touma to Rowen
    • Arago to Talpa
    • Shutendoji to Anubis
    • Anubis to Cale
    • Rajura to Dais
    • Naaza to Sekhmet
    • Kaos to The Ancient
    • Nasuti Yagyu to Mia Koji
    • Jun to Yulie
  • Paladins Quest:
    • Richter to Mouth. This results in considerable confusion for English-speaking players of the sequel, Lennus II, which features a character named Rich Jr. who is clearly meant to be Richter's son, but who never mentions him by name.
  • Captain Commando:
    • Sho to Ginzu the Ninja
    • Jennety to Mack the Knife
    • Hoover to Baby Head
    • Genocide to Scumocide
    • Blood to Boots (SNES port only)
  • Lost Worlds to Forgotten Worlds:
    • Sylphie to Mirabella (only in the Mega Drive's manual)
  • Cannon Dancer to Osman
    • Kirin to Osman
    • Slaver to Abdullah the Slaver
  • Spartan X to Kung Fu Master (unless stated otherwise, all changes are found in the manuals for the home computer ports)
    • Sylvia to Princess Victoria
    • Strongman to The Giant Kicker or just The Giant (NES)
    • Black Magician to Lightning Magician
  • Makaimura to Ghosts N Goblins
    • Lucifer to Loki (only in the Genesis port)
    • Samael to Sardius
    • Princess Prin Prin to Princess Guinevere (only in the manual of the SNES installment; she still kept her original name in-game)
      • The Genesis and Master System versions renamed her into Princess Tamara in the manual, but she was still called Princess Prin Prin in-game as well.
    • Red Arremer to Firebrand (only in the Gargoyle's Quest series and some manuals of the console versions)
  • Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun to Renegade (the westernized characters were left nameless in the arcade game, but the NES port gave the player and the four bosses proper names)
    • Kunio to Mr. K
    • Riki to Jack
    • Shinji to Joel
    • Misuzu to Kim
    • Sabu remained the same in the NES version, but in the Sega Master System version he was replaced by a new final boss named Lucas.
  • Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari to River City Ransom (or Street Gangs in Europe) [8]
    • Original cast
      • Kunio to Alex
      • Riki Samejima to Ryan
      • Mami Shimada to Cyndi
      • Kazumi Hasebe to Roxy
      • Yasuo Sawaguchi to Rocko
      • Naritaka Nishimura to Moose
      • Tsuneo Kamijō to Benny
      • Noriyuki Yamamoto to Clyde
      • Tadashi Kinoshita to Blade
      • Shun Mochizuki to Turk
      • Kiyofumi Taira to Mojo
      • Masao Kobayashi to Thor
      • Tsuyoshi Gōda to Ivan Popov [9]
      • Takashi Onizuka to Otis
      • Susumu Godai to Tex
      • Ryūichi and Ryūji Hattori to Randy and Andy
      • Taiki Yamada to Simon (a.k.a. Slick)
    • EX additions
      • Kuniko Ashino to Shel
      • Saori Gōda to Abby Popov
      • Shōko to Jinny
      • Kaoru Sonokawa to Conan[10]
      • Sanjūro Sugata to Gary
      • Tooru Maeda to Rick
      • Ryōma Hayasaka to Jesse
      • Jūzō Kumada to Ted
      • Shō Himada to Rex
      • Mamoru Tōdō to Tidus
  • Ikari to Ikari Warriors. The main characters had their names changed for the overseas versions. When they reappeared in KOF, they returned to their original Japanese names.
    • Ralf Jones to Paul
    • Clark Still to Vince
    • General Kawasaki to Colonel Cook [11]
  • Garou Densetsu to Fatal Fury
    • Marco Rodriguez to Khushnood Butt
    • Griffon Mask to Tizoc
  • Fū-un Mokushiroku to Savage Reign
    • Shishioh to King Lion and Real Shishioh to King Leo. King Lion is supposed to be a disguised stand-in for King Leo, but this nuance is lost due to the fact they have different names in the English version. This is also why the fake Shishioh is called "Shadow Shishioh" in later appearances.
  • Metal Gear
    • Big Boss to Commander South [12]
  • Contra[13]
    • Private First Class Bill Rizer to Sergeant Bill "Mad Dog" Ko to Jimbo and back to Bill Rizer
    • Private First Class Lance Bean to Corporal Lance "Scorpion" to Sully and back to Lance Bean
    • Enemies from Super C (partial list, since not all the enemies had their names localized)
      • "Machine Gun Soldier" to "Alien in Sergeant Skin's Clothing" (human Mook)
      • "Violent Hextuble Mobile Cannon Spider" to "Babalu Destructoid Mechanism" (mecha spider sub-boss from Stage 3)
      • "Bone Fortified Anti-Gravity Ship Girararu" to "Krypto-Crustacean" (UFO boss from Stage 5)
      • "Large Three-Layered Mouth Bakonga" to "Lip-o-suction" (disembodied mouth mook from Stage 6)
      • "Shadow Beast Demon Statue Desgelbes" to "Temple of Terror" (skull temple boss from Stage 7)
      • "Mineralized Covered Beast Jameera" to "Jagger Froid's Spit Soldier" (spitting face statues from Stage 8)
      • "Ogre-Headed Beast Orlean" to "Red Falcon" (running alien mooks from Stage 8)[14]
        • "Emperor/Uranian Devil Gava" is also sometimes called "Jagger Froid" (The Dragon according to the manual).
    • Enemies from Contra III (again, a partial list)
      • "Small-Fry Soldier" to "Corporals of Punishment" (blue and red enemy mooks)
      • "Man-faced dog" to "Man-faced mutt" (Exactly What It Says on the Tin)
      • "Sniper" to "Sniper" (the only enemy to keep the same exact name)
      • "Slave Beast Taka" to "Beast Kimkoh" (giant tortoise boss from Stage 1) [15]
      • "Crawler Tank" to "Twylobyte" (centipede mook from Stage 2)
      • "Multi-Cannon Sweeping Machine Bosco Spider" to "Metallican" (robot spider boss from Stage 2)
      • "Tri-Transforming Mecha Wall Walker" to "Chrome-Dome"/Tri-Transforming Wall Walker" (transforming sub-boss from Stage 3) [16]
      • "Birdman Race Garth" to "Mutant Megasquito" (winged mooks from Stage 3)
      • "Grand Prix Robot Big Fuzz" to "Robo-Corpse" (giant robot skeleton boss from Stage 3)
      • "Hell Riders" to "Psycho Cyclers" (flying biker mooks from Stage 4)
      • "Emperor Dragon King Ogre Jaba" to "Para-Slug" (final sub-boss from the first Contra)
      • "Metal Alien" to "Vicious Slave Hawk" (flying alien boss from Super Contra) [17]
  • Miracle Girls (in the case of the Tokyopop's "translation" of the manga)
    • Tomomi Matsunaga to Toni Morgan
    • Mikage Matsunaga to Mika Morgan
    • Hideaki Kurashige to Chris Kubrick
    • Masaki Takamura to Mason Templar
  • Musha Aleste to M.U.S.H.A.
    • Ellinor to Terri
  • Dragon Slayer IV to Legacy of the Wizard
    • Dilgyos[18] to Keela
  • Shining in the Darkness
    • Mephisto to Dark Sol
  • Corpse Party
    • Tenjin Elementary School to "Heavenly Host Elementary"
  • Pac-Man (names in parentheses are the more commonly used nicknames)
    • Oikake (Akabei) to Shadow (Blinky)
    • Machibuse (Pinky) to Speedy (Pinky)
    • Kimagure (Aosuke) to Bashful (Inky)
    • Otobuke (Guzuta) to Pokey (Clyde)
  • Magical Doropie to The Krion Conquest
    • Akudama Empire to Krion Empire
    • Doropie to Francesca
  • Valis series
    • Cham to Char (Turbo CD version of Valis III only)
    • Glames to Ramses (Turbo CD version of Valis III only)
    • Yuko to Syd (Syd of Valis, in game only)
  • Valkyria Chronicles, in both the English text and the English dub:
    • Flovsia Yorke to Freesia York
    • Remy Linton to Ramona Linton
    • Rein to Lynn
  • KiKi KaiKai (Sequel First) to Pocky & Rocky
    • Sayo to Pocky
    • Manuke to Rocky
    • Miki to Becky
    • Takuan to Bomber Bob
    • Shinobi to Little Ninja
  • Kaiketsu Yanchamaru to Kid Niki: Radical Ninja
    • Yanchamaru to Kid Niki
    • Otafuku Tarou to Death Breath
    • Jizou Kozou to Spike
    • Zoushouku Musume to Horned Witch
    • Otemo Mukade to Green Grub
    • Sekkyou Oshou to Mad Monk
    • Kabuto Bushi to Samurai Guard
    • Zouringen to Stone Wizard
    • Princess Kurumi to Princess Margo


Japanese to Non-North American English Name Changes

  • Digimon Adventure 02
    • Miyako to Kyo
  • Digimon Tamers
    • Takato to Tio (switched back after episode 1)
    • Hirokazu to Kyle
    • Juri to Jen
  • Bioman
    • Gō Shirō to Kenny
    • Shingo Takasugi to Sammy
    • Ryūta Nambara to Franky
    • Mika Koizumi to Casey
    • Hikaru Katsuragi to Kimberly
    • Jun Yabuki to June
    • Dr. Hideo Kageyama to Dr. Michael O'Hara
    • Monster to Vargo
  • Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo (first English dub only)
    • Daisuke Jigen to Dan Dunn
    • Fujiko Mine to Margot
    • Goemon Ishikawa XIII to the Samurai
    • Inspector Kōichi Zenigata to Detective Ed Scott
    • Howard Lockwood to Foward Fughes
  • Yume Tairiku Adventure to Penguin Adventure
    • Penko to Penguette


French to English Name Changes

  • La Manège Enchanté to The Magic Roundabout
    • Pollux to Dougal/Doogal
    • Zebulon to Zebedee
    • Ambroise to Brian
    • Azalée to Ermintrude
    • Flappy to Dylan
    • Le Père Pivoine to Mr. Rusty
    • Margote to Florence
  • Nearly everyone from Asterix (Astérix and Obélix themselves just have the accents removed).
  • Tintin
    • Milou to Snowy
    • Tryphon Tournesol to Cuthbert Calculus
    • Dupond and Dupont to Thomson and Thompson
    • Moulinsart to Marlinspike
    • Marlinspike Hall was instead known as Puckeridge Castle in an early translation.
    • Séraphin Lampion to Jolyon Wagg
    • M. Sanzot to Mr Cutts
    • M. Boullu to Mr Bolt


Icelandic to English Name Changes

  • Latibær to LazyTown - Literal translation
    • Glanni Glæpur (Reckless Crime) to Robbie Rotten
    • Solla Stirða (Solla Inflexible) to Stephanie
    • Halla Hrekkjusvín (Halla Prankster) to Trixie
    • Siggi Sæti to (Siggi Sweet) Ziggy
    • Goggi Mega to Pixel
    • Nenni Níski (Nenni Cheapskate) to Stingy
    • Íþróttaálfurinn (The Sports Elf) to Sportacus
    • Stína Símalína (Stína Phoneline) to Bessie Busybody
    • Bæjarstjórinn to Mayor Milford Meanswell


Portuguese to English Name Changes

  • City of God:
    • Buscapé (Firecracker) to Rocket
    • Zé Pequeno ("Little José") to Lil' Zé
    • Dadinho to Lil' Dice (direct translation, but can also be a diminutive nickname for "Eduardo")
    • Bené to Benny (direct translation)
    • Cenoura to Carrot (direct translation)
    • Mané Galinha ("Chicken Manny") to Knockout Ned (A Pragmatic Adaptation, since "chicken" means coward in English. Not sure on the Manny/Ned thing, though.)
    • Cabeleira ("Hairy") to Shaggy (also Pragmatic Adaptation, retaining the original sexual overtones)
    • Marreco ("Duck") to Goose
    • Alicate ("Pliers") to Clipper
    • Barbantinho ("Little string") to Stringy
    • Filé-com-Fritas to Steak-With-Fries (direct translation)
    • Neguinho to Blacky (direct translation)
    • Tio Sam to Uncle Sam (direct translation)


Swedish to English Name Changes

  • Mumintrollet to Moomintroll (or Moomin in the anime)
    • Muminpappan to Moominpappa
    • Muminmamman to Moominmamma
    • Snusmumriken to Snufkin
    • Lilla My to Little My
    • Snorkfröken and Snorken to Snorkmaiden and Snork
    • Too-ticki to Too-ticky
    • Tofslan och Vifslan to Thingumy and Bob
    • Hattifnattar to Hattifatteners
    • Mårran to The Groke
    • Filifjonkan to Fillyjonk
    • Mymlan to The Mymble
    • Alisa to Alicia


Hebrew to English Name Changes

  • In The Bible, most changes to names are easily traceable if you know what usually changes: the letter "bet" is more often treated as a "b", even when it would sound like a "v" ("Abraham" vs. "Avraham"); "chet"s are treated like "h" ("Noah" vs. "Noach") or dropped entirely ("Isaac" vs. "Yitschak"); "yod"s being rendered as "j"s, an artifact of when they sounded alike[19] ("Joshua" vs. "Y'hoshua"); "tsadi"s being given the "z" sound ("Zephaniah" vs. "Ts'fanyah"); "shin"s and "sin"s being mixed up. And then things get really interesting when you throw in Greek as an intermediate step: suddenly, a ton of names start ending in "s", usually preceded by "o" or "u" (combined with the "yod"-to-"j" thing above: "Jesus" vs. "Yeshua" or "Y'hoshua"). Whew. But a few names stand out for ditching these:
    • You've all heard of Lucifer, right? Well, in the original Hebrew, it goes more like "Heylel". And Lucifer? It's Latin, and means the same thing.
    • James. Brother of the aforementioned Jesus, and writer of a letter that was accepted into New Testament canon. Would it surprise you to learn that his name was Yaakov (Jacob)? That's right, even in the Greek, it's "Iakobos" (thanks to the "-os" ending), but in another case of "means the same in Latin", we have "James" now.
      • It's also no coincidence that the change was first made in the King James Version. The translators wanted to make sure the King was pleased with their work, so they switched the translated name from Jacob to James to give him a book of the Bible baring his name.
    • The Lord. The Tetragrammaton is usually rendered this way even when the text is trying to tell us His name. Thank the rabbis for this one; they instituted a ban on it out of fear that someone might break the actual commandment against misusing it. The first substitute? "Adonai". A pretty frequent title of His, anyway, it can be translated "Lord", so by the time translators got around to it, "The Lord" it was.[20]


English-to-Foreign Examples:

English to Dutch Name Changes

  • The Worst Witch
    • Mildred Hubble to Merel Hobbel
    • Ethel Hallow to Edith Huigel
    • Fenella Feverfew to Vanella Wiggelkoe
    • Griselda Blackwood to Griselda Breekhout
    • Sybil to Sara
    • Hellibore to Hellerook
    • Algernon Rowan-Webb to Evertjan Dromenster
    • Cas to Tes
    • Hobbes to Hops
    • Miss Hardbroom to Heks Hakblok
    • Miss Drill to Juf Kim
  • Discworld to Schijfwereld
    • Twoflower to Tweebloesem
    • Esme (Granny) Weatherwax to Esmee (Opoe) Wedersmeer
    • Mustrum Ridicully to Mustrum Ridikiel
    • Gytha (Nanny) Ogg to Gyta (Ootje) Nack
    • Magrat Garlick to Magraat Knophlox
    • Rob Anyone to Gaaf Allegaar
    • Daft Wullie to Malle Ijffie
    • Tiffany Aching to Tiffany Verweerd
    • Sam Vimes to Douwe Flinx
    • Nobby Nobbs to Bobo Bollebos
    • Detritus to Gneisbaard
    • Downspout to Spuipijp
    • Frederick Colon to Wies Dendarm
    • Carrot Ironfoundersson to Biet Ijzergrytssen (Beet. maybe because 'wortel' is already taken, see below.)
    • Reg Shoe to Richter Schoen
    • Cuddy to Pruimpje
    • William da worde to Willem van der Woord
    • Foul ole Ron to Vieze oude Henkie
    • Polly perks to Pollie Steentjes
    • Nutt to Knett (preserving the pun.)
    • Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler into Snij'k-In-Eigen-Vlees Snikkel (Snikkel also being a name for penis.)
    • Brutha to Broedda
    • Hogfather becomes Berevaar- but is hard to translate anyway, for cristmas is celebrated differently in the Netherlands. the gifts arrive on St.Nicolas day (Sinterklaas), the 5th of December.
    • Moist von Lipwig to Feucht von Lippvacht (Feucht actually means 'moist' in German)
    • Mort to dunne Hein (thin Hein. a pun on 'magere Hein' a name for death.)
    • Jonathan Teatime becomes Jonathan Theetijd (teatime.)
    • Vetinari to Ottopedi (keeping the medical pun in)
    • Music With Rocks In becomes Rots en Bonk Muziek.
  • Elf Quest -- Most names of the elves are usually faithful Dutch translations of the original English names (like Snijder for Cutter). However, one obvious Dub Name Change of a character in a one-shot issue was needed to avoid an Unfortunate Name. The character Acorn was translated as Eekhoorn (Squirrel), because the Dutch translation of acorn (eikel) is also used as a strong insult (referring to the top part of the penis).
  • Harry Potter
    • Weasley to Wemel
    • Hermione Granger to Hermelien Griffel
    • Tom Riddle to Marten Asmodom Vilijn (Mijn Naam Is Voldemort - My name is Voldemort)
    • Albus Dumbledore to Albus Perkamentus
    • Minerva McGonnagal to Minerva Anderling
    • Cedric Diggory to Carlo Kannewasser
    • The nicknames of the Marauders were changed to Maanling (Moony), Wormstaart (Wormtail - quite literally changed: staart means tail), Sluipvoet (Padfoot) and Gaffel (Prongs)
    • Snape to Sneep (Both are pronounced the same way)
    • Argus Filch to Argus Vilder
    • Peter Pettigrew to Peter Pippeling
    • Sirius Black to Sirius Zwarts (Zwart means black)
    • Mad-Eye Moody to Dwaaloog Dolleman (They preserved his first name)
    • Hogwarts to Zweinstein (hog - stones)
    • Quidditch to Zwerkbal (air - ball)
    • Dursley to Duffeling
    • Marauder's Map to Sluipwegwijzer
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Carl to Kees
    • The Tri-State Area to 'de hele regio' (the entire region)
  • Sesame Street to Sesamstraat
    • Big Bird to Neef Jan (Cousin John) (he doesn't appear on the Dutch version, but is referred to as this in SS merchandise and movies. At first, he was confusing called Pino, the name of his Dutch Expy.)
  • Disney
    • Uncle Scrooge McDuck to Dagobert Duck (same as in German)
    • Daisy Duck to Katrien Duck
    • Fethry Duck to Diederik Duck
    • Gladstone Gander to Guus Geluk (Gus Luck)
    • Gus Goose to Gijs Gans (gans = goose)
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie to Kwik, Kwek en Kwak
    • Neighbor Jones to Buurman Bolderbast
    • Magica De Spell to Zwarte Magica (Black Magica)
    • Chip and Dale to Knabbel en Babbel
    • Flintheart Glomgold to Govert Goudglans (Goudglans = Goldgleam)
    • The Beagle Boys to De Zware Jongens (The Heavy Boys) (also a reference to them being criminals, 'zware jongen' means 'criminal' in Dutch.)
    • Ludwig von Drake to Otto van Drakenstein
    • Gyro Gearloose to Willie Wortel (Wortel = Square root)

English to Finnish Name Changes

  • Bob the Builder to Puuha-Pete
  • Dolf, the villain from Alfred J Kwak, was renamed to "Korppi" (Finnish word for "raven"). The National Crows Party also has its name changed to reflect on Dolf's dub-induced new species.

English to French Name Changes

  • The Worst Witch to Amandine Malabul
    • Mildred Hubble to Amandine Malabul
    • Maud Moonshine to Maud Mouchete (television series)/Paméla (book)
    • Enid Nightshade to Enid Datura (television series)/Isabelle Tromplamor (book)
    • Ethel to Edith Aigreur (television series)/Octavie Pâtafiel (book)
    • Drusilla Paddock to Drusilla Pagaille
    • Ruby Cherrytree to Rubie Cerisier
    • Griselda Blackwood to Griselda Bravoure (television series)/Grisoline de Noirlac (book)
    • Fenella Feverfew to Fenella Folavoine
    • Sybil Hallow to Sybille Aigreur (television series)/Nathalène Pâtafiel (book)
    • Miss Gimlet to Mademoiselle Lorgnette
    • Frank Blossom to Frank Massue
    • Miss Cackle to Mademoiselle Caquet (television series)/Mademoiselle Jollidodue (book)
    • Miss Hardbroom to Mademoiselle Arebours (television series)/Mademoiselle Bâtonsec (book)
    • Miss Bat to Davina Bcasse (television series)/Mademoiselle Chauveroussie (book)
    • Miss Drill to Mademoiselle Vrille (television series)/Mademoiselle Dumollet (book)
  • Discworld to Le Disque-monde
    • Rincewind to Rincevent
    • Twoflower to Deuxfleurs
    • Granny Weatherwax to Mémé Ciredutemps
    • Nanny Ogg to Nounou Ogg
    • Magrat Garlick to Magrat Goussedail
    • Agnes Nitt to Agnès Crétine
    • Vimes to Vimaire
    • "Nobby" Nobbs to "Chicard" Chique
    • Philosopher Didactylos to Honorbrachios in Small Gods, then back to Didactylos when quoted in Hogfather
  • Disney
    • Goofy to Dingo
    • Chip and Dale to Tic et Tac
    • Scrooge McDuck to Balthazar Picsou
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie to Riri, Fifi and Loulou
    • Duckburg to Donaldville(Donald Town) in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe and Canardville (Duck Town) in DuckTales
    • Gladstone Gander to Gontran Bonheur
  • Thomas the Tank Engine And Friends to Thomas Le Petit Train/Thomas Et Ses Amis
    • Peter Sam to Pierre-Jean
    • Harold to Herbert
    • Sodor to Shicolor
  • Harry Potter
    • Draco Malfoy to Drago Malefoy
    • Severus Snape to Severus Rogue
    • Tom Marvolo Riddle to Tom Elvis Jedusor (to work with the bit where he spells out "I am Lord Voldemort", which became "Je Suis Voldemort")
      • Marvolo Gaunt to Elvis Marvolo Gaunt to justify Tom's name
    • Hogwarts to Poudlard
    • Moaning Murtle to Mimi Geignarde (Whiny Mimi)
    • Oliver Wood to Olivier Dubois
    • Argus Filch to Argus Rusard
    • Madam Hooch to Madame Bibine
    • Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs to Lunard, Queudver, Padmol, and Cornedrue
    • Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw to Gryffondor, Serpentard, Poufsouffle, and Serdaigle
      • The founders all keep their original first names, averting the Alliterative Name for Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.
    • Oddly, Fleur Delacour is still Fleur Delacour and Beauxbatons is still Beauxbatons, probably because it would be hard to Keep It Foreign (Hogwarts was still in Scotland and Beauxbatons still in France, remember).
    • Are You Afraid Of The Dark? is a random thing to mention, considering you'd figure the names to be the same. In the episode: "The Tale of the Final Wish" Jill's name was change to Annie in the French dub.
  • Atom Ant to Atomas, La Fourmi Atomique
  • Star Wars: Although practically every single character received a name change in the French versions of the original Star Wars movies (allegedly due to an insane fixation on the dubbers' part of avoiding Lip Lock, which also resulted in some rather... odd... dialogue changes including some strong language!), most of these name changes were reverted for the prequels and/or the EU; some were also reversed for the Special Edition.
    • The franchise itself was originally known as La guerre des étoiles (a literal translation) and is still occasionally referred to as such by French-speakers, though now the original title is more widely used. However, the translated title is also occasionally used to refer to A New Hope (Star Wars épisode IV: La guerre des étoiles)
    • Darth Vader to Dark Vador (One of the few characters to permanently retain his French name change, at least in Europe; the English name is now used in Quebec)
      • Darth (in general) to Dark ("Dark Maul", etc.) Even extends to parodies (see Tripping the Rift below).
    • Han Solo to Yan Solo (the French translations of the Star Wars Expanded Universe inconsistently use both "Han" and "Yan")
    • Chewbacca to Chiktabba (Somehow, they believed that the original name had something to do with "chew tobacco", don' ask.)[21]
    • C-3PO to Z-6PO
    • R2-D2 to D2-R2
    • Galen Marek to Jacob Nion (actually an English name that was ultimately scrapped)
    • Jabba the Hutt to Jabba le Forrestier ("Forrestier" means "forest-dweller".)
    • Millennium Falcon to Millénium Condor (changed to "Faucon Millénium" in the EU and "Faucon Millénaire" in French-Canada)
    • Death Star to Etoile Noire ("Black Star"; no not that one!; reverted in Special Edition)
  • Transformers: Only for French-Canadian versions of Transformers Generation 1 and Beast Wars (itself renamed to "Robo-Bêtes" in French Canada and "Animutants" in France).
    • Optimus Prime to Optimus Primus
    • Bumblebee to Bourdon
    • Ironhide to Rhino
    • Starscream to Ego (used in English as the name of a Transtech character)
    • Soundwave to both Sonore and Radar
    • Frenzy to Frénétik
    • Waspinator to Bizznator
  • Winnie the Pooh to Winnie L'ourson
    • Eeyore to Bourriquet
    • Owl to Maître Hibou
    • Rabbit to Coco Lapin
    • Kanga to Grand Gourou
    • Roo to Petit Gourou
    • Piglet to Porcinet
    • Tigger to Tigrou
    • Heffalump to Efelant
  • The Wild Thornberrys to La Famille Delajungle
    • Donnie to Denis
  • SpongeBob SquarePants to Bob L'éponge
    • Squidward Tentacles to Carlo le Calmar (Carlo Tentacules in French-Canada)
    • Mr. Krabs to Capitaine Krabs
  • Kim Possible
    • Mr. Barkin to M. Barry (plays on barrir "to trumpet like an elephant")
    • DNAmy to Din Amyte (first season) to Amy Nancenoire (éminence noire "black eminence")
    • Gil/Gill to Sacha/Poisson Chat ("catfish")
    • Ron Stoppable to Robin Trépide (plays on intrépide)
    • Shego to Tchigo
    • the tweebs to les grumeaux (grumeaux "little lumps" + jumeaux "twins", also used in Rugrats)
    • Wade to Wallace
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Le Guide Galactique or Le Guide du Voyageur Galactique
    • Arthur Dent to Arthur Accroc
    • Ford Prefect to Ford Escort
      • A case of Woolseyism: the namesake car was out of production by the time the translation was published, so they substituted its replacement.
    • Zaphod Beeblebrox to Zappy Bibicy (BBC, get it?)
    • Slartibartfast to Saloprilopette
    • All of the above were restored to their English names in the 2005 re-release of the novel.
  • Tripping the Rift to Les décalés du cosmos
  • Danger Mouse to Dare Dare Motus
  • Lord of the Rings to Le Seigneur des Anneaux
    • Bilbo Baggins to Bilbon Sacquet
    • Frodo Baggins to Frodon Sacquet, both of which allow for
    • Bag End to Cul-de-Sac ('Dead End')
    • Samwise Gamgee to Samsagace Gamegie
    • Meriadoc Brandybuck to Meriadoc Brandebouc
    • Strider to Grands-Pas (literally 'Big Steps')
    • The Shire to La Comté ('The County')
    • Treebeard to Sylvebarbe
  • Batman
    • The Riddler to Le Sphinx (French-Canada) and L'Homme-Mystère (France)
    • Two-Face is either Deux-Face, Double-Face ou Pile-ou-Face, depending on your era/location
    • Poison Ivy to L'empoisoneuse. In some more recent materials, the English name is retained.
    • Bane to Calamité, Batman and Robin (the movie) only.
    • In some early translations, Joker to Rigolard.
    • Clayface to Gueule d'argile, sometimes
  • Marvel Comics
    • Ant Man to L'Homme-Fourmi
    • The Beast to le Fauve
    • Black Cat to la Chatte Noire (the Black She-Cat)
    • Black Widow to la Veuve Noire
    • Cloak and Dagger to la Cape et l'Epée (Cape and Sword)
    • The Daily Bugle to le Quotidien
    • The Defenders to les Défenseurs
    • Demogoblin to le Bouffon Noir (the Black Clown or Buffoon)
    • Destiny to Destinée
    • Doctor Doom to Docteur Fatalis
    • The Fantastic Four to les Quatre Fantastiques
    • The Green Goblin to le Bouffon Vert (the Green Clown or Buffoon)
    • The Grey Gargoyle to la Gargouille Grise
    • Hawkeye to Oeil-de-Faucon
    • Hobgoblin to Super-Bouffon (Super-Clown or Super-Buffoon)
    • Iceman to Iceberg
    • The Invaders to les Envahisseurs
    • Juggernaut to le Fléau (the Scourge or Flail)
    • Nightcrawler to Diablo
    • Quicksilver to Vif-Argent
    • Red Guardian (male and female) to Gardien/Gardienne Rouge
    • Rogue to Malicia
    • The Runaways to les Fugitifs
    • Sabretooth to Dents-de-Sabre
    • Sandman to l'Homme-Sable
    • Scarlet Witch to la Sorcière Rouge
    • She-Hulk to Miss Hulk (in earlier translations)
    • Storm to Tornade
    • Susan Storm to Jane Storm
    • The Thing to la Chose
    • The Wasp to la Guêpe
    • Wolverine to Serval (in early translations)
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
    • Nightmare Moon to Séléniak
  • Total Drama Island
    • Chris Maclean to Louis Mercier
    • Chef Hatchet to Chef Albert
    • Blaineley to Melanie (Quebec) or Berangere (France). Her first name, Mildred, becomes Pauline.
    • Josh to Charles
    • Alessandro to Alerrandro
    • Courtney to Audrey
    • Beth to Berthe
    • Izzy to Edith
    • Owen to Gontran
    • Duncan to Hugo
    • Geoff to J.F.
    • Gwen to Joelle
    • Cody to Jordy
    • Katie and Sadie to Katrine and Sandrine, respectively
    • Trent to Loic
    • Noah to Lucas
    • Heather to Marilou
    • Sierra to Sarah-Laurie
    • Tyler to Simon
    • Lindsay to Tania
  • Revenge of the Island:
    • Dawn to Aurore
    • Lightning to Perceval
  • Cars:
  • Toy Story to Histoire de Jouets (Quebec only)
    • Buzz Lightyear to Buzz l'Eclair (France only. Yes, one region changes the series name only while the other region changes the character name only.)
  • Teen Titans
    • Slade to Deathstroke (his actual supervillain name in the comics, changed in the adaptation to avoid saying "death")
    • Beast Boy to Changeling (again, a name he used in the comics)
    • Johnny Rancid to Johnny Perfide ("Insidious", presumably the translator didn't know about the punk band)
  • Powerpuff Girls to Les Supernanas (The Superchicks)
    • Blossom to Belle (Beauty)
    • Bubbles to Bulle (literal translation)
    • Buttercup to Rebelle (guess)
  • Batman Beyond to Batman: La Relève
    • Big Time to Mégalo
    • Shriek to Stridor
    • Payback to Laserman
  • Shrek
    • Donkey is always referred to as "l'Ane" (The Donkey), for some reason.
    • Puss in Boots to "Le Chat Potté" (modified from "Le Chat Botté" to explain the "P" he carves on the tree; however, it literally means "The Potted Cat" or "The Lucky cat" (from the French expression "avoir du pôt" meaning "being lucky" rather than "Puss in Boots").
  • Inspector Gadget:
    • Penny to Sophie
    • Brain to Fino
    • Dr. Claw to Dr. Gang
    • Quimby to Gontier
    • MAD is still MAD, but Penny's derogatory expansion of it is "Méchants Abrutis Débiles" (something like "Meanies Airheads Dimwits")
  • Kirby:
    • King Dedede to Roi Dadidou


English to Gaelic Name Changes

  • Danger Mouse
    • Title character Danger Mouse to Donnie Murdo.

English to German Name Changes

  • Disney
    • Disney Ducks Comic Universe
      • Scrooge McDuck to Dagobert Duck
      • Huey, Dewey and Louie to Tick, Trick and Track
      • Gladstone Gander to Gustav Gans
      • Gus Goose to Franz Gans
      • Gyro Gearloose to Daniel Düsentrieb
      • Flintheart Glomgold to Mac Moneysac
      • Magica De Spell to Gundel Gaukeley
      • Beagle Boys to Panzerknacker
      • John D. Rockerduck to Klaas Klever
      • Ludwig von Drake to Primus von Quack
      • Cornelius Coot to Emil Erpel
      • Duckburg to Entenhausen
    • DuckTales and Darkwing Duck
      • Launchpad McQuack to Quack der Bruchpilot
      • Gizmoduck to Krachbumm-Ente (in DuckTales) or Dingsbums Duck (in Darkwing Duck)
      • Drake Mallard to Eddie Erpel
      • Gosalyn to Kiki
      • Honker Muddlefoot to Alfred Wirrfuß
      • Negaduck to Fiesoduck
      • Steelbeak to Eisenbeiß
      • Taurus Bulba to Toro Bulba
    • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers to Chip und Chap - Die Ritter des Rechts
      • Dale to Chap
      • Gadget to Trixi
      • Monterey Jack to Samson
      • Zipper to Summi
      • Fat Cat to Al Katzone (a pun on Al Capone and the German word for cat (Katze), and probably also on pizza calzone)
    • Tale Spin to Käpt'n Balu und seine tollkühne Crew
      • Kit Cloudkicker to Kit Wolkenflitzer
      • Don Karnage to Don Kanaille
      • Colonel Spigot to Oberst Kübel
    • Kim Possible
      • DNAmy to DNEsther, as Säure is German for "acid"
      • Gil/Gill to Gil/Nixon (which sounds like Nixen "mermaids")
      • the tweebs to die Zwombies (Zwillinge "twins" + Zombies)
  • Harry Potter
    • Hermione Granger to Hermine Granger
    • Tom Marvolo Riddle to Tom Vorlost Riddle (in order to make the "I am Lord Voldemort"-anagram workable in German)
    • Rita Skeeter to Rita Kimmkorn
    • Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank to Wilhelmina Raue-Pritsche
    • Sirius Black to Sirius Schwarz (only in some early editions of Philosopher's Stone, where he was briefly mentioned)
    • Moony, Prongs, Padfoot and Wormtail to Moony, Krone, Tatze and Wurmschwanz
    • Buckbeak to Seidenschnabel
    • Scabbers to Krätze
    • Crookshanks to Krummbein
  • The Worst Witch to Eine Lausige Hexe
    • Mildred Hubble to Mildred Hoppelt
    • Maud Moonshine to Mona Mondschein
    • Enid Nighshade to Edith Nachtschatten
    • Ethel Hallow to Esther Edel
    • Drusilla Paddock to Drusilla Blaumilch
    • Ruby Cherrytree to Ruby Kirschenkern
    • Griselda Blackwood to Griselda Schwarzberg
    • Fenella Feverfew to Fenella Feuerfee
    • Clarice Crow to Clarissa Kräusel
    • Miss Hecketty Broomhead to Frau H. Brummschädel
    • Frank Blossom to Frank Blütenstaub
    • Algernon Rowan Webb to Algernon Wunschstein-Flopp
    • Merlin Longstaff to Merlin Langohr
    • Miss Cackle to Frau Graustein
    • Miss Hardbroom to Frau Harschmann
    • Miss Bat to Frau Maus
    • Miss Imogen Drill to Frau Limone Drill
  • LazyTown
    • Robbie Rotten to Freddie Faul
  • Samurai Pizza Cats
    • Speedy Cerviche to Speedy Gorgonzola
    • Guido Anchovie to Guido Casanova
  • Discworld to Scheibenwelt
    • Samuel Vimes to Samuel Mumm
  • Sesame Street to Sesamstraße
    • Big Bird to Bibo
    • Grover to Grobi
    • Cookie Monster to Krümelmonster (lit. "crumbs monster")
    • Mr. Snuffleupagus/Snuffy to Schnuffi
    • Herry Monster to Lulatsch
    • Count von Count to Graf Zahl (lit. "Count Number")
  • The Simpsons to Die Simpsons
    • Santa's Little Helper to Knecht Ruprecht (after a traditional German, more scary companion to St. Nicholas)
    • Sideshow Bob to Tingeltangel-Bob ("Vaudeville Bob")
    • Sideshow Mel to Tingeltangel-Mel
  • SpongeBob SquarePants to SpongeBob Schwammkopf
    • Squidward Tentacles to Thaddäus Tentakel
  • Biker Mice From Mars
    • Throttle to Rieco (probably because it's close to "Trottel", meaning "idiot, klutz")
  • The Lord of the Rings to Der Herr der Ringe
    • The Shire to 'das Auenland'. JRR Tolkien in his translation guide supplied the closest direct translation as Gau, but added that this might need to be replaced due a possible recently acquired bad connotation. The translator thought it so, and she created the new name Auenland (Auen being the oft-flooded land along rivers), which is not a direct translation but evokes a peaceful rural atmosphere befitting of the Shire.
    • Elves to 'Elben'. Here again, Tolkien himself had a hand in this. The usual German translation for elves is Elfen. But like its English counterpart (before LotR), the image it evokes was more that of pixie- or fairy-like creatures, an association Tolkien desired to avoid, supposing instead the older, less-used term Alb(en)/Elb(en) for the translation.
  • Marvel Comics
      • (Note: A lot of these are old and may no longer be used in current translations) Older translations tended to translate the English names directly to German, while nowadays they are usually kept in English.
    • The Avengers to Die Rächer
      • (The Avengers from TV became Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone - "with umbrella, charm and a bowler")
    • Blitzkrieg to Elektroblitz or E-Blitz
    • Daredevil to Devil-Man, then Der Dämon ("the demon")
    • Dr. Doom to Dr. Unheil, then Dr. Doom
    • Dr. Strange to Dr. Seltsam (same as Dr. Strangelove), then Dr. Strange
    • The Fantastic Four (FF) to Die Fantastischen Vier (FV)
    • The Grim Reaper to Der Grimme Schnitter
    • Hawkeye to Falkenauge (they changed the "H" on his cowl to an "F")
    • Invisible Girl/Woman to Die Unsichtbare ("the invisible one")
    • Iron Man to Der Eiserne ("the iron one", the literal translation "Eisenmann" would have been too close to Iceman's German name, presumably)
    • Kraven to Memrod, then Kraven
    • Nightmare to Nachtmahr
    • The Red Ghost to Der Geist ("the ghost")
    • The Scarlet Witch to Die Scharlachhexe
    • Spider-Man to Die Spinne ("the spider", grammatically feminine)
      • In Spider-Man vs. Wolverine (1987), Peter Parker had to buy a Spider-Man suit in West Berlin. It featured "DIE SPINNE" in large letters on the spider-symbol on the back.
    • The Watcher to Der Beobachter ("the observer")
  • The Fairly Odd Parents
    • Tootie to Trudy
    • Jorgen Von Strangle to Jean Claude van Ramme ("Ram")
  • Transformers
    • Devastator to Der Vernichter (The Destroyer) in the first Transformers: The Movie and Generation 2 dubs.
    • Beast Wars
      • Terrorsaur to Terrorsaurus
      • Tarantulas to Tarantulus
      • Scorponok to Scorpinok
      • Black Arachnia to Schwarze Arachnia
    • Transformers Animated
      • Wreck-Gar to Wreck Sauger (literally "Wreck Sucker", derived from dreck sauger, a german word for vacuum cleaner)


English to Hungarian Name Changes

  • Scooby Doo
    • Shaggy to Bozont
    • Daphne to Diana
    • Velma to Vilma
    • Mytery Machine to Csodajárgány (Wonder Machine)
    • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo
      • Vincent Van Ghoul to Vincent Van Gond (van gond = there's trouble)
      • Bogel to Pacni (Blob)
      • Weerd to Csonti (Bony)
  • Harry Potter
    • Hogwarts to Roxfort
    • Tom Marvolo Riddle to Tom Rowle Denem ("de nem" meaning "but not"; "Nevem Voldemort" = "My name is Voldemort"[23])
    • Severus Snape to Perselus Piton (Python)
    • Gryffindor to Griffendél
    • Rowena Ravenclaw to Hollóháti Hedvig ("Ravenback")
    • Hufflepuff to Hugrabug
    • Salazar Slytherin to Mardekár Malazár
    • McGonnagal to McGalagony
    • Vincent Crabbe to Vincent Crak
    • Gregory Goyle to Gregory Monstro
    • Horace E. F. Slughorn to Horatius Lumpsluck
    • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody to Alastor „Rémszem” Mordon
    • Quirrell to Mógus (mókus = squirrel)
    • Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank to Wilhelmina Suette-Pollts
    • Fudge to Caramel
    • Filch to Frics
    • Scabbers to Makesz
    • Buckbeak to Csikócsőr
    • Wormtail to Féregfark
    • Kreacher to Sipor
    • Hokey to Hóki
    • Fang to Agyar
    • Fluffy to Bolyhoska
    • Hungarian Horntail to Magyar Mennydörgő (Hungarian Thunderer)
    • Grawp to Gróp
  • Transformers
    • With regards to the G1 comics and live-action films, this entire list. As for the rest:
    • Transformers to Alakváltók ("Shape-shifters")
    • Decepticons to Álcák ("Disguises")
    • Cybertron to Kibertron
    • Constucticons to Szerkesztettek ("Constructed Ones")
    • Combaticons to Csatarobotok ("Battle Robots")
    • Aerialbots to Légirobotok
    • Protectobots to Védőrobotok ("Defense Robots")
    • Seacons to Vízikonok ("Watercons")
    • Insecticons to Álcarovarok ("Decepticon Insects")
    • Powermasters to Erőváltók ("Power-shifters")
    • The Fallen to A Bukott
    • AllSpark to Örök Szikra ("Ever Spark")
    • Transformers: The Movie, first dub
      • Decepticons to Varangyok ("Toads")
      • Cybertron to Kájbertron
      • Hot Rod to Peca ("Fishing Rod")
      • Kup to A Zsaru ("The Cop")
      • Spike to Csuka ("Pike")
      • Cliffjumper and Springer to Ugró ("Jumper")
      • Blurr to Hadari ("Sputter-y")
      • Wheelie to Ugrabot
      • Arcee to RC
      • Ironhide to Vaskezű ("Ironhand")
      • Dinobots to Dinók or Vasállatok ("Iron Animals")
    • Second dub
      • Unicron to Unikornisz (Unicorn-is)
      • Devastator to Mega Robot
      • Arblus to Arbelisz
      • Decepticons to Deceptorok (only said once)
      • Constructicons to Konstruktorok
      • Sweeps to Söprögetők (Sweepers)
      • Scourge to something unintelligible (Scrutch?)
      • Same goes for Blurr
    • Transformers Armada
      • Cybertron to Kibertron
      • Starscream to Csillagsikoly
      • Demolishor to Pusztító
      • Cyclonus to Ciklonusz
      • Smokescreen to Füstfüggöny
      • Hoist to Csörlő
      • Hot Shot to Nagymenő
      • Red Alert to Riadó
      • Sideways to Kanyargó ("Swerver")
      • Side Swipe to Sűrű ("Dense")
      • Tidal Wave to Hullámsír ("Watery Grave")
      • Jetfire to Géptűz
      • Blurr to Homály
      • Scavenger to Dögevő
      • Thrust to Tengely ("Axle")
      • Wheeljack to Volán Jack ("Steering-wheel Jack")
      • Leader-1 to Vezér-1, 1-es Vezér or simply Vezér
      • Sparkplug to Szikra ("Spark")
      • Jolt to Bütyök ("Knob"), then Szikra
      • Sureshock to Sokkos ("Shocky"), then Sokkoló ("Shocker")
      • High-Wire to Vezeték ("Wire")
      • Swindle to Svindli
      • Jetstorm to Gépvihar
      • Runway to Kifutó
      • Star Saber to Pengeél ("Blade's Edge")
      • Requiem Blaster to Rekviem Romboló
      • Skyboom Shield to Égboltpajzs ("Skyscape Shield")
      • Blackout to Sötét ("Dark")
      • Incinerator to Hamvasztó
      • Overload to Túltöltés
    • Transformers Energon
      • Decepticons to Robotikák; Álcák ("Disguises") on the Battle for Power promo DVD
      • Cybertron to Mesterséges Bolygó ("Artificial Planet")
      • Primus to Elem ("Element")
      • Omnicons to Mechanikok
      • Optimus Prime to Első Optimusz ("Optimus, the First")
      • Hot Shot to Tűzgolyó ("Fireball"); Nagyágyú on the promo DVD
      • Kicker to Vadóc ("Wild One")
      • Ironhide to Vasököl ("Iron Fist"); Acélfej ("Steel Head") on the promo DVD
      • Inferno to Golyózápor ("Bullet-rain")
      • Roadblock to Úttorlasz
      • Jetfire to Lángcsóva ("Fire Jet")
      • Scorponok to Skorpió ("Scorpion")
      • Cyclonus to Ciklon ("Cyclone")
      • Snow Cat to Hósapka ("Snow Cap")
      • Starscream to Surranó ("Sneaker")
      • Demolishor to Pusztító
      • Tidal Wave to Szökőár; Árhullám on the promo DVD
      • Mirage to Délibáb
      • Daggerwing to Éleskés ("Sharp Knife"); Tőrszárny on the promo DVD
      • Wing Saber to Éleskard ("Sharp Sword")
      • Downshift to Lejtő ("Downhill")
      • Cliffjumper to Sziklamászó ("Cliff Climber")
      • Omega Supreme to Vésgő Omega ("Omega, the Last")
      • Shockblast to Pöröly ("Hammer"), Sokkoló ("Shocker") on the promo DVD
      • Six Shot to Hatlövet
      • Strongarm to Bicepsz
      • Arcee to Szélvész
      • Padlock to Lakat ("Lock")
      • Bulkhead to Tűzfal ("Firewall")
      • Landmine to Taposóakna
      • Prowl to Portyázó
      • Bruticus Maximus to simply Brutikusz
      • Superion Maximus to simply Szuperion
      • Constructicon Maximus to Maximusz
    • Transformers Cybertron
      • Cybertron to Kibertron
      • Optimus Prime to Első Optimusz ("Optimus, the First")
      • Jetfire to Röptűz ("Flyfire")
      • Landmine to Gránátfej ("Grenade-head"); Taposó (Stepper) in the opening Intro Dump
      • Scattorshot to Sörét
      • Red Alert to Riadó
      • Overhaul to Generál; Generálozó ("Overhauler") on the promo DVD
      • Leobreaker to Vastigris ("Iron Tiger"); Oroszlántörő ("Lion-breaker") on the promo DVD
      • Jolt to Forgó ("Spinner")
      • Starscream to Üstökös ("Comet")
      • Sideways to Mellékút ("Detour")
      • Soundwave to Hanghullám
      • Quickmix to Beretva ("Razor")
      • Menasor to Agresszor
      • Scourge to Ostor
      • Snarl to Agyar ("Fang")
      • Brakedown to Üzemzavar ("Malfunction")
      • Clocker to Stopper
      • Thundercracker to Villámcsapás ("Lightning Strike")
      • Evac to Kiűrítő ("Evacuator"); then Evak
      • Crumplezone to Zűrzóna ("Trouble Zone")
      • Ransack to Fosztogató ("Marauder")
      • Dirt Boss to Rühes ("Scabby")
      • Thunderblast to Mennykő ("Thunderbolt")
      • Override to Gázoló ("Over-runner")
    • Transformers Prime left the character names in English for once. Certain terms seem to have been lifted from the live-action movies. Others are, once again, completely new names.
      • Decepticons to Álcák ("Disguises")
      • AllSpark to Örök Szikra ("Ever Spark")
      • The Fallen to Az Ördög ("The Devil")
      • Immobilizer to Mozgásgátló ("Movement-blocker")
  • Looney Tunes
    • Bugs Bunny to Tapsi Hapsi (tapsifüles being a cutesy name for "rabbit", hapsi being slang for "guy")
    • Daffy Duck to Dodó Kacsa ("Dodo Duck")
    • Porky Pig to Cucu Malac ("Cucu Piglet")
    • Tweety to Csőrike (csőr means "beak", the "-ike" suffix makes it sound cuter)
    • Road Runner to Kengyelfutó Gyalogkakukk (kengyelfutó = a kind of slave who ran beside their riding master on foot)
    • Coyote to Prérifarkas
    • Yosemite Sam to Rissz-Rossz Sam
    • Duck Dodgers
      • Duck Dodgers to Szuper Dod
      • Eager Young Space Cadet to Röfirpof, ifjonc Űrkadét (Piggy-Prof, young Space Cadet)
      • Queen Tyr'ahnee to Marskirálynő (Mars Queen -- yeah, lame)
      • I.Q. High to Dr. Agybannagy (Dr. Big-in-brains)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Spongebob Squarepants to Spongyabob Kockanadrág (Cubepants)
    • Squidward Tentacles to Tintás Tunyacsáp (Tintás meaning "inky", while Tunyacsáp means "lazy tentacle")
    • Mr. Krabs to Rák Uram ("Sir Crab"), often just Főnök Úr ("Mr. Boss")
    • Sandy Cheeks to Szandi Csovi
    • Gary to Csigusz ("Snail-us")
    • Krusty Krab to Rozsdás Rákolló ("Rusty Crab-Claw"); formerly Rozsdás Ráktanya ("Rusty Crab-place"); Rákcsáló in The Movie
    • Bubble Bass to Simli Sügi ("Scampy Bassy")
    • Mermaidman to Erőberő, then Hopszi, then Kobaka
    • Barnacleboy to Kobaka, then Hopszi (they could never keep these two consistent)
    • Chum Bucket to Veszélyes Vödör (Dangerous Bucket) in the 1st season; Nagy Fogás (Big Catch) in The Movie; Lyukas Vödör (Leaky Bucket) in season 4; Csámcsogó (Muncher) in season 6
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades
    • Scarlett to Skarlát
    • Roadblock to Úttorlasz
    • Tunnel Rat to Csatornapatkány
    • Snake Eyes to Kígyószem
    • Ripcord to Kioldó
    • Mindbender to Agyformáló ("Brain-former")
    • Storm Shadow to Viharárny
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
    • Wilt to Bumm
    • Mr. Herriman to Tökéletes Úr (Mr. Perfect)
  • The Flintstones
    • Fred Flintstone to Kovakövi Frédi
    • Barney Rubble to Kavicsi Béni (kavics = pebble)
    • Betty to Irma (so that it rhymes with Vilma)
    • Pebbles to Enikő (actual name, chosen because "-kő" means stone)
    • Bamm-Bamm to Benőke
    • Mr. Slate to Kőkobaki Úr (Mr. Stonehead)
  • Yogi Bear to Maci Laci (Louie Bear)
  • Snagglepuss to Nyegleó (flippant + leo)
  • Huckleberry Hound to Foxi Maxi
  • Top Cat
    • Top Cat to Turpi Úrfi (Master Scam); Főmacska (Main Cat) in the fourth dub variation
    • Officer Dibble to Cövek Közeg (Agent Peg); Fogdmeg ("Catch'em") in the 3rd dub
    • Fancy-Fancy to Szeszély (Fancy); Ficsúr (Toff) in the 2nd
    • Benny to Bendő Benő (Tummy Benny); Bütyök (Knuckles) in the 2nd; Pepi in the 3rd; Benő in the 4th
    • Choo-Choo to Csucsu; Csücsök (cutesy word for "edge" or "tip") in the 2nd
    • Spook to Kísértet (Ghost); Csoki (Chocolate) in the 2nd
    • Brain to Agy (Brain); Gógyi (Noggin) in the 2nd dub; Kobak (Noddle) in the 3rd
  • Wacky Races
    • Dick Dastardly to Gézengúz Guszti (Gus Scamp)
    • Muttley to Mardel ("Grab'em")
    • Penelope Pitstop to Dili Dolly
    • Peter Perfect to Merci Berci
    • Rufus Ruffcut to Mafla Rómeó (Romeo Lummox)
    • Sawtooth to Mitugrász (Pipsqueak)
    • Lazy Luke to Lüke Tóni
    • Blubber Bear to Laci Maci (Louie Bear)
    • The Ant Hill Mob to Vágd Haza Rt. (Trash Them Inc.)
    • Sergeant Blast to Pofabe Törzsőrmester (Sergeant Shutup)
    • Red Max to Lökös Max
    • Professor Pat Pending to Dilinger professzor
    • The Gruesome Twosome to Százszorszép Szepi[24]
    • The Slag Brothers to Bunkós testvérek (Club Brothers)
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
    • Zilly to Lakli (meaning tall and frail)
    • Klunk to Dagi (Fatso)
    • Yankee Doodle Pigeon to Postagalamb (Mail Pigeon)
  • Kids Next Door
    • Nigel Uno to Esze Sokis ("lots of brains")
    • Hogarth Pennywhistle Gilligan to Dagi P. Gagyika
    • Kuki Sanban to Kuki, Kiki or Süti (Cookie), depending on the episode
    • Wallabee Beetles to Odavág Pindur (pindur = pint-sized; odavág = slam down)
    • Abigail Lincoln to Ebigél Linkanő ("women are finks")
    • The Delightful Children From Down the Lane to Édi-Bédik (disgustingly sweet)
    • Mr. Boss to Góré bá' (ol' Grand Poobah)
    • Knightbrace to Fogcsibész (Tooth Rascal)
    • Stickybeard to Rútszakáll (Uglybeard, pun on Rőtszakáll = Red Beard)
    • Count Spankulot to Verkula Gróf (Count Beatcula)
  • Disney
    • Scrooge McDuck to Dagobert McCsip
    • Huey, Dewey, Louie to Tiki, Niki, Viki
    • Gus Goose to Gúnár Gusztáv; and depending on the translator, Gácsér Gusztáv; Boldogfalvy Bódog; Lúdbáj Gúnár or Döme
    • Gyro Gearloose to Szaki Dani; Lökhajtay Dániel in older works (based on his German name)
    • Fethry Duck to Dudu; sometimes Kótyag Kacsa (Silly Duck)
    • April, May, June to Áprilka, Maja, Juni; or Telma, Zelma, Dalma
    • Glittering Goldie O' Gilt to Csillám Aranyka; or Babbi v. Rubbi Rumba
    • Flintheart Glomgold to Kőszív Glomgold; or Zsugor Igor (Igor Niggard)
    • Magica DeSpell to Mágika; Kamilla Kajmán (Cayman Camilla); Amália; or Szemfényvesztő Gundel (Gundel Hanky-Panky)
    • Beagle Boys to Kasszafúrók (Safecrackers); or Biggie boyok
    • John R. Rockerduck to Rokkerkacsa
    • Launchpad McQuack to Kvák kapitány
    • Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack to Vebigél „Vebi” Vanderquack
    • Fenton Crackshell to Egyszeregy Tóbiás
      • Gizmoduck to Robokacsa (Roboduck)
    • Duckworth to Eduháp (Edquack)
    • Doofus to Duffy
  • Winnie the Pooh
    • Winnie to Micimackó
    • Christopher Robin to Róbert Gida (Robert, er, Goatling?)
    • Piglet to Malacka
    • Owl to Bagoly
    • Rabbit to Nyuszi (Bunny)
    • Roo to Zsebibaba (Pouch-Baby)
    • Tigger to Tigris
    • Eeyore to Füles (Ears)
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy
    • Marion to Jácint (Hyacinth)
    • Skipper to Szaniszló (Stanislaus)
    • Jimmy to Jaki
    • Sarah to Sári
    • Kevin to Sapi ("Cappy")
    • Rolf to Rudi
    • Johnny 2x4 to Köbjani (Cubic Johnny)
    • Plank to Deszka
    • Nazz to Szöszi ("Blondie")
    • Kanker sisters to Dinnye lányok (Melon girls)
      • Lee to Görög (Water)
      • Marie to Méz (Honeydew)
      • May to Sárga (Canary)
    • Jib to Arc (Face)
  • Garfield
    • Odie to Ubul
  • Calvin and Hobbes
    • Calvin to Kázmér
    • Hobbles to Huba
  • The Fairly Odd Parents
    • Dimmsdale to Maflavill (Lazyville), later changed back to the original
    • Jorgen Von Strangle to Jorgen Von Nagykar (Big-arm), later reverted to English
    • Poof to Csiribú in the original dub, Poofi in Nickelodeon's version
    • Remy Buxaplenty to Remy Telibuxa
    • Chet Ubetcha to Chad Okostojás (Wiseass)
    • Crash Nebula to Villám Csillagköd (Lightning Nebula)
    • Crimson Chin to Állkapcás Áll (Jawed Chin)
    • III. Chip Skylark to Dalos Pacsirta Chip (Songbird Chip)
    • Dark Laser to Dark Tégely (Tincan), then Lézer
  • Ben 10
    • Plumbers to Szerelők (Repairmen)
    • Wildmutt to Vadorzó (Poacher)
    • Fourarms to Csupakéz (All-hands) or Csupakar (All-arms)
    • Grey Matter to Ragacska (Sticky)
    • XLR8 to Villámmanó (Lightning Gnome)
    • Upgrade to Meti (???)
    • Diamondhead to Gyémántfej
    • Ripjaws to Penge (Blade)
    • Stinkfly to Reppencs (Flier)
    • Ghostfreak to Szellem (Ghost)
    • Heatblast to Lánglovag (Flame-knight, also a fancy word for a fireman)
    • Cannonbolt to Ágyúgolyó (Cannonball), sometimes Ágyúvillám (Cannon-lightning)
    • Wildvine to Venyige (Grapevine)
    • Benwolf to Benfarkas
    • Benmummy to Benmúmia
    • Benvicktor to Benviktor
    • Upchuck to Böffencs (Belch) or Hányás (Vomit)
    • Ditto to Dettó
    • Eye Guy to Gülüszem (Google-eyes)
    • Way Big to Óriás (Giant)
    • Buzzshock to Megawatt
    • Spitter to Köpködő
    • Swampfire to Láplövő (Bog-blaster)
    • Echo Echo to Visszhang Visszhang
    • Humungousaur to Óriásszaurusz
    • Articguana to Articguana or Sarkigyík (Arctic Lizard)
    • Jetray to Sugárrája
    • Big Chill to Nagy Fagy
    • Chromastone to Kromakő
    • Brainstorm to Észlény (Brainiac)
    • Spidermonkey to Majompók
    • Goop to Hólyag
    • Alien X to X-lény (X-being)
    • Lodestar to Sarkcsillag (Loadstar)
    • Rath to Frász (Jumpscare)
    • Nanomech to Picuri (Tiny-winy)
    • Water Hazard to Vizigót (Visigoth, literally Water Goth)
    • AmpFibian to Medúza (Jellyfish)
    • Armodrillo to Karófúró (Pole-driller)
    • Terraspin to Szélvész (Speeder) or Búgócsiga (Whirligig)
    • NRG to Erőgép (Power Unit) or Erőgót (Power Goth?)
    • Clockwork to Időgép (Time Machine)
  • Fawlty Towers
    • Fawlty to Waczak, a play on the word "vacak", meaning "rubbish"
  • The Land Before Time
    • Littlefoot to Tappancs (Paw)
    • Cera to Kistülök (Littlehorn)
    • Ducky to Kacsacsőr (Duckbill)
    • Petrie to Röpcsi (Fly-ie?)
    • Spike to Tüskés (Spiky)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Dub:
      • Jack Skellington to Rosszcsont Jack (Rascal Jack, or if we're very literal, Bad-to-the-bone Jack)
      • Oogie-Boogie to Féregzsák (Ratbag, but literally Worm-sack)
      • Sandy Claws to Víg Hullás ("Happy Corpseman" as a play on Mikulás = Nikolaus)
      • Lock to Bikfic (old provincialism for "stupid kid")
      • Shock to Kópic (Basket)
      • Barrel to Nyápic (Sprat)
    • Various official subs:
      • Jack Skellington to Csontvázi Jack or Csontváry Jack (both references to Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry, Hungarian painter, 'cause his name sounded like csontváz = skeleton)
      • Sandy Claws to Mikorárts ("When to Hurt") or Rémapó ("Father Creep")
      • Lock to Ásó (Shovel)
      • Shock to Kapa (Hack)
      • Barrel to Nagyharang (Big Bell)
    • Book:
      • Jack Skellington to Csontvázy Izsák
  • The Powerpuff Girls to Pindúr pandúrok
    • Blossom to Sziporka ("Sparkle")
    • Buttercup to Csuporka ("Little Cup", perhaps?)
    • Bubbles to Puszedli ("Macaroon", or some kind of related confection)
    • Townsville to Bogárfalva ("Bug-ville")
    • Mayor to Bogármester (a pun on polgármester, the real translation of the word "mayor"; literally "Bug Master")[25]
    • Sara Bellum to Kisagyszony -- kisagy (cerebellum) + kiszasszony (miss)
    • Mojo Jojo to Mohó Jojó ("Greedy Yo-yo")
    • Fuzzy Lumpkins to Borzasztóni -- borszasztó (terrible) + Tóni (Tony), also sounds similar to "Borzas Tóni" ("Fuzzy Tony")
    • Him to Ő (gender-neutral pronoun)
    • The Gangreen Gang to Handa Banda ("Handa Band", from handabanda = claptrap)
      • Ace to Ász
      • Snake to Kígyó
      • Big Billy to Billy
      • Lil' Arturo to Kis Arturo
      • Grubber to Féreg (Worm)
    • The Amoeba Boys to Amőbanda (Amoe-Band)
    • Sedusa to Medúza (Medusa)
    • Princess Morbucks to Pénzeszsák Hercegnő (Princess Moneybag)
    • The Rowdyruff Boys to Pernahajderek ("Hooligans")
  • Bionicle
    • Matoran to matorán
    • Great Spirit to Nagy Szellem
    • Great Beings to Nagy Lények (2009 magazines), Óriások (Giants) or Óriás Lények (Giant Beings) in The Legend Reborn movie, Nagy Létezők (Great "Extants") in the Tales of the Masks novel
    • Bioquake to Bionrengés (Bionquake)
    • Dume to Duma in the Legends of Metru Nui movie dub (probably just an error, though)
    • the virtues of Unity, Duty, Destiny to Egység, Kötelesség, Végzet ("Unity, Duty, Doom" in the movie Mask of Light), Egység, Felelősség, Kötelesség ("Unity, Responsibility, Duty" everywhere else)
    • Glatorian to gladiátorok (gladiators, in The Legend Reborn only)
    • Skopio to skorpió (scorpion, again, in TLR)
    • The League of Six Kingdoms to a Hat Király Szövetsége (Alliance of Six Kings)
    • Ihu to Iho
  • ThunderCats (2011) to Villámmacskák (Lightning Cats)
    • Lion-O to Leon-O
    • Cheetara to Gepárda
    • Panthro to Párdo
    • Grune to Mord
    • Wilykit to Fifikit
    • Wilykat to Fifikat
    • Slithe to Szunyíl[26]
  • Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel
    • Cow to Boci (Moo-cow)
    • Chicken to Pipi (Chick)
    • I.M. Weasel to Menyus
    • I.R. Baboon to Bambula
    • Red Guy to Mr. Ördöngös (Mr. Devilry), but more commonly Paprika


English to Icelandic Name Changes

  • DC Comics
    • Batman to Leðurblökumaðurinn
  • Disney
    • Donald Duck to Andrés Önd
    • Daisy Duck to Andrésína önd
    • Scrooge McDuck to Jóakim Aðalönd (literally, Joachim Royalduck)
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck to Ripp, Rapp og Rupp
    • Mickey Mouse to Mikki mús
    • Minnie Mouse to Mína mús
    • Goofy to Guffi
    • Black Pete to Svarti Pétur
    • Gyro Gearloose to Georg gírlausi
    • The Beagle Boys to Bjarnabófarnir (literally The Bear Criminals)
    • Magica de Spell to Hexía de Trix
    • The Junior Woodchucks to Grænjaxlarnir (Literally unripened, i.e. green, berry)
    • Flintheart Glomgold to Gull-Ívar Grjótharði (Golden Ivar, hard as rock)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants to Sveinn Svampur (Sveinn Sponge, where the name Sveinn means boy.)
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Phineas to Finnbogi
    • Ferb to Felix
    • Candace to Eydís
    • Buford to Hrólfur,
    • Doof to Diðrik
    • Carl to Tóti
    • Baljeet to Baldur


English to Iranian Name Changes


English to Japanese Name Changes

  • The Japanese version of the Transformers Generation 1 cartoon switched two characters' names in order to correct an animation error that reversed their colours (the two were identical aside from colour schemes).
    • Rumble to Frenzy (and vice versa)

 In addition, many other name changes took place, such as:

    • Optimus Prime to Convoy
    • Mirage to Ligier
    • Sideswipe to Lambor
    • Jazz to Meister
    • Cosmos to Adams
    • Laserbeak to Condor
    • Ravage to Jaguar
    • Trypticon to Dinosaurer
    • Scorponok to Mega Zarak
  • Transformers Animated
    • Bulkhead to Ironhide (because they wanted the connection to the Live Action movies to be stronger; this necessitated changing...)
    • Ironhide to Armorhide
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Squidward Tentacles to Ikardo Tentacles (a portmanteau of the Japanese word ika (squid) and the Spanish name Ricardo.
    • Bikini Bottom to Bikini Town
  • Yogi Bear
    • Yogi Bear to Kuma Goro (literally, Goro the Bear) but they stop using that name in the newest TV series and movies.
    • Ranger Smith to Mr. Smith (Smith-san)
  • How to Train Your Dragon is named Hic to Dragon (Hic and the Dragon) there and all the names were changed possibly due to spelling issues. Only Stoick keeps his original name here.
    • Hiccup to Hic
    • Astrid to Asty
    • Gobber to Gebb
    • Snotlout to Snot
    • Fishlegs to Fish
    • Tuffnut to Tuf
    • Ruffnut to Ruf
  • The Herculoids to "Kaiju o Targan" "(Monster King Targan)"
    • Zandor to Targan
    • Tara to Marmi
    • Dormo to Kane
    • Zok to Maryu
    • Igoo to Rikira
    • Tundro to Tanguro
    • Gloop to Hyuhyu
    • Gleep to Bobo
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero to Chijō Saikyō no Expert Team G.I. Joe ("G.I. Joe: The World's Greatest Expert Team")
    • Duke to Grunt and back to Duke in The Movie.[27]
    • Rock'n Roll to Mick
    • Mutt to Found
    • Spirit to Gray
    • Snake Eyes to Snake Eye
    • Lady Jaye to Lady J
    • Some of the vehicles that were released in Japan also had different names.
      • Sky Hawk VTOL to Little Harry
      • Cobra Fang to Cobra Gyro
      • Cobra Stinger to Cobra Night Attacker
  • Ronald McDonald to Donald McDonald, doe to the lack of the clear "r" sound in the Japanese language.
  • Wacky Races to Chiki Chiki Machine Mō Race
    • The Mean Machine to the Zero Zero Machine
      • Dick Dastardly to Black Maō[28]
      • Muttley to Kenken
    • The Bouldermobile to the Ganseki Open[29]
      • Gravel to Tamegorō
      • Rock to Donchiki
    • The Creepy Coupe to the Hyūdoro Coupe
      • Big Gruesome to Monster
      • Little Gruesome to Dorachibi[30]
    • The Convert-A-Car to the Magic Three
      • Professor Pat Pending to Doctor H
    • The Crimson Haybailer to the Kreutzer Sports
      • Red Max to Kōmori Boss [31]
    • The Compact Pussycat to The Pussycat
      • Penelope Pitstop to Milk-chan
    • The Army Surplus Special to the Tank GT
      • Sarge to Kakka Gunsō[32]
      • Private to Shinpei-kun[33]
    • The Bulletproof Bomb to the Gang Seven
      • The Anthill Mob to Torahige Ichizoku[34]. As for the individual members, Clyde became "Oyabun"[35], while the rest were referred by the generic moniker of "Kobun"[36].
    • The Arkansas Chuggabug to the Poppo SL
      • Lazy Luke to Yotarō
      • Blubber Bear to Kumappachi
    • The Turbo Terrific to the Handsome V9
      • Peter Perfect to Kizatoto-kun
    • The Buzz Wagon to The Torokko Special
      • Rufus Ruffcut to Don Kappe[37]
      • Sawtooth to Jinbei
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 version) to Mutant Turtles
    • Hamato Yoshi to Yoshihama Takeshi
    • Oroku Saki to Oroku Sawaki


English to Portuguese Name Changes

  • DC Comics
    • Booster Gold to Gladiador Dourado (Golden Gladiator)
    • Martian Manhunter became Ajax, o Marciano (Ajax, the Martian), but they changed his name to a more appropriate Caçador de Marte (Hunter from Mars)
    • Hawkman turned into Gavião Negro (Black Hawk), while the Blackhawks became Falcões Negros (Black Falcons)
    • Deadshot to Pistoleiro (Gunman)
    • The Riddler became O Charada (The Riddle, The Puzzle)
    • Speedy to the pathetic Ricardito
  • Marvel Comics
    • Hawkeye to Gavião Arqueiro (Archer Hawk)
    • Bullseye to Mercenário (Mercenary)
    • Daredevil became Demolidor (Demolisher) to keep the DD symbol.
      • Sadly, they didn't use the more appropriate Desafiador (meaning "daring person"). Then the name got taken by DC's Deadman.
    • Rogue to Vampira (Vampire)
    • Iron Monger to Monge de Ferro (Iron Monk)
    • Juggernaut to Fanático (Fanatic)
    • Nightcrawler to Noturno (Nocturnal)
  • Disney
    • Scrooge McDuck to Tio Patinhas (tio means uncle, and Patinhas is a name similar to pato, which means duck) The Full name being Patinhas Mc Pato (DuckTales) or Patinhas Mc Patinhas (other incarnations)
    • Launchpad McQuack to Capitão Boeing
    • Paperinik to Super-Pato (Super-Duck)
    • Angus to Tecão Jones
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie to Huguinho, Zezinho e Luizinho
    • May, April and June to Lalá, Lelé e Lili
    • Gyro Gearloose to Professor Pardal (pardal means sparrow... even though he's a chicken)
    • Gladstone Gander to Ganso Gastão
    • Fethry Duck to Peninha (little feather)
    • Flintheart Glomgold to Pão Duro MacMonei (the first is an expression meaning "avaricious")
    • John D. Rockerduck to Patacôncio
    • Pete to Bafo, full name João Bafo-de-Onça ("John Jaguar-Breath", an expression for bad breath)
    • The Beagle Boys to Irmãos Metralha (Machine Gun Brothers)
    • Elvira "Granma Duck" Coot to Vovó Donalda (Granny Donalda)
    • Magica de Spell to Maga Patalógica (something like "Ducklogic Witch")
    • Phantom Blot to Mancha Negra (Black Blot)
    • Chip and Dale to Tico e Teco
    • Cruella de Vil to Cruela Cruel
    • Goofy to Pateta (literal translation)
      • Likewise, Daisy Duck to Margarida.
  • Looney Tunes
    • Bugs Bunny became Pernalonga (Longleg)
    • Daffy Duck to Patolino (pato means duck, and -lino is a male suffix)
    • Foghorn Leghorn to Frangolino
    • Yosemite Sam to Eufrazino
    • Elmer Fudd to Hortelino (yes, the original translators liked to put an "-ino")
    • Porky Pig to Gaguinho ("little strutterer")
    • Tweety to Piu-Piu (just like "tweet", the sound made by a bird)
    • Sylvester to Frajola
    • Road Runner to Papa-Léguas ("league eater"); in some translations, "Beep-Beep"
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • Buster Bunny became Perninha (shortleg - see the one for Bugs above)
    • Babs Bunny to Lilica
    • Hamton to Presuntinho (Little Ham)
    • Montana Max to Valentino Troca-Tapa ("slap-exchanger")
    • Elmyra to Felícia
    • Calamity Coyote to Coiote Coió ("Stupid Coyote")
    • Furball to Frajuto ("fake")
    • Dizzy Devil to Rói Corrói
    • Shirley the Loon to Leiloca Pataquada
  • Rocky: Apollo Creed became Apollo Doutrinador ("doctrinaire" - for those who don't know, "doctrine" is a synonym of "creed")
  • Cow and Chicken: The Red Guy became "Bum de Fora" ("Butt out" - considering the character uses aliases that lampshade his lack of pants, fits perfectly).
  • Another Disney example, this time from the Disney Animated Canon: the Brazillian dub of Tangled changes Flynn Rider's real name from Eugene Fitzherbert to José Bezerra.
  • Laurel and Hardy are known in Brazil as "O Gordo e o Magro" ("the fat and the thin," which inverts the original name).
  • Star Wars: Dooku to Dookan
  • Harry Potter: Brazilian-Portuguese translation, at least
    • James Potter was renamed Tiago Potter
    • Albus Dumbledore was renamed Alvo Dumbledore. "Alvo" is a word for "target" as a substantive, which got a special meaning in Book 6, when he was targeted by Voldemort to be killed.
    • Tom Marvolo Riddle, for being an anagram for "I am Lord Voldemort", became Tom Servolo Riddle, anagram for "Eis Lord Voldemort" (There's Lord Voldemort). Consequently, his maternal grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt, became Servolo Gaunt.
    • The Marauders became Marotos and their nicknames were changed from Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs to Aluado, Rabicho, Almofadinhas e Pontas.
    • Remus Lupin fittingly became Remo Lupin, as the Remus who was, according to legend, raised by a mother wolf, is known as Remo in Brazil.
    • Peter Pettigrew was renamed Pedro Pettigrew. Sirius Black was the only Marauder to keep his name unchanged in the translation.
    • Vernon Dursley became Válter Dursley.
    • Dudley Dursley gained the nickname Duda but officially retained the name Dudley as pointed out in the first book's first chapter. Harry even reminded Brazilian readers when he used "Dudley" as a surname to avoid being recognized by Snatchers in Book 7.
    • Marge Dursley was renamed Guida
    • Kingsley Shacklebolt was renamed Quim (usually regarded as short for "Joaquim") Shacklebolt in Book 5 but it seems to have been forgotten in later books.
    • Kreacher was renamed Monstro(Monster)
    • Charlie Weasley was renamed Carlinhos (Little Carlos) Weasley.
    • Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin became Grifinória, Lufa-Lufa, Corvinal and Sonserina. Surprisingly, the Hogwarts Houses got the name change but not the founders.
    • Moaning Myrtle became Murta-Que-Geme. "Geme" is from the verb "Gemer"(to Moan).
    • Ronald and Ginevra kept their official names but their nicknames were changed from Ron and Ginny to Rony and Gina.
      • Not to mention several characters who gained Brazilian versions of their original names.
  • Kermit of The Muppets had his name changed to Caco in Brazil prior to the 2011 reboot movie. He justifies it during an interview to Brazillian comedy show Legendários, explaining that he once had a fight with Miss Piggy, traveled to Rio, and while there used the alias of Caco, which stuck among the Brazillians until Miss Piggy found out.
  • Dinosaurs to Família Dinossauros
    • Earl Sinclair to Dino da Silva Sauro
    • Robbie to Bob
    • Ethyl Phillips to Zilda
    • Spike to Carlão


English to Polish Name Changes

  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Phineas to Fineasz
    • Perry to Pepe
    • Candace to Fredka
    • Stacy to Stefa
    • Doofenshmirtz to Dundersztyc
  • Storm Hawks:
    • Aerrow to Strzała
    • Piper to Faja
    • Finn to Piątak
    • Junko to Szmelc
    • Stork to Bocian (a literal translation, this one)
    • Ravess to Majak
    • Snipe to Strzał
  • Winnie the Pooh becomes Kubus Puchatek (literally, Jimmy Pooh). The names of his friends are kept largely as literal translations, but this causes issues with Owl in Slavic versions: the word sowa in Polish (and sova in Russian) is grammatically feminine, meaning that Owl is always referred to as a girl rather than a boy as he is in the originals. In the Soviet cartoon series, Vinni Pukh, Owl was depicted with a bonnet and shawl as very definitely female.
    • There was one Polish translator who decided that "Winnie" was obviously short for "Winnifreda", and released an alternative translation of the book accordingly. To this day, it is a symbol of horrible translations in Poland.
  • Discworld: In Soul Music, the name of one of the main characters, Glod, was changed to "Buog" (like "Bóg", God) for sake of preserving a single minor pun ("We're on a mission from Glod"). Unfortunately, this caused an inconsistency with an earlier book, where "Glod" was also the name of an angry dwarf summoned by a dyslexic magic wish for "gold", and his name was translated differently back then.
    • Tiffany Aching had her first name changed to the bizarre "Akwila" for no apparent reason, but thankfully this was changed in later translations.

English to Russian Name Changes

  • Harry Potter
    • In the official translation:
      • Lord Voldemort/Tom Marvolo Riddle to Lord Volan-de-Mort/Tom Marvolo Reddl (his second name also was briefly changed to "Narvolo" in the second book for the anagram's sake)
      • Grindelwald to Grin-de-Wald
      • Ravenclaw to Kogtevran (pretty much literal, "claw-raven")
      • Hufflepuff to Puffenduy
      • Beauxbatons to Charmbatons (perhaps to make it sound more French)
      • Longbottom to Dolgopups
      • Severus Snape to Severus Snegg (resembling 'sneg' = snow, probably to match 'sever' = north; that's why you may often see a Snegg falling outside the window in fanfics)
      • Luna Lovegood to Polumna Lovegood (resembling 'poloumnaya' = half-witted)
      • Slughorn to Sliznort (something like 'slimy mouth' misspelt)
      • Mundungus to Nazemnikus (something like 'on-the-ground-us')
      • Alastor Moody to Alastor Gryum (more or less literal)
      • Hedwig to Buklya (playing with 'head-wig')
      • Buckbeak to Klyuvokryl ('beak-wing')
      • Griphook to Kryukokhvat (literal translation)
      • Horcrux to Krestrazh (a mixture of 'cross' and 'guard' with something like 'fear' appearing in the middle)
    • Unofficial translations:
      • Severus Snape to Zlodeus Zley (it literally means 'Villainous Evil', which gave the translator quite a lot of trouble with the last two books)
      • Barty Crouch to Barty Sgorbs (a verbal monster produced from the verb 'crouch' in a couple of remote associations)
      • Ludo Bagman to Ludo Shulman
      • Hagrid to Ogrid (perhaps from 'ogre'?)
      • Tonks to Boms
      • Kingsley Shacklebolt to Kingsley Candalier (something like 'shackler')
      • Oliver Wood to Oliver Drev
      • Batilda Bagshot to Batilda Zhukpuk (literally... erm... 'beetle-fart')
    • This fandub of the HP&PS movie is famously infamous till today and is probably going to live for ages. Among its loads of perfectly meaningless text, it features (guess who is who) Tuna and Wallie Dursbey, Rubyist Hagred, Dusty Grizzly, Drinko Malforey, Drinko Manforay, Drinko Monforay, Neville Lambert, Neville Lombash, Monya Krenger, Ron Winceley, MacGalligan, Snake, Elvis Dulmogor, Elvis Dolmondor, Elvis Dumbledon, Elvis Dolomonodor, Voldemot and Valdemot.
  • The Lord of the Rings withstood seven published translations into Russian and who-knows-how-many unpublished or incomplete ones.
    • V. Murav'yov & A. Kistyakovsky translation:
      • Frodo Baggins became Torbins ('torba' = bag), his faithful servant being Sam Scrombee
      • Rivendell to Razdol ('vast expanse')
      • Rohan to Mustangrim or Ristania
      • Glorfindel to Vseslavur
    • N.Grigor'yeva & V. Grushetsky translation:
      • Frodo Baggins to Frodo Sumniks ('suma' also means 'bag')
      • Rivendell to Dol'n
    • M. Kamenkovich & V. Karrik translation:
      • Strider to Brodyaga-Shire-Shag ('vagrant-step-wider')
      • Butterbur to Narkiss, Maslyutik, Medovar, Podsolnukh, Pivnyuk and simply 'inn-keeper' in different translations.
  • Discworld
    • Granny Weatherwax to Vetrovosk (made up of "wind" and "wax" (substance))
    • Nanny Ogg to Yagg (to resemble Baba Yaga of Russian folk tales)
    • Nobby Nobbs to Shnobby Shnobbs (Rule of Funny)
    • Ponder Stibbons to Dumming Tups (from "think" and "thick")
    • Windle Poons to Vetrom Sdums ("blown away by the wind")
    • Kazanunda the dwarf got nicknamed "Kazanunder" in one book.
  • Nearly all Transformers characters were given new names in the cartoons but the original names were kept in the movie trilogy, which probably confused the fans. Examples:
    • Cliffjumper -> Skalolaz ("mountain climber")
    • Ironhide -> Bronevik ("armored car")
    • Sideswipe -> Apperkot ("uppercut")
    • Sunstreaker -> Mertsatel' ("twinkler")
    • Trailbreaker -> Sledopyt ("pathfinder")
    • Windcharger -> Razryadnik ("discharger")
    • Jetfire -> Istrebitel' ("fighter" or "exterminator")
    • Grimlock -> Smel'chak ("daredevil")
    • Powerglide -> Vetrorez ("wind-cutter")
    • Warpath -> Tomagavk ("tomahawk")
    • Grapple -> Granit
    • Red Alert -> Panikyor ("panicker")
    • Silverbolt -> Arbalet ("crossbow")
    • Starscream -> Skandalist ("brawler")
    • Soundwave -> Barkhan ("dune")
    • Shockwave -> Vzryvala ("blower-upper")
    • Kickback -> Prygoon ("jumper")
    • Dead End -> Chyort ("demon")
    • Devil Z -> Povelitel' ("overlord")
    • Overlord -> Vlastitel' ("sovereign")


English to Spanish Name Changes

  • The Muppets to Los Teleñecos (Spain only, before the 2011 movie)
    • Kermit the Frog to La Rana René (Latin America, before the 2011 movie) and La Rana Gustavo (Spain). Similarly to his Portugese "Caco" name change above, Kermit actually explained the former (dubbed) as his accidentally being called "René" when he came to Mexico.
  • The Flintstones to Los Picapiedras
    • Fred Flintstone to Pedro Picapiedra
    • Wilma Flintstone to Vilma Picapiedra
    • Barney Rubble to Pablo Mármol
    • Betty Rubble to Betty Mármol
  • SpongeBob SquarePants to Bob Esponja Pantalones Cuadrados (usually shortened to Bob Esponja)
    • Patrick Star to Patricio Estrella
    • Squidward Tentacles to Calamardo Tentáculos
    • Mr. Krabs to Don Kangrejo
    • Sandy Cheeks to Arenita Mejillas (nearly literal translation).
  • DuckTales to Pato Aventuras
    • Scrooge McDuck to Rico McPato (Latin America) or Gilito McPato (Spain)
    • Huey to Hugo (Latin America) or Juanito (Spain)
    • Dewey to Paco (Latin America) or Jaimito (Spain)
    • Louie to Luis (Latin America) or Jorgito (Spain)
    • Launchpad McQuack to Joe McQuack (both in Latin America and Spain)
    • The Beagle Boys to Los Chicos Malos (Latin America. Literally, The Bad Boys) or Los Golfos Apandadores (Spain)
  • Super Mario Bros Super Show
    • Toad to Honguito
    • Princess Toadstool to Princesa Seta
  • The Powerpuff Girls to Las Chicas Superpoderosas (Latin American dub)
    • Blossom to Bombón (Latin America) or Pétalo (Spain, literal translation)
    • Bubbles to Burbuja (lit. translation)
    • Buttercup to Bellota (acorn, Latin America)or Cactus (Spain)
    • Professor Utonium to Profesor Utonio
    • Him to Él
    • Fuzzy Lumpkins to Peludito Dientón
    • Princess Morbucks to Princesa Masplata
    • Brick to Bajeza
    • Boomer to Bandido
    • Butch to Bacteria
      • The spanish names of the Rowdyruff Boys only were used in their first time that they appeared, later appearances uses their original names
  • The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog (Latin American dub)
    • Tails to Colitas (this also entailed a gender swap from male to female)
    • Dr. Robotnik to Dr. Mostachón
    • Scratch to Gallotronic
    • Grounder to Chatarra
    • Coconuts to Cocoloco
  • Top Cat to Don Gato y su pandilla (Don Cat and his Gang, Latin American dub)
    • Benny the Ball to Benito Bodoque (can be viewed as a loose translation of sorts; "bodoque" is also used as an endearing nickname in Mexican Spanish)
    • Choo-Choo/Chooch to Cucho (which can mean a number of things, from cat and deformed to manure, among others)
    • Brain to Demóstenes (Demosthenes; which is quite ironic if think of the Greek orator of the same name)
    • Fancy-Fancy to Panza (Belly. No, really)
    • Spook to Espanto (literal translation)
    • Dibble to Matute
  • The Jetsons to Los Supersónicos (The Supersonics, Latin American dub)
    • George Jetson to Súper Sónico (as in supersonic)
    • Jane Jetson to Ultra Sónico (as in ultrasonic)
    • Judy Jetson to Lucero Sónico (lucero means star)
    • Elroy Jetson to Cometín Sónico (cometín being a dimminutive of the Spanish word for comet)
    • Rosie to Robotina
    • Orbitty to Orbitus
    • Mr. Spacely to Sr. Espacial/Sr. Júpiter (first and second series dubs respectively)
  • Sesame Street to Plaza Sésamo (Latin America) or Barrio Sésamo (Spain)
    • Grover to Archibaldo (Latin America) or Coco (Spain)
    • Count von Count to Conde Contar (Latin America) or El Conde Draco (Spain)
    • Cookie Monster to Lucas, el Monstruo Comegalletas (Latin America, often called Lucas or Comegalletas for short) or Triqui, el Monstruo de las Galletas (Spain)
    • Bert & Ernie to Beto & Enrique (Latin America) or Blas & Epi (Spain)
    • Big Bird to Abelardo (Latin America, during the show's first years; currently known by his English name, while his former name became his Mexican Expy's)
  • Most of The Simpsons names were kept intact, though few of them changed in the Latin American dub like:
    • Homer to Homero
    • Reverend Lovejoy to Reverendo Alegría (Joy)
    • Barney Gumble to Barney Gomez
    • Clancy Wiggum to Clancy Gorgory
    • Ralph Wiggum to Rapha Gorgory (though sometimes Ralph creeps in)
    • Nelson Muntz to Nelson Rufino (restored to the original in later seasons)
    • Superintendent Chalmers to Super Intendente Archundia (ditto)
    • Waylon Smithers to Castulo Smithers
      • Wandulo in Who Shot Mr. Burns?, just to keep the S/W clue.
    • Abraham Simpson to Abel Simpson (early seasons mostly)
    • Itchy & Scratchy to Tomy & Daly
  • The Addams Family to Los Locos Addams (The Crazy Addams)
    • Gomez to Homero
    • Pugsley to Pericles (as the Greek warrior)
    • Wednesday to Merlina (as Merlin)
    • Fester to Lucas
    • Cousin Itt to Tio Cosa
    • Lurch to Largo
    • Thing to Dedos (Fingers)
  • Some of the Looney Tunes got their names changed:
    • Daffy Duck to Pato Lucas (referencing Spanish Uncle Fester)
    • Elmer Fudd to Elmer Gruñon (Grumpy Elmer)
    • Foghorn Leghorn to Gallo Claudio
    • Yosemite Sam to Sam Bigotes (Moustache Sam)
    • Tweety to Piolín
  • Marvel Comics
    • Wolverine is maybe the biggest offender about his name in Spanish, since his name was translated as follow, depending of the media involved and country (all the names are from the Latin American versions, unless specified otherwise)
      • Gloton (older versions of the X-Men comics, and the first live-action movie)
      • Guepardo (90s TV series and X-Men: Evolution, the newest TV series, Wolverine and the X-Men and the live-action movie involving him keeps his English name intact.)
      • Lobezno (used in Spain only)
  • From the 90's TV X-Men series, in Latin American:
    • Cyclops, Storm, Beast and Gambit to Ciclope, Tormenta, Bestia and Gambito (all literal translations)
    • Rogue to Titania
    • Jubilee to Jubilo ("joy")
    • Juggernaut to Leviatan
    • Sabertooth to Leonidas
  • Batman
    • Bruce Wayne to Bruno Diaz (mostly up to around the 80's)
    • Richard "Dick" Grayson to Ricardo Tapia (ditto)
    • The Joker to El Guasón
    • Catwoman to Gatúbela
    • The Riddler to Acertijo (Latin American) or Enigma (Spain)
    • Two-Face and Poison Ivy to Dos Caras and Hiedra Venenosa (literal translations)
  • Beast Wars (Latin American)
    • Cheetor to Cheetah
    • Scorpionok to Scorpikon
    • Tigatron to Tigreton
    • Blackarachnia to Araña Negra ("Black Spider")
    • Airrazor to Aguila ("Eagle")
    • Silverbolt to Lobo Plateado ("Silver Wolf")
    • Quickstrike to Cobra
    • Rampage to Rampante ("Rampant")
    • Depth Charge to Mantaraya ("Manta Ray")
    • Starscream to Destello ("Sparkle")
  • Beast Machines (Latin American - all returning characters keep their Beast Wars names)
    • Nightscream to Nocturno ("Nocturnal")
  • Dinosaucers to Los Dinoplativolos
    • Bronto-Thunder to Bronto-Trueno
    • Bonehead to Babalu (short of Babalucas who is a Mexican Spanish slang for dumbass.)
    • Teryx to Terry
    • Dimetro to Demetrio
    • Styraco to Espinaco (a Spanish portmanteau of the words Espinaca [Spinach] and Espinazo [Backbone])
    • Quackpot to Orni
  • Pro Wrestling: First, an explanation: During the 90s, the WWE tried (and failed) to enter to the Mexican wrestling market and some wrestlers got a name change in Mexico (but not everywhere). That practice died out in the 2000s after the WWE became more popular in that country and all the wrestlers are named with the original English names.
    • The Undertaker to El Enterrador
    • The British Bulldog to El Bulldog Britanico
    • Ted Dibiase The Million Dollar Man to El Hombre del Millon de Dolares
    • Sgt. Slaughter to Sargento Slaughter or Sargento Bravo (Sgt. Brave)
  • Rugrats
    • Stu to Hugo
    • Drew to Julio
    • Chuckie to Carlitos
    • Phil and Lil to Fili y Lili
  • Tiny Toon Adventures to Tiny Toons
    • Babs Bunny to Babsy Bunny
    • Elmyra to Elvira
    • Sweety Bird to Pio-pi
    • Calamity Coyote to Coyote Calamidad
    • Bookworm to Gusabio (a portmanteau from the words Gusano [Worm] and Sabio [wise])
    • Furrball to Peluso
    • Montana Max to Max Montana (maybe because Max is normally a first name and a diminutive of both Maxwell in English and Maximiliano in Spanish)
  • Animaniacs to Animania (but only inside the series, It's never used outside the series by neither the Latin American networks nor the voice actors who worked on the dub.)
    • Brain to Cerebro
    • Chicken Boo to Kikiri Boo (Kikiri is the Spanish name of the sound that a rooster does in the morning)
    • Slappy and Skippy Squirrel to Slappy and Skippy Ardilla
    • Dr. Scratchansniff to Dr. Rascahuele (literal translation)
  • Cars:
    • Lightning McQueen to Rayo McQueen
    • Mater to Mate
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers to Chip y Dale al Rescate (Chip and Dale to the Rescue)
    • Gadget to Gady
    • Monterey Jack to Monterrey Jack (The pronunciation is the same, they just changed the name from the American city of the same name with the Mexican city who share a similar spelling.)
    • Fat Cat to Mala Cara (Bad Face)
    • Wart to Verruga
  • Tale Spin to Aventureros del Aire (Adventurers of the Skies). The VHS release in the 90s released the series as Cuentos Aereos (Air Tales) but it was never used on series nor by the Latin American networks
    • Kit Cloudkicker to Kit Nubarron (Kit Cloud)
    • Wildcat Willie to Gato Willie (Willie the Cat)
    • The Sea Duck to El Ganso (The Goose)
    • Cape Suzette to Cabo Suzette
    • Thembria to Frigilia
  • Halo series
    • Master Chief to Jefe Maestro (Keep in mind that "Master Chief" is NOT his real name, but his military rank, since the full name of his rank in English is "Master Chief Petty Officer", and is translated to Spanish as "Jefe Maestro de las Fuerzas Armadas", but many Spanish-speaking players are still thinking that Master Chief is his real name.)
  • Fish Hooks to Pecezuelos
    • Shellsea to Ostrencia
    • Clamantha to Almejandra
    • Albert Glass to Albert Pez
    • Jumbo Shrimp to Gambo Jumbo
    • Finberly to Aletina
    • Smargot to Claracol
    • Jocktopus to Pulpleito
    • Mr. Baldwin to Sr. Calvillo
    • Principal Stickler to Director Rigorizo

English to Italian Name Changes

  • The Jetsons to I Pronipoti (Later redubbed with their original names)
    • George Jetson to Chicco Pronipoti
    • Jane Jetson to Chicca Pronipoti
    • Elroy Jetson to Poppy Pronipoti
  • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog to Sonic
    • Tails to Scheggia
    • Dr. Robotnik to Dr. Nick (No, not that one.)
    • Scratch to Nervetto
    • Grounder to Testadura
    • Coconuts to Nocciolino
  • Super Mario Brothers Super Show to Le avventure di Super Mario
    • King Koopa to Re Attila
    • Toad to Ughetto
    • Princess Toadstool to Principessa Amarena
  • SpongeBob SquarePants to Spongebob
    • Squidward Tentacles to Squiddi Tentacolo
    • Mermaid Man to Waterman
    • Barnacle Boy to Supervista
    • Any other character's name became spelled phonetically (SpongeBob excluded).
  • Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel to Mucca e Pollo and Io sono Donato Fidato
    • I.M. Weasel to Donato Fidato
    • I.R. Baboon to Matteo Babbeo
    • The Red Guy to Il Rosso Senzabraghe
  • The Powerpuff Girls to Le Superchicche
    • Blossom to Lolly
    • Bubbles to Dolly
    • Buttercup to Molly
  • Harry Potter
    • Minerva McGonagall to Minerva McGranitt
    • Albus Dumbledore to Albus Silente - completely missing the point, as J.K. Rowling herself has once commented.
    • Tom Marvolo Riddle to Tom Orvoloson Riddle
    • Severus Snape to Severus Piton
    • Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs to Lunastorta, Codaliscia, Felpato and Ramoso
    • Gilderoy Lockhart to Gilderoy Allock
    • Cornelius Fudge to Cornelius Caramell
    • Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin to Grifondoro, Tassorosso, Corvonero and Serpeverde
  • Disney
    • Donald Duck to Paperino
    • Daisy Duck to Paperina
    • Scrooge McDuck to Paperon de Paperoni
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck to Qui, Quo, Qua
    • Mickey Mouse to Topolino
    • Minnie Mouse to Minni
    • Goofy to Pippo
    • Black Pete to Pietro Gambadilegno
    • Gyro Gearloose to Archimede Pitagorico
    • Gladstone Gander to Gastone
    • The Beagle Boys to La Banda Bassotti
    • Magica de Spell to Amelia
    • Grandma Duck to Nonna Papera
    • The Junior Woodchucks to le Giovani Marmotte
    • Flintheart Glomgold to Cuoredipietra Famedoro
    • Chip and Dale to Cip e Ciop
    • The Phantom Blot to Macchia Nera
    • Fethry Duck to Paperoga
  • Looney Tunes
    • Sylvester to Silvestro
    • Tweety to Titti
    • Elmer Fudd to Taddeo
    • Road Runner to Beep Beep
    • Foghorn Leghorn to Garlo il Gallo (in early adaptations only)
    • Porky Pig to Pallino (again, only in some early adaptations and in the comics)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • Babs Bunny to Baby Bunny
    • Plucky Duck to Duca Duck
    • Hamton to Lindon
    • Furrball to Furfolo
    • Sweetie Pie to Melody
    • Shirley McLoon to Fata Loon
    • Little Beeper to Piccolo Beep Beep ("Lil' Road Runner") or Speedy Beep
  • Transformers Generation 1
    • Optimus Prime to Commander
    • Bumblebee to Maggiolino ("Beetle", as in "Wolkswagen beetle")
    • Ironhide to Falco ("Hawk")
    • Brawn to Cammello ("Camel")
    • Wheeljack to Saetta ("Lightning")
    • Windcharger to Lampo ("Bolt")
    • Cliffjumper to Grillo ("Cricket")
    • Starscream to Astrum
    • Skywarp to Corvo ("Crow")
    • Thundercracker to Vampiro ("Vampire")
    • Megatron, Inferno and some others kept their names. The list is long, search for the various pages at Transformers Wiki to see everyone else.
  • Ben 10
    • Fourarms to Dueperdue ("Two times two")
    • Wildmutt to Bestiale ("Bestial")
    • Grey Matter to Materia Grigia (Well, "Grey Matter")
    • Heatblast to Inferno
    • Diamondhead to Diamante ("Diamond")
    • Ripjaws to Mastica ("Chomps")
    • Stinkfly to Pungiglione ("Sting")
    • Ghostfreak to Pelledoca ("Goosebump")
    • Upgrade to Plusultra ("Extremely functional")
    • Wildvine to Vite Elastica ("Elastic Wine")
    • Cannonbolt to Rotolone ("Big Roller")
    • Upchuck to Vomito ("Puke")
    • Eye Guy to Milleocchi ("Thousands of Eyes")
    • Way Big to Gigante ("Giant")
  • Beast Wars to Rombi di Tuono e Cieli di Fuoco per i Biocombat
    • Optimus Primal to Black Jack(normal)/Metal Gorilla(Transmetal)/Optimus Primal(Optimal Optimus)
    • Cheetor to Ghepard ("Cheeta", without the final letter)
    • Rattrap to Rattilus
    • Airazor to Falcon Lady
    • Depth Charge to Mantas(toy)/Abysses(cartoon)
    • Silverbolt to Grifo
    • Megatron to Metal T-Rex(Transmetal)/Dragone(Transmetal 2)
    • Waspinator to Punginator ("Stinginator")
    • Quickstrike to Serpex
    • Ravage to Ursus
    • Starscream to Scintillor ("Sparkor")
    • Inferno to Formiculas ("Antulas")(toy)/Formikron ("Antkron")(cartoon)
    • Rampage to Granchior ("Crabbor")
  • LazyTown
    • Robbie Rotten to Robbie Rancido
    • Major Milford Meanswell to Sindaco Pacifico Pensabene ("Major Pacific Thinksgood")
    • Stingy to Solomé ("Onlyme")
    • Bessie Busybody to Milly Millevoci
  • Star Wars
    • Darth Vader to Dart Fener (oddly, later Sith characters kept "Darth" instead of "Dart")
    • Han Solo to Ian Solo
    • C-3PO to D-3BO
    • R2-D2 to C1-P8
    • Princess Leia to Principessa Leila
    • Chewbacca to Chewbecca
    • The Death Star to Morte Nera ("Black Death")
  • Ben 10 Alien Force
    • Swampfire to Fangofiammante ("Flaming Mud")
    • Spidermonkey to Scimparagno ("Chimpider")
    • Jetray to Pinnajet ("Finjet")
    • Big Chill to Gelone
    • Chromastone to Cromoraggio
    • Goop to Mutante
    • Brainstorm to Cervellotico
    • Humungosaur to Omosauro
  • Captain N: The Game Master to Un videogioco per Kevin
    • Kid Icarus to Icarus
    • Mother Brain to Perfidia
    • Eggplant Wizard to Disaster
    • Dracula to Il Conte Vampiro ("The Vampire Count")
    • Simon Belmont to Simon Belmondo (Pretty amusing, they used the Japanese name.)
  • The Simpsons
    • Chief Wiggum to Commissario Winchester
    • Miss Krabappel to Signorina Kaprapall
    • Moe to Boe
    • Itchy & Scratchy to Grattachecca e Fichetto (Or, in some episodes, "Grattino e Pruritino")
    • Kwik-e-Mart to Jet Market (sometimes "Kwik-e-Mart" is kept)
    • Otto Mann to Otto Disc
  • Alice in Wonderland" and Through the Looking Glass (Marked when there are some different versions: Disney Animated movie, Tim Burton movie, various translations of the book...)
    • Cheshire Cat to Gatto del Cheshire (books)/Stregatto (Movies)
    • March Hare to Lepre Marzolina (books)/Coniglio Bisestile (Disney)/Leprotto Marzolino (Burton)
    • Tweedledee and Tweedledum to Pinco Panco e Panco Pinco
    • Jabberwock to Ciorciolaccio/Lanciavicchio/Ciciarampa (The last one used also in the Tim Burton Movie)
    • Caterpillar to Bruco (books)/Brucaliffo (movies)
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Jack Skellington to Jack Skeletron
    • Lock to Vado
    • Shock to Vedo
    • Barrel to Prendo
    • Oogie Boogie to Bau Bau (pun on "babau", Italian for "Boogyman")
    • Sandy Claws to Babbo Nachele
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog to Leone il Cane Fifone
    • Courage to Leone
    • Muriel to Marilù
    • Eustace to Giustino
  • Animaniacs
    • Slappy and Skippy Squirrel to Vera Peste e Cocco
    • Pinky to Mignolo
    • Brain to Prof
  • Cars
    • Lightning McQueen to Saetta McQueen
    • Mater to Carl "Cricchetto" Attrezzi
  • One Hundred One Dalmatians to La Carica dei 101
    • Perdita to Peggy
    • Cruella De Vil to Crudelia De Mon
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Blooper to Calamako
    • Buzzy Beetle to Nella
    • Spiny to Koopistrice
    • Hammer Bro to Martelkoopa
    • Shy Guy to Tipo Timido
    • Chain Chomp to Categnaccio
    • Bob-Omb to Bob-Omba
    • Birdo to Strutzi
    • Wiggler to Torcibruco
    • Bandit to Furfo
    • Monty Mole to Tantatalpa
    • Pokey to Marghibruco
    • Rosalina to Rosalinda
    • Dry Bones to Tartosso
    • E.Gadd to Strambic
    • F.L.U.D.D. to S.P.L.A.C. 3000
    • Toadsworth to Mastro Toad
  • Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
    • Cackletta to Ghignarda
    • Fawful to Sogghigno
    • Popple to Champo
    • Prince Peasley to Principe Fagiolino
  • Mario and Luigi Partners In Time
    • Stuffwell to Valigi8.0
    • Toadbert to Toadoberto
    • Toadiko to Toadorica
  • Mario and Luigi Bowsers Inside Story
    • Midbus to Grugnosauro
    • Sergeant Guy to Tipo Tizio
    • Corporate Paraplonk to Paracaio
    • Private Goomp to Goombronio
    • Broque Monsieur to Luc Bloque
    • Broggy to Fido Blocco
    • Starlow to Dorastella
  • DuckTales
    • Launchpad McQuack to Jet McQuack
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
    • Diamond Dog to Cane Stanadiamanti
    • Chief Thunderhooves to Capo Zoccoli Tonanti
    • Little Strongheart to Piccola Anima Coraggiosa
    • Owlysious to Gufolisio
    • Soarin to Fulmine
    • Prince Blueblood to Principe Sangueblu
  • In the first Scream movie, Dwight "Dewey" Riley became Lenny "Linus" Riley, since the "Dewey" reference would have been lost on local viewers. However, from the second chapter onwards, Dwight/Dewey was reinstated as the official name for the character.


English to Swedish Name Changes

  • DC Comics
    • Superman to Stålmannen (The steel-man)
    • Batman to Läderlappen (literally, "The leather patch", but is also the name of the vesper type of bat)
    • The Riddler to Gåtan (The riddle) or Gåtmästaren (The riddle-master)
    • The Flash to Blixten (The lightning bolt)
    • Wonder Woman to Mirakelkvinnan (The miracle-woman)
  • Marvel Comics
    • The Thing to Big Ben or Handen (The hand)
    • The Human Torch to Flamman (The flame)
    • The Wasp to Get-Inga. Geting = wasp. Inga = a female name. Get = goat.
  • Harry Potter
    • Tom Marvolo Riddle to Tom Gus Mervolo Dolder (spells out Ego Sum Lord Voldemort, Latin for I Am Lord Voldemort). Maybe the translator thought that an "ä" (the swedish word for am/are/is is är) would look out of place in an English name.
    • Gilderoy Lockhart to Gyllenroy Lockman. Gyllen- as a prefix means golden...
    • Buckbeak to Vingfåle (Winghorse, fåle is old Swedish), his later nickname (Witherwings) becomes Vittervinge
    • Crookshanks to Krumben (from Krumbent)
    • Prongs, Moony, Padfoot and Wormtail to Tagghorn (Pronghorn), Måntand (Moontooth), Tramptass (Steppaw) and Slingersvans (Slithertail).
    • Sybil Trelawney to Sibylla Trelawney
  • Disney
    • Donald Duck to Kalle Anka
    • Daisy Duck to Kajsa Anka
    • (Unca) Scrooge McDuck to (Farbror) Joakim von Anka
    • Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck to Knatte, Fnatte och Tjatte Anka
    • Mickey Mouse to Musse Pigg
    • Minnie Mouse to Mimmi Pigg
    • Goofy to Långben (Longlegs)
    • Black Pete to Svarte Petter
    • Ludwig von Drake to Ludvig von Anka
    • Gyro Gearloose to Oppfinnar-Jocke [sic] (Uppfinnar- = Inventor-)
    • Gladstone Gander to Alexander Lukas
    • The Beagle Boys to Björnligan (The bear league)
    • Magica de Spell to Magica de Hex (Häxa, pronounced hexa = witch)
    • Elvira "Granma Duck" Coot to Elvira Augusta "Farmor" Anka
    • Cornelius Coot to Cornelius Knös (knös = someone who is rich and eccentric)
    • The Junior Woodchucks to Gröngölingarna (Gröngöling = Green Woodpecker)
    • Flintheart Glomgold to Guld-Ivar Flinthjärta, a complete reversal of his name
    • May, April and June Duck to Kicki, Pippi och Titti Anka
    • Chip and Dale to Piff och Puff
    • Launchpad McQuack to Sigge McKvack
    • The Phantom Blot to Spökplumpen
    • Fethry Duck to Knase Anka
    • Tarzan: Terk to Tufs
    • Bolt: Mittens and Rhino to Strumpan och Roffe
  • SpongeBob SquarePants to Svamp Bob Fyrkant (Spongebob Square)
    • Squidward Tentacle to Bläckvard Tentakel (literally means Inkward Tentacle, as bläck = ink and bläckfisk = octopus or ink-fish.)
  • The Bionicle comic had "Toa" turned into "Toan" (pluralized "Toaner"). This is because toa, pronounced something like ['tu:a] is the Swedish word for toilet. No such change occured in the movies, where pronounciation helped prevent such a mistake. Also, many words that did not have a plural form in English gained one in Swedish (again, only in the comic), like the Vahki (Vahkirer).
    • The dark hunters to Mörkerjägarna (The darkness hunters). (Comic.)
  • Elenium And Tamuli
    • Slight namechange with Berit to Beril, though this is understandable as Berit in Sweden is a girls name.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • The shadow realm to Skuggornas värld (The world of shadows)
    • The millennium rod to Millenniespiran (The millennium scepter).
  • The Swedish version of the manual for Pokémon Diamond/Pearl had Swedish names for the major cities (not used in the Swedish dub of the anime).

 Oreburgh: Öreborg

Eterna: Evigsala

Veilstone: Slöjelanda

Hearthome: Hjärtlinge

Pastoria: Prostberga

Canalave: Kanalsunda

Snowpoint: Snöforsa

Sunyshore: Strandsund


Non-English Examples

French to Dutch Name Changes

  • Tintin
    • Tintin to Kuifje
    • Milou to Bobbie
    • Tournesol to Zonnebloem
    • Dupond and Dupont to Jansen and Janssen


French to German Name Changes

  • Tintin to Tim und Struppi
    • Tintin to Tim
    • Milou to Struppi
    • Tryphon Tournesol to Balduin Bienlein
    • Dupond and Dupont to Schulze and Schultze
    • Séraphin Lampion to Fridolin Kiesewetter
    • Moulinsart to Mühlenhof
  • Astérix le Gaulois to Asterix der Gallier
    • Abraracourcix to Majestix
    • Agecanonix to Methusalix
    • Assurancetourix to Troubadix
    • Bonemine to Gutemine
    • Cétautomatix to Automatix
    • Ordralfabétix to Verleihnix ("lend nothing")
    • Panoramix to Miraculix


French to Swedish Name Changes

  • Tintin
    • Tournesol to Kalkyl (Calculus)

(We could go on... there probably exists no localised version of Tintin which keeps all of the French names. Full list here.)


Italian to Welsh Name Changes

  • Winx Club
    • Musa to Martha (Musa sounds like the Welsh word for garbage, "mws")
    • Bloom to Blodwyn


Japanese to Chinese Name Changes


Japanese to Filipino Name Changes

  • Jetman
    • White Swan to Pink Swan
  • Kamen Rider Black
    • Kotaro Minami to Robert Akizuki
    • Nobuhiko Akizuki to Stephen Akizuki
      • Yes, they were now brothers instead of stepbrothers.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
    • Yusuke to Eugene
    • Kuwabara to Alfred
    • Kurama to Denise, then Dennis
    • Hiei to Vincent
    • Botan to Charlene
    • Koenma to Jericho
    • Genkai to Jeremiah
      • To be fair, Jeremiah is considered unisex. But heck, she was given a masculine voice anyway.
    • Yukina to Michaela
  • Fushigi Yuugi
    • Yui to Julie
  • Voltes V
    • Kenichi Gou to Steve Armstrong
    • Daijiro Gou to Big Bert Armstrong
    • Hiyoshi Gou to Little Jon Armstrong
    • Ippei Mine to Mark Gordon
    • Megumi Oka to Jamie Robinson
    • Kentaro Gou/Prince Lagour to Ned Armstong/Baron Hrothgar (yes, THAT Hrothgar)
    • Mitsuyo Gou to Maryanne Collins-Armstrong
    • Prof. Hamaguchi to Dr. Richard Smith
    • General Oka to Commander Robinson
    • Prof. Sakunji to Dr. Hook
    • Tako-chan to Octo-1
    • Prince Heinel to Prince Zardoz (yes, named with that Zardoz in mind)
    • Katharine Lee to Zandra
    • Jangal Louis to Draco (and no, NOT THAT Draco or THAT Draco)
    • Bergan to General Oslak
    • General Dange to General Watson
    • General Doir to Commander Garth
  • Magic Knight Rayearth
    • Hikaru to Luce (pronounced like Lucy)
    • Umi to Marina
    • Fuu to Anemone
  • Hikari Sentai Maskman
    • Takeru to Michael Joe
    • Kenta to Leonard
    • Akira to Adrian
    • Haruka to Eloise
    • Momoko to Mary Rose
    • Sanjoru Sugata to Samuel Sugata
    • Anagubas to Arabus
    • Oyobur to Vulco
    • Baraba to Dargan


Japanese to Finnish Name Changes

  • Digimon
    • Cherrymon to Treemon
    • Pinnochiomon to Pinnomon


Japanese to French Name Changes

  • Pretty much everyone in Ranma ½, including Ranma's last name.
  • Pretty much everyone in Captain Tsubasa.
  • Captain Harlock to Albator.
  • UFO Robo Grendizer to Goldorak.
  • Bioman
    • Shiro Go to Jackie Gor
    • Shingo Takasugi to Fred Takan
    • Ryuta Nanbara to Bob Minara
    • Hikaru Katsuragi to Sikou Katsura
    • Peebo to Peebolo
    • Dr. Man to Dr. Mad
    • Meison to Jason
    • Bio Robo to Le Géant Bioman (The Bioman Giant)
    • On that note, in most of the French dubs of Super Sentai,the rangers would be known as "Force[colour]" rather than "Red One, Red Mask etc".
  • Hikari Sentai Maskman to Bioman 2: Maskman
    • Takeru to Mickaël
    • Kenta to Kent
    • Akira to Allan
    • Haruka to Héléna
    • Momoko to Barbara
  • Choujuu Sentai Liveman to Bioman 3: Liveman
    • Red Falcon to Aero Condor
    • Yellow Lion to Lion Météore
    • Blue Dolphin to Paléo Dauphin
    • Black Bison to Méta Bison
    • Green Sai to Rhino Fort
  • Jetman
    • Ryu to Réno
    • Raita to Rénato
    • Ako to Anne
    • Gai to Galt
  • Ojamajo Doremi to Doremi Magique
    • Hazuki to Emily
    • Aiko to Sophie
    • Onpu to Loulou (season one)/Nicole (post-season one)
    • Momoko to Mindy
    • Hana to Flora
    • Oyajide (plushie form) to Jauneoeuf
  • Cardcaptor Sakura to Sakura La Chasseuse Des Cartes
    • Li Syoran to Lionel
    • Tomoyo to Tiffany
    • Touya to Thomas
    • Yukito to Mathieu
    • Eriol to Anthony
    • Meiling to Stéphanie
    • Fujitaka to Dominique
    • Nadeshiko to Nathalie
    • Kaho Mizuki to Kathia Moreau
  • Mahou Tsukai Sally to Minifee (Canadian dub)
    • Yoshiko to Yolande
  • Keroro Gunsou to Keroro: Mission Titar
    • Aki Hinata to Anna Monaté
    • Fuyuki to Artus
    • Natsumi to April
    • Momoka Nishizawa to Garance Beller
    • Mutsumi to Mael
    • Koyuki to Énéa
  • Lupin the Third to Edgar le Detective Cambrioleur (this one at least had a 'valid' reason)
    • Arsene Lupin III to Edgar de la Cambriole
    • Daisuke Jigen to Auguste / Isidore
    • Goemon Ishikawa to Yokitori
    • Fujiko Mine to Magali
    • Inspector Koichi Zenigata to Inspector Gaston Lacogne (Yes... *sob*)
  • Like in English and German, many Pokémon names, although the English names were used for the most part in French Canada (technically, translated names are used in all French versions).
  • Golden Sun (with English version names for easier reference)
    • Robin to Vlad (en: Isaac)
    • Gerald to Garet
    • Mary to Sofia (en: Mia)
    • Garcia to Pavel (en: Felix)
    • Jasmine to Lina (en: Jenna)
    • Sheba to Cylia (en: Sheba)
    • Picard to Piers
    • Sclater to Thelos (en: Kraden)
    • Satyuros to Salamandar (en: Saturos)
    • Menadi to Phoenixia (en: Menardi)
    • Karst to Karstine (en: Karst)
  • One Piece
    • Usopp to Pipo (comes from pipoter (to lie))
  • City Hunter
    • Ryo Saeba to Nicky Larson, which is also what the series itself was renamed to.
    • Kaori Makimura to Laura Marconi.
  • Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch to La Melodie des Sirene: Pichi Pichi Pitch
    • To make her name easier to pronounce, Luchia became Lucie (However the sign in episode 12 still reads 'Happy Birthday Luchia')


Japanese to German Name Changes

  • Doremi
    • Hazuki to Emily
    • Aiko to Sophie
    • Onpu to Nicole
    • Pop to Bibi
  • Like in French and English, many Pokémon names.
  • Winspector
    • Biker to Brian
  • One Piece
    • Monkey D. Luffy to Monkey D. Ruffy
    • Roronoa Zoro to Lorenor Zorro
    • Usopp to Lysop
    • Going Merry to Flying Lamb
    • Don Krieg to Don Creek
    • Bartholomew Kuma to Bartholomäus Bär
    • Kaku to Ecki
    • Jango to Jacko
    • Dr. Hiriluk to Doc Bader
    • Portgas D. Ace to Puma D. Ace
    • Peepley Lulu to Louie-Louie


Japanese to Greek Name Changes

  • One Piece to Ντρέηκ Και Το Κυνήγι Του Θησαυρού (Drake and the Hunt for Treasure)
    • Monkey D. Luffy to Drake
    • Roronoa Zoro to Blackjack
    • Nami to Bonnie
    • Usopp to Gus
    • Sanji to Sunny
    • Don Krieg to Don Sam
    • Arlong to Richie (*sigh*)


Japanese to Italian Name Changes

  • Ojamajo Doremi to Magica Doremi (note well: when the first season was dubbed, the dubbers wanted to have the witches' names all related to music. By the time they got round to dubbing the third season, a different dubbing department was in place and didn't bother with this.)
    • Hazuki to Melody
    • Aiko to Symphony
    • Onpu to Lullaby
    • Momoko to Mindy
    • Pop to Bibì
  • Yatterman to Yattaman[38]
    • Doronjo to Miss Dronio
    • Yatterwan to Yattacan
    • Yatterdojira to Yattadoiler
    • Aichan to Janet
    • Omocchama to Robbie Robbie
  • Beyblade
    • Kyouju to Professor K (no, not that one.)
  • Yattodetaman to Calendar Men[39]
    • Princess Karen to Principessa Domenica ("Princess Sunday")
    • Princess Mirenjo to Principessa Lunedì ("Princess Monday")
    • Prince Komaro to Principino Sabato ("Young Prince Saturday")
    • Juri Kokematsu to Primo Settembre ("September 1st")
    • Alain Skadon to Due Ottobre ("October 2nd")
    • Count Don Juan Fun to Conte Don Giovanni ("Count Don Juan")
    • Daigoron to Abatan Robot
    • Daikyojin to Kingstar
    • Toki Wataru to Beppe Domani ("Joseph Tomorrow")
  • Dragon Ball
    • Piccolo to Junior
    • Tenshinhan to Tensing
    • Chaozi to Riff
    • Yajirobei to Jirobai
    • Yamcha to Yamko
    • Oolong to Oscar
    • Lunch to Laura
    • Vegetto to Vegeku
  • Saint Seiya to I Cavalieri dello Zodiaco
    • Most of the characters were named just like the constellation of their cloth, except for the subsequent:
    • Hyoga to Crystal
    • Shiryu to Sirio
    • Shaina to Tisifone
    • Marin to Castalia
    • June to Nemes
    • Capella to Agape
    • Dante to Vesta
    • Sirius to Orione
    • Dio to Dedalus
    • Aiolia to Ioria
    • Mu to Mur
    • Aiolos to Micene
    • Sigfried to Orion
    • Isaac to Abadir
    • Sorrento to Syria
    • Kaisa to Lemuri
    • Sion to Shin
  • Doraemon (First dub only: a second dub uses the original names)
    • Nobita Nobi to Guglielmo "Guglia" Guglielmetti
    • Takeshi "Giant" Gouda to Giangi
    • Shizuka to Susy
    • Suneo to Zippo
  • Time Bokan to La Macchina del Tempo
    • Chorobo to C-Robot
    • Majo to Madame Margot
    • Grocky to Sgrinfia
    • Walsa to Birba
  • One Piece
    • Monkey D. Luffy to Rubber (Although it's later stated that "Luffy" is his real name and "Rubber" is just a nickname.)
    • Tony Tony Chopper to Renny-Renny Chopper (Translatable as "Raindeery-Raindeery Chopper")
    • Hatchan to Octy
    • Kuroobi to Blackbelt
  • Kimagure Orange Road to È quasi magia, Johnny
    • Kyosuke to Johnny
    • Madoka to Sabrina
    • Hikaru to Tinetta
  • City Hunter
    • Ryo Saeba to Hunter
    • Kaori to Greta
    • Umibozu to Falcon
    • Hideyuki to Jeff
    • Saeko to Selene
  • Sailor Moon
    • Usagi to Bunny
    • Ami to Amy
    • Rei to Rea
    • Makoto to Morea
    • Minako to Marta
    • Hotaru to Ottavia
    • Setsuna to Sidia
    • Michiru to Milena
    • Mamoru to Marzio
    • Umino to Ubaldo
    • Tuxedo Kamen to Milord
    • Sailor V to Sailor
    • Zoisite to Zackar
    • Kunzite to Lord Kaspar
  • Manga/Slayers
    • Lina to Rina
    • Gourry Gabriev to Guido
    • Philionel to Filiberto
    • Xellos to Zeross
  • UFO Robo Grendizer to Atlas Ufo Robot or Ufo Robot Goldrake
    • Daisuke/Duke Fleed to Actarus/Duke Fleed/Goldrake
    • Grendizer to Goldrake
    • Koji Kabuto to Alcor
    • Hikaru to Venusia
    • Genzo to Procton
    • Danbei to Rigel
    • Goro to Mizar
    • Blacky to Hydargos
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
    • The names are the same as the 4Kids ones (as it is the dub), except for a single instance:
    • Insector Haga/Weewil Underwood to Bruchido Haga
  • Captain Tsubasa to Holly e Benji
    • Tsubasa Oozora to Holliver "Holly" Hutton
    • Genzo Wakabayashi to Benjamin "Benji" Price
  • Tokyo Mew Mew(These names make more sense than the 4kids ones, as the resemble the orginals)
    • Title Change to Mew Mew: Amiche Vincenti
    • Ichigo to Strawberry
    • Minto to Mina
    • Retasu to Lory
    • Bu-Ling to Paddy
    • Zakuro to Pam
    • In mew form, the girls just add mew at the beginning of their name in the italian dub
    • Masaya to Mark (Where 4kids got the idea from......)
    • Ryo to Ryan
    • Keiichiro to Kyle
    • Masha to Mash
    • Miwa and Moe to Mimi and Megan (Again, 4kids stole these)
    • Seiji Aizawa to Sergio (4kids 'borrowed' this to....)
  • Kodomo no Omocha to Rossana
    • Sana Kurata to Rossana Smith
    • Akito Hayama to Heric Akito
    • Tsuyoshi Ohki to Terence
    • Rei Sagami to Robby
    • Misako Kurata to Cathrine Smith
    • Naozumi Kamura to Charles Lons
    • Fuka Matsui to Funny

Japanese to Korean Name Changes

  • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger to Power Rangers SPD (not to be confused with the actual Power Rangers series)
    • Ban to Tan
    • Umeko to Urika
    • Sen-chan to Shin
    • Tetsu is known as Tekkan (his real name) and doesn't use a nickname.
    • Deka[colour] to S.P.[colour]
    • DekaBreak to S.P. White
  • Mahou Sentai Magiranger to Power Rangers Magic Force
    • Tsubasa to Jonah
    • Urara to Miho
    • Houka to Lucy
    • Makito to Eugene
    • Hikaru to Shine
    • Miyuki to Marie
    • Isamu to Roscoe
  • Go Go Sentai Boukenger to Power Rangers: Treasure Force
    • Satoru to Keine
    • Masumi to Ray
    • Souta to Ryuu
    • Natsuki to Hannah
    • Sakura to Yumi
    • Eiji to Jackie
    • Bouken[colour] to Treasure[colour]
  • Juken Sentai Gekiranger to Power Rangers: Wild Spirit
    • Jan to Jang
    • Retsu to Reechu
    • Geki[colour] to Wild[colour]
  • Engine Sentai Go-onger to Power Rangers: Engine Force
    • Sosuke to Maha
    • Saki to Seoni
    • Hanto to Jyo (not so much of a stretch here, considering his full name is Hanto Jou)
    • Gunpei to Alex
    • Hiroto to Hiro
    • Miu to Miwoo
    • Go-On[colour] to Engine[colour]
  • Tensou Sentai Goseiger to Power Rangers Miracle Force
    • Alata to Miru
    • Agri to Kane
    • Gosei[colour] to Miracle[colour]
    • Gosei Cards to Miracle Cards
  • Digimon
    • Fladramon to Firedramon
  • Azumanga Daioh
    • Osaka to Pusantae (after the city of Pusan)
  • Ultraman
  • Keroro Gunsou
    • Saburo to Sabin


Japanese to Portuguese Name Changes

  • Kamen Rider Black
    • Kotaro to Issamu
  • Choujinki Metalder to Metalder, o Homem Máquina ("Metalder the Machine Man")
    • Ryusei Tsurugi to Hideki Kondo
    • Gozo Kirihara to Makoto Dolbara
    • Mai Ougi to Maya Aoki
    • Hakko Kita to Satoru Kinta
    • Kunio Muraki to Issao Muraki
    • God Neros to Imperador Neroz (Emperor Neroz)
    • Side Phantom (Metalder's bike) to Speed Sidecar
    • Metal Charger (Metalder's flying Mazda Familia) to Space Car
    • Yoroi Gundan (Armored Army) to Unidade Blindada (Armored Unit)
    • Sentō Robot Gundan (Combat Robot Army) to Unidade Cibernética (Cybernetic Unit)
    • Monster Gundan (Monster Army) to Tropa Monster (Monster Troops)
    • Kikō Gundan (Armament Army) to Unidade Mekanol (Mechanical Unit)
    • Most of the inidividual members of the Neros Empire also had their names changed as well.
  • Saint Seiya to Cavaleiros do Zodíaco (Knights of the Zodiac)
    • The Bronze Saints became Cavaleiros de Bronze (Knights of Bronze), same thing happened with the Silver Saints and the Gold Saints
    • The Cloths were called Armaduras (Armors)
  • Captain Tsubasa became Super-Campeões (Super-Champions)
    • Oozora Tsubasa to Oliver Tsubasa (and then back to Tsubasa Ozora...)
    • Taro Misaki to Carlos Misaki (then back)
    • Genzo Wakabayashi to Benji Wakabayashi
    • Kojiro Hyuga in Road to 2002 had his surname changed to Huega
  • Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion became O Fantástico Jaspion (The Fantastic Jaspion)
    • Madgalant to Mac Garen
    • Satangorth to Satan Goss (in all cases are conforming to the kana script instead of the supposed romanization, though Madgalant's case is an oversimplification)
  • Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya to Jiraya, O Incrível Ninja (Jiraya, The Incredible Ninja)
    • Jikkō Shinkūken (Jiraiya's sword, the "Magnetic Light Vacuum Sword") to Espada Olímpica (Olympic Sword)
    • Yarinin (Spear Ninja) Toppa to Yarinin Spiker
    • Yūnin Kumo Gozen (Witch Ninja Madam Spider) to Aracnin Morgana
    • Sekai Ninja (World Ninjas) to Império Ninja (Ninja Empire)
    • Some of the World Ninjas also had their nationalities changed in the dub, as well as Japanese ninjas that were not actually members of the World Ninjas.
  • Choushinsei Flashman to Comando Estelar Flashman (Star Command Flashman)
    • Dai to Dan
    • Bun to Go
  • Hikari Sentai Maskman to Defensores da Luz Maskman (Defenders of Light Maskman)
    • Takeru to Takeo
    • Haruka to Sayaka
    • Momoko to Keiko


Japanese to Spanish Name Changes

  • Kiki's Delivery Service
    • Kiki to Nikki (Kiki is a slang word in Spanish associated with sex. "Echar un kiki" means roughly "To get laid". This change did not occur in the Latin American dubs)
  • The Mazinger trilogy (Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer):
    • Boss to Jefe (literal translation)
    • Dr. Hell to Doctor Infierno (literal translation)
    • Baron Ashura to Baron Ashler (in Spain)
    • Iron Masks to Máscaras de Hierro
    • Iron Cross to Cruces de Hierro
    • Great Mazinger to Gran Mazinger
    • Tetsuya to Tatsu (in Latin America)
    • Grendizer to Grandizer
    • Kouji Kabuto to Carlos Caribe (in Spain in the third series)
    • Daisuke Umon to Daniel
    • Hikaru to Hillary
    • Maria Grace to Gracia María
    • Danbei to Benito
    • Goro to Poncho
    • Bunta to Venancio
  • Digimon
    • Paildramon to Ledramon
    • Read "Japanese-English: Digimon" on this same page
  • Ranma One Half
  • Magic Knight Rayearth
    • Hikaru Shidou to Lucy.
      • Nova to Luz.
    • Fuu Hououji to Anaís.
    • Umi Ryuuzaki to Marina.
    • Lantis to Latis.
    • Ferio to Paris.
    • Lafarga to Rafaga.
    • The Autozam mecha FTO to Iron.
  • Slayers
    • Gourry Gabriev to Gaudy.
    • Lina to Reena.
  • Mistress Centipede from Inuyasha had her name changed from Mukade Joro(Japanese) to Mistress Centipede. The strangest part? Most other demon kept their original name except her.
    • Kagome to Aome ("Cagome" means, literally, "he/she shat on me".)
    • Kageromaru to Kaigeromaru
  • Doraemon to Cosmico (Some Latin American dubs only and this is not always upheld)
  • Ojamajo Doremi to Magical Doremi (Latin American dub)
    • Hazuki Fujiwara to Emilie Fujiwara.
    • Rere to Mimi.
    • Aiko Senoo to Sophie Senoo.
    • Mimi to Fifi
    • Onpu Segawa to Nicole Segawa.
    • Fafa to Lolo.
    • Momoko Asuka to Mindy Asuka.
    • Popu Harukaze to Bibi Harukaze.
    • Solsol to Fafa.
    • Majo Rika to Majorka.
    • Majo Ruka to Malissa.
  • Virtua Fighter (anime) to El defensor virtuoso ("the virtuous defender"; Latin American dub).
    • Akira Yuki to Alex Yuki (in the first episode he signs as Akira, and claims it's his artistic name)
    • Pai Chan to Erika Chan
    • Lau Chan to Carlos Chan
    • Jacky Bryant to Roberto Fantini
    • Shun Di to Fausto
    • Kagemaru to Victor
    • Jeffry McWild to Jaime Martinez
    • Ryu Kowloon to Daniel Kowloon
    • Alexander to Luxito
  • Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT (Mexican dub - averted in the Mexican print of the manga).
    • Chichi to Milk - In Spanish, the word "chichi" is slang for girl parts; in Mexico it's slang for breast (which curiously, matches one of the meanings for the original Japanese name)
    • Gyūmaō to Ox Satan
      • that change just astounds anyone by obvious reasons, besides, "Mr. Satan" was not changed later.
    • Pilaf to El Marciano ("The Martian/Alien", though only on the early chapters)
    • Kame Sen'nin to Master Roshi
    • Tsuru Sen'nin to Master Tsuru
    • Piccolo Daimaoh to Picoro Daimaku
    • Hatchan to Octavio (playing with "Octavo", which means Eighth)
    • From an earlier Mexican dub (Zero and the Dragon):
      • Goku to Zero
      • Kuririn to Cachito (a term of endearment in Mexico)
      • Yamcha to Senaki/Zedaki
      • Oolong to Mao Mao
  • Other shows like Sailor Moon and Saint Seiya gets the English versions of the names but the footage and everything else was from the Japanese versions (except things like the Ear Worm main song of Saint Seiya on his first transmissions) and other translated versions of anime main songs)
    • In Latin America, all names in Saint Seiya are kept except for Mascara de Muerte (a literal translation of Deathmask) and Krishaor Krista (Krishna). It also picks up the name (Caballeros del Zodiaco) and terms (Caballero/"Knight" instead of Saint and Armadura/"Armor" instead of Cloth) from the french dub.
    • In Spain, every single major character in Sailor Moon gets a Spaniard name, except Usagi and Ami, who are called "Bunny" and "Amy", like in English. The only character who maintained the Japanese name was Chibiusa.
  • In Spain, the Captain Tsubasa dub used the name changes made in the French dub, with several changes so all of them would sound like English names. The show had such a deep impact in Spaniard children that when the manga arrived to Spain 15 years later using the original Japanese names, the first volumes included an appendix explaining who was who.
  • Bt X (Latin American dub):
    • Teppei Takamiya to Marlon de Quevedo
    • Kotaro Takamiya to Mitchell de Quevedo
    • Karen to Lourdes
    • Fou to Falcon
    • Hokuto to Homero
    • Misha to Damian (later switched back to Misha)
    • The Juggler to El Ilusionista ("The Illusionist")
    • Aramis to Leopoldo
  • Detective Conan
    • Shinichi Kudo to Bobby Jackson
    • Conan Edogawa to Conan Blassy
    • Ran Mouri to Claudia Guzmán
    • Kogoro Mouri to Carlos Guzmân
    • Dr. Agasa to Dr. Cardillo
    • Inspector Megure to Inspector Vera
    • Heiji Hattori to Alfredo Adame, then to Alfredo Gutiérrez, then to Héctor Garza, then to Nano Díaz (uff...)
  • Naruto keeps almost all the names of the human characters intact, but some terms are translated (Latin America):
    • Iccha Iccha Paradise to Haciendolo en el Paraiso (Doing that in Paradise)


Japanese to Russian Name Changes

  • The first Russian dub of Windaria had Mrakland fighting Lunaria, instead of Paro vs. Isa.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi to Bunny, to keep the name meaning under assumption the English word is more recognized.
    • Chibi-Usa to Malyshka Bunny (lit. "Little Girl Bunny"), often shortened to just "Malyshka" ("Little Girl"). At least this was the intended meaning...
    • Ami Mizuno to Ami Mitsuno (slight change, but noticeable).
    • Queen Beril to Koroleva Pogibel' (lit. "Queen Destruction", apparently so that kids would get that she's evil...)
    • Ann/En to Anna, ruining the pun on the word "alien". (Not that there would be an acceptable way to preserve that pun without completely changing their names...)
    • Death Busters to Apostles of Death, just in case there wasn't enough Christianity references already...
    • Lemures to Remlis/Remles/whatever.
    • The Youma, Droids and Daimons were all called Demons, despite the word "droid" having nothing to do with them (or the creatures with each other, for that matter)
    • Pluto's nickname used by Chibi-Usa went from "Puu" to "Pi" (as in letter P, to make the name origin more clear).


Korean to Japanese Name Changes

  • Unbalance X Unbalance (according to here):
    • Na Hae-Young to Erina Takanashi
    • Myung Jin-Ho to Ken'ichi Mikado
    • Ha Ji-Soo to Mai Sugahara
    • Park Jae-Gyung to Akane Honda
    • Eun Ami to Ami Nagumo
    • Cha Young-Gi to Hiro Hanai


Swedish to German Name Changes

  • Emil i Lönneberga to Michel aus Lönneberga to avoid confusion with the famous German kids' book character from Erich Kästner's 1929 book Emil und die Detektive.
  • Other Astrid Lindgren books change nicknames because they just don't work in German: Matti to Mattis, Madicken to Madita etc.


Swedish to Finnish Name Changes

  • The Moomins: Mumintrollet to Muumipeikko
    • Muminpappan to Muumipappa
    • Muminmamman to Muumimamma
    • Sniff to Nipsu
    • Snusmumriken to Nuuskamuikkunen
    • Lilla My to Pikku Myy
    • Snorkfröken and Snorken to Niisku and Niiskuneiti
    • Too-ticki to Tuutikki
    • Stinky to Haisuli
    • Tofslan och Vifslan to Tiuhti ja Viuhti
    • Hattifnattar to Hattivatit
    • Mårran to Mörkö
    • Filifjonkan to Vilijonkka
    • Mymlan to Mymmeli
    • Alisa to Aliisa
    • Hemulen to Hemuli


Swedish to Icelandic Name Changes

  • The Moomins: Mumintrollet to Múmínálfarnir
    • Muminpappan to Múmínpabbi
    • Muminmamman to Múminmamma
    • Snusmumriken to Snúður
    • Lilla My to Mía litla
    • Snorken to Snorkurinn
    • Snorkfröken to Snorkstelpan
    • Too-ticki to Tikka-Tú
    • Hattifnattar to Hattífattar
    • Mårran to Morrinn (which manages to change her to a guy)
    • Mymlan to Mímla
    • Bisamråttan to Bísamrottan
    • Fillifjonkan to Fílifjónka
    • Hemulen to Hemúllinn
    • Sniff to Snabbi
    • Stinky to Hrappur


Swedish to Japanese Name Changes

  • The Moomins: Mumintrollet to Muumintroll
    • Muminpappan to Muuminpapa
    • Muminmamman to Muuminmama
    • Snusmumriken to Sunafukin
    • Lilla My to Mii
    • Snorken and Snorkfröken to Sunooku and Sunooku no ojoosan (Snork's daughter; "Floren" in the anime)
    • Too-ticki to Tuutikkii
    • Hattifnattar to Nyoronyoro
    • Mårran to Moran
    • Mymlan to Mimura neesan


Japanese to Swedish Name Changes

  • Naruto
    • ANBU to Lönn Spec/Hemliga Falangen.
    • Pervy Sage to Porrmäster (Porn master)
    • Sexy Jutsu to Pinuppatekniken (The pinup technique)
    • Akatsuki to Gryning (Dawn), initially.
    • Shukaku to Skyddstranan (The protection crane)
    • The hidden [noun] village to [Noun]gömman (The [Noun]-hiding place)
    • Mangekyou Sharingan to Kalejdoskopets Sharingan (Sharingan of the caleidoscope)
    • Jinchūriki to Pelarkraft/Kraftpelare (Pillar power/Power pillar)
    • According to a Q&A in volume 28, Sennin Mōdo (Sage Mode) will become Mästartrans (Master Trance).
  • Bleach
    • Kon to Diffi (from modifierad själ, modified soul), with Ichigo's and Rukia's initial suggested name being changed from Kai to Modde.
    • Shinigami (Soul Reapers) became Dödsängel/Dödsänglar (Angel[s] of death)
    • Uryū/Uryu/Uryuu was at one point rendered, throughout an entire chapter, as "Uryû", before remaining "Uryu".
    • Quincy became utrotningsmästare, "master(s) of extinction".


Spanish to Portuguese Name Changes

  • El Chavo Del Ocho to Chaves
    • La Chilindrina to Chiquinha
    • Don Ramón to Seu Madruga
    • Jaimito to Jaiminho

Notes

  1. Sven was actually both Takashi and Ryō combined into one character since they looked identical anyway...letting the dubbers also conveniently pretend Sven didn't actually die and Ryō was simply Sven's return after he got better.
  2. Except for the English version of Mega Man 3, which used "Dr. Right".
  3. The anime sequences of Street Fighter IV combined the two, revealing his full name to be "Charles Nash" on his dog tag. However, the dialogue still refers to him primarily as "Charlie" or "Nash" depending on the language.
  4. He was technically nameless in his debut game, Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The names "Gouki" and "Akuma" were only used for promotional materials at first and then appeared in-game from Street Fighter Alpha and onward.
  5. Since he was an existing character from Final Fight, only the nickname was dropped.
  6. Although Dracula II, the Japanese version of Castlevania II actually uses "Belmont" as well, while Akumajou Densetsu, the Japanese Castlevania III, uses "Belmond". The American version of Castlevania also uses "Belmondo". It was only in later years that "Belmondo" was established as the official romanized spelling in Japan, while "Belmont" is used overseas.
  7. His nationality was also changed as well from a native-born Japanese to an exchange student.
  8. Everyone is referred to by a Last-Name Basis in the Japanese version, except for Kunio, Riki, Mami, Ryūichi, Ryūji, Kuniko, and Gōda's sister Saori.
  9. The GBA version gave him the surname "Popov", making him and his sister Abby the only characters with full names in the English localization.
  10. He was originally named Harry in the NES version, while the Mook version of him in the GBA version is called Phil. He uses the name Conan when he joins the player's party.
  11. Both are named after real-life individuals. Kawasaki is named after Eikichi Kawasaki, the President of SNK at the time, while Cook was named Leland Cook, co-founder of Tradewest (the company that released the Ikari Warriors arcade game in the U.S.). The NES port reverted back to Kawasaki for the English localization.
  12. This was only in the case of the instruction manual for the first game's NES version. The manual itself was a Macekre, anyway.
  13. For the American localization of the NES and Game Boy games, Bill's and Lance's full names and ranks were changed and they were given nicknames that they didn't have in the Japanese version. Because of timeline differences between the Japanese and American continuity, Bill and Lance were renamed again in Contra III and were passed as the descendants of the previous games' heroes. With Contra: Shattered Soldier, the localization team decided to stick with the Japanese continuity.
  14. Notable that they used an illustration of a mook when the rest of the manual (and the localization of the other games) implied that "Red Falcon" is the main villain (namely "Emperor Devil Gava", the boss of Stage 6).
  15. "Beast Kimkoh" was a different enemy in the Japanese version, specifically the alien with the woman's face from Super C.
  16. They gave the same sub-boss two different names in the U.S. version. Presumably a misprint.
  17. His American name is a mistranslation of "Slave Beast Taka", which was probably switched due to this mistake.
  18. (spelled Dilguios in the MSX version)
  19. and of course, when the sound changed, they didn't change the spelling to reflect this, and the new pronunciation eventually became the norm
  20. Except when attached to place names, in which case "Jehovah" was used.
  21. "Chew tobacco" = "Chique tabac"
  22. (AKA)
  23. the "w" gets separated into two "v"s
  24. But which one?
  25. It's unclear where this "bug" motif came from.
  26. Spelling is still unclear.
  27. This causes a bit of confusion among Japanese collectors, as the name "Grunt" could refer to Duke or the actual Joe character with that codename. The real Grunt was a no-show (aside for a few crowd scenes) in any of the episodes shown in the Japanese dub.
  28. Evil King Black
  29. The Rock Convertible
  30. Little Drac
  31. Boss Bat
  32. Sergeant Excellent
  33. Mr. Rookie
  34. The Bristly Mustache Clan
  35. Boss or Kingpin
  36. Henchmen or Underling
  37. "Kappe" means hick
  38. though that'd Spell My Name with an "S" since in America, the Live Action Adaptation's limited theatrical run and the localization of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars both use "Yatterman".
  39. the Italian title refers to the main characters, not to Yattodetaman.
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