Talk:List of comic and cartoon characters named after people

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Donald Duck nephews ?[edit]

Is there any justification for the names of Donald Duck's nephews? RickK 07:27, 14 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Huey, Dewey and Louie has the following line :
"... according to interviews by Taliaferro they were originally named after two political figures and an animator of the time: ..."
Al Taliaferro is the creator of the ducklings. Read these articles for more. Jay 07:51, 14 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Robin and Robin Hood ?[edit]

This talk has been copied to Talk:Robin (comics). Jay 07:40, 2 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Robin is named after Robin Hood? Any evidence to support this? Batman is named after a flying animal, so it seems logical that his partner would also be named after a flying animal. ike9898 16:00, Feb 14, 2004 (UTC)~

You are right too ! Robin (comics) has the following line :
"The name "Robin the Boy Wonder" and the medieval look of the original costume was taken both from the semi-legendary hero of the poor, Robin Hood, as well as the red-breasted American Robin, which continued the "flying animal" motif of Batman. " Jay 16:06, 14 Feb 2004 (UTC)
I'm not saying that you're wrong, but I was looking for evidence stronger than a quote from Wikipedia. Like for example something from the comic itself or from one of the creators that indicates that Robin Hood is what they had in mind. ike9898 14:47, Feb 27, 2004 (UTC)

Yah, no kidding. I removed this. Don't put it back until someone can provide an external link or a reference to Bob Kane, or some other writer, that mentions this. maclean25 2 July 2005 03:37 (UTC)

Non-famous people ?[edit]

Should we include characters named after non famous people (Homer, Marge, Maggie and Lisa Simpson for example)? And if not why not? Saul Taylor 09:56, 25 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Its a tricky question. My guess is that most of the cartoon/comic characters names are personal preferences of the cartoonist/animator/creator/producer. And when you go for a personal preference its tempting to take the names of your friends and family which is the case of the Simpsons that you have pointed out. So I rather think that using non-famous for characters is the trend rather than the exception and as such should not be made entries on this page.
At the same time I'd encourage you to add first and discuss later ! Jay 11:41, 25 Feb 2004 (UTC)
I've added them under a new section called "characters named after non-famous people" (all the other entries on the list are now under called "characters named after famous people". I don't know whether most characters are named after the freinds and family of the creators but only some of them have gone on record of saying that they are and who they're named after. (I hope that last sentence some sort of made sense :-)) Saul Taylor 01:55, 26 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Fictional characters ?[edit]

If I understand correctly, Foghorn Leghorn is named after Senator Claghorn who was himself a fictional character. So does this count? ike9898 22:07, Feb 26, 2004 (UTC)

I'd say it should, as long as its indicated that their namesake is fictional then its ok. Also Ebenezer Scrooge is fictional, some people would say so is Robin Hood, although the line been fictional and mythological is vague. Saul Taylor 03:23, 27 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Help wanted[edit]

To find out the name origins of the following characters :


Surely Wile E. Coyote is simply a pun on "wiley coyote"?


—Preceding unsigned comment added by FunctorX (talkcontribs) 10:30, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

What is the definition of 'cartoon character' here- characters in animated cartoons? characters from drawings know as cartoons? what about comic book characters? ike9898 14:43, Feb 27, 2004 (UTC)


At the begining of the article there is a statement something like 'most cartoon characters are named after people'. I'm very skeptical about that...I think that for every 'named-after' character, I could cite 100 that aren't named after anyone. ike9898 14:43, Feb 27, 2004 (UTC)

Mickey Mouse? Is that so......[edit]

Mickey Rooney claims Mickey Mouse is named after him, but that's just that, a claim, and Disney never confirmed it as far as most know, so it can't be put here as a cold fact. The official origin of the name is better described in The mouse's page. Kreachure 03:30, 3 August 2005 (UTC)

Source to add[edit]

Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 08:17, 27 June 2008 (UTC)