Benedict Cumberbatch aside, it's very difficult to make it in the world of entertainment with a stupid name. Some writers literally spend years trying to come up with the perfect title for their creation -- one that will perfectly communicate the profound ideas they're trying to express. There are entire workshops focused solely on the complex art of naming shit.
Or, you can do what the following people did and just blindly stumble into something iconic.
6 Marvel Has So Many Ridiculous Names Because Of Stan Lee's Terrible Memory
The greatest mystery in the Marvel Universe isn't where mutants came from or how come there are no regulations against radiation-themed accidents -- it's why the hell do so many people have ridiculous names that sound like they came out of a nursery rhyme. You know -- Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, Bucky Barnes ...
They all: A) start with the same letter and B) often sound fake as shit. Peter Parker, Matt Murdock, Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Scott Summers, Warren Worthington, Otto Octavius ... and so on. We're not even counting Rocket Raccoon and Drax The Destroyer.
Tony Stark's alcoholism came from his feelings of being left out.
So, what's the deal? Some kind of secret comic book company code? An old wager Marvel made with DC to see how long they could get away with this silliness before anyone noticed? Nope: The reason is that Stan Lee has a shitty memory -- so shitty that he couldn't remember what his own characters were called. In his own words: " ... if I could give somebody a name, where the last name and the first name begin with the same letter [...] then if I could remember one name, it gave me a clue what the other one was."
To confirm that he's telling the truth and prove that not even the alliterative names were enough to counteract Lee's substandard memory, the Hulk's birth name was changed to "Robert Bruce Banner" in the comics because his own creator kept mistakenly calling him Bob.
There was also that 10-issue storyline where Lee thought he was writing Batman.
In fairness to the Stan-ster, at the time, he had a crap-load of characters to keep track of, with more and more coming practically each week in order to satisfy the frenzied spandex-costumed vigilante cravings of their fan base. People just couldn't get enough Stan Lee back then, and he had to cope with it however he could.
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5 Street Fighter II's M. Bison Got His Name To Prevent A Lawsuit From Mike Tyson
M. Bison, the brawling dictator from Street Fighter II and its infinite spin-offs, has one of the most enigmatic names of any video game boss ever. Does the "M." stand for Mister? Master? Major? The topic has probably caused more fights than the game itself. As it turns out, the letter stands for "Mike" ... because it came directly from this guy:
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That's right: They ripped off the final boss from Punch-Out!!.
See, in the original Japanese version of the game, Bison's name was Vega -- a name you may remember as belonging to the Spanish claw-wielding cage fighter who bounced around the screen like a hyperactive cross between Wolverine and the Phantom Of The Opera. In Japan, that guy was called Balrog, and the boxer character we know as Balrog was called M. Bison. We'll remind you now that "Balrog" looks like this:
The bottom is what he looks like looking for a bathroom stall.
Starting to make sense? The character was meant to be a parody of boxing superstar Mike Tyson, by which we mean: It was him, only with two letters changed around. As long as Street Fighter II existed only in Japan, no one gave a crap about the legality of this "homage" ... but, when they decided to release the game in the West, its creators at Capcom began to worry about being sued (or worse, murdered). Instead of editing in a new name for the character, they realized it would be easier to just change a few numbers in the code of the game, thus switching the titles around like this:
This explains why in some versions, Guile is called "Insert Coin."