Secret meanings and stories behind fictional names are a favorite tool of authors, used to make sure English teachers have something to over-examine. They can also lead to a satisfying moment of realization by the reader or consumer of the media in question. Just remember the quiet gasp you let out when you first found out Tom Riddle was Voldemort, or when you figured out that the Berenstein Bears were all related. Well, Cracked is here with 18 more name origins that will make you quietyly go “oh, that makes sense”!

Bender FUTURAMA CRACKED COM In Futurama, Bender is named Bender because he was built to bend things. But he's actually named for John Bender from The Breakfast Club. Bender the character probably doesn't even know how much he loves fingerless gloves.

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Sheldon & Leonard THE BIG BANG THEORY Sheldon and Leonard from The Big Bang Theory are named in tribute to Sheldon Leonard, the producer of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Lorre then honored hall of fame quarterback Steve Young with his next show, Young Sheldon. I think.

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Xander BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER In the Buffy movie, the only classmate who helps Buffy is named Pike, and Xander is one of her best friends in the TV show. A zander is a fish that looks like a pike. They changed the Z to an X, because Xander's

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Danny Mahealani TEEN WOLF This Teen Wolf character's last name, Mahealani, is Hawaiian for full moon. Another Hawaiian television character whose name has a secret meaning: Johnny Tsunami's last name is actually a reference to his love for waves.

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Sirius Black HARRY POTTER CRACKED COM One of the better known ones, Sirius is the dog star and Sirius Black turns into a black dog. It also supplies the name of Sirius XM, the satellite radio company your dad still inexplicably pays for.

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Katniss THE HUNGER GAMES CRACKED COM Katniss is a plant from the genus Sagittaria, also known as the arrowhead plants. Sagittarius, of course, as any latin student or person on a date telling you about astrology knows, meaning archer.

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