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Vehicular Theme Naming

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Vehicular Theme Naming is the practise of naming characters after vehicles. Cars and water craft seem to be represented more than planes or trains. Strangely common in Japan, for some reason.
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The natives of Cephiro and their magic spells in Magic Knight Rayearth are named after models of cars (like Cephiro itself).
The leaders of Autozam are named after American cars: the Eagle Vision and the Geo Metronote Eagle was a nameplate Chrysler invented to sell the Renault/AMC joint venture cars when they bought out the latter (the name originated from the proto-crossover AMC Eagle); after the Renault agreement ended Chrysler used it mainly as a way to badge-engineer Mitsubishi models, and the brand, given its' lack of a plan and its' overlap with other marques, was dead by 1998. As for Geo, it was essentially an "import fighter" created by Chevrolet based mainly off Suzuki models, and it too was dead by the late 90s, though some models were subsumed into the Chevy lineup and remained there well into the 2000s.
Their mechs are also named as such.
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Similarly to Evangelion, many military characters in 07-Ghost have names from WW2 Japanese warships: Ayanami, Hyuuga and Katsuragi in the manga, and Yukikaze in one drama CD.
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Likewise, many of the magical beings in Lyrical Nanoha are named after cars: the Opel Signum, Opel Vita, Opel Zafira and Maserati Shamal are the most prominent and were brought to attention by the fansubbers. Subaru Nakajima's name appears to be normal Japanese, but the fact that it's in Western format draws attention to the fact that both her names come from cars—same company as well, since Subaru's predecessor was Nakajima Aircraft Company. Same with Fate Testarossa (Ferrari Testarossa) and her mother Precia (Nissan Presea, also seen in Rayearth), and Yuuno Scrya has been suspected of actually being spelled Euno for Mazda Eunos. Given that, like Rayearth, Nanoha is primarily about Magical Girls who use techno-magical artifacts, this may be a direct homage to the earlier series. Teana Lanster is also named after the Nissan Teana. Lutecia and Megane Alpine get their surname from a French car (Renault Megane; and the sportscar manufacturer Alpine, assimilated by Renault).
Interestingly, the Maserati Shamal itself is an example of Theme Naming. In addition to Shamal, some of Maserati's other model names have been Mistral, Ghibli, Bora, Khamsin, and Karif. All of these are named after local winds, except for Ghibli, which is a word meaning "hot desert wind". (On a related note, Shamal's device is named Klarer Wind, and Hayate's name means "breeze".)
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Reimagined Enterprise: The NX-class ships are named after space shuttles. (See Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch below).
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Most of the military characters from Fullmetal Alchemist are named after aircraft or vehicles, whether WW2 era or present-day: Mustang, Hughes, Bradley, Hawkeye, Hayate, etc.
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A few subsequent series continue this tradition as well. Mashymyre's aide-de-camp, Gordon Goh, is named for the Horten Ho/Gotha Go 229 prototype jet fighter-bomber.
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Most of the characters from the Coffin Princess Chaika are named after various cars and automakers: Gaz Empire, its titular princess Chaika Ga..akhem.. Trabant, Acura siblings, count Abarth, etc.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion is filled with people named after Japanese warships from WWII. In addition, the Horaki sisters are named after three train services of Japan's first bullet train line, the Tokaido Shinkansen: The Hikari service was the original, followed by the slower Kodama, and then by the much faster Nozomi. This appears to point to a convention to the theme naming: older=slower, younger=faster.
In the remake, Asuka's surname is changed from Soryu to Shikinami, to reflect the now-changed background of the character. As per Word of God, Rei, Asuka and Mari are all named after the postwar Ayanami-class destroyers rather than their World War Two Fubuki-class namesakes (and the aircraft carrier Soryu, in Asuka's case).
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Part and parcel of Challenge Of The Go Bots, especially the toys. Feel free to guess what kind of vehicles Cy-Kill, Scooter, Cop-Tor, Dumper, Super Couper, Throttle, Tail-Pipe, Zero, Buggy Man, and Loco turn into...
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The first Azure Striker Gunvolt game has villains who are named after vehicles, such as Merak (Maserati Merak), or car-related terms, such as Daytona (Daytona racing).
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The Four Devas in Ogre Battle are named after cars - Debonair, Figaro, Previa, and Lebaron, although Lebaron's name was changed to Luvalon in the English version.
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The Saberdolls from Saber Marionette J are named after German tanks from World War II (Tiger, Luchs, and Panther.) This also qualifies them for Animal Theme Naming.
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The Princes from Lady Jewelpet: (Porsche) Cayenne, (Alfa) Romeo, (Toyota) Soarer, (Toyota) Levin and (Lamborghini) Miura.
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Peace Forged in Fire: Several of the Romulan ships are named after the Generation Ships that took the Romulans to Romulus in The Romulan Way. Among them are the three leads' ships—D'trel's Kholhr (Vengeance), Morgan's Aen'rhien (Bloodwing), and Velal's Eyhon Eludet'eri (Lost Road)—as well as the Red Shirt ships Delevhas (Shield) and Eyiv s'Rea (Rea's Helm).
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One of the members of the Kamikaze team in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story is named Suzuki Toyota Oshinawa. Presumably, given how Japanese names work, it's probably not his birth name.
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Freezing: The Valkyries' last names are Evora, Ferrari, Porsche, Renault, and (Ouka) Honda.
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Douglas and Martin in Cabin Pressure seem to get their names from McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed-Martin, respectively. (Their plane is said to be a "Lockheed-McDonnell".) Hercules, meanwhile, is named after the military plane in-universe, and has brothers called Wellington and Harrier.
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Ford Prefect in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, whose name came from his mistakenly thinking that cars were the dominant lifeform on Earth when he first arrived. Becomes a theme with the introduction of Hillman Hunter in And Another Thing....
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In the seventh season penultimate episode of South Park named Raisins, the waitresses serving at the Hooters parody store have dulcet names like Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari and Lexus.
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In the Walkyverse, we have Ultra-Car, who probably shouldn't count since s/he was, originally, an actual car. However, in the Alternate Universe Spin-Off Dumbing of Age, human counterpart "Carla" plays it a bit straighter.
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Porco Rosso's Gina is named after the nickname of the Fiat G-91 fighter (designated the Ghibli), while Yankee rival Curtis is dubbed in honor of the American Curtiss aircraft company (and maybe Curtis LeMay). Miyazaki really likes planes, Italy and The '30s.
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The original Mobile Suit Gundam has several members of the White Base crew derive their names from WWII-era fighter planes; Amuro Ray comes from the Mitsubishi A6M Zero (A6M in Japanese is "A-Roku-Mu", and "zero" is "Rei"); Kai Shiden from the Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai, and so forth. A few post-war planes are referenced as well. M'Quve's second in command, Uragang, is named for the Dassault Ouragan, first fielded in the early years of the Arab–Israeli Conflict.
A few subsequent series continue this tradition as well. Mashymyre's aide-de-camp, Gordon Goh, is named for the Horten Ho/Gotha Go 229 prototype jet fighter-bomber.
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In Captain French, or the Quest for Paradise, it's not uncommon for people on Solaris to be named after 20th century cars, such as Dodson Chrysler Sarmishkidu and Benz Fiat Shalmunazar. A bit strange, considering the events take place 20,000 years from now.
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Irvine's guns in Final Fantasy VIII are named after famous warships: Valiant, Ulysses, Bismarck, and Exeter.
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Snow Villiers is named after a French motorcycle manufacturer, hence the appearance of his summon.
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Rurouni Kenshin - Toy Ship members Yahiko and Tsubame are theme named based on a train line.
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Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch continues the trend of NX-class ships bearing the names of space shuttles (the ones seen in the show itself were called Enterprise and Columbia, just like the first two space shuttles).
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