Top 5 Tuesday: Gender Bending Character Names on TV

Left to right: Caroline Dhavernas as Jaye on 'Wonderfalls,' Adam Baldwin as Jayne on 'Firefly,' and Sarah Chalke as Elliot on 'Scrubs'

Happy All Saints Day, everyone! Wait, wasn’t there something else important happening today? Oh yeah! It’s Top 5 Tuesday! Nothing cures your sugar hangover from all that Halloween candy like an arbitrary ranking of our favorite TV characters. This week we’re counting up our top 5 TV characters with opposite gender names. Let’s do this!

1.) Jayne (Firefly) – When you look at Jayne, you think, “Now that’s a guy who seems like he should have a woman’s name.” HA! Yeah right. Jayne might be the manliest space cowboy in TV history. It’s almost like he’s trying to compensate for his feminine name.

2.) Jaye (Wonderfalls) – Bryan Fuller seems to have a thing for giving his female lead characters typically male names. The sarcastic heroine of the brilliant but short-lived comedy Wonderfalls earned her unorthodox name, going against the grain in pretty much everything that she does, including her job as a low-level retail employee in a gift shop despite her Ivy League education.

3.) Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) – Okay, so maybe Angel isn’t strictly a woman’s name, but can we all agree that it’s not a man’s name? (Even if it is short for Angelus.) Then again, considering the amount of hair product Angel uses, maybe it’s fitting that he has a girl’s name.

4.) Elliot (Scrubs) – Her parents were expecting a boy, and they never quite got over their disappointment at her being a girl. Good thing that disappointment didn’t cause any lingering neuroses in Elliot’s personality. Oh wait…

5.) Chuck (Pushing Daisies) – Like I said, Bryan Fuller likes to give female characters male names. “Chuck” (short for Charlotte) was Ned’s childhood sweetheart whom he brought back to life using his magic touch. How can you not love a character named “Chuck Charles”?

What about you, fellow pop culture fans? Are you more of a Joey Potter fan? Who else did we neglect? Leave your thoughts in the comments, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus!


Posted on November 1, 2011, in Television, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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