Last night, I discovered entirely by accident that my video-on-demand service contained the full run of the 1980s ‘Transformers’ cartoon.  Since my daughter and I had enjoyed the occasional episode on The Hub (Hasbro’s new toy-nostalgia channel) we sat down and checked out the first episode of the seldom-aired Season Four.  When the child started asking about characters, I found myself unable to explain the concept of “Rodimus Prime: Headmaster” without snickering inappropriately.  She quickly gave up because, as she put it, “That laugh means ‘I’ll tell you why this is funny when you’re older.’ ”

The MS-QOTD (prounounced, as always, “misquoted”) is this:  What other pop culture iconic names might double as adult film star aliases?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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13 Comments

  1. April 26, 2012 at 11:57 am — Reply

    There are two ways to approach this question
    The first are pop culture names that are references to sex – Pussy Galore, Octopussy, etc.
    The second are names that could also serve as a pornstar name – Max Damage, The Hammer, and so on.

    • April 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm — Reply

      Specifically, I meant the second interpretation..

      And Max Damage is an awesome one. :)

  2. Mitchell
    April 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    I’ve always wished Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had been a porn name

    • TOny
      April 27, 2012 at 11:06 am — Reply

      His nickname “The Rock” comes partially due to his fathers wrestling name. Rocky Johnson.
      I think Rocky Johnson fits in this concept pretty well.

  3. The Great NateO
    April 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    Blue Thunder, Knight Rider, RAM (from TRON)

  4. skydog
    April 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    No names come to mind. One particular title does, however: “Twelve”

  5. litanyofthieves
    April 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Tom Strong
    Felicia Hardy

    Transformers is full of them:
    Ram Jam
    Sky Lynx
    Shockwave

    Since they are creators of pop culture, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick

  6. Robbie
    April 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    How about the Japanese Transformers, Breastforce?

    –From the Wikipedia:
    The Breast Force (or BrestForce as noted on the packaging of the associated toys) is the name given to an elite force of Decepticon from the Japanese exclusive Transformers series Transformers: Victory.[1] The reason for the name Breast Force is their toy gimmick. Each Breast Forcer came with a detachable breastplate that transformed into an animal attack partner which could also transform into a weapon. What animal each Breast Force member came with was hinted at in the name (for example, Leozack came with a lion, while Gaihawk had a hawk. Deathcobra’s presumably transformed into a cobra).

  7. Robbie
    April 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    Hmm. there is a Transformer named Erector…Doubleheader and Powerglide are euphemistic fun.

    A Go-bot named Screw Head.

    He-Man gives us Fisto and Mantenna, as well as Clamp Champ, the Heroic Master of Capture.

    And, dare we forget, the Nickelodean show “Cousin Skeeter.” Google an episode list if you dare…shudder…

  8. April 27, 2012 at 2:20 am — Reply

    Just look at almost ANY series from the 1970’s – 1980’s that tried to have catchy names for characters to try to sell toys.

    And maybe I’m in denial, but there is nothing porn-worthy about the name Rodimus Prime: Headmaster. Nothing at all. Nope. Nada. Zilcho.

    Okay, maybe a little.

    • April 27, 2012 at 10:36 am — Reply

      Okay, maybe a little.

      “Rodimus Prime thrust forward, penetrating the Decepticon battle formation, with only one mission in mind: Find Galvatron and show him how he became the greatest headmaster of them all!”

      • ~wyntermute~
        April 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm — Reply

        ~snerk~

  9. Trick502
    April 28, 2012 at 7:57 am — Reply

    The Punisher, Power-man, Iron Fist(lol), The sub-mariner(Namor), The Juggernaut, probably enough to go on and on but I’ll stop.

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