Video games are an increasingly popular source of names for pets - especially for dogs, whose unique personalities often make them akin to characters all their own. Games are great sources for name brainstorming: video game creators spend large amounts of time developing characters, and thus their names and personalities are usually quite fleshed out. Banjo-Kazooie is one such game. In fact, the Banjo-Kazooie game series has become so extensive that fans might even say it has its own universe. Dog owners might turn to the game for inspiration because of its unique characters and their memorable names.
Banjo-Kazooie Dog Names in Pop Culture
While there are not many dogs within the Banjo-Kazooie universe, one of the most interesting included in the game series is Gruntilda’s dog, who goes by three names: Ripper, Legchomper, and Bignacka. Gruntilda Winkybunion, often called just “Grunty,” is the main antagonist of the Banjo-Kazooie series, usually depicted as a green witch with black clothing and an oversized witch’s hat. In the original Banjo-Kazooie game, Grunty kidnaps Banjo’s sister, hoping to steal her beauty so she can be the most beautiful woman in the world. Players never actually see Gruntilda’s dog, though: he is only ever referred to by Grunty’s sister in an in-game quiz show.
Save for Grunty’s dog—which Is never actually seen—the Banjo-Kazooie universe only includes other pets that resemble dogs. For example, a small, lovable, pink creature named Toots often accompanies characters in the games and is a pet of sorts. Toots cannot speak but is able to make high-pitched noises of pleasure. Even though Toots looks sort of like an anteater, it acts like a dog in its close companionship to its owner. It even appears to sing along to one of its master’s songs in the original Banjo-Kazooie game.
Another dog-like character found in the Banjo-Kazooie universe is Jinxy, a large sphinx with the body of a cat and the face of a bear, which can be found in the original game’s Gobi’s Valley. Despite the odd combination of animals used to create Jinxy’s body, he does resemble a dog, especially in profile, although he is also capable of speaking, unlike Toots. On the other hand, Jinxy is a sphinx, meaning he can’t really move much. He guards treasure in Gobi’s Valley, and, like most good guard pets, he can be persuaded to open up if treated correctly. When you stumble upon Jinxy in Banjo-Kazooie, he complains that his “dose is all blocked up;” if you successfully cause him to sneeze, he thanks you by opening a small door in his base, where a whole bunch of exciting treasure can be found.
Banjo-Kazooie Dog Name Considerations
When choosing names from the Banjo-Kazooie universe, the first thing to consider is the fact that you are choosing a name from a fictional video game - for this reason, not many people will understand the name’s reference point. You may get some recognition for choosing one of the main characters’ names, such as Banjo or Kazooie, but most of the other characters will not be known to those who have never played the game series.
Another consideration to think over when choosing a name from Banjo-Kazooie is that the names are not exactly “normal” dog names. This is by no means a bad thing - in fact, it gives your dog the chance to be more interesting than a dog with a more common name - but it does mean some people may not understand why you would name your dog as such.
Finally, naming your dog after a character means you will always associate your dog with that specific character. While some people may find it entertaining to associate their dog with a wicked witch or an evil skull-man, others may find this distracting in understanding their dog’s true personality that lies behind this fictional association.
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