Fantasy Dog Names In Pop Culture
Hailing from Terry Pratchett‘s illustrious Discwrlorld series, Gaspode is a small, terrier type dog with the uncanny ability to think and speak just like a human being. Gaspode is quite clever and charming, but he is unfortunately also a stray dog who’s had his fair share of bad experiences with people. As such, he tries to avoid direct contact with mortal men and women unless he finds it to be absolutely necessary. By his own admission, Gaspode has become incredibly wary of humans due to the number of times he’s seen them mistreat average, non sapient stray dogs. Indeed, one can only imagine how the average person might react when they encounter a dog that’s smarter than they are.
Despite Gaspode’s typical aversion to most humans, he tends to spend a fair amount of time with the Canting Crew, a group of beggars that treat the small stray dog rather kindly and don’t seem to mind his unnatural yet fascinating abilities. As a matter of fact, one particular member of the Canting Crew, Foul Ole Ron, often discusses complex matters with Gaspode and follows the dog’s lead in cerebral affairs.In a manner of speaking, Gaspode does most of the heavy lifting for the Canting Crew when it comes to thinking and planning out there schemes, making him a valuable asset to the crew.
Having an overall snarky and cynical disposition, Gaspode often likes to mess with passersby when he's on the move, fully saying onomatopoeias like "woof", "bark", or "growl" rather than simply making the sounds like a normal dog. He does this because he's fully aware that most people will just write off his strange behavior as a sort of freak occurrence; rather than come to the conclusion that the small, mangy terrier that just passed them by actually said the words "bark" or "arf", most people will simply rationalize the experience as a construct of their own minds playing tricks on them.
Gaspode's cynicism also extends to his thoughts towards other dogs, as he believes that instances in which dogs have seemingly performed feats that cement their loyalty all have logical and less romantic explanations behind them. For instance, Gaspode's namesake is actually taken from The Famous Gaspode, a dog who became revered for visiting his master's grave and howling continuously until dog passed away. Skeptical of the story, the modern day Gaspode holds that his namesake had remained at his masters' grave site and howled until his own end due to his tail being pinned underneath a tombstone.
Fantasy Dog Name Considerations
Conversely, many characters from Fantasy stories have names that are also based off of people from the real world. More common than that, a great many Fantasy characters simply have names that phonetically sound like more traditional names from our contemporary society. Conan the Barbarian is probably one of the most famous and well known examples of this trend. The Cimmerian barbarian's name was directly taken from the Celtic name that means "high" or "wise" and can be just the name for a strong, proud dog. Harry Potter, the main character from J.K. Rowling's world famous book series, is a more straight forward example of this trend, as the stories initially take place in the 1990's.