Support Us

Satellite News is not financially supported by Best Brains or any other entity. It is a labor of love, paid for out of our own pockets. If you value this site, we would be delighted if you showed it by making an occasional donation of any amount. Thanks.

Sampo & Erhardt

Sci-Fi Archives


Visit our archives of the MST3K pages previously hosted by the Sci-Fi Channel's SCIFI.COM.

Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

Social Media


Weekend Discussion Thread: MSTed Characters with Your Name

Alert reader Danzilla proposes:

This week’s episode discussion (Girl in Lovers Lane) reminded me of something that makes the episode particularly funny to me: Big Stupid’s hooker-obsessed, hobo buddy is named Danny, which is, of course, my name! While I am neither hooker-obsessed nor (at least currently) a hobo, I get a huge kick out of hearing the riffing crew saying my name over and over again! Lines like “He just broke Danny!” and “Danny should really come with a tote” just kill me, and in ways that any MSTie not named Danny wouldn’t really get. It got me thinking, who of my fellow fans out there share names with MST characters (both in the universe of the show and the movies themselves)? What were your reactions to hearing your name on screen, or seeing your name assigned to a particular character? Or, have you ever watched the show with a friend or family member who share THEIR name with an MST character, and what were their reactions?

Well, what comes to mind is poor doomed Chris the dog in 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE. I felt a special kinship.

Have you had this experience?

109 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: MSTed Characters with Your Name”

  1. Jay says:

    The Brain That Wouldn’t Die –

    My wife’s name is Janet. You guessed it. JAN IN THE PAN! To her credit she didn’t start rolling her eyes until around the three thousandthed JITP reference.

       5 likes

  2. Fart Bargo says:

    Time of the Apes, two ape sentries pass each other and the guys quip “Hi Steve.” “Hi Phil.”. These are my brother’s and my names. It’s particulary funny because we always teased that we look like chimps, short legs and hairy. I guess all we would have needed to get a role in that movie is boots and a riding crop.

       4 likes

  3. Kansas says:

    My name is Richard, so I have to smile when Gypsy excitedly calls out “Richard Basehart!”

       3 likes

  4. Kenneth Morgan says:

    Well, my name’s Ken. And I don’t have an unhealthy fixation on a giant turtle, nor have I had any connection with the Valnastar Wolf Raiders. And let’s not get into all the Kens that show up on Python.

       5 likes

  5. Apollonia James (yeah right) says:

    I share a name with Tony Cardoza’s wife Beth in Skydivers…usually my reaction is puzzlement, over why the actress’ name is Kevin.

       5 likes

  6. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    When I was 15, in 1993, my best friend’s name was Joel. We used to watch the midnight showings during summer vacation. It’s one of my favorite memories of the many things we used to do together.

    I usually go by Michael, but Joel was the only one I let call me Mike.

    Needless to say, when Mitchell came along we had a very personal flame war.

    We didn’t really, though. We both agreed that Joel was our first love as host, but learned to appreciate Mike, too.

    Like Gypsy said, Mike is a very nice name.

       7 likes

  7. TurkeyVolumeGuessingGal says:

    My name is Angie, so when I watch “Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies” I always smirk when Jerry says “Angie, baby!” when she’s coming out of the house. :smirk: :smirk: :smirk: :smirk:

       2 likes

  8. Herandar says:

    Oddly enough, no characters named Rasteen in the MST3K universe.

       6 likes

  9. Altoid27 says:

    Good ol’ Alex of “Young Man’s Fancy” and I share a lot of similarities: we both have the same name, we’re interested in appliances and we’re usually too oblivious to notice the advances of potentially unhinged women. However, while I have evoked many an emotional response in women over the years, I’m not sure I can add “squishy” to my list.

       4 likes

  10. Dr. Erickson says:

    My name’s Mitchell Cabot Rowsdower, but people call me Zap. So, yeah.

       10 likes

  11. Grandma Blob says:

    Several episodes mention Rose Marie. Although it’s usually in a negative context, when an older looking blond woman is dancing. I spell it Rosemarie and I am not blond, so I laugh at each riff.

       3 likes

  12. underwoc says:

    I feel a little compelled to make a snarky post about being named Deathstalker, but what I really want to know is how Kenneth Morgan (#4) feels when watching Real Genius…

       1 likes

  13. Professor Gunther says:

    My wife’s alternate stinger for MANHUNT IN SPACE features Hagar Nu (sp?), when he says, “Ken is an evil man,” because my name is Ken. She says that to me ALL the time. My name crops up in the Japanese episodes as well, of course — where EVERYBODY is named Ken. I’ve always loved that.

    I sort of wish my name was Hagar Nu, because that’s just a really cool name (I’ve NEVER thought Ken was a cool name).

    I’m looking forward to hearing from all those MSTies out there named Squeamy and Winky. :)

       2 likes

  14. trickymutha says:

    My name is Rick, and, girlfriend’s name is Jody. She will say to me- “Tell them what we did in the woods Rickey” (and, I really loathe Rick from Pod People- he stinks)- I counter with- “how is my little wind up Jody doll doing today?”- and, yes, she is my Kitten with a whip- tomorrow, they drop the bomb!

       4 likes

  15. MSTie says:

    Despite having one of THE most popular names of my era, I can’t recall any MST movie characters offhand named Susan but I’m sure there must be some. Sue, Susie, Suzy, etc., yes, but I loathe those nicknames for myself.

    Imagine my glee, then, when I discovered that Dr. Forrester’s full name is Dr. Clayton Deborah Susan Forrester. I mean, did Pearl want a girl or WHAT?!?

       3 likes

  16. Matt says:

    They made a stinger out of my name for Time Chasers: “Matt, it’s time for you to decide whether you’re gonna be one of my team players or not.” I have not yet joined J.K. Robertson’s team, but I wouldn’t mind a sweet office atop the stairs at my local branch library.

       3 likes

  17. Weepy Donuts says:

    As sung by Crow, my favorite line from Merry Christmas… If That’s Okay:

    “Or maybe you just worship a guy who’s name is Greg!”

       4 likes

  18. Weepy Donuts says:

    Weepy Donuts:
    As sung by Crow, my favorite line from Merry Christmas… If That’s Okay:

    “Or maybe you just worship a guy who’s name is Greg!”

    “whose” Never copy and paste from a wiki.

       1 likes

  19. RedZoneTuba says:

    No, it’s never happened to me.

    Sincerely, Torgo Von Thurstenburg

       4 likes

  20. fatbarkeep says:

    When babysitter Beez keeps calling. Brain Guy Brian it tickles the heck out of my funny bone. Even though I spell my name with a Y I still like it.
    And Beez, too. I really really like her. She can call me Brian any day.

       3 likes

  21. Charlie says:

    The only instance I can think of with my name was during the invention exchange in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians when Joel & the Bots were presenting their Misfit Toys and Crow uttered the “Whoever heard of a Charlie in the box?” line from the classic Rudolph special.

       3 likes

  22. Son of Peanut says:

    Not an MST3K moment, but one of the shorts compilations from RiffTrax contains 2 shorts in a row which feature the dating problems of someone named Jeff. I have been reluctant to show these to friends, for fear of the mocking reprisals.

    On a more serious note, the pair of older students in the MST Short “Keeping Clean and Neat” are named John and Arlene. These were the names of my grandparents who passed away a few years ago, so that always brings them to mind. I actually had a special moment earlier this week when I had the chance to meet and pray with a nice couple who had these same names.

       3 likes

  23. Steve K says:

    Night of the Blood Beast has a special place in my heart for the Steves gag.

       8 likes

  24. bobhoncho says:

    There are many characters from both the shorts and films named Jim or Jimmy, but I think I identify most with Jimmy from “Hired!” I’ve been working at Target for less than a year, and have had the same kind of starting problems that he did. I started a hard worker, but a slow one. I have gotten much faster now, though. I see much of Jimmy from “Hired!” in me.

       3 likes

  25. Sitting Duck says:

    I had to trawl through Daddy-O’s Drive-In Dirt to check if there were any characters who shared my name (thank goodness for Control-F). The only one I found who didn’t use it as their surname was Gordon Hawthorne in The Thing That Wouldn’t Die. Can’t say I really connect with him.

       2 likes

  26. Jay says:

    Boggy Creek II –

    The Little Creature…
    Ah, the many uses of that euphonious appellation. “Don’t let the Little Creature out yet!”. Or “The Little Creature needs a hug.”. Or “Oh look, the Little Creature is all wet.”. And, of course…
    “Oh, the Little Creature is all tired out and just wants to lay down.”. I think our dog got eventually got used to the name.

       6 likes

  27. DirtyTerry says:

    Any “Faruk Alatans” out there?

       5 likes

  28. Slartibartfast, Maker of Fjords says:

    We live in the country, with trees, so we have burn days to dispose of downed limbs. These consist of one burn pile and one or more feeder piles. Prior to preparing for our fire, a common refrain in our house is “Don’t give Mikey no matches.” But, no, we don’t have any llamas. (Amazing Transparent Man)

       2 likes

  29. sol-survivor says:

    There are a handful of Kathys in the episodes, but the one where my name is mentioned the most is probably Alien From L.A., and that isn’t even the character’s name. Unfortunately, I do not look like Kathy Ireland, but at least I don’t have her squeaky voice.

       4 likes

  30. DarkGrandmaofDeath says:

    MSTie:
    Despite having one of THE most popular names of my era, I can’t recall any MST movie characters offhand named Susan but I’m sure there must be some.Sue, Susie, Suzy, etc., yes, but I loathe those nicknames for myself.

    Imagine my glee, then, when I discovered that Dr. Forrester’s full name is Dr. Clayton Deborah Susan Forrester.I mean, did Pearl want a girl or WHAT?!?

    The big-haired girl from Attack of the the Eye Creatures was named Susie. Don’t you feel lucky now?

    I can only think of one character, Trish from Angels Revenge, who sort of has my name. But I’ve always disliked that version of Patricia, and don’t like being called by it, ever, even if you pronounce it Htrish.

       4 likes

  31. David J says:

    I like sharing a first name with Dave Ryder from Space Mutiny. Oddly enough I don’t remember Mike or the bots ever calling him “Dave”.

       7 likes

  32. DarkGrandmaofDeath says:

    Crud. I meant, “Don’t you feel lucky now that big-haired Susie wasn’t called Susan because then you’d have to share your name…with…her…and…it was a terrible…film….”

    Okay, I DO wish we still had the edit button.

       4 likes

  33. DarkGrandmaofDeath says:

    Oh, of course! MSTie, your name IS at least mentioned in Angels Revenge, when the Mom 2000 drives up: “Susan! Do you have any tampons?”

    I KNEW there was a train of thought that led me to Angels Revenge, and Trish. Can’t help it if it jumped the tracks once or twice.

    Now, off to be old and have more senior moments.

       5 likes

  34. ck says:

    Paul Miles (a.k.a. Federico Cavalli :) ) gave a new slant on ineffectual
    “heroes”. Oh, the movie was vairvolfff.
    Btw, exactly how was Natalie vairvolfff infected. Think about it, won’t you?

       1 likes

  35. ck says:

    #21 Charlie

    Aren’t we forgetting the immortal Charles B. Pierce?
    Just think of the hilarious antics his character could pull on his
    female assistants nowadays with smart phones, if they
    wrecked his four wheeler.

       3 likes

  36. MSTie says:

    DarkGrandmaofDeath:
    Oh, of course!MSTie, your name IS at least mentioned in Angels Revenge, when the Mom 2000 drives up:“Susan!Do you have any tampons?”

    I KNEW there was a train of thought that led me to Angels Revenge, and Trish.Can’t help it if it jumped the tracks once or twice.

    Now, off to be old and have more senior moments.

    Thanks, DarkGrandmaofDeath! Being old and having senior moments… yep, pretty much there already.

       1 likes

  37. Douglas Glassman says:

    Astronaut Frank Douglas, the “monster” in “Monster”-a-Go-Go is close enough I suppose. I’m pretty tall as well so I enjoy the part where he clearly couldn’t fit into that capsule.

       1 likes

  38. A Flat Minor, Mr. B's cousin says:

    No main characters for me but in one of the post apocolyptic movies, Servo does that list of names of people in the crowd and he says “Leslie West”, I felt so proud!

       2 likes

  39. Molly Ringworm says:

    My name is Kevin. I just saw Hobgoblins recently.

    Yeah…that’s all I have to say about that.

       5 likes

  40. Laura says:

    “Laura” from “Pod People”. I am not ditzy like her or go around stealing other women’s boyfriends. ;-)

       2 likes

  41. Grandma Blob says:

    MSTie: In Skydivers when Suzy and Frankie are trying to flee the law, Frankie says “Susan, don’t hit me, but we’re out of gas.” Add me to the being old and having senior moments crowd.

       2 likes

  42. Michael says:

    I am Michael. I take care of the place while the Master is away.

       10 likes

  43. Grandma Blob says:

    MSTie: Doh, it’s actually Crow who says the line, Frankie didn’t say it. Yet another senior moment.

       3 likes

  44. Gobi says:

    My name is Tom, so yeah, pretty much every episode.

       4 likes

  45. Molly Ringworm says:

    Fun Fact: Back throughout high school and most of college, my Facebook had my middle name as Tom Servo. So, for years (and likely still to this day), there are several people who’ve never heard of MST3K that think that my middle name really is Tom Servo.

       4 likes

  46. Joseph Nebus says:

    I can’t offhand think of any Josephs. But people tend to call me “Joe” because I’m never really forceful enough about how I make more sense as `Joseph’ than `Joe’, and I’ll answer to it with just a little bit of worry that I’m doing something wrong. And then Joe opens up a world of MST3K riffs, largely from the early part of This Island Earth where things are happening and there’s stuff to plug in and all.

       3 likes

  47. Torgo02 says:

    Having the rather common name of John, I was surprised how long I had to think on this WDT. Then it came to me, I have an entire short dedicated to me – Johnny at the Fair. Best use of my monicker: Jiminy,’ thinks Johnny, ‘if only I could get a ride in one of those!

       7 likes

  48. EricJ says:

    As a Teenager From Earth, I briefly went through the phase of spelling it as “Derek” in HS, although I was never officially subjected to tor-cha!!

       3 likes

  49. Kenneth Morgan says:

    underwoc:
    I feel a little compelled to make a snarky post about being named Deathstalker,but what I really want to know is how Kenneth Morgan (#4) feels when watching Real Genius…

    The character you’re thinking of was named Kent, actually. I feel that the movie is a lot of fun and it’s nice to see Val Kilmer before he went off the deep end.

       3 likes

  50. Troy says:

    As a skinny teen who looked remarkably like the whiny young protagonist from Final Sacrifice, finding out he was named Troy made it a little harder to enjoy the episode at first, but only a little. None of my MSTie friends razzed me about it later, though I suspect that if Mike and the bots had spent more time fixating on the character like they did with Mikey from Teen-Age Strangler or sung a song about him, things might have gone differently.

    Luckily, Troy and his Larry Csonka fetish was almost immediately overshadowed by the raw bacon-y screen presence of Rowsdower!, so I escaped with most of my ego intact.

       8 likes

Comments are closed.