The Most Popular D&D Character Name Is "Bob"

What's the name of your D&D character? The folks at D&D Beyond have released some more stats, and this time they're sharing the top 15 D&D player character names.


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What these stats appear to tell us is that many people call their character "Bob", and even more seems to just use their class name, such as "Cleric" or "Bard". Lots of people seems to name their characters after Game of Thrones' Varys, but spell it differently, and lots like "dark" names like Ash, Raven, Ember, and Shadow.

More realistically, it may be that many of these are simply experimental builds, with placeholder names. The folks at D&D Beyond (watch the stream here) say that these are the most popular names "for characters on D&D Beyond", although the other data elements shown on that stream were specific to material used from Xanathar's Guide to Everything.

Numbers-wise, they're not saying those are all the characters on D&D Beyond - there will be thousands of names used which are used less than 755 times each, and possibly even thousands which are used just once. The table above only shows the top 15, and how often they were used.
 
Russ Morrissey

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Elfcrusher

Adventurer
I'm sure everybody who hates that the Fighter is the most popular class will take some comfort in this implications of this new data.
 

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
Little do we know, but 98.4% of all the "Bob"s are from one guy who's playing with a killer DM. He's up to Bob MMCIX.

"I'm here to avenge my grandfather's cousin's ex-husband's nephew's ex-wife's brother's friend-with-benefits' third cousin once remove on their mother's side."
"...Prepare to die!"
 
I'm sure everybody who hates that the Fighter is the most popular class will take some comfort in this implications of this new data.
Yeah, because Fighters named Bob are OK.



(Seriously, though, the Fighter has ALWAYS been the most popular class. Every. Survey. Ever.)
 
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Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
My group had a Wizard named "Bob the Fighter" back in 4e. He was famous for being absolutely fearless in combat, going to extremes such as crawling up into the face of a dragon just to get a good shot at the beast.
 

ccs

39th lv DM
That's pretty funny.

Bob:
*In the 1st adventure of our new 5e campaign (2 sessions in tonight!) I have an NPC named Bob running around.
*In general, in our less serious campaigns, there's a god who goes by the name Bob. He's a multi-faceted god with 9 different alignments. You can tell wich alignment his cultists are IF you know how they write his name (Bob, BOB, boB, bob, bOb, etc.).

Lilith: The name one of the new players gave her Necromancer in our ToA game.

Jack: I have a rogue in a PF game by this name. Technically Jackson/Jack'son, but Jack in most cases....
 
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I'm jealous of people who name their characters something like "Lilith" or "Shadow." I'm too preoccupied with cleverness to embrace the cool.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
Heh, close enough!

Back in the old Goth scene days, pseudonyms very much like that one were everywhere. Heck, there are still some friends that refer to me by my old stage name now and then.

I'm ready a series of books right now where the author's name (well, pseudonym most likely) is Lillith Stormcrow. Does that count?
 

Legatus_Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
So we have Bob.

but not DOT or Enzo?

I would have though character names like Conan, Arthur, Merlin would have been in the top 10.
 

R_Chance

Explorer
Hey, my real name is #7 on the list.
Your name is a good for that list. I'm just glad my name is not on that list. The primary human feudal cultural names in my game are pretty "real life" (medieval real life anyway), including "Robert"... which means I have number of "Bob" NPCs in my game :)
 

Squeatus

Villager
I'm pretty sure Bob is actually the most popular character name of all time, regardless of what the armchair data analysis claims to reveal.
 

xangpow

Villager
If you name your character "Bob" I am naming my character "Pencil" because if we are going with the "no imagination" method then lets go really stupid. ;)
 

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