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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Worst Name For An Alien, Ever

I've never written a script with an alien in it, so I've never had to go through the process of coming up with interesting, fresh names for space aliens.

Though if I did, I'd try hard.

But I have a feeling that some writers aren't trying hard enough.

I read a script today about an alien who comes to Earth, to try to get help for his people, who are suffering on another planet.

Now, this wasn't a comic character. The name isn't meant to get laughs.

The alien's name?

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Cletus.

12 Comments:

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

Cletus the slack-jawed alien.

I like it. I can't imagine why that would be used in a non-funny context.

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger William said...

I'm glad this wasn't, "The Worst Name For A Cab Driver, Ever"
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Carlo

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

Maybe it was an achronym for something like
Comically
Labeled
Extra
Terrestrial
Universe
Squatter

or not

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger shecanfilmit said...

Whoa. Wasn't that the name of a Dukes of Hazzard character? Like the Sheriff's sidekick?

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Norm said...

Well, DC's The MArtian Manhunter's real name is John Jones, only it's spelled "J'onn J'onz."

Was it like, K'lee-tus?

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger suzbays said...

I had an uncle named Cletus, except he spelled it Colletus. And he was pretty strange so maybe he was an alien! He died the morning of July 3 and his wife went to the town fireworks that night. More signs of alienage.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Wasn't that a lyric from Hotel California?

"Warm smell of Colletus, rising up in the air"?

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Julie O. said...

Yeah. The smell was after he died...

(Sorry Suz. Sorry god. Sorry Mrs. Colletus.)

 
At 3:57 PM, Anonymous emily blake said...

Clearly you've never heard of King Sharko of the planet Sharkos.

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Touch my Cletus

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Bill Cunningham said...

Is he from planet redneck?

Is his spaceship up on blocks in the front yard?

Does he wear overalls? Even though they may be silver?

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger jefe said...

Norm said...

Well, DC's The MArtian Manhunter's real name is John Jones, only it's spelled "J'onn J'onz."


Wow.

And all my life I've pronounced it "Jah-ahn Jah-ahnz." What can I say? Make mine Marvel.

 

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