I feel like there is some kind of joke with the characters' fake names that I am missing.

One of the characters I think asks if their names are outdated. Is that the joke, just that they are using archaic names? Or is there something else?


If you're asking what "the joke" is with names like "Maou Sadao" and "Yusa Emi", the joke is that their Japanese names sound suspiciously similar to their Ente Isla names/titles:

  • "Maou Sadao" is very close to "Maou Satan" / "Demon Lord Satan"
  • "Yusa Emi" is very close to "Yuusha Emi" / "Hero Emi"
  • "Ashiya (Shirou)" is sort of close to "Alciel" (Arushieru)
  • "Urushihara (Hanzou)" is sort of close to "Lucifer" (Rushiferu)

As a side effect of this, some of their Japanese names sound curious/archaic, since you kind of have to stretch to find Japanese names that sound similar to Christian angel/devil names.

Separately, some of the names are also "translation jokes", so to speak:

  • The "Suzu" (鈴) in "Kamazuki Suzuno" means "bell". Indeed, her Ente Isla name is "Crestia Bell".
  • I got the feeling that Maou Sadao's name is also a reference to Madao (maru de dame na ossan i.e. a good for nothing) from Gintama. Apr 28 '17 at 0:42
  • @Ayase Eri There's no relation whatsoever. Sadao is a legit Japanese name, whereas Madao is not. Also, their personalities bear no resemblance (I'd hardly call Maou a "good-for-nothing"), so I'm not sure why you saw this to be a reference, outside that it's a one-letter difference.
    – Jimmy
    Apr 28 '17 at 5:09
  • He is a good employee, but a good for nothing when it comes to being a Maou. Apr 28 '17 at 6:25
  • @AyaseEri Not really. He is actually really good at being "overlord" as he drove humans into corner only to be defeated by Emilia.
    – Euphoric
    Apr 28 '17 at 7:11

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