9 Video Game Character Names You Definitely Pronounced Wrong

Have you ever played a video game saying a name a certain way, only to find later that you have no idea how to actually say it? It happens to the best of us, especially when names aren’t spoken too often in-game.

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Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most mispronounced character names that you might mispronounce. The “correct” pronunciation is based on all official content, such as information from the developers or the game’s website. If you also pronounce any of these errors, don’t worry, you are not alone. We will also have the correct pronunciation included for each name.


9/9 Lady Dimitrescu – Resident Evil Village

Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil Village

First up we have Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil Village. This character made waves when first announced; you can find players across the interest fascinated by its size. How do you say his name though?

Searching for the correct pronunciation on Reddit leads to a variety of different ways, with some people thinking the “u” at the end of Dimitrescu is silent. It’s also how it’s pronounced in-game, but does that make it official? Dimitrescu is a Romanian name, which the natives pronounce as “Di-mi-tres-cu”. Overall, it seems that the majority of languages ​​pronounce the “u” at the end, with English being the only exception.

8/9 Lots of Pokemon names

Rayquaza from Pokemon anime

Rather than a single entry, this one consists of multiple Pokémon names. As we know, Pokemon games don’t have voice acting, which can lead to countless mispronunciations. Below, you’ll find a list of some of these names that can be tricky to pronounce, along with how to actually pronounce them.

Pokemon Correct pronunciation
Arceus Ar-key-us
  • In Japanese, it is pronounced like this: Ar-say-us
Raikou Rye-koo
Dialga Dee-all-ga
suicide Swee-koon
Yveltal Ee-vel-tal
Phanpy Fan-ft
Rayquaza Ray-quay-za

These pronunciations are based on the anime.

7/9 Raiden – Mortal Kombat

Raiden prepares a blitz attack

Raiden is a Mortal Kombat character, appearing in the very first game as well as every game since. This is another name that has generated a lot of debate; the two main ways people pronounce this name are “Rye-den” and “Ray-den”, but which one is correct?

Based on how the word is passed, it makes sense to think “Rye-den”, but it’s actually pronounced “Ray-den”. This is the official English pronunciation. Interestingly, in Japanese, this name is pronounced like “Rah-ee-den”, but the first two parts of the word come together, making it sound like “rai”.

6/9 Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

Lara Croft

Lara Croft from Tomb Raider may seem like an easy name to pronounce, but there are many ways to pronounce her name; we saw “Laur-ah”, “Lore-ah” and “Lar-ah”. It’s a real name that’s often mispronounced, but the correct way to say it is “Lar-ah.”

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It’s easy to see why this name is mispronounced, as it’s an alternate spelling for the name Laura, which comes from the word “laurel.” Both of these words have a “laur” sound, which can be confusing when pronouncing Lara Croft.

5/9 Caius Cosades – Morrowind

Caius Cosades standing shirtless

Caius Cosades is an Imperial monk from Morrowind with a unique Latin name. This name dates back thousands of years and is pronounced like “Kai-us”. Of course, it’s not a popular name in modern times, so if you’re unfamiliar with Latin names, it might get you in trouble.

Some common mispronunciations of this name include “Kay-us” and “Kee-us”. Due to the longevity of this name, there seems to be no official way to tell. “Kai-us” is based on the more common spelling of Gaius, which is usually pronounced as “Guy-us”.

4/9 Tidus – Final Fantasy 10

cover tidus ff10

The pronunciation of Tidus has been the subject of debate for some time, especially since it was never said in Final Fantasy 10. Some common pronunciations include “Tie-dus” and “Tee-dus” . To make things more confusing, this name is pronounced two different ways in games.

In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Tidus is pronounced like “Tee-dus”, but in Kingdom Hearts II, we hear “Tie-dus”. This confusion was cleared up by James Arnold Taylor, the voice actor for Tidus. In an interview, he confirmed that the correct way to say this name is “Tee-dus”.

3/9 Xingqui – Genshin Impact

Xingqiu Promotional Image

As a general rule, Chinese names can be difficult to pronounce for native English speakers, and Genshin Impact’s Xingqui is no exception. In English, there aren’t too many words that start with an ‘x’, which makes Xingqui a bit hard to say.

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The correct way to pronounce Xingqui is “Shing-chio”, but there are some things to keep in mind. The ‘sh’ sound at the beginning of this word is a bit more exasperated, almost like a ‘z’ sound. When pronouncing Xingqui, try to find a mix between ‘sh’ and ‘z’.

2/9 Cait Sith – Final Fantasy 7

Cait Sith ready to fight alongside Cloud in Final Fantasy VII

Cait Sith is a cat-like character from Final Fantasy 7, who appears briefly in the remake. The name sounds simple enough, with a pronunciation of “Kate-sith”, but surprisingly, it’s wrong.

This name is based on a fairy from Celtic mythology, where it is pronounced as “Cat Shee”. The name has never been spoken aloud in a Final Fantasy game before, but due to the character’s similarities to Celtic mythology, it might be closer to “Cat Shee” instead of “Cate Sith.”

1/9 Alphinaud – Final Fantasy 14

Finally, we have Alphinaud, a character from Final Fantasy 14. If you play this MMO, you’ve probably heard that name spoken out loud, but if you haven’t heard it yet, you might say “Al-fe- nod” , which is incorrect.

The correct way to say this character’s name is “Al-fi-no”. If you’re still pronouncing it in your head with a ‘nod’ ending, we don’t blame you. Sometimes it’s easy to quickly read this name as “Al-fe-nod”.

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