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Old 05-25-2017, 08:11 PM
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What are the names of the four ghosts in Pac-Man?

This was just a question on The Chase (first season, which I'm watching). I was certain they had the answer wrong. So much so that I had to pause it and come and look up the answer. And I learned something today.


So...before you look at the two spoilers below, answer the question first: Do you know the actual first names of the four ghosts in Pac-Man?

The answer is...
SPOILER:
Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, and Pokey
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I did not know that. In fact, as I said, I was insisting that that answer had to be wrong, because I specifically remembered one of them being called

SPOILER:
Inky....and in looking it up, I found the names: Inky, Blinky, Winky, and Clyde
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Yes, these were them. These were the names I knew. These were the CORRECT ONES.

Only they weren't.....apparently those four names are actually nicknames, not their actual names.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:40 PM
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I would have sworn to Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:48 PM
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There's no "Winky."

Blinky (Red), Pinky (Pink), Inky (Cyan), and Clyde (Orange) are how I know them but, yeah, their real names are "Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, Pokey."

I can never remember the original names, since I mostly played Ms. Pac Man. In that game, they're introduced simply as "Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Sue." I do remember the screen for original Pac-Man has name/nickname on it for all the ghosts, and their names somewhat reflect their AI behavior.

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Old 05-25-2017, 11:48 PM
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I would have fought and murdered someone if they had said other than I,B,P,C.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:55 PM
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I would have fought and murdered someone if they had said other than I,B,P,C.
Request a jury trial and you'll walk.

"He said that the ghosts were named WHAT?"
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Old 05-26-2017, 02:50 AM
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In English, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde.


Checks: Huh! I knew that those were the names in Japanese (roughly translated), but I didn't know those were their official names in English as well.
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Old 05-26-2017, 06:29 AM
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Eh, it's just a reminder of two related phenomena: devs--and writers--can be very bad at memorable names, and names bestowed by fans can have enormous staying power. (Ask Hasbro about it.)
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:58 AM
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Interesting. Everyone has it memorized as Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde But they are introduced as Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (in that order.)
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:06 AM
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Clyde's just happy he avoided the nickname Stinky.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:56 AM
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I think this information physically upsets me.

My life is a lie!

Screw them, they'll always be I,P,B and C to me
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:45 AM
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Another vote for IPBC

Ms Pac Man changed Clyde to Sue because one of the developers decided it would be funny to name a ghost after his sister.
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:00 PM
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Eh, it's just a reminder of two related phenomena: devs--and writers--can be very bad at memorable names, and names bestowed by fans can have enormous staying power. (Ask Hasbro about it.)
See, e.g., the Berenstain Bears.
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Old 05-26-2017, 01:28 PM
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This may be arrogant of me but I'm pretty sure the game show has it backwards. Their names are Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. I was a kid when Pac Man first came out and remember it very clearly and this was always the case (Clyde became Sue in Ms Pac Man). These were also their names in the Pac Man Cartoon. Those other names were nicknames the programmers gave them when they were designing the game because they described how they were programmed to chase Pac Man and that wasn't something that came out until much later.
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Old 05-26-2017, 02:17 PM
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Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde were their nicknames—see here (English version at about 25s). I played enough Pac-Man back in the day to remember this, and to remember that they had "actual names," but not what those actual names were.
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Old 05-26-2017, 03:08 PM
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Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde were their nicknames—see here (English version at about 25s). I played enough Pac-Man back in the day to remember this, and to remember that they had "actual names," but not what those actual names were.
Actually, there might be some argument that Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, and Pokey, are not intended to be names of the characters, but rather describe their character (i.e. personality) while their nicknames are what they are supposed to be referred to as.

In Ms Pac Man, they are introduced by their nicknames only.
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:24 PM
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That...is messed up. Everything I know is now in question.

At least I know the name of the little guy from the original Donkey Kong. And it ain't Mario.
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:35 PM
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(Clyde became Sue in Ms Pac Man)
Which shows how progressive the Pac-Man series was, by being the first video game to feature a transgender character.
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Old 05-26-2017, 05:14 PM
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Before looking at anything else: Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. Though I couldn't tell you which one is which (other than Pinky, of course).

[reading spoilers and other replies]

I must object. In what sense are those their actual names? The highest level of canon here must surely be the games themselves, and within no game is their names given as Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, or Pokey. The next level of canon would be any manuals or packaging that came with the games, and I recall no such names from them, either. Whence, then, are these names?
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Old 05-26-2017, 05:24 PM
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Before looking at anything else: Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. Though I couldn't tell you which one is which (other than Pinky, of course).

[reading spoilers and other replies]

I must object. In what sense are those their actual names? The highest level of canon here must surely be the games themselves, and within no game is their names given as Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, or Pokey. The next level of canon would be any manuals or packaging that came with the games, and I recall no such names from them, either. Whence, then, are these names?
I'm confused did you watch the link Thudlow Boink provided. It clearly has a column for "Character" and a column for "Nickname" when they introduce the ghosts.
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Old 05-26-2017, 05:28 PM
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within no game is their names given as Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, or Pokey.
See my link in Post #14.

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The next level of canon would be any manuals or packaging that came with the games, and I recall no such names from them, either.
Manuals? Packaging? What are you talking about? Pac-Man is that machine that you put a quarter in to play, over there in the corner of the pizza parlor.
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Old 05-26-2017, 05:32 PM
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Actually, there might be some argument that Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, and Pokey, are not intended to be names of the characters, but rather describe their character (i.e. personality) while their nicknames are what they are supposed to be referred to as.

In Ms Pac Man, they are introduced by their nicknames only.
I concur!
If I had a quarter for every game of Pac Man I played. . . .

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Old 05-26-2017, 05:33 PM
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I knew Shadow, Speedy, Bashful, and Pokey.

As Thudlow Boink has now mentioned twice, here (GIF) is where the Pac-Man characters are introduced -- from the attract mode of the game. Here's the relevant text part:
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CHARACTER / NICKNAME
-SHADOW ”BLINKY”

-SPEEDY ”PINKY”

-BASHFUL ”INKY”

-POKEY ”CLYDE”
If you want to say that "Character" just describes each ghost's "character" instead of treating the list as a cast of characters, I guess I can't stop you. However, I think the latter meaning is correct.

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Old 05-26-2017, 06:14 PM
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Interestingly, apparently the original Puckman had a DIP switch you could toggle to get an alternate nameset for the ghosts to use instead of the Japanese names (which you can see in video Thudlow linked to).

See here

Urchin/"Macky"
Romp/"Micky"
Stylist/"Mucky"
Crybaby/"Mocky"

Interestingly, there the two columns are titled "character/ghost" instead of "character/nickname."

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Old 05-26-2017, 06:30 PM
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See my link in Post #14.

Manuals? Packaging? What are you talking about? Pac-Man is that machine that you put a quarter in to play, over there in the corner of the pizza parlor.
Pac-Man has had many home releases.
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Old 05-26-2017, 06:49 PM
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This may be arrogant of me but I'm pretty sure the game show has it backwards. Their names are Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. I was a kid when Pac Man first came out and remember it very clearly and this was always the case (Clyde became Sue in Ms Pac Man). These were also their names in the Pac Man Cartoon. Those other names were nicknames the programmers gave them when they were designing the game because they described how they were programmed to chase Pac Man and that wasn't something that came out until much later.
We have an original cocktail table-style PacMan game, and ours does not introduce the ghosts by name. That was a later addition to the game.
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:05 PM
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Pac-Man has had many home releases.
Pfft. Yeah, I remember the home release of "Pac-Man" for the Atari 2600.

To me, "Pac-Man" means the original arcade game, just like "Star Trek" means the television series from the 1960s, and "Star Wars" means the 1977 movie.
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:14 PM
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We have an original cocktail table-style PacMan game, and ours does not introduce the ghosts by name. That was a later addition to the game.
That's odd. What does it show for attract mode? Just the game? I've never seen a Pac Man console that didn't have the names on it. Here's an original 1980 cocktail version that shows it. Even the older Puckman cabinets have names (but different ones.)
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:22 PM
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That's odd. What does it show for attract mode? Just the game? I've never seen a Pac Man console that didn't have the names on it. Here's an original 1980 cocktail version that shows it. Even the older Puckman cabinets have names (but different ones.)
Actually, I bet it's because it's set in Free Play mode. Looking on the net, it seems that in Free Play mode it does not cycle through the usual screens, but just sits on the "Push Start Button" screen with "FREE PLAY" on the bottom left. There's a couple of dip switches in the cabinet that control this.
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