D (Dom) R (Robert) E (Eames) A (Arthur/Ariadne) M (Mal) S (Saito)
There’s lots of different theories for why the Inception characters name are as they are. Here are a few of my favourites (but not all meanings etc. may be reliable!
COBB: Dom means ‘Of God’, Mal’s name shares this meaning, possibly linked to them ‘being gods’ in the dreamworld. Cobb’s name also comes from Nolan’s film Following, in which Cobb is a thief who uses his art to steal things so that people would re-examine reality. Cob, meaning spider, is linked to web weaving, also linking him to Ariadne.
MAL: Mal, meaning ‘Of God’ (see COBB). Also means ‘bad’ and in French, ‘sickness’ (the sickness destroyed her, and the sickness of guilt taking over Cobb). ‘Mal’ also creates a ‘shade of badness’ to words, for example, malnourished and malfunction. She creates a shade to Cobb, and is referred as one by him.
EAMES: Meaning ‘Prosperous Protector’. Possibly linked to an ‘Ames Room’, an optical illusion which makes two people standing in a room appear to be of dramatically different sizes. Derived from “eam” meaning uncle. It’s presumed the nickname ‘uncle’ was originally given to a man who played a paternal role to a young niece or nephew following the death of the father. Remind you of any role Eames’ plays in Inception? Also a link to designers of the Eames Lounge Chair. FUN FACT: Eames was the name of a butler Joseph Gordon Levitt makes fun of in an episode of 3rd Rock From The Sun.
ARTHUR: Meaning ‘guardian’, ‘stone, ‘noble’. Possibly linked to Schopenhauer, a philosopher who often talked of dreams: The universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too. Also King Arthur, in which some folklore stated King Arthur never died, but was instead put to an “enchanted sleep”, from which he could awake at any time.
ARIADNE: Meaning ‘most holy’. Linked to Ariadne’s thread: solving a problem through application of logic to all available routes. Comes from the legend of Ariadne, daughter of King Minos. She was in charge of labyrinths and helped Theseus find the way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth by giving him a sword and a ball of red fleece (notice how much red she wears in the movie?) thread that she was spinning.
FISCHER: The Fisher King, figure in Arthurian legend (see ARTHUR). After being wounded his kingdom suffers, his impotence affecting the fertility of the land and reducing it to a barren wasteland. Similar story depict two ‘Kings’, a father and son, where the wounded father stays in the castle.
YUSUF: Variant of ‘Joseph’, who was famously the dream-prophet.
SAITO: It’s not sure why Saito is called Saito, however, crack out Google! There’s lots of theories about it.
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