game designer Toru Iwatani conceived the idea for
Pac-Man while staring at the incomplete pizza
of which he was, at that time, consuming. Minus the
slice he was eating, the pizza took the shape of a
hungry mouth. Puck-Man was born and it marks
the first and only time that the future of videogames
was determined by Italian cuisine!
Puck-Man? That's no typo! Puck-Man was
the original name for Pac-Man and the name
used in Japanese arcades. Namco wisely chose to alter
the name in America and other English speaking countries
to deter obvious potential acts of vandalism by teenage
and otherwise immature individuals.
was popular. REALLY Popular, and started a marketing
craze across the globe that allowed the Pac to join
other character icon superstars such as Bugs Bunny,
Mickey Mouse and and set the stage for upcoming videogame
heroes such as Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Awesome
Possum, and others. Okay, perhaps Awesome Possum wasn't
so awesome, but Pac-Man was the first videogame
mascot and was featured on hundreds of items from
lunch boxes, to tooth brushes, to bed sheets and more!
If you are one of the millions of millions of individuals
that have played Pac-Man, then you know that
the yellow pellot-eating hero is on the run from four
distinctly different ghost nemesis. You might know
them as Bashful, Speedy, Shadow and Pokey, but did
you know that there are 25 distinctly different names
for the same four ghosts? Twenty-six if you consider
'Sue' from the Pac-Man with a bow, Ms. Pac-Man.
Why so many? Well, there were the original Japanese
names, that were changed to be more acceptable to
the American market. There were also nick-names for
the ghosts for both languages. There
are nine English names or nick-names for Pac-Man's
antagonists, and 16 Japanese alternatives. Only the
name 'Pinky' was used in both territories.
So, without further ado... the complete list of ghost
names of Pac-Man organized by color:
that? Dark Blue
Pac-Man ghosts? Aren't the dark blue ghosts simply
the regular ghosts transformed in color after Pac-Man
gobbles up a power pellet? Well, that is true, but
Namco also made a special tournament version of Pac-Man
in Japan only, which was known as the 'Pac-Man Arrangement.'
This version of Pac-Man had a few enhancements, one
of which were the presence of five enemy ghosts in
the mazes. The new additional ghost's name is unknown
(listed only as "?????") but nick-named
Of further interest, you might be interested to learn that the Japanese "character" names are translated from Japanese they actually describe the artificial intelligence of the equivalent ghost. For instance, the red ghost Oikake translates "to pursue", the pink ghost Machibuse translates "to ambush", the blue ghost Kimagure translates to "moody" and the orange ghost Otoboke translates to "pretending ignorance". Now you are much more informed and do not have to pretend ignorance!