In Zombieland the four main characters are Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock. It's my understanding that the first two are named because that's where they're trying to get to.

The pair introduce themselves via where they're from

Where are you headed? Columbus.

You? Tallahassee.

Later Tallahassee refuses to give his name

What's your name?

Stop, no names. Keeps us from getting too familiar

However we're never given a reason behind the names of the two sisters. Throughout the whole film Little Rock and Wichita want to go to a theme park yet this doesn't seem to reflected in either of their names?

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    And I thought those were the characters' origins (though I think the girls were supposed to be sisters, which would make it strange for them to come from different parts of the country).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Apr 10, 2014 at 11:45
  • @NapoleonWilson I've added some bits from the script to explain why I think they're destinations
    – Liath
    Apr 10, 2014 at 11:49
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    Ok, but one might still think they are just heading there because they are from there. But I also admit that I don't know it.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Apr 10, 2014 at 12:26
  • @NapoleonWilson makes sense, I was just trying to follow the pattern
    – Liath
    Apr 10, 2014 at 12:28
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    @JohnnyBones why don't you add it as an answer with a bit detail.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Apr 11, 2014 at 6:12

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From Zombieland Wikipedia page-

The main characters do not use each other's real names, but identify themselves using place names (Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, Little Rock) that relate to them. This includes Columbus's neighbor, named 406 after her room, and his fictional sexual conquest "Beverly Hills", as well as Sister Cynthia Knickerbocker, whom Columbus identifies as a "Zombie Kill of the Week" winner, and whose surname is actually an obsolete term for a citizen or inhabitant of New York City. There is one exception in Bill Murray playing himself. At the end of the film, Wichita tells Columbus that her real name is Krista.

So, it means that character names are not based on their desired destination but to their related places. May be birth place or the city they used to live in. Both the sisters doesn't give any detail about their birth place. So all are assumptions at the moment.

  • Ah, I hadn't clocked the other references. All makes sense now!
    – Liath
    Apr 10, 2014 at 14:22

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