- Dr House, of TV’s “House” fame.
- The star of just about any major sci-fi show (think X-files, Stargate, Star Trek, anything with heaps of peculiar diseases)
- Count Dracula
You’ll probably find that this will give you a pretty thorough test of the application, as well as highlighting any areas that are frustrating to use, especially if you are trying to enter many records at the same time.
Of course, if you are testing on a customer-accessible server you might want to make sure that they are not likely to get sensitive about this sort of data being entered into their system and pick fairly innocent and obscure fictional characters, just to be on the safe side. I have known more than one person who has had harsh words from their superiors about entering questionable data into a public system for testing purposes.
In fact, even if you don’t think that it is a public server, it pays to be on the safe side, as Spiff discovered when he once entered a test entry for Helga the Russian Mail Order Bride into his company’s dating service web application. By unfortunate coincidence, a marketing person in his company took a screenshot of the site to show the customer and the Helga entry was front and centre as the latest entry. Certain members of management found it to be culturally insensitive and Spiff luckily got off with only a stern warning.
But that aside, as long as you are careful with the sort of data you are using, there is no reason you shouldn’t use this fun and effective method of testing.