As players were allowed to choose any name they wished in the original Wing Commander and Wing Commander II, the player character was nicknamed Bluehair, after his distinguishing feature: his large, prominent head of blue hair.
With the shift to full-motion video and pre-recorded speech in Wing Commander III, a set name was needed. Bluehair became Christopher Blair, taking his name from Wing Commander creator Christopher Roberts.
Other media have used different names. Wing Commander I & II: The Ultimate Strategy Guide used the name Carl T. Lafong. Super Wing Commander and the Sega MegaCD port of the original Wing Commander, which also used full speech, named the character Armstrong and Lyle Starbuck, respectively.