I was reading Tomato’s Super Mario Bros. Legends of Localization series when I suffered a random memory. Back when I was a kid, a friend of mine bought The Legend of Zelda, and we’d hang out and play it together from time to time.
Midway through the game you begin encountering dungeon monsters called Bubbles. In the main quest, touching these guys (which flash rapidly between red and blue) will cause Link to lose the ability to swing his sword for a few seconds. In the Second Quest, the Bubbles come in separate red and blue variants; touching one color causes you to lose your sword skills entirely until you come into contact with the other.
As is the wont of children everywhere, my friend liked to ignore the enemy names given in the manual and come up with his own. Some of them made sense; others came out of left field.
For whatever reason, he decided to call the Bubbles “AIDS Viruses.” AIDs was big in the news back then — an epidemic sweeping America with no cure in sight. It was a terrible thing that left people crippled and weak before dying helplessly. So, basically: Kids are jerks.