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23rd May '16 12:43:24 PM igordebraga
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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Brock Rumlow is never referred to as Crossbones, though a tie-in comic establishes that the codename does exist in-universe (it also wasn't used when the character was in ''Winter Soldier'', but at that point he hadn't taken the identity of Crossbones yet). Zemo never had a codename to begin with, but is nonetheless changed from ''Baron'' Zemo since he's a Sokovian soldier rather than an German aristocrat as he is in the comics. Averted with Spider-Man as Peter told Tony that's what he calls himself and he goes along with it to protect the kid's identity.

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Brock Rumlow is never referred to as Crossbones, though a tie-in comic establishes that the codename does exist in-universe (it also wasn't used when the character was in ''Winter Soldier'', but at that point he hadn't taken the identity of Crossbones yet). Zemo never had a codename to begin with, but is nonetheless changed from ''Baron'' Zemo since he's a Sokovian soldier rather than an German aristocrat as he is in the comics. Averted with Spider-Man as Peter told Tony that's what he calls himself and he goes along with it to protect the kid's identity. And Vision is called that, specially as he has no other name.



** ComicBook/{{Magneto}} is often referred to as "Erik", although only by Xavier and Mystique, his oldest friends.

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** ComicBook/{{Magneto}} Selfdemonstrating/{{Magneto}} is often referred to as "Erik", although only by Xavier and Mystique, his oldest friends.



** Colossus was referred to by his codename by Wolverine as they walked out of the Danger Room near the beginning of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Beforehand, Wolverine calls him Tin-Man as a joke.
** The name Nightcrawler is only mentioned when "Kurt" expounds about his time in the circus.
** Angel (Warren) and Beast (Hank) never use codenames in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Hank does eventually use the name towards the end of ''First Class'', however. In ''Days of Future Past'', Wolverine calls Hank (who has essentially retired from superheroics due to the X-Men having disbanded) Beast and "Beastie" several times to try and goad him into a fight.

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** Colossus was referred to by his codename by Wolverine as they walked out of the Danger Room near the beginning of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Beforehand, Wolverine calls him Tin-Man as a joke.
joke. (he does go by Colossus in ''Deadpool'', along with the other X-Mansion resident that shows up, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Negasonic Teenage Warhead]])
** The name Nightcrawler is only mentioned when "Kurt" expounds about his time in the circus.
circus. In ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', he is introduced in a cage fight as Nightcrawler and mentions the nickname while correcting Mystique [[MyNameIsNotDurwood erring his surname]], but mostly goes by Kurt.
** Angel (Warren) and Beast (Hank) never use codenames in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Hank does eventually use the name towards the end of ''First Class'', however. In ''Days of Future Past'', Wolverine calls Hank (who has essentially retired from superheroics due to the X-Men having disbanded) Beast and "Beastie" several times to try and goad him into a fight. The other gets a big subversion in ''Apocalypse'', being referred to only as "Angel".


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** In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', it's a plot point that villain Ajax is actually Francis, with the title character only calling him by the given name to mock Ajax afterwards. Subverted with his henchwoman Angel (Angel Dust in the comics), who never gets a proper name.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[Comicbook/{{Apocalypse}} the title villain]] is never called by anything other than given name En Sabah Nur, though there's a MythologyGag to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the name he adopted in the comics]] ("Where ever this being was, he would always have four followers who he would imbue with power." "Like the Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse."). Subverted by Psylocke, who is only called by the codename.
21st May '16 10:11:24 AM DragonRanger
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** The real names of [[spoiler:Skye]] and her father (originally credited as "the Doctor") were deliberately withheld from the audience in order to hide their identities and the fact that they are even ''from'' the comics in the first place. Eventually their names were revealed to be ComicBook/{{Daisy|Johnson}} and Cal Johnson respectively, known in the comics as "Quake" and "Mister Hyde" (real name Calvin ''Zabo''). Cal's codename wound up never being used during his time on the show, but he implied that it existed (he mentioned that he changed his surname, though he didn't specify whether it was to "Zabo" or "Hyde"). [[spoiler:Skye]] eventually switched to using "Daisy Johnson" full-time; "Quake" hasn't been used as of yet, but it could come up in the future - Mack even nicknamed her "Tremors", which is close.

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** The real names of [[spoiler:Skye]] Skye and her father (originally credited as "the Doctor") were deliberately withheld from the audience in order to hide their identities and the fact that they are even ''from'' the comics in the first place. Eventually their names were revealed to be ComicBook/{{Daisy|Johnson}} and Cal Johnson respectively, known in the comics as "Quake" and "Mister Hyde" (real name Calvin ''Zabo''). Cal's codename wound up never being used during his time on the show, but he implied that it existed (he mentioned that he changed his surname, though he didn't specify whether it was to "Zabo" or "Hyde"). [[spoiler:Skye]] Skye eventually switched to using "Daisy Johnson" full-time; full-time, while the name "Quake" hasn't been used as of yet, but it could come up in didn't appear until another season and a half after the future - Mack even nicknamed her "Tremors", which is close.reveal, when [[spoiler:Daisy became a vigilante and the media caught wind of her]].


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** The results of an imperfect attempt to create Inhumans are dubbed "Primitives". In the comics, these are the ''Alpha'' Primitives, the Inhumans' slave race. The "alpha" part gets a nod when their creator says they're just an alpha version and begs his boss to let him make improvements for a beta test.
16th May '16 8:57:31 PM Hylarn
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13th May '16 5:11:21 AM dartblaze
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** Daredevil starts out as just "the man in the black mask", and then when the media thinks he's a terrorist they dub him "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen". It's only at the end of the season when he's proven himself a hero by taking down Wilson Fisk, that he becomes "Daredevil", which Matt Murdock and his friends make fun of but admit is better than the last name. In the second season, both names of "Devil of Hell's Kitchen" and "Daredevil" are common.

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** Daredevil starts out as just "the man in the black mask", and then when the media thinks he's a terrorist they dub him "the Devil of Hell's Kitchen". It's only at the end of the season when he's proven himself a hero by taking down Wilson Fisk, that he becomes "Daredevil", which Matt Murdock and his friends make fun of but admit is better than the last name. In the second season, both names of However, "Daredevil" barely gets a mention in season 2 as people mostly use his more dramatic "Devil of Hell's Kitchen" and "Daredevil" are common.alias.
12th May '16 1:31:57 PM dmcreif
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* Played dead straight in ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', as nobody uses codenames. Sure, Jessica and Luke Cage (below) hardly use them in the comics to begin with, but Trish Walker ([[ComicBook/PatsyWalker Hellcat]]) and Will Simpson (Nuke) don't get their codenames referenced either. Not even established superheroes like the Avengers have their names stated when they're mentioned, instead being "the flag-waver" or "the big green guy". Super-codenames are referred to only once, in a flashback where Jessica is encouraged to take up heroics, but she shoots the idea down and says that "Jewel" (a name she used in her comic backstory) sounds like a stripper's stage name.
** Played with for [[Creator/DavidTennant Kilgrave]], the main antagonist. In the comics he's "The Purple Man", real name Zebediah Killgrave. In the show, he's simply "Kilgrave", and characters ''still'' mock it as sounding like a blatant [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast scary name]]; something that a kid would come up with to sound threatening. [[spoiler:It turns out that "Kilgrave" is an alia. His real name is Kevin Thompson, and he really ''is'' [[PsychopathicManchild that childish]].]]
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Black Mariah and Cottonmouth are referred to by their real names (Mariah Dillard and Cornell Stokes), while Cage won't be using his old "Power Man" name from the comics. Justified since he hasn't gone by Power Man even in the comics in years.

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* Played dead straight in ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', as nobody uses codenames. Sure,
**Sure, [[Creator/KrystenRitter
Jessica Jones]] and [[Creator/MikeColter Luke Cage Cage]] (below) hardly use them in the comics to begin with, but Trish Walker ([[ComicBook/PatsyWalker Hellcat]]) and Will Simpson (Nuke) don't get their codenames referenced either. Not even established superheroes like the Avengers have their names stated when they're mentioned, instead being "the flag-waver" or "the big green guy". guy" (although in one scene a kid in a Captain America costume can be seen running in a park). Super-codenames are referred to only once, once. For instance, in a flashback where flashback, Trish encourages Jessica is encouraged to take up heroics, suggesting she use the nickname "Jewel", but she Jessica shoots the idea down and says that "Jewel" (a name she used in her comic backstory) sounds like a stripper's stage name.
** Played with for [[Creator/DavidTennant Kilgrave]], the main antagonist. In the comics he's "The Purple Man", real name Zebediah Killgrave. In the show, he's simply "Kilgrave", and characters ''still'' mock it as sounding like a blatant [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast scary name]]; something that a kid would come up with to sound threatening. [[spoiler:It turns out that "Kilgrave" is an alia.alias. His real name is Kevin Thompson, and he really ''is'' [[PsychopathicManchild that childish]].]]
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Black Mariah and Cottonmouth are referred to by their real names (Mariah - Mariah Dillard and Cornell Stokes), Stokes - while Luke Cage is still just Luke Cage. He won't be using his old "Power Man" name from the comics. Justified since he hasn't gone by Power Man even in the comics in years.
12th May '16 8:58:15 AM OrigamiTovaychy
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* This is played with in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012) 2012]] adaptation of [[Franchise/Teenage MutantNinjaTurtles]].

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* This is played with in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012) [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012]] adaptation of [[Franchise/Teenage MutantNinjaTurtles]].[[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] with Mikey being the one who gives the codenames.
12th May '16 8:56:07 AM OrigamiTovaychy
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* This is played with in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinja Turtles(2012) 2012]] adaptation of [[Franchise/Teenage MutantNinjaTurtles]].

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* This is played with in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinja Turtles(2012) [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012) 2012]] adaptation of [[Franchise/Teenage MutantNinjaTurtles]].
12th May '16 8:54:19 AM OrigamiTovaychy
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* This is played with in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinja Turtles(2012) 2012]] adaptation of [[Franchise/Teenage MutantNinjaTurtles]].
** Played with by Rocksteady who always prefers his code name but the Shredder always calls him by his real name.
** Bebop prefers to use his real name and hates being called Bebop.
** Rahzar always gets called by his real name by most of the Foot Clan.
9th May '16 10:25:17 AM DragonRanger
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** In ''Series/JessicaJones'', Jessica Jones and Luke Cage make reference to him as "the big green guy".



** Technically, this trope is true of Montgomery Falsworth, aka "Union Jack", the British counterpart to Captain America. However, Falsworth is not a costumed hero in this movie so there would be no reason to say the name at all.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': Sam Wilson is called [[ComicBook/TheFalcon "Falcon"]] by Maria Hill in the final battle, and this is also the name of the flight pack model he uses; the codename continues to be used in later movies. The "Winter Soldier" codename is invoked frequently, but the heroes stop calling him this once they find out that he is [[spoiler:ComicBook/BuckyBarnes]]. Georges Batroc is revised to be a normal mercenary instead of a supervillainous one and is never called "Batroc the Leaper". Finally, Sharon Carter is referred to as "ComicBook/{{Agent 13}}" throughout most of the movie, with Natasha only revealing her first name during the movie's last scene.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Brock Rumlow takes up the costume and identity of Crossbones, though is only ever addressed by his last name. Helmut Zemo is never addressed by the title of Baron Zemo, with his backstory being that he's a Sokovian soldier rather than an German aristocrat. The name Black Panther is used once, when T'Challa refers to it as the protector of his people and that he is said protector. Other than that, since he doesn't have a secret identity, he's referred to as T'Challa. Averted with Spider-Man as Peter told Tony that's what he calls himself and he goes along with it to protect the kid's identity.

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** ComicBook/TheFalcon has his codename used regularly in the various movies he appears in, adopted from the model of flight pack he uses.
** Technically, this trope is true of Montgomery Falsworth, aka "Union Jack", in the British counterpart to Captain America.first movie. However, Falsworth is not a costumed hero in this movie so there would be no reason to say the name at all.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': Sam Wilson is called [[ComicBook/TheFalcon "Falcon"]] by Maria Hill in the final battle, and this is also the name of the flight pack model he uses; the codename continues to be used in later movies. The "Winter Soldier" codename is invoked frequently, but the heroes stop calling him this once they find out that he is [[spoiler:ComicBook/BuckyBarnes]].[[spoiler:ComicBook/BuckyBarnes]]. In ''Civil War'' it's explained that [[spoiler:there are more HYDRA super-assassins, and Bucky refers to them as "Winter Soldiers" as well]]. Georges Batroc is revised to be a normal mercenary instead of a supervillainous one and is never called "Batroc the Leaper". Finally, Sharon Carter is referred to as "ComicBook/{{Agent 13}}" throughout most of the movie, with Natasha only revealing her first name during the movie's last scene.
scene; in ''Civil War'' she only goes by her given name (and may in fact have lost her "Agent" designation after [[spoiler:S.H.I.E.L.D. fell]]).
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Brock Rumlow takes up the costume and identity of is never referred to as Crossbones, though is only ever addressed by his last name. Helmut a tie-in comic establishes that the codename does exist in-universe (it also wasn't used when the character was in ''Winter Soldier'', but at that point he hadn't taken the identity of Crossbones yet). Zemo is never addressed by the title of Baron Zemo, with his backstory being that had a codename to begin with, but is nonetheless changed from ''Baron'' Zemo since he's a Sokovian soldier rather than an German aristocrat. The name Black Panther is used once, when T'Challa refers to it aristocrat as the protector of his people and that he is said protector. Other than that, since he doesn't have a secret identity, he's referred to as T'Challa.in the comics. Averted with Spider-Man as Peter told Tony that's what he calls himself and he goes along with it to protect the kid's identity.



** The Season Three BigBad is known in the comics as Hive (as in MindHive). In the show, it's portrayed as a HumanoidAbomination or very close to one, and the closest thing it has to a name is [[NothingIsScarier "It"]]. It is mentioned, though, that in ancient times it was known as Alvus, which is Latin for "Hive".

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** The Season Three BigBad is known in the comics as Hive (as in MindHive). In the show, it's portrayed as a HumanoidAbomination or very close to one, and it took most of the closest thing it has season to a name is [[NothingIsScarier "It"]]. It is mentioned, though, reveal that in ancient times it was known as Alvus, which is Latin "Alveus" (Latin for "Hive"."Hive"), but once that's known the English translation caught on quickly. Up until then, the closest thing it had to a name was [[NothingIsScarier "It"]].
** Defied with James in Season Three. As soon as he gets [[PlayingWithFire heat and explosion]] powers, he starts brainstorming fire-related codenames to use before he settles on his comics name of "Hellfire".



** Wilson Fisk is never called "Comicbook/TheKingpin", but he receives two or three references to kings over the course of the show (examples: Ben Urich indicating him with a King of Hearts playing card tacked to a board by a pushpin, Detective Blake calling him "King Frickin' Kong"). [[spoiler:It eventually comes into play when he's in jail in the second season, when Dutton, tries to intimidate Fisk by claiming he's the kingpin of the place. Fisk, of course, has him killed and takes the title for himself.]]

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** Wilson Fisk is never called "Comicbook/TheKingpin", but he receives two or three references to kings over the course of the show (examples: Ben Urich indicating him with a King of Hearts playing card tacked to a board by a pushpin, Detective Blake calling him "King Frickin' Kong"). [[spoiler:It eventually comes into play when he's in jail in the second season, when Dutton, Dutton tries to intimidate Fisk by claiming he's the kingpin of the place. Fisk, of course, has him killed and takes the title for himself.]]



** Ulysses Klaw appears under his original surname of ''Klaue'', instead of his supervillain name. Justified, as his appearance is merely an EarlyBirdCameo for the upcoming ''BlackPanther'' movie.


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** In ''Civil War'', Scott [[spoiler:uses his powers to grow to AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever size for the first time]], but none of the related codenames like [[spoiler:"Giant-Man" or "Goliath"]] are mentioned.


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* ''Film/BlackPanther'': When the character is introduced in ''Civil War'', T'Challa mentions it to explain why his costume is cat-themed, but it's otherwise unused. Even so, its existence is justified since it's not merely a codename but a tribal and royal title. In ''Age of Ultron'', ''Panther'' villain Ulysses Klaw appears under his original surname of ''Klaue'', instead of his supervillain name.
8th May '16 8:24:17 PM dmcreif
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** In ''Series/JessicaJones'', Jessica Jones and Luke Cage make reference to him as "the big green guy".
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