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* Cafe owners in anime are regularly addressed exclusively as "Master" (the English word), most notably in ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'', where the Master of Robin's local cafe is a fairly important supporting character. It's apparently the standard in Japanese culture.
** ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' and ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' do the same.
* The eponymous Index from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is a living library who has memorized thousands of magical texts and can repeat them verbatim. Even her passport is signed as "Index Librorum Prohibitorum" (which roughly means "Forbidden Books' Index" in [[AltumVidetur actual Latin]]) but no one ever questions what Touma [[LampshadeHanging points out to sound like an obvious fake name]].
** Interestingly, said passport reveals that Librorum Prohibitorum is actually her ''given name''. Therefore, everyone's on LastNameBasis with her (except [[TheRival Misaka]] who's on a HeyYou-basis).
** The fact that her name refers to the way her power was used by the Church begs the question as to whether she had a different name before her power was discovered, let alone used.
** Even [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Accelerator]] doesn't remember his given name, since he was studied for his ability to redirect and accelerate vectors since he was a small child.

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* Cafe owners Invoked in anime are regularly addressed exclusively as "Master" (the English word), most notably in ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'', where the Master of Robin's local cafe is a fairly important supporting character. It's apparently the standard in Japanese culture.
** ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''
''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}''. Jasmin Fiorella would ''love'' to be called Strategist to make everyone forget his embarassing [[EmbarrassingFirstName first]] and ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' do the same.
* The eponymous Index from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is a living library who has memorized thousands of magical texts and can repeat them verbatim. Even her passport is signed as "Index Librorum Prohibitorum" (which roughly means "Forbidden Books' Index" in [[AltumVidetur actual Latin]])
[[EmbarrassingLastName last]] names, but no one ever questions what Touma [[LampshadeHanging points out Lante enjoys pulling Jasmin's strings way too much to sound like an obvious fake name]].
** Interestingly, said passport reveals
let that Librorum Prohibitorum is actually her ''given name''. Therefore, everyone's on LastNameBasis with her (except [[TheRival Misaka]] who's on a HeyYou-basis).
** The fact that her name refers to the way her power was used by the Church begs the question as to whether she had a different name before her power was discovered, let alone used.
** Even [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Accelerator]] doesn't remember his given name, since he was studied for his ability to redirect and accelerate vectors since he was a small child.
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* A demon encountered early in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga is a noble simply referred to as "the Count."

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
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A demon encountered early in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga is a noble simply referred to as "the Count."



* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** The eponymous Index is a living library who has memorized thousands of magical texts and can repeat them verbatim. Even her passport is signed as "Index Librorum Prohibitorum" (which roughly means "Forbidden Books' Index" in [[AltumVidetur actual Latin]]) but no one ever questions what Touma [[LampshadeHanging points out to sound like an obvious fake name]]. Interestingly, said passport reveals that Librorum Prohibitorum is actually her ''given name''. Therefore, everyone's on LastNameBasis with her (except [[TheRival Misaka]] who's on a HeyYou-basis). The fact that her name refers to the way her power was used by the Church begs the question as to whether she had a different name before her power was discovered, let alone used.
** Even [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Accelerator]] doesn't remember his given name, since he was studied for his ability to redirect and accelerate vectors since he was a small child.



* Hokuto's lackey in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is known just like that. While he DOES have a name, every time he tries to say it, he is interrupted somehow. So, no one really knows his name. According to the DVD extras, even the original Japanese recording scripts only refer to him by this designation.

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* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'':
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Hokuto's lackey in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is known just like that. While he DOES have a name, every time he tries to say it, he is interrupted somehow. So, no one really knows his name. According to the DVD extras, even the original Japanese recording scripts only refer to him by this designation.designation.
** Maeda's Mom and Gorilla are simply called by what they are.



* Everyone in ''Anime/DogDays'' calls Millhiore princess. This would make sense if it was just her subjects, but people from Galette and Pastillage call her that even when their own princesses are present. The only people who call her by name are the other two princesses, since they're her childhood friends.



* Master Asia from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', which is a PragmaticAdaptation of his title, Touhou Fuhai (Undefeated of the East). His real name is never given in the anime, but the prequel manga ''Fight 7th'' gives it as [[spoiler:Shuji Kurosu, meaning he's actually Japanese]].



* ''LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': Kyon's younger sister is only known by, well, ''Kyon's sister''. Not even the [[AdaptationDisplacement original light novels]] give her an actual name. Even during the baseball game her name is humorously put down as Kyon's sister. The more minor character, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the president of the computer club]], is also invoked by this trope.



* The Captain, The Doktor and The Major from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. While there are {{fanon}} names for The Captain and The Major (Hans Gunsche and [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Montana Max]] respectively--both taken from prototype characters from Hirano's earlier works), they have never been officially named by Hirano within ''Hellsing'' canon.

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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
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The Captain, The Doktor and The Major from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.Major. While there are {{fanon}} names for The Captain and The Major (Hans Gunsche and [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Montana Max]] respectively--both taken from prototype characters from Hirano's earlier works), they have never been officially named by Hirano within ''Hellsing'' canon.



* Most people in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' have OnlyOneName already, but the principal and the [[{{landlord}} landlady]] are just "the principal" and "the landlady."
** As of Hoshimittsu, we know her name is Tsumugi, though nobody uses this name.

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* Most people in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' have OnlyOneName already, but the principal and the [[{{landlord}} landlady]] are just "the principal" and "the landlady."
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" As of Hoshimittsu, we know her name is Tsumugi, though nobody uses this name.



* Hajime of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is never called by name ; it's always "husband", "darling", "[[JapaneseSiblingTerminology anija]]", or (for some reason) "Takashi".
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''--The Producer, which is what the characters will call the player character in the games. As a side effect and subsequent running gag, in the rest of the franchise, be it [[Anime/TheIdolmaster show]], or [[Manga/TheIdolmaster2TheWorldIsAllOne comic]], he's still always called Producer even when having an actual name would be justified and make more sense.



* [[CrystalDragonJesus The Sankt Kaiser (Saint King)]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is only known as the "Sankt Kaiser." [[CloneJesus The Sankt Kaiser's clone]] has a name which the Sankt Kaiser might share, but whenever people talk of the original Sankt Kaiser, it's always as the Sankt Kaiser. ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' eventually reveals that her name is Olivie Sägebrecht.

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* [[CrystalDragonJesus The Sankt Kaiser (Saint King)]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is only known as the "Sankt Kaiser." [[CloneJesus The Sankt Kaiser's clone]] has a name which the Sankt Kaiser might share, but whenever people talk of the original Sankt Kaiser, it's always as the Sankt Kaiser. ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' eventually reveals that her name is Olivie Sägebrecht.



* ''LightNovel/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': Kyon's younger sister is only known by, well, ''Kyon's sister''. Not even the [[AdaptationDisplacement original light novels]] give her an actual name. Even during the baseball game her name is humorously put down as Kyon's sister. The more minor character, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the president of the computer club]], is also invoked by this trope.



* Master Asia from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', which is a PragmaticAdaptation of his title, Touhou Fuhai (Undefeated of the East). His real name is never given in the anime, but the prequel manga ''Fight 7th'' gives it as [[spoiler:Shuji Kurosu, meaning he's actually Japanese]].



* The Class President in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', who is never referred to as anything but "Class President." It's even a minor point of characterization for her, as she's a bit depressed that no one actually knows her name.

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* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'':
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The Class President in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', in, who is never referred to as anything but "Class President." It's even a minor point of characterization for her, as she's a bit depressed that no one actually knows her name.



* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Principal Kunō's first name is never mentioned. Even an anime-only episode where a copy of one of the principal's old high school report cards is the keystone doesn't give it to us. Some people have taken "Kōchō" to be his name, but this is just Japanese for "Principal."

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* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
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Principal Kunō's first name is never mentioned. Even an anime-only episode where a copy of one of the principal's old high school report cards is the keystone doesn't give it to us. Some people have taken "Kōchō" to be his name, but this is just Japanese for "Principal."



* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', King's name is just a title used by others as a reference to him being the Fairy King. His real name is actually Harlequin, though it is rarely used by most characters.
* [[LemonyNarrator Mr. Narrator]] and [[FunWithSubtitles Mr. Subtitles]] from ''Manga/SgtFrog''.
* ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'': Kyoji's boss. Kyoji/[[MeaningfulRename Yotaro]] calls him "boss", Yakumo calls him "Mr Boss Man".



* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Spirit, who is Shinigami's current Death Scythe. Almost everyone just calls him Death Scythe (apparently it's down to him being Shinigami's personal Weapon as opposed to 'just' a Weapon who has the rank of Death Scythe), including the other Death Scythes.
** Except Stein (who calls him "senpai") and, interestingly, Shinigami himself (who calls him Spirit).
** Oddly seeing as he is Maka's (Spirit's daughter) partner, even Soul Eater didn't know Death Scythe's real name until Maka pointed it out during their battle with Stein.
* ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'': Kyoji's boss. Kyoji/[[MeaningfulRename Yotaro]] calls him "boss", Yakumo calls him "Mr Boss Man".
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''--The Producer, which is what the characters will call the player character in the games. As a side effect and subsequent running gag, in the rest of the franchise, be it [[Anime/TheIdolmaster show]], or [[Manga/TheIdolmaster2TheWorldIsAllOne comic]], he's still always called Producer even when having an actual name would be justified and make more sense.
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', King's name is just a title used by others as a reference to him being the Fairy King. His real name is actually Harlequin, though it is rarely used by most characters.

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Spirit, who is Shinigami's current Death Scythe. Almost everyone just calls him Death Scythe (apparently it's down to him being Shinigami's personal Weapon as opposed to 'just' a Weapon who has the rank of Death Scythe), including the other Death Scythes.
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Scythes. Except Stein (who calls him "senpai") and, interestingly, Shinigami himself (who calls him Spirit).
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Spirit). Oddly seeing as he is Maka's (Spirit's daughter) partner, even Soul Eater didn't know Death Scythe's real name until Maka pointed it out during their battle with Stein.
* ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'': Kyoji's boss. Kyoji/[[MeaningfulRename Yotaro]] calls him "boss", Yakumo calls him "Mr Boss Man".
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''--The Producer, which is what the characters will call the player character in the games. As a side effect and subsequent running gag, in the rest of the franchise, be it [[Anime/TheIdolmaster show]], or [[Manga/TheIdolmaster2TheWorldIsAllOne comic]], he's still always called Producer even when having an actual name would be justified and make more sense.
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', King's name is just a title used by others as a reference to him being the Fairy King. His real name is actually Harlequin, though it is rarely used by most characters.
Stein.



* The most mysterious of the Five Dragons in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is usually referred to by fans as the "Fifth Dragon," because it hasn't surfaced as a card yet, and its true name still remains a mystery. In series itself, it hasn't been mentioned at all, but did make an appearance in a flashback and in the credits. Because of this, fans often poke fun at it by giving it wacky and unusual nicknames. [[spoiler:It was later revealed to be "Life Stream Dragon," the true form of Lua's "Power Tool Dragon."]]
** Similarly, though he is a very prominent minor character, plot device, and a sort of spiritual mentor whenever we need some Plot enhancement, Yusei's father, [[spoiler:the creator of the Momentum system and designer of the first Momentum Reactor, the person who is said to have caused [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Zero Reverse]], and yet saved Yusei Superman-style]], is never referred to as anything except ''Fudo Hakase''. It means ''Doctor/Professor Fudo'', but some fans less versed in Japanese think its actually his given name.

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* The Cafe owners in anime are regularly addressed exclusively as "Master" (the English word), most mysterious of notably in ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'', where the Five Dragons in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is usually referred to by fans as the "Fifth Dragon," because it hasn't surfaced as a card yet, and its true name still remains a mystery. In series itself, it hasn't been mentioned at all, but did make an appearance in a flashback and in the credits. Because Master of this, fans often poke fun at it by giving it wacky and unusual nicknames. [[spoiler:It was later revealed to be "Life Stream Dragon," the true form of Lua's "Power Tool Dragon."]]
** Similarly, though he
Robin's local cafe is a very prominent minor character, plot device, and a sort of spiritual mentor whenever we need some Plot enhancement, Yusei's father, [[spoiler:the creator of fairly important supporting character. It's apparently the Momentum system and designer of the first Momentum Reactor, the person who is said to have caused [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Zero Reverse]], and yet saved Yusei Superman-style]], is never referred to as anything except ''Fudo Hakase''. It means ''Doctor/Professor Fudo'', but some fans less versed standard in Japanese think its actually his given name.culture.



* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** The most mysterious of the Five Dragons is usually referred to by fans as the "Fifth Dragon," because it hasn't surfaced as a card yet, and its true name still remains a mystery. In series itself, it hasn't been mentioned at all, but did make an appearance in a flashback and in the credits. Because of this, fans often poke fun at it by giving it wacky and unusual nicknames. [[spoiler:It was later revealed to be "Life Stream Dragon," the true form of Lua's "Power Tool Dragon."]]
** Similarly, though he is a very prominent minor character, plot device, and a sort of spiritual mentor whenever we need some Plot enhancement, Yusei's father, [[spoiler:the creator of the Momentum system and designer of the first Momentum Reactor, the person who is said to have caused [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Zero Reverse]], and yet saved Yusei Superman-style]], is never referred to as anything except ''Fudo Hakase''. It means ''Doctor/Professor Fudo'', but some fans less versed in Japanese think its actually his given name.



* Maeda's Mom and Gorilla from ''Anime/CromartieHighSchool'' are simply called by what they are.
* Everyone in ''Anime/DogDays'' calls Millhiore princess. This would make sense if it was just her subjects, but people from Galette and Pastillage call her that even when their own princesses are present. The only people who call her by name are the other two princesses, since they're her childhood friends.
* Invoked in ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}''. Jasmin Fiorella would ''love'' to be called Strategist to make everyone forget his embarassing [[EmbarrassingFirstName first]] and [[EmbarrassingLastName last]] names, but Lante enjoys pulling Jasmin's strings way too much to let that happen.
* Hajime of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is never called by name ; it's always "husband", "darling", "[[JapaneseSiblingTerminology anija]]", or (for some reason) "Takashi".
* [[LemonyNarrator Mr. Narrator]] and [[FunWithSubtitles Mr. Subtitles]] from ''Manga/SgtFrog''.



* From ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', the Captain. According to Aaron Stack, if the Captain ever had a real name, he's forgotten it. (He is not actually the captain of anything.)
** It is later revealed he'd tried everything, including ''Captain ☠☠☠☠'' ('☠☠☠☠' being an unspecified but extremely rude word), but had been sued and/or beaten up by Captain America until he settled on ''The Captain''. And he still had to pay "some Marine-looking [[UnusualEuphemism melon-farmer]]" royalties.
** The book's theme song, when describing each character's notable trait, includes the words "The Captain! / ...HIS NAME IS THE CAPTAIN!" (while describing, for instance, that one other character "Is going to microwave your ass").

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* From ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', ComicBook/TheBeano extends this to relatives of the Captain. According to Aaron Stack, if characters so named--The teacher of the Captain ever had a real name, he's forgotten it. (He Bash Street Kids is not called "Teacher" and his wife is "Mrs. Teacher." Similarly, one strip features the headmaster's brother--Mr. Headsbrother. The comic once claimed in response to a reader's letter that Dennis the Menace's father was actually the captain of anything.)
** It is later revealed he'd tried everything, including ''Captain ☠☠☠☠'' ('☠☠☠☠' being an unspecified but extremely rude word), but
named "Dennis' Dad" at birth, and knew he had been sued and/or beaten up by Captain America until he settled on ''The Captain''. And he still had to pay "some Marine-looking [[UnusualEuphemism melon-farmer]]" royalties.
** The book's theme song,
found his future wife when describing each character's notable trait, includes he met a girl called Dennis' Mum.
* In ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', most unlisted men refer to Sarge as simply "Sarge", and not his full name, Sergeant Orville Snorkle. (He's never expressed dislike of his name, but still...)
* The Reach Negotiator from ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle''.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin's parents are never referred to by name, only as "Mom" and "Dad" by
the words "The Captain! / ...HIS NAME IS THE CAPTAIN!" (while describing, for instance, that one other titular characters. Calvin doesn't even have a surname, so they can't be Mr/Mrs either. As a result, the character "Is going of Uncle Max was short-lived because Bill Watterson realized it wouldn't make much sense for him to microwave your ass").never refer to Calvin's parents by name (during his appearance, he referred to Calvin's dad as "bro").
** Likewise, the occasionally seen school principal is nameless, and Miss Wormwood has no first name.



* In the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic series "The War Within: The Dark Ages," a character is introduced who is only ever referred to as "the Fallen," as his name was taken away from him by his fellow Transformers after he betrayed Primus and sided with Unicron.
** His name used to be Megatronus Prime, and he was one of the original Thirteen before becoming The Fallen.
* ComicBook/TheBeano extends this to relatives of the characters so named--The teacher of the Bash Street Kids is called "Teacher" and his wife is "Mrs. Teacher." Similarly, one strip features the headmaster's brother--Mr. Headsbrother.
** The comic once claimed in response to a reader's letter that Dennis the Menace's father was actually named "Dennis' Dad" at birth, and knew he had found his future wife when he met a girl called Dennis' Mum.

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* The Sage and The Minstrel from ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''. They have never had any other names and WordOfGod says they never will (and many speculate they ARE their names, and are possibly magical spirits of some sort). Sage's dog, however, got a name after much fan needling ("Mulch," based on a running gag from the letter's page).
* In ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids'', the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic series Captain and the [[FunetikAksent Inspektor]] were--scratch that, [[PrintLongRunners are]] only known by their titles.
* From ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', the Captain. According to Aaron Stack, if the Captain ever had a real name, he's forgotten it. (He is not actually the captain of anything.) It is later revealed he'd tried everything, including ''Captain ☠☠☠☠'' ('☠☠☠☠' being an unspecified but extremely rude word), but had been sued and/or beaten up by Captain America until he settled on ''The Captain''. And he still had to pay "some Marine-looking [[UnusualEuphemism melon-farmer]]" royalties.\\\
The book's theme song, when describing each character's notable trait, includes the words
"The War Within: The Dark Ages," a Captain! / ...HIS NAME IS THE CAPTAIN!" (while describing, for instance, that one other character is introduced who is only ever referred "Is going to as "the Fallen," as his name was taken away from him by his fellow Transformers after he betrayed Primus and sided with Unicron.
** His name used to be Megatronus Prime, and he was one of the original Thirteen before becoming The Fallen.
* ComicBook/TheBeano extends this to relatives of the characters so named--The teacher of the Bash Street Kids is called "Teacher" and his wife is "Mrs. Teacher." Similarly, one strip features the headmaster's brother--Mr. Headsbrother.
** The comic once claimed in response to a reader's letter that Dennis the Menace's father was actually named "Dennis' Dad" at birth, and knew he had found his future wife when he met a girl called Dennis' Mum.
microwave your ass").



* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s'' constant companion is known only as Captain Haddock until the second last comic in the series, and Tintin rarely refers to him by anything else than simply Captain. In said comic, the Captain's first name is revealed to be Archibald.
* The Reach Negotiator from ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s'' constant companion is known only as Captain Haddock until In ''{{Comicbook/Shazam}}'' comics, the second last comic in the series, Marvel family gets their powers from a wizard named [[TheChooserOfTheOne Shazam]], and Tintin rarely refers (except for Freddy) [[HenshinHero activate and deactivate]] their powers by [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull saying his name]]. This happens ''any''time they say his name, even if they don't want to transform. As a result, they normally just refer to him by anything else than simply Captain. In said comic, the Captain's first as "the Wizard," and his name is revealed to be Archibald.
* The Reach Negotiator from ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle''.
as "the Magic Word."



* The Sage and The Minstrel from ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''. They have never had any other names and WordOfGod says they never will (and many speculate they ARE their names, and are possibly magical spirits of some sort). Sage's dog, however, got a name after much fan needling ("Mulch," based on a running gag from the letter's page).

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s'' constant companion is known only as Captain Haddock until the second last comic in the series, and Tintin rarely refers to him by anything else than simply Captain. In said comic, the Captain's first name is revealed to be Archibald.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comic series "The War Within: The Dark Ages," a character is introduced who is only ever referred to as "the Fallen," as his name was taken away from him by his fellow Transformers after he betrayed Primus and sided with Unicron. His name used to be Megatronus Prime, and he was one of the original Thirteen before becoming The Fallen.
* The Sage and The Minstrel Beast from ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''. They have never had any other names and WordOfGod says they never will (and many speculate they ARE their names, and are possibly magical spirits of some sort). Sage's dog, however, got ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. He presumably has a name after much fan needling ("Mulch," based on a running gag from the letter's page).but it's never shown on-screen, and claims everyone just calls him "The Beast"--including his own kids. Also Spider's old boss who is [[TheUnseen never shown in person]] whom he only refers to as "The Whorehopper".



* In ComicBook/{{WITCH}}, everyone refers to the Oracle as Oracle. Which leads to trouble while asking who was elected Oracle. ("What's the Oracle's name?" "You just said it"). A fallen Oracle is even unable to remember his name.
* Much of the cast of ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' are referred to only by their title or job description: the King, the Wizard, the Duke, Turnkey, Lackey...



* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's parents are never referred to by name, only as "Mom" and "Dad" by the titular characters. Calvin doesn't even have a surname, so they can't be Mr/Mrs either.
** As a result, the character of Uncle Max was short-lived because Bill Watterson realized it wouldn't make much sense for him to never refer to Calvin's parents by name (during his appearance, he referred to Calvin's dad as "bro").
** Likewise, the occasionally seen school principal is nameless, and Miss Wormwood has no first name.
* Much of the cast of ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' are referred to only by their title or job description: the King, the Wizard, the Duke, Turnkey, Lackey...
* In ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids'', the Captain and the [[FunetikAksent Inspektor]] were--scratch that, [[PrintLongRunners are]] only known by their titles.
* In ComicBook/{{WITCH}}, everyone refers to the Oracle as Oracle. Which leads to trouble while asking who was elected Oracle. ("What's the Oracle's name?" "You just said it"). A fallen Oracle is even unable to remember his name.
* The Beast from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. He presumably has a name but it's never shown on-screen, and claims everyone just calls him "The Beast"--including his own kids. Also Spider's old boss who is [[TheUnseen never shown in person]] whom he only refers to as "The Whorehopper".
* In ''{{Comicbook/Shazam}}'' comics, the Marvel family gets their powers from a wizard named [[TheChooserOfTheOne Shazam]], and (except for Freddy) [[HenshinHero activate and deactivate]] their powers by [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull saying his name]]. This happens ''any''time they say his name, even if they don't want to transform. As a result, they normally just refer to him as "the Wizard," and his name as "the Magic Word."
* In ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', most unlisted men refer to Sarge as simply "Sarge", and not his full name, Sergeant Orville Snorkle. (He's never expressed dislike of his name, but still...)



* One of the villains in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure is always referred to as Enemy Boss Leader.
* In ''[[FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return]]'', [[TheDragon the Grand Master]] of the [[{{Cult}} Shadow Blades]] is usually just referred to by his title, or as the more generic Shadow Blade by Nightmare Moon. His real name is [[spoiler: Clydesdale Pie]].



* In the ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' sidestory ''Wheel of Fortune'', Mei Shirakawa's male 'friends' are simply known as Ros and Guil because she always keeps forgetting their names. This also extends to the forums she visits and [[spoiler: when they're killed off, Renenutet doesn't even bother to even reveal what they are.]]
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', the Guys In White have a MadDoctor operative known simply as "Doctor."
* In "Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem," Quinn is shocked to discover that a member of her gang whom everyone calls "[[ReallyGetsAround Slutty Girl]]" actually has a name ([[{{Fanon}} Jackie Wentworth]]).
* Averted in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', as in the series, with certain exceptions, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality]], including its main character Empath.



* Averted in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', as in the series, with certain exceptions, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality]], including its main character Empath.
* [[BigBad The Gryphon King]] in ''Fanfic/EquestriaTotalWar'' is only referred to as such. Apparently it's actually ''forbidden'' to use his name.
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', the Guys In White have a MadDoctor operative known simply as "Doctor."
* ''Fanfic/FairyWithoutWings'' introduces [[BlackKnight Dark Blade]] as part of the Edolas arc. The character in question picked the nickname because [[ThatManIsDead the person they are inside is long since dead]]. Even people who know Dark Blade personally, like Erza Knightwalker, refer to the Knight of Seven by this nickname [[spoiler:except when the armor comes off it would seem]].



* In "Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem," Quinn is shocked to discover that a member of her gang whom everyone calls "[[ReallyGetsAround Slutty Girl]]" actually has a name ([[{{Fanon}} Jackie Wentworth]]).



* ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'': Most, if not all of the recurring characters. From Henchgirl to the Mechanic... who are a female henchman and a mechanic respectively.
** Though in Henchgirl's case it's once revealed that her legal name (if not birth name) ''is'' Henchgirl.
* In the ''Fanfic/InquisitorCarrowChronicles'', the narration always refers to The God-Emperor Of Mankind as "the God-Emperor of Mankind," or just "The God-Emperor."
** Also, Dumbledore's letters to him address him as "Dear Mr. God-Emperor."
** Though he apparently goes by Jon Schmidt to his human colleagues.
* ''Fanfic/FairyWithoutWings'' introduces [[BlackKnight Dark Blade]] as part of the Edolas arc. The character in question picked the nickname because [[ThatManIsDead the person they are inside is long since dead]]. Even people who know Dark Blade personally, like Erza Knightwalker, refer to the Knight of Seven by this nickname [[spoiler:except when the armor comes off it would seem]].
* [[BigBad The Gryphon King]] in ''Fanfic/EquestriaTotalWar'' is only referred to as such. Apparently it's actually ''forbidden'' to use his name.

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* ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'': Most, if not all of the recurring characters. From Henchgirl to the Mechanic... who are a female henchman and a mechanic respectively.
** Though in Henchgirl's case it's once revealed that her legal name (if not birth name) ''is'' Henchgirl.
* In the ''Fanfic/InquisitorCarrowChronicles'', the narration always refers to The God-Emperor Of Mankind ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' sidestory ''Wheel of Fortune'', Mei Shirakawa's male 'friends' are simply known as "the God-Emperor of Mankind," or just "The God-Emperor."
** Also, Dumbledore's letters to him address him as "Dear Mr. God-Emperor."
** Though he apparently goes by Jon Schmidt to his human colleagues.
* ''Fanfic/FairyWithoutWings'' introduces [[BlackKnight Dark Blade]] as part of the Edolas arc. The character in question picked the nickname
Ros and Guil because [[ThatManIsDead the person they are inside is long since dead]]. Even people who know Dark Blade personally, like Erza Knightwalker, refer she always keeps forgetting their names. This also extends to the Knight of Seven by this nickname [[spoiler:except forums she visits and [[spoiler: when the armor comes off it would seem]].
* [[BigBad The Gryphon King]] in ''Fanfic/EquestriaTotalWar'' is only referred
they're killed off, Renenutet doesn't even bother to as such. Apparently it's actually ''forbidden'' to use his name.even reveal what they are.]]



* In ''Fanfic/InquisitorCarrowChronicles'', the narration always refers to The God-Emperor Of Mankind as "the God-Emperor of Mankind," or just "The God-Emperor." Also, Dumbledore's letters to him address him as "Dear Mr. God-Emperor." Though he apparently goes by Jon Schmidt to his human colleagues.
* ''Fanfic/MakeAWish'': Most, if not all of the recurring characters. From Henchgirl to the Mechanic... who are a female henchman and a mechanic respectively. Though in Henchgirl's case it's once revealed that her legal name (if not birth name) ''is'' Henchgirl.
* In ''[[FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return]]'', [[TheDragon the Grand Master]] of the [[{{Cult}} Shadow Blades]] is usually just referred to by his title, or as the more generic Shadow Blade by Nightmare Moon. His real name is [[spoiler: Clydesdale Pie]].



* One of the villains in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure is always referred to as Enemy Boss Leader.



* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
** Aladdin's genie is known only as Genie, or sometimes The Genie. In the sequels and series this becomes particularly [[FridgeLogic strange]], as Jafar is also a genie and another named genie is introduced.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' also features a character that's only known as Wazir. It makes more sense than the genie example, as the king he works for is not only a child king, but moody and egocentric, i.e. not the type to be bothered with learning his wazir's name.



* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The Beast is only ever called well, "the Beast" ("the" optional), except for his servants, who call him "the Master."
* The BigBad of Disney's ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' for some reason, is always referred by everyone as "The Carnotaurus." Guess what dinosaur he actually is! (hint: it's not [[TyrannosaurusRex the one you expect]]) It's probably because, unlike the herbivores, the two Carnotaurs are unable to talk.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', the [[EvilAlbino villain's]] [[TheDragon second-in-command]] is simply referred as the Wolf Boss.
* A bit of a GeniusBonus from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is that if one cross-references the storyline with history and myth and accepts that the "Huns" in the film are actually the Xiongnu, the BigBad is in fact never referred to by his name but by his TITLE, as Shan Yu means "Majesty Sun of Heaven."



* ''WesternAnimation/DisneyAnimatedCanon'' :
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The Beast is only ever called well, "the Beast" ("the" optional), except for his servants, who call him "the Master."
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
*** Aladdin's genie is known only as Genie, or sometimes The Genie. In the sequels and series this becomes particularly [[FridgeLogic strange]], as Jafar is also a genie and another named genie is introduced.
*** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' also features a character that's only known as Wazir. It makes more sense than the genie example, as the king he works for is not only a child king, but moody and egocentric, i.e. not the type to be bothered with learning his wazir's name.
** A bit of a GeniusBonus from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is that if one cross-references the storyline with history and myth and accepts that the "Huns" in the film are actually the Xiongnu, the BigBad is in fact never referred to by his name but by his TITLE, as Shan Yu means "Majesty Sun of Heaven."
** The BigBad of Disney's ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' for some reason, is always referred by everyone as "The Carnotaurus." Guess what dinosaur he actually is! (hint: it's not [[TyrannosaurusRex the one you expect]]) It's probably because, unlike the herbivores, the two Carnotaurs are unable to talk.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'':
** Doctor Facilier, the main villain, is ''always'' referred by everyone in the film as "The Shadow Man," although no explanation is given as to why.
** Also, according to WordOfGod, Evangeline (the Evening Star and Ray the firefly's love interest) is actually [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} the Blue Fairy's]] real name.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', the [[EvilAlbino villain's]] [[TheDragon second-in-command]] is simply referred as the Wolf Boss.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' takes this trope to its extremes by applying it to the entire main cast. The Pirate Captain leads a crew consisting of The Albino Pirate, The Pirate With Gout, The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, and various others. Assuming they have actual names, we never learn what they are. The only crew member with a revealed name is Polly, their pet Dodo.
** The Pirate Captain's second-in-command is referred as only Number Two in the movie, but the credits and a DVD special feature short call him "The Pirate With The Scarf."

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' takes this trope to its extremes by applying it to the entire main cast. The Pirate Captain leads a crew consisting of The Albino Pirate, The Pirate With Gout, The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, and various others. Assuming they have actual names, we never learn what they are. The only crew member with a revealed name is Polly, their pet Dodo.
**
Dodo. The Pirate Captain's second-in-command is referred as only Number Two in the movie, but the credits and a DVD special feature short call him "The Pirate With The Scarf."



* Doctor Facilier, the main villain of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', is ''always'' referred by everyone in the film as "The Shadow Man," although no explanation is given as to why.
** Also, according to WordOfGod, Evangeline (the Evening Star and Ray the firefly's love interest) is actually [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} the Blue Fairy's]] real name.



* During Freddy's rampage at the pool party in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'', one of the partiers tries to reason with him, and we're treated to a sequence of the guy treating Freddy like some kind of animal while trying talk him down ("It's okay, nobody's gonna hurt you"); Freddy hurls the guy at a barbecue, which blows up when the kid hits it. The credits just list the character as "Do-Gooder."



* In ''Film/TheCuriosityOfChance'', Chance and his sister refer to their Army officer father as "Sir."



* None of the characters in ''The Driver'' have names. In the credits they're listed as The Driver, The Detective, The Player. etc.



* Many of the characters in ''Film/TheFall'', including the Indian, the Black Bandit, and "the actor with only one leg."



* Though they are given names in the film proper, marketing for ''Film/{{Inception}}'' referred to the main characters by their role in the heist (The Extractor, The Architect, The Tourist, The Mark, The Shade, The Point Man, and The Forger).



* Though they are given names in the film proper, marketing for ''Film/{{Inception}}'' referred to the main characters by their role in the heist (The Extractor, The Architect, The Tourist, The Mark, The Shade, The Point Man, and The Forger).



** This character is played by David Koepp, who wrote the screenplay and therefore named this character as well as playing him.



* ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'':
** The leader of the witches is simply known as the Witch Queen.
** Axe and Cross' [[SecretKeeper Dolans]] seem to use no name beyond [number]th Dolan.



* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', some programs are named after their function (e.g. the Oracle, the Trainman, the Keymaker, the Architect).



* In ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', we never find out Fat Kid's name until his TheyCallMeMisterTibbs moment of utter badassery, in which he informs his former bullies that his name is '''''HORACE!'''''



* During Freddy's rampage at the pool party in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'', one of the partiers tries to reason with him, and we're treated to a sequence of the guy treating Freddy like some kind of animal while trying talk him down ("It's okay, nobody's gonna hurt you"); Freddy hurls the guy at a barbecue, which blows up when the kid hits it. The credits just list the character as "Do-Gooder."



* Several Soviet comedies by Leonid Gaidai (including ''Film/OperationYAndShuriksOtherAdventures'' and ''Film/KidnappingCaucasianStyle'') feature a trio of bumbling crooks, whose names are never spoken aloud. In fact, the only way to know even their nicknames is from the end credits, where they're revealed to be the Coward, the Fool, and the Pro.



** HometownNickname: The Spanish commander is simply called the Spaniard.

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** HometownNickname: The Spanish commander * ''Film/TheProducers'': TheBartender is simply called "innkeeper" by Bialystock while he and Bloom celebrate the Spaniard.expected failure of ''Springtime For Hitler''.



* Lady from ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''. She has a real name, but nobody in the town knows it and the audience doesn't learn it till quite late in the movie.



* "The Girl" in the play and movie ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''.



* In ''Film/TheCuriosityOfChance'', Chance and his sister refer to their Army officer father as "Sir."
* None of the characters in ''The Driver'' have names. In the credits they're listed as The Driver, The Detective, The Player. etc.
* Many of the characters in ''Film/TheFall'', including the Indian, the Black Bandit, and "the actor with only one leg."
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', some programs are named after their function (e.g. the Oracle, the Trainman, the Keymaker, the Architect).
* In ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', we never find out Fat Kid's name until his TheyCallMeMisterTibbs moment of utter badassery, in which he informs his former bullies that his name is '''''HORACE!'''''
* ''Film/TheProducers'': TheBartender is called "innkeeper" by Bialystock while he and Bloom celebrate the expected failure of ''Springtime For Hitler''.
* Lady from ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''. She has a real name, but nobody in the town knows it and the audience doesn't learn it till quite late in the movie.
* "The Girl" in the play and movie ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''.



* Sarah Silverman's character in ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'' is credited simply as "Raving Bitch."
* In ''Film/TheWhiteRibbon'', children have names but adults only referred as The School Teacher, the Doctor, the Baron, etc.



* ''Film/TheWaterboy'': Everybody refers to Bobby Boucher's [[MyBelovedSmother overprotective mother]] as "Mama". Bobby later finds out from old letters that her first name is [[spoiler:Helen]].



* Sarah Silverman's character in ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'' is credited simply as "Raving Bitch."
* In ''Film/TheWhiteRibbon'', children have names but adults only referred as The School Teacher, the Doctor, the Baron, etc.



* ''Film/TheWaterboy'': Everybody refers to Bobby Boucher's [[MyBelovedSmother overprotective mother]] as "Mama". Bobby later finds out from old letters that her first name is [[spoiler:Helen]].
* ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'':
** The leader of the witches is simply known as the Witch Queen.
** Axe and Cross' [[SecretKeeper Dolans]] seem to use no name beyond [number]th Dolan.
* Several Soviet comedies by Leonid Gaidai (including ''Film/OperationYAndShuriksOtherAdventures'' and ''Film/KidnappingCaucasianStyle'') feature a trio of bumbling crooks, whose names are never spoken aloud. In fact, the only way to know even their nicknames is from the end credits, where they're revealed to be the Coward, the Fool, and the Pro.



* Very few characters in ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and its lesser-known sequel are given proper names, with the exception of Friday and a couple others. Instead we have "the Spaniard," "the captain," "Friday's father," "my wife," etc.
* [[TheFagin Fagin]] from ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is named, but almost solely referred to as [[ValuesDissonance "The Jew"]]. Averted in later editions.

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* Very In ''Literature/TheAlchemist'', almost every character is referred to by their occupation (the titular alchemist, the crystal salesman, etc.), and only a select few characters in ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and its lesser-known sequel are given proper names, with the exception of Friday and a couple others. Instead we actually have "the Spaniard," "the captain," "Friday's father," "my wife," etc.
* [[TheFagin Fagin]] from ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is named,
names (including the main character, Santiago the shepherd, but almost solely even he is victim to this trope; his name is only mentioned in the first line of the book and he is simply referred to as [[ValuesDissonance "The Jew"]]. Averted "the boy" afterward). It could be an allusion to Ernest Hemingway's ''Literature/TheOldManAndTheSea'', for the main character's name was also Santiago, but he is almost strictly referred to as 'the old man' throughout the novel.
* There are three characters
in later editions.''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' with names; Alice herself and the White Rabbit's servants, Pat and Bill. (There's also the Rabbit's maid, Mary, and Alice's cat Dinah, but they don't actually appear.) The rest are only known by their species (the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, etc.), their title (the King, Queen and Knave of Hearts, the Duchess) or their profession (the Hatter, the Cook, the Footmen).
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', the narrators is only referred to as "the barman," but is at the end of the story [[spoiler:revealed to be the same person as the other characters, originally called Jane.]]
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'', Shadow's real name is never mentioned. Late in the story, he [[spoiler:gives it to Bast]] and apparently goes without from then on. In the sequel novella ''Monarch of the Glen'', Shadow's name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Baldur Moon.]]
* In Janwillem van de Wetering's ''Amsterdam Cop'' novels, the most senior of the three protagonists, the Commissaris, is always referred to only by his police rank and his name is never revealed.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** [[{{Chessmaster}} The Ellimist]] in the books has three names: his real name, his "chosen" name, and his "game" name. Ironically enough, his game name is the one we're familiar with; his chosen name is rarely-used Toomin, and his real name is the even ''more'' rarely used Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger Forty-one. Makes sense, huh?
** And the Drode. According to the... er, being himself, it means "wild card."
* The characters in ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'' are either known by their profession or [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname a meaningful nickname]]. For example, the titular Chosen are generally known by nicknames based on their role, such as the Leader being Boss and the Swordsman being Blade or Sword.
* ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore'': In ''Voices'', the (former) Waylord of Ansul is always called Waylord by Memer and the other people in his household. It's jarring when RebelLeader Desac shows up and calls him by his first name, Sulter.
* In ''Literature/BalzacAndTheLittleChineseSeamstress'', the title character is always referred to as the Little Seamstress.



* The "man in the yellow hat" from the ''CuriousGeorge'' books. In TheFilmOfTheBook, he's named Ted.
* In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', the fourth (or sixth) ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' book, the BigBad is merely called "the Witch," "the Queen," or "the Lady of the Green Kirtle."

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* The "man In Terry Fallis' ''The Best Laid Plans'' and ''The High Road'', set in the yellow hat" from Canadian Parliament, the ''CuriousGeorge'' books. In TheFilmOfTheBook, he's party leaders are only ever called the NDP, Conservative, or Liberal Leader, unless the reference is to the leader of the governing party ([[spoiler:Conservatives until just over halfway through the latter, then Liberals]]), who is called "the Prime Minister." Indeed, only five elected [=MPs=] ever get named Ted.
in either book: [[spoiler:[[TheHero Angus McLintock]] and the four people who become Minister of Finance, since the Member he [[SpringtimeForHitler accidentally defeats]] in ''Best Laid Plans'' had that portfolio]]. TruthInTelevision as explained under Real Life, but very much an ExaggeratedTrope.[[note]]It's also {{justified|Trope}} as both have the underlying idea that if dedicated, knowledgeable, ethical people got into office, government would function better. Most [=MPs=] in this universe have none of those qualities and thus are not memorable enough to merit names.[[/note]]
* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels, wizards are either known only by a title that describes their position and powers or OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, since a wizard's true name holds power over them and can even be used to strip their magic away. The Dominator, the Lady, Soulcatcher, and Shapeshifter are all examples of the "known by a descriptive title" version.
* In [[Literature/TheLightbringerTrilogy Black Prism]] we are briefly introduced to a pirate shooting a musket at the protagonists. One of the protagonists recognizes him as a rather famous marksman who most people know simply as Gunner. At the end of the book, after his ship is sunk, Gunner has control of the only working lifeboat and decides that a promotion is in order so he requests that his crew call him Captain Gunner.
* The alien subject named "Subject" from ''Literature/BlindLake''. Done deliberately by the scientists who named it to avoid the temptation to anthropomorphize it.
* In Jose Saramago's novel ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'', none of the characters have a name. They are referred to by their profession or physical appearance.
* Chaucer's pilgrims in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' are never given names. They're merely identified by their position (The Pardoner), Occupation (The Miller), or status (The Wife of Bath, The Knight). There are only two exceptions: the Miller, whose name is Robin, andthe Friar, whose name is Hubert. There's also Lady Eglantyne, but that's actually only a title.
* Done frequently and hilariously in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': Nately's whore, Nately's whore's kid sister, Nately's whore's pimp, the Texan, the Soldier in White, the Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice, the C.I.D. Men, the Maid in the Lime-Colored Panties, and Dreedle's Girl.
* The old Provincara from Literature/{{Chalion}} is never given a name, not even by her daughter or brother.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
**
In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', the fourth (or sixth) ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' book, the BigBad is merely called "the Witch," "the Queen," or "the Lady of the Green Kirtle."



* The entity who created the Land in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' is only ever referred to as "the Creator" or as [[spoiler:"The man in the ocher robe."]]

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* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', the BigBad of the first book is always called the Horned King. Only Prince Gwydion, the BigGood of Prydain, ever learns his real name - because that is the tool with which he can be defeated. Even when Eilonwy asks what the real name is, he tells her it must stay a secret, adding, "I assure you it was not half so pretty as your own."
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'':
**
The entity who created the Land in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' is only ever referred to as "the Creator" or as [[spoiler:"The man in the ocher robe."]]



* ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'''s "Curley's Wife" is a classic example.
* Defied in Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. When Harry meets The Archive in ''Death Masks'', a little girl who possesses the sum of all human knowledge, he insists on giving her an actual human name: Ivy.
** ''Small Favor'' reveals that some in the White Council believe this habit of Harry's has potential for some dangerous consequences.
** At this point he has also named [[spoiler: Demonreach, a sentient island and a nexus/origin of leylines]]. That one has been more or less explicitly stated by the Gatekeeper to have been a really stupid move.
** At first glance, the Gatekeeper himself also seems like this, but at one point someone mentions that his name is Rashid.
** Again, at first glance, there's Chauncy, a demon Harry summons for information on occasion. The demon's True Name is actually Chaunzagorath (Or something along those lines), which is a bit of a mouthful, so Harry probably calls him Chauncy for the sake of not having to pronounce his name. [[spoiler: Also, the previous novel showed it's unwise for demon-callers to blab the real names of beings they summon where enemies might overhear.]]
* Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' only has three characters that have names (Marlow, Kurtz, and a minor character called Fresleven). Others include the Narrator, the Accountant, the Manager, the Director, the Director's Uncle, the Pilot, Kurtz' Mistress, Kurtz' Intended, Marlow's Aunt, the Russian, etc.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has the Librarian of Unseen University, simply named "The Librarian." In his case, he actually takes great pains to hide his real name ([[spoiler:apparently Horace Worblehat]]) in order to keep the staff of Unseen University from turning him back into a human, since he prefers his current orangutan form. [[BerserkButton Just don't call him a monkey]].

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* ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'''s "Curley's Wife" is a classic example.
* Defied in Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. When Harry meets The Archive in ''Death Masks'', a little girl
In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', the Tutor, who possesses instructs the sum children of all human knowledge, he insists on giving her an actual human name: Ivy.
** ''Small Favor'' reveals that some in
the White Council believe this habit of Harry's has potential for some dangerous consequences.
** At this point he has also named [[spoiler: Demonreach, a sentient island and a nexus/origin of leylines]]. That one has been more or less explicitly stated
Cloak Society.
* In Franchise/TheCosmere, Shardholders tend to be known
by the Gatekeeper Intents of their Shards, rather than by their human names. (Ati tends to have been a really stupid move.
** At first glance,
be called Ruin, Leras tends to be called Preservation, Tanavast tends to be known as Honor, etc.) {{Justified}} by the Gatekeeper himself also seems like this, but at one point someone mentions fact that his name holding a Shard warps your mind to fit the Shard's Intent, so that after a few millennia the Intent is Rashid.
** Again, at first glance, there's Chauncy,
a demon Harry summons for information on occasion. The demon's True Name is more accurate descriptor than their human name. And of course we don't actually Chaunzagorath (Or something along those lines), which is a bit ''know'' all of a mouthful, so Harry probably calls him Chauncy for the sake of not having Shard's human names yet, so a few can ''only'' be referred to pronounce his by their Intents.
* The "man in the yellow hat" from the ''CuriousGeorge'' books. In TheFilmOfTheBook, he's named Ted.
* ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'' gives us The Major, who is never known by any other
name. [[spoiler: Also, the previous novel showed it's unwise for demon-callers [[spoiler:Turns out, he's not even a Major in any branch of any military, though it seems he used to blab the real names of beings they summon where enemies might overhear.be.]]
* Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster'' has no given name or, for that matter, backstory; [[ArtifactTitle although he's only has three characters a Headmaster in the first book]], the heroes still call him that have names (Marlow, Kurtz, and a minor character because that's how they first met him (and it's just easier).
* The emperor in ''Literature/DetectivesInTogas'' is mentioned several times, but never by name. From the dates given in the story, we can conclude it's Tiberius, second Roman emperor.
* The woman in yellow in ''Literature/DirgeForPresterJohn'',
called Fresleven). Others include the Narrator, the Accountant, the Manager, the Director, the Director's Uncle, the Pilot, Kurtz' Mistress, Kurtz' Intended, Marlow's Aunt, the Russian, etc.
Theotokos, which is clearly not her real name. She is an authority figure, but how literally we should take this title is unclear as yet.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The
Librarian of Unseen University, simply named "The Librarian." In his case, he actually takes great pains to hide his real name ([[spoiler:apparently Horace Worblehat]]) in order to keep the staff of Unseen University from turning him back into a human, since he prefers his current orangutan form. [[BerserkButton Just don't call him a monkey]].



*** According to ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', the Dean's first name is [[spoiler: Henry.]] Ridcully at least has the excuse with regard to the Librarian that he was away from the University for 40 years and didn't know him before his accident. The Dean even uses his title to refer to himself. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' he monogrammed onto a leather jacket.

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*** ** According to ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', the Dean's first name is [[spoiler: Henry.]] Ridcully at least has the excuse with regard to the Librarian that he was away from the University for 40 years and didn't know him before his accident. The Dean even uses his title to refer to himself. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' he monogrammed onto a leather jacket.



* In ''Literature/TheAlchemist'', almost every character is referred to by their occupation (the titular alchemist, the crystal salesman, etc.), and only a select few characters actually have names (including the main character, Santiago the shepherd, but even he is victim to this trope; his name is only mentioned in the first line of the book and he is simply referred to as "the boy" afterward). It could be an allusion to Ernest Hemingway's ''Literature/TheOldManAndTheSea'', for the main character's name was also Santiago, but he is almost strictly referred to as 'the old man' throughout the novel.
* "The Old Man," erstwhile owner of "The Tell-Tale Heart" in the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's story of the same name.
* The two main characters of CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad'' are only ever referred to as the Man and the Boy.
* In one of Rick Cook's ''WizBiz'' novels, the main character asks his wife "What's his name, anyway? Everyone calls him Dragon Leader." His wife replies "Ardithjanelle. It means 'Shy flower of the woodlands.' It seems his parents were expecting a girl." The main character decides just to call him Dragon Leader.
* In Jose Saramago's novel ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'', none of the characters have a name. They are referred to by their profession or physical appearance.
* In the classic Japanese novel ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' (which is considered by some to be the first modern novel), characters, especially women, are only referred to by titles, descriptions, and honorifics; their actual names are never mentioned. (Doing so would have been considered very rude.)
* Chaucer's pilgrims in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' are never given names. They're merely identified by their position (The Pardoner), Occupation (The Miller), or status (The Wife of Bath, The Knight). There are only two exceptions: the Miller, whose name is Robin, andthe Friar, whose name is Hubert. There's also Lady Eglantyne, but that's actually only a title.

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* In ''Literature/TheAlchemist'', almost every The main character is referred to by their occupation (the titular alchemist, the crystal salesman, etc.), and narrator of ''Literature/TheDivingUniverse'' is known only as Boss, neither giving nor using her real name.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Defied. When Harry meets The Archive in ''Death Masks'',
a select few characters actually little girl who possesses the sum of all human knowledge, he insists on giving her an actual human name: Ivy.
** ''Small Favor'' reveals that some in the White Council believe this habit of Harry's has potential for some dangerous consequences.
** At this point he has also named [[spoiler: Demonreach, a sentient island and a nexus/origin of leylines]]. That one has been more or less explicitly stated by the Gatekeeper to
have names (including been a really stupid move.
** At first glance,
the main character, Santiago the shepherd, Gatekeeper himself also seems like this, but even he is victim to this trope; at one point someone mentions that his name is only mentioned in the Rashid.
** Again, at
first line glance, there's Chauncy, a demon Harry summons for information on occasion. The demon's True Name is actually Chaunzagorath (Or something along those lines), which is a bit of the book and he is simply referred to as "the boy" afterward). It could be an allusion to Ernest Hemingway's ''Literature/TheOldManAndTheSea'', a mouthful, so Harry probably calls him Chauncy for the main character's name was also Santiago, but he is almost strictly referred sake of not having to as 'the old man' throughout pronounce his name. [[spoiler: Also, the novel.
* "The Old Man," erstwhile owner of "The Tell-Tale Heart" in
previous novel showed it's unwise for demon-callers to blab the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's story real names of beings they summon where enemies might overhear.]]
* In Creator/StanislawLem's novel ''Eden'',
the same name.
* The two main
characters (the crew of CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad'' a spaceship) are only ever referred to as the Man Captain, the Engineer, the Doctor, the Chemist, the Physicist, and the Boy.
Cyberneticist. Lem subverts his own convention halfway through the book, when in the only scene dedicated to character development, The Doctor gets a name--Henry.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Paradox}} Even the Wingless]]'' Chatcaava don't put much value in names, thus the highest ranked ones are known by their titles. Emperor, Slave Queen, Second, Third, etc.
* ''Literature/EverythingsBetterWithElves'': Laura and Kim are the only humans with names; everyone else is known by various descriptions, most prominently the girl with improbably long hair, and her roommate, mostly called the "Elf Goddess."
* The BigBad of the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series is always called "the Sphinx" (or "the Ethiopian" at
one point). He's not really a sphinx, he's just called this because he's full of Rick Cook's ''WizBiz'' novels, riddles and mysteries.
* Creator/RobinHobb's [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer trilogy]] has The Fool.
* In Chuck Palahniuk's ''Literature/FightClub''
the main character asks never gives his wife "What's his name, anyway? Everyone calls him Dragon Leader." His wife replies "Ardithjanelle. It means 'Shy flower proper name. He is referred to as one of the woodlands.' It seems many aliases he uses in his parents were expecting a girl." support groups and later in the film/book he is referred to as [[spoiler: Tyler Durden]], but his true name is never told to us. In fact, he is only listed as The main character decides just Narrator in the credits for the film.
* The children in Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy had their brains rather scrambled by trauma and forgot their real names. Some of them chose names that fit the roles they took after the virus. Hunter "hunts" for supplies
to call him Dragon Leader.
scavenge from houses and stores. Teacher gives the younger children lessons on the world before the virus, and Mommy takes care of them.
* In Jose Saramago's novel ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'', none ''Literature/{{Fool}}'' by Creator/ChristopherMoore has a royal food taster whose actual name is Taster. Several of the nobles are also referred to solely by their titles as well.
* "Dead names" in ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' are somewhere between this and OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, though in this case the characters are named after what they ''did''. Some
characters have a name. They are referred nicknames attached to by their profession or physical appearance.
* In the classic Japanese novel ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' (which is considered by some to be the first modern novel), characters, especially women, are only referred to by titles, descriptions, and honorifics; their actual
names are related to how they died.
* ''Literature/TheGiver'':
** The Giver's real name is
never mentioned. (Doing so would have been considered very rude.)
* Chaucer's pilgrims in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' are
revealed and he is always just called "Giver" by Jonas and "Receiver" by other characters.
** The Chief Elder's real name is
never given names. They're merely identified by their position (The Pardoner), Occupation (The Miller), or status (The Wife of Bath, revealed.
* Not all the ghosts and heavenly beings in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' are named, and Creator/CSLewis usually gives them nicknames (like the Big Ghost, the Hard-Bitten Ghost, and so on).
The Knight). ghosts and Bright Ones whose names we do learn are usually learned in passing in conversation. There are only two exceptions: the Miller, whose name is Robin, andthe Friar, whose name is Hubert. There's also Lady Eglantyne, but that's actually only a title.exceptions to this: [=MacDonald=], whom Lewis recognizes, and Sarah Smith.



* Diane Duane's Literature/YoungWizards books have the Lone Power--the other Powers we meet seem to have actual names, but the Lone Power is only ever referred to as such or by the name some specific culture calls It.
** JustifiedTrope. Naming any Power in the Young Wizards books seems (probably a deliberate move on Duane's part) to be like naming a god in certain real cultures: even if you can obtain and pronounce Its true name, the sheer extra-dimensionality and, well, power that comes with invoking such a name will probably kill or injure you in the process. However, the two main characters manage to speak the true name of the Lone Power ''once'', while at the peak of their power as wizards. Mainly because being able to speak someone's true name allows them to alter it; [[spoiler:this allows the main character to open a path for the Lone Power's eventual redemption.]]
* The main Caucasian family in ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}'' are only referred to by their designation within the family--"Mother," "Father," "Mother's Younger Brother," "Grandfather." When this was adapted to musical theatre form in 1998, "The Little Boy" was given the name of Edgar (named after E.L. Doctorow, who wrote the novel).
** Similarly, the Jewish immigrant family is referred to as "Mameh," "Tateh," and "The Little Girl," the former two being Yiddish for "Mother" and "Father." Aside from the Walkers, almost everyone in the novel with a name is [[InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous an actual person]].

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* Diane Duane's Literature/YoungWizards books Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' only has three characters that have names (Marlow, Kurtz, and a minor character called Fresleven). Others include the Lone Power--the other Powers we meet seem to have actual names, but Narrator, the Lone Power is Accountant, the Manager, the Director, the Director's Uncle, the Pilot, Kurtz' Mistress, Kurtz' Intended, Marlow's Aunt, the Russian, etc.
* In ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, four of the five Reigners are
only ever referred to as such or by the Reigner Two, Reigner Three, etc. The only one whose name some specific culture we find out is Reigner One.
* One ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' book has a young fugitive prince from a German province put in Hornblower's ship as a midshipman: His Serene Highness the Prince of Seitz-Bunau. Everyone
calls It.
** JustifiedTrope. Naming any Power in
the Young Wizards books seems (probably a deliberate move on Duane's part) to be like naming a god in certain kid Mr. Prince. [[NoNameGiven His actual name is never stated]].
* The Seeker and Doc from ''Literature/TheHost''. Regarding the latter; Wanda actually asks him why that is, and it turns out he finds his
real cultures: even if you can obtain and pronounce Its true name, the sheer extra-dimensionality and, well, power that comes with invoking such a name will probably kill or injure you in the process. However, the two main characters manage to speak the true name of the Lone Power ''once'', while at the peak of their power as wizards. Mainly because being able to speak someone's true name allows them to alter it; [[spoiler:this allows the main character to open a path for the Lone Power's eventual redemption.embarrassing. [[spoiler: It's Eustace.]]
* The main Caucasian family Kyrie's boyfriend in ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}'' are ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is only referred to by their designation within the family--"Mother," "Father," "Mother's Younger Brother," "Grandfather." When this was adapted to musical theatre form in 1998, "The Little Boy" was given the name of Edgar (named after E.L. Doctorow, who wrote the novel).
** Similarly, the Jewish immigrant family is
ever referred to as "Mameh," "Tateh," and "Gdansk Man," Gdansk being the city in Poland he was born in.
* The man that Katniss bought her sister's goat from in ''Literature/{{The Hunger Games}}'' is only known as the Goat Man.
* All the characters in ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'', except one who has NoNameGiven.
* The Consul in Creator/DanSimmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos''.
* At the end of the first ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' book, Eragon gets a telepathic message from someone called
"The Little Girl," the former two being Yiddish for "Mother" and "Father.Mourning Sage," or "The Cripple Who Is Whole." Aside [[spoiler:Subverted in that in the next book, we find out his name is Oromis.]]
* The Kzinti in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe do not have names until they earn them through acts of heroism or importance, although they can earn partial names that combine a real name and their rank or role. Until then, they're known by their rank or role, or familial relations until they've gained a role of some sort: Short-Son of Chiirr-Nig, Flyer, Engineer, Telepath, Speaker To Animals (diplomat to aliens). Speaker earns his name (Chmeee) after returning
from the Walkers, almost everyone Literature/{{Ringworld}}. The Kzin captain in "The Soft Weapon" has a "partial name," Chuft-Captain. [[spoiler:He doesn't get a chance to upgrade it later, being killed by the novel with a name is [[InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous an actual person]].titular weapon's SelfDestructMechanism.]]



* Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' has a framing story of the Traveler telling his tale to a group of men. Apart from Filby, all are identified by their description: The Editor, The Provincial Mayor, The Medical Man, The Time Traveller and so on.
** In Creator/StephenBaxter's authorised sequel, ''The Time Ships'', the Traveler refers to his friend the Writer ... who is clearly Creator/HGWells, but never named as such.
* The Kzinti in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe do not have names until they earn them through acts of heroism or importance, although they can earn partial names that combine a real name and their rank or role. Until then, they're known by their rank or role, or familial relations until they've gained a role of some sort: Short-Son of Chiirr-Nig, Flyer, Engineer, Telepath, Speaker To Animals (diplomat to aliens). Speaker earns his name (Chmeee) after returning from the Literature/{{Ringworld}}. The Kzin captain in "The Soft Weapon" has a "partial name," Chuft-Captain. [[spoiler:He doesn't get a chance to upgrade it later, being killed by the titular weapon's SelfDestructMechanism.]]

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* Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' has a framing story In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} [[WarcraftExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]'' novel ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'', one of the Traveler telling his tale to a group few good humans is called only "Sergeant."
* ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords
of men. Apart from Filby, all are identified by their description: the Bow]]'' includes a nameless assassin and spy who infiltrate the Mongol camp during the siege of Yenking. The Editor, The Provincial Mayor, The Medical Man, The Time Traveller and so on.
** In Creator/StephenBaxter's authorised sequel, ''The Time Ships'', the Traveler refers to his friend the Writer ... who is clearly Creator/HGWells, but never named as such.
* The Kzinti in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe do not have names until they earn them through acts of heroism or importance, although they can earn partial names that combine a real name and their rank or role. Until then, they're known by their rank or role, or familial relations until they've gained a role of some sort: Short-Son of Chiirr-Nig, Flyer, Engineer, Telepath, Speaker To Animals (diplomat to aliens). Speaker earns his name (Chmeee) after returning from the Literature/{{Ringworld}}. The Kzin captain in "The Soft Weapon" has a "partial name," Chuft-Captain. [[spoiler:He doesn't get a chance to upgrade it later, being killed
spy goes by the titular weapon's SelfDestructMechanism.]]name Ma Tsin, though this is a pseudonym, and the sections told from his PointOfView only ever refer to him as 'the spy'. ''Bones of the Hills'' features the Old Man of the Mountains, imam of the [[ProfessionalKiller Assassins]].



* The Rostov children's uncle in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' is only referred to as Uncle.
* Kyrie's boyfriend in ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is only ever referred to as "Gdansk Man," Gdansk being the city in Poland he was born in.
* [[{{Chessmaster}} The Ellimist]] in the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books has three names: his real name, his "chosen" name, and his "game" name. Ironically enough, his game name is the one we're familiar with; his chosen name is rarely-used Toomin, and his real name is the even ''more'' rarely used Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger Forty-one. Makes sense, huh?
** And the Drode. According to the... er, being himself, it means "wild card."
* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book ''The Bellmaker'' features a baby mouse who is only ever referred to as "mousebabe." Brian Jacques, when asked what the mouse's real name was, responded "Didn't you ever know a family who always referred to the baby as just 'the baby'?"
** In most likely every book in the series, there's also at least one otter character whose title is "Skipper of Otters," and is referred to throughout the book as "Skipper," though they all probably have their own names. There are also the Gousim Log-a-logs, which have their own names but are normally referred to as "Log-a-log So-And-So."
* All the characters in ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'', except one who has NoNameGiven.
* ''Literature/{{Fool}}'' by Creator/ChristopherMoore has a royal food taster whose actual name is Taster. Several of the nobles are also referred to solely by their titles as well.
* In Creator/StanislawLem's novel ''Eden'', the characters (the crew of a spaceship) are only referred as the Captain, the Engineer, the Doctor, the Chemist, the Physicist, and the Cyberneticist.
** Lem subverts his own convention halfway through the book, when in the only scene dedicated to character development, The Doctor gets a name--Henry.
* ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'' includes a nameless assassin and spy who infiltrate the Mongol camp during the siege of Yenking. The spy goes by the name Ma Tsin, though this is a pseudonym, and the sections told from his PointOfView only ever refer to him as 'the spy'. ''Bones of the Hills'' features the Old Man of the Mountains, imam of the [[ProfessionalKiller Assassins]].

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* The Rostov children's uncle in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' [[TheFagin Fagin]] from ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is only named, but almost solely referred to as Uncle.
* Kyrie's boyfriend
[[ValuesDissonance "The Jew"]]. Averted in ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' later editions.
* ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'''s "Curley's Wife"
is only ever referred to as "Gdansk Man," Gdansk being a classic example.
* In
the city in Poland he was born in.
* [[{{Chessmaster}} The Ellimist]] in
epic Polish NarrativePoem ''Pan Tadeusz'', many of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books has three names: his real name, his "chosen" name, and his "game" name. Ironically enough, his game name is the one we're familiar with; his chosen name is rarely-used Toomin, and his real name is the even ''more'' rarely used Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger Forty-one. Makes sense, huh?
** And the Drode. According to the... er, being himself, it means "wild card."
* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book ''The Bellmaker'' features a baby mouse who is only ever referred to as "mousebabe." Brian Jacques, when asked what the mouse's real name was, responded "Didn't you ever know a family who always referred to the baby as just 'the baby'?"
** In most likely every book in the series, there's also at least one otter character whose title is "Skipper of Otters," and is referred to throughout the book as "Skipper," though they all probably have their own names. There are also the Gousim Log-a-logs, which have their own names but are normally referred to as "Log-a-log So-And-So."
* All the
major characters in ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'', except one who has NoNameGiven.
* ''Literature/{{Fool}}'' by Creator/ChristopherMoore has a royal food taster whose actual name is Taster. Several of the nobles
are also referred to solely by their nobility titles as well.
* In Creator/StanislawLem's novel ''Eden'', the characters (the crew of a spaceship) are only referred as the Captain, the Engineer, the Doctor, the Chemist, the Physicist, and the Cyberneticist.
** Lem subverts his own convention halfway through the book, when in the only scene dedicated to character development,
(The Judge, The Doctor gets a name--Henry.
* ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'' includes a nameless assassin and spy who infiltrate the Mongol camp during the siege of Yenking. The spy goes by the name Ma Tsin, though this is a pseudonym, and the sections told from his PointOfView only ever refer to him as 'the spy'. ''Bones of the Hills'' features the Old Man of the Mountains, imam of the [[ProfessionalKiller Assassins]].
Chamberlain, etc.)



* Done frequently and hilariously in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': Nately's whore, Nately's whore's kid sister, Nately's whore's pimp, the Texan, the Soldier in White, the Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice, the C.I.D. Men, the Maid in the Lime-Colored Panties, and Dreedle's Girl.

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* Done frequently Near the beginning of ''Price of the Stars'' Beka Rosselin-Metadi is rescured from assassins by an old man who (aside from the blasters and hilariously skill with them) struck her as an instructor in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'': Nately's whore, Nately's whore's kid sister, Nately's whore's pimp, languages and deportment at a finishing school and promptly started calling him 'Professor.' Despite revealing his position as Armsmaster to House Rosselin, he made no attempt to correct her (or anyone else) nor provide another name save at the Texan, end of a hand-written letter given to her some months after his death.
-->The letter closed with a line of symbols in a script and language Beka didn't recognize. It took several seconds, staring at
the Soldier in White, page with blurring eyes, before she understood that the Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice, alien symbols were a signature.
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' has Dr. Arsene's Private Detective, Professor Soul's First Assistant and Professor Soul's Second Assistant.
* In
the C.I.D. Men, ''Literature/QueensThief'' books, the Maid magus of Sounis and Eddis' Minister of War have gone through four books without ever being referred to by their names. (Although the latter is sometimes known as Gen's father.)
* ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}'':
** The main Caucasian family are only referred to by their designation within the family--"Mother," "Father," "Mother's Younger Brother," "Grandfather." When this was adapted to musical theatre form in 1998, "The Little Boy" was given the name of Edgar (named after E.L. Doctorow, who wrote the novel).
** Similarly, the Jewish immigrant family is referred to as "Mameh," "Tateh," and "The Little Girl," the former two being Yiddish for "Mother" and "Father." Aside from the Walkers, almost everyone
in the Lime-Colored Panties, novel with a name is [[InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous an actual person]].
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'':
** The book ''The Bellmaker'' features a baby mouse who is only ever referred to as "mousebabe." Brian Jacques, when asked what the mouse's real name was, responded "Didn't you ever know a family who always referred to the baby as just 'the baby'?"
** In most likely every book in the series, there's also at least one otter character whose title is "Skipper of Otters,"
and Dreedle's Girl.is referred to throughout the book as "Skipper," though they all probably have their own names. There are also the Gousim Log-a-logs, which have their own names but are normally referred to as "Log-a-log So-And-So."
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: ''Literature/TheRifter'': Kahlil may have had a name once, but now hes only known by his title (the Kahlil) or its anglicized variant, Kyle.
* The Moidart; despite being a major character in half the ''Literature/{{Rigante}}'' series we never learn his name. The same goes for another minor character, the Moidart's rival, The Pinance.
* The two main characters of CormacMcCarthy's ''Literature/TheRoad'' are only ever referred to as the Man and the Boy.
* Very few characters in ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and its lesser-known sequel are given proper names, with the exception of Friday and a couple others. Instead we have "the Spaniard," "the captain," "Friday's father," "my wife," etc.
* In ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and the sequels, the mentor is only referred to as "the Bard" or "Dragon Tongue."
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', the school's custodian is known to one and all as "Keys" because she carries an enormous bunch of keys for every door in the school.



* The alien subject named "Subject" from ''Literature/BlindLake''. Done deliberately by the scientists who named it to avoid the temptation to anthropomorphize it.

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* In the LightNovel version of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Lina's home country is ruled by a demigoddess known only as the Eternal Queen.
* In Emily St. John Mandel's ''Literature/StationEleven'', a number of characters are known solely by their function. The conductor of the Traveling Symphony prefers to be called "the conductor." One of the viola players changes her name to "Viola." The prophet also abandons his given name.
* In the classic Japanese novel ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' (which is considered by some to be the first modern novel), characters, especially women, are only referred to by titles, descriptions, and honorifics; their actual names are never mentioned. (Doing so would have been considered very rude.)
* "The Old Man," erstwhile owner of "The Tell-Tale Heart" in the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's story of the same name.
* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', the King is known only as the King, except for once in the beginning when his name is given as Trom. Similarly, the first priest of Ungit is only ever the Priest.
* Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' has a framing story of the Traveler telling his tale to a group of men. Apart from Filby, all are identified by their description: The Editor, The Provincial Mayor, The Medical Man, The Time Traveller and so on. In Creator/StephenBaxter's authorised sequel, ''The Time Ships'', the Traveler refers to his friend the Writer ... who is clearly Creator/HGWells, but never named as such.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', many characters are only known by their functions, like the Red Knight, the King, the Keeper of Dorling, the Patriarch of Liviapolis and so on.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', TheFairFolk call Tom "the piper."
* The alien subject named "Subject" man in the yellow suit from ''Literature/BlindLake''. Done deliberately ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' is always referred to as such.
* "The Bane" from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', though in ''Gregor and The Marks of Secret'', [[spoiler:we find out that his name is [[EvilAlbino Pearlpelt]].]]
* The Rostov children's uncle in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' is only referred to as Uncle.
* In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', an in-universe example: Voldorius refers to Skall solely as "the equerry."
* Gabriel from the ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series. The leader of the hounds is always the Gabriel. It's a name of rank, not birth. Not always, or at least, there's a DistaffCounterpart. When Ani talks about wishing to succeed Gabriel, she says she wants to be "Their [the hounds] Gabrielle." Gabrielle is the female form of Gabriel.
* In one of Rick Cook's ''WizBiz'' novels, the main character asks his wife "What's his name, anyway? Everyone calls him Dragon Leader." His wife replies "Ardithjanelle. It means 'Shy flower of the woodlands.' It seems his parents were expecting a girl." The main character decides just to call him Dragon Leader.
* Diane Duane's Literature/YoungWizards books have the Lone Power--the other Powers we meet seem to have actual names, but the Lone Power is only ever referred to as such or
by the scientists who named it to avoid name some specific culture calls It. JustifiedTrope. Naming any Power in the temptation Young Wizards books seems (probably a deliberate move on Duane's part) to anthropomorphize it.be like naming a god in certain real cultures: even if you can obtain and pronounce Its true name, the sheer extra-dimensionality and, well, power that comes with invoking such a name will probably kill or injure you in the process. However, the two main characters manage to speak the true name of the Lone Power ''once'', while at the peak of their power as wizards. Mainly because being able to speak someone's true name allows them to alter it; [[spoiler:this allows the main character to open a path for the Lone Power's eventual redemption.]]
* In ''Zeitgeist'' by Creator/BruceSterling, the members of the international girl-group G7 are uniformly referred to as "the [nationality] One". This is not only done when referring to them indirectly ("The French One is my favorite. She can almost carry a tune."), but even when addressing them directly. ("What seems to be the problem, American One?") This helps remind them (and everyone else) that they're all quite replaceable, and, in fact, several get replaced during the course of the book.



** Like the other wizards, Gandalf revealed his real name (Olórin) to very few people in Middle-Earth, so he's mostly known by the the descriptive names he's been given in various languages: Mithrandir ("Grey Wanderer"), Gandalf ("Wand Elf"), and so on. At a few points, people who're asked whether they know Gandalf say that they don't know his real name, and just call him what everybody else does.

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** Like the other wizards, Gandalf revealed his real name (Olórin) to very few people in Middle-Earth, so he's mostly known by the the descriptive names he's been given in various languages: Mithrandir ("Grey Wanderer"), Gandalf ("Wand Elf"), and so on. At a few points, people who're asked whether they know Gandalf say that they don't know his real name, and just call him what everybody else does.



** Throughout ''The Lord of the Rings'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Círdan the Shipwright's real name is never once uttered. "Círdan" just means "shipwright" in Grey Elven. Even back in the First Age, most elves didn't actually know the guy's real name, it hadn't been used in so long. Towards the end of his life, Tolkien [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth wrote that]] some Grey Elves ''speculated'' it was [[spoiler:Nōwē]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} [[WarcraftExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]'' novel ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'', one of the few good humans is called only "Sergeant."
* The man in the yellow suit from ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' is always referred to as such.
* Gabriel from the ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series. The leader of the hounds is always the Gabriel. It's a name of rank, not birth.
** Not always, or at least, there's a DistaffCounterpart. When Ani talks about wishing to succeed Gabriel, she says she wants to be "Their [the hounds] Gabrielle." Gabrielle is the female form of Gabriel.
* There are three characters in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' with names; Alice herself and the White Rabbit's servants, Pat and Bill. (There's also the Rabbit's maid, Mary, and Alice's cat Dinah, but they don't actually appear.) The rest are only known by their species (the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, etc.), their title (the King, Queen and Knave of Hearts, the Duchess) or their profession (the Hatter, the Cook, the Footmen).
* ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'' gives us The Major, who is never known by any other name. [[spoiler:Turns out, he's not even a Major in any branch of any military, though it seems he used to be.]]
* In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', an in-universe example: Voldorius refers to Skall solely as "the equerry."
* In ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and the sequels, the mentor is only referred to as "the Bard" or "Dragon Tongue."
* "The Bane" from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', though in ''Gregor and The Marks of Secret'', [[spoiler:we find out that his name is [[EvilAlbino Pearlpelt]].]]
* At the end of the first ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' book, Eragon gets a telepathic message from someone called "The Mourning Sage," or "The Cripple Who Is Whole." [[spoiler:Subverted in that in the next book, we find out his name is Oromis.]]
* The BigBad of the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series is always called "the Sphinx" (or "the Ethiopian" at one point). He's not really a sphinx, he's just called this because he's full of riddles and mysteries.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', the narrators is only referred to as "the barman," but is at the end of the story [[spoiler:revealed to be the same person as the other characters, originally called Jane.]]
* The emperor in ''Literature/DetectivesInTogas'' is mentioned several times, but never by name. From the dates given in the story, we can conclude it's Tiberius, second Roman emperor.
* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', the King is known only as the King, except for once in the beginning when his name is given as Trom. Similarly, the first priest of Ungit is only ever the Priest.
* The Consul in Creator/DanSimmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos''.
* Creator/RobinHobb's [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer trilogy]] has The Fool.
* The characters in ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'' are either known by their profession or [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname a meaningful nickname]]. For example, the titular Chosen are generally known by nicknames based on their role, such as the Leader being Boss and the Swordsman being Blade or Sword.
* In Chuck Palahniuk's ''Literature/FightClub'' the main character never gives his proper name. He is referred to as one of the many aliases he uses in his support groups and later in the film/book he is referred to as [[spoiler: Tyler Durden]], but his true name is never told to us. In fact, he is only listed as The Narrator in the credits for the film.
* The main character and narrator of ''Literature/TheDivingUniverse'' is known only as Boss, neither giving nor using her real name.
* The woman in yellow in ''Literature/DirgeForPresterJohn'', called Theotokos, which is clearly not her real name. She is an authority figure, but how literally we should take this title is unclear as yet.
* In [[Literature/TheLightbringerTrilogy Black Prism]] we are briefly introduced to a pirate shooting a musket at the protagonists. One of the protagonists recognizes him as a rather famous marksman who most people know simply as Gunner. At the end of the book, after his ship is sunk, Gunner has control of the only working lifeboat and decides that a promotion is in order so he requests that his crew call him Captain Gunner.
* The man that Katniss bought her sister's goat from in ''Literature/{{The Hunger Games}}'' is only known as the Goat Man.
* The children in Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy had their brains rather scrambled by trauma and forgot their real names. Some of them chose names that fit the roles they took after the virus. Hunter "hunts" for supplies to scavenge from houses and stores. Teacher gives the younger children lessons on the world before the virus, and Mommy takes care of them.
* The old Provincara from Literature/{{Chalion}} is never given a name, not even by her daughter or brother.
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'', Shadow's real name is never mentioned. Late in the story, he [[spoiler:gives it to Bast]] and apparently goes without from then on. In the sequel novella ''Monarch of the Glen'', Shadow's name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Baldur Moon.]]
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' has Dr. Arsene's Private Detective, Professor Soul's First Assistant and Professor Soul's Second Assistant.
* In the LightNovel version of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Lina's home country is ruled by a demigoddess known only as the Eternal Queen.
* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels, wizards are either known only by a title that describes their position and powers or OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, since a wizard's true name holds power over them and can even be used to strip their magic away. The Dominator, the Lady, Soulcatcher, and Shapeshifter are all examples of the "known by a descriptive title" version.
* The Seeker and Doc from ''Literature/TheHost''. Regarding the latter; Wanda actually asks him why that is, and it turns out he finds his real name embarrassing. [[spoiler: It's Eustace.]]
* In ''Literature/BalzacAndTheLittleChineseSeamstress'', the title character is always referred to as the Little Seamstress.
* ''Literature/EverythingsBetterWithElves'': Laura and Kim are the only humans with names; everyone else is known by various descriptions, most prominently the girl with improbably long hair, and her roommate, mostly called the "Elf Goddess."
* In ''[[Literature/{{Paradox}} Even the Wingless]]'' Chatcaava don't put much value in names, thus the highest ranked ones are known by their titles. Emperor, Slave Queen, Second, Third, etc.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', TheFairFolk call Tom "the piper."
* In ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, four of the five Reigners are only referred to as Reigner Two, Reigner Three, etc. The only one whose name we find out is Reigner One.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: ''Literature/TheRifter'': Kahlil may have had a name once, but now hes only known by his title (the Kahlil) or its anglicized variant, Kyle.
* In the ''Literature/QueensThief'' books, the magus of Sounis and Eddis' Minister of War have gone through four books without ever being referred to by their names. (Although the latter is sometimes known as Gen's father.)
* ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore'': In ''Voices'', the (former) Waylord of Ansul is always called Waylord by Memer and the other people in his household. It's jarring when RebelLeader Desac shows up and calls him by his first name, Sulter.
* One ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' book has a young fugitive prince from a German province put in Hornblower's ship as a midshipman: His Serene Highness the Prince of Seitz-Bunau. Everyone calls the kid Mr. Prince. [[NoNameGiven His actual name is never stated]].
* ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster'' has no given name or, for that matter, backstory; [[ArtifactTitle although he's only a Headmaster in the first book]], the heroes still call him that because that's how they first met him (and it's just easier).
* ''Literature/TheGiver'':
** The Giver's real name is never revealed and he is always just called "Giver" by Jonas and "Receiver" by other characters.
** The Chief Elder's real name is never revealed.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', the Tutor, who instructs the children of the Cloak Society.
* In the epic Polish NarrativePoem ''Pan Tadeusz'', many of the major characters are referred to solely by their nobility titles (The Judge, The Chamberlain, etc.)
* In Franchise/TheCosmere, Shardholders tend to be known by the Intents of their Shards, rather than by their human names. (Ati tends to be called Ruin, Leras tends to be called Preservation, Tanavast tends to be known as Honor, etc.) {{Justified}} by the fact that holding a Shard warps your mind to fit the Shard's Intent, so that after a few millennia the Intent is a more accurate descriptor than their human name. And of course we don't actually ''know'' all of the Shard's human names yet, so a few can ''only'' be referred to by their Intents.
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', the BigBad of the first book is always called the Horned King. Only Prince Gwydion, the BigGood of Prydain, ever learns his real name - because that is the tool with which he can be defeated. Even when Eilonwy asks what the real name is, he tells her it must stay a secret, adding, "I assure you it was not half so pretty as your own."
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', the school's custodian is known to one and all as "Keys" because she carries an enormous bunch of keys for every door in the school.
* Near the beginning of ''Price of the Stars'' Beka Rosselin-Metadi is rescured from assassins by an old man who (aside from the blasters and skill with them) struck her as an instructor in languages and deportment at a finishing school and promptly started calling him 'Professor.' Despite revealing his position as Armsmaster to House Rosselin, he made no attempt to correct her (or anyone else) nor provide another name save at the end of a hand-written letter given to her some months after his death.
-->The letter closed with a line of symbols in a script and language Beka didn't recognize. It took several seconds, staring at the page with blurring eyes, before she understood that the alien symbols were a signature.
* In Emily St. John Mandel's ''Literature/StationEleven'', a number of characters are known solely by their function. The conductor of the Traveling Symphony prefers to be called "the conductor." One of the viola players changes her name to "Viola." The prophet also abandons his given name.
* In Janwillem van de Wetering's ''Amsterdam Cop'' novels, the most senior of the three protagonists, the Commissaris, is always referred to only by his police rank and his name is never revealed.
* The Moidart; despite being a major character in half the ''Literature/{{Rigante}}'' series we never learn his name. The same goes for another minor character, the Moidart's rival, The Pinance.
* "Dead names" in ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' are somewhere between this and OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, though in this case the characters are named after what they ''did''. Some characters have nicknames attached to their names related to how they died.
* In Terry Fallis' ''The Best Laid Plans'' and ''The High Road'', set in the Canadian Parliament, the party leaders are only ever called the NDP, Conservative, or Liberal Leader, unless the reference is to the leader of the governing party ([[spoiler:Conservatives until just over halfway through the latter, then Liberals]]), who is called "the Prime Minister." Indeed, only five elected [=MPs=] ever get named in either book: [[spoiler:[[TheHero Angus McLintock]] and the four people who become Minister of Finance, since the Member he [[SpringtimeForHitler accidentally defeats]] in ''Best Laid Plans'' had that portfolio]]. TruthInTelevision as explained under Real Life, but very much an ExaggeratedTrope.[[note]]It's also {{justified|Trope}} as both have the underlying idea that if dedicated, knowledgeable, ethical people got into office, government would function better. Most [=MPs=] in this universe have none of those qualities and thus are not memorable enough to merit names.[[/note]]
* In ''Zeitgeist'' by Creator/BruceSterling, the members of the international girl-group G7 are uniformly referred to as "the [nationality] One". This is not only done when referring to them indirectly ("The French One is my favorite. She can almost carry a tune."), but even when addressing them directly. ("What seems to be the problem, American One?") This helps remind them (and everyone else) that they're all quite replaceable, and, in fact, several get replaced during the course of the book.
* Not all the ghosts and heavenly beings in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' are named, and Creator/CSLewis usually gives them nicknames (like the Big Ghost, the Hard-Bitten Ghost, and so on). The ghosts and Bright Ones whose names we do learn are usually learned in passing in conversation. There are only two exceptions to this: [=MacDonald=], whom Lewis recognizes, and Sarah Smith.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', many characters are only known by their functions, like the Red Knight, the King, the Keeper of Dorling, the Patriarch of Liviapolis and so on.

to:

** Throughout ''The Lord of the Rings'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Círdan the Shipwright's real name is never once uttered. "Círdan" just means "shipwright" in Grey Elven. Even back in the First Age, most elves didn't actually know the guy's real name, it hadn't been used in so long. Towards the end of his life, Tolkien [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth wrote that]] some Grey Elves ''speculated'' it was [[spoiler:Nōwē]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} [[WarcraftExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]'' novel ''Literature/LordOfTheClans'', one of the few good humans is called only "Sergeant."
* The man in the yellow suit from ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' is always referred to as such.
* Gabriel from the ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series. The leader of the hounds is always the Gabriel. It's a name of rank, not birth.
** Not always, or at least, there's a DistaffCounterpart. When Ani talks about wishing to succeed Gabriel, she says she wants to be "Their [the hounds] Gabrielle." Gabrielle is the female form of Gabriel.
* There are three characters in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' with names; Alice herself and the White Rabbit's servants, Pat and Bill. (There's also the Rabbit's maid, Mary, and Alice's cat Dinah, but they don't actually appear.) The rest are only known by their species (the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, etc.), their title (the King, Queen and Knave of Hearts, the Duchess) or their profession (the Hatter, the Cook, the Footmen).
* ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'' gives us The Major, who is never known by any other name. [[spoiler:Turns out, he's not even a Major in any branch of any military, though it seems he used to be.]]
* In Andy Hoare's WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', an in-universe example: Voldorius refers to Skall solely as "the equerry."
* In ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and the sequels, the mentor is only referred to as "the Bard" or "Dragon Tongue."
* "The Bane" from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', though in ''Gregor and The Marks of Secret'', [[spoiler:we find out that his name is [[EvilAlbino Pearlpelt]].]]
* At the end of the first ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' book, Eragon gets a telepathic message from someone called "The Mourning Sage," or "The Cripple Who Is Whole." [[spoiler:Subverted in that in the next book, we find out his name is Oromis.]]
* The BigBad of the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series is always called "the Sphinx" (or "the Ethiopian" at one point). He's not really a sphinx, he's just called this because he's full of riddles and mysteries.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'', the narrators is only referred to as "the barman," but is at the end of the story [[spoiler:revealed to be the same person as the other characters, originally called Jane.]]
* The emperor in ''Literature/DetectivesInTogas'' is mentioned several times, but never by name. From the dates given in the story, we can conclude it's Tiberius, second Roman emperor.
* In Creator/CSLewis' ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', the King is known only as the King, except for once in the beginning when his name is given as Trom. Similarly, the first priest of Ungit is only ever the Priest.
* The Consul in Creator/DanSimmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos''.
* Creator/RobinHobb's [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer trilogy]] has The Fool.
* The characters in ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'' are either known by their profession or [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname a meaningful nickname]]. For example, the titular Chosen are generally known by nicknames based on their role, such as the Leader being Boss and the Swordsman being Blade or Sword.
* In Chuck Palahniuk's ''Literature/FightClub'' the main character never gives his proper name. He is referred to as one of the many aliases he uses in his support groups and later in the film/book he is referred to as [[spoiler: Tyler Durden]], but his true name is never told to us. In fact, he is only listed as The Narrator in the credits for the film.
* The main character and narrator of ''Literature/TheDivingUniverse'' is known only as Boss, neither giving nor using her real name.
* The woman in yellow in ''Literature/DirgeForPresterJohn'', called Theotokos, which is clearly not her real name. She is an authority figure, but how literally we should take this title is unclear as yet.
* In [[Literature/TheLightbringerTrilogy Black Prism]] we are briefly introduced to a pirate shooting a musket at the protagonists. One of the protagonists recognizes him as a rather famous marksman who most people know simply as Gunner. At the end of the book, after his ship is sunk, Gunner has control of the only working lifeboat and decides that a promotion is in order so he requests that his crew call him Captain Gunner.
* The man that Katniss bought her sister's goat from in ''Literature/{{The Hunger Games}}'' is only known as the Goat Man.
* The children in Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy had their brains rather scrambled by trauma and forgot their real names. Some of them chose names that fit the roles they took after the virus. Hunter "hunts" for supplies to scavenge from houses and stores. Teacher gives the younger children lessons on the world before the virus, and Mommy takes care of them.
* The old Provincara from Literature/{{Chalion}} is never given a name, not even by her daughter or brother.
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'', Shadow's real name is never mentioned. Late in the story, he [[spoiler:gives it to Bast]] and apparently goes without from then on. In the sequel novella ''Monarch of the Glen'', Shadow's name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Baldur Moon.]]
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' has Dr. Arsene's Private Detective, Professor Soul's First Assistant and Professor Soul's Second Assistant.
* In the LightNovel version of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Lina's home country is ruled by a demigoddess known only as the Eternal Queen.
* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels, wizards are either known only by a title that describes their position and powers or OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, since a wizard's true name holds power over them and can even be used to strip their magic away. The Dominator, the Lady, Soulcatcher, and Shapeshifter are all examples of the "known by a descriptive title" version.
* The Seeker and Doc from ''Literature/TheHost''. Regarding the latter; Wanda actually asks him why that is, and it turns out he finds his real name embarrassing. [[spoiler: It's Eustace.]]
* In ''Literature/BalzacAndTheLittleChineseSeamstress'', the title character is always referred to as the Little Seamstress.
* ''Literature/EverythingsBetterWithElves'': Laura and Kim are the only humans with names; everyone else is known by various descriptions, most prominently the girl with improbably long hair, and her roommate, mostly called the "Elf Goddess."
* In ''[[Literature/{{Paradox}} Even the Wingless]]'' Chatcaava don't put much value in names, thus the highest ranked ones are known by their titles. Emperor, Slave Queen, Second, Third, etc.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', TheFairFolk call Tom "the piper."
* In ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones, four of the five Reigners are only referred to as Reigner Two, Reigner Three, etc. The only one whose name we find out is Reigner One.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: ''Literature/TheRifter'': Kahlil may have had a name once, but now hes only known by his title (the Kahlil) or its anglicized variant, Kyle.
* In the ''Literature/QueensThief'' books, the magus of Sounis and Eddis' Minister of War have gone through four books without ever being referred to by their names. (Although the latter is sometimes known as Gen's father.)
* ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore'': In ''Voices'', the (former) Waylord of Ansul is always called Waylord by Memer and the other people in his household. It's jarring when RebelLeader Desac shows up and calls him by his first name, Sulter.
* One ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' book has a young fugitive prince from a German province put in Hornblower's ship as a midshipman: His Serene Highness the Prince of Seitz-Bunau. Everyone calls the kid Mr. Prince. [[NoNameGiven His actual name is never stated]].
* ''Literature/TheDemonHeadmaster'' has no given name or, for that matter, backstory; [[ArtifactTitle although he's only a Headmaster in the first book]], the heroes still call him that because that's how they first met him (and it's just easier).
* ''Literature/TheGiver'':
** The Giver's real name is never revealed and he is always just called "Giver" by Jonas and "Receiver" by other characters.
** The Chief Elder's real name is never revealed.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', the Tutor, who instructs the children of the Cloak Society.
* In the epic Polish NarrativePoem ''Pan Tadeusz'', many of the major characters are referred to solely by their nobility titles (The Judge, The Chamberlain, etc.)
* In Franchise/TheCosmere, Shardholders tend to be known by the Intents of their Shards, rather than by their human names. (Ati tends to be called Ruin, Leras tends to be called Preservation, Tanavast tends to be known as Honor, etc.) {{Justified}} by the fact that holding a Shard warps your mind to fit the Shard's Intent, so that after a few millennia the Intent is a more accurate descriptor than their human name. And of course we don't actually ''know'' all of the Shard's human names yet, so a few can ''only'' be referred to by their Intents.
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', the BigBad of the first book is always called the Horned King. Only Prince Gwydion, the BigGood of Prydain, ever learns his real name - because that is the tool with which he can be defeated. Even when Eilonwy asks what the real name is, he tells her it must stay a secret, adding, "I assure you it was not half so pretty as your own."
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'', the school's custodian is known to one and all as "Keys" because she carries an enormous bunch of keys for every door in the school.
* Near the beginning of ''Price of the Stars'' Beka Rosselin-Metadi is rescured from assassins by an old man who (aside from the blasters and skill with them) struck her as an instructor in languages and deportment at a finishing school and promptly started calling him 'Professor.' Despite revealing his position as Armsmaster to House Rosselin, he made no attempt to correct her (or anyone else) nor provide another name save at the end of a hand-written letter given to her some months after his death.
-->The letter closed with a line of symbols in a script and language Beka didn't recognize. It took several seconds, staring at the page with blurring eyes, before she understood that the alien symbols were a signature.
* In Emily St. John Mandel's ''Literature/StationEleven'', a number of characters are known solely by their function. The conductor of the Traveling Symphony prefers to be called "the conductor." One of the viola players changes her name to "Viola." The prophet also abandons his given name.
* In Janwillem van de Wetering's ''Amsterdam Cop'' novels, the most senior of the three protagonists, the Commissaris, is always referred to only by his police rank and his name is never revealed.
* The Moidart; despite being a major character in half the ''Literature/{{Rigante}}'' series we never learn his name. The same goes for another minor character, the Moidart's rival, The Pinance.
* "Dead names" in ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' are somewhere between this and OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, though in this case the characters are named after what they ''did''. Some characters have nicknames attached to their names related to how they died.
* In Terry Fallis' ''The Best Laid Plans'' and ''The High Road'', set in the Canadian Parliament, the party leaders are only ever called the NDP, Conservative, or Liberal Leader, unless the reference is to the leader of the governing party ([[spoiler:Conservatives until just over halfway through the latter, then Liberals]]), who is called "the Prime Minister." Indeed, only five elected [=MPs=] ever get named in either book: [[spoiler:[[TheHero Angus McLintock]] and the four people who become Minister of Finance, since the Member he [[SpringtimeForHitler accidentally defeats]] in ''Best Laid Plans'' had that portfolio]]. TruthInTelevision as explained under Real Life, but very much an ExaggeratedTrope.[[note]]It's also {{justified|Trope}} as both have the underlying idea that if dedicated, knowledgeable, ethical people got into office, government would function better. Most [=MPs=] in this universe have none of those qualities and thus are not memorable enough to merit names.[[/note]]
* In ''Zeitgeist'' by Creator/BruceSterling, the members of the international girl-group G7 are uniformly referred to as "the [nationality] One". This is not only done when referring to them indirectly ("The French One is my favorite. She can almost carry a tune."), but even when addressing them directly. ("What seems to be the problem, American One?") This helps remind them (and everyone else) that they're all quite replaceable, and, in fact, several get replaced during the course of the book.
* Not all the ghosts and heavenly beings in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' are named, and Creator/CSLewis usually gives them nicknames (like the Big Ghost, the Hard-Bitten Ghost, and so on). The ghosts and Bright Ones whose names we do learn are usually learned in passing in conversation. There are only two exceptions to this: [=MacDonald=], whom Lewis recognizes, and Sarah Smith.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', many characters are only known by their functions, like the Red Knight, the King, the Keeper of Dorling, the Patriarch of Liviapolis and so on.
[[spoiler:Nōwē]].



* The Hero of the SeriesOlympus gets called anything ''but'' his real name. ''Mercenary'' and Son of [[spoiler:Aegeus]] are often used.

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* The Hero ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** "The Host" had been appearing for nearly a full season before we learned his name was Krevlornswath
of the SeriesOlympus gets Deathwok Clan, Lorne for short. He stated that he preferred not to go by Lorne because his green skin would cause people to crack Lorne Greene jokes.
** His real name was not only unknown to the audience, but the main characters as well. They never bothered to ask.
* The main characters of ''Series/{{Backup}}'' all work closely together in one police response van. Thus Sergeant Parkin is just Sarge, Susan Li is
called Bruce, ditto Token, Oz, Thug, Flub, Dippy etc etc. When Bruce has been temporarily in command, she is called up over an incident involving PC Barrett. If it wasn't for the scene immediately afterward when Thug is being asked questions about the same incident you'd probably never guess who Barrett was.
* ''[[Series/{{Batman}} Batman TV Series]]'': Miss Iceland from ''Green Ice / Deep Freeze'' is never known by his real name.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol wasn't referred to by his full name until well into the series. Even his lover, Sharon Valerii, calls him "Chief." WordOfGod was originally she was going to use his name when [[spoiler:she was shot]] but his name had not been mentioned before and they didn't want people suddenly being jerked out of the moment by his being referred to as Galen for the first time. Even after he is later demoted several people call him Chief, probably by force of habit.
** Similarly, most of the pilots are rarely if ever called by
anything ''but'' except their call signs; even Helo's lover (also Sharon Valerii, but a different one) calls him Helo. Hence the subtle power of the scene where she is given the call sign Athena. It shows that the pilots now understand she is a different person to Boomer (the original Sharon Valerii) and have accepted her as one of them despite the fact that they know full well she is a Cylon.
* The Australian version of ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'', has the Commando. While
his real name. ''Mercenary'' and Son of [[spoiler:Aegeus]] are often used.name (Steve Willis) is openly known, he's nearly always called Commando on-screen.
* Nursie in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', sort of. She certainly goes by her title, even though it's not even role she properly fills anymore (granted she continues to do so anyway) but she does admit her real name as being Bernard.



* In Series/RobinHood, the Sheriff of Nottingham is usually just called "the sheriff." This is especially funny after Isabella becomes the sheriff, because since the audience doesn't know that his real name is Vaisey, she still calls him "the sheriff," even though he isn't.
* Pilot from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. He (and other members of his race) have names the translator microbes couldn't cope with.
* The Janitor from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' -- he even calls himself that. [[spoiler:In the final episode, he tells J.D. his real name is Glenn Matthews]].
** But unfortunately as soon as J.D. leaves, [[spoiler:an orderly walks by and says "Hey Tommy." The Janitor responds with "What's up?," thus leaving his true name a mystery]]. That is, until WordOfGod confirmed that the Janitor was telling the truth for once.
* In the first ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' pilot, "The Cage," Captain Pike's second-in-command is only addressed as "Number One" (i.e. first officer). It's uncertain whether this would have persisted had that version of the show become the actual series.
** A [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] by D.C. Fontana claims she hails from a planet where everyone is genetically engineered, and her name actually ''is'' "[[YouAreNumberSix Number One]]."
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Emergency Medical Hologram, but since that was too long, they just called him The Doctor, which he kept for the entire series despite frequent prodding by other crew members to come up with a name (and the occasional ResetButton when an episode had him adopt one on his own). In his case, it was because he had a computer's knowledge of languages, and everything he liked the sound of tended to mean something offensive in ''some'' language or another.
** He did eventually decide on a name for himself in the series finale: [[spoiler:Joe.]] However, the timeline in which he decided on this name was negated by ''Voyager'' coming home.
* Chef in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. (No, he was ''not'' Will Riker.)
* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' subverts this: Quark specifically asks people not to call him "barkeep" and gets very annoyed when they do.
* For that matter, the Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho''. As well as several other Time Lords like the Master, the Rani, the War Chief, and the Monk. Most known Time Lords do have names. {{Fanon}} has that it that losing their name is an intrinsic part of becoming a renegade Time Lord, though some renegades still have them.
** Drax seems to get away with using his real name, but then again, he isn't ''nearly'' as big a troublemaker as the other Renegades.

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* The first barkeeper on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' was known as "Coach" because he was Sam's coach when he was a major-league pitcher. Although Coach himself thought he got the nickname because he always traveled cheap.
* In Series/RobinHood, the Sheriff TV adaptation of Nottingham is usually just called James Clavell's ''The Children's Story'', the new teacher explicitly tells the children to call her "Teacher" whenever they ask her name. (In the original book, the narrator refers to her throughout as "the sheriff." This is especially funny after Isabella becomes new teacher," but she does tell the sheriff, because since the audience children her name when asked--the narrator just doesn't know say what that his real name is Vaisey, she still calls him "the sheriff," even though he isn't.
* Pilot from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. He (and other members of his race) have names the translator microbes couldn't cope with.
* The Janitor from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' -- he even calls himself that. [[spoiler:In the final episode, he tells J.D. his real name is Glenn Matthews]].
** But unfortunately as soon as J.D. leaves, [[spoiler:an orderly walks by and says "Hey Tommy." The Janitor responds with "What's up?," thus leaving his true name a mystery]]. That is, until WordOfGod confirmed that the Janitor was telling the truth for once.
* In the first ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' pilot, "The Cage," Captain Pike's second-in-command is only addressed as "Number One" (i.e. first officer). It's uncertain whether this would have persisted had that version of the show become the actual series.
** A [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] by D.C. Fontana claims she hails from a planet where everyone is genetically engineered, and
is. Clavell wanted her name actually ''is'' "[[YouAreNumberSix Number One]]."
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Emergency Medical Hologram, but since that was too long, they just called him The Doctor, which he kept for the entire series despite frequent prodding by other crew members
to come up with a name (and the occasional ResetButton when represent an episode had him adopt one on his own). In his case, it was because he had a computer's knowledge of languages, and everything he liked the sound of tended idea without being specifically tied to mean something offensive in ''some'' language a particular nationality or another.
** He did eventually decide on a name for himself in the series finale: [[spoiler:Joe.]] However, the timeline in which he decided on this name was negated by ''Voyager'' coming home.
* Chef in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. (No, he was ''not'' Will Riker.
ethnicity.)
* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' subverts this: Quark specifically asks people not ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Starburns. His real name is Alex Osbourne, but good luck getting anyone
to call him "barkeep" and gets very annoyed when they do.
remember that.
** Dean Pelton is called Dean more than he's called Craig. The fact he constantly makes dean-related puns (it's his whole i-dean-tity) doesn't help.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
For that matter, the Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho''.Doctor. As well as several other Time Lords like the Master, the Rani, the War Chief, and the Monk. Most known Time Lords do have names. {{Fanon}} has that it that losing their name is an intrinsic part of becoming a renegade Time Lord, though some renegades still have them. \n** Drax seems to get away with using his real name, but then again, he isn't ''nearly'' as big a troublemaker as the other Renegades.



* Mountain Man, the Robertsons' slow-talking neighbor from ''Series/DuckDynasty''.
* In ''Series/{{Entourage}}'', Ari's wife is always referred to as "Mrs. Ari Gold" and her first name is never mentioned until the final season (it's [[spoiler:Melissa]]).
* Lieutenant Murtagh from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had his first name name legally changed to "Lieutenant." When he told this to Carl, and Carl asked him what his name was before the change, he answered that it was "Sergeant."
* Pilot from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. He (and other members of his race) have names the translator microbes couldn't cope with.
* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With The Breast Milk" features Joey's rival in the world of spraying cologne at department store patrons, a laconic cowboy known only as "The 'Hombre' Guy." When he loses his poise in the last scene, his name turns out to be Todd.
* The One-Armed Man, in ''Series/TheFugitive''.
* ''Series/GetSmart'':
** Agent 99 is always referred to as 99. In the episode where she and Max get married, her real name is presumably said during the wedding vows. But a wedding guest gets bored and falls asleep and his snoring [[TheUnreveal drowns out that part of the vows]]
** In season one, The Chief's first name is revealed to be Thaddeus. But he's usually just called "The Chief" or "Chief"



* Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol on the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' wasn't referred to by his full name until well into the series. Even his lover, Sharon Valerii, calls him "Chief." WordOfGod was originally she was going to use his name when [[spoiler:she was shot]] but his name had not been mentioned before and they didn't want people suddenly being jerked out of the moment by his being referred to as Galen for the first time. Even after he is later demoted several people call him Chief, probably by force of habit.
** Similarly, most of the pilots are rarely if ever called by anything except their call signs; even Helo's lover (also Sharon Valerii, but a different one) calls him Helo. Hence the subtle power of the scene where she is given the call sign Athena. It shows that the pilots now understand she is a different person to Boomer (the original Sharon Valerii) and have accepted her as one of them despite the fact that they know full well she is a Cylon.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has a few, such as Backpack Boy and Coconut Head.
** Possibly also has aversions, as Martin Querly was originally described by the adjectives Smart and Squirelly, and Billy Loomer was Bully (possibly Bully Loomer, not sure).

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* Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol on Mike Chang from ''Series/{{Glee}}'', despite actually having a name, is known both in-universe and out almost exclusively as "Other Asian." Not anymore. Since he and Tina got together in the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' second season, he's been given more screen time and more character development.
* For the longest time in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Noah Bennet's mysterious associate was known simply as "The Haitian." Claire later reveals that his real name is [[spoiler:René]]. Earlier, Bennet himself was only known among the fans as HRG, which stands for "Horned-Rim Glasses", his signature eyewear. His first name
wasn't referred to by his full name revealed until well into the series. Even his lover, Sharon Valerii, calls him "Chief." WordOfGod was originally she was going to use his name when [[spoiler:she was shot]] but his name had not been mentioned before and they didn't want people suddenly being jerked out of the moment by his being referred to as Galen for the first time. Even after he is later demoted several people call him Chief, probably by force of habit.
** Similarly, most of the pilots are rarely if ever called by anything except their call signs; even Helo's lover (also Sharon Valerii, but a different one) calls him Helo. Hence the subtle power of the scene where she is given the call sign Athena. It shows that the pilots now understand she is a different person to Boomer (the original Sharon Valerii) and have accepted her as one of them despite the fact that they know full well she is a Cylon.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has a few, such as Backpack Boy and Coconut Head.
** Possibly also has aversions, as Martin Querly was originally described by the adjectives Smart and Squirelly, and Billy Loomer was Bully (possibly Bully Loomer, not sure).
much later.



* Government ministers on ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' are consistently referred to by their titles, even semi-regular characters like the Home Secretary.
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is always referred to by the narrator as "The Pie Maker" (and "Young Ned" in childhood flashbacks), although most of the characters in the show do call him by his first name. His last name hasn't been given.

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* Government ministers on ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' are consistently ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'': Apparently by official policy, the head of Section 1 is referred to as Operations and addressed as "Sir," except sometimes by their titles, even semi-regular characters like Madeleine, who is of very high rank, and George, whose position outranks Operations.
* "Daddy's assistant" (also TheGhost) in ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''.
* In
the Home Secretary.
''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Bottle Job," the villain [[AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks Mark Doyle's]] two henchmen are repeatedly introduced as "Liam" and "Liam's Brother."
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' The Duke of Cornwall in the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series. His name in [[ArthurianLegend the actual legends]] is always usually Gorlois or Hoel, or sometimes not mentioned. In this series, however, he is simply referred to by as "Cornwall." Made even stranger in the narrator as "The Pie Maker" (and "Young Ned" in childhood flashbacks), although most of novelizations, where the name Gorlois was attributed to him, but many characters in the show do continued to call him by Cornwall.
* ''Series/Misfits'': Rudy routinely refers to Alex, a good-looking bartender as the "Handsome Barman". Matt Stokoe, who plays Alex, even refers to
his character by that name in an online Greatest Hits video.
* ''Franchise/TheMuppets'':
** Several characters on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' are known by their titles/professions only. Famous examples are the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Swedish Chef]] and the [[DeadlineNews Newsman]]. (An OverlyLongName was given for the Swedish Chef by the guest star in one episode,[[note]]"But we call him Tom."[[/note]] but it was very possibly a joke.)
** In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Sweetums is only referred to as "Jack." As he puts it, "[[HulkSpeak Jack not name, jack job]]!" For those that don't get it, his job is moving cars around at Mad Man Mooney's... which he does by lifting them up by the bumper.
* Earl always refers to Darnell on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' as "Crab Man," and his relatives (or pets) as "Crab Man's (insert position of relative or pet)." [[WholeEpisodeFlashback "Y2K"]] shows us why-when Earla dn Darnell
first name. His last met, Earl couldn't remember his name hasn't been given.and the nickname just stuck. Darnell himself uses it when he gets his own version of the theme song.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' gave us "Brain Guy," whose official name was actually "Observer," even in the credits, for quite a while. Eventually "Brain Guy" stuck, though, especially when he was forced to confront his former fellow Observers in favor of humanity.



* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has a few, such as Backpack Boy and Coconut Head.
* The Hero of the ''Series/{{Olympus}}'' gets called anything ''but'' his real name. ''Mercenary'' and Son of [[spoiler:Aegeus]] are often used.
* Control in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' is known only by her codename. She serves as the head of a covert intelligence agency.
* The Quartermaster, a.k.a. QM, in ''Series/{{Pixelface}}''.
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is always referred to by the narrator as "The Pie Maker" (and "Young Ned" in childhood flashbacks), although most of the characters in the show do call him by his first name. His last name hasn't been given.
* In Series/RobinHood, the Sheriff of Nottingham is usually just called "the sheriff." This is especially funny after Isabella becomes the sheriff, because since the audience doesn't know that his real name is Vaisey, she still calls him "the sheriff," even though he isn't.
* As with the CEO in the third movie, OCP's head in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' is only referred to as "the Chairman".



* Earl always refers to Darnell on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' as "Crab Man," and his relatives (or pets) as "Crab Man's (insert position of relative or pet)."
** [[WholeEpisodeFlashback "Y2K"]] shows us why-when Earla dn Darnell first met, Earl couldn't remember his name and the nickname just stuck. Darnell himself uses it when he gets his own version of the theme song.
* Lieutenant Murtagh from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had his first name name legally changed to "Lieutenant." When he told this to Carl, and Carl asked him what his name was before the change, he answered that it was "Sergeant."
* Nursie in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', sort of. She certainly goes by her title, even though it's not even role she properly fills anymore (granted she continues to do so anyway) but she does admit her real name as being Bernard.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** "The Host" had been appearing for nearly a full season before we learned his name was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, Lorne for short. He stated that he preferred not to go by Lorne because his green skin would cause people to crack Lorne Greene jokes.
** His real name was not only unknown to the audience, but the main characters as well. They never bothered to ask.
* The One-Armed Man, in ''Series/TheFugitive''.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the Cigarette Smoking Man's first name was never revealed, and he didn't even get a last name or initials until midway through the sixth season. Many other significant characters are only given descriptive names like "the First Elder" and "the Well-Manicured Man."

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* Earl always refers ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'': The Chanels do have names, but [[AlphaBitch Chanel Oberlin]] (AKA Chanel #1) [[InvokedTrope refuses to Darnell on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' as "Crab Man," even learn their names]] and so it takes longer for the Pledges to learn them as well. Chanel even attempted this with the pledges but did learn their names out of necessity since Zayday and Grace refused to go along with that shit. It's even considered a form of membership into the Kappas to be deemed a Chanel Number, as [[spoiler: Hester]] becomes Chanel #6 during the series.
* The Janitor from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' -- he even calls himself that. [[spoiler:In the final episode, he tells J.D.
his relatives (or pets) real name is Glenn Matthews]]. But unfortunately as "Crab Man's (insert position soon as J.D. leaves, [[spoiler:an orderly walks by and says "Hey Tommy." The Janitor responds with "What's up?," thus leaving his true name a mystery]]. That is, until WordOfGod confirmed that the Janitor was telling the truth for once.
* The Governor from ''Series/TheSlammer''.
* Government ministers on ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' are consistently referred to by their titles, even semi-regular characters like the Home Secretary.
* ''Series/StarTrek'':
** In the first ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' pilot, "The Cage," Captain Pike's second-in-command is only addressed as "Number One" (i.e. first officer). It's uncertain whether this would have persisted had that version
of relative or pet).the show become the actual series. A [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] by D.C. Fontana claims she hails from a planet where everyone is genetically engineered, and her name actually ''is'' "[[YouAreNumberSix Number One]]."
** [[WholeEpisodeFlashback "Y2K"]] shows us why-when Earla dn Darnell first met, Earl couldn't remember his ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' subverts this: Quark specifically asks people not to call him "barkeep" and gets very annoyed when they do.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Emergency Medical Hologram, but since that was too long, they just called him The Doctor, which he kept for the entire series despite frequent prodding by other crew members to come up with a
name (and the occasional ResetButton when an episode had him adopt one on his own). In his case, it was because he had a computer's knowledge of languages, and everything he liked the nickname just stuck. Darnell sound of tended to mean something offensive in ''some'' language or another. He did eventually decide on a name for himself uses it when he gets his own version of in the theme song.
* Lieutenant Murtagh from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had his first name name legally changed to "Lieutenant." When
series finale: [[spoiler:Joe.]] However, the timeline in which he told decided on this to Carl, and Carl asked him what his name was before negated by ''Voyager'' coming home.
** Chef in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. (No, he was ''not'' Will Riker.)
* ''[[StellaUK Stella]]'': "Daddy,"
the change, he answered that it was "Sergeant.undertaker, is known as such by everyone in Pontyberry. Similarly, Aunty Brenda introduces herself as "Aunty Brenda"--she even ''runs for the council'' with posters saying "Vote Aunty Brenda."
* Nursie in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', sort of. She certainly goes by her title, even though it's not even role she properly fills anymore (granted she continues to do so anyway) but she does admit her real name The main antagonist for the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is known only as being Bernard.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
**
"The Host" had been appearing Demon" for nearly a full season before we learned his name was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, Lorne for short. He stated that he preferred not to go by Lorne because his green skin would cause people to crack Lorne Greene jokes.
** His real name was not only unknown to the audience, but the main characters as well. They never bothered to ask.
* The One-Armed Man, in ''Series/TheFugitive''.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the Cigarette Smoking Man's
first name was never revealed, and he didn't even get a last name or initials until midway through the sixth season. Many other significant characters are only given descriptive names like season, which is expanded to "the First Elder" and "the Well-Manicured Man."Yellow-Eyed Demon" for the second (out of necessity after other demons started showing up). His real name, Azazel, was only revealed [[spoiler:four episodes into the season ''after'' his death.]]
* Zigzagged with host Greg Davies in ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}''. Everyone calls Greg by his name in the studio, but in the pre-recorded challenges, he is called The Taskmaster instead.
* As of season three of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles' [[UnnamedParent dad]] has only ever been referred to as Sheriff Stilinski or simply [[TheSheriff the sheriff]].



* "Daddy's assistant" (also TheGhost) in ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''.

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* "Daddy's assistant" (also TheGhost) In the game shows ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' and ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'', as in ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''.all other related media, Lynne Thigpen's character is referred to only as "The Chief" with no actual name for her character ever being given.
* Subverted in the WizardsOfWaverlyPlace episode "My Tutor Tutor," which introduces a tutor whose [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep name is Tutor]]. Apparently this is a common practice in the wizarding world, where parents name their children what they hope them to be. This doesn't always work, though, in the case of [[EmbarrassingFirstName Dr. Butcher]].
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', the Cigarette Smoking Man's first name was never revealed, and he didn't even get a last name or initials until midway through the sixth season. Many other significant characters are only given descriptive names like "the First Elder" and "the Well-Manicured Man."



* The main antagonist for the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is known only as "The Demon" for the first season, which is expanded to "the Yellow-Eyed Demon" for the second (out of necessity after other demons started showing up). His real name, Azazel, was only revealed [[spoiler:four episodes into the season ''after'' his death.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Bottle Job," the villain [[AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks Mark Doyle's]] two henchmen are repeatedly introduced as "Liam" and "Liam's Brother."
* Mike Chang from ''Series/{{Glee}}'', despite actually having a name, is known both in-universe and out almost exclusively as "Other Asian."
** Not anymore. Since he and Tina got together in the second season, he's been given more screen time and more character development.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' gave us "Brain Guy," whose official name was actually "Observer," even in the credits, for quite a while. Eventually "Brain Guy" stuck, though, especially when he was forced to confront his former fellow Observers in favor of humanity.
* The Duke of Cornwall in the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series. His name in [[ArthurianLegend the actual legends]] is usually Gorlois or Hoel, or sometimes not mentioned. In this series, however, he is simply referred to as "Cornwall." Made even stranger in the novelizations, where the name Gorlois was attributed to him, but many characters continued to call him Cornwall.
* Starburns in ''Series/{{Community}}''. His real name is Alex Osbourne, but good luck getting anyone to remember that.
** Dean Pelton is called Dean more than he's called Craig. The fact he constantly makes dean-related puns (it's his whole i-dean-tity) doesn't help.
* Agent 99 in ''Series/GetSmart'' is always referred to as 99.
** In the episode where she and Max get married, her real name is presumably said during the wedding vows. But a wedding guest gets bored and falls asleep and his snoring [[TheUnreveal drowns out that part of the vows]]
** In season one, The Chief's first name is revealed to be Thaddeus. But he's usually just called "The Chief" or "Chief"
* The main characters of ''Series/{{Backup}}'' all work closely together in one police response van. Thus Sergeant Parkin is just Sarge, Susan Li is called Bruce, ditto Token, Oz, Thug, Flub, Dippy etc etc. When Bruce has been temporarily in command, she is called up over an incident involving PC Barrett. If it wasn't for the scene immediately afterward when Thug is being asked questions about the same incident you'd probably never guess who Barrett was.
* In the TV adaptation of James Clavell's ''The Children's Story'', the new teacher explicitly tells the children to call her "Teacher" whenever they ask her name. (In the original book, the narrator refers to her throughout as "the new teacher," but she does tell the children her name when asked--the narrator just doesn't say what that name is. Clavell wanted her to represent an idea without being specifically tied to a particular nationality or ethnicity.)
* Several characters on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' are known by their titles/professions only. Famous examples are the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Swedish Chef]] and the [[DeadlineNews Newsman]]. (An OverlyLongName was given for the Swedish Chef by the guest star in one episode,[[note]]"But we call him Tom."[[/note]] but it was very possibly a joke.)
** In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Sweetums is only referred to as "Jack." As he puts it, "[[HulkSpeak Jack not name, jack job]]!"
*** For those that don't get it, his job is moving cars around at Mad Man Mooney's... which he does by lifting them up by the bumper.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'': Apparently by official policy, the head of Section 1 is referred to as Operations and addressed as "Sir," except sometimes by Madeleine, who is of very high rank, and George, whose position outranks Operations.
* In ''Series/{{Entourage}}'', Ari's wife is always referred to as "Mrs. Ari Gold" and her first name is never mentioned until the final season (it's [[spoiler:Melissa]]).
* ''[[Series/{{Batman}} Batman TV Series]]'': Miss Iceland from ''Green Ice / Deep Freeze'' is never known by his real name.
* Subverted in the WizardsOfWaverlyPlace episode "My Tutor Tutor," which introduces a tutor whose [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep name is Tutor]]. Apparently this is a common practice in the wizarding world, where parents name their children what they hope them to be. This doesn't always work, though, in the case of [[EmbarrassingFirstName Dr. Butcher]].
* For the longest time in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Noah Bennet's mysterious associate was known simply as "The Haitian." Claire later reveals that his real name is [[spoiler:René]]. Earlier, Bennet himself was only known among the fans as HRG, which stands for "Horned-Rim Glasses", his signature eyewear. His first name wasn't revealed until much later.
* As seen in the page quote, the first barkeeper on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' was known as "Coach" because he was Sam's coach when he was a major-league pitcher. Although Coach himself thought he got the nickname because he always traveled cheap.
* In the game shows ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' and ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego'', as in all other related media, Lynne Thigpen's character is referred to only as "The Chief" with no actual name for her character ever being given.
* The Quartermaster, a.k.a. QM, in ''Series/{{Pixelface}}''.
* The Governor from ''Series/TheSlammer''.
* Mountain Man, the Robertsons' slow-talking neighbor from ''Series/DuckDynasty''.
* The Australian version of ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'', has the Commando. While his real name (Steve Willis) is openly known, he's nearly always called Commando on-screen.
* As of season three of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles' [[UnnamedParent dad]] has only ever been referred to as Sheriff Stilinski or simply [[TheSheriff the sheriff]].
* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With The Breast Milk" features Joey's rival in the world of spraying cologne at department store patrons, a laconic cowboy known only as "The 'Hombre' Guy." When he loses his poise in the last scene, his name turns out to be Todd.
* Control in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' is known only by her codename. She serves as the head of a covert intelligence agency.
* ''[[StellaUK Stella]]'': "Daddy," the undertaker, is known as such by everyone in Pontyberry. Similarly, Aunty Brenda introduces herself as "Aunty Brenda"--she even ''runs for the council'' with posters saying "Vote Aunty Brenda."
* Zigzagged with host Greg Davies in ''Series/{{Taskmaster}}''. Everyone calls Greg by his name in the studio, but in the pre-recorded challenges, he is called The Taskmaster instead.
* As with the CEO in the third movie, OCP's head in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' is only referred to as "the Chairman".
* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'': The Chanels do have names, but [[AlphaBitch Chanel Oberlin]] (AKA Chanel #1) [[InvokedTrope refuses to even learn their names]] and so it takes longer for the Pledges to learn them as well. Chanel even attempted this with the pledges but did learn their names out of necessity since Zayday and Grace refused to go along with that shit. It's even considered a form of membership into the Kappas to be deemed a Chanel Number, as [[spoiler: Hester]] becomes Chanel #6 during the series.
* ''Series/Misfits'': Rudy routinely refers to Alex, a good-looking bartender as the "Handsome Barman". Matt Stokoe, who plays Alex, even refers to his character by that name in an online Greatest Hits video.



* The OneHitWonder "Stacy's Mom" by Music/FountainsOfWayne.



** He has a name. He has an ''unlikely'' name.
* The OneHitWonder "Stacy's Mom" by Music/FountainsOfWayne.



* The Lady of the Lake from the legend of KingArthur.
** From the same legends come the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Burning Dragon Knight]] and [[Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight The Green Knight]].



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* KingArthur:
** The Lady of the Lake.
** From the same legends come the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Burning Dragon Knight]] and [[Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight The Green Knight]].
[[/folder]]



* In UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}: God, who goes by His title ("God" or "Lord") as opposed to His name ("Yahweh," "Jehovah," or the nearest transliteration depending on the alphabet) in most translations.

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* In UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}: UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}:
**
God, who goes by His title ("God" or "Lord") as opposed to His name ("Yahweh," "Jehovah," or the nearest transliteration depending on the alphabet) in most translations.



* Miss Mongol of Wrestling/{{FMW}} was known as such not for being Mongolian, but for using a lot of Mongolian chops.

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* Miss Mongol The Beer City Bruisers were a group who occasionally worked in the dark match during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's SBG era starting around 2013. When one of Wrestling/{{FMW}} them showed up on television two years later he was known as such not for being Mongolian, but for using a lot of Mongolian chops.simply called Beer City Bruiser.



* WWC tends to refer to Mesias exclusively as "El Mega Campeon de Wrestling/{{AAA}}" or as he racked up more titles, "El Mega Triple Campeon." It makes commentary amusing, to say the least.



* [=WWECW=] wrestler Kevin Thorne was referred to simply as "The Vampire," and had a couple of matches without any ring introduction that might give away a name, before his name was finally revealed. This may be because the writers simply hadn't figured out what to call him...or because "Kevin" is a really stupid name for a vampire, even if Thorne is a good one.



* The Beer City Bruisers were a group who occasionally worked in the dark match during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's SBG era starting around 2013. When one of them showed up on television two years later he was simply called Beer City Bruiser.

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* The Beer City Bruisers were a group who occasionally worked in WWC tends to refer to Mesias exclusively as "El Mega Campeon de Wrestling/{{AAA}}" or as he racked up more titles, "El Mega Triple Campeon." It makes commentary amusing, to say the dark match during Wrestling/RingOfHonor's SBG era starting around 2013. When one least.
* Miss Mongol
of them showed up on television two years later he Wrestling/{{FMW}} was known as such not for being Mongolian, but for using a lot of Mongolian chops.
* [=WWECW=] wrestler Kevin Thorne was referred to
simply called Beer City Bruiser.as "The Vampire," and had a couple of matches without any ring introduction that might give away a name, before his name was finally revealed. This may be because the writers simply hadn't figured out what to call him...or because "Kevin" is a really stupid name for a vampire, even if Thorne is a good one.



* The name of The God-Emperor of Mankind from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has never been revealed. He is always referred to as the Emperor. Ostensibly, The God-Emperor is a transcendent being who has had tens of thousands of lives (although Sigmar's origin story is very similar to the post-Age of Strife God-Emperor). His backstory is given as being the final reincarnation of thousands of amalgamated shamans 48,000 years before the main storyline: which would give him an innumerable quantity of possible names--and no need for any of them.
** It's heavily implied he was a lot of important historical figures, including Jesus.
* There is also the Scarlet Empress in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', and both the Death Lords and the Abyssals are required to go by title and not name.

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* One of the named (such as it is) characters in the [[TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy Anima Tactics]] game is The name of The God-Emperor of Mankind from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has never been revealed. He is always referred to as the Emperor. Ostensibly, The God-Emperor is Colonel, a transcendent being who has had tens of thousands of lives (although Sigmar's origin story is very similar to the post-Age of Strife God-Emperor). His backstory is given as being the final reincarnation of thousands of amalgamated shamans 48,000 years before the main storyline: which would give him an innumerable quantity of possible names--and no need for any of them.
** It's heavily
man implied he was a lot to be feared over and above others even in his own kingdom (that is made up of important historical figures, including Jesus.
* There
badasses and demons). In his description, it is also stated that the Scarlet Empress in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', and both the Death Lords and the Abyssals are required to go by title and not name.number of people who know his actual name can be counted on one hand.



** The Red Knight is the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms demigoddess of tactics and strategy. Only her superior Tempus knows her real name. ''[[AllThereInTheManual Faiths & Pantheons]]'' states that if anyone else were to learn it, that person would be privy to all the plans and intrigues of everyone in the entire universe.
* One of the named (such as it is) characters in the [[TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy Anima Tactics]] game is The Colonel, a man implied to be feared over and above others even in his own kingdom (that is made up of badasses and demons). In his description, it is stated that the number of people who know his actual name can be counted on one hand.

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** * There is also the Scarlet Empress in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', and both the Death Lords and the Abyssals are required to go by title and not name.
*
The Red Knight is the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms demigoddess of tactics and strategy. Only her superior Tempus knows her real name. ''[[AllThereInTheManual Faiths & Pantheons]]'' states that if anyone else were to learn it, that person would be privy to all the plans and intrigues of everyone in the entire universe.
* One of the named (such as it is) characters in the [[TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy Anima Tactics]] game is The Colonel, a man implied to be feared over and above others even in his own kingdom (that is made up of badasses and demons). In his description, it is stated that the number of people who know his actual name can be counted on one hand.
universe.



* The name of The God-Emperor of Mankind from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has never been revealed. He is always referred to as the Emperor. Ostensibly, The God-Emperor is a transcendent being who has had tens of thousands of lives (although Sigmar's origin story is very similar to the post-Age of Strife God-Emperor). His backstory is given as being the final reincarnation of thousands of amalgamated shamans 48,000 years before the main storyline: which would give him an innumerable quantity of possible names--and no need for any of them. It's heavily implied he was a lot of important historical figures, including Jesus.



* A fair number of Shakespeare examples:
** Although actually named Vincentio, in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'', The Duke is referred to exclusively by his title.
** Claudius of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is just credited as King.
** Escalus of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is just called Prince.
** TheFool from ''Theatre/KingLear''.
** The Duke from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.
** In a somewhat meta example, Puck from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. His name is technically Robin Goodfellow (taken from folklore), but he's called "Puck" several times by Oberon and in many of the speech prefixes. Scripts of the time commonly used descriptive terms instead of names in the speech prefixes, so Puck is not necessarily his name, any more than, say, [[Theatre/TwelfthNight Feste's]] name is "Clown," or [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock's]] name is "Jew." "Puck" was a word more in line with "pooka," or "sprite." So ''Puck'' is what he is, and ''Robin'' is his name. The one time he refers to himself as Puck is when he says, "As I am ''an'' honest Puck..."



* Wallace Shawn's ''The Hotel Play'' had over 20 characters, all identified with names like "The Girl Who Broke the Bowl," "The Man Who Looks Like a Walrus," "The Hotel Clerk."

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* Wallace Shawn's ''The Hotel Play'' In ''Blood Wedding'', only one character, Leonardo, has a name. Everybody else is referred to as "the bride," "the bridegroom," "the mother-in-law," etc.
* The Arbiter from Theatre/{{Chess}} has
had over 20 characters, all identified with a few names like over the years--Constantine Stannos (Broadway), Jean Jacques Van Boren (Swedish), Kobe Obe (US tour). Most adaptations only refer to the character as "The Girl Who Broke Arbiter," and the Bowl," "The Man Who Looks Like a Walrus," "The Hotel Clerk."ones that name him generally just call him by his title.



* The Cardinal in ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi''.
* Wallace Shawn's ''The Hotel Play'' had over 20 characters, all identified with names like "The Girl Who Broke the Bowl," "The Man Who Looks Like a Walrus," "The Hotel Clerk."
* The Nurse in ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}''.
* Many characters in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', such as the Baker, the Witch, and the Mysterious Old Man. This applies to just about everyone besides Cinderella, Jack, Florinda, Lucinda, and Milky-White.
* The Mayor in the ''[[Series/LazyTown Latibær]]'' plays is just called "Bæjarstjórinn" which means "The Mayor," "the" and all.
* TheJester from ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress.''



* The Mayor in the ''[[Series/LazyTown Latibær]]'' plays is just called "Bæjarstjórinn" which means "The Mayor," "the" and all.
* The Arbiter from Theatre/{{Chess}} has had a few names over the years--Constantine Stannos (Broadway), Jean Jacques Van Boren (Swedish), Kobe Obe (US tour). Most adaptations only refer to the character as "The Arbiter," and the ones that name him generally just call him by his title.
* Many characters in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', such as the Baker, the Witch, and the Mysterious Old Man.
** This applies to just about everyone besides Cinderella, Jack, Florinda, Lucinda, and Milky-White.
* TheJester from ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress.''
* In ''Blood Wedding'', only one character, Leonardo, has a name. Everybody else is referred to as "the bride," "the bridegroom," "the mother-in-law," etc.
* The Cardinal in ''Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi''.
* The Nurse in ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}''.
* The Boy from ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''.



* The Boy from ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''.
* A fair number of Shakespeare examples:
** Although actually named Vincentio, in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'', The Duke is referred to exclusively by his title.
** Claudius of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is just credited as King.
** Escalus of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is just called Prince.
** TheFool from ''Theatre/KingLear''.
** The Duke from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.
** In a somewhat meta example, Puck from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. His name is technically Robin Goodfellow (taken from folklore), but he's called "Puck" several times by Oberon and in many of the speech prefixes. Scripts of the time commonly used descriptive terms instead of names in the speech prefixes, so Puck is not necessarily his name, any more than, say, [[Theatre/TwelfthNight Feste's]] name is "Clown," or [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Shylock's]] name is "Jew." "Puck" was a word more in line with "pooka," or "sprite." So ''Puck'' is what he is, and ''Robin'' is his name. The one time he refers to himself as Puck is when he says, "As I am ''an'' honest Puck..."



* In ''{{Postal}}'', the Dude's wife is just called "[The] Bitch." Nothing else.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' This trope's name is based on the character Barkeep. Characters refer to this Hypello crewmember as Barkeep because they inexplicably don't know his real name. ''He'' doesn't even know his real name.
** There's also Brother, one of the Al Bhed airship pilots. [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Brother might actually be his name.]]
* Many minor [=NPCs=] in many [=RPGs=]. Few companies go the extra mile to name every guard, shopkeeper or random civilian. Although even fewer are addressed directly anyway.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The game includes a minor NPC named Mankrik who tasks you with finding his wife, who he fears has been killed. Sadly, he's right. Her body, when you find it, is named "Beaten Corpse."[[note]]Fanon ''ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' Parody Fanfiction ''You Awaken in Razor Hill'' finally gave her a name, over five years later. [[spoiler:Marya, or Mary for short.]][[/note]]
** Crosses between RealLife and VideoGames--players in ''World of Warcraft'' frequently fall victim to this too, when in pickup groups. "OK, the rogue will sap that one, the mage will sheep this one, and the tank (not even the class name) will hold the other two." "Tank, are you there?" "Rogue, do this and that."
** For some time, there was a human NPC named Captain Placeholder running around. Sadly, he was later replaced by somebody with an actual name.
** Because the game lets you choose your name, audio has to go out of the way to avoid names when addressing you. Whenever a character is talking, expect to be referred to as "hero," "champion," and a variety of others. ''Warlords of Draenor'' standardizes it with "Commander" and later "General."
* The nation in which the {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/TreeOfSavior'' takes place is simply known as "The Kingdom." History books say that the Kingdom is comprised of all known nation-states that existed before it, and so neither its founder Emperor Zachariel nor his successors or the common people have felt the need to give it a more specific name beyond that.

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* In ''{{Postal}}'', the Dude's wife is just called "[The] Bitch." Nothing else.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' This trope's name is based on the character Barkeep. Characters refer
The player characters of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' multiplayer seemed to have this Hypello crewmember as Barkeep because they inexplicably don't know his real name. ''He'' doesn't even know his real name.
**
at first. There's also Brother, one of the Al Bhed airship pilots. [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Brother might actually be his name.]]
* Many minor [=NPCs=] in many [=RPGs=]. Few companies go
Priest, Courtesan, Hunter, Doctor etc. Then the extra mile to name every guard, shopkeeper or random civilian. Although even fewer are addressed directly anyway.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The game includes a minor NPC named Mankrik who tasks you with finding his wife, who he fears has been killed. Sadly, he's right. Her body, when you find it, is named "Beaten Corpse."[[note]]Fanon ''ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' Parody Fanfiction ''You Awaken in Razor Hill'' finally gave her a name, over five years later. [[spoiler:Marya, or Mary for short.]][[/note]]
** Crosses between RealLife and VideoGames--players in ''World of Warcraft'' frequently fall victim to this too, when in pickup groups. "OK, the rogue will sap
beta revealed that one, the mage will sheep this one, and the tank (not even the class name) will hold the other two." "Tank, are you there?" "Rogue, they do this and that."
** For some time, there was a human NPC named Captain Placeholder running around. Sadly, he was later replaced by somebody with an actual name.
** Because the game lets you choose your name, audio has to go out of the way to avoid
have names when addressing you. Whenever a character is talking, expect to be referred to as "hero," "champion," and a variety of others. ''Warlords of Draenor'' standardizes it with "Commander" and later "General."
* The nation in which the {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/TreeOfSavior'' takes place is simply known as "The Kingdom." History books say that the Kingdom is comprised of all known nation-states that existed before it, and so neither its founder Emperor Zachariel nor his successors or the common people have felt the need to give it a more specific name beyond that.
after all.



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Arbiter's true name is never mentioned in the original trilogy, while the Master Chief is referred to only by his rank (or occasionally his designation number "117") until the very end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. However, the books had already revealed that their true names were, respectively, Thel 'Vadam(ee) and John.
** Most pre-''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' Covenant characters are never addressed by their names in-game; the names of the Prophets of Truth, Mercy, and Regret, the half-jawed Shipmaster, and the ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' Arbiter have only been revealed in non-game material[[note]]In case you're wondering, they're Ord Casto, Hod Rumnt, Lod Mron, Rtas 'Vadum(ee), and Ripa 'Moramee[[/note]].
** The ExpandedUniverse reveals that many high-ranking Forerunners were referred to only by their titles; the two main examples would be the Librarian and the Didact, who called each other as such even though they were ''married''[[note]]Their actual names are First Light Weaves Living Song and Shadow of Sundered Star, respectively[[/note]].
* TheJudge in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. In ''Justice For All'', he gives Phoenix a business card, but Phoenix is unable to make out the name on it.
** This applies to every judge in the series, aside from Justine Courtney. Except for the original judge, they are differentiated in the fandom by monikers such as "the Labyrinthian judge" and "the judge's brother".
** Likewise, the bellboy in the first game is always referred to as "the bellboy" or "that creepy bellboy."
** {{Parodied|Trope}} with recurring character Wendy Oldbag. Although her name is very well known, the name that shows up over her speech boxes is always "Security Lady."
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'': In addition to most pilots usually being referred to by their callsign only, the first game had a bartender named "Shotglass" (his callsign from his pilot days) and the second and fourth games had mechanics named "Sparks" and "Pliers" respectively.
** The latter was {{lampshaded}} in the novelization when Blair, initially unsure if he was hearing a nickname or an [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep actual if unlikely name]], has to ask if they ''really'' had a mechanic named Pliers.
* The main antagonists of ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld'' are called Killer (a wanted SerialKiller) and Lady (a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[CuteMute mute]]). Lady is eventually identified: [[spoiler:Grace Garland.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
**
The Arbiter's true name is never mentioned in the original trilogy, while the Master Chief protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' is referred to only as "The Kid" by his rank (or occasionally his designation number "117") until the very end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. However, narrator Rucks.
* White Bomber from ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' is simply called Bomberman to some people.
* The Doctor, this one in ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. His real name, not readable before passing through
the books had already revealed that their true names were, respectively, Thel 'Vadam(ee) BonusLevelOfHell, is [[spoiler:Date Fuyuhiko]].
* ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'': Trilby. A trilby is a type of hat
and John.
** Most pre-''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' Covenant
the character is always wearing one, the other characters are never addressed by their names in-game; the names of the Prophets of Truth, Mercy, and Regret, the half-jawed Shipmaster, and the ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' Arbiter have only been revealed in non-game material[[note]]In case you're wondering, they're Ord Casto, Hod Rumnt, Lod Mron, Rtas 'Vadum(ee), and Ripa 'Moramee[[/note]].
** The ExpandedUniverse reveals
told Trilby's actually name, but WordOfGod says that many high-ranking Forerunners were referred to only by their titles; the two main examples would be the Librarian and the Didact, who called each other as such even though they were ''married''[[note]]Their actual names are First Light Weaves Living Song and Shadow of Sundered Star, respectively[[/note]].
* TheJudge in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. In ''Justice For All'', he gives Phoenix a business card, but Phoenix is unable to make out the
his first name on it.
** This
is Malcolm.
* In ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'', this
applies to every judge in ''every character.'' The baker, the series, aside from Justine Courtney. Except for conspiracy guy, Mom, the original judge, they are differentiated in the fandom by monikers such as "the Labyrinthian judge" and "the judge's brother".
** Likewise, the bellboy in the first game is always referred to as "the bellboy" or "that creepy bellboy."
** {{Parodied|Trope}} with recurring character Wendy Oldbag. Although her name is very well known, the name that shows up over her speech boxes is always "Security Lady."
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'': In addition to most pilots usually being referred to by their callsign only, the first game had a bartender named "Shotglass" (his callsign from his pilot days) and the second and fourth games had mechanics named "Sparks" and "Pliers" respectively.
** The latter was {{lampshaded}} in the novelization when Blair, initially unsure if he was hearing a nickname or an [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep actual if unlikely name]], has to ask if they ''really'' had a mechanic named Pliers.
* The main antagonists of ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld'' are called Killer (a wanted SerialKiller) and Lady (a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[CuteMute mute]]). Lady is eventually identified: [[spoiler:Grace Garland.]]
cop, etc. You can rename them, though.



* The {{player character}} of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' is addressed solely as "Detective," although later games in the series sometimes identify her as "the Fairy Tale Detective," which is how she has become known by reputation.
* The Commander in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II]]'' is only referred to as such by his fellow Space Marines. His CanonName, according to the novel, is apparently Aramus.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Straight examples of this trope are all over ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Immediately obvious are Mom and Dad, but only slightly less noticeable are the Director and Cameraman who follow Axel around. And don't even get us started on [[spoiler:"Fake Zenon"]]. According to the [[AllThereInTheManual Disgaea 2]] art book, ''[[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep their names really are Mom and Dad]]''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' also features a character only known as the School Board President.
** Vyers from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is never called anything other than [[MidBoss Mid-Boss]] by the other characters, to his great frustration. Any attempts to bring up his name are usually shot down before he can even say it.
* Happens to three characters in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. The Onion Knight from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' is only referred to by his title with no indication of what his real name is (in accordance with the fact that the Warriors of Light from FFIII--not to be confused with the Warriors of Light from the original Final Fantasy--weren't assigned names until the DS remake). His title is also rarely used by characters in the game, except for the voiceover intro at the start of the chapter--he is generally just referred to as "the kid." The Emperor of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' does have a name, Mateus, but it is only used for his final weapon and never in the dialogue. The Warrior of Light also has a name [[spoiler:but in accordance with the story of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' he has amnesia and cannot remember it.]] Cloud of Darkness, also from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', seems to invoke this trope, but although it appears as a humanoid female, the Cloud is not really human, and the name is a simple description of the entity--it doesn't actually have any other name.



** Or Doomguy by the fans.
** In both the novel adaptation (Which eventually drifted towards WorldOfWeirdness territory) and the movie he has a name (Flynn "Fly" Taggart and John "Reaper" Grimm respectively).
* Played as straight as can be in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}--Shadow of Chernobyl'', in which a well-known trader and owner of a local bar is known only as "Barkeep."
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has the Postman as a character in several of the games. Both Nintendo 64 games also feature the Happy Mask Salesman
* The G-Man from ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. In fact, "gman" was just the name of his character model. Nobody in the game calls him anything, except for Eli Vance, who refers to him as "our mutual friend." In the manual for the ''Opposing Force'' expansion, however, Shepard writes about a G-Man watching him during his training and, indeed he can be seen during the tutorial mission. And he is listed as "[=GMan=]" (no hyphen) in the credits for ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and its Episodes.

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** Or Doomguy by * Commonplace in the fans.
''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** In both the novel adaptation (Which eventually drifted towards WorldOfWeirdness territory) The Qunari in general use ranks as names, at least to other races. Some of these are obvious, like "the" before Arishok, implying it's a leadership title. Saarebas ("dangerous thing") is a word/rank/name for a mage, which are treated a thousand times worse than human mages (their [[MouthStitchedShut mouths are sewn shut]], and the movie he must wear chains and collars).
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
*** If the PlayerCharacter is from the Human Noble or Dwarf Noble Origins, they are occasionally addressed as Lord/Lady Cousland/Aeducan, respectively, but the rest of the time they are simply called "the Warden." If they hail from any other origin, they are the Grey Warden, period. This is a bit strange considering your character
has a set, unchangeable last name (Flynn "Fly" Taggart and John "Reaper" Grimm respectively).
* Played as straight as can be in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}--Shadow
regardless of Chernobyl'', in which origin you pick. Chances are you forget what it was before getting through the prologue, seeing how it is hardly mentioned anywhere again after the character creation screen (unless you made a well-known trader noble, as pointed out). Even stranger, Alistair is always an available party member for at least three-quarters of the game, and owner of a local bar is known only a (slightly) more senior Grey Warden than the player character, yet it is the PC who is always addressed as "Barkeep."Warden."
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has *** Sten isn't the Postman resident Qunari party member's real name, but a rank, as his real name cannot be pronounced by a non-Qunari.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', it's likely that most of your party will go through the Joining, becoming Grey Wardens, so the PC is now known as "Warden-Commander" or simply "Commander" to distinguish them from everyone else. This trope gets a bit of a lampshade
as a result:
--->'''Ohgren''': You. Hey, you!\\
'''Warden''': That's "Commander Hey You," by the way.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', this trope is probably why the new PlayerCharacter now has a static last name, allowing everyone to simply call you Hawke. Conveniently, your siblings, mother, and uncle will use every pronoun and substitute word imaginable to avoid saying your first name (which you can pick), as it wouldn't make sense for them to call you Hawke. However, Cassandra consistently calls you the "Champion of Kirkwall" in the FramingDevice. With most ''Origins'' import options, the Warden from the first game will be referred to as "The Hero of Ferelden" by most [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' does something of a mix of the two above: your
character in several of the games. Both Nintendo 64 games also feature the Happy Mask Salesman
* The G-Man from ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. In fact, "gman" was just the
does have a static family name of his character model. Nobody (which changes according to the species you chose), and does get called by it earlier in the game calls him anything, except for Eli Vance, who refers game, but most characters will just refer to him you as "our mutual friend."The Herald of Andraste," and later "the Inquisitor." In the manual for the ''Opposing Force'' expansion, Your name still gets some mentions however, Shepard writes about a G-Man watching him during his training and, indeed he can be seen during the tutorial mission. And he is listed such as "[=GMan=]" (no hyphen) Iron Bull mentioning in the credits for ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and its Episodes.a conversation that a Qunari Inquisitor's name, "Adaar," means "weapon" in Qunari tongue.



* The pilot of ''Videogame/TIEFighter'' is only named in [[AllThereInTheManual the supplemental material]] (his name's Maarek Stele, in case you wondered). Officers and wingmen in-game will only address you by your callsign, or occasionally as "pilot."
* The hero of ''Videogame/RebelAssault'' can be either a male or female, but is always and only called "Rookie One."
* The player character of ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is commonly referred to (in-universe and out) as the Jedi Exile. Atris' handmaidens all apparently go by Handmaiden, including the one who joins the party if the Exile's male (her real name, revealed late in the game, is Brianna). Her counterpart character for a female exile, whom you meet in the Jedi ruins of Dantooine, is known as "Disciple" (his real name is Mical).
** There's an interesting case with Mandalore, who is referred to by name only once in the whole game; Mandalore is his title. He spent the whole of the previous game being referred to by his name [[spoiler:Canderous]].
** The Jedi Exile is eventually given a CanonName--Meetra Surik--by ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', a prequel novel to TOR.
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' actually has a few cases of this in its own right. Each one of the classes picks up an appropriate nickname. The Imperial Agent, for example, is given the code name "Cipher Nine." The BountyHunter is simply called "Hunter" (in the case of a male Hunter, Mako will sometimes call you "Big guy"). A couple of the ''party members'' also fall into this. Jedi Knight companion Doc prefers being called that to his EmbarrassingFirstName, and Consulars get the terrorist turned politician who goes only by "Zenith."
* Doc, a doctor character introduced in the [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', may or may not be a case of this.
* From ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'', The Conquerer is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He also looks like a 50/50 mix between Sephiroth and a Viking, but that's another story...
* Despite being the title character, VideoGame/{{Iji}}'s brother is the only one to call her by her real name. All the aliens call her "(the Human) Anomaly" (even the friendly ones!) The only exception is [[spoiler:Ansaksie]] in a pacifistic run, right before Iji confronts Tor.
* Vyers from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is never called anything other than [[MidBoss Mid-Boss]] by the other characters, to his great frustration. Any attempts to bring up his name are usually shot down before he can even say it.
* Straight examples of this trope are all over ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Immediately obvious are Mom and Dad, but only slightly less noticeable are the Director and Cameraman who follow Axel around. And don't even get us started on [[spoiler:"Fake Zenon"]]. According to the [[AllThereInTheManual Disgaea 2]] art book, ''[[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep their names really are Mom and Dad]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' also features a character only known as the School Board President.
* Mors' RightHandAttackDog in the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' RPG is just 'dog', sometimes 'my dog' when Mors is talking about him.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series you have always been allowed to name your player character, but how you are referred to by other characters has been different from game to game. In the first two games this trope is mostly averted since the majority of the dialogue is in text only, and as such you are frequently referred to by your given name. In any of the voiced dialogues, they typically avoided referring to you directly or occasionally by some sort of title (like "Initiate" by the leaders of the Brotherhood Of Steel in ''Fallout'' and "Chosen One" by the people of your home village in ''Fallout 2''). However, from ''Tactics'' onward all dialogue became fully voiced and this trope came into full effect. In all the later games your character (and retroactively, the protagonists of the first two games as well) is referred to only by a title: "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout1}} Vault Dweller]]," "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout2}} Chosen One]]," "[[VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel Warrior]]," "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} Lone Wanderer]]" and "[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Courier]]." This is an AcceptableBreakFromReality so the radio shows can refer to you by name.

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* The pilot of ''Videogame/TIEFighter'' is only named in [[AllThereInTheManual the supplemental material]] (his name's Maarek Stele, in case you wondered). Officers and wingmen in-game will only address you by your callsign, or occasionally as "pilot."
* The hero of ''Videogame/RebelAssault'' can be either a male or female, but is always and only called "Rookie One."
* The player character of ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is commonly referred to (in-universe and out) as the Jedi Exile. Atris' handmaidens all apparently go by Handmaiden, including the one who joins the party if the Exile's male (her real name, revealed late in the game, is Brianna). Her counterpart character for a female exile, whom you meet in the Jedi ruins of Dantooine, is known as "Disciple" (his real name is Mical).
** There's an interesting case with Mandalore, who is referred to by name only once in the whole game; Mandalore is his title. He spent the whole of the previous game being referred to by his name [[spoiler:Canderous]].
''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'':
** The Jedi Exile is eventually given a CanonName--Meetra Surik--by ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', a prequel novel to TOR.
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' actually has a few cases of this in its own right. Each one of the classes picks up an appropriate nickname. The Imperial Agent, for example, is given the code name "Cipher Nine." The BountyHunter
protagonist is simply called "Hunter" (in "Farmer." The third game however gives the case character the name of a male Hunter, Mako will Lady Montbarron.
** Similarly for the PlayerCharacter from ''DS II'', who is often referred to as "Mercenary" in dialog,
sometimes call you "Big guy"). A couple of even when the ''party members'' also fall into this. Jedi Knight companion Doc prefers being called that to his EmbarrassingFirstName, and Consulars get text uses the terrorist turned politician who goes only name given by "Zenith."
the player.
* Doc, a doctor In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', your character introduced in the [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', may or may not be a case of this.
* From ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'', The Conquerer is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He also looks like a 50/50 mix between Sephiroth and a Viking, but that's another story...
* Despite being the title character, VideoGame/{{Iji}}'s brother is the only one to call her by her real name. All the aliens call her "(the Human) Anomaly" (even the friendly ones!) The only exception is [[spoiler:Ansaksie]] in a pacifistic run, right before Iji confronts Tor.
* Vyers from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is never called anything other than [[MidBoss Mid-Boss]] by the other characters, to his great frustration. Any attempts to bring up his name are
usually shot down before he gets called "the Dragonborn" or "[[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord Dovahkiin]]," regardless of the name you gave to yourself. You can even say it.
* Straight examples
get other designations by joining and progressing through the ranks of various Guilds (Harbinger, Legate, Listener...), but you will never be called by your name except in letters and other documents.
* ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' has both the Duchess of Elstwhere and the Good Dwarf. While the former does have a name it is only mentioned in a handful of the MultipleEndings, otherwise referred to only as Duchess, and the latter also has a name ([[spoiler:or ''names'', rather]]) but no-one could understand him, so they compromised.
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/FableI'' and ''VideoGame/FableII''. You can choose his(/her) title but most of them are exactly like
this trope trope. All other characters have actual names, then again, although there is also The Guildmaster and The Archeologist. The expansion pack reveals that the Guildmaster's true name is Weaver.
* The Masters of the Bazaar in VideoGame/FallenLondon
are all over ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Immediately obvious are Mom and Dad, but known only slightly less noticeable are the Director and Cameraman who follow Axel around. And don't even get us started on [[spoiler:"Fake Zenon"]]. According by appellations related to the [[AllThereInTheManual Disgaea 2]] art book, ''[[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep their names really are Mom and Dad]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' also features a
primary trade goods--Mr. Wines, Mr. Stones, Mr. Iron, etc. Nearly every other character only known as you encounter has a similar non-name: the School Board President.
* Mors' RightHandAttackDog in
Repentant Forger, the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' RPG is just 'dog', sometimes 'my dog' when Mors is talking about him.
Comtessa, the Revolutionary Firebrand, and so forth. This may have been a fashion started by [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria the Traitor Empress]], who no longer allows her real name to be spoken after [[DealWithTheDevil she traded London itself to the Masters]] [[spoiler:in order to save the life of her husband.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
**
In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series you have always been allowed to name your player character, but how you are referred to by other characters has been different from game to game. In the first two games this trope is mostly averted since the majority of the dialogue is in text only, and as such you are frequently referred to by your given name. In any of the voiced dialogues, they typically avoided referring to you directly or occasionally by some sort of title (like "Initiate" by the leaders of the Brotherhood Of Steel in ''Fallout'' and "Chosen One" by the people of your home village in ''Fallout 2''). However, from ''Tactics'' onward all dialogue became fully voiced and this trope came into full effect. In all the later games your character (and retroactively, the protagonists of the first two games as well) is referred to only by a title: "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout1}} Vault Dweller]]," "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout2}} Chosen One]]," "[[VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel Warrior]]," "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} Lone Wanderer]]" and "[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Courier]]." This is an AcceptableBreakFromReality so the radio shows can refer to you by name.



* The Doctor, this one in ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. His real name, not readable before passing through the BonusLevelOfHell, is [[spoiler:Date Fuyuhiko]].
* Happens to three characters in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. The Onion Knight from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' is only referred to by his title with no indication of what his real name is (in accordance with the fact that the Warriors of Light from FFIII--not to be confused with the Warriors of Light from the original Final Fantasy--weren't assigned names until the DS remake). His title is also rarely used by characters in the game, except for the voiceover intro at the start of the chapter--he is generally just referred to as "the kid." The Emperor of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' does have a name, Mateus, but it is only used for his final weapon and never in the dialogue. The Warrior of Light also has a name [[spoiler:but in accordance with the story of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' he has amnesia and cannot remember it.]] Cloud of Darkness, also from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', seems to invoke this trope, but although it appears as a humanoid female, the Cloud is not really human, and the name is a simple description of the entity--it doesn't actually have any other name.
* The {{Space Pirate}}s in the ''{{Metroid}}'' series refer to the heroine as The Hunter. When her EvilTwin shows up, they logically name it The Dark Hunter. The benevolent characters use her real name, though. The Chozo, who [[HappilyAdopted raised her]], sometimes refer to Samus as Hatchling or Newborn.
* The merchant in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Inversely, the merchant refuses to know Leon's name, only referring to him as "stranger"--or ''strain-jah'' if you will.

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* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' loved this trope in the first "generation." The Point Man is only really addressed by Betters, as "Buddy" when called directly, and "my man" or "my point man" when he's talking to others about him. The Sergeant from ''Perseus Mandate'' fits squarely into this trope, being called exactly that by his squadmates Chen and Raynes. Nobody else even gets close to saying a vocative to them.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'':
** This trope's name is based on the character Barkeep. Characters refer to this Hypello crewmember as Barkeep because they inexplicably don't know his real name. ''He'' doesn't even know his real name.
** There's also Brother, one of the Al Bhed airship pilots. [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Brother might actually be his name.]]
* The Doctor, this one SilentProtagonist in ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. His real name, not readable before passing through ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'' is ''always'' Alpha 1, or occasionally "pilot," at least as far as all the BonusLevelOfHell, is [[spoiler:Date Fuyuhiko]].
* Happens to three
other characters are concerned.
* Mors' RightHandAttackDog
in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' RPG is just 'dog', sometimes 'my dog' when Mors is talking about him.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun:
The Onion Knight Lost Age'' and ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', the elderly matriarch of Champa is called Obaba, which is just Japanese for "grandmother." Presumably, this makes her an [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Grandma]] to everybody, of the sort you [[NeverMessWithGranny never mess with]].
* The G-Man
from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' is only referred to by ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. In fact, "gman" was just the name of his title with no indication of what character model. Nobody in the game calls him anything, except for Eli Vance, who refers to him as "our mutual friend." In the manual for the ''Opposing Force'' expansion, however, Shepard writes about a G-Man watching him during his real training and, indeed he can be seen during the tutorial mission. And he is listed as "[=GMan=]" (no hyphen) in the credits for ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and its Episodes.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Arbiter's true
name is (in accordance with the fact that the Warriors of Light from FFIII--not to be confused with the Warriors of Light from never mentioned in the original Final Fantasy--weren't assigned names trilogy, while the Master Chief is referred to only by his rank (or occasionally his designation number "117") until the DS remake). His title is also rarely used by very end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. However, the books had already revealed that their true names were, respectively, Thel 'Vadam(ee) and John.
** Most pre-''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' Covenant
characters in are never addressed by their names in-game; the game, except for the voiceover intro at the start names of the chapter--he Prophets of Truth, Mercy, and Regret, the half-jawed Shipmaster, and the ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' Arbiter have only been revealed in non-game material[[note]]In case you're wondering, they're Ord Casto, Hod Rumnt, Lod Mron, Rtas 'Vadum(ee), and Ripa 'Moramee[[/note]].
** The ExpandedUniverse reveals that many high-ranking Forerunners were referred to only by their titles; the two main examples would be the Librarian and the Didact, who called each other as such even though they were ''married''[[note]]Their actual names are First Light Weaves Living Song and Shadow of Sundered Star, respectively[[/note]].
* ''Videogame/HarvestMoon'':
** The Doctor in ''Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town''
is generally just called "doctor," no matter what. Even if you ''marry'' him, he continues to go by just "Doctor." (However, in ''Harvest Moon DS'', he gains the name "Trent.")
** The Witch and Wizard in ''Animal Parade'' are
referred to as "the kid." just that by most of the town, though they'll reveal their actual names when married-- [[spoiler: Vivi and Gale, respectively]]. The Emperor of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' does Harvest Goddess and King turn out to have a name, Mateus, but it is only used for his final weapon proper names as well under the same condition. [[spoiler: Theirs are Sephia and never in the dialogue. The Warrior of Light also has a name [[spoiler:but in accordance with the story of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' he has amnesia and cannot remember it.]] Cloud of Darkness, also Ignis]].
* Linda
from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', seems to invoke this trope, but although it appears as a humanoid female, ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' gets the Cloud is not really human, moniker "Underling" from Nepgear and company, and the name is a simple description at the top of the entity--it doesn't actually have any other name.
text box whenever she speaks is replaced with "Underling" from then on out.
* The {{Space Pirate}}s in Despite being the ''{{Metroid}}'' series refer to title character, VideoGame/{{Iji}}'s brother is the heroine as The Hunter. When only one to call her EvilTwin shows up, they logically name it The Dark Hunter. The benevolent characters use by her real name, though. name. All the aliens call her "(the Human) Anomaly" (even the friendly ones!) The Chozo, who [[HappilyAdopted raised her]], sometimes refer to Samus as Hatchling or Newborn.
only exception is [[spoiler:Ansaksie]] in a pacifistic run, right before Iji confronts Tor.
* The merchant in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Inversely, the merchant refuses to know Leon's name, protagonist of ''VideoGame/INinja'' is named... Ninja. Yup. His sensei is similarly only referring to him as "stranger"--or ''strain-jah'' if you will.called Sensei.



* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Everyone Calls Them Scout, Heavy, Engineer, Sniper, Spy, Soldier, Demoman, Medic and Pyro respectively, leading to {{Fan Nickname}}s such as "Engie" or "Solly."
** However, the comic that introduced the WAR! update revealed that the Demoman's name is Tavish [=DeGroot=] and the Announcer's name is Helen. The ''Loose Canon'' comic reveal the Engineer's name to be Dell Conagher and ''Meet the Director'' revealed the Sniper's last name to be Mundy. However, the WAR! comic also indicates Soldier has NoNameGiven because he's referred to as "Jane Doe," indicating even his employers don't know his name, and one item describes him as "a nameless man." As of "A Cold Day in Hell," the Heavy is called Mikhail or "Misha" by his sisters.
* The Doctor in ''Videogame/HarvestMoon: Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town'' is just called "doctor," no matter what. Even if you ''marry'' him, he continues to go by just "Doctor." (However, in ''Harvest Moon DS'', he gains the name "Trent.")
** The Witch and Wizard in ''Animal Parade'' are referred to as just that by most of the town, though they'll reveal their actual names when married-- [[spoiler: Vivi and Gale, respectively]]. The Harvest Goddess and King turn out to have proper names as well under the same condition. [[spoiler: Theirs are Sephia and Ignis]].
* The setting of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is (as revealed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]]) named "Chiron," but every in-game quote acts as though "Planet" were its proper name.
** The ball of stone that everything lives on is Chiron. The entity formed of the miles and miles of xenofungus that covers Chiron named itself Planet, when it first learned to speak to humans, before it had a good understanding of English.
*** The xenofungus entity is named Planet. The ball of rock is also called Planet (though it is named Chiron)--e.g. University of Planet, "Planet's atmosphere," "Planet's industry," "Planet's primary."..
** Said supplementary materials when talking about Chiron at one point says, paraphrased, "the proper name of the planet the ''Unity'' crew arrived on is Chiron, but everyone calls it Planet."
* Crosses over with a DoubleSubversion of EarthAllAlong in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''--the planet the game takes place on is simply called "the earth" and its moon "the moon," both in lowercase. These celestial bodies ''do'' have names, but they had been forgotten due to the Great Blank. In the mission "Mother's Memory," your party discovers pre-Great Blank records that reveal "the Earth" is really [[spoiler: Coral, the homeworld from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'']].
* The main characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series are simply known as Overlord with the exception of Lord Gromgard of Videogame/OverlordDarkLegend.

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Everyone Calls Them Scout, Heavy, Engineer, Sniper, Spy, Soldier, Demoman, Medic and Pyro respectively, leading to {{Fan Nickname}}s such as "Engie" or "Solly."
Meta Knight from ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''.
* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'':
** However, the comic that introduced the WAR! update revealed that the Demoman's name is Tavish [=DeGroot=] and the Announcer's name is Helen. The ''Loose Canon'' comic reveal the Engineer's name to be Dell Conagher and ''Meet the Director'' revealed the Sniper's last name to be Mundy. However, the WAR! comic also indicates Soldier has NoNameGiven because he's player character is commonly referred to (in-universe and out) as "Jane Doe," indicating even his employers don't know his the Jedi Exile. Atris' handmaidens all apparently go by Handmaiden, including the one who joins the party if the Exile's male (her real name, and one item describes him as "a nameless man." As of "A Cold Day revealed late in Hell," the Heavy game, is called Mikhail or "Misha" by his sisters.
* The Doctor in ''Videogame/HarvestMoon: Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town'' is just called "doctor," no matter what. Even if
Brianna). Her counterpart character for a female exile, whom you ''marry'' him, he continues to go by just "Doctor." (However, meet in ''Harvest Moon DS'', he gains the Jedi ruins of Dantooine, is known as "Disciple" (his real name "Trent.")
is Mical).
** The Witch and Wizard in ''Animal Parade'' are There's an interesting case with Mandalore, who is referred to as just that by most name only once in the whole game; Mandalore is his title. He spent the whole of the town, though they'll reveal their actual names when married-- [[spoiler: Vivi and Gale, respectively]]. The Harvest Goddess and King turn out previous game being referred to have proper names as well under the same condition. [[spoiler: Theirs are Sephia and Ignis]].
* The setting of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is (as revealed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]]) named "Chiron," but every in-game quote acts as though "Planet" were its proper name.
by his name [[spoiler:Canderous]].
** The ball of stone that everything lives on Jedi Exile is Chiron. eventually given a CanonName--Meetra Surik--by ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', a prequel novel to TOR.
* From ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'',
The entity formed of the miles and miles of xenofungus that covers Chiron named itself Planet, when it first learned to speak to humans, before it had a good understanding of English.
*** The xenofungus entity
Conquerer is named Planet. The ball of rock is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He also called Planet (though it is named Chiron)--e.g. University of Planet, "Planet's atmosphere," "Planet's industry," "Planet's primary."..
** Said supplementary materials when talking about Chiron at one point says, paraphrased, "the proper name of the planet the ''Unity'' crew arrived on is Chiron,
looks like a 50/50 mix between Sephiroth and a Viking, but everyone calls it Planet."
* Crosses over with a DoubleSubversion of EarthAllAlong in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''--the planet the game takes place on is simply called "the earth" and its moon "the moon," both in lowercase. These celestial bodies ''do'' have names, but they had been forgotten due to the Great Blank. In the mission "Mother's Memory," your party discovers pre-Great Blank records that reveal "the Earth" is really [[spoiler: Coral, the homeworld from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'']].
* The main characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series are simply known as Overlord with the exception of Lord Gromgard of Videogame/OverlordDarkLegend.
that's another story...



** ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has Coach. If Coach gets killed, Rochelle lampshades the trope by asking "Do you think Coach was his first or last name?"
*** When the survivors introduce themselves to each other, Coach states that all his friends call him as such and that they (the other survivors) may as well do the same.
* Commonplace in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** The Qunari in general use ranks as names, at least to other races. Some of these are obvious, like "the" before Arishok, implying it's a leadership title. Saarebas ("dangerous thing") is a word/rank/name for a mage, which are treated a thousand times worse than human mages (their [[MouthStitchedShut mouths are sewn shut]], and the must wear chains and collars).
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
*** If the PlayerCharacter is from the Human Noble or Dwarf Noble Origins, they are occasionally addressed as Lord/Lady Cousland/Aeducan, respectively, but the rest of the time they are simply called "the Warden." If they hail from any other origin, they are the Grey Warden, period. This is a bit strange considering your character has a set, unchangeable last name regardless of which origin you pick. Chances are you forget what it was before getting through the prologue, seeing how it is hardly mentioned anywhere again after the character creation screen (unless you made a noble, as pointed out). Even stranger, Alistair is always an available party member for at least three-quarters of the game, and is a (slightly) more senior Grey Warden than the player character, yet it is the PC who is always addressed as "Warden."
*** Sten isn't the resident Qunari party member's real name, but a rank, as his real name cannot be pronounced by a non-Qunari.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', it's likely that most of your party will go through the Joining, becoming Grey Wardens, so the PC is now known as "Warden-Commander" or simply "Commander" to distinguish them from everyone else. This trope gets a bit of a lampshade as a result:
--->'''Ohgren''': You. Hey, you!\\
'''Warden''': That's "Commander Hey You," by the way.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', this trope is probably why the new PlayerCharacter now has a static last name, allowing everyone to simply call you Hawke. Conveniently, your siblings, mother, and uncle will use every pronoun and substitute word imaginable to avoid saying your first name (which you can pick), as it wouldn't make sense for them to call you Hawke. However, Cassandra consistently calls you the "Champion of Kirkwall" in the FramingDevice. With most ''Origins'' import options, the Warden from the first game will be referred to as "The Hero of Ferelden" by most [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' does something of a mix of the two above: your character does have a static family name (which changes according to the species you chose), and does get called by it earlier in the game, but most characters will just refer to you as "The Herald of Andraste," and later "the Inquisitor." Your name still gets some mentions however, such as Iron Bull mentioning in a conversation that a Qunari Inquisitor's name, "Adaar," means "weapon" in Qunari tongue.

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** * ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has Coach. If Coach gets killed, Rochelle lampshades the trope by asking "Do you think Coach was his first or last name?"
***
name?" When the survivors introduce themselves to each other, Coach states that all his friends call him as such and that they (the other survivors) may as well do the same.
* Commonplace in ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' gives us [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Mermaid]] and Pearl Sprite.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has
the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** The Qunari in general use ranks
Postman as names, at least to other races. Some of these are obvious, like "the" before Arishok, implying it's a leadership title. Saarebas ("dangerous thing") is a word/rank/name for a mage, which are treated a thousand times worse than human mages (their [[MouthStitchedShut mouths are sewn shut]], and the must wear chains and collars).
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
*** If the PlayerCharacter is from the Human Noble or Dwarf Noble Origins, they are occasionally addressed as Lord/Lady Cousland/Aeducan, respectively, but the rest of the time they are simply called "the Warden." If they hail from any other origin, they are the Grey Warden, period. This is a bit strange considering your
character has a set, unchangeable last name regardless of which origin you pick. Chances are you forget what it was before getting through the prologue, seeing how it is hardly mentioned anywhere again after the character creation screen (unless you made a noble, as pointed out). Even stranger, Alistair is always an available party member for at least three-quarters in several of the game, and is a (slightly) more senior Grey Warden than games. Both Nintendo 64 games also feature the player character, yet it is the PC who is always addressed as "Warden."
*** Sten isn't the resident Qunari party member's real name, but a rank, as his real name cannot be pronounced by a non-Qunari.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', it's likely that most of your party will go through the Joining, becoming Grey Wardens, so the PC is now known as "Warden-Commander" or simply "Commander" to distinguish them from everyone else. This trope gets a bit of a lampshade as a result:
--->'''Ohgren''': You. Hey, you!\\
'''Warden''': That's "Commander Hey You," by the way.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', this trope is probably why the new PlayerCharacter now has a static last name, allowing everyone to simply
Happy Mask Salesman
* The hero's team members in ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsTheThirdAge'' don't
call you Hawke. Conveniently, your siblings, mother, each other by names but races and uncle will use occupations, which is strange, since every pronoun and substitute word imaginable to avoid saying your first character's name (which you can pick), as it wouldn't make sense for them to call you Hawke. However, Cassandra consistently calls you the "Champion of Kirkwall" in the FramingDevice. With most ''Origins'' import options, the Warden from the first game will be referred to as "The Hero of Ferelden" by most [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' does something of a mix of the two above: your character does have a static family name (which changes according to the species you chose),
is fixed and does get called by it earlier in the game, but most characters will just refer to you as "The Herald of Andraste," and later "the Inquisitor." Your name still gets some mentions however, such as Iron Bull mentioning in a conversation that a Qunari Inquisitor's name, "Adaar," means "weapon" in Qunari tongue.they shouldn't had any problem with dubbing.



* An odd example in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends''. The main character is Mega Man Volnutt, but everyone calls him Mega Man. Later in the game, you encounter other Mega Men, with the implication that "Mega Man" is more of a title than a name.
* The {{Space Pirate}}s in the ''{{Metroid}}'' series refer to the heroine as The Hunter. When her EvilTwin shows up, they logically name it The Dark Hunter. The benevolent characters use her real name, though. The Chozo, who [[HappilyAdopted raised her]], sometimes refer to Samus as Hatchling or Newborn.
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series has the Voodoo Lady, the proprietor of the various Voodoo shops seen throughout the series, from the International House of Mojo to Voodoo 'n Things (formerly just Voodoo), and Guybrush's primary source of advice throughout the series (with a five-game contract with Creator/LucasArts). She insists that while her real name isn't important, names have power over people, and refuses to share hers.
* Every human character in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', with the exception of the PlayerCharacter. The only story-relevant characters to have actual names are the two story-relevant Shakalakas Cha-Cha and Kayamba.
* ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles'':
** The protagonist in the series is referred to as "Detective" or "Master Detective," even when Cassandra Williams leaves her a voicemail at the beginning of ''Shadow Lake''. Apparently the Master Detective paid extra to get her phonebook listing under her nickname.
** Played with a couple times in ''Escape from Ravenhearst'', when [[spoiler:the game inserts the name you used for your current profile--a gravestone and a note to you from Charles will both have your profile name]].



* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has your party calling you "our leader" and "our fearless leader" at various points. When you get promoted, it becomes "Captain" or "Knight-Captain" in most cases.

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* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
** The game
has your party calling you "our leader" and "our fearless leader" at various points. When you get promoted, it becomes "Captain" or "Knight-Captain" in most cases.



** Wait, what about Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii? Isn't that his real name?
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/FableI'' and ''VideoGame/FableII''. You can choose his(/her) title but most of them are exactly like this trope. All other characters have actual names, then again, although there is also The Guildmaster and The Archeologist.
** The expansion pack reveals that the Guildmaster's true name is Weaver.
* The SilentProtagonist in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'' is ''always'' Alpha 1, or occasionally "pilot," at least as far as all the other characters are concerned.
* ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'': Trilby. A trilby is a type of hat and the character is always wearing one, the other characters are never told Trilby's actually name, but WordOfGod says that his first name is Malcolm.
* The Commander in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II]]'' is only referred to as such by his fellow Space Marines. His CanonName, according to the novel, is apparently Aramus.

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** Wait, what about Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii? Isn't that his real name?
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/FableI'' and ''VideoGame/FableII''. You can choose his(/her) title but most of them are exactly like this trope. All other main characters of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series are simply known as Overlord with the exception of Lord Gromgard of Videogame/OverlordDarkLegend.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'':
** The voiced dialogue in both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' only refer to the protagonists as "Leader," "Partner," or "Senpai." ''Persona 3''[='s=] MC is named "Minato Arisato" in the manga and "Makoto Yuuki" in the movie, and ''Persona 4''[='s=] MC is "Souji Seta" in the manga and "Yu Narukami" in the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime]].
** Many if not all [=NPC=]s wandering around school or town in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are called "X student" or "Y girl/boy" (or variations thereof) with X and Y being there most obvious feature. Prominent examples are [[JiveTurkey Funky Student]] and [[CloudCuckoolander Spacey Girl]]. You can talk with these people all year long, but you never learn there real names.
* Crosses over with a DoubleSubversion of EarthAllAlong in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero''--the planet the game takes place on is simply called "the earth" and its moon "the moon," both in lowercase. These celestial bodies ''do''
have actual names, then again, although there is also The Guildmaster and The Archeologist.
** The expansion pack reveals
but they had been forgotten due to the Great Blank. In the mission "Mother's Memory," your party discovers pre-Great Blank records that reveal "the Earth" is really [[spoiler: Coral, the Guildmaster's true homeworld from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'']].
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
** TheJudge. In ''Justice For All'', he gives Phoenix a business card, but Phoenix is unable to make out the
name is Weaver.
* The SilentProtagonist
on it.
** This applies to every judge
in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'' is ''always'' Alpha 1, or occasionally "pilot," at least as far as all the other characters series, aside from Justine Courtney. Except for the original judge, they are concerned.
* ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'': Trilby. A trilby is a type of hat
differentiated in the fandom by monikers such as "the Labyrinthian judge" and "the judge's brother".
** Likewise,
the character bellboy in the first game is always wearing one, the other characters are never told Trilby's actually name, but WordOfGod says that his first name is Malcolm.
* The Commander in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II]]'' is only
referred to as such by his fellow Space Marines. His CanonName, according to "the bellboy" or "that creepy bellboy."
** {{Parodied|Trope}} with recurring character Wendy Oldbag. Although her name is very well known,
the novel, name that shows up over her speech boxes is apparently Aramus.always "Security Lady."
* Odds are very good that you won't name every single one of your Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, leaving them with their default names which just amounts to their species. Mercifully, if you do this, their name will update as they evolve; you won't still be calling your Blastoise "Squirtle." Unless you go out of your way to do so, of course.
* In ''{{Postal}}'', the Dude's wife is just called "[The] Bitch." Nothing else.
* The Sheriff from ''VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm''.
* The hero of ''Videogame/RebelAssault'' can be either a male or female, but is always and only called "Rookie One."
* The merchant in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Inversely, the merchant refuses to know Leon's name, only referring to him as "stranger"--or ''strain-jah'' if you will.



* The player characters of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' multiplayer seemed to have this at first. There's the Priest, Courtesan, Hunter, Doctor etc. Then the beta revealed that they do have names after all.
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series has the Voodoo Lady, the proprietor of the various Voodoo shops seen throughout the series, from the International House of Mojo to Voodoo 'n Things (formerly just Voodoo), and Guybrush's primary source of advice throughout the series (with a five-game contract with Creator/LucasArts). She insists that while her real name isn't important, names have power over people, and refuses to share hers.
* The Masters of the Bazaar in VideoGame/FallenLondon are known only by appellations related to their primary trade goods--Mr. Wines, Mr. Stones, Mr. Iron, etc. Nearly every other character you encounter has a similar non-name: the Repentant Forger, the Comtessa, the Revolutionary Firebrand, and so forth. This may have been a fashion started by [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria the Traitor Empress]], who no longer allows her real name to be spoken after [[DealWithTheDevil she traded London itself to the Masters]] [[spoiler:in order to save the life of her husband.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' loved this trope in the first "generation." The Point Man is only really addressed by Betters, as "Buddy" when called directly, and "my man" or "my point man" when he's talking to others about him. The Sergeant from ''Perseus Mandate'' fits squarely into this trope, being called exactly that by his squadmates Chen and Raynes. Nobody else even gets close to saying a vocative to them.
* ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' has both the Duchess of Elstwhere and the Good Dwarf. While the former does have a name it is only mentioned in a handful of the MultipleEndings, otherwise referred to only as Duchess, and the latter also has a name ([[spoiler:or ''names'', rather]]) but no-one could understand him, so they compromised.
* Meta Knight from ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''.

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* The player characters main antagonists of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' multiplayer seemed to have this at first. There's the Priest, Courtesan, Hunter, Doctor etc. Then the beta revealed that they do have names after all.
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series has the Voodoo Lady, the proprietor of the various Voodoo shops seen throughout the series, from the International House of Mojo to Voodoo 'n Things (formerly just Voodoo),
''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld'' are called Killer (a wanted SerialKiller) and Guybrush's primary source of advice throughout the series (with a five-game contract with Creator/LucasArts). She insists that while her real name isn't important, names have power over people, and refuses to share hers.
* The Masters of the Bazaar in VideoGame/FallenLondon are known only by appellations related to their primary trade goods--Mr. Wines, Mr. Stones, Mr. Iron, etc. Nearly every other character you encounter has a similar non-name: the Repentant Forger, the Comtessa, the Revolutionary Firebrand, and so forth. This may have been a fashion started by [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria the Traitor Empress]], who no longer allows her real name to be spoken after [[DealWithTheDevil she traded London itself to the Masters]] [[spoiler:in order to save the life of her husband.
Lady (a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[CuteMute mute]]). Lady is eventually identified: [[spoiler:Grace Garland.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' loved this trope The setting of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is (as revealed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]]) named "Chiron," but every in-game quote acts as though "Planet" were its proper name. The ball of stone that everything lives on is Chiron. The entity formed of the miles and miles of xenofungus that covers Chiron named itself Planet, when it first learned to speak to humans, before it had a good understanding of English. The xenofungus entity is named Planet. The ball of rock is also called Planet (though it is named Chiron)--e.g. University of Planet, "Planet's atmosphere," "Planet's industry," "Planet's primary." Said supplementary materials when talking about Chiron at one point says, paraphrased, "the proper name of the planet the ''Unity'' crew arrived on is Chiron, but everyone calls it Planet."
* Doc, a doctor character introduced
in the first "generation.[[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', may or may not be a case of this.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Snapimals}}'', the captain is only referred to as "The Captain".
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** {{Sonic Unleashed}}. Every NPC in the game has a name, except for The Ice Cream Man and Professor Pickle's Assistant.
** There's also the G.U.N. Commander in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', who is only known as the Commander.
** On a more gradual level, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. What started out as a DubNameChange (Robotnik in the west, Eggman in Japan) was canonized as an AppropriatedAppellation in ''Sonic Adventure'' (Robotnik introduces himself as Robotnik, whereupon Sonic mocks him for being "A Giant talking egg!" and all the heroes just call him Eggman). In the years following that, Robotnik has been confirmed as his canon name, but absolutely no one calls him that, not even himself.
* Played as straight as can be in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}--Shadow of Chernobyl'', in which a well-known trader and owner of a local bar is known only as "Barkeep."
* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', you can enter whatever you want as your character's name, but Cartman will still insist on referring to you as "Douchebag".
* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' actually has a few cases of this in its own right. Each one of the classes picks up an appropriate nickname. The Imperial Agent, for example, is given the code name "Cipher Nine.
" The Point Man BountyHunter is only really addressed by Betters, as "Buddy" when simply called directly, and "my man" or "my point man" when he's talking to others about him. The Sergeant from ''Perseus Mandate'' fits squarely "Hunter" (in the case of a male Hunter, Mako will sometimes call you "Big guy"). A couple of the ''party members'' also fall into this trope, this. Jedi Knight companion Doc prefers being called exactly that by to his squadmates Chen EmbarrassingFirstName, and Raynes. Nobody else even gets close to saying a vocative to them.
Consulars get the terrorist turned politician who goes only by "Zenith."
* ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' The ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has both an interesting example of this. In the Duchess of Elstwhere original Japanese ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', the black boxer was named "M. Bison" (an obvious reference to Mike Tyson), the masked Spaniard was named "Balrog", and the Good Dwarf. While final boss was named "Vega". Fearing a Tyson lawsuit, Capcom changed the former does names around when bringing the game over internationally. Thus M. Bison became Balrog, Balrog became Vega, and Vega became M. Bison. Since this tends to cause a lot of confusion whenever Japanese and non-Japanese players interact, such as in fighting game tournaments, many players have a come to use nicknames to identify them, naming Balrog "Boxer", Vega "Claw", and M. Bison "Dictator".
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Everyone Calls Them Scout, Heavy, Engineer, Sniper, Spy, Soldier, Demoman, Medic and Pyro respectively, leading to {{Fan Nickname}}s such as "Engie" or "Solly."\\\
However, the comic that introduced the WAR! update revealed that the Demoman's
name it is only mentioned in a handful of Tavish [=DeGroot=] and the MultipleEndings, otherwise Announcer's name is Helen. The ''Loose Canon'' comic reveal the Engineer's name to be Dell Conagher and ''Meet the Director'' revealed the Sniper's last name to be Mundy. However, the WAR! comic also indicates Soldier has NoNameGiven because he's referred to as "Jane Doe," indicating even his employers don't know his name, and one item describes him as "a nameless man." As of "A Cold Day in Hell," the Heavy is called Mikhail or "Misha" by his sisters.
* The pilot of ''Videogame/TIEFighter'' is
only as Duchess, named in [[AllThereInTheManual the supplemental material]] (his name's Maarek Stele, in case you wondered). Officers and the latter also has a name ([[spoiler:or ''names'', rather]]) but no-one could understand him, so they compromised.
* Meta Knight from ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''.
wingmen in-game will only address you by your callsign, or occasionally as "pilot."



** [[UniverseBible Perfect Momento in Strict Sense]] describes it as a serpent with hands and horns, and large enough to block sunlight. A stereotypical Asian dragon.
* An odd example in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends''. The main character is Mega Man Volnutt, but everyone calls him Mega Man. Later in the game, you encounter other Mega Men, with the implication that "Mega Man" is more of a title than a name.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' and ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', the elderly matriarch of Champa is called Obaba, which is just Japanese for "grandmother." Presumably, this makes her an [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Grandma]] to everybody, of the sort you [[NeverMessWithGranny never mess with]].
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' is simply called "Farmer." The third game however gives the character the name of Lady Montbarron.
** Similarly for the PlayerCharacter from ''DS II'', who is often referred to as "Mercenary" in dialog, sometimes even when the text uses the name given by the player.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' is referred to only as "The Kid" by the narrator Rucks.

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** [[UniverseBible Perfect Momento in Strict Sense]] describes it as a serpent with hands and horns, and large enough to block sunlight. A stereotypical Asian dragon.
* An odd example in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends''. The main character is Mega Man Volnutt, but everyone calls him Mega Man. Later nation in the game, you encounter other Mega Men, with the implication that "Mega Man" is more of a title than a name.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' and ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', the elderly matriarch of Champa is called Obaba,
which is just Japanese for "grandmother." Presumably, this makes her an [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Grandma]] to everybody, of the sort you [[NeverMessWithGranny never mess with]].
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege''
{{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/TreeOfSavior'' takes place is simply called "Farmer." The third game however gives the character the name of Lady Montbarron.
** Similarly for the PlayerCharacter from ''DS II'', who is often referred to as "Mercenary" in dialog, sometimes even when the text uses the name given by the player.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' is referred to only
known as "The Kid" by Kingdom." History books say that the narrator Rucks.Kingdom is comprised of all known nation-states that existed before it, and so neither its founder Emperor Zachariel nor his successors or the common people have felt the need to give it a more specific name beyond that.



* Linda from ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' gets the moniker "Underling" from Nepgear and company, and the name at the top of the text box whenever she speaks is replaced with "Underling" from then on out.
* {{Sonic Unleashed}}. Every NPC in the game has a name, except for The Ice Cream Man and Professor Pickle's Assistant.
** There's also the G.U.N. Commander in ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', who is only known as the Commander.
** On a more gradual level, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. What started out as a DubNameChange (Robotnik in the west, Eggman in Japan) was canonized as an AppropriatedAppellation in ''Sonic Adventure'' (Robotnik introduces himself as Robotnik, whereupon Sonic mocks him for being "A Giant talking egg!" and all the heroes just call him Eggman). In the years following that, Robotnik has been confirmed as his canon name, but absolutely no one calls him that, not even himself.
* The protagonist in the ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles'' series is referred to as "Detective" or "Master Detective," even when Cassandra Williams leaves her a voicemail at the beginning of ''Shadow Lake''. Apparently the Master Detective paid extra to get her phonebook listing under her nickname.
** Played with a couple times in ''Escape from Ravenhearst'', when [[spoiler:the game inserts the name you used for your current profile--a gravestone and a note to you from Charles will both have your profile name]].
* The Sheriff from ''VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm''.
* The voiced dialogue in both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' only refer to the protagonists as "Leader," "Partner," or "Senpai." ''Persona 3''[='s=] MC is named "Minato Arisato" in the manga and "Makoto Yuuki" in the movie, and ''Persona 4''[='s=] MC is "Souji Seta" in the manga and "Yu Narukami" in the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime]].
** Many if not all [=NPC=]s wandering around school or town in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are called "X student" or "Y girl/boy" (or variations thereof) with X and Y being there most obvious feature. Prominent examples are [[JiveTurkey Funky Student]] and [[CloudCuckoolander Spacey Girl]]. You can talk with these people all year long, but you never learn there real names.
* In ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'', this applies to ''every character.'' The baker, the conspiracy guy, Mom, the cop, etc. You can rename them, though.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', your character usually gets called "the Dragonborn" or "[[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord Dovahkiin]]," regardless of the name you gave to yourself. You can get other designations by joining and progressing through the ranks of various Guilds (Harbinger, Legate, Listener...), but you will never be called by your name except in letters and other documents.



* White Bomber from ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' is simply called Bomberman to some people.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' gives us [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Mermaid]] and Pearl Sprite.
* Odds are very good that you won't name every single one of your Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, leaving them with their default names which just amounts to their species. Mercifully, if you do this, their name will update as they evolve; you won't still be calling your Blastoise "Squirtle." Unless you go out of your way to do so, of course.
* The hero's team members in ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsTheThirdAge'' don't call each other by names but races and occupations, which is strange, since every character's name is fixed and they shouldn't had any problem with dubbing.
* Every human character in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', with the exception of the PlayerCharacter. The only story-relevant characters to have actual names are the two story-relevant Shakalakas Cha-Cha and Kayamba.



* While most duelists in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsterColiseum'' address Yami Yugi as Yugi, Marik and Yami Marik refer to him exclusively as "Pharaoh."
* The {{player character}} of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' is addressed solely as "Detective," although later games in the series sometimes identify her as "the Fairy Tale Detective," which is how she has become known by reputation.
* The ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has an interesting example of this. In the original Japanese ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', the black boxer was named "M. Bison" (an obvious reference to Mike Tyson), the masked Spaniard was named "Balrog", and the final boss was named "Vega". Fearing a Tyson lawsuit, Capcom changed the names around when bringing the game over internationally. Thus M. Bison became Balrog, Balrog became Vega, and Vega became M. Bison. Since this tends to cause a lot of confusion whenever Japanese and non-Japanese players interact, such as in fighting game tournaments, many players have come to use nicknames to identify them, naming Balrog "Boxer", Vega "Claw", and M. Bison "Dictator".
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/INinja'' is named... Ninja. Yup. His sensei is similarly only called Sensei.
* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', you can enter whatever you want as your character's name, but Cartman will still insist on referring to you as "Douchebag".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Snapimals}}'', the captain is only referred to as "The Captain".

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* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'': In addition to most pilots usually being referred to by their callsign only, the first game had a bartender named "Shotglass" (his callsign from his pilot days) and the second and fourth games had mechanics named "Sparks" and "Pliers" respectively. The latter was {{lampshaded}} in the novelization when Blair, initially unsure if he was hearing a nickname or an [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep actual if unlikely name]], has to ask if they ''really'' had a mechanic named Pliers.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The game includes a minor NPC named Mankrik who tasks you with finding his wife, who he fears has been killed. Sadly, he's right. Her body, when you find it, is named "Beaten Corpse."[[note]]Fanon ''ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' Parody Fanfiction ''You Awaken in Razor Hill'' finally gave her a name, over five years later. [[spoiler:Marya, or Mary for short.]][[/note]]
** Crosses between RealLife and VideoGames--players in ''World of Warcraft'' frequently fall victim to this too, when in pickup groups. "OK, the rogue will sap that one, the mage will sheep this one, and the tank (not even the class name) will hold the other two." "Tank, are you there?" "Rogue, do this and that."
** For some time, there was a human NPC named Captain Placeholder running around. Sadly, he was later replaced by somebody with an actual name.
** Because the game lets you choose your name, audio has to go out of the way to avoid names when addressing you. Whenever a character is talking, expect to be referred to as "hero," "champion," and a variety of others. ''Warlords of Draenor'' standardizes it with "Commander" and later "General."
* While most duelists in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsterColiseum'' address Yami Yugi as Yugi, Marik and Yami Marik refer to him exclusively as "Pharaoh."
* The {{player character}} of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' is addressed solely as "Detective," although later games in the series sometimes identify her as "the Fairy Tale Detective," which is how she has become known by reputation.
* The ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has an interesting example of this. In the original Japanese ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', the black boxer was named "M. Bison" (an obvious reference to Mike Tyson), the masked Spaniard was named "Balrog", and the final boss was named "Vega". Fearing a Tyson lawsuit, Capcom changed the names around when bringing the game over internationally. Thus M. Bison became Balrog, Balrog became Vega, and Vega became M. Bison. Since this tends to cause a lot of confusion whenever Japanese and non-Japanese players interact, such as in fighting game tournaments, many players have come to use nicknames to identify them, naming Balrog "Boxer", Vega "Claw", and M. Bison "Dictator".
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/INinja'' is named... Ninja. Yup. His sensei is similarly only called Sensei.
* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', you can enter whatever you want as your character's name, but Cartman will still insist on referring to you as "Douchebag".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Snapimals}}'', the captain is only referred to as "The Captain".
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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the Servants are called by their character classes to disguise their [[PublicDomainCharacter true identities]] (and thus, their [[PublicDomainArtifact legendary weapons]], abilities, and (most importantly) weaknesses) from their opponents. Unless the Servant is too arrogant to worry about such things, as in the cases of [[spoiler:Gilgamesh and the ''LightNovel/FateZero'' Rider, [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Iskander]]]].



* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the Servants are called by their character classes to disguise their [[PublicDomainCharacter true identities]] (and thus, their [[PublicDomainArtifact legendary weapons]], abilities, and (most importantly) weaknesses) from their opponents. Unless the Servant is too arrogant to worry about such things, as in the cases of [[spoiler:Gilgamesh and the ''LightNovel/FateZero'' Rider, [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Iskander]]]].
* Played straight and subverted in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' Every character in the game chooses a codename based on their assigned number, such as Santa,[[note]]San is three in Japanese.[[/note]] Clover,[[note]]After the four-leaved clover.[[/note]] and Seven[[note]]Oh, come on... Do you ''seriously'' need this explained?![[/note]]... except for [[TheHero Junpei]] because June knows him from before the Nonary Game and gave his name away before the names where chosen.

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the Servants are called by their character classes to disguise their [[PublicDomainCharacter true identities]] (and thus, their [[PublicDomainArtifact legendary weapons]], abilities, and (most importantly) weaknesses) from their opponents. Unless the Servant is too arrogant to worry about such things, as in the cases of [[spoiler:Gilgamesh and the ''LightNovel/FateZero'' Rider, [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Iskander]]]].
*
''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
**
Played straight and subverted in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' subverted.Every character in the game chooses a codename based on their assigned number, such as Santa,[[note]]San is three in Japanese.[[/note]] Clover,[[note]]After the four-leaved clover.[[/note]] and Seven[[note]]Oh, come on... Do you ''seriously'' need this explained?![[/note]]... except for [[TheHero Junpei]] because June knows him from before the Nonary Game and gave his name away before the names where chosen.



* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' has a character named "The Boy" (only recently named as 'Eustace Boyce'). His parents are eventually revealed to be named "The Father" and "The Mother," naturally. There is also an enigmatic character who has not properly been introduced to any of the cast or the public, whom the media have dubbed "The Child." One of the main characters remarks to The Boy that it's suspiciously similar to his name.
** Near the end of Scary Go Round, The Child was revealed [[spoiler: to be named Poh.]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the main cast's ACTUAL NAMES are Fighter, Thief, Red Mage, Black Mage, White Mage and Black Belt.
** The eventually-revealed surnames aren't any better: Fighter [=McWarrior=] and Black Mage Evilwizardington are given, and the author has apparently decided on Red Mage's being Statscowski. As for Thief, his other name is Prince Elf of clan [[PunctuationShaker Khee'bler]].
** They also technically subvert it by going through a class change and not changing their names to Blue Mage, Mime, Knight, and Ninja.
** Secondary characters also face this like Dragoon, Onion Kid (an in-series newspaper suggested his named was "Rex Crockett," but WordOfGod suggested that's not really his name), Archer, or The Other Warriors: Cleric, Rogue, Berserker Axinhead, and last but not least '''Generic Half-Elven Dual-Class Ranger'''.[[note]]The second class was also Ranger.[[/note]]. Later on we learn that the onion kid's true name is [[spoiler:Sarda.]]

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* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' has a In ''Webcomic/AdorableDesolation'', Shopclerk is only known as Shopclerk or sometimes The Shopclerk.
* Security from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred''.
* An initially nameless
character named "The Boy" (only recently named as 'Eustace Boyce'). His parents are eventually revealed to be named "The Father" and "The Mother," naturally. There is also an enigmatic character who has not properly been introduced to any of the cast or the public, whom the media have in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' was dubbed "The Child." One of the main characters remarks to The Boy that it's suspiciously similar to "Final Fantasy Cat" by fans. Although WordOfGod has since declared his name.
** Near the end of Scary Go Round, The Child was revealed [[spoiler:
name to be named Poh.]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the main cast's ACTUAL NAMES are Fighter, Thief, Red Mage, Black Mage, White Mage and Black Belt.
** The eventually-revealed surnames aren't any better: Fighter [=McWarrior=] and Black Mage Evilwizardington are given, and
Augustus, the author has apparently decided on Red Mage's being Statscowski. As for Thief, his other name is Prince Elf of clan [[PunctuationShaker Khee'bler]].
** They also technically subvert it by going through a class change and not changing their names
still frequently refers to Blue Mage, Mime, Knight, and Ninja.
** Secondary characters also face this like Dragoon, Onion Kid (an in-series newspaper suggested his named was "Rex Crockett," but WordOfGod suggested that's not really his name), Archer, or The Other Warriors: Cleric, Rogue, Berserker Axinhead, and last but not least '''Generic Half-Elven Dual-Class Ranger'''.[[note]]The second class was also Ranger.[[/note]]. Later on we learn that the onion kid's true name is [[spoiler:Sarda.]]
him as Final Fantasy Cat.



* The bartender in ''Webcomic/CornerAlley13'' is just called bartender. The supplemental material even acknowledges it:
-->''His real name is unknown, which kind of shows what his friends are worth.''
* The GM in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.



* The GM in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.
* ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'''s character Third officially has no name. He is called Third because he was the Third Character. No one seems to think this is odd...
** Perhaps a more fitting example of this trope is Cinema Guy, of the same webcomic. His real name has been revealed to be Kevin, but everyone calls him Cinema Guy much to his annoyance.

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* The GM in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.
* ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'''s character Third officially has no name. He is called Third because he was
In ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', the Third Character. No one seems to think this main characters' neighbor, who is odd...
** Perhaps a more fitting example of this trope is Cinema Guy,
himself of the same webcomic. His real main supporting cast, is known simply as "the neighbor." Lampshaded in [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=266 multiple]] [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=288 strips]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the assistant to Vanamonde von Mekkhan, who is never named, and is generally known by the fandom as The Assistant. This is even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110404#.Vvv5n-IrLIU lampshaded by Van.]]
-->'''Vanamonde''': Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Assistant''': Oh, not ''this'' again.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** The Exiles: Wayward Vagabond, Peregrine Mendicant, Aimless Renegade and Windswept Questant. They are more commonly referred to using their initials (WV, PM, AR, WQ) both in and out of the comic. The Exiles collect potential meanings for these initials throughout the story: WV is also Warweary Villein, Wizardly Vassal and Wastelandic Vindicator; PM--Parcel Mistress, Prospitian Monarch; AR--Authority Regulator, Armaments Regent; WQ--White Queen.
** The Guardians: John's Dad and Nanna, Rose's Mom, Dave's Bro, Jade's Grandpa. The only one with an actual
name is Becquerel, and he's a near-omnipotent dog. In the [[TimeyWimeyBall B2]] [[AlternateUniverse Universe]] the new SBURB players are named: [[spoiler: Nanna is Jane, Rose's Mom is Roxy, Dave's Bro is Dirk, and Jade's Grandpa is Jake.]] John's[[spoiler:/Jane]]'s Dad is still just Dad in this universe though.
** The troll's ancestors: only Redglare, Mindfang, Darkleer and Dualscar are given names; the Handmaid, the Summoner, the Helmsman, the Disciple, the Dolorosa, the Grand Highblood and the Condesce are all known by their titles. Then the Sufferer sort of
has been revealed to be Kevin, a name, Signless, but everyone calls him Cinema Guy much to it's not used as often and isn't his annoyance.original name (if he had one). Like the Universe B Guardians, the Ancestors are named when we meet their alternate versions in Act 6.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', although the [[SpacePirates Pirates of Ipecac]], a married couple, do have names, they almost always address each other as "Captain" and "Technician."



* ''Webcomic/VanVonHunter'' has an unnamed sidekick. She suffers from ''overlapping'' cases of [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] and can never remember what her name is, so everyone calls her "Van's sidekick/associate/partner/whatever" or just don't call her anything.
* The bartender in ''Webcomic/CornerAlley13'' is just called bartender. The supplemental material even acknowledges it:
-->''His real name is unknown, which kind of shows what his friends are worth.''
* Hero from ''Webcomic/RPGWorld''.

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* ''Webcomic/VanVonHunter'' ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'':
** Third officially
has an unnamed sidekick. She suffers from ''overlapping'' cases no name. He is called Third because he was the Third Character. No one seems to think this is odd...
** Perhaps a more fitting example
of [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] and can never remember what her this trope is Cinema Guy, of the same webcomic. His real name is, so has been revealed to be Kevin, but everyone calls her "Van's sidekick/associate/partner/whatever" or just don't call her anything.
him Cinema Guy much to his annoyance.
* The bartender barmaid in ''Webcomic/CornerAlley13'' is just called bartender. ''Webcomic/JesusAndMo''.
*
The supplemental material even acknowledges it:
-->''His
Captain assigned to the central mystery in ''Webcomic/{{Kaspall}}''.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': The main character is an artificially-created SuperSoldier labeled D37-9E-B52 and given the rank "Commander Badass." His family/squad mates from the future call him [[Music/TheB52s Rock Lobster]], but people from the present mostly call him Commander.
-->'''Jonesy''': I basically treat that as his first name at this point.
* Meta-example: Other than the title character and a handful of others [[NoNameGiven no one in]] ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'' [[NoNameGiven has a name.]] Outside the comic, characters have to be referred to by one of their aspects, such as "the green-haired girl."
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' features "the Boy," whose
real name is unknown, which kind of shows what might be [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-10.html Jack, or maybe Hans]]. Most every lad back in his friends are worth.''
village is a Hans or a Jack.
* Hero from ''Webcomic/RPGWorld''.Mistress in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}''. No one calls her by name. No one seems to ''know'' her name, and, frankly, no one would be brave enough to ask.
* The kobold oracle of Tiamat in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is only know as "The Oracle of Sunken Valley," or the Oracle for short.
* Played in the straightest way possible in ''Webcomic/ThePigsEar''; the barkeep of the titular pub is, indeed, solely addressed as "Barkeep." It may well be his real name.
* The bounty hunter in ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' is called the Hunter.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** The Exiles: Wayward Vagabond, Peregrine Mendicant, Aimless Renegade and Windswept Questant. They are more commonly referred to using their initials (WV, PM, AR, WQ) both in and out of the comic. The Exiles collect potential meanings for these initials throughout the story: WV is also Warweary Villein, Wizardly Vassal and Wastelandic Vindicator; PM--Parcel Mistress, Prospitian Monarch; AR--Authority Regulator, Armaments Regent; WQ--White Queen.
** The Guardians: John's Dad and Nanna, Rose's Mom, Dave's Bro, Jade's Grandpa. The only one with an actual name is Becquerel, and he's a near-omnipotent dog. In the [[TimeyWimeyBall B2]] [[AlternateUniverse Universe]] the new SBURB players are named: [[spoiler: Nanna is Jane, Rose's Mom is Roxy, Dave's Bro is Dirk, and Jade's Grandpa is Jake.]] John's[[spoiler:/Jane]]'s Dad is still just Dad in this universe though.
** The troll's ancestors: only Redglare, Mindfang, Darkleer and Dualscar are given names; the Handmaid, the Summoner, the Helmsman, the Disciple, the Dolorosa, the Grand Highblood and the Condesce are all known by their titles. Then the Sufferer sort of has a name, Signless, but it's not used as often and isn't his original name (if he had one).
*** Like the Universe B Guardians, the Ancestors are named when we meet their alternate versions in Act 6.



* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', although the [[SpacePirates Pirates of Ipecac]], a married couple, do have names, they almost always address each other as "Captain" and "Technician."
* In ''Webcomic/AdorableDesolation'', Shopclerk is only known as Shopclerk or sometimes The Shopclerk.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', although ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' the [[SpacePirates Pirates Erlkönig (who ''is'' a powerful fae king) is not called anything else even by his own son, who by the way ''insists'' on FirstNameBasis in the case of Ipecac]], everybody else (if not outright [[TheNicknamer giving them nicknames]]).
* Hero from ''Webcomic/RPGWorld''.
* The Princess in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''.
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' has
a married couple, do character named "The Boy" (only recently named as 'Eustace Boyce'). His parents are eventually revealed to be named "The Father" and "The Mother," naturally. There is also an enigmatic character who has not properly been introduced to any of the cast or the public, whom the media have names, they almost always address each other as "Captain" and "Technician."
* In ''Webcomic/AdorableDesolation'', Shopclerk is only known as Shopclerk or sometimes
dubbed "The Child." One of the main characters remarks to The Shopclerk.Boy that it's suspiciously similar to his name. Near the end of Scary Go Round, The Child was revealed [[spoiler: to be named Poh.]]



* In ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', the main characters' neighbor, who is himself of the main supporting cast, is known simply as "the neighbor." Lampshaded in [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=266 multiple]] [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=288 strips]].
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' features "the Boy," whose real name might be [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-10.html Jack, or maybe Hans]]. Most every lad back in his village is a Hans or a Jack.
* Security from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred''.
* The barmaid in ''Webcomic/JesusAndMo''.

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* In ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', the main characters' neighbor, who is himself ''Webcomic/VanVonHunter'' has an unnamed sidekick. She suffers from ''overlapping'' cases of the main supporting cast, is known [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] and can never remember what her name is, so everyone calls her "Van's sidekick/associate/partner/whatever" or just don't call her anything.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': The facility employees are referred to
simply as "the neighbor.by their job titles. The protagonist herself is initially just a "concerned citizen" and doesn't get named until a few hundred pages in.
* Every character of ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer 2: InNameOnly'' is named "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Occupation.
" Lampshaded in [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=266 multiple]] [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=288 strips]].
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' features "the Boy," whose real name might be [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-10.html Jack, or maybe Hans]]. Most every lad back in his village is a Hans or a Jack.
* Security from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred''.
* The barmaid in ''Webcomic/JesusAndMo''.
Including "The ''Victim''."



* An initially nameless character in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' was dubbed "Final Fantasy Cat" by fans. Although WordOfGod has since declared his name to be Augustus, the author still frequently refers to him as Final Fantasy Cat.
* Every character of ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer 2: InNameOnly'' is named "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Occupation." Including "The ''Victim''."
* The kobold oracle of Tiamat in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is only know as "The Oracle of Sunken Valley," or the Oracle for short.
* Played in the straightest way possible in ''Webcomic/ThePigsEar''; the barkeep of the titular pub is, indeed, solely addressed as "Barkeep." It may well be his real name.
* Meta-example: Other than the title character and a handful of others [[NoNameGiven no one in]] ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'' [[NoNameGiven has a name.]] Outside the comic, characters have to be referred to by one of their aspects, such as "the green-haired girl."
* Mistress in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}''. No one calls her by name. No one seems to ''know'' her name, and, frankly, no one would be brave enough to ask.
* The Captain assigned to the central mystery in ''Webcomic/{{Kaspall}}''.

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* An initially nameless character in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' was dubbed "Final Fantasy Cat" by fans. Although WordOfGod has since declared his name to be Augustus, the author still frequently refers to him as Final Fantasy Cat.
* Every character of ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer 2: InNameOnly'' is named "[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Occupation." Including "The ''Victim''."
* The kobold oracle Head Maid of Tiamat in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'' is only know as "The Oracle of Sunken Valley," or the Oracle for short.
* Played in the straightest way possible in ''Webcomic/ThePigsEar''; the barkeep of the titular pub is, indeed, solely addressed as "Barkeep." It may well be his real name.
* Meta-example: Other than the title character and a handful of others [[NoNameGiven no one in]] ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'' [[NoNameGiven has a name.]] Outside the comic, characters have to be
almost always referred to by one of their aspects, as such as "the green-haired girl."
* Mistress in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}''. No one calls
or under an alias of Ms.E even though she's really [[spoiler:Devin from the first part of the comic]]. The RP supplementary material reveals that most people call her by name. No one seems to ''know'' the Head Maid because she has a seething hatred for her name, and, frankly, no one would be brave enough to ask.
* The Captain assigned to the central mystery in ''Webcomic/{{Kaspall}}''.
past and will attack anyone who says her discarded name.



* The Princess in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': The facility employees are referred to simply by their job titles. The protagonist herself is initially just a "concerned citizen" and doesn't get named until a few hundred pages in.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' the Erlkönig (who ''is'' a powerful fae king) is not called anything else even by his own son, who by the way ''insists'' on FirstNameBasis in the case of everybody else (if not outright [[TheNicknamer giving them nicknames]]).
* The Head Maid of ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'' is almost always referred to as such or under an alias of Ms.E even though she's really [[spoiler:Devin from the first part of the comic]]. The RP supplementary material reveals that most people call her the Head Maid because she has a seething hatred for her past and will attack anyone who says her discarded name.
* The bounty hunter in ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' is called the Hunter.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the assistant to Vanamonde von Mekkhan, who is never named, and is generally known by the fandom as The Assistant. This is even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110404#.Vvv5n-IrLIU lampshaded by Van.]]
-->'''Vanamonde''': Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Assistant''': Oh, not ''this'' again.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': The main character is an artificially-created SuperSoldier labeled D37-9E-B52 and given the rank "Commander Badass." His family/squad mates from the future call him [[Music/TheB52s Rock Lobster]], but people from the present mostly call him Commander.
-->'''Jonesy''': I basically treat that as his first name at this point.

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** In, the main cast's ACTUAL NAMES are Fighter, Thief, Red Mage, Black Mage, White Mage and Black Belt.
**
The Princess in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'': The facility employees
eventually-revealed surnames aren't any better: Fighter [=McWarrior=] and Black Mage Evilwizardington are referred to simply given, and the author has apparently decided on Red Mage's being Statscowski. As for Thief, his other name is Prince Elf of clan [[PunctuationShaker Khee'bler]].
** They also technically subvert it
by going through a class change and not changing their job titles. The protagonist herself is initially just a "concerned citizen" names to Blue Mage, Mime, Knight, and doesn't get Ninja.
** Secondary characters also face this like Dragoon, Onion Kid (an in-series newspaper suggested his
named until a few hundred pages in.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' the Erlkönig (who ''is'' a powerful fae king) is
was "Rex Crockett," but WordOfGod suggested that's not called anything else even by his own son, who by the way ''insists'' on FirstNameBasis in the case of everybody else (if not outright [[TheNicknamer giving them nicknames]]).
* The Head Maid of ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'' is almost always referred to as such or under an alias of Ms.E even though she's
really [[spoiler:Devin from the first part of the comic]]. his name), Archer, or The RP supplementary material reveals Other Warriors: Cleric, Rogue, Berserker Axinhead, and last but not least '''Generic Half-Elven Dual-Class Ranger'''.[[note]]The second class was also Ranger.[[/note]]. Later on we learn that most people call her the Head Maid because she has a seething hatred for her past and will attack anyone who says her discarded name.
* The bounty hunter in ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' is called the Hunter.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the assistant to Vanamonde von Mekkhan, who is never named, and is generally known by the fandom as The Assistant. This is even [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110404#.Vvv5n-IrLIU lampshaded by Van.]]
-->'''Vanamonde''': Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Assistant''': Oh, not ''this'' again.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': The main character is an artificially-created SuperSoldier labeled D37-9E-B52 and given the rank "Commander Badass." His family/squad mates from the future call him [[Music/TheB52s Rock Lobster]], but people from the present mostly call him Commander.
-->'''Jonesy''': I basically treat that as his first
onion kid's true name at this point.
is [[spoiler:Sarda.]]



* In ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', the Administrator of TVTropes is referred to only as "Mr. Administrator." No one taking orders from him [[MysteriousEmployer has any idea who he is]].
* The french-speaking MP3 series ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' (''The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk'') never gave the names of its main protagonists, even when it got adapted into comics or novels. Being typical parodies of standard RPG playable characters, they're only identified by their race or class (the Ranger, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Dwarf]], the Elf, the Barbarian...).
* ''Machinima/TheLeetWorld'' has The Producer, the [[TheChessmaster mysterious]] owner of the Leet World RealityShow. Another example is the unnamed MysteriousMercenaryPursuer, who the housemates call the Domination Guy after his apparent obsession with domination (no, not like that.)
* The three protagonists of ''WebVideo/RobotNinjaAndGayGuy'' call each other by those terms.

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* In ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', the Administrator of TVTropes Creator/SlamacowCreations' Bartenderman is referred to only as "Mr. Administrator." No one taking orders from him [[MysteriousEmployer has any idea who he is]].
* The french-speaking MP3 series ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' (''The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk'') never gave the names of its main protagonists, even when it got adapted into comics or novels. Being typical parodies of standard RPG playable characters, they're only identified by their race or class (the Ranger, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Dwarf]], the Elf, the Barbarian...).
* ''Machinima/TheLeetWorld'' has The Producer, the [[TheChessmaster mysterious]] owner of the Leet World RealityShow. Another example is the unnamed MysteriousMercenaryPursuer, who the housemates call the Domination Guy after his apparent obsession with domination (no, not like that.)
* The three protagonists of ''WebVideo/RobotNinjaAndGayGuy'' call each other by those terms.
a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bartending enderman]]. He's also [[spoiler: Santa]].



* {{Discussed}} in WebVideo/CounterMonkey, "Dungeon Mastering a Great Game." Spoony is a big fan of roleplaying and doesn't like when players address each other by race and Everyone Calls Him Barkeep, "Elf, go identify that magic item" and "Thief, go pick that lock." He discusses causes for it and how you can avoid it in your TabletopRPG session.
** Some players have difficulty getting into character, or they find roleplaying uncomfortable, or they haven't loosened up around a group of strangers yet.
** Players not taking an interest in other player's characters or, conversely, a player making a FlatCharacter not worth being interested in.
** He recommends giving your character a memorable name, while warning against using an overly-long and hard to remember name. Why remember a name loaded with syllables that takes eight seconds to say when you can point and say "Hey, Thief"? He notes that elves are a frequent offender here.
** He recommends giving your character an [[InSeriesNickname In-Game Nickname]]. It builds opportunities to build character and roleplay.
** He also calls out the TropeNamer, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', by saying that...
-->"Nobody knows his name, so everyone calls him barkeep!"
-->"Oh, that is a problem, here's a solution: '''ASK HIM HIS FUCKING NAME!'''"
* The villain in ''Machinima/DiaryOfACamper'' is called, indeed, [A]Camper.
* The french-speaking MP3 series ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'' (''The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk'') never gave the names of its main protagonists, even when it got adapted into comics or novels. Being typical parodies of standard RPG playable characters, they're only identified by their race or class (the Ranger, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Dwarf]], the Elf, the Barbarian...).
* In ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', the Administrator of TVTropes is referred to only as "Mr. Administrator." No one taking orders from him [[MysteriousEmployer has any idea who he is]].
* [[Machinima/FalloutLoreTheStoryteller The Storyteller]] does have a name, but he's almost always just referred to as "Storyteller" and when people do say his real name [[RunningGag something keeps the viewers from hearing it]].
* ''WebVideo/TheHire'' centers on a character who is rarely referred to in the third person, and the few times he is, he is only [[BadassDriver The Driver]].
* [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Nondescript_Nouns Often used for comic effect]] in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
* The person interviewing Valentine in Literature/LastMage is only ever referred to as "the Writer."
* ''Machinima/TheLeetWorld'' has The Producer, the [[TheChessmaster mysterious]] owner of the Leet World RealityShow. Another example is the unnamed MysteriousMercenaryPursuer, who the housemates call the Domination Guy after his apparent obsession with domination (no, not like that.)



* The LoadingReadyRun sketch "Johny Four" had the titular Johny tell the story of how he went to the local bar called Bar where he ordered a Beer brand beer which was served to him by a bartender called Bartender. Johnny is an UnreliableNarrator so we are not sure if that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep is the guy's real name]] or just the name he uses at work to fit the bar's theme.
* ''WebVideo/NinjaTheMissionForce'': Gordon's secretary is only knows as the Secretary.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. Apart from Nella, who calls her Lindsay, everybody calls her Chick. [[IThoughtItMeant But she's not]] TheChick.



** Same thing goes for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. Apart from Nella, who calls her Lindsay, everybody calls her Chick. [[IThoughtItMeant But she's not]] TheChick.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has a medic introduced with the name [=DuFresne=]. It's decided by the other characters that his name is too hard to pronounce and he is christened "Doc" for the remainder of the series.

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** Same thing goes for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. Apart from Nella, who * The private detective in the 3D Movie Maker film-noir parody ''Pamela'' has the first name "Detective," giving him the name plus title of Detective Detective Joe Peterson. (So when another character calls her Lindsay, everybody calls her Chick. [[IThoughtItMeant But him "Detective," he thinks she's not]] TheChick.
on a first name basis with him.)
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Has
a medic introduced with the name [=DuFresne=]. It's decided by the other characters that his name is too hard to pronounce and he is christened "Doc" for the remainder of the series.



* The private detective in the 3D Movie Maker film-noir parody ''Pamela'' has the first name "Detective," giving him the name plus title of Detective Detective Joe Peterson. (So when another character calls him "Detective," he thinks she's on a first name basis with him.)
* [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Nondescript_Nouns Often used for comic effect]] in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
* The person interviewing Valentine in Literature/LastMage is only ever referred to as "the Writer."
* WereAlive has Gatekeeper who names himself after his current job. No indication on what his name is now [[spoiler: after overthrowing Marcus.]]

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* The private detective in the 3D Movie Maker film-noir parody ''Pamela'' has the first name "Detective," giving him the name plus title three protagonists of Detective Detective Joe Peterson. (So when another character calls him "Detective," he thinks she's on a first name basis with him.)
* [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Nondescript_Nouns Often used for comic effect]] in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
* The person interviewing Valentine in Literature/LastMage is only ever referred to as "the Writer."
* WereAlive has Gatekeeper who names himself after his current job. No indication on what his name is now [[spoiler: after overthrowing Marcus.]]
''WebVideo/RobotNinjaAndGayGuy'' call each other by those terms.



* Creator/SlamacowCreations' Bartenderman is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bartending enderman]].
** He's also [[spoiler: Santa]].
* The LoadingReadyRun sketch "Johny Four" had the titular Johny tell the story of how he went to the local bar called Bar where he ordered a Beer brand beer which was served to him by a bartender called Bartender. Johnny is an UnreliableNarrator so we are not sure if that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep is the guy's real name]] or just the name he uses at work to fit the bar's theme.
* ''WebVideo/NinjaTheMissionForce'': Gordon's secretary is only knows as the Secretary.
* ''WebVideo/TheHire'' centers on a character who is rarely referred to in the third person, and the few times he is, he is only [[BadassDriver The Driver]].
* The villain in ''Machinima/DiaryOfACamper'' is called, indeed, [A]Camper.
* {{Discussed}} in WebVideo/CounterMonkey, "Dungeon Mastering a Great Game." Spoony is a big fan of roleplaying and doesn't like when players address each other by race and Everyone Calls Him Barkeep, "Elf, go identify that magic item" and "Thief, go pick that lock." He discusses causes for it and how you can avoid it in your TabletopRPG session.
** Some players have difficulty getting into character, or they find roleplaying uncomfortable, or they haven't loosened up around a group of strangers yet.
** Players not taking an interest in other player's characters or, conversely, a player making a FlatCharacter not worth being interested in.
** He recommends giving your character a memorable name, while warning against using an overly-long and hard to remember name. Why remember a name loaded with syllables that takes eight seconds to say when you can point and say "Hey, Thief"? He notes that elves are a frequent offender here.
** He recommends giving your character an [[InSeriesNickname In-Game Nickname]]. It builds opportunities to build character and roleplay.
** He also calls out the TropeNamer, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', by saying that...
-->"Nobody knows his name, so everyone calls him barkeep!"
-->"Oh, that is a problem, here's a solution: '''ASK HIM HIS FUCKING NAME!'''"
* [[Machinima/FalloutLoreTheStoryteller The Storyteller]] does have a name, but he's almost always just referred to as "Storyteller" and when people do say his real name [[RunningGag something keeps the viewers from hearing it]].

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* Creator/SlamacowCreations' Bartenderman WereAlive has Gatekeeper who names himself after his current job. No indication on what his name is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bartending enderman]].
** He's also
now [[spoiler: Santa]].
* The LoadingReadyRun sketch "Johny Four" had the titular Johny tell the story of how he went to the local bar called Bar where he ordered a Beer brand beer which was served to him by a bartender called Bartender. Johnny is an UnreliableNarrator so we are not sure if that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep is the guy's real name]] or just the name he uses at work to fit the bar's theme.
* ''WebVideo/NinjaTheMissionForce'': Gordon's secretary is only knows as the Secretary.
* ''WebVideo/TheHire'' centers on a character who is rarely referred to in the third person, and the few times he is, he is only [[BadassDriver The Driver]].
* The villain in ''Machinima/DiaryOfACamper'' is called, indeed, [A]Camper.
* {{Discussed}} in WebVideo/CounterMonkey, "Dungeon Mastering a Great Game." Spoony is a big fan of roleplaying and doesn't like when players address each other by race and Everyone Calls Him Barkeep, "Elf, go identify that magic item" and "Thief, go pick that lock." He discusses causes for it and how you can avoid it in your TabletopRPG session.
** Some players have difficulty getting into character, or they find roleplaying uncomfortable, or they haven't loosened up around a group of strangers yet.
** Players not taking an interest in other player's characters or, conversely, a player making a FlatCharacter not worth being interested in.
** He recommends giving your character a memorable name, while warning against using an overly-long and hard to remember name. Why remember a name loaded with syllables that takes eight seconds to say when you can point and say "Hey, Thief"? He notes that elves are a frequent offender here.
** He recommends giving your character an [[InSeriesNickname In-Game Nickname]]. It builds opportunities to build character and roleplay.
** He also calls out the TropeNamer, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', by saying that...
-->"Nobody knows his name, so everyone calls him barkeep!"
-->"Oh, that is a problem, here's a solution: '''ASK HIM HIS FUCKING NAME!'''"
* [[Machinima/FalloutLoreTheStoryteller The Storyteller]] does have a name, but he's almost always just referred to as "Storyteller" and when people do say his real name [[RunningGag something keeps the viewers from hearing it]].
after overthrowing Marcus.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', nearly all of the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses many, many princesses]] are simply referred to as "Princess (Whatever)." [[TheSmartGuy Princess Bubblegum]] is named "Bonnibel Bubblegum" (no one calls her by her first name but Marceline, which she seemingly does to annoy her), but the others [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep may not even have]] other names. Similarly with [[AnIcePerson the Ice King]]; his real name is [[spoiler:Simon Petrikov]], but it's only occasionally used by others since [[SanitySlippage he can't remember it himself]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', nearly ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Nearly
all of the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses many, many princesses]] are simply referred to as "Princess (Whatever)." [[TheSmartGuy Princess Bubblegum]] is named "Bonnibel Bubblegum" (no one calls her by her first name but Marceline, which she seemingly does to annoy her), but the others [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep may not even have]] other names. Similarly with [[AnIcePerson the Ice King]]; his real name is [[spoiler:Simon Petrikov]], but it's only occasionally used by others since [[SanitySlippage he can't remember it himself]].



* The Earth King of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is never called anything other then "The Earth King." According to [[AllThereInTheManual Nickelodeon site]] he was born "Kuei," but was never referred as anything other than his title after being crowned at age four, which apparently was the same with all of the other kings. If a previous monarch needs to be mentioned specifically, they're simply referred to by number.[[note]]Kuei is the fifty-second.[[/note]] Book 3 of the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' repeats this with his daughter, the then-Earth Queen (apparently the only one so far), named in the credits as Hou-Ting.

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* In his guest starring role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' Art Garfunkle is called by what the show's version of him resembles, Singing Moose.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
**
The Earth King of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is never called anything other then than "The Earth King." According to [[AllThereInTheManual Nickelodeon site]] he was born "Kuei," but was never referred as anything other than his title after being crowned at age four, which apparently was the same with all of the other kings. If a previous monarch needs to be mentioned specifically, they're simply referred to by number.[[note]]Kuei is the fifty-second.[[/note]] Book 3 of the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' repeats this with his daughter, the then-Earth Queen (apparently the only one so far), named in the credits as Hou-Ting.



* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'': Brother, Mama, Papa, and Sister. Both family ''and'' friends refer to them as such, which--if you consider the fact that Mama and Papa are husband and wife--makes things decidedly Oedipal.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' has Shaman, the title character's adviser and father figure.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' has ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'': Except for Kirby (who is a vacuum cleaner), all of the characters are named after what they are, and the owner of the objects is only known as "The Master." "Kirby" is actually the name of a brand of vacuum cleaner, however, so this trope still applies.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'':
**
Shaman, the title character's adviser and father figure.



* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', the principal of the school was simply called "Sir" in the first season when addressed; his last name (Delmas) was not revealed until the second season, while his first name (Jean-Pierre) was not used until the third.



* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', the principal of the school was simply called "Sir" in the first season when addressed; his last name (Delmas) was not revealed until the second season, while his first name (Jean-Pierre) was not used until the third.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': The kid's name is actually "Pizzaface" on his name tag at some point.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' gives us "Mom," a [[VillainwithGoodPublicity company CEO with a lovable sweet image]] who is in fact a CorruptCorporateExecutive, her real name was not revealed for much of the series. [[spoiler:It's Carol]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' gives us ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
**
"Mom," a [[VillainwithGoodPublicity company CEO with a lovable sweet image]] who is in fact a CorruptCorporateExecutive, her real name was not revealed for much of the series. [[spoiler:It's Carol]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Billy's dad's name is Harold and that was already established before a flashback episode showing him as a kid wearing a shirt with "Billy's Dad" written on it.



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has several examples: Chocolate Boy (chocolate addict, who's still referred to as such without object even after he ''stops'' eating chocolate), and Peapod Kid (appeared in a pea pod costume in the first episode), Stoop Kid (guy who sits on his stoop at all times).
** Stoop Kid is a description/title, as Arnold and friends don't actually know him (at least at the beginning).

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has several examples: Chocolate Boy (chocolate addict, who's still referred to as such without object even after he ''stops'' eating chocolate), and Peapod Kid (appeared in a pea pod costume in the first episode), Stoop Kid (guy who sits on his stoop at all times).
**
times). Stoop Kid is a description/title, as Arnold and friends don't actually know him (at least at the beginning).



* On ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', nobody knows what Uncle's real name is. Or, for that matter, whose uncle he is. For example, Jade's father believes Uncle to be his cousin and he's not sure of it either.
** This notably extends outside of the family, too. EVERYONE calls him Uncle.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', nobody knows what Uncle's real name is. Or, for that matter, whose uncle he is. For example, Jade's father believes Uncle to be his cousin and he's not sure of it either.
**
either. This notably extends outside of the family, too. EVERYONE calls him Uncle.



* Experiment 625 from the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' franchise was never given a "true name" until the GrandFinale of ''[[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries The Series]]'', ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', when Lilo finally "caught" him and then helped him decide on a name. They chose Reuben,[[note]]"The classic corned beef and sauerkraut on rye."[[/note]] because he's good at making sandwiches.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'':
**
Experiment 625 from the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' franchise was never given a "true name" until the GrandFinale of ''[[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries The Series]]'', ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', when Lilo finally "caught" him and then helped him decide on a name. They chose Reuben,[[note]]"The classic corned beef and sauerkraut on rye."[[/note]] because he's good at making sandwiches.



* On ''Literature/LittlePrincess'', amusingly enough, the only regular characters that have actual names are Little Princess' pets, the dog Scruff and the cat Puss. The title character is called either "Princess" or "the Princess" on the show itself. There's also the King, the Queen, the Chef, the Prime Minister, the Admiral, the gardener and the general.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** The Mayor (going so far that, when running for re-election, his slogan is "Vote Mayor for Mayor"), though in one episode his wife refers to him as Barney.
** "Him" (a caricature of Satan) is always referred to as "Him," regardless of the context or situation. Justified in that his real name is a BrownNote.
** Everyone refers to [[FatherlyScientist Professor Utonium]] as "the Professor" or "Professor", including his own daughters.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Notably, Comic Book Guy and Sea Captain, both of whom have real names that are rarely used (Jeff Albertson and Horatio [=McAllister=], respectively); the latter had a name (Captain Alastor) ''before'' gaining the more popular nickname. There are also a number of other examples who show up less frequently, including the Squeaky Voiced Teen, Bumblebee Man, Blue Haired Lawyer, et cetera.
** One of Springfield's tourist attractions is Carl's Dad Caverns, with a sign stated they've been discovered by "Carl's Dad." Lenny's grandmother has a tombstone labeled "Lenny's Grandma."
** Even official government documents refer to them as Comic Book Guy, Blue Haired Lawyer, etc.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Chef, although a throwaway line in "Chef Aid" revealed his full name: Jerome "Chef" [=McElroy=].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
**
Chef, although a throwaway line in "Chef Aid" revealed his full name: Jerome "Chef" [=McElroy=].



* The Inquisitor from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is generally just called the Inquisitor, though he was once [[spoiler:posthumously]] referred to as... the ''Grand'' Inquisitor, which is roughly equivalent to getting called "Barkeep" except by those who call you "''Head'' Barkeep".



* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'': Brother, Mama, Papa, and Sister. Both family ''and'' friends refer to them as such, which--if you consider the fact that Mama and Papa are husband and wife--makes things decidedly Oedipal.
** Many parents will refer to each other as "Mom" and "Dad" especially in front of the kids. When everyone from your kid's teacher to the man at the grocery store does it, however...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'': Except for Kirby (who is a vacuum cleaner), all of the characters are named after what they are, and the owner of the objects is only known as "The Master." "Kirby" is actually the name of a brand of vacuum cleaner, however, so this trope still applies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': The kid's name is actually "Pizzaface" on his name tag at some point.
** That's "Pizza FAH-Chay"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Billy's dad's name is Harold and that was already established before a flashback episode showing him as a kid wearing a shirt with "Billy's Dad" written on it.
* The Mayor of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' (going so far that, when running for re-election, his slogan is "Vote Mayor for Mayor"), though in one episode his wife refers to him as Barney.
** "Him" (a caricature of Satan) is always referred to as "Him," regardless of the context or situation. Justified in that his real name is a BrownNote.
** Everyone refers to [[FatherlyScientist Professor Utonium]] as "the Professor" or "Professor", including his own daughters.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Notably, Comic Book Guy and Sea Captain, both of whom have real names that are rarely used (Jeff Albertson and Horatio [=McAllister=], respectively); the latter had a name (Captain Alastor) ''before'' gaining the more popular nickname. There are also a number of other examples who show up less frequently, including the Squeaky Voiced Teen, Bumblebee Man, Blue Haired Lawyer, et cetera.
** One of Springfield's tourist attractions is Carl's Dad Caverns, with a sign stated they've been discovered by "Carl's Dad." Lenny's grandmother has a tombstone labeled "Lenny's Grandma."
** Even official government documents refer to them as Comic Book Guy, Blue Haired Lawyer, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a few in the Pirate Captain, the Monarch henchmen (except for #21,) the Alchemist (who is sometimes just called "Al," it is unknown if that is just short for the Alchemist or his real name,) Orpheus' Master is just referred to as "Master," and the Outrider.



* In his guest starring role in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' Art Garfunkle is called by what the show's version of him resembles, Singing Moose.



* The Inquisitor from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is generally just called the Inquisitor, though he was once [[spoiler:posthumously]] referred to as... the ''Grand'' Inquisitor, which is roughly equivalent to getting called "Barkeep" except by those who call you "''Head'' Barkeep".
* On ''Literature/LittlePrincess'', amusingly enough, the only regular characters that have actual names are Little Princess' pets, the dog Scruff and the cat Puss. The title character is called either "Princess" or "the Princess" on the show itself. There's also the King, the Queen, the Chef, the Prime Minister, the Admiral, the gardener and the general.

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* The Inquisitor from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a few in the Pirate Captain, the Monarch henchmen (except for #21,) the Alchemist (who is generally sometimes just called "Al," it is unknown if that is just short for the Inquisitor, though he was once [[spoiler:posthumously]] Alchemist or his real name,) Orpheus' Master is just referred to as... the ''Grand'' Inquisitor, which is roughly equivalent to getting called "Barkeep" except by those who call you "''Head'' Barkeep".
* On ''Literature/LittlePrincess'', amusingly enough, the only regular characters that have actual names are Little Princess' pets, the dog Scruff
as "Master," and the cat Puss. The title character is called either "Princess" or "the Princess" on the show itself. There's also the King, the Queen, the Chef, the Prime Minister, the Admiral, the gardener and the general.Outrider.



* Although he is not the only individual to hold that title, if you refer to Creator/LordByron (whose name was George Gordon), people generally know whom you mean. The same goes for the Creator/MarquisDeSade (Donatien Alphonse François).
* The Dalai Lama is a title held by (so far) 14 people[=/=][[{{Reincarnation}} incarnations of the same person.]] They are usually just called "The Dalai Lama."
* Dukes and earls in the UK commonly refer to each other by their title. For example, the Earl of Warwick would be simply addressed by his peers as "Warwick." Ditto for the Empire of Brazil. Both historians and contemporary accounts refer to people with noble rank by the rank. UsefulNotes/DukeOfCaxias, for example, is almost never referred to by his actual name.
* In the Canadian House of Commons, you're not allowed to refer to another MP by name. You must say "the Honourable Member for [District]" or "the Honourable Minister of [Portfolio]" or the like. This is a carryover from British tradition, when Parliamentarians referred to each other by their districts as a form of LoopholeAbuse to keep royal agents from knowing Parliament was actually meeting.
* In Japanese, it is considered disrespectful to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_of_Japan#Addressing_and_naming refer to the Emperor by his name.]] The living emperor is called ''Tennō'' (天皇), "heavenly sovereign" (or longer versions of that title). After his death, the emperor is referred to by the name of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_era_name imperial era]] -- for example, the previous emperor's era was called "Shōwa," so that emperor (known in the West as Hirohito) is called the "Emperor Shōwa" (昭和天皇, ''Shōwa Tennō'') in Japan.
* In Korean, it is common and polite to refer to co-workers by their title or profession (teacher, doctor, etc.), especially if they are your boss (principal, chief-surgeon, etc.). Going just by their names could be considered odd.



* Many common surnames refer to the trade of the original person, such as Smith, Miller, Baker and so forth. Many other languages have equivalents.

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* Many common surnames refer In most armed forces, it is standard for lower ranks to address their superiors by their rank, or occasionally by their function. Calling a superior by their surname, e.g. "Sergeant Smith" may net the trade answer "I know my own name." Unless, that is, you are addressing a group of the original person, such as Smith, Miller, Baker and so forth. Many other languages have equivalents.sergeants, in which case just calling, "Sergeant" will get you a pack of "What kind of idiot are you?" looks because you weren't specific.



* It is customary in some parts of HighFantasy fandom to refer to Creator/JRRTolkien simply as "the Professor," both because it actually was his academic title and in recognition of his [[GenrePopularizer contributions to the genre]].
* Many common surnames refer to the trade of the original person, such as Smith, Miller, Baker and so forth. Many other languages have equivalents.



* The President of the United States is addressed as Mr./Madam President, a tradition started by George Washington in lieu of more grandiose styles of address. They are also allowed to be called "President [Surname]" even after their tenure in office has ended.
* Quite a few Middle Eastern historical figures are prone to this. Generally such-and-such "al-Din" would be a title or name adopted or given to a person later, as it refers to "the Faith," and people would take on such names as a result of exceptional piety or success at defending Islam. The Crusades tended to produce people known as things like Nur al-Din and Salah al-Din, neither of whom were born with those names.



* Quite a few Middle Eastern historical figures are prone to this. Generally such-and-such "al-Din" would be a title or name adopted or given to a person later, as it refers to "the Faith," and people would take on such names as a result of exceptional piety or success at defending Islam. The Crusades tended to produce people known as things like Nur al-Din and Salah al-Din, neither of whom were born with those names.
* The Dalai Lama is a title held by (so far) 14 people[=/=][[{{Reincarnation}} incarnations of the same person.]] They are usually just called "The Dalai Lama."



* The President of the United States is addressed as Mr./Madam President, a tradition started by George Washington in lieu of more grandiose styles of address. They are also allowed to be called "President [Surname]" even after their tenure in office has ended.
* It is customary in some parts of HighFantasy fandom to refer to Creator/JRRTolkien simply as "the Professor," both because it actually was his academic title and in recognition of his [[GenrePopularizer contributions to the genre]].
* In most armed forces, it is standard for lower ranks to address their superiors by their rank, or occasionally by their function. Calling a superior by their surname, e.g. "Sergeant Smith" may net the answer "I know my own name." Unless, that is, you are addressing a group of sergeants, in which case just calling, "Sergeant" will get you a pack of "What kind of idiot are you?" looks because you weren't specific.
* Dukes and earls in the UK commonly refer to each other by their title. For example, the Earl of Warwick would be simply addressed by his peers as "Warwick." Ditto for the Empire of Brazil. Both historians and contemporary accounts refer to people with noble rank by the rank. UsefulNotes/DukeOfCaxias, for example, is almost never referred to by his actual name.
* Although he is not the only individual to hold that title, if you refer to Creator/LordByron (whose name was George Gordon), people generally know whom you mean. The same goes for the Creator/MarquisDeSade (Donatien Alphonse François).
* In Korean, it is common and polite to refer to co-workers by their title or profession (teacher, doctor, etc.), especially if they are your boss (principal, chief-surgeon, etc.). Going just by their names could be considered odd.
* In the Canadian House of Commons, you're not allowed to refer to another MP by name. You must say "the Honourable Member for [District]" or "the Honourable Minister of [Portfolio]" or the like. This is a carryover from British tradition, when Parliamentarians referred to each other by their districts as a form of LoopholeAbuse to keep royal agents from knowing Parliament was actually meeting.
* In Japanese, it is considered disrespectful to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_of_Japan#Addressing_and_naming refer to the Emperor by his name.]] The living emperor is called ''Tennō'' (天皇), "heavenly sovereign" (or longer versions of that title). After his death, the emperor is referred to by the name of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_era_name imperial era]] -- for example, the previous emperor's era was called "Shōwa," so that emperor (known in the West as Hirohito) is called the "Emperor Shōwa" (昭和天皇, ''Shōwa Tennō'') in Japan.



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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', many characters are only known by their functions, like the Red Knight, the King, the Keeper of Dorling, the Patriarch of Liviapolis and so on.
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* Not all the ghosts and heavenly beings in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' are named, and Creator/CSLewis usually gives them nicknames (like the Big Ghost, the Hard-Bitten Ghost, and so on). The ghosts and Bright Ones whose names we do learn are usually learned in passing in conversation. There are only two exceptions to this: [=MacDonald=], whom Lewis recognizes, and Sarah Smith.
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* Similarly, the Medicine Man from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'', who always introduces himself as such and is never asked for his real name. Despite the fact that he's the main character and also doubles as a {{badass}} demon hunter!

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* Similarly, the Medicine Man from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'', who always introduces himself as such and is never asked for his real name. Despite the fact that he's the main character and also doubles as a {{badass}} badass demon hunter!
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* The Nurse in ''KatawaShoujo''.

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* The Nurse in ''KatawaShoujo''.''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.
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* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights has done this with several of their "Icon" characters, such as with "The Caretaker" (a CreepyMortician and MadDoctor), "The Director" (a SnuffFilm director), "The Storyteller" (an old lady that reads twisted tales), and "The Usher" (a movie theater usher that brutally murders anyone that doesn't follow the rules).
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