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23rd Jan '18 10:10:27 AM Southagermican
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Characters on a last-name basis are much more likely to be male than female. Sometimes there's a DoubleStandard for this trope: the same show may refer to men by their last names and women by their first names.

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Characters on a last-name basis are much more likely to be male than female. Sometimes there's a DoubleStandard for this trope: the same show may refer to men by their last names and women by their first names. \n In a few of Dan Brown's books, regardless of how the characters address each other, the narrator mostly calls men by their last name, and women by their first name, including protagonists or co-protagonists.
19th Nov '17 9:25:44 PM WildeOscar
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In other shows, usually based on a shared workplace, characters refer to each other by surnames only. Nobody ever calls Series/{{House}} by his given name, Greg; not even his best friend, whom House also calls by surname, Wilson. Most of the characters on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' call Gil Grissom by his surname (as they do Brass, Hodges, and Ecklie). Accordingly, since this is the way the character is canonically addressed, fans will refer to them by their surname as well, sometimes to the point of forgetting a character's given name entirely.

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In other shows, usually based on a shared workplace, characters refer to each other by surnames only. Nobody (except his mother and his ex) ever calls Series/{{House}} by his given name, Greg; not even his best friend, whom House also calls by surname, Wilson. Most of the characters on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' call Gil Grissom by his surname (as they do Brass, Hodges, and Ecklie). Accordingly, since this is the way the character is canonically addressed, fans will refer to them by their surname as well, sometimes to the point of forgetting a character's given name entirely.
4th Nov '17 8:10:39 AM Siempie
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* Everyone in ''Podcast/Wolf359'' refers to one another by their last names, [[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious with the exception of very emotionally heavy situations]]. This often leads to many characters only being known by their last names for a long time (Minkowski's first name - Reneé - wasn't revealed until the start of season 2).
** Averted with Cutter, who makes a point of referring to people by their first names.
10th Jun '17 10:19:26 PM BookReaderUSA
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In some works, this trope is sometimes used to establish that two or more characters have a antagonistic relationship. The implication of this is that a FirstNameBasis is primarily used for friends and families, and that more formal addresses convey a sense of civility and dignity.


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20th Feb '17 7:50:43 PM CosmicFerret
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* In ''Podcast/CriticalHit'', a live play DungeonsAndDragons podcast, [[TheStrategist Ket]] refers to his teammates almost exclusively by their last name while giving orders in battle.

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* In ''Podcast/CriticalHit'', a live play DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' podcast, [[TheStrategist Ket]] refers to his teammates almost exclusively by their last name while giving orders in battle.
15th Feb '17 1:05:47 AM bwburke94
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Lie Ren is referred to in show as just Ren. This has been the subject of heated speculation about the customs of names in RWBY given that names of Asian origin in real life give the surname ''first''. However, Yang Xiao Long is referred to as Yang and we've recently learned her father's name is Taiyang, thus she is not referred to by her family name. Further, Ren lends the R to his team's name (JNPR), which parallels CRDL in that Sky Lark also seems to lend his surname. However, this is left unclear at this time as we have yet to hear anyone refer to Sky Lark by anything other than his full name.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Lie Ren is referred to in show as just Ren. This has been the subject of heated speculation about the customs of names in RWBY given that names of Asian origin in real life give the surname ''first''. However, Yang Xiao Long is referred to as Yang Ren, and we've recently learned her father's name is Taiyang, thus she is not referred to by her family name. Further, Ren lends provides the R to his team's name (JNPR), which parallels CRDL in (JNPR). This was the subject of much [[EpilepticTrees fan speculation]] about Western/Eastern name order, until Volume 4 confirmed that Sky Lark also seems to lend he goes by his surname. However, this is left unclear at this time as we have yet to hear anyone refer to Sky Lark by anything other than his full name.surname.
10th Dec '15 7:46:33 PM Beholderess
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*In ''Podcast/CriticalHit'', a live play DungeonsAndDragons podcast, [[TheStrategist Ket]] refers to his teammates almost exclusively by their last name while giving orders in battle.
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6th May '15 9:40:27 PM LaptopGuy
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Sometimes there's a DoubleStandard for this trope: the same show may refer to men by their last names and women by their first names.

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Characters on a last-name basis are much more likely to be male than female. Sometimes there's a DoubleStandard for this trope: the same show may refer to men by their last names and women by their first names.
28th Mar '15 11:12:12 AM eroock
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-->--''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Problem With Popplers''

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-->--''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', -->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Problem With Popplers''
8th Oct '14 4:43:31 PM MercenX
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* In Roleplay/ThisIsWar Logan specifically tells Tex to refer to him by his surname

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* In Roleplay/ThisIsWar ''Roleplay/ThisIsWar'' Logan specifically tells Tex to refer to him by his surnamesurname.
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Lie Ren is referred to in show as just Ren. This has been the subject of heated speculation about the customs of names in RWBY given that names of Asian origin in real life give the surname ''first''. However, Yang Xiao Long is referred to as Yang and we've recently learned her father's name is Taiyang, thus she is not referred to by her family name. Further, Ren lends the R to his team's name (JNPR), which parallels CRDL in that Sky Lark also seems to lend his surname. However, this is left unclear at this time as we have yet to hear anyone refer to Sky Lark by anything other than his full name.
** Roman is occasionally referred to as just "Torchwick."
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