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22nd Dec '17 1:58:16 PM marcoasalazarm
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* In ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', Chow Yun-Fat's character gives his name as "John Lee", which Mira Sorvino notes is obviously a generic alias.

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* In ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', Chow Yun-Fat's character gives his name as "John Lee", which Mira Sorvino notes is obviously a generic alias.alias... and then it turns out that, no that ''is'' his name.
20th Dec '17 9:26:31 AM MasterFuzzy
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* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'': Michael Landon plays a "probationary" angel named Jonathan Smith, the main protagonist. (Contrast that with Victor French's role as Mark Gordon.)

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* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'': Michael Landon plays a "probationary" angel named Jonathan Smith, the main protagonist. (Contrast that with Victor French's role as Mark Gordon.)) It's later revealed that this wasn't his original name when he was a human-it was Arthur. [[Myth/KingArthur Unsurprisingly]].
15th Dec '17 11:11:14 PM JackG
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* In the non-fiction ''Literature/CourierFromWarsaw'' the narrator's chosen pseudonym, Jan Nowak, turns out to be ''disadvantageous'' for covert work, because, since there are so many people with this name, one of them is bound to be on any given organisation persona non grata list, and explaining you're actually a different Jan Nowak takes valuable time, not to mention the risk of being more thoroughly checked-up.
28th Nov '17 7:21:37 AM Veanne
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** As you can read in ''Literature/CourierFromWarsaw'', a memoir of an actual covert operative, picking such a common surname can cause some problems with suspicious authorities.
27th Nov '17 7:59:16 AM JoeMerl
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* The kid novel ''101 Ways to Bug Your Parents'' features a BigManOnCampus called [[TheAce Ace]], whose real name is unknown to any of his classmates. Eventually he and the protagonist are both waiting to talk to the principal and Ace gets called in by the name "John Smith." The protagonist is rather stunned while Ace seems embarrassed.
27th Nov '17 7:56:46 AM JoeMerl
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* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', one of the residents at the boarding house is a reclusive man named "John Smith". One episode has Arnold visiting the place where Mr. Smith works in an effort to deliver a package, only to find that ''nearly everyone'' who works there is apparently named some variation of "John Smith".

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* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', one of the residents at the boarding house is a reclusive man named "John Smith". One "Mr. Smith" who never comes out of his room, only communicates through notes and has a security camera watching the door to his apartment. In one episode has where Arnold visiting the is trying to give him a package they manage to track down what ''seems'' to be his place where Mr. Smith works in an effort to deliver a package, of employment, only to find learn that ''nearly everyone'' who works there is apparently named some variation it's full of people calling themselves variants of "John Smith".Smith."
18th Nov '17 7:02:26 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the agents are [[TheMenInBlack men in black]] who use generic surnames like Brown or Jones. Their leader is, of course, Agent Smith.

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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the agents ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** The Agents
are [[TheMenInBlack men in black]] who use generic surnames like Brown or Jones. Their leader is, of course, Agent Smith. Smith later goes rogue and becomes a BigBad entirely in his own right, but keeps the name.
3rd Nov '17 5:25:53 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the 2016 interactive movie ''Late Shift'', Matt and May-Ling check into a hotel under the surname Smith if they end up on the run together.
-->'''Matt:''' Smith? Really?\\
'''May-Ling:''' I panicked.



* In the 2016 interactive movie ''Late Shift'', Matt and May-Ling check into a hotel under the surname Smith if they end up on the run together.
-->'''Matt:''' Smith? Really?\\
'''May-Ling:''' I panicked.
3rd Nov '17 5:06:46 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the 2016 interactive movie ''Late Shift'', Matt and May-Ling check into a hotel under the surname Smith if they end up on the run together.
-->'''Matt:''' Smith? Really?\\
'''May-Ling:''' I panicked.
3rd Oct '17 3:38:08 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series has the recurring villain (and sometimes playable protagonist) Naked Snake/Big Boss, who manages to remain pretty anonymous and mysterious throughout the series, and the only part of his real name to ever be revealed is his first name, which just so happens to be "John" (and even then it is suggested that it is possibly another alias). Some of his comrades even just knows him by the name "John Doe".
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