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22nd Jun '18 10:53:50 PM JackG
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* The SerialKiller in ''Film/{{Seven}}'' adopts the alias "John Doe", to make himself TheSpook, as he believes his message is important, not himself.
8th Jun '18 4:45:13 AM WillyFourEyes
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** "Yamada" the KnowledgeBroker in both has a similar name to Hanataro of Bleach, below, although Natsuki suspects in ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' that it's not his real name, especially because he doesn't look Japanese.

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** Also from ''Mai-[=HiME=]'', "Yamada" the KnowledgeBroker in both has a similar name to Hanataro of Bleach, below, ''Bleach'', above, although Natsuki suspects in ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' that it's not his real name, especially because he doesn't look Japanese.
28th Apr '18 11:36:35 PM ScottMarshall
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* In ''Film/AViewToAKill'', Bond plays with this trope, introducing himself with the alias of St. John Smythe, although not before the person checking his invitation misreads it as Smith.
17th Apr '18 1:22:02 PM StFan
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-> '''Professor Hobbes''': Perhaps you could tell us your name!\\
'''The Doctor''': What does it matter?\\
'''The Hostess''': Then tell us!\\
'''The Doctor''': ...John Smith.\\
''' Professor Hobbes''': Your ''real'' name.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]

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-> '''Professor Hobbes''': Hobbes:''' Perhaps you could tell us your name!\\
'''The Doctor''': Doctor:''' What does it matter?\\
'''The Hostess''': Hostess:''' Then tell us!\\
'''The Doctor''': ...Doctor:''' ...John Smith.\\
''' Professor Hobbes''': Hobbes:''' Your ''real'' name.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]
"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]"



The success of this trope is supposed to work due to just how ''common'' it is. If you take a name like "[[ComicBook/XMen Xavier]]", people will recognise you. "John Smith" is just so average that you're forgettable, and even if they do recall you, it will be nearly impossible to track down. Subversions can occur with people either recognising that it's ''way'' too common, or a person might try the alias in a time or place where it isn't actually common.

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The success of this trope is supposed to work due to just how ''common'' it is. If you take a name like "[[ComicBook/XMen Xavier]]", people will recognise recognize you. "John Smith" is just so average that you're forgettable, and even if they do recall you, it will be nearly impossible to track down. Subversions can occur with people either recognising recognizing that it's ''way'' too common, or a person might try the alias in a time or place where it isn't actually common.






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* In ''Fanfic/InquisitorCarrowChronicles'' The God-Emperor Of Mankind is disguised as a particle physicist at CERN, complete with the alias Jon Schmidt.

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* In ''Fanfic/InquisitorCarrowChronicles'' the bizarre side one skit from the album ''How Can You Be in Two Places at Once, When You're Not Anywhere at All'' by Creator/TheFiresignTheatre, the central character finds himself in the lobby of a motel. The God-Emperor Of Mankind desk clerk gives him a card to fill out, but it's already been written in. He chuckles "Well, I couldn't get you to believe my name is disguised as a particle physicist at CERN, complete 'Mr. and Mrs. John Smith', could I?" The clerk cheerily replies "Of course you could - nice to have you with us, Mr. and Mrs. Smith!" He goes by 'Mr. and Mrs. John Smith' for the alias Jon Schmidt.rest of the album.



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* In ''Fanfic/InquisitorCarrowChronicles'' The God-Emperor Of Mankind is disguised as a particle physicist at CERN, complete with the alias Jon Schmidt.
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--> '''Louis:''' You know, this mysterious Mr. Smith we're going to meet...[[CaptainObvious I don't think that's his real name]].\\

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--> '''Louis:''' You know, this mysterious Mr. Smith we're going to meet... [[CaptainObvious I don't think that's his real name]].\\



* ''Film/MeetJohnDoe''
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
** The movie got a lot of mileage out of [[http://www.impawards.com/1997/posters/men_in_black.jpg advertising]] and promotional materials featuring [[Creator/TommyLeeJones Mr. Jones]] and [[Creator/WillSmith Mr. Smith]]. Within the film itself they go by the interchangeable names "White" and "Black".
** For clarification, [[IronicNickname Jones is "Black" and Smith is "White".]]

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* %%* ''Film/MeetJohnDoe''
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
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''Film/MenInBlack'': The movie got a lot of mileage out of [[http://www.impawards.com/1997/posters/men_in_black.jpg advertising]] and promotional materials featuring [[Creator/TommyLeeJones Mr. Jones]] and [[Creator/WillSmith Mr. Smith]]. Within the film itself they go by the interchangeable names "White" and "Black".
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"Black". For clarification, [[IronicNickname Jones is "Black" and Smith is "White".]]



* The serial killer in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' uses the alias John Doe, as it's his "message" that's supposed to become famous, not himself.

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* The serial killer in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' ''Film/Se7en'' uses the alias John Doe, as it's his "message" that's supposed to become famous, not himself.



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* The episode "General Hospital" of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' featured a man with an amazing German accent in a wartime hospital introducing himself as "Meeester . . . Smeeth". Subverted in that he's a British spy, named Brigadier Humphrey Smith, who picked up the accent while undercover in Germany.

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* The episode "General Hospital" of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' featured a man with an amazing German accent in a wartime hospital introducing himself as "Meeester . . ."Meeester... Smeeth". Subverted in that he's a British spy, named Brigadier Humphrey Smith, who picked up the accent while undercover in Germany.



** On the whole, it works fairly well as an alias. However, it backfires on him in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], as the page quote shows. The people, already suspicious, immediately see it for a {{Blatant Lie|s}}. "No-one's called John Smith!"

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** On the whole, it works fairly well as an alias. However, it backfires on him in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]", as the page quote shows. The people, already suspicious, immediately see it for a {{Blatant Lie|s}}. "No-one's called John Smith!"



** Averted in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Sarah Jane never has to use an alias because her last name actually ''is'' Smith.
*** A planned Series 5 episode that went unfinished due to Creator/ElisabethSladen's death would have seen the Smiths' "space computer" (who is actually named Mr. Smith) become human. Since the episode was never finished, we never learned whether Mr. Smith would have taken the first name John in tribute to the Doctor.

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** * Averted in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Sarah Jane never has to use an alias because her last name actually ''is'' Smith.
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Smith. A planned Series 5 episode that went unfinished due to Creator/ElisabethSladen's death would have seen the Smiths' "space computer" (who is actually named Mr. Smith) become human. Since the episode was never finished, we never learned whether Mr. Smith would have taken the first name John in tribute to the Doctor.



* In the second season of ''Series/{{iZombie}}'', Blaine adopts the alias "John Deaux". When he becomes a person of interest in a couple cases Clive and Bozzio are working, they figure it's an alias and quickly find his real name.

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* In the second season of ''Series/{{iZombie}}'', ''Series/IZombie'', Blaine adopts the alias "John Deaux". When he becomes a person of interest in a couple cases Clive and Bozzio are working, they figure it's an alias and quickly find his real name.



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* In the bizarre side one skit from the album ''How Can You Be in Two Places at Once, When You're Not Anywhere at All'' by Creator/TheFiresignTheatre, the central character finds himself in the lobby of a motel. The desk clerk gives him a card to fill out, but it's already been written in. He chuckles "Well, I couldn't get you to believe my name is 'Mr. and Mrs. John Smith', could I?" The clerk cheerily replies "Of course you could - nice to have you with us, Mr. and Mrs. Smith!" He goes by 'Mr. and Mrs. John Smith' for the rest of the album.

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* The Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series: In [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=526 Vivat Regina]], "Mrs. Johanna Braun"— which translates to Joan Brown —is clearly a pseudonym used by the bizarre side one skit from the album ''How Can You Be in Two Places at Once, When You're Not Anywhere at All'' by Creator/TheFiresignTheatre, the central character finds himself in the lobby of a motel. The desk clerk gives him a card to fill out, but it's already been written in. He chuckles "Well, I couldn't get you to believe my name is 'Mr. and Mrs. John Smith', could I?" The clerk cheerily replies "Of course you could - nice to have you with us, Mr. and Mrs. Smith!" He goes by 'Mr. and Mrs. John Smith' for the rest of the album.client.



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* The Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series: In [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=526 Vivat Regina]], "Mrs. Johanna Braun"— which translates to Joan Brown —is clearly a pseudonym used by the client.

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* The Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series: In [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=526 Vivat Regina]], "Mrs. Johanna Braun"— which translates to Joan Brown —is clearly a pseudonym used by ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', the client.men who give assignments to Shadowrunners are always referred to as "Mr. Johnson", for reasons of deniability. ("No, we didn't send people to blow up the manufacturing plants of a rival MegaCorp! They were hired independently by a Mr. Johnson!") Considering how often Johnsons turn on the runners they're hiring (or intended to all along), there's [[DoubleEntendre a good reason for that particular name.]] In other regions, "Johnsons" are naturally referred to by region appropriate common names: In Germany it's "Herr Schmidt" or "Herr Müller", in Japan "Mr. Tanaka" and in Hong Kong "Mr. Wu".



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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', the men who give assignments to Shadowrunners are always referred to as "Mr. Johnson", for reasons of deniability ("No, we didn't send people to blow up the manufacturing plants of a rival MegaCorp! They were hired independently by a Mr. Johnson!").
** Considering how often Johnsons turn on the runners they're hiring (or intended to all along), there's [[DoubleEntendre a good reason for that particular name.]]
** In other regions, "Johnsons" are naturally referred to by region appropriate common names: In Germany it's "Herr Schmidt" or "Herr Müller", in Japan "Mr. Tanaka" and in Hong Kong "Mr. Wu".



* Used loosely in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. The classy assassin Shelly [=DeKiller=] imitates a butler and uses the name John Doe. No one is GenreSavvy enough to think this guy might be a little suspicious.



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* Used loosely in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. The classy assassin Shelly [=DeKiller=] imitates a butler and uses the name John Doe. No one is GenreSavvy enough to think this guy might be a little suspicious.
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6th Apr '18 5:15:13 PM crazysamaritan
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* In ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', a man, for the sake of conspiracy, introduces himself as Jan Smite.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
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In ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', the Literature/BlackWidowers story "{{Literature/Northwestward}}", Mr Wayne reveals that he has a house in North Dakota, northwest of the convention in Minneapolis, where the people who care for the place in his absence know him as a 'Mr Smith'.
** In ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'',
a man, for the sake of conspiracy, introduces himself as Jan Smite.
22nd Feb '18 10:01:05 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TwoFathersJustice'' (1985). The mercenary camp the two vengeful fathers join calls all its trainees "Mr Smith" to preserve their anonymity. This comes in handy later on when they have to get past a guard who was also trained at the camp; they pointedly call him Mr Smith and [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy pretend they were sent by his trainer to check security]].

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* ''Film/TwoFathersJustice'' ''Two Fathers Justice'' (1985). The mercenary camp the two vengeful fathers join calls all its trainees "Mr Smith" to preserve their anonymity. This comes in handy later on when they have to get past a guard who was also trained at the camp; they pointedly call him Mr Smith and [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy pretend they were sent by his trainer to check security]].
22nd Feb '18 10:00:33 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TwoFathersJustice'' (1985). The mercenary camp the two protagonists join calls all its trainees "Mr Smith" to preserve their anonymity. This comes in handy later on when they have to get past a guard who was also trained at the camp; they pointedly call him Mr Smith and pretend they were sent by his trainer to check security.

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* ''Film/TwoFathersJustice'' (1985). The mercenary camp the two protagonists vengeful fathers join calls all its trainees "Mr Smith" to preserve their anonymity. This comes in handy later on when they have to get past a guard who was also trained at the camp; they pointedly call him Mr Smith and [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy pretend they were sent by his trainer to check security.security]].


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* In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', James Bond checks into a hotel as Mr Jones. Then again given that he was played by Creator/SeanConnery, [[HilariousInHindsight maybe he was referring]] to [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade another Jones]].
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.
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