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26th Jul '17 12:08:17 AM AdamC
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* A downplayed example in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. The Solomons are aliens living incognito on Earth, and the males are literally named Tom, Dick, and Harry. At one point Don realizes this while using the phrase, and is met with paranoid looks by the family.
28th Jun '17 10:30:23 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', about a pair of married assassins called John and Jane Smith. Strangely, the trope is only {{lampshaded}} once, when Jane asks for a database search on her husband and her assistant points out it's the most common name in the English language.

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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', about a pair of married assassins called John and Jane Smith. Strangely, the trope is only {{lampshaded}} once, when Jane asks for a database search on her husband and her assistant points out it's the most common name in the English language.
19th Jun '17 3:33:55 AM JackG
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* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. In "Servant with Two Masters", Cowley orders Bodie and Doyle to keep surveillance on an Arab businessman called Mahlik, but won't say why. Bodie notes that Mahlik is the Arab equivalent of Smith.

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* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. In "Servant with Two Masters", Cowley orders Bodie and Doyle to keep surveillance on an Arab businessman called Mahlik, but won't say why. Bodie notes that Mahlik is the Arab Arabic equivalent of Smith.
19th Jun '17 3:33:25 AM JackG
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* ''Series/TheProfessionals''. In "Servant with Two Masters", Cowley orders Bodie and Doyle to keep surveillance on an Arab businessman called Mahlik, but won't say why. Bodie notes that Mahlik is the Arab equivalent of Smith.
10th Jun '17 4:25:12 PM Vox
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Jack Sparrow gives the harbor master a few shillings so he doesn't have to tell his name. The harbor master thinks about this for a beat, then welcomes "Mr. Smith" to Port Royal.

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Jack Sparrow gives the harbor master a few shillings so he doesn't have to tell his name. The harbor master thinks about this for a beat, then welcomes "Mr. Smith" to Port Royal. He later gives his name as "Smith" to two guards on the dock asking for his name, who clearly aren't fooled.
8th Jun '17 2:55:02 AM JackG
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*In ''{{Literature/AtlasShrugged}}'', Fransisco d'Anconia marvels aloud at Jim Taggart's wedding at how many men named Smith or Gomez can afford to own large chunks of his company. Of course, this just made him curious as to who was really behind those names. Many of them are at this very party. [[spoiler:Later, he deliberately creates a panic that crashes his stock price.]]

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*In ''{{Literature/AtlasShrugged}}'', ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', Fransisco d'Anconia marvels aloud at Jim Taggart's wedding at how many men named Smith or Gomez can afford to own large chunks of his company. Of course, this just made him curious as to who was really behind those names. Many of them are at this very party. [[spoiler:Later, he deliberately creates a panic that crashes his stock price.]]
8th Jun '17 2:54:16 AM JackG
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* Japanese-American ProfessionalKiller Literature/JohnRain has been known to use the Tarō Yamada alias, while lampshading the trope.
2nd May '17 7:49:10 PM meanmetalmario
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* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' supplementary material: the BLU Soldier's alias (as revealed in the Soldier/Demoman double update teaser comic) is ''Jane'' Doe.

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* Played for laughs in A ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' supplementary material: [[ExpandedUniverse tie-in comic]] reveals the BLU Soldier's alias (as revealed in real name, written on the Soldier/Demoman double update teaser comic) is mailbox of his house: Mr. ''Jane'' Doe.Doe. Though, as the Soldier is somewhat of a paranoid nutcase, it's most likely not his ''real'' real name.
11th Apr '17 11:45:58 PM AthenaBlue
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'''The Doctor''': ... John Smith.\\

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'''The Doctor''': ...Doctor''': . . . John Smith.\\



-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Midnight"

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-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "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.

Note: This trope only refers to someone using an obvious pseudonym -- not someone whose name just happens to be Smith, as in the title character of ''MrSmithGoesToWashington''.

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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]]', "[[ComicBook/XMen Xavier]]", people will recognise you. 'John Smith' "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.

Note: This trope only refers to someone using an obvious pseudonym -- not someone whose name just happens to be Smith, as in the title character of ''MrSmithGoesToWashington''.
''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''.



* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Balalaika introduces herself as Captain Jane Doe to a US black ops group.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Hanatarō Yamada's name is a combination of Tarō Yamada and Hanako Yamada; the Western equivalent would be something like Jack Smith.
* "Mr. Smith" is a common fake name in the spy-filled world of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', which most people in the business treat as "I wish to remain anonymous". November 11 uses it in the first season, while the second season has a character only known by this title.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. John Doe or "Joe TheNameless" is an alleged former CIA agent who teaches child assassin Pinocchio.



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. John Doe or "Joe TheNameless" is an alleged former CIA agent who teaches child assassin Pinocchio.
* "Mr. Smith" is a common fake name in the spy-filled world of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', which most people in the business treat as "I wish to remain anonymous". November 11 uses it in the first season, while the second season has a character only known by this title.
* Chaser John Doe, a Badass monster cat dream demon armed with a guillotine from ''Manga/YumekuiMerry''.



* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Hanatarō Yamada's name is a combination of Tarō Yamada and Hanako Yamada; the Western equivalent would be something like Jack Smith.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Balalaika introduces herself as Captain Jane Doe to a US black ops group.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Hanatarō Yamada's name is Chaser John Doe, a combination of Tarō Yamada and Hanako Yamada; the Western equivalent would be something like Jack Smith.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Balalaika introduces herself as Captain Jane Doe to
Badass monster cat dream demon armed with a US black ops group.guillotine from ''Manga/YumekuiMerry''.



* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', about a pair of married assassins called John and Jane Smith. Strangely the trope is only {{lampshaded}} once, when Jane asks for a database search on her husband and her assistant points out it's the most common name in the English language.
* ''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.
* 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.
** ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' introduces Agents Jackson, Johnson and Thompson.
* ''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".]]
* The protagonist in ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' is actually called 'Joe' in the script, but as his name wasn't spoken on screen Creator/ClintEastwood instead became [[TheNameless The Man With No Name]].
** And in the [[AFistfulOfRehashes remake]] ''Film/LastManStanding'', no-one even pretends to believe that "John Smith" is the protagonist's real name.
* Likewise "Mr Smith", the protagonist of ''Film/ShootEmUp''. The fact that his name is an obvious pseudonym highlights the fact that he's like the ManWithNoName from TheWestern. Subverted in that it may also be a MeaningfulName -- it's suggested that he's a former gunsmith.
* The serial killer in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' uses the alias John Doe, as it's his "message" that's supposed to become famous, not himself.
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. When Butch and Sundance decide to give up crime, they tell their employer that their names are Smith and Jones.
* ''Film/MeetJohnDoe''



* In ''Film/CityHeat'' (1984) two elderly gentlemen arrive at a brothel. One is greeted by the madam as "Mr Smith", and he introduces his companion who's also called Smith.
-->'''Madam:''' "Come in Mr Smith; we have many of your relatives here today!"



* Parodied in ''Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste'', where every single recruit of the French Foreign Legion introduces himself as "Smith" (including the two brothers). The only exception is a blind man who calls himself "Jones" because Smith was his real name.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Jack Sparrow gives the harbor master a few shillings so he doesn't have to tell his name. The harbor master thinks about this for a beat, then welcomes "Mr. Smith" to Port Royal.

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* Parodied in ''Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste'', where every single recruit In ''Film/{{Bill}}'', a disguised King Philip II of Spain improvises the French Foreign Legion English pseudonym "Jeff Smith". Jeff is a name used by the film's creators in other works often enough to be a RunningGag and Smith is obviously this trope in action.
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. When Butch and Sundance decide to give up crime, they tell their employer that their names are Smith and Jones.
* In ''Film/CityHeat'' (1984) two elderly gentlemen arrive at a brothel. One is greeted by the madam as "Mr. Smith", and he
introduces himself as "Smith" (including the two brothers). The only exception is a blind man who calls himself "Jones" because Smith was his real name.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Jack Sparrow gives the harbor master a few shillings so he doesn't
companion who's also called Smith.
-->'''Madam:''' "Come in Mr. Smith; we
have to tell his name. The harbor master thinks about this for a beat, then welcomes "Mr. Smith" to Port Royal.many of your relatives here today!"



* In ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', Chow Yun-Fat's character gives his name as "John Lee," which Mira Sorvino notes is obviously a generic alias.
* During ''Film/{{Houseguest}}'', the loansharks after our hero Sinbad try to follow him into the exclusive golf course he's playing at. When asked at the front desk what name their reservation is under, one blurts out "Smith" at the same time the other does "Miller." Luckily for them, a family named the Miller-Smiths happen to have a reservation and so they are admitted without further delay.
* The BigBad in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is named "Silva", the most common surname in the Portuguese speaking world. As soon as he is first called that, he immediately demands to be called by his ''real'' name.



* ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. The Duchess of York goes to meet speech therapist Lionel Logue under the alias of Mrs Johnson, causing him to commit a number of faux pas [[OhCrap before she reveals she's a member of the royal family]]. Johnson was the cover name used by the Duke of York when he was a serving naval officer during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, to hide his identity from the enemy.

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* ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. The Duchess of York goes to meet speech therapist Lionel Logue under protagonist in ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' is actually called "Joe" in the alias of Mrs Johnson, causing him to commit a number of faux pas [[OhCrap before she reveals she's a member of the royal family]]. Johnson was the cover script, but as his name used by wasn't spoken on screen Creator/ClintEastwood instead became [[TheNameless The Man With No Name]].
** And in
the Duke of York when he was a serving naval officer during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, [[AFistfulOfRehashes remake]] ''Film/LastManStanding'', no-one even pretends to hide his identity from believe that "John Smith" is the enemy.protagonist's real name.
* During ''Film/{{Houseguest}}'', the loansharks after our hero Sinbad try to follow him into the exclusive golf course he's playing at. When asked at the front desk what name their reservation is under, one blurts out "Smith" at the same time the other does "Miller". Luckily for them, a family named the Miller-Smiths happen to have a reservation and so they are admitted without further delay.



* In ''Film/{{Bill}}'', a disguised King Philip II of Spain improvises the English pseudonym "Jeff Smith". Jeff is a name used by the film's creators in other works often enough to be a RunningGag and Smith is obviously this trope in action.

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* In ''Film/{{Bill}}'', a disguised King Philip II ''Film/TheKingsSpeech''. The Duchess of Spain improvises York goes to meet speech therapist Lionel Logue under the English pseudonym "Jeff Smith". Jeff is alias of Mrs. Johnson, causing him to commit a number of faux pas [[OhCrap before she reveals she's a member of the royal family]]. Johnson was the cover name used by the film's creators Duke of York when he was a serving naval officer during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, to hide his identity from the enemy.
* Parodied
in other works often enough to be ''Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste'', where every single recruit of the French Foreign Legion introduces himself as "Smith" (including the two brothers). The only exception is a RunningGag blind man who calls himself "Jones" because Smith was his real name.
* 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.
** ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' introduces Agents Jackson, Johnson and Thompson.
* ''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".]]
* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', about a pair of married assassins called John and Jane Smith. Strangely, the trope is only {{lampshaded}} once, when Jane asks for a database search on her husband and her assistant points out it's the most common name in the English language.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Jack Sparrow gives the harbor master a few shillings so he doesn't have to tell his name. The harbor master thinks about this for a beat, then welcomes "Mr. Smith" to Port Royal.
* In ''Film/TheReplacementKillers'', Chow Yun-Fat's character gives his name as "John Lee", which Mira Sorvino notes is
obviously this trope a generic alias.
* The serial killer
in action.
''Film/{{Se7en}}'' uses the alias John Doe, as it's his "message" that's supposed to become famous, not himself.
* Likewise "Mr. Smith", the protagonist of ''Film/ShootEmUp''. The fact that his name is an obvious pseudonym highlights the fact that he's like the ManWithNoName from TheWestern. Subverted in that it may also be a MeaningfulName -- it's suggested that he's a former gunsmith.
* The BigBad in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is named "Silva", the most common surname in the Portuguese speaking world. As soon as he is first called that, he immediately demands to be called by his ''real'' name.
* ''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.



* The 1970s Western ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''. The show (and its name) were inspired by the ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'' example.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas find a booklet that Captain Peacock dropped, indicating that he is a member of the [[NaughtyByNight Blue Cinema Club]]. His alias -- ''Captain'' John Smith.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'', Bergerac finds a man has checked into a hotel using the name "James Smythe", which Begerac remarks is nothing more than an upper-class version of "John Smith".
* 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.



* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'': Michael Landon plays a "probationary" angel named Jonathan Smith, the main protagonist. (Contrast that with Victor French's role as Mark Gordon.)
* ''Mr & Mrs Smith'', a 1996 series about two UndercoverAsLovers spies. Not related to the above film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (a pilot for a TV adaptation was made, but was unsuccessful).
* One episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had our heroes recognize a spy who used this name. However, he had picked because in that world, it's apparently the name of a Greek god.



* The US law enforcement use of "John Doe" for an unknown victim crops up a lot in the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' universe, unsurprisingly given the number of unidentified bodies they get to deal with in those series.



** On the whole, it works fairly well as an alias. However, it backfires on him in 'Midnight' as the page quote shows. The people, already suspicious, immediately see it for a {{Blatant Lie|s}}. "No-one's called John Smith!"
* Played for laughs when Martha goes undercover in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Ianto gives her the name "Samantha" as part of her cover, followed by, "I thought the 'Jones' would be safe" ([[DontExplainTheJoke Ianto's last name is also "Jones".]])
* 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.
* 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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** On the whole, it works fairly well as an alias. However, it backfires on him in '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!"
* ** Played for laughs when Martha goes undercover in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Ianto gives her the name "Samantha" as part of her cover, followed by, "I thought the 'Jones' would be safe" safe." ([[DontExplainTheJoke Ianto's last name is also "Jones".]])
* ** 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 Mr. Smith) become human. Since the episode was never finished, we never learned whether Mr Mr. Smith would have taken the first name John in tribute to the Doctor.
* The episode "General Hospital" of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' featured ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'': Michael Landon plays a man with an amazing German accent in a wartime hospital introducing himself as "Meeester.....Smeeth". Subverted in that he's a British spy, "probationary" angel named Brigadier Humphrey Jonathan Smith, who picked up the accent while undercover main protagonist. (Contrast that with Victor French's role as Mark Gordon.)
* In the second season of ''Series/{{iZombie}}'', Blaine adopts the alias "John Deaux". When he becomes a person of interest
in Germany.a couple cases Clive and Bozzio are working, they figure it's an alias and quickly find his real name.



* When taking part in ''Techno Games'' the [[Series/RobotWars Plunderbird]] team referred to themselves as the Smith brothers.



* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Elijah takes on "Smith" as his last name. Needless to say, it doesn't go unnoticed.

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* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Elijah takes on "Smith" ''Mr & Mrs Smith'', a 1996 series about two UndercoverAsLovers spies. Not related to the above film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (a pilot for a TV adaptation was made, but was unsuccessful).
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Zoe Morgan, who works
as a professional [[TheFixer fixer]], is amused and [[GenreSavvy naturally skeptical]] when John Reese introduces himself as 'John'. The irony is we later find that's actually his last name. Needless to say, it real name when Detective Carter discovers his special forces file. However the audience doesn't go unnoticed.see the rest of the name because it's obscured, other than his middle initial being H. John Reese is simply the name he uses on a day-to-day basis, as opposed to the temporary identities he uses when needed.



* The US law enforcement use of "John Doe" for an unknown victim crops up a lot in the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' universe, unsurprisingly given the number of unidentified bodies they get to deal with in those series.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Zoe Morgan, who works as a professional [[TheFixer fixer]], is amused and [[GenreSavvy naturally skeptical]] when John Reese introduces himself as 'John'. The irony is we later find that's actually his real name when Detective Carter discovers his special forces file. However the audience doesn't see the rest of the name because it's obscured, other than his middle initial being H. John Reese is simply the name he uses on a day-to-day basis, as opposed to the temporary identities he uses when needed.
* The 1970s Western ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''. The show (and its name) were inspired by the ''Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid'' example.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'', Bergerac finds a man has checked into a hotel using the name 'James Smythe', which Begerac remarks is nothing more than an upper-class version of 'John Smith'.

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* The US law enforcement use of "John Doe" for an unknown victim crops up a lot in the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' universe, unsurprisingly given the number of unidentified bodies they get to deal with in those series.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Zoe Morgan, who works as a professional [[TheFixer fixer]], is amused and [[GenreSavvy naturally skeptical]] when John Reese introduces himself as 'John'. The irony is we later find that's actually his real name when Detective Carter discovers his special forces file. However the audience doesn't see the rest of the name because it's obscured, other than his middle initial being H. John Reese is simply the name he uses on a day-to-day basis, as opposed to the temporary identities he uses when needed.
* The 1970s Western ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''. The show (and its name) were inspired by the ''Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid'' example.
* In an
One episode of ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'', Bergerac finds ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had our heroes recognize a man has checked into a hotel using spy who used this name. However, he had picked because in that world, it's apparently the name 'James Smythe', which Begerac remarks is nothing more than an upper-class version of 'John Smith'.a Greek god.



* In the pilot episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', Mr Humphries and Mr Lucas find a booklet that Captain Peacock dropped, indicating that he is a member of the [[NaughtyByNight Blue Cinema Club]]. His alias - ''Captain'' John Smith.
* 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.



* When taking part in ''Techno Games'' the [[Series/RobotWars Plunderbird]] team referred to themselves as the Smith brothers.
* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Elijah takes on "Smith" as his last name. Needless to say, it doesn't go unnoticed.



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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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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko goes by the name of Lee in his incognito persona. And Sokka's Master tells him to use this name because "There are a thousand Lees."



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko goes by the name of Lee in his incognito persona. And Sokka's Master tells him to use this name because "There are a thousand Lee".
* A CreditsGag for the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode [[ChurchOfHappyology "Trapped in the Closet"]] had everybody's name as "John Smith" or "Jane Smith." It's mainly to poke fun at a specific religion's reputation for lawsuits against anyone who [[ShapedLikeItself pokes fun at them.]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It is by no means a measure to protect the people who worked on the episode from having disproportionate retribution leveled on them by a sociopathic cult.]] That would be silly.



* A CreditsGag for the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode [[ChurchOfHappyology "Trapped in the Closet"]] had everybody's name as "John Smith" or "Jane Smith". It's mainly to poke fun at a specific religion's reputation for lawsuits against anyone who [[ShapedLikeItself pokes fun at them.]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It is by no means a measure to protect the people who worked on the episode from having disproportionate retribution leveled on them by a sociopathic cult.]] That would be silly.



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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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* Haile Selassie I, Emperor of UsefulNotes/{{Ethiopia}}, used the "Mr Smith" alias when traveling incognito to Khartoum in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, in preparation for the British move to throw the Italians out of his country. Given that this is a man who was literally worshiped as a god by the Rastafari movement, it's probably the [[SpecialPersonNormalName most inappropriate alias imaginable]].

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* Haile Selassie I, Emperor of UsefulNotes/{{Ethiopia}}, used the "Mr "Mr. Smith" alias when traveling incognito to Khartoum in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, in preparation for the British move to throw the Italians out of his country. Given that this is a man who was literally worshiped as a god by the Rastafari movement, it's probably the [[SpecialPersonNormalName most inappropriate alias imaginable]].
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** "Yamada" the KnowledgeBroker in both has a similar name to Hanataro of Bleach, below, although Natsuki suspects in ''MaiHime'' that it's not his real name, especially because he doesn't look Japanese.

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** "Yamada" the KnowledgeBroker in both has a similar name to Hanataro of Bleach, below, although Natsuki suspects in ''MaiHime'' ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' that it's not his real name, especially because he doesn't look Japanese.
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