History Main / MrSmith

24th Apr '16 4:05:42 PM Divra
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** When Jaime suspiciously asks one of the Kingsguard [[SelfProclaimedKnight who gave him his knighthood]], he says, "Ser Robert... Stone," which is an obviously generic name in Westeros. Robert is the name of the previous king, making it especially common, and "Stone" is a generic surname for bastards from the Vale. Jaime also thinks the last name may have come as a result of [[LineOfSightName Kettleblack looking at the stone wall of the room]] as he answered.

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** When Jaime suspiciously asks one of the Kingsguard Osney Kettleblack [[SelfProclaimedKnight who gave him his knighthood]], he says, "Ser Robert... Stone," which is an obviously generic name in Westeros. Robert is the name of the previous king, making it especially common, and "Stone" is a generic surname for bastards from the Vale. Jaime also thinks the last name may have come as a result of [[LineOfSightName Kettleblack looking at the stone wall of the room]] as he answered.



** In other regions, "Johnsons" are naturally referred to by region appropriate common names: In Germany it's "Herr Schmidt", in Japan "Mr. Tanaka" and in Hong Kong "Mr. Wu".

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** In other regions, "Johnsons" are naturally referred to by region appropriate common names: In Germany it's "Herr Schmidt", Schmidt" or "Herr Müller", in Japan "Mr. Tanaka" and in Hong Kong "Mr. Wu".
22nd Apr '16 7:15:20 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. A woman who works as a professional fixer is amused and naturally skeptical when John Reese introduces himself as 'John'. Of course John Reese is simply the name he prefers to use anyway, rather than his real name. Though all evidence suggests that his first name really is John - the rest of his real name is unknown apart from his middle initial being H.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. A woman Zoe Morgan, who works as a professional fixer [[TheFixer fixer]], is amused and [[GenreSavvy naturally skeptical skeptical]] when John Reese introduces himself as 'John'. Of course 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 prefers uses on a day-to-day basis, as opposed to use anyway, rather than his real name. Though all evidence suggests that his first name really is John - the rest of his real name is unknown apart from his middle initial being H.temporary identities he uses when needed.
22nd Apr '16 7:08:09 AM 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'' ''Two Fathers Justice'' (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/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.

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* In ''Film/CityHeat'' ''City Heat'' (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.
22nd Apr '16 7:07:28 AM JackG
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* 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.

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** And in the remake ''Film/LastManStanding'', no-one even pretends to believe that "John Smith" is the protagonist's real name.
* Mr Smith, 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.
26th Mar '16 12:22:33 AM shamblingdead2
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* A straight example in ''Literature/DifferentSeasons'' : "Jane Smith" is the name the unwed mother chooses.
3rd Mar '16 11:05:37 AM Plactus
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* 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.
3rd Mar '16 11:04:07 AM Plactus
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* 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.
2nd Mar '16 8:24:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Two Fathers Justice'' (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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* ''Two Fathers Justice'' ''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 ''City Heat'' (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.

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* In ''City Heat'' ''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.



* The AmeliaPeabody series has, as a recurring character, a British spymaster who often goes by "Smith," partly because spies use pseudonyms and partly because it's so much easier than coping with his real name of "the Honorable Algernon Bracegirdle-Boisdragon."
* In ''{{Foundation}}'', a man, for the sake of conspiracy, introduces himself as Jan Smite.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* The AmeliaPeabody Literature/AmeliaPeabody series has, as a recurring character, a British spymaster who often goes by "Smith," partly because spies use pseudonyms and partly because it's so much easier than coping with his real name of "the Honorable Algernon Bracegirdle-Boisdragon."
* In ''{{Foundation}}'', ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', a man, for the sake of conspiracy, introduces himself as Jan Smite.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':



* ''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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* ''HighwayToHeaven'': ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'': Michael Landon plays a "probationary" angel named Jonathan Smith, the main protagonist. (Contrast that with Victor French's role as Mark Gordon.)



* One episode of ''{{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.
* Spoofed in ''TheCommish''. The coroner slides open a fridge labelled "John Doe" and is outraged to discover an illegally-shot doe the police commissioner is holding for evidence.

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* One episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' ''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.
* Spoofed in ''TheCommish''.''Series/TheCommish''. The coroner slides open a fridge labelled "John Doe" and is outraged to discover an illegally-shot doe the police commissioner is holding for evidence.



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

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



* On ''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 ''HeyArnold'', ''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".
28th Feb '16 3:26:02 AM Psyclone
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** The German version is called Herr Schmidt.

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** The German version is called Herr Schmidt.In other regions, "Johnsons" are naturally referred to by region appropriate common names: In Germany it's "Herr Schmidt", in Japan "Mr. Tanaka" and in Hong Kong "Mr. Wu".
14th Feb '16 3:43:36 PM MsChibi
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TheMenInBlack are likely to do this. See also SmithicalMarriage (when an unmarried couple use the Mr and Mrs Smith alias as a PaperThinDisguise) and TheNameless.

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TheMenInBlack are likely to do this.this, as is the OperatorFromIndia. See also SmithicalMarriage (when an unmarried couple use the Mr and Mrs Smith alias as a PaperThinDisguise) and TheNameless.
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