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25th May '17 8:30:29 PM jtierney50
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* In ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'', several characters only go by their titles: there's the Man in the Chair, who is even only given ''that'' name in the script, the titular Chaperone (who is referred to as "Chaperone", implying that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep it may be both her name and title]]), Underling (who is likewise referred to as just "Underling"), and the Gangsters/Pastry Chefs.

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* In ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'', several characters only go by their titles: there's the Man in the Chair, [[AllThereInTheManual who is even only given ''that'' name in the script, script]], the titular Chaperone (who is referred to as "Chaperone", implying that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep it may be both her name and title]]), Underling (who is likewise referred to as just "Underling"), and the Gangsters/Pastry Chefs.



* Mostly averted in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', where most characters are named and introduced within seconds of appearing onstage. However, King George III is only ever called "The King", likely due to the fact that there was only one British monarch during the entire show (and thus reducing any possible ambiguity).

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* Mostly averted in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', where most characters are named and introduced within seconds of appearing onstage. However, King George III is only ever called "The King", likely due to the fact that there was only one British monarch during the entire entirety of the show (and thus reducing any possible ambiguity).
21st May '17 8:18:05 PM Katsuhagi
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* Also UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant, who was born Hiram Ulysses Grant and had his name changed as a result of an error when applying to West Point. His friends called him Sam.

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* Also UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant, who was born Hiram Ulysses Grant and had his name changed as a result of an error on the recommendation given to him by a Congressman when applying being nominated to West Point.Point (which he decided to [[SureLetsGoWithThat just go with]]). His friends called him Sam.
19th Apr '17 7:11:14 PM AreYouTyler
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* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', it's never revealed just what the Beast's name is. The fandom went and named him Adam anyway (which Creator/DanStevens [who portrayed the Beast in [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 the 2017 remake]]] and Paige O'Hara [Belle's voice actress] have also accepted). Contrary to popular beliefs, [[GodNeverSaidThat that name is not from the film's creators]], though there are a small number of official Disney products [[AscendedFanon that use it]] (while most keep him nameless).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Fievel's parents are only ever referred to as "Mama" and "Papa" Mousekewitz.

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* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', it's never revealed just what the Beast's name is. The fandom went and named him Adam anyway (which Creator/DanStevens [who portrayed the Beast in [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 the 2017 remake]]] and Paige O'Hara [Belle's voice actress] have also accepted). Contrary to popular beliefs, [[GodNeverSaidThat that name is not from the film's creators]], but rather from a trivia video game, though there are a small number of official Disney products [[AscendedFanon that use it]] (while most keep him nameless).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Fievel's parents [[UnnamedParent are only ever referred to as "Mama" and "Papa" Mousekewitz.Mousekewitz]].
19th Apr '17 2:13:44 PM AreYouTyler
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* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', it's never revealed just what the Beast's name is. The fandom went and named him Adam anyway. Contrary to popular beliefs, [[GodNeverSaidThat that name is not from the film's creators]], though there are a small number of official Disney products [[AscendedFanon that use it]] (while most keep him nameless).

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* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', it's never revealed just what the Beast's name is. The fandom went and named him Adam anyway.anyway (which Creator/DanStevens [who portrayed the Beast in [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 the 2017 remake]]] and Paige O'Hara [Belle's voice actress] have also accepted). Contrary to popular beliefs, [[GodNeverSaidThat that name is not from the film's creators]], though there are a small number of official Disney products [[AscendedFanon that use it]] (while most keep him nameless).
10th Apr '17 1:49:20 PM XndrK
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'''Scallion #1:''' They've never given me a name. I've been around since show one and I still don't have a name.

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'''Scallion #1:''' They've never given me a name. I've been around since show one and I still don't have a name.name!
9th Apr '17 11:54:08 AM jtierney50
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** Lampshaded by [[ExactWords "Hobgoblin Cleric #2"]]. He says that he could have become a great leader like Jirix, but because he was given a generic name, he was resigned to a generic lot in life. A [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0703.html flashback]] shows that his little brother is named "Hobgoblin Warrior from Strip #433, Panel 3", and, as a CrowningMomentOfFunny, there is only one Hobgoblin Warrior in Strip #433, Panel 3.
9th Apr '17 11:43:44 AM jtierney50
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* In ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'', several characters only go by their titles: there's the Man in the Chair, who is even only given ''that'' name in the script, the titular Chaperone (who is referred to as "Chaperone", implying that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep it may be both her name and title]]), Underling (who is likewise referred to as just "Underling"), and the Gangsters/Pastry Chefs.
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', many of the revolutionaries are named in blink-and-you'll-miss-'em, quickly sung lines - including Enjolras, Grantaire, and Gavroche, who are three of the most important revolutionaries in the show (TheLeader, TheLancer, and the TeamPet, respectively). However, they are [[AllThereInTheManual all named in the script]], somewhat averting this trope. Likewise, the Bishop is never named in the show and called The Bishop in the script.
* Mostly averted in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', where most characters are named and introduced within seconds of appearing onstage. However, King George III is only ever called "The King", likely due to the fact that there was only one British monarch during the entire show (and thus reducing any possible ambiguity).
8th Apr '17 12:08:35 PM StFan
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* [[NoNameGiven.LiveActionFilms Films – Live-Action]]

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* [[NoNameGiven.LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]



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** Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} was known only as Logan (and he was around for several years before even that much was revealed). He had amnesia, and no one knew what his real name was. In his origin series, Wolverine's name was revealed to be James Howlett, having stolen the name 'Logan' from his family's groundskeeper, who turned out to Wolverine's biological father. This information is not used in most adaptations, although in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' Sabretooth refers to him as 'Jimmy', and his full name is the same as it is in the comics.

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** Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} was known only as Logan (and he was around for several years before even that much was revealed). He had amnesia, and no one no-one knew what his real name was. In his origin series, Wolverine's name was revealed to be James Howlett, having stolen the name 'Logan' "Logan" from his family's groundskeeper, who turned out to be Wolverine's biological father. This information is not used in most adaptations, although in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' Sabretooth refers to him as 'Jimmy', "Jimmy", and his full name is the same as it is in the comics.



** His archfoe SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker may or may not be named Jack… or maybe Joe. However, not even he himself is sure, due in part to his MultipleChoicePast.

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** His archfoe SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker may or may not be named Jack… or maybe Joe. However, not even he himself is sure, due in part to his MultipleChoicePast.



* [[Machinima/FalloutLoreTheStoryteller The Storyteller]] does have a name, but [[RunningGag we never hear it since whoever says it is either interrupted or drowned out by something.]]

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* [[Machinima/FalloutLoreTheStoryteller ''Machinima/FalloutLoreTheStoryteller'': The Storyteller]] Storyteller does have a name, but [[RunningGag we never hear it since whoever says it is either interrupted or drowned out by something.]]



* The two leading pigs from WebAnimation/TheOatsSeries are never named despite being the main characters. They simply refer to each other as "brother" although they can be identified by their American (Older Pig) and British (Younger Pig) accents.

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* The two leading pigs from WebAnimation/TheOatsSeries ''WebAnimation/TheOatsSeries'' are never named despite being the main characters. They simply refer to each other as "brother" although they can be identified by their American (Older Pig) and British (Younger Pig) accents.accents.
* Parodied in the case of Rookie from ''Machinima/CombatDevolved''. He tries to tell the others his name, but no-one cares and resorts to calling him Rookie.



* ''[[{{Webcomic/MonsterLands}} Monster Lands]]'' has a character who is a necromancer. The character's name? "The Necromancer".
* ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' begins with 8 captives fighting to the death after waking up inside crates with words carved in their foreheads. During the opening chapter they are referred to by the word on their head. 3 of the characters die off. WordOfGod states that they were referred to as Devin, Diana and Desmond in the script.

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* ''[[{{Webcomic/MonsterLands}} Monster Lands]]'' ''Webcomic/MonsterLands'' has a character who is a necromancer. The character's name? "The Necromancer".
* ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'':
** It
begins with 8 captives fighting to the death after waking up inside crates with words carved in their foreheads. During the opening chapter they are referred to by the word on their head. 3 of the characters die off. WordOfGod states that they were referred to as Devin, Diana and Desmond in the script.



-->'''Nathaniel:''' Why is this numpty still following us?
-->'''The Adventurer:''' I do have a name, you know.

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-->'''Nathaniel:''' Why is this numpty still following us?
-->'''The
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'''The
Adventurer:''' I do have a name, you know.



* Parodied in the case of Rookie from BattyBattalion, he tries to tell the others his name, but no one cares and resorts to calling him Rookie.
1st Apr '17 3:57:38 PM CrowTR0bot
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* The two leading pigs from WebAnimation/TheOatsSeries are never named despite being the main characters. They simply refer to each other as "brother" although they can be identified by their American (Older Pig) and British (Younger Pig) accents.
17th Mar '17 2:11:45 PM Az_Tech341
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In older (pre-1900 in North America; pre-1970 in the UK) fiction, a narrator may refer to a character (especially an older or more socially prominent character) by his or her [[LastNameBasis surname]]. This is because at that time first names were much less commonly used socially than they are now; a young character may not even know the first name of an older character he or she is not related to. It was also common in that time to [[SpellMyNameWithABlank blank out]] the names of real people to avoid lawsuits and the like. This is often true in Japanese media set in the modern day as well, as first names are seen as being incredibly personal and sometimes not even used by close friends who still opt to use the surname. Interestingly, the reverse is true if the work is set in some periods of Japanese history where the size of many of the clans that dominated society meant that it was hard to figure out who you were talking about if you just used the surname so given names were used more instead. In other Asian media however you will often hear people referred to by their first names all the time, but almost never by their last names - partly because of the low diversity of surnames in many Asian languages.

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In older (pre-1900 in North America; pre-1970 in the UK) fiction, a narrator may refer to a character (especially an older or more socially prominent character) by his or her [[LastNameBasis surname]]. This is because at that time first names were much less commonly used socially than they are now; a young character may not even know the first name of an older character he or she is not related to. It was also common in that time to [[SpellMyNameWithABlank blank out]] the names of real people to avoid lawsuits and the like. This is often true in Japanese media set in the modern day as well, as first names are seen as being incredibly personal and sometimes not even used by close friends who still opt to use the surname. Interestingly, the reverse is true if the work is set in some periods of Japanese history where the size of many of the clans that dominated society meant that it was hard to figure out who you were talking about if you just used the surname so given names were used more instead. In other Asian media however media, however, you will often hear people referred to by their first names all the time, names, but almost never by their last names - partly because of the low diversity of surnames in many Asian languages.



This trope can be [[JustifiedTrope somewhat justified]], however, due to NominalImportance: It's difficult enough for the writers to come up with good names for the main protagonists; it would be ''incredibly'' painstaking to come up with equally good names for a cast of characters who exist solely as part of the setting and serve no further purpose to the narrative.

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This trope can be [[JustifiedTrope somewhat justified]], however, due to NominalImportance: It's it's difficult enough for the writers to come up with good names for the main protagonists; it would be ''incredibly'' painstaking to come up with equally good names for a cast of characters who exist solely as part of the setting and serve no further purpose to the narrative.
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