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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.
16th Mar '17 11:38:21 PM jormis29
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* In ''Film/{{Mulan}}'', Mulan's horse is never named until near the end of the movie. However, during gameplay of ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'', Mulan's horse (on one of the power discs) is named Kahn.

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* In ''Film/{{Mulan}}'', ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Mulan's horse is never named until near the end of the movie. However, during gameplay of ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'', Mulan's horse (on one of the power discs) is named Kahn.
13th Mar '17 11:27:04 AM arkholt
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* ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' has Exotic, an exotic bird of indeterminate species, gender, and name. It originally would only mysteriously appear out of nowhere, and was referred to only as "the exotic bird," and eventually simply nicknamed "Exotic." In [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/393 #393]], Darryl finally asks what its name is, but it only replies that it's name can't be spoken, only sung, and proceeds to sing "Happy Birthday To You." This may or may not be its actual name.
14th Feb '17 8:20:51 AM Briguy52748
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* Prior to about the middle of the 20th century, it was not uncommon for many babies who were stillborn or died very early in infancy (especially if they were ill at birth and not expected to live) to never be given a name.
5th Feb '17 3:06:58 PM kataangluvr
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* The protagonists of ''AudioPlay/YandereNoOnnaNoKo'' are never named. They may share the same surnames as some of their relatives (Nagisa, Yumemi, Alice and Elise), but that would the closest things you would have to a surname. One character calls him "Elison", but that's because she's delusional and is convinced that they were lovers in another life.
* The protagonists of ''AudioPlay/YandereHeaven'' don't have a first or a last name. The {{Yandere}} brothers tend to provide sibling terms in place of a name.
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23rd Jan '17 7:07:02 PM Lanthorn
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* Many people in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. According to WordOfGod, the [[TheFairFolk Suicide Fairies]] from Gillitie Wood have no names at all prior to becoming human; another fairy has a name but refuses to share it because her best friend gave it to her. Jones' name is [[spoiler:the last in a long line of aliases, since for most of her life she was [[TimeAbyss the only self-aware being on Earth]]]].

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* Many people in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. According to WordOfGod, the [[TheFairFolk Suicide Fairies]] from Gillitie Wood have no names at all prior to becoming human; human [[spoiler: like all "hollow fairies" whose separated souls are waiting for them to join their artificial bodies at the Court; being given a name is a sign they're adults]]; another fairy has a name but refuses to share it because her best friend gave it to her.her [[spoiler: it's revealed her name is <Snuffle> (her friend was a jackelope) but it has to be said/done in a specific way or it sounds completely different]]. Jones' name is [[spoiler:the last in a long line of aliases, since for most of her life she was [[TimeAbyss the only self-aware being on Earth]]]]. Jeanne's "wood elf" boyfriend's name isn't given [[spoiler: they were able to GoIntoTheLight so unless more plotlines related to them come up we'll probably never know]].
11th Jan '17 1:39:35 AM Orbiting
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* In ''[[http://drunkduck.com/Henchman_number_9 Henchman No. 9]]'', the title character's real name is never given. In the script, it's just "[=Hn9=]" as the author has never given him a name. Possibly to avoid using that name in the actual comic.
5th Jan '17 1:23:04 PM Argon2
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--> '''Doug''': "Why hello, Phil's Girlfr-"
--> '''Millie''': "It's Millie."

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--> '''Doug''': "Why hello, Phil's Girlfr-"
-->
Girlfr-"\\
'''Millie''': "It's Millie.""
* An ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' [[https://xkcd.com/302/ strip]] centers around the narrator not knowing a woman's name, but feeling too awkward to ask. [[spoiler:His dilemma is resolved when they get married and the minister mentions that his bride is named Rachel.]]
19th Dec '16 10:43:15 PM GhostOfAGeek
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->'''Larry:''' Oh golly... Eh, what's your name?\\

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->'''Larry:''' Oh golly... Eh, Uh, what's your name?\\
19th Dec '16 10:39:03 PM GhostOfAGeek
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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', "Lyle, the Kindly Viking"

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', "Lyle, "[[Recap/VeggieTalesEpisode15LyleTheKindlyViking Lyle the Kindly Viking"
Viking]]"
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