History Main / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname

23rd Oct '17 7:44:47 AM AnotherDuck
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* Happen a lot on {{MMORPG}}s unless the person happens to use their real name. Many times no or little effort is made to learn real names.
** Also happens with certain subcultures, including online ones, where someone can be known for years just by one's "handle" or "con name." Some [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]], for example, go to the extent of having alt Facebook accounts named under their fursonas and address themselves at meets under those names. If the name sounds human enough they may well not even be questioned.



* In most Polish video game magazines, all the editors sign themselves, and refer to each other with nothing but nicknames. There are many long-time readers who don't know the names of their favorite writers.
23rd Oct '17 7:43:23 AM AnotherDuck
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* Some historical characters are nicknamed after the place they were born or grew up in:
** UsefulNotes/EleanorOfAquitaine was from Aquitaine, France.
** Creator/LeonardoDaVinci was from Vinci, Italy.
** Godfrey of Bouillon was from Bouillon, nowadays Belgium, but back then France.
** Maria of Burgundy was from Burgundy, France.



23rd Oct '17 7:30:28 AM AnotherDuck
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* Alluded: We don't know Kramer's first name until season six of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. It's Cosmo. Also, in the episode when Elaine finds the "Bizarro Jerry", Bizarro Jerry introduces one of his friends by saying, "And this guy, we just call Feldman."

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* Alluded: We don't know Kramer's first name until season six of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. It's Cosmo. Also, in In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode when Elaine finds the "Bizarro Jerry", Bizarro Jerry introduces one of his friends by saying, "And this guy, we just call Feldman."
23rd Oct '17 7:25:57 AM AnotherDuck
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* On ''Series/TheATeam'', we have Templeton "Faceman" Peck, and John "Hannibal" Smith (interesting in that he almost always introduces himself as "Hannibal Smith", as if it's his actual name).

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* On ''Series/TheATeam'', we ''Series/TheATeam'':
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have Templeton "Faceman" Peck, and John "Hannibal" Smith (interesting in that he almost always introduces himself as "Hannibal Smith", as if it's his actual name).



* Cory in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Apart from his parents, nobody - not even his wife - knows his real name is Cornelius.

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* Cory in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
** Cory.
Apart from his parents, nobody - not even his wife - knows his real name is Cornelius.



* Starburns, one of the other students in Señor Chang's Spanish class from ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[CaptainObvious His sideburns are shaped like stars]].

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
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Starburns, one of the other students in Señor Chang's Spanish class from ''Series/{{Community}}''.class. [[CaptainObvious His sideburns are shaped like stars]].



** Among the companions, there are Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in her first scene, Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown and Dorothy "Ace" [=McShane=].
*** Even the surname [=McShane=] comes from the ExpandedUniverse; in the series Ace admits her real name is Dorothy when she's introduced, and is just "Ace" from then on.

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** Among the companions, there are Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in her first scene, Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown and Dorothy "Ace" [=McShane=].
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[=McShane=]. Even the surname [=McShane=] comes from the ExpandedUniverse; in the series Ace admits her real name is Dorothy when she's introduced, and is just "Ace" from then on.



* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'' there's Noah "Puck" Puckerman, who has only been addressed by his first name by his mother, and Rachel sometimes. Santana Lopez is from [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Lima Heights]] and [[BadassBoast didn't know her name wasn't "Garbage Face" until she was five]].

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* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'' there's ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** There's
Noah "Puck" Puckerman, who has only been addressed by his first name by his mother, and Rachel sometimes. Santana Lopez is from [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Lima Heights]] and [[BadassBoast didn't know her name wasn't "Garbage Face" until she was five]].



* The Fonz, or "Fonzie", on ''Series/HappyDays'' is only seldom referred to by his real name, Arthur Fonzarelli. Richie's mother is the only person allowed to call him Arthur.
** Another ''Series/HappyDays'' example: Potsie. He is virtually never referred to by his given name, Warren.

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* ''Series/HappyDays'':
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The Fonz, or "Fonzie", on ''Series/HappyDays'' is only seldom referred to by his real name, Arthur Fonzarelli. Richie's mother is the only person allowed to call him Arthur.
** Another ''Series/HappyDays'' example: Potsie. He is virtually never referred to by his given name, Warren.



* Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and James "Sawyer" Ford in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and James "Sawyer" Ford in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.Ford.



* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': Chop (real name [[spoiler:Arnold Peters]]) and Danny Two Hats.

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* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'':
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Chop (real name [[spoiler:Arnold Peters]]) and Danny Two Hats.



* Even in the credits of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', Tory's name is given as "Tory Belleci". His real first name is Salvatore.

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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'':
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Even in the credits of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', credits, Tory's name is given as "Tory Belleci". His real first name is Salvatore.



* [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]] from early ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons. With full names like Farkus Bulkmeier and Eugene Skullovich, you can't blame them much. ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' introduces Skull's son, "Spike", but it isn't clear if that's his real name or a nickname.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
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[[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]] from early ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons. With full names like Farkus Bulkmeier and Eugene Skullovich, you can't blame them much. ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' introduces Skull's son, "Spike", but it isn't clear if that's his real name or a nickname.



* The Cat in ''Series/RedDwarf'' is only known as "Cat", but as Lister admitted, he doesn't have a name (or he has one he never bothered to divulge).

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
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The Cat in ''Series/RedDwarf'' is only known as "Cat", but as Lister admitted, he doesn't have a name (or he has one he never bothered to divulge).



* Subverted in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''; Jackie is a nickname, but even she herself wasn't aware of that fact until Bev casually brought it up in conversation. Her real name is either Marjorie or Mary-Jane; Bev can't remember which. Roseanne, as a child, was unable to say the original name and it came out as "My Jackie", which led to her just being called Jackie.

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''; ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'':
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Jackie is a nickname, but even she herself wasn't aware of that fact until Bev casually brought it up in conversation. Her real name is either Marjorie or Mary-Jane; Bev can't remember which. Roseanne, as a child, was unable to say the original name and it came out as "My Jackie", which led to her just being called Jackie.



** It's not entirely certain whether the Wraith even have names. They certainly don't use them around humans, who wind up calling recurring Wraiths things like "Michael", "Todd", and "Kenny". Strangely, the Wraith sometimes use the human-bestowed names in each other's presence as well.
*** The ExpandedUniverse says that Wraith have names based on how their minds "feel" to each other, which kind of makes sense for a telepathic race. Amusingly, they're under the mistaken impression that human names have a similar meaning.

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** It's not entirely certain whether the Wraith even have names. They certainly don't use them around humans, who wind up calling recurring Wraiths things like "Michael", "Todd", and "Kenny". Strangely, the Wraith sometimes use the human-bestowed names in each other's presence as well.
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well. The ExpandedUniverse says that Wraith have names based on how their minds "feel" to each other, which kind of makes sense for a telepathic race. Amusingly, they're under the mistaken impression that human names have a similar meaning.



* If the monster in ''Series/StrangerThings'' even ''has'' a real name (which is doubtful), than we never learn what it is. The protagonists nickname it "[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demogorgon_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons) the Demogorgon]]" after a monster they recently used in a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game and use that name almost exclusively. The rest of the cast never bothers giving it a name.

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* ''Series/StrangerThings'':
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If the monster in ''Series/StrangerThings'' even ''has'' a real name (which is doubtful), than we never learn what it is. The protagonists nickname it "[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demogorgon_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons) the Demogorgon]]" after a monster they recently used in a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game and use that name almost exclusively. The rest of the cast never bothers giving it a name.



* Bobby Singer, on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''--a perfectly ordinary nickname, to be sure, but a man in his sixties being referred to by it more or less exclusively is still worth noting. No 'Bob' or 'Rob,' let alone 'Robert' except when someone or something is going 'Robert Singer, I've heard of you,' or similar sentiments.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Bobby Singer, on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''--a Singer -- a perfectly ordinary nickname, to be sure, but a man in his sixties being referred to by it more or less exclusively is still worth noting. No 'Bob' or 'Rob,' let alone 'Robert' except when someone or something is going 'Robert Singer, I've heard of you,' or similar sentiments.



* Nicknames occasionally crop up in reality shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and people who choose to go by these (like ''Survivor''[='s=] "Dreamz", "Coach", and "Johnny Fairplay") are usually at least a little full of themselves. (We'll give a pass to "Flight Time" and "Big Easy" on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', though, as those are essentially their stage names on their day jobs with the Harlem Globetrotters.)

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* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'':
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Nicknames occasionally crop up in reality shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', this, and people who choose to go by these (like ''Survivor''[='s=] "Dreamz", "Coach", and "Johnny Fairplay") are usually at least a little full of themselves. (We'll give a pass to "Flight Time" and "Big Easy" on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', though, as those are essentially their stage names on their day jobs with the Harlem Globetrotters.)



* Some say that he couldn't believe we hadn't mentioned him yet, so he wrote this himself, and that if his real name were known, we'd be able to uncover the secrets of the universe. All we know is, [[TopGear he's called The Stig.]]
** Some say his first name really is 'The'....
* Bubbles from ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''. His real name his never given on the show (and one episode confirms that Bubbles is a nickname given to him in childhood). It's especially comical when he's arrested or in court and they still only call him Bubbles.

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* Some say that he couldn't believe we hadn't mentioned him yet, so he wrote this himself, and that if his real name were known, we'd be able to uncover the secrets of the universe. All we know is, [[TopGear he's called The Stig.]]
**
]] Some say his first name really is 'The'....
* Bubbles from ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''.''Series/TrailerParkBoys'':
** Bubbles.
His real name his never given on the show (and one episode confirms that Bubbles is a nickname given to him in childhood). It's especially comical when he's arrested or in court and they still only call him Bubbles.



* C.J. Cregg of ''Series/TheWestWing'' is only rarely called by her full name, which is Claudia Jean. And Percy 'Fitz' Fitzwallace.

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* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
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C.J. Cregg of ''Series/TheWestWing'' is only rarely called by her full name, which is Claudia Jean. And Percy 'Fitz' Fitzwallace.



* Music/{{Korn}}'s bass player, Fieldy. Most people don't know his real name is Reginald Arvizu.

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* Music/{{Korn}}'s Music/{{Korn}}:
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bass player, Fieldy. Most people don't know his real name is Reginald Arvizu.
22nd Oct '17 2:42:04 PM chopshop
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* If the monster in ''Series/StrangerThings'' even ''has'' a real name (which is doubtful), than we never learn what it is. The protagonists nickname it "[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demogorgon_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons) the Demogorgon]]" after a monster they recently used in a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game and use that name almost exclusively. The rest of the cast never bothers giving it a name.
** Season 2 continues the ''DND''-inspired ThemeNaming for the monsters by having the EldritchAbomination trying to invade Hawkins get nicknamed "[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessalmonster the Thessalhydra]]".
21st Oct '17 8:35:19 AM sotnosen95
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* Ered from ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' is only called by her full name, Meredith, by her parents in "Parents' Day", and even then she tells them to call her Ered.
17th Oct '17 12:10:51 AM narm00
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': D.B. Russell-for obvious reasons, no one calls him Diebenkorn. Except maybe Finn, to tease him once in a while.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': D.B. Russell-for Russell - for obvious reasons, no one calls him Diebenkorn. Except maybe Finn, to tease him once in a while.



** The Doctor's granddaughter is only referred to as "Susan Foreman", the identity she assumed at Coal Hill School, even though "Foreman" is a punning alias and "Susan" seems a very unlikely name for a Gallifreyan.

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** The Doctor's granddaughter is only referred to as "Susan Foreman", the identity she assumed at Coal Hill School, even though "Foreman" is a punning alias [[LineOfSightName nicked from the junkyard the TARDIS landed in]] and "Susan" seems a very unlikely name for a Gallifreyan.



** The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' also gives us Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Roslyn "Roz" Forrester, Samantha "Sam" Jones, Beatrice "Trix" Macmillan, Thomas Hector "Hex" Schofield, Fitzgerald "Fitz" Kreiner, Destriianatos (Destrii) and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem). ([[Franchise/BerniceSummerfield Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield]] and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both have their original names used with some regularity.)

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** The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' also gives us Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Roslyn "Roz" Forrester, Samantha "Sam" Jones, Fitzgerald "Fitz" Kreiner, Beatrice "Trix" Macmillan, Thomas Hector "Hex" Schofield, Fitzgerald "Fitz" Kreiner, Philippa "Flip" Jackson, Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Gabrielle "Gabby" Gonzalez, Destriianatos (Destrii) and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem). ([[Franchise/BerniceSummerfield Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield]] and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both have their original names used with some regularity.)


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*** Then there's Frobisher, who takes on that name when he starts travelling with the Doctor. His original name is never given, and he's noted to have taken multiple names in the past (likely including the one on his office door in his first story).
16th Oct '17 7:54:35 AM BeerBaron
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** In-universe, this is unsurprisingly common among members of the ThievesGuild throughout the series, owing to the nature of their profession.

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** In-universe, this is unsurprisingly common among members of the ThievesGuild throughout the series, owing to the nature of their profession. Examples include ''Gentleman'' Jim Stacy, Aengoth the Jeweler, Sugar-Lips Habasi, Big Helende, the Gray Fox, Dirge, Maul, Vex, Rune, Sapphire, Vipir the Fleet, etc.
** The series' backstory has the Snow Prince, a [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elf)]] warrior who nearly [[OneManArmy single-handedly)]] turned the [[LastStand Battle of the Moesring]] in Solstheim against the invading [[BarbarianTribe Atmorans]] ({{Precursors}} of the modern [[HornyVikings Nords]]), who were attempting to [[FinalSolution exterminate the Falmer]]. Whatever the Snow Prince's true name may have been is lost to history, but the Atmorans considered him such a WorthyOpponent that he was buried in his own barrow with full honors befitting any great warrior and guards even stationed at his tomb, rather than simply burning him in a pile like his Falmer kin.
5th Oct '17 11:26:03 PM PaulA
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** Crowley goes strictly by that name and it's not until nearly a season later that we learn that his true name is Fergus Roderick MacLeod. His mother is the only one who calls him this.

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** Crowley goes strictly by that name and it's not until nearly a season later that we learn that his true name is Fergus Roderick MacLeod.[=MacLeod=]. His mother is the only one who calls him this.
5th Oct '17 11:24:28 PM PaulA
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-->'''Flynn:''' *to Anna* My name's Eugene�
-->'''Rest of the room:''' *in near-unison* Who's Eugene?
-->'''Flynn:''' �but everyone here calls me Flynn.
--> '''Rest of the room:''' *over-dramatically* Ohhhhhhhh.

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-->'''Flynn:''' *to Anna* ''[to Anna]'' My name's Eugene�
-->'''Rest of the room:''' *in near-unison* Who's Eugene?
-->'''Flynn:''' �but everyone here calls me Flynn.
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Eugene--\\
'''Rest of the room:''' *over-dramatically* ''[in near-unison]'' Who's Eugene?\\
'''Flynn:''' --but everyone here calls me Flynn.\\
'''Rest of the room:''' ''[over-dramatically]''
Ohhhhhhhh.
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