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** Subverted with the character of Bannakaffalatta from [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned"]]: he vehemently rejects any attempt to give him a more manageable nickname and insists everyone says the whole thing.
** "River Song" is actually the nickname of [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Melody Pond]], (translated into the language of the Gamma Forest).]] Even after this is discovered, everyone ''still'' refers to her as River. [[spoiler: Including Amy and Rory, her ''parents''.]]

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** Subverted with the character of Bannakaffalatta from [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage "Voyage of the Damned"]]: he vehemently rejects any attempt to give him a more manageable nickname and insists everyone says the whole thing.
** "River Song" is actually the nickname of [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Melody Pond]], Pond]] (translated into the language of the Gamma Forest).]] Even after this is discovered, everyone ''still'' refers to her as River. [[spoiler: Including Amy and Rory, her ''parents''.]]
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** Among the companions, there are "Dodo" Dorothea 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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** Among the companions, there are "Dodo" Dorothea 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.[=McShane=].
26th Feb '17 9:44:33 PM AthenaBlue
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* In "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd", the protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him ''something''. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really is, but the reader doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.



* In "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd", the protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him ''something''. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really is, but the reader doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Nobody ever calls Dr. Venture "Thaddeus." It's always "Rusty" (his childhood nickname) or "Doc," which is funny since he never actually finished college. (He has an honorary doctorate from a university in Tijuana, Mexico.) There are several others whose real name we know, but who go by their nickname 99.9% of the time: the Monarch (Malcolm,) Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. the Monarch (Sheila,) Phantom Limb (Hamilton,) and Sgt. Hatred (Courtney.) Henchman #21 also counts, though he has spent more time going by his real name (Gary) than any of the previously listed characters have.
* Robin and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', unlike the rest of the team. Robin because Batman insists that his identity is kept secret and Superboy because he doesn't have any other name. Artemis is a special case where her real name is Artemis, but the others (except possibly Robin, who goes to her school) don't know that. Rob's actually a double example: except for Wally, the team only knows him as "Robin," and his civilian friends and family only call him "Dick." This is something fanfic writers seem to get wrong: they constantly refer to him as "Richard" (he's even listed as "Richard G." on FanFiction.Net's character select drop-down), but the only time canon he's ever referenced his given name is during his back story flashback in the tie-in comics.
** When Superboy starts school, he takes the name "Conner Kent."


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Nobody ever calls Dr. Venture "Thaddeus." It's always "Rusty" (his childhood nickname) or "Doc", which is funny since he never actually finished college. (He has an honorary doctorate from a university in Tijuana, Mexico.) There are several others whose real name we know, but who go by their nickname 99.9% of the time: the Monarch (Malcolm,) Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. the Monarch (Sheila,) Phantom Limb (Hamilton,) and Sgt. Hatred (Courtney.) Henchman #21 also counts, though he has spent more time going by his real name (Gary) than any of the previously listed characters have.
* Robin and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', unlike the rest of the team. Robin because Batman insists that his identity is kept secret and Superboy because he doesn't have any other name. Artemis is a special case where her real name is Artemis, but the others (except possibly Robin, who goes to her school) don't know that. Rob's actually a double example: except for Wally, the team only knows him as "Robin," and his civilian friends and family only call him "Dick." This is something fanfic writers seem to get wrong: they constantly refer to him as "Richard" (he's even listed as "Richard G." on FanFiction.Net's character select drop-down), but the only time canon he's ever referenced his given name is during his back story flashback in the tie-in comics.
** When Superboy starts school, he takes the name "Conner Kent."
26th Feb '17 9:42:46 PM AthenaBlue
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* Almost everyone in ''FanFic/TheGift'', is known by a nickname, usually based on their regular name: Johanna Josephine "[=JoJo=]", Louisa Lively "L.L.", and William "B-4" Bates the Fourth, Guinevere Elizabeth "Lizzi" Bates, William "Bill" Bates the Third, Catherine "Cathy" and Amelia "Amy" Rockford, Lilian "Lily" Huysmann, et al. Only Paul and Dawn Ryan don't, likely because they already have one-syllable names.



* In ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Bonnie Blue Butler is really Eugenie Victoria, but everyone calls her Bonnie after the Bonnie Blue Flag because she has blue eyes. Likewise, Aunt Pittypat Hamilton's real name (Sarah Jane) is mentioned once early in the book. Both are extremely easy to miss since the nicknames are used so ubiquitously.

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* In ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Bonnie Blue Butler is "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd", the protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him ''something''. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really Eugenie Victoria, is, but the reader doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.
* Candlewick (a.k.a. Lampwick in other versions) the troublesome boy Pinocchio befriends from ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', in his introduction it is revealed his real name is Romeo and he got the aforementioned nickname because he was so tall and thin.
* The AgentZ books give us a minor character who ended up known as "TheIncredibleHulk", as he was overheard slowly reading the words "I... am... The Incredible Hulk" from a comic whilst newly arrived with his family from India and still teaching himself English. What he thought about this nickname is not discussed, but it stuck because nobody could pronounce his given name.
* In ''Ark Angel'' of the Literature/AlexRider series. Alex encounters 4 thugs which he nicknames "Combat Jacket", "Silver Tooth", "Spectacle" and "Steel Watch".
* AmeliaPeabody's son Ramses. No, a Victorian Age English couple did not name their son after an Egyptian Pharaoh, but you could be forgiven for thinking they did, given how rarely his real name (Walter) is mentioned in the books.
* The main protagonist in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' is called Shadow, a nickname he earned when he was young by quietly following adults at the hospital where he spent most of his time. Even in his thirties, he mostly goes by this nickname, occasionally uses an alias, and not once in the entire book is his true name revealed. Toward the end, [[spoiler: after he dies but before his afterlife is decided, he takes an opportunity to learn his role in the grand scheme, and has to pay admission with his own name. When [[ItMakesSenseInContext the personification of Easter brings him back to life]], he remembers what he learned, and remembers having to trade something for that knowledge, but doesn't remember the cost, implying that he no longer realizes Shadow is just his nickname.]]
** Though, if any of you really are curious, a follow up short story reveals that his real name is [[spoiler: Balder]]. Which, really, we should've seen coming.
** His wife Laura's full name is given early in the book; if she took his surname, it implies that it's [[spoiler:Moon]].
* Almost all of Anne and Gilbert's children in L.M. Montgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series are known exclusively by their nicknames. Their first child, Joyce, is called "Joy" during her short life. The next child, James, is known as "Jem". Younger twins Anne and Diana go by "Nan" and "Di", for obvious reasons. Youngest child Bertha Marilla goes exclusively by "Rilla".
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'':
** Stacey, treasurer of the club. It wasn't until she moved away that the rest of the club even found out that Stacey was a nickname for Anastasia.
** Also Jessi and her siblings. Not too bad for Jessi (Jessica) and Becca (Rebecca), but their poor little brother Squirt; even the ghostwriters rarely remembered that his real name was John Phillip Ramsey ''Jr''.(for example, when Jessi adressed a letter to her parents 'Mr. and Mrs. ''Alex'' Ramsey').
** Kristy, Abby, and many minor characters.
* The magicians in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' all use nicknames, because they can't control the demons if they know their true name. The demons would prefer their names not to be known either (so they can't be summoned), but use them nonetheless.
* Prince Kheldar is referred to as "Silk" throughout ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', except by those who don't know him well or want to tease him. Garion and Durnik both call Polgara "Pol" almost exclusively, and Garion thinks of Belgarath only as "Mister Wolf" until well into the third book.
* Many of Literature/BertieWooster's cronies go exclusively by nicknames; in ''Thank You, Jeeves'', he is amused to finally learn that the first name of his long-time friend "Chuffy" Chuffnell is Marmaduke.
* Almost every character in Glen Cook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels is covered either by this trope or EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep. Justified in-universe as the narration focuses on Company Brothers, who take a new name (usually given by existing Brothers) when they join to symbolically leave their past life behind. In addition, this is SeriousBusiness for wizards, as a sorcerer can lose all his powers by someone invoking his [[IKnowYourTrueName True Name]], motivating the most powerful [[EvilSorceror Evil Sorcerors]] to kill everyone who knows them by anything ''but'' their nickname. This happening to [[spoiler: The Lady and The White Rose]] is even the climax of the third book.
** Certain characters in the series take this to extremes.
*** When Croaker is asked for his real name to be put on his Commission as General, it takes him a few minutes to remember it. He specifically avoids mentioning it in the Annals (his narration).
*** "Stormshadow," is a nickname used to cover a ''different'' nickname that she was known by in the North before faking her death.
*** Tobo and the Daughter of Night don't have real names, only nicknames, owing to the peculiar circumstances surrounding their births and childhoods. "Tobo" is explicitly stated to be a nickname given by his mother until she could reunite with his father and they could agree on a real name. By the time that happens, the boy is a teenager. The Daughter of Night was kidnapped at birth and raised as TheAntichrist; her parents never had the opportunity to name her (though her father favors "Chana," her mother argues that it sounds too much like "Kina," the name of the Goddess that the Daughter serves) and her captors have no use for an identity beyond The Daughter of Night. Though the Company does eventually start calling her "Booboo," mostly as a joke.
* The VillainProtagonist from ''Literature/TheBuilders'' is only referred to as "The Captain". Not even his crew calls him by his real name.
* In ''Literature/TheCatWho'' series, Qwill's girlfriend Polly Duncan is known by most only as Polly. Possibly no one else in Moose County knows that her Shakespeare-loving father named his daughter [[Theater/AMidsummerNightsDream Hippolyta]]. Qwill himself also fits the trope, except that he had his name legally changed; his oldest friend Arch is the only other person in the world who knows that James Mackintosh Qwilleran was born Merlin James Qwilleran.
* There are a few of these in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' books, the earliest example being (the) Robin (aka Cecilia Marya Humphries). Later on there's {{Bifauxnen}} Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel, and given that she's an extreme {{Tomboy}}, it's understandable why she hates her real name) and Polly Heriot (real name Hildegard).
* In ''Literature/ChildOfTheOwl'', Casey's friend (real name Tallulah, after actress Tallulah Bankhead) is known as Booger, due to an incident of picking her nose with a bobby pin back in elementary school. Also, Casey's cousin Pamela is known as 'Pam-Pam'.
* Creator/AgathaChristie:
** Tuppence Beresford (nee Cowley) from''Literature/TommyAndTuppence''. Her real first name is Prudence, but no-one ever uses it.
** Bunch Harmon, Literature/MissMarple's goddaughter in ''A Murder is Announced'', who was "christened Diana by optimistic parents".
** Bundle Brent (real name Lady Eileen Brent) in ''The Secret of Chimneys'' and ''The Seven Dials Mystery''. ''Seven Dials'' also has the minor characters Rupert Bateman, who "had been nicknamed Pongo for no earthly reason whatever" at school and is still addressed as such by his schoolfriends, and Vera Daventry, who
everyone calls her Bonnie after Socks.
* In
the Bonnie Blue Flag ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, characters Trisana Chandler and Sandrilene fa Toren normally go by "Tris" and "Sandry".
* In the ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'' books,
because the protagonist got a "fruit name," she has blue eyes. Likewise, Aunt Pittypat Hamilton's only ever calls her little brother by vegetable names, such as "Pea Pod", "Rutabaga" and "Spinach". She is very careful never to present a scene in which his real name (Sarah Jane) is mentioned once early in used, making it a weird case of the book. Both are extremely easy to miss since character only being known by his nickname. Series author, Sara Pennypacker, when asked for the nicknames are used so ubiquitously. real name by fans, has rigidly insisted that only she and her two children will ever know the character's real name.
* ''Literature/CodeNameVerity'' plays this straight with its main character Queenie, who doesn't reveal her name until the end. [[spoiler: However, when the narrative shifts to her best friend Maddie, Maddie only ever refers to her by her actual name (Julie)]].
** Queenie claims she never knew the name of her superior, who she only ever refers to as the Machiavellian Intelligence Officer. [[spoiler: Maddie reveals this to be false, although she doesn't reveal the man's name either, referring to him as John Balliol, the name of the Scottish king Julie's ancestor William Wallace lost his life defending]].
* Jebe, the Arrow, in ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''. His real name is Zurgadai, but in only known as Jebe because of his great skill with a bow.



* Foxface from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy. Katniss gives her the name on the basis that she looks like a fox, and we never learn what her real name is. More than half the tributes are never named.
** In the script of the movie, her name was given as Marissa. Unknown whether Creator/SuzanneCollins considers this canon.
* The VillainProtagonist from ''Literature/TheBuilders'' is only referred to as "The Captain." Not even his crew calls him by his real name.
* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' Brittle is rarely called by his surname, Kruszyński, and only Redhead (who herself is an example) ever calls him by his name, and even that happened perhaps once. Even when we're looking through his eyes, narrative still calls him Brittle.

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* Foxface from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy. Katniss gives her In the Russian ''Literature/DeathZone'' series, most characters and anyone else living in the Five Zones goes by a nickname. Occasionally, their real first name on may be revealed, but the basis full name will usually stay hidden. For example, the leader of the Order is known by all as Commander Hunter, which is a nickname (in English, in fact) given to him by a neo-Nazi gang shortly before the Catastrophe. Only his closest advisors know that she looks like his real first name is Savva. On the other hand, all members of the rival organization known as the Ark are required to adopt a fox, and we never learn what German name by their leader Heinrich Hister, the former head of the above-mentioned gang. Another interesting case is Titanium Vine, whose name is Darling. She was found in a HumanPopsicle tank with no memory of her identity but a tattoo with "DRG" on her shoulder, hence the name.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Despite being HeterosexualLifePartners with him for decades, Fred Colon of fame apparently had no idea Nobby Nobbs's
real name is. More than half the tributes are never named.
** In the script of the movie, her name was given as Marissa. Unknown whether Creator/SuzanneCollins considers this canon.
* The VillainProtagonist from ''Literature/TheBuilders''
is only referred to as "The Captain." Not 'Cecil Wormsborough St John Nobbs', or even his crew calls him by just his real name.
* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' Brittle is rarely called by
first name until they went undercover in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. Others may know his surname, Kruszyński, and only Redhead (who herself is an example) name (it presumably appears in the Watch pay accounts) but no one ever calls him it, even city nobles knew him as Nobby.
** Discworld also features "Cut Me Own Throat" Dibbler, a purveyor of sausages in a bun of questionable nature, is only ever referred to
by his name, and even catchphrase, or CMOT, or "Throat", if in a hurry. Eventually, however, in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', we learn that happened perhaps once. Even when we're looking through CMOT are the initials of his eyes, narrative still actual name and probably [[spoiler: (apart from being told the phrase by a time-travelling Vimes)]] the in-universe reason why he adopted the nickname in the first place.
** The [[Film/MadMax strangely familiar]] road-warrior dwarf in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'':
--->'''Mad:''' Most people call me Mad.\\
'''Rincewind:''' Just "Mad"? That's an... unusual name.\\
'''Mad:''' It ain't a name.
** A minor character in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' is a gang leader called The Artful Nudger ... except to Captain Carrot who
calls him Brittle.William. The Nudger has no idea how Carrot knows his real name - his mother probably wouldn't have known his real name, [[ParentalAbandonment if he knew who she was]] - and anyone else using it would be in serious trouble, but Carrot's ... [[TheCape Carrot]].
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** Tris and Four - Beatrice and [[spoiler:Tobias]] are their real names, respectively.
** Nita from ''Allegiant''. Her full name is Juanita.
* Cinder from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]]. The Doctor finds out her real name but the reader doesn't.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'':
** Everyone calls Witkacy by this nickname, and his real name is mentioned perhaps twice across all six books, and only in most official situations.
** As, like other demons, only goes by his nickname, because knowing demon's name gives one complete control over them.
* ''Literature/DragonQueen'': Trava doesn't get the old man's name, so she just refers to him as the old man.
* The title character of ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown''. Real name was Leroy.



* Most of the Firebirds players from ''Literature/OutOfPosition'' are only referred to by their nicknames. Charm and Jaws' real names, for example, have yet to be revealed.
* ''Literature/DragonQueen'': Trava doesn't get the old man's name, so she just refers to him as the old man.
* ThePhantomOfTheOpera's real name is Erik.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'':
** Everyone calls Witkacy by this nickname, and his real name is mentioned perhaps twice across all six books, and only in most official situations.
** As, like other demons, only goes by his nickname, because knowing demon's name gives one complete control over them.
* In ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'', the main character Blue's DisappearedDad is almost always referred to as "Butternut" by the rest of her family.
** In the second book, we are introduced to The Gray Man. As a hitman, he understandably likes to keep his real name a secret.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Even though the Calvarians snicker at the concept, and know Reynard's real name, they consistently call him "The Fox" when referring to him.
* ''Literature/TheKeyToRondo'': Pretty much everyone in Rondo has a nickname, sometimes [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep referring to their occupation or role in society]]. This is well justified by the fact that [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the Blue Queen]] can control the actions of anyone of whom she knows the birth name.

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* Most of In the Firebirds players from ''Literature/OutOfPosition'' are ''Literature/FancyNancy'' books, Nancy Clancy's little sister's real name is Josephine, but this is only referred to by their nicknames. Charm mentioned maybe once. Otherwise, she's always called [=JoJo=].
* ''Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace'' has Anna Maria Rosalita, Luis Black,
and Jaws' real names, for example, have yet Marlowe refer to be revealed.
* ''Literature/DragonQueen'': Trava doesn't get the old man's
Ronnie by his stage name, so she just The Blue Boy. Anna Maria Rosalita calls him Boy Blue while Luis Black sometimes refers to him as brother Blue.
* Toby's real name from
the old man.
novel ''The Floor of the Sky'' is Gwendolyn, the which few people actually know. Apparently, she's been going by that name since she was a toddler (which was indicated to be sixty-nine years ago) when she said, “That sumbitch called me Gwenlum. My name not Gwenlum. My’s Toby.” Said nickname used to be the dog's name.
* ThePhantomOfTheOpera's ''Literature/ForeverGate'':
** 'Hoodwink' is a nickname he earned as a teenage thief.
** 'Leader' is the name of TheLeader of the Users. His
real name is Erik.
never given.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'':
** Everyone calls Witkacy
Literature/{{Fudge}} in the Creator/JudyBlume books is actually named "Farley Drexel Hatcher". At one point, his mother even insists on his brother calling him nothing but "Fudge". His first kindergarten teacher insists on calling him either by this nickname, one of his legal names or his initials, resulting in Fudge refusing to co-operate with her and his having to be transferred to another class. His baby sister Tamara Roxanne is more commonly called "Tootsie" and they only mention her real name in her introduction.
* Many of the deceased kids in ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' have a "dead name" that they're frequently called. For example, Piccolo Pam swallowed her piccolo, while "Metal Mike" was listening to metal music while taking his driver's test and crashed, which caused him to have metal shards in his head as well.
* In ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Bonnie Blue Butler is really Eugenie Victoria, but everyone calls her Bonnie after the Bonnie Blue Flag because she has blue eyes. Likewise, Aunt Pittypat Hamilton's real name (Sarah Jane)
is mentioned perhaps twice across all six books, and only once early in most official situations.
** As, like other demons, only goes by his nickname, because knowing demon's name gives one complete control over them.
* In ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'',
the main character Blue's DisappearedDad is almost always referred book. Both are extremely easy to as "Butternut" by miss since the rest of her family.nicknames are used so ubiquitously.
** In * Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley from the second book, we are introduced ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series -- when she was taken into the Chamber of Secrets, even the professors referred to her as "Ginny Weasley". For years, fans [[{{Fanon}} assumed]] that "Ginny" was short for "Virginia", but WordOfGod later revealed that her real name was "Ginevra". The Gray Man. As a hitman, he understandably likes only person to keep ever call her this was an elderly relative in the last book.
** This is common with the Weasleys, although most of the time it's pretty easy to guess their full names, as the rest all have traditional English names.
** Similarly Voldemort is almost always called "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" by those who fear him, or "The Dark Lord" by those who follow him. Those who neither fear him or follow him call him Voldemort... which isn't
his real name a secret.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Even though
anyway. It was exactly the Calvarians snicker at the concept, and know Reynard's desired effect, as Voldemort wanted is real name, they consistently name to be forgotten. Dumbledore and Harry refer to him as Voldemort, but use his real name in front of him to upset him. Dumbledore is the only person to call him "The Fox" when referring Tom. Harry calls him Riddle [[spoiler:during their final showdown]].
** Alastor Moody is known as "Mad-Eye" Moody
to him.
* ''Literature/TheKeyToRondo'': Pretty much everyone
most people. When Harry first hears Dumbledore call him Alastor in Rondo has a nickname, sometimes crowded room, it takes Harry a few seconds to realize who he was speaking to.
** The Hogwarts ghosts: Nearly Headless Nick (his real name is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington), Moaning Myrtle (whose first name is Myrtle but last name is unknown),
[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep referring Fat Friar]], Grey Lady ([[spoiler:her real name is Helena Ravenclaw]]) and Bloody Baron.
* Nearly everyone in ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}''.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Prescott David Tremaine apparently started
to be called "[[ShoutOut Scotty]]" on his first day at [[MilitaryAcademy Saganami Island]], and twenty two years and innumerable adventures later he's still never referred any other way.
* "Mullet Fingers" from Creator/CarlHiaasen's ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''. He doesn't have egregious amounts of [[TheEighties 80s hair]] growing from his knuckles or anything. He got his nickname by being a FriendToAllLivingThings and having reflexes fast enough to catch a mullet fish with his bare hands.
* Foxface from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy. Katniss gives her the name on the basis that she looks like a fox, and we never learn what her real name is. More than half the tributes are never named.
** In the script of the movie, her name was given as Marissa. Unknown whether Creator/SuzanneCollins considers this canon.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/IClaudius'' are only known by
their occupation nicknames (for example, "Caligula" and "Castor"). Roman naming customs were very unimaginative, so several people might have identical or role in society]]. This is well justified by almost-identical names; nicknames make it much easier than trying to figure out which of the fact eight or nine "Drusus"es someone might be talking about.[[note]]TruthInTelevision; the ancient Romans made use of nicknames for just that [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen reason.[[/note]] In the Blue Queen]] can control books, the actions of anyone of whom she knows narrator will usually mention the birth name.real name before telling you that that guy will just be known as "Castor" from then on; in [[Series/IClaudius the TV series]], they generally didn't even do that.



* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh': Winnie's name is a nickname for Edward Bear.
* ''SacreBleu'' features The Colorman, who tells people that his first name is "The". You find out later that [[spoiler: he was born in 38,000 BC and his name was Two Grunts and a Shrug, which translates to "Poop on a Stick"]]. You can't really blame him.
* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', the KidHero of the first part of the story is known as the Wart. That's what he's called and nobody ever uses his name. [[IAmWho Until he becomes king Arthur.]]

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* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh': Winnie's [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William [=McKinley=], and Me, Elizabeth'', in which Jennifer steadfastly ignores a teacher that calls her "Jenny" until she uses her proper name, Jennifer.
* Yo-less, Wobbler and Bigmac in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''. When Johnny talks to Bigmac's social worker, it takes him a minute to remember that she'd know him as Simon.
* Jude's eldest child in ''Jude The Obscure'': his mother didn't bother to christen him and simply called him "Little Father Time". Jude and Sue more or less do the same thing.
* In the ''Literature/JudyMoody'' books and the associated ''Stinky Moody'' spin-offs, Stink's real
name is James, but this is only very rarely mentioned.
* ''Literature/TheKeyToRondo'': Pretty much everyone in Rondo has a nickname, sometimes [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep referring to their occupation or role in society]]. This is well justified by the fact that [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the Blue Queen]] can control the actions of anyone of whom she knows the birth name.
* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'' has many of these. Talk-Shout, Indy, Kevin and even the main character who is addressed only as Brad within the club.
* Kantorka (means: daughter of the cantor) in ''Literature/{{Krabat}}''. Fortunately, because IKnowYourTrueName also applies (the villain is an evil wizard).
* Pagan in Shirley Conran's ''Lace''. Her real name is Jennifer, but she grew up with a nanny who called her "you little pagan" when she misbehaved. Her family eventually started calling her Pagan and the nickname stayed with her throughout her life.
* Cameron "Buck" Williams from ''Literature/LeftBehind''. This may be because he ''[[DoNotCallMePaul corrects]]'' anyone who tries to use his actual name. One character's insistence on using his real name rather than "Buck, because he bucks against journalistic conventions" is used as evidence of her unsympathetic nature.
** Legit versions of this trope in that series include Albie (who is named for his hometown Al Basrah) and Razor.
* One of the main characters in ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' is known only as Piggy, a nickname he [[EmbarrassingNickname hates]]. His real name is never revealed.
* The Rat in ''Literature/TheLostPrince''. His real name, Jem Ratcliffe, is mentioned once when he first introduces himself to the protagonist, and then never again.
* In the classic children's novel ''The Machine Gunners'' the son of the cemetery keeper is known only as "Cem". (A throwaway line in one of the sequels reveals that he inherited his father's position and was still known as "Cem" a good thirty years later.)
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Most professional soldiers in the series are known only by their nicknames, typically assigned during basic training. Examples include Whiskeyjack, Fiddler, Hedge, Bottle, Stormy, Halfpeck, Iron Bars and many more.
* In the SciFi novel ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', La Menou's actual name is never stated, and she goes by her nickname which means "tiny".
* Every character in ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn'' calls Daniel Malone "Squat", a nickname he picked up while playing as the catcher in neighborhood baseball games as a kid. He points out in the narration that the only person who calls him by his real name is his mother.
* Creator/JulietMarillier:
** ''Son of the Shadows'': Known as the Painted Man to most, Chief to his men, he has forgotten his own name, until Liadan (the only one to give him an actual name) reminds him.
** In ''Daughter of the Forest'', it's the other way around. Everyone knows the male protagonist as Hugh of Harrowfield, except for those closest to him, who call him Red. More straightforward in the sequel, when he has moved to Ireland: everyone calls him Iubdan ('the little man'), so that hardly anyone remembers that he's actually a Briton called Hugh.
* Pumpkin in ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha''. Chiyo/[[MeaningfulRename Sayuri]] gave her the nickname within a week of meeting her, never mentions her given name, and goes on to mention that it continues to stick even after she takes a new name as a geisha. Which must ''really'' suck for Pumpkin, because she spends the latter portion of the book [[spoiler:hating Sayuri's guts and deliberately sabotaging her chance with the man of her dreams, since she and Chiyo were forced rivals as girls and Pumpkin's life became very dismal as a result.]]
* In the ''Literature/MidnightLouie'' books, Max Kinsella's real name is technically Michael Aloysius Xavier Kinsella, but good grief. It's not much a surprise he took the first of each his names and combined them to become the "Mystifying Max".
* In ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'' there is Saleem's sister, the Brass Monkey. She gets the nickname for being a FieryRedhead, but we aren't told her birth name.
* Many characters in the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy appear to be examples of this trope, but occasionally do go by their real names. Two characters that ''are'' examples are Clubs, who is named for his leg injury, and his nephew Spook, a secondary character in the first book. As he develops both as a character and a member of the thieving crew, he's given the name "Spook" because it's easier to say than his real name, "Lestibournes". He eventually stops using his given name in favor of the one he has earned.
** It's revealed that Lestibournes
is a nickname for Edward Bear.
* ''SacreBleu'' features The Colorman, who tells people that
itself, meaning something like unwanted child in his first slang.
* Seth's friend H from ''Literature/MoreThanThis''. His real
name is "The". You find out later that presumably "Harold", but it comes up exactly once and H promptly reminds the speaker [[DoNotCallMePaul not to call him Harold]].
* Jace Wayland from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. Jace comes from
[[spoiler: he was born in 38,000 BC and his name was Two Grunts and a Shrug, the initials for Jonathan Christopher]], which translates hardly anyone calls him. When his full name is revealed at the end of ''City of Bones'', its significant because [[spoiler:it makes Clary think he's her long-lost brother, who also had the initials J.C.]]
* Sticky Washington in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. His real name is "George", so he insists on people referring
to "Poop on a Stick"]]. You him only by the nickname because he doesn't feel that he can live up to the name of "George Washington". However, none of the officials at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened will use the nickname, because they feel that "if it isn't official, then it can't really blame him.
* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', the KidHero of the first part of the story is known as the Wart. That's what he's called and nobody ever uses his name. [[IAmWho Until he becomes king Arthur.]]
be real."



* In ''Zen and the Art of Faking It'', [[DeadpanSnarker San]] falls in love with a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl girl]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie Woody]], and only realizes that this isn't her real name when an adult refers to her as [[spoiler: Emily]] halfway through the book.
** This could also fall under MeaningfulRename since she chose the name herself and rejected the name her [[ParentalAbandonment mother]] gave her. [[MeaningfulRename This happens again]] toward the end and reverses the first when she starts going by her real name again.
* Flick in Creator/JeanShepherd's short stories, of which ''Film/AChristmasStory'' is the most famous adaption. He was based on a real-life childhood friend of Shepherd's whose last name was Flickinger.
* The title character of ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown''. Real name was Leroy.

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* In ''Zen ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', the KidHero of the first part of the story is known as the Wart. That's what he's called and nobody ever uses his name. [[IAmWho Until he becomes King Arthur.]]
* Most of
the Art of Faking It'', [[DeadpanSnarker San]] falls in love with a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl girl]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie Woody]], and Firebirds players from ''Literature/OutOfPosition'' are only realizes that this isn't her referred to by their nicknames. Charm and Jaws' real names, for example, have yet to be revealed.
* Most people refer to Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} as Percy, not his full name Perseus.
* ThePhantomOfTheOpera's
real name when an adult refers is Erik.
* Not really a nickname, but Reuven Malter in Chaim Potok's books seems
to her as [[spoiler: Emily]] halfway through the book.
** This could also fall under MeaningfulRename since she chose the
use his Hebrew name herself and rejected the name her [[ParentalAbandonment mother]] gave her. [[MeaningfulRename This happens again]] toward the end and reverses the almost exclusively; his "real" first name is Robert, but he's only seen using a few times, and only when she starts going by her real name again.
* Flick in Creator/JeanShepherd's short stories, of which ''Film/AChristmasStory'' is the most famous adaption. He was based on a real-life childhood friend of Shepherd's whose last name was Flickinger.
* The title character of ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown''. Real name was Leroy.
dealing with people who aren't Jewish.



* Many of Literature/BertieWooster's cronies go exclusively by nicknames; in ''Thank You, Jeeves'', he is amused to finally learn that the first name of his long-time friend "Chuffy" Chuffnell is Marmaduke.

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* Many Until the 7th book, JP in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' series was known only as The Guy Who Hates It When They Put Corn In The Chili.
* This is the default state for elves in the Literature/QuantumGravity [[TheVerse 'Verse]]. {{True Name}}s are ''very'' powerful, and so an elf will be known by the last part (usually one-syllable)
of Literature/BertieWooster's cronies go exclusively by nicknames; in ''Thank You, Jeeves'', he his or her name to absolutely everyone except close friends, who will use the first half. [[spoiler:This is amused to finally learn subtle foreshadowing of the fact that Sarasilien is not the elf's real name--even though he only has a business relationship with most of his coworkers, he still tells all of them his "real" name.]]
* ''Literature/RabbleStarkey'': Rabble's real
first name is Parable Ann, but for the most part goes by Rabble. Sweet Ho's full first name was Sweet Hosannah. Rabble called her grandmother Gonmie and only later when she asked her mother how to spell the name did she realize it was Naomi.
* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' and its AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' give us Montague, better known as Duck, a nickname given to him by engines who say he waddles. While he doesn't really, he likes Duck better than Montague.
* Beezus from the ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' series isn't actually named Beezus, she's named Beatrice. Many
of the books don't even tell you that! She's named after their mother's younger sister, whom both girls adore.
** One of the books mentions that she got this nickname from Ramona's toddler mispronunciation of Beatrice. She seems to be fine with being called so, although there was one episode in another book where some boys at the park took advantage of the fact that it rhymes with "{{Jesus}}".
* In ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'', the main character Blue's DisappearedDad is almost always referred to as "Butternut" by the rest of her family.
** In the second book, we are introduced to The Gray Man. As a hitman, he understandably likes to keep
his long-time friend "Chuffy" Chuffnell real name a secret.
* Fade from the ''Literature/RazorlandTrilogy'' - his given first name
is Marmaduke.revealed midway through the first book, but his family name is never given. He refuses to respond to his given name after being taken in by the College enclave.



* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Even though the Calvarians snicker at the concept, and know Reynard's real name, they consistently call him "The Fox" when referring to him.
* In ''Literature/RumbleFish'', the Motorcycle Boy is only known by this nickname and even his teachers use it. His younger brother is one of the few in the neighborhood that even knows his, unstated, real name.
** Ditto Two-Bit Matthews in Hinton's ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', whose real name is known, but only mentioned once by the narrator when introducing him into the story and never again.
* ''SacreBleu'' features The Colorman, who tells people that his first name is "The". You find out later that [[spoiler: he was born in 38,000 BC and his name was Two Grunts and a Shrug, which translates to "Poop on a Stick"]]. You can't really blame him.
* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' Brittle is rarely called by his surname, Kruszyński, and only Redhead (who herself is an example) ever calls him by his name, and even that happened perhaps once. Even when we're looking through his eyes, narrative still calls him Brittle.
* Flick in Creator/JeanShepherd's short stories, of which ''Film/AChristmasStory'' is the most famous adaption. He was based on a real-life childhood friend of Shepherd's whose last name was Flickinger.
* In the ''Skyrider'' series by Creator/MelisaMichaels, Skyrider considers this a problem. She thinks it's a cheesy, EmbarrassingNickname, but few people actually know her real name.
* Y.T. in ''Literature/SnowCrash''. At first you might assume that they're her initials, but they're actually short for Yours Truly.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', most prominently Lieutenant Panga and Lazy.
* In the Jackie French novel ''Somewhere Around the Corner'', Young Jim mishears Barbara when she says her name, leading to her being known as "Bubba" to pretty much everybody in the book, despite her introducing herself as "Barbara" several times (even saying "It's Barbara, really" at one point).
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Estela is not the first musician to hide behind a 'songstress's name'. [[spoiler: Even after she's publiclly married as 'Roxane de Montburn' she still goes by 'Estela'.]]
* Many characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have nicknames, some of which are self-styled and others less so. Peasants generally don't care about the real names of other peasants, which leads to some people being known exclusively by their nicknames, such as Lommy Greenhands, a mook named Shitmouth, and most famously Hot Pie, among others. Arya becomes this once when traveling to Braavos. She would have invented a new identity at this point, but everyone just called her "Salty", so she went with it.
** In ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', we have the inversion of Dunk of Flea Bottom. His young squire Egg([[spoiler:short for Prince Aegon]]) asks if his name is short for Ser Duncan. Dunk briefly thinks that he's been called Dunk for so long he's not sure if it's a shorter version of his name or his true name itself. Nevertheless he decides to style himself, Ser Duncan the Tall.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', all of the characters are initially unnamed. While most of their names are revealed over the course of the trilogy, the biologist's is not; she instead goes by the nickname "Ghost Bird".
* The Finn from Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''.



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Despite being HeterosexualLifePartners with him for decades, Fred Colon of fame apparently had no idea Nobby Nobbs's real name is 'Cecil Wormsborough St John Nobbs', or even just his real first name until they went undercover in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. Others may know his name (it presumably appears in the Watch pay accounts) but no one ever calls him it, even city nobles knew him as Nobby.
** Discworld also features "Cut Me Own Throat" Dibbler, a purveyor of sausages in a bun of questionable nature, is only ever referred to by his catchphrase, or CMOT, or "Throat", if in a hurry. Eventually, however, in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', we learn that CMOT are the initials of his actual name and probably [[spoiler: (apart from being told the phrase by a time-travelling Vimes)]] the in-universe reason why he adopted the nickname in the first place.
** The [[Film/MadMax strangely familiar]] road-warrior dwarf in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'':
--->'''Mad:''' Most people call me Mad.\\
'''Rincewind:''' Just "Mad"? That's an... unusual name.\\
'''Mad:''' It ain't a name.
* One of the main characters in ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' is known only as Piggy, a nickname he [[EmbarrassingNickname hates]]. His real name is never revealed.
* Prince Kheldar is referred to as "Silk" throughout ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', except by those who don't know him well or want to tease him. Garion and Durnik both call Polgara "Pol" almost exclusively, and Garion thinks of Belgarath only as "Mister Wolf" until well into the third book.
* Jebe, the Arrow, in ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''. His real name is Zurgadai, but in only known as Jebe because of his great skill with a bow.
* Author Mil Millington says that no-one's called him by his real name since he was small, and when he thinks about, it's slightly odd that his children only know him by a nickname.
* Cameron "Buck" Williams from ''Literature/LeftBehind''. This may be because he ''[[DoNotCallMePaul corrects]]'' anyone who tries to use his actual name. One character's insistence on using his real name rather than "Buck, because he bucks against journalistic conventions" is used as evidence of her unsympathetic nature.
** Legit versions of this trope in that series include Albie (who is named for his hometown Al Basrah) and Razor.
* In Daniel Pinkwater's ''Young Adult Novel'', the protagonist goes by his ''nom de guerre'', Charles the Cat, and the other Wild Dada Ducks do likewise.
* Until the 7th book, JP in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' series was known only as The Guy Who Hates It When They Put Corn In The Chili.
* Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series -- when she was taken into the Chamber of Secrets, even the professors referred to her as "Ginny Weasley". For years, fans [[{{Fanon}} assumed]] that "Ginny" was short for "Virginia", but WordOfGod later revealed that her real name was "Ginevra". The only person to ever call her this was an elderly relative in the last book.
** This is common with the Weasleys, although most of the time it's pretty easy to guess their full names, as the rest all have traditional English names.
** Similarly Voldemort is almost always called "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" by those who fear him, or "The Dark Lord" by those who follow him. Those who neither fear him or follow him call him Voldemort... which isn't his real name anyway. It was exactly the desired effect, as Voldemort wanted is real name to be forgotten. Dumbledore and Harry refer to him as Voldemort, but use his real name in front of him to upset him. Dumbledore is the only person to call him Tom. Harry calls him Riddle [[spoiler:during their final showdown]].
** Alastor Moody is known as "Mad-Eye" Moody to most people. When Harry first hears Dumbledore call him Alastor in a crowded room, it takes Harry a few seconds to realize who he was speaking to.
** The Hogwarts ghosts: Nearly Headless Nick (his real name is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington), Moaning Myrtle (whose first name is Myrtle but last name is unknown), [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Fat Friar]], Grey Lady ([[spoiler:her real name is Helena Ravenclaw]]) and Bloody Baron.
* In ''Literature/RumbleFish'', the Motorcycle Boy is only known by this nickname and even his teachers use it. His younger brother is one of the few in the neighborhood that even knows his, unstated, real name.
** Ditto Two-Bit Matthews in Hinton's ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', whose real name is known, but only mentioned once by the narrator when introducing him into the story and never again.
* Almost every character in Glen Cook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels is covered either by this trope or EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep. Justified in-universe as the narration focuses on Company Brothers, who take a new name (usually given by existing Brothers) when they join to symbolically leave their past life behind. In addition, this is SeriousBusiness for wizards, as a sorcerer can lose all his powers by someone invoking his [[IKnowYourTrueName True Name]], motivating the most powerful [[EvilSorceror Evil Sorcerors]] to kill everyone who knows them by anything ''but'' their nickname. This happening to [[spoiler: The Lady and The White Rose]] is even the climax of the third book.
** Certain characters in the series take this to extremes.
*** When Croaker is asked for his real name to be put on his Commission as General, it takes him a few minutes to remember it. He specifically avoids mentioning it in the Annals (his narration).
*** "Stormshadow," is a nickname used to cover a ''different'' nickname that she was known by in the North before faking her death.
*** Tobo and the Daughter of Night don't have real names, only nicknames, owing to the peculiar circumstances surrounding their births and childhoods. "Tobo" is explicitly stated to be a nickname given by his mother until she could reunite with his father and they could agree on a real name. By the time that happens, the boy is a teenager. The Daughter of Night was kidnapped at birth and raised as TheAntichrist; her parents never had the opportunity to name her (though her father favors "Chana," her mother argues that it sounds too much like "Kina," the name of the Goddess that the Daughter serves) and her captors have no use for an identity beyond The Daughter of Night. Though the Company does eventually start calling her "Booboo," mostly as a joke.
* Pumpkin in ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha''. Chiyo/[[MeaningfulRename Sayuri]] gave her the nickname within a week of meeting her, never mentions her given name, and goes on to mention that it continues to stick even after she takes a new name as a geisha. Which must ''really'' suck for Pumpkin, because she spends the latter portion of the book [[spoiler:hating Sayuri's guts and deliberately sabotaging her chance with the man of her dreams, since she and Chiyo were forced rivals as girls and Pumpkin's life became very dismal as a result.]]
* ''Son of the Shadows'': Known as the Painted Man to most, Chief to his men, he has forgotten his own name, until Liadan (the only one to give him an actual name) reminds him.
* In ''Daughter of the Forest'', it's the other way around. Everyone knows the male protagonist as Hugh of Harrowfield, except for those closest to him, who call him Red. More straightforward in the sequel, when he has moved to Ireland: everyone calls him Iubdan ('the little man'), so that hardly anyone remembers that he's actually a Briton called Hugh.
* Literature/{{Fudge}} in the Creator/JudyBlume books is actually named "Farley Drexel Hatcher". At one point, his mother even insists on his brother calling him nothing but "Fudge". His first kindergarten teacher insists on calling him either by one of his legal names or his initials, resulting in Fudge refusing to co-operate with her and having to be transferred to another class. His baby sister Tamara Roxanne is more commonly called "Tootsie" and they only mention her real name in her introduction.
* Not really a nickname, but Reuven Malter in Chaim Potok's books seems to use his Hebrew name almost exclusively; his "real" first name is Robert, but he's only seen using a few times, and only when dealing with people who aren't Jewish.
* In the classic children's novel ''The Machine Gunners'' the son of the cemetery keeper is known only as "Cem." (A throwaway line in one of the sequels reveals that he inherited his father's position and was still known as "Cem" a good thirty years later.)

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Despite being HeterosexualLifePartners with him for decades, Fred Colon of fame apparently had no idea Nobby Nobbs's real
Ranger in the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books. His full name is 'Cecil Wormsborough St John Nobbs', or even just his real first name until they went undercover in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. Others may know his name (it presumably appears in the Watch pay accounts) but no one ever calls him it, even city nobles knew him as Nobby.
** Discworld also features "Cut Me Own Throat" Dibbler, a purveyor of sausages in a bun of questionable nature, is only ever referred to by his catchphrase, or CMOT, or "Throat", if in a hurry. Eventually, however, in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', we learn that CMOT are the initials of his actual name and probably [[spoiler: (apart from being told the phrase by a time-travelling Vimes)]] the in-universe reason why he adopted the nickname in the first place.
** The [[Film/MadMax strangely familiar]] road-warrior dwarf in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'':
--->'''Mad:''' Most people call me Mad.\\
'''Rincewind:''' Just "Mad"? That's an... unusual name.\\
'''Mad:''' It ain't a name.
* One of the main characters in ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' is known only as Piggy, a nickname he [[EmbarrassingNickname hates]]. His real name is never revealed.
* Prince Kheldar is referred to as "Silk" throughout ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', except by those who don't know him well or want to tease him. Garion and Durnik both call Polgara "Pol" almost exclusively, and Garion thinks of Belgarath only as "Mister Wolf" until well into the third book.
* Jebe, the Arrow, in ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''. His real name is Zurgadai, but in only known as Jebe because of his great skill with a bow.
* Author Mil Millington says that no-one's called him by his real name since he was small, and when he thinks about, it's slightly odd that his children only know him by a nickname.
* Cameron "Buck" Williams from ''Literature/LeftBehind''. This may be because he ''[[DoNotCallMePaul corrects]]'' anyone who tries to use his actual name. One character's insistence on using his real name rather than "Buck, because he bucks against journalistic conventions" is used as evidence of her unsympathetic nature.
** Legit versions of this trope in that series include Albie (who is named for his hometown Al Basrah) and Razor.
* In Daniel Pinkwater's ''Young Adult Novel'', the protagonist goes by his ''nom de guerre'', Charles the Cat, and the other Wild Dada Ducks do likewise.
* Until the 7th book, JP in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' series was known only as The Guy Who Hates It When They Put Corn In The Chili.
* Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series -- when she was taken into the Chamber of Secrets, even the professors referred to her as "Ginny Weasley". For years, fans [[{{Fanon}} assumed]] that "Ginny" was short for "Virginia", but WordOfGod later revealed that her real name was "Ginevra". The only person to ever call her this was an elderly relative in the last book.
** This is common with the Weasleys, although most of the time it's pretty easy to guess their full names, as the rest all have traditional English names.
** Similarly Voldemort is almost always called "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" by those who fear him, or "The Dark Lord" by those who follow him. Those who neither fear him or follow him call him Voldemort... which isn't his real name anyway. It was exactly the desired effect, as Voldemort wanted is real name to be forgotten. Dumbledore and Harry refer to him as Voldemort, but use his real name in front of him to upset him. Dumbledore is the only person to call him Tom. Harry calls him Riddle [[spoiler:during their final showdown]].
** Alastor Moody is known as "Mad-Eye" Moody to most people. When Harry first hears Dumbledore call him Alastor in a crowded room, it takes Harry a few seconds to realize who he was speaking to.
** The Hogwarts ghosts: Nearly Headless Nick (his real name is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington), Moaning Myrtle (whose first name is Myrtle but last name is unknown), [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Fat Friar]], Grey Lady ([[spoiler:her real name is Helena Ravenclaw]]) and Bloody Baron.
* In ''Literature/RumbleFish'', the Motorcycle Boy is only known by this nickname and even his teachers use it. His younger brother is one of the few in the neighborhood that even knows his, unstated, real name.
** Ditto Two-Bit Matthews in Hinton's ''Literature/TheOutsiders'', whose real name is known, but only mentioned once by the narrator when introducing him into the story and never again.
* Almost every character in Glen Cook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' novels is covered either by this trope or EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep. Justified in-universe as the narration focuses on Company Brothers, who take a new name (usually given by existing Brothers) when they join to symbolically leave their past life behind. In addition, this is SeriousBusiness for wizards, as a sorcerer can lose all his powers by someone invoking his [[IKnowYourTrueName True Name]], motivating the most powerful [[EvilSorceror Evil Sorcerors]] to kill everyone who knows them by anything ''but'' their nickname. This happening to [[spoiler: The Lady and The White Rose]] is even the climax of the third book.
** Certain characters in the series take this to extremes.
*** When Croaker is asked for his real name to be put on his Commission as General, it takes him a few minutes to remember it. He specifically avoids mentioning it in the Annals (his narration).
*** "Stormshadow," is a nickname used to cover a ''different'' nickname that she was known by in the North before faking her death.
*** Tobo and the Daughter of Night don't have real names, only nicknames, owing to the peculiar circumstances surrounding their births and childhoods. "Tobo" is explicitly stated to be a nickname given by his mother until she could reunite with his father and they could agree on a real name. By the time that happens, the boy is a teenager. The Daughter of Night was kidnapped at birth and raised as TheAntichrist; her parents never had the opportunity to name her (though her father favors "Chana," her mother argues that it sounds too much like "Kina," the name of the Goddess that the Daughter serves) and her captors have no use for an identity beyond The Daughter of Night. Though the Company does eventually start calling her "Booboo," mostly as a joke.
* Pumpkin in ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha''. Chiyo/[[MeaningfulRename Sayuri]] gave her the nickname within a week of meeting her, never mentions her given name, and goes on to mention that it continues to stick even after she takes a new name as a geisha. Which must ''really'' suck for Pumpkin, because she spends the latter portion of the book [[spoiler:hating Sayuri's guts and deliberately sabotaging her chance with the man of her dreams, since she and Chiyo were forced rivals as girls and Pumpkin's life became very dismal as a result.]]
* ''Son of the Shadows'': Known as the Painted Man to most, Chief to his men, he has forgotten his own name, until Liadan (the only one to give him an actual name) reminds him.
* In ''Daughter of the Forest'', it's the other way around. Everyone knows the male protagonist as Hugh of Harrowfield, except for those closest to him, who call him Red. More straightforward in the sequel, when he has moved to Ireland: everyone calls him Iubdan ('the little man'), so that hardly anyone remembers that he's actually a Briton called Hugh.
* Literature/{{Fudge}} in the Creator/JudyBlume books is actually named "Farley Drexel Hatcher". At one point, his mother even insists on his brother calling him nothing but "Fudge". His first kindergarten teacher insists on calling him either by one of his legal names or his initials, resulting in Fudge refusing to co-operate with her and having to be transferred to another class. His baby sister Tamara Roxanne is more commonly called "Tootsie" and they only mention her real name in her introduction.
* Not really a nickname, but Reuven Malter in Chaim Potok's books seems to use his Hebrew name almost exclusively; his "real" first name is Robert, but he's only seen using a few times, and only when dealing with people who aren't Jewish.
* In the classic children's novel ''The Machine Gunners'' the son of the cemetery keeper is known only as "Cem." (A throwaway line in one of the sequels reveals that he inherited his father's position and was still known as "Cem" a good thirty years later.)
Ricardo Carlos Manoso.



* Jude's eldest child in ''Jude The Obscure'': his mother didn't bother to christen him and simply called him "Little Father Time." Jude and Sue more or less do the same thing.
* Sticky Washington in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. His real name is "George," so he insists on people referring to him only by the nickname because he doesn't feel that he can live up to the name of "George Washington." However, none of the officials at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened will use the nickname, because they feel that "if it isn't official, then it can't be real."
* Yo-less, Wobbler and Bigmac in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''. When Johnny talks to Bigmac's social worker, it takes him a minute to remember that she'd know him as Simon.
* The main protagonist in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' is called Shadow, a nickname he earned when he was young by quietly following adults at the hospital where he spent most of his time. Even in his thirties, he mostly goes by this nickname, occasionally uses an alias, and not once in the entire book is his true name revealed. Toward the end, [[spoiler: after he dies but before his afterlife is decided, he takes an opportunity to learn his role in the grand scheme, and has to pay admission with his own name. When [[ItMakesSenseInContext the personification of Easter brings him back to life]], he remembers what he learned, and remembers having to trade something for that knowledge, but doesn't remember the cost, implying that he no longer realizes Shadow is just his nickname.]]
** Though, if any of you really are curious, a follow up short story reveals that his real name is [[spoiler: Balder]]. Which, really, we should've seen coming.
** His wife Laura's full name is given early in the book; if she took his surname, it implies that it's [[spoiler:Moon]].
* Beezus from the ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' series isn't actually named Beezus, she's named Beatrice. Many of the books don't even tell you that! She's named after their mother's younger sister, whom both girls adore.
** One of the books mentions that she got this nickname from Ramona's toddler mispronunciation of Beatrice. She seems to be fine with being called so, although there was one episode in another book where some boys at the park took advantage of the fact that it rhymes with "{{Jesus}}".
* Many characters in the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy appear to be examples of this trope, but occasionally do go by their real names. Two characters that ''are'' examples are Clubs, who is named for his leg injury, and his nephew Spook, a secondary character in the first book. As he develops both as a character and a member of the thieving crew, he's given the name "Spook" because it's easier to say than his real name, "Lestibournes." He eventually stops using his given name in favor of the one he has earned.
** It's revealed that Lestibournes is a nickname itself, meaning something like unwanted child in his slang.

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* Jude's eldest child in ''Jude The Obscure'': his mother didn't bother to christen him and simply called him "Little Father Time." Jude and Sue more or less do the same thing.
In Creator/JohnSteinbeck's novel ''Sweet Thursday'', a brothel keeper named Flora is known only as "Fauna".
* Sticky Washington in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. His real In ''Literature/TheThirteenthTale'', John-the-dig's legal name is "George," so he John Digence, but Vida insists on people referring to him only by the nickname because he doesn't feel that he can live up to the name of "George Washington." However, none of the officials at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened will use the nickname, because they feel that "if it isn't official, then it can't be real."
* Yo-less, Wobbler and Bigmac in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''. When Johnny talks to Bigmac's social worker, it takes him a minute to remember that she'd know him as Simon.
* The main protagonist in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' is called Shadow, a nickname he earned when he was young by quietly following adults at the hospital where he spent most of his time. Even in his thirties, he mostly goes by this nickname, occasionally uses an alias, and not once in the entire book is his true name revealed. Toward the end, [[spoiler: after he dies but before his afterlife is decided, he takes an opportunity to learn his role in the grand scheme, and has to pay admission with his own name. When [[ItMakesSenseInContext the personification of Easter brings him back to life]], he remembers what he learned, and remembers having to trade something for that knowledge, but doesn't remember the cost, implying that he no longer realizes Shadow is just his nickname.]]
** Though,
if any of you really are curious, a follow up short story reveals knew him, you knew that John-the-dig was his real name name.
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', the princesses' Greek tutor
is [[spoiler: Balder]]. Which, really, we should've seen coming.
** His wife Laura's full name is given
known only as the Fox, due to his red hair (which goes completely gray early on in the book; if she took his surname, it implies that it's [[spoiler:Moon]].
* Beezus from the ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' series isn't actually named Beezus, she's named Beatrice. Many of the books don't even tell you that! She's named after their mother's younger sister, whom both girls adore.
** One of the books mentions that she got this nickname from Ramona's toddler mispronunciation of Beatrice. She seems to be fine with being called so, although there was one episode in another book where some boys at the park took advantage of the fact that it rhymes with "{{Jesus}}".
* Many characters in the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy appear to be examples of this trope, but occasionally do go by their real names. Two characters that ''are'' examples are Clubs, who is named for his leg injury, and his nephew Spook, a secondary character in the first book. As he develops both as
story). Only once does a character and a member of the thieving crew, he's given the name "Spook" because it's easier refer to say than his real name, "Lestibournes." He eventually stops using him by his given name in favor of the one he has earned.
** It's revealed that Lestibournes is a nickname itself, meaning something like unwanted child in his slang.
name, Lysias.



* Most people refer to Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} as Percy, not his full name Perseus.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Prescott David Tremaine apparently started to be called "[[ShoutOut Scotty]]" on his first day at [[MilitaryAcademy Saganami Island]], and twenty two years and innumerable adventures later he's still never referred any other way.
* Ranger in the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books. His full name is Ricardo Carlos Manoso.
* Y.T. in ''Literature/SnowCrash''. At first you might assume that they're her initials, but they're actually short for Yours Truly.
* This is the default state for elves in the Literature/QuantumGravity [[TheVerse 'Verse]]. {{True Name}}s are ''very'' powerful, and so an elf will be known by the last part (usually one-syllable) of his or her name to absolutely everyone except close friends, who will use the first half. [[spoiler:This is subtle foreshadowing of the fact that Sarasilien is not the elf's real name--even though he only has a business relationship with most of his coworkers, he still tells all of them his "real" name.]]
* In the Russian ''Literature/DeathZone'' series, most characters and anyone else living in the Five Zones goes by a nickname. Occasionally, their real first name may be revealed, but the full name will usually stay hidden. For example, the leader of the Order is known by all as Commander Hunter, which is a nickname (in English, in fact) given to him by a neo-Nazi gang shortly before the Catastrophe. Only his closest advisors know that his real first name is Savva. On the other hand, all members of the rival organization known as the Ark are required to adopt a German name by their leader Heinrich Hister, the former head of the above-mentioned gang. Another interesting case is Titanium Vine, whose name is Darling. She was found in a HumanPopsicle tank with no memory of her identity but a tattoo with "DRG" on her shoulder, hence the name.
* The Finn from Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''.
* There are a few of these in the ''Literature/haletSchool'' books, the earliest example being (the) Robin (aka Cecilia Marya Humphries). Later on there's {{Bifauxnen}} Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel, and given that she's an extreme {{Tomboy}}, it's understandable why she hates her real name) and Polly Heriot (real name Hildegard).
* In the SciFi novel ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', La Menou's actual name is never stated and she goes by her nickname which means "tiny".
* "Mullet Fingers" from Creator/CarlHiaasen's ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''. He doesn't have egregious amounts of [[TheEighties 80s hair]] growing from his knuckles or anything. He got his nickname by being a FriendToAllLivingThings and having reflexes fast enough to catch a mullet fish with his bare hands.

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* Most people Boots� real name is only mentioned in ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor the Overlander]]'', and the crawlers refer to Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}} as Percy, not his full name Perseus.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Prescott David Tremaine apparently started to be called "[[ShoutOut Scotty]]" on his first day at [[MilitaryAcademy Saganami Island]], and twenty two years and innumerable adventures later he's still never referred any other way.
* Ranger in the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books. His full name is Ricardo Carlos Manoso.
* Y.T. in ''Literature/SnowCrash''. At first you might assume that they're
her initials, but they're actually short for Yours Truly.
* This is the default state for elves in the Literature/QuantumGravity [[TheVerse 'Verse]]. {{True Name}}s are ''very'' powerful, and so an elf will be known by the last part (usually one-syllable) of his or her name to absolutely everyone except close friends, who will use the first half. [[spoiler:This is subtle foreshadowing of the fact that Sarasilien is not the elf's real name--even though he only has a business relationship with most of his coworkers, he still tells all of them his "real" name.]]
* In the Russian ''Literature/DeathZone'' series, most characters and anyone else living in the Five Zones goes by a nickname. Occasionally, their real first name may be revealed, but the full name will usually stay hidden. For example, the leader of the Order is known by all
exclusively as Commander Hunter, which is a nickname (in English, in fact) given to him by a neo-Nazi gang shortly before the Catastrophe. Only his closest advisors know that his real first name is Savva. On the other hand, all members of the rival organization known as the Ark are required to adopt a German name by their leader Heinrich Hister, the former head of the above-mentioned gang. Another interesting case is Titanium Vine, whose name is Darling. She was found in a HumanPopsicle tank with no memory of her identity but a tattoo with "DRG" on her shoulder, hence the name.
"the princess".
* The Finn from Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''.
* There are a few of these
Orange Man in the ''Literature/haletSchool'' books, the earliest example being (the) Robin (aka Cecilia Marya Humphries). Later on there's {{Bifauxnen}} Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel, and given that she's an extreme {{Tomboy}}, it's understandable why she hates her real name) and Polly Heriot (real name Hildegard).
* In the SciFi novel ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', La Menou's actual name
''Literature/VenusPrime'' is never stated and she goes by her nickname which means "tiny".
* "Mullet Fingers" from Creator/CarlHiaasen's ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''. He doesn't have egregious amounts of [[TheEighties 80s hair]] growing from his knuckles or anything. He got his nickname by being
given a FriendToAllLivingThings and having reflexes fast enough to catch a mullet fish with his bare hands.real name.



* Almost all of Anne and Gilbert's children in L.M. Montgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series are known exclusively by their nicknames. Their first child, Joyce, is called "Joy" during her short life. The next child, James, is known as "Jem". Younger twins Anne and Diana go by "Nan" and "Di", for obvious reasons. Youngest child Bertha Marilla goes exclusively by "Rilla".
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Most professional soldiers in the series are known only by their nicknames, typically assigned during basic training. Examples include Whiskeyjack, Fiddler, Hedge, Bottle, Stormy, Halfpeck, Iron Bars and many more.
* Candlewick (a.k.a. Lampwick in other versions) the troublesome boy Pinocchio befriends from ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', in his introduction it is revealed his real name is Romeo and he got the aforementioned nickname because he was so tall and thin.
* The AgentZ books give us a minor character who ended up known as "TheIncredibleHulk," as he was overheard slowly reading the words "I... am... The Incredible Hulk" from a comic whilst newly arrived with his family from India and still teaching himself English. What he thought about this nickname is not discussed, but it suck because nobody could pronounce his given name.
* Almost everyone in ''FanFic/TheGift'', is known by a nickname, usually based on their regular name: Johanna Josephine "[=JoJo=]", Louisa Lively "L.L.", and William "B-4" Bates the Fourth, Guinevere Elizabeth "Lizzi" Bates, William "Bill" Bates the Third, Catherine "Cathy" and Amelia "Amy" Rockford, Lilian "Lily" Huysmann, et al. Only Paul and Dawn Ryan don't, likely because they already have one-syllable names.
* Kantorka (means: daughter of the cantor) in ''Literature/{{Krabat}}''. Fortunately, because IKnowYourTrueName also applies (the villain is an evil wizard).
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', the princesses' Greek tutor is known only as the Fox, due to his red hair (which goes completely gray early on in the story). Only once does a character refer to him by his given name, Lysias.
* The LeftBehind book series character Albie, a Middle Eastern black market arms dealer who is only known by the nickname he acquired from his own hometown of Al Basrah.
* In Creator/JohnSteinbeck's novel ''Sweet Thursday'', a brothel keeper named Flora is known only as "Fauna".
* The magicians in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' all use nicknames, because they can't control the demons if they know their true name. The demons would prefer their names not to be known either (so they can't be summoned), but use them nonetheless.



* Nearly everyone in ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheThirteenthTale'', John-the-dig's legal name is John Digence, but Vida insists that if you really knew him, you knew that John-the-dig was his real name.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/IClaudius'' are only known by their nicknames (for example, "Caligula" and "Castor"). Roman naming customs were very unimaginative, so several people might have identical or almost-identical names; nicknames make it much easier than trying to figure out which of the eight or nine "Drusus"es someone might be talking about.[[note]]TruthInTelevision; the ancient Romans made use of nicknames for just that reason.[[/note]] In the books, the narrator will usually mention the real name before telling you that that guy will just be known as "Castor" from then on; in [[Series/IClaudius the TV series]], they generally didn't even do that.
* Many characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have nicknames, some of which are self-styled and others less so. Peasants generally don't care about the real names of other peasants, which leads to some people being known exclusively by their nicknames, such as Lommy Greenhands, a mook named Shitmouth, and most famously Hot Pie, among others. Arya becomes this once when traveling to Braavos. She would have invented a new identity at this point, but everyone just called her "Salty", so she went with it.
** In ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', we have the inversion of Dunk of Flea Bottom. His young squire Egg([[spoiler:short for Prince Aegon]]) asks if his name is short for Ser Duncan. Dunk briefly thinks that he's been called Dunk for so long he's not sure if it's a shorter version of his name or his true name itself. Nevertheless he decides to style himself, Ser Duncan the Tall.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', most prominently Lieutenant Panga and Lazy.
* Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying has many of these. Talk-Shout, Indy, Kevin and even the main character who is addressed only as Brad within the club.
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** Tris and Four - Beatrice and [[spoiler:Tobias]] are their real names, respectively.
** Nita from ''Allegiant''. Her full name is Juanita.

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* Nearly everyone in ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheThirteenthTale'', John-the-dig's legal name is John Digence, but Vida insists that if you really knew him, you knew that John-the-dig was his real name.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/IClaudius'' are only known by their nicknames (for example, "Caligula"
Boots, Bronx, Ducky, and "Castor"). Roman naming customs were very unimaginative, so several people might have identical or almost-identical names; nicknames make it much easier than trying to figure out which of the eight or nine "Drusus"es someone might be talking about.[[note]]TruthInTelevision; the ancient Romans made use of nicknames for just that reason.[[/note]] In the books, the narrator will usually mention the real name before telling you that that guy will just be known as "Castor" Frosty from then on; in [[Series/IClaudius the TV series]], they generally didn't even do that.
* Many characters in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have nicknames, some of which are self-styled and others less so. Peasants generally don't care about the real names of other peasants, which leads to some people being known exclusively by their nicknames, such as Lommy Greenhands, a mook named Shitmouth, and most famously Hot Pie, among others. Arya becomes this once when traveling to Braavos. She would have invented a new identity at this point, but everyone just called her "Salty", so she went with it.
** In ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', we have the inversion of Dunk of Flea Bottom. His young squire Egg([[spoiler:short for Prince Aegon]]) asks if his name is short for Ser Duncan. Dunk briefly thinks that he's been called Dunk for so long he's not sure if it's a shorter version of his name or his true name itself. Nevertheless he decides to style himself, Ser Duncan the Tall.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', most prominently Lieutenant Panga and Lazy.
* Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying has many of these. Talk-Shout, Indy, Kevin and even the main character who is addressed only as Brad within the club.
* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'':
** Tris and Four - Beatrice and [[spoiler:Tobias]] are their real names, respectively.
** Nita from ''Allegiant''. Her full name is Juanita.
''Literature/TheWhiteRabbitChronicles''.



* In the ''Skyrider'' series by Creator/MelisaMichaels, Skyrider considers this a problem. She thinks it's a cheesy, EmbarrassingNickname, but few people actually know her real name.
* In ''Ark Angel'' of the Literature/AlexRider series. Alex encounters 4 thugs which he nicknames "Combat Jacket", "Silver Tooth", "Spectacle" and "Steel Watch".
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Estela is not the first musician to hide behind a 'songstress's name'. [[spoiler: Even after she's publiclly married as 'Roxane de Montburn' she still goes by 'Estela'.]]
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'':
** Stacey, treasurer of the club. It wasn't until she moved away that the rest of the club even found out that Stacey was a nickname for Anastasia.
** Also Jessi and her siblings. Not too bad for Jessi (Jessica) and Becca (Rebecca), but their poor little brother Squirt; even the ghostwriters rarely remembered that his real name was John Phillip Ramsey ''Jr''.(for example, when Jessi adressed a letter to her parents 'Mr. and Mrs. ''Alex'' Ramsey').
** Kristy, Abby, and many minor characters.
* AmeliaPeabody's son Ramses. No, a Victorian Age English couple did not name their son after an Egyptian Pharaoh, but you could be forgiven for thinking they did, given how rarely his real name (Walter) is mentioned in the books.
* ''Literature/ForeverGate'':
** 'Hoodwink' is a nickname he earned as a teenage thief.
** 'Leader' is the name of TheLeader of the Users. His real name is never given.
* ''Literature/CodeNameVerity'' plays this straight with its main character Queenie, who doesn't reveal her name until the end. [[spoiler: However, when the narrative shifts to her best friend Maddie, Maddie only ever refers to her by her actual name (Julie)]].
** Queenie claims she never knew the name of her superior, who she only ever refers to as the Machiavellian Intelligence Officer. [[spoiler: Maddie reveals this to be false, although she doesn't reveal the man's name either, referring to him as John Balliol, the name of the Scottish king Julie's ancestor William Wallace lost his life defending]]
* Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace has Anna Maria Rosalita, Luis Black, and Marlowe refer to Ronnie by his stage name, The Blue Boy. Anna Maria Rosalita calls him Boy Blue while Luis Black sometimes refers to him as brother Blue.
* The Orange Man in ''Literature/VenusPrime'' is never given a real name.
* Fade from ''Literature/RazorlandTrilogy'' - his given first name is revealed midway through the first book, but his family name is never given. He refuses to respond to his given name after being taken in by the College enclave.
* Creator/AgathaChristie:
** Tuppence Beresford (nee Cowley) from''Literature/TommyAndTuppence''. Her real first name is Prudence, but no-one ever uses it.
** Bunch Harmon, Literature/MissMarple's goddaughter in ''A Murder is Announced'', who was "christened Diana by optimistic parents".
** Bundle Brent (real name Lady Eileen Brent) in ''The Secret of Chimneys'' and ''The Seven Dials Mystery''. ''Seven Dials'' also has the minor characters Rupert Bateman, who "had been nicknamed Pongo for no earthly reason whatever" at school and is still addressed as such by his schoolfriends, and Vera Daventry, who everyone calls Socks.
* Seth's friend H from ''Literature/MoreThanThis''. His real name is presumably "Harold", but it comes up exactly once and H promptly reminds the speaker [[DoNotCallMePaul not to call him Harold]].
* Boots� real name is only mentioned in ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor the Overlander]]'', and the crawlers refer to her exclusively as "the princess".
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', all of the characters are initially unnamed. While most of their names are revealed over the course of the trilogy, the biologist's is not; she instead goes by the nickname "Ghost Bird".
* A minor character in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' is a gang leader called The Artful Nudger ... except to Captain Carrot who calls him William. The Nudger has no idea how Carrot knows his real name - his mother probably wouldn't have known his real name, [[ParentalAbandonment if he knew who she was]] - and anyone else using it would be in serious trouble, but Carrot's ... [[TheCape Carrot]].
* Every character in ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn'' calls Daniel Malone "Squat," a nickname he picked up while playing as the catcher in neighborhood baseball games as a kid. He points out in the narration that the only person who calls him by his real name is his mother.
* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' and its AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' give us Montague, better known as Duck, a nickname given to him by engines who say he waddles. While he doesn't really, he likes Duck better than Montague.
* Toby's real name from the novel ''The Floor of the Sky'' is Gwendolyn, the which few people actually know. Apparently, she's been going by that name since she was toddler (which was indicated to be sixty-nine years ago) when she said, “That sumbitch called me Gwenlum. My name not Gwenlum. My’s Toby.” Said nickname used to be the dog's name.
* The Rat in ''Literature/TheLostPrince''. His real name, Jem Ratcliffe, is mentioned once when he first introduces himself to the protagonist, and then never again.
* In the ''Literature/FancyNancy'' books, Nancy Clancy's little sister's real name is Josephine, but this is only mentioned maybe once. Otherwise, she's always called [=JoJo=].
* In the ''Literature/JudyMoody'' books and the associated ''Stinky Moody'' spin-offs, Stink's real name is James, but this is only very rarely mentioned.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William [=McKinley=], and Me, Elizabeth'', in which Jennifer steadfastly ignores a teacher that calls her "Jenny" until she uses her proper name, Jennifer.
* In the ''Literature/MidnightLouie'' books, Max Kinsella's real name is technically Michael Aloysius Xavier Kinsella, but good grief. It's not much a surprise he took the first of each his names and combined them to become the "Mystifying Max."
* Jace Wayland from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. Jace comes from [[spoiler: the initials for Jonathan Christopher]], which hardly anyone calls him. When his full name is revealed at the end of ''City of Bones'', its significant because [[spoiler:it makes Clary think he's her long-lost brother, who also had the initials J.C.]]
* Cinder from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]]. The Doctor finds out her real name but the reader doesn't.
* Pagan in Shirley Conran's ''Lace." Her real name is Jennifer, but she grew up with a nanny who called her "you little pagan" when she misbehaved. Her family eventually started calling her Pagan and the nickname stayed with her throughout her life.
* ''Literature/RabbleStarkey'': Rabble's real first name is Parable Ann, but for the most part goes by Rabble. Sweet Ho's full first name was Sweet Hosannah. Rabble called her grandmother Gonmie and only later when she asked her mother how to spell the name did she realize it was Naomi.
* In ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'' there is Saleem's sister, the Brass Monkey. She gets the nickname for being a FieryRedhead, but we aren't told her birth name.
* In the Jackie French novel ''Somewhere Around the Corner'', Young Jim mishears Barbara when she says her name, leading to her being known as "Bubba" to pretty much everybody in the book, despite her introducing herself as "Barbara" several times (even saying "It's Barbara, really" at one point).
* In ''Literature/ChildOfTheOwl'', Casey's friend (real name Tallulah, after actress Tallulah Bankhead) is known as Booger, due to an incident of picking her nose with a bobby pin back in elementary school. Also, Casey's cousin Pamela is known as 'Pam-Pam'.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, characters Trisana Chandler and Sandrilene fa Toren normally go by 'Tris' and 'Sandry'.
* In the ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'' books, because the protagonist got a "fruit name," she only ever calls her little brother by vegetable names, such as "Pea Pod," "Rutabaga" and "Spinach." She is very careful never to present a scene in which his real name is used, making it a weird case of the character only being known by his nickname. Series author, Sara Pennypacker, when asked for the real name by fans, has rigidly insisted that only she and her two children will ever know the character's real name.
* In "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd", the protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him ''something''. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really is, but the reader doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.
* In the ''Literature/TheCatWho'' series, Qwill's girlfriend Polly Duncan is known by most only as Polly. Possibly no one else in Moose County knows that her Shakespeare-loving father named his daughter [[Theater/AMidsummerNightsDream Hippolyta]]. Qwill himself also fits the trope, except that he had his name legally changed; his oldest friend Arch is the only other person in the world who knows that James Mackintosh Qwilleran was born Merlin James Qwilleran.
* Many of the deceased kids in ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' have a "dead name" that they're frequently called. For example, Picollo Pam swallowed her picollo while "Metal Mike" was listening to metal music while taking his driver's test and crashed, which caused him to have metal shards in his heads as well.
* Boots, Bronx, Ducky, and Frosty from ''Literature/TheWhiteRabbitChronicles''.

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* In the ''Skyrider'' series by Creator/MelisaMichaels, Skyrider considers this a problem. She thinks it's a cheesy, EmbarrassingNickname, but few people actually know her real name.
* In ''Ark Angel'' of the Literature/AlexRider series. Alex encounters 4 thugs which he nicknames "Combat Jacket", "Silver Tooth", "Spectacle" and "Steel Watch".
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Estela
''Literature/WinnieThePooh': Winnie's name is not the first musician to hide behind a 'songstress's name'. [[spoiler: Even after she's publiclly married as 'Roxane de Montburn' she still goes by 'Estela'.]]
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'':
** Stacey, treasurer of the club. It wasn't until she moved away that the rest of the club even found out that Stacey was
a nickname for Anastasia.
** Also Jessi
Edward Bear.
* In Daniel Pinkwater's ''Young Adult Novel'', the protagonist goes by his ''nom de guerre'', Charles the Cat,
and her siblings. Not too bad for Jessi (Jessica) the other Wild Dada Ducks do likewise.
* In ''Zen
and Becca (Rebecca), but their poor little brother Squirt; even the ghostwriters rarely remembered Art of Faking It'', [[DeadpanSnarker San]] falls in love with a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl girl]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie Woody]], and only realizes that his this isn't her real name was John Phillip Ramsey ''Jr''.(for example, when Jessi adressed a letter to her parents 'Mr. and Mrs. ''Alex'' Ramsey').
** Kristy, Abby, and many minor characters.
* AmeliaPeabody's son Ramses. No, a Victorian Age English couple did not name their son after
an Egyptian Pharaoh, but you could be forgiven for thinking they did, given how rarely his real name (Walter) is mentioned in the books.
* ''Literature/ForeverGate'':
** 'Hoodwink' is a nickname he earned as a teenage thief.
** 'Leader' is the name of TheLeader of the Users. His real name is never given.
* ''Literature/CodeNameVerity'' plays this straight with its main character Queenie, who doesn't reveal her name until the end. [[spoiler: However, when the narrative shifts to her best friend Maddie, Maddie only ever
adult refers to her by her actual name (Julie)]].
** Queenie claims she never knew the name of her superior, who she only ever refers to
as the Machiavellian Intelligence Officer. [[spoiler: Maddie reveals this to be false, although she doesn't reveal the man's name either, referring to him as John Balliol, the name of the Scottish king Julie's ancestor William Wallace lost his life defending]]
* Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace has Anna Maria Rosalita, Luis Black, and Marlowe refer to Ronnie by his stage name, The Blue Boy. Anna Maria Rosalita calls him Boy Blue while Luis Black sometimes refers to him as brother Blue.
* The Orange Man in ''Literature/VenusPrime'' is never given a real name.
* Fade from ''Literature/RazorlandTrilogy'' - his given first name is revealed midway
Emily]] halfway through the first book, but his family book.
** This could also fall under MeaningfulRename since she chose the
name is never given. He refuses to respond to his given herself and rejected the name after being taken in by the College enclave.
* Creator/AgathaChristie:
** Tuppence Beresford (nee Cowley) from''Literature/TommyAndTuppence''. Her real first name is Prudence, but no-one ever uses it.
** Bunch Harmon, Literature/MissMarple's goddaughter in ''A Murder is Announced'', who was "christened Diana by optimistic parents".
** Bundle Brent (real name Lady Eileen Brent) in ''The Secret of Chimneys'' and ''The Seven Dials Mystery''. ''Seven Dials'' also has the minor characters Rupert Bateman, who "had been nicknamed Pongo for no earthly reason whatever" at school and is still addressed as such by his schoolfriends, and Vera Daventry, who everyone calls Socks.
* Seth's friend H from ''Literature/MoreThanThis''. His real name is presumably "Harold", but it comes up exactly once and H promptly reminds the speaker [[DoNotCallMePaul not to call him Harold]].
* Boots� real name is only mentioned in ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor the Overlander]]'', and the crawlers refer to
her exclusively as "the princess".
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', all of the characters are initially unnamed. While most of their names are revealed over the course of the trilogy, the biologist's is not; she instead goes by the nickname "Ghost Bird".
* A minor character in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' is a gang leader called The Artful Nudger ... except to Captain Carrot who calls him William. The Nudger has no idea how Carrot knows his real name - his mother probably wouldn't have known his real name,
[[ParentalAbandonment if he knew who she was]] - mother]] gave her. [[MeaningfulRename This happens again]] toward the end and anyone else using it would be in serious trouble, but Carrot's ... [[TheCape Carrot]].
* Every character in ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn'' calls Daniel Malone "Squat," a nickname he picked up while playing as the catcher in neighborhood baseball games as a kid. He points out in the narration that the only person who calls him by his real name is his mother.
* ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' and its AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' give us Montague, better known as Duck, a nickname given to him by engines who say he waddles. While he doesn't really, he likes Duck better than Montague.
* Toby's real name from the novel ''The Floor of the Sky'' is Gwendolyn, the which few people actually know. Apparently, she's been going by that name since she was toddler (which was indicated to be sixty-nine years ago) when she said, “That sumbitch called me Gwenlum. My name not Gwenlum. My’s Toby.” Said nickname used to be the dog's name.
* The Rat in ''Literature/TheLostPrince''. His real name, Jem Ratcliffe, is mentioned once when he first introduces himself to the protagonist, and then never again.
* In the ''Literature/FancyNancy'' books, Nancy Clancy's little sister's real name is Josephine, but this is only mentioned maybe once. Otherwise, she's always called [=JoJo=].
* In the ''Literature/JudyMoody'' books and the associated ''Stinky Moody'' spin-offs, Stink's real name is James, but this is only very rarely mentioned.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William [=McKinley=], and Me, Elizabeth'', in which Jennifer steadfastly ignores a teacher that calls her "Jenny" until she uses her proper name, Jennifer.
* In the ''Literature/MidnightLouie'' books, Max Kinsella's real name is technically Michael Aloysius Xavier Kinsella, but good grief. It's not much a surprise he took
reverses the first of each his names and combined them to become the "Mystifying Max."
* Jace Wayland from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. Jace comes from [[spoiler: the initials for Jonathan Christopher]], which hardly anyone calls him. When his full name is revealed at the end of ''City of Bones'', its significant because [[spoiler:it makes Clary think he's her long-lost brother, who also had the initials J.C.]]
* Cinder from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]]. The Doctor finds out
when she starts going by her real name but the reader doesn't.
* Pagan in Shirley Conran's ''Lace." Her real name is Jennifer, but she grew up with a nanny who called her "you little pagan" when she misbehaved. Her family eventually started calling her Pagan and the nickname stayed with her throughout her life.
* ''Literature/RabbleStarkey'': Rabble's real first name is Parable Ann, but for the most part goes by Rabble. Sweet Ho's full first name was Sweet Hosannah. Rabble called her grandmother Gonmie and only later when she asked her mother how to spell the name did she realize it was Naomi.
* In ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'' there is Saleem's sister, the Brass Monkey. She gets the nickname for being a FieryRedhead, but we aren't told her birth name.
* In the Jackie French novel ''Somewhere Around the Corner'', Young Jim mishears Barbara when she says her name, leading to her being known as "Bubba" to pretty much everybody in the book, despite her introducing herself as "Barbara" several times (even saying "It's Barbara, really" at one point).
* In ''Literature/ChildOfTheOwl'', Casey's friend (real name Tallulah, after actress Tallulah Bankhead) is known as Booger, due to an incident of picking her nose with a bobby pin back in elementary school. Also, Casey's cousin Pamela is known as 'Pam-Pam'.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, characters Trisana Chandler and Sandrilene fa Toren normally go by 'Tris' and 'Sandry'.
* In the ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'' books, because the protagonist got a "fruit name," she only ever calls her little brother by vegetable names, such as "Pea Pod," "Rutabaga" and "Spinach." She is very careful never to present a scene in which his real name is used, making it a weird case of the character only being known by his nickname. Series author, Sara Pennypacker, when asked for the real name by fans, has rigidly insisted that only she and her two children will ever know the character's real name.
* In "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd", the protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him ''something''. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really is, but the reader doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.
* In the ''Literature/TheCatWho'' series, Qwill's girlfriend Polly Duncan is known by most only as Polly. Possibly no one else in Moose County knows that her Shakespeare-loving father named his daughter [[Theater/AMidsummerNightsDream Hippolyta]]. Qwill himself also fits the trope, except that he had his name legally changed; his oldest friend Arch is the only other person in the world who knows that James Mackintosh Qwilleran was born Merlin James Qwilleran.
* Many of the deceased kids in ''Literature/{{Ghostgirl}}'' have a "dead name" that they're frequently called. For example, Picollo Pam swallowed her picollo while "Metal Mike" was listening to metal music while taking his driver's test and crashed, which caused him to have metal shards in his heads as well.
* Boots, Bronx, Ducky, and Frosty from ''Literature/TheWhiteRabbitChronicles''.
again.



* Crispo in ''Series/OneHundredThingsToDoBeforeHighSchool''. His name is an acronym of his first and last names, Christian Powers.


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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Hot Pie. We never learn his real name.
** The Tickler is not known as anything else. The nickname is enough for Jaqen H'ghar, however.
* Very common in ''Series/TheWire'', considering many of the characters are criminals who only go by their street names. Lampshaded by Omar during this exchange at Bird's murder trial:
--> '''ASA Ilene Nathan:''' And do you see the gunman who killed Mr. Gant anywhere in the courtroom today?
--> '''Omar Little:''' ''(calling out)'' Ay, yo, what up Bird?
--> '''Nathan:''' For the record, you are identifying the defendant, Marquis Hilton.
--> '''Omar:''' He just Bird, to me.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': "Stretch" ([[EmbarrassingFirstName Fabian]]) Snodgrass, and his brother "Bones" (Winston).
* ''Series/LincolnHeights'': ALL of the main characters are referred to by abbreviated nicknames of their actual names. Edward-Eddie, Jennifer-Jenn, Cassandra-Cassie, Elizabeth-Lizzie, Taylor-Tay. It's a wonder they didn't just give them those names in the first place.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Hot Pie. We never learn
Crispo in ''Series/OneHundredThingsToDoBeforeHighSchool''. His name is an acronym of his first and last names, Christian Powers.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' has Sgt. "Mac" Macdonald, the guys' superior.
* Series/{{Alf}}'s
real name.
name is Gordon Shumway. Not that anyone on Earth calls him that.
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** The Tickler George Oscar Bluth II is not known as anything else. The nickname is enough for Jaqen H'ghar, however.
* Very common in ''Series/TheWire'', considering many of the characters are criminals who only go by their street names. Lampshaded by Omar during this exchange at Bird's murder trial:
--> '''ASA Ilene Nathan:''' And do you see the gunman who killed Mr. Gant anywhere
exclusively called "GOB" (pronounced like Job in the courtroom today?
--> '''Omar Little:''' ''(calling out)'' Ay, yo, what up Bird?
--> '''Nathan:''' For the record, you are identifying the defendant, Marquis Hilton.
--> '''Omar:''' He just Bird,
Bible) to me.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': "Stretch" ([[EmbarrassingFirstName Fabian]]) Snodgrass, and
differentiate him from his brother "Bones" (Winston).
* ''Series/LincolnHeights'': ALL of the main characters are
father George Sr.
** GOB's youngest brother, whose given name is Byron, is exclusively called "Buster".
** Their niece Mae is
referred to by abbreviated nicknames everyone as "Maeby".
** None
of them are ever called by their actual names. Edward-Eddie, Jennifer-Jenn, Cassandra-Cassie, Elizabeth-Lizzie, Taylor-Tay. It's a wonder they didn't just give them those full, real names - all three names appear briefly on screen in each character's introductory scene in the first place.pilot, but have never even been spoken aloud on the show, an impressive feat of taking this trope to its logical conclusion.
** Most viewers probably forget that the latter two are nicknames, to the point that in season 4 when Michael finds a note from "George" his mother [[AsYouKnow reminds him (and therefore the audience)]] that this is Gob's real name.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz's full name, Daniel Osbourne, is only mentioned once in the entire series, [[PutOnABus after he has left town]].
** Angel's name was Liam before he became a vampire; he went by Angelus ("The one with the angelic face") from then on. After he regained his soul he became Angel.
** Xander's short for Alexander. In one episode everyone gets LaserGuidedAmnesia and, having only his driver's license to go on, is temporarily "Alex."
** [[AdamAndOrEve Adam]], who is made up of human and demons parts stitched together. In one episode Buffy sees his human self in a psychic dream; she asks him what his name is, and dream!Adam replies that no one on Earth remembers.
** Spike's name is William. "William the Bloody" is one of his old nicknames, but other than that it's hardly mentioned.
** Violet is only known as Vi, in the TV series. In the comics they made her full name Violet and had her go by that, because comics are written in all caps and they didn't want readers thinking her name was "6".
** "Anne" is a young woman who has drifted between different cults or similar groups over her life and keeps changing her name. We never learn what she was called originally (though according to an original draft of a script, it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Joan]]).
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Fred, short for Winifred.
** {{Justified|Trope}} for Lorne: "Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan" isn't a very appealing name for a nightclub owner. Previously they called him "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Host]]," so he has two layers of nicknames.
** Angel. He is almost never called Liam. Lilah once called it a "wussy name."
* 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.
** Also used for DJ
--> "We've been working so much, I feel like we hardly know our kids. I'm starting to forget what 'DJ' stands for."
*** It's "David Jacob", though it almost never comes up after David Healy is introduced (who's also an example, as his name is actually Kevin).
* Turtle on ''Series/{{Entourage}}''. His first name (Sal) was not revealed until season five.
* Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, Walter '[[HypercompetentSidekick Radar]]' O'Reilly and 'Trapper' John [=MacIntyre=] from ''Series/{{Mash}}''. Averted with BJ - everyone assumes it's a nickname at first, but he apparently is really named BJ, after his parents Bea and Jay. Maybe. Hawkeye refuses to accept that explanation and demands to know what it really stands for. Instead of standing by his answer, BJ gives the same enigmatic reply from earlier, "Anything you like."
* In the 1988 TV miniseries version of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', the bespectacled leader of the Swiss assassins is simply called "[[ScaryShinyGlasses Gold Glasses]]."
** In Robert Ludlum's original novel his nickname is "the owl." (Or it is implied when a subordinate tells [[BigBad Carlos]] "the owl is dead."
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** George Oscar Bluth II is exclusively called "GOB" (pronounced like Job in the Bible) to differentiate him from his father George Sr.
** GOB's youngest brother, whose given name is Byron, is exclusively called "Buster".
** Their niece Mae is referred to by everyone as "Maeby".
** None of them are ever called by their full, real names - all three names appear briefly on screen in each character's introductory scene in the pilot, but have never even been spoken aloud on the show, an impressive feat of taking this trope to its logical conclusion.
* Hoban Washburn (Wash) and Kaywinnit Lee Frye (Kaylee) of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Even Wash's own wife never calls him Hoban.
* 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.
** There's also Shitty Bill, who's never given a last name (like almost all the characters on the show sans the Leahey clan), and mostly goes by Shitty.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Most of the pilots (basically all who are not part of the main cast) are only referred to by their callsigns.
** Anastasia "Dee" Dualla's first name is only revealed in a short caption when she gives an interview in the episode "Final Cut".
** Callandra "Cally" Henderson Tyrol's full name is only revealed [[spoiler: during her funeral service]] in season four.
* Detective Constable Alfred "Tosh" Lines in ''Series/TheBill''. After his first two or three episodes, nearly everybody just refered to him as "Tosh".
* ''Series/BitchinKitchen'''s Yehezkel "The Spice Agent" Mizrahi, only because no-one knows how to pronounce his actual name.
* In ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' Ben Cartwright's second oldest son Hoss' real name is Eric, this is mentioned on a few occasions and he only goes by his real name during formal events.
* In the 1988 TV miniseries version of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', the bespectacled leader of the Swiss assassins is simply called "[[ScaryShinyGlasses Gold Glasses]]".
** In Robert Ludlum's original novel his nickname is "the owl". (Or it is implied when a subordinate tells [[BigBad Carlos]] "the owl is dead."
* Cory in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Nobody, not even his wife, knows his real name is Cornelius.
** Also, the recurring tough-guy character named Harley is revealed in one episode to be really named Harvey.
* ''Franchise/Buffyverse'':
**
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** *** Oz's full name, Daniel Osbourne, is only mentioned once in the entire series, [[PutOnABus after he has left town]].
** *** Angel's name was Liam before he became a vampire; he went by Angelus ("The one with the angelic face") from then on. After he regained his soul he became Angel.
** *** Xander's short for Alexander. In one episode everyone gets LaserGuidedAmnesia and, having only his driver's license to go on, is temporarily "Alex."
**
"Alex".
***
[[AdamAndOrEve Adam]], who is made up of human and demons parts stitched together. In one episode Buffy sees his human self in a psychic dream; she asks him what his name is, and dream!Adam replies that no one on Earth remembers.
** *** Spike's name is William. "William the Bloody" is one of his old nicknames, but other than that it's hardly mentioned.
** *** Violet is only known as Vi, in the TV series. In the comics they made her full name Violet and had her go by that, because comics are written in all caps and they didn't want readers thinking her name was "6".
** *** "Anne" is a young woman who has drifted between different cults or similar groups over her life and keeps changing her name. We never learn what she was called originally (though according to an original draft of a script, it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Joan]]).
* ** ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** *** Fred, short for Winifred.
** *** {{Justified|Trope}} for Lorne: "Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan" isn't a very appealing name for a nightclub owner. Previously they called him "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Host]]," so he has two layers of nicknames.
** *** Angel. He is almost never called Liam. Lilah once called it a "wussy name."
name".
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''; Jackie is a nickname, but even she herself wasn't aware Seymour 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 ''Series/BurnNotice'' has a child, was unable to say the original name and it came out as "My Jackie", which led to her just being called Jackie.
** Also used for DJ
--> "We've been working so much, I feel like we hardly know our kids. I'm starting to forget what 'DJ' stands for."
*** It's "David Jacob", though it almost never comes up after David Healy is introduced (who's also an example, as his name is actually Kevin).
* Turtle on ''Series/{{Entourage}}''. His first name (Sal) was not revealed until season five.
* Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, Walter '[[HypercompetentSidekick Radar]]' O'Reilly and 'Trapper' John [=MacIntyre=] from ''Series/{{Mash}}''. Averted with BJ - everyone assumes it's a nickname at first, but
henchman whom he apparently is really named BJ, after his parents Bea and Jay. Maybe. Hawkeye refuses to accept that explanation and demands to know what it really stands for. Instead of standing by his answer, BJ gives the same enigmatic reply from earlier, "Anything you like."
* In the 1988 TV miniseries version of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', the bespectacled leader of the Swiss assassins is simply called "[[ScaryShinyGlasses Gold Glasses]]."
** In Robert Ludlum's original novel his nickname is "the owl." (Or it is implied when a subordinate tells [[BigBad Carlos]] "the owl is dead."
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** George Oscar Bluth II is exclusively called "GOB" (pronounced like Job in the Bible) to differentiate him from his father George Sr.
** GOB's youngest brother, whose given name is Byron, is exclusively called "Buster".
** Their niece Mae is referred to by everyone as "Maeby".
** None of them are
only ever called by their full, real names - all three names appear briefly on screen in each character's introductory scene in the pilot, but have never even been spoken aloud on the show, an impressive feat of taking this trope refers to its logical conclusion.
* Hoban Washburn (Wash) and Kaywinnit Lee Frye (Kaylee) of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Even Wash's own wife never calls him Hoban.
* 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.
** There's also Shitty Bill, who's never given a last name (like almost all the characters on the show sans the Leahey clan), and mostly goes by Shitty.
as "[[MeaningfulName Jackass]]".



* Dorothy 'Ace' [=McShane=] in ''Series/DoctorWho''; Thomas Hector 'Hex' Schofield and Fitzgerald 'Fitz' Kreiner (to the point a regular character said she'd thought "Fitz" was his surname for a long time, having never heard his full name) in the ExpandedUniverse.
** Hell, the Doctor himself. Consider how unlikely it is that "The Doctor" is written on his birth certificate.
** 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.
** There's also "Dodo" Dorothea Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in her first scene, and "Peri" Perpugilliam Brown.
** The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse also gives us Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Roslyn "Roz" Forrester, Samantha "Sam" Jones, Beatrice "Trix" Macmillan, Destriianatos (Destrii) and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem). (Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both have their original names used with some regularity.)
** Subverted with the character of Bannakaffalatta from Voyage of the Damned: he vehemently rejects any attempt to give him a more manageable nickname and insists everyone says the whole thing.
** Also the Master and most of the other renegade Time Lords.
** And Amelia 'Amy' Pond.
** "A Good Man Goes to War" features the Thin One and the Fat One, an Anglican married couple, as part of the episode's ChurchMilitant enemy. "We're the thin, fat, gay, married, Anglican marines. Why would we need names as well?"
** "River Song" is actually the nickname of [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Melody Pond]], (translated into the language of the Gamma Forest).]] Even after this is discovered, everyone ''still'' refers to her as River. [[spoiler: Including Amy and Rory, her ''parents''.]].
** Captain Jack Harkness. Stole his name in the 1940's on the grounds that [[AwesomeMcCoolName it sounded cool]]. Even he might not remember his real name. Certainly, no one else does. Except possibly for Gray.

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* Dorothy 'Ace' [=McShane=] in ''Series/DoctorWho''; Thomas Hector 'Hex' Schofield and Fitzgerald 'Fitz' Kreiner (to We still don't know the point a regular character said she'd thought "Fitz" was his surname for a long time, having never heard his full name) in the ExpandedUniverse.
** Hell, the Doctor himself. Consider how unlikely it is that "The Doctor" is written on his birth certificate.
** 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" of Sarah Walker from then on.
** There's also "Dodo" Dorothea Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in
''Series/{{Chuck}}''. In one episode she admitted her first scene, name was Sam, and "Peri" Perpugilliam Brown.
** The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse also gives us Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Roslyn "Roz" Forrester, Samantha "Sam" Jones, Beatrice "Trix" Macmillan, Destriianatos (Destrii) and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem). (Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both
in another episode that her middle name was Lisa, but her true surname was never revealed. Even after [[spoiler: her marriage to Chuck,]] he still called her Sarah Walker.
* On ''Series/{{Coach}}'' there's Micheal "Dauber" Daubinsky. If you refer to him by his given name in the presence of his boss, Hayden will
have their original names used with some regularity.)
** Subverted with the character of Bannakaffalatta from Voyage of the Damned: he vehemently rejects any attempt to give him a more manageable nickname and insists everyone says the whole thing.
** Also the Master and most
no idea who you're talking about.
* Starburns, one
of the other renegade Time Lords.
students in Señor Chang's Spanish class from ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[CaptainObvious His sideburns are shaped like stars]].
** And Amelia 'Amy' Pond.
** "A Good Man Goes to War" features the Thin One and the Fat One, an Anglican married couple, as part of the episode's ChurchMilitant enemy. "We're the thin, fat, gay, married, Anglican marines. Why would we need names as well?"
** "River Song" is actually the nickname of [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Melody Pond]], (translated into the language of the Gamma Forest).]] Even after this is discovered, everyone ''still'' refers to her as River. [[spoiler: Including Amy and Rory, her ''parents''.]].
** Captain Jack Harkness. Stole his
[[CatchPhrase My name is Alex!]]
* On ''Series/CornerGas'' the Mayor is "Fitzy" Fitzgerald.
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Jennifer Jareau is known exclusively as J.J., and TeamMom Aaron Hotchner is almost always called "Hotch" by his teammates.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': D.B. Russell-for obvious reasons, no one calls him Diebenkorn. Except maybe Finn, to tease him once in a while.
* Similarly, Mac Taylor's full name has never been used on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. Everyone just calls him Mac. WordOfGod says it's [[=McCanna=]].
* One ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' episode introduced Greg's regular poker buddies, including one who had only ever been referred to by generic nicknames for years because ''everyone had forgotten his name''. If they ever knew it
in the 1940's on the grounds that [[AwesomeMcCoolName it sounded cool]]. Even first place.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor, of course. The new series has confirmed
he might not remember his ''has'' a real name. Certainly, no one else does. Except possibly for Gray.name, but only he (and River Song, when she was around) knows what it is, and that's exactly how he likes it.



* Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and James "Sawyer" Ford in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Locke, Ben and Juliet are the only ones who call them by their real names.
** In later seasons, Sawyer is almost exclusively called James [[spoiler: or Jim, when he's working for DHARMA in the 1970's. The fact that he ''doesn't'' use the name "Sawyer" there plays into a scene in "He's Our You."]]
* Screech was almost never referred to as Samuel Powers on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', even by teachers.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', '''everyone''' refers to the female in the team as "Thirteen". Her real name was shrouded in mystery, until later episodes when her name was revealed to be [[spoiler:Remy Hadley]].
-->'''Cuddy''': Dr. Hadley!
-->'''House''': See? She doesn't even know your name.
* One ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' episode introduced Greg's regular poker buddies, including one who had only ever been referred to by generic nicknames for years because ''everyone had forgotten his name''. If they ever knew it in the first place.

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* Hugo "Hurley" Reyes ** The other renegade Time Lords seen, most prominently the Master and James "Sawyer" Ford in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
the Rani, also fall under this trope.
** Locke, Ben and Juliet Among the companions, there are the "Dodo" Dorothea Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ones 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.
** Captain Jack Harkness. Stole his name in the 1940's on the grounds that [[AwesomeMcCoolName it sounded cool]]. Even he might not remember his real name. Certainly, no one else does. Except possibly for Gray.
** Subverted with the character of Bannakaffalatta from [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned"]]: he vehemently rejects any attempt to give him a more manageable nickname and insists everyone says the whole thing.
** "River Song" is actually the nickname of [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Melody Pond]], (translated into the language of the Gamma Forest).]] Even after this is discovered, everyone ''still'' refers to her as River. [[spoiler: Including Amy and Rory, her ''parents''.]]
** Amelia "Amy" Pond,
who call them stopped going by her full name after the Doctor told her it was "a bit fairytale".
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]] features the Thin One and the Fat One, an Anglican married couple, as part of the episode's ChurchMilitant enemy. "We're the thin, fat, gay, married, Anglican marines. Why would we need names as well?"
** Series 10 companion [[TomboyishName Bill]] Potts is a probable example, unless her parents are eccentric or ''really'' wanted a boy.
** 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). (Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both have
their real names.
** In later seasons, Sawyer is
original names used with some regularity.)
*** A regular character once told Fitz, upon hearing his full name, that he'd thought "Fitz" was his last name.
* Turtle on ''Series/{{Entourage}}''. His first name (Sal) was not revealed until season five.
* Hoban Washburn (Wash) and Kaywinnit Lee Frye (Kaylee) of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Even Wash's own wife never calls him Hoban.
* Spike and Wordy are
almost exclusively called James [[spoiler: or Jim, when he's working for DHARMA in the 1970's. The fact that he ''doesn't'' use the name "Sawyer" there plays into a scene in "He's Our You."]]
* Screech was almost never referred to as Samuel Powers on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', even by teachers.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', '''everyone''' refers to the female in the team as "Thirteen". Her real name was shrouded in mystery, until later episodes when her name was revealed to be [[spoiler:Remy Hadley]].
-->'''Cuddy''': Dr. Hadley!
-->'''House''': See? She doesn't even know your name.
* One ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' episode introduced Greg's regular poker buddies, including one who had only ever been
referred to by generic their nicknames on ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' rather than as Michaelangelo and Kevin. Plus Juliana is always Jules.
* One ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode involved Will and his grandmother sneaking out of the house and meeting up with an unseen character known only as The Captain who would then drive them to a Heavy D concert.
* DJ Tanner on ''Series/FullHouse''. Her real name is Donna Jo.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Hot Pie. We never learn his real name.
** The Tickler is not known as anything else. The nickname is enough
for years because ''everyone Jaqen H'ghar, however.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Lucas Lorenzo "Lucky" Spencer, Jr. Mainly to differentiate him from his more famous father, the male half of the [[UrExample original]] SuperCouple. His father himself is only known as "Luke". His nephew Lucas, also named after him, is the only one of the three to avert this. Luke also slightly inverts this, being the only one in town to call the women in his life by their real names rather than the nicknames everyone else uses--sister Bobbie ("Barbara"), niece Carly ("Caroline"), friend Alexis ("Natasha"), and daughter Lulu ("Lesley Lu")--and was the only person on the show to do so.
* On ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Gilligan, Skipper and The Professor were their names during the run of the show, while Skipper and The Professor
had forgotten his name''. If they ever knew it real names which were only said once on the pilot, [[spoiler: Captain Jonas Grumby for Skipper and Roy Hinkley for The Professor]], while Gilligan didn't even have a name. [[spoiler:Sherwood Schwartz has said it's Willy Gilligan while Bob Denver has said it's Gil Egan.]]
* Rory Gilmore's full name on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' is Lorelai Leigh Gilmore. Her mother named her after herself and she babbles
in the pilot to a cute boy:
-->'''Rory''': It's my mother's name, too. She named me after herself. She was lying in the hospital thinking about how men name boys after themselves all the time, you know, so why couldn't women? She says her feminism just kind of took over. Though personally I think a lot of Demerol also went into that decision.
* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'' there's Noah "Puck" Puckerman, who has only been addressed by his
first place.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]].
* On ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'', Patti is never called Patricia, and her name is only seen once, in the tenth episode, on a list of signatures.
* Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan from ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''.
* In ''Series/GossipGirl'', everyone calls Nate Archibald's father "The Captain"... including Nate.



* One-shot character One-nad from ''Oliver Beene''. Real name was Walter.
* Cory in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Nobody, not even his wife, knows his real name is Cornelius.
** Also, the recurring tough-guy character named Harley is revealed in one episode to be really named Harvey.
* 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'....
* 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).
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', it's explained that the Cat can't grasp the concept of ''needing'' a name; everyone should just know who he is.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Lucas Lorenzo "Lucky" Spencer, Jr. Mainly to differentiate him from his more famous father, the male half of the [[UrExample original]] SuperCouple. His father himself is only known as "Luke". His nephew Lucas, also named after him, is the only one of the three to avert this. Luke also slightly inverts this, being the only one in town to call the women in his life by their real names rather than the nicknames everyone else uses--sister Bobbie ("Barbara"), niece Carly ("Caroline"), friend Alexis ("Natasha"), and daughter Lulu ("Lesley Lu")--and was the only person on the show to do so.
* A famous one would be Commander Montgomery Scott on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Everybody just calls him "Scotty". Also Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" [=McCoy=].
* John "J.D." Dorian in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Only his brother and (late) father call him "Johnny." [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The]] [[AlmightyJanitor Janitor]], whose name we still don't know, although that's more because every time he reveals it, the audience is quickly led to believe he was lying. Turk arguably gets it worse than J.D. ([[RunningGag Being called girls' names not withstanding]]), since only his biological family & his superiors in surgery call him Chris or Christopher, but Dr. Kelso got drunk at his wedding to Carla (Who still calls him by his [[LastNameBasis last name]] after the wedding) & subsequently thought his name was ''Turk Turkleton'' & called him that for the rest of the series, with some people picking up on it and calling him by that name on occasion.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', the real first names of Gob Bluth, Buster Bluth, and Maeby Funke are given all of ''once'' in the entire series, during the pilot (George Oscar, Byron, and Mae, respectively). Most viewers probably forget that the latter two are nicknames, to the point that in season 4 when Michael finds a note from "George" his mother [[AsYouKnow reminds him (and therefore the audience)]] that this is Gob's real name.
* Mr. Big on ''Series/SexAndTheCity''. We don't learn his first name until the last shot of the series, or his full name until TheMovie. [[spoiler: John James Preston.]]
* ''Series/That70sShow'': "Hello, my name is Fez." It's not really his name, it's just short for "foreign exchange student". Also Reginald "Red" Forman.
* Detective Constable Alfred "Tosh" Lines in ''Series/TheBill''. After his first two or three episodes, nearly everybody just refered to him as "Tosh".
* Seymour of ''Series/BurnNotice'' has a henchman whom he only ever refers to as "[[MeaningfulName Jackass]]."
* Ned in ''Series/PushingDaisies'', although as [[NoNameGiven that's the only name we're given for him]] besides "the pie maker", it's possible that it's actually his birth name rather than an abbreviation.
* Even in the credits of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', Tory's name is given as "Tory Belleci". His real first name is Salvatore.
** According to ThatOtherWiki, Jamie Hyneman is "James" on his birth certificate.



* Many characters in ''Series/TheSopranos'' are referred to by nicknames (Big Pussy, Junior, etc.).
* 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."
* In ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', the title character's real name is Penelope.
* An episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' revealed that Vicki's legal name was Victoria. (The Lawsons probably had to fudge some papers fast.)
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has Coconut Head, Backpack Boy, and Crony, who never have real names given. Billy Loomer and Lisa Zemo are usually referred to by their last names (though that changes for Lisa in the 3rd season). Tracey and Stacey are referred to simply as the Oboe Twins (they both play the oboe), until they get their ADayInTheLimelight episode. And of course, there's Moze (Jennifer Mosely) and Cookie (Simon Nelson Cook).
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie is this, Sophie Devereaux isn't her real name it is merely her favorite of her many assumed identities. Parker also uses the name [[AliceAllusions Alice White]] fairly often and is known by this name to Peggy, her only friend outside the team.
* 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.)
** In ''Survivor: Nicaragua'', one of the contestants (Judd) was promptly nicknamed "Fabio", eventually getting "Judd" replaced with "Fabio" in the captions and opening credits. If you missed the first episode, you might never know it wasn't his real name.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Sam never gets called by her real name Samantha.
** Freddie never gets called by his real name Fredward except by his mother (and Sam when she wants to insult him).
** In the ''iCarly'' movie ''[=iDate=] A Bad Boy'', there's a scene where Sam enters the Shays' house and calls for Carly. She says, "Carly? Carly? Carlotta?" So Carly's real name is Carlotta unless "Carlotta" is the nickname.
** Their principal falls into this too, as he goes by Teddy instead of Tedward.
** Gibby's name is Orenthal Cornelius Hayes Gibson. His friends didn't know his real name until [=iStill=] Psycho. Even his mother calls him Gibby.
* In ''Series/GossipGirl'', everyone calls Nate Archibald's father "The Captain"... including Nate.
* DJ Tanner on ''Series/FullHouse''. Her real name is Donna Jo.



* Starburns, one of the other students in Señor Chang's Spanish class from ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[CaptainObvious His sideburns are shaped like stars]].
** [[CatchPhrase My name is Alex!]]
* Series/{{Alf}}'s real name is Gordon Shumway. Not that anyone on Earth calls him that.
* C.J. Cregg of ''Series/TheWestWing'' is only rarely called by her full name, which is Claudia Jean. And Percy 'Fitz' Fitzwallace.
** Not precisely this trope, but it's interesting to note that almost every single West Wing character is called by either a diminutive or a nickname: 'Jed' is short for Josiah Edward, Leo for Leopold (OK, the "Leopold" appears to be a joke by CJ, considering it's only used once and Leo gives his name in a Congressional hearing as Leo), Toby for Tobias, Josh for Joshua, Sam for Samuel, Donna for Donnatella, Charlie for Charles, Abbey for Abigail, Will for William, Joey for Josephine, Amy for Amelia, Andi for Andrea, Danny for Daniel, Ellie for Eleanor, Mandy for Madeline, Debbie for Deborah, Ed and Larry for Edward and Lawrence, Cliff for Clifford, Matt for Matthew...the list goes on.
* In one episode of ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank runs into a former associate who's referred to only by nickname (can't remember what it is, Bear or something to that effect). At one point when Olga refers to him by his first name, Frank responds by saying that even the character's mother calls him by his nickname.
* Just about every {{ProfessionalWrestl|ing}}er ever. [[DoNotCallMePaul Has a trope named after]] the two Pauls, TripleH and The Big Show, who only go by their ring names.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** 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.
** Puddle Jumpers. After Sheppard christened it in the pilot, (in reference to a light aircraft and the event horizon of the Stargate), everyone refers to them by that name. The Ancients actually referred to them as "Gate-Ships". Which is what McKay initially called them as well, with no knowledge of the Ancients' name, because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin they're ships that go through the gate]], but Sheppard vetoed this for not being cool enough.

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* Starburns, one In ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin isn't the main character's real name. Even people who'd known him since before the Civil War only used that name!
* In ''Series/HeyDad'', Nudge's real name is Gerald Noritis, but probably even he doesn't remember.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Duncan 'Mac' [[=MacLeod=]]and Hugh "Fitz" Fitzcairn.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', '''everyone''' refers to the female in the team as "Thirteen". Her real name was shrouded in mystery, until later episodes when her name was revealed to be [[spoiler:Remy Hadley]].
-->'''Cuddy''': Dr. Hadley!
-->'''House''': See? She doesn't even know your name.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Sam never gets called by her real name Samantha.
** Freddie never gets called by his real name Fredward except by his mother (and Sam when she wants to insult him).
** In the ''iCarly'' movie ''[=iDate=] A Bad Boy'', there's a scene where Sam enters the Shays' house and calls for Carly. She says, "Carly? Carly? Carlotta?" So Carly's real name is Carlotta unless "Carlotta" is the nickname.
** Their principal falls into this too, as he goes by Teddy instead of Tedward.
** Gibby's name is Orenthal Cornelius Hayes Gibson. His friends didn't know his real name until "[=iStill=] Psycho". Even his mother calls him Gibby.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Mac, whose real name is revealed to be [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Up until the season 4 episode "War Stories", none
of the other students in Señor Chang's Spanish class from ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[CaptainObvious His sideburns are shaped like stars]].
** [[CatchPhrase My
main characters knew that the full name is Alex!]]
* Series/{{Alf}}'s real name is Gordon Shumway. Not that anyone on Earth calls him that.
* C.
of their boss, Rear Admiral A.J. Cregg of ''Series/TheWestWing'' Chegwidden, is only rarely called by her full name, which is Claudia Jean. And Percy 'Fitz' Fitzwallace.
** Not precisely this trope, but it's interesting to note that almost every single West Wing character is called by either a diminutive or a nickname: 'Jed' is short for Josiah Edward, Leo for Leopold (OK, the "Leopold" appears to be a joke by CJ, considering it's only used once and Leo gives his name in a Congressional hearing as Leo), Toby for Tobias, Josh for Joshua, Sam for Samuel, Donna for Donnatella, Charlie for Charles, Abbey for Abigail, Will for William, Joey for Josephine, Amy for Amelia, Andi for Andrea, Danny for Daniel, Ellie for Eleanor, Mandy for Madeline, Debbie for Deborah, Ed and Larry for Edward and Lawrence, Cliff for Clifford, Matt for Matthew...the list goes on.
* In one episode of ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank runs into a former associate who's referred to only by nickname (can't remember what it is, Bear or something to that effect). At one point when Olga refers to him by his first name, Frank responds by saying that even the character's mother calls him by his nickname.
* Just about every {{ProfessionalWrestl|ing}}er ever. [[DoNotCallMePaul Has a trope named after]] the two Pauls, TripleH and The Big Show, who only go by their ring names.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** 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.
** Puddle Jumpers. After Sheppard christened it in the pilot, (in reference to a light aircraft and the event horizon of the Stargate), everyone refers to them by that name. The Ancients actually referred to them as "Gate-Ships". Which is what McKay initially called them as well, with no knowledge of the Ancients' name, because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin they're ships that go through the gate]], but Sheppard vetoed this for not being cool enough.
Albert Jethro.



* The Greek, a crime boss on ''Series/TheWire'', whose real name is never revealed. And he's not even Greek.
** There are also a number of characters more commonly known by a street name than by their real name, such as Bodie (real name Preston Broadus), Poot (Malik Carr), Snoop (Felicia Pearson), and Bird (Marquis Hilton). Oddly averted by Marlo Stanfield, the BigBad of the final two seasons; in his first appearance, he's said to have the street handle "Black", but no one ever actually calls him that.
** In one notable instance, this actually obscures a fairly important bit of characterization: East Side gangbanger Calvin "Cheese" Wagstaff is only ever referred to by his street name, which helps obscure the fact that he's actually Randy Wagstaff's [[DisappearedDad absent biological father]] (a fact not otherwise made clear).
* Following Navy tradition, most of the characters on ''Series/SeaPatrol'' are referred to by their nicknames - Bomber, Spider, Swain. Some of these make sense in context; RO is the Radio Operator, for example. Some, not so much.
* On ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Gilligan, Skipper and The Professor were their names during the run of the show, while Skipper and The Professor had real names which were only said once on the pilot, [[spoiler: Captain Jonas Grumby for Skipper and Roy Hinkley for The Professor]], while Gilligan didn't even have a name. [[spoiler:Sherwood Schwartz has said it's Willy Gilligan while Bob Denver has said it's Gil Egan]]

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* The Greek, a crime boss on ''Series/TheWire'', whose On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie is this, Sophie Devereaux isn't her real name, it is merely her favorite of her many assumed identities. Parker also uses the name [[AliceAllusions Alice White]] fairly often and is never revealed. And he's not even Greek.
** There are also a number
known by this name to Peggy, her only friend outside the team.
* ''Series/LincolnHeights'': ALL
of the main characters more commonly known by a street name than by their real name, such as Bodie (real name Preston Broadus), Poot (Malik Carr), Snoop (Felicia Pearson), and Bird (Marquis Hilton). Oddly averted by Marlo Stanfield, the BigBad of the final two seasons; in his first appearance, he's said to have the street handle "Black", but no one ever actually calls him that.
** In one notable instance, this actually obscures a fairly important bit of characterization: East Side gangbanger Calvin "Cheese" Wagstaff is only ever
are referred to by his street name, which helps obscure abbreviated nicknames of their actual names. Edward-Eddie, Jennifer-Jenn, Cassandra-Cassie, Elizabeth-Lizzie, Taylor-Tay. It's a wonder they didn't just give them those names in the fact that he's actually Randy Wagstaff's [[DisappearedDad absent biological father]] (a fact not otherwise made clear).
first place.
* Following Navy tradition, most In ''Series/LondonsBurning'', many of the characters on ''Series/SeaPatrol'' firefighters are invariably referred to by their nicknames - Bomber, Spider, Swain. Some of these make sense (such as Vaseline, Bayleaf, Sicknote, etc).
* Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and James "Sawyer" Ford
in context; RO is ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Locke, Ben and Juliet are
the Radio Operator, for example. Some, not so much.
* On ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Gilligan, Skipper and The Professor were
only ones who call them by their names during the run of the show, while Skipper and The Professor had real names which were only said once on the pilot, names.
** In later seasons, Sawyer is almost exclusively called James
[[spoiler: Captain Jonas Grumby or Jim, when he's working for Skipper DHARMA in the 1970's. The fact that he ''doesn't'' use the name "Sawyer" there plays into a scene in "He's Our You".]]
* Many of Kelly's boyfriends on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, Walter '[[HypercompetentSidekick Radar]]' O'Reilly
and Roy Hinkley for The Professor]], while Gilligan didn't even have a name. [[spoiler:Sherwood Schwartz has said 'Trapper' John [=MacIntyre=] from ''Series/{{Mash}}''. Averted with BJ - everyone assumes it's Willy Gilligan while Bob Denver has said it's Gil Egan]]a nickname at first, but he apparently is really named BJ, after his parents Bea and Jay. Maybe. Hawkeye refuses to accept that explanation and demands to know what it really stands for. Instead of standing by his answer, BJ gives the same enigmatic reply from earlier, "Anything you like."
* Howie from ''Series/MaxAndShred'' is actually named Jill. Alvin "Shred" nicknamed her when she was younger and kept asking him 'how?'
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': Chop (real name [[spoiler:Arnold Peters]]) and Danny Two Hats.
** Possibly Tix as well - as we don't know if this is her real name or a nickname.
* Even in the credits of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', Tory's name is given as "Tory Belleci". His real first name is Salvatore.
** According to ThatOtherWiki, Jamie Hyneman is "James" on his birth certificate.



* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Jennifer Jareau is known exclusively as J.J., and TeamMom Aaron Hotchner is almost always called "Hotch" by his teammates.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'' the Mayor is "Fitzy" Fitzgerald.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', everyone who is on first-name basis with Commander Tucker calls him Trip. His real name is Charles Tucker the Third, the "third" part being where the nickname originated. The ExpandedUniverse novels indicate that even his parents generally use it, which makes sense given that his father had a prior claim to "Charlie" and three generations of Charles Tucker at the same Thanksgiving dinner table would get confusing. Trip also has a younger brother called Bart, which it's reasonable to suppose is short for something or other.



* In the ''Series/TeenWolf'' series, Stiles's real first name is unknown, and allegedly very hard to pronounce. "Stiles" is derived from his last name, Stilinski.
* One ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode involved Will and his grandmother sneaking out of the house and meeting up with an unseen character known only as The Captain who would then drive them to a Heavy D concert.
* In ''Series/TinMan'', the Dorothy expy is known only by her initials "[=DG=]." It's implied in the third act that the "D" really ''does'' stand for "Dorothy" as [[spoiler: she was named for her great-grandmother, Dorothy Gale]].
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' has Gatehouse. Glickman calls him James, but other than that he's universally referred to as Gatehouse -- even by his allies and employers.
* Staff Sergeant Phillip "Hippy" Roper in ''Series/RedCap''. Everyone calls him Hippy, including his superiors, thanks to his unruly hair.
* In ''HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin isn't the main character's real name. Even people who'd known him since before the Civil War only used that name!

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* In the ''Series/TeenWolf'' series, Stiles's ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has Coconut Head, Backpack Boy, and Crony, who never have real first name is unknown, names given. Billy Loomer and allegedly very hard to pronounce. "Stiles" is derived from his last name, Stilinski.
* One ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode involved Will and his grandmother sneaking out of the house and meeting up with an unseen character known only as The Captain who would then drive them to a Heavy D concert.
* In ''Series/TinMan'', the Dorothy expy is known only by her initials "[=DG=]." It's implied in the third act that the "D" really ''does'' stand for "Dorothy" as [[spoiler: she was named for her great-grandmother, Dorothy Gale]].
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' has Gatehouse. Glickman calls him James, but other than that he's universally
Lisa Zemo are usually referred to by their last names (though that changes for Lisa in the 3rd season). Tracey and Stacey are referred to simply as Gatehouse -- even by the Oboe Twins (they both play the oboe), until they get their ADayInTheLimelight episode. And of course, there's Moze (Jennifer Mosely) and Cookie (Simon Nelson Cook).
* One-shot character One-nad from ''Oliver Beene''. Real name was Walter.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': "Stretch" ([[EmbarrassingFirstName Fabian]]) Snodgrass, and
his allies brother "Bones" (Winston).
* ''Series/PeepShow'' has Super Hans (an eccentric wannabe musician
and employers.
* Staff Sergeant Phillip "Hippy" Roper in ''Series/RedCap''. Everyone calls him Hippy, including his superiors, thanks to his unruly hair.
* In ''HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin isn't the main character's
drug addict), Big Suze (a tall, posh woman) and Dobby (a proud female geek). Though we know Dobby and Super Hans' real name. Even people who'd known him since before names by the Civil War only used that name!end of the series, Big Suze's remains a mystery.



* In ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', the title character's real name is Penelope.
* Ned in ''Series/PushingDaisies'', although as [[NoNameGiven that's the only name we're given for him]] besides "the pie maker", it's possible that it's actually his birth name rather than an abbreviation.
* Staff Sergeant Phillip "Hippy" Roper in ''Series/RedCap''. Everyone calls him Hippy, including his superiors, thanks to his unruly hair.
* 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).
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', it's explained that the Cat can't grasp the concept of ''needing'' a name; everyone should just know who he is.
* 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.
** Also used for DJ
--> "We've been working so much, I feel like we hardly know our kids. I'm starting to forget what 'DJ' stands for."
*** It's "David Jacob", though it almost never comes up after David Healy is introduced (who's also an example, as his name is actually Kevin).
* Screech was almost never referred to as Samuel Powers on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', even by teachers.
* John "J.D." Dorian in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Only his brother and (late) father call him "Johnny." [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The]] [[AlmightyJanitor Janitor]], whose name we still don't know, although that's more because every time he reveals it, the audience is quickly led to believe he was lying. Turk arguably gets it worse than J.D. ([[RunningGag Being called girls' names not withstanding]]), since only his biological family & his superiors in surgery call him Chris or Christopher, but Dr. Kelso got drunk at his wedding to Carla (Who still calls him by his [[LastNameBasis last name]] after the wedding), subsequently thought his name was ''Turk Turkleton'' & called him that for the rest of the series, with some people picking up on it and calling him by that name on occasion.
* Following Navy tradition, most of the characters on ''Series/SeaPatrol'' are referred to by their nicknames - Bomber, Spider, Swain. Some of these make sense in context; RO is the Radio Operator, for example. Some, not so much.
* 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."
* In one episode of ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank runs into a former associate who's referred to only by nickname (can't remember what it is, Bear or something to that effect). At one point when Olga refers to him by his first name, Frank responds by saying that even the character's mother calls him by his nickname.
* Mr. Big on ''Series/SexAndTheCity''. We don't learn his first name until the last shot of the series, or his full name until TheMovie. [[spoiler: John James Preston.]]
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' has Gatehouse. Glickman calls him James, but other than that he's universally referred to as Gatehouse -- even by his allies and employers.
* An episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' revealed that Vicki's legal name was Victoria. (The Lawsons probably had to fudge some papers fast.)
* Many characters in ''Series/TheSopranos'' are referred to by nicknames (Big Pussy, Junior, etc.).
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** 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.
** Puddle Jumpers. After Sheppard christened it in the pilot, (in reference to a light aircraft and the event horizon of the Stargate), everyone refers to them by that name. The Ancients actually referred to them as "Gate-Ships". Which is what McKay initially called them as well, with no knowledge of the Ancients' name, because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin they're ships that go through the gate]], but Sheppard vetoed this for not being cool enough.
* A famous one would be Commander Montgomery Scott on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Everybody just calls him "Scotty". Also Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" [=McCoy=].
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', everyone who is on first-name basis with Commander Tucker calls him Trip. His real name is Charles Tucker the Third, the "third" part being where the nickname originated. The ExpandedUniverse novels indicate that even his parents generally use it, which makes sense given that his father had a prior claim to "Charlie" and three generations of Charles Tucker at the same Thanksgiving dinner table would get confusing. Trip also has a younger brother called Bart, which it's reasonable to suppose is short for something or other.



* 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]].
* ''Series/BitchinKitchen'''s Yehezkel "The Spice Agent" Mizrahi, only because no-one knows how to pronounce his actual name.
* Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan from ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': D.B. Russell-for obvious reasons, no one calls him Diebenkorn. Except maybe Finn, to tease him once in a while.
* Similarly, Mac Taylor's full name has never been used on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. Everyone just calls him Mac. WordOfGod says it's [[=McCanna=]]
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' Duncan 'Mac' [[=MacLeod=]]and Hugh "Fitz" Fitzcairn.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' has Sgt. "Mac" Macdonald, the guys' superior.
* Spike and Wordy are almost exclusively referred to by their nicknames on ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' rather than as Michaelangelo and Kevin. Plus Juliana is always Jules.
* ''Series/PeepShow'' has Super Hans (an eccentric wannabe musician and drug addict), Big Suze (a tall, posh woman) and Dobby (a proud female geek). Though we know Dobby and Super Hans' real names by the end of the series, Big Suze's remains a mystery.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Up until the season 4 episode "War Stories", none of the other main characters knew that the full name of their boss, Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden, is Albert Jethro.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Mac, whose real name is revealed to be [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]].
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Most of the pilots (basically all who are not part of the main cast) are only referred to by their callsigns.
** Anastasia "Dee" Dualla's first name is only revealed in a short caption when she gives an interview in the episode "Final Cut".
** Callandra "Cally" Henderson Tyrol's full name is only revealed [[spoiler: during her funeral service]] in season four.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': Chop (real name [[spoiler:Arnold Peters]]) and Danny Two Hats.
** Possibly Tix as well - as we don't know if this is her real name or a nickname.
* We still don't know the full real name of Sarah Walker from Series/{{Chuck}}. In one episode she admitted her first name was Sam, and in another episode that her middle name was Lisa, but her true surname was never revealed. Even after [[spoiler: her marriage to Chuck,]] he still called her Sarah Walker.

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* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'' there's Noah "Puck" Puckerman, Nicknames occasionally crop up in reality shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and people who has 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.)
** In ''Survivor: Nicaragua'', one of the contestants (Judd) was promptly nicknamed "Fabio", eventually getting "Judd" replaced with "Fabio" in the captions and opening credits. If you missed the first episode, you might never know it wasn't his real name.
* In the BBCHistoricalFarmSeries ''Tales from the Green Valley'', archaeologist and presenter Peter Ginn is called by his real name in the first episode. After that, everyone - including the narrator - refers to him as "Fonz" or "Fonzy".
* In the ''Series/TeenWolf'' series, Stiles's real first name is unknown, and allegedly very hard to pronounce. "Stiles" is derived from his last name, Stilinski.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': "Hello, my name is Fez." It's not really his name, it's just short for "foreign exchange student". Also Reginald "Red" Forman.
* In ''Series/TinMan'', the Dorothy expy is known
only been addressed by her initials "[=DG=]." It's implied in the third act that the "D" really ''does'' stand for "Dorothy" as [[spoiler: she was named for her great-grandmother, Dorothy Gale]].
* 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 by his mother, and Rachel sometimes. Santana Lopez really is 'The'....
* Bubbles
from [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Lima Heights]] and [[BadassBoast didn't know her ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''. His real name wasn't "Garbage Face" until she was five]].
* ''Series/BitchinKitchen'''s Yehezkel "The Spice Agent" Mizrahi, only because no-one knows how to pronounce
his actual name.
* Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan from ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': D.B. Russell-for obvious reasons, no one calls him Diebenkorn. Except maybe Finn, to tease him once in a while.
* Similarly, Mac Taylor's full name has
never been used given on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. Everyone just calls him Mac. WordOfGod says it's [[=McCanna=]]
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' Duncan 'Mac' [[=MacLeod=]]and Hugh "Fitz" Fitzcairn.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' has Sgt. "Mac" Macdonald,
the guys' superior.
* Spike and Wordy are almost exclusively referred to by their nicknames on ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' rather than as Michaelangelo and Kevin. Plus Juliana is always Jules.
* ''Series/PeepShow'' has Super Hans (an eccentric wannabe musician and drug addict), Big Suze (a tall, posh woman) and Dobby (a proud female geek). Though we know Dobby and Super Hans' real names by the end of the series, Big Suze's remains a mystery.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Up until the season 4
show (and one episode "War Stories", none of 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.
** There's also Shitty Bill, who's never given a last name (like almost all
the other main characters knew that on the full name of their boss, Rear Admiral A.show sans the Leahey clan), and mostly goes by Shitty.
* C.
J. Chegwidden, is Albert Jethro.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Mac, whose real name is revealed to be [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]].
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Most
Cregg of the pilots (basically all who are not part of the main cast) are only referred to by their callsigns.
** Anastasia "Dee" Dualla's first name
''Series/TheWestWing'' is only revealed in a short caption when she gives an interview in the episode "Final Cut".
** Callandra "Cally" Henderson Tyrol's full name is only revealed [[spoiler: during her funeral service]] in season four.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': Chop (real name [[spoiler:Arnold Peters]]) and Danny Two Hats.
** Possibly Tix as well - as we don't know if this is her real name or a nickname.
* We still don't know the full real name of Sarah Walker from Series/{{Chuck}}. In one episode she admitted her first name was Sam, and in another episode that her middle name was Lisa, but her true surname was never revealed. Even after [[spoiler: her marriage to Chuck,]] he still
rarely called by her Sarah Walker.full name, which is Claudia Jean. And Percy 'Fitz' Fitzwallace.
** Not precisely this trope, but it's interesting to note that almost every single West Wing character is called by either a diminutive or a nickname: 'Jed' is short for Josiah Edward, Leo for Leopold (OK, the "Leopold" appears to be a joke by CJ, considering it's only used once and Leo gives his name in a Congressional hearing as Leo), Toby for Tobias, Josh for Joshua, Sam for Samuel, Donna for Donnatella, Charlie for Charles, Abbey for Abigail, Will for William, Joey for Josephine, Amy for Amelia, Andi for Andrea, Danny for Daniel, Ellie for Eleanor, Mandy for Madeline, Debbie for Deborah, Ed and Larry for Edward and Lawrence, Cliff for Clifford, Matt for Matthew...the list goes on.



* Very common in ''Series/TheWire'', considering many of the characters are criminals who only go by their street names. Lampshaded by Omar during this exchange at Bird's murder trial:
--> '''ASA Ilene Nathan:''' And do you see the gunman who killed Mr. Gant anywhere in the courtroom today?
--> '''Omar Little:''' ''(calling out)'' Ay, yo, what up Bird?
--> '''Nathan:''' For the record, you are identifying the defendant, Marquis Hilton.
--> '''Omar:''' He just Bird, to me.
** The Greek, a crime boss on ''Series/TheWire'', whose real name is never revealed. And he's not even Greek.
** There are also a number of characters more commonly known by a street name than by their real name, such as Bodie (real name Preston Broadus), Poot (Malik Carr), Snoop (Felicia Pearson), and Bird (Marquis Hilton). Oddly averted by Marlo Stanfield, the BigBad of the final two seasons; in his first appearance, he's said to have the street handle "Black", but no one ever actually calls him that.
** In one notable instance, this actually obscures a fairly important bit of characterization: East Side gangbanger Calvin "Cheese" Wagstaff is only ever referred to by his street name, which helps obscure the fact that he's actually Randy Wagstaff's [[DisappearedDad absent biological father]] (a fact not otherwise made clear).



* In ''Series/HeyDad'', Nudge's real name is Gerald Noritis, but probably even he doesn't remember.
* In ''Series/LondonsBurning'', many of the firefighters are invariably referred to by their nicknames (such as Vaseline, Bayleaf, Sicknote, etc).
* Many of Kelly's boyfriends on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* On ''Series/{{Coach}}'' there's Micheal "Dauber" Daubinsky. If you refer to him by his given name in the presence of his boss, Hayden will have no idea who you're talking about.
* In the BBCHistoricalFarmSeries "Tales from the Green Valley", archaelogogist and presenter Peter Ginn is called by his real name in the first episode. After that, everyone - including the narrator - refers to him as "Fonz" or "Fonzy".
* Howie from ''Series/MaxAndShred'' is actually named Jill. Alvin "Shred" nicknamed her when she was younger and kept asking him 'how?'
* In ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' Ben Cartwright's second oldest son Hoss' real name is Eric, this is mentioned on a few occasions and he only goes by his real name during formal events.
* Crispo in ''Series/OneHundredThingsToDoBeforeHighSchool''. His name is an acronym of his first and last names, Christian Powers.
* On ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'', Patti is never called Patricia, and her name is only seen once, in the tenth episode, on a list of signatures.
* Rory Gilmore's full name on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' is Lorelai Leigh Gilmore. Her mother named her after herself and she babbles in the pilot to a cute boy:
-->'''Rory''': It's my mother's name, too. She named me after herself. She was lying in the hospital thinking about how men name boys after themselves all the time, you know, so why couldn't women? She says her feminism just kind of took over. Though personally I think a lot of Demerol also went into that decision.


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* ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'': Ghost is only ever referred to as "Ghost." Apparently her grandmother started calling her that when she was 7 as a way to subconsciously stop her from making sudden noises.
* The named sailors in ''Film/FollowTheFleet'' are known only by their nicknames. The male leads are "Bake" Baker and "Bilge" Smith, and there's another crewman known as Dopey.

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* In a couple of Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon examples, there are many characters who are never given real names:
** On the surface, ''Disney/TheLionKing'''s Scar appears to be named after his scar, but [[AllThereInTheManual in a semi-canon novel series]] it shows his given name was "Taka", though that isn't much better, as it's Swahili for dirt/trash. His parents obviously loved him. {{Not}}!
** Tramp from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has a rather strange name. [[JustifiedTrope He is a homeless stray though, so he probably named himself, since no human named him.]] Later it's subverted, since that becomes his name, minus "The", once he's adopted. This is also an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, because one of his old flames wrote a song about him called "He's a Tramp," and the name stuck.
** ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'''s name is actually Jumbo Jr. He doesn't seem to mind the cruel nickname he spends most of the movie with, but his mother certainly does.
** When it comes to the members of ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro and Fred are normal names, and Baymax is a {{robot name|s}}. But Wasabi, [=GoGo=] Tomago, and Honey Lemon? They're nicknames given to them by Fred. AdaptationNameChange is in play for Wasabi and [=GoGo=], given in the original comics it was "Wasabi No-Ginger" and it was unclear it was if that was a nickname and Jamie Chung ([=GoGo=]'s voice actress) the latter's real name is [[spoiler: Ethel]] instead of "Leiko Tanaka" and given like the other two, Honey Lemon was {{Race Lift}}ed, it's unlikely "Aiko Miyazaki" is her real name, either.
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* ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'': Ghost PlayedForDrama in ''Film/AboutElly'' - when Elly [[spoiler: disappears]], a police officer is only ever incredulous that her "friends" know so little of Elly that they don't even know her first name.
* Penny Lane in ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Her real name is [[spoiler: Lady Goodman.]]
* The titular "Amazing" from ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck''. One character he meets says it's kind of awkward calling him that and asks whether he has a real name. Amazing just smiles and says it's "worse".
* In ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', with the exception of Lance and Willard, all the main characters are primarily
referred to as "Ghost." Apparently her grandmother started calling her that when she was 7 as a way to subconsciously stop her from making sudden noises.
* The named sailors in ''Film/FollowTheFleet'' are known only
by a nickname fitting their nicknames. The male leads are "Bake" Baker characters: Chief, Chef, and "Bilge" Smith, and there's another crewman Clean. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, it's the only two men not referred to by a nickname who make it out of the film alive.]]
* Landfill is pretty much only referred to by that name in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''.
** Including his wife... while having sex with his twin brother, who becomes
known as Dopey.Landfill II or just Landfill.
* Jeff Lebowski is "The Dude" throughout ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. This is mainly because the name Jeff Lebowski is a plot point.
** Of course it's lampshaded throughout whenever he gets angry at someone calling him by his real name rather than simply "The Dude".



* The title character of ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. His real name is Henry Walton[[note]]which is also Creator/GeorgeLucas' middle name[[/note]] Jones, Jr.
** And Mutt Williams in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. His real name is [[spoiler:Henry Walton Jones III, according to his mother Marian, at least until she married Mutt's stepfather and changed it to Williams.]]
* The Little Tramp in the Creator/CharlieChaplin movies. Other languages call him Charlot or Carlitos.
** Chaplin himself referred to the character as "The Little Fellow".



* Lampshade hung, of course, in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where a one-note character named Skeezie is actually named just ''Skeezie''; he even gives that as his full name on a police report.
* Nose Noseworthy in ''Shorts'' - apparently not his actual given name (we assume it comes from his last name), yet he is listed as "Nose" Noseworthy on his episode card and Toby says he's 'a kid that everyone calls Nose', completely avoiding stating his real name. Even his father never calls him by name - or nickname, for that matter - the closest we get is 'son'.
* In ''Film/PurpleRain'', Prince's character is referred to "The Kid" ''even in the credits''. He's never referred to by name, even by his parents. He's still just "The Kid" in the pseudo-sequel ''Graffiti Bridge''.
** What's especially weird about this is that almost every other character is [[ShapedLikeItself known by their portrayer's real-life name (or real-life stage name, at least)]].



* All characters in the thriller ''Film/{{Exam}}'' are referred to by hair colour, ethnicity, or job title, with the exception of the mystical CEO.
* Although the main character of ''Film/FallingDown'' is named William Foster, he is rarely referred to as such, and credited as the name on his vanity license plate, "D-FENS".

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* All characters in In ''Film/CampNowhere'', 12-year-old Morris Himmel goes by the thriller ''Film/{{Exam}}'' nickname "Mud". The only people who call him by his actual first name are referred to by hair colour, ethnicity, or job title, with his father and his love interest.
* ''Film/CampXRay'': Much like
the exception of the mystical CEO.
* Although the main character of ''Film/FallingDown''
"Dollars Trilogy" example below, Private [[spoiler:Amy]] Cole is named William Foster, he is rarely referred to as such, and credited as "Blondie" by Ali for the name on his vanity license plate, "D-FENS".majority of the film, despite being played by obvious brunette Creator/KristenStewart.
* The Little Tramp in the Creator/CharlieChaplin movies. Other languages call him Charlot or Carlitos.
** Chaplin himself referred to the character as "The Little Fellow".



* "Captain" in ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown.'' Might be considered an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, except he gets the nickname of Captain ''before'' he gets leadership of the performing troupe.
* In ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'', the GM's name is Kevin Lodge, but almost everyone calls him Lodge. The newbie player addresses him by his first name, and the rest of the gaming group expresses astonishment at Lodge having a first name.
-->'''Joanna:''' Thanks, Kevin. I'll look it over. ''[leaves]''\\
'''Mark:''' Kevin? Who the hell is Kevin?\\
'''Lodge:''' ''I'm'' Kevin!\\
'''Mark:''' Dude, you have a first name?
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' has Red, whose real name is [[spoiler:Ellis Redding]]. It is first said when the prison guards are calling out names for outdoor detail. First time or unobservant viewers will only recognise this when he is directly referred to by real name at the end of the movie.
** The book also has him as an Irishman with red hair, giving him two reasons for the nickname. but the movie version has MorganFreeman playing the role. MorganFreeman's version [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it when asked why he's called Red: "Maybe it's 'cause I'm Irish".
** You've got to pity poor Fatass from ''The Shawshank Redemption'', who is not only beaten to death his first night in prison, but is stuck with that name in the credits.



* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': "[=GraveRobber=], [=GraveRobber=], sometimes I wonder why I even bother..."

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* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': "[=GraveRobber=], [=GraveRobber=], sometimes I wonder why I The Man With No Name in the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' gets a different nickname in each installment of the trilogy (in order "Joe", "Manco", and "Blondie"). His real name is -- obviously -- never given.
** Similarly, in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', the villain is simply known as "El Indio". In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Lee Van Cleef plays a villain simply named "Angel Eyes".
* Spider from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* E.T. from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. In the cancelled sequel his real name was going to be revealed to be Zrek.
* All characters in the thriller ''Film/{{Exam}}'' are referred to by hair colour, ethnicity, or job title, with the exception of the mystical CEO.
* Although the main character of ''Film/FallingDown'' is named William Foster, he is rarely referred to as such, and credited as the name on his vanity license plate, "D-FENS".
* The named sailors in ''Film/FollowTheFleet'' are known only by their nicknames. The male leads are "Bake" Baker and "Bilge" Smith, and there's another crewman known as Dopey.
* In ''Film/{{Gambit}}'', Harry Deane's friend, the art forger, is never referred to as anything other than "the Major".
* In ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'', the GM's name is Kevin Lodge, but almost everyone calls him Lodge. The newbie player addresses him by his first name, and the rest of the gaming group expresses astonishment at Lodge having a first name.
-->'''Joanna:''' Thanks, Kevin. I'll look it over. ''[leaves]''\\
'''Mark:''' Kevin? Who the hell is Kevin?\\
'''Lodge:''' ''I'm'' Kevin!\\
'''Mark:''' Dude, you have a first name?
* ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'': Ghost is only ever referred to as "Ghost". Apparently her grandmother started calling her that when she was 7 as a way to subconsciously stop her from making sudden noises.
* In the Japanese horror film ''Film/{{House}}'', the seven girls are referred only by their nicknames,
even bother..."by family; namely, they're Gorgeous, Fantasy, Prof, Kung Fu, Melody, Sweet, and Mac (that's short for "stomach"). This is the first real clue that these girls are meant to be thought of as more archetypes than actual characters.



* Penny Lane in ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Her real name is [[spoiler: Lady Goodman.]]
* Landfill is pretty much only referred to by that name in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''.
** Including his wife... while having sex with his twin brother, who becomes known as Landfill II or just Landfill.
* Jeff Lebowski is "The Dude" throughout ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. This is mainly because the name Jeff Lebowski is a plot point.
** Of course it's lampshaded throughout whenever he gets angry at someone calling him by his real name rather than simply "The Dude".
* The Great Kanaka, Starcat, Provoloney and Yo-Yo from ''Film/PsychoBeachParty''.
* The Man With No Name in the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' gets a different nickname in each installment of the trilogy (in order "Joe," "Manco," and "Blondie"). His real name is -- obviously -- never given.
** Similarily, in Film/ForAFewDollarsMore, the villain is simply known as "El Indio". In Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly, Lee Van Cleef plays a villain simply named "Angel Eyes".
* The main characters of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' use the place of their destination in place of their real names to avoid personal attachment. Needless to say [[TrueCompanions it doesn't work.]]

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* Penny Lane in ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Her ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Prim's full name is Primrose, but everyone calls her Prim.
* The title character of ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. His
real name is [[spoiler: Lady Goodman.Henry Walton[[note]]which is also Creator/GeorgeLucas' middle name[[/note]] Jones, Jr.
** And Mutt Williams in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. His real name is [[spoiler:Henry Walton Jones III, according to his mother Marian, at least until she married Mutt's stepfather and changed it to Williams.
]]
* Landfill is pretty much only referred to by that name in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''.
** Including his wife... while having sex with his twin brother, who becomes known as Landfill II or just Landfill.
* Jeff Lebowski is "The Dude" throughout ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. This is mainly because the name Jeff Lebowski is a plot point.
** Of course
''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. While it's lampshaded throughout whenever he gets angry at someone calling him by his likely the Nazis know the Basterds' real name rather than simply "The Dude".
* The Great Kanaka, Starcat, Provoloney and Yo-Yo from ''Film/PsychoBeachParty''.
* The Man With No Name in the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' gets a different nickname in each installment of the trilogy (in order "Joe," "Manco," and "Blondie"). His real name is -- obviously -- never given.
** Similarily, in Film/ForAFewDollarsMore, the villain is simply known as "El Indio". In Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly, Lee Van Cleef plays a villain simply named "Angel Eyes".
* The main characters of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' use the place of
names, they are mostly called by their destination in place of their real names to avoid personal attachment. Needless to say [[TrueCompanions it doesn't work.]]nicknames: The Bear Jew, Aldo the Apache, etc.



* ''U-571'' has Trigger, Rabbit, and Chief, among others. Chief is referred to as such because he's Chief of the Boat, but the others are nicknames.
* In Ocean's Eleven there is "The Amazing Yen" and Basher Tarr.
* Film/ThankYouForSmoking Nick Naylor's boss, BR. He even has that name on his office door.
-->"The name, 'BR', came from his tour in Vietnam. The people who know its meaning are all dead."
* Most people in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe refer to him as Jabba [[SpeciesSurname the Hutt]], probably completely unaware of his full name: Jabba Desilijic Tiure. This is never mentioned in the movies, but does appear in the Expanded Universe.
** The EU shows this happens to pretty much every major Hutt crime lord (and there are a lot).
* The five protagonists of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' are referred to only by the nicknames the antagonist, Blue, gives them: Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Amber, and Blondie. Even Sweet Pea and Rocket, who are sisters, don't call each other by their real names.
* Goose in ''Film/TopGun''. Everyone, even his own wife, just calls him that. His real name, which is seen on a box, is [[spoiler: Nick Bradshaw]].
** This seems to be based on some kind of fact. In the credits about a dozen technical advisors are listed as "<First Name> <Nickname> <Last Name>"
* In the various incarnations of ''Franchise/RoboCop'', if you run Omni Consumer Products, then chances are very good your name won't be revealed. The head of OCP in [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first]] [[Film/RoboCop2 two movies]] and the woman in charge of it for the first two episodes of ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'' are only referred to the respective nicknames "The Old Man" and "the Old Woman". The guy who ran it in [[Film/RoboCop3 the third movie]] and the man who ran it in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'', however, fall under EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep as they're referred to their respective job titles of "the CEO" and "the Chairman".
* In Film/ApocalypseNow, with the exception of Lance and Willard, all the main characters are primarily referred to by a nickname fitting their characters: Chief, Chef, and Clean. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, it's the only two men not referred to by a nickname who make it out of the film alive.]]

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* ''U-571'' has Trigger, Rabbit, "Captain" in ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown.'' Might be considered an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, except he gets the nickname of Captain ''before'' he gets leadership of the performing troupe.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', although the audience does learn that Eggsy’s given name is Gary, he introduces himself to the other Kingsman candidates as Eggsy,
and Chief, among others. Chief is exclusively referred to as such because he's Chief of Eggsy by the Boat, but other characters in the others are nicknames.
film.
* Lampshade hung, of course, in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where a one-note character named Skeezie is actually named just ''Skeezie''; he even gives that as his full name on a police report.
* The Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse version of Bucky Barnes is only referred to as "James" about three times throughout the entire franchise. The same exhibition that refers to Steve as "Steven" calls him Bucky. When [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar an interrogator]] calls him James, he (somewhat petulantly) informs him that "my name is ''Bucky.''" Basically, any time the character appears or is referenced [[spoiler:outside of a HYDRA or generic assassination context]] he will almost certainly be referred to as "Bucky", "Barnes" (possibly prefixed by "Sergeant") or "Bucky Barnes", and thanks to [[spoiler:seventy years of brainwashing]] it's [[EpilepticTrees entirely possible that]] [[LossOfIdentity not even the man himself thinks of Bucky as "James Buchanan Barnes" at this point.]]
* Every human character in ''Film/TheMatrix'' is known by their hacker handle (Neo, Trinity, Morpheus) rather than their birth name. Only Neo had his name revealed (to the point that ArchEnemy Smith calls him "Mr. Anderson").
* Benji from the last three ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleIII Mission]]'' ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Impossible]]'' [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation movies]]. Even CIA director Hunley refers to him at one point as "Benji Dunn" instead of "Benjamin Dunn", even though the two of them don't have a particular good relationship and Hunley thinks that Benji has gone rogue at that time.
* The whole cast of {{Celebrity Impersonator}}s in ''Film/MisterLonely''.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Dog, Tiger, Mad Axe, Manson, and more.
* The Tet from ''Film/Oblivion2013'' is named after its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahedron shape]] and it never gives us its actual classification [[spoiler:other than "[[AGodAmI God]]", that is]].
* In Ocean's Eleven ''Ocean's Eleven'' there is "The Amazing Yen" and Basher Tarr.
* Film/ThankYouForSmoking Nick Naylor's boss, BR. He even has that name on his office door.
-->"The name, 'BR', came from his tour in Vietnam. The people who know its meaning are all dead."
* Most people in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe refer to him as Jabba [[SpeciesSurname the Hutt]], probably completely unaware of his full name: Jabba Desilijic Tiure. This is never mentioned in the movies, but does appear in the Expanded Universe.
** The EU shows this happens to pretty much every major Hutt crime lord (and there are a lot).
* The five protagonists of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' are referred to only by the nicknames the antagonist, Blue, gives them: Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Amber, and Blondie. Even Sweet Pea and Rocket, who are sisters, don't call each other by their real names.
* Goose in ''Film/TopGun''. Everyone, even his own wife, just calls him that. His real name, which is seen on a box, is [[spoiler: Nick Bradshaw]].
** This seems to be based on some kind of fact. In the credits about a dozen technical advisors are listed as "<First Name> <Nickname> <Last Name>"
* In the various incarnations of ''Franchise/RoboCop'', if you run Omni Consumer Products, then chances are very good your name won't be revealed. The head of OCP in [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first]] [[Film/RoboCop2 two movies]] and the woman in charge of it for the first two episodes of ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'' are only referred to the respective nicknames "The Old Man" and "the Old Woman". The guy who ran it in [[Film/RoboCop3 the third movie]] and the man who ran it in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'', however, fall under EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep as they're referred to their respective job titles of "the CEO" and "the Chairman".
* In Film/ApocalypseNow, with the exception of Lance and Willard, all the main characters are primarily referred to by a nickname fitting their characters: Chief, Chef, and Clean. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, it's the only two men not referred to by a nickname who make it out of the film alive.]]
Tarr.



* The Great Kanaka, Starcat, Provoloney and Yo-Yo from ''Film/PsychoBeachParty''.
* In ''Film/PurpleRain'', Prince's character is referred to "The Kid" ''even in the credits''. He's never referred to by name, even by his parents. He's still just "The Kid" in the pseudo-sequel ''Graffiti Bridge''.
** What's especially weird about this is that almost every other character is [[ShapedLikeItself known by their portrayer's real-life name (or real-life stage name, at least)]].



* In ''Film/CampNowhere'', 12-year-old Morris Himmel goes by the nickname "Mud." The only people who call him by his actual first name are his father and his love interest.
* In the Japanese horror film ''Film/{{House}}'', the seven girls are referred only by their nicknames, even by family; namely, they're Gorgeous, Fantasy, Prof, Kung Fu, Melody, Sweet, and Mac (that's short for "stomach"). This is the first real clue that these girls are meant to be thought of as more archetypes than actual characters.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Dog, Tiger, Mad Axe, Manson, and more.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. While it's likely the Nazis know the Basterds' real names, they are mostly called by their nicknames: The Bear Jew, Aldo the Apache, etc.
* E.T. from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. In the cancelled sequel his real name was going to be revealed to be Zrek.
* Every human character in ''Film/TheMatrix'' is known by their hacker handle (Neo, Trinity, Morpheus) rather than their birth name. Only Neo had his name revealed (to the point that ArchEnemy Smith calls him "Mr. Anderson").
* The Tet from ''Film/Oblivion2013'' is named after its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahedron shape]] and it never gives us its actual classification [[spoiler:other than "[[AGodAmI God]]," that is]].
* Spider from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* The whole cast of {{Celebrity Impersonator}}s in ''Film/MisterLonely''.

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* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': "[=GraveRobber=], [=GraveRobber=], sometimes I wonder why I even bother..."
* In ''Film/CampNowhere'', 12-year-old Morris Himmel goes by the nickname "Mud." various incarnations of ''Franchise/RoboCop'', if you run Omni Consumer Products, then chances are very good your name won't be revealed. The head of OCP in [[Film/RoboCop1987 the first]] [[Film/RoboCop2 two movies]] and the woman in charge of it for the first two episodes of ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'' are only people referred to the respective nicknames "The Old Man" and "the Old Woman". The guy who call ran it in [[Film/RoboCop3 the third movie]] and the man who ran it in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'', however, fall under EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep as they're referred to their respective job titles of "the CEO" and "the Chairman".
* ''Film/RockStar'' : Kirk Cuddy refers to all women as "Tottie".
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' has Red, whose real name is [[spoiler:Ellis Redding]]. It is first said when the prison guards are calling out names for outdoor detail. First time or unobservant viewers will only recognise this when he is directly referred to by real name at the end of the movie.
** The book also has
him by as an Irishman with red hair, giving him two reasons for the nickname. but the movie version has MorganFreeman playing the role. MorganFreeman's version [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it when asked why he's called Red: "Maybe it's 'cause I'm Irish".
** You've got to pity poor Fatass from ''The Shawshank Redemption'', who is not only beaten to death his first night in prison, but is stuck with that name in the credits.
* Nose Noseworthy in ''Shorts'' - apparently not
his actual first given name are (we assume it comes from his last name), yet he is listed as "Nose" Noseworthy on his episode card and Toby says he's 'a kid that everyone calls Nose', completely avoiding stating his real name. Even his father and never calls him by name - or nickname, for that matter - the closest we get is 'son'.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Most people in the galaxy refer to him as Jabba [[SpeciesSurname the Hutt]], probably completely unaware of
his love interest.
* In
full name: Jabba Desilijic Tiure. This is never mentioned in the Japanese horror film ''Film/{{House}}'', movies, but does appear in the seven girls Expanded Universe.
*** The EU shows this happens to pretty much every major Hutt crime lord (and there are a lot).
** It's [[ImpliedTrope implied]] this may be the case with Rey from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', due to her name being very similar to the last name of a long-dead Rebel pilot whose helmet she owns, "Ræh", which is visible written on the helmet during the scene where she's wearing it while eating.
** Another Sequel Trilogy lead, Finn, as a former First Order stormtrooper, only had a serial number, so a nickname is an improvement.
* The five protagonists of ''Film/SuckerPunch''
are referred to only by the nicknames the antagonist, Blue, gives them: Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Amber, and Blondie. Even Sweet Pea and Rocket, who are sisters, don't call each other by their nicknames, real names.
* ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'': Nick Naylor's boss, BR. He
even by family; namely, they're Gorgeous, Fantasy, Prof, Kung Fu, Melody, Sweet, and Mac (that's short for "stomach"). This is the first real clue has that these girls are meant to be thought of as more archetypes than actual characters.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Dog, Tiger, Mad Axe, Manson, and more.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. While it's likely the Nazis
name on his office door.
-->"The name, 'BR', came from his tour in Vietnam. The people who
know the Basterds' real names, they its meaning are mostly called by their nicknames: The Bear Jew, Aldo the Apache, etc.
all dead."
* E.T. from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. In the cancelled sequel Goose in ''Film/TopGun''. Everyone, even his real name was going to be revealed to be Zrek.
* Every human character in ''Film/TheMatrix'' is known by their hacker handle (Neo, Trinity, Morpheus) rather than their birth name. Only Neo had his name revealed (to the point that ArchEnemy Smith
own wife, just calls him "Mr. Anderson").
* The Tet from ''Film/Oblivion2013''
that. His real name, which is named after its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahedron shape]] seen on a box, is [[spoiler: Nick Bradshaw]].
** This seems to be based on some kind of fact. In the credits about a dozen technical advisors are listed as "<First Name> <Nickname> <Last Name>".
* ''U-571'' has Trigger, Rabbit,
and it never gives us its actual classification [[spoiler:other than "[[AGodAmI God]]," that is]].
* Spider from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* The whole cast
Chief, among others. Chief is referred to as such because he's Chief of {{Celebrity Impersonator}}s in ''Film/MisterLonely''.the Boat, but the others are nicknames.



* ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'': Most characters are only known by their description (the Singer, the Hunter, the Bride et cetera). Not very surprising, since they all meet on a bus and don't known each other.



* ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'': Most characters are only known by their description (the Singer, the Hunter, the Bride et cetera). Not very surprising, since they all meet on a bus and don't known each other.
* ''Film/CampXRay'': Much like the "Dollars Trilogy" example above, Private [[spoiler:Amy]] Cole is referred to as "Blondie" by Ali for the majority of the film, despite being played by obvious brunette Creator/KristenStewart.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', although the audience does learn that Eggsy’s given name is Gary, he introduces himself to the other Kingsman candidates as Eggsy, and is exclusively referred to as Eggsy by the other characters in the film.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/AboutElly'' - when Elly [[spoiler: disappears]], a police officer is incredulous that her "friends" know so little of Elly that they don't even know her first name.
* In a couple of Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon examples, there are many characters who are never given real names:
** On the surface, ''Disney/TheLionKing'''s Scar appears to be named after his scar, but [[AllThereInTheManual in a semi-canon novel series]] it shows his given name was "Taka", though that isn't much better, as it's Swahili for dirt/trash. His parents obviously loved him. {{Not}}!
** Tramp from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has a rather strange name. [[JustifiedTrope He is a homeless stray though, so he probably named himself, since no human named him.]] Later it's subverted, since that becomes his name, minus "The", once he's adopted. This is also an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, because one of his old flames wrote a song about him called "He's a Tramp," and the name stuck.
** ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'''s name is actually Jumbo Jr. He doesn't seem to mind the cruel nickname he spends most of the movie with, but his mother certainly does.
** When it comes to the members of ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro and Fred are normal names, and Baymax is a {{robot name|s}}. But Wasabi, [=GoGo=] Tomago, and Honey Lemon? They're nicknames given to them by Fred. AdaptationNameChange is in play for Wasabi and [=GoGo=], given in the original comics it was "Wasabi No-Ginger" and it was unclear it was if that was a nickname and Jamie Chung ([=GoGo=]'s voice actress) the latter's real name is [[spoiler: Ethel]] instead of "Leiko Tanaka" and given like the other two, Honey Lemon was {{Race Lift}}ed, it's unlikely "Aiko Miyazaki" is her real name, either.
* In ''Film/{{Gambit}}'', Harry Deane's friend, the art forger, is never referred to as anything other than "the Major".
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Prim's full name is Primrose, but everyone calls her Prim.
* ''Film/RockStar'' : Kirk Cuddy refers to all women as "Tottie."
* The titular "Amazing" from ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck''. One character he meets says it's kind of awkward calling him that and asks whether he has a real name. Amazing just smiles and says it's "worse."
* Benji from the last three ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleIII Mission]]'' ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Impossible]]'' [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation movies]]. Even CIA director Hunley refers to him at one point as "Benji Dunn" instead of "Benjamin Dunn", even though the two of them don't have a particular good relationship and Hunley thinks that Benji has gone rogue at that time.
* The Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse version of Bucky Barnes is only referred to as "James" about three times throughout the entire franchise. The same exhibition that refers to Steve as "Steven" calls him Bucky. When [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar an interrogator]] calls him James, he (somewhat petulantly) informs him that "my name is ''Bucky.''" Basically, any time the character appears or is referenced [[spoiler:outside of a HYDRA or generic assassination context]] he will almost certainly be referred to as "Bucky", "Barnes" (possibly prefixed by "Sergeant") or "Bucky Barnes", and thanks to [[spoiler:seventy years of brainwashing]] it's [[EpilepticTrees entirely possible that]] [[LossOfIdentity not even the man himself thinks of Bucky as "James Buchanan Barnes" at this point.]]

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* ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'': Most The main characters are only known by of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' use the place of their description (the Singer, the Hunter, the Bride et cetera). Not very surprising, since they all meet on a bus and don't known each other.
* ''Film/CampXRay'': Much like the "Dollars Trilogy" example above, Private [[spoiler:Amy]] Cole is referred to as "Blondie" by Ali for the majority
destination in place of the film, despite being played by obvious brunette Creator/KristenStewart.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', although the audience does learn that Eggsy’s given name is Gary, he introduces himself to the other Kingsman candidates as Eggsy, and is exclusively referred to as Eggsy by the other characters in the film.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/AboutElly'' - when Elly [[spoiler: disappears]], a police officer is incredulous that her "friends" know so little of Elly that they don't even know her first name.
* In a couple of Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon examples, there are many characters who are never given
their real names:
** On the surface, ''Disney/TheLionKing'''s Scar appears
names to be named after his scar, but [[AllThereInTheManual in a semi-canon novel series]] avoid personal attachment. Needless to say [[TrueCompanions it shows his given name was "Taka", though that isn't much better, as it's Swahili for dirt/trash. His parents obviously loved him. {{Not}}!
** Tramp from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has a rather strange name. [[JustifiedTrope He is a homeless stray though, so he probably named himself, since no human named him.]] Later it's subverted, since that becomes his name, minus "The", once he's adopted. This is also an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, because one of his old flames wrote a song about him called "He's a Tramp," and the name stuck.
** ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'''s name is actually Jumbo Jr. He
doesn't seem to mind the cruel nickname he spends most of the movie with, but his mother certainly does.
** When it comes to the members of ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro and Fred are normal names, and Baymax is a {{robot name|s}}. But Wasabi, [=GoGo=] Tomago, and Honey Lemon? They're nicknames given to them by Fred. AdaptationNameChange is in play for Wasabi and [=GoGo=], given in the original comics it was "Wasabi No-Ginger" and it was unclear it was if that was a nickname and Jamie Chung ([=GoGo=]'s voice actress) the latter's real name is [[spoiler: Ethel]] instead of "Leiko Tanaka" and given like the other two, Honey Lemon was {{Race Lift}}ed, it's unlikely "Aiko Miyazaki" is her real name, either.
* In ''Film/{{Gambit}}'', Harry Deane's friend, the art forger, is never referred to as anything other than "the Major".
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Prim's full name is Primrose, but everyone calls her Prim.
* ''Film/RockStar'' : Kirk Cuddy refers to all women as "Tottie."
* The titular "Amazing" from ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck''. One character he meets says it's kind of awkward calling him that and asks whether he has a real name. Amazing just smiles and says it's "worse."
* Benji from the last three ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleIII Mission]]'' ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Impossible]]'' [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation movies]]. Even CIA director Hunley refers to him at one point as "Benji Dunn" instead of "Benjamin Dunn", even though the two of them don't have a particular good relationship and Hunley thinks that Benji has gone rogue at that time.
* The Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse version of Bucky Barnes is only referred to as "James" about three times throughout the entire franchise. The same exhibition that refers to Steve as "Steven" calls him Bucky. When [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar an interrogator]] calls him James, he (somewhat petulantly) informs him that "my name is ''Bucky.''" Basically, any time the character appears or is referenced [[spoiler:outside of a HYDRA or generic assassination context]] he will almost certainly be referred to as "Bucky", "Barnes" (possibly prefixed by "Sergeant") or "Bucky Barnes", and thanks to [[spoiler:seventy years of brainwashing]] it's [[EpilepticTrees entirely possible that]] [[LossOfIdentity not even the man himself thinks of Bucky as "James Buchanan Barnes" at this point.
work.]]



* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:

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* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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** Starting in the second season, "Arnold's" was owned by Matsuo Takahashi (played by [[TheKarateKid Pat Morita]]). Everyone calls him "Arnold", however; he jokes that it was easier and cheaper to answer to "Arnold" than to buy the letter signs to rename the MaltShop "Takahashi's".

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** Starting in the second season, "Arnold's" was owned by Matsuo Takahashi (played by [[TheKarateKid [[Film/TheKarateKid Pat Morita]]). Everyone calls him "Arnold", however; he jokes that it was easier and cheaper to answer to "Arnold" than to buy the letter signs to rename the MaltShop "Takahashi's".
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* EvelynEvelyn is a performance art duo supposedly made up of ConjoinedTwins, both named Evelyn. Their official names are Eva and Lyn Neville, but during their HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood nobody ever bothered to remember which one was which, so the twins themselves can't remember either.

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* EvelynEvelyn Music/EvelynEvelyn is a performance art duo supposedly made up of ConjoinedTwins, both named Evelyn. Their official names are Eva and Lyn Neville, but during their HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood nobody ever bothered to remember which one was which, so the twins themselves can't remember either.
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* The titular "Amazing" from AmazingGraceAndChuck. One character he meets says it's kind of awkward calling him that and asks whether he has a real name. Amazing just smiles and says it's "worse."

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* The titular "Amazing" from AmazingGraceAndChuck.''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck''. One character he meets says it's kind of awkward calling him that and asks whether he has a real name. Amazing just smiles and says it's "worse."



* The ''[[Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]]'' version of Bucky Barnes is only referred to as 'James' about three times throughout the entire franchise. The same exhibition that refers to Steve as 'Steven' calls him Bucky. When [[spoiler: [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar an interrogator]]]] calls him James he (somewhat petulantly) informs him that 'my name is ''Bucky.'''. Basically, any time the character appears or is referenced [[spoiler: outside of a HYDRA or generic assassination context]] he will almost certainly be referred to as 'Bucky', 'Barnes' (possibly prefixed by 'Sergeant') or 'Bucky Barnes', and thanks to [[spoiler: seventy years of brainwashing]] it's [[EpilepticTrees entirely possible that]] [[LossOfIdentity not even the man himself thinks of Bucky as 'James Buchanan Barnes' at this point.]]

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* The ''[[Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]]'' Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse version of Bucky Barnes is only referred to as 'James' "James" about three times throughout the entire franchise. The same exhibition that refers to Steve as 'Steven' "Steven" calls him Bucky. When [[spoiler: [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar an interrogator]]]] interrogator]] calls him James James, he (somewhat petulantly) informs him that 'my "my name is ''Bucky.'''. ''" Basically, any time the character appears or is referenced [[spoiler: outside [[spoiler:outside of a HYDRA or generic assassination context]] he will almost certainly be referred to as 'Bucky', 'Barnes' "Bucky", "Barnes" (possibly prefixed by 'Sergeant') "Sergeant") or 'Bucky Barnes', "Bucky Barnes", and thanks to [[spoiler: seventy [[spoiler:seventy years of brainwashing]] it's [[EpilepticTrees entirely possible that]] [[LossOfIdentity not even the man himself thinks of Bucky as 'James "James Buchanan Barnes' Barnes" at this point.]]
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