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17th Nov '17 8:50:37 AM NNinja
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* ''Everyone'' except [[OnlyOneName Junpei]] is eligible for this trope in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. The nine players of the [[DeadlyGame Nonary Game]] decide to create nicknames for themselves based on their bracelet numbers; and then there's Zero, their kidnapper, whose name is also fake; and a couple more characters who also receive nicknames temporarily for the sake of explaining their deaths until the others figure out their real ones. Ultimately, we get to know all the real names except for [[NoNameGiven Seven]] and [[OnlyOneName Lotus]].\\\

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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' Trilogy:
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''Everyone'' except [[OnlyOneName Junpei]] is eligible for this trope in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. The nine players of the [[DeadlyGame Nonary Game]] decide to create nicknames for themselves based on their bracelet numbers; and then there's Zero, their kidnapper, whose name is also fake; and a couple more characters who also receive nicknames temporarily for the sake of explaining their deaths until the others figure out their real ones. Ultimately, we get to know all the real names except for [[NoNameGiven Seven]] and [[OnlyOneName Lotus]].\\\


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** ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'':
*** Zero III is usually called Zero Jr, to differate him from the actual mastermind of the Nonary Game Also calling himself Zero(and players call him Zero Sr.) Zero jr's official name is [[spoiler: Lagomorph]].
*** K claims he doesn't remember his name so the players just call him K. [[spoiler: Depending on the timeline K is ither Kyle Klim or Akane Kurashiki]],
** Q from ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' is for most of the game only called such. His real name is [[spoiler: Delta]].
11th Nov '17 9:22:03 PM Gamermaster
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* "Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys": The security guard who sends you pre-recorded messages over the phone is nameless, but has been given the nickname "Phone Guy" by the fanbase. [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 The sequel]] features a character named [[spoiler:Fritz Smith]], and gives conflicting evidence as to whether or not he is Phone Guy.

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* "Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys": ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'': The security guard who sends you pre-recorded messages over the phone is nameless, but has been given the nickname "Phone Guy" by the fanbase. [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 The sequel]] features a character named [[spoiler:Fritz Smith]], and gives conflicting evidence as to whether or not he is Phone Guy.
11th Nov '17 1:38:03 PM thatother1dude
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* 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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* 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."
5th Nov '17 3:10:40 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Unlike on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' or the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans source comics]], the heroes never call each other by their civilian names as seen in the comics (which has led to much debate among fans as to ''which'' of the many boys who have filled the role of Robin is the Robin on ''Teen Titans''). The only exceptions (unless you count Cyborg using his last name, "Stone", as an alias while going undercover in season 3) are Beast Boy and Starfire, both called their real names by relatives. If you're wondering, their names are Garfield Logan and Koriand'r, respectively. Raven, well, that's actually her given name (many mistake her name for being "Rachel Roth" but that was an alias). It's actually a little unusual that they never use their real names considering they're best friends. Starfire's a direct translation and B.B. appears to be fleeing the onus of [[EmbarrassingFirstName Garfield]], but this would imply Dick doesn't trust the rest of the team enough for them to know his real name and Cyborg has emotionally distanced himself from "Victor Stone".
** Although one could probably speculate that because Larry, the Robin fanboy from another dimension, has a real name of Nosyarg Kcid ([[SdrawkcabName Dick Grayson backwards]]), and he and Robin share DNA...

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Unlike on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' or the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans source comics]], the heroes never call each other by their civilian names as seen in the comics (which has led was meant to much debate among fans as to obscure ''which'' of the many boys who have filled the role of Robin is the Robin on ''Teen Titans'').Titans'', though the show generally indicated he was Dick Grayson). The only exceptions (unless you count Cyborg using his last name, "Stone", as an alias while going undercover in season 3) are Beast Boy and Starfire, both called their real names by relatives. If you're wondering, their names are Garfield Logan and Koriand'r, respectively. Raven, well, that's actually her given name (many mistake her name for being "Rachel Roth" but that was an alias). It's actually a little unusual that they never use their real names considering they're best friends. Starfire's a direct translation and B.B. appears to be fleeing the onus of [[EmbarrassingFirstName Garfield]], Garfield]] (he explicitly never told them his real name, and they only found out when his adopted mother called him that), but this would imply Dick Robin doesn't trust the rest of the team enough for them to know his real name and Cyborg has emotionally distanced himself from "Victor Stone".
** Although one could probably speculate that because Larry, the Robin fanboy from another dimension, has a real name of Nosyarg Kcid ([[SdrawkcabName Dick Grayson backwards]]), and he and Robin share DNA...
Stone".
26th Oct '17 1:11:57 PM narm00
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** Among the companions, there are Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in her first scene, Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown and Dorothy "Ace" [=McShane=]. Even the surname [=McShane=] comes from the ExpandedUniverse; in the series Ace admits her real name is Dorothy when she's introduced, and is just "Ace" from then on.

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** Among the companions, there are Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in her first scene, Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown Brown, Melanie "Mel" Bush 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.



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

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** The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' also gives us Roslyn "Roz" Forrester, Samantha "Sam" Jones, Fitzgerald "Fitz" Kreiner, Beatrice "Trix" Macmillan, Thomas Hector "Hex" Schofield, Philippa "Flip" Jackson, Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Gabrielle Gabriella "Gabby" Gonzalez, Destriianatos (Destrii) and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem). ([[Franchise/BerniceSummerfield Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield]] and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both have their original names used with some regularity.)
24th Oct '17 8:02:33 AM BeerBaron
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** The [[OneBadMother Night Mother]] is a mysterious figure who leads the Dark Brotherhood, an illegal [[MurderInc assassins guild]] whose members typically take a [[PsychoForHire sadistic glee]] in killing and who practice a ReligionOfEvil, worshiping the "Dread Father" Sithis, the [[TheAntiGod primordial "Is-Not" antithesis of creation]] represented by [[ThePowerOfTheVoid a great void]]. According to legend, the Night Mother was [[DeityOfHumanOrigin once a mortal woman]] who [[OffingTheOffspring sacrificed her five children]] in the name of Sithis and became the wife of Sithis after her death. Whatever her real name was has apparently been lost to history.
23rd Oct '17 7:44:47 AM AnotherDuck
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* Happen a lot on {{MMORPG}}s unless the person happens to use their real name. Many times no or little effort is made to learn real names.
** Also happens with certain subcultures, including online ones, where someone can be known for years just by one's "handle" or "con name." Some [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]], for example, go to the extent of having alt Facebook accounts named under their fursonas and address themselves at meets under those names. If the name sounds human enough they may well not even be questioned.



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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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