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11th Mar '17 4:00:47 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays sometimes did this to fit the setting (ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, etc)...''except'' when dealing with comedic characters. This was because, [[AnachronismStew no matter what the setting or time period, the comedy characters would always be based on Elizabethan-era peasants]]--and in the Elizabethan era, people had last names. That's why, for instance, the main characters in ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' are named simply "Demetrius", "Theseus" or "Hermia"--but the peasant caricatures putting on the [[ShowWithinAShow play-within-a-play]] are named "Nick Bottom", "Tom Snout", "Peter Quince", and so on.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays sometimes did this to fit the setting (ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, etc)...''except'' when dealing with comedic characters. This was because, [[AnachronismStew no matter what the setting or time period, the comedy characters would always be based on Elizabethan-era peasants]]--and in the Elizabethan era, people had last names. That's why, for instance, the main characters in ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' are named simply "Demetrius", "Theseus" or "Hermia"--but the peasant caricatures putting on the [[ShowWithinAShow play-within-a-play]] are named "Nick Bottom", "Tom Snout", "Peter Quince", and so on.
10th Mar '17 8:30:47 PM akaun6899
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* As with the movie, Professor Callahan in ''Theater/LegallyBlonde'' is never referred to by anything other than his last name (Stromwell is absent from this version).

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* As with the movie, Professor Callahan in ''Theater/LegallyBlonde'' ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde'' is never referred to by anything other than his last name (Stromwell is absent from this version).
10th Mar '17 5:36:28 AM akaun6899
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* Throughout the entirety of ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', Professors Callahan and Stromwell are exclusively referred to by their surnames, with their first names never being established.


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* As with the movie, Professor Callahan in ''Theater/LegallyBlonde'' is never referred to by anything other than his last name (Stromwell is absent from this version).
7th Mar '17 5:27:51 PM nombretomado
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* The roles played by [[MarxBrothers Chico and Harpo Marx]] usually had OnlyOneName ([[Film/DuckSoup Chicolini and Pinky]], [[Film/ANightAtTheOpera Fiorello and Tomasso]], [[Film/ADayAtTheRaces Tony and Stuffy]], etc.), whereas Groucho's characters usually had two names and a middle initial ([[Film/DuckSoup Rufus T. Firefly]], [[Film/ANightAtTheOpera Otis B. Driftwood]], [[Film/ADayAtTheRaces Hugo Z. Hackenbush]], etc.). An exception is ''Animal Crackers'', where Chico is "Signor Emmanuel Ravelli" and Harpo is just [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "The Professor"]].

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* The roles played by [[MarxBrothers [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico and Harpo Marx]] usually had OnlyOneName ([[Film/DuckSoup Chicolini and Pinky]], [[Film/ANightAtTheOpera Fiorello and Tomasso]], [[Film/ADayAtTheRaces Tony and Stuffy]], etc.), whereas Groucho's characters usually had two names and a middle initial ([[Film/DuckSoup Rufus T. Firefly]], [[Film/ANightAtTheOpera Otis B. Driftwood]], [[Film/ADayAtTheRaces Hugo Z. Hackenbush]], etc.). An exception is ''Animal Crackers'', where Chico is "Signor Emmanuel Ravelli" and Harpo is just [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "The Professor"]].
7th Mar '17 11:16:29 AM VampireBuddha
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* In Brazil, soccer players are usually known by a single name � which can be their given name (Neymar, Romário, Marta), a diminutive form of it (Robinho, Marquinhos, Edinho), a nickname (Pelé, Garrincha, Kaká), and more rarely a family name (Barbosa, Zagallo). A given name plus a nickname is also common, but very few players are known by their full name.
** This convention isn't restricted to soccer in Brazil. Most volleyball players, especially men, are also known by a single name. Mononyms are less universal in basketball, but can also be found�Oscar Schmidt and Hortência Marcari, both members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, are universally known in Brazil by only their first names, and after the player born Maybyner Rodney Hilário made it to the NBA, he legally changed his name to his longtime nickname of Nenê.

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* In Brazil, soccer football players are usually known by a single name � name, which can be their given name (Neymar, Romário, Marta), a diminutive form of it (Robinho, Marquinhos, Edinho), a nickname (Pelé, Garrincha, Kaká), and more rarely a family name (Barbosa, Zagallo). A given name plus a nickname is also common, but very few players are known by their full name.
** This convention isn't restricted to soccer football in Brazil. Most volleyball players, especially men, are also known by a single name. Mononyms are less universal in basketball, but can also be found�Oscar found - Oscar Schmidt and Hortência Marcari, both members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, are universally known in Brazil by only their first names, and after the player born Maybyner Rodney Hilário made it to the NBA, he legally changed his name to his longtime nickname of Nenê.



** Even then, the Romans themselves had a rather significant problem with the surnames, as they, just like Welsh, had about a dozen surnames (called "nomen gentile") for ''everyone'', and also weren't anymore imaginative with the given names either, so after they first (unsuccessfully) tried to distinguish thousands of various Gaiuses or Marcuses by their clan names, they had to adopt the special official nickname called "cognomen", and when these started to be inherited too, an ''another'' byname � the "agnomen". They'd probably soon ran out of them too, but by that time the Rome finally fell. It was so bad that most of the Emperors of the Juleo-Claudian dynasty had names that were ''almost exactly same'': Gaius Julius Caesar <some-nickname-to-distinguish-them>.

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** Even then, the Romans themselves had a rather significant problem with the surnames, as they, just like Welsh, had about a dozen surnames (called "nomen gentile") for ''everyone'', and also weren't anymore imaginative with the given names either, so after they first (unsuccessfully) tried to distinguish thousands of various Gaiuses or Marcuses by their clan names, they had to adopt the special official nickname called "cognomen", and when these started to be inherited too, an ''another'' byname � byname, the "agnomen". They'd probably soon ran out of them too, but by that time the Rome finally fell. It was so bad that most of the Emperors of the Juleo-Claudian dynasty had names that were ''almost exactly same'': Gaius Julius Caesar <some-nickname-to-distinguish-them>.
28th Feb '17 6:12:06 AM lavendermintrose
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* Most of the cast of ''Anime/Acca13TerritoryInspectionDept'', with the notable exceptions of main character Jean Otus and his sister, Lotta. Chief Officer Lilium has two brothers, both of whom are also referred to only as "Lilium" (but with different titles).
21st Feb '17 5:57:33 PM nombretomado
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*** Zack didn't acquire an official last name until he got his own game ''CrisisCore''.

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*** Zack didn't acquire an official last name until he got his own game ''CrisisCore''.''VideoGame/CrisisCore''.
10th Feb '17 1:40:06 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': We only know the first names of most people save a few exceptions, but they should have surnames as said by WordOfGod: [[https://rpgmaker.net/games/5762/?post=655152#post655152 "I haven't attributed any to them, but you can assume that everyone has one, i.e. it's normal to have a surname in the game's world."]]
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7th Feb '17 6:02:04 AM Troperinik
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* All the characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' except [[SpeciesSurname Mr. Cat]]. Even in Mr. Cat's case, his first name is never revealed.
31st Jan '17 3:06:17 PM MajinAkuma
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** Since people are used to the fact doctor titles are usually attached to surnames, it became a common wrong assumption that Brief is the last name of Dr. Brief's family, but like everybody else, his only name is Brief. That didn't stop the dub or ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' to mispread that misinformation.
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