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28th May '16 9:44:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** In fact, almost all of the major characters in ''ThePretender'' go by one name only, the one exception being Mr. Raines, who eventually turned out to be a William. Several of these characters go to remarkable lengths to keep their names secret -- CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Parker, for instance, somehow managed to persuade the celebrant of his on-screen wedding to leave his full name out of the vows (as did [[{{Quincy}} Quincy]] and the Kid (from ''Series/TheYoungRiders'') in their wedding episodes) -- leading some to suspect that the writers themselves don't actually know what their names are.

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** In fact, almost all of the major characters in ''ThePretender'' ''Series/ThePretender'' go by one name only, the one exception being Mr. Raines, who eventually turned out to be a William. Several of these characters go to remarkable lengths to keep their names secret -- CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Parker, for instance, somehow managed to persuade the celebrant of his on-screen wedding to leave his full name out of the vows (as did [[{{Quincy}} Quincy]] and the Kid (from ''Series/TheYoungRiders'') in their wedding episodes) -- leading some to suspect that the writers themselves don't actually know what their names are.
8th May '16 5:16:54 PM nombretomado
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* The titular character of ''HeyArnold'' was never given a last name. He even won a contest once and when the announcer said he couldn't read the last name Stinky turned to Arnold and said it could only be him "on account of you being the only kid named Arnold in the whole school."

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* The titular character of ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was never given a last name. He even won a contest once and when the announcer said he couldn't read the last name Stinky turned to Arnold and said it could only be him "on account of you being the only kid named Arnold in the whole school."
6th May '16 10:13:13 PM MrUnderhill
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* Many, ''many'' Nintendo characters. As a rule of thumb, with few exceptions, only futuristic main characters are given full names ([[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Douglas Jay Falcon]]), while [[OneMarioLimit the iconic Mario]] has OnlyOneName (except in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and [[VideoGameMoviesSuck the movie]], where it's [[RepetitiveName Mario Mario]] to justify the term ''Mario Bros''), and so do most other characters of his series. (Even then, this is sometimes not the case; see VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}.) Other series:

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* Many, ''many'' Nintendo characters. As a rule of thumb, with few exceptions, only futuristic main characters are given full names ([[{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Douglas Jay Falcon]]), while [[OneMarioLimit the iconic Mario]] has OnlyOneName (except in ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and [[VideoGameMoviesSuck the movie]], where it's [[RepetitiveName Mario Mario]] to justify the term ''Mario Bros''), and so do most other characters of his series. (Even then, this is sometimes not the case; see VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}.''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''.) Other series:


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** In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', this seems to be the case for most Homs and Nopon, including all those who join the party. The only party member with a last name, Melia Antiqua, is a [[SpaceElves High Entia]] and [[BadassPrincess a princess]] on top of that, so her surname is actually somewhat important. A handful of NPC Homs do have last names (ex: Emmy Leater), but it's likely that there's just not a large enough Homs population for surnames to be important.
27th Apr '16 1:37:02 AM Aubren
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* Many North American tribesmen in the past didn't have surnames either.

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* Many North American tribesmen in the past Native Amerkcans traditionally didn't have surnames either. either.
**For some nations, their clanname was essentially the equivalent to a surname; as it was passed on hereditarily.
23rd Apr '16 11:43:57 AM nighttrainfm
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* Lampshaded in [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2045382 this]] ''Legend of Korra'' fic. Korra and Mako's application for a marriage licence hits a snag when Korra sees "full name" on the paperwork, and she [[ElephantInTheRoom suddenly realizes hardly anyone she knows has two names]]. The solution? [[spoiler: They marry each other and Asami, who isn't complaining.]]

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* Lampshaded in [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2045382 this]] ''Legend of Korra'' fic. Korra and Mako's application for a marriage licence hits a snag when Korra sees "full name" on the paperwork, paperwork and she [[ElephantInTheRoom suddenly realizes that hardly anyone she knows has two names]]. The solution? [[spoiler: They marry each other and Asami, who isn't complaining.]]
19th Apr '16 11:05:51 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
** Side characters always only have one name, or [[NoNameGiven no name at all]]. If a character's full name is given, that character is supernatural in some way. Notably, we never learn [[{{Narrator}} Kyon]]'s name at all. It's just a nickname his aunt gave him that his little sister spread around, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname and now everyone calls him that]].

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
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''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Side characters always only have one name, or [[NoNameGiven no name at all]]. If a character's full name is given, that character is supernatural in some way. Notably, we never learn [[{{Narrator}} Kyon]]'s name at all. It's just a nickname his aunt gave him that his little sister spread around, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname and now everyone calls him that]].



* Black Star from ''Manga/SoulEater''. Apparently, every one in his family (the Star Clan) is only named by a colour and "Star". Even though it could be as though his first name is "Black" and his last name is "Star", this is unlikely seeing as nobody ever calls him "Black", or "Star".

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
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Black Star from ''Manga/SoulEater''.Star. Apparently, every one in his family (the Star Clan) is only named by a colour and "Star". Even though it could be as though his first name is "Black" and his last name is "Star", this is unlikely seeing as nobody ever calls him "Black", or "Star".



* Everyone in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Mytho, Ahiru/Duck/[[GratuitousGerman Ente]], and Rue probably doesn't even ''have'' last names, and the characters whose last names ''are'' known (Cat, Drosselmeyer) aren't given ''first'' names.
** Well, [[spoiler:on Drosselmeyer's grave]] we're given "D.D. Drosselmeyer", so we know his name starts with a D...but that's the closest we ever get to a full name on the show.

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* Everyone in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Mytho, Ahiru/Duck/[[GratuitousGerman Ente]], and Rue probably doesn't even ''have'' last names, and the characters whose last names ''are'' known (Cat, Drosselmeyer) aren't given ''first'' names.
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names. Well, [[spoiler:on Drosselmeyer's grave]] we're given "D.D. Drosselmeyer", so we know his name starts with a D...but that's the closest we ever get to a full name on the show.



* Most characters in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. The only main characters with known last names are Ash Ketchum, the regional professors (and by extension Gary Oak, Ash's first rival), and Tracey Sketchit. Once in a great while, a random Character of the Day will have a last name (the best examples being the Hoenn champion Steven Stone and Giselle in the Japanese version), but then we often won't know their first name.
* As with most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' media, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' counts. In ''Adventures'' out of all the Pokedex Holders only [[DubNameChange Blue]]/Green Oak, Sapphire Birch, and Platinum Berlitz have last names, and that's only because the first two are related to professors and Platinum was due to no third game being known when she was first shown (so she was called by a surname until ''Pokemon Platinum'' was released).

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* Most characters in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. The only main characters with known last names are Ash Ketchum, the regional professors (and by extension Gary Oak, Ash's first rival), and Tracey Sketchit. Once in a great while, a random Character of the Day will have a last name (the best examples being the Hoenn champion Steven Stone and Giselle in the Japanese version), but then we often won't know their first name.
name. In the Japanese version there are even less characters with surnames. Not even Ash has a last name, he's just "Satoshi".
* As with most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' media, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' counts. In ''Adventures'' out of all the Pokedex Holders only [[DubNameChange Blue]]/Green Oak, Sapphire Birch, and Platinum Berlitz Berlitz, and Yvonne Gabena have last names, and that's only because the first two are related to professors and Platinum was due to no third game being known when she was first shown (so she was called by a surname until ''Pokemon Platinum'' was released).released). Yvonne is an exception because her game counterpart (Serena) has no known surname and her last name isn't game related.
18th Apr '16 2:07:47 PM totoofze47
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* Most characters in ''Franchise/OnePiece'', especially minor ones, but also some main characters (Nami, Usopp, Sanji, and Brook) have only one name.
** This becomes jarring when the main characters get wanted posters. Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Nico Robin, Tony Tony Chopper, and... just Nami? It's as if the Marines pick and choose when to find out their full names.
*** Possibly justified for Nami and Sanji being orphans and all, Usopp was given a bounty under his Sogeking alias and Franky's real name is Cutty Flam.
*** Notorious characters who fall under this trope almost always get an impressive epithet (Cat Burglar Nami, Black Leg Sanji, Red Haired Shanks), although...not usually on their wanted posters.

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* ''Franchise/OnePiece'':
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Most characters in ''Franchise/OnePiece'', characters, especially minor ones, but also some main characters (Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Usopp and Brook) have only one name.
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name. This becomes jarring when the main characters get wanted posters. Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Nico Robin, Tony Tony Chopper, and... just Nami? It's Brook or Usopp?
** Sanji is a subversion. It initially appears
as if he has just one name, but his surname is eventually revealed in the Marines pick and choose when Zou arc: [[spoiler:it's Vinsmoke]]. His wanted poster still only refers to find out their full names.
*** Possibly justified for Nami and Sanji being orphans and all, Usopp was
him by his given a bounty under his Sogeking alias name, though.
** Justified with Franky
and Nami. Franky's real name is Cutty Flam.
*** Notorious characters who fall under this trope almost always get an impressive epithet (Cat Burglar
Flam, but he has been nicknamed Franky ever since he was young, so it stuck. Nami was one of the only survivors when her hometown was ravaged, and since she was a baby at the time, her birth name has since been lost to history. It was her adoptive mother that named her Nami, Black Leg Sanji, Red Haired Shanks), although...not usually on their wanted posters.meaning she literally does have only one name.
20th Mar '16 5:47:01 AM MajinAkuma
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* Tights from ''Manga/JacoTheGalacticPatrolman'' has only one name as opposed to every other character introduced in this mini-series. This trope and the fact that her [[PunnyName name is a pun to an underwear]] foreshadow her [[LongLostRelative relation to the Capsule Corporation family]].
10th Mar '16 8:18:21 AM FringeBenefits
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* Hanami, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}''.
6th Mar '16 4:37:02 PM GrammarNavi
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** And wrestler [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig]] (of Wrestling/{{WWE}} fame and {{WCW}} infamy) has legally changed his name to "Warrior".

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** And wrestler [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig]] (of Wrestling/{{WWE}} fame and {{WCW}} Wrestling/{{WCW}} infamy) has legally changed his name to "Warrior".
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