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16th Aug '17 6:54:37 PM AtticusOmundson
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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': Malcolm's family's surname is never revealed throughout the series. Though a DeletedScene from a season one episode specified it to be Wilkerson, it has never been confirmed in any canon material. To top this off, the show has sometimes hinted at their surname being Brown or Green, and in the GrandFinale Francis accidentally drops his ID badge displaying his last name to be "Nolastname."
16th Aug '17 7:21:17 AM Jacob175
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* Both ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games have many examples. Every Jedi Master ever given a name, Kreia, the Handmaiden's name ([[spoiler:Brianna]]), the Disciple's name ([[spoiler:Mical]]), Mira, Juhani, Malak, Revan, all of the Wookies, and more.

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* Both ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games have many examples. Every Jedi Master ever given a name, Kreia, the Handmaiden's name ([[spoiler:Brianna]]), the Disciple's name ([[spoiler:Mical]]), Mira, Juhani, Malak, Revan, all of the Wookies, and more.



* In ''Franchise/Sonic the Hedgehog'', most of the cast only have first names and a title, [[SpeciesSurname "the (species name)"]]. Exceptions include Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Charmy Bee.

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* In ''Franchise/Sonic the Hedgehog'', ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', most of the cast only have first names and a title, [[SpeciesSurname "the (species name)"]]. Exceptions include Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Charmy Bee.



** ''KingdomHearts'', finally, allowed the Disney Characters to keep their last names, but eliminated those of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters, save for Squall's surname, "Leonhart" --- it becomes his first name. The original KH-characters themselves are surname-less, like in FFX.

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** ''KingdomHearts'', ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', finally, allowed the Disney Characters to keep their last names, but eliminated those of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters, save for Squall's surname, "Leonhart" --- it becomes his first name. The original KH-characters themselves are surname-less, like in FFX.



* Almost every character in ''StardewValley'' are only referred to by their first name. The only exceptions are George, whom Penny once refers to by last name in a cutscene, and the Wizard, who signs his letter as "M. Rasmodius". (And everywhere else he's just called "The Wizard" anyway.)

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* Almost every character in ''StardewValley'' ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' are only referred to by their first name. The only exceptions are George, whom Penny once refers to by last name in a cutscene, and the Wizard, who signs his letter as "M. Rasmodius". (And everywhere else he's just called "The Wizard" anyway.)



** Its actually been hinted at that Bowler and Mirth are both going by aliases. Its suggested Bowler has a different name [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=29 here]], and its unknown whether or not Mirth's father was just joking [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=980 here]].

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** Its It's actually been hinted at that Bowler and Mirth are both going by aliases. Its It's suggested Bowler has a different name [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=29 here]], and its it's unknown whether or not Mirth's father was just joking [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=980 here]].
14th Aug '17 11:34:56 PM storyyeller
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* ''Everyone'' in the credits for the first ''Film/BellaDancerella'' DVD "Let's Dance!" is listed only on a first-name basis, crew included.



** 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 any more 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>.
3rd Aug '17 2:39:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Hevn and Makubex in ''GetBackers''. With the latter, it actually becomes something of a plot point that he doesn't know what his given name is--or if he ever even had one in the first place. All they know is that he was found in a bag with "Makube" printed on it; later, people that knew and admired his skills added an 'x' to express the unknown. Thus, Makubex.

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* Hevn and Makubex in ''GetBackers''.''Manga/GetBackers''. With the latter, it actually becomes something of a plot point that he doesn't know what his given name is--or if he ever even had one in the first place. All they know is that he was found in a bag with "Makube" printed on it; later, people that knew and admired his skills added an 'x' to express the unknown. Thus, Makubex.
31st Jul '17 12:51:33 AM Piterpicher
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** In fact, almost all of the major characters in ''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.

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** In fact, almost all of the major characters in ''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]] Series/{{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.
28th Jul '17 5:06:05 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, one Assassin introduced is a Red Indian from the Central Plains. The Guild School accepted this and her teachers refer to her as Miss Starhawk, as she has no other name. In a school where some students have inconveniently long names [[note]] Such as Die gnadige Grafin Margherite von Carlsberg-Holstein-Gluckstein-Pilsner-Glucksberg-Reinheitsgebot-Krombacher-KöstritzerSchwarzbier-Trockenbeerenauslese von Klotz Major. (Tump House)[[/note]] her teachers find this a refreshing change. Miss Starhawk is also at least part-Apache. The Guild finds this to be of ''exceeding'' profesional interest and added value.

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, one Assassin introduced is a Red Indian from the Central Plains. The Guild School accepted this and her teachers refer to her as Miss Starhawk, as she has no other name. In a school where some students have inconveniently long names [[note]] Such as Die gnadige Grafin Margherite von Carlsberg-Holstein-Gluckstein-Pilsner-Glucksberg-Reinheitsgebot-Krombacher-KöstritzerSchwarzbier-Trockenbeerenauslese von Klotz Major. (Tump House)[[/note]] her teachers find this a refreshing change. Miss Starhawk is also at least part-Apache. The Guild finds this to be of ''exceeding'' profesional interest and added value.
28th Jul '17 1:56:46 AM AgProv
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, one Assassin introduced is a Red Indian from the Central Plains. The Guild School accepted this and her teachers refer to her as Miss Starhawk, as she has no other name. In a school where some students have inconveniently long names [[note]] Such as Die gnadige Grafin Margherite von Carlsberg-Holstein-Gluckstein-Pilsner-Glucksberg-Reinheitsgebot-Krombacher-KöstritzerSchwarzbier-Trockenbeerenauslese von Klotz Major. (Tump House)[[/note]] her teachers find this a refreshing change. Miss Starhawk is also at least part-Apache. The Guild finds this to be of ''exceeding'' profesional interest and added value.
27th Jul '17 8:11:36 PM Mdumas43073
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22nd Jul '17 10:11:39 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' does this for dramatic effect. The books are ([[LiteraryAgentHypothesis purportedly]]) a narrative of the ''real'' war against the Yeerk invasion of Earth, narrated by [[TheLeader Jake]], [[TheLancer Marco]], [[TheBigGuy Rachel]], [[TheHeart Cassie]] and [[LonerTurnedFriend Tobias]] (and later [[SixthRanger Ax]]) as they maintain an underground [[LaResistance human resistance]]. As they narrate, the kids repeatedly stress that they can't reveal their last names to ''anyone''--[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou not even the audience]]--because [[ParanoiaFuel they can't risk the Yeerks finding out who they are]]. Hence, it's a pretty powerful sign that NothingIsTheSameAnymore when [[spoiler: the kids have their covers blown towards the end of the series]], and it's subsequently revealed that [[spoiler: Jake's full name is "Jake Berenson"]]. But even then, the other Animorphs' last names are never revealed. [[note]] Since Jake and Rachel are first cousins, Rachel's full name ''may'' be [[spoiler: "Rachel Berenson"]]; and since it's ultimately revealed that [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather Tobias is the son of Elfangor]]]], who went by the alias [[spoiler:[[PunnyName "Al Fangor"]]]] while [[VoluntaryShapeshifting living as a human]], it's common {{Fanon}} that his full name is [[spoiler: "Tobias Fangor"]]. But neither is ever made clear.[[/note]]
15th Jul '17 11:11:13 PM HarpieSiren
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* Many, ''many'' Nintendo characters. As a rule of thumb, with few exceptions, only futuristic main characters are given full names ([[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Douglas Jay Falcon]])
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* Many, ''many'' Nintendo characters. As a rule of thumb, with few exceptions, only futuristic main characters are given full names ([[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Douglas Jay Falcon]])
Falcon]]) Specific examples:
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