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10th Feb '16 1:09:07 AM Pichu-kun
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* 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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* As with most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' media, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures''' ''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).

* Most of the cyborgs of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' have only one name, a deliberate choice on the part of [[TheHandler their handlers]] due to the difficulty some of them have in making the girls into killers, but have no wish to easily dismiss them because of such. Jose and Hilshire gave their cyborgs female names (Henrietta and Triela, respectively) and, despite initial discomfort, try to connect to them on personal levels, while other handlers give their cyborgs are given boy's names (Rico, Petrushka and Claes) to help them keep some emotional distance and make their reconciling with what they're doing a bit easier.
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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': ** Most of the cyborgs of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' have only one name, a deliberate choice on the part of [[TheHandler their handlers]] due to the difficulty some of them have in making the girls into killers, but have no wish to easily dismiss them because of such. Jose and Hilshire gave their cyborgs female names (Henrietta and Triela, respectively) and, despite initial discomfort, try to connect to them on personal levels, while other handlers give their cyborgs are given boy's names (Rico, Petrushka and Claes) to help them keep some emotional distance and make their reconciling with what they're doing a bit easier.

* Most ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' has Tiger and Bridget with only a first name, in a series that usually prides itself in coming up with creative [[SpeciesSurname Species Surnames]]. * Very few Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon characters have both a first and last name: ** Almost everyone in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has a family name, but that's an exception (and a somewhat necessary one, since Asian cultures use the surname far more than Westerners). ** The titular character of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' took the name Ali a Babwa, with 'a Babwa' being his surname, but he doesn't have a real surname that he knows of. ** The tombstones of Elsa's and Anna's parents from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' only list their names as "Agdar" and "Idunn" when translated. None of the cyborgs of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' have only one name, a deliberate choice on the part of [[TheHandler their handlers]] due to the difficulty some of them have in making the girls into killers, but have no wish to easily dismiss them because of such. Jose and Hilshire gave their cyborgs female names (Henrietta and Triela, respectively) and, despite initial discomfort, try to connect to them on personal levels, while other handlers give their cyborgs characters are given boy's last names (Rico, Petrushka and Claes) to help them keep some emotional distance and make their reconciling with what they're doing a bit easier.though in [[WhatCouldHaveBeen development]] Hans was known as "Admiral Westerguard".

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters other than professors rarely have last names (exceptions include [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Daisy Oak, Blue Oak]] (having last names due to being a professor's grandchildren), [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven Stone]] from the main series of games, Blake Hall and the rest of the Hall family from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'', and Ash Ketchum and Gary Oak from the anime (who likely only have last names in the English version [[LipLock to give enough syllables]]).
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters other than professors rarely have last names (exceptions names. Exceptions include [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Daisy Oak, Blue Oak]] (having last names due to being a professor's grandchildren), [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven Stone]] from the main series of games, Blake Hall and the rest of the Hall family from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'', and Ash Ketchum and Gary Oak from the anime (who likely only have has a last names name in the English version [[LipLock to give enough syllables]]).

** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'': Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, just to name the central three. *** However, Ganondorf was given the last name "Dragmire" in the English manual for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. *** Zelda's last name is Hyrule, given that King mentioned in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is named Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'': Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, just to name the central three. *** three. However, Ganondorf was given the last name "Dragmire" in the English manual for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. *** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. Zelda's last name is Hyrule, suggested to be "Hyrule", given that King mentioned in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is named Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.

** Older heroes like Pit (Kid Icarus), the Popo and Nana (Ice Climbers). ** Many of the other hunters mentioned in the ''{{Metroid}} Prime'' series only have one name.
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** Older heroes like Pit (Kid Icarus), (''VideoGame/KidIcarus''), the Popo and Nana (Ice Climbers). (''VideoGame/IceClimbers''). ** Many of the other hunters mentioned in the ''{{Metroid}} Prime'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series only have one name.

* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' does this. We have Ulala, Pudding, Jaguar, Purge... I could go on, but I won't.
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* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' does this. We have Ulala, Pudding, Jaguar, Purge... I could go on, but I won't.

* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' has a ton of people who are prime examples. Pete, Sara, Rachel, Sanjay, Rod, Nami, Chelsea, Georgia... The list goes on.
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* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' has a ton of people who are prime examples. Pete, Sara, Rachel, Sanjay, Rod, Nami, Chelsea, Georgia... The list goes on. Most characters have only given names, even the doctors and mayors.

* ''MyLittlePony'' follows roughly the same naming convention as ''Transformers''. On the odd occasion that we get the names of multiple members of pony families, they'll share a [[ThemeNaming theme,]] if that, with proper surnames being either unknown or unused. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'' has more two-part than one-part pony names, including just a few acting as surnames, but there are plenty of single-part names too, and non-ponies more often have single-part names (Spike, Discord, Zecora).
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* ''MyLittlePony'' ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' follows roughly the same naming convention as ''Transformers''. On the odd occasion that we get the names of multiple members of pony families, they'll share a [[ThemeNaming theme,]] if that, with proper surnames being either unknown or unused. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'' has more two-part than one-part pony names, including just a few acting as surnames, but there are plenty of single-part names too, and non-ponies more often have single-part names (Spike, Discord, Zecora).

* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' were given last names, Berkowitz and Smith, respectively in ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' (Nowadays, though, [[CanonDiscontinuity Disney pretends they weren't]].)
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* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' were given last names, Berkowitz and Smith, respectively in ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' (Nowadays, ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa''. Nowadays, though, [[CanonDiscontinuity Disney pretends they weren't]].)

* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''' title characters. Subverted during one episode, "Whodunit?" where Uniqua was Uniqua Underhood and Austin was Austin Frothingslosh. But you [[EmbarrassingMiddleName can't help but laugh at the latter's surname, just how stupid it is]]. * No character in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has more than one name. ** Very few Disney characters have both a first and last name. Almost everyone in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has a family name, but that's an exception (and a somewhat necessary one, since Asian cultures use the surname far more than Westerners). Some of the name shortage is justified (Arabic names usually include a patronymic, so with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' not knowing who his father is, he couldn't have one) and some of it isn't (why are princes with no family identifiers running around? Usually your family is the reason you're a prince in the first place...) *** TruthInTelevision: Real princes don't use family names - they don't need to, at least in their own countries, their title and first given name is sufficient identification. *** When he was in disguise as a prince, he took the name Ali a Babwa, with 'a Babwa' being his surname, but doesn't have a real surname that he knows of.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''' title characters. Subverted during one episode, "Whodunit?" where Uniqua was Uniqua Underhood and Austin was Austin Frothingslosh. But you [[EmbarrassingMiddleName can't help but laugh at the latter's surname, just how stupid it is]]. * No character in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has more than one name. ** Very few Disney characters have both a first and last name. Almost everyone in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' has a family name, but that's an exception (and a somewhat necessary one, since Asian cultures use the surname far more than Westerners). Some of the name shortage is justified (Arabic names usually include a patronymic, so with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' not knowing who his father is, he couldn't have one) and some of it isn't (why are princes with no family identifiers running around? Usually your family is the reason you're a prince in the first place...) *** TruthInTelevision: Real princes don't use family names - they don't need to, at least in their own countries, their title and first given name is sufficient identification. *** When he was in disguise as a prince, he took the name Ali a Babwa, with 'a Babwa' being his surname, but doesn't have a real surname that he knows of. is]]..

* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' has Tiger and Bridget with only a first name, in a series that usually prides itself in coming up with creative [[SpeciesSurname Species Surnames]].
10th Feb '16 12:40:45 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Sakaki is only known by that name, to the extent that, in the first episode, when everybody is introduced by their full name (including Osaka), she's simply introduced as "Sakaki-san, a.k.a. Sakaki-san".
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* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': ** Sakaki is only known by that name, to the extent that, in the first episode, when everybody is introduced by their full name (including Osaka), she's simply introduced as "Sakaki-san, a.k.a. Sakaki-san".

*** The DVD cases seem to suggest that this is less OnlyOneName and more LastNameBasis, at least as far as Sakaki and Kagura are concerned.
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*** ** The DVD cases seem to suggest that this is less OnlyOneName and more LastNameBasis, at least as far as Sakaki and Kagura are concerned.

* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sai has no family name, since even his given name is nothing more than an alias, while Team 7's temporary leader after the TimeSkip is only known by his codenames "Yamato" and "Tenzo". [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]] and his siblings Kankuro and Temari don't seen to have surnames either; some people use "of the Sand/Sabaku no -" like a surname (though that's really just an epithet which applies solely to Gaara), or just call them [[FanNickname the Sand Siblings]].
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': ** Sai has no family name, since even his given name is nothing more than an alias, while Team 7's temporary leader after the TimeSkip is only known by his codenames "Yamato" and "Tenzo". "Tenzo". ** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]] and his siblings Kankuro and Temari don't seen to have surnames either; some people use "of the Sand/Sabaku no -" like a surname (though that's really just an epithet which applies solely to Gaara), or just call them [[FanNickname the Sand Siblings]].

* 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 example being Steven Stone, the Hoenn Champion), but then we often won't know their first name. ** The same applies to ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' and all Manga/{{Pokemon}} Manga. In ''Special'' 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). ** As per standard almost no one in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' have their last names given. This becomes noticeable when Mitsumi says she and [[spoiler:Cyrus]] aren't on a FirstNameBasis anymore when we never even learn their last names.
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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 example examples being Steven Stone, the Hoenn Champion), champion Steven Stone and Giselle in the Japanese version), but then we often won't know their first name. ** The same applies to ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' and all Manga/{{Pokemon}} Manga. * As with most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' media, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures''' counts. In ''Special'' ''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). ** As per standard almost no one * This trope is made noticeable in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' have their last names given. This becomes noticeable when Mitsumi says she and [[spoiler:Cyrus]] aren't is no longer on a FirstNameBasis anymore when with [[spoiler:Cyrus]]. The problem is we never even learn their hear his, or anyone else's, last names.name.
8th Feb '16 4:25:45 PM Sugao
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* Everyone in ''VideoGame/WorldsDawn'' has only one name. Of course, the town itself is positively tiny, and the OneSteveLimit is firmly in place, so there's no need to differentiate Bob Smith from Bob Fisher.
30th Jan '16 9:14:52 PM thatother1dude
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* Rocko from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' is the only main character who's last name was never revealed on the show. When he appeared on a game show, the host, when introducing him simply stated "Rocko... no last name given." [[WordOfGod an early model sheet reveals it to be "Rama".]]
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* Rocko from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' is the only main character who's last name was never revealed on the show. When he appeared on a game show, the host, when introducing him simply stated "Rocko... no last name given." [[WordOfGod an An early model sheet reveals it to be "Rama".]]

* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls technically have last names, due to being Professor Utonium's daughters, but this is never acknowledged in any official media. ** Similarly, the Professor isn't given a first name.
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* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls technically would logically have last names, due to being Professor Utonium's daughters, but this is never acknowledged in any official media. ** Similarly, the media. The Professor himself isn't given a first name.

* The [[HumanoidAliens Gems]] in WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse are all only referred to by a first name with no last names, even though all the human characters gradually have their full names revealed as the series progresses. Gems with names like Rose Quartz or Lapis Lazuli are treated as having multi-part names, rather than a first and a last.
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* The [[HumanoidAliens Gems]] in WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are all only referred to by a first name with no last names, even though all the human characters gradually have their full names revealed as the series progresses. Gems with names like Rose Quartz or Lapis Lazuli are treated as having multi-part names, rather than a first and a last. There are [[PlanetOfSteves multiple gems with the same name]]; Homeworld told them apart [[YouAreNumberSix numerically]] but it's unknown how the Crystal Gems did back when there were enough alive to need such a thing.
27th Jan '16 4:33:49 PM nombretomado
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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 ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' 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 ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' ''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:
25th Jan '16 1:26:32 PM bobwolf
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': Both Rey and Finn don't have last names. Rey was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]] at a young age and Finn was raised only with a [[YouAreNumberSix number callsign]] as a Stormtrooper.
19th Jan '16 10:57:00 AM Willbyr
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* Pretty much EVERY character in ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' have no last name. If you can consider most of the names REAL.
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* Pretty much EVERY character in ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' have no last name. If you can consider most of the names REAL.

* Most characters in ''OnePiece'', especially minor ones, but also some main characters (Nami, Usopp, Sanji, and Brook) have only one name.
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* Most characters in ''OnePiece'', ''Franchise/OnePiece'', especially minor ones, but also some main characters (Nami, Usopp, Sanji, and Brook) have only one name.
29th Dec '15 9:11:43 PM nombretomado
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* [[BlindSeer Rezo the Red Priest]] of ''{{Slayers}}'', only known by his title. His great-grandson Zelgadis was this initially; however, his surname (Graywords) got mentioned in an interview with the creator, and it eventually gets mentioned several times. Also played straight with villains and minor characters.
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* [[BlindSeer Rezo the Red Priest]] of ''{{Slayers}}'', ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'', only known by his title. His great-grandson Zelgadis was this initially; however, his surname (Graywords) got mentioned in an interview with the creator, and it eventually gets mentioned several times. Also played straight with villains and minor characters.
26th Dec '15 8:35:49 PM jormis29
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* The entire cast of ''{{Simoun}}'' is from a culture that gives Only One Name.
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* The entire cast of ''{{Simoun}}'' ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' is from a culture that gives Only One Name.
25th Dec '15 11:00:33 PM RavenWilder
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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Grounders do not appear to have last names, though they might follow someone's name with "of the [Blank] People".
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