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11th Jul '16 2:04:43 AM PaulA
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* Dion (his first name[[note]]As opposed to "Music/CelineDion"[[/note]]), a singer from the 1960s, known for hits such as "Teenager in Love" (with his band Dion and the Belmonts), "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", and "[[AbrahamLincoln Abraham]], [[MartinLutherKingJr Martin]], and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]]".

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* Dion (his first name[[note]]As opposed to "Music/CelineDion"[[/note]]), a singer from the 1960s, known for hits such as "Teenager in Love" (with his band Dion and the Belmonts), "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", and "[[AbrahamLincoln "[[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham]], [[MartinLutherKingJr [[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr Martin]], and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]]".
8th Jul '16 2:38:15 PM Sparrows
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* Vax'ildan, Vex'ahlia, and Keyleth in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' don't seem to have last names. It's possible that Vex and Vax discarded theirs after leaving their father, and Keyleth just has a title instead ([[spoiler: Princess]] Keyleth of the Air Ashari). Or it could just be a half-elf thing.

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* Vax'ildan, Vex'ahlia, and Keyleth in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' don't seem to have last names. It's possible that Vex and Vax discarded theirs after leaving all go by their father, and first names, without a last name in sight.
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Keyleth just mentions in one episode that she doesn't have a last name - though one could argue she has a title instead ([[spoiler: Princess]] instead, being Keyleth of the Air Ashari). Or Ashari.
** Vax and Vex didn't appear to have last names either... until Episode 59, which reveals their father's surname to be [[spoiler:Vessar]]. As they are referred to under this name by associates of their father,
it could just be a half-elf thing.seems the twins purposely choose not to use their father's last name, likely due to their poor relationship with him.
19th Jun '16 9:51:53 PM katrinahood
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', none of the Penguins' last names or even middle names, save for Zidgel's middle name, are ever revealed.
8th Jun '16 12:03:47 PM Willbyr
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* ''In general'', Japanese adaptations of ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' would have a translation convention which would cause this trope. To prevent NamesTheSame issues when people are on LastNameBasis--Chinese surnames are short, often homophonous, and are relatively few--the characters' first and last names would be mashed together and treated as if it was a last name. For example, Liu Bei (Bei of the Liu family) would be call Ryuubi (not Ryuu Bi as it should be), and when Japanese etiquette requires LastNameBasis, he would be called Ryuubi-san, rather than Ryuu-san. No, the naming convention in ''IkkiTousen'' wasn't an invention but rather a existing convention.

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* ''In general'', Japanese adaptations of ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' would have a translation convention which would cause this trope. To prevent NamesTheSame issues when people are on LastNameBasis--Chinese surnames are short, often homophonous, and are relatively few--the characters' first and last names would be mashed together and treated as if it was a last name. For example, Liu Bei (Bei of the Liu family) would be call Ryuubi (not Ryuu Bi as it should be), and when Japanese etiquette requires LastNameBasis, he would be called Ryuubi-san, rather than Ryuu-san. No, the naming convention in ''IkkiTousen'' ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' wasn't an invention but rather a existing convention.
5th Jun '16 1:08:58 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': For most of the manga, Nosferatu Zodd is the only character with two names (and even then Nosferatu might be more of a description than a surname), until we start running into characters from rich families (Farnese and Magnifico Vandimion).
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.]]
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