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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "New Kids on the Blech", when Lisa discovers Bart's boy band is part of a subliminal advertising campaign for the US Navy, their manager "L.T. Smash" turns out to actually be ''Lt.'' Smash.
8th Sep '17 4:46:49 PM foxley
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': In "Trophy Wine", a con man who has been living for years under the name 'Bing Cullen', rents an apartment under his original name Arnold Binder.
23rd Aug '17 2:29:10 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novel, ''Unnatural Issue'', Lord Peter Almsley temporarily takes on the post of gamekeeper at the estate of his friends, with his valet Garrick as his scholar half-brother, in order to befriend Susanne (working as a dairy maid) and find out more about her. While in disguise, the two go by Peter Devlin (Devlin being Peter's middle name) and Clive Garrick (Clive being Garrick's).

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* In ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novel, ''Unnatural Issue'', ''Literature/UnnaturalIssue'', Lord Peter Almsley temporarily takes on the post of gamekeeper at the estate of his friends, with his valet Garrick as his scholar half-brother, in order to befriend Susanne (working as a dairy maid) and find out more about her. While in disguise, the two go by Peter Devlin (Devlin being Peter's middle name) and Clive Garrick (Clive being Garrick's).
30th Jul '17 12:42:15 AM RallyBot2
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the main character and his sister use their real first names and their mother's maiden name for their surname while hidden in Japan.
22nd Jul '17 4:33:27 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': [[spoiler:Tear and Van's]] names are nicknames born from their full names - [[spoiler:Mystearica and Vandesdelca]] - and their last names are taken from their adoptive grandfather, successfully hiding their origin [[spoiler:as from Hod and Van's connection in particular]].

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': [[spoiler:Tear and Van's]] names are nicknames born from their full names - [[spoiler:Mystearica and Vandesdelca]] - and their last names are taken from their adoptive grandfather, successfully hiding their origin [[spoiler:as from Hod and Van's connection in particular]]. [[spoiler: Guy Cecil did something similar; his full name is ''Gai''lardia Galan Gardios and his mother's maiden name was ''Cecil''le.]]
20th Jun '17 7:14:41 PM Malady
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* The plot of ''Film/USMarshals'' kicks off when police discover that tow-truck driver Mark Warren is actually a fugitive named Mark Roberts. [[spoiler:And much later it's uncovered that Mark Roberts is actually burned DSS agent Mark ''Sheridan''.]]
20th Jun '17 7:10:07 PM Malady
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* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'''s Haruhara Haruko -- her name's revealed by Amarao to be Haruha Raharu.



* A number of characters in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' do this for their player names:
** '''Kiri'''gaya Kazu'''to'''[[note]]Japanese order[[/note]] is '''Kirito'''.
** Asuna Yuuki just went with Asuna in ''Sword Art Online'' due to being new to MMO games, and not realizing the game was asking for an alias to use in game. It's not until the restored ''[=ALfheim=] Online'' that she creates a Sylph alt character named Erika, but still primarily plays as an Undine, still named Asuna.
** '''A'''ndrew '''Gil'''bert Mills is '''Agil'''.
** Silica and Klein's are puns on their Japanese names which depending on how the words are read as, or used, can reference Silicon[[note]]Silica's being Ayano Keiko, and revealed that her given name of Keiko, is based on the Japanese word for silicon, ''keiso''. And she received it, based on her birthday being October 4th (10th month, 4th day, 10+4= 14. 14th element, Silicon).[[/note]] or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein_bottle Klein Bottle]][[note]]Tsuboi Ryoutarou is Klein's real name, and a Klein Bottle in Japanese is "Kurain no '''Tsuboi'''"[[/note]] respectively.
** '''S'''h'''ino''' Asada goes in game by the name of '''Sino'''n.

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* A number of characters in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' do this for their player names:
** '''Kiri'''gaya Kazu'''to'''[[note]]Japanese order[[/note]] is '''Kirito'''.
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''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Asuna Yuuki just went with Asuna in ''Sword Art Online'' due to being new to MMO games, and not realizing the game was asking for an alias to use in game. It's not until the restored ''[=ALfheim=] Online'' that she creates a Sylph alt character named Erika, but still primarily plays as an Undine, still named Asuna.
** '''A'''ndrew '''Gil'''bert Mills is '''Agil'''.
** Silica and Klein's are puns on their Japanese names which depending on how the words are read as, or used, can reference Silicon[[note]]Silica's being Ayano Keiko, and revealed that her given name of Keiko, is based on the Japanese word for silicon, ''keiso''. And she received it, based on her birthday being October 4th (10th month, 4th day, 10+4= 14. 14th element, Silicon).[[/note]] or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein_bottle Klein Bottle]][[note]]Tsuboi Ryoutarou is Klein's real name, and a Klein Bottle in Japanese is "Kurain no '''Tsuboi'''"[[/note]] respectively.
** '''S'''h'''ino''' Asada goes in game by the name of '''Sino'''n.
Asuna.



** ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' sees Jean Grey being seduced by a mutant named Jason Wyngarde, an aspiring member of the Hellfire Club. It turns out Wyngarde was one of their older and [[AscendedExtra slightly more obscure enemies]], the mutant villain Mastermind, and the ComicBook/XMen just never found out his real name. Although he was also a MasterOfIllusion, and thus was able to disguise himself.

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** ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'' sees Jean Grey being seduced by a mutant named Jason Wyngarde, an aspiring member of the Hellfire Club. It turns out Wyngarde was one of their older and [[AscendedExtra slightly more obscure enemies]], the mutant villain Mastermind, and the ComicBook/XMen just never found out his real name. Although he was also a MasterOfIllusion, and thus was also able to disguise himself.



* ''ComicBook/MsTree'': In the "Prisoner in Cell Block Hell" arc, Michael Tree is booked into jail as 'Michelle Friday' to protect from possible reprisals while she is being held. Michelle is the feminised version of her actual given name and Friday is her maiden name.



* A number of fanfic writers have used the name of the actor who plays the character for an alias, crossing this trope with an ActorAllusion.
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* The plot of ''Film/USMarshals'' kicks off when police discover that tow-truck driver Mark Warren is actually a fugitive named Mark Roberts. [[spoiler:And much later it's uncovered that Mark Roberts is actually burned DSS agent Mark ''Sheridan''.]]
* ''Film/TimeAfterTime'' deals with a visit by {{Creator/HGWells}} to the present. Initially, Wells, who assumed that Sir Arthur Doyle's little amusements would have been forgotten in 100 years, uses the alias Franchise/SherlockHolmes, only to get laughed at. In the end, he realises that while he is still remembered as an author, no-one remembers what his initials stand for, and that his name is unremarkable enough to not be immediately associated with the presumed long-dead author, so he goes by Herbert George Wells.

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* The plot of ''Film/USMarshals'' kicks off when police discover that tow-truck driver Mark Warren is actually a fugitive named Mark Roberts. [[spoiler:And much later it's uncovered that Mark Roberts is actually burned DSS agent Mark ''Sheridan''.]]
* ''Film/TimeAfterTime'' deals with a visit by {{Creator/HGWells}} Creator/HGWells to the present. Initially, Wells, who assumed that Sir Arthur Doyle's little amusements would have been forgotten in 100 years, uses the alias Franchise/SherlockHolmes, only to get laughed at. In the end, he realises that while he is still remembered as an author, no-one remembers what his initials stand for, and that his name is unremarkable enough to not be immediately associated with the presumed long-dead author, so he goes by Herbert George Wells.



* In the novel ''Literature/TheSchoolStory'', Zoe pretends to be a literary agent and uses her nickname "Zee Zee" together with a misspelling of her last name.



* In ''Literature/TheOrdinaryPrincess'', Princess Amethyst works as a kitchen maid under her nickname, Amy. [[spoiler: The king of the kingdom she's working in does the same thing--she knows the king's name is Algernon, but he uses one of his many middle names.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheOrdinaryPrincess'', Princess Amethyst works as a kitchen maid under her nickname, Amy. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The king of the kingdom she's working in does the same thing--she knows the king's name is Algernon, but he uses one of his many middle names.]]



* In ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Unnatural Issue]]'', Lord Peter Almsley temporarily takes on the post of gamekeeper at the estate of his friends, with his valet Garrick as his scholar half-brother, in order to befriend Susanne (working as a dairy maid) and find out more about her. While in disguise, the two go by Peter Devlin (Devlin being Peter's middle name) and Clive Garrick (Clive being Garrick's).
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain For The Emperor]]'', Inquisitor Amberley Vail goes undercover as an entertainer named Amberley Vail. She also uses her real last name for two different undercover identities in ''Duty Calls'' -- the Lady haut Vail near the beginning of the novel, and Corporal Vail near the end. Possibly justified, in that anyone who can legally look at a roster of active Inquisitors already knows where she is and what she's doing, and she can kill anyone else who might blab.

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* In ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Unnatural Issue]]'', ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novel, ''Unnatural Issue'', Lord Peter Almsley temporarily takes on the post of gamekeeper at the estate of his friends, with his valet Garrick as his scholar half-brother, in order to befriend Susanne (working as a dairy maid) and find out more about her. While in disguise, the two go by Peter Devlin (Devlin being Peter's middle name) and Clive Garrick (Clive being Garrick's).
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain For ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel, ''For The Emperor]]'', Emperor'', Inquisitor Amberley Vail goes undercover as an entertainer named Amberley Vail. She also uses her real last name for two different undercover identities in ''Duty Calls'' -- the Lady haut Vail near the beginning of the novel, and Corporal Vail near the end. Possibly justified, in that anyone who can legally look at a roster of active Inquisitors already knows where she is and what she's doing, and she can kill anyone else who might blab.



* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie Devereaux once had to conjuer an alias from nowhere or risk losing the mark, so she introduces herself as the Duchess of Hanover. She assures the rest of the team that "this identity is very well backed up" but the mark isn't convinced. He arranges to introduce her to someone who's known the real Duchess for a very long time. While the rest of the team are convinced that Sophie's cover is blown, the Duchess's aunt takes one look at Sophie and says.... "Why Charlotte, it's so good to see you". It's never made clear if this is Sophie's real identity but it's the oldest one revealed on the show.

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* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie Devereaux once had to conjuer conjure an alias from nowhere or risk losing the mark, so she introduces herself as the Duchess of Hanover. She assures the rest of the team that "this identity is very well backed up" but the mark isn't convinced. He arranges to introduce her to someone who's known the real Duchess for a very long time. While the rest of the team are convinced that Sophie's cover is blown, the Duchess's aunt takes one look at Sophie and says.... "Why Charlotte, it's so good to see you". It's never made clear if this is Sophie's real identity but it's the oldest one revealed on the show.



* In ''Series/SleepyHollow'', a captured Hessian claims [[spoiler:he knows everything about Abbie Mills, including her real name, Grace Abigail Mills.]]

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* In ''Series/SleepyHollow'', a captured Hessian [[spoiler:Hessian]] claims [[spoiler:he he knows everything about Abbie Mills, [[spoiler:Abbie Mills]], including her real name, Grace [[spoiler:Grace Abigail Mills.]]Mills]].



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* A classic '' TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' character is Elminster's scribe (and butler, and apprentice) Lhaeo who was a great artist at building JerkassFacade for Old Mage. "Coincidentally", this work left him both [[SeenItAll ready for anything]] and acquainted with half or so of the most powerful people on the continent. There also was a missing prince of Tethyr, one '''H'''aedrak '''E'''rrilam '''A'''lemander '''O'''losar '''L'''horik... later also known as King Haedrak III. If his compatriots knew where he is before it was time to pull RightfulKingReturns, he would get about as much attention from assassins as Elminster from mad wizards.
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a few examples, all spoilers; [[spoiler: Tear and Van's names are nicknames born from their full names - Mystearica and Vandesdelca - and their last names are taken from their adoptive grandfather, successfully hiding their origin as from Hod and Van's connection in particular. Guy's alias comes from his childhood nickname of his real name (''Gai''lardia) and his last name of Cecil is an alternate spelling of his mother's maiden name Cecille.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a few examples, all spoilers; [[spoiler: Tear ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': [[spoiler:Tear and Van's Van's]] names are nicknames born from their full names - Mystearica [[spoiler:Mystearica and Vandesdelca Vandesdelca]] - and their last names are taken from their adoptive grandfather, successfully hiding their origin as [[spoiler:as from Hod and Van's connection in particular. Guy's alias comes from his childhood nickname of his real name (''Gai''lardia) and his last name of Cecil is an alternate spelling of his mother's maiden name Cecille.]]particular]].



** Artemis' real name is... Artemis Crock.

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** Artemis' Artemis's real name is... Artemis Crock.



* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' whose real name is Danny Fenton. This is lampshaded in "The Ultimate Enemy".
--> '''Dark Danny''': Hello? "Danny Fenton"? "Danny Phantom"? Ever noticed the similarities?



** Creator/StanLee was worried that making a name for himself in comics would hurt his chances of becoming a serious writer, so he split his first name in two; his real name is Stanley Lieber.
2nd Jun '17 8:35:50 AM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a few examples, all spoilers; [[spoiler: Tear and Van's names are nicknames born from their full names - Mystearica and Vandesdelca - and their last names are taken from their adoptive father, successfully hiding their origin as from Hod and Van's connection in particular. Guy's alias comes from his childhood nickname of his real name (''Gai''lardia) and his last name of Cecil is an alternate spelling of his mother's maiden name Cecille.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has a few examples, all spoilers; [[spoiler: Tear and Van's names are nicknames born from their full names - Mystearica and Vandesdelca - and their last names are taken from their adoptive father, grandfather, successfully hiding their origin as from Hod and Van's connection in particular. Guy's alias comes from his childhood nickname of his real name (''Gai''lardia) and his last name of Cecil is an alternate spelling of his mother's maiden name Cecille.]]
31st May '17 9:14:47 AM Malady
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SueDonym is when the alias used is the real name, after a bit of distortion in pronunciation.



** Zoe Nesmith is codenamed Zenith.
27th May '17 7:15:11 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfWinx'': [[spoiler:Jim is Captain ''James'' Hook]].
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