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12th Feb '17 2:58:07 PM Seanette
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* In ''Literature/{{Revival}}'', Charles Daniel Jacobs manages an impressive variety of combinations of real names as aliases.
10th Feb '17 9:52:46 PM KaiYves
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A character needs an alias for some reason and technically ''doesn't'' lie about what their name is... it might be their real name if they're known by a nickname or vice versa, or their maiden name if they're a married woman, or their middle name being used as their first name, but the point is that the character can argue that it ''is'' their real name. Often used by [[KingIncognito disguised royalty]] with {{overly long name}}s, since they can just pick one of their many middle names to be called by.

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A character needs an alias for some reason and technically ''doesn't'' lie about what their name is... it might be their real name if they're known by a nickname or vice versa, or their maiden name if they're a married woman, or their middle name being used as their first name, but the point is that the character can argue that it ''is'' their real name. Often used by [[KingIncognito disguised royalty]] with {{overly long name}}s, since they can just pick one of their many middle names to be called by.
by. One common variation is for a character to use [[NomDeMom their mother's maiden name as their surname]] in place of their father's.
4th Jan '17 12:24:50 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Zoe Nesmith is codenamed Zenith.
** Jobe Wilkins is literally applying the trope, with his codename being Jobe Wilkins.
** Jimmy Trauger is making only a token effort, with his codename being Jimmy T.
13th Dec '16 8:51:25 AM StFan
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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 able to disguise himself.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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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 able to disguise himself.



* SpiderMan was cloned, and the clone retained all of Peter's memories, to the point where he originally believed that he was the real one. Eventually the cloned Peter takes the name [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]], derived from Peter's middle name and Aunt May's maiden name (which helps facilitate the story that the two are [[StrongFamilyResemblance oddly identical]] cousins, as long as [[FridgeLogic no-one thinks too closely]] about Peter and May's actual relationship).

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* SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan was cloned, and the clone retained all of Peter's memories, to the point where he originally believed that he was the real one. Eventually the cloned Peter takes the name [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]], derived from Peter's middle name and Aunt May's maiden name (which helps facilitate the story that the two are [[StrongFamilyResemblance oddly identical]] cousins, as long as [[FridgeLogic no-one thinks too closely]] about Peter and May's actual relationship).



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* Trixie enters the [[FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus Atlas Strongest Tournament]] in a disguise and under her last name Lulamoon. Twilight recognizes her at the end of her match anyway.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/241889 "The Brain Thief,"]] Samuel Ramkin Vimes, Viscount of Oxbury and heir to the Duke of Ankh, introduces himself to a girl he meets as Sam Ramkin, thinking "It wasn't, technically, a lie." The girl, meanwhile, is studying midwifery at the Free Hospital as Meg Garlick, rather than Princess Esmeralda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre ("Garlick" being her mother's maiden name).

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* ''FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus'': Trixie enters the [[FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus Atlas Strongest Tournament]] Tournament in a disguise and under her last name Lulamoon. Twilight recognizes her at the end of her match anyway.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/241889 "The Brain Thief,"]] Thief"]], Samuel Ramkin Vimes, Viscount of Oxbury and heir to the Duke of Ankh, introduces himself to a girl he meets as Sam Ramkin, thinking "It wasn't, technically, a lie." The girl, meanwhile, is studying midwifery at the Free Hospital as Meg Garlick, rather than Princess Esmeralda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre ("Garlick" being her mother's maiden name).



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** Done by Obi Wan Kenobi in ''Film/ANewHope'', using his real last name, and the nickname "Ben".

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** Done by Obi Wan Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Film/ANewHope'', using his real last name, and the nickname "Ben".



* In 1937's ''ShallWeDance'', the two leads, who are both famous under stage names, get married quietly in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] under their real names.

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* In 1937's ''ShallWeDance'', ''Film/ShallWeDance'', the two leads, who are both famous under stage names, get married quietly in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] under their real names.



* Film/JamesBond does this quite often, though there are several occasions he uses proper aliases too. Somewhat justified in that officially he is a globetrotting employee for something called Universal Exports, which is actually a cover for [=MI6=]. In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' he poses as a banker named James Bond and actually has a fake employment record, but is given away as a spy because it is too perfect to be true, and because he was asking too many questions, not because of his name.
** Of course, making a number of blatant references about the BigBad's actions ''to his face'' didn't help his case...

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* Film/JamesBond does this quite often, though there are several occasions he uses proper aliases too. Somewhat justified in that officially he is a globetrotting employee for something called Universal Exports, which is actually a cover for [=MI6=]. In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' he poses as a banker named James Bond and actually has a fake employment record, but is given away as a spy because it is too perfect to be true, and because he was is asking too many questions, not because of his name.
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name. Of course, making a number of blatant references about the BigBad's actions ''to his face'' didn't doesn't help his case...



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* In Katharine Kerr's ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' novels, the character Nevyn (meaning "no one", and hence often taken to be a joke) uses his long-abandoned original name (Galrion) when he needs to be taken seriously by some nobles. Everyone who knows him assumes he just made it up.

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* In Katharine Kerr's ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' novels, the character Nevyn (meaning "no one", and hence often taken to be a joke) uses his long-abandoned original name (Galrion) when he needs to be taken seriously by some nobles. Everyone who knows him assumes he just made it up.



* [[LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey]] uses the name Death Bredon in the Creator/DorothyLSayers novel ''Murder Must Advertise''.
* In the novel ''TheSchoolStory'', Zoe pretends to be a literary agent and uses her nickname "Zee Zee" together with a misspelling of her last name.
* In ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgarath the Sorcerer]]'', the eponymous character once used his old name Garath when working undercover. It lasted until he had to use magic to fend off an attack. As well, his daughter Polgara sometimes goes as the Duchess of Erat, a title she technically owns although the duchy itself has been gone for thousands of years.

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* [[LordPeterWimsey [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey]] uses the name Death Bredon in the Creator/DorothyLSayers novel ''Murder Must Advertise''.
* In the novel ''TheSchoolStory'', ''Literature/TheSchoolStory'', Zoe pretends to be a literary agent and uses her nickname "Zee Zee" together with a misspelling of her last name.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
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In ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgarath ''Belgarath the Sorcerer]]'', Sorcerer'', the eponymous character once used uses his old name Garath when working undercover. It lasted lasts until he had has to use magic to fend off an attack. attack.
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As well, his daughter Polgara sometimes goes as the Duchess of Erat, a title she technically owns although the duchy itself has been gone for thousands of years.



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* A classic ''ForgottenRealms'' character was 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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* A classic ''ForgottenRealms'' '' TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' character was 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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* Frank, the first NPC you meet in ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', is actually [[spoiler:Labtech 123]]; no official statement has been made, but the general assumption is that "Frank" is in fact his real name.
** Pretty much confirmed by one of the [=H2k10=] [=NPCs=], who has mentioned him by name.

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* Frank, the first NPC you meet in ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', is actually [[spoiler:Labtech 123]]; no official statement has been made, but the general assumption is that "Frank" is in fact his real name.
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name. Pretty much confirmed by one of the [=H2k10=] [=NPCs=], who has mentioned him by name.



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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Gil is trying to get the attention of the crowd so that his father will know not to attack [[MalevolentArchitecture Castle Heterodyne]] while he's in there, but unfortunately they [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103#.VwZyifkrLIV don't seem to take his declaration]] that he's ''the'' Gilgamesh Wulfenbach seriously. He runs with it, pretending to be an actor pretending to be Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081105#.VwZ0S_krLIU turns the whole thing into a massive performance]] and everyone thinks it's hilarious until he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081110#.VwZ01PkrLIU starts blowing things up.]] They still end up thinking it's a pretty good show, though, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081112#.VwZ1Q_krLIU especially after Zeetha joins in.]]
** A partial version occurs with Agatha - when she's hiding from people who want to capture her because she's a Heterodyne, she hides out in a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041022#.VwZ6GfkrLIU Heterodyne show,]] playing the part of her mother while her love interest plays her father. She's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050511#.VwZ7oPkrLIU fully aware of the awkwardness.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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Gil is trying to get the attention of the crowd so that his father will know not to attack [[MalevolentArchitecture Castle Heterodyne]] while he's in there, but unfortunately they [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081103#.VwZyifkrLIV don't seem to take his declaration]] that he's ''the'' Gilgamesh Wulfenbach seriously. He runs with it, pretending to be an actor pretending to be Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081105#.VwZ0S_krLIU turns the whole thing into a massive performance]] and everyone thinks it's hilarious until he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081110#.VwZ01PkrLIU starts blowing things up.]] They still end up thinking it's a pretty good show, though, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081112#.VwZ1Q_krLIU especially after Zeetha joins in.]]
** A partial version occurs with Agatha - -- when she's hiding from people who want to capture her because she's a Heterodyne, she hides out in a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041022#.VwZ6GfkrLIU Heterodyne show,]] playing the part of her mother while her love interest plays her father. She's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050511#.VwZ7oPkrLIU fully aware of the awkwardness.]]



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1st Nov '16 7:12:06 PM MasoTey
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* When pretending to be a handmaiden in ''Franchise/StarWars'', Queen Amidala used her lesser-known non-royal name, Padme Naberrie.
** Done by Obi Wan Kenobi in the original film, using his real last name, and the nickname "Ben".

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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When pretending to be a handmaiden in ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Queen Amidala used her lesser-known non-royal name, Padme Naberrie.
** Done by Obi Wan Kenobi in the original film, ''Film/ANewHope'', using his real last name, and the nickname "Ben".
17th Sep '16 9:05:54 PM JackG
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See also MrSmith.
14th Sep '16 7:44:45 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/241889 "The Brain Thief,"]] Samuel Ramkin Vimes, Viscount of Oxbury and heir to the Duke of Ankh, introduces himself to a girl he meets as Sam Ramkin, thinking "It wasn't, technically, a lie." The girl, meanwhile, is studying midwifery at the Free Hospital as Meg Garlick, rather than Princess Esmeralda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/241889 "The Brain Thief,"]] Samuel Ramkin Vimes, Viscount of Oxbury and heir to the Duke of Ankh, introduces himself to a girl he meets as Sam Ramkin, thinking "It wasn't, technically, a lie." The girl, meanwhile, is studying midwifery at the Free Hospital as Meg Garlick, rather than Princess Esmeralda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre.Lancre ("Garlick" being her mother's maiden name).
14th Sep '16 7:43:39 PM PaulA
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* In the sequels to ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender simply goes by his given name of Andrew Wiggin. He is secretive about the fact that he's the same Andrew Wiggin who killed off the Bugger race thousands of years ago, but everyone thinks of that boy as "Ender," and the name "Andrew Wiggin" doesn't ring a bell for them. The few who do recognize the name assume his parents chose poorly when naming him.

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard:
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In the sequels to ''Literature/EndersGame'', Ender simply goes by his given name of Andrew Wiggin. He is secretive about the fact that he's the same Andrew Wiggin who killed off the Bugger race thousands of years ago, but everyone thinks of that boy as "Ender," and the name "Andrew Wiggin" doesn't ring a bell for them. The few who do recognize the name assume his parents chose poorly when naming him.him.
** In ''Literature/{{Earthborn}}'', a character whose life has been greatly extended travels among people to whom she has become ShroudedInMyth. She uses her own name, and people assume her parents named her after the legendary figure.
1st Sep '16 6:37:01 AM Odacon_Spy
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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''.]]
4th Jul '16 1:07:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** Done by [[{{TheObiwan}} Obi Wan Kenobi]] in the original film, using his real last name, and the nickname "Ben".

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** Done by [[{{TheObiwan}} Obi Wan Kenobi]] Kenobi in the original film, using his real last name, and the nickname "Ben".
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