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22nd Jun '18 2:19:55 AM BreadBull
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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.

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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 [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname known by a nickname nickname]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep their occupation]], 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.
4th Jun '18 7:03:51 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* Japanese idol and web star [=RaMu=] makes a point of always going by her stage name and writing it in Western characters. However, she once tweeted a partial picture of her identity document, which showed that her given name is... Ramu.
24th May '18 2:53:14 PM Pichu-kun
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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.

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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 a different surname while hidden in Japan.
15th Feb '18 1:08:43 PM gerokeymaster
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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.
31st Dec '17 11:20:05 AM Psyclone
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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. She discovers this because his real name was on a placard, [[RuleOfFunny which they altered by pasting on a speck of paper with a period]].

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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. She discovers this because his real name was on a placard, [[RuleOfFunny which they altered by pasting on a speck of paper with a period]]. However, once this is revealed he formally introduces himself as "Lieutenant...L.T. Smash".
20th Dec '17 12:08:45 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown,'' SantaClaus was a DoorstopBaby with a tag that said "Claus," but was adopted by [[ChristmasElves the Kringle family of elves]], who named him Kris. Later, when he becomes an outlaw (for the crime of making toys) he adopts his birth name to avoid detection.



** Creator/LewisCarroll is a special case -- the name is actually Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's real first and middle names [[RecursiveTranslation translated into Latin, and then back again into English.]]

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** Creator/LewisCarroll is a special case -- the name is actually Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's real first and middle names [[RecursiveTranslation translated into Latin, and then back again into English.]]English]].
19th Dec '17 7:32:44 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': In the episode "Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals", Goofball is introduced by his first name. When Frankie overhears a group of kids calling him "John," she believes she has more proof he is not an imaginary friend. Goofball explains that it is his middle name and that he is named after his owner, Larry. He then tacks on another explanation that "Larry" is his owner's middle name. [[ShockingSwerve Despite all evidence]], this turns out to be true.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
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In the episode "Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals", Goofball is introduced by his first name. When Frankie overhears a group of kids calling him "John," she believes she has more proof he is not an imaginary friend. Goofball explains that it is his middle name and that he is named after his owner, Larry. He then tacks on another explanation that "Larry" is his owner's middle name. [[ShockingSwerve Despite all evidence]], this turns out to be true.true.
** In "Affairweather Friends", Berri disguises herself as a rich human child named [[FunWithHomophones Barry]].
19th Dec '17 7:30:22 PM thatother1dude
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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.
* This turned out to be the case in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', specifically the nickname version. It turns out that Pidge Gunderson's real name is Katie Holt who entered Galaxy Garrison training under an assumed name (and [[WholesomeCrossdresser gender]]) to search for her missing brother Matt after getting banned from the base in her real identity. She chose Pidge as an alias because that's the nickname that Matt used to call her growing up.

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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.
Smash. She discovers this because his real name was on a placard, [[RuleOfFunny which they altered by pasting on a speck of paper with a period]].
* This turned out to be the case in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', specifically the nickname version. It turns out that Pidge Gunderson's real name is Katie Holt Holt, who entered Galaxy Garrison training under an assumed name (and [[WholesomeCrossdresser gender]]) to search for her missing brother Matt after getting banned from the base in her real identity. She chose Pidge as an alias because that's the nickname that Matt used to call her growing up.
13th Nov '17 4:54:20 PM CV12Hornet
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* Emperor Andreas Komnenos in ''Literature/AnAgeOfMiracles'' goes by Andreas when he has to go incognito for a while. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that as a very popular emperor, he looks younger than most commoners his age and there are a lot of people named Andreas.
5th Nov '17 6:05:11 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''A Prince Commands'', Michael uses this while passing himself off as the American friend of the prince.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''A Prince Commands'', ''Literature/ThePrinceCommands'', Michael uses this while passing himself off as the American friend of the prince.
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