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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey went without a codename for some time in comics, and has been codenameless in most screen adaptations ([[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s series]], ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[Film/XMen movies]]). This is because, by the time she came BackFromTheDead in UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept.
** Similarly, it turns out Zaladane's name is Zala Dane. ([[RetCon We think. At one point. Maybe.]]) It was intended that Zaladane have powers because she is related to Lorna Dane. Claremont forgot, however, that Lorna is adopted. (Source:X-Men danglers list)
*** And the name Polaris was first given to her by a mind-controlling villain (although Classic X-Men incorrectly showed the name earlier).
** This was also lampshaded in a commercial for ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', where the other members were introduced by their names and code names (for example, "Scott Summers ''is'' Cyclops"), but hers was simply, "Jean Grey ''is''... Jean Grey".
*** Heck, they discuss it in-show. "How come everyone has a codename but Rogue is just Rogue?" "Same way Jean is just Jean."
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost, since joining the X-Men, dropped her codename "White Queen". Justified in that "White Queen" isn't just a name, it's a rank in the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Which she left to join the X-Men.
** Cecilia Reyes never chose a codename because she didn't want to be a superhero. But she had the X-Men Bumblebee Suit and she was considered one of them after she was outed as a mutant.
** Dani Moonstar, formerly Mirage and Psyche, eventually dropped her codename and just went by "Moonstar". Admittedly, people who don't know her secret identity might well assume that Moonstar ''is'' her codename. [[spoiler:Also, her "civilian" identity is an agent of SHIELD, rendering the "secret identity" somewhat moot.]]
** Let's face it: X-Women tend to lose or not have code names (or have codenames that are for all intents and purposes their real name, like Rogue and X-23), possibly because their creators really like the real names they really like (Pryde, Frost, Grey) or introducing them as civilians who eventually chose half-hearted codenames that never really stick. Storm may be the only major female X-Man who hasn't operated for a significant length of time without using her codename (Psylocke has used hers pretty consistently since she got it, but started out as "Captain Britain's sister Betsy" and briefly "Captain Britain").

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!!DC
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey went without a codename for some time in comics, and
Franchise/{{Batman}} has been codenameless in most screen adaptations ([[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s series]], ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[Film/XMen movies]]). This is because, by the time she came BackFromTheDead in UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached several foes who, despite their gimmicks, choose to a different concept.
** Similarly, it turns out Zaladane's name is Zala Dane. ([[RetCon We think. At one point. Maybe.]]) It was intended that Zaladane have powers because she is related to Lorna Dane. Claremont forgot, however, that Lorna is adopted. (Source:X-Men danglers list)
*** And the name Polaris was first given to her by a mind-controlling villain (although Classic X-Men incorrectly showed the name earlier).
** This was also lampshaded in a commercial for ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', where the other members were introduced
go by their names and code names (for example, "Scott Summers ''is'' Cyclops"), but hers was simply, "Jean Grey ''is''... Jean Grey".
*** Heck, they discuss it in-show. "How come everyone has a codename but Rogue is just Rogue?" "Same way Jean is just Jean."
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost, since joining the X-Men, dropped her codename "White Queen". Justified in that "White Queen" isn't just a name, it's a rank in the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Which she left to join the X-Men.
** Cecilia Reyes never chose a codename because she didn't want to be a superhero. But she had the X-Men Bumblebee Suit and she was considered one of them after she was outed as a mutant.
** Dani Moonstar, formerly Mirage and Psyche, eventually dropped her codename and just went by "Moonstar". Admittedly, people who don't know her secret identity might well assume that Moonstar ''is'' her codename. [[spoiler:Also, her "civilian" identity is an agent of SHIELD, rendering the "secret identity" somewhat moot.
real names. Hugo Strange, Cornelius Stirk, Victor Zsasz, Philo Zeiss, David Cain [[spoiler:and James Gordon Jr.]]
** Let's face it: X-Women tend Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out loud, his code name is just his real one.
* Discussed in an issue of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' that opens with Superman fighting a guy in a power suit who identifies himself as "Gabriel Van Daniken." Superman tells him that it's the worst name for a super villain and he's ever heard, and Gabriel's reply is "You mean just because I build a containment suit and try
to lose or not [[WaterSourceTampering poison the water supply]] I have to give myself a stupid alias? Get a grip, Superman. I'm thirty-five years old!" A bystander watching the battle remarks that he has a point. After all, Bonnie and Clyde never had code names (or have codenames that are names, and they were criminals anyway. He says it's actually kind of cool for all intents and purposes villains to introduce themselves by their real name, like Rogue instead of calling themselves "Toxic-man" or "Pollutus".
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' has Scott Fischer. Apparently, they gave him the codename ''Blaze'' but he never got around to actually using it.
* During the [[DarkerAndEdgier Mike Grell]] run, ComicBook/GreenArrow
and X-23), possibly because their creators really like ComicBook/BlackCanary largely dropped the costumes and codenames. Later, Canary would all but abandon a civilian life, and Green Arrow's status would change DependingOnTheWriter.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] is a borderline case, as Mary is her real first name.
* ''The New Titans'' (formerly the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'') had:
** Danny Chase, a character [[TheScrappy loathed by all fans]].
** Earlier, they had Mal Duncan, who later went through an everchanging series of codenames: Guardian, Hornblower, Herald, and now Vox.
** There's also ComicBook/{{Raven}}. As of late she's adopted a pseudonym for use when she's out in the everyday world (Rachel Roth), but in an inversion her "codename" is
the real names they really like (Pryde, Frost, Grey) or introducing them one.
** ComicBook/{{Starfire}}'s identity is public knowledge, although she has taken on "Kory Anders"
as civilians who a legal name.
* After the various CrisisCrossover-induced {{ContinuitySnarl}}s in her back-story, the first ComicBook/WonderGirl called herself Troia for a time, but
eventually chose half-hearted codenames that never really stick. Storm may be the only major female X-Man who hasn't operated for a significant length of time without settled on just using her codename (Psylocke has used hers pretty consistently since she got it, but started out as "Captain Britain's sister Betsy" and briefly "Captain Britain").civilian name of Donna Troy.

!!Marvel



* Mary Marvel is a borderline case, as Mary is her real first name.
* ''ComicBook/TheNewTitans'' (formerly the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'') had Danny Chase, a character [[TheScrappy loathed by all fans]]. Earlier, they had Mal Duncan, who later went through an everchanging series of codenames: Guardian, Hornblower, Herald, and now Vox.
** There's also ComicBook/{{Raven}}. As of late she's adopted a pseudonym for use when she's out in the everyday world (Rachel Roth), but in an inversion her "codename" is the real one.
** ComicBook/{{Starfire}}'s identity is public knowledge, although she has taken on "Kory Anders" as a legal name.
* Supervillain example: Moses Magnum. A [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], but not a terribly MeaningfulName relative to his powers.

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* Mary Marvel is In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica #289'', Cap's girlfriend at the time, Bernie Rosenthal, spends a borderline case, as Mary is backup story daydreaming about being a superhero called "Bernie America", leading to this exchange when she meets her real first name.
reinterpretation of Steve:
-->'''Steve:''' Uh, ''B-B-Bernie?'' I have to t-talk to you...\\
'''Bernie:''' Please, Steve--call me Bernie ''America!'' You wouldn't want to jeopardize my double identity, would you?\\
'''Steve:''' No, ma'am.
* ''ComicBook/TheNewTitans'' (formerly ComicBook/DoctorDoom. Everyone knows who he is (what with him being European royalty and all), and considering his status as an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, he more than earns his title. Although since he was expelled from college, so it's more like an honorary degree.
* While
the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'') had Danny Chase, a character [[TheScrappy loathed by all fans]]. Earlier, ComicBook/FantasticFour technically have codenames (though not secret identities), they had Mal Duncan, who later went through an everchanging series of codenames: Guardian, Hornblower, Herald, and now Vox.
** There's also ComicBook/{{Raven}}. As of late she's adopted a pseudonym for use when she's out in
never actually seem to ''use'' them. Haven't since the everyday world (Rachel Roth), but in an inversion her "codename" '70s. Mr. Fantastic is the real one.
** ComicBook/{{Starfire}}'s identity is public knowledge, although she has taken on "Kory Anders"
universally known as a legal name.
* Supervillain example: Moses Magnum. A [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], but not a terribly MeaningfulName relative to
"Reed" or "Dr. Richards". (Johnny Storm isn't actually part of this trope, because his powers.name is [[AwesomeMcCoolname actually pretty badass]]...)



* The Justice Force's Ananda (''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'') goes by her real name; her mother Bernice, also a super-hero, went by "Battling Bernice".
* During the [[DarkerAndEdgier Mike Grell]] run, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary largely dropped the costumes and codenames.
** Later, Canary would all but abandon a civilian life, and Green Arrow's status would change DependingOnTheWriter
* Another [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] example, Doctor Hugo Strange [the heroic Nedor Comics version] was known as Doc Strange while adventuring. His costume was basically the 1940s version of CivvieSpandex and he had no secret identity. This was preserved when Creator/AlanMoore revived him in his America's Best Comics universe as ''Tom Strange''.
** ComicBook/TomStrong himself is also an example.
* In the first-published issue of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, the pilot Tycho Celchu goes to an Imperial-held planet, puts on a captain's uniform, and reports for duty at pilot barracks in one of the cities, all in order to get intel and be in place to [[TheMole betray them]]. He does this, however, under his real name and homeplanet. Tycho Celchu, of Alderaan, who defected to the Rebellion after his planet was destroyed, helped keep [=TIEs=] off Wedge during the run on the second Death Star, and became part of the core of Rogue Squadron. What's worse is that it worked completely.

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* The Justice Force's Ananda (''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'') goes by her real name; her mother Bernice, also a super-hero, went by "Battling Bernice".
* During the [[DarkerAndEdgier Mike Grell]] run, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary largely dropped the costumes and codenames.
** Later, Canary would all
Supervillain example: Moses Magnum. A [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], but abandon not a civilian life, and Green Arrow's status would change DependingOnTheWriter
* Another [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] example, Doctor Hugo Strange [the heroic Nedor Comics version] was known as Doc Strange while adventuring. His costume was basically the 1940s version of CivvieSpandex and he had no secret identity. This was preserved when Creator/AlanMoore revived him in
terribly MeaningfulName relative to his America's Best Comics universe as ''Tom Strange''.
** ComicBook/TomStrong himself is also an example.
* In the first-published issue of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, the pilot Tycho Celchu goes to an Imperial-held planet, puts on a captain's uniform, and reports for duty at pilot barracks in one of the cities, all in order to get intel and be in place to [[TheMole betray them]]. He does this, however, under his real name and homeplanet. Tycho Celchu, of Alderaan, who defected to the Rebellion after his planet was destroyed, helped keep [=TIEs=] off Wedge during the run on the second Death Star, and became part of the core of Rogue Squadron. What's worse is that it worked completely.
powers.



* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' has Scott Fischer. Apparently, they gave him the codename ''Blaze'' but he never got around to actually using it.
* While the ComicBook/FantasticFour technically have codenames (though not secret identities), they never actually seem to ''use'' them. Haven't since the '70s. Mr. Fantastic is universally known as "Reed" or "Dr. Richards". (Johnny Storm isn't actually part of this trope, because his name is [[AwesomeMcCoolname actually pretty badass]]...)
* After the various CrisisCrossover-induced {{ContinuitySnarl}}s in her back-story, the first ComicBook/WonderGirl called herself Troia for a time, but eventually settled on just using her civilian name of Donna Troy.



* Another supervillain example comes from Doctor Doom. Everyone knows who he is (what with him being European royalty and all), and considering his status as an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, he more than earns his title. Although since he was expelled from college, so it's more like an honorary degree.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey went without a codename for some time in comics, and has been codenameless in most screen adaptations ([[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s series]], ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[Film/XMen movies]]). This is because, by the time she came BackFromTheDead in UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept.
** Similarly, it turns out Zaladane's name is Zala Dane. ([[RetCon We think. At one point. Maybe.]]) It was intended that Zaladane have powers because she is related to Lorna Dane. Claremont forgot, however, that Lorna is adopted. (Source:X-Men danglers list)
*** And the name Polaris was first given to her by a mind-controlling villain (although Classic X-Men incorrectly showed the name earlier).
** This was also lampshaded in a commercial for ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', where the other members were introduced by their names and code names (for example, "Scott Summers ''is'' Cyclops"), but hers was simply, "Jean Grey ''is''... Jean Grey".
*** Heck, they discuss it in-show. "How come everyone has a codename but Rogue is just Rogue?" "Same way Jean is just Jean."
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost, since joining the X-Men, dropped her codename "White Queen". Justified in that "White Queen" isn't just a name, it's a rank in the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Which she left to join the X-Men.
** Cecilia Reyes never chose a codename because she didn't want to be a superhero. But she had the X-Men Bumblebee Suit and she was considered one of them after she was outed as a mutant.
** Dani Moonstar, formerly Mirage and Psyche, eventually dropped her codename and just went by "Moonstar". Admittedly, people who don't know her secret identity might well assume that Moonstar ''is'' her codename. [[spoiler:Also, her "civilian" identity is an agent of SHIELD, rendering the "secret identity" somewhat moot.]]
** Let's face it: X-Women tend to lose or not have code names (or have codenames that are for all intents and purposes their real name, like Rogue and X-23), possibly because their creators really like the real names they really like (Pryde, Frost, Grey) or introducing them as civilians who eventually chose half-hearted codenames that never really stick. Storm may be the only major female X-Man who hasn't operated for a significant length of time without using her codename (Psylocke has used hers pretty consistently since she got it, but started out as "Captain Britain's sister Betsy" and briefly "Captain Britain").

!!Misc
* Another supervillain example comes from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] example, Doctor Doom. Everyone knows who Hugo Strange [the heroic Nedor Comics version] was known as Doc Strange while adventuring. His costume was basically the 1940s version of CivvieSpandex and he is (what with had no secret identity. This was preserved when Creator/AlanMoore revived him being European royalty and all), and considering in his status America's Best Comics universe as ''Tom Strange''.
** ComicBook/TomStrong himself is also
an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, he more than earns example.
* ''ComicBook/{{Madman}}'' goes by
his title. Although since he real name, Frank Einstein. He was expelled from college, so it's more like an honorary degree.called "a madman" during his first appearance but [[IAmNotShazam no one actually calls him that as a codename or otherwise]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Madman}}'' goes by his real name, Frank Einstein. He was called "a madman" during his first appearance but [[IAmNotShazam no one actually calls him that as a codename or otherwise]].
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica #289'', Cap's girlfriend at the time, Bernie Rosenthal, spends a backup story daydreaming about being a superhero called "Bernie America", leading to this exchange when she meets her reinterpretation of Steve:
-->'''Steve:''' Uh, ''B-B-Bernie?'' I have to t-talk to you...\\
'''Bernie:''' Please, Steve--call me Bernie ''America!'' You wouldn't want to jeopardize my double identity, would you?\\
'''Steve:''' No, ma'am.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has several foes who, despite their gimmicks, choose to go by their real names. Hugo Strange, Cornelius Stirk, Victor Zsasz, Philo Zeiss, David Cain [[spoiler:and James Gordon Jr.]]
** Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out loud, his code name is just his real one.
* Discussed in an issue of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' that opens with Superman fighting a guy in a power suit who identifies himself as "Gabriel Van Daniken." Superman tells him that it's the worst name for a super villain and he's ever heard, and Gabriel's reply is "You mean just because I build a containment suit and try to [[WaterSourceTampering poison the water supply]] I have to give myself a stupid alias? Get a grip, Superman. I'm thirty-five years old!" A bystander watching the battle remarks that he has a point. After all, Bonnie and Clyde never had code names, and they were criminals anyway. He says it's actually kind of cool for villains to introduce themselves by their real name, instead of calling themselves "Toxic-man" or "Pollutus".
* A borderline but still egregious case is Daisy Duck's little-used super-hero identity in Disney comics… Super Daisy. (It's a TranslationInducedPlothole — in the original Italian version of the comics where she appeared, her name was unrelated to her civilian name.) This wouldn't even be so egregious, if not for the fact that she's barely even disguised, and yet Donald Duck interacts with her at several points and doesn't recognize her.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Madman}}'' The Justice Force's Ananda (''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'') goes by her real name; her mother Bernice, also a super-hero, went by "Battling Bernice".
* In the first-published issue of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, the pilot Tycho Celchu goes to an Imperial-held planet, puts on a captain's uniform, and reports for duty at pilot barracks in one of the cities, all in order to get intel and be in place to [[TheMole betray them]]. He does this, however, under
his real name, Frank Einstein. He name and homeplanet. Tycho Celchu, of Alderaan, who defected to the Rebellion after his planet was called "a madman" destroyed, helped keep [=TIEs=] off Wedge during his first appearance but [[IAmNotShazam no one actually calls him that as a codename or otherwise]].
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica #289'', Cap's girlfriend at
the time, Bernie Rosenthal, spends a backup story daydreaming about being a superhero called "Bernie America", leading to this exchange when she meets her reinterpretation of Steve:
-->'''Steve:''' Uh, ''B-B-Bernie?'' I have to t-talk to you...\\
'''Bernie:''' Please, Steve--call me Bernie ''America!'' You wouldn't want to jeopardize my double identity, would you?\\
'''Steve:''' No, ma'am.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has several foes who, despite their gimmicks, choose to go by their real names. Hugo Strange, Cornelius Stirk, Victor Zsasz, Philo Zeiss, David Cain [[spoiler:and James Gordon Jr.]]
** Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out loud, his code name is just his real one.
* Discussed in an issue of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' that opens with Superman fighting a guy in a power suit who identifies himself as "Gabriel Van Daniken." Superman tells him that it's
run on the worst name for a super villain second Death Star, and he's ever heard, and Gabriel's reply is "You mean just because I build a containment suit and try to [[WaterSourceTampering poison the water supply]] I have to give myself a stupid alias? Get a grip, Superman. I'm thirty-five years old!" A bystander watching the battle remarks that he has a point. After all, Bonnie and Clyde never had code names, and they were criminals anyway. He says it's actually kind of cool for villains to introduce themselves by their real name, instead of calling themselves "Toxic-man" or "Pollutus".
* A borderline but still egregious case is Daisy Duck's little-used super-hero identity in Disney comics… Super Daisy. (It's a TranslationInducedPlothole — in the original Italian version
became part of the comics where she appeared, her name was unrelated to her civilian name.) This wouldn't even be so egregious, if not for the fact core of Rogue Squadron. What's worse is that she's barely even disguised, and yet Donald Duck interacts with her at several points and doesn't recognize her. it worked completely.
13th Sep '17 6:43:02 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Some villains even know where they live.
** Some? In ''Meet the Beat Alls'', Mojo Jojo, Princess, HIM, and Fuzzy Lumpkins ALL knew where they lived. Not to mention that Princess goes to school with them, the Gangreen Gang has invaded their school twice, and Mojo accidentally helped create them. They also float everywhere and have a Hotline at school for when they are needed while at school. There is nothing secret about their identities.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Some WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls have no secret identities. A few times, villains even know where they live.
** Some? In ''Meet the Beat Alls'', Mojo Jojo, Princess, HIM, and Fuzzy Lumpkins ALL knew where they lived. Not
came straight to mention that Princess goes to school with them, the Gangreen Gang has invaded their school twice, and Mojo accidentally helped create them. They also float everywhere and have a Hotline at school for when they are needed while at school. There is nothing secret about their identities.house to attack.
13th Sep '17 6:16:51 PM thatother1dude
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->'''Watch''': And here's your temporary Guild ID. We'll issue your permanent one once you've decided on a villain name.
->'''St. Cloud''': Augustus St. Cloud.
->'''Watch''': Ahh, going with the real name then. Very Lex Luthor of you.

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->'''Watch''': And here's your temporary Guild ID. We'll issue your permanent one once you've decided on a villain name.
->'''St.
name.\\
'''St.
Cloud''': Augustus St. Cloud.
->'''Watch''':
Cloud.\\
'''Watch''':
Ahh, going with the real name then. Very Lex Luthor of you.



Compare OvertOperative, a secret agent who never bothers keeping low.

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Compare OvertOperative, a secret agent who never bothers keeping low. Contrast RealNameAsAnAlias.
3rd Sep '17 2:33:43 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey went without a codename for some time in comics, and has been codenameless in most screen adaptations ([[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} 1990s series]], ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[Film/{{X-Men}} movies]]). This is because, by the time she came BackFromTheDead in UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept.

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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'':
''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey went without a codename for some time in comics, and has been codenameless in most screen adaptations ([[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} ([[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s series]], ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[Film/{{X-Men}} [[Film/XMen movies]]). This is because, by the time she came BackFromTheDead in UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept.
18th Aug '17 12:38:19 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Artemis Crock uses the superhero name of...Artemis.
** This leads to an important bit of foreshadowing in "Targets" when Cheshire refers to her as "Ar--chery girl." This hints at the fact that Cheshire knows Artemis's real name, but not her codename, since Artemis is not a public superhero. The reason, of course, being that [[spoiler:they are sisters]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[TheArcher Artemis Crock Crock]] uses the superhero name of...Artemis.
Artemis. Somewhat {{Justified}} because her work on the Team is covert ops, so she's not well-known publicly, and because [[StephenUlyssesPerhero her name fits]] her gimmick rather well, assuming that you're familiar with Myth/ClassicalMythology.
** This leads to an important bit of foreshadowing in "Targets" when Cheshire [[DarkActionGirl Cheshire]] refers to her as "Ar--chery girl." This hints at the fact that Cheshire knows Artemis's real name, but not her codename, since Artemis is not a public superhero.codename. The reason, of course, being that [[spoiler:they are sisters]].
24th Apr '17 9:26:23 PM Digifiend
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* [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]], ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{sidekick}} and current Captain America, was actually called Bucky Barnes, as a nickname based on his middle name, Buchanan. What's different, and very odd, about this is that "Bucky" was treated as a code name, and nobody knew that Bucky Barnes was the same person as Cap's sidekick Bucky.

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* [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]], ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{sidekick}} and current later Captain America, was actually called Bucky Barnes, as a nickname based on his middle name, Buchanan. What's different, and very odd, about this is that "Bucky" was treated as a code name, and nobody knew that Bucky Barnes was the same person as Cap's sidekick Bucky.
22nd Nov '16 9:16:15 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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** Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out pound his code name is just his real one.

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** Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out pound loud, his code name is just his real one.


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* A borderline but still egregious case is Daisy Duck's little-used super-hero identity in Disney comics… Super Daisy. (It's a TranslationInducedPlothole — in the original Italian version of the comics where she appeared, her name was unrelated to her civilian name.) This wouldn't even be so egregious, if not for the fact that she's barely even disguised, and yet Donald Duck interacts with her at several points and doesn't recognize her.
16th May '16 9:47:27 AM Drope
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** Tomura Shigaraki doesn't hide himself under an alias.

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** Tomura Shigaraki doesn't hide himself under an alias. [[spoiler: Subverted later when it is shown that his real name is Tenko Shimura]].
12th Feb '16 9:02:58 AM Philweasel
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Normally justified with their real name being common and their civilian identity being fairly nondescript, but not always.


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** They do occasionally maintain a secret identity, but it's essentially just them under a disguise with no social security number or personal connections tied to it.
30th Jan '16 12:47:06 AM troodos
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** Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out pound his code name is just his real one.
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