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18th Jan '17 2:57:39 PM Nithael
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* One of the beings featured in {{Bogleech}}'s [[http://www.bogleech.com/halloween/hall15-nightmares2.html Nightmare Beings]] posts is identified only as *TV Static Noise*. Within the narrative of the nightmare from which it originated, it believes that if it is given a name, it can escape into the waking world, and attempts without success to coerce the dreamer into naming it. Upon hearing the story, [[TemptingFate Bog immediately names it]] [[FluffyTheTerrible Dorothy]].

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* One of the beings featured in {{Bogleech}}'s Website/{{Bogleech}}'s [[http://www.bogleech.com/halloween/hall15-nightmares2.html Nightmare Beings]] posts is identified only as *TV Static Noise*. Within the narrative of the nightmare from which it originated, it believes that if it is given a name, it can escape into the waking world, and attempts without success to coerce the dreamer into naming it. Upon hearing the story, [[TemptingFate Bog immediately names it]] [[FluffyTheTerrible Dorothy]].
5th Jan '17 3:08:40 PM WildKatGirl
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* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend : Holiday Star'' you encounter a bird who calls himself Nemo and says that he has lost his real name.
13th Dec '16 7:21:50 AM captainspycrab
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* One of the beings featured in {{Bogleech}}'s [[http://www.bogleech.com/halloween/hall15-nightmares2.html Nightmare Beings]] posts is identified only as *TV Static Noise*. Within the narrative of the nightmare from which it originated, it believes that if it is given a name, it can escape into the waking world, and attempts without success to coerce the dreamer into naming it. Upon hearing the story, [[TemptingFate Bog immediately names it]] [[FluffyTheTerrible Dorothy]].
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8th Nov '16 4:32:30 PM ultimomant
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** Ichibei Hyosube has the power to literally erase a person or object's name. IKnowYourTrueName is very important in this universe, because they affect the power of something or someone has. Therefore, anyone or anything affected by this ability loses its powers. Unfortunately for him, [[BigBad Yhwach]] was powerful enough to completely counter the ability and remember his name.

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** Ichibei Hyosube has the power to literally erase a person or object's name. IKnowYourTrueName is very important in this universe, because they affect the power of something or someone has. Therefore, anyone or anything affected by this ability loses its powers. Unfortunately for him, [[BigBad Yhwach]] was powerful enough to completely counter the ability and remember his name.
28th Oct '16 6:58:16 PM sgamer82
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* In ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' the character so-called 'Stephen Black' is apparently not actually named Stephen Black, or so it would seem according to the rules of magic, because 'Stephen' was a slave name and not his true name given to him by his mother at his birth (which has been lost). As such, Magic considers him to be "TheNameless King", which is problematic because there is also a historical figure prevalent in the story, the Raven King, who was also given a slave name that was not his real name, John Uskglass, and is also referred to as "TheNameless King". Spells meant to address the latter Nameless King accidentally affect the former Nameless King.
** As to "[[TheFairFolk the Man with the thistle-down hair]]", he is not TheNameless, rather his [[NoNameGiven name is simply never given]].

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* In ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' the character so-called 'Stephen Black' called "Stephen Black" is apparently not actually named Stephen Black, or so it would seem according to the rules of magic, because 'Stephen' was a slave name and not his true name given to him by his mother at his birth (which birth, which has been lost). lost. As such, Magic considers him to be "TheNameless "The Nameless King", which is problematic because there is also a historical figure prevalent in the story, the Raven King, who was also given a slave name that was not his real name, John Uskglass, and is also referred to as "TheNameless "The Nameless King". Spells meant to address the latter Nameless King accidentally affect the former Nameless King.
** As to "[[TheFairFolk the Man with the thistle-down hair]]", he is not TheNameless, rather his [[NoNameGiven name is simply never given]].
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28th Oct '16 6:56:24 PM sgamer82
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* Trowa Barton from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' was separated from his family as a baby and raised by a band of mercenaries, who never named him. He remains nameless his entire life until the eve of [[ColonyDrop Operation Meteor]], when he lifts the moniker of the man originally trained to pilot the Gundam Heavyarms. After [[TheMovie Endless Waltz]], he considers himself nameless once more, until his friends convince him to keep it.
** Of course, early on in the show, it's demonstrated that he still hasn't fully accepted the new name:
-->'''Trowa:''' Battle Record 001, pilot's name...let's go with Trowa.\\

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* Trowa Barton from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' was separated from his family as a baby and raised by a band of mercenaries, who never named him. He remains nameless his entire life until the eve of [[ColonyDrop Operation Meteor]], when he lifts the moniker of the man originally trained to pilot the Gundam Heavyarms. After [[TheMovie Endless Waltz]], he considers himself nameless once more, until his friends convince him to keep it.
** Of course, early
it. Eearly on in the show, it's demonstrated that he still hasn't fully accepted the new name:
-->'''Trowa:''' Battle Record 001, pilot's name... let's go with Trowa.\\



* "Scar" in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. When Yoki asks Scar's name, Scar responds that to Ishvalans, a person's name is the most important thing; the name is regarded as a gift from God. So Yoki asks again, and Scar's response is "I threw it away. I threw away my own ''name''." Yoki doesn't dare ask him again. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he ''still'' refuses to give his name and says you can just call him whatever you want to.]]

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* "Scar" in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** "Scar".
When Yoki asks Scar's name, Scar responds that to Ishvalans, a person's name is the most important thing; the name is regarded as a gift from God. So Yoki asks again, and Scar's response is "I threw it away. I threw away my own ''name''." Yoki doesn't dare ask him again. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he ''still'' refuses to give his name and says you can just call him whatever you want to.]]



* In ''Manga/DragonBall''/''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the Namek who [[LiteralSplitPersonality split into Piccolo and Kami long before the start of the series]] is never named. Neither Piccolo nor Kami remember what their pre-split name was, and when they [[SplitPersonalityMerge merge back together]], the resulting entity calls himself "the Namek who has long since forgotten his name". This doesn't last long, as he soon just goes by Piccolo for the sake of convenience.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall''/''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
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Namek who [[LiteralSplitPersonality split into Piccolo and Kami long before the start of the series]] is never named. Neither Piccolo nor Kami remember what their pre-split name was, and when they [[SplitPersonalityMerge merge back together]], the resulting entity calls himself "the Namek who has long since forgotten his name". This doesn't last long, as he soon just goes by Piccolo for the sake of convenience.



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* In Dreamwave's Transformers comic series [[ComicBook/TransformersGenerationOne "The War Within: The Dark Ages"]], a character is introduced who is only ever referred to as "the Fallen," as his name was taken away from him by his fellow Transformers after he betrayed Primus and sided with Unicron. This is especially significant since Transformer names are not only personal labels, but usually define their entire purpose, personality, and/or function. (In the novel "Transformers Exodus", his original name is given as "Megatronus Prime").

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In Dreamwave's Transformers comic series [[ComicBook/TransformersGenerationOne "The ''[[ComicBook/TransformersGenerationOne The War Within: The Dark Ages"]], Ages]]'', a character is introduced who is only ever referred to as "the Fallen," as his name was taken away from him by his fellow Transformers after he betrayed Primus and sided with Unicron. This is especially significant since Transformer names are not only personal labels, but usually define their entire purpose, personality, and/or function. (In the novel "Transformers Exodus", his original name is given as "Megatronus Prime").



* In ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}'', The Beast was a denizen of Eden who refused to be named by Adam. It hated the idea of being defined, and thus limited, by man. As a result, The Beast became a powerful spirit who lacked a body to call its own who is dedicated to wiping out humanity.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}'', The the Beast was a denizen of Eden who refused to be named by Adam. It hated the idea of being defined, and thus limited, by man. As a result, The the Beast became a powerful spirit who lacked a body to call its own who is dedicated to wiping out humanity.



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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', narration discloses that Sauron's spokesman had long forgotten his own name; he introduces himself to the emissaries of the West by his function, the Mouth of Sauron.
** To an extent this applies to many of the enemies. "Sauron" is itself an epithet given to the enemy by the Elves (meaning "abhorred"), and ordinarily his own servants are not allowed to use it. The Nazgul have no names in the published books (though some of Tolkien's other writings gave names to one or another of them). And in the end, Saruman is known as "Sharkey", which Tolkien speculates is from a BlackSpeech word meaning "old man".

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', narration ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings:''
** Narration
discloses that Sauron's spokesman had long forgotten his own name; he introduces himself to the emissaries of the West by his function, the Mouth of Sauron.
** To an extent this applies to many of the enemies. "Sauron" is itself an epithet given to the enemy by the Elves (meaning "abhorred"), and ordinarily his own servants are not allowed to use it. The Nazgul have no names in the published books (though books, though some of Tolkien's other writings gave names to one or another of them). And in them. In the end, Saruman is known as "Sharkey", which Tolkien speculates is from a BlackSpeech word meaning "old man".



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* In the backstory of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' {{Shapeshifter}} Odo was originally called "unknown sample" in Bajoran but the Cardassian overseeing the project gave it the closest approximation in Cardassian instead: "odo'ital," which translates literally as "nothing".
** From the same series, the Changeling species does not use names. The one who oversees the war in the Alpha Quandrant is content to be referred to as "the female Changeling" and explains to Odo that they have no need for names among themselves, as they exist naturally in a liquid "Great Link." When Odo asks her how they distinguish one Changeling from another without names, she explains that [[HiveMind they don't]].
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the telepathic [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] do not use names. When individual Wraith get captured for interrogation or just become recurring characters, [[TheNicknamer Colonel Sheppard randomly assigns human names to them]] so they can be called something other than "that Wraith".

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine:''
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In the backstory of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' {{Shapeshifter}} Odo was originally called "unknown sample" in Bajoran but the Cardassian overseeing the project gave it the closest approximation in Cardassian instead: "odo'ital," which translates literally as "nothing".
** From the same series, the The Changeling species does not use names. The one who oversees the war in the Alpha Quandrant is content to be referred to as "the female Changeling" and explains to Odo that they have no need for names among themselves, as they exist naturally in a liquid "Great Link." When Odo asks her how they distinguish one Changeling from another without names, she explains that [[HiveMind they don't]].
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
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telepathic [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] do not use names. When individual Wraith get captured for interrogation or just become recurring characters, [[TheNicknamer Colonel Sheppard randomly assigns human names to them]] so they can be called something other than "that Wraith".



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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Snake says that he has no name. Various characters call him different names, including Big Boss (his title [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame given to him by the CIA for his actions in]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''), John (his birth name), and Snake (his code name from [=MGS3=]), which is the name he dislikes the least.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
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In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Snake says that he has no name. Various characters call him different names, including Big Boss (his title [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame given to him by the CIA for his actions in]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''), John (his birth name), and Snake (his code name from [=MGS3=]), which is the name he dislikes the least.
28th Oct '16 6:44:04 PM sgamer82
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* The plot of the Literature/LiadenUniverse prequel ''Crystal Dragon'' involves a school of sorceresses who go their entire lives without names (being born and raised within the school so that this can be ensured). Being equipped with telepathy and other powers helps smooth over the potential social awkwardnesses. The school teaches that being nameless is a strength, rendering a person immune to IKnowYourTrueName types of magic, but it's suggested that it also somehow weakens their individuality and makes them susceptible to being dominated by the school's masters. Some of the sorceresses who break from the school over the course of the story find names for themselves, but the one who gets the most page time never does, and is referred to throughout the series only by description.

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* The plot of the Literature/LiadenUniverse ''Literature/LiadenUniverse'' prequel ''Crystal Dragon'' involves a school of sorceresses who go their entire lives without names (being born and raised within the school so that this can be ensured). Being equipped with telepathy and other powers helps smooth over the potential social awkwardnesses. The school teaches that being nameless is a strength, rendering a person immune to IKnowYourTrueName types of magic, but it's suggested that it also somehow weakens their individuality and makes them susceptible to being dominated by the school's masters. Some of the sorceresses who break from the school over the course of the story find names for themselves, but the one who gets the most page time never does, and is referred to throughout the series only by description.description.
* Servants of the ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'' dark god Kalzidar give up their names as part of their service to him. One such nameless priest is the primary antagonist of the second book. Upon meeting a rogue in the third, the party is immediately wary when she initially refuses to give her name. In that case, it's just a case of the rogue, Elora, being cautious.
26th Oct '16 10:15:53 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the Spirit of the Millennium Puzzle has amnesia. While his friends just call him "The Other Yugi" (or Yami in the English dub), others call him "Spirit of the Nameless Pharaoh". [[spoiler:In the final arc, it is learned that his name is Atem.]]

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the Spirit of the Millennium Puzzle has amnesia. While his friends just call him "The Other Yugi" (or Yami or "Dark Yugi" ("Yami" in the English dub), others call him "Spirit of the Nameless Pharaoh". [[spoiler:In the final arc, it is learned that his name is Atem.]]
24th Oct '16 10:34:08 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the Spirit of the Millennium Puzzle has amnesia. While his friends just call him "The Other Yugi" (or Yami in the English dub), others call him "Spirit of the Nameless Pharaoh". [[spoiler:In the final arc, it is learned that his name is Atem.]]



* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Snake says that he has no name. Various characters call him different names, including Big Boss (his title [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame given to him by the CIA for his actions in]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'']]), John (his birth name), and Snake (his code name from [=MGS3=]), which is the name he dislikes the least.
** In a similar vein, in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Liquid implies that he and Solid Snake have no names, no history beyond their programmed lives as clones. [[SubvertedTrope Snake counters that he]] ''[[SubvertedTrope does]]'' have a name]], angering Liquid, who doesn't identify by his own at all. The end of the game reveals that his first name is David.

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Snake says that he has no name. Various characters call him different names, including Big Boss (his title [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame given to him by the CIA for his actions in]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'']]), ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''), John (his birth name), and Snake (his code name from [=MGS3=]), which is the name he dislikes the least.
** In a similar vein, in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Liquid implies that he and Solid Snake have no names, no history beyond their programmed lives as clones. [[SubvertedTrope Snake counters that he]] ''[[SubvertedTrope does]]'' have a name]], name, angering Liquid, who doesn't identify by his own at all. The end of the game reveals that his first name is David.
24th Oct '16 3:23:30 PM Sharysa
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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the antagonist is the Horned Hunter of Myth/CelticMythology, frequently just called "the Hunter." Maidin the river-spirit explains that he's a Force of Nature, and would have given up his name on taking the position.

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* In ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'', the antagonist is the Horned Hunter of Myth/CelticMythology, frequently just called "the Hunter." Maidin the river-spirit explains that he's a Force of Nature, Nature and would have given up must discard his name on taking the position.
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