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27th May '17 5:28:17 PM nombretomado
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* The character from the adventure strip The Q Bikes (and later the Q Karts and parodied as the Q Shoes in {{Viz}}) from ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' had names but the characters were also identified by numbers Q1, Q2, etc. up to Q6.

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* The character from the adventure strip The Q Bikes (and later the Q Karts and parodied as the Q Shoes in {{Viz}}) ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'') from ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' had names but the characters were also identified by numbers Q1, Q2, etc. up to Q6.
25th May '17 10:21:05 AM BeerBaron
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* According to Franchise/TheElderScrolls lore, The High Elves of Summerset Isle don't bother to give each other names. When they greet, they address one another with a long combination of numbers that ''sounds'' like a name if you aren't fluent in the Altmeri language.
** Or so the First Edition pocket guide said, at least. [[UnreliableExpositor It probably shouldn't be relied on overly when it comes to the Altmer of Summerset]] (especially since it appears to have been unreliable even when written, and for the main series that was everything from somewhat more than four hundred years ago to over six hundred years ago).

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* According In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', according to Franchise/TheElderScrolls lore, ''The Pocket Guide to The High Elves Empire'' (a work of [[UnreliableExpositor debatable accuracy]]), the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elves)]] of the Summerset Isle Isles don't bother to give each other themselves names. When they greet, they address one another with a long combination of numbers that ''sounds'' like a name if you aren't fluent in the Altmeri language.
** Or so the First Edition pocket guide said, at least. [[UnreliableExpositor It probably shouldn't be relied on overly when it comes to the Altmer of Summerset]] (especially since it appears to have been unreliable even when written, and for the main series that was everything from somewhat more than four hundred years ago to over six hundred years ago).
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20th May '17 11:00:54 AM XFllo
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* In Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Knight of the Demon Queen'' the protagonist goes through a variety of Hells to get the quest object and is in a dystopia for a week before realising that it is a real human world and not a hell with some humans trapped in it. In this dystopia people have numbers instead of names, i.e. their SSN ''is'' their name.
** Although these are often shortened into nicknames of a sort, with more common names in front. EX: "Corvin 9550" (Corvin Ninety-Five Fifty).
* Not technically numbers but very much in the spirit of the trope, the Unsullied in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' take a new name out a barrel at the start of each day. Names along the lines of "Grey Worm". After being freed most of them picked new, less degrading names and stuck with them.
** Perhaps slightly subverted when one decides to keep the name he randomly drew on the day they were freed because he considers it lucky.

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* In Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Knight of the Demon Queen'' the protagonist goes through a variety of Hells to get the quest object and is in a dystopia for a week before realising that it is a real human world and not a hell with some humans trapped in it. In this dystopia people have numbers instead of names, i.e. their SSN ''is'' their name.
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name. Although these are often shortened into nicknames of a sort, with more common names in front. EX: "Corvin 9550" (Corvin Ninety-Five Fifty).
* Not technically numbers but very much in the spirit of the trope, the Unsullied in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' take a new name out a barrel at the start of each day. Names along the lines of "Grey Worm". After being freed most of them picked new, less degrading names and stuck with them.
** Perhaps slightly subverted when one decides to keep the name he randomly drew on the day they were freed because he considers it lucky.
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* Subverted in Creator/IsaacAsimov's robot stories. Robots are given serial numbers, but only ignorant civilians actually use the serial numbers as names; roboticists shorten them to human-sounding nicknames.
** And played straight in the Foundation cycle: in the Mycogen sector of Trantor people have a "cohort" (family) name and a number for first name, like Mycelium 72, Raindrop 43, Raindrop 45, Sunmaster 14, Skystrip 2.

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* Subverted in Creator/IsaacAsimov's robot stories. stories:
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Robots are given serial numbers, but only ignorant civilians actually use the serial numbers as names; roboticists shorten them to human-sounding nicknames.
** And played Played straight in the Foundation cycle: in the Mycogen sector of Trantor people have a "cohort" (family) name and a number for first name, like Mycelium 72, Raindrop 43, Raindrop 45, Sunmaster 14, Skystrip 2.
11th May '17 9:10:23 PM DrFraud
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* ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'': From [[http://www.carpefulgur.com/drakblog/?p=14 the translation notes]] on Tielle's name:
--> The original site for the game, however, indicates a bit of a different spelling than you’d expect at first: “Tiers”. That is, the French word for “third”. When we spoke with EGS, we found out that this referred to her place in her family; that is, she was literally the third of three sisters.



* The main character of ''VideoGame/LittleNightmares'' is called Six in the credits and merchendise.

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* The main character of ''VideoGame/LittleNightmares'' is called Six in the credits and merchendise.merchandise.
* ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'': From [[http://www.carpefulgur.com/drakblog/?p=14 the translation notes]] on Tielle's name:
--> The original site for the game, however, indicates a bit of a different spelling than you’d expect at first: “Tiers”. That is, the French word for “third”. When we spoke with EGS, we found out that this referred to her place in her family; that is, she was literally the third of three sisters.
5th May '17 8:08:28 AM MoonByte
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* The main character of ''VideoGame/LittleNightmares'' is called Six in the credits and merchendise.
2nd May '17 6:00:51 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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For some reason, these implications are usually somewhat lessened when [[MyHeroZero the number in question is "zero"]]. They also don't necessarily apply to spy or superhero {{Code Name}}s that are numbers (like [[Franchise/JamesBond 007]]), unless they become part of a SecretIdentityIdentity. Having a low number (i.e. in the single digits) as a name is generally considered less humiliating than a large one. And Heaven help you if your name is "[[FourIsDeath 4]]" [[note]]Unless you're [[http://knd.wikia.com/wiki/Numbuh_4 this guy]]. Or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Doctor this guy.]] Good luck if you're [[Characters/LorienLegaciesGarde this guy]].[[/note]], "[[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]]", "[[OneHundredAndEight 108]]", "[[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]", or a combination of them.

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For some reason, these implications are usually somewhat lessened when [[MyHeroZero the number in question is "zero"]]. They also don't necessarily apply to spy or superhero {{Code Name}}s that are numbers (like [[Franchise/JamesBond 007]]), unless they become part of a SecretIdentityIdentity. Having a low number (i.e. in the single digits) as a name is generally considered less humiliating than a large one. And Heaven help you if your name is "[[FourIsDeath 4]]" [[note]]Unless [[FourIsDeath 4]][[note]]Unless you're [[http://knd.wikia.com/wiki/Numbuh_4 this guy]]. Or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Doctor this guy.]] guy]]. Good luck if you're [[Characters/LorienLegaciesGarde this guy]].[[/note]], "[[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]]", "[[OneHundredAndEight 108]]", "[[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]", [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]], [[OneHundredAndEight 108]], [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]], or a combination of them.
30th Apr '17 7:10:12 PM thatother1dude
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* XJ-9 from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. However, she goes by the name of Jenny Wakeman.
** In one episode, we do meet her eight "sisters", whose numbers are -- you guessed it -- XJ-1 through XJ-8.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' featured literal numbers, referred to by name, presumably to pull off some puns.

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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' is a gynoid given the model number XJ-9 from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. However, she goes by [[MeaningfulRename who decided to call herself]] [[IJustWantToBeNormal the name of Jenny Wakeman.
** In one episode, we do meet
more human-seeming "Jenny Wakeman"]]. Her [[TrulySingleParent mother/creator]] still calls her "XJ-9" most of the time, though with her [[MotherlyScientist motherly tone]] it doesn't really come off as degrading. Jenny's eight "sisters", whose numbers "sisters" are numbered -- you guessed it -- XJ-1 through XJ-8.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' featured literal living numbers, referred to by name, presumably to pull off some puns.



* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Jake falls down a hole and meets a bear who was stranded there on a floating raft. He claims his name is 7718, and had been stranded so long he had to carve his name on the floor in order to not forget it. However, the carving actually reads "BILL", and he had just read it upside down.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Jake falls down a hole and meets a bear who was stranded there on a floating raft. He claims his name is 7718, and had been stranded so long he had to carve his name on the floor in order to not forget it. [[SixIsNine However, the carving actually reads "BILL", and he had just read it upside down.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the standard identification format on the [[TheEmpire Gem Homeworld]] is revealed to be first by gem type, then by their facet of origin, then finally by their specific cut. Peridot identifies herself as "Peridot, Facet 2F5L, Cut 5XG" when reporting in to [[BigBad Yellow Diamond]] in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E28MessageReceived Message Received]]". Eyeball later identifies herself as Ruby, [Facet] 1F4, Cut 4ND in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E23BackToTheMoon Back to the Moon]]". Our Amethyst is revealed to have the serial number Facet 5, Cut 8XM in "That Will be All". Notably, while Peridot finds reporting her code depressing ([[IndividualityIsIllegal because it reminds her that she's not important]]), and Eyeball does it casually ([[UndyingLoyalty because she's fiercely loyal to her Homeworld]]), Amethyst is actually ''exhilarated'' to find out hers (because it makes her feel less like a misfit, especially since [[spoiler:the other Amethysts remembered her well enough to tell her]]).
** In "The Zoo", the humans born in Gem captivity are all assigned a name consisting of a letter and a number.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The
standard identification format on the [[TheEmpire Gem Homeworld]] is revealed to be first by gem type, then by their facet of origin, then finally by their specific cut. Their reactions to this vary. Peridot identifies is visibly upset when ordered to introduce herself as "Peridot, Facet 2F5L, Cut 5XG" when reporting in to [[BigBad Yellow Diamond]] in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E28MessageReceived Message Received]]". Eyeball later identifies herself as Ruby, [Facet] 1F4, Cut 4ND in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E23BackToTheMoon Back to the Moon]]". Our Amethyst is revealed to have the serial number Facet 5, Cut 8XM in "That Will be All". Notably, while Peridot finds reporting her code depressing ([[IndividualityIsIllegal [[IndividualityIsIllegal because it reminds her that she's not important]]), and important]]. Eyeball does it casually ([[UndyingLoyalty reports herself as "Ruby, [Facet] 1F4, Cut 4ND" [[BlindObedience because she's fiercely loyal to her Homeworld]]), Homeworld]]. Our Amethyst is actually ''exhilarated'' to find finds out hers (because she's "Facet 5, Cut 8XM" because it makes her feel less like a misfit, especially since [[spoiler:the other Amethysts remembered her well enough to tell her]]).
her]].
** In "The Zoo", the The humans in [[PeopleZoo The Zoo]] born in Gem captivity are all assigned a name consisting of a letter and a number.number. [[IgnoranceIsBliss The dehumanizing aspect is completely lost on them]]--they don't seem to even know what letters or numbers ''are''.
28th Apr '17 12:17:36 AM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': At their trial [[spoiler: Ofglen and her female lover]] are referred to by a string of numbers preceded by their class.
19th Apr '17 9:38:04 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' all [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] have numbers attached to their names--for example, "Esplin Nine-Four-Double-Six." (In his case, he also has a twin brother with the ''same'' name and number, but they have "primary" and "secondary" thrown in there too.) The same is true of Yeerk ranks: the above is also called [[BigBad Visser Three]], that is, the third-highest visser (general/warlord) in the Yeerk Empire. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] is his superior [[EvilVsEvil and boss]], though they rank lower than the Council of Thirteen. (As far as we know, they're not given ranks, though one of them is Emperor and thus the main power.)

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' all [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] have numbers attached to their names--for example, "Esplin Nine-Four-Double-Six." (In his case, he also has a twin brother with the ''same'' name and number, but they have "primary" and "secondary" thrown in there too.) The same is true of Yeerk ranks: the above is also called [[BigBad Visser Three]], that is, the third-highest visser (general/warlord) in the Yeerk Empire. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] One is his superior [[EvilVsEvil and boss]], though they rank lower than the Council of Thirteen. (As far as we know, they're not given ranks, though one of them is Emperor and thus the main power.)
19th Apr '17 12:49:33 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' all [[PupeteerParasite Yeerks]] have numbers attached to their names--for example, "Esplin Nine-Four-Double-Six." (In his case, he also has a twin brother with the ''same'' name and number, but they have "primary" and "secondary" thrown in there too.) The same is true of Yeerk ranks: the above is also called [[BigBad Visser Three]], that is, the third-highest visser (general/warlord) in the Yeerk Empire. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] is his superior [[EvilVsEvil and boss]], though they rank lower than the Council of Thirteen. (As far as we know, they're not given ranks, though one of them is Emperor and thus the main power.)

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' all [[PupeteerParasite [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] have numbers attached to their names--for example, "Esplin Nine-Four-Double-Six." (In his case, he also has a twin brother with the ''same'' name and number, but they have "primary" and "secondary" thrown in there too.) The same is true of Yeerk ranks: the above is also called [[BigBad Visser Three]], that is, the third-highest visser (general/warlord) in the Yeerk Empire. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] is his superior [[EvilVsEvil and boss]], though they rank lower than the Council of Thirteen. (As far as we know, they're not given ranks, though one of them is Emperor and thus the main power.) )
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