History UsefulNotes / JapaneseHonorifics

24th Dec '16 5:54:13 PM SonSon
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Wapol's subordinates typically address him as "Wapol-sama," before and during his return to Drum Island. This causes a slight DubInducedPlothole in the English manga, when they initially address him as "Captain Wapol" when he appears to be a mere pirate, but change to "King Wapol" after he is revealed as the former king, and when he makes landfall to reclaim his throne.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Wapol's subordinates typically address him as "Wapol-sama," before and during his return to Drum Island. This causes a slight DubInducedPlothole in the English manga, when they initially address him as "Captain Wapol" when he appears to be a mere pirate, but change to "King Wapol" after he is revealed as the former king, and when he makes landfall to reclaim his throne.


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** Kin'emon uses "dono" when talking to others (mostly the main characters and Law), since he is a {{samurai}}.
** Bartolomeo, being a fan of the Straw Hat Pirates, adresses everyone in the crew with "senpai".
20th Dec '16 3:05:30 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka
** Sayaka, being a tomboyish girl,
calls everyone [[HeyYou ([[HeyYou except Homura]] Homura]]) by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Sayaka-''san''.
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Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. others.
** Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls anyone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific, this is due to her arrogant, cynical and selfish nature.
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Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific. This is [[spoiler:an act of her deliberately distancing herself from the others and her shift from a ShrinkingViolet into TheStoic.]]
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Kyubey never use honorific because he [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
20th Dec '16 2:58:12 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
20th Dec '16 2:56:18 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasic first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasic "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
20th Dec '16 2:56:00 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasic first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
17th Dec '16 9:44:59 AM Valiona
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** Akito and Kaya initially call each other by their last names without honorifics, but around the time they get married, Akito calls Kaya "Kaya-chan," while Kaya, oddly enough, starts using "-san" on Akito's first name.



** Chihatan, which is based off of Japan during World War II, tends to use "-dono" on most people who are superiors, often in fairly odd ways. For example, the Type 89's crew is called "Duck-dono," and Fukuda addresses one of her seniors as "Senpai-dono."




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* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'', Kuroyukihme tends to use "-kun" on Haru and his friends(who are a year below her in school), including Chiyuri, who's also a girl.



* In both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', all honorifics were left in the English localization.

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* In both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', all honorifics were left in the English localization.localization, although sometimes, they use Mr., Mrs. Ms. and Miss instead, such as with teachers.


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** In Persona 3 Portable, Hidetoshi uses "-kun" on both male and female protagonists, but switches to "-san" for the female protagonist later on, as a sign of respect and love for her.
** Similar to Junpei's example, IdolSinger Rise Kujikawa in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is known by her stage name as "Risechi" in the Japanese version, and "Risette" in the English version, the latter of which is a pun on "Reset."
** In Persona 4, Teddie calls the main character "Sensei" for reasons that are never fully explained, uses "-chan" on the girls and doesn't use honorifics on the guys. Yosuke gets annoyed that Teddie doesn't show him respect in spite of calling the main character "Sensei."


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** The use of "-san" as a gender-neutral equivalent for "Mr." or "Ms." comes up in one point, when Nagito (who uses "-kun" on guys and "-san" on girls) leaves a message for the traitor (whose identity he doesn't know) addressing them as "Traitor-san," which had to be translated as "Mr. or Miss Traitor," in the English version. [[spoiler:The traitor turns out to be a girl.]]
** While Monomi and Chiaki are usually somewhat formal with the other students, and nobody refers to Monomi with honorifics, after [[spoiler:Chiaki is outed as the traitor and Monomi is revealed to be her accomplice]], they start referring to each other as "Chiaki-chan" and "Monomi-chan."
15th Dec '16 4:21:31 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', the {{Otaku}} Hifumi Yamada refers to pretty much everyone by their [[FullNameBasis full name]] and with the outdated "-dono". In the English version, he simply [[LastNameBasis refers to everyone by their last names]]. [[spoiler: It's a plot point after his murder.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', the {{Otaku}} Hifumi Yamada refers as a character quirk of referring to pretty much everyone by their [[FullNameBasis full name]] and with the outdated "-dono". In the English version, he simply [[LastNameBasis refers to everyone by Mr. or Mrs. followed by their last names]].name]]. [[spoiler: It's a plot point after his murder.]]
12th Dec '16 2:37:05 PM Gamermaster
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* Konata from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' at one point wonders why Kagami doesn't have a "-chan" nickname like Tsukasa ("Tsuka-chan"), Miyuki ("Yuki-chan") or Konata herself ("Kona-chan"), even though she often calls her "Kagamin". Then Kagami asks Konata to call her "Kagami-sama". Konata, of course, acknowledges. Then Kagami feels it's really awkward and tells her to drop it.

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* Konata from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' at one point wonders why Kagami doesn't have a "-chan" nickname like Tsukasa ("Tsuka-chan"), Miyuki ("Yuki-chan") or Konata herself ("Kona-chan"), even though she often calls her "Kagamin". Then Kagami asks Konata to call her "Kagami-sama". Konata, [[TheGadfly of course, course]], acknowledges. Then Kagami feels it's really awkward and tells her to drop it.
10th Dec '16 7:02:28 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Various ways in which Negi's students address Negi ([[FirstNameBasis nobody, of course,]] ''[[FirstNameBasis ever]]'' [[FirstNameBasis using his last name!]]):

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** Various ways in which Negi's students address Negi ([[FirstNameBasis nobody, of course,]] ''[[FirstNameBasis ever]]'' [[FirstNameBasis course, ''ever'' using his last name!]]):



** [[CuteGhostGirl Sayo]] uses the ''-san'' honorific for all her colleagues, probably because this was the social norm in the year 1940 when she died. She even adds the ''-san'' honorific to Nodoka's ''affectionate'' nickname "Hon'ya" ("bookstore keeper") with wich ''-chan'' naturally goes.

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** [[CuteGhostGirl Sayo]] uses the ''-san'' honorific for all her colleagues, probably because this was the social norm in the year 1940 when she died. She even adds the ''-san'' honorific to Nodoka's ''affectionate'' nickname "Hon'ya" ("bookstore keeper") with wich which ''-chan'' naturally goes.



* ''Anime/GhostintheShellStandAloneComplex''

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* ''Anime/GhostintheShellStandAloneComplex''''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''
16th Oct '16 1:47:10 PM nombretomado
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* In the Japanese version of ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' mission "A Bride for Montblanc", Montblanc call Fras (''Furansoa'' in that case) with ''-chan'', while Fras calls Montblanc with ''-sama''. It's possible that Montblanc is older than her, which the Vieras's [[WeAreAsMayflies life expectancy is three times longer]] than the [[HumansByAnyOtherName Hume's]].

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* In the Japanese version of ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' mission "A Bride for Montblanc", Montblanc call Fras (''Furansoa'' in that case) with ''-chan'', while Fras calls Montblanc with ''-sama''. It's possible that Montblanc is older than her, which the Vieras's [[WeAreAsMayflies life expectancy is three times longer]] than the [[HumansByAnyOtherName Hume's]].
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