Needs a better title, needs more examples. In animal stories especially, pet animals' names are inexplicably universal. That is, what they call themselves is the same as what their owner calls them, despite certain language difficulties. This may be explained by animals in such stories often being able to understand humans, so they may be able to understand what the humans are calling them. But if they were named by their parents when they were born, this makes no sense. Occasionally it is stretched even further by having the pet go through numerous owners, all of whom call it the same thing, despite not all having met. Maybe an Enforced Trope due to too many names being complicated. Potentially justified if they are named after a particular physical feature.
Examples:Anime & Manga
- Justifed in Pokémon (at least in the anime), as most species use Pokémon Speak, making their species names clear. This gets interesting when you realize that it doesn't sound like Pokémon Speak to the Pokemon themselves.
- Subverted in a The Far Side comic where it turns out that dogs' own names for themselves are things like "Thundara, Princess of the Universe".
- Averted in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Sun Princess. Winona refers to herself as "Faithful Student" because she considers herself extremely faithful to her owner, Applejack.
- Lady and the Tramp subverts this trope. Tramp is called by many names by many owners. He is "Butch" to Tony, "Mike" to an Irish family, and "Fritzi" to a German family, and it is implied that there are many more. As for being called "Tramp" when he's adopted by the Darlings, this is never shown in the movie, although it might be present in the comics and the sequel. Even that mildly subverts it, as he is called "Tramp" at the end instead of "the Tramp".
- The animals in Bolt play this straight.
- Perhaps averted in Black Beauty in the case of the titular character - despite the title, only one of his various owners ever calls him Black Beauty. His other names include Darky and Blackjack. However, we don't really know what he calls himself, given that it is narrated from first person and the other horses don't call him by name, so he could regard his name as being Black Beauty. However, Ginger definitely fits in with the trope, and so does Merrylegs.
- Averted in Windrusher. A cat named "Tony" is abandoned by his owners. Other animals call Tony "Windrusher" instead of "Tony".
- Averted with Firestar from Warriorcats. He was a "kittypet" named "Rusty" who ran out of his house chasing mice. He came across Thunderclan cats who accepted him into their group. He was originally given an apprentice name of "Firepaw" but was later renamed "Fireheart" and then eventually "Firestar". Other kittypets similarly changed names. Harry became Sol, Tiny became Scourge, Hutch became Shortwhisker, etc.
- The Lone Gunmen: The LG rescue someone who has contacted them for help, who turns out to be a sapient chimpanzee who communicates via email and voice synthisizer. He complains of the name he's been given, "Peanuts."
Chimp: Please stop addressing me by my slave name.Yves: How do you prefer we address you?Chimp: By the name I have given myself: Simon White-Thatch Potentloins.
- Implied aversion in Pokémon Black and White. N, who can speak with Pokemon, address your Pokemon by species name, not their nickname.
- Averted with dolphins in The Penguins of Madagascar. People called Doris "Dotty" and Dr. Blowhole "Flippy".
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