Created By: SharleeD on August 17, 2011 Last Edited By: bwburke94 on December 12, 2011

Hi, My Name Is [Cheap Joke]

A character\'s name tag or T-shirt identifies them as a joke or obvious alias.

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Characters who don't respect authority and/or formality, yet are obliged to wear name tags, will write something witty and/or obnoxious in place of their name. Just how witty or obnoxious can provided a visual clue to how irked the character might be about being required to wear one. Alternately, another character may deliberately fill in someone else's name tag in a way that will humiliate them.

  • In one of the Nightside novels, a talking cartoon penguin working as a waiter has a name tag reading: "Hi, my name is: Piss Off, Tourist!"
  • In Proven Guilty, Harry fills in his "My name is ___" tag for the SplatterCon!!! convention with "An Innocent Bystander". A policeman on the scene beat him to the punch with this joke, using "An Authority Figure" on his own tag.
  • Josh Butterballs from SOI magazine in Arby n the chief.
  • On Futurama, a Decapodian spy, wearing a ridiculously paper-thin disguise (Groucho glasses, an Afro wig, oven mitts, and a "Hugh Mann" name tag), manages to convince Zapp Brannigan that he's actually a human.
  • In 6Teen, Nikki becomes assistant manager of the Khaki Barn. Her name tag reads "Ass. Man."
  • In the Homestar Runner cartoon "The Luau," Strong Bad throws a party and gives everyone "Crap For Brains" nametags, so he can call everyone Crap For Brains.
  • In the third Blade movie, the Nightstalkers use nametags with "Hi My Name Is Fuck You" when they bait some vampires into an ambush.
  • Out-of-character variant on Due South: A store security guard has a "Niffug, C. M." name tag, which is conveniently shown in a mirror. Viewers who know their film history will spot this as a Shout-Out to Hitchcock.
  • Real Life T-shirt slogan: "Hello, I'm : Drunk"
  • In Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth, a series of cats jump out at people, wearing name tags like "Cheap Shot" and "Lame Gag".
  • Munchkin the card game, in its "The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin" incarnation, has a card that functions as a Level +1 card and is called "Get a new Indian name". The card specifies that the new Indian name should be called out loud the instant the card is played, because otherwise the first name called becomes the player's new Indian name. The picture on the card illustrates the perils with a Dork Tower character wearing a "Hello, my name is" card that specifies his name as "Doofus".
  • In What Happens In Vegas, Jack wears a name tag during Joy's company retreat that reads "Hello My Name Is: Joy's Bitch." Joy then proceeds to put it on the back of her rival coworker.
  • How I Met Your Mother's Barney once tried to scam his way through a dating service with the alias "Jack Package". (It's pronounced pe-KAHJ)
  • In one Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, Willow dresses up as Joan of Arc, and stays in character by proclaiming that she "has a close relationship with God." This is represented by her boyfriend Oz, wearing a name tag that reads "Hello, my name is God."

Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • August 17, 2011
    FastEddie
    Name Tag Joke for a name, rather than a line of dialog.

  • August 17, 2011
    PaulA
    I don't know if this counts, since it's not in a story, but there's an image floating around the internet of a name badge reading: "Hello, my name is: Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
  • August 17, 2011
    cityofmist
    The Dresden Files example is correctly spelled 'SplatterCon!!!'.
  • August 17, 2011
    Flowinbiscuit
    Josh Butterballs from SOI magazine in Arby n the chief.
  • August 19, 2011
    EddieValiantJr
    The "Hugh Mann" joke from Futurama. A Decapodian spy, wearing a ridiculously paper thin disguise (Groucho glasses, an Afro wig, and oven mitts), manages to convince Zapp Brannigan that he's actually a human.

    In 6Teen, Nikki becomes assistant manager of the Khaki Barn. Her name tag reads "Ass. Man."
  • August 19, 2011
    TBTabby
    In the Homestar Runner cartoon "The Luau," Strong Bad throws a party and gives everyone "Crap For Brains" nametags, so he can call everyone Crap For Brains.
  • October 22, 2011
    TechUnadept
    on a T-Shirt: "Hello, I'm : Drunk"
  • October 22, 2011
    KevinKlawitter
    this could make a good page image for this trope.
  • October 22, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • It's not nametags, but the Japanese Twins Fook Mi and Fook Yu from one of the Austin Powers movies.
  • October 26, 2011
    TheChineseLantern
    Gold Member right???
  • October 26, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    A plot point in Death Note. The detective L gets very close to his prime suspect Light under the alias of Hideki Ryuga, a famous pop singer in their universe. The rules of the Death Note specify that Light has to imagine the face of the person to be killed in order to kill them. That means if Light attempted to kill L, he would almost certainly imagine the singer and inadvertently kill him. L had notified his partners in the police of this alias and told them to watch out for the sudden death of the singer; Light figures this out and has no choice but to let L be wherever he wants. L even admits what he's doing right in Light's face, and Light can't do anything about it.
  • November 15, 2011
    SharleeD
    ^ Not really a joke, and I don't see where it has anything to do with name tags, sorry.
  • November 15, 2011
    peccantis
    • Munchkin the card game, in its The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin incarnation has a card that functions as a Level +1 card and is called "Get a new Indian name". The card specifies that the new Indian name should be called out loud the instant the card is played, because otherwise the first name called becomes the player's new Indian name. The picture on the card illustrates the perils with a Dork Tower character wearing a "Hello, my name is" card that specifies his name as "Doofus".
  • November 15, 2011
    ChickInTheMoonlight
    In What Happens In Vegas, Jack wears a name tag during Joy's company retreat that reads "Hello My Name Is: Joy's Bitch." Joy then proceeds to put it on the back of her rival coworker.
  • November 16, 2011
    Rytex
    Generally any girl's name in the Austin Powers movies and most of the James Bond movies. Let's see, there's Ivana Humpalot, Pussy Galore, Xenia Onatopp, Fook Yu, Fook Mi, among many, many others.
  • November 16, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    Another Real Life example, a shirt from either thinkgeek or threadless (can't remember which, maybe both?) says "Hello, my name is: Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die. Edit: Derp, Kevin Klawitter beat me to it.
  • November 16, 2011
    surgoshan
    • How I Met Your Mother's Barney once tried to scam his way through a dating service with the alias "Jack Package". (It's pronounced pe-KAHJ)
  • November 16, 2011
    FastEddie
  • November 17, 2011
    SharleeD
    ^^^ Unless they specifically appear on a name tag, and are a joke in-universe rather than being the actual character's real names, I think those Austin Powers examples would rate as Unfortunate Names, not this.
  • November 17, 2011
    azul120
    • The mega-mart manager in Family Guy was named Penisburg.
  • November 17, 2011
    CastingCrowns
    The human resources director on 30 Rock is named Jeffrey Wienerslav. It's pronounced "wiener slave". Not "Winer slahv" or anything less embarrassing to say. Also, Dr. Spaceman. Pronounced "Spuhchemen".
  • November 17, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    • Chevy Chase's character in Fletch on multiple occasions
  • November 18, 2011
    fulltimeD
    In Alien Nation, human INS authorities got really bored while assigning Earth names to thousands of alien refugees, so they started naming them things like "Sam Francisco," "Norman Conquest," and "Polly Wannacracker."
  • November 18, 2011
    nachosanchez
    dont know if it counts, but the guys from Supernatural seem to do this all the time with (seemingly obvious) rock aliases such as "Agents Plant and Page"
  • November 21, 2011
    SharleeD
    How many of the last few examples were on name tags? If they're just said, not worn, or if they're supposed to be the characters' real (albeit funny) name, then it's not really the same thing.
  • November 21, 2011
    Micah
    • In one Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode, Willow dresses up as Joan of Arc, and part of her costume is that she "has a close relationship with God." This is represented by her boyfriend Oz wearing a name tag that reads "Hello, my name is God."
  • December 5, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    Bump - is this Up For Grabs?
  • December 6, 2011
    SharleeD
    I was going to wait for more hats, but you could launch it if you want.
  • December 6, 2011
    Specialist290
    It's already been mentioned twice, but this might make a good page image.

    EDIT: More readable version.
  • December 8, 2011
    SharleeD
    ^ I'm still learning how wiki commands work, but if you know how to add images, feel free to add that one to the page! :-)
  • December 9, 2011
    MidnightMan
    I like the Inigo Montoya example. But I'd write it somewhat like this:

  • December 12, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    Almost always involves either an Unfortunate Name or Punny Name of some kind. Contrast with Real Joke Name, which is when the character's real name is played for a cheap joke.

    EDIT: This also needs a non-dialogue name fo sho... Fast Eddie has suggested something along the lines of Nametag Joke, maybe we could go with Nametag Gag?
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