Examples of LastNameBasis in Video games.
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* Most characters in the KaneAndLynch games. Lynch is an interesting example in that he seems to prefer being called by his last name by everyone, all the time, even by his girlfriend in the second game.
* When he's not called [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Hazama, Yuuki Terumi]] is only referred to everyone else by his last name.
* Likewise, the main character of ''{{Freelancer}}'', Edison Trent, insists that people call him Trent. His final line of the game is actually "Please. Call me Trent."
* [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kyo Kusanagi]] never refers to Iori as anything other than "Yagami." While rules regarding names are different for Japan, his lack of honorifics indicates that he doesn't hold him in too high of a regard. This is also done to show that the rivalry is an impersonal one from Kyo's side, as Iori addresses Kyo [[FirstNameBasis by his first name]].
** On the other hand Kyo refers to Chizuru simply as "Kagura" and also without honorifics, but they get along decently and he was '''really pissed off''' [[spoiler: when Ash attacked her and stole her MagicMirror]]. In this particular case, while Kyo [[ScrewDestiny still keeps some distance from the whole Orochi legend]], he is more receptive to [[TheOjou Chizuru]] due to her ''far'' more agreeable personality. (Even if, in ''Sky Stage'', he says that he feels [[TeamMom she kinda babies him and others]]).
** Chizuru calls Kyo and Iori by their last names, though in ''her'' case she most likely just addresses the Japanese social rules as well as their heritages (rather than them as persons) and tries not to antagonize either of them directly.
*** ''Several'' people refer to either Iori or Kyo by their last name. I.e., Shingo calls Kyo "Kusanagi-san" to show his [[HeroWorshipper extreme respect for him]].
** Kyo's girlfriend Yuki tends to go by the FirstNameBasis + "-san" formula with everyone (including ''Iori''), however she refers to Shingo as "Yabuki-kun" instead.
** In the case of [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting the Sakazakis]], only Takuma is referred to by his last name. Presumably this is because he's the patriarch of the family and for practical reasons.
* Franchise/AceAttorney:
** Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth always refer to each other by their surnames. The only ones to refer to Edgeworth simply as Miles are Redd White, a pompous idiot, and Marvin Grossberg, who presumably knew him from childhood through his father. For the rest it's 'Edgeworth' to Phoenix, '[[FullNameBasis Miles Edgeworth]]' to Franziska and 'Mr. Edgeworth' to everyone else apart from Wendy Oldbag, [[ButtMonkey Larry Butz]], and Damon Gant, who use nicknames for him. Even Manfred von Karma refers to him as "Edgeworth" rather than Miles.
** Franziska seems to switch between his full name and Miles during Investigations depending on her intent. She is also an example of this trope herself as she is refereed to as von Karma (Even in her name box) by Phoenix and Ms. von Karma by everyone else except Edgeworth and her Father. Her text box name even appears as Franziska in Investigations rather than von Karma like it has in past games.
** It's notable that Phoenix drops the Last Name Basis with Edgeworth at exactly one instance, where he remembers their childhood and refers to him as 'Miles'. It returns quickly after this, however, and permanently sticks, even after they restore their old friendship. This was probably done in order to show that, despite being friends again, there relationship is still not the same anymore that it used to be prior to the DL-6 incident.
* During the course of ''VideoGame/{{Geist}}'', no one ever refers to John Raimi by his first name. Then again, if you had his name, wouldn't you want everyone to call you by it, too?
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the main character is always called "Shepard," even by someone you just had sex with. This is because [[HelloInsertNameHere you can choose your character's first name]], but the game is fully-voiced. Urdnot Wrex, meanwhile, is ''not'' an example, even though everyone calls him "Wrex"; krogan names give the clan name first, in the same fashion as real-world Japanese names.
** After two games of playing it straight, ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' hangs a lantern on it when Dr Chakwas and Shepard sit down to drink together. Chakwas notes that Shepard has never called her by her first name. "Well, neither have you." Chakwas replies that she never will, as using Shepard's first name would be a disservice to everyone she's fighting for.
--> "That...makes no sense."
--> "Consider it a lady's prerogative, then."
** Some of the party members tend to go by LastNameBasis; Ashley is almost always addressed as "Chief Williams" or "Williams" through most of the first game, and this also applies to Kaidan to a lesser extent. James Vega in the third game is most often called by his last name by his fellow crew members.
* Similar to the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' example, in VideoGame/DragonAgeII, everyone calls the main character by their family name, Hawke, for the same reason-- the game is fully voiced. The game dialogue tries to avoid the awkwardness of having Hawke's family or long-term, live-in love interest call them by their surname, but it still happens from time to time. However, in salutations of letters from family members, Hawke will be referred to by his or her given name.
** It's also a little weird when you have your sibling in your party and [=NPCs=] still say things like "So, you're Hawke." Your sibling never mentions that he/she is ''also'' a Hawke. Of course, in many cultures, the eldest son and head of the household is referred to by their family name, so this makes some sense.
** Played with in the ''Legacy DLC''. Hawke and their sibling get attacked by the Coterie, since they were tasked with finding the blood of "[[LegacyHero The Hawke]]"... and they were a little unsure ''which'' Hawke was actually required?! Taken further when you later discover that your father Malcolm was ''also'' referred to as "The Hawke", which leads to some conversations, where all three are referred to by this title, completely interchangeably.
*** So in other words, [[TheObiWan Malcolm]] ''was'' "The Hawke", [[LegacyHero Hawke]] is ''now'' "The Hawke", and [[BadassFamily Bethany/Carver]] ''could'' be "The Hawke"!
** This trope is averted by Oriana, your elven maid. As a former slave, she's been instilled with the unconscious urge to refer to someone in authority as "[[InsistentTerminology Master/Mistress]]". This is despite Hawke insistance that she's ''not'' a slave anymore and is free to refer to them by their ''actual'' name.
** Applied to Mahariel, the Warden from the Dalish Elf origin, whose clan appears in II's subplots. Everyone calls them by their last name, including childhood friend Merrill. It's still a step up from just "Warden" or "Hero of Ferelden".
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' continues the trend. The player character is referred to as "the Inquisitor", "the Herald", or their (variable) last name.
* Ijuuin Enzan of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Rockman.EXE]]'' is called by his given name. However, his counterpart Eugene Chaud's given name comes up precious few times over the course of six games, and only when he is introducing himself by his full name. In fact, it's so unknown that Chaud's ''NTWarrior'' version was dubbed into "Chaud Blaze". The dubbers apparently couldn't be bothered to find out that Chaud wasn't his first name. (It was also [[SpellMyNameWithAnS mispronounced]] as "Chodd".)
* Cidolfas Orlandu/Orlandeau (differing translations) of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is generally known by either his last name or as T.G. Cid (short for Thunder God Cid). The game system itself refers to him by his last name, though every other character is referred to by their first name.
* Aldebert Steiner of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is almost always referred to as Steiner, or occasionally "Rusty" by Zidane. He also holds the privilege of being the only Final Fantasy character to have his surname [[HelloInsertNameHere determined by the player]].
%%* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Averted. While many characters have first and last names, it seems to be common that most people get addressed (even by complete strangers) by their first name, regardless of their social or professional status (e.g., Rufus, Lazard, Reeve). Therefore, when only one name for a character is known (e.g., Hojo, Kunsel, Reno, etc.), it's impossible to know for certain whether this is their first or last name.
* Also true of Josh Kain in ''PhantasyStarII'', whose surname is his default name.
* Not exactly a true full name, but it still counts: Solid Snake from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series is usually addressed as "Snake" and never as "Solid", even when he is mentioned alongside his clone brothers, "Solidus" and "Liquid", who share the "Snake" codename. "Big Shell Evil", one of the "Snake Tales" in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2: Substance'' even lampshades this.
** Also happens to Solid Snake's predecessor, "Naked Snake", but in his case its justified since he's the original "Snake" and calling a man "Naked" doesn't exactly sound right. This switches to FullNameBasis when people start calling him "Big Boss".
** Of course none of these are their real names, only code names.
* Chloe Valens of ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' would prefer to call people by their last names.
* Sam Fisher of ''SplinterCell'' is almost always referred to by his last name, especially by his VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, Lambert. That's ''Irving'' Lambert. And then there's Grimsdottir. Pretty much everyone is called by their last name in this series.
** Sam always calls her "Grim" for simplicity's sake.
* All the Chosen in ''EternalDarkness'' are referred to by their first names by the in-game text except for Edwin Lindsey, which could be chalked up to OneSteveLimit, seeing as there's also an Edward.
** Paul is consistently "Brother Luther" to the people he interacts with in his time period. Michael Edwards is "Edwards" to his superiors, and refers to two dead firefighters by what may be their last names. LastNameBasis seems most common in the actual dialogue, [[OnlyOneName when the characters have last names]].
* There is only one person in the entire ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' franchise who refers to Albert Wesker by his first name[[note]] Excella Gione, [=RE5=][[/note]]. To everyone else, he's simply "Wesker."
* In ''VideoGame/RacingLagoon'', LastNameBasis is very common with an except for TheChick (yet the main character calls her by last name) since the game takes place in the year 1999 of urban Japan. While you can name your main character's first name, it's more or less being referred to by another character in the entire game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', [[DefrostingIceQueen Mitsuru Kirijo]] refers to most of the SEES team by their last names. The only exception in the beginning is Akihiko, a fellow senior which whom she has quite the history. She'll call the male protagonist by his given name if he romances her, and she starts calling Yukari Takeba by her first name as well (like in The Answer), after some quality bonding.
** And in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', the protagonist is more commonly called by his last name (as opposed to first like in other SMT games), even in menus and the battle screens.
* Nobody is sure what [[WorldOfWarcraft Lady Vashj]]'s first name is. Everybody (apparently, even her ''mother'') referred to her as "Lady Vashj".
** Use of last names seems fairly common in Gilneas. King Genn Greymane is typically called "King Greymane" by everyone except his wife and his old friend Darius Crowley.
** [[MemeticBadass High Overlord Varok Saurfang]] and his son, Draenosh Saurfang, are typically referrred to as "Saurfang" and "Saurfang the Younger".
** Grom and Garrosh Hellscream are often referred to by their last names, and Garrosh tends to use his last name when assigning things as his, such as in his CatchPhrase, "Hellscream's eyes are always upon you."
*** "Hellscream" is less of a last name and more of a nickname thanks to Grommash's (Grom's full name) very loud voice. It's mentioned in the novels that nicknames pass from father to son after the former's death. Orgrim wasn't called "Doomhammer" until his father fell in battle and passed on his warhammer to his son. Thus, Garrosh didn't become Hellscream until Grom died fighting Mannoroth.
* Both played straight and averted in the {{Gears of War}} game series. Averted with the two main characters, Marcus Fenix and Dominic "Dom" Santiago, who are almost exclusively called by their first names. Played straight with Damon Baird and Augustus "The Cole Train" Cole, who are almost exclusively called by the last names, or in Cole's case, his Thrashball nickname.
* Boone from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is on a LastNameBasis with ''everyone''. His first name, Craig, is mentioned twice-in-game.
** Rose of Sharon Cassidy is also on a LastNameBasis with everyone as well, being called Cass. She herself mentions she's not a huge fan of her first name after it evolved into an EmbarrassingNickname, Whiskey Rose, for her heavy drinking habits and rosy cheeks. Now the only people who call her Rose are those who quickly find themselves lying on the floor of a bar.
* InazumaEleven: In Japan, unless you're a girl or the heroes' relatives, expected yourself to be called by your last name. Even the protagonists are not immune to this.
** However, Tenma, the protagonist of the sequel GO, and his best friend Shinsuke are more often than not referred to by their first names. This trope is still in full effect for everyone else.
* Masami von Weizegger, hero of ''RingOfRed'', identifies more with his German heritage than with [[ButNotTooForeign his Japanese heritage]], so he insists that others call him "Weizegger" instead of "Masami".
* Very common in the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series. In the WorldWarII-based games, only Russian protagonists are even ''given'' first names. Later games do give all player characters full names, but everybody still primarily calls them by their last name. Commanding officers fare little better.
* The ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial'' series, starting from ''Tokimeki Memorial 2'', allows the player to choose how they refer to characters as part of gameplay - moving to FirstNameBasis too early (or choosing an insulting name like 'Bookworm') will cause a drop in affection and the character to ask not to be called that way. Some characters, out of politeness, will always or almost always refer to the player character by their last name, such as Hikami from ''Girl's Side Second Season'', who will always call the protagonist [[JapaneseHonorifics '-kun']].
* At the beginning of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Riki is on a LastNameBasis with Komari, Haruka, and Kurugaya. He starts calling Komari by her first name after she does so for him after she joins the baseball team and Haruka explicitly asks him to use her first name part-way through, but Kurugaya, who cultivates an image of a beautiful, [[TheAce competent]] CoolBigSis, is ''very'' insistent that everyone call her 'Kurugaya' or [[JapaneseSiblingTerminology 'Anego']] - anything but by her cute first name [[EmbarrassingFirstName 'Yuiko']].
* In ''VideoGame/RedFaction'', Parker is only ever addressed by his last name. It would be harder if he had a first name to begin with.