Game X gives you the option of [[HelloInsertNameHere naming your character]] at the start. In the sequel, he or she appears as a BonusBoss, SecretCharacter, PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo, etc., and as such the developers had to give them a name. Alternatively, Game X gets a book or movie adaptation, and rather than [[TheAllConcealingI set it in first person]], or have [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep everyone call him barkeep,]] they just make up a name for him.

Occasionally, a sequel to a game will work around this by making the character an [[OldSaveBonus old save]] bonus boss, only showing up if you played the previous game anyway. Another workaround is to give a name that was one of several suggested choices in the first game.

This does not include cases where the character's "True" name is revealed in the first work as a TomatoSurprise.

See also CuttingOffTheBranches, where several possible endings are collapsed into a "true" one for the sequel.


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This is not about any game that lets you name the characters. Only cases in which you can name the characters in Game A, and the character's official name is shown in Game B, The Movie, or The Book version released later should be added here.


* Every game in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series (except [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the first game]] and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'') lets you name the hero; canonically, however, his name is always Link.
** Similarly, the hero's steed is a horse that the player can name in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''; however, her canon name is Epona.
* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderOfCenty'', you name the main character at the start of the game, but the manual identifies him as Corona.
* The ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' has succeeded in remaining nameless until TheMovie ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', at which point it became absurd, and he was given the name Dastan, which means "[[TheTrickster trickster]]", drawn from the Persian epic ''Literature/TheShahnameh''.

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* There aren't given any default names for the heroes of ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', but the Japanese instruction manual calls them Randi, Purim and Popoie. Interesting in that nobody is really sure what gave them the idea to use those names in the Enclosed Instruction Book. Some say that it was from a magazine previewing the game.
** The mobile version does, in fact, give them the default names of Randi, Primm, and Popoi.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBraveExvius'' also uses Randi, Primm, and Popoi as the names of the heroes.
** The [[VideoGameRemake remake]] has the canon name as the default name for each character.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'''s protagonist can be named in the first game, but Creator/{{Capcom}} uses the default name (Subaru Hoshikawa in Japan; Geo Stelar in North America) for the second and third.
* While ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' hints at the fate of the three possible characters from the original game, it only explicitly states that one of them (hinted to be the Warrior) became Diablo, and [[WakeUpCallBoss Blood Raven]], the Rogue, is the only one given an actual name. ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' states that the warrior of the first game is named Aidan. Further materials reveal the Rogue used to be named 'Moreina' before corrupted into Blood Raven.
** The Sorcerer from the original game also reappears in the sequel, where he's called the Summoner. More of a title than a name, but that's as close as a unique identifier as we got. He does get his name later: Jazreth, but looks like he discarded it when he becomes simply known as the Summoner.
** While the heroes in ''II'' remain unnamed so far, in ''III'', if using the Wizard, the Sorceress' name is revealed: Isendra. And later on, ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' gives one to the Necromancer, Xul, and then the Amazon, Cassia.
** The supplemental materials also named the female Demon Hunter as 'Valla' and female Wizard as 'Li-Ming', which carries over when they get included into ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''. In addition, female Barbarian, male Witch Doctor, female Crusader, male Monk are ported into that game and given the names Sonya, Nazeebo, Johanna and Kharazim respectively.
*** Some unused data suggests that the male Barbarian might make an appearance in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' and if that happens, Blizzard already prepared a CanonName for him: Kronan.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege III'' states that the hero of the first ''Dungeon Siege'' was a female warrior known as Lady Montbarron, who was also the ancestor of Player Characters Lucas and Katarina.
* In ''Videogame/TorchlightII'', the Vanquisher of the [[Videogame/{{Torchlight}} previous game]] is given the name Commander Vale, though the Alchemist and the Destroyer are still known by their class names.

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* The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series has an odd example; the authorized strategy guide has its walkthrough written in novel format, which gives the protagonist the name "Devon Aidendale". However, series creators Corey and Lori Ann Cole [[WordOfGod stated]] that "Devon Aidendale" is simply a name invented by the author of the guide and that the Hero was never supposed to have an official name so the player could more easily step into his shoes. However, they also said that if players want to use the name they can, and thus fans tend to use "Devon" in this fashion.
* In the first two ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' games, you can name the main character anything you want, but if you choose to leave it blank, the game instead defaults to "Roger Wilco". This is the name used in subsequent installments since they avert HelloInsertNameHere. The remake of the first game does not let you enter the name and instead goes with "Roger Wilco."

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The hero from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is officially named Red, and his rival is Green (in Japan) or Blue (internationally). Both names are revealed when you fight them in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''.
** The characters being named for the first default name on the name suggestion list[[note]]in whichever game comes "first" in the pair; i.e., for the pair of ''Pokémon Red And Blue'', the list from '''''Red''''' is used as opposed to the list from ''Blue''[[/note]] was then assumed to be the convention in the Johto games as ''Gold and Silver'' actually use Red as the name of the BonusBoss, who is meant to represent the original protagonist. The hero is Gold, the rival is Silver, and the heroine (from the UpdatedRerelease) is Kris.
** This ended around ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', though, when the heroes got "canon" names the RSE hero is Brendan, and the RSE heroine is May (TheRival is whichever character the player isn't). Similarly, ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' have Dawn and Lucas.
** ''Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum'' have two playable characters and a rival, we end up with Dawn, Lucas, and Barry. Barry was the first name on the list of options for the rival, but incidentally the default name if you don't enter anything at all is Pearl (in ''Diamond''), Diamond (in ''Pearl''), or a random choose between the two (in ''Platinum''), which aren't on the list at all.
** The remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', ''[=HeartGold and SoulSilver=]'', establish Gold's real name as Ethan, which was [[FanonDiscontinuity heavily disputed]]. The new female player character (that replaced Kris) was named Lyra. Silver didn't receive a new name ''per se'', but his default name was changed from 'Silver' to 'Soul'. His data is still stored under the name 'Silver', though.
*** As of the remakes, the only character with no default or official name at all is the female choice from ''VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen''. Fans assume she is either Blue(Japan)/Green(International) or, as popularized by Bulbapedia, Leaf.
*** The in-game data refers to her as "Leaf" in ''Pokémon [=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Emerald]]'', and the in-game data uses the correct names for Red and the Hoenn protagonists, but called the rival "Terry" of all things.
** While you still get to decide the names, in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the player characters are named Touya and Touko (Japanese) and Hilbert and Hilda (international) on the Battle Subway, though their pre-release names were Blair and Whitlea (referencing the game titles).
** In ''VideoGames/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' the protagonists are Rosa and Nate (a pun on 'Resonate' when said together, though this is usually missed because the [[DoubleStandard male name tends to go first i.e. Nate and Rosa]])
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' the official names are Calem and Serena, but their pre-release names were Xavier and Yvonne similar to the Blair and Whitlea above.
** While their original names are still canon, in the pre-release material of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' (including the demo), Brendan and May were known as Orlando and Anna.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' are the first games in some time to actually name the protagonists Sun and Moon after their games, though some sources have instead used the names Elio and Selene. Unused internal game data has them labeled Kai and Lana.
** Of course, that's just within the canon of the games. Many kids were probably inspired by [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] [[AnimeOfTheGame that followed]] the ''Red'' game's suggestion in naming the hero Ash, and his rival Gary. Likewise with the Japanese games, Satoshi and Shigeru for the characters Red and Blue/Green, respectively.
** Most ''Pokémon'' spinoff games follow this rule as well. Surprisingly, the protagonists of ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' avert this; they are literally [[TheHero Hero and Heroine]] otherwise.
** The player characters of ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'', as well as the companion in the former, can all be renamed, but they each have canon names. ''Colosseum'' features Wes and Rui (Leo and Mirei in Japan), and ''Gale of Darkness'' features Michael (Ryuto in Japan).
** It is worth noting that the most popular manga adaptation, ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', retains the pattern of naming the protagonists after the game versions. For example, the manga counterparts of the aforementioned Brendan and May are Ruby and Sapphire; Lucas, Barry, and Dawn are Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum; Hilbert and Hilda are Black and White; Nate and Rosa are Lack-Two and Whi-Two;[[note]]Although in the former's case "Black 2" is a codename due to being an international police officer like Looker within the continuity of the manga.[[/note]] and Calem and Serena are X and Y.[[note]]Even though that clashes with the names of Trevor, Tierno and Shauna due to the AerithAndBob trope.[[/note]] A few translations, such as the English one, take minor liberties in order to make the names plausible while still referencing the game titles; with X and Y becoming Xavier and Yvonne (though still carrying the ''nick''names X and Y) and Lack-Two and Whi-Two becoming Blake and Whitley.[[note]]Though, again, Blake retains "Black no. 2" as a police codename.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' - The default name of the protagonist is Django, a reference to the spaghetti western hero of [[Film/{{Django}} the same name]]. The sequel's title emphasizes this by being titled ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother|1}}'' (aka ''Earthbound Beginnings'') - Originally the protagonist had no official name. The name "Ninten"[[note]]Or more specifically, にんてん[[/note]] was used in the manual for the Famicom version, but it's a placeholder name that Nintendo typically used in games where the protagonist can be named (examples can be seen in the various ''Zelda'' manuals). However, the name Ninten stuck around and became the definite name for the character.
** Similarly, the main characters in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' (''Mother 2'') and ''[[VideoGame/MOTHER3 Mother 3]]'' are Ness and Lucas, respectively. In fact, all of the canonical names for nameable characters in the series are the first names given to you from the name creator's "Don't Care" option. These names are also all used in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** The protagonist of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' is given the name of Naoki Kashima in the radio play adaptation, but is known as Shin Managi in the novelization.
** The player character of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' is called Murdock in most of the English manual's screenshots. However, one set of screenshots near the end calls him Langdon Alger. It's unlikely that either is his "real" name, but it's as close as the game gets.
** Though the player can rename ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='s=] protagonist, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' only uses his default name Flynn.
** In a somewhat straighter example, the main character of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf'' isn't even given a set ''gender'', much less a name. However, the female version of the character appears in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/Persona2'' with the name Tamaki Uchida, and in P1 she talks openly about the events of ''if...'', establishing herself as the canon hero of that game.
** ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
*** The main character of the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' is referred to in-game as only "Pierced Boy"/"Boy with Earring", but the manga refers to him as Naoya Todou, the audio dramas as Yuya Narumi, and the novelization as Jihei Suzakuin.
*** While you can name the protagonist of ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'' whatever you want, his name will always be Tatsuya Suou in sequel ''Eternal Punishment''.
*** The protagonist of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' has no static name in the game; in the manga adaptation, he is named Minato Arisato. However, in ''Anime/Persona3TheMovie'', his name is Makoto Yuki, while the stage play adaptation gives him the name Sakuya Shiomi. The movie name is the most likely the "canon" one, given its use in ''VideoGame/Persona3DancingMoonNight''.
*** The female protagonist of UpdatedRerelease ''Persona 3 Portable'' is named Kotone Shiomi in the stage play.
*** ''VideoGame/Persona4'''s manga adaptation names the protagonist Souji Seta, while the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime]] [[Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation adaptation(s)]] names him Yu Narukami. The latter name was canonized in spin-off sequels ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'', and ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''.
*** Downplayed in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', where the main character has [[HelloInsertNameHere no static given name]] in the game, but always has the official ''nom de guerre'' of "Joker." As with most Creator/{{Atlus}} games, in Japanese promotional material the creators enter the name "主人 公" ("Protagonist"). In English promotional material, Atlus reps also joked everyone should name the protagonist "Xander," after his English voice actor Creator/XanderMobus. While he is named Akira Kurusu in the manga, the anime opts for Ren Amamiya; the latter is likely the canon name, given that it's used in ''VideoGame/Persona5DancingStarNight''.
*** Subverted and played with in ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth''. Regardless of which path you take, you have to name both the ''Persona 3'' hero and the ''Persona 4'' hero. In both menus, there's an option to randomly generate a name, but, amusingly, ''none'' of the names that are usually considered canon (Minato Arisato and Makoto Yuki for the ''P3'' protagonist, or Yu Narukami and Souji Seta for the ''P4'' protagonist) are available in the random generator. In fact, some of those names (Minato Arisato and Yu Narukami) can't be inputted in the English version due to character limitations.
** The ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' prequel novelization gives the eponymous protagonist the first name Jouhei, as "Raidou Kuzunoha" is actually his title, not his birth name (which is chosen by the player in-game).
** The protagonists of the two ''VideoGame/{{Devil|Survivor}} [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2 Survivor]]'' games are named by the player and don't have a set name. The protagonist of the first gets named Kazuya Minegushi in the manga adaptation, though the protagonist of the second gets two names depending on the adaptation, either Hiro Kageyama in the manga or Hibiki Kuze in the [[Anime/DevilSurvivor2 anime adaptation]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' uses it at times:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' allowed the player to name all four characters. The official manga serialization gave them the names Muuchi, Doug, J. Bowie, and Melfi. Then the DS remake gave them four different names, Luneth, Arc, Refia and Ingus. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' simply calls the hero representing the game "The Onion Knight", though his first alternate costume in ''Duodecim'' is called "Luneth" as a ShoutOut. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'' uses the DS remake names.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' doesn't even have canon ''characters'', let alone names. Similar to how it handled [=FF3=], ''Dissidia'' dubs the [=FF1=] representative (the Warrior from the Famicom version's packaging illustration) "Warrior of Light". In ''Duodecim'', the Warrior of Light does not remember his past, and thus, never reveals his name.
*** However it showed be noted that in the ''Final Fantasy - Memory of Heroes'' novel, the Warrior's name is given as Zest. Whether or not that makes it the official name of the "Warrior of Light" from ''Dissidia'' is uncertain.
*** The prequel/{{Revision}} to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', gives the Warrior's name as 'Wol', although the player can still rename him (and is encouraged to do so via the social mechanics).
** The [[AllThereInTheManual instruction booklet]] for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' says the main character's name is Benjamin, though you can name him [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever you want]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' for the SNES, an NPC named Namingway allowed you to change the character's default names (Cecil, Rosa, Kain, Edge, and Rydia). However, since the DS version added voice in cutscenes, you cannot rename the characters. This severely disappoints Namingway and creates a completely new sidequest where Namingway finds his place in life.
** The ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'' ending uses movie-style "CharacterAsHimself" credits ("[Player-selected Name] as Canon Name") to show everyone's canon names, including surnames that never come up elsewhere. If you kept the default names, you get something like "Cyan as Cyan Garamonde."
* The ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' games let you rename characters, but in voice clips (both inside and outside battle), the original name is always used.
* In ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//]]'', as you could rename your main character in the [[VideoGame/DotHackR1Games first four games]] and you could load data from any of them to [[VideoGame/DotHackGU G.U.]] and it would [[spoiler:change the name of the final boss of Vol. 1 to your character's name in the first series]]. If you don't do that, however, the character's name is given as "Kite". This is also his name in his appearance in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''
* Several ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' examples:
** The ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' characters are generally [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep known by their titles]]: The Prince of Laurasia (or of Midenhall, depending on the translation), the Prince of Cannock, and the Princess of Moonbrooke (or just Laurasia/Midenhall, Cannock, and Moonbrooke for short). When they made appearances in Japanese versions of ''VideoGame/ItadakiStreet'', Cannock and Moonbrooke were named Cookie and Pudding, respectively. A ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' cameo later gave them English names of Princeton and Princessa. Laurasia/Midenhall remains unnamed.
** TheHero of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' is referred to in other works as [[spoiler:Loto/Erdrick, the title they receive at the end of the game]].
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', the male hero is Solo and the female hero is Sofia, according to the instruction booklet for the Japan-only Playstation remake (or so Wiki/TheOtherWiki says), and confirmed by cameos in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' remake.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' starts giving default names (which you can change) to the twin children of the hero in any remake and modern spinoff: ''Rex'' and ''Tabatha'' for Japanese locale, and ''Parry'' and ''Madchen'' for English DS version. The aforementioned ''DQ VI'' remake also cameos the ''V'' cast, confirming the kids' names and dubbing the hero as Madason (which in the original game was his father's choice for his name before going with the player-provided one). The manga adaption gives uses the names ''Abel'' for the hero and ''Sora'' and ''Ten'' for his children.
** The heroes of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestX'' were named Botsu, Arus, and Sora in manga adaptations.
** Promotional material for the English 3DS remake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' names the hero as Auster.
** The heroes of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' are known as, well, Eight and Nine.
** Due to the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover element of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters Battle Road,'' featuring Rex and Tabatha as player's avatars, most unnamed supporting heroes are named in this series.
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Ryuka (Lucas)
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'': Rek
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'': Eden
** The Dragon Quest Drama [=CD=]s gave names for each of the heroes featured.
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'': Alef
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'': Allen
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'': Arel
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': Ray
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Lucas
*** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'': Will
* In ''VideoGame/FossilFighters,'' the hero has no default name--and indeed, you can change his name as often as you like! However, the official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter," probably after the series' Japanese name (''Fossil Hunters'').
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' lets you rename everyone... setting up a gag where you're given the "Rename" screen for [[spoiler:Roger Bacon]], who promptly informs you he ''isn't'' joining your party and you shouldn't be so presumptuous. ''Covenant'' reveals that the default names for everyone were the canonical ones, and does away with renaming (except that the screen ''still'' pops up for [[spoiler:Roger]]).
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and its first sequel, ''The Lost Age'', you could name TheHero (along with the rest of the player characters if you punched in certain codes at the naming screen) whatever you wanted. In ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', however, the Warriors of Vale all go by their default names.
* Basically every hero from the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' allows you to choose what to call your hero. Most allow you to choose the name of every major character thereafter too.
* Each of the ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' games past the first have a canon name for their hero (with Maxim's name established in the first game). You can still change Maxim, Wain, and Eldin's names, except in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' where Maxim's name is used during voice acting.
* You're asked to enter a four-letter name without any context when you begin ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII''. If you leave the space blank, it defaults to Rolf.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' is named whatever you want to call them (with voiced characters getting around that by only calling them "Captain"), but in canon the name of the protagonist is Gran for male and Djeeta for female.
* ''VideoGame/FateExtra'': The protagonist can be named whatever the player wants, and the player can even choose their gender. However, their canon name (whether they are male or female) is "Hakuno Kishinami".
* ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'': For a long time the protagonist was officially nameless, again being called whatever the player wanted. With the advent of the ''Grand Order'' prologue being animated, the protagonist was given a canon name: Ritsuka Fujimaru. Given this is a male name, and only the male version of the protagonist appears in the video, it's as yet unclear whether the female version of the protagonist has a canon name.

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* Thanks to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', we ''finally'' have names for the [[LegacyCharacter Sub-Zero Bros.]]: the elder one (the brother that killed Scorpion, then was killed by Scorpion after the first game, and descended into the Netherrealm to become Noob Saibot) is Bi-Han, while his younger brother (the one who took his place from ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 MK2]]'' onward) is Kuai Liang. The same game reveals that fellow (former) [[McNinja Lin Kuei]] member Smoke is a man hailing from Prague named Tomas Vrbada. This (and Cyrax's [[AmbiguouslyBrown ethnicity]]) lends credibility to the theory that the Lin Kuei is not entirely made up of Chinese warriors.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "Doomguy"]] is officially called Flynn "Fly" Taggart in the [[{{Literature/Doom}} book]] [[AdaptationDistillation series]], and "Stan [[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D Blazkowicz]]" in the mobile RPG. However, [[WordOfGod John Romero]] maintains that this does not apply to the games, and that Doomguy is unnamed by design because he's meant to represent the player.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' novels, Master Chief was given the name John-[[YouAreNumberSix 117]], and characters close to him occasionally call him such in the later games, with Cortana first calling him "John" in the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the names of certain characters have been cropping up as the game is updated. So far, the Demoman's name is Tavish Finnegan Degroot, the Engineer is Dell Conagher, the Sniper's surname is Mundy (and his birth name is [[spoiler:Mun-dee]]), the Soldier goes by the alias "Mister Jane Doe", the Heavy's first name is Misha (short for Mikhail), the Scout's first name is Jeremy, the Medic's last name is Ludwig and the Administrator's first name is Helen.
* The novelization of ''VideoGame/{{RAGE}}'' establishes the protagonist as Nicholas Raine and expounds on his life, noting that he was a lieutenant in the USMC Force Recon and was his Ark's military adviser after they found that the old one had cancer. This also explains why Dan Hagar immediately gave what the game implies is just a random Ark Survivor the task of wiping out a gang of bandits single handedly, and why the protagonist is so capable.

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* The canon ending for the original ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' has the Orcs winning, making the player the new Warchief. In ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', it's revealed that the Warchief is named Orgrim Doomhammer, who becomes an important figure for the Orcs. After all, [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Orgrimmar]] is named after him.
* The Executor from the original ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' Protoss campaign is revealed in ''Brood War'' to have been named Artanis. From this, {{Fanon}} likes to neatly speculate that the Executor from ''Brood War'' is Selendis and that the Magistrate from the original terran campaign is Matt Horner (both of these characters show up in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''). That leaves the UED Commander from ''Brood War'' and both zerg Cerebrates. While they all still remain nameless, it's generally assumed that the first Cerebrate is one of those killed by Zeratul in the original protoss campaign, and that the second one was probably killed by Kerrigan (or simply died off without an Overmind to sustain it) some time after ''Brood War'' - that Cerebrate might in fact have been the last of its kind. The UED Commander was probably killed anonymously at some point in the ''Brood War'' zerg campaign, along with the rest of the UED forces.
* ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War 2]]'' (and ''Chaos Rising'') let you name your captain, but he is called "Aramus" in the novel. Granted, the novel is ''probably'' not canon. In the novel, Aramus is ''never'' a captain (and barely a sergeant, for that matter), the Eldar never showed up at any point, Administrator Derossa and the Meridian governor both had different names, and [[spoiler:Tarkus dies at the end.]] ''Retribution'' lets you ostensibly name your commander for whichever faction you choose to play, but it's more of just a save-slot name as the commanders are all named and referred to as such throughout the campaigns.

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* The heroine of ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'' doesn't have a name in the English version, but in Japan, her name is Miria.
* The ''VideoGame/TwinBee'' series originally starred a lineage of nameless pilots assigned to drive the titular ship and [=WinBee=], starting with Dr. Cinammon's sons from the first game. When ''Deta na!! [=TwinBee=]'' got a radio drama titled ''[=TwinBee=] Paradise'', their pilots were named Light and Pastel. Eventually Creator/{{Konami}} released a family tree of the series' characters for the ''[=TwinBee=] Deluxe Pack'' collection for the [=PlayStation=] and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, which not only retroactively named all the pilots of the older games, but also retconned some of the history established up to that point (for example, Dr. Cinnamon's unseen sons, Annamon and Donnamon, were changed into being non-related sibling disciples).
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'': TheCaptain's default name is "Zelnick" and the ship's is "Vindicator" when the game was ported to the [=3DO=]. Most folks refer to him as this now. This is the name used in the [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] novel ''Star Control: Interbellum''.

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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** The male protagonists name as "Pete" was the default (as in, already filled in) name of the male farmer in 2001's ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon3'' GBC if playing as a girl. ''Puzzle De Harvest Moon'' also names him "Pete". The default name for the female farmer if you were playing as a boy was "Sara."
** ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness Island of Happiness]],'' for instance, names the male and female protagonists Mark and Chelsea, respectively. However, you can't use "Chelsea" as your character's name, since you only get six character slots.
** The ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife A Wonderful Life]]'' protagonist is also named "Mark". And your child's name is Andy.
** The ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody Magical Melody]]'' protagonist, who is based off the SNES version of Pete, is named "Adam" (US) and "Tito" (Japan).
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'':
** For ''Wing Commander III'', which used live-action video instead of animated cutscenes, the main character (same as from the first two games) was given the name Christopher Blair. You still got to pick your callsign, which later games (and the novels, and the movie...) would establish as "Maverick".
** ''Wing Commander I'' and ''II'' had a command line CheatCode that allowed you to select any mission you wanted. This skipped you past continuity bits like choosing a name; in these circumstances your character was known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "BLUEHAIR"]]. Speed it up a little and...

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** The reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the [=MSX2=] ''Metal Gear'' games had little to do with maintaining the character's mystique and more to do with the fact that he was meant to be an avatar for the player. When Snake's character was fleshed out in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he was given the name of "David", allowing for ThemeNaming with both Meryl (CanonImmigrant from ''VideoGame/{{Policenauts}}'', where Meryl was partnered with a guy named Dave) and with Otacon ([[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Hal and Dave]]).
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', the player is asked to input their name and details for Raiden's dog tags. Most appearances of them in non-interactive media (official videos, strategy guides, the zoomable Demo Theatre version in ''Document of Metal Gear Solid 2'', etc) use Creator/HideoKojima's details instead.

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* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattle: March of the Black Queen'', the player can choose between a male Lord and a female and name either one. In ''Ogre Battle 64'', the male version of the Lord appears as a character named Destin Faroda, while the female Lord is named Europea Rheda.
* The [[PurelyAestheticGender hero(ine)]] of ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' has the default name Revya. The ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' cameo ''appears'' to [[RoadCone establish Revya as female]] [[spoiler:and taking the Normal Path]], but who can say with Creator/NipponIchi? It literally calls her just the hero from Soul Nomad "(default name: Revya)".
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Sword of Flame]]'', the player is the strategist/protagonist that Lyndis finds when the game begins. You're allowed to name him or her whatever you choose, but canonically, he goes by the name Mark.
** Your Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is canonically named Reflet in Japanese, Robin in English, and Daraen in some European languages, further cemented by his/her appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for [=WiiU/3DS=]''. ''Awakening'' also establishes the canon name of ''New Mystery of the Emblem's'' Avatar as Kris. Note how all of these names are [[GenderBlenderName gender-neutral]] and how ''Super Smash Bros.'' has the option for both male and female Robin, leaving the canon ''gender'' of each ambiguous (though the male is set as the default).
** Ditto for the Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. He or she can be named whatever you want, but the default name is Kamui for Japan and Corrin for the West. Supplementary material and the games themselves also almost always portray Corrin as being male in ''Birthright'' and female in ''Conquest'', with ''Revelation'' being a toss-up.
* ''VideoGame/KingsBounty: The Legend'' lets the player choose the player character's name, but in the backstory of the sequel ''Armored Princess'', he is always named Bill Gilbert, the default name in ''The Legend''.
* While many ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' allow the player to rename the protagonist (and sometimes their original mech), the default names are generally taken as canon. Characters who appear in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' subseries always use their default names.

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* In ''VideoGame/OrcsMustDie'' and its sequel, the War Mage and his ArchEnemy-[[HeelFaceTurn turned-reluctant-ally]], the Sorceress, are only referred to by their titles. With the release of ''VideoGame/OrcsMustDieUnchained'', the War Mage was given the name Maximillian, and the Sorceress was called Gabriella.

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* The guy from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' is named Claude, revealed in a cutscene in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]''. Also revealed by the name of his default skin in the game (Claude) and a quick peek at the player character's name in the previous game's opening cutscene (Claude Speed).
* Aldo Trapani is the name of the ultra customizable player character from ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game''.

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* Pretty much every ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' game that allows the player to create the PC gives them at least an official gender (and species where applicable). [[spoiler:Revan]] from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is male, Jaden Korr from ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy'' is likewise a male human, the Exile from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is female, and so on. The FeaturelessProtagonist of ''VideoGame/XWing'' is revealed in a novella included with the Limited Edition to be Keyan Farlander, a human male from Agamar, who the ExpandedUniverse reveals was later trained as a Jedi by Luke Skywalker and became a Jedi Master in his own right. The one from ''VideoGame/TIEFighter'' is Maarek Stele, and he pops up very sporadically in other ExpandedUniverse material. Averted in ''VideoGame/XWingAlliance'', where the hero has a name (Ace Azzameen) from the start, and although it's possible for the player to change it at the beginning, there's little point as his family relations with the other Azzameens is a big part of the plot.
** ''Knights of the Old Republic'' generally uses the name of the hero's [[spoiler:original identity, Revan]] to refer to him, leading to a LateArrivalSpoiler situation in later games. The Exile's name is later stated to be Meetra Surik in ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', the book prequel to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Oddly enough though, [[spoiler:Revan]] never has his birth name revealed; as shown by a flashback in [[ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic a prequel comic]] he changed his name to [[spoiler:Revan]] upon [[spoiler:deciding to leave the Jedi Order to fight the Mandalorians]].
** ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' includes a variation on this: The main character is codenamed Starkiller (incidentally, the [[MythologyGag original last name of the Skywalkers]] in early ''Star Wars'' drafts) and his real name, as revealed in the books, but not (overtly) the games, is Galen Marek.
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' there are three premade characters, one of whom, Albert Cole, appears to be the character we see in flashbacks in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', though his name is never actually mentioned there.
* In ''Videogame/{{Fallout 4}}'', you choose between a wife and a husband as your player character. The one you didn't choose is given the name Nate (the husband) and Nora (the wife).
* The player character of ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' is only known as The Nameless One, because his real name has been lost for millennia. [[spoiler:Although the character learns his true name towards the end of the game, the player never does.]] The 1999 novelization (which most fans ignore) has him pick the name "Thane" early on.
* In ''VideoGame/AlwaysSometimesMonsters'', most of the characters at the party at the beginning of the game (which functions as the "character select" screen) have default names, but you don't learn them until you make your choice and talk to one of the other characters. Three of the potential partners (the character you select in the patio) aren't given names.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you get to name Fallen Child. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that you actually named the ''first'' child who fell into the Underground, not your character. Your character's real name is Frisk. Additionally, the first fallen human is commonly referred to by fans as "Chara" due to the text 'the true name' appearing when one uses that name.]]
* In ''Videogame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the protagonist will always be dubbed "Douchebag" no matter what the players choose to name him. At the end of the game, the Big Bad Government Guy pursuing him reveals his true name: [[spoiler:[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim "Dovahkiin"]]]].
* ''Videogame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has Scott and Sara as the default name for the Ryder you choose as your protagonist. The one you don't choose uses those names and if you choose it as your default name then it gets used in-game.

* The lore of Cap'n Crunch is somewhat ambiguous during the commercials, but it turns out Cap'n Crunch is Horatio Magellan Crunch, the Sogmaster is Squish, and the Soggies are Snyder and Sylvester.