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->''"Wait, your last name is Reaper? Why did I always think it was Snugglebottom?"''
-->-- '''Billy''', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''

As its supertrope, EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep trope says, some characters have the misfortune of being known only by their job title. This trope is about those rare times where EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep because "Barkeep" is the guy's ''actual name''. May happen as a result of WhoNamesTheirKidDude. Alternatively, maybe the guy had his name legally changed to "Barkeep" because he likes that name better than his given name.

Milder examples can include a nickname that turns out to actually be the character's name. For a full comedy incarnation of this trope, the given name will be the full job description.

May involve SpellMyNameWithAThe.

UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} can be considered a subtrope. Closely related to ADogNamedDog, when something is named for its species. See also VerberCreature for when a creature is named for something they are notable to do.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* L in ''Manga/DeathNote'' is an example of the nickname version. It is assumed to be a nickname but is revealed to be his actual first name in [[AllThereInTheManual external material]].
* The two titles held by King Bradley of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' are usually translated as "[[PuttingOnTheReich Führer]]" and "[[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]". "King"? That's his ''actual'' first name. [[spoiler: Justified, in that he was part of a breeding program to create the ideal ruler for Amestris; his name was a fabrication, chosen to reinforce his image as a ruler.]]
* In the manga ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'', this trope applies to ''the entire cast.'' Everyone's name comes from their role in the story. When somebody assumes a new role, they ''get a new name.''
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'''s parents: Speed's own name is a little occupation appropriate, but his mom and dad are literally named Mom and Pops Racer, though Pops used to be known as "Dragon Racer" back when he was a professional wrestler. In the original Japanese version, Speed and his entire family had real Japanese names (though with the Japanese love of bilingual puns, Speed's name of ''Go'' was undoubtedly chosen because of its English meaning). Worth noting that this trope is averted according to old Speed Racer comic books published in America in the seventies, which claim that his real first name is Greg, and "Speed" is a nickname. Also worth noting that every other version of the character, translation or not, has quietly ignored "Greg" in favor of assuming "Speed" is his actual name.
* The main character in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is named Battler in a case of GratuitousEnglish meets WhoNamesTheirKidDude. The character himself even lampshades it multiple times.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Index herself. Though she presumably was called something different when she was born, the name that appears on all her official identification, and the only name she remembers for herself, is "Index Librorum Prohibitorum".
** Similarly, Accelerator. He admits that he once had a real, normal name, but he's long since forgotten what it was, and no one else seems to remember him from back then. Therefore, his name is "Accelerator".
* The milder version occurs in ''Manga/GhostHunt''. One of the characters goes under a [[spoiler: fake Japanese name (Shibuya Kazuya). The characters all call him by a nickname they make up, "Naru" (short for narcissist). When he first hears it, this shocks him, because "Naru" is the Japanese pronunciation of his real (English) nickname, "Noll," which is short for his real English name "Oliver." Phew.)]]
* The section chief in ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''. He's mostly referred to by his title, which in Japanese is "Kachou"; at one point it's revealed that this is also his real name (though written with different kanji).
* In ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', there's a mysterious person known as That Man. Turns out his name really is That Man. [[spoiler:And then it turns out he has five accomplices. ''Their'' names? That Man Over Here, That Man Over There, This Man, This Man Over Here, and This Man Over There.]]
* In ''Anime/TamakoMarket'', Mochizou can be read to mean "mochi maker", though the way it's spelled it could also be read as 'he who has mochi' or 'mochi warehouse' -- the "mochi" part is left without kanji and the part that would have meant "maker" is written with the kanji for "possession/ownership".
* The HighSchoolAU ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'' has Dearche K. Claudia, the leader of the Dark Materials who is often referred to by the title of "king" (in Japanese) by her peers. Her [[CardBattleGame card]] then reveals that the K in her name stands for "Kings" (in English).
* The recurring doctor character in ''Anime/CombatMechaXabungle'' is actually called Medick.
* In ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', the eponymous "[[TheDandy dandy]] guy in space" seems to actually be named Space Dandy. When he received a letter, it was addressed to "Mr. Space Dandy".
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** The title character [[DownplayedTrope did make up the "Eater" part as a code name]], but his first name really ''is'' "Soul". Though in his case, the Soul was meant as a ''musical'' allusion[[note]]He comes from a family of musicians.[[/note]] rather than a supernatural one.
** The immortal werewolf had never had a name in his life until he was sprung from prison with help from Medusa. He's basically told "He's free," and (being somewhat simple-minded) he ran with it, naming himself "Free".
** Death the Kid's legal name really is Death the Kid. Although by the end of the manga [[spoiler:Death dies, and Kid replaces him, so he might be known simply as Death later on.]]
* In ''[[Anime/InazumaEleven Inazuma Eleven Ares]]'', Chou Kinun's lackey turns out to be named Lee Lackey.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/DCComics 1970s counter-culture title ''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}'', Prez Rickard grew up to become President of the United States. "Prez" is, of course, short for "President"; apparently, his mother had a premonition. His main enemy is Boss Smiley, the embodiment of political corruption, whose office door and desk bear signs indicating that his first name really is "Boss".
* The GoldenAge Mr Terrific's butler, at least in Michael Chabon's version: "His name really is Butler. That's how long they've been doing it in his family."
* ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' claimed, in response to a fan letter published on its letters page, that Dennis the Menace's father was actually named "Dennis's Dad" at birth. When he met a girl named "Dennis's Mum", he knew they were destined to be together.
** Teacher from The Bash Street Kids is another example. It's actually his surname.
* ''{{ComicBook/Planetary}}'' has The Drummer. First name The, last name Drummer.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': In the first album ''Het Geheim van Matsuoka'' ("The Secret of Matsuoka") the titular character is a man named Heiremans who merely ''thinks'' he is emperor UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}, because he drank an insanity poison. At the end of the story he is cured and wants to be called Heiremans again. Strange enough in the next albums Nero is still referred to as ''Nero'', even though he doesn't think he is the Roman emperor anymore. Even his wife is called ''Madame Nero'' by everyone. It appears to be a nickname, but on the other hand it can even be read on his house nameplate.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'', Prince Robot IV is the fourth prince of a [[PlanetOfHats planet of robots]] - and yes, "Prince Robot" is actually his name, though most characters call him IV.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'', Doctor Appleby is a young child whose given name is Doctor. His parents dress him in scrubs, and expect him to grow up to be a doctor. The trope is then taken UpToEleven when he meets a girl named Notary Public.
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'':
** A recurring minor character is a police officer called Dennis O'Copper.
** Tracy himself -- Chester Gould named him "Dick" because it's slang for "detective."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp'', one character is always referred to as "The Bear." Turns out, that's his real name, [[SpellMyNameWithAThe complete with the "The."]]
* The Hunter in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. His real name is Jim Hunter.
* In one of the spinoff stories to ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'', the real name of Kyon's sister is revealed to actually be Imouto ([[UsefulNotes/JapaneseSiblingTerminology Japanese for "little sister"]]). She {{Wangst}}s over it in therapy.
* ''WebAnimation/ZanyToTheMax'': Subverted with Coach Nurse. She's not a coach, and she's not a nurse! Yakko doesn't even understand why she was given that name in the first place.
** The Mime as well. It is revealed that his name actually is The Mime. Yes, [[SpellMyNameWithAThe "The" is part of his name]].
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': [[Franchise/AceAttorney The Judge's]] name really is Judge. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight]] is a bit uncomfortable with this, saying it would be like if other ponies [[ADogNamedDog just called her "Unicorn"]].
* ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorneyCase5TurnaboutSubstitution'': Like in the previous example, the Judge's name is actually Judge. Judge Chambers, to be exact.
* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' averts the normal case of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep in ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' since, with certain exceptions, every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality, including its main character Empath.
* In [[http://shadoes.livejournal.com/1805.html this fanfic]] about [[Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie Tony and Control]]: "'Hello, Mr Driver,' he said to the driver, whose name was Jonathan Driver."
* One of the main recurring characters of Slamacow's ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' short videos is an Enderman named Bart, who owns a saloon catering to other mobs. If SpeciesSurname is applied, he's Bart Enderman the bartender(-man).
* Partial aversion in ''WebAnimation/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas.'' The Courier's name almost certainly ''isn't'' "Courier," but he puts that down as his name because he can't remember his real one due to [[EasyAmnesia waking up from being shot in the head]]. He wonders if he was ''really'' dedicated to his job under such circumstances.
* In ''Fanfic/HotspringSouls'', it turns out the Hunter's real name is actually... Hunter. [[AwesomeMcCoolname Hunter G. Jaeger]], [[MeaningfulName in fact!]]
* PlayedWith in the case of Prince Blueblood from ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. "Prince" is his real name, but it's not his real title (he's a Viscount).
* In ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', the Hokage's name is Joe Hokage.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12893733/1/To-Catch-A-Thief-Ch-1-to-12 To Catch a Thief]]'' has a barrister named Richard Lawyer.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Minion's name is actually Minion.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'': The Pirate Captain's name is indeed Pirate Captain, as we see when he signs his name as such on an entry form. Lampshaded when he meets UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria.
-->'''Victoria:''' Do you have a name, Pirate Captain?\\
'''Pirate Captain:''' Yes! They call me... The Pirate Captain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'', the first name of Eddie's grandmother, Nana Noodleman, really is Nana.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/KillBill'', Bill constantly refers to the Bride as "kiddo". It sounds like a patronizing nickname until we find out her name is actually Beatrix Kiddo.
* In ''Film/TheVillain'', the heroic handsome stranger's name really is Handsome Stranger. Justified in the work as he explains "[He] was named after [his] father."
* In ''Film/SpyKids'', Floop's minion is Alexander Minion.
* In ''Film/AustinPowers'', Number Two's name is actually Number Two. Though in ''Goldmember'' it's shown it started as his rank in the school grades, so it might be EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep.
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', there is an extended joke based on this ([[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Spaceballs from Wikiquote]]:)
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' [to Sandurz] Who is he?\\
'''Colonel Sandurz:''' He's an Asshole, sir.\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' I know that! What's his name?\\
'''Colonel Sandurz:''' That is his name, sir. Asshole, Major Asshole.\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' ... And his cousin?\\
'''Colonel Sandurz:''' He's an Asshole too, sir. Gunner's mate, First Class, Philip Asshole.\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' How many Assholes have we got on this ship, anyhow?\\
''[the entire bridge crew, except for one person, stands up and raises a hand]''\\
'''Assholes:''' Yo!\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' I knew it, I'm [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by Assholes]]... [closes helmet] Keep firing, Assholes!
:: Whenever the film is forced to be [[{{Bowdlerization}} toned down for broadcast]] "Asshole" is replaced with "Moron". Thankfully, the joke keeps.
* The protagonist of ''Film/{{Machete}}'' is known by everyone simply as 'Machete'. His real name is... Machete Cortez.
* ''The Wackiest Ship in the Army'' (WWII movie semi-spoof from 1960) has a navy radio operator named A.J. Sparks; "Sparks" is the traditional nickname for a WWII era radio operator.
* Farmer the farmer, the main character of ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A Dungeon Siege Tale''. Subverted in that the original blurb for the film [[AllThereInTheManual claimed his name was Damon]]. However, even his wife and the man who raised him call him Farmer. His real name is [[spoiler:Camden Conreid, the rightful heir to the throne of Ehb]].
** When asked by his son, he claims that he believes that everyone should be called by their profession.
* In ''Film/TheAstronautFarmer'' a NASA astronaut returns to his family farm to save it but never gives up his dream of being an astronaut. His name: Charles Farmer. And his son is named [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Shepperd Farmer]].
* In ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'':
-->'''Zack:''' What's your name?\\
'''Lester:''' Lester. Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.\\
'''Zack:''' Wow. That's a great porn name.\\
'''Lester:''' I get to pick a porn name?
* In the Russian film ''The Cuckoo'', the protagonist meets up with a Russian man and, unable to understand his language, calls him "Ivan" out of stereotype. His guess turns out to be correct--the Russian man really is named Ivan.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': After Harold and Kumar steal the Extreme Sports Punks' SUV, Cole, the leader, addresses a fellow punk as "Extreme Sports Punk #1" as they watch them drive away.
* ''Film/SpaceCop'': Space Cop is a space cop who is always called "Space Cop." Around the halfway mark, his partner finally asks what his real name is, and he explains that all space cops change their name to Space Cop to protect their families. He ponders going back to his birth name: Holden Madickey.
* ''Film/DownPeriscope'' had Nitro, full name and rank Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Michael K. Nitro. He is considering "Mike" as a potential nickname.
* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Franchise/SpiderMan mistakes [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Dr. Strange’s]] name for a code name:
-->'''Peter''': I'm Peter, by the way.
-->'''Strange''': [shaking his hand] Doctor Strange.
-->'''Peter''': Oh, we're using our made up names. Then I am Spider-Man.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the oldest sister in a family seems to be actually called "Eldest", as while we get to know the actual names of women who have taken on the title of "Eldest" because the eldest sister died, the first-born girl of a family is never called anything other than "Eldest." Apparently, when she (or one of her sisters) has her first child, she takes on the title of "Mother Elder" to avoid confusion. (Note that regardless of who actually gave birth to the child in question, all members of the birth mother's group of sisters are considered a mother of the child.)
* Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear from ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when another girl makes fun of Sister's name.
** Oddly enough, in the early stories before Sister was born, Brother's name was "Little Bear", meaning that all his life [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep he's been called Barkeep]] and his name was changed at one point to reflect his change in job.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', there's the Butler family, who have served as butlers (of the "[[BattleButler battle]]" variety) to the Fowl family for generations. According to the first book, there is some dispute about whether the Butlers changed their name to suit their role, at some point in antiquity - or if the term 'Butler' was actually derived from the famously faithful and competent family.
* In ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'', you've got Captain Major (whose first and middle names are also Major, making his full name [[RepetitiveName Major Major Major]]), being promoted... to Major. Thus making him Major Major Major Major. Any further attempts to promote or demote him are blocked by [[AlmightyJanitor ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen]], who finds the whole situation hilarious.
* Farmer Farmer in ''The Fox Busters'' by Creator/DickKingSmith.
* In a variant from the world of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', an employer who hire shadowrunners is colloquially referred to as "Mr. Johnson", regardless of gender, to ensure anonymity. One of them self-{{Lampshades}} this trope in one of the Shadowrun novels, remarking on the irony that her name really ''is'' Johnson.
** The ''London Falling'' adventure book also features a Johnson whose real name is apparently "Artholomew Johnson".
* In ''The Nanny Diaries'', the main character's name is... Nanny.
* In ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler decide to become a cook and butler because of their names. (The only problem is, the family then has to ''stop'' calling Nanny Butler by her surname, because you just can't call a butler Butler.)
* ''Literature/{{Holes}}'': Mr Sir's last name really is Sir. [[EmbarrassingFirstName His first name]], [[GenderBlenderName on the other hand...]] It's implied in the sequel that "Mr Sir" is a pseudonym he uses to hide from the police. Supported by the film, in which he is identified at the end as Marion Sevillo, and he is arrested on a parole violation.
* In the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, until an individual Kzin does something heroic and notable to "earn" a name, they are known only by their profession, so you get a lot of Kzin named things like "Pilot", "Navigator", "Gunner", "Student-of-Chemistry", and "Speaker-to-Animals". The last, by the way, is what a lower-ranking ambassador to an alien species is named.
* Subverted and parodied in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', which has characters called Carter (a baker), Weaver (a thatcher), Carpenter (a tailor), Baker (a weaver), Thatcher (a carter), Tailor (also a weaver) and Tinker ([[ZigZaggedTrope actually a tinker]]). (The entire book is a DeconstructiveParody of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', in which the trope is played straight, listed in Theatre Below).
** Doubly subverted in the case of Carter, whose first, and extremely NonindicativeName is "Bestiality", owing to parents who were confused about what to name a boy after having girls named Faith, Hope, Chastity, and Temperance.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/WizardOfThePigeons'' is a wizard named Wizard. He took the name when he took up the profession, and no longer remembers what his name was before.
* In ''Literature/WingCommander: The Price Of Freedom'', the trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] when Colonel Blair is momentarily confused as to whether or not the ship's chief mechanic is actually named "Pliers" ([[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep He's not.]])
* In the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, one of the members of the [[SpacePirate Cavrilhu Pirates]] is referred to only as "Control." Given that most of the time, he's speaking over a radio, you'd think this is addressing his occupation (i.e. as in, "Mission Control"). Then when he shows up in person, it turns out that his name ''really is Control.''
* In the WeirdWest {{Steampunk}} novel ''Seven Cities of Old'' by Mike Wild, Marsh Marshal is a federal lawman. He tries not to mention what that makes his title, but everyone works it out pretty quickly.
* In ''[[{{Literature/Animorphs}} Animorphs]] #26: The Attack'', there is the Animorphs' guide while they are on an alien planet, Guide. (Their culture has some...[[PlanetOfHats interesting ideas]] about jobs, name choice, and cultural priorities.)
* In ''Literature/RomeoAndOrJuliet'', Juliet's nurse is named "Angelica Nurse".
* In Becky Chambers' SF novel ''Literature/TheLongWayToASmallAngryPlanet'', Dr. Chef, who is, duh, the doctor and the chef for the crew. (Technically, he took this name, as in his own alien language he was TheUnpronouncable.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the Polish series ''Series/KapitanBomba'', there is a character named Starfleet Admiral. He's an admiral in Starfleet.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace:'' The Russos dad once hired a tutor named Tutor to help Max prepare for a wizarding test. Alex later explains that it's normal for wizards in the wizarding world to name their children after the jobs they hope they'll have when they grow up. She then explains that it doesn't always work out, and that their dad once had a dentist named Butcher.
* Pilot, from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', who is named after his function aboard Moya. This trope even extends to the rest of his species. It is never revealed if he even has a personal name, but presumably his own kind have some way of differentiating each other. It's revealed that Pilot language is so fantastically dense and complex that translator microbes just give up on it until they simplify their sentences. It would thus be nothing for them to address each other with full descriptions that left little doubt who they were talking to, similar to someone saying "I am doing fine, Caucasian male in a charcoal gray suit with thin purple tie who works in my department and is currently standing to the left of the water cooler." and not having it take forever or be awkward.
* Lieutenant Murtagh of ''Series/FamilyMatters'' told Carl that he had his first name legally changed to "Lieutenant." When he told Carl this, Carl asked what his name was before that. Lieutenant's reply was that before that time it was "Sergeant."
* ''Series/TopGear'' has The Stig, their faceless, genderless 'tamed racing driver'. He even has a passport.
* Invoked on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when actor Judge Reinhold starts a reality courtroom show a la ''Series/JudgeJudy'' with himself as the judge. He then calls it ''[[SubvertedPunchline Mock Trial with J. Reinhold]]''. It eventually spawns [[FollowTheLeader an imitator show]] starring Bud Cort.
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' the Emergency Medical Hologram was called simply "The Doctor" and never got a proper name. Though since he was a piece of software and not a human, he didn't really ''need'' a name. It didn't take many seasons for him to need a proper name (being left running for longer than intended led to him developing an actual ''identity'', and the Doctor knew full well that should mean having a proper name). The problem was that he didn't manage to decide what that proper name should be, so he stayed as "The Doctor" or "the Voyager EMH Mark I" for the duration. He did settle on the name "Schweitzer" in one episode, but dropped the name as too emotionally painful (without having told anyone in the crew about it) after an unpleasant outcome of a holodeck adventure.
* Geoffrey the Butler from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' has his full name revealed as Geoffrey Butler, a fact Will [[LampshadeHanging is quick to point out.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/NewsRadio'', Bill [=McNeal=] calls a sound editor "guy," a fact Dave Nelson is quick to point out as rude for not calling the man by his name, until the sound editor looks up from his work to say, "My name IS Guy!"
* Early episodes of ''Series/{{Oz}}'' occasionally had appearances from a poetically-inclined convict who was only shown delivering his verses in the canteen, and credited in the cast list as "poet". When he was later developed into a more significant character, it was decided that "Poet" was his actual street name.
* In ''Series/{{Greek}}'', "Wade" is both one of the Kappa Tau brother's nickname (he can't swim) and his real name.
* ''Series/MrBean'', upon being specifically asked what his first name is, he simply replies "mister". This is later subverted in ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'', where it shows on his passport that his first name is actually "Rowan", changing it into an ActorAllusion to Mr. Bean's real-life actor, Creator/RowanAtkinson.
* Italian comedy sketch show "Mai Dire Gol" had among its recurring characters Ingegner Cane, the engineer (''ingegnere'' = engineer) who supervised the feasibility studies for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Messina_Bridge Strait of Messina Bridge]]. He was shown to be incredibly incompetent and absent-minted (to the point of almost being unable to count), until it was revealed that "Ingegner Cane" were his given name and surname, and he didn't even have higher education!
* While not a name, on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when asked where he works, Barney replies "please..." in a dismissive manner. A later episode reveals that the department he works in is called P.L.E.A.S.E. - "Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything." It's basically paying him millions per year to be their legal scapegoat.
* In ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', when the Sinclair family decides it's time for their youngest son (addressed informally as "Baby", "Junior", or "Buster") to get an official name, the Chief Elder dies in the midst of the ceremony, saddling the baby with the unfortunate name of "Agh Agh I'm Dying You Idiot" (his last words). The family gets frustrated trying to come to terms with it, so they ask the replacement elder for a second opinion, and he opts for the much simpler "Baby", a name that stuck with him for the rest of the series.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' has Phryne's butler, Tobias Butler. As a subtle clue, he's usually addressed as "''[[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Mr.]]'' Butler" rather than the usual no-honorific LastNameBasis.
* In ''Series/{{Glee}}'', it's revealed that Principal Figgins' first name is Principal.
* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has a character named Larry, who keeps taking jobs as a waiter in various restaurants and always introduces himself as "Larry, your waiter." In season 2, it's revealed his last name actually is Your-Waiter.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor's]] name truly is "the Doctor;" that's the name he chose as a boy on Gallifrey. Admittedly, he does have a true name, but no one (except River Song and probably the Master) knows it. The Master, the Rani, the Corsair, and so on are also examples of this trope.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* There are plenty of gods whose names simply mean "deity", such as God, Allah, and Jupiter (a corruption of Deus Pater, Latin for God the Father). In the case of the Abrahamic god, this began as an actual religious prohibition on speaking any of his "true" names outside of appropriate rituals, and after a few thousand years of no-one being allowed to say YHWH and even most of the titles like "Adonai" being considered so sacred that once you wrote them they had to be preserved forever, MemeticMutation caused even most of the Rabbinical traditions to start just using "God" as his name rather than a job description, and eventually considering that sacred enough to violate the rules against cursing with it or writing it on any disposable medium as well (certain Jewish sects write it now as G-d). So this doubles as a case of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]]'s real name was James Hellwig. However, he legally changed his name to Warrior to [[MoneyDearBoy cash off the name's fame and legacy.]]
** It was also so that he could keep the identity he was best known as, since WWE owned the Ultimate Warrior name. Considering what happened with the likes of the Dudleys when they left WWE and were forced to drop the names they had become known by throughout the industry, he's been VindicatedByHistory.

* ''Radio/BobAndRay'''s sketch where Bob interviews Mr. G.L. Hummerbeck who is [[https://www.box.net/shared/jfgl0ecfmp running as a write in candidate for President Of The United States.]]
-->'''Hummerbeck:''' It's not "Mister" G.L. Hummerbeck, it's "The Right Honorable" G.L. Hummerbeck.\\
'''Bob:''' Oh, you're assuming the full title of presidency already.\\
'''Hummerbeck:''' No, no, that's my first name. "Right Honorable"... I'm part Winabago Indian, and when a child is born they give it a name after the first thing it sees right after it is born. And in my case it was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Right Honorable Charles Evans Hughes.\\
'''Bob:''' That's a very interesting story.\\
'''Hummelbeck:''' [[LampshadeHanging I think it'd be a more interesting story if I knew what the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was doing on the reservation in our tent on the day I was born, but nobody seems to remember that.]]

* The last names of the "Pyramus and Thisbe" actors in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' correspond to their professions. For example, Nick Bottom is a weaver--and the "bottom" was a tool used in weaving.
* In ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'', Mrs. Tottendale's servant is apparently named Underling. Janet also calls the Chaperone "Chaperone", which may invoke this trope (it's the only time she's called "Chaperone" vs. "the Chaperone", and her real name is never actually given).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Bard from the most recent version of ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale''.
* In the ''VideoGame/CatacombFantasyTrilogy'', the player character's ArchEnemy and general enemy to all that is good is called Nemesis.
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', Gregg the Grim Reaper learns that Conker's last name is "Squirrel" and his middle name is "The".
* VideoGame/{{Ehrgeiz}}'s Quest Mode introduces us to Sommeleeay the sommelier.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The qunari are adherents to a particular religious structure that defines what ones job is to be. That job is then the name the qunari is called. One of the companions in Origins is a qunari named Sten, which really only means he's a warrior of a higher rank (roughly equivalent to a sergeant). Their general is called Arishok, but that's just the qunari word for general. Any personal name they have is not revealed because it's more of a social security number for record-keeping purposes. Sten mentions that nicknames are common among friends, so a bunch of Stens aren't going to have to call each other Sten all the time.
--->'''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Cabot]]:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I hear the Arishok was replaced by the Arishok. But he'd better watch out. In the shadows, the Arishok.]]
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Your qunari party member typically goes by the nickname the Iron Bull (often just shortened to "Bull"), but his real name is Hissrad. He says it translates roughly as "weaver of illusion," fitting for a member of the SecretPolice, but another qunari bluntly says that it just means "liar."
** In the ''WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption'' web series, Creator/FeliciaDay's character's name is Tallis. However, the first episode reveals that she has been demoted to a menial position after a NoodleIncident, and her current name is never revealed. Her qunari superior shows up to tell her she is Tallis again and gives her a mission.
* The "VideoGame/{{Postal}}" Dude, Jr. is really named that. One of his errands is pissing on his dad's grave and it's marked as T. Dude, Sr. Another is going to the post office to pick up a package (a mail bomb) and the post office worker states it's for "Mr. The Dude".
* A recurring major character in the ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' universe is Thrall (who was raised in slavery). His name literally is "Thrall," and he does not change it even after he escapes and ceases to be a thrall. Although when Thrall finally [[http://www.wowwiki.com/Quest:Hero_of_the_Mag%27har#Transcript_from_final_cutscene returns to Nagrand]] in the Burning Crusade expansion, we finally learn the name his parents gave him. It's Go'el (Hebrew for "He Who Would Bring Salvation"). Orcs don't formally name their children until they go through a special ceremony, and Thrall's parents were killed before this happened. After stepping down from being Warchief, he leaves Durotar to live with a tribe of brown Orcs (their original color prior to demonic influence) and even finds a mate. At which point he starts to resent when people call him Thrall, even when his closest friend Jaina Proudmoore does it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'', Adell's Mom and Dad. [[spoiler:The adoptive ones.]]
** And in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', Master Big Star's description indicates Master as his first name.
* ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'':
** A cut line has Captain Flynt stating that not only is he the brother of Baron Flynt from the first game, but Captain and Baron are their actual first names. He states that their parents were douchebags.
** From ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'', we learn Mr. Torgue's first name is [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude "Mister Torgue"]].
--->'''Lilith:''' Wait, your first name is "Mister Torgue"? [{{Beat}}] What's your ''last'' name, then?\\
'''Mr. Torgue:''' [[spoiler:FLEXINGTON.]]
** [[spoiler:The Guardian Angel's real name is Angel.]]
** In another DLC we learn that Torgue has the nickname/middle name "High Five", which is due to his family's tradition. Said tradition is giving him a middle name that is his grandpa's ''first name''. [[spoiler: This means that Torgue's full name is Mister Torgue High Five Flexington, and his grandpa was just High Five Flexington.]]
* The president of Shinra in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is named President Shinra. It's made more apparent in Japanese where there is no ambiguity that his first name really is President.
* The doctor in one of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' is known as... Dr. Doctor.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{STALKER}} STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl]]'' features a shining example of this trope. The given name (and since everyone in the Zone seems to be operating under an pseudonym of some sort, effectively his real name) of the bartender at the 100 Rads Bar in Rostok is...Barkeep.
* In ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', the character you play as is called the Batter.
* The entire cast of ''VideoGame/CardCityNights''. This helps differentiate them from the cards, which are all named after the actual video game characters drawn on them.
* [[MiniBoss Mid-stage bosses]] Koakuma and Daiyousei in ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'', whose names mean Little Devil and Great Fairy respectively. This started out as {{Fanon}}, but ZUN decided that since he had never actually named those unique characters, [[AscendedFanon Koakuma and Daiyousei worked fine]].
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' case 1-3 an angry janitor not letting Phoenix and Maya inside the studio ends up with an "Oldbag" byname, even called so in her speech bubbles. Then she is called in court as a witness for it to be revealed that it's her ''actual'' surname. Her full name is [[PunnyName Wendy Oldbag]]. The lawyers take an awkward pause to bring themselves to address her.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a minor NPC, a young monster, who is never named in-game and only referred to as "Monster Kid" in the credits. According to WordOfGod, Kid is actually their name.
* A weird case in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. Everyone except Junpei uses a codename based on their assigned number. [[spoiler: Clover]]'s codename counts under the ThemeNaming, but it's eventually revealed that her name actually is [[spoiler: Clover]]... well, it's the Japanese word, [[spoiler: Yotsuba]].
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sickness}}'', Vincent and Violet get upset upon first meeting Suoh because of his name.
-->'''Vincent:''' Sai, this is no fair! How come the new guy gets a codename and I don't!? You're with me on this, aren't you, Violet?\\
'''Suoh:''' Uh...Suoh is actually--\\
'''Violet:''' Like I care. You don't use your real name while working anyway, do you? I sure don't.\\
'''Suoh:''' Look, Suoh is my real--\\
'''Vincent:''' That's not the point! Sai gets a cool codename, Karasu gets a cool codename, and now we have a newbie being called "dragon"! It isn't fair!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', the [[FunWithAcronyms E.M.E.T.]] drone that serves as the tier 5 medic is actually named Emet. It's a bit of a recursive case, as Jack called him Emet after reading the E.M.E.T. on his vest, which he then accepted as his name.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', PC update 1.3.4 introduced the Tavernkeep NPC. As with any other NPC, he has many possible names. One of them is Barkeep.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' villagers are always named after whatever their occupation is.
* ''[[VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2]]'': Everyone refers to the animal hunter as just "Hunter" with capital H. Considering that we can frequently see his "H" logo placed on various objects, and considering that the Polish version keeps his name as the English "Hunter", it's fair to say that this might very well be his actual name or surname.
* In ''VideoGame/FusionFall'', Princess Morbucks gets kidnapped by the Ice King. He is attracted to princesses, however Princess is ''not'' a princess. She's just a rich girl named "Princess".

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Similar to the ''Catch-22'' example above, ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Sergeant (Later Colonel) Sarge. Also known as S-Dog. In Season 14 it's revealed that this is the result of taking the maxim "dress for the job that you want" to its (il)logical conclusion.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
** Coach Z is never referred to as anything else other than "Coach." It is unknown what the Z stands for.
** Inverted by Bubs, owner and operator of Bubs' Concession Stand. His ID lists his full name as "Bubs C. Stand," implying that his "job" is named after "him".
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Ozpin refers to Ruby's uncle as "a dusty old crow" to which Ruby responds, "That's my Uncle Qrow!"
* In the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' episode featuring [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]] vs. [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]], Wiz and Boomstick [[WhosOnFirst get into an argument over]] the name of the villain That Man, so much that Boomstick [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walks out in anger.]] After a moment, he comes back and apologizes after going on the Internet and realizing that, yes, the character's name is, indeed, That Man.
** In the [[VideoGame/StreetFighter Balrog]] vs [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct T.J. Combo]] episode, upon mentioning the origin of T.J. Combo's nickname, Wiz asks if that's how Boomstick got his nickname. Boomstick's answer? "Nickname? What the hell are you talking about?"
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Teacher. It's not a case of NoNameGiven; Teacher ''is'' her actual name. Balloon can not believe this...[[HypocriticalHumor despite his own name being the same way.]]
** Weird Girl is another character's actual name. Koden finds that, well, ''weird!''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Dr. [=McNinja=] is a doctor who is also a ninja. Lampshaded in the opening of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/1p3/ Meet The Doctor And His Friendly Staff]].
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** Red Mage, Black Mage, Thief and Fighter. Confirmed as this after their class change. Except for Thief. His real name is Prince Elf. They have last names, but those fare little better, with Fighter [=McWarrior=], Black Mage Evilwizardington, and Red Mage Statkowski.
** Also there's White Mage, Black Belt, Lich, Ranger, Berserker, Rogue, Cleric, all their given names. The only one that's actually a case of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep is Dragoon, whose name is implied to be [[EmbarrassingFirstName Sebastian.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', every goblin is given a name at birth which is prophetic of his future -- sometimes, this includes their future role or station in life. The most notable example is Chief, who became the village Chief (this one was eventually revealed to be cheating to avoid a fight when the old chief died).
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The carapace people are addressed by two-word titles like "Aimless Renegade" or "Parcel Mistress". Notably, their titles change with their roles but keep the same acronyms; "Warweary Villein" becomes "Wizardly Vassal" becomes "Wayward Vagabond," "Parcel Mistress" becomes "Peregrine Mendicant," etc.
%%** ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' does this too.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0703.html this strip]] reveals that minor characters literally have names like "Goblin Cleric #2" and "Hobgoblin Warrior from Strip #433, Panel 3". It's worth noting that this is a universe where otherwise unimportant side characters have invoked the MauveShirt trope to survive near-death experiences by revealing their names, so perhaps that's not so surprising.
* ''Webcomic/PvP'':
** Jace's butler's name is [[https://web.archive.org/web/20080303172036/http://pvponline.com/2005/11/15/tue-nov-15/ Butler]].
** Cole also once chastised him for calling his maid "Sweet Cans", but it turned out that, yes, her name really was [[https://web.archive.org/web/20080311153442/http://pvponline.com/2006/07/15/jul-15-2006/ Suitecannes]].
* In ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic'', TheCaptain's nickname for Sniper is Mr. Snippy. As it turns out, Sniper's real name is Charles Snippy.
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'': After going without a name for a long time, it turned out that the Mayor of Tackleford really was named "Mr Mayor"; James Mayor, in fact.
* Cecania's mother in ''Webcomic/SoreThumbs'' was "Mother Greensworthington" even as an undergraduate, so apparently 'Mother' is her given name.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', Wiglaf is initially addressed as "Lackey" by Mordred, and when the chauffeur is called "Driver", he assumes that it's simply Mordred's habit to [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep call people by their job]]... but her name is actually Ainsley Driver.
* All gnomes in ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'' use their profession as their first name. Bandit Keynes used to be Carrier Keynes before she became a thief, because it was her job to carry ore from the mines to the smelters.
* The Aliens in ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' really are [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20010226.html beings from the planet "Alien"]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', there is a physics professor actually called "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-04 Dr. Physics Professor]]".
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary calls an NPC by his/her function, so when she calls the bishop that, Walter then remembers his name actually is Bishop.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'':
** Robin initially never actually learned the name of the character she refers to as "my lesbian". When Ethan uncomfortably addresses her as "Hey, um, lesbian", she replies "My name is Leslie". It eventually transpires her full name is Leslie Bean.
** There's also a side character repeatedly referred to only as "that guy", before revealing that his given name is "Thad". His last name is never revealed, but it isn't "Guy".
* [[WordOfGod According to the writer]] of ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', The Mistress's name really is Mistress.
* Merchant in ''Webcomic/StrangeSchool''. He sells stuff.
* The administrator of the school in ''Webcomic/{{Brutus}}'' is named Dean President.
* When "[[FairCop Foxy Cop]]" from ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' cameos in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' she [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/2014-07-08/ has a nameplate]] reading "Lt Foxicopp".
* In ''WebComic/AxeCop'', Axe Cop is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a cop who fights with an axe]] and his friend (and actually brother) Flute Cop is a cop who somehow fights with a flute apparently. The story of Axe Cop's childhood, long before he became a policeman, reveals that his parents were named Bobber and Gobber Smartist and his given name is Axey Smartist. And he has a brother named Flute Cop.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One plot on ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' included a supporting character who was known only as "the scout" until the very end, when she was asked about her name and revealed that it was, in fact, Scout.
* This is what happens to Drone Jeffs at ranks of Officer or higher in the [[http://laserpotato.deviantart.com/gallery/41360631 Worm Jeff Saga;]] their name is what they do followed by the first name they had when they were human.
* Used in various ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' videos, where the titles that the characters have (WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, etc.) are the characters' names and not just their titles. Which leads to a few AerithAndBob situations during crossovers.
* In ''WebVideo/{{Ricesnot}}''[='s=] videos, Bones's therapist is named actually named Therapist.
* In a sight gag during the Justice mini-arc of ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', the Runaway Girl's name in the guestbook is Runaway Girl.
* Discussed between Igno and Yin in ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars''
-->'''Yin:''' Oh, okay. He truly is a rather unusual human-person, then. I do wonder who he is shouting to, though. He must be rather far away.\\
'''Igno:''' I'm pretty sure Eureka isn't a name.\\
'''Yin:''' Hmmm. I did not know that you can't be named "Eureka". I did meet an old man named Old Man before, though, so the standard for names that I'm aware of is fairly lax.
* The final episode of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' shows the puppets' beds labelled with the letters "R", "Y", and "D", implying that they are actually named "Red Guy", "Yellow Guy", and "Duck Guy".
* ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' has Captain Captain Bane. He's the captain of the Goldcliff Militia, and also his first name is Captain.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is actually named Mayor. His campaign slogan is, "Vote for Mayor for mayor!", and when he lost his job, he became ex-mayor Mayor. It's apparently a [[LastNameBasis surname]], as in one episode, his wife calls him Barney.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'' had Professor Professor and Doctor Doctor. Professor Professor's brother Maestro later joined the trope when he became a Maestro. Also their mother is known as Frau Frau.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity:'' Farmer John. John is his last name, by the way. His first name is Far, and his middle name is Mer.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The rich Texan character's full name is Richard Texan. But you can call him "Rich".
** "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" Part 2 implies that Groundskeeper Willie's first name really ''is'' Groundskeeper, as at one point Lisa refers to him as "grounds-tender Groundskeeper Willie". [[NegativeContinuity A later episode]] revealed that his full name is William [=MacDougal=].
** Just plain old Barry Duffman.
* Sheriff Bronson Stone of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc'' has "Sheriff" as first name, because that's what his mother always wanted him to be.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': In a flashback from when he was a kid, Billy's Dad had a shirt with "Billy's Dad" written on it. It's odd, since the series had already established Billy's Dad's name as "Harold".
* Coach Conkout from ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries''. His father was really obsessed with him becoming a coach to the point of giving the first name "Coach".
* The WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck short ''WesternAnimation/DeduceYouSay'' ends with the revelation that the criminal [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Dorlock Holmes]] and [[TheWatson Watkins]] are chasing is actually named Shropshire Slasher.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Moon Farm" featured a disembodied reggae space voice whose name really was "Disembodied Reggae Space Voice".
* Turned on his head in ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' where actor Judge Reinhold is an actual judge.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Lady Rainicorn doesn't have a title; "Lady" is just her first name.
** Doctor Princess is not actually a princess: that's her surname. [[spoiler: She's also not a licensed doctor: that's her given name. She just started practicing medicine because everyone assumed she could.]]
** All the actual princesses but Bubblegum ([[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep real name "Bonnibel Bubblegum"]]) are referred to as "X Princess" (Flame Princess, Hot Dog Princess, Lumpy Space Princess), and it is unclear if these are their names and not just titles. It later turned out Flame Princess's first name was Phoebe, and she initially refused to reveal this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "A Going Concern" we learn that Doctor Kreiger isn't a medical doctor ("[[DefiedTrope And not even]] [[NotThatKindOfDoctor the other kind]], technically.") In "Jeu Monegasque", his 401k lists his first name as "Doctor" (though later episodes claim his real first name is "Algernop").
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'': The founder of the school the three mascaritas attend is named Founder. In fact, he ''found'', rather than founded, the school from {{Hammerspace}} to smash an adversary.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Jack Hench is the go-to guy for hiring well-trained henchmen (as opposed to the [[SurroundedByIdiots inept mooks]] we occasionally see working for [[ButtMonkey Dr. Drakken]]).
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' this seems to be the case with [[AlienInvasion the Reach]]: of its three main agents, two are known only as the Ambassador and the Scientist. The third is called the Warrior, though oddly, his colleagues sometimes call him Black Beetle, a name we first hear applied to him by ComicBook/WonderGirl because of his resemblance to ComicBook/BlueBeetle. Apparently either she guessed well or [[AppropriatedAppellation he just decided to run with.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** Arnold's grandpa always called him "short man" as a nickname. According to WordOfGod (and later ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie''), Arnold's last name actually is "Shortman".
** Stinky Peterson's first name is not a nickname.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In the episode "Good Ol' Whatshisname", Squidward needed to find out the names of all the Krusty Krab customers to win a prize. The last one, however, seemed uncooperative, as Squidward thought he always responded to him "What's it to you!?" to shoo him away...until he finally got his ID card and saw that "What Zit Tooya" was his real name.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', where long time customer Teddy believes restaurant owner Bob Belcher's name is "Bob Burgers". He's completely stunned by this revelation.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'''s main character is "everyone's uncle and grandpa", and his name is Uncle Grandpa (and according to his driver's license, his middle name is "Larry"). Likewise, the [[MediumBlending photo cutout of a tiger]] is actually named Giant Realistic Flying Tiger (GRFT for short).
* {{Enforced|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': when Gumball finds out his real name is Zach, he develops a SplitPersonality that only goes away when he legally makes his nickname his actual first name.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall,'' everyone at the Tavern have titles like the Tavern-Keeper, the Tailor, TheHighwayman, etc. They seem uncomprehending when [[OnlySaneMan Wirt]] tries to introduce himself and [[CheerfulChild Greg]] by name, and attempt to apply a similar label to him: first "the Lover," when they misunderstand his search for [[SolitarySorceress Adelaide]] to be romantic, and later "the Pilgrim" when they interpret their journey to be a spiritual quest.
* In the first part of the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Kevin's middle name is revealed to be Ethan, causing Ben to say, "Wait, your name is 'Kevin E. Levin? You just lost all remaining pretense of 'cool,'" alluding to his nickname, Kevin 11, from the Original Series.
* In ''WebAnimation/MightyMagiswords'', the Warriors for Hire, Prohyas and Vambre, actually have "Warrior" as their surname.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', Sonic the Hedgehog's name is just that. Yes, "the" is his middle name.
* ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'': Shadowy Figure. It's even listed on his POW card.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Where do you think surnames like "Smith" or "Fisher" came from? Though in English these are converted into patronyms ("Smith('s)son") less often than in some other languages. It's more obvious in Scandinavia, where the name would be "Smithsson".
** Speaking of which, many Scandinavian names originated back when conscription was invented. Commanders sick of [[PlanetOfSteves a platoon full of guys all named Eriksson]] would simply rename them after their function or temperament, which is how they ended up with family names translated as "Grenade", "Gun", "Spear", "Keep" or "Brave."
*** Oddly enough, the more literal reading of this trope (IE, being named for a job which one also happens to have) is unusually ''un''common in Sweden and some other Scandinavian regions - job-surnames are oddly rare, almost unheard of, so the chances of both having such a surname ''and'' having the same job approaches zero.
*** Sweden is noted for having a paucity of surnames and given names. This is not helped by it being against Swedish law to have a name not approved by the government, either given at birth or changed to later. While it is possible to change your name (first or last) in Sweden, first names are required to be approved Swedish first names, and last names must always be something which the person has a prior connection to (like a place of residence, profession, or prominent and unusual possession) and also be Swedish. This led one motorcycle enthusiast to be prohibited from changing his last name to Harley-Davidson (which is not Swedish, but Danish, in form) and having to settle for Harley-Davidsen (which is Swedish in form). Though that might be an UrbanLegend, since it's almost the other way around (-sen names are Danish, -sson names are Swedish. Davidson is Anglophone is form, as Swedish would have it as Davidsson). More likely alternative spellings (and non-Swedish names, at least if you have a prior connection, like being descended from immigrants) are permitted, while changing to a registered trademark is less acceptable.
* Most German names are derived from a profession, and the likelihood of someone being named their actual profession is a bit higher than in Sweden, though still small, as the surnames originated at a time when there were a lot more farmers, smiths, tailors and weavers around, and no library assistants and car mechanics.
* After President James A. Garfield was shot, the physician who treated him actually had the given name "Doctor." He was Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss, who had been named by his parents in honor of Dr. Samuel Willard, a pioneer of mental health treatment in America. Garfield died of his wounds, months later; basic best practices of modern medicine, including sterilization, were a few years away from becoming widespread, and almost certainly would have saved his life.