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Some people are OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, others are on LastNameBasis, while some people are primarily known to the public by their initials or their initials plus their last name. The reasons may vary. Perhaps they have an EmbarrassingFirstName they'd rather not use, and maybe they have an OverlyLongName that needs to be abbreviated. Others may think it sounds classier, and some may prefer the fact that it is more gender neutral.

This was particularly common among RealLife English male writers of the early 20th century, especially academics like A.J. Ayer (philosopher) and A.J.P. Taylor (historian). You do still find some English writers who go by initials today, possibly because of the resulting intellectual associations - like A.N. Wilson or D.J. Taylor.

It's also sometimes found with Real Life ''female'' writers, often to hide (or at least make less obvious) the fact that they are female.
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!!Examples include:

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (its pronounced C-two)
** The same goes for V.V.
* T.K. In the dub version of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', (his full name is Takeru Takaishi, [[DubNameChange in the Japanese, at least]]).
** And the dub of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has J.P., likewise known as Junpei in the Japanese version.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' has the American TK.
* T.R. (Thomas Riley) Edwards from {{Robotech}}. Some sources erroneously assume that he has a hyphenated last name (it's true that Riley is usually a last name). However, if this was the case, he would be properly known as T. Riley-Edwards.
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* The Gumby Theatre "Cherry Orchard" sketch from ''Another Creator/MontyPython Record'' features L.D. Gumby, M.J. Gumby and R.S. Gumby in starring roles.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* BA (Boris Alphonso) Felton from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''
* TC from {{Preacher}}
* {{BC}}
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[[folder:Film]]
* DC from ''Film/ThatDarnCat'' is only once referred to by a censored version of his full name, not counting the title, and is never referred to by his real full name, on account of it being profane.
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'': JB (JackBlack) and KG (Kyle Gass). Pronounced Jables and Kage.
* L. B. "Jeff" Jeffries from ''RearWindow''.
* H.W. in ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''DownWithLove''. When Barbara meets the high-ups of the company publishing her book for the first time, they introduce themselves as P.G., C.B., C.W., J.B., J.R. and R.J. When Barbara replies with "Okay!", P.G. says that [[IncrediblyLamePun O.K.]] couldn't make it, he and T.B. are having breakfast.
* T. S. Quint from ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''.
* J. F. Sebastian from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* Mary Kate from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', frequently only referred to as M.K.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* PK Pinkerton in ''TheWesternMysteries'', is only known by the initials PK or by the nickname Pinky, as part of the author's attempt to create AmbiguousGender.
* Subverted with Mr. A.E. Pessimal from ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', as this is actually his full name.
* ''[[LastSonOfKrypton Superman: Last Son of Krypton]]''. One of Lex Luthor's henchwomen is named Barbara Tolley, but insists on being called "B.J." even though her middle name is Arabella.
* Also subverted with BKR, the villain of ''RodAlbrightAlienAdventures''. This is his whole name, and none of the other aliens seems to think it odd.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Number of the Beast''. One of the characters is named D.T. ("Deety") Burroughs. She goes by her initials because she's embarrassed by her real first and middle names: Dejah Thoris (her father Jacob was a fan of the JohnCarterOfMars books).
* Y.T. in ''SnowCrash'', though she does explain what it stands for once, to an incidental character who heard it as "Whitey" and is considering taking offense.
* TS Garp in ''The World According to Garp.'' He's officially [[DeadGuyJunior named for his father]]--except his mother [[WeHardlyKnewYe never knew his father's first name]], only his army rank. "TS" stands for "Technical Sergeant." Everyone just calls him Garp.
** In TheFilmOfTheBook, teen Garp tries to convince his girlfriend that it stands for "Terribly Sexy."
* Members of the V.F.D. in ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are referred to only by their initials to preserve anonymity. This results in complications, as ''[[LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography The Unauthorized Autobiography]]'' demonstrates during a transcript of a meeting, and in ''The Penultimate Peril'' when a total of three characters have the legitimate and undisguised initials [[spoiler:J.S.]].
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', R.A.B. [[spoiler:Regulus Arturus Black]]
* In the WizardOfOz books, the wizard reveals that "O.Z." is actually part of his initials. His parents named him Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, noting that it isn't longer simply because they ran out of names. He abbreviated it to Oz because using all his initials would spell out O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D., and he wouldn't attract the right kind of attention calling himself a pinhead. The movie OzTheGreatAndPowerful names the character Oscar Diggs, but makes no reference to his many middle names or the nickname.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* JT ([[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James Tiberius]]) Yorke from ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''.
** ''Degrassi'' also has KC Guthrie. Unlike JT, KC's full name has never been revealed, but {{Fanon}} is that it's KirkCameron Guthrie.
* DJ (Donna Jo) Margaret Tanner from ''Series/FullHouse''.
* DJ (David Jacob) Connor from ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''.
* GOB (George Oscar Bluth) from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* JJ (Jennifer Jureau) from ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* B. J. Hunnicut from ''Series/{{Mash}}''. LampShaded in an episode where Hawkeye tries to learn what "B. J." stands for, only to find "B. J." on all of his friend's military records. When Hawkeye asks who would name their kid "B. J.", B. J. answers "My mother, Bea and my father, Jay!"
* C.C. Babcock on ''TheNanny'', as is much of her family (sister D.D., mother B.B.). Her full name, revealed in the finale, is [[spoiler: Chastity-Claire Babcock]]
* JD (John Dorian) from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
* DJ from ''TheLatestBuzz''
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj_and_the_bear B.J. and the Bear]]''. The title character B.J. (Billy Joe) [=McKay=].
* B.A. Baracus on ''Series/TheATeam''
* JJ (James Jr.) Evans from ''GoodTimes''
* A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Simon from ''SimonAndSimon''.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', Claudia Jean Cregg is nearly always referred to as CJ Cregg. The rare exceptions are usually either formal occasions or wry comments.
* JK (pronounced Jake) from ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. In #36, his real name is turned out to be [[spoiler: Kaizou Jingu]]
* ''PowerRangers'' has two: T.J. Johnson from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and RJ from ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. Their full names are Theodore Jay Jarvis Johnson (as revealed in the "Forever Red" team-up episode), and Robert James (revealed by a children's book and never used on the show), respectively.
* JB Reese in ''Series/VRTroopers''.
* Melanie and Lindsay's (and Michael's, since he's the biological dad) daughter, J. R. (Jenny Rebecca) on ''QueerAsFolk''.
* D.B.Russell on ''Series/{{CSI}}''. Kind of justified, since his first name is [[EmbarrassingFirstName Diebenkorn]].
* A.J. (Albert Jethro) Chegwidden on ''Series/{{JAG}}''. Prior to the season four episode "War Stories" his staff didn't know what A.J. was short for.
* The 'Batsman of the Kalahari' sketch from the last series of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sends up the tendency of cricketers to be known by their initials. Some of the players include V.E. Pratt, M.J.K. Pratt, B.B.C.T.V. Pratt, and Y.E.T.A.N.O.T.H.E.R. Pratt.
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[[folder:Music]]
* ZP Theart, former lead singer of Music/DragonForce. Rumour has it that "ZP" is legally his first name, though.
* {{Starflyer 59}}. On ''The Fashion Focus'', ''Leave Here a Stranger''[[note]]''Everybody Makes Mistakes'' was released between these two albums, and it didn't follow this pattern[[/note]], and every album since then, the various band members have just been credited by their first initial and last name.
* KD Lang. Although in some lyrics to her songs she refers to her actual first name (ex. "The Mind of Love": ''"Where is your head, Kathryn?"'')
* Soul Coughing's M. Doughty, although once the band broke up, he started releasing solo albums as Mike Doughty.
* D. Boon of TheMinutemen (short for Dennes)
* J. Mascis of DinosaurJr
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* PJ from ''TheFamilyCircus''
* R.J in ''ComicStrip/OverTheHedge''
* B.D. from ''{{Doonesbury}}''.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* [=Archibald MacLeish=]'s modern take on [[Literature/TheBible the story of Job]]: Job (and the play) is called J.B.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has J.C. Denton, which is actually a code name. This is a hold over from the development when it was an ambiguous name to support the option for a female PC (it was latter dropped to lack of space for the voice acting for her and the he/she brother/sister lines) and as a SignificantMonogram.
* ''Halo3ODST'' has [[PlayerCharacter the Rookie]]; the only traces of any kind of name he has are the initials J.D.
* C.J. (Carl Johnson), from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/TopCat was always known as TC.
* [[MeaningfulName B.P. Richfield]] from ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''. Considering the way names are given in the ''Dinos''Verse, BP might be his actual name.
* TJ (Theodore Jasper) Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. A movie stated that he got his name because apparently, a young kindergarten kid named Gus Griswald said he'd call him TJ because those were his favorite letters in the alphabet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the protagonist's little sister D.W. (short for Dora Winifred). Lampshaded in an episode where she gets lost in the White House and her parents are describing her to security - one of the agents says incredulously, 'You call your daughter by her initials?' (or words to that effect).
* J.T. Marsh from ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''.
* A.J. from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
** Head Pixie is often referred to as H.P.
* PJ Pete ([[RepetitiveName Pete Pete Jr.]]) on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', because [[OneSteveLimit he shares his father's name]] and they are both very prominent (and [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan very different]]) characters. His father calls him "Junior" instead on a very small number of occasions, but even when he's yelling at him (which is ''[[CatchPhrase a lot]]'') he chooses the initials route and reserves the other for those rare occurrences where he's being or pretending to be affectionate with him.
* DJ (Devon Joseph) from ''TotalDramaIsland''.
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[[folder:WebComics and WebOriginal]]
* [=PeeJee=] from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. Well, she's Penelope-Jennifer, but no one calls her so.
* T.C. "[[CasanovaWannabe The Playah]]" from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* Dielle from ''{{Rhapsodies}}'' ''(Fortunately for her "D.L." [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/?p=2089 sounds]] [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/?p=2979 French.]])''
* AJ Downs of ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal''. No-one's exactly sure what the AJ stands for.

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[[folder:Real Life - Writers]]
%comment% Note: When adding new examples, please list the person's full name after their initials, in order to preserve consistency.
* Male
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.A.R._Barker M. A. R. (Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman) Barker]], creator of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tekumel Empire of the Petal Throne/Tekumel]]'' TabletopRPG setting.
** J. F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
** [[Creator/GKChesterton G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton]]
** [[Creator/EECummings E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings]]
** [[Creator/TSEliot T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot]]
** J. B. S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane
** [[Creator/CSLewis C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis]]
** [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft]]
** [[Creator/JRRTolkien J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien]]
** A. E. (Alfred Elton) van Vogt
** [[Creator/PGWodehouse P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse]]
** [[Creator/AAMilne A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne]]
** D. J. (Donald James) [=MacHale=], director and author of ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' Series and the ''Literature/MorpheusRoad'' trilogy.
** [[Creator/HGWells H. G. (Herbert George) Wells]]
** E. E. (Edward Elmer) "Doc" Smith of ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' fame.
** S. P. (Sterner St. Paul) Meek
** S. W. Erdnase, author of ''The Expert at the Card Table''. Bonus points for Erndase's true identity remaining a mystery to this day.
** E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, author of ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' and ''Literature/StuartLittle''.
* Female writers (who may be using initials to hide their sex)
** J. M. Dillard - really Jeanne Dillard Kalogridis
** D. C. (Dorothy Catherine) Fontana - television writer
*** "K. C. Hunter" from the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode where Sisko hallucinates that he's a sci-fi writer in TheFifties is an homage.
** S. E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton of ''TheOutsiders'' fame.
** P. C. (Patricia Christine) Hodgell, author of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath''
** C. L. (Catherine Lucille) Moore
** Creator/JKRowling - she indeed used initials to hide her sex, she doesn't actually have a middle name.
** P. L. Travers (''Literature/MaryPoppins'' series) - really Helen Lyndon Goff
** C. V. (Cicely Veronica) Wedgwood - historian
** [[Creator/CJCherryh C. J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh]], who also added a gratuitous 'h' to her last name to make it seem less feminine.
** [[Creator/KAApplegate K. A. (Katherine Ann) Applegate]], author of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' and ''Literature/{{Remnants}}''
*** More specifically, K. A. is Katherine and her husband [[MichaelGrant Michael Grant]] writing together. For her other books, she is credited as Katherine Applegate.
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[[folder:Real Life - Other Famous Individuals]]
* P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum
* JM J Bullock, who is only JM J because Jim J Bullock was already registered with the [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood Screen Actors Guild]]
* T. K. (Thomas Kent) Carter
* J. P. (John Pierpont) Morgan
* C. C. H. (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder
* C. C. (Carsten Charles) Sabathia - pitcher for the New York Yankees
* Creator/MNightShyamalan - real name Manoj Shyamalan; the "Night" was just added to sound cool.
* J. E. B. (James Ewell Brown) Stuart
* O. J. (Orenthal James) Simpson
* S. E. (Sarah Elizabeth) Cupp
* W. C. Fields - real name William Claude Dukenfield
* P. Z. (Paul Zachary) Myers
* British film director J. Blakeson
* Back when Lord Baden-Powell formed the Boy Scouts, a bunch of girls wanted in on the fun too. But they couldn't sign up using their real names because they were, you know, [[CaptainObvious girls.]] So they signed up using their initials (and [[SweetPollyOliver dressed like boys]] when they were accepted in.) Eventually, the girls got their own group, the Girl Scouts.
* J. E. (Josh Eric) Sawyer, game designer behind VideoGame/IcewindDale and VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas. However, he does go by Josh Sawyer as well.
* J. T. (James Thomas Patrick) Walsh, character actor and ultimate HeyItsThatGuy guy.
* {{Indycar}} racing has had a few such as A.J. Foyt, A.J. Allmendinger, and J.R. Hildebrand.
* D. B. (Daniel Bernard) Sweeney
* J. J. (Jeffrey Jacob) Abrams, current director of the ''Film/StarTrek'' and ''StarWars'' movie franchises.
* [[Creator/DWGriffith D. W. (David Wark) Griffith]]
* Subverted with former professional basketball player and coach K. C. Jones. "K.C." ''is'' his real name.
* Inverted with actress Maggie Q. "Q" stands for "Quigley".
* Filipino actors K. C. (Kristina Cassandra) Concepcion and J. C. (John Carlo) de Vera
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