->''"Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not "Mr. Lebowski". ''You're'' [[NamedLikeMyName Mr. Lebowski]]. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."''
-->-- '''The Dude''' (so that's what you call him), ''Film/TheBigLebowski''

This is a character who is primarily, or even only, known by their InSeriesNickname.

[[SisterTrope Related to]] EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, but that is about people being referred to exclusively by their jobs or what they're best known for doing. Also related to StageNames. Does not include {{Fan Nickname}}s, {{secret identit|y}}ies, or explicit pseudonyms. Also doesn't include people who [[MeaningfulRename give themselves new names following an act of self-reinvention]], and [[ThatManIsDead stop responding to their old name]] (e.g. [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]]). Exceptionally badass examples of this trope fall into the RedBaron. Obvious and common contractions, i.e. someone's full name being William but introducing themselves as Bill, don't really count either.

Usually, DramatisPersonae will give the full name of such a character first, though the actual script will use the nickname almost exclusively even in the unspoken directions.

If the character ''insists'' on the nickname, it's DoNotCallMePaul. If the nickname is actually his ''real'' name, it's HisNameReallyIsBarkeep.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Gyro Zeppeli from ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run]]''. His real name is [[spoiler: Julius Caeser]] Zeppeli.
* Kyon and his sister in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' - their real names will likely never be revealed. "Kyon" is just an irritating nickname his aunt once gave him and that his sister spread, that ended up sticking despite all his efforts to discourage it. His sister doesn't even get ''that'' much; everyone just calls ''her'' "little sister".
* Ayumu '[[TheIdiotFromOsaka Osaka]]' Kasuga from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' - her teachers, friends, fans... she's the only person who uses her real name.
** On the class listings for the second year, she initially thinks she is not in Yukari's class, but then sees that her name is listed as "Osaka".
** To a lesser extent is Koyomi "Yomi" Mizuhara.
** Minamo "Nyamo" Kurosawa is a small example too. Early on in the series, everyone of the main cast switches from referring to her by her last name to referring to her by "Nyamo".
* Mitsune 'Kitsune' Konno from ''Manga/LoveHina''.
* The top eight members of Ragnarok in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' have codenames based in NorseMythology. Only three of them have their full names revealed during the story in which they appear. The three others who [[DefeatMeansFriendship join the Shinpaku Alliance]] don't have their names revealed for another hundred or so chapters.
* Shien Mushanokoji, the quarterback of the Seibu Wild Gunmen in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', is only called "The Kid" for several volumes before his name is revealed.
** Monta's real name is Raimon Taro, but due to a misunderstanding when he first introduced himself to Sena he's been called "Monta" by everyone but his mother ever since. Even his locker says "Monta" on it.
** Additionally, when Sena and Monta set out on the trail of the mysterious third founding Devil Bat, literally all they know about him is his nickname, Musashi, causing them to think he's JerkAss soccer player '''Mu'''ro '''Sa'''to'''shi'''. Musashi turns out to be a guy named Gen Takekura; the nickname is never directly explained, although "Takekura" and "Musashi" are two different ways to read the same kanji (武蔵).
** "Buffalo" Ujishima of the Seibu Wild Gunmen. Not that it can be helped, since his actual given name, "Baharou", is pronounced identically to "Buffalo" in Japanese.
** Patrick "Panther" Spencer is never called Patrick (or any permutation thereof) by anyone; his name is only mentioned as an answer to a [[FourthWallMailSlot "Devil Bat Spy"]] question.
* We never find out L's real name in ''Manga/DeathNote'' until the 13th, non-story book that explains everything in detail, which only came out well after the main story was over.
** Ditto for Matt, although both Mello's ([[spoiler:Mihael Kheel]]) and Near's ([[spoiler:Nate River]]) are revealed late in the story. In fact, many people go by nicknames in the series, since Kira knowing your real name is... problematic, to say the least. L even goes by multiple layers of nicknames.
* ''{{Madlax}}'' is only known by her CodeName (which has its own sinister backstory), even to her liaisons, the closest thing she has to family. In fact, [[spoiler:she doesn't have any "real" name at all, since she isn't that real herself, in the first place.]]
* The villain in ''Manga/GunXSword'' is known only as the Claw, sometimes called "Comrade" by his allies. He rejected his real name long ago and it is never revealed.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'' has confirmed The Claw Man's real name to be Koo Krying Kroo and he's William Woo's father.
* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', there is the mafia boss named The Baby. [[spoiler: His real name is given TheUnreveal treatment.]]
* Ryo Marufuji, the Kaiser, of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''
* C.C. (pronounced "C-Two") in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is only known by these initials. The only time her real name was spoken out loud the viewer is only treated with the speaker's vague lip-movements. Supposedly, it had originally been planned that her true identity would have some relevance in the second season. But since ExecutiveMeddling significantly altered season 2, that plan got dropped.
* The Gaba Thieves in ''[[MahoujinGuruGuru Doki Doki Densetsu Mahoujin Guru Guru]]'' make a deliberate point of only ever using nicknames to protect their identities. When Nike and Kukuri briefly join them, the leader Sly immediately gives them codenames. This is taken a step further with Sly himself, who [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep everyone calls "Ookashira"]], essentially meaning "Boss".
* The dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' does this to justify the [[DubNameChange changes in names]] despite not trying to hide that most of the characters normally live in Japan; the first episode introduces the main cast listing both their full names and the nicknames derived from them (to varying degrees of plausibility) which the characters are referred to thereafter. It becomes strange when their parents use these nicknames for them, especially "Izzy", which is a of shortening the characters ''last'' name. The other series don't bother with such a thing.
* The famed criminal Mister in ''CoyoteRagtimeShow'' is so called because he has as many aliases and false identities as there are stars in the sky and nobody knows what his real name actually is.
* ''Manga/CodeBreaker'': The head of [[TerroristsWithoutACause Re:Code]] is only ever called "The One Being Sought", which is fine for [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Ogami]] [[spoiler: who is also his [[CainAndAbel brother]] ]] but sounds a bit odd coming other members of Re:Code ("'The One Being Sought', what are our plans?").
** I think this is a problem in the translation. Though seen in hindsight, he could've just been called "Seeker" (see the translation note for chapter 81).
* Nobody in ''GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' calls Miyabi Oomichi "Miyabi". She's mainly referred by the main cast as "Professor," while Namiko calls her by the AlternateCharacterReading "Masa," and the FacelessMasses calls her "Oomichi-san".
* Kasanoda from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. We're given his first name (which is Ritsu), but he's almost always referred to as Kasanoda or some [[AccidentalMisnaming mispronunciation]] of his name.
** Mori and Honey as well, except to [[FirstNameBasis each other]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Accelerator notes that he used to have a real name. A normal name. He even tells how many characters were in it (3?) but doesn't reveal what it was. He's only called Accelerator now.
** Index too. Presumably she wasn't named Index when she was born, but probably after she was forced to memorize an entire library of knowledge and had the rest of her memory wiped. Whatever the case, "Index Librorum Prohibitorum" is apparently her actual legal name now, as it appears on any form of ID she carries.
** Aogami Pierce[[note]]which literally means "the blue-haired guy with piercings"[[/note]] presumably has a real name as well. To us, though, he's just the blue-haired guy with piercings.
* The [[AntiHero hero]] of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is only known by his CodeName, Hei ("black" in Chinese) [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Black Reaper]], BK-201 (his Messier number), and "Li Shengshun" (or some variation) as his NiceGuy civilian alias. Whatever his real name was we'll probably never know, as he gave it up a long time ago.
* Tokidoki from ''Manga/{{Amatsuki}}'' is almost always known as Toki both inside and outside the story, mainly because his full name is described as "too weird". (It's Japanese for 'sometimes,' and while the Japanese do ''sometimes'' use words for names, just like any other language, that isn't one of them.)
* Everyone (both in the show and in RealLife) calls the main erm... "heroine"... of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' "Lucy". The tail end of the manga [[spoiler:reveals her actual name is [[OnlyOneName Kaede]]]].
* All the Zoanoids, some Zoalords, and even Lost Numbers are never given names in ''Manga/Guyver''. Some just have their model number type as a nickname. Some Zoalords seem to rename themselves after famous figures or fictional literary characters.
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' gets known as... well... "Scar" due the one he has on the face. He said he abandoned his name, which is never revealed. The main antagonist is usually known as "Father" or "the Eastern Sage", though his "true name" is [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Homunculus]]. More or less. His own 'father' calls him "Dwarf in the Flask".
* Nodame from ''NodameCantabile'' rarely gets called by her real name, Megumi Noda.
* V. T. from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' runs a pool for people guessing her name. Her real name is Victoria Terpsichore.
* Several members of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'''s cast are commonly referred to only by nicknames. The only one of the cast who has a name we actually know is real (and not just a nickname or an alias) is Rokuro Okajima, the main character, whom everyone just calls "Rock". Amongst other examples, "Revy" is a nickname (first name "Rebecca", nothing else known), "Dutch" is a nickname, "Balalaika" is a nickname, and "Hansel and Gretel" are nicknames (but they have no real names anyway).
** Balalaika is later given a full name: Sofiya Irininskaya Pavlovena.
* Takeshi Goda in ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' is commonly known as Gian. Some of the characters such as Shizuka and Gian's mother still call him Takeshi.
* Everybody in the Section 9 in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' save for Chief Aramaki and Togusa, who has a family, only uses a code name or alias; in the ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'' episode where their names are shown as suspects to an attempted armed coup their real names have been obscured or corrupted, showing only the familiar aliases.
* Kazuya Shibuya from ''Manga/GhostHunt''. If you have seen the show but can't recall who that is, it may be because everyone calls him "[[{{Narcissist}} Naru]]" for the entire show.
** And [[spoiler:Kazuya Shibuya is not his real name either. It's Oliver Davies]]
** There's also Takigawa, who everyone just calls "Bou-san."
* The Oracion Seis of ''Manga/FairyTail'' all have codenames. Hoteye mentions that his real name is [[spoiler:Richard]],though.
** Cobra later tells Kinana that his name is [[spoiler:Erik]] but unlike Hoteye, he continues to use his codename afterward.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Yamato's real name is unknown and since his introduction he has just gone by the CodeName Tsunade gave him even after the mission he was given it for ended. Apparently he likes "Yamato" better than his real name, whatever it might be. Readers often confuse "Tenzo" to be his real name, but it's actually just the CodeName he used he worked with Kakashi.
** Given the more recently-revealed details of his background, it's entirely possible Yamato has no idea what his real name is and simply prefers to go by whatever his current code-name is for convenience's sake.
** We eventually find out [[spoiler:A and Killer Bee]] don't go by their real names, but rather nicknames that have been used by [[spoiler:the Raikage and his partner]] through their village's history.
* Kafuka Fura of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is using a false name derived from that of Franz Kafka. At one point there's a flashback to Nami's kindergarten class, and one of Nami's classmates, who looks like a younger Kafuka, is identified by the name An. It seems to be implied that Kafuka's real name is An Akagi, the Japanese title for ''AnneOfGreenGables'', in reference to Kafuka's [[ThePollyanna ultra-optimistic personality]]. The name/book title literally means "Red Anne", but is also a pun on "red end" in Engrish, and in both cases, refers to [[KillEmAll what Kafuka is likely to ultimately do to her classmates]].
* From the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Aznable]] (at one time, [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bajeena]]), [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]], and even TheHero [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]]. (Real names: [[spoiler:Casval rem Deikun, Milliardo Peacecraft, Soran Ibrahim]])
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' has a twofer with "Touhou Fuhai" (Undefeated of the East), AKA Master Asia (which is arguably just a pragmatic short-hand for the former). Quite often, Domon will refer to him by both titles in quick succession ("Touhou Fuhai Master Asia!") The manga ''G Gundam: Fight 7th'' gives his original name as [[spoiler:Shuji Kurosu]].
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' is simply called Beel, or Baby Beel, by everyone. Justified, as his real name, [[OverlyLongName Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV]] would be a mouthful... and Oga doesn't remember his full name anyway.
* Boss from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and the various spin-offs/sequels thereof. He's claimed that even [[BreakingTheFourthWall the author]] doesn't know his real name.
-->'''Boss:''' Kabuto's close friend Boss. Even the author doesn't know my real name.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'':
** Sanada East's StudentCouncilPresident is only known as "Ringo-chan."
** The Literature Girl or "Yassan." Her real name was never released.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Franky's real name is Cutty Flam. "Franky" was a name given to him by Iceburg.
** Hachi is rarely ever called by his real name "Hatchan", since it sounds very cute.
** Edward Newgate and Marshall D. Teach are known almost exclusively as "Whitebeard" and "Blackbeard", respectively.
** Most people refer to the Admirals of the Navy by their color-coded alias, and rarely know or use their real names.
* Since most of ''HalfPrince'' takes place in a game world a lot of the characters only know one another's screen names. This is most blatant with Prince, who goes well out of his way to keep anyone from learning he's really a female player, the student of his biggest fan, close friend of his kohai, and cousin of his first kiss.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion''
** Hinata is primarily referred to by her shortened name, Hina or Hina-chan.
** "Smith" is revealed to be a nickname long after his introduction, when the manga unceremoniously reveals that his real name is Tatsuyuki Misumi.
* The title character of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' introduces herself as [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlahotep the Crawling Chaos]], adding "People call me Nyarko, but I have a real name". Later novels reveal that her true name is TheUnpronounceable, and even being able to comprehend it is quite a feat.
* InUniverse in ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu''. After [[IdiotHero Daiya]] nicknamed the Crab Bunker "Kani Tank", it is only referred to as its real name during the most serious of moments... [[InsistentTerminology and by Puria all the time]].
* ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' gives us Kuroyukihime, leader of Nega Nebulus and the main character's love interest. Even her digital ID, supposed to reveal a person's real information and is impossible to hack in-universe, displays her name as Kuroyukihime. One of her friends refers to her as Sa-chan, which is the closest hint it gives us to her real name.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', legal contractors are often nicknamed after [[OurMonstersAreDifferent their Chain]], such as [[CreepyCrows Raven,]] [[spoiler: who turns out to be [[FutureBadass Gilbert]] post-TimeSkip,]] or [[MadHatter Hatter,]] aka [[BunnyEarsLawyer Xerxes Break.]] [[spoiler: That name is also an alias: his birth name is [[IHatePastMe Kevin Regnard.]]]] And then there is [[SilkHidingSteel Charlotte Baskerville,]] whom everyone started calling "Lottie" after Jack came up with the nickname.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[BuckyBarnes James Buchanan Barnes]], current CaptainAmerica is almost always referred to as Bucky, or Bucky-Cap. Only his [[BlackWidow girlfriend]] refers to him by his first name.
* Jughead Jones in ''ArchieComics''. His real name is Forsythe.
** Similarly, his sister Jellybean Jones. Real name is Forsythia.
** Wow, so the nickname's actually an improvement.
** Pretty much everyone in the comics goes by a nickname, which usually are just shortened versions of their names. Only Veronica gets called by her name often, and even then you'll see it as "Ronnie" just as much.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Death: The Time of Your Life]]'', Foxglove's assistant goes by Boris, but Death calls him by his given name, Endymion. ("I really do prefer Boris, if you don't mind," he tells her.)
** Foxglove herself: she's rareley called by her real name, Donna Cavanagh. Even closest people call her Foxglove, or Fox.
* Katchoo of ''StrangersInParadise''. Her real name is Katina Choovanski, but those close to her only call her that when they're angry with her or in a very serious mood.
** Not just Katchoo: her two half-sisters, the Baker twins, are called Tambi and Bambi, and they're never referred to as anything else. It's not until the two sisters are together on-panel for the first time (many, many issues in) that we find out their real names: [[spoiler: Mary Beth and Sara, respectively.]]
* In most ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' stories, regardless of medium, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's given name is unknown, even in most stories expounding or referencing his secret origin. One of the few exception is in the 1989 Creator/TimBurton [[Film/{{Batman}} film]], and a subsequent episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', his pre-accident name is Jack Napier; in the more recent comic book arcs "Hush Returns" and "Lovers and Madmen," only the first name "Jack" appears.
** In one story his autistic cousin Melvin refers to him as Cousin Ja... but he is interrupted and the Joker tells him "That's not my name anymore, call me Cousin Joker".
** Melvin's last name is Reipan, Napier spelled backwards.
* Richard Grayson (Robin I[=/=]{{Nightwing}}) only goes by Dick. If someone actually calls him Richard there's something seriously wrong.
* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', the first president in the series is known only as The Beast. Even his kids call him that. There's also the ever-lovable Bill Chimpfucker. He [[BestialityIsDepraved only did it once]], though.
* The first time we see Apollo and the Midnighter of ''TheAuthority'', it is as their civilian names and identities are being erased. (How literally and to what extent this erasure works has been interpreted very differently by different writers: under one writer the Midnighter refers to something his father 'used to say', under another he has no memory of anything before he became a post-human.) When the Midnighter, in his own series, uncovers his old name, [[spoiler:it turns out to be fake. He keeps it anyway.]]
* Pretty much every member of GI Joe and Cobra alike in ''GIJoe'', to the point that even after Grunt had left the service to go to college he was uncomfortable being called by his real name and self-identified as "Grunt".
* Private Hank the Yank in ''Adventures in the Rifle Brigade'' is listed in official documents as "Private the Yank"; this may have something to do with his apparent inability to articulate himself in words other than "GAWD DAMMIT!"
** Lieutenant Milk is also solely referred to by his nickname, "Doubtful", by Captain Darcy.
* Agent 355 from ''YTheLastMan''. She served as the titular protagonist's bodyguard for ''years'' before she was comfortable enough to share her old name with him. And she whispered it, so the reader never finds out what it was.
** Fitting, as no one knows the real Agent 355's name either.
* Disney's Brer Rabbit comics seem to imply that all the animals have actual names, but everyone seems to just refer to everyone as "Brer ".
* V in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''.
* [[LexLuthor Alexander "Lex" Luthor.]]
** This serves to distinguish him from the heroic Luthor of Earth-3, who went by Alexander. As did [[FaceHeelTurn his]] [[HeelFaceTurn son]].
* The four main [[TheFlash Flashes]] are known almost exclusively by shorthand versions of their [[Characters/TheFlash full names]], to the point where most fans and writers aren't aware that those names ''are'' in fact nicknames.
** Especially Barry Allen, who actually has the same full name as his grandson (Bartholomew).
* Comicbook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan, whose real name is "Harold" but is never addressed as such, ''ever''.
** His friend Tom Kalmaku once had the nickname "[[UnfortunateNames Pieface]]", and he was referred to as such constantly. Political correctness wasn't a big thing at the time.
* For the first two decades of her published existence, Rogue of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} was known just as "Rogue", even to her nearest and dearest (which according to at least one version of her origin published before 2001 was shown to be her nickname before she discovered her powers). Only after the makers of the first movie decided to saddle her with "Marie" did that eventually bleed over into the comics, Creator/ChrisClaremont eventually naming her Anna Marie Raven. (The surname is almost certainly an assumed name; it's identical to the the first name of her adoptive mother, Raven Darkhölme aka Mystique).
* The ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain Bullseye, is only known by that name and when asked for his name, "Bullseye" is what he always responds with. His legal name is "Benjamin Poindexter", but this is [[MultipleChoicePast likely]] a false identity. Turns out his first name is ''Lester''. again with the nickname being an improvement.
** In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'', Bullseye's real name is Shelton Pendergrass, but since the NoodleIncident that turned him from an army lawyer into a PsychoForHire, he won't answer to anything but Bullseye.
* Many characters in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''. We learn the real name of the heroine as late as in volume #3. The real name of her boyfriend Thugboy is still unknown.
* In ''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'', Bryce Barstow, formerly the Fisherman, calls his former sidekick Toby King by his old hero name, Skipper - despite being ''his adoptive father''. Toby's a little irritated, but settles the matter by saying he'd prefer his real name in this situation.
* The real names of the main characters of ''ComicBook/{{Mingamanga}}'' are Korbinian, Mustafa, Vinh Ngoc and Daniel. They're almost always called Bini, Staffie, Vinnie and Bo.
* Sonic from [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog his comic]] only went by his nickname, he was given the embarrassing middle name of Maurice, and WordofGod claimed his first name to be Oglivie.
* In SonicTheComic Shorty the Squirrel was known by his nickname of [[HairTriggerTemper Shortfuse the Cybernik]], and of course Tails excepted in the Nameless Zone, in the Nameless Zone he is known by his real name Miles Prower also [[spoiler:Oscar the Pig is known by his nickname Porker Lewis]].
* For a while in ComicBook/XMen, {{Magneto}} had no known name. Then in a flashback story he's referred to as "Magnus", though it was ambiguous as to whether that was his first name, his last name, or an alias. Eventually, his real name was revealed to be "Eric Lensherr". Then later on, it was decided THAT was an alias, then for a while it was "Maybe it's his real name, maybe it isn't". Now a more recent story seems to pretty firmly establish his real-real name as "Max Eisenstadt", but who knows how long that will last.
* Grunge of ''{{Gen 13}}''. Especially notable in that the team's members usually refer to each other by their first names. Of course, Grunge's first name is [[EmbarrassingFirstName Percival]].
* Zigfried is a secondary character of ''PaperinikNewAdventures''. Everybody from friends to his sister to his employers call him Ziggy. He even call himself that when meeting new people.
* Most of the members of Tomahawk's Rangers in ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}''.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'' has [[TheAlcoholic Sir Unimpressive]] and his ArchEnemy [[MookLieutenant the Cadet]].
* The ''FanFic/{{Horseshoes and Hand Grenades}}'' sidestory ''Month of Sundays'' has the Rainbow Serpent. She later reveals her name, [[spoiler:Ayida-weddo]], but the story and the other characters (minus Mari) still refer to her as Rainbow Serpent.
* ''FanFic/CIAAgents'' has the Leader. The agents call him “Piero” and his code name is Grandell.
* Fan stories of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** In ''FanFic/HomeWithTheFairies'', Maddie almost never uses her full name, Madeline Greene, after she [[TrappedInAnotherWorld falls into Middle-earth]]. There none can guess that Maddie is short for Madeline.
** In ''FanFic/HowToSurviveInMiddleEarthWhenYoureATeenagedGirl'', Priscilla Henders changes her name to Cilla, so others can say it. Priscilla is from Texas, and her name is foreign to Middle-earth.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Roll's full name is Rebecca Light, but everyone calls her Roll.
* PlayedForLaughs with [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Flynn]] in the Disney/{{Frozen}} fanfic ''Fanfic/ADateWithTheDrumMajor'':
-->'''Flynn:''' *to Anna* My name's Eugene—
-->'''Rest of the room:''' *in near-unison* Who's Eugene?
-->'''Flynn:''' —but everyone here calls me Flynn.
--> '''Rest of the room:''' *over-dramatically* Ohhhhhhhh.
* Jacob Arrow from ''FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay'' sidestory ''Swarm'' prefers to be referred to by X. Also counts as a OneLetterName.
* In ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'', about 80% of the cast goes by a nickname of some sort, either due to personal preference or to protect their identities.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''TheBlindSide'': Michael, at first anyway. After he reveals to Leigh Anne that he doesn't like to be called "Big Mike", she thereafter always calls him "Michael" instead.
* The title character of ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Real name Henry Walton[[note]]which is also GeorgeLucas' middle name[[/note]] Jones, Jr.
** And Mutt Williams in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Real name [[spoiler:Henry Walton Jones III, according to his mother Marian, at least until she married Mutt's stepfather and changed it to Williams.]]
* The Little Tramp in the Creator/CharlieChaplin movies. Other languages call him Charlot or Carlitos.
** Chaplin himself referred to the character as "The Little Fellow".
* Lampshade hung, of course, in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where a one-note character named Skeezie is actually named just ''Skeezie''; he even gives that as his full name on a police report.
* Nose Noseworthy in ''Shorts'' - apparently not his actual given name (we assume it comes from his last name), yet he is listed as "Nose" Noseworthy on his episode card and Toby says he's 'a kid that everyone calls Nose', completely avoiding stating his real name. Even his father never calls him by name - or nickname, for that matter - the closest we get is 'son'.
* In ''Film/PurpleRain'', Prince's character is referred to "The Kid" ''even in the credits''. He's never referred to by name, even by his parents. He's still just "The Kid" in the pseudo-sequel ''Graffiti Bridge''.
** What's especially weird about this is that almost every other character is [[ShapedLikeItself known by their portrayer's real-life name (or real-life stage name, at least)]].
* The bartender with TourettesShitcockSyndrome in ''TheBoondockSaints'' is just called "Fuck-Ass", since he says it all the time. He doesn't seem to mind the nickname.
* All characters in the thriller ''Film/{{Exam}}'' are referred to by hair colour, ethnicity, or job title, with the exception of the mystical CEO.
* Although the main character of ''FallingDown'' is named William Foster, he is rarely referred to as such, and credited as the name on his vanity license plate, "D-FENS".
* "The Kid" in ''Film/DickTracy'', though at the end [[spoiler:he's given a name: Dick Tracy, Jr.]]
* "Captain" in ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown.'' Might be considered an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, except he gets the nickname of Captain ''before'' he gets leadership of the performing troupe.
* In ''TheGamers 2: Dorkness Rising'', the GM's name is Kevin Lodge, but almost everyone calls him Lodge. The newbie player addresses him by his first name, and the rest of the gaming group expresses astonishment at Lodge having a first name.
--> '''Joanna''': Thanks, Kevin. I'll look it over. ''* leaves* ''
--> '''Mark''': Kevin? Who the hell is Kevin?
--> '''Lodge''': ''I'm'' Kevin!
--> '''Mark''': Dude, you have a first name?
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' has Red, who is never referred to by full name in the movie.
** The book also has him as an Irishman with red hair, giving him two reasons for the nickname. but the movie version has MorganFreeman playing the role. MorganFreeman's version [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it when asked why he's called Red: "Maybe it's 'cause I'm Irish".
** You've got to pity poor Fatass from ''The Shawshank Redemption'', who is not only beaten to death his first night in prison, but is stuck with that name in the credits.
* ''Film/DogSoldiers'' has "Spoon" Witherspoon. His first name is never revealed.
* ''[[RepoTheGeneticOpera GraveRobber]], [=GraveRobber=], sometimes I wonder why I even bother...''
* The title character in ''HudsonHawk'', who is called that by everyone except his best friend Tommy Five-Tone. Tommy calls him his real name: Eddie.
* Penny Lane in ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Her real name is [[spoiler: Lady Goodman.]]
* Landfill is pretty much only referred to by that name in ''Film/{{Beerfest}}''.
** Including his wife... while having sex with his twin brother, who becomes known as Landfill II or just Landfill.
* Jeff Lebowski is "The Dude" throughout ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. Mainly because the name Jeff Lebowski is a plot point.
** Of course it's lampshaded throughout whenever he gets angry at someone calling him by his real name rather than simply "The Dude".
* The Great Kanaka, Starcat, Provoloney and Yo-Yo from ''Film/PsychoBeachParty''.
* "The Tramp" from ''LadyAndTheTramp''. Subverted, since that becomes his name, minus "The", once he's adopted.
** This is also an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep, because one of his old flames wrote a song about him called "He's a Tramp," and the name stuck.
* The Man With No Name in the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' gets a different nickname in each installment of the trilogy (in order "Joe," "Manco," and "Blondie"). His real name is -- obviously -- never given.
** Similarily, in Film/ForAFewDollarsMore, the villain is simply known as "El Indio". In Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly, Lee Van Cleef plays a villain simply named "Angel Eyes".
* The main characters of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' use the place of their destination in place of their real names to avoid personal attachment. Needless to say [[TrueCompanions it doesn't work.]]
* The Bride in ''Film/KillBill'' is this with respect to the audience--up to a certain point, any references to her by her actual name ([[spoiler:Beatrix Kiddo]]) are censored out.
* ''U-571'' has Trigger, Rabbit, and Chief, among others. Chief is referred to as such because he's Chief of the Boat, but the others are nicknames.
* In Ocean's Eleven there is "The Amazing Yen" and Basher Tarr.
* ThankYouForSmoking Nick Naylor's boss, BR. He even has that name on his office door.
-->"The name, 'BR', came from his tour in Vietnam. The people who know its meaning are all dead."
* Most people in the ''StarWars'' universe refer to him as Jabba [[SpeciesSurname the Hutt]], probably completely unaware of his full name: Jabba Desilijic Tiure. This is never mentioned in the movies, but does appear in the Expanded Universe.
** The EU shows this happens to pretty much every major Hutt crime lord (and there are a lot).
* The five protagonists of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' are referred to only by the nicknames the antagonist, Blue, gives them: Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Amber, and Blondie. Even Sweet Pea and Rocket, who are sisters, don't call each other by their real names.
* Goose in ''Film/TopGun''. Everyone, even his own wife, just calls him that. His real name, which was seen on a box, was [[spoiler: Nick Bradshaw]].
** This seems to be based on some kind of fact. In the credits about a dozen technical advisors are listed as " "
* In the various incarnations of ''Franchise/RoboCop'', if you run Omni Consumer Products, then chances are very good your name won't be revealed. The head of OCP in the first two movies, the guy who ran it in [[Film/RoboCop3 the third movie]], the man who ran it in ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'', and the woman in charge of it for the first two episodes of ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'' are only referred to the respective nicknames "The Old Man", "The CEO", "the OCP Chairman", and "the Old Woman".
* In Film/ApocalypseNow, with the exception of Lance and Willard, all the main characters are primarily referred to by a nickname fitting their characters: Chief, Chef, and Clean. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, it's the only two men not referred to by a nickname who make it out of the film alive.]]
* In ''[[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides]]'' Blackbeard's real name is mentioned only once near the beginning of the film, and from that point on he's referred to as either Blackbeard or Captain. Probably a case of TruthInTelevision -A lot more people know the real-life pirate as Blackbeard than Edward Teach.
* In the film adaptation of ''Film/LaReineMargot'', the titular character is only called Marguerite during her wedding ceremony. At all other times, people call her by the pet name Margot.
* In ''CampNowhere'', 12-year-old Morris Himmel goes by the nickname "Mud." The only people who call him by his actual first name are his father and his love interest.
* In the Japanese horror film ''House'', the seven girls are referred only by their nicknames, even by family; namely, they're Gorgeous, Fantasy, Prof, Kung Fu, Melody, Sweet, and Mac (that's short for "stomach"). This is the first real clue that these girls are meant to be thought of as more archetypes than actual characters.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar. WordOfGod has it his real name was 'Taka', although a name that means "trash" isn't exactly much better...
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'': Dog, Tiger, Mad Axe, Manson, and more.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. While it's likely the Nazis know the Basterds' real names, they are mostly called by their nicknames: The Bear Jew, Aldo the Apache, etc.
* E.T. from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. In the cancelled sequel his real name was going to be revealed to be Zrek.
* Every human character in ''TheMatrix'' is known by their hacker handle (Neo, Trinity, Morpheus) rather than their birth name. Only Neo had his name revealed (to the point that ArchEnemy Smith calls him "Mr. Anderson").
* The Tet from ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' is named after its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahedron shape]] and it never gives us its actual classification [[spoiler:other than "[[AGodAmI God]]," that is]].
* Spider from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* The whole cast of {{Celebrity Impersonator}}s in ''Film/MisterLonely''.
* Ivan Ivanych Naydenov in ''Film/WhiteTiger'' is a patient with no memory and no documents in a Russian military hospital. He is called Ivan Ivanych (like John Johnson) for want of anything better, and is given the surname. Naydenov (meaning "found") because he was found in a tank.
* Like his comic book counterpart, Leech's been referred to as simply "Jimmy" with no surname given in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
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* CuriousGeorge's friend, the "man with the yellow hat", wasn't named [[NamedByTheAdaptation until the animation]].
* Foxface from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy. Katniss gives her the name on the basis that she looks like a fox, and we never learn what her real name is. More than half the tributes are never named.
** In the script of the movie, her name was given as Marissa. Unknown whether SuzanneCollins considers this canon.
* Andrew "Ender" Wiggin from ''EndersGame'', to the point where he can go around inconspicuously as Andrew Wiggin in ''Speaker for the Dead''. (Granted, that is 3,000 years in the future due to relativistic time travel, but still...). People do occasionally recognize his name as being the same as "the Xenocide's" (a banker even accuses him of using a false ID when he sees it), but because it is so far in the future no one makes the connection.
** Also in the later books of the ''EndersGame'' saga many of the characters are from Lusitania, where long Portuguese names are the norm, and just about everyone goes my a nickname. These may be ordinary short forms of their names ("Liberdade Graças a Deus Figueira de Medici" becomes "Libo"), translations ("Estevão Rei Ribeira von Hesse" becomes "Quim," pronounced "king") or unrelated and based off of personal characteristics (Lauro Suleimão Ribeira von Hesse" is called "Olhado" due to his cybernetic eyes.) The full names are usually mentioned once or twice, and then ignored.
** Then there's Julian "Bean" Delphiki, Jr. However, this is justified because he grew up on the streets and didn't have a name. Due to his size and perceived worthlessness, another street urchin told him that he isn't "worth a bean". Given that he's [[spoiler:a result of a genetic experiment, whose "brothers and sisters" were "terminated" by the MadScientist when he was discovered by the authorities]]. At the end of ''Ender's Shadow'', Bean discovers his biological parents and brother ([[spoiler:his best friend from Battle School]]).
* ThePhantomOfTheOpera (real name was Erik)
* In ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'', the main character Blue's DisappearedDad is almost always referred to as "Butternut" by the rest of her family.
** In the second book, we are introduced to The Gray Man. As a hitman, he understandably likes to keep his real name a secret.
* There are [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters several]] cases of this in the ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'' books: We are told that "[[BigBad Capricorn]]" is [[MeaningfulRename a name he gave himself]], but we never know what his real name is. The same with [[ClassicalMythology Orpheus]] (who gets it double since [[Literature/ArabianNights Farid]] calls him only "Cheeseface"). [[EvilMatriarch The Magpie's]] real name is Mortola, but she is very rarely refered to that way. "[[EvilOverlord The Adderhead]]" and "the Laughing Prince/Prince of Sighs" are names given to them by their subjects. Also the Barn Owl, Nettle, Firefox, Sootbird, the Piper, Flatnose, Cockerell, Cloud-Dancer, and the Black Prince.
** Even though it's never mentioned that he might have another name, [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Dustfinger]] could easily be an example of this. Since [[TrappedInAnotherWorld his world]] is full of regular names like [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder Roxanne]], [[TheDragon Basta]], and Minerva, it's probably safe to assume that this is a nickname rather than what his parents named him.
** [[BlessedWithSuck Mortimer]] is an interesting case of this. While everyone else calls him by his proper name, Dustfinger, Capricorn, and the other [[RefugeeFromTVLand characters from Inkheart]] refuse to call him anything but "Silvertongue", which he doesn't like. He is also known only by a nickname to his daughter, Meggie, who "had never called her father anything but 'Mo'."
* ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' - Edward Bear.
* ''SacreBleu'' features The Colorman, who tells people that his first name is "The". You find out later that [[spoiler: he was born in 38,000 BC and his name was Two Grunts and a Shrug, which translates to "Poop on a Stick"]]. You can't really blame him.
* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', the KidHero of the first part of the story is known as the Wart. That's what he's called and nobody ever uses his name. [[IAmWho Until he becomes king Arthur.]]
* Neil Gaiman's short story ''October in the Chair'' features a boy who was bullied by his twin older brothers. They had nicknamed him the Runt and everyone called him this.
* In ''Zen and the Art of Faking It'', [[DeadpanSnarker San]] falls in love with a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl girl]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie Woody]], and only realizes that this isn't her real name when an adult refers to her as [[spoiler: Emily]] halfway through the book.
** This could also fall under MeaningfulRename since she chose the name herself and rejected the name her [[ParentalAbandonment mother]] gave her. [[MeaningfulRename This happens again]] toward the end and reverses the first when she starts going by her real name again.
* Flick in Jean Shepherd's short stories, of which ''AChristmasStory'' is the most famous adaption. He was based on a real-life childhood friend of Shepherd's whose last name was Flickinger.
* The title character of ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown''. Real name was Leroy.
* Peekay in ''The Power of One'' has some typical English name, but it's never used.
* Many of Literature/BertieWooster's cronies go exclusively by nicknames; in ''Thank You, Jeeves'', he is amused to finally learn that the first name of his long-time friend "Chuffy" Chuffnell is Marmaduke.
* ''{{Redwall}}'''s vermin are often named with [[FailOSuckyname uncomplimentary descriptions of their physical features]] (possibly reaching its peak in ''Triss'' with the briefly-mentioned "Fatty" and "Stinky"). In ''Loamhedge'' the fan assumption that these were nicknames was made explicit, as the adolescent Redd is told he will soon receive his "proper vermin name".
** Urgan Nagru says that he took his official name from the wolf Urgan, whom he claims to have killed and whose pelt he wears. His original name is never revealed. Played with in the OfficialFanfictionUniversity, when his wife Silvamord threatens to tell the students what his real name is.
* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Several characters in the XWingSeries. Rogue Squadron has Hobbie Klivian, whose real name is Derek, but no one ever uses it. Wraith Squadron has the most examples -- their full names are in the Dramatis Personae and usually get mentioned the first time they're introduced, but you wouldn't know that Face, Grinder, Piggy, and Runt had any other names, otherwise.
** Mitth'raw'nuruodo, aka Thrawn. He went with the short version to make it [[SomeCallMeTim easier]], and it stuck. In his culture, core names are only suposed to be used by friends and family, but he doesn't seem to mind; presumably the over-familiarity is preferable to people continually mangling the pronunciation. One particular mangling comes from Vicelord Siv Kav in the form of "Mitthrawdo", no matter how many times he's corrected. Then again, Siv Kav really doesn't like Thrawn, so this is likely intentional.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Despite being HeterosexualLifePartners with him for decades, Fred Colon of fame apparently had no idea Nobby Nobbs's real name is 'Cecil Wormsborough St John Nobbs', or even just his real first name until they went undercover in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. Others may know his name (it presumably appears in the Watch pay accounts) but no one ever calls him it, even city nobles knew him as Nobby.
** Discworld also features "Cut Me Own Throat" Dibbler, a purveyor of sausages in a bun of questionable nature, is only ever referred to by his catchphrase, or CMOT, or "Throat", if in a hurry. Eventually, however, in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', we learn that CMOT are the initials of his actual name and probably [[spoiler: (apart from being told the phrase by a time-travelling Vimes)]] the in-universe reason why he adopted the nickname in the first place.
** The [[MadMax strangely familiar]] road-warrior dwarf in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'':
--->"Most people call me Mad."\\
"Just 'Mad'? That's an ... unusual name."\\
"It ain't a name."
* One of the main characters in ''LordOfTheFlies'' is known only as Piggy, a nickname he [[EmbarrassingNickname hates]]. His real name is never revealed.
* Prince Kheldar is referred to as "Silk" throughout ''TheBelgariad'', except by those who don't know him well or want to tease him. Garion and Durnik both call Polgara "Pol" almost exclusively, and Garion thinks of Belgarath only as "Mister Wolf" until well into the third book.
* Jebe, the Arrow, in ''[[{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''. His real name is Zurgadai, but in only known as Jebe because of his great skill with a bow.
* Author Mil Millington says that no-one's called him by his real name since he was small, and when he thinks about, it's slightly odd that his children only know him by a nickname.
* Cameron "Buck" Williams from ''LeftBehind''. This may be because he ''[[DoNotCallMePaul corrects]]'' anyone who tries to use his actual name. One character's insistence on using his real name rather than "Buck, because he bucks against journalistic conventions" is used as evidence of her unsympathetic nature.
** Legit versions of this trope in that series include Albie (who is named for his hometown Al Basrah) and Razor.
* In Daniel Pinkwater's ''Young Adult Novel'', the protagonist goes by his ''nom de guerre'', Charles the Cat, and the other Wild Dada Ducks do likewise.
* Until the 7th book, JP in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' series was known only as The Guy Who Hates It When They Put Corn In The Chili.
* Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series -- when she was taken into the Chamber of Secrets, even the professors referred to her as "Ginny Weasley". For years, fans [[{{Fanon}} assumed]] that "Ginny" was short for "Virginia", but WordOfGod later revealed that her real name was "Ginevra". The only person to ever call her this was an elderly relative in the last book.
** This is common with the Weasleys, although most of the time it's pretty easy to guess their full names, as the rest all have traditional English names.
** Similarly Voldemort is almost always called "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" by those who fear him, or "The Dark Lord" by those who follow him. Those who neither fear him or follow him call him Voldemort... which isn't his real name anyway. It was exactly the desired effect, as Voldemort wanted is real name to be forgotten. Dumbledore and Harry refer to him as Voldemort, but use his real name in front of him to upset him. Dumbledore is the only person to call him Tom. Harry calls him Riddle [[spoiler:during their final showdown]].
** Alastor Moody is known as "Mad-Eye" Moody to most people. When Harry first hears Dumbledore call him Alastor in a crowded room, it takes Harry a few seconds to realize who he was speaking to.
** The Hogwarts ghosts: Nearly Headless Nick (his real name is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington), Moaning Myrtle (whose first name is Myrtle but last name is unknown), [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Fat Friar]], Grey Lady ([[spoiler:her real name is Helena Ravenclaw]]) and Bloody Baron.
* In S.E.Hinton's ''Rumble Fish'' the Motorcycle Boy is only known by this nickname and even his teachers use it. His younger brother is one of the few in the neighborhood that even knows his, unstated, real name.
** Ditto Two-Bit Matthews in Hinton's TheOutsiders, whose real name is known, but only mentioned once by the narrator when introducing him into the story and never again.
* Almost every character in Glen Cook's ''TheBlackCompany'' novels is covered either by this trope or EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep. Justified in-universe as the narration focuses on Company Brothers, who take a new name (usually given by existing Brothers) when they join to symbolically leave their past life behind. In addition, this is SeriousBusiness for wizards, as a sorcerer can lose all his powers by someone invoking his [[IKnowYourTrueName True Name]], motivating the most powerful [[EvilSorceror Evil Sorcerors]] to kill everyone who knows them by anything ''but'' their nickname. This happening to [[spoiler: The Lady and The White Rose]] is even the climax of the third book.
** Certain characters in the series take this to extremes.
*** When Croaker is asked for his real name to be put on his Commission as General, it takes him a few minutes to remember it. He specifically avoids mentioning it in the Annals (his narration).
*** "Stormshadow," is a nickname used to cover a ''different'' nickname that she was known by in the North before faking her death.
*** Tobo and the Daughter of Night don't have real names, only nicknames, owing to the peculiar circumstances surrounding their births and childhoods. "Tobo" is explicitly stated to be a nickname given by his mother until she could reunite with his father and they could agree on a real name. By the time that happens, the boy is a teenager. The Daughter of Night was kidnapped at birth and raised as TheAntichrist; her parents never had the opportunity to name her (though her father favors "Chana," her mother argues that it sounds too much like "Kina," the name of the Goddess that the Daughter serves) and her captors have no use for an identity beyond The Daughter of Night. Though the Company does eventually start calling her "Booboo," mostly as a joke.
* Pumpkin in ''MemoirsOfAGeisha''. Chiyo/[[MeaningfulRename Sayuri]] gave her the nickname within a week of meeting her, never mentions her given name, and goes on to mention that it continues to stick even after she takes a new name as a geisha. Which must ''really'' suck for Pumpkin, because she spends the latter portion of the book [[spoiler:hating Sayuri's guts and deliberately sabotaging her chance with the man of her dreams, since she and Chiyo were forced rivals as girls and Pumpkin's life became very dismal as a result.]]
* ''Son of the Shadows'': Known as the Painted Man to most, Chief to his men, he has forgotten his own name, until Liadan (the only one to give him an actual name) reminds him.
* In ''Daughter of the Forest'', the other way around - Everyone knows the male protagonist as Hugh of Harrowfield, except for those closest to him, who call him Red. More straightforward in the sequel, when he has moved to Ireland: everyone calls him Iubdan ('the little man'), so that hardly anyone remembers that he's actually a Briton called Hugh.
* Literature/{{Fudge}} in the JudyBlume books is actually named "Farley Drexel Hatcher". At one point, his mother even insists on his brother calling him nothing but "Fudge". His first kindergarten teacher insists on calling him either by one of his legal names or his initials, resulting in Fudge refusing to co-operate with her and having to be transferred to another class. His baby sister Tamara Roxanne is more commonly called "Tootsie" and they only mention her real name in her introduction.
* Not really a nickname, but Reuven Malter in Chaim Potok's books seems to use his Hebrew name almost exclusively; his "real" first name is Robert, but he's only seen using a few times, and only when dealing with people who aren't Jewish.
* In the classic children's novel ''The Machine Gunners'' the son of the cemetery keeper is known only as "Cem." (A throwaway line in one of the sequels reveals that he inherited his father's position and was still known as "Cem" a good thirty years later.)
* Swan and Sister in ''Literature/SwanSong''; Swan's real name is Sue Wanda, but Sister doesn't actually remember her real name.
* Jude's eldest child in ''Jude The Obscure'': his mother didn't bother to christen him and simply called him "Little Father Time." Jude and Sue more or less do the same thing.
* Sticky Washington in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. His real name is "George," so he insists on people referring to him only by the nickname because he doesn't feel that he can live up to the name of "George Washington." However, none of the officials at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened will use the nickname, because they feel that "if it isn't official, then it can't be real."
* Yo-less, Wobbler and Bigmac in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''. When Johnny talks to Bigmac's social worker, it takes him a minute to remember that she'd know him as Simon.
* The main protagonist in ''Literature/AmericanGods'' is called Shadow, a nickname he earned when he was young by quietly following adults at the hospital where he spent most of his time. Even in his thirties, he mostly goes by this nickname, occasionally uses an alias, and not once in the entire book is his true name revealed. Toward the end, [[spoiler: after he dies but before his afterlife is decided, he takes an opportunity to learn his role in the grand scheme, and has to pay admission with his own name. When [[ItMakesSenseInContext the personification of Easter brings him back to life]], he remembers what he learned, and remembers having to trade something for that knowledge, but doesn't remember the cost, implying that he no longer realizes Shadow is just his nickname.]]
** Though, if any of you really are curious, a follow up short story reveals that his real name is [[spoiler: Balder]]. Which, really, we should've seen coming.
** His wife Laura's full name is given early in the book; if she took his surname, it implies that it's [[spoiler:Moon]].
* Beezus from the ''RamonaQuimby'' series isn't actually named Beezus, she's named Beatrice. Many of the books don't even tell you that! She's named after their mother's younger sister, whom both girls adore.
** One of the books mentions that she got this nickname from Ramona's toddler mispronunciation of Beatrice. She seems to be fine with being called so, although there was one episode in another book where some boys at the park took advantage of the fact that it rhymes with "{{Jesus}}".
* Many characters in the {{Mistborn}} trilogy appear to be examples of this trope, but occasionally do go by their real names. Two characters that ''are'' examples are Clubs, who is named for his leg injury, and his nephew Spook, a secondary character in the first book. As he develops both as a character and a member of the thieving crew, he's given the name "Spook" because it's easier to say than his real name, "Lestibournes." He eventually stops using his given name in favor of the one he has earned.
** It's revealed that Lestibournes is a nickname itself, meaning something like unwanted child in his slang.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth:
** Dwarves in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' don't tell their names to outsiders (their real names are in the Dwarvish language, which is itself secret). Instead, they all go by use-names borrowed from the nearby humans -- like "Thorin" or "Gimli".
** [[WhenTreesAttack Ents]]: Entish being what it is, an Ent's full name is essentially the story of their entire life, described in detail -- and since Ents are TheAgeless, that makes for ''long'' and rambling names. Most Ents use fragments of their name rendered into other languages for dealing with "hasty" people -- i.e. "Treebeard" and "Skinbark."
** In Bree, Aragorn is known exclusively as "Strider." Not that he ''wants'' his true identity shouted from the rooftops, but this nickname ain't exactly flattering. Nonetheless he adopts it (translated into High Elven as Telcontar) for his dynastic name... for some reason.
** Túrin in ''The Silmarillion'' and ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' spent his whole life fruitlessly trying to escape the curse [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] put on his whole family. He figured [[DoNotCallMePaul avoiding his real name]] would help, so every time he fled from his ruined life to go live someplace new, he introduced himself only with [[MeaningfulRename some unpleasant nickname]] he'd just made up on the spot: Neithan ("the Wronged"), Gorthol ("Dread Helm"), Agarwaen ("Bloodstained"), Wild Man of the Woods, and finally Turambar ("Master of Doom"). The Elves in Nargothrond, unsurprisingly not liking Agarwaen, nicknamed him the more flattering Adanedhel ("Elf-Man"), Thurin ("the Secret"), and Mormegil ("Black-Sword") instead. But to his eternal irritation, [[SubvertedTrope his real name wasn't so secret after all]].
* Most people refer to PercyJackson as Percy, not his full name Perseus.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Prescott David Tremaine apparently started to be called "[[ShoutOut Scotty]]" on his first day at [[MilitaryAcademy Saganami Island]], and twenty two years and innumerable adventures later he's still never referred any other way.
* Ranger in the ''StephaniePlum'' books. His full name is Ricardo Carlos Manoso.
* Y.T. in ''SnowCrash''. At first you might assume that they're her initials, but they're actually short for Yours Truly.
* This is the default state for elves in the QuantumGravity [[TheVerse 'Verse]]. {{True Name}}s are ''very'' powerful, and so an elf will be known by the last part (usually one-syllable) of his or her name to absolutely everyone except close friends, who will use the first half. [[spoiler:This is subtle foreshadowing of the fact that Sarasilien is not the elf's real name--even though he only has a business relationship with most of his coworkers, he still tells all of them his "real" name.]]
* In the Russian ''DeathZone'' series, most characters and anyone else living in the Five Zones goes by a nickname. Occasionally, their real first name may be revealed, but the full name will usually stay hidden. For example, the leader of the Order is known by all as Commander Hunter, which is a nickname (in English, in fact) given to him by a neo-Nazi gang shortly before the Catastrophe. Only his closest advisors know that his real first name is Savva. On the other hand, all members of the rival organization known as the Ark are required to adopt a German name by their leader Heinrich Hister, the former head of the above-mentioned gang. Another interesting case is Titanium Vine, whose name is Darling. She was found in a HumanPopsicle tank with no memory of her identity but a tattoo with "DRG" on her shoulder, hence the name.
* The Finn from Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''.
* There are a few of these in the ChaletSchool books, the earliest example being (the) Robin (aka Cecilia Marya Humphries). Later on there's {{Bifauxnen}} Tom Gay (real name Lucinda Muriel, and given that she's an extreme {{Tomboy}}, it's understandable why she hates her real name) and Polly Heriot (real name Hildegard).
* In the SciFi novel ''Literature/{{Malevil}}'', La Menou's actual name is never stated and she goes by her nickname which means "tiny".
* "Mullet Fingers" from CarlHiaasen's ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''. He doesn't have egregious amounts of [[TheEighties 80s hair]] growing from his knuckles or anything. He got his nickname by being a FriendToAllLivingThings and having reflexes fast enough to catch a mullet fish with his bare hands.
* Arcie in ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'', though it isn't until the last chapter that the party learns that Arcie isn't his name, it's his initials, R.C., for Reinheart Corallis [=MacRory=].
* Almost all of Anne and Gilbert's children in L.M. Montgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series are known exclusively by their nicknames. Their first child, Joyce, is called "Joy" during her short life. The next child, James, is known as "Jem". Younger twins Anne and Diana go by "Nan" and "Di", for obvious reasons. Youngest child Bertha Marilla goes exclusively by "Rilla".
* ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Most professional soldiers in the series are known only by their nicknames, typically assigned during basic training. Examples include Whiskeyjack, Fiddler, Hedge, Bottle, Stormy, Halfpeck, Iron Bars and many more.
* Candlewick (a.k.a. Lampwick in other versions) the troublesome boy Pinocchio befriends from ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', in his introduction it is revealed his real name is Romeo and he got the aforementioned nickname because he was so tall and thin.
* The AgentZ books give us a minor character who ended up known as "TheIncredibleHulk," as he was overheard slowly reading the words "I... am... The Incredible Hulk" from a comic whilst newly arrived with his family from India and still teaching himself English. What he thought about this nickname is not discussed, but it suck because nobody could pronounce his given name.
* Almost everyone in ''FanFic/TheGift'', is known by a nickname, usually based on their regular name: Johanna Josephine "[=JoJo=]", Louisa Lively "L.L.", and William "B-4" Bates the Fourth, Guinevere Elizabeth "Lizzi" Bates, William "Bill" Bates the Third, Catherine "Cathy" and Amelia "Amy" Rockford, Lilian "Lily" Huysmann, et al. Only Paul and Dawn Ryan don't, likely because they already have one-syllable names.
* Kantorka (means: daughter of the cantor) in ''Literature/{{Krabat}}''. Fortunately, because IKnowYourTrueName also applies (the villain is an evil wizard).
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TillWeHaveFaces'', the princesses' Greek tutor is known only as the Fox, due to his red hair (which goes completely gray early on in the story). Only once does a character refer to him by his given name, Lysias.
* The LeftBehind book series character Albie, a Middle Eastern black market arms dealer who is only known by the nickname he acquired from his own hometown of Al Basrah.
* In Creator/JohnSteinbeck's novel ''Sweet Thursday'', a brothel keeper named Flora is known only as "Fauna".
* The magicians in TheBartimaeusTrilogy all use nicknames, because they can't control the demons if they know their true name. The demons would prefer their names not to be known either (so they can't be summoned), but use them nonetheless.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, the Tribe of Rushing Water cats all have long names in a NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom style, so they go by the first word of their name - "Bird Who Rides The Wind" is "Bird", for example, and "Jagged Rock Where Heron Sits" is "Jag". There are a couple Tribe of Endless Hunting ancestors named Fall and Slant that are mentioned in ''Sign of the Moon'' whose full name isn't mentioned, so even fans only know them by their nicknames.
* Princess Candacis in ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'' is almost always called Coira, a name her nurse gave her, to the point that her maids instruct a doctor to call her Coira because she won't know who he's talking to if he calls her Candacis.
* Nearly everyone in ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheThirteenthTale'', John-the-dig's legal name is John Digence, but Vida insists that if you really knew him, you knew that John-the-dig was his real name.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/IClaudius'' are only known by their nicknames (for example, "Caligula" and "Castor"). Roman naming customs were very unimaginative, so several people might have identical or almost-identical names; nicknames make it much easier than trying to figure out which of the eight or nine "Drusus"es someone might be talking about.[[note]]TruthInTelevision; the ancient Romans made use of nicknames for just that reason.[[/note]] In the books, the narrator will usually mention the real name before telling you that that guy will just be known as "Castor" from then on; in [[Series/IClaudius the TV series]], they generally didn't even do that.
* Many characters in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' have nicknames, some of which are self-styled and others less so. Peasants generally don't care about the real names of other peasants, which leads to some people being known exclusively by their nicknames, such as Lommy Greenhands, a mook named Shitmouth, and most famously Hot Pie, among others. Arya becomes this once when traveling to Braavos. She would have invented a new identity at this point, but everyone just called her "Salty", so she went with it.
** In ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', we have the inversion of Dunk of Flea Bottom. His young squire Egg([[spoiler:short for Prince Aegon]]) asks if his name is short for Ser Duncan. Dunk briefly thinks that he's been called Dunk for so long he's not sure if it's a shorter version of his name or his true name itself. Nevertheless he decides to style himself, Ser Duncan the Tall.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', most prominently Lieutenant Panga and Lazy.
* Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying has many of these. Talk-Shout, Indy, Kevin and even the main character who is addressed only as Brad within the club.
* Tris and Four from {{Divergent}} - Beatrice and [[spoiler: Tobias]] are their real names, respectively.
* In the Indian novel ''Literature/TheWhiteTiger'': Vitiligo-Lips and the landlords. %% This comment was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like and tell this troper.
* In the ''Skyrider'' series by Creator/MelisaMichaels, Skyrider considers this a problem. She thinks it's a cheesy, EmbarrassingNickname, but few people actually know her real name.
* In Ark Angel of the AlexRider series. Alex encounters 4 thugs which he nicknames "Combat Jacket", "Silver Tooth", "Spectacle" and "Steel Watch".
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Estela is not the first musician to hide behind a 'songstress's name'. [[spoiler: Even after she's publiclly married as 'Roxane de Montburn' she still goes by 'Estela'.]]
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'':
** Stacey, treasurer of the club. It wasn't until she moved away that the rest of the club even found out that Stacey was a nickname for Anastasia.
** Also Jessi and her siblings. Not too bad for Jessi (Jessica) and Becca (Rebecca), but their poor little brother Squirt; even the ghostwriters rarely remembered that his real name was John Phillip Ramsey ''Jr''.(for example, when Jessi adressed a letter to her parents 'Mr. and Mrs. ''Alex'' Ramsey').
** Kristy, Abby, and many minor characters.
* AmeliaPeabody's son Ramses. No, a Victorian Age English couple did not name their son after an Egyptian Pharaoh, but you could be forgiven for thinking they did, given how rarely his real name (Walter) is mentioned in the books.
* ''Literature/ForeverGate'':
** 'Hoodwink' is a nickname he earned as a teenage thief.
** 'Leader' is the name of TheLeader of the Users. His real name is never given.
* ''Literature/CodeNameVerity'' plays this straight with its main character Queenie, who doesn't reveal her name until the end. [[spoiler: However, when the narrative shifts to her best friend Maddie, Maddie only ever refers to her by her actual name (Julie)]].
** Queenie claims she never knew the name of her superior, who she only ever refers to as the Machiavellian Intelligence Officer. [[spoiler: Maddie reveals this to be false, although she doesn't reveal the man's name either, referring to him as John Balliol, the name of the Scottish king Julie's ancestor William Wallace lost his life defending]]
* Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace has Anna Maria Rosalita, Luis Black, and Marlowe refer to Ronnie by his stage name, The Blue Boy. Anna Maria Rosalita calls him Boy Blue while Luis Black sometimes refers to him as brother Blue.
* The Orange Man in ''Literature/VenusPrime'' is never given a real name.
* Fade from ''Literature/RazorlandTrilogy'' - his given first name is revealed midway through the first book, but his family name is never given. He refuses to respond to his given name after being taken in by the College enclave.
* Creator/AgathaChristie:
** Tuppence Beresford (nee Cowley) from''Literature/TommyAndTuppence''. Her real first name is Prudence, but no-one ever uses it.
** Bunch Harmon, Literature/MissMarple's goddaughter in ''A Murder is Announced'', who was "christened Diana by optimistic parents".
** Bundle Brent (real name Lady Eileen Brent) in ''The Secret of Chimneys'' and ''The Seven Dials Mystery''. ''Seven Dials'' also has the minor characters Rupert Bateman, who "had been nicknamed Pongo for no earthly reason whatever" at school and is still addressed as such by his schoolfriends, and Vera Daventry, who everyone calls Socks.
* Seth's friend H from ''Literature/MoreThanThis''. His real name is presumably "Harold", but it comes up exactly once and H promptly reminds the speaker [[DoNotCallMePaul not to call him Harold]].
* Boots’ real name is only mentioned in ''[[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Gregor the Overlander]]'', and the crawlers refer to her exclusively as "the princess".
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* ''Series/LincolnHeights'': ALL of the main characters are referred to by abbreviated nicknames of their actual names. Edward-Eddie, Jennifer-Jenn, Cassandra-Cassie, Elizabeth-Lizzie, Taylor-Tay. It's a wonder they didn't just give them those names in the first place.
* On ''Series/TheATeam'', we have Templeton "Faceman" Peck, and John "Hannibal" Smith (interesting in that he almost always introduces himself as "Hannibal Smith", as if it's his actual name).
** Also, "Howlin' Mad" Murdock. The team referred to him Howlin' Mad pretty consistently in the very first episode, but quickly switched to calling him [[LastNameBasis Murdock]] for the rest of the series.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz's full name, Daniel Osbourne, is only mentioned once in the entire series, [[PutOnABus after he has left town]].
** Angel's name was Liam before he became a vampire; he went by Angelus ("The one with the angelic face") from then on. After he regained his soul he became Angel.
** Xander's short for Alexander.
** Adam. No one remembers his real name.
** Violet is only known as Vi, in the TV series. In the comics they made her full name Violet and had her go by that, because comics are written in all caps and they didn't want readers thinking her name was "6".
** We've never found out Anne's actual name.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Fred, short for Winifred.
** {{Justified|Trope}} for Lorne: "Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan" isn't a very appealing name for a nightclub owner. Previously they called him "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Host]]", so he has two layers of nicknames.
** Angel. He is almost never called Liam. Lilah once called it a "wussy name".
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''; Jackie is a nickname, but even she herself wasn't aware of that fact until Bev casually brought it up in conversation. Her real name is either Marjorie or Mary-Jane; Bev can't remember which. Roseanne, as a child, was unable to say the original name and it came out as "My Jackie", which led to her just being called Jackie.
** Also used for DJ
--> "We've been working so much, I feel like we hardly know our kids. I'm starting to forget what 'DJ' stands for."
*** It's "David Jacob", though it almost never comes up after David Healy is introduced (who's also an example, as his name is actually Kevin).
* Turtle on ''{{Entourage}}''. His first name (Sal) was not revealed until season five.
* Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, Walter '[[HypercompetentSidekick Radar]]' O'Reilly and 'Trapper' John [=MacIntyre=] from ''Series/{{Mash}}''. Averted with BJ - everyone assumes it's a nickname at first, but he apparently is really named BJ, after his parents Bea and Jay. Maybe. Hawkeye refuses to accept that explanation and demands to know what it really stands for. Instead of standing by his answer, BJ gives the same enigmatic reply from earlier, "Anything you like."
* In the 1988 TV miniseries version of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', the bespectacled leader of the Swiss assassins is simply called "[[ScaryShinyGlasses Gold Glasses]]."
** In Robert Ludlum's original novel his nickname is "the owl." (Or it is implied when a subordinate tells [[BigBad Carlos]] "the owl is dead."
* Hoban Washburn (Wash) and Kaywinnit Lee Frye (Kaylee) of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Even Wash's own wife never calls him Hoban.
* Bubbles from TrailerParkBoys. His real name his never given on the show (and one episode confirms that Bubbles is a nickname given to him in childhood). It's especially comical when he's arrested or in court and they still only call him Bubbles.
** There's also Shitty Bill, who's never given a last name (like almost all the characters on the show sans the Leahey clan), and mostly goes by Shitty.
* Coach in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
** Somewhat parodied when Coach answers the phone, and when the person on the other end asks for Ernie Pantusso, he asks where that person is. Sam Malone says "That's you, Coach," at which point Coach gets back on the phone and says "Speaking!"
* Dorothy 'Ace' [=McShane=] in ''Series/DoctorWho''; Thomas Hector 'Hex' Schofield and Fitzgerald 'Fitz' Kreiner (to the point a regular character said she'd thought "Fitz" was his surname for a long time, having never heard his full name) in the ExpandedUniverse.
** Hell, the Doctor himself. Consider how unlikely it is that "The Doctor" is written on his birth certificate.
** Even the surname [=McShane=] comes from the ExpandedUniverse; in the series Ace admits her real name is Dorothy when she's introduced, and is just "Ace" from then on.
** There's also "Dodo" Dorothea Chaplet, Romanadvoratrelundar, who's only ever called "Romana" once she's introduced herself fully in her first scene, and "Peri" Perpugilliam Brown.
** The DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse also gives us Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Roslyn "Roz" Forrester, Samantha "Sam" Jones, Beatrice "Trix" Macmillan, Destriianatos (Destrii) and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem). (Bernice "Benny" Surprise Summerfield and Charlotte "Charley" Pollard are arguable cases, since both have their original names used with some regularity.)
** Subverted with the character of Bannakaffalatta from Voyage of the Damned: he vehemently rejects any attempt to give him a more manageable nickname and insists everyone says the whole thing.
** Also the Master and most of the other renegade Time Lords.
** And Amelia 'Amy' Pond.
** "A Good Man Goes to War" features the Thin One and the Fat One, an Anglican married couple, as part of the episode's ChurchMilitant enemy. "We're the thin, fat, gay, married, Anglican marines. Why would we need names as well?"
** "River Song" is actually the nickname of [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Melody Pond]], (translated into the language of the Gamma Forest).]] Even after this is discovered, everyone ''still'' refers to her as River. [[spoiler: Including Amy and Rory, her ''parents''.]].
** Captain Jack Harkness. Stole his name in the 1940's on the grounds that [[AwesomeMcCoolName it sounded cool]]. Even he might not remember his real name. Certainly, no one else does. Except possibly for Gray.
* Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and James "Sawyer" Ford in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Locke, Ben and Juliet are the only ones who call them by their real names.
** In later seasons, Sawyer is almost exclusively called James [[spoiler: or Jim, when he's working for DHARMA in the 1970's. The fact that he ''doesn't'' use the name "Sawyer" there plays into a scene in "He's Our You"]].
* Screech was almost never referred to as Samuel Powers on ''SavedByTheBell'', even by teachers.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', '''everyone''' refers to the female in the team as "Thirteen". Her real name was shrouded in mystery, until later episodes when her name was revealed to be [[spoiler:Remy Hadley]].
-->'''Cuddy''': Dr. Hadley!
-->'''House''': See? She doesn't even know your name.
* One ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' episode introduced Greg's regular poker buddies, including one who had only ever been referred to by generic nicknames for years because ''everyone had forgotten his name''. If they ever knew it in the first place.
* Cappie (and many other Kappa Taus) in ''{{Greek}}''. Beaver's real name is Walter and the series finale reveals [[spoiler: Cappie's full name is Captain John Paul Jones.]]
* One-shot character One-nad from ''Oliver Beene''. Real name was Walter.
* Cory in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Nobody, not even his wife, knows his real name is Cornelius.
** Also, the recurring tough-guy character named Harley is revealed in one episode to be really named Harvey.
* Some say that he couldn't believe we hadn't mentioned him yet, so he wrote this himself, and that if his real name were known, we'd be able to uncover the secrets of the universe. All we know is, [[TopGear he's called The Stig.]]
** Some say his first name really is 'The'....
* The Cat in ''Series/RedDwarf'' is only known as "Cat", but as Lister admitted, he doesn't have a name (or he has one he never bothered to divulge).
** In the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', it's explained that the Cat can't grasp the concept of ''needing'' a name; everyone should just know who he is.
* ''GeneralHospital'': Lucas Lorenzo "Lucky" Spencer, Jr. Mainly to differentiate him from his more famous father, the male half of the [[UrExample original]] SuperCouple.
* A famous one would be Commander Montgomery Scott on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Everybody just calls him "Scotty". Also Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" [=McCoy=].
* John "J.D." Dorian in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Only his brother and (late) father call him "Johnny". [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The]] [[AlmightyJanitor Janitor]], whose name we still don't know, although that's more because every time he reveals it, the audience is quickly led to believe he was lying. Turk arguably gets it worse than J.D. ([[RunningGag Being called girls' names not withstanding]]), since only his biological family & his superiors in surgery call him Chris or Christopher, but Dr. Kelso got drunk at his wedding to Carla (Who still calls him by his [[LastNameBasis last name]] after the wedding) & subsequently thought his name was ''Turk Turkleton'' & called him that for the rest of the series, with some people picking up on it & calling him by that name on occasion.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', the real first names of Gob Bluth, Buster Bluth, and Maeby Funke are given all of ''once'' in the entire series, during the pilot (George Oscar, Byron, and Mae, respectively). Most viewers probably forget that the latter two are nicknames, to the point that in season 4 when Michael finds a note from "George" his mother [[AsYouKnow reminds him (and therefore the audience)]] that this is Gob's real name.
* Mr. Big on ''SexAndTheCity''. We don't learn his first name until the last shot of the series, or his full name until TheMovie. [[spoiler: John James Preston.]]
* ''Series/That70sShow'': "Hello, my name is Fez." Also Reginald "Red" Forman.
** That would be "Fes", for foreign exchanhe student.
* Detective Constable Alfred "Tosh" Lines in ''Series/TheBill''. After his first two or three episodes, nearly everybody just refered to him as "Tosh".
* Seymour of ''Series/BurnNotice'' has a henchman whom he only ever refers to as "[[MeaningfulName Jackass]]."
* Ned in ''PushingDaisies'', although as [[NoNameGiven that's the only name we're given for him]] besides "the pie maker", it's possible that it's actually his birth name rather than an abbreviation.
* Even in the credits of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', Tory's name is given as "Tory Belleci". His real first name is Salvatore.
** According to ThatOtherWiki, Jamie Hyneman is "James" on his birth certificate.
* ''HancocksHalfHour'' featured a story called ''The Reunion'' of Hancock's old army buddies, "Ginger" Johnson, "Chalky" White, "Smudger" Smith and "Kippers" Hancock. Smith arrives first.
-->'''Smith''': I'd rather you didn't call me "Smudger", it's not the sort of name I'd like to get known at the bank.
-->'''Hancock''': But...it's your name! You haven't got another one, have you?
-->'''Smith''': Erm, yes...Clarence.
-->'''Sid James''': ''(Characteristic cackle)'' Clarence!
* Many characters in ''Series/TheSopranos'' are referred to by nicknames (Big Pussy, Junior, etc.).
* Alluded: We don't know Kramer's first name until season six of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. It's Cosmo. Also, in the episode when Elaine finds the "Bizarro Jerry", Bizarro Jerry introduces one of his friends by saying, "And this guy, we just call Feldman."
* In ''PunkyBrewster'', the title character's real name is Penelope.
* An episode of ''SmallWonder'' revealed that Vicki's legal name was Victoria. (The Lawsons probably had to fudge some papers fast.)
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has Coconut Head, Backpack Boy, and Crony, who never have real names given. Billy Loomer and Lisa Zemo are usually referred to by their last names (though that changes for Lisa in the 3rd season). Tracey and Stacey are referred to simply as the Oboe Twins (they both play the oboe), until they get their ADayInTheLimelight episode. And of course, there's Moze (Jennifer Mosely) and Cookie (Simon Nelson Cook).
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie is this, Sophie Devereaux isn't her real name it is merely her favorite of her many assumed identities. Parker also uses the name [[AliceAllusions Alice White]] fairly often and is known by this name to Peggy, her only friend outside the team.
* Nicknames occasionally crop up in reality shows like ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', and people who choose to go by these (like ''Survivor''[='s=] "Dreamz", "Coach", and "Johnny Fairplay") are usually at least a little full of themselves. (We'll give a pass to "Flight Time" and "Big Easy" on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', though, as those are essentially their stage names on their day jobs with the Harlem Globetrotters.)
** In ''Survivor: Nicaragua'', one of the contestants (Judd) was promptly nicknamed "Fabio", eventually getting "Judd" replaced with "Fabio" in the captions and opening credits. If you missed the first episode, you might never know it wasn't his real name.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Sam never gets called by her real name Samantha, Freddie never gets called by his real name Fredward except by his mother, and Sam when she wants to insult him, and Carly is possibly a nickname/short version of Carlotta, Caroline or some other similar, longer name.
** Their principal falls into this too, as he goes by Teddy instead of Tedward.
** In the ''iCarly'' movie ''iDate A Bad Boy'', there's a scene where Sam enters the Shays' house and calls for Carly. She says, "Carly? Carly? Carlotta?" So Carly's real name is Carlotta.
* In ''GossipGirl'', everyone calls Nate Archibald's father The Captain... Including Nate.
* DJ Tanner on ''Series/FullHouse''. Her real name is Donna Jo.
* The Fonz, occasionally "Fonzie", on ''HappyDays'' is only seldom referred to by his real name, Arthur Fonzarelli.
** Another ''HappyDays'' example: Potsie. He is virtually never referred to by his given name, Warren.
** Starting in the second season, "Arnold's" was owned by Matsuo Takahashi (played by [[TheKarateKid Pat Morita]]). Everyone calls him "Arnold", however; he jokes that it was easier and cheaper to answer to "Arnold" than to buy the letter signs to rename the MaltShop "Takahashi's".
* Starburns, one of the other students in Señor Chang's Spanish class from ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[CaptainObvious His sideburns are shaped like stars]].
** [[CatchPhrase My name is Alex!]]
* Series/{{Alf}}'s real name is Gordon Shumway. Not that anyone on Earth calls him that.
* C.J. Cregg of ''Series/TheWestWing'' is only rarely called by her full name, which is Claudia Jean. And Percy 'Fitz' Fitzwallace.
** Not precisely this trope, but it's interesting to note that almost every single West Wing character is called by either a diminutive or a nickname: 'Jed' is short for Josiah Edward, Leo for Leopold, Toby for Tobias, Josh for Joshua, Sam for Samuel, Donna for Donnatella, Charlie for Charles, Abbey for Abigail, Will for William, Joey for Josephine, Amy for Amelia, Andi for Andrea, Danny for Daniel, Ellie for Eleanor, Mandy for Madeline, Debbie for Deborah, Ed and Larry for Edward and Lawrence, Cliff for Clifford, Matt for Matthew...the list goes on.
* In one episode of ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank runs into a former associate who's referred to only by nickname (can't remember what it is, Bear or something to that effect). At one point when Olga refers to him by his first name, Frank responds by saying that even the character's mother calls him by his nickname.
* Just about every {{ProfessionalWrestl|ing}}er ever. [[DoNotCallMePaul Has a trope named after]] the two Pauls, TripleH and The Big Show, who only go by their ring names.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** It's not entirely certain whether the Wraith even have names. They certainly don't use them around humans, who wind up calling recurring Wraiths things like "Michael", "Todd", and "Kenny". Strangely, the Wraith sometimes use the human-bestowed names in each other's presence as well.
*** The ExpandedUniverse says that Wraith have names based on how their minds "feel" to each other, which kind of makes sense for a telepathic race. Amusingly, they're under the mistaken impression that human names have a similar meaning.
** Puddle Jumpers. After Sheppard christened it in the pilot, (in reference to a light aircraft and the event horizon of the Stargate), everyone refers to them by that name. The Ancients actually referred to them as "Gate-Ships". Which is what McKay initially called them as well, with no knowledge of the Ancients' name, because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin they're ships that go through the gate]], but Sheppard vetoed this for not being cool enough.
* ''LeaveItToBeaver'' has Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver.
* The Greek, a crime boss on ''TheWire'', whose real name is never revealed. And he's not even Greek.
** There are also a number of characters more commonly known by a street name than by their real name, such as Bodie (real name Preston Broadus), Poot (Malik Carr), Snoop (Felicia Pearson), and Bird (Marquis Hilton). Oddly averted by Marlo Stanfield, the BigBad of the final two seasons; in his first appearance, he's said to have the street handle "Black", but no one ever actually calls him that.
* Following Navy tradition, most of the characters on ''SeaPatrol'' are referred to by their nicknames - Bomber, Spider, Swain. Some of these make sense in context; RO is the Radio Operator, for example. Some, not so much.
* On ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Gilligan, Skipper and The Professor were their names during the run of the show, while Skipper and The Professor had real names which were only said once on the pilot, [[spoiler: Captain Jonas Grumby for Skipper and Roy Hinkley for The Professor]], while Gilligan didn't even have a name. [[spoiler:Sherwood Schwartz has said it's Willy Gilligan while Bob Denver has said it's Gil Egan]]
* On ''TheNanny'', C.C. Babcock is known only by her initials, as is practically her entire family (like G.G. and D.D., and mother B.B.). In the finale, her name is finally revealed to be [[spoiler: Chastity Claire Babcock]].
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Jennifer Jareau is known exclusively as J.J., and TeamMom Aaron Hotchner is almost always called "Hotch" by his teammates.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'' the Mayor is "Fitzy" Fitzgerald.
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', everyone who is on first-name basis with Commander Tucker calls him Trip. His real name is Charles Tucker the Third, the "third" part being where the nickname originated. The ExpandedUniverse novels indicate that even his parents generally use it, which makes sense given that his father had a prior claim to "Charlie" and three generations of Charles Tucker at the same Thanksgiving dinner table would get confusing. Trip also has a younger brother called Bart, which it's reasonable to suppose is short for something or other.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has Ducky. He occasionally goes by Dr. Mallard or Doctor by those who don't know him (or Palmer, out of respect) but for the most part it's simply Ducky. That's because his full name is Dr. ''[[DonaldDuck Donald]]'' Mallard, by the way. The Mallard is also a species of wild duck.
* In the ''Series/TeenWolf'' series, Stiles's real first name is unknown, and allegedly very hard to pronounce. "Stiles" is derived from his last name, Stilinski.
* One ''FreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode involved Will and his grandmother sneaking out of the house and meeting up with an unseen character known only as The Captain who would then drive them to a Heavy D concert.
* In ''Series/TinMan'', the Dorothy expy is known only by her initials "[=DG=]." It's implied in the third act that the "D" really ''does'' stand for "Dorothy" as [[spoiler: she was named for her great-grandmother, Dorothy Gale]].
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' has Gatehouse. Glickman calls him James, but other than that he's universally referred to as Gatehouse -- even by his allies and employers.
* Staff Sergeant Phillip "Hippy" Roper in ''Series/RedCap''. Everyone calls him Hippy, including his superiors, thanks to his unruly hair.
* In ''HaveGunWillTravel'', Paladin isn't the main character's real name. Even people who'd known him since before the Civil War only used that name!
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]] from early ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons. With full names like Farkus Bulkmeier and Eugene Skullovich, you can't blame them much. ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' introduces Skull's son, "Spike", but it isn't clear if that's his real name or a nickname.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', Waldo Brooks is referred to solely as "Dustin."
** Also TJ Johnson of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''/''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and RJ of ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', full names Theodore Jay Jarvis Johnson and Robert James. TJ's full name wasn't even revealed until several years after the fact, during a MilestoneCelebration appearance.
** Several characters in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' only go by aliases, and even ''they'' don't know their actual names: Dr. K, Gem, and Gemma were abducted into a government think tank as kids; while Dillon and [[spoiler:Tenaya]] were mindwiped by the Big Bad.
* Bobby Singer, on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''--a perfectly ordinary nickname, to be sure, but a man in his sixties being referred to by it more or less exclusively is still worth noting. No 'Bob' or 'Rob,' let alone 'Robert' except when someone or something is going 'Robert Singer, I've heard of you,' or similar sentiments.
** Similarly, the only people who call Cas "Castiel" anymore are doing it to be slightly insulting or in an attempt to reinforce the idea that [[OurAngelsAreDifferent he belongs to Heaven, not Earth]] (and specifically not with his TrueCompanions).
* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'' there's Noah "Puck" Puckerman, who has only been addressed by his first name by his mother, and Rachel sometimes. Santana Lopez is from [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Lima Heights]] and [[BadassBoast didn't know her name wasn't "Garbage Face" until she was five]].
* ''Series/BitchinKitchen'''s Yehezkel "The Spice Agent" Mizrahi, only because no-one knows how to pronounce his actual name.
* Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan from ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': D.B. Russell-for obvious reasons, no one calls him Diebenkorn. Except maybe Finn, to tease him once in a while.
* Similarly, Mac Taylor's full name has never been used on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. Everyone just calls him Mac. WordOfGod says it's [[=McCanna=]]
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' Duncan 'Mac' [[=MacLeod=]]and Hugh "Fitz" Fitzcairn.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' has Sgt. "Mac" Macdonald, the guys' superior.
* Spike and Wordy are almost exclusively referred to by their nicknames on ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' rather than as Michaelangelo and Kevin. Plus Juliana is always Jules.
* ''Series/PeepShow'' has Super Hans (an eccentric wannabe musician and drug addict), Big Suze (a tall, posh woman) and Dobby (a proud female geek).
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Up until the season 4 episode "War Stories", none of the other main characters knew that the full name of their boss, Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden, is Albert Jethro.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Mac, whose real name is revealed to be [[McDonalds Ronald McDonald]].
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
** Most of the pilots (basically all who are not part of the main cast) are only referred to by their callsigns.
** Anastasia "Dee" Dualla's first name is only revealed in a short caption when she gives an interview in the episode "Final Cut".
** Callandra "Cally" Henderson Tyrol's full name is only revealed [[spoiler: during her funeral service]] in season four.
* ''MyMadFatDiary'': Chop (real name [[spoiler:Arnold Peters]]) and Danny Two Hats.
** Possibly Tix as well - as we don't know if this is her real name or a nickname.
* We still don't know the full real name of Sarah Walker from Series/{{Chuck}}. In one episode she admitted her first name was Sam, and in another episode that her middle name was Lisa, but her true surname was never revealed. Even after [[spoiler: her marriage to Chuck,]] he still called her Sarah Walker.
* ''WhiteCollar'' has Neal's partner in crime, "Mozzie". It's not until season five that we learn his real name: [[spoiler:Teddy Winters.]]
* On ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', there is Ders, short for Anders.
* In ''Series/HeyDad'', Nudge's real name is Gerald Noritis, but probably even he doesn't remember.
* In ''Series/LondonsBurning'', many of the firefighters are invariably referred to by their nicknames (such as Vaseline, Bayleaf, Sicknote, etc).
* Many of Kelly's boyfriends on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* On ''Series/Coach'' there's Micheal "Dauber" Daubinsky. If you refer to him by his given name in the presence of his boss, Hayden will have no idea who you're talking about.
* In the BBCHistoricalFarmSeries "Tales from the Green Valley", archaelogogist and presenter Peter Ginn is called by his real name in the first episode. After that, everyone - including the narrator - refers to him as "Fonz" or "Fonzy".
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* Due to ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' happening mostly inside the game the characters are playing, this is the case of a large majority of the cast. The real names so far known are those of Fantöm (Max Middle), Arthéon (Stanislas Chatelain), Gaea (Gabrielle Jolivet), Omega Zell (Morgan Lavande), Sparadrap (Kevin Lepape), Golgotha (Catherine Mourru), Ystos (Thomas [[spoiler:Lepape]]), Saphir (Penelope), Couette (Angélique Fleur), Ivy (Fanny Blanchet) and Judge Dead (Théodore Saquebien). The game creator is the only character only called by his real name.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The main character of {{Music/Savatage}}'s ''Music/StreetsARockOpera'' is known only by his drug dealer nickname "DT Jesus". The "DT" stands for both "de-tox" and "downtown". The AllThereInTheManual story provides another nickname unused in the lyrics, "the Savior on Avenue D".
* Ace Frehley, formerly of Kiss. Virtually no one addresses him by his real first name, Paul.
* Korn's bass player, Fieldy. Most people don't know his real name is Reginald Arvizu.
** To a lesser extent, Korn's guitarists James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch.
* EvelynEvelyn is a performance art duo supposedly made up of ConjoinedTwins, both named Evelyn. Their official names are Eva and Lyn Neville, but during their HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood nobody ever bothered to remember which one was which, so the twins themselves can't remember either.
* Canadian SynthRock band TheBirthdayMassacre have stage nicknames; while some members just use their real names (Owen, formerly O-en Falcore and Nate) some band members' real names are not public knowledge (Rainbow and Chibi, as well as former members Aslan and Dank).
* When asked about his name in an interview, Christian Lorenz, keyboardist of Music/{{Rammstein}}, responded that his nickname Flake is his proper name.
* Angel guitarist (and the inspiration for Frank Zappa's song, "Punky's Whips) Punky Meadows. Sounds a lot better than his real first name of Edwin.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Pig-Pen from ''{{Peanuts}}''. Nobody knows his real name; at his first appearance, he actually says: "I haven't got a name... People just call me things... Real insulting things."
** In one strip, Pig-Pen says that everyone calls his dad "Pig-Pen Sr."
** Also from ''{{Peanuts}}'', Rerun Van Pelt. When he is introducing himself to his kindergarten class he reveals that he doesn't even know what his real name is.
** As well: Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt.
* In The Broons, the three youngest kids are called "the twins" and "the bairn". Maybe their parents got tired of naming kids.
* [[{{Popeye}} Thimble Theatre]]: Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom, usually called Swee'pea
** Popeye, upon finding his long-lost father, asks him what their real names are. Pappy doesn't remember.
* Doc Boy from ''{{Garfield}}'' hates being called by his nickname, especially by his older brother Jon, but ironically has no known name.
** Actually, his first few appearances said his name is Doc.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The title characters of several series:
** ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly''
** ''The Whistler''
** ''The Shadow''
** ''Boston Blackie''
* Also, some supporting characters
** Eddie "Rochester" Anderson of ''TheJackBennyShow''
* Columbus "Lum" Edwards of LumAndAbner.
* "[[CatchPhrase I am your host,]] [[Radio/TrueCapitalist the man they call Ghost.]]"
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* The Whisperer in Roleplay/{{Enigma}}. Very few even know what he looks like (or what manner of feline he is), let alone his actual name.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Sky Masterson in ''GuysAndDolls'', called that because nobody bets higher. In the few moments between "My Time Of Day" and "I've Never Been In Love Before," Sky reveals to Sarah his real name, Obediah Masterson, and says she's the first person he ever told it to.
* Little Buttercup in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/HMSPinafore''. Her real name, Mrs. Cripps, appears only in the DramatisPersonae.
* In ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'', Tony addresses his love letters to "Rosabella" because he doesn't know her name. Nobody in the play calls her anything else, until the final scene where she reveals that her real name is (or was) Amy. (In the original straight play, ''They Knew What They Wanted'', Amy is never called Rosabella.)
* "Yank", the protagonist of ''The Hairy Ape'' by Eugene O'Neill. In one of the later scenes, he gives his name as Bob Smith, "but I been just Yank for so long."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* N from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. His real name is actually Natural Harmonia Gropius, but he is only referred to as N in the games.
** Also Looker, a reoccurring International Police agent who first appeared in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'', who is only known by his codename.
* Tails in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. His real name, Miles Prower, usually [[AllThereInTheManual isn't mentioned in the games at all]].
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' did, and was the only game to call him "Tails", the quotes representing the fact that it's not his real name.
** This was a plot point in [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog one of the cartoons]]. Some two-tailed foxes show up claiming to be Tails' parents, and Sonic realizes later they must be fake because they called him "Tails" right off the bat instead of "Miles", when that was a nickname that Sonic gave him.
** Dr. Robotnik gets dubbed by the rest of the ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Adventure|Series}}'' cast as "Dr. Eggman" (which is actually what his name is over in Japan). It's supposed to be an insult (and Robotnik doesn't like it) but by ''Sonic Adventure 2'', he doesn't seem to care. In fact, he refers to himself as "Dr. Eggman" and has ever since, which earns him a spot on this trope.
*** As of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', [[LampshadeHanging nobody calls him Dr. Robotnik anymore]].
* The ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series does this a lot, though in all cases, the character's real name is eventually revealed, or in some cases, revealed first. For example: Apollo Justice in the fourth game is continually referred to as " Herr Forehead" by the prosecution, much to his dismay.
** They have fun with this in the first game, where a screechy old lady is known only as "old bag" the first few times you speak with her. When she's finally called in to court, she introduces herself as Wendy Oldbag.
** The Judge, his brother, Sister Bikini and Valant Gramarye's real names are never revealed.
* The Postal Dude in ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' has no other name. When he pays a traffic ticket in the second game, the cop tells him, "And let that be a lesson to you, Mr.... The Dude."
** The game seems to hint at his full name really being ''The Postal Dude, Jr.''. [[spoiler:Same with his dad - his grave is labeled "T. Dude Sr."]]
* Most of the cast of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has this to varying degrees.
** One character, Beat, will be sent into a rage if anyone actually refers to him by his real name.
*** Except in [[AlternateUniverse Another Day]], where he tries to introduce himself by his real name but changes his mind, presumably because it's too complicated to pronounce.
** Nearly every major character has a nickname; notable exceptions include Shiki, and usually Sanae Hanekoma ('Coffee Dude' and 'Mr. H') Some characters are referred to by title, such as The Composer or The Conductor, but usually only before you find out who they are. Even Shiki's stuffed cat, Mr. Mew, is given a nickname of sorts by the main character - 'Piggy'
* The street fighter (no, not that ''Franchise/StreetFighter'') Shen Woo from ''[[VideoGame/KingOfFighters The King of Fighters 2003]]'' has an unknown real name; "Shen Woo" (roughly translated, it means God of Fighting) is a nickname he picked up while growing up in Shanghai.
** Likewise, if K' (pronounced K-dash) ever had a name other than that before the experiments, it's never come up.
* Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' is only ever known by his code name. In one cutscene, he does get addressed as "Hub," but for all we know, that could just be another nickname.
* "Soap" [=MacTavish=], the British playable character from ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is never given a real name, and all of his squadmates refer to him exclusively by his nickname. Captain Price even points it out in the training mission, remarking, "What kind of a name is 'Soap', anyway?" Presumably, being a SilentProtagonist, Soap wasn't able to correct him. In the sequel he's just Captain [=MacTavish=], but ''Modern Warfare 3'' confirms that Soap's first name is John.
** [[spoiler:Price]] still calls him Soap. Which confuses the hell out of the [=TF141=] RedShirt in the room when you break him out.
--->'''Worm''': Who the hell's Soap?
* Wilhelmina "Billie" Church from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho''. She despises her birth name, as her father, [[spoiler:who, amongst other things, raped her,]] was the only person to use it.
* Nikolai "Sledge" Slidjonovich from ''VideoGame/QuakeIV''. Pretty much every character, except for Strauss, refer to him exclusively by his nickname.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', John-117 and Thel 'Vadam are better known by their rank/titles: the Master Chief and the Arbiter.
** The Master Chief is sometimes referred to by his designation number in-game, and Cortana calls him John at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} 4]]''. Other than that, information pertaining to either of their names is found only in supplemental material.
** The protagonists of ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' are respectively referred to in-game only as "The Rookie" and "Noble Six"; while ''ODST'''s website reveals that the former has the initials "J.D.", the latter is simply known as "SPARTAN-B312".
* Lady in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' is only called her real name, Mary, by her father [[spoiler:Arkham]] on three occasions. By the end of the game, she's abandoned her name altogether.
* Lady in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: From The New World'' is actually [[spoiler: Grace Garland, Johnny's sister]]. Killer, from the same game, would probably be closer to EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep.
* Shadow in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. His real name is Clyde, [[spoiler:with most [[{{Fanon}} people believing]] his last name is "Arrowny"]], but it's never used outside of flashbacks.
* The ninja in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' goes by Edge utterly and exclusively. Considering his real name is [[spoiler:Edward '''Geraldine''']], one can't really blame him.
* When you first recruit him in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Red XIII more or less tells you to call him whatever the hell you want. It's not until later on that he tells you his real name is [[spoiler:Nanaki]], but even afterward he's still called whatever you named him.
* Similarly to Red XIII's case, Garnet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is introduced by her given name, but once she goes incognito, the player chooses a new one, by which she is called almost exclusively for the rest of the game, even long after she's come out of hiding.
** This trope is zigzagged by the fandom; many players keep the name "Garnet" when she goes incognito because they think it's a much better name than "Dagger," which is her stock alias. Later, however, you find out that this still counts; [[spoiler: Garnet isn't her real name either. It's Sarah.]]
* There's also Lightning in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', her real name is revealed late game to be [[spoiler:Claire Farron]].
* Due to HelloInsertNameHere, the commentators in ''BackyardSports'' only refer to custom players by their nicknames.
* Likewise, the protagonists of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games are only known by their RedBaron nicknames in the subsequent games: the Eternal Champion in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', the Agent in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Nerevarine in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Champion of Cyrodiil in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and Dovahkiin in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Jethro]] "Jet" Bradley in ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]''. In the spin-off comic, he even insists the psychiatrist call him "Jet."
* In MegaManBattleNetwork, [[spoiler:MegaMan.exe's real name is Hub Hikari]]. ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' excised this part of his character.
* Both Brooklyn Luckfield and Ricarla Borgnine of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' are only ever addressed as "Bullet" and "Carla", respectively. In the case of the former, Bullet prefers people address him as such; for Carla, it's perhaps a case of "it's easier to say your name that way".
* An unnamed tavern/sauna owner in ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure 2'' is known in the fan community as "Masher". This is because when the player attempts to enter the women's sauna, one woman yells out "Masher!", which is a little known slang word a sexual pervert.
* Four of the seven playable characters in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''-- Marle, Frog, Robo, and [[spoiler: Magus]]-- go by pseudonyms (unless the player [[HelloInsertNameHere gives them their real names instead]]. [[spoiler: They are, respectively, Princess Nadia Guardia, Sir Glenn, R-66Y a.k.a. Prometheus, and Prince Janus Zeal.]]
* Virtually every character in the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series uses a pseudonym, often a code name chosen by the character or a superior. This phenomenon is referenced explicitly in the first game when Meryl asks Solid Snake his name, and he answers that, after a week on the battlefield, "no one has a name". Several characters' real names have been revealed, but they may also be pseudonyms, such as Big Boss's supposed real name [[spoiler:John Doe]]. Snake in particular is only referred to by his real name of David twice in the whole series.
* Lord Roth from ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', whose title is bestowed upon him for his accomplishments. His aide Nele calls him "Hartwig" on multiple occasions, but it is never known whether it is part of his real name or just another nickname.
* La Volpe (The Fox) from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. The novelisation ''Renaissance'' gives him the name Gilberto, but this has not made it to game-level canon.
* Ratohnhaké:ton from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is known to everyone as Connor, as his name is difficult to pronounce. This has been lampshaded by no less than two people in game.
* Lots and lots of these guys in VideoGame/{{STALKER}}. To name a few from across the series (retrieved from the [[http://stalker.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page STALKER wiki]]), namely those from ''Call of Pripyat''; [[PosthumousCharacter Barge]], [[BadassBeard Be]][[WastelandElder a]][[TheBartender rd]], [[CowboyCop Gro]][[AnimalThemeNaming se]], [[TheFaceless Griz]][[AnimalThemeNaming zly]], [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Bl]][[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Colors}} a]][[TheFaceless ck]], [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Ha]][[HitmanWithAHeart tc]][[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Weapons}} h]][[TheFaceless et]], [[NewAgeRetroHippie Haw]][[ShopKeeper aiian]], [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Ho]][[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Weapons}} o]][[TheFaceless k]], [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Ja]][[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Animal}} ck]][[TheFaceless al]], [[PosthumousCharacter Joker]], [[{{Outlaw}} Knu]][[DumbMuscle ckles]], [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Sk]][[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast u]][[TheFaceless ll]], [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Weapons}} Sledge]][[TheFaceless hammer]], [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Rid]][[TheFaceless ge]], [[BadassDriver Scout]], [[KnowledgeBroker Ow]][[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Animal}} l]], [[IntrepidMerchant Nimble]], [[TheEngineer Nit]][[GadgeteerGenius ro]], [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Weapons}} Ma]][[TheFaceless ce]], [[DyingClue Splinter]], [[DirtyCoward Snag]], [[TheMedic Bonesetter]], [[TheAce Spart]][[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous acus]], [[TheFaceless Spirit]], [[{{Outlaw}} Sul]][[ManipulativeBastard tan]], [[RetiredBadass Trap]][[TheHunter per]] and [[EmbarrassingNickname Tuna]]. And that's just one of the so far three games.
* Very many people in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''. For one, Mike Thorton is stated to be a nickname/alias, and the main character's true name is never revealed. Albatross, Sis and SIE are some other examples.
* VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss has a few
** Tear: Mysterica
** Guy: Gailardia
** Van: Vandelseca
** Three of the God-Generals
*** Dist: Saphir
*** Legretta: [[spoiler:Giselle]]
*** Largo: [[spoiler: Badaq]]
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has its protagonist referred to only as "Starkiller", his codename. This is a plot point in the novelization, as not even Starkiller himself knows his real name until late in the story, where it is revealed as [[spoiler:Galen Marek]].
* VideoGame/TexMurphy, given his nickname as a kid due to the shape of a hole he left in the ceiling after being ejected off a malfunctioning hobby horse. We never do find out his real first name.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', apparently neither Isabela nor Anders are known by their real name. WordOfGod states that Anders is apparently called that because he is [[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/304/index/6511895/3 from the Anderfels]], while Isabela's real name, and the reason she goes by "Isabela", is simply [[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/141/index/5118004%26lf%3D8/1#5120696 unknown]]. Fenris from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is only known by a nickname for the bulk of the game; his real name ([[spoiler:Leto]]) is revealed in his personal quest in Act 3, and he subsequently orders everyone not to call him that, because "Fenris" is the only life he can remember.
** [[spoiler: "''Those Who Speak''" recently revealed Isabela's birth-name to have been "Naishe", but she stopped going by it after her mother sold her into slavery when she refused to join her in converting to the Qun. As such, Isabela considers "Naishe" to have [[ThatManIsDead died a long time ago]].]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has the head of Cerberus, an elusive and secretive figure only known as "The Illusive Man".
** The tie-in comic series ''Mass Effect: Evolution'' reveals that his name is [[spoiler:Jack Harper]].
** To the people of Omega, [[spoiler:Garrus Vakarian]] is known only as [[VigilanteMan Archangel]].
* The main characters in ''VideoGame/PaydayTheHeist'' are only known by their on-the-job aliases: Chains, Hoxton, Dallas and Wolf. Due to their line of work, this combines with DoNotCallMePaul in order to maintain their anonymity.
** Due to various - mostly out-of-game - reasons, the people portraying Chains and Hoxton didn't reprise their roles in the sequel. Even though this necessitated the (unchanged) masks being inherited by new members to the team - such as Hoxton now being an American - the four aliases don't change.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', Starlow's name is mentioned maybe three times: the prologue, the ending, and when she runs into Peach almost exactly halfway between. By the time you hear it again, you're probably long into the habit of just calling her "Chippy".
* All ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' protagonists are known by a specific nickname given to them, since the player picks their actual name. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' had the Vault Dweller, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' had The Chosen One, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' had the Lone Wanderer and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' had the Courier.
** It's more common then you'd expect in ''Fallout'' games, actually. Fallout: New Vegas has Rose of Sharon Cassidy, better known as Cass, [[spoiler: Edward Sallow, aka Caesar]], most of Caesar's Legion does this, with Joshua Graham being one of the few exceptions.
* In ''VideoGame/OddworldStrangersWrath'', the main character is only ever known as "Stranger", with his real name never being revealed. This is probably intentional on Stranger's part as [[spoiler:he's a Steef (a centaur-like creature), and does everything he can to keep it a secret. This includes running around with two legs bound together, and being prepared to undergo (most likely complicated and ''unanesthetized'') surgery.]]
* From ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV'' comes a pilot by the callsign of "Seether". His record was blanked by Confed, and the only person who recognized him by his [[ExplosivePropulsion Mine shockwave riding trick]] couldn't remember his real name, so his callsign is the only identifier.
* The protagonist of the American campaign in ''Videogame/BattleZone1998'' is referred to only by his call sign, (Cmdr) Grizzly One, while all the ''other'' characters are named. The protagonist in the Soviet campaign is only ever called "Comrade". The sequel, ''Battlezone II: Combat Commander'' averts this, naming the new protagonist - Lt. John Cooke.
* B.B., one of Max's two contacts after he goes undercover in the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' game. Max lampshades it when he meets him in person for the first time in the third act:
-->'''Max:''' Right, what's it stand for anyway? [[spoiler:[[BigBadFriend Backstabbing]] [[TheMole Bastard]]?]]
* A fair sum of ''Videogame/PunchOut'' characters are only known by their stage names while the others have short versions of their names (for example "Joe" is rarely someone's full name).
* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', the main character is always referred to as Douchebag by the boys, no matter [[HelloInsertNameHere what you put down as his name]]. Later on, he can upgrade this to Sir Douchebag or Commander Douchebag.
* The title character of ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'' is only referred to by his codename.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* All the Servants in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' continue using only their class names long after their true identities are revealed. It can be a bit awkward to refer to an apparently teenaged girl by the term 'Saber.' The only one who is commonly referred to by name is Gilgamesh, who is often called Archer by Saber.
* M in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' is never called anything but that. [[spoiler:He claims not to actually have a name. If he had a name, it would be James.]]
* Ciel in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Her real name is Elesia, which is referenced roughly equally relating to her as to her Nightmare in Kagetsu Tohya: One scene.
* The servants in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' are all referred to by names ending with the character for "sound" (pronounced "on", "non" or "ne"). Shannon's actual name is Sayo, and Kanon's is Yoshiya. [[spoiler: And then there's the servant who is only known as Yasu. [[AmbiguousGender His/her]] full name is confirmed in the manga to be Sayo Yasuda, further establishing that Shannon and Yasu are the same person.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Redcloak from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. He gives himself and his one-eyed brother Righteye easy-to-remember nicknames after witnessing their soon-to-be-partner Xykon murdering a lizardman for having an [[TheUnpronounceable Unpronounceable]] OverlyLongName. Sort of evolves into a MeaningfulRename over time.
* "Fox" Maharassa of ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'' [[BerserkButton reacts with violence]] to being called by his real name -- "Kailen". WordOfGod is that this is due to years of having to listen to people mispronounce it (it's supposed to be something like "Ka-ee-len", not "Kay-len".)
* Riff from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is actually named "Riffington." No one except his mother has ever actually called him that, except to tease him.
* Syrus "The Virus" Zuviel in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' is generally only referred to as Virus, unless the person referring to him is either far lower-ranking or far higher-ranking.
** Ryoushi Nekittou ("Rogue") is only called Ryoushi by other Daemon Hunters.
* Smic from ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'' is known to all, including his girlfriend, as Smic, which is an abbreviation, apparently, of Strange Man in Cupboard. His real name is Sir Reginald Vladimir Gregory Maximillian Augustus Posthumus Alexander Nicholas Derby, the third Earl of Derbyshire. Apprerently the name Smic was adopted for convenience.
* ''Webcomic/PathToGreaterGood'' - the mannequin-like creature which apparently saved Tobi writes "3" as its answer to any question... so that's what Tobi calls it.
* In ''Webcomic/SoDamnBright'', Anxiety's name is actually Ana Cortez, but "only relatives are allowed to call [her] that."
* [[Webcomic/CrowbarBenson "Crowbar" Benson]]. His real first name is unknown to readers, due to the fact that he is only ever referred to by his nickname.
* K from ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}''. Her full name is unknown to the readers, and even to her boyfriend.
* [=PeeJee=] from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive,'' whose real name is Penelope Jennifer Shou. Aubrey and Jason's daughter, Pamela Joycelyn Chorde, is called [=PamJee=] or "Little [=PeeJee=]" after her.
** [[OverlyLongName Shazam Wil-Wheaton Dowden-Patel's]] name is usually shortened either some variant of his first name (usually by his father) or middle name (by his mother).
* Vauxhall from ''Webcomic/ATaleOfFiction'' is known only as 'Room' to his roommate Harper for a very long time.
* In GeneralProtectionFault, Jason "Fooker" Barker is initially known only by his nickname to Ki until she interviews at GPF.
* Vulture of ''Webcomic/MyLifeAtWar'' (at least we think that isn't his given name) and to a lesser extent Big Al.
* Used as a major plot point when [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Teddy Weddy]] becomes a character in OneOverZero, as speaking his real name will awaken him from the dead. [[spoiler:He finally comes alive when Zadok realizes his real name was Theodore.]]
* A variation in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Jade's penpal ([[spoiler: Jake English]]) was only known by his initial, J. After his full name was revealed, J itself turned out to be a nickname for him from one of his friends. Similarly, other characters referred to [[spoiler: Roxy Lalonde]] and [[spoiler: Dirk Strider]] by [[LastNameBasis their last names]], their initials, [[spoiler: Ro-Lal for Roxy and Di-Stri and Bro for Dirk]] before their proper introductions. This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the narration.
** As revealed on [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005520 this page]], "Doc Scratch" is only a nickname.
** "Lord English" is likewise pointed out to just be a title, and is what the character was known as for the majority of the comic. His true name is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:Caliborn]].
* Shroomy is the only ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' character whose real name doesn't show up in the official [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/newbiestuff/electricwonderland.html bios]].
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', the title character is only known by his nickname. He once [[https://twitter.com/CommanderKitty/status/3564273957 tried]] to reveal his real one on [[CharacterBlog Twitter]], [[TheUnreveal only to run out of space]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Life}}'', the male lead is not actually named Edward -- but Felicia, and everyone who knows him through Felicia, calls him that.
* Shadowpalm in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' is an example played for laughs. When your [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 1709 year old brother]], who has known you his entire life, doesn't even know your real name, you qualify.
* There is a minor villain in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'', who introduced herself as "Odile", when she debuted in an arc based heavily on ''Theatre/SwanLake'' (and ''{{Film/Inception}}'') so this isn't her name, it was her [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep part]]. She kept the name for convenience later so it's more this trope nowadays.
* ''Webcomic/{{Karin-dou 4koma}}'': Inukai Suzume is almost exclusively known by her [[PunnyName punny nickname]], Catherine ("[[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid Fire-bird-dog]]" —> "Ka-Tori-Inu" —> "Catherine")
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': Buddy Champ Oven...sorta. [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep That's actually his]] [[RuleOfFunny full name.]] [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/05/23 Blame his dad Joseph.]]
* Amical, Curio, Adrestia and Flux from [[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]] are only known by their Mage names.
* In ''Webcomic/GoGetARoomie'' Roomie and WOC have not had their real names revealed to date.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' has some minor examples:
** Zii notes in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_just_blew_it an early strip]] that her real name is Suzi, but nobody ever calls her that. Strictly speaking, "Zii" is just a contraction of her real name, but it's unusual enough to count.
** Everybody calls [=DiDi=] solely by that nickname -- except Sandra, who usually calls her Desirée. Again, "[=DiDi=]" is a sort of contraction of her real name, but it's both slightly unusual and [[GagBoobs highly descriptive]].
** A one-character-only version; Gary was originally referred to by Yuki solely as "Violator-San". However, after he gave her flowers (made out of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mushrooms]] and drum sticks), she started [[FirstNameBasis calling him by his real name]]. [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20110407.html Or not.]]
* Zig Zag from SabrinaOnline has only got angry a few times, one of which was when Sabrina addressed her as 'Miss Zumbrowski'. She very firmly established that her name is ''Zig Zag'', and that Zumbrowski was just the name she gave the IRS.
** She seems to have got it changed by deed poll. Later in a courtroom a lawyer questions the fact that they're calling her Zig Zag and she states she "...has the paperwork and everything".
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-2-page-19 "Sarin" was a nickname given to a poisonous bully of a child at an orphanage]] -- and although Sarin [[HeelFaceTurn learned better than to continue being that person]], she never actually told anyone her birth name until [[spoiler:[[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-17-page-45 she proposed to Mori]]]] (and she still goes by 'Sarin').
* In ''Webcomic/TheSilverEye'', Melete Dolan is referred to as "Blue" or "Blue Dolan" by everyone except Bhatair.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', [[BestKnownForTheFanservice Porn Girl]] is always "Porn Girl". For that matter, [[MysteriousEmployer Mr. Administrator]] [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep seems to be the only one of the main cast]] who isn't TheDanza.
* Sarge of Machinima/RedVsBlue. (Although this later turns out to be a case of HisNameReallyIsBarkeep.) Also Doc, Sister, and all of the Freelancers.
* [[WebVideo/RedPandaAdventures The Red Panda]] is never referred to by his real name, even in his secret identity.
* Does [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Captain Hammer]] have a civilian name? Who knows?
* In ''WebVideo/TheGuild'', most of the characters prefer to be addressed by the names they use in the game they all play. We, the audience, still don't know the real name of Tinkerballa, a.k.a. Tink.
** Spoiler! As of season 5, we do. It's [[spoiler: April Lou, which is why she hid it.]]
* Several WebVideo/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum agents work this way, picking [[AwesomeMcCoolname whatever sounds cool]]. Agents adopted from badfics also tend to have to change their names. Within RealLife this is because of copyright issues in case the badfic author sees it and gets annoyed, and within the canon the characters tend not to want to be reminded of their badfic-related pasts.
* Everyone in The Literature/BinderOfShame is known by a [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]], to protect their real-life identities.
* Calling [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] "Ben" is good way to piss him off.
* In WebVideo/PhilthonJones, it's always "Jones", never James.
* The [[LetsPlay Let's Players]] of LetsPlay/TippingForties have all taken to using their real names rather than online handles with the exception of Micheal aka bandunk, who is generally referred to as bandunk with the exception to the OnceAnEpisode greeting.
** Conversely, the LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts all call each other by their respected handles (Maxwell Adams, Evek, Ferr, and pipes!!). Of course, every once in a while, they'll slip up (either in a moment of IsThisThingStillOn? for Evek or {{Angrish}} for pipes!!), and that's when their UStream erupts in chatter.
* WebVideo/EpicMealTime's Muscles Glasses.
* Abused in the MSFHighForum, with [=NPCs=] of Mitchell. There's a good reason, though. He's terrible with names!
** Examples include Snuggles, the hug-happy Kappa; Apprentice, the apprentice demonslayer; and The Mysterious Deviling, a Deviling cowgirl.
* The Mallers from WereAlive seem fond of this. Latch, Scratch, Bricks, and Puck are all nicknames or may be nicknames. The Colony also has Gatekeeper who names himself after whatever job he has at the time.
* On the game music podcast NitroGameInjection, co-host Suraida never goes by her real name on the air.
* Odd example in Website/SomethingAwful's Spring/Summer[[WebcomicTime (/Fall/Winter]] 2011) Ghost Story Thread: The [[http://nothotbutspicy.com/para/50fa3/ "Site Kilo-29"]] (finished on SA) and [[http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3402557&userid=64773 "Cursed Snoopy"]] (after the pictures; apparently abandoned?) epics by users 50 Foot Ant and[=OneWhiteWhisker=]. Because these eerie stories are framed as actual events, they're always referred to as Fifty or Sgt. Ant and Whisker (son of Mr. and Mrs. White) by characters within the story but only as covers for their real names. Which makes the time when Sgt. Ant actually shouts [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I AM THE FIFTY FOOT ANT!"]] extra hilarious ("Sgt. Ant, are you calling yourself an ant?").
* In the WebSerialNovel ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'', Lady Gray is almost never addressed as anything else, except the occasional derivative (e.g. "Your Ladyship"). Her surly companion Sabastian is possibly the only person in the world who is aware that she has any other name, at least until narrator Tobiah overhears him use it.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/LovelaceOneTwo'' is named Andrea Gannett-Moore, but everyone -- students and teachers alike -- calls her Andi.
* [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Bunny-in-her-Proper-409443930 Bunny]] is, well, referred to as, well, Bunny but, according to [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:bunny-rabbitwright her profile]], her real name is Ethelinda Berniece Rabbitwright. However, her real name or rather shorter forms of her name have been mentioned in some stories. Naturally, people merely refer to her as "Bunny" or, as Toki or Doki calls her, Usagi.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Krusty, Sideshow Mel and Sideshow Bob of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' might be borderline examples of this; while they do have full names (Krusty's is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski, Mel's is Melvin Van Horne and Bob's is Robert Underdunk Terwilliger), they're rarely used on the show (and as far as I know Krusty's ''full'' name is never used; the most we hear is Herschel Krustofski).
** We're forgetting the most important one: Bartholomew "Bart" Simpson.
** Margaret "Maggie" Simpson and Marjorie "Marge" Simpson.
** Comic Book Guy was given the canon name Jeff Albertson in "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass", but you'd be forgiven for not knowing it. The subtitles for the 20[superscript:th] season [=DVD=] box set label him simply "Jeff". Interestingly, voice actor Hank Azaria has stated that the person upon whom he based Comic Book Guy's voice was a college dorm mate that everyone knew as "F".
* El Toro in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. "El Toro Fuerte" is the full name, though this may not be his real name. While we're on subject, how about Uncle?
* In a couple of Creator/{{Disney}} examples, there are many characters who are never given real names, even in their originally fairy tale format. Disney/SnowWhite, was she given that name at birth or was it given to her because of her beauty as she aged? Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s name was given to her by her step-sisters (she was the cinder girl). On the surface, [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] appears to be named after his scar, but [[AllThereInTheManual in the novel series, it shows his given name was Taka]], though that isn't much better, as it's Swahili for dirt/trash. His parents obviously loved him. Not!
** On the subject of Snow White, the originally printed fairy tale had her mother bleeding three drops of blood onto the snow right about the time of/as conception, and named her thus.
** Some authors attribute Cinderella the name "Ella", but most usually continue to call her Cinderella regardless.
** [[Disney/LadyAndTheTramp Tramp's]] name seems rather strange. [[JustifiedTrope He is a homeless stray though, so he probably named himself, since no human named him.]]
** Disney/{{Dumbo}}'s name is actually Jumbo Jr. He doesn't seem to mind the cruel nickname he spends most of the movie with, but his mother certainly does.
* "That Guy" from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Futurestock". WordOfGod says his real name is Steve Castle.
** There's also Nibbler. Who, for brevity's sake, goes by Nibbler because, as he puts it, "In the time it would take to pronounce one letter of my true name, a trillion cosmoses would flair into existence and sink into eternal night."
** Bender Bending Rodríguez a.k.a. Bending Unit 22
** "Clamps" is revealed in "Silence of the Clamps" as Francis X. Clampazzo. It would be interesting if the X is for Xavier, to make him named after the founder of the Jesuits.
* Frankie (Francis Foster) and Bloo (Blooregard Q. Kazoo) from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' are almost always referred to by their respective nicknames by everyone. This is generally self-imposed though, due to their silly names.
** And justified at least in Bloo's case, since he was made up and given that name by Mac, when latter was three years old. Nobody would stick to a name a very little kid gave him.
** Notably, [[AntiquatedLinguistics Mister Herriman]] does not abide by this, and calls them "Miss Francis" and "Master Blooregard," respectively.
* Double D (Eddward) from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is referred to that way by everyone bar his parents, due to being best friends with two guys with incredibly similar names.
** Also Eddy's brother is only referred to as such, even in the credits for TheMovie. Despite rumors, the creators haven't really given him a name as of now.
** Both Ed and Eddy count too, for the same reason as Double D - they're all named "Ed(d)ward".
* Pickles in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''
** At least we assume it's a nickname. In a world where Murderface's last name REALLY IS Murderface, it's possible that's his birth name (his parents and brother have been in the show several times and have only called him that).
* Shaggy (Norville Rogers) in ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''
** Scooby as well. In at least some incarnations it's short for Scoobert.
* [[ProfessionalKiller Combustion Man]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', whose name Sokka made up. He has a real name, but it is never revealed. Zuko knows it, but doesn't divulge it; when Sokka calls him Combustion Man, Zuko replies, "Well, that's not his name, but--" before getting interrupted.
** A lot of the people in Jet's gang ([[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Duke]], Pipsqueak, Longshot, Sneers).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', apparently ''everyone'' in the Autobot military goes by a nickname given to them by their drill sergeant. For example, one bot was shown to be good with stingers (small, electric weapons), he was named "Wasp", and when a certain yellow bot fails to show him up with the same weapon, he's considered a bumbler, and from that he gets the name "[[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]]".
** Most of the Transformers in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' are assumed to be going by nicknames they made up based on their alt-modes (Rattrap, Cheetor, Scorponok, etc). This got somewhat confusing when comics were made about them before they gained their alt-modes, which took pains to avoid mentioning their in-series names (at least, for characters who chose their new names onscreen).
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Unlike on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', the heroes never call each other by their civilian names as seen in the comics (which has led to much debate among fans as to ''which'' of the many boys who have filled the role of Robin is the Robin on ''Teen Titans''). The only exceptions (unless you count Cyborg using his last name, "Stone", as an alias while going undercover in season 3) are Beast Boy and Starfire, both called their real names by relatives. If you're wondering, their names are Garfield Logan and Koriand'r, respectively. Raven, well, that's actually her given name.
** Although one could probably speculate that because Larry, the Robin fanboy from another dimension, has a real name of Nosyarg Kcid ([[SdrawkcabName Dick Grayson backwards]]), and he and Robin share DNA...
** It's actually a little creepy that they never use their real names. Starfire's a translation and B.B. appears to be fleeing the onus of [[EmbarrassingFirstName Garfield]], but this would imply Dick doesn't trust the rest of the team enough for them to know his real name and Cyborg has emotionally distanced himself from "Victor Stone".
* Similarly, Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is only seen and referred to by his superhero identity. However, this only applies to him; all of the other superheroes are often seen as their secret identities and called by their real names. This is even reflected in the credits, as everyone else is credited as "Superhero name/SecretIdentity" (e.g. Jaime Reyes/The ComicBook/BlueBeetle) but he's just credited as "Batman".
** That is until "Chill of the Night!" when Bats confronts Joe Chill, and declares, "I...am Bruce Wayne!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', everyone refers to the title character's sister as D.W., when her real name is Dora Winifred (after her grandmother). This is lampshaded in a later episode when she goes missing in the White House.
--> '''Dad''' Her name is D.W.
--> '''White House Guard''' That's it? Initials? You didn't give the kid a full name?
** Also, there's the Brain. His real name is Alan. His classmates are often confused when he is called this.
** There's also Mary Alice "Muffy" Crosswire and Shelley "Binky" Barnes.
* TJ from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. The T is for Theodore; the J apparently stands for an EmbarrassingMiddleName.
** It's Jasper.
** Spinelli is known by her last name, but that's because her first name is Ashley and in the ''Recess'' world, the Ashleys are a group of shallow {{Valley Girl}}s, and Spinelli is a tomboy who hates girly things.
* Ferb from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb.'' It's short for--[[TheUnReveal oh, there's that thing I was looking for]].
** Given a ContinuityNod later when his ''sister'' admits she doesn't know.
* Presto from the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon series. His nickname precedes the kids' journey into the Realm.
* Megan, Christopher and Stewart in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** Meg's been called Megan a few times, mostly early on. Then again, "A Fistful of Meg" implied her real name was [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]] after Peter wrote it on her birth certificate.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has Leopold "Butters" Stotch.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt. Lucky got his nickname from an incident at Costco when he'd injured himself tripping on pee-pee in the restroom. He sued the store and received a $53,000 cash settlement.
* Race Bannon of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' fame. In the ''[[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures Real Adventures]]'' episode "Race against Danger" he tells Jonny his real name, and Jonny's understandably flabbergasted. "''Roger?!''"
** The name "Roger" had been used in the classic series.
* Kick, Mouth and [[NoNameGiven Emo Kid]] in ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski''.
** Pantsy is presumable not the given name of Mouth's older brother, either. Maybe it's a family thing.
* Moose (Margaret Rose) Pearson from ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''.
* Robin and ComicBook/{{Superboy}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', unlike the rest of the team. Robin because Franchise/{{Batman}} insists that his identity is kept secret and Superboy because he doesn't have any other name. Artemis is a special case where her real name is Artemis, but the others (except possibly Robin, who goes to her school) don't know that.
** Rob's actually a double example: except for Wally, the team only knows him as "Robin," and his civilian friends and family only call him "Dick." This is something fanfic writers seem to get wrong: they constantly refer to him as "Richard" (he's even listed as "Richard G." on FanFiction.Net's character select drop-down), but the only time canon he's ever referenced his given name is during his back story flashback in the tie-in comics.
** When Superboy starts school, he takes the name "Conner Kent."
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has Jamie "Peep" Two-Squirrels.
** This caused Heloise to get her hopes up when she started recieving love notes from a secret admirer with the initials "J.2.S."...
* "Piff" from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Billy calls him this because he refuses to speak on account of his high-pitched voice.
* Diane "Didi" Pickles from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. The babies also all fit. Dylan "Dill" Pickles, Phillip "Phil" Deville, Lillian "Lill" Deville, Charles "Chuckie" Finster, Susanna "Susie" Carmichael, and Thomas "Tommy" Pickles.
* A character from WesternAnimation/ComboNinos is known as "Old Head". It's revealed in one episode that his real name is Bernie.
* Pinkamena Diane Pie of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Better known to everyone as [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie]] [[GenkiGirl Pie]]
** In [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyG3 G3]], the character we know as Spike had the full name of Kenbroth Gilspotten Heathspike, though everyone still just called him Spike.
* Steven Anita Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad.''
* On [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior's]] ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', everyone refers to the titular character as "Doc," even her parents. Her real name, Dottie, was only mentioned during the series' first episode.
* Belphegor, from the series of the same name. He's well known under the name "Belphegor" and everyone, himself included, always refers to him as such. He also goes to great lengths to prevent people from seeing his face or finding out his real name. Understandable, since he's a wanted criminal.
* [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' after his [[DistinguishingMark Big Dipper-shaped birthmark on his forehead]]. His birth name is unknown. Also Soos, which [[AllThereInTheManual according to storyboards]] is short for Jesús (hay-SOOS).
* The title characters of the animated series ''This One and That One'' about two twin anthropomorphic cats are called this because when they were really young and running around the house, their Dad said to their Mom "You get this one, and I'll get that one!" The names stuck.
* The unknown masked man seeking revenge on Mike Chilton in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'', [[TheFaceless whose identity was never revealed]] is nicknamed "Red" by Texas.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' practically everyone calls Michael Jackson Mackenzie "[[SatelliteCharacter Mack]]" or ([[EmbarrassingNickname to his annoyance]]) "Mack-Daddy;" the one exception is his girlfriend, [[ExtracurricularEnthusiast Jodie]]. Likewise, Charles Ruttheimer III is "Chuck" to himself and his cousins but "[[ExtravertedNerd Upchuck]]" to everyone else.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'', both the Cops and the Crooks are virtually never referred to by their real names, only their code names and aliases. This is especially notable in the case of PJ "Longarm" O'Malley; his father and son are both recurring characters, and even they only ever call him Longarm. Only Bulletproof has his real name, Baldwin P. Vess, mentioned more than once.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Nobody ever calls Dr. Venture "Thaddeus." It's always "Rusty" (his childhood nickname) or "Doc," which is funny since he never actually finished college. (He has an honorary doctorate from a university in Tijuana, Mexico.) There are several others whose real name we know, but who go by their nickname 99.9% of the time: the Monarch (Malcolm,) Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. the Monarch (Sheila,) Phantom Limb (Hamilton,) and Sgt. Hatred (Courtney.) Henchman #21 also counts, though he has spent more time going by his real name (Gary) than any of the previously listed characters have.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': The eponymous character is only referred to as Gumball, but it's only in "The Promise" that it's stated to be a nickname. In "The Name" his first name is revealed (to both the audience and himself) to be Zach [[spoiler:but by the end of the episode "Gumball" [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep has legally become his actual name]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': The main hero, Coop, is only ever called that, even by his own mother. His last name is shown to be Cooplowski, but no first name is given.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Music/OzzyOsbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Music/BlackSabbath; their real first names are John, Frank and Terence, respectively.
* George Orson Welles. Even ''he'' didn't know his first name was "George" until he was in elementary school.
* George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
* Lawrence "Yogi" Berra
* Denton True "Cy" Young. "Cy" was short for "Cyclone", because he threw real hard.
* Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.
* Serial killer Donald H. Gaskins Jr. was called "Pee Wee" or "Junior Parrot" so often that he was a teenager when he first heard his real name.
* Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Later took the name by deed poll.
* Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom.
** Other astronaut examples include Charles "Pete" Conrad and Harrison "Jack" Schmitt.
** Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton.
* Eldrick "Tiger" Woods.
* Michael "Flea" Balzary of the RedHotChiliPeppers.
* James "Big Cat" Williams
* Ron "Pigpen" [=McKernan=] of the GratefulDead.
* Orenthal James "OJ" Simpson.
* Rudolph "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone.
* German football player (soccer that is) and contestant for "[[UnnecessaryRoughness most gruesome foul of all time]]" Harald "Toni" Schuhmacher.
* Adam "Pac Man" Jones. He tried to tell media to stop using it, but no one listened.
* An interesting case: In many historical cultures it has been custom to call certain things (most especially animals) by euphemism (the Greeks referring to the Erinyes as Eumenides or "The Kindly Ones" is one such example, TheFairFolk is another) to avoid their attention. A particularly interesting case is the word "bear" (and it's variations in other Germanic languages) that is precisely such a euphemism. Only, we have no idea what the original name was. Bears are ''literally'' only known by their nicknames.
** Swedish has another case: The Swedish word for Wolf is ''Varg'' which originally meant "murderer", and was used as a euphemism for ''ulv'' (which is the same word as "wolf") nowadays ''ulv'' is a dead word while ''Varg'' is the one commonly used to describe the species.
* Thomas "Fats" Waller. Not to mention [[Music/FatsDomino Antoine "Fats" Domino]].
* Salvatore "Sonny" Bono.
* Paul "Bono" Hewson and Dave "The Edge" Evans of Music/{{U2}}.
* William "Smokey" Robinson.
* Gordon "[[ThePolice Sting]]" Sumner.
* John Simon Ritchie [[spoiler: Sid Vicious]] - His death certificate had Simon and John around the wrong way.
* Saul "Slash" Hudson
* Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer. American actress and singer.
* Alvis "Buck" Owens.
* Charles Hardin Holley aka "Music/BuddyHolly". Without the e.
* Early Soviet leaders used this quite often:
** Vladimir Ilych "Lenin" Ulyanov
** Joseph Vissarionovich "Stalin" Djugashvili
** Lev "Trotsky" Bronstein
** Vyacheslav "Molotov" Skriabin
* Subcomandante Marcos, the leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (a Mexican rebel movement fighting for the rights of the indigenous people) is only known by his NomDeGuerre.
* Several racehorse trainers have been known to fans only by nicknames, including Grover "Buddy" Delp, Claude "Shug" [=McGaughey=] III, and Hubert "Sonny" Hine.
* There are also several German politicians which are regularly referred to by their nickname instead of their first name, like the [[strike:governor]] former first burgomaster of Hamburg ''"Ole" von Beust'' and former Minister of Foreign Affairs ''"Joschka" Fischer''. Former German chancellor ''Willy Brandt'' was born ''Herbert Frahm'', but exclusively used the name of his undercover identity as a resistance fighter when he returned to Germany after WW2.
* A couple of Latin American examples: Luiz Inácio da Silva is always known as ''Lula'' - to the point of adding it to his actual legal name - and Ernesto Guevara is much more famous as ''Che.'' And one ''norteamericano'' example: when was the last time you heard someone refer to President ''William'' Clinton?
** The best Presidential example is James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. He was the first President to officially sign documents with his nickname rather than his full name.
** Averted, though (at least in his political career) by Barack "Once Called Himself Barry" Obama.
* One of the most famous Spanish guerrilla leaders of the war against Napoleon was Don Juan Martin Diaz, known as ''el Empecinado''. After the war he got royal permission to use his nickname instead of "Diaz".
* [[MileyCyrus "Destiny Hope Cyrus"]], who later officially changed her name to "Miley Ray Cyrus".
* All of the characters in RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms, since people were known to each other by their courtesy names, and their real names were only used by family members.
* Creator/SpikeMilligan (real first name Terrence).
* Rappers too numerous to mention.
* Happen a lot on {{MMORPG}}s unless the person happens to use their real name. Many times no or little effort is made to learn real names.
** Also happens with certain subcultures, including online ones, where someone can be known for years just by one's "handle" or "con name."
* Stefani Joanne Angelina "LadyGaga" Germanotta
* Some Christian saints are known by their "nicknames", for instance the apostles (Simon called) Peter, Andrew and Thomas (Greek words meaning "the Rock", "the Manly" and "the Twin"), and St. Francis of Asisi (real name: Giovanni Battista Bernardone, his nickname Francesco means "Frenchy").
* A number of old families have two names, an older one and another they acquired later (which can be a simplified form of the former), these can be linked by the word "called" (''dit'' in French, ''genannt'' in German). Examples are Napoleon's marshal Claude Victor-Perrin ''dit'' Victor and the Prussian liaison in Wellington's HQ during the Waterloo campaign, general Karl von Müffling ''genannt'' Weiss.
* Some Minnesänger and mastersingers are known primarily or only known by their nicknames, most famously Tannhäuser (i. e. "the man from Tannhausen").
* Famous painters: Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro die Mariano Filipepi, named after the goldsmith to whom he had been apprenticed), Canaletto (Antonio da Canal), the other Canaletto (Bernardo Bellotto), El Greco (Dominikos "the Greek" Theotokopoulos), three male artists called Tintoretto ("the little dyer", a nickname of the family, whose original name is Robusti) and a female one from the same family called "la Tintoretta".
* Too many Brazilian football players to list are known only by their ''noms-de-foot'', to name just three: Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), Tostão (Eduardo Gonzalves de Andrade), and Zico (Arthur Antunes Coimbra). Many may be self-chosen, though. A few enter FirstNameBasis (''Ronaldo'' Luiz Nazário de Lima and ''Marta'' Vieira da Silva).
* In most Polish video game magazines, all the editors sign themselves, and refer to each other with nothing but nicknames. There are many long-time readers who don't know the names of their favorite writers.
* Many BlackMetal artists' pseudonyms become more well-known than their real names: more people are probably familiar with original Mayhem guitarist's pseudonym "Euronymous" than his real name, Oystein Aarseth.
* Edward Michael 'Bear' Grylls
* Dr. John Henry "Doc" Holliday
* Norman "Boomer" Esiason
* Most of the cast of ''JerseyShore'', especially Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) and The Situation (Mike Sorrentino).
* BarackObama's daughter Sasha's real name is Natasha.
* Genghis Khan's given name was Temujin Borjigin.
* Creator/{{Banksy}}
* [[http://theferrett.livejournal.com/306843.html The Ferrett]] ([[MyNaymeIs note spelling]]), a writer who is currently is best known for [[http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Archive.aspx?author=The%20Ferrett his]] MagicTheGathering [[http://www.starcitygames.com/php/news/archive.php?Article=The%20Ferrett articles]] and for having been an editor of the popular Magic strategy site StarCityGames.com, does indeed go by "Ferrett" in real life.
* Mistress Matisse. "[[http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2010/01/search-term-saf-sightseeing-journey.html Her real name--as in the name that she really uses with all her kink, prodom, and kink-writing activities--is really Mistress Matisse. The only reason to want her legal name is because you're a creep.]]"
* Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) and Mike Dirnt (Michael Pritchard) of GreenDay. Averted by Billie Joe Armstrong, whose name really ''is'' Billie Joe.
* [[Creator/FattyArbuckle Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]], who hated his nickname.
* Alecia Moore, better known as Music/{{Pink}}.
* And Henry Ross Perot had this happen to him three times. He usually goes by "H. Ross Perot," but this was soon shortened to "Ross Perot." By the time of the 1992 presidential election, he was so famous that most people confidently referred to him simply as "Perot."
* Louis Feinberg, Moses Horwitz, and Jerome Horwitz...better known as [[Film/TheThreeStooges Larry, Moe and Curley]].
** Even though some people don't count him, Samuel "Shemp" Horwitz.
* The Marx Brothers: Leonard (Chico), Arthur (Harpo), Julius (Groucho), Milton (Gummo) and Herbert (Zeppo).
* Matthew "[[Literature/TheMonk Monk]]" Lewis.
* From UK politics, the former Liberal Democrat leader (1988-99) Jeremy John Durham "Paddy" Ashdown.
* Lawrence Jones, recently-retired third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, is more familiarly known as "Chipper."
* Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson II, better known as "Prince" and "Blanket" respectively. Yes, it's confusing.
* Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar who is better known as El Cid Campeador.
* Justin Louis "Joba" Chamberlain
* Austin "[[PawnStars Chumlee]]" Russell
* The inventor of the sack, David D. "Deacon" Jones
* Early NASCAR star Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts.
* Attila (the Hun) is known by the name ("little father") that the Goths gave him. His real name is lost to history.
* Markus "Notch" Persson, of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' fame.
* Jun'ya [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} "ZUN"]] Oota.
* Creator/TerenceHill and Creator/BudSpencer, whose real names are Mario Girotti and Carlo Pedersoli respectively
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