->'''Watch''': And here's your temporary Guild ID. We'll issue your permanent one once you've decided on a villain name.\\
'''St. Cloud''': Augustus St. Cloud.\\
'''Watch''': Ahh, going with the real name then. Very Lex Luthor of you.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''

A SuperHero who does not actually have a hero name, despite maintaining a generally low-profile SecretIdentity. These heroes are simply called by their "real" names in the heat of battle.

This is ''not'' a character using a family or given name that is snazzy ([[EmbarrassingMiddleName or not]]) as his or her heroic name (for example, former surgeon [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Stephen Strange]] continuing to go by "Doctor Strange"). Compare StevenUlyssesPerhero, where the MeaningfulName has something to do with the character's powers.

Normally justified with their real name being common and their civilian identity being fairly nondescript, but not always.

Compare OvertOperative, a secret agent who never bothers keeping low. Contrast RealNameAsAnAlias.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'':
** Both, Todoroki and Iida decided to go with their given names (Shouto and Tenya, respectively) as their hero names. Todoroki for showing his individuality and to distance from his father Endeaver, while Iida thinks he is not worthy enough to take over his crippled brother's role.
** Tomura Shigaraki doesn't hide himself under an alias. [[spoiler: Subverted later when it is shown that his real name is Tenko Shimura]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has several foes who, despite their gimmicks, choose to go by their real names. Hugo Strange, Cornelius Stirk, Victor Zsasz, Philo Zeiss, David Cain [[spoiler:and James Gordon Jr.]]
** Mister Freeze might also count, since his legal name is Victor Fries (pronounced exactly like "freeze"), so spoken out loud, his code name is just his real one.
* Discussed in an issue of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' that opens with Superman fighting a guy in a power suit who identifies himself as "Gabriel Van Daniken." Superman tells him that it's the worst name for a super villain and he's ever heard, and Gabriel's reply is "You mean just because I build a containment suit and try to [[WaterSourceTampering poison the water supply]] I have to give myself a stupid alias? Get a grip, Superman. I'm thirty-five years old!" A bystander watching the battle remarks that he has a point. After all, Bonnie and Clyde never had code names, and they were criminals anyway. He says it's actually kind of cool for villains to introduce themselves by their real name, instead of calling themselves "Toxic-man" or "Pollutus".
* ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' has Scott Fischer. Apparently, they gave him the codename ''Blaze'' but he never got around to actually using it.
* During the [[DarkerAndEdgier Mike Grell]] run, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/BlackCanary largely dropped the costumes and codenames. Later, Canary would all but abandon a civilian life, and Green Arrow's status would change DependingOnTheWriter.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] is a borderline case, as Mary is her real first name.
* ''The New Titans'' (formerly the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'') had:
** Danny Chase, a character [[TheScrappy loathed by all fans]].
** Earlier, they had Mal Duncan, who later went through an everchanging series of codenames: Guardian, Hornblower, Herald, and now Vox.
** There's also ComicBook/{{Raven}}. As of late she's adopted a pseudonym for use when she's out in the everyday world (Rachel Roth), but in an inversion her "codename" is the real one.
** ComicBook/{{Starfire}}'s identity is public knowledge, although she has taken on "Kory Anders" as a legal name.
* After the various CrisisCrossover-induced {{ContinuitySnarl}}s in her back-story, the first ComicBook/WonderGirl called herself Troia for a time, but eventually settled on just using her civilian name of Donna Troy.

* [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]], ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{sidekick}} and later Captain America, was actually called Bucky Barnes, as a nickname based on his middle name, Buchanan. What's different, and very odd, about this is that "Bucky" was treated as a code name, and nobody knew that Bucky Barnes was the same person as Cap's sidekick Bucky.
** This sort of thing happened a lot during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. This includes sidekicks Roy the Super-Boy [who worked with The Wizard], Mickey Mathews [The Deacon], Tommy the Amazing Kid [Amazing Man], Rusty [Flagman], Sandy the Golden Boy [Sandman] and Mickey [American Crusader].
*** Speaking of Roy the Super-Boy, his Secret Public Identity was lampshaded in one story, where, when calling his friend's mother, he identified himself as Roy. When she asked him whether he was her son's friend, he insisted that no, he's Roy the Super-Boy. For some reason, she buys it without question.
*** Black Terror's sidekick, Tim Ronald, is something of a twist on this trope. He was initially known as Tim in his superhero identity, but around the late 1940s, he became known as Kid Terror, amending the problem somewhat.
** General Glory, DC's parody of Captain America, of course had a sidekick called Ernest E. Ernest, aka Ernie the Battling Boy.
*** Subverted with the revelation that there have been more than one "Ernie".
* In ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica #289'', Cap's girlfriend at the time, Bernie Rosenthal, spends a backup story daydreaming about being a superhero called "Bernie America", leading to this exchange when she meets her reinterpretation of Steve:
-->'''Steve:''' Uh, ''B-B-Bernie?'' I have to t-talk to you...\\
'''Bernie:''' Please, Steve--call me Bernie ''America!'' You wouldn't want to jeopardize my double identity, would you?\\
'''Steve:''' No, ma'am.
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom. Everyone knows who he is (what with him being European royalty and all), and considering his status as an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, he more than earns his title. Although since he was expelled from college, so it's more like an honorary degree.
* While the ComicBook/FantasticFour technically have codenames (though not secret identities), they never actually seem to ''use'' them. Haven't since the '70s. Mr. Fantastic is universally known as "Reed" or "Dr. Richards". (Johnny Storm isn't actually part of this trope, because his name is [[AwesomeMcCoolname actually pretty badass]]...)
* [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] hasn't been called "Power Man" in years. But then, he doesn't have a secret identity, either-- even calling himself Power Man was just [[StageNames for publicity purposes]].
** Though Luke Cage ''isn't his birth name''. He got his name changed after breaking out of prison.
* Supervillain example: Moses Magnum. A [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], but not a terribly MeaningfulName relative to his powers.
* ComicBook/ThePunisher is often recognized by friend and foe alike as Frank Castle, which he does nothing to dispel...well, except [[MoreDakka with bullets]] on occasion.
* The ComicBook/{{Runaways}} tried giving themselves cool codenames when they started out, but everyone pretty much stopped using them as soon as the first volume finished, with the exception of the CuteBruiser, who insists on calling herself "Princess Powerful."
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/JeanGrey went without a codename for some time in comics, and has been codenameless in most screen adaptations ([[WesternAnimation/XMen 1990s series]], ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', [[Film/XMenFilmSeries movies]]). This is because, by the time she came BackFromTheDead in UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, code names for adult characters ending in "Girl" had gone out of style, so she couldn't use "Marvel Girl" anymore, and "Phoenix" was attached to a different concept.
** Similarly, it turns out Zaladane's name is Zala Dane. ([[RetCon We think. At one point. Maybe.]]) It was intended that Zaladane have powers because she is related to Lorna Dane. Claremont forgot, however, that Lorna is adopted. (Source:X-Men danglers list)
*** And the name Polaris was first given to her by a mind-controlling villain (although Classic X-Men incorrectly showed the name earlier).
** This was also lampshaded in a commercial for ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', where the other members were introduced by their names and code names (for example, "Scott Summers ''is'' Cyclops"), but hers was simply, "Jean Grey ''is''... Jean Grey".
*** Heck, they discuss it in-show. "How come everyone has a codename but Rogue is just Rogue?" "Same way Jean is just Jean."
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost, since joining the X-Men, dropped her codename "White Queen". Justified in that "White Queen" isn't just a name, it's a rank in the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Which she left to join the X-Men.
** Cecilia Reyes never chose a codename because she didn't want to be a superhero. But she had the X-Men Bumblebee Suit and she was considered one of them after she was outed as a mutant.
** Dani Moonstar, formerly Mirage and Psyche, eventually dropped her codename and just went by "Moonstar". Admittedly, people who don't know her secret identity might well assume that Moonstar ''is'' her codename. [[spoiler:Also, her "civilian" identity is an agent of SHIELD, rendering the "secret identity" somewhat moot.]]
** Let's face it: X-Women tend to lose or not have code names (or have codenames that are for all intents and purposes their real name, like Rogue and X-23), possibly because their creators really like the real names they really like (Pryde, Frost, Grey) or introducing them as civilians who eventually chose half-hearted codenames that never really stick. Storm may be the only major female X-Man who hasn't operated for a significant length of time without using her codename (Psylocke has used hers pretty consistently since she got it, but started out as "Captain Britain's sister Betsy" and briefly "Captain Britain").

* Another [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] example, Doctor Hugo Strange [the heroic Nedor Comics version] was known as Doc Strange while adventuring. His costume was basically the 1940s version of CivvieSpandex and he had no secret identity. This was preserved when Creator/AlanMoore revived him in his America's Best Comics universe as ''Tom Strange''.
** ComicBook/TomStrong himself is also an example.
* ''ComicBook/{{Madman}}'' goes by his real name, Frank Einstein. He was called "a madman" during his first appearance but [[IAmNotShazam no one actually calls him that as a codename or otherwise]].
* Dragon is the real legal name of the eponymous character in ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon''.
* The Justice Force's Ananda (''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'') goes by her real name; her mother Bernice, also a super-hero, went by "Battling Bernice".
* In the first-published issue of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, the pilot Tycho Celchu goes to an Imperial-held planet, puts on a captain's uniform, and reports for duty at pilot barracks in one of the cities, all in order to get intel and be in place to [[TheMole betray them]]. He does this, however, under his real name and homeplanet. Tycho Celchu, of Alderaan, who defected to the Rebellion after his planet was destroyed, helped keep [=TIEs=] off Wedge during the run on the second Death Star, and became part of the core of Rogue Squadron. What's worse is that it worked completely.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' had a DVD extra feature with background information about the other supers who didn't get much screen time. One of these is Universal Man, who approaches this trope from the opposite direction and has ''no civilian identity''. He wears his crime-fighting costume at all times, he insists that Universal Man is his legal name, and he gets offended when people ask him to take his mask off.

* Inverted with Weld in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. His superhero name is his ''only'' name, because he's [[ChromeChampion literally made out of metal]], so it would be impossible for him to maintain a secret identity, and he [[IdentityAmnesia has no memory of his life before gaining his powers]].
** The above applies just as well for most of the Case 53s, for pretty much the same reasons (they look very obviously nonhuman, and have no memory of previous life).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the TV series ''Series/MySecretIdentity'', the lead character doesn't actually have a secret identity.

* In practically all versions of ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'', Britt Reed's Japanese/Filipino houseboy, Kato, goes into action with his boss as Kato.

* Alex Rayne of the webcomic ''ComicBook/WrightAsRayne'' is public about his identity as a hero, and is a minor celebrity in his home town of Atlanta.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Josiah Brimstone, a mystic hero from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', fights crime under the codename "Josiah Brimstone". Also, most people think that the [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] superhero Martini is using a codename, when he's actually just using his real last name (his full name being Benecio Martini). Martini encourages this opinion (by using a tuxedo as a costume and acting very haughty and upper-class), while Josiah Brimstone just doesn't care.
* Even though codenames are required at Whateley Academy in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Jobe Wilkins just uses... Jobe. Given that his father is the supervillain Gizmatic, aka King Wilkins of Karedonia, Jobe doesn't have a lot to hide.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Launchpad [=McQuack=] is often seen with ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' as his sidekick ... yet none of the myriad villains, criminals, police officers or autograph hounds seem to care enough to look him up in the Saint Canard phone book. Except one time, when Launchpad was mistakenly reported to be Darkwing himself. Similarly, no one seems to pay attention to Gosalyn or Honker; neither of them uses a code name often.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as one villian referred to them as Darkwing's Fan Club, so people think they just follow him around. Considering that DW's a bit of a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold glory hound]], this is not surprising.
** Played with in the new comic series. [[spoiler:Negaduck]] finally figured it out, but only after he saw Launchpad leaving the dry cleaners with Darkwing's costume ''and'' Drake Mallard's [[LimitedWardrobe usual outfit]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Franchise/WonderWoman is never "officially" given the name Wonder Woman. She is addressed as such on only extremely rare occasions and only by people who are not very close with her (e.g., a bouncer at a nightclub, the obnoxious host of a talk show actively slandering the League, and ComicBook/LexLuthor in the midst of battle); in every other situation she is simply "Diana". J'onn J'onzz is addressed as the ComicBook/MartianManhunter only once in the entire series, in the briefing for [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Task Force X]] in the second season of ''Unlimited''. These two characters do not have a SecretIdentity or any life outside heroics, so they have no need for code names or hiding.
** Wonder Woman was shown to be an ''ambassador'' in one episode, so a secret identity would be all kinds of impossible.
** They do occasionally maintain a secret identity, but it's essentially just them under a disguise with no social security number or personal connections tied to it.
* The eponymous crime fighter of ''WesternAnimation/TheDragonQueen'' doesn't bother with a secret identity. Rather, the Dragon Queen acquired a private investigator license and turns over all criminals to the police for the arrest.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[TheArcher Artemis Crock]] uses the superhero name of...Artemis. Somewhat {{Justified}} because her work on the Team is covert ops, so she's not well-known publicly, and because [[StephenUlyssesPerhero her name fits]] her gimmick rather well, assuming that you're familiar with Myth/ClassicalMythology.
** This leads to an important bit of foreshadowing in "Targets" when [[DarkActionGirl Cheshire]] refers to her as "Ar--chery girl." This hints at the fact that Cheshire knows Artemis's real name, but not her codename. The reason, of course, being that [[spoiler:they are sisters]].
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle Super Chicken]]'', Henry Cabot Henhouse III drinks his supersauce to become Super Chicken, while Henry's faithfull sidekick, Fred, doesn't drink anything and becomes SC's faithfull sidekick, Fred. But then, he knew the job was dangerous when he took it.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/SuperPresident'', where his super name is his ''real job,'' but he still manages to preserve a secret ID, somehow...
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls have no secret identities. A few times, villains came straight to their house to attack.
* Manny in ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''. Granpapi also doesn't bother hiding the fact that he is Puma Loco. Played with his father White Pantera. He actually hides his identity, [[ClarkKenting with glasses]], [[PaperThinDisguise over his mask]].
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible is quite obviously this. Not only is she a BadassNormal who can hold her own against a superpowered villainess Shego, but everyone knows it. They are all so calm about it too.