%% Attention: before adding examples, check to see if they don't also appear on Line Of Sight Name. Thank you, come again.
->''"Malik Blishtar is actually Marik Ishtar?''"
-->-- '''Tea''', ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

A character, engaged in "covert ops" of the more comedic kind, is asked for their name. They never prepared one before hand, and don't have time to come up with a LineOfSightName. Without thinking, they begin to blurt out their real name, only to cover it up with some painful pronunciation twisting and a quick stammer.

RealNameAsAnAlias takes the same concept to an even greater degree, where there is no distortion of a name, just plainly using part of their real name, possibly all of it. Compare UnpronounceableAlias. For slightly better pseudonyms, try CharacterNameAlias, LineOfSightName, and SdrawkcabAlias. See also LouisCypher, HughMann, StevenUlyssesPerhero and MrSmith.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not a type]] of MarySue.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ranma ([[GenderBender as a girl]]) is about to introduce himself to his mother for the first time. While saying the first syllable of his name, he sees her grip her sword and changes his name to "Ranko".
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Showdown in Dark City," Ash Ketchum starts to give his real name as "Ash...Ketchup..." before changing it to "Tom Ato". Following his example, Misty and Brock introduce themselves as "Ann Chovie" and "Caesar Salad", respectively. The reason they had the pseudonyms at all was to avoid being recognized as Pokemon trainers.
* "[[Manga/TokyoMewMew We're from Cafe Mew Mew in Tokyo]] -- mmph!" "Do you want to give us away?" [[RoleCalled Needless to say]], they keep the name.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' Conan nearly did this at the very beginning, before he came up with Conan Edogawa, he nearly said "Shinichi." He's lucky that Conan can be rendered in Japanese. Imagine if it was some name with L's everywhere. Not only that, but many times when Conan and Heiji meet up for a case, Heiji (unintentionally or otherwise) slips and calls him "Kudo" in front of the girls, always covering it up with another word that sort of might sound a little bit like it (a homonym.)
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' parodies this trope along with everything else in existence - in one episode Excel uses the alias ''Pseudonym Undercover''. On another occasion she actually does use "Sue Donym".
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Given Katsura doesn't outright reveal his real identity by mistake, when [[PaperThinDisguise going undercover]], he often takes aliases suspiciously close to his real name, case in point "Space Captain Katsuura", "Katsuo" or "Joey Katsura" ("Joey" sounds close to Joui, his organization). Luckily enough, the authorities are never smart enough to see through them.
* In ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'', WholesomeCrossdresser Kuranosuke has been hanging out with a group of female otaku, only one of which knows he's a guy. After one of them calls him by the nickname "Meat" once too often, he starts to retort, "I have a name, and it's Kurano-" before realizing he's standing right in front of the sign at their boarding house that states "No boys allowed." He quickly changes his sentence and tells them his name is "Kurako," and is shocked that the others actually bought it.
* Usui in ''[[Manga/MaidSama Kaichou wa Maid-sama]]'' likes to trick [[strike:ThoseTwoGuys]] Yukimura with a foreign accent and the name "Usui Janai" - literally "Not Usui." [[HilarityEnsues It works.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Kurohime}}'', after aging into a teenage girl, the main heroine give the name "Himeko" to one of the person that wanted to kill her, but the guy remembered that name was used for Kurohime while been a child. Quickly, the heroine realized her wrong and say that actually her name was "Himeko-''jo''", with ''three kanjis''. Of course, it didn't work.
* A few of the villains do this in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Jadeite uses the name "Jay Daito" in more than one episode when he's in disguise. In the sound dramas, Zoisite goes by "Zoi Saito," and Kunzite is "Kunz Aito."
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy uses this for the tournament in Dressrosa. Due to being in disguise then, Luffy was told precisely by Franky to not let his real name be revealed. Unfortunately immediately after being told so, he almost writes his whole name on the registry sheet before being thankfully stopped by Franky. Having already written down the "Lu" part of his name down and rather use a more clever alias, he just finishes off his registry as "Lucy".
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', Ban enters his and Meliodas' names in the Byzel Fight Festival as Baan and Meliodaz respectively. While the aliases didn't really hide who they were, they were enough of a PaperThinDisguise to fool one of their dumber opponents, Hauser.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'''s Haruhara Haruko -- her name's revealed by Amarao to be Haruha Raharu.
* A number of characters in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' do this for their player names:
** '''Kiri'''gaya Kazu'''to'''[[note]]Japanese order[[/note]] is '''Kirito'''.
** '''A'''ndrew '''Gil'''bert Mills is '''Agil'''.
** '''S'''h'''ino''' Asada goes in game by the name of '''Sino'''n.
** Silica and Klein's are puns on their Japanese names which depending on how the words are read as, or used, can reference Silicon[[note]]Silica's being Ayano Keiko, and revealed that her given name of Keiko, is based on the Japanese word for silicon, ''keiso''. And she received it, based on her birthday being October 4th (10th month, 4th day, 10+4= 14. 14th element, Silicon).[[/note]] or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein_bottle Klein Bottle]][[note]]Tsuboi Ryoutarou is Klein's real name, and a Klein Bottle in Japanese is "Kurain no '''Tsuboi'''"[[/note]] respectively.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', a favorite alias of the Joker is "Joe Kerr". Ingenious! As one might expect, this habit was largely confined to UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, but it still comes up every once in a while as a MythologyGag.
** Amusingly, one of the main writers on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is ''Joseph Kuhr''.
** Other examples of alias used by the Joker include; Mr. White and Jack Napier, the latter of which may be his real name if the first Batman movie is to believed.
* And in Creator/JackKirby's ''[[ComicBook/TheEternals Eternals]]'', the Eternal Ikaris sometimes used "Ike Harris". Creator/NeilGaiman made sure to revive this when he did his run on Eternals.
* In ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'', Steve Rogers, the Star-Spangled Man with the Plan, being the ingenious [[ClarkKenting "Master of Disguise"]] that he is, infiltrated Cable's island Providence as an immigrant with the name ''Roger Stevens''. Not only that, but his idea of hiding his signature blond hair is to wear a ''Brooklyn Dogers'' baseball cap.
* During UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter's secret identity was John Jones. This was to hide his true Martian name of J'onn J'onzz.
* This is how ComicBook/BoosterGold became famous. After saving the President's life, he is asked what his superhero name is by reporters. Instead of using Gold Star like he planned, he started to introduce himself as "Booster" Carter, his nickname from his football days. He tried to correct himself midsentence and that gave the reporters his identity as Booster Gold.
* ''ComicBook/MsTree'': In the "Prisoner in Cell Block Hell" arc, Michael Tree is booked into jail as 'Michelle Friday' to protect from possible reprisals while she is being held. Michelle is the feminised version of her actual given name and Friday is her maiden name.

* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''FanFic/MyStupidReality'' [[NobleFugitive when on the run from L]] many of Light's aliases are variations on his own name. Amusingly when he has to quickly think up a new one he comes up with... [[LouisCypher "Kira]] [[GhostMemory Asahi."]]
* Shirou goes under the assumed name Shane Rowe in the Fate/Stay Night fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7509812/1/Nails Nails]]. In fact when Rin mispronounces his alias with her Japanese accent he panics and assumes that she knows who he is.
* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': When undercover, Jadeite names himself [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/dungeon-keeper-ami-sailor-moon-dungeon-keeper-story-only-thread.30066/page-3#post-6355735 Jason Dayte]].
* ''[[Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy Heart of Ashes]]'' provides an example of a character doing this with someone else's name and not their own. While [[HumanityEnsues still a human]], [[Film/TheHobbit Smaug]] takes the name of his ancestor Ancalagon and turns it into Cail Agonn.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the nephews introduce the Genie to Uncle Scrooge as "Uh ... Gene! Yeah, Gene!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective,'' when he goes to a suspect's dinner party, he starts to give his real name (not out of desperation but more ignorance). His date stops him and gives the name "Tom Ace".
* A variation occurs in the ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'' (both the 1963 and 1996 versions), wherein another character refers to the titular character as "buddy" while he is under the influence of his transformation drug, prompting him to adopt "Buddy Love" as the name of his alternate personality.
* In ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'', Batman calls up the US Navy to find out how the Penguin acquired a submarine. Turns out he just bought it, after giving his name as P.N. Guinn, and [[WhatAnIdiot only leaving a PO Box number by way of a forwarding address.]] It was admittedly an obsolete and rather clapped-out boat left over from the war, but even the writers of ''that'' incarnation of Batman couldn't let this go without some LampshadeHanging.
* In ''Film/AViewToAKill'', Film/JamesBond at one point poses as a Financial Times reporter named "James Stock."
* In ''Film/LeapYear'', when Anna and Declan have to pretend to be married and are asked about their surname, they both blurt out their own surnames (Brady and O'Callaghan, respectively), before finally settling on O'Bradycallaghan.
* While posing as a substitute teacher, ''Film/DrillbitTaylor'' quickly introduces himself as Dr. Illbit.
* The movie ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons'' (also titled ''Bigfoot And The Hendersons'' internationally), is about Bigfoot moving in with a suburban family named Henderson. When a news reporter attempts to track down Bigfoot, calling it a vicious creature, the father of the family defends it, claiming that it's a gentle giant. When the reporter asks his name, he gets as far as "Hen" before realizing that would be a bad idea. The reporter refers to him as "The mysterious Mr. Hen" through the rest of the movie.
* In the movie of ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian'', "he's Martian" evolves into "he's my Uncle Martin".
* In ''Film/{{Tootsie}}'', Michael Dorsey's female alter ego goes by Dorothy Michaels.
* In ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow,'' the eponymous Johnny Hollow provides a {{Spooky Photograph|s}} to an OccultDetective investigating a MysteryCult. Careful examination of the investigator's other documents reveals that "Hollow" is a PenName adopted by Johnathon H. Ollow, a writer for the in-universe newspaper, ''The Greater Toronto Gazette.''
* Bollywood film "Krrish" has it even in the title. (Dude is named Krishna.)

* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Bilbo Baggins introduces himself to the trolls as "a bur- a hobbit." ("Bur" = "burglar", the profession designated to him by Gandalf.) To them, he's a "burrahobbit."
* In one of Donald Westlake's stories about John Dortmunder, John stammers out "John D-- Diddums." From then on, despite realizing that it doesn't sound like a real name ("It's Welsh," he'll frequently explain), whenever he needs an alias on short notice he panics and can't think of anything but "John Diddums."
* Partially a LineOfSightName, but in the ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' book ''A Wizard in Absentia'', a very hung over Magnus tries to come up with a pseudonym. He starts out with "Mmma", but quickly realizes it and turns it into a groan. Before he subconsciously sees the E.D.G.A.R. patch on the guard's arm, and gives his name as Ed Gar.
* In Sharyn [=McCrumb's=] books ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' and ''Literature/ZombiesOfTheGenePool'', the main character is an engineering professor, James Owen Mega, who writes science fiction under the name Jay Omega... and is shocked when one of his students sees through the pseudonym.
* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'', when Fang is taken to the hospital Max begins to say his name but quickly ends with "Nick". Iggy later calls Fang "Fnick".
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'': [[spoiler: [[TheOldConvict Low-Key Lyesmith]] = [[GodWasMyCoPilot Loki Lie-Smith]]]]. Which only works if you pronounce it in the English way, and not the Norse/Icelandic way. Since it's revealed that the American analogues have little connection to the originals, the only proper way to pronounce it is in American English.
* In one story by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley, girl Romilly ran away from home. When asked for her name then, she starts "Rom-", coughs, thinks for a moment about using her brother's name, then answers "Rumal".
* In ''Rowan Hood'', Rosemary, while disguised as a boy, is asked for her name and unthinkingly responds with her nickname, Ro. She quickly adds that it's short for Rowan.
* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': Face is disguised as an enemy bridge crewman and speaking to a planetary official, when he turns to address his squadmate Jesmin, who happens to be the niece of the famous Admiral Ackbar. So he starts off with "Ensign Ack-", coughs, and finishes it as "Ackran".
* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' short story "Literature/ForYourEyesOnly", Bond meets up with a Canadian contact to obtain information for an off-the-books mission. When Bond introduces himself as 'Mr. James', his contact eyes him suspiciously and then says that James can call him 'Colonel Johns'.
* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', the bouncer in "[[Myth/GreekMythology Mr. Valentine's]]" club gives his name as "Terro--uh, Terrance [[MeaningfulName Miles.]]"
* In ''[[Literature/TheKeysToTheKingdom Drowned Wednesday]]'', Arthur is asked his name by Captain Catapillow upon boarding the ''Moth'', and only gets out the first syllable before realising his mistake. Everyone calls him Arth until they find out his real identity from Dr. Scamandros later on.
* Dav Pilkey's books ''The Dumb Bunnies'' were authored under the name "Sue Denim". He got a little annoyed when not many saw through the disguise and Sue Denim started getting more fan mail than him.
* In the ''Doctor Who'' novel ''Managra,'' there's an aristocratic, arrogant, and conceited swashbuckling hero, Miles Dashwood, who goes by the alias Miles Dashing of Dashwood. (Not improvised on the spur of the moment, so he doesn't have that excuse.)
* ''Literature/PrincessesOfThePizzaParlor'': Shelby's princess that she's roleplaying as, is called Selvi. Selvi is a distortion of Shelby, with the removal of the 'h' and the /biː/ sound turning into a /viː/.
* In the novel ''Literature/TheSchoolStory'', Zoe pretends to be a literary agent and uses her nickname "Zee Zee" together with a misspelling of her last name.
* ''Literature/{{Dortmunder}}'': When asked for his name, Dortmunder started to say 'John D...' and the hurriedly changed the last name to 'Didums': the first thing that popped into his head. This later becomes his GoToAlias, despite him hating it, as it always the only alias he can think of when under stress.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy is investigating her mother's new boyfriend, one of his co-workers ask who she is. She says "Bu...Linda. Belinda."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's pseudonym "John Smith" is a LineOfSightName, but that he's ''Doctor'' John Smith fits the trope. Also, the Master's various "disguised" names, which are almost always anagrams, synonyms or translations of the name Master. In the new series, Mister Saxon was even an (unintended) anagram of Master No. Six - which (depending on whether you count {{The Other Darrin}}s separately) he was.
* After Monica of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' finds her credit card stolen, she meets the culprit, but not wanting to give her name away, calls herself "Monana". Apparently it's [[FreestateAmsterdam Dutch]].
* ''Series/KenanAndKel'' has this.
** Not out of pretending not to be himself, but simply by being star struck when he meets the president Kenan gets the name "Kiki". Kel is also starstruck but ends up with the name Sharona because he stammers "M, m, my... Sharona".
** Another more straight example is when they enter a TV show to win a house and when a woman ask their names:
-->'''Kenan''': I'm Kenan Rock...ers..tain..ber...nerson.
-->'''Woman''': Mr. and Mrs. Rockerstainbernerson...
* On ''Series/TopGear'', the presenters are pretending to be 17-year-olds to get insurance quotes. James May gives his real name before quickly correcting himself and using "Adam Smith" instead. Yes, ''that'' [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts Adam Smith]].
* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Aunts Hilda and Zelda are aged down to teenagers and Sabrina introduces them as her cousins, Hillary and... Zellery. "Your parents were hippies".
* In ''[[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'', when Dick [[DisguisedInDrag pretends to be a woman]], he quickly invents the name "Dicky-Jo".
* In the Spanish and Argentinian soap opera ''[=Lalola=]'', Lalo picks a new name this way after he's been turned into a woman.
-->'''Lalo''': Lalo!... Lalo... La-lo-la. Lola! Lola Padilla.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': Drake realises his new girlfriend is the daughter of one of his teachers and quickly says that her name is "E...Liza Jum...Jumbal..aya. Liza Jumbalya!"
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' have the Janitor pretending to be a doctor. Every time he dons the name "Dr. Ján Ĩtor." This is but one of almost countless [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]] Neil Flynn dished out over the series long run. And there's also J.D.'s [[SarcasmMode totally bitchin']] screenplay idea about a ''[[{{Dracula}} Dr. Acula]]''.
* In an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim wants to impress Bob Villa, who is guest starring on Tool Time to answer viewer questions. Tim tells Jill to call and ask a difficult question for him to answer, and when he answers the phone, her response is "Hello! This is Jill...een. Uh, uh, Jilleen!"
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' provides us with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlmGknvr_Pg Mr. Hilter]], standing for Parliament in a by-election on the [[ThoseWackyNazis National Bocialist]] ticket in [[UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry Minehead]].
** He also had two associates, Heinrich Bimmler and Ron Vibbentrop.
* Dramatic example: [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk David Banner]] always used his first name and a last name that started with "B". If the name was common enough (David Brown, for example) he would use it multiple times.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder wasn't under any pressure but still didn't bother to come up with a good pseudonym.
-->'''Max Fenig:''' ...I read your article in ''OMNI'' about the Gulf Breeze sightings.
-->'''Mulder:''' I published that under a pseudonym.
-->'''Max Fenig:''' M.F. Luder. I know. M.F. Luder's an anagram for F. Mulder. You really didn't think that would fool us, did you?
-->'''Mulder:''' I didn't think anybody was paying attention.
-->'''Max Fenig:''' Somebody's always paying attention, Mr Mulder.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' always had Jarod doing one of two things when developing an identity for his "pretend" - either he would use the name of a famous person from the same field (Jarod Earp, U.S. Marshal, Jarod Patton, U.S. Army) or use a name with a more subtle connection (such as Jarod [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Marley]] during Christmas time or Jarod [[Series/{{Rescue911}} Shatner]] while working with a search and rescue team).
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had an example when for some reason Urkel and his buddies had to infiltrate a convent while dressed as women. Pressed for a name, Urkel blurts out "Steee---fanie." Not Stephanie, Steefanie. He claims it's Lithuanian.
* Sophia does this once on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls". "Sophia Pe...Hawkins. Sophia Pe-Hawkins."
* In the ''Series/{{Alias}}'' episode "Solo", [[NaiveNewcomer Rachel]] is sent undercover as a prostitute. After being told to channel the slut of her high school (Mandy), she accidentally introduces herself as "Ra-Mandy." To the mark, her name is Ramandy.
* In a CrowningMomentOfFunny from ''Series/TheWestWing'', Josiah Bartlett--the ''President of the United States''--calls the Butterball Hotline on Thanksgiving to get some information about cooking a turkey. When the woman answering the phone remarks that his voice sounds familiar, he claims to "do radio commercials" and gives his name as "Joe Berenson..ton." Later, when she asks if he has a thermometer, he happily brags that he does, given to him as a "gift from the personal sous-chef of the King of"--his staff shoots him a look--"...Auto Sales" in Fargo, North Dakota.
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/ModernFamily.'' Cam claims that Mitch is heartless for not taking an interest in their gardener's problems, and Mitch fires back that Cam doesn't even know his name. He attempts to bluff by saying it's "Caesar Sala...zar." Mitch correctly deduces that Cam was going to say "Caesar Salad."
* Done surprisingly seriously in "Frasier Has Spokane," an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Frasier's show is going to be syndicated in the titular city, but he's replacing a local legend, and the entire population seems to hate him. To help, he has Roz, his producer, call in and pretend to be someone with a problem; during the call, she says her name is "Ro...berta." The serious part comes in when the facade falls and she genuinely expresses her pain about her latest breakup; Frasier similarly offers her sincere advice, and comforts her.
* An early episode of ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart'' has Gary ringing a radio show to discuss his time travel experiences. He gives his name as "Gary...baldi. Angelo Garibaldi." It doesn't do him much good, as the one person listening who knows him instantly recognises his voice.
* In "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" a first season episode of ''Series/{{Timeless}}'', Lucy introduces herself to Robert Todd Lincoln as "Juliet Shakes...man", a name she derives from a poster on the wall of the Ford Theater. When the time travellers return to the present they discover that there is a school in Ohio named after her alias. There is some fun with better thought out pseudonyms in the next couple of episodes but eventually the characters realise there is no real need for fake names and they can just use their real ones.

* In ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'', the eponymous professor is infiltrating a brainwashing camp. When asked his name, he quickly replies "Professor Neb-Neb".
* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', when Douglas is trying to teach Arthur [[BadLiar to lie]], he asks him his name.
-->'''Arthur:''' Arth...nold. Man. Er. Cat... sir... man.\\
'''Douglas:''' Arthnoldmanercatsirman? That's an ''interesting'' name. Tell me, is it made up?\\
'''Arthur:''' Yes, it is. Gah!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A classic '' TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' character is Elminster's scribe (and butler, and apprentice) Lhaeo who was a great artist at building JerkassFacade for Old Mage. "Coincidentally", this work left him both [[SeenItAll ready for anything]] and acquainted with half or so of the most powerful people on the continent. There also was a missing prince of Tethyr, one '''H'''aedrak '''E'''rrilam '''A'''lemander '''O'''losar '''L'''horik... later also known as King Haedrak III. If his compatriots knew where he is before it was time to pull RightfulKingReturns, he would get about as much attention from assassins as Elminster from mad wizards.

* In ''Abie's Irish Rose'', when Abie's father asks about [[ShiksaGoddess Rose Mary]]'s family name, she blurts out "Murphy," but Abie quickly interrupts and changes it to "Murpheski."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'' during Red's quest he attempts to investigate a fighting tournament dressed in his superhero outfit. When asked his name at the sign-up counter he stammers part of his real name a few times, and winds up entered in as "Rerere".
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Marle does this in the Japanese version. Her real name there is "Marledia", and she gives her name as "Marl". The English version changed her real name to "Nadia", thus making her cover name [[{{Woolseyism}} a bit more clever]].
* Nearly happened in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', when Raiden encounters Solid Snake, undercover as Iroquois Pliskin, Snake starts introducing himself as "S...", before he realizes and corrects himself. Bear in mind Snake is a super soldier and former CIA agent.
* In ''VideoGame/StarTropics'' when Mike is disguised as a girl in order to gain access to Shecola, the Queen asks for his name, he then stutters: "Michael, I mean... Mich, Michelle! Michelle is my name!"
* In ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos Trilby's Notes]]'', the ex-GentlemanThief Trilby (whose real name is never given) uses the name Terrance Railby while he's undercover. One character sees through the ruse, and makes fun of him for expecting to not be noticed.
* The Legion secret agent Vulpes Inculta in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' simply translates his name from the Latin.
--> '''His contact's diary''': Just now I was approached by a rather intense young man calling himself "Mr. Fox." (Yeah, right.)
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', a quest that ends in receiving the artifact of the Daedric Prince of debauchery, Sanguine, begins with a drinking contest with a man named Sam Guevenne. Learning about what you did ends up being rather amusing to say the least.
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' has Larry Butz take the moniker Laurice Deauxnim after his mentor, Elise Deauxnim (Elise does ''not'' qualify, her birth name being [[spoiler:Misty Fey]]). [[CaptainObvious Of course,]] the pronunciation of that nom de plume makes the latter's identity transparent as air once events start to unfold.
* During the VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow games, {{Alucard}} spends his time disguised as "Genya Arikado" putting his own name through a JapaneseRanguage filter.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Trevor tells a story to Wade about a boy named Trisha growing up who eventually meets a troll named Michele and partner up in crime, almost giving out his and Michael's name. Trevor, being pissed, ends up giving away their names near the end and confusing Wade.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': [[spoiler:Guy's alias]] comes from his childhood nickname [[spoiler:of his real name (''Gai''lardia)]], and his last name of Cecil is an alternate spelling of his mother's maiden name Cecille.
* In ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', Pearl and Marina (Hime and Iida in Japan) are credited as "MC Princess" and "DJ E-DA" for a concert at [[Website/NicoNicoDouga Nico Nico Chokaigi]]. This was carried over to their usernames in ''Octo Expansion'', though it was subverted in English due to the DubNameChange. Marina's username was equally subverted by changing it to "DJ_Hyperfresh".

* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' has Evan, with his habit of turning into a four-year-old [[GenderBender and, inadvertently, female]] on his time off: the tyke is "Lil' E" -> Lilly. When this inevitably goes awry and (s)he ends up an adult in a dress, the result is dubbed "Miss E" -> Missy.
-->'''"Missy":''' I'm Lil.. er... Ev.. er.. Miss...\\
'''Rick:''' Lilerevermiss? Original, for sure.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/comic103.html this]] strip of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': The first time the main characters disguise themselves as women, they hurriedly identify themselves as Thiefica, Fighterina, Black Magica, and... Deborah. Yes, Red Mage had a female identity prepared beforehand. Interpret as you will.
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' has an example bordering on LouisCypher[[note]](It's not because he isn't a devil/demon, ''just'' one of TheFairFolk)[[/note]] with a dash of MrSmith. [[Literature/{{TheErlKing}} Der Erlkönig]] uses the name "Lord Errol King" or [[MrSmith "Mr. King"]] for short in his human disguise (which is a pretty convincing {{glamour}} in itself).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' when Marik Ishtar is trying to avoid suspicion:
-->'''Joey''': You seem like a swell dude. What's your name, pal?
-->'''Marik''': ''[thinking]'' Crap in a bucket! I didn't plan for this! Think of a fake name, think of a fake name! ''[Speaking]'' Um, my name is uh, um, Mmmmmmmmalik.
-->'''Joey''': Malik, huh? That sounds kinda like Marik, the guy we're trying to defeat in this season.
-->'''Marik''': Yeah, I get that a lot.
* ''WebVideo/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfAbridgerty'' lampshades Snake's near-mistake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' with him deciding on the inconspicuous cover Sudonimm [=McPhayckneighm=] ([[DontExplainTheJoke Pseodonym McFakename for those who don't get it]])
* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, Coach Z believes himself to be superhero Damp Towel Man, and his mild-mannered alter ego Dan Towelman.
-->'''Strong Sad''': Coach Z, you have a real sucky imagination.
-->'''Coach Z''': That I do, my boy. That I do.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Zoe Nesmith is codenamed Zenith.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Leela enlists for the army, she is pushed for a name. Quickly she replies "Lee... la... man. La... man. Lemon! Lee Lemon!".
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Martin Smarty asks Shego her name while hitting on her. She tells him "Whoa, back off!" and [[SureLetsGoWithThat goes along with his misunderstanding]] that her name is "Ms. Wobackoff".
* In the first broadcast episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Simpsons Roasting On an Open Fire", Homer, working as a MallSanta, almost gives himself away when his son is the next kid in line: "What's your name, Bart...ner? Partner?
** In "Fear of Flying", he gives his name as Guy Incognito to enter Moe's in disguise. Subverted in that it turns out it ''wasn't'' Homer after all.
** Given his lack of intelligence, this happens to Homer a fair bit. In another Season 1 episode, after a babysitting service refuses Marge's business, Homer tries calling them immediately afterwards and avoids being rebuffed when he claims his name isn't Simpson but "Homer...Samson". Later episodes take it to the extreme with him flat out giving his real name and in one instance desperately trying to come up with a fake name to give Mr Burns, ultimately answering with...Mr Burns, possibly throwing in a dash of LineOfSightName.
** Another episode subverts the trope. Homer claims to be Mr. Burns to recover a letter filled with angry attacks on the old man. When the postal worker asks for his first name, all he can come up with is: "...I don't know."
%%Do not resubmit the Family Guy "Pea Tear Griffin" example - that is a LineOfSightName.
* ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'''s Carl does this many times.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode ''The Boy Who Would Be Queen'', Timmy [[GenderBender (as a girl)]] says his name is "Tim... mantha?".
* When she inexplicably needed to hide her non-human status, Babs on ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' came up with "Babs Bun..awalksi..oversmith"
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. In "Fear of a Krabby Patty", Plankton gives his name as "Peter Lankton". It is later shortened to "P. Lankton". Hey, wait a second... is this a prank call?
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' had the Tick, going undercover, blurt out his name as "Nick Soapdish". He is immediately called out on this.
-->'''The Tick''': It's...uh...French!
-->'''Minion''': That's funny. It sounds more ''made up'' to me.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'', Milo and Oscar do this while sneaking in to a girls' slumber party.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus,'' SantaClaus mispronounces his surname when passing among the people of Southtown, calling himself "Mr. 'Clows.'"
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Joker's Millions", the impovershed Joker is living in a cheap apartment due to money issues. When heading in, he's addressed at the front desk as a "Mr. Ker" implying he signed his name as "Joe Ker" when renting the place.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' N. Disguise.
* A variant: Spot in ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' actually blurts out his real name when he first arrives at the school disguised as a human, but it is misheard as "Scott", so he decides to roll with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}'': Sandra Scottle works for two competing radio stations, the latter of which she calls herself "Mandra Mottle" on which fools everyone. When her friend Julie Smockford finds out, she uses the pseudonym "Mulie Mockford."
* Done in two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' that involve crossdressing:
** In "Beauty Contest," when Stu and Grandpa disguise Tommy as a girl to enter him in the Little Miss Lovely contest, Stu starts to give his name as "Tom-" but then quickly changes it to "Tonya."
** In "The Clan of the Duck," when Chuckie and Phil decide to wear dresses for the day and meet other babies who mistake them for girls, Phil tells them his name is "Phillian" and calls Chuckie "Chuckina."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', this is parodied. Dil's name has been changed in an article to "Bill Nickels" in order to protect him. Dil sarcastically mentions that no one will make the connection.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Hit The Diamond", the Crystal Gems have to disguise themselves as humans [[ItMakesSenseInContext in order to play baseball with a team of Rubies from Homeworld.]] Pearl is "Earl", Amethyst is "Amy", Sapphire is "Sophie", and Lapis Lazuli is "[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Bob]]".
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh 86 appears to recruit people for a girls-only mission. Numbuh 3 agrees to go. [[BoisterousBruiser Numbuh 4]], not wanting to miss the action, disguises himself as a girl and tags along, claiming his codename is "Numbuh Four... Thirty... Teen... Seven". Though considering the Kids Next Door database has accepted names such as "Numbuh 65.3", "Numbuh 30c", "Numbuh 19th Century" and "Numbuh T", it's not ''that much'' of a stretch to accept there's a "Numbuh Four Thirty-Teen Seven".
* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' whose real name is Danny Fenton. This is lampshaded in "The Ultimate Enemy".
--> '''Dark Danny''': Hello? "Danny Fenton"? "Danny Phantom"? Ever noticed the similarities?
* In ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', when Mac, Bloo and a pizza delivery teen try to pass off as Frankie's ex-boyfriend to spy on her date, using a terrible TotemPoleTrench with Bloo as the "head". Frankie immediately recognizes him and calls out "Bloo?". In response, Bloo tells her she can stop calling him by his last name and just call him Orlando.
--> '''Frankie''': *Deadpan* [[Creator/OrlandoBloom Orlando Bloo?]]

* One ''Music/LesLuthiers'' routine has the composer Johann Sebastian Mastropiero composing under the name Johann Severo Mastropiano, to save his family the shame of people knowing they raised a musician.
* The main male cast of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' do this in the [[AudioAdaptation drama CD]] ''Maid in Altamira,'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext where they dressed up as]] [[FrenchMaid maids]] in a MaidCafe. Lloyd becomes Lloydie, Zelos Zelda, Genis Ginny, Regal Regala, [[spoiler: and ''Kratos'' Kratty.]] Of course, the names don't keep them from running off the customers.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When Adolf Eichmann was in an Allied POW camp, the Allies didn't know who he was. So he called himself Otto Eckmann, knowing that if someone who recognized him said his name out loud, the Americans running the POW camp wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
* There was a Soviet espionage ring in Switzerland, called The Red Orchestra, that spied on the Nazis during WWII. One of them was a Hungarian named Alexander Rado, whose codename was Dora.
* After WWII, Josef Mengele ("The Angel of Death") went into hiding in South America, but when officials were closing in on his location, he secured a fake passport and escaped to Paraguay. The named he used for the passport? "José Mengele."
* When Creator/DanielRadcliffe [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM2uXBcfLCs was posing as a receptionist for an hour]], he went under the brilliantly-covert alias of...Dan.
* Creator/StanLee was worried that making a name for himself in comics would hurt his chances of becoming a serious writer, so he split his first name in two; his real name is Stanley Lieber.
* [[WhoShotJFK Lee Harvey Oswald]] once rented a room under the alias "Oswald Lee".