->''"All she can say is 'Nyu', so let's call her that."''
-->-- '''Kouta''', ''Manga/ElfenLied''
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In PokemonSpeak, the only thing a character says is his or her name. This is essentially the inverse: a character is named for the only thing he or she says. If it's the only thing they've ''ever'' said, it might be unclear (or forgotten) which came first, especially if the first question they were asked was "what's your name?"

The way it usually works is someone with a limited or one-word vocabulary is named after that one word. Often, this will occur because other characters don't know this character's real name (if there even is one), and are uncomfortable with not having something to call them beyond "HeyYou." The simple solution: Take the only word(s) they ever utter and turn that into their name.

Note that, despite the title, the source of the name isn't necessarily a VerbalTic. However, the spirit is there in that the character's limited vocabulary is his or her defining attribute.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Chi from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}''.
* Chomesuke from ''Manga/DGrayMan'', ''cho~!'' Also, Lero/[[SpellMyNameWIthAnS Relo]].
* It's suggested from the [[WordOfGod director's notes]] that Culumon (Calumon in the dub) from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', not being a real Digimon at first, ''gave himself'' his name and adopted a VerbalTic from it.
* Giru in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', as [=DB4649T2006RS=] was just too long for the main cast and the audience (the Machine Mutants still refer to him as [=DB4649T2006RS=]).
* Nyu from ''Manga/ElfenLied.'' Her speech pathology makes sense, as she took a bullet to the head (see "Tan" in real life below for what brain damage can do) but her recovering then becomes an issue.
%%* Chibi-Chibi from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
* Pyoro in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''.
* The little draconic creature Raac ([[spoiler: who turns out to be a magical spy for Borel/Krasus]]) in ''Manga/WarcraftTheSunwellTrilogy.''
* Nyorori from ''Anime/JuuniSenshiBakuretsuEtoRanger'' ends every sentence with his name, Nyorori.
* ''Anime/DiGiCharat's'' Pyokola Analogue III ends hers with "pyo!"
* Babu, Chihiro's cat whose death and subsequent zombification triggered the plot of ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'', was named after the sound he makes, due to malformed vocal cords.
* Mone in ''Anime/{{Yumeria}}''.
* Yun in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. In the anime, Komatsu used the Wall Penguin chick's cry to call out for it when it got lost, and the name fell into place afterwards.
* Chicchi the flower spirit in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is an odd example in that she's not named for her ''own'' verbal tic, but because it's the sound that rats-- her only companions until Guts shows up-- make.
* Coo from ''Anime/SummerDaysWithCoo''.
* The main characters of ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' meet but never learn the name of one of the Information Alliance's Elites. They nickname her "Oh Ho Ho" because every time she speaks she starts off with a NoblewomansLaugh.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* Todd Casil from ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' and the SpinOff ''Squee!'' makes a squeaking noise when he's scared, which is quite often. When he meets the AxCrazy Johnny and is asked his name, naturally the only noise he could muster up was "Squee!", which later became Johnny's nickname for him.
* ''ComicStrip/PaulusDeBoskabouter'': Krakras the crow, whose name is based on the crow sound ''Kra'', described as ''krassen'' in Dutch. Oehoeboeroe the owl's name is based on the sounds an owl makes.
* The Howlibird from ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'', due to its screeching noise of "howli howli howli".


[[folder: Film ]]

* Film/{{Eegah}} in the film of the same name.
* Yeah-Yeah from ''Film/TheSandlot''.
* In ''Film/TopsyTurvy'', Gilbert dubs a young Japanese woman "Miss Sixpence Please" after the only two words of English she seems to know.
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'':
-->'''Henry Hill:''' ''[narrating]'' ...And Jimmy Two-Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice, like:\\
'''Jimmy Two-Times:''' I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers.
* The titular character from ''Film/TheBabadook'' is described in a book as anouncing it's arrival with a rumble and three knocks that sound "Ba BA-ba DOOK! DOOK! DOOK!"


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Errand from ''Literature/TheBelgariad.'' His real name, given in the ''Mallorean'', is Eriond.
* Oy from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. He's a billy-bumbler, which is a talking raccoon-like creature native to Mid-World. The name comes from his attempts to say "boy".
* Gleep the baby dragon in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' book series. In a story written from Gleep's POV it's shown that he's [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue quite intelligent and erudite]] -- the problem isn't his linguistic ability, it's that his vocal cords aren't yet capable of human speech.
** He does learn to talk more understandably in later books, however.
* Gollum from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', because of the noise he made in his throat, and Níniel (meaning "tear-maiden") in ''The Silmarillion'', after losing her memory.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Hodor, the lovable simpleton stable hand whose only word is "Hodor". Later on, Old Nan reveals that his real name is Walder, which she thinks is [[PokemonSpeak what he's trying to say]], but few people even remember him having another name.
* A partial example from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is Hodgesaargh the falconer from the kingdom of Lancre. He speaks normally, but that's what he says whenever asked for his name (thanks to one of his overzealous falcons trying to attack him): "I'm Hodges... ''aargh''!".
** Also, from ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' is Sneebs, so called because that's all he ''says'', though whenever he says "Sneebs" you hear words in your head.
* As a half-example, in the Legends of Ulm series, the protagonist, Gom, was named for the sound he made as a baby.
* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', Twig is named his ''own name'' by a trog insistent on keeping him as a pet. Her mother insists that she won't have a pet that talks, and when Twig unthinkingly answers her question "What's your name?", he tries to make it sound like a verbal tic: "Twigtwigtwigtwig. Twigtwigtwig". The trog delightedly responds "I think I'll call him Twig."
* In the ''Literature/LayerCake'' novel, the DiabolicalMastermind's bodyguard gained a habit from his SAS experience of calling everyone "Troop". Thus, he's identified as Mr. Troop (in the film, he doesn't have the habit, but is still given that name).
* ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', inverted. Technical Sergeant Garp's name is the only thing he can say.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'': "[[{{Sssssnaketalk}} Assssmodeussssss]] ..."
* In one of the funnier parts of ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', when the Talking Beasts adopt Uncle Andrew as a pet they name him Brandy [[INeedAFreakingDrink because he makes that noise so often]]. Unusual in that Uncle Andrew was perfectly capable of speech. The animals named him this because they couldn't understand much of the other stuff he was saying--partly because he was [[HeroicBSOD rendered rather incoherent]] by the previous events of the novel, and partly because he shut off his mind from communication.
* Freak the griffin from ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' is partly named because of his freakish behavior, and partly because of the screeching noise that he makes.
* Eppon in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' is both this ''and'' PokemonSpeak.
* In ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Honey Wilkes gets her nickname from the fact that she calls everyone "from her father to the fieldhands" by that endearment.
* The main character from the ''Literature/JacobTwoTwo'' books got his nickname because, being the youngest of five siblings, he's used to say things twice since he's not noticed the first time.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Anyang! In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Lucille Bluth adopts a Korean boy that doesn't speak English. He pretty much only says the word "Anyang," which means "hello" or "how do you do" in Korean, and the Bluths decide that it is actually his name. Whenever he's present and one of them mentions Anyang, he usually says his name back (because that is the polite response if they were speaking Korean).
** And it turns out his real name is "Hel-loh."
* Chantho from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Utopia" precedes everything she says with "chan" and follows it with "tho." Apparently, leaving them out is rude where she comes from.
** Possibly Dorothy "Ace" Mc Shane, who tends to shout "Ace!" when she's enthusiastic about something.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has Hodor, the lovable simpleton who keeps repeating this word, and people consider it to be his name. His birth name is Wylis. [[spoiler: It's revealed that the reason he can only say "Hodor" is that he had a magically caused seizure when he was a teenager, during which he foresaw his own death. "Hold the door", deformed into "Hodor", turns out to be the last words he ever hears.]]
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'': "ZUBAAN!"
* Count Blah from ''Series/GregTheBunny'' has an extensive vocabulary, but he's named after his Verbal Tic of saying "Blah" at the end of sentences. Which did not go well when in-universe ExecutiveMeddling made him change his name to Count A'ight, which he couldn't pronounce.
* Nuh-Uh from ''Film/TheLittleRascals''.
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'' there is an Unas named Chaka. Or rather, that's what Daniel calls him, 'cause that's what he says most often. There's a language barrier, you see.
* Series/DeFabeltjeskrant: In this Dutch children's show many characters had names that were based on the sounds they made, such as Zoef the hare, who always said ''Zoef Zoef''.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Noodle of ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'' learned to speak English later on, but at the time she was [[GirlInABox mailed to the other band members]], the only word of it she knew was "Noodle". So they decided to call her that.
* According to legend, Lemmy of Music/{{Motorhead}} earned his nickname as a schoolboy by constantly mooching from friends, such as with the phrase, "Lemmy a quid!"
* Louie Cuneo, nicknamed ''The Turkey'', was a friend of Music/FrankZappa who had a very peculiar laugh, much like a turkey. He can be heard on the album ''Music/LumpyGravy'' (1968).


[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* The wyrm-corrupted Black Spiral Dancers from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' were given a new name upon completion of their first dance around the black spiral, after the first sound they made. Mostly these new names are incoherent noises of rage or distress, but one notably unfortunate individual was named ''Parrupt'', as the first sound she made did not come from her mouth...
* KILLFRENZY, the Chaos-possessed starship from, guess it, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}.''
* A semi-related example; In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', it is an obscure fact about goblins that they are named after the noise their mother made when giving birth to them. Though there wouldn't be a whole lot of creativity going into their names anyway, considering that goblins are born in litters, (giving them their [[ZergRush iconic numbers]]) and are none too bright to begin with (giving them there [[ZergRush iconic tactics]]).
* The famous ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' story of [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Noh Noh]]. A DM had a group of adventurers enter a room with a couple of treasures and a little girl. The girl wasn't a real person, but a magical construct who could only say two things "No" and "Please don't take these items". The players, unsure of what to do, tried to ellicit more responses from her, but failed. Finally the bard tried playing a beautiful song, and rolled so high on his skill check that the DM had a single tear roll down the girl's cheek. The players immediately decide [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe she's too adorable to leave behind]] and adopt her, naming her "Noh". The DM eventually allowed her to be granted a soul and a personality (and the ability to truly speak), but the name stuck.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* There was a kids' musical where the main character's only phrase was "No Fibbin'," so that's what the other characters called him. It was pretty odd.
* Nicely-Nicely Johnson from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', who always says "nicely, nicely, thank you" when someone asks how he's doing.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Nina in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'' is named after the only sound her damaged vocal cords are capable of producing.
* Although Gau from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' can say quite a few words, his favorite seems to be "gau", a Japanese onomatopoeia for roaring.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' the player encounters an amnesiac Mammet when looking for Gentelman Inspector Hildebrand Manderville. Hildebrand opts to name the Mammet Gigi since that was the word it repeated when it woke up. As a bystander tries to point out that "gigigigi" is a general verbal tic for ''every'' Mammet, he gets ignored when Gigi admits he kinda likes the name.
* Mitsuru from ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' tends to end his sentences with ''daze'', leading to Subaru nicknaming him "the ''daze-daze'' kid".


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* [[ChromeChampion Klik]] from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''.
* Tocsin in ''Webcomic/DragonTails'', though he eventually learned how to speak properly.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the [[http://girlgenius.wikia.com/wiki/Nyar_Spider Nyar Spider]], such named by fans after what it says when doing anything. [[AllThereInTheManual The novels]] give it a more scientific name, though.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[strike: Amy]] Blue in the ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'' Remix episode.
* In their playthrough of ''[[Videogame/AnotherWorld Out of This World]]'', the WebVideo/GameGrumps call Buddy the Alien "Mike Aruba" because the main thing the character says in-game is "Mycaruba."


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Susan Strong on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. Her first came from her trying to say "sun", and her last name came from saying she was strong.
* Timmy from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
* Poof from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
** Does Chet Ubetcha count? You betcha (but not very often, though).
* Goo in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' got her name because her parents let her choose her name when she was born and the only thing she could say was "goo goo gaa gaa."
* Tweety Bird of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' in spirit - he doesn't actually tweet much, but, well, he's a canary.
* Creator/{{Pixar}}
** Boo in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' is a slight variant. Her real name is Mary, but she's just a baby and doesn't know how to introduce herself. 'Boo' wasn't the first word she said to Sully, but she screams it later.
** Bubbles the yellow tang from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', who gets his name from the treasure chest-shaped aquarium decoration that periodically spouts bubbles, and his obsession with it.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the characters call an alien Meap because [[StarfishLanguage that's the only word he says]] (so that's how he replies when they ask his name). He gets hold of a [[TranslatorMicrobes translator mustache]] at the end of the episode, though. Considering he never corrects the kids when he does speak English, and his enemy Mitch also calls him Meap, it might actually be his name.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' Comedy Show had Dino's nephew Pow Pow who would say his name at the end of his sentences.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': One gnome is named "Schmebulock", which is all he ever says. Given the context (e.g., he'll say so after being asked his name or casually called by a nickname), it's intentionally ambiguous as to whether he says it to tell people his name, or if he's called that because it's all he says.
* The Tooky Tooky bird from ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTHeJungle''

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* King Erik VI Menved (1274-1319) of Denmark. The byname "Menved" is derived from his habit of saying "ved alle hellige maend" (by all holy men).
* Heinrich II Jasomirgott (1107-1177), Duke of Austria. His byname "Jasomirgott" is explained as a slightly garbled form of "yes so help me God", which he apparently used a lot.
* Charles Ludwich Dodgeson, otherwise known by his pen name Creator/LewisCarroll, was nicknamed by his friends as 'DoDo Dodgeson' due to his stammer which made him call himself 'Do-Do-Dodgeson'.
* Ernesto "Che" Guevara, nicknamed after the Argentine slang interjection "che", which he used a lot.
* A famous patient in the field of expressive aphasia known as Tan could only produce the sound "tan". Paul Broca's research on Tan's brain after he died revealed extensive damage caused by Syphilis in a particular area of his brain, an area which would later be known as Broca's area. It is one of the parts of the brain responsible for the formation of words and coherent speech.
* In many languages, dogs and other animals ''do'' go around saying what they are called in that language, such as "gau" for "dog" and "maau" for "cat" in Cantonese.
** You get a number of birds named after the sounds they produce, like the chickadee, the whippoorwill, the bobwhite and the cuckoo.
*** And that isn't only the case in English: German: Kuckuck, French: Coucou (pronounce "coocoo"), Chinese: Xique (approximately: shee-chue-eh, a magpie).
** The Japanese Cicada - [=TsukuTsuku=] Boshi.
** Gecko lizards. Their name comes from the fact that their chirps sound like they're saying "gecko gecko" over and over again.
*** The Tokay Gecko in particular makes the distinct "gecko gecko" chirp as well as a chirp that sounds like "tokeh"... which is where it got its name.
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coqui coquí]], a family of small tree frogs native to Puerto Rico, named for its distictive call, "co-KEE."
** The Quagga (an extinct relative of the zebra) was said to be named after its call (or the Khoikhoi word for zebra)
*** South Africa has plenty more where that came from: tok-tokies (beetles that make that 'tok-tok' sound by thumping the ground with their abdomens), the Hadeda (an ibis that makes that call - a lot), repeating words like "now-now" for emphasis in common speech... I could list forever.
** The Aracuan (yes, they actually do exist), a South American bird named after its distinct call.
* The Greeks thought that the languages of everyone beyond their borders sounded like "Bar bar bar bar bar"--hence, barbarians. (Barbaros if you're talking to an ancient Athenian.)
* In ''Creator/DaveBarry Does Japan'', Dave and his family stay in a Japanese inn and are served by a woman who tends to answer any questions with "Hai domo!", which he interpreted to mean "Yes, very!". As such, the family started referring to her as the Very Lady.