"Honorific", in linguistic lingo, refers to the little prefixes, suffixes, or titles that are added to a name in most languages, like "Mr.", "Mrs.", "Dr.", "[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]]" and the like. Japanese, naturally, has them. One interesting feature, however, is that there are far more of them with far more nuances of meaning than there are in other languages. They can be either attached to the end of a name, or in some cases (such as "sensei", much like the English "Professor") as standalone substitutes for names.

[[JapanesePoliteness Etiquette is a critical part of Japanese language and culture]], and honorifics are a key element in that. In general they are expressions of respect or endearment, but as with many terms in many languages, delivery -- tone and emphasis -- can change a title of utmost honor to a sarcastic insult. [[HeyYou Using the wrong honorific,]] or the right honorific in the wrong way, can result in anything from simple disdain to (in feudal times, at least) [[SillyReasonForWar clan warfare]].

More and more often, they are [[TooLongDidntDub used without explanation]] in English translations, more often in subtitles or translations of manga than in dubs. This makes sense in some contexts, such as when the characters are in a context that has a lot of Japanese cultural elements anyway, or when they are needed to prevent things being LostInTranslation, [[GratuitousJapanese but translators have a tendency to just overdo it overall.]]

Of course, while keeping most of these definitions in mind, when one is speaking [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic actual Japanese]] to actual Japanese people and is unsure which honorific to use, it is always best to just ask, and then use what they tell you. Even if he's 6'6" and captain of the soccer team, if he wants you to call him "Dai-chan"... [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat you call him]] [[MachoCamp "Dai-chan".]]

See also UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns, {{Keigo}}, UsefulNotes/KoreanHonorifics.

!!Honorifics used only as suffixes

:''-san'': The most common honorific, and the one most familiar to non-Japanese. Roughly equivalent to most everyday English honorifics, it is generally employed with someone of the same social station as yourself, but can be used any time you need to be generically polite. This is commonly translated and most closely related to the English "Mr." or "Ms." However, it's often dropped entirely in translations, since it's used in contexts where any honorific at all would seem excessively formal in English. (Example: high school students addressing each other with "Mr." or "Ms." would come across as overly formal)

:''-han'': [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai-ben]] version of ''-san''. Not used very much if the vowel sound of the last character ends with "i" , "u" or "n".

:''-sama'': A term of great respect, one step higher than ''-san''. In fantasy or historical contexts, it's generally translated as lord/lady or a similar term, but since modern English really has no honorific expressing such extreme deference, Mr. or Ms. usually has to do. In situations where there isn't a massive gap in social status between the speaker and the person being addressed, the use of ''-sama'' can border on grovelling. However, it has some standard uses: it's a flattering way for a business.company to address its customers and clients; it's used when addressing letters to friends; and a young woman may playfully use it for a guy she has a massive crush on.
** In rare cases, ''-sama'' can also be used sarcastically to indicate extreme ''dis''respect. The pejorative [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns second-person pronoun]] ''kisama'' is written with kanji that mean something like "honored sir," but today the real meaning of the term is more along the lines of "you bastard." (In military parlance, it keeps its old respectful sense, which is an endless source of jokes among civilians.) Men who want to express over-the-top arrogance can attach ''-sama'' to the macho and aggressive first person pronoun ''ore'' and refer to themselves as ''ore-sama'', something like "my magnificent self". This is often {{Woolseyi|sm}}zed to ThirdPersonPerson.

:''-dono'': Originally "lord," in the feudal sense, once denoting a higher level of respect than ''-sama''. However, while ''-dono'' denotes high status on the part of the person being addressed, it does not imply lower status on the part of the speaker, unlike ''-sama''. It thus serves as a face-saving way for high-ranking ''JidaiGeki'' characters to address others of high rank. Today, it's considered slightly less respectful than ''-sama'' due to the lack of self-humbling. However, it's rather archaic to use at all these days; in anime it's sometimes used as an anachronism to indicate the speaker's age (Cologne in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Washu in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', etc.), or in feudal/historical settings. The only place it's still more or less widely used is the military, cf. "kisama".

:''-kun'': Used with boys' names to denote familiarity or endearment; also used between peers by men, or when addressing someone younger or of a lower social standing. Despite its predominant usage with males, it can be used with girls as well, such as addressing a coworker of lower position. In particular, teachers will often use ''-kun'' for older female students. This is a way of preserving the difference in social standing, while avoiding the intimacy of an honorific such as ''-chan'' which might be considered inappropriate between teacher and student. Also typically used with a {{Bokukko}} character, for obvious reasons.

:''-chan'': A general, informal term of endearment with overtones of intense cuteness, most frequently used for (and between) girls, but also applicable to pets, small children regardless of gender, friends, or lovers. Making it part of a nickname is even more so, and is done primarily for little kids, {{Kawaiiko}} teen girls, close friends (regardless of gender), or lovers (for whom it is especially intimate). Sometimes translated as 'little'; for example, "[[Anime/WitchHunterRobin Robin-chan]]" becoming "little Robin", sometimes translated as "-baby" (as in [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Kunō-baby]]). Literally speaking, it's the diminutive -- a cultural equivalent to calling your friend "Jimmy" instead of just plain Jim. Technically speaking, it's what would properly be termed the ''affectionate'' diminutive. However, as the "Kunō-baby" example shows, it can also be used as a ''derisive'' diminutive, depending upon context and tone.

:''-chin'': An even more diminutive variant of ''-chan''. Most commonly used by young girls who are very close friends. This is often contracted to make it easier to roll off the tongue, for instance Yukari-chin would become Yukarin.

:''-tan'': A small child's slurred mispronunciation of ''-chan.'' If it is used by an adult at all, unless [[CutenessProximity speaking to an infant or toddler]], the person is most likely either being sarcastic, or a poser {{Kawaiiko}}. A non-anime example of this is a certain fast food fried chicken chain's mascot in Japanese advertising, an adorable little girl, "[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/78822/bisuke-tan-kfc_-company-object_on_head Bisuke-tan]]," who carries an enormous biscuit on top of her head; her name can probably best be translated as "Widdle Biscuit." This is also how the name for the WebOriginal/OSTan[=s=], the SuperDeformed mascots representing operating systems and software programs, was derived -- and by extension, any [[MoeAnthropomorphism young female anthropomorphization]]. The deliberate misspelling ''-taso'' (based on the visual similarity between the katakana characters for ''n'' and ''so'') is often used in Japanese internet communities when referring to certain (almost exclusively female) characters ([[Manga/KOn Mugi]]-taso, [[Literature/{{Hyouka}} Eru]]-taso) and real people ([[Creator/MaayaUchida Ma]][[AlternateCharacterReading rei]]-taso, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Lipnitskaya Ripu]]-taso).

:''-tama'', ''-chama'': Similarly, these are baby-talk versions of ''-sama'', with the exception of "obocchama" which is used to address the son of someone who is of higher social standing, roughly equivalent to "young master."

:''-pyon'': A slang honorific, indicating that the speaker is being very cutesy/sweet/lovey-dovey with the person he is addressing.

:''-pi'': A cutesy honorific for small pets. (ex. of redundancy: [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf P-Chan]])

:''-me'': A derogatory honorific, used when you refer to people, things, or concepts you're a) pissed at, b) deem despicable/inferior. Not as common in real life as anime and manga would have you believe, and it's usually used jokingly or sarcastically. Adding "-me" to your own name or a first person pronoun has a self-humbling effect.

:''-gozen'': Indicates nobility; most commonly applied to women.

!!Honorifics also used as regular/standalone words

:''-[[SenpaiKohai senpai/-sempai]]'': Usually translated as "upperclassman" in stories set in high school or college, but it more precisely means "mentor" or "senior", depending on context; it is also used in workplaces, clubs, organizations etc. for employees/members with seniority in relevance to the speaker. Due to differences between [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseRomanization romanization]] systems, it can be spelled in Western languages as either "se''n''pai" {Kunrei} or "se''m''pai" {Hepburn}. (Both spellings are technically correct; the former is a closer transliteration of the Japanese spelling, but the latter better reflects the actual pronunciation.) Senpai/sempai can be attached to the end of someone's name or be used on its own.

:''-[[SenpaiKohai kouhai]]'': The inverse of ''-senpai/-sempai'', meaning someone of a lower class year or lower seniority than the speaker. It's not strictly speaking an honorific since it's not normally attached to a name, and it's considered rude to use to a person's face.

:''-sensei'': Literally means "one who has come before". Usually heard in English referring to martial arts masters. Also applies to doctors, teachers, and masters of any profession or art. It is also standard for professional writers who are classed as teachers. In short, the rule of thumb runs thus: doctors, teachers, lawyers, writers and scientists who got their doctorates are called "sensei" automatically; with the others it's debatable. In recent years this has become an all-purpose suck-up word, and is now more often used sarcastically than as a genuinely respectful term. This has brought complaints of DudeWheresMyRespect from real masters and artists. Those who routinely read the liner notes of manga will notice that this is still used as a term of respect for - and between - prominent manga artists (e.g. "Akamatsu''-sensei''" for Creator/KenAkamatsu).

:''-shishou'': Similar to ''-sensei'', but limited to certain traditional Japanese arts and crafts, including martial arts. When used as a stand-alone word, it's usually translated as "master". It also denotes ''extreme'' respect from the speaker to their target; this is lampshaded in Manga/{{Naruto}} and ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''.

:''-hakase'': Used when addressing an academic whose expertise is VERY high. Technically this means "Doctor", but in practice it's actually reserved for even higher ranks and is more or less equivalent to addressing someone as "''Professor''". On the other hand there's little hard and fast rules in this area and the correct usage depends more on the personal preferences of the addressee.

:''-niisan/-neesan'': Literally refers to one's older brother or sister, respectively, but can also be used to refer to a relative within your generation that is older than you (e.g. an older cousin) ''or'' a slightly older close friend that you consider to be ''like'' a brother or sister, similar to ''-senpai''. [[note]] As the Japanese "e" is pronounced similarly to the French "é", the pronunciation of these two apparently-similar honorifics is quite different.[[/note]] To directly address your brother or sister, add ''O-'' to the beginning (it denotes respect), but if you don't feel particularly respectful, feel free to omit it. Siblings trying to be cute will sometimes refer to their older counterparts as ''Onii-chan'' or ''Onee-chan''. An alternate way of being very casual, typically seen more in fiction than reality, is to drop the ''san'' and address the subject as "-''nii''" or "-''nee''".

:''-jisan/-basan'': Literally refers to one's uncle or aunt respectively, but also used to refer to middle-aged adults with whom the speaker is already acquainted. Changing it to ''-jichan'' or ''-bachan'' denotes familiarity and is like saying Aunty. Not seen as insulting unless the person is sensitive about their age. ([[ObaSan A woman under 30 is likely to be insulted, though.]]) Be careful with how long you draw out the ''i'' and ''a'' sounds, lest this suffix become...

:''-jiisan/-baasan'': Literally refers to one's grandfather and grandmother, but also used to refer to much older adults with whom the speaker is already acquainted. Changing it to ''-jiichan'' or ''-baachan'' is like saying Gramps or Granny. Not seen as insulting unless the person is sensitive about their age.

:''-bouzu'': One level below ''-kun'' on the formality ladder. It's an affectionate masculine diminutive, how one might address a particularly young niece or nephew. Roughly equivalent to addressing someone with a nickname like "squirt" or in a friendly tone calling them "twerp", ''or'' to express mild irritation/annoyance.

:''-shi'': A very generic and very polite suffix used in formal writing and speech to refer to someone whom the speaker or writer has never met but know about through writing and hearsay. Most often used by news presenters and writers of legal documents. If there is only one person addressed as ''shi'' in a document, it is permissible to use "shi" as a standalone pronoun.

!!Other things

As noted above, ''-dono'' comes from the word ''tono'', meaning "lord". Several other terms for social rank seem to be used as honorifics as well, most notably ''-oujo'' and ''-hime'', both of which mean "princess". ''[[{{Ojou}} "-ojou" or "-ojousama"]]'' is regularly used for girls from very well-to-do families.

Likewise, which version of a person's name to use will also convey varying degrees of formality; the Japanese generally tend to be on a LastNameBasis except for family or intimate friends, so addressing a coworker, neighbor or casual acquaintance using their given name instead of their family name in cases where a full name would be too formal would usually be considered quite forward regardless of the honorific attached to it. As with any such distribution things tend to towards the center rather than the extremes; attaching formal honorifics to informal names and vice-versa tends to either connote sarcasm or just sound silly so "Family Name -san" is most likely to be the most acceptable form for most people on most occasions. This provides yet another subtle shading of formality: "Ranma-san" is less formal than "Saotome-san" even though the same honorific is used. It's not uncommon for Japanese to be on first name basis with peers of their own gender and last name basis with those of the opposite, as being on a first name basis with someone of the opposite gender who is not related implies a higher degree of intimacy then acquaintance, classmate or coworker would supply.

Using no honorific at all (called ''yobisute'') is also an honorific -- it's a "null honorific", and it means the speaker is addressing the person to whom he is speaking in an intimate and familiar manner usually restricted to family, spouses or one's closest friends. Usually, this is only done when FirstNameBasis permission is granted by the subject. Using no honorific without such permission is a grave insult; this is a subtlety lost on many foreign visitors, who may offend people with no idea that they're doing so (although nowadays this is generally not the case for most foreigners since most Japanese understand that many languages do not use honorifics, and many foreigners, particularly business travelers, brush up on Japanese etiquette before visiting). Addressing someone in ''yobisute'' for the first time frequently marks an important point in a RomanceArc or friendship.

%% Since honorifics are an OmnipresentTrope in Japanese-language works, please only include examples where: a) the characters use Japanese-language honorifics while speaking some other language, b) the honorifics are translated in some interesting way, or c) the honorifics have some unusual usage. Thanks!


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* "''[[SempaiKohai Sempai]]''" is frequently used without explanation in English dubs these days.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' has power and hierarchy in relationships as a major theme, so it's no surprise that honorifics are used in all sorts of interesting ways to reveal this. (The dub tries its best to get the idea across, but can't always manage.) There's ''lots'' of examples, but one of the major ones is Anthy's habit of using ''-sama'' for the current winner of the duels. At the beginning of the show, she always addresses Saionji as Saionji-''sama'' (translated here as "Master Saionji"). Then, after Utena defeats him, Anthy [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome emotionally devastates him with one sentence]]:
-->'''Anthy:''' "Take it easy, Saionji-... ''sempai''."
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys.
** Sayaka, being a tomboyish girl, calls everyone ([[HeyYou except Homura]]) by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only two occasions are during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san'', and in the first Drama CD, where she addresses Homura as Akemi-''san'' [[spoiler:in the first timeline]].
** Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others.
** Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls anyone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific, this is due to her arrogant, cynical and selfish nature.
** Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. This is [[spoiler:an act of her deliberately distancing herself from the others and her shift from a ShrinkingViolet into TheStoic.]]
** Kyubey never use honorifics because he [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
* As expected in a series revolving around the concept that words are spells, in ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' honorifics are so important that the English translation of the manga simply decides to keep all of them.
** To start off, after expecting Ritsuka to know him, Soubi addresses Ritsuka as just 'Ritsuka' upon meeting him. Ritsuka in turn starts immediately addressing him as simply 'Soubi' without any honorifics.
** Upon meeting, Yuiko addresses herself [[ThirdPersonPerson with her own name]] (indicating her child-like nature [[ShrinkingViolet and her massive insecurities]]), and insists that Ritsuka call her 'Yuiko' too, though she addresses him as 'Ritsuka-kun', (he simply continues addressing her as 'you'.) Later on when they agree to be friends, he begins calling her by 'Yuiko' alone, and only after he breaks her of the habit of referring to herself by her own name. When Ritsuka's friend Osamu shows up, calling him without an honorific, Ritsuka tells her she refer to him as just 'Ritsuka'. She tries this once before going back to referring to him as 'Ritsuka-kun' again.
** When Shinonome-sensei meets Soubi, whom she starts off calling 'Agatsuma-san', but resolves to start calling him 'Soubi-kun' after he says he doesn't like older women after she becomes flustered around him and generally is a jerkass towards her, which is important on her part because this is how she refers to her male students.
** Manchild Nagisa refers to Seven, possibly her only friend, as Seven-tan to demonstrate how childish she is, despite the fact that most of the people associated with Seven Moons Academy and Septimal Moon refer to each other without honorifics, with the exception of Ritsu and Soubi who refer to each other as 'Ritsu-sensei' and 'Soubi-kun.'
** Mei calls Mimuro by just Mimuro, and complains when Mimuro doesn't address her as 'Mei-chan' or 'Mei' (he thinks it's creepy to use their real names), when even Neisei refers to her this way.
** Mimuro admits to being unable to deny Neisei any requests because when making them he addresses him directly, using "Senpai, please" to ask for favors.
** Viz's translation omits the honorifics, translating most of them either badly ("Nagisa-sensei" becoming "Miss Nagisa" is particularly glaring) or not at all (and the difference between "'Muro-senpai" and just "'Muro" is huge for characters who rely heavily on the senpai/kouhai dynamic). It's the one thing Viz isn't doing better than Tokyopop.
* In the dub for one of the sequels to ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', Nanami runs around a castle calling for "Makoto-chan".
* Haruhi always uses -senpai when talking to Tamaki, who is in the year above her, in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. When she does the same thing during summer vacation, he shouts at her "I'm not your senpai! I'm just an acquaintance." [[spoiler:She even does this after they've been dating for 2 years.]]
** The Hitaachin twins often attach "-dono/tono" to [[ShelteredAristocrat Tamaki's]] name, teasing his status as "King" of the HostClub, though by the end of the manga they've come to respect him enough to address him as "tono" entirely without irony.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Haruhi refers to Koizumi as "Koizumi-kun" but Kyon just as [[HeyYou "Kyon"]], implying more familiarity with the latter. The uber-polite Koizumi addresses all the girls as "-san" which translates as "miss" in the English dubs ("Suzumiya-san" becomes "Miss Suzumiya.") Kyon addresses Mikuru as "Asahina-san," yet is on a FirstNameBasis with Haruhi, and doesn't use honorifics when speaking to [[VitriolicBestBuds Koizumi]], nor with Yuki (whom he calls just "Nagato").
** In the Disappearance movie and ''Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'', the version of Yuki involved is surprisingly respectful toward others, referring to even her best friend Ryoko as "[[LastNameBasis Asakura]]-san" (dubbed as "Miss Asakura").
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Teenagers Ranma and Ukyō have pet names for each other using the truncated name + ''-chan'' structure ("Ranchan" and "Ucchan", the latter doubling as a pun on her Kansai dialect). These date back to their initial friendship at age six. At least one background character, upon hearing their use, commented that this was "little kid stuff". These are carried over largely without explanation in the English dub, though Ukyō's habitual "Ran-chan" is often translated as "Ranma-honey" instead.
** Likewise, Sōun and Genma always refer to each other as "Saotome-kun" and "Tendo-kun", reflecting their status as old friends and fellow students of Happōsai. In their case it's supposed to sound more adolescent than juvenile.
** Ranma repeatedly refuses to acknowledge the ultra-rich buffoon Tatewaki Kunō's insistence that Ranma show him the respect due an upperclassman by addressing him as "{{Sempai|Kohai}}". The dub translates this mostly literally as demanding to be called "Upperclassman Kuno." Whenever Ranma does use ''-sempai'', he tends to either deliberately mispronounce Kunō's name so it sounds more like "no abilities" than "nine abilities", or (in the manga, naturally) use katakana to denote a mocking pronunciation of the term.
** Likewise, Nabiki invariably refers to Kunō as Kunō-chan (translated as "Kunō-baby" in the English dub) as a way to mock his excessive formality. It's hard to combine a formal name with the diminutive "-chan" in a way that doesn't imply sarcasm, derision or even contempt.
** Ranma and Akane consistently address each other using ''yobisute'', and the lack of honorifics underlines both their status as the OfficialCouple and the ambiguous WillTheyOrWontThey nature of their relationship. The reason Kunō first gets mad at Ranma for addressing Akane so casually was because Ranma was using ''yobisute''.
** Cologne refers to Ranma as "muko-dono" (son-in-law).
** While this usage may not be entirely linguistically correct, it has long been traditional in Western anime fandom to use "Ranma-kun" and "Ranma-chan" to refer to Ranma when he is in his male and female aspects, respectively.
** Kodachi will usually refer to Ranma as "Ranma-sama" (Dearest Ranma), which was translated as "Ranma sir" in the early manga and "Ranma Darling" in the dub.
** Kasumi, as one might expect, uses (and receives) textbook-perfect honorifics (erring on the polite side) underlining her status as the resident YamatoNadeshiko. She always uses "-kun" for the boys. Her sisters, being family, get either "imouto" or ''yobisute'', and Akane and Nabiki refer to her with the affectionate ''oneechan''. It's worth noting that Ranma, who tends to be either sloppy or sarcastic with his honorifics, ''always'' speaks respectfully to Kasumi, and even calls her "Kasumi-oneechan" (beloved big sister Kasumi) on occasion, just like the girls do. Kasumi herself addressed Ranma as "-chan" right after their very first meeting, when the Tendo sisters still thought she was just a girl.
** When Ranma disguises ''her''self as Akane's cousin "Ranko" in Nodoka's (Ranma's mother) presence, everyone addresses her as "Ranko-chan," even Ranma herself.
** And at the height of arrogance, the character Saffron from the end of the manga refers to himself as "yo-sama" (''yo'' being an archaic and extremely honorable first-person pronoun.) To take it further, to refer to oneself as "-sama" is considered ''extremely'' arrogant and rude.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Yahiko is once teased by a couple of {{Delinquents}} calling him "Yahiko-chan"; the Latin American dub leaves the "chan", implying he hates being called like that. In a side story, he [[BerserkButton gets quite annoyed when a girl calls him that]], but ruefully accepts the title after failing to protect the girl from some thugs. Kanryuu becomes enraged when [[TheDragon Aoshi]] refers to him without honorifics.
** In Yahiko's case, when the manga was translated for Brazilian audiences, it was shown by having him called "Yahikozinho". The suffix "-zinho" turns his name into "Little Yahiko". In the anime, he was called "Garoto (Boy) Yahiko". He hates being considered a child and/or small.
** There's also the titular protagonist's consistent use of "Kaoru-dono" to show that he genuinely respects [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids her idealism]].
*** He also refers to Misao, as well as Toki and Shigure from TheMovie, as "-dono". Again, likely to show his respect to their thoughts and beliefs.
*** In Kenshin's case it's for the most part simply a normal way of old-school samurai speech. Kenshin as a rule speaks ''very'' politely and old-fashioned, so him using the "-dono" honorific is only to be expected, even if it hasn't yet fallen out of use even among the general population. Note that Kenshin technically isn't a samurai, but back in the Bakumatsu times anyone who can afford two swords ''was'' it... (Now, if he starts dropping said honorifics and switches his [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns personal pronoun]] from ''sessha'' to ''ore''... [[SuperPoweredEvilSide RUN]].)
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'':
** After discovering Tenchi's royal ancestry, Princess Ayeka almost invariably calls him "Tenchi-sama". In the dub this is translated as "Lord" matching the more archaic usage. (She also speaks in an [[{{Keigo}} archaic, formal Japanese]] which is rendered in English by the device of a British accent.)
** Washu (who is 20,000 years old and the galaxy's greatest scientific mind) [[InsistentTerminology insists on being called "Washu-chan"]] ("Little Washu" in the dubbed version) by everyone (except Ryoko, who she insists should call her "Mom" instead), ''especially'' ultra-formal Ayeka. She generally refers to Tenchi as "Tenchi-dono", indicating her age.
** Ryoko, being extremely informal and not at all interested in other people's concepts of what's polite, doesn't use honorifics. Tenchi, on the other hand, uses standard honorifics for everyone ''except'' Ryoko, who he addresses by name only.
* In the English translation of ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', Hyatt almost always refers to Excel as "Senior Excel" or just "Senior" -- a reasonable, if not exactly standard, usage that reflects the Japanese "Excel-[[SempaiKohai sempai]]". Il Palazzo, their immediate superior, addresses Excel (as an example of its use in a context other than schoolboys) as "Excel-kun".
* During a FlashBack in one of the later episodes of ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi2'', the English dub actually has a child using the ''-tan'' honorific without explanation.
* The many different honorifics used in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' are an important part of characterization. For instance, each member of Kaoru's UnwantedHarem addresses him differently. [[YamatoNadeshiko Aoi]] says "Kaoru-sama"; formal [[HaremNanny Miyabi]] says "Kaoru-dono" (rendered in English as "Sir Kaoru"); easygoing American [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Tina]] says "Kaoru"; younger student [[CuteClumsyGirl Taeko]] says "Hanabishi-sempai"; and rich girl [[TheOjou Mayu]] says "Hanabishi-sama". In fact, the respectful honorifics that Aoi and Miyabi use should really be a problem for their cover story -- clearly Kaoru is more than just a tenant to them.
* ''Yobisute'' as a romantic turning point -- or not: In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime, Misa Amane horrifies Light Yagami by beginning to refer to him ''yobisute'' only moments after their mutually manipulative relationship is established. He comments, but is forced to acquiesce when she proposes a ridiculous nickname as the alternative. The English-dub rendition became, "Light, darling?" followed by an incredulous, "Did you just call me 'darling'?" He later grits his teeth and addresses her as ''Misa-chan,'' eliciting a wheeze from Ryuk.
** The English translation of the manga initially includes honorifics, but they drop off in the second half of the manga.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', within Team 7 alone, the kids use ''-sensei'' with Kakashi; this makes it into the English dub and the Latin-American dub (based off the English one.)
** Naruto also calls the Fifth Hokage's ''"Tsunade-baachan"''; this is actually affectionate and not as insulting as the translation "Grandma Tsunade" conveys. Sakura, who is Tsunade's apprentice, refers to her as ''shishou'' instead, indicating how she views Tsunade as her master and teacher.
** Sai starts out calling Naruto "-kun" and Sakura "-san", but after becoming friends with them in the Sasuke and Sai arc and reading a book suggesting that continuing to use honorifics makes becoming closer to friends easier, decides to start using yobisute to become closer to them.
** Hinata and Lee uses it on virtually everyone. Both seem to be pretty polite speakers compared to others.
** Itachi, Kabuto and Orochimaru at one point address Naruto with "-kun". Likely to mock him for being immature in their view.
** [[AxCrazy Hidan]] of the Akatsuki addresses Pain "-sama" attached to his name but as a sarcastic insult, since the man was one where the phrase "respect those who can easily kick your ass" did not seem to ring a bell in his thick skull.
*** He also one time referred to [[MadBomber Deidara]] with the suffix "-chan", probably in a teasing sort of way. But then again, [[MadArtist Deidara]] is a pretty blond haired boy...
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', with Naruto himself referring to [[Music/DavidBowie Kakashi]] as David Bowie-sama-sensei-senpai-san-sama...kun.
** In [[TheMovie the movie]], they refer to the main antagonist as M. Night Shyamamalama-sama-kun.
* Konata from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' at one point wonders why Kagami doesn't have a "-chan" nickname like Tsukasa ("Tsuka-chan"), Miyuki ("Yuki-chan") or Konata herself ("Kona-chan"), even though she often calls her "Kagamin". Then Kagami asks Konata to call her "Kagami-sama". Konata, [[TheGadfly of course]], acknowledges. Then Kagami feels it's really awkward and tells her to drop it.
** Quite unusually, the English dub actually retains the honorifics.
* The western fandom of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' tends to suffix the "-tan" to the [[MoeAnthropomorphism anthropomorphic incarnation of nations]] (as in "Country-tan"), partly as a way to accentuate the separation between the [[RealLife real country]] and the representation of it, and partly to remark the extremely {{Moe}} nature of the series.
** Prussia's CD is called "Ore-sama no CD" (translated as "The CD of the Awesome Me"). It combines this with UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns.
*** [[BloodKnight Prussia]] uses this ''a lot'' to refer to himself, including "Ore-sama no Blog" ("The Blog of the Awesome Me"), and just generally referring to himself as "The Awesome Me" (Ore-Sama).
** [[MemeticMutation Hima-sensei-san-chan-nii-sama-papa-troll...]]
* ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' offers three interesting examples of the use of honorifics:
** For Motoko's three {{Split Personalit|y}}ies, three different honorifics are (usually) used: Hibiki-kun (due to Hibiki being a {{Bokukko}}), Fujiko-san (sometimes Fujiko-[[OneeSama neesan]] when her maturity is to be accentuated) and Mikiri-chan (due to Mikiri being more child-like).
** Since Mikiri-chan is such a CheerfulChild, she uses the "-chan" honorific with all people, regardless of the appropriateness.
** The [[InsufferableGenius insufferable teen genius]] Kannami uses the "-kun" honorific with all the high-schoolers, even girls.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjyome always corrects anyone who doesn't give him any honorifics when saying his name with "san da" (essentially, "That's ''Mr.'' Manjyome, to you!). For some reason, every other character mistakes him as saying the Japanese pronunciation of the English "thunder", hence his now-longstanding nickname "Manjyome Thunder" (and variants).
** In the [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]], however, he doesn't seem to mind Judai just calling him "Manjoume", or Sho calling in "Manjoume-kun".
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Tomo calls her ''teacher'' "Yukari-chan" -- an informality so outrageous that the manga translates it at one point as "Yukari baby".
** Oddly enough, Chiyo uses "-chan" on Tomo despite addressing all her other classmates as "-san" (due to them being older); one possible explanation is this is due to Tomo's typical rudeness.
*** Sometimes Tomo even refers to ''herself'' as "Tomo-chan". This may either be a result of everybody else calling her "Tomo-chan" for her relative immaturity, or a demonstration of her [[SmallNameBigEgo self-attributed]] {{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}}.
** At one point, when trying to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I8IFIlzLpY lure Yomi into a "trap"]], Tomo addresses her quite unusually as "Koyomi-kun". For some reason that does not alert her.
** In the [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh ''Azumanga'']] dub, Chiyo is consistently referred to as "Chiyo-chan" by the other characters, although "Sakaki-san" is changed to "Miss Sakaki."
** Chiyo at one point becomes insecure about the idea that other students don't respect her because of her age (as she's a child prodigy who was promoted to high school at age 10), and insists to a rather bewildered underclassman that he should be addressing her as "Mihama-sempai" rather than "Chiyo-chan."
** At one point Osaka tells Chiyo not to worry about getting bigger, because a big Chiyo-chan wouldn't be Chiyo-chan at all -- she'd be "just plain Chiyo!"
* [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha, Dr. Ishida and Shamal]] use "-chan" on Vita, who looks like a young girl, despite her being ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. Nanoha has Subaru and Teana call her "Nanoha-san" instead of her rank.
** Nanoha goes from calling Shamal "Shamal-san" in A's to calling her "Shamal-sensei" ("Doctor Shamal") in [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]] after she becomes her doctor.
** During an argument between Yuuno and Chrono in the third sound stage of the first season, sparked by Chrono calling Yuuno a familiar, Chrono complains about Yuuno not using honorifics on him (although he doesn't seem to use them on anyone), and Yuuno claims he gave him permission to do so.
** Fate uses "-kaasan" as a suffix in order to clarify whether she's talking about her biological mother ([[spoiler:actually creator]]) Precia or her adoptive mother Lindy. ("Around Lindy-kaasan, it took a lot of time before I could call her 'mom' naturally").
** Vivio uses "-mama" when referring to [[HasTwoMommies Nanoha or Fate]] [[spoiler:except for that one time she used "-san" to denote that [[CloningBlues she didn't feel that she was worthy of having parents]].]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Wapol's subordinates typically address him as "Wapol-sama," before and during his return to Drum Island. This causes a slight DubInducedPlothole in the English manga, when they initially address him as "Captain Wapol" when he appears to be a mere pirate, but change to "King Wapol" after he is revealed as the former king, and when he makes landfall to reclaim his throne.
** Sanji calls the ladies using these. There's Nami-san, Vivi-chan and Robin-chan.
** Sogeking tends to use "Kun" for everyone, including himself (that is, Usopp when he isn't being Sogeking).
** And In the original Japanese, Trafalgar Law favors the equivalent of a sarcastic "mister" when addressing anyone.
** Camie the mermaid uses "-chin" on everyone, leading to some confusion when she calls Hatchan (the "chan" is an actual part of his name") "Hacchin".
** Kin'emon uses "dono" when talking to others (mostly the main characters and Law), since he is a {{samurai}}.
** Bartolomeo, being a fan of the Straw Hat Pirates, adresses everyone in the crew with "senpai".
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' uses -chan to address all the Inner girls, including Rei. Rei herself, on the other hand, uses ''-chan'' for Usagi once, then stops after Usagi angers her and from then on she refers to her as simply "Usagi". It's stated many times through out the series that Usagi and Rei are actually very close despite their bickering, which is likely why Usagi never complains. On the other hand, she refers to Mamoru as "Mamo-chan" as they become the OfficialCouple, and calls the Outer Senshi "-san" since they're older than them. Mamoru uses the pet name Usa-ko for Usagi.
** Also, the [[Anime/SailorMoon R movie]] shows just how ingrained in Japanese culture the use of honorifics is. Rei is the only one not to use an honorific when shouting Usagi's name when Usagi briefly dies. (Marmou uses Usa-ko in this scene as well however)
** In the original Japanese anime, Zoisite refers to his lover Kunzite as "-sama"; the subs would typically translate this as "master". When Viz dubbed the anime, they dropped all honorifics and "master" due to reasons of ValuesDissonance.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Zero refers to Jeremiah as "Orange-kun" in public to imply a preexisting relationship; the dub translates this as "Orange-boy." Eventually, he becomes just "Orange."
** Also of note, the English dub uses honorifics for the TranslationConvention, having scenes where Japanese characters use honorifics which implies that they're speaking Japanese to each other (and presumably English the rest of the time).
** In ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'', Nunnally initially uses "-san" on Alice (as she does for most older people of no special status) when meeting her in a flashback, but uses "-chan" on her in the present after they become friends.
* In ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'' Kumegawa Hiroshi threatens to take out his doji because Shiina Machi not using an honorific when speaking to him, though this later turns out to be BelligerentSexualTension
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In the pilot, Rukia demands that Ichigo address her as "Rukia-sama" before she returns him to his body. In the actual manga, she asks that Hanataro ''[[DontCallMeSir not]]'' call her that, and he instead calls her "Rukia-san".
** Ichigo also has a tendency to refer to both Toshiro and Byakuya by their given names instead of using honorifics when addressing them, annoying them both. ("It's Captain Hitsugaya!")
** Rukia is infamous for adressing Kaien with "-dono" (infamous to the fanbase), which is a sign of how much she idolizes him.
** Momo refers to Hitsugaya as "Hitsugaya-kun", which doesn't exactly please him either but isn't as upsetting as her calling him by the childhood nickname "Shiro-chan". On the other hand, she's more often than not referred to as "Hinamori" by him, Renji and Kira (her closest friends among the Shinigami), while others call her "Hinamori-kun" like Aizen. Pretty much the only one who refers to her as simply "Momo" is [[spoiler:Shinji Hirako]], and this only happens after [[spoiler:he retakes his place as the fifth Division Captain; it's relatively common for captains to refer to their lieutenants by their first name.]]
** Ichigo, Rukia and Chad refer to Orihime as "Inoue" (a rather rough way to refer to a girl), while Ishida uses the more polite "Inoue-san" and Tatsuki calls her "Orihime" to mark their close friendship. In return, Orihime calls the boys "(insert name)-kun", Rukia is "Kuchiki-san", and Tatsuki is "Tatsuki-chan". (Similarly, Riruka is "Riruka-chan" for her, and Riruka simply calls her "Orihime".)
*** Also, Shinji and Loly refer to Orihime as "Orihime-chan". This is a good way [[PlayingWithATrope to lay some parallels]] about the use of such an honorific: Shinji uses -chan to express a desire to be friends with Orihime due to finding her cute [[spoiler:and to blend better among the Karakura schoolers]], while Loly does so to show her ''lack'' of respect for her.
** Soi Fong refers to Yoruichi as "Yoruichi-sama", which is most often translated as "Lady Yoruichi" in the dub. Yoruichi tried to make her drop it in favor of "Yoruichi-san", to no avail. Soi Fong used no honorifics at all on Yoruichi's name during the 100 years they were separated after Yoruichi helped Urahara escape. Soi Fong started using "-sama" again when, after being defeated by Yoruichi, asking why she wasn't taken along.
** Rukia refers to Byakuya as "nii-sama", emphasizing her [[BigBrotherWorship respect]] for him and the [[AloofBigBrother distance between them]]. In contrast, Karin and Yuzu refer to Ichigo with much more affectionate terms: "Ichi-nii" and "Onii-chan", respectively.
** The Fullbringers are a rather interesting case, as they tend to refer to each other and others in ''yobisute'' aka '''not''' using any pronouns. It's more understandable with Jackie Tristan (foreigner) and Yukio Hans Voralberna ([[ButNotTooForeign half-foreigner]], most likely has Scandinavian heritage). Pretty much the only one who uses pronouns regularly is Shukuro Tsukishima, who is rather polite speaker [[SmugSnake to get under the others's skins]] -- and he doesn't use them with ''everyone'', either. (I.e., he calls Moe "Shishigawara-kun", but refers to [[spoiler:Ginjou]] with ''yobisute'')
** Yamamoto refers to his lieutenant simply as "Choujirou". In return, Sasakibe calls him "Genryusai-dono". [[spoiler:In the past, Sasakibe called him "Eijisai-dono", due to his EmbarrassingNickname.]]
** Shunsui tends to refer to his fellow captains and lieutenants by their given names plus honorifics, but manages to get away with it because he's hundreds of years older than most of them. He calls his own subcaptain, Nanao Ise (a young adult among Shinigamis), "Nanao-chan"; it's more understandable when you recall that [[spoiler:Nanao has been a member of the Eight Division ever since she was a pre-teen Shinigami girl, thus Shunsui ''has'' known her from forever... and it turns out that she's actually his niece.]]
** [[spoiler:Hikifune from the Zero Squad]] refers to Ichigo and [[spoiler:Renji]] as "Ichigo-chan" and "[[spoiler:Renji]]-chan". Made even funnier because the ones she refers to as such are an older teenager and a young adult in Shinigami years ''and'' they're very rough speakers.
** To give a sense of how much social information forms of address can carry, take a look at Isshin and Ryuuken talking in chapter 241. Isshin has a very warm and informal speech style, so his use of ''yobisute''--"Ishida"--just indicates that they've known each for a long time. It's far more revealing when Ryuuken, whose style is formal to the point of frigidity, replies in kind: he doesn't feel the need to put up a front for Isshin. [[spoiler:He also uses "Kurosaki"--Masaki's Quincy last name--to refer to Isshin, instead of "Shiba", a sign that he's finally accepted Isshin as an in-law.]]
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', when Kenichi becomes an ''uchi-deshi'' (a disciple living in the dojo), his masters insist that he begins to call them "shishō" instead of "sensei". At first, he is a little clumsy with using this honorific. Unfortunately, this important change of addressing was lost in some translations of the manga, which can confuse the readers.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', ultra-rude Kyo Sohma never uses honorifics (and more often than not, doesn't use names, relying on "you"), while ultra-polite Tohru Honda uses "-san" for ''everyone'' outside of four characters who get "-kun" and two who get "-chan". Also, she nearly always refers to people exclusively how she was first introduced to them, followed by "-san", resulting in Ritsu becoming "Ritchan-san", Mitsuru as "Mitchan-san", and Kazuma "Shishou-san."
** There's also Shigure bargining with Haru to let Yuki live with him. What Shigure wants is for Haru to call him Sensei, as he is a writer after all (but no one respects him enough to call him sensei he says, except for Mitsuru). Hatori also gets referred to as sensei occasionally (normally not by the rest of the zodiac though, he's a doctor). Same goes to Kazuma until Kyo decides he's "shishou"; that's is the honorific most people call him now, the older ones tend to use sensei or dono though.
*** Kazuma is also called 'Shihan' by his young martial arts charges (except Kyo). The translator's note says that Shihan = Shishou.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Kagome initially calls Sango "Sango-san" during their first conversation, but Sango suggests that she just call her "Sango." Afterward, the two use "-chan" on each other. Miroku uses "-dono" for pretty much every woman he meets [[FirstNameBasis except for Sango]]. Inuyasha, as the resident JerkWithAHeartOfGold, uses honorifics for no one, but does call Kaede and Myouga "Kaede-baabaa" and "Myouga-jiijii," which in both cases is a rude comment on their age (Kaede lampshades the rudeness); Kagome uses the more affectionate "Kaede-baachan" and "Myouga-jiichan," roughly equivalent to calling them "Grandma Kaede" and "Grandpa Myouga."
* In ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'', Kagami (a 27-year old woman with a very girly mind) insists the teenage Ikuto call her Kagami-chan, actually attacking him when he refers to her as Kagami-san. This is to contrast her with her far more mature eleven-year-old daughter.
** This is actually common in Japan with young women thanks to [[{{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}} kawaii culture]] and the [[NotAllowedToGrowUp pressure for women to act young and innocent]].
* In ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', Atsuko Chiba claims to be annoyed when Tokita addresses her as At-chan. Although one initially assumes that it's because such a form of address is way too intimate between co-workers, it later turns out that [[spoiler:it's because she herself is in love with him.]]
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'': Meta Knight addresses Escargon (and Kirby in earlier episodes) with -dono.
** He's also called Meta Knight-kyou by nearly everyone, and simply "Kyou" or "Tono" by his subordinates. In general, "-kyou" is the honorific used for knights in the series.
** Fumu is referred to as Fumu-sama by [[DoggedNiceGuy Kine]] (and sometimes Sword or Blade), and as Fumu-tan by her creepy otaku stalkers.
* [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lordgenome]] (yes, one word) is either called this or Genome-sama. However, there's at least one occasion where he's called [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Lordgenome-sama]]...
** [[LargeHam Kamina]] also refers to himself repeatedly as Kamina-sama. And when he first names Lagann, he uses "Lagann-sama".
** Then there's Andine's habit of addressing the protagonists with "[[HumansAreBastards ningen-domo]]"[[note]]ningen = human[[/note]]. She also calls Nia [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment hime-sama]]. ("Princess")
*** Nia herself addresses Lordgenome as [[WellDoneSonGuy "otousama"]] ("Lord Father")
*** "Hime" is actually more a normal word than an honorific, and so is itself able to take honorifics. It's indeed almost always used as "hime-sama".
** In the epilogue, [[spoiler:Simon]] calls the boy ''bozu'' who in turn calls him ''ojiisan''. He's not offended by it since he's in his forties at the time.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** An example of using 'kun' on females: Takamichi refers to all his students in this manner. Asuna-kun, Konoe-kun etc.
** Various ways in which Negi's students address Negi ([[FirstNameBasis nobody, of course, ''ever'' using his last name!]]):
*** The polite ones (e.g. Nodoka, Chachamaru) address him with ''-sensei''.
*** More frivolous ones (e.g. Makie) address him with ''-kun''.
*** Some of them (particularly those who have somewhat patronizing attitude towards him, like Kaede or Chao) use the ''-bozu'' suffix, creating both an expression of playful endearment and a PunnyName, since the full name Negi-bozu can also be translated as 'Onion-head'.
** Negi himself refers to all of the girls as -san, since he's a {{Keigo}} user; the time he referred to a girl merely by her name ("Anya"), the girls actually were ''worried'' since it was obvious he felt close enough to her to drop honorifics.
** There was also another incident involving ''yobisute'', [[http://mangafox.me/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c270/10.html but that was almost entirely for the sake of humor]].
** [[CuteGhostGirl Sayo]] uses the ''-san'' honorific for all her colleagues, probably because this was the social norm in the year 1940 when she died. She even adds the ''-san'' honorific to Nodoka's ''affectionate'' nickname "Hon'ya" ("bookstore keeper") with which ''-chan'' naturally goes.
* In ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', protagonist Nozomu is called Itoshiki-sensei by his class, which creates some confusion when Kafuka meets his identical looking older brother, a doctor, who would also be addressed as "sensei", who she initially confuses for him. The girls address each other as x-chan, and in one instance, when Nozomu's sister is addressed this way by a student who has only met her once, she gives a dirty look. In one episode/chapter, Nozomu "becomes" a high school student again, and is thus addressed as Itoshiki-kun.
* Because his Li persona is so seemingly harmless and {{adorkable}}, Black Shinigami Hei of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is generally addressed as "Li-kun" by HeroAntagonist Kirihara when interacting with him in that identity.
* In ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'', the nameless protagonist is always addressed as "sempai" by potential love-interest Akashi, since he's a bit older than her.
* The English title of ''Manga/DesertPunk'' is a translation of Suna''bōzu''.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', title character Hayate uses the -san title for everyone, in keeping with their high-class standing, including Nishizawa who sees herself as lower in stature, except Nagi and Sakuya, who he calls 'Oujo-sama'. Nagi is his master, but there seems to be no forthcoming explanation for why Sakuya is included.
** When he gave Athena the childhood nickname of 'A-Tan', it was pointed out how the nickname made her name longer to write out.
* -me is dropped left and right in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars''. Even Akari, the resident TeamMom, does not abstain.
** Blastmon also calls Tactimon "Tac-chan". The implications of this are still unclear.
* In the first season of ''Manga/KOn'', Sawako, who was, at the time, the Light Music Club's advisor but not any of the club members' teacher, was referred to by the girls as 'Sawa-chan'. Much to her dismay, however, when she '''did''' end up becoming their homeroom teacher in the second season, the girls continued calling her 'Sawa-chan', prompting the other students to follow suit. Yui sometimes goes to the trouble of calling her 'Sawa-chan-sensei'.
** When Ui tried to impersonate Yui so she could fill in for her sick sister, one of the things that threw up a flag that something was off was that she called Azusa "Azusa-chan" instead of the nickname "Azu-nyan", and can't guess her nickname when challenged. In the anime, she also adds "-san" to "Ritsu" and "Tsumugi" instead of the more familiar "Rit-chan" and "Mugi-chan". Not the clincher, but it made Sawako's claim that "Yui" was Ui right afterwards ([[IdenticalTwinIDTag Ui's chest is bigger]]) easier to buy.
** Ui normally calls her older sister's childhood friend "Nodoka-san" around other people who also do so, but she occassionally lets her formality slip and calls her with a "-chan", such as when it's just the three of them, or when she's congratulating Nodoka on getting into the school of her choice. This latter example confirms Azusa's suspicions that they're like sisters.
** When Nodoka jokingly wonders if Yui and Ui didn't come out in the wrong order, the two briefly play the roles, Yui calling Ui "Onee-chan!", and Ui calling her "wittle Yui-chan".
** When Ritsu is about to give Megumi a gift[[note]]a picture of Mio eating with a fork[[/note]] for bringing study guides, she calls her "-dono".
** In ''Manga/KOnHighSchool'', Jun calls her brother Atsushi "At-chan". Nao is apparently surprised at this.
* Toward the end of ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'', Asa makes Rin stop calling her "Asa-senpai" [[spoiler:after they get into a relationship]], and he starts calling her "Asa-san" instead.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Fukuda finds it odd that Nakai is calling Nizuma, the author for whom they both work as assistants, “-sensei”, even though he's 17 years older than he is; Fukuda tends to use "-shisho" on Nizuma. Mashiro also finds it a bit strange that Takahama, one of his assistants, uses “-sensei” on him, and Takahama starts calling him "Mashiro-san" instead. The main characters are surprised to see that one of their assistants is female (despite having told Miyoshi that they would be male) because Miura used "-kun" on their last names.
** Akito and Kaya initially call each other by their last names without honorifics, but around the time they get married, Akito calls Kaya "Kaya-chan," while Kaya, oddly enough, starts using "-san" on Akito's first name.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch X365", when Miyako calls Yuno "Yuno-chan", Yuno tells her she doesn't need to add the "-chan", so Miyako tries out her name with various honorifics and suffixes, of which only "-pi" (the "cutesy for small pets" one) is currently listed here. Then Yuno addresses Miyako, who responds "Nani, Yuno'''cchi'''?" This causes a light show which expresses approval of this honorific.
** When the main characters go to a bathhouse (in both the anime and the manga) they see "masa no yu" written in kanji on the chimney outside. But then they see it written on curtains in hiragana, intended to be read as columns of one letter each (right to left). Yuno and Miyako mistakenly read it as though it were intended to be read horizontally (left to right), i.e. "Yuno-'''sama'''" Yuno is shocked, and Miyako wonders why she's a VIP there.
** Yuno's "-cchi" is sometimes left off when her hair decorations aren't on. One time, Miyako put them in her ''own'' hair, prompting Yuno to call her "Miyacchi?!"
** When Yuno and Miyako are looking for dried squid to bring Sae, Yuno finds a package calling the contents "Ika-kun". In the manga, Miyako says she doesn't think it's an honorific in this case; in the anime, she explains that it probably means "jerky".
** When the girls are watching the ShowWithinAShow ''Lovely Detective Chocolat'', the girls muse that Chocoyama is getting too old to be called "-kun".
** Miyako sometimes switches up when referring to Nori ("Noripe", "Norisuke"), throwing her off a bit.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', honorifics are important in a variety of situations:
** Tomoya's father starts calling him "Tomoya-kun" instead of just "Tomoya" after they got in a bad fight. It made Tomoya feel like a stranger to his father, and the relationship only went downhill for the next several years.
** Kotomi Ichinose insists on being called "Kotomi-chan", and literally does not respond to anything else. This very familiar form of address is pretty awkward for most people meeting her for the first time, which may be one reason why she doesn't have any friends. This goes along with her childish nature in general. [[spoiler:This is also a plot point when it's Tomoya who she asks to call her "Kotomi-chan", as it turns out that Kotomi was his childhood friend.]]
** Sanae generally refers to her husband as "Akio-san", and Akio himself lampshades this at one point. However, this probably indicates more playfulness than coldness in their relationship, as they are quite HappilyMarried.
* [[Manga/SgtFrog Keroro]] refers to everyone in the Hinata family by the respectful honorific ''-dono''. Yes, even Natsumi (who constantly abuses him).
* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' has a very frequent use of -dono, which is preserved in the English dub. One clearly deliberate use of it is that Heihachi will add that to the name of the peasant-born Kikuchiyo when he wants to flatter him.
* During ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', AcePilot Mwu La Flaga addresses newbie Kira Yamato as "Bozu" in the Japanese dub. Kira refers to him as "-sempai".
* Just ''count'' how many times [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Alphonse Elric]] says ''nii-san'' while watching ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]].''
** The Homunculi refer to their Father (creator, actually) as "Otou-''sama''".
* Shinji of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' never uses anything other than ''san''. Even then, he only uses it to adults and never uses honorifics within his own age group. He in turn receives ''kun'' from everyone else. Even Rei who never uses honorifics to anyone but a simple last name + rank addressing.
** Gendo never uses honorifics. The only exception is his old professor, Fuyutsuki, whom he calls "Fuyutsuki-sensei".
** Ritsuko is alternatively called ''hakase'' and ''senpai'' by Maya. The latter is almost never used by anyone else, except Asuka briefly calling Kaji ''senpai'' in episode 8.
*** In the English dub of End of Evangelion, it should be noted that in the [[spoiler:Instrumentality sequence]], Maya does not say "Senpai! Senpai! Senpai!" as in the original, but rather, repeats her superior's name several times. [[spoiler:Notably, she was implied to be secretly love with Ritsuko, so yeah.]]
** Interestingly, the admiral in episode 8 uses ''kun'' with KAJI, of all people. The "-kun" is not a term of endearment (usually) so in this context it probably refers to the fact that Kaji is both younger than the admiral and a civilian.
** The only exception to the rule regarding Shinji is [[ClosetKey Kaworu]], whom he calls "Kaworu-kun".
* While ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' doesn't have any particularly unusual uses of honorifics, there is one scene that bears mentioning: during conversation, [[{{Tsundere}} Kurisu]] casually refers to the protagonist by his last name, Okabe, with no honorific. When he [[BerserkButton flies into a rage]], she hastily tries to explain that, despite how ''he'' view their relationship (scientist -> assistant), she doesn't actually have any respect for him. Even though it turns out he's only angry because [[DoNotCallMePaul she called him "Okabe" rather than "Hououin"]] and couldn't care less about honorifics, the fact that she was genuinely afraid he was about to start ''beating her over it'' does illustrate just [[SeriousBusiness how seriously this can be taken over there]].
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', when Yukino calls out "Haruka-chan!" after Haruka falls off a cliff (having forgotten to get permission to activate her GEM from Yukino), Haruka tells her that she "told (her) not to use -chan in public", as Yukino tends to call Haruka "Meister Haruka" or "Brigadier General" when on official business. Mashiro tends to not use honorifics on anyone, but uses "-me" on Nagi after learning about how horrific his plan really is toward the end. Mashiro is also called "Mashiro-chan" by Arika and Mai, but never complains about this.
** Shiho uses "-san" on most of her classmates and juniors, regardless of whether she's trying to be polite. However, when Rosalie (a senior Otome with whom she does not get along), laughs at her when she trips during a confrontation with her, Shiho screams Rosalie's name without honorifics.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', [[SweetPollyOliver Akira]] is still called "-kun" even after being revealed as a girl. Natsuki is also the only person Shizuru does not use honorifics on, which is a sign of their closeness.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', while the god Zeus is called Zeus-sama by most angels, some of the high-rank angels will use -dono for both Zeus and each other to convey (often sarcastic) respect without belittling their own station. When not making subtle digs at each other they almost always drop honorifics altogether, whether friends or enemies.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Domon used to refer to Master Asia as Shishou since he was his mentor and martial arts teacher, but stopped doing so after Asia's FaceHeelTurn. Since Domon has ''very'' rough speech patterns (he uses ''ore'' and ''omae'' to refer to himself and others, and almost never uses honorifics on people unless they're highly-ranked), he calls Master Asia by full name from then on, which is seen as Domon losing '''all''' of his respect for Asia. [[spoiler:When Domon calls him ''shishou'' again, it's when the old man is actually ''dying'', and Asia himself is very surprised at that fact. [[TearJerker "After all I've done to you... do you still respect me and call me 'master'?]]"]])
** Similarly, Domon referred to his brother Kyouji as "Oniisan", and reverted to calling him by name too due to hating him after his FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler:After learning the truth of his involvement from Kyoji's clone Schwarz Bruder, he refers to Kyouji again as "Niisan". And when he has to MercyKill both Kyouji and his clone Schwarz, he breaks down crying and screams "NIIIISAAAAAAAAAN!"]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'':
** Dorothy always refers to Relena with ''-sama''. At their first meeting Relena specifically asked her not do do this, despite the fact that it's appropriate since she's a princess, but Dorothy refuses to since "how else would I call you?". On the other hand, she doesn't mind when Noin or Quatre call her that, so it might be that she knows Dorothy (who is TheMole) is using it facetiously. The English dub renders all instances of this as "Miss Relena".
** In an earlier episode, Duo greet Relena as ''Jouou-san'', a respectful term for a young woman of high social standing[[note]]at the time, he didn't know she was royalty, just the daughter of a government official[[/note]]; the dub changed this to "Hey, good-lookin'!", presumably more in line with how they were trying to portray Duo.
* Two notable examples in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and the sequel series ''Anime/DigimonZeroTwo'': Tentomon and Wormmon. Tentomon will always address Koshiro/Izzy as "Koshiro-han", and adds "-han" when talking about practically any of the other human characters. Meanwhile, Wormmon refers to Ken exclusively as "Ken-chan", ''even when he's the Digimon Emperor.''
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' the twins, Ai and Makoto, refer to each other without honorifics both pre and post CharacterDevelopment. It seems to be a sign of closeness for them.
* In ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' the young HappilyMarried couple Makoto and Yura keep calling each other using the honorific "-san". (Oh, yes, even while having sex!) In one episode Makoto's colleagues at work laugh at this fact, considering it too old-fashioned and possibly a sign of Makoto's submissiveness towards Yura. This makes him try to behave towards Yura like a typical dominant macho Japanese husband, but comically fails at this.
* In ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', when the title character isn't called straight "Ika Musume", she's called Ika-neechan (dubbed to "Squid Girlie") by Takeru, and "Ika-chan" ("Squiddie") by her #1 fanfin-girl Sanae, and her best friend Kiyomi.
** Also, when Nagisa is pretending not to be afraid of Ika anymore, she calls her "-senpai".
* In ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'', Miyabi calls even her friends "-dono".
** When Miki is affecting a Kyoto accent, she uses "-han" with Namiko's name.
* Yuri Tokikago of ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' refers to her own fiancé as "Tabuki-kun" rather than his first name, even when no one else is around and [[ChildhoodFriends despite them knowing each other since primary school]]. It might at first seem like an extension of her {{Ojou}} persona, but late in the series [[spoiler:it turns out to have been foreshadowing of the fact that their relationship is fake, and Tabuki is TheBeard to her]]. She also refers to Ringo as "Ringo-chan", likely due to Ringo's extreme youth [[spoiler:and because she sees her as a borderline ReplacementGoldfish for Momoka, Ringo's dead sister and Yuri's first love [[TheMourningAfter whom she's still mourning for]].]]
** Ringo refers to the Takakura boys by name and attaching "-kun", since they're on the same age bracket; she also calls their sister "Himari-chan", since Himari is younger than her. On the other hand, Shouma and Kanba call her "Oginome-san" (likely to be polite [[spoiler:and to keep some distance from her, like they do with almost everyone else]]) and Himari refers to her as "Ringo-chan".
** Masako is [[TheOjou a high-class girl]] with [[{{Keigo}} VERY formal speech patterns]], and she refers to almost ''everyone'' as "-san". Including her maid Renjaku and [[spoiler:her little brother]] Mario. The ''only'' one she doesn't use this with is Kanba, whom she uses ''yobisute'' with [[spoiler:because they're HalfIdenticalTwins.]]
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' gives rather interesting spins on the trope, depending heavily on who is talking. On one hand we have NiceGuy Tsubasa, Misaki and PrincelyYoungMan Misugi, who are rather soft-spoken and refer to their fellow sport boys as "-kun". On the other side of the spectre there's low-class SelfMadeMan Kojiro Hyuuga, who uses ''yobisute'' aka no pronouns with people his age. In the middle there's Genzo Wakabayashi, who also is a PrincelyYoungMan but, unlike Misugi, tends to use ''yobisute'' with others.
* Hanamichi Sakuragi from ''Manga/SlamDunk'' uses honorifics (more exactly, "-san") almost exclusively towards women -- complete with rather polite speech patterns, indicating his GentleGiant side. In regards to his gangster friends, Sakuragi resorts to ''yobisute'' aka referring to them without any pronouns, which exemplifies their TrueCompanions bond. And towards all other dudes... well, he's TheNicknamer, but some of these nicknames ''do'' include honorifics (Kogure is "Megane-kun" and [[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]] Miyagi is "Ryou-chin", both ''very'' affectionate by Sakuragi's standards, while OTOH DeadpanSnarker ex-{{Delinquent}} Mitsui is "Micchin" specifically to piss Mitsui off.) And if Sakuragi ''absolutely'' has to use the dude's real name, he'll go for ''yobisute''.
* In ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' it depends on who is talking to who, but in general:
** The first-years like Kabeyama and Tachimukai call their male seniors "[[LastNameBasis Last-Name]]-San", except for Hiroto, who is on a FirstNameBasis. This is discussed at one point, when Endou and Co. first meet Tsunami, they have no idea that he's a third-year and are startled that they adressed him without honorifics. Tsunami doesn't mind that, though.
** The girls usually call each other as "first name-San", but Aki and Haruna are sometimes called as "last name-San", the latter also calls the former "Kino-Senpai". The managers refer to the boys as "last name-kun", while [[TwoGirlsToATeam Touko and Rika]] usually don't use honorifics with them.
** Hiroto and Fubuki are some of the few boys who adress their peers with "-kun".
* Satoko Houjou from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' frequently uses the nickname "nii-nii" (derived from O-niisan) when referring to her older brother, [[spoiler:or Keiichii in some arcs]]. This carries over to the English dub without any explanation other than it's extremely cute and endearing.
** She also uses "nee-nee" (derived from O-neesan) when referring to [[spoiler:Shion]] at least once in Kai. (It wasn't dubbed, just noteworthy)
* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', Izaya refers to Shizuo as "Shizu-chan" (dubbed as Shizzy) while Shizuo refers to Izaya as "Izaya-kun." Both cases come from the utter contempt they feel for each other.
* In ''Manga/GirlFriends'', the first chapter depicts Akko, a fellow classmate Mari had never really interacted with, suddenly talking to Mari out of nowhere and whisking her away to go hang out with her...and referring to her as 'Mari-chin'. Mari expresses much confusion mentally, but is so overwhelmed by everything Akko is doing, and is just pretty shy in general, so she doesn't say anything outwardly.
* In ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'', the regulars at the Go salon refer to 12-year-old Akira as "Akira-sensei." This isn't sarcastic; he's really that good.
* Practically all of Lala's inventions in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' are referred to with "-kun", despite them being lifeless tools; "Maru-Maru Change-kun", "Go-Go Vacuum-kun", "Suke-Suke Goggle-kun", etc.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' brings us Sakamoto, a talking cat who [[InsistentTerminology regularly insists that his owners Professor and Nano call him "Sakamoto-san"]]. Unfortunately, whenever he addresses this, the duo call him "Sakamoto" without the "-san" several more times out of ignorance until he flips his shit over it.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}''
** Koromo gets annoyed when people treat her like a kid, such as when Saki, who's a year younger than she is, calls her "Koromo-chan".
** Professional Mahjong players are typically referred to by their last name and "-pro". Amusingly enough, in ''Saki Biyori'', when Sukoya Kokaji and Kouko Fuyuko go to a restaurant and Kouko registers their names, the waitress calls out to Sukoya as "Kokaji-pro-sama", and Sukoya wondered why her name was written down with "pro" on the end.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''
** Yukari tends to address most of her friends by their [[LastNameBasis last name]] and "-dono", which is noted as being strange and overly formal in-universe. This is partly because Yukari didn't have many friends due to her obsessive interest in tankery, and partly out of her extreme respect for Miho, the main person she addresses this way.
*** In the manga, Saori calls her "Yukarin" (see '''-chin''' in the description), which is her first nickname. This spaces her out such that she can't tell she's leaving the others behind.
** Interestingly enough, Hana's mother, who [[{{Keigo}} speaks very formally]], uses "-san" on her own daughter's first name.
** Chihatan, which is based off of Japan during World War II, tends to use "-dono" on most people who are superiors, often in fairly odd ways. For example, the Type 89's crew is called "Duck-dono," and Fukuda addresses one of her seniors as "Senpai-dono."
* One notable example in ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' is a sequence in which Senjougahara asks Araragi to call her "Senjougahara-sama", and he replies by sarcastically calling her "Senjougahara-chan" and promptly gets poked in his eyes.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''
** Major Motoko Kusanagi is almost universally addressed as [[MajorlyAwesome "Shousa"]], a reflection of her prior JGSDF rank (she also wears a JGSDF uniform in lieu of police dress uniform), rather than any part of her name. The lone exception is Batou'S thorough mocked [[SayMyname "MOTOKOOOO!!!"]] moment, and the Major's girlfriends, who also use the name.
** Members of her [[BadassCrew team]], however, are referred to with "-san" rather than any sort of rank (even though at least three others were previously in the military before Section 9).
* In ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan'' it's {{discussed|Trope}} by Kazuki and Sayaka once their relationship advances enough. He goes through "Sayaka", "Sayaka-chan", and "Sayaka-san", with various negative responses from her, before settling on simply "Saya", which causes her to blush, when deciding what to call her after they've been dating for a while.
* The manga ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' probably wouldn't have its name if the titular character weren't regularly addressed with the -kun suffix. Of the main cast, it's only Shiraishi and Tamaki who consistently use "-kun" for him, though - Itou, Tsubaki, Odagiri, and Kurosaki use no honorifics for him, Arisugawa uses "senpai", and Miyamura depends on the context.
** Yamazaki and Tamaki use "-kun" for everyone, boys and girls.
** Initially, Shiraishi addresses Itou by her last name and "-san", but later uses "Miyabi-chan". Not only to signify that the two of them have become closer friends, but also to show that Shiraishi is opening up more in general.
** Yamada himself never uses honorifics on others, except for when he has to play another person during a body swap.
** Asuka has the most polite use of honorifics in the series, using "-sama" for Yamazaki and "-san" for everybody else.
** Himekawa very indiscriminately uses "-san" for all boys (except her childhood friend Yuri, to whom she uses "-kun") and "-chan" for all girls, not always paying regard to the context.
* The Elite four in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' address their leader Satsuki Kiryuin as "Satsuki-sama" as a matter of course. However, when Satsuki is in danger, Nonon Jazakure, who is also Satsuki's best friend, drops the "-sama" and just screams her name without honorfics. And when it looks like Satsuki's about to die, Nonon reverts to the "Satsuki-chan" of their kindergarten days.
* In a classic example from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', [[TheOjou Ojou]] Sayla Mass is disgusted by cowardly punk Kai Shiden at first meeting (...AFTER slapping him) for, among other things, yobisute/"how dare you speak to me so casually!" ''"You, you're, S..Sayla, right?"'' Nope, she is ''"Sayla-san"'' to him from that point on through all Gundam series, forevermore.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Wolfram refers to his older (half) brother Gwendal not as 'Onii-san', but as the ultra-respectful 'Ani-ue'. (He doesn't refer to their HalfHumanHybrid middle brother Conrad by either, or acknowledge their relationship in any way, at least at first, due to FantasticRacism, though he eventually gets over this.)
** Yuuri, at age 15, is in high school and has therefore outgrown being called '-chan'...but much to his annoyance, his mother doesn't think so, and neither does his KnightTemplarBigBrother. (Their mother also calls said big brother '-chan', and he's ''college-age''.)
* In the second season of ''Manga/NonNonBiyori'', little Renge is very excited when she hears she will be referred to as 'Miyauchi Renge-san' for her school opening ceremony, because she likes how grown-up it sounds. She practices responding to her name with Natsumi, but as ever the two quickly get carried away, until Natsumi yells out, 'MIYAUCHI RENGE-DONO!'. The two then salute one another, bathed in the morning sunlight, as Komari points out that Renge hasn't practiced responding at all.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Juvia uses "-san" on most people who are around her age or older, which is why Lucy is surprised that she uses "-kun" on Gajeel. After Lucy and Juvia defeat Vidaldus together, Lucy, noticing that Juvia once called out her name without honorifics, suggests that she doesn't have to call her "-san" anymore, since they're friends.
** Lyon is relatively rude and doesn't use honorifics at most people, so when Jura, a member of his guild and one of the strongest wizards in Ishgar, hands down a CurbStompBattle against [[ArcVillain Brain]], Gray realizes that's why Lyon respects Jura enough to use "-san" on him.
** Yukino uses "-sama" on virtually everyone, even on people polite characters would be relatively familiar towards, such as young children.
* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'', Kuroyukihme tends to use "-kun" on Haru and his friends(who are a year below her in school), including Chiyuri, who's also a girl.
* Kanna from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' uses "sama" when referring to Tohru. From her perspective it would make sense (Tohru's father is one of the leaders of the Chaos faction), but it nearly blows the masquerade wide open when [[MuggleBestFriend Saikawa]] starts wondering why she's addressing the family maid so formally.


* "''Sensei''" has been used unadorned in English since the kung-fu craze of the '70s, used as an equivalent for "master".
** Same goes for "''-san''", especially ever since [[Film/TheKarateKid Miyagi-sensei]] started calling Daniel Larusso "Daniel-san".
* "''Sempai''" and "''Kohai''" were sprinkled liberally throughout the movie of Michael Chrichton's ''Literature/RisingSun'' by Sean Connery (the Sempai) and Wesley Snipes (the Kohai).
* In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Tanaka addresses 007 as 'Bond-san'.

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* Alex calls ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' "''Sensei''" in the revamped version of the show starring Maggie Q as Nikita.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', protagonist Gentaro refers to all his friends with ''yobisute'', partly to reflect his image as a ''[[JapaneseDelinquents yanki]]'', partly because he's all about ThePowerOfFriendship, and maybe partly due to the copious American influence on the show. He even does it with people he ''wants'' to befriend, as seen in episode 8 where he calls [[JerkJock Shun Daimonji]] just "Shun", in spite of the fact that Daimonji is actively antagonizing him. In the previous episode, he does this with the detention teacher and is forced to study while doing a handstand as punishment.
*** Of course, when it comes to previous Kamen Riders, Gentaro ''always'' calls them "sempai" out of deep respect and admiration.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' actually has a literal "walking tank of a dude named Dai-chan" incident. He had lost his memory, was really big, so "dai" (as in great) was as good a nickname for him as any, and "chan" fits a GentleGiant. It's kinda like calling him "Mr. Big" in a friendly way. Of course, once he regains his memory (he's actually an AxCrazy BloodKnight villain they hadn't seen in his civilian guise yet, though the viewer knew who he was) any friendly name was off the table. When Rook of the Checkmate Four shows up, you worry less about what to call him and more about survival.
* In one of the Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer novels, Giles gets "Watcher-San" and "Giles-Sensei".
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Gunn shows off his Japanese skills, addressing a businessman as Morimoto-San.
* In ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', Ryouga makes a point of calling Doctor Nakadai Mikoto 'Nakadai-sensei'. This demonstrates Ryouga's extreme friendliness and politeness: while Mikoto did save his life in hospital, he's also a sadistic asshole who spends a good chunk of the series trying to kill Ryouga.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'', Laharl start to use yobisute on Flonne after a particular event in the story.
* In ''VideoGame/RedSteel'', the player character is often called "Scott-san", and Tony Tanaka calls Sato "Sato-sama".
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Maeko Matsuo, the chief of security for the corporate stronghold on Noveria, freely uses honorifics in her otherwise straight English speech. She even uses -sama to refer to the Salarian director of the place, as well as [[spoiler:Matriarch Benezia after the geth start springing their attacks.]] Since ''Mass Effect'' is a Canadian-made game, this is either an example of ShownTheirWork or just an indication of otaku on the dev team. Given the presence of universal translators, probably the latter.
* In both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', all honorifics were left in the English localization, although sometimes, they use Mr., Mrs. Ms. and Miss instead, such as with teachers.
** One worthy of note: In ''3'', Junpei consistently calls Yukari "Yuka-tan". Aside from showing how little politeness he possesses, it's also a heck of a bad pun.
*** In the Japanese version he instead calls her "Yukaricchi". Presumably this was changed due to "-tan" being rather more familiar to English-speaking fans.
** In Persona 3 Portable, Hidetoshi uses "-kun" on both male and female protagonists, but switches to "-san" for the female protagonist later on, as a sign of respect and love for her.
** Similar to Junpei's example, IdolSinger Rise Kujikawa in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is known by her stage name as "Risechi" in the Japanese version, and "Risette" in the English version, the latter of which is a pun on "Reset."
** In Persona 4, Teddie calls the main character "Sensei" for reasons that are never fully explained, uses "-chan" on the girls and doesn't use honorifics on the guys. Yosuke gets annoyed that Teddie doesn't show him respect in spite of calling the main character "Sensei."
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''
** This installment is interesting in that compared to any of the previous games, the main characters enact on ''yobisute'' - that is, referring to given names - ''very'' quickly. For example, Ryuji Sakamoto is only referred to by his surname for a very brief period of time. Two days after his and the protagonist's first visit to [[EldritchLocation Kamoshida's Palace]], they're on a first-name basis, and the same goes for when everyone else joins the team. In fact, when two upperclassmen (Makoto and Haru) join them, their juniors are worried about how they should address them, and they insist on dropping formalities outside of school. The only notable exception is [[GreatDetective Goro Akechi]], who's referred to by last name (including on the menus in the localization) by everyone due to distrust in him, although the fairly polite Makoto, Sae and Haru use "-kun" on him [[spoiler:but switch to no honorifics after his treachery is uncovered. While the retail version of the game keeps this even after his HeroicSacrifice, there's DummiedOut dialogue where Morgana refers to him by his first name, indicating that he was originally meant to be redeemed.]]
** Haru, however, is an exception, but she's fairly informal by Japanese standards, addressing her friends by their first names with "-kun" for guys and "-chan" for girls, as well as using nicknames for Makoto ("Mako-chan") and Morgana ("Mona-chan").
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', Mariko "Spirit" Tanaka refers to Christopher Blair as "Blair-san", and the colonel on the ship as "Colonel-sama," even while speaking English. She does not do this in ''Wing Commander II''...much.
* The English version of ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' features the cast using honorifics.
** But everyone in Ryo's town always refers to him as "Baby-boy Ryo", much to his dismay.
* The placeholder item in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' is called "Teru-Sama", which means the rather nonsensical "Lord Sunshine". However, this may simply be a misspelling of "Teru-Tama" ("Sunshine Ball"), which makes more sense because it is treated by the game as the GS Ball.
* In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' mission "A Bride for Montblanc", Montblanc call Fras (''Furansoa'' in that case) with ''-chan'', while Fras calls Montblanc with ''-sama''. It's possible that Montblanc is older than her, which the Vieras's [[WeAreAsMayflies life expectancy is three times longer]] than the [[HumansByAnyOtherName Hume's]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Cyan's way of speech in the Japanese version is peppered with the phrase "de gozaru", which is typically used by samurai (his class) in media. This became the basis for his use of medieval terminology like "thou" in the [[{{Woolseyism}} Woolsey-penned script]].
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'', Pallette, a newly-recruited [[BridgeBunnies Bridge Bunny]], addresses X with a truncated "Ekku-san".
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', most people address X as "X-sama", appropriate for the ruler of Neo Arcadia. This is usually rendered as "master X" in English. [[BigBad Vile-sama]], on the other hand, becomes "Lord Weil". In a [[AllThereInTheManual drama track]], Harpuia realizes that the Eight Gentle Judges are [[NotHimself not themselves]] when they [[SomethingTheyWouldNeverSay refer to Vile this way]].
** [[https://bobcatmoran.dreamwidth.org/26255.html#cutid1 Here's an analysis]] of the honorifics and pronouns used in the original Japanese version of ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. The translation did manage to adapt some of them, such as the high formality of Yai's Navi and programs.
** In the ''Battle Network'' [[Anime/MegaManNTWarrior anime]], Meijin (Mr. Famous) is always called Meijin-san, which he thinks is unnecessary; he always replies "No need for formalities." The English has him insist that "It's just Famous." He has no such objections in the games.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'', Toshiko typically calls Tony "Toni-san".
* In ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'', Nova usually address Max as "Max-dono".
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', despite the story being set in Japan, almost nobody uses honorifics. The most blatant case of their use would be Misha, who attaches "-chan" [[TheNicknamer to her close friends's names]]: "Hicchan" for Hisao, "Shicchan" for Shizune, "Yucchan" for Yuuko, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: Kyo'', we have Kyo Kusanagi referring to his older cousin Souji as "Souji-san". Keep in mind that Kyo is a rather rough speaker and uses ''yobisute'' with almost everyone, so this shall give you an idea of how highly he thinks of [[TheAce Souji]].
** Several people call Kyo by his name and with ''yobisute''. Each case lays parallels about FirstNameBasis in Japanese: i.e. Yuki's "Kyo" is affectionate and sweet, Iori's "Kyo" is about him taking their FeudingFamilies and [[TheRival ri]][[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou val]][[FoeYay ry]] VERY personally, Daimon and Benimaru's "Kyo" comes from their bond as FireForgedFriends and TrueCompanions, Kensou's "Kyo" is playful since they're fellow fighters, etc.
** Kyo's fanboy and sort-of apprentice Shingo Yabuki refers to him as "Kusanagi-san".
** Athena, who is quite a polite speaker compared to others, calls Kyo "Kyo-san" since he's older than her and one of the strongest fighters around. Actually she tends to use "-san" on almost everyone (Iori, Kim, Terry, etc.); the closest to exceptions are Bao, Momoko and Kensou, who get ''yobisute'' from her.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', the {{Otaku}} Hifumi Yamada as a character quirk of referring to pretty much everyone by their [[FullNameBasis full name]] and with the outdated "-dono". In the English version, he simply [[LastNameBasis refers to everyone by Mr. or Mrs. followed by their last name]]. [[spoiler:It's a plot point after his murder.]]
** Similarly, the Clairvoyant Yasuhiro Hagakure uses "-chi" (diminutive of "-chin") for the others.
** The use of "-san" as a gender-neutral equivalent for "Mr." or "Ms." comes up in one point, when Nagito (who uses "-kun" on guys and "-san" on girls) leaves a message for the traitor (whose identity he doesn't know) addressing them as "Traitor-san," which had to be translated as "Mr. or Miss Traitor," in the English version. [[spoiler:The traitor turns out to be a girl.]]
** While Monomi and Chiaki are usually somewhat formal with the other students, and nobody refers to Monomi with honorifics, after [[spoiler:Chiaki is outed as the traitor and Monomi is revealed to be her accomplice]], they start referring to each other as "Chiaki-chan" and "Monomi-chan."
* This is a gameplay mechanic in some installments of the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series; choosing the wrong honorific when addressing a [[DatingSim potential love interest]] may have unfortunate consequences.
** In particular, a couple of the characters from ''Tokimemo 2'' have an unusual aversion to being called "-chan", and prefer the player to address them in ''yobisute'' even when their relationship isn't that close (the expected progression would be from ''-san'' to ''-chan'' and finally ''yobisute''). Examples include [[spoiler:Homura and, unusually, Kaori.]]
* The English translations of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series used honorifics inconsistently. This is largely reflected in Goro Majima, who refers to protagonist Kazuma Kiryu with the affectionate "Kiryu-chan". In the first game's English Dub, Majima calls him "Kazuma-chan", while later games translate Majima's pet name as "Kazzy". ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza 0}}'' features honorifics in its English subs [[spoiler:along with the first instance of "Kiryu-chan" appearing in an English script]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}} IIDX 20 tricoro'', the Professor always addresses the player's Q-pro character with "-kun", even if the player has [[VirtualPaperDoll designed]] the character to be female.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Simon Blackquill, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot prosecutor who's also a convict and something of]] a {{Samurai}}, sometimes refers to the attorneys as "-dono" in the English version, when he's not [[TheNicknamer making up various nicknames for them]].
* In VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'s english translation, the honorifics are kept, likely to keep anything from being LostInTranslation. For example, the LoveInterest [[BigFun Tatsuki]] is commonly referred to as Tatsunii by the player character, and at the end of [[LonelyRichKid Shin]]'s route, after the RelationshipUpgrade, he asks you to drop the "kun" from Shin-kun and just call him Shin.
* In VisualNovel/KindredSpiritsOnTheRoof, Aihara uses the shock of calling Maki by her first name yobisute for the first time in order to snap her out of assaulting a third year who called her a masochist.

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Generator (deceased Japanese mother and trying to regain her lost culture) uses Chaka-''sempai'' for her martial arts tutor and ''onee-san'' and ''onee-sama'' for her best friend and roommate Billie whom she loves like a big sister. Billie, who is not Japanese but is an Anime fan (her own CodeName is "Tennyo") humors her and appreciates the honor.
* In ''WebVideo/DanganRonpaAbridgedThing'', Maizono, a frequent user of GratuitousJapanese, often calls Naegi "Naegi-kun." During the first trial, Leon tries to insist that Sayaka didn't write the DyingClue implicating him because she'd likely write "Leon-kun" instead, prompting Naegi to ask, "What kind of person uses honorifics on their killer?"

* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Nick addresses Ki's Japanese-born father (now Nick's father-in-law) as "Oshiro-sama" (Oshiro being his family name). Mr. Oshiro usually calls Nick "gaijin".
** He calls him "Nick-san" when apologizing to him. He initially starts out referring to his daughter Ki as "Kyoko-san," having lost a bet to determine whether Ki would get a Japanese or Chinese name, but is eventually persuaded to call her "Ki-chan."
* Another Western example: Nick from ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' appears to have [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=38967#151893 started]] calling Unity "zombie-chan".
** In his first appearance, Nick asked Dr Lee if she preferred to be called Lee-san or Lee-sensei. Her reply was an annoyed "Nick, I'm Korean."

* The Japanese dub of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' for some bizarre reason, avoids using too many honorifics, even the ones for addressing important people: Both Celestia and Luna are addressed in Japanese as ''Princess Celestia'' and ''Princess Luna'' in English (instead of ''Celestia-hime'' and ''Luna-hime'') and even when they're mentioned, the rest of the cast calls them ''Princess'' instead of ''hime-sama'', ''Celestia-sama'', etc. The same goes to Granny Smith, as she's called as such, instead of ''Smith-obaa-san''.
* The Japanese dub of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is pretty inconsistent about the use of honorifics: The biggest offenders are the [=titular=] family themselves: Lisa in Japanese address Bart sometimes as ''Onii-chan'' (Big Brother) and sometimes addresses him by his name without honorifics. Marge addresses both Bart and Lisa (but not Maggie, oddly enough) as ''Bart-kun'' and ''Lisa-chan'' and sometimes drops the honorifics entirely.
** For some reason, Barney Gumble is addressed as ''Mr. Gumble'' in English in the dub, rather than ''Gumble-san''.
** The only character who use honorifics in continuous fashion is Apu, who use {{Keigo}} to simulate his Indian accent.
* In the Chinpokomon episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the kids start speaking Japanese, which leads to a frustrated Mr. Garrison shouting "Goddammit children! I am '''not''' 'Garrison-san'! [[HandPuppet This]] is '''not''' 'Hat-san'!"

* ''Roleplay/DuelAcademyR2'' players uses Japanese Honorifics when appropriate.
* Japanese honorifics are used in Japanese translations of Literature/TheBible, mostly as a {{Woolseyism}}, but, oddly enough, rarely used in Japanese translations of Literature/TheQuran, especially when the prophet Muhammad or Allah are involved. As an example, Muhammad is ''never addressed'' in Japanese as ''Muhammad-sama''[[note]]Except when non-Muslims address him as an important person, but not as a religious leader.[[/note]], but ''Yogensha Muhammad'' instead (literally the Prophet Muhammad). In the same way, Allah is always ''Allah'', never ''Allah-sama.''[[note]]For the record, if you don't want to sound like an idiot, NEVER translate the famous Islamic phrase "Allah Ackbar" (God is Great) as ''Allah-sama, Banzai!'' in Japanese, as some [[GratuitousJapanese fanfic writers do]].[[/note]]
** On the other hand, Japanese Christians don't have any qualms to address Jesus Christ as ''Jesus/Iesu-sama'' (the same rule applies to any Christian saint and sometimes with his apostles) and God as ''kami-sama'', despite the name is normally used to address any kind of god, regardless the religion involved.
** If ''Kami-sama'' is mentioned without any qualifiers it is Abrahamic {{God}} (usually Christian, though), no exception.