Last Name Basis: Western Animation

Examples of Last Name Basis in in Western Animation.
  • Most of the Safety Patrol on Fillmore! refer to each other by last names, despite being middle schoolers. (Though if your first name was Cornelius, wouldn't you want to go by Fillmore?) Ingrid is usually called by her first name, but not always.
  • (Sheldon) Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants. Not even his own grandmother calls him Sheldon.
  • None of the kids (besides Butters) in South Park call (Eric) Cartman by his first name. Only the adults call him that.
    • Kyle calls him "Eric" in the pilot episode. ("Come on, Eric, we're gonna go play at the bus stop!")
    • Wendy, Kenny and Butters sometime called him "Eric." As a rule, fewer characters do as time goes on; by now, it's mostly just the adults.
  • (Philip) Fry in Futurama.
    • Don't forget (Turanga) Leela, although it's implied "Turanga" is her surname, in which case, this would be an inversion. (In another episode, her parents are referred to as Turanga Morris and Turanga Munda, further implying that mutants arrange their names surname first - though Leela was not aware she was a mutant, it seems she may still have arranged the name that way.)
      • In one of the movies, the mailbox outside of Leela's parents' house reads "Turanga".
    • This is lampshaded in the episode that introduced their full names, as seen in the page quote.
    • And (John) Zoidberg!
  • (Glenn) Quagmire in Family Guy.
    • Lois calls him Glenn and a number of other people as well, including his sister. It's mostly his drinking buddies who call him Quagmire.
  • (Denzel) Crocker in The Fairly Oddparents.
    • He constantly invokes this trope on (Timmy) Turner (as do Francis, the school bully, and the Head Pixie).
    • There's also (Sheldon) Dinkleberg.
  • (Penelope) Spectra and (Nicolai) Technus in Danny Phantom.
  • Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, in that his first name (Charles) is hardly ever used. When people wish to refer to him informally, he goes by his middle name, Monty (short for Montgomery).
    • Given how Mr Burns was adopted by an eccentric old billionaire as a child, is its possible he was named after the Roman convention where Charles would be his pre-nom and Montgomery is his actual name (for example, Gaius Julius Casaer). Given how old-fashioned, eccentric and high-society he is, this would make a lot of sense.
      • Except Roman names don't work like that. Julius is Caesar's family name, and Caesar is the nickname of an ancestor that was adopted as the family branch name. It seems more likely he has a European style name, in which there is no "middle name" but rather a series of given names, one of which is the basis of the personal name.
    • Smithers is also rarely referred to by his first name, Waylon.
    • Homer calls Ned Flanders by his last name.
      • Justified in a Flashback when Ned introduces himself to Homer the day the latter moves into the neighbourhood, and having immediately rubbed him the wrong way by being himself, says
    Flanders: Hi-diddly-hey, new neighbour-ino. My name's Flanders, but my friends call me Ned!
    Homer: Hello, Flanders.
  • Spinelli from Recess, who keeps her first name (Ashley) a secret to differentiate herself from "The Ashleys," a posse of Alpha Bitches that she hates.
    • T.J.'s main rival Lawson, as well as some minor characters (Skeens, Gelman, Mundy, etc.).
  • Captain (Leslie) Hero of Drawn Together. Through the entire run of the series, the only person who addresses Hero by his first name is his mother.
  • In Monster Allergy, everyone, even his parents, addresses Ezekiel Zick by his last name.
  • Boomhauer from King of the Hill. It took 13 seasons for us to learn his first name (Jeff).
  • Kim Possible has Shego, who inverts this. It is suggested that her last name is "Go", but she has "She" in front because she used to be good and part of a team with her brothers, and she was the the only girl. It's also possible their names relate to their first names, but they're never given. Lampshaded by Ron in Go Team Go.
    • Her employer Dr. Drakken (real name Drew Theodore P. Lipsky) is usually addressed or referred to simply as Drakken. The same applies for one of the other villains, (Duff) Killigan, and for Kim's teacher (Steve) Barkin.
      • Also, Mr. Barkin addresses students by their last names; it seems to be a mix of formality and gruffness.
  • The commander of Titan Maximum is called Palmer. Even his grandparents call him that, while his far-less-cool little brother is just Willie.
  • Oddly enough, there were a few moments in Rugrats where Angelica would address Tommy as "Pickles," despite the fact that they are cousins and share the same last name.
  • ( Enzo) Matrix from ReBoot.
  • In SWAT Kats, Commander Feral's first name (Ulysses) is used only once in the entire series.
  • The same is true of Hal Needham from Stunt Dawgs.
  • (William) Murderface and (Charles Foster) Ofdensen in Metalocalypse.
  • Archer:
    • Despite the fact that the head of ISIS is Malory Archer, nearly everyone except Malory addresses her son Sterling as simply "Archer."
    • Krieger's first name has only been revealed in supplemental material, and even his 401K lists him as "Doctor Krieger"
    • The Archers' butler Woodhouse also qualifies. Even when friends visit, they were war buddies, one of whom addresses him as "Large Corporal Woodhouse"
  • (Wendy) Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch
  • Mater's first name is actually "Tow."
  • James P. "Sulley" Sullivan from Monsters, Inc..
  • Sebastian from The Little Mermaid. Especially since he has an Overly Long Name.
  • "Once-ler" is implied to be a surname in The Lorax 70s special.
  • In The Mr. Men Show, various characters (usually Mr. Grumpy) sometimes refer to a Mr. Man or Little Miss without saying "Mr." or "Miss."
  • Commander Hoek, although he doesn't mind simply being addressed "Ren".
  • Rook Blonko is this way, but that's because his name is introduced with the surname first. Seeing as he is sent to Bellwood in America, and his race don't seem to leave their planet often, it could quite possible have been a mistake on Ben and everyone's part, thinking they were calling him by his first name.
  • (Buck) Tuddrussel from Time Squad.
  • Ulrich, Jeremie and Odd of Code Lyoko are this way in X.A.N.A. Awakens. It's implied Ulrich and Jeremie are this way due to their different social classes at Kadic though no explanation is given for Odd falling victim to it.
  • During the last season of Daria, Jane would occasionally call Daria by her last name, Morgendorffer. Usually, she was just teasing.
  • Howard Weinerman from Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja rarely calls (Randy) Cunningham by his first name.
    • On the villains side is (William) Viceroy.
  • Garmadon from Franchise/Ninjago is only ever referred to by a title, then his last name. Lord Garmadon when he was evil and trying to take over the world, and later Sensei Garmadon. He has a son named Lloyd Garmadon and brother, who is only ever called Wu.
  • Jimmy and Cindy from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron usually call each other by their last names as a sign of their rivalry. Come the episode "Stranded" Cindy calls Jimmy by his first name as the two get closer, surprising Jimmy and later Carl, Sheen, and Libby. To the point where Jimmy mentions that he wasn't even aware that Cindy knew his first name.
  • In Over the Garden Wall, everybody addresses Jason Funderberker with this or Full-Name Basis, but never First Name Basis.
  • (Eric Tiberius) Duckman, (Willibald Feivel) Cornfed, and (George Herbert Walker) King Chicken, although eventually their full names are revealed. Duckman is ashamed of his, and Duckman makes fun of Cornfed's name the first time it comes up.