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[[caption-width-right:226:Currently drunk, always TheDitz.]]

->'''Dean:''' Is your name Pumpkin?\\
'''Triana:''' No, it's Triana. Doesn't your dad have a nickname for you?\\
'''Dean:''' Well, I've heard him call me "Dave" or "Don" a few times, but I don't think they're nicknames…
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros''', "Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic!"

Alice is TheDitz, TheFool, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}… the point is, she's an idiot. And since she's an idiot, she can't remember Bob's name, even though she's known him for ages. She can try, but it's unlikely that she'll ever hit upon the right name--[[YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious unless things have just gotten real]]. Maybe she ''likes'' him and just has an odd way of showing it. She may be a ''normal'' person, but even normal people get mixed up with names sometimes. The outcome is the same--she can't pin the name down. This may be a RunningGag.

Better yet, maybe Bob is an [[LawOfAlienNames alien]], SuperHero, or an otherworldly creature in general, with a strange and/or [[OverlyLongName long]] name--how ''could'' she know it?

MaliciousMisnaming is a SisterTrope in which using the wrong name on purpose is a bullying tactic.

If the misnaming is a one-off incident in an emotional moment, it's WrongNameOutburst. If TheFool genuinely'' thinks'' Person B is someone else, it's ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In a [=FedEx=] commercial, a guy walks into a [=FedEx=]/Kinko's and sets down a package that he says needs to be shipped to Pahonicks. The rep claims they can ship anything anywhere, but he's never heard of Pahonicks. The customer gets exasperated and says it's the largest city in Arizona, to which another customer says, "You mean ''Phoenix''?" Cue awkward laughter from stupid guy, as everyone looks on in pity.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': Kumawhat'shisname? It's Kumajirou, in case you wanted to know.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': ''Everyone'' calls Osaka (real name Ayumu Kasuga), well, Osaka, due to her coming from there. Come the new class lists, she's crestfallen at not seeing her name on the board... until someone points out she's looking at the wrong board. The ''school records'' know her as Osaka (then again, with [[SenseiChan Yukari-sensei]] as her teacher...)
* In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', Hachikuji has a RunningGag of always mispronouncing Araragi's name in increasingly inventive ways, then claiming she "stuttered". It's implied she does this on purpose to tease him, rather than not remembering his name.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo does this a lot according to Tatsuki, though not too frequently onscreen -- not only does he get names wrong, but he misread Uryu's name as a GIRL. He also manages to totally forget about a classmate who's been bugging him for years to join his club.
** Ichigo, upon meeting Yasutora Sado, misreads his name card, and keeps calling him "Chad" despite being corrected. The nickname eventually sticks, and in the dub and English manga (in which the classmates [[FirstNameBasis typically use first names]]), his classmates, teachers and Ichigo's other friends call him "Chad", when in the original, they had called him "Sado" -- only his grandfather calls him Yasutora.
** Due to the difficulty of pronouncing his name and her being a {{cloudcuckoolander}}, Orihime always calls Shishigawara "Sushigawara".
** Ichigo, after meeting Kurumadani Zennosuke, ends up often calling him "Imoyama". He gets quite annoyed, saying "If you don't know, just say so! Don't try to guess people's names!!"
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Touma Kamijou has a lot of trouble remembering Mikoto Misaka's name, so he usually calls her Biri-Biri (Bug-Zapper in the English dub).
** Mikoto is deeply offended about how [[HypocriticalHumor "that guy"]] never uses her actual name, especially when [[spoiler: [[AmnesiacHero he forgets about her entirely]].]]
** Mitsuko spends two chapters thinking that Mikoto's name was Mitsuki Unabara, though she never actually calls her with the wrong name.
* ''Anime/{{Clannad}}'': In the English dub of After Story, Tomoya Okazaki pronounces his daughter Ushio's name as Yu-sheo, everyone else pronounces it Oo-sheo.
* In ''Manga/{{Club 9}}'': Haruo Hattori has such a thick country accent that when she introduces herself to Tokyo club hostesses, they immediately start calling her "Hello-chan".
* In the episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' where the crew finds Ed's father, he has an assistant named [=MacIntyre=]. He never gets it right, always forgetting and at times calling him [=MacIntosh=] or something else beginning with "Mac". At least he's ''aware'' of the problem, at one point referring to his assistant as "[=MacInwhatever=]" when he was in a particular hurry and didn't have time to even ''attempt'' to get it right. (The assistant, naturally, yells a correction even as they hurry off.)
* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', the titular character cannot get [[WorthyOpponent Salamandinay]]'s name right. So much that she decides to call her "Salako" instead, after the failed attempts.
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', Reine always calls Shido "Shin". He doesn't bother to correct her. Strangely this is only when Shido's present around her, otherwise she actually refers to Shido by name.
* In ''Film/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' Dr. Briefs keeps calling Jaco the galactic police officer Taco or Paco.
* Because of some initial confusion, all of the Deimon Devil Bats in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' think Raimon Taro's name is "Monta." Sena misread the kanji for his name as "Kaminari Montarou"; Hiruma later uses this mistake to his advantage by claiming it's a nickname derived from football legend Joe Montana (and lies to Monta by saying he played the same position).
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Katsura is constantly referred to as Zura (Which can mean "wig") by Gintoki and others, which almost always prompts him to say [[{{Catchphrase}} "It's not Zura, it's Katsura"]]. He's so used to being called by the name he'll sometimes say the phrase even if those in the vicinity aren't actually talking about him.
** The main character, Gintoki, is always referred to as Kintoki by one of his war comrades, Sakamoto Tatsuma, even when the former corrected him many times. Gintoki angrily points out that if his name is Kintoki, the title of the manga will be Kintama (literally translated to Golden Balls which means testicles in Japanese) instead.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'':
** Onizuka frequently calls Principal Uchiyamada "Xavier", after monk Fransisco Xavier, because of Uchiyamada's bald head. He doesn't do it on purpose at all, he seems to just associate the two in his mind for some reason.
** He also can't seem to remember Teshigawara's name at all. His attempts to recall it don't even come close. Just to give an example of how bad it gets, he once refers to him as "''Toxic Socks Warrior''", without any sign that he doesn't think it's his actual name.
* ''{{Anime/Hamtaro}}'': Jingle never seems to be able to remember Hamtaro's name. This leads to problems.
* Assistant chief security maid Yashima Sanae in ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Vérité''. In Japan, "Sanae" is normally a first name, so people often call her Sanae instead of Yashima even though they've known her for a long time. She [[InsistentTerminology always corrects them when they do so]], telling them that Yashima is her first name and Sanae is her last name.
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Orito always calls Yuki Yoshida "Tomonori" because the kanji for her name also translate to Tomonori. He continues to do it even after she corrects him. A few other characters pick up the habit from hearing Orito do it.
* In the manga adaptation for ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII'', Donald and Goofy are referred to as Ronald and Zoofy by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Yuffie]].
* PlayedForLaughs in a ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' ChristmasEpisode, with the police chief constantly getting Inspector Zenigata's name wrong: "Inspector Pennsylvania", "Inspector Epiglottis"...
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Vita in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' always screwed up Nanoha's name before they became allies. "Nantoka" actually means "something" and is used when someone refers to something that they do not know the name of. Also a bit of a pun, since the ''nano'' in her actual name is basically something you stick at the end of a sentence when you're not sure (which was the main aspect of the first season's IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming).
-->'''Vita:''' Takamachi Nantoka!\\
'''Nanoha:''' It's Nanoha! NA! NO! HA!
** ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' gives us Levi Russell, a DumbMuscle who is just as bad with names in this AlternateUniverse as [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable her original version was]], constantly mispronouncing Nanoha as "Nanyoha" and Fate as "Hate" despite both's attempts to set her straight.
* When Seiya from ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' finds a stray puppy he can tell by his tag what the name essentially reads. However he reads it as "Heebu" instead of "Herb". Even after being corrected he still calls Herb "Heebu", which annoys Herb's eventual owner Ririka.
* Because Luffy of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a complete airhead, he always calls Boa Hancock "Hammock". He eventually starts to call her by her correct name, which she, due to being crazily in love with him, interprets as a proposal for marriage.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** This happens to Butch a lot in both the English and Japanese versions of the anime. He's been called Botch, Biff, Hutch, Bob, Butcher, and many others. In the original Japanese, his name is Kosaburo, but he always gets called Kosanji. Seems to happen so often that he immediately replies "It's Butch!" when spoken to. In an episode of the spinoff ''Pokémon Chronicles'', Butch is actually called the correct name for a change, and he replies with "It's Bu-Oh, wait, that's what you said!" Another time, he called himself by the wrong name when attempting to correct someone when they got it right.
** Also a RunningGag with Stephan in ''Best Wishes''. It would get pronounced as "Steven" or "STEPH-an" and he was quick to correct it to "Steph-AN".
* Main character Madoka in ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' cannot for the life of her get Villagullio's name right and he eventually gave up on trying to get her to say it right. Eventually, so does Makoka and just calls him Guivi-nii, though she almost gets it when she tries again in the second season.
* Quite a few of the dolls from the ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' anime have trouble remembering fellow doll Kanaria's name.
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'': Straight Cougar kept getting Mimori's name wrong because he honestly can't remember her name because he's always in a rush. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness He finally gets it right near the end of the series]], but she's so used to correcting him that she does it then anyway out of habit.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': [[TheDitz Usagi]] does this in a "Sailor Stars" episode with the VictimOfTheWeek, called Garayan, calling him ''Garapan'', which means ''colourful men's underwear'' in Japanese. She just is that much of an airhead.
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', Koromo tends to call Nodoka "Nonoka".
* In ''Manga/SakuraTrick'' Mitsuki can remember that Yuzu's name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuzu a citrus fruit]], but not which one.
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', Ban never gets Jericho's name right, calling her things like "Jaleco" or "Jenko".
* ''Anime/SDGundamForce'': Nobody ever gets Bakunetsumaru's name right the first time around. Because it's difficult for people not native to Ark to remember it, they usually call him 'Baku'.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': Zonge, a wannabe gourmet hunter, is frequently mislabeled as Zombie or a varient by almost everyone except his two sidekicks- even the [[UpToEleven captions]] get it wrong.
* Count Alses of ''LightNovel/{{Tytania}}'' always misremembers Fan Hyulick's name as "Fan Hyulen". He is corrected on a regular basis, but this only serves to irritate him.
* Dita from ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' is the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} version. Despite the fact that she's romantically interested in the male lead, she can't seem to remember his name and calls him "Uchuujin-[[{{Honorifics}} san]]" ("Mr. Alien") instead.
* In ''Manga/{{Working}}'', Popura is such an airhead she cannot call her co-worker Souta Takanashi properly by his name, instead calling him "Katanashi", much to his frustration. Inami got confused with that until she found out that he only lets Popura call him that. Later, Popura meets three of his sisters at their home:
-->'''Popura:''' You are all Katanashi-kun's family members!?
-->'''Kazue, Kozue and Nazuna:''' It's Ta-ka-na-shi.
* ''[[Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo Bakusou Kyoudai! Lets and Go!! MAX]]'' involves a RunningGag where the IdiotHero Gouki always misnames [[TheRival Marina]] "Mariko". [[{{Tsundere}} She then never fails to try to correct him.]]
--> ''Marina'': My name is Marina! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Ma-ri-na!]]
--> ''Gouki'': I got that already, Mariko!
* A RunningGag in ''Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatGirlNukuNuku TV.'' The protagonist Nuku-Nuku mispronounces the name of RichBitch Chieko Shirakaba at least once an episode.
* In one episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Kogoro keeps forgetting Dororo's name and guessing wrong. He thinks he's called "Terere" in the original and either "Domomo", "Dimimi", or "Dolo" in the dub.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Rossiu, known by Kamina as "Dekosuke": "Forehead Boy".
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' Sandorst's unfamiliarity with human names leads him to call "Learoyd, Steven T. of the coalition forces" '''Learoyd-Steventy of Coalitia.'''
* In ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', Bianca Castafiore just can't seem to get Captain Haddock's (or his butler, Nestor's) name quite right. The Captain gets his own back at one point ("Captain, er..." "Harrock, Madam. Captain Harrock'n'roll."). But what's funny is that she ''never gets it wrong the same way twice.''
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'':
** Rung is never correctly addressed by name when he is conscious or present. The other characters will either forget his name, mispronounce his name, or simply identify him based on his profession. However, characters do not seem to have this problem at all in prose stories or when he is not present.
** When Tailgate is first brought on board the Lost Light, he hears Whirl called (appropriately enough) "Nutjob". 40+ issues later, Tailgate still seems to be under the impression that's his actual name. In a Franchise where characters have canonically been named "Dipstick", "Wideload", and "''Windbreaker''", it doesn't seem like such a stretch.
* ''Comicbook/{{Bone}}'': "Roque Ja. ROGUE JA. You're not rolling the R."
* In the tenth chapter of ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck]],'' Scrooge just ''can't'' get the name of the Junior Woodchucks organization right. Over the course of the story, he calls them "Midget Gophers," "Runt Chipmunks," "Dwarf Voles" and "Microbe Moles," with everyone -- including the Beagle Boys -- constantly trying to correct him. On the last page, he finally gets it right, causing his sister Matilda to automaticall start correcting him and then realize her error:
-->'''Scrooge:''' Look! The Junior Woodchucks!\\
'''Matilda:''' ''Woodchucks''! Huh? Oh... sorry.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* in ''Fanfic/AGameComesToEquestria'', this is [[spoiler: Hermos']] problem with his first appearance in the story, having his name mislabeled as "Hymie" [[spoiler: when he entered the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup rodeo]]]]. It isn't until the end of the whole event (and the events that followed) that everypony else gets to know his ''actual'' name.
* It happens once in a story of the ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'' FanVerse: when seeing the Ghost Host for the first time in "New at the Mansion", the ghost Purply Shroud mispronounces his name successively "Host Ghos" and "Spook Master", and then eventually gives up and decides to call him "Thing".
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** Played with in ''Fanfic/RetroChill'': it first appears that Evil Calvin calls Susie "Marcie", but he then reveals he was actually talking to ''Moe''. He then calls him "Mack" and "Ginger".
** From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
*** In a {{Crossover}} with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Calvin calls Alfred "Horus". Whether or not's it's intentional or not is unclear.
*** Brainstorm mistakes Socrates for "Caesar", the only thing he remembers being that "[it] was Roman".
*** When defending Jack Freewater, Calvin keeps forgetting his name until the end.
* In ''FanFic/GensokyosHeart,'' Cirno can't pronounce Patchouli's name right.
---> '''Cirno''': Not now, Path... Pac... Pactouli!
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8045114/42/A-Marauder-s-Plan A Marauder's Plan]]'', Sirius has a hard time remembering the name of Fudge's assistant after some inadvertent Dementor exposure. He successively thinks of the man as Marty, Monty, Murphy and Murray.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'':
** [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] unintentionally misnames [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]] as Butshersty, Flutterscotch, and Firefly at 3 different times. The latter two just so happen to be names of ponies [[MythologyGag of previous generations of]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''.[[note]]Not to mention Flutterscotch is real close to the name of Fluttershy's RuleSixtyThree self, Butterscotch.[[/note]]
** [[NiceGirl Lenora]] keeps referring to Twilight Sparkle as "Twilight Sparkler" for some reason. It gets on Twilight's nerves after a while, and she loses it after Rainbow gets acquitted.
* It's mentioned early on in ''Fanfic/TheNewRetcons'' that John's fellow dentist Everett had to take out a full page ad in the local paper to tell him his name was not "Elliot".
* In fan fiction of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** ''FanFic/TheAwkwardAdventuresOfMeghanWhimblesby'' include her not telling that she is from another world. So Meghan pretends to be from "Ravendill", her wrong name for Rivendell.
** In ''FanFic/GroundhogGDIME'', Charlize from England wants to visit the "Bruinduin", a river in Middle-earth. She is misnaming the Bruinen or the Anduin. Charlize seems to get her own wish and find herself in the Bruinduin, "a small, unimportant river in some obscure part of Middle Earth".
** ''FanFic/{{Lothiriel}}'' by [=JunoMagic=] is about a woman from Germany. Many other Germans call her "Losíriel" because they can't say the English "th" sound.
** ''FanFic/NotAsPlanned'' has a fan who inserts herself into Middle-earth. This girl misnames almost everything because she is too stupid to know the correct names. "Like, it's not ''my'' fault you can't use English names right." She says "Riverdale", "Bramir", "Gamly", when the correct names are Rivendell, Boromir, Gimli.
* In the ''FanFic/TheTrainerFromAFarAwayLand'', [[RunningGag Satoshi can not pronounce N's name right,]] although it's due to the fact Kantonese has the same language limitations as Japanese, meaning he [[JustifiedTrope can't make the "N" sound.]] It happens so often that N gives up trying to correct Satoshi. Satoshi would pronounce N's name as Een-neh, Een-ne, Ennu or Enne.
* ''FanFic/TheHamsterballShow'': Rachel Fink was accidentally called "Ranger Fink" by her younger sister Peepums once, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname and it stuck]].
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders constantly botch Destroyah's name, calling her "Destoroyana", "Desotroyah", etc. When they finally get her name right in chapter 23, she is very happy.
** Sweetie Belle calls Xenilla "Zenallia" in one scene.
** The ponies get confused by Ki Seong's name and call her "Tea Song" instead.
* In the ''Fanfic/MegsFamilySeries'', Mayor Adam West ''always'' gets Maddie's name wrong, to the point where he calls her names that don't even sound remotely like her's.
* ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'': Gordon of Edinburgh never gets his servant's name (Eoin) right. Of course, when Eoin accidentally calls him master George, he gets kicked out.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'', it's revealed that Miranda's real name is Mimira. "Miranda" is just what Cedric called her because he couldn't be bothered to remember her actual name; being young and impressionable, she decided that if he was calling her that, it must be a better name, and so started going by it.
* Similar to Vita [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs in canon]], Susanoo will ''never'' get Nanoha's name right in ''Fanfic/{{Infinity}}''. He seems to have the general ''sound'' of it down, but tends to usually end up with something like 'Nanako', even when others directly point out to him he's got her name wrong.
* In "Wayne Manor", part of the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, Martha Wayne initially appears to be a bubble-headed socialite who calls Alfred Pennyworth "Shillingsweight" and "Pennywork". An invoked instance, because she's a lot smarter than she chooses to appear, and once she decides to let him know it, she never gets his name wrong again.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' fan fic series [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6743572/chapters/15411358 TIE Fighter]] in relation to Chiss names and the difficulty humans have pronouncing the full versions and why they prefer humans just not try. “Pronounced improperly, [Thelea’s] name can inadvertently sound like our language’s word for a small tunneling rodent that lives in the high snow pack on our world.”
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''FanFic/WeasleyGirl'', after Colin and Hermione have mentioned the Franchise/SherlockHolmes books to Ronnie, she misremembers the name and makes the occasional reference to "that Muggle girl, Shirley Holes." The first time she mentions the name is when she's talking to Dobby, and he seems to get the idea that this is what she's like to be called. Hence, whenever he appears in the fic afterwards, he always addresses her as "Miss Shirley Holes."
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the absent-minded Dory can never remember the name of Marlin's eponymous son, calling him at various points [[Creator/MarxBrothers Chico, Harpo]], [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]], Bingo, and Fabio. She eventually gets it right and recognizes him as Nemo near the end of the movie, much to her own delight.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''
** Throughout the movie, various characters mistakenly call the Duke of Wesselton the Duke of Weaseltown.
** There's a misunderstanding where Olaf the snowman believes that Kristoff is named Sven, the same as the reindeer. He proceeds to call Kristoff "Sven" for most of the film.
** Also, Anna calls Kristoff "Christopher" the first time and is corrected.
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' Basil always gets Olivia Flaversham's last name wrong despite her (and later, the other characters') corrections. At the climax, he addresses her father by the proper name, so when he later messes up again when saying goodbye to Olivia, you know he's just being affectionate.
* Reggie Belafonte from ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'' does this; literally a second after being told our hero's name. Cody Maverick becomes Cody Mavencourt. Semi-justified, as the guy(?) cares pretty much zero about the clients he manages.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'', when Toad's mooks capture Roddy along with Rita, he claims to be just an innocent bystander. They misunderstand this as his name being Millicent Bystander, and refer to him as such for the rest of the film.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', Skipper keeps forgetting Dave's name, calling him Doug, Darryl and Debbie, among other names, until the end of the movie where he calls him [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Ramirez]]. The end credits get in on it too, where they call him Debbie before correcting it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', Oh mimics Tip and refers to Lucy as "Mymom," because the concepts of a mother and families are alien to him.
* The ''Frozen'' example is given a ShoutOut in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. Here, the guy's ''actually'' called Duke Weaselton (because he's a WickedWeasel with SpeciesSurname)...and Nick calls him Wesselton.
* At the beginning of ''Disney/PeterPan'', when Wendy and her father argue about the Peter Pan stories she's been telling.
-->'''Mr. Darling:''' Wendy, haven't I warned you? Stuffing the boys' heads with a lot of silly stories!\\
'''Wendy:''' Oh, but they're not.\\
'''Mr. Darling:''' I say they are! Captain Crook, Peter Pirate...\\
'''Wendy:''' Peter ''Pan'', father.\\
'''Mr. Darling:''' Pan, Pirate...''Poppycock!!''
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A {{Running Gag}} on ''Film/{{Mean Girls}}'' is the characters mispronouncing Cadys name and calling her "Catty". This foreshadows her transformation into {{Alpha Bitch}}.
* In ''Film/SpiderMan1'', Peter Parker becomes a wrestler known as "The Human Spider", in which [[Creator/BruceCampbell the announcer]] changes to "Spider-Man", which he thinks is cooler. When he defeats Bonesaw and becomes the new champion, the name "Spider-Man" is chanted by the crowd. Peter stops trying to correct them, as this is perhaps the first time in his life that he is respected.
* In ''Film/BeingThere'', the hero coughs as he tells Eve his name. Eve mishears "Chance the Gardener" as "Chauncey Gardiner" which becomes the hero's new name.
* A RunningGag of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' has villain Hedley Lamarr being called "Hedy". Creator/HedyLamarr even sued the studio afterwards.
* In ''Film/TheBucketList'', Jack Nicholson's character, Edward Cole, has a habit of calling his subordinates whatever name(s) he prefers; the way he acts, you'd ''think'' it was accidental if it weren't shown clearly that he ''does'' know their real name (making this a subversion). It's not MaliciousMisnaming because it's not a variation of their real name or meant as an insulting or bullying tactic. He basically acts as if their real name is immaterial.
-->'''Ed:''' Do you know what a philistine is, Joe?\\
'''Richard:''' Sir, it's Richard.\\
'''Ed:''' That's right, Phil. Now, give 'em the spiel.
** Later we find out he's done the same thing to his personal valet, Tommy (though [[DeadpanSnarker Tommy]] might just be messing with Carter):
--->'''Carter:''' Can I ask: Is it Tommy, or Thomas?\\
'''Tommy:''' Actually, it's Matthew, but he finds that too Biblical.
* A RunningGag of ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive'' is people calling Weatherby "Wallaby" or something like that. At the end, his love interest Helena calls him by his name, which leads to him angrily trying to correct her before he realizes she got it right.
* A character in ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' movie misremembers Enos' name as "Anus". ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did the same joke, and they're probably not the only ones.
* The hero in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' says "I'm not sure if..." to a machine, which proceeds to assume his name is literally 'Not Sure' and [[ScannableMan tattoo this name on his arm]]. Everyone calls him 'Not Sure' for the rest of the movie. [[spoiler:The epilogue shows him becoming President Not Sure]].
* In ''Film/JohnCarter'', John introduces himself as "Captain John Carter of the Army of Virginia" to the Tharks. The Tharks assume his name is Virginia and never catch on to their mistake. John gets annoyed at first but rolls with it. He does correct his name to Dejah, but the Tharks eventually give him a new name Dotar Sojat (according to the film, not the book, it means "my right [[MultiArmedAndDangerous hands]]").
* In ''Film/TheMoreTheMerrier'', both Joe Carter and Benjamin Dingle engage in this trope. Another hilarious RunningGag to this ScrewballComedy.
* In ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', Creator/JackieChan's character introduces himself as Chon Wang, but Roy and the other Wild West characters mistake this for Creator/JohnWayne...and comment it's a stupid sounding name.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', James Bond introduces M to Kincade, and Kincade thinks her name is "Emma". She shows a slight hint of annoyance before she decides to just let him think that.
* In ''Film/TheDouble'', Simon's boss keeps calling him "Stanley", despite the fact that Simon has worked for him for seven years.
* In ''Film/LivingInOblivion'', Nicole mistakenly addresses Tito as [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Toto]].
* Denise in ''Film/HellNight'' keeps calling her supposed romantic partner Seth "Wes", much to his annoyance.
* ''Film/ShortCuts'' features two examples across its many subplots.
** Howard Finnigan's father Paul has not seen him for thirty years by the time he shows up at the hospital where his eight-year-old son Casey has been taken after being hit by a car. Because this means he has never met either Howard's wife Ann or Casey himself, he accidentally refers to Casey as "Kevin" when he finds Howard and Ann, and has to be prompted every other time he tries to remember his grandson's name.
** In the film's opening sequence, Ralph and Marian Wyman are sitting next to Stuart and Claire Kane at a concert. When Marian and Claire's amazement at seeing Creator/AlexTrebek in the audience gets them to talking and inspires Marian to invite the Kanes to dinner, Ralph points out that they are effectively total strangers. When the Kanes arrive for dinner in the film's final third, Ralph is still vague on their guests' details and initially addresses Stuart as "Steven".
* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', John first hears Zeus's name when a local boy says "Hey, Zeus!" John consequently mistakes his name for Jesús, which sounds very similar. Zeus is angered and asks if he looks Mexican.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/BloodRites'', Trisha is a self-involved, superficial ditz who keeps getting Harry's name wrong on the set. [[spoiler: This ends up saving Harry from arrest, as she gives the police the wrong name when she falsely accuses him of attacking her.]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', the high school principal is an out-of-touch nebbish. He first calls Carrie "Carrie Wright" instead of White, and then misremembers her first name as Cassie. Carrie does NOT take it well.
* The early books in the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' series had a side character named Zolov, an old Russian chess player who repeatedly referred to Gaia as "Cindy", due to his Alzheimer's disease.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Professor Binns]] is always so caught up in his lecture that he barely notices his students are even there listening to it. On the very rare occasion that they stay awake in class long enough to ask him a question he always gets their names wrong.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' [[BeleagueredAssistant Percy]] hero-worships his boss, Mr. Crouch, who always calls him "Weatherby" instead of "Weasley." Made a bit strange because he apparently knows Percy's father Arthur fairly well, though perhaps not well enough to know they're related?
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' Horace Slughorn considered Ron Weasley unimportant and therefore accidentally called him [[ActorAllusion Rupert]], Weatherby, Wallenby, or Wenby on various occasions. In a pensieve scene in the same novel, the director at the orphanage where Tom Riddle grew up calls Dumbledore "Dumberton" and then "Dunderbore."
* Sir George, the hero of ''Literature/DragonInDistress'', gets Princess Florinara Tansimasa Qasilava Delagordune's name wrong. No surprise. However, he actually gets it right later.
* Mr. D (Dionysus) Director of [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Camp Half-Blood]] has been known to get campers' names right - but so rarely they are startled and wary when it happens.
* One of the stories in ''Literature/RealQuickFlashFic'' has the narrator keep getting 'triceratops' wrong.
* Waddington's inability to get other people's names right (he keeps calling Finch 'Winch' and 'Pinch') becomes an important plot point in ''The Small Bachelor'' by Creator/PGWodehouse.
* In ''Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations'', Professor [[InsufferableGenius Vard]] refers to Dulmur as Agent Duller, Agent Dummer, and Agent Dombler, among others.
* In ''LightNovel/ValkyrieIntoTheHeavens'', [[TeenGenius Daniel Logan]] is hard to pronounce with a Japanese accent, as a result [[TeenGenius Michiko Hoshimoto]] ends up calling him [[InSeriesNickname Danii...]] The name sticks.
* Early in ''Literature/WatershipDown'', there's a memorable scene where the Threarah accidentally refers to Hazel as "Walnut."
* In ''Literature/AmberBrown Is On the Move'', Amber's dance teacher (and later her Dad's girlfriend), Miss Isobel, is bad at remembering names and keeps calling her a different gem every time she sees her - "opal," "topaz," etc. Eventually, she remembers her names, but still calls her other gem names as a friendly joke. It's also never made entirely clear whether she actually knew Amber's name from the start and was joking the entire time.
* A point throughout ''Literature/CareerOfEvil'' is that people often mistake the detective Cormoran Strike's name as "Cameron." This may have been inspired by the fact that this mistake sometimes shows up in reviews for the series online. Hilariously, Kirkus Reviews's [[https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robert-galbraith/career-of-evil/ review]] of the title gives the protagonist's name as "Cameron Strike."
* In ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'', Miss Trixie, the senile octogenarian accountant at Levy Pants, always refers to Ignatius J. Reilly as "Gloria," confusing him with the stenographer who had been fired the day that Ignatius was hired (largely because Ignatius had been hired).
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos''
** Captain Ginger Hasina can't get anyone's name right. She's too focused on her latest MadScientist medicine to bother. She's called Eric "Derek", Redstreak "Breadbeck" and Jemas, her own NumberTwo, as "James".
** Nunnal Enaz has a localized case of this trope; she can't remember the names of her employees. Instead she calls them "Letter Guy" as in "A Guy", "B Guy," "C Guy" etc. Annala asked Wiol, a goddess who is aware of every possible future, if this would ever change. The answer? "No."
* In ''[[Literature/TheDarkProfitSaga Orconomics]]'', Gorm saves a Goblin from an adventurer and asks his name. The Goblin replied "Gleebek", which is what Gorm starts calling him. They don't understand one another, as Gorm doesn't speak Shadowtongue, and the Goblin doesn't speak [[CommonTongue Imperial]]. Eventually, they end up in an Orc town, where a bilingual Orc reveals that "gleebek" is Shadowtongue for "hello". A bit of FridgeBrilliance: "Gleebek" keeps saying his name every time some calls him by it. Why? Because he thinks people are saying "hello" to him, so he says "hello" back. Everyone else just assumes he's being cute, repeating his name back at them. The Goblin's actual name is Tib'rin. Gorm feels a little stupid for calling him "Gleebek" all this time.
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[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''
** In the first series, [[Creator/BrianBlessed King Richard IV]] can never manage to remember his son Edmund's name. When he finally gets it right in the finale...
-->'''Edmund:''' Father, you called me "Edmund"!\\
'''Richard:''' WHAT? OH, SORRY, EDGAR...
** Combined with ThrowItIn in season 3, as Creator/HughLaurie actually screwed up his line.
-->'''Edmund:''' You can start by not calling me "Bladder".
* Hot Pie from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' seems seems to think Arya is a Stark of "Winterhell."
* Jerry from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is actually named Gary; the director got his name wrong on the first day and he wasn't assertive enough to correct him.
* ''Series/DeathInParadise'': In "An Unhelpful Aid", Sergeant Young keeps calling Fidel "Freddie".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Before the Doctor really got to like Ian Chesterton, he would call him things like "Chesterfield", "Chatterton", "Chesserton", and so on. The story is that this began as ThrowItIn of Creator/WilliamHartnell's line-hashings but was soon written into the character. After the Doctor [[TrueCompanions gets to like him]], he gets the name right, [[MaliciousMisnaming unless he's intentionally trying to upset him]] - except for a small and heartbreaking CharacterCheck where he accidentally mangles it in a {{Soliloquy}} at the end of "The Massacre" about how lonely he is, as if he's already forgetting what Ian's name really was.
** In "The Gunfighters", the Doctor constantly calls Wyatt Earp "Mr Werp" because no-one bothers to correct him.
** In "The Web Planet", InsectoidAliens the Menoptera struggle with human names, implicitly due to their very non-human intelligence and insect-like anatomy. Vrestin, the lead Menoptera in the story, mangles Ian's name into something like 'Hair-on'.
** At the end of "The Myth Makers", the Doctor refers to Kat'''a'''rina as "Katrina".
** Referenced in the DocuDrama ''Film/AnAdventureInSpaceAndTime'' when Hartnell is depicted as distractedly calling his new producer by his original producer's name.
** The Doctor keeps calling Danny "P.E.", despite both Danny and Clara constantly correcting him that he's a maths teacher. This is more of the Doctor's prejudice against the military, since Danny is a retired soldier. In the Doctor's mind, the only thing a soldier is good for is physical stuff. Danny eventually just rolls with it.
** Also, the Ninth Doctor keeps calling Micky "Ricky" despite the constant corrections. Then it turns out to be that Micky's AlternateUniverse counterpart is really named Ricky.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe accidentally calls her boyfriend David by the name of her ex-boyfriend Mike. She tries to cover by claiming Monica calls Chandler 'Richard' (her ex-boyfriend) all the time and it's totally normal. Of course Chandler gets worried and Monica is annoyed given she's never done anything of the sort.
** Rachel's sister Amy misnames Emma for "Emily" and Phoebe for "Emma":
-->'''Monica:''' Hey, Amy. Is this the first time you're seeing Emma?\\
'''Amy:''' I think so. ''(to Phoebe)'' It's nice to meet you, Emma!\\
'''Phoebe:''' "Phoebe".\\
'''Amy:''' Oh, that's a funny noise.\\
(...)\\
'''Amy:''' But I was thinking about changing her ''(Emma's)'' name. I'm just not really a big fan of "Emily".\\
'''Ross:''' "Emma".\\
'''Amy:''' ''(to Phoebe)'' Emma? Ross wants you.\\
'''Phoebe:''' ''"PHOEBE!"''\\
'''Amy:''' ''(to Ross and Rachel)'' Why does she keep making that noise?
** Bob, a co-worker of Chandler, constantly misnames him for "Toby". Chandler never corrects him, because he's afraid of how awkward it would be. Later on, Chandler's boss asks his opinion on adding Bob to his team, to which Chandler is negative. But, when Bob finds out some "Chandler Bing" blocked his promotion, [[MistakenIdentity he ventilates it to "Toby"]], putting him in an even more difficult situation. HilarityEnsues at the end, when [[spoiler: Bob destroys Chandler's office... and Chandler joins him when asked to help with it]].
* On ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' Walter is incapable of calling Astrid by her correct name, except once when he was on drugs.
* On ''Series/LostGirl'', in the episode "Mirror, Mirror," Bo is perpetually (and drunkenly) incapable of calling Literature/BabaYaga by her correct name (calling her instead various things like "Baby [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]].")
* On an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a visiting surgeon keeps getting BJ's name wrong. The only time he gets it right is when he's drunk.
* In ''MrBelvedere'', Heather's friend Angela constantly gets Mr. Belvedere surname wrong, calling him "Mr. Bellybutton", "Mr. Bellpepper", et cetera. Angela never said the same (wrong) surname twice.
* On one episode of ''Series/TheNanny'', a photographer refers to C.C. Babcock as "Miss Boobcock", which gets reprinted in several places and even on a billboard.
* Trigger from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' always calls Rodney "Dave". The show had endless fun with what one might think would be a repetitive gag by coming up with variations such as:
--> '''Trigger:''' [Del might name his son] Rodney, after Dave over there.
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Lwaxana Troi regularly mispronounces Worf's name as "Woof".
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok says "I am Vulcan", meaning "I am from Planet Vulcan" or "I am of the Vulcan race", but Neelix thinks his name is Mr. Vulcan.
** This one evolves into more of a friendly nickname than a mistake. Neelix is soon perfectly aware of what Tuvok's real name is, but he keeps calling Tuvok "Mr. Vulcan" on several occasions anyway.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', the GeniusDitz Lord John Marbury almost always refers to Leo, the White House Chief of Staff, as "Gerald." He does get Leo's name right at least once, so it may be ObfuscatingStupidity on Marbury's part, but it's hard to say.
** It is. After [[spoiler: CJ becomes Chief of Staff]], his response is that she must be the new Gerald.
* In ''Series/{{QI}}'', in the Series 7 episode "Gothic":
-->'''Stephen''': Alan, you're a zombie, you bite Jimmy ''(points to Jimmy Carr)'', Jimmy, you bite Jack ''(points to Jack Dee)'', Jack, you bite Mel ''(points to Sue Perkins)''.\\
'''Alan'''(points to Sue): Sue.[[note]]Mel Giedroyc was Sue Perkins' former comedy partner.[[/note]]\\
''(Stephen facepalms himself)''\\
'''Sue''': It's that warm personal touch you get when you're on this show.\\
'''Stephen''': I am so ashamed!\\
'''Alan''': No one noticed, Creator/{{Hugh|Laurie}}.
* Series/{{Sherlock}} can't seem to remember Lestrade's first name. (It's Greg.) Then again, he is known to purposefully not learn or forget information he considers irrelevant.
--> '''Greg Lestrade:''' Hello, John.
--> '''John Watson:''' Greg.
--> (''later'')
--> '''Sherlock Holmes:''' Is that why you're calling yourself "Greg?"
--> '''John Watson:''' (''incredulous'') That's his name!
--> '''Sherlock Holmes:''' Is it?
--> '''Greg Lestrade:''' Yes... if you'd ever bother to find out.
* A RunningGag in Brazilian soap ''Cheias de Charme''. LaughablyEvil villainess Chayene always misnamed one of the protagonists, Rosário, referring to her by many names which first syllable was "Ro-", except the correct one. Once she misnamed Rosário with two different names ''[[UpToEleven in the same sentence]]''.
-->'''Chayene''': If it's war ''Rochelle'' wants, it's war ''Roxanne'' will get.
* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' - Inspector Luger always called Sgt. Levitt 'Levine', right up to the final episode.
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': In "The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly", Mr. Waverly introduces Literature/HerculePoirot to his wife (Mrs. Waverly) by calling him "Hercules Poirot". Poirot tells him that he should be called "Hercule Poirot", not "Hercules".
* ''Series/TheColbertReport''. When interviewing Smaug from ''Film/TheHobbit'' films, [[BullyingADragon Colbert gets into an argument]] over whether its name is pronounced "Smaug" or "Smog". Eventually the irritated dragon says to just call him "Dude".
* In the ''Series/GreenAcres'' episode "The Candidate", Oliver attempts to air his grievances against state district representative Ben Hanks regarding the quality of the road (Hooterville only has the one). Hanks repeatedly gets his name wrong -- calling him something different every time -- and when Oliver pledges to run against him in the next election, his name is similarly misprinted in all the headlines.
* The 2014 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s had an infamous moment where Creator/JohnTravolta called [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Idina Menzel]] "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfSmgoO7f8 Adele Dazeem]]". Menzel made sure to [[https://twitter.com/janetkrupin/status/440931045274583040/photo/1 exploit the joke]].
* Creator/DavidLetterman turned this into a RunningGag, constantly calling members of his staff by the wrong name. For instance, director Hal Gurnee was often called "Hal Gertner," and band drummer Anton Fig was routinely introduced as "Anton Zipp".
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "The Murdoch Identity", Detective Slorach has real trouble remembering George Crabtree's name, and keeps calling all kinds of wrong name.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Kelso always calls Dr. Christopher Turk (generally only known by his last name) "Dr. Turkleton", starting from Turk's and Carla's wedding, where he drunkenly reveals that he thinks that Turk's name is Turk Turkleton.
* ''Series/{{Shake It Up}}'': Gary does this one episode and then says "I don't think so" whenever corrected.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': In season 3, Skye starts going by her birth name, [[spoiler:Daisy Johnson]], after she finally discovers it (she was left at an orphanage as a baby). Coulson, the one who initially recruited her to S.H.I.E.L.D., keeps slipping up and referring to her as Skye.
-->'''Coulson:''' Hard to get used to, huh?\\
'''Hunter:''' No.\\
'''Mack:''' No, just you.
* In ''The Creator/MorecambeAndWise Show'' the duo would often get the name of the special guest wrong. The most famous example is Mr Andrew Preview (Andre Previn).
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': A RunningGag is Cat Grant's inability to get Kara Danvers' name right. Even in life or death situations, she'll always call her "Kyra" or some derivative. In a heartwarming moment, she finally gets her name right in the season 1 finale.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': TheMark in "The Bank Shot Job" is an arrogant corrupt judge who [[IOwnThisTown rules the town]]. He keeps calling the bank manager 'Fred' when his name is actually Frank, and has seemingly been doing so for years. This comes back to bite him at the end of the episode.
* Throughout the entire run of ''Series/RaisingHope'', [[{{Malaproper}} Virginia]] pronounces Sabrina's name as "Sabrin''er''".
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Frank would routinely call Dr. Forrester "Steve" despite the latter's first name being Clayton. Although it's unclear if this was Frank's attempt at being [[MaliciousMisnaming passive-aggressive]] towards his BadBoss, or just another example of him being TheDitz.
* ''Series/{{Utopia 2014}}'': A RunningGag in "Smart Cities" involves the conference organizers getting Tony's name wrong and referring to him as 'Tony Woodley' rather than 'Tony Woodford'. The final scene has him being announced as 'Tony Woodley' as he takes the stage to give the keynote address.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* One of Wrestling/CMPunk's {{Running Gag}}s during his stint as guest commentator on ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} NXT'' Season 3 was his inability to remember the names of the NXT Rookies.
--> '''CM Punk:''': I thought Francine was going to win.\\
'''Josh Matthews''': Maxine. \\
'''CM Punk:''': What did I say?\\
'''Josh Matthews''': Uh.. Someone else.
* A real life example gave Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan his name. His real name is Raymond Heenan, but Dick the Bruiser kept calling him "Bobby" and it ultimately stuck.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' has the [[UnfortunateNames unfortunately named]] Dr. Nitwhite, who is often mistakenly called "Dr. Nitwit", usually by his assistant, Watson. Naturally, [[BerserkButton he gets really ticked off]] whenever this happens.
* ''Series/SesameStreet''
** During the time that Mr. Hooper was alive, Big Bird almost never got Mr. Hooper's name right. Commonly, he would call him "Mr. Looper", even after he corrected him.
** Similarly, when Mr. Handford appeared on the show, the other characters would call him "Mr. Handfoot", and he would have to correct them, seemingly to no avail.
** In an episode in which Freddy Flapman, a real estate agent, tries to convince Big Bird to move to a new habitat, a Main/RunningGag throughout that episode is Big Bird getting Freddy's last name wrong and Freddy having to correct him. Freddy ends up doing it to himself at the end of the episode.
** In ''Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir'', featuring the Sesame Street Muppets, right before Santino Fontana takes the stage, Ernie pulls an "Adele Dazeem" and constantly misremembers his name, much to Bert's annoyance.
* A RunningGag in the ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' episode, "The Blag-Bludder Beast" has Yertle constantly mispronouncing the name of the titular beast. The villagers of Troomph would always correct him, but to no avail.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A RunningGag with Gunther, the barber, in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}''. He always gets Curtis's name wrong.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In an episode of ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' Sir Gregory, the [[BadBoss rather tyrannical]] head of General Assistance Department and the boss of Deryck Lennox-Brown, calls him "Frederik" [[ItMakesSenseInContext once he thinks Lennox-Brown is in grave danger in an inoperable submarine at the bottom of the sea.]]
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[[folder:Sports]]
* During a 1940s football game broadcast, sportscaster Red Barber accidentally introduced his play-by-play partner Russ Hodges as "Russ Hughes". An amused (or perhaps miffed) Hodges responded, "Thank you, Red Baker."
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* A quick way to add some humor in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is having characters confuse [[ThoseTwoGuys Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]] with each other. They are always together and are introduced as a pair, so a faulty gesture and the appropriate reaction from the named in question is all it takes.
* In ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', the Mechanicals keep referring in Ninus's tomb as "Ninny's tomb", to Quince's increasing frustration.
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Thénardier seems to have a lot of trouble remembering Cosette's name, calling her Colette (and possibly Courgette).
** Which started out as a ThrowItIn when an actor said the wrong name during a performance.
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'', Harry and Ron call Hermione everything from 'Hermy-One' to 'Hermononucleosis'.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'':
** G(a)linda often refers to Boq as "Biq," usually because she can't remember. He politely corrects her every time.
** Similarly, Professor Dillamond repeatedly called Galinda "Glinda" which initially annoyed her. When Dillamond was dismissed from the Shiz faculty as part of the growing mistrust of intelligent animals in Oz, Galinda chose to change her name to "Glinda" out of respect to the professor.
* The eponymous character in ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' goes by the name of Harold Hill, but the last time Marcellus saw him, he went by the name Gregory. As such, he calls him Greg for the rest of the show. Played with in that the "wrong" name is actually his real name.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 2|The Azoth of Destiny}}'''s Max addresses Felt by increasingly bizarre permutations of his name, at one point referring to him as "Klein" (the name of the protagonist from the previous Atelier Iris game). If corrected, he'll call him Felt for the remainder of the current conversation, so apparently he's just that bad with names.
* ''Videogame/BeyondGoodAndEvil''
** The heroine Jade first meets her sidekick Double H after freeing him from ElectricTorture. His brain is... [[EasyAmnesia a little fried]], and after hearing her mention the [[LaResistance "IRIS" Network]], he starts calling her "Miss Thyrus." (He also calls himself "Triple Z" at one point.)
** Jade herself once refers to the suspicious "Mr. de Castellac" who hired her on a mission (which was actually a charade aiming at establishing a contact between her and the IRIS Network) as "de Cadillac".
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans: Path of the Furon'', Emperor Meningitis mistakenly addresses Crypto as "Klepto", due to being senile.
--> '''Meningitis:''' Pox? Is that you? What have you done with your body? And what's that with you? Oh, it's your little house boy, ''Klepto!''\\
'''Crypto:''' CRYP-TO.\\
'''Meningitis:''' Whatever!
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'': Flay refers to the QuirkyMinibossSquad as the "{{Mook}} Squad".
-->'''Tony:''' Who are you calling a ''mook?!''
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' proves that not even a ''God'' is immune to this trope. Most people you encounter find the name Amaterasu a bit too much of a mouthful to remember. The nicer ones will call you Ammy or (after a previous, respected alias) Shiranui. Less respectful ones settle for Furball.
** In the sequel ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', Amaterasu's son, Chibiterasu, gets it even worse. He has five companions over the course of the game, and each has their own terrible nickname for him: Mutt, Squiddy, Pooch, Dude, and ''Pork Chop''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', Luigi is often the victim of this. So characters use names like "[[BuffySpeak Mr. Green Mario Brother Guy]]" and "Loo...uh, some other guy!"
** Bowser does this in the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games. Bowser has fixated on Mario as his greatest enemy, and always forgets Luigi's name. So Bowser uses names like "Green 'Stache" to refer to Luigi. [[spoiler: He finally gets it right at the end of ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam Dream Team]]'', showing that he now considers him a WorthyOpponent.]]
** In MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory, Bowser himself gets this, as Broque Monsieur always refers to him as "Monsieur Turtle Bits".
** Used repeatedly in ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door]]''. The Puni elder thinks Mario's name is "Marty-o," the ancient mayor of Petalburg calls him "Murphy" due to his hearing problems, and the Yoshi who joins your party calls you "Gonzales." That last one is {{justified|Trope}} because said Yoshi is born in a fighting-club type place, the Glitz Pit, where Mario's stage name is "the Great Gonzales". (Mario didn't choose the name; his manager did.)
** The clueless "detective" Pennington, who thinks Mario is Luigi. ([[spoiler:In the sequence just before the final battle resumes, another character calls Mario by his proper name, and the detective is absolutely stunned at the notion of himself simply being ''wrong''.]])
** And also Zess T. who keeps referring to Mario with names such as "Stompy" and "Sir Crush-A-Lot" after he accidentally steps on her contact lenses.
** And Doopliss. [[spoiler:After he replaces Vivian of the Shadow Sirens, Beldam starts calling him "Freak-in-Sheet".]]
*** Doopliss himself calls almost everyone "Slick."
** In the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' crossover ''VideoGame/FortuneStreet'', Bowser occasionally refers to the Dragonlord as "Lizardboss".
* In ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', Danette refers to the eponymous World Eaters as "[[BuffySpeak World... Thingies]]", due to her atrocious memory. She also never remembers Gig's name, much to his annoyance.
* Levi the Slasher of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', who becomes TheNicknamer because she has a hard time remembering people's name, even simple one's like "Fate", who she keeps mispronouncing as "Hate", before she decides to just call her "[[{{Doppelganger}} Original]]" since it's easier to remember for her.
* In the ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC Old World Blues, Dr. 0 (Zero) is commonly referred to as O (the letter). By the time you meet him, he's still annoyed by it but doesn't care to correct it. You can either convince him to take pride in his name Zero by noting that it reduces all numbers multiplied to it to zero or have him accept O as meaning the "Oh!" of scientific discovery.
* In ''Tales of Lagoona 2: Peril at Poseidon Park'' scatterbrained Mayor Abraham Tobias Peabody kept calling the granddaughter of the park owners Linda, Lorraine and every other L-name ''except'' her ''actual'' name, Leona. At one point he asked his aide "Bubbles" (real name Vinny) "Who's this Leona I keep hearing about?"
* Professor Hotchkiss, a recurring character from the NancyDrew games ''Treasure in the Royal Tower'' and ''Legend of the Crystal Skull'', calls Nancy by a different name every time, even in the same piece of dialogue. An expert on wood whom Nancy consults over the phone in ''Danger on Deception Island'' has the same problem.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'', Richard Kruger tends to call Joey Jonathan, which is a reference to a time when Creator/JurotaKosugi voiced [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Jotaro Kujo]].
* Twice in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Captain Jack Sparrow calls Sora "Zola" in one scene. Sora gets annoyed and corrects him.
*** In the [[Manga/KingdomHeartsII manga adaptation]], Donald and Goofy were called "Ronald and Zoofy" by Yuffie. They didn't take that too well.
** A running gag in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' is everyone referring to Lea by his former name, Axel. He ends up giving in when [[spoiler:Riku calls him by his former name after Lea saves a comatose [[DistressedDude Sora]] from Master Xehanort.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', Inspector Hildibrand calls [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh]] "Gilligan". Gilgamesh tells him that if he can't get the whole name right, to just call him "Gil"; Hildibrand then starts referring to him as Greg. Gilgamesh ends up just going along with it. [[RunningGag Later on]], he meets [[VideoGane/FinalFantasyVI Ultros]], who calls him "Gulliver", prompting him to bemoan that no one in Eorzea can seem to remember his damn name properly.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', the player can find an ECHO recording of Handsome Jack when he was just a low-level Hyperion employee. His {{Jerkass}} boss Mr. Tassiter always calls him "John". However, after Jack takes over the company, he calls his own vice-president by the wrong name, which suggests that this is what was done to him as well. The Pre-Sequel shows that Tassiter knows that Jack's actual name is Jack, but always calls him John whenever he's pissed at him, which is pretty much always.
* In ''Videogame/TheWonderful101'', [[TheRival Prince Vorkken]] always calls Wonder Red "Blunder Red" as well as referring to Earth as "Dearth". Despite being a villain, this is just him being clueless rather than malicious since [[spoiler:he gets Wonder Red's name right, but never really figures out the "Dearth" thing.]]
* Fei Fong Wong, the hero of ''VideoGame/XenoGears'' is frequently referred to by alternate names, typically [[spoiler: by people who've known [[{{Reincarnation}} past incarnations of him]] (example, Krellian calling him Lacan or Emeralda referring to him as Kim,) or by people who only know him by his SplitPersonality (Ramsus only ever refers to him as Id.)]] In addition, his mentor, Citan, is referred to as [[spoiler: Hyuga by all his former comrades from Solaris.]]
* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' has this as a RunningGag: if you're playing a character with "dumb dialogue" (either actually having Intelligence of 4 or less, or using certain backgrounds), asking Virgil for advice will result in you failing to pronounce his name correctly, something that leads to hilarious reactions on his part. [[spoiler: "Virgoo", "Virtigo", "Voratio", "Vortigoon", "''Voghhkloorh''"...]]
-->'''Virgil:''' "I... don't even know what you just called me."
* In ''Runefall'' the spoiled Princess of Silverdale keeps referring to local villager Hadrick as "Hatrack."
* In ''Puyo Puyo'' specifically the first game, Arle ruins Satan's epic entrance by calling him "Santa."
* The ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' franchise uses this quite a bit as a RunningGag.
** Tons of people aren't able to properly pronounce Neptune's name [[FridgeLogic (yet they can pronounce Planeptune perfectly fine)]], meaning that she gets tons of nicknames. Neptune lampshades this in '''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'' when she first runs into Uzume, who also can't pronounce her name.
** Few people ever get [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Arfoire's]] name right, which annoys her enough that when someone does actually say her name right, she cries TearsOfJoy (she still tries to kill them though). Then again, considering that the one doing the misnaming is usually [[TheGadfly Neptune]], it straddles the line between this trope and MaliciousMisnaming.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' also seems to be a frequent victim of this (rival prosecutor Klavier always calls him "Herr Forehead"), and there's even a scene where Apollo keeps getting the names of other characters wrong, prompting Trucy to say his name wrongly in the same way (such as calling him "Apololo" when he refers to Alita Tiala as "Alita Tialita").
** Morgan Fey keeps calling Detective Gumshoe "Gymshoe".
** Gumshoe continually calls Phoenix "Harry Butz" throughout the first game, not only getting Larry's name wrong, but using it on the wrong person. Mia also misinterprets Larry's name as Harry.
* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoMeikyuu'' "Imouto" Robbie mangles the protagonist's name hopelessly and in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' he also alters the name Sakaki Yumiko into Sakuaki Jubico somehow. And this is the guy on Yuuji's squad that actually does speak Japanese.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', every time Rin says [[RepetitiveName Sasasegawa Sasami]]'s name she manages to mess it up in some way, usually by saying something that sounds ''vaguely'' similar. The name ''is'' a mouthful, but only Rin, [[NotGoodWithPeople with a general lack of care about other people]] [[UnknownRival and Sasami in particular]] consistently gets it wrong.
* ''VisualNovel/NoThankYou'': Haru forgets many people's names, but he does it so consistently with Hiroyuki that it's easy to forget that his name's not actually Hiroshi.
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[[folder:Web animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/CalicoElectronico:'' Ardorín just doesn't seem to be able to pronounce any name correctly (with the odd exception of his uncle's CriminalDoppelganger, Cálico Lúbrico).
* In ''WebAnimation/DoraleousAndAssociates'', a RunningGag of the series is that no-one outside the the Associates can pronounce his name right, with "Doralingus" being the most popular pronunciation.
* In ''Machinima/MeleesEnd'', Marth constantly mixes up people's names because he's a complete [[TheDitz ditz]].
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner:
** When Strong Bad isn't doing MaliciousMisnaming in ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'', he's doing this. In "long pants", he misreads "Clancy" as "Clanky", and in "geddup noise" he reads "marc baroni AZ" as "Macaroni from A to Z".
** Homsar, being the king CloudCuckooLander he is, has a habit of calling people by anything but their real name, preferring to use something that rhymes with it (calling Bubs "Tubs") or just doesn't make sense at all (calling Strong Bad "Reggie").
** Senor Cardgage also seems to be prone to this, as well as using the wrong pronouns.
--->'''Strong Bad:''' So, uh, you're really cool.\\
'''Senor Cardgage:''' Thank you, ma'am. Would you care for a slice of gum?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Yeah, totally, I'd be way into a slice of gum. (''to himself'') Man, so cool! (''out loud'') Uh, say something else.\\
'''Senor Cardgage:''' I have to be going, Ethel. I've got some important lines to stand in.
* One of the main {{Running Gag}}s in ''WebAnimation/SoThisIsBasically'' is that Jello, the narrator, consistently gets the names of every single character from all the different featured shows wrong. Highlights includes naming Bill Cipher, the BigBad EldritchAbomination from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', "Razzle-Dazzle Dorito" and Reaper, one of the principal {{Big Bad}}s from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', "Little Timmy's First [[OriginalCharacter OC]]".
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'', nobody could keep any of the names straight. Notable ones include Aragorn referring to Théoden as "King Crazypants", mixing up Sauron and Saruman, and forgetting the names of their own party members. Rivendell is Rivertown or [[Franchise/ArchieComics Riverdale]], Théoden is Theogan, and the Nazgûl are [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Nargazoids]].
-->'''Aragorn:''' [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness Hail to the king, baby]]! Aragorn, son of Andúril is back!\\
'''DM:''' ... Andúril is the name of your ''sword'', dumbass.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has Zith, a cameo character who [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9470 chronically mispronounces everyone's names]], to the point that the page has an author's note on the bottom explaining all the misspellings were intentional. Her concept art features her calling Quain'tana "Quainana" much to the Ill'haress' disdain, but seems to be [[BunnyEarsLawyer good enough at her job otherwise]] given Quain's intolerance for incompetence. Also something of a FandomNod since many members of the comic's forum have trouble spelling character's names.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Bunnies (that is, [[FanCommunityNicknames EGS fans]]) do this sort of thing a lot on the forum. The most common seems to be calling Susan "Sarah" or Sarah "Susan".
** In universe [[AlphaBitch Diane]] calls Justin "Jason" at one point, but this is more of a reflection of her [[GoldDigger general view of men]], and being gay Justin isn't any use to her.
* Characters in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' fairly frequently mangle each others' names, usually as a sign that someone is or was drunk, has just met somebody else, or is just plain careless -- sometimes all three. Notably:
** [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/didi!_you_are_in Zii gets Gary's name wrong shortly after meeting him.]]
** [=DiDi=] has so many boyfriends that she can't remember their names. For example, she calls Erik "Armand", "Philippe", "Derick" and "Jerry".
** Sonya mangles new character Peggy's name heavily [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/here_to_do_a_good_deed here]] and [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/didi_haj_dibsh here]], simply because she's very drunk at the time. (This also generates an InJoke reference to author/artist Giz's past work on ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''.) She still hasn't got Peggy's name quite straight [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_am_in_a_bind_-_start_of_vol_6 the next morning]].
* Reginald from ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' takes this to the extreme when, at the end of an evening of romance, he accidentally calls his date Becky "Lord Voldemort".
* Among the things that ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'''s Dream Oracle can't be bothered to do is remember Cucumber's name, calling him Zucchini (which ''could'' plausibly [[ThemeNaming be the name]] of a previous Legendary Hero) or Camembert, which she calls him after being corrected.
* ''Webcomic/TheBedfellows'': Considering Sheen's HairTriggerTemper, this is a very bad idea; the conversation below only proves it.
-->'''Bauhaus''': Now, Sheenie Beenie, tell me a little about how you have been feeling lately.\\
'''Sheen''': Wonderful, fabulous... I'm a ship sailing on calm seas... '''''[[SuddenlyShouting AND DON'T CALL ME THAT!!]]'''''
* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': [[spoiler:The Conquering King]] calls Allison "Alice", which, as she says, is not ''quite'' her name. His confusion may be because UN is one of the names of the first-divided god and therefore a common prefix and suffix in the setting, leading him to believe she is Alice-Un.
* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Reynir has trouble remembering names of the members of the crew on his first day, which causes him to mangle Lalli's name into "Lúlli" a couple of times in Chapter 7. The later chapters are vague on whether he actually gets any better at it, as he ends up befriending Lalli's cousin who cumulates the advantages of speaking his language and not hating his guts. Because of this, Lalli comes up mostly in conversations with her, where Reynir can dodge the bullet by simply referring to him as "your cousin". He gets the name of other characters right in later chapters.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebVideo/AitorMolinaVs Aitor Molina]] plays a lot with that to the point you don't know if he's joking or not.
* People mix up Vex'ahlia and Vax'ildan from ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' all the time, to the point where Creator/{{Liam|OBrien}} and Creator/{{Laura|Bailey}} had shirts made to distinguish them. Even Gilmore - who pretty obviously [[HoYay has a thing for Vax]] - addresses him as "Vax'ahlia" at one point.
** Kashaw mangles "Tiberius Stormwind" multiple times over the Trial of the Take, and finally gets it correct when he says goodbye to the party. It's unclear whether this was MaliciousMisnaming or if Kashaw [[GrumpyBear just didn't give a crap.]]
* In Blog/AskKingSombra, a Running Gag is that Sombra [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/437baa39def8db467dd8e843102f07b5/tumblr_mkpmb7Azd71rj4ht7o10_250.png can never remember Coffee Talk's name]], mangling it into things like Hockey Puck, Toffee Socks or Coughing Rock.
* In WebVideo/{{Decker}}, the titled character has a habit of calling Kington either "Klington" or "Kingston"
* The [[LetsPlay/MenDrinkinCoffee MenDrinkin'Coffee]] often do this to themselves, calling themselves "the Coffeemen," "Coffedrinkers," "Men who also drink coffee," and "the three dumbasses," to name a few.
* LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}} meets people that pronounce his name wrong from time to time. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV6_-IBoJFQ "Bad Violin Trolling"]], "cider dude", whilst raging, calls him "Micuzumay".
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Marik Ishtar's evil half, Melvin, likes to do this. He consistently refers to Joey as Susan, and later tells the Pharaoh, 'I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy.'
* In ''WebVideo/SmoshGames''' "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGwZMZT5dfQ Mario Tennis Throwback]]'' Game Bang", Ian accidentally calls Anthony "Ian" when announcing the teams. The others immediately joked that this is because Ian wanted to be on Lasercorn's team.
* In Creator/SamAndMickey's Barbie videos, Barbie had so much trouble adjusting to Kelly's SuddenNameChange to Chelsea, that she often calls her other names as well.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Krillin keeps calling Dende "Little Green", almost making it a CatchPhrase for Dende to say "My name is Dende." Dende ultimately gets so pissed off he tells Freeza about Earth ''because'' Krillin keeps calling him that. When Dende becomes Kami of Earth, Dende ''finally'' has enough of Krillin's BS and beats him to force him to say his name.
** Speaking of Freeza, it's also something of a CatchPhrase for him to reply "My name is ''Lord Freeza'', yes." whenever someone gets his name wrong. This includes Goku calling him "Freezer" and Trunks calling him "Frieza" (pronounced "Fry-za")
* Creator/GilbertGottfried often mangles the name of his own podcast, ''Podcast/GilbertGottfriedsAmazingColossalPodcast'', often leaving out words or getting words mixed up, or messing up the name of his co-host Frank Santopadre. He's even worse with their sideshow ''Gilbert and Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions'', once saying "Coloshal podcast".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Old Man Dexter", as Dexter is deemed too young to watch late-night TV, he scientifically ages himself... [[GrumpyOldMan a little too much.]] As such, senility kicks in as he asks his sister to help him up on the living room couch.
-->'''Dexter:''' A little help there, um... [[SpeciesLostAndFound Dodo?]]\\
'''[=Dee Dee=]:''' [=Dee Dee=].\\
'''Dexter:''' [[BabyLanguage Daa Daa?]]\\
'''[=Dee Dee=]:''' [=Dee Dee=].\\
'''Dexter:''' [[ToiletHumour Doo Doo?]]\\
'''[=Dee Dee=]:''' [=Dee Dee=].\\
'''Dexter:''' Yeah thanks, Billy.
** The ''Ego Trip'' special plays with this trope and references the above episode. Dexter meets three older versions of himself. The oldest version is quite forgetful, but while he remembers the other two's names, he keeps calling his young adult counterpart "Billy."
* WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}} constantly forgets the name of his son, Mambo, calling him by other unusual or ridiculous names like La Bamba and Mandingo. In one episode, he forgets Charles' name instead.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', several characters have forgotten Timmy's name. [[AsianAirhead Trixie Tang]] is the one that comes to most fans' minds, but several others have forgotten at one point: Cosmo, his parents, Adam West, and Quddus (in the TRL interview).
* One ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' animated short, "computer.don", was about Donald Duck buying a talking personal computer that can recognize people's names, but the computer misunderstands Donald's SpeechImpediment and consistently refers to him as "Duo."
** One episode had Donald gain control of the titular House while Mickey's away. He attempts to change the name to "House of Duck", but they keep naming of "House of [word rhyming with "Duck"]" before it ends at "House of Pancakes", which illicits a FacePalm from Donald.
* "[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld That's]] '''''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld WIZARDHEIMER!!!]]'''''"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', [[TheDitz Lindsay]] constantly getting everyone's name wrong is a RunningGag. Although she can usually remember somebody's name if they're (at the moment) important to her. For example she remembers Heather's name throughout the whole TDI season; when she calls her "Hannah" in the special Heather is clearly shocked, because is means Lindsay is no longer her puppet. It's PlayedForLaughs much more in ''World Tour'', where she just can't get her boyfriend's name right. She calls him Noah, a character she's had no on-screen interaction with. She can remember a name ''or'' a face, but never both!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'': Texas frequently calls Julie by other names, such as "Babs" or "Lisa." He does call her Julie every now and then.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WidgetTheWorldWatcher'', the male elder keeps forgetting and mispronounces Widget's name every time they meet.
* In "The Greatest Story Never Told" of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', episode centerpiece ComicBook/BoosterGold is constantly referred to or otherwise mistaken for Green Lantern despite his gold-and-blue color scheme.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' Billy gets a new friend (a parody of Creator/HannaBarbera characters) who introduces himself as "Wiggy Gee Jed". Billy calls him "Wiggy Jiggy Jed".
* Characters often get WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead's names wrong, such as "Buffcoat and Beaver", "B and Butter", and "Buttbrain and Beatrice". This was inspired by a real-life accidental misnaming of the characters by U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "Misfortune Cookie", Julien keeps getting Rico's name wrong and calling him "Chico" or "Freako".
* A RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is that Helga's parents always call her by her older sister's name: Olga.
** Arnold himself also gets misnamed at times, usually by characters that don't know him too well.
* For some reason, a popular gag in western animation is to have grandparents misremember their grandchildren's name as "Billy". ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' are two shows that have done this.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s title character has this by way of PhraseCatcher--in early episodes people she didn't know had a tendency to always call her something else. In one later episode a substitute thinks she has a "hippie name" and insists on calling her "Darlene."
** Originally [[HippieTeacher Mr. O'Neill]] could never remember any of his students' names, but that [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness only lasted about two episodes]] before the writers decided it wasn't that funny.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Grandpa Lou's cousin Miriam come to visit. The entire time, she kept calling Didi different names. When she leaves and ''Stu'' accidentally calls her a different name, she freaks out and shrieks "It's ''DIDI!''"
** This actually causes most of the problems in the episode "Angelica Breaks A Leg" - the doctor there keeps calling the Pickles "Peaches" and ends up getting X-Rays mixed up as a result.
** In the movie, a news reporter gets all the babies' names wrong: "Young Tammy, baby Dale, the twins Bill and Jill, little Chunky, and poor Amelia."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' short "Snoot's New Squat", Snoot's superior officer keeps getting his name wrong, calling him "Agent Squint" and the like.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' episode "Alone Together", Ben introduces himself to Reinrassic III, one of the Highbreed, by saying "I'm Ben. Ben Tennyson". Reinrassic III keeps calling him "Ben Ben Tennyson" as a result from that point onward.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Ultimate Alien}}'' episode "Couples Retreat", Charmacaster tells Darkstar that her real name is Hope. However, Darkstar doesn't remember it and starts calling her false names like Heather, Hermoine, Heidi, etc.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Tree Trunks keeps referring to Lemongrab, Ice King, and NEPTR as "Ice Cream, Nectar, and Lemon Carb". This is not malicious, but more an indication of her borderline senility.
* Mr. Maellard, owner of the park, on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' messed up Benson's name constantly, however after Benson saves his life in "Benson Be Gone" he begins to say his name correctly.
* The titular Mayor of ''WesternAnimation/TomGoesToTheMayor'' never remembers Tom's name when he encounters him at the beginning of each episode. He usually rattles off some potential T names or words, until Tom corrects him. Further, Tom's name is almost never correctly spelled when written down, though it always phonetically correct.
* The turtles consistently fail to remember Baxter Stockman's name in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' would often get his mate Ursula's name wrong...but of course, he'd also often refer to her as a 'fella'.
-->'''George''': So long, Ingrid!
-->'''Ursula''': 'Ingrid'? It's Ursula, George, URSULA!
-->'''George''': Ursula to you too, Ingrid!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mr. Burns always forgets Homer's name, which comes to a head in "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 1" making Homer go berserk, and making him a suspect while everybody else is a suspect for reasons related to the oil well Burns stole from Springfield Elementary School. In the middle of the episode, he actually calls him "Lenny," "Carl," and "Guillermo," and when he tries again that moment, he can't think of anything else to call him although his nametag says, "Homer."
** In "Lisa Gets an A", [[CloudCuckoolander Ralph Wiggum]] greets Superintendent Chalmers as "Super Nintendo Chalmers".
* In ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', Scoutmaster Lumpus seems to keep getting Edward's name wrong.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'', Heidi usually calls Randy's name incorrectly. And they both know each other since forever.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Employee of the Month", Beast Boy gets a job at a fast food place, and gets annoyed when the boss calls him a different name every time he talks to him. Eventually, the boss calls him "Tammy", causing Beast Boy to snap. "Dude, that's a girl's name!"
* This trope is used for a RunningGag throughout the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "The Great Snail Race", in which everyone just can't get Squidward's last name right (Tentacles). A mailman accidentally calls him Squidward Tennisballs, Patrick accidentally calls him Squidward Tentpoles, and the trophy Squidward gets at the end of the episode is made out to Squidward Tortellini.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', when Sam gets her intelligence drained, she calls Clover "Clovis" and Alex "Allegra".
* [[TheDitz Leni]] form ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' mistakenly calls Lincoln "Landon" in the episode "Sound of Silence," and his best friend Clyde "Claude" and "Clark" in the episode "Overnight Success."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "The Meteor", Sonic and Eggman [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]] after simultaneously coming into contact with the titular meteor. Eggman-in-Sonic's-body has a hard time getting Knuckles' name right, calling him things like "Nuggets", "Nibbles", and "Noodles".
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', most of the characters pronounce the Autobot computer "Teletraan I" as "Teletron", particularly [[DarkActionGirl Blackarachnia]] who, holding the Ark's access codes in her on-board computer, likely has the most interaction with the ship's mainframe. As the series is concluding, [[TheLancer Rattrap]] finally corrects her, with the spider responding with an exhausted "whatever!". The pronunciation as "Teletron" was not intentional and just came from the actors themselves, while the correction was written in as a response from fans. In-universe, it has been explained that much of the events of the Autobot-Decepticon war (as depicted in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the 1984 cartoon]]) have become the stuff of myth and legend by the time of the future-era Maximals and Predacons, and thus some of the detail as well (this was previously also seen in "Possession" with the ghostly Starscream lying about the cause of his death).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode "Homecoming", Kanan is so nervous when meeting Hera's father that when he introduces the rest of the ''Ghost'' crew, he mixes up all their names (and forgets Chopper).
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Harley Quinn asks Poison Ivy if she's "that plant lady, Poison Oaky".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision for many people with siblings; it's quite common for parents to accidentally call one child by another child's name. [[HilarityEnsues Hilariously]] it can sometimes extend to the animal members of the family, with parents calling one of the kids by the name of a family pet, especially if the kid's name and the pet's name start with the same letter.
* UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant was actually born Hiram Ulysses Grant, but the Congressman who nominated him for West Point got his name wrong on the application, mistaking his middle name for his given name and his mother's maiden name (Simpson) for a middle initial, and Grant decided to [[SureLetsGoWithThat go with it]] since he'd never liked [[SignificantMonogram this implications of his initials]].
* Olympian Jesse Owens is one such case -- his actual name is "James Cleveland," and as a youth he went by "J.C." A coach of his misheard it as "Jesse," and Owens never had the heart to correct him and the name stuck.
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