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Affectionate Nick Name
"Muffin loaf"? "Cinnamon swirl"? "Honeydew"?

Quite simply, when a character gives another character a cute or endearing nickname because the two are either as close as True Companions, or the namer is interested romantically in the namee. The nickname may not be well-received by the one being named, as they find it insulting or embarrassing, but in the mind of the name-giver it's sweet and/or thoughtful. The formal term for an affectionate nickname is a "hypocorism".

In short, it's a pet name. Expect The Nicknamer to dole these out a lot.

Sub-Trope of In-Series Nickname. Compare Insult of Endearment.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto refers to his Parental Substitute Jiraiya as "Ero-sennin" (Pervy-Sage). While definitely an Embarrassing Nickname, you can definitely tell it's much, much more about affection as their relationship develops. This becomes especially clear when Naruto still refers to him (when thinking of him affectionately) that way after he is killed. He also refers to Tsunade as "Grandma Tsunade."
  • Yugi is called "Yug" by his best friend Joey in the Yu-Gi-Oh! dub.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Poland calls his best friend/partner Lithuania "Liet". Finland also uses one for Sweden, which was translated as "Su-san" in early scanlations but changed to "Sve" in later scanlations.
    • Hungary and Ukraine have these for each other as well. The scanlation roughly translated their nicknames as "Hun" and "Raine" respectively.
  • Husky and Medley: "Husky" refers to Medley's initial description of her yuri crush, which included the fact that she owns a Siberian husky. (Thus putting the "pet" in "pet name".)
  • Fruits Basket gives us Kakeru Manabe of the Student Council who, aside from having a number of nicknames himself, tends to give them to others... whether they want them or not. Case in point: resident Bishounen Yuki Sohma gets saddled with "Yun-Yun," which he points out is a ridiculous nickname since it's longer than his real name. This doesn't faze Kakeru one bit. Later on, he nicknames another member of the student council, "Chibisuke." This doesn't go over well either.
    • Most of the family refers to Ritsu as "Ritchan". Tohru, polite as always, takes to calling him "Ritchan-san". Additionally, Tohru's friends have nicknames for each other, and Hanajima gives one to Akito, to show that they're starting to become friends. Akito has no idea what to make of this.
  • In Bleach, Yachiru is The Nicknamer and insists on giving everyone nicknames, ranging from embarrassing to cute. She even calls Kenpachi Zaraki "Ken-chan" ("Kenny" in the dub).
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Albireo Imma likes to tease Evangeline by calling her "Kitty" (from one of her middle names: Katherine).
  • In Houshin Engi, Fugen calls Taikoubou, his best friend of many decades, "Bou-chan," or simply "Bo" in the American release by Viz.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Fai just loves making these up for Kurogane. And there's a different one for every occasion!
  • In Wandering Son, a few volumes in, Kanako gives Saori the nickname "Saorin". Makoto's nickname (Mako-chan) may also count, but he asked Shuuichi to call him that.
  • Lelouch of Code Geass has always been Lulu to Shirley.
  • Sailor Moon: The Official Couple has the protagonist Sailor Moon i.e. "Tsukino Usagi" refer to her boyfriend as Mamo-Chan" and him calling her "Usako" (which means little bunny).
  • Genkai from YuYu Hakusho often refers to her student Yusuke as "Dimwit", whether he actually acts like an idiot or when she's moments away from death. Likewise, Yusuke sometimes calls her "Grandma".
  • In the anime version of Pokémon, it seems very rare for trainers to nickname their Pokémon, even trainers like Ash who are very close to them. One trainer who does is Richie, Ash's rival from the Indigo Plateau. His known Pokémon - with nicknames - are:
    Pikachu: "Sparky"
    Charizard: "Zippo"
    Butterfree: "Happy"
    Taillow: "Rose"
    Pupitar: "Cruz"
  • Ed starts calling Faye "Faye-Faye" in the latter half of Cowboy Bebop.
  • While Okabe of Steins;Gate likes referring to himself as "Kyouma Hououin" (and gives nicknames to his assistants), his childhood friend gives him one that's more to this trope.
    Mayuri: I still think "Okarin" sounds way cuter~
  • Thought it starts out as a purposefully Embarrassing Nickname, "Bunny" gradually becomes this in Tiger & Bunny. Probably flips the switch from embarrassing to affectionate in Episode 13:
    Kotetsu: Are you alright, Bunny?
  • Yoriko from Haiyore! Nyarko-san refers to Mahiro as "Hiro-chan"; this is just one of several cute little affectations that makes it hard to believe she's his mother rather than an older sister.
  • Lupin III: Travels of Marco Polo – Another Page: Ami starts calling Goemon "Goe-Goe," much to the samurai’s irritation. Even Grandpa eventually starts addressing him as Goe-Goe.
  • In the original version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Jim calls Kenzan "Dino-Boy" and calls Asuka "Tomorrow Girl". (A rough translation of her actual name; he tends to speak English most of the time.)
  • When Azusa is welcomed with a gift of cat ears and is made to put them on and say "nya", Yui calls her "Azu-nyan". This becomes important later when Ui tries to sub in for a sick Yui and fools her peers for a little while. Azusa's test was to have her call her by her nickname. Ui gets it wrong, as Azusa never told her what it was when complaining about it.
  • In the Gundam 00 Sidestories, Gundam Meister 874 is given the nickname "Hanayo" by her teammates. It's made up of the first syllable of each number in her name: Hachi (8), Nana (7), and Yon (4).
  • In Magi - Labyrinth of Magic, Aladdin calls Morgiana "Mor". Kouha shortens his brother's Kouen and Koumei's names to "En" and "Mei". And some of Sinbad's generals call him "Sin". Ugo's real name was Uraltugo but all his friends call him Ugo.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • Harley Quinn calls The Joker "Mistah J" and "Puddin'."
    • Jason Todd has called Dick "Dickie Bird" in canon.
    • In a fit of karma, Jason's Red Hood and the Outlaws co-star, Roy Harper, calls him "Jaybird."
    • In a possibly darker sense of this, its common for Joker to call Batman "Batsy". Given who the Joker is, Batman likely doesn't enjoy being called it.
      • Harley also calls Batman "Bats" or "B-Man", which the fandom started using as well.
    • Babara Gordon, AKA Batgirl/Oracle, tends to get called either "Babs" or "Barb" by the Robins, especially Tim, Dick, and Steph.
    • Ra's Al-Ghul addresses Bruce and Tim as "Detective", as a sign of respect.
  • X-Men: Colossus often calls Katherine "Kitty" Pryde "Katya". When he broke off their teen romance after the Secret Wars, he made a point of calling her "Kitty". Later when they resumed their romance during Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, he resumed calling her "Katya". His sister, Illyana also calls Kitty "Katya"... make of that what you will.
    • Colossus also calls his sister "Snowflake".
    • In her early days in the X-Men, when she still was a young teenager, Kitty had a few such nicknames, for instance Storm called her "Kitten", Nightcrawler "Kätzchen" ('Kitten' in German), Wolverine "Pun'kin", or sometimes "Half-Pint".
    • Wolverine liked to call his good friend Nightcrawler "Elf" in a slightly ironic fashion. Kitty Pryde preferred the more cutesy "Fuzzy-Elf".
    • Wolverine, "Wolvie" to many of his friends, is also known for addressing Charles Xavier as "Charley" and "Chuck" (to the latter's annoyance) Jean Grey as "Jeannie" or "Red", though he's not he only one to use that, and Cyclops as "Cyke", depending on his current mood and opinion of him.
  • New Gods: The Happily Married Scott Free and Big Barda do this a lot, with Barda's primary nickname for Scott being that he is her "Little Man". Scott actually accepts this nickname whole-heartedly, and even refers to himself as such when talking with her sometimes, especially whenever they're being lovey-dovey.
  • Superman: Lois Lane has been known to call Clark Kent "Smallville", initially as a form of derision, later as a term of endearment.
  • Mary Jane's use of "Tiger" to refer to Peter is somewhere between this and Verbal Tic. On the one hand, she has used it to refer to other guys in the past and it was part of her early Totally Radical persona. On the other, it becomes associated with Peter exclusively pretty quickly and only she is allowed to call him that.
    • In the 1970s she also sometimes called him "Brown-Eyes".
    • Similar to MJ and Peter, Mockingbird often calls her former husband Hawkeye by the name 'Sport' when the two are currently together, which originally started off as a general term of endearment for any guy she was working with. Clint, meanwhile, calls her Birdie, as a shortened form of her name.
  • Paperinik refers to Xadhoom as "Occhibelli"("Beauty Eyes"). Please note she is a vengeful space godness Genius Bruiser. He gets away with this by being her Only Friend.

     Fanfic 
  • Dirty Sympathy: Klavier refers to Apollo as "Schatzelein" ("Treasure"), although he has issues with being called with endearments himself.
  • In A Voice Among The Strangers, Jessica earns three of these before she manages to communicate her real name to the Equestrians: Ebony dubs her "Legend", in reference to some legends of creatures that gave emotions (their food) freely to Changelings, just as Jessica had done to her. Meanwhile, Rarity dubs her "Mystery" and later "Luna's Melody" in an attempt to dissuade ponies from calling her "Foal-Hunter."
  • In Code: Half Demon, we have Odd calling Aelita "Princess", thus combining this trope with In-Series Nickname. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when coming to nicknames in general...
  • Apple Family Values: Pinkie Pie affectionately refers to Scootaloo as "Scooter-Roo".
  • Wings To Fly has various characters using nicknames like "Boss" or "Skipper" for Lucrezia Noin, based on her well-known dislike of her first name. In an amusing contrast of military cultures, she doesn't actually know what "Skipper" means the first time she hears it.
  • The Translation in Blood has Hannah Shepard call Councilor Sparatus "bird", while he calls her "pyjak".
  • At least a dozen of these show up in Fist Of The Moon. Ranma alone is Red-chan, Ra-chan, Ma-chan, as well as the less affectionate Shadow Witch, and eponymous fist of the moon.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis, Spock sometimes calls the de-aged Kirk pi'khartlan — "little captain."
  • In the Mork and Mindy fanfic Mork And Mindys Twenty Fifth Anniversary, Mearth and Beth call each other "earthhead" and "spaceboy".
  • Charlotte Blanc of the Attack on Titan fic The French Mistake is interchangeably referred to as "Char," "Lottie," and "Charlie" by her friends and family.
  • In The Matrix fanfic Bringing Me To Life there are three characters with affectionate nicknames, the romantic kind: Smith's given the nickname "Ice-eyes" because of his eye-color that Neo loves. Smith in return gives Neo the nickname of "Life" for saving him. Later, Smith gives Max Jameson the nickname of "Sun" because of his blond-hair.
  • In The Matrix Supernatural crossover Hunting Series there's Neo's "Mr. W." for John Winchester after the man saved his life as a kid in part 3 - Hunting and Saving.
    • Also Neo's calling his honorary uncle "Mr. Bobby", though by the time of part 5 - Ghostry Hunting he's just Bobby.
  • In Reality Checks Nyxverse, Night Light (her grandfather), Shining Armor (her uncle), and Ink Spot (her eventual stepfather) all take to calling Nyx "Nyxy Sticks".

    Film 
  • In The Palm Beach Story, the Princess calls her brother "Snoodles".
  • In Black Swan, Tomas' nickname for Beth is "little princess". At the end, he calls Nina that.
  • In Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly first calls Paul "Fred" after her brother, whom Paul reminds her of.
  • In Hard Eight, Clementine calls Sydney "captain", because, as she explains, he looks like a captain on a ship. Sydney accepts this, but he gently chides John when he tries to use it on him.
  • One of the many connotations of The Godfather. Discussed by Michael during the Senate commission in Part II.
  • In The Philadelphia Story, Dexter generally addresses Tracy as "Red".
  • In A Face in the Crowd, Lonesome calls Marcia "Marshy."
    "That's short fer marshmallow. My little marshmallow."

    Literature 
  • Seregil of the Nightrunner series begins calling Alec 'Tali' which means 'beloved.' Guess what happens next...
  • In V. C. Andrews' Orphans series, the dainty and shy Janet is called "Butterfly" by her orphan friends. Similarly, in the Wildflowers series, the meek and timid Cathy is called "Cat" by her OWP (Orphans With Parents) friends.
    • In the Casteel series, Heaven's angelically beautiful and saintly mother Leigh was called "Angel" by Luke after he heard her call her doll that and said that the nickname fit her better. Heaven herself is called "Heavenly" by her brother Tom who's super-close to her (but not romantically interested in her, shockingly enough).
  • Nicknames are common in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. Gilbert calls Anne "Anne-girl" after their marriage (after initially calling her Carrots...he didn't make that mistake again!). Anne, in turn, is the only one in the book series to call him "Gil".
    • Their youngest daughter Rilla is called "Spider" by her older brother Jem, in reference to her gangly limbs at the start of Rilla of Ingleside. Her brother Walter also takes to calling her Rilla-my-Rilla, a play on her name (she is named after Marilla, though this is actually her middle name). Her childhood friend/crush Kenneth Ford adopts this same nickname, eventually using it to propose ("Is it Rilla-my-Rilla?").
    • Jem is always called "Little Jem" by the family's hired help, Susan, which he hates. Susan also calls Jem's youngest brother Shirley her "Little Brown Boy", owing to his dark skin, brown hair, and brown eyes.
  • In Animorphs, Marco would jokingly refer to Rachel, his (Dark) Action Girl teammate, as "Xena: Warrior Princess." Their Token Non-Human teammate is also known as "Ax" or "Ax-man," which is short for the significantly wordier Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill.
    • Marco actually does this quite a bit. Jake is usually "Big Guy," while Tobias is usually "Bird-Boy."
  • In the Elemental Logic series, Zanja calls the family's daughter Leeba "Little Hurricane".
  • This trope is actually a plot point in one of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps stories. The main heroine's father calls her "Fatso" (in the book version) or "Princess" (in the TV adaptation). During the course of the story, her father starts behaving strangely, and it turns out to be because it's actually an evil plant replacement. So how does the heroine eventually figure out who's her real father? The evil plant calls her by her real name, while the real McCoy is able to remember the nickname.
  • In the Southern Sisters Mysteries, Mary Alice calls Patricia Anne "Mouse", Patricia Anne calls Mary Alice "Sister", and Haley calls Mary Alice "Aunt Sister." In case you couldn't tell, they're all related— "Mouse" and "Sister" are their childhood nicknames for one another, and Haley picked it up from her mother.
  • Wives and Daughters: Mr Gibson calls his daughter Molly "Goosey". She's the apple of his eye, and she loves nobody more than him.
  • The Infernal Devices:
    • Theresa Gray is called Tessa by most everyone, Tessie by her brother, and Tess by Will.
    • And Will's sister Cecily is called "Cecy" by Will and later Gabriel Lightwood.
  • This happens due to Russian Naming Convention in The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. The protagonists call each other by intimate-diminutive versions of their names, but have to be careful not to use them around other people as it would give away their Secret Relationship.
  • Seraphina:
    • Glisselda has one for Seraphina (Phina) and Milliphrene (Millie)
    • Prince Lucian doesn’t like to be called such outside of formal circumstances, and instead prefers his shortened surname, Kiggs. Which makes it more heartbreaking when he tells Seraphina to call him Prince Lucian after the first encounter with Imlann.
  • In Little Women, everyone calls Theodore Laurence by his preferred nickname of Laurie — except for his best friend Jo. She gets to call him Teddy.
  • In Wonder2012, August's family and his friend Summer call him "Auggie".
  • In the Circle of Magic series, Briar often calls Tris (the foster sister he is closest to due to their shared love of books) Coppercurls, because of her curly red hair.
  • In Överenskommelser by Simona Ahrnstedt, Sofia calls Beatrice "Bea" (pronounced as "Beh-ah").
    • In "De skandalösa", Gabriel starts calling Magdalena "Malla".
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Ron gets the nickname "Won-Won" from his girlfriend, Lavender. Harry resolves to put his foot down if Ron reciprocates by calling her "Lav-Lav."

    Live Action TV 
  • In the episode "Meat Jerkin Beef Boys" of Workaholics, Anders (who already has the in series nick-name of Ders) is visited by his father, who refers to him warmly as Dersy. In one episode, Adam calls him this as well.
  • On Happy Endings, Happily Married Couple Brad and Jane often refer to each other as "boo", with Jane also calling Brad 'boo bear.' Also, sometimes to cheer Max up, some people will call him "fuzzy face."
    • When Penny is dating Jane's boss the Car Czar, he calls her "Honey boobs-boobs."
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Marshall calls his wife Lily, "Lilypad", while she calls him "Marshmallow."
  • Sawyer from LOST nicknamed Kate 'Freckles'. In fact, being the resident nicknamer, Sawyer has these for pretty much every character with varying levels of irritation and/or affection.
  • Dean in Supernatural usually gives nicknames to people he's close to. Sam is Sammy and Castiel is Cas.
    • Meg, a demon, takes to calling Castiel "Clarence" once they've started getting flirty, after the angel from Its A Wonderful Life.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Amy Pond will occasionally call the Doctor "Raggedy Man", especially to emphasize a point. In the 2013 Christmas special, the Doctor even hallucinates Amy wishing her Raggedy Man a good night, right before he regenerates
    • The Eleventh Doctor fondly calls Clara "My Impossible Girl" and "Souffle Girl". Similarly, Clara calls him "Chinboy" at times, and "Clever Boy" whenever she dies.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • Morgan and Garcia call each other a myriad of affectionate nicknames; a common name for him to call her is "Baby Girl".
    • JJ is the only person - in the world, apparently - who calls Reid "Spence".
    • Morgan, on the other hand, usually calls him "Pretty Boy."
  • Bones:
    • Booth is both the one to call Brennan "Bones" and the only one allowed to call her that. She hated it at first (so much so that "Don't call me Bones" was one of her two main Catch Phrases), but has come to tolerate it. As of the second-season episode "The Boneless Bride in the River," she's even been willing to refer to herself by the nickname.
    • Booth referred to everyone else at the Jeffersonian as "squints" (because they're always squinting at something in the lab). This started out as an insult, back when Booth didn't really understand the impressive things they did, but as Booth became less of a Fish out of Water in the lab, it became much more affectionate. The rotation of interns that replace Zack are subsequently nicknamed the "squinterns."
    • There's Daisy, who's nicknamed Sweets "Lancelot".
  • When Lindsay Monroe arrived on CSI NY, Danny quickly dubbed her 'Montana' after her home state. It started out as a teasing sort of thing, but evolved into a sign of affection. It's not popping up as much now that they're married, though. He's more often hear to just call her 'Linds' or 'Babe' these days. (He did use the nickname in the hospital in 'Unspoken', and she said he hadn't used it in a while.)
  • On Boy Meets World, Cory often calls his Heterosexual Life Partner Shawn "Shawnie".
  • On Angel, Fred liked to call Wes Bookman during their all-too-brief romance before Illyria came to town.
  • On House of Anubis, Eddie calls Patricia "Yacker." In a strange twist, this actually started as an insult, then took on a new meaning when they started dating.#
  • In early seasons of Scrubs, Carla calls J.D. "Bambi", sometimes to his irritation. When JD gets his own intern to mentor, he naturally becomes "Thumper". Much later we get this conversation:
    J.D.: Hey, how come you never gave me a hard time when I was starting out?
    Carla: You were Bambi. Somebody had to teach you how to walk.
  • In Flashpoint, like most military units, law enforcement teams and armed services, nicknames are used more than real names. "Jules" for Julianna Callaghan, "Spike" for Michelangelo Scarlatti, "Wordy" for Kevin Wordsworth, "Lou" for Lewis Young, "Boss" for Greg Parker, "Raf" for Rafik Rousseau. So much that it's weird and rare to hear any of their real names. But for some of the team like Sam, Ed and Leah, their names aren't shortened at all.
  • In Married... with Children Al calls his daughter, Kelly "Pumpkin".
  • In All in the Family, Archie calls his (adult) daughter, Gloria "little girl".
  • Horatio Hornblower:
    • "The Duchess and the Devil": Horatio, at this point an Acting Lieutenant, befriends a cheeky British Duchess who affectionately calls him "Mr Aitch", sometimes pronounced "Mr Haitch". He's a bit embarrassed at first with her likeable mocking and attentions, but ultimately, he quite likes it.
    • Maria Mason calls Horatio "Horry", and apparently thinks it's cute. He doesn't like it one bit and considers it an Embarrassing Nickname. Not that he ever tells her.
  • In Fawlty Towers, Basil calls his wife Sybil things like "my little piranha fish" and "my little nest of vipers" in a tone that mocks the sweetness with which people call others by actual affectionate nicknames. Sybil doesn't seem to notice or care.
  • Justin on the US version of Queer as Folk is occasionally called "Sunshine" by Debbie and sometimes even by Brian.
  • On Emergency!, John calls Roy 'Pally' (a form of 'Pal'), and Roy calls Johnny 'Junior' on occasion.
  • Damon Salvatore from "The Vampire Diaries".
  • Its unintentional, but in Fraggle Rock, Fraggles call humans "Silly People". (That fits the Trope even though it sounds like an insult; Fraggles like things that are silly.)
  • Bel and Freddie of The Hour often refer to each other as James and Moneypenny due to a shared love of James Bond. This does not help the UST at all.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In Popeye, we have Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom, or as he's more commonly known, Popeye's lil' Swee'Pea.
  • Sally from Peanuts is constantly calling Linus "my sweet baboo." Linus always makes sure to clarify that HE IS NOT HER SWEET BABOO!
    • One TV special (with dialogue word-for-word from a strip) has Charlie Brown call the Little Red-Haired Girl this in a letter. "It's a...family expression."
    • Peppermint Patty invariably calls Charlie Brown "Chuck". In an inversion, she usually addresses Lucy by her full name, Lucille.
    • In one of the later strips, this accidentally happened when Charlie Brown met Peggy Jean at camp. He got nervous, and introduced himself as "Brownie Charles". She called him that all the time from that point, and he actually kind of liked it, so he never corrected her.

    Radio 
  • Several from The Adam Carolla Show. Adam's is Ace or Ace-Man, Engineer Matt "The Porcelain Punisher" Fondiler, Assistant Gary Half-Tard (and the now-fired Gary Full-Tard), Producer Chris "Maxipada" Laxamana, Assistant "The Stoned Pelican" Mike August, Agent James "Babydoll" Dixon, Newsgirl Alison "Baby Girl" Rosen, and of course Soundboard/Producer "Bald" Bryan Bishop. Frequent guest David Allen Grier is often referred to as DAG.

    Tabletop Game 
  • the 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons The Complete Book of Elves had a version of this. It stated that an elf doesn't keep the name his or her parents give him when born; he or she chooses another upon becoming legal age. The book also says, however, that even after that, an elf's parents and other elders he or she knew as a child might still call him or her by the "child name" on occasion, in which case it becomes a sort of Affectionate Nickname.

    Video Games 
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the Triad clan lead by Wu Xi Mu refer to their leader as their "lucky mole" due to his uncanny ability to participate in gunfights, car races, and video games despite being blind. All his friends refer to him as "Woozie."
  • In Mass Effect, if you are on friendly terms with her, Ashley Williams will refer to Commander Shepard as Skipper.
    • In Mass Effect 2, Kasumi will often call you "Shep". Given that she's a fan of you, it definitely fits this trope.
    • Male!Shepard calls Tali "Miss Vas Normandy" if romanced. It falls under this because that's not actually her last name (just the name of her ship, which got changed to the Normandy following her trial).
    • Thane calls Female!Shepard "siha" if romanced, a reference to one of the warrior-angels of the drell goddess Arashu, fierce in wrath and a tenacious protector.
    • And James calls Shepard "Loco" (if male) or "Lola" (if female) in Mass Effect 3.
  • Varric from Dragon Age II has nicknames for everyone (except Aveline, whom he apparently fears too much for this), but the closest example to this trope is probably "Daisy", for Merrill. Isabela joins in by calling Merrill "Kitten."
  • Tiki in Fire Emblem Akaneia calls her Parental Substitute Bantu "Ban-Ban" and later calls Marth "Mar-Mar" (this is an adaptation of her use of affectionate honourifics in the Japanese version). Justified in that, despite being a thousand year old Dragon, slow aging means she's mentally still a small child.
    • This continues in Fire Emblem Awakening, where she'll sometimes accidentally say "Mar-Mar" around people who remind her of Marth.
  • Tomb Raider (2013): Jonah and Alex call Lara "Little Bird" and "L.C.", respectively, while Grim calls Lara's late father "Dicky."
  • Metal Gear: Though Roy Campbell has long since retired from the military, Solid Snake continues to address him as "Colonel."

    Visual Novels 
  • In Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Junpei is called "Jumpy" by his childhood friend June, while June is called "Kanny" by Junpei.
  • Ace Attorney has nicknames for several player characters, typically made by each character's respective sidekick:
    • Phoenix: "Nick", by Maya.
      • Although the nickname "Nick" for Phoenix was first coined by Larry Butz. Maya becomes very attached to it, though.
    • Mia: "Kitten", by Diego.
    • Apollo: "Polly", by Trucy.
    • Kay Faraday also calls Detective Gumshoe "Gummy". Larry Butz calls Edgeworth "Edgey". And Wendy Oldbag... Well, let's not talk about Wendy Oldbag and Edgeworth. She does seem to use "Edgey-poo" fairly often, and while Oldbag thinks she's being affectionate, Edgeworth finds her nicknames very, very embarrassing.
  • Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai has plenty of nicknames to go around: Gen-san's actual name is Tadakatsu Minamoto, which doesn't come up very often. The whole family calls Shouichi "Cap", short for Captain, and Momoyo, being a year older than everyone else, is "Momo-senpai". Yukie is called Mayucchi by her friends and Mayumayu by Momoyo; Kazuko is known by all as Wanko, but she's also in the habit of doling out nicknames herself - Tacchan for Gen-san, for instance, and Kuri for Chris. This is important later on in the latter two's respective routes, where Yamato starts calling them by their given names instead - in particular, in Wanko's path, Momoyo catches on to their Relationship Upgrade via a sudden lack of this trope.
  • In the visual novel Sharin No Kuni, all three heroines have a unique nickname for the protagonist, Morita Kenichi. Touka always calls him by his full name, "Morita Kenichi". Sacchi calls him "Moriken", a mashing of his first and last name. Natsumi calls him "Ken-chan" because they are affectionate childhood friends.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni:
    • Rena refers to Mion as "Mii-chan", despite her being a year older to denote how close they are.
    • Mion dubs Keiichi the rather condescending "Kei-chan", but given her rather huge crush on him, it could be read as affectionate instead.
    • The Games Club also uses nicknames to highlight their most definitive/best traits:

     Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Boys who like Weiss have a habit of calling her "Ice Queen" or "Snow Angel". It irritates her, but some of the girls have started calling her that to tease the trend.
    • James Ironwood, who has known Ozpin and Glynda for a long time, calls Ozpin "Oz".

    Web Comics 
  • In Something Positive, Davan and Aubrey sometimes call each other "Woogie" (Davan) and "Monkeybutter" (Aubrey). A Flashback series of strips gives the origin of this in their first meeting.
  • In Housepets! Sasha practically gives everyone a nickname, mostly due to her cheerful personality. Grape also calls her boyfriend, Maxwell, 'Maxie', which she also claimed to Peanut it's something only she can call him by. Maxwell in return called Grape 'Kitty Whiskers' one time, which also belonged to his Ex-Girlfriend at one time.
  • In Roommates many people end up with a nickname or two, but Mr. King (aka. the Erlkönig) calling his (ex-)wife (Jadis, the White Witch) "My Snowflake" takes the cake (and is a CMOF).
  • Zoophobia's Damian (and a few other characters) calls Addison "Addi".
  • Eerie Cuties: Brooke refers to her boyfriend, Ace, as "Acey" whenever they're dating, that is. Which is the one nickname he doesn't mind.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cake in Slice of Life always call each other using a variety of confectionary-related terms, with a Running Gag that they don't reuse the same nickname in the same strip.
    Mrs. Cake: "Well, let's get this over with, ginger-beer."
    Mr. Cake: "We should probably knock, sugarpie."
    Mrs. Cake: "Oh, one of us should, toffeebean."
    Mr. Cake: "Sometime soon, fizzypop."
    Mrs. Cake: "Any time, gummi bear."
    Mr. Cake: "When you're ready, sugarpie."
    Mrs. Cake: "You used that one already."
  • Gunnora of Alfdis And Gunnora has two - her siblings call her "Two Bits" and her best friend calls her "Bobcat" at one point.

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  • Mille of Ilivais X takes to calling Iriana "Ir" early on even before they have any romantic moments, with a justification along the lines of "it's four syllables in six letters!" Iriana has a bit of contempt for it at first but quickly gets over it.
  • Chaka of Team Kimba in the Whateley Universe often calls Ayla "Ayles". She also calls Hank "Hulkster" (he's a Flying Brick). Ayla calls Jade and Jinn (and Jade's stuff) the "J-Team".
  • In Off The Page And Into Life, Sam, Hank, and Henry all have a tendency to call Gail "Gaily." In Hank's case, it's of genuine adoration for his daughter, and as a result, is the only person who's explicitly allowed to call her that. Sam also genuinely means it to be affectionate, as he is Gail's best friend, but mostly prefers to call her "little lady." Henry, on the other hand, uses the name as Terms of Endangerment, along with "lovebug." (Though it's explicitly stated he teases Gail because he likes her.)

    Western Animation 
  • Jimmy of Jimmy Two-Shoes calling Lucius Heinous the 7th 'Lucy', despite Lucius' hatred of the name (and Jimmy).
  • Inverted in Phineas and Ferb with Jeremy. In the episode The Baljeatles, Jeremy suddenly becomes The Nicknamer and nicknames everybody except Candace. When she finally stops trying to make him nickname her and confronts him about it, he says "I call you Candace, but not because I don't care enough to come up with a cute nickname for you. I call you Candace, cuz, I happen to really like that name." Aww...
  • Kim Possible is called "KP" by her friend and later boyfriend, Ron Stoppable.
  • Total Drama Island:
    • Duncan seems to do this for girls he likes; his first girlfriend, Courtney, was "Princess," while his second, Gwen, is "Pasty."
    • As per his Sarcastic Devotee nature, Noah gives semi-affectionate nicknames to people he cares about; Izzy is "Nutsie", Eva is "Iron Woman", Owen is "Lunchbox", etc.
  • In Doug, the title character's older sister would always refer to him as "Dougie."
  • On Daria, Jake often refers to Daria as "Kiddo," though he never uses it for his younger daughter, Quinn. This comes among other hints that Jake and Daria are particularly close.
    • Similarly, Trent always refers to Jane as "Janie." This could also be used to show their particular closeness (though there's at least one example of their other brother, Wind, using this one too).
  • Bubble Guppies: Molly refers to Gil as "Gilly". Doesn't help their "subtext" at all.
    • On a similar note, Deema calls Nonny "Nonners"...
  • On X-Men: Evolution Lance likes to refer to Kitty as "Pretty Kitty" and "Kit Kat" alternately. Pretty Kitty seemed originally intended as a teasing insult, while Kit Kat shows up more often once he starts admitting his crush on her.
    • Wolverine calling Kitty "Half-pint" also showed up enough that she could use it to snap him out of brainwashing. Wolverine also calls Kurt "elf".
  • On Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Oblina will call her best friends Ickis and Krumm, "Icky" and "Krummy" respectively with "Icky" coming up a lot more in conversation. She also calls Ickis a "lazy bunny" both playfully and out of annoyance. His retort is usually "Stick-Lips" although he has admitted that he likes that feature in her.
  • On Young Justice, Cheshire calls her husband Roy "Red."
    • Artemis keeps the family tradition with "Baywatch" for Wally/Kid Flash. Miss Martian gets dubbed "Angelfish" by Lagoon Boy while they're dating in Season 2.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle's older brother Shining Armor calls her "Twiley", and she calls him BBBFF (short for "Big Brother Best Friend Forever").
    • Spike is called "Spikey-Wikey" first by Pinkie, then by Rarity after the events of "Secret of My Excess". Season 4 has Rarity addressing Spike even more affectionately as "Spikey-boo", Spikey-poo", and "Precious Scales".
    • In partially the same vein as "Twiley", Pinkie Pie calls Rainbow Dash "Dashie".
  • Motorcity: Mike calls Julie "Jules/Jewels." Mike and Chuck often refer to each other as "Mikey" and "Chuckles" which adds to the Ho Yay factor.
  • In the Mega Man cartoon all of Mega Man's friends and family affectionately call him Mega. Dr. Wily also called him Mega when he was under his control.
    • Photoman also calls Mega Man 'little bro' both when he is being sarcastic or praising his brother.
  • In Code Lyoko, Odd, Urich, and Yumi often call Aelita "Princess", and Jérémie "Einstein".
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: Liz calls Peter "Petey" and as per usual MJ calls him "Tiger". Peter's "affectionate" nicknames for his villains fit better under You Fight Like a Cow.
  • In the DC Showcase short Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, the homeless man who Billy defends (or at least tries to) from some nameless thugs calls him "Captain". Considering that Billy eventually becomes Captain Marvel and the man is eventually revealed to be Shazam's lackey Tawky Tawny, one might find the nickname more significant than it appears.
  • In Grojband Corey calls Laney "Lanes" and Laney calls Corey "Core" respectively.
    • Corey's evil sister Trina also has a bunch of cutsey nicknames for Mina.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Troq," Val-Yor gives each of the Titans a nickname. Robin is "Spike," Cyborg is "Metal-Butt," Raven is "Sunshine," and Beast Boy is "Champ." His nickname for Starfire, "Troq," is actually a racial slur, but Cyborg mistakenly assumes it was supposed to be affectionate.
  • Marge Simpson often calls Bart "my special little guy".

    Real Life 
  • Boys and girls (usually children) are keen on calling each other something. Sometimes it sticks like glue to a wall and other times it doesn't.
  • It's common with parents towards their children.
  • Online aliases tend to stick with people when they actually meet their online acquaintances. It's one of the reasons they shouldn't choose anything embarrassing).
  • Prince Philip, husband of HM The Queen, calls his wife "Cabbage", probably derived from the French endearment ma petite chou, which literally translates to "my little cabbage".
  • Charles De Gaulle was named The Man of June 18th after his Rousing Speech on June 18, 1940.
  • French singer Claude François was nicknamed Clo-Clo by his fans.
  • Louis Armstrong was nicknamed Satchmo and Pops by his fans.
  • Fans of Humphrey Bogart name him Bogey.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme: The Muscles From Brussels.
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