Affectionate Nickname
"Muffin loaf"? "Cinnamon swirl"? "Honeydew"?

Random Girl: It's been a while, Kashima. So do you remember me?
Kashima: Yeah, baby. How could I forget that beautiful face?
Random Girl: Haha. Can you say my name?
Kashima: 'Course I can... uh... Mmhmm, my princess.

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 name. 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.


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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."
  • In One Piece, Donquixote Doflamingo of all people gets one from his Executives, "Doffy". It turns out he's genuinely close-knit to his Executives, considering them True Companions and his true family. Naturally, the fanbase has taken to calling Doflamingo "Doffy" as shorthand.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yugi is called "Yug" by his best friend Joey in the dub.
    • Pegasus also tends to call male characters X-boy (e.g. "Yugi-boy" and "Kaiba-boy") in the English dub. (In the original, he adds "chan" to the names, a suffix only used when addressing small children, making it something of an Insult of Endearment.)
  • 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:
    • 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 Soul Hunter, Fugen calls Taikoubou, his best friend of many decades, "Bou-chan," or simply "Bo" in the American release by Viz.
  • In Haikyuu!! Oikawa refers to Iwaizumi as 'Iwa-chan.' The latter puts up with it because it's a childhood nickname, but he doesn't seem to like it very much.
  • 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 she actually asked Shuuichi to call her 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"
    • In the manga adaptation Sparky and Zippo are changed to Chuchino and Charley, respectively. Ash also canonically nicknamed his Pokemon but never uses them.
  • 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-kun"; 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.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Bulma refers to Son Goku as "Son-kun" in Japanese (or simply "Son" in the manga translation).
    • When Goku meets and befriends Android #8, he has trouble pronouncing his name and simply calls him "Eighter" ("Hacchan", in Japanese).
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku calls Zeno-sama (the king of the multiverse) "Zen-chan".
  • In the original version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, both Sho and Kenzan call Judai "Anki", a Japanese term for "big brother". (Meaning that they regard Judai as a Big Brother Mentor.) In the third season, 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.)
  • In K-On!, 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.
  • Shirokuma Cafe has Grizzly's mom, who calls him "Guri-chan"note ; she does this despite the fact he's an adult now.
  • Future Card Buddyfight has Qinus Axia, a dragon wizard who starts calling Gao and Drum (who he seems to be attracted to) "Gaowow" and "Drumkins" respectively after Drum saves his life.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Colonel Badass Roy Mustang refers to his hand-selected subordinates by the names of chess pieces. It's partly a private code, partly an inside joke, and partly this trope.
    • In the manga, the Briggs soldiers sometimes refer to their Four-Star Badass leader, Olivier Armstrong, as "the Princess" and "our Queen."
  • Rinne Berlinetta from ViVid Strike! refers to her Childhood Friend Fuka as "Fu-chan". That fact that she does this even a year after they had a nasty falling out is the first sign that her cold personality is merely a mask.
  • Date A Live: Miku Izayoi refers to Shido Itsuka as "Darling", being the only man she respects.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • Harley Quinn calls The Joker "Mistah J" and "Puddin", Batman "Bats" or "B-Man", and Poison Ivy "Red".
    • Dick Grayson has affectionately called Jason Todd "Little Wing"
    • Jason has called Dick "Dickie Bird" in canon, sometimes affectionately and sometimes mockingly.
    • 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, it's common for Joker to call Batman "Batsy". Given who the Joker is, Batman likely doesn't enjoy being called that.
    • 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.
  • In their series, once Spider-Man and Deadpool become friends, the latter starts referring to Spider-Man as "Webs."
  • 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.
    • Speaking of Cyclops, Beast used to call him "Slim." It becomes a minor Tear Jerker when, after Schism, the two remark about how they no longer use each others' nicknames.
    • Gambit has quite a few of them, usually for women, all in French. Most famously he refers to Rogue as Chere. X-23 and Jubilee share the name Petit.
  • 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.
    • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man after their inevitable misunderstanding-induced fight, Spider-Man calls Superman "Super-guy" or “Supes”.
  • Supergirl: In Supergirl (Rebirth), Alura calls her daughter Kara -the titular heroine- "Karanizu", a Kryptonian term of endearment.
  • Spider-Man: 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".
  • 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 of Paperinik New Adventures refers to Xadhoom as "Occhibelli"("Beauty Eyes"). Please note she is a vengeful space goddess Genius Bruiser. He gets away with this by being her Only Friend.
  • Paulie from Circles always insists for everyone to refer to him as "Paulie". He got this nickname from his college days when he met his first love, Colin, and he was the first to call him "Paulie".
  • Crimson Joe almost always refers to Alex as "bobo", which is Spanish for "silly". He tends to call Scarlet "red" or "rojita" because of her red head, but less often than he does with Alex.
  • Green Arrow frequently calls his love interest Black Canary "pretty bird".

     Fan Works 
  • Michael Garcia of Fanfic/7teen calls his son Jonesy "champ" an awful lot.
  • In Star Wars: The Sith, Zero Lyira shortens Louise's name down to Lou. However, only Lyira can call Louise Lou.
  • 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 & 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 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 and 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".
  • For the Triptych Continuum, Shining Armor often calls Cadance "Katydid" in private. She chirps when she's happy.
  • In Nightmares, Edward Elric takes to calling his lover, Rowan Mustang, Nightmare - a reference to both her name and his wet dreams about her. "At night a mustang mare comes to me."
  • Strange Times Are Upon Us: Brokosh once privately calls Ba'wov "chaparoy'li'", which translates from Klingonese as "my little songbird".
  • In Amber and Emerald Harry refers to Hermione as "Her-my-honey."
  • In the Dragon Age: Origins fanfic Shadow And Rose, Oghren grows to think of the Warden like his daughter. Upon learning that her home region of Highever is technically a principality in Ferelden, he dubs her "Princess." Later, when she's engaged to marry the king, he upgrades her to "Queenie."
  • In the Elemental Chess Trilogy, after Riza Hawkeye gets married, the men of her old military unit are slightly stumped as to what to call her, since they don't feel it's appropriate to continue calling her Hawkeye. They settle on a name of their own devising - Ladyhawk. She herself has her own Affectionate Nickname for the leader of the country, who happens to be her only living biological relative - "Fuhrer Grandfather, sir." (Yes, the whole thing.)
  • From Come find me, Again, in chapter 8, we have Ryuuko calls her older sister, Satsuki, "Bihbi". The end note explains that Satsuki used to refer to herself "Big sister" or, more commonly, "Bigbig" when speaking to then baby Ryuuko but the aforementioned couldn't articulate that well so it came out as "Bihbi" and stuck, calling her that even as a teenager. In that line, we get Ryuuko who's referred to as either "Ryuu" "Munro", and, by Mankanshokus, "Maigo", although the latter is because they didn't know her name.
  • In the Legend of Korra fanfic Book Five: Legends the young girl Fumiko is often shortened to just Miko, which highlights her being an Expy of the same name character from Transformers Prime.
  • In the Devil May Cry fanfic Frail Equilibrium Dante takes to calling a particular character "Twig" on account of her slight build. It starts as a sarcastic nickname but as the series progresses and their relationship improves, it takes a more affectionate tone.
  • In The Bridge universe, Platonic Life Partners Godzilla Junior and Mothra Lea call each other "Goji" and "Lele". Rodan also calls Godzilla "Chief", while Zilla Junior simply calls him "G".
  • In many fanfiction stories of The Legend of Zelda, it's common for Link to call Zelda "Zel" for short.
  • In Time Out of Mind John Laurens and Martha Manning call each other Earthling and Martian, respectively.
  • In the Contractually Obligated Chaos series, BJ takes to referring to Lydia as "Wifey-Babes."
  • The Sanctuary Telepath: John calls his sister Janine "sissy", who affectionately responds by calling him "you idiot," especially when he does something self-sacrificing and/or irresponsible. Janine calls Helen "little sis", and James gets the occasional "darling". John and James both call each other "old boy".
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction Pound and Pumpkin Cake's Adventures (and Misadventures) in Potty Training has Mr. and Mrs. Cake call each other "sugar plum" and "honey bun".
  • There are a number of these in All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird, but the most prominently used one is ma da'vhenan. It's Dalish for "my little heart," and it's the closest Mahanon can get to calling his fellow Inquisitor Victoria "my little sister" in that language. She, in turn, calls him "Nonny."
  • The Differentverse: Derpy refers to Dinky as "my little muffin", while Dinky and Scootaloo refer to their usual foalsitter Amethyst Star as Amy. In the last chapter of A Quest for Harmony, Cadance calls Twilight "Ladybug", and Limestone calls Marble "my shy little hermit crab".
  • DWK the creator/narrator of My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap has several of these for all of the characters, like Twiggles, Twiggy, or Twigs for Twilight, Glimmy/Glim or Glam for Starlight, Butter Ball or Butters for Fluttershy, Ponkers for Pinkie, Sweetie B. for Sweetie Belle, and Candy for Cadence.
  • Ace Attorney fanfiction that pairs up Phoenix with Iris tends to make him call her by nickname "Rissy".

  • In The Palm Beach Story, the Princess calls her brother "Snoodles".
  • In Black Swan, Tomas's 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, because Paul reminds her of him.
  • 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 Big Game, Moore calls Oskari "Ranger", as the boy jokingly suggested it earlier.
  • In A Face in the Crowd, Lonesome calls Marcia "Marshy."
    "That's short fer marshmallow. My little marshmallow."
  • The Book of Life:
    • La Muerte is called "mi amor", which is Spanish for "my love", by her husband.
    • According to Word of God, he also calls her "Muertita".
    • Xibalba is nicknamed "Balby" by his wife.
  • The miners in Snow White: A Tale of Terror at first mockingly call Lilli 'princess' when she joins them (since she's a noblewoman by birth). But when the time comes to say goodbye, one of them says "good journey, little princess."
  • A brotherly example with Pablo Ramirez in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, who gets called "Pablito" by his brother Tuco.
  • In To Have And Have Not Harry and Marie call each other Steve and Slim.
  • Lucky Star: After observing that Mary is a sort of "black sheep", Tim nicknames her "Baa-baa".
  • In Rogue One, Baze Malbus addresses Jyn Erso as "little sister" just before they head off on their mission.

  • In Bone Street Rumba, Carlos' two medical practitioners call each other by nicknames based on their practice. Dr. Tijou is a medical doctor (a surgeon to be precise) and Baba Eddie is a santero.
    Dr. Tijou: Dr. Voudou!
    Baba Eddie: Dr. Bonecutter!
  • Seregil of the Nightrunner series begins calling Alec 'Tali' which means 'beloved.' Guess what happens next...
  • In Dragon Bones, Ward affectionately calls his sister Ciarra "brat". Later on, he asks Tisala (a noblewoman whom he hardly knows at that time) whether he can shorten her name to "Tissa" or "Lally". Her answer?
    "Not if you want to keep your tongue."
  • V. C. Andrews:
    • In the 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).
    • In the Dollanganger Series, Cathy's eldest son is named Julian after his father, but is known in the family as Jory, which is a combination of his real name and that of his late uncle Cory.
  • 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.
  • In many Star Wars Expanded Universe titles, Admiral Ackbar's title became this among many of his closest friends in the years after the Battle of Endor; he was actually a much higher rank than Admiral by then.
    • Mara Jade Skywalker liked to call her husband Luke "Farmboy".
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Rolitania has a few examples:
    • The Queen often calls Jessie Renton "Papa", much to her chagrin.
    • Likewise, Jessie calls The Queen a shortened version of her name.
  • 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. This 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 the sequel Little Men, Meg's twins are named Margaret and John, after their parents. Everyone calls them Daisy and Demi - Demi being short for "Demijohn." Amy's daughter is named Elizabeth, after Beth, but everyone calls her Bess.
  • 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 to whom he is closest 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") while 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" (Ron does not), and Hermione suddenly leaves to go vomit the first time she hears it. The same book also reveals Arthur Weasley's nickname for Molly when they're alone: Mollywobbles.
  • Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy, has "Little Dhampir" as nicknamed by Adrian and "Roza" as nicknamed by Dimitri.
  • The Poster Children: Only Ernest is allowed to call June "Junebug." Roz and her little sister Libby call Jack Abuelito, which is Spanish for "grandpa." Jack in turn refers to Roz as Weena.
  • The Railway Series has Falcon and Stuart (later Sir Handel and Peter Sam respectively), nickname Duke 'Granpuff' "because he's so wise and kind". Though never stated, the aforementioned nickname sounds a lot like 'Grandpa', so it's very possible that the two younger engines look up to Duke as not only a mentor, but a grandfather as well. Fanwork also takes this a step further, with Duke calling Sir Handel and Peter Sam by their Mid Sodor names as nicknames.
  • Several characters in Dora Wilk Series:
    • Dora calls her demon and angel friends respectively "imp" and "little angel" note .
    • Witkacy calls Dora "Ti", which in original is a ridiculously cute word.
  • in Sea of the Patchwork Cats, Kara calls Jen "Doggy" or "Spots" and Jaji refers to the Queen of Cats as "Kika."
  • Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note: At the end of The Disappeared Bicycle Knows, Kuroki starts calling Aya "Aaya." Aya complained that only her mother calls her that way, but Kuroki justified his action by saying this is the Affectionate Nickname for most Aya's and Ayako's of this world. Eventually, everybody in the cast calls Aya "Aaya."
  • Gale calls Katniss "Catnip" in The Hunger Games, though this is really due to her being so shy when they first met that she mumbled her name and he misheard her.
    • Occasionally used is 'little duck' from Katniss to Prim, due to the latter's habit of having her shirt tails untucked.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Montserrat is usually called Montse by people who like her, in contrast to people who only interact with her in official situations and use her full name.
  • In Wolf Hall, Henry VIII takes to calling Thomas Cromwell "Crumb" when they're on their own or if he's in a good mood. A few others, like William Fitzwilliam, are also close enough to use the moniker, though on more equal footing.
  • Alexis Carew:
    • Alexis finds out via an overheard conversation in a pub that she's become known among the crew as "Little Bit", short for "Little Bit of Bosun", in reference to her A Mother to Her Men command style and reputation as a fighter (from when she fought off an Attempted Rape by a drunken crewman and said he Cut Himself Shaving to spare him from hanging).
    • Alexis' Love Interest, the culturally French Hanoverese naval lieutenant Delaine Thiebaud, calls her by any number of French pet names during their romance. She does say no to being called "mon chou" ("my little cabbage"), though.
  • This trope is discussed in River Secrets, the third Book of Bayern. Razo calls his sister Rinna "Rinna-girl" because she's the only girl in a family full of boys, and calls his friend Enna "Enna-girl" because she reminds him of his sister. At one point his soon-to-be Love Interest Dasha asks him if he loves Enna, since "nicknames are a sign of affection." This makes him suddenly realize that Dasha's persistent nickname for him, "Tree rat," isn't mocking, but shows that she likes him.
  • The Fallocaust series:
    • Silas gives these to his chimeras, with a healthy dose of Gratuitous Latin. Generally, it's only chimeras who severely disappoint him, like Valen who don't get them.
    • Nero also does this, but his nicknames are far more casual.
    • Reaver frequently refers to Killian as Killicat or Killer Bee. Once he and Nero befriend each other in The Suicide King they start to call to each other as Duck and Goose.
    • Reno frequently calls Killian Tinkerbell or Tink.
    • After they get married, Elish and Jade call each other Magnus and Maritus, respectively.

    Live Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • According to Ellie Kendrick in the "New Characters" featurette for Season 3, Jojen Reed is sometimes called "the Little Grandfather" because of his solemn wisdom.
    • Shae refers to Tyrion as "My lion."
    • Maester Aemon refers to his little brother, King Aegon V Targaryen, as "Egg".
  • 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 It's 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.
    • The Twelfth Doctor calls Rigsy "Local Knowledge" or his more general term for humans "Pudding Brain." When the Doctor actually refers to Rigsy by name, he strenuously objects, ordering the Doctor to go back to calling him by those nicknames instead.
  • 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".
  • In The A-Team, Hannibal sometimes calls Face "kid." Granted, he's old enough to be Face's father, but it also underlines the quasi-father/son relationship that they have.
  • 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 likable mocking and attentions, but ultimately, he quite likes it.
    • Maria Mason calls Horatio "Horry", and apparently thinks it's cute. Horatio doesn't like it one bit and considers it an Embarrassing Nickname. Not that he ever tells her.
  • Ray Vecchio on Due South often calls Benton Fraser "Benny." He's the only one who uses the nickname. Almost everyone else just calls him "Fraser."
  • 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".
  • In Fraggle Rock, Fraggles call humans "The Silly Creatures." (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 Unresolved Sexual Tension at all.
  • Dr. Bertram Chickering, Jr. on The Knick is called "Bertie" by most of his colleagues, but "Bertie the Wise" by the Chief of Surgery, Dr. Thackery. It seems initially like an affectionately ironic nickname, since Bertie is the youngest, least experienced, and lowest ranking doctor at the Knick. It eventually becomes apparent, however, that he is also the sanest, most reasonable, and most morally decent of all the doctors at the Knick (and probably among the entire cast to boot). In any case, ironic or not, it is meant affectionately, although Chickering, Sr. does not see it that way.
  • It's rare but sometimes Edmund Blackadder calls Baldrick "Balders", this is specially sweet sense he normally insults him so it's a kind of an aww look he really loves him for something so small and something you can easily overhear.
  • Sophia on The Golden Girls would sometimes address her daughter Dorothy as "Pussycat".
  • Jules on Cougar Town is usually called "Junebug'' by her father. Also, Ellie frequently addresses Laurie as "Jellybean".
  • Warehouse 13: Steve Jinks picks up the nickname "Jinksy", which originated with Pete, but went on to predominantly be used by Claudia. In turn, he refers to her as "Claud", something that Pete and Myka both pick up but don't use nearly as often.
  • Band of Brothers:
    • Replacement Edward Heffron is known only as 'Babe' by his comrades. A minor plot point of an episode is The Medic referring to everyone on a Last Name Basis. At the end when he finally calls Heffron 'Babe', it's a sign that he's getting closer to the rest of the men.
    • The Medic is an example of this trope himself. He's always called 'Doc Roe', and Dick Winters is the only one that calls him Eugene.
    • Other soldiers were Only Known by Their Nickname among the rest of the men, establishing it as this trope. It's telling that the only people who would use their proper names are their superiors. Denver Randleman was always 'Bull'. Lynn Compton was always 'Buck'. Warren Muck was always 'Skip'. Darrell Powers was always 'Shifty'. Walter Gordon was always 'Smokey'. Robert Wyn is only 'Popeye'. Floyd Talbert was sometimes 'Tab'. Johnny Martin was 'Pee-wee' in real life, but this wasn't used on the show.
    • Other men got their surnames shortened into Affectionate Nicknames. They're usually only used amongst the close friends in the group. Don Malarkey is sometimes 'Malark'. Carwood Lipton is sometimes 'Lip'. Ed Tipper is sometimes 'Tip'. This is also used with Fridge Brilliance. When Major Winter announces the end of the war he notably calls Frank Perconte 'Perco'.
    • Guarnere seems to mockingly nickname Private Hall 'Cowboy' for no real reason. But given Guarnere's Tsundere tendencies, their last scene together implies it was really this.
    • Defied by Frank Perconte when Private O'Keefe says his friends call him 'Paddy'. He's pointedly only addressed by his last name (when Perconte can remember it anyway).
    • Dick Winters never calls his friend Lewis Nixon by his full name. He's either 'Lou' or 'Nix'.
    • A subtle one. David Kenyon Webster at first is simply known by his last name. After his POV episode, he shares a small Friendship Moment with Joe Liebgott. A few times in the next two episodes, Liebgott calls him 'Web' as a sign of affection. Never mind that they actually had a Private Webb as well.
  • Party of Five:
    • The siblings naturally have affectionate nicknames for each other. Bailey is sometimes 'Bay'. Julia is sometimes 'Jewel'. And Claudia is sometimes 'Claude'. Charlie and Owen don't get this.
    • Bailey's first girlfriend Kate occasionally nicknames him 'Barley'. He mistakes this for Accidental Misnaming at first.
  • Once Upon a Time Rumpelstiltskin's son Baelfire is nicknamed 'Bae' by his friends and family. Note that this was before Bae as a slang term took off. Memetic Mutation ensued.
  • Sibling Team Bellamy and Octavia Blake in "The 100" refer to each other as "Bell" and "O," respectively.
  • Subverted in the mini-series Shackleton. The famous Antarctic explorer has a habit of giving everyone an affectionate nickname. However his wife is shocked when she realises that she doesn't have one, as she's just his wife.
  • The Bold and the Beautiful. Ridge Forrester has consistently called the two great loves of his life, Taylor and Brooke, "Doc" and "Logan", respectively. (Taylor is a physician while "Logan" is Brooke's surname.)
  • Law & Order: UK: DS Ronnie Brooks often referred to partner DS Matt Devlin as "Matty", "Matty-boy", and most of all, "Sunshine". Fans had a collective Berserk Button reaction when he once called his new partner DS Sam Casey by the last one.
  • Inverted on General Hospital with Luke Spencer, who consistently called the women in his life by their full names rather than the nicknames everyone else had bestowed on them—-sister Bobbie ("Barbara"), niece Carly ("Caroline"), friend Alexis ("Natasha"), and daughter Lulu ("Lesley Lu").
  • Similarly, on One Life to Live, Marty Saybrooke's lover, Patrick Thornhart, was the only one to call her by her full name, "Margaret".
  • On The Addams Family, Gomez calls Morticia "Tish".
  • Sesame Street: Several characters have affectionate nicknames for one another.
    • Ingrid and Humphrey have a host of them for baby Natasha, including Snookie Pooks, Pumpkin Pie, and "their little Natasha-pie". They even write a song about the names.
    • Oscar and Grundgetta call each other "Grungy" and "Oscie".
    • Snuffy calls Big Bird "Bird".
  • on Silk Stalkings Chris and Rita call each other Sam. It was because they were both fans of Sam Snead a golfer.

    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.
  • Peanuts:
    • Sally constantly calls 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. Patty herself is called "A Rare Gem" by her father.
    • 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.
  • Pugad Baboy: Dagul calls his wife Debbie "Honeycured" (as in bacon); she calls him "Sweet Ham". Justified as this comic is about a community of mostly fat people and the nicknames are a play on more "typical" terms of endearment.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Summer Rae referred to Fandango as "my Baby Boopies" as part of her Sickeningly Sweethearts edge.
  • LayCool had affectionate nicknames for each other to go with the massive amounts of Les Yay. Layla was 'Lay' and Michelle was 'Chelle'.
  • Natalya Neidhart tends to get called 'Nattie' a lot by her friends, doubling as a Canon Name since it's her nickname in real life - and her former ring name.
  • AJ Lee fired back to Paige's Yandere Foe Yay taunts by 'affectionately' calling her "my little crumpet."
  • For a while Christian tried to pull this with Triple H. It didn't stick. The nickname in question was 'Trips'.
  • Alicia Fox is often called 'Foxy', sometimes even by her opponents.

  • 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.

  • Spring Awakening: Several characters occasionally call Melchior just "Melchi."
  • In Wicked, Glinda takes to calling Elphaba "Elphie," much to her friend's chagrin.
  • When they are first reunited early in The Phantom of the Opera, Raoul teasingly calls Christine "Little Lotte" in reference to a childhood rhyme they shared.

    Video Games 
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • 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 Grand Theft Auto V Michael De Santa calls Trevor Philips "T" about 85% of the time, even when it's not necessary to hide their identities. Trevor returns the favor by often calling Michael "Porkchop" or "Sugartits," though it's not always affectionate.
  • 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 yours, 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.
    • James calls Shepard "Loco" (if male) or "Lola" (if female) in Mass Effect 3.
  • Dragon Age:
    • If Alistair is romanced in Dragon Age: Origins, he starts calling the Warden "my dear"; if he's not romanced, but has a high friendship level, he'll sometimes call him/her "my friend!" instead.
    • A romanced Zevran calls a Warden of either gender "si amor."
    • If the Warden reaches high approval with Sten, he addresses him/her as "kadan," meaning "close to the heart."
    • Morrigan starts greeting a female Warden with high friendship by saying "What comes, my friend?" For the Defrosting Ice Queen, this is a very big deal.
    • Varric from Dragon Age II has nicknames for everyone (except Aveline, whom he apparently fears too much for this, and Hawke), but the closest examples to this trope would probably be "Daisy" for Merrill and "Sunshine" for Bethany.
      • Isabela joins in by calling Merrill "Kitten" and Bethany "Sweetness."
    • Varric does it again in Dragon Age: Inquisition, having nicknames for everyone except the Inquisitor (though sometimes he calls him/her "Your Inquisitorialness"). Probably the most affectionate one this time around is "Kid," for Cole.
      • Sera will give a nickname to a female Inquisitor who romances her. If she's not romanced, in her diary she dubs Gadgeteer Genius Dagna "Widdle;" the Trespasser DLC reveals that they get together.
      • Leliana sometimes calls Josephine "Josie," an indication of their sister-like relationship.
      • A romanced Blackwall calls the Inquisitor "my lady." A romanced Cullen does too, but not nearly as often.
      • Solas calls an Inquisitor who romances him "vhenan," while Dorian uses "amatus" and Iron Bull uses "kadan." All three words mean roughly the same thing ("heart" or "close to the heart") in Elvhen, Tevene, and Qunlat, respectively. If neither Dorian nor Bull is romanced, they may get together and use those nicknames for each other.
      • A friendly non-romanced Iron Bull will fondly refer to the Inquisitor as "boss." He's also the one who dubbed his lieutenant, Cremisius Aclassi, "Krem." He may have been the one to give the other Chargers their nicknames as well, but this is unconfirmed.
      • If Morrigan was romanced by the Warden in the saved world state imported for Inquisition, she refers to her beloved as "my Warden" or "my love."
  • Tiki in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem calls her Parental Substitute Bantu "Ban-Ban" and later calls Marth "Mar-Mar" (an adaptation of her use of affectionate honorifics in the Japanese version). Justified in that, despite being a thousand year old Dragon, slow aging means she's mentally and physically still a small child. This continues in Fire Emblem Awakening, where despite her growing physically into a young woman, 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."
  • BlazBlue has several examples:
    • Ragna being called "Rags" by Hazama.
    • Noel being called "Noellers" by Makoto.
    • Jin being called "Jinny" by Kagura.
  • Metal Gear: Though Roy Campbell has long since retired from the military, Solid Snake continues to address him as "Colonel." In an inversion, he and Otacon call each other by their actual first names (Dave and Hal), indicating the depth of the friendship.
  • The player may select a nickname for their character's confirmed love interest to use in Story of Seasons. After the characters marry, they have the option to change to a different nickname.
  • Miles Prower from the Sonic the Hedgehog series was given the nickname "Tails" by Sonic as a sign of brotherhood... and to make things less confusing.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, despite having turned her husband, Regent Cid, into a frog for his womanizing, Lady Hildagarde is quite affectionate with him after turning him back into a human, calling him variously "sugar-cup," "darling" and "my sweet froggy-woggy" (referential of the fact that he was also a frog for a while due to a potion.)
  • In Final Fantasy X Wakka calls his Will They or Won't They? love interest Lulu 'Lu' as a term of endearment from time to time. Rikku more pointedly calls her cousin Yuna 'Yunie' a few times.
  • Undertale:
    • Toriel called Asgore (before their separation) Fluffybuns due to the two of them being Sickeningly Sweethearts. The name eventually got around to everyone in the kingdom.
    • Papyrus is sometimes referred to as "Pap" or "Papy", namely by Sans and Undyne.
    • Napstablook was often referred to as "Blooky" by their cousin. It was a trait their cousin kept even after becoming Mettaton.
  • In the tenth installment of the Dark Parables, Princess Leda of Barsia is called "Goldilocks" by her sister, Queen Valla. (And yes, she's that Goldilocks.)
  • Fallout 4: Piper Wright likes to call the Sole Survivor "Blue" in reference to their iconic blue jumpsuit (even if they aren't wearing it at the time) and their constant "Fish out of Water" look.
  • In Dawn Of War II, the Greater Daemon Ulkair the Unclean calls the Chaos Lord Eliphas the Inheritor "Little Eliphas."
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Kodah, a Zora woman who had been a Childhood Friend of Link's a century before, always calls Link "Linny."
  • From The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Crassius Curio, the Loveable Sex Maniac Councilor of Great House Hlaalu calls the Player Character "dumpling," sweetie pie," "pudding," and others in line with his Camp Gay dialogue. He does this regardless of the PC's race or sex.
  • Cauldron from Phantom Brave calling Marona "Maronakins" after taking a shine to her. Marona, in turn, starts calling him "Papa Cauldron."

    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 Larry and later Maya, "Feenie" by Dahlia and Iris.
    • Dahlia was called "Dollie" by Phoenix. Or rather Iris was.
    • Mia: "Kitten", by Diego.
    • Apollo: "Polly", by Trucy, "Herr Forehead" by Klavier.
    • Kay Faraday also calls Detective Gumshoe "Gummy".
    • Larry Butz calls Edgeworth "Edgey".
    • Wendy Oldbag uses "Edgey-poo" fairly often, and while Oldbag thinks she's being affectionate, Edgeworth finds her nicknames very, very embarrassing.
    • Athena Cykes and Juniper Woods have nicknames for each other. Athena gets called "Thena", while Juniper is "Junie".
  • 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: When They Cry:
    • 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:
  • Hamin in Seven Kingdoms: The Princess Problem dubs the Player Character "Glitter" during their first meeting. It takes a specific and pointed request from her to get him to even once call her by her actual name, and then he only does so to prove that he's serious about her.

     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".
    • Qrow is a man who often gives nicknames for those he like. So far, he uses "pipsqueak" for Ruby, "firecracker" for Yang, "Oz" for Ozpin, "Tai" for Taiyang and "Jimmy" for Ironwood.
  • In Root & Digby, Digby is nicknamed "Dibbles" by Root.

    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.
  • Coga Nito: Niko almost never calls Eric anything other than 'Captain'.
  • 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.
  • Kubera: Ran calls Leez "Chickie" most of the time. He was close with her father Rao Leez, so it feels awkward for him to address her by name.
  • In Godslave, Edith's friends call her Eddy, in addition to her boss calling her 'my bombae'.
  • In unTouchable, Sia's best friend Baryu calls her Simba, because her red hair reminds him of a lion's mane.
  • Averted and played straight in Cobweb And Stripes. Lydia calls Betelgeuse "BJ" not so much because of this trope, but more because using his actual name is how he's summoned and he'd rather she only use it for that purpose. He, on the other hand, dubs her "Lyds" and "Babe," almost never calling her by her name. He also calls Jacques the skeleton "Bones."
  • Blue from The Silver Eye calls Velvare "Bay", short for his original name, Bhatair.
  • In Mystery Babylon, Kick Girl sometimes affectionately calls Delilah "Little Flower", though Delilah dislikes the nickname.
  • Claire tends to call her boyfriend Menu "Puppy" in Charby the Vampirate.

    Web Original 
  • Vax of Critical Role uses these on occasion, although they don't tend to stick. He seems to be particularly fond of mangling Tiberius's name ("Tibber-hoods" got him magically silenced) and also calls Keyleth "Kiki" at least once. Vax is a nickname in and of itself, a shortening of "Vax'ildan".
    • Subverted: the whole group - especially Tiberius - calls Keyleth "Your Highness", which was thought to be an affectionate term for her as a representative of the Air Ashari. The Fire Ashari in episode 22 do refer to her as "Princess", however.
  • Corliss in Dream High School calls you G-dow (the initials of "Grok, Destroyer of Worlds") and Gavin Gav-Gav.
  • 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.)
  • In The Princess Thieves, Princess Gwendoline's fiancée, Aaron, refers to her as "sweet pea."
  • Frank and Sadie Doyle of The Thrilling Adventure Hour will occasionally refer to one another as "Frankenstein" and "Sadistic." They also go for "Frank-Darling" and "Sadie-Love."
  • The founder of the Knights of Fandom is known as "the Adoptive Mother of the Internet," or just "Mom" for short. Some of the members also call her "Empress."
  • Lissy of The Bowlingotter Show has several for her co-host and husband Matt, including "Buckets", "Buckwheat", and "Matty".

    Western Animation 
  • Jimmy of Jimmy Two-Shoes calling Lucius Heinous the 7th "Lucy", despite Lucius' hatred of the name (and of Jimmy).
  • Thomas the Tank Engine has Donald and Douglas call each other 'Donnie' and 'Douggie' respective in the CGI episode Love Me Tender. In the books, 'Douggie' was also used, but not 'Donnie'.
  • 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 because I happen to really like that name." Aww...
  • Kim Possible is called "KP" by her best friend (later boyfriend) Ron Stoppable.
  • Steven Universe.
    • Most nicknames are courtesy of Amethyst. This is lampshaded in the episode Message Received
      Amethyst: Man, I'm taking back all my cool nicknames for her [Peridot]! Goodbye "Peri" and "P-dot", hello, P... Puh... uhh... ARGH, I'M TOO MAD! I'll think of something later...
    • As mentioned above, Peridot has the nicknames "Peri" and "P-dot" from Amethyst. Steven calls her "Dot" on occasion.
    • Amethyst calls Pearl "P" or "Pierogi" in relaxed situations.
    • She's also called Garnet "G" or "G-Squad" once or twice.
    • She often calls Steven "Ste-Man". Greg calls Steven "Stewball", and Mayor Dewey calls him "Carwash-Kid".
    • Marty calls Greg "Starchild", and Steven "Starchild Junior".
    • Ruby calls Sapphire "Laughy Sapphy".
    • Amethyst herself doesn't really have a nickname, but Peridot calls her "Ams" and "Big A" in the episode Beta.
  • Total Drama Island:
  • In Doug, the title character's older sister refers to him as "Dougie."
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Deema calls Nonny "Nonners".
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • Lance likes to refer to Kitty as "Pretty Kitty" and "KitKat" alternately. Pretty Kitty seemed originally intended as a teasing insult, while KitKat 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.
  • 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".
    • Applejack calls her friends "Sugarcube", just as Rarity calls her friends "Darling."
    • According to the Journal of the Two Sisters, Luna used to call Princess Celestia "Cellie".
    • Big Macintosh gets called "Big Mac" by his younger sisters.
  • 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.
  • Mega Man:
    • All of Mega Man's friends and family affectionately call him Mega. Dr. Wily also called him Mega when he was under his control.
    • Protoman 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.
  • Grojband:
    • Corey calls Laney "Lanes" and Laney calls Corey "Core" respectively.
    • Corey's evil sister Trina also has a bunch of cutesy 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," and also uses "Homie" for Homer.
  • Sonic SatAM:
    • Sonic tends to call Sally "Sal" and Tails a whole host of nicknames.
    • Bunnie tends to call Sonic "sugah-hog", Sally "Sally-girl", Antoine "sugah-'twan" and Tails "sugah-Tails".
    • Tails calls Sally and Bunnie "Aunt Sally" and "Aunt Bunnie". The former more than the latter.
  • In 'Avatar: The Last Airbender,'' Toph calls Aang "Twinkle Toes".
  • Totally Spies!:
    • Alex calls Sam "Sammy" all the time.
    • The girls occasionally refer to Jerry as "Jer".
  • Megan Clark of The Amazing Spiez has personal nicknames for her brothers. Lee has "Jockstrap", Marc has "Genius" and Tony has "Brony".
  • Samurai Jack got his name - or rather, the one he goes by - this way. When he arrived in Aku's dystopian future, a the first folks he met were a bunch of street toughs who called him "Jack", as a way of saying "dude" or "pal". Not fully understanding modern slang, when asked his name later, he simply said "They call me Jack," and it stuck.
  • Beetlejuice is more likely to address Lydia as "Lyds" or "Babes" than her real name. On a very few occasions, he calls her "my dear," although this usually for playful drama. She returns it by sometimes calling him "BJ" or "Beej," and the instances of her doing so become more frequent as the series goes on. Their car, the Dragster of Doom, is affectionately dubbed "Doomie" by both.
  • All Hail King Julien: While he generally uses their full names the most often, when King Julien is feeling particularly close, Maurice becomes "Mo-mo" and Clover becomes "Clo-clo". Even rarer is "Julie" for Julien himself, which due to his position has so far only ever been used by his parents and his old friend Rob.
  • In South Park, Jimmy occasionally calls Timmy "Tim" or "Tim-Tim".
  • Jim Lake from Trollhunters is referred to by Strickler as "Young Atlas," referring to his need to "carry the weight of the world on [his] shoulders."
  • A few episodes of Kaeloo have Mr. Cat refer to Kaeloo as "coochy-coo".
  • In Hey Arnold!: Helga's older sister Olga calls her "Baby Sister". Helga clearly doesn't like it.
  • The Loud House:
    • Lincoln Loud has "Linc" from all his sisters and the at least partly Fanon "Linky" from the older girls.
    • Bobby calls his little sister Ronnie Anne "Nie-Nie".
  • The Fairly OddParents!: Wanda calls Timmy "Sport" very often, though one episode explains that it's because she keeps forgetting his real name.

    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, and often between spouses/partners as well.
  • 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 petit 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.
  • Humphrey Bogart was nicknamed "Bogie" by his friends and fans. It was never spelled as "Bogey" and was said to have annoyed him (and others) if spelt so.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme: The Muscles From Brussels.
  • Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who play Rey and Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, both refer to one another as "Peanut."
  • According to her book, when Tina Yothers played Jennifer on Family Ties, Michael J. Fox's nickname for her was "Bear."
  • Michael Jackson was usually called "Mike" by his siblings and fans. Sometimes it's even "Mikey". He himself sometimes called his brother Jermaine " 'Maine".