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->''"It's crazy enough that my parents decided to call me that, but it's even more crazy that some government worker let them make it official... Both groups are at the top of my must-kill list."''
-->-- '''Battler Ushiromiya''', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''

Similar to EmbarrassingMiddleName and EmbarrassingLastName, this trope covers instances when a character has a [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude first name]] that they don't like to be called by. Such characters use a variety of tactics to avoid their real first name:
# Getting a [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nickname]] (often one that hints at their embarrassing name).
# Picking a new first name.
# Claiming their middle name is their first name.
# Insisting that everyone [[LastNameBasis call them by their last name]].

If the first name is just the beginning in terms of embarrassment, then you might want to file the whole thing under UnfortunateNames. A GiverOfLameNames causes this. If people continue to call the character by that first name anyway, it may lead to a DoNotCallMePaul scenario.

Compare RealJokeName. Contrast AwesomeMcCoolname.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' has a male lead named Kamille, who naturally hates his feminine-sounding name. He eventually falls in love with a girl named Four, who has similar issues with her name (in her case, because it signifies that [[YouAreNumberSix she is a number rather than an individual]]). It becomes hilarious when you realize there never would have been a Zeta Gundam if he hadn't been named Kamille, and the AEUG probably would have lost or at the very least have a longer and bloodier war.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' actually uses this as a plot point for one character: one Chinese village has a tradition that the person who gives a newborn baby its first bath must be the one to name it. Unfortunately, this gave [[PantyThief panty stealing]] pervert Happosai the chance to name a baby, and since he loves women's garments so much he thought that the ''perfect'' name for a little boy would be Pantyhose Taro. Pantyhose Taro '''hates''' his name, and is on a constant quest to force Happosai to give him a new one, since Happosai is the only one who can change it. Unfortunately, his own choice of replacement first names aren't much better.
** For the curious, the other names Pantyhose Taro could have ended up with (Happosai begins trying to list some alternatives in Pantyhose Taro's first story before he finally decides that he just can't think of a better name than "Pantyhose Taro"), include, between the anime and the manga, "Loincloth Shiro", "Underwear Saburo", "Cockroach Goro", "Bellywrap Shishiro", and "Heartburn Rokuro".
*** All of those were shot down, of course, much to Happosai's chagrin, because he spent a lot of time to come up with [[SmugSnake specifically ridiculous names]] for Taro.
** Bear in mind that the two things Happosai did was bathe him in the Jusenkyo Springs and name him, and he finds the ''name'' more offensive than the InvoluntaryTransformation bit (then again, he's well aware it's a CursedWithAwesome situation - he turns into a ''[[MixAndMatchCritters winged]] [[ALoadOfBull minotaur]]'', which he later gives ''CombatTentacles'').
** For those who wonder why he just doesn't use his first name if it's so awful, that's a case of DubInducedPlotHole. "Taro" isn't his surname, but a common suffix for Japanese boys' names (like Kintaro, Kotaro, etc); his full name is "Pantyhosetaro". So, in Japanese, it'd be sort of like "my name's Bob, but call me Ob". Unfortunately, it doesn't translate well into English.
* The TokenMiniMoe of ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' was very reluctant in giving her name to the heroes. The reason? Her name is Ganko (Stubborn). Cue much taunting and laughing from TheHero and TheBigGuy.
* In ''Manga/NaruTaru'', Shiina Tamai writes her first name in katakana (phoenetic characters) because she hates the kanji used for it, which is read as "empty husk" or "a seed that shall never sprout". It actually becomes a critical plot point near the end of the manga.
* The male lead of ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan'' is named [[CherryBlossomGirl Sakura]]. Poor guy.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the leader of a group of powerful, dangerous, though [[PunchClockVillain punch-clocky]] bounty hunters calls himself Alexander Zaytsev, also known as the "[[RedBaron Twilight Zaytsev]]". His real name? [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics Chiko-tan]].
** Fate Averruncus, ArchEnemy of the lead character, leader of a group of [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Ranger]] rogues and BigBad of the current arc.[[spoiler: His real name is ''[[YouAreNumberSix Tertium]]'' and he hates being called by it]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichigo. Sure, the kanji reading amounts to "protects one thing" but the name is also homonymous with "strawberry" (and his hair is orange). Even worse, it's also a girl's name. It doesn't help him maintain a badass image. Characters, and even the manga-ka in chapter titles, are not above exploiting this. He's even called "Berry-tan" to his face by [[GenkiGirl Mashiro]]. Lampshaded when he first meets [[BaldOfAwesome Ikkaku]] who takes note of his name because they share "Ichi-" as part of the name, concluding it's an awesome, lucky omen for both of them. Ichigo observes that he's not used to that kind of reaction when admitting what his name is.
* Run-Run in ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'' is utterly embarrassed by her name, which is the Japanese equivalent to "La-La". She can get violently angry if people constantly repeat it or, worse, ''sing'' it. She will also do all in her power to prevent people who don't know her name from ever learning it and is annoyed by Nike's persistence in the matter.
* The main character of the manga ''Okama Report'' is named, well, Okama, which more or less means "gay guy."
* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [=OVAs=], Nancy "Miss Deep" Makuhari is embarassed by her Western first name and prefers to go by her code name. Though she also finds her code name a bit embarrassing as well, as she muses that [[{{Woolseyism}} it sounds like a porn star's name]] (in the original Japanese, she just complains that it isn't "cute").
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has badass, {{Jerkass}}, sword-wielding MrFanservice Kanda ''Yu''. Calling him by his first name will lead to swift annihilation.
* In the original Japanese version of ''Manga/DragonBall'' (the original), Bulma hesitatingly says her name when Goku asks what it is. This is because she originally thought her name was embarrassing because of what it sounded like (in the manga; in the anime, Goku just though it was a "funny name"). All of this got lost in both the Vancouver dub, and in Funimation's redub. In the original, Bulma is called Buruma, which is a Japanese pronunciation of "bloomers", a type of women's underwear (compare [[ThemeNaming her son Trunks and her father Dr. Briefs]]).
** Then there's Goku's original name, Kakarot, used for his original purpose, [[spoiler:when he was sent to Earth to cleanse all life from it]]. He rejected that name after rejecting his mission, but Vegeta and a few villains still refer to him by that name, even though he'd rather they not.
* Hanai from ''Manga/BigWindup'' has "Azusa", which is commonly given to girls, for his first name. He hates it so much that he makes ''his own mother'' call him by their family name instead.
* In ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' Dan's last name is "Kuso". "Kuso" essentially means "shit". It's odd since the series is Japanese so it's not a CriticalResearchFailure, and it's [[{{Shonen}} a kid show]] at that. [[note]]Although Japan is very lax with strong interjections and seems to have little, if any concept of "cuss words". You can find various words that translate to "damn" and "shit" used in children's anime quite often.[[/note]]
* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' has a running gag of people making fun of Mikado Ryugamine's extremely pretentious name (lit. "The Emperor of Dragon Peak").
** At least one person thought it was a really awesome name. Most people, however, (including Mikado himself) want to ask WhoNamesTheirKidDude
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' has [[GenderBlenderName Misaki]] Yata and Saruhiko Fushimi (Saru means "monkey"), who allow each other to use those names, and very few others... of course, once they [[LoveInterestTraitor become enemies]], they use the names to taunt each other, though it maintains an air of intimacy and a [[EveryoneCanSeeIt suggestion]] that they will someday get back together.
* Juliet Nao Zhang of ''Anime/MaiOtome'' strongly dislikes her first name, and everyone except Shiho (who strongly dislikes her) and some of her gang members call her "Nao".
* Gou Matsuoka from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' is considered to be referred to by her first name due to having a [[GenderBlenderName boy's name]]. She wants to be called Kou, as it sounds more feminine, but no one else calls her by that name.
* Lucy (abbrv.) Yamagami from ''Manga/ServantXService'', hates the fact that her first name is ''[[OverlyLongName TOO LONG]]''
* Strangely enough, [[spoiler:both of the main characters]] in part 7 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': [[spoiler: Jonathan Joestar (who changed into Johnny ''specifically'' because of the nickname [=JoJo=]) and Iulius Caesar Zeppeli (yes, ''that'' Julius Caesar)]].
* Sapphire from ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' is embarrassed by her name and prefers to be called "Midori".
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', Jasmin Fiorella ''really'' hates ''his'' name, especially his first name, blowing up on Lante every time the latter calles him that -- naturally, Lante is not fazed.
* ''Oddman 11'''s Shiraishi is on a LastNameBasis with almost everyone, a fact unknown to the audience and the protagonist until she is called by her actual name on a whim by [[ThePigPen Fujou]]. There seems to be nothing wrong with it, but she tends to get violent whenever it's used.
-->'''Setsu:''' Shiraishi, is 'Kirara' your first name? It's cute.\\
'''Shiraishi:''' Call me that one more time and I'll [[DisproportionateRetribution pierce your hymen with my fist]].
* Umibozu from ''Manga/CityHunter'' prefers to go by that nickname (meaning ''sea monster'') or his old codename Falcon (mostly used by people connected to his time in the US, including ''his wife'') rather than his real name Hayato Ijuin. That's not because Hayato is a strange name, but because it's utterly normal-and so completely embarrassing for a ''gigantic'' ProfessionalKiller whose strong points are demolitions and enough strength to do GunsAkimbo with a machine gun and a bazooka.

* "Melvin" was an [[InherentlyFunnyWords inherently funny name]] used quite a bit by the comedy duo [[Music/DeanMartin Martin]] and [[Creator/JerryLewis Lewis]], and was Lewis' character's name in the film ''Sailor Beware''.
* In various old Finnish radio shows hosted by Pertti "Spede" Pasanen, the parrot G. Pula-aho prefers to be called as such. In a later episode, he is forced to reveal his first name to the police: [[spoiler:Gunhild (a female name).]] According to him, a baby parrot is so small that even with a magnifying glass you can't tell its gender.
* Comedian Stephen K. Amos was born in St. Stephen's Hospital, "[[LineOfSightName so you can imagine how hard my parents worked to come up with my name]]". He's not the one with the embarrassing name. That would be his twin sister, Hospital.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', badass Irish vampire Cassidy goes by his last name. His first name: ''Proinsias'' (the Irish form of "Francis", but that wouldn't help his image any). "It's... a perfectly respectable Gaelic name... ''Oh Jaysis, Jesse, don't '''tell''' anyone!''"
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Jughead and Jellybean Jones are named Forsythe and Forsythia respectively. In one story, Jughead goes out of his way to keep Jellybean's name from being revealed to the public via billboard, and both characters have had stories where people who try to call them by their real names ended up with misfortune. Oddly, in Jughead's case, his distaste for his name is partly because any girl who hears it thinks it's suave and romantic and starts chasing him. Even odder, Reggie seems to suffer a string of ''[[DisasterDominoes continuous]]'' bad luck whenever he mentions Jellybean's real name, making him warn everybody not to say it, thinking it's a curse.
** In the first comic Archie insists on being called "Chick" instead of "Archibald" or "Archie". [[CharacterizationMarchesOn This is never mentioned again.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' comics, the first name of Captain Haddock is only mentioned once (in the last finished album, no less). The Captain gets momentary amnesia after getting hit on the head, and when told by Tintin that his first name is Archibald he snarks and says that the name is ridiculous. Which might explain why nobody ever calls him by his first name otherwise.
** Then again, few people get called by their first name in the series, except Tintin, who doesn't seem to have any other name, and minor characters like Igor, Irma, and Allan.
* Few characters in the ''Brit'' series of comics realize that the title character's name is short for Brittany.
* In ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', Crutch is a tough as nails biker and ex-con. It turns out his given name is Leslie.
* When ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' foe the Penguin first revealed his full name, he said, "Yes, my name is Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. And, please, no jokes." Although many would consider his middle name and surname more embarrassing than the first one...
* Jubilation Lee in ''ComicBook/XMen''. Her friends call her ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}.
* ComicBook/{{Deadshot}}'s first name is Floyd. Even ComicBook/HarleyQuinn thinks its weird how the most dangerous marksman in the world is named that.
* It turns out that ComicBook/{{Galactus}}'s first name is [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby]].
* In ''ComicBook/LeScorpion'', Hussar's first name is Aristotle. His father thought it would help him become a great philosopher.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' spinoff mini-series ''Death: The Time of Your Life'', Foxglove's "minder" is Boris, who partly fits the trope of a ScaryBlackMan. Unfortunately, there are some things you can't hide from Death, so when in the course of a conversation she addresses him by his real name, Endymion, he hastens to point out to everyone present that he really prefers to be called Boris.
* ComicBook/{{Quasar}}'s first name is Wendell, and whilst he doesn't exactly hate it, he was apparently called [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] (his middle name) in college.
* ''ComicBook/{{Gen13}}'' team member Grunge has the unenviable first name Percival. Naturally, he goes by his middle name, Edmund. Being that this isn't much of an improvement, he prefers the nickname Grunge.
* Volume 2 of Creator/DCComics's ''Franchise/{{Star Trek|ExpandedUniverse}}'' series introduces Federation protocol officer R. J. Blaise, assigned to Kirk to rein him in after a number of high-profile interstellar incidents in quick succession. It's never revealed during her original appearance what "R. J." stands for, though when she whispers it to Uhura while the pair are relaxing on shore leave, it's made clear to be ''quite'' embarrassing, with Uhura trying hard not to laugh. It's finally revealed by Kirk (whom she told it to off-camera during a tryst) when she returns a number of years later in a story in ''Star Trek Special'' #1: Raspberry Jam. Hilariously, the name was the result of a reader contest run by the series's editors.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' supporting character Flash Thompson, who has been a big part of the feature from the very first story. Roger Stern eventually revealed that his real first name is Eugene.
* Sonic's name is a nickname in the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' continuity. Sonic is embarrassingly referred to by his father as "Maurice". It is quickly revealed to be merely his middle name, implying that Sonic's actual birth name is the unspeakably worse ([[spoiler:Ogilvy]]).
* In the ''ComicBook/XForce'' sequel mini-series ''Dead Girl'', Dead Girl finally admits to Dr. Strange that she can remember that her first name is "Moonbeam". Apparently her parents must have been hippies.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The Dog from ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' has a given name so embarrassing that [[NoNameGiven he refuses to let it ever appear in the comic]], and tends to attack anyone who tries to say it.
* The title character of ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' is actually Edwin Frasier.
-->'''Caulfield:''' Then why do you call yourself "Frazz"?\\
'''Frazz:''' Because my first name is Edwin.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice'', Justin's real name is Justice. Let's say it's both suitable and ironic since he's Kira.
* In [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?34086-MSPA-Fanfiction-IV&p=4485031#post4485031 this]] (pre-Alpha) ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfic, Bro's first name turns out to be Calvin, with "Charles" (the name he used in the author's previous Bro fics) being only his middle name.
* A Literature/HarryPotter round-robin story, "''The Most Private Journal of Auror Captain Harry James Potter''", features a character with the name "Liar Whore Who Sucks Men’s Screaming Souls Out Through Their Penises" -- known as Lia for short. Of course, since she's a succubus, her name is more like a job description... at least until she's accidentally bound to Harry.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' canon, Sasaki's given name is unknown, so when Fujiwara asked her what it was in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'', the writer decided to give her the name of...[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]. She's so embarrassed about this that even her ''mother'' is on a LastNameBasis with her.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''Borderlands''[=/=]''Halo'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, a villain is introduced as "The Lady," a mysterious figure who exerts power over Cerberus and other less-than-upright individuals by providing them with advanced technology. This person has immense power, wielding a combination of [[spoiler:Siren abilities and the Dark Side of the Force]]. Her name (in an AerithAndBob setting)? Sarah. It turns out this has special meaning from her creators, [[spoiler:"Selfless Servant of the (Eridian/Forerunner) Mantle"]], that just happens to translate, but still... PlayedForLaughs several times, though she accepts it over time and other characters stop teasing her about it.
* In Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak, VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog 's full name is [[GenderBlenderName "Ursula Leslie Robotnik",]] which is why he insists that everybody call him Shadow, but Sonic occasionally embarrasses him with it. At one point he explains that it means "Oops, we expected a girl."
** Worth pointing out that Leslie used to be a boy's name.
* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/569742/chapters/1020213 Nine Lives One Love]], the Grand Highblood's real name is '''Hakuna''' Makara. This is even lampshaded at one point.
--> You call him by his given name, knowing full well it’ll tick him off. Hakuna hate's his name because it sounds stupid as fuck, and he’s right.
* The Lightning Man in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is eventually revealed to have the first name [[spoiler:"Percy"]]. The heroes struggle not to laugh when they find out.
* In the ''Manga/ShamanKing'' fic ''FanFic/{{Oversoul}}'', Kali's spirit guardian's name is Chikushou. It sounds and is even spelled like a Japanese swear word. As a result, she usually just goes by Chi.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', [[spoiler:the thief Flynn Rider]]'s true name is Eugene. He changed his name because he thought it wasn't cool enough [[spoiler:and it's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar implied]] so people wouldn't realize that he is a [[HeroicBastard bastard]]]].
* In the film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}},'' we have CanonForeigner Wyborne "Wybie" Lovat.
* Implied to be the case with Keith in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' as it doesn't sound evil enough. Whenever the BigBad gives orders to his minions, it begins with a lot of tasks for everyone and ends with "Keith...Change that name of yours!".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Bud's real first name in ''Film/TheAbyss'' is revealed to be Virgil.
* Hilts, from ''Film/TheGreatEscape''. Actually, he'd prefer ''[[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Captain]]'' Hilts, but please, just don't call him Virgil.
* Mervyn, the Sheriff of Rottingham from ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. (Apparently this name is only allowed if one is the Governor of the Bank of England).
** Another character's family had their last name changed TO Latrine before the movie took place. It used to be Shithouse.
--->"It's a good change."
*** Funny enough, this was asked by Prince John, who due to his actions, [[BrickJoke the King has declared all the toilets in the kingdom are to be renamed John.]]
* In ''Film/MeetTheParents'', Greg's real first name is Gaylord. His parents also call him "Gay".
* The dominatrix from ''Film/{{Shortbus}}'' is named Creator/JenniferAniston.
* Ash from the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' movies. His real first name is actually Ashley... which is probably why he goes by Ash even as the clueless yuppie from the [[Film/TheEvilDead1981 first movie]].
* In ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', the agent sent to pick up Film/JamesBond in Bolivia only gives her name as "Fields," and deflects further questions about it. Given that the credits give her first name as [[Music/TheBeatles Strawberry]], it's hard to blame her.
** Especially given Bond's love of [[BondOneLiner bad quips]].
* "Bud" White's real name is Wendall in ''Film/LAConfidential''.
* ''Film/{{Cobra}}'''s title character is actually named Marion Cobretti. He lampshades it at one point, when he explains "I'd prefer something a little tougher... like Alice."
* Boss Spearman in ''Film/OpenRange'' doesn't reveal his actual name, "Bluebonnet," until he thinks he's facing his death.
* And then of course, there's Michael Bolton, poor put-upon office worker (and not the "no-talent ass clown") from ''Film/OfficeSpace''. "Why should I change my name? ''He's'' the one who sucks."
* In ''Film/TheWrestler'', Randy "The Ram" Robinson hates being called by his real name, Robin Raminski, partly because it's an embarrassing name and partly because he can't give up his wrestling alter-ego.
* In ''Film/TheWholeTownsTalking'', ''Wilhelmina'' Clark prefers going by Clark.
* ''Film/{{Stripes}}'': "The name's Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I'll kill you."
--> Lighten up, Francis.
* In ''Film/SevenBridesForSevenBrothers'', the lumberjack brothers were all given names from the Bible in alphabetical order. Since there was no "F" name, the sixth brother got stuck with Frankincense. He violently insists on being called Frank.
* In ''Film/TenInchHero'', Priestly's first name is [[spoiler: Boaz]] and Tish is short for [[spoiler: Platisha]]. None of their friends know this about them because they hate their given names so much. Priestly's boss doesn't even know his first name.
* Rubber Duck from ''Film/{{Convoy}}'' reacts with embarrassment when he is addressed to by his ''whole'' real name which is [[spoiler:Martin Penwald]].
* Roy O'Bannon from ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' hides his whole real name, too, which happens to be [[spoiler:Wyatt Earp]]. Judging by Chon Wang's reaction upon this, it is a truly embarrassing name.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' series:
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' reveals that Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones Jr. was named after his father, but apparently resentful enough of it to go under his ''[[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack dog]]'''s name instead.
** Mutt Williams from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' isn't fond of his own name, either - Henry Williams, although originally [[spoiler:Henry Walton Jones III]].
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', John Blake goes by his middle name. His real first name is [[spoiler: '''Robin.''']]
* In ''{{Film/Lockout}}'', Snow never uses his first name. His old man was a big John Wayne fan, so he named him Marion.
* "My name is [[Film/{{Fletch}} Irwin M. Fletcher]]. I write a newspaper column under the name of 'Jane Doe.' What the heck, it's better than Irwin."
* In Film/BeyondTheLights, Kaz'z first name is actullay Kazam. His parents thought it sounded "African or something".
* In ''Film/LifeOfPi'' the main character is named 'Piscine' after a French swimming pool. Unfortunately this is pronounced very similarly to the English word 'pissing', as his classmates are quick to point out. He shortens his name to 'Pi' as a result.
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'': The main character H.I. [=McDunnough=] is always referred to by his first two initials, usually pronounced as "High." When writing a Dear Jane letter saying goodbye to his wife, he signs it, after a moment of hesitation, "Herbert."
* The reason why TheDragon in ''Film/BonCopBadCop'' 2 hates being called Michel, going by his nickname Mike instead. David however keeps calling him that just to piss him off.

* Several protagonists from novels by Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
** ''Literature/GloryRoad'' has Evelyn Cyril Gordon, who went by E.C., often elided to "Easy", and later by "Scar" after he was injured in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. Which got misheard by his employer, the Empress of the Nine Universes, so he became "Oscar".
** ''Literature/ThePuppetMasters'' has "Sam", a secret agent who goes through several false identities. Only late in the novel does he go right up to his father and ask, "Dad, why did you name me Elihu?"
** ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' has Dejah Thoris Burroughs, who goes by D.T., or "Deety", and her husband Zebadiah John Carter, who goes by "Zebbie". Both names are a ShoutOut to the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, heavily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]
** ''Literature/TunnelInTheSky'' has Dr. Jesse Evelyn Ramsbotham, saddled with a complete GenderBlenderName package of an Embarrassing First Name ''and'' an EmbarrassingMiddleName. The text speculates he might have been an athlete rather than a scientist had he a pair of masculine names.
* This is a staple of Creator/PGWodehouse's Literature/JeevesAndWooster books. This is likely due to Pelham Grenville Wodehouse disliking his first two names intensely, hence his use of initials.
** Jeeves' first name was eventually revealed to be Reginald. This is shocking not because the name doesn't suit him, but because we always assumed Jeeves didn't have a first name. Brinkley/Bingley's tendency to call him "Reggie" made matters even more embarrassing for all concerned.
** In "Big Money", the rich man's name is T Patterson Frisby. What does the "T" stand for? Torquil. Naturally, he doesn't use it, after all the bullying he got at school.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drones_Club#Members Nearly]] ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drones_Club#Members everyone]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drones_Club#Members in the Drones Club]] has a nickname, which makes the most sense for characters like "Tuppy" (Hildebrand) Glossop.
** In ''Thank You, Jeeves'', "Chuffy" Chuffnell has gone his whole life concealing that his first name is Marmaduke.
** In one book, Lemuel Gingulphus Trotter goes by his initials, and has refused a knighthood because he could not stand the thought of being "Sir Lemuel". At one point, Bertie and Jeeves unsuccessfully try to blackmail him over this.
** In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Literature/{{Psmith}} tells Mike, "In conversation you may address me as Rupert (though I hope you won't)". This becomes HilariousInHindsight when he gets a SuddenNameChange three books later ("Ronald", since ''Leave it to Psmith'' [[{{Crossover}} was set at]] Literature/BlandingsCastle and [[OneSteveLimit there was already a character there named Rupert]].)
* In ''White Plume Mountain'' by Paul Kidd, the tough-as-nails ranger known only as The Justicar is eventually revealed to have been named Evelyn by his birth parents.
* Mr. Krupp, aka ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'', is named Benny. When forced to reveal this, he is met with giggles from all the students. It gets even worse when Professor Poopypants forces him to change his name into the even more ridiculous "Lumpy Pottybiscuits".
* In ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Laurie's actual first name is Theodore. That's not bad in itself, but considering that his friends used to call him "Dora", it's not surprising that he went with a variation of his last name, Lawrence.
* In ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' Bella is ''constantly'' correcting people if and when they call her Isabella. Her [[Rule63 Rule 63]] [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff Counterpart]] Beau also corrects people if they call him Beaufort.
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': Pepper's ''full'' name is [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Pippin Galadriel]] [[Literature/TheNeverEndingStory Moonchild]], a relic from her mother's hippie phase. [[BerserkButton Don't call her that, though]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s Nymphadora Tonks, "who prefers to be known by her surname only" ("So would you if your fool of a mother had called you 'Nymphadora'"). While her mother Andromeda presumably uses this first name, and her father calls her "Dora," everyone else uses Tonks.
** Voldemort's actual name, [[spoiler: Tom Marvolo Riddle]], also counts as he has a very common first name and dislikes anything that makes him common.
* Robinette Broadhead is the male protagonist of Frederik Pohl's ''Literature/HeecheeSaga''.
* Creator/TerryPratchett likes this trope.
** Ermintrude from ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' changes her name to "Daphne" at the first possible opportunity.
** Pratchett also likes inversions, e.g. Agnes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' and Kirsty in the Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy, both of whom are disappointed by their very ordinary-sounding names and insist on going by others.
** [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Moist von Lipwig]]. He's learned to live with it, though, and Adora Belle comments that it must be his real name because nobody would ''choose'' it for their false name.
** And his other half, Adora Belle Dearheart.
** One Man Bucket in ''Discworld/ReaperMan''. He comes from a tribe where they name you after the first thing your mother sees when you're born, and his full name is One Man Pouring A Bucket Of Water Over Two Dogs. It's his slightly older twin brother you ''really'' have to feel sorry for, though.
-->'''Windle Poons''': Don't tell me, "Two Dogs Fighting"?
-->'''One Man Bucket''': Two Dogs Fighting? He'd have given his right arm to be called Two Dogs ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Fighting]]''.
* The very end of ''Literature/TheSherwoodRing'' reveals that Pat Thorn's real first name is one of these -- [[spoiler:Peaceable, named after his ancestor]].
* The protagonist and titular characters of ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' attends by Percy, as his first name is Perseus, ironically, named after a demigod that is disliked by his father Poseidon.
* The ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series features three kids whose parents were hippies, and thus are all named after Tolkien characters (Faramir, Gwaihir and Elrond); their father later sobers up a bit and gives them the pseudonyms of Frank, Gerry and Ron so they don't get beaten up at school.
* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. ColonelBadass Elizabeth Tirelli is always referred to by her nickname Lizard (a pun on 'Liz'), even by her boyfriend.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** {{Tomboy}} Min Farshaw hates her full name, Elmindreda, which is most notorious as a folklore character who is [[TheDitz shallow and flighty]] -- not to mention very, very girly.
** Another example is Zarine "Faile" Bashere, who hates her first name because to her it's a name for a woman who reclines on cushions while eating grapes. Her chosen name means Falcon.
* Ty Grady in the ''[[Literature/CutAndRun Cut & Run]]'' series goes by his middle name for the most part, his legal first name being "Beaumont." According to his mother, he developed a fondness for [[TheNicknamer nicknames]] when he was four because he disliked his own first name so much, even flat out refusing to tell his partner what it was.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Lieutenant Koudelka ("Kou" to his friends) and Miss Droushnakovi ("Drou" to her friends) are embarrassed at their wedding when they have to publically admit to their first names, Clement and Ludmilla. (Drou continues to go by her nickname even though she chooses to take her husband's last name)
* The title character of Yann Martel's ''Literature/LifeOfPi'' is named Piscine Molitor Patel (after a swimming pool in France that his uncle greatly admires). He shortens this to Pi Patel to escape the inevitable schoolyard taunts about "Piscine" sounding like "pissing."
* Slartibartfast of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. It's not so much embarrassing as just "not important".
** As well as the disembodied spirit Pizpot Gargravarr from ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''.
* ''Literature/WitchWeek'' takes place in a world where witchcraft is a serious crime. Dulcinea Pilgrim is a girl who is named after the most famous witch in history, so it's small wonder she goes by "Nan" and has asked the headmistress of her school to keep her real name a secret. Of course, the headmistress forgets....
* As ''Literature/LAConfidential'' says: "They stick you with a name like 'Wendell', you look for an alias."
* [[Literature/{{Outlander}} Diana Gabaldon]] has a few examples:
** As if "Percy" wasn't silly enough, Lord John's lover/stepbrother in ''Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade'' isn't actually named Percival, but ''Perseverance''.
** In ''An Echo In The Bone'', we meet brothers Herman and Vermin. This trope is speculated upon. [[spoiler: A little more excusable given that they are in actuality the ''sisters'' Hermione and Ermintrude.]] And in ''A Breath Of Snow And Ashes'', Roger christens a little girl, who the family name in his honor... Rogerina.
* In ''Beyond the Magic Sphere'', the main character's name is S.B. Fields. She refuses to tell anyone her real first name, which turns out to be Strawberry.
* Gratuity "Tip" Tucci in ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday''. Gratuity's mom [[BrainlessBeauty wasn't all that bright,]] and didn't know what the word Gratuity meant.
* The male lead in David Palmer's ''Literature/{{Emergence}}'' tells the narrator, with a [[AdamAndEvePlot suggestive smirk]], "Just call me Adam." She thinks that's pretty cheesy (they're both ''eleven'' years old), but doesn't blame him nearly so much after she finds out his parents christened him "[[OverlyLongName Melville Winchester Higginbotham Grosvenor Penobscot-Jones IV]]."
* In ''Literature/HopeWasHere'' by Joan Bauer, the title character changes her name to Hope at the age of 13. She absolutely hated her original name: Tulip.
* In ''The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler'' by Gene Kemp, Tyke often refers to one teacher using "my real name, the one I hated", without saying what it is. At the very end, we learn it's [[spoiler: [[SamusIsAGirl Theodora]]]].
* To quote ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', "There was once a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb. And he almost deserved it."
** Written by Clive Staples Lewis, whose got his friends to call him "Jack" and published as "C. S. Lewis".
* ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'': ''Mild-may-your-suffering-be-at-the-hands-of-the-wicked''. (His mother got religion.) He goes by Mildmay.
** He also mentions knowing a prostitute originally named "Fly-from-fornication-and-blasphemy"; apparently, "Butterfly" went over better with her clients.
** Corbie apparently isn't too happy about having been named "Gartrett," either.
* One ''Literature/TheNo1LadiesDetectiveAgency'' novel mentions, in passing, a former classmate of Mma Makutsi's, whose parents saddled him with a name meaning "Look out, the police have arrived" in Setswana. Apparently, he tried very hard to get people to call him something else...
-->But names, like false allegations, stick, and he had gone through life with this unfortunate burden, reminded of it every time he had to fill out an official form; looking away so that the person examining the form could be given the opportunity to smile, which they all did.
* In the ''Literature/InspectorMorse'' detective novels by Colin Dexter, Morse refuses to tell anyone his first name: the closest he comes is when he jokes that it's ''Inspector''. Only in the penultimate book in the series is it revealed that his name is [[spoiler: Endeavour]].
* ''Freakonomics'' examines the RealLife case study of NYPD officer [[http://www.slate.com/id/2116449/ Loser Lane and (to a lesser extent) his brother Winner]]. In regards to the former, "Although he never hid his name, people were uncomfortable using it. 'So I have a bunch of names,' he says today, 'from Jimmy to James to whatever they want to call you. But they rarely call you Loser.' Once in a while, he said, 'they throw a French twist on it: ‘[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Losier]].’' To his cop friends he is known as Lou."
** For added {{Irony}}, his brother Winner is notable for his impressive criminal record.
* Lucifer C. Dye is the protagonist of ''The Fools in Town Are on Our Side'' by Ross Thomas. He would go by his middle name, but that's "Clarence."
* Nonopherian Fisk from the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', who's so strictly on a last name basis that his HeterosexualLifePartner has to learn his first name from his sister.
* Lupe dy Cazaril, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion''. The book has a fantasy setting where [[AerithAndBob naming conventions aren't quite as we know them]], but it's clear that "Lupe" is considered embarrassing InUniverse both because the protagonist doesn't use it unless he has to and because of the other characters' reactions when it does come out. It means "wolf" and people used to make fun of him by howling like wolves.
* In ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', the main character's best friends in his new school are called 'Leaf' and 'Branch'. Branch goes by 'Ed' instead.
* In the YA vampire novel ''Literature/TeamHuman'', the protagonist, Mel, tells us fairly early that her name is not short for Melanie and she's not going to tell us what it is short for, except that it was arrived at in the same spirit of experimentation that saw her brother named "Lancelot". Eventually her best friend gives her a FullNameUltimatum and reveals it to be [[spoiler:Mellifluous]].
* The protagonist from ''Literature/AnnaDressedInBlood'' is "Theseus Cassio Lowood"--a name that came from his father's love of Greek Mythology and his mother's love of Shakespeare. He insists people call him "Cas".
* Theodor Fontane's ''Literature/DerStechlin'' has two examples.
** Dubslav von Stechlin, the main character, hates his first name because it is a name atypical of Brandenburg (the province of Prussia in which he lives) and typical of the neighbouring province of Pomerania.
** Czech supporting character Nils Wrschowitz dislikes his first name partly because it is Northern Germanic and does not fit with his Slavic surname, but more importantly because his father named him after the 19th century Danish composer Nils Gade, whom he, as a very pronounced Wagnerian, has come to detest. Wrschowitz thus went to the effort of earning a doctorate in music so that he could print "Dr. Wrschowitz" on his calling-cards without the embarrassing first name. In the novel he is shown so touchy about his first name that people are advised not to mention anything or anybody Scandinavian in his presence as he will suspect you of obliquely reminding him of his Danish first name!
* Melvin O'Neal, better known as Boots, from Gordon Korman's ''MacdonaldHall'' series.
* The title character of ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' thinks his first name is pompous and ludicrous, and nicknames just make it worse. He uses simply "H." as a signature on personal correspondence.
* Security Officer V. Stelmach from ''Deathstalker''. Much speculation on behalf of [[AwesomeMcCoolName Captain John Silence and Investigator Frost]] as to what the V Stands for. Turns out it stands for "Valiant," and he's somewhat ashamed that he hasn't lived up to his name, ending up only a Security Officer (rather like a political officer.) His similarly-named siblings have all made much greater strides towards living up to their names than he has.
* It's a mild example, but Mr. London from ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' gets annoyed when his students call him Bob. One of his students, upon discovering this, introduces him to people by saying they should call him that.
* In ''Literature/TheYearOfTheRat'' two of the characters' faithful cows are named no less than Disease and Death, because they took part in a half-ritual carnival involving the banishment of disease and death.
* {{Literature/Idlewild}}: Doom the vampire. Aloysius Doom.
* The Duchess of Abrantès devotes a long paragraph of her ''Mémoires'' to saying how she thinks her husband's first name (Andoche, a very rare Burgundian first name) was ridiculous and didn't even rhyme with anything besides ''brioche''. She makes a point of only calling him by his last name afterwards.
* Stacey of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' doesn't reveal her real first name (Anastasia) to the rest of the club until Book 13. Whenever it's mentioned thereafter, its either because [[FullNameUltimatum she's in trouble]] or [[HilarityEnsues as a source of hilarity.]]
* In ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'', Ishmael blames his social awkwardness and various misfortunes on his first name, diagnosing himself with ‘Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome’. When he gains confidence later in the series his name becomes much less of a problem for him.
* Case from ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series only goes by his last name, thanks to his mother's penchant for naming all her children after flowers - girls ''and'' boys.
--> My name is Case. Philodendron Case. Thanks to my Ma. [...] A girl named Iris or Rose, what the hell, hey? But I got a brother named Violet and another brother named Petunia. What kind of people do that do their kids?
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', while the people themselves don't seem to mind, Katniss notes that a lot of District 1's denizens ''should'' be embarrassed by their names, the likes of which include Glimmer, Marvel, Cashmere, and Gloss. This doubles as HypocriticalHumor, given District 12 has some bizarre name, such as [[PunnyName Peeta]] the baker. Pita bread? Then there's the likes of Beetee and Wiress in District 3. Plus a tribute named Woof in ''Catching Fire''.
* This is the plot of children's book ''Chrysanthemum''. The titular character loved her name until she began school. The other kids [[KidsAreCruel began teasing her]] for having a long name and being named after a flower. Eventually Chrysanthemum learns to like her name again when her teacher reveals her name is "Delphinium" and she wants to name her child "Chrysanthemum" if they're a girl.
* Jube Stump in the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' installment ''Mattimeo''; "Glad you like it. I don't." It's short for Jubilation, his father's response when Jube was born after they already had ten girls. The previous book has Brother Alf becoming Abbot and having to reveal that his full name is Mordalfus.
* ''Literature/BlackWidowers'': The solution to "The Fourth Homonym" hinges on the real name of the dying man's eldest son, Frank. His given names are B. Franklin. The Widowers assume that the B stands for Benjamin, until Henry points out that he would no reason to be embarrassed by the name Benjamin, or not to use Ben as a nickname. His father was fascinated by Roman history and his eldest son's first name as actually Brutus.
* Red, one of the titular protagonists of ''Literature/HopeAndRed'', was named Rixidenteron by his artistic mother. Years later, making his way as a thief in the slums of Paradise Circle, he sticks to "Red" to hide his privileged background.
* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', the vampire Veruca's name means "wart". Her nickname, "Froggy", is no better.
* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': "Arcie" comes from "R. C.", for Reinhart Corallis, much to Arcie's embarrassment when it's revealed near the end.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Cam considers "Camilla" to be one. Merik initially assumes that's because she doesn't want anyone to know [[SweetPollyOliver she's a girl]], [[spoiler:but it turns out it's because Cam's transgender and doesn't want to be referred to by a very traditional female name.]]
* Nick of ''Literature/GoneGirl'''s full name is actually Lance Nicholas Dunne. He's gone by "Nick" ever since he was a kid since he thinks the name "Lance" makes him seem like even more of a punchable douchebag than his face already does.
* In ''Literature/TerraIgnota'',Mycroft comments early on that while his own first name used to be one of the most common (presumably due to Sherlock Holmes fans), his past conduct made it so that it lost popularity and people named Mycroft are inclined to go by other names in public, like Mycroft Guildbreaker going by Martin Guildbreaker instead. Once the reader learns that Mycroft's [[spoiler:a serial killer]], this makes a lot of sense.

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Stretch Snodgrass' real name is "Fabian".
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lorne's full name is "Krevlornswath" in his native dimension, and even he isn't too fond of the shortened nickname. (He has green skin, which apparently made some people think of Creator/LorneGreene.)
* ''Series/ICarly'': "Fredward" Benson. No wonder he goes by "Freddy".
* Bill [=McNeal=] from ''Series/NewsRadio'' was actually Evelyn William [=McNeal=].
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':
** Late in the show's run, Vera reveals that Norm's first name is Hillary; not only did the name ''sound'' embarrassing, he was named after his grandfather who "once killed a man for laughing at him". (When Cliff asks him if that story about his grandfather is true, Norm replies, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident "Not exactly – he was a surgeon and he sort of botched an operation."]])
** Carla's boyfriend Eddie's real name is Guy. Pronounced "Ghee."
** In one episode Carla's mother insists that Carla follow the family tradition of naming one of her sons after her (Carla's) father with her mother's maiden as the middle name. Problem: [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Carla's father's name was Benito and her mother's maiden name was Mussolini]]. In the end her son Gino agrees to change his name legally, while keeping Gino as a nickname.
* ''Series/NightCourt'':
** In one episode, Dan Fielding reveals that his real name is Reinhold (the creator of the show was Reinhold Weege.) Also, Fielding is actually his middle name; his real last name is Elmore. (The guy who tells everyone this in the episode also mentions that Dan played the accordion as a child. The guy ''really'' didn't like him.)
** When Mac and Quon Li's daughter is born, she wants to name her after the storybook horse Flicka. They make it her middle name after Renee.
* ''Series/MacGyver'' always seemed embarrassed by his first name. Even former lovers only ever called him "[=MacGyver=]" (his grandfather called him "bud"). In one of the show's final episodes, his first name was revealed to be [[spoiler:"Angus"]], which isn't really all that embarrassing. His embarrassment was probably based on the name originally scripted for him, which was "Stacey".
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Kramer infamously went several seasons before finally revealing his first name was Cosmo.
** Also, Elaine dates a man who shared his name with serial killer Joel Rifkin. After one too many embarrassing moments, he opts to change it. This leads to his breakup with Elaine as neither likes the other's choices for a new first name.
* One episode of ''KidsIncorporated'' revealed that the character who had previously been known only as "The Kid" was embarrassed by his traditional African first name, Ras'san (Also the actor's first name; with two or three exceptions, every character on the show was TheDanza). After a VerySpecialEpisode taught him not to be ashamed of his heritage, everyone started calling him Ras'san. Right up to the end of the episode, after which it was [[SnapBack never mentioned again]]. The guy left the show shortly afterwards.
* Fox Mulder of ''Series/TheXFiles'' once told Scully that he made his parents call him Mulder. Interestingly, his middle name is the perfectly normal William. When his parents actually show up, though, they call him Fox -- in fact pretty much everyone but Scully and the Lone Gunmen calls him Fox occasionally, and he never seems to have a problem with it.
* Doctor [=McKay=] of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' prefers to be addressed by his middle name, Rodney, because his first name is Meredith. Strangely his teammates don't know it; you'd expect that it would've been in his file, unless he had it legally changed. Good luck getting his sister to stop calling him that, though. An AlternateUniverse [=McKay=] goes a step further and prefers to be called Rod. Then again alternate-[=McKay=] is so damn awesome that maybe he goes by Meredith but his reputation precedes him enough for everyone to call him Rod, if you know what I mean. The [=McKay=] from the main timeline laments that he could never get anyone to call him "Rod."
* Jesse's real first name on ''Series/FullHouse'' was Hermes. He had it changed in Kindergarten.
* In one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' a male stripper who calls himself Raul admits to Al that his actual name is "Wilbur" when he returns Marcy's wedding ring (after she lost it while tipping him).
* One of the murder victims in ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' is called Kabuko which means "child of turnip".
* ''Series/InspectorMorse'''s first name was not revealed for some time on the show, because he was embarrassed about it. Even lovers only called him "Morse". His first name was eventually revealed to be Endeavour. This practice has a history with him: one of his college friends from Oxford reveals that his nickname all through school was "Pagan", because he refused to give his Christian name.
** Series 3 pathologist Grayling Russell also fits the trope.
* Boycie in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' is actually named Aubrey Boyce. Even his wife calls him Boycie.
* There's an episode of ''Series/TheWonderYears'' in which one of the characters is challenged to find out the name of the school psycho. Eventually he discovers the guy's name is Florence. Hence the craziness.
* Dr. Cox of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has the first name Perry. This isn't notable (and probably not said) until you know that he hates apparently 'gay' names like Quinn or, well, Perry.
** His first name is actually revealed to be Percival, for which Perry is short.
** Gay Perry? Does that remind anybody of [[Film/KissKissBangBang anything?]]
** And in the most recent season, Perry's full name is revealed to be Percival Ulysses Cox.
* Uncle Phil from ''Series/MadAboutYou'' thought he was dying and made the Buchmans promise to name their first son after him. He then revealed that his real first name was "Deuteronomy". He didn't hold them to their promise.
** When his "dying" proved to be a false alarm, he revealed that his reasoning was sound if a little odd-Deuteronomy is such an unusual name that there would never be any of the confusion in child identification that so plagues the parents who were foolish enough to name their child "Joe".
*** Later they ended up naming their daughter Mabel, which it could be argued was a lateral move at best.
* ''Series/DueSouth'''s second Ray goes by his middle name; his name is actually Stanley Kowalski. His father "had a thing for Marlon Brando." The themed naming is exacerbated by an ex-wife named Stella.
* In one episode of ''Series/LifeSupport'', the character Penne finally gets her revenge on her parents for giving her an awful name by sending them to Germany and getting them arrested under its strict child-naming legislation.
* On the show ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Mr. Feeny reveals Cory's real name in the series finale.
--> '''Mr. Feeny''': So, Mr. Matthews...
--> '''Cory''': You think we've known each other long enough for you to call me Cory?
--> '''Mr. Feeny''': I think we've known each other long enough for me to call you Cornelius.
--> '''Cory''': Ssh! Mr. Feeny, come on! Not even Topanga knows that!
** Another episode showed Feeny knowing the real name of professional wrestler Vader as Leslie (Although it's actually Leon in RealLife...) Amy Matthews also refers to him as Francis at one point, and he doesn't correct her.
** And, of course, there's Topanga, who's middle name is so embarrassing she won't reveal it.
* Myron Lawrence Finkelstein fron ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', who usually goes by his middle name.
* Adam Klaus in ''Series/JonathanCreek'' turns out to be using a stage name when his older sister Kitty arrives and refers to him exclusively as Chester, not a name with much credibility for a stage illusionist. (Kitty's Scottish accent throws suspicions on Adam's supposed American-ness as well.)
* Andy (a girl) in ''Series/{{Kyle XY}}'', who lets everyone believe that her name is short for Andrea... it's actually short for Andromeda.
* Lt. Provenza of ''Series/TheCloser'' has yet to reveal his first name. ("What's your first name?" "Lieutenant.")
** An affadavit later shows his full name as "Louie M. Provenza."
** Peter Falk gave the same answer when asked what Columbo's first name was. (A close-up of a badge seen in the second episode reveals it to be "Frank," though this wasn't clear until the show came out on DVD.)
* ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'': Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone, or "Patsy" for short.
* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'' Chandler's first name is considered embarrassing, though not so embarrassing that he doesn't use it. In one episode, they name one of Phoebe's brother's triplets after him:
-->'''Chandler''': So uh, now that little Chandler turned out to be a girl, what are they gonna name her?\\
'''Phoebe''': They're gonna call her Chandler.\\
'''Chandler''': That's kind of a masculine name, don't you think?\\
'''Phoebe''': Works on you.
** He also has an embarrassing last name:
-->'''Chandler''': From now on, I have no first name.\\
'''Joey''': So - you're just Bing?\\
'''Chandler''': I have no name.
** Not to mention his [[EmbarrassingMiddleName middle name]]. In short, the reason Chandler uses his first name is because it's the least embarrassing of his embarrassing names.
-->'''Ross:''' "Chandler Muriel Bing. Boy, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?"
** As per the quote at the top of the page, Ross and Rachel discuss the name of their as-of-yet unborn child. They agree beforehand that if the other person doesn't like the name, for whatever reason, they can call "veto" on it. The argument goes on for long enough that eventually Phoebe pipes up with "Is it just me, or is 'Vito' starting to sound ''really'' good?"
* On ''Series/ThePretender'', DarkActionGirl Miss Parker once threatened to shoot someone who was about to reveal her first name (hardly an empty threat). Her first name is unknown to this day, though it might be [[spoiler:Angel]].
* ''Series/GetSmart'''s Chief unwillingly reveals his first name, Thaddeus, under oath.
** Also, Hymie the robot.
--> '''Maxwell Smart:''' ''Hymie?''
--> '''Hymie:''' My father's name was Hymie.
* On ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', Mike and Susan name their son Maynard, after Mike's deceased grandfather. Susan's not happy about this and would have preferred Connor, afraid for what her poor son will have to suffer through in school. They compromise by calling him MJ (the 'J' standing for "James", the name of Mike's ''other'' grandfather).
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' - Archie's given name is Archibald Bunker.
* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' Geraldine Granger's actual first name is revealed to be Boadecea, although this is inconsistent with the later revelation that her name is actually Geraldine Julie Andrews Dick Van Dyke Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Chim Chiminey Chim Chiminey Chim Chim Cher-ee Granger.
* Doc Cochran from ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' has the first name of Amos. He won't allow Merrick to print it in the vaccine announcement.
* Beulah Lisa Wilkes, Will's once-fiancee on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
* In ''Series/TheNanny'', C.C. Babcock's real name is Chastity Claire.
* Dr. Leslie Arzt from ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
--> '''Hurley''': I think Leslie's a bitchin' name.
* ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' has Waldo Brooks -- known as "Dustin" to his friends.
* Cappie from ''Series/{{GREEK}}''. We know that his real first name is embarrassing for a long time before we learn what it actually ''is''; eventually it's revealed that [[spoiler:his full name is Captain John Paul Jones, thus making Captain his first name.]]
* It's hard to tell if the real name of The Kid in the cowboy drama ''The Young Riders'' is embarrassing, but we can assume so, given the lengths he goes to to conceal it. After he whispers it to his friend, Teaspoon, who's officiating at his wedding to another of the Riders, Lou (Louise), Teaspoon looks perplexed and aghast before deciding just to go with Kid instead. Must have been bad!
* Sully in ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' [[LastNameBasis goes by his last name all the time.]] His first name is Byron. Even his dead wife, in her sole appearance in Mike's dream, calls him Sully, although that may be a reflection of how Mike thinks of him.
* Most of the characters from ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''. Mr. Humphries's full name is "Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries". Mr. Harman's first name is "Beverly". Mr. Rumbold's first name is "Cuthbert". Mr. Lucas's first name is "Dick", which everyone else seems to find hysterical.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harmon Rabb, known as Harm to his friends. Also Albert Jethro Chegwidden.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[MeaningfulName Dorothy Gale]] [=McShane=] prefers going by 'Ace,' possibly because she doesn't think an ActionGirl should be called Dorothy.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has fearless transport pilot Hoban. Hoban Washburne, that is, better known as "Wash". As he explains in the ''Serenity'' novelization, "Why would anyone call themselves Hoban?" The trope is notably averted by Jayne, who seems manly enough to pull off a name that sounds exactly like "Jane."
-->'''River:''' Jayne is a girl's name.
-->'''Jayne:''' Well, Jayne ain't a girl! If she starts in on that girl's name thing, I'll show her good and all I got man parts.
-->'''Simon:''' I'm trying to think of a way for you to be cruder. I just... It's not coming.
* William Andrew Phillip Bodie, in ''Series/TheProfessionals'' only ever went by the name "Bodie".
* In ''Series/MrBelvedere'', the title character's first name is [[spoiler:Lynn]].
* In ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'', Detective Inspector Frost is known to all and sundry by the obvious nickname of Jack, despite his real name being the normal-sounding William. He prefers it that way.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': "And then I thought of the best baby name ever: ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Drizzle.]]''" Jackie Daniels was also in the running.
** To be clear, they don't actually end up naming the baby Drizzle; they name her Beth.
** Later on in the series, Quinn's first name is revealed to be Lucy.
* Baby Sinclair of ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' is named 'Ah Ah I'm Dying You Idiot' by the Great Elder just before he drops dead. The new Elder decides that 'Baby' is a much better name.
* In the Korean drama series ''Series/MyLovelySamSoon'', a major part of the series is devoted to Kim Sam-soon's embarrassment about the name "Sam-soon", which roughly means "Third daughter".
** Sam-soon isn't weird because of its meaning. In Korean the meaning of a name doesn't really matter in Korean. Any name with either 'Sam' or 'Soon,' is considered either embarrassing or old-fashion.
** Samsoon can also mean 'thirty years,' and the character Kim Samsoon is thirty years old.
* Samantha Spade acknowledged in ''Series/WithoutATrace'' that her mother named her after the ''Maltese Falcon'' character.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' D.B. Russell-one word: Diebenkorn.
* Series/PunkyBrewster's actual first name was Penelope. When the bailiff in the debut story arc "Punky Gets A Home" announces it in a custody trial, she interrupts and insists on being announced as Punky.
* From ''Series/TeenWolf'', we don't actually know Stiles' real first name, but his lacrosse coach knows, and he's sure that it constitutes child abuse. ('Stiles' derives from his last name, Stilinski.)
* Leonard Hofstadter from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' once revealed he hates his first name, because the last syllable sounds like [[{{Nerd}} "nerd"]]. To make things worse, his [[EmbarrassingMiddleName middle name is Leakey]] (after Louis Leakey, the famous anthropologist his father used to work with and has nothing to do with his history of bed-wetting).
** Also, Sheldon's father apparently thought this about Sheldon.
-->'''Sheldon (re-telling a fight between his parents):''' "Stop yelling! You're making Sheldon cry!" - "I'll tell you what's making Sheldon cry: that I let you name him Sheldon!"
* Spike in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' tries to avoid mentioning his real name if he can help it. Though Parker calls him by it when he gets cocky. It's Michelangelo.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Enoch Thompson is called "Nucky" by everyone. In the first episode, when a woman says that she would like to name her unborn child after him, he responds: "Enoch? You couldn't possibly be that cruel."
* The Conners' old friend Ziggy on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' was named Norbert. Even worse, his mom used to call him Norby.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Det. Frost's first name is Barold. He normally goes by Barry.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': ''Herschel'' Larritate? ''Seriously''?
* ''Series/LabRats'': Principal Perry's first name is Terry (nickname for Teresa), noting that she is female.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'': PJ's first name is Potty John. That's why he only goes by PJ.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'': Rick Wright refuses to go by his real first name of Orville in the present day, as in the show's very first episode, Magnum has to threaten to reveal it to all of Hawaii to get Rick to cooperate with him. However, this was not always the case: flashbacks show that he answered to it without any problems while serving in Vietnam.
* In ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', a visiting ex-girlfriend greets Slater as "Albert Clifford." When his friends repeat the name incredulously, he grimaces and says, "That's why I shortened it to 'A.C.'"
* The show ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has Crowley...whose real name is Fergus Roderick Macleod. He hates this name, especially because his demon minions make fun of him behind his back and call him Lucky the Leprechaun, which, as Bobby points out, is stupid because his name is SCOTTISH, not Irish.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Lab rat Angela Montenegro went for almost ten years without revealing that her ''actual'' name is [[spoiler: Pookie Noodlin]], given to her by her [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents father]].
* In the ''Series/GameShakers'' episode "Shark Explosion", it is revealed by Trip's mother that his first name is Grover. He is visibly embarrassed when his mother calls him that.
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': Colonel T.C. McQueen never goes by any other name than "Colonel" or "Sir", to cover up the fact that T.C. stands for Tyrus Cassius.
* ''Series/ANZACGirls'' has Pat Dooley, whose first name is, of all things, "Norval". Those who are on a FirstNameBasis with him invariably call him Pat, and understandably so.
* ''Series/Chelmsford123'': Badvoc's twin brother reveals that's just a nickname and [[DeadpanSnarker Mungo]] deduces, after it's revealed all of the former's siblings were named after herbs, that Badvoc's real first name is "Rosemary".
* ''Saved by the Bell: The New Class'': In one episode, Eric Little's first name is revealed to be Cornelius.

* The 'Boy named Sue' from the song of the same name (written by Creator/ShelSilverstein and CoveredUp by Music/JohnnyCash). Of course, it's stated to have just made him into a badass, by making him get mad and fight everyone who called him that. And trying to kill his dad for naming him that.
--> '''Sue:''' [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion And if I ever have a son, I'm goinna name him... Bill! Or George! Anything but "Sue"! I still hate that name!]]
* In "Queer Bungle Rye" a sailor on shore leave met with a "damsel who skipped up and down," who pawned a child off on him under the pretense that it was bootleg liquor. He decided to christen the kid for some reason and gave it the song title as its first name.
-->Says the parson to Jack "That's a mighty queer name"\\
"I'll be damned then" says Jack "at the queer way he came\\
Smuggled up in a basket and sold on the sly\\
And the name that he'll go by is Queer Bungle Rye-Raddy-Rye"

* In ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', Sky Masterson's real first name is Obadiah.
* In ''Theatre/MotherCourageAndHerChildren'' by Creator/BertoltBrecht, the younger son of the protagonist is named Schweizerkas - ''Swiss cheese''. Makes you seriously wonder WTH she was thinking.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'':
** "Beat"'s true first name, "Daisukenojo", is so stupid, Neku wasn't even able to recognize it as a name when he first heard it (he thought 777 was cursing at Beat). What's especially painful for him is that it's just a more sucky version of the perfectly nice Japanese name "Daisuke". Had his parents just held back the last two kana, they would have saved him a lot of suffering.
** Resident ManipulativeBastard Mr. Kitaniji counts as well. His first name is Megumi, which is a unisex name, but it's more typically used as a girl's name than as a boy's. The manga based upon the game goes further, implying that the childhood trauma of being teased for having a girl's name was one of the driving reason behind Kitaniji's ultimate goal.
-->'''Konishi''': "But I thought you hated your name due to getting picked on about it sounding feminine?"
-->'''Kitaniji''': "Konishi! Salt. Wounds. Stop."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' there's an NPC soldier who uses the code name "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Captain Gallows]]". No one in the Brotherhood of Steel (not even in the [[TheSquad Lyon's Pride]] ) [[TheQuietOne knows his real name]], to the point where there's a [[Film/SavingPrivateRyan large betting pool for whoever finds the name]]. If the player has a high enough speech skill then they can convince him to reveal that his real name is [[spoiler: Irving]].
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC ''Honest Hearts'', if you ask Joshua Graham on the origins of Caesar's Legion he'll mention Caesar's real name: Edward.
* Nagisa (a male cop) from ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3'' gets teased by Tracy for his [[GenderBlenderName girly first name]], and he hates it.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', your final partner is a Lakitu who prefers to be called "Spike", but is really named Lakilester.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam]]'', slow-witted skating burnout Crash's real name is Gaylord Ootbagh. Ouch.
* In ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'', the main male character is named Saki which is a feminine first name. It doesn't help that his styled hair makes him look like a [[ViewerGenderConfusion girl]].
* The main protagonist of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is named [[GirlsLove Yuri]] Lowell. Yes, it's a Russian name (roughly the equivalent of "George"), but still...
** Many gamers and anime fans are probably familiar with Yuri Lowenthal, and if not that, then Yuri from LightNovel/DirtyPair would also have desensitized them to the name.
** And for a certain group, there's [[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Yuri Hyuga]]. His mother was [[spoiler:passing as]] Russian.
* The FinalBoss of the {{SNK}} {{crossover}} fighting game ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum'' is named Goodman. Yes, Goodman. Doesn't that just strike fear into the hearts of men?
** The male lead is named Yuki, as well. For the record, that is pretty much exclusively feminine.
** This is coming from SNK, which named one of the most difficult bosses in video gaming... [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese]]. After a while, you forget how weird it sounds.
* [[TheEmperor Emperor]] Tachyon, the BigBad from ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction''.
-->'''Ratchet''': Your name is ''Percival''?!
* While it's never really touched on in either the games or [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] (probably because it wasn't an issue in the original Japanese), the male Magma Admin in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''[=/=]''Emerald'' has the decidedly feminine name "Tabitha". Similarly, the manga-only Aqua Admin (both Team Magma and Team Aqua have two male admins in the manga as opposed to the one in the games and anime) is named "Amber".
* Otacon from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' prefers to be addressed by his nickname, as he claims to dislike his actual name, "Hal". Somehow being named after the supercomputer from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' is more embarrassing than choosing the abbreviation for "{{Otaku}} Convention" as your nickname. Go figure.
** Ironically, as soon as he becomes romantically attracted to Naomi Hunter in [=MGS4,=] he insists that she call him Hal. Which she does.
*** This becomes a huge TearJerker when [[spoiler: she later dies and then afterwards post-humously leaves an encoded message in which she rather lovingly addresses him and says her final good-byes.]]
* Pecker the monkaw from ''JakAndDaxter''. He blames it on the fact that his mother was "very vindictive." You gotta wonder what Pecker did as a baby to make his mother name him ''that''.
** He probably had a [[IncrediblyLamePun dickish]] personality
* Samantha "Sam" Pearce of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' hates being called "Samantha."
* Hisui Hearts of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'', whose name is a girl's in Japanese and translates to the equally feminine "Jade". For some reason, Hisui himself is only called out on this passingly (in a sidequest where the revelation of his name tears down a badass bruiser image he'd built), and his predecessor Jade Curtiss in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' not at all.
* Boo Hooly in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime''.
* ''VideoGame/HaloWars''' title screen text scroll claims:
--> Nobody knows the Arbiter's given name is 'Shirley'[[note]]In case you're wondering, it's actually Ripa 'Moramee[[/note]].
* In, ''VideoGame/LANoire'', your partner during the Homicide cases is Rusty Galloway, and hates being called by his real first name, Finbarr.
--> "I don't care if you were knocked a bit loopy, you ''don't'' call me 'Finbarr.'"
* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/ShootManyRobots'' is named ''Pickles'' Walter Tugnutt, but he just goes by his middle name.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Jacob Taylor (assuming he survived the second game) is starting a family. Since you saved their lives, his girlfriend wants to name the baby after you. The problem is, your first name is [[HelloInsertNameHere player chosen]], so the baby's name would end up as Shepard Taylor.
-->'''Shepard:''' Um...thanks?
-->'''Jacob:''' I'm gonna talk her out of it. No offense.
** According to the ''Mass Effect'' Datapad App, the poor kid's name ended up being even worse since Brynn instead opted to name her after Admiral Hackett. Hopefully Jacob was able to talk her out of naming their daughter Hackett Taylor.
** Since Shepard's first name is player-chosen, and thus never spoken by any of the cast, the player could invoke this trope by giving their Shepard a truly embarrassing first name (and given the senses of humor of most gamers, it's probably happened more often than not.)
* The player character in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' usually goes by his last name Trent, as opposed to Edison. When he's introduced by his full name, he's quick to assert "It's just Trent."
* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', gunman Jack Hamilton decided to change his name after leaving the Teru Tribe. His real name? Harmonica.
* The full name of the title character in ''Jolly Rover'' is Gaius James Rover. He automatically starts to introduce himself that way on his first meeting with a pirate captain, but quickly "corrects" it to simply James Rover.
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster: Cinderella Girls'' has Arisu Tachibana, who despises her western-inspired name and insists people simply call her Tachibana. If the player gets her RelationshipValues high enough, she allows the Producer to drop the LastNameBasis.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': [[spoiler: Balthier's]] true name is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler: Ffamran mied Bunansa]]. It's not clear whether [[spoiler: he]] considers it embarrassing because [[spoiler: he hates his father]] or because the name itself simply sounds stupid even in a fantasy world where the likes of Penelo and Vaan are real names.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Susan's full name is Tiffany Susan Pompoms, in contrast to her serious personality.
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', Trudy Trueheart's original name (She had it legally changed) is Moonbeam Gertrude Glowerhausen. (Hippie parents, y'see.) Anyone who learned this information would not live long enough to share it.
* Roast Beef of ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' was initially believed to be a girl when he was born, so his parents gave him the name of [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=12022002 Cassandra]]. No wonder he became TheWoobie.
* From ''WebComic/GunnerkriggCourt'', [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=387 George Parley]]. It's embarrassing [[GenderBlenderName because she's a girl]]. Her father was a famous psychic who filled out the birth certificate before she was even born and got everything right except the gender, but they found the whole thing so funny that they didn't bother to change it.
* Fox Maharassa in ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' is actually named Kailen. This is also his BerserkButton, as demonstrated [[http://boymeetsboy.keenspot.com/d/20020608.html here]].
* In a ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=376 strip]], it is revealed Raven's first name is Blodwyn (her parents are Welsh), prompting amused reactions.
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' doesn't really hide his first name, but he still tries to confuse anyone who'd ask him by concealing it in a hurricane of nicknames. And of course, calling him Dick is just asking for being fwooshed.
* Riffington (a.k.a Riff) from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* ''Webcomic/AnotherGamingComic'' brings us "Joe Chaos", whose actual name is Irving. Not so bad. Then we have Dang, whose name eventually turns out to be [[spoiler: Davros]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freakangels}}'', KK's real name is Kolfinnia Kokokoho. Considering that Kolfinnia means winter in some Norse language and Kokokoho means Night Owl in Japanese, it's actually a well intended name. Of course, that dosen't stop KK from being extremely angry at anyone who calls her that.
* Darklight from ''Webcomic/TheHeroesOfMiddlecenter'' uses Darklight to cover up her real name, which is... Daffodil.
* Blossom from ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' has the first name of Petronilla. While she doesn't go out of her way to keep it a secret she prefers that it's only known as an initial. There is also [[spoiler: Clarence]] Gage.
* Marion Mighty from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' used to go by [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1991184/yes-youre-not/ "Marko"]]. These days, his wife just calls him [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990787/hack-writing/ "Em"]].
* Although Kestrel from ''WebComic/QueenOfWands'' isn't ashamed of her name, [[http://www.queenofwands.net/d/20060709.html twelve years of public school]] convince her not to let her friends name their daughter after her.
* Ash Upton of ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' whose real first name was [[GenderBlenderName Ashley]] even before the titular Misfile turned him into a girl.
** Somewhat justified... "Ashley" used to be a masculine name before it was predominantly feminized late in the 20th century.
* The eponymous Hanna of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' [[AvertedTrope doesn't seem to be embarrassed at all]] by [[GenderBlenderName his name]], but the question of why he wouldn't go by his middle name to avoid confusion is answered when his full name is revealed to be Hanna ''[[EmbarrassingMiddleName Falk]]'' Cross.
* The protagonist of ''Webcomic/{{Nuzlocke Comics}}'' simply goes by "Ruby". It's not until he receives a letter in the middle of the Pokémon White playthrough that you learn his first name is [[spoiler:''Ruberto'']].
* In ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'', the evil fire god's name is Fred. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with the heros saying, "Wow, worst villain name ever!"
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'':
** Dr. Jeremiah Cook despises his first name, largely because his mother gave it to him and he doesn't like her very much.
** Tessa's adoptive parents named her "Angel" (ironically); she had it changed when she was an angsty teenager.
* Nathan from ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' almost never goes by his real name for reasons the comic hasn't gone into much detail about. Most people call him, "NJ" (which he once said stood for "[[GratuitousNinja NinJa]]"). Aerynn calls him, "Nate," since she had discovered ''that'' to be his real name (his official bio also lists it as such), but he doesn't like being called that either.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Educomix}}'', Headmaster Poppington's first name is [[spoiler:Dooby]], and Spikeclops' first name is [[spoiler:Spikeclopstopher]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Dicebox}}'': Molly's first (and legal) name is Benecia. The cost of not responding to it is that she has to wait twice as long in the course of official things such as reregistering to be a citizen, because she has to go back and put her name on the list again. For a routine interview consisting of ''five questions''.
* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'': Devils are bound by giving them a mask and a name; the more names, the weaker the devil. After Allison wins a drinking game against an extremely powerful ebon devil, he breaks their deal and becomes an unbound devil. She grabs a nearby mask and starts to bind him. But since she's still very very drunk, she ends up naming him Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire. [[GenderBender She also turns him female in the process]].
-->'''Princess:''' Wait... ''that's'' my name? Seriously? [-oh my goooooood-]


[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Roleplay/LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' Sailor Evil's full name is Griselda Ethylene Evil & she didn't want to be known as Sailor Griselda.
* Anaesthesia "Anna" Grout from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. Arguably [[SweetPollyOliver Dacey Ashcroft]], although replace embarrassing with 'too feminine'.
** V4 character Yelizaveta 'Bounce' Volkova, even though that's just the roughly corresponding Russian name for Elizabeth.
* ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has Andrea Treschi. It's a guy, but he's not too concerned about the name. On the other hand, there's Corporal Tess. Corporal ''Reichenspurger'' Tess, whose parents moved from a planet that followed the Asian custom of "family name first" to one that followed the Western custom of "family name last". The bureaucrat processing their paperwork screwed hers up, so she just has everyone call her by her "last" name.
* The full name of Dr. Poque, the BigBad of ''WebVideo/{{Mega64}}'', is "Dr. [[spoiler:Diarrhea]] Poque", as revealed at the end of episode 4 of season 2. Derek and Rocko find out much earlier on in the first season's second episode, though the name wasn't actually revealed then. Rocko does comment that it sounds like "some kind of butt disease," however.
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Yami Bakura's real name is Florence. He hates his name, and it's one reason why he's evil. In one of the Evil Council videos, he has a dream where some of his greatest wishes come true: among them, Florence being voted one of the manliest names ever. (This is the result of 'AscendedFanon', as Bakura only mentioned that his parents '''wanted''' to call him 'Florence,' but the fans just latched onto it.)
* Joe Hokage in ''Webvideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow''. Ordinary compared to other examples on this page, but he still gets mocked for it ("Joekage").
* ChronicleOfTheAnnoyingQuest has Voliostromort Guy. He ''hates'' his first name, so only goes by his surname. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Voliostromort sounds like a great name for a warlock.]]
* According to ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob's EmbarrassingFirstName is Bradakin. This is a portmanteau of [[Creator/BradJones Snob's actor's]] first name, Brad, and [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker]], to continue the spoof of the Star Wars movies his character centered on.
** On the other hand, while everyone else thinks [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl's]] first name is embarrassing (it's Ferdinand), Terl himself is quite proud of it.
** According to AtopTheFourthWall TheMovie, 90's Kid's real name is [[GenderBlenderName Evelyn]].
* Subverted with 'Doobs', Amir's rival from ''WebVideo/JakeAndAmir''. His full name is Penis Anthony Dubligné, but neither he nor Amir see his first name as embarrassing, which baffles Jake.
-->'''Jake:''' 'Doobs'?
-->'''Doobs:''' My ''name'' is Penis Anthony Dubligné.
-->'''Jake:''' And the nickname you gave him to make fun of him was 'Doobs'?
-->'''Amir:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Pretty funny, right? It's like his last name, but shorter.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' only the InUniverse press refers to Butters Stotch as "Leopold".
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Plankton's first name was revealed to be Sheldon in the episode "Plankton's Army". Karen mocks him mercilessly once she learns this.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the episode "Operation: S.L.U.M.B.E.R." revealed that Numbuh 86's real name was Fanny. Cue butt jokes. The jokes would have been considerably worse if she'd lived in the UK... which, judging fom her Scottish accent, she probably has.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Muriel is kidnapped and forced to make kilts for a gnome-like man. Eventually, Courage discovers that the guy hates both his first ''and'' last names: Rumpled Kiltskin. When Muriel finds out about this, she suggests he legally change his name, suggesting "Rumplestiltskin". The guy actually thinks that's a good idea, and suggests the two become business partners.[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It Makes Sense in Context, seriously, as much as the show does in general...]]
* Dr. Drakken of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' was born Drew Theodore P. Lipsky, as if any one part of that wasn't bad enough on its own.
** Well, the middle name [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt can be pretty Badass]]...
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', the evil Duke Igthorn's secret first name was... Sigmund. Duke Sigi Igthorn.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Captain Hero's first name is Leslie.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': In the episode "A Boy Named Sue", Mandark revealed that his hippy-dippy parents had named him [[GenderBlenderName Susan]], much to his humiliation. The title of the episode is itself derived from the song written by Creator/ShelSilverstein and sung by Music/JohnnyCash, about a boy who wants to kill his father for naming him Sue. It doesn't help that when Dexter meets Mandark for the first time, he has long hair and wears a girly dress, and Dexter calls him a little girl, despite Mandark's insistence that he is a boy. And when Dexter asks him what his name is and Mandark gives an affirmative answer, Dexter starts laughing at him. This, apparently, is what sets their rivalry into motion. Though [[{{Retcon}} his introductory episode]] had him introduced as Ivan Astronomonov.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': Tomboy Spinelli's first name is Ashley. This embarrasses her mainly because her sworn enemies are a gang of girls called "The Ashleys".
** Other examples include ''Conrad'' "Connie" Mundy and ''Irwin'' Lawson. Like Spinelli, they also go by a LastNameBasis.
* Evil, ambitious MadScientist and high school principal ''Cinnamon'' J. Scudworth in ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. Yes, he is the primary antagonist of the series, and, yah, he's male.
* DrillSergeantNasty Emily Dickinson Jones in ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' is a subversion; while Dodgers finds it funny, Emily himself insists that the 25th-and-a-half century no longer has gender-specific names and genuinely has no problem with his mother naming him after her favorite poet.
* While it may have been a reasonable first name when the comic books were first written, the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' pokes fun at the fact that [[{{Shapeshifting}} Beast Boy]] has the first name... ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries,'' it's revealed that [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Pleakley]]'s first name is... [[GenderBlenderName Wendy.]] While he insists that it means "powerful warrior" on his planet, it still earns him lots of chuckles, and he refuses to go by it unless he has to.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb's Cliptastic Countdown'', we find Major Monogram's first name is Francis, much to the amusement of Dr. Doofenshmirtz (who isn't really one to talk, considering ''his'' first name is Heinz).
* Cartoon or comic, Will Vandom of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' can ''never'' escape her real name. In [[ComicBook/{{WITCH}} the comics]], it's "Wilhelmina" and in the first episode of the cartoon, it's revealed to be "Wilma". The comics made a recent example when Will flipped out over her relatives calling her baby brother (named William) "Will"... and then, they all started calling her "Wilhelmina" once they found out her real name, much to her displeasure.
* Although he had always had it since his first appearance in the games, ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' portrays Miles "Tails" Prower as "hating" his real name. In the episode in question, "Tails' New Home", not only does Sonic threaten to reveal that to everyone if he didn't bail, it also caused Sonic to realize he had been duped by Robotnik. [[note]]Sonic had thought they found Tails' missing parents and returned Tails to them. As he's remininsing, he realizes they called him "Tails", not "Miles".[[/note]]
* While he never expressed any dislike for his real name, Shaggy from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' almost never went by his real name of Norville Rogers... for some [[SarcasmMode incomprehensible]] reason.
* Skunky Beaumont from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' not only lost his [[TheGhost Ghost]] status after Disney took over, he also got a truly EmbarrassingFirstName, namely Walter.
** In fact, most characters in this show should feel more embarrassed about their names than about their [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation skin colors]], but probably the only other character to whom this applies would be Skeeter (a.k.a. Mosquito) Valentine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour'' uses this in a [[TheVillainSucksSong Villain Sucks Song]]:
-->"She steals and lies, and she's evil, bros, and her real name isn't Blaineley! It's ''Mildred!''"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', we have Buck Tuddrussel, whose first name is Beauregard, as revealed in "Kubla Khan't".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures,'' one of the few sure ways to [[BerserkButton get a rise out of]] perpetually cool Babs Bunny is to refer to her as "''Barbara-Anne''".
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'''s "Fractured Fairy Tales" has a segment about a young girl named Tussinelda Wolfenpinkle, "but she had such lovely gold curls that everybody called her Goldilocks, which was probably just as well."
** In "Son of Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}", the titular character goes through the same motions as his father. The princess admits defeat, but demands to know what his name is before she hands her child over. He realizes he doesn't know, and spends the rest of the short trying to find out. When he discovers his name is "Rumpelstiltskin", he's too embarrassed to go back and claim his prize.
* Twister from ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' hates it when people call him by his first name, Maurice.
* Milhouse Van Houten from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', named after [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Richard Milhous Nixon]]. It was the most unfortunate name Matt Groening could think of for a kid.
** In the episode where Lisa learns Italian, his middle name is revealed to be [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Mussolini]].
* The first name of school bully Jimbo Jones from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is revealed to be "Corky" in one episode. Another episode has Nelson calling him by the far less embarrassing and more justifiable "James." Wiki/ThatOtherWiki and a few other resources, however, show Jimbo's full name as "Conrad James Jones."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Family Appreciation Day", we find that Diamond Tiara's dad is [[{{Pun}} saddled]] with the name ''Filthy'' Rich. He prefers to be called just "Rich", obviously. His grandfather is named Stinking Rich.
* Binky from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' doesn't even remember his name as everyone calls him "Binky". When he learns it is [[spoiler:"Shelly"]] he hates it and spends the episode learning to appreciate it.
* Curly from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is Thaddeus Gammelthorpe.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Stoked}}'': Reef's real name is Leslie. He's not happy about it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Snot's real name is Schmueli. Not that Snot is such a good name either.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', Mike Mazinsky doesn't like to be called "Michelanne".
* In season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', panicky bodyguard Sargeant Hatred reluctantly reveals that his first name is Courtney, thanks to an old-fashioned mother. Despite being an EX-villain, accidentally growing breasts, and being highly emotional, "Hatred" suits him far better.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Dr. Blowhole's first name is Francis.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' the boys' SitcomArchNemesis Mr. Noodman's first name is Leslie.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', where the characters prepare for the impending [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]], a few of the Greasers take the opportunity to exchange emotional confessions. Cliff confesses that his name is short for "Clifford", and Lube follows suit by confessing that his real name is "Ignatius". After the latter confession, Cliff promptly [[MoodWhiplash kills the mood]] by laughing hysterically at Lube.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'', Francisco's real name is [[GenderBlenderName Francesca]] because his mother wanted a girl.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode "Hard Rock", Hard Rock's girlfriend Darla reveals that her boyfriend's real name is Booboo. The Biker Mice waste no time in making fun of him for it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'', the BigBadWolf's real name is "Aloysius," but he warns the title characters to never tell anyone when they find out. They promise him that to them, he'll always be "Big Bad."
* Fry's brother in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' is named Yancy, after his father and great-grandfather. During one episode, Fry finds a statue dedicated to [[DeadGuyJunior "Phillip J. Fry,"]] which Fry believes is due to Yancy taking his name after his disappearance, to replace his own embarrassing name. [[spoiler:The statue honors Yancy's son, named after his beloved uncle, who had gone missing when frozen.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Dipper Pines is only known by his nickname, because according to [[Literature/GravityFallsJournal3 the defictionalized Journal 3]] his real name is [[spoiler:Mason]]. Fortunately, Ford reassures him that it's a great name and he should keep it.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'': [[LastNameBasis Brutto]]'s first name is Francis. When an A.I. reveals this to the team, he threatens them if they make fun of it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', the Principal of Mixopolis Middle School has the first name of "Knave", as in the peasantry class. Mixadel was able to guess it purely out of ''insulting'' him with the term.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In the supplementary book "Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension", it's revealed that Flying Princess Pony Head's first name is Lilacia.