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Fan Nickname
aka: Fandom Nickname
A name given to a character by fan communities. It is sometimes possible to read an entire forum about a show and never see a direct reference to the character's scripted name. A natural result if the producers take too long in providing a character with an official name.

Sometimes fan communities give nicknames to entire groups of characters, if the series doesn't already give a name. Anime fans often use [Main Character]-tachi, or "the group associated with [Main Character]". Another option is -gumi, meaning [Main Character]'s (metaphorical) troop. These can also be applied in jest to Western fandoms: Harry-tachi, Frodo-gumi, etcetera.

Note that these aren't specifically limited to characters. Common sets, props, and special effects can also earn nicknames from the fans. Even (parts of) the series itself can be referred to with a nickname. Works suffering from Recycled Title syndrome often have a fan nickname to avoid confusion.

See also In-Series Nickname, Red Baron (when the characters do this), Portmanteau Series Nickname (a sub-trope), and Portmanteau Couple Name (a Shipping sub-trope). Not to be confused with Fan Community Nicknames, which are names for the communities themselves. Actual canon nicknames used onscreen, however witty, also don't count, unless they were adopted by the producers as a Shout-Out to the fans, or are used far more extensively in the fandom than in-canon. Also compare Canon Name, which is a Fan Nickname applied to a nameless hero who was given that name in adaptations.

Television Without Pity is a fertile breeding ground for Live-Action TV nicknames.


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    Celebrity 
  • Chris Pine has a variety of nicknames that include (but are not limited to) Captain Fine, Berkeley Nopapz, and most hilariously, Princess Whitelaw.
  • Michael Fassbender's fans call him Fassy (he knows that and he's fine with it).
  • Hugh Jackman's name is sometimes spelled as "Huge Ackman."
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is an interesting example. When he's a in a specific state of being, many fans tend to use the suffix 'batch' following an adjective. For instance, if he has his natural reddish hair color, they may refer to him as Gingerbatch. If he is acting in a nerdy/awkward sort a way? He's Dorkybatch. If a fan is referring to a specific body part of Benedict or something else that he owns, fans use the prefix 'cumber'. Examples of this include cumberfeet, cumberjeans, and cumberbum.
    • There are also a number of his fans that refer to him as either "Benny" or "the 'Batch".
    • In fact, Tumblr shows us that, thanks to the utter ridiculousness of his name, virtually any combination of two improbable words of many syllables will work as a nickname for Billiardball Custardbath/Beanbag Comelycat/Burgerking Candygram/etc.
  • Maggie Trollsbane - For her massive popularity on IMDB.
  • Tom Hiddleston's fans are known to call him "Hiddles" when talking about him.
  • In the Supernatural fandom, Misha Collins is sometimes referred to as MishMish or "The Overlord". He encourages the latter.
    • Jared Padalecki is known as Moose.
      • Jared's son, Thomas, nickname within fandom is Padababy.
    • Jensen Ackles' unborn daughter is nicknamed Princess Ackles.
  • In the Merlin fandom, Colin Morgan is known as the "Irish Pixie". He's also known as Cols.
    • After a picture of Colin's bulge went viral within the Merlin fandom on Tumblr, fans now refer to Colin's manhood as "D" or "The D."
    • Bradley James' nickname within the fandom is "Bradders".
  • In The Vampire Diaries fandom, Paul Wesley is known as P-Dub. This is his nickname because his first name Paul starts with the letter P and his last name starts with the letter W; the word "Dub" means Dubya for W. His fan base are known as P-Dubbers.
    • Ian's nickname is Smolderhalder or Smoldeypants. His fan base are known as Somerholics.
    • Nina's nickname is Neens or Miss Neens. Her fan base are called Dobrevics.
  • Mary Mc Donnell has a comparatively small but incredibly devoted fan following on Tumblr, which likes to come up with fond nicknames including, but not limited to: Mary McMagicHair, Mary McFlawless, and Mary McSassypants.
  • Robert Pattinson's nickname is R-Pattz. It's been reported that he'd like to strangle whoever came up with the name.
  • Kristen Stewart's nickname is K-Stew.
  • Kat Dennings is "Jewish Christina Hendricks". Makes sense if you've seen her on the red carpet.
  • Michael Jackson was often called "Wacko Jacko" in the years prior to his death.
  • Daniel Radcliffe's nickname is DanRad.
  • Conan O Brien was nicknamed "Coco" by Tom Hanks. It caught on, and became exceedingly popular during the Tonight Show debacle. Conan absolutely hated it, but has since then reluctantly embraced it (his official website even goes by the name "teamcoco.com". He is, however, horrified that even his own children sometimes call him "Coco".
  • Karl Urban is Kiwi Bruce Campbell, because he's that awesome.

    Fan Fic 

    Politics 
  • British tabloid fans and the more lighthearted monarchy watchers are known to refer to Queen Elizabeth II with her tabloid nickname 'Brenda.' After a BBC documentary was shown in 1969, Private Eye magazine gave each member of the Royal Family nicknames to suggest that they were characters in a soap opera. The Prince of Wales is "Brian", the Duke of Edinburgh is "Keith", the late Princess Margaret was "Yvonne" and the late Diana, Princess of Wales was "Cheryl".
  • Peter Mandelson, Baron Mandelson, of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, PC aka "The Prince of Darkness" and "Mandy". (For the love of God, he's even a legitimate Baron! Therefore, now officially a 'Dark Lord'!)
    • There was even an instance where he autographed a fan's paper with the phrase 'from the Dark Lord'? Confirmation.
    • As Mock the Week's Frankie Boyle put it, "Who made him a Lord?? The Sith?!!" (So perhaps now "Darth Mandy"?)
  • Australian senator Stephen Conroy is often derisively referred to as "Conjob", due to his surprise plan (not mentioned during the election) to include a nationwide internet filter that the government will have complete control over. This, naturally, is one of his kinder nicknames.
  • Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been nicknamed K-Rudd - 'cause he's down with the youth, y'all.
    • His other nickname is the Ruddbot, due to his mannerisms and lack of personality.
      • Those who dislike him also favour "Kevin Dudd".
      • Some also call him "Ruddkip".
    • Some also call him Kevin07, the name of his 2007 Prime Ministerial campaign. Probably intentionally, said campaign name mutated memetically around Australia and gave rise to other nicknames punning upon it, including Kevin24/7 (after his public image of being a singlemindedly work-focused nerd) and Kevin747 (after the amount of international travel he did in his tenure).
  • Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is sometimes called "Jules" in the media along with some nastier nicknames as well.
  • Current Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is called Tone Abet by detractors. This has caused the rise of the nickname Dial Tone.
    • He's also known as Typhoon Tony, as a reference to his disbelief in global warming.
  • George W Bush was referred to by his middle initial so people wouldn't get him confused with his father in conversation. It quickly degraded from 'double-you' to 'dubya'.
    • Dave Barry nevertheless mockingly called him "George W. Bush, jr., III", in reference to George Washington and to his impaired relationship with 41, who always loved Jeb best, and to the many tyrannies of Mad King George III of England, as called out in The Declaration of Independence.
      • Dave Barry also called him 'George Herbert Walker Sputumhead Bush' more than once. That name stuck too.
    • Molly Ivins called Bush "Shrub" in a book of the same name. Liberals everywhere started using it immediately afterwards.
    • Some British journalists called him "George Wanker Bush" or a starred version of same.
    • How could anyone ever forget "The Wushie"?
    • Some Conservatives upset with his softness on border issues took to calling him "Vicente Bush" or simply pronouncing the W as "doble-veh."
    • Bush himself tried to get people to know him as "The Decider," apparently unaware that nicknames don't work when they're self-given.
      • A few liberals liked these for entirely different reasons: to mock the fact that Bush is fluent in Spanish, but apparently not in English, despite the fact that English is his first language.
  • Das Governator, Der Gubernator: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
  • "Prick Perry" for Texas Governor Rick Perry.
    • Also Slick Rick and Governor Goodhairnote .
  • The king of Sweden is dyslexic, earning him the nickname "knugen" among the Swedes. "Knugen" being a jumbled up version of "kungen", which means "the king". (On occasion, he has also been referred to as "the knig" by Swedes talking about him in English)
    • Prince Carl Philip has also earned the not-so-distinguished nickname Calle-Phille, or simply CP.
  • 4th President of Indonesia, Abdurrahman Wahid, for some reason is usually referred as "Gus Dur". The current President Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is also affectionally having a nickname "SBY".
  • "Teabaggers" started out as a Fan Community Nickname for the American "Tea Party" movement until members caught on to the Double Entendre with the sexual act of teabagging. The name is now used as a derogatory nickname by detractors.
  • Richard Nixon is almost just as commonly called Dick Nixon, or "Tricky Dick." He received that nickname back in 1950, when he ran for the Senate. The fact that the word also refers to a penis is not lost on the people who call him this.
    • Likewise, former VP Richard Cheney is almost never referred to as such, and critics of his often just call him "dick" as a loaded term, ie "That sure was nice of you to [do whatever action considered to be objectionable], dick."
  • Dutch prime minister J.P. Balkenende. Google an image of him to see why he was nicknamed Harry Potter.
  • Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, the Information Minister under Saddam Hussein, was referred to by commentators as "Baghdad Bob" and "Comical Ali" for his famously messy press confrences where he would claim victory was imminent for Iraqi forces fighting against the United States of America, despite things like gunfire being audible in the distance as he talked.
  • In Italy, emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria's name was commonly Italianized to Francesco Giuseppe, which in turn was mockingly shortened to Cecco Beppe (Frank Joe in Italian). Austrian soldiers in WWI were called "Cecchini": this word is still in use in modern Italian, only with a different meaning - snipers.
  • Camillo Benso, count of Cavour, 19th century Italian politician and leading figure in the Italian unification, was affectionately called "papŕ Camillo" by the people of Turin. This is somewhat amusing, as students of history recognize him as a Magnificent Bastard paralleled in his time only by Bismarck.
  • Most major Nigerian political figures are discussed in the press and in public using usually jocular nicknames:
    • Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is known as "Baba" for his public image as a domineering father-figure with no patience for opposition.
    • Ex-military Head of State and current presidential candidate Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida is "IBB" from his initials, but also "Maradona" for "dribbling" the nation with his doublespeak and broken promises.
    • Former military Head of State Sani Abacha was "The Basher" as a play on his surname and his harsh dictatorial style.
    • Late President Umaru Yar'Adua was "Baba Go-Slow" for his administration's seeming inaction on all issues (understandable considering the guy was secretly suffering from late-stage Churg-Strauss Syndrome, complete with multiple organ deterioration).
  • Canadian Prime Ministerial nicknames:
    • Sir John A MacDonald = "Old Tomorrow"
    • Louis Saint-Laurent = "Uncle Louis"
    • John George Diefenbaker = "Dief the Chief"
      • Also Diefenbalker.
    • Lester B. Pearson = "Mike"
    • Brian Mulroney = "Lyin' Brian"
    • Paul Martin = "Mister Dithers" (not because of his resemblance to the Blondie character, but because of his habbit of dithering.)
    • Stephen Harper = "Steve" (or "Steve-o)," mainly because of his much publicised hatred of the name when George W. Bush applied to him.
    • Jean Chretien always stylied himself "Le Petit Gars de Shawinigan" ("The Little Guy from Shawinigan"), but this was never really popularly used. The term "Shawinigan Handshake," however, is universally used to describe throttling a protestor with his bare hands.
  • Ronald Reagan earned the nickname "Teflon Ron" due to his ability to keep problems and scandals from sticking to him.
    • For similar reasons (and as a reference to his sexual proclivities), Bill Clinton was known as "Slick Willie".
      • In Mexico, he's nicknamed as Vil Gritón (Vile/Evil Yeller), a playword of the Spanish phonetics of his name. Also, Bill Clitoris for the same reasons like in the U.S.
    • Reagan has also been called "Saint Ronnie", in reference to the reverence his supporters (who are mostly conservative Christians) have for him. However, since the nickname was given by liberals, it actually qualifies as an Ironic Nickname.
    • During his term he was often referred to as "The Gipper", a reference to one of the characters he played during his acting career.
  • Barack Obama has more nicknames than anyone can count. There's Lolbama, OBambi, Obama bin Laden, Osabama, Ogabe, Obimbo, Barry Soetoro, Comrade Obama, BO, Failbama, the Obamessiah (for his messianic portrayal of himself and of him by his supporters), Obamanation, Doh!Bama, Bam-Bam, ObaMao, and so on.
    • Barry Soetoro is more of a Conspiracy Theory bait than it is a fan nickname. Supposedly, Barack Obama is really Barry Soetoro, a Kenyan National brainwashed to become a manchurian candidate by the Democratic party. It spins off of an internet hoax on a fake birth certificate created by photoshoppers to troll Birthers like Orly Taitz. The fake was so real, it actually made its way around conspiracy circles, being mentioned on Alex Jones' infowars, PrisonPlanet, and Coast to Coast AM.
    • Obama-llama-ding-dong.
    • Obanana or just Mr Banana a few times.
    • Barack OBAMFa (Badass motherfucker)
    • Mr. Long-legged MacDaddy.
    • Some people will content themselves with over-emphasizing his middle name, apparently believing they have a point.
    • Among fans of a certain tabletop game he is referred to as the Lord of Change.
    • Another recurring one is Barack Obana.
    • Obamasnow.
    • Brobama
  • Donald Tsang, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, is often called "Bow-tie" thanks to his suit style preferences.
  • Current Florida Governor Rick Scott is sometimes referred to as Voldemort. It's not too hard to see why, though he's not just called that because of his looks.
    • Stephen Colbert even made fun of this.
      Stephen Colbert: A 29% approval rating low. Though he'd probably be doing better if he wasn't trying to kill Harry Potter.
  • German Chancellors:
    • Angela Merkel: "Mutti", or "Mum". It's kind of flattering at first glance as the "mother to the people", but also has more negative implications of being both a patronizing matriarch and a simplistic housewife. Ironically, she has no children.
    • Gerhard Schröder: "Genosse der Bosse", "Comrade of the Bosses", for his rather Tony Blair-like departure from traditional leftism.
    • Helmut Kohl: "die Birne" (the Pear) after a caricature that pictured him as a pear with a face.
    • Konrad Adenauer: "der Alte" (the Old One, for being incredibly old—he was first elected at 73 and remained in power for 14 years)
  • Mexico:
    • Former president Felipe Calderón: "Fecal" (a combination of his first letters of his name and last name)
    • The former PRD presidential candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador: "El Pejelagarto" (The Gar Fish) since he's from the Southern state of Tabasco and the gars are from that state, and due of his thick Southern accent. He's also nicknamed (in a very derogative way) as "El Pejendejo" ("The Gar Idiot")
    • Former Independent candidate Víctor González Torres: "Dr. Simi" (After the mascot of his chain of drugstores named "Farmacias Similares")
    • Current president Enrique Peńa Nieto has LOTS of fan nicknames due of the tremendous hatedom he has: "Das Pena, Nieto" (Translated as "You Disappoint Me, Nieto", although "nieto" could also be translated as "grandson". Thus it would read "you dissapoint me, grandson"), "Pena Miento" ("Lying shame" because he caused shame and also his scandal with Televisa where he allegedly payed for polls to be in his favor) plus others.
      • Other nicknames he has: Copetón (Translated as "Wiggy" due of his haircut) and Presidente de Telenovela (Soap Opera President)
    • Mexican senator and former actress Irma Serrano is nicknamed as La Tigresa (The Tigress), due to a character she played in a movie.
    • Former PRD presidential candidate and senator Cuauhtemoc Cárdenas: El Cuatemochas, a playword of the phonetics of his name.
    • Former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo: El Volkswagen (The Volkswagen), because it was said any idiot could control him.
    • Former (as she was arrested) leader of the Mexican Teacher Union Elba Esther Gordillo: Chucky, because the uncanny look to that character. Also, La Maestra (The Teacher), due to her job.
  • "Rick Sanatorium" for Rick Santorum, at least in Denmark. Probably popularized by the comedy section of the newspaper "Politiken". Used as a derogatory nickname, to ridicule his extremism.note 
  • Mitt Romney has become known simply as "Mittens."
    • The Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan (R/R) campaign is often called "Rolls-Royce" by detractors since the candidates are perceived to be pandering to the upper class.
  • Pope Francis is nicknamed in Latin America as Papancho, being a portmanteau of the Spanish word for Pope (Papa) and the diminutive form of the Spanish version of his name, Francisco (Pancho)
  • Ariel Sharon got the nickname "Arik", an affective short of his first name.
  • The western press has given North Korea's Kim Jong-un the nickname "Li'l Kim". The English-speaking Internet seems to prefer "Fat Boy". Chinese and South Korean netizens apparently call him "Fatty Kim III".
  • Some Brazilians presidents even sign with their nickname since they are more known by it than their real name. Happened to Lula (Luis Inácio da Silva) and Jango (Joăo Goulart).
    • Others presidents are usually remembered by their initial as in FHC (Fernando Henrique Cardoso) and JK (Juscelino Kubitschek).
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: Imperial Walker
  • During World War II, the western press affectionately referred to Josef Stalin as "Uncle Joe". Come the Cold War, it begun a new career as an Ironic Nickname, which remains the predominant usage today.

    Military 
Military technology is covered in nicknames, both official "Reporting Names" used for quick communication and unofficial nicknames. Some of the best...
  • Weapons:
    • The world-famous AK series gets a number of endearing names, like Kalash, All-Killer, African Credit Card, Kal, Soviet Security, Russian Lover, Avtomat, and more.
    • The best names go to the M16 and ilk. Favorite nicknames include: M-shitsteen, Jammomatic, The Silent Wonder (no shot = no bang), The Clicker, Mac Namara's Bastard, The civil servant (you can't fire it or make it work), The Mattel Toy...
    • The underslung grenade launcher for an M16, the M203, is named by soldiers as a forty mike mike.note 
    • In a somewhat morbid example (considering the reference point) a common nickname in the swedish military for Claymore-type mines is Lille Skutt.
    • The Stielhandgranate 'stick grenades' of the Germans in WW1 and WW2 were nicknamed 'potato mashers'. Compare.
    • The M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle was often called the 'Big Ass Rifle'. The BAR fires the same rounds as the M1 Garand rifle, but is a bit larger in appearance, magazine size, and is automatic. And weighs more than twice as much as the Garand, which at 10 pounds is no lightweight itself.
    • The Chinese QBZ-03 assault rifle's macho nickname inside the PLA and some fans is "Hard & Black".
    • The Thompson submachine gun had a multitude of nicknames. The Other Wiki can show you.
    • Fragmentation grenades are simply shortened to the name 'frags'. Carried over into 'killing an unpopular superior officer' in The Vietnam War, since using a fragmentation grenade to do so would make it impossible to prove the killer did it if no one would say he did, which carried over later to Video Games (though when used as a verb there, it just means 'kill').
    • The M3 submachine gun is generally called the grease gun, having some similarities in appearance to the mechanic's tool.
    • The FGM-148 is given the name of Javelin due to its flight path...going from bazooka, up in the air quite a ways, then falling back to earth to the enemy.
    • The M2 Browning heavy machine gun has been known as "Ma Deuce" since World War II, as "she always has the last word."
    • The PHALANX Close In Weapons System (CIWS), an anti-missile Gatling gun and radar combination, is so mechanically complex and breakdown-prone it is said CIWS stands for "Captain, It Won't Shoot!" Also, because of the way it looks, it is sometimes called R2-D2 with a hard-on.
      • Another one, at least when it first came into service, was "Sea Wiz" based on the name.
    • The British 4.5 Inch Naval Gun, due to its shape has been nicknamed the Kryten gun.
    • The FAMAS rifle is called le Clairon (the bugle) by French-speaking soldiers, due to its shape.
    • The 9x19mm version of the Mauser C96 gained the nickname "Red Nine", due to the large, red 9 engraved into their handles so German soldiers would stop accidentally trying to load 7.63x25mm rounds into them.
      • All C96 Mausers are referred to as "broomhandles" due to the shape of their grip.
    • During the [[World War II/War In Europe And Africa invasion of the Soviet Union in WWII]], the German army was equipped with the 37mm PAK 38 anti-tank gun. It was so woefully inadequate against Soviet tanks that it gained the nickname "Heeres Anklopf-Gerät" (translates loosely as "Army Device for politely Knocking on tanks").
      • The 88mm PaK 43 was known as "Scheunentor" (Barn door) due to its size and weight which made it almost impossible to handle in mud or snow.
    • The German MG 42 machine gun became known to the West as 'Hitler's Buzzsaw' and the Soviets 'Hitler's Zipper.' The gun's extremely high rate of fire - 1,300 rounds a minute give or take depending on configuration - gave it a very distinctive sound when firing.
  • Military Aircraft:
    • The World's Leading Distributor of MiG Parts - the F-4 Phantom II, for shooting a lot of the Soviet-built aircraft down. The F-4 has a lot of nicknames, including The Double Ugly, Flying Brick and the Louisville.
      • The German nick is "Luftverteidigungsdiesel", or "The Air Defence Diesel" (its engines trail out black smoke).
      • Another German nickname for the Phantom is "Eisenschwein," which translates to "Iron Pig." It's not the most maneuverable plane in the world.
    • Warthog or the Hog - The A-10 Thunderbolt II.
      • This is even better on Osan Air Base in Korea. Where a statue of a Warthog is a major landmark, and referred to as the "Pig on a Stick"
    • Grach (rook) - The Russian Su-25 "Frogfoot", from the callsign its pilots used in the Soviet-Afghan War.
    • Another well-known Russian machine, Mi-24 "Hind" was nicknamed "Crocodile", probably for its distinctive silhouette and nasty "bite". The Mujahadeen referred to it as "The Devil's Chariot" for its lethal effectiveness.
    • Russian fighter jets generally do not have "popular names" like Western aircraft do (such as the F-15 Eagle or F-14 Tomcat), however the MiG-29's NATO reporting name, "Fulcrum," has become popular among its pilots, making it both this trope and Ascended Fanon.
    • Viper - The preferred pilot name for the F-16, which is officially the Fighting Falcon. Don't use the latter around F-16 pilots.
    • The B-52 bomber, officially nicknamed the "Stratofortress", is far more often called the BUFF, or "Big Ugly Fat... Uh... Fellow." Yeah. Fellow. That's the ticket.
    • The F-111 was known to its pilots in the U.S. as the "Aardvark", a name that was actually made official at its retirement ceremony, the Australians took it further by nicknaming it "the pig". Two possible reasons for this: the charitable one is due to its terrain following radar allowing it to 'hunt amongst the weeds' much like a pig, the less charitable reason is the colloquialism 'pigs might fly'.
      • The EF-111 (electronic warfare variant of the F-111) was known as the "Spark Vark".
    • The F-117 is more commonly known as the "Stinkbug." Also called the "Frisbee". Or the "Wobblin' Goblin" due to how it wobbles at slow speeds during in-air refueling.
      • The development aircraft that eventually became the F-117 was nicknamed the "Hopeless Diamond" because the aeronautical engineers had difficulty believing that it could be made to fly.
    • The F-15E Strike Eagle is the "Mud Hen."
    • The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD in the pre-1962 scheme) was known as the Able Dog or the Spad. The latter refers to the French biplane that was the main aircraft of the Allies in World War I; as a piston-engined straight-winged aircraft designed during World War II, the Skyraider looked ludicrously out of place among the supersonic jets of the Vietnam War.
    • The Vought F4U Corsair was affectionately(?) nicknamed 'the bent-wing bastard from Baltimore' by British pilots.
      • Also the "Ensign Eliminator" for its temperamental flight characteristics.
      • Another Vought fighter that also earned that nickname was the F7U Cutlass. Sadly, the Cutlass was nowhere near as good a fighter as the Corsair was, as it didn't have the latter's redeeming characteristics.
      • The Japanese called the F4U "Whistling Death" due to the noise it made in a dive and its superb kill ratio against their own planes.
    • Curtiss' SB2C Helldiver bomber was called "Son of a Bitch, 2nd Class" even by admirals due to the wide variety of reliability problems and structural flaws, that initially even prevented it from performing its supposed main task - divebombing.
    • The F-105 Thunderchief is called "Thud", the B-1 is called the "Bone," the Vought A7 was called the "SLUF" (Short Little Ugly Fellow), if it's an aircraft, chances are that it's crews call it something else. Here's a webpage of some of them.
      • It's worth noting that the B-1 has a proposed second version; the B-1R. You do the math.
    • The tiny, notoriously unsafe F-104 Starfighter was often called "The Missile With a Man in It" or, less affectionately, "The Widowmaker", particularly among German pilots who were a disproportionately large portion of Starfighter pilot fatalities. In Italy, it was nicknamed "Bara Volante" (Flying Casket) for the same reason. It was also known in Germany (especially among American servicemen stationed there) as the "Lawn Dart"; wherever it was deployed, it was said that every yard near the base had one stuck in it.
    • UAV pilots are sometimes called the "Chairforce" by conventional pilots.
      • And the Air Force in general is called the same thing by the other military branches.
    • The McDonnell Douglas-General Dynamics A-12 Avenger was intended to replace the venerable A-6 during the Nineties, but was canceled due to cost overruns. Its triangular shape, for stealth purposes, earned it the inevitable nickname "The Flying Dorito."
    • The Douglas SBD Dauntless divebomber was known as the "Slow But Deadly" to its crews: despite their relative slowness in comparison to the fighters of the time period, SBDs managed to sink a number of Japanese vessels, most famously the aircraft carriers at Midway.
      • SBD aircrews also had a "positive" kill record (more enemy planes shot down than Dauntlesses killed), an enviable accomplishment for a Naval bomber.
    • The SR-71 Blackbird, when it was operational, was nicknamed the Habu, after a deadly snake found on Okinawa, from which the Blackbirds operated.
    • The Douglas A3D Skywarrior was by far the largest plane ever deployed from a carrier, thus the nickname "Whale." When reconfigured for electronic countermeasures, it became known as the "Electric Whale." And, since it had a crew of three and no ejection seats, it was also referred to as "All Three Dead."
    • A Popular Mechanics issue from the early nineties had its main article dedicated to the (still widely popular in media back then) F-14 Tomcat. In it, it was revealed that the pilots from the aircraft carriers had nicknamed such fighter "The Turkey" and preferred to fly the F/A-18 Hornets.
    • During the Vietnam war, the AC-47 gunship was officially nicknamed the "Spooky", but the massive amounts of smoke it generated when firing its three 7.62mm gatling guns earned it the unofficial nickname "Puff the Magic Dragon".
    • The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter used by Those Wacky Nazis was in its heyday arguably the deadliest fighter aircraft in the world, and earned the nickname "Butcher Bird" from the British. Its German pilots called it "Würger", German for "Shrike".
      • For those that don't know, butcher birds and shrikes are the same thing. Specifically, a Little Perching Bird with a tendency for impalement.
    • Another World War II aircraft, the Il-2 Sturmovik, a sort of spiritual predecessor to the aforementioned A-10 Warthog, was known for its incredible durability and gained a whole slew of nicknames from the Soviets and Germans alike. Among its nicknames are "Concrete Plane", "Flying Tank", "Flying Infantryman", "Black Death", "Iron Gustav", "Tractor", and "Slaughterer".
    • The B-26 Marauder earned a number of derogatory nicknames for its high skill demands on the pilot, and the high speeds at which it had to land and take off. "Martin Murderer" was popular at the Marauder training base in Tampa during 1941/1942. The test pilots called it the "Flying Prostitute" because it had "no visible means of support", a reference to its very small wing area in relation to its size.
  • Ships:
    • "Sprucans"- Spruance-class anti-submarine destroyers, due to the traditional description of destroyers as "tin cans".
    • In a related case, after her collision with the guided missile cruiser USS Belknap, the carrier USS John F Kennedy acquired the nickname "Can Opener."
    • The US 'Kidd' class destroyers were originally built under a contract with the Shah of Iran, which was canceled pretty quickly when the Iranian revolution took place in 1979. The destroyers were instead completed and put into US service and where they were known as the "Ayatollah class". Also, due to their naming convention, they were sometimes called the "Dead Admiral class".
    • The USS Missouri was one of the top battleships of WWII. It was affectionately nicknamed "The Mighty Mo."
    • USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is also known as the Mobile Chernobyl due mainly to the fact that she is powered by eight nuclear reactors, more than any other ship ever built. The designers figured that she'd need as many reactors as a conventional ship would need boilers. The later nuclear-powered carriers of Nimitz class use much more advanced reactors, getting just as much power out of only two. She is also known as Three-Quarter Mile Island, referring to her length (the longest warship ever built) and the other infamous nuclear reactor incident.
    • "Lusty" - HMS Illustrious.
    • "The Great White Whale" - SS Canberra
    • "The Grand Old Lady" - HMS Warspite
    • "Showboat" — USS North Carolina (BB-55)
    • "Big Mamie" - USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
    • "The Grey Ghost," "The Lucky E," "The Big E," "The Galloping Ghost" - USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    • "Mobile Chernobyl" - USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    • "The Big E" - USS Enterprise (both of them)
      • "The Big E=mc^2" - USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
    • "Already Broke" - USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
    • "Shitty Kitty" - USS Kitty Hawk
    • "The Big Stick" - USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
    • "The Fighting I" and "The Evil I" - USS Intrepid (CV-11). (Intrepid had famously bad luck during WWII.)
    • "Ike" - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
    • There's a couple of standards in the US Navy that apply to ships in particular categories: A ship with low morale may often be referred to by its crew as "Cell Block [hull number]" and a ship that rarely leaves port may be called "Pier [hull number]" or "Building [hull number]."note 
    • "The Destroyer Escort That Fought Like a Battleship" - USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), posthumously given after the destroyer escort's Dying Moment of Awesome, when it joined a group of American destroyers and aircraft trying to engage a massive fleet of Japanese ships and itself succeeding in damaging two heavy cruisers.
  • Armor
    • Early life jackets - Mae West, because wearing one gave you ginormous bosoms like Wests'.
  • Tanks:
    • The earlier, gasoline-fueled versions of the M4 Sherman tank, mostly used by the British, were frequently called "Tommy Cookers" or "Ronsons" after the lighter that lit every time. Later versions, however, used diesel.
    • Diesel didn't enter into it (most of the British Shermans were diesels), the fire risk came from exposed ammunition.
    • Diesel tanks were, if anything, more likely to get their crews killed than gasoline powered ones due to the poor power response (and consequent sluggish response of the tank) of diesel engines of the era.
    • Soviet tank destroyers, such as the SU-85 and SU-100, were sometimes called "Zookeepers", after the fact that their primary targets, German heavy tanks, were commonly named after big cats (most famously the Tiger and Panther).
    • The M3 Grant was a predecessor to the Sherman, and under Lend-lease, quite a few were shipped to Russia during WWII. It quickly became known as "a coffin for seven brothers."
    • M3 Stuarts, not to be confused with the above example, were a light tank that was Lend-leased to the British, where it was quickly coined as "Honey" due to its good handling and reliability.
    • The German Hummel was a self-propelled artillery piece. Hitler ordered the nickname dropped, however, as he thought "Bumblebee" was inappropriate for a fighting vehicle.
      • Similarly, the Sturmpanzer 43, a variant of the Panzer IV medium tank, was known as both the Brummbär ("grumbler") and the "Stupa".
    • The Israeli Magach-series is named after a seldom used Hebrew word meaning "Ramming hit". Since not many have heard it, they've come up with explanations like "Movil Gviyot Charukhot" (charred bodies carrier, early models had troubles with flammable hydraulics fluid), "Meshupa Gahon" (one with sloping belly) and "Mechonat Giluach Hashmalit" (electric shaving machine).

    Newspaper Comics 
  • "Blandthony" or "Blanthony", and "Porn Stache" are two common nicknames for Anthony from For Better or for Worse in reference to his milquetoast personality in comparison to Liz's other suitors and his distinctive mustache, respectively.
  • In Dilbert, a talking cat was introduced for a few appearances. Fans dubbed him "Catbert" (after "Dogbert" and "Ratbert") in their requests for more of the character, and Scott Adams, deciding that whenever fans spontaneously and independently name a character for you suggested you were on to something, adopted the name officially and made Catbert a recurring character as the Human Resources Manager at Dilbert's work place.
  • The Comics Curmudgeon has dubbed the Anthropomorphic Personification of death from Funky Winkerbean "Masky McDeath". It caught on among the commentators.
  • Original Patty is a nickname given to a character from Peanuts to distinguish her from Peppermint Patty.

    TV Networks 
  • "Aunty" is the nickname of both The BBC in the UK and The ABC in Australia, the latter in imitation of the former.
  • United States
    • TBS was nicknamed "The Beastmaster Station" in the 1990s due to its frequent showings of The Beastmaster.
    • HBO was nicknamed "Hey, Beastmaster's On!" for reasons stated above.
    • When Cartoon Network underwent its infamous Network Decay of live-action shows in 2009-11, many naysayers called it "The Live-Action Network" or simply "The Network".
    • ABC is sometimes called "The Alphabet Network" because..well, guess.
    • NBC is often called "The Peacock Network" because of its famous logo.
    • CBS was called the "network for the living dead" in the 1980s due to its programs gearing more towards older audiences.
      • Likewise, it was called "the Tiffany network" in the 1990s due to aiming toward younger audiences.
      • The network was nicknamed "Can't Broadcast Sports" when it lost the broadcasting rights to the NFL in 1994.
    • Fox News Channel: "Faux News: False and Biased" because of the network's very right-wing slant despite their own claims of being "fair and balanced."
      • Its left-oriented competitor MSNBC is sometimes said to stand for "Mostly Shit, Never Been Corrected". Also, "Most Socialist Network on Basic Cable".
    • In its early years, The History Channel was called "The Hitler Channel" for the large number of World War II based programs on it.
    • A&E (Arts & Entertainment) was basically The World War II Channel in its early years.

  • Mexico
    • TV Azteca: Oh boy, since the Azteca part of their name refer to the Aztecs, they got lots of these, based in some Mexican native tribe:
      • TV Huasteca
      • TV Olmeca
      • TV Chichimeca
      • TV Aztecaca (Literally, TV Aztecrap or TV I-shit-on them)
      • TV Apesta (Literally, TV Sucks, due to their Network Decay)
    • Televisa has lots of them too:
      • Telerisa (Telelaugh)
      • Tenebrisa (Pormanteau of Televisa with Tenebroso, translated as Creepy)
      • Teidiotiza (They dumb you out)
      • Telemierda (Tele-shit)

    Other 
  • Many of the trope names listed here on TV Tropes could ultimately be considered fan nicknames, or at least fan nicknames of literary conventions established elsewhere when applied to a specific show, genre, or situation.
  • Since almost every product by Apple follows the pattern if the lowercase letter "i" and one single word (iPod, iPad, iTunes, iPhone,) the iPod Touch has always stood out, so many people have simply shortened it down to "iTouch."
  • Scilons for Scientologists by Anonymous; also "clams" by the protesters, particularly the pre-Chanology ones, at OperationClambake.com due to one of L. Ron Hubbard's "thought experiments" being to imagine clams "snapping open and shut! Open and shut! Open! Shut!" on a beach (I think it had something to do with perceiving the universe or thetans).
    • Clams are what Hubbard believed humans had evolved from. (Being Hubbard, research failure is a given.)
    • Replacing the s in any of these, including the real name, with a $ is also quite common. This happens to Micro$oft too.
  • The 1970s style handlebar mustache is popularly known as the "Porn Stache".
  • Australian free-to-air television network SBS, jokingly said to stand for "Sex Between Soccer", or "Sex, Blood and Soccer".
  • Leona Helmsley was referred to as the "Queen of Mean" (see The Other Wiki for details)
  • In the various entertainment industries (i.e., not just one in particular), if the offspring of a previously (or even still) well-known celebrity becomes a celebrity in their own right, those unfamiliar (or even familiar) with the fame of the parent will often refer to the parent as "[offspring]'s [parent]". For example, Lionel Richie has been referred to by fans of his (adopted) daughter Nicole Richie as "Nicole's father".
  • Due to a prank that sparked an edit war over on The Other Wiki on the day his papacy was announced (and the fact that he and Ian McDiarmid look more than a little alike), Pope Benedict XVI is still called Pope Sidious in some parts of the interwebs.
    • Also Emperor Popeatine or Darth Benedict. (The resemblance sparked a lot of commentary.)
    • 'Papa Ratzi', due to similarity with the word paparazzi and his pre-Papal last name of Ratzinger.
    • Due to his history in the Hitler Youth and somewhat strained relationships with some influential Jewish organizations, some people refer to him as "Pope Nazi" or "der Popenfuhrer".
  • Metformin, the front-line medication for type 2 diabetes, can have a disruptive effect on the digestive system, especially for those still acclimating to it, leading to the nickname 'metfartmin'.
  • Electronics and the stores that sell them are rich veins of Fan Nicknames. For instance, the Blackberry series of mobile phones (many other functions) have been nicknamed Crackberries: like the concentrated form of cocaine known as "crack", the things are very expensive and either massively addictive or something you need rehab to get away from.
    • For another example, the first USB mice Apple produced for release with the then-new iMac received the uncomplimentary nickname "hockey pucks," both for the ridiculously non-ergonomic design and for the best use their shape permitted for them.
  • capslock_atla has given M. Night Shyamalan, Director of the Avatar: The Last Airbender Live-Action Adaptation The Last Airbender, some nicknames such as Shamwow, Shampow, Shamallama, Shamalamadingdong and Shamalamadingdongthewitchisdead. Recently, Shame-a-lon and Sham-a-lon have become appropriate.
  • The South London district of Newington is far more commonly known as "Elephant & Castle", to the extent that even London Transport call it that. The name comes from the fact that one of London's several "Elephant & Castle" pubs stood there (there's still a pub of that name there, but whether it's the original or a successor thereto is unknown). Several explanations for where the pub name comes from have been proposed, but the popular one that it is derived from "The Infanta de Castile" has little going for it.
  • It's very rare to find an account of Wild Bill Hickok's death or a discussion of his murderer without the phrase "the coward Jack McCall" coming up at least once.
  • In Chicago the sculpture named "Cloud Gate" is universally known as The Bean... Much to the artist's annoyance.
  • Also in Chicago, the newly-renamed "Willis Tower" is still the Sears Tower. We don't care who owns it now, it's still the Sears.
  • Chicago again, the Marina Towers highrise is sometimes called "Wilco Towers", having appeared on the cover of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
  • In February of 2010, Washington D.C., which typically shuts down for a mere three or four inches of snow, received more than thirty inches in one week. Residents have used a number of nicknames of varying levels of cleverness to the experience, but the two most common are definitely "Snowpocalypse" and "Snowmageddan."
  • In downtown Vancouver, just outside one of the skytrain stops, is a sculpture universally referred to as the big ball of tin foil.
  • The Japanese TV Stations TBS (Not the US one) and MBS are called "The Real Robot Network" due to the abundance of Real Robot shows that aired there since the 2000's.
  • Similar to the above, Korean TV stations SBS and KBS are referred to as "Some Bull Shit" and "Korean Bull Shit" by the in country American military.
  • 30 St. Mary Axe, London, is rarely referred to by its address or its official name, the Swiss Re Building as, due to it's distinctive shape, most people call it The Gherkin. It's unlikely that this will ever change.
  • Nicknames have been a big NASA thing.
    • Vomit Comet: The KC 135 weightlessness trainer
    • Flying Bedstead: The LLTV, or Lunar Landing Training Vehicle
    • LM: Lunar Module, but pronounced 'Lem' after the old Lunar Excursion Module name
  • The Hugo Award category "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form" is sometimes called "Best Doctor Who Episode", as that show has dominated the category since it returned to air (the only exception being Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog winning in 2009)
  • Many tragedies have their own nicknames
    • The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are usually called "September 11th (terrorist) attacks", the "9/11 attacks" or simply "9/11".
    • The shootings at Columbine High School were called "Littleton" around the time it actually happened, but it now goes almost exclusively by "Columbine".
    • The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary are alternatively called "Sandy Hook" or "Newtown", with the latter being used a little more often.
  • Most pre-installed figures for 3D posing programs (like Poser, Daz Studio, Bryce etc. etc.) have their own name (e.g. Victoria is probably the most used female figure, and usually nicknamed "Vicky"), but the figures of Poser 4 (and downward) weren't named by their vendors. The 3D scene calls them Pos(s)ette and Dork.
  • Among Jack the Ripper historians, Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly note  are commonly referred to as "the Canonical Five" (that is, the five women that are universally agreed to be victims of the original Ripper, rather than one of his copycats or contemporaries).
  • The V of Doom: The Viacom logo used in the mid-to-late 1970s known for having its logo race towards you as a synth horn blares accompanied by a timpani drum.
    • The S from Hell: The Screen Gems logo used in the late 1960s known for the "screeching" synth horn as its logo forms.

    Scale models 
Note: some of these are also used by LEGO fans.

  • The Carpet Monster / Feeding The Carpet Monster: Losing small parts that fall off the desk or workbench. Every modeller fears the Carpet Monster.
  • Rivet Counter: usually derogatory nickname tending to refer to the “Stop Having Fun” Guys of scale modeling. Though sometimes it just means someone has an eye for tiny details, more usually it refers to people obsessed with scale accuracy even in ways nobody but them will ever see on the finished model.
  • AMS: After-Market Syndrome, a terrible condition where modelers find themselves instinctively detailing every model they buy to a ludicrous extent with photo-etch and other aftermarket parts.
  • Trumpy: Trumpeter Models.
  • DML: Dragon Models Limited.
  • PE / PE Parts: Photo etched metal, a medium often used for particularly small or fine details that wouldn't be practical to make in molded plastic.
  • Build pile: Term used for any kits you haven't yet made to imply an order that seldom exists.
  • WEM: White Ensign Models, a company mostly specialising in aftermarket warship parts.
    • Mad Pete: Peter Hall, WEM's chief designer. So called for the incredibly fine details of the company's products, such as windscreen wipers for a 1:350 scale battleship.
  • GMM: Gold Medal Models, another company mostly specialising in aftermarket warship parts.
  • Sinkhole: An area on a model where the plastic has warped inwards, typically due to something on the other side.
  • Ejector pin mark / Knock-out mark: Usually shallow depression on a kit where a metal pin is used to punch a sprue out of a mold. The bane of the Rivet Counter.
  • Flash: Thin excess plastic around the edges of kit parts, caused by molds not fitting together firmly.
  • Motorisation Hole: Large holes present in the undersides of many 60s / 70s armoured vehicle kits which were originally intended to have battery-operated motors installed.
  • Link-and-length: One method of assembling track links for armoured vehicles, consisting of several "lengths" of track links cast as single pieces (typically the top and bottom runs) with the remainder seperate "links" which have to be manually attached to each other.
  • CA: Cyanoacrylate, better known as superglue.
  • Dio: Short for diorama, an extended model base involving scenery. Many model contests require at least one vehicle in a diorama and use the term "vignette" to refer to a dio without any vehicles in it.
  • Aztec stairs: Ship modelling term for crudely molded plastic kit stairs more closely resembling the side of a stepped pyramid than anything that might concievably be fitted to a ship.
  • Kitbash: Model made from two or more seperate kits. Directly mentioned in the various incarnations of Star Trek — if you see a new (and/or odd-looking) space-station or ship, chances are it was constructed via kitbashing.
    • "Kitbash" has also worked its way into Transformers fandom to refer to the same phenomenon: custom figures constructed by incorporating parts other than those originally from the figure being customized.
  • Scratchbuild: Model made largely or entirely from basic materials rather than manufactured ones.
    • A common epithet among scratchbuilders is to call a model kit a "shake-the-box" kit, on the implication that Real Men Scratchbuild because all you have to do to assemble a kit is shake all the parts around in the box that it came in. Has expanded to be applied by non-scratchbuilders to some excessively easy/beginner-level kits, too. Also applies to kits that are factory-packaged with their pieces loose in the box instead of on sprues, and thus might not be complete even when new. This usage is closest to the term's roots in field repair of combat vehicles, where often all one could do was shake the parts box and hope.
  • OOB: Out Of the Box, building a kit only from the parts actually included, plus paint and glue. Also called "Box Stock".
  • Factory Stock: A model that's exactly as built by the the subject's manufacturer. May or may not be Box Stock. Used mostly in car modelling.
  • Bitz Box: A box of all the excess arms, guns and other add-ons that come with Games Workshop models, and are saved for later customisations. Games Workshop, recognizing this trend, started advertising how many extra bits came with given models. Also called the "parts box".
    • AMT had been advertising 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 (stock, customized and race) versions of their car kits as far back as the late '50s, so it's not a new thing in any way.
  • Revellogram: Revell-Monogram.
  • Darkside: NASCAR race car, pre-early '70s
  • Mainstreamer: Car that's been converted from the high performance or otherwise top-of-the-line version as kitted, to a middle-of-the-line spec.
  • Light commercial: Pickup truck, cargo van and sometimes civil emergency vehicles.
  • NNL: Model show/contest where each entrant gets to vote best in each category, as opposed to a "people's choice" where everyone who comes through the doors gets a vote (usually won by a large-scale red '57 Chevy)
  • 1:1 (pronounced "one to one"): The real thing.
  • Promo: Factory-built models commissioned by the vehicle's manufacturer.
  • Annual: Car or light truck kit that was updated yearly to reflect the latest version of the kit's subject. Usually based on the same tooling as a promo.

    Theater 
  • The Phantom of the Opera due to its various incarnations in many different media is being put here. Most of the nicknames are used to differentiate between the different versions.
    • Leroux!Phantom, Leroux!Erik - The original book version. This one wears a black cloth mask over his whole face, has a skull-like face, doesn't have a nose, and smells like death.
    • Kay!Phantom - The version from the Susan Kay novel. Noted for wearing a white whole mask, has an addiction to opiates, is a chick magnet until he takes the mask off, and apparently had a kid with Christine.
    • Crawford!Phantom - This refers generally to the ALW stage version, which is typically portrayed as a distinct entity from the movie version below. The name comes from the actor who originated the part, Michael Crawford.
      • While the Usenet newsgroup Rec.Theatre.Musicals was at its most vital, Michael Crawford himself was almost universally called "The Pants".
    • Gerik, Movie!Erik, Movie!Phantom - All are commonly used to identify the version from the Andrew Lloyd Webber movie adaptation despite how many movie versions actually exist. The first name is a portmanteau of the name of the actor who portrayed the titular character and said character's actual name despite it never being said once in either the stage or movie version.
      • Third degree sunburn - The phantom's "deformity" in the ALW movie.
      • The Dread Pirate Roberts Dancers - the background dancers in the "Point of No Return" scene in the ALW movie. Usually somewhat derogatory.
    • The Fop - A general derogatory nickname for Raoul. You can guess which part of the fanbase uses this one. Use it with extreme caution — calling Raoul a fop on certain sites will result in, at best, a lot of virtual eye rolling and pointed inquiries as to whether or not you have read a) the original novel or b) a dictionary.
  • The sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, gained the derisive nickname "Paint Never Dries"; that Andrew Lloyd Webber was fined for painting the Adelphi Theatre didn't help matters.
  • While the emcee character in Mystere has the name Moha-Samedi, he's often referred to as "The Man in Pink" due to his brightly-colored suit.
  • The Merchant of Venice contains—depending on which version of the script you're reading—either two guys named Salerio and Solanio or two guys named Salarino and Solanio and a third guy, a messenger, named Salerio. Either way, these two (or three) characters have long been known to actors as "the Sallies" or "the Salads".
  • To superstitious actors, Macbeth was often dubbed as "The Scottish Play".
  • In the rock musical Rent, Mark's scarf is sometimes referred to affectionately as "the Marf."
  • The Fresh Prince of Denmark.
  • Enjolras's red-and-gold vest in Les Misérables sometimes goes by the affectionate nickname "the Red Vest of Doom."

    Toys 
  • LEGO: 'The Danish Crack''.
    • BIONICLE has its share:
      • Nicknames for the Matoran setlines: "McToran" (due to being available through McDonald's) for the original Tohunga toys when that name got dropped for legal reasons; "MoLtoran" for the Mask of Light Matoran; "Metruan" for the Metru Nui Matoran; "Voyatoran" and "Doomtoran" for the Voya Nui Matoran (the latter coming from the book title Island of Doom); "Mahritoran" for the Mahri Nui Matoran; and "Kardatoran" for the Karda Nui Matoran.
      • "Olda" and "Mata" for the team name of the original Toa. "Mata" later became official.
      • Kratana for the Kraata/Krana hybrid.
      • Fauxrok or Fohrok for the fake Bohrok.
      • Bonkles for the theme in general.
  • The Red Strike series version of the Nerf Recon CS-6 is called the Habenero, due to it looking similar to a gun of that name in an early Nerf video game.
  • Transformers:
    • See Western Animation and Film for terms specific to the cartoons and the live-action films respectively.
    • Kibble: Parts of the alternate mode that protrude noticeably from the robot mode. Toys with excessive amounts of kibble are often referred to as "shellformers" (in that their alternate mode is basically a kibble "shell" that wraps around the robot inside).
    • Shelfwarmer: A toy that, for whatever reason, ends up under-selling or over-distributed, resulting in large numbers of unsold toys taking up space on retail shelves. Inspired by the sports term "benchwarmer."
      • The Hive or The Swarm: In the toylines for Dark of the Moon and Transformers Prime, toys of Bumblebee were significantly over-represented in case assortments, resulting in large numbers of unsold Bumblebees shelfwarming after everyone who wanted one had managed to acquire him.
    • Shirt and Pants: Refers to the "Powerlinx" combination gimmick possessed by some Autobots in the Transformers Energon toyline. Two Autobots with this gimmick could combine together into a single super robot, with one forming the upper body and the other forming the lower body, and every Transformer with the gimmick had both an upper body ("shirt") mode and a lower body ("pants") mode (in addition to the standard robot and vehicle modes).
    • Trailguy: The Autobot Trailbreaker, who is now officially known as Trailcutter due to copyright issues. (The Spotlight: Trailcutter comic, written by James Roberts, gives an in-story reason for the change in names.)
  • My Little Pony:
    • See Western Animation for terms specific to the cartoons.
    • Fakie: A toy not made by Hasbro but made to look like a My Little Pony.
    • Bait: A pony that's so badly damaged that it's only good for customization.
    • Nirvana: Ponies of international origin.
      • Argie: Ponies made in or exclusive to Argentina.
    • Generation Zero (G0): My Pretty Pony, the precursor to the original "G1" incarnation.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • "Naruhobo" for Phoenix's appearance in Apollo Justice, from his Japanese name (Ryuichi Naruhodo), HoboPhoenix, Hobonick or Hobonix, for the same reasons.
    • Edgey - Edgeworth. Used by Larry Butz in the first game.
      • Edgey-poo - Used by Wendy Oldbag in the games.
    • Bratsworth - The younger Edgeworth as he appears in case 4 of Trials and Tribulations and case 4 of Ace Attorney Investigations, from his smug attitude and extremely youthful appearance.
    • Evil Phoenix - Don Tigre's de facto English name before the game was translated.
    • Busty Glory - Fan nickname referring to Mia Fey's prodigious assets. Named from a topic at GameFAQs that wondered why Phoenix never asked Mia what it's like in the afterlife, as the potential was right there in all its 'busty glory.'
    • Dickhead - Daryan Crescend, because of his hairdo and personality.
    • Loliziska/Bratziska - The younger version of Franziska, from the same time period as Bratworth.
    • Japanifornia - The setting of the (English) games, which is an odd mix of Japanese culture and architecture with what's supposed to be a city in California.
    • "The Liar Hawthorne" or just "Liar Hawthorne" for Dahlia Hawthorne, just to drive the point home that she's evil. For those who like it even more obvious, there's also "The Liar Has-Thorns".
    • Super Objection - The Objection! at the very end of Trials and Tribulations, when Mia's ghost appears next to Phoenix when he calls Godot out.
    • "Toasterface" for Godot, because of his visor's slight resemblance to one.
    • Key Lady was in use for Kay Faraday, before her English name was revealed. Also, Jacques Portsman was often called "Dennis" because it sounds similar to "Tennis", in order to go with the series' Punny Names.
    • Detective Tyrell Badd has been affectionately nicknamed Detective Baddass, 'cause, you know... He's badass.
    • Ace Attorney Investigations 2: As for now, Hakari Mikagami and Yumihiko Ichiyanagi are both known as, respectively, "Judgette" and "Bakahiko" to the western fanbase. Meanwhile, Marie Miwa from case two is "Olga's Mom".
    • Logicgasm, from Investigations. Edgeworth has an epiphany, and gains several Logic "dots" at the same time.
    • Athena Cykes from Dual Destinies has gathered names such as Branchhair, Yellow Girl and Artemis for those who either support the theory that she is related to Apollo and the Gramaryes or took special notice of her archery glove and moon-shaped earring. (The moon and archery are both attributes of the goddess Artemis)
  • CLANNAD
    • Cockroach - Furukawa Nagisa, for her Hair Antennae. Often used in a derogatory way by Kyou/Ryou/Kotomi/Tomoyo fans.
    • /a/ has been referring to Tomoya Okazaki as the Clannadman.
    • CLANNAIDS is a detractor nickname.
  • Fate/stay night
    • Team Purple - Yuri pairing of Rider and Sakura, as they've both got purple hair.
    • Sader - A horrifyingly Off Model knock-off of a Saber figurine.
    • "Mana Transfer" - Sex, per the Nasuverse Deus Sex Machina tendencies.
    • Fate/Stay in the Kitchen - Nickname for Shirou's ideas about women.
    • GARcher - Archer, for which the term GAR was originally coined for.
    • Angry Man Jew - For Avenger/Angra Mainyu, who was sacrificed against his will to become the embodiment of all the evils in the world, and thus save his village in the process. Basically he's Jesus, and he's not happy about it.
    • Excaliblast - Excalibur's Sword Beam, thanks to its Wave Motion Gun properties.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry
    • K1 or K - Keiichi Maebara. A legitimate translation of his name ("Kei" being the pronounciation for K, and "ichi" translating to "one".) The latter is used in-series as an alternate persona.
    • Cleaver Girl - Rena Ryuugu, for her iconic Weapon of Choice.
    • Droopy, Nurse Droopy, or Droopy-tan - Takano, for her perpetually stoned (and droopy!) appearance.
    • Mr. Delicious - Kuraudo Ooishi, because of his name's closeness to oishii, which means "delicious". His appearance and drawl don't hurt, either.
    • Shmion - The collective name for the Sonozaki identical twins, Mion and Shion, due to being Creepy Twins with a tendency to Twin Switch, including an unintended permanent switch when they were younger. So Shion is really Mion, and when she's pretending to be Mion, she's actually acting like Shion! At one point even Shmion gets confused about who she is, although she was under a lot of stress at the time, what with all the killing.
    • That Psycho Yandere Chick Who Tortures Everyone - Shion as a result of the events of the Cotton Drifting/Eye Opening arcs. Influenced by Never Live It Down.
  • Kanon
  • Katawa Shoujo
  • Morenatsu
    • Brock - Kyouji, due to having Eyes Always Shut
    • Option B - Shin's worst ending, which involves Hiroyuki raping Shin, and is named for the choices that crop up late in the route that can trigger it. Thankfully, it's easily avoidable.
    • Orange - Soutarou, due to , well.. his orange fur.
    • Sotato - Soutarou again, after a bizarre misspelling in the translation patch during his and Kyouji's beach scene.
  • School Days
    • Nice Boat - Name for series itself. Just before the planned airing, a RL murder occurred in Japan and it was decided that the murder in the last episode hit a bit too close to home thus it was replaced by a place-holder program titled "Nice Boat". Perhaps by coincidence, the final scene shows Kotonoha on her private boat, cradling Makoto's severed head.
  • Tsukihime
    • "The Gland", "The Tohno Gland": fan-explanation for Shiki's ability to attract any female, any species. It's pheremones.
    • Miss Blue (or THE Blue), Magic Gunner: Aoko, whose first name means "Blue Child" in Japanese. Naturally, her hair is red.
      • Possibly as an extension of the fact that her sister is canonically nicknamed "Red", or "Dirty Red"....only not to her face.
      • Actually, Aoko's natural hair color is Brown. Ironically enough, Touko's (The above-mentioned sister) original hair color is Blue... which she also dyed Red. (Seems that It Runs in the Family.) And her name means "Bitter Orange Child." Feel free to get confused.
    • Sensei: Shiki Tohno's nickname for Aoko.
    • Brainwasher Detective: Hisui, from one of the Bad Endings in Kagetsu Tohya, Tsukihime's "sequel." Her line, "Anata wa hannin desu!" ("You are the criminal!") was misprinted in the game as "Anata wo hannin desu!" ("You, become the criminal!") and the developers liked it so much, "Brainwasher Detective Hisui-chan" was born.
    • Red Lion, Crimson Red Vermillion: Kouma Kishima in Kagetsu Tohya.
    • Satsujinki: Nickname for Shiki Tohno, whose Mystic Eyes of Death Perception might become so powerful that he's forced to keep himself blinded once his glasses won't work, in the part joke, possibly-canon "Tsukihime 2: The Dark Six."
    • Broomstick Girl Magical Amber, Mister Chin, Aproned Devil, Thieving Cat: All four of these are for Kohaku. There's also a fifth nickname occasionally given to her: Nanaya... but only after she loses her memory after nearly killing herself in her path in Tsukihime.
    • The Serpent of Akasha: Michael Roa Valdamjong.
    • Capslock-kun: SHIKI. The * REAL* SHIKI, not the fake one who took over his name and identity... AKA Shiki Nanaya.
    • Sacchin, Badluck Vampire: Yumizuka Satsuki. The latter nickname only applies to her after she becomes a vampire during the Far-Side paths of the game. Bonus: When that happens, she gains Cute Little Fangs.
    • The Russian fandom also gives you "Vugluskr" for Nrvnsqr. "Vugluskr" is a word from a particular obscene Russian joke about bestiality.
    • Arcade Bumstead/Atari Dumbledore: Arcueid Brunestud.
    • Lord of Bedroom Jackassery: Shiki Tohno, for all his being a pretty nice guy in general, is rather rough in sex scenes.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has enough fan nicknames to warrant its own page here.

    Web Original 
  • Homestar Runner
    • Kidstar - 1-Up from the 20X6 universe. He's the anime equivalent of Homestar, and his idol Stinkoman dismisses him as being "just a kid". His name wasn't officially revealed until a year after he first appeared.
    • Marzichan - The 20X6 version of Marzipan who has so far only appeared in a Main Page.
    • Visor Robot - A robot with a visor. Oddly enough, the series creators now actually refer to this robot as "Visor Robot".
  • Linkin Ball Z - Any of the Trillions of combinations of Dragon Ball Z and the band Linkin Park commonly seen in Fan Vids.
    • Yah rly, and that's just on Youtube...
  • Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series generally refer to Yami Bakura and Yami Marik as "Florence" and "Melvin", respectively. That may also be their 'canon' names.
    • "Melvin" was originally a mocking joke name from Yami "[We came here to fight] Marik! Not his imaginary friend Melvin!" "Florence" was the name Yami Bakura bitterly said his parents wanted to name him, and that same episode ends with him saying that "Florence is back." Both took off with fans and became recurring names shortly thereafter, though "Florence" at least still goes by Bakura most of the time, presumably because "real" Bakura isn't active enough for there to be much confusion anyway.
  • lonelygirl15
    • BDJ - Bree, Daniel and Jonas collectively.
    • TAAG - Teen Angst Adventure Gang. All the main characters as a team.
    • The Creators - Always with capitalised initial letters. The executive producers of the show, who often use this name themselves.
    • Bambi - Nadia Dalton.
    • Pharma Guy - Ted McKinley.
  • Handlers occasionally give Survival of the Fittest characters nicknames based on their personality traits and the like, and occasionally a character gets a malicious nickname made for the purpose of mocking them. Prominent examples of fan nicknames in SOTF include Kenurton Larris for v3 character Ken Lawson, BB for Blood Boy (people tend to prefer calling him by the shorthand "BB" for whatever reason), and in the mocking sense "* charactername* v2" for characters that are obvious clones of previous SOTF characters. "Mariavel v2" = Melina, "Damien v2" = Eduardo, and "Oliver v2" = Gabe Theobaldt, for example.
    • A number of members (although it was sparked by the character's handler) have begun to refer to Bobby Jacks as 'Bocelot' due to performing an Offhand Backshoot on another character (and hitting him in the head). Members joke that soon he will be ricocheting bullets off walls, and that before long he will have one of his arms cut off.
    • Handlers sometimes give nicknames to characters who share the same first names to differentiate them. For example in V4, there's Happy!Nick (Nick LeMonde) and Sad!Nick (Nick Reid)
      • And Sarax, Stan and Seizure Girl for Sarah Xu, Sarah Tan and Sarah Atwell respectively.
    • From The Program, the SotF Mini Alternate Universe game, Logan Sorenson is almost always referred to as Lolgan.
  • Red vs. Blue
    • Cecil - Caboose's twin brother, who may or may not actually exist.note 
    • iTex - When it was unclear when Tex exactly was a real person or not, Tex when she was definitely an AI was iTex
    • iFrags - AI programs that are a piece of the alpha
    • eFrags - AI programs that are pieces of the iFrag Epsilon
    • Alpha Church, aChurch, Robo Church - The name for the Alpha AI. To differentiate him from Dr. Church
    • Epsilon Church is the Epsilon version
    • "Shark Face" - That one badass pyro mook from Season 9 that actually manages to give two Freelancers a decent fight.
      • His friends are Muscles/Sleeveless (the guy with exposed arms), Blondie/Hot Lips (the knife fighting chick revealed to have blond hair in season 10), and Dr. Pill/Pillman/Pill Guy (the guy with the pill logo who apparently knows CT pretty well).
    • The pilot is only known by her callsign, Four Seven Niner, but some people call her Lucy for some reason.
  • Not a character, but the fans have nicknamed the authors of the Whateley Universe stories the 'Canon Cabal'. Occasionally in the forums the acronym TINCC shows up after mentioning this nickname: it stands for 'There Is No Canon Cabal'.
  • N. Bison from Kickassia as a result of him being the Nostalgia Critic dressed as M. Bison.
    • The Nostalgia Chick's Sarah Palin persona is known as "Nostalgia Palin".
      • The Critic's Japanese fandom (yes, it does exist) has nicknamed the Chick "Nosuko", combining a Japanese contraction of "Nostalgia" with a common Japanese female name ending.
    • The name "Ask That Guy" probably counts too, as to distinguish him from Doug's handle That Guy with the Glasses.
    • 'Meg the Magic Gun Girl' for the girl whose soul is inside Linkara's magic gun.
      • Also from Atop the Fourth Wall, Linkara's Power Rangers costume has earned the nickname "Pimpkara".
    • "Tigwatig" for thatguywiththeglasses.com, aka TGWTG.
  • The Tipping Forties crew has come up with a few, most of them for Tales of Symphonia:
  • In the original run of the Webcomic "Earthsong", vampire Tristram was occasionally referred to as "Vampy Mc Emopants" for his overly melodramatic backstory.
  • The Classic Doctor Who Twitter Blog likes using this trope when the proprietor doesn't know/can't spell a character's name. Examples include "Random Chanting Asian Man" (Kaleed from "Time-Flight"), "sparkles" (the Megara from "The Stones of Blood"), and "BDSM-man" (Sharaz Jek from "The Caves of Androzani").
  • The Slender Man, paragon of nightmares and source of paranoia, is affectionately referred to as "Slendy".
    • And in the Slendy-inspired web series Marble Hornets, totheark/Masked Man, a silent man in a creepy theatre mask who attacks, stalks, and watches the protoganist sleep at night, is generally referred to simply as "Masky".
    • The second Masky, introduced in Entry #41, has been frequently nicknamed either "Hoody" or "Blasky".
      • The boys of Marble Hornets themselves have become known in some circles as "the Wifers."
      • While Tim's sideburns are affectionately known as the Suttonchops.
  • The Minoto game Bread Girl was given a "Disturb Through" that gave the woman at the vegetable stand the name "Miami Mom" and painted her as a neglectful, domineering mother. It's actually just the alive-and-successful Little Match Girl, but the nickname stuck anyways.
  • Commenters on Fundies Say the Darndest Things have come up with a number of nicknames for some of the websites and people that are frequently quoted:
    • Rapture Ready is often referred to as "Ruptured Retards", and the its member "Raptards".
    • His4Life, a member of Rapture Ready forums who frequently comments on FSTDT is commonly referred to as "Troll4Life".
    • Andrew Schlafy is called "Assfly", thanks to his Conservapedia handle of "Aschlafy".
    • Supersport, someone often quoted on the site and considered incredibly stupid even by FSTDT standards, is sometimes referred to as "Stuporsport".
  • In Rhett&Link's "Epic Rap Battle," Rhett gives a guy a Half-Nelson, and Link gives the same guy a Full-Nelson. The fandom has decided to name him "Nelson."
  • The Downfall parody meme has a lot of these. Hitler himself is often called "Dolfy" by fans, Burgdorf has the fan nickname of "Burger-Dork", and Goebbels' nickname "Skeletor" probably started as one of these before actually becomming an In-Series Nickname.
  • Die Anstalt: Lyall for the wolf inside Dolly. For Meaningful Name bonus points, it means "shield wolf".
  • We're Alive:
    • After the "Little Ones" "grew up" fans began referring to them as either "Inklings" or "ADLOs" (A Fun with Acronyms Advanced Little Ones)
    • Ink himself is a Fan Nickname for the lead zombie, who is covered in tattoos and wears a blue, pin-striped suit. Most fans assume him to be Bill Roberts (whose nickname was Ink).
    • Datu's ability to fix just about anything has led to him being dubbed "King Datu the Resourceful."
  • The Mario Party TV group calls Peach and Toadette 'Team Tuna' when they're on the same team in 2 Vs. 2 games, even when it's not Mario Party 7. Likewise, they call the tag team of Yoshi and DK 'Team Danimals'.
  • Detractors of Steam Train like to call it "Trainwreck".
  • Fans of Worm have dubbed Scion's counterpart "Eden" and the third Entity as "Abaddon."
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon is full of them, largely because most of their Pokemon ended up with jumbles of letters for names. In no particular order:
    • Their starter ABBBBBBK( is known as Abby.
    • aaabaaajss the Pidgeot is known as Bird Jesus, thanks to being by far their most powerful Pokemon for most of the game.
    • Flareon, due to its status as the Apple of Discord, is the False Prophet, or for those who view it more sympathetically, the Martyr.
    • Drowzee, who valiantly contained Flareon in the PC, is the Keeper.
    • The Helix Fossil (and once it was revived, Omanyte/Omastar) is known as Lord Helix.
    • JLVWNNOOOO the Rattata is called "Jay Leno," while their second Rattata, AAJST(????, is "Digrat," after its obnoxious habit of using Dig at inconvenient times. After the latter evolved into Raticate, it gained the additional moniker of "Bigdig."
    • DUX the Farfetch'd is King Leer, Slayer of Trees.
    • x(araggbaj the Oddish is "Cabbage," or "the Seed of Hope."
    • The Gastly they left in the Daycare is Rick Gastly.
    • AA-j, a.k.a. Zapdos has a HUGE number of names, but "Archangel of Justice" is a particularly common one.
    • Their Lapras is named AIIIIIIRRR, and is consequently most often known as either Air Jordan or the Fresh Prince.
    • AATTVVV is, logically enough, generally called "All-Terrain Venomoth." After it took down Lance's Dragonite singlehandedly, it also became known as the Dragonslayer.
    • AAAAAAAAAA the Nidorino is the Fonz, and after being evolved in Nidoking, King Fonz.

    Web Sites 
  • "The Pit of Voles" - Fanfiction.net. "The Pit" for short.
    • AKA "The Pit of Shrews"...although, confusingly enough, that name seems to also be applied to Quizilla.com.
    • Skynet is sometimes used to refer to the Pit's administrators.
  • "The Pit of Rabid Horny Weasels" - AdultFanfiction.net
    • Sometimes also called "The Pit of Uber-Voles," "The Uber-Pit" for short.
  • "The Picture Pit" - Fanart Central, in its role as the fanart equivalent to Fanfiction.net.
  • "Rapidshit" - "Affectionate" nickname for the file-sharing online dictatorship site Rapidshare.
  • The Other Wiki - Used here to refer to the one that's all Serious Business.
  • "Moontube" - Japanese streaming video site Niconico Douga ("Smile Video"). Inspired by the meme of referring to the Japanese language as "moonspeak", and Niconico's equivalence to Youtube.
  • The Hive Mind, Wiki-tachi, Critical Analysis Drones: Those would all be this wiki's contributors.
  • Dr. Fight - toonzone.net nickname for Joaquim Dos Santos, director of several episodes of Justice League Unlimited and in the later half of Avatar: The Last Airbender (including the last two of the Grand Finale).
  • The comedy site That Guy with the Glasses has a forum. In one of its topic, the fans talk about an episode of the Nostalgia Critic that slammed the Rob Reiner movie North. In this movie, there is a boy named Winchell who, later on in the review, becomes the villain. The Nostalgia Critic made a joke that he acts like Dick Cheney. Because of this, everyone in the North topic calls Winchell, you guessed it, Dick Cheney.
  • Teh Floodz. Bungie.net's Flood forum.
  • HuluTube - YouTube, after it began promoting full-length movies and TV shows on its site (Many of which are also available on Hulu. Usually in a derogatory manner by users who've had suspensions because of DMCA violations.
    • And presumably because of the ads on the those officially distributed videos.
  • Fans of Smogon call themselves Smogonites.
  • When flame wars/trolling get particularly bad, StarTrek.com (ST.com) is often referred to as STD.com.
  • Twitter posters who make dumb or annoying posts have picked up the nickname "Twittiots".
  • Almost On Line or AO Hell: AOL nicknames given by frustrated users of it or AIM.
  • Yahell or Yahooey: Derogatory nickname of many a frustrated Yahoo mail, YIM and groups user.
  • Star Destroyer Dot Net's forum has terms for a few types of threads. A "force sub," presumably short for "force substitution," is a versus debate where you take a conflict in a series (e.g. the Yuuzhan Vong War) and swap out one side for somebody else (e.g. using the tyranids in place of the Vong) and try to determine the result.

    Countries 
  • Afghanistan: The Graveyard of Empires (due to the Afghans' record for defeating every foreign power which tries to occupy them, unless you are the Mongols)
  • Australia: Land Downunder, Oz
    • The desert areas are known as "The Red Centre"
  • Canada: The Great White North, America's Hat, Soviet Canuckistan
  • Japan: Land of the Rising Sun
  • Korea: Land of the Morning Calm
    • Under the isolationist Joseon Dynasty, Korea become known as "the hermit kingdom". In more recent times, that term has been applied to North Korea.
    • Since 1991, Korea has also been "the last frontier of the Cold War".
  • Philippines: The Pearl of the Orient
  • New Zealand: Land of the Long White Cloud, The Shaky Isles, Australia's Canada.
  • The US has many nicknames, since each state has an official nickname and a few fan nicknames.
    • Technically, the usual parlace of calling the USofA 'America' is a nickname.
    • A popular, derisive nickname for the country is 'murrica (as if one is trying to emulate a deep, coarse Southern dialect. Mostly stems from the notion that the most outspoken patriots are angry rednecks.
    • The proper Canadian response to being called "America's hat" is to call the USA "Canada's underwear." As for calling Canada "the Great White North", well... they call the USA "the Dark Empire of the South".
    • "Land of the Free", from a line in "The Star-Spangled Banner". Now often used ironically.
  • France is often nicknamed "l'Hexagone" by multiple French news channels, because of, well, its hexagonal shape. By extension, the adjective "hexagonal" is often applied to anything made in France.
  • China is nicknamed by their own citizens as The Heavenly Kingdom. (天朝/tiāncháo)
    • In the early days of the Cold War, U.S. media liked to refer to the People's Republic of China as "Red China", presumably in an effort to suggest that it was illegitimate and "not real China". During the same time period, Taiwan was referred to as "Free China", which was quite funny since it was a military dictatorship at the time.
  • Ukraine: The Bread Basket of Europe
  • Mexico: The Bronze Race
  • Guatemala: Land of the Eternal Spring
  • Peru: Land of the Incas
  • Colombia: Land of Christopher Columbus
    • Also, but in a pejorative way, is nicknamed in Latin America as "The Israel of South America", being one of the few Latin American countries who is a staunch American ally, compared with almost everyone else in the region, and also having one of the biggest armies of the region, due to the guerrillas and drug trafficking.
  • Paraguay: The Heart of America
  • Belize: The Jewel of Central America
  • Belarus: The Last Dictatorship in Europe
  • Kuwait is nicknamed by their own citizens as "Q8", which is pronounced in the same way as the name of the country.

    Cities 
  • United States
    • Atlanta: Hotlanta, (The) ATL
    • Baltimore: Charm City. The City that Reads. (Negatively, "Bodymore, Murderland", "Harm City" and "The City that Bleeds")
    • Boston: Beantown (Never used by any actual residents), The Hub of the Universe
    • Charlotte: The Queen City, "Crown Town"
    • Chicago: Chi Town, City of Big Shoulders, Windy City
    • Cleveland: The Mistake on the Lakenote 
    • Dallas: Big D
    • Houston: Space City, H-Town
    • Las Vegas: Sin City
    • Los Angeles/Hollywood: Tinseltown, The Dream Factory
    • Milwaukee: Brew City, Mil Town, and occasionally, The Brew or The Mil
    • Minneapolis/Saint Paul: The Twin Cities
    • New Orleans: The Big Easy
    • New York: The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps
    • Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love, Philly, Illtown
    • Pittsburgh: The Burgh
    • Portland: The City of Roses or Rose City (official), Stumptown, Bridgetown or Bridge City, Beervana, Rip Citynote 
    • San Francisco: The City by the Bay
    • Seattle: The Emerald City
    • St. Louis: St. Louie (only by non-residents), The 'Lou (popularized by rapper Nelly)
    • Detroit: The Motor City, Motown, The D
  • Italy
    • Rome: The Eternal City, Caput Mundi (Lat:Capital of the World)
    • Venice: The Queen of the Adriatic, The City of Masks
    • Bologna: Basket City
  • France
    • Paris: The City of Love or The City of Light
  • Mexico
    • Monterrey: La Sultana del Norte (The Female Sultan of the North)
    • Aguascalientes (both the city and the state): La Tierra de la Gente Buena (The Land of the Good People)
      • And, in a very derogative way, it's sometimes nicknamed La Tierra de la Gente Buena... Para Nada (The Land of the Good... For-Nothing People) because of the perceived lazyness of their people there.
    • Jalisco: La Tierra del Mariachi (The Land of the Mariachi) since Mexican Mariachi is said to have begun there.
      • Its capital city. Guadalajara, is nicknamed La Perla de Occidente (The Pearl of the West) and it's neighbor city, Zapopan, is La Tierra del Maiz (Land of the Corn).
      • One of the (in)famous neighborhoods, San Juan de Dios, is nicknamed in Guadalajara as San Taiwan de Dios since there's a sizable Chinese community there, and lots of stores that sells Chinese products.
    • Mexico City: La Ciudad de la Esperanza (The City of Hope) and outside the city (and inside too) it's nicknamed Chilangolandia (Chilangoland, since the people from Mexico City are nicknamed Chilangos in a pejorative way).
      • The nickname "The City of Hope" was added by former presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, so it's a more recent nickname. The more popular one is "The City of Palaces", and how!
      • The Mexico City neighborhood of Tepito (which is considered the Mexican version of the New York's Bronx) is nicknamed El Barrio Bravo (The Tough Neighborhood)
  • Canada
    • Toronto - T.O., Hog Town, The Big Smoke, The Center of the Universe
      • The city proper and its suburbs have separate nicknames based on their telephone area codes. The city proper is The 416, and the suburbs are The 905. Although each of the codes is now overlain with two distinct area codes, the nicknames are still used, since most phones in each area still have the original codes.
    • Ottawa - Bytown, The Hill, Beavertown.
    • Hamilton - Steeltown, The Hammer.
    • Sudbury - Nickel City, Laketown, The Sudz.
    • Thunder Bay - Lakehead, TBay, The Bay, West Finland.
    • Winnipeg - Winterpeg, The Peg, Chicago North.
    • Moose Jaw - The Jaw, Jawtown, Little Chicago.
    • Calgary - C-Town, Cowtown, Stampede City.
    • Edmonton - E-Town, The Big E, The Chuck, Deadmonton, Redmonton, Edmonchuck, River City, The City of Champions.
    • Vancouver - Vancity, Rain City, Raincouver, Terminal City, Hollywood North, Vansterdam, Lotus Land, City of Glass, No Fun City.
  • Brazil
    • Săo Paulo: Rain Land
    • Rio de Janeiro: Marvelous City
    • Curitiba: Exemplar City
  • North Korea
    • Pyongyang: Jerusalem of the East (pre-communist nickname, referring to the successes of Christian missionaries in the city)
  • Australia
    • Adelaide - The City of Churches
    • Brisbane - Bris Vegas
    • Sydney - The Harbor City

    Real Life 
  • In Armageddon, Bruce Willis's character says that NASA undoubtably has a crew of guys "just sitting around thinking shit up". These guys... the crew that sits around thinking shit up, are known as the "Steely Eyed Missile Men" for their ability to cooly and calmly think up technological solutions to the hardest problems on Earth or in Space.
    • Being called a 'Steely Eyed Missile Man' is the absolute highest of NASA compliments; those 'guys that sit around thinking shit up' are the very best at what they do, so being counted among their ranks means you've really impressed people. And only the best of those people, the ones who come through under incredible pressure, get to be called "steely-eyed missile men."
    • Making a correct decision with incomplete data under incredible pressure is the mark of a Steely Eyed Missile Man. During Challenger mission STS-51-F (six months before the ill-fated 51-L mission), the center engine went down in the only in-flight engine failure in the Shuttle program, after two temperature sensors went off-scale high (indicating overheat), causing the only in-flight abort (an abort-to-orbit, in which the shuttle can reach orbit but not its planned orbit). Reasoning that the sensor readings were themselves faulty and not the engine chambers, since the engines were progressively throttling back at altitude to reduce the acceleration load on the crew, Booster Systems Officer Jenny M. Howard instructed the cabin crew to inhibit any further temperature-related shutdowns of the engines. Her decision averted a second engine shutdown (the shuttle was still two minutes away from the altitude where it could reach orbit on a single engine, saving spacecraft and crew.
    • SCE to AUX.
  • People related to Video Games:
  • There's a whole language of fan nicknames in the CB Radio circuit, it would take far too much space to list them all here, though.
  • The now-almost defunct Mexican airline Aerocalifornia was named ''Aerotambo" (Tambo is a Mexican slang for someone who is going to fall, and also means barrel or jail) due to their awful service.


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