"Wait, your last name is Reaper? Why did I always think it was Snugglebottom?"As its supertrope, Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" trope says, some characters have the misfortune of being known only by their job title. This trope is about those rare times where Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" because "Barkeep" is the guy's actual name. May happen as a result of Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?. Alternatively, maybe the guy had his name legally changed to "Barkeep" because he likes that name better than his given name. Milder examples can include a nickname that turns out to actually be the character's name. For a full comedy incarnation of this trope, the given name will be the full job description. May involve Spell My Name with a "The". Patronymic can be considered a subtrope. Closely related to A Dog Named "Dog", when something is named for its species. See also Verber Creature for when a creature is named for something they are notable to do.
— Billy, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
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- L in Death Note is an example of the nickname version. It is assumed to be a nickname but is revealed to be his actual first name in external material.
- The two titles held by King Bradley of Fullmetal Alchemist are usually translated as "Führer" and "President". "King"? That's his actual first name. Justified, in that he was part of a breeding program to create the ideal ruler for Amestris; his name was a fabrication, chosen to reinforce his image as a ruler.
- In the manga Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, this trope applies to the entire cast. Everyone's name comes from their role in the story. When somebody assumes a new role, they get a new name.
- Speed Racer's parents: Speed's own name is a little occupation appropriate, but his mom and dad are literally named Mom and Pops Racer, though Pops used to be known as "Dragon Racer" back when he was a professional wrestler. In the original Japanese version, Speed and his entire family had real Japanese names (though with the Japanese love of bilingual puns, Speed's name of Go was undoubtedly chosen because of its English meaning). Worth noting that this trope is averted according to old Speed Racer comic books published in America in the seventies, which claim that his real first name is Greg, and "Speed" is a nickname. Also worth noting that every other version of the character, translation or not, has quietly ignored "Greg" in favor of assuming "Speed" is his actual name.
- The main character in Umineko: When They Cry is named Battler in a case of Gratuitous English meets Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?. The character himself even lampshades it multiple times.
- A Certain Magical Index:
- Index herself. Though she presumably was called something different when she was born, the name that appears on all her official identification, and the only name she remembers for herself, is "Index Librorum Prohibitorum".
- Similarly, Accelerator. He admits that he once had a real, normal name, but he's long since forgotten what it was, and no one else seems to remember him from back then. Therefore, his name is "Accelerator".
- The milder version occurs in Ghost Hunt. One of the characters goes under a fake Japanese name (Shibuya Kazuya). The characters all call him by a nickname they make up, "Naru" (short for narcissist). When he first hears it, this shocks him, because "Naru" is the Japanese pronunciation of his real (English) nickname, "Noll," which is short for his real English name "Oliver." Phew.)
- The section chief in You're Under Arrest!. He's mostly referred to by his title, which in Japanese is "Kachou"; at one point it's revealed that this is also his real name (though written with different kanji).
- In Excel Saga, there's a mysterious person known as That Man. Turns out his name really is That Man. And then it turns out he has five accomplices. Their names? That Man Over Here, That Man Over There, This Man, This Man Over Here, and This Man Over There.
- In Tamako Market, Mochizou can be read to mean "mochi maker", though the way it's spelled it could also be read as 'he who has mochi' or 'mochi warehouse' — the "mochi" part is left without kanji and the part that would have meant "maker" is written with the kanji for "possession/ownership".
- The High School A.U. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT has Dearche K. Claudia, the leader of the Dark Materials who is often referred to by the title of "king" (in Japanese) by her peers. Her card then reveals that the K in her name stands for "Kings" (in English).
- The recurring doctor character in Combat Mecha Xabungle is actually called Medick.
- In Space Dandy, the eponymous "dandy guy in space" seems to actually be named Space Dandy. When he received a letter, it was addressed to "Mr. Space Dandy".
- Soul Eater:
- The title character did make up the "Eater" part as a code name, but his first name really is "Soul". Though in his case, the Soul was meant as a musical allusionnote rather than a supernatural one.
- The immortal werewolf had never had a name in his life until he was sprung from prison with help from Medusa. He's basically told "He's free," and (being somewhat simple-minded) he ran with it, naming himself "Free".
- Death the Kid's legal name really is Death the Kid. Although by the end of the manga Death dies, and Kid replaces him, so he might be known simply as Death later on.
- In DC Comics 1970s counter-culture title Prez, Prez Rickard grew up to become President of the United States. "Prez" is, of course, short for "President"; apparently, his mother had a premonition. His main enemy is Boss Smiley, the embodiment of political corruption, whose office door and desk bear signs indicating that his first name really is "Boss".
- The Golden Age Mr Terrific's butler, at least in Michael Chabon's version: "His name really is Butler. That's how long they've been doing it in his family."
- The Beano claimed, in response to a fan letter published on its letters page, that Dennis the Menace's father was actually named "Dennis's Dad" at birth. When he met a girl named "Dennis's Mum", he knew they were destined to be together.
- Teacher from The Bash Street Kids is another example. It's actually his surname.
- Planetary has The Drummer. First name The, last name Drummer.
- Nero: In the first album Het Geheim van Matsuoka ("The Secret of Matsuoka") the titular character is a man named Heiremans who merely thinks he is emperor Nero, because he drank an insanity poison. At the end of the story he is cured and wants to be called Heiremans again. Strange enough in the next albums Nero is still referred to as Nero, even though he doesn't think he is the Roman emperor anymore. Even his wife is called Madame Nero by everyone. It appears to be a nickname, but on the other hand it can even be read on his house nameplate.
- In Saga, Prince Robot IV is the fourth prince of a planet of robots - and yes, "Prince Robot" is actually his name, though most characters call him IV.
- In Jump Start, Doctor Appleby is a young child whose given name is Doctor. His parents dress him in scrubs, and expect him to grow up to be a doctor. The trope is then taken Up to Eleven when he meets a girl named Notary Public.
- Dick Tracy:
- A recurring minor character is a police officer called Dennis O'Copper.
- Tracy himself — Chester Gould named him "Dick" because it's slang for "detective."
- In Calvin At Camp, one character is always referred to as "The Bear." Turns out, that's his real name, complete with the "The."
- The Hunter in With Strings Attached. His real name is Jim Hunter.
- In one of the spinoff stories to You Got HaruhiRolled!, the real name of Kyon's sister is revealed to actually be Imouto (Japanese for "little sister"). She Wangsts over it in therapy.
- Zany To The Max: Subverted with Coach Nurse. She's not a coach, and she's not a nurse! Yakko doesn't even understand why she was given that name in the first place.
- The Mime as well. It is revealed that his name actually is The Mime. Yes, "The" is part of his name.
- Turnabout Storm: The Judge's name really is Judge. Twilight is a bit uncomfortable with this, saying it would be like if other ponies just called her "Unicorn".
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: Turnabout Substitution: Like in the previous example, the Judge's name is actually Judge. Judge Chambers, to be exact.
- Empath: The Luckiest Smurf averts the normal case of Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" in The Smurfs since, with certain exceptions, every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality, including its main character Empath.
- In this fanfic about Tony and Control: "'Hello, Mr Driver,' he said to the driver, whose name was Jonathan Driver."
- One of the main recurring characters of Slamacow's Minecraft short videos is an Enderman named Bart, who owns a saloon catering to other mobs. If Species Surname is applied, he's Bart Enderman the bartender(-man).
- Partial aversion in Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas. The Courier's name almost certainly isn't "Courier," but he puts that down as his name because he can't remember his real one due to waking up from being shot in the head. He wonders if he was really dedicated to his job under such circumstances.
- In Hotspring Souls!, it turns out the Hunter's real name is actually... Hunter. Hunter G. Jaeger, in fact!
- Played With in the case of Prince Blueblood from RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse. "Prince" is his real name, but it's not his real title (he's a Viscount).
- In Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show, the Hokage's name is Joe Hokage.
Films — Animation
- In Megamind, Minion's name is actually Minion.
- The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!: The Pirate Captain's name is indeed Pirate Captain, as we see when he signs his name as such on an entry form. Lampshaded when he meets Queen Victoria.
Victoria: Do you have a name, Pirate Captain?
Pirate Captain: Yes! They call me... The Pirate Captain.
- In Sing, the first name of Eddie's grandmother, Nana Noodleman, really is Nana.
Films — Live-Action
- In Kill Bill, Bill constantly refers to the Bride as "kiddo". It sounds like a patronizing nickname until we find out her name is actually Beatrix Kiddo.
- In The Villain, the heroic handsome stranger's name really is Handsome Stranger. Justified in the work as he explains "[He] was named after [his] father."
- In Spy Kids, Floop's minion is Alexander Minion.
- In Austin Powers, Number Two's name is actually Number Two. Though in Goldmember it's shown it started as his rank in the school grades, so it might be Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep".
- In Spaceballs, there is an extended joke based on this (from Wikiquote:)
Dark Helmet: [to Sandurz] Who is he?
Colonel Sandurz: He's an Asshole, sir.
Dark Helmet: I know that! What's his name?
Colonel Sandurz: That is his name, sir. Asshole, Major Asshole.
Dark Helmet: ... And his cousin?
Colonel Sandurz: He's an Asshole too, sir. Gunner's mate, First Class, Philip Asshole.
Dark Helmet: How many Assholes have we got on this ship, anyhow?
[the entire bridge crew, except for one person, stands up and raises a hand]
Dark Helmet: I knew it, I'm surrounded by Assholes... [closes helmet] Keep firing, Assholes!
- Whenever the film is forced to be toned down for broadcast "Asshole" is replaced with "Moron". Thankfully, the joke keeps.
- The protagonist of Machete is known by everyone simply as 'Machete'. His real name is... Machete Cortez.
- The Wackiest Ship in the Army (WWII movie semi-spoof from 1960) has a navy radio operator named A.J. Sparks; "Sparks" is the traditional nickname for a WWII era radio operator.
- Farmer the farmer, the main character of In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Subverted in that the original blurb for the film claimed his name was Damon. However, even his wife and the man who raised him call him Farmer. His real name is Camden Conreid, the rightful heir to the throne of Ehb.
- When asked by his son, he claims that he believes that everyone should be called by their profession.
- In The Astronaut Farmer a NASA astronaut returns to his family farm to save it but never gives up his dream of being an astronaut. His name: Charles Farmer. And his son is named Shepperd Farmer.
- In Zack and Miri Make a Porno:
Zack: What's your name?
Lester: Lester. Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.
Zack: Wow. That's a great porn name.
Lester: I get to pick a porn name?
- In the Russian film The Cuckoo, the protagonist meets up with a Russian man and, unable to understand his language, calls him "Ivan" out of stereotype. His guess turns out to be correct—the Russian man really is named Ivan.
- Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle: After Harold and Kumar steal the Extreme Sports Punks' SUV, Cole, the leader, addresses a fellow punk as "Extreme Sports Punk #1" as they watch them drive away.
- Space Cop: Space Cop is a space cop who is always called "Space Cop." Around the halfway mark, his partner finally asks what his real name is, and he explains that all space cops change their name to Space Cop to protect their families. He ponders going back to his birth name: Holden Madickey.
- Down Periscope had Nitro, full name and rank Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Michael K. Nitro. He is considering "Mike" as a potential nickname.
- In Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man mistakes Dr. Strange’s name for a code name:
Peter: I'm Peter, by the way.Strange: [shaking his hand] Doctor Strange.Peter: Oh, we're using our made up names. Then I am Spider-Man.
- In A Brother's Price, the oldest sister in a family seems to be actually called "Eldest", as while we get to know the actual names of women who have taken on the title of "Eldest" because the eldest sister died, the first-born girl of a family is never called anything other than "Eldest." Apparently, when she (or one of her sisters) has her first child, she takes on the title of "Mother Elder" to avoid confusion. (Note that regardless of who actually gave birth to the child in question, all members of the birth mother's group of sisters are considered a mother of the child.)
- Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear from The Berenstain Bears. Lampshaded when another girl makes fun of Sister's name.
- Oddly enough, in the early stories before Sister was born, Brother's name was "Little Bear", meaning that all his life he's been called Barkeep and his name was changed at one point to reflect his change in job.
- In Artemis Fowl, there's the Butler family, who have served as butlers (of the "battle" variety) to the Fowl family for generations. According to the first book, there is some dispute about whether the Butlers changed their name to suit their role, at some point in antiquity - or if the term 'Butler' was actually derived from the famously faithful and competent family.
- In Catch-22, you've got Captain Major (whose first and middle names are also Major, making his full name Major Major Major), being promoted... to Major. Thus making him Major Major Major Major. Any further attempts to promote or demote him are blocked by ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen, who finds the whole situation hilarious.
- Farmer Farmer in The Fox Busters by Dick King-Smith.
- In a variant from the world of Shadowrun, an employer who hire shadowrunners is colloquially referred to as "Mr. Johnson", regardless of gender, to ensure anonymity. One of them self-Lampshades this trope in one of the Shadowrun novels, remarking on the irony that her name really is Johnson.
- The London Falling adventure book also features a Johnson whose real name is apparently "Artholomew Johnson".
- In The Nanny Diaries, the main character's name is... Nanny.
- In The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler decide to become a cook and butler because of their names. (The only problem is, the family then has to stop calling Nanny Butler by her surname, because you just can't call a butler Butler.)
- Holes: Mr Sir's last name really is Sir. His first name, on the other hand... It's implied in the sequel that "Mr Sir" is a pseudonym he uses to hide from the police. Supported by the film, in which he is identified at the end as Marion Sevillo, and he is arrested on a parole violation.
- In the Known Space series, until an individual Kzin does something heroic and notable to "earn" a name, they are known only by their profession, so you get a lot of Kzin named things like "Pilot", "Navigator", "Gunner", "Student-of-Chemistry", and "Speaker-to-Animals". The last, by the way, is what a lower-ranking ambassador to an alien species is named.
- Subverted and parodied in the Discworld novel Lords and Ladies, which has characters called Carter (a baker), Weaver (a thatcher), Carpenter (a tailor), Baker (a weaver), Thatcher (a carter), Tailor (also a weaver) and Tinker (actually a tinker). (The entire book is a Deconstructive Parody of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which the trope is played straight, listed in Theatre Below).
- Doubly subverted in the case of Carter, whose first, and extremely Nonindicative Name is "Bestiality", owing to parents who were confused about what to name a boy after having girls named Faith, Hope, Chastity, and Temperance.
- The protagonist of Wizard of the Pigeons is a wizard named Wizard. He took the name when he took up the profession, and no longer remembers what his name was before.
- In Wing Commander: The Price Of Freedom, the trope is discussed when Colonel Blair is momentarily confused as to whether or not the ship's chief mechanic is actually named "Pliers" (He's not.)
- In the Hand of Thrawn duology, one of the members of the Cavrilhu Pirates is referred to only as "Control." Given that most of the time, he's speaking over a radio, you'd think this is addressing his occupation (i.e. as in, "Mission Control"). Then when he shows up in person, it turns out that his name really is Control.
- In the Weird West Steampunk novel Seven Cities of Old by Mike Wild, Marsh Marshal is a federal lawman. He tries not to mention what that makes his title, but everyone works it out pretty quickly.
- In Animorphs #26: The Attack, there is the Animorphs' guide while they are on an alien planet, Guide. (Their culture has some...interesting ideas about jobs, name choice, and cultural priorities.)
- In Romeo And/Or Juliet, Juliet's nurse is named "Angelica Nurse".
- In Becky Chambers' SF novel The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet, Dr. Chef, who is, duh, the doctor and the chef for the crew. (Technically, he took this name, as in his own alien language he was The Unpronouncable.)
- In the Polish series Kapitan Bomba, there is a character named Starfleet Admiral. He's an admiral in Starfleet.
- Wizards of Waverly Place: The Russos dad once hired a tutor named Tutor to help Max prepare for a wizarding test. Alex later explains that it's normal for wizards in the wizarding world to name their children after the jobs they hope they'll have when they grow up. She then explains that it doesn't always work out, and that their dad once had a dentist named Butcher.
- Pilot, from Farscape, who is named after his function aboard Moya. This trope even extends to the rest of his species. It is never revealed if he even has a personal name, but presumably his own kind have some way of differentiating each other. It's revealed that Pilot language is so fantastically dense and complex that translator microbes just give up on it until they simplify their sentences. It would thus be nothing for them to address each other with full descriptions that left little doubt who they were talking to, similar to someone saying "I am doing fine, Caucasian male in a charcoal gray suit with thin purple tie who works in my department and is currently standing to the left of the water cooler." and not having it take forever or be awkward.
- Lieutenant Murtagh of Family Matters told Carl that he had his first name legally changed to "Lieutenant." When he told Carl this, Carl asked what his name was before that. Lieutenant's reply was that before that time it was "Sergeant."
- Top Gear has The Stig, their faceless, genderless 'tamed racing driver'. He even has a passport.
- Invoked on Arrested Development when actor Judge Reinhold starts a reality courtroom show a la Judge Judy with himself as the judge. He then calls it Mock Trial with J. Reinhold. It eventually spawns an imitator show starring Bud Cort.
- In Star Trek: Voyager the Emergency Medical Hologram was called simply "The Doctor" and never got a proper name. Though since he was a piece of software and not a human, he didn't really need a name. It didn't take many seasons for him to need a proper name (being left running for longer than intended led to him developing an actual identity, and the Doctor knew full well that should mean having a proper name). The problem was that he didn't manage to decide what that proper name should be, so he stayed as "The Doctor" or "the Voyager EMH Mark I" for the duration. He did settle on the name "Schweitzer" in one episode, but dropped the name as too emotionally painful (without having told anyone in the crew about it) after an unpleasant outcome of a holodeck adventure.
- Geoffrey the Butler from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has his full name revealed as Geoffrey Butler, a fact Will is quick to point out.
- In an episode of NewsRadio, Bill McNeal calls a sound editor "guy," a fact Dave Nelson is quick to point out as rude for not calling the man by his name, until the sound editor looks up from his work to say, "My name IS Guy!"
- Early episodes of Oz occasionally had appearances from a poetically-inclined convict who was only shown delivering his verses in the canteen, and credited in the cast list as "poet". When he was later developed into a more significant character, it was decided that "Poet" was his actual street name.
- In Greek, "Wade" is both one of the Kappa Tau brother's nickname (he can't swim) and his real name.
- Mr. Bean, upon being specifically asked what his first name is, he simply replies "mister". This is later subverted in Mr. Bean's Holiday, where it shows on his passport that his first name is actually "Rowan", changing it into an Actor Allusion to Mr. Bean's real-life actor, Rowan Atkinson.
- Italian comedy sketch show "Mai Dire Gol" had among its recurring characters Ingegner Cane, the engineer (ingegnere = engineer) who supervised the feasibility studies for the Strait of Messina Bridge. He was shown to be incredibly incompetent and absent-minted (to the point of almost being unable to count), until it was revealed that "Ingegner Cane" were his given name and surname, and he didn't even have higher education!
- While not a name, on How I Met Your Mother, when asked where he works, Barney replies "please..." in a dismissive manner. A later episode reveals that the department he works in is called P.L.E.A.S.E. - "Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything." It's basically paying him millions per year to be their legal scapegoat.
- In Dinosaurs, when the Sinclair family decides it's time for their youngest son (addressed informally as "Baby", "Junior", or "Buster") to get an official name, the Chief Elder dies in the midst of the ceremony, saddling the baby with the unfortunate name of "Agh Agh I'm Dying You Idiot" (his last words). The family gets frustrated trying to come to terms with it, so they ask the replacement elder for a second opinion, and he opts for the much simpler "Baby", a name that stuck with him for the rest of the series.
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries has Phryne's butler, Tobias Butler. As a subtle clue, he's usually addressed as "Mr. Butler" rather than the usual no-honorific Last-Name Basis.
- In Glee, it's revealed that Principal Figgins' first name is Principal.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has a character named Larry, who keeps taking jobs as a waiter in various restaurants and always introduces himself as "Larry, your waiter." In season 2, it's revealed his last name actually is Your-Waiter.
Myths & Religion
- There are plenty of gods whose names simply mean "deity", such as God, Allah, and Jupiter (a corruption of Deus Pater, Latin for God the Father). In the case of the Abrahamic god, this began as an actual religious prohibition on speaking any of his "true" names outside of appropriate rituals, and after a few thousand years of no-one being allowed to say YHWH and even most of the titles like "Adonai" being considered so sacred that once you wrote them they had to be preserved forever, Memetic Mutation caused even most of the Rabbinical traditions to start just using "God" as his name rather than a job description, and eventually considering that sacred enough to violate the rules against cursing with it or writing it on any disposable medium as well (certain Jewish sects write it now as G-d). So this doubles as a case of Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep".
- The Ultimate Warrior's real name was James Hellwig. However, he legally changed his name to Warrior to cash off the name's fame and legacy.
- It was also so that he could keep the identity he was best known as, since WWE owned the Ultimate Warrior name. Considering what happened with the likes of the Dudleys when they left WWE and were forced to drop the names they had become known by throughout the industry, he's been Vindicated by History.
- Bob & Ray's sketch where Bob interviews Mr. G.L. Hummerbeck who is running as a write in candidate for President Of The United States.
Hummerbeck: It's not "Mister" G.L. Hummerbeck, it's "The Right Honorable" G.L. Hummerbeck.
Bob: Oh, you're assuming the full title of presidency already.
Hummerbeck: No, no, that's my first name. "Right Honorable"... I'm part Winabago Indian, and when a child is born they give it a name after the first thing it sees right after it is born. And in my case it was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Right Honorable Charles Evans Hughes.
Bob: That's a very interesting story.
Hummelbeck: I think it'd be a more interesting story if I knew what the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was doing on the reservation in our tent on the day I was born, but nobody seems to remember that.
- The last names of the "Pyramus and Thisbe" actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream correspond to their professions. For example, Nick Bottom is a weaver—and the "bottom" was a tool used in weaving.
- In The Drowsy Chaperone, Mrs. Tottendale's servant is apparently named Underling. Janet also calls the Chaperone "Chaperone", which may invoke this trope (it's the only time she's called "Chaperone" vs. "the Chaperone", and her real name is never actually given).
- The Bard from the most recent version of The Bard's Tale.
- In the Catacomb Fantasy Trilogy, the player character's Arch-Enemy and general enemy to all that is good is called Nemesis.
- In Conker's Bad Fur Day, Gregg the Grim Reaper learns that Conker's last name is "Squirrel" and his middle name is "The".
- Ehrgeiz's Quest Mode introduces us to Sommeleeay the sommelier.
- Dragon Age:
- The qunari are adherents to a particular religious structure that defines what ones job is to be. That job is then the name the qunari is called. One of the companions in Origins is a qunari named Sten, which really only means he's a warrior of a higher rank (roughly equivalent to a sergeant). Their general is called Arishok, but that's just the qunari word for general. Any personal name they have is not revealed because it's more of a social security number for record-keeping purposes. Sten mentions that nicknames are common among friends, so a bunch of Stens aren't going to have to call each other Sten all the time.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition: Your qunari party member typically goes by the nickname the Iron Bull (often just shortened to "Bull"), but his real name is Hissrad. He says it translates roughly as "weaver of illusion," fitting for a member of the Secret Police, but another qunari bluntly says that it just means "liar."
- In the Dragon Age: Redemption web series, Felicia Day's character's name is Tallis. However, the first episode reveals that she has been demoted to a menial position after a Noodle Incident, and her current name is never revealed. Her qunari superior shows up to tell her she is Tallis again and gives her a mission.
- The "Postal" Dude, Jr. is really named that. One of his errands is pissing on his dad's grave and it's marked as T. Dude, Sr. Another is going to the post office to pick up a package (a mail bomb) and the post office worker states it's for "Mr. The Dude".
- A recurring major character in the WarCraft universe is Thrall (who was raised in slavery). His name literally is "Thrall," and he does not change it even after he escapes and ceases to be a thrall. Although when Thrall finally returns to Nagrand in the Burning Crusade expansion, we finally learn the name his parents gave him. It's Go'el (Hebrew for "He Who Would Bring Salvation"). Orcs don't formally name their children until they go through a special ceremony, and Thrall's parents were killed before this happened. After stepping down from being Warchief, he leaves Durotar to live with a tribe of brown Orcs (their original color prior to demonic influence) and even finds a mate. At which point he starts to resent when people call him Thrall, even when his closest friend Jaina Proudmoore does it.
- Borderlands 2:
- A cut line has Captain Flynt stating that not only is he the brother of Baron Flynt from the first game, but Captain and Baron are their actual first names. He states that their parents were douchebags.
- From Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, we learn Mr. Torgue's first name is "Mister Torgue".
Lilith: Wait, your first name is "Mister Torgue"? [Beat] What's your last name, then?
Mr. Torgue: FLEXINGTON.
- The Guardian Angel's real name is Angel.
- In another DLC we learn that Torgue has the nickname/middle name "High Five", which is due to his family's tradition. Said tradition is giving him a middle name that is his grandpa's first name. This means that Torgue's full name is Mister Torgue High Five Flexington, and his grandpa was just High Five Flexington.
- The president of Shinra in Final Fantasy VII is named President Shinra. It's made more apparent in Japanese where there is no ambiguity that his first name really is President.
- The doctor in one of the Harvest Moon is known as... Dr. Doctor.
- STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl features a shining example of this trope. The given name (and since everyone in the Zone seems to be operating under an pseudonym of some sort, effectively his real name) of the bartender at the 100 Rads Bar in Rostok is...Barkeep.
- In OFF, the character you play as is called the Batter.
- The entire cast of Card City Nights. This helps differentiate them from the cards, which are all named after the actual video game characters drawn on them.
- In Hatred, the name of the Villain Protagonist is really...Not Important.
- Mid-stage bosses Koakuma and Daiyousei in Touhou, whose names mean Little Devil and Great Fairy respectively. This started out as Fanon, but ZUN decided that since he had never actually named those unique characters, Koakuma and Daiyousei worked fine.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney case 1-3 an angry janitor not letting Phoenix and Maya inside the studio ends up with an "Oldbag" byname, even called so in her speech bubbles. Then she is called in court as a witness for it to be revealed that it's her actual surname. Her full name is Wendy Oldbag. The lawyers take an awkward pause to bring themselves to address her.
- Undertale has a minor NPC, a young monster, who is never named in-game and only referred to as "Monster Kid" in the credits. According to Word of God, Kid is actually their name.
- A weird case in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. Everyone except Junpei uses a codename based on their assigned number. Clover's codename counts under the Theme Naming, but it's eventually revealed that her name actually is Clover... well, it's the Japanese word, Yotsuba.
- In Sickness, Vincent and Violet get upset upon first meeting Suoh because of his name.
Vincent: Sai, this is no fair! How come the new guy gets a codename and I don't!? You're with me on this, aren't you, Violet?
Suoh: Uh...Suoh is actually—
Violet: Like I care. You don't use your real name while working anyway, do you? I sure don't.
Suoh: Look, Suoh is my real—
Vincent: That's not the point! Sai gets a cool codename, Karasu gets a cool codename, and now we have a newbie being called "dragon"! It isn't fair!
- In Evolve, the E.M.E.T. drone that serves as the tier 5 medic is actually named Emet. It's a bit of a recursive case, as Jack called him Emet after reading the E.M.E.T. on his vest, which he then accepted as his name.
- In Terraria, PC update 1.3.4 introduced the Tavernkeep NPC. As with any other NPC, he has many possible names. One of them is Barkeep.
- Minecraft villagers are always named after whatever their occupation is.
- Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2: Everyone refers to the animal hunter as just "Hunter" with capital H. Considering that we can frequently see his "H" logo placed on various objects, and considering that the Polish version keeps his name as the English "Hunter", it's fair to say that this might very well be his actual name or surname.
- In FusionFall, Princess Morbucks gets kidnapped by the Ice King. He is attracted to princesses, however Princess is not a princess. She's just a rich girl named "Princess".
- Similar to the Catch-22 example above, Red vs. Blue has Sergeant (Later Colonel) Sarge. Also known as S-Dog. In Season 14 it's revealed that this is the result of taking the maxim "dress for the job that you want" to its (il)logical conclusion.
- Homestar Runner
- Coach Z is never referred to as anything else other than "Coach." It is unknown what the Z stands for.
- Inverted by Bubs, owner and operator of Bubs' Concession Stand. His ID lists his full name as "Bubs C. Stand," implying that his "job" is named after "him".
- In RWBY, Ozpin refers to Ruby's uncle as "a dusty old crow" to which Ruby responds, "That's my Uncle Qrow!"
- In the Death Battle episode featuring Ragna the Bloodedge vs. Sol Badguy, Wiz and Boomstick get into an argument over the name of the villain That Man, so much that Boomstick walks out in anger. After a moment, he comes back and apologizes after going on the Internet and realizing that, yes, the character's name is, indeed, That Man.
- DSBT InsaniT: Teacher. It's not a case of No Name Given; Teacher is her actual name. Balloon can not believe this...despite his own name being the same way.
- Weird Girl is another character's actual name. Koden finds that, well, weird!
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Dr. McNinja is a doctor who is also a ninja. Lampshaded in the opening of Meet The Doctor And His Friendly Staff.
- 8-Bit Theater:
- Red Mage, Black Mage, Thief and Fighter. Confirmed as this after their class change. Except for Thief. His real name is Prince Elf. They have last names, but those fare little better, with Fighter McWarrior, Black Mage Evilwizardington, and Red Mage Statkowski.
- Also there's White Mage, Black Belt, Lich, Ranger, Berserker, Rogue, Cleric, all their given names. The only one that's actually a case of Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" is Dragoon, whose name is implied to be Sebastian.
- In Goblins, every goblin is given a name at birth which is prophetic of his future — sometimes, this includes their future role or station in life. The most notable example is Chief, who became the village Chief (this one was eventually revealed to be cheating to avoid a fight when the old chief died).
- Homestuck: The carapace people are addressed by two-word titles like "Aimless Renegade" or "Parcel Mistress". Notably, their titles change with their roles but keep the same acronyms; "Warweary Villein" becomes "Wizardly Vassal" becomes "Wayward Vagabond," "Parcel Mistress" becomes "Peregrine Mendicant," etc.
- In The Order of the Stick, this strip reveals that minor characters literally have names like "Goblin Cleric #2" and "Hobgoblin Warrior from Strip #433, Panel 3". It's worth noting that this is a universe where otherwise unimportant side characters have invoked the Mauve Shirt trope to survive near-death experiences by revealing their names, so perhaps that's not so surprising.
- In Romantically Apocalyptic, The Captain's nickname for Sniper is Mr. Snippy. As it turns out, Sniper's real name is Charles Snippy.
- Scary Go Round: After going without a name for a long time, it turned out that the Mayor of Tackleford really was named "Mr Mayor"; James Mayor, in fact.
- Cecania's mother in Sore Thumbs was "Mother Greensworthington" even as an undergraduate, so apparently 'Mother' is her given name.
- In The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred, Wiglaf is initially addressed as "Lackey" by Mordred, and when the chauffeur is called "Driver", he assumes that it's simply Mordred's habit to call people by their job... but her name is actually Ainsley Driver.
- All gnomes in Guilded Age use their profession as their first name. Bandit Keynes used to be Carrier Keynes before she became a thief, because it was her job to carry ore from the mines to the smelters.
- The Aliens in It's Walky! really are beings from the planet "Alien".
- In El Goonish Shive, there is a physics professor actually called "Dr. Physics Professor".
- In Knights of Buena Vista, Mary calls an NPC by his/her function, so when she calls the bishop that, Walter then remembers his name actually is Bishop.
- Robin initially never actually learned the name of the character she refers to as "my lesbian". When Ethan uncomfortably addresses her as "Hey, um, lesbian", she replies "My name is Leslie". It eventually transpires her full name is Leslie Bean.
- There's also a side character repeatedly referred to only as "that guy", before revealing that his given name is "Thad". His last name is never revealed, but it isn't "Guy".
- According to the writer of Oglaf, The Mistress's name really is Mistress.
- Merchant in Strange School. He sells stuff.
- The administrator of the school in Brutus is named Dean President.
- When "Foxy Cop" from Narbonic cameos in Skin Horse she has a nameplate reading "Lt Foxicopp".
- In Axe Cop, Axe Cop is a cop who fights with an axe and his friend (and actually brother) Flute Cop is a cop who somehow fights with a flute apparently. The story of Axe Cop's childhood, long before he became a policeman, reveals that his parents were named Bobber and Gobber Smartist and his given name is Axey Smartist. And he has a brother named Flute Cop.
- One plot on Neopets included a supporting character who was known only as "the scout" until the very end, when she was asked about her name and revealed that it was, in fact, Scout.
- This is what happens to Drone Jeffs at ranks of Officer or higher in the Worm Jeff Saga; their name is what they do followed by the first name they had when they were human.
- Used in various That Guy with the Glasses videos, where the titles that the characters have (Ask That Guy with the Glasses, The Nostalgia Critic, etc.) are the characters' names and not just their titles. Which leads to a few Aerith and Bob situations during crossovers.
- In Ricesnot's videos, Bones's therapist is named actually named Therapist.
- In a sight gag during the Justice mini-arc of Vaguely Recalling JoJo, the Runaway Girl's name in the guestbook is Runaway Girl.
- Discussed between Igno and Yin in We Are Our Avatars
Yin: Oh, okay. He truly is a rather unusual human-person, then. I do wonder who he is shouting to, though. He must be rather far away.
Igno: I'm pretty sure Eureka isn't a name.
Yin: Hmmm. I did not know that you can't be named "Eureka". I did meet an old man named Old Man before, though, so the standard for names that I'm aware of is fairly lax.
- The final episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared shows the puppets' beds labelled with the letters "R", "Y", and "D", implying that they are actually named "Red Guy", "Yellow Guy", and "Duck Guy".
- The Adventure Zone has Captain Captain Bane. He's the captain of the Goldcliff Militia, and also his first name is Captain.
- The Mayor from The Powerpuff Girls is actually named Mayor. His campaign slogan is, "Vote for Mayor for mayor!", and when he lost his job, he became ex-mayor Mayor. It's apparently a surname, as in one episode, his wife calls him Barney.
- The Secret Show had Professor Professor and Doctor Doctor. Professor Professor's brother Maestro later joined the trope when he became a Maestro. Also their mother is known as Frau Frau.
- Sheep in the Big City: Farmer John. John is his last name, by the way. His first name is Far, and his middle name is Mer.
- The Simpsons:
- The rich Texan character's full name is Richard Texan. But you can call him "Rich".
- "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" Part 2 implies that Groundskeeper Willie's first name really is Groundskeeper, as at one point Lisa refers to him as "grounds-tender Groundskeeper Willie". A later episode revealed that his full name is William MacDougal.
- Just plain old Barry Duffman.
- Sheriff Bronson Stone of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has "Sheriff" as first name, because that's what his mother always wanted him to be.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In a flashback from when he was a kid, Billy's Dad had a shirt with "Billy's Dad" written on it. It's odd, since the series had already established Billy's Dad's name as "Harold".
- Coach Conkout from Moville Mysteries. His father was really obsessed with him becoming a coach to the point of giving the first name "Coach".
- The Daffy Duck short Deduce, You Say ends with the revelation that the criminal Dorlock Holmes and Watkins are chasing is actually named Shropshire Slasher.
- Phineas and Ferb episode "Moon Farm" featured a disembodied reggae space voice whose name really was "Disembodied Reggae Space Voice".
- Turned on his head in Clerks: The Animated Series where actor Judge Reinhold is an actual judge.
- Adventure Time:
- Lady Rainicorn doesn't have a title; "Lady" is just her first name.
- Doctor Princess is not actually a princess: that's her surname. She's also not a licensed doctor: that's her given name. She just started practicing medicine because everyone assumed she could.
- All the actual princesses but Bubblegum (real name "Bonnibel Bubblegum") are referred to as "X Princess" (Flame Princess, Hot Dog Princess, Lumpy Space Princess), and it is unclear if these are their names and not just titles. It later turned out Flame Princess's first name was Phoebe, and she initially refused to reveal this.
- In the Archer episode "A Going Concern" we learn that Doctor Kreiger isn't a medical doctor ("And not even the other kind, technically.") In "Jeu Monegasque", his 401k lists his first name as "Doctor" (though later episodes claim his real first name is "Algernop").
- ˇMucha Lucha!: The founder of the school the three mascaritas attend is named Founder. In fact, he found, rather than founded, the school from Hammerspace to smash an adversary.
- Kim Possible: Jack Hench is the go-to guy for hiring well-trained henchmen (as opposed to the inept mooks we occasionally see working for Dr. Drakken).
- On Young Justice this seems to be the case with the Reach: of its three main agents, two are known only as the Ambassador and the Scientist. The third is called the Warrior, though oddly, his colleagues sometimes call him Black Beetle, a name we first hear applied to him by Wonder Girl because of his resemblance to Blue Beetle. Apparently either she guessed well or he just decided to run with.
- Hey Arnold!:
- SpongeBob SquarePants: In the episode "Good Ol' Whatshisname", Squidward needed to find out the names of all the Krusty Krab customers to win a prize. The last one, however, seemed uncooperative, as Squidward thought he always responded to him "What's it to you!?" to shoo him away...until he finally got his ID card and saw that "What Zit Tooya" was his real name.
- Subverted in Bob's Burgers, where long time customer Teddy believes restaurant owner Bob Belcher's name is "Bob Burgers". He's completely stunned by this revelation.
- Uncle Grandpa's main character is "everyone's uncle and grandpa", and his name is Uncle Grandpa (and according to his driver's license, his middle name is "Larry"). Likewise, the photo cutout of a tiger is actually named Giant Realistic Flying Tiger (GRFT for short).
- Enforced in The Amazing World of Gumball: when Gumball finds out his real name is Zach, he develops a Split Personality that only goes away when he legally makes his nickname his actual first name.
- In Over the Garden Wall, everyone at the Tavern have titles like the Tavern-Keeper, the Tailor, The Highwayman, etc. They seem uncomprehending when Wirt tries to introduce himself and Greg by name, and attempt to apply a similar label to him: first "the Lover," when they misunderstand his search for Adelaide to be romantic, and later "the Pilgrim" when they interpret their journey to be a spiritual quest.
- In the first part of the second season finale of Ben 10: Alien Force, Kevin's middle name is revealed to be Ethan, causing Ben to say, "Wait, your name is 'Kevin E. Levin? You just lost all remaining pretense of 'cool,'" alluding to his nickname, Kevin 11, from the Original Series.
- In Mighty Magiswords, the Warriors for Hire, Prohyas and Vambre, actually have "Warrior" as their surname.
- In Sonic Boom, Sonic the Hedgehog's name is just that. Yes, "the" is his middle name.
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Shadowy Figure. It's even listed on his POW card.
- Where do you think surnames like "Smith" or "Fisher" came from? Though in English these are converted into patronyms ("Smith('s)son") less often than in some other languages. It's more obvious in Scandinavia, where the name would be "Smithsson".
- Speaking of which, many Scandinavian names originated back when conscription was invented. Commanders sick of a platoon full of guys all named Eriksson would simply rename them after their function or temperament, which is how they ended up with family names translated as "Grenade", "Gun", "Spear", "Keep" or "Brave."
- Oddly enough, the more literal reading of this trope (IE, being named for a job which one also happens to have) is unusually uncommon in Sweden and some other Scandinavian regions - job-surnames are oddly rare, almost unheard of, so the chances of both having such a surname and having the same job approaches zero.
- Sweden is noted for having a paucity of surnames and given names. This is not helped by it being against Swedish law to have a name not approved by the government, either given at birth or changed to later. While it is possible to change your name (first or last) in Sweden, first names are required to be approved Swedish first names, and last names must always be something which the person has a prior connection to (like a place of residence, profession, or prominent and unusual possession) and also be Swedish. This led one motorcycle enthusiast to be prohibited from changing his last name to Harley-Davidson (which is not Swedish, but Danish, in form) and having to settle for Harley-Davidsen (which is Swedish in form). Though that might be an Urban Legend, since it's almost the other way around (-sen names are Danish, -sson names are Swedish. Davidson is Anglophone is form, as Swedish would have it as Davidsson). More likely alternative spellings (and non-Swedish names, at least if you have a prior connection, like being descended from immigrants) are permitted, while changing to a registered trademark is less acceptable.
- Speaking of which, many Scandinavian names originated back when conscription was invented. Commanders sick of a platoon full of guys all named Eriksson would simply rename them after their function or temperament, which is how they ended up with family names translated as "Grenade", "Gun", "Spear", "Keep" or "Brave."
- Most German names are derived from a profession, and the likelihood of someone being named their actual profession is a bit higher than in Sweden, though still small, as the surnames originated at a time when there were a lot more farmers, smiths, tailors and weavers around, and no library assistants and car mechanics.
- After President James A. Garfield was shot, the physician who treated him actually had the given name "Doctor." He was Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss, who had been named by his parents in honor of Dr. Samuel Willard, a pioneer of mental health treatment in America. Garfield died of his wounds, months later; basic best practices of modern medicine, including sterilization, were a few years away from becoming widespread, and almost certainly would have saved his life.