aka: In Universe Nickname
An In Series Nickname is not a Fan Nickname
; although it can frequently be used as such. Instead, it is a nickname specifically given in-series, not even by the producers alone. It is always regarded as canon. Often given out by The Nicknamer
. If done enough this may overlap with My Name Is Not Durwood
or Only Known by Their Nickname
for Affectionate Nickname
and Embarrassing Nickname
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Anime & Manga
- Chibi Maruko Chan: The main character Momoko Sakura's nickname is Maruko. She is almost always called by this name or a variant of it in place of her actual first name (i.e. in a situation in Japanese culture where the use of the first name would be called for).
- Redline has "Sweet JP," our main character, a racecar driver who looks kinda like Travis Touchdown with even crazier hair. "Sweet JP" is obviously not his real name, it's just been heaped on him because he's the only racer who doesn't mount weapons on his Cool Car.
- Koume Sawaguchi from Blue Seed was called "The Hurricane" during her time in the Japanese Self-Defense Force, where she worked before she was discharged due to insubordination and then transferred to the TAC without her knowledge.
- In Code Geass, Jeremiah is called Orange-kun/Orange Boy.
- By R2, the "-kun" has been dropped. And the nickname that ruined him has become a mark of badass, because he is the Ensemble Dark Horse.
- Also Lelouch is dubbed 'Lulu' by Shirley and Milly. What's more, among the closer members of her family (and Love Interest Suzaku) Euphemia goes by 'Euphy'.
- Hachiroto 'Hachimaki' Hoshino in Planetes. Later, it was revealed that his mentor gave everybody (except Hakim) nicknames; Edel was Hourglass and Tanabe was Little Lady at first, then Angel.
- Naruto calls Jiraiya "Ero Sennin" (Pervy Sage)
- Also,Rock Lee and Might Guy are nicknamed "Bushy Brows" and "Super Bushy Brows-sensei" respectively.
- Almost everyone receives a nickname off resident The Nicknamer, Yachiru. It's almost potluck as to whether someone ends up with an In-Series Nickname or an Affectionate Nickname or an Embarrassing Nickname and she'll often forget a previous nickname she's given and grant a new one.
- Yamamoto is called "Old Man" or "Old Man Yama" by more than a few, including Kyouraku, Kenpachi and Ichigo.
- Tohma is called "Tonma" by Masaru in the original Japanese Digimon Savers.
- In Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Beauty calls Heppokomaru/Gasser "He-kun/Gas Can".
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pegasus gives several characters the nickname of "____-boy" based on their name (Yugi-boy, Kaiba-boy, Dukie-boy).
- And in the Japanese version of The Movie, he shows that the nickname has a female variant when he calls Anzu (Téa) "Anzu-girl".
- In Night Wizard, Hiiragi Renji is nicknamed "fallen man" because of all the time's he's had to repeat grades, (due to his duties as a Night Wizard).
- Luna, aka Prez, in Mega Man Star Force.
- In Fruits Basket, the unfortunate Yuki Sohma gets the nickname of Yun Yun (which he points out is longer than his actual name. This does nothing to dissuade the nickname-giver, Manabe, however). Another student council member is branded with the Chibi (or Chibisuke).
- Ayame gave Kyo the nickname "Kyonkitchi" (or "Lucky Kyo", in the English dub).
- One Piece has many, most famously Straw Hat Luffy, since most enemies casually call him Straw Hat. This may be more Nom de Guerre, though, especially the ones in the form of The Magnificent.
- In Witchblade, Masane has the nickname Masamune (big chest) in the original and Melenie ("Melony"?) in the dub. You get three guesses why.
- Ayumu Kasuga of Azumanga Daioh gets tagged with the nickname "Osaka" after about five minutes. This proceeds to supplant her actual name, to the point at which she struggles to find it on .
- Also, Yukari-sensei's beat-up vehicle is dubbed the "Yukari-guruma", which means the "Yukari-car."
- Speaking of Yukari-sensei, she calls her old friend Kurosawa-sensei "Nyamo" rather than her actual personal name Minamo. Tomo being essentially an adolescent Yukari does the same.
- In Ghost Hunt, Mai immediately starts calling Tall, Dark and Snarky paranormal investigator Kazuya Shibuya "Naru", because it reminds her of how narcissistic she thinks he is.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Nodoka is known as "Honya* -chan" by most of the class. Chamo also has his own nicknames for most of the girls, but listing them all would take too long.
Albireo Imma Ku:nel Sanders loves referring to Evangeline as "Kitty", simply because it pisses her off.
- And since Zazie's recently revealed Evil Twin sister won't reveal her name, Negi has taken to referring to her as "Poyo" after her Verbal Tic.
- Tamahome from Fushigi Yuugi has been known as "Obake-chan" since childhood because of his markings. Don't call him that, though.
- In Saki, several characters start calling Saki "Rinshan-san" after she demonstrates her uncanny ability to win with Rinshan Kaihou* .
- In Last Exile, Dio calls Claus "Immelman" after his trademark piloting maneuver.
- Lucky Star plays with this one. Tsukasa calls Konata and Miyuki Kona-chan and Yuki-chan respectively. (Fairly normal.) Also, Konata tries to come up with a nickname for Kagami. Tsukasa mentions that an alternate reading for Kagami's name kanji is "Kyou", so Konata calls Kagami "Kyou-chan". That embarrasses/pisses of Kagami, and when Konata asks what she can call Kagami, Kagami's suggestion is to call her Kagami-sama (roughly translates as "The Great Kagami"). Naturally, this backfires when Konata actually does it. Kagami is so embarrassed that she asks Konata to stop, please, for the love of God.
- In Dragon Ball, Goku comes up with the nickname "Eighter" ("Hatchan" in Japan), because apparently "Android Number Eight" (Or "Jinzouningen Hachi-gou" in Japanese) is too hard for him to say.
- In KON, Yui refers to her friends as, Azusa; Azunyan (Moe cat ears), Ritsu; Ricchan, and Tsumugi; Mugi. She probably would have given Mio a nickname if her name wasn't already short enough.
- Fay in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE uses a lot of nicknames for Kurogane (Kuro-sama, Kuro-rin, Kuro-tan, Kuro-wanwan, Kuro-daddy and many more), much to the latter's annoyance.
- Macross Frontier has a few, the most notable one is Alto-hime, or just "Hime" (Japanese for "Princess"). He doesn't like it.
- Sheryl Nome's is "The Galactic Fairy"
- Ranka Lee's is "Super Dimension Cinderella"
- Durarara fans are fond of making use of Izaya's infantilizing nicknames for his "friends" — therefore, Shizuo and Kadota find themselves called Shizu-chan (or its loose translation Shizzy) and Dotachin quite a bit outside of the series proper.
- In Chrome Shelled Regios, Layfon is nicknamed "Layton" by a trio of girls he meets, because it's apparently easier to pronounce. Felli gets jealous when she hears this and decides to call him "Fon-fon". When Layfon objects, she runs through several variations of nicknames ("Lay-kun, Lay-chan, Lay-cchi, Senko no Lay...") before he finally just accepts Fon-fon.
- In Future GPX Cyber Formula, Ryouhei Sumi is called "Pei". Likewise, Miki has been called "Chief" by Ryouhei due to her being the chief mechanic for the first 3 series.
- Rurouni Kenshin - Perhaps as a nod to the author's own liking for The Shinsengumi, Yahiko posits "Kenshin-gumi" for Kenshin's True Companions very early in the series.
- Prussia in Axis Powers Hetalia calls his brother Germany "West". Also, Poland calls his Heterosexual Life Partner Lithuania "Liet" (which is a shortening of "Lietuva", the Lithuanian name for, well, Lithuania) and Switzerland calls his little sister Liechtenstein "Liechten".
- Half the main cast of Paradise Kiss. Daisuke chooses the name "Isabella", partly to express her gender identity, and also because she apparently has a thing for European names. She imposes the name "Sebastian" on her servant Ueda, she probably inspired Jọuji to spell his name "George" (if not the other way around) and she calls Yukari "Carrie", but that's a nickname for her other nickname "Caroline", given by Miwako for no discernible reason.
- In Detective Conan Kogoro Mouri is widely known as "Sleeping Kogoro," due to the sleeping posture when he solves cases. This is, in fact, the effect of Conan's using Instant Sedation needles on him and using a voice changer to imitate Kogoro's voice.
- Sasamoto-sensei in GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class was known by her students as "Tono-sensei," due to an In-Universe application of Memetic Badass.
- Zafira of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha often is called "Zaffy" by Vivio.
- In Bakuman。, Nanamine gets the nickname "Usomine" (typically translated as "Liarmine") from his contributors after they suspect, correctly, that he's lying to them about how badly his series is doing in the rankings.
- Also Mashiro's middle school colleagues often call him "Saikou", which is an alternate reading of his name "Moritaka". When Takagi starts to use this nickname regularly, Mashiro starts calling Takagi "Shuujin", which is an alternate reading of Takagi's name "Akito". One of Takagi's friends also calls him "Shuuto" in a flashback.
- Azuki, as a voice actress, is often known as "Azukyun" by her fans and later "Abazurekyun"- derived from the Japanese word for "bitch" ("Bitch-kyun" in the Viz translation) after her relationship with Mashiro comes to light.
- In Tiger & Bunny, Kotetsu immediately takes to calling Barnaby "Bunny" after their first outing as a superhero duo. ["Because you hop about and have long ears (referring to the antennae on Barnaby's Powered Armour) like a cute little rabbit!"] At first he just does it to annoy Barnaby, but it becomes an Affectionate Nickname once he starts to acknowledge him as his partner.
- Only Kotetsu actually calls him Bunny, but the other characters do get in on the fun, such as when they buy him a stuffed bunny for his birthday, or when Saito imprints a little rabbit logo on his supersuit.]]
- Merry Nightmare from Yumekui Merry is also known as, well... Yumekui/Dream Eater Merry.
- In To Aru Majutsu no Index, Toma gives Mikoto Misaka the nickname Biri Biri, which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for an electrical discharge. In the dub, he calls her "Bug-zapper".
- The World God Only Knows' Keima, very well-known among gamers he's known as "The Capturing God," was also predictably nicknamed "otamegane" by his Real Life classmates. Crunchyroll's subs translated it to "dweeb," which is culturally accurate, if a bit lacking in creativity.
- Ami and Mami have one for almost everyone on the main cast in the anime version of THE iDOLM@STER.
- In Black Butler, Grell gives Sebastian the punny and flirtatious nickname of "Sebas-chan" in the Japanese version. In the dub, she goes with "Bassy".
- Harlem Beat: Mizuki calls Naruse “Narucho”, Sawamura calls Kiriko “Witch” and Kobayashi “Umbrella Guy” (based on the image of aloof umbrella maker during Jidai Geki), Takao nicknamed Kobayashi as “Musashi” for his samurai-esque attitude, Zukeran Tetsuya from Kyan was often called “Kemp” for his resemblance to Shawn Kemp, Those Three Guys from Threemen’s Hoop only known by their nicknames.
- Talgeese in SD Gundam Force has a fan club amoung the Zako Soldiers, and they refer to him as Lord T.
- A few characters in Bokurano have nicknames, such as Aiko "Anko" Tokiosumi, Chizuru "Chizu" Honda, Masaru "Kodama" Kodaka, Takami "Komo" Komoda, and Mako "Nakama" Nakarai. The manga indicates that the latter suggested this as a way to make friends. Also in the manga, there's Junji Karita, who is dubbed "Katari" by the pilots, when he appears on TV falsely claiming to be a Zearth pilot.
- Girls Und Panzer
- Saori often calls Miho "Miporin" and Yukari "Yukarin". Interestingly enough, she doesn't do the same for Hana, whom she's known before the series, and her Childhood Friend Mako.
- The three girls of the Disciplinary Committee/Mallard team have nicknames- Midoriko "Sodoko" Sono, Moyoko "Gomoyo" Gotou and Nozomi "Pazomi" Konparu"
- Sodoko, irritated by Mako calling her "Sodoko" despite her objections, once tries calling her "Remako", but it doesn't stick, and she goes back to calling her "Reizei-san" shortly afterward.
- Miho is once referred to as "Mihosha" by Katyusha.
- The Joker likes to call Batman by nicknames such as Batsy.
- Harley Quinn, in turn, calls Joker "Puddin'" and "Mr. J".
- Ra's Al Ghul calls Batman "Detective", while his daughter Talia (until recently) called him "Beloved".
- Lois Lane calls Clark Kent "Smallville", probably meaning he's a hick by referencing his small hometown.
- Wendy Watson of The Middleman has the nicknames "Dub-Dub" and "Dubbie" (plus the various insults Ida slings in her general direction). And Lacey has her fair share of nicknames for the Middleman himself.
- Spider-Man has about a dozen of these, such as "web-head", "web-slinger", and "wall-crawler".
- His girlfriends frequently called him "Petey", although MJ is well-known for calling him "Tiger". In the 1970s she sometimes also called him "Browneyes".
- Other Spider-Man nicknames include "JJJ" for J. Jonah Jameson, "MJ" for Mary Jane, "Robbie" for Joe Robertson, "Doc Ock" for Doctor Octopus, "Flash" for Eugene Thompson, and "Mayday" for Spidey's alternate-reality daughter May.
- Some nicknames from The Avengers: Iron Man is "Shellhead", The Mighty Thor is "Goldilocks", the Incredible Hulk sometimes is "Jade-Jaws", Captain America is "Cap" or "Winghead".
- Daredevil is "Hornhead".
- From the X-Men:
- Professor X: "Chuck" (by Wolverine)
- Cyclops: "Cyke", "Fearless Leader" or plain "Slim"
- Jean Grey: "Jeannie" (by Wolverine) or "Red"
- The Beast (Henry P. McCoy): "Hank"
- Magneto: "Bucket-head" (by Wolverine)
- Storm: "Stormy", "Roro", "Wind-Rider", or (aggressively) "Wind-Witch", sometimes "princess" or "boss"
- Colossus: "Pete", "Petey", "little brother" (by Storm in earlier days)
- Nightcrawler: "Elf", "Nightelf", "Fuzzy-Elf", or "Fuzzy"
- Wolverine: "Wolvie"
- Banshee: "Irish" (by Wolverine)
- Shadowcat is "Kitty", "Kate" (in stories set in the future), "Kitten" (by Storm), "Katya" (by Colossus), "Kätzchen" (by Nightcrawler), "Punkin"(by Wolverine), and sometimes "Cat"
- Rogue: The fact that "Rogue" was originally her childhood nickname may explain why there aren't that many other frequently used nicknames, although she has been referred to as "Red" and "River-Rat" occasionally.
- Phoenix II (Rachel): "Red", "Ray"
- Dazzler: "Lightengale" (mostly by Rogue), but usually "Ali" (short for Alison) or "Dazz"
- Psylocke: "Betsy" or "Betts"
- Gambit: "Cajun"
- White Queen: "Frosty"
- From the Fantastic Four:
- Human Torch: Matchhead
- Mr. Fantastic: Stretcho
- Thing also calls Susan "Susie" or during the Claremont run "Susie-Q"
- Doctor Sivana dubbed Captain Marvel "the Big Red Cheese".
- Green Arrow has been known to call Black Canary "Pretty Bird" whenever they were dating.
- Judge Dredd is often referred to by other characters as "Old Stonyface".
- Bookhunter: "Kettle Stitch" is the Library Police's nickname for the book thief they're hunting; so called because their high-quality forgery (left behind to hide the fact that the theft occurred at all) used a kettle stitch to bind the leaflets, rather than the common catch stitch.
- In Sonic The Comic Tails in called "pixel-brain" by Sonic
- The Blind Side: "Big Mike" for the main character, Michael.
- Monty Pythons Life Of Brian has a subversion. Everyone thinks "Mr. Big Nose" is the man's nickname... but it's actually his real name.
- In Cars, Sally nicknames Lightning "Stickers," because like Real Life racing cars, he has no headlights, just stickers. It starts out derisive, but eventually becomes an Insult of Endearment.
- In Ponyo, "Ponyo" is just a nickname Sousuke gives to the titular fish. Her real name is Brunhilde. Her dad is none too happy about the way she prefers "Ponyo" over "Brunhilde..."
- All Dogs Go to Heaven: Charlie calls Anne-Marie "Squeaker" after she keeps him awake with the squeaking of her bed.
- In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dr. Frank N Furter is called by his nickname "Frankie" by various characters throughout the film.
- In the Star Wars movies and the expanded universe, droids often get called by a nickname based on their number and initials said as one word. Por Ejemplo: R2-D2 and C3P0 are called "Artoo" and "Threepio" respectively.
- Han Solo in particular has a habit of assigning nicknames (though admittedly not particularly clever ones). He frequently refers to his companions in the first movie as "Kid" (Luke), "Princess" (Leia), and "Goldenrod" (C3-P0).
- And it turns out Anakin 'Darth Vader' Skywalker was called 'Ani' by his girlfriend, which kinda detracts from his scariness...
- In The Shining, Dick Hallorann calls Danny Torrance "Doc", briefly confusing Danny's mother:
Wendy Torrance: We call him Doc sometimes, you know, like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons. But how did you know that?
Dick Hallorann: ...Well, I guess I probably heard you call him that.
Wendy Torrance: ...Well, it's possible, but I honestly don't remember calling him that since we've been with you.
- In Iron Man 2, the term 'Hammeroids' is used by Tony Stark to refer to Justin Hammer's drones, and it's become so popular that it's become often confused as a Fan Nickname.
- Dumbo: "Dumbo" is a mean nickname given to a large eared baby elephant whose true name is Jumbo Jr. (Most people do not realize this and the movie title itself uses the Nickname)
- The Little Rascals series: Just about every boy had a nickname.
- Some became so identified with their characters that their nicknames followed them in life; i.e., Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, George "Spanky" McFarlane, etc.
- Ice Age: Continental Drift: Everybody but Peaches and Ellie call Louis "Wiener".
- "Elephant" in Flatlander by Larry Niven.
- Harry Dresden nicknames everything. While most of them don't stick, a few catch on even with other characters. Notably, the Archive is Ivy, the skinwalker is Shagnasty, and the Denarians are the Nickelheads. It says something about Harry that these are, respectively, the repository of all human knowledge, an Eldritch Abomination, and an order of psychos and fallen angels. It even gets to be a plot point at times; naming Ivy gave her her own identity separate from the Archive, which helped her avoid snapping when the Nickelheads caught her.
- Not to mention his nickname for the fallen angel Lasciel, Lash, helping the shadow version of Lash that resided inside Harry's head separate from her former self and helped her gain a sense of identity.
- In the series, it's explicitly stated that giving something a name gives it an identity. Another example is Bob, the air spirit Harry keeps in a skull: in Dead Beat, we find out just how much of Bob's genial and helpful personality is a result of being in Harry's service as opposed to that of someone more serious and less ethical.
- Because of this fact, the angel Uriel objected strenuously to being nicknamed Uri, and actually succeeds in getting Harry to stop using it.
- Considering Uriel translates as "Light of God", and Harry was removing the God bit, you can kind of understand his objections.
- He is perfectly fine with being called Mr. Sunshine though.
- Citizen Admiral Esther McQueen, aka Citizen Admiral Cluster Bomb.
- The main character of the series, Admiral Honor "The Salamandar" Harrington. Given to her by some of her detractors who noted that she always seemed to find herself "Where the fire is hottest."
- Wicked Lovely has a few, most notably Aislinn being referred to as Ash more often than not. Niall is also most often called Gancanagh, although that's more because he is a gancanagh.
- As noted above in films, in Stephen King's The Shining, Danny is frequently referred to as "Doc".
- In The Stand, Glen Bateman calls Stu Redman "East Texas" who in turn calls him "baldy".
- Also, Harold "Hawk" Lauder, Donald Merwin Elbert who goes by Trashcan man or simply Trash, and "Mother" Abigail Freemantle.
- In Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, Ranger calls Stephanie "Babe", though it's always with affection (and occasional amusement). Morelli calls her "Cupcake", probably more frequently than he uses her actual name.
- In L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series has a few. Gilbert and Anne have nicknames to each other; after their marriage, he calls her "Anne-girl", while she calls him "Gil". Their oldest son James is called Jem; their twins Anne and Diana are nicknamed Di and Nan, and their youngest daughter Bertha Marilla is nicknamed Rilla. Her brother, Walter, calls her "Rilla-my-Rilla", a play on her middle name. This nickname is eventually adopted and used by her crush later, fiance, Kenneth Ford.
- P8 Blue of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers is known by the nickname "Pattie". In fact, most members of her race have a nickname - B6 Blue, for instance, is "Bishop" and Z4 Blue is "Ziff".
- In Crysis: Legion, Alcatraz calls the CELL troops "CELLulites".
- Karl May lived by this trope, for instance in the stories set in the American West, most of the Westmänner (Westmen) go by their colourful nicknames, not their real ones, for instance Old Shatterhand, Old Surehand, Old Firehand, Old Death, Old Wabble, Gunstick-Uncle, Earless and Tante Droll ("Aunt Droll").
- Kim in Rudyard Kipling's novel is known in Lahore as the Little Friend of All the World.
- Jenna and Septimus in Septimus Heap call each other Jen and Sep, respectively.
- In Dinotopia, Lee Crabb liked to call Bix 'Pinky'.
- Animorphs: Rachel was "Xena" courtesy of Marco, and Ax often got called 'Ax-man'. Jake was Fearless Leader from time to time. And the Andalites called Visser Three The Abomination. Tobias was sometimes called 'Bird Boy' for obvious reasons.
- Gives Light: It sometimes feels like the number of people willing to call Skylar by his real name are in the minority.
- Amanandrala Grookonomonslf in Star Risk Ltd goes by "Grok" among humans because his full name is a mouthful and too hard to pronounce.
- The firstborn daughter in any family of A Brother's Price is named Eldest and raised to be the leader of her subsequent sisters. Five years old and an only child, Eldest Porter is affectionately called Eldie by her 'aunt' Ren.
- In The Hunger Games Katniss refers to one of her fellow tributes as "Foxface". We never find out her actual name.
- She also likes to refer to Peeta as "the boy with the bread".
- Gale affectionately calls Katniss "Catnip".
- Haymitch usually refers to his two tributes as "sweetheart" and "the boy".
- Doctor Evazam, first appearing in A New Hope but having a real role in Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead, is also called Doctor Death.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, a large quantity of characters have nicknames. Some of the more frequent ones include Jaime "the Kingslayer" Lannister, named for his Bodyguard Betrayal, Gregor "the Mountain the Rides" Clegane, named for his huge size, Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister, named for his dwarfism, and Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, named for his short stature and lordship in the Fingers region.
- In The Host some Souls have these since their names tend to be mouthfuls. We get Wanda for Wanderer, Sunny for Sunlight Passing Through the Ice, Pet for Petals Open to the Moon, Fords for Fords Deeps Waters and Burns for Burns Living Flowers.
Live Action TV
- In Smallville:
- Lois usually calls Clark "Smallville", but "Clarky" on rare occasions. Lois almost always just call Chloe "cous" (as in, "cousin") or "Chlo"*, or more rarely "Goldilocks". She once calls Jimmy "Baby Bear", and he is not happy.
- Chloe sometimes call Lois "Lo".
- Jimmy sometimes call Chloe "Brighteyes". And yes, she has eyes that you can't stop staring at.
- Chloe's boss at the Daily Planet used to call her "Chloster". Jimmy picked it up. She is not amused.
Chloe: How much blunt trauma do you think a stapler to the back of the head would cause?
- The names Martian Manhunter and Supergirl starts out as Chloe's nickname for them in Smallville. She is also known for calling Clark the Man of Steel.
- Oliver started the tradition of calling Clark "Boy Scout" and Bart "Impulse". Bizarrely, Brainiac sometimes also call him that, but he always refer to him as Kal-El face to face.
- LOST has lots and lots of these, thanks to Sawyer. There's also The Others for the people who live on the island. What they call themselves is never revealed.
- Doctor Cox in Scrubs has nicknames for almost everybody: Elliot is Barbie, Turk is Gandi, Kelso is Bobbo, Doug is Nervous Guy or Pee Pants, and JD is either "Newbie" or whatever girl's name he can think of. Carla, who was his only friend at the beginning of the series, is the only one he doesn't nickname.
- Everyone at Sacred Heart seems to have a nickname for at least one other person. Carla calls JD "Bambi", Turk and JD call each other "Chocolate Bear" (or Brown Bear) and "Vanilla Bear", The Janitor calls Elliot "Blonde Doctor", Cox "Mean Doctor", Carla "Scary Nurse Lady" and Turk "Bald Black Doctor", Kelso calls Turk "Dr. Turkleton" (which is really more of a misunderstanding than a nickname, but...), and then there's Snoop Dog Intern/Resident/Attending (depending on the season), Colonel Doctor, "Laverneagain", etc.
- On Dead Like Me, Rube often refers to George as "Peanut", as do some other characters. Rube also used to give this nickname to his daughter. He also calls Daisy "Princess."
- Stiles calls Derek a sourwolf on Teen Wolf. The fandom took it and RAN.
- Captain Slow, Jezza, and the Hamster on Top Gear.
- Ellie calls Laurie "Jellybean" all the time on Cougar Town. It is not a term of endearment.
- In House, the title character sometimes played the role of The Nicknamer. Most of the applicants introduced in season four aren't ever called by their real names. Some of them even have more than one nickname. They include Thirteen, Cutthroat Bitch, Grumpy, Big Love/Black Mormon, Scooter/Ridiculously Old Fraud/Bosley, and a couple of others.
- In The X-Files, Mulder, by others in the FBI, is known as "Spooky" Mulder, though not originally for his work in the paranormal. Originally, the nickname referred to Mulder's incredible profiling skills when he was in the Academy, and when he worked in the VCU. The nickname the FBI gave Scully after she started working with Mulder was "Mrs. Spooky".
- Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones is known as "Bones".
- Daisy calls Sweets "Lancelot", and Jack calls Booth 'G-man'.
- Gene Hunt calls Alex Drake "Bolly", "Bols", or "Lady B", short for "Bollinger Knickers".
- He rarely, if ever, used Sam Tyler's name, referring to him as "Gladys", "Dorothy", "Marjorie", "Doris", and "Boy Wonder", among many others.
- Stargate Universe: Eli Wallace seems to have picked up "Math Boy".
- The hosts and mad scientists had new nicknames for each other nearly every episode on MST3K.
Mike Nelson: What's up, Mother-of-Pearl?
Pearl Forrester: I give the nicknames around here Nel... son.
- Pearl called Crow "Art", which was actually an In-Joke based on a fan letter to the show.
- TV's Frank called Dr. Clayton Forrester "Steve" for no particular reason at all. There was massive debate among MSTies over whether it was some obscure pop culture reference until Word Of God from Frank Conniff confirmed that it was just a random gag.
- On Homicide: Life on the Street Stanley Bolander was universally known as "Big Man" and everyone called Lt Giardello "Gee." The latter might seem like a simple contraction of his surname, but it actually came from what he said on his first murder scene.
- The Doctor from Doctor Who was known as "Theta Sigma" or "Good Old Thete" by his schoolfriends, apparently after his exam results. Also, Donna called him Spaceman, because he is a man from Space...
- Ace (a companion of his seventh incarnation) had a tendency to call him "Professor".
- Rory is well-known as "The Last Centurion" post season 5.
- Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine calls Jadzia Dax "Old Man" as the previous Dax host (Curzon) was an old friend and mentor.
- Q often calls the French Picard 'mon capitaine' and the female Janeway 'Madame Captain.'
- Justin from Queer As Folk is called Sunshine by Debbie, and sometimes Brian.
- The characters of Saved By The Bell have a few nicknames for each other. Slater calls Zack "preppie" and Jesse "mama". Jesse occasionally refers to him as "papa".
- The characters in Friends generally shorten the others' names into nicknames such as Phoebe = Pheebs, Rachel = Rach, Joey = Joe and Monica = Mon. Ross and Chandler don't get this though.
- Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer refers to Buffy as just B sometimes, and she calls Giles 'G-Man' (as does Xander occasionally, though Giles isn't always thrilled). Spike calls Dawn "Little Bit" and "Niblet". Other characters frequently shorten Willow to just Will.
- Spike, (whose real name is William), has nicknames for almost everyone. He calls Angel "Peaches", Willow "Red", Xander "The Whelp", Anya "Demon-Girl", and so forth. He calls Buffy "Slayer", "pet", and "love", but these probably don't count, as she simply is the Slayer, and "pet" and "love" are used as pretty standard slang. On Angel, Illyria was 'Blue' or 'Big Blue' or 'Smurf'.
- On the Angel end, Wes was often called 'English' by Gunn. Lorne was always using food nicknames for Angel. "Angelcakes" "Angelhair" "Angelfood". Lorne himself was often "The Host" because of his job owning Caritas. Groosalugg was called 'Groo' by Cordy. Fred apparently sometimes called Wes 'Bookman' during their all too brief romance.
- Most of the cast of M*A*S*H have nicknames.
- Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce came with his when he arrived in the unit; his father gave it to him, after The Last of the Mohicans.
- Walter O'Reilly became "Radar" because of his extraordinary ability to detect arriving helicopters and anticipate the needs/whims of his supervisor.
- Frank "Ferretface" Burns. He was rather weasel-y.
- "Trapper" John McIntyre
- Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
- Oliver "Spearchucker" Jones
- "Ugly John" Black
- Berta of Two And A Half Men calls Alan "Zippy", possibly referring to the fact that he's always running under stress.
- The main characters on Gossip Girl call each other by their first initial (Blair is B, Serena is S and so on), and Gossip Girl herself tends to refer to them that way. Jenny is Little J and Blair is also called Queen B. Dan does not get this treatment however, but Gossip Girl likes to refer to him as Lonely Boy.
- In Fringe, Walter refers to his Alternate Universe counterpart as "Walternate".
- On Seinfeld, Jerry and Elaine sometimes called each other Lainie and Jerome, usually when they were teasing the other person.
- In Married... with Children Al often calls Kelly "Pumpkin".
- In All in the Family, Archie calls Gloria "little girl" and (less affectionately) calls Mike "Meathead". Mike often calls him "Arch".
- DiNozzo has an endless string of names for McGee based on his last name, such as McGoogle, as well as "Probie." Other members of the cast sometimes call McGee "Elf Lord," because of his online gaming hobby. "Aqua Smurf" has showed up occasionally.
- Abby occasionally addresses Jenny Shepard as "Madam Director".
- There's Gibbs' common nickname for Abby - "Abbs".
- For Jimmy Palmer, he is commonly referred as the "Autopsy Gremlin".
- Dr. Donald Mallard is called "Ducky" by most everyone.
- On Heroes, Hiro Nakamura doesn't seem capable of seeing Nathan Petrelli without punching his fists in the air and shouting "FLYING-MAN!!!".
- On Criminal Minds, Garcia has nicknames for everyone, not to mention Morgan's nicknames for Garcia. Morgan also has the tendency to call Reid "kid" or occasionally "Pretty Boy". Additionally, Reid mentions in the fourth episode of the series that JJ is the only person who ever calls him "Spence". JJ herself is almost always called just JJ, short for Jennifer Jareau.
- In Kamen Rider Fourze, school principal Hayami refers to teacher Sonoda as "puppy"; she was the Canis Minor Zodiarts and his protege before she evolved into Scorpio and joined him as a Co Dragon.
- On Supernatural Dean throws around nicknames a lot, but the most important one was 'Cas,' which came to denote the whole separate identity the angel Castiel developed as he bonded with humans, rebelled against Heaven, and sought to stop the Apocalypse. The name caught on in fandom on Castiel's first appearance.
- Sam's hallucination of Lucifer, while providing Sam's side of the conversation, recently referred to himself as 'Lucy.' He was always a very..laid-back being, but the longer he's Sam's hallucination the more goofy and petulant he gets.
- On The Amazing Race, some team nicknames become so prominent that they're used in place of the team's actual names by the other racers. This includes The Guidos (Bill & Joe, Seasons 1 & 11), The Clowns (Jon & Al, Season 4), Mirna & Schmirna (Charla & Mirna, Seasons 5 & 11), The Hippies (BJ & Tyler, Season 9), The Beauty Queens (Dustin & Kandice, Seasons 10 & 11), The Goths (Kynt & Vyxsin, Seasons 12 & 18), Dandrew (Dan & Andrew, Season 13), and The Cowboys (Jet & Cord, Seasons 16 & 18).
- On NYC 22 four of the main cast have these starting from day one. Best one, though, is the rookies' Field Training Officer, Sgt. Daniel Dean, who really hates being called "Yoda".
- On Stargate SG-1, Jack O'Neill often calls Goa'uld symbiotes "snakes". Except for Teal'c's, which got the nickname "Junior".
- CSI NY Danny has always called Lindsay 'Montana' ever since she started working on the team. That said, it's a bit less frequent now that they're married, although it pops up from time to time along with a rather natural occasional 'Babe'
- Merlin often calls Arthur 'prat' or 'clotpole'. Arthur isn't amused.
- The sidekick on the second incarnation of Lassie was always called 'Porky'.
- Battlestar Galactica:
- The call-signs of the Viper- and Raptor-pilots function as nicknames to varying degrees.
- Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace and Karl 'Helo' Agathon are almost always called by their call-signs in conversation.
- Sometimes the call-sign clearly originates in a nickname, as with Louanne 'Kat' Katraine.
- Sharon 'Athena' Agathon is an example of a pilot more usually called by her actual first name.
- There are several Cylons with the same form wondering around in the story at any one time, and though it appears Cylons usually have little use for individual names, so it becomes important to distinguish between them.
- For example, the first Number Six iteration we encounter in the story later gains the nickname 'Caprica Six' amongst her people.
- All of the Cylon models except Six also have a human name that is used as an alias by one of their members at one point, but is used later to refer to the model as a whole (e.g. the Dorals). Some of these might not be nicknames or even aliases, though, as Number One was named John Cavil by his creators.
- William Adama has a couple of nicknames as well. There's his call sign, "Husker," which is rarely used in the main series; "The Old Man," used by several people, but mostly Col. Tigh; and "Zeus," used a few times by Tom Zarek.
- Human-form Cylons are invariably called "skinjobs" by everyone.
- Centurions are on one occasion called "chromejobs" but their usual designation is "toasters". In fact, "toaster" is a general name for all Cylons, flesh or metal.
- Marshall Eriksen of How I Met Your Mother was known as "The Big Fudge". He once called his wife Lily "Mrs. Fudge".
- All four of the Chasers on The Chase have one of these. Mark is called The Beast, Shaun the Dark Destroyer, Anne The Governess and Paul The Sinnerman. There are others too according to the wiki page.
- Horatio Hornblower: Both people and ships have nicknames on this show.
- Horatio has several nicknames. Jack Simpson, a midshipman of a bully, keeps calling him "Snotty". His friend, the Duchess of Wharfedale, nicknames him "Mr Aitch", and Maria Mason who marries him calls him "Horry". The first one is clearly meant to be offensive, the second is quite affectionate and he enjoys the Duchess's flattery, but Maria genuinely doesn't know that he dislikes her pet name.
- Captain Foster is a Living Legend of the Navy and known as "Dreadnought" Foster. He's indeed somewhat of a Fearless Fool and has an in-universe Awesome Ego.
- One of the captains is called "Black Charlie" Hammond. This nickname was not explained in-universe.
- Captain's Pellew's ship Indefatigable is a Cool Boat and she kicks some serious ass in series one. She's affectionately called "Indy" or "the bloody Indy". She's deeply loved by her sailors.
- The first ship where Horatio started his career as a midshipman was referred to as Slough of Despond. Her name is in fact HMS Justinian.
- Monday Mornings has some fun with the characters' nicknames. Some of them are affectionate or tongue-in-cheek, some of them are rather harsh.
- Dr. Martin who gets sacked in the very first episode is called "Double Oh Seven" by his colleagues. He supposes it has something to do with a license to kill.
- Dr. Harding Hooten is secretly called "Hardly Human". Nice alliteration.
- Dr. Jorge Villanueva has two (or one, but in two languages) rather flattering. He's called "El Gato" and "Big Cat". Quite appropriate for a legendary trauma surgeon and a Bald Black Leader Guy.
- Ally McBeal: John Cage is "The Biscuit" (a very old nickname from school), Nelle Porter is "Sub-zero" (she's an Ice Queen), Mark Albert is "The Closer" (he's supposed to be brilliant with his closing arguments), and one Elaine's friend and former employee of the firm is called "Peanut" (because he's little).
- Long Wei from Infinity Game refers to Meibo as "chalk girl" (due to her habit of hurting people with it) and Lu Xiao as "Puji" because she wore a Puji brand of hat and he didn't know her name at the time.
- Peanuts has "Sweet Baboo", Sally's puppy love nickname for Linus. Linus is not amused.
- Sally also refers to her big brother Charlie Brown as... 'Big Brother.'
- 'Peppermint' Patty calls Charlie Brown "Chuck" and Lucy "Lucille." There is also 'Pigpen'.
- Charlie Brown is 'that round-headed kid' to Snoopy and 'Charles' to Marcie.
- In his younger days, Michael Patterson of For Better Or For Worse referred to his sister Elizabeth as "Lizardbreath."
- Bucky Katt gives out malicious and hostile nicknames to virtually every other character in Get Fuzzy.
- In Rifts, soldiers of the Coalition States are known as Dead Boys, due to the Coalition's fixation with adorning all their armor and vehicles with a Death's Head motif.
- PDQ Bach's Oedipus Tex: "...but my friends just call me Ed."
- Infinity series:
- In Ever17, Sara calls her friend Tanaka You "Nakkyu", and You calls Sara "Mayo". Additionally, Coco uses "Takepyon", "Tsugumin", and "Shou-chan" for Takeshi, Tsugumi, and the Kid note .
- In Remember11, Yuni refers to Kokoro as "Kokoron", and Lin as "Tobilin".
- Nick and Edgey are Larry Butz's nicknames for Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth, respectively. Mia catches onto "Nick", and when she dies, she passes it on to Maya, whose use of it inspires Pearl to call him "Mr. Nick". Edgeworth, on the other extreme, is rarely called by his nickname, and rarer still by his first name.
- And there's Damon Gant, who calls them "Wright-O" and "Worthy", and the Judge "Udgey". And Godot, who calls Nick "Mr. Trite."
- Phoenix is also called Feenie by his college girlfriend Dahlia. And her twin sister Iris, the one he actually dated.
- Larry Butz also likes to call Franziska von Karma "Franzy", much to her extreme displeasure.
- Pearl gets called "Pearls" by Phoenix and "Pearly" by Maya. In the former case, it was because he couldn't bring himself to call her by her real name (she was too cute).
- As for Apollo Justice, he is sometimes called "Polly", but his most famous nickname is Klavier's "Herr Forehead".
- Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai: Kazuko is called Wanko by just about everyone, and the producers often refer to her by the latter name instead. "Wan" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a dog makes, but the obvious Embarrassing Nickname conceals a Stealth Pun - the "Kazu" in "Kazuko" is written as the Japanese kanji for "one", hence "one-ko".
- All over the place in Steins Gate. The only nickname not coined by Okabe is Mayuri's, who calls herself "Mayushi" (and Okabe "Okarin").
- In Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series, Marik calls Yugi Binky-Boy.
- In the webcomic The Dreamer, Nathan calls Alexander "Captain Fancy Pants" behind his back.
- In Survival of the Fittest, Nathaniel Harris is referred to as Blood Boy on the sole basis that hardly anyone knew his real name. Also to an extent are most of the terrorists, and Yelizaveta 'Bounce' Volkova.
- In Darwin's Soldiers, whenever Aimee is out of earshot Shelton calls her "psycho fox lady".
- Red vs. Blue characters usually address Freelancers with a shortened version of their callsign. Thus, Freelancer Texas is called "Tex" (despite being female), Washington is called "Wash", and New York is just "York".
- When Caboose has to deal with Private Donut, he can only seem to remember the other's name as [Military Rank] + [Pastry], leading to a series of nicknames like "Private McMuffin" and "Major Cinnamon Bun".
- Need we forget "Commander Pop-'n-Fresh"?
- In Our Little Adventure, Rocky tends to nickname people. He nicknamed Angelika "Bitch Girl" and dubbed Pauline "Beast Bitch."
- The Downfall meme has a bunch of both this an Fan nicknames, but the one most popular in-series nickname belongs to Joseph Goebbels, who is often addressed as "Skeletor" because he is (or at least he is shown in the movie Downfall to be) extremely pale and thin, which many characters believe makes him look half-dead.
- In LIS_DEAD, Dramatic Detective and Mysterious Mr. M will call each other DD and M respectively most of the time.