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In-Series 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 Accidental Misnaming or Only Known by Their Nickname.

Super Trope for Affectionate Nickname, Embarrassing Nickname, and Red Baron (aka Badass Nickname).


Examples

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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.
  • Bleach
    • 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.
  • Every protagonist in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is nicknamed "Jojo". For instance:
    • Part 1: Jonathan Joestar
    • Part 2: Joseph Joestar
    • Part 3: Jotaro Kujo
    • Part 4 plays with this trope: the first kanji character in Josuke Higashikata's family name can be read as "Jo".
    • Part 5 also plays with this with Giorno Giovana, which can be spelled as "Giogio". In Japanese phonetics, it's still read as "Jojo".
    • Part 6: Jolyne Cujoh.
    • Part 7: Johnny Joestar.
    • Part 8's protagonist borrows the name "Josuke Higashikata", which, as previously mentioned, can be shortened to "Jojo".
  • In Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Beauty calls Heppokomaru/Gasser "He-kun/Gas Can".
  • 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.
  • Azumanga Daioh
    • Ayumu Kasuga 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 the class listings, and then has it pointed out that they used her nickname, as well.
    • 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.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Nodoka is known as "Honyanote " 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.
  • Saki
    • Several characters start calling Saki "Rinshan-san" after she demonstrates her uncanny ability to win with Rinshan Kaihounote .
    • Momo typically refers to Nodoka as "Boobs-san", and has a few other nicknames for certain characters in her internal monologues, such as calling Tomoki "Ryuumonbuchi's glasses girl". Momo herself is often known as "Stealth Momo".
    • Kuro is typically referred to as the "Dragon Lord of Achiga", since she attracts Dora tiles.
    • Hiroko Funakubo of Senriyama is typically called "FunaQ" by her older teammates.
    • Saki typically calls her long-time friend Kyoutaro "Kyou-chan."
  • 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 K-On!, 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. For Azusa (and the others, in the anime), this becomes a clue when Ui tries to covertly fill in for a sick Yui, as she doesn't use these.
  • 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. When a couple of the GA-1 students are looking for her, the Art Club members (for whom Sasamoto is their advisor) can't remember her name, and resort to a brief anecdote which identifies her immediately.
    • Miyabi Oomichi, is known as "Professor" (except by Namiko, who calls her "Masa" via alternate reading of the kanji, and teachers, who use her surname); and played up to near-Only Known by Their Nickname levels.
  • The Liese twins from Lyrical Nanoha, Lieselotte and Liesearia, are known as Lotte and Aria as well as Liese when both of them are addressed. This has caused a major confusion among the fandom and most fans believe their names are actually written is eastern order in Japanese and think they are called "Lotte Liese" and "Aria Liese" in western order.
    • Lotte calls Chrono "Chrosuke"/"Kurosuke".
    • Reinforce Zwei's nickname is just "Rein".
    • Teana is called "Tea" by the other three Forward members.
    • Lutecia is called "Lulu", "Lu", "Lu-ojousama" "Lu-chan" and "Lu-ko" by her friends.
    • Zafira is often called "Zaffy" by Vivio and Isis.
    • Vita is called "Anego" ("Big Sister" or "Boss") by Agito and Lutecia.
    • Olivie's nickname was "Vivi" which explains Vivio's name origin.
    • Shario Finienno and Mariel Atenza are mostly known by their nicknames "Shari" and "Mari".
    • Vivio, Einhard and Rio call their Devices Sacred Heart, Asteion and Solfčge "Cris", "Teo" and "Sol", respectively.
    • Among the major DSAA Inter-Middle Championship participants, Sieglinde Jeremiah, Victoria Dahlgrün and Micaiah Chevelle are known as "Sieg", "Victor" and "Mica-nee", respectively.
    • Sieglinde eventually starts calling Einhard "Har-nyan".
    • Thoma calls Subaru and Alto "Su-chan" and "Aa-chan", respectively.
    • The Hückebein members Veyron, Arnage, and DeVille are often called "Vey", "Aru" and "Ville", respectively.
  • 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 A Certain Magical 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, while very well-known among gamers as "The Capturing God/The God of Conquest," was also predictably nicknamed "otamegane" by his Real Life classmates. Crunchyroll's subs (and apparently the English dub) translated it to "dweeb" which, while lacking in creativity, is culturally accurate.
  • Ami and Mami have one for almost everyone on the main cast in the anime version of The Idolmaster.
  • 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.
  • Tallgeese in SD Gundam Force has a fan club among the Zako Soldiers, referring 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.
  • In Yuyushiki, there's the Sensei-chan Miss Yoriko "Mom" Matsumoto. It was Yuzuko who first called her that, and she didn't like it much, as she wasn't even 30.
  • Mr. Nishimura in Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts is alternatively known as "Ironman", and he's easily the most badass character in the series.
  • Murasakiiro No Qualia
    • Hatou is always called Gaku by Yukari. Hatou's the one who actually suggested the nickname though.
    • Tenjou calls Hatou "Helmet Head", due to her haircut, as an Embarrassing Nickname. She doesn't like it.
  • In Yotsuba To, Fuuka's friend Hiwatari is called "Shimauu" (adapted to "Miss Stake" in translation) due to saying "Yoroshiku onegai shimau" ("Nice to miss you") when introducing herself at school.
  • 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.
  • In Sakura Trick Kotone calls Haruka "Harupoppo".

    Comic Books 
  • 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
    • Spider-Man has about a dozen of these, such as "web-head", "web-slinger", and "wall-crawler".
    • His girlfriends frequently call Peter Parker "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
  • Strontium Dog: Archibald MacNulty is only referred to as such by his "gran". On the good kind of "Wanted"-posters, he's "The Tartan Terror". To everyone else, he's "Middenface".

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts
    • "Sweet Babboo", 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." Younger sister April took over using it for him later on.
  • Bucky Katt gives out malicious and hostile nicknames to virtually every other character in Get Fuzzy.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • 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 on the Cliff by the Sea, "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.
  • 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)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift: Everybody but Peaches and Ellie call Louis "Wiener".
  • Epic: Apparently, "MK" for Mary Katherine.
  • In Tangled Flynn calls Rapunzel "Blondie" several times.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Blind Side: "Big Mike" for the main character, Michael.
  • The 2013 Carrie remake has Christine Hargensen call Tina Blake "Teenie".
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian has a subversion. Everyone thinks "Mr. Big Nose" is the man's nickname... but it's actually his real name.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Hammer claims the 7.62mm 6-barrel minigun that ends up integrated with the War Machine suit is known to the US soldiers who use them as, alternately, Uncle Gazpacho or "Puff the Magic Dragon". (He was half-right here: The AC-47 gunship, a Vietnam-era ground-support aircraft fitted with several such miniguns for More Dakka, was nicknamed "Puff the Magic Dragon" for the hail of tracer rounds it rained down on the enemy.) He also nicknames his not-so-super mini-bunker-buster, supposedly capable of "reducing the population of any standing structure to 0" (although it's actually a laughable dud) the "Ex-Wife".
  • 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.
  • In Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle and its sequels, Kumar calls Harold "Roldie".

    Literature 
  • 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 Moran and Moriarty stories The Hound of the D'Urbervilles, Sebastian Moran often goes by "Basher", not only cause of his first name but because he's a terrifically violent man. Also, in a nod to Holmes considering Irene Adler the woman, both M men call her that bitch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Used liberally in the Little Women series due to the complete lack of a One Steve Limit. Characters Margaret Curtis March, Robert March, Margaret March, Josephine March, Elizabeth March, Theodore Laurence, John Brooke Jr., Margaret Brooke Jr., Josephine Brooke, Robert Bhaer, Theodore Bhaer, and Elizabeth Laurence are known as Marmee/Mother, Papa/Father, Meg, Jo, Beth, Laurie (Teddy by Jo), Demi, Daisy, Josy, Rob, Teddy, and Bess (originally Beth) respectively.
  • 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 Crysis: Legion, Alcatraz calls the CELL troops "CELLulites".
  • In Dinotopia, Lee Crabb liked to call Bix 'Pinky'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gives Light: It sometimes feels like the number of people willing to call Skylar by his real name are in the minority.
  • Citizen Admiral Esther McQueen, aka Citizen Admiral Cluster Bomb.
    • The main character of the series, Admiral Honor "The Salamander" Harrington. Given to her by some of her detractors who noted that she always seemed to find herself "where the fire is hottest."
  • In Vorkosigan Saga, The Dragon of Emperor Dorca the Just was called Pierre La Sanguinere(bloody pierre)which is a rather ambiguous nickname(either complimenting his badassery or insulting his ruthlessness, probably both). In more modern and settled times, Rene Vorbretten for a while gets called "Ghembretten" because he had an ancestor who was an invading Cetagandan Ghem-warrior. This nickname is meant to be more insulting; it is not only racist but more important(for several vor are marrying galactics anyway) it is insulting both his female ancestor's chastity and patriotism in one breath. And still more important it is calling his legal claims to the countship into question.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Kim in Rudyard Kipling's novel is known in Lahore as the Little Friend of All the World.
  • "Elephant" in Flatlander by Larry Niven.
  • Jenna and Septimus in Septimus Heap call each other Jen and Sep, respectively.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Amanandrala Grookonomonslf in Star Risk, Ltd. goes by "Grok" among humans because his full name is a mouthful and too hard to pronounce.
  • Quite a few fighter pilots in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (especially the X-Wing Series) have nicknames, either given or used as callsigns. For example, Garik Loran is "The Face" (or simply "Face"), Voort Sa Binring is "Piggy", Jaina Solo is "Sticks", etc. Many astromech droids also get nicknames, such as Corran Horn's R2 unit, "Whistler".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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").
  • The Mortal Instruments: Simon is often called Daylighter by Downworlders, for that unique, annoying detail about being a vampire that can walk around in sunlight. Thanks, Jace's angel blood.
  • In The Raven Cycle, due to thinking "Blue" is too weird a name, Gansey will frequently refer to the main character as "Jane" instead, much to her annoyance.
  • In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet is called Lizzy by her family and Eliza by Charlotte (and one assumes, other First Name Basis friends, as Caroline Bingley addresses her as Miss Eliza whenever she's being faux-affectionate).
  • Semirah, in Dr Franklins Island, is called Semi by everyone except Doctor Franklin himself. She called Miranda "Very Cool Girl" until she got to know her. After they are transformed she sometimes calls them Miranda-the-bird and Semi-the-fish and Arnie-the-snake while describing physical things they're doing. Arnie often sarcastically calls Miranda "Wonder Girl".
  • In Billy Budd, Captain Edward Vere is known to his crew as "Starry Vere."
  • Iris, leader of The Ultra Violets is sometimes referred to as "Riri."
  • Those That Wake has "Man in Suit" for... the man in the suit.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt has a few.
    • Överenskommelser: Sofia calls Beatrice "Bea" (pronounced as "Beh-ah").
    • "Betvingade": Markus is some times called "Järven", meaning "Wolverine".
    • "De skandalösa": Gabriel starts calling Magdalena "Malla".
  • Ukiah Oregon Indigo is called "The FBI" as a short form of "Frigid Bitch of Ice" by law enforcement, though letting her know that is a very bad idea. The Pack, talking about her to Ukiah, call her "Your lady of steel."

    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"note , 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."
  • Teen Wolf
    • Stiles calls Derek a sourwolf. The fandom took it and RAN.
    • Stiles is a nickname in an of itself; his first name is never revealed because of how embarrassing it apparently is.
      Coach Finstock: Stiles, that's right. I thought "Stiles" was his last name.
      Sheriff: His last name is "Stilinski".
      Coach Finstock: You named your kid "Stiles Stilinski"?
      Sheriff: No, that's just what he likes to be called.
      Coach Finstock: Oh. Well, I like to be called "cupcake". What is his first name? *reads it on a file* Wow, that's a form of child abuse. I don't - I don't even know how to pronounce that.
  • 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.
    • Jules' father Chick calls her "Junebug".
    • Bobby calls Jules "J-Bird" and Andy "Ando". One episode states that giving cool nicknames is his "superpower".
  • 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.
    • The Eleventh Doctor fondly calls Clara "My Impossible Girl" and "Souffle Girl".
      • Clara calls him "Chinboy" at times, and "Clever Boy" usually whenever her echoes die.
  • 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.'
  • Natasha Yar is Tasha to everyone, even on duty. The same goes for Geordi.
  • 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.
    • Very occasionally, you hear Chandler called "Chan."
  • On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "Mare" for Mary and "Mur" for Murray.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith efers 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'.
    • Giles is also known as Ripper.
    • Genevieve is sometimes called Gigi.
  • 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*SH 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.
    • "Trapper John" McIntyre, a carryover from the original novel and film (where the nickname came from an incident where he and a college co-ed were caught having sex in a railroad-car restroom, and she claimed that he'd "trapped" her).
    • Frank "Ferret Face" Burns, a nickname that was first given to him by his own brother.
    • Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
    • Oliver "Spearchucker" Jones
    • "Ugly John" Black
    • Hawkeye, Trapper, and B.J. would often address each other as "Hawk", "Trap", and "Beej", respectively.
  • Berta of Two and a Half Men calls Alan "Zippy", possibly referring to the fact that he's always running under stress.
    • It was because he's quick in bed, actually.
  • 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".
    • See also: "Fauxlivia."
  • 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" and Edith "Dingbat".
  • NCIS
    • 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.
  • Series/{{NCIS: Los Angeles}}
    • Sam calls Callen by his first name, G. (or Gee).
    • Hetty (her real name is Henrietta).
  • 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.
  • On Murphy Brown, Jim frequently addresses Murphy as "Slugger".
  • 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, 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".
    • Nine times out of ten, Vala will refer to Teal'c as "Muscles".
  • 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'
  • On the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, D.B. likes to call Julie Finn 'Jules', and she always hates it.
  • Merlin often calls Arthur 'prat' or 'clotpole'. Arthur isn't amused.
    • Guinevere, queen of legend, of incomparable beauty, heroine of one of the most tragic love stories of all ti— what, you mean Gwen? Yeah, she's right over there, giggling with Merlin.
  • 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 "Big Fudge". He once called his wife Lily "Mrs. Fudge".
    • In various flashforwards, he's called "Judge Fudge" and "Fudge Supreme."
  • 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.
      • A "Snotty" is actually a generic Royal Navy term for a Midshipman, the lowest form of comissioned officer rank.
    • 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).
  • The Big Bang Theory: Rajesh is usually called Raj for short; Sheldon is called Shelley by his mom and sister; and Howard and Bernadette call each other Howie and Bernie.
  • Felix from Orphan Black is usually affectionately referred to as "Fee" by Sarah.

    Pinballs 
  • Nearly all of the pool players in Sharkey's Shootout has a nickname, either as an identifier or reflecting their specialty:
    • Dr. Wood, "Mystery Lady"
    • Mr. Grey, the "Combo King".
    • "Sticks", the Bumper Pool Master.
    • Tex, "Mr. Jackpot".
    • Real Life billards player Jeanette Lee, "The Black Widow".

    Radio 
  • Fibber McGee and Molly: In addition to Molly always calling her husband "Fibber" (for good reason), Fibber had nicknames for many of the other characters:
    • "Gildy" — Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve
    • "Doc" Gamble
    • "The Old Timer" for an otherwise unnamed old man
    • "Waxy" for series announcer Harlow Wilcox (the series was sponsored by Johnson Wax)
    • "Sis" — a little girl who lived next door who enjoyed harassing Fibber
    • "Myrt" (short for Myrtle) — a nosy telephone operator
  • The Jack Benny Program — Actor Eddie Anderson became so identified with his character, Rochester, that he became known as Eddie "Rochester" Anderson.
  • Amos 'n' Andy: What's a race comedy without some racially insensitive nicknames?
    • George Stevens, aka "The Kingfish"
    • "Lightnin'"
  • The title character of the detective series Boston Blackie
  • The Whistler — self-named title character as per the series' intro:
    "I am The Whistler, and I know many things for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes! I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."
  • The Jimmy Durante Show: During the 1940s, a sexually provocative character was named "Hotbreath" Houlihan.
    • "Hotbreath" was played by Florence Halop, who replaced Selma Diamond on Night Court about forty years later. (You wouldn't think it to look at her on Night Court, but she could really sell the sexy voice on radio when she was in her twenties.)
    • "Hotbreath's" nickname may have been the inspiration for the similarly nicknamed character Margaret "Hotlips" Houlihan in Mash.
  • The Aldrich Family: In the radio and film series, some of the schoolmates of adolescent (and adenoidal) lead character Henry Aldrich had nicknames:
    • Basil "Dizzy" Stevens, Henry's best friend during the first few seasons;
    • "Stringbean" Kittinger, a girl who hadn't yet developed.
    • "Tubby" Gibbons
    • "Pinkie" Peters
    • "Butch" Williams
  • "Burbly Burwasher" from The Navy Lark due to the way he talks (not that anybody says that to his face).

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
    • The genetically uplifting canines called Psi-Hounds are so commonly called Dog Boys that people often get confused when someone calls them by their proper designation.
    • The name of the old USA's Chromium Guard power armors is largely a thing of the past, instead everyone knows them as Glitter Boys.

    Theater 
  • In P.D.Q Bach's Oedipus Tex, the title character says in his "I Am" Song that his friends just call him Ed.
  • Alonzo "Stinky" P. Goodhue in the 1938 musical Leave It To Me!.
    "The boys call me Stinky—because I never can stop the barber from putting things on my hair."

    Video Games 
  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog series is usually known by his nickname (and, in Japan, original name) Dr. Eggman nowadays.
  • Neku in The World Ends with You gets called "'phones" because of his headphones (and what they imply). Neku refers to Minamimoto as "the Grim Heaper". Beat calls Kariya and Uzuki "lollipop" and "pinky", respectively. Many castmembers (and players) call Hanekoma "Mr. H", and Kitaniji gets called "shades".
    • Beat is itself a (self-granted) nickname, as is Rhyme (his partner and sister).
    • The World Ends With You is brimming with these. Nearly every hero has at least three, and the villains average about four each.
      • Joshua wins for sheer number of nicknames: Joshua (in place of his given name, Yoshiya), Josh, Josh Josh, Petit Prince, Pretty Boy, Prissy Kid, Pink, Rainbow, and Giggles.
      • For Neku, we have the aforementioned Phones, along with Blue, Black & Blue, Bruise, Nekky, and Orangeylocks.
      • Shiki gets Stalker and Green.
      • Beat's family name is Bito, making "Beat" a nickname in and of itself. He's also referred to as Skulls, Freshmeat, Rottenmeat, Yellow, Skater-Brain, and Deliquent Reaper.
      • Rhyme's given name is Raimu, so ditto. She's also Skulls Jr. and Black.
      • Minamimoto gets Tabooty, The Grim Heaper, Pi-Face, Dr. Pin, and Junior.
      • Yodai has Ram-crotch, Steroids, Higgy, and Big Guy.
      • Konishi's are Iron Maiden, Ironface, Her Iron Frostiness, and Mrs. K.
    • The color-coded nicknames are based on the This Is Your Premise on Drugs bonus chapter, Another Day. Shiki is Green (for obvious reasons), Beat is Yellow, Joshua is Pink (for even more obvious reasons), etc.
    • The equipment that is based off what each character wears tends to bear their nicknames, such as "Big Guy's Belt".
  • In the English dub of Final Fantasy X, Rikku was fond of calling Yuna "Yunie."
  • Norma from Tales of Legendia assigns a nickname to every other member of the party — usually a silly diminution of their given names. Norma herself was dubbed "Bubbles" by Moses.
  • Every character in the Backyard Sports series has their own nickname.
  • In the Harvest Moon games, you get a nickname from your spouse once you get married. Some games will offer up their own suggestions ("Honey," "Sweetie," "Darling"), but you can also come up with your own in a Hello, Insert Name Here fashion.
  • In Animal Crossing, your neighbors will sometimes come up with nicknames for you. Some of them are independent and pre-programmed (such as "buddy" or "sparky"), but some of them are based on your name. (So if your name was "Andy," they might give you nicknames like "A-Dawg" and "A-Boss.")
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link is given all sorts of nicknames to get around the whole custom name business and simplify programming: Fairy Boy, Hero Boy, Mr. Hero, and so on.
    • In Majora's Mask, Romani takes to calling Link "Grasshopper", since he apparently patters about when he walks and wears green.
    Link? That's a nice name, but... How about... Grasshopper? That's the name Romani gives you.
  • In Devil Survivor, Yuzu and Atsuro do this to each other. He calls her "Yoohoo" to needle her and when she gets mad at him she calls him "Okatsuro" to make fun of his otaku tendencies. Furthermore, you can chose a nickname for your protagonist, which will be used by Yuzu and Atsuro (other characters will use his real name, which you also chose).
  • Yangus constantly refers to the main character of Dragon Quest VIII as "Guv". Even Jessica called him by that name once when they were imprisoned.
  • In-game trades in the Pokémon games will always have said traded Pokemon already have a nickname. For example, in Pokémon Yellow, you can trade your Cubone for a Machoke Machamp named "Ricky".
    • In PokéPark Wii, the main character is a technically nameless Pikachu, but the Pokemon of the Lava Zone nickname him Lightning Strike.
    • You get to choose your character's nickname in Pokemon X and Y. There are default choices or you can choose your own. The default ones involve the first letter of your name, like 'Lady *latter* or 'Little' *letter* or 'Queen' *letter* for a female or 'Lil' *letter* or 'Big' *letter* or '*letter*-meister' for a male.
  • "Boobie Lady" for Litchi Faye Ling thanks to Taokaka.
    • Taokaka is quite The Nicknamer. Her repertoire also contains "Lacking Lady"note , "Green Guy"note , "Ice Man"note , "Creepy Guy" note  and so on. Ragna also gets called "Raggy" and "Rags" by Hazama.
  • In the North American version of Chrono Cross, certain children from your village will add a "Y" to whatever you choose to name yourself. This worked fine for most names, but created a rather odd looking/sounding name if what you put in ends with an O or a Y, resulting in names like "Marcoy" or "Tonyy."
  • A boatload amongst the Original Generation of Super Robot Wars:
  • In Halo, all of the Spartans earn the nickname "Demon" from the Covenant after unleashing countless daring, death defying cans of whoopass upon them.
  • Vyers from Disgaea is almost exclusively referred to by his Laharl-provided moniker, Mid-Boss, by characters and fans alike.
    • Characters, fans, and the game itself - as soon as Laharl declares "Your new name is Mid-Boss", that's what appears as the header for his text boxes whenever he speaks.
    • Fuka in Disgaea 4 at some point begins to call Valvatorez and Fenrich Valzy and Fenfen. While Valvatorez is indifferent, Fenrich hates his new moniker. Similarly, Vulcanus calls Valvatorez Mr. Weirdo.
  • Varric nicknames everyone but Hawke and Aveline in Dragon Age II. Anders is "Blondie", Merrill is "Daisy", Isabela is "Rivaini", Bethany is "Sunshine", and so on.
    • In Mark of the Assassin, Hawke finally asks Varric for a nickname and gets a different one depending on personality; "Waffles" for a Paragon Hawke, "Killer" for a Ruthless Hawke and "Chuckles" for Snarky Hawke. The latter personality actually admits they like "Chuckles".
  • In Mass Effect 3, James Vega nicknames most of the crew. He refers to Shepard as "Loco" (male) or "Lola" (female).
  • While being called sempai is easily an honorific for the Persona 4 main character, he is called 'Sensei' by Teddie simply for his coolness factor. His Lancer Yosuke calls him "Partner".
    • He's a Heroic Mime who the player gets to name, so the voice-over gives him a lot of nicknames: senpai, 'Sensei', Partner, Ni-san (Big-Bro in the dub), Chief, Boss, etc.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario earns the name "The Great Gonzales" as his fighting name in the Glitz Pit. Even after he stops being a Glitz Pit fighter, his Yoshi partner continues to call him "Gonzales." Then again, he was quite literally hatched in the pit, as he points out when saying goodbye to Mario in the ending.
  • Each of the three main characters in Beyond Good & Evil has a canon nickname. Jade's is "Shauni," after her IRIS callsign. Double H's is "Hub," which the people of IRIS call him and may or may not be his real name. Pey'j's, which he gets only late-game, is "Chief," because he is.
  • Dr. Herbert Higginbotham from LittleBigPlanet 2 is also known as "Halitosis Herbert".
  • Subverted by Otacon and Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games. Most everyone uses those names for them, as they are their official code names. The depth of their friendship is shown in the fact that they sometimes refer to each other by their real names — Hal and Dave, respectively.
  • Professor Layton has minor nicknames for the two kids in his life. His apprentice, Luke, is often "my boy," while his adopted daughter Flora is the only person he ever addresses as "dear."
  • Lord Alden from Vanguard Bandits has earned the nickname Ice Wolf for his powerful ice-based ATAC, ruling over the coldest land on the continent and cool demeanor in combat.
  • In Mortal Kombat 9, Nightwolf (one of the few spiritually aware Earthrealm dwellers; he's apparently communed with thunder god Raiden a few times in the past) occasionally refers to Raiden as Haokah, the spirit of thunder and lightning in Lakota mythology.
  • Vert/Green Heart from Neptunia earns the nickname "Thunder Tits" from Blanc/White Heart in the first game's intro sequence.
    • The main heroine, Neptune/Purple Heart, is called "Nep-Nep".
    • IF is called "Iffy".
    • Nepgear from the second game is called "Ge-Ge", "Gear", or "Nep Jr.".
  • Uriel Chuluun and Kira Thanos are the primary source of this (among other things) in Rift. First, Uriel calls Kira "Kay Tee" (much to her dismay). Kira snarkily calls Uriel "Princess" (which is technically true) in response (much to her delight). And the tie-in story "Drowning in Snow" has Kira referring to the Mighty Leap ability (a racial trait attributable to being part air elemental) as "Bahmi Bounce."
  • In Tribes, the Spinfusor, a gun that shoots what are essentially exploding blue Frisbees, is nicknamed the Stormhammer in the second game's manual.
  • In Poker Night at the Inventory and Poker Night 2:
    • Strong Bad: Heavy calls him "Tiny Heavy".
    • Heavy Weapons Guy: Max calls him "Mr. Weapons," while Strong Bad calls him "Heavym'n".
    • Max: Strong Bad calls him "Bunnym'n".
    • Tycho: Strong Bad calls him "Dork" or "Nerd Rancher".
    • The Player: In the sequel, GLaDOS calls them "Our Silent Friend".
    • Claptrap: GLaDOS calls him "The Little Robot" or "Mr. Funnychips".
    • Sam: Ash likes to nickname him after other different famous dogs, like Clifford. He also calls him "Chief".
  • In Team Fortress 2:
    • Engineer = Engie, "Hardhat"
    • Demoman = Demo
    • Medic = Doc, Doktor
    • The mercenaries as a whole = "The Teufort Nine"
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, several characters refer to Michael and Trevor as "Mikey" and "T," respectively. (As for Michael and Trevor themselves, they use each other's nicknames about as often as they use each other's real names, reflecting their simultaneously close and strained relationship throughout the game.)

     Visual Novels 
  • 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".
  • Ace Attorney:
    • 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").

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Marik calls Yugi Binky-Boy.
  • 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 has many. The characters usually address Freelancers with a shortened version of their callsign.
    • Freelancer Texas is called "Tex" (despite being female).
    • Washington is called "Wash".
    • New York is just "York".
    • The Dakota twins are just referred to as "North" and "South".
    • 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", "Major Cinnamon Bun", or "Commander Pop-'n-Fresh".
  • 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.
  • In the Buildingverse a lot of people end up with nicknames (there are several nicknamers running around). Sarah got Sar in Girls Next Door (and Boss-lady from the goblins in general); Christine Chris (and Chrissy by Tracy in Roommates); James Jamie; Jareth several bordering on insults (the Glittertwit for example, they don't stick); Mrs. Norrington Mrs. N (by Sarah); Éponine 'Pony; Mistoffelees Misto; Darkness (Big) D. etc..
  • In Worm, Glaistig Uaine uses titles based on their powers to describe various parahumans; most notably, she refers to Taylor as "Queen Administrator."
  • In Noob, Golgotha has nicknames for quite a few characters, most of which rely on puns difficult to translate from French.
  • In Filthy Frank, Frank calls himself "Papa Frank", and Safari Man calls him "Furanku". The fans sometimes refer to Frank by this as well.
  • In RWBY, Weiss seems to get called "Ice Queen" quite a bit. She gets annoyed by this. Two separate guys have also called her "Snow Angel" while flirting.
  • Lonelygirl15: Daniel is frequently called "Danielbeast" after the name of his YouTube channel.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    • Toph likes to give nicknames to her friends. Most of them are one-offs but her nickname for Aang, "Twinkletoes", sticks.
    • Azula's much-despised nickname for her brother, "Zuzu".
  • The Legend of Korra
    • The Lieutenant is only known by his nickname. Bolin however, calls him mustache guy once.
    • In addition, flashbacks show that Toph still calls Aang "Twinkletoes" as adults.
      Aang: Toph, I'm 40 years old. You think you can stop with the nicknames?
      Toph: Fraid not.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • Edd is usually called "Double-D" to avoid confusion with Ed. Eddy gives Edd the more derisive "Sockhead", while Ed is "Lumpy".
    • Rolph rarely calls any characters by their real names. The Eds are often called "____ Ed Boy" by him. Nazz is also either referred to as "Spindleshanks Nazz-Girl" or "Go Go Nazz Girl". Kevin also calls Jimmy "Fluffy".
    • The protagonists are rarely called by their full names; Eddward, Edward, and Edward.Note 
    • Kevin is called "Shovel Chin" by Eddy due to his large chin.
  • In All Grown Up!, Tommy, Chuckie, and Dil all call each other by the initial of their first name (T, C, D). Phil does this as well though nobody calls him P.
  • Skipper from The Penguins of Madagascar calls King Julien "Ringtail" and Mort "Sad-eyes".
  • Colleen from Road Rovers calls Hunter "Hunty-wunty" and gives Blitz various silly nicknames like "Chester Chubbycheeks" and "Stuffington Fluffypants" ("Fluffy" for short).
  • "Danger-Prone Daphne" of Scooby-Doo.
  • On Daria, practically everyone calls Michael Mackenzie "Mack." One exception is his best friend Kevin, who calls him "Mack-Daddy." Mack finds that one rather annoying.
    • Another example is Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer III.
    • There is also the Lane siblings' Affectionate Nickname for their youngest sister "Janie," and Jake's habit of calling Daria "kiddo."
  • In Recess, the gang sometimes refer to Gretchen as "Gretch" and Spinelli as "Spin".
    • T.J. always goes by his nickname (his full name is Theodore Jasper Detweiler), but even his nickname has a nickname: he's often referred to as "Teej".
  • X-Men: Evolution had Kurt refer to himself as "Fuzzy Blue Elf"; others adapted to this and also developed deviations such as "Blue Boy" and "The Fuzzy One."
    • Also from X-Men Evolution are Chuck (Professor-X), Cyke (Cyclops), Red (Jean Grey), Elf (Nightcrawler), Half-pint (Shadowcat), and Porcupine (Spyke).
  • Many characters of Adventure Time have these. For example, there's Princess Bubblegum, who is on occasion called "PB" and "Peebles".
  • Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is sometimes called "Spikey-Wikey".
    • It doesn't end with just Spike. Applejack is sometimes called "AJ", Rainbow Dash is occasionally called "Dash" but more usually, "Rainbow" and once called "RD", Apple Bloom was once called "AB", Sweetie Belle's name has been shorted to just "Sweetie" sometimes, Pinkie Pie is usually just, "Pinkie", Twilight Sparkle is almost always just called "Twilight" (or "Twily" by her brother), Big Macintosh is sometimes called, "Big Mac", Sweetie Belle once called Scootaloo, "Scoot" and new colt, Pipsqueak was sometimes called "Pip" in his debut episode. Also, Rainbow Dash calls Scootaloo, "Squirt". Cadance's full name is "Mi Amore Cadenza".
    • And there's even more! Rainbow Dash is sometimes called "Dashie" (mostly by Pinkie Pie) and Pinkie herself was once called "Pinks", Twilight sometimes calls her brother "B.B.B.F.F.", and Twilight Sparkle's name is occasionally shortened to just "Twi" while Gilda the griffin was almost always called "G" by Rainbow Dash. On the slightly less pleasant side of things, childhood bullies have referred to Rainbow Dash as "Rainbow Crash" and Fluttershy as "Klutzershy".
  • Code Lyoko: Odd takes to calling Aelita "Princess" and Jérémie "Einstein". Sissi sometimes refers to Aelita as "M(r)s. Einstein," either because she's just as much of a Teen Genius as Jérémie is or because of how close she and Jérémie are.
  • The superheroes in Young Justice: Both Robins are called "Rob" or "Boy Wonder," Zatanna is "Z," Miss Martian is "Miss M.," Kid Flash is called "K.F." by Dick and "Kid" by his uncle and Aqualad. Sportsmaster calls Cheshire "little girl" and Artemis "baby girl."
  • In Motorcity, Mike and Chuck call each other "Mikey" and "Chuckles" at times. Mike often calls Julie "Jules/Jewels." Texas is sometimes called Tex.
  • Animaniacs has Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca the Third, aka Dot. But call her Dottie and you die.
  • In Sponge Bob Square Pants, SpongeBob gets called "Spongy" a few times, Patrick "Pat", and Squidward Tentacles' name gets abbreviated to "Squid" or "Squiddy". In the German dub his name is Thaddäus Tentakel, but everyone abbreviates it to "Thaddel", even Thaddäus himself. At one point Squilliam (Siegbert) mockingly calls him "Thaddelchen" (Liebchen Thaddäus Tentakel).
  • In Series Nicknames are used in Regular Show, too. Mordecai gets "Mordy" or "Mordo", Rigby "Rigs", Benson gets called "Benny" a few times and got nicknamed "Bens" once, and High Five Ghost's name gets abbreviated to "Fives".


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