->''"Hmm, I'm not sure about [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk 'Hulk']] for a kid. Although I do like the sound of a name beginning with 'the'."''
-->--'''Phoebe''', ''Series/{{Friends}}''

Some people want you to put a "The" before their name. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Avoid these people]]. For two particularly ominous versions, see TheMaster and TheButcher.

A form of InsistentTerminology. May overlap with ThirdPersonPerson.

In Japanese media, many works will feature a "THE" followed by the rest of the title in Japanese characters.

Compare TheMagnificent, where the "the" goes in the middle--and which is not always bad. See also RedBaron, TheTropeWithoutATitle, and TheTheTitleConfusion, where it is unclear whether or not something should begin with a "the".
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!!The Examples:

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[[folder:The Advertising]]
* Inversion: A late-1990s ESPN commercial series stars Mike O'Malley as "Rick", bemoaning that "everyone calls me ''The'' Rick."
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[[folder:TheAnime and TheManga]]
* Chazz Princeton from the dub of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
** The original was similar, with Manjyome constantly correcting people with "Manjyome ''san da''!" (roughly translated to "That's ''Mr.'' Manjyome, to you!"). Unfortunately, too many of the offenders [[InsultBackfire completely misinterpret this]] as him trying to say the Engrish "Thunder", and thus twisting it into his nickname.
* The Ninja from ''{{Kinnikuman}}.''
** Kinnikuman is a series that likes to throw a lot of inappropriate "The"s at the start of characters' names, although they're normally omitted in translation. The most bizarre example is "Big The Budo". Much to the confusion of most English speakers, "The Budo" is the character's base name, not "Big".
* The girls' official designation in ''ZettaiKarenChildren'' is "The Children."
* The World (ZA WARUDO), [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando's]] Stand. This name doesn't seem to mesh very well with what it does. However, The World, as with many other Stands, has a Tarot motif, with almost all of them having a "the"
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Dio]] himself is this trope UpToEleven: He refers to himself as "Kono Dio-sama" which roughly means "this magnificient Dio"
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' features a heroine with code name "The Paper". [[{{Engrish}} Please do not snicker at the pronunciation in the Japanese dub.]]
** Epically [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Anita who explains her job to Nenene as being her "The Bodyguard".
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', the Earl of Millennium is referred to in this way. It's even included in the character profiles from the Japanese official materials as part of his name.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Scirocco's final mecha is named the The O (no, that's not a typo). It appears to be something to do with 'theos', the Greek word for 'god'.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Kirito mentions that one can identify high-level Bosses by this trope, such as "The Gleam Eyes" or "The Skull Reaper".
* The subtitles for ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' have [[ThirdPersonPerson Amae Koromo]] refer to herself as ''the'' Koromo, [[{{Woolseyism}} possibly to point out that she isn't doing it to be cute.]]
* Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is often referred to as 'The Accelerator
* After the main event of ''Manga/{{Blame}}'', the main character is referred as [[RedBaron The]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Calamity]].
* In the TournamentArc of ''ShamanKing'', Tao Ren names his team The Ren team. When "team" is said after the name of a team, it becomes "the The Ren team". It is usually said before, as with "Team X-Laws" or "Team Funbari Onsen", but Tao Ren chose to name it "Team The Ren" specifically so that either way, it's his team.
* While Hei from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' doesn't have a "the" before that name, one of his other names is "The Black Reaper".
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Kenpachi declares there is nothing he cannot cut because he's "The Kenpachi" during his fight with Gremmy Thoumeaux.
* One of the magazines in Shueisha's ''Margaret'' line is called "The Margaret".
* Whether he's "Dio Brando" or simply "DIO", in Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure, he constantly refers to himself as "Kono Dio". One way of translating it could be as "The Dio".[[note]]As with most instances though, a more accurate equivalent would be "I, Dio".[[/note]]
* While likely a quirk of the Portuguese, this trope is nonetheless inverted in one of the Brazilian dubs of Anime/SailorMoon, during her InTheNameOfTheMoon[[note]]or "Em nome da lua" in Portuguese.[[/note]] speech, she says "Sou uma Sailor Moon!", which literally translates to "I'm a Sailor Moon!".
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[[folder:The Comic Books]]
* As the page quote shows, TheIncredibleHulk, often referred to as "The Hulk" as well. Amusingly, it's barely used in self-descriptions due to HulkSpeak.
* [[MemeticMutation The Goddamn]] Franchise/{{Batman}} and The Joker, The Riddler, and The Penguin, though occasionally the articles get dropped when they are being spoken to directly. It's even {{lampshaded}} in one issue of SupermanAndBatmanGenerations, when he is talking to Alfred's ghost. ''"The" Batman. You must be the only one who uses the definite article anymore.''
** And in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' by [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]].
-->'''Selina:''' Wow. ''The'' Batman...\\
'''Batman:''' [VisibleSilence]\\
'''Selina:''' Or is it just "Batman"?\\
'''Batman:''' [VisibleSilence, then leaves]\\
'''Selina:''' Your choice, of course!
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain The Shocker. Not to mention The Sandman, The Kingpin, The Green Goblin, The Hobgoblin, The Jackal, The Lizard, The Rhino, The Tinkerer, The Vulture, The Rose, The... Of course, Spidey would never settle for being outdone by his enemies. The Webslinger, The Wallcrawler, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...heck, one version of him even monologues to himself that he is The Spectacular Spider-Man (or even The Amazing Spider-Man)!
** What? He's not ''The'' Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man?
* The Corinthian from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
** Although despite the title, the Sandman himself is an aversion. He is usually called Dream, or Morpheus.
* The Dog from ''FootrotFlats'', who refuses to respond to his real name (whatever it is).
** Oh, you'll get a response all right. You'd probably [[BerserkButton get your throat ripped out]] if you ever called him [[spoiler: Raupo]] rather than Dog.
** Also, that's probably more a case of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep.
* In the UK's weekly anthology comic ''TheBeano'', any character referred to with a "the" in their title actually has it in their name. [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis]] the [[NamesTheSame Menace]] has parents referred to as Mr & Mrs. The Menace, Ivy The Terrible's have been called Mr & Mrs The Terrible (although admittedly Mr/Mrs Terrible is more usual), along with Mr/Mrs The Minx, Mr/Mrs The Dodger. However they have also all been given other names on occasion, so these names might not be considered canon.
* The Drummer in ''{{Planetary}}''. First name ''the'', second name ''Drummer''.
* The original alias of Oroku Saki in ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' was actually "The Shredder". As time went by and subsequent [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles media]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 adaptations]] left their mark on the franchise, he is now more commonly referred as simply "Shredder".
* TheFlash counts too.
* J'onn J'onzz is almost always referred to as THE MartianManhunter, not just "Martian Manhunter". Or just the Manhunter. Or the Manhunter from Mars. Point is, he's always a "the".
* The Mandarin from IronMan
** Also The IronMan, but only he calls himself that.
*** Actually, Tony Stark doesn't call ''himself'' that, he calls ''the armor'' "the Iron Man" as a way of distinguishing himself from his weapon system.
* THE Punisher has fought THE Russian, THE Mongolian, and THE Mennonite.
* Nobody can stop TheJuggernaut from being mentioned here!
** Nothing moves [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} The Blob]] off this page!
* Of {{Transformers}}' Original Thirteen Primes, two things stand out about The Fallen (real name Megatronus Prime). The other is that he's perpetually on ''[[WreathedInFlames fire]]''.
* During the Comicbook/YoungJustice: [[CrisisCrossover Sins of Youth]] story arc, Klarion the Witch Boy, took this trope UpToEleven by ''insisting'' that you address him as ''Klarion [[DramaticTimpani Bum Bum Bum]] The Witch Boy''.
* In ''Franchise/TheDCU'', {{God}} himself uses this for most of the names he uses/aspects he appears in, The Source, The Presence, The Hand, and The Voice. [[OddNameOut Wally]] doesn't use it, presumably because it would clash with the unassuming persona of that aspect.
* In Creator/BrianKVaughan's ComicBook/SaGa Freelancers have names in the format of 'The '. Notable in that "The" is always capitalized and is almost always included ("Good luck, The Will"). Her being called "The Stalk" also gives Marko pause and makes Alana immediately realize she's a Freelancer when they first encounter The Stalk. Other known Freelancers include The Import, The March, The Fluke, and The Brand.
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[[folder: The Fan Works]]
* The Hunter in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Quite pointedly, as evidenced by the following exchange:
--> John said over his burden, "We're lookin' for a hunter, actually."
--> The blond man smoothed his mustache and gazed thoughtfully at the ceiling. "A hunter? I'm sure I can find someone here to accommodate you… hm…."
--> "Didn't he say ''the'' hunter?" George said to John.
--> The blond man's eyes snapped down. "''The'' hunter? You mean—''the'' Hunter?"
--> "Yeah, I’m sure we mean ''the'' Hunter," John said. He sighed and shifted Paul to a slightly more comfortable position. "Of course it's gotta be ''the'' Hunter. We always get the ''the's''."
* The Baron in Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky, leader of the Resource Hog Gang.
* Comedic example: ''FanFic/AlternativeGods'' has "The [[SpecialPersonNormalName Matt]]." There's also "The L" [[PersonOfMassDestruction which is much more menacing.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' this trope meets TheMagnificent in a torrent of [[AwesomeMcCoolName cool names]]: (Emrys) The Avenger. (Harry) The Darkness Slayer. (Sirius) The Marauder. (Théoden) The Defender. (Théodred) The Green Knight. (Éowyn) The Wraith Killer. (Eirian) The Doom Singer.
* ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', has [[BigBad The Usurper]], although Natsuki once just calls him "Usurper," as well as [[MrExposition The Advisor]] [[spoiler:also known as The Avatar]].
* The Disinfector from ''Fanfic/MarieDSuesseAndTheMysteryNewPirateAge''.
* The Shining Armor Arc of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has a background character known only as The Lord Flasheart. Asking him for advice on dating is [[BrainBleach advised against]].
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[[folder:The Film]]
* In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', our heroes refer to Billy the Kid as "Mr The Kid" (and Joan of Arc as "Ms Of Arc").
* The Chad in the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movies.
* The Greg Wilson. Who did ''Film/TheHottieAndTheNottie'', which should tell you something, and from the same film, "The Jesus."
* ''TheBigLebowski'': "The Dude," though he's actually addressed as just "Dude." Jesus also refers to himself once as "The Jesus."
* The co-creator of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' has been quoted as saying "I think if you asked Pavi, he would say his first name is 'The'."
* The titular character of the ''ElMariachi'' trilogy has NoNameGiven, so other characters [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep call him "El Mariachi"]], or by the third movie, just "El".
* ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' has MilesGloriosus, who does not technically insist on a The, but other characters are compelled to give him one (or two). Fun fact: Latin doesn't even use articles like English does!
-->'''[[EvilMatriarch Domina]]:''' ''The'' Gloriosus?
-->'''[[TheTrickster Pseudolus]]:''' The ''the'' himself!
* From ''Where The Heart Is'':
-->'''Jimmy:''' We're broke, we're desperate, we're hopeless... The fag doesn't pay, the Shit doesn't pay...\\
'''Chloe:''' Don't call him "the fag!"\\
'''Daphne:''' Don't call him "the Shit!"\\
'''Shitty:''' At least I'm "the Shit." You're just ''a'' shit.
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist''. Justified, since "Christ" wasn't originally a name, but rather a title meaning "anointed" (in Greek, equivalent to Hebrew "Messiah").
* [[CleanupCrew The Wolf]] ([[AlliterativeName Winston Wolf]]), in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* A pretty bad example is AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures. The title was originally supposed to be "The Eye Creatures," but it was given the prefix "Attack of the" ''without'' removing the "the" that was already there. TheyJustDidntCare.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'': Subverted.
-->'''Phil:''' I'm ''a'' god. I'm not ''the'' God... I don't think.
* The villain in ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' insists on going by his hacker handle, "The Plague." When he corrects a security guard played by [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]], the guard responds, "Sorry, Mr. The Plague!"
* Done with an InsultBackfire in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
-->'''Tai Lung:''' "You can't defeat me! You're just a big...fat...panda!"
-->'''Po:''' "I'm not a big, fat panda...I'm ''THE'' big, fat panda!"
* The Chief in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'':
-->'''The Chief''': The Chief likes to refer to himself in the third person. It causes confusion, especially with the bitches.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', one of the racers is Strip Weathers, AKA "The King". At one point, Lightning [=McQueen=] calls him, "Mr. The King".
** Extra credit for referring to The King's wife as "Mrs. The King."
* The Once-Ler in the 2012 ''Film/TheLorax'' adaptation is an odd case in that, while AmbiguouslyHuman in the original, he's a seemingly normal man in this version, yet he's still only ever referred to as "The Once-Ler".
* In ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'', the titular character is sometimes referred to with a "The", although he himself doesn't do that. His archnemesis The Phantom is always referred to with a "The", except when it's revealed that his EmbarrassingFirstName is [[spoiler:Fatoush]].
* The Drake, the gang boss in ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun''. Insisting on this is one of his less deranged characteristics.
* The "La" part of La Muerte from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''’s name basically means "the".
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[[folder:The Literature]]
* The Mule from Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series.
* The Cadpig from ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''. She's mostly referred to as just "Cadpig" in the sequel, "The Starlight Barking". She's still a LittleMissSnarker, though.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Talents'' series has The Rowan. So named because she was found in the ruins of The Rowan Mining Company and with no known name, was referred to as "the Rowan child", and eventually she came to think it was her name.
* Subverted in ''The Adventures of Blue Avenger'', in which the protagonist wants to change his name to "The Blue Avenger," until it's pointed out that "The" would end up being his first name, after which he drops the "The" and becomes just "Blue Avenger."
* Literature/{{Matilda}}'s SadistTeacher, The Trunchbull.
* According to ''TrivialPursuit'', Franchise/WinnieThePooh's middle name is "The".
* Although it's not a person's name, special mention must go to ''[[InsistentTerminology ...the Woodpecker]]'' from ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Spelled not only with a "the", but with a DramaticPause as well.
* In Creator/PeterSBeagle's "Tamsin" there is The Billy Blind. Not ''a'' Billy Blind, but ''The'' Billy Blind.
* According to Watson in "A Scandal in Bohemia," Irene Adler is always "The Woman" - never "a woman" - to Literature/SherlockHolmes. This becomes an important point of contention in the fandom, since in "The Five Orange Pips" Holmes makes reference to being fooled by "a woman," and fans have debated whether or not he is referring to Adler.
* Subverted by the band "Tiffanys" in the German novel ''Fleisch ist mein Gemüse''. Everyone but themselves keeps calling them "Die Tiffanys" ("The Tiffanys").
* Richard Adams's ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' has The Tod. The concept of names is alien to him as a wild animal, and The Tod (fox) is simply what he is.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** While plotting to betray Frodo and get his hand on the Ring, Gollum briefly fantasises about being known as ''The'' Gollum. Sauron is also called "The Lord of the Rings".
** When the wizard Radagast mentioned to Gandalf that he's heard of some place called "Shire," Gandalf corrects him, "''The'' Shire." This even though in the Common Speech (Westron), which all the characters spoke, the Shire was simply named Sûza, without an article. According to ''The Peoples of Middle-earth'', the Hobbits actually refer to their home country as ''Sûzat'' (with a final t), which translates into "the/this Shire," as opposed to ''Sûza'', which is just "shire."
* El {{Zorro}}. We don't call him "El," though.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Constantius also goes by "the Falcon." He doesn't insist on the "the" though.
* The Macquern in ''Literature/ZuleikaDobson'' is always referred to as, well, The Macquern -- except by Zuleika, who insists on calling him Mr. Macquern instead.
** If he was the head of a Scottish clan, then "The Macquern" would be his official title, so it's possible that Zuleika was deliberately yanking his chain by calling him plain "Mr." - any man in his clan would be "Mr. Macquern", but only one could claim to be ''The'' Macquern.
* In ''{{Sharpe}}'', partisan leaders (following the RealLife examples below) give themselves titles such as "El Matarife" ([[TheButcher The Slaughterman]]). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one instance, where Sharpe's teenage sidekick wants to be a partisan leader when he grows up, and has already chosen his title.
* The Leewit from ''Literature/TheWitchesOfKarres'' by Creator/JamesHSchmitz. You do ''not'' want her to [[MakeMeWannaShout whistle]] at you, which she might if you call her just "Leewit". Then again, she [[EnfanteTerrible might]] whistle at you ''anyway''. As it turns out, the Leewit was named according to a tradition restricting the name to one living person, and that the name is a descriptive word. It ''then'' turns out that the Leewit is the originator of this tradition, and that the word 'Leewit'' means "[[ShapedLikeItself like the Leewit]]".
* From ''StarTrekVanguard'', each of the [[FantasticCasteSystem elite ''Serrataal'']] among the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Shedai]]; e.g. The Maker, The Wanderer, The Myrmidon, The Apostate.
* The TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} NightLords saga includes the Exalted, a chaos space marine/[[TheChessmaster tzeentchian daemon]] [[DemonicPossession gestalt]]. For bonus alienation factor, [[ItIsDehumanizing it is only ever referred to as an "it"]]. Calling it by the host's birth name of Vandred is a major BerserkButton.
* In ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', Hank Morgan comes to be known as The Boss; he's pleased with this, because "there were very few [=THEs=] -- the king, the queen, the Pope -- and I was one of them."
* The Jackal from ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal''. This is partly the consequence of his name being a secret even from the reader. Before he got his code name he was called the Englishman.
* In Patrick Rothfuss' ''TheNameofTheWind'', the main character Kvothe encounters a man who calls himself The Chronicler to which Kvothe replies, "I asked for your name, not your profession." When Chronicler does give his full name and identity, Kvothe then replies, "Oh. So you are ''the'' Chronicler."
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Many nicknames that can stand alone begin with "The," such as the Imp, the Mountain That Rides, the Sword of the Morning, the Mad King, the Kingslayer, and the Red Viper. Whether the nicknames are flattering or embarrassing is a mixed bag.
** The mountain clans in the North don't really consider themselves as nobility, even though Winterfell does. They prefer to be addressed as The Norrey, The Flint, etc. instead of Lord Norrey and Lord Flint. They (and many in the North) refer to Lord Stark as "The Stark" or "The Stark in Winterfell".
* The cover of Rik Mayall's semi-fictionalised autobiography ''Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ'' names him as The Rik Mayall.
* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the Pevensie children refer to the CreepyHousekeeper, Mrs. Macready, as The Macready, although she doesn't call herself that, of course.
* All of the [[SquishyWizard Insequent]] from ''[[ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant]]'' have titles like this: the Harrow, the Ardent, the Mahdoubt, etc. These are not their [[IKnowYourTrueName true names]], however.
* Lawrence Smith, in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/DoubleStar'', bills himself as "The Great Lorenzo" Smythe, "the One-Man Stock Company", "Pantomimist and Mimicry Artist Extraordinary". He actually is a very capable actor and impersonator, though down on his luck at the beginning of the story, from bad luck and bad judgment.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. Roland Deschain, a.k.a. "The Gunslinger".
* Less often done in the "hero pulps", but often in the paperback original series of the 1960's to 1980's. The Executioner, the Penetrator, the Sharpshooter, the Liquidator, the Destroyer, the Butcher, the [[NounVerber Nazi Hunter]], the Terminator, the Revenger, the Avenger, the Protector, etc., stand as examples. Many retrospectives on the paperback original trend (e.g. Jeff Siegel's The American Detective: An Illustrated History, Sons of Sam Spade, Geherin in American Private Eye, Warren Murphy's article in The Fine Art of Murder, Murder Off the Rack's Matt Helm article) derisively point out how common the agent noun series title turned out.
* In the Chris Crutcher novel ''Whale Talk'', TJ's real name is The Tao Jones. His teacher doesn't believe at first that his first name is [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep actually The.]] His biological mother gave him his first and middle names.
* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the grand old leader of the (doomed) old warren is named "Threarah" ("Lord Rowan-Tree"), but the rabbits invariably call him "The Threarah".
* The ''Ruby's Song'' trilogy has a character called The Jackman. It is not clear why he's called this.
* In ''Literature/VenissUnderground'', the Gollux insists on calling itself ''the'' Gollux, because it is the only one of its kind that Quin made.
* In Paul Robinson's ''Literature/InstrumentOfGod'' the people in that world are all dead, and live in different "countries" based on the language they can think in, the English Section, the Spanish Section, the French Section, etc. The means to travel between them is a road named "The." The full name of the travel path is "The Road."
* The Agents in the ''Literature/AhrimanTrilogy'' seem to have a penchant for this with The Surgeon and The Axe-Man.
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[[folder:The Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Aeries/{{Workaholics}}'', Ders (Anders Holmvik) is usually just called Ders. But when he reaches a certain level of drunkness, he's called The Ders-and this a bad thing. According to Blake, he "fucked a koi fish in the mouth outside a P.F. Changs until it died". Adam mentions the last time they partied with The Ders we got them on-stage at a Seven Mary Three concert. Blake remembers this differently, saying he "bumrushed the stage, head-butted a female security guard, and dedicated a song to his dad." Blake spends Ders' 25th birthday trying to get him to slow down instead of becoming the Ders-which he does anyway, with a battle yell. He promptly snaps out of him when a guy punches him the face, though.
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', LoisLane subverts this when operating as "Stiletto".
-->'''Lois''': (annoyed) It's just "Stiletto". There's no "the".
* Played straight, and subverted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. First there's ''The Todd''. Then there's the janitor, who, although never referred to by name, is not called ''the'' janitor. He's called Janitor, like it's his name. (Taking it so far that when he impersonates a doctor (which happens more than any of us would do well to dwell on), he calls himself ''Dr. Jan Itor''.)
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine", {{jerkass}} [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome medicated]] Monk demands to be called "The Monk".
* ''The'' Bruce Dickinson from the "[[SaturdayNightLive More Cowbell]]" sketch. [[DontExplainTheJoke Possibly to say]] "The Music/IronMaiden guy has nothing on me!"
* Inverted with Creator/StephenColbert's RunningGag about the newspaper ''USA Today''. It started with the character mistakenly referring to it as ''The USA Today''. Now he makes a game out of getting as many "the"s and "today"s into the sentence as possible.
** Colbert has since [[MemeticMutation spread]] the gag to other jokes, especially to ([[TechnologyMarchesOn at the time]]) new and trending technologies, such as "The Twitter" or "The Facebook".
** ''TopGear'' does the same 'out-of-touch' joke with website names, and also inverts it:
---> '''Jeremy Clarkson:''' If you are lucky enough to own an internet...
* ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]''' version of [[Series/DoctorWho the Fourth Doctor]] gave his first name as "The".
* The Stig, a mysterious racing driver in ''TopGear'' whose face is never shown, although they sometimes just refer to him as "Stig" and he doesn't seem to mind.
** [[RunningGag Some say]] that his first name really is "The". (Which would make sense, as they call each other "Clarkson" and "Hammond" all the time.)
* Bunk "[[ThirdPersonPerson The Bunk]]" Moreland from ''TheWire''.
* In the ''Series/CornerGas'' episode "Tax Man," '''''a''''' tax man repeatedly demands to be not referred to with a "the".
--> "I'm '''''a''''' tax man, not '''''the''''' tax man. Saying ''''''the''''' tax man is just a ''little'' dehumanizing!"
* On ''TheMuppetShow'', Lew Zeeland typically addressed Kermit as "Mr. The Frog".
** Elsewhere, on both ''TheMuppetShow'' and ''[[SesameStreet The Sesame Street]]'', Kermit signs all his formal communications as "Kermit '''T.''' Frog; As with Winnie '''The''' Pooh, "The" is actually their middle name.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Meddling Monk, the Valeyard, the Rani... it seems renegade Time Lords like this trope.
** Don't forget ''the Doctor''. Referred to in-universe:
-->''[[Creator/TomBaker "You may be a doctor, but I'm THE Doctor. The definite article, you might say."]]''
** And the Master.
** Also the Corsair, who has never appeared onscreen but was mentioned in passing in the episode "The Doctor's Wife".
** In "The End Of Time," we meet more Time Lords; the only names we get are "The Visionary," "The Partisan," and a few others known only by titles that we can't be sure are names versus descriptors.
*** Though, actually, all renegade Time Lords give themselves names in this fashion. It's just what they do.
** Reference by the Doctor about The Library. "So big it doesn't need a name; just a great big ''the.''"
* In the ''EerieIndiana'' episode "Zombies in P.J.s", convenience store owner Mr. Radford makes a DealWithTheDevil with a man calling himself "The Donald". Well, this guy might not be the ''actual'' devil because he apparently had a boss, but said boss probably was.
** So... a DealWithTheDevil made with DonaldTrump??
* From ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': "Love The Drake!"
* From ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', The Source, The Triad, The Elders, The Seer.
* Mike "The Situation" in ''JerseyShore''.
* The Cat on ''Series/RedDwarf''. We only meet one other member of his race - not named, but lack of name not brought up - so we don't know how they distinguish themselves.
* Comedy news correspondent (Series/SaturdayNightLive, Series/TheDailyShow) A. Whitney Brown would say he hopes to one day be "THE Whitney Brown."
* The Prophets on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' exclusively refer to Sisko as "The Sisko". Which becomes kind of hilarious when you start thinking about his several no-nonsense kick-ass actions throughout the series.
** They also call Grand Nagus Zek "The Zek," but they only mention him once in the entire series, so it goes mostly unnoticed.
** Also, in the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] episode "Who Watches the Watchers?", Picard is referred to as "The Picard"
-->"I believe I have seen the Overseer. He is called 'The Picard.'"
* During the writer's strike, Jon Stewart's show was just ''A'' Daily Show. When the writers returned, they once again became ''The'' Daily Show.
---> '''Jon Stewart''': ''Oh, definite article, how I've missed you!''
* Some shows have this with [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming episode names]], such as ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', and ([[TheOneWith technically]]) ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Invoked by ''Magazine/TVGuide'' with a short-lived 1970s game show called ''Series/TheBetterSex''. ''TV Guide'' normally omits "The" from titles beginning with that word, but they realized that people might balk at seeing "Better Sex" in the listings.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' combines this with MysteriousMiddleInitial; yes, Crow T. Robot's middle initial stands for "The".
* In the UK at least, TheWeakestLink became just ''Weakest Link'' after about a year on air. For some reason, although they removed the definite article from the show's logo, the chain link it was previously attached to remained, even though it was now redundant.
* High-ranking Fae figures in ''Series/LostGirl'' have titles - not names - like this, such as The Ash and The Morrigan.
* The Fonz on ''Series/HappyDays''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A demon mistakenly referred to as "The Gnarl" is [[TheTheTitleConfusion actually just named Gnarl.]]
** The Three ("Angel")
** The Judge.
** The First Evil.
** Not to mention The Slayer. Though starting with the second season, there were actually two or more Slayers due to supernatural LoopholeAbuse). With the exception of the third season, the latter part of the seventh season, and the eighth season, any Slayers other than Buffy were usually PutOnABus somewhere.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' has Kamen Rider [=TheBee=]. Not a gag, an ego thing, or a title that takes the place of a name like the Series/DoctorWho examples; it's just what he's called, perhaps because Kamen Rider Bee sounds kinda lame.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheTick'', Tick is applying for a super hero license. When asked for his name, he says "Well, that would be The Tick." When the interviewer says she means his ''real'' name, he replies "Oh, well, that would be...The Tick."
* Mocked on ''TheDrewCareyShow'' where Kate is dating a wrestler called The Disciplinarian (played by TripleH), who the gang has hired to promote their beer during his wrestler promos.
-->Are you going to believe a guy whose first name is "The?"
* ''TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'': "Starring Creator/{{LeVar Burton}} from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 'The Star Trek.']]'' "
* Invoked in the "Some Say" boast of The Stig in 8.08 of ''Series/TopGear''.
--> Some say that his first name really is "The"
* The short-lived 1967 western ''Dundee and The Culhane''. Yes, the co-title character called himself The Culhane.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. An Alliance officer in the episode "Safe" calls ''Serenity'' "the ''Serenity''". Inara is quick to correct him, saying that it's just ''Serenity''. This is absolute TruthInTelevision, at least in the west: ship names are supposed to be treated like a person's name.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Music]]
* Music/{{U2}}'s The Edge--but everyone calls him ''The'' Edge anyway.
* Music/{{Eels}} ([[RevolvingDoorBand currently]]) have a band member nicknamed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Lyster "The Chet"]].
* Music/TheThe pretty much subverts this trope.
** Decades later, we got The/Das, meaning almost the same. [[note]]("das"=German "the", neutrum case to be precise)[[/note]]
* A band-naming riff that plays with this trope was found in a number of L.A. bands in the mid-1960s, starting with Thee Midniters, who were followed by Thee Enchantments, Thee Montclairs, Thee Atlantics, etc. The "thee" trend was revived in the 1990s, with Thee Headcoats, Thee Hypnotics, etc.
* In an episode of ''{{KYTV}}'', a quiz host disqualifies a contestant in a "Name the Tune" contestant for identifying a song as [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]' "Yellow Submarine", insisting that it is ''The'' Beatles' "Yellow Submarine".
* Inverted with art punk band YeahYeahYeahs.
** Similarly, the band Pixies are named just that, not ''The'' Pixies.
** Also, rhythm group All Mighty Senators. Woe be on you if you call them ''The'' All Mighty Senators.
** It's not ''The'' Simple Minds either, nor is it ''The'' [[RodStewart Faces]] or ''The'' [[PaulMcCartney Wings]].
** Nor is it The Music/TalkingHeads. They even titled a live album after it: ''The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads''.
** Nor is it "the" Music/{{Eagles}}.
** Nor is it "the" Dixie Chicks.
** Nor is it "the" Editors.
** Nor is it "the" {{Deftones}}.
** Nor is it "the" {{Eurythmics}}.
** Nor is it "the" Stars.
** Nor is it "the" Music/{{Scorpions}}.
** Nor is it "the" {{Gorillaz}}.
*** Although sometimes "the Gorillaz" is used as a catch-all term for both the (fictional) band and all its (real) contributors...which is still wrong.
** Nor is it "the" ArcticMonkeys.
** Nor is it "the" Music/FooFighters.
** Nor is it "the" Sick Puppies.
** Nor it is "the" Music/{{Carpenters}}.
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Maybe]] it's "the" Music/TheSweet. Not even the band itself is sure.
* Relatedly, "A" Tribe Called Quest
** In the same vein, AFlockOfSeagulls.
* Apparently, The Mascara Snake, who played clarinet for Captain Beefheart.
* Before Music/PinkFloyd switched from blues to prog rock, they were The Pink Floyd.
** In interviews, members of the band sometimes refer to it just as "The Floyd". So do some fans.
* Before StatusQuo switched from psychedelic rock to three power chords per song, they were The Status Quo.
** They are also sometimes referred to as "The Quo"
* According to Liam Howlett, it has always been TheProdigy, and the word the was only removed to fit within the displayed logo.
* Ardent fans of The Tragically Hip ''will'' correct you, if you either drop "The" from the band's name or don't capitalize it.
* "The" [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Smashing Pumpkins]] can't seem to make a decision.
** Music/{{Melvins}} are also a bit inconsistent - their album artwork and shirts usually render their name as just "Melvins", but on occasion it will be "''The'' Melvins". And of course when they worked with [[DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]], the collaboration was billed as Jello Biafra And ''The'' Melvins, probably just because it sounded better. A slight LampshadeHanging is done on the front cover of ''A Senile Animal'', which features the text "(A) Senile Animal by (The) Melvins".
* [[http://www.insaneian.com Insane Ian’s]] wife and sometimes-collaborator is known as "The Stacey".
* Music/TheGreatLukeSki
* Apparently, the dislike of this trope (Specifically having fans calling him "Mr. The Game") is why the rapper-formerly-known-as The Game is now known as Game. Also, [[TheGame you probably just lost it]]
* For some reason, the front cover of SonicYouth's ''Sister'' bills them as ''The'' Sonic Youth - not only did they never have a "the" in their name before or since, but they're also credited as just "Sonic Youth" elsewhere in the same album artwork.
* Québécoise folk singer La Bolduc (where "Bolduc" was simply her last name).


[[/folder]]

[[folder:The ProfessionalWrestling]]
* WWE's "The Brian Kendrick". And he doesn't let you forget it.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] name was born from this, as his previous ring name was Rocky Maivia.
* Former Wrestling/{{WWE}} / current Wrestling/{{TNA}} commentator Wrestling/{{Tazz}} was often jokingly referred to as "The Tazz", after a gaffe by Mike Adamle.
-->'''Tazz:''' I have nightmares when I hear "The Tazz."
* The Austin Starr.
* A great many luchadores' names begin with "El," which is Spanish for "The." This sometimes leads to instances of luchadores in fiction being referred to by others as just "El."
* Wrestling/TheMiz.
* Wrestling/TheBigShow.
** Although now inverted, as WWE has been calling him simply "Big Show" in the last couple of years.
* Wrestling/BretHart had an interesting verbal tic - he'd put "The" in front of names that didn't require one. "The Wrestling/SummerSlam", "The Wrestling/WrestleMania"...
* Wrestling/{{Ryback}} is often referred to backstage, by insiders, and [[SmartMark smarks]] as "The Ryback", popularized by interviews of [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
* Wrestling/TheIronSheik almost always refers to people as "the X". The Hulk Hogan, The Chris Brown, even The Jesus at one point.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Radio Drama]]
* ''Twice'' Averted in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. First, in episode 7:
-->'''Receptionist:''' You're Zaphod Beeblebrox? ''The'' Zaphod Beeblebrox?
-->'''Zaphod Beeblebrox''': No, ''A'' Zaphod Beeblebrox. Haven't you heard, I come in six-packs.
** And then later, on Brontytoll, upon discovering a gigantic statue of Arthur Dent:
--->'''Bird:''' You're Arthur Dent? ''The'' Arthur Dent?
--->'''Arthur Dent:''' I don't know if I'm ''The'' Arthur Dent, but ''That'' Arthur Dent is ''me''.
* Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Radio/TheShadow knows.
* In the ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' spinoff ''Radio/HamishAndDougal: You'll Have Had Your Tea?'' the Laird's full name is, apparently, "[=The McCoist Of McCoist=] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Of That Ilk]]". (See also clan chiefs below under RealLife.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Abyssal Exalts, traditionally 'sacrificing' their names and replacing them with titles, sometimes begin their new titles with The.
** Being Exalts embodying death, destruction and decay, they also tend to be names you run away from. Given that titles have a tendency to be flowery, poetic, and overwrought, they make you wonder if they might be names someone ran away with... or at least got carried away with. None the less, 'the' seems used as a division between Name and Title in most of the game's parlance.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Tropes]]
* TheAdjectivalSuperhero
* TheAllegedCar
* TheBear
* TheBechdelTest
* TheBigGuy
* TheBluebeard
* TheBoxingEpisode
* TheBrute
* TheButcher
* TheCasanova
* TheChanteuse
* TheCharmer
* TheCheerleader
* TheChessmaster
* TheChick
* TheChiefsDaughter
* TheCutie
* TheDarkChick
* TheDollEpisode
* TheDitherer
* TheDragon
** TheStarscream
* TheEvilPrince
* TheFace
* TheFaceless
* TheFakeCutie
* TheFashionista
* TheFightingNarcissist
* TheFlapper
* TheGambler
* TheGoodChancellor (as well as one name for his EvilCounterpart, TheGrandVizier)
* TheGoodKing
* TheGruntingOrgasm
* TheHecateSisters
* TheHero
* TheHighQueen
* TheIngenue
* TheKirk
* TheLancer
* TheLadysFavour
* TheMagnificent
* TheMaster
* TheMcCoy
* TheMuse
* TheOldConvict
* TheOneGuy
* TheOnlyOne
* TheOphelia
* TheObiWan
* TheScrappy
* TheSlacker
* TheSmartGuy
* TheSpock
* TheSquadette
* TheSvengali
* TheTease
* TheThreeFacesOfEve
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter
* TheVamp
* TheWisePrince
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask
* TheWonka
* TheWoobie
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Video Games]]
* The prefixing of Japanese titles with a [[GratuitousEnglish gratuitous "THE"]] in romaji is almost a trope of its own. Examples include practically every game in Creator/D3Publisher's Simple series, and Creator/HudsonSoft's ''THE Kung Fu'' (known in English as ''China Warrior'').
** The ''Bishi Bashi'' series has a later installment called '''''The''' Bishi Bashi''.
* A Vortigaunt in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' called Gordon Freeman "The Free Man". Other prominent characters are called "the Magnusson", "the Alyx Vance" and "the Eli Vance" but the main character's the only one whose nickname can stand on its own like that.
** Although Freeman is also apparently known among various resistance groups as "The One Free Man", according to one of the Breencasts. Perhaps the nickname came from humans who thought the Vortigaunt way of referring to Freeman would sound cool, with the appropriate change in pronunciation.
** Of course, the Rebels who call him that are entirely oblivious to the irony of the name, given Gordon's situation with the G-Man. It is entirely correct with the Combine, however, and the most 'free' person in the world must still choose his master - even if it is himself.
*** Actually part of the reason the Vortigaunts call him "The Free Man" is because they actually revere Gordon Freeman as a MessianicArchetype, as he freed them from generations of slavery in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. Thus, to the Vortigaunts, he ''is'' [[MeaningfulName "The Free Man"]].
* Not only a name, but a title: [[VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy The Guy]].
** The Kid, as well.
* The members of the Cobra unit in ''MetalGearSolid3'': The Pain, The Fear, The Fury, The End, and The Sorrow. In the case of The Boss, however, other characters tend to just call her "Boss" (forgoing the "The") when speaking to her; probably as a sign of respect. However, her original codename was "The Joy".
* In-keeping with TheHulk and characters of that ilk, ''any'' PlayerCharacter in ''CityOfHeroes'' can have the game plunk a "The" before the character's name whenever it appears onscreen. Any such optional "The" is omitted for occurrences of HelloInsertNameHere, however.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Z'' gave us The Edel Bernal, who actually ''needed'' the "the" to distinguish himself from the other character named Edel Bernal.
* The BlindIdiotTranslation for the Navi Mode dialogue in ''VideoGame/MegaMan Anniversary Collection'' sometimes puts a "the" in front of character names, resulting in things like "the Beat" or "the Plant Man".
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' gave us ''The'' Skiver.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' has "The Murray". [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime The fourth game]] introduces The Grizz.
* The ''{{Postal}}'' Dude. It's apparently his actual name.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series has "[[PlayerCharacter The Boss]]," although her homies typically refer to her simply as "boss."
* In ''TotalAnnihilation'', one unit is named "The Can". Should a player decide to build fifty of them, he or she could reasonably be described as having an army of The Cans.
* But in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII'', the android encountered in the final cutscene is at pains to point out that:
-->I am ''a'' Corak, not ''the'' Corak.
* The [[AllThereInTheManual instruction manual]] for the GameAndWatch ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' refers to the BigBad as "[[http://www.intheattic.co.uk/images/G&W/Review/SMB/SMB_YM-105_Page8-9.jpg the Bowser]]".
* The Arbiter, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'''s second player character. In almost an inversion of [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner The Cheat]], some characters leave out the article entirely and treat Arbiter like a name.
** This is because "Arbiter" is really more of a title than a name. It would be like referring to someone as "The Admiral" in the third person, and addressing them as "Admiral" when directly speaking to them.
* Every ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' game uses this for the player character. Specifically, [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} The Vault Dweller]], [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} The Chosen One]], [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} The Lone Wanderer]], and [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas The Courier.]]
** New Vegas also has "The King", leader of [[ElvisImpersonator the]] [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters Kings]]. The King of Kings, if you will.
* According to [[DummiedOut early version images]] found in the instruction booklet, ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost did this]]. Instead of "LASS wants to fight!", it would have instead said "The LASS wants to fight!". Considering how character names were handled at this point ("[[BlindIdiotTranslation The BROCK wants to fight!]]", which actually shows up in the instruction booklet's page on Brock), it's easy to see why it was changed before the final release.
* Pretty much everyone in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' - the Pyro, the Medic, the Announcer. This only extends to in-game text and the like, as in-game lines and the comics have them refer to each other without any articles.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The ''Legacy'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has the Carta searching for "The Hawke". This title actually is justified, in that the Carta aren't specifically referring to Hawke, but also their sibling, both of whom are they have been attempting to kidnap. Likewise, the title of "The Hawke" is occasionally used to refer to their father, Malcolm. The protagonist is frequently referred to as "The Champion" during the third act.
** ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', the expansion for the original ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Age|Origins}}'', has lots of folks who spell their names with a The: "The Architect", "The Mother", "The Withered", "The Lost", "The First"...
** The protagonist is referred to as either "The Warden", "The Hero of Ferelden" or "The Commander of the Grey".
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Iron Bull is normally referred to that way (or as just "Bull"), but he notes that it's supposed to have a "the" at the front.
--->'''Iron Bull:''' I like having an article in front of my name. It makes it sound like I'm not even a person, just a blunt object used for hitting things. I like that. ''A lot''.
* The Imprisoned in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.
* Count the number of times Boyd refers to The Milkman in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. Now count how many times he says "Milkman" alone. [[note]]Interestingly, the G-men will say "a Milkman" or something similar every now and then, even though they're part of Boyd's mind.]] [[GotMeDoingIt Raz tends to use the 'The', too.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has the Bionis and the Mechonis, the two gods on whose corpses the game takes place.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The Illusive Man.
** One ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has [[spoiler:the protagonist having become known as "The Shepard", thousands of years into the future.]]
* The Unnamed 771 from ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}''.
** To explain, several enemies are entitled "[[NoNameGiven Unnamed XXX]]" where XXX is a three-digit number. The unnamed 771 is the only one with a "The" attached to it.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend: Holiday Star'' has The King. Nearly every character refers to him with the "the". Capitalized too.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' has exactly one boss prefixed with "The", in one of ''G-Darius''[='=]s final stages.
--> "WARNING! A HUGE BATTLESHIP [='=]'''THE''' EMBRYON' IS APPROACHING FAST"
* The main character in ''A Spot of Bother'' and ''The Warlord, the Princess and the Bulldog'', Stavros "The Bulldog" [=McGrogan=], is very insistent on being referred to as "''The'' Bulldog."
* The ArchEnemy in the ''VideoGame/{{Turrican}}'' series is THE almighty, evil and imperial Machine.
** In the clone ''Hurrican'', you're instead up against [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds some random guy]] (although the PotHole is only comparatively true) called Dr. Geno X.
* The Evil Guy in ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]''. Since he is a GenericDoomsdayVillain, it makes him even more generic.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 2'': If you take "Mitsuhide Akechi's 3rd Request" on the 41st floor of the Infinite Castle/Survival Mode, you get a mission to "defeat the Keiji Maeda".
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us a comical example in Vaike, who insists on being called (and [[ThirdPersonPerson who calls himself]]) "The Vaike."
* ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'', and how. On a regular basis, you'll hear all about the Traveler, the Darkness, the Speaker, the Stranger, etc. And that's not even getting into the locations.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has a running gag based on this. There are a goodly number of characters and pseudocharacters whose names start with "the" (the most notable being The Cheat), and not only are they always addressed as such, but they will [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Integral_Article even preserve the "the" in cases where it conflicts with the grammar of the sentence]], like in the title of "500 The Cheats".
** The King of Town is an exception; he's always addressed as either "King of Town" or just "King". That is, when he's not being addressed as "Oldie" or "Stank Wad".
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': The Mole.
* ''WebAnimation/PimpLando'' has The Evil Guitarist.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Web Comics]]
* [[{{Mezzacotta}} The Comics Irregular's]] The Hyperstig.
* ''{{Magellan}}'' has The Man Who Can, who constantly has to remind people to remember the 'The' in front, along with other parts of his nomme de guerre.
* ''ScaryGoRound'' gives us The Boy, along with his parents, The Mother and The Father.
* ''Every'' character in ''TheWayOfTheMetagamer 2: InNameOnly''.
* The Hulking Shyster and The Leering Gobbler from ''AMomentOfPeace'' have 'The' names because they each represent their species of monster.
* The Las Vegas Tsunami from ''[[http://www.thedugs.com The Dugs]]'' features a protagonist known only as "The G.M." meaning General Manager. There have been several moments hinting at that the man's initials are also G.M.
* ImpureBlood TheAbomination -- though [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib007.html one of the first things asked on his rescue is his true name.]]
* Played around with in ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'': Ship names are generally referenced as "the" (IE, the ''Touch-And-Go''), though occasionally "the" is omitted (see the RealLife section below on ship names). In many cases, however, the AIs of the various spacecraft share their name with the ship itself (exceptions exist, such as Ennesby during his stint as AI of ''Serial Peacemaker'' or Petey). In which case the ''ship'' might be spelled with a "the," but the AI is ''not'' (IE, the AI of the ''Athens'' is just, ''Athens'').
* [[ThirdPersonPerson The Hizrim]] from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' refers to The Mage Asia Ellis and The Thatcher Mage as The all of The time.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Web Original]]
* Larry Damone's codename at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse is 'The Man Called Vengeance'. You have to say the whole thing. Really.
** Bladedancer's new roommate is ''The Crimson Comet!!!'', complete with definite article and punctuation, apparently.
* in ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'', most of the Flowers are known by "The" plus species name, including some of the Firstborn, who are the only Flowers with proper "names". There is also the Mysterious Somebody, though he did secretly have a proper name, being a clone of [[spoiler:[[TheThrawnTrilogy Joruus C'baoth]].]]
* As the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a superhero setting, there were a ton of these: The Wonder, The Sculptor, The Warlock, The Bishop, and most especially the Blood Red King. El Buho (The Owl) is a Mexican example.
* Steve and Larson of [[http://www.youtube.com/show?p=1wREZo1VdWc&tracker=show_av Ten FTW]] use 'The Twitters' and 'The Facebooks' and add it to years (e.g. 'The 08').
* Speaking of which, Website/{{Facebook}} started out as [[http://www.thefacebook.com/ The Facebook]], before dropping the "The".
* Plenty of {{Creepypasta}} [[EldritchAbomination monsters]] and [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] apparently also like to spell their names with a "The", including WebOriginal/TheRake and [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man]], amongst others.
* The Architect of ShadowhunterPeril. Beware.
* RageComics will often address nouns as "le (noun)" "le" being French for "the".
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the Simurgh, the third [[{{Kaiju}} End]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bringer]].
* ''LetsPlay/{{Raocow}}'' does this sometimes as a running gag, after it was popularized with the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPJ1rku9ldc&t=7m31s Song of Mr. the Duck]]". One of his nicknames among the fans has subsequently become "Mr. the Cow".
* LetsPlay/{{Strippin}}'s channel name is actually ''[=TheStrippin=]'', although he only did this because the name "Strippin" was already taken. He almost never refers to himself by his channel's full name.
* "WebVideo/EndTimes" has The Archivist.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', The Great and Powerful Trrrrrrrrixie demands that you call her as such!
** Until her HeelFaceTurn when she finally gets over that. Then it's The Great and ''Apologetic'' Trrrrrrrrrixie and you'd better believe she's the most humble pony you ever met!
** We eventually find out that Spike's surname is actually ''The'' Dragon.
* A Pimp Named Slickback from ''TheBoondocks'', though with a different article in front.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has "The Duke" ([[IronicNickname a little kid]]) who gets mad if you call him "Duke."
** '''[[ThirdPersonPerson The Boulder]]''' is angered by your failure to mention him!
** "Load the Toph!"
* "The Tommy" Gilligan from ''KidsNextDoor'' after he left the K.N.D.
* The animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' contains an {{expy}} of Franchise/{{Batman}} called Die Fledermaus, whose name (it sounds like "Deflator Mouse" when spoken) is always said with its article intact.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'''s The Brain. Doesn't always get a "The" (especially from Pinky), but this seems to be his only first name when one is required.
* ''AsToldByGinger ''had a dog called The Duchess, who Hoodsie always had to remind Carl to add the "the" to.
* A minor character on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is apparently named The Letter M.
** Also, [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] sometimes refers to others this way, particularly "[[HeroAntagonist the Dib]]," despite these characters [[InvertedTrope not doing it themselves]].
* (The) Hacker from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}''. It's even in his CatchPhrase.
-->'''Hacker:''' That's ''The'' Hacker to you!
* Subverted with The Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak in ''StrawberryShortcake''. While he is a villain who speaks of himself using his full name (and following up with his song and dance), he couldn't care less that everyone else calls him by shorter versions of his name.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The Monarch tells Hank that he is listed in the Guild of Calamitous Intent's books under M, for Monarch. Or possibly T, for The Monarch. This also applies to his wife, nee Dr. Girlfriend, later known as Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' has a character named The King, who Lightning [=McQueen=] refers to directly as 'Mister The King'.
** Which leads to Mater addressing his wife as "Mrs. The King".
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', when Ron is [[StatusQuoIsGod temporarily]] rich for an episode, he insists on being referred to as "''The'' Ron".
* ''{{Undergrads}}'' had 'The Douggler'.
* Every episode in the second half of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' begins with the word "The" and is lampshaded with an episode titled "The The".
* The Tramp, from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''.
** Though he frequently gets called Tramp, mostly by the people closest to him (like Lady).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', from his own show. Oddly, the The is dropped for most of the characters that have it in the comics (i.e. it's now just Joker and Penguin), and even Batman himself isn't always referred to this way.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Star Wars]] '''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The]]''' [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars CloneWars]]''.
* On ''[[TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]],'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ezekiel]] starts to call himself "The Zeke" as part of his [[TheDeterminator Determinator]] / JiveTurkey routine. He doesn't seem to care whether or not other people use it, though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when Dr. Zoidberg got his mind swapped with Fry and is confronted with the Robo-Hungarian emperor in a wash bucket's body claiming to be Bender, he exclaims, "Bender, old pal! It's me, the Fry!"
** And in the Ultimate Robot Fighting episode, Bender's fembot companions address him as "Mr. The Offender," matching his stage persona as "Bender the Offender".
* Nicktoon ''AaahhRealMonsters'' features their SadistTeacher, ''The'' Gromble. Also their school disciplinarian is normally referred to as ''The'' Snorch.
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' inverts this, as she tends to address villains as "The (Villain Name)", even if their names don't have 'the' to start with.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is the AlternateContinuity TV series based on the eponymous penguins of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' film trilogy. ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'', no "The", is the spinoff movie starring the eponymous penguins.
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* The Arabic names for God (in Islam and the Baha'i Faith) all begin with Al- which means "the".
** Consequently, any Arabic name that starts with "Al" is automatically this.
* "The Lord", a common Judeo-Christian name for {{God}}.
* The Hebrew version is haShem, which means "The Name."
* In CelticMythology, The Morrigan and The Dagda.
* What about His Holiness, The Dalai Lama?
* As well as ''il papa'' himself, ThePope.
* Can also extend to inanimate objects and/or ideas. Ask the more pretentious faculty or alumni of ''The'' Ohio State University, who almost seem to be distinguishing themselves from some other, inferior Ohio State. It actually is officially chartered with "The" as part of the name, but the emphasis placed on "The" is an effective way of annoying the fans and alumni of their football rivals like the University of Michigan, which of course guarantees that Ohio State fans will always continue the practice.
** ''The'' University of York (in the UK) is very particular about its name, because ''York University'' is in Canada.
** Two for one: "The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina" is the official name of that school in Charleston.
** Of course, then there's '''The''' U. (Most state schools will refer to themselves as this, so if you're telling someone outside your state what college you went to and say The U, they'll have a totally different school in mind. Or they might not have a clue at all—for example, none of Kentucky's universities is ever locally referred to as "The U".)
*** The players who played at the University of Miami introduce themselves as being from "The U" during the opening of Sunday Night Football broadcasts on NBC. This is because of the "U" logo on the side of the school's football helmets. Football fans generally understand this but it might confuse those who are just casual fans. And don't even get into Miami of Ohio.
*** The University of Utah has extra justification for being called The U, but also goes by The U of U.
** '''The''' Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
** The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania added the '''The''' to its name in 2013 to distinguish itself from other universities with Lincoln in their names.
* DonaldTrump, a.k.a. "The Donald"
* [[Creator/DavidHasselhoff David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff]].
* Some American Indian names are given in this way, such as the early 19th century Cherokee war leader The Ridge.
* According to Martin Brodeur's autobiography, legendary ice hockey bust Alexandre Daigle likes to be called "The Daigle".
* Like the T-shirt says, "I'm not A bitch, I'm THE bitch!"
* There are several countries like this, including [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gambia The Gambia]], the Sudan, the Philippines, the United States, the UK, and just about any country that starts with "The Republic" or similar. Also, many geographic regions are like this too, especially places that used to be ''the (former)''. In some cases, the name doesn't make much sense without the definite article (e.g. the Philippines, the US, the UK, the Czech Republic), while some seem to just have it there (I'm looking at you, Sudan and Gambia...)
** Some countries take a definite article in Arabic. These are not always the same ones that take a definite article in English. Iraq, for example, is literally "The Iraq." This is also the reason (the) Sudan takes the definite article: in Arabic (the language of most Sudanese), it's ''Al-Suudaan'', "The Sudan", with "Sudan" meaning "Land of the Blacks" (since the Sudanese are for the most part Black).
*** And it's not just Arab countries that get this weirdness: Austria is ''Al-Nimsaa'' ("Al" being "the", and "Nimsaa" from ''Niemcy'', a common Slavic name for German-speakers; it probably came from South Slavic via Turkish), and Argentina, which is ''Al-Arjentiin''.
*** The same happens in some Spanish dialects, like Argentinian and Peruvian Spanish: Some countries are named with the Spanish article ''El'' (The) as Argentina (La Argentina), Peru (El Peru), Japan (El Japon), Canada (El Canada), etc. On the other hand, other dialects, like the Mexican one, avoid this like a plague, since it's considered outdated speech. The only exception to this rule is India (La India), albeit it's starting to fall into disuse in some circles.
** And subverting this: despite being ''The'' Ukraine in the popular mind, the country is merely "Ukraine," due to 19th century translations ("Ukrayina" derives from a term for "Borderland"). While the Ukrainian language had no articles, the Ukrainian translators just assumed you were supposed to put one in English. "The" has been falling out of usage as of late, with "Ukraine" gaining popularity.
*** Similar things have happened to (the) Crimea.
** Old colonial names for different countries often had this, as they were often seen as regions that were expanded into rather than sovereign states: "The Canadas", "The Belgian (or French) Congo", etc. Sometimes, different English-speaking countries will use these names (i.e. Argentina vs. The Argentine). As well, names like "The Americas", "The Koreas", and so forth exist when there's more than one of a country or continent, and they're both/all being referenced at once.
** The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia does have this trait, but in a really weird way; due to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_naming_dispute Macedonian naming dispute]], the UN has to make a huge number of compromises so as not to piss off anybody, and one of them involves officially sorting the FYRoM under "The".
* The painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos was known as ''El Greco'': an archaic Spanish word for "the Greek" (he worked in Spain).
* Creator/BillMurray tells a story about calling to accept an invitation for a pro-am golf tournament, and being asked "Are you '''THE''' Bill Murray?" and replying "Well, I'm '''A''' Bill Murray." When he shows up without his packet and badge and the guard won't let him in, he talks the guard into calling the director to tell her that Bill Murray's at the gate, and she shoots back "Is it '''A''' Bill Murray?"
* Using this trope for first names is not uncommon, cross-linguistically.
** It's canon in Modern Greek, among many other languages. Ancient Greek also could use an article with a name, especially if the named was famous ('the Socrates').
** Italian is somewhat weird about first names, the article before is considered canon ''only'' for female first names. While the construction is identical (and it is often used informally) it's considered a grammatical error to use it before male names.
** In the informal Spanish of various countries, people are often referred to with the definite article -- "El Manuel fue a la tienda" ("The Manuel went to the store") is a perfectly valid sentence, albeit technically incorrect grammatically.
** It's the same in Portuguese: "O Manoel foi à loja". Also while people use to call their parents mom and dad in english it's usual to call them "O pai" ou "A mãe" (the father, the mother). Like in "O pai perguntou que horas você chega em casa" (The father asked what time you'll get home".
** Spoken non-formal German (varying a bit by region) often uses the definitive article together with names (first, family, and full): "die Marie", "der/die [Herr/Frau] Schmidt", "die Marie Schmidt". It's also common as 'standard usage' in various German dialects (sometimes with added inversion of family and first name). Additionally the article can be used with famous people.
** "Le / La + first name" also works in French, though it's not considered "standard".
*** Similarly, "Le / La + surname or nickname" is sometimes seen as a sobriquet for a notable person. This applies not only to French but other European languages; for example, Italian actress GinaLollobrigida was sometimes nicknamed "La Lollo".
** In Hungarian, using "a", the equivalent of "the", before names ("a Tibor, a Klára") was originally considered rude, but lately it seems to be becoming prevalent in all but the most formal of situations.
** This is a rule in Catalan, except for some western dialects. For example "''La'' Maria va anar a la botiga ahir" (''The'' Maria went to the store yesterday) not just "Maria". There is even a special subset of "personal articles" en, na and n' for names, used especially frequently in the Balearic dialects.
** In fact, the cross-linguistic frequency of occurrence, combined with the fact that nouns ''have to'' have determiners in most formal models of syntax, and the fact that we can use an explicit determiner in rare cases in English (e.g. "The James who I met at the party yesterday must have been the same James you met last weekend."; also, the humor in the Bill Murray quote [[DontExplainTheJoke depends on knowledge of the pragmatics of usage of the explicit determiner]]), has led linguists to posit a special "before-proper-nouns null determiner". In other words, everyone is using an equivalent of the word "the" before proper nouns; it's just that the pronunciation of it is ''nothing at all''.
* El Cid (a Spanish term with an Arabic etymology) is almost always called El Cid or the Cid.
** Bonus Point: Cid is Spanish term for Arabic "Sayid", which means a noble man: a Master. So El Cid means TheMaster.
* TheWB Television Network, and its successor TheCW. Most affiliates leave "The" out of their local branding.
* The Donway is a road in Toronto, Ontario whose numerical addresses all have the "The" at the front of "Donway". The address of Don Mills Collegiate Institute, for example, is 15 The Donway East.
** Similarly The Queensway. The address of [[http://www.stjoe.on.ca/ St. Joseph's]] is 30 The Queensway.
* One historic street in Richmond, Virginia is known locally as "the Boulevard", although its street signs read only "Boulevard".
* Diseases on the east coast of [[CanadaEh Canada]] often get this nomenclature, as in: "Oh, she's down with a right case of the pneumonia, she is."
** Gout is commonly referred to as "the gout" in many areas, including areas which ''don't'' stick a "the" in front of other diseases.
* When things that are famous throughout the world are named in untranslated Spanish the Spanish equivalent to "the", "el" for male nouns and "la" for female nouns, is made part of the name for mistake, in that way what shall be "the niño current" is known as "the el niño current" despite being known in Spanish as "La corriente del niño."
** Once on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Chris Farley appeared as an AnthropomorphicPersonification of El Niño, in the manner of a Professional Wrestler. "For those of you who don't habla Español, "El Niño" is Spanish for... The Niño."
* Actor/Comedian The Greg Wilson, known for bit parts in ''UglyBetty'', ''ModernFamily'', ''Series/{{Bones}}'', and ''Film/TheHottieAndTheNottie''.
* Partisan leaders in the Peninsular War were frequently known by titles beginning "El", such as "El Empecinado" (The Undaunted) and "El Medico" (The Doctor... probably not ''[[Series/DoctorWho that]]'' one).
* A number of brands of Scotch (e.g. The Glenlivet, The Macallan) do this.
* The Dalles, Oregon
** The Woodlands, Texas.
* La Center, Washington, a rare example of an English word city name with a Spanish definite article. ("La" can also be a French definite article.)
** La Conner, Washington appears to use this trope, but the "La" is actually in honor of Louisa Ann Conner, an early settler.
* Any Spanish word city name that starts with any of the four definite articles:
** El: masculine singular (Ex: El Cerrito in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area, El Camino Real throughout UsefulNotes/{{California}}, and El Centro in southeastern California)
** Los: masculine plural (Ex: UsefulNotes/LosAngeles in [=SoCal=] and Los Banos in the San Joaquin Valley)
** La: feminine singular (Ex: La Jolla, a neighborhood in San Diego, CA)
** Las: feminine plural (Ex: [[VivaLasVegas Las Vegas, NV]] and Las Cruces, NM)
** Similar things occur in other languages too, for instance in French you have "la France", "Le Havre", "Le Mans", "les Halles" and "les Gobelins" (neighborhoods in Paris), "les Pays-Bas" (the Netherlands) and "les Cornouailles" (Cornwall). Not that these articles are treated like normal articles, so "I come from Le Havre" is "Je viens du Havre".
*** Speaking of les Pays-Bas, in Dutch you also find a number of persons and places which feature definite articles, such as "De" (e. g. in the surname De Jong) or "Het" (as in the palace Het Loo), the latter occasionally shortened to "'t". Sometimes the article will be inflected in ways that have fallen from use outside the field of name, e. g. to "Den" as in Den Haag (The Hague) or Den Bosch. Occasionally you even see the article as a genitive, reduced to a little "'s", as in the full names of the last two cities, 's Gravenhage ("the Count's Wood", implying either a hedge or an enclosed land preserve) and 's Hertogenbosch ("the Duke's Forest").
* Holders of UK peerage titles are strictly ''The'' Lord Loveaduck or ''The'' Lady Day, to distinguish them from non-peers who might have those titles; e.g. the younger sons of a Marquis ([[Literature/BridesheadRevisited Lord Sebastian Flyte]]) or the wife of a Knight (Lady Elspeth Flashman.)
** Similarly, but oddly different at the same time, a baroness can refer to herself as The Baroness (name) if she earned her title under her own merit.
* [[http://shoeblogs.com/ The Manolo]] is the big fan of the definite article. ([[CaptainObvious Also the shoes.]])
* Clothing retailer Gap used to be "The Gap", but officially dropped "The" in 1986.
* The chief of a Scots clan will usually refer to himself or herself in this way: the chief of Clan [=MacFarlane=], for instance, is "the[= MacFarlane=]". (If a chieftainship descends to someone who doesn't have that clan name as their surname - say, to the child of a woman who married outside the clan - the new chief is expected to change his or her surname to match.)
* Similarly, the eldest male in an Irish family will sometimes be called "The X". So the patriarch of a family called Egan might be called "The Egan."
* Presumably to show its specialness in relation to the other planets, Earth is often called ''The'' Earth, whereas you rarely if ever hear a native English speaker use the phrase "''The'' Mars". Similarly, ''The'' Sun and ''The'' Moon - to distinguish them from every other sun and moon out there.
** Alan Davies on ''Series/{{QI}}'': "But it has got one moon! It's called ''the'' Moon!"
* George W. Bush inspired mockery when he claimed to use [[MemeticMutation "the Google."]]
** Which his father followed up on by referring to TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks as "the cables."
* Before Toronto's multipurpose indoor stadium was renamed Rogers Centre, its management inverted this trope by insisting that you ''not'' call the building "The [=SkyDome=]". You were to refer to it as "[=SkyDome=]". One hopes Bret Hart (above) never mentioned [=SkyDome=] back in the day.
* A similar inversion applies to the London art gallery known to almost everyone as "The Tate Gallery". In 2000 it was renamed "Tate Britain", to distinguish it from the new "Tate Modern", and they had a campaign to encourage [[DriverOfABlackCab taxi drivers]] to correct anyone who asked to go to "the Tate".
* One of the five boroughs of New York City, the Bronx.
* A common VerbalTic in northeastern France is to refer to people as "the [name]". It pretty much marks the speaker as a backwoods hick.
** Passed into the New World with the La Bolduc example above.
* A street in San Jose, California is officially named "The Alameda".
** The Embarcadero in San Francisco.
* On the West Coast of the US, it is not uncommon for people to precede highway numbers with "The", e.g. "''The'' 405" instead of just "405". This practice is especially popular in Southern California.
* Both exemplified and inverted by the Christian Science Church, officially the "Church of Christ, Scientist". The main church of the movement in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, often called by Christian Scientists "The Mother Church", is officially The First Church of Christ, Scientist. According to the movement's governing document, all other churches in the movement—which are legally branches of The Mother Church—are specifically prohibited from using "The" in front of their names.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} by The Home Depot. In Quebec, they omit "The" from their name so that it can be more cross-compatible with Québécois French.
* Most people insert "the" in front of ship names, thus we have the ''Enterprise'' or the ''Intrepid''. However at least in the west, a ship name is supposed to be referred to as if it were a person's. Therefore it's actually grammatically correct to ''avert'' this trope (see the ''Firefly'' example above).
** An exception are the two American destroyers, USS ''The Sullivans'' (DD-537 which fought during WorldWarII, and the later DDG-68), in which the name actually ''is'' spelled with a "the" (the ships are named for the five Sullivan brothers killed during the sinking of USS ''Juneau'').
* It is always "the [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} NACA]]", with each letter pronounced individually instead of "na-ka". However, it is never "the NASA", nor should the letters be pronounced individually. Unless the speaker is European, in which case all language formalities go out the window.
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