->'''Shepard:''' What's with you and the nicknames?
->'''James:''' It's just my way of remembering people. Some people just don't match their names, y'know? So I just give 'em a new one.
-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

Time for a new article! [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Is the gang all here]]? JustForFun/{{Trope|Tan}}s? [[AliceAndBob Blondy and Fred]]? [[TropeyTheWonderDog Mutt]]? [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Good]].

Now a lot of you have been wondering why I call myself TheNicknamer. Well, it's simple: I never use anyone's real name. I just make up a short catchy moniker for them. Why do I do this? Perhaps I [[AloofAlly can't be bothered]] learning your names ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Nothing personal]], [[FreudianExcuse I had a hard childhood]]). Some say that it's because I'm childish or [[{{Kawaisa}} trying to be cute.]] But really, you all know it makes me TotallyRadical, don't you?

Compare OnlyKnownByTheirNickname. See InSeriesNickname (and its subtropes AffectionateNickname and EmbarrassingNickname) for when it sticks (often becoming a BerserkButton); AppropriatedAppellation, when the name is embarrassing but is adopted and worn with pride; InsultOfEndearment, when the character's petname for someone isn't flattering but is meant well; and TermsOfEndangerment, when a pet name is given to a character by a villain.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/KOn'':
** Yui Hirasawa. Her guitar becomes "Gitah", Tsumugi becomes "Mugi-chan", Ritsu becomes "Ricchan", and Azusa becomes "Azu-nyan". Later, Mio's bass becomes "[[BilingualBonus Elizabeth]]". Also, in the "extra" episode, she calls her pair of gloves "Tebukuro-chan".
** When her sister ([[SiblingYinYang Ui]]) [[ItMakesSenseInContext impersonated her]], her friends first became suspicious because Ui got all the nicknames wrong. [[BadassTeacher Sawako]] saw through it immediately, though, because she instantly noticed the change in bust size... which is partially [[NotWhatItLooksLike excused]] by the fact that she is the band's costume designer/creator... but still.
* Yachiru Kusajishi from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the most infamous of her nicknames being "Ken-chan" (Kenny in the dub) to her giant, [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]] behemoth of a captain. Although it's not assured ''what'' she will call you or even if her nickname will be consistent, but she ''will'' give anyone, and ''everyone'' a nickname of some sort. Always.
** "Jiggles! Big guy! Pencil! Tough guy! Let's go!"
* Chamo from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* Fai from ''Anime/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' starts calling GrumpyBear Kurogane various nicknames (often some variant of "Kuro-pon" or "Kuro-rin") that becomes a running gag. When Fai ''stops'' using the nicknames it's obvious that something has gone very, ''very'' wrong, and likewise the next time he uses one everyone is relieved that he's back to normal. Fay openly states that he had never used nicknames for anyone before Kurogane. [[HoYay Hint hint]]. Kurogane might also apply: Tomoyo is the only person he ever calls by their real name. Fay is "the mage", Sakura "the princess", Syaoran "the kid", Mokona "the meat bun" and Yuuko is "the witch".
* Gigalt from ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' cannot remember a name, and makes up a nickname for each character he interacts with, but it must have meaning for him. He cannot seem to remember names otherwise. He gave Hachi his nickname, called Ai 'Angel', etc. The reason he couldn't come up with a nickname for Hakim was because [[spoiler:Hakim was hiding his true self as a deep cover SDF mole, even under Gigalt's tutelage.]]
* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' almost never refers to certain people by their names, instead using nicknames he has chosen for them, often against their wishes. For example, Tsunade is "Grandma Tsunade" or just "Grandma," Jiraiya is "Pervy Sage," and Killer B is "Shades-Wearing Pops" or "Octopops." Depending on who it is, the nicknames can be insulting, [[AffectionateNickname affectionate]], or both.
** Sai has been [[{{Flanderisation}} flanderized]] in [[FanFic fanfiction]] to this point. The more ridiculous the nickname, the better.
* Ritchie from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, to his Pokemon team; each and every one is nicknamed, which is rare for the anime.
* Gold from the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga has a nickname for everyone except his rival, Silver. Examples include Strict/Serious Girl (Crystal), Prissy Boy (Ruby) and Wild Girl (Sapphire).
** Most characters nickname their Pokémon in ''[[PokemonSpecial PokeSpe]]'', for that matter. Though some are more original than others.
* Suzuna the cheerleading captain of the Deimon Devilbats in ''Anime/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' nicknames most of the team apart from Sena and Monta. She once got an omake page listing all her nicknames for them. She even took to calling the pointy-eared Youichi Hiruma "You-nii" ("Elf-bro").
** Hiruma himself gives everyone a caring, sweet and kind Fucking Nickname.
** One of the incidental characters (who gave Eyeshield 21 the nickname "E.S.") is later revealed to make up nicknames for everything all the time.
** Probably intentional; Suzuna calls JerkJock Agon "Agon-nii." Yep. [[DontExplainTheJoke Agony.]]
** Agon himself has a nickname for almost everyone. Short Trash (Sena), Slimy Trash (Hiruma), Fat Pig/Fat Trash (Kurita), Garbage Brothers (Ha-Ha Bros), and Unko-Chan (Unsui) are the more memorable ones. Ikkyu seems to be the only one Agon calls by name.
* Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' deserves mention, simply because she came up with the name [[TheIdiotFromOsaka O]][[CloudCuckoolander s]][[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep a]][[NightmareFuelStationAttendant k]][[EnsembleDarkhorse a]].
* Lavi in ''Anime/DGrayMan'' calls his BadassGrandpa mentor "Panda," Krory the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent not-actually-a-vampire]] "Kro-chan" ("Krorykins" in the English version), Kanda the epic BadAss by his EmbarrassingFirstName Yu, and occasionally calls Allen "[[BerserkButton Beansprout]]." Needless to say, said characters do not usually appreciate this.
** After Lavi re-named Link "two spot" and the person in question got irked by the remark ("How rude!"), Allen commented in nonchalant fashion:
--> "Oh, you're not going to have any effect like that. Link, Lavi's a child, so he loves giving people nicknames. You have to be a lot more forceful if you want him to stop."
-->'''Lavi:''' "Say Allen, have you forgotten that I'm actually older than you...?"
** Tyki Mikk also has a habit of doing this, calling Lavi "[[EyepatchOfPower Eyepatch-kun]]", Kanda "[[KatanasAreJustBetter Kitchen-Knife]]", and exclusively referring to the young protagonist Allen as "[[KidHero shonen]]" (boy).
** Kanda almost never calls people by their first names. [[KidHero Allen]] is "Moyashi," (beansprout) and Lavi is "Baka Usagi" (stupid rabbit) or "Baka Lavi" (Stupid Lavi).
* The photography club's president in ''Anime/{{Manabiya}}'' gives everyone nicknames she comes up with on the moment; so while some of them [[http://www.onemanga.com/Manabiya/1/41/ are very pleased by this]], others [[http://www.onemanga.com/Manabiya/1/42/ are]] [[http://www.onemanga.com/Manabiya/2/15/ not]].
* Shampoo of ''Anime/RanmaOneHalf'', especially in {{Fanon}}.
* Eve Neuschwanstein of ''Anime/{{NEEDLESS}}'', due to her atrocious memory for names.
* Izaya and Erika from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' are both prone to this, though for different reasons. Izaya tends to throw out infantilizing nicknames for old highschool "friends" (i.e. Shizu-chan and Dotachin for Shizuo and Kadota) [[MaliciousMisnaming out of disrespect for them]]. Erika tends to give everyone equally silly nicknames (as well as commandeer Izaya's) because she's a raging {{Fangirl}} and thinks they're cute.
* Luigi Yoshida in ''Series/GiantKilling'' not only nicknames others around him but apparently made the rest of the team call him "The Prince" (he also has another nickname, Gino). Tatsumi the team manager refuses to call him by any of his nicknames until he proves himself.
* Sanosuke Sagara from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has shades of this since he barely ever calls anyone by their given name. He calls Kaoru "Jou-chan" (translated to "Missy" in English), Megumi "kitsune" ("vixen" in English) most often, but anyone else he meets is probably not going to get called by their real name and will instead be referred to by whatever outstanding feature Sano notices (in Saito Hajime's case, his slicked-back hair with a few bangs in the front led Sanosuke to dub him something equally insulting). Humorously, Megumi calls him "tori-atama" (translated roughly to "birdhead" or "roosterhead", but can also be translated as "birdbrain") as retaliation. He also managed to seriously anger a minor villain by calling him "broom-head", a reference to his upswept blond hair.
** Saito himself [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/rurouni_kenshin/v09/c067/8.html indulges in this]] at least once, in a CrowningMomentOfFunny where he first meets Misao & compares her to the other prominent women in Kenshin's life.
* Kafuka Fuura from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has her own naming conventions as an insanely positive cloud-cuckoolander; upon interrupting her future teacher's efforts at 'making himself taller' (read: suicide attempt) she nicknamed him 'Pink Supervisor' after the tree he was trying to hang himself from, 'Pink CEO', which she named on the spot. She constantly comes up with more positive names for things e.g. 'treasure chests for the homeless' (bins) and 'deep love' (stalking).
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' you have to earn the right for Luffy to remember your real name. Especially apparent with Hancock, who remained Hammock while Luffy was still mad at her for turning her loving subjects to stone, and only became Hancock when she regained Luffy's respect by going the extra mile by facing her fears of going to fight for the marines so she could help him save Ace. But even if Luffy likes you, you might end up with one of his affectionate nicknames, like Cricket the "diamond head guy" or Inazuma "Crab-chan".
** However, if someone makes Luffy hate them enough, he will also remembers that person's name. Crocodile is one of the few individuals that Luffy calls by name who he despise and still holds a grudge against. When fighting Arlong, he also called him by his name without ever given him a nickname. He also calls all three of the admirals by their official nicknames, despite only really 'liking' Aokiji.
** Robin is the nicknamer within the Straw Hat crew. She is fond of using HeyYou and if she does go by name, it's by a simple nickname such as Long-nose-kun (Usopp), Swordsman-san (Zoro) or Cook-san (Sanji). The only crewmate she calls by name is Luffy and that was after she had finally [[TrueCompanions found her place with the Straw Hats]].
** After the events at Enies Lobby, during which she realized that her crew would never betray her and were ready to go to hell and back to save her, she does gradually stop using nicknames.
** Similarily, Franky also used to nickname his crewmates, calling them by attribute-related monikers instead of their actual names; the only exception being Robin, who he referred to by [[FullNameBasis her full name]]. He eventually stops using nicknames (And switches to FirstNameBasis for Robin) as he gets closer to his crewmates.
* Rintaro of ''Anime/SteinsGate'' has nicknames for everyone. Itaru is "Daru", Moeka is "Shining Finger", and Kurisu has a truckload of nicknames, including "Christina" ([[PhraseCatcher "There's no '-tina'!"]]), "The Zombie" and "Celeb-17".
* Sakuragi Hanamichi in ''Anime/SlamDunk'' has a tendency of giving nicknames to some of his rivals: Akagi is "Gori" (short for 'Gorilla'), Uozumi is "Boss Monkey", Hanagata is "Glasses", and Nobunaga is "Wild Monkey" (and in turn, he's called "Red-haired Monkey" by Nobunaga)
* Hayate from ''HayateXBlade''.
* Riko's father, Kagetora, from ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke''. Kise may count to a lesser extent, as he adds "cchi" to the end of the names of people he's acknowledged, whether they want him to or not.
* Rebecca Miyamoto, the teacher from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' starts out calling all of her students by stereotypical nicknames ([[SmartPeopleWearGlasses Bookworm]], [[IdiotHair Cowlick]], [[TheGenericGuy Boring Girl]]) because she can't be bothered trying to learn them. Eventually she does learn everyone's names, though.
* Alice from ''Anime/PandoraHearts'' comes up with a nickname for nearly every person she meets. To name a few, Gil is "Seaweed-Head," Break is "the clown," Rufus Barma is "{{Ahoge}}," Leo is "Shaggy Glasses," etc.
* [[MuggleBestFriend Manabe]] in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. He gives the other guys in Student Counsel annoying nicknames, and [[ThirdPersonPerson Kimi]] helps to make them stick - [[PrinceCharming Yuki]] is Yun Yun ([[FridgeLogic which Yuki points out is actually longer than his real name]]) and [[StraightMan Naohito]] is Chibi-suke. Then he nicknames [[CampStraight Aaya]] "Commander", and Aaya in turn starts calling him [[Franchise/SuperSentai Black-san]]. Not to mention his girlfriend, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname the Meat Angel]].
* In ''LightNovel/HidanNoAria'', Riko calls Kinji "Kii-kun", Shirayuki "Yuki-chan", and [[ThirdPersonPerson herself]] "Rikorin" (or "Rikko-Rikorin" when she's really cheerful). She also calls Aria "Arian'ya" or "[[MaliciousMisnaming 'Olmes]]" (like in French) depending on her mood.
* Daiya of ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'', much to the chagrin of [[VitriolicBestBuds Puria]]. Puria Richardson becomes "Richard-san", her [[ThoseTwoGuys subordinates]] become "Moustache Trio", Crab Banker becomes "Kani-tank" ("Kani" being Japanese for "Crab"), and Stinger becomes "[[BuffySpeak That Kite Thing]]".
* Hyuuga from [[Manga/{{ZeroSevenGhost}} 07-Ghost]] loves giving people he's close to affectionate nicknames; he calls Ayanami "Aya-tan" (even though "-tan" is a suffix similar to "-chan", which nobody would ever use to refer to a superior), Kuroyuri "Kuro-tan", and at times, Konatsu "Kona-chan".
* In ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', Hak gave nicknames to Kija ("White Snake") and Jae-Ha ("Droopy Eyes").
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' did this when he was a member of The Defenders. Dr. Strange became "Dumb Magician", Valkyrie became "Sword Girl" and Nighthawk became "Bird Nose".
** Savage Hulk calls ''everybody'' by a simplified nickname.
*** In Heroes Reborn, he named Project X9500, worn by an [[IronMan Anthony Stark]], ''[[AppropriatedAppellation Iron Man]]''.
*** Comicbook/SpiderMan was "Bug-Eyes" or "Bug Man".
*** Comicbook/TheMightyThor was "Red Cape".
** And when Dr. Fate created a [[{{Expy}} strangely similar team]] in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Solomon Grundy referred to his teammates in very similar terms.
* Harley Quinn of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fame refers to her lover the Joker as "Mr. J" or "Puddin'", and her [[LesYay best friend\lover]] Poison Ivy as "Red" (for her red hair).
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker himself does this, particularly to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batsy]].
* ComicBook/RasAlGhul calls Franchise/{{Batman}} "Detective", and on the occasions he's faced Franchise/{{Superman}}, he calls him "Icon" or "The Alien". More recently, he's taken to also calling Tim Drake "Detective" after Tim proved his skills against Ra's and earned his respect.
* In ''SgtRock'', nicknames for all the members is the tradition of Easy Company, with Rock personally doling them out (And being the sole exception to the rule). This is explained as a coping mechanism for the unpleasant things they might have to do in the service of their duties in war, and to soften the blow should any of them die. And they do.
** Apparently TruthInTelevision, as this is reportedly not an uncommon practice in times of war. It's also appeared in war fiction quite a few times, so maybe the 'Nicknamer sergeant' should be considered a subtrope of the Nicknamer.
* The ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} has a long history of obnoxious pet names for all, going right back to his first appearance in the 1980s. And considering how many superheroes and villains he's interacted with, that's a lot of pet names. This trait comes and goes a bit with later writers and how well they keep to his original "snarky Bronx thug" persona, though.
* Ben Grimm of the ComicBook/FantasticFour, usually of the semi-derogatory kind: "Stretch", "Stretcho", "Rubber Head", "Big Brains", "Professor", "Doc", "High Pockets", etc for Reed; "Match-head" "Matchstick", "Bic-head", "Flame-Brain", "Hothead", "Sparky", "Firefly", etc for Johnny. He always calls Sue by the pet names "Suzy" or "Suzy-Q" however, possibly since she's the one who pisses him off the least.
* [[ChaoticNeutral Bean]] [[FunnySchizophrenia the]] [[MadBomber Dynamite]] from ''[[ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]]'' is quite the nicknamer. He's called Sonic "Speedy [=McQuickness=]", "Mr. Needlemouse" and "Speedy Cheese"; called Tails "Propellor Butt"; called Amy "Piko Piko Valkyrie" and "Shouty Hammer [=McPain=]"; called Jet the Hawk "Jettinson Q. Hawkington" and called Blaze "Little Miss Flaming Lilac". He also [[CompanionCube named one of his bombs "Jamie-Kendall Duckingworth III".]] Unusual in that the nicknames he gives are always ''longer'' than the real names.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' is fond of shortening the names of his allies and villians. The Green Goblin and the Hobgoblin are Gobby and Hobby, Doctor Octopus is Doc Ock, Daredevil is DD or Hornhead, he's borrowed Matchstick from Ben Grimm for The Human Torch etc. In at least one adapation, insulting Max Dillion with the name "Electro" is what inspires him to use it as his villian name.
* In ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' Arsenal calls Red Hood "Jaybird" and Starfire "Princess".
* Cyborg had a nickname for just about every one of his teammates in The New TeenTitans.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Oh, do the four in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' go to town with this trope! Some examples:
** Placenames: Ketafa = Ketawful, Ta'akan = Tacky
** As'taris: Ass, Asshole, Santa's Ass, and Jeez-Ass (after he's resurrected).
** The Hunter becomes “the Lumberjack” after they watch him cut firewood with his {{BFS}}, which mutates into “Lumberjackass” and “the loathsome Lumberjack.”
** The Vasyn: The Vaseline, the Aspirin, the thingy, and [[TitleDrop the Big Pink Job]].
** The four attract their share of nicknames as well.
* The FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy gives this role to Edward Elric, but in a limited capacity. He only does it to Roy Mustang, for whom he never uses the same nickname twice, calling him things like "General Chess Fiend," "General Skirtchaser," and "the walking cigarette lighter." On the rare occasion he uses the man's real name, it's a pretty serious situation.
* [=JoJo=] Bates, the protagonist of FanFic/TheGift even makes a nickname for her therapist.
* In ''FanFic/WinterWar'', Madarame Ikkaku starts giving nicknames in imitation of his missing vice-captain. For example, he calls Momo "Peaches" and Grimmjow "Boy Blue".
* Firefly from ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'' uses her teammates' cutie marks or character traits as basis for their callsigns.
* Lyra in the Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has this trait.
* Rika in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' seems to have a nickname for everyone, something that Henry [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]].
** During one of the chapter openings, Terriermon lists every single one of the nicknames in order to make up for the last chapter being rather short.
* In ''Another Kind Of Magic'', Trixie has a nickname for each of her friends ('Hayseed', 'Diva', 'Hummingbird', 'Wet Blanket', 'Neon Sign') while her best friend Twilight labours under several. She only does it out of affection, however, and genuinely love them all. This does not mean Twilight isn't horrified when Trixie refers to their mutual mentor, Celestia, as 'Princess Overrated'. (And later refers to the royal sisters as 'Bright Light' and 'Night Light'.)
* In ''Fanfic/NoHoper'' Cleo ([[CatsAreSnarkers a talking cat]]) takes to referring to Light as "the Can-Opener."
* ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'' has Metal Man, who nicknames almost everyone he meets.
* Kumiko Akamine from ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' gives a nickname to everyone in the resort, including Monokuma.
* ''Fanfic/WelcomeToTheWorldOfPokemon'' has four characters who nickname all of their Pokemon: Leaf, Ethan, Brendan and Hilda. Other characters have nicknamed Pokemon, but the vast majority of these names are a Pokemon's given name.
* In ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'', Ragnarok has become a nicknamer either to be a {{Jerkass}} or to be funny. Maybe both.
* The main character of ''Fanfic/AFeddieStory'' only refers to one member of her tank crew by their actual first name...because their first name is Cat, and it's hard to top that one. When Cat is promoted, she's quick to start calling him by the traditional nickname of his new rank instead. Every other crew-member so far has only been referred to by a diminutive version of their first name; Ritchie becoming "Rich" and Michael becoming "Mikey".
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' does it a lot in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
** To be exact, Captain America is "Old Man" (who is technically 70+ years old), as well as "Capsicle" (due to his status as a HumanPopsicle). Thor is "PointBreak" (because of his long blond hair and beard, which look similar to Creator/PatrickSwayze in that movie). Hawkeye is "[[LordOfTheRings Legolas]]" (being an archer). Loki is "Reindeer Games" (due to the helmet) and "Rock of Ages" (due to his regalia). Loki's staff is "the Glowstick of Destiny" (which glows and mind controls people).
** He keeps doing it in ''Film/IronMan3'', with names such as "Ponytail Express" and "Film/{{Westworld}}".
* Han Solo from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies is a fan of this trope. He calls Luke "Kid", C-3PO "Goldenrod" and has several for Princess Leia, "Your highnessness", "your worshipfullness", "Princess" and "sweetheart."
* Brian, the floor manager in ''Film/{{Extract}}'', refers to almost all of his subordinates as "Dinkus", with the one exception being a character he calls "Forklift Dinkus" or "Boy Genius".
* Gunnery Sgt. Hartman from ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' gives each of his Marines a nickname in bootcamp. Not only does this stick throughout the movie, but for many of the characters, it's the only name the audience learns.
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'': Security guard Gus does this repeatedly with Larry, giving him numerous derogatory nicknames(one for each time he addresses him, really) most with a bent towards food items like "Cupcake", "Hot Dog" and "Butterscotch", and also goes off the rails with things like "Snack Shack" and "Lunch Box", etc. He also calls him "Hopscotch".
* Jenson in ''Film/DayOfTheAnimals'', [[{{Jerkass}} jackass that he is]], refers to everyone in the backpacking group by the nicknames he has given to them, "Hot Shot" for Buckner, "Kemosabe" for Santee, and so on.
* In ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet'', when Crusty meets fish!Henry Limpet, he refers to him as "Flatbush" (after the Brooklyn community where Henry lived when he was a human) saying that he had seen "flat fish" but never a "flat bush".
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* Sir Kay in [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]] appears to be unpopular with the court partially because of this (and his tendency to make fun of whoever he does it to). When Sir Gareth comes to court in disguise and refuses to give his name, Kay calls him Beaumains, bad[[note]]Gendered names are difficult, aren't they?[[/note]] French for "Pretty Hands;" when Brunor the Black arrives at court wearing the coat his father was murdered in, he becomes far better known by what Kay calls him: Sir La Cote Male Taile[[note]]La cotte mal taillée[[/note]] (The knight of the ill-fitting coat); and he refers to Sagramore as "Morte Jeune" (young corpse) on occasion due to his epilepsy-like fits. In T.H. White's ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', he is the one that gave Arthur the nickname Wart because it rhymes with Art, or at least did in the accent of the age. White omits the nicknaming habit but does make Sir Kay a semi-sympathetic JerkAss.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Simon Darcourt, a repeat character in Creator/ChristopherBrookmyre novels, makes his mark early by never calling anyone by their real name if he can substitute one of his own ("But you just ''are'' [insert nickname], don't you see?"). [[ObfuscatingStupidity Div]], the [[{{Ditz}} designated ditz]] in their circle of friends, even gets to call him on it:
--> "He thinks he's Jesus the noo. "Simon, I dub thee 'Peter'".
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden has been known to nickname people whose real names he doesn't know, so we get things like "Spinyboy," "Turtleneck," and "Eyebrow." But the most [[CrowningMomentOfFunny awesome]] nicknaming he ever did was when he decided that "Knights of the Order of the Blackened Denarius" was too dignified and started referring to a bunch of centuries-old demon-possessed psychos and their terrifying leader Nicodemus as "Nicky and The Nickelheads."
** This tendency turns out remarkably well for Harry on several occasions. Thanks to [[IKnowYourTrueName the inherent power of names]], there are at least three instances in the books in which Harry gives a very powerful magical entity a nickname and, in doing so, influences it for the better. The entities in question are a spirit of intellect with vast knowledge of magic and lore ("Bob the Skull"), the Archive of the ''entire collected knowledge of mankind'' ("Ivy") and [[spoiler:the psychic imprint or "shadow" of a fallen angel named Lasciel ("Lash"). Lash is an especially noteworthy case in that by giving her a name of her own, Harry gave her an identity separate from Lasciel and introduced her to the concept of free will.]] This is questionable about Ivy. It seems to be good, but, Luccio does make some good, if absolutely heartless, points about why The Archive isn't supposed to do that.
** "Shagnasty" the [[spoiler:skinwalker.]] Justified, since it feeds on fear and therefore calling it something that ''isn't'' silly will just make it stronger.
** He also does it with monsters when he doesn't like their real names. In ''Summer Knight'', he decided that "plant monster" sound stupid and started calling it a "chlorofiend" instead; the Ik'k'uox in ''Changes'' became "The Ick" in the interests of [[TheUnpronounceable pronounceability]], and Esteban and Esmerelda, a pair of feared Red Court vampire assassins, become "the Eebs".
** And in ''Blood Rites'', he abbreviates "Black Court vampires" to "blampires" when signalling with his staff; Ebenezar initially thinks he's cocked up the Morse code.
*** ''Ghost Story'' has "Captain Turtleneck" and "The Big Hoods." Later he calls Uriel, the freaking ''archangel'' and God's own {{spymaster}}, "Uri". Uriel isn't pleased (at all) about having such a significant part of his name left off, but subsequently accepts "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mr. Sunshine]]" as an alternative.[[labelnote:*]][[GeniusBonus For those not fluent in classical Hebrew]], "Uriel" means "God is my light", and the "el" part that Harry so carelessly omitted translates into "{{God}}". On the other hand, "Uriel" ''can'' be very, very loosely translated as "Mr. Sunshine", which is probably why the Archangel accepted it.[[/labelnote]]
** ''Cold Days'' adds "[[DiamondsInTheBuff Little Miss Spanglecrotch]]" for Maeve, and "Sharkface" for [[spoiler:He Who Walks Before]].
** In the [[TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles tabletop sourcebook]], the entry for a character known only by nickname is accompanied by a rueful note about how a detective should probably be better at learning people's names.
* As befitting the fact that they're homages to the same [[FilmNoir tradition]], Mack, of ''Literature/TheAutomaticDetective'', enjoys nicknaming all the mooks he interacts with in much the same manner as Dresden. Luckily for him, he lives in a world full of mutants and aliens, making his job easier, nicknames such as "Dome Head", "Hairlip" and "Jellyfish" being entirely accurate descriptions.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'', Johnny is the official nickname generator for his friends. In the second book it takes him a moment to remember that Bigmac's social worker would know him as Simon.
* [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]]. They were generally {{Meaningful Name}}s like "sons of thunder" for brothers James and John, or [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Not-Really-Names-At-All]] like "Peter" for Simon, and you can even throw in post-HeelFaceTurn [[ThatManIsDead Saul]] becoming [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Paul]].
* Howard in ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. He names The FAYZ [[FunWithAcronyms (Fallout Alley Youth Zone)]], the Zekes [[spoiler: (Easy-Killers)]], and presumeably Orc.
* Ser Alliser Thorne in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is the member of the Night's Watch in charge of training new recruits. He gives insulting nicknames to his recruits, for instance "Ser Piggy" for fat Samwell Tarly and "Lord Snow" for highborn bastard Jon Snow.
--> "Toad. Stone Head. Aurochs. Lover. Pimple. Monkey. Ser Loon. (...) And the Bastard."
** In the fifth book, [[spoiler: Jon as Lord Commander is officially addressed as "Lord Snow"]]
** Stannis Baratheon, despite having absolutely no sense of humor, appears to be this, giving other characters such charming names as 'Lord Too-Fat-To-Sit-a-Horse' and 'Ser Stupid'.
* Though she rarely addresses them by their nicknames to their faces, ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'''s Senna Wales can get into this habit. By her account, the four members of the series' TrueCompanions are called, "[[HeroicWannabe General Davideus]]", "[[PluckyComicRelief the clown]]", "[[TheSmartGuy the smug bastard]]", and "[[TheChick the cow]]."
* AaronAllston's Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse short story [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Clone_Wars:_The_Pengalan_Tradeoff The Pengalan Tradeoff]] has Joram Kithe, an accountant sent to gauge the skills of clone troopers, finding himself cut off in enemy territory with them. Annoyed with their lack of names and [[YouAreNumberSix the inconvenience of using their numbers]], he gives them all nicknames - Tooth, Mapper, Digger, Hash - based on little differences, which he encourages in order to make it easier for him to tell them apart. In doing this he damages their absolute unity, making them considerably less interchangeable, but also encouraging them to think more creatively and humanizing them, for himself and the readers.
* In ''101 Ways to Bug Your Parents'', the cool kid in the main character's class gave the entire class nicknames. This included the teacher who was known as "The Scribbler". The main character (Steve) is known as "Sneeze", due to his asthma. His best friend (Hector) is called "Hiccup", because of, well, his hiccups.
* In the ''Literature/SammyKeyes'' series, Sammy does this to absolutely everyone she meets before she knows their real names. If she doesn't particularly like them, though, the nickname tends to stick forever. Two of her nicknames ("Snake Eyes", "Psycho Kitty Queen") even became titles of books!
* Lotus Cloud from ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' gives all of her (numerous) suitors ridiculously cutesy nicknames. It's a testament to her [[spoiler:goddess-related]] ability to make men become [[DevotedToYou hopelessly devoted to her]] that Ten Ox doesn't mind being called "Boopsie" by her at all.
* Every marine from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is given a nickname during bootcamp. There is usually some reason for the nickname, such as Tarr being the kind of fighter to "stick" to his position in a battle or Fiddler playing one mean... fiddle. And then there's Rumjugs.
* Literature/{{Dora Wilk|Series}} loves giving nicknames to people, both friends and foe, although she doesn't use them all the time. For her, Gabriel is Gabe, [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Miron]] is Imp, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Gajusz]] is Your Bitingness and [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Aleksander]] is Asper, just to give a few examples.
* In David Carkeet's whimsical linguist mystery ''Double Negative'', the characters' {{MeaningfulName}}s (the clumsy guy is called Woeps, the weird inquisitive guy is Aaskhugh, the [[spoiler:soon-to-be-dead guy is called Stiph]], etc.) are reinforced for the reader, though not for the slightly oblivious characters, by Aaskhugh's peculiar nicknames (his name for Woeps is "Daisy," and so on).
* In Part I of ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'', most of the older warplings aspire to this, often competing with one another to popularize their own particular nicknames for new members.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' Marco called Ax "Ax-man" (Tobias also did at times) and Rachel "[[XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]". He often called or referred to Jake as "Fearless Leader".
** Also "Big Guy." Tobias was usually "Bird-Boy." It seems like Cassie was the only one he didn't have a nickname for, which might stem from the fact that they never really got along.
* The children's book ''The Nickname Game'' had the protagonists as a pair of Nicknamers. Most of the book is spent trying to come up with a good nickname for the new girl.
* ''Literature/{{Dinoverse}}'' has various humans cast back into the age of dinosaurs. Subsequently all of them come up with names for various individual prehistoric creatures. Janine is the most free with names and even continues it affectionately when back in her own time, with people who actually do have names - Candayce is Candy-Striper, Mr. London is Mr. L, Aaron is Slick.
* Fat Charlie's father in ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' gives people nicknames. For instance, Fat Charlie himself isn't even really fat, but his father nicknamed him that and his father's nicknames stick. [[spoiler:As in, it's a ''law of reality'' that they stick, because he's literally the god Anansi and the names a god gives are definitionally [[IKnowYourTrueName True]]. He's ruined lives by giving particularly ill-thought names.]]
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tiza gives everyone nicknames, usually to insult them because she's anti-social like that. Some of them eventually become an InsultOfEndearment. A short list: Eric is "Dimwit", Nolien is "Tenderfoot", Basilard is "Bloody Daylra", Sathel is "Spider Daylra", Retina is "Daylra's Dear", Kasile is "Queen Tent Burner", Annala is "Big Mouth", Anuzat is "Cranky Client", Haburt is "Professor Pathetic", Neuro is "Ivory", Dengel is "Old Fossil", Zettai is "Fangirl Damsel", Renograde is "Rent-A-Spade", and Dosh is "Brat Brother".
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Lambsbridge Gang, a group of [[ArtificialHuman science experiment children]] who [[KidDetective hunt mad science experiments]] make a game of assigning nicknames to their quarry. Names given include "The Snake Charmer" (Creator of a cat/snake hybrid which dissolved people with stomach acid) "The Bad Seeds" (Clones made of the children of prominent figures intended to assassinate them) and "Whiskers" (A slightly larger than human creature [[BodyHorror covered in armor made of teeth and fine hairs]] which is hypersensitive to its surroundings).
* Razza in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' likes to make up nicknames for his friends: Scobie is Scobes, Prudence is Prudles, Prindable becomes Prindabuddy, Fantasy-fan Bill is referred to as [[Literature/TheHobbit Bill-bo]]…
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* In ''Series/HappyEndings'' Brad is this-he has a huge list of punny nicknames for his coworker Vanessa, and when Max is introducing his ex-girlfriend Angie to the gang, he specifically warns Brad against jumping the gun and giving her a nickname too soon (Brad says 'But I had Angina locked and loaded!') Also, Penny's CampGay friend Derrick often gives refers to her by nicknames, including 'Ty Pennington, Pennels, Penny Arcade, Pentel Pentium Processor,' and more.
-->Brad: Vanessa Crunch, Vanessacary Roughness, Vanessticals, the Vanessa Monologues, Vanasterbate, Its Ms. Jackson if you're Vanasty.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[TheSmartGirl Chloe Sullivan]] came up with familiar names like the [[{{Superman}} Man of Steel]], ComicBook/MartianManhunter, {{Supergirl}}, [[EvilTwin Bizarro]]-Clark and ComicBook/GreenArrow, as well as less fortunate names like [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Yellow Raven]].
** Lois also comes up with multiple nicknames for Clark. 'Smallville' is the most famous and prominent one.
* Cisco from ''Series/TheFlash2014'' comes up with nicknames for all of [[MythologyGag the villains Barry comes across]] (i.e. Multiplex, Captain Cold, Mist, the Reverse Flash, etc.). In some cases, the meta-humans themselves like Cisco's nicknames to adopt them. Leonard Snart chooses to call himself "Cold" (dropping the "Captain") because of Cisco. When Hartley shows up claiming to have come up with a nickname for himself (Pied Piper), Cisco angrily replies that it's his job to come up with nicknames, then grudgingly admits that this one is pretty good. When Caitlin attempts to call Roy G. Bivolo "Rainbow Raider" (his name in the comics), Cisco says that's dumb and calls him Prism (Roy prefers Rainbow Raider).
* Murdock from ''Series/TheATeam'' could be considered this. He frequently comes up with nicknames for his teammates (well, for B.A. and Face, at least). He usually only uses a nickname once or twice; he calls B.A. 'The Baracan One' a couple of times. His most frequent one for B.A. is [[InsultOfEndearment mud-sucker]]. He's also called Faceman numerous nicknames, including 'Visage Man', 'O Facial One', 'Man of the Countenance', and 'Faceyman' (he used all of those only once). Also, some of Murdock's remarks about Face in the fifth season episode ''Family Reunion'' have led some fans to suspect that Murdock may have been the one who came up with the nickname 'Faceman' in the first place.
* Sawyer from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. So much so that at one point the rest of the islanders forbade him from using nicknames when he lost a bet. Juliet is noted as the only major character to not have any of them, outside of briefly being called "Blondie" in season 5's finale.
** Miles is another one for nicknames. When he and Hurley first meet, Hurley complains that "the ship sent us another Sawyer", because Miles addresses him as "Tubby". Then again, Hurley gets in his fair share of nicknames throughout the series.
* Dr. Cox does this on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Elliot is "Barbie", J.D. is "Newbie" or "random feminine name", Turk is "Gandhi" or "Turtlehead"/"Turtleneck" and Kelso is "Bob/Bobbo/Beelzebob/Bobcat".
** J.D. does this a lot in later seasons, too, possibly aping Cox. It becomes a plot point when he's challenged by the AlmightyJanitor to name all the staff in the hospital by their real names because they're all so annoyed by the constant nicknames.
** The Janitor also does this, calling Elliot "Blonde Doctor", Turk "Black Doctor", Cox "Angry Doctor", and Carla "Scary Doctor Wife".
** Colonel Doctor, Snoop Dogg Intern/Resident/Attending, The Todd, Doctor Beardface, Tasty Coma Wife, Gift Shop Girl, Crazy Eyes Margo, and Cabbage. Even the Janitor is a nickname, and he sometimes goes by "Dr. Jan Itor".
** In one episode, where J.D. is assigned with surgical teams, he gives them all nicknames. They all sound strangely phallic.
** Kelso calls Turk "Turkleton." His real name is Christopher Turk, but even his wife just calls him [[LastNameBasis Turk]]. Kelso may honestly believe that his name is "Turk Turkleton," or he may have been spouting nonsense because he was just that drunk.
* Bernard Black of ''Series/BlackBooks'' often bestows various nicknames on his employee/flatmate Manny, e.g. "Thor", "Gandalf", "Bigfoot", "Hawkwind", and "Ming the Merciless".
* This was the schtick of Rob Schneider's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' character "The Richmeister".
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross had trouble remembering his students' names, so he came up with nicknames. Elizabeth was "Cutie [=McPretty=]".
** Similarly, Joey names the other people in the apartment building this way. Examples include "Some Kids I've Seen" and "Guy with Red Hair Who Does Not Like to Be Called Rusty".
** Ross has had many short-lived nicknames over the course of the show, notably "Rossatron", "Mother Kisser", "The Divorce Force" and "Bobo the Sperm Guy".
-->Ross: "Hey Joe, while your over there can you get a beer for the Rossatron?"
-->Joey: (look of horror) "...Is that back?!?"
* John Crichton, and to a lesser extent, Chiana, on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' did this to almost everyone. Nicknames include:
** Heavy D, D (D'Argo)
** Pip (Chiana)
** Blue (Zhaan)
** Sparky, Spanky, Fluffy, Guido, Buckwheat (Rygel)
** Shellhead (Pilot)
** Astro (Stark)
** Princess (Jool)
** Sputnik (Sikozu)
** Grandma, Wrinkles (Noranti)
** Scorpy, Grasshopper (Scorpius)
** Harvey (Scorpius' neural clone)
** ''S.S. Buttcrack'' (Moya)
** Old Man (Chiana's nickname for Crichton)
* Andy Bernard from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' is a fan of doing this, such as calling Jim 'Big Tuna', simply because of his lunch choice.
** Andy's even called Jim and Pam's unborn baby by Baby Tuna.
** Michael Scott was also a fan of this, not so much around the office itself but he did use it for clients and such as a way of quickly remembering new people. See for instance his introduction of Darryl, and the episode where he is giving a speech in another Dunder Mifflin office branch.
* Lorelai from Gilmore Girls counts here - she even insists on using forgotten nicknames based on inside jokes, even when no one remebers said joke. She even has an EmberessingNickname of her own (Umlautz).
* Shawn Spencer on ''Series/{{Psych}}'' seems to have no shortage of funny nicknames for Gus when they need aliases. Although,"Gus" itself is a nickname as the character's full name is Burton Guster.
** He also called Lassiter 'Lassie' and Juliet 'Jules'. The only people that didn't get this are Vick and Henry.
* Jasmine from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' nicknames many of the monsters she runs into. In the [[{{Crossover}} team-up movies]] she even nicknamed the other teams.
* There was a ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode where everyone at George's office gets a nickname, by order of the boss. George eats a T-Bone steak, in a blatant attempt to get the macho nickname of T-Bone. It doesn't work, some coworker gets his coveted nickname instead, and he gets stuck with the nickname Koko (as in, Koko the monkey). He manages to get rid of it, but instead gets an even worse one instead, ''Gammy''.
* All of the Taros from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', but especially [[BoisterousBruiser Momotaros]]. Later in the series they try to get Ryotaro to come up with a cool name for [[SuperMode Liner Form's]] FinishingMove, and, when the best he can do is "Densha Giri (Train Slash)", bemoan his lack of sense.
* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Xander makes up nicknames for nearly everyone. (Contrary to most fanfic, though, he never reuses them, which might be why we almost never hear him give Willow a nickname... he ran out of original nicknames for her years ago.)
** Spike also does this. He calls Willow "Red" a few times, and Illyria "Big Blue", "The Leather Queen", "Fred Sonja", "Little Shiva", "Babe the Blue Ox", and "Blue Meanie". Most of the other cast is called by their nickname only once or twice. Also, he calls Angel "Captain Forehead" and "Ol' Broody-pants".
*** But if you are a girl, especially Buffy or Fred, expect to be called "Pet" or "Luv".
*** He calls Dawn "Little Bit" and "the Niblet" sometimes.
*** He called Buffy "Goldilocks" until Buffy responded by getting an ImportantHaircut.
*** Riley is "Captain Cardboard".
** Faith had a habit of calling Buffy 'B', but does so less later in the series.
** Gunn sometimes called Wesley 'English' in reference to his nationality.
** Lorne always had food-themed nicknames for Angel.
-->'''Angel''': "And stop calling me pastries!"
* Somewhat like Xander above, Topher on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' usually uses real names but often makes up nicknames. Most are only used once; his most persistent one is "Man-Friend" for Boyd.
* The ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' episode "Guide to Nicknames" had Cookie invent a machine that would give people nicknames based on their appearance and personality, which resulted in Loomer and his goons recruiting Cookie to give them names to insult people with. Meanwhile, Moze wants to shed her nickname and be called Jennifer.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Jack O'Neill does this to people he doesn't like, especially the Goa'uld. The jury's still out on whether that's defiant scorn or an inability to remember their (sometimes hard-to-pronounce) names. There was one annoying human character whom he called "Sparky," and he refers to Teal'c's symbiote as "Junior."
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': John Sheppard does a similar thing with all the Wraith they meet, including Steve, Bob, Todd, and Michael. (The Wraith either don't have names or don't tell Humans their names, so Sheppard generally gives them very ordinary, human nicknames to make up for it). Lt. Ford tries to name a lot of things, but he is repeatedly shot down by the master (aforementioned [[BadAss John Sheppard]]), most notably in the debate between calling the Lantian Shuttle "Gate Ship" (It's a ship that goes through the 'Gate!) or Sheppard's version: Puddle Jumper. Sheppard wins out in the end.
* Spinelli, resident CloudCuckoolander of ''Series/GeneralHospital'', pathologically refuses to call anyone by their given name, instead nicknaming them according to one of their perceived attributes. A short list:
** Jason (Stone Cold)
** Sonny (Mr. Sir)
** Maxie (Maximista)
** Carly (The Valkyrie)
** Jax (The Valkyrie's White Knight)
** Spinelli (The Jackal)
** (Fair) Lulu
** Sam (The Goddess)
** Alexis (Mother of The Goddess)
* Malcolm Tucker from ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' and ''Film/InTheLoop'' has an insulting nickname for everyone. He hardly ever uses the same nickname twice, but they are inevitably themed - Julius Nicholson's relate to him being bald ("Nosferatu", "Baldemort"), Ollie's relate to the fact that he looks young ("Joe 90", "Baby from ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''"), and Nicola seems destined to be stuck with "Glummy Mummy".
** Not that any of the other characters are slouches, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJMNHu9YM-4 as evidenced here]].
* Series/{{House}} provides a Jerkass version of this trope. He comes up with new, insulting nicknames for everyone every time he sees them. Only one sticks: "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Thirteen]]" for Dr. Remy Hadley. Although black Mormon "Big Love" and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cutthroat Bitch]] both had pretty good runs. House ''not'' calling Amber Cutthroat Bitch even makes for at least two distinct {{OOC Is Serious Business}} moments.
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGear'' assigned his co-presenters (Richard "Hamster" Hammond and James "Captain Slow" May) [[InSeriesNickname their nicknames]]. They stuck, and have been affectionately taken up by the fanbase.
* Hiro from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this enough that it might as well be one of his superpowers. Sylar is "Brain-Man", Daphne is "Nemesis", [[spoiler:Matt Parkman]]'s baby is "Baby Stop-And-Go", Nathan is "Flying Man", Claire is "Cheerleader", and Samuel is "Evil Butterfly-Man". Fans tend to accept the {{Engrish}} forms of Hiro's nicknames as their own. Isaac => Mister Isaac => Mystery Sock.
** When Hiro meets a man in Africa who has the same power as Isaac, he takes to calling him "Mr. African Isaac." "Mister Africany Sock" hasn't caught on, though.
* Dean Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' often loves nicknaming people, calling Sam "Sammy" and (along with other characters)[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Castiel]] "Cas". Especially if he doesn't like you, he gives more satirical ones, like "Chuckles" and "Junkless" to Uriel and a few unflattering names to Zachariah. He also calls all priests "Padre"
** Crowley refers to Sam as "Moose" several times.
** Meg has regularly used nicknames for the other characters such as "[[ItsAWonderfulLife Clarence]]" for Castiel and "[[RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle]]" for Sam. She also occasionally refers to Dean as "[[RyanSeacrest Seacrest]]".
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': "Meet the Hobgoblins: Frankie, Sniffles, Bounce-Bounce and ''The Claw!''"
** Can't mention MST3K without bringing the hurricane of nicknames they gave the star of ''SpaceMutiny''.
** It's worse than that. Joel/Mike and the Mads have no shortage of nicknames for each other. There's a massive list of all instances of this [[http://www.mst3kinfo.com/ward_e/Listnick.html here]], for those interested.
* On an episode of ''Series/JustShootMe'', an intern was giving cute nicknames for everyone in the office, except for Elliot. When he confronts him about it, Elliot learns that the intern had too much respect for him to give him a nickname. Once he got the intern to loosen up, however, he found that none of the nicknames he came up for him ("Clicky", "Snaps") were not to his liking.
* CJ Cregg from ''Series/TheWestWing'', whose nicknames are frequent but mostly one-offs. She does however have some recurring ones such as "Spanky" for Sam, "Tobus" for Toby, and "____ my man" for anyone, male ''or'' female. She also constantly addresses Charlie as "Chaz", "Chip", "Chuck", "Chuckles", "Chipper", "Sparky", "Gilligan", etc (the two of them have a lot of [[TrueCompanions semi-adopted-sibling]] [[SiblingRivalry rivalry]].)
** Josh also has a little bit of this going on, like his random decision to call a high school boy named Billy "Fred" throughout an episode just for the hell of it.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', this is just another part of Sue's magnificently evil personality. Emma Pillsbury is called any woman's name but her own ("Wilma", "Edna", and "Edith", among others). Principal Figgins is "Figgy". Tina? "Asian". Mike? "[[Funny/{{Glee}} Other Asian]]". Mercedes? "[[SassyBlackWoman Aretha]]". Artie? "[[DisabledSnarker Wheels]]". Kurt? "[[CampGay Gay Kid]]", "[[PerformanceArtist Don Knotts]]", and "[[DudeLooksLikeALady Ladyface]]".
** Lampshaded when Kurt protests that last one, and Sue allows him to choose from three other possible nicknames: Gelfling, Porcelain, and Tickle Me Doe-Face (he chooses Porcelain).
** Blaine is either "Other Gay" or "Young Burt Reynolds".
** Subverted in Season 4, when she can't come up with an insulting nickname for Marley, because she's too nice.
* Kappa Tau on ''Series/{{Greek}}'' is a [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats fraternity full of nicknamers]]. Let's see, there's Spitter (Rusty), Beaver, Wade, Woodchuck, Ben Bennett, and Cappie (who's [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known by his nickname]]).
** This is to be expected (see the fraternity entry under "Real Life" examples).
* ''Series/OliverBeene'' featured a kid called Nickname, who would come up with nicknames for everyone based on an unfortunate situation or quirk of that person.
* ''Series/SungkyunkwanScandal'''s Yong Ha.
* [[AffablyEvil John]] [[{{Badass}} Pope]] from ''Series/FallingSkies'' has a habit of giving people nicknames (accurate or not) that only he ever seems to use.
* Rumpole of ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' gives most characters in the series nicknames, most of which only he uses. Some of these are [[AffectionateNickname affectionate]] (e.g. "Portia" for Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown), some are joking ("Soapy Sam" for Sam Ballard, "Miz Liz" for Liz Probert), and some are not particularly complimentary ("Bollard" for Ballard, and the judges--"The Mad Bull" for [[HangingJudge Mr Justice Bullingham]] being the most notable). The most notable is his nickname for his wife, which she never hears: "[[{{Literature/She}} She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed]]".
* Fusco from ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' gives everyone nicknames, most prominantly 'Wonderboy' and 'Mr. Happy' for [[BadAssInANiceSuit Reese]] and 'Glasses and 'Mr. Good News' for [[SmartGuy Finch]]
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Frank Burns will always be "Ferret Face." And the movie is where Margaret Houlihan received the nickname "Hot Lips."
* Fonzie on ''Series/HappyDays'' had nicknames for Richie (Red), Joanie (Shortcake), and their parents (Mr. and Mrs. C).
* On ''Series/PunkyBrewster'', Punky gives herself her nickname because she hates her real name--Penelope.
* Ace in ''Series/DoctorWho'', most famously calling the Doctor "Professor", even when [[AccidentalMisnaming asked not to]]. In her first appearance, she also consistantly calls Mel "Doughnut" for no apparent reason and refers to [[LovableRogue Sabalom Glitz]] as "Bilge Bag" (which yes, is more a term of abuse than a nickname, but the point is she never actually uses his name). And of course, [[DoNotCallMePaul her own name is Dorothy]].
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'': As per [[RealLife history]], Elizabeth I is this, giving her courtiers such nicknames as "Pygmy" and "Frog."
* Cat from ''Series/RedDwarf'' rarely refers to his friends ([[AndZoidberg and Rimmer]]) by their real names. Lister is "Monkey Boy", Kryten is "Novelty Condom Head", Kochanski is "Officer Bud-Babe" and Rimmer is "Goalpost Head" or, on one memorable occasion, "Trans Am Wheel Arch Nostrils." (Mind you, those are all one-offs except for "Goalpost Head.")
* [[NikolaTesla Nikola]] [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Tesla]] from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' has a tendency to nickname most people, although [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Henry]] is his most frequent target. He has, on various occasions, been referred to as "[[GratuitousGerman Heinrich]]," "Wolfboy," "[[CuriousGeorge Furrious George]]" and "[[GratuitousItalian Enrico]] the Wonderwolf."
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'' Garcia nicknames everyone and amazingly, manages to come up with a new nickname every time. She and Morgan also, of course, have their flirty phone banter, which is only made more amusing by the ridiculous nicknames they come up with for each other. In one of the latest episodes, their phone banter leads to a [[SensitivityTraining sexual harassment seminar.]] A flashback in one episode reveals that his most common nickname for her (Baby Girl) came about during their first meeting, when he was trying to get her attention without knowing her name. She seems indignant, but he apologizes.
* Damon from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' gives clever little nicknames to everyone, and rarely calls anyone by their real names.
* Max from ''Series/MaxAndShred'' gave Alvin his titular name Shred and Howie her nicknae Brosephina.
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* For better or worse, Nate in ''ComicStrip/BigNate'' has gained a reputation as the school nickname guru.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'''s Peppermint Patty, early on; though technically she only nicknamed Charlie Brown, "Chuck". She also called Lucy by her full name, "Lucille".
-->'''Lucy:''' "Lucille"? "Chuck"?
-->'''Charlie Brown:''' ''(grins nervously)''
* Zoe of ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' has nicknames for every person in her class, based on their personal habits.
* The Dragon Lady from ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'' refers to everyone as 'something one'. Pat Ryan is 'handsome one', Terry Lee is 'youthful one', etc.
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* Rudy the Living Dummy from ''Pinball/FunHouse''. At the start of each game, Rudy will give each player a nickname, then uses it throughout to refer to him.
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* A sketch in ''RadioTheLongHotSatsuma'' took nicknames, and those who give them, to ridiculous extremes.
-->'''Man:''' Come in, Ms. Peters! Meet the team!
-->'''Woman:''' Thank you very much, Mr. Trimble.
-->'''Man:''' Adrian! Do call me Adrian!
-->'''Woman:''' In that case, you ''must'' call me Pamela.
-->'''Man:''' Oh...if it's like that, then you must call me Widget!
-->'''Woman:''' Well then, you must call me Pammykins!
-->'''Man:''' And you must call me Twimble-Twonk!
-->''(after lengthy debate regarding the matter)''
-->'''Woman:''' Then who's he?
-->'''Man:''' He's Wilkinson.
-->'''Woman #2:''' But you must call him Zog, King of the Pixies!
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* Police Chief Damon Gant from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', who usually uses a variation on their surname (e.g. "Edgeworth" becomes "Worthy" [[spoiler:"Or should I say ''un-Worthy''"]], "Wright" becomes "Wrighto", the Judge, Udgey).
** Also Larry, who appears to have officially dubbed Phoenix and Edgeworth "Nick" and "Edgey." He has also dubbed Franziska von Karma "Franzy".
** Pearl is something of a nickname ''catcher'', as only her mother calls her by her proper name - Phoenix calls her "Pearls" (in the Japanese version, her first name+[[JapaneseHonorifics chan]]) and Maya and occasionally Mia calls her "Pearly".
** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations 2]]'', Delicy Scone does this to ''everyone''. Yes, even [[AmoralAttorney Manfred von Karma]].
** And then ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' brought us Simon Blackquill, who also nicknames everyone. Usually it's an insult ('Fool Bright' for Fulbright, 'Your Baldness' for the Judge) but usually nicknames the lawyers by sticking '-dono' onto the end of their surnames (eg. 'Wright-dono').
* Norma Beatty from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' makes up nicknames for ''everyone'' she meets (and gets annoyed if anyone else uses them). Nicknames include:
** Senny (Senel)
** Teach (Will)
** C (Chloe)
** Red (Moses)
** JJ (Jay)
** G Girl (Grune)
** Shirl (Shirley)
** Norma gets a nickname herself from Moses, who calls her Bubbles.
* To a lesser extent, Zelos in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' tries it with his team. Nobody likes the results, as he [[JerkAss insults the other guys and objectifies the girls]].
** Colette doesn't make nicknames for people, she DOES come up with a unique name for every single dog in the world-- Several of which are referred to by their owners later on!
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': Main character Yuri Lowell, as per his laid-back attitude, has a habit of coining nicknames. Some are friendly, others.... [[DeadpanSnarker not so much.]]
** Shortened the heroine's name from Estellise to "Estelle".[[note]]which she actually likes better, and uses for the rest of the game[[/note]]
** Karol is occasionally "captain" Karol
** Raven: "Old Man"
** Judith: "Judy"
** ThoseTwoGuys: "Tweedle A and B"
** other examples: "Apple-head", "Operation ''Stink-Bomb''", "Cat-eyes", etc.
* Kreia from ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic KOTOR II]]'' almost never refers to or even ''addresses'' any of the Exile's other TrueCompanions by their actual names/numbers, only titles:
** Atton: "the fool" (or when they're alone together "murderer")
** Disciple: "tiny Jedi"
** Handmaiden: "servant of Atris"
** Mira: "the huntress"
** Hanharr: "the beast"
** Bao-Dur: "the alien" or "The Iridonian"(which is what other members of the party call him as well)
** Visas: "the seer"
** T3-M4, G0-T0, HK-47: "the machines". This makes her [[HelloInsertNameHere never calling the exile by her real name]] much less out of place than it is for every other instance of the trope.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'': Daxter has a nickname for ''everyone'', whether they're friends ("tall, dark and gruesome"), rivals ("feather breath"), his girlfriend ("angel cheeks"), his biggest enemy ("metalo-maniac") or himself ("orange lightning"). The list goes on. Jinx frequently refers to Jak as "pretty boy", "Goldielocks", "blondie" or "Jakey-boy".
* The main character of ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' has a habit of calling characters by other names (he consistently calls Mubal "Scholar Guy", for example), which could arguably be justified since the game has [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters characters]] in it. Lampshaded when he meets a character that nicknames him, and they both correct each other.
* Ami and Mami of ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' call you [[JapaneseSiblingTerminology "nii-chan"]] and have nicknames for each of the other idols. Examples:
** Yukiho is "Yukipo"
** Miki is "Mikimiki"
** Haruka is "Harurun"
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' cast call eachother by nicknames all the time (guess it helps the fact they never use their real names and call themselves by their classes) but the [[BrattyHalfPint Scout]] is the biggest nicknamer of all. Here is a small compilation of such "nicknames":
** Engineer: "Hardhat, Overalls, Tough Guy"
** Pyro: "Mumbles, Mute fricken Moron, bib-wearin' dope"
** Medic: "Doc, Docta, Deutsch-bag"
** Heavy Weapons Guy: "Pancakes, Fatcakes, Tons-of-fun, Fat bald bastard, Fat bald fatty fat-fat, Lardfat..."
** Demoman: "Cyclops, Bomb-throwing drunk"
** Sniper: "Frickin' Coward"
** Spy: "Shape-shifting rat"
** He also calls enemies in general "Knuckleheads", "Chucklenuts", "Dummies" and his teammeates "pallies".
*** The Spy only seems to acknowledge the Engineer as [[HeyYou "Laborer".]]
*** The Engineer has a few as well: "Mumbles" for Pyro, "Sawbones" for Medic, Eyepatch for Demoman, etc.
* Each character from ''Videogame/{{Left 4 Dead 2}}'' do this, mostly to the Special Infected and a little bit to each other, at the start of the first campaign, Dead Center.
** They're apparently meeting each other and the Infected for the first time (a testament to just how fast the infection spread), and don't know each other's names until an elevator ride, and just call out to each other "Hey, girl!", or "Suit!" They only occasionally go back to any of the nicknames they used for the rest of the game, except for [[DeadpanSnarker Nick]] calling Ellis (the redneck-ish southern guy) "Hey, overalls!" or the other characters [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname simply calling one of the characters]] [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Coach]].
** As for the Specials, they don't have any kind of "official" name, so the Survivors just call out whatever first comes to mind when they first see them, like "Exploding man!"/"Barf bag!" or "Little guy!". By the third level of the campaign, they've reached some kind of unspoken consensus on what to call them (Jockey, Boomer, Tank, etc.). Only Ellis occasionally calls a Jockey by the alternative nickname "Little guy!" from then on.
* Everyone in ''EndlessFrontier'', to the point that it's rare for characters to call each other by their proper names at all.
* Everyone in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', especially Beat. Seriously, Shiki is probably the only person who uses real names. Even the items tend to use nicknames ("Pi-face's cap")
** Neku: "Phones"
** Shiki: "Stalker"
** Beat: "Skulls/[[spoiler:Freshmeat]] / [[spoiler:Rottenmeat]] / [[spoiler:[[EmbarrassingFirstName Beat itself]]]]"
** Rhyme: "Skulls Jr./[[spoiler:Rhyme]]"
** Joshua: "Pretty Boy, Prissy Kid"
** Mr. Hanekoma: "Mr. H, [[spoiler:CAT]]"
** Koki: "Lollipop"
** Uzuki: "Pinky"
** Yodai: "Steroids, Ram-Crotch", "Big Guy"
** Sho: "[[MouthfulOfPi Pi-Face]], The Grim Heaper"
** Mitsuki: "[[TheBaroness Iron Maiden]], Ironface, Her Iron Mugliness"
** Megumi: "Megs, Shades"
* Taokaka (of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'') does this with everyone she meets, since she's [[TheDitz extremely forgetful with everything]]. Here's a list:
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ragna]]: "Good Guy" (in person, [[TastesLikeFriendship because he feeds her]]) or "Rawrgna" (in the Wanted Poster). Amusingly, it never occurs to her that "Good Guy" and "Rawrgna" are the same person.
** [[AnIcePerson Jin]]: "Ice Man".
** [[HospitalHottie Litchi]]: "Boobie Lady". She is quite [[GagBoobs well-endowed]].
** [[ButtMonkey Bang]]: "Scruffy Man".
** [[EldritchAbomination Arakune]]: "Black Squiggly".
** [[ACupAngst Noel]]: "Lacking Lady". Noel ''[[BerserkButton does not]]'' appreciate this.
** [[GeniusBruiser Tager]]: "Big Guy".
** [[BadassBookworm Tsubaki]]: "Red Lady"/"Eye Woman".
** [[AnimatedArmor Haku-men]]: "Mask Man".
** [[AdorablyPreciousChild Carl]]: "Shorty".
** [[RobotMaid Ada/Nirvana]]: "Super-not-soft Person".
** [[ElegantGothicLolita Rachel]]: "Bunny Person".
** [[BattleButler Valkenhayn]]: [[EmbarrassingNickname "Butter Boy"]].
** [[LittleBitBeastly Makoto]]: "Furry Girl".
** [[RobotGirl Nu-13]]: "[[RazorWings Flappy-Flap]]".
** [[CatGirl Kokonoe]]: "Tail Lady".
** [[PettingZooPeople Jubei]]: "Cat Person".
** [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Hazama]]: "Green Guy"/"Scary Guy".
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Ragna in Litchi's Gag Reel when Tao's calling names for a board game at a festival:
--> '''Taokaka:''' "Hey, why didn't you say something when I called your names [[VerbalTic meow?]]"
--> '''Ragna:''' "That's because you never said our names, idiot."
** Ragna uses "Rabbit" to refer to Rachel [[note]]due to her hair decs looking like giant rabbit ears[[/note]], "Masked Freak" for Hakumen, and "Old Man" for Valkenhayn. Unlike Taokaka who uses nicknames out of playful innocence, it's clear that Ragna's uses are born of smartass irreverence.
* Creator/BioWare seems to be fond of this one.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the DLC-only character Shale never calls anyone by their names and always uses the pronoun "[[VerbalTic it]]" towards the PlayerCharacter (referred to as "The Grey Warden" in conversations with others). When questioned about this, Shale tells the PC that golems are always referred to as "golem" or "it", so Shale just pays it back in equal measure. Nicknames include "the Second Warden" (Alistair), "the Swamp Witch" (Morrigan), "the Elder Mage" (Wynne), "the Drunken Dwarf" (Ohgren), "the Painted Elf" (Zevran), "the Qunari" (Sten), and "the Sister" (Leliana).
** Ashley Williams from the ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' will always refer to military personnel by their jargon nicknames, calling Shepard "Skipper" and Lieutenant Kaidan "L-T".
** [[LoveableRogue Kasumi Goto]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' will cheerfully assign nicknames to whomever she feels like, constantly calling Shepard "Shep" and referring to the Illusive Man as "Mr. Illusive."
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Varric Tethras refers to almost all the party members by nicknames, ranging from "elf" (Fenris) to "blondie" (Anders), "choir-boy" (Sebastian), "sunshine" (Bethany), "daisy" (Merrill), and "the Rivaini" (Isabela). The only exceptions are Hawke, who's on LastNameBasis with everyone, and Aveline. Aveline calls him on her lack of a nickname in one conversation; he says he can't think of a good one for her. With all the fun he makes at her expense, he still knows [[IronLady not to push it too far]].
*** In the DLC ''Mark of the Assassin'', Hawke has a similar conversation with Varric about not having a nickname of hir own. Varric will then respond with one of three nicknames: "Killer" for an aggressive Hawke, "Chuckles" for a silly Hawke, or "Waffles" for a gentle/diplomatic Hawke. He also dubs Tallis "Shivs".
*** Also lampshaded in the ''Legacy'' DLC. Varric is asked why ''he'' doesn't have a nickname. He responds that [[FramingDevice it's his story.]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has James Vega (yeah, Bioware likes this trope). Man-Shep is Loco, Fem-Shep is Lola[[labelnote:(Why?)]]"My best friend's sister growing up was Lola. Older sister. ''Hot''. Tough."[[/labelnote]], Cortez is Esteban, Garrus is [[GoodScarsEvilScars Scars]], Tali is [[TalkingLightbulb Sparks]], Liara is Doc and Javik is Buggy.
** Javik, on Joker:
-->''The pilot insisted I let him call me "Prothy" the Prothean. I insisted he allow me to throw him out the airlock.''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' has Varric (again). Cassandra is "Seeker", Blackwall is "Warden" or "hero", the Iron Bull is "tiny", Cole is "kid", Sera is "buttercup", Dorian is "sparkler", Josephine is "Ruffles", Cullen is "Curly", Leliana is "Nightingale" and Solas is "Chuckles" (for the exact opposite reason as silly Hawke). Vivienne already has [[IronLady a nickname]], so he just uses that.
* The Elder Goddess [[TheAlcoholic Kalikai]] from ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'' gained notoriety amongst Her peers for this. The crystalline [[TheStoic Stoic]] Xyl was dubbed "Crystalcakes"; the [[TheBrute unstoppable, cannibalistic]] warrior Morgfyre was dubbed "Morgpie"; and TheChessmaster BigBad Fain became "The Fainiac".
* If the player character of ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a Malkavian (crazy vampires who's voices in their head often give them supernatural insight) the dialoge instantly nosedives into this. They range from simple descriptions ("Nasty Dude", to an [[LooksLikeOrlok Orlock]] type vampire), to [[JustForPun bad puns]] (a Thin-Blood who answers to [[OneLetterName E]] is called "the one who comes before F and G"), to {{Genius Bonus}}es (Mercurio is called the "fleetfooted god", a title of the roman god Mercury), to {{Foreshadowing}} ([[spoiler:Jeanette and Therese are called the daughters of Janus, the two faced god; both turn out to be aspects of a split personality]]).
** The Malkavian has one exception to this, when [[spoiler:you call Velvet "Susan"]].
* Rorona of ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Rorona|The Alchemist of Arland}}'' does this all the time, as she's pretty [[TheDitz ditzy]] (by her own admission and that of her peers) and doesn't digest long names very well. She calls her childhood friend Cordelia "Cory", the dancer Lionela "Liona" (and she also has nicknames for her two kitty puppets), and tries to get Sterkenburg the knight to answer to "Sterky", but it doesn't stick (most people call him "Sterk" anyway).
* You can invoke this trope for your monsters if you wish in the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} games. Meanwhile, rival characters may give your player character a nickname of some kind, with {{Pokemon X and Y}} giving you the option of what nickname you desire.
* ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'''s Dia has shades of this, though she's uninspired about it; Roland, Rashe and Rina are christened Kid, Other Kid and Other Other Kid (Girl if she's lucky) before they finish introducing themselves.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has Namingway. The only reason to talk to Namingway is to change your character's name. Isn't that right, [[SpoonyBard Spoony]]?
* ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'':
** Levi the Slasher, who apparently has trouble remembering the name of anyone who isn't a fellow [[HumanoidAbomination Material]], no matter how short the name is. So she just calls them things like Original (Fate, [[EvilTwin who she was based on]]), Black Feather ([[WingedHumanoid Reinforce]]), and Bushido ([[LadyOfWar Signum]]).
** Lord Dearche, meanwhile, is a RoyalBrat who simply couldn't be bothered to call people she doesn't care about by their name. So she just calls Kyrie "Pinkie", and calls [[WingedHumanoid Hayate]] either "Little Raven" or "Stupid Raven".
* The Copy Robot from ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'' gives nicknames to every character except Oil Man. Here's every one:
** Mega Man: "[[FanNickname Blue Bomber]]"
** Cut Man: "No-brains"
** Guts Man: "Muscle-head"
** Ice Man: "Snowflake"
** Bomb Man: "Firecracker"
** Fire Man: "Small Fry"
** Elec Man: "Sparky"
** Time Man: "Gearhead"
** [[strike:Rock]] [[BlindIdiotTranslation "Mega"]]: "Blue"
** Roll: "Original Roll"
** Proto Man: "Proto Me"
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Gaius nicknames many of the characters in their support conversations. Some examples include Blue for [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Chrom]], Bubbles for [[PlayerCharacter Robin]], and Sunshine for [[PerpetualFrowner Tharja]].
* Anghel Higure calls everyone in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' by elaborate alternative names, including himself. They correspond to the bizarre fantasy-JRPG universe he hallucinates due to a chemical imbalance, and tend to be loaded with symbolic meanings and references that, in retrospect, are incredibly relevant to their storylines.
* Wolf from the ''VideoGame/PayDayTheHeist'' series has numerous nicknames for his partner Hoxton including; Hoxtilicious, Hoxitron, El Hoxo, Hox, Hoxtinator, Hoxtonite, and Hoxifier.
* Eko from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3'' has nicknames for practically the entire cast. For example, from the other newcomers, Weiß is "White" and Scharlachrot is "Red".
* [[TheFightingNarcissist Johnny]] [[TheHeart Cage]] does this to almost everyone during the pre-battle exchages in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', usually via a movie reference--no surprise, being a PopCulturedBadass and a movie star besides. Cassie apparently picked up the habit, but then again she really is [[DaddysGirl her father's daughter]].
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* Black Mage of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''.
* Belkar and Xykon of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** Thog most of all, such as calling Elan "'''not-nale'''" and Roy "'''talky man'''".
* ''WebComic/HijinksEnsue'' [[http://hijinksensue.com/?p=1973 demonstrates this trope]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Underling}}'': All the Lilitu, which backfires when they call Lazarus [[spoiler:"Nephewkins".]]
* Hedge of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' as {{lampshaded}} by Elliot [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-10-23 here]].
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''
** Unity is an imperfect example. She always calls Sweetheart "Babes", and she decided to call the helicopter "Biscuit" despite Nick telling her he ''had'' a name.
** Nick himself generally refers to people by pop-culture references, usually from video games or animation. He uses zombies for Unity, dogs for Sweetheart, and cross-dressers or otherwise genderqueer characters for Tip.
--->'''Nick''': Hey, it's our local [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime ReDead]]. Where's [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Birdo]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Poochie]]?
* From ''BittersweetCandyBowl'' Daisy (Mikie, Davie, Tessie) and Chirpy (girl-kitty, boy-kitty, curly-kitty, messy-kitty, meanie kitty, boy-doggie), etc...
** Yashy (Lucy/Mom) (Chirpy/Chirps) (Mike/Flea/Fleabag) ('''especially''' Daisy/Whore) (???/Blur), and Lily likes to add "-dear" to names.
** Random people seem to call Mike "green eyes" and Lucy "blue eyes" in-comic. Most recent example is in chapter 61. Some readers consider it an ominous reference to a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p5.html much earlier chapter]].
* The evil rabbit Bun-bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' often calls people by condescending descriptive nicknames or generic names. Many are made up on the spot and only used once, such as "Alice and the wonder brain" for Oasis (whose intelligence he doesn't think much of), but some such as "Nerd-Boy" for Torg, "tube-rat" for Kiki the ferret, and "Zucchini Face" for Aylee the alien have stuck. Human women he tends to call "toots" just because he seems to have sexism as a minor hobby.
** In [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/150521 15/05/21]], he's trying to come with a nickname for Gwynn, but hasn't come up with a good one yet, instead going through several fairly lame options.
* Sidney from ''Webcomic/{{Distillum}}'' calls Jamie "blondie" or "cowboy", and Kavitha gets called "the anomaly", or just "you" when Sidney deigns to speak to her.
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* Senor "[[CloudCuckoolander Alonzo Mourning to you, Myrtlebeth]]" Cardgage from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
** Nearly every character in Homestar Runner has nicknames for everyone else, as [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Nicknames this extensive list]] demonstrates.
* Faun from ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'' gives everyone nicknames. The theory is that it's because she [[AccidentalMisnaming loathes her full name,]] and is trying to cope.
* ''WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked'' spends an [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18100_the-trial-dr.-baby.html entire episode]] on this trope. One of their coworkers turns out to be named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Thelonius Bone]].
** Similarly, [[Website/{{Cracked}} Daniel O'Brien]] is this, but only towards Cracked Head Editor Jack O'Brien.
* Az of ''Blog/GaijinSmash'' has private (except on said blog) nicknames for some of his Japanese students and coworkers. Justified in one of the earlier entries in that he had ''hundreds'' of students, "so learning everyone's names is quite hard."
* Fantastico, leader of the Good Ol' Boyz at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. It's pretty obvious that he's an {{Expy}} of George Bush (see below).
* In ''Literature/MotherOfLearning'', Zorian's friend Taiven is one -- she invariably calls him Roach, and her partners in DungeonCrawling Grunt and Mumble.
* In his vlog reviews of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Creator/DougWalker blames his "white American male" status for his difficulty with remembering/taking awhile to learn the characters' Asian names. Although some got very simple nicknames like "the brother" (Sokka), "the sister" (Katara), and "the warrior girl" (Suki), others got more creative ones, such as "[[HeyItsThatVoice General Malfoy Guy]]" (Zhao), "Rene-Odo-from-[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep-Space-Nine]]" (the Mechanist), and "Azula's posse" consisting of "the gymnast" and "the bored girl" (he and Rob have considered several nicknames for the latter).
* Golgotha from ''Series/{{Noob}}'' takes this trope even further than usual. She doesn't change people's names, but their ''OnlineAlias''. The nickname is usually a spin, sometime a (French) pun, on the original.
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* ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers''. The TropeCodifier in any medium. UpToEleven when ''all 152 Pokemon'' from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' are nicknamed - ''including'' [=MissingNo.=]
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* Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Oddly, she doesn't use nicknames nearly [[NeverLiveItDown as often]] as [[{{Fanon}} fans seem to think.]] "Twinkle Toes" is really the only nickname she ever sticks with. Others such as "the Pebble," "Snoozles", "Sheddy," "Sugar Queen", "Madame Fussy-Britches" and "Sweetness" are all one timers.
** Sokka as well. "Sparky-Sparky Boom Man" didn't stick, but "Combustion Man" did. "Team Avatar" was invented by him too.
** A flashback in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that some things never change; even after 28 years, Tolph was still calling Aang "Twinkle Toes" [[EmbarrassingNickname in spite of his protests.]] [[spoiler: And 70 years later, Korra inherits the nickname.]]
* Mr. Butlertron of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' calls everyone Wesley.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' featured a sketch where ComicStrip/DickTracy is one of these.
* Both Rattrap and Waspinator in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars/[[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines Machines]]''
* In both the movie and series of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Hades had a tendency to give people nicknames.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'''s Helga G. Pataki ''lived'' for this. She would rarely call anyone by their real name. [[MadLove Arnold]] suffered the most - "Football Head", "Hair Boy", "Arnoldo", "Goody Two-Shoes"... but she had a name for everybody. Other nicknames include "Geraldo" and "Tall Hair Boy" (Gerald), "Pink Boy" (Harold), "Princess" (Rhonda), and "Ms. Perfect" (Lila).
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland:''
** Chef Hatchet refers to all the campers by nickname, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters possibly because he can't be bothered remembering their real names.]]
** Heather has a habit of doing this behind other peoples backs, the biggest example being Izzy who she calls "Psycho Hose Beast".
** Courtney has a tendency to do so to her enemies, in particular Gwen and Duncan who she's come up with a long list of names for.
** Leshawna switches to nicknamer-mode when angered, but occasionally gives out [[AffectionateNickname Affectionate Nicknames]] as well.
** Chris does this from time-to-time usually when introducing contestants. Most notably in episode 1 of ''Revenge of the Island'' where he nicknames the whole cast.
** [[JerkAss Duncan]] gives rude nicknames to almost every contestant, although some become [[InsultOfEndearment Insults Of Endearment]] over time.
** [[JerkJock Jo]] is perhaps the biggest example, where it's become a RunningGag for her to come up with "killer zingers" for others. In fact she it so frequently it's even earned her the nickname of "Mean Nickname Giver" from Zoey.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' had a huge habit of this as well. [[DeadpanSnarker Rogue]] was Stripes, [[TeenGenius Kitty]] ([[IntangibleMan Shadowcat]]) was Half-Pint, [[TeleportersAndTransporters Kurt]] (Nightcrawler) was Elf, [[MindOverMatter Jean Grey]] was Red, [[BadWithTheBone Evan]] (Spyke) was Porcupine and [[GentlemanThief Gambit]] was Gumbo, to name a few.
* One of these was the "villain" in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainFlamingo''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Tony Toponi immediately thinks up a new name for Fievel once learning his name, apparently finding it too foreign-sounding.
--> "Fievel? Oooh, that name's gotta go! I'll tell ya what -- Filly!"
** In his sequel appearances he tends to give more people nicknames too, such as calling Fievel's parents "Mr. and Mrs. M".
* Baloo the Bear in Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' calls [[WildChild Mowgli]] "little britches" and calls Bagheera "Baggy".
** This carried on into ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', where he gives the "little britches" nickname to Kit, while calling Rebecca "Becky".
* [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Stan Smith]] can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhnN-1ig0zk lapse into this.]]
* Dr. Arthur Beeman from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' has a habit of bestowing nicknames on people based on their physical appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' does this a hell of a lot - so much that there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjR8VphNdGo a supercut about it]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s Dr. Doofenshmirtz mentioned he loved giving nicknames. He calls Perry "Mr. Duckbill Face", and Major Monogram "Monobrow" ("because he has...that thing where..."), and he calls Carl "Dr. Coconut."... ("Yeah. Sometimes, I wish I didn't know so much.")
** Jeremy is like this with many people--except his girlfriend, Candace, who worries about the fact that he hasn't given her an AffectionateNickname. [[HeartwarmingMoments Until he tells her that he just likes her real name.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', Michelangelo coins the name for most villains and some equipment (such as the Turtle van now being the "Shellraiser"), to the point of total annoyance. Indeed, he even gets annoyed when people decide to create their own monikers (e.g., "He calls himself the Rat King"), when or another Turtle does so.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3,'' the sporty SurferDude (ette) Sunny Daze has a nickname for all the other ponies.
* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' does this a lot. Princess, Cupcake, Dr. D,...
* Resident CloudCuckooLander Fred of ''Disney/{{Big Hero 6}}''. This is the InUniverse explanation why Go Go Tomago, Wasabi, and Honey Lemon's names sound so silly. He gave them their nicknames, and the names kinda stuck.
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* TruthInTelevision: This was the first of [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush George "Dubyah" Bush's]] quirks to percolate into the public consciousness, back when he was but a candidate (before even his tendency to [[{{Malaproper}} malapropism]] became widely mocked). He even tagged his own senior adviser '''Turd Blossom'''. This tends to be exaggerated in parodies... ''Somewhat''.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nicknames_used_by_George_W._Bush It has a the Other Wiki page]].
** Used in Creator/WillFerrell's one-man show ''You're Welcome America'', where he plays Bush as an ignorant (but not [[PsychopathicManChild psychopathic]]) manchild. In an improvised bit, he asks various audience members' occupations and gives them each a corresponding nickname.
** Allegedly, Bush gave president-to-be Sen. UsefulNotes/BarackObama the nickname "Rock Bama", which is probably the coolest thing ever. '''PRESIDENT ROCK'''.
** On ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', the character "Cooter Burger" was given those names by Bush. Main character Jack Donaghy picked up the nickname "The Jacker."
** In ''[[BioPic W.]]'', the nicknames are a mnemonic device that young Dubya uses to help him remember all his frat brothers names during his hazing (fortunately the brothers think the nicknames are funny instead of insulting). Impressively, he gets them all correct despite being drunk, half-naked, and soaking in ice water.
* UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson did this a lot, too (maybe it's a Texas thing) especially with people he was trying to butter up. For example, he referred to Senator Richard Russell as "Mr. Wisdom."
* UsefulNotes/HarryTruman did this too. For example, referring to Estes Kefauver (D-Tenn.) as "Cow-fever".
* ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman has a nickname for everyone. Usually they are {{Pun}}s like Joseph [[Film/LiveAndLetDie "Live and Let" Addai]].
** In the case of Andre [[CreedenceClearwaterRevival "Bad Moon" Rison]], it actually was picked up by other announcers. And him. He has a "Bad Moon Rison" tattoo.
** But not Jake [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon "Daylight Come And I Wanna" Delhomme]].
** Maybe it's a sportscaster thing? [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] only gives nicknames to [[TheRival people he doesn't like]], but he makes up for it by giving them four or five each.
** Mexican sportscaster Enrique Bermúdez, apart from his deep voice and his unorthodox diction, is also famous for this. Some nicknames include "Duke of Catalunya" to Rafael Márquez, "Sa-sa-sa-salsita" to Carlos Salcido, "The Matador" for Luis Hernández, and "Little Pea" for Javier Hernández.
* The late Peter Freyne, a local political columnist in Vermont. Two of the ones more recognizable to the rest of the country were "Ol'Bernardo" (Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT) and "Ho-Ho" (Former Gov. and DNC chairman Howard Dean).
* UsefulNotes/FirstWorldWar ace Edward 'Mick' Mannock was known for nicknaming other pilots in his squadron.
* '50s rocker Music/EddieCochran was known for nicknaming. He called his mother "Shrimper" in reference to her height. Musicians Bob Denton and Richard Rae were "the Brew Brothers" (they always had a beer in their hands). The road manager for Eddie's and Gene Vincent's UK tour, Hal Carter, was "Boody" for how Carter pronounced "buddy". Not sure if it was true that he actually called songwriter (and fiancee) Sharon Sheeley "Charlie Brown" or why.
* The "Big Bang" (the space-time explosion, not the TV show) was named by the cosmologist Fred Hoyle in an attempt to belittle the concept. "Cubism" and "Fauvism" (the early 20th century art movements) were named by the critic Louis Vauxcelles with similar intent. In all these cases, [[AppropriatedAppelation names originally intended as derisory nicknames have gone on to achieve world-wide recognition.]]
* The Higgs boson has gone by the nickname "The God Particle", causing some controversy due to the name. In fact, the nickname was shortened from "The God''damned'' Particle" because the thing was so difficult to find.
* This seems to have been a common thing among the Romans. Many Roman names are this, and many of those aren't of the nice sort. Like Creator/{{Plautus}} ("the flat-footed"), Brutus (not TheBrute, but rather "the dumb"), Claudius ("the lame"), Crassus ("the fat"), and Flavius ("the blond" (DumbBlonde?)).
** The Romans remind one of nothing so much as a bunch of gangsters, with names like Horatius Flaccus ("Flabby" Horace), Tullius Cicero (Tully "the Bean"), and Claudius Pulcher ("Pretty Boy" Claude).
** In fact, the entirety of ancient Roman society was based on a system of client-patron relations that bear a striking resemblance to those of the modern day Mafia. It's quite probable that the Mafia can claim to be [[VestigialEmpire the last survival]] of Imperial Rome. Just try to picture of all those ancient Emperors as thuggish godfathers, or vice versa: quite an interesting new perspective, isn't it.
* It has been a tradition in virtually all college fraternities to give new initiates a nickname. Typically, the brothers who are in charge of choosing a nickname will tap into one of two sources:
** Type A: an obvious trait. Someone who talks very low would be called Mumbles, and Sasquatch would be used for a large, hairy guy. If the initiate looks like a famous person or (even an obscure) character, then they will likely be named after their likeness.
** Type B: an embarrassing or amusing story from their pledge period. Examples: "Splash" for someone who trips and falls into one of their college's fountains, and "Knoxville" for anyone who may try (and fail spectacularly) to copy one of the ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' stunts on a dare.
** Type C: Completely random or done for comedic irony, such as nicknaming a very mild-mannered pledge "Stone Cold" or nicknaming a pledge known for being very masculine and macho "Cupcakes".
* The professional {{poker}} scene as a whole is this trope. Most famous poker player get nicknames that they are commonly known by. However they are known by their real name as well.
* Baseball legend Satchel Paige did this.
* In high school, you probably did this to talk about people without them knowing.
** Alternately, maybe you did this as an in-joke between friends.
* Queen Elizabeth I was said to have come up with nicknames for her courtiers.
** But only her favourites: Lord Burghley was 'Sir Spirit', Walsingham 'The Moor', Walter Raleigh 'Water', Leicester was 'Eyes' and Hatton was 'Lids'. The latter tow even signed their letters to her with a symbol noting her nickname for them.
* Military personnel nickname every person, place, object, building, vehicle, rank, and concept. Often this is because stuff is named either unweidly ([[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/40_mike-mike Mark-19 Automatic 40mm Grenade Launcher]] aka "40 mike-mike") or blandly (2W1X1 aka a "load toad" the guy who puts all the ammo in a plane). As for abstract concepts there's "The Goat", the cadet that graduates at the bottom of the class at West Point. He gets a standing [[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578131262893535452.html ovation and wad of cash]] for his trouble.
** And of course any AcePilot worth his salt (and most of the ones who aren't) will receive a [[NomDeGuerre Callsign]] from his fellow pilots. The callsign may or may not be flattering, but remember that TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong, and they can always come up with a worse one for you.
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