->'''Dr. Lutz:''' Tell me, why do you insist on referring to yourself in the third person? It's ''intensely'' irritating!\\
'''Hercule Poirot:''' It helps Poirot to keep a distance from his genius.
-->-- ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', "The Labours of Hercules"

A Third-Person Person is a character who always refers to himself or herself in the third person.

In Japanese media, this is a standard tic of very young children. As a result, girls who are childish or [[TheCutie cutesy]] may be seen referring to themselves in this manner. In older characters, however, it may be a sign of [[HollywoodPsych psychological issues]], such as a very traumatic event in their past. It also may be a sign of humility, so {{samurai}} and noblewomen usually refer to themselves in the third person when talking to their lords. If a character ''transitions'' into a Third-Person Person over the course of the series, watch out for signs of {{Yandere}}, and keep tabs on all [[KnifeNut pointy]] [[AxCrazy objects]]. [[labelnote:(hidden linguistic note)]] Note also that in the Japanese language there is no ''grammatical'' distinction between first-, second-, and third-person (verb endings do not depend on person or singular/plural as in Indo-European languages like English), and the subject often gets omitted. Therefore, the difference between first and third-person is not as ''sharply'' obvious in original Japanese texts as it is in English texts where the subject ''always'' has to be mentioned (except in the rare cases where it's inferred from context). This can be a headache for the translators, and so translations are, consequently, often inconsistent.[[/labelnote]]

On the other hand, Western characters who referred to themselves in the third person were traditionally seen as vain, unintelligent, egotistical, or self-absorbed -- the implication being that he is so in awe of himself that even ''he'' views himself objectively. Or the character is a {{Hulk Speak}}ing primitive. Or the character could be just a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} with a [[VerbalTic weird speech mannerism]]. An [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical villain]] will especially refer to himself in this fashion if he has a [[TheMagnificent cool or impressive-sounding name or title]]. Sometimes a character with AcquiredSituationalNarcissism will temporarily become a Third-Person Person as a sign of his suddenly expanded ego. There are examples of this trope used in the Japanese way, though, such as Elmo from Series/SesameStreet.

At the same time, many vain and self-centered people are very fond of using the pronoun "I"; in this context, the third person self-referral can be seen as exactly the opposite: a sign of [[SelfDeprecation self-irony and not taking oneself too seriously]]. In Eastern religions, like Hinduism or Buddhism, it may be a sign of enlightenment. Some, like Ma Yog Laxmi and Swami Ramdas, referred to themselves in this way in order to detach their true selves from temporary ones (Jnana Yoga actually encourages its practitioners to do this).

The technical term for this is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illeism "illeism,"]] from the Latin word for "that" (sometimes also used like "he") with "-ism" attached. If the speaker does this for only for a story in which they are revealed as the central character, it's AndThatLittleGirlWasMe or NarratorAllAlong.

See also HulkSpeak and VerbalTic. Almost as bad as [[SpellMyNameWithAThe people who insist their name has a "The" in there somewhere]]. PokemonSpeak is when a character says their name over and over because it's ''literally'' the only thing they can say.
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* A commercial for Progressive auto insurance has a guy who comes into "the Progressive store" to talk with Flo about auto insurance refers to himself in this manner, confusing her at first. Then another associate shows up and he gets confused as well, leading Flo to be all "Here we go again."

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' has a short arc where Calvin demands that he be called "Calvin the Bold", going on to say that "Calvin the Bold will begin referring to himself in the third person." Then his dad knighted him with the name Mud, and the whole charade disappeared very quickly.
* Bucky Katt from ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' would occasionally refer to himself in the third person. For one thing it was because of his ego, but he also did it to tick off Rob.
* Lucy van Pelt did this when she was very young, in early ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips.
* ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'' has several of these: Dragon Lady, Sanjak, Rouge, Klang...
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' has a confusingly ungrammatical early strip where Cutter John soliloquizes as both "I, Cutter John" and "himself" in the same sentence.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Johnny Steps, the egotistical pseudo-DDR player in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. He does this to a lesser extent in the original ''Anime/YuGiOh'' as well.
* Rando the copy-demon from ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged''. Likely tied into his entirely fabricated egotistical rapper character within said series.
* Likewise Recoome in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', as part of his ProfessionalWrestling theme.
* Some fanfics, like ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3042174/Dead_Men_Tell_No_Tales Dead Men Tell No Tales]]'', describe [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Tia Dalma]] as one of these. It may be the result of her [[YouNoTakeCandle broken English]].
* Stalkkus in the FanFilm ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}} vs. the Kaiju Killer''.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': The '''GREAT''' and '''POWERFUL''' [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Trixie]], of course. To the point when she doesn't do this [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Twilight knows something is up]].
** The idea that Trixie falls back on first-person speech when she loses her cool is common in fanfiction, because it happened in canon first.
* In the Supernatural fan-comics by "[[http://lordwhat.tumblr.com/post/54876672823/the-sequel-the-second-sequel-the-third-part-the Lordwhat]]", Sam Winchester often refers to himself as 'Sam', actually complaining about someone else describing themself in the third person at one point.
* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'': After the CrisisCrossover, Trixie Lulamoon is so amused by her grandstanding oddball counterpart that she's taken to using some of her mannerisms as a goof.
* Tsukey from ''Fanfic/{{Hivefled}}''. She's not childish or arrogant, just a little odd. Parts of her design were inspired by Music/EmilieAutumn, and the song "Opheliac" includes the line "she speaks in third person [[TheWoobie so she can forget that she's me]]".
* ''FanFic/ResonanceDays'':
** Though [[PuppetKing Oblivion]] doesn't speak like this anymore, she apparently used to, as a further signifier of her childish status. This foreshadows her true identity as one of the Third Person People to appear in the [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica original material]].[[spoiler:.. though [[Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica which one is anyone's guess.]]]]
** Also Ticky Nikki, who is just plain nuts.
* In the fan comic ''Friendship is Tragic'' (not to be confused with [[Fanfic/FriendshipIsTragic the fanfic of the same name]]), the background unicorn usually known as Twinkleshine ''is'' actually Moondancer and refers to herself in third person. The result of this is that, except for her so-called friends, nopony knows that she is Moondancer, Equestria's most famous blogger, because everypony thinks that she just talks about Moondancer all the time, and that her actual name is Twinkle. HilarityEnsues in the one-part comic in which Moondancer and The Great and Powerful Trixie meet without really knowing.
--> '''Moondancer:''' "Moondancer is greater than this Trixie!"\\
'''Trixie:''' "Is that so? Well, Trixie would like to MEET this Moondancer!"\\
'''Moondancer:''' "Well Moondancer would like to meet this Trixie!"\\
'''Linky:''' "Should we..."\\
'''Sparkler:''' "No, I want to see how long this goes on for."
* Viktor Krum does it habitually in ''[[http://jeconais.fanficauthors.net/Blue_Steel/Chapter_8/ Blue Steel]]'', much to his mother's annoyance.
-->'''Ana:''' And what have I told you about speaking in the third person?\\
'''Viktor:''' Is fun, and should continue?

[[folder:Pro Wrestling ]]
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] says... he is going to lay the smackdown on the [[{{Jobber}} jabronis]] who neglected to mention him here!
* Not as common, but Mr. Kennedy (...KENNEDY!) still makes it a big deal in his pre-match promo.
* It's not uncommon for wrestlers to use their title nicknames to refer to themselves. Wrestling/TripleH has been quite guilty of this lately (King of Kings going back on his throne, you know the deal)
* {{Subverted| trope}} in EVOLVE, where Sami Callihan seemed to be referring to himself in third person but was revealed to be in ''conversation'' with himself.
* Kimberly has been a third person person since ending her SHINE losing streak.
* "... and that's the bottom line, 'cause [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Stone Cold]] said so!"

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* This is a permanent feature of the puppet for Alain Delon (see Real Life below) in ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo''.
* Elmo of ''Series/SesameStreet'' does this; it's part of the reason he's so adorable. Not so much ego as [[JustifiedTrope he hasn't learned pronouns yet]]. As such, he will also sometimes refer to someone he's talking to directly in the third person, for example, "Elmo thinks Abby could ask Julia to play again" instead of "I think you could ask Julia to play again."
** The Mexican version, ''Plaza Sesamo'', has Lola doing it as well, since she's the show's Elmo equivalent.

* Music/MitchBenn spends part of one episode of ''Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music'' in the third-person for tax purposes.
* Most of the cast of ''Radio/TheNavyLark'' would slip in and out of [[RuleOfFunny whenever it was funny]], but C.P.O. Pertwee and Fatso Johnson would do it more than most.
* Denis King of ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' would do this whenever he had just told a [[IncrediblyLamePun terrible]], ''[[StylisticSuck terrible]]'' joke. Usually the statement would go along the lines of "How does he think of them?" or "He's working well tonight!"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Caveman of ''WebVideo/TheTimeGuys'' fame talk like this, but Caveman's prodigious cave-telligence imply this done more for style.
* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' ARG ''ARG/ILoveBees'' has Monster Ann, a minor antagonist who speaks this way.
* Inverted by me, an ordinary toaster named [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP-426]], who makes everyone around me refer to me in the first person. And that's only the ''least'' of my effects.
** Played straight with SCP-811, a swamp woman who combines this with HulkSpeak due to her poor vocabulary.
* "[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall SNOWFLAME]] HAS NO CONCEPT OF TIME!"
* Waluigi within the LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV series, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation as voiced]] by The Reverend Inferno.
* {{WebOriginal/Fandomstuck}} has CuteMonsterGirl Tsukeysprite and Calamity Kid, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of {{VideoGame/Bastion}}. In the latter's case, he technically refers to himself by a ''title'' rather than his name, unless, of course, [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep his name really is Kid]].
* Rafale from ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'' doesn't do it all the time, but still regularly enough for another character to notice and make clear she considers it a little annoying.
* The BadFuture version of Gohan does it once for a gag in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' when Bulma asks if Mr. Gohan wouldd like to stay for dinner.
--> '''Gohan:''' Mr. Gohan would.
** In the commentary for that episode, they mention that they considered having him accept Bulma's later offer of staying the night, what with her being single and thus very interested in his, ah...
--> '''Gohan, same delivery:''' Mr. Gohan [[FunWithHomophones wood.]]

* PokemonSpeak takes this to its logical extreme.
* KneelBeforeZod is often a line spoken by Zod himself (or his equivalent in non-''Superman'' works)