Quotes / The Nicknamer

"Here's Gramps and Boobies and Izurun and Re-chan, Bya-kun, Doggie, Shun-shun, Ken-chan, and Mayurin!"
— Yachiru nicknaming a chunk of the cast, Bleach

[ Randy enters the Copy Room ]
Richmeister: Ran-dyyy! The Rand-man! Randatollah!
Randy: Hi, Richard. Just making some copies.
Richmeister: Alright! The Rand Old Opry, makin' copies!
Randy: It's nice to see you, too, Richard.
Richmeister: The Randster! Randomly selected for your listening pleasure!
Randy: That's a new one. I like that one.
Richmeister: Ran-dyy! Likin' the new one! The Great Randino-o-o-o!
Randy: Now, that one I've heard before. [ exits ]
Richmeister: The Randipulator. Doesn't realize how hard it is coming up with new names. The Complain-meister! [ Steve enters ] The Steve-inator!

Kurt: You know, when you call me 'Lady,' that's bullying. And it's really hurtful.
Sue: I'm sorry. I thought that was your name. As an apology, I'll allow you to choose from the following nicknames: Gelfling, Porcelain, or Tickle Me Dough-Face.
Kurt: ... I guess I'll go with Porcelain.
Sue: Damn. I totally wanted Tickle Me Dough-Face.

"You are intoxicated!" exclaimed Xyl.
"Oh, don't crack your crystals, Glassy. I'm here because the Goldilock Brigade," she gestured at the Golden Ones, "don't have their strategist handy. Where is old Morgpie, eh?"
Krokano, Terentia and Hajamin looked uneasily at each other. I wasn't that familiar with the inner workings of the Second Circle cadres, but apparently they each had their individual leaders, or generals. "Morgpie" was Kalikai's nickname for Morgfyre, and I suddenly recalled why Kalikai was not very popular in certain circles - she had a nickname for everyone.
History of the Elder Wars, Lusternia

Drake: "'Grumpy?'"
Faun: "You know the rules, everyone gets a nickname. I settled on your most defining characteristic."

Aveline: You don't call anyone by their real name except me. Where's my nickname?
Varric: That's not true. There's Hawke and Bianca.
Aveline: Hawke is a family name and Bianca is a crossbow. Don't change the subject.
Varric: Haven't thought of a good one yet. What do you think of "Red"?
Aveline: Too common.

"Soup Nazi? You people have a little pet name for everybody."

Conan O'Brien: Let me ask you something. I know President Bush is famous for nicknames. Has he tried to give you a nickname?
Barack Obama: You know, the thing, I can't tell whether he's trying to give me a nickname or whether he can't pronounce my name.
Conan: Give him the benefit of the doubt!
Obama: Sometimes, he calls me "'Bama!"
Conan: "'Bama"?
Obama: Sometimes, he calls me "Rock".
Conan: "Rock"? Rock is cool.
Obama: Rock is not bad.
Conan: "Bama"? "Rock"?
Conan: I'm just picturing... "Get 'Bama! Get 'Bama! Get 'Bama! Get Rock!" "Mr. President, are you all right?" They're gonna think he's having a fit or something!
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, May 12, 2006

When the noise of approbation and applause ceased, Cominius, resuming, said: "It is idle, fellow-soldiers, to force and obtrude those other gifts of ours on one who is unwilling to accept them; let us, therefore, give him one of such a kind that he cannot well reject it; let us pass a vote, I mean, that he shall hereafter be called Coriolanus, unless you think that his performance at Corioli has itself anticipated any such resolution." Hence, therefore, he had this third name of Coriolanus, making it all the plainer that Caius was a personal proper name, and the second, or surname, Marcius, one common to his house and family; the third being a subsequent addition which used to be imposed either from some particular act or fortune, bodily characteristic, or good quality of the bearer. Just as the Greeks, too, gave additional names in old time, in some cases from some achievement, Soter, for example, and Callinicus; or personal appearance, as Physcon and Grypus; good qualities, Euergetes and Philadelphus; good fortune, Eudaemon, the title of the second Battus. Several monarchs have also had names given them in mockery, as Antigonus was called Doson, and Ptolemy, Lathyrus. This sort of title was yet more common among the Romans. One of the Metelli was surnamed Diadematus, because he walked about for a long time with a bandage on his head to conceal a scar; and another, of the same family, got the name of Celer, from the rapidity he displayed in giving a funeral entertainment of gladiators within a few days after his father's death, his speed and energy in doing which was thought extraordinary. There are some, too, who even at this day take names from certain casual incidents at their nativity: a child that is born when his father is away from home is called Proculus; or Postumus, if after his decease; and when twins come into the world, and one dies at the birth, the survivor has the name of Vopiscus. From bodily peculiarities they derive not only their Syllas and Nigers, but their Caeci and Claudii; wisely endeavouring to accustom their people not to reckon either the loss of sight, or any other bodily misfortune, as a matter of disgrace to them, but to answer to such names without shame, as if they were really their own. But this discussion better befits another place.
Plutarch, Parallel Lives: Life of Coriolanus (translated by John Dryden)

Eleventh Doctor: Yes! Brilliant! I demand to be incarcerated in the Tower of London along with my co-conspirators, Sandshoes and Granddad.
War Doctor: [indignant] Granddad?
Tenth Doctor: They're not sandshoes!
War Doctor: Oh, yes they are.
Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor"