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* Much like the book it was based on, very few of the non-historical characters in ''Theatre/{{Ragtime}}'' have no names. The exceptions are Coalhouse and Sarah, which is in keeping with the book, and the Little Boy, who is [[NamedByTheAdaptation given the name Edgar]] for the musical. In the latter case, WordOfGod says that the scriptwriters gave him a name because they found it too difficult to have other characters address him without one (the character's role in the musical was significantly expanded from the book).

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* Several of the short stories in ''ComicBook/ThroughTheWoods'', including the most famous, (''WebComic/HisFaceAllRed'') are this. For example, in ''His Face All Red'', there's only three characters that even get a title; the main character/narrator, the narrator's brother, and the brother's "starry eyed" wife. None of them ever gets called by name.


* The ten strangers who make up the main cast of the movie ''Film/{{Ten}}'' never properly introduce themselves to each other, so no names are ever spoken, and the credits refer to them by either their occupation or role in the story (e.g. The Medium or The Religious Fanatic). Unusually, a few minor characters who are solely TheVoice do have full names that are AllThereInTheScript. The {{novelization}} has an interesting way to deal with having largely nameless characters - each main character narrates one of the ten chapters of the book, so they all have slightly different, in-character ways of referring to the other nine.

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* The ten strangers who make up the main cast of the movie ''Film/{{Ten}}'' ''Film/{{Ten|2002}}'' never properly introduce themselves to each other, so no names are ever spoken, and the credits refer to them by either their occupation or role in the story (e.g. The Medium or The Religious Fanatic). Unusually, a few minor characters who are solely TheVoice do have full names that are AllThereInTheScript. The {{novelization}} has an interesting way to deal with having largely nameless characters - each main character narrates one of the ten chapters of the book, so they all have slightly different, in-character ways of referring to the other nine.

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* ''Manga/BloomIntoYou'' has the SchoolPlay, in which none of the characters are referred to by name, merely described by their relationship to the protagonist (her nurse, her schoolmate, her younger brother and her girlfriend).


* The Ookla the Mok song ''Suprema Lex'' is a VillainSong sung from the perspective of ComicBook/{[Superman}}'s archenemy Lex Luthor and has the villain sing about his hatred of Supes and how he schemes to destroy him. Nowhere in the lyrics does Lex refer to himself by name, nor does he ever refer to his adversary as Superman.

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* The Ookla the Mok song ''Suprema Lex'' is a VillainSong sung from the perspective of ComicBook/{[Superman}}'s ComicBook/{{Superman}}'s archenemy Lex Luthor and has the villain sing about his hatred of Supes and how he schemes to destroy him. Nowhere in the lyrics does Lex refer to himself by name, nor does he ever refer to his adversary as Superman.

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* The Ookla the Mok song ''Suprema Lex'' is a VillainSong sung from the perspective of ComicBook/{[Superman}}'s archenemy Lex Luthor and has the villain sing about his hatred of Supes and how he schemes to destroy him. Nowhere in the lyrics does Lex refer to himself by name, nor does he ever refer to his adversary as Superman.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'', only two characters are named: the protagonist's sister, Sarah, who barely appears, and [[spoiler:Billy]], the sad boy who is last to board the train. (Well, also SantaClaus.) The main character is credited as Hero Boy, with the other main kids called Hero Girl and Know-It-All Kid.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015'' is an AdaptationExpansion with several {{Canon Foreigner}}s, but as in the book, they remain nameless--the Little Girl, the Mother, etc. PlayedWith in the third act, where we meet "[[spoiler:[[NotHimself Mr. Prince]]]]." Given the circumstances, this probably shouldn't be considered his "real" name.
* ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife'' takes this a step further: aside from the protagonist ("the Dreamer"), it barely has any recurring characters, so you can't even qualify people in relationship to each other. As such, the credits just show pictures of everyone alongside the actors' names. The one exception is Creator/StevenSoderbergh, [[AsHimself who plays himself]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'', only two characters are named: the protagonist's sister, Sarah, who barely appears, and [[spoiler:Billy]], the sad boy who is last to board the train. (Well, also SantaClaus.) The main character is credited as Hero Boy, with the other main kids called Hero Girl and Know-It-All Kid.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePrince2015'' is an AdaptationExpansion with several {{Canon Foreigner}}s, but as in the book, they remain nameless--the Little Girl, the Mother, etc. PlayedWith in the third act, where we meet "[[spoiler:[[NotHimself Mr. Prince]]]]." Given the circumstances, this probably shouldn't be considered his "real" name.
* ''WesternAnimation/WakingLife'' takes this a step further: aside from the protagonist ("the Dreamer"), it barely has any recurring characters, so you can't even qualify people in relationship to each other. As such, the credits just show pictures of everyone alongside the actors' names. The one exception is Creator/StevenSoderbergh, [[AsHimself who plays himself]].
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* In ''Fanfic/SupermanAndMan'', the narrator always refers to Creator/ChristopherReeve as "the actor".
* In ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'', only canon characters have names. All original characters are known by either their occupation or their rank (the Captain, the Youngest Ranger, the Seneschal...)


* In Hilary Mantel's WolfHall the main character is never mentioned by his name, only ever being referred to as he or him. He is Thomas Cromwell, ill-fated advisor to Henry VIII (is there any other kind?), but the narrator never addresses him as such. In fairness, ''everyone'' was named “Thomas”, so using his name would not have helped much.

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* In Hilary Mantel's WolfHall ''Literature/WolfHall'' the main character is never mentioned by his name, only ever being referred to as he or him. He is Thomas Cromwell, ill-fated advisor to Henry VIII (is there any other kind?), but the narrator never addresses him as such. In fairness, ''everyone'' was named “Thomas”, so using his name would not have helped much.


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* In ''Literature/TheWonderfulAdventuresOfNils'', the narrator only ever refers to Nils as "the boy" and Mårten as "the goosey-gander"; we only learn their names from conversation with other characters - and, in the case of Nils, the book's title.

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* This is actually a plot point in ''Manga/IllBoyIllGirl'', where the main characters suffer from a disease that obscures everything related to a person's identity, including their names. Even the protagonists' names aren't reveal, and they are simply referred to as "the boy" and "the girl".


* The [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' games never seem to have real names. As for you, despite [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever name you choose for yourself]], you're never referred to as anything other as Hunter.

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* The [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' games never seem to have real names. As for you, despite [[HelloInsertNameHere whatever name you choose for yourself]], you're never referred to as anything other as Hunter. Averted with the Pub Manager in ''Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate'', who so far is the only character in the entire series to actually call the player Hunter by their name.


* ''Webcomic/FifteenMinds:'' Due to the lack of text in the comics, none of the characters in any of the stories are ever named. The most we ever get from the artist on the subject is out-of-universe descriptors for the characters, such as "bunny and dino", hence the monikers used throughout this article.

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* ''Webcomic/FifteenMinds:'' Due to the lack of text in the comics, none of the characters in any of the stories are ever named. The most we ever get from the artist on the subject is out-of-universe descriptors for the characters, such as "bunny and dino", hence the monikers used throughout this article.the works page.


* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', in which several characters who were nameless in the original Brothers Grimm tales are given names.
* ''Webcomic/FifteenMinds:'' Due to the lack of text in the comics, none of the characters in any of the stories are ever named. The most we ever get from the artist on the subject is out-of-universe descriptors for the characters, such as "bunny and dino", hence the monikers used throughout this article.
* Hardly any of the characters in ''Webcomic/GoneWithTheBlastwave'' are named, and the two protagonists aren't among them. Furthermore, all the characters are GasMaskMooks wearing uniforms, so the emblems on their helmets are the only way they can be told apart.



* Hardly any of the characters in ''Webcomic/GoneWithTheBlastwave'' are named, and the two protagonists aren't among them. Furthermore, all the characters are GasMaskMooks wearing uniforms, so the emblems on their helmets are the only way they can be told apart.



* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', in which several characters who were nameless in the original Brothers Grimm tales are given names.

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* Music/{{Ludo}}'s song ''Girls On Trampolines'' tells a story of friends going to a party, but the friends are exclusively referred to by monikers such as "Nice Guy", "Weed Guy", "Ride Guy", and "Party Guy".
** For a longer-running example, their rock opera ''Broken Bride'' has only one named character-- King Simias, an anti-christ figure-- while the protagonist is The Traveler, his LostLenore is The Bride, and other characters include The Mayor and The Boy.

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** 1909's short film ''Film/TheLonelyVilla'' features nameless characters.

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