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* In Creator/IraLevin's ''Literature/ThisPerfectDay'', everyone in the Family (which makes up the majority of Earth's population) shares one of eight names—Bob, Li, Jesus, and Karl for males; Peace, Yin, Mary, or Anna for females—followed by a string of numbers.

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* At one point in the Unix hacker community, it became evident that there were quite a lot of Erics floating around, far more than could be accounted for by mere statistical deviation (and if you believe this, you're probably not a statistician, but that's okay). Thus was born the [[http://www.catb.org/~esr/ecsl/ Eric Conspiracy.]]





* An ad in the UK for Warburton's bread gave the ''entire population of Britain'' the surname Warburton. The commentary on the football match featured in the ad was...special.

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* An ad in the UK for Warburton's bread gave the ''entire population of Britain'' the surname Warburton. The commentary on the football match featured in the ad was... special.



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* The aliens (Red (evil) and Black (good) Lectroids) in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' all chose the covername 'John'. Yes, even the women.

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* The aliens (Red (evil) [evil] and Black (good) [good] Lectroids) in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' all chose the covername 'John'. Yes, even the women.



* In an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Harry ended up in the circus as "Hargo the Alien". In his act, he explains that "Hargo" is his full name because the beings of his world have OnlyOneName and then adds that this is unfortunate because Hargo is such a common name on his planet.
** In another episode, the replacement Commander of the mission, fed up with trying to remember names, exclaims "ENOUGH! From now on, you'll all be known as Tommy." It didn't really take though.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' features the main character, Pete, and his younger brother, Pete. Their mom wanted the names to rhyme. (Fans usually refer to them as "big Pete" and "little Pete".)
* Nearing the fourth season finale, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' featured a hell dimension of spider-like demons in which no one has a name (though the important people can be named according to their professional titles, such as "High Priest" or "Name Keeper"). In fact, one of them actively mocks humans' weakness of everyone having names.
** It wasn't that the spider-demons didn't have names, but it was that giving away their names as freely as humans weakened them. And weakened Jasmine, the season's big bad. Angel's trip to the dimension was to retrieve Jasmine's true name so she might be brought down to their level.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** There were multiple beings, all appearing alike, that go by the name of "Zathras", but each one is pronounced slightly differently. However, the differences aren't noticeable by the human ear, leading to much confusion for Commander Ivanova.
** The Vorlon who replaced Kosh claimed that "we are all Kosh", but his name was actually Ulkesh. This may be because the Vorlons break off pieces off themselves and share them with other Vorlons, so that part of Kosh always remains with them. Kosh did the same thing with Sheridan. At one point a character says something like: "every Vorlon carries a little piece of every other Vorlon," which sort of justifies "We are all Kosh."
** The CCG managed to swerve around this by spelling the names of all Zathras cards with apostrophes in different places (Z'athras, Za'thras, etc.), except for two (Zathras and Zathras Who Was).
* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', there are seven humanoid Cylon models that are known for most of the series. Each of them is known mainly by a model number and nothing else (Six, the Eights, etc). Even when they start to use the names the humans call them, it's still one name per model (the Simons, the Dorals, etc). Two aversions to this are Caprica-Six and [[spoiler:Boomer]], who are given special names by the other Cylons. Six in general is a partial aversion, as several different copies of her show up with unique names over the course of the show.
** Fandom is fond of asking the question of whether the Earth the survivors settle on will be known as "the planet of the Eights".
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': In "Head", the royal jailer is "Ploppy, son of Ploppy" and last meal cook is "Mrs. Ploppy"; Blackadder assumes they're related, but they say it's pure coincidence. Then he discovers that the executioner is his manservant Baldrick, who offers to change his name to Ploppy "if it'll make things easier". Blackadder declines, but for the rest of the episodes the Ploppy the Jailer refers to him as "Young Ploppy".
-->'''Edmund:''' [[DeadpanSnarker The long winter evenings must just]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker fly]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker by]].



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Q, who are all named Q. The first Q we met had an affair with Q, and they had a child, Q. This makes for some confusing family trees, as well as a hole in the popular {{Fanon}} theory that Trelane, the Squire of Gothos from the original series, is a Q.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the Q are omniscient, so they know who they are talking about.
** [[Literature/{{IQ}} One of the books]], features Q, his wife Q, and their son Q. Although to avoid this trope the author referred to Q's wife as "Lady Q," and their son as "q."
** Q's kid Q at least gets a nickname in the TV show - Qball.
** Onscreen, Captain Janeway just said Ms. Q when distinction was required.
** And then the Q who [[WhoWantsToLiveForever wanted to die]] was named Quinn when he was granted mortality.
** It appears that canonically there have only been two actual births of Q: Amanda Rogers (who they no longer speak about) and q.
** The Franchise/StarTrek novel ''Q-Squared'' explicitly stated that Trelane (and his "mother" and "father" who appeared at the end of the episode) were members of the Q Continuum, so it isn't just {{Fanon}}. In the novel, Q implied that Trelane was Q's son, the result of an affair with Trelane's "mother". Then again, the novels aren't canonical.
*** It's implied that "Q" is an alias. Originally, there were supposed to be several different beings assuming an identical appearance and calling themselves by the same name popping in from time to time.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** There were multiple beings, all appearing alike, that go by the name of "Zathras", but each one is pronounced slightly differently. However, the differences aren't noticeable by the human ear, leading to much confusion for Commander Ivanova.
** The Vorlon who replaced Kosh claimed that "we are all Kosh", but his name was actually Ulkesh. This may be because the Vorlons break off pieces off themselves and share them with other Vorlons, so that part of Kosh always remains with them. Kosh did the same thing with Sheridan. At one point a character says something like: "every Vorlon carries a little piece of every other Vorlon," which sort of justifies "We are all Kosh."
** The CCG managed to swerve around this by spelling the names of all Zathras cards with apostrophes in different places (Z'athras, Za'thras, etc.), except for two (Zathras and Zathras Who Was).

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' Season 5 Episode 8, "My Name Is Mac Taylor", features twenty-one people with names of variations on "Mac Taylor", as someone who shares the name of the detective is being targeted by a killer.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens in a fairly literal fashion in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", when Master uses alien technology to transform everyone on Earth into a copy of himself: a MasterRace, if you will.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{Eggheads}}'', the team of challengers was called 'The [=DJs=]'
and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Q, who consisted of a woman named Debbie and four men named John.
* In ''Series/EverDecreasingCircles'', Paul Ryman's hair salon employees
are all named Q. Debbie.
* In the ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' Season 3 Episode 9 "A Visit from Little Sven", Rose breaks down the Svens she's related to:
-->'''Rose''': See, Little Sven's father (we call him Big Sven) left the Old Country two years ago and settled in St. Olaf, then he sent for the rest of his family. First he brought his father over (we call him Big Sven, too).\\
'''Blanche''': Well, doesn't that get confusing, having two Big Svens?\\
'''Rose''': There aren't, Blanche. There's Big Sven and Big Sven II. Like ''Jaws'' and ''Jaws II''.\\
'''Dorothy''': Rose, are any of your relatives named ''Psycho'' and ''Psycho II?''
*
The first Q we met had an affair with Q, and they had a child, Q. name "Jones" is particularly common in Wales. This makes for some confusing family trees, as well as a hole was spoofed in the popular {{Fanon}} theory that Trelane, the Squire of Gothos from the original series, is a Q.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the Q
''Series/HaleAndPace'' sketch where two Welsh miners named Jones are omniscient, so they know who they are talking about.
** [[Literature/{{IQ}} One of the books]], features Q, his wife Q, and
on their son Q. Although way to avoid this trope work, and greets everyone they meet with a "Good Morning, Jones the author referred to Q's wife as "Lady Q," [insert character trait or status here]". When they get there, Jones the Boss tells them that there's been an accident, but that everyone has been accounted for except Jones the Not Accounted For. Jones the Miner and their son as "q.Jones the Miner tells Jones The Boss that they saw him alive just now, and Jones the Boss is relieved because he "had given him up for Jones the Dead."
** Q's kid Q at least gets a nickname in * In the TV show - Qball.
** Onscreen, Captain Janeway just said Ms. Q when distinction was required.
** And then
adaptation of ''Series/{{Heathers}}'' the Q who [[WhoWantsToLiveForever wanted three titular Heathers return. One of them is male (or possibly gender fluid).
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', we have Marvin Eriksen (Marshall's father), Marvin Eriksen Jr. (Marshall's brother) and Marvin [[spoiler: Wait-For-It]] Eriksen [[spoiler: (Marshall's son)]].
* 30 Helens from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. They all agree. (Or they all agree
to die]] was named Quinn when he was granted mortality.
disagree.)
** It appears that canonically Also there have only been two actual births of Q: Amanda Rogers (who they no longer speak about) and q.
** The Franchise/StarTrek novel ''Q-Squared'' explicitly stated that Trelane (and his "mother" and "father" who appeared at the end
was a sketch where Bruce sang about all of the episode) were members of the Q Continuum, so it isn't just {{Fanon}}. In the novel, Q implied that Trelane was Q's son, the result of an affair with Trelane's "mother". Then again, the novels aren't canonical.
*** It's implied that "Q" is an alias. Originally, there were supposed to be several
different beings assuming an identical appearance and calling themselves by people named Dave who he knew.
* ''Series/TheLateShow with Creator/DavidLetterman'': In "honor" of both his timeslot rivals having
the same name popping Jimmy (Fallon and Kimmel), Dave changed his name and the name of the show for one night to ''The Late Show with Jimmy Letterman''.
* Played for a laugh
in from time an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' when Hawkeye, as the camp's Officer of the Day, finds himself up to time.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** There were multiple beings, all appearing alike, that go
his neck in locals by the name of "Zathras", but each one is pronounced slightly differently. However, the differences aren't noticeable by the human ear, leading to much confusion for Commander Ivanova.
Kim Luk: ''This must be our Kim Luk-y day.''
** The Vorlon who replaced Kosh claimed Justified in that "we are all Kosh", but his name what was happening was that 4077th (apparently because of regulations or standing orders) required the local population to present an ID to get medical care. The result was that everybody who wanted treatment was showing up with the same ID card that was being passed around, made out to "Kim Luk".
** Also in ''M* A* S* H'', nurses were frequently named Nurse Able or Nurse Baker -- regardless of who was playing them. Literally Nurse A or Nurse B in the military code alphabet in use during the Korean War.
** Even the terrain was subject to this, with the most common location for casualties to be coming from being "Hill 403" (when the location
was actually Ulkesh. This may be because specified). Somewhat justified, given the Vorlons break off pieces off themselves relatively static front in the later stages of the war.
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' featured Planet Purple, a planet where everything was purple, including the people, who were named Paul if they were male
and share them with other Vorlons, so that part of Kosh always remains with them. Kosh did Pauline if they were female. (To make things even ''duller'', everyone spoke in the same thing with Sheridan. At one point a character says something like: "every Vorlon carries a little piece of every other Vorlon," which sort of justifies "We are all Kosh."
** The CCG managed to swerve around this by spelling the names of all Zathras cards with apostrophes in different places (Z'athras, Za'thras, etc.), except for two (Zathras and Zathras Who Was).
monotone voice.)



-->'''Bruce 1:''' "Michael ''Baldwin'', this is Bruce, Michael Baldwin, ''this'' is Bruce, Michael Baldwin, this is ''Bruce''."
-->'''Bruce 2:''' "Is your name not Bruce, then?"
-->'''Michael:''' "No, it's Michael."
-->'''Bruce 3:''' "That's going to cause a little confusion."
-->'''Bruce 4:''' "What if we call you Bruce, just to keep it clear?"

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-->'''Bruce --->'''Bruce 1:''' "Michael Michael ''Baldwin'', this is Bruce, Michael Baldwin, ''this'' is Bruce, Michael Baldwin, this is ''Bruce''."
-->'''Bruce
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'''Bruce
2:''' "Is Is your name not Bruce, then?"
-->'''Michael:''' "No,
then?\\
'''Michael:''' No,
it's Michael."
-->'''Bruce
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'''Bruce
3:''' "That's That's going to cause a little confusion."
-->'''Bruce
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'''Bruce
4:''' "What What if we call you Bruce, just to keep it clear?"clear?



** In the Batsmen of the Kalaharis sketch, the titular cricket team faces an Englsh team made up of B. Pratt, Z. Pratt, M.J.K. Pratt, V.E. Pratt, C.U. Pratt, P.B.T.R. Pratt, B.B.C.T.V. Pratt, P.D.A. Pratt, O. Pratt, W.G. Pratt, and Y.E.T.A.N.O.T.H.E.R. Pratt.
* ''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'' featured Planet Purple, a planet where everything was purple, including the people, who were named Paul if they were male and Pauline if they were female. (To make things even ''duller,'' everyone spoke in the same monotone voice.)
* During the ''Series/BlackAdder'' episode ''Head'', the royal jailer is "Ploppy, son of Ploppy" and last meal cook is "Mrs. Ploppy"; Blackadder assumes they're related, but they say it's pure coincidence. Then he discovers that the executioner is his manservant Baldrick, who offers to change his name to Ploppy "if it'll make things easier". Blackadder declines, but for the rest of the episodes the Ploppy the Jailer refers to him as "Young Ploppy".
-->'''Edmund''': [[DeadpanSnarker The long winter evenings must just]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker fly]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker by]].

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** In the Batsmen of the Kalaharis sketch, the titular cricket team faces an Englsh English team made up of B. Pratt, Z. Pratt, M.J.K. Pratt, V.E. Pratt, C.U. Pratt, P.B.T.R. Pratt, B.B.C.T.V. Pratt, P.D.A. Pratt, O. Pratt, W.G. Pratt, and Y.E.T.A.N.O.T.H.E.R. Pratt.
* ''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'' featured Planet Purple, a planet where everything was purple, including the people, who were named Paul if they were male and Pauline if they were female. (To make things even ''duller,'' everyone spoke in the same monotone voice.)
* During the ''Series/BlackAdder'' episode ''Head'', the royal jailer is "Ploppy, son of Ploppy" and last meal cook is "Mrs. Ploppy"; Blackadder assumes they're related, but they say it's pure coincidence. Then he discovers that the executioner is his manservant Baldrick, who offers to change his name to Ploppy "if it'll make things easier". Blackadder declines, but for the rest of the episodes the Ploppy the Jailer refers to him as "Young Ploppy".
-->'''Edmund''': [[DeadpanSnarker The long winter evenings must just]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker fly]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker by]].
Pratt.



-->'''Servo''': And the Steves are there!
-->'''Crow''': Steve One, you go that way! Steve Two, come with me!

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-->'''Servo''': --->'''Servo''': And the Steves are there!
-->'''Crow''':
there!\\
'''Crow''':
Steve One, you go that way! Steve Two, come with me!



* Played for a laugh in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' when Hawkeye, as the camp's Officer of the Day, finds himself up to his neck in locals by the name of Kim Luk: ''This must be our Kim Luk-y day.''
** Justified in that what was happening was that 4077th (apparently because of regulations or standing orders) required the local population to present an ID to get medical care. The result was that everybody who wanted treatment was showing up with the same ID card that was being passed around, made out to "Kim Luk".
** Also in ''M* A* S* H'', nurses were frequently named Nurse Able or Nurse Baker -- regardless of who was playing them. Literally Nurse A or Nurse B in the military code alphabet in use during the Korean War.
** Even the terrain was subject to this, with the most common location for casualties to be coming from being "Hill 403" (when the location was actually specified). Somewhat justified, given the relatively static front in the later stages of the war.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' features the main character, Pete, and his younger brother, Pete. Their mom wanted the names to rhyme. (Fans usually refer to them as "big Pete" and "little Pete".)
* In an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Harry ended up in the circus as "Hargo the Alien". In his act, he explains that "Hargo" is his full name because the beings of his world have OnlyOneName and then adds that this is unfortunate because Hargo is such a common name on his planet.
** In another episode, the replacement Commander of the mission, fed up with trying to remember names, exclaims "ENOUGH! From now on, you'll all be known as Tommy." It didn't really take though.



* Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', instead of bothering to learn the hospital's new intern's names, dubbed all the men "Daves" and all the girls "Debbies"- except for one of them who actually ''was'' named Debbie, whom Kelso renamed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efndBfXHPxs Slagathor out of fairness to the others. ]]
* The name "Jones" is particularly common in Wales. This was spoofed in a HaleAndPace sketch where two Welsh miners named Jones are on their way to work, and greets everyone they meet with a "Good Morning, Jones the [insert character trait or status here]". When they get there, Jones the Boss tells them that there's been an accident, but that everyone has been accounted for except Jones the Not Accounted For. Jones the Miner and Jones the Miner tells Jones The Boss that they saw him alive just now, and Jones the Boss is relieved because he "had given him up for Jones the Dead."
* On an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', the entire speechwriting staff quits in protest of Will's hiring and instant promotion to Deputy. He thus has to rewrite an entire day's worth of speeches for, apparently, everyone in the federal government. His only help: four interns, three of whom are named Lauren.
* 30 Helens from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. They all agree. (Or they all agree to disagree.)
** Also there was a sketch where Bruce sang about all of the different people named Dave who he knew.
* Nearing the fourth season finale, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' featured a hell dimension of spider-like demons in which no one has a name (though the important people can be named according to their professional titles, such as "High Priest" or "Name Keeper"). In fact, one of them actively mocks humans' weakness of everyone having names.
** It wasn't that the spider-demons didn't have names, but it was that giving away their names as freely as humans weakened them. And weakened Jasmine, the season's big bad. Angel's trip to the dimension was to retrieve Jasmine's true name so she might be brought down to their level.

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* Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', instead of bothering to learn the hospital's new intern's names, dubbed all the men "Daves" ''Series/PawnStars'' has Richard "The Old Man" Harrison, Richard "Rick" Harrison and all the girls "Debbies"- except for Richard "Corey" Harrison. In one of them who actually ''was'' named Debbie, whom Kelso renamed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efndBfXHPxs Slagathor out of fairness episode, a package addressed to "Richard Harrison" is delivered to the others. ]]
* The name "Jones" is particularly common in Wales. This was spoofed in a HaleAndPace sketch where two Welsh miners named Jones are on their way to work,
shop, spurring an argument between Rick and greets everyone they meet with a "Good Morning, Jones the [insert character trait or status here]". When they get there, Jones the Boss tells them that there's been an accident, but that everyone has been accounted for except Jones the Not Accounted For. Jones the Miner and Jones the Miner tells Jones The Boss that they saw him alive just now, and Jones the Boss is relieved Old Man because he "had given him up for Jones the Dead."
* On an episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', the entire speechwriting staff quits in protest of Will's hiring and instant promotion
both had ordered a package. It turns out to Deputy. He thus has to rewrite an entire day's worth of speeches for, apparently, everyone in the federal government. His only help: four interns, three of whom are named Lauren.
* 30 Helens from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. They all agree. (Or they all agree to disagree.)
** Also there was a sketch where Bruce sang about all of the different people named Dave who he knew.
* Nearing the fourth season finale, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' featured a hell dimension of spider-like demons in which no one has a name (though the important people can
be named according to their professional titles, such as "High Priest" or "Name Keeper"). In fact, one of them actively mocks humans' weakness of everyone having names.
** It wasn't that the spider-demons didn't have names, but it was that giving away their names as freely as humans weakened them. And weakened Jasmine, the season's big bad. Angel's trip to the dimension was to retrieve Jasmine's true name so she might be brought down to their level.
something Corey ordered.



* Some members of the season 3 cast of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' dubbed themselves "The Heathers" (after the film) and dubbed others "The Boogers". The Heathers would sometimes call one another "Heather" in conversation in the workroom. They wore HEATHER name necklaces to the reunion show and one of the Heathers presented hers to one of the Boogers who had felt belittled by the clique.
* In ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', art dealers Nuni Schoener and his wife, Nuni Schoener, have the same name, but with very subtle differences in pronunciation. Two of their later sketches reveal that they have at least two children also named Nuni, but pronounced slightly differently than either of their own names.
* Dr. Kelso from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', instead of bothering to learn the hospital's new intern's names, dubbed all the men "Daves" and all the girls "Debbies"- except for one of them who actually ''was'' named Debbie, whom Kelso renamed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efndBfXHPxs Slagathor out of fairness to the others]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Q, who are all named Q. The first Q we met had an affair with Q, and they had a child, Q. This makes for some confusing family trees, as well as a hole in the popular {{Fanon}} theory that Trelane, the Squire of Gothos from the original series, is a Q.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the Q are omniscient, so they know who they are talking about.
** [[Literature/{{IQ}} One of the books]], features Q, his wife Q, and their son Q. Although to avoid this trope the author referred to Q's wife as "Lady Q," and their son as "q."
** Q's kid Q at least gets a nickname in the TV show - Qball.
** Onscreen, Captain Janeway just said Ms. Q when distinction was required.
** And then the Q who [[WhoWantsToLiveForever wanted to die]] was named Quinn when he was granted mortality.
** It appears that canonically there have only been two actual births of Q: Amanda Rogers (who they no longer speak about) and q.
** The Franchise/StarTrek novel ''Q-Squared'' explicitly stated that Trelane (and his "mother" and "father" who appeared at the end of the episode) were members of the Q Continuum, so it isn't just {{Fanon}}. In the novel, Q implied that Trelane was Q's son, the result of an affair with Trelane's "mother". Then again, the novels aren't canonical.
*** It's implied that "Q" is an alias. Originally, there were supposed to be several different beings assuming an identical appearance and calling themselves by the same name popping in from time to time.
* In ''Series/TheTudors'' there are a ''lot'' of Thomases: Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Seymour, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Howard, Thomas Darcy, Thomas Culpeper, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas Wriothsley...This is somewhat lessened by most of these men being referred to by surname, or by their titles. As a counterpoint, ''The Tudors'' has a [[OneSteveLimit One Charles Limit]] with Charles Brandon.



* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', there are seven humanoid Cylon models that are known for most of the series. Each of them is known mainly by a model number and nothing else (Six, the Eights, etc). Even when they start to use the names the humans call them, it's still one name per model (the Simons, the Dorals, etc). Two aversions to this are Caprica-Six and [[spoiler:Boomer]], who are given special names by the other Cylons. Six in general is a partial aversion, as several different copies of her show up with unique names over the course of the show.
** Fandom is fond of asking the question of whether the Earth the survivors settle on will be known as "the planet of the Eights".
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' Season 5 Episode 8, "My Name Is Mac Taylor", features twenty-one people with names of variations on "Mac Taylor", as someone who shares the name of the detective is being targeted by a killer.
* ''Series/PawnStars'' is a show starring three guys named Richard Harrison, although they go by Old Man/Pops, Rick, and Corey, from oldest to youngest.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', we have Marvin Eriksen (Marshall's father), Marvin Eriksen Jr. (Marshall's brother) and Marvin [[spoiler: Wait-For-It]] Eriksen [[spoiler: (Marshall's son)]].
* In ''Series/EverDecreasingCircles'', Paul Ryman's hair salon employees are all named Debbie.
* In ''Series/TheTudors'' there are a ''lot'' of Thomases: Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Seymour, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Howard, Thomas Darcy, Thomas Culpeper, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas Wriothsley...This is somewhat lessened by most of these men being referred to by surname, or by their titles. As a counterpoint, ''The Tudors'' has a [[OneSteveLimit One Charles Limit]] with Charles Brandon.
* In the ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' Season 3 Episode 9 "A Visit from Little Sven," Rose breaks down the Svens she's related to:
-->'''Rose''': See, Little Sven's father (we call him Big Sven) left the Old Country two years ago and settled in St. Olaf, then he sent for the rest of his family. First he brought his father over (we call him Big Sven, too).
-->'''Blanche''': Well, doesn't that get confusing, having two Big Svens?
-->'''Rose''': There aren't, Blanche. There's Big Sven and Big Sven II. Like ''Jaws'' and ''Jaws II''.
-->'''Dorothy''': Rose, are any of your relatives named ''Psycho'' and ''Psycho II?''
* ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'': In "honor" of both his timeslot rivals having the name Jimmy (Fallon and Kimmel), Dave changed his name and the name of the show for one night to ''The Late Show with Jimmy Letterman''.
* ''Series/PawnStars'' has Richard "The Old Man" Harrison, Richard "Rick" Harrison and Richard "Corey" Harrison. In one episode, a package addressed to "Richard Harrison" is delivered to the shop, spurring an argument between Rick and the Old Man because both had ordered a package. It turns out to be something Corey ordered.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{Eggheads}}'', the team of challengers was called 'The [=DJs=]' and consisted of a woman named Debbie and four men named John.
* In ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', art dealers Nuni Schoener and his wife, Nuni Schoener, have the same name, but with very subtle differences in pronunciation. Two of their later sketches reveal that they have at least two children also named Nuni, but pronounced slightly differently than either of their own names.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens in a fairly literal fashion in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", when Master uses alien technology to transform everyone on Earth into a copy of himself: a MasterRace, if you will.
* Some members of the season 3 cast of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' dubbed themselves "The Heathers" (after the film) and dubbed others "The Boogers". The Heathers would sometimes call one another "Heather" in conversation in the workroom. They wore HEATHER name necklaces to the reunion show and one of the Heathers presented hers to one of the Boogers who had felt belittled by the clique.
* In the TV adaptation of ''Heathers'' the three titular Heathers return. One of them is male (or possibly gender fluid).

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* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', there are seven humanoid Cylon models that are known for most of the series. Each of them is known mainly by a model number and nothing else (Six, the Eights, etc). Even when they start to use the names the humans call them, it's still one name per model (the Simons, the Dorals, etc). Two aversions to this are Caprica-Six and [[spoiler:Boomer]], who are given special names by the other Cylons. Six in general is a partial aversion, as several different copies of her show up with unique names over the course of the show.
** Fandom is fond of asking the question of whether the Earth the survivors settle on will be known as "the planet of the Eights".
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' Season 5 Episode 8, "My Name Is Mac Taylor", features twenty-one people with names of variations on "Mac Taylor", as someone who shares the name of the detective is being targeted by a killer.
* ''Series/PawnStars'' is a show starring three guys named Richard Harrison, although they go by Old Man/Pops, Rick, and Corey, from oldest to youngest.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', we have Marvin Eriksen (Marshall's father), Marvin Eriksen Jr. (Marshall's brother) and Marvin [[spoiler: Wait-For-It]] Eriksen [[spoiler: (Marshall's son)]].
* In ''Series/EverDecreasingCircles'', Paul Ryman's hair salon employees are all named Debbie.
* In ''Series/TheTudors'' there are a ''lot'' of Thomases: Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Seymour, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Howard, Thomas Darcy, Thomas Culpeper, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas Wriothsley...This is somewhat lessened by most of these men being referred to by surname, or by their titles. As a counterpoint, ''The Tudors'' has a [[OneSteveLimit One Charles Limit]] with Charles Brandon.
* In the ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' Season 3 Episode 9 "A Visit from Little Sven," Rose breaks down the Svens she's related to:
-->'''Rose''': See, Little Sven's father (we call him Big Sven) left the Old Country two years ago and settled in St. Olaf, then he sent for the rest of his family. First he brought his father over (we call him Big Sven, too).
-->'''Blanche''': Well, doesn't that get confusing, having two Big Svens?
-->'''Rose''': There aren't, Blanche. There's Big Sven and Big Sven II. Like ''Jaws'' and ''Jaws II''.
-->'''Dorothy''': Rose, are any of your relatives named ''Psycho'' and ''Psycho II?''
* ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'': In "honor" of both his timeslot rivals having the name Jimmy (Fallon and Kimmel), Dave changed his name and the name of the show for one night to ''The Late Show with Jimmy Letterman''.
* ''Series/PawnStars'' has Richard "The Old Man" Harrison, Richard "Rick" Harrison and Richard "Corey" Harrison. In one episode, a package addressed to "Richard Harrison" is delivered to the shop, spurring an argument between Rick and the Old Man because both had ordered a package. It turns out to be something Corey ordered.
* On one an episode of ''Series/{{Eggheads}}'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', the team entire speechwriting staff quits in protest of challengers was called 'The [=DJs=]' Will's hiring and consisted instant promotion to Deputy. He thus has to rewrite an entire day's worth of a woman named Debbie and four men named John.
* In ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', art dealers Nuni Schoener and his wife, Nuni Schoener, have the same name, but with very subtle differences in pronunciation. Two of their later sketches reveal that they have at least two children also named Nuni, but pronounced slightly differently than either of their own names.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens in a fairly literal fashion in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", when Master uses alien technology to transform
speeches for, apparently, everyone on Earth into a copy of himself: a MasterRace, if you will.
* Some members of the season 3 cast of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'' dubbed themselves "The Heathers" (after the film) and dubbed others "The Boogers". The Heathers would sometimes call one another "Heather" in conversation
in the workroom. They wore HEATHER name necklaces to the reunion show and one of the Heathers presented hers to one of the Boogers who had felt belittled by the clique.
* In the TV adaptation of ''Heathers'' the
federal government. His only help: four interns, three titular Heathers return. One of them is male (or possibly gender fluid).whom are named Lauren.



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* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' all of the angels are named Erika. No, not Erica- ''Erika''. With a 'K'.
* From ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'', everyone from New Brunswick is named Gord, all French speakers are named Jean, Marie, or Jean Marie, and all of the hosts' male friends are named Andrew.



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* The ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' flash vid "Dan" features an alien race that uses the name "Dan De Zille" (the name of their ruler) for everything on their planet. Like many Planet of Steves examples, they don't find this at all confusing. Dan himself was the winner of a contest to get his name and likeness into one of the cartoons, and the aliens' space ship is shaped like his head.
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* The ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' flash vid "Dan" features an alien race that uses the name "Dan De Zille" (the name of their ruler) for everything on their planet. Like many Planet of Steves examples, they don't find this at all confusing. Dan himself was the winner of a contest to get his name and likeness into one of the cartoons, and the aliens' space ship is shaped like his head.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' all of the angels are named Erika. No, not Erica- ''Erika''. With a 'K'.
* LetsPlay/ManyATrueNerd's "Kill Everything" LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' makes frequent use of this trope whenever a nameless mook is stealth-killed in front of someone who should probably be alarmed.



* In Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series, Marik Ishtar's Millenium Rod "...only works on guys named Steve. And girls named Steve, but those are very difficult to find".
* From ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'', everyone from New Brunswick is named Gord, all French speakers are named Jean, Marie, or Jean Marie, and all of the hosts' male friends are named Andrew.



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* LetsPlay/ManyATrueNerd's "Kill Everything" LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' makes frequent use of this trope whenever a nameless mook is stealth-killed in front of someone who should probably be alarmed.
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-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' Is ''every'' platypus named "Perry?"
-->'''Phineas:''' In a perfect world, yes.

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-->'''Phineas:'''
"Perry"?\\
'''Phineas:'''
In a perfect world, yes.



-->'''Bart''': Look at all this great stuff, Lis! [finds a vanity license plate rack] Cool...personalized plates! "Barclay"..."Barry"..."Bert"... "Bort"? Aw, come on. "Bort"? \\
'''Child''': Mommy, mommy! Buy me a license plate. \\
'''Mother''': No. Come along, Bort. \\
'''Man''': Are you talking to me? \\
'''Mother''': No, my son is also named Bort. \\
''(Later in the same episode)'' \\
'''PA Announcer''': We need more Bort license plates in the gift shop. Repeat, we are sold out of Bort license plates.
* Taken to its most logical extreme in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with the Citadel of Ricks; a whole ''universe'' populated entirely with Ricks and Mortys from across the multiverse. Our Rick (Rick C137) has a few tussles with them throughout Seasons 1 and 2 before Season 3 opens with him sending it spiraling into chaos - "The Ricklantis Mixup" actually focuses on the Citadel and what kind of Ricks and Mortys inhabit it.

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-->'''Bart''': -->'''Bart:''' Look at all this great stuff, Lis! [finds ''[finds a vanity license plate rack] Cool...rack]'' Cool... personalized plates! "Barclay"..."Barry"..."Bert"... "Bort"? Aw, come on. "Bort"? \\
'''Child''': '''Child:''' Mommy, mommy! Buy me a license plate. \\
'''Mother''': '''Mother:''' No. Come along, Bort. \\
'''Man''': '''Man:''' Are you talking to me? \\
'''Mother''': '''Mother:''' No, my son is also named Bort. \\
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episode]''\\
'''PA Announcer''': Announcer:''' We need more Bort "Bort" license plates in the gift shop. Repeat, we are sold out of Bort "Bort" license plates.
* Taken to its most logical extreme in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with the Citadel of Ricks; a whole ''universe'' populated entirely with Ricks and Mortys from across the multiverse. Our Rick (Rick C137) has a few tussles with them throughout Seasons 1 and 2 before Season 3 opens with him sending it spiraling into chaos - -- "The Ricklantis Mixup" actually focuses on the Citadel and what kind of Ricks and Mortys inhabit it.


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* In the early 20th century it was common among American Catholics of various ethnicities to baptize all male babies "Joseph _______" with the intention they would always go by their middle name. When they got into the Army, a lot of them became "Joe", and in [=WW2=] Joe was so commonplace it became a generic nickname for American soldiers, which is why there is GIJoe.

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* In the early 20th century it was common among American Catholics of various ethnicities to baptize all male babies "Joseph _______" with the intention they would always go by their middle name. When they got into the Army, a lot of them became "Joe", and in [=WW2=] Joe was so commonplace it became a generic nickname for American soldiers, which is why there is GIJoe.Franchise/GIJoe.


* The ``Entire language consists of a single word`` version in ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi''.

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* The ``Entire "Entire language consists of a single word`` word" version in ''Webcomic/BladeOfToshubi''.


* An ''ComicBook/XMen'' example; Kitty Pryde's two most notable love interests were Peter Rasputin and Pete Wisdom, resulting in a great deal of ShipToShipCombat among the more fervent fans. Further muddying the issue is the fact that in ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, she was dating [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]] for a time (the Ultimate versions of Rasputin and Wisdom being gay and The Leader, respectively).

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* An ''ComicBook/XMen'' example; Kitty Pryde's two most notable love interests were Peter Rasputin and Pete Wisdom, resulting in a great deal of ShipToShipCombat among the more fervent fans. Further muddying the issue is the fact that in ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, she was dating [[SpiderMan [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] for a time (the Ultimate versions of Rasputin and Wisdom being gay and The Leader, respectively).


* Enforced with the Bright & Shiny cult in ''Film/BubbleBoy'', as all men became "Todd" and all women "Lorraine" by decree of [[{{Creator/Fabio}} their leader]].


* The ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' flash vid "Dan" features an alien race that uses the name "Dan De Zille" (the name of their ruler) for everything on their planet. Like many Planet of Steves examples, they don't find this at all confusing.

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* The ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' flash vid "Dan" features an alien race that uses the name "Dan De Zille" (the name of their ruler) for everything on their planet. Like many Planet of Steves examples, they don't find this at all confusing. Dan himself was the winner of a contest to get his name and likeness into one of the cartoons, and the aliens' space ship is shaped like his head.

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* Enforced with the Bright & Shiny cult in ''Film/BubbleBoy'', as all men became "Todd" and all women "Lorraine" by decree of [[{{Creator/Fabio}} their leader]].


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy's wish for more Dad's to spend time with goes wrong and he ends up sending them all to a Dad planet. After they abduct his Mom, he wishes up a planet of Moms for them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy's wish for more Dad's to spend time with goes wrong and he ends up sending them all to a Dad planet. After they abduct his Mom, he wishes up a planet of Moms for them.


* In Fairly Oddparents Timmy's wish for more Dad's to spend time with goes wrong and he ends up sending them all to a Dad planet. After they abduct his Mom, he wishes up a planet of Moms for them.

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* In Fairly Oddparents ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy's wish for more Dad's to spend time with goes wrong and he ends up sending them all to a Dad planet. After they abduct his Mom, he wishes up a planet of Moms for them.

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