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People only known by their titles in fanfiction.


  • In true fairy tale fashion, everyone in The Blessed Disaster gets this treatment, giving us a cast that includes the Old Miner, the Pale Girl, the Queen, and so on.
  • A Certain Unknown Level 0: Accelerator. No one knows his birth name anymore.
  • Dead of Night has the Detective, the AU's version of Zombie. Technically he was given a name (Marc Raney) after he woke up having totally forgotten the first thirty years of his life, but hates using it because he's sure it's not his own.
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  • Averted in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, as in the series, with certain exceptions, every Smurf's real name is based on either a profession or a personality, including its main character Empath.
  • The Gryphon King in Equestria Total War is only referred to as such. Apparently it's actually forbidden to use his name.
  • In the Facing the Future Series, the Guys In White have a Mad Doctor operative known simply as "Doctor."
  • Fairy Without Wings introduces Dark Blade as part of the Edolas arc. The character in question picked the nickname because the person they are inside is long since dead. Even people who know Dark Blade personally, like Erza Knightwalker, refer to the Knight of Seven by this nickname except when the armor comes off, it would seem.
  • In the Ghost Trick fanfiction sequel, Twisted Fates, Sissel tends to refer to the other characters as their defining traits (Cabanela is "Lean and Lanky," Kamila is the "Little Lady," etc). Given that he knows this time that he's a cat, it makes sense that he'd have a different view of the other characters. The author uses the alternate names given in-game, and also provides new ones for the original characters.
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  • In God Save The Esteem, Quinn is shocked to discover that a member of her gang whom everyone calls "Slutty Girl" actually has a name (Jackie Wentworth).
  • The Hamsterball Show:
    • Ranger Fink, who is actually not a ranger at all! Her name actually comes from Hamsterball's high score table (the name "R. Fink" at the top). For some reason, the author thought of "Ranger Fink" when he saw it, and it became the character's name. Her real name is Rachel Fink. Her sister, Peepums, mispronounced her name as "Ranger Fink" once and it stuck.
    • Mr. Raptis is usually called "Professor" by the other characters.
  • In the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades sidestory Wheel of Fortune, Mei Shirakawa's male 'friends' are simply known as Ros and Guil because she always keeps forgetting their names. This also extends to the forums she visits and when they're killed off, Renenutet doesn't even bother to even reveal what they are.
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  • Hotspring Souls! has the Hunter, the Chosen Undead, the Bearer of the Curse, the Slayer of Demons... An interesting case regarding the Doll — everyone else calls her "The Doll", except for the Hunter, who calls her by her real name, "Evetta".
  • In Inquisitor Carrow Chronicles, the narration always refers to the God-Emperor Of Mankind as "the God-Emperor of Mankind," or just "The God-Emperor." Also, Dumbledore's letters to him address him as "Dear Mr. God-Emperor." Though he apparently goes by Jon Schmidt to his human colleagues.
  • Make a Wish: Most, if not all of the recurring characters. From Henchgirl to the Mechanic... who are a female henchman and a mechanic respectively. Though in Henchgirl's case it's once revealed that her legal name (if not birth name) is Henchgirl.
  • In My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return, the Grand Master of the Shadow Blades is usually just referred to by his title, or as the more generic Shadow Blade by Nightmare Moon. His real name is Clydesdale Pie.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, the Samurai kid from the fourth episode of the anime is a Recurring Character, but his real name is never revealed. There's also the Hiker from "Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden" who stars in his own sidestory, although unlike the Samurai, he does reveal his real name: Monty Near Hawkings.
  • X-Men: Evolution already basically disregarded this trope for the majority of the X-Men, but the Spider-Man crossover Spider-X takes the final step by having Rogue reveal her real name (Anna) to her boyfriend, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, when they first have sex.
  • In Taaroko's Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, when Angel becomes human in Season 9 Buffy helps him draw up the legal paperwork necessary for him to have a real name and identity under his original human name of 'Liam Gallagher', but despite the restoration of his birth name (to the point that Buffy now calls herself 'Buffy Gallagher' after their wedding), everyone still calls him Angel.
  • In The Power of Love Gatekeepers have such an important role in goblin society that any goblin who obtains the position is known only as "Gatekeeper" for the rest of their life, even by family members.
  • One of the villains in Twillight Sparkle's awesome adventure is always referred to as Enemy Boss Leader.
  • This Bites! turns the Kung-Fu Dugongs into a race of this (except for the TWDS). Their leader is Chief Dugong. His second is Lancer Dugong, who also wields a spear. Their greatest martial arts master and teacher is Sifu Dugong. His only student used to be called Disciple Dugong, until Sifu left and Disciple was acknowledged as the best fighter in the tribe and was renamed Boss Dugong. He also happens to be in charge of the TWDS.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Hisashi's boss is only referred to as "the Professor" for the first six chapters of the story. His full name is later revealed to be Martin Stein, after which he's referred to as Professor Stein.


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