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People only known by their titles in movies.


Animated

  • Animals United: The Leopard and Hunter's names are never mentioned. Even stranger, one of the human characters refers to the Hunter as "Hunter" instead of his real name.
  • The Candlemaker from The Book of Life. He's the Candlemaker.
  • The Brave Little Toaster: Except for Kirby (who is a vacuum cleaner), all of the characters are named after what they are, in a cross between this trope and A Dog Named "Dog". Also, the owner of the objects is only known as "The Master".note  "Kirby" is actually the name of a brand of vacuum cleaner, however, so this trope still applies.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
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    • Beauty and the Beast: The Beast is only ever called well, "the Beast" ("the" optional), except for his servants, who call him "the Master".
    • Aladdin:
      • Aladdin's genie is known only as Genie, or sometimes The Genie. In the sequels and series this becomes particularly strange, as Jafar is also a genie and another named genie is introduced.
      • One episode of Aladdin: The Series also features a character that's only known as Wazir. It makes more sense than the genie example, as the king he works for is not only a child king, but moody and egocentric, i.e. not the type to be bothered with learning his wazir's name.
    • A bit of a Genius Bonus from Mulan is that if one cross-references the storyline with history and myth and accepts that the "Huns" in the film are actually the Xiongnu, the Big Bad is in fact never referred to by his name but by his TITLE, as Shan Yu means "Majesty Sun of Heaven."
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    • The Big Bad of Disney's Dinosaur for some reason, is always referred by everyone as "The Carnotaurus." Guess what dinosaur he actually is! (hint: it's not the one you expect) It's probably because, unlike the herbivores, the two Carnotaurs are unable to talk.
    • The Princess and the Frog:
      • Doctor Facilier, the main villain, is always referred by everyone in the film as "The Shadow Man," although no explanation is given as to why.
      • Also, according to Word of God, Evangeline (the Evening Star and Ray the firefly's love interest) is actually the Blue Fairy's real name.
  • The Prince and the Shapeshifter from Faeries (1999).
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, the villain's second-in-command is simply referred as the Wolf Boss.
  • The Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas (though some of the merch gives him the name Hizzonor).
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  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! takes this trope to its extremes by applying it to the entire main cast. The Pirate Captain leads a crew consisting of The Albino Pirate, The Pirate With Gout, The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, and various others. Assuming they have actual names, we never learn what they are. The only crew member with a revealed name is Polly, their pet Dodo. The Pirate Captain's second-in-command is referred as only Number Two in the movie, but the credits and a DVD special feature short call him "The Pirate With The Scarf."
  • In The Polar Express, the credits list the main characters as "Hero Boy" and "Hero Girl".

Live-Action

In General:

  • Several Soviet comedies by Leonid Gaidai (including Operation Y and Shurik's Other Adventures and Kidnapping, Caucasian Style) feature a trio of bumbling crooks, whose names are never spoken aloud. In fact, the only way to know even their nicknames is from the end credits, where they're revealed to be the Coward, the Fool, and the Pro.
  • The character Charlie Chaplin played in most of his films was usually just called "The Tramp", as well as being an example of The Tramp.

Specific Movies:

  • The American President has this as such a driving theme that it's reflected in the title of the movie. Andrew Shepard can't even get his best friend to address him by name when they're shooting pool. Once their romantic relationship takes off, Sidney becomes the only member of the cast to call him by his name (other than his daughter by his first wife, who calls him "Dad").
    A.J.: Nice shot, Mr. President.
    President Shepherd: 'Nice shot, Mr. President?' You won't even call me by my name when we're playing pool?
    A.J.: I will not do it playing pool, I will not do it in a school. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them, Sam I Am.
    President Shepherd: At ease, A.J., at ease.
  • In Australia, Hugh Jackman's character is only called the Drover.
  • Barbarella: The Black Queen is only ever called that, or by the typical royal titles. Alternatively "Great Tyrant" when she has yet to show up and the movie is trying to fake you out regarding her gender. She did get a proper name (Slupe) in the original comics, but she was probably lying about it.
  • In Bicentennial Man, the robot butler Andrew calls his human owners Sir, Ma'am, Miss and Little Miss. The characters are also listed that way in the credits. Everyone except Ma'am has their name said out loud at some point, but it's easy to miss.
  • From Bunraku, the bartender is known only as Bartender. Or occasionally Barkeep.
  • The majority of characters in Cemetery Man refer to Francesco as "Engineer." Nobody calls him by his first name, except perhaps Franco.
  • Subverted with Lady Tremaine from Cinderella (2015). In the promotional material for the film, Tremaine is credited as "The Wicked Stepmother." She is, however, identified as "Lady Tremaine" throughout the actual film. (In the original animated Disney version, she is never addressed as such, although the herald at the Prince's ball calls Anastasia and Drizella "the daughters of Lady Tremaine.")
  • One of the protagonists in Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is an acrobat known only as the Aerialist.
  • Clue: The Cook, the Cop, the Motorist, and the Singing Telegram are only ever referred as such, even by the characters that know their names. May also count for Professor Plum and Colonel Mustard, who are a professor and colonel, respectively, and the colors are not their real surnames.
  • In The Curiosity Of Chance, Chance and his sister refer to their Army officer father as "Sir."
  • This appears to be a cultural norm for Skeksis in The Dark Crystal, as they exclusively refer to each other by their titles in the movie. The prequel series does occasionally have them use each other's names but they still seem to prefer being addressed by their titles.
  • The Butcher and the Postman in Delicatessen constantly refer to each other as "Boucher" and "Facteur" (it's a French movie).
  • The Driver from Drive is never given a name, not even in the end credits.
  • None of the characters in The Driver have names. In the credits they're listed as The Driver, The Detective, The Player. etc.
  • In Erik the Viking, one of the character's is known as Sven's Dad... because he's Sven the Berserk's dad. He's even listed as "Sven's Dad" in the credits.
  • The cab driver from Escape from New York even introduces himself as "Cabbie".
  • Many of the characters in The Fall, including the Indian, the Black Bandit, and "the actor with only one leg".
  • The Feast series rarely gives the main characters actual names; no names are ever mentioned in the dialogue and the in-film bios and the credits just use nicknames ("Hot Wheels", "Shitkicker", "Secrets", etc.) or just refer to the characters by what they are ("Heroine", "Bartender", "Bossman", etc.)
  • Hocus Pocus: Max is repeatedly called "Hollywood" by Salem, Massachusetts, delinquents Jay and Ernie (sorry, Ice) because he has recently moved to Salem from Southern California—and in Jay and Ice's minds, the only important thing about Southern California is Hollywood. (And the fact that "Holly" is a female name might also be a factor in humiliating Max.)
  • Though they are given names in the film proper, marketing for Inception referred to the main characters by their role in the heist (The Extractor, The Architect, The Tourist, The Mark, The Shade, The Point Man, and The Forger).
  • In In the Name of the King, Jason Statham's character is always called Farmer. When asked by his son, he explains that it's his belief that everyone should be called by his or her job. Some sources claim that his real name is Damon. In fact, his real name is revealed to be Prince Camden Conreid, although he doesn't know it for much of the film.
  • In the Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, when the Tyrannosaurus rampages through the streets of San Diego, one poor man makes a failed attempt to get into a locked building and becomes dinosaur food. He's forever memorialized in the credits as "Unlucky Bastard." Talk about truth in advertising...
  • In Kill Bill the protagonist is known as The Bride. Later, she is called by the nickname Kiddo. Only later do we discover her real name is Beatrix Kiddo, but she is still called The Bride in the credits. The second film adds "a.k.a. Black Mamba a.k.a. Beatrix Kiddo a.k.a. Mommy"
  • The Last Witch Hunter:
    • The leader of the witches is simply known as the Witch Queen.
    • Axe and Cross' Dolans seem to use no name beyond [number]th Dolan.
  • To some extent in Legend of the Black Scorpion, due to rank. The Empress says that it has been so long since anyone called her by her real name that she had forgotten it.
  • Lucky Number Slevin has major characters named The Rabbi, The Fairy and so forth. When anyone asks why they are called what they are, the answer invariably is "because he is one."
  • The title character of El Mariachi is only known by that name, even in the sequels where he can no longer play guitar. By Once Upon a Time in Mexico, people treat it like it's his real name and shorten it to "El" (singular masculine "The", in Spanish).
  • In The Matrix, some programs are named after their function (e.g. the Oracle, the Trainman, the Keymaker, the Architect). Others are named for a distinguishing feature (e.g. the Merovingian, the Twins).
  • Monsters Crash the Pajama Party. The Mad Scientist is named "Mad Doctor" and even has it on his lab coat, and is only ever addressed by that name.
  • In The Monster Squad, we never find out Fat Kid's name until his They Call Me Mister Tibbs moment of utter badassery, in which he informs his former bullies that his name is HORACE!
  • In Moonrise Kingdom, the woman from social services is known only as "Social Services."
  • The Mountie: The Posthumous Character Grayling and Cleroa retrieve from a tree at the start of the film, and whose murder becomes a driving force for Grayling, is only known to the locals as 'the Mountain Man'.
  • In Mystery Road, Sarge is only ever addressed as 'Sarge' or 'Sergeant': never by his name.
  • During Freddy's rampage at the pool party in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, one of the partiers tries to reason with him, and we're treated to a sequence of the guy treating Freddy like some kind of animal while trying talk him down ("It's okay, nobody's gonna hurt you"); Freddy hurls the guy at a barbecue, which blows up when the kid hits it. The credits just list the character as "Do-Gooder."
  • The Bootlegger from Night Nurse.
  • The Professor, the spymaster in Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
  • Blackbeard's voodoo zombies in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides are referred to only as "Quartermaster" and "Gunner".
  • The Producers: The Bartender is called "innkeeper" by Bialystock while he and Bloom celebrate the expected failure of Springtime For Hitler.
  • The coffee shop owner in Pulp Fiction is credited as "Coffee Shop" due to his only line in the film being "I'm just a coffee shop—" before being interrupted.
  • Lady from The Quick and the Dead. She has a real name, but nobody in the town knows it and the audience doesn't learn it till quite late in the movie.
  • Red Sparrow: Matron's real name is never given, even in the credits; her dress uniform at the end of the film doesn't even have a nametape on it.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera abounds with these characters—Grave-Robber, Single Mother, Band Leader, News Reporter, and the Repo Man all count.
  • Robin Hood (2018): The Sheriff of Nottingham isn't referred to by name.
  • In RoboCop 3, the head of OCP is simply referred to as the "CEO".
  • Hilariously used in Rock N Rolla, with the Councilor, to the point when another character gives him something and says "It has your name on it," it actually says "The Councilor."
  • "The Girl" in the play and movie The Seven Year Itch.
  • In Snow White and the Huntsman, the Huntsman is exclusively known by his job title, though his real name is supposedly Eric.
  • In the Russian film Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky the three main characters are Stalker, Writer, and Professor, each named for his profession. The viewers are never told their "real" names.
  • Star Wars did this at first, later adding in the names.
  • Tank Girl. Tank Girl only calls Jet Girl by that name or some variation (e.g. Jet, Jettina, etc.).
  • In That Thing You Do!, not only is the bass player never referred to by any other name, but he is listed in the credits as T. B. Player.
  • Pretty much everybody in Undercover Brother: Undercover Brother, Conspiracy Brother, Smart Brother, Sista Girl, the Chief, the Man, Mr. Feather, and White She-Devil. The only main character with a clear name is Lance, the token white guy.
  • The Waterboy: Everybody refers to Bobby Boucher's overprotective mother as "Mama". Bobby later finds out from old letters that her first name is Helen.
  • In Waterworld, the main character is known only as the Mariner. Subverted in the extended edition, wherein after the heroes reach Dry Land, Helen gives the Mariner a real name just before he heads back out onto the ocean. It's "Ulysses," the name of the sailor who was the main character of Homer's Odyssey.
  • Sarah Silverman's character in The Way of the Gun is credited simply as "Raving Bitch".
  • In The White Ribbon, children have names but adults only referred as The School Teacher, the Doctor, the Baron, etc.
  • In Zathura, the astronaut is referred to by everyone (including himself at one point) as "The Astronaut", on account of him never saying his name.
  • Zombieland: all the main characters call themselves after the city they are from instead of their names, a tradition started by Tallahassee.


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