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A Sister Trope of All There in the Manual wherein vital information such as the name of a character, perhaps an important one, is never actually mentioned in the production proper, appearing only in the credits, script or related materials. Sometimes intentional, but often the result of Expospeak cut for time. When a production is operating off scripts with the character's name in front of all their dialogue, it's possible the writers will neglect to have it used aloud.note 


You know this trope is in effect whenever a program is being watched by two people, one a diehard fan and the other a Naïve Newcomer… and once the show is over, the newbie says something like: "I thought [Character X] turned in a memorable performance" and the veteran then says: "[Character X]? Why, that's [actual name of character]. They have a huge fan base."

This can also occur because of changes made between the initial pitch meeting and the final script treatment. Sometimes, an actor will be unavailable due to other commitments (another film, unexpected illness or injury, etc) or disinterest, so their appearances will be edited out of the shooting script.

Occasionally the reference will be made onscreen, but will fall into this trope anyway because it goes unnoticed for some reason (it's part of a Long List, or there's lots of noise on the soundtrack at the moment).


Compare No Name Given. Contrast Fan Nickname.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In an especially frustrating example, C.C.'s name has never been revealed in any of Code Geass' copious amounts of side materials, but it was in the script for episode 11, and Jun Fukuyama actually said it as Lelouch, only for it to be blocked out in-series by a Sound-Effect Bleep. Argh.
  • L from Death Note goes unnamed for the whole series, and his real name only appears in the supplementary How To Read 13, as well as a few other characters' real names. Actually, since L may be his real name, only his last name is secret. It's Lawliet. .
  • The man working at the fair in Heaven's Lost Property had his name revealed as Zero in the anime's credits.
  • In Kiddy Grade, Pfeilspitze is never referred to as such in the show. In fact, characters and credits continue to use the pseudonym she used before she dropped her disguise (i.e. Mercredi).
  • In several of the Pokémon: The Series movies, there are characters who go unnamed outside of the script. For example in Mewtwo Strikes Back, the other trainers who made it to Mewtwo's Island (Corey, Neesha, and Fergus) are never named at all within the film itself. The same goes for the trainers (Kai, Maury, and Allegra) at the start of the tenth movie, Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai. The MAIN VILLAIN of the second film, The Power of One, is never named in the film itself. (Supplemental materials call him "Lawrence III", but the DVD's Closed Captioning calls him "Gelardan", a romanisation of his Japanese name.)
    • And the Gardevoir's owner from the episode "Mutiny in the Bounty" (Hunter J's introductory episode). According to Bulbapedia, her name is Melodi.
    • Also, Delia Ketchum/Hanako received this treatment for quite some time (In the Japanese version of Episode 2, they even had her refer to herself as "Satoshi's (Ash's) mom"). It wasn't until the release of Movie 2 that she actually got a name.
  • The other members of the Equestrian Club and Tamako's older brother in Silver Spoon didn't have their first names known until the anime came out.
  • The OAV Sylvanian Families played this in a rather funny way. Usually on the Japanese versions their names were based on the toys and had no official names. Until of course the official subs included on the DVDs used their Official English names. For the record:
    • Milk Usagi-chan / Rebecca Periwinkle
    • Kurumi Risu-chan / Greta Furbanks
    • Shima Neko-chan / Asparagus Macavity
    • Maron Inu-kun / Dennis Huckleberry
    • Kuma-kun / Piers Petite
    • Kitsune-kun / Buster Slydale
    • Milk Usagi-kun / Oliver Periwinkle
    • Kitsune-chan / Scarlett Slydale
    • Chocolate Usagi-chan / Freya Chocolate
    • Kurumi Risu Okasan / Yardley Walnut
    • Milk Usagi Okasan / Kate Periwinkle
    • Cream Neko Otosan / Rossetti Keats
    • Kitsune Otosan / Dr. Slick Slydale
    • Milk Usagi Otosan / Alex Periwinkle
    • Kurumi Risu-kun / Ralph Walnut
    • Shima Neko-kun / Rumpus Macavity
    • Wata Usagi-kun / Gromwell Cottontail
    • Cream Neko-chan / Shelley Keats
    • Maron Inu Sensei / Hubert Alan Huckleberry
    • Kurumi Risu Otosan / Cedric Walnut
  • Kelly/Junko in Transformers: Robots in Disguise: she is never named in the cartoon, and her name is only known from a casting sheet released online at the time of the show's premiere. It was also used in the Italian dub, in a single line.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput is a dialogue-free show, so the names of its villains, Fat Doc and Slim Doc, are only known through supporting materials such as the various international Cartoon Network websites (including the one for Southeast Asia, which instead calls the characters "Specs Doc" and "Skinny Doc" respectively for some reason).

    Comic Books 
  • Alan Moore's script for The Killing Joke names the poor, Too Dumb to Live schmuck who sells The Joker his Circus of Fear as Mitchum. In a far more Black Comedy route, those three hideous crossdressing dwarf... things were named Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
  • The first trade paperback collection for Legion of Super-Heroes (2020) identifies the nameless skeleton Legionnaire as "X-Ray Girl," and identifies two other Legionnaires, Entropy Kid and Radius Lad, who only appeared once in a crowd shot in #9.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In the crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) and the Image Comics super heroes, the bad guy of the issue is never named in the story proper. The only way you'd know that is name was Dr. Ian Droid was by looking at the boring copyright material on the first page!
    • As noted in a message to a fan podcast, Nigel Kitching's original description of Sonic's hideout in the early years of Sonic the Comic included equipment monitoring the Zones for trouble and an explanation that the Kintobor Computer was initially going to be The Mentor to Sonic, as this was the Computer's first appearance. It's also noted that it's intended to be the same place as Dr Kintobor's lab, allthough strips released much later would also make this clear.

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    Films — Animation 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: King Gator, the Trope Namer of the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, was only named in supplementary material.
  • Atlantis:
    • According to Disc 2 of the 2-disc DVD edition, the King of Atlantis' real name is actually Kashekim Nedakh.
    • Disc 2 of Atlantis also revealed Cookie's last name Farnsworth, Mrs. Packard's first name Wilhelmina, and Commander Rourke's middle name Tiberius.
  • Yokai, the supervillain name of the Big Bad of Big Hero 6 is only given in promotional materials associated with the film. In the actual film, he doesn't have one, only being referred to as "Mr. Kabuki" after his mask. "Yokai" is used in Season 2 of Big Hero 6: The Series, however.
  • The credits of BIONICLE 2 revealed that the Matoran briefly harassed by the Dark Hunters was long-time fan favorite Kongu. No one could have recognized him since he wore a different mask at the time of the film.
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation: The giant star character who rescues the Care Bears and their Cousins from Dark Heart at the start of the movie is named as the "Great Wishing Star" in the credits.
  • Some of the background characters from Cars are actually all revealed to have names according to the tie-in diecast toy line.
  • The villainess played by Tress MacNeille in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is never named in dialogue. The credits list her as Chillingsworth, but you have to watch the bonus features to learn that her first name is Antonia.
  • In the original script and animator drafts for Cinderella the other mice's names are given, the three main male mice who accompany Jaq and Gus are named Luke (the short one) and Bert and Mert (the twins) and the leader of the female mice is named Suzy.
  • The crows don't get on-screen names in Dumbo, but they are named in the script. Their leader is named Jim, which is also a Stealth Pun.
  • Subverted in Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show movie when we finally meet Eddy's brother. You think you can find his name in the scripts or credits? Nope, it actually says "Eddy's Brother".
  • Fantasia has very little spoken dialogue, almost none of which explains the characters. Though there are a few easily identifiable ones such as Mickey Mouse and Bacchus, there are also other named characters in promotional materials, such as the sorcerer Yen Sid. You could be forgiven for calling Chernabog Satan, as that's what he really was designed to be.
  • Two members of the Tank Gang in Finding Nemo: Gurgle (the germaphobic purple and yellow fish) and Bubbles (the yellow fish obsessed with bubbles). Also the other two classmates of Nemo: Tad (the longnose butterfly fish who's obnoxious) and Pearl (the pink octopus). The dentist who captures Nemo is known as "P. Sherman", the "P" stands for Philip.
  • Frozen:
    • Played With the king and queen. Though they initially seem to be Unnamed Parents, reading the runes on their graves reveals their names are Agdar and Idunn. These names also appear in other official materials, albiet slightly modified into Agnarr and Iduna.
    • Played straight with the servants Kai and Gerda and the trolls Bulda, Cliff, and Gothi. Their names are never spoken and are only revealed in the credits and script.
  • Several characters throughout Heavy Metal are never named during their appearances. Specifically, Zeke, Edsel and Gloria (So Beautiful, So Dangerous) and Grimaldi (Grimaldi bridge sequences). Others, like the robot in So Beautiful, So Dangerous, have no names.
  • Kubo's mother isn't named in Kubo and the Two Strings, but interviews with the film's animators and character designers have revealed it to be Sariatu. The Moon King is named as Raiden in the cast, though this may have been a change in production since Raiden originally refers to a thunder god.
  • Incredibles 2: Downplayed with Krushauer and He-Lectrix, who don’t name themselves when they meet Elastigirl. Their names can be found in the credits and other tie-in media.
  • The Lion King (1994):
    • Sarafina, Nala's mother, is not named in the movie. Her name is in the credits.
    • It was only revealed later that the real name of Scar was Taka.
    • The Hungarian dub does this with Rafiki. The only line where his name is spoken ("Follow old Rafiki, he knows the way!") is changed to "Follow the old monkey, he knows the way!"
  • The shark at the beginning of The Little Mermaid is named Glut in the script. That name eventually made its way to merchandise too.
  • Moana: Moana's grandmother is credited as Tala althought she's only called "Gramma" in the film.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks:
    • Aria Blaze's name is not mentioned in the film, only in the credits. Particularly egregious in this case since she's one of the major villains. Adagio Dazzle and Sonata Dusk's last names were also unmentioned.
    • Flash Sentry's band is called Flash Drive.
    • From the toyline, Photo Finish's band is called the Snapshots, and her bandmates are Pixel Pizzaz and Violet Blurr.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games:
    • The name of Twilight's Superpowered Evil Side, Midnight Sparkle, is never stated in the movie itself, only in merchandise. She receives her name in Legend of Everfree.
    • Sunset Shimmer's Super Mode when fighting said character is "Daydream Shimmer", provided by Word of God.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017):
    • The town where the ponies were almost sold by Capper is called Kludgetown.
    • The kingdom where the hippogriffs-turned-seaponies live is called Seaquestria.
    • Captain Celano's crew members are named Mullet, Boyle and Lix Spittle.
  • Strangely inverted in The Nightmare Before Christmas, where Doctor Finklestein is referred to by name (once) in the movie, but is listed in the end credits simply as "Evil Scientist".
  • In the award-winning short film Paperman, the two main characters are named George and Meg, but since the film is silent (other than a few grunts by some other characters, sound effects, and music), their names are only in the script.
  • While the fox in Pinocchio is only referred to as Honest John in the movie, his proper name, according merchandise and an episode of House of Mouse, is J. Worthington Foulfellow.
  • Many of the characters in Rango are not named in the dialogue. However, the Closed Captioning on the DVD fills in some of the names.
  • Rémy's dad Django is only named once in Ratatouille, when another rat tells him a joke in the Paris sewers, and it's very hard to hear. Ratatouille: The Guide to Rémy's World reveals that the old woman whose attic Rémy's colony lives in at the beginning of the movie is named Mabel, and that she was part of the French Resistance during World War II.
  • The leader of the marmosets in Rio is never named in the film, and the credits list him only as "Lead Marmoset". His name, Mauro, is only given in the tie-in video game.
  • In Rise of the Guardians, only four of the Burgess kids — Jamie, Sophie, Claude and Cupcake — are named in the movie, but the script and credits show the other three to be Pippa (the girl), Monty (with the glasses), and Caleb (Claude's twin brother). This led to a lot of in-fandom confusion when the movie first came out, as Olivia Mattingly is credited as the voice of "Pippa/Jack's Sister" leading a lot of folks to the inaccurate conclusion that "Pippa" was the name of Jack Frost's little sister.
  • The villain of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is not given a proper name in the film itself and signs her autographs as just "The Queen" at the Disney Theme Parks, but according to old publicity material, her actual name is Queen Grimhilde. Similarly, the Huntsman is not named in the film, but has been named Humbert in some publicity material as well.
  • Spies in Disguise: Killian's name is never said onscreen. Lance and Walter both casually refer to him as "Robo-Hand".
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron: Spirit's mother, Esperanza, is never named in the movie; she's possibly named in the credits and definitely in at least one tie-in novel and videogame.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler: The names of Zigzag's minions are Tickle, Slap, Gopher, and Goblet. Some of the brigands are also called Hoof and Hook.
  • Woody from Toy Story's full name is Woody Pride.
  • Turning Red: The surnames for Miriam (Mendelsohn), Priya (Mangal), Abby (Park), and Tyler (Nguyen-Baker) are given on Pixar's website and in some additional media such as sticker books. The film credits give only their first names. In addition, Miriam and Priya have different surnames in the lyric video for "Nobody Like U" (Wexler and Dewan, respectively), but the surnames on Pixar's website are regarded as definitive.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Sergeant Calhoun's full name is Tamora Jean Calhoun. The film never mentions this; she doesn't even give her name to players in the introduction of Hero's Duty. Only the movie's website, art book, and some promotional art display cases at an "Art of Animation" exhibit at Disney's Hollywood Studios ever made this clear. She's only mentioned by name once in the entire movie, where Ralph simply refers to her as "Calhoun" towards the end of the epilogue (and the credits just give her last name as well). There were originally going to be more scenes taking place in Hero's Duty where she would've been properly introduced, but they were cut due to changes in the movie's plot during development.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Abyss includes a woman called "One Night". The cast list reveals that her full name is Lisa "One Night" Standing.
  • The Back to the Future trilogy:
    • The names of the goons from Biff and Griff's gangs — as well as that of Lorraine's two friends — are only mentioned in the credits. Interestingly, the newspaper prop of the gang's arrest in Back to the Future Part II also mention the real names of Griff's goons.
    • Doc's initials are revealed in the third film to be E.L.B. Only in the script and in sources external to the film is his middle name revealed to be Lathrop. An early script revealed Lathrop to be his mother's maiden name. And apparently named her son after her doll "Emma".
    • Even the cops who pick up Jennifer in Back to the Future Part II have names — Reese and Foley, the same names Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale give to all pairs of cops who appear in their films.
  • Most of the members of The Penguin's Red Triangle Circus Gang in Batman Returns have in-script names — or, more accurately, titles letting us know what they did when they were still circus performers ("Sword Swallower", for example, or "Fat Clown"); they are not known by these names or by any others in the movie itself. (This never became awkward because the Penguin always referred to his henchpersons collectively.) Interestingly, they are named in the two Batman Returns novelizations that adhered closely to the official script — and right off the bat, too, as if we're supposed to have already heard of them. For that matter, "Red Triangle Circus Gang" is never said in its entirety in the film; all we hear is "Red Triangle Circus", "Red Triangle Gang", or just "Circus Gang".
  • Blood Simple: Visser is never addressed by his name, and is named as "Private Detective" in the credits. The subtitles do call him Visser though.
  • In Caddyshack the youngest Noonan sibling (played by Harold Ramis' daughter Violet) is identified as Sally, however, in the finished film she's credited as "Noonan Child".
  • In the 1982 Conan the Barbarian film, Valeria's name is never mentioned despite the fact that she's one of the main characters.
  • In Cool World, Holli Would's Goons aren't referred to by name, except for Slash (who resembles a mutant baby wearing a diaper and sporting Freddy Krueger-esque gloves). You have to check the credits to figure out that the others are Bob (a Creepy Crossdresser), Bash (a purple gorilla) and Mash (a blue guy voiced by Maurice LaMarche).
  • A particularly annoying example (because the name is significant): In Cradle Will Rock, playwright Marc Blitzstein meets a man with an accent on a bench in Central Park who gives him some very important advice about Blitxstein's musical. The man is supposed to be the famous playwright Bertolt Brecht, but there's nothing on screen to let the viewer know that.
  • The Dark Below has only one line of spoken dialogue, so we never find out any characters' names in the film itself. The end credits reveal that the protagonist and antagonist are Rachel and Ben, respectively, while none of the other characters have proper names.
  • The Dark Crystal is a surprisingly egregious example. None of the names of the individual Skeksis and Mystics are revealed in the film; they were only mentioned in the companion book. The book is also the only place that revealed the species names urRu (the proper name for the Mystics) and urSkek (The name of the species that was divided into the Skeksis and the Mystics/urRu).
  • The clown mooks in the first scene of The Dark Knight. They are, in fact, named after the Seven Dwarves, but that's only seen in the script.
  • As revealed in the credits, the name of Juno Temple's character in The Dark Knight Rises is Jen.
  • For Die Hard 2, the names of Stuart's soldiers only appear in the script, and only one, Cochrane (the one McClane defeats in the baggage conveyer belt scene) is mentioned by name. According to the script, their names (by order of appearance) are: Baker, Thompson (the fake airport electricians who kill the church custodian); Cochrane, Garber, and Miller (the three soldiers in the airport bar): Burke (the techie with the face shield who is seen using a torch to open a control box); Kahn (listening in on tower communications). The four shooters in the Annex Skywalk shootout are O'Reilly (posing as a painter, calls the officers "sitting ducks" before using his pistol to shoot the SWAT officer on point in the head; also the first to be killed by McClane), Sheldon (the soldier with a perch on the scaffolding), Shockley (the one soldier taken out by the SWAT team), and Mulkey (the one who McClane empties a full magazine into at close range).
  • In Exam, the Chinese Girl's ethnicity is only revealed in the credits.
  • The demon possessing Regan in The Exorcist is named Pazuzu in the script but its name isn't mentioned in the film. Averted in Exorcist II: The Heretic where the name is repeatedly mentioned and the 2016 series where the name is uttered once.
  • In A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, Timmy's classmates are named Howie, Katie, Ravi, and Mouse. Only Mouse is actually addressed by name onscreen.
  • Fantastic Beasts:
    • A minor example in the first movie: when Credence's Obscurus attacks, the fate of Mary Lou's eldest daughter is unknown. In the script, she's killed along with her mother and other adopted siblings.
    • In the second movie, the fact that the woman who was taking baby Credence to America when the ship sank is his aunt is only ever confirmed in the script.
  • Fight Club: There is much confusion naturally surrounding the actual name of the film's Narrator (as opposed to his twist identity). It may be "Jack" due to his repeated use of the phrase "I am Jack's...", but is arguable that he only uses the moniker Jack because that was the one he saw in "Annotated Reader". Additionally, the press packages released for the movie, the back of the DVD, the DVD booklet,note  and the original screenplay also refer to him as "Jack."
    • On the other hand, this is frequently Jossed in other materials. The DVD Closed Captioning say Rupert (one of the fake names he uses to stay anonymous at support groups), the source material says "I am Joe's..." instead, and Chuck Palahniuk has announced he will be called "Cornelius" (another support group name) in the sequel. In the sequel, the Narrator has adopted the name Sebastian, but it's implied it's not his real name.
      • Reader's Digest actually had a series of articles about the organs of a man named Joe, all written in the first person. So it's not a reveal as much as a cryptic reference.
    • Infuriatingly, in his commentary track Ed Norton mentions all this confusion, then says the character had a real name, which he knew - and he doesn't reveal it.
  • The monster Godzilla fights in Godzilla 2000 is named Orga and the alien race in the film is the Millennian. Of course, you wouldn't know just from watching the film alone since he's never mentioned by name. Luckily, promotional material and action figures cleared that up for us.
    • Likewise, the final monster Godzilla fights in Godzilla: Final Wars is named Monster X AKA Keizer Ghidorah.
  • The script for Godzilla (2014) allegedly refers to the MUTOs as "Hokmuto" and "Femuto" respectively. Hokmuto gets his name from Janjira being located in Hokkaido in an earlier draft, and Femuto gets hers from being a lady monster.
  • In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the Bad is known as "Angel Eyes", but his real name is Sentenza (which is used instead of Angel Eyes in the original Italian version).
  • None of the Gremlins introduced in Gremlins 2: The New Batch are named in the movie itself, but through the end credits, the DVD's audio commentary, the novelization and other merchandise, you learn the name of Mohawk (the black mogwai who eventually becomes the Spider-Gremlin), Daffy (the wacky googly-eyed mogwai who Kate mistakes for Gizmo, and later on in Gremlin form can be seen dressed as an elevator operator and towards the end of the film, a dentist), George (who is modeled after James Cagney), Lenny (who has buck-teeth) and the genetically-enhanced Brain Gremlin (also known as "Mr. Glasses" in the novelization). The female Gremlin, according to different sources, is either named Greta or simply "Girl Gremlin".
    • George and Lenny are sort of obvious, since they're references to the main characters in Of Mice & Men, where Lenny is big and dumb, as are both the Mogwai and Gremlin namesake versions, and George is always with Lenny and is shorter than most. Coincidentally Lenny is often imitated, being the basis for the Warner Brothers (creators of the Gremlins) cartoons Abominable Snowman who wants a little bunny and will name him George... and does love him and squeeze him.
  • Michael Myers is never called "The Shape" in the Halloween movies, despite the script, credits and certain DVD covers referring to him as this. Supposedly, the reason behind this nickname was because John Carpenter wanted to distinguish between the human side of the man (Michael Myers), and the pure evil, force of nature that takes the shape of a man (The Shape). But considering nobody in-film ever refers to him as "The Shape", the effect is lost.
  • In Happy Gilmore, Happy's caddy (the homeless man he grabbed off the street) is named Otto. However, he is never referred to as Otto throughout the final film in any way. Seeing as how he has a lot of screen time, viewers will wonder who "Otto" is when he appears near the top of the cast list.
    • This is partially averted, however, because his name is spoken to him in a deleted scene where Happy wakes him up from a nap. However, this scene did not appear in the theatrical release, nor on any home video release until the movie was released on DVD in 2007 and was found in the special features.
  • Effie Trinket is never referred by name in The Hunger Games.
    • Rumor has it that the script gives names to some of the other tributes who are Only Known by Their Nickname or unnamed in the book, possibly just to make the actors feel better. If you listen, you can almost hear Caesar Flickerman referring to Foxface by name.
  • The main character of Interstellar is only referred to as Cooper in the film itself, but the script reveals that his full name is Joseph A. Cooper.
  • In Independence Day, Russell Casse and sons Miguel and Troy have their names used several times, but never daughter Alicia.
  • In Kontroll, you will only find out that the woman in the bear suit is called Szofi (Sophie) by waiting for the credits and looking for the highest-placed woman.
  • Sawyer, in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, never gets his first name mentioned. When he first appears, he introduces himself as "Special Agent Sawyer of the American Secret Service", and for the remainder of the movie, all the other characters address him as Sawyer. His first name is used once in a deleted scene, which can be viewed on the DVD; Special Agent Sawyer is Mark Twain's lovable scamp Tom Sawyer, all grown up, but unless you work that out on your own, you'd never know it. Especially since Tom Sawyer as a Secret Service Agent only makes a lick of sense if you know about Twain's much lesser-known detective genre satire sequel, Tom Sawyer, Detective, in which an older Tom Sawyer is a detective, although one still wouldn't automatically make the jump that he went on to join the secret service from there.
    • With the slight problem that by the time the movie is set, Tom Sawyer would be older than Alan Quatermain.
    • Also from the movie is Dante, the guy who overdoses on the Hyde potion.
  • Peter Kay and Simon Pegg have cameos in The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse as peasants whose job is to stick their arms through a wall and hold torches. The characters are not named on screen, but the credits say Peter Kay played Simon Pig, and Simon Pegg played Peter Cow.
  • Several orcs in The Lord of the Rings, notably Gothmog, the orc commander at the Battle of the Pelennor in The Return of the King.
    • More notably, in the theatrical cut of The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel's name only appears once, in an unclear context if you don't know it's her name ("I will diminish, and go into the west, and remain Galadriel"). The extended edition has Haldir introducing both Galadriel and Celeborn, and in The Hobbit Gandalf makes sure to namedrop her.
  • A number of details of the backstory for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie were in the script, including the "group of young warriors" who sealed Ivan Ooze away were called "The Order of Meledon", and Zordon and Duclea were members of it.
  • In Million Dollar Baby, Morgan Freeman plays an aging former heavyweight boxer named Eddie "Scrap-Iron" DuPris. But it's very easy to miss this, since the other characters never call him anything except "Scrap" (short for "Scrap-Iron", his old ring name).
  • According to the credits of Nathan's Kingdom, Nathan and Laura's parents are named Angus and Hope. Neither parent is named in the actual movie.
  • Nightbooks: The original witch is unnamed in the film proper but the end credits list her as Grizelda.
  • Several of the pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean aren't called by name.
    • Ragetti and Pintel (the pirate with the wooden eye and his friend) don't get addressed by name until the third film.
    • In On Stranger Tides, the leader of the mermaids, played by Gemma Ward, is named Tamara.
  • Most of the humans in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.
  • In Quantum of Solace, a character known only as Ms. Fields in the film is revealed to have the first name Strawberry in the credits.
    • An obvious Mythology Gag. A Bond girl with a silly name so embarrassed of it, she refused to tell James Bond what it was when they met.
  • Major Arnold Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White's real name is Larry Dimmick. His last name is only revealed in the script and in deleted scenes.
  • President Harris in Scary Movie 3 is only mentioned by name in DVD subtitles.
  • Scrappy-Rex (the One-Winged Angel form of the one and only Scrappy Doo) only has his name given in the credits of the first Scooby-Doo movie.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020):
    • Dr. Robotnik's first name is never said in the movie, but a Nickelodeon TV Spot suggests that it's still Ivo like in the games.
    • Although Robotnik's hoverjet is never named on-screen, concept art and the modelling schematics for the CGI rendering call it The Eggpod.
  • The Son of Kong, the largely-forgotten sequel to King Kong (1933), Helen Mack's character is referred to as Hilda in the credits but never named onscreen despite being the movie's Deuteragonist. Kong's son himself is a victim as well; officially, his name is Kiko, but the movie only uses nicknames like "Little Kong".
  • Space Jam: The individual names of the Monstars are never mentioned in the film; however, they are given in the ending credits, the storyboards and the merchandise. Their pre-Monstar species is "Nerdluck", and their individual names are Pound (the orange one), Bang (the green one), Bupkus (the purple one), Nawt (the red one) and Blanko (the blue one).
  • Star Wars:
    • Know what the tribal creatures living in the forests of Endor were called? Sure you do! It was in the picture books, and the comics, and the sticker books, and on the toy packaging, and in all the publicity. Which is just as well, because the Ewoks weren't named individually or collectively even once in the film Return of the Jedi... Only in the credits.
    • The fact that the Emperor's name being Palpatine is a mix between this and All There in the Manual, as while the official scripts list the character as such, the name is never dropped in the original trilogy (though the novelizations and Ewok-starring films use it). This means that someone who's avoided the supplementary material and Pop-Cultural Osmosis and don’t pick up that Ian McDiarmid plays Palpatine as both Emperor and Senator due to his heavy makeup and the different voice he uses can watch the films in the order they were released and actually be surprised at The Un-Twist reveal that Senator Palpatine is a Sith.
    • A great deal of minor characters in both trilogies are never named until the credits. Sio Bibble, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Kit Fisto, Aayla Secura, Plo Koon, Yaddle, Wuher, Nien Nunb, Dengar, Bossk, IG-88, Moff Jerjerrod... the list goes on and on. And unless you already knew the character's name from Expanded Universe material, you'd have no idea what character was being referenced in the credits.
    • Even Boba Fett is a case of this. He is not named when introduced in The Empire Strikes Back (along with the other Bounty Hunters Darth Vader hires), nor when retconned into A New Hope. Only a few seconds before his (apparent) death in Return of the Jedi Han Solo calls him by name, but in the confusion and din of the battle on the sail barge the viewer can barely hear it. His name is mentioned when he appears as a child in Attack of the Clones, but there's little in the films themselves to link the boy from Clones with the bounty hunter from the original trilogy.
    • Likewise, it doesn't say in the films that Leia's surname is Organa, or that Luke's adoptive parents are called Lars. Even stranger, not once in the series is Luke ever himself referred to as a Lars, even though it would have made sense for him to undergo a name change similar to his sister's, as both were to be kept hidden from Vader when they were infants. (Leia, meanwhile, is almost never properly called "Skywalker" in either the films or the Expanded Universe.) Of course, passing Luke off as a Lars probably wouldn't have worked anyway, since Owen Lars had been Anakin's step-brother (and, prior to the release of the prequels, was said to be Obi-Wan Kenobi's younger brother).
    • This also applies to the names of locations and vehicles: it doesn't say in A New Hope that Luke's home planet is Tatooine, that the Rebel ships are called X-Wings and the Imperial ships are TIE fighters, or that the Rebel base is on Yavin IV (though it does say the name of the system). Some things that went unnamed in the original film did get named onscreen in the sequels (eg. Star Destroyers).
    • The cast and crew of A New Hope obviously had no inkling Star Wars was going to be such a major cultural phenomenon, and casually gave cheap nicknames or even "joke" names to characters who would receive proper names and fleshed-out backstories years later. In one of the more infamous cases, the Tonnika sisters (those two girls with the beehive hairdos in the green jumpsuits we catch a glimpse of in the cantina) were nicknamed "Star Whores" for wearing their underpants outside their clothing.
    • Many of the First Order Stormtroopers from The Force Awakens are listed in the credits by their designation, but since they're never referred to by name or shown without helmets in the film itself, it's impossible to know which one is which. For example, the one labeled as "FN-2199" is the one who calls Finn a traitor and then engages in a battle with him.
  • Sunspring:
    • The main character, the rival, and the female lead are never named. The credits refer to them as "H", "C" and "H", respectively. Most other sources refer to the second H as H2.
    • The script appears to refer to C as Coffey and H2 as Hauk.
  • In Superman Returns, Jack Larson has a Remake Cameo as Bo the Bartender. If you know your Superman mythology, you can probably guess that this character is Bibbo Bibbowski, but the full name never gets mentioned, and even "Bo" doesn't appear in dialogue.
  • The parallel universe city ruled by President Koopa in Super Mario Bros. is a City with No Name in the movie, but it's called Dinohattan in advertising.
  • Tokka and Rahzar, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. The movie only references them together, and it is impossible to determine which is which. (Unless you go to the second NES video game, which specifies Rahzar is the canine and Tokka the turtle.)
  • Almost everybody knows how infamous the characters Skids and Mudflap from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen have become, and if not calling them "the Twins" or referring to them via derogatory terms, people tend to remember their names. Surprisingly, Skids never got named on-screen in the movie. He does have his name printed onto his license plate, but how many non-fans would have caught that? Arcee's component robots don't get named either (the blue one is Chromia, the purple one is called Elita-1), nor do many one-shot robot characters, such as Reedman and the Kitchen Crew.
    • The two main antagonists of Bumblebee, Shatter and Dropkick, do not get named on-screen, only being named in the credits and promotional material. Blitzwing, the only other major Transformer in the film, is also hit with this.
  • An early script for The Warriors reveals that Fox's real name was going to be Francis Conroy. None of the other members of the Warriors have their real names revealed, although Snow's nickname is actually short for "Snowball".
  • The Toon Patrol weasels in Who Framed Roger Rabbit are never referred to by name anywhere in the movie. They all have Meaningful Names (Psycho, Wheezy, Smart Ass, Stupid, and Greasy), so it's easy to tell which is which.
    • Originally there were seven, the other two are Sleazy and Slimy.
  • Marwood from Withnail & I is never called by name in the film, and as such is often referred to as "I" by fans.
  • In The Wizard of Oz, Pat Walshe is identified in the credits as playing "Nikko", but that name is never mentioned in the dialogue. Because Walshe was not a well-known actor, it took some research to figure out which character was Nikko (it turned out to be the head flying monkey).
    • The character is addressed by name in the stage version of the musical.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: Averted. In his commentary, Bryan Singer specifically mentions that he remembered that he had to namedrop Toad and Mystique, lest they just be the "nameless minions of Magneto."
    • X2: X-Men United: The movie never namedrops "Lady Deathstrike," although she is called Yuriko and she's still listed as Deathstrike in promotional material.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: The Asian mutant with the purple hair is identified as Psylocke in the commentary, but is never called that (or her civilian name, "Betsy") onscreen.
    • X-Men: First Class: Riptide's name only appears in the end credits.
    • The Wolverine: Mariko's grandfather is never referred to by his full name, Ichirō Yashida. He's simply called "Yashida" or "Grandfather" for most of the film.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: A viewer who doesn't read comic books wouldn't know that Erik's wife is named Magda.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Alias: On a related note, Arvin Clone, thanks to the capable agents of the CIA.
  • In Babylon 5 the second Vorlon ambassador insists on using the name of the first, Kosh, and his real name is never used on-screen. It was revealed in a spin-off novel as Ulkesh.
  • Barney & Friends: According to writer Stephen White, the writer's guide would often include full bios for certain child characters, listing important facts for the writers to know such as if the character's parents were divorced or if they had certain skills or a certain type of personality.
  • Several characters and demon species in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are only named in the shooting scripts.
    • Faith had no known surname for a long time, until it was finally revealed to be Lehane in the official RPG.
  • CSI: NY: Mac Taylor's full first name, McCanna, is only mentioned in a script somewhere. Although his middle name, Llewelyn, was said onscreen in the season 8 finale, "Near Death." ( Mac's father was, however, referred to as McCanna in season 5's "Yarhzeit" and season 6's "Blacklist.")
  • Doctor Who:
  • Mrs. Doyle from Father Ted was given a first name in an early script, but it never showed up in dialogue. Then the writers realized that keeping it secret could be a running gag. Word of God has it that Joan is no longer considered to be her real first name.
  • The scripts for Fawlty Towers reveal that un-named or one-shot characters — such as hotel guests only appearing and speaking briefly — are given names of ancient kings like "Xerxes", "Darius", "Nebuchadnezzar", etc. John Cleese thought this was more fun than calling them "Father", "Mother", "Man In Restaurant" or "Boy Complaining About Chips".
  • On Fringe, alternate-universe Olivia is known in the captions (likely because of the script) as "Bolivia" while AU!Walter (a.k.a. "Walternate", as per Walter's nickname for him) is indeed known as "Walternate". "Bolivia" later became "Fauxlivia", when Walter came up with a nickname for her as well.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Dany's dragons are called Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, but you wouldn't know it if you hadn't read the books. Drogon's name finally gets an Info Drop in the Season 4 finale, thirty episodes after his introduction.
    • Since "wight" and "white" are homophones, casual viewers can confuse the "wights" (reanimated corpses) and the "White Walkers" (the creatures who reanimate them).
    • The unidentified giant Jon encounters in "Valar Dohaeris" and who later fights in "The Watchers on the Wall" is referred to as "Dongo the Doomed" in the script.
  • House: The name of the man who shot Dr. House in the episode "No Reason" is never stated in the episode itself. However, Closed Captioning and promotional materials list him as "Jack Moriarty".
  • Lost:
    • Ms. Hawking was never referred to as such onscreen until season 5, but the character name appeared in print sources and commentaries. On that same note, Ajira 316ians Caesar and Ilana were not named in their initial appearances but were named in the credits.
    • A more straightforward example of this trope is the infamous "Man in Black", whose name is never revealed. According to sources, his name was "Samuel", the name used in the original casting call. Apparently, the choice was made at some point to simply never reveal his name, and therefore it's unclear if this name is canon.
  • Plenty of Bit Characters from Merlin: Ragnor, Enmyria, Nollar, Tindr, Geraint, and so on.
  • Practically every character who appeared in Monty Python's Flying Circus had a name, as indicated by published scripts. Very few of them were actually mentioned onscreen.
  • Odd Squad:
    • Numerous characters seen in the show aren't named in the episodes they are seen in, but are named in the credits.
    • "Undercover Olive" featured a lot of villains who served as background characters but were never named in-show. However, instead of being featured in the credits, their names (and their motives and powers) were listed on the show's Wall of Villains page.
    • Rivka, the caretaker of Baby Genius, was first named in the credits before her name was finally spoken in "Now You Don't See Me".
    • "Raising the Bar" inverts the trope, with the credits listing the girl who helps Omar and Oswald as the "Chief of Graph" and the episode referring to her by her original, and correct, name of O'Wow.
    • The departments of both Professor O (from "The Jackies") and Coach O (from Season 2) aren't named in the show, but the Odd Squad Agent's Handbook lists them as Continuing Kid Education and Athletics and Conflict Resolution, respectively.
  • Aabel, the alien invader from The Outer Limits (1963) episode "The Children of Spider County", is never named in the dialogue or the credits. However, his name was in the script as well as TV Guide listings.
  • Smallville: The name of Jimmy Olsen's friend with the dogs, the camera and the boyfriend is revealed to be Colin through the sides. They can ring that bell together in the great beyond now...
  • If you're new to Sons of Anarchy, the constant references to "Sam Crow" can be a bit confusing, since the titular biker gang is called by that name more often than it's called "The Sons of Anarchy". You have to read the supplemental info for the show (or turn the Closed Captioning on) to know that "Sam Crow" is actually "SAMCRO", an acronym for "Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original".
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: The planet from "A Private Little War" is unnamed in the broadcast episode, but is named in the script as Neural.
    • Star Trek: Picard: There are several characters whose names are never spoken onscreen, but they're listed in the end credits or the closed captioning.
      • In "Remembrance", Caler is Dahj's Xahean boyfriend and Richter is the reporter who interviews Picard.
      • In "Broken Pieces", Tarent is the Romulan Centurion.
      • In the "Et in Arcadia Ego" two-parter, Codex and Rune are the male androids who drag Narek to his cell and who guard the entrance to Coppelius Station.
      • In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", Oh's real name is Nedar.

  • sasakure.UK:
    • The description of "Tig-Hug" on Nico Nico Douga reveals that Ichijiku is the name of the girl on the covers of Makamaka Monomonosy and Fukashigi Monoyukasy.
    • The description of "Nekosogi Matter Bop" on Nico Nico Douga reveals that Sato is the name of the Cat Girl in the Ayakashi series.
    • The description of Fukashigi Monoyukasy on Amazon reveals that Kei is the name of the main character of "A(ma)YAKASHI Diary" and "A(ma)YAKASHI Monoganasy".


  • The Adding Machine has a few prominent characters named only in the script and Dramatis Personae. The girl who visits Zero's grave after doing six months for indecent exposure is Judy O'Grady, and the accidental matricide who accompanies Zero into the afterlife is Shrdlu (an old typesetting joke).
  • Cassie is the only auditioner in A Chorus Line who does not give her last name, but online reviews and articles typically list it as Ferguson.
  • Many Gilbert and Sullivan characters are given names for no apparent reason, which appear only in the Dramatis Personae. They aren't even in the script half the time, because they have more intuitive titles. For instance, H.M.S. Pinafore has Bill Bobstay and Bob Becket, one of whom is the Boatswain's Mate and the other is the Carpenter's Mate (which is which varies depending on which libretto you read) and appear in the script as "Boatswain" and "Carpenter" respectively. The fact that the Carpenter's Mate is the Carpenter's Mate at all also qualifies as an example, as to the audience he's just a part in a trio.
  • The Greek Chorus in A Little Night Music is Mr. Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom, Mrs. Segstrom, Mr. Erlanson, and Mrs. Anderssen, but none of them are ever called by name.
  • Narrowly averted: In the musical of Les Misérables, only one easily misunderstood line name-drops Enjolras.
    • But played straight with nearly every other revolutionary. They're important enough to have their names in the program, but their names never appear in the lyrics at all.
      • Revolutionaries Courfeyrac, Combeferre, Feuilly, and Grantaire are name-dropped once each (and closely together in the same song), but just like with Enjolras, it's easy to miss.
  • Similarly, the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is never referred to by his given name — but it's generally accepted that it's Erik, as it is in the novel and most other adaptations.
  • William Shakespeare:
    • Claudius from Hamlet is called "King" for his dialogue tags and is never named by any other character. The name only appears in the cast list (though the second quarto occasionally has his dialogue tagged as "Claud").
    • Viola from Twelfth Night is nearly an example, as her name is only mentioned in the play's final scene.
      • A more straight example is Orsino's servant Valentine.
    • In The Tempest, in a variant, Ariel's gender is only mentioned in the stage directions. Keep in mind that, in Shakespeare's original staging, Ariel would likely have been played by a boy either way...
    • Several characters in Romeo and Juliet, most notably Prince Escalus. The play opens with a pair of Straight Man and Wise Guy servants of Capulet; the wise guy repeatedly calls the straight man "Gregory", but we wouldn't know that the wise guy's name is "Sampson" if it weren't for the script. The two Montague servants who "quarrel" with them consist of one guy who gets named in later dialogue (Balthasar) and one who's only named in the script (Abram).
    • Salarino and Solanio in The Merchant of Venice.
  • In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nick's name is never spoken on-stage. (Though given the Minimalist Cast, it's not hard to deduce.)
  • In Wicked, the names of Elphaba's parents are never given, even in the programs, but actors and audience members who have read the book often refer to them as Frex and Melena.
  • Westeros: An American Musical: Several characters from the original story get hit with this due to their names never being said onstage, but still appearing in the cast credits:
    • Tormund, Val and Wun-Wun are Demoted to Extra, but retain sufficently distinctive appearances to be recognizable by those familiar with A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones.
    • Daenerys gets a brief conversation about her among other characters and a couple solos, none of which actually mention her first name.
  • Victorious: Andre's girlfriend in "Prom Wrecker" is named Sherry.

    Video Games 
  • The player character in BioShock is named Jack, but the player could be forgiven for believing the protagonist has no name at all, since he's never named by any other character in the game. This initially justified due to communication with others being solely through one-way radionote . Then there's The Reveal that you were from Rapture all along and the other characters have always known your identity, but still you are never referred to by name even though the other characters no longer need to pretend they don't know you. The only reason the protagonist's name is known at all is due to an easily-missable written message addressed to Jack in the opening cutscene.
  • In Crimzon Clover, the bosses have names that only appear in the Sound Test.
  • The alien planet in LucasArts' The Dig is never named in the game proper, but the back of the box proudly declares that the planet is named Cocytus. In the novelization, the planet is named such by Brink, who chose to name it after the lowest circle of Hell from The Divine Comedy.
  • The seven boss Tikis in Donkey Kong Country Returns are never named in-game or even in the official Prima Strategy Guide. The game's internal data calls them Kalimba, the Maraca Gang, Gong-Oh, Banjo Bottom, Wacky Pipes, Xylobone, and Cordian. Some of these names are brought up on trophies of the bosses they possess in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • The police officer dropping airstrikes on Hailey's head in Gamer 2 is called 'bomber bob' in the source code.
  • Ghost Trick has a blue-skinned man, Dandy, whose name is never mentioned in-game.
  • In the God of War series, Krato's wife Lysandra has her name revealed only in the comicbook and manual. His mother's name (Callisto) only appears on screen once when you fight her as she's turned into a monster but is never uttered.
  • In Grim Fandango, the three revolutionaries from the Blue Casket bar (Alexi, Gunnar, and Slisko) only have their names explicitly listed in the credits. Same goes for Aitor the wine barrel demon in the High Rollers Lounge, and Terry's last name being Malloy, though this one really shouldn't be hard to figure out. Worst case is the tube-switcher repairman, whose name didn't make it past the original puzzle design document (it's Juan Brennis).
  • In Kingdom Hearts, Luxord, Xigbar, and Demyx are never called by name (save for a Final Mix+ scene, in which someone says Demyx's), but you see their names in Jiminy's Journal.
    • Likewise with the Heartless bosses. Darkside, Guard Armor, Trickmaster, Stealth Sneak... They can all be found in the journal, but other than that...
  • Legacy of Kain: The Elder God is never referred to by name in the dialogue itself, but he is called that in the manuals and websites.
  • In the Mega Man (Classic) series, many of the non-Robot Master bosses, such as the Yellow Devil, were not named in the games themselves or their English-language manuals.
  • The second Patriot AI is never named in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. In fact, the game leaves it vague whether it's a second AI or a recovered GW. The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 identifies it as "JFK", while Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots implies (though never explicitly identified) it was JD.
    • The civil war that Raiden and Solidus participated during "the eighties" is left unnamed in the game. The script identifies it as the Liberian Civil War, which Metal Gear Solid 4 later confirms.
    • Johnny Sasaki's name was never mentioned anywhere in the original Metal Gear Solid until the credits.
    • McDonnell Miller's middle name, "Benedict", is never mentioned in the game. It only appeared in his character bio on the official Metal Gear Solid website. It would later be used in the opening credits for every mission in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, where the character is credited as "Benedict 'Kazuhira' Miller".
    • Likewise, Major Zero's real name, David Oh, is never mentioned anywhere in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, but was brought up in many supplemental materials and guides, including a casting sheet leaked prior to the game's release.
  • Odin Sphere:
    • The two Pooka who work in the restaurant and cafe are named Merlunch and Meriene, respectively. This information is only available in the art book.
    • The names of Gwendolyn's Spear (Gungnir) & Cornelius' Sword (Almacia) are only mentioned in the Art Book, the other weapons are named in the game.
    • The artbooks come with additional information not mentioned in the game, such as the Goblins already rotting while still living, the origins of the Frost Bens, and even the heights and weights of the playable characters
  • Portal: Chell's name is only known from the credits; GLaDOS refers to her as "Subject Name Here". For that matter, GLaDOS is never introduced as such except on plating in its room at the very end of the game.
    • Portal 2: GLaDOS and Chell are still not identified by name except for an easy-to-miss poster for Bring Your Daughter to Work Day in the latter's case. Wheatley refers to himself by name twice but no-one else does. He also refers to GLaDOS as "her" several times early on in the game, even when he has no reason to think you know who he's talking about. This is a little jarring.
  • Prince of Persia: In the SNES adaptation, the six-armed muscleman boss isn't even mentioned in the manual, much less given a name, but the Sound Test gives his name as God Vishnu.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has the Ammo Baron's latest recruits, Twitch and Vinegar. The Ammo Baron was originally supposed to introduce them by name, but the line was accidentally removed while the script was being edited. Their names were eventually revealed when the Steam version was released, and the Steam Profile wallpaper that features them included their names.
  • Star Wars Legends: Mical the Disciple in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Throughout the game he's only ever called "the Disciple" and the interface only ever refers to him as "Disciple". His name only appears if the PC is male; since male PCs don't get to recruit him he runs off and uses his name in a report to Carth/the Republic Admiral before vanishing forever.
  • All the names of the enemies in Super Mario World were listed in the second part of the credits. For some Japanese trivia, it was also the first time the Koopalings were actually given names in the Japanese version (where they were identified by their English localization-given names).
  • The Post-Final Boss of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Bowser possessed by the remains of Elder Princess Shroob, cannot be targeted in battle to see its name since it never gives the Mario Bros. a chance to attack and must be defeated through counterattacks and Deadly Dodging. However, the game files reveal it to be named Shrowser.
  • The roll call at the end of every final level of the WarioWare games is the only way to tell what the names of the minor characters are. This is averted in Gold where the names and appearances of the characters are available on trading cards.
  • At the end of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the taxi driver seems to know a lot more than a taxi driver should, and in most endings, appears at the end and has the last line, referencing the blood of Caine, the possibly mythical first vampire. If one examines the sound files for the game, his lines are filed under "Caine."
  • The only way to find out the name of the protagonist in the single-player story mode of Impressive Title, titled Halfblood, is in the credits, which lists her as Aquanite. However, most fans refer to the character as "Halfblood" due to accidentally skipping the credits and mistaking the story mode's title as a Character Title.
  • In Corpse Party, the names of the various victims you find scattered around Tenjin Elementary can be learned by examining their bodies, filling out a name tag gallery. The manga adaptation mimics this with special, all-black pages after certain chapters, detailing how they died.
  • In Armored Core 4, the name of the Chapter 4 boss (Ursragna) is only given in the Xbox 360 achievement for beating the mission on Hard mode.
  • While Eversion has no dialogue and never names any of its characters, the manual of the Steam HD remake reveals that the main character's name is Zee Tee, an asterisk, the Flower Princess's name is Nehema, and the enemies are named Ghulibas (probably a portmanteau of "ghul" (Arabic for ghoul) and "Goombas"?)
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the blonde Kokiri girl (seen on the roof of Saria's house as a child, and gives the Odd Mushroom to Adult Link) is Fado. She was never named in the game, but her name was revealed on the old official Zelda site and was later used in the Encyclopedia.
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis features two members of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service that don't last long before getting killed. The infected soldier in the press office that Carlos has to euthanize/gets killed by Nicholai is named Murphy Seeker and the guy in the hospital who blows himself up to try to kill Nicholai/falls victim to one of Nicholai's traps is named Tyrell Patrick. But while Murphy is called by name in Carlos' version of his scene (which is already hard to trigger,) Tyrell goes unnamed in game, with their full names only being revealed in supplementary material and the game's credits. The remake managed to avert this by giving Tyrell more of a major on-screen role than before, though now Murphy goes unnamed in his largely shortened scene.
  • In Pulstar, the first stage doesn't have a new introductory cutscene in the Neo Geo CD version (intead reusing the cartridge opening) like the following ones do, so the first boss goes unnamed. A review of the game in the obscure video game magazine Maximum give its name as "Natsumi".

    Web Animation 
  • The pink and blue unicorns from Charlie the Unicorn are named Roffle and Lolz respectively, but you would only know that from reading the script, which wasn't publicly available for a very long time.
  • In Homestar Runner spinoff Sweet Cuppin' Cakes, Sherlock's name isn't mentioned in the cartoons, instead being referred to as "Cowcopter". His actual name is only revealed in a Strong Bad Email commentary on a DVD. Even when Homestar talks about him in a 2009 update of "Punkin Stencils", he isn't referred to by name.
  • RWBY has several characters whose names are shown in the credits long before being spoken onscreen:
    • In Volume 1, Torchwick's boss is unnamed until the credits, which list her as "Cinder Fall".
    • In Volume 2, the masked woman who saves Yang on the train is never named in dialogue. The credits identify her as "Raven Branwen", which itself ended up being a double-whammy due to Word of God previously mentioning "Branwen" as the surname of Yang's mother.
    • In Volume 3, the narrator's true identity is given as "Salem" in the credits, who turns out to be the show's Big Bad.
  • Spooky Month: Most of the characters' names aren't spoken aloud, instead being revealed by the credits or character sheets.

  • Happens several times with Nebula:
  • Sleepless Domain: The enigmatic Fourth-Wall Observer who occasionally appears in the comic's interstitials is named Anemone by the comic's character page. She lampshades this in her character bio, where she comments that "maybe someday it'll be in this stupid comic."

    Web Original 
  • Alien Biospheres: The planet's name, Tira, is never given in the actual videos, only in Biblaridion's Discord.
  • Several supervillains seen at the end of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog are revealed to have Punny Names in the ending credits.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared:
    • The only confirmed names by This Is It are Sketchbook, Tony The Talking Clock, and Roy (Yellow Guy's dad, as evidenced by one of the makers' Facebook banners).
    • Becky & Joe's official T-shirt website mentions "people called Roy Gribbleston", which is assumed to be Roy's full name.
    • On the Kickstarter for Don't Hug Me I'm Scared: The Series, the yellow guy and the red guy are simply referred to as "the Yellow Guy" and "Red Guy".
    • On November 2nd, 2014, Becky Sloan confirmed on her twitter that the Butterfly's name is Shrignold.
    • Two of his friends' names were revealed at Becky's Instagram: Frog Boy and Rabbit Boynote .
    • A week after the fourth episode's release, she also revealed that the computer's name is Colin.
    • The day after the fourth episode's release, Duck Guy's name was revealed by CGI designer Jack Sachs.
  • Grif's sister in Red vs. Blue, known only as "Sister" in-series, has her name revealed in her character bio on the DVDs: it's Kaikaina.

    Western Animation 
  • The Evil All Along villain of the Batman Beyond episode "The Winning Edge", who works as Bane's caretaker and nurse, is never named on screen, but is identified on the credit as Jackson Chappell.
  • The DuckTales (2017) episode "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!" was supposed to have revealed that Lena had moved in with Violet's family following her return from the Shadow Realm in "Friendship Hates Magic!", but it ended up being cut for time. It wouldn't be until "Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!" that Lena's living situation would be confirmed when she refers to Violet as her sister.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • It isn't actually mentioned in any of the scripts, but according to one of the computer games, Vicky and Tootie's mom is named Nicky.
    • The end credits of the special School's Out! The Musical reveals that the names of Flappy Bob's parents are Flooky and Flunky.
  • Several of the villains appearing in Freakazoid! are never named onscreen. Specifically, the zombie cowboy seen in the opening credits and in villain team-ups is named Kid Carrion, and the Lobe's henchmen are named Medulla and Oblangata.
  • Futurama:
    • "That Guy" is actually named Steve Castle. In the script, and mentioned in the audio commentary, otherwise we would never know.
    • In "Bender's Big Score", Nudar is the only one of the three nudist aliens named on-screen. The two other nudist aliens' namesnote  are given in the script and commentary.
    • Many of the minor characters are referred to by name in the commentaries, but they either don't get referred to by name in the show (Sal, Vyolet), get a blink-and-you'll miss it introduction (Petunia), or go for years before the name is finally used on-screen (Randy).
  • In Gargoyles, the titular species initially feels it has No Need for Names, but eventually all seem to pick them up out of convenience. Most notable are the three souls who make up the cyborg zombie gargoyle Coldstone. The script went with Othello, Desdemona and Iago.note 
  • The storyboards for Histeria! reveals that the Crooked Mouth Boy who frequently appears in the background or in songs is in fact named Chipper.
  • Infinity Train has the soul-sucking cockroach-dog hybrids known as Ghoms. It would eventually get stated onscreen in the third season.
  • The Almighty Tallests in Invader Zim (Red and Purple) are never named on the show. These two are only the most notable examples, however; virtually every minor character had a name, from random skoolchildren, each Irken Invader and the notable members of the Resisty, but the vast majority of these are only known from scripts and DVD commentary.
  • The names of some of the TV-original characters in Invincible (2021), like Throwbolt or the head Flaxan being called Scar, are only mentioned in the trivia viewable on Amazon Prime.
  • The names of many secondary characters from The Loud House are listed only in the character introduction pages of the Papercutz comic books. The list includes things like Mr. Grouse's first name (Bud), Sam's last name (Sharp), Benny's last name (Stein), Luna's other two musician pals (the guy is Sully, the girl with Blinding Bangs is Mazzy) and the other members of the Morticians Club alongside Lucy and Haiku (the guy who Looks Like Orlok is Boris, the girl with braces is Persephone, the tall guy with glasses is Morpheus, the dark skinned one with dreads is Dante and the short kid is Bertrand)
  • Molly of Denali: The credits to "Grandpa's Drum/Have Canoe, Will Paddle" reveal that the name of Grandpa's childhood friend is Shyahtsoo, which wasn't shown in the episode.
  • My Little Pony:
    • According to a writers' guide for My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) (posted on this thread in the MLP Arena forums), Megan from My Little Pony 'n Friends is thirteen years old and has the last name Williams.
    • Several characters in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are named in the toy line but not in the show, like Lyra Heartstrings and Cherry Berry.
    • The Diamond Dogs are named Fido, Spot, and Rover in the script. Lauren Faust even humorously admitted she can't remember which ones were which.
    • Also in Friendship Is Magic, the Changeling Queen's name (Chrysalis) is never actually mentioned in the show, but used in the script. For a while it only showed up in Twitter feeds and the TV Guide synopsis, and was also used in the Italian and German dubs of her first appearance. It wasn't actually used in the actual media until the comic book came out, and the Season 5 finale finally mentions her name in the show.
  • Swampy Marsh, co-creator of Phineas and Ferb, has confirmed that the Fireside Girls' names are Gretchen (the one with the glasses), Holly (the African-American one), Katie (the blonde one), Adyson Sweetwater (the one with the sleeveless uniform), Milly (the curly-haired one), and Ginger (the Asian one). Their names, or at least some of them, were said in "Isabella and the Temple of Sap", in which they were prominently featured.
    • "Unfair Science Fair" has Candace battling another girl, voiced by Brenda Song, who is known only as Wendy in the closing credits (aside from Candace saying her name in "Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)").
    • The captain at the harbor in "The Belly of the Beast" is named "Captain Squint" on Swampy's Twitter. Candace however, addresses him as "Captain Kidd".
    • "Doof 101" gives us one of Vanessa's blonde classmates, who is named Becky in the closing credits (similar to Wendy's example, Candace said her name in "Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)").
  • Pixies:
    • Michelle refers to her manager twice as merely "Barbara". The end credits reveal her surname is Brandford.
    • the end credits refer to an Ethel, a name never spoken in the film. It is unclear if this might refer to the old Jewish human or the Pixie nurse who cares for William, both of whom speak yet appear to lack a credit identifying them. Given she appears after "Elderly Man", probably the human.
  • In Recess, Miss Grotke is the only one of the three main adults who never gets her first name mentioned on-screen. According to the script, her first name is Alordayne.
  • Most of the one-shot characters from Samurai Jack are not named on-screen and are only given their names in the end credits. One example is Caccitore, the man who used Jack after he was turned into a chicken in a fighting tournament in "Chicken Jack".
    • Notably, only Ashi out of all the daughters of Aku has her name said on screen. The other three with speaking roles, Avi, Ami, and Aki, are listed in the credits (voiced respectively by Ashi's voice actor, Tara Strong, and both by Kari Wahlgren), leaving the last three with no name as of the release of the DVD set.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, all of the main characters' parents have established given names, but two of them are never referred to by their given names except for the end credits. They are Shaggy Rogers' mother (whose first name is Paula) and Velma Dinkley's father (whose first name is Dale).
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The shark drill sargent that replaces Mrs. Puff in "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" is named in the credits as "Sergeant Roderick".
    • The ghost captain who rivals the Flying Dutchman in "Ghoul Fools" is named "Lord Poltergeist" in a video game.
    • The evil SpongeBob robot from "It's a SpongeBob Christmas" is named ToyBob.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "Slaves of the Republic" and "Escape from Kadavo" have the Queen of Zygerria, who is only revealed to be named Miraj Scintel in the credits.
  • Since gems of a given type in Steven Universe typically have the same name, several minor characters have official nickname that aren't used in-show, but are included in the credits and cast list:
    • The squad of five Rubies that arrive in "Hit the Diamond" are named by the credits as "Doc", "Army", "Navy", "Eyeball", and "Leggy". These names were later used by Steven in-show when the five of them reappear in "Back to the Moon". The credits for the latter episode also names the fusion of the five of them "Giant Ruby".
    • The various Pearls serving the Diamonds are credited as "[Color] Pearl". In one case the same individual is credited differently when being controlled by White Diamond changes her color (and voice actor).
    • When Steven is put on trial on Homeworld, the Zircons serving as his lawyer and the prosecutor are credited as "Defense Zircon" and "Prosecuting Zircon", respectively.
    • The Pebble embedded in Blue Diamond's comb is credited as "Comby".
    • A variety of different-looking gems seen in the Diamonds' palace in "Together Alone" are collectively credited as "Jade".
    • When Steven and Greg fuse for the first time in Steven Universe: The Movie, no one gives a name to the resulting individual, and even the in-movie credits only give voice actors, not names. It's only the closed captions and official cast lists that provide the name "Steg".
    • The fusion between Pearl and Volleyball in Steven Universe: Future is named by the credits as "Mega Pearl".
    • Connie's parents are unnamed in-show, but her father eventually has the name "Doug" used by the credits and the title of the episode "Doug Out". Connie's mother's name, Priyanka, has only been used by the show's staff.
  • In Sym-Bionic Titan, the goth girl (voiced by Vanessa Marshall) who has a few encounters with Lance is named Kristin. This is mentioned in the credits.
  • Swoop in Transformers: Animated is never actually named in-series or even in the credits because he didn't speak, though his name is fairly obvious given the resemblance, toys, and press releases. The only proof that this was his name in-universe was The AllSpark Almanac which said Blackarachnia gave him that name.
  • Thomas & Friends: The struggling new diesel from "Double Teething Troubles" is unnamed throughout the episode, but in merchandise, he receives the name "Derek".
  • In the X-Men: The Animated Series episode "The Juggernaut Returns", Juggernaut briefly faces a suspiciously-familiar looking robot in the Danger Room. As the producers weren't allowed to directly use his true identity's name or likeness at the time (note his slightly tweaked appearance), he's referred to as "Green-Skinned Neanderthal Robot" in the script.
  • One of the captive teens in the Young Justice episode "Before the Dawn" is a blond girl from Gotham with a purple jacket. She's gets a few lines, but no name, except that she's credited as Stephanie Brown.


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Nightingale's fate

When Agent Nightingale threatens Alan to get back in his cell, he stops mid-threat to check a manuscript page, recognizing the events in real-time. It doesn't save him though, getting dragged into the darkness before it becomes of any use to him. While we never find out, that was probably in the manuscript too.

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