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Game X gives you the option of naming your character at the start. In the sequel, they appear as a Bonus Boss, Secret Character, Previous Player-Character Cameo, etc., and as such the developers had to give them a name. Alternatively, Game X gets a book or movie adaptation, and rather than set it in first person, or have everyone call them barkeep, they just make up a name for the character.

Occasionally, a sequel to a game will work around this by making the character an old save bonus boss, only showing up if you played the previous game anyway. Another workaround is to give a name that was one of several suggested choices in the first game.

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This does not include cases where the character's "True" name is revealed in the first work as a Tomato Surprise.

See also Cutting Off the Branches, where several possible endings are collapsed into a "true" one for the sequel; and Canon Identifier, where future works use a title or codename for the character instead of deciding on a birth name.

Note: This is not about any game that lets you name the characters. Only cases in which you can name the characters in Game A, and the character's official name is shown in Game B, The Movie, or The Book version released later should be added here.


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    Action-Adventure 

    Action RPG 
  • There aren't given any default names for the heroes of Secret of Mana, but the Japanese instruction manual calls them Randi, Purim and Popoie. Interesting in that nobody is really sure what gave them the idea to use those names in the Enclosed Instruction Book. Some say that it was from a magazine previewing the game.
    • The mobile version does, in fact, give them the default names of Randi, Primm, and Popoi.
    • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius also uses Randi, Primm, and Popoi as the names of the heroes.
    • The remake has the canon name as the default name for each character.
  • Mega Man Star Force's protagonist can be named in the first game, but Capcom uses the default name (Subaru Hoshikawa in Japan; Geo Stelar in North America) for the second and third.
  • While Diablo II hints at the fate of the three possible characters from the original game, it only explicitly states that one of them (hinted to be the Warrior) became Diablo, and Blood Raven, the Rogue, is the only one given an actual name. Diablo III states that the warrior of the first game is named Aidan. Further materials reveal the Rogue used to be named 'Moreina' before corrupted into Blood Raven.
    • The Sorcerer from the original game also reappears in the sequel, where he's called the Summoner. More of a title than a name, but that's as close as a unique identifier as we got. He does get his name later: Jazreth, but looks like he discarded it when he becomes simply known as the Summoner.
    • While the heroes in II remain unnamed so far, in III, if using the Wizard, the Sorceress' name is revealed: Isendra. And later on, Heroes of the Storm gives one to the Necromancer, Xul, and then the Amazon, Cassia.
    • The supplemental materials also named the female Demon Hunter as 'Valla' and female Wizard as 'Li-Ming', which carries over when they get included into Heroes of the Storm. In addition, female Barbarian, male Witch Doctor, female Crusader, male Monk are ported into that game and given the names Sonya, Nazeebo, Johanna and Kharazim respectively.
      • Some unused data suggests that the male Barbarian might make an appearance in Heroes of the Storm and if that happens, Blizzard already prepared a Canon Name for him: Kronan.
  • Dungeon Siege III states that the hero of the first Dungeon Siege was a female warrior known as Lady Montbarron, who was also the ancestor of Player Characters Lucas and Katarina.
  • In Torchlight II, the Vanquisher of the previous game is given the name Commander Vale, though the Alchemist and the Destroyer are still known by their class names.
  • God Eater: The protagonist can be named and customized whatever the player wanted. However, the official names for all canonically default male protagonists are later revealed in other media (light novel, manga, etc.).
    • God Eater 1: Yuu Kannagi. Unless the players are able to import a God Eater Burst save into God Eater 2, the game automatically uses the former as the original protagonist for GE1. This also carries over into the English version of Rage Burst where, due to players being unable to transfer save files due to GE2 having never been localized, the game automatically goes with Yuu Kannagi as well.
    • God Eater 2: Hiro Kamui
    • God Eater 3: Luca Pennywort
    • God Eater Mobile: No official name for the GEM Protagonist, due to Project G.E. Team has no longer acknowledge God Eater Mobile's existence before other media could named him. This also makes the GEM Protagonist, the only male protagonist in the entire GE series whose name was never officially revealed.
    • God Eater Online: Sei Yagami
    • God Eater: Resonant Ops: Leo Kamiki
    • For the default female protagonists, only two of them have official names, Aki Tamashiro and Rio Kamiki from God Eater 1 and God Eater: Resonant Ops respectively. Their names are officially revealed in Pachi-Slot God Eater and God Eater Rezo Nantoka Gekijou respectively.

    Adventure Game 
  • The Quest for Glory series has an odd example; the authorized strategy guide has its walkthrough written in novel format, which gives the protagonist the name "Devon Aidendale". However, series creators Corey and Lori Ann Cole stated that "Devon Aidendale" is simply a name invented by the author of the guide and that the Hero was never supposed to have an official name so the player could more easily step into his shoes. However, they also said that if players want to use the name they can, and thus fans tend to use "Devon" in this fashion.
  • In the first two Space Quest games, you can name the main character anything you want, but if you choose to leave it blank, the game instead defaults to "Roger Wilco". This is the name used in subsequent installments since they avert Hello, [Insert Name Here]. The remake of the first game does not let you enter the name and instead goes with "Roger Wilco."
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    Eastern RPG 
  • Pokémon:
    • The hero from Pokémon Red and Blue is officially named Red, and his rival is Green (in Japan) or Blue (internationally). Both names are revealed when you fight them in Pokémon Gold and Silver. The female choice from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen has no official name, but fans assume she is either Blue(Japan)/Green(International) or, as popularized by Bulbapedia, Leaf; the former would end up being the case when the character reappeared as an NPC in Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
    • Pokémon Gold and Silver gave us the hero Gold and the rival Silver, though this was less canon and moreso player assumption based on the naming conventions of the previous games. The remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, HeartGold and SoulSilver, would later establish Gold's real name as Ethan. Silver didn't receive a new name per se, but his default name was changed from 'Silver' to 'Soul', while his data is still stored under the name 'Silver'. The heroine from ''Crystal' is Kris, as noted in the game description on the back of the box, who gets replaced in the aforementioned HGSS by a new character named Lyra.
    • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire has the hero as Brendan and the heroine as May. The Rival is whichever gender option you didn't choose. Pre-release material for the remakes (including the demo), had them known as Orlando and Anna, however.
    • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Platinum has Dawn and Lucas as your playable choice, and a rival in the form of Barry. Oddly enough, Barry is the first name on the list of options for the rival, but the default name if you don't enter anything at all is Pearl (in Diamond), Diamond (in Pearl), or a random choice between the two (in Platinum), which aren't on the list at all.
    • In Pokémon Black and White, the player characters are named Touya and Touko (Japanese) or Hilbert and Hilda (international) on the Battle Subway. Though their pre-release names were Blair and Whitlea, referencing the game titles.
    • In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the protagonists are Rosa and Nate, a pun on 'Resonate' when said together, one of the game's themes. Though this is usually missed because people tend to list the male name first.
    • In Pokémon X and Y the official names are Calem and Serena, but their pre-release names were Xavier and Yvonne, once again reflect the game titles.
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon's protagonists’ makes were notably never officially revealed, and many went off of their pre-release names of “Elio” and “Selene”, or reverted to the convention of naming them after the game titles. Merchandise would later reveal that they retained their pre-release names.
    • Of course, that's just within the canon of the games. Many kids were probably inspired by the anime that followed the Red game's suggestion in naming the hero Ash, and his rival Gary. Likewise with the Japanese games, Satoshi and Shigeru for the characters Red and Blue/Green, respectively.
    • Most Pokémon spinoff games follow this rule as well. Surprisingly, the protagonists of Pokémon Conquest avert this; they are literally Hero and Heroine otherwise.
    • The player characters of Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, as well as the companion in the former, can all be renamed, but they each have canon names. Colosseum features Wes and Rui (Leo and Mirei in Japan), and Gale of Darkness features Michael (Ryuto in Japan).
    • It is worth noting that the most popular manga adaptation, Pokémon Adventures, retains the pattern of naming the protagonists after the game versions. For example, the manga counterparts of the aforementioned Brendan and May are Ruby and Sapphire; Lucas, Barry, and Dawn are Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum; Hilbert and Hilda are Black and White; Nate and Rosa are Lack-Two and Whi-Two;note  and Calem and Serena are X and Y.note  A few translations, such as the English one, take minor liberties in order to make the names plausible while still referencing the game titles; with X and Y becoming Xavier and Yvonne (though still carrying the nicknames X and Y) and Lack-Two and Whi-Two becoming Blake and Whitley.note 
  • Boktai - The default name of the protagonist is Django, a reference to the spaghetti western hero of the same name. The sequel's title emphasizes this by being titled Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django.
  • Earthbound Beginnings (aka MOTHER) - Originally the protagonist had no official name. The name "Ninten"note  was used in the manual for the Famicom version, but it's a placeholder name that Nintendo typically used in games where the protagonist can be named (examples can be seen in the various Zelda manuals). However, the name Ninten stuck around and became the definite name for the character.
    • Similarly, the main characters in EarthBound (MOTHER 2) and MOTHER 3 are Ness and Lucas, respectively. In fact, all of the canonical names for nameable characters in the series are the first names given to you from the name creator's "Don't Care" option. These names are also all used in Super Smash Bros..
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • The protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne is given the name of Naoki Kashima in the radio play adaptation, but is known as Shin Managi in the novelization.
    • The player character of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is called Murdock in most of the English manual's screenshots. However, one set of screenshots near the end calls him Langdon Alger. It's unlikely that either is his "real" name, but it's as close as the game gets.
    • Though the player can rename Shin Megami Tensei IV's protagonist, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse only uses his default name Flynn.
    • In a somewhat straighter example, the main character of Shin Megami Tensei if... isn't even given a set gender, much less a name. However, the female version of the character appears in Persona and Persona 2 with the name Tamaki Uchida, and in P1 she talks openly about the events of if..., establishing herself as the canon hero of that game.
    • Persona:
      • The main character of the first Persona is referred to in-game as only "Pierced Boy"/"Boy with Earring", but the manga refers to him as Naoya Todou, the audio dramas as Yuya Narumi, and the novelization as Jihei Suzakuin.
      • While you can name the protagonist of Persona 2: Innocent Sin whatever you want, his name will always be Tatsuya Suou in sequel Eternal Punishment.
      • The protagonist of Persona 3 has no static name in the game; in the manga adaptation, he is named Minato Arisato. However, in Persona 3: The Movie, his name is Makoto Yuki, while the stage play adaptation gives him the name Sakuya Shiomi. The movie name is the most likely the "canon" one, given its use in Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight.
      • The female protagonist of Updated Re-release Persona 3 Portable is named Kotone Shiomi in the stage play.
      • Persona 4's manga adaptation names the protagonist Souji Seta, while the anime adaptation(s) names him Yu Narukami. The latter name was canonized in spin-off sequels Persona 4: Arena, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
      • Downplayed in Persona 5, where the main character has no static given name in the game, but always has the official nom de guerre of "Joker." As with most Atlus games, in Japanese promotional material the creators enter the name "主人 公" ("Protagonist"). In English promotional material, Atlus reps also joked everyone should name the protagonist "Xander," after his English voice actor Xander Mobus. While he is named Akira Kurusu in the manga, the anime opts for Ren Amamiya; the latter is likely the canon name, given that it's used in Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight.
      • Subverted and played with in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Regardless of which path you take, you have to name both the Persona 3 hero and the Persona 4 hero. In both menus, there's an option to randomly generate a name, but, amusingly, none of the names that are usually considered canon (Minato Arisato and Makoto Yuki for the P3 protagonist, or Yu Narukami and Souji Seta for the P4 protagonist) are available in the random generator. In fact, some of those names (Minato Arisato and Yu Narukami) can't be inputted in the English version due to character limitations.
    • The Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army prequel novelization gives the eponymous protagonist the first name Jouhei, as "Raidou Kuzunoha" is actually his title, not his birth name (which is chosen by the player in-game).
    • The protagonists of the two Devil Survivor games are named by the player and don't have a set name. The protagonist of the first gets named Kazuya Minegushi in the manga adaptation, though the protagonist of the second gets two names depending on the adaptation, either Hiro Kageyama in the manga or Hibiki Kuze in the anime adaptation.
  • Final Fantasy uses it at times:
    • Final Fantasy III allowed the player to name all four characters. The official manga serialization gave them the names Muuchi, Doug, J. Bowie, and Melfi. The DS remake decided instead to make them four unique characters of their own, with the canon names of Luneth, Arc, Refia and Ingus. Dissidia: Final Fantasy simply calls the hero representing the game "The Onion Knight", though his first alternate costume in Duodecim is called "Luneth" as a Shout-Out. Final Fantasy Record Keeper uses both, as both the Onion Knight from Dissidia and Luneth's gang from the remake are in the game.
    • Final Fantasy I doesn't even have canon characters, let alone names. Similar to how it handled FF3, Dissidia dubs the FF1 representative (the Warrior from the Famicom version's packaging illustration) "Warrior of Light". In Duodecim, the Warrior of Light does not remember his past, and thus, never reveals his name.
      • However it showed be noted that in the Final Fantasy - Memory of Heroes novel, the Warrior's name is given as Zest. Whether or not that makes it the official name of the "Warrior of Light" from Dissidia is uncertain.
      • The prequel/Revision to Final Fantasy I, Mobius Final Fantasy, gives the Warrior's name as 'Wol', although the player can still rename him (and is encouraged to do so via the social mechanics).
    • The instruction booklet for Final Fantasy Mystic Quest says the main character's name is Benjamin, though you can name him whatever you want.
    • In Final Fantasy IV for the SNES, an NPC named Namingway allowed you to change the character's default names (Cecil, Rosa, Kain, Edge, and Rydia). However, since the DS version added voice in cutscenes, you cannot rename the characters. This severely disappoints Namingway and creates a completely new sidequest where Namingway tries to find his place in life.
    • The Final Fantasy VI ending uses movie-style "Character as Himself" credits ("[Player-selected Name] as Canon Name") to show everyone's canon names, including surnames that never come up elsewhere. If you kept the default names, you get something like "Cyan as Cyan Garamonde."
  • The Star Ocean games let you rename characters, but in voice clips (both inside and outside battle), the original name is always used.
  • In .hack//, as you could rename your main character in the first four games and you could load data from any of them to G.U. and it would change the name of the final boss of Vol. 1 to your character's name in the first series. If you don't do that, however, the character's name is given as "Kite". This is also his name in his appearance in Project X Zone.
  • Several Dragon Quest examples:
  • In Fossil Fighters, the hero has no default name—and indeed, you can change his name as often as you like! However, the official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter," probably after the series' Japanese name (Fossil Hunters).
  • Shadow Hearts lets you rename everyone... setting up a gag where you're given the "Rename" screen for Roger Bacon, who promptly informs you he isn't joining your party and you shouldn't be so presumptuous. Covenant reveals that the default names for everyone were the canonical ones, and does away with renaming (except that the screen still pops up for Roger).
  • In Golden Sun and its first sequel, The Lost Age, you could name The Hero (along with the rest of the player characters if you punched in certain codes at the naming screen) whatever you wanted. In Dark Dawn, however, the Warriors of Vale all go by their default names.
  • Basically every hero from the Shining Series allows you to choose what to call your hero. Most allow you to choose the name of every major character thereafter too.
  • Each of the Lufia games past the first have a canon name for their hero (with Maxim's name established in the first game). You can still change Maxim, Wain, and Eldin's names, except in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals where Maxim's name is used during voice acting.
  • You're asked to enter a four-letter name without any context when you begin Phantasy Star II. If you leave the space blank, it defaults to Rolf.
  • The protagonist of Granblue Fantasy is named whatever you want to call them (with voiced characters getting around that by only calling them "Captain"), but in canon the name of the protagonist is Gran for male and Djeeta for female.
  • Fate/EXTRA: The protagonist can be named whatever the player wants, and the player can even choose their gender. However, their canon name (whether they are male or female) is "Hakuno Kishinami".
  • Fate/Grand Order: For a long time the protagonist was officially nameless, again being called whatever the player wanted. With the advent of the Grand Order prologue being animated, the protagonist was given a canon name: Ritsuka Fujimaru. Only the male version of the protagonist appears in the animated feature, but a stage adaptation featuring the female protagonist gave her the same name.
  • Metal Saga: Seijin no Kusari: In the original Japanese version, the player character's canon name is "Syu," but it isn't mentioned in the English version.
    • Metal Max Xeno's player character canon name is "Talis." This is also what his voice talent is listed as in the end credits.

    Fighting Game 
  • Thanks to Mortal Kombat 9, we finally have names for the Sub-Zero Bros.: the elder one (the brother that killed Scorpion, then was killed by Scorpion after the first game, and descended into the Netherrealm to become Noob Saibot) is Bi-Han, while his younger brother (the one who took his place from MK2 onward) is Kuai Liang. The same game reveals that fellow (former) Lin Kuei member Smoke is a man hailing from Prague named Tomas Vrbada. This (and Cyrax's ethnicity) lends credibility to the theory that the Lin Kuei is not entirely made up of Chinese warriors.

    First Person Shooter 
  • In Doom, the "Doomguy" is officially called Flynn "Fly" Taggart in the book series, and "Stan Blazkowicz" in the mobile RPG. However, John Romero maintains that this does not apply to the games, and that Doomguy is unnamed by design because he's meant to represent the player. In DOOM (2016), the character still doesn't have an actual name, but is referred to in-game by the epithet "Doom Slayer".
  • In the Halo novels, Master Chief was given the name John-117, and characters close to him occasionally call him such in the later games, with Cortana first calling him "John" in the ending of Halo 3.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the names of certain characters have been cropping up as the game is updated. So far, the Demoman's name is Tavish Finnegan Degroot, the Engineer is Dell Conagher, the Sniper's surname is Mundy (and his birth name is Mun-dee), the Soldier goes by the alias "Mister Jane Doe", the Heavy's first name is Misha (short for Mikhail), the Scout's first name is Jeremy, the Medic's last name is Ludwig and the Administrator's first name is Helen.
  • The novelization of RAGE establishes the protagonist as Nicholas Raine and expounds on his life, noting that he was a lieutenant in the USMC Force Recon and was his Ark's military adviser after they found that the old one had cancer. This also explains why Dan Hagar immediately gave what the game implies is just a random Ark Survivor the task of wiping out a gang of bandits single handedly, and why the protagonist is so capable.

    Real Time Strategy 
  • The canon ending for the original Warcraft has the Orcs winning, making the player the new Warchief. In Warcraft II, it's revealed that the Warchief is named Orgrim Doomhammer, who becomes an important figure for the Orcs. After all, Orgrimmar is named after him.
  • The Executor from the original StarCraft Protoss campaign is revealed in Brood War to have been named Artanis. From this, Fanon likes to neatly speculate that the Executor from Brood War is Selendis and that the Magistrate from the original terran campaign is Matt Horner (both of these characters show up in StarCraft II). That leaves the UED Commander from Brood War and both zerg Cerebrates. While they all still remain nameless, it's generally assumed that the first Cerebrate is one of those killed by Zeratul in the original protoss campaign, and that the second one was probably killed by Kerrigan (or simply died off without an Overmind to sustain it) some time after Brood War - that Cerebrate might in fact have been the last of its kind. The UED Commander was probably killed anonymously at some point in the Brood War zerg campaign, along with the rest of the UED forces.
  • Dawn of War 2 (and Chaos Rising) let you name your captain, but he is called "Aramus" in the novel. Granted, the novel is probably not canon. In the novel, Aramus is never a captain (and barely a sergeant, for that matter), the Eldar never showed up at any point, Administrator Derossa and the Meridian governor both had different names, and Tarkus dies at the end. Retribution lets you ostensibly name your commander for whichever faction you choose to play, but it's more of just a save-slot name as the commanders are all named and referred to as such throughout the campaigns.

    Shoot 'Em Up 
  • The heroine of The Guardian Legend doesn't have a name in the English version, but in Japan, her name is Miria.
  • The TwinBee series originally starred a lineage of nameless pilots assigned to drive the titular ship and WinBee, starting with Dr. Cinammon's sons from the first game. When Deta na!! TwinBee got a radio drama titled TwinBee Paradise, their pilots were named Light and Pastel. Eventually Konami released a family tree of the series' characters for the TwinBee Deluxe Pack collection for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn, which not only retroactively named all the pilots of the older games, but also retconned some of the history established up to that point (for example, Dr. Cinnamon's unseen sons, Annamon and Donnamon, were changed into being non-related sibling disciples).
  • Star Control II: The Captain's default name is "Zelnick" and the ship's is "Vindicator" when the game was ported to the 3DO. Most folks refer to him as this now. This is the name used in the non-canon novel Star Control: Interbellum.

    Simulation Game 
  • Harvest Moon:
    • The male protagonists name as "Pete" was the default (as in, already filled in) name of the male farmer in 2001's Harvest Moon 3 GBC if playing as a girl. Puzzle De Harvest Moon also names him "Pete". The default name for the female farmer if you were playing as a boy was "Sara."
    • Island of Happiness, for instance, names the male and female protagonists Mark and Chelsea, respectively. However, you can't use "Chelsea" as your character's name, since you only get six character slots.
    • The A Wonderful Life protagonist is also named "Mark". And your child's name is Andy.
    • The Magical Melody protagonist, who is based off the SNES version of Pete, is named "Adam" (US) and "Tito" (Japan).
  • Wing Commander:
    • For Wing Commander III, which used live-action video instead of animated cutscenes, the main character (same as from the first two games) was given the name Christopher Blair. You still got to pick your callsign, which later games (and the novels, and the movie...) would establish as "Maverick".
    • Wing Commander I and II had a command line Cheat Code that allowed you to select any mission you wanted. This skipped you past continuity bits like choosing a name; in these circumstances your character was known as "BLUEHAIR". Speed it up a little and...
  • Ensemble Stars!: The name that pops up if you don't call the protagonist anything is "Anzu". Appropriately enough, this gives a hint to who is the erstwhile character referred to as "Angie" throughout Ensemble Girls!.

    Stealth-Based Game 
  • Metal Gear:
    • The reason why Solid Snake's real name was never mentioned in the MSX2 Metal Gear games had little to do with maintaining the character's mystique and more to do with the fact that he was meant to be an avatar for the player. When Snake's character was fleshed out in Metal Gear Solid, he was given the name of "David", allowing for Theme Naming with both Meryl (Canon Immigrant from Policenauts, where Meryl was partnered with a guy named Dave) and with Otacon (Hal and Dave).
      • Some early Metal Gear novelisations and spinoffs used other real names for the character, such as Justin Halley (from the Worlds of Power novelisation).
    • At the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the player is asked to input their name and details for Raiden's dog tags. Most appearances of them in non-interactive media (official videos, strategy guides, the zoomable Demo Theatre version in Document of Metal Gear Solid 2, etc) use Hideo Kojima's details instead.

    Strategy RPG 
  • In Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, the player can choose between a male Lord and a female and name either one. In Ogre Battle 64, the male version of the Lord appears as a character named Destin Faroda, while the female Lord is named Europea Rheda.
  • The hero(ine) of Soul Nomad & the World Eaters has the default name Revya. The Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice cameo appears to establish Revya as female and taking the Normal Path, but who can say with Nippon Ichi? It literally calls her just the hero from Soul Nomad "(default name: Revya)".
  • Fire Emblem:
    • In Fire Emblem: The Sword of Flame, the player is the strategist/protagonist that Lyndis finds when the game begins. You're allowed to name him or her whatever you choose, but canonically, he goes by the name Mark.
    • Your Avatar in Fire Emblem Awakening is canonically named Reflet in Japanese, Robin in English, and Daraen in some European languages, further cemented by his/her appearance in Super Smash Bros. for WiiU/3DS. Awakening also establishes the canon name of New Mystery of the Emblem's Avatar as Kris. Note how all of these names are gender-neutral and how Super Smash Bros. has the option for both male and female Robin, leaving the canon gender of each ambiguous (though the male is set as the default).
    • Ditto for the Avatar in Fire Emblem Fates. He or she can be named whatever you want, but the default name is Kamui for Japan and Corrin for the West. Supplementary material and the games themselves also almost always portray Corrin as being male in Birthright and female in Conquest, with Revelation being a toss-up.
  • King's Bounty: The Legend lets the player choose the player character's name, but in the backstory of the sequel Armored Princess, he is always named Bill Gilbert, the default name in The Legend.
  • While many Super Robot Wars allow the player to rename the protagonist (and sometimes their original mech), the default names are generally taken as canon. Characters who appear in the Super Robot Wars Original Generation subseries always use their default names.

    Tower Defense 

    Visual Novel 

    Wide Open Sandbox 
  • The guy from Grand Theft Auto III is named Claude, revealed in a cutscene in San Andreas. Also revealed by the name of his default skin in the game (Claude) and a quick peek at the player character's name in the previous game's opening cutscene (Claude Speed).
  • Aldo Trapani is the name of the ultra customizable player character from The Godfather: The Game.

    Western RPG 
  • In Always Sometimes Monsters, most of the characters at the party at the beginning of the game (which functions as the "character select" screen) have default names, but you don't learn them until you make your choice and talk to one of the other characters. Three of the potential partners (the character you select in the patio) aren't given names.
  • Dragon Age has a number of canon names depending on race, origin and gender for the Warden, Hawke or the Inquisitor. In order: Aeden/Elissa Cousland, Daylan/Solana Amell, Alim/Neria Surana, Darrian/Kallian Tabris, Theron/Lyna Mahariel, Duran/Sereda Aeducan, Faren/Natla Brosca; Garrett/Marian Hawke; Maxwell/Evelyn Trevelyan, Mahanon/Ellana Lavellan, Edric/Malika Cadash, Kaaras/Herah Adaar.
  • In the original Fallout there are three premade characters, one of whom, Albert Cole, appears to be the character we see in flashbacks in Fallout 2, though his name is never actually mentioned there.
  • In Fallout 4, you choose between a wife and a husband as your player character. The one you didn't choose is given the name Nate (the husband) and Nora (the wife).
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda has Scott and Sara as the default name for the Ryder you choose as your protagonist. The one you don't choose uses those names and if you choose it as your default name then it gets used in-game.
  • The player character of Planescape: Torment is only known as The Nameless One, because his real name has been lost for millennia. Although the character learns his true name towards the end of the game, the player never does. The 1999 novelization (which most fans ignore) has him pick the name "Thane" early on.
  • In South Park: The Stick of Truth, the protagonist will always be dubbed "Douchebag" no matter what the players choose to name him. At the end of the game, the Big Bad Government Guy pursuing him reveals his true name: "Dovahkiin".
  • Pretty much every Star Wars Legends game that allows the player to create the PC gives them at least an official gender (and species where applicable). Revan from Knights of the Old Republic is male, Jaden Korr from Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is likewise a male human, the Exile from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is female, and so on. The Featureless Protagonist of X-Wing is revealed in a novella included with the Limited Edition to be Keyan Farlander, a human male from Agamar, who the Expanded Universe reveals was later trained as a Jedi by Luke Skywalker and became a Jedi Master in his own right. The one from TIE Fighter is Maarek Stele, and he pops up very sporadically in other Expanded Universe material. Averted in X-Wing Alliance, where the hero has a name (Ace Azzameen) from the start, and although it's possible for the player to change it at the beginning, there's little point as his family relations with the other Azzameens is a big part of the plot.
    • Knights of the Old Republic generally uses the name of the hero's original identity, Revan to refer to him, leading to a Late-Arrival Spoiler situation in later games. The Exile's name is later stated to be Meetra Surik in Revan, the book prequel to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Oddly enough though, Revan never has his birth name revealed; as shown by a flashback in a prequel comic he changed his name to Revan upon deciding to leave the Jedi Order to fight the Mandalorians.
    • The Force Unleashed includes a variation on this: The main character is codenamed Starkiller (incidentally, the original last name of the Skywalkers in early Star Wars drafts) and his real name, as revealed in the books, but not (overtly) the games, is Galen Marek.
  • In Undertale, you get to name Fallen Child. It's eventually revealed that you actually named the first child who fell into the Underground, not your character. Your character's real name is Frisk. Additionally, the first fallen human is commonly referred to by fans as "Chara" due to the text 'the true name' appearing when one uses that name.
  • Divine Divinity lets you pick a male or female character and write a name for them. In every game afterwards they are canonically male and named Lucian, allowing him to appear in other games throughout the series.

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  • The lore of Cap'n Crunch is somewhat ambiguous during the commercials, but it turns out Cap'n Crunch is Horatio Magellan Crunch, the Sogmaster is Squish, and the Soggies are Snyder and Sylvester.
  • Danganronpa 3 names Fuyuhiko's sister Natsumi Kuzuryuu.

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