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Some characters will stick to formal address, some go straight for the First-Name Basis. Others don't even bother with names. When none of these will do, and the character is not No Name Given or The Trope without a Title, you get the Full Name Basis. This is a good sign that the character might be a Fish out of Water. Sometimes it is used just because the full name sounds more cool or intimidating, or at least the user believes that it does (especially when it's the user's own name). Obviously, if someone is on a Full Name Basis, a Full-Name Ultimatum loses its effectiveness.

A common subversion is for a character to have their name misinterpreted. This can get really long if said character is also The Magnificent (combining both these tropes leads to Large Ham Title).

See Significant Name Shift.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Nano Eiai refers to everyone she knows by their full name.
  • Kaori Sakiyama of Air Master; everyone says her full name. It helps that she's a force of nature who can match any martial artist except the main character not through training, but sheer unadulterated crazy.
  • Asura Cryin': Reishirou Saeki does this with just about everyone, including Tomoharu Natsume, Misao Minakuni, and Shuri Kurosaki.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Soga is so impersonal, he calls even close acquaintances by their full name (just their last if he wants to be brief). Bizarrely, he also applies this to himself—not just when introducing himself, but for internal monologues.
  • In Barakamon, everyone calls Shin Yoshida by his full name, for no particular reason.
  • William T. Spears of Black Butler seems to address most people by their full names... including himself. Always.
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo Kurosaki and Byakuya Kuchiki seemed unable to not refer to the other as such during their fight. They said each other's full names 20 times. Afterwards, when it was clear they were no longer enemies, Ichigo dropped the last name (to Byakuya's chagrin) and Byakuya kept calling him by his full name. In the dub, at the points where Ichigo calls Byakuya by name when he doesn't in the original, he sometimes just uses Byakuya's first name; for example, midway through Episode 57, he says "You haven't put a scratch on me yet, Byakuya!"
    • Ulquiorra also calls Ichigo and Orihime by their full names, when not calling them "Shinigami" or "woman", respectively, and also once refers to Rukia by her full name. Though in Byakuya and Ulquiorra' case, they were intentionally trying to be dicks. Likewise, Ichigo was trying to be a dick up until he beat down Byakuya's sorry ass.
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi briefly complains about Ichigo addressing him by his full name without an honorific, but notes that it's better than a First-Name Basis.
    • The Zanpakutou in the filler arc tend to refer to people other than their owners by full name, and Sode no Shirayuki tends to exclusively refer to Rukia as "Kuchiki Rukia".
    • When they were enemies Ishida also used to address Ichigo by his full name. He stopped doing that after they became allies and friends.
    • After the end of the Soul Society Arc, Aizen changed his hairstyle, and his way of speech as well. It became colder and more formal, changing his personal pronoun (from boku to watashi) and changing the way he refers to others. Aside for his minions, he now calls everyone (except his subordinates) by their full name - it sounds really cold.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Maika refers to our protagonist by his full name, Kamijou Touma, both in his presence and when referring to him.
    • Stiyl also refers to him by full name. Justified, because he does not want to be chummy with him whatsoever.
    • Aleister Crowley refers to everyone by their full name. It sounds very impersonal and cold.
    • Generally a lot of characters will refer to each other by their full names, particularly when they face off as enemies/opponents. Examples include Amai Ao and Yoshikawa Kikyou to each other during their showdown, Misaka to Kiyama Harumi after her reveal as an antagonistic force, Kuroko to Kongou Mitsuko, and the list goes on.
    • Magic side characters will tend to refer to each other by their full names, particularly those from differing factions. For example, Stiyl Magnus from the Necessarius sect of the Anglican Church addressing detainees from the Roman Catholic Church by their full names, in this case Biagio Busoni and Lidvia Lorenzetti. It really drives home the point that these factions are not particularly friendly with each other.
  • Death Note:
    • Light refers to Raye Penber by his full name, and does the same to many of his victims. It is justified, however, as his full name would need to be remembered and written in the Death Note.
    • L calls Light either "Light-kun" or "Yagami-kun". However, when doing internal monologues and wondering whether he is Kira or not, he'll refer to Light by his full name, usually with it preceding the rest of the sentence.
  • Digimon Universe: App Monsters has Rei Katsura, who addresses anyone other than his brother Hajime by their full name ("Shinkai Haru", "Oozora Yuujin" etc.). Depending on the situation, it either comes off as rather intimidating or, more often than not, incredibly silly, especially when Rei joins the Appli Drivers team for good.
  • Fairy Tail has Mard Geer, the Underworld King of Tartaros; even he calls himself as "Mard Geer", signifying how high and mighty he is. It's later revealed that his true full name is "Mard Geer Tartaros", which he starts using after entering his Etherious form.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Scar addresses everyone he speaks to either by their full name or their state alchemist title. Al is one of the few that don't have both and wis thus always addressed by Scar as "Alphonse Elric". Which sounds rather awkward at times...
    • Major Armstrong also tends to refer to Edward by his full name whenever conversing with him.
    • Führer King Bradley is rarely referred to as just Fuhrer Bradley. Having "Fuhrer" for a title and "King" for a first name is just doubly badass.
    • In Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) Van Hohenheim is constantly referred to as "Hohenheim of Light", which was almost exclusively treated as if it (or "That Bastard" by Edward) was his true name.
  • The English dub of Garzey's Wing has a particularly Narmful example in which the main character will always refer to Yamato Takeru no Mikoto in full, even after getting knocked back in combat.
  • Girlfriend, Girlfriend: Shino always addresses Saki by her full name (her given and family names are pronounced the same, but written with different kanji). It's implied that this could be because Saki introduced herself as "Saki Saki" to Shino, who probably just assumed that it was her first name.
  • Gundam:
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam, Frau Bow is more likely to be called by her full name than just Frau.
      • And Ramba Ral.
    • And over in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Tieria Erde refers to other people by their full names more often than not.
    • Setsuna also does this so much. "Marina Ismail..." and "Saji Crossroad..." might as well be his catchphrase.
    • Between the two, Setsuna and Ribbons also only refer to each other by using their Full Name. It's never just "Setsuna" or "Ribbons".
      • In fact, the Gundam Meisters usually end up referring to not only the other Meisters but themselves a lot this way. As shown in the quote above, Shinn gets annoyed by it.
      • And how could we forget Graham Aker, screaming in anguish as his favourite wingman is shot down:
        HOWARD MASON!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Domon Kasshu from Mobile Fighter G Gundam is usually refereed to with both his names by almost everyone.
  • Somewhat in Haruhi Suzumiya. Nagato never calls people by their name, but when she refers to someone, she always uses the full name. Except for Kyon, who she's never addressed as anything but "you".
  • Takane from the anime version of THE iDOLM@STER has the tendency to call people with their full name.
  • Vice of Karakuridouji Ultimo tends to refer to Yamato as "Agari Yamato".
  • The arrogant fighter Tokita Ohma from Kengan Ashura only addresses his manager Yamashita Kazuo as such, even when Kazuo told Ohma to be more casual and everyone else that he even bothers calling by name as well, those usually are the people he doesn’t to beat into a pulp, so in his case it is his own way of being polite.
  • In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin refer to each other by full name whenever they're not on a Last-Name Basis, as an indication of their enmity. When it turns out that not only do they have a common enemy but are also sisters, they switch to a First-Name Basis, since Ryuko finds herself unable to refer to Satsuki as "Nee-san" or "Sis".
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, most people address or refer to Jail Scaglietti by his full name, with the only exceptions being his Numbers Cyborgs and Lutecia. Precia Testarossa is also addressed by Chrono like this, so one could assume that Time-Space Administration Bureau personnel in general treat all criminals in this way.
    • Chrono once addresses Fate by her full name late in the original series, presumably due to her status as a criminal. Vita addresses Nanoha by her full name throughout A's, (and usually gets her given name wrong on purpose), but switches to First-Name Basis by StrikerS. Signum similarly calls Nanoha "Takamachi Nanoha" in the third A's sound stage but switches to "Nanoha" after getting to know her better.
  • In Mitama Security: Spirit Busters, everyone always calls Rena Haze by her full name regardless of if they're long-time acquaintances or if they've just met her. She is the only character with this trait, and there's no explanation for it.
  • My Dress-Up Darling: Sajuna "Juju" Inui always refers to Wakana Gojo and Marin Kitagawa by their full names. This is due to her more professional and distant attitude, as she's not interested in making friends in the cosplay scene.
  • In My Hero Academia, Kurogiri always calls Tomura Shigaraki by his full name.
  • Aizawa Nagisa from My Monster Secret calls everyone by their full name, even her friends, which emphases her Comically Serious character.
  • Maria Gracebert of My-Otome tends to address students by their full names, although Arika is sometimes just "Arika" to her.
  • In Naruto, the Sand Siblings typically refer to Naruto by his full name. Since all of them have only one name (Gaara's "Of the Desert" title doesn't count), Naruto is technically doing the same to them.
  • One Piece:
    • When he first joins, Franky is the only Straw Hat that refers to Nico Robin by her full name. He eventually switches to First-Name Basis as they become closer friends.
    • Zoro referred to Robin by her first name after she joined, but when it seemed she had betrayed the crew, Zoro used her full name when referring to her, to show his mistrust. When the truth came out and he fought to save her, he switched back to First-Name Basis.
    • Villains always call Zoro and Robin by their full names ("Roronoa Zoro" and "Nico Robin", respectively) when they address them. This also goes for Luffy in the few times when they don't just call him by his nickname.
    • With Luffy, when he is not called by his first name or "Straw Hat", it is always Monkey D. Luffy, but never just Monkey Luffy. That is because the D is very important.
  • In Panzer World Galient, the majority of the characters meeting Hy Shaltat always address to him by his full name.
  • In Pokémon: The Series this happens occasionally when characters are introduced, usually starting with: "Hi, I'm Ash Ketchum, of Pallet Town." Soon after, almost every other character in the vicinity begins rifling off names. This is due to Ash's Japanese name ("Satoshi") being three syllables long.
  • Kirihara always calls The Prince of Tennis by his full name. He is questioned about this in at least one of the spin-off video games.
  • Homura Akemi of Puella Magi Madoka Magica refers to almost everyone except Madoka by their full name, with no honorifics. It seems to be part of her facade, reflecting her distance from the others compared with previous timelines. Kyuubey is also known to do this, but not all of the time.
  • Tatewaki and Kodachi Kunō in Ranma ½ have a tendency to do this in most cases, generally with the only exceptions to the rule being that they tend to refer to each other with very sarcastic terms of endearment. The other exception would be Ranma himself, whom Kodachi refers to as "Ranma darling".
  • RIN-NE: Rinne Rokudo toward Sakura Mamiya.
  • Masuda Eiji's previous work Sakura Discord has Sumiyoshi, who calls the main character Sakura Kousuke by his full name, as she finds him somewhat intriguing. Sumiyoshi could actually be considered a prototype of Aizawa on several aspects.
  • Self-proclaimed mermaid Umino in Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai always refers to the protagonist Nagisa as "Nagisa Yamada", even in the most mundane of conversations.
  • Shugo Chara!'s Misaki Watarai persists in calling the protagonist "Hinamori Amu".
  • Ayako of Slam Dunk always refers to Sakuragi by his full name. Strange, considering Hanamichi Sakuragi doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
  • Xellos of Slayers always drawls out Lina Inverse's full name.
    • Unless this is something unique to a dub version, Xellos has hardly ever used Lina's full name. He usually calls her "Lina-san".
    • Valgaav calls Lina Inverse by her full name. He talk to her in a rather harsh way because she killed his master, Gaav, and he resents her deeply for this.
  • In Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, most characters are on a First-Name Basis, but they will sometimes switch to addressing others by their full names, often when exceptionally serious.
  • In Tokyo Mew Mew, most of Zakuro's admirers call her "Fujiwara Zakuro".
  • In the parent series Triangle Heart 3, Elise MacGaren once addresses Miyuki as "Miyuki Takamachi"—with her given name first, even while speaking Japanese.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba refer to each other by their full names until the finale of the second season.
  • Karin from Yuki Yuna is a Hero originally called Yuna "Yuki Yuna" due to her aloof personality. She eventually stopped.
  • Ayano Sugiura from YuruYuri refers to everyone with normal naming patterns, except for one. TOSHINO KYOUKO!


    Comic Books 
  • Stephen Stills from Scott Pilgrim.
  • Dead Girl did this a lot when she first joined X-Force/X-Statix.
  • In W.I.T.C.H., the Lins (Yan and Hay) are always referred to by their full name. (Though, a few teachers have been shown addressing Hay Lin as "Miss Lin".)
  • Tomoe Ame from Usagi Yojimbo is always called that, which would seem normal given the Jidaigeki setting except that other major characters (Usagi and Gen, for example) use given names.
  • Porker Lewis from Sonic the Comic is almost always referred to by his full name. His friends later learn that isn't his real name.

    Comic Strips 
  • Charlie Brown in Peanuts is mostly addressed this way. Exceptions are Eudora (who calls him "Charles"), Peppermint Patty (who calls him "Chuck"), and Marcie (who goes back and forth between the two). His sister Sally calls him "Big Brother", because at the very least calling him by her own family name would be odd. Strangely enough, however, in the Thanksgiving episode, he refers to himself as "Charlie Brown" when speaking to his grandmother on the phone.note  In many post-1970 strips, Snoopy refers to him as "the Round-Headed Kid", suggesting he doesn't even know, or has forgotten, his name.note  Also, in a 1990 storyline, Charlie Brown's summer girlfriend Peggy Jean calls him "Brownie Charles", because that's how he nervously introduces himself. At one point in the Christmas Episode, Lucy demonstrates a moment of frankness by saying "Look, Charlie." This is probably the only time anyone addresses him simply by his preferred nickname.
    • Marcie is very formal and calls everyone by their proper first names, including not only the aforementioned "Charles" but also "Lucille" for Lucy and "Patricia" for Patty (on the rare occasions she calls her something other than "sir.")
    • Peppermint Patty, for that matter, is almost always called that, in full.
  • Aaron Hill in Luann very rarely gets referred to as simply "Aaron." If Luann and her friends know any other Aarons to justify them having to differentiate, those characters have never been revealed. More recently, Ann Eiffel has been subject to this.

    Fan Works 
  • Archive of Our Own tags frequently use characters' full names, which sometimes include a nickname they are often called by (ex. "Abuela" Alma Madrigal or Meilin "Mei" Lee).
  • Both Elvish and Parseltongue usually refer to people by their full name (even when talking to them) in The Parselmouth of Gryffindor.
  • Half-Life: Full Life Consequences has every character refer to each other by their full names. For an example:
    When John Freeman got to where the screaming was started from he found his brother Gorden Freeman fighting the final boss and Gordon said "John Freeman! Over here!" so John Freeman went there to where Gordon Freeman was fighting.
  • There is also a mega crossover in which Beyond Birthday (of Death Note) refers to his favorite "fictional character" by full name only... naturally, it's Edward Cullen. Lampshaded in every possible way.
  • In The Prayer Warriors, during "Threat of Satanic Commonism", John Lennon is constantly referred to by his full name, even though it's clear that he's supposed to be Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
  • In Pony POV Series, Princess Luna almost always addresses characters by their full names and titles. For example, she often calls Applejack "Abigail Jacqueline Fifth of the Fifth Line".
  • In "The Final Adventure", the third story in the Disney's War crossover series, Mary Poppins insists on being called Mary Poppins; she can accept "Mary" from close friends like Bert, but won't let anyone call her "Mrs. Poppins", "Mrs. Mary Poppins" or, worst of all, "that nurse".
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, K.E.L.E.X. only refers to Izuku by his full Kryptonian name, Kal-El. Similarly, his father, Jor-El, is only referred to by his full name. The only Kryptonian character to be referred to by their given name alone is Lara Lor-Van, Izuku's mother.
  • In Christian Weston Chandler in Survivor: Kujira-Jima, Karl Anderson (no, not that Karl Anderson) prefers to be called "Fabian". Chris instead calls him Karl Fabian Anderson.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Earl always refers to Flint by his full name. In the sequel, it's shown he refers to everyone outside his family by their full name, unless he doesn't know their last name (eg. Brent, Manny, Chester V). He even refers to Steve as Steve Lockwood.
  • In Turning Red, Carter Murphy-Mayhew is the only character referred to this way.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • People of the future in Demolition Man always refers to each other by their full names, most noticeably when they address John Spartan.
  • The titular Starman was a Fish out of Water who referred to Jenny Hayden not only by her full name, but as if it were one word. "JennyHayden."
  • In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie The Phantom Planet, one of the alien women refers to Earth astronaut Frank Chapman as "Frankchapman", because, apparently, surnames are unheard of on a planet with only thirty people.
  • Will always calls Lee "Lee Carter" in Son of Rambow.
  • In Avatar, Jake Sully is often referred to by his full name by the Na'vi, often as one word (With the exception of his love interest). This could be because they have Only One Name.
  • In the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, Gary Murray, the school principal. In the screenplay, Joss Whedon compared him to Charlie Brown — you always have to say his full name.
  • Used (at first) for laughs in the Biopic Temple Grandin; autistic Temple has trouble staying in her new room since she doesn't feel like it's hers. Her aunt puts a sign on the door that reads "TEMPLE'S ROOM", only for Temple to come back later and write "TEMPLE'S Grandin ROOM." It takes a not so funny turn when it becomes a plot driver for Temple inventing the 'Hug Machine.'
    • Don't forget Temple's greeting every single time, "My name is Temple Grandin!" It's even the first line of the film.
  • In Small Soldiers, after a bad introduction, Archer thinks Alan's name is "Alannowshutup", a mistake that is quickly cleared up.
  • The Wu-Tang Clan play themselves in a skit in Coffee and Cigarettes. They immediately recognize their server as Bill Murray, and address him by full name at every opportunity.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Luna Lovegood typically refers to Harry Potter by his full name.
    • Dobby does this as well, mixed with Third-Person Person. As does Voldemort, for the most part.
  • Haggis the witch from the Pumpkinhead series always refers to everyone who contacts her by their full name. In her case it's probably to emphasize that she's nobody's friend.
  • In Terminator Genisys, the T-800 always calls everyone by their full name, except for a part near the end where he tells Kyle, "Protect my Sarah."
  • The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming: Lieutenant Rozanov, off a grounded Soviet sub, encounters one Walt Whittaker who volunteers his name last name first, and Rozanov refers to him thereafter as "Whittaker Walt".
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie: In "Kick the Can", Mrs. Dempsey always refers to her late husband as Jack Dempsey.
  • In Star Trek Beyond, Jaylah combines this with the person's nickname, always referring to the Enterprise engineer as "Montgomery Scotty".
  • In the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, Kylo Ren consistently refers to Han Solo by full name, likely in an attempt to distance himself from his father and own birth name. He continues to do this until his Heel–Face Turn, in which he finally refers to him as "Dad".
  • In Christopher Robin, "Robin" is the title character's surname (even though his real-life namesake's surname was "Milne," and "Robin" was his middle name), making him an example of this trope.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: When Lex Luthor finally meets Superman face to face and has learned his secret identity, Lex repeatedly calls him "Clark Joseph Kent".

  • The basis for a Japanese rakugo story involving a child whose parents struggle to come up with a suitable name for him; by the time they are finished, he's gained a mouthful — Jugemu-jugemu Gokonosurikire Kaijarisuigyo-no Suigyomatsu Unraimatsu Furaimatsu Kunerutokoroni-sumutokoro Yaburakojino-burakoji Paipopaipo-paiponoshuringan Shuringanno-gurindai Gurindaino-ponpokopino-ponpokonano Chokyumeino-chosuke. And it is said in full every single time.note 

  • In A Brother's Price, everyone refers to the eldest sister of a family with her full name. They have to, as the eldest sister of every family is called "Eldest". When there are children, the name is changed to "Mother Elder + Lastname".
  • In Dragon Bones, the people of Oranstone don't use titles. They do, however, insist that their (sometimes very long) first names be used, unshortened. And the first name is the only one that may be used. (Nobles don't seem to have last names, they're called after the family estate, which is rather a title than a name.)
  • A two-year-old in The Baby-Sitters Club does this, most often with Mary Anne Spier.
  • In Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Richard introduces himself as "Richard. Richard Mayhew. Dick." Following which Door calls him "RichardRichardMayhewDick".
  • In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, the Aiel people always call outsiders by their full first and last names. It turns out that in their culture, using a shortened nickname is a sign of great intimacy, usually between lovers. So using only "half" a stranger's name makes them feel weird. Further, instead of last names, the Aiel have a list of affiliations, and so they are unfamiliar with the last name concept.
  • People addressed each other with their full names in Brave New World, since people's names are decided by random from a small pool of names of famous people's names.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dobby does this to Harry, mixing this with Third-Person Person.
    • If not referring to him as something like "the boy", Voldemort almost always says Harry's full name.
    • Rita Skeeter is almost always referred to by her full name in narration. However, she is occasionally referred to as "Rita" in dialogue.
  • In the novel Deadline the four year old brother of the main character's love interest refers to her only as "Dallas Suzuki", not anything else.
  • Anne of Green Gables:
    • There is a character named Rebecca Dew. Anne notes in a letter to her fiance that she finds it impossible not to use Rebecca Dew's full name.
    • In the first book, Gilbert is frequently referred to by his full name. This is because Anne is the narrator and she's holding a grudge against him for a slight about her hair. She uses his full name to remain civil but distant. When they become friends, she's much less formal, and eventually starts calling him "Gil."
    • Ms. Cornelia mentions offhand in Anne's House of Dreams that some of the neighbors in town have taken to naming their children in a ridiculous fashion. One of them, for instance, named their child Bertie Shakespeare Drew. In Rainbow Valley, this poor kid becomes a recurring character, friends with Anne's children, and is always referred to by his first, middle, and last name.
  • The Star Wars Legends have a number of examples.
    • In The Thrawn Trilogy, the Noghri, needing a fuller name for Han Solo, refer to him as HanClanSolo at Luke's suggestion.
    • Played with in The Hand of Thrawn duology, where we learn that the entire Empire and New Republic were unknowingly on a "core name basis" with Thrawn, whose full name was Mitth'raw'nuruodo. When Mara explains this, another character asks "So you were on a full name basis with the guy?"
    • In Outbound Flight, Mitth'raw'nuruodo and Jorj Car'das are on a Full Name Basis until Car'das says to just use his last name. In turn, Thrawn allowed Car'das to use his "core name", since Car'das mangled the pronunciation of his full one. But by the book's end, Thrawn feels they're close enough to call the human Jorj.
    • In contrast, also in Outbound Flight, Thrawn's brother Thrass and the young Jedi Lorana work together on a heroic task, but it all happens quickly enough that they never get beyond calling each other Syndic Mitth'ras'safic of the Eighth Ruling Family and Jedi Knight Lorana Jinzler.
    • In Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka, Lando befriends some very large intelligent aliens who live in the vacuum of space, and whose names are descriptions of who they are and what they've experienced. The full names of the oldest members of their race can take days to speak. Thus, Lando gradually gets more titles added to the name by which they refer to him, e.g. "Captain-Master-Lando-Calrissian-Sir", all said as though it were one word.
    • In the New Jedi Order, the Yuuzhan Vong always go by their full names, and it's explicitly stated that using just part of the name when you're not a close relative is incredibly insulting. The exceptions seem to be priests (who have only one name, on the whole), the Supreme Overlord (who is above the normal rules), and the Shamed Ones (who get no respect anyway).
    • In Choices of One, no one ever calls Nuso Esva by anything less than the full name.
  • Les Misérables has an unusual example: the narration always refers to Jean Valjean by his full name; it doesn't do this to any other character.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • The easiest way to identify a non-mortal is if they refer to the titular Percy as his full name, Perseus Jackson.
    • We see this with Rachel Elizabeth Dare, most of the time.
  • In The Boy Who Stole The Elephant, the main antagonist is referred to by both the narrator and the characters as "Mr. Catfish Williams" - never anything else. The narrator even Lampshades this.
  • The Sklorno in Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League novel series call everyone by their full names, regardless of species.
  • The Narrator does this to Marianne Engel in The Gargoyle for unexplained reasons.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Ygritte does this with Jon Snow.
  • Käpt'n Blaubär spends some time with a tribe of desert nomads who all have Overly Long Names and insist on a Full Name Basis as really basic courtesy; it's considered a mortal insult to refer to anyone by any shortening of their name, to not use a person's name when talking to them, or to mispronounce their name in any way. One of these has about five highly-similar-sounding rhyming names of perhaps ten syllables, followed by 'tennineeightsevensixfivefourthreeone' (note the lack of a 'two').
  • In For Whom the Bell Tolls, the narrator does this to the protagonist Robert Jordan.
  • The main character in John Green's Paper Towns has Margo Roth Spiegelman, of the Rule of Cool variety.
    Margo Roth Spiegelman, whose six-syllable name was often spoken in its entirety with a kind of quiet reverence.
  • In the His Dark Materials trilogy, certain characters such as Iorek Byrnison and Serafina Pekkala are almost always referred to by their full name.
  • In both the original picture books and the Animated Adaptation, the main characters of the Guess How Much I Love You series, Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare, refer to each other by their full names. It feels a bit odd, as they're strongly implied to be father and son. The animated series confirms this, and also introduces a number of other characters, all of whom are on a full-name basis with each other, apparently as a means of staying true to the style of the picture books.
  • The narration in the Martin Beck series does this with its central character, Martin Beck. There is not a single occurrence of him being referred to by only his first name or only his last name in all ten books, apart from in dialogue. Beck is the only character for which the narration does this, however.
  • Pretty much all the characters in John Corey Whaley's YA novel Where Things Come Back are referred to this way.
  • In Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and sequels, almost everyone refers to Charles Wallace (first and middle name) as such. In fact, it's a plot point during one scene, in which two doppelgangers are imitating a human, and only one out of three calls Charles Wallace his full name.
  • Anderson Biddle in Memories of Summer, from the girls' old home of Glory Bottom. Lyric explains in the narrative that they called him by his full name because "that was how you did it with town folks".
  • The 1968 children's book "Tikki Tikki Tembo" recounts the tale of Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Rushi-pip Peri Pembo, a child who nearly drowns because when his brother runs to get help, it takes too long to say his full name.
  • The Heritage of Shannara: Big Bad Rimmer Dall and Psycho for Hire Pe Ell are always referred to by their full names. No reason is given for this, though given the varied name structure within the overall series it is possible that "Pe Ell" and "Rimmer Dall" is simply the proper way to address them.
  • Goblins in Discworld have elaborate, poetic names which they consider a grievous insult to abbreviate. Any human not on Full-Name Basis with a goblin either has major N-Word Privileges — of an intercultural variety, since goblins don't do it themselves — or is likely to lose a kneecap.
  • The protagonist of Mary Cary, Frequently Martha is addressed by her full name so often that's strange when her long-lost uncle calls her Mary toward the end.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society:
    • Constance often refers to Sticky as "George Washington" when she is particularly annoyed at him (which is frequently). Sticky hates his namenote , which is exactly why she uses it often.
    • The Big Bad of the series, Mr. Curtain, at least sometimes refers to students by their full name, and at the very least refuses to use nickanmes.
  • Everyone calls Mary Poppins by her full name. When the book was adapted to film, the author, P.L. Travers, insisted that no one in the movie simply address her as "Mary".
  • The Black Company: "Toadkiller Dog" only responds to the name "Toadkiller Dog". Any attempt to abbreviate it into things like "Toadkiller" is met with blank incomprehension.
  • Amelia Bedelia doesn't like to be called simply "Amelia", she prefers her full name. The narration also refers to her consistently as "Amelia Bedelia."
  • The narrator of The Westing Game refers to several characters by their full names. That's because full names turn out to be a major plot point.
  • In the Clifford the Big Red Dog books and their various animated adaptations, Emily Elizabeth is almost always is called by the name "Emily Elizabeth" and very rarely simply "Emily."
  • In the Agaton Sax series, the protagonist Agaton Sax is always referred to as "Agaton Sax", except when Agaton Sax is going by a fake name and not by "Agaton Sax."
  • In The Someday Birds, Charlie always refers to his sister's boyfriend as Jonathan Dylan Daniels.
  • Roys Bedoys: Everyone calls Roys by his full name, even his family and his closest friends.
  • The Polish book series Kicia Kocia the titular cute kitten "Kicia Kocia" is always referred to by her both names, with very rare exceptions of being simply called 'Kicia'.

    Live-Action TV 
  • David Tench, Australia-based Channel 10's short-lived computer-generated parody of American talk-show hosts, had the habit of speaking to his celebrity guests by their full names.
  • Tracy Jordan of 30 Rock calls Liz Lemon by her full name. His wife Angie does the same.
  • The Americans: Russians refer to each other by first name and patronymic in formal settings, as is Truth in Television.
  • Arrested Development: Steve Holt!
  • Barry: Barry always refers to director Jay Roach by his full name. He also runs the two names together, suggesting that he thinks the man's name is "Jayroach."
  • Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory often refers to Amy by her full name, Amy Farrah Fowler.
  • The Borgias: Giulia Farnese is always referred to as Giulia Farnese, or else her nickname "La Bella".
  • Californication: In season 3, Rick Springfield has a recurring role playing an exaggerated version of himself. Lead character Hank Moody only ever refers to and addresses him as Rick Springfield.
  • Peter Mills on Chicago Fire, to the point where he starts doing it himself.
  • In Daddy's Daughters, Galina Sergeevna Vasnetsova (Liza Arzamasova) is always addressed as Galia Sergeevna, even by her own family. This is how the Russians address adults, emphasizing that Galina Sergeevna is Wise Beyond Her Years.
  • Imogen Moreno in Degrassi spends the first half of her intro season using this trope. She stops doing it when they toned down her strangeness for the second half of the season. Which is odd, as this was the most normal thing about her at the time.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Fear Her": The Isolus always refers to its host as "Chloe Webber".
    • "Rosa": Ryan Sinclair, in full Knight Who Says "Squee" mode, addresses Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by their full names every time he speaks to them.
      "Thank you, Martin Luther King."
      "Yes, Rosa Parks?"
  • On The Flash (2014), Harry usually refers to a certain character as "DA Cecille Horton".
  • Friday Night Lights does this a lot, particularly with Tim Riggins and Matt Saracen.
  • On Friends, one of the subtle differences in "The One That Could Have Been" is that Rachel calls Joey by his full name when referring to him. To her, he's a celebrity, and just like we call celebrities by their full names (for example, we would say Matt LeBlanc when talking about the actor, not Matty), she calls him Joey Tribbiani.
  • Fringe antagonist David Robert Jones is referred to by full name in every episode he plays a part in.
  • Happens more often than one might expect in Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, due to the importance people place on family names. Common people don't even have last names, so calling someone by their full name is a way of acknowledging their nobility. What's more, noble bastardsnote  are usually shunned by society, and have special last names based on where their mother was from,note  thus invoking their full name is a way of reminding them of their oft-shunned position in society. Other examples include: Ygritte is quite fond of Jon Snow's full name and the Spice King refers to Xaro Xoan Daxos by his full name for the benefit of the audience during his introduction.
  • A variation on General Hospital. While he didn't use their first and last names, Luke Spencer consistently referred to the women in his life by their real names—sister Bobbie ("Barbara"), niece Carly ("Caroline"), friend Alexis ("Natasha"), and daughter Lulu ("Lesley Lu")—and was the only person on the show to do so.
  • In Gilmore Girls, Emily lampshades this in her jealousy over Pennilyn Lott, an old flame of Richard's: she states that Lott should never be referred to as anything other than Pennilyn Lott, indicating her wish that no one should be familiar with Pennilyn.
  • The Graham Norton Show: Graham Norton has a tendency to do this with his guests.
  • Ben Bennett on Greek. His full name is hilarious enough to be his Kappa Tau nickname.
  • On The Goldbergs, there is Dave Kim. Even his mother calls him this.
    • There is also Ruben Amaro Jr. (and Sr.), as well as Matt Bradley.
  • Characters on Hannibal always, always seem to refer to each other by their full name - Will Graham, Jack Crawford, Alana Bloom, Beverly Katz, Freddie Lounds - except, notably enough, when it comes to the good doctor himself. Alana usually calls him Hannibal, everyone else calls him Dr. Lecter.
  • In the episode "The Shrink, The Dare, Her Date and Her Brother" of Happy Endings, Dave refers to his therapist as Richard, until he finds out he prefers to be called Rick. As his last name is Rickman, Dave finds this strange and from then on, constantly refers to him by his full name.
    Dave: What kind of name is Rick Rickman, anyway?
    Alex: Its better than Dick Dickman.
    Dave: No, you can't change the first name... nevermind, I did dodge a bullet.
  • Hawkeye (2021): When Yelena Belova meets the title character's partner\successor she repeatedly calls her "Kate Bishop", which annoys Kate enough that she asks why Yelena keeps using her full name.
  • Hiro on Heroes refers to a few characters mostly by full name. For instance, he almost always uses Matt Parkman's full name. He pronounces it more like "Matto Pakman" (since he barely speaks English at the beginning), which may be why he goes for the full name, so he can be more easily understood.
  • How I Met Your Mother combines this trope with Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": at McClaren's bar, the waitress Wendy is always referred to as Wendy the Waitress.
  • Frankie Gaines, protagonist of I Am Frankie, is a teenage android who's gradually learning proper human behavior, and refers to everyone except "Mom" and "Dad" by their first and last names, even her best friend and the boy she likes. What makes this a particularly odd example is that Frankie is more than capable of behaving like a normal teenager in many regards, including falling in love, and yet she retains this one peculiar verbal tic instead of gradually shedding it.
  • In From the Cold: When Becca complains about Jenny calling her "baby", Jenny decides to go with "Rebecca Mary Leah Franklin."
  • Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?: Arnav and Khushi often refer to the other and themselves with their full names.
  • Grace Polk and Adam Rove get this fairly often, though not all the time, in Joan of Arcadia.
  • Most other characters on Lost are known by their first or last name exclusively, but Benjamin Linus and Daniel Faraday are almost invariably referred to by their full name and always refer to themselves that way.
  • Bob Rooney, a minor character from Married... with Children was never called simply 'Bob' (even his wife calls out his full name in the bedroom). The writers once explained that in every group of friends one person is always called by his full name.
  • In Merlin everyone refers to Guinevere as "Gwen", save for her Love Interests Arthur and Lancelot, who almost always call her by her full name. As of series 4, there has been an inversion. Given Gwen's rise in status, she is now frequently being addressed by most characters as "Guinevere", whilst Love Interests Arthur and Lancelot are using the pet name of "Gwen" as a sign of their more intimate relationships with her. The sole exception is Merlin, who always has (and probably always will, even once she's queen) refer to her as Gwen.
  • On The Middle Man, Noser always refers to Wendy as "Wendy Watson".
  • In Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, both of Bob Trow's characters (Bob Dog and Robert Troll) are usually referred to this way.
  • In Monty Python's Flying Circus, they did a skit which was a documentary on a forgotten baroque musician, in which every mention of his name recited his full name: "Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm".
  • One of the more distinctive speech patterns on My So-Called Life was the tendency of most of the characters to refer to the others by their full names. This varied from person to person, but the one who just about always got this treatment was Jordan Catalano.
  • NCIS' Ducky consistently calls everyone by their real names instead of their commonly used nicknames—"Timothy", "Anthony", etc.
  • On The Office (US), Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration, is always referred to as Bob Vance. And he refers to himself as "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration."
    Priest: Do you, Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration, take this woman...
  • Parks and Recreation: Chris Traeger always refers everyone by their full names. Especially "Ann Perkins". Even when he was dating her.
  • Rich ditz Mary Cherry on Popular is always referred to with her full name. (The same goes for her mother, Cherry Cherry.) Also, not only does April Tuna get this all the time, but she uses it on other people as well, most notably Carmen Ferrera.
  • The Price Is Right host Drew Carey usually refers to The Announcer, Rich Fields, by his full name, especially when asking for another contestant. Rich sometimes plays along and prefixes his copy with "All right, Drew Carey..."
  • The narrator in Pushing Daisies does this a lot. Except for Ned, who apparently doesn't have a last name.
  • In Robin Hood, Djaq usually always calls Will Scarlett and Allan-a-Dale by their full names.
  • Evan on Royal Pains always introduces himself as "Evan R. Lawson, CFO of HankMed."
  • While everyone on Sam & Cat assumed Goomer was either his first name or a nickname, his actual name was from French: Gieux Merr (phonetically the same as Goomer).
  • On Saturday Night Live, Tom Hanks is at one point inducted into the Five Timers club for hosting the show five times. During the sketch, he gets to meet Paul Simon, whom he calls "Mr. Simon", but is subsequently told "Please, call me 'Paul'.". Then he runs into Steve Martin, who tells him "Tom, Tom old bean! Let's have a look at you. That robe fits you smashingly." Tom Hanks, enthusiastically thanks him— "Thanks, Mr. Martin." To which he responds "Please, call me Mr. Steve Martin."
  • Seinfeld:
    • The main characters always refer to their friend Joe Mayo as Joe Mayo. When he asks one of them to do a favor, they even reply, "Sure thing, Joe Mayo."
    • Also, Kramer's offscreen pal Bob Sacomano. Unusual because Kramer usually has friends who are only identified by one name (Newman, Spector, Lomez, Brody, even himself before "Cosmo" was revealed in Season 6), but Bob Sacomano is always Bob Sacomano.
    • There's also Crazy Joe Davola. When Elaine briefly dates him (before having found out about the "crazy" part), she refers to him as Joe or Joey, but Jerry and Kramer always refer to him as Crazy Joe Davola.
  • Stargate SG-1: Teal'c always refers to Daniel Jackson by his full name, pronouncing it as though it were one word, and leaving out the salutation "Doctor". Any character without a title (Jonas Quinn, Ronon Dex, Vala Mal Doran) is referred to by full name. He'll use ranks or titles in place of first names with others ("General Hammond", "Captain/Major/Colonel Carter") although Colonel/General O'Neill is usually simply O'Neill. Fans have theorized that it's due to the nature of Jaffa names (one word with an apostrophe somewhere, for the most part.) He's calling them "Daniel'Jackson" or "Major'Carter" as if they were Jaffa, while O'Neill already has the apostrophe.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Seven of Nine always addresses Naomi Wildman by her full name. Seven doesn't do this with everyone, though.
  • In Taskmaster Australia, Tom Gleeson is the Taskmaster and his assistant is Tom Cashman. In the first episode, Gleeson makes a point of always addressing and referring to Cashman in full as "Tom Cashman", as if to say that there's room for only one "Tom" on the show and he's got dibs.
  • Toast of London: One of the two producers who oversees all of Steven Toast's voice-over work has a Running Gag where he always begins whatever he's going to say with, "Hello Steven, this is Clem Fandango. Can you hear me?" To which Steven gives increasingly exasperated responses of, "Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango!"
  • Lois Habiba from Torchwood almost always refers to herself with both names.
  • Colin Robinson in What We Do in the Shadows (2019) is just about always referenced and addressed by his full name, even self-referentially. In fact, in one episode he corrects his assistant from calling him 'Mr Robinson' to Colin Robinson.

  • The eponymous murderer in "Shia LaBeouf" is almost always referred by first name and last name, "Shia LaBeouf". The only time it isn't is when he's revealed to be Not Quite Dead, and the chorus exclaims, "Shia Surprise!"
  • The bassist of Reel Big Fish is referred to in the CD booklets as: Matt "mattwong" Wong.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates are always officially credited by their full names. If a CD calls them "Hall & Oates" (usually budget live albums), you can be sure they didn't approve it.
  • The biggest-selling musician in the history of the contemporary Christian genre grew up in far western Kentucky as Steve Chapman. When he entered the industry in the mid-1980s, there was already a prominent musician of that name, and the younger Chapman has recorded under his full name of Steven Curtis Chapman ever since.
  • Music fans of a certain age will likely remember the 1975 hit "Wildfire" by singer-songwriter Michael Murphey. He has continued to record in the pop, country, and western genres to this day, but became an example of this trope at around the same time that Steven Curtis Chapman did. Murphey decided to branch into acting, and discovered that there was already an actor named Michael Murphy. The musician began using his full name of Michael Martin Murphey in both his musical and acting pursuits.
  • The song "Totes My Prez" by Miscellaneous always refers to its subject as "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson".


    Pro Wrestling 
  • After Carly got his Carlito Caribbean Cool gimmick, he's almost always referred to by it in full while in WWC, especially after they also signed his parody from IWA Puerto Rico, El Sensacional Carlitos.
  • The majority of pro wrestling groups prefer to be referred to by initials (FMW, ECW, WSU, CZW, RoH, etc.), but Memphis Ladies Wrestling backpedaled and urged fans to refer to them by their full name after changing to Magnificent Ladies Wrestling due to legal fears. At least until they added an "Of" to their name (MLOW).
  • Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, owner of the NWA since 2017, has generally been called by his full name of William Patrick Corgan in all NWA-related media. The use of "Patrick" hasn't been universal since mid-2021, but "William" continues to be consistently used, and more often than not the full name still appears.

  • Radio talk shows will often do this with featured guests, for the benefit of people just tuning it.
  • In Bleak Expectations, most of the main cast tend to be referred to like this. The only one who isn't is Pippa Bin, the main character's sister, and wife of his best friend, Harry Biscuit.
  • Radio Sketch Show That Mitchell and Webb Sound features "Master Hinjuku for whom the Mountains of Hinshao Cleft in Twain his Passage to Allow". He's really good with air conditioning.

  • Kjell Bjarne in the play Elling is rarely if ever referred to as anything other than "Kjell Bjarne". Curiously, his roommate and the main character of the play, Elling himself, is an Only One Name.
  • I Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia Dell'Arte Troupe in the Entire World! They've got their fans more or less trained so anytime anyone says "I Sebastiani", it gets followed up with "the Greatest Commedia Dell'Arte Trouble in the Entire World!"
  • Hamilton: At no point during the play is Aaron Burr ever referred to by simply Aaron. Hamilton occasionally calls him Burr after their friendship deteriorates, but other than that, he's Aaron Burr to everyone.

    Tabletop Games 
  • This is actually an honor in BattleTech for the Clans. In the Clans, warriors are only given one name at birth and have to earn the right to bear a surname. This is because the warrior caste reproduces via genetic engineering rather than natural biology and therefore can only further their line by being chosen for inclusion into future generations, the ultimate goal of any warrior. Possessing a surname—known in the Clans as a Bloodname—is the only way to be accepted into the breeding program, essentially a guarantee of immortality through one's offspring since genetic legacies are not merely used once but often stored for repeated uses. Therefore, Clan warriors who are Bloodnamed often insist on and receive the Full Name Basis treatment as a testament to their achievement.

    Video Games 
  • In general, given enough character space, it is entirely possible for players to invoke this trope in any game that allows for customisable names. Secret of Evermore is one such example, due to a ridiculously-long name entry space.
  • Amane in Devil Survivor almost always calls the protagonist by his full name.
  • Diablo gives us Deckard Cain, who outside of some Early-Installment Weirdness in the first game is almost always referred to by his full name both in-universe and out.
  • Donkey Kong is rarely addressed to just as "Donkey". He's also called "DK" for short.
  • Final Fantasy
    • In Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Shelke always refers to Vincent as "Vincent Valentine". Once or twice she just calls him Vincent, but she plays it straight the overwhelming majority of the time.
    • Then there's Final Fantasy IX, in which there are two black mages raising a baby chocobo... Bobby Corwen. Giving a chocobo a last name in the first place is noteworthy, but they say "Bobby Corwen" enough that Eiko points out, "Can't you just call him by his first name...?" It's worth mentioning, though, that this is also likely a shout out with "Bo"bby "Co"rwen referring to Boco, from Final Fantasy V and VIII. (Although the black mages themselves might just not understand that you don't always use last names...)
  • In GrimGrimoire, Advocat has a lot of fun fully pronouncing Lillet Blan's full name.
  • In Half-Life 2, the Vortigaunts prefer a combination of Last-Name Basis and Spell My Name with a "The" ("The Freeman", "The Magnusson"), but for the father-and-daughter team of the Vances, they have to use both names (most notably in the healing sequence in Episode Two where they call her "The Alyx Vance" every time).
  • David Crenshaw, of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., to the point that his actual callsign is almost All There in the Manual.
  • In I Miss the Sunrise, formal and/or stoic characters tend to address Ros as "Ouranos", while more informal and/or emotional characters will address Ros by his/her first name. Fitting the pattern, the extremely formal and emotionless Typelog employees address Ros on a Full Name Basis.
  • League of Legends prefers to identify champions in-game with either their first or last name alone, but this trope is played straight with Renata Glasc, the Chem-Baroness, who — like any good capitalist with a widespread brand — wants you to know exactly who she is.
  • Date Masamune of Sengoku Basara always refers to his rival Sanada Yukimura by his full name. Yukimura goes through varying degrees of this, though he eventually graduates to First-Name Basis with an honorific speech-wise, but still uses Masamune's full name during Inner Monologue s.
  • In Syberia, Oscar always refers to Kate Walker by her full name. Even when she insists on being simply called Kate, he says that he has already catalogued her under her full name and cannot call her anything else.
  • Lampshaded in the video game Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam:
    Budd: Have you ever noticed that everyone calls Tony Hawk "Tony Hawk"?
  • In a variant, Jimmy T. from the WarioWare franchise is nearly always referred to as such — not by simply "Jimmy" or his full name "Jimmy Thang". It's retroactively justified in Smooth Moves with the introduction of Jimmy P., his Identical Stranger.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • DC Super Hero Girls features no secret identities. Everyone is referred to as their superhero name... Except for Green Lantern, who goes by "Hal Jordan". Granted, there are several Green Lanterns, but this version of the DCSHG continuity only has Hal for most of its run, before being replaced completely with another one (Jessica Cruz) in its fourth season.
  • In Homestar Runner The Cheat's name is always The Cheat, making for some weird dialogue, such as, "Awesome! My very own The Cheat!" Also, the Brothers Strong are always called Strong Bad/Sad/Mad, even between each other. Nobody ever calls Pom Pom "Pom", always "Pom Pom". This applies to other characters like Pan Pan, Sickly Sam, and The Homestar Runner (the "old-timey" one, not the "modern" one, who's typically just "Homestar").
  • A majority of The Most Popular Girls in School characters are referred to by their full names. Examples include Mackenzie Zales, Shay van Buren, Ashley Katchadourian, Rachel Tice, Jenna Darabond, Jenna Dapananian, Matthew Derringer, Saison Marguerite...the list goes on, including even minor characters like Jennifer McMinamin, Lunch Lady Belinda, and Tanya Berkowitz and her crew. The only people who are not regularly referred to by their full names are Deandra (who doesn't seem to have a last name, but whose full name might very well be "Deandra The New Girl"), Trisha (whose last name is Cappelletti, but is said far more rarely than the other main characters' last names), the other Trisha (who also has no last name but is sometimes called Trisha 2), Blaine (also has no last name) and Jonathan (who prefers the even shorter "Than")
  • Funny Foreigner Nelly Smith from Senpai Club is always referred to by her full name, even by herself.

    Web Comics 

    Web Video 
  • Tank Mann, from The Cry of Mann, is always called "Tank Mann", even by his children.
  • Rich Evans of RedLetterMedia is credited as such more often than not, even when everyone else is listed by first name only.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Marceline's Gender Flip counterpart Marshall Lee.
  • In Angela Anaconda, Angela prefers to call people by their full names. Everyone just kind of accepts it as a part of her quirkiness. Because of this, Angela's friends have also picked up the habit of sometimes referring to people by their full names as well.
  • Thor does this in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force:
    • One Highbreed refers to the main character as "Ben, Ben Tennyson"; the way he introduced himself.
    • Rath addresses everybody by their full name.
  • BoJack Horseman:
    • Mr. Peanutbutter is always referred to as Mr. Peanutbutter (to the point where Diane considers it odd when Pickles calls him "Mister"). His brother, Captain Peanutbutter, also falls into this trope. Even between themselves, when we are shown they are actually really close brothers, they still refer to each other by full name.
    • Also applies with Princess Carolyn, with the exception of Rutabaga, who prefers to call her "Carolyn". In the second season finale, when PC moves into her own office, without Rutabaga, Rutabaga shouts, "Carolyn, wait!" to which she replies, "My name is ''Princess'' Carolyn!"
    • Additionally, the show's version of Margo Martindale is always referred to as "Character Actress Margo Martindale".
  • "A Pimp named Slickback" from The Boondocks.
  • On Charlie and Lola, Lola's imaginary friend is always referred to as Soren Lorenson.
  • Every single celebrity to guest-star on Family Guy.
  • Some robots in Futurama, such as Fry's Lucy Liu-bot, would address people by their full names and in Robo Speak.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series:
    • Aya, the Robot Spaceship Girl, did this. However, since the other characters had Only One Name, it was only noticable with Hal Jordan, the others being called "Sergeant Kilowog" and "Razer".
    • Appa Ali Apsa tended to call Hal "Hal Jordan of Sector 2814", or simply "2814".
  • In at least one episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, the villain of the week refers to the protagonist as Mr. Chan, Jackie Chan after the character introduced himself ala James Bond.
  • Yori always referred to Kim Possible by her full name, and usually Dr. Drakken would do the same.
  • King of the Hill.
    • Everybody recognizes John Redcorn using his full name.
    • Kahn and Minh Souphanousinphone always address the Hills by their full names (when they aren't derisively calling them "hillbillies" or "rednecks").
  • Penny Ling from Littlest Pet Shop (2012) is always referred to by full name, for no immediately obvious reason.
  • Heel–Face Turn Robot Buddy Cytro addresses Max Steel by his full name.
  • Most characters in Motorcity, outside of the Burners, almost always refer to the main character as "Mike Chilton."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Almost every character has a two-word name. As such, characters such as Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie are called by their full names on a regular basis, though abbreviating it to just "Rainbow" or "Pinkie" is fairly common in the show. Other characters such as Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle are referred to exclusively with both names. One notable aversion is Twilight Sparkle, whose name "Sparkle" is usually dropped unless addressed by her enemies, or as a Full-Name Ultimatum.
    • In "Hearthbreakers", Pinkie calls two of her sisters — Marble Pie and Limestone Pie — by their full names constantly. Her eldest sister Maud, whenever she appears in the show, is exempt from this.
  • In Over the Garden Wall, Jason Funderberker is usually referred to this way, though occasionally characters use Last-Name Basis instead.
  • The Owl House: In the season three episode "For the Future", the main characters learn that one of the supporting characters, Mattholomule, is actually named Matt Tholomule when hearing someone call for a "Captain Tholomule". He just didn't care enough to address the issue.
    Willow: Captain who?
    Gus: Wait. Has Tholomule been your last name this whole time!?
    (Matt shrugs)
  • Gwen Mezzro on Pepper Ann.
  • On Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Doofensmirtz constantly refers to Perry the Platypus in this fashion.
  • Recess:
    • The character Sue Bob Murphy is always addressed as such.
    • A meta-example: fans almost always refer to Becky Benson from "A Science Fair to Remember" by her full name, mainly to avoid confusion with T.J.'s sister with the same first name.
  • On South Park, Scott Malkinson is usually referred to by his full name, though Butters has been known to address him as "Scott."
  • Cad Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, likely because Star Wars already had another bad guy named Bane.
  • Hay Lin from W.I.T.C.H. is almost always referred to by her full name.
  • Everyone in the Winnie the Pooh franchise refers to Christopher Robin in this fashion. Most of the franchise never makes it clear if "Robin" is his middle name (as it was for his real-life namesake) or his surname, but either way, no one ever just calls him "Christopher." The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh explicitly departs from real life and makes "Robin" his surname, making him a fully straight example of this trope.

  • Sometimes occurs with certain characters, such as Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! from Disgaea who (at least on this wiki) is always referred to as exactly that, Bold Inflation and all.
    • Similarly the DC universe character Solomon Grundy is rarely called anything but Solomon Grundy and almost never Solomon or Grundy.
    • Ahem... BRIAN BLESSED!
  • Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM! But oddly, only here on the Wiki. In-continuity, he gets called what's appropriate to the station of the person addressing him.
  • Othar Trygvassen, Gentleman Adventurer!
  • Also happens for series with long names, usually they are namespaced by the full name, so linking then via Wiki Words is prone to this. For example, Neon Genesis Evangelion (which is informally referred as just Evangelion, NGE or Eva), but in our articles (and especially in the mouse-hovering thingy) you'll most likely see in its full name.

    Real Life 
  • In Russian, the normal method of addressing is to use the Patronymic, but not the family name.
  • In Chinese-speaking areas, people invariably introduce themselves and are referred to by their full name, and it is quite normal even for friends to use their full name in everyday conversation, unless they have titles or nicknames (including 'English names', which are often treated as nicknames). The use of the given name without the surname is often an indicator of a closer, sometimes more intimate relationship (e.g. a teacher who is particularly close to their students may do so).
  • The more serious biologists and scientists will exclusively refer to any living organism by its entire binomial, sometimes trinomial name, known to us as "scientific name". This is justified by a number of reasons. Depending on the region, many living beings can have a plethora of common names even in the same language, which is rather confusing, as well as the the fact that completely unrelated species are known to share common names in some cases, not to mention that there are several species whose data is so deficient, they do not even have a common name to begin with. And since we keep discovering more and more species each year, giving them all a common name isn't an exactly easy endeavour.
    • Speaking of scientific names, we have good ol' Tyrannosaurus rex, the only dinosaur even people with casual knowledge of prehistoric life will usually always be able to address by its entire scientific nomenclature.
  • In the West, it's necessary when referring to a famous person whose first and last name are too common to identify them alone.
    • When someone shares their name with an already well known celebrity, this is taken further by using the middle name.
  • This could happen if multiple people in a school/work environment share the same name, in order to differentiate them.
  • When George H. W. Bush first met his squadron during World War II, he introduced himself to each person as "George Herbert Walker Bush". His squadron mates thought this was annoying and hilarious that they addressed him by his full name from then on. They even made it his callsign.

Alternative Title(s): Only Known By The Full Name