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"My name isn't Zura. it's Katsura!"
Katsura, Gintama

There are some people who explicitly prefer to be called by their name. In fact these people are often irritated with nicknames.

Of course they normally have reason for this. Perhaps they find the nicknames childish while they prefer to be formal and serious, maybe they are extremely proud of their name, or they are so aloof they dislike the closeness implied in nicknaming. At any rate, this character will almost always be some sort of a uptight stick-in-the-mud or fussy straight man to his more irritating castmates.

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Compare and contrast Accidental Misnaming and Malicious Misnaming. Contrast Do Not Call Me "Paul" (when a guy with an alias doesn't like to be called with his real name). Also see They Call Me Mister Tibbs (for insistent titling). As essentially Insistent Terminology for names, expect them to get along with one or fewer of the following: First-Name Basis, Last-Name Basis, Full-Name Basis. Expect them to be at odds with The Nicknamer, for obvious reasons. With them, everything but their prefered name may be Terms of Endangerment.

Compare to Embarrassing Nickname.


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Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun, Misaka Mikoto hates when Touma calls her ''Biri-Biri/Sparky" for apparently she finds it childish and explicitly wants him to call her by name .
  • Gintama: "Zura Janai, Katsura daaa!" (It's not Zura, it's Katsura!) This is the catch phrase of Katsura Kotarou, who demands to be called by his name. Even if he's supposed to be undercover or keeping a low profile. This occasionally gets parodied.
    • If this trope gets a Japanese version, this example would probably be the Trope Namer.
  • In Magical Domiko, the Show Within a Show from Nanaka 6/17, Domiko's sidekick is always referred to by her as Pikota... even though he constantly insists his name is Pikoto.
  • Kaoru from Tamayura hates when Norie calls her Kao-tan and immediately denies the nickname to no avail.

    Comic Books 
  • In PS238, Lady Alexandria von Fogg will be addressed as such. She doesn't even let the Praetorian Academy staff call her by a code name, let alone tolerate Kevin calling her "Alex".
  • The third Robin, Timothy Jackson Drake-Wayne, prefers Tim but will answer to either of his last names and Timothy but he will immediately correct anyone calling him Timmy.

    Fan Works 
  • Allirea in Radiance, while more visibly an example of the opposite of this trope, also hates being nicknamed herself. This could be because Demetri, who has vampire-mate-bonded with her and doesn't comprehend that half-vampires don't automatically reciprocate like full vampires do, insists on calling her "Alli".
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    Film — Animated 
  • The bulldog Francis from Disney's Oliver & Company insists upon "Francis", which the chihuahua Tito abuses with sadistic abandon. Francis fancies himself a Shakespearean thespian; in reality, he plays dead as part of a street hustle.
    "My name is Francis. Not Frank. Not Frankie. Fran-cis."

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Annie Hall, Alvy's friend Rob insists on addressing him as "Max", arguing, "It's a good name for you."

    Literature 
  • This is one of the characteristics of the goblins in Discworld. They all have names like The Tears Of The Mushroom and Of The Twilight The Darkness, and if you shorten this name in any way, it stops being their name. (Exception: there's a goblin policeman in Raising Steam called Of The Chimney The Bones, who allows his superior officer to call him "Boney". A footnote mentions that this is a special privilege.)
  • The Dresden Files: Zig-zagged with the archangel Uriel, who absolutely refuses to let The Nicknamer Harry Dresden call him "Uri". After some consideration, Harry proposes "Mr. Sunshine", which he hesitantly accepts. Since Harry was unwittingly removing the name of Uriel's patron God from his name, Uriel's uncharacteristic anxiety is understandable.note 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Burn Notice episode 'Scatter Point' has an undercover Michael tell the Villain of the Week to call him "Joseph," not "Joe." He otherwise plays Joseph cool and aloof, not as somebody interested in ingratiating himself with the robbery gang.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor always objects to being called "Doc", although the seventh (after a few protests) put up with being called "Professor" by Ace.
    • "Voyage of the Damned": Bannakaffalatta does not appreciate attempts to shorten his name.
      The Doctor: Look, can I just call you Banna? It's going to save a lot of time.
      Bannakaffalatta: No! Bannakaffalatta.
  • How I Met Your Mother. Robin hates being called by nicknames, even Ted's own.
    • Barney hates the group's nickname for him, "Swarley".
  • M*A*S*H. If you're on a First-Name Basis with him, Major Winchester is Charles, not Charlie, and certainly not "Chuck".
  • In The Sarah Jane Adventures, with the notable exception of the Doctor, Sarah Jane does not like it when people attempt to drop the "Jane" from her name.
  • Inverted in The Thick of It with Steve Fleming, when Julius Nicholson refers to him as "Stephen", Fleming yells back "Steve!"
  • The Wonder Years had an episode titled "Coda" which featured Kevin playing piano in a recital against a very formal, prim and proper boy named Ronald Hirschmuller. Kevin calls him Ron at one point and is told sternly by him to refer to him as Ronald.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Basic Dungeons & Dragons module IM1 The Immortal Storm. In Part 3 "The Sound of Music" the PC Immortals meet a tonal named Seesquafore. She "does not like nicknames or any shorter form of address."

    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue. Taokaka The Nicknamer induces this with basically the whole cast.
    Taokaka: Hi Boobie Lady!
    Litchi: It's "Litchi".
    Taokaka: Oh! Okay Boobie Lady!
  • Interestingly, although Subaru from Ensemble Stars! is The Nicknamer, he himself doesn't like being called by a nickname... which is, of course, exactly why Natsume made one up for him.
  • Dark Pit, from Kid Icarus: Uprising hates the many nicknames characters give him throughout the game. This works both as a Running Gag, and it shows off his more gloomy personality that mirrors the original Pit.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Everlasting Summer, Olga Dmitrievna forces everyone to refer to her by her full name at all times. And don't you dare refer to Alisa as "Dva-cheh".

    Web Animation 
  • Multiple occurrences on Battle for Dream Island:
    • Needle HATES being called "Needy" and will slap anyone who does so in her presence. Even through the TLC.
    • Puffball also doesn't like being called "Puffy". She doesn't slap though, because she's nice/has no limbs.
    • Pencil is Pence-Pence only to her friends.

    Western Animation 
  • In Daria, Mack is often referred to as "Mack-Daddy" by Kevin, despite his insistence that Kevin stop calling him that. "Mack" is also a nickname (his real name is Michael Mackenzie); he doesn't seem to mind it, though it's notable that his girlfriend Jodie calls him "Michael," indicating that he might prefer it.
  • Kaeloo hates being called nicknames. Especially the nickname "Priscilla".
  • The Legend of Korra: When Aang and Toph were twelve, she took to calling him Twinkle-Toes. Decades later, when Aang is responsible for keeping the world balanced and Toph is the chief of police for Republic City, she still calls him Twinkle-Toes, something he feels no longer befits his age or position. And later still, twenty years after Aang's death and the Avatar spirit is reborn in Korra.
  • Zigzagged with Rebecca Cunningham from Disney's Talespin series. When she's being intractable or Baloo's being obstinate, she insists upon "Rebecca." However, when these two characters are more amenable, "Becky" and "Beckers" get a pass.
  • In VeggieTales, St. Nicholas as a boy is this. Octavius calls hims things like "Nick Jr." and "Nicky", much to Nicholas's chagrin.

    Real Life 
  • Real Life Abraham Lincoln hated being called "Abe". This fact was a damning piece of evidence that unveiled a notorious hoax regarding a stash of scandalous love letters supposedly from him to Ann Rutledge; they were all signed "Abe".


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