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Kelso: Listen up, faces. In order to save us all some time, I will call all the males "Daves" and all the females "Debbies".
Debbie: "Debbie"'s actually my name!
Kelso: Then out of fairness to the others you will be "Slagathor". Daves, Debbies, Slagathor, I will be in my office; if you need anything feel free to bother Dorian.

There are many ways for people, friends, and family members to address each other, each with its own nuanced Subtext for that particular relationship. This often factors in and includes such things as age, respect, social station, and gender.


So when a son calls his dad by first name, or a "friend" will only ever address you as "Hey, you! Yeah, you," people take notice... and offense.

There are many, many variations, but the general gist of Hey You is that someone deliberately calls another that deserves respect by first name, an insult, wrong gender, wrong honorifics, wrong pronouns, the wrong name altogether, or just plain "you".

A change in Hey You can serve lots of purposes other than establishing a disdainful relationship. A Deadpan Snarker or The Nicknamer suddenly calling the hero by name is a sign of hard-earned respect or seriously dire circumstances, likewise a boy calling his stepfather "Dad", or a drop in formality when Doctor Pretentious insists you call her Jane. Or the reverse, if Jane insists on "Doctor Pretentious".


One particularly odd subtrope is that parents, especially those in cartoons, often do not have names. People are forced to either call them by last name, or "Timmy's Mom" note .

The trope also comes to play in video games where you have multiple playable characters. Why bother altering every NPC's dialogue to address each character by name when you can have all dialogue just call every player character "you" and be done with it? Although a lot of games avert this with Hello, [Insert Name Here].

See also Only Known by Their Nickname and Race Name Basis. Not to be confused with the "You!" Exclamation. Or "Hey, You!" Haymaker. Compare Terms of Endangerment. Not to be confused with Hey, Wait!. Has nothing to do with the Pink Floyd song of the same name or that Pokémon spinoff.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • During the early part of their relationship, Inuyasha never refers to Kagome by name, much to her annoyance. He starts addressing her by name after they team up to take on Yura.
  • Tyki Mikk from D.Gray-Man is pretty much always referring to his foe Allen as "boy".
  • Genma Saotome in Ranma ½ tends to call Ranma "Boy" (although not exclusively so), even/especially when Ranma is in girl form.
  • Nanjiroh Echizen also refers to his son Ryoma as "boy" sometimes in The Prince of Tennis. Additional, Momoshiro and Kaidoh call each other "Mamushi" and "moron", and Kamio also refers to Kaidoh as "mamushi". Until Kaidoh becomes the Seigaku captain in his third year; Momoshiro calls him by his surname, since he's implied to be his sub-captain.
  • In Digimon Data Squad, Piyomon calls Masaru just that, prompting a reaction of "Where's my honorific?"
  • Digimon Adventure 02:
    • A jealous Daisuke calls Takeru 'omae', prompting Hikari to angrily reply, "It's not you, it's Takeru-kun."
      • The joke here, for those who don't know the nuances of Japanese language, is that Daisuke actually added the honorific "-kun" to the "omae" part. That's right, he just said "you" as Takeru's name.
      • The dub rendered this as "Hey, buddy!" for that particular line, and then continued the theme with Davis calling TK TO, TS, TA, etc.
    • During his time as the Digimon Kaiser, Ken Ichijouji dislikes being called "Ken-chan" by Wormmon whom he views as a slave/worm and demands him to be called "Digimon Kaiser". Early on, this is hint that Wormmon is actually Ken's Partner Digimon and it would later serve as sign of Wormmon's loyalty to Ken's true self.
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: In Part 4: Loss, at the time the Partner Digimon have lost their memories, Gabumon calls Yamato "Yamato-kun", thus Taichi gets offended when Gabumon doesn't address him with a honorific.
  • One Piece:
    • For Zoro, Sanji is just "Cook" and for Sanji, Zoro is just "Marimo" (in the original) or "Mosshead" (in the dub). The times they have called each other by their names can be counted in a single hand.
    • This is one of of Robin's main characteristics, and also one of the most overlooked due to how subtle it is. It's very rare for her to actually utter the name of someone she's talking to (or just referring to) in any dialogue; Robin's defense mechanism to protect her feelings pushes her into being as impersonal as possible to people she meets. However, once Robin found her place with the Straw Hats she started using their names, though she didn't entirely drop this habit until after the Time Skip.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
    • Syaoran calls Sakura anything but her name (usually preferring just "Hey You" or Omae in Japanese, which is a rude form of you). In some dubs where this is Lost in Translation, when he absolutely has to use her name, he goes for Last-Name Basis, while in the Cardcaptors English "dub" this point is lost altogether. He doesn't use her real name until the episode they're locked in an elevator together and Sakura falls through a mysterious hole. He's so shocked that he yells for her, calling her "Sakura", and when she floats back up by using the Float card, she acknowledges the change with happiness. Because of this, Sakura feels obliged to refer to Syaoran formally as "Li-kun". The moment he finally refers to her by first name, she asks if she can do the same, leading her to gleefully call out "Syaoran-kun" any moment she can.
    • Also, Kero never refers to Syaoran and Meiling by their names either. He uses 'kozou' (closest translation might be 'punk', but is sometimes translated as "kid") with Syaoran, with Meiling going by 'komusume' (girl punk). He never calls either of them "gaki" aka "brat"; the one who does is Sakura's brother Touya.
  • In the third Rebuild of Evangelion movie, the protagonist is rescued by someone he believes to be his long-term comrade and possibly love interest Ayanami Rei. After a while of failing to get any sort of recognition or reaction out of her and generally observing loads of disturbing empty-shell-like behavior from her, he finds out that "Ayanami Rei" was, in fact, the codename for a series of mass-produced artificial soldiers, and that the " Ayanami Rei" he used to know died a long time ago, despite his futile attempt to save her life. From that point on, he refuses to refer to the currently active clone by her name, reserving it for his fallen comrade. It leads to several situations where he refers to the current clone in roundabout manners such as "Why are we not alone?" to question the reason for her presence, or calling her "that other pilot.". Being told that she isn't who her programming tells her she is ends up throwing the current clone into a full-blown identity crisis accumulating into a Heel–Face Turn of sorts.
    • In the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinji and Kaworu almost never refers to each other by name. Shinji only calls Kaworu by name three times: "Nagisa-kun" (around the time they just met), "Nagisa Kaworu!!" (the frustrated yell after finding out Kaworu is an Angel) and a last "Nagisa". And Kaworu calls Shinji by his name exactly one time, in their first meeting: "Ikari Shinji-kun". Other than that, they usually prefer just "kimi" for the other, signifying their more strained and tension-filled relationship, unlike their more loving relationship in the anime.
  • ×××HOLiC features both the Defrosting Ice Queen version and the Abusive Parents one.
  • Kurogane of Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, being the gruffy guy he is, never calls anyone by their name, not only his pseudo-son and daughter. Fai (who is his canon Love Interest, mind you) never gets any more than "idiot" or "mage". Not even the Emperess of Nihon is safe. Well, everyone but Tomoyo, though he never uses Keigo which is rather impolite (read: extremely rude). Souma is constantly on his case about it, too. Souma, by the by, also has the honour of being called by her name once. Either out of surprise or because she trained him/he respects her isn't clear.
  • In the first episode of Soul Eater, Soul twice refers to Maka with a term that has been translated as either "shorty" or "tiny-tits."
  • In Ikki Tousen, Hakufu usually refers to others by cutesy nicknames derived from their names: "Gaku-chan" for Gakushuu, "Mou-chan" for Ryomou, "Ryu-chan" for Ryuubi, "Fu-chin" for Ryoufu, "Ton-chan" for Kakouton, "U-chan" for Ukitsu, and so forth. The only ones she refers to by name are her adoptive sister Chuubou and her cousin Koukin.
    • Likewise, Kan'u is called "Kan-san" by the other two girls in her Power Trio, Ryuubi and Chouhi, whom she calls by their first names. (And of course, Hakufu calls her "Kan-chan")
  • In Hell Girl, Tsugumi calls her father "Hajime-chan".
  • Ban in Get Backers tends to address Ginji's friends with mean nicknames, such as monkey-trainer for Shido and thread-spool for Kazuki. (Although different translators use different names: ADV Films used "monkey boy" and "thread spinner", while Tokyopop uses "string-boy".) A flashback reveals that Ban originally had one of these for Ginji (lightning brat), before they got used to each other. Himiko mostly calls Ginji "you" (if she speaks to him at all) and thinks of him by his full name.
  • In Cromartie High School, both Kamiyama and Hayashida call Hokuto's henchman this, prompting him to try to reveal his name to them without any success.
  • Chang Wu Fei from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing referred to Lucrezia Noin as "woman" precisely once, when the two were opponents in a heated battle and didn't know each others' names. Unfortunately for Wu Fei, fan portrayals of him cite that one instance as concrete proof that he's a He-Man Woman Hater.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, Gauron tends to address certain people in an overly familiar way, and being the Jerkass he is, becomes even more persistent about calling them that way when they express discomfort and anger. Towards Sousuke, he insists on continuing to call him "Kashim" (and occasionally "Honey"), which Sousuke hates, because Gauron is not his friend. And then he called John Dunnigan by his first name "John," to which Dunnigan angrily told him to not do, since he only allows close friends to call him that. Gauron's response? Attack him, hold a gun to his privates, and threaten to shoot them off if he doesn't let him call him that.
    • In the novels he also calls Kaname "Kana-chan," something only her best friend Kyoko calls her.
    • He also addresses Kalinin in a very casual manner, calling him "Ivan", a name no one else uses with him.
      • It should be noted that "Ivan" is not Kalinin's first name — which is Andrei. "Ivan" is more like an insulting way of addressing a Russian, and it's been widely used during the Cold War, at least in the European countries.
  • The original Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z features the Ginyu Force calling Vegeta "Vegeta-chan", which, of course, pisses him off.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Teana addresses Caro as "chibi-ko" (translated as "little one" or "kid") until learning her name. During the first season, Fate tends to refer to Nanoha as "you", or "that girl" until the Say My Name scene in the last episode.
  • In Ah! My Goddess, Keichi's and Megumi's parents require them to call them by names rather than "Mom" and "Dad".
  • Bleach:
    • Uryuu Ishida calls his father by his given name. They are not on good terms.
    • Ishida doesn't like being called by his first name by most characters. Ichigo calls almost everyone by their first name, even Shinigami captains. (Some of them are very annoyed at this.)
  • Invoked by minor villain Dosu during an early Naruto arc after realizing he was an Unwitting Pawn to Orochimaru.
    • A hard-to-spot recurring example would be Shikamaru and Temari, who never once address each other by their proper names throughout their shared screentime, even in the anime filler. Shikamaru addresses her brothers Gaara and Kankurō by their names but settles on "that girl" or "this person" when referring to Temari herself (outside of one slip up in the English dub at the beginning of Shippūden). Temari, by contrast, usually settles for "crybaby" or some other derivative. This oddly remains in place long into Boruto where they've married and sired a son.
  • Hellsing: Alucard purposely refuses to call his apprentice by her name, Seras Victoria, resorting instead to the sneering nickname "Police Girl," which shows his disdain for her reluctance to drink blood and embrace her vampire nature in full. On the other hand, when he does address her by name, shit has officially hit the fan.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima of Durarara!! is prone to this, either forgetting appropriate honorifics or forgetting names entirely, mostly because he doesn't really know any better. Tom notes that this is probably one of the reasons people would pick fights with him in school.
  • Takeru of The Devil Does Exist greets his crush's crush as Yuu-chan. Both Kayano and Kamijou are naturally horrified; this is not an introductory phrase. Of course, he wasn't feeling too friendly towards Kamijou, being his rival and all.
  • Van of GUN×SWORD is horrible with names, rarely even remembering the names of people he travels with for months. (He learns Wendy's name after a few episodes and one of the first clues that Priscilla is a love interest is the fact that he remembers her name right off the bat.) One the rare occasions when he does address people by name, he almost never uses honorifics.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: When Utena wins her first duel with Saionji, Anthy stops referring to Saionji as -sama and starts using -senpai to indicate she no longer has any obligation to be subservient to him. Conversely, when Utena loses Anthy to Touga, she calls her "Utena-san" until Utena recovers her spirits and wins a second duel.
  • In the beginning of Dazzle, Rahzel fights with Alzeid over this.
    My name is Rahzel! Not "hey you" or "stupid chick" or "little rat"! I'm not some kind of small animal!
    • And when he finally does call her by her name, she gets upset because he didn't use an honorific like sama or dono. (Both are extremely formal and respectful.) She had to compromise on that, though.
  • Barnaby from Tiger & Bunny makes a point of calling Kotetsu "old man" - at least until the end of episode 13.
  • Early on in My-HiME, Natsuki, not getting along with Mai, typically calls her just "omae", in contrast to referring to most of her classmates by last name without honorifics, and Shizuru by her first name. In Episosde 9, however, she starts calling Mai by her first name, as she starts to become friends with her.
  • Hibiki from Vandread always calls Dita "omee". The first and only time he calls her by name on-screen is the very end of the series finale, signaling a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Mashiro from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou never use any Japanese Honorifics, because (1) she has No Social Skills and (2) she spent most of her formative years in the United Kingdom.
  • Kyou from Fruits Basket usually addresses people as "you" or by a nickname or their first name. He doesn't bother with honorifics, contrasting with Tohru who always uses them. Speaking of Tohru, Kyou doesn't call her by her name until the incident with his true cursed form.
  • Talking Bird Dela from Tamako Market addresses Tamako and other young female characters as "young girl", and Mochizou as "young man".
  • The talking cat Sakamoto from Nichijou gets offended when he is called "Sakamoto" instead of "Sakamoto-san" by the Professor.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Yuki never refers to Kyon by name (either his real one or that nickname), instead preferring just "you."
    • Kyon himself uses the Japanese no-honorific variant. He addresses everyone except for Haruhi by their family names, but without any honorifics. His upperclassmen are the exception, but even then he's less polite than he should be. He calls them -san ("Miss"/"Mister"), when he should be using -sempai.
  • In Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai, Yugami never calls Chihiro by name. Outside of the first chapter where he calls her "transfer student" for a grand total of one time, he refers to her as "you"note  from then onwards.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sayaka almost never call Homura by name, only "transfer student", especially after Mami's demise which she perceives as Homura's fault even though circumstance literally tied her hands. In Rebellion, that line becomes a Wham Line, as in previous scenes, it shows Sayaka in amicable relationship with Homura with proper references, and this line shows just how connected "Sayaka" is with the supposed forgotten timeline. The only occasion where she actually calls Homura by her name is during the first Drama CD set in the first timeline, where she's friendly with Homura and calls her as "Akemi-San".
  • Ever since a point in the first Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note novel when Wakatake says "that's why I hate girls" to her face, Aya always calls him without Japanese Honorifics.
    Aya's Inner Monologue: I'm not calling him Wakatake-kun anymore.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, when Kaiba shows up to harass the protagonists during Duelist Kingdom, he questions what Jonouchi is even doing there, and Bakura pipes up that Jonouchi is trying to get money for his sister's operation. Jonouchi, figuring this is no business of Kaiba's, hushes him up, calling him by his first name, "Ryou", which is the first and last time anyone addresses him by first name only.
    • Mai addresses Yugi as "Yugi-chan", suggesting she sees him as a little boy rather than a young man, which he takes offense at.
  • Jun Manjoume of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX gets upset when people don't call him "Manjoume-san" and frequently retorts with, at first, "Manjoume-san, da!" and eventually simply "San, da!" Since "sandaa" is how the English word 'thunder' is pronounced in Japanese, he earns the nickname "Manjoume Thunder" at North Academy for this insistence.
  • In Yona of the Dawn, Zeno never uses anybody's name. He calls Yona "miss" (musume-san), Hak is "mister" (nii-chan), and Yun is "kid" (bouzu), while he calls Kija, Jaeha, and Shin-ah by their dragon titles. Fans speculate he does it to distance himself from them, because his immortality means he'll outlive them, but it might just be another bit of quirkiness. Zeno and the first generation Dragon Warriors addressed each other by their dragon titles for 20 years, with only King Hiryuu calling them by their given names. The first time Zeno calls Abi by his given name is when they're saying good-bye to each other, and Abi begins to cry because it reminds him of their dead king. Guen and Shuten immediately call him by his given name, too. While the four of them never see each other again, Zeno's monologues always use their given names after this point.
  • When Fairy Tail's Carla is first introduced, she referred to Happy only by "tomcat". This changes about an arc and a half later when Happy fiercely stands up for her.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Despite Setsuna being Graham Aker's rival for most of the series, and Aker developing an obsession with defeating him that he himself describes as "transcending love", Aker never seems to learn Setsuna's name. He only ever refers to Setsuna as "young man" ("shounen"), even in the movie where the two are on more friendly terms.
  • In Sword Art Online, Kirito uses informal speech while talking with Kikuoka (although he does call him "Kikuoka-san" or "Mr. Kikuoka" in the localized version), something that would be considered highly rude given that Kikuoka's significantly older than him. It's indicated that this is because Kirito doesn't like Kikuoka much, although he does acknowledge that Kikuoka is significantly more competent than he appears.
    • In the "Murder case in the area," Asuna gets annoyed when Kirito calls her "omae." He then asks if she'd rather be called "anata," then sarcastically adds "Vice Commander" and "Lightning Flash" as alternatives, before calling her "Asuna" as she asks.
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Even after three seasons, Chris has never called anyone by their name except Finé who was the closest person to her (after her dead parents). Most of the time, she just calls everyone "you". To Tsubasa, she calls her "Senpai" from the finale of season 2 onwards, and to Hibiki, she calls her "baka/dumbass".
  • In Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, Kuuko always calls Mahiro "Boy", to the point that she calls his mother "Boy's Mother". She even keeps it up while she's trying to convince an unwanted suitor that Mahiro is her fiance.
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys: Mei is always referred to as "Imouto/Little Sister" by boys, including her brother Tadakuni. The only time her name's mentioned is in a single skit (one that focuses on the siblings of the three main characters).
  • In Pokémon, Team Rocket likes to refer to Ash and friends as "the Twerps."
  • In Citrus, Mei initially refuses to refer to her new stepsister Yuzu by name, which Yuzu calls her out on.
  • In Are You Lost?, Homare initially doesn't refer to the other girls by name, and Asuka eventually gets annoyed, insisting that Homare call her "Asuka." Not long afterward, Homare starts using the others' first names, indicating that she's warming up to them.
  • My Hero Academia: Katsuki Bakugo is a belligerent asshole who almost exclusively refers to everyone by nicknames; his friend Kirishima is one of the very rare exceptions. At the Sports Festival, when everyone wants to be on his team, he demands they all remind him of their names and Quirks. Keep in mind that this is several months into the school year, he's been training with them the entire time, and yet he knows nothing about them.
    Mina: Are you kidding? We're your classmates!
  • In Hitoribocchi no OO Seikatsu, Nako often calls Aru omae, a rude version of "you," despite being polite to most other people. Since she occasionally does it even after learning Aru's name, it seems to be a way of pushing Aru's buttons.
  • In Attack on Titan, Eren never refers to Gabi by name, probably because he hates her for killing his friend Sasha.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Mikoto Misaka usually refers to Touma Kamijou as "That guy" or "Idiot". In turn, Touma usually calls her "Biri-Biri" or "Bug Zapper" in the English dub. One time where he actually called her by her name, it made her blush and zone out.
    • Accelerator usually refers to Touma as "Hero".
    • Othinus usually refers to Touma as "Human".
  • In a flashback in School Zone, Rei politely greets Kei, whom she's just met, as "Sugiura-san," only for Kei to call her omae in return. Rei thinks, "Ah, she calls people that?"
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero: Filo always calls Motoyasu Kitamura "Spear Guy".
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Shinobu Kawajiri addresses her husband Kosaku as anta, a rather rude Japanese pronoun, since she's unhappy about her marriage. After Kosaku(or rather, Yoshikage Kira, who killed and impersonated him) starts being nicer to her, Shinobu starts calling him anata, which is not only a more formal second-person pronoun, but also an affectionate way for a wife to refer to her husband.

    Comic Books 
  • Invincible; William is very touchy about being called something shorter like "Will" or "Bill" to the point of absurdity.
    Rick: I'm Rick Sheridan, can I call you Bill?
    William: Only if I can call you "R-Sherry".
  • During the "Merged Hulk" period in The Incredible Hulk when the Hulk had Banner's psyche, he was a member of a group called "The Pantheon" whose other members were all related and were all named after Greek heroes. One (Paris) was an insufferable jerk who insisted on calling Doctor Robert Bruce Banner (who went by Hulk, Bruce, or Dr. Banner) "Bobby."
  • Slight subversion in Justice Society of America: While evil, Todd referred to Alan as 'Father'; after becoming good again, he switched to the more casual 'Dad.'
  • In The Golden Age of Comic Books, comic character Johnny Thunder (who still exists, but a Retool or two has occurred) was connected to a genie-like "living thunderbolt". The word for summoning him was cei-u, but he never knew that, and was in fact unaware of the Thunderbolt's existence for a long time. Instead, he'd accidentally summon the Thunderbolt by yelling "Say, you!" at whatever bad guy he was confronting. Of course, since say as an interjection was much more common in the 1930s and '40s, nowadays he'd probably avoid the problem altogether.
  • Played with in an issue of Suicide Squad, when Father Richard Craemer is appointed team chaplain:
    Murph: So what do we call you? Father Richard? Reverend Craemer? Hey you?
    Craemer: 'The Reverend Hey You' has a certain ring to it, don't you think?


    Films — Animated 
  • In the Coraline movie, Coraline refuses to address her Other parents as Mother and Father, and after she realizes that the Other world isn't a dream come true, she deliberately calls her Other father "Hey you."
  • Aladdin:
    • Jafar usually refers to Aladdin as simply "the boy," "boy," or "street rat." In fact, he only once ever actually calls him "Aladdin".
      Jafar: Things are unraveling fast now, boy.
    • On a similar note, towards the end of the movie, Jafar starts referring to the Genie simply as "Slave", even when he wishes to become a genie himself... He really should have seen what was coming next.
  • In The Flight of Dragons, the characters challenge an ogre, and, not knowing its real name, resort to calling it "Hey, you!". When one of the party steps in to assist with the fight, we get this challenge:
    Smrgol: "Hey, hey you!"
  • Zootopia: Nick keeps calling Judy "Carrots" even after he learns her real name. It becomes an Insult of Endearment when they truly become friends.
  • In Lady and the Tramp the Tramp always calls Lady as "Pigeon" or "Pidge". It becomes more of a pet name as the movie goes on. He continues to call her that in the sequel.
  • In Oliver & Company, Fagin and his gang meet Oliver before he gets his name, so they generally don't use it even once he gets it. It's really only used to show that he has a home with Jenny, but is still their friend.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the US remake of The Ring, Rachel's son Aidan always calls her "Rachel", much to her annoyance. We don't know why this is exactly, but it becomes a plot point in the sequel.
  • "Hey you! Get your damn hands off—". George McFly in Back to the Future uses this at the dance because he expects Marty to be in the car. Instead it turns out to be the bully, Biff, so without backing down he rephrases his demand a little more respectfully as "No, Biff, you leave her alone."
  • In The Pianist the Nazis address Jews by the familiar-form of "you": "du" (considered an insult in German when used towards strangers or new acquaintances). This is most notable in the scene where one Nazi is picking Jews out of a line to shoot: "du!...du!...du!". When the Good German, Capt. Hosenfeld, speaks to Szpilman he adresses him with the respectful formal "you": "Sie".
  • Batman Returns:
    • Taken Up to Eleven with the Red Triangle Circus Gang: not only does the Penguin never call any of them by name (they don't seem to have names, except in the end credits), but he never, ever uses "you" when talking to any of them; he tends to address them collectively, or in the imperative voice, as in "Where's my list? Bring me the names!" The closest he gets to acknowledging their humanity is referring to the entire gang, himself included, as "we." ("[W]e will snatch them, carry them into the sewer, and toss them into a deep, dark, watery grave!") By contrast, Mr. Freeze called at least one of his henchmen by name; the Joker, no less than three. And even Two-Face affectionately addressed his nameless thugs as "boys."
    • Max Shreck is no better. Upon realizing that his speech for the tree-lighting ceremony is still up in his office, he pulls his son aside and whispers: "Forgot my speech. Remind me to take it out on... What's-Her-Name." Not only had Max referred to Selina Kyle by name just a few minutes earlier, but Selina isn't even around to take offense at this insult; Max is using it for no other reason than to reinforce the fact that he's superior to her.
  • A Special Day: Benito Mussolini had some weird ideas, one of which was to ban the common Italian word for respectful singular "you", Lei, and replace it with voi, which is actually the plural you ("Y'all"). Gabriele insists on addressing Antoineietta as Lei, and she, being a loyal fascist, calls him out on it.
  • When Jay joins up with the Men in Black, he demands to be treated as an equal and not be given some cutesy rookie nickname. So naturally Kay and Zed address him almost exclusively as "slick", "junior", "kid", etc.
  • In Bring It On Torrance and Justin Shipman only address each other with name-calling (e.g. Torrance calling Justin a moron when he suggests Aaron might be gay, Justin calling Torrance a bitch when he rips a video game controller out of its console in her frustration with him, Justin calling Torrance "Captain" after finding out her ambition got Carver sent to the hospital the day she was voted captain of the cheerleading squad, Torrance calling Justin "freak" when he shows up wearing her spanky pants on his head.)
  • Throughout The Matrix Agent Smith always calls his Arch-Enemy Neo "Mr. Anderson". While initially he did it to look like a government agent, as the franchise goes on it's obvious Smith keeps it up just to rub Neo's allegedly weak humanity in his face. It helps that Hugo Weaving can somehow say "Mr. Anderson" in the most condescending tone ever.

  • A tourist in China tries to find help and calls a random person, ‘Hey you!’ The person turns around in shock and asks, ‘How you know my name?!

  • Albus Dumbledore likes to annoy Lord Voldemort by calling him by his first name, "Tom", which he hates. In the Final Battle of Deathly Hallows Harry follows Dumbledore's example, calling Voldemort "Riddle" (which is his real surname, the one of his Muggle father). The Dark Lord is not happy.
    • Uncle Vernon also usually refers to Harry as "Boy".
    • The Marauders also bestowed the insulting nickname "Snivellus" upon Snape in their schooldays.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire it's indicated that the only time Catelyn ever addressed Jon by name was to tell him that he should have fallen instead.
    • Brienne calls Jaime "Kingslayer"; in turn, he addresses her as "wench".
  • Shows up in one of C. S. Lewis's Narnia books, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Eustace's parents insist on being called by their real names (Alberta and Harold) instead of Mum and Dad.
  • In the Discworld book Wintersmith, Granny Weatherwax names a kitten that was foisted onto her You.
    • Speaking of Pratchett: "It's an interesting fact that fewer than 17% of Real cats end their lives with the same name they started with. Much family effort goes into selecting one at the start ("She looks like a Winnifred to me"), and as the years roll by it suddenly finds itself being called Meepo or Ratbag."
    • Also also Pratchett: In Pyramids, we find that the name of the Discworld's greatest mathematician, who happens to be a camel, is "You Bastard". All the camels in Discworld have names apparently based on what frustrated handlers would address them such as "Bloody Stupid", "You Stupid Brute", and "Evil Brother-in-law of a Jackal".
    • Talking about "Hey you!", in Rincewind's experience, the time to start running is around the e in "Hey you!"
    • A Running Gag in Mort is that the other main characters all call Mort "boy", however many times he politely corrects them. By the end of the book, this has become a Berserk Button.
  • In To Kill a Mockingbird Scout always refers to her dad, Atticus, by his first name. So does her brother. They love him dearly, but they always call him Atticus. It's specifically mentioned that their mean old lady neighbor, Mrs. Dubose, is appalled by this and uses it as evidence that the whole family is degenerate. (They do also call him "sir," and at least once he insists on it when he's in a stern mood, but for whatever reason they've just always called him Atticus.) She also snaps at Scout for saying "hey" to her instead of "good afternoon." And in the same book we have Dill picking up on the fact that Mr. Gilmer keeps calling Tom Robinson "boy" during his cross-examination, and when Scout finally greets Boo Radley with "Hey, Boo," Atticus corrects her that it's "Mr. Arthur."
  • Lewis Carroll has some fun with this in the first fit of The Hunting of the Snark, when describing one of the members of the snark-hunting expedition's motley crew:
    The loss of his clothes hardly mattered, because
    He had seven coats on when he came,
    With three pairs of boots—but the worst of it was,
    He had wholly forgotten his name.
    He would answer to "Hi!" or to any loud cry,
    Such as "Fry me!" or "Fritter my wig!"
    To "What-you-may-call-um!" or "What-was-his-name!"
    But especially "Thing-um-a-jig!"
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School has two kids, Mac and Nancy, addressing each other with "You" and "Hey, you". As it turns out, though, they aren't being disrespectful; Nancy is embarrassed by his name and Mac by hers, so they never properly introduced themselves to each other. They still address each other this way, though, even when they start dating.
  • In Hungarian epic Toldi a general asks Toldi (the hero) on the field: "Hey, peasant! Which way leads to Buda?" Toldi is a noble and, as expected, takes offense at the general mistaking him for a commoner due to his clothing. He doesn't say a thing but answers by pointing to Buda with a long rake. One handed. The entire army goes "Holy shit, that guy's STRONG!"
  • In at least one of Robert A. Heinlein's books he bemoans the "degradation" of culture when a younger person can call an older one by their first name when they don't have an established friendship. According to him, this "lack of social politeness" is an indicator (or maybe a partial cause) of social collapse.
  • Captain Lancaster, the mean teacher in Danny, the Champion of the World never calls the students by their names, just "you", "boy", or "girl".
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel "Greater Than the Sum", Picard is interviewing officers for positions on his crew. One lieutenant (who's presented as a bit of a Bunny Ears Officer) introduces herself to the Captain as "Lieutenant Chen. My friends call me T'ressa. I've been known to answer to 'Hey you!'"
  • The title character of the Mediochre Q Seth Series was fortunate enough to know the current Prime Minister of Mantically-Aware Britain before she was famous, and can therefore get away with this more than most with her.
    Mediochre: "Prime Minister! Queen MAB! Kathryn! Kaz! Kitty-kat! Ka-wa!"
    Queen MAB: "The line comes just after 'Kaz', Mediochre. I'd appreciate it if you didn't cross it again."
  • In The Mysterious Benedict Society series, the villain Ledroptha Curtain refers to Nichoalas Benedict's female assistant as "the woman" because he "refuses to refer to her by her ridiculous code name." Her code name is Number Two, which she prefers for everyone to call her, rather than her real name of Penicilla, which she doesn't like.
  • It's a turning point in Artemis Fowl and Holly's relationship when Holly finally calls Artemis by his first name instead of "Fowl" or "Mud boy" and much later, she calls him by an Affectionate Nickname "Arty". Similarly, when Artemis calls his mother "Mum" instead of the more formal "Mother".
  • In the Benjamin January series, set in New Orleans in the 1800s, the black protagonist repeatedly notes that white French-speakers, including children and strangers, address him with the familiar "tu", rather than the more formal and respectful "vous".
  • In The Amulet of Samarkand, prior to getting to choose the name of John Mandrake, Nathaniel is addressed by Arthur Underwood as simply "boy."
  • The Secret Garden: Mary sees so little of her parents that she never addresses them, but in her head, she calls them "The Mem Sahib" and "Captain Lennox."
  • In the Novelization of The Fifth Element, Zorg's Right Arm at one point reflects that his own mother never called him anything but "hey, you." Ironically, despite this, the book doesn't actually give him a name.
  • In his book Congo Mercenary, Mike Hoare includes an appendix on military leadership, and the first lesson he teaches is that a mercenary commander should learn the names of his men to avert this trope.
    No-one likes to be spoken to as "Hey, you!", or worse still, as "Hey, you with the square head!"
  • Cale in Trash of the Count's Family is on the recieving end, courtesy of Raon. Raon refers to him simply as "human" at first because he was wary of Cale and didn't plan on sticking around him long enough to need to know his name. Even after deiciding to follow him and starting to use other people's names, Raon continues to call him "human" and refers to Cale as "the human" when talking about him with other people. It comes off a bit like an Insult of Endearment.
  • In Danganronpa Zero, whenever Ryoko Otonashi introduces herself by her name, she just points at her notebook. While other characters read that name out loud, they never call her "Otonashi", "Ryoko" or by her full name. Not even Ryoko Otonashi vocally calls herself by her own name. This foreshadows that "Ryoko Otonashi" is a fake name, and everyone who knows who she really is (Matsuda, Ikusaba, Naegi and Kirigiri) never call her by her real name, since the story makes the reader believe that Ryoko Otonashi and Junko Enoshima are initially two different people.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On one episode of The Office, Meredith's juvenile delinquent son calls her by her first name. Dwight notices this, and after the boy is disrespectful to him too, gets a little revenge later.
    • Dwight himself only refers to Ryan as "temp" - even after Ryan becomes VP of the company.
  • Henry in Psych insists on being called by his first name.
  • Red and Eric have this dynamic in That '70s Show. Red calls Eric (and others) dumbass a lot of the time, Eric may call Red "Sir" to his face but usually calls him by his nickname but in a disrespectful way, not in a "equals" (à la Dharma & Greg) way behind his back.
  • Baby Sinclair on Dinosaurs won't call Earl anything other than "not the mama". Though he would sometimes actually call him "dada" or the like.
  • In Square Pegs, LaDonna called the two leads "That Fat Girl" (Lauren) and "That Fat Girl's Friend" (Patty), even to their faces.
  • Scrubs has a bunch of these. (Dr. Turkleton, Marshmallow, Stick, Bobbo, girl names for JD...)
    • According to the Janitor, Lady (who was originally introduced by his shouting "Hey, Lady!" at her, which failed to convince JD they knew each other) has a brother named Him. Being the Janitor, of course, this may not be true.
    • In the episode "His Story IV", Doctor Kelso tells the collection of new interns that he can't be bothered to remember their names, so he'll call all the males Dave and all the females Debbie. One female says that's ok, as her name is Debbie, so he tells her that out of fairness to the others, he'll refer to her as Slagathor.
  • Have Gun – Will Travel features, as the main character, the mysterious Paladin, a gunslinger based out of old San Francisco who puts forth an image of refinement and education at odds with his violent profession. So, it's quite grating to the modern ear to hear him refer to the Chinese bellhop at his favorite hotel as "Hey, Boy"...especially since Hey Boy's real name was divulged in the show's first season! Still, Hey Boy seemed to embrace the odd moniker, going so far as to correct a stranger who once got his attention with "hey, you."
  • Kenan & Kel: Natural Born Kenan, when Kenan decides that he's adopted after finding no baby pictures of him nor any keepsakes of his childhood (they were destroyed in a basement flood), he starts referring to his parents, Roger and Sheryl, by their first names, thinking that they aren't his birth parents. After Sheryl requests that he stop doing this, he then refers to them as "Mr. and Mrs. Rockmore".
  • Bewitched, Endora rarely referred to Darrin by name, doing so only eight times in the whole series. Usually it was "Derwood", "What's-his-name", "Darwin", "Dum-Dum", etc., all much to his annoyance.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • In the episode "Potter's Retirement", Hawkeye addresses Colonel Potter as "Sherman" while trying to convince him not to retire his command. While Potter is depicted as a Regular Army officer who wouldn't ordinarily tolerate such familiarity like his predecessor, Henry Blake, would, in this instance he's clearly touched rather than angered by it.
    • In "Sons and Bowlers", Charles Winchester calls Hawkeye by his nickname during a rare bonding moment.
    • In "Death Takes a Holiday", Winchester and Klinger address each other by their first names after the latter discovers the former is an Anonymous Benefactor of Christmas gifts for Korean orphans.
    • While all the M*A*S*H examples above are aversions of the trope, being clearly depicted as gestures of affection and respect, it's played straight with the other characters' habitually addressing Frank Burns by his first name, usually in a tone of voice suggesting a patient parent dealing with an especially dimwitted and recalcitrant child.
  • All in the Family: Archie Bunker insists on addressing his son-in-law Michael as "Meathead." The number of times he uses Michael's actual name can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
  • Star Trek:
    • In the classic Star Trek episode "The Empath", Doctor McCoy decides to name an unnamed mute woman the crew encounters Gem, saying, "It's a lot better than 'Hey you'."
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: The two antagonists in the Temporal Cold War, Starfleet time agent Daniels and his Suliban opponent Silik, both call Captain Archer by his first name "John" (short for Jonathan) as a patronising way of indicating they know all about him. In fact, they even know things he hasn't done yet. Archer just ignores this provocation, usually because these two give him more serious problems to get angry about.
    • Commander Shran calls Captain Archer "pinkskin", which is generally a derogatory reference to humans. In this case, it becomes an Insult of Endearment.
    • Several Star Trek: The Next Generation characters have referred to Commander Data, an android, as 'it' in different contexts. Villains often use it as a pejorative, but it has also been used innocently by characters who simply don't realize that Data is a sentient being who should be treated as a person.
      • Notably, Dr. Pulaski insistently calling Data 'it,' or otherwise implying he was an object, cemented the fandom's dislike of the character. She was put on a shuttlecraft after season 2.
    • The Doctor (Emergency Medical Hologram) on Star Trek: Voyager apparently got this from time to time and once commented that "If I had a name, other than Doctor or 'Hey you', it might encourage the crew to treat me with a little more respect." He never did decide on a name, though in one alternate timeline, he became "Joe."
  • In the The X-Files episode, "Dreamland", one of the clues that Mulder has been body-swapped with The Men in Black Morris Fletcher is that he keeps calling Scully by her first name "Dana". When Morris starts calling her "babe" Scully threatens that if he doesn't stop it, he'll end up "peeing through a catheter".
  • The Discovery Channel showed the recruitment process for the Green Berets called Two Weeks In Hell, and one of the recruits makes the mistake of referring to one of the drill sergeants as "Hey yo". The dressing down he received was surprisingly restrained.
  • Phil of the Future had an episode where Pim says 'Hey! You with the face!' as she tries to get there attention.
  • The eponymous Kamen Rider Hibiki refers to his young student Asumu almost exclusively as "Boy" (shounen in Japanese). This even applies to the Alternate Universe version of Hibiki who appears in Kamen Rider Decade.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Taiga Hanaya does this to everyone because he doesn't care, but the best example is Nico Saiba whom he adresses as hey or hey, you and refers to as she or girl. He uses her name once when overwhelmed by despair because she is dying and he can't do anything to save her.
    • Hiiro Kagami regularly demeans Taiga, his senior, by calling him an ''unlicensed doctor''. Taiga shares the sentiment and insults Hiiro every chance he gets.
  • Kamen Rider Zi-O: Geiz only uses Zi-O in relation to Sougo to keep the distance between them and that's still better than when he used Ohma Zi-O, the designation of Sougo's evil overlord future self. So when Sougo is heart broken over having to give up his dream to save the future, even Geiz is concerned and calls him his name for that one time.
  • From Home Improvement, Tim gets addressed by his father-in-law as "hey, you". He's not happy about it.
    • Also a rare example of referring to someone as "hey you" when *not* addressing them: "I wasn't talking about you, I was talking about 'hey you'."
  • Third Watch: In the Pilot Episode, we have this exchange:
    Kim: What's the new kid's name?
    Doc: New Kid.
    Kim: Hey, New Kid, get a move on!
  • Father Jack from Father Ted usually only speaks in punctuated interjections and obscenities. One of the few times he actually tries to get someone's attention is in Series 2's "The Plague".
    Father Jack: (To Ted) HEY! HEY! HEY, YOU!
  • In 24 Day Five, President Logan has Special Agent Aaron Pierce tied up and demands that he keep silent about his role as the mastermind of the day's events or be killed. Pierce responds by calling Logan a traitor to his country and a disgrace to his office and that he vows to make him face justice, and caps it all by asking "Is there anything else...Charles?". Remember, this is a Secret Service Agent saying this to the President of the United States.
  • On 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dick regularly calls Sally "Lieutenant" at the beginning of the series. Later, when she points out the fact that he had gotten used to calling her Sally, he replied that they were supposed to be a family and family members don't refer to one another by rank.
    Dick: ''They use more familiar terms like "You" and "Bastard." Or "You, bastard!"
  • Jaqen H'ghar in Game of Thrones uses a strange form of this trope combined with Third-Person Person: he talks of everyone in very generic third-person, always addressing Arya as "a girl" and himself as "a man". It reflects how he is from a cult based on rejecting self-identity, and may actually be several people using the same face. Even "Jaqen H'ghar" is just a pseudonym Arya was used to.
  • Neil from The Young Ones is hated by his roommates so much there are times where they just call him "hippy" instead of Neil.
  • Michael from Zoey 101 once made a bet that required him not to say words containing the letter "S". This lead to trouble with his crush, Vanessa.
    Michael: Hey! Hey... y-you!
    Vanessa: (eyes him confusedly, then walks away)
  • Merle from The Walking Dead has a nickname for everyone. He hardly ever calls anyone by their given name.
  • In Dexter, Dexter and his eventual wife Rita have a habit of addressing each other with "Hey, You!" The episode "My Bad" reveals that it began when Dexter forgot her name midway through their first date. Rita remains unaware that the lapse happened because he was distracted by slipping out to murder a man in the parking lot.
  • In a Christmas episode of Step by Step Carol's Aunt Edna comes over to visit. She refuses to learn the names of any of the kids, and instead calls them whatever she feels like, although they're lucky compared to Frank, who she simply calls "Lazy Boy".


    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Comedian Brian Regan claims that he and many others will refer to people by some sort of nickname to get their attention (particularly when he can't remember what the person's actual name is).
    Brian: Hey..."buckaroo".
    Friend: My name's not "buckaroo"!
    Brian: Su-sure it is..."partner".

    Video Games 
  • Chopper from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War will refer to Blaze as "Kid" (Or Bubi, in the Japanese version, though this was cut due to "Bubi" sounding like a slang word for female breasts) despite Blaze being promoted to squadron leader. Archer will call him out on this, but Chopper retorts that if Blaze wants to be called "Captain," he needs to "start trash talkin' like one," referring to their previous squadron leader Bartlett, who was known for being a bit...gruff at times.
  • If Garrus is with you at the conclusion of Mass Effect and you decide to sacrifice the Council against his wishes, he will angrily refer to you as "human." This is particularly jarring since throughout the many conversions you have with him, he always politely and respectfully calls you either "Shepard" or "Commander."
    • In the third game, Javik tends to refer to most of the fellow party members by their species. Liara, particularly emotional after the fall of Thessia, angrily reacts to being called "asari" by saying "I have a name. It's Liara T'Soni, and I'd appreciate you using it from now on!" For his part Javik does use her name, though only to appease her.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, father-daughter pair Marin and Tarin always call each other by their first names.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Midna starts off referring to Link as "you" or facetiously as "hero" when they first start traveling together to indicate her indifference to the fate of the inhabitants of the Light. Only after Link saves her by bringing her to Zelda to be healed after their run-in with Zant does she start referring to him by his first name.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda only ever refers to Link as "him" and "he" in her diary when he is first made her bodyguard, both because of her independent streak and because of her resentment that he could easily wield the Master Sword while her own Royalty Super Power couldn't be unlocked. Only after he saves her from Yiga clan assassins does she start using his real name and opening up to him.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Laharl refuses to call Flonne by her name (officially dubbing her "Love Freak", or settling with just calling her "you") until a particular plot point about two-thirds into the game.
    • Also, Laharl changes Dark Adonis Vyers, the very first boss of the game, into "Mid-boss". The name sticks.
    • Honestly, this trope is present in all Disgaea games. Characters rarely seem to address each other by name on a regular basis. In the third, we have "Fake Hero" Almaz, "That Delinquent" Raspberyl, and "The Princess" Sapphire as Mao calls them and they seem to address each other as. And in the fourth, everybody seems to have nicknames for everybody. "Mr. Vampire/Weirdo", "Lass", "Whelp/Rascal", "Thief Angel", "Warden", etc. Disgaea seems to make it a point to showcase whenever characters acknowledge each other by name as being significant.
  • In a skit from Tales of Symphonia, as he is giving out nicknames Zelos literally dubs Lloyd "Hey You" and Genis "Brat", while giving more affectionate nicknames to the female members.
  • Godot, the main prosecutor in the third Ace Attorney game, constantly calls Phoenix "Mr. Trite" to annoy him. At the end of the last case, however, Phoenix finally gains his respect and Godot addresses him by his proper name.
  • In Final Fantasy X, the protagonist - default Tidus - can be named at the start of the game, as is tradition in the series. However, FFX was the first game to feature voice acting, and as the protagonist could potentially be named anything, the characters in the game would only ever call him by pronouns. This is made worse in that not even Yuna, the love interest, ever utters his name - or even asks for it! The trope is carried over to the sequel where, even then, Tidus will only be referred to as 'You' or 'Him'. Final Fantasy XII fixed this by giving the cast set names.
    • Also, Tidus calls his father "Jecht" and "Old man," even to his face, to show his disdain.
      • Dissidia makes this part of the plot, with Tidus referring to/addressing Jecht as 'Old Man' for most of the storyline, but finally calling him 'Dad' after the dramatic fight that gets Tidus his crystal.
    • Final Fantasy XIV zig zags with the trope. In normal cutscenes, your character's name is addressed, but in cutscenes that has actual voice acting, your character is either never addressed or is called by some variation of adventurer.
    • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, this how every character addresses the Warrior of Light.
  • One of the earliest missions in MechWarrior: Mercenaries is a training mission, where you take orders from a veteran mech pilot, who refers to you by the callsign 'Kid' or 'Hey You'. It's even in the mission description.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, Luke constantly refers to Mieu as "Thing." This turns into an (unintended) Insult Backfire when Luke later (after a lot of Character Development) tries to apologize to Mieu for the unflattering name, only to reveal that Mieu is proud that his beloved master gave him a name and doesn't want to lose it.
  • Hotel Mario: "HEY YOU! GET OFFA MY CLOUD!
  • Gig from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters refers to almost everyone in your party with an insulting nickname, despite being perfectly capable of remembering names properly. The main character is "kid". Danette is "stupid cow". Levin is "sister-loving-man-cow". Your Mentor Layna is "Old Hag". And so on and so on.
    • Danette also almost always refers to Gig as "you in there" since his soul is inhabiting the main character's body. Even after Gig gains his own body, she still refers to Gig as such, which Gig lampshades ("I'm not even in there any more!").
  • For some reason, the Soldier in Team Fortress 2 calls the Medic on his team "Sally", "pumpkin", "sister", and "sweetheart".
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Shizune's father, Jigoro, calls Hisao "boy" and typically merely uses "you" on Misha, or "the pink-haired girl" when he's talking about her.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, Oghren once calls the player character "Hey You" while drunk, and you can say "That's Commander Hey You".
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Phil refers to Sora as "kid" until Sora insists on being called by his name.
  • In the Pinball game Cyclone, this is one of the Mad Libs Dialogue phrases that the carnival barker uses.
    "Hey, you! Step right up!"
    "Hey, you! With the face!"
  • While Jet Set Radio has voice acting, none of the dialogue is fully voiced (except for Professor K and the villains). Instead, a short sound bite plays to indicate who's speaking. Whenever Gum (one of the GG's, the protagonists) speaks, she says, "Hey, you!". This also happens in the half-sequel/half-remake/half-Alternate Continuity Jet Set Radio Future.
  • As Lord Dearche of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny couldn't be bothered to remember the names of people outside of the Purple Sky family, she often addresses people in this manner. Sometimes, she might give nicknames to people she deems worthy of her attention. Nicknames like, Redhead (Amita), Peach-head (Kyrie), and Stupid Crow (Hayate).
  • Note that almost no one in Touhou Project, except from subordinates and superiors, calls others by name, but instead their most distinguishing feature (Marisa: Black-White Witch), their species (Remilia: the Vampire), or their job (Sakuya: Head Maid). It's to subtly show the general rule of Gensokyo; that human and youkai are eternal enemies and their conflict sustains the world's stability, so hostility is to be maintained.
  • Neku from The World Ends with You never refers to Shiki by name until the last day of Week 1. He generally refers to her as "Stalker", a nickname he coined when he didn't understand why she followed him around (they're partners and have to stick together), but the name stuck for the rest of the week.
  • In Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Quan Chi repeatedly mocks the titular character by calling him "ninja", after noticing how offended he gets when called that. ("I am NOT a ninja! I am Lin Kuei! Scorpion is a ninja!")
  • In Akatsuki Blitzkampf characters like Kanae, Fritz and Murakumo tend to refer to the titular Akatsuki not by his name, but as "Experiment 1".
  • Characters in Undertale never refer to the player character by the name the player chose, instead calling them (the) human, child, kid, etc. The lone exception to this rule is Flowey. It eventually turns out that this is because the player did not name the player character, but the "Fallen Child", who resembled the PC enough for their former friend Flowey to be mistaken. The other characters genuinely didn't know the PC's real name: Frisk.
  • In God of War (PS4), Kratos typically refers to his son Atreus as "Boy" to get his attention, though he does occasionally just refer to him by name. And then when he gets Mimir as a beheaded companion, he exclusively refer to him as "Head".
  • In Super Mario Bros. 3, due to the possibility to finish the game as Mario or Luigi, any character referring and talking to Mario or Luigi will not address them by name.
  • Highway Blossoms:
    • Mariah frequently refers to others by various terms, often derogatory, such as calling her sister Tess a "twerp" or a "squirt," and referring to Marina as "the ditz," resulting in Tess saying Mariah "could at least remember her name." She only seems to refer to Joe by name.
    • Tess does this to a lesser extent, since she doesn't often refer to people besides Mariah (whom she calls "Sis") and Joe by name. She gradually grows out of this, and Amber's a bit surprised when Tess calls her by name.
  • Heart of the Woods:
    • Fairies believe that they have no need for names, which they say "are for humans," so not only do they not introduce themselves(forcing Madison to come up with unofficial appellations for three recurring fairies), but they don't use names when referring to humans. This causes some temporary confusion when the fairies notice "our queen" in Chapter 5, but it isn't the temporary queen Madison- it's Geladura, a fairy who'd been transformed into a cat. Geladura herself, however, refers to the other characters by name, and addresses the Moonsick One by her current identity, Evelyn.
    • Evelyn Fischer, mayor of Eysenfeld, is a cold individual who refers to most people rather impersonally, such as calling Tara "the other one" when talking to Madison, and seems to avoid using names unless necessary. In a bit of Fridge Brilliance, she's a fairy known as the Moonsick One who has been possessing human bodies for centuries.
  • The Force Unleashed II: Darth Vader never refers to Juno Eclipse by name, only calling her "The Woman".

  • There's a character in the webcomic Scary Go Round whose name is The Boy because the creator couldn't be bothered to give him a real name.
    • The Boy in Scary Go Round has a real name: Eustace. It's mispronounced "Useless" by Elodie, the French girl with whom he goes to stay, so he might be better off as The Boy.
    • Elodie was the one who GAVE him the nickname by accident in fact, referring to him as "le garcon" ("the boy") in some provided backstory when she first visited on an exchange.
    • Until very recently, The Boy's parents didn't have names either. They even referred to each other as "The Mother" and "The Father."
  • In Nightmare Factory, the Game Master, Phirre, purposely calls Kreyul “Crayon”. His calling Emai “Princess”, however, has borderline Terms of Endangerment vibes at times, but mostly still comes off as this.
  • None of the three central human characters in How to Make a Sprite Comic in 8 Easy Bits have names - they're just "the author," "the friend," and "the girl."
  • The main character in Experimental Comic Kotone has no name has a name that cannot be known by the reader. Kotone, of course, calls him Onii-chan, and Konstantine also refers to him as "My Brother" even though they aren't related. The others usually just use second-person pronouns. Occasionally, a speech bubble in which he would be introduced is obscured by something else.
  • No matter the situation, David of Living with Insanity refuses to respond to anyone who calls him Dave. Apparently this is also the same in RL.
  • This occurs in Cuanta Vida, where the BLU Scout refuses to address the BLU Spy nothing but gay slurs: "Cockfag", "Ass-monkey", and the memorable "Pickle thief", etc. Even after he confesses his feelings towards the Spy.
  • This occurs repeatedly in Homestuck, as the Exiles always refer to their players as "Boy" or "Girl". The Wayward Vagabond eventually starts calling John by name after reading a book on human etiquette.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Jones explains that as fairy culture has some issues with names, "they usually use insults to refer to each other instead".
  • In Paranatural, Isaac and Max run into each other leading to both of them shouting 'You!'. However, while Isaac switches to shouting 'Max', it turns out Max actually forgot Isaac's name.
    Isaac: Max!
    Max: You!
    Isaac: Isaac.
    Max: Yes!

    Web Original 
  • ''Friendship is Witchcraft's version of Cheerilee can't remember the names of her students, and awkwardly responds to a correct answer from Twist with "That's right... you." When she catches Apple Bloom trying to pass a note, she shouts "Girl with the bow!"
  • Inverted but just as unpleasant in the Furry Basketball Association when the Tallahassee Typhoons star player Klaus Korber refers to the head coach Rolf Korber of the Huntsville Mayors "Mr. Korber"—revealing that he is estranged from his own father.
  • Various forms of this are heard in many hololive streams. When Kiara gave Gura some basic Japanese lessons, she mentions one particular form (omae) is used only with someone you're close to or if you're being rude, and it's not something girls use often. Subaru, who has been noted for her liberal use of omae, mentions in two separate streams that it is kinda used a lot by her peers too and cites a Left 4 Dead 2 FAMS collaboration in the second stream (and that she hopes that someone would tell Gura that it's not just her despite the memes and her reputation). Some translated clips show that this is indeed the case, with even Sora using it a few times, though this seems to be because their streams tend to be rather casual and many of the idols are actually pretty close friends.
  • In Violette1st, Bill almost never refers to his son William by his real name, but rather "Jerk" or "Dingbat".
    Bill: Shut up, Jerk!

    Western Animation 
  • Shelley in South Park hasn't called Stan by his given name since Season One, generally preferring "Turd" or, on special occasions, "Stupid Turd."
    • Even more prominent is Cartman's referral. The other boys in his group never refer to him by his first name, Eric, likely to express their disdain for him (Cartman does call them by first name, but has plenty of other insulting referrals to even it out, Kyle is more commonly referred to as "Jew"). Butters and Jimmy's submissive personalities are expressed by them being few to commonly refer to him as Eric.
  • Timmy's parents in The Fairly OddParents do not have names of their own, being called only "Timmy's Mom" or "Timmy's Dad" when "The Turners" doesn't suffice. One time when Timmy went back in the past, his parents' real names were unrevealed using a Sound-Effect Bleep.
  • In The Simpsons, Bart often calls his father "Homer" instead of "Dad". Probably a sign of how bratty Bart is, although Homer also usually refers to Bart as "the boy". It's actually a Running Gag that Homer is forever trying to get Bart to call him "Daddy," which never happens. (In one of the comics, an impostor is standing in for Bart, and Bart tells the impostor to remember to always say "Homer" instead of "Daddy".) The episode that flashbacked to Lisa's first word did a lot of jokes on it, too. One side effect is that, on the very rare occasion that Bart does call him Dad, it's usually very touching.
    • When The Simpsons was first airing, Bart addressing Homer by his first name was a bit controversial. Not only that, but there were a couple or so times that Bart made fun of his name, calling him "Homeboy".
    • Bart does call Homer "dad" as often as Homer though. He usually uses "dad" when talking about him to others and "Homer" when directly addressing him, implying Bart does this mostly just to annoy Homer, rather than being genuinely disdainful of him.
    • Homer also gives Frank Grimes this treatment in the one episode in which he appears, calling him "Grimey" instead of "Frank" or even "Grimes." Not to be disdainful, he was trying to be friendly with the new coworker.
    • Mr. Burns is likewise not really good with names when it comes to his employees. So much so that it was a plot point in the "Who Shot Mr. Burns" when he couldn't remember Homer's name despite Homer breaking into his office at night to spray paint his name on the wall. Ironically after coming out of a coma from being shot, its the first name he sprouts, listing Homer as the main suspect. However it turns out it was just minor brain damage and Homer shaking him fixes it... albeit at the cost of once more not knowing his name.
      • Treehouse of Horror 4's Bart Simpson's Dracula likewise poked fun at this.
    Burns: (Upon seeing Bart held down by a female vampire) Why if isn't little... uh... boy.
    • Periodically, usually when he's upset with him, Homer will refer to Bart as "The Boy".
  • On Futurama, the will of Bender's uncle Vladimir includes his "loyal butler, 'You There', for his decades of dedicated service..."
    • Speaking of Futurama, Bender frequently refers to his organic coworkers as "meatbag(s)". Likewise, Dr. Zoidberg is almost never referred to by his title (granted, he's not much of a doctor), and Zoidberg also only refers to Bender as "robot" (or, more accurately, "rohbuht").
  • Stewie of Family Guy almost never calls his parents mom and dad. Most of the time he refers to Peter as "Fat Man" and Lois by her Given name. He also used to call Brian "the dog" (and addressing him directly as "Dog"), which seems normal enough for a dog except that Brian is human enough that nobody else does it (eventually he stopped doing this when they became more friendly to one another). In the earlier episodes, he often called Lois "vile woman". When his future self did call them "mom and dad", he immediately and violently corrects himself—"It's Lois and the fat man!"
    • This was used to set up a touching moment (immediately Played for Laughs, of course) when Stewie was happy to see the rest of the family return to the house after several days. He calls Peter and Lois "Mommy and Daddy," Chris by his name, acknowledges "Dog," then calls Brian by name. Meg is "Dog." He then promises to never say or do anything to hurt them for the rest of the evening.
    • In "Don't Make Me Over", when Meg becomes a star singer, it's a sign of her Acquired Situational Narcissism that she starts calling her mother "Lois".
  • An oddly affectionate version of this shows up in W.I.T.C.H., when Eric first acknowledges Hay Lin, he says "hey you" to her, she corrects him: "It's Hay Lin...". The next instance appears after Hay Lin saves Eric's life in "T is for Trauma": "Hey you, when did you get braces?" He continues occasionally addressing her with "hey you" for the rest of the series, Hay Lin doesn't seem to mind.
  • Cotton Hill only calls Peggy "Hank's Wife", even on the rare occasion he wasn't being cruel to her on King of the Hill.
  • A running gag in Kim Possible is that Dr. Drakken always forgets Ron's name and usually refers to him as "sidekick", much to Ron's annoyance. Seems to extend to some of their Rogues Gallery too save Monkey Fist since he likewise uses Monkey Power and thus considers Ron his arch enemy (which Ron is actually quite grateful for) and the Senor Senior due to his punctuality.
  • Helga's father, "Big Bob" Pataki from Hey Arnold!, usually referred to her "the girl", as she's the less-liked sister of perfect Olga. He also persistently called her "Olga," much to her annoyance. In return, Helga rarely addresses her parents as "mom and dad", and instead calls them "Big Bob" and "Miriam".
  • Pete says this in a few classic Disney Cartoons such as 'Moving Day' and 'Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip'.
  • On Men in Black, Kay always calls Jay "Slick" or some other mildly disrespectful nickname, as a sign that he doesn't think Jay's skills are quite as good as he [Jay] thinks. In one episode, when Jay manages to untangle an alien conspiracy/plot by himself, Kay actually does refer to him as "Jay." By the end of the episode, however, he reverts to using "Slick," out of disrespect for Jay's golf swing.
    • "Slick" is also a genuinely affectionate nickname for Jay as well.
    • In another episode, following a major slip-up on Jay's part, Kay starts calling his partner "Sparky", telling him he has to work his way back up to "Slick."
  • In Holly Hobbie and Friends, the title character and her friends named themselves as the Hey Girls after being addressed in this manner.
  • In the Buttons and Mindy shorts in Animaniacs, Mindy calls her parents "Lady" and "Mr. Man". Though at the end of Wakko's Wish, she finally calls her "Mom".
  • In the Shirt Tales episode "Kip's Dragon", Kip Kangaroo befriends a nameless dragon who is referred to as "Hey, you" by his human employer. Kip changes this by naming the dragon Sparky.
    Witchita Willie: Hey, you. You... Y-You really can act like a dragon!
    Kip: His name is not "Hey, you", it's Sparky!
  • Sofia the First: Before Sofia felt comfortable enough to call her stepfather "Dad", he allowed her to call him "Roland" or "Hey you with the crown".
  • On House of Mouse, Mrs. Turtle would address Donald by shouting "HEY, DUCK!", though in one House story arc, she addressed Mickey by shouting "HEY, MOUSE!"
  • Aside from the Eds, the Kanker sisters from Ed, Edd n Eddy never seem to remember the names of anyone else in the cul-de-sac. May even suggests they rename Jimmy "Dutch" in the movie, which Lee and Marie even go along with. Though in one of the earlier episodes, they referred to Kevin by name.
  • Eustace only refers to Courage the Cowardly Dog as "dog", or more commonly, "stupid dog". Similarly, Courage rarely calls Eustace by his name and refers to him as "the farmer".
  • For some odd reason, Ice Bear on We Bare Bears is almost never referred to by name (even Grizzly and Panda just refer to him as "Bro"). Usually, the only person to call him Ice Bear is himself. Ice Bear hardly ever calls his brothers by their names either, so it's equal.
  • Similar to the Kenan and Kel example above, in Back to the Future, when Vern suspects he's adopted, he leaves a note to Doc and Clara saying he's off to find his real father (who he thinks is Benjamin Franklin), addressing them as "Mr. and Mrs. Brown".
  • Tohru's mother on Jackie Chan Adventures always refers to Uncle using some insulting name, usually "billy goat" or "junk seller". Though Uncle is capable of firing back with names of his own.


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