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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].

Calling Parents by Their Name is a subtrope for the specific example of a person addressing a parent, showing either a more casual, non-parent/child relationship, or just disrespect. 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!.


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  • ×××HOLiC features both the Defrosting Ice Queen version and the Abusive Parents one.
  • 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.
  • In Assassination Classroom, Karasuma never calls Koro-sensei by the name that his students gave him, preferring to just call him "You" or nicknames like "Target", to Koro-sensei's frustration. The only time he ever calls Koro-sensei by his name is in Chapter 177 / Season 2 Episode 24, where he calls Koro-sensei by name for the first and last time as the latter allows himself to be assassinated by his students.
  • In Attack on Titan, Eren never refers to Gabi by name, probably because he hates her for killing his friend Sasha.
  • 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.)
  • 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 Citrus, Mei initially refuses to refer to her new stepsister Yuzu by name, which Yuzu calls her out on.
  • 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.
  • Tyki Mikk from D.Gray-Man is pretty much always referring to his foe Allen as "boy".
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Digimon:
    • 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 Frontier: In the second and third episode, Takuya calls Zoe/Izumi 'omae' which irritates her and she demands him to refer to her by her name.
    • 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.
  • The original Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z features the Ginyu Force calling Vegeta "Vegeta-chan", which, of course, pisses him off.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gundam:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In 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.
    • In Golden Wind, Diavolo calls Dr. Monica Ultello as onna ("woman" or "lady") when she's about to perform an autopsy on his body during the second of his infinitely looping deaths.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The talking cat Sakamoto from Nichijou gets offended when he is called "Sakamoto" instead of "Sakamoto-san" by the Professor.
  • 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.
  • In Pokémon: The Series:
  • 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 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".
  • Genma Saotome in Ranma ½ tends to call Ranma "Boy" (although not exclusively so), even/especially when Ranma is in girl form.
  • 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.
  • 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 a flashback in School Zone Girls, 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?"
  • 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."
  • 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".
  • Talking Bird Dela from Tamako Market addresses Tamako and other young female characters as "young girl", and Mochizou as "young man".
  • 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.
  • Barnaby from Tiger & Bunny makes a point of calling Kotetsu "old man" - at least until the end of episode 13.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • The Incredible Hulk: During the "Merged Hulk" period, in which 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."
  • 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".
  • 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.'
  • 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?

    Comic Strips 
  • In the entire ten year run of Calvin and Hobbes, a person could probably count on one hand the number of times Hobbes has directly called Calvin by name.
  • Peanuts:
    • Possibly because it would be awkward to be on a Full-Name Basis with immediate family, Sally almost exclusively calls Charlie Brown as “Big Brother”.
    • Despite being his owner, Snoopy, for the life of him, can’t remember Charlie Brown’s name, instead referring to him as “The Round-headed Kid”.

  • BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant: Terumi, abrasive troll and asshole extraordinaire he is, rarely ever calls someone by their actual name and usually goes for derogatory nicknames either to show how little he thinks of them or to get under their skin. He calls Cinder "Cindy", Tyrian "Choir Boy", Salem "Old Lady Grimm" or "Sal", and Ruby "Rosebud" or "Rosey", just to name a few.
  • Most Dragon Ball fan fiction or content (such as Dragon Ball Z Abridged) tends to portray Vegeta this way, with Goku and Trunks basically being the only people he refers to by name. This is despite the fact that he's only really shown to do this in the series if he didn't already know somebody's name.
  • Green Tea Rescue; Endeavor doesn't bother learning Ochako's name when they cross paths in Hosu City, instead just bluntly calling her "girl" when giving orders for her to follow him and Shouto in pursuit of the Nomu.
  • In the Ouran High School Host Club fic, It's a Wonderfully Splendid Magnificent Life, Yuzuru refuses to refer to his mother, Tamaki's grandmother, by anything other than "she", as if he does not want to admit to having a relationship with her. This is understandable when you consider that she is blackmailing him and Tamaki, threatening to cut off Tamaki's mother's health care funds if either of them go see her while her life is in danger.
  • In Lilly Epilogue Family Matters, Lilly's father refers to Hisao as "boy", and worse yet, always brings up Hanako's burn-related scarring when referring to her, even while she can hear him, which falls well into Kick the Dog. He does, however, start to call Hisao by his first name while acknowledging that Lilly is happy in Japan with him.
  • The Mountain and the Wolf: For most people, the closest thing to the Wolf respecting them is using their last name (such as Jon Snow or Davos Seaworth) or what he thinks is their last name (e.g. addressing Grey Worm as "Worm"). If he can use it as an insult (calling Ramsay Snow instead of Bolton) he very much will. Other people have to make do with a job description ("spymaster" for Varys or "necromancer" for Qyburn) or distinguishing feature ("gold-hand" for Jaime). People he not only respects but likes get an impressive nickname like Dragonqueen or Shield-slayer.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Katsuki Bakugou refuses to refer to Ruby as anything but "runt" due to his frustration at being placed on her team rather than being the head of his own.
  • The Night Unfurls: How does Alicia address Kyril during the entirety of Chapter 1 of the remastered version? "You there! The one in the hat!", "You there, mercenary!", "mercenary", and "that man". Her two seconds, Vera and Kendra, calls him "cur", "the man", and "stranger". Pretty much shows how cordial their relationship is.
    • Speaking of Alicia, she never refers to Kyril by name throughout the remastered version.
  • In The Power of the Mind one of Harry's employees, a rather shady guy named Steve, referred to everyone he knew as "Boss," "Sunshine" or for some reason "Dave."
  • The Twice Upon an Age side story Agents Acquired has a brief example of this in which Sera, whose letter to Varric is said to have inspired the story, concludes her message with "Say hello to wossername." This is a reference to Bethany Hawke, who in the main stories of the series had joined the Inquisition, and toward whom Sera initially had some animosity. That she's sending an even remotely friendly greeting is a sign that she has mellowed.

    Films — Animated 
  • 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 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."
  • Finding Nemo: Dory never addresses Marlin by name, likely because she can't remember it due to her short term memory loss. She addresses him by name in Finding Dory, since she's had much more time to remember. In fact, this is true for all the characters Marlin interacts with, as he's a recluse and the other sea creatures don't know him well enough. Bob the seahorse mistakenly calls him "Marty".
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Zootopia: Nick keeps calling Judy "Carrots" even after he learns her real name. It becomes an Insult of Endearment when they truly become friends.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman Returns:
    • 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.
  • 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.)
  • The Grandfather: Dolly talks of how she and her grandfather Don Rodrigo can live in the big house. This leads Venancio and Gregoria, formerly servants to Don Rodrigo, to point out that actually, they own the house now (Don Rodrigo is an Impoverished Patrician). When Venancio says "Understand, Dolly?", Dolly says "Señorita Dolly", before she points out that while Venancio and Gregoria own the house, Dolly's mother Lucrezia still owns the land around it, so Venancio and Gregoria had better do what they're told.
  • Liar Liar: Fletcher can never remember the name of one of his co-workers named Randy. When put under the truth curse, he tells Randy that he's not important enough to remember.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miss Granny: Oh Mal-soon, a 74-year-old woman, gets hit with a Fountain of Youth and turning into her 20-year-old self. She keeps forgetting this, and as a consequence she screws up her Korean Honorifics, addressing other old people as a peer and addressing young people casually. Multiple characters notice this and take offense.
  • My Forbidden Past: At the inquest into Corinne's death, Barbara stands up and identifies Paul as the murderer. A cop takes Paul by the arm and says "You're coming with me, Beaurevel." A scornful Paul replies "Not Mister Beaurevel?" The film is set in 1890s New Orleans and omitting the "Mister" is obvious disrespect.
  • 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 addresses him with the respectful formal "you": "Sie".
  • 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.

  • 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?!

  • 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.
  • 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 Bartimaeus Trilogy's The Amulet of Samarkand, prior to getting to choose the name of John Mandrake, Nathaniel is addressed by Arthur Underwood as simply "boy." (It's not merely condescension, since the less people know a magician's true name, the safer he is.)
  • 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".
  • 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".
    • Sherry Cromwell doesn't bother to learn people's names. For example, she always calls Kaori Kanzaki "Far East Girl" and calls Lucia and Angeline "Nun 1" and "Nun 2".
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harry Potter: 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.
  • Captain Lancaster, the mean teacher in Danny, the Champion of the World never calls the students by their names, just "you", "boy", or "girl".
  • Discworld:
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Overlord (2012): Narberal Gamma hates humans and refuses to learn their names when interacting with them. She's even surprised that her fellow Pleiades comrades, even those that eat humans, actually put the effort to learn the names of humans they interact with.
  • 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.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero: Filo always calls Motoyasu Kitamura "Spear Guy".
  • 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 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".
  • 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!'"
  • 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.
  • In The Temp, the titular temporary office worker has been counting how many people have called her by her name: the answer is none, not one. In every workplace, she is known behind her back as "the temp" and to her face as "um, hi." Even the reader does not find out her name until near the end of the book.
  • 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."
  • 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!"
  • Cale in Trash of the Count's Family is on the receiving 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.
  • 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 after they trade names and are no longer embarrassed, and even when they start dating.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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'."
  • Kaamelott:
    • A good deal of comedy is created by the characters unleashing blistering insults and tongue-lashings on each other but using the formal form of address, even between close friends and married couples.
    • The one subversion is Elias de Kenniwich, who calls Arthur by name without any titles, and does it specifically to get on Arthur's nerves and show he doesn't fear him.
    • The Burgund king also refers to Arthur without a title, but in his case they're lucky he can say the name in the first place as no one understands what he's saying.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • In Mimpi Metropolitan, Alexi's lack of respect for everyone besides Melani and Mami Bibir is illustrated by his habit of not using other people's name, who he usually calls "ordinary people".
  • 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.
  • Phil of the Future had an episode where Pim says 'Hey! You with the face!' as she tries to get there attention.
  • 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 her name is actually Debbie, so he tells her that out of fairness to the others, he'll refer to her as Slagathor.
  • In Square Pegs, LaDonna called the two leads "That Fat Girl" (Lauren) and "That Fat Girl's Friend" (Patty), even to their faces.
  • 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 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".
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Vienna Blood: In "The God of Shadows" Oskar gets tired of his Pointy-Haired Boss Von Bulow pushing him around. He pushes Von Bulow down in his chair, jabs a finger in Von Bulow's chest, angrily says "I'll only take so much"...and makes a point of calling his boss simply "Bulow", omitting the honorific "Von." Von Bulow picks up on this, and while he is obviously terrified of Oskar he does gather the nerve to say "It's VON Bulow" as Oskar is stomping out the door.
  • Merle from The Walking Dead has a nickname for everyone. He hardly ever calls anyone by their given name.
  • 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".
  • 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)


    Puppet Shows 
Sesame Street: Ernie is a frequent target of Snake Oil Salesman Lefty. He tends to get Ernie's attention by saying, "Hey, bud."

    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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Akatsuki Blitzkampf characters like Kanae, Fritz and Murakumo tend to refer to the titular Akatsuki not by his name, but as "Experiment 1".
  • This is Terry's taunt verbatim in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium.
  • 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!"
  • 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 Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, Oghren once calls the player character "Hey You" while drunk, and you can say "That's Commander Hey You".
  • 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.
  • The Force Unleashed II: Darth Vader never refers to Juno Eclipse by name, only calling her "The Woman".
  • 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". This is dropped in the sequel, where he actively refers to others by name.
  • Hotel Mario: "HEY YOU! GET OFFA MY CLOUD!
  • 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.
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Phil refers to Sora as "kid" until Sora insists on being called by his name.
  • The Last of Us:
    • When Joel and Ellie first meet, they noticeably don't address each other by name for a while, with Joel calling her "kid" and Ellie usually not addressing him at all. For comparison, Tess addresses her as "Ellie" almost immediately. Joel and Ellie don't start addressing each other by name until after Tess is bitten and sacrifices herself. Joel also never addresses Sam by name, referring to him as "kid" or "son" (due to Sam getting infected and killed by Henry, he never got the chance to bond with Joel the way Ellie did). Sarah's death likely resulted in Joel being reluctant to get attached to children.
    • Bill never addresses Ellie by name, calling her "kid", "brat", "punk", etc. Ellie only directly addresses Bill by name once, but says his name quite often when discussing him to Joel.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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!")
  • 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!").
  • 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.
  • Tales Series:
    • 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.
    • 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. Though Zelos warms up to Lloyd pretty quickly after this and either actually uses his name or calls him "Bud" Genis isn't so lucky.
  • For some reason, the Soldier in Team Fortress 2 calls the Medic on his team "Sally", "pumpkin", "sister", and "sweetheart".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Jones explains that as fairy culture has some issues with names, "they usually use insults to refer to each other instead".
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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."

    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 
  • Happens twice in "Princess Potluck" from Adventure Time.
    Finn: Hello, Princess Princess Princess. Hey, Embryo Princess! (to Zombie Princess) Heyyy... yyyou.

    Squirrel: YOU SON OF A BLEEBLOP!!! (froths at the mouth) JJJAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!
    Jake: Heyyy... yoouu...
  • Klaus on American Dad! is often addressed as simply "Fish", due to how little the Smiths think of him.
  • 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".
  • Similar to the Kenan and Kel example above, in Back to the Future, when Verne 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".
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers:
    • The trope name is used directly in "Rain of Terror" when Captain Planet shows up to stop Verminous Skumm's latest plot (a cloud of acid rain). Skumm is not pleased or respectful.
    • In "Two Futures", Wheeler gets sent into a Bad Future after changing history so he never accepted the fire ring. Wheeler never gives his name, so the older Planeteers from the alternate timeline have to find something else to call him. Their terms vary from businesslike ("young man" from Gi) to affectionate ("young one" from Ma-Ti). The Planeteer who matches the usual disrespectful connotation of the trope best is Kwame, who's grown considerably gruffer over thirty-five years' time and defaults to calling Wheeler "boy".
  • Pete says this in a few Classic Disney Shorts such as 'Moving Day' and 'Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip'.
  • Eustace usually refers to Courage the Cowardly Dog as "dog", or more commonly, "stupid dog". He only calls him by name a twice in the entire series, only one of which addressing the dog directly. Similarly, Courage rarely calls Eustace by his name and refers to him as "the farmer" (This is also the case for Eustace in general. Only Muriel and his mother refer to him by name most of the time).
  • In the Daffy Duck cartoon, "Quackodile Tears", Mrs. Duck, in an attempt to call Daffy so he can take his turn to sit on the egg that she's incubating, initially called out to him by saying, "Oh darling!" When he didn't reply, she angrily shouted, "HEY! STUPID!!!" That got his attention.
  • A Running Gag in Ducktales 2017 has Scrooge being unable to remember all of his Nephews' names (Dewey being on the receiving end the most). When he has to adress all three of them individually, it usually goes something like : "Huey, Louie… The third one…". When there's only one, he'll still favour "lad" rather than bother remembering their first names.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Futurama:
    • In "The Honking", the will of Bender's uncle Vladimir includes his "loyal butler, 'You There', for his decades of dedicated service..."
    • 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").
  • 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".
  • In Holly Hobbie and Friends, the title character and her friends named themselves as the Hey Girls after being addressed in this manner.
  • 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!"
  • Jackie Chan Adventures:
    • Tohru's mother 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.
    • Even after the heroes and villains became more courteous towards each other, the villains almost never address Jade by name, not even the recurring enforcers Finn, Ratso and Chow (The only time was Chow calling her Jade during their brief Heel–Face Turn in "The Good Guys"). Hsi Wu and Drago are the only villains who regularly address Jade by name.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On Men in Black: The Series, 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."
  • The Owl House:
    • Eda insists on calling Edric "Blight Brother", believing that his actual name is too similar to hers for her liking.
    • Odalia only ever refers to Edric and Emira as "the twins", reflecting how she views all of her children as extensions of her own desires. This is in a sharp contrast to Amity, who always addresses them as individuals even on the rare occasions where she doesn't use their names or nicknames (saying "my brother and sister" rather than "my siblings"). Likewise, Alador also uses their names despite his neglectfulness, and only time he doesn't is when he's collectivelly referring to all three of his children at once.
  • 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!
  • 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".
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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