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She's also known as "Kitty".

Verence: Are you Death, fellow?
Death: I have many names.
Verence: Which one are you using at present?

In some stories there are characters with so many names, aliases, bynames, and/or titles that it's hard to keep track of them. An attempt to do so ends up with an Overly Long Name. As such, when asked who they are, it is not uncommon for them to reply "I Have Many Names."

Gods and whatnot tend to have hundreds of names. This comes from religious traditions where the Greek and Roman gods had many names, usually with magical connotations, all considered derivatives from their true, secret name.

Bonus points if the character lists these names in the form of a Badass Boast combined with My Name Is Inigo Montoya, in which case some of them are probably Awesome McCoolnames and/or Names to Run Away from Really Fast.

In a comedy, expect one of the names to be noticeably different from the others, and/or somewhat less than impressive.

Polar opposite of No Name Given. Compare The Magnificent and Hurricane of Euphemisms. Contrast Just the First Citizen.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chiyo of Ane Naru Mono has accumulated a few handles in her endlessly long life as an Elder God: demon, evil goddess, black goat, and the Black Sheep of the Woods Rearing a Thousand Young, or The Sister of the Woods with a Thousand Young. Yuu momentarily pisses her off until she realizes he's serious when he asks her if she's an angel.
  • Baccano!'s Claire Stanfield, a.k.a Vino, Rail Tracer, and a number of aliases that he changes about every week or so before finally sticking with Felix Walken for legal reasons like getting married. His stepbrothers are more than a little annoyed with this practice.
  • Bakemonogatari has Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade.
  • Guts of Berserk is known as "The Black Swordsman" and "The Branded Swordsman" after the Eclipse, but back in the days when he was with the Band of the Hawk, in addition to his official title of Commander of the Hawk's Raiders, he also earned the title of "The Hundred Man Slayer" because of what he did to the Blue Whale Knights around the middle of the Golden Age arc.
  • Bleach: While Aizen's Hollowfication subject, Ichigo's inner hollow was named "White" by Tousen to reflect his soul. As Ichigo's inner hollow, he either claims to have no name or calls himself "Zangetsu". When he fuses with Tensa Zangetsu, he takes on the name of Ichigo's Bankai. Post time-skip, it's confirmed that he really is Zangetsu.
  • Several characters in A Certain Magical Index have multiple nicknames or titles.
  • Coyote Ragtime Show by Mister, who has so many aliases and false identities that "Mister" is the only thing he can reliably be called.
  • Hei (a name which in itself is an alias) from Darker Than Black has a number of them, including Li Shenshun, BK201, the Black Reaper, and (thanks to one of his slashfic-writing Loony Fans) "the masked man with delicious collarbones"...Hey, he had no control over that last one, okay?
  • L from Death Note definitely counts. L isn't his real name (It's L Lawliet). His aliases include Hideki Ryuga (for when he goes to Light's college), Ryuzaki (how the Kira Investigation force refers to him), Eraldo Coil (the second greatest detective in the world), and Deneuve (the third-greatest detective in the world).
  • Both Kenshiro and Raoh have at least two titles on Fist of the North Star: Raoh is known as both Ken-Oh (Fist King) and The Conqueror of the Century's End, and Kenshiro is called The Man With the Seven Scars and The Savior of the Century's End.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The Truth, an apparition who guards the Gate of Truth within every human's being.
      Truth: Who am I? One name you might have for me is the World, or you might call me the Universe, or perhaps God, or perhaps the Truth. I am All, and I am One. So of course, this also means that I am You.
    • The Philosopher's Stone also has many names: "The Sage's Stone... The Stone of Heaven... The Great Elixir... The Red Tincture... The Fifth Element."
  • Van from Gun X Sword has a large amount of nicknames, and is referred to by a different one in each episode. The two most frequently used are "Van of the Dawn" and "Van the Nice Guy", although others that people known him by are downright insulting (i.e. "Garbage Can Van"). Another frequent one is "Van of a Thousand Conquests" though, as the supporting cast is quick to correct, it is actually "Van of a Thousand Naps".
  • Exaggerated in Hellsing. Both Alucard and Alexander Anderson have a ridiculous amount of nicknames that they are referred by many times in the series. Among other names, Anderson is known as: Father Anderson, Paladin Anderson, Executioner Anderson, Bayonet Anderson, Angel Dust Anderson (Dust to Dust Anderson in the OVA), Off With Its Head Anderson (OVA only), Assassin Anderson, Regenerator Anderson, Killing Judge Anderson, and Judas Priest (Alucard often calls him this). Three of the five times Anderson has shown up somebody says ALL of them.
  • Yuuko Ichihara from xxxHOLiC has gained quite the long list of names over the course of her career, including the Time-Space Witch, the Dimensional Witch, the Far East Witch, and the Girl Witch, and that's just for starters. Even the name she gives Watanuki is just another pseudonym.
  • Kill la Kill's Uzu Sanageyama, a man with so many titles that introducing him has eaten up an entire episode preview.
  • D of Kumo Desu Ga, Nani Ka? has many titles given to her by the other gods as none know her actual name; even D is just a nickname she used for a conversation. She is alternately known as the Nameless God, God of the End, Death God, Evil God, Absolute Paradox, Bald-san, and Wakaba Hiiro.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Evangeline Athanasia Katherine McDowell gets more and more of these as time goes by, usually uttered by other mages to emphasize how casual the main group has gotten with her — and just how much of a figure of terrifying darkness she is to everyone else. Her known names are: Evangelina Athanasia Ecatherina MacDovell (on her semi-official Pactio card), Dark Evangel, Maga Nosferatu, The Queen of The Night, The Doll Master, The Apostle of Destruction, The Tidings of Evil, Puppet Master, Dreaded Vampire, High Daylight Walker, The Girl Queen of Darkness, The Visitation of Woe, Evil Sound, The Disciple of Dark Tones, Disciple of Catastrophic Noise, The Gospel of Darkness, The Strongest Invincible Vampire (from the Negima Bible). Her classmates call her Eva-chan, Negi usually calls her Evangeline-san when not in a master-student context, and Albireo Imma calls her Kitty. Then Jack Rakan calls her Loli Grandma, which really pisses her off.
    • Rakan (who gave Eva the last listed nickname), he too has earned a few nicknames of his own, like "The Thousand Blades" and "Legendary Hero" among the common people. He is also known as "The Invincible Idiot" and "That Damn Guy You Can Stab with Swords All You Like and It Won't Do a Thing, Damnit" among those who actually know him.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char Aznable, as he is most commonly known, was born Casval Rem Deikun, but goes by many names over the various Gundam series, including Edward Mass, Quattro Bajeena, or the nom de guerre of "The Red Comet", while "Char" itself was originally the name of an Identical Stranger who he pulled a Dead Person Impersonation with after the real guy got killed in his place. It's no wonder he has a bit of an identity crisis.
  • Tobi from Naruto has also been known (through personas) as Madara, the Mizukage, and Obito.
  • Slayers: Lina Inverse, who has among her titles: the Bandit Killer, the Enemy Of All Who Live, Lina The Pink, and the Dragon Spooker (in the dub). Dragon Spooker is also translated as "One who, when dragons see, grimace in disgust and step aside". In the dub, it's explained as actually being Dragon S.P.O.O.C.R. (Steps Past Out Of Clear Revulsion).
  • Trigun: Vash The Stampede is only really named 'Vash,' although he seems to have accepted 'The Stampede' as a legitimate surname since it became his most common epithet. He's also known as 'The Humanoid Typhoon,' 'The Walking Disaster Area,' 'The Demon of July,' and 'The First Human Act of God,' though the latter is only for insurance purposes.
    • (And technically inaccurate, but so is the demon one.) Has also gone by 'Ace Gunman' and on one occasion introduced himself as "Valentinez Alkalinella Xi'hak Sicidabohertz Gombigobella Blue Stradavari Talentrent Pierre Andre Charlton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III" just to be annoying. Usually avoids aliases and gives his real name despite its notoriety. Apparently hates lying.
    • Wolfwood's also doing pretty well here. He also generally gives his real name, which is an understated "Awesome McCool" Name in its own right. Manga Wolfwood, however, has also been known by the professional name 'Nicholas The Punisher'. Also Chapel, but only after he shot his predecessor for it.
    • Meryl and Millie only have one stylish nickname each. Like most of the Gung Ho Guns! It's kind of a thing they do on that planet.
  • Yugi's alter-ego recites this line in the Yu-Gi-Oh! dub (which shouldn't technically count); but he's been referred to as Pharaoh (sometimes Nameless Pharaoh), Yami (for a few dub episodes, this is more often a Fanon name), Spirit (also for a few episodes), Mou Hitori no Boku (what Yugi calls him in the Japanese version, "the other me"), and his true name, Atem. Perhaps more importantly, he's also known as Yu-Gi-Oh, which translates to "King of Games."
  • Bruno, from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, is known by a total of five different names; Johnny (his actual name according to the director's Twitter), The Mysterious D-Wheeler and Dark Glass/Vizor (both refer to his Split Personality), and Antinomy (his code name while working for Z-One). Bruno itself is only an alias he chose after he lost his memory.

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  • In "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger", when Roccoco is quizzing Nick about the woman, he has to go through several of her names ("Melanie Haber?" "Audrey Farber?" "Susan Underhill?"). It isn't until he says "Betty Jo Bialosky" that Nick remembers: "everyone knew her as Nancy."

    Comic Books 
  • Alpha Flight founder James MacDonald Hudson has been known as Weapon Alpha, Vindicator, Guardian, and Dark Guardian. His prototype exosuit was given the codename "Groundhog", though he never wore it under that hame. His wife Heather often refers to him as "Mac"; Wolverine sometimes calls him "Jimmy".
  • Marvel's Hank Pym has been known as at least Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and Wasp, usually with a slight variation in powers associated with each. The first two times were plot-based, but on occasion he's apparently just decided "I'm going to be Yellowjacket today".
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Robotnik is known as nearly every name he's been known by in all other media except for "Ovi"; There's Warlord Julian Kintobor of the House of Ivo, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, plus his replacement being known as Robot-Robotnik, Robotnik Mach Two and Eggman... lampshaded in several post-200 issues (after his Villainous Breakdown) when he introduces himself as "Warlord-Doctor Julian Ivo Eggman-Robo-Kintobor Mach Two" and later muses on how he gained each of his names, which causes him to "remember" who he is and regain his memory.
  • How about Azrael? Jean-Paul Valley had "the Agent of the Bat", "the Punishing Angel", "the Avenging Angel", and simply "Az". Michael Lane, on the other hand, has "Death's Dark Knight", "the Dark Knight of God", "God's Sword of Justice", and "the Angel in the Dark".
  • Batman:
    • Batman has "the caped crusader", "Bats", "Dark Knight", "the Darknight Detective", "The Masked Manhunter", "the Goddamn Batman", etc.
    • His Rogues Gallery have several nicknames that the narration refer to them as in some comics.
  • Nathan Cable Christopher Charles Summers Winters Dayspring Askani'Son Soldier X. Deadpool suggests that he just go by Priscilla. His birth name is Nathan Christopher Charles Summers. When he was raised in the distant future he was Nathaniel Dayspring, with or without "Askani'Son" appended. Cable is his most common code name, and after reconciling with his father Cyclops he started using a combination of his two "real" names, calling himself Nathan Dayspring Summers. The rest are a variety of aliases he's gone by in a variety of combinations over the years.
  • Captain America/Steve Rogers. At various times in his career, Cap has also gone by "The Captain" and "Nomad" (among others), while his civilian aliases have included "Grant Rogers", "Buck Jones", "Roger Stevens", and "Brett Hendrick".
  • Since Bullseye keeps his real name a secret, he has used several aliases over the years. Benjamin Pointdexter, Shelton Pendergrass, Matt Hobson, etc.
  • Although God appears in DC Comics fairly regularly, he never uses any of his many, many canonical names. So far, he's been referred to as The Presence, The Voice, The Hand, and The Source, and, according to at least one account, Rama Kushna (though He was a She in this case). Depending on who's writing it, The Voice (associated with The Spectre) may or may not canonically be intended to be big-G God. In the early stories, it was kind of tacitly assumed; later it was specifically disavowed, then semi-officially embraced (with adjuncts like Michael - yes, that Michael — showing up, and the Spectre him/itself being specifically referred to as the Wrath of God), and then kinda sorta disavowed again.
  • Pym's rival in The DCU is Stephanie Brown, who has been the Spoiler, Robin and Batgirl.
  • Scrooge McDuck was known by many (alliterative) names in his prime (nicely demonstrated on this page of chapter 8 in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck).
  • Caged Demonwolf from Empowered has many names, The Other Wiki listing at least 72 at the last count, although he made up most of those himself. Empowered herself has a fair number of names applied to her as well. Unfortunately they are along the lines of "Useless Lass" and "Captain Kidnapped".
  • As immortals, The Eternals have all used numerous names over the millennia, but The Forgotten One, aka Hero, aka Dragon-Slayer, aka Gilgamesh, is the grand champion; he has a ton and can't decide which one to use (though during his stint with the Avengers, he stuck with Gilgamesh for simplicity's sake). Hercules even got into a spat with him for using his name. Meanwhile his real name is still unknown, making him No Name Given as well.
  • Licensing issues have necessitated this for Fu Manchu in the Marvel Universe. Marvel can't actually call him Fu Manchu anymore, so they renamed him "Han" when he showed up in a Black Panther storyline, and later "Zheng Zu" when he showed up in Secret Avengers. It was stated in the latter appearance that he likely has a long list of aliases that he has used over the years.
    Shang-Chi: Fascinating... he's always gone by many names...
    Prince of Orphans: Probably to protect himself. Magic and names never go well together.
  • Galactus is said by the Silver Surfer to have many names. Something of an Informed Ability, though. We know one other name for him, Galan, from when he was a normal person in the universe before this one. Presumably all the other names for him are the names given by other cultures he has destroyed over the millennia — except the name "Galactus" has no meaning particular to Earth, and we've heard one alien's name for Galactus, and it's just "Gah Lak Tus." That's in the Ultimate Universe, but still, Galactus probably has the fewest known names on this page.
  • Hack/Slash villain Emily Christy was briefly known as Ms. America and in her second major appearance as Ouroboros.
  • Hero Hotline strongman Sturgis Butterfield has been Mister Muscle, Muscle Man, Brother Bicep, Mister Mighty, and Flex.
  • Jhonen Vasquez parodies this with Senor Juan Diablo complaining about all the foolish names humans keep inventing for him, and insisting on his real name. He then compromises and lets Johnny the Homicidal Maniac call him Mister Satan. And his son, The Dark Messiah, The Unholy Son, The second coming of evil... His mom calls him Pepito. His doggie's name is woofles.
  • Kitty Pryde: Sprite, Ariel, Shadowcat. Plus an assortment of pet names specific to her fellow X-Men; Nightcrawler called her "Kätzchen", Storm "Kitten" (which means the same thing) and Colossus calls her "Katya". Her Days of Future Past counterpart was called Kate.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen does this with a few people, combining several characters from established fiction into a single person.
    • Orlando is Virginia Woolf's Orlando as well as Roland, the Mona Lisa, Orlando the Marmalade Cat, and "O" from The Story of O.
    • Robert Kim Cherry is Bob Cherry from the Greyfriars stories, Harry Lime, "M", and "Mother" from The Avengers.
    • Oliver Haddo, an Aleister Crowley analogue, is known as Simon Iff, Dr. Carswell Trelawney, Adrian Marcato, and Hjalmar Poelzig, all names of fictional counterparts to the real Crowley.
  • Lucifer Morningstar, The Morningstar, Atse'hashke, The Lightbringer, Star of the Morning, Satan, Sammael, The Devil, Light Of The Morning Sky; surprisingly few really.
  • The Martian Manhunter has had a number of secret identities outside of his "John Jones" one. Infamously, one of these is named "Rei Hino".
  • Demons in the Marvel Universe often have Many Names, at least when it comes to Big Bad ones. It goes without saying that most of these are Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
    • Dormammu, Dread Dormammu or The Dread One, The Black One, Eater of Souls, Lord of Darkness, Lord of Chaos, Lord of the Dark Dimension.
    • Shuma-Gorath, He-Who-Sleeps-But-Shall-Awake, Lord of Chaos, The Great Old One, The Withering Devourer, The Unclosing Eye.
    • The Elder God Set, Father Set, The Great Devourer, Set the Great Destroyer. As an example of the Hydra Problem, Set literally Has Many Names — Set, Apep, Ophion, Tiamat, Lotan, Leviathan and Apocalypse, one for each of its seven heads. Presumably a case of Julius Beethoven da Vinci, with each name forming the basis for varying mythical great serpent monsters (though the Egyptian god Set, in Marvel, is a separate character, albeit one who took the name of the Elder God).
    • The Elder God Chthon, The Other, The Great Shadow, He Who Holds the Darkness, Demon of the Darkhold.
  • Recurring Marvel Universe Crisis Crossover Time Traveller villain Kang the Conqueror has also gone by the names Pharoah Rama-Tut, Immortus, and the Scarlet Centurion. His real name is Nathaniel Richards.
  • Outside of the original Captain Mar-Vell, various Marvel Universe characters that take on the title of 'Marvel' in their superhero title at some point wind up changing their alias multiple times.
    • Monica Rambeau: Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, Daystar, Sceptre, Lady of Light, Monica Marvel, Spectrum
    • Genis-Vell: Legacy, Captain Marvel, Photon
    • Phyla-Vell: Captain Marvel, Quasar, Martyr
    • Robert 'Bob' Grayson: Marvel Boy, The Crusader, the Uranian.
    • Carol Danvers: Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, back to Ms. Marvel again and Captain Marvel as of summer 2012-present.
    • Noh-Varr: Marvel Boy, Captain Marvel, and Protector
    • Vance Astro/Astrovik: Marvel Boy, Justice, Major Astro, Major Victory
    • Jean Grey: Marvel Girl, Phoenix, no code-name, Phoenix again, no code-name again
    • Rachel Summers: no code-name, Phoenix, Marvel Girl (also changed her real name to Rachel Grey)
  • Robin III, Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne, Boy Wonder, Red Robin III, Detective, Alvin Draper, Redbird, Caroline Hill, Cal Corcoran, & eventually Batman.
  • Victor Mancha has been nicknamed a lot of things throughout his heroic career, but in Avengers A.I., he keeps trying to find a codename for himself, each more painful than the other.
    Monica Chang: Hey, "Wolf-Bro".
    Victor: What? It's "Skull Boss" now.
    • He even tries one that had been taken before:
      Vision: "Devil-Slayer", Victor?
      Victor: I'm trying out new codenames. You like it?
      Vision: No, I don't.
  • Dream from The Sandman is a prime example of this trope since he "collects names as others collect friends" (To wit, Morpheus, Dreamlord, The Sandman, Oneiros, Kai'ckul, Lord L'zoril, Shaper of Forms, Lord Shaper and on at least one occasion, "Tall, Pale and Interestin'").
  • Spider-Man has "wall-crawler", "web-slinger", "webhead", and "Spidey".
  • The soul of the pre-Crisis Supergirl appears in Peter David's Supergirl comics issue 48 and 49, and said this to the then-current Supergirl Linda Danvers: "I have gone by many names, but the one I am most fond of is: Kara!"
  • Superman kind of fits. Although he has two real names ("Kal-El"/"Kal-L" and "Clark Kent") and one main codename ("Superman"), he has gone by other names, such as "Nightwing" (no relation to Dick Grayson, although he took the name after hearing the stories from Superman), "Gangbuster", "Jordan Elliot", "Nova", "Superboy". Then you add all the nicknames, such as "The Man of Steel", "The Big Blue Boy Scout", "The Big Blue Cheese" (a Shout-Out to Captain Marvel), just "Big Blue" or "Boy Scout", "The Last Son of Krypton", "the Red-Blue Blur" (in Smallville), the "Man of Tomorrow", "Son of Jor-El", "The Metropolis Marvel", the "Action Ace," and "The Big Red S"; the "Boy of Steel", the "Boy of Tomorrow", and "the Smallville Sensation" as Superboy; and others not listed. note 
  • Many of the members of the Teen Titans:
    • Victor Stone: Cyborg, Cyberion, Robotman
    • Donna Troy: Wonder Girl, Troia, Darkstar, Wonder Woman
    • Gar Logan: Beast Boy, Changeling, Menagerie
    • Mal Duncan: Guardian, Hornblower, Herald, Vox
    • Roy Harper: Speedy, Arsenal, Red Arrow
  • In Marvel's Thor, facing the Midgard Serpent when it does not know him, Thor identifies himself with an authentic reeling off of his names from mythology.
  • Five of the original Thunderbolts have picked up their fair share:
    • Helmut Zemo: Phoenix, Baron Zemo, and Citizen V.
    • Karla Sofen: Moonstone, Meteorite and Ms. Marvel.
    • Erik Josten: Power Man, Smuggler, Goliath, Atlas
    • Norbert Ebersol: Fixer, Mr. Fix, Techno, Ogre
    • Abner Jenkins: Beetle, Mach-1, Mach-2, Mach-3, Mach-4, Mach-5
  • James Howlett, better known as Wolverine, but also known as Logan (sometimes with a "Jim" appended to it whenever the situation demanded...or that time when he infiltrated the Pentagon with a fake military ID that hilariously gave his full name as "Logan L. Logan"), Patch, Weapon X, Death (when he was one of Apocalypse's Horsemen, though that's not something one can leave behind as Archangel and Gambit can attest), The Ol' Canucklehead and so on and on.
  • Guy Smith in X-Force/X-Statix started out as Mr. Sensitive, then changed his name to the Orphan after he was emotionally affected by an adventure involving an orphaned child, then went back to Mr. Sensitive after he found out that he wasn't really an orphan and that his parents were scum.
  • X-Men villain Mr. Sinister, real name Dr. Nathaniel Essex. Since for most of his existence nobody knew his real name, he felt quite comfortable using a variety of aliases incorporating "Nathan", "Essex" and/or "Milbury" (the name of his estate in Victorian London) without worry of being found out. During World War II, he was also known as the Nazi Mad Scientist "Nosferatu".

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  • Tesjha "Tess" Phohl of Bait and Switch is also called Siritesjha sh'Phohlhi on occasion, which is apparently the Imperial Andorian translation of her name (whereas Tesjha Phohl is from her home culture). This causes problems in "Shakedown Shenanigans" when she gives a Vulcan customs agent the name Tesjha Pholhl when her travel papers say Siritesjha.
  • Lampshaded in between where the protagonist uses X-23's many names to describe different facets of her personality. He tries to determine which name is the 'true' one, but never can.
    He stares, transfixed. And he thinks maybe Talon is who she is.
  • The Game Mod Brotherhood of Shadow for Knights of the Old Republic uses this frequently, as many of the characters have assumed new names, identities and lives. "Shadow" (aka Channa Mae, Matilda, Sera Degana) is the most prominent example.
  • Child of the Storm has a number of characters who end up with a lot of names, most particularly, the Winter Soldier, also known as The Ice Warrior, The Sleeping Death, The Shield Breaker and Europe’s Terror. It's suggested that this isn't an exhaustive list.
  • In The Darkness Series Harry Potter uses the aliases Notechis Noir, "Stripe", and Evan Harris.
  • In The Elements of Friendship, it's shown that Trixie has gone by a great many stage names and aliases over the years, and during the height of her Alicorn Amulet-induced madness, she starts referring to herself by all of them, something the villagers of Ponyville point out. This causes Twilight to decide that, on top of everything else, Trixie has identity issues.
  • Besides the "Mag'ne", Megan in The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds is also known as the "Giver of Gifts", "Defender of the Stable", "wielder of the Spear of Fire", and "Teacher of Knowledge".
  • Godzilla, Mothra, Anguirus, and Rodan have been given numerous names and monikers over the course of human history in Hail to the King. Some examples include the biblical monsters Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz, as well as the Norse monsters Jormungand, Hraesvelgr, and Fenrir. This is in addition to their usual canon monikers, like King of the Monsters and The Goddess of Infant Island.
  • In the 7th Sea story Homecoming, the Sidhe hunter Thalo not only introduces himself that way to his quarry — but implies his prey does as well.
    "Allow me to introduce myself. I am He of the Seven Thorns, the Birdcatcher, the Hunter in the Dark. I am Thalo..." The Sidhe gave an elaborate bow, then shrugged, a knowing gleam in his eyes. "I go by many names... as I wager so do you."
  • In the The Jaded Eyes Series Harry Potter is also known as Tristan Stillnight, Tristan Winter, Prince Le Fey, the Prince, "Little One" (that one's courtesy of Alucard), and Dark Lord Le Fey.
  • In A Long Journey Home Jasmine changed names regularly in the history. She has so far : Jasmine Potter, Girl-Who-Lived, Girl-Who-Won, Wadjet, Muirgen, Morgan le Fay, Morgana, Lily Fakhrani, She-Who-Waits, The Deliverer, Old Lady Ambrose, May, Flower, Mallika, Antheia.
  • Mr and Mrs Gold: Belle has earned many names in the short time she had been married to the Dark One: the Caretaker, the Devil's Bride, the Harlot of Hell, The Chosen One, etc. Add “Rosalind French Gold” to that list after the creation of Storybrooke.
  • My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series's version of Sweetie Belle introduces herself as such.
    I go by many names. Seaty Belt, Sweaty Belt, Treaty Teats... but you may call me THRACKERZOD.
  • The various My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossovers where Discord is also Q qualify as this.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Death itself has more names than can be counted, among them the Pale Pony, the Grim Reaper, the Collector of Souls, the Final Answer, the Great Equalizer, the Unbarginable Griffon, the Reclaimer of Final Breaths, the Stealer of Souls, the Defeater of Empires, the Swallower of Oceans, the Thief of Years, the Ultimate Reality, the Harvester of Souls, the Keeper of the Keys at the End of the Universe, one of the Four Harbingers of Apocalypse, the Terror of the Grave, the Proclaimed First and Final Soul of Creation, and many more that have been forgotten.
  • The Powers of Harmony, like Under the Northern Lights, establishes that Celestia and Luna are known by different names by different cultures. A later chapter reveals this is also true of Discord and his Good Counterpart Harmony.
  • Soul Eater: Troubled Souls: Kid and Lord Death are synonymously referred to as Reapers, Grim Reapers, Shinigami, Gods of Death, or Death Gods.
  • The Twilight Child: Sombra has several epithets and titles, all of which are Names to Run Away from Really Fast. Apparently even twenty-odd years after his final demise, the Crystal Ponies were afraid he'd come back to life if they used his real name.
  • In Under The Northern Lights reindeer know Luna and Celestia as Hrimfaxi and Skinfaxi. Stalu call Luna Daggmule ("dewmuzzle").
  • Luffy in The Will Of The D when thanks to the water logia type fruit provided by a time traveling Gold Roger he is able to claim sovereignty over the sea.
    "I have many names and I have no name, for they drift away with the currents."
  • In The Wizard in the Shadows Harry has many names. Not quite as many as Aragorn.

    Films — Animation 
  • Parodied in Rango: We never find out what the protagonist's name was before he adopted the "Rango" persona, because when asked about it, he just goes on about how many different names he has.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 200 Motels, Rance Muhammitz is just one of the M.C.'s names. Apparently, he also goes by Opal You Hot Little Bitch...
  • Bedazzled has its hapless hero express bewilderment at the Devil's chosen name:
    Stanley Moon: That's your name? — George Spiggott?
    George Spiggott: Come along... it's merely one of my million earthly pseudocrims or plom de numes.
    • Another of these million names is Drimble Wedge, the deadpan pop sensation that Spiggott performs as to frustrate one of Stanley's Faustian wishes.
  • The Big Lebowski: "I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. Or, you know, Duder, or His Dudeness, or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing."
  • Cary Grant's character in Charade has a ton of aliases. At the end of the film, he proposes to Audrey Hepburn:
    Hepburn: Oh, I love you, Adam, Alex, Peter, Brian, whatever your name is, oh, I love you! I hope we have a lot of boys, and we can name them all after you!
  • Clerks II: The Desolate One! The First of the Fallen, the Spoiler of Virgins, the Master of Abortions! Let me help you out of your chair, grandma!!!
  • Satan from Constantine:
    Gabriel: Son of Perdition. Little Horn! Most Unclean!
    Satan: [nostalgic] I do miss the old names.
  • Deewaar: Anita admits that Vijay's assessment that she's the kind of woman who changes names like others change clothes is correct, but reveals that the one her parents gave her is "Anita".
  • The Devil's Advocate has that immortal exchange:
    Kevin Lomax: What are you?
    John Milton: [chuckles] Oh, I have so many names!
    Kevin Lomax: Satan.
    John Milton: ...Call me "Dad".
  • Irwin Fletcher, of Fletch, uses an extremely large number of aliases, including Ted Nugent, Gordon Liddy, Don Corleone, and Harry S. Truman.
  • Ghostbusters
    • In Ghostbusters, the Big Bad Sumerian deity Gozer was also known as "The Traveler", "The Destructor", "Volguus Zildrohar" and "Gozer the Gozerian".
    • Ghostbusters II has Vigo the Carpathian. Who also went by "Vigo the Cruel", "Vigo the Torturer", "Vigo the Despised", and "Vigo the Unholy", but not "Vigo the Butch". He claims himself as the "Scourge of Carpathia" and the "Sorrow of Moldavia".
  • Heavenly Creatures is the Real Life story about a girl named Pauline Reiper, Paul to her girlfriend Juliet and Yvonne (her middle name) to her parents. She also calls herself Gina, and writes role-playing letters as the fictional King Charles. On top of all that when she's arrested for murdering her mother it's revealed that her parents never married so she's tried under her mom's name, Parker. As for Juliet, she's also known as Deborah and both obviously used pseudonyms once they were released from prison. Also, Pauline renames Bill — her lovesick suitor — "Nicholas" because it sounds better.
  • From the first Hellboy, after Hellboy shoots Sammael and walks away from the bloody corpse:
    Abe: Red, you need to hear the rest of the information.
    Hellboy: Nah, he's taken care of.
    Abe: No, listen to this. 'Sammael, the Desolate One, Lord of the Shadows, Son of Nergal, hound of resurrection.'
    Hellboy: Now see, I don't like that...
    Abe: What, hound of resurrection? 'Harbinger of Pestilence, Seed of Destruction...'
    Hellboy: [Now fighting the revived Sammael] Cut to the end, will ya? How do I kill it?
    Abe: Hmm, doesn't say.
  • Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez Ramirez from Highlander. He even lampshades it when giving a full list of 8-10 names at a "checking point". Arguably, most immortals (from the series and not only) have many names, since they pretended to die so many times and had to change identity.
  • Crossing over into Badass Boast territory, from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior:
    "The Humungus! The Lord Humungus! The Warrior of the Wasteland! The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla!"
  • The TV movie Monster Maker, which was shown on The Jim Henson Hour, has a scene with the following quote: "I have many names. I have many faces. Yours too, Matthew Banting."
  • In Pan's Labyrinth, the faun tells us that he has had many names, "names that only the trees and the mountains can remember," but he doesn't tell us any of them. The film's English title implies that "Pan" is one of them, though the original Spanish title, El Laberinto del Fauno, would be more accurately be translated "The Faun's Labyrinth". Guillermo del Toro has stated that Pan would have been far too dangerous and fickle for the role.
  • Phantom of the Paradise:
    Swan: Oh this is too much. I guess you're supposed to be the devil?
    Swan's Reflection: I go by many names.
  • Used to comic effect in The Santa Clause. After being arrested, Scott delays his interrogation significantly by invoking this trope. Each time the interrogator demands his name, he replies with one of the many names of Saint Nicholas.
  • Michael J. Fox's character in The Secret of My Success only had two: his real name, Brantley Foster, and his alias for faking his way into a position of prominence at his uncle's company, Carlton Whitfield. However, the nature of the business world leads to people referring to him casually as only a first or last name. When, at a party, he's addressed by all four names by various partygoers, he explains to his date that his parents weren't satisfied with just one name.
    "My monogram looks like an eyechart."
  • The manifestation of Alessa's dark side in Silent Hill claims this.
  • David Ryder from the So Bad, It's Good film Space Mutiny had many cheesy names bestowed upon him by Mike and the 'Bots. "Flint Ironstag!" "Bolt Vanderhuge!" ... "Bob Johnson! Wait..."
  • In the Transformers Film Series, the acronym for N.E.S.T. wasn't defined in the movies themselves. Various books, comics, and even Transformers: The Ride use "Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty", while a promo website used "Nonbiological Extraterresential Species Team", and The Veiled Threat along with the Hasbro and Takara websites used "Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers".
  • The eponymous Warlock uses this trope to trick a professional medium into channeling Satan. When he asks her to channel his father's spirit and she asks for a name, the Warlock replies "he has many names". When she says that she only needs one, he deliberately gives her one of the Devil's more esoteric names.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: In the teaser trailer, En Sabah Nur claims to have been known throughout history as Ra, Krishna, and Yahweh among others. This upset some religious leaders, so the last two were substituted with Elohim and Shen in the theatrical release.

  • The main character of The Adventures of Tom Rynosseros has the birth name of Tom Tyson; throughout his stories, he is called Blue Tyson, the Blue Captain, Tom o'Bedlam, and Tom Rynosseros.
  • In the House On the Rock scene from Neil Gaiman's American Gods, when Wednesday tells Shadow the many names he has been called over the centuries, leaving the most well known for Shadow to say, "Odin." He later claims to have as many names as there are ways for a human to die, which is pretty accurate.
  • Most characters in Russian novels fit this trope, having a first name, patronymic, surname, Russian nickname, and English nickname(s). So in Anna Karenina, Darya, Darya Alexandrovna, Princess Oblonskaya and Dolly are all the same person, and she may be referred to by all these names in a single conversation.
  • In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, the "Rich Playboy" Francisco D'Anconia busts into a prison to help John Galt escape. As he crashes through a window, a guard asks him, "Who are you?" Francisco responds with his full name, and, Francisco's reputation is so fierce the guard drops his gun: "Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastian d'Anconia."
  • Jack Shaftoe of Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle is known as Half-Cocked Jack (for two reasons, L'Emmerdeur, the King of the Vagabonds, Ali Zaybak, Quicksilver, Sword of Divine Fire, and Jack the Coiner.
  • The eponymous character of the Bartimaeus Trilogy does this a lot. However, only the main one seems to have power over him. Additionally none of them are his true name, but Bartimaeus is forced onto his nameless essence to summon him.
  • David Eddings' The Belgariad:
    • Parodied, like many other tropes, in The Malloreon, in the form of another Overly Long Gag:
      King Belgarion of Riva, Overlord of the West, Lord of the Western Sea, Godslayer, and general all-around hero, had an extended argument with his co-ruler, Queen Ce'Nedra of Riva, Imperial Princess of the Tolnedran Empire and Jewel of the House of Borune. The subject of their discussion hinged on the question of just who should have the privilege of carrying Crown Prince Geran, Heir to the Throne of Riva, hereditary Keeper of the Orb, and, until recently, the Child of Dark.
    • Earlier in The Belgariad, when Belgarath's identity is still a tenuous secret and source of much confusion to Garion, the old man states that he has many names and chooses to go by "Wolf" at the moment, suggesting he takes many aliases as he travels the world. However, once the cat of his true name is out of the bag, he sticks with that for the rest of the series and never attempts to go incognito, although he has some other titles such as "Disciple of Aldur" and "Ancient and Beloved" that come in for some use. Garion, of course, goes on to attain the above additional appellations afterwards.
    • Then there's Silk. As a spy, he naturally assumes aliases, the most common being Radek of Boktor and Ambar of Kotu. His birth name is Kheldar and he's generally known as Silk, his spy academy codename. Interestingly, he is also treated thus in the prophecies, unlike the other characters, who have one prophetic name each. In the first book he is called the Rat; in the second, the Guide; and in the third, the Nimble Thief. He reverts back to the Guide for the rest of the books.
  • Black Legion:
    • The main character is called Sekhandur Khayon, Iskander Cain, Khayon the Black, Kingbreaker, Ygethmor and a long list of other titles, most of which he's not particularly fond of.
    • The Anthropomorphic Personification that Tlaloc encounters on its way calls itself Solar Priest, Avatar, Astronomican, Imperious, the Ghost and the Voice at different points of the meeting.
  • Voltaire's Candide contains one — which is to be expected, as it's a parody of just about everything on the face of the planet. One minor character is consistently addressed as Don Fernando d'Ibaraa y Figueora y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza. Played for comic effect with the man's poor servant in the musical.
  • John C. Wright's Chronicles of Chaos (The Orphans of Chaos, The Fugitives of Chaos, and The Titans of Chaos) makes full use of the many names of the Greek gods who appear as characters in the book. Normally, they are referred to by legitimate but obscure variants, but they can engage in a Badass Boast that rattles them off. The title characters have two sets of names that they know of, and additional ones when they escape their Laser-Guided Amnesia; in an I Know Your True Name situation, a villain tries to invoke all three sets of names to use magic on them, and is foiled because one of them hid one of his names.
  • In P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath, heroine Jame picks up many names. Her real name is Jamethiel, but that's an ill-fated name to give anyone because of the infamy of its last bearer, so she's Jame — but many people try and back-form the nickname to Jameth, since it's the only name in her culture except for the bad one that would have that abbreviation. She is called Talisman in the thieves' guild, the B'tyrr (which also means Talisman) as a tavern dancer, and Jamie by her old tutor. Her epithets include Priest's Bane and Lordan of Ivory.
  • Lord Foul from The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: "I have many names. To the Lords of Revelstone I am Lord Foul the Despiser; to the Giants of Seareach, Satansheart and Soulcrusher. The Ramen name me Fangthane. In the dreams of the Bloodguard, I am Corruption. But the people of the Land call me the Gray Slayer." He is also called the Master and the Maker. Later he picks up another — A'Jeroth, Lord of the Seven Hells.
  • Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Nine Billion Names of God".
  • Many of the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos have many names. Examples include Azathoth ("The Blind Idiot God", "The Nuclear Chaos" or "The Daemon Sultan"), Nyarlathotep ("The Crawling Chaos" or "The Messenger and Soul of the Outer Gods"), Shub Niggurath ("The Black Goat in the Woods with a Thousand Young"), and of course Cthulhu ("The Sleeping God", "Master of R'lyeh" or "The Great Priest") himself.
    • When it comes to the number of names, Nyarlathotep is pretty much the undisputed champ: he has a thousand different forms, each with its own name. Examples include "The Haunter in the Dark", "The Black Man", "The Dark Pharaoh" and 997 more.
    • Lovecraft plays this straight (especially with passages from The Necronomicon) and often has any given story be internally consistent with the name, but using a variation of the name or title in other stories.
    • This tendency is oft-parodied in the Discworld 'verse. In Discworld Noir, for example, the monster summoned up is called Nylonathotep, the Laddering Horror, who can be contacted using the Necrotelecomnicon.
  • Justified in Daemon, where Jon Ross was an identity thief.note 
  • The Dalemark Quartet: The Undying tend to rack up names in general, but the musician-mage born Mallard indisputably takes the cake. Ready? Here goes: Mage Mallard, Duck, Oril, Tanamoril, Osfameron, the Wanderer, Wend, Wend Orilson. Usually, he's called either Duck or Wend, the names he's called in the two books in which he features prominently, The Spellcoats and The Crown of Dalemark respectively.
  • Dirk Gently from Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently series of books apparently changes his name on a periodic basis for reasons that he rarely explains. He started life (apparently) as Svlad Cjelli, but by the time of the first book, he is doing business as Dirk Gently.
    • Reasons which might be related to the way he will look at you as if trying to figure out whether he owes you money, and if not, whether you might lend him some.
  • Terry Pratchett's Death, as mentioned in the quote. In the Discworld book Mort, a list of his titles includes "The Stealer of Souls, Defeater of Empires, Swallower of Oceans, Thief of Years, The Ultimate Reality, Harvester of Mankind" before Death himself gets fed up and interrupts the herald announcing him.
    • Pteppic, new pharaoh of Djelibeybi in Pyramids, is referred to by his stubbornly traditional high priest Dios when meeting foreign diplomats as "His Greatness the King Pteppicymon XXVIII, Lord of the Heavens, Charioteer of the Wagon of the Sun, Steersman of the Barque of the Sun, Guardian of the Secret Knowledge, Lord of the Horizon, Keeper of the Way, the Flail of Mercy, the High-Born One, the Never-dying King" every time he opens his mouth.
    • It is mentioned in Thud! and possibly The Fifth Elephant that a vampire, having plenty of free time because of their long life, tends to spend much of it making up the longest possible names. In Thud!, we're introduced to a new vampire on the Watch, and her name is told to Vimes as, "Salacia...the names go on for a few pages, but they end in 'von Humpeding'."
    • Or Moist von Lipwig, conman extraordinaire. He was hanged under the name Albert Spangler, but he used lots of others, including (apparently) "Ethel Snake".
    • Granny Weatherwax is known to the trolls as "She Who Is to Be Avoided" and to the dwarfs as "Go Around the Other Side of the Mountain," titles about which she has mixed feelings.
    • Commander Vimes of the City Watch has had a few names over the books. "The Butcher," for example. Also "Old Stoneface", which was also a nickname of his famous ancestor. And in Night Watch he went by the name of John Keel. Also, after having a few honors bestowed upon him (under protest), his proper full name and title is "His Grace, the Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes." Though he absolutely hates being called "Your Grace," and allows "Sir" only if the person speaking to him insists on being formal. Those who have his trust and respect (a short list) call him simply "Mister Vimes." Among the dwarfs, he's also known as "Blackboard Monitor Vimes." And people like Sybil (his wife), and Colon, who have known him longer than anyone else alive and when entering times of crisis, call him "Sam".
  • The infinity and transcendence of God is evident in The Divine Comedy because Dante refuses just to call him God. To show how that phrase fails to capture Him, Dante will call him by unique titles like the First Good, the Deep Mind, the Eternal Light, the Highest Joy, the end of all desire, and a lot more.
  • Dragon Queen: the old man claims to have many names, but the reader never actually gets one. Making this, strangely enough, also an example of No Name Given.
  • Kesa Khan whilst on a shamanic high in the Drenai novel Waylander II, probably a direct Shout-Out to one of Odin's speeches, made while in a similar state.
  • The Dresden Files: A certain character is known as Donar Vadderung, Santa Claus, and Odin, plus all the other names the last two have accumulated throughout the centuries (see the Mythology section).
  • Paul Atreides from Dune has been called "Muad'Dib", "Usul", "the Emperor", "Kwisatz Haderach", "Mahdi", and "the Preacher".
    • The Sandworms are referred to as "Sandworms", "the Old Man of the Desert", "the Grandfather of the Desert", "the Great Maker", "The Worm Who Is God", or "Shai-Hulud", depending on who's speaking about them.
  • Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion often does the actual "I have many names" line, especially John Daker, who got so confused by all the lifetimes he could remember that he often just used Erekosë (the first of the alternate lives he was pulled into) rather than trying to keep track of who he was at the moment.
  • In Everworld, gods tend to have this, as they do in Real Life. In Everworld-Egypt take this Up to Eleven; Sobek won't even talk to you if you don't address him by his full title ("Lord Sobek, god of the crocodiles of the Nile, called Rager, son of Seth and his consort Neith, called the nurse of crocodiles"), and the Pharaoh's herald spends at least five minutes reciting incarnations of Ra before the Amazons lead the protagonists away.
  • Garrett, P.I.: In Cold Copper Tears, Garrett has to track down a woman who'd introduced herself to him as Jill Craight. This task proves especially difficult when it turns out that she has a different name for every person who knows her. (Her real name is revealed to be Hester Podegill, which is Lampshaded as the only one dumb enough to be real.)
  • Nikita of The Girl from the Miracles District has a slew of false names (even Nikita isn't the real one, though that's the one she's adopted for personal use) to use in different hideouts, parts of the city, and with different people, all in effort to hide from whoever might be following her. She mentions Erynia, Carmen, Anna and Mantis in her narration, but there are many more.
  • Good Omens: Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan and Lord of Darkness a.k.a. Adam.
  • Harry Potter series
    • Tom Riddle is also known as Lord Voldemort, the Dark Lord, You-Know-Who, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Of course, the use of these names varies depending on the speaker's relationship to Voldemort or the period of his life that is being discussed. The Dark Lord is generally reserved for Death Eaters or other allies of Voldemort, while his opponents (who are often too afraid (and not without reason) use "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named". Furthermore, the character's birth name "Tom Riddle" is used by the narration when referring to the character's younger years, or sometimes to include his entire life. Furthermore, Albus Dumbledore has referred to Voldemort by Tom Riddle to the latter's face in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as does Harry himself in Deathly Hallows.
    • Harry Potter; The Boy-Who-Lived, The Chosen One, Undesirable No. 1., etc.
  • Robert A. Heinlein:
    • In the novel Glory Road, the female lead actually uses this phrase when she tells narrator/main character Oscar Gordon:
      "I Have Many Names... Would you like to call me 'Etarre'? ... Or it could be 'Esther' just as closely. Or 'Aster.' Or even 'Estrellita.'"
    • Time Enough for Love opens with a nearly page-long list of some of the names Woodrow Wilson Smith has used in his life.
  • Maya Angelou goes by at least six names in the autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Sister, Maya, My, Ritie, and Margurite being the acceptable ones. The more unsympathetic characters call her "Margaret", and there's a chapter on a white employer who tries to shorten it to "Mary".
  • In Incarnations of Immortality, Piers Anthony's character Satan is also known as the Lord of Lies, Master of Evil, Lord of the Flies, Beelzebub, Lucifer, and Parry. Although this isn't straight, as Satan, Beelzebub, and Lucifer are completely different people; upon assuming the role of the Incarnation of Evil, they each picked an (already existing) name for the Devil to use as an alias. The fact that there actually has been more than one officeholder is one of those "deep dark secrets that somehow the entire world knows by the end of the series" that pervade the author's settings.
  • Inheritance Cycle: has Eragon, known to his home village Carvahall as Eragon Garrowson, to the elves and dwarves as Argetlam (meaning silver hand), Firesword to the Urgals and the rest as Eragon Shadeslayer.
    • And later as Eragon Bromson
  • Joe Ledger: Mr. Church aka The Deacon, aka St. Germain. These are just the ones we know.
  • Journey to Chaos: Tasio's nicknames are numerous because no one wants to attract his attention by using his real name. Some of them are: The Trickster, The Herald of Chaos, The King of the Tricksters, the Ambivalent Saboteur, the Toxic Worm, the Overturner of Fortune, Aio Ricse, and Patron of Inventors.
  • Randall Flagg in the works of Stephen King has been known as Walter Padick, Walter O'Dim, Richard Fry, Russell Faraday, Robert Franq, Marten Broadclaok, The Man in Black, The Walkin' Dude, Maerlyn, and a few others.
    • The Dark Tower reveals Walter Paddick is his real name.
    • The trope is actually stated near-verbatim by Tom Cullen in The Stand, when he's in his trance: "He has many names...". Later, Glen Bateman says to a group of Flagg's men: "Call him Beelzebub, because that’s his name, too. Call him Nyarlathotep and Ahaz and Astaroth. Call him R’lyeh and Seti and Anubis. His name is Legion and he’s an apostate of hell and you men kiss his ass.”
  • In Dorothy Dunnett's King Hereafter, Thorfinn Sigurdsson, thanks to being a Composite Character, is also known by his Christian name, Macbeth. However, because this means that Thorfinn's wife must now also be a Composite Character, she is variously known as Ingibjorg, Margaret, Gruoch, and (usually) Groa.
  • In Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, the most powerful and feared of the historical Warlock Kings had his true name lost to history, but was known by many titles. Most commonly, he was called the Black Jester for his sadistic sense of humor (originally intended as an insult, but he rather liked it); he was also known as Mwr and Naus. His followers addressed him as "Dread Lord" or "Proud Heart of Fear". But his original name was Choron, and his reincarnation in the present of the story is Stephen Darige.
  • China Miéville loves including intricate titles for some of his characters — from King Rat: "I'm the big time crime boss. I'm the one that stinks. I'm the scavenger chief... I'm the intruder, I killed the usurper... I killed half your continent once... I make you blind with my piss. I'm the one with the hardest teeth in the world. I'm the Whiskered boy, I'm the Duke of the sewers, I run the underground. I'm the king. I'm King Rat."
  • Land of Oz: Played for Laughs in, of all places, the Oz sequel Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz:
    Oz: I was born in Omaha, and my father, who was a politician, named me Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, Diggs being the last name because he could think of no more to go before it. Taken altogether, it was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O. Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled 'pinhead', which was a reflection on my intelligence.
  • Last of the Mohicans is full of this, as most characters have an English name, a French name, and an Indian name. And sometimes a nickname for good measure. Cora and Alice are exceptions.
    • The protagonist (Natty Bumppo) has gone by many names over his lifetime, but in this particular novel is most often called Hawkeye. The French call him La Longue Carabine.
    • His enemy Magua is called The Sly Fox, or in French, Le Renard Subtil.
  • "She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita." (We must not forget Mrs. Richard F. Schiller. And it's strongly implied that no one but Humbert ever called her "Lolita".)
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • The Crippled God is also referred to as the Fallen God and the Chained One. But his real name is Kaminsod.
    • Anomander Rake, being a millennia-old Ascendant, has so many names and titles it's ridiculous. Those include, but are not limited to: Anomandaris Dragnipurake, Anomandaris Irake, Black-Winged Lord, Blacksword, First Son of Mother Dark, Knight of High House Dark, Lord of Moon's Spawn and Mane of Chaos.
  • In MARZENA every character and even organisation of the story seems to have multiple names. Marian/Marzena Hale/Volkolov, Vivianne Lodeveck Zoudenhaden (Livia), Helena Boudreau/Grüneswald, Lauren Hackenhoek/Renée Fritzhaber, Ju-Hon Gwon-ki/John Gorski, MLK/ Kevin Fordson, The C-Section/the Agency/Coven/Starcloud, IJS has a German and a Russian version.
  • Les Misérables: Jean Valjean, being a fugitive, refers to himself as Monsieur Madeleine, Ultime Fauchelevent and Urbain Fabre over the course of the work; he also receives the nickname Monsieur Leblanc. Javert becomes Monsieur DeMasi, Les Gremlin and Hano'n. Not to mention Euphrasie/Cosette/The Lark/Mademoiselle Lanoire.
  • Mo Dao Zu Shi: Due to being set in alternate Imperial China, all notable people have at least 3 names: a birth name, a common name, and a title. The main character Wei Ying (魏婴) has the courtesy name Wuxian(无羡)and the title Yiling Patriarch(夷陵老祖). The love interest Lan Zhan (蓝湛) has the courtesy name Wangji (忘机) and the title HanGuang-Jun (含光君). All of these names are used based on personal relationships and situations.
  • Jace from The Mortal Instruments. He doesn't really have a surname. He was Jace Wayland, Jace Morgenstern, Jace Herondale and Jace Lightwood.
  • The hero of Mr Blank has tons and tons of names, and they're all fake. In the sequel he goes through the fictional biographies of many of these names.
  • Kvothe from The Name of the Wind invokes this trope at the very beginning of his tale by claiming that "I've had more names than anyone has a right to." His titles/names include Maedre (which can mean the Flame, the Thunder, or the Broken Tree depending on how it's spoken), E'lir, Dulator, Shadicar, Lightfinger, Six-String, Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. "But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."" He also goes by Kote to the town he lives in and Reshi to his student.
  • One can go several chapters into One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich before realising that Ivan Denisovich and Shukhov are the same man. Some editions will attempt to help make sense of this by including a list of characters, with their full names and all their nicknames, before the novel.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, a character comments that with his generosity, Father Christmas can be known by many names.
  • Robert Rankin: Hugo Artemis Solon Saturnicus Reginald Arthur Rune.
  • Repairman Jack uses so many different surnames for his various false identities, he keeps them organized by working his way through the alphabet over and over (Adams, then Byers, etc).
  • Safehold:
    • The Ridiculously Human Robot with the personality of female soldier Nimue Alban takes on the identity of Merlin Athrawes to enter Safeholdian society. It stays that way initially, but as the series goes on Merlin takes advantage of his robotic body's ability to change appearance to assume different identities, such as Ahbraim Zhevons and Dialydd Mab, so he can perform tasks he can't do or be seen doing as Merlin. As his roster grows, he laments he needs a chart to keep track of everyone.
    • Madam Ahnzhelyk Phonda, born Nynian Rychtair, becomes Aivah Pahrsahn from the fifth book onward. Aivah is a chessmaster among chessmasters, and uses a huge slew of identities to maintain holdings and assets without their being traced back to her.
  • Second Apocalypse: Mog-Pharau (“No-God”), Lokung (“Dead-God”), Tsurumah (“Hated One”), Mursiris (“Wicked North”). Cara-Sincurimoi (“Angel of Endless Hunger”), Great Ruiner and World-Breaker are all names that various cultures have given the Eldritch Abomination that the Consult want to resurrect.
  • The Shadow had numerous alternate identities such as John Haverson, Henry Arnaud, Lamont Cranston, George Clarendon, Fritz, Clifford Gage, etc. Of course, anonymity was much more his MO than it usually is with masked heroes. The Gray Seal had the alternate identity of Larry the Bat. The Spider had the alternate identity of Blinky McQuade.
  • In The Shattered Kingdoms, the mercenary protagonist is known as the Mongrel to most of those who hire her, Lahlil to her birth family, and Meiran to her adoptive family. The narration of the first book (in which she isn't usually a point-of-view character) uses all three, depending on whose point of view we're currently occupying. Some of the characters are briefly confused at hearing one name when they only know another. In the second book, though, she's more consistently referred to as Lahlil, in keeping with the shift in the action to the homeland of her birth parents.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: In Razor Sharp, there is a madam of a high-end brothel who goes by the names Lily Flowers, Crystal Clark, Ann Marie Anders, Caroline Summers and she will never tell you what her real birth name is. Vanishing Act has a pair of identity thieves going by names like Sara Brickman and Dennis Carson, Angela and Derek Bookman, Bonnie and Clyde, Tammy Jessup, James Ferris, Timothy Black, Bethany Nolan, and their real names are Margaret Pearson and William "Bill" Bell.
  • Accounting in A Song of Ice and Fire for the vast array of first names, surnames, nicknames (especially nicknames), diminutives, aliases, and titles, almost any character has at least two or three names to go by.
    • Arya. She has gone by Arya Stark, Arya Underfoot, Arya Horseface, Arry, Lumpyhead, Weasel, Nan short for Nymeria, Squab, Salty, Cat, Beth, and simply "no one".
    • Tormund Giantsbane, Tall-Talker, Horn-Blower, and Breaker of Ice, Tormund Thunderfist, Husband to Bears, Mead-King of Ruddy Hall, Speaker to Gods and Father of Hosts.
    • Daenerys Targaryan, Dany, Daenerys Stormborn, The Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Mother, Mysha, The Silver Queen, Silver Lady, Child of Three, Daughter of Death, Slayer of Lies, Bride of Fire, The Dragon Queen, Khaleesi, Breaker of Chains, Queen of Meereen...
  • Jay from Spaceforce uses a variety of aliases interchangeably as the situation demands. Justified in that in the Taysan Empire some names seem to be appropriate for different castes, and his job as spy usually involves impersonating a suitable identity. Jay isn't even his real name, but it's probable that he doesn't use his birth name - Jhal - because it reveals his working-class origins.
  • In the Spiral Arm series, many of the important characters have at least two, their birth-name and their office-name. Some of the characters have also changed names, used aliases, and accumulated titles, resulting in a truly impressive number of appellations. For instance, there is Ringbao della Costa, aka Ludovic IX Krauzer, aka Slim, aka Little Hugh O'Carroll, aka the Ghost of Ardow, aka Rinty.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • In the X-Wing Series, Gara Petothal/Lara Nostil/Kirney Slane once says in the narration that she can't clearly remember all the names she's had, or what she's done in each identity. She's a form of Deep Cover Agent, and deeply messed up.
  • Takeshi Kovacs, variously known as Mamba Lev, The Icepick, One Hand Rending.
  • Sovereigns in Fiona Patton's Tales of the Branion Realm, patterned after medieval Britain, are styled: "Aristok of Branion, Heathland, Kormandeux, Aquilliard and Roland, Gracious Sovereign of the Triarchy, Most High Patron of the Knights of the Sword, Hereditary Earl of the Columbas Islands, and Vessel of the Living Flame." Not only do these titles increase (since the series spans several centuries), the Aristok is required to repeat them all during her coronation ceremony.
  • Milady from The Three Musketeers. She uses or is referred to by the following names throughout the novel:
    • Charlotte Backson (the name Milady's brother-in-law, Lord de Winter, attempts to bestow upon her in his plan to banish her to the colonies)
    • Anne de Breuil (the name Athos knew Milady by when he met her)
    • Comtesse de La Fère (the title and name Milady assumed when she married Athos, who was Comte de La Fère at the time)
    • Milady de Winter, Baroness of Sheffield (the general name Milady is referred to throughout the story)
    • Lady Clarick (a variation on the previous name; in some English translations, this is translated as Clarisse or Clarice). Athos even makes a sober gibe at that (at least he did in D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers): "So many of you and so few of me..."
  • In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth works this is rather common, due, among other things, to: having names and their translations in various languages, Elven custom gifting them with several names, people gaining names and epithets due to their achievements, and more so if they travel and gain lots more names in different places.
    • There are even Elven terms for the various types of names according to originator and function. The general extra epithet was called the epessë, the after-name. It was usually an honorary title or nickname, sometimes chosen by the Elf personally.)
    • Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings: "Many are my names in many countries: Mithrandir among the Elves, Tharkûn to the Dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the West that is forgotten, in the South Incánus, in the North Gandalf, to the east I go not." Additionally don't forget Gandalf Greyhame, Gandalf the Grey, The Grey Pilgrim (a translation of Mithrandir), The White Rider and Gandalf the White. Also Greybeard, Stormcrow and Láthspell (Ill-news) as insults (although "Stormcrow" is later used by Gandalf himself).
    • Aragorn son of Arathorn, chieftain of the Númenor of Arnor, Captain of the Host of the West, bearer of the Star of the North, wielder of the Sword Reforged, victorious in battle, whose hands bring healing, the Elfstone, Elessar of the line of Valandil, Isildur's son, Elendil's son of Númenor. And that's before he added the royal titles and not counting at least two aliases and three running-related nicknames.
      • In the Affectionate Parody Bored of the Rings, Arrowroot son of Arrowshirt, True Son of Araplane — the Aragorn-analogue — drops the Trope name while parodying the above scene. His allies heave a long-suffering sigh as they confirm it to be true while at the same time keeping him from actually reciting the names.
    • Tom Bombadil is called "Forn" by the dwarves, also known by the Men as Orald. And by the Elves as Iarwain Ben-Adar ("the eldest and fatherless").
    • Sauron has many, many names (and titles), the most amusing of which is probably The Nameless One. Depending on how you count, he can easily beat even Aragorn and Gandalf.
    • And Nazgûl/Black Riders/Ringwraiths/The Nine. Ringwraiths is a translation of Nazgûl. They're also passingly referenced as Úlairi in The Silmarillion.
      • And their leader, the Lord of the Nazgûl/Witch-king of Angmar/Black Captain.
    • Also, Saruman/Curunír/Curumo, Saruman the White, Saruman of Many Colors, the White Wizard, nicknamed Sharkey.
    • Even Frodo and Sam got elvish nicknames in the drafts (which translate as Endurance Beyond Hope and Hope Unquenchable).
    • Tolkien liked this in general, which is understandable — it's extremely common in mythology, and he was a mythological scholar.
      • It might also be attributable to the fact that he was a linguist first and foremost. It's generally only in fiction that very old things, places, races, etc., have only one name. In real life, these things accumulate many names from different peoples, languages, and contexts. Tolkien always wrote with the different linguistic contexts in mind.
    • Túrin son of Húrin from The Silmarillion is also called the Mormegil, the son of Morwen, Adanedhel, Neithan, Gorthol, Agarwaen son of Úmarth, Thurin, and Turambar. Played with in that he deliberately chose all but his birth name for himself as part of an attempt to avoid his destiny. It didn't work.
    • They look petty after Túrin, but one shouldn't forget Galadriel/Galadhriel/Alatáriel (same name with mistaken etymology and therefore spelling or in a different if related language), also called Artanis, also called Nerwen; her brother Finrod, Findaráto, Felagund (Hewer/Lord of Caves), Ingoldo (The Wise), Nóm the Wise, Lord/King of Nargothrond, Friend of Men (Atandil/Edennil); or her cousin Nelyafinwë, also called Nelyo, Maitimo, Russandol and Doegred Winstrehand, but more commonly known as Maedhros the Tall. All the House of Finwë have a fair share of names for that matter (father name + mother name + Sindarin name + Old English name...not to mention a standard epithet, ex, Caranthir the Dark or Celegorm the Fair).
    • Entish names are the full and long winded description of the named object, so, if they could be translated, they would most likely be this trope taken Up to Eleven.
    • Even Gondolin is said to have seven names. Plus at least one known name in Quenya (Ondolindë). It's sometimes referred to as the "Hidden City" or "Hidden Kingdom" (...which is also a way to refer to Doriath.)
    • In The Hobbit, Bilbo gives both Smaug and himself a whole bunch of epithets during their conversations.
  • In the John Brunner fantasy novel The Traveller in Black, the title character is described as "having many names, but only one nature". A subversion, in that he's never actually called anything but "the traveller".
  • In The Vampire Chronicles novel Memnoch the Devil, the eponymous character hates the names that humanity has created for him (e.g. The Devil, Satan, Lucifer), preferring to use his real name. Naturally, Lestat immediately declares his intention to start using the other names all the time just to piss him off.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: In The Vor Game, after uncovering a third alias Victor Rotha / Lord Vorkosigan / Admiral Naismith has been using, Cavilo asks "How many people are you, anyway?"
  • Unsurprisingly in a work steeped in myth, lore, and legend, Rand al'Thor suffers from this in The Wheel of Time: he is known as the Dragon Reborn, He Who Comes with the Dawn, the Car'a'carn, and the Coramoor, not to mention all the lands he has become king or lord of, and he's also the reincarnation of Lews Therin Telamon who has own set of lengthy titles: Lord of the Morning (which may overlap with another title — prince of the dawn), the Dragon, Kinslayer, Ruler of the Nine Rods of Dominion, Wearer of the Ring of Tamyrlin...
    • Also, the Dark One, who is known by a different name virtually everywhere, and the Forsaken, who all have at least two names—their birth names, of which we only know a few, and the ones the Dark One gave them, plus all of the aliases they have taken, and the rebirths. For example, we have Elan Morin/Ishamael/Moridin/Ba'alzamon/Betrayer Of Hope/Nae'blis, Mieren/Lanfear/Silvie/Selene/Keille and (True Name Unknown)/Balthamel/Aran'gar/Halima.
  • In Tom Holt's Who's Afraid of Beowulf? King Hrolf gains much needed time by asking his antagonist his name. The Sorceror King can't resist reeling off a Tolkienesque list of names and titles, giving just enough time for Hrolf's plan to work.
  • Chameleon from Wings of Fire, also known as Shapeshifter, Soar, and Cirrus. And those are only the aliases we know — he has at least three more of them.
  • The titular Winnie-the-Pooh (or rather, Winnie ther Pooh, as this is why it's okay for him to be called "Winnie"), more commonly referred to simply as Pooh, properly known as Edward Bear, and lives under the name of Sanders. (It's written in gold lettering above his front door.)
  • Women of the Otherworld: In Industrial Magic, Lucas has a conversation along these lines with a druid spirit.
    Lucas: Your name, please.
    Esus: My name is war! My name is pestilence! My name is misery and pain and everlasting torment!
    Lucas: Perhaps, but as a form of address, it is rather unwieldy. What do your friends call you?
  • The Lone Power of Young Wizards seems to have at least one name from every type of being It's ever involved Itself with. And since Its role in the universe is to run around trying to corrupt everyone...
    • Machu Picchu (Peach), the helpful parrot, also turns out to have had *cough* a few previous names.
  • Roger Zelazny:
    • Sam, the protagonist of Lord of Light, lists some of his many names in the opening of the book. Of course, he is the self-styled Buddha of his world, and the Buddha also had many names. It's never revealed whether Sam is also his original given name, or just something English-sounding that he fashioned from the title Mahasamatman (which literally means, at least as it is presented in the novel, "Great-Souled Sam").
    • Conrad Nomikos, in This Immortal, has tons of names, almost all starting with Konstantin, because he's been creating a new identity for himself every twenty years or so for centuries.
    • The narrator of My Name Is Legion has a back door into the global data bank that allows him to document just about any identity he cares to invent. Proving that history classes in his time suck, no one ever seems to think anything of him using names like Albert Schweitzer, James Madison, or John Donne. His original name is never revealed, even in the two conversations with mind-readers.

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  • American Gods: Mr. Wednesday's Badass Boast in the first season finale.
    Wednesday: Do you know me? Do you know what I am? Do you want to know my name? This is what I am called. I am called Glad-O-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am One-eyed. I am also called Highest, and True-Guesser. I am Grimnir, and the Hooded One. I am All-Father, Gondlir, Wand-bearer. I have as many names as there are winds. As many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn. Thought and Memory. My wolves are Freki and Geri. My horse is the gallowed. I am Odin!
  • Buffyverse:
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
      • Sweet, the dancing demon from the Musical Episode, claims to have had a hundred names, though he doesn't tell us any of them — even "Sweet" we only get from the credits.
      • The Master. Word of God states that his real one is Heinrich Joseph Nest, though Continuity Drift may mean that's no longer true.
      • As a teen, Anne became attached to a cult led by a "loser preacher" who dubbed her "Sister Sunshine". Afterward, she reinvented herself as "Chantarelle" and became a regular at the Sunset Club. Next, she drifted to Los Angeles and took on the name "Lily Houston". It was during this time that she ran into Buffy, who was herself a runaway and going by an alias: "Anne". Buffy's heroism so inspired her that she decided to adopt Buffy's middle name as her own.
      • The shooting script for "Lie to Me" gives her birthname as Joan Appleby, but this didn't make it into the cut. Ironically, not only did Anne take her name from Buffy, but Buffy briefly and unwittingly takes her name from Anne after becoming amnesic ("Tabula Rasa").
      Buffy: I like it. I feel like a "Joan".
    • Angel:
      • Connor. He has been known as Connor Angel (name given him by Team Angel at the hospital), Steven Franklin Thomas Holtz (by Holtz) and Connor Reilly (with his new family).
      • The Senior Partners aka the Wolf, the Ram and the Hart have many names, "The Inquisition" and "Khmer Rouge" being among them. It's not even certain if Wolf, Ram & Hart are just pseudonyms. Lilah reports on having met with a "Mr. Suvarta" right before she decapitates Linwood. Though given that Illyria knew them as the Wolf, Ram & Hart during her time, it's likely those are their original names.
  • One UnSub on Criminal Minds was a con man who'd been living under so many false identities that he started to lose track of them all and cracked from the pressure.
  • The Defenders: The Hand leaders have lived for thousands of years and used multiple identities.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor is a more unusual version of the trope. They have many nicknames, aliases, and titles, but their real and/or original name is unknown to most people, including the viewers. As far as the show is concerned, "the Doctor" is their real name, as it's the one they chose.
      • The Daleks have given their arch-enemy three different titles over the years. The expanded universe gave us "Ka Faraq Gatri" — The Bringer of Darkness/Destroyer of Worlds, the latter of which is also used by Davros. The revival added "The Oncoming Storm", which saw a lot more use, and later "The Predator of the Daleks" in Series 7.
      • "Twice Upon a Time" features a lot of them: the Testimony addresses Twelve as The Destroyer of Worlds, the Imp of the Pandorica, the Shadow of the Valeyard, the Beast of Trenzalore, the Butcher of Skull Moon, the Last Tree of Garsennon, the Destroyer of Skaro, and the Doctor of War. The First Doctor, upon hearing all this, isn't exactly filled with optimism about his future.
        Twelfth Doctor: To be fair, they cut out all the jokes.
    • Sutekh the Destroyer in "Pyramids of Mars" has also gone by several names, including the Typhonian Best, Set and Satan.
    • Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood is implied to have had many names. Jack Harkness isn't even his real name. In one episode he goes by Captain James Harper. In another, he goes by former team member Owen Harper.
    • This seems to be a habit among Time Agents — when an old colleague meets him, he asks what name Jack's currently "wearing", and promptly dubs himself "Captain John Hart" as a joke.
    • A more standard use of the trope comes from "The Impossible Planet", where the Ood declare of the Beast:
      Ood: Some may call him Abaddon. Some may call him Krop Tor. Some may call him Satan. Or Lucifer. Or the King of Despair. The Deathless Prince. The Bringer of Night. And these are the words that shall set him free.
  • The Farscape villain Maldis has many separate identities and names; these include Igg (a street-corner jester), Haloth (a benevolent old wizard) and Kyvan (a dealer in trinkets).
    Maldis: By the way... my name is Maldis. (in Haloth's reedy old voice) But you can address me as Haloth if you like. (in Igg's broad Cockney accent) I got a lotta names, Johnboy; call me whatever pops your cork.
    Crichton: Yeah, right. You're a regular Laurence Olivier.
  • Firefly has "Saffron", a skilled con artist whose other false names include "Yolanda" and "Bridget." This leads to Mal calling her "YoSaffBridge" at one point. (Fans tend to go with that or the original "Saffron.")
  • The Flash (2014):
    • Eobard Thawne keeps adding aliases to his ever-growing list. He's been called Reverse-Flash, The Man in Yellow, Harrison Wells, and, in Crisis on Earth-X, Dark Flash.
    • The Big Bad of Season 3, an evil time remnant of Barry Allen/The Flash, alternates between calling himself Savitar, Alchemy, and Future Flash.
  • In every The Incredible Hulk episode David Banner has a different alias—but always as "David" and a last name beginning with a "B."
  • From Lost:
    • Cooper: A conman goes by many names, friend. I've been Adam Seward, Anthony Cooper, Ted MacLaren, Tom Sawyer, Louis Jackson, and Paul...
    • Ben Linus, Henry Gale, Dean Moriarty
    • The Smoke Monster
    • Kate Austen, Annie, Joan Hart, Monica Callis, Katherine Dodd, Monica Ryan ,Lucy
    • Sawyer, James Ford, Jim LeFleur
  • The Mentalist's Red John. "I have many names. Some people call me 'Red John'." (Except not. The guy that said this, Timothy Carter, was Actually a Doombot.)
  • Parodied in The Mighty Boosh, where one of the minor characters has so many names it becomes an Overly Long Gag. In the stage version, most of the names are Adlibbed.
    Rudi: Some call me... Mystery Man. Others know me as the Shadow Dweller. Some call me Secret Peter — where is he hiding, in a shoe, in a bush, in a rock, in a side cupboard, in a lane? No! He is inside your self. Some call me Miraculous Mark, diviner of mysteries. Others call me Hreeerereereeerereereeeereeereeereereer Smith. Some call me Hammer-ah-ooooooooooooooh Eep... (bangs a bongo drum). It's my surname. Other know me as Domino.... the bounty hunter. Some call me Titty Titty Bramen, but others know me as Clive. I... am sometimes called Peppercorn... by the Dutch. (to Vince) You could step in here at any point, you know. You don't have to leave me dangling like a tit in the breeze.
    Vince: Go on, do one more.
    Rudi: Some call me Cillit Bang. (audience cheers) But you may call me... Rudi.
  • Tony on NCIS has adopted a lot of short- or long-term aliases, usually stealing them from movies or TV shows.
  • The OA: The main character goes by Nina, Prairie and "the OA" at various points in her life.
  • Parks and Recreation's resident Butt-Monkey Garry "Jerry"/"Larry"/"Terry" Gergich/"Gengurch". On his first day on the job, the old parks director called him "Jerry" and he didn't have the heart to correct him. When he comes back to the office after his retirement, he asks the others to use his real name, prompting April to declare his name was "Larry Gengurch". And then in the Time Skip between Seasons 6 and 7, he goes by "Terry" since another guy named Larry joined the crew (and was so bad at his job that he was fired very shortly afterwards). He's finally called his real name in the episode "Donna & Joe" where his banquet seating card has "Garry" written on it, prompting everyone to call him that (albeit in a mocking way).
  • Person of Interest:
    • Harold Finch has many, many alternate identities, most of them Harold Some-Kind-Of-Bird. He has so many that even he admits that he's not sure if Harold Finch is his real name or not; it's just the identity he feels fits him best. It's eventually revealed that his name really is Harold, though his last name is still a mystery. Harold's partner Reese also has a large number of aliases, with his original name being somewhat unknown as well (It's John H. <Unknown>).
    • Root has so many names that even Finch would have a hard time keeping track of them all. Even "Root" is a fake name- a hacker handle that she adopted after abandoning her real name, Samantha Groves.
  • The main character from Soviet TV series Seventeen Moments of Spring. He is serving undercover in Nazi Germany as SS Colonel Max von Stirlitz. His "real" name as NKVD agent is Maxim Isayev. His original name is Vsevolod Vladimirov.
  • Jace from Shadowhunters. He grew up thinking he was born a Wayland, but was Happily Adopted by the Lightwoods, whom he considers to be his real family. As it turns out, he's actually a Morgenstern.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. She is also Deanna Troi's mother, a chief ambassador for Betazed, and a great thorn in Captain Picard's side. In one episode, Deanna exasperatedly points out that at least some of those titles are obsolete, and "The Sacred Chalice of Rixx is an old clay pot with mold growing in it." The first series of her titles eventually became a Badass Creed in an Expanded Universe novel when Lwaxana beat the snot out of Q. Punctuating each title with a kick or a smack, no less.
    • TNG also had an alien who claimed to be a plethora of devils of various worlds, including Fek'lhr ('Fek-lar' to those who need vowels to pronounce words), the being who prevents warriors from escaping Klingon hell — Worf comments "You are not Fek'lhr." The alien, a woman, then proceeds to turn into a big red man and then Fek'lhr.
  • Star Trek had Flint, whose aliases from Earth history included Methuselah, Solomon, Alexander the Great, Lazarus, Merlin, and Leonardo da Vinci, just to name a few.
    • Star Trek also had the episode "Wolf in the Fold", which included an entity whose names included Beratis, Kesla, Redjac, and Jack the Ripper.
  • Supernatural
    • The Reapers apparently. When Dean meets a particular Reaper again in "Death Takes A Holiday" who tried to guide him to the afterlife in a previous episode, she restores his memory with a kiss. When he calls her "Tessa", the alias she used while disguised as a human, she simply replies "Yes, that is one of my names".
    • The Winchester brothers have used so many false names when posing as FBI agents working with the Sheriff's Department du jour, that on at least one occasion, Sam makes a return visit to a town from several seasons ago and has to rely on the locals to remind him which identity he used with them the last time.

  • A small example from The Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon":
    Her name was McGill
    And she called herself "Lil",
    But everyone knew her as "Nancy".
  • The Beatles example was referenced by The Firesign Theatre:
    Rocky Rococco: Worthless? Hahaha! *cough* *hack* Not to Melanie Haber!
    Nick Danger: Melanie Haber?
    Rocky Rococco: You may remember her as Audrey Farber...
    Nick Danger: Audrey Farber?
    Rocky Rococco: Susan Underhill?
    Nick Danger: Susan Underhill?
    Rocky Rococco: What about... Betty Joe Bjalowski?
    [musical sting]
    Nick Danger: [internal monologue] Betty Joe Bjalowski. I hadn't heard that name since college. Everyone knew her as Nancy.
  • Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy, a.k.a. P. Diddy, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. Puffy, a.k.a. Sean John.
  • Wu-Tang Clan, whose members will use several aliases simultaneously.
  • Dance musicians LIVE off this trope.
    • Max Coveri, famous for the song Running in the 90s (used in the LOL, Internet YTMND), also used the names Casanova, David Essex (and similarly, D-Essex and D. Essex), Niko, 7th Heaven, Kevin Johnson, Mad Max, Marko Polo, Morris, Oda, and last but not least, his real name, Maurizio de Jorio
    • Similarly, the vocalist known as "Cherry" also goes by Leslie Parrish (not to be confused by this person), Suzy Lazy, and previously Vanessa and Linda Ross. Her real name is Clara Moroni.
    • Ferry Corsten. Besides his real name, he has used the names System F, Moonman, Albion, Gouryella (collaborating with Tiesto), Veracocha (collaborating with Vincent de Moor), and a few others.
    • Paul Oakenfold. Sometimes he's credited by his full name, sometimes by his last name, and sometimes he goes by Grace, Virus, or Perfecto Allstarz.
    • Armin Van Buuren has released tracks as Rising Star, Gig, Gaia (with Benno de Goej of Rank 1, aka Benicio, Dutch Force, Kamaya Painters with Tiesto), Major League, Alibi, and Perpetuous Dreamer.
    • In the Groove and Pump It Up Pro staff composer Kyle Ward. Ka W, K Bit, Inspector K, :) (Smiley), Banzai, Symphonious.
    • Japanese happy hardcore artist DJ Shimamura has used 2B4U.D-157, Asian Dugem Foundation, エロティシズム, キャプテンSK-2, DJ Eterni-T, DJ Sin, DJ Unicorn, DJ Wiz-R-D, Dog Styles, Extremist, Fantazista, Far-East Hakke Crew, Geraid, Geriben Ha 2 Densho, Inful-8, Lauryn Hell, Orange Hair, Ravers Anthem, The result of Raverz Project!, SFX, Speed Junky, Twintale and 殺人ビューロランド
    • Ingo Kunzi: DJ Tandu, Ayla, Anakin, Intrance, Voyager, Frozen Orange Project, Flatliners, Tantau, etc.
    • Brian Transeau, in addition to BT, has used the names Kaistar, Elastic Reality, Libra, etc.
    • Norman Cook, aka The Mighty Dub Katz, aka Fatboy Slim, etc.
    • Gianni Coraini was best known by his Italo-disco alias Ken Laszlo, and also sang Eurobeat under the names Ken Hunter, Jean Corraine, DJ NRG, Alvin, Maxx Ducati, Ric Fellini, etc.
    • Eurobeat artist/producer Davide di Marcantonio, the man behind John Desire of "Hot Limit" fame, also has used the aliases Dave Mc Loud, David Bird, Dee Dee, Chemical Boy, Eurobeat Lovers("Yozora no Muko", another translated J-pop cover), Jimmy Bravo, David Kane, and more recently, David Dima and Dreamfighters.
    • Another trance master with many names: Lauren Veronnez, aka Airwave, Cloud 69, Cosmic Junkie, Green Martian, Lolo, Magnetix, Sagittaire, etc.
    • Then there's Garage producer Todd Edwards. The Sunshine Brothers, the Sample Choir, Clever, the Messenger, and the Todd Edwards Project are all aliases under which he has released tracks.
    • Travis Stebbins, whose main artist name is Odyssey, also goes by DNA Team, Ken Blast, Ray Dynamo, Mortimer, and Eurobeat Brony.
    • Alex Christensen usually produces eurodance/techno as Alex C, but has also produced piano house under the pseudonym Jasper Forks, and Elix appears to be another pseudonym of his. He apparently remains best known under his real name, though. He was also formerly the face of U96, to the point where it was occasionally mistaken for a solo project.
  • St Germain is just one of many pseudonyms Ludovic Navarre uses, among them Deepside, LN'S, Modus Vivendi, Nuages and Soofle.
  • Richard D. James (more commonly known as Aphex Twin) has used several different aliases such as AFX, Blue Calx, Bradley Strider, Caustic Window, DJ Smojphace, GAK, Martin Tressider, Polygon Window, Power-Pill, Prichard D. Jams, Q-Chastic, Tahnaiya Russell, The Dice Man, Soit P.P., and The Tuss.
  • Some people call me the space cowboy. Some call me the gangster of love. Some people call me Maurice.
  • Before founding Shiny Toy Guns, Jeremy Dawson and Chad Petree produced trance music under the names Cloud2Ground, Slyder, RRDS, etc. Two of their Slyder songs, "Score" and "Neo(The One)" were featured on Grand Theft Auto III's Rise FM station; the latter song was also the basis for Shiny Toy Guns' "You Are The One".
  • Pitchfork writer Dominique Leone attempted to but together a list of all Boredoms and OOIOO related acts, as follows: "Akabushi, AOA, Audio Sports, Children Coup d'Etat, Concrete Octopus, Dendoba, Destroy 2, DMV, Dowser, the Dramatics, Elvis Dust, Flare, Free Kitten, the Geisha Girls, Gong Derby, Goonies, Grind Orchestra, Guillotine Kyodai, Guitoo, Dekoboko Hajime/Yamantaka Eye, Hanadensha, the Hanatarash, the Hattifatteners, Hijokaiden, Live Under the Sky, MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse, Minga & Eye, Mystic Fugu Orchestra, Naked City, Nankai Hawkwind, Nimrod, Noise Ramones, Novo Tono, Oh!Moro Video Series, Shinro Ohtake + Eye, Omoide Hatoba, solo Yoshimi P-We, Rashinban, Rise from the Dead, Roughage, Rovo, Ruins-Hatoba, Alice Sailor, S.O.B.-Kaidan, Sound Hero, Standing Earth & Touching Air, Sun Kich, Tent, Three Day Stubble, Torture Garden, Tribal Circus, U.F.O. or Die, Universal Errors, the Vickly & the Ohdorockanize, Woods, XOX, solo Yamamoto Seiichi, solo Yamatsuka Eye, Yellowhouse, Z-Rock Hawaii and Karera Musication."
  • From the Orange And The Green
    "I was christened David Anthony
    But still in spite of that
    To my father I was William
    While my mother called me Pat"
  • From D.F. by Outkast
    Andre 3000
    a.k.a. Possum Aloisious Jenkins
    a.k.a. Dookie Blossum Gain the 3rd
    Funk Crusader, Love Pusher
    Dungeon Family 1st Generation
    Here to drop the turd
    Antoine Andre Patton Sr
    Better known as Big Boi
    a.k.a. Daddy Fat Sacks
    a.k.a. Lucious Leftfoot
    a.k.a. Billy Oldshoe
    a.k.a. Francius the Savannah Chitlin Pimp
    Dungeon Family 1st Generation
    Here to put the "D" in D-Boi
    And still cooler than a polar bear's toenails
  • Wilhelm Anton "Bill" Leeb, aka Wilhelm Schroeder, who contributed to Skinny Puppy's first album and is also the frontman of Front Line Assembly and its side project Delerium, among others.
  • Dutchman Michiel van der Kuy produced italo-disco and spacesynth in the 80's under the names Laserdance (with Erik van Vliet), Koto, Proxyon, Rygar, etc., techno-rave in the early 90's as L.A. Style (with Wessel van Diepen), Eurobeat with various vocalists (in the early days of the genre), and later even co-produced a couple songs with Alice Deejay. In the mid-2000s, he teamed up with Rob van Elijk as Area 51, but has since reverted back to Rygar.
  • The Black Crowes: From their formation in 1984 until 89, they were called Mr. Crowe's Garden. After the name change, and hitting it big, they've done secret one-off gigs under such names as O-D Jubilee (now the name of a Black Crowes tribute band), Blessed Chloroform, and The Thunderbolt Grease Slappers.
  • Akon has stated in interviews that his full name is "Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam", owing to naming conventions in his native Senegal.
  • Hardcore Punk band MDC is most typically known as "Millions of Dead Cops" among their fans, however the band has also gone by "Mariah Death Cult", "Millions of Damn Christians", "MILFS Date Cougars", "Magnum Dominus Corpus", "Millions of Dead Contractors", "My Dead Child", "Multi Death Corporation", "Millions of Dead Children" "Metal Devil Cokes"...
  • Electronica musician Eric Lawrence Chamberlain has released material under at least six aliases, including Airwreck, Coconaut, Skylash, Index, Pixagon, and Telepheriq Chamberlain.
  • Country Music singer Jack Grayson recorded under four names between 1973 and 1984: Jack Lebsock, "Blackjack" Jack Grayson, Jack Grayson and Blackjack, and then just Jack Grayson. As Jack Grayson and Blackjack, he had his only hit with a cover of Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman".
  • Country Music group Schuyler, Knoblock, and Overstreet (consisting of Thom Schuyler, Fred Knoblock, and Paul Overstreet) shortened its name to the much easier S-K-O after the first single. When Overstreet left for a solo career, he was replaced by Craig Bickhardt, and the group became S-K-B.
  • The Godfather of Soul, Mr. Please-Please-Please, Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man In Show Business, Soul Brother Number One... Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. James Brown.
  • John Mellencamp was forced to bill himself as "Johnny Cougar" when he was first getting started in music, a name he disliked. In a later album, he called himself simply "John Cougar." Still later, he became "John Cougar Mellencamp." Finally in 1990, he became "John Mellencamp" again, shedding the "Cougar" forever.
  • The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps started as the Holy Name Cadets (after the church that sponsored them), then the Garfield Cadets (when they were based out of Garfield, NJ), the Cadets of Bergen County (when they moved their operations from Garfield), and finally just the Cadets (when they moved out of New Jersey to Allentown, PA).
  • Natalia Noemi Keery-Fisher has released music under the names Candy Rapper, Verbalicious, Natalia Cappuccini, Verse, Natalia Kills, and Teddy Sinclair.
  • Silver Mt. Zion: At time of writingnote  Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. Previously: A Silver Mt. Zion, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band with Choir, and Thee Silver Mountain Reveries
  • Rubén Albarrán, the main singer of the Mexican band Cafe Tacuba is known for taking different names at different moments of his career. Among them: Juan, Cosme, Anónimo Intransingente e Intolerante, Massiossare, Nrü, Amparo Tonto Medardo In La' Kech (AT Medardo ILK), G-3, Gallo Gasss, Élfego Buendía, Rita Cantalagua, Sizu Yantra, Ixaya Mazatzin Tleyotl, Ixxi Xoo, Cone Cahuitl, "K'kame" and currently (as of April 2018) Zopilote.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The foremost example is probably the Hindu pantheon. In addition to having up to 33 million gods, the most powerful gods have a thousand and eight names, with gods and goddesses a tier lower having a relatively paltry 108 names, with other lesser deities having correspondingly fewer epithets. Reciting all of these names — particularly those of Vishnu — is a religious ritual.
  • This also gets bad in the Greek pantheon, where each deity has a wide range of different epithets, regional cult names, and poetic titles. When the gods use each other for names: if you wanted to call on Zeus the warrior, you called him Zeus Ares. Helios, the God of the Sun, was so often called Apollon, "the Destroyer", that he largely merged with Apollo, the God of Light, and both had the name Phoebus, "Shining".
  • Most Egyptian gods have at least a couple names. Re and Amun both have tons. Osiris has 100 in the Book of the Dead. Their true names, however, are supposedly unknown to mere mortals. To some extent, this is at least partially due to conflation. To emphasize that their particular regional deity was a Big Deal, local priests would combine him with one of the core figures, which is why there are so many Egyptian gods with names like Ptepshut-Re.
  • The Mesopotamian god Marduk has 50 in Enûma Eliš.
  • A variant of this, used especially in Norse Mythology, is the "kenning", a descriptive or metaphorical phrase used instead of a regular noun or name.
    • Odin especially was known for his oodles of names, reportedly over 200. Some of these, like Valdr Galga (Lord of the Gallows) or Valtyr (God of the Slain) also classify as Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
    • Freyja has a handful of alternative names, but is said within the mythology to have different name in every land.
  • That Other Wiki lists Muslims' 99 Names of Allah with a hundredth name only known by Him. The name "Allah" itself is merely the Arabic word for "God"; Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews also refer to their deity as "Allah".
  • There are posters in Christian bookstores listing the many titles of the Christian God.
  • The Bible on Jesus:
    • Isaiah 9:6: "And he shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace..." (Although the Book of Isaiah never mentions Jesus by name, most Christians interpret its prophecy of a Messiah to be about Jesus.)
    • Also, He has a name "that no-one knows but Himself."
    • Other names and titles include: Immanuel, (which means "God be with us") the Lamb of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, the Rose of Jesse's Lineage, the Son of Man, the Son of God, the Man of Sorrows, King of the Jews, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
  • The Bible on God. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, which uses diacritical marks rather than letters to indicate vowels. God's first name only appears as an unpronounceable "YHWH" because Hebrew writing typically leaves out the vowels. It's no longer known how that's supposed to be pronounced, so this has led to many different ways to refer to God.
    • A common attempt at pronouncing YHWH is "Yahweh."
    • The Latin Vulgate Bible rendered YHWH as "Iehovah" (remembering that in Classical Latin, "v" is pronounced like either a "u" or a "w".) Eventually, this spelling came down into modern English as "Jehovah."
    • Instead, an alternative term for God's first name is Tetragrammaton, which basically means "four letter word".
    • In many English translations, Yahweh is rendered as "The LORD" (in small caps). Certain Hebrew passages also refer to Him as "Adonai", which literally means lord (without the small caps). This convention runs into trouble with passages that refer to Him as "Yahweh Adonai".
    • In modern times, Jews have taken to substituting YHWH with HaShem (The Name), when they read the text aloud.
    • In Exodus 3:14, God introduced Himself to Moses by saying: "I AM WHO AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’"
  • Catholics have a huge number of titles for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here's one list: even allowing for doubtful entries ("Basillica of Saint Mary Major"?), it numbers in the hundreds. A famous case in point is the Litany of Loreto, recited at the end of a full rosary. It's basically a recitation of over fifty titles for Mary, punctuated each time with "pray for us".
  • Santa Claus still bears the names of all the midwinter spirits he's assimilated: St Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Yule-Father (see also Odin), Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost, Papa Noel, Kris Kringle...
  • Satan has tons of names and nicknames depending on the religion, culture and language. Examples include Satan, Shaitan, Adversary, the Devil, Lucifer, Morningstar, Old Nick, Old Scratch, Lord of the Underworld, Father of Lies, etc. There's also a whole host of demon names that could be equated with Satan.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Back in the territory days of wrestling, it was not uncommon for a wrestler to change names/gimmicks upon going to a new area until he found something that worked for him. Baby Bull and Bull Power were chosen before Big Van Vader (who also wrestled under his real name of Leon White in the AWA) became a thing, and even after that he sometimes switched to Super Vader(such as for the Universal Wrestling Federation)
  • Many wrestlers have acquired a great number of nicknames, some let them go in favour of new ones, others keep all of them, no matter how inappropriate they become. Shawn Michaels is a notable example, as he's The Heartbreak Kid (used well into his forties), Mr. Wrestlemania, The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event, and The Icon. He often made a habit of introducing himself with all of his nicknames.
  • Mick Foley wrestled under three identities in his career, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind, and occasionally did so as himself.
  • Charles Wright wrestled in the WWF as Papa Shango, Kama the Supreme Fighting Machine, Kama Mustafa (while in the Nation Of Domination), the Godfather and the Goodfather (while in Right To Censor). He also used the name The Soultaker when he wrestled in Memphis.
  • Because of trademark/licensing issues, a wrestler who moves to a different company may also have to change/add/modify names, either because the company claims it or because the company wants to give them a new name it can claim later. WWE's Christian became Christian Cage in TNA, while AAA's Extreme Tiger became Tigre Uno in TNA. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase was known for a while in WCW as "Trillionaire Ted".
  • Los Ben Dejos, or is it Dos Ben Dejos? They are made up of Ben Dejo and Marty Con Dejo. Ben is also known as Jay or Jonathan Cruz, Marty also known as Eddie Rios and Jay Rios. The addition of Lince Dorado makes them Team Lucha, or The Full Impact Puerto Ricans.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Some of the more-detailed Dungeons & Dragons settings include multiple names for the residents' gods, as they are called by in different languages. Most deities also have one or more titles that illustrate their respective portfolios.
    • Vecna had more than most. He was so feared, many mortals didn't dare speak his name, so he had a lot of ominous titles, the likely first one - used while he was a human wizard - being "Master of the Spider Throne". Others included "The Arch-Lich", "The Maimed God", "The Whispered One", "The Dying King", "The Lord of the Rotted Tower", "The Undying King", and "The One Spoken Only in Whispers". While he was the darklord of Caviticus in Ravenloft, he was called "The Chained God".
  • In Warhammer Fantasy, we have Settra, who mostly goes by The Imperishable, but according to the 8th edition Tomb Kings rulebook, he requires a highly literate bodyguard because he has so many titles that it takes "2 hours to say them all."
  • In Changeling: The Lost, to keep from drawing their attention, the Lost refer to their Keepers as the True Fae, the Gentry, and the Others.

  • Used as a plot point in L'Aiglon, by Edmond Rostand, when the titular Eaglet prepares his escape from a ball while Metternich is otherwise occupied by a long enumeration of his titles, some of them made up for the rhymes' sake. note  And that's not even mentioning his actual Overly Long Name, Klemenz Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein.
  • Hermanoteu in the Land of Godah has the titular character's introductory catchphrase: "I'm Hermanoteu, from Pentescopéia, son of Oolonéia and brother of Micalatéia".

    Video Games 
  • RuneScape: Senliten, upon whom Tumeken shines and from whom his glory is reflected. Bearer of the vengeance of Amascut upon the unworthy, mistress of the Stern Judges. Queen of the desert lands and rightful heir to the glory and fertility of Elidinis. Daughter of the divinity through the royal blood of the deity. Reborn through Icthlarin into this realm as has been and will be.
  • The first terminal on "Kill Your Television" in the game Marathon 2: Durandal displays what appears to be a critical piece of text, although who it identifies is still subject to debate:
    "I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh. I have been called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the world goes dim and cold. I am hero."
    • Then there is its hybrid descendant, found in the Mega Crossover Fan Fic Neon Exodus Evangelion by Eyrie Productions Unlimited, which starts off as a set of Arc Words at first, and then eventually evolves into a Badass Boast:
      "Know you that I am he who was once Longinus, centurion of the Tenth Legion. I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh. I have been called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the world goes dim and cold. I have been killed a thousand times and every time I return. I fight for truth. I fight for glory. I fight for love. I fight for beauty. I am Hero. I will return."
  • R-Type's iconic xenomorph-like repeating boss is officially called Dobkeratops, but has also previously gone by Subtom, Subkeratom, Krill, Doppleganger and Gladiator.
  • Some Video Games — particularly those released in multiple regions — tend to hold several names. For example, the European arcade & home computers release of Contra is known as Gryzor, and the European NES release is known as Probotector.
    • The obscure top-down shooter RayForce is one of the bigger offenders. The Japanese and American arcade versions are called RayForce, the European arcade version is called Gunlock, the Japanese console version is called Layer Section, and the American console version is called Galactic Attack. Whew!
    • Several of Natsume's NES games invoke this trope, having three names depending on the region. For example, the game known as Shadow of the Ninja in North America was called Kage in Japan and Blue Shadow in Europe.
  • M. Bison also says this in Street Fighter Alpha 3 when you face him with Guy. Which is partly true, because he is known as "M. Bison" in America was Vega in Japan and "Dictator" in fan circles.
  • At one point in Planescape: Torment, you can find a list of titles the Nameless One has gone by at some point: "Lost One, Immortal One, Incarnation's End, Man Of A Thousand Deaths, The One Doomed To Life, Restless One, One Of Many, The One Whom Life Holds Prisoner, The Bringer Of Shadows, The Wounded One, Misery-Bringer, Yemeth, Adahn, And you thought I was going to say the real one!".
  • It's pretty vague in StarCraft, but Samir Duran claims to have had many names over the millennia. Then again, the only name we know for sure is Samir Duran.
    • Emil Narud. He's a shapeshifter and it's implied, that he and Samir Duran are the same person. Legacy of the Void confirm it.
  • The Archanea saga of Fire Emblem has the Anti-Villain Camus, often referred to as Camus the Sable as he leads the Sable Order of knights. Then he suffers amnesia and turns up on Valentia, where he's known as Zeke, short for Ezekiel. Then "Zeke" regains his memories and disappears, and a mysterious masked man named Sirius arrives back in Archanea who pointedly denies being Camus despite the resemblance and the suspicions of those who knew him; Sirius then disappears after the War of Heroes, and it's implied that despite remembering his former life as Camus, he decided to live out his life as Zeke alongside the woman who found and cared for him in his amnesiac state.
  • Bowser's cohort in the Mario Party series was known as Baby Bowser in the first three games, then subsequently Koopa Kid.
  • Tchernobog, The One That Binds, The Dreaming God, The Sleeping God and The Devourer of Souls from Blood.
  • April Ryan, of The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, accumulates these as her story goes on, one for each culture she encounters. By the end of Dreamfall her names include: April Ryan; Venar Kan-ang-la; April Bandu-embata of the Banda; Waterstiller; Windbringer; (a) Wave; The Raven; and The Scorpion.
  • Princess Garnet til Alexandros XVII, princess and later queen of the kingdom of Alexandria and the female lead of Final Fantasy IX. After being kidnapped (under her request), her "captor" suggests that she drop her royal bearing and adopt an alias, which she chose Dagger. Lastly, it turns out that Garnet is not her real name, nor is she the real Alexandrian princess. She is in fact one of the last remaining summoners in the world, and her original name was Sarah.
  • Frank Jaeger from the Metal Gear series has more aliases than any other character in the series (which is saying something considering the number of aliases Solid Snake and Revolver Ocelot have): he has went by "Gray Fox", "Frank Hunter", the "Cyborg Ninja", "Deepthroat", and "Null".
    • Ocelot's real name is Adamska (alias Adam), his Russian allies also know him as Sharashka Shalashaska, his FOXHOUND codename is "Revolver Ocelot", and when he's supposedly possessed by Liquid Snake's spirit, he changes it to Liquid Ocelot.
    • Solid Snake's real name is David (or Dave), but he also goes by the alias of Iroquois Pliskin during the events of MGS2 and is given the codename of Old Snake in MGS4
    • Big Boss also has a few names as well. His real name is John, his nickname is Jack, and his former codename is Naked Snake, he is called by some kids of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake as "The One-Eyed Man", he also earned the title of Vic Boss by the events of Peace Walker, and disguised himself as Ishmael in MGSV, to ultimately being called "The Man Who Sold the World".
  • SaGa Frontier features "Charm Lord, Merciless King, Protector of Rose, Ruler of Darkness, Pursuer of Beauty, Supreme Judge, Ruler of Facinaturu, Lord of the Castle, Mystic Lord Orlouge."
  • Wilhelm, the Big Bad of the Xenosaga trilogy, flat out tells the party when they confront him that he's been known by many names throughout history. He says they're all names that other people have ascribed to him and while he answers to them, none of them define him. The only one who could name (and thereby define him) is his counterpart chaos. chaos then proceeds to not reveal Wilhelm's true name and just lets the party thrash Wilhelm's Giant Space Flea Machine Zarathustra and technically kill him.
  • Deathwing from the Warcraft universe. Apart from his original name (Neltharion) and his new name, he is also sometimes referred as Xaxas, Blood's shadow, Lord Daval Prestor, and has many titles.
  • Sadly averted for player characters in World of Warcraft; while you can collect several titles by completing achievements, only one title can be used at a time.
  • No More Heroes has The Crownless King, The No More Hero, and the one everyone apparently forgot, Holy Sword, all are titles bestowed upon Travis Touchdown.
  • In some Shin Megami Tensei games, this can be played with, because in your available pantheon of demons, you may have a couple who are technically the same being, but with a different name depending on their culture of origin. This can lead to some awkward moments if the two should meet in conversation. Shiva and Mahakala meeting in Raidou vs. Abaddon, for instance.
    • Played straight with YHVH. Just in the main series, his avatars include Sabaoth, Shaddai, Elohim, Kagutsuchi, and the Ancient of Days, as well as an incomplete form known as the Demiurge.
  • This is played for laughs in Dragon Age II. The Witch of the Wilds introduces herself as also Flemeth, Asha'Bellanar, and an old hag who talks too much.
  • Valvatorez of Disgaea 4 had a number of Red Baron titles under his belt, including Tyrant Valvatorez, the Bloodthirsty King of Fear, the Blood-soaked Valvatorez of Absolute Evil, and The King of Carnage and Atrocity.
    Valvatorez: I had almost forgotten all of those old aliases... Those were cute.
  • This trope abounds in BlazBlue and is especially notable when Mu-12 or Hakumen is talking, since they both commonly refer to characters by alternative names and/or titles. Here are a few examples:
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The series' various deities all have many names, often being called different ones depending on the culture and their religious traditions. One of the most prominent examples is Lorkhan, the "dead" creator god of Mundus, the mortal plane, who exists in some form in every culture's Creation Myth. He is Lorkhan for most Elven pantheons (which translates to "Doom Drum" in old Aldmeris), Shor for the Nords, Sheor for the Bretons, Sep for the Redguards, Shezarr for the Imperials, Lorkhaj for the Khajiit, LKHAN to the Dunmer... The list goes on... For a full list for each deity, see the Elder Scrolls: Divine Beings character page.
    • From the backstory, Tiber Septim was the founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire who ascended after his death as Talos, the Ninth Divine. He was known by many names, including Tiber Septim, Talos Stormcrownd, Hjalti Early-Beard, Ysmir Dragon of the North, Wulf, and others. There is even debate regarding which of these was his birth name, as Septim has a Multiple-Choice Past further complicated by Imperial propaganda and even a Cosmic Retcon which may have made his multiple conflicting pasts all true, regardless of the conflicts.
    • In Morrowind, the Nerevarine fits. In addition to the Nerevarine and several variants (Nerevar Incarnate, the Incarnate, the Nerevarine Incarnate — and Nerevarine 'of Four Tribes' in a certain prophetic context), one will pick up the titles of Hortator of the Great Houses, Operative of the Blades, and Hearthfriend of the Ashlanders. And those merely come from completing the main quest. Add in titles from the various Guilds and Factions, as well as some more from the expansions, and it's possible to come away with over a dozen titles.
    • The Player Character in Skyrim. To the dragons, you are Dovahkiin. To people who know the legends, you are Dragonborn. The Graybeards give you the name Ysmir, whom the previous world-changing dragonborn Tiber Septim was given before you. You are probably "Whoever in oblivion is killing all our Justiciars out on the roads" to the Thalmor. And of course, you are whatever you name your character.
  • Pirate101: Captain Boochebeard picked up a few in his long career of piracy. However some of these are borderline Embarrassing Nick Name (ex. The Flying Sloth) since Broochbeard is not the most successful of pirates.
  • Live A Live features an antagonist who appears across time and space, always with a name appropriate for his current locale. In chronological order, he's O-D-O, Odi Wang Li, Oersted, Ode Iou, O. Dio, Odie Oldbright, Odeo, and OD-10. (The spoilered one is his real name, as explained when the metaplot finally kicks in.)
  • Leo from LiEat is a con artist and therefore needs to operate under a lot of different names. In the first game he's Leo, in the second he's Harold and in the third he's Sid.
  • A certain quest in The Secret World reveals that a seemingly useless and superfluous character is anything but, at which point said character reminds you that they promised you their name, adding "There are so many names." One of which is Lilith.
  • Pony Island: Lucifer Almighty, The Beast, Satan... SystemTech, etc.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • The slender puppet-like animatronic which first appeared in the second game initially had no name, so fans called it either the Puppet or the Marionette. Its Phantom counterpart in the third game went by "Phantom Puppet", but then its (non-canon) Nightmare counterpart in the fourth game went by the name Nightmarionne. The spinoff RPG FNAF World uses "Marionette" for the character, even renaming the Phantom Puppet to "Phantom Marionette".
    • Springtrap, as revealed in Night 5's phone call in the third game, was originally known as Spring Bonnie (and as the murderer, he would've gone by a different name).
    • Golden Freddy was originally referred to in the first game's files as "yellowbear", was officially named Golden Freddy in 2 (though fans had called him that for a long time prior), and in 4 is revealed to have been Fredbear. And if Fredbear was Freddy Fazbear's predecessor (as is implied in the second game's Night 5 phone call), then that would technically mean Freddy himself would be another alias for the character.
  • Sands of Destruction has wanted posters with nicknames for your characters that change over the course of the game. Most are fairly absurd, but given that the wanted posters are overall horrible caricatures, it's not so surprising that their names are equally unfittingnote . Morte (probably the only one to deserve her nicknames) overhears a couple of ferals discussing her various names - Beastslayer, Scarlet Plague - and finds the idea hilariously entertaining until they get to "Lady Death", which she finds lame.
  • Thaddeus Wishingbone from the Battleborn DLC story operation "Toby's Friendship Raid" is a mysterious leopard seal who goes by many different aliases. According to ISIC, he in fact apparently goes by 27 known aliases. Over the course of the operation's overall story spanning multiple playthroughs, he keeps changing his name to increasingly ridiculous sounding ones as well as donning a different minor cosmetic accessory to compliment each new alias. The aliases he uses in the operation's story are Truffle LeReaux, Milky Grontawnamuss, Pizza Masterson Jr., Flisky Dumpholder, Snutchel Crundledumpster, Dr. Garrius Winglehopper, Bangle Janglejeans, and the Lorrian. Even Thaddeus Wishingbone is just another alias as his real name is apparently Hazel Orion.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World: Emil Castignier, the main character, is actually a false identity constructed by Ratatosk. He's also known as "Aster", whose body Ratatosk is inhabiting.
  • Mass Effect 3's Citadel DLC has a variation where the subject willfully changes names/identities to suit the current situation. Namely, she has previously gone by "Rasa" and "Hope Lilium"; Commander Shepard knows her as Maya Brooks.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ganon - Ganondorf Dragmire, Mandrag Ganon, King of the Gerudo, The Great King of Evil, Dark Beast Ganon, Hatred and Malice Incarnate, The Great Calamity. Whichever way you slice it, the series' greatest antagonist has one hell of a business card.

    Visual Novels 
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney has Trucy Wright, the daughter of Phoenix Wright. But as it turns out she is only his adopted daughter, her real father is Shadi Enigmar, otherwise known as Zak Gramarye. So she is Trucy Wright, Trucy Enigmar and Trucy Gramarye.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: There is Yasu who is also Beatrice, Shannon, Kanon, Clair Vaux Bernardus and Lion Ushiromiya in an alternate universe. Also, any witch has both their name and their title, and some like Beatrice Battler and Ange have more than one title.

    Web Comics 
  • From The Crossoverlord, Chapter 2, Page 2:
    Stranger: Thank you for answering my call for aid. I am the last of a race that tended to the Multiverse.
    Mindmistress: What do we call you?
    Stranger: I am known by infinite names. Webmaster, the Centurion, Omenlord...
    Dasien: Anyone ever call you Ringo?
    Stranger: ... There is a dimension in which I am called Ringo, yes. The indigenous Kukuchaku of Revolution #9 refer to me in this way. Although they pronounce it...
    Dasien: Fine! Then you're Ringo!
  • Dan of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, has earned his own list as an adventurer:
    "My name is Daniel Ti'Fiona: Warrior for Hire, Slayer of the DoomKnights, Bringer of Peace, Friend to Beer Wenches!"
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: It is eventually revealed that Jones, the mysterious woman who supervises medium training, is an immortal who has lived for billions of years. Over the course of human civilization, she's acquired many names, of which we know only a few. One of the more prominent ones is "Wandering Eye".
  • In Homestuck, all the exiles (save for troll's session Jack and Black Queen) are known only by their job or title, which change depending on their role with only their initials remaining constant. WV has had the most so far, being known as the Wayward Vagabond, Warweary Villein, Wastelandic Vindicator, and most recently Wizardly Vassal.
    • All the players have at least three names, as well: their actual name, their instant messaging handle, and their mythological title. For instance, Terezi Pyrope is gallowsCalibrator is the Seer of Mind, and Dave Strider is turntechGodhead is the Knight of Time. Some have even more; for instance, John is both ectoBiologist and ghostyTrickster because he changed his handle.
    • The four-eyed cat is named Vodka Mutini (Mutie for short) by Rose and Dr. Meowgon Spengler by John. And the toy bunny is named Liv Tyler by John, Mr Terry Kiser by Jake, Huggy Bear by Dirk and Lil Sebastian by Jane. It seems likely the bunny was also given other names on its various ownerships and trips through time.
  • Merlu of Juathuur. Other names of him we know are the Second and the god-in-the-tree.
  • Looking for Group: Meet Richard, Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, and mayor of a little village up the coast. It's very scenic in springtime. You should visit sometime.
    • I've seen the village. It's the scariest title he holds.
    • Don't forget Lord of The Dance.
    • And now Mistress of Magma.
  • In Lovesyck many characters have nicknames or titles, however assassin Carver Stucco stands out for being variably known as: The Knife, Red Shark, Dead Lady C, Our Lady of the Inquisition and Soullyss. After losing her eyes she's also mockingly called Dollface, although few say it her in person.
  • Dark Star in L's Empire likes to list off his names to sound intimidating: The Black God of Power, Knight of Five Lights, Endless Umbra, Shadow Constellation, Black Prism, Starlight's Antithesis, Color of Evil, He who calls your mother a fat cow and gets away with it, Master of the Night Sky, Daylight's Requiem, and Almighty Shade.
  • One of the main characters in Nightmare Factory is introduced as Emai Kashew, but once she begins to have her memory problems, she and Kreyul go to her local hospital, where they find her listed as not only "Mischa Sazerah," but also as deceased. Then she finds that her I.D card says her name is Emai Kassu. And as of episode 73, her identity may well be Ylantis.
  • From Penny Arcade, a Badass Boast from the Cardboard Tube Samurai: "Will you face me? This tube goes by many names. Some you are worthy to hear. The Waking-Dragon, coiled, as spring dawns. Hawk's-Harvest, seizing prey in the tall summer grass. Autumn-Razor, the patient hunter. The Famine-Of-Winter, that kills the babe at its mother's empty breast. So, will you face me? I, who hold the very reins of the world?"
  • Mr. Sin from Sam & Fuzzy mysteriously disappears and is replaced by a "cousin" with a different first initial and hairstyle whenever one of his plans goes catastrophically pear-shaped. How often has he done this? It's hinted that he uses initials because he ran out of first names.
  • Gabrielle of Sister Claire quotes the trope name word for word before telling Claire to call her Gabrielle.
  • Sluggy Freelance
    • In "That Which Redeems", on being suspected of being an Evil Weapon, Torg's newly talking sword says that "Unholy Evil Death Bringer" is only one of the things it has been called. Fans and then Torg eventually settle for "Chaz".
    • A certain Career Killer first appears pretending to be a reporter by the name of Nash Straw. Not long after, he's pretending to be "Warren Nashville". Later, he introduces himself to an employer as Reynold Strom, which you might think is his real name, since he's not pretending not to be a hired killer at that point. But it's probably not, because he keeps on coming up with a new alias for every new context. Supernatural creatures watching the unfolding of fate also call him "the Strawman".
  • The Team Pet kitten in Stand Still, Stay Silent. Every member on the Multinational Team has decided her name would be "Kitty"... in their own language. There are five languages in the team, who each have a different word for "Kitty".
  • In The Wotch, Anne's brother is normally named Evan, though he has Punny Names for both of his Gender Bender forms — "Lil' E/Lilly" for his four-year-old girl form, and "Miss E/Missy" for his more conventional female form. Lampshaded when he, as Missy, attempts to introduce himself to Rick, but keeps screwing up which name he's supposed to use, causing Rick to interpret it as "Lilerevermiss" (the first syllable of each name with "er"s in between).

    Web Original 
  • Doomsday Arcade had the Dicelord who went by the names The Creator, The Dungeon Master and Richard Gariot (even though Richard Gariot was in the same room as him).
  • Whateley Universe example: Billie Wilson, born William Wilson, has the codename Tennyo. She has picked up the nickname 'Disaster Dame' by the security staff, but she's also known by some less amusing names, such as 'The Scourge', 'The Stalker of the Stars', 'The Destroyer', Lady Rashcore, and 'the Captain'.
  • The Slender Man:
  • Epic Meal Time:
    Harley: And we got these custom sauces, 'cause I'm the Doctor of Dressing, aka the Pharaoh of Flavour, aka the Minister of Mixture, aka the Connoisseur of Condiments, aka the Don of the Drippin', aka the Jeff Goldblum of the Internet, aka... [dramatic zoom on the sauces] ...the Sauce Boss.
  • The owners of one automobile site go by pen-names, not for anonymity according to Word of God, but their own idiosyncratic reasons.
  • SCP-1370 of the SCP Foundation is constantly giving itself new names that are meant to be intimidating, like "Sinister Prime Minister", "ShivaTron, Despoiler of all Mirth" and "Doom-Master Thirteen Seventy, Master Of All Doom".
    • SCP-1845-1, a sapient fox that fancies itself the Catholic monarch of a feudal kingdom, insists on being introduced as "His Royal Highness, Eugenio the Second, by the Grace of God, King of the Forest, Lord of the Plains, Duke of the Grand Fir and the Undergrowth, Count of the Swamp, Margrave of ██ ███████, Warden of All the Streams and Rivers, and Lord Protector of the Cities of Man, Defender of the Faith."
    • SCP-507 responds to Tommy, Steve, Bruto, Guy, Houdini, and Grabnok the Destroyer.
    • SCP-1785 is the anomalous effect of a rose bush which not only forces people referring to the bush to do so with a feminine name, but also forces a new name to be used each time.
  • Paul Twister goes by several aliases in different parts of the kingdom, where he has apparently established actual identities for each of them. The names he picks tend to be the secret identities of superheroes, such as Clark Kent and Peter Parker, in the hopes of stealthily alerting other people from "back home" that they're not alone and trying to get them to seek him out. (It actually worked at one point, though it's implied that the person seeking him out has been around a long time, and so he's not the first person from Earth to be stranded there.)
    • At one point in the narration, he remarks that "Paul's not my real name," which apparently he doesn't tell anyone, because real names have power and he's mostly in the business of screwing over powerful magic-users.
  • OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING and sequel story The Cockroach Metamorphosis deal centrally with the eldritch: The insecure gods of planet Earth and the incomprehensible beings that exist outside our universe. As such, everything is given lists of names. Even the non-eldritch characters gain more names as they interact more with the powers that be. Even the stories themselves have multiple names: The former can be called "the Rapture logs," the latter can be called "A Book of Names," "PUT THE SUN DOWN," the double-title of "A Book of Names or PUT THE SUN DOWN," or "Ilmarisen Takomo" so far. As an example of characters with multiple names, the three narrators of The Cockroach Metamorphosis are Eric Taylor (Bones, Thoth, Weneg, Taucherlunge, Paineilmalaitteet/"Painkiller," Tiresias), Jordan Dooling (Rael, Ulysses, Hermes, The X, Trilby, the White Jester), and Seppo Ilmarinen (half of The Musicians, Ptah, Sbomten, The Choir, Hephaestus), with more names coming as the story's still ongoing.
  • Agil's introduction in Sword Art Online Abridged:
    "I am known by many names. 'Mountain Slayer.' 'Thunder Lion.' 'The Chocolate Axe.' But you, you may call me... Tiffany."
  • ''RWBY: In the Yellow trailer:
    Junior: You got a name, Sweetheart?
    Yang: Yes, Junior, I've got several. But instead of "Sweetheart", you can just call me "Sir".

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Parodied in an episode where Marge has amnesia, Homer attempts to reeducate her, saying "This is the Sun. It goes by many names — Apollo's lantern, Daymoon, Ol' Blazey — but the important thing is never to touch it."
    • On another occasion, Homer prays to the god of the sea for mercy, proclaiming "The Greeks call you Poseidon; the Romans... Aquaman."
    • Lyonel Hutz, Attorney at Law... a.k.a. Miguel Sanchez, a.k.a. Dr. Nguyen van Phuoc...
  • In Code Lyoko, Aelita is first called "Maya" when awakened as an amnesiac AI, before finding her true first name. Once materialized on Earth, she went by the name "Aelita Lyoko" at first, then "Aelita Stones". It is finally found that her name is "Aelita Hopper", although her birth name was "Aelita Schaeffer". Not counting her nickname of "Princess" (or "Mrs. Einstein" for Sissi). So all in all, her name is Aelita (Maya) Lyoko/Stones/Schaeffer-Hopper.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: "In my life, I've been called many names. My Tombstone."
  • Parodied on Phineas and Ferb, "The Chronicles of Meap": "I am known by many names through out the universe... well, two really: Mitch, and some of the guys call me Big Mitch!"
  • When the Shredder is put on trial in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we learn that Oroku Saki is only one of several aliases, which include Torrinon, Kako Naso, and Duke Acureds. His real name? Ch'rell. In the movie Turtles Forever, the Shredder lists several of his names as part of his Badass Boast.
  • In Animaniacs:
    Satan: Little fools! I am Beelzebub, Lucifer, the reaper of souls, the really angry one! I AM SATAN! MWAHAHAHAHAA!
  • The Red Guy from Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel has many different names, all relating to the fact he has no pants. They include Mike Hiney, Officer O'Fanny, the King and Queen of Cheese, Larry the Molting Fairy, Dr. Lackslacks, Officer Pantsoffski, Mr. Lackapants, Major Wedgie, Ben Pantsed, Mr. Clearbottom, and in I Am Weasel, I.B. Red Guy.
  • Chowder: In "The Poultry Geist", the eponymous spirit possessing Chowder says this and runs through several of his titles before declaring that they can call him "Florentine".
  • The Secret Show: A Running Gag per episode. Changed Daily is known as such because his name is "changed daily". Each new name tends to make people laugh at him.
  • Batman: The Animated Series adapted several elements of the Tim Burton films at first, including the Joker as a mob hitman, even going as far as to identify the Joker by the name of Jack Napier at first. However, the episode, "Beware the Creeper" later retconned this into one of many aliases the hitman pre-Joker used before his transformation.
  • Ōban Star-Racers has Big Bad Canaletto say the line, his name, and a couple titles.

    Real Life 
  • As a general rule, anything, living or inanimate, will accumulate myriads of names given long enough time. Bonus point if that thing is recognized in different cultures in different parts of the world; it is possible for those civilizations to give that thing different names even without factoring in the different languages.
  • Truth in Television: for one, Sun Yat-sen, leader of Nationalist China, with as many as thirty names.
    • Chinese revolutionaries and thinkers all tend to work with an impressively large number of pseudonyms and noms de plume in order to evade the Powers that Be.
      • True with most revolutionaries of many nations. They adopt multiple noms de guerre to avoid agents of the government as well as to project certain images of themselves or to disassociate with their pasts. (Leon Bronstein became Leon Trotsky, Iosif Djugashvilli became Josef Stalin, Vladimir Ulyanov became Vladimir Lenin, Nguyen Sinh Cung became Nguyen Ai Quoc then Ho Chih Minh, Kim Sung Joo became Kim Il Sung, to give a few examples.)
      • The Kim Il-Sung one is an interesting example, as Kim Il-Sung was originally the name of another (more well known) Korean revolutionary leader who was recently killed when the other Kim took his name; essentially, creating a Dread Pirate Roberts situation.
      • Before settling on the name Stalin, Iosif Djugshvili took the nom de guerre Koba, after a Georgian folk hero who is also the hero of the 1883 novel The Patricide''.
  • Romans had a praenomen, nomen (or nomen gentile), and cognomen. Praenomen was the given name (e.g. Gaius), nomen was the clan name (e.g. Julius), of which, potentially, there could be several, cognomen was a name that distinguished an individual based on his characteristics (e.g. Caesar, Tacitus). In addition, accomplished individuals often added an agnomen, based on their accomplishments, such as military victories (e.g. Africanus).note  in addition, there may be additional patronyms based on names of their parents or even grandparents. The other wiki [1] provides multiple examples.
  • Arabic has around 300 words for lion, with certain top estimates counting to 400. The author who compiled the dictionary containing the names had a habit of collecting synonyms for living things and no way indicated everyday use, with a lion's share (pun intended) being used as personal names (the usual Arabic word for lion is "Asad"). Still, you have to wonder how highly regarded the lions are among the Arabs to have so many, mostly imposing, titles, as other usual animals-to-be-respected like wolves don't get the same treatment (and unlike the lions, are very much still present in the Middle East). Samples of the names include Abbas, Feras, Hamza, Haydar, Ifrit, Hasur, Awf, and Mayyas.
  • Naoki Maeda, of Dance Dance Revolution fame. He has produced songs for Konami's Bemani franchise under many, many pseudonyms, most of which he only uses once or twice. It's been rumored that "Naoki Maeda" is not his real name, and is yet another pseudonym; "Naoki M" is an anagram of "Konami," and some argue that it's too much of a coincidence that his real name would be an unintentional Shout-Out to Konami.
    • Just to list a few: Naoki, Naoki Underground, De-Sire, RevenG, Z, ZZ, Omega, Crystal Aliens, d-Complex, Factor-X, NM...
    • Custom stepfile maker Chuck Enck, a.k.a. Family Farce, takes this trope and runs it into the ground. Here we go: Family Farce, Hypernov8, dj foreshanks, F+ F, Nullify, KLiNK, Sidewinder, ASSIMILATION, Yawaraka, The Grind, Tidal Da Wave, Sun Buddha, radiograph, Rampage Superstars, Hulisi-Ska, Nadeshiko feat. H8!, PIPN, PIPN UNDERGROUND, PIPN SPEEDVIBE, Kurio, SideFX, DJ Analytic Hum, E519, 375U, APT.204, Gunhat, Snatcher, Pointy, Radical Minds, Avin, Reigun Overdose, Eversedative, Omega Phlegm, DJ Rezolution, Tri-Umvirate, Ni-MH, Chaarusu, NOMA VAE VICTIS, H.S.M Recovery Team, Miasma, Culture-Slum, Project Anilox, Riksmaal, Agnostix, FL@_line, Devonshire, Nessus, MC Turista, Digital Chaos, Okui Hun, e.n.d, Rick Victims, Magway, DJ Nedved, Victor-E, Mr. Pill, Sound Pressure, Jimmy Presto, Cetro, XY-Cycle, ROBO MOJO vs. EE330, A.B.O.F.A, C&E, EZKL, Final Gasp, Retsu Group, Automatic Allisto feat. Angela, DJ Torq, S.Hazard, Two Faced Trio, Sevensleuth, Tune Out.
    • Kyle Ward of In the Groove fame also goes by Inspector K, KaW, Smiley (actually just a happy face), KeeL, K-Bit...
      • This is actually informative: Each alias writes a different style of music. KaW does trance, Smiley does happy hardcore, K-Bit does chiptune-style stuff...
  • The cougar is also known as a puma, catamount, panther, painter, mountain lion, American lion, brown tiger, deer lion, and mountain screamer. Some of the rarer names, only in common use in backwater areas, include ghost walker, ghost lion, screech lion and purple feather.
  • Terrestrial crustaceans of the order Isopoda are variously referred to as pill bugs, roly-polies, woodlice, sow bugs, armadillo bugs, cheeselogs, doodlebugs, potato bugs, chuggypigs, butcher boys, cheesy bugs, slaters, roll up bugs, chunky pigs, gramersows, butchy boys, or wood bugs. Oh, or isopods, for their official name.
  • Dogs of mixed ancestry have many generic names: Hybrid, mutt, cur, cross-breed, mix(ed)-breed, mongrel, Heinz 57, and simply "dog".
  • Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the Servants of God, and last, but not least, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. There used to be more — "Patriarch of the West", "Vicar of the Apostolic See", and "Vicar of Peter" were all used in the past, for example. Really, all the ancient heads of state did this, to some greater or lesser extent. See Queen Elizabeth II and the Tsars above, for example.
  • Some college sports teams have more than one nickname. Army is known as the Cadets and the Black Knights. North Texas is the Eagles and the Mean Green. Virginia Tech can be the Hokies or the Gobblers, although Gobblers isn't used much anymore. The LSU Tigers are often called the Bayou Bengals. Sometimes the women's teams will have different nicknames than the men: USC's men teams are the Trojans, while Women of Troy and Trojans are used interchangeably for women's teams.
  • In the case of men's and women's teams at a given college, it can be more complicated...
    • Some use a feminized version of the men's nickname for all women's teams. For example, all three Division I schools that use Cowboys as their men's team nicknamenote  call their women's teams Cowgirls.
    • Others use a feminine nickname for some but not all women's teams:
      • In the case of LSU, it depends on whether a particular sport has men's and women's teams. If so, Lady Tigers is used for the women's team. If a sport is sponsored only for women, it's known simply as Tigers.
      • Tennessee long called all of its women's teams Lady Volunteers, but in 2015 it dropped "Lady" from all of its women's teams except basketball. This was controversial enough that quite serious efforts were made in the state legislature to pass a law requiring restoration of the Lady Vols name. UT reversed course in 2017, allowing all of its women's teams to use "Lady Volunteers" once again if they so wished.
    • Some schools have very different nicknames for men's and women's teams—for one particularly notable example, Louisiana Tech calls its men's teams Bulldogs and its women's teams Lady Techsters.
      • UNLV is a special case—it uses separate nicknames only in basketball. Men's basketball uses Runnin' Rebels; women's basketball uses Lady Rebels; all other sports are just Rebels.
  • Rudy Ray Moore. The King of the Party Records. The Human Tornado. The Avenging Disco Godfather. Petey Wheatstraw. The Devil's Son-In-Law. Dolemite, muthafucka! Ya heard?
  • The city of Jerusalem has seventy names.
  • Voice Actors (especially ones doing anime) often have an alias or two when working on obscene or non-union projects. Some of the most glaring examples of voice actors having many names:
    • Kirk Thornton has also been credited as Ronald Allen, Ron Allen, Sparky Allen, Todd Crump, Donald Lee, Robert Lloyd, Sean Roberts, Spanky Roberts, Sparky Roberts, Kurt Thornton, Sean Thornton, Sparky Thornton, Sparly Thornton, Starky Thornton, Kirk Thorton, Sean Thorton and Sparky Thorton.
    • Bridget Hoffman has also been credited as Ruby Marlowe, Ellen Arden, Ellen Wilkinson, Jane Arden, Karen Woods, Serena Kolb, and Tessa Ariel.
    • Stephanie Sheh has also been credited as Jennifer Sekiguchi, Stephanie Shane, Stephanie Shea, Tiffany Hsieh, Lulu Chiang, Laura Chyu, Becky Chiang, Saki Shin, and Michelle T. Hseih. In her case, it was because she didn't want to take credit for her early work, and kept changing her name.
    • Kari Wahlgren has been credited as Kay Jensen, Jennifer Jean, Tara Hudson, Renee Emmerson, and Jan Irving.
    • James Carter Cathcart has also been credited as Billy Beach, Carter Cathcart, Nicole Cathcart (for manly female voices), John Dorsey, and especially Jimmy Zoppi.
    • Dorothy Elias Fahn has also been credited as Dorothy Elias, Dorothy Fahn, Midge Mayes, Dorothy Melendez, Dorothy Melendrez, Jacky Morris, Annie Pastrano, Anna Grinta, and Johanna Luis.
    • Melissa Fahn has been credited as Heather Lee Joelson, Melissa Charles, and Tina Dixon.
    • Barbara Goodson has also been credited as Barbara Larsen, Betty Gustafson, Shirley Roberts, and Bertha Greene.
    • Sherry Lynn has also been credited as Katie Ashley, Roberta Kim, and Shirley Lane.
    • Michelle Ruff has also been credited as Georgette Rose, Jophie Roberts, and Sophie Roberts.
    • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has also been credited as Melissa Williamson, Anna Top, Lucy Todd, and Charlotte Bell.
    • Daran Norris has also been credited as James Penrod, Justin Shyder, Rob Thomas, and Jack Hammer.
  • Babe Ruth, born George Herman Ruth, Jr. (his real name), was also known as "The Babe", "The Bambino", "The Sultan of Swat", "Caliph of Clout", "The King of Swing", "Rajah of Rap", "The Terrible Titan", "The Home Run King", "The Colossus of Clout", "The Wazir of Wham", the "Maharajah of Mash", the "Blunderbuss", "the Monarch of Maul" and "Behemoth of Bust". And those are just some of them.
  • Like many Asian cultures, Japanese children are generally given an Embarrassing First Name to not attract evil spirits, and then are expected to give themselves a "grownup" name by their first Rite of Passage... but many will also change their names to mark a turning point in their lives or in hopes of changing their fortunes. This doesn't include the many, many titles (granted or self-appointed) they may also gain in the course of their lives.
    • This, of course, doesn't apply to modern day Japan, as nobody believes in these evil spirits regarding names any more.
    • The name system in Feudal Japan is extremely complex. Take the person we usually known as Tokugawa Ieyasu as an example: He was born Matsudaira Takechiyo, "Takechiyo" being the Embarrassing First Name mentioned above. When he came of age at 15, he became Matsudaira Jirōsaburō Motonobu— "Jirōsaburō" is a name others call him, and "Motonobu" a name he calls himself. After his first marriage, he changed his name to Matsudaira Kurandonosuke Motoyasu— the order is the same as above, but "Kurandonosuke" is less of a name but a title.
      In 1657, after switching allegiance towards Oda Nobunaga and claiming himself a Minamoto descendent, he again changed his name to Tokugawa Jirōsaburō Ieyasu, as the "moto" in his previous name came from Imamoto Yoshimoto. While the "family name" and the self-referring name remained constant afterwards, in the subsequent years he'd more likely be referred to by his title of the time, which would be too long to list here.
      It should be noted that since he claimed to be a Minamoto (and Tokugawa is merely a cadet branch of Minamoto), and Minamoto is of the Kabane of ason, in some situations he'd call himself Tokugawa [Jirōsaburō or whatever he had at the time] Minamoto no Ason Ieyasu.
  • Chinese men used to (and perhaps still do) give themselves self-apportioned "style names".
  • Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese rulers had multiple "titles" in addition to names (of which there were several already, as noted above—actual names, boyhood names, style names etc). So, the Kangxi emperor of China (17th-18th century) may be known by his reign/era name "Kangxi," his posthumous name, which is very long, complicated, and rarely used, or his temple name, "Shengzu," among others. (but rarely any of his actual "names"—nobody dared call an emperor by his name.)
    • Of course, in case of some Chinese emperors, such as those of Yuan (Mongol) and Qing (Manchu) dynasties, they were also great khans of Mongolia (and in case of the latter, of Manchuria as well) which gave them additional names/titles. For example, Kangxi emperor was also the Enkh Amgalan Khan of Mongolia.
  • The Treaty of Westphalia uses up a significant portion of the first paragraph giving the full name of two leaders of the conflict and their two representatives. Look at that mess and realize it's mostly just saying, "X and Y were fighting, and it caused a lot of problems. A and B came to this conference for peace. Attached is the treaty."
  • Some users on share programs use multiple "tags" to be more recognized and have priority in some downloads.
  • Some practitioners of real-life magical traditions will use several names in order to get energy and power from all the name archetypes they tap into.
  • In the land of the Internet, people can have numerous nicknames, handles, email addresses, and aliases they might be known by, for whatever reason (changing whims, specific circumstances for being known by a certain name on a certain forum, or just to obfuscate their online identity).
  • In Real Life, many people will have nicknames they might be known by amongst certain groups of people. Depending on the people you hang out with, any normal person might collect a variety of names because of this alone.
  • Egyptian pharaohs had many names: a Horus name, a Nebty (two ladies) name, a Golden Horus name, a Throne name and a personal name. So Thutmose III was fully known as:
    • Horus name Kanakht Khaemwaset meaning "Horus Mighty Bull, Arising in Thebes"
    • Nebty name Wahnesytmireempet — "He of the Two Ladies, Enduring in kingship like Re in heaven"
    • Horus of Gold name Sekhempahtydsejerkhaw "Horus of Gold Powerful of strength, Sacred of appearance"
    • Throne name Menkheperre — "He of the Sedge and the Bee, Enduring of form is Re"
    • Personal name Thutmose Neferkheperu — "Son of Re, born of Thoth, beautiful of forms"
  • The humble tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). The Convention on Biological Diversity organized a project to list every plant on the planet in a giant catalogue (they're still at it, as of 2010). Most of the plants were erroneously given 2 or 3 names around the world, which is no big deal if you are looking for information on a particular plant. On the other hand, the tomato was accidentally given 790 fricking names, making it the plant with most names in the world.
  • A vehicular variation is the World War 2 aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, known as "The Big E", "Lucky E", and "The Grey Ghost", among other titles.
  • Chairman Mao's fourth wife went by eight names during her life: she was first called Lǐ Jìnhái (a boy's name) because her father wanted a son; then renamed Lǐ Shūméng; then enrolled in school as Lǐ Yúnhè, a more dignified name; then shortened it to Lǐ Hè; went by the stage name Lán Píng; then adopted the Nom de Guerre Jiāng Qīng; wrote articles under the pseudonym Lǐ Jìn; was called Madame Mao by the Western media; called herself Lǐ Rùnqīng after being released from prison. Her tombstone bears her school name, Lǐ Yúnhè.
  • Ramses II had a couple of different names, the most well known being Ramses the Great, then there was Ozymandias, and User-Maat-Re-Setep-En-Re.
  • Presenting his Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Note that he gave all these titles to himself.
  • Germany has many different categories of names in different languages, such as Germany in English, Deutschland in German itself, Allemagne in French, Niemcy in Polish, and a few others.
    • The United States has this in spades, since "the United States" is not so much a name as a title made of actual words, which are often translated: die Vereinigten Staaten, États-Unis, los Estados Unidos, etc.
    • In South Africa it's literally played Up to Eleven, as the country has eleven official languages and each of them has its own name for nearly every major city. Example: Cape Town, a.k.a. Kaapstad (Afrikaans) or iKapa (Xhosa).
  • And then there is, of course, Britain Versus the UK.
  • Prince Rogers Nelson, or simply known as Prince, had quite a few aliases. Among them are The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Artist, Alexander Nevermind, Coco, Starr * Company, Christopher, Tora Tora, Camille, and his very own symbol.
  • Mandarin Chinese has several names in that language. The most common are Putonghua ("Common Speech") and Guoyu ("National Language"), used on the Mainland and Taiwan, respectively. In parts of the diaspora, Huayu ("Chinese Language", Hua being a name for Chinese culture) is common. Finally, the word "Mandarin" is a rendering of Guanhua, "the speech of officials", from a time when it was the language of government functionaries based around Beijing.
  • The dinosaur Plateosaurus engelhardti has been named over 20 times (all of them have turned out to be the same species).
  • Many Chinese and Koreans who live in Western countries are given two names, so they can feel a part of both cultures. Also, names might be harder to pronounce or look/sound funny in the other language, e.g. 혜나 (HyeNa) looks like Hyena, and Jill (질) sounds like the Korean slang word for the female genitals.
    • Actually, some children who live in China and South Korea are given Western names. Christianity is one of the most common religions so Christian children have an extra name for their religion, but most children who aren't Christian also have Western names as well.
      • And many of those children who do not have a Western name will choose one, usually to use to identify themselves to foreigners, usually because Westerners might have a hard time pronouncing their Chinese names. It is also standard procedure to use Western names in English classes and schools, even if all staff and students are Chinese.
      • These names are never taken seriously as they only apply when you're in a English class and as they grow up it gets forgotten and more people are referring themselves with their original names, at least in Korea.
  • The United States of America. Also known as America, The United States, The United States of North America, The States, The Union, US of A, USA, US, 'Murrica, among others. In the late 1700s to the early 1800s it was sometimes called Columbia as well.
  • Seoul had names like Wiyresong, Namgyeong, Hanseong, Hanyang, Gyeongseong or Keijo, and of course, Seoul.
  • Similar to its capital city, South Korea has names like Hanguk, Daehanminguk (official name), Namjoseon (used by North Korea sympathizers) and Namhan.
  • The Browning Hi-Power is also known as the HP-35, GP-35, the King of Nines or the BAP depending on what country you're in.
  • Sports stadiums and arenas can go through several names due to corporate sponsors paying money to have their name on the facilities. The current home of the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes, for instance, began life as Joe Robbie Stadium in 1987. At various times since, it has been known as Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark Stadium, Sun Life Stadium, New Miami Stadium, and now Hard Rock Stadium (itself amusing to fans of Florida State Seminoles, due to the irony that Hard Rock Cafe is owned by the local Seminole tribe, but the stadium is actually the home of their rivals, Miami)
    • The current TD Garden (home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins) gets special mention - in 2004, it was then called the FleetCenter after the Fleet Bank, but that year the bank merged with Bank of America, so the sponsorship deal was no longer valid. While the FleetCenter was searching for a long-term replacement, between February 10 and March 14, 2005 it decided to sell the right to name the building for one day on eBay. For those thirty days, the building had a new name each day, though two names were rejected and changed:
      • One was the "Derek Jeter Center", after the New York Yankees shortstop (the Boston Red Sox's most fiercely hated rival). To prevent a riot from taking place, they eventually settled on "New Boston Garden, Home of The Jimmy Fund Champions" for the day. (The Jimmy Fund is a cancer research fund.)
      • The other was the " UFIA Center", because it's Fark.
    • A non sponsor-related version was the São Paulo stadium built for The World Cup in 2014: the names Arena de São Paulo (obvious reasons), Arena Corinthians (after the team that kept the arena after the Cup), and Arena Itaquera (the neighborhood the venue is located) were all being used in promotional material, traffic signs and media coverage. The press also kept the nickname coined during construction, "Itaquerão". All this drove away companies that could seek naming rights, making Corinthians lose a profitable opportunity.
  • A Japanese painter most commonly called Hokusai was known by at least thirty names in his lifetime.
  • The security firm formerly known as Blackwater is an infamous group of Private Military Contractors. They kept changing their name, so who knows what they call themselves today? By 2014, they called themselves Academi, and had an affiliate named Greystone Limited.
  • Atlanta's CBS affiliate WGCL changes its name at least once every few years: it got stuck with the CBS affiliation as part of the New World/Fox Disaster Dominoes incident of 1994, and due to the history of broadcasting mechanics, stations on the UHF band, let alone major network affiliates on it, are usually not treated as highly as those in the VHF band with lower numbers. As mentioned on said page, WGCL has changed branding so many times since 1995, it is an actual miracle when it keeps a logo and news direction for two years in a row.
    • Until 1999, it branded as just WGNX (though with occasional "CBS 46" references after getting the affiliation)
    • Then it changed to CBS Atlanta in 1999.
    • Then it changed its call letters in 2000 to WGCL, coinciding with the station's strange "Clear News" format (complete with "I Can See Clearly Now" as its theme music!), and adopting "Clear TV" as its on-air name.
    • Then it went back to CBS Atlanta again in 2002 (this time with a style aping the look of the CBS Evening News at the time)
    • Then it went back to CBS 46 for, actually quite a while (until 2009). Though this era had Early Installment Weirdness with the short-lived "Atlanta's Newschannel" tabloid era (complete with cheesy vocals on the news intros!)
    • Then they went back to CBS Atlanta once more in 2009. Make up your mind already!
    • Then they went back to "CBS 46" for the third time in 2014, coinciding with a new set and the same graphics as CBS owned and operated stations (though with a different logo design). They debuted new graphics and a new slogan in 2017, but the branding has gotten much more confident than usual.
  • L. Frank Baum also wrote books as Edith Van Dyne, Capt. Huge Fitzgerald, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Stanton, Laura Bancroft, Suzanne Metcalf, John Estes Cooke, and Anonymous. He also used the names George Brooks and Louis F. Baumnote  in his early theater work.
  • Binomial nomenclature arose because of this trope and disparate species sharing common names. When discussing species, it's important to be precise.
  • Lycaon pictus is a canid variously known as the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, painted wild dog, and various combinations of these words or similar.
  • ABC Family. When it started up in 1977 it was a spin-off of the Christian Broadcasting Network and was named CBN Satellite Network, later revised to CBN Cable Network at the dawn of The '80s. In 1988 it was revised again to CBN Family Channel before being spun off two years later and now going by The Family Channel, having become too profitable for the nonprofit CBN to keep. In 1997, the channel was brought by Fox, who renamed it Fox Family; however they didn't know what to do with it and sold it to Disney in 2001, who then gave it the name ABC Family. In 2015, Disney announced that the channel would be renamed again, this time to the more neutral Freeform, due for January 2016, making for a total of seven name changes in the channel's nearly 40-year history.
  • Happens whenever a stray dog sneaks into a school. Every group of children will give it a different name unless it gets shooed out on time. Likewise, a class pet that's relatively long-lived, like a rabbit or guinea pig, may accumulate several names if the teacher allows each incoming class to vote on what they'd like to call it.
  • Shopping malls can get renamed frequently, either as a means of re-identifying the property after a massive renovation, or as part of the company's Theme Naming. For instance, Australian-based Westfield Group built many malls named "Westfield X", and if they purchased a mall from another owner, they would rename it "Westfield [part of the former name]". Sometimes, Westfield malls got sold back to another group who would assign a new name not related to the original or Westfield-ized name.
  • The McDonald's fast-food chain had picked up a lot of casual nicknames: Ronnie Mac's Steakhouse, Mickey D's, Scottish Food, Golden Arches, McDick's, Macca's, Mackey-D's, Impastato's, McDo / MacDoh, Mekkes / Mekki, Der Schotte, McDonaldos, McDonas, Makku / Makudo, Mak Kee, McDee's, McD's, Donken, Mackid?kan, Meki, Mec, MacDohNo, McDo, Pat Panepinto Mart, Ronchin Ronnies, and The Big M. Also a few derogatory ones: Starchy Arches, Rotten Ronnie Oddo's, Yucky McDucky's, Placcy-D's, DickDonald's, and McDoof.
  • The comics division of Magazine Management first used the brand Timely Comics, then Atlas, then Marvel, then Atlas again, before returning to Marvel for good, and that's ignoring the times when they went without any brand. As for the formal stuff, they published their works through a shitload of shell companies: Atlas News Company, Inc., Daring Comics, Inc., Humorama, Inc., Marvel Comics, Inc., Miss America Publishing Corporation, Mohawk Publications Corporation, Timely Publications, Warwick Publications, Inc. and some 100 more. No kidding.
  • The 64-bit version of the x86 instruction set used in the Central Processing Units of PC's has picked up many names over the years, owing to its relatively complicated and unusual history.
    • Unlike previous version of x86, the 64-bit version was developed by AMD and not Intel, since the latter had decided to work on a completely different 64-bit architecture called Itanium that ended up flopping spectacularly. Because of this, it was originally called AMD64.
    • However, AMD64 didn't sit well once other companies, including Intel, started manufacturing processors compatible with it. Rather than agreeing on a standard name, many of these companies came up with their own names. To make things worse, it seems that some of these companies couldn't agree on a single name internally. For Intel, these names included Intel 64, IA-32e (Intel Architecture 32 Extended, because IA-64 was already used for Itanium), and EM64T (Extended Memory 64 Technology).
    • Other, more neutral parties, (chiefly operating system creators) tried to come up with standardized names, but again they didn't get together to agree on anything. The most common of these names floating around are x86-64 (sometimes called x86_64) and x64.
  • Anything considered impolite to mention in mixed or formal company - toilets, bodily functions, sexual organs - will invariably acquire a lot of euphemistic names.

Alternative Title(s): He Of Many Names, She Of Many Names