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Applejack: Ah, don't look like that, Sugarcube.
Black Gryph0n: She thinks everyone's name is "Sugarcube." I think that's her excuse for forgetting their names. [Imitating Applejack] "Sugarcube, meet, uh, Sugarcube!"

An In-Series Nickname is not a Fan Nickname, although it can frequently be used as such. Instead, it is a nickname specifically given in-series, not even by the producers alone. It is always regarded as canon. Often given out by The Nicknamer. If done enough this may overlap with Accidental Misnaming or Only Known by Their Nickname.

Super-Trope for Affectionate Nickname, Embarrassing Nickname, Home Town Nickname, and Red Baron (aka Badass Nickname).

Ascended Fan Nickname is a Sub-Trope when a fan nickname is acknowledged by creators and included in the work itself, becoming a canon in-series nickname.

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    Comic Strips 
  • In his younger days, Michael Patterson of For Better or for Worse referred to his sister Elizabeth as "Lizardbreath." Younger sister April took over using it for him later on.
  • Bucky Katt gives out malicious and hostile nicknames to virtually every other character in Get Fuzzy.
  • Peanuts
    • "Sweet Babboo", Sally's puppy love nickname for Linus. Linus is not amused.
    • Sally also refers to her big brother Charlie Brown as... "Big Brother".
    • 'Peppermint' Patty calls Charlie Brown "Chuck" and Lucy "Lucille". There is also "Pigpen".
    • Charlie Brown is "that round-headed kid" to Snoopy and "Charles" to Marcie.

    Films — Animation 
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: Charlie calls Anne-Marie "Squeaker" after she keeps him awake with the squeaking of her bed.
  • In Cars, Sally nicknames Lightning "Stickers," because like Real Life racing cars, he has no headlights, just stickers. It starts out derisive, but eventually becomes an Insult of Endearment.
  • Dumbo: "Dumbo" is a mean nickname given to a large-eared baby elephant whose true name is Jumbo Jr. (Most people do not realize this and the movie title itself uses the Nickname)
  • Epic (2013): Apparently, "MK" for Mary Katherine.
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift: Everybody but Peaches and Ellie call Louis "Wiener".
  • The Incredibles:
    • Violet is frequently called "Vi" by family and friends.
    • Dash's full first name is Dashiell and Lucius calls him "Speedo". In the French dub, his birth name is Roger, but everyone (even people unaware of his powers) call him Flèche ("Arrow").
    • Jack-Jack's full name is John Jackson Parr.
  • In Lady and the Tramp, Tramp calls Lady "Pigeon" or "Pidge" for short. It becomes more of a term of endearment as the film progresses.
  • In the seventh Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, Amazing Pleasant Goat, Super the penguin nicknames Weslie "0803". This is a Mythology Gag referencing when the Pleasant Goat TV show originally premiered on August 3rd, 2005 (08/03/05).
  • Ratatouille: Linguini always refers to Rémy as "Little Chef". Justified in that Linguini can't understand anything Rémy says, so Rémy can't correct him.
  • Strange Magic: Dawn often calls the Bog King "Boggy," much to his frustration.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, characters refer to Toad as "Toad el Honguito" (lit. "Toad the Little Mushroom"), a Mythology Gag of how he was named Honguito in the DiC cartoons' Latin American Spanish dubs.
  • In Tangled Flynn calls Rapunzel "Blondie" several times.
  • In Turning Red, Mei calls Miriam "Mir".
  • In Zootopia, Nick calls Judy "Carrots". It's initially meant to be insulting, but progresses into a term of endearment.

  • Long Wei from Infinity Game refers to Meibo as "chalk girl" (due to her habit of hurting people with it) and Lu Xiao as "Puji" because she wore a Puji brand of hat and he didn't know her name at the time.

  • Nearly all of the pool players in Sharkey's Shootout has a nickname, either as an identifier or reflecting their specialty:
    • Dr. Wood, "Mystery Lady"
    • Mr. Grey, the "Combo King".
    • "Sticks", the Bumper Pool Master.
    • Tex, "Mr. Jackpot".
    • Real Life billards player Jeanette Lee, "The Black Widow".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE calls its fan base "The WWE Universe".

  • Fibber McGee and Molly: In addition to Molly always calling her husband "Fibber" (for good reason), Fibber had nicknames for many of the other characters:
    • "Gildy" — Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve
    • "Doc" Gamble
    • "The Old Timer" for an otherwise unnamed old man
    • "Waxy" for series announcer Harlow Wilcox (the series was sponsored by Johnson Wax)
    • "Sis" — a little girl who lived next door who enjoyed harassing Fibber
    • "Myrt" (short for Myrtle) — a nosy telephone operator
  • The Jack Benny Program — Actor Eddie Anderson became so identified with his character, Rochester, that he became known as Eddie "Rochester" Anderson.
  • Amos 'n' Andy:
    • George Stevens, aka "The Kingfish"
    • "Lightnin'"
  • The title character of the detective series Boston Blackie
  • The Whistler — self-named title character as per the series' intro:
    "I am The Whistler, and I know many things for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes! I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."
  • The Jimmy Durante Show: During the 1940s, a sexually provocative character was named "Hotbreath" Houlihan.
    • "Hotbreath" was played by Florence Halop, who replaced Selma Diamond on Night Court about forty years later. (You wouldn't think it to look at her on Night Court, but she could really sell the sexy voice on radio when she was in her twenties.)
    • "Hotbreath's" nickname may have been the inspiration for the similarly nicknamed character Margaret "Hotlips" Houlihan in M*A*S*H.
  • The Aldrich Family: In the radio and film series, some of the schoolmates of adolescent (and adenoidal) lead character Henry Aldrich had nicknames:
    • Basil "Dizzy" Stevens, Henry's best friend during the first few seasons;
    • "Stringbean" Kittinger, a girl who hadn't yet developed.
    • "Tubby" Gibbons
    • "Pinkie" Peters
    • "Butch" Williams
  • "Burbly Burwasher" from The Navy Lark due to the way he talks (not that anybody says that to his face).

  • In Darwin's Soldiers, whenever Aimee is out of earshot Shelton calls her "psycho fox lady".
  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Edward Eisen usually goes by "Ed", which helps differentiate him from the other Edward in the cast (who, himself, usually goes by Eddie).
    • Vanessa's name gets shortened to Nessa by her classmate Ciro.
    • Elicia and Donato, a pair of young siblings, go by the more casual diminutives Elly and Don.
  • In Survival of the Fittest, Nathaniel Harris is referred to as Blood Boy on the sole basis that hardly anyone knew his real name. Also to an extent are most of the terrorists, and Yelizaveta 'Bounce' Volkova.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Rifts:
    • Soldiers of the Coalition States are known as Dead Boys, due to the Coalition's fixation with adorning all their armor and vehicles with a Death's Head motif.
    • The genetically uplifting canines called Psi-Hounds are so commonly called Dog Boys that people often get confused when someone calls them by their proper designation.
    • The name of the old USA's Chromium Guard power armors is largely a thing of the past, instead everyone knows them as Glitter Boys.
  • In Star Realms, the humans merely nicknamed the Alien Faction "Blobs". This came about after examining captured alien ships, and found the organic jelly remains of the crews.

  • In the 2013 West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet Beauregarde is a Shameless Self-Promoter who has, with her father's help, parlayed her non-talent of chewing gum into stardom. When she refuses to heed Mr. Wonka's warnings about chewing a stick of experimental prototype gum, she transforms into a gigantic blueberry, and the Oompa-Loompas christen her "Juicy!" in "The Villain Sucks" Song that follows ("Juicy is a girl named Violet B./She doesn't have a talent as far as we can see").
  • In P.D.Q. Bach's Oedipus Tex, the title character says in his "I Am" Song that his friends just call him Ed.
  • Alonzo "Stinky" P. Goodhue in the 1938 musical Leave It To Me!.
    "The boys call me Stinky—because I never can stop the barber from putting things on my hair."
  • In Noah Smith's stage version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Henry Jekyll's old friend Utterson calls him "Harry", the only character who does.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Nick and Edgey are Larry Butz's nicknames for Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth, respectively. Mia catches onto "Nick", and when she dies, she passes it on to Maya, whose use of it inspires Pearl to call him "Mr. Nick". Edgeworth, on the other extreme, is rarely called by his nickname, and rarer still by his first name.
    • And there's Damon Gant, who calls them "Wright-O" and "Worthy", and the Judge "Udgey". And Godot, who calls Nick "Mr. Trite."
    • Phoenix is also called Feenie by his college girlfriend Dahlia. And her twin sister Iris, the one he actually dated.
    • Larry Butz also likes to call Franziska von Karma "Franzy", much to her extreme displeasure.
    • Pearl gets called "Pearls" by Phoenix and "Pearly" by Maya. In the former case, it was because he couldn't bring himself to call her by her real name (she was too cute).
    • As for Apollo Justice, he is sometimes called "Polly", but his most famous nickname is Klavier's "Herr Forehead".
  • In BUSTAFELLOWS, Scarecrow's name is often shortened to just "Crow" by the others.
  • C14 Dating: Augustin is shown nicknaming Melissa both "Petite Fleur" and "Little Flower", both being allusions to her "Flores" surname in French and English respectively. Deandre and some other characters take to calling Melissa "Mel". Hendrik and Rosemarie's Like Brother and Sister closeness is shown partly via them addressing each other as "Hen" and "Rose".
  • In Code:Realize, most of the companions quickly shorten the names of Frankenstein, Saint-Germain, and Van Helsing into "Fran," "San," and "Van." When Delacroix II comes to stay with them after Chapter 5, Impey wastes no time in nicknaming him "Delly," which sticks despite the subject's indignant complaints.
  • In Crown Delights Deli, Mr. Javier tells Jules on their first day of work that they can call him "Javi", while Maverick is sometimes called "Mave".
  • In Demonbane, pretty much everyone refers to the spirit of the Necronomicon simply as "Al", after Kurou shortened it from "al-Azif". He notes it's kind of a strange name for a girl, but "Kitab al-Azif" is too tricky for him to pronounce. Al herself protests at first but accepts it without very much complaint.
  • Infinity series:
    • In Ever17, Sara calls her friend Tanaka You "Nakkyu", and You calls Sara "Mayo". Additionally, Coco uses "Takepyon", "Tsugumin", and "Shou-chan" for Takeshi, Tsugumi, and the Kid note .
    • In Remember11, Yuni refers to Kokoro as "Kokoron", and Lin as "Tobilin".
  • Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!: Kazuko is called Wanko by just about everyone, and the producers often refer to her by the latter name instead. "Wan" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a dog makes, but the obvious Embarrassing Nickname conceals a Stealth Pun — the "Kazu" in "Kazuko" is written as the Japanese kanji for "one", hence "one-ko".
  • Shining Song Starnova:
    • Most people refer to Mr. Producer as Mr. Producer or Producer-san, but Mika and Natsuki call him “Black Knight” and “P-kun”, respectively.
    • Mika gets saddled with the nickname “Chuuni-chan” by Aki, who has no tolerance for Mika's Chuunibyou eccentricites. In return, Mika scornfully refers to Aki as “the red imp”.
    • Natsuki usually goes by the nickname Nattan.
    • Nemu calls herself NemuNemu to seem more cutesy.
    • Aki is dubbed the "shit loli" by the other girls on account of her Drill Sergeant Nasty attitude when the cameras aren't rolling. She takes it in stride and even appropriates it for herself.
    • Sasami is often called “the lamb of Starnova” by the other girls, on account of her positive and somewhat naïve outlook on the idol industry.
    • In a similar manner, Julie is often called the "top bitch" of Starnova, due to both her attitude and stereotypes regarding Americans being promiscuous.note 
    • Kamijou, Mr. Producer's rival and the producer of Quasar, is sometimes called Kami-P by the Quasar girls.
  • In Spirit Hunter: NG, Kaoru eventually starts calling Maruhashi 'Maru', since it fits with his round appearance. He likes it since Kaoru reminds him of his favorite idol, Momo.
  • All over the place in Steins;Gate. The only nickname not coined by Okabe is Mayuri's, who calls herself "Mayushi" (and Okabe "Okarin").
  • Sunrider: In the fourth game, Kayto starts calling Lynn "Snarkadius" because of her snarky attitude and because she was playing the part of Veniczar Arcadius when they first met in the previous game.

  • In Alice and the Nightmare, students at Phantasmagoria University call their school Phanty U, presumably for convenience.
  • In the webcomic The Dreamer, Nathan calls Alexander "Captain Fancy Pants" behind his back.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Susan nicknames Diane "Mongoose" prior to meeting her.
  • Girl Genius:
    • The unfortunate Dr Dimitri Vapnoodle is known to the Castle Wulfenbach Students as Dr. Dim. They don't even realize he used to be a highly intelligent and dangerous Spark who actually earned his doctorate and think he's some kind of failed construct.
    • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach usually is called by the shortened version of his name, Gil.
    • Princess Xerxsephina von Blitzengaard goes by Seffie.
  • In Godslave, before learning Anpu's name, Edith calls him "Bun-dog" and then "Dog-guy".
  • Harbourmaster:
  • The majority of characters in Hell(p) goes by a nickname most of the time, because concealing your real name is a street rule in Hell.
  • The Order of the Stick:
  • In Our Little Adventure, Rocky tends to nickname people. He nicknamed Angelika "Bitch Girl" and dubbed Pauline "Beast Bitch."
  • Pebble from Pebble and Wren is actually named Pebbluhneghy, but everyone calls him Pebble.
  • In Sarilho, Shizuka is nicknamed Shizamura. She hates it. Mikhail is also addressed as Misha at least once, although that may just be a diminutive.
  • In Skin Horse, UNITY calls Sweetheart "Babe", even when not addressing her.
  • Sleepless Domain: Most magical girls in the setting have a title for their magical identities, but these generally serve as more of a Stage Name than a name they use themselves. Kokoro Aichi is an exception, who prefers to be called by her title of Heartful Punch because she finds her given name embarrassing. Her friends usually call her HP for short.
  • In Something*Positive, Davan and Aubrey (who have been friends since they were small children) call each other by the Affectionate Nicknames of "Woogie" and "Monkeybutter," respectively. A set of flashback strips reveals that "Woogie" came about from Aubrey's mispronunciation of "Wookiee."
  • Weak Hero:
    • Alex Go is affectionately called "Gogo" by his best friend Ben- and, increasingly, their True Companions. So much so that Ben calling him by his actual name is a bad sign.
    • Harper and Sam are almost exclusively known as Helmet and Grape, respectively. Helmet because of being a heavy-set brute, and Grape because of his curly purple hair.
    • The pool hall receptionist is nicknamed "Suji" by Ben, given her resemblance to miss A member Bae Suji. This is omitted from the English translation, which instead has the boys compare her looks to that of a goddess.
  • In The Greenhouse, Mica needs something to call the demon possessing her, dubbing her 'Red'. Red, in turn, starts calling Mica 'munchkin', later further shortened to 'kin'.

Alternative Title(s): In Game Nickname, In Universe Nickname