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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!"
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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).


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    Asian Animation 
  • Weslie gets a nickname at least once in Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf - in the seventh film, Amazing Pleasant Goat, Super the penguin nicknames him "0803". This is a Mythology Gag referencing when the Pleasant Goat TV show originally premiered on August 3rd, 2005 (08/03/05).

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.
  • In Zootopia, Nick calls Judy "Carrots". It's initially meant to be insulting, but progresses into a term of endearment.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: Charlie calls Anne-Marie "Squeaker" after she keeps him awake with the squeaking of her bed.
  • 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)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift: Everybody but Peaches and Ellie call Louis "Wiener".
  • Epic: Apparently, "MK" for Mary Katherine.
  • In Tangled Flynn calls Rapunzel "Blondie" several times.
  • Strange Magic: Dawn often calls the Bog King "Boggy," much to his frustration.
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    Pinballs 
  • 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".

    Radio 
  • 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 Mash.
  • 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).

    Roleplay 
  • 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.

    Theatre 
  • 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 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 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 
  • 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".
  • 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".
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!: 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".
  • All over the place in Steins;Gate. The only nickname not coined by Okabe is Mayuri's, who calls herself "Mayushi" (and Okabe "Okarin").
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 favourite idol, Momo.

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