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A person dislikes another person and intentionally (usually repeatedly) calls them a name to rile them up, specifically a mutation of their own name.

It can range from insults with (reasonably) good wordplay, like if Bob calls Alice "Malice", to something embarrassingly juvenile, like if Bob calls Alice "Callous", which isn't related to her name, or something that's not even a word like "Smalice" ("Smelly Alice"). Another possibility is that Bob is deliberately garbling the name to indicate that he considers Alice unworthy of even the basic courtesy of getting her name right.


Another variation is when a person changes their name to reflect a change in their life but someone else refuses to acknowledge the change and keeps referring to them by their old name. Misgendering a trans person on purpose is an example of this. Conversely, this can also happen when a person doesn't make an expected name change, but someone thinks they should have and insists on referring to them as though they had; the most common example would be a woman who doesn't change her last name when she marries and disapproving friends/relatives insisting on calling her "Mrs. [Husband's Name]" as a refusal to acknowledge the decision not to take the husband's name.

Such a character will of course ignore when the person attempts to correct the pronunciation of their name.

May be a form of Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery and Embarrassing Nickname. See also Hey, You!. Compare Accidental Misnaming, where the character genuinely can't remember the other character's name. Also see Fauxdian Slip.



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  • In an ad for New Amsterdam Vodka, former NHL player Ryan Whitney refers to fellow former NHL player Paul Bissonnette as "Paul Missed-the-net."

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Assassination Classroom, the students end up helping Justice accept his name by having other members of the class choose a nickname for each of them that they must be referred to as for the rest of the day. Most of them end up being hilariously accurate insults, such as "President Poverty" or "Forever Flat". The way everyone takes it completely seriously only amplifies the comedy.
  • Hachikuji Mayoi of Bakemonogatari enjoys adding extra 'ra' syllables to Koyomi Araragi's name. Arararararagi-san! When confronted, she claims she stuttered. She's not being mean, though. The two simply have a very strange friendship.
  • In Basquash!, Dan twists Sela's nickname "Platinum Hurricane" into, among other things, "Platitude Hotpad" and "Plastic Candycane".
  • In Bleach Yumichika calls his zanpakuto "Wisteria Peacock" despite its real name being "Azure Peacock". He does this because his zanpakuto absolutely despises wisteria and refuses to fully release when called by this name. This ensures Yumichika never reveals the true nature of his indirect magic-style zanpakuto, which would see him ostracized by the rest of his division which favors direct-physical style combat.
  • In Cardfight!! Vanguard, the resident Butt-Monkey, Katsumi Morikawa, is often called "Make-mi (Lose-umi)" by various characters. This is actually meaningful, seeing as he lost all his fights on screen (Katsu means victory while Make means defeat), except in Episodes 51 and 52.
    Miwa/Kamui: Make-mi ("Lose-umi")!
    Morikawa: MY NAME IS KATSUMI!
  • An interesting variation: in Coffin Princess Chaika, after capturing Chaika Bogdan, Tohru and Akari demand to know her name. When she refuses, they decide to just call her "Sticky", and proceed to do so incessantly until she angrily blurts out her real name.
  • In the Digimon Adventure 02 dub, Davis calls TK "TE", "TJ", and pretty much every other combination. TK suspects he does it intentionally. In the original version, this was a none-too-translatable pronoun- and honorific-related matter that basically amounts to Daisuke calling Takeru "Hey, You!" with a bit of extra pointedness. In one instance where a flustered Davis calls him "TA", TK questions it, and Kari giggles, "He can't even spell TK!" Though it was definitely intentional when he called him "TP". And it's been confirmed that the script writers were brave enough to go through the whole alphabet.
  • In his first appearance in Dazzle, Rayborn refuses to tell Rahzel his name, so she decides to call him Spicy Diamond, shortened to Spicy or Spi. Even after they become friends, she sometimes calls him Spi if she's in a bad mood.
  • In Ebisu-san and Hotei-san, Hotei doesn't initially get along with Ebisu, so she occasionally calls her "Shrimp Ebisu," a play off the "Ebi" in her name.
  • In Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun Ryouma repeatedly calls his associate Verbeck "Ver-bigdick".
  • Gintama: Gintoki often calls Katsura 'Zura', which means wig, even though they've known each other since childhood. This prompts Katsura to say "It's not Zura, it's Katsura!" Parodied so many times by Katsura himself. It's also known as his Catchphrase, but Gin still hasn't caught on.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Sono Midoriko is often known as "Sodoko", particularly by Mako, whom she frequently lectures for being late, as well as the student council, and she often responds by telling people not to call her that. However, she and her friends on the disciplinary committee- Gomoyo and Pazomi- tend to call each other by their nicknames.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka:
    • Tomoko was often called Toroko (or "Slomoko" in the English translation) due to her lack of intelligence. By her "friends".
    • Miyabi and the other anti-teacher students sometimes use negative versions of the title, like "Garbage Teacher Onizuka" or "Great Target Onizuka".
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, Those three girls always call the titular butler Hayata to tease him.
  • The main character of Humanity Has Declined doesn't like people calling her the granddaughter (her grandfather is rather important). What she does like being called isn't clear.
  • High School D×D:
    • Koneko often calls Ravel a "fried chicken princess" due to the cat-and-bird rivalry they have.
    • Diodora gets nicknamed "Dildora Asstomouth" and "Diodora the Explorer" by Issei and Freed respectively.
  • Ino-Head Gargoyle:
    • Okita teases Saejima by modifying his Red Baron name "Mad Dog of Kamakura" to the "Chihuahua of Kamakura".
    • Maruyama, who knew Saejima back when he was a delinquent, calls him the "Kamakura Cream Dog".
  • Inuyasha: The title character and his rival Kōga rarely call one another by name; Inu-Yasha calls Kōga "yasee ookami" (variously translated as "wimpy wolf", "wolf boy", and the like), and Kōga calls Inu-Yasha "inukkoro" (translated as "dogface", "pup", or "dog crap"). This starts out as a sign of their active dislike for one another but gets less malicious as their rivalry does.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Hestia heavily dislikes Ais Wallenstein because Hestia's crush Bell Cranel is in love with Ais. Hestia always addresses Ais as "Wallenwhatsit".
  • In Jinki:Extend, Aoba Tsuzaki is contemptuously given the nickname "Ahobaka" by Ryouhei (aho and baka both mean stupid). Later on, it becomes an affectionate nickname. In the English dub it is translated as "Aobimbo".
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Joseph challenges D'Arby to a water tension match — a glass is filled to the rim with water, and they have to take turns dropping in a number of coins of their choice, with the loser being the one who causes the water to spill. Joseph intentionally gets D'Arby's name wrong ("Barby" and "Obby") in order to agitate him, which means he'd be less focused on keeping the water tension from breaking. It doesn't work — D'Arby had already set a cheat while setting up the glass.
  • In Log Horizon, Shiroe would often call Demikas by something that sounds similar but is not quite right, such as "delicious." Him dropping the habit and calling Demikas by his proper name is a sign of his Character Development.
  • Lupin III: The Columbus Files: Lupin aggravates his lookalike, Nazelhov, by mocking his chortle and calling him, "Nasal Cough".
  • In My Hero Academia, protagonist Izuku has been called "Deku" by Bakugo since they were little; it's an Alternate Character Reading of his name which means "can't do anything", a jab at the fact that Izuku is one of the few Muggles in a world where 80% of the population has powers. After one of his Superhero School classmates says that she likes the name (she thought it meant "You can do it!"), Izuku starts wearing it as a badge of honor, even making it his superhero name.
    • This is actually a big part of Bakugo's character as he hardly calls anyone by their name. The only people who answers by name are Kirishima and Uraraka— the one who convinced Izuku to make "Deku" his hero name.
  • In My Monster Secret, Mikan refers to Fuku-chan, the God of Fortune inhabiting her glasses, as the God of Misfortune since his attempts to bring her luck always backfire spectacularly and cause more problems than they solve.
  • In My-Otome, Sergey calls our lovely heroine Arika "arinko" ("ant girl") based on her name and how her hairstyle makes her braids look like antennae. It's fairly obvious the term is meant to be affectionately insulting, given his immaturity and his attraction to Arika because of his infatuation with her mother, Lena. Mahya also uses this nickname on Arika in My-Otome Zwei.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, the members of the Host Club refer to Kasanoda as Casanova or Bossa-Nova in order to humiliate him. Except maybe in the twins' case, Kasanoda's name was more of a case of Accidental Misnaming. Later on, it became something like an Insult of Endearment.
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Panty and Stocking Anarchy always call Brief "Geek Boy", because he's a geek and they think it's beneath them to remember his name. At one point, Brief is held hostage at gunpoint and begs them to address him by his name before he dies. They refuse, but save him. When Panty falls in love with him, she finally starts calling him by his name.
  • In Sailor Moon Mamoru calls Usagi Odango-atama (literally, Dumpling Head — or, if you go by the DiC dub of the first anime, Meatball Head) based on her hairstyle. She hates it at first and throughout the first season insists that "They're not odangos!" Once she and Mamoru start dating, it becomes a pet name (though Usa-ko is used far more often) and other masculine (though not male) characters, namely Haruka and Seiya, start using it as well.
  • Sgt. Frog: Sgt. Keroro is forever known as "bokegaeru" (Stupid Frog) to Natsumi. In the Funimation dub, this is taken one step further. In that, Natsumi called Keroro names by: "Stupid frog", "Toad", "Space toad", "Sergeant Stupid", "Frog-tard", and "Fridiot".
  • In Slayers, main character Lina does it frequently, to mock enemies she doesn't respect. She called Zolf only "third-rate wizard" and "mummy-man". And played it even further with Naga: she pretended to forget her name, then asked again right after Naga gave her name anew, then suddenly turned another way — "remembered" their last meeting and said she was joking and is not about to forget the name of a girl who managed to fry her own butt. Just to exploit every possible avenue of humiliation.
  • In Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, one older Letter Bee, Moc Sullivan, derides Lag for going beyond the call of duty, and calls him "Lang" and "Lob" before departing and ignoring Lag as he calls out his actual name.
  • Barnaby from Tiger & Bunny is not happy about the Embarrassing Nickname his partner Kotetsu insists on calling him by. While he gives up on complaining around episode 5 or so, he still continues to dislike it enough to snap out of a brainwashed state of sorts just to inform Kotetsu that "[his] name is not Bunny! It's Barnaby!"
  • In The Twelve Kingdoms the maid Ooki Suzu is called "Mokurin" (an alternate reading of the last two kanji of her name, and which means "Fool" in the local language) by her Jerkass mistress Riyo. At some point, the poor girl has a breakdown and starts screaming, "I'm not Mokurin! My name is Suzu! SUZU!"
  • Tozuwa from Witchblade jokingly refers to Masane as Masamune (big chest) because of her large breasts. In the English dub he calls her "Melanie", because of her "melons". She really doesn't mind it though.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: In the English dub only, people tend to mock Yugo by calling him names like "No-Go" and "Slow-Go".

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    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert has a newsletter written by Dogbert, that people can send questions to. Dogbert will invariably give an insulting answer, starting by punnily misstating their name.
  • In Retail, the original district manager, Jerry, would often refer to Marla as Darla. After Jerry got promoted to another part of the country the new D.M. revealed that Jerry knew Marla's real name, but pretended that he didn't. A year later Jerry returned to the strip and is now calling Marla by her correct name (probably because she knew the ruse now). He's still an asshole, though.

    Fairy Tales & Folklore 
  • The eponymous heroine of Cinderella is actually named Ella in many renditions. "Cinderella" is a cruel nickname given by her step-family because she's often smudged in cinders due to the menial labour she's forced to undertake.

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    Films — Animated 
  • Aladdin: Jafar constantly calls "Prince Ali Ababwa" (Aladdin in disguise) "Prince Abubu".
  • Big Hero 6: In the opening bot-fight scene, Yama taunts Hiro by calling him "Zero".
  • Cats Don't Dance: The egocentric child star Darla Dimple invites upstart Danny Cat to tea, where she misnames him "Donald" and "Dino." Danny takes no offense, figuring Darla sees too many people to remember anyone precisely; in fact, Darla is such an Alpha Bitch that she's doing this as a Stealth Insult.
  • Coraline: Wybie (real name "Wyborne") is referred to as "Why-were-you-born" by Coraline twice.
  • Despicable Me 2: Gru mocks the already-unfortunately-named Silas Ramsbottom by calling him "Sheepsbutt".
  • Dumbo's name is actually Jumbo, Jr. "Dumbo" is a cruel nickname that sticks.
  • Frozen: Initially Queen Elsa's servant misspelled the name Weselton as Weaseltown presumably as an honest mistake, prompting the Duke of Weselton to angrily correct him. At the end, after it has transpired that the Duke has been constantly calling Elsa a monster (thanks to her ice powers, which admittedly nearly hits him by accident earlier in the story) and even plans to kill her, the Duke and his henchmen are booted off from Arendelle, but not before another servant happily says that (paraphrased) "Arendelle will cut all ties with Weaseltown", prompting the Duke to flip out again.
  • Hercules is often mocked with the name "Jerk-ules".
  • Igor: Jacquelyn mocks Dr. Schadenfreude with the name "Schaden-fraud" because he was using fake inventions and plagiarizing real ones.
  • Open Season: Ian calls Elliot, "Smelliot".
  • Quest for Camelot: Ruber indirectly refers Ayden the silver-winged falcon as a "pigeon".
  • Toy Story:
  • Trolls: Chef calls scullery maid Bridget "Idjit".
  • Zootopia: Mayor Lionheart calls his assistant Bellwether "Smellwether". She mentions at one point, she tried getting back at him by calling him "Lionfart", but he did not take it well.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aaron Loves Angela: Willie accuses Aaron of losing the basketball game because he was distracted by his crush, "Angel Sandwich" (Angela Sanchez).
  • Bruce Almighty: When Bruce Nolan gets pissed off at Evan Baxter, he starts childishly calling him names like "Evan Backstabber" and "Evan Bastard".
  • Chinatown: Noah Cross repeatedly calls Jake Gittes "Mr. Gitts" despite Jake constantly correcting him.
  • Cube Zero: Jax keeps deliberately misnaming Dodd with names such as "Mr. Codd", "Mr. Clodd" and "Mr. Wad" to assert his authority and contempt for the 'button guy'. He only addressed him by his proper name when Dodd shows he's not entirely a coward and purposely sabotages his plans.
  • Deadpool: Wade Wilson/Deadpool constantly mocks Ajax by always calling him Francis, his real name, which he hates.
  • Dragonball Evolution: The school bullies constantly call Goku "Geeko".
  • Fantastic Four (2015): Johnny Storm refers to Victor Von Doom as both "Adolf" and "Borat", in reference to his accent.
  • Fearless (2006): Huo Yuanjia faces a martial artist who uses a "Tiger Claw" attack. Huo mocks him by calling it "Kitten's Paw".
  • Fracture: the murderer and legal self-defender Ted Crawford repeatedly refers to his prosecutor William Beachum as "Billy" to mock him as a little boy trying to play games with an older genius such as him. Beachum tries to convince Crawford that he has no problem with it, but it's clear that he does.
  • At the climax of the first Halloweentown, Marnie refers to Kalabar as "Chocolate Bar" to get his attention.
  • Inside Daisy Clover: After Control Freak producer Raymond Swan (Christopher Plummer) tells the eponymous Daisy (Natalie Wood) that she can't see her mother again, she rushes outside and ragingly writes a graffiti on an outside wall of Swan's studio that reads "Raymond Swine is a mother killer".
  • Kick-Ass 2: Todd Haynes declares his superhero name to be Ass-Kicker, only for Kick-Ass and Battle Guy to say that sucks and then mock him by calling him "Ass-Licker".
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: Dean refers to Eggsy as "Mugsy" while the snobbish Kingsman candidates call him "Eggy".
  • The Matrix: Agent Smith will only refer to Neo as "Mr. Anderson" — his name when he was still a slave of the Matrix. The one time he calls him "Neo" to his face turns out to be hugely important and leads immediately to Smith's defeat.
  • Molly's Game: Charlie refers to Molly's original lawyer Butterman as 'Butterball', and then as 'Butterbean'.
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Mr. Shirley always addresses Clark by the wrong name.
  • Pacific Rim: Chuck Hansen keeps calling protagonist Raleigh Becket 'Ray' to get on his nerves. He corrects him 'It's Raleigh.'
  • Planet of the Apes (1968): Col. Taylor is given the nickname "Bright Eyes" by a well-meaning Dr. Zira, who doesn't yet realize that he can talk and is more than just a zoo exhibit. Once his wounded throat heals enough that he's able to speak again, Zira accepts that his name is Taylor - but her boss, Dr. Zaius, does not, and insists on calling him "Bright Eyes", as the idea of an intelligent human is heresy. The nickname becomes increasingly demeaning as a symbol of Taylor's dehumanization (for want of a better word) within ape society, and when Zaius finally (and in private) calls Taylor by his real name, Taylor is stunned and grateful.
  • Spiderman Homecoming: Flash Thompson calls Peter "Penis Parker".
  • Star Wars: Played for Laughs in The Last Jedi when Poe hails General Hux and repeatedly refers to him as "General Hugs", just to Troll him (but also to keep him occupied until Resistance ships were in position.)
  • The Sting: Henry (in his "Shaw" character) and calls Doyle Lonnegan by the names "Linneman" and "Lonahan" during Lonnegan's poker game to get under his skin.
  • Think Like a Man: one of the men's My Beloved Smother consistently refers to his girlfriend Candace as "Tandace" to annoy her.
  • Unforgiven: Little Bill, having beaten English Bob to a pulp and locked him behind bars, taunts him by reading aloud the dime novels in which he'd starred as "the Duke of Death", but insistently misreading the title as "the Duck of Death."
  • Vixen! (1968): To show her contempt for the African-American Niles, Vixen constantly calls him "Rufus" or "Sambo" (both being racial slurs) instead of his real name.

  • In the Amber Brown books, sometimes some kids tease Amber by calling her color names other than "Amber" or "Brown".
  • In Sara Pennypacker's Clémentine chapter books, the main character, Clementine, is upset that she was given a fruit name but her little brother was just named something normal, so she keeps calling him vegetable names, such as "Spinach," "Rutabaga" or "Lima Bean." Eventually, it just becomes a Running Gag that even brother is entertained by and her parents stop trying to correct her. She's so dedicated to it that in one of the books she actually visits a Chinese market to learn more vegetable names and she even does it in her first-person narration such that her little brother's real name is never even actually mentioned.
    After breakfast, Zucchini and I made our parents a card. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! it said. WE SURE ARE GLAD YOU TWO MET! "If they hadn't," I explained to my brother, "we wouldn't be here. We'd be..." Asparagus's jaw fell open. "Extinct? Like dinosaurs?"
  • Dirty Bertie:
    • Bertie frequently calls his rival Nicholas "Nickerless".
    • When Bertie is angry with Bella, Suzy's friend, for making him sleep in Suzy's room, he calls her "Smella".
  • Discworld: In Guards! Guards!, the Palace Guard expresses his contempt for the Night Watch by calling Vimes "Captain Slimes, was it?"
  • Elemental Masters book 3, Phoenix and Ashes: Eleanor definitely takes being called "Ellie" by Alison as this trope. Whether Alison meant it this way, or was just using the diminutive form to emphasize "Ellie's" role as servant, is left up to the reader.
  • In Freaky Friday, Annabel calls her brother "Ape Face" to annoy him. It turns out that he likes it, and doesn't tell her because then she'd stop calling him it.
  • Nick in The Gap Cycle takes malicious glee in referring to Angus Thermopyle as "Captain Thermo-Pile". (Angus' last name is actually pronounced "ter-mop-oh-lee", as in the place in Greece.)
  • Harrow the Ninth: When the God-Emperor interrogates a rebel commander with the meaningful if eye-crossing name "Awake Remembrance Of These Valiant Dead Kia Hua Ko Te Pai Snap Back To Reality Oops There Goes Gravity", he makes his derision clear with any number of incorrect variants, including "Commander Wake Me Up Inside".
  • Harry Potter:
    • Both types are present: the Marauders call Severus Snape "Snivellus". There's also Draco Malfoy's "Weaselbee" for Ronald Weasley, as well as Luna Lovegood being called "Loony".
    • On the other side of the trope, Dumbledore insists on addressing Voldemort by the given name he'd long since thrown away, Tom. Harry does it himself in their confrontation in Deathly Hallows, earning Voldemort's anger that Harry would dare do so.
  • I Am Jazz: Jazz (a trans girl) says that some kids "call [her] by a boy name" to rile her up.
  • The Machineries of Empire: Inverted with the sociopathic Virtual Ghost Nirai Kujen and the man who serves as his host. The man only calls himself "Inhyeng", meaning "doll" or "puppet", because he doesn't want his old life linked to his current deeds. Kujen doesn't show him that courtesy and continues to use his proper name.
  • In The Mortal Instruments, Magnus calls Simon a variety of names starting with S, and very rarely calls him by his name.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Mr. D (a.k.a. Dionysus) intentionally refuses to call Percy by name, usually calling him Peter Johnson, or some other similar name.
      • In The Last Olypian, Percy has a dream conversation with Mr. D while the latter recovers from being knocked into the Rockies by a storm titan. At the end of the conversation, Mr. D uses Percy's name correctly, although he immediately denies it when called out on it.
      • It seems that it's not just Percy whose name he butchers. In The Titan's Curse he calls Annabeth "Anniebell" or "Annabelle".
    • Annabeth also calls Percy "Seaweed Brain" for most of the first book, and continues to as an friendly/affectionate nickname for the remainder of the series. Percy tries to come up with an equivalent, but the best he thinks of is "Wise Girl", which by his own admission is pretty bad.
  • In Ellen Conford's The Revenge of the Incredible Dr. Rancid and His Youthful Assistant, Jeffrey school bully Dewey Belasco frequently referred to title character Jeffrey Childs as "Childish".
  • In Savvy, Mississippi (or "Mibs" for short) gets called Missy-Pissy by her two bullies Ashley Bing and Emma Flint.
  • In The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy continually annoys Chauvelin by deliberately getting his name wrong, calling him "Chaubertin" or "Chambertin".
  • In Springy, Pygmalion, and the Sheep Stories, when Bayou and Dobby get their bottoms shorn, Kramer the mean ram calls them "Baybottom" and "Baldobby".
  • Survivor Dogs: Calling a dog by their Pup name (given to them by their mother but changed when their adult teeth grow in) can either be affectionate or derogatory. In the first book, Lucky shows off the latter by calling his sister Bella "Squeak" in an argument.
  • Tales of Dunk and Egg: In "The Sworn Sword," Brown Bennis takes to calling Ser Eustace "Ser Useless" behind his back. Dunk chastises him for it, saying that as long as he resides under Ser Eustace's roof, he should treat the man with respect.
  • In Kim Newman's Alternate History novella Teddy Bears' Picnic, film director Michael Powell makes a deliberate decision to refer to the government censor Putnam as "Putt-man", and instructs all of his staff to do the same.
  • In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Aunt Sissy has an affinity for the name "John" and addresses all her husbands and lovers to the point that her family doesn't always learn their real names. Her third husband asserts himself toward the end, insisting that Sissy and her family call him "Steve". Sissy's affectation was changed to "Bill" in the film version, for obvious reasons. Sissy is sexually liberated for her time, but she is not a prostitute.
  • Happens a few times in Warrior Cats.
    • Firepaw calls Darkstripe "Dirtstripe", for all his obstructive behavior.
    • When Fireheart is punished by having Longtail supervise him at all times, Longtail doesn't miss the opportunity to mock Fireheart and calls him by his apprentice name, "Firepaw."

    Live-Action TV 
  • All My Children's Julia Santos would sarcastically refer to her older sister Maria as "Santa Maria" whenever they argued or their parents lectured her about being more like her, obviously fed up with being The Un-Favourite to her. Erica did this also.
  • In the Angel episode "Destiny", back when they first met, Angelus mocked Spike, who at the time was named William, by calling him "Willie".
  • On Arrested Development, this is Gob's plan for dealing with his soon-to-be-ex-wife. ("For example, if her name's Amy, I'll call her Blamey.") This would probably work a lot better if he could actually remember her name.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210. Andrea's ex-boyfriend sarcastically asks her "How was your date with Jesús?", essentially making a racial slur about her Hispanic boyfriend. She snaps back, "His name is Jesse", not letting him get away with it.
  • In Bewitched, Endora would constantly diss Darrin by calling him things like "Durwood", "What's-his-name," "Darwin," "Dum-Dum," "Dolphin," etc. Serena would also do this.
  • In season 4 of Blackadder Captain Flashheart uses this derisive nickname for the eponymous character:
    Flashheart: Well, well, well, well, well, if it isn't old captain Slackbladder.
  • In Cobra Kai's "Different But Same", Johnny says "Relax, Danielle" after Daniel asks him to slow down while test driving a car.
  • In season 1 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Paula constantly misnames Josh's then-current girlfriend, Valencia, whom she dislikes, as names such as "Valerio", "Valderama", and other V-names. She goes easier on her when she gains Character Development.
  • Desperate Housewives had a sexually promiscuous teenage girl named Danielle Van de Kamp, who insisted that her female rivals in school called her "Van de Tramp".
  • On A Different World, Whitley would often call Dwayne's girlfriend Kinu (the Romantic False Lead) Kino-no, Nuki, Kemosabe...
    • Kekookala.
  • Doc Martin: Martin's mother insists on calling Louisa "Louise" despite being corrected multiple times.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The First Doctor had a habit of messing up Ian Chesterton's surname (stemming from Throw It In of William Hartnell's memory problems), calling him various things like "Chesterfield" or "Chesserman" or "Chatterton". This started out because he simply didn't care — as his character developed, he'd get Ian's name right most of the time but deliberately mess it up when trying to get a rise out of him (notably in "The Romans", where he's bored of living comfortably in a villa in the same time period for a few months and offended by how Ian seems to be enjoying it).
    • "The Rescue": Ian misnames the alien Coquillion "Cocky-licking" for the amusement of the human girl who is being terrorised by him.
    • The First Doctor likes to call Dodo "Dorothea", her real name which she detests. This is done less to annoy her and more because he thinks it's helping bring her up into being a Proper Lady.
    • The Sixth Doctor contemptuously calls the Valeyard various "-yard" cognates, like "the Backyard", "the Scrapyard", "the Brickyard", "the Graveyard", "the Farmyard", "the Knacker's-yard"...
    • The Ninth Doctor used to call Mickey "Ricky", clearly to irritate him. It took over a season (and a regeneration) for him to warm up enough to use the poor bloke's real name. And when the Doctor, Rose and Mickey wound up in a parallel universe in "Rise of the Cybermen", it turned out Mickey's counterpart there was, in fact, named Ricky.
    • "Asylum of the Daleks": Oswin Oswald refers to Rory by a girl's name, "Nina", though the name was the name of the first person she fancied, suggesting she intends it as negging rather than as an insult.
    • In "The Night of the Doctor", the Doctor refers to the Flame of Eternal Life as the Flame of Utter Boredom.
    • "The Woman Who Fell to Earth": The Doctor initially mishears Tzim-Sha's name as "Tim Shaw", and deliberately sticks with it even after he corrects her multiple times. He's even listed as "Tim Shaw" in the credits!
  • On Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, the titular character frequently has to remind people to call her "Dr." rather than "Miss", several of whom deliberately call her "Miss" in order to needle her and demonstrate their lack of respect.
  • ER:
    • Dr. Jerk Romano repeatedly calls Elizabeth Corday "Lizzie" even though she's made it clear that she doesn't like it and once tried calling Peter Benton "Pete" and "Petey" before being shut down by Benton's Death Glare.
    • Dave Malucci also tries this, though it's actually a failed attempt at being friendly. Once again, Benton's Death Glare and Tranquil Fury—"When you address me, it's 'Yes, Dr. Benton' or 'No, Dr. Benton.'" — put a stop to it.
  • First Day: Hannah is bullied by Isabella, in part, using her deadname (which she knew due to them attending the same school before Hannah's transition).
  • In the Friends episode "The One With Rachel's Crush", Chandler is worried that Kathy's co-star will undermine him by doing this:
    Chandler: Y'know, it'll be like, "So where's your boyfriend, what's-his-name, Chester?" And she'll go, "No no, it's Chandler." And he'll go, "Whatever, hahahahaha!"
    Joey: That is a good trick.
  • Game of Thrones: Bronn accidentially calls Dickon Tarly "Rickon" and gets corrected. Later he does it again, this time apparently on purpose, and makes a crack about how "Dickon" isn't exactly an improvement.
  • General Hospital's Ned often called his cousin AJ "Junior". Even though AJ was in fact his father's namesake and the term was technically correct, AJ and Ned's acrimonious relationship made it clear that Ned meant it in an insulting way.
  • In George & Mildred, George's mate Jerry constantly refers to Mildred and 'Mildew'.
  • The George Lopez Show: In "Girl Fight", Carmen's ex-boyfriend spreads rumors about her being sexually promiscuous, leading Alpha Bitch Piper to call her "Carmen Hopez" and "Carmen Can't-Say-Nopez".
    Benny: Hey, thank God our last name isn't Tucker.
  • Gilmore Girls: Lorelai apparently called Luke 'Duke' for a year after they met, although they later became best friends. Given their Will They or Won't They? relationship, it was probably a case of Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.
  • An episode of The Golden Girls has Dorothy's horrible new friend deliberately "forgetting" Blanche's name whenever they speak, instead calling her things like 'Madge'.
  • The season 3 premiere of How I Met Your Mother introduces Robin's new love interest, Gael (pronounced Guy-El). Ted, who is recently broken up with Robin, keeps pretending to mishear the name, and Ted's friends Marshall and Barney join in out of solidarity, calling him "Kyle", "Gail", and "Girl".
  • In The Irregulars Billy is repeatedly called "Little Bill" by the Workhouse Master that beat him as a child, it's clearly a derogatory insult that reminds Billy of the scared child he was and accuses him of still being.
  • Happens between two romantic rivals in Janda Kembang. When saving Malik's phone number, Kemal unintentionally miswrites Malik's name as "Maliq". When Malik protests, Kemal rewrites it to "Kalik" just to annoy him.
  • On Jessie, Mrs Chesterfield enjoys annoying people by calling them false names. She never addresses Jessie by her real name and instead says Bessie, Tessie, Nessie, Tressie, etc. Not only that, but she also called Emma "Jemma" and Darla "Marla" and Ravi "Rover".
  • In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Basco likes to taunt Captain Marvelous by calling him "Marv".
  • In LazyTown:
    • Robbie Rotten often gets Stingy's name wrong ("Stinky" for example), to which he just replies "Whatever", "Doesn't matter"...
    • When Sportacus is frozen in time, Robbie calls him "Frozacus".
  • Mad Money host Jim Cramer did this to his recommended stocks that wound up tanking. Examples include Vonage (pronounced "vohn-AJJ" instead of "VON-aj"), Home Depot ("Home Despot"), Oracle ("Orca the Killer Stock"), and Microsoft ("Mister Softy").
  • In the Mad TV parody of Laverne & Shirley, the titular characters are rewritten as bulimic, so Squiggy calls Shirley, "Hurley".
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000, it's not uncommon for the Mads to insult their captives with this trope. Mike had the most variety.
  • In Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, the Turtles often referred to their enemy Bonesteel as "Bonehead".
  • One Life to Live's Luna Moody was sometimes derisively referred to as "Looney-bird" or "Looney Tunes" by her detractors thanks to her name and carefree New Age personality.
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • It turns out Jerry's name is actually Garry and he never bothered to correct anybody, but after coming out of retirement, he insists people call him by his real name. April, on the spot, maliciously renames him Larry... and he's been known as that ever since.
    • In later seasons, April maliciously renamed him Terry and Barry, and after that, Garry, having forgotten that it's his actual name.
    • Ron also does this to people in order to avoid getting too friendly with them:
      Ron: Ann was getting a little chummy. When people get a little too chummy with me I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don't really care about them.
      April: That's a genius move.
      Ron: Thank you.
      April: You're welcome, Lester.
  • In the Power Rangers in Space episode "The Impenetrable Web", Alpha 6 addresses Ecliptor as "Eclip-toad".
  • Throughout the first season of Remington Steele, Steele invariably calls Bernice Fox (Laura Holt's secretary) "Miss Wolfe".
  • Rumpole of the Bailey frequently addresses his obnoxiously sanctimonious Head of Chambers, "Soapy" Sam Ballard QC, as "Bollard". He also calls the young, ambitious Tory barrister Charles Hearthstoke "Hearthrug". Again, he does this to his face.
  • Parodied in a Saturday Night Live skit which had a husband vetoing every single name his wife suggested for their soon-to-be born child, finding someway the child might be ridiculed. It is implied that the husband's excuse is that he has a name so bizarre and unfortunate, " Asswipe," that he ended up an example of this trope.
    Wife: How about Harry?
    Husband: [sarcastically] Oh, great idea! I can hear the little bastards now! "Hey, Harry! Where are the Hendersons?!"
    Wife: Were you bullied because of your name?
    Husband: NO!
  • In the Richard E. Grant version of The Scarlet Pimpernel, the titular character repeatedly pronounces Chauvelin's name "Chavelon".
  • Scrubs:
    • Dr. Cox does this to people. He has a tendency to call J.D. either girls names or "Newbie" even when he's been at the hospital for several years, he calls Elliot "Barbie", and Turk "Gandhi", "Turtlehead" and "Scalpel Jockey". Dr. Kelso also seems to think Chris Turk's name is "Turk Turkleton". When Turk calls Dr. Kelso on this, pointing out his name is "Chris Turk", Kelso looks at him for a moment, then rallies by claiming he's fully aware of the fact, he just likes "Turkelton" better. He also calls Turk "Turkleberry" and "Turkledawg" at least once. It should be noted that he never calls Carla anything other than her name (Nurse Espinosa), which proves his respect for her and Dr. Cox always calls her Carla. When he does call J.D., Turk, or Elliot by their real names, he's probably trying to be less of a jerk and more serious. This is very rare, incidentally.
    • Doctor "Beardfacé"note  is another constant victim of this trope, referred to as "Doctor Beardface" by pretty much everyone at Sacred Heart.
    • Snoop Dogg Intern/Resident/Attending presumably has a real name that no one ever uses. Unlike all the other nicknames people on the show have, he doesn't seem to mind being called Snoop Dogg, as long as you get his title right. Although in "Their Story", it's revealed via inner monologue he'd like to be called by his name, Ronald.
    • The Janitor has been called names such as Lurch and Sasquatch for two reasons: One is his imposing height and the other is that his name is guarded (by the character and the writers) like the gold at Fort Knox.
    • JD calls Elliot "Smelliot" in one episode; when she reveals she wasn't that bothered by it, The Todd complains that she got mad at him for calling her "Vagina Face".
  • On Seinfeld, George Costanza's high school gym teacher was a Sadist Teacher who loved to torment George in particular, and always called him "Can't-stand-ya".
  • Sense8: Nomi's transphobic mother insists on calling her by her birth name of "Michael" as well as calling her "son" and using male pronouns. In the Grand Finale movie she finally starts using "Nomi" after trying a pot brownie at Nomi's wedding.
  • In Sesame Street:
    • One episode involved a blue jay bullying Big Bird. One of the ways in which he bullied him was by calling him "Big [Noun-that-isn't-bird]".
    • In one episode, Mr. Flapman does this to himself, calling himself Flopman for failing to sell anything.
  • Sisters. Second-oldest sister Teddy's ex returns to town to find her with a new boyfriend, Detective Falconer, and repeatedly substitutes other bird names, "Detective Toucaner, is it?"
  • Star Trek
  • In The Thick of It, a reasonable chunk of both parties call Mr Tickel (pronounced 'ti-KELL') "Mr Tickle". This comes back to bite them when the emails in which they call them this get leaked.
  • In Wolf Hall, Anne Boleyn repeatedly taunts Thomas Cromwell by pronouncing his surname with an exaggerated French accent, something like "Cremuel."
  • Inverted in the Mini Series The Women of Brewster Place when a young woman decides to reject her "slave name" and change it to something Afrocentric. Her mother continues calling her by her birth name, angering the girl until her equally angry mother reveals that she was named for an ancestor who escaped from slavery and that for her to change it doesn't honor her heritage, it insults it.
  • In the first season of Yes, Minister, Sir Humphrey keeps referring to Jim Hacker's political advisor Frank Weisel as 'Mr. Weasel'. Bernard sometimes does it as well, but that is usually accidental after he has heard Sir Humphrey do it.

    Myth & Legends 
  • The Bible:
    • The goddess Astarte is referred to as "Ashtoreth". The latter notably more resembles the word "bosheth" meaning abomination. It's also theorized that Baal is such a name as well.
    • The Canaanite deity Baal Zevul, whose name means "Lord of the Sacred", was mockingly called Baal Zevuv, which means "Lord of the Flies" and is rendered in English as "Beelzebub".

  • The Last Podcast on the Left: Kenneth Bianchi, one of the Hillside Stranglers, took offense to the show's portrayal of him and threatened to sue for defamation of character. Since then, whenever the show references Bianchi for any reason, they refer to him as "Kennifer Bianchi", a name host Henry Zebrowski jokingly gave him in the first episode of their series on the killings.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • André the Giant once referred to Tito as "Frito" Santana.
  • It was Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake who came up with "'Scary' Sherri" in place of "Sensational" Sherri. It caught on big-time; many other wrestlers repeated the jape. Even color commentator Jesse "The Body" Ventura accidentally said it at SummerSlam '89.
  • This was stock-in-trade for Chris Jericho, who regularly misnamed the people he was addressing ("Kirk Angel", "Mitchell Cole", "Bill Greenberg", "Hoot-'n-Toot Guerrera", "Chris Ben-Oyt", "Bore-Us Malenko", "Stinko Malenko"). When Santino Marella decided to interrupt his second day back in the WWE, Jericho proceeded to get his name wrong so many times in so many different ways that Santino exploded into a torrent of Italian for a few seconds.
  • LayCool sometimes did this as part of their 'mean girl' schtick, to the likes of "Piggie James" and "Smelly Kelly".
  • Jesse Ventura often referred to Tito Santana as "Chico" Santana. A few other (heel) wrestlers did it too. He also referred to Hulk Hogan as "Chump" Hogan.
  • As a heel, Sgt. Slaughter referred to the Ultimate Warrior as "The Ultimate Puke" and "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan as "'The Immortal Slime' Hulk Hogan."
  • Jim Cornette has some rather colorful insults to people he doesn't like and tends to use them at all times to avoid promoting them. He calls Joey Ryan "The Dick Guy" because of his tendency to make penis jokes. He calls Joey Janela "Jelly Nutnella", claiming Joey is out of shape and looks like "the jelly on the edges of a biscuit". He calls Orange Cassidy "My Little Dog Pockets" due to his tendency to wrestle with his hands in his pants pockets. He calls Kenny Omega "Kenny Olivier", claiming Kenny is not a wrestler, he's a terrible actor, or "Twinkle Toes McFingerbang" due to his habit of using the Finger Gun. He calls his most hated enemy, Vince Russo, "Shitstain".

  • In Absolute Power, Charles Prentiss always called the French waiter, Maurice, "Morris". When Maurice corrected this ("Maur-ees"), Charles would launch a more devastating putdown.
  • A Running Gag on the American history podcast "The Dollop" is host Dave Anthony calling cohost Gareth Reynolds "Gary". Then in one episode Dave's young son walks in...
    Dave's son: Hi Gawy!
    Gareth: No!
    Dave: Nicely done my friend!
    Gareth: NO! (Dave starts laughing) NOOO!
  • On Hello Cheeky, John Junkin casually addressed Barry Cryer as "Fatty". On one occasion, Barry calls him out on it with the reasoning that he's no longer fat. John complies — and refers to him as "Skinny" for the rest of the episode.
  • There was an instance on True Capitalist Radio during Twitter shout outs where someone tweeted with the name "Adolf Ghostler". Ghost reacted as you'd expect, and since then it became a common and effective trolling tactic to intentionally refer to him as "Ghostler" (though the effectiveness started to wane over time, but never completely disappeared).

  • For years, sports reporter Jim Rome called football player Jim Everett "Chris".note  They finally met on the TV show, Talk2, and Everett warned Rome not to do it again. Rome did, and Everett flipped over the table and knocked Rome out of his chair, as seen in this video. Since that incident, Rome regularly disconnects callers on his radio show who do the same thing to other male athletes.
  • For years after Muhammad Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay, many people still refused to call him by his new name:
    • Ernie Terrell was one of them, and in 1967 in the fight known as the "What's My Name?" fight Ali made him pay for it. Ali pummeled Terrell mercilessly while repeatedly screaming "WHAT'S MY NAME?" at Terrell. It is regarded as one of the few times Ali actually cut loose and showed unbridled ferocity in the ring.
    • Oscar Bonavena got the same treatment for the same reason.
  • Michigan State fans tend to refer to their arch rivals, Michigan, as "scUM." They also like referring to Michigan fans who don't have a personal connection to the university as "Walmart Wolverines".
  • MMA fighter Conor McGregor always pronounces his Brazilian nemesis Jose Aldo's first name "Hoe-Zay" as it would be pronounced in Spanish rather than "Joe-Zay," as it is properly pronounced in Portuguese. He's made it clear that he does this just to annoy him.
  • This is basically the common trope to many sports fans, as they usually call a team that they don't like a derogatory variant of theirs names (example: the Sacramento Queens, something even Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers usually referred to as such.)
  • Sports website Deadspin will only call the NFL's Atlanta Falcons by their right name when the Falcons win. Losses will be credited to the name of a sillier bird, such as Cockatoos, Dodos or Flamingos.

  • In Les Misérables, Inspector Javert constantly refers to ex-convict Jean Valjean by his old prison number, 24601, instead of his real name. Javert does not believe people can change, and can't see Valjean as anything but a criminal.
  • Look Homeward, Angel: Laura calls Jake Clatt "Mr. Platt". It's implied that she does it on purpose, as Jake is hitting on her in a scene where she is trying to talk to Eugene.

    Video Games 
  • In Alan Wake, Agent Nightingale calls Alan by a different author's name pretty much every time he opens his mouth. Not all of them are male authors, either.
  • In Bayonetta, Bayonetta loves to piss Luka off by calling him Cheshire instead of his name.
  • In Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack always calls his Vice President Jeffery Blake "Jimmy" no matter how many times Blake corrects him, though at least he's got a Freudian Excuse for doing so: Back when he was just a low-level programmer at the company, his own boss Mr. Tassiter would always do this to him by calling him "John", and now that he's in charge, he gets to take pleasure in being on the other end of that. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! confirms that Tassiter indeed deliberately called Jack by the wrong name just because he noticed it pissed him off.
  • One conversation between Diya and Min in Butterfly Soup, includes them making fun of a substitute teacher for pronouncing Diya's name "DIE-ya" instead of "DEE-ya".
  • In Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, Toko Fukawa initially calls Komaru Naegi (Makoto's younger sister) "Omaru," a nickname that means "toilet" in Japanese. In Chapter 4, after the two finally become friends, Toko starts calling Komaru by her first name. Genocide Jack, however, prefers to stick with "Dekomaru".
  • Sera of Dragon Age: Inquisition refuses to call the Big Bad by his proper name, preferring Coryphetits, Corypheshits, Coryshenuts, ect. Call her out on this and she is unrepentant; he deserves every shred of disrespect she can muster.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, Tori loves to call belittle Mao by calling him 'saru', a corruption of his surname 'Isara' and the Japanese word for 'monkey'.
  • In Final Fantasy VI, Gau is highly amused by Cyan's Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe dialect. In the conversation that follows, he starts referring to Sabin as "Mr. Thou", to Sabin's annoyance.
  • When Karin recruits Eyrios in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, she decides that he would not be so stuck-up if his name was more ordinary-sounding, and thus calls him Olson (much to his displeasure).
  • In FreudBot during a conversation with her son Steve's overbearing, neurotic mother refers to his girlfriend Samantha as "Satana."
  • In Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon, the Big Bad is a theatrical man who repeatedly calls Goemon Fernandez despite Goemon's objections. According to one of his flunkies, he tends to give people the name he thinks they deserve. He even calls Ebisumaru Antonio once.
  • The G-Man from the Half-Life series always refers to Gordon Freeman, who holds a PhD in theoretical physics, as Mr. Freeman, with emphasis on the "Mr." (then again, that's just how he talks). After destroying the Citadel at the end of Half-Life 2, he finally starts addressing him as Dr. Freeman.
  • In Interstate '82, Rank Dick takes great pleasure in addressing Taurus as "Mr. Tortoise", emphasizing the "toise" part. He later finds out it's not a good idea to do this to someone holding you at gunpoint.
  • Daxter does this to Count Veger twice in Jak 3 to annoy him out of spite for banishing Jak to the desert at the beginning of the game.
  • JumpStart Adventures 3rd Grade: Mystery Mountain has Polly, the bratty child villainess, repeatedly referring to the robot Botley (the game's Exposition Fairy) with insulting rhymes of his name, such as "Snotley" and "Potley".
  • Linebeck, of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, calls Link and Ciela by any number of degrading nicknames (rarely the same one twice) right up until they head into the Very Definitely Final Dungeon — whereupon he admits that he envies Link's heroic resolve. After a moment, Ciela realizes he's finally used her name.
  • Life Is Strange:
    • Chloe constantly refers to her stepdad as "step-dork" or "step-douche".
    • Nathan likes to make fun of Max' last name "Caulfield", calling her "Cockfield" or "Crackfield".
  • In Might and Magic VI, NPCs who are uninterested in talking with you may get your character's name wrong on purpose. They generally address the selected party member by an incorrect name that has the same first letter as the party member's actual name.
  • In the Mortal Kombat series, this is one of Kung Lao's berserk buttons.
    Kung Lao: Still slumming with the Black Dragon?
    Kabal: Suck it, Dung Lao.
    Kung Lao: Never make fun of the name.
  • In The Nameless Mod, Scara B. King pronounces the protagonist's name in a new way every time he says it. A conversation with NVShacker reveals he does this with everyone (and notes that because he pronounced it right 1 in 3 times, he thought he was on a fast track to a promotion). Scara seems to do it out of mockery. It is definitely deliberate. Trestkon calls him out on it when he uses the correct name when stressed or uses a wrong name he has used before, to which Scara responds with a new one.
  • In Persona 5, Futaba is introduced to Mishima at one point in her Confidant, and ends up calling him "Nishima" for the rest of the conversation, the only scene in which the two interact. Interestingly enough, if you went to Mementos after clearing the fourth Palace (which may happen before this point in Futaba's Confidant), Futaba mentions "Mishima's website" in passing, showing that she can get his name right if she wants.
  • Coach Oleander uses this to mock Razputin in Psychonauts.
    Oleander: Is your name Joey?
    Raz: No.
    Oleander: Cause I'm gonna call you Slowy Joey.
    Raz: That's not my name.
    Oleander: What's that, Slowy? I can't hear're talking too slow.
  • A running gag in the Sam & Max: Freelance Police games is how Girl Stinky always get the eponymous duo's names wrong. She remembers their names just fine, but chooses to call them completely random names just to piss them off.
    • In "The Devil's Playhouse" the two always mispronounce main bad guy Skunkape's (Pronounced Skoon-KAH-Peh) as just "Skunkape". At first it might seem unintentional, but the fact that they're the only characters who don't pronounce it correctly, it soon becomes clear that they're doing it just to be obnoxious.
  • In The Secret of Monkey Island, Sheriff Shinetop (who is the series' main villain LeChuck in disguise), constantly mispronounces Guybrush Threepwood's name. In one instance, his mispronunciations are completely randomized, and many of them bear no resemblance to his actual name ("Droopface," "Nosehair," "Spicecake"). When LeChuck is talking with his first mate shortly later, he pronounces Guybrush's name perfectly, strongly implying that he was employing this trope the entire time.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic often calls Knuckles "Knucklehead" after the latter does something particularly unintelligent. He also calls Eggman "Egghead" on occasions.
    • To coincide Eggman's Japanese name with his Dub Name Change, Sonic canon is that "Eggman" was an insult used by Sonic and friends for Dr. Ivo Robotnik. Eventually (as in "By Sonic Adventure 2") he reclaimed it and calls himself "Dr. Eggman" as well.
  • In the first expansion of World of Warcraft, there were two rival factions, the Aldor and the Scryers, that referred to each other occasionally as Aldorks and Scrybabies.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Melody, Bethany once calls the title character "Harmony."
  • Monster Prom: In Second Term, Leonard refuses to call Zoe by her name and refers to her as Z'Gord, her previous name when she was still a universe-destroying Elder God instead of a high school student. This is expressly compared to deadnaming by other characters and usually results in someone else stepping in to defend Zoe by humiliating or potentially even harming him.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations, rival prosecutor Godot frequently mispronounces Phoenix's last name, addressing him only as "Trite" instead of "Wright". He does this out of contempt, believing Phoenix responsible for Mia Fey's death earlier in the series. After Phoenix reveals that Godot murdered Misty Fey, thereby earning his respect, Godot calls Phoenix by his proper name.
  • Okabe in Steins;Gate loves to call Kurisu "Christina" (probably due to the fact that "Kurisu" is exactly how one would render the name "Chris" in Japanese, albeit in katakana instead of kanji) much to her annoyance. So much so that she's pleasantly surprised when he doesn't. He also does this occasionally with Daru, calling him a "suupaa hakaa" (usually rendered in subtitles as "Super Haker") instead of a "suupaa hakkaa" ("Super Hacker"), which Daru is always quick to correct. It's a very subtle difference, with only a glottal stop separating the (intentionally) incorrect pronunciation from the correct one.
  • Umineko: When They Cry has the rather unusual case of Yasu in Episode 7, a servant scorned and mocked by their older fellow servants due to their young age and inexperience and thus given this nickname. Their last name is "Yasuda", but we never learn the given name, so the fandom only knows this character as "Yasu", even though they hate being called that. Well, the fandom also knows them as "Shannon", "Kanon" or "Beatrice".
    Benon: We're leaving. Take care of yourself, alright? Ya. Su.

    Web Animation 
  • According to Word of God, Deckard of Bee and Puppycat has a little brother who calls him "Dick-hard."
  • In Dingo Doodles a hooded character trying to be edgy claims he has no name on meeting Sips. Sips responds by nicknaming him Bucket and refuses to acknowledge any other name. To the DM's horror, all of the players agree with this.
  • The season 2 premiere of The Champions features a mock commercial for the United States' Major League Soccer in which its name is changed to Murica League Soccer.
  • Strong Bad of Homestar Runner is quite fond of this. He calls his little brother Strong Sad by a host of unflattering nicknames such as "Dump-O", "Trundle Bed", and "Dairy Queen". ("I told you I don't wanna be called that anymore. I made a mistake!") Strong Bad also frequently mangles the names of senders in Strong Bad Email, like calling PlasticDiverGuy in the e-mail "underlings" "PastyDeadGuy" and "PrancyDirtGirl".
    • A few SBEmail senders have turned the tables on Strong Bad; the email in "bottom 10" is addressed to "Weak Bad", and the email in "road trip" is addressed to "Fatty Bad".
  • In Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee will frequently mock games by mangling their titles, like referring to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch as Wrath of the White Guilt, or calling Zack & Wiki "Whack and Sticky".
    • Special mention to Dishonored where, taking exception to the lack of a 'u' in the title (British spelling), he starts pronouncing it as Dish-on-a-red. By the end of the vid, this has morphed to Soap-on-a-rope, followed by Cat-on-a-Hot-Tin-Roof.
    • He got creative with Red Dead Redemption too, going from "Brown Alive Redemption" to "Green Spleen Submarine," and finally "Purple Monkey Dishwasher."
    • He lampshades this in his review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, stating that he would continue the practice, but the title of the game in question is already so ridiculous that he bursts out laughing just by saying out loud.
    • He refers to Devil's Third as "Devil's Turd" twice, lampshading it the second time because it's such an easy joke to make.

  • In 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage refers to Warmech (who's a bit slow) as "Boremech" and "Warblech". The robot eventually catches on, though it continues to be startlingly ineffectual at killing anything whatsoever.
  • In Consolers, Microsoft refers to his competitor Apple as "Crapple" at times.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Diane does this to Justin, calling him Jason and brushing him off when he corrects her. This same mistake has occurred on the boards, amusingly enough, unintentionally.
    • A later strip in which she actually thinks Justin is named Jason implies either Diane genuinely misremembered Justin's name and was just apathetic about correctly remembering it or her misnaming was in fact malicious but she has since forgotten that fact.
  • General Protection Fault has an example that isn't necessarily malicious, but very clearly intentional. Ki's father, a Japanese man who married a Chinese woman, calls her "Kyoko-san," the Japanese name he wishes she'd gotten. Eventually, she calls him out on it and he switches to "Ki-chan."
  • In It's Walky!, Jennifer "Billie" Billingsworth is shown to have gotten her nickname this way. When they were younger, Walky called her "Billie" because she apparently hits like a boy.
  • Cinna Grossul of Pacificators has a history with Muneca Powell and Kathy Lee, and it certainly shows.
    • Cinna calls Muneca "Doll" and every thinkable variable of this - idiot doll, berserk doll, Doll-Rex, and so on. Muneca is Spanish for dollnote , and Cinna knows this. It's intentional.
    • Cinna calls Kathy, who has a really bad case of acne and big teeth, "Miss Pimples", "Miss Bucktooth", and "Pimpleface". Yes, Cinna is a mature woman.
  • In Rain, both of Rain's older siblings, Aiken and Kellen, repeatedly and intentionally refer to her by her deadname, "Ryan". Aiken stops doing so fairly early on, after being on the receiving end of an Armor-Piercing Question from their Aunt Fara (Rain's legal guardian), but Kellen takes a much, much longer time to come around.
  • Saffron And Sage: Cori's name s frequently mispronounced usually on account of the eccentric font that the comic gives it whenever it's spoken. Cinnamon gives up trying to figure out how it's pronounced and keeps misnaming him to tick him off.
    Cinnamon: And most of all, I hate that turbonerd Copenhagen Pianochalk!
    Cori: Coriander Bialystock.
    Cinnamon: Shut up! I'm getting it wrong on purpose to make you feel bad.
  • In Shortpacked!, Ken was often called by various other names Street Fighter characters (the joke being that he is somewhat of a Forgettable Character). This carried over to the comments section, where he is ALWAYS referred to by another SF character name.
  • Unsounded: Rather than call Lady Ilganyag by her title the Inak call her the "Betrayer Bird", because she betrayed them to the humans. She seems to be busy betraying the Black Tongues in the present day of the story, so it seems no one is learning from previous mistakes.
  • Weak Hero:
    • Jimmy towards Gerard, after learning of his "Hot-Foot Jin" nickname and managing to knock him to the ground after blocking one of his famed kicks:
      Jimmy: As for our friend here, Hot Pot or Hot Sauce or whatever he's called...
    • After beating up Stephen, Oswald mocks him further by calling him Stephanie as an insult.

    Web Original 
  • Kashaw from Critical Role gets the name "Tiberius Stormwind" wrong several times during the Trial of the Take. It's probably out of sheer apathy because Kashaw is such a grump, but he does get it right at the end.
  • In Kid Time Storytime, Maleficent calls the Bear brothers "Green/Pink/Red ''Thing" instead of "Bear", even insisting on calling them that when they correct her.
  • MonteFjanton:
    • In their review series Felix Recenserar, Felix has used two nicknames for Dingo Pictures: "Dongo Pongo" when reviewing their take on Pochahontas, and "Herr Kukless" (Mr. Cockless) when reviewing Hercules.
    • Downplayed in their series Mystikhörnan. In a flashback, Leffe tells Morgan that he doesn't want to be called that, yet Morgan insists on doing that over the course of the entire series; the nickname itself technically isn't malicious,note  but the fact Morgan keeps using it against his wishes (and usually while telling him to shut the hell up) is.
  • Sailor Nothing: A lot of the girls at school refer to Himei as "Henmei" behind her back.
  • Scott The Woz constantly refers to Toadette as Grover Cleveland in his discussion of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.
    • In his Devil's Third video, he expresses frustration against Grundla Saha (which in his opinion is the most difficult boss in the game) by constantly calling him names such as "Granola Sandbag".
  • Played for Laughs on the blogging site Tumblr, where a popular meme is to turn Benedict Cumberbatch's name into the silliest phrases possible while still being able to tell who they're talking about. Examples include Bendywick Candlebatch, Butterburger Custardsnack, and Bennyjet Crumplebunch.
  • Urinating Tree, being a sports commentator who loves to nickname and thrives on verbally shitting on those who keep screwing up, likes to make up his own:
    • During the 2019 MLB season he took to calling New York Mets' closer Edwin Diaz "Edlose Diaz" due to an over 5 ERA and multiple blown saves (most notably blowing a six-run lead on September 3 against the Washington Nationals).
    • After the Minnesota Twins were swept out of the playoffs in 2020 and set a record of 18 straight playoffs losses, Tree re-dubbed them the Tins (note the missing W).
  • In the Bad Movie Beatdown review for Bear, Film Brain, losing interest in the characters after one line of dialogue, chooses to call them Whiny, Prick, Bland, and Slut.
  • This Brazilian review of the Russian horror movie Mermaid: The Lake of the Dead has the critic replacing all the character names for laughs, including one where he decides that to replace the name of the title rusalka, Lizaveta Grigorieva, with what the name in Cyrillic (Лизавета Григорьев) looks like in a Latin alphabet - plus an Arabic number (Anthreesabeta Ripiropieba).

    Western Animation 
  • In 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Cruella has a habit of addressing Roger with other R words like Rupert, Roadhog, Retro, Rudolph, etc. Very rarely does she get his name right.
  • Nikki of 6teen often refers to her much-despised workplace, the Khaki Barn, as the Tacky Barn or the Crappy Barn.
  • In the Teddy Ruxpin franchise (which includes the series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin), Jack W. Tweeg constantly gets this from his Lead Bounder (and Dragon) L.B.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, when Cindy is not calling Jimmy Neutron by his last name, she is usually using insulting variations of it such as "Nerdtron" or "Puketron".
  • In the All-New Popeye Hour short "Take It or Lump It", after Bluto takes over as host of the eponymous game show, a spoof of Truth or Consequences, he continually addresses contestant Popeye by such names as "Slopeye" and "Dropeye".
  • Animaniacs: In the Slappy Squirrel episode "Bully for Skippy", one of Duke's bullying tactics is deliberately calling Skippy by similar-sounding but still incorrect names.
  • Arthur:
    • In one episode, Arthur tells his babysitter that the "D" and the "W" of his little sister D.W. stands for "Disaster Warning".
    • In "Vomitrocious", Francine throws up at school and has a nightmare that her classmates call her "Barfine". By an unfortunate coincidence, her sister Catherine also comes up with that nickname. She also considers "Ralphine", but thinks that's too confusing.
  • A Beavis and Butt-Head episode spoofing Leave It to Beaver has Beavis as "The Beavis" and Todd as Eddie.
    Todd: So... Beaver.
    Beavis: Um, the name's "Beavis", sir.
    Todd: Oh, well excuse me... Beaver.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The Delightful Children from Down the Lane often referred to the Kids Next Door as "Kids Next Dumb".
    • Abigail Lincoln, better known as Numbuh Five, was often referred to as "Crabigail" by her older sister Cree.
  • In Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eustace's dead brother Horst used to call him "Useless".
  • Cow and Chicken: In "The Ugliest Weenie", Chicken constantly mocks Mr. Fleur (pronounced "Flew-er") by calling him "Mr. Flower".
  • Danny Phantom: Dash's name insults involving Danny's last name, like Fen-turd. Enough said.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet", Steelbeak at one point mockingly addresses Comet Guy as "Comatose Guy".
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Girl's Night Out", Livewire calls Batgirl "Bratgirl" and Supergirl "Supersnot".
    • In the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past", Terry persistently mispronounces Ra's Al Ghul as RAUZ (the same pronunciation used in Batman Begins) instead of the "proper" DCAU pronunciation, RAYSH. Talia constantly corrects him, getting more and more annoyed when Terry never tries to get it right. It may look accidental, but Word of God says this was Terry's subtle way of dissing the criminal mastermind by not even getting his name right.
    • Justice League:
      • In the episode "Wild Cards", the Joker refers to Superman as "Stupidman" and Batman as "Batguano".
      • In the episode "The Once and Future Thing Part One: Weird Western Tales", Tobias Manning insults the Native American character Ohiyesa Smith by calling him "Pow Wow", which pisses Smith off.
  • In Drak Pack, main villain Dr. Dred willfully gets the team name wrong (with names like Drip Pack or Dog Pack), as well as the name of its leader, Drak Jr. (calling him names like Clack, Drake, or Plaque).
  • Kevin in Ed, Edd n Eddy often refers to the Eds as "Dork, Dorkk 'n' Dorky", as well as calling them a variation of names replaced with the word "dork" ("Dork and Beans", "Ugly Dorkling", etc.).
  • In the Futurama episode, "Less Then Hero" with Fry, Leela and Bender as superheroes facing off against a villain called The Zookeeper.
    Zookeeper: Aw, if it isn't the superheroes or should I say, superzeroes!
    Fry: (sadly) That was uncalled for.
  • In Generation O!, the episode "Deviated Tonsils" has Molly refusing to talk after her tonsils are removed for fear of her voice sounding different. Buzz calls her "Molly No-Voice".
  • On Hey Arnold! Helga does this to insult Harold in the episode "Beaned" where she fools Arnold (and the rest) into thinking she's got amnesia.
    Helga: Why, of course I remember you, Cheryl.
    Arnold: Come on, I'll help you find your locker.
    Helga: What is 'locker'?
    Stinky: I reckon' that's the most pathetic thing I've ever seen...
    Rhonda: She's turned into a total freak!
    Harold: And she's calling me Cheryl!
  • In Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Mertle often calls Lilo "Weird-lo".
  • Cecil Turtle in The Looney Tunes Show pronounces Bugs Bunny's name with long "u" sounds (Byoogs Byoony) just to annoy him.
  • In The Loud House:
    • Lincoln is sometimes insulted with the name "Stinkin'", most prominently by Lynn. Starting from "Schooled!", he's also been called "Lincoln Lame" by Chandler.
    • At the old folks' home, there's a fussy nurse named Sue, who the residents call "Shrew".
  • Bessie Higgenbottom from The Mighty B! is referred to by Portia and Gwen as "Messy" and by the latter as "Stinkenbottom".
  • In an episode of My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Adam's classmates call him "A-dumb", and one of them gets even more juvenile and says, "He's so dumb his name should be A-stupid!".
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a lot of Rainbow Dash's colleagues like to address her as "Rainbow Crash". In "Bridle Gossip", when the protagonists get affected by some flowers called "Poison Joke", Spike calls Rainbow Dash by that name because her wings were upside-down and made her crash. He also calls the rest of them "Twilight Flopple" (Twilight Sparkle's horn had gone floppy), "Spitty Pie" (Pinkie Pie's tongue was too big for her mouth), "Appleteeny" (Applejack had shrunk), "Flutterguy" (Fluttershy's voice sounded like a stallion's) and "Hairity" (because Rarity's fur had grown long).
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Several characters like to mock the Powerpuff Girls this way. For example, Mojo Jojo has called them "Powerless Girls" and "Punypuff Girls".
  • Wizard Kelly, Oscar Proud's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis from The Proud Family, is known for doing this, calling Oscar himself "Oliver Prune" or "Orenthal Proud".
  • On ReBoot, Enzo often calls the viruses insulting nicknames, such as Megabreath and Hexadismal. Also, only Dot seems to pronounce Cecil's name correctly (Ceh-cil, not Cee-cil).
  • The 1990s revival segment of Secret Squirrel from 2 Stupid Dogs had an episode where a villain called the Quark repeatedly addressed Secret Squirrel as "Stupid Squirrel".
  • The Simpsons:
    • In a flashback episode, Homer and Marge are trying to think of names for Bart (who Marge was pregnant with at the time). Homer shot down several names Marge suggested in order to avoid this trope.
      Marge: If the baby is a boy what do think about Larry for a name?
      Homer: Marge, we can't do that. The kids will call him "Larry Fairy!"
      Marge: What about Louie?
      Homer: They'll call him "Screwy Louie."
      Marge: Bob?
      Homer: Flob.
      Marge: Marcus?
      Homer: Mucus.
      Marge: What about Bart?
      Homer: Let's see... Bart, cart, dart, ee-art... nope, nothing wrong with that.note 
    • In "Black-Eyed Please", Skinner tells the class not to call Ms. Cantwell by her "obvious dirty nickname".
    • In one of the Treehouse of Horror episodes, Bart gains stretchy powers and calls himself "Stretch Dude" while Lisa gains super strength and calls herself "Clobber Girl". Comic Book Guy then calls them "Retch Dude" and "Slobber Girl".
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Underground, Sonic almost always refers to Robotnik as "Robuttnik" or simply "Buttnik". In the latter show, his siblings Manic and Sonia sometimes get in on the act as well.
    • In Sonic Boom, he similarly refers to Eggman as "Egghead" or "Eggface" on a regular basis. It's actually lampshaded in the very first scene of the show, which sets the tone quite nicely.
      Sonic: Can't catch me, Egghead!
      Eggman: It's Eggman! You know my name is Dr. Eggman! You do that on purpose!
      Sonic: Do what, Egghead?
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "Asspen" spoofing competition movies, Stan Marsh's self-proclaimed rival takes to calling him "Stan Darsh," which he seems to think is a clever put-down. A Woolseyism in the German Dub has him use the name "Stan Arsch," meaning "Stan Ass," which actually is an insult.
    • Another episode had a Hispanic kid named David, pronounced the Spanish way, "da-VEED". Naturally, Cartman pronounces it the English way no matter how many times David corrects him.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Fry Cook Games", the final match between SpongeBob and Patrick is a wrestling match. During one part, SpongeBob takes a pencil to Patrick's nametag and erases the "Pat" from it, leading Patrick to bellow out "MY NAME'S! NOT! RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!"
    • Earlier in the same episode, Patrick mockingly uses the name SpongeBob SuperiorPants.
    • The episode "Scaredy Pants", gets its title from what SpongeBob is called by the masses for being so easily frightened on Halloween.
    • In "SB-129", at one point Squidward says "Well, at least there's no sign of SpongeBrat.".
  • In the Super Best Friends Forever short "Name Game", Supergirl addresses Batgirl as "Bratgirl". Batgirl responds in kind by calling Supergirl "Stupidgirl".
  • Super Friends:
    • The Legion of Doom was fond of calling the Super Friends names like "Super Fools". Lex Luthor once called Robin "Boy Blunder", a play on his "Boy Wonder" nickname.
    • Mr. Mxyzptlk often insulted Superman's intelligence by calling him names like "Superdunce", "Superstooge", and "Supertwit".
  • Baloo did this to Don Karnage once on TaleSpin, interrupting Karnage's typical long-winded self-introduction by calling him "Don Garbage". As expected, Karnage became quite irate (though given that Baloo had no intention of handing over his cargo, he felt that the confrontation was inevitable).
  • In Teacher's Pet, the school's resident weirdo Ian Wazselewski is frequently called "Ew-an" by the other kids because of how disgusting they find him.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012):
    • Baxter Stockman is constantly misnamed by the Turtles, much to his frustration.note 
    • The mutant Spider Bytez called the turtles "frogs". At first, it might be seen because he's a Fat Bastard and a Fat Idiot. Though later on, it was revealed that he's intentionally calling them frogs to piss them off.
  • The Tick did this during his encounter with Thrakkorzog. His first attempt may have been Accidental Misnaming. The subsequent ones weren't. Thrakkorzog responds in kind later when he has the upper hand.
    • Including such gems as "Thorasmog", "Thoraxabug", "Laxativelog", "Four yaks and a dog", and finally, "Susan".
      Thrakazog: Now you're doing it on purpose!
    • Truly, it must be seen to be appreciated.
  • In The Transformers, Daniel Witwicky addresses the Decepticon Cyclonus as "Cy-clown-us" in the three-part finale "The Rebirth".
  • In Wakfu, in the original French, Nox- at one point in his second battle with the ancient dragon Grougalouragran- intentionally butchers his opponent's name to Rigolo-ragran (Rigolo being French for "funny").
  • In Wild Kratts, antagonist Zach Varmitech would often refer to the Kratt brothers as the "Wild Ratts."

    Real Life 
  • Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the man who almost single-handedly made Hebrew a living language again, often mocked the famous poet Khayim Nakhman Bialiknote  this way, opposing his status as Israel's national poet.note 
  • German politician Herbert Wehner had fun with this. Once he called a politician of the other side, named Wohlrabe ("nice raven") Übelkrähe ("evil crow").
  • After Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian, anti-gay icon Jerry Falwell labeled her "Ellen Degenerate".
  • Announcers on Channel 4 used to call The Simpsons by the wrong name when they introduced it. Here is a small sample.
  • This trope is actually Older Than They Think. In Ancient Rome, political opponents of the Emperor Tiberius (full name Tiberius Claudius Nero) made fun of his alcoholism by calling him "Biberius Caldius Mero" (Latin for "a drinker hot with wine").
  • The term "Byzantine Empire" or "Empire of the Greeks" was coined by western scholars to de-legitimize the Byzantine Empire's status as the surviving half of Rome. Calling the Byzantine Empire by its proper name would undermine the Holy Roman Empire's legitimacy as the successor to the Roman Empire since they couldn't be the successor to a state that still existed.
  • When the first MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) came out in the 1980s, they weren't very palatable, so the soldiers who tried them gave them such crude nicknames as "Meals Rejected by Everyone", "Meals Rarely Edible", and even "Meals Rejected by Ethiopians" (in reference to the then-ongoing Ethiopian famines). Even after the quality of these MREs improved, the nicknames stuck.
  • During World War II, it was common for American cartoons, especially the Looney Tunes, to call Adolf Hitler by the much more undignified-sounding name "Schikelgruber," referring to his paternal grandmother's maiden name. This indicated that Hitler was not only a figurative bastard, but also literally a son of a bastard!
  • In August 2020 after Senator Kamala Harris of California was named as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Fox News host Tucker Carlson unintentionally mispronounced her name on his show. When he was politely told by his guest that her name is "Comma-la", not "Camel-a", he went on to purposefully mispronounce her name several more times throughout the rest of the segment. A few months later, Harris's colleague in the senate, David Perdue (R-GA), called her " KAH-mah-la, or Kah-MAH-la, or KAH-mah-la or Kamala-mala-mala."
    • Carlson's detractors across the Internet responded to this by mispronouncing his name as "Tooker Carlson" and "Cucker Tarlson".
  • As mentioned, intentionally using a trans person's former name ("deadnaming") is a particularly obnoxious form of this, since it involves not just using a name they don't like, but also misgendering them. (Moreover, it can be downright dangerous, as deadnaming someone in front of a third person who doesn't know they're trans will out them). Virtually all celebrities who have transitioned while already famous have had to put up with people pointedly calling them by their former name.


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